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I SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - THURSD~:Y DECEMBER 4 2003 In Memoriam Mary R. Smith Mart Rogers Smith, 93, of Charles Town, died Tuesday, November 25, at her residence. Born December 24, 1909, in Kimbleton, Vs., she was the daughter of the late William Herbert Rogers and Rachel Harless Rogers. She was married to Robert Randolph Smith November 25, 1939. He preceded her in death ' March 30, 1983. She was a graduate of the Winchester Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and had been employed as a nurse at the hos- pital. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church where she had taught the preschool Sun- day School class; Jefferson County Farm Bureau; Clarke County Senior Women's Club; and the Visiting Nurses Asso- ciation. She is survived by two daughters, Ruth Rogers S. Prichard, Berryville, Vs., and Elizabeth Rogers S. Beamer, Charles Town; one son, Rob- ert R. Smith, III, Naples, Fla.; one brother, Robert William Rogers; two sisters, Ruth Rog- ers Christen and Juanita R. Reutlinger; seven grandchil- dren; and two great-grandchil- dren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Randolph S. Hetzel. Services will be private. Enders & Shirley Funer- al Home, Berryville, Va., is in charge of arrangements. Lcc Sollcnbcrgcr Lee Sollenberger, 76, of Ran- son, died Saturday, November 22, at Jefferson Memorial Hos- pital. Born May 28, 1927, in Cham- bersburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sollen- berger. Memorial graveside rites were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mar- tinsburg. Henry Christie offici- ated. Arrangements were made by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. David W. Tomlin, Jr. David W. Tomlin, Jr., 44, of Harpers Ferry, died Saturday, November 29, at Jefferson Me- morial Hospital. Born August 9, 1959, in Mer- ced, Calif., he was the son of David W. Tomlin, of Charles" Town, and Lois (Marcum) Peck, of Ransom , He attended Jefferson High School. He had been employed with the Southern Electric Compa- ny as an electrician. He attended Shepherd's Rod Church. Mr. Tomlin was a member of Jackson-Perks Post 72 Ameri- can Legion in Charles Town and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 896 in Martinsburg. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his stepmother, Joan Tomlin, Charles Town; two stepdaughters, Dawn Day and Amy Leonard; one step- grandchild; and two brothers, Bruce A. Tomlin and Walter Tomlin, both of Charles Town. Services were held Wednes- day at 11 a.m. at the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. Rev. Bruce Singhas offi- ciated and burial was in Pleas- ant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1599 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. Veronica C. Bartuch Vernonica Chuberko Bar- tuch, 82, of Kearneysville, died Thursday, October 9, at Jef- ferson Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be held Friday; December 5 at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 311 S. George Street, Charles Town. Father George Pucci- arelli will officiate. Dorothy J. Laird Dorothy Jean Laird, 79, of Route 1, Harpers Ferry, died Wednesday, November 26, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Born February 7, 1924, in Waynesboro, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Harley, Sr., and Bessie Wright Haley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson B. Laird. She retired from Johns Hop- kins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., as a registered nurse. She is survived by three daughters, Darlene Laird-Ad- ams, Harpers Ferry, Carolyn Carnes, Tallahassee, Fla., and Sharon Harris, Greencastle, Pa.; one son, Bain Laird, Ocean City, Md.; two sisters, Fran Hollaway, Oriental, Ohio, and Mildred Gary, of Baltimore; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grand- children; and two great-great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 12 siblings. Services were private. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, care of Robert D. Ott, 420 Forrest Avenue, Charles Town, WV 25414. Arrangements were made by the Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home in Harpers Ferry. George E. Gaither, Jr. George E. Gaither, Jr., 44, of Charles Town, died Tues- day, November 25, at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs. Born August 2, 1949, in Martinsburg, he was the son of George E. Gaither, Sr., and Agnes M. Domer Gaither, of Charles Town. