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By Staff | Jan 13, 2012

Gloria L. Myers

Gloria Lorraine Myers, 82, of Martinsburg died on Jan. 5, 2012 in University Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Va.

Born July 30, 1929 in Shepherdstown, she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Helen Domer Williams.

She is survived by three sons, Franklin Myers and his wife, Connie, of Martinsburg, Paul “Lenny” Myers of Missouri, Halvard Myers and wife, JoAnna of Martinsburg; one daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Andrews, of Martinsburg; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; step-great-children; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Brown Funeral Home with Pastor Ken Smith officiating. Interment was in Rosedale Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered at wwwBrownFuneralHomesWV.com.

Bennie Hutzler

Bennie “Ben” Blaine Hutzler Jr., 55, of Shepherdstown, passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at home under hospice care after a long illness.

Born June 8, 1956, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Bennie Blaine Hutzler Sr. and Katherine “Sis” Barron Hutzler.

Hutzler served in the U.S. Air Force and had a career spanning almost 30 years with the U.S. government including the Veterans Administration, National Park Service and Internal Revenue Service.

He was a champion fisherman and huntsman, and a skilled craftsman.

A spiritual man, he frequently said, “Instead of being proud, be grateful.”

He was a devoted husband who shared a uniquely genuine unconditional love for 22 years with his wife, Lisa K. Carper. In addition to his cherished wife, he is survived by his treasured daughter, Stephanie M. Hutzler; brother, Steven W. Hutzler, wife Linda, children, Jennifer Smith and Steven Hutzler and great-niece, Jayden Smith; sister, Diane D. Fulk and sons, Jamie Fulk and Ryan Hullinger; special cousins, Marva Barron, Dennis Barron and Lloyd Barron; mother-in-law, Jean S. Carper; and brother-in-law, Tad Carper, wife, Ann, and children, Madison, Clayton and Elizabeth Carper.

Services and internment will be private. The family will receive visitors from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the home Ben and Lisa built, 1595 Kearneysville Pike in Shepherdstown.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Panhandle or the Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society.

James Pantle

Pantle graduated from Topeka High School and earned a bachelor of music education degree from Baker University, Baldwin, Kan. He taught both instrumental and choral music for three years in Harveryville, Kan. He then earned a master’s degree in music from the University of Oregon and continued graduate studies for one year in Oldenburg, Germany at the University of Oregon Center for Music Education.

He taught music in Topeka for two years and then began a 36-year career at Shepherd University as a professor of music and coordinator of music education (1969-2005). He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in secondary education: Music in 1977.

Pantle served as president-elect, president, vice-president, research chair and state advisor for collegiate chapters of the WV Music Educators’ Association in the 1980s and the ’90s and was advisor of the MENC student chapter at Shepherd throughout his tenure.

Pantle was one of five founders of the Millbrook Orchestra (Shepherdstown) and was on the board throughout the orchestra’s 22-year existence. He served several terms as an officer, including executive director, president and vice president. He considered the orchestra project as a crowning achievement.

As an educator, Pantle believed in the best in people, mentoring many, helping them find their strengths, grow in skill and blossom.

In his last five years, he returned to the early love of this life in Kansas: farming. He gave his days lovingly to his home, 20 acres along the Opequon Creek, bush-hogging meadows, moving 1,000-pound bales with his John Deer Tractor, planting strawberries/ raspberries, beginning a lush asparagus patch, tending vegetables. The first days would find him sinking 220 fence posts for pastures and building a run-in shed for the four horses that became family, then a workshop and tack room, a cold frame. He crafted homes for bluebirds, wrens, the barred owl and wood ducks. He would finish summer days sitting on the back deck overlooking field and wood, listening for the owls or waiting for a glimpse of the heron that flew over nightly. He had great faith in and love for things that grow.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy M. Pantle; one sister, Jean L. Litchfield, of San Diego, Calif.; one brother and sister-in-law, W. David and Sherrill Pantle, of Baltimore, Md.; and former wife, Wanda T. Pantle, of Sun City, Ariz.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 14, at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home.


Rogers, Jr.

Herbert Rogers Jr., 91, of Kearneysville, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at the VA Medical Center, Martinsburg.

Born Jan. 20, 1920, in Shepherdstown, he was the son of Herbert Rogers Sr. and Catherine MetCalfe (Hartzell) Rogers.

Rogers retired from Dixie-Narco Inc., as a welder. Prior, he was employed with Victor Products.

He was a member of Christ Reformed Church, Shepherdstown and a graduate of Shepherdstown High School, class of 1939.

He was a member of the NRA and was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener.

He served in the U.S. Army Military Police during World War II.

He is survived by daughters, Delores J. Hampshire and husband, Mike, and Pam Rogers, all of Kearneysville; grandchildren, Cody Michael Hampshire and Cory Lee Hampshire; sister, Rosemary Mullins, of Florida; niece, Ann Whitacre; and dear friend, Diane Sankbeil.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John Hartzell Rogers and Edward B. Rogers.

Services and interment will be private.

Arrangements by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Please sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at www.mtstrider. com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Berkeley County Humane Society, 554 Charles Town Road, Martinsburg, WV 25401 or the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town, WV 25414.