William Murray, retired owner of Sun route
William A. Murray, a retired Baltimore Sun route owner and historian who chronicled the Baltimore City Fire Department, died Friday at Harbor Hospital Center of pneumonia. He was 79.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Murray, who had lived in recent years at the Meridian Nursing Home in Brooklyn Park, was offered yesterday at St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church on Riverside Avenue.
He began delivering newspapers in 1923, obtaining at the age of 10 an old State Labor Board badge that allowed young boys to provide home delivery service. He recalled loading bundles of The Sunday Sun onto special streetcars and riding with them to his assigned neighborhood.
In 1938, he bought the newspaper route from his boss, who was retiring to West Virginia, and he operated the business until 1979 long after the last trolley newspaper run.
His interest in firefighting was kindled, in part, by close ties in his boyhood neighborhood to the fire station of 6 Truck at Hanover and Ostend streets, where he would run errands for the men.
Mr. Murray was a charter member of the city fire buff club, the Box 414 Association, as well as a former president, and curator and historian of its Baltimore City Fire Museum at 414 N. Gay St.
His lifelong interest in firefighting led him to to write "The Unheralded Heroes of Baltimore's Big Blazes," an anecdotal history of the Baltimore Fire Department published in 1969. He also wrote two supplements updating it in later years, and was the co-author with William Snyder of a picture book on fire apparatus, "Rigs of the Unheralded Heroes."
In a 1970 "I Remember" article for The Sun Magazine, Mr. Murray traced the history of coffee service for firefighters battling multi-alarmers -- often provided by some willing boy eager for a pass through the lines to see the action up close.
Mr. Murray said "fire buffing" began losing some of its allure when the last of the fire house horses were sent out to pasture in 1919. But it was fire buffs who tried to bring back coffee service at fire scenes, among them Mr. Murray, in the 1940s.
He recalled how he and other unofficial helpers were chased away from a 1940 Plymouth Wallpaper Co. fire on West Baltimore Street by police, on orders from a fire official.
Box 414 -- founded in the late 1940s and named for the number of the fire box sounding the first alarms for the great fire of 1904 -- won city approval to establish canteen service and raised the money to buy a new coffee wagon.
Mr. Murray helped operate it, and was president of the organization in 1966 when it purchased a replacement wagon for $15,398 -- a vehicle that was to remain in use for a quarter-century. He said he gave up his duties as an alternate driver in 1969, "to give some of the younger buffs a turn at it."
That year, Mr. Murray's book was published -- described in a Sun review as his "labor of love," and "an unusual and interesting account of Baltimore fires from the hand-drawn pumps of volunteer days to a four-alarm fire in July of this year."
Mr. Murray's wife of 47 years, the former Ruth Naomi Wentworth, died in 1981.
He is survived by two daughters, Mary A. Klima of Baltimore and Kay Kraft of Glen Burnie; six grandchildren (two of them
firefighters); and seven great-granddaughters. Barbara A. Weishaar, who had owned an Anne Arundel County general store with her husband, died Thursday at the Maryland Manor Nursing Home of heart failure.
Services for the 84-year-old Pasadena resident were held Saturday.
Mrs. Weishaar and her husband, David Weishaar, owned Weishaar's store in Elvaton for about 25 years before his death in 1967.
The former Barbara Angyelof was a native of Baltimore. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Pasadena and the Elvaton Women's Democratic Club.
She is survived by two sons, Paul H. Weishaar of Pasadena and David J. Weishaar of Texas; a sister, Marie Paola of Glen Burnie; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Betty Mae Rhodes
Glass company worker
Betty Mae Rhodes, a retired supervisor in the packing department of the Carr-Lowrey Glass Co., died Wednesday at University of Maryland Medical Center after a stroke.
Services for the 59-year-old Glen Burnie resident were conducted Saturday.
She retired in 1988 after working for the glass company in Westport for 30 years.
The former Betty Mae List was a native of Massachusetts who moved to the Baltimore area as a child with her family.
Her husband of 30 years, John D. Rhodes Jr., died in 1984.
She is survived by two sons, John D. Rhodes III of Glen Burnie and Joseph C. Rhodes of Jacksonville, Fla.; two daughters, Shirley F. and Donna F. Rhodes, both of Glen Burnie; two sisters, JoAnn Rakes and Laura Gillen, both of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Paul A. Lawson
Paul A. Lawson of Arbutus, a retired railroad machinist who was active in church work, died Wednesday at the Frederick Villa Nursing Center in Catonsville of complications of a broken hip.
Services for the 97-year-old Gloria Avenue resident were conducted Saturday.
He retired in 1965 after working for nearly 50 years for the Baltimore & Ohio railroad.
