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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, December 17, 1998 In Memoriam ANNE PEARCE HENDRY Anne Pearce Hendry, 90, of Shepherdstown, died Friday, De- cember 11 at City Hospital. Born October 15, 1908, in Nor- folk, Va she was the daughter of the late Charles Willis Pearce and Bessie Morton White Pearce. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ernest S. Hendry. She was a 1929 graduate of George Washington University and lived in China and the Philip- pines prior to World War II. She taught school and was a laboratory assistant for her hus- band prior to their marriage. She was an expert seamstress and made vestments for various churches. She was an active member of Fourth Presbyterian Church, Be- thesda, Md and the Eleanor Wil- son Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Wash- ington, D.C. She is survived by one son, Ernest S. Hendry, Jr Shepherd- stown, one daughter, Elizabeth Walton Vercoe, Carlisle, Mass and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Warren Pearce, and one sister, Elizabeth P. Murphy. Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Brown Funeral Home. Dr. William P. Gregg, Jr officiated. Interment will be at 11 a.m. to- day at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Associa- tion, 919 N. Michigan Ave Suite 110, Chicago, IL 60611-1676. ARTHUR D. VIANDS Arthur Dorsey "Aught" Viands, 79, died Sunday, December 13, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Born May 21, 1919, in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Arthur A. and Fannie V. Longer- beam Viands. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Frances Johnson Viands, in 1979. He retired from the Jones & Laughlin Steel Co Blair. He attended Charles Town Baptist Church and was a mem- ber of the Steel Workers Union. He is survived by one sister, Margaret Isabelle Wilt, Charles Town; nieces, nephews; great- nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Della Pearl, Bessie E. Breeden, Lacy Bussard and Pauline Wilt; three brothers, George Viands, Howard E. Viands and Charles M. Viands. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Fu- neral Home. Dr. Wyman Hall offi- ciated. Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery. WILLIAM E. REID William Eugene Reid, 56, of Kearneysville, died Wednesday, December 9, at Jefferson Memo- rial Hospital. Born August 21, 1942, in Round Hill, Va he was the son of the late Stanley Maxwell and Marie Etta Washington Reid. He was employed as a farm manager by Belmont Farm. He was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, and was a member of Panhandle Alliance Therapeutic Horseman- ship. He is survived by a sister, Mary Harrington, Odenton, Md.; three brothers, Samuel Reid and Donald Reid, both of Fairfax, Vs and Charles Reid, New York; an aunt; and close friend, Kathleen Tycz. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Garnett Cook and Eunice Reid; and three brothers, James Reid, Robert Reid and Ralph Reid. Services and burial were pri- vate. Memorial donations may be made to Panhandle Alliance Therapeutic Horsemanship, 10 Edward Lane, Charles Town, WV 25414. Arrangements were by Jeffer- son Chapel Funeral Home, Ran- son. ROBERT G. BAYLOR Robert Garnett (Bumps) Baylor, formerly of Charles Town, passed away Monday, November 30, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sallie Madison Baylor Grow, .in Mobile, Ala after a long struggle with lung disease and cancer. Mr. Baylor is survived by a son Rev. Robert Wright Baylor, Bellefonte, Pa.; and a daughter, Mrs. Anne Lloyd Baylor Carlson, Atlanta, Ga.; five grandchildren, He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Anne Madison Wright Baylor, Charles Town, buried at Zion Episcopal Church, Charles Town, in 1986. Mr. Baylor was the son of Dr. Robert Matson Baylor and Annie Louise Phelps Baylor and the nephew of Miss Anne Lloyd Baylor, of Charles Town. He was born June 5, 1914. Mr. Baylor served with the Army during World War II, and retired with the Florida Park Ser- vice after 30 years. Mr. and Mrs. Baylor retired to their home in Williston, Fla. A graveside service will be held at Zion Episcopal Church Yard. Arrangements are being made by Pine Crest Funeral Home, of Mobile The family can be contacted through Mrs. Sallie M. Grow, 4900 Woodcliff Dr No. Mobile, AL 36693, or Rev. Robert W. Baylor, 117 No. Monroe St Bellefonte, PA 16823. HARRY L. RANKIN SR. Harry Lee Rankin, Sr 86, of Shenandoah Nursing and Reha- bilitation Center, died Wednesday, December 9, at the center. Born March 12, 1912, in West Virginia, he was the son of the late Robert Lee and Ada Bell Rankin. