Hugh Thomas Amos
Electrician, ex-ball player
Hugh Thomas Amos, an electrician and former minor league baseball player, died of heart failure Wednesday at his home in Folsom, Pa. He was 92.
Mr. Amos, a Cecil County native, served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and was a chief petty officer on the USS Missouri. While in the Navy, he learned his lifelong trade as an electrician.
After the war, Mr. Amos played center field for the Philadelphia Phillies' Triple-A team in Reading, Pa. His baseball career ended when he broke an ankle tripping over a drainage grate in the outfield.
He then went to work in the United Electrical Workers of America, retiring in 1965.
In 1921, Mr. Amos married Laura Mabel Davis, and the couple lived in the Philadelphia area before moving to Folsom, about 15 miles to the southwest.
Mr. Amos was an avid hunter and deep sea fisherman. He was a member of the Mercury Gun Club in Boothwyn, Pa.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Darlington United Baptist Church in Darlington.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Gloria Garling Horst of Folsom; a son, Donald H. Amos of Mantua, N.J.; six grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.
William A. Sykes
World War I veteran
William Aldredge Sykes, an Army and Marine Corps veteran of World War I, died of pneumonia yesterday at the Perry Point Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 95, and lived in Dundalk.
He served in Europe in the first world war, and also was among soldiers sent to Mexico to protect American interests during a civil war.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10100 in La Belle, Fla. He also helped founded VFW Post 8097 in Howard County.
Born in Heflin, Ga., Mr. Sykes moved to Maryland in the 1920s. He was a carpenter.
Mr. Sykes lived in La Belle, Fla., for about 15 years before returning to the Baltimore area about three years ago.
Survivors include two sons, Earl Frederick Emiele Schoo Jr. of Chesapeake Beach and James Millard Schoo of Dundalk; nine grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
No funeral service was planned. Mr. Sykes will be buried Wednesday at Lee Memorial Park in Lehigh Acres, Fla.
Elizabeth F. Zirwes
Elizabeth F. "Bunny" Zirwes of Catonsville, the first woman president of the Jewelers Association of Baltimore, died at St. Agnes Hospital May 5 of complications of a blood infection. She was 84.
She took over the jewelry business founded by the family of her first husband, John C. C. Justis, in the early 1930s. With the help of her sister-in-law, Helen Frizzell, she transformed Justis Jewelers from a wholesale supplier of jeweler's equipment to a thriving retail store.
In 1940, she represented the company in a celebration of its first 100 years of business conducted by the Baltimore Association of Commerce. In 1950, colleagues in the jewelry business elected her to head their trade association.
For many years, the shop was on the second floor at 30 E. Baltimore St. and counted among its customers prominent downtown bankers and businessmen, said her son, J. Christopher C. Justis Jr. of Ellicott City. Many relied on his mother's advice in choosing gifts for wives and other relatives, he said.
Later, she sold engagement and wedding rings to those customers' children, whom she often knew by name, he said.
In 1955, she moved the business to the Paradise shopping area on Frederick Road in Catonsville and added cards and gifts to the jewelry selection. She closed the business in 1974.
Born Mary Elizabeth Frizzell in 1908 in Catonsville, she finished high school at night at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and worked for several years as a clerk in the insurance industry.
In 1957, after her divorce from Mr. Justis, she married John H. Zirwes, who died in 1975.
After closing Justis Jewelers, Mrs. Zirwes was a frequent bridge player, enjoyed eating out, volunteered at Baltimore County General Hospital and was active in Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Marriottsville. A memorial service was held there May 8.
In addition to her son, survivors include two grandchildren, James C. Justis of Birmingham, Ala., and Jean Justis Calambro of Catonsville; and three step-granddaughters, Linda Hicks, Darlene Huffman and Louise Pruiett, all of St. Petersburg, Fla.
The family suggested memorial donations to Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, 2600 Marriottsville Rd., Marriottsville 21104.
William H. Johnson
William H. Johnson, a self-employed contractor and former grocery store owner, died of kidney failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Thursday. He was 83.
In the 1950s, Mr. Johnson and his wife owned and operated Johnson's Groceries on Presstman Street. Mr. Johnson sold that business in the late 1960s, but continued to do home improvement work. He retired in the early 1980s.
Born in Richmond, Va., Mr. Johnson attended schools there and in Baltimore. He also attended vocational school.
In 1931, he married Lula P. Blackwell. Mrs. Johnson died in 1976.
An avid pinochle player, he also was a baseball fan who enjoyed watching the Orioles. Mr. Johnson also liked bowling.
He was a longtime member of St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 501 N. Caroline St., where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.
He is survived by a daughter, Iona Williams of Baltimore; a sister, Bernice Bennett of Denver, Colo.; and a granddaughter.