James Williams Sr.
Worked for Lever Bros.
James N. Williams Sr., a retired supervisor at Lever Bros. Co. in Baltimore who was active in church work, died Thursday of cancer at his home on Fairview Road in Woodlawn.
Mr. Williams, 74, retired in 1979 after working at the soap company plant since 1945.
The Towson native served in the Army Air Force in the 332nd Fighter Squadron in Italy after graduating with the first class of aviation technicians at the Tuskegee Institute in World War II.
He was a former chairman of the deacon board at Timothy Baptist Church, where he also served as a trustee, Sunday school superintendent and buyer for the food cooperative.
In his community, he served as financial secretary of Zone 23, an improvement association.
Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Timothy Baptist Church, 1214 W. Saratoga St.
He is survived by his wife, the former Maggie Pearson; three sons, A. Marcus Williams Sr. of Glen Burnie, James N. Williams Jr. of Woodlawn and Edward Williams Sr. of Philadelphia; three ++ daughters, Joyce Harris of Woodlawn, Jeanetta Benthall of Lanham and Harriet Keith of Baltimore; three sisters, Helen Ray, Mable Ray and Margaret Green, all of Baltimore; three brothers, Leonard Williams, Manuel Williams and Ray Johnson, all of Baltimore; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Clarence Trusty, a mechanic who worked on trucks and equipment of the Baltimore Department of Public Works, died Thursday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The 54-year-old Baltimore resident worked for the city agency for 22 years and earlier for the Maryland Cup Co.
The city native was educated at St. Francis Xavier School.
Services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Israel Baptist Church, Chester at Preston streets, Baltimore.
He is survived by his wife, the former Larinea Fair; a son, Clarence Trusty Jr.; a stepdaughter, Donna Fair; three sisters, Esther, Irene and Estelle Trusty; two brothers, John and Robert Trusty; and three granddaughters. All are of Baltimore.
Francis J. Blouin
Navy vice admiral
Francis Joseph Blouin, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, former deputy chief of naval operations, and secretary to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died of a heart attack at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Jan. 24. He was 82 and lived in Washington.
The Northbridge, Mass., native, whose various command posts spanned World War II, the Korean war, the Lebanon crisis of the late 1950s, and the Vietnam War, graduated in 1933 from the U.S. Naval Academy.
During World War II, he rose to command two destroyers in the South Pacific, and was awarded the Silver Star for valor.
Ultimately, he had command of the entire Pacific Fleet Amphibious Force.
Shortly after his selection for rear admiral in 1959, he became secretary to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Later he became director of the Far East region in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and in 1968 took over as deputy chief of naval operations for plans and policy. He retired in 1971.
He is survived by his wife, the former Rosalie Van Auken; a daughter, Gloria Bailey de Rouen of Germany; a son, Peter Van Auken Blouin of Berkeley, Calif.; two brothers, Clarence Blouin of Orlando, Fla., and Robert Blouin of Vienna, Va.; two sisters, Doris Bouvier of Whitinsville, Mass., and Rachel Bourdon of Warwick, R.I.; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel in Arlington, Va., at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. The family suggested memorial contributions to the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, 247 King George St., Annapolis 21402; or the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington.
Novelist, TV executive
Jack Lynn, 67, a novelist and former television executive who was born in Baltimore, died Jan. 20 of leukemia at his home in Albuquerque, N.M.
Mr. Lynn was born Buryl Jack Fedder in Baltimore.
As children, a brother, a sister and he were known as "The Three Fedders," said his sister, Jackie Levin.
"When we were kids we used to dance and sing together, and my other brother was a comedian," Mrs. Levin said. "He was a very creative person and a terrific person."
Mr. Lynn wrote four novels: "The Professor" (Dell, 1970), "The Turncoat" (Delacorte, 1976), "The Factory" (Harper & Row, 1982) and "The Hallelujah Flight" (St. Martin's, 1990).
He started in television as a writer, producer and director in the 1950s. He was appointed as the film buyer-manager of Dumont Broadcasting and its WABD-TV station in New York and later was the station's program director.
In 1966, he joined Trans-Lux Television in New York as the vice president in charge. Moving to London in 1969, he became the director of international programs for Television Recording Ltd. and also wrote and produced documentaries.
In 1971, he began free-lancing for American networks and other companies and devoted more time to his novels. He lived in France from 1972 to 1985.
Surviving are his wife of 18 years, the former Linzi Mitchell, who was a British singer, actress and dancer; and their son, Alexandre Lynn of Albuquerque; two children by a previous marriage, Rick Fedder of Washington and Lisa Fedder of Wheaton; and his sister, Jackie Levin of College Park. Services were conducted Jan. 22.