William E. OttoEducation specialistWilliam E. Otto, a...


William E. Otto

Education specialist

William E. Otto, a retired vocational and technical education specialist, died March 15 at Frederick Memorial Hospital of complications from a stroke. He was 73.

The former Parkville resident had lived for several years at the Homewood Retirement Center in Frederick.

He retired in 1979 after four years with the Maryland Department of Education, where he was a staff specialist in vocational and technical education and was responsible for establishing the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. He had previously worked for the agency as supervisor of manpower training from 1967 to 1970.

From 1970 to 1974, he was supervisor of vocational education for Anne Arundel County schools. He began his teaching career in 1951 at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, where he taught machine shop for 16 years and was a guidance counselor.

A native of Wheeling, W. Va., he came to Baltimore in the early days of World War II to work at the Glenn L. Martin Company in Middle River. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served in North Africa and was an an engineer aboard an LST on D-Day, the invasion of Normandy in 1944. He served in the Pacific Theater until he was discharged in 1945.

He returned to Baltimore and, after receiving his high school equivalency diploma, enrolled at the University of Maryland, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial arts in 1951 and 1953.

His 1948 marriage to the former Jane Clarkson of Philadelphia ended in divorce in 1977.

Services were to be held at 1 p.m. today at the K.C. Church, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary Beth Otto and Jean Audsley, both of Frederick; a brother, Kenneth Otto of Beech Bottom, W.Va.; and two sisters, Wanda Ferrell of Bakersfield, Calif., and Mary Pitts of Northfield, Ohio.

Tonnka A. Bryant

Shooting victim, 19

Services for Tonnka Anderson Bryant, a former security guard and high school football player, were set for 10 a.m. today at the March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave., Baltimore.

Mr. Bryant, who was 19 and lived on North Rogers Avenue, was found shot to death early Monday in the 5200 block of St. Charles Ave.

Known as Truck, he had been a security guard for nearly five months until the end of last year. Earlier, he was a waiter and a kitchen worker at a local restaurant.

He was a 1993 graduate of Forest Park High School and a middle linebacker on the football team there and at Carver Vocational-Technical High School before he transferred. He was a member of the 1992 Maryland Scholastic Association All-Star team and played on the MSA team that beat a team of Baltimore County seniors in the 11th annual Greater Baltimore Football Classic at the end of his senior season.

He is survived by his parents, Willard and Carolyn Ann Bryant; a sister, Tanya N. Bryant; and a brother, Willard W. Bryant Jr., all are of Baltimore; and his grandmothers, Maggie Anderson of Richmond, Va., and Augusta Bryant of Warsaw, N.C. Inez J. Robinson, a retired cafeteria worker in Baltimore City schools who was active in church groups, died March 20 of an apparent heart attack at her home in the N.M. Carroll Manor apartments.

She was 81 and had moved to the apartment building for the elderly on Arlington Avenue from her home on Ellamont Street on March 18.

She retired in 1975 from the school system and had earlier worked in local factories.

The former Inez Jackson was a native of Wilmington, N.C., who came to the Baltimore area as a young woman. She completed dressmaking and home nursing courses at the Douglass High School night school.

In 1946, she married the Rev. John W. Robinson, who died about 10 years ago after retiring as pastor of the First Abyssinia Baptist Church on Arunah Avenue in West Baltimore.

She had been a member of Fulton Baptist Church and Union Temple Baptist Church before her husband became pastor of First Abyssinia in 1955. She became a member of Whitestone Baptist Church in January.

At First Abyssinia, she organized the Flower Circle and had been president of that group, the Senior Choir and the Missionary Circle.

She joined the choir and the Super 60s club at Whitestone and did volunteer work at the Waxter and Forest Park senior citizen centers.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Sylvia Robinson of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Thursday .

William R. Culbreath, a retired supervisor, died Feb. 20 of lung cancer at his Clifton Avenue home where he had lived for 40 years. He was 66.

He retired in 1975 from King-Seeley Co. on Caton Avenue where he supervised employees who made refrigeration equipment. From 1950 to 1960, he had worked at Proctor Electric Co., a maker of electric irons and ironing boards.

He was a 1944 graduate of Douglass High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Morgan State University in 1948.

His marriage to the former Gwendolyn M. Pargo in 1954 ended in divorce.

He is survived by a son, Leslie A. Culbreath of Baltimore.

Memorial donations may be made to Maryland General Hospital, Oncology Center, 827 Linden Ave., Baltimore 21201.

There were no services.

James L. Bonaparte


James L. Bonaparte, a custodian, died March 17 after a seizure at his Harlem Avenue home. He was 44.

He retired in 1992 as a custodian at One Market Center on West Lexington Street because of illness. Earlier, he had been a factory worker at the Dixie Cup Co. plant in Darlington, S.C., near Florence, before moving to Baltimore in 1979.

He was born and reared in Darlington and was a graduate of Mayo High School there.

He is survived by his wife, the former Julia May Scott of Darlington; a son, Jerome Bonaparte, and a daughter, Angela Bonaparte, both of Darlington; two brothers, Edward Bonaparte of Darlington and Ernest Bonaparte of Baltimore; a sister, Carrie Mae Hall of Darlington; his father, Robert Bonaparte of Baltimore; several aunts and uncles; and four grandchildren.

Services were held Monday .

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