Rev. Willie K. Woods
Trinity AME pastor
The Rev. Willie K. Woods, pastor for 20 years of Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church, died Monday of cancer at Mercy Medical Center.
He was 72 and lived on Mount Royal Terrace.
Dr. Woods had been president for 10 years of the African Methodist Episcopal Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore and Vicinity. had held both offices longer than anyone else.
He was ordained 35 years ago, and his first assignment was as an associate pastor at Ebenezer AME Church in Baltimore. He was pastor of several other churches -- Knoxville AME in %J Hagerstown, Star of Bethlehem AME in Mount Winans and a circuit of two AME churches in Randallstown, Union Bethel and Campfield -- before he went to Trinity.
He came to the Baltimore area as a young man and worked for 30 years as a shipfitter for the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. until his retirement in 1982.
Born in Dunbar, S.C., he was educated in public schools there. He was valedictorian of his class at Lincoln High School in Clio, S.C.
He earned a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees at Morgan State University and a doctorate at the National Seminary in Philadelphia.
Services were held Friday at Trinity AME Church, with another service set for 1:30 p.m. today at Asbury AME Church in Dunbar.
Dr. Woods is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Marie Woodberry; three sons, Harold, James and Gene Woods; and three daughters, Patricia Woods-Brooks, Yvonne Woods-McNeill and Joanne Woods-Davis, all of Baltimore; two sisters, Pleasant Mae Bethea of New York and Evester Mae Hodges of Dunbar; a brother, Lawrence D. Woods of Fayetteville, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
William A. Smith
William A. Smith, a former printer whose post-retirement volunteerism evolved into a second career, died Nov. 14 at his home at the Westminster House Senior Citizen Apartments on Charles Street. He was 62.
Retiring in 1982 after six years of government printing work at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Mr. Smith became a full-time volunteer, devoting his energies to Mercy Medical Center, Nuclear Free America, Progressive Action Center, the Maryland Food Committee, Pets on Wheels Jobs With Peace, the Boy Scouts, the March of Dimes, Clergy and Laity Concerned, Bon Secours Hospital, Melchor Nursing Home and the Baltimore City Foster Care Review Board.
"It was just amazing. He was a rotating volunteer for all these organizations," said his son, David J. Smith of Parkville.
For two years Mr. Smith rose every day at 5 a.m. to deliver morning newspapers at Mercy Medical Center, his son recalled. He also visited Melchor Nursing Home with Pets on Wheels and would deliver candy and cookies there during the holidays.
He also was active in politics, working on campaigns for now City Council Mary Pat Clarke, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis and now President Bill Clinton.
From the late 1950s until the early 1960s, Mr. Smith worked for American Bank Stationery Inc. He then joined the English American Tailoring Co. in Westminster, where he directed the printing department. In 1976 he went to work at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
He also owned DaveSue Press, a home-based printing outfit named for his children. He operated the business part-time from the late 1960s to the late 1970s from his Parkville home, making business cards, letterheads and raffle tickets.
Mr. Smith enjoyed writing short stories and was an avid letter writer. In 1989 he became involved with two pen pal organizations, International Pen Friends and Prison Pen Friends. He forged friendships with people from Australia and England, and had several pen pals throughout the United States. His letters to prisoners were "full of inspiration and encouragement. It was part of my father's nature to help everybody," said his son.
Born and raised in Hampden, he attended St. Thomas Aquinas School, graduating in 1947. He later attended a trade school for printing.
He donated his body to the Anatomy Board of Maryland for medical research.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Double Rock Park in Parkville.
In addition to his son, he is survived by a daughter, Suzane M. Smith of Parkville; a sister, Rose Beall of Baltimore; and a brother, Joseph E. Smith Jr. of Baltimore.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 2114 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.
William L. Enos Jr.
William L. Enos Jr., a former dining car steward for the Baltimore & Ohio railroad and a retired purchasing agent, died Nov. 11 of a heart attack at Saint Agnes Hospital. He was 76.
In 1971, Mr. Enos left Westinghouse Corp., where he had been a purchasing agent for 10 years, and joined the purchasing department at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He retired in 1981.
Before joining Westinghouse, he had worked for the B&O; for 12 years.
Mr. Enos was raised in the Walbrook area and was a 1935 graduate of Baltimore City College. He attended Catonsville Community College and received his bachelor's degree in 1971 from the University of Maryland, University College.
He was a member of the Purchasing Management Association of Baltimore and the Maryland State Classified Employees Association.
An avid gardener, he also enjoyed traveling, visiting Mexico, England, Ireland, Greece and places throughout the United States.
Services were held on Monday at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Catonsville.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Julia Mentis of Catonsville, and a daughter, Nikki Enos of Hampden.
Charles I. Willey
Essex college official
Charles I. Willey, retired dean of administrative services at the Essex Community College, died Nov. 5 of cancer at a hospital in Vero Beach, Fla.
Mr. Willey, 66, moved to Vero Beach about four years ago.
He retired in 1986 as chief fiscal officer of the college, where he had served for more than 20 years. He was a charter member and former head of the Association of Maryland Community and Junior College Business Officers.
Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Towson High School and served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II.
Mr. Wiley, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and a member of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, did graduate work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
In Vero Beach, he was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church and the Sandridge Men's Golf League.
A memorial service for Mr. Willey will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Ave. in Lutherville.
He is survived by his wife, the former Alice Price; a daughter, Susan Burke of Owings Mills; a sister, Dorothy J. Keidel of Baltimore; and two grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Charles I. Willey Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Financial Aid Office of Essex Community College.
