September 12, 1990


Walter H. Parsley, 61, died Saturday at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Margaret A. Parsley. A veteran of the Korean War, he was employed as a heavy equipment operator. In addition to his wife, survivors include sons, James Parsley of New Windsor, Michael Parsley and Steven Parsley of here; sister, Anna Schmidt of Keysville; brother, Samuel Parsley of New Mexico, and two grandchildren. Services are at 11 a.m. today at Skiles Funeral Home, 136 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown.


Linda J. Saunders, 44, a former resident here, who lived in Ellicott City, Howard County, died Sunday at Howard County General Hospital. She was the daughter of Paul E. Hanigan and Minnie B. Mullinix, both of here. She was the wife of George D. Saunders. In addition to her parents and husband, survivors include a son, Edmund D. Saunders of Ellicott City; daughter, Helen L. Saunders of Ellicott City; brother, Paul S. Hanigan of here; sisters, Christene E. Stabler of New Windsor and Paula K. Akers of Alaska, and grandmother, Elizabeth E. Mullinix of Woodbine.


Grace A. Stansbury, 100, a former resident here, died Thursday at Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center. She was the wife of the late George F. Stansbury. A member of the Old Order German Baptist Church, Union Bridge, she is survived by a number of nephews and nieces.

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Erin E. Bishop, 16, died Thursday at Suburban Hospital, Montgomery County, from injuries sustained in a car accident in Frederick County. She was the daughter of William L. and Frances M. Bishop of here. She would have been a junior at Linganore High School, Frederick County, where she was a member of the German and photography clubs. In addition to her parents, survivors include paternal grandparents, Doria Millett of Maine and William Bishop of Florida; sisters, Donna F. Barnes of California and Nancy A. Bishop of Frederick; brothers, Richard A. Bishop of Florida and Clifford L. Bishop of Union Bridge and two nephews.


Margaret E. Austin, 76, died Sept. 5 at her home. She was the widow of Hoyle P. Austin Sr. and the mother of the late Hoyle Austin Jr. Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Pickett of here; son, Jerry N. Austin of Florida; sister, Helen Wiley of North Carolina and six grandchildren.

Ransom Whittaker, 79, died Thursday at Carroll County General Hospital. Twice married, he was the husband of the late Evelyn Whittaker and the father of the late Constance Whittaker. Survivors include his second wife, Mary H. Whittaker; daughter, Evelyn V. McNeill of here; son, Larry W. Whittaker of here, and eight grandchildren.


Luke W. Smith, 12, died Saturday in a boating accident on the Potomac River. He was the son of Anne E. Smith of here and Raymond E. Wike of Westminster. He was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Thurmont, Frederick County, and the Evangelical Bible Christian Cadet Corps. A seventh-grade student at Northwest Middle School, where he was a member of the wrestling team, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents, survivors include sisters, Elizabeth Gust of Virginia and Anita M. Smith of Frederick County; brothers, T. Elwood Smith and R. Matthew Smith of Westminster.


Wilbur C. Halter, 80, died Thursday at his home. His first wife, Blanche D. Halter, died in 1966. Self-employed as a carpenter, he spent World War II making boxes for precision military equipment, receiving the Army-Navy E Flag for quality and efficiency. Surviving are his wife, Madeline B. Halter; daughter, Phyllis A. Perleth of Lanham, Prince George's County; son, Phillip S. Halter, of Illinois; sister Margaret Fair of Westminster; brother, Luther Halter of Taneytown, and two grandchildren.


Gary L. Eckard, 26, died Saturday at Carroll County General Hospital after an extended illness. He was the son of Jeanette B. and Clarence L. Eckard Sr. of here and the husband of Dianna L. Eckard. In addition to his parents and his wife, survivors are son, Justin O. Eckard; brothers, Charles L. Eckard,, Dwayne A. Eckard and Clarence L. Eckard Jr.; sisters, Lisa R. Chamberlain and Lura R. Eckard, all of here. Services are at 10:30 a.m. today at the Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road.

Katherine Thompson, 74, died Friday at Carroll County General Hospital. She was the wife of the late Chapman Thompson. Retired from the Charles G. Summers Jr. Co. in New Freedom, Pa., she also was a member of the Westminster First Church of God and the Widows Club. Surviving are daughters, Jean T. Workman of Pennsylvania and Sandra K. Dawson of here; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

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