LESTER E. JONES
Lester Edward Jones, 87, Hartmansville, W.Va., died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at the home of his son, Eugene Jones, Elk Garden, W.Va.
Born July 22, 1912, at Maysville, he was a son of the late Jacob and Gracie (Hawk) Jones. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Edna (Sager) Jones; and one son, Samuel Jones.
He was a retired farmer and timberman. He attended the Emoryville United Methodist Church and was a member of the Woodmen of the World.
Survivors include three sons, Glenn Jones and Eugene Jones, both of Elk Garden, and Kermit Jones, Mt. Storm, W.Va.; two daughters, WIlma Reed and Velma Kifer, both of Elk Garden; two brothers, Emmett Jones and Alvin J. Jones, both of Elk Garden; two sisters, Alma Weimer, Gorman, and Anna Lahman, Springfield, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the home of Earl and Wilma Reed on U.S. Rt. 50, four miles east of Mount Storm, by the Jones and Reed Market, today and Friday, Sept. 2 and 3.
A funeral service will be conducted at the House of Prayer, Hartmansville, on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Glen Hamrick and the Rev. William Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in the Lahmansville Cemetery.
The David A. Burdock Funeral Home, Kitzmiller, is in charge of arrangements.
ROBERT M. RAFFERTY SR.
Robert M. "Bob" Rafferty Sr., 64, Frostburg, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland.
Born Dec. 23, 1935, in Frostburg, he was a son of the late Charles P. and Nora E. (Glotfelty) Rafferty. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce (Bittinger) Rafferty, and one brother, James W. Rafferty.
He served with the U.S. Air Force in Korea, Germany, and Okinawa. He was retired from the Kelly Springfield Tire Company and was the first retiree from Hunter Douglas Window Fashions.
He was a member of Eckhart Baptist Church and the AWANA. He was a member of the American Legion Farrady Post 24, and the American Legion Post 214. He also coached Little League baseball.
Survivors include his wife, Andrea (Sponaugle) Rafferty; two sons, Rick Rafferty, Frostburg, and Robert Rafferty Jr., Newport News, Va.; one daughter, Jean Marie Broadwater, Grantsville; three brothers, Daniel. L. Rafferty, Apache Junction, Ariz., Edward C. Rafferty, Avilton, and John L. Rafferty, Frostburg; two sisters, Noreen Beachy, Frostburg, and Hilda Duncan, Frostburg; and six grandchildren.
Friends were received at the Sowers Funeral Home, Frostburg, where a service was conducted Tuesday, Feb. 22, with the Rev. Gerald Evens officiating. Interment was in the Grantsville Cemetery. Graveside military rites were accorded by members of American Legion Posts 24 and 214.
Memorial contributions may be made to Western Maryland Health System, Cumberland, or the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV 26505.
JOHN A. PRICE
John A. Price, 87, Fountain, W.Va., and more recently a resident at the Moran Manor Nursing Home, Westernport, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at the nursing home.
Born June 17, 1912, in Bloomington, he was a son of the late John Herbert and Daisy (Elliott) Price. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Anna B. (Bever) Price; one great-grandson; two sisters, Leona Dawson and Martha Wilcox Kopanski; and two brothers, Frank Price and Charles Price. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He was a member of the Keyser (W.Va.) Presbyterian Church, and had served on the board of session as an elder and deacon. He was a life member of the Davis Lodge #51 AF&AM, Keyser, and received his 50-year Masonic pin in 1991. He was a member and Past Worthy Patron of the Bethlehem Chapter #14 Order of the Eastern Star, Westernport, and received his 50-year membership in 2000. He retired in 1977 as a filtration plant operator at Westvaco's Luke Mill with 43 years and 11 months of service.
Surviving are one daughter, Marian "Sue" Crawford, Keyser; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Friends were received at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport, where a memorial service was conducted on Saturday evening by members of the OES. A funeral service was conducted at the Keyser Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Feb. 20, with the Rev. Stephen Fritz and the Rev. Donald Nelson officiating. Interment was in the Bloomington Cemetery.
ALTA M. SWEITZER
Alta M. Sweitzer, 93, Hutton, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at the Cuppett-Weeks Nursing Home, Oakland.
Born April 2, 1906, in Breedlove, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Henry C. and Gertie E. (Christman) Welch. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harry R. Sweitzer, in 1983; one son, Vernon Sweitzer; five brothers; and two grandsons.
Survivors include one daughter, Janet E. Armstrong, Oakland; one sister, Farrell E. Harvey, Newcomerstown, Ohio; and two grandchildren.
Friends were received at the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland, where a service was conducted Saturday, Feb. 19, with the Rev. Meredith Ball officiating. Interment was in the Georg Cemetery, Swanton.
The family requests that memorials take the form of contributions to the Southern Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 378, Oakland, MD 21550; the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 1000, Johnstown, PA 15907; the American Cancer Society, Garrett County Chapter, 111 S. George St., Cumberland, MD 21502; or the Swanton Otterbein United Methodist Church, c/o Freda Teets, 99 Bittinger Road, Swanton, MD 21561.
BETTY L. HOSTUTLER
Betty Lynn Hostutler, 56, Terra Alta, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
Born Jan. 20, 1944, in Terra Alta, she was a daughter of the late Junior Paul and Elma Nellie (Losh) Grimm. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Leroy Maniard Grimm and George William Grimm, and one sister, Barbara June Grimm.
She was a member of the Terra Alta Wesleyan Church.
