George E. Lashley Hancock, 84
Born July 29, 1927, in Hancock, he was the son of the late George B. and Anna Thompson Lashley.
He was born again into the family of God July 20, 1969. He married Ruth Irene Boden March 4, 1950. She passed away in October 2002.
He is survived by two sons: Joseph Lashley, Hancock, and George A. Lashley, Needmore; two daughters: Rebecca Hess, Needmore, and Joyce Shives, Clear Spring, Md.; 10 grandsons; two granddaughters; and 12 greatgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters: Bernice R. Balco and Thelma Bishop; an infant brother; a daughter, Catherine Compton; an infant grandson; and a greatgrandson.
He served in the U. S. Army from 1945 to 1946. He was assigned to Battery C 655th Field Artillery Battalion, Camp Carson, Colo. His military specialty was artillery basic training and gun crewman, pack artillery. He was honorably discharged, T/5 rank.
His first job was with his father, cutting lumber the old-fashioned way, with a cross-cut saw.
He became a Christian pastor beginning July 20, 1969, until his death. He was a member of True Church Body of Christ. His first five years of ministry were in the Fulton Bedford County Christian Conference. He helped organize and build Rosedale Christian Church in Winchester, Va., where he was assistant pastor. He became the pastor of Bethel Independent Church in Sleepy Creek, W.Va., in 1974 until his death. He had ministered in retirement homes, home visitations and through telephone calls to God’s Glory. He loved to bear his cross with the love of God and Jesus.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman for souls, first of all. He was a member of Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club, beginning in 1949, and a member of the NRA. He was a feed deliverer for 17 years and store manager; and constable for Washington County from 1962 to 1966. He worked at Woodmont Rod and Gun Club for 20 years, as gamekeeper, game protector and grounds manager. In 1973 he was awarded the Forest Conservationist of the Year for Maryland. He was also a courier for Hagerstown Trust from 1988 to 2005. After retirement, he helped his dear friends on the Golden Orchards.
He volunteered as a Little League umpire in his younger years. He supported the local Little League and high school teams.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 13, at 11 a. m., at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock. Rev. Glen Jones officiated. Burial was in Rehobeth United Methodist Cemetery near Hancock.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to American Cancer Society.