William C. Elseroad, a retired warehouseman, died Nov. 13 of cancer at his Glen Burnie residence. He was 80.
He retired in 1977 after working 25 years as a warehouseman for Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Linthicum. Earlier, he had worked for Rice's Bakery. From 1944 until 1954, he was a route salesman for Koester's Bakery in the Overlea/Essex area.
Born in Granite, he was reared on Riggs Avenue in West Baltimore. He left Gwynns Falls Junior High to help support his family after his father, a tool sharpener in area quarries, was disabled in an accident.
He married the former Lucille C. Jett of Baltimore in 1940, and the couple lived in Linthicum for many years before moving to Glen Burnie in 1983.
"He loved raising a vegetable garden and fishing," said William D. Elseroad, a son of Linthicum. "He also loved to tinker and do odd jobs around the house. For many years he owned several tractors and would plow gardens and cut fields."
Services were held Wednesday.
In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by a daughter, Carol M. Claxton of Joppa; two stepdaughters, Barbara A. Zimmerman of Linthicum and Betty Lou Williams of Severn; a sister, Annie Pinder of Catonsville; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren;
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville 21108.
Peter Meadowcroft, a retired Baltimore County firefighter and paramedic, died Nov. 13 of cancer at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 53.
The Manchester resident began his career with the Baltimore County Fire Department in 1972 and retired because of a disability in 1986. He had worked in the Brooklandville and Texas firehouses.
He had owned a Shell gasoline station in Cockeysville from 1972 to 1985. He then operated the Reisterstown Shell until he sold it last year.
He was named Dealer of the Year in 1988 and was awarded the National Customer Service award in 1991 by Shell Oil Co. He was also a member of the Greater Washington/Maryland Service Station and Automotive Repair Association.
Born and reared in Londonderry, Pa., he was educated in schools there and was a 1958 graduate of Hereford High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1958 and served in Germany as a weapons expert.
In 1962, he joined the Pennsylvania Railroad as a freight conductor, working out of the Enola Yard near Harrisburg, Pa., until 1967. He then worked with his brothers, who operated two service stations in Hereford before he opened his first station in 1972.
He liked to draw, hook rugs and work with ceramics. In the early 1980s, he coached Little League baseball in Manchester.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church of Glyndon. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Reisterstown Moose.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon.
Mr. Meadowcroft is survived by his wife, the former Mary K. Young of Overlea, whom he married in 1965; a son, Peter Meadowcroft Jr. of Reisterstown; two daughters, Linda L. Meadowcroft of Manchester and Deborah L. Meadowcroft of Annapolis; three brothers, Robert Meadowcroft of Freeland and David Meadowcroft and Patrick Meadowcroft, both of Parkton; six sisters, Rita Rayner of Bel Air, Mary E. McDonald of Nashville, Tenn., Marie Bull of Parkton, Sister Anne Marie Meadowcroft, A.S.C., of New Oxford, Joan Reider of Freeland and Sheila Meadowcroft of Maryland Line; and one grandson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School, Sacred Heart Lane, Glyndon 21071.
Charles E. Myers
Charles E. Myers, a retired construction inspector, died Wednesday of myelofibrosis at North Arundel Hospital. He was 70.
He retired in 1983 from the physical plant department at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was a building inspector for the state. He had worked closely with the late Dr. R Adams Cowley on the construction of the original shock trauma facility. He joined the hospital in 1966 after working for Baltimore Contractors Inc. for many years.
He was born and reared in Brooklyn, in South Baltimore. He was a 1941 graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.
"He enlisted in the merchant marine on the way home from school one day," said his wife, the former Elaine Myers Webster, whom he married in 1966, "and his mother, after seeing his report card, agreed to co-sign his papers, since he was under age. She later walked across the stage at Poly to receive his
diploma, since he was at sea."
Throughout World War II, he saw convoy duty in the North Atlantic. He was discharged in 1945. In 1948, he was drafted by the Army and was a member of the occupation forces in Japan TC until he was discharged in 1954 with the rank of corporal.
In the Cape Arthur section of Severna Park, where he had lived since 1968, he volunteered to help neighbors. He also enjoyed working with Daryl G. Webster of Freeland, a stepson, in Mr. Webster's machine shop, the Blue Chip Machine Co.
Services were held Friday at Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home.
In addition to his wife and stepson, he is survived by a sister, Louise Juister of Towson.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 226 Washburn Ave., Baltimore 21225, or Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 547, Severna Park, 21146.
Virginia A. Claffy
Virginia A. Claffy, who had been active in church work, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at the Meridian Nursing Center-Severna Park.
She was 76 and had lived in Manhattan Beach and then for many years in Cape Arthur.
The former Virginia A. Reichenbach was a native of Philadelphia who was reared in Collingdale, Pa. She also lived in Springfield, Pa., and Muncie, Ind., before moving to this area in 1955.
In the 1940s, she colored photographs by hand in the part-time photography business that her husband, David Claffy Sr., operated in the Philadelphia area. He died in 1986.
At Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, she was a member of the Lutheran Church Women of America and visited the sick in nursing homes and at their homes.
L Services were held Thursday at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church.
She is survived by three sons, David Claffy Jr. of Annapolis, Richard Claffy of Ferndale and Paul Claffy of West Friendship; two daughters, Linda Livesay of Glen Burnie and Patricia Nester of Glen Burnie; a brother, Donald Reichenbach of Holmes, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.