Survivors include her husband, Henry A. Hostutler Sr.; three sons, Richard Paul Hostutler and Henry Arthur Hostutler Jr., both of Oakland, and Jared Lee Hostutler, Terra Alta; one daughter, Crystal Lynn Frantz, Terra Alta; one brother, Robert David Grimm, Aurora, W.Va.; three sisters, Judith Ann Zarra, Pittsburgh, Brenda Joyce Grimm, Corinth, W.Va., and Connie Sue Stemple, Terra Alta; and four grandchildren.
Friends were received at the Arthur H. Wright Funeral Home, Terra Alta. A service was conducted at the Terra Alta Wesleyan Church on Sunday, Feb. 6, with the Rev. David Paul officiating. Interment was in the Terra Alta Cemetery.
ELLEN F. WAGNER
Ellen F. Wagner, 80, Salisbury, Pa., formerly of Meyersdale, Pa., died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at the Meyersdale Medical Center.
Born Sept. 9, 1919, in Salisbury, she was a daughter of the late Harvey and Mary Jane (Harding) Brown. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harry Wagner, on Nov. 17, 1988, and her son, William Wagner Sr.
She was employed for 28 years at the Meyersdale Manufacturing Company, Meyersdale, having retired in 1981. She was a member of Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale.
Survivors include one daughter, Jane Swartzwelder, Salisbury; one sister, Lena McKenzie, Thurmont; two brothers, Ralph Brown and Harvey Brown Jr., both of Salisbury; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, where a service will be conducted at 3 p.m. today, Feb. 24, with the Rev. Raymond Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Salisbury Cemetery.
PAUL H. BEITZEL
Paul Herman Beitzel, 77, Waterford, Mich., died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Huron Valley Hospital, Waterford.
The eldest son of the late Jacob and Leah (Opel) Beitzel, he was born May 17, 1922, in Accident.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was an avid pilot with a commercial pilot's license, and had been a commanding officer with the Civil Air Patrol in Canton, Ohio. He also had been a member of many civic organizations, including the Lions Club, BPO Elks, and a scout leader for Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one son, Jeffrey Paul Beitzel, Michigan; two daughters, Janice Marie Grigg, Michigan, and Judy Eileen Fike, Oakland; two brothers, Jack Beitzel, Accident, and Herbert Beitzel, Canton; three sisters, Marion Fread, Evelyn Shaffer, and Iva Hostetler, all of Canton; three stepdaughters; and seven grandchildren.
A brief cremation ceremony was conducted at the Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, Farmington, Mich., on Feb. 20. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the donor's local Hospice organization.
BETTY I. KESTERSON
Betty I. Kesterson, 76, Bayard, W.Va., died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at her home.
Born Jan. 16, 1924, in Bayard, she was a daughter of the late Walter K. and Margaret C. (Kitzmiller) Kuhn. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Ronald Kuhn, Kermit Kuhn, and William Kuhn, and two sisters, Mary Scripp and Barbara Evans.
She was a retired analyst for the National Security Agency, Ft. Meade.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph E. Kesterson; and two sisters, Rayma L. Smith, Spring Hill, Fla., and Marcaline R. Marino, Hazelton, Pa.
At her request, her body was cremated. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.
The family requests that memorials take the form of contributions to the Grant Memorial Hospice, P.O. Box 1019, Petersburg, WV 26847.
The Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland, is in charge of arrangements.
JACK T. ADAMS
Jack Teets Adams, 75, Aurora, W.Va., died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
Born Feb. 28, 1924, in Keyser, W.Va., he was a son of the late Jesse Cook and Mary Thelma (Teets) Adams. He was also preceded in death by one brother, James Adams, and one sister, Sally Torno.
He was a retired school teacher at Aurora School. He taught for 27 years and he also coached basketball and baseball. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a lifelong member of the Aurora United Methodist Church and was a member of the church choir. He was a member of Aurora International Order of Odd Fellows, the Retired Teachers Association, AARP, the Aurora Historical Society, and the Ougabus Society.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Eugenia (Sanders) Adams; four sons, Jack Eugene Adams and James Daniel Adams, both of Aurora, and Charles Raymond Adams and Lawrence Patrick Adams, both of Oakland; two daughters, Judith Ann Paugh and Doris Jane Tichnell, both of Aurora; one brother, Thomas Adams, Aurora; one sister, Peggy Houser, Aurora; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren
Friends will be received at the Aurora United Methodist Memorial Building from 2 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday. A service will be conducted at the Aurora United Methodist Church on Friday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Joe Robinette and the Rev. Ronald McCauley officiating. Interment will follow in the Aurora Cemetery.
EDWARD E. GRACIE
Edward E. Gracie, 74, Cumberland, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland.
Born Oct. 20, 1925, in Frostburg, he was a son of the late John P. and Frances L. (Henline) Gracie. He was also preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
He was a retired brakeman for the CSX Railroad and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1273, Frostburg; the Mount Savage VFW Old Rail Post 6025; Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2883, Cresaptown; Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 348, Frostburg; Farrady Post 24 American Legion, Frostburg; Fraternal Order of Police #90; Fraternal Order of Eagles Sportsman's Club 2883, Cresaptown; and the Piney Mountain Sportsman's Club.
Survivors include his companion, Anita Dorsey; two sons, John E. Gracie, Cumberland, and James P. Gracie, Frostburg; two daughters, Louise Warnick, Grantsville, and Diane Gracie Collins, Frostburg; one brother, Thomas Gracie, Vale Summit; his ex-wife, Elizabeth (Moran) Gracie, Frostburg; and five grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home, Frostburg, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday. A Christian Wake Service will be conducted at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. this evening, with the Rev. Father Milton Hipsley officiating.
A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Hipsley officiating. Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale.