Luther J. HeathCentenarian; gardenerServices for Luther J....


Luther J. Heath

Centenarian; gardener

Services for Luther J. Heath, an avid rose gardener who would have been 101 next month, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the mausoleum chapel of Loudon Park Cemetery, in the 3700 block of Wilkens Avenue.

Mr. Heath died Wednesday at Baltimore County General Hospital after a brief illness.

He moved two years ago to the Augsburg Lutheran Home in the Lochearn area of Baltimore County. He had lived for 38 years in the 4200 block of Kensington Road in Arbutus, where he often would greet passing neighbors with a bouquet gathered from some of his 58 prized rose bushes or a package of home-grown vegetables.

Born Sept. 9, 1890, in Jesterville, Wicomico County, Mr. Heath left that small town to find work in Baltimore in 1917 and had some success with a grocery and a laundry business until the Depression. He then worked for many years as a manager of the Holland Laundry at North and Madison avenues.

Upon retirement at the age of 68, Mr. Heath tended several rental properties he had acquired over the years -- houses that he converted into apartments -- until he retired from that work at the age of 83.

He drove a car until he was 95 and enjoyed recalling the exchange of his horse-and-buggy for a Model T Ford because "not many people can say they traded a horse for a car."

With his wife, the former Mattie E. Messick of Bivalve, he participated in the West End African Violet Club, although roses were his favorite flower. They enjoyed the gardens of their property on Kensington Road and were just months from their 75th wedding anniversary when Mrs. Heath died in 1988.

Mr. Heath is survived by a daughter, Jeannette H. Wilson of Phoenix; a granddaughter, Carol Anne Prager of Berlin; and three great-grandsons.


John M. Schmitt

Real estate director

A memorial service for John M. Schmitt, a director of real estate for the Rite Aid Corp., will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road.

Mr. Schmitt, who was 51 and a resident of Sparks, died of a heart attack Saturday while playing golf at the Hunt Valley Golf Club, where he had been a member for 20 years.

A native of New Hartford, N.Y., he attended Texas Christian University and graduated from Syracuse University in 1962 with a degree in political science. While attending Syracuse, he had been the Eastern Intercollegiate conference golf champion.

After college, he served in the Army from 1962 to 1964.

Mr. Schmitt spent his entire career in the commercial real estate field, working primarily for the Rite Aid Corp. and for the Area Development Corp. in Richmond, Va.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Drake Schmitt; a daughter, HeidiE. Schmitt; and a son, Jonathan M. Schmitt, all of Sparks; his father, William A. Schmitt of New Hartford; and several nephews and nieces.

The family suggested memorial contributions could be made to the John MacFarlane Schmitt Memorial Scholarship Fund, Sparks State Bank, 14804 York Road, Sparks 21152.

George D. Olds III

Talbot civic leader

George D. Olds III, a Talbot County civic leader, environmentalist and retired businessman died in Easton Saturday. He was 75.

Mr. Olds had been president of Old Salt Seafood. After retiring, he devoted himself to Pickering Creek Sanctuary, a 400-acre farm that he and his sister donated to the Chesapeake Audubon Society.

He also helped found the Mental Health Association of Talbot County in 1957. He was president of the Talbot County YMCA Board of Directors from 1967 to 1977 and was named director emeritus.

The Amherst, Mass., native was a 1938 graduate of Amherst College. He served as a lieutenant with the Coast Guard during World War II.

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