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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, November 12, 1998 In Memoriam BERNICE M. R COURTRIGHT Bernice Marie Pedersen Courtright, a former high school physics and English teacher, died Saturday, October 31, at Stanford University Hospita[ in Stanford, Calif. The cause was complica- tions from a long illness, pulmo- nary fibrosis. She was 82. A native of Seattle, Wash she grew up in Manette and gradu- ated from Bremerton High School in 1933 where she was the pianist for two singers in a popular group galled Dot, Dode and Pedie. She earned a degree in Bacteriology at the University of Washington in 1937. In 1938, she married fellow university graduate, Donald Mac Arthur Courtright, of Omak, Wash and the two moved about the United States and to Australia with his engineering work in the aluminum industry. She and her husband settled in the 1970s in Frederick, Md and kept a sum- mer home near Shepherdstown. In each place where they settled, Bernice worked with and helped young people, as a friend, a teacher, or someone to help fill out an application for college. Over the years, she participated in the League of Women Voters, taught high school, gardened, designed an Acadian house, published po- etry, took an interest in gourmet cooking, and kept in touch with former students and friends across the country and overseas. In recent years, she restored a pre-Civil War home and became a dealer and collector of antique quilts and furniture. She and her husband were long-time members of the Jefferson County (West Vir- ginia) Historical Society. She is survived by her brother, William C. Pedersen, of Vashon, Wash.; a son, James Donald Courtright, of Sandy Hook, Conn.; a daughter, Bernadine Courtright Barr, of Palo Alto, Calif.; and two grandchildren. In January of this year, her husband preceded her in death. Friends with memories to share with the family may write to Bernadine Barr at 1335 Green- wood Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301-3415. MACON DAY BANKS Macon Day Banks, 65, of Milbrae, Calif, died Monday, No- vember 9, at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara, Calif. Born October 28, 1933, in Shep- herdstown, she was the daughter of the late James Edgar and Frances Louthan Day. She gradu- ated from Shepherdstown High School in 1950 and West Hampton College in 1954. She was retired as a teacher's aide from the San Mateo Union High School District. She was a member of the Congregational Church in San Mateo. She was involved in volunteer work for her church, HeSCA, tutored in the el- ementary school and Project Read for Adults and was Coordinator for Aids Interfaith Ministry. Surviving are her husband, Thomas Lee Banks, at home; three daughters, Deborah Broadhag, Turlock, Calif Laura Tung, San Francisco, and Rachel Dietrick, Aurora, Ill.; six grand- children; two sisters, Clara Banks-Gant, Shepherdstown, and Deloris O'Brien, Charleston; two brothers, James W. Day, Hamp- ton, Va.; John C. Day, Shepherd- stown. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Elizabeth Myers and Mary Lee Stilwell and two broth- ers, Roy L. Day and Dr. Edgar Allan Day. A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church No- vember 21 in San Mateo. The family has requested memorials be sent to Macon Banks Memorial Fun, Congregational Church, 225 Tilton Ave San Mateo, CA 94401 or Shelter Network of San Mateo County, 319 Villa Terrace, San Mateo, CA 94401. THELMA lONE LLOYD Thelma Ione Lloyd, 86, of Harp- ers Ferry, died November 4 in Charles Town. Born Novembe~r 3, 1912, in Bolivar, she was the daughter of the late Hugh A. and Edith Ballenger Lloyd. A Christian evangelist, she be- gan her ministry in 1941. She worked in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Virginia. She was a graduate of Harpers 'Ferry High School in 1932. Surviving are three sisters, Olga M. Lloyd, Harpers Ferry, Stella M. Davis, Charlottesville, Va and Inez L. Davis, Richmond, Va. She was preceded in death by a sister, Lucy E. Trotter, of Harpers Ferry. Funeral services were held last Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville, Va with Luther Nussbaum and Sam McCracken of- ficiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Bolivar. Memorials may be made to Hos- pice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401. PETER P. BRENNISH Peter Paul Brennish, 84, of Bolivar, died Friday, November 6, at Shenandoah Nursing and Reha- bilitation Center. Born July 8, 1914, in Barnesboro, Pa he was the son of the late Nicholia and Juliana Milchielsin Brenisin. