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Sallie L. Herring



Sallie L. Herring, a teacher at elementary schools in Anne Arundel County for 24 years, died of kidney failure Thursday at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 69.

Mrs. Herring began her career in 1955 at Carver Elementary School in Crofton. She later taught at Belle Grove Elementary School in Brooklyn Park and retired in 1979.


The former Sallie L. Smith was a native of Godwin, N.C., and a 1951 graduate of Fayetteville State Teachers College, now known as Fayetteville State University, in Fayetteville, N.C. She later obtained a master's degree from the University of Maryland.

A resident of Northwest Baltimore, she was a member of Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church and was superintendent of the church's Sunday school until her health began to fail.

She was an active member of Tau Delta Gamma sorority and a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Services are scheduled for noon today at Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church, 3100 Walbrook Ave.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Zelotes Herring; four sisters, Bessie Martin of Baltimore and Josephine Boykins, Louise Rayner and Lillie Matthews, all of Fayetteville; a stepson, Johnny Herring of New York; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Sylvester Finney Jr.

Automobile mechanic

Sylvester A. Finney Jr., an automobile mechanic at the Sears Roebuck store in Woodlawn, died Thursday of pneumonia at his East Baltimore home. He was 43.


The Baltimore native had worked at the store for nearly 25 years. He was a graduate of Forest Park High School, and played the bass electric guitar.

A Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church, Poplar Grove and Prospect streets.

He is survived by his parents, Sylvester A. and Edith M. Finney, both of Baltimore; three sisters, Edith Dixon and Pamela Hughes, both of Columbia, and Natalie Cole of Atlanta; a brother, Ronald Finney of Baltimore; six nieces; a nephew; and a grandnephew.

George B. Walker

Company president

George B. Walker, who retired in 1983 as president of E. D. Walker & Sons and Edgemere Terminals, died Sunday of lung cancer at his Timonium home. He was 74.


Mr. Walker had been associated for many years with the trucking and warehousing business that began with the trucking company his father started.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of City College. He served in the Army Air Forces in North Africa, Sicily and Italy during World War II.

He was a former member of the Baltimore Yacht Club and the Sue Island Power Squadron.

In 1946, he married the former Evelyn "Lynn" Blackiston.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Charles G. Walker of Timonium and Larry D. Walker of Gaithersburg; a brother, Gordon L. Walker of Georgetown, Kent County; and four grandchildren.


Christian L. Rittler


Christian L. Rittler, a retired supervisor at the Point Breeze plant of Western Electric Co., died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center of complications of a stroke. The Dundalk resident was 77.

Mr. Rittler retired in 1982 after 43 years with the telephone equipment manufacturer. He was a life member of the Point Breeze Chapter of Telephone Pioneers of America.

A native of Harrisburg, Pa., who came to the Baltimore area as a child with his family, he was a graduate of Towson High School and attended the Johns Hopkins University.

He served in the Army in Japan at the end of World War II and was a member of the Dundalk Post of the American Legion. He was also a member of Colt Corral No. 5.


Services were set for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Duda Ruck Funeral Home, 7922 Wise Ave., Dundalk.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Woofter Keller; a stepson, Michael Keller of Baltimore; four stepdaughters, Brenda Beck of Severn, Lisa Alvarez of Athens, Ga., Luann Boling of Tyler, Texas, and Denise Keller of Bethesda; a sister, Helen Yost of Timonium; a brother, Charles Rittler of Timonium; and three grandchildren.