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Obituaries from Pendleton Times, from 7 June 2001

Kathryn Elaine Sponaugle

Kathryn Elaine Sponaugle, 67, of Franklin, died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at her home.

Mrs. Sponaugle was born May 9, 1934, at Riverton and was the daughter of the late Curtis P. and Grace Warner Bland.

She was a homemaker and waitress and was a member of the Solomon Chapel Church.

On Nov. 19, 1949, she married Elmer Sponaugle, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Ella Sue Ruddle and Sara E. George, both of Franklin; three sons, Elmer Sponaugle, Jr., of Grottoes, VA, John K. Sponaugle of Brandywine, and Billy C. Sponaugle, of Franklin, four sisters, Wilma Nelson of Ohio, Eva Thompson of Hinton, VA, Shirley Bland of Broadway, VA, and Rebecca Bible of McGaheysville, VA; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin with Pastor Dan Ludwick officiating.

Burial was in the Cedar Hill Cemetery at Franklin.


Mary Louise Thomas, 92

Mary Louise (Murphy) Thomas, 92, of Keyser, died on Friday, June 1, 2001, at her residence.

Born on March 12, 1909, in Franklin, she was the daughter of the late Cain and Susan (Hedrick) Murphy. She also was preceded in death by her husband, John Ersel Thomas, Sr., in 1974, whom she married on September 10, 1932; one sister, Lena (Murphy) Shobe, and three brothers , Samuel Murphy, Earl Murphy and Cletus Murphy.

Mrs. Thomas was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Surviving are her son, John e. Thomas, Jr., and wife janet of Keyser; her daughter, Carolyn A. (Thomas) Shook and husband, Clarence, Cresaptown, MD, her three grandchildren, John Scott Thomas, Kelly Ann (Thomas) Stanislawczyk and husband, Jay, and Jennifer Louise Shook and her great-grandson, Jacob Stanislawczyk.

Funeral services were held at the Markwood Funeral Home in Keyser on Monday at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Louise Nealis officiating.

Interment was held in Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser.


Gary Steve Hammer, 59

Gary Steve Hammer, 59, of Boyds, MD, and formerly of Franklin died Monday, May 21, at his home in Boyds, MD.

Mr. Hammer was born Feb. 19, 1942, in Franklin and was as on of Sylvia Ray hartman Hammer of Franklin and the late Raymond Byrd Hammer.

He retired after 23 years with the DC Fire Department as battalion chief and had worked out of the Chief's office as a liaison officer with the DC Metro System. He was hired by the Metro System as their fire technician, serving for 16 years until he became ill one year ago. He was a member of the Germantown Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Nancy Eye Hammer of Boyds, MD; one sister, Linda Conrad of Franklin; two sons, Terry Steven Hammer and Michael Allen Hammer, both of Lusby, MD; one daughter, Micki Lynn heineken of Odenton, MD; two step-sons, Douglas Myers and Eric Myers, both of Boyds, MD; one step-daughter, Candi Myers of Boyds, MD; eight grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 24, at the Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, MD.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at the Hammer church in Franklin with Rev. Stanley Kile and Rev. Mike Watson officiating.

Memorials may be sent to the Washington Cancer Institute in Memory of Gary "Pete" Hammer, 110 Irving Street, NW, Room C2149, Washington, DC 20010.


Lloyd Emory Bennett, 76

Lloyd Emory Bennett, 76, Olstead Township, OH, died Monday, May 28, 2001.

Mr. Bennett was born Jan. 18, 1925, at Hunting Ground and was a son of the late Robert C. Bennett and Myrtle Warner Bennett.

He was a press operator for Midland Steel and an Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Sponaugle Bennett; two sons, William R. Sincerney and Frank G. Sincerney; three sisters, Arlene, Sue and Bertie; one step-sister, Halene; one brother, Danny; and five grandchildren, Natalie, William, II, Rosalind, Marina and Sarah.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Bruce and one step-brother, Berlin.

A funeral service was held Friday at 9:00 p.m. at the Jenklins Funeral Chapel in Westlake.

Interment was in West Virginia with a graveside service held Saturday at the Sponaugle Cemetery in Hunting Ground with the Rev. Belt officiating.


Anna Bell Eckard, 70

Anna Bell Eckard, 70, of Waynesboro, VA, died Monday, May 28, 2001, at Augusta Medical Center, Fishersville, VA.

Mrs. Eckard was born July 23, 1930, in Augusta County, VA, a daughter of William Woodie and Lula Bell Fitzgerald Henderson.

She was a member of Waynesboro Seventh-Day Adventist Church, and had retired in 1995 from Virginia Panel.

Surviving are four daughters and two sons-in law, Theresa Myers, Melissa Mendoza, Sondra and Ward Whitesell, and Anita and Don Lewis, all of Waynesboro, VA; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husbnad, Gene T. Floyd, and her second husband, Oscar D. Eckard of Sugar Grove; two sisters, Phyllis Henderson and Meredith Griffin; five brothers James Henderson, Hugh Henderson, Ernest Henderson, Charles Henderson and Wayne Henderson; and a grandchild, Melissa Myers.

A service was conducted at 2:00 p.m. last Thursday at Mcdown Funeral Home inWaynesboro, VA, by Pastor Harry J. Sharley and Pastor Richard Greve. Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Waynesboro, VA.


Harding Ketterman, 80

Harding Dewitt "Dee" Ketterman, 80, Petersburg, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mr. Ketterman was born May 21, 1921, in Masonville and was a son of the late George Benjamin Ketterman and Sallie Virginia Belle Parker Ketterman.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was a retired truck driver for Dettinburn Trucking Company.

His wife, Mary Caterine Reel Ketterman, died Nov. 23, 1990.

He is survived by two daughters, Shirley Jean Kimble, Upper Tract, and Wanda Lee Ketterman, Petersburg, two sons, Don Williams Ketterman, Petersburg, and James Dee Ketterman, Maysville; a sister Fannie Whetzel, cortland Acres Nursing Home, Thomas; two brothers, Virgil Ketterman, Maysville, and Keith Monroe Ketterman, Petersburg; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The Revs. Bruce Cosner and Calvin Redman conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg. Burial was at Brake Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Dorcas.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.