Robert W. BurtonArtist, sculptorRobert W. Burton, a...


Robert W. Burton

Artist, sculptor

Robert W. Burton, a former Baynesville resident who was an artist, sculptor and interior decorator on the West Coast, died April 15 of cancer at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 40.

Mr. Burton worked in wood, copper and stone, and created hand-painted clothing. He was described by relatives as eccentric and charismatic.

"As a child, he was always drawing, and his only formal training was a special art class when he was in the seventh grade," said his mother, Margaret A. Burton of Baynesville. "He had the ability to picture things and take little or nothing and make something that was truly original."

After graduating from Parkville High School in 1972, he moved to California, where he decorated restaurants and residences.

"After a motorcycle accident in 1983 left him with broken wrists, he was told by his doctors that he would never be able to pick up a brush again," Mrs. Burton said.

"Three months later, he regained the ability to paint with the help of some friends and resumed his career. He had completely rehabilitated himself," she said.

A memorial service will be held today in Los Angeles. A private memorial service is planned for April 29 in Baltimore.

Other survivors include his father, James E. Burton Jr. of Baynesville; two brothers, Joseph J. Burton of Hebron and William A. Burton of Baltimore; two sisters, Anna Marie Novak and Judith E. Weyforth, both of Baltimore; and friend, David Kauffman of Santa Monica. James H. Troy, director of program operations for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, died Monday of cancer at Howard County General Hospital.

The Columbia resident, 57, had overseen field offices since 1984.

He joined the EEOC staff in 1978 after several years as chief of the Social Security Administration's Equal Employment Opportunity Complaints Division in Woodlawn.

His nearly 30 years of federal employment began with the Civil Service Commission. He won awards for his government service, during which he introduced automation.

The native of Whiteville, N.C., was a graduate of Morehouse College. He received a master's degree in sociology and history from the Johns Hopkins University and completed Harvard University's Senior Managers in Government Program.

Services were planned for 2 p.m. today at Whiteville High School.

Mr. Troy is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Barbara Ann Moore; a daughter, Wylea Ashawn Troy of Winston-Salem, N.C.; three sons, Craig Stanley Moore of Charlotte, N.C., James Anthony Troy of Orlando, Fla., and Terrence Ashley Troy of Columbia; a brother, Harold Gene Troy Sr. of Whiteville; and two grandchildren.

Joseph F. Kelley

Civil engineer

Joseph F. "Buzz" Kelley, a retired civil engineer, died April 11 of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 68.

He had been employed by several domestic and overseas communication firms. He worked on construction projects in Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and South America before retiring from Page Communications in 1987 and moving to Delta, Pa.

Born and raised in Towson, he was a 1944 graduate of Loyola High School and attended Loyola College.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served until 1946 as a radar operator and on gun crews aboard Liberty ships in the Pacific.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

He is survived by three sons, Adam Kelley of Owings Mills, Matthew Kelley of Baltimore and George Kelley of Charlottesville, Va.; three daughters, Lael Kelley King of Delta, and Leslie Kelley and Angela Kelley, both of Charlottesville; a sister, Elizabeth Lears Morris of Ruxton; six grandchildren; and a special friend, June Hunter of Middle River.

Relatives suggested contributions to the American Cancer

Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025.

Marion M. Wright, 70, retired FBI agent and former Woodlawn resident, died March 31 of a brain tumor at his home in Plant City, Fla. The electronics expert joined the FBI in 1951 and worked in Buffalo, N.Y., Newark, N.J., Las Vegas and Detroit before moving to the Baltimore area in 1963. He retired from the FBI in 1979 and operated his own electronics firm until he moved to Florida in 1994. Born in Waycross, Ga., he was a 1949 graduate of Erskine College and served in the Pacific in World War II as a gunner on Navy torpedo bombers. He maintained a longtime interest in flying, having earned his pilot's license at 16. A memorial service is to be held at 11 a.m. today at Emmarts United Methodist Church, Dogwood and Rolling roads in Woodlawn, where he was a member. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Julianne Lott; a son, the Rev. M. Monroe Wright Jr. of Cumberland; two daughters, Katherine Fowler of Pasadena and Julianne Young of Spotsylvania, Va.; and five granddaughters. The family suggested memorial donations to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plains, Ill. 60018-4110.

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