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George C. Owens

Owned real estate firm

George Clinton Owens, owner of a Virginia Beach real estate company, died at a Virginia Beach hospital hours after being injured in an automobile accident Thursday.

Mr. Owens, 46, was president of OIC Ltd., a real estate company he started 12 years ago.

He was born in Baltimore and lived in Virginia Beach for about 20 years. He once owned a gasoline station there.

He attended Woodlawn High School and graduated from Lansdowne High School and the University of Maryland at College Park.

Mr. Owens had played the drums professionally and had a band before moving to Virginia Beach.

In Virginia Beach, he became a deacon at the Sandbridge Community Chapel United Methodist Church, president of the Sandbridge Oceanfront Owners Association and a member of the Sandbridge Civic League.

A memorial service was to be conducted at 3 p.m. today at the Sandbridge Community Chapel United Methodist Church.

Mr. Owens is survived by his wife, the former Joan Davis; a daughter, Nicole Lynn Owens of Virginia Beach; two sons, George William Owens and Thomas Joseph Owens both of Virginia Beach; his mother, Alice Dodson Owens of Baltimore; and a sister, Judith O. Taubert of Frankfurt, Germany.

James L. Powell Jr.

Government engineer

James L. Powell Jr., a retired engineer, died Wednesday of complications from cancer at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

Mr. Powell, 73, retired in 1988 from the Department of Energy in Washington where his work included coal gasification projects. In 1968, he worked for the Department of the Interior on water desalinization.

From 1958 until 1967, he worked for the Martin Marietta Corp. on projects that included nuclear power generators for space probes and missile design. Earlier in the 1950s, he was employed by Bell Aircraft Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y., and in California on experimental rocket airplanes.

He had begun his career as a mechanical and aeronautical engineer with the Curtis-Wright Co. in Buffalo, N.Y., and was sent by that company to India to check on engine problems on the C-46 cargo planes that were flying into China. He determined that the gas lines were freezing at high altitudes and devised a fuel warmer to solve the problem.

In 1944, he began serving in the Navy in the South Pacific. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, serving as port director at Valdez, Alaska, then in an aviation post in Washington.

A native of Grenada, Miss., and a graduate of Mississippi State University, he returned to Greenwood, Miss., after World War II to help his father in his plumbing contracting business.

He was a member of the Chartwell Country Club.

Services were conducted yesterday at the Severna Park United Methodist Church.

Mr. Powell is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Dorothy Capen; two sons, Harold Powell of Annapolis and James L. Powell III of Severna Park; a daughter, Penney Stevens of Severna Park; and six grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to Severna Park United Methodist Church.

Deloris Francis Hall

Homemaker, poet

Deloris Francis Hall, a Baltimore homemaker who in recent years wrote poetry, died Wednesday at Northwest Hospital Center of cancer. She was 68.

A lifelong resident of West Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood, the former Deloris Davis devoted much of her life to raising four children.

She began writing poetry in the early 1980s, sharing it with her family and friends. Her poem often were about her children, but also about her life, friends and religious beliefs.

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Mrs. Hall was an assembler and a stock checker for the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. In 1970, she was a census taker for the U.S. Census Bureau.

She was educated at the city's Carver Vocational School, where she learned sewing skills that resulted in her doing much seamstress work for relatives and friends.

One of her daughters called her a "very spiritual person" who attended several city churches. She also enjoyed playing pinochle and bridge, Scrabble and other board games.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church, 3911 Garrison Blvd.

Mrs. Hall is survived by her husband of 48 years, Leroy L. Hall; two sons, Donald E. Hall of Randallstown and Larry E. Hall of Lochearn; two daughters, Linda Jones of Pikesville and Lynne Matthews of Northeast Baltimore; six brothers, Kermit, Ralph, Fendell, Horace, Howard and Colbert Davis, all of Baltimore; five sisters, Freda Williams, Vivian Wilson, Phyllis Davis, Betty Jenkins and Barbara Douglas, all of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Victo J. Remas

Sheet metal worker

Victo J. Remas, a retired sheet metal worker, died June 17 of throat cancer at the MedBridge Medical and Physical Rehabilitation Center in Rosedale. He was 76.

Mr. Remas retired in the early 1970s from ASA Corp. in Owing Mills, where he had worked for about 15 years. Before that, he was an electronics supervisor at the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, where he had started working during World War II.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Remas had been a member of th Lithuanian Hall in Baltimore for more than 50 years and helped organize picnics and raffles to raise money for the group.

Mr. Remas was a 1935 graduate of the Baltimore Polytechni Institute.

In 1954, he designed his own home and had it built in Arbutus, where he had moved when he was a child. He lived in the house until last year, when his illness forced him to move to the Rosedale nursing facility.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Remas was offered June 19 a Our Lady of Victory Church in Arbutus.

He is survived by a son, Richard Remas of Essex; a companion of 35 years, Rosemary Pany of Arbutus; and one grandson.

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