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Pota Panos Ayres

Operated bar and grill

Pota Panos Ayres, who operated the Candy Kitchen Bar and Grill in Bel Air for more than 70 years, died of heart failure April 18 at the Bel Air home of a son, Augustus Panos, where she had lived for two years. She was 92.

She was a recipient of a "Living Treasure" award from Harford government as the county's oldest businesswoman.

Known as "Miss Nick," she moved to Baltimore from Sparta, Greece, at age 14. Four years later, she met and married Nick Panos, who worked at Lexington Market. Shortly afterward, they moved to Bel Air and opened their shop on Main Street.

Mr. Panos died in 1936. With five children to support, Mrs. Panos converted the Candy Kitchen into a bar and grill, operating it until her retirement in 1990. Another son, Peter Panos of Bel Air, now operates it.

zTC After World War II, she married Earl Ayres, who died in 1973.

Besides her two sons, she is survived by a daughter, Pauline McGreevy of Newark, Del.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Two of her sons died in 1983.

7+ Services were held April 21 in Bel Air.

James E. Grant

Distinguished vocalist

Services for James E. Grant, who was considered among the country's top barbershop quartet singers, will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7601 York Road, Towson.

Mr. Grant, a university business manager who had lived in Parkville for the past seven years, died Friday of a heart ailment at Harbor Hospital Center. He was 55.

"He was one of the best in the world," said Fred King, who started singing with Mr. Grant when they were sophomores at Forest Park High School in 1951.

"He was a rich baritone-tenor, and his expression in a barbershop song was second to none," Mr. King said.

Mr. Grant was lead singer in the Oriole Four, which won an international championship in 1970. Among other groups, he also sang with the Dundalk-based Chorus of the Chesapeake.

The Baltimore native was business manager of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Before that, he had been a comptroller of Johns Hopkins University and worked in the city comptroller's office. He was a graduate of Forest Park High in 1954 and the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Grant had been a member of the barbershop quartet society since 1951.

He is survived by his wife of three years, the former Betty Norton; two sons, Jay Grant of Dundalk and Jon Grant of Parkville; his mother, Rosalie Grant of Baltimore; and his first wife, the former Jacqueline Prichard of Baltimore.

James N. Jean

Lever Bros. manager

Services for James N. Jean, a retired Air Force colonel who was a manager at the Lever Bros. plant in Baltimore, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel of the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.

Colonel Jean, 57, died May 7 of heart failure at his home in Arnold.

He moved to Arnold 12 years ago from Loudon County, Va., after retiring from the service. He worked for the Distributing Centers of Baltimore before joining Lever Brothers.

He is survived by his wife, the former Joy Wilson; three daughters, Jennifer Weaver of Broadway, Va., Janet Suprin of Germany and Joanne Jean of Arnold; two sons, James N. Jean III of Dallas and Jeffrey Jean of Huntington Beach, Calif.; a brother, Charles M. Jean of Portsmouth, Va.; a sister, Bette McCay of Richmond, Va.; and 10 grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation in Annapolis.

Marion G. Koester

Flower show judge

Marion G. Koester, a master flower show judge of the National Council of State Garden Clubs, died May 17 at Good Samaritan " Hospital of complications after surgery. She was 69.

Mrs. Koester lived in the Village of Cross Keys. A former president of the Roland Park Garden Club, she won prizes for her flower arrangements.

The former Marion Griesemer was born in Baltimore. A graduate of Bryn Mawr School, she attended Smith College.

She is survived by a son, Richard C. Koester of Timonium; a daughter, Margaret K. Hancock of Towson; a sister, Catherine G. Taylor of Baltimore; and three granddaughters.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Johns Hopkins physical rehabilitation program at Good Samaritan Hospital.

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