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26 November 2009

Jackie Gale Bland

Jackie Gale Bland, 69, of Seneca Rocks passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at his home.

Born May 3, 1940, in Macksville, he was the son of the late Don Bland and the late Tina Huffman Bland.

Mr. Bland was a 1959 graduate of Circleville High School, Circleville.  He was a member of North Fork Baptist Church, Riverton.  He was a member of the Carpenters Union #1590 and was a life-long carpenter, working in Washington, DC.

His wife, Emma Mae Chew Bland, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Ilva Phillips and Penny Hoggarth, both of Petersburg; two sons, Hadley A. Bland and companion, Mindy, Richard L. Bland and wife, Terri, all of Petersburg; two sisters, Anna Thompson, Seneca Rocks and Mary Alice Loan and husband, Denver Harrisonburg, VA; one brother, Harry Bland of Riverton; four grandchildren, Steven Bland, Christopher Thomas Phillips, Tina Elyse Hoggarth and Brock Richard Bland; and three great-grandchildren, Lilly Phillips, Riley Bland and Levi Phillips.

He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Carroll, Albert, Ray “Brownie, Bobby and Billy; and two sisters, Cathy Bland and Lucille Teter.

Rev. Dan Powers and Rev. Brady Goldizen conducted services Sunday at the North Fork Baptist Church.  Burial was at North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.

Memorials may be made to the Mathias Baker Rescue Squad.

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Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg.

Howard Toepfer, II

Howard Charles “Chuck” Toepfer, II, passed away after a valiant battle with renal cell cancer on Oct. 26, 2009, in Boca Raton, FL.’

He was born on Nov. 30, 1937, and was the eldest child of Dr. Howard C. Toepfer and Jean Mersch Toepfer.

He is survived by his wife, Yvette; devoted sons, Jeffery and Devon; and grandchildren, Cassidy, Riese and Harper.

Mr. Toepfer was a native of Grantsville.  He was a graduate of the Linsly Military Academy in Wheeling, where he was a star wrestler and ace marksman.  He served in the Coast Guard Reserves as Seaman First Class in 1961.  He was on the fast track to follow his father into medicine but the love of fast cars from riding in his Father’s XJ6 Jaguars and Lamborghini took hold.  Rebuilding and modifying cars to race became premier.  He also loved hunting, the mountains, and country music made him cry.

While attending the Indiana School of Technology and studying mechanical engineering, his parents built a home in Florida.  This is where he met and married his wife.  Two beautiful sons soon followed, and the opening of a successful business while settling in South Florida in 1966.  An excellent businessman with a top-notch facility, he soon gained recognition from far and wide to avail of his services.  Keeping himself in great physical shape was also a priority.  His run was eventually cut short by an unfortunate accident, which rendered him paraplegic.  Through his indomitable spirit, hard work and determination, he became a well known marathoner though confined to a wheelchair.  He was one of the fastest on the circuit and would routinely win races with many medals and plaques against runners as well as the physically challenged.  He stayed with it for awhile and then decided to slow down to enjoy fishing and traveling.  He maintained an out-of-state residence in West Virginia atop the highest point, Spruce Knob which is now a National Forest.  He loved spending every summer there enjoying the solitude and natural beauty of the mountains as did his parents.  Health problems started around the millennium and he fought like a warrior.  All too soon the fight was over.

In keeping with his instructions, his ashes will be scattered in the spring, on top of Spruce Knob to include the base of an evergreen sapling that will grow forever from his strength.  He then will be in, as the song title says, “Almost Heaven West Virginia”.

His sister, Emily, predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and The Miami Project, both for spinal cord injury.

Annie D. Meyer

Annie D. Meyer, 95, Rome, NY, passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, in Rome Memorial Hospital.

She was born Aug. 6, 1914, in Riverton, a daughter of the late James L. and Delphia Powers Smith.

On Feb. 14, 1941, she married Ralph Davis in Franklin.  He preceded her in death on Sept. 26, 1970.  She later married Donald J. Meyer, Sr., in Rome, NY, on June 11, 1977.

Mrs. Meyer was employed at Griffiss Air Force Base for over 30 years, retiring in 1971.

She was charter member of the Delta United Methodist Church and an associate’s member of the Congregational Church, Pulaski, NY.

Mrs. Meyer was an active member in Delta United Methodist Church Women’s Organization, Lake Delta Independent Homemakers Group, a 63-year member of the Holly Chapter #178, Order of the Eastern Star, a 61-year member of the John H. Allendorf Ct. # 111, order of Amaranth and the National Assoc. Retired Federal employees.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., Rome, NY.  Private interment at Rome Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made in Mrs. Meyer’s memory to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

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Betty Jean Redifer, 74

Mrs. Betty Jean Wimer Redifer, 74, of Weyers Cave, VA, died at 10:35 Saturday morning, Nov. 21, 2009, at the home of her daughter in Elkton, VA, where she had been living for the past five years.  She had not enjoyed good health for the past several years.

A daughter of the late Cam and Euthel Helmick Wimer, she was born on Aug. 12, 1935, in Cherry Grove, but lived the majority of her life in Weyers Cave, VA.

Mrs. Redifer graduated from Bridgewater High School and was a secretary for Augusta County Co-op for 30 years prior to her retirement in 1999.  She enjoyed farming, cooking, baking, gardening, music and spending time with family and friends.  She was a member of the Weyers Cave United Methodist Church.

Her husband of 50 years, Charles P. Redifer, whom she married on Oct. 10, 1953, preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 2004.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda R. Shifflett of Weyers Cave, VA, and Betty R. Brown of Elkton, VA; one son, Charles P. Redifer, Jr., and his wife, Kelly of Weyers Cave, VA; four grandchildren, Justin, Quentine, Christopher and Felicia Redifer; four great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Colton, Quentine, Jr., and Alexis; two brothers, Robert Wimer and wife, Karen of Mount Crawford, VA, and Berlin “Jack” Wimer of Dayton, VA; four sisters, Dorene Cobb of Lakeland, FL; Arlene Thompson of Richmond, VA, Carol Sue Roadcap and Helen Shipe and husband, Al, all of Harrisonburg, VA; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special caregiver, Sue Gery of Grottoes, VA.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Cecil L. Redifer, on Aug. 24, 2005; and two grandchildren, Travis Shifflett and Jason Redifer.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Weyers Cave United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wesley Thornberry officiating.  Interment followed in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2040 Deyerle Ave., Suite 102, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or Generations Crossings, 1765 Taylor Springs Lane, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Lindsey Weyers Cave Funeral Home, Weyers Cave, VA.

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