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Blanche Getts Rankin, in 1995. He retired after many years as a self-employed farmer in Jeffer- son County. He was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by four daugh- ters, Mary Ann Spinks, Charles Town, Anna Mac Carter, Wood- bridge, Va Barbara Carper, Ran- son, and Linda Gates, Kear- neysville; three sons, Melvin Rankin, Summit Point, George Rankin, Winchester and Carol Lee Rankin, Rippon; 17 grandchil- dren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Harry Lee Rankin, Jr in 1984; two sisters, Virgie Howell and Rosie Howell; and three brothers, Pete, Charles and Jo- seph R kin. Mr. Rankin was the last of his immediate family. Services were held last Satur- day at 11 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. Rev. James Chambly officiated. Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery, Ber- ryville, Va. PATRICK D. MCCAULEY Patrick Daniel McCauley, 17, of Willowbrooke, died Friday, De- cember 11, at Inova Fairfax Hospi- tal, Fairfax, Va. Born February 28, 1981, in Fairfax, he was the son of Patrick Lloyd and Marjorie A. Mele McCauley, of Charles Town. He was a 1997 graduate of Mountaineer Challenge Academy, Kingwood. He was employed with ICT Co. in Martinsburg, W.Va. He was a Christian. Surviving in addition to his parents are paternal grand- mother, Margaret Plisko, Kear- neysville; maternal grandmother, Shirley Mele, Nathalie, Va.; and a sister, Kristy Hedgespeth, Charles Town. Services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colo- nial Funeral Home. Pastor Glenn Dumire officiated. Burial was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg. Memorial donations may be made to Citizens Fire Co P.O. Box 927, Charles Town, WV 25414. iii II II IIII I II II I' ESTABLISHED 1844 Published Weekly on Thursday by The Jefferson Publishing Company, Inc. 210 North George Street Charles Town, West Virginia Telephone: (304) 725-2046Second Class Postage Mail Address: P.O. Box 966 Paid at Charles Town, W.Va. Charles Town, W.Va. 25414USPS 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 ED,TO. PUSL,S.E. Edward 'Pat Dockeney POSTMASTER: Please send address changu to The Spirit of Jefferson.Farmer's Advocate, P.O. Box 966, Charles Town, WV 25414. II I I I I I I BG DOUGLAS C. POLHAMUS Brigadier General Douglas Clinton Polhamus, USAF, Ret 83, died Friday, December 4 at :*Army Residence Community, San Antonio, Tex. He was born in Berryville, Va on November 9, 1915. Following graduation from high school in 1933, he entered Shepherd Col- lege. While at college, he received a Congressional appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y and graduated in 1938 ranking in the upper third of his class. General Polhamus received fly- ing training at Randolph and Kelly Fields, Tex earning his wings in 1938. His first assign- ment as a pilot was to Randolph Field as a flying instructor with the Air Training Command, and subsequently served at various bases as flight instructor, squad- ron commander and director of training through 1943. In 1944, he was assigned to the 330 Bom- bardment Group and participated in the air offensive against Japan from Guam as Deputy and then Group Commander, flying more than 200 combat hours before the end of World War II. He was then assigned to the Armed ForCes Staff College as a faculty member. Subsequent as- signments included the Air Force Office for Atomic Energy, The Na- tional War College, Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Powers of Europe, and the Office of the USAF Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. He served as Deputy Chief for the Defense Atomic Sup- port Agency in Washington, D.C. In 1963, General Polhamus be- came Chief of Staff of Fifth Air Force, Japan, and then Com- mander of Kanto Base Command, Japan. From August 1966 until his retirement, he commanded An- drews Air Force Base, Md. He had been awarded