George Bayless Jr.
Credit company employee
George E. S. Bayless Jr., who had been a farmer in the Columbia area before working for 20 years for the Commercial Credit Co., died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Ellicott City. He was 72.
He worked for Washington Flour Mill in Oella before joining the credit company. He retired in 1982.
He was born and educated in Howard County and operated a family farm, Fairfield, near U.S. 29 and Route 108, until the early 1960s. The farm is now part of Columbia's Running Brook neighborhood.
Mr. Bayless, who was known as Buddy, gardened and shared vegetables and plants with friends.
He was a member of the Kedron Lodge of the Masons and the Howard County Historical Society.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 3695 Rodgers Ave. in Ellicott City.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Matilda Jones; three daughters, Patti Shaffer of Pasadena, and Anne Hager and Deena Cate Bayless, both of Ellicott City; a son, George E. S. Bayless III of Ellicott City; and six grandchildren.
Thelma M. Boore
Thelma M. Boore, who had been active in church work in Cumberland, died Tuesday in Catonsville from complications of a series of strokes. She was 81.
She was born Thelma Marple in Cumberland, where she was active in the First Christian Church as a Sunday School teacher, volunteer clerk and board member. For the past 18 months, she had lived in the home of a sister in Catonsville.
As a young woman, Mrs. Boore worked in the old Celanese cloth and yarn plant in Cumberland.
Her first husband, Homer Brill, died in 1959. Her second husband, Raymond Boore, died in 1973.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Hillcrest Burial Park in Cumberland.
She is survived by two sisters, Eleanor Perry, with whom she lived, and Mildred Grabenstein, also of Catonsville; two women she raised, Cathleen Mull of Ocala, Fla., and Corinne Corbett of Morgantown, W.Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
Edward A. Hartman III
Chemical company official
Edward A. Hartman III, retired vice president of Plantabbs Corp., died Tuesday of cancer at his home in the Lake Falls area. He was 69.
Mr. Hartman retired about five years ago from the garden chemicals company but continued to be general manager of a successor, Plantabbs Products Inc.
The Baltimore native was a graduate of St. Paul's School and, in 1949, the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an All-America attackman in lacrosse. He is a member of the university's Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and was a staff sergeant in the crew of a bomber that was shot down over Germany, where he was imprisoned for eight months.
He officiated high school and college football and lacrosse games, and was a former president of the Maryland Board of Football Officials. He received the Paul Menton Award for his work as a football official, and was a member of the Southern Lacrosse Officials Association.
He lived in Roland Park for many years, and was a member of the Roland Park Civic League and editor of its newsletter.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 5800 Smith Ave. in Mount Washington.
He is survived by his wife, the former Grace E. Boggs; two daughters, Elizabeth Nadelle of Crestline, Calif., and Mary Laslett of Sparks; three sons, Edward A. Hartman IV of Glendale, Calif., William Hartman of Baltimore and Stephen Hartman of Silver Spring; and seven grandchildren.