Dr. Charles WattsRetired dentistDr. Charles Watts, who...

Dr. Charles Watts

Retired dentist


Dr. Charles Watts, who retired from dental practice in Baltimore more than 10 years ago, died April 16 at a Philadelphia hospital of pneumonia as a complication of a stroke.

Dr. Watts, who was 92, moved about four years ago to a retirement home in Philadelphia.


A native of Staunton, Va., he was raised in Washington. He practiced for more than 50 years after his 1924 graduation from the Howard University dental school.

A treasurer for many years of the Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, he was a member of the Me-De-So Club, the Chi Delta Mu Fraternity and the National Dental Association, which commended him for his work in 1983. His wife, the former Eula May Wiley, died in 1987.

He is survived by a brother, Frederick P. Watts of Washington; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Tuesday at Macedonia Baptist Church in Baltimore.

Walter R. Mayo

Hereford store owner

Services for Walter R. Mayo, a former school bus driver and store owner in the Hereford area, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Hereford United Methodist Church, 16931 York Road.

Mr. Mayo, who was 80 and lived on Mount Carmel Road in Parkton, died Thursday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center after a heart attack.


He retired in 1957 after becoming a partner in the Ayers and Mayo General Store in Hereford. For about 10 years after that, he drove a school bus for the Carl Whitcraft Bus Co. Earlier, he worked for many years at the E. H. Koester Bakery in Baltimore.

Born in Baltimore, he served in the Army during World War II.

A life member of the Parkton American Legion post, he was also life member and former treasurer of the Hereford Volunteer Fire Company and a former treasurer of the Hereford United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, the former Annetta Keil; a daughter, Janet M. Miller of Parkton; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

Laura Eyler Rappleye

Agricultural researcher


Services for Laura Eyler Rappleye, a retired educator and agricultural researcher, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Memorial Chapel of the University of Maryland College Park.

Mrs. Rappleye, who grew up in Baltimore, died of cancer Tuesday at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. She was 70.

Born in Charlotte, N.C., she moved to Baltimore as a young child. She advanced quickly through school, graduating in 1937 from Western High School at age 15.

She then became one of the youngest students and one of a very few women admitted to the University of Maryland college of agriculture. She received a bachelor of science degree in botany in 1941.

During World War II, she taught a variety of subjects in the St. Mary's County school system. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, she lived in College Park and worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Beltsville research center.

From 1962, she taught biology to students at DuVal and Parkdale High schools in Prince George's County. After her retirement in 1977, she moved from College Park to South Bethany Beach, Del.


In the early 1940s, she married Robert D. Rappleye. He died in 1986.

She was a former Girl Scout leader and past president of the College Park branch of the American Association of University Women.

She is survived by a son, Robert D. Rappleye II of Ocean City; a daughter, Lauralee Rappleye-Marsett of New Castle, Del.; two brothers, George M. Eyler of Pikesville and John D. Eyler Jr. of North Palm Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

The family suggests contributions to the American Association of University Women, Georgetown branch local scholarship fund, 209 W. 11th St., South Bethany Beach, Del. 19930.

Edwin S. Platz

Retired sales manager


Services for Edwin S. Platz, a retired Morton Salt Co. sales manager, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Mr. Platz, who lived in Hamilton for most of his life, died Friday at Union Memorial Hospital after a long battle with emphysema. He was 87.

He was born in Baltimore and attended Polytechnic Institute. He held various jobs, including one driving a delivery truck for the Coca-Cola Co. in Baltimore. In the 1930s, Mr. Platz took a job as a salesman with the Morton Salt Co. He stayed with the company until 1966, when he retired as an area sales manager.

About 1930, he married the former Adeline North, who died in 1982.

He was the Scoutmaster for many years of Boy Scout Troop 91 at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton. He did other volunteer work, including playing banjo and guitar and driving for the Indoor Sports, a group for the handicapped; playing for shut-ins at Francis Scott Key Medical Center; and driving for Meals on Wheels.

He is survived a daughter, Janice P. Funk of Hamilton; one grandson; and one great-grandson.


Julia Goldbach Strong

Child care volunteer

A Mass of Christian burial for Julia Goldbach Strong, a child care volunteer, will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Nativity, 1800 Vista Lane, Lutherville.

Mrs. Strong, who lived in Timonium for 12 years, died Thursday of a heart ailment at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She

was 77.

Born in Baltimore, she was a 1933 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School in Mount Washington. She also attended Georgetown Junior College and the Maryland Institute of Art, where she received a bachelor's degree in medical illustration.


For 30 years, Mrs. Strong was an active member of the Women's Auxiliary Board of St. Vincent's Child Care Center, and was recently an associate member.

She is survived by a sister, Gertrude G. Drew of Pikesville; three daughters, Barbara Numbers of Timonium, Nancy "Muffy" Leloup Ironia, N.J., and Ann Louise Akehurst of Fallston; and three grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Vincent's Child Care Center, 2600 Pot Spring Road, Timonium, Md. 21093, or the Arthritis Foundation, 3 Lan Lea Drive, Lutherville, Md. 21093.

P. M. Levandowski

Active horsewoman

Priscilla M. Levandowski, a native of Baltimore who was active as a horsewoman, died of cancer April 17 at a hospital in West Chester, Pa.


Born in Baltimore, the former Priscilla Ridgely Michaux lived in many communities while her father, retired Marine Corps Col. A. Ludlam Michaux, was on active duty.

She is survived by her husband, Leo M. Levandowski; a daughter, Elaine S. Roosevelt of Elkton; a son, Nicholas G. Roosevelt of West Chester; two sisters, Louise Michaux Gonzales of Baltimore and Beverly Michaux-McAlister of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Randolph M. Michaux of Herndon, Va.; her mother, Cornelia S. Michaux of Salisbury; and her father, also a former president of the McDonogh School, of Rodgers Forge.

Services were private. The family suggested memorial donations the Chester County Hospital Foundation Oncology Department in West Chester.

Ethel Westmoreland

Hospital secretary

Services for Ethel Virginia Beatty Westmoreland, a retired hospital secretary, will be held at 4 p.m. today in the Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, N.C.


Mrs. Westmoreland, who was 85, died of a heart ailment Thursday at home in her native Gastonia.

She is survived by two daughters, Harriet Schneider of Columbia, Md., and Martha Kendrick of Fallston, N.C.; three sons, Thomas Westmoreland of Gastonia, John Westmoreland of Rome, Italy, Richard Westmoreland of Lakeland, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Musical memorial set for K. D. Witmer

A musical memorial service for Kenneth D. Witmer, 34, a lyric baritone who taught and sang in Baltimore, and who died March 3 of congestive heart failure, will be held at 4 p.m. today at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul St.