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Melvin P. Berry

Letter carrier

Melvin P. Berry, a letter carrier who walked a Parkville route from 1960 until he retired in 1986, died of prostate cancer Aug. 31 at his home on Springfield Avenue in Northwood. He was 66.

"He was Springfield Avenue's guardian angel," said his son, Melvin Payne "Butch" Berry Jr. of Baltimore. "It's a small street. He would help people out."

More than once, he said, his father was awakened by a neighbor whose disabled husband had fallen out of bed