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one stepson, Michael A. Cole, Martinsburg; three sisters, Patricia A. Schop- pert, Kearneysville, and Lorna M. Hite and Leslie M. Cole, both of Martinsburg; three brothers, Terry L. Gaither and Douglas M. Gaither, both of Martinsburg, and D. Scott Gaither, of Missouri; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cous- ins, great-nieces, and great- nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Stanley W. Gaith- er; and one nephew. Services were held Sunday at I p.m. at the Brown Funer- al Home in Martinsburg. Rev. Marcus Caton officiated and burial was in Rosedale Ceme- tery, Martinsburg. John W. Popkins, Jr. John William (Popcorn) Pop- kins, Jr., 56, of Charles Town, died Saturday, November 29, at his home. Born August 14, 1947, in Charles Town, he was the son of the late John William Pop- kins, St., and Alice Isadora Armstrong McVickers, of Bal- timore, Md. He was a member of the Mannings Assembly of God Church.' He was a construction super- intendent with the William A. Hazel Construction Company for 30 years. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 37 years, Barbara Jean Mahoney Popkins, at home; two sons, John William Popkins, Ill, Ke- arneysville, Tracy Scott Pop- kins, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; one daughter, Sheila Dinges, Harp- ers Ferry; six grandchildren; one adopted daughter, Tma Tallman; one brother, Gar- land Wayne Popkins, Berkeley Springs; and one sister, Nancy Elaine Franks, Baltimore, Md. Services will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Mannings Assembly of God Church. ,Pastor James Boyce and Pastor C.D. Coley will of- ficiate. Interment will be in Pleasant View Memory Gar- dens, Martinsburg. Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home in Ranson handled ar- rangements. The family requests memo- rial contributions be made to the Mannings Assembly of God Church, Route 4, Box 371, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. Marshall W. Staubs Marshall W. "Jack" Staubs, 78, of Garretts,Alle, Ohio, died Sunday, November 23, at Essex of Salem following a lengthy ill- ness. Born October 6, 1925, he was the son of the late Clarence E. and Dora Painter Staubs. He was raised in Charles Town. He was of the Lutheran faith. A serf-employed blacksmith, he was a member of the Inter- national Union of the Journey- men Horseshoers of the Umted States and Canada AFL-CIO. He also served with the Ci- vrlian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Utah at one time. He is survived by his wife, Bessie L. Atkinson Staubs, of Salem, whom he married September 23, 1951; a broth- er, Grafton Woodrow "Sonny" Staubs, Charles Town; seven nephews; one niece; and sever- al great-nieces and great-neph- ews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ellis and Arnold Staubs. Graveside services will be held in Shadow Lawn Memo- ry Garden, in Ohio, at a later date. Dawson Funeral Home, East Liverpool, Ohio, is in charge of arrangements. Parade Lineup from Page 1 119. Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council of Jefferson Count ty-Float 120. Care Actor Pmduchon- Float 121. Blue Ridge Elementary School Chorus 122. Girl Scout Troop 430-Float 123. RamoiYChariesTown Cmsmng Guards-Float 124. Red Hat Imdies-Car 125. Santa-Float 126. Jefferson High School Band-Float 127. Jefferson High School Cou gar Band JHS Inducts New Honor Society Members The Shenandoah Chapter of the National Honor Society, at Jefferson High School, in- ducted 33 new members on No- vember 24. Following a welcome by Sara Potter, a speech by Principal Susan Wall, a review of the qualities necessary for induc- tion into the Honor Society- Scholarship by Jordan Ford, Service by Megan Corley, Lead- ership by Carrie Sechler, and Character by Emily Nibert- the following students were in- ducted: Ashley Boutcher, Jacob Cameron, Amanda Carpenter, KeUsye Carnill, Jared Clark, Hannah Cohen, Emmie Col- lier, Edgar Coma, Marsha Coo- per, Thomas Flanagan, Lauren Fields, Pierre Fleri, Meagan Gratton, Colleen Hamrick, Mi. chelle Hense, Jessica Houser, Kristy Koppenhaver, Michele Julie Meyers, Julie Ott, Jennca Polen, Emma Prillaman, Me- lissa Reed, Blythe Riese, Ken- ny Smith, Madison Stevens, Amanda Van Vliet, Cara Vo- gler, Christen Wall, Molly Wid- myer, Marisa Wilcom, Jessica Williams, Hannah Rose Wis- niewski, and Kristie Young. Officers of the National Hon- or Society for 2003-2004 are Sarah Potter, president; Jen- nifer Heinen, vice president; Sara Bouberhan, secretary; Amanda Mitchell, treasurer; and Joanna Clark, historian. The advisor is Mrs. Kelly Fleming, a science teacher at Jefferson High School. Students who are interested in becoming members of the National Honor Society must have a 3.2 unweighted grade point average, must have at least two-three items under service and leadership each year, and must have good char- acter. Students complete an appli- cation and include with it at least two references from out- side the high school. These ap- plications are then reviewed by a Faculty Council for complete- ness, accuracy, and fulfillment of the requirements for mem- bership in the Honor Society. If a student is denied admis- sion to the Honor Society, he or she may