We are saddened to write that Harry John "Blackie" or "Blackdog" Layman, born February 5, 1950, passed away at the VAMC, on Friday, May 1, 2020, after a long, hard-fought battle with illnesses. Harry was born in Frostburg, MD, growing up in the Wrights Crossing area. He was proud of his roots and enjoyed staying in touch with many family and friends. He is loved and adored by many, having made a friend everywhere he went. He was described as being a "real person...with a heart of Gold". When "Blackie" graduated from Beall High in 1968, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, and became a LCPL with 11th Engineers, 3D, and is a combat Veteran of the Vietnam War. These experiences and his "battle scars" appeared to have affected the rest of his life, as he spent much time researching his war experiences. He had traveled cross country and lived in California, for several years after his service. He was dedicated to visiting the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., wanting to pay respect to his "brothers", usually every Memorial and Veterans Day. He had been one of the "founders" of a group called "LZ-EZ" that advocated for the building of the Wall. "Blackie" was a hard-working man; a Cement Mason most of his life; retiring from the Maintenance dept. in 2014 after 20 years with the Washington County Public Schools. He was an active member of the Hancock United Methodist Church and loved his church family very much. He participated in Missions work; especially enjoyed going the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico and working on projects. In his later years, he studied hard to become a 32nd Degree Master Mason Cumberland Scottish Rite. He was a man of God, Family, and Country. He is a member of James Bowers Lodge, Hancock, MD. He is also a member of the American Legion Post #211, VFW, Life-long Vietnam Veterans of America, DAV, NRA, and supported many causes such as Native American Children, St. Jude's, Toys For Tots, and Shriners. Also, some of his hobbies included his Harley Davidson Motorcycles and Deer Hunting. He was known to patiently sit in the woods from sun-up to sun-down as he hunted. Harry is preceded in death by parents, Harry and Helen Layman; and a sister, Louise Kirchner. He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of 27 years, Andrea Beth (Baker) Layman, and their children; Harrison Doss Layman and Sophia Marie Layman, of Hancock, MD, and his son Harry J.B. Layman of Winchester, VA, as well as his 5 grand-children; his sister Peggy Arnold Tomlinson of Frostburg, MD, and several loving nieces and nephews, who he adored. The family would like to give special thanks to all the extensive care he received @ the VAMC, and his ICU team, that he said "treat me like Gold". In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to Hancock United Methodist Church, Men's Group, 170 West Main St., Hancock, MD 21750, or to the Martinsburg VA Medical Center Voluntary Services, and can E-Donate on their website, or by mail at 510 Butler Ave., Martinsburg, WV 25405. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing, we are planning a limited spaces "drive-in" Funeral Service at Hancock United Methodist Church, officiated by Pastor Joshua Gillen, on May 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. If possible, please RSVP to his daughter Sophia, so we can plan for spacing. Also, we hope to have a Celebration of Life at a later date at the American Legion. Condolences and messages to the family are welcome at www.potomaccremation.com.
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