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Johnnie Thomas

Refinery worker


Services for Johnnie Thomas, who had been a refinery and service station worker and a cab driver, will be held at 10 a.m. today at New Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1354 N. Carey St.

Mr. Thomas, 64, died Tuesday at his home on Finney Avenue after a stroke.

He retired about four years ago at a Shell station near Smith and Greenspring avenues where he had been an attendant for 35 years. Until 1977, he also was a pump operator's helper at the American Oil Co. refinery, where he had worked for 31 years.

Mr. Thomas also drove part time for the Yellow Cab Co.

Born in Boykin, S.C., he moved to Baltimore as a young man.

He is survived by his wife, the former Doris Veale; three daughters, Emily Simpson of Baltimore, Lucille Thomas of Plainfield, N.J., and Shirley Smith of New York City; two sisters, Louise Wade of Baltimore and Lucille Smith of New York City; three brothers, Jake Thomas and Robert Dupree, both of Baltimore, and Samuel Thomas of Camden, S.C.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Ronald R. Eaton

Exxon executive

A memorial service for Ronald R. Eaton, a native of Baltimore who was a marketing executive of Exxon International in Florham Park, N.J., will be held at 2 p.m. today at Somerset Hills Baptist Church in Basking Ridge, N.J.

Mr. Eaton died Thursday of cancer at his home in Basking Ridge at the age of 45.

A resident of that New Jersey community for six years, he had lived in many locations during the 21 years he had worked for Exxon.

He was a graduate of Baltimore's Polytechnic Institute. After graduating from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1969, he served briefly in the Navy.

Mr. Eaton is survived by his wife, the former Joanne Whisler; two daughters, Jennifer and Melissa Eaton, both of Basking Ridge; two sons, Joshua and Zachary Eaton, also of Basking Ridge; his father and stepmother, Russell and Lucille Eaton of Baltimore; and a sister, Marilyn Hooper of Centreville.

James McDermott

Sold office supplies

A memorial service for James E. McDermott, who retired in 1977 after 19 years as a salesman with the Baltimore Office Supply Co., will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Bridges Funeral Home in Athens, Ga.

Mr. McDermott, 75, died Thursday of cancer at a nursing home in High Shoals, Ga. He moved from Randallstown to Watkinsville, Ga., in 1979.

The native of the Philadelphia area served in the Navy during World War II.

He settled in Annapolis after the war and was a salesman for Kraft Foods and other companies before joining the staff of the office supply firm.

Mr. McDermott lived in Baltimore from 1949 to 1959.

After moving to Georgia, he was a fan of both the Orioles and the Atlanta Braves.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marguerite Meade; a son, James Edward McDermott Jr. of Marietta, Ga.; a daughter, Penny Emery of Laurel; two sisters, Kay Austin of Fort Meade, Fla., and Peg Mitch of Stratford, N.J.; and eight grandchildren.

Jane A. Klein

Baltimore native

Jane A. Klein, Baltimore-born resident of Naples, Fla., who in recent years spent several weeks in Maryland each summer to be near family and friends, died of cancer May 21 in Naples. She was 72.

The former Jane Gourley attended Western High School. In 1939, she married William E. Klein, also of Baltimore.

The couple lived in Baltimore until 1947, when they moved to Darien, Conn. After moving to Florida in 1973, both became real estate agents.

Mrs. Klein was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Florida and Naples Boards of Realtors and St. John's Episcopal Church in Naples, where memorial services were held May 25.

In addition to her husband, her survivors are a daughter, Jane L. Andrews of Mansfield, Mass.; a son, William E. Klein Jr. of Palm Beach, Fla., and South Carolina; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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