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Rose Brennish, in 1992. He was a retired plumber and a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church here and was a member of Local 48 of Plumbers and G~sfitters for 45 years and American Legion Post 313 of Balti- more, Md. Surviving are three daughters, Mary Anne Stambaugh, Bolivar; Carolyn O'Connor, Atherton, Ca- lif.; and Beverly Mulligan, Randallstown, Md.; a brother, John Brennish, Phillipsburg, Pa.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Brennish. Services were held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Eackles-Spencer Fu- neral Home in Harpers Ferry with the Rev. Brian Owens officiating. Interment was in St. Peter's Cem- etery, Harpers Ferry. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the Pan- handle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401. WILBUR SCOTT Wilbur Scott, 81, of Charles Town, died Wednesday, November 4, at the Veteran's A flairs Medical Center, Martinsburg. Born June 21, 1917, in Jeffer- son County, he was the son of the late Jacob and Sophia Blackburn Scott. He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Davis Scott, in 1982. He retired from the mainte- nance department of Charles Town Races. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, an~ was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by three daugh- ters, Dolores S. Murray, Barbara A. Justice and Kimberly Scott, all of Charles Town; two sons, Wilbur Scott, Jr Charles Town, and Vin- cent Scott, Ranson; two sisters, Josephine Hudson of North Caro- lina and Clara Scott of New Jer- sey; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia D. Grantham; two brothers, Henry Scott and Travis Scott; and a grandson, Kevin Washington Services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colo- nial Funeral Home. The Rev. Paul Brown officiated. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Gibsontown. ROBERT G. HORNER Robert George Horner, 69, of Ranson, died Saturday, November 7, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Born March 2, 1929, in Berke- ley County, he was the son of the late James and Florence Lewis Horner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorcas E. Magaha Horner, in 1996. He attended Martinsburg High School, and retired after 25 years with the Holladay-Tyler Co Glen- dale, Md. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served with the U.S. Army as a medic. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. He is survived by one brother, Lewis Homer, Martinsburg; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Palmer. Services were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider Co- lonial Funeral Home. The Rev. Dee-Ann Dixon officiated. Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 110 North St Charles Town, WV 25414. Military Corner NATHAN A. ROY .~- w, mm~ Air Force Airman Nathan A. Roy has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex. During the six weeks of train- ing, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and customs and received special training in human relations. Roy is the son of Sandy S. and Darryl L. Roy, of Shenandoah Junction. In 1998, he graduated from Jef- ferson High School. JAMES E. SLAGLE Army Pvt. James E. Slagle has entered basic military training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Slagle is the son of James L. and Jo Ann Slagle of Shenandoah Junction. He is a 1998 graduate of Jeffer- son High School, Shenandoah Junction. JOSEPH D. SKUFCA Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joseph D. Skufca, whose wife, Susan, is the daughter of Naomi Webb of 345 S. Seminary, Charles Town, recently reported for duty at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Skufca's rotation to a new duty station exemplifies the worldwide assignability of Marines and Sail- ors.' This flexibility allows our na- val forces to protect U.S. national interests around the world while providing a visible deterrence for regional conflicts. He joined the Navy in May 1985. Skufca is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapo- lis, Md with a BS degree. ESTABLISHED 1844 Published Weekly on Thursday by The Jefferson Publishing Company, Inc. 210 North George Street Charles Town, West Virginia Telephone: (304) 725-2046 Second Class Postage Mail Address: P.O. Box 966 Paid at Charles Town, W.Va. Charles Town, W.Va. 25414 USPS No. 510-960 Annual Subscription Price To Jefferson County addresses $20.00, including tax To all other West Virginia addresses $22.00, including tax To all other USA addresses $23.00, no tax required EDITOR & PUBLISHER Edward "Pat" Dockeney POSTMASTER: Please send 'address changes to The Spirit of Jefferson-Farrner's Advocate, P.O. r. Box .966, Charles Town. WV 20414. i I iiiii CORRECTION In an accident report in last week's edition of The Spirit of Jefferson-Farmer's Advocate, a three-vehicle collision was re- ported with inaccurate informa- tion. The mishap occurred Tuesday, October 29, at 6:22 p.m. on Second- ary Route 17 near Shepherdstown. According to the accident re- port, a vehicle driven by Brian Wayne Eck, 24, of Shepherdstown, had stopped in a line of traffic, when another vehicle operated by Christina L. Staubs, 18, of 216 Tuscawilla Hills, hit the rear of the Eck vehicle. Almost simulta- neously, a third vehicle, this one driven by April Joy Ashlock, 21, of 137 Bedford Drive, Charles Town, struck the rear of the Staubs' car with all vehicles coming to rest in their traffic lane. The Sheriffs Department re- port indicated that both Staubs and Ashlock did not maintain con- trol of their vehicles. "Betty's Stitching WorM" Opens in Betty's Stitching World is celebrating its grand opening in the Ranson Mini Mall, Mildred Street, and conducted an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesd sion. Shown at the ribbon-cutting, from left, are R. Michael Shepp, president of thei County Chamber of Commerce; Auty and Betty Hahn, owners of the new shop; dent of the Charles Town-Ranson Business Association; David Mills, city manager Harry C. Van Metre, commercial lending officer for United National Bank; tive director of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. The new business will feature sewing machine sales and service, alterations, classes and notions. Among the brand name sewing machines carried The new shop is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; from 1 to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special may also be obtained by calling 725-2477. Taking part in the Veterans Day observance at Jefferson Memorial Park was the newly-formed Color Guard from the Harl SOME SCHOOLS TO CLOSE DURING CULTURAL DIVERSITY TRAINING A number of schools in Jeffer- son County will close for one day next week to allow teachers and staff to attend Cultural Diversity training. Students will not report to those schools on those dates. Schools will be closed on different days throughout the county. The schools and the dates they will be closed are: November 17 - School closed at Page Jackson Elementary School and Wright Denny Inter- mediate School. November 18 - School closed at Ranson Elementary School and Blue Ridge Elementary School. November 19 - School closed at South Jefferson Elementary School and Charles Town Junior High School. ARCHEOLOGY AT THE PETER BURR FARM Learn about the artifacts that - have been found at the Peter Burr Farm and what they tell us about Jefferson County life in the 1790's. Archeologist Carmen Creamer will explain artifacts that have been recovered and ex- amine the inventory of Burr's es- tate to discover clues about his life. This is the first in a year- round series of programs spon- sored by the Jefferson County His- toric Landmarks Commission on heritage education. Thursday, November 12, Planning Commis- sion Meeting Room, 7:45 p.m. The program will be preceded by a meeting of the Peter Burr Living History Farm Committee (7 p.m.) The public is invited to attend both sessions. For information on future programs or volunteer ac- tivities, contact Bill Theriault at 876-3321. EACKLES FUNERAL HOME Since 1918 ROBERT L. SPENCER FUNERAL DIRECTOR Pre-Arrangcment Plans Available A Member of The National Funeral Directors Association Harpers Ferry, W. Va. 53-5-6500 Check To Boys, The local Wal-Mart Supercenter off Route 340 Charles Town earlier thi of the Jefferson County Boys and Girls Club. Here,~ "Clint Miller and Carmen Griffith hold the check presented to Tim Grove, of the Boys and Girls time. The money is being used to renovate the club'S~ ters in the building formerly occupied by Ranson. i Granites * Bronze * Marble Plaques * Vases Cemetery Engraving Service No Overhead Compare Our Prices Service The Tri-State Area J. Thomas Dailey (so4) nss-2 TS CEMETERY LOTS FOR Singles, Side-by'Side Double and four-grave Perpetual Care Included. Make your arrangements in advance leaving mor6 decisions for your family at a difficult time. ] I br More Information Call 725-2332 EDGE HILL CEMETERY Charles Town, W.