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22 October 2009

Margaret “Maggie” Harper

Margaret Ellen “Maggie” Burgoyne Harper, 55, of Upper Tract passed away on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at her residence.

Mr. Harper was born in Petersburg on May 14, 1954, the daughter of Morris Mallow of Upper Tract and Shirley Burgoyne Bingman of Kingmont.

Mrs. Harper was a veteran of the United States Army having been stationed at the Pentagon.  She was a stenographer and retired from VISA.  She was a member of the Upper Tract United Methodist Church, a 1972 graduate of Franklin High School, a member of the American Legion (Franklin Post) and a member of the Franklin Moose #769.

On September 11, 1976 in Blue Grass, VA, she married Arthur Dwight Harper, who survives in Upper Tract.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she is survived by two sons, Ryan Patrick Harper of Chantilly, VA, and Aaron Frederick Harper and fiance June Napier of Al Asad, Iraq; a sister, Laura Bilek and husband, William of Johnson City, NY; a brother, Tom Burgoyne and wife, Sandy of Franklin; and a granddaughter, Hayden Louise Harper of Buxton, NC.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Burgoyne, in 1970.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, with Rev. Stanley Kile officiating.  Military graveside services were provided by the Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard.  Burial was in Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract.

Memorial donations may be made to the Upper Tract Rescue Squad or Upper Tract Volunteer Fire Department.

Edward D. Spitler, 50

Edward “Eddie” Dale Spitler, 50, of Broadway, VA, and formerly of Staunton, VA, passed away Oct. 17, 2009, in the Veterans Hospital in Martinsburg.

He was born on Oct. 25, 1958, in Rantoul, IL, a son of John Daniel Spitler Sr. and DeLoris Yvonne (Espe) Whitlock.

He was employed as a parts manager with French’s Automotive and was a U.S. Army veteran.  He was a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, class of 1976, and was a very active part of Eastside Speedway for 15 years.  He enjoyed the outdoors and the time he spent hunting with his family and friends.

Surviving in addition to his father of Wildwood, FL, and his mother of Massanutten, VA, are his step-father, John A. Whitlock of Massanutten, VA, and his step-mother, Linda Spitler of Wildwood, FL; two brothers and a sister-in-law, John D. Spitler, Jr., of Brandywine and S. Walter Spitler and his wife, Teresa of Staunton, VA; a sister and brother-in-law, Julia A. Moretti and her husband, Robert of Cape Coral, FL; a number of nieces and nephews; and his special pet dog, “Bear.”

A prayer service was held Tuesday at the Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, Staunton, VA.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ann Anderson RH SPCA, PO Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

James L. Berlin, 78

James L. Berlin, 78, of Lynchburg, VA, died at his home on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009.

Mr. Berlin was born Friday, Oct. 24, 1930, in Berryville, VA, a son of the late Edward Perry Berlin and Edith Stine Berlin.

 He graduated from Berryville High School in 1948, from Bullis Naval Preparatory College, and from Virginia Tech in 1952, where he was a proud member of the Corps of Cadets and received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.  He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1955, achieving the rank of lieutenant.  He was a civil engineer, working for American Bridge (a division of US Steel) and Montague-Betts, retiring in 1992.  He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

 His three loves in life were his family, Virginia Tech and steel erection.  He worked on many complex projects as a civil engineer, including Mackinac Bridge in Michigan, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York, Vehicle Assembly Building in Cape Kennedy, FL, Disney’s Epcot Center, Atlantic City Casino in New Jersey, and Cleveland’s Society Tower.  He rarely missed a Virginia Tech football game, attending three this season even though he was physically handicapped.  He was always a source of many fun things for his beloved grandchildren.  He enjoyed trips with his family, especially Tech tailgates. He was a man of integrity, very loyal and committed, and always tried to do the right thing

His wife, Alda Simmons Berlin, survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are children, William E. “Bill” Berlin and wife, Hillary of Arlington, VA, and Elizabeth “Betsy” Farrar and husband, Joel of Lynchburg, VA; and grandchildren, James and Ellie Berlin and Caroline and Lilly Farrar.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Edward P. Berlin, Jr.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. this evening at the Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg, VA.

Memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 23, 2009 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Dennis S. Roberts officiating. A private graveside will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 24, 2009, in the Pitsenbarger Family Cemetery in Franklin, WV.

Memorial contributions may be sent to American Cancer Society, 2316 Atherholt Road, Lynchburg, VA, 24501.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family at

Mary Judy, 90

 Mrs. Mary Harper Lambert Judy, 90, of Franklin died Monday afternoon, Oct. 19, 2009, at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, VA.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Franklin United Methodist Church on Main Street with Pastor Sam Harper and Rev. Robert Anderson officiating.  Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery at Franklin.

 The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this evening at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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