Mary Ann BallSecretaryMary Ann Ball, 95, a...


Mary Ann Ball


Mary Ann Ball, 95, a retired secretary who lived in the Baltimore area for about 75 years, died at her home in Gastonia, N.C., Thursday.

Miss Ball was born in Baltimore to the late James L. and Agnes Cadogon Ball. She was an executive secretary for the American Casualty Co. for 46 years and was a member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.

She moved to Gastonia, N.C., 20 years ago and joined St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church there.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at New Cathedral Cemetery in Baltimore.

She is survived by four nieces, Catherine W. Landry and JoAnne W. Rankin, both of Gastonia, Loretta W. Rogers of Montclair, Va., and Judy W. Bain of Belmont, N.C.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mabel H. Deringer

Dance teacher

Mabel Hawkins Deringer, who taught ballroom dancing and manners to generations of children in the Chestertown area, died Saturday in Chestertown of complications from pneumonia and cancer. She was 90.

Mrs. Deringer was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and graduated from St. Mary's College in Raleigh, N.C. She married Navy Lt. Harry H. Deringer, a native of Kent County and a Naval Academy graduate, in 1928. They traveled around the country before settling in Chestertown on the Eastern Shore in 1937.

During World War II while her husband was the head of the ammunition division at the Naval Gun Factory in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Deringer and her children remained in Chestertown, where she smocked doll dresses for Hutzler's department store in Baltimore. From the 1950s to the 1970s, she taught ballroom dancing to area children.

Her husband, who retired as a captain, died in 1970.

Mrs. Deringer was a member of the Historic District Commission in Chestertown for 12 years and was the grand marshal of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival in 1982. She lived in two historic homes at different times, and they often were open for the Maryland Home and Garden Pilgrimage tour and the Candlelight Tour of Chestertown.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Shrewsbury Episcopal Church in Kennedyville.

She is survived by a son, H. Hurtt Deringer of Chestertown, editor and publisher of the Kent County News; a daughter, Mary D. Phelps of Stewart, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the Kent Hospice Foundation in Chestertown.

Roger C. Cannon

Company president

Roger C. Cannon, retired president of a Baltimore sheet metal, heating and air conditioning supply business, died Friday at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a heart attack and massive stroke.

Mr. Cannon, 69, of Arnold, was president of the Lyon Conklin Co. from 1977 until his retirement in 1981. The privately held company, the country's 19th-largest wholesaler of heating and air conditioning supplies and sheet metal accessories, employs 135 workers.

Mr. Cannon began working for the company as a salesman in 1946. He became general manager of Washington-area operations and was named vice president in the late 1960s.

"When he came, Lyon Conklin was a sheet metal supply house. He was in the forefront of making the company an air conditioning and heating supply company as well," said David H. Boggs, company vice president. "He was a very strong-willed person and an extremely hard worker."

Mr. Cannon enjoyed golf and taking long walks with his wife of 14 years, Joanne Howells Cannon.

Mr. Cannon also built scale-model ships and, as a Civil War buff, visited many battlefield sites and museums in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Before working for the Lyon Conklin Co., Mr. Cannon served in the Marine Corps as a corporal during World War II, fighting in the Pacific.

He received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He was critically wounded on Saipan and returned to the United States.

Mr. Cannon was born in Calvert, Texas, and grew up in Houston.

A memorial service will be held today at 5 p.m. at the Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, on Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at 3 p.m. Oct. 25.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Cannon is survived by two sons, Edward C. Cannon of Ellicott City and P. Jeffrey Neviaser of Miami; his mother, Lona Frances Freeland of Buffalo, Texas; a sister, F. Bee Hofford of Houston; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggested donations to the American Heart Association.

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