Albert Durant Sr.Co-founded cathedralServices for Deacon Albert...


Albert Durant Sr.

Co-founded cathedral

Services for Deacon Albert Durant Sr., who, with his wife, Bishop Naomi C. Durant, started the New Refuge Deliverance Cathedral, were planned for 8 p.m. today at the church at St. Paul and Chase streets.

Mr. Durant, 63, lived in Pikesville. His body, which had been missing since June 15 when his fishing boat sank off Deal Island, was found Monday in nearby Tangier Sound.

He retired in 1985 after working for many years as a tractor-trailer driver for Robin's Express and other trucking companies.

A native of Mayesville, S.C., who was raised in Sumpter, S.C., he came to Baltimore as a young man. He served in the Army in the Korean War.

In 1964, he married Naomi C. Williamson Shell. Three years later, they started the nondenominational church of which his wife is pastor. He chaired the church's board of trustees until his ordination as deacon last year.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four sons, Rickey Durant, Rodney Shell, Pockett Durant and Albert Durant Jr., all of Baltimore; eight daughters, Victoria Taylor, Faye Durant and MYNKS, all of Baltimore; Dottie and Diane Knight and Jeanette and Cynthia Durant, all of New York City, and Albertina Durant of Georgia; his mother, Louise Morant of Sumpter; six sisters, Louetta Bonnet, Viola Dubois and Thelma McBride, all of Baltimore, Mamie Cabbagestalk of New York City and Maxine and Deborah Morant, both of Sumpter; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Joseph G. Kosojet

Federal official

Joseph G. Kosojet, director of automated data processing services for the Health Care Financing Administration in Woodlawn, died Sunday after collapsing with a possible heart attack while jogging near his Catonsville home. He was 49.

Mr. Kosojet recently presided over his division's move to the federal agency's new headquarters. He began working for the Social Security Administration in 1969 and moved to HCFA 10 years later.

A native of Baltimore who was raised in Parkville, he was a 1964 graduate of Loyola High School. He attended Catonsville Community College and graduated from the University of Maryland College Park.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church, 30 Melvin Ave. in Catonsville.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, the former M. Christine Lawson; a son, Zachary J. Kosojet of Catonsville; his parents, Joseph and Lillian Kosojet of Timonium; and two sisters, Barbara Handy of Jarrettsville and Christine Pierorazio of Carney. Vincent W. Starke, a retired realty company president, died Monday of congestive heart failure at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 81.

Mr. Starke, a 37-year resident of Lutherville, retired in 1993 from Starke Realty Co., which he established in 1956 in Baltimore. Earlier, he had worked for another realty company.

He was an electrical engineer at the Western Electric Co. plant on Broening Highway from 1941 to 1945.

"He gave up engineering to go into the real estate business, which he just loved," said his wife of 45 years, the former Marie Bausch.

He was a member of the Boumi Temple, the Cockeysville-Timonium Lions Club and St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lutherville.

Mr. Starke was born and raised in Crozet, Va. He earned his engineering degree from the University of Virginia in 1935.

Services were planned for 10:30 a.m. today at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Ave., Lutherville.

Other survivors include a daughter, Cynthia Starke Mays of Anneslie; two brothers, Thomas Starke of Crozet and Irvine Starke of Los Angeles; and two sisters, Betsy Klinger of Sacramento, Calif., and Ruby Sandritch of Crozet.

George E. Myers

Meatpacking firm chief

George E. Myers, retired president of a meatpacking company who was active in golfing circles, died Tuesday of heart failure at his Westminster home. He was 74.

Mr. Myers retired about 10 years ago as president of William F. Myers & Sons Inc., a meatpacking company started by his father. After that, he worked in the pro shop and on the grounds of the Glade Valley Golf Course, owned by his son-in-law.

He was a member of the board and a former vice president of the Piney Branch Golf Club.

Born in Westminster, he graduated from high school there and attended the Baltimore Business School. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II, and was a member of the Molleville Farm Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Carroll Post of the American Legion.

He sang bass with the Carroll County Choral Society and the St. Paul's United Church of Christ choir.

A memorial service was to be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Paul's, 19 Bond St., Westminster.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lorraine Hankle; two daughters, Jane Reck of Westminster and Jill A. Myers of Owings Mills; two sisters, Margaret Taylor of Westminster and Mildred Boyer of Las Vegas; a brother, William Richard Myers of Westminster; and two granddaughters.

Hallie O. P. Lewis

Hampden homemaker

Hallie O. Phares Lewis, a homemaker, died Monday of complications from a stroke at Caton Manor Nursing Center. She was 72.

She had been a resident since 1992 of the Coursey Station Retirement Community and, earlier, lived in Hampden for 20 years.

A Cumberland native who was educated in public schools there, she moved to Baltimore in 1944 after her marriage to Ross G. Lewis, a truck driver, who died in 1986.

She was active in the Women of the Moose and the auxiliary of the Improved Order of Redmen.

Services were to be held at 9 a.m. today at Ambrose Funeral Home of Lansdowne, 2719 Hammonds Ferry Road.

Survivors include two sons, Roger Twigg of Linthicum and Thomas W. Lewis of Dundalk; a daughter, Pamela Jackson of Lansdowne; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

David W. Corwin

UM Cancer Center clerk

A memorial service for David W. Corwin, who had been a payroll clerk at the University of Maryland Cancer Center for 17 years, was planned for 2 p.m. today at the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, N.Y.

Mr. Corwin, 49, died Feb. 3 at a hospital in Rochester, N.Y., of complications of AIDS. He was a Geneva native and an Army veteran. He moved to Rochester six years ago.

Survivors include his father, Francis W. Corwin of Penn Yan, N.Y.; three brothers, Peter and Stephen Corwin, both of Hilton Head, S.C., and Robert Corwin of Rochester; four sisters, Christine Corwin of West Palm Beach, Fla., Sara Corwin of Columbia, S.C., Ruth Lukas of Orlando, Fla., and Elaine Cooper of Corning, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

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