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Mr. Charles Wivell Sr.

As originally published on Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mr. Charles Edward Wivell Sr., 76, of East Water Street, Smithsburg, Md., died Tuesday, August 22, 2006, at his home.

Born March 5, 1930, in Emmitsburg, Md., he was the son of the late Roy J. Wivell Sr. and Helen L. (Guise) Wivell.

He was a 1948 graduate of the Emmitsburg High School, where he served as class president during his junior and senior year. He attended the Columbia Business College in Hagerstown, Md., for one year.

He was employed by Home Beneficial Life Insurance Company for 37 years, retiring in 1992.

He was a veteran of the Korea War, serving in the United States Marine Corps. He received the Service Medal with two battle stars, the United States Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hagerstown and was an usher at 8 a.m. Sunday Mass. He was past president of the St. Mary's Holy Name Society, served two terms on St. Mary's Parish Council, St. Mary's CCD vice president and St. Mary's Eucharist minister at the Washington County Hospital, where he also volunteered. He was also active in the Smithsburg Historical Society, Emmitsburg High School Alumni Association, Save Historic Antietam Foundation of Sharpsburg, Marine Corps League -- Bull Dog Detachment, V.F.W. Post 1936, American Legion Post 42 and Amvets Post 10. He was also past president, secretary and treasurer of the Smithsburg Little Sluggers Baseball Charter, which he helped to organize.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Mary I. (Orndorff) Wivell; they were married May 1, 1954. He is also survived by six children, C. Edward Wivell Jr. of Smithsburg, Timothy Wivell of Warfordsburg, Pa., Susan (Wivell) McFerren of Waynesboro, Pa., Kenneth Wivell of Smithsburg, Andrew Wivell of Smithsburg and William Wivell of Smithsburg; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; eleven brothers, James Wivell of Rocky Ridge, Md., Joseph Wivell of Emmitsburg, Henry Wivell of Spring Grove, Pa., Bernard Wivell of Rocky Ridge, Donald Wivell of Covington, Md., Thomas Wivell of Columbia, Md., Paul Wivell of Seven Valleys, Pa., David Wivell of Emmitsburg, Richard Wivell of Fairfield, Pa., Samuel Wivell of Taneytown, Md., and Roy Wivell Jr. of Emmitsburg; and five sisters, Margaret Fullam of Taneytown, Md., Helen Reaver and Therese Topper of Emmitsburg, Genevieve Little of Mercersburg, Pa., and Joan Matthews of Frederick, Md.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Wivell and Roy Wivell, and one sister, Patricia Hoff.

Services will be held Friday, August 25, 2006, at 10 a.m., from the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hagerstown, with Father George Limmer and Father Kevin Mueller officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Saint Mary's Cemetery in Emmitsburg, Md. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the J. L. Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg.

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