Rev. M. Wilmoth Jr.Episcopal rectorThe Rev. Mathew...


Rev. M. Wilmoth Jr.

Episcopal rector

The Rev. Mathew D. Wilmoth Jr., rector of St. George's and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Dundalk, died Tuesday at Francis Scott Key Medical Center after a heart attack.

Services for Mr. Wilmoth, who lived in the rectory, were to be conducted at 9 a.m. today at the church at 2900 Dunleer Road.

He had been rector of the church since 1973. Since that time, it had made room for a number of community programs, including the Boy Scouts, classes of the Dundalk Community College and Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups.

He was previously rector of a church in Mount Vernon, Ill.,

Born in Bower, W.Va., he first came to the Baltimore area after serving in the Navy at the end of World War II.

He attended the Johns Hopkins University and then held several industrial jobs and became active in Trinity Episcopal Church in Long Green.

He then earned his bachelor's degree at Lexington (Ky.) Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1971.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret A. Shatzer; two daughters, Karen D. Davenport of Dundalk and Mary Ann Harris of Mount Vernon, Ill.; four sons, Paul D., John K., Robert M. and Mathew D. Wilmoth III, all of Dundalk; his mother, Pearl R. Wilmoth of Phoenix, Ariz.; five brothers, Barney Wilmoth of Cleveland, Charles Wilmoth of Webster Springs, W.Va., and Ernest, Jack and Jim Wilmoth, all of Phoenix; a sister, Carol Koger of Webster Springs; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Shirley Harrington

Gospel singer

Shirley Harrington, a retired gospel singer, died Monday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Service for the 55-year-old Forest Park Avenue resident were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Simmons Memorial Baptist Church, Pennsylvania Avenue and Cumberland Street.

Born in Baltimore and a graduate of Douglass High School, she sang at churches and in concerts in Baltimore and elsewhere on the East Coast until her retirement about 10 years ago.

She is survived by four daughters, Gwendolyn, Deborah, Karen and Shirleen Williams, all of Baltimore; six sons, Maurice, Andre, Ronald, Michael, Harold and Frankie, all of Baltimore; five sisters, Mary Graves, Lucille Crogan, Doris Finley and Geraldine Johnson, all of Baltimore, and Ernestine Napier of Richmond, Va., four brothers, Ulysses and Elliott Harrington Jr. and Leslie and Harold Napier, all of Baltimore; and 16 grandchildren.

Frances Ripperger

Secretary for state

Frances Rodowsky Ripperger, who was secretary to the state insurance commissioner from the late 1930s through the 1950s, died Thursday of heart disease at St. Elizabeth Hall in the Cardinal Shehan Center on Dulaney Valley Road.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Ripperger, who was 89, was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, 2801 N. Charles St.

The former Frances Gardner was a native of Baltimore. She was secretary-treasurer of the Women's Loyal Democratic Pleasure Club of the Ninth Ward.

Her first husband, Lawrence A. Rodowsky, a retired insurance agent, died in 1971. Her second husband, Henry J. Ripperger, former clerk of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, part of the old Supreme Bench of Baltimore, died in 1974.

While living at St. Elizabeth Hall, she became an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist at the chapel of the nearby Stella Maris Hospice.

She is survived by four sons, Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Lawrence F. Rodowsky of Baltimore, John C. Rodowski of Wilmington, Del., Arold Ripperger of Cub Hill and John Ripperger of Stamford, Conn.; six daughters, Joan Carter of Baltimore, Carol Wittelsberger of Mays Chapel, Nancy Mullin of Perry Hall, Connie Fick and Henrietta Hagner, both of Towson, and Kitty Benton of Darlington; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth A. Smith

Movie producer

Elizabeth Ann Smith, a free-lance movie producer in $l Washington, died Aug. 21 in an automobile accident in Prince George's County. She was 26.

A memorial service for Ms. Smith will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.

Ms. Smith recently had worked as a producer for Black Entertainment Television. This summer, she was the production secretary for the Robert Townsend movie "Meteor Man" that was filmed in Baltimore.

Two years ago, she was a newsroom management trainee at WJZ-TV (Channel 13). In 1990, she also produced and was host of "Video Hair Magazine," a cosmetology and fashion show on WNUV-TV (Channel 54).

Ms. Smith also worked at the Washington bureau of the New York Times and for Potomac Television Service.

In 1988, she earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Howard University, where she was a staff reporter for two student newspapers, the Hilltop and Community News, and a news writer and sportscaster for campus radio station WHBC.

She was a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, where she worked with young African-Americans interested in arts and sciences.

Ms. Smith was a member of the Bethel A.M.E. Church.

She lived in Glen Burnie with her father, Dallas Smith Jr. She was born in Riverside, Calif., where her father was in the Air Force, and raised in Sedalia, Mo.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her mother, Norma Jean Hinkle of Sedalia; four brothers, Dallas Smith III of Sedalia, Sgt. Kenneth Leon Smith of Fort Ritchie, Md., Michael D. Smith of Mountain View, Calif., and Anthony Q. Smith of Springfield, Mo.; a half-brother, Nigel Lewis of Sedalia; two grandmothers, Mary Terry of Sedalia and Vesterine Smith Webb of Locust Grove, Ga.; and a grandfather, Edward Clarke of Sedalia.

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