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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 

March 29, 2012

William Hamilton Rexrode

William Hamilton Rexrode, 89, of Williamsport, MD went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the VA Medical Center Martinsburg.

He was born, March 11, 1923 in Sugar Grove, WV to the late George Hairim and Mertie Myrl Puffenbarger Rexrode.

Mr. Rexrode was employed as a farmer with D.M. Ridenour. He also worked for Jones Oil Company delivering gas for many years. He was last employed with Arnold Graphics of Chambersburg, PA.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during WWII on the USS Sable and the USS Gray Lag.

He was of the Lutheran Faith and a member of VFW in Sugar Grove.

His wife, Dorothy I. Green Rexrode preceded him in death in 1989.

Surviving are three daughter: Barbara Bingaman and her husband Bill of Leitersburg, MD, Debra Jackson and her husband Syd, Lisa Copeland all of Hagerstown, MD; three sons, Pete Rexrode and his wife Mae, Dennis Rexrode, Sr. and his girlfriend Sue Miller all of Williamsport, MD, Dave Rexrode and his wife Kathy of Sugar Grove; a brother: Charles Rexrode of Sugar Grove; two sister: Thelma Watson of Charles Town and Faye Bodkin of Sugar Grove; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter Brenda Rexrode and two sisters Ruth Breece and Sadie Frye.

Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Osborne Funeral Home, Williamsport, MD with Pastor Victor Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park Hagerstown, MD.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6p.m. to 8p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to VA Medical Center, 510 Butler Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25405.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Charlotte Corinna Hammer

Charlotte Corrina Hammer, age 76, of Franklin, WV, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2012 at her residence.

She was born at Zigler, WV on January 24, 1936, the daughter of the late John Leo and Golden Susan (Bodkin) Judy.

Mrs. Hammer was a 1956 graduate of Franklin High School. She attended Ruddle Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren. Ms. Hammer enjoyed babysitting, collecting glass chickens, and helping with the food stand for the Ruddle Presbyterian Church during Treasure Mountain Festival.

On July 31, 1958 Charlotte married Delton Ray Hammer who survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Debbie Mowery and husband Chris of Franklin; a son, Douglas Hammer of Franklin; a brother, John Dee “Bud” Judy of Franklin; two grandchildren, Kelly and Shane; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, David Leo Judy on Dec. 13, 1998.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Shyrl Smith officiating.

Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin.

Memorials my be made to Mountain Hospice, POB 416, Franklin, WV 26807 or Ruddle Presbyterian Church.

Memories and words of comfort may be left at

Robert “Bob” John Key

Robert “Bob” John Key, age 65 of Franklin, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at his residence.

He was born at Planeville, NJ, on August 19, 1946, the son of the late Charles Everett and Helen (Hay) Key.

Mr. Key was a 1964 graduate of Millville High School and he graduated from WVU in 1968 with a bachelor of science degree in forestry.

He was a Veteran of the US Navy and served at Guantanamo Bay during the Vietnam Era. He was a member of the Pendleton County Emergency Rescue for 15 years, a member of the American Legion #0200, and a member of the Franklin United Methodist Church.

He had a profound interest in railroads, trains, spelunking, and caving. He worked for 20 years as the Water Plant Operator for the Town of Franklin.

On Jun 15, 1974, he married Barbara Ann Brown and she survives in Franklin.

Also surviving are a daughter, Judith Helen Key of Franklin; a son, John Everette Key of Norfolk, VA; a sister, Virginia Long of Millville, NJ; three great-nephews; two nieces; and a lifelong friend, Robert Moore and wife Judith of Mauricetown, NJ.

He was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Rebecca Cossaboon Key.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Bob Anderson and Pastor Susie Echols officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin.

Memorials may be made to: Pendleton County Rescue Squad or Franklin Town Park.

Memories and words of comfort may be left at

Sara Sue Jack, 70

Sara Sue Jack, 70, of Blue Grass, VA, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

She was born Aug. 23, 1941, in Augusta County, VA, a daughter of the late Charles William and Juanita L. Harshbarger Dennison.

Mrs. Jack was a member of the Blue Grass United Methodist Church and member of the former Blue Grass Homemakers. She formerly worked at Highland Data, was a life-long homemaker and babysitter, who cherished the many children that she cared for in her home. Additionally, she was a loving and devoted grandmother, friend to many, and enjoyed her cats.

Her husband of 50 years, James Ray Jack, preceded her in death on Feb. 4.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Terri and David Jamison of Blue Grass, VA; a son, Gary Jack of Blue Grass, VA; two grandsons, Brian Jamison and girlfriend, Kelsey Simmons, and Tyler Jamison and girlfriend, Nicole Newcomb, all of Blue Grass, VA; a sister, Jane Nesselrodt and husband, Paul of Mt. Sidney, VA; a brother, Charlie Dennison and wife, Lucy of Mt. Sidney, VA; a brother-in-law, John W. Jack of Pendleton Manor, Franklin; a number of nieces and nephews; and many special friends, including, Ava Rexrode and Gertrude Gibson.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Judy Herring.

A funeral service was conducted Tuesday at the blue Grass United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andre

Crummett officiating. Burial followed in the Jack Family Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Obaugh Funeral Home, McDowell, VA.

Guy Milstead, Jr., 81

Guy Nevitt Milstead, Jr., 81, of Fort Wayne, IN, and a former resident of Circleville, died on Sunday, March 18, 2012, at his residence.

Born Aug. 17, 1930, in Chicamuxen, MD, he was the son of the late Guy Nevitt Milstead, Sr., and Lessie Milstead Cox.

Mr. Milstead ws a truck driver for Rocco Turkey, retiring after 16 years of service in 1992. He served in the Army and was a member of the American Legion in Virginia.

His wife, Patricia Marie Milstead, survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Mary Ann Payne Milstead, Shirley Jane Pratt, Cindy Lou Gainer, and Lessie Monroe Alger; three sons, Joe Naylor Milstead, Guy N. Milstead, III, of Franklin and Eugene B. Milstead; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Martha K. Heath, Patricia A. Greenburg and Emma J. Coons.

A memorial service was pending in Virginia.

Memorials may be made to the VA Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were under the direction of the Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.

Sarah Fortner, 30

Sarah Elizabeth Fortner, 30 of Fairmont peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Golden Living Center in Morgantown.

She was born in Fairmont on October 16, 1981 a daughter of Harold "Sonny" Fortner III of Fairmont and Velda (Knapp) and her "step daddy", Roger Sigley of Fairmont.

Sarah graduated from East Fairmont High School in 2001. Before becoming ill, she had worked at PACE Enterprises in Morgantown.

She loved life and loved her family. She enjoyed taking photographs and making picture albums of her photos.

She liked riding her four-wheeler, jewelry and soda especially Dr Pepper. Friends and family will remember Sarah for her wonderful smile.

Also surviving are a grandmother, Bernice Fortner, of Fairmont, two brothers; Chris S. Fortner and his wife Lisa, of Morgantown and Jason L. Fortner, of Fairmont; aunts and uncles, Ruth M. Botkin of Verona, VA, Walter N. Knapp and his wife Anna of Halifax, V and Kenneth A. Knapp of Monterey, VA.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harold "Bud" Campbell Fortner, Jr. , Etta Marie Knapp and Ralph Norman Knapp.

The funeral service were held , March 21, at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, Fairmont, with Rev. Dr. Earl Klein and Rev. Charlie McKinney officiating. Interment services will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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