John S. CrockettInsurance salesmanJohn S. Crockett, an...

John S. Crockett

Insurance salesman


John S. Crockett, an insurance salesman in the Washington suburbs for about 40 years, died June 29 of cancer at Northwest Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. He was 80.

Before he retired in the early 1970s, Mr. Crockett, who lived in Crisfield, worked for the Sun Life Insurance Co. of Baltimore and was a member of the Maryland Suburban Underwriters' Association.


During the 1960s, he served a term as a town councilman for Brentwood. He was a member of the Young Men's Democratic Club of Prince George's County.

Mr. Crockett was a member of the Masons for 50 years and of Prince George's Forest No. 139 of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He was a life member of the Lions Club.

Born in Saxis, Va., on the Eastern Shore, Mr. Crockett moved to the Washington area in the late 1920s. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Crisfield.

Mr. Crockett is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Mary E. Birch; a daughter, Charlene Christy of Tucson; two sons, John Crockett Jr. of Frederick and Stephen Crockett of Salisbury; a sister, Imogene Crockett of Takoma Park; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to local hospices.

Glenna Fern Orsburn

Bel Air native

Glenna Fern Orsburn, a native of Bel Air, died Friday at her home in Elizabethton, Tenn., after a long struggle with cancer. She was 41.


The daughter of Lester H. and Nellie Richardson Orsburn Sr. of Bel Air, Ms. Orsburn was a 1974 graduate of Milligan College and attended East Tennessee State University.

For the past 11 years, she was employed at Kiser Supply Inc. of Bluff City, Tenn.

A member of the Fork Christian Church in Baltimore County, she attended the First Christian Church in Erwin, Tenn.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Orsburn is survived by a brother, Lester H. Orsburn Jr. of Unicoi, Tenn; a nephew; three nieces; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the Foster Funeral Home, Broadway and Williams Street in Bel Air.

The family suggested donations to Milligan College, Milligan College, Tenn. 37682.


Rae K. Cornish

Baltimore bartender

Rae K. Cornish, a former barmaid and bartender at several Baltimore nightclubs and taverns, died June 29 at the University of Maryland Medical Center from a viral infection of the brain. She was 46.

She loved working with the public and had been a mixologist for the past 20 years. Her last place of employment was the 3 J's Tavern at Eager and Chester streets, where she worked for three years.

As a youth, she was a member of an Elks Lodge marching band and the Memorial Baptist Church. She attended Dunbar High School and earned her high school equivalency in 1969.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Memorial Baptist Church, Caroline and Preston streets.


She is survived by two sisters, Evelyn Anderson and Mildred Cornish O'Neil; three brothers, Dennis Cornish, Gary Cornish and Charles Cornish; and an aunt, Miriam Camper. All are of Baltimore.

Edwin M. Farabaugh

Car salesman

Edwin Michael Farabaugh, a retired auto salesman and member of the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church in Joppatowne, died of cancer complications Sunday at his Joppa home. He was 86.

Born in Carrolltown, Pa., Mr. Farabaugh sold cars at an Eastpoint Chevrolet dealership for 50 years before retiring. The dealership was first called Charlie Irish Chevrolet, and later Jeff Legum Chevrolet.

Mr. Farabaugh's wife, the former Ann Elizabeth Burke, died in 1976, and a son, Robert J. Farabaugh, died of polio in 1944.


Mr. Farabaugh is survived by three sons, Edwin M. Farabaugh Jr. of Fleetwood, Pa., the Rev. Kenneth R. Farabaugh of Hickory and Michael J. Farabaugh of Rosedale; nine sisters, Anna Mary Bishop of Clearwater, Fla., Coletta M. Kuntzman, Mary Margaret Eckenrode, Mary Martha Foster, Mary L. Yarko and Naomi Mary Bender, all of Carrolltown, Pa., Mary Ellen Weber of Ebensburg, Pa., Mary E. Stillman of Springfield, Va., and Rosemarie H. Yahner of Patton, Pa.; three brothers, Frederick M. Farabaugh of Ligonier, Pa., Michael N. Farabaugh of California, and Walter M. Farabaugh of Lanham; seven grandchildren; and a great grandson.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Hickory, where his son is the pastor.

The family suggested donations to St. Ignatius Church; 533 E. Jarrettsville Road, Forest Hill 21050.

A. Russell Slagle

Avid genealogist

A. Russell Slagle, a former real estate agent and an avid genealogist who had been a personnel officer at the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, died Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital of complications resulting from a fall in his Baltimore apartment. He was 92.


Born and raised in the Roland Park area in Baltimore, Mr. Slagle graduated from the Gilman School in 1918 and in 1922 received a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, where he was a member of the Princeton Charter Club, Triangle Club and Musical Club.

A real estate broker for 17 years, he retired in 1940 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was 40 at the time, and served only a year with the 83rd Infantry before being honorably discharged because of his age.

Soon thereafter, he became a personnel officer at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Mr. Slagle acted and sang with the Vagabond Theatre, and played in Gilbert and Sullivan operas and Paint and Powder Club musical comedies.

He appeared in several operas with the Baltimore Civic Opera Co., and later became trustee of the Baltimore Opera Company. He also had been a trustee of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and a predecessor hospital.

Relatives said Mr. Slagle's greatest love was researching his family's genealogy. He was formerly chairman of the Committee on Genealogy and Heraldry at the Maryland Historical Society, and a vice president and trustee of the Baltimore County Historical Society.


Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Roland Park Presbyterian Church, 4801 Roland Ave.

Mr. Slagle, a lifelong bachelor, is survived by three nephews, Charles W. Slagle IV of Bethany Beach, Del., Jacob W. Slagle Jr. of Baltimore and Frederick Vernon-Williams Slagle of Bearsville, N.Y.

Norman T. McCreer

Police officer

Norman T. McCreer, a retired Baltimore City police officer, died June 22 of cancer in the Cherrelyn Nursing Home in Littleton, Colo. He was 73.

A resident of Littleton, Mr. McCreer was a patrolman in the police department's traffic division for 25 years until his retirement in 1970.


Born and raised in Baltimore, he attended St. Paul's School. He joined the Army in 1942, returning to Baltimore after World War II to join the police department.

After retiring from the Police Department, Mr. McCreer moved to Littleton and worked for six years as a security guard with Blue Cross of Colorado.

A Roman Catholic service was held at the Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on June 28.

Mr. McCreer is survived by his sister, Rita E. Williams of Littleton; two nieces; and a nephew.

The family suggested donations to All Souls Roman Catholic Church, 4950 S. Logan St., Englewood, Colo., 80110.