Cumberland, MD – Harold Lee “Butch” Hendershot, Jr., 62, of Cumberland, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
Born August 27, 1954, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Butch was the son of the late Harold Lee Hendershot, Sr., and Jeannette (Beck) Hendershot. Butch was a 1972 graduate of Bishop Walsh School, a veteran of the United States Air Force, and a 1985 graduate of Frostburg State University. He worked at Archway Station, Inc., for over 30 years, as the Director of Residential Services. He was elected to the Cumberland City Council in 1994 and was a dedicated member for 18 years. During that time, he was the founder of the “Let’s Beautify Cumberland!” project, an effort that supported local volunteers who want to beautify the community – a program that continues today.
Through the years, Butch had been chairperson of the Board of Directors for Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission, co-chair of the Day of Caring and Sharing with United Way, and a member of the following: Citizen Advisory Board for Thomas B. Finan Center; Grievance Advisory Panel for Cumberland Housing Authority; On Our Own of Maryland; Anti-Stigma Project through the Mental Hygiene Administration; Evitts Creek Steering Committee; South Cumberland Business and Civic Association; Bishop Walsh Athletic Association; and Distinguished Alumni of Bishop Walsh School. He was also a graduate of Leadership Allegany and a Participating Fellow in the Academy of Excellence in Local Governance. Butch was very proud to have served the Cumberland community in so many ways.
Butch frequently spoke about how blessed he felt in his life because of his family. He often told his family how proud he was of each of them and how much he loved them. He cherished the many times spent with his beloved 6-year-old grandsons. Hosting annual Fourth of July family gatherings was very special to him. He also had many lifelong friends who were very dear to him. He relished spending quality time with his friends, having heartfelt talks, playing spades and setback, and going on “road trips.” Butch enjoyed attending flea markets and antique shops. He was an avid collector of old books and other printed historical memorabilia, along with antiques, coins, and sports cards. He spent much of his free time researching topics of interest on the internet, buying and selling on eBay, keeping up with the news and politics, and watching Jeopardy, crime dramas and the National Geographic and Discovery channels. Butch had an eclectic taste in music and particularly enjoyed Southern rock and music from the 60s and 70s. He also thoroughly enjoyed swimming with his family, which included jumping (fully clothed) into the Constitution Park pool, on the day it was re-opened after renovation. Butch was well known for his wit and sense of humor.
Surviving are his wife, Jennifer, the love of his life for 37 years; daughters, Jennifer DiFonzo and husband, Mark, Hagerstown, and Amy Hendershot, Cumberland; three sons, Benjamin and wife, Kari, LaVale; Christopher, Frostburg; and Gregory, Cumberland; twin grandsons, Samuel and Vincent DiFonzo, Hagerstown; four sisters, Robin Benzel and husband, Jerry, Alton, Va; Janet Hendershot, Cumberland; Mary College and husband, Steve, Cumberland; and Mary “Sunny” Marrale and husband, Randy, Cumberland; one brother, Michael Hendershot and wife, Barbara, Winchester,Va; and half-sister, Shirley Keiper, Cumberland. Butch was also blessed with a large, loving extended family.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Cornerstone Baptist Church on Frederick St. in Cumberland. A “Celebration of Life” service will be on Wednesday, May 10, at 6:30 P.M. at the church, with Pastor David Hattenfield officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until 6:30 P.M., prior to the service.
In honor of Butch’s memory, donations can be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church or Archway Station, Inc.