appeal to the Faculty Council and present addition- al information that he or shee feels qualifies him or her for membership. Rotary Vocational Service The Rotary Club of Charles Town recently held its 13th an- nual Vocational Service Awards to recognize those deserving individuals in the communi- ty who strive for excellence in their field and show high eth- ical standards. The presenta- tion was made at the club's weekly luncheon at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. "Fhe award is given annually to an individual who exempli- fies Rotary's pledge to 'Service Above Serf' both through his or her occupation and with- in the community," said Dan Burhans, president of the Ro- tary Club of Charles Town. The 2003 Vocational Service Awards were presented to Kel- lie Skerrett, a personal trainer at Gold's Gym in Charles Town and Ray Rokni, of PC4Less in Charles Town. "One of the ways we express our appreciation is to recognize people who display a distinct quality in their ap- proach, attitude, and dedica- tion to the job, and in life," said Burhans. On behalf of Chris Cope, Vo- cational Service chairperson, Carol Kable read a heartwarm- ing letter written by Cope nom- inating Ray Rokni for a Voca- tional Service Award. 'q)oing business with Ray is like do- ing business with a friend," she read. "As an American, Ray ap- preciates what most of us take for granted. I am very proud to have nominated Ray for this award." Mike Shepp, Rotarian who nominated Skerrett, said, "Kel- lie exemplifies the qualities of character that Rotary looks for. She always puts her clients' in- terests to the forefront of the training program she designs." Shepp explained how Skerrett has made an impact on his health, fitness, and outlook on life. "I will always be grateful," said Shepp. Each Vocational Service Award winner will re- ceive a monetary donation to the charity of their choice. The Rotary Club of Charles Town also awarded a Scholar- ship to James Rumsey Techni- cal Institute. On hand to accept the award was Principal Direc- tor Jim Spears. Spears said this award would be given to a grad- uate of Jefferson High School, Bryan Hyre, an electrical stu- dent at James Rumsey. "We'd like to congratulate all the award winners," said Spears. Ketlie Skerrett, a personaltrainerat Gold'sGym, al Service Award from Mike Shepp, who nominated Ray Rokni, recipient of a Vocational Service Award, is lated by Carol Kable. Don Burhans, Rotary Club president, presents a : to Principal Director Jim Spears, of James Rumsey Technical Collections For Santa'sWorksho Several Jefferson County orga- nizations have combined efforts to help families in need this holiday season. Santa's Toy Workshop collects new, unwrapped toys for children from one to sixteen and then dis- tributes them to families in Jef- ferson County through a toy shop format, allowing parents to select toys for their children. If you would like to help make this a great Christmas for some of the youth in Jefferson County, drop an unwrapped toy in one of the Santa's Toy Workshop Collec- tion boxes by December 15 at any of the following locations: Jeffer- son Security Bank (Charles Town and Shepherdstown branches), - F&M Bank, City National Bank. United .Bank, Bank of Charles Town, Zion Episcopal Church, As- bury. United Methodist Church, AFAC/Kidde. Adelphia, Shenan- doah Lanes, Long & Foster Re- altors. Wright Denny Elementary School, Jefferson Asphalt, Charles Town Races & Slots and Jefferson If you would a monetary your check, made out to County Communiu' (designated Santa's to Charles Town P.O. Box 1045. V~W 25414. If you have about the program. Bowers. Jefferson munity Ministries at 3186. Military Corner Army Staff Sgt. Thomas L. McDiffit has returned to the U.S. from Kabul, AfghaniStan, in support of Operation Endur- ing Freedom as a member of Task Force Phoenix. Task Force Phoenix is a mul- tinational team formed to train, mentor and assist the Afghani- stan National Army to l~'a strong, effective mission-ready Central Corps. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and coali- tion forces who, beside fighting the war against terrorism, also prepare the Afghan nationals to defend their country against terrorists threats and acts. U.S. military members focus on training Afghan nationals in basic infantry training skills and combat tactics. The sergeant is a special elec- tronics devices repairer super- visor normally assigned to the 210th Forward Support Bat- talion at Fort Drum, Water- town, N.Y. He is the son of Twila J. McDiffit, of Tusoawilla Hills, Charles Town. His father and mother-in-law, Daniel and Bar- bara Faulkiner, reside in Cam- eron, W. Va. EACKLES SPENCER FUNERAL HOME Since 1918 ROBERT L. SPENCER FUNERAL DIRECTOR Pre-Arrangement Plans Available A Member of The National Funeral Directors Association Harpers Ferry, W. 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