Born and reared in Crisfield, he studied drafting at the old Maryland Institute on Market Place after moving to Baltimore in his youth.
He was a deacon at Halethorpe Community Church for the first 25 years of the 50-year-old congregation.
His first wife, the former Ruth C. Gregory, died in 1969. His second wife, the former Martha Washington Shipley, died in 1976.
He is survived by his wife, the former Ruby Winegar; a daughter, Doris Kraus, and a son, Raymond Lawson, both of Arbutus; five (( grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Mark E. Carberry
Mark E. Carberry, a former Baltimore firefighter who drove a tractor-trailer for Trism Specialized Carriers in North East, was killed Sept. 10 in a truck hijacking near Phoenix, Ariz.
A memorial Mass for the 38-year-old Atholgate Lane resident was offered Saturday.
He had worked for the trucking company since May. Earlier, he was a city firefighter for about 17 years.
Mr. Carberry was a member of the Vulcan Blazers, an organization of black firefighters.
Born in Baltimore, he was educated at St. Bernardine's and St. Francis Xavier elementary schools and Forest Park High School.
He is survived by his mother, Anna Carberry of Baltimore; a brother, Tony Carberry of Bloomfield, Conn.; three sisters, Janette Savoy and Stephanie and Denise Carberry, all of Baltimore; and four nephews.
Alice B. Hess
Alice B. Hess, a retired teacher who was active in civic affairs, died Thursday of cancer at the Charlestown Nursing Center.
Memorial services for Mrs. Hess, who was 85 and had lived at the Charlestown Retirement Community for nearly five years, were to be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today at Our Lady of Angels Chapel, 711 Maiden Choice Lane, at the retirement center.
Services for Mrs. Hess, who lived in Stoneleigh for many years, are also planned for 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road.
She retired in 1970 as a biology teacher at Eastern High School. She had taught in the city schools since 1958 and also from 1928 to 1938.
In the 1950s, she was a laboratory assistant at Goucher College, what was then the Community College of Baltimore and the state health department.
The former Alice Bauer was a native of Baltimore. She graduated from Western High School 1924 and four years later from Goucher College, which she attended on a scholarship.
She was on the board of the League of Women Voters of Baltimore County and, in 1954, was chairwoman of a committee that gathered signatures to put on the ballot a referendum to establish the board that prepared the County Charter.
Also in 1954, she lost a Democratic primary for a seat in the Mary
land House of Delegates. She was a member of the 1977 Charter Revision Committee in the county.
At Govans Presbyterian, she was an ordained elder, a Sunday school teacher and, at one time, president of the Women of the Church. She also was chairwoman of the Adult Options and Peace and Justice committees.
Her husband, Harry C. Hess Jr., died in 1990.
She is survived by two sons, Harry C. Hess III of Cub Hill and James N. Hess of Columbia; a sister, Adele B. Armiger of Baltimore; a brother, George A. Bauer Jr. of Baltimore; and four grandsons.
Andrew T. Cavacos
Andrew T. "Doc" Cavacos, who owned and operated a family pharmacy at 36th Street and Roland Avenue in Hampden and was active in Baltimore's Greek community, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 85.
Services for Mr. Cavacos were held yesterday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation.
In the 1930s, Mr. Cavacos enlisted the help of the mayor to persuade another church to sell its property to the Greek community for a new church -- what became the Cathedral of the Annunciation -- rather than to an oil company. Mr. Cavacos' daughter, Mary, was the first baby baptized in the new church.
Along with running the pharmacy, Mr. Cavacos, who lived above the family confectionery and later pharmacy nearly his entire life, served four terms as a police magistrate, was chairman of the first "I Am an American Day" parade in Baltimore and organized a Little League team that sent players to professional leagues.
He also wrote columns for newspapers in Greece and for the Greek community paper in Boston.
Ten years ago, he was named citizen of the year by the Baltimore chapter of the Greek-American Order of the American Hellenic Education Progressive Association.
Without any fanfare, Mr. Cavacos closed his business in 1985 and placed a piece of paper in the front door that read, "Retired."
Mr. Cavacos, the son of immigrants from the island of Kythera, was born in his parents' Baltimore home at Washington and Gay streets.
A graduate of City College, he received his pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland. When he became a pharmacist, his parents converted their confectionery into a pharmacy.
He was a member of the Kytherian Club, past president of Worthington Chapter No. 30 AHEPA and past president of the Annunciation Golden Age Club.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Sophie Koutsoukos; a daughter, Mary A. Cavacos of Baltimore; a son, Theodore A. Cavacos of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Annunciation Orthodox Cathedral or the Theodore J. George Library, 27 W. Preston St., Baltimore, Md. 21202. George W. "Bill" Manzke Sr., a retired Baltimore County teacher and antique-car enthusiast, died Thursday of a heart attack at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 66.
