John P. Ebersole
He was born August 26, 1931, in Clear Spring, Md., a son of the late John A. Ebersole and Lucy Ann (Gordon) Ebersole
He is survived by his son, John F. Ebersole, of Big Cove Tannery; a daughter, Mary Ann Head, and husband Mike Head, of Hedgesville, W.Va.; a daughter-in-law, Debbie S. Ebersole; his companion, Naomi Smith; six grandchildren: Chris Ebersole, and wife Melanie, of Big Cove Tannery; Scott Ebersole, of Big Cove Tannery; Tony Shives, of Williamsport, Md.; Johnny Ebersole and wife Megan, of Shippensburg; Jenny Betts, of Lebanon; and Laurence Ebersole, of Big Cove Tannery; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Clarence Ebersole and Paul Ebersole.
He was a member of Hancock United Methodist Church.
He enlisted in the United States Army during the Ko- rean War, serving as a sergeant with Headquarters Section 3400th Army Service Unit between 1950 and 1953, receiving the Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the Occupation Medal Japan, and the Good Conduct Medal.
After returning home, he was employed as a truck driver for many years, also working at H.B. Mellott in Warfordsburg. He then worked as an automobile mechanic at Fox Chevrolet in Mercersburg and for Shaw Motor Co. of Hancock until retiring in 1972.
He was a member of Everett American Legion Post #8, a lifetime member of Breezewood VFW Post #8333 and of Sideling Hill Sportsmen’s Association, and throughout his lifetime enjoyed racing stock and sprint cars at many different tracks, including Hagerstown, Port Royal and Bedford, and also started driving a sprint car for Walter Dyer in 1967 and for several years thereafter.
A memorial service with military honors will be held Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Hancock United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of John to the Damascus Church, c/ o Barbara Pittman, 199 East Pittman Road, Needmore, PA 17238 or to the humane society of your choice.