numerous medals including the Legion of Merit, Dis- tinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. General Polhamus is survived by his wife, Loraine, of Army Resi- dence Community, San Antonio; his daughter, Jill Guthrie, of Mis- souri City, Tex.; sons, Dr. Garrett Polhamus, of San Antonio, Dr. Clinton Polhamus, of Roanoke, Va a brother, Thomas S. Polhamus, Berryville; and four sisters, Margaret P. Myers, of Shenandoah Junction, Alice p. Link, Port Lucie, Flal, Kitty P. Randolph, of Falling Wa rs, and Mary P. Banner, Rockville, Md. He also leaves seven grandchil- dren and three great-grandchil- dren. Graveside services were held December 9 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full mili- tary honors. HOUSTON R WEDLOCK Houston Paul Wedlock, 83, of Berryville, Va died Tuesday, De- cember 8, at his home. Born June 10, 1915, in Warren County, Va he was the son of the late David and Fannie Wedlock. He was a member of Ebenezer Mountain Cavalry Holy Church, Summit Point. He was employed as an orchard laborer for Moore and Dorsey for 20 years. He is survived by four daugh- ters, Betty Underwood and Pam- ela Underwood, both of Summit Point, and Diane Habeebula and Nancy Miles, both of Baltimore, Md.; four sons, Houston Douglas Wedlock, Columbia, Md Bobby Mitchell Wedlock, Waldorf, Md George Roger Wedlock and Harry Thomas Wedlock, both of Balti- more, 13 grandchildren; 34 great- grandchildren; and five great- great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mitilda Whitmore and Laura Wedlock; and two brothers, David Wedlock and Harry Wed- lock. Services were conducted last Friday at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home. Minister Gary' Doleman officiated. Burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery. ALBERT HENRY DERONDA Albert Henry DeRonda, 71, of Charles Town, died Sunday, De- cember 13, at City Hospital Born October 21, 1927, in Peekskill, N.Y he was the son of the late Albert DeRonda and Ethel May Whikehart DeRonda. He retired in 1985 after 38 years as chief of medical adminis- tration of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg. He was a member of the St. James Catholic Church. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army, working in finance. He is survived by his wife, Nanette P. Minniti DeRonda, to whom he was married for 45 years, at home; two daughters, Nanette F. DeRonda, Boca Raton, Fla and Francine DeRonda, Charles Town; four sons, Albert DeRonda and John E. DeRonda, both of Charles Town, Daniel DeRonda, LaPlata, Md and Tho- mas F. DeRonda, Ranson; two brothers, Robert DeRonda, Vir- ginia, and Frederick DeRonda, San Francisco; four grandchil- dren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by two brothers, William Boyles and Larry Boyd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. James Catholic Church, Charles Town, at 10 a.m. today with Father Brian Owens officiating. Burial will be at the St. Peter's Cemetery in Harpers Ferry. Melvin T. Strider Colonial Fu- neral Home was in charge of ar- rangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Panhandle Training Center/Jefferson Center, 2000 Aikens Ct Martinsburg, WV 25401, JAMES J. GIBBONS James Jeremy "Junior" Gib- bons, 17, of Ranson, died Sunday, December 13, at Jefferson Memo- rial Hospital. Born November 24, 1981, in Marion, Va he was the son of James Lee Render, of Ranson, and Connie Sue Moore Honacker, of Marion. He was a student at Jefferson High School. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his adoptive parents Russ and Glenda Gibbons, Hilton, Va.; his stepmother, Laura Ren- der, Ranson; and an aunt and uncle with whom he resided, Libby and Michael Lerendu. Services will be today at 11 a.m. at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ransom The Rev. Jack Compton will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Lutheran Cem- etery in Bolivar. MARY LOU BAUSERMAN Mary Lou Gardner Bauserman, 67, of Manassas, Va formerly of Rippon, died December 13, at her home in Manassas. She was born November 15, 1931, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Elfreida Jenkins Gardner, and the late John Glenn Gardner. She is also survived by her hus- band, Warren Bauserman; son, Terry Caniford, Manassas; and daughter Laura (Nee Bauserman) Muller, Manassas; two grandchil- dren; three sisters, June Baxter, Frederick, Md.; Geraldine Thomp- son, Panama City, Fla.; Gloria Jones, Berryville, Va.; one brother, John Glenn Gardner, Berryville, Vs. Funeral services were held graveside on Wednesday, Decem- ber 16 at Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville, at 11 a.m. Medicine, to produce health, has to examine disease; and music, to create harmony, must examine discord. --Plutarch CEMETERY LOTS FOR SALE Singles, Side-by-Side Double and four-grave lots. Perpetual Care Included. Make your arrangements in advance rather than leaving more decisions for your family at a difficult time. I FarM re InformationCa!!',725"2332,I EDGE HILL CEMETERY Charles Town, W. "Ca. Granites Bronze Marble Plaques Vases ,Cemetery Engraving Service [ No overhead compare Our Prices [ [ Service The Tri-State Area l J. Thomas Dailey Harpers Ferry, (SO4) 535-2278 W. Va. 25425 Rain Fails To Dampen S At Annual Parade of I By 2 p.m. the rain had stopped and, with Santa in the lead, the third annual Christmas Parade of Horses was under way. In spite of drizzle and light showers all morning, 60 horses, ponies and mules participated in the parade Participants came from Jefferson and Berkeley counties, Washing- ton, and Frederick counties, Md and Loudoun and Clarke Coun- ties, Va. There were four indi- vidual horse and riders, five horse -drawn vehicles and eight groups. Rachel Staub, of Saratoga Farm, Hagerstown, Md Best Horse and Belmonte, of Charles awarded the Most and Rider. Buck Kearneysville, and won Best Horse Best Horse and Donna Miller, of Most Creative Horse riage was awarded and Linda Shields, Town. Plaques, Signs, were awarded egory. SCHOOL BOARD Continued from new 10-feet-by-36-feet freezer for food storage at a cost of $16,400 The freezer will be housed at the Maintenance Department. A Work-Based Learning Policy is under review by the board until the January 19 regular meeting. At that time, the policy will be considered for final adoption. The policy is available in the board of- fice for public review. New lighting will be installed at Jefferson High School in the front and back parking lots. The board approved a $17,566 bid from LDH Electrical Contractors of Falling Waters to install three new light poles with double light fixtures in the parking lot at the front of the school. The bid also includes the installation of four poles with single light fixtures in the backing lot at the rear of the school. The board approved a program endorsed by Governor Cecil Un- derwood that raises students' grades by making them better learners. Known as Bridges, the program focuses on helping stu- dents develop better memory and the for better reading, ematics and other basiC! Bridges measures lectual abilities most lated to basic those that help us to store, process, information. son County, the used initially to students and would SUCCESS Program High School. with up to 80 high at risk of dropping A state grant of be awarded to the each year for up der the Bridges county would provide I and computer to im project. The teacher duct testing and low up with students. The program is schools around the school officials program in Houston, Alumni Sponsoring Local Man's Books The Harpers Ferry High School Alumni Association is proud to sponsor Annunzio Chicchirichi's Books: The Wreath of Steel and his latest, The Wreath and The Crucifix. The books relate a compelling story of his father and mother's immigration to America, and about the cultural differences their nine children encountered as first generation Americans. Call Paul Ranalli at 725-2343 or Guy's Buick at 725-3448. FUNERAL Since I FUNERAL A The National Directors Harpers Ferry, 535-651 Allegheny Power maintains trees in and our power lines to ensure safe, reliable service. As part of our ongoing and reliability program, and in the Public Service Commission's g will trim trees in the Charles Town and areas beginning in January 1999. Before work begins, our contractor, Company, will send a representative to property owners in the affected areas. If 00 is home, the representative will leave about the work to be performed, as well phone number to call if you have questions. For more information about our tree and reliability program, call 1 (1-800-255-3443). Allegheny