Services for Mr. Manzke were held yesterday.
For 30 years, Mr. Manzke, who lived in Carney, taught auto mechanics, shop and driver's education at the Sparrows Point and Dundalk high schools. He taught at Dulaney High School for the last 20 years of his career.
While he was a teacher, he sold cars for 20 years at Kelly Pontiac on Belair Road in Baltimore.
A graduate of Kenwood High School, Mr. Manzke earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the University of Maryland.
During World War II, Mr. Manzke served in the Army in the European Theater with the rank of sergeant. After Germany surrendered, his back was broken in three places when an ammunition crate fell on him. He subsequently spent six months in a Veterans Administration hospital.
Mr. Manzke owned 12 antique cars, ranging from a 1929 Chrysler to a 1967 Oldsmobile convertible.
He belonged to the Boumi Temple and was president of its
Antique Car Club and the Mount Nebo Lodge of the Masons.
He also was technical chairman of the Chesapeake Region Antique Automobile Club of America and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. He played the double bass in a string band called the Tall Cedars.
Mr. Manzke attended church at Faith and St. Mark's United Church of Christ on Hazelwood Avenue and was a member of the church council.
He was married to the former A. LeVerne Myers for 43 years. He died one day before their anniversary. He is also survived by a son, G. William Manzke Jr. of Quakertown, Pa.; a daughter, Jennifer L. Parker of Ellicott City; and two grandchildren.
The family suggested donations to the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21201.
John C. Sutor
John C. Sutor, sales manager for the Ormco Corp. in Maryland, Washington and Northern Virginia, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Annapolis.
A memorial service for Mr. Sutor, 33, will be conducted at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
Mr. Sutor moved to Annapolis in 1986 when he took the sales post with the orthodontic materials company. Earlier, he was a salesman in the Philadelphia area.
Born and reared in the Philadelphia area, he was a 1977 graduate of the Germantown Academy and a 1981 graduate of Gettysburg College.
In college, he was a member of the rifle and soccer teams and of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
He is survived by his wife, the former Honora "Norie" Wohlgemuth; a son, John Cassin Sutor Jr. of Annapolis; his parents, Margaret and Frederick William Sutor III of Flourtown, Pa.; a brother, Frederick William Sutor IV of North Hills, Pa.; and a grandmother, Margaret Johnson of Flourtown.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Oncology Center.
David M. Barnett
Mechanic, union leader
David Marland Barnett, a retired mechanic and union leader known for many years as the unofficial "Mayor of Turners Station," died Friday at Church Hospital, where he was admitted in August with pneumonia. He was 86.
Services are planned for noon tomorrow at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, Avon Beach Road and Main Street in Turners Station.
Born in Clover, S.C., he attended public schools there before moving to Baltimore in 1928. He was married in 1934 to the former Sadie Partlow. In 1938, he entered the merchant marine and served for several years.
Trained as an auto mechanic, Mr. Barnett worked at the Edgewood Arsenal, and in 1948 he went to work for the National Gypsum Co. in Canton, where he was president of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union local for 15 years. He retired in 1971 after 23 years of service.
Mr. Barnett was an usher at St. Matthews United Methodist Church for 37 years. He was a past president of the Turners Station Development Corp. and the Turners Station Recreation Council. He was active in the Dundalk, Sparrows Point chapter of the NAACP.
A familiar figure for more than 30 years on the streets of Turners Station, Mr. Barnett was known to the community's young people as "Officer Dip," and "Deputy Dog," according to his daughter, Deanna Fleming.
"The kids used to call him that because he was always patrolling the streets, trying to get kids off the corner and giving them words of encouragement," she said. He worked closely with police and urged children to complete their education and go to church.
"They always respected him because . . . he kept a lot of them from going in the wrong direction," Ms. Fleming said.
Mr. Barnett also volunteered his skills as an auto mechanic to many Turners Station residents and kept their cars running.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Barnett is survived by eight children: Norman Scott of Baltimore, Wilma Gibson of Pumphrey, Mildred Neblett of Turners Station, Earl Barnett of Baltimore, Sylvester Barnett of Randallstown, Deanna Fleming of Decatur, Ga., Lendell Hall of Baltimore and Sharon Barnett of Turners Station.
Also surviving him are a brother, Ray Barnett of Clover; three sisters, Zolene Shoats of Gastonia, N.C., Wilma Armstrong of East Palo Alto, Calif., and Bessie Mason, of Greensboro N.C.; also 24 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Barnett was an uncle of former world-ranked heavyweight boxer Larry Middleton.