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Harold Witherite Sr.Former SSA officialA memorial service...


Harold Witherite Sr.

Former SSA official

A memorial service for Harold C. Witherite Sr., a retired Social Security Administration official, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Cape St. Claire United Methodist Church.

Mr. Witherite, who was 84 and lived in Cape St. Claire, died Dec. 23 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center after a blood vessel burst.

He retired in 1977 as an administrator in the Bureau of Old Age and Survivors Insurance, having been transferred to Social Security after it was established in 1935.

He joined the federal government in 1930, working in the Census Bureau, and moved on to other federal agencies before being sent to Social Security.

Born in Lynchburg, Va., but reared in Washington, he was a 1928 graduate of the Eastern High School.

Fond of travel since making a 1928 trip across the country in a Model A Ford, he later visited Africa, South America and Yugoslavia, and was part of a 1988 exchange with the Soviet Union of visitors supporting peace.

A former adult Sunday school teacher, he became a delegate from the Cape St. Claire United Methodist Church to the Baltimore Annual Conference and was active in other Methodist groups.

He was also a member of the Cape St. Claire Improvement Association, the International Club of Annapolis and Helping Hand of Annapolis.

An extensive reader who followed political debate, he was also a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Capitol Area Division of the the United Nations Association, Amnesty International and the National Coalition for Abortion Rights.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary McPherson; three daughters, Ellen R. Witherite of Charleston, W.Va., Lou V. Witherite of Boston and Jane Witherite Barss of Mayo; a son, Harold C. Witherite Jr. of California; two sisters, Ethel Scott of Colonial Beach, Va., and Isabel Peake of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

William A. Spurlock

Retired steel worker

William A. Spurlock, 67, a retired Sparrows Point steel worker from Dundalk, died Dec. 10 at Franklin Square Hospital of heart and kidney failure.

Born in Lincoln County, W.Va., Mr. Spurlock moved to the Baltimore area as a young man and was based here while serving in the merchant marine during World War II. After the war, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a military policeman in Germany.

Returning to Baltimore about 1950, he worked for 30 years at Bethlehem Steel in a variety of jobs, including the blast furnace crew. He retired about 10 years ago.

He is survived by a brother, Charles Spurlock of Delta, Pa.; three sisters, Mamie Turlington of St. Inigoes, Willena Wade of Roanoke, Va., and Mabel Snezek of Mott, N.D.; and a companion, Martha Cartier of Dundalk.

0 Services for Mr. Spurlock were held Dec. 12.

Donald B. Joynes

Electronics technician

Services for Donald B. Joynes, a retired electronics technician for the Baltimore County school system, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Smith Mortuary in Maryville, Tenn.

Mr. Joynes, who was 73 and lived in Maryville, died Tuesday of cancer at a hospital there.

The Baltimore native moved to Tennessee five years ago from Delta, Pa. He retired eight years ago after working in Towson for the school system for 20 years. Earlier, he worked for the Glenn L. Martin Co., now Martin Marietta Corp.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Gelgan; a son, James Sikes Jr. of Maryville; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

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