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Baltimore - Ruth E. Towns, 87, died Oct. 10 at Carroll County General Hospital. She was the wife of the late Elmer A. Towns. Formerly, she was employed by Hutzler's Department Store here. Survivors include sons, William F. Towns of Westminster, and Donald R. Towns of here; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


DATELINE: Eldersburg

Joseph C. Oursler Jr., 53, died Saturday. He was the son of Rosalie A.


Oursler of Marriottsville and the late Joseph C. Oursler Sr. He was the husband of Nancy W. Oursler. An assistant principal at Franklin Middle School, he was a member and lay speaker at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Sykesville. In addition to his mother and wife, survivors include daughters, Lisa C. Oursler of Delaware and Susan E. Oursler of here.

Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's, 7538 Main St.

DATELINE: Ellicott City

Raymond E. Clifton Sr., 62, died Sunday at his Howard County home. He was the son of Letha H. Clifton of Uniontown and the late Emory E. Clifton.

He was the husband of Isabelle H. Clifton. He had owned and operated a trucking business. In addition to his mother and wife, survivors include a daughter, Margaret A. Hunter of here; son, Raymond E. Clifton Jr. of here; sisters, Eula Bull and Lula Mae Knisley, both of Uniontown; brothers, Alfred Clifton of Uniontown and Graydon Clifton and Granville Clifton, both of Sykesville. Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Haight Funeral Home, Sykesville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today.

DATELINE: Finksburg

Charles W. Bohr, 73, died Oct. 10 at Meridian Nursing Home, Baltimore County. He was the husband of Doris C. Bohr. A veteran of World War II, he was awarded the Bronze Star, as well as the Good Conduct and American Defense medals. Until his retirement, he had worked at Black and Decker, Hampstead. In addition to his wife, survivors include a stepson, James A. Wedding; brothers, Irvin Bohr of Winfield, Roy R. Bohr of Montgomery County, and James Bohr Jr. of Ohio; sister, Dorothy Hobbs of Baltimore, and two step-grandchildren.

DATELINE: Hampstead


Anna L. Hale, 85, died Sunday at Carroll County General Hospital. She was the widow of Jacob H. Hale and a member of St. John's United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Shirley L. Hale of here; sons, Elwood F. Hale of Westminster, and Franklin L. Hale and Dennis R. Hale, both of here; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services are at 11 a.m. today at the Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main St.

DATELINE: Mount Airy

Beatrice S. Kolb, 86, died Monday at the Meridian Nursing Center, Frederick. She was the widow of Ghaile E. Kolb. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia K. Orndorff of Woodbine; son, Kaye G. Kolb of Linwood; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services are at 2:30 p.m.

today at the Burrier Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

DATELINE: Owings Mills

Charles R. Croft, 89, died Monday at Baltimore County General Hospital.


He was the husband of the late Naomi E. Croft. Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis A. Pickett of Marriottsville; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services are at 1 p.m. today at the Haight Funeral Home, Sykesville.

DATELINE: Pleasant Valley

Charles A. Stair Sr., 66, died Thursday at Carroll County General Hospital. He was the husband of Lorraine L. Stair. A retired supervisor at A& P, he had owned Valley High Farm. A life member of the fire department here, he also had served as its president. Other survivors include sons, Charles A. Stair Jr. of Westminster, David R. Stair and Randy G. Stair, both of here; daughter, Sandra Martin of Westminster; sisters Louise Gonder, Nadine Lee and Shirley Green, all of Westminster; brothers, Gerald Stair and Donald Stair, both of Westminster, and Kenneth Stair of Prince George's County, and seven grandchildren.

DATELINE: Westminster

Marie A. Parkent, 88, died Sunday at Carroll County General Hospital.

She was the widow of Adolph C. Parkent. A member of St. John's Catholic Church, she had worked as an Avon representative. Surviving are sons, John Parkent of Manchester, James Parkent of Howard County, and Albert Parkent of Baltimore County; brother, Thomas Buettner of Baltimore County; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. today at St. John's, 43 Monroe St.


Donald Warrington, 47, died Monday at his home. He was the son of Donald Warrington and Elizabeth F. Burnham, both of Florida. A veteran of the U.S.

Marine Corps, he was employed with Data Systems Technicians. Surviving in addition to his parents are stepfather, Walter Burnham of Florida; brother, Kenneth Warrington of Virginia; stepbrothers, Marc Burnham of Florida, and Brian Burnham of Alabama, and stepsister, Joanne Burnham of California.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road.

Paul K. Schaeffer, 54, died Thursday at his home. He was the son of Glidius Schaeffer of Silver Run and the late Mary M. Schaeffer. He was the husband of Catherine Schaeffer. Retired after working for Dutterer's of Manchester, he was a member of Reese Fire Department and the Carrollton Church of God. In addition to his wife and father, survivors include sons, Norman P. Schaeffer of Finksburg and Bernard L. Schaeffer of Hampstead; daughters, C. Marie Hobbs of Taneytown, Wanda J. Sparks and June L.

Schaeffer, both of Hampstead and Brenda S. Schaeffer of here; brother, David Schaeffer of here; sisters, Emma M. Benson and Carroll Schaeffer, both of Pennsylvania, and four grandchildren.