Edna Dukes WhiteRetired Army workerEdna Dukes White,...


Edna Dukes White

Retired Army worker

Edna Dukes White, a retired Army civilian employee, died Nov. 26 of complications from a heart condition at Maryland General Hospital. She was 68 and lived in Howard Park.

She retired in 1981 from the accounting and finance office at ForMeade, where she had worked since 1950.

The native of Lamar, S.C., moved to Baltimore as a child. She was a 1944 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, where she was active in alumni affairs, and studied accounting at what is now Baltimore City Community College.

She played in bridge tournaments in the United States, Europe and Africa and was a member of the American Bridge Association and the Short Club, a bridge club.

She was a longtime member and served on the usher board of Union Baptist Church, was a member of the Gertrude Neal Circle, taught in the vacation Bible school program and was a volunteer in the Head Start program. She had been a member of the Florence Sims Chapter No. 113 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Her marriage to Albert McNeil ended in divorce. In 1949, she married Seaton James White Jr., who survives her.

Services were set for noon today at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore.

Other survivors include two sons, Reginald J. McNeil and Seaton J. White III; two daughters, Vanessa F. Hicks and Wanda O. White; two brothers, Cornelius Dukes and Louie Dukes Jr.; and nine grandchildren. All are of Baltimore. Wayne King DeFontes, retired owner of a nursing home and diner, died Tuesday of cancer at the Mercy Medical Center. He was 59.

Mr. DeFontes, who had lived in Pikesville for two months, retired in 1985 as president and chief executive officer of the Riverview Nursing Center in Essex but retained ownership of the 305-bed institution he started in 1975. He also owned Mr. D's Diner, an Essex restaurant with a 1950s theme.

After he retired, he moved to Ocean City and then, in 1990, to Laguna Beach, Calif. In California, he volunteered his services as head of a nursing home project of the Society of Singers, an organization that aids entertainers.

Before joining other family members in the nursing home business in Florida in the late 1960s, he had been a salesman of cars, garbage disposals and cemetery lots in the Baltimore area, York, Pa., and finally in Los Angeles.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Forest Park High School and was active in the Big Brothers and the American Lung Association.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former June M. Lewis of Owings Mills; two sons, Michael Vincent DeFontes of Pikesville and Anthony Wayne DeFontes of Baltimore; a brother, Robert Thomas DeFontes of Marriottsville; a sister, Shirley Bray of Laurel Grove; and three grandchildren.

William A. Edwards

Construction executive

William A. Edwards, retired vice president of the McLean Contracting Co., died Wednesday of complications of heart and kidney disease at the Washington Hospital Center. He was 76 and had lived in Round Bay for 40 years.

He retired in 1986 from the contracting company he had joined before World War II. He was an expert on concrete construction and railroad projects.

Mr. Edwards was also interested in early American architecture and restored two buildings in Annapolis, one at 1 State Circle where his wife of 51 years, the former Frances R. Corosh, operated the Pottery and Things Shop and another at 180 Main St., which she also owned.

Born in Princeton, N.C., he earned a civil engineering degree in 1938 at North Carolina State University.

During World War II, he was an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers in Wales, France and Germany.

He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Audubon Society, and a supporter of the Severna Park YMCA and the Anne Arundel Community College.

Services were set for 1 p.m. today at the Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road, Severna Park.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four sons, Peter W. Edwards of Virginia Beach, Va., Douglas R. Edwards of Cincinnati, Richard R. Edwards of Ellicott City and D. Scott Edwards of Baltimore; two daughters, Patricia L. Edwards of Akron, Ohio, and Nancy E. Buckman of Pasadena; and three grandchildren.

Charles Thurfield Sr.


Charles A. Thurfield Sr., a machinist for the Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Co., died Tuesday of cancer at his home in the High Point area of Pasadena. He was 51.

He had worked for Procter & Gamble for 17 years and earlier for the Westinghouse Electric Corp. at its Ocean Division near the Bay Bridge.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Parkville High School and a member of the Bodkin Yacht Club

and St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church.

Services were set for noon today at the Gonce Funeral Home, 169 Riviera Drive, Riviera Beach.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marcia Hetmanski; a son, Charles A. Thurfield Jr. of Pasadena; a daughter, Stacie Thurfield of Catonsville; his mother, Doris Thurfield of Melbourne, Fla.; five sisters; and three grandchildren.

Walter Foreacre Jr.

Police officer

Walter C. Foreacre Jr., who had been a Baltimore police officer and an employee of the Maryland Department of Parole and Probation, died Thursday of kidney failure at a hospital in Vero Beach, Fla., where he had moved in September from the Baltimore area. He was 61.

He retired about 20 years ago from the state agency. Before joining the state agency, he had worked as a police officer for several years beginning in the late 1950s.

The Baltimore native graduated from City College and served in the Navy in the early 1950s. He was a member of veterans' and fraternal groups.

Services were set for today in Palm Bay, Fla.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ludia Graff; a daughter, Kimberly Bell of Palm Bay; two sisters, Barbara Morris of Towson and Joyce Trimper of Ocean City; and two grandchildren.

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