John T. JohnsonRetired steel workerJohn T. Johnson,...


John T. Johnson

Retired steel worker

John T. Johnson, a retired steel worker, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Irvington. He was 64.

He retired as a coke oven operator in 1992 after 39 years at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant.

The native of Roxboro, N.C., came to Baltimore in 1953.

Services were set for 7 p.m. today at New Shiloh Baptist Church, Clifton Avenue and Monroe Street, Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Arie Williams; two sons, James L. and Gary L. Johnson, both of Baltimore; eight daughters, Esther B. Grate of Fort Eustis, Va., and Ellen E. Burton, Wanda L. Johnson, Lillian D. Spriggs, Robin A. Moore, Letitia Y. Johnson, Jill R. Johnson and Jackie Hector, all of Baltimore; four brothers, Isaac, McKinley, Andrew and Joe Johnson, all of Roxboro; five sisters, Elizabeth Eddie of Philadelphia and Lucy Jane Springfield, Cadelia Green, Emily Thornton and Minnie Neal, all of Roxboro; 22 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Retired Col. Joseph Parvis Jr. of the Maryland Army National Guard died Oct. 5 of complications of diabetes at the Meridian Nursing Center-Multi Medical in Towson. The Towson resident was 83.

Colonel Parvis retired as a full-time Guard officer in 1964. He then was supply officer for the Baltimore City Civil Defense Agency until 1977.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute. He joined the National Guard in 1931 and was sent to officers candidate school after the Guard was taken into federal service during World War II.

He served with the 101st Airborne Division in Europe during the war. His decorations included the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters and the Purple Heart.

He was a brigadier general in the Veterans Corps of the 5th

Regiment of the Maryland National Guard and a member of the Military Order of Foreign Wars, the 29th Division Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, the former Katherine Plunkett; a son, Army Lt. Col. Timothy F. Parvis of Springfield, Va.; two daughters, Katherine E. Ferris of Towson and Barbara P. Dolle of Perry Hall; and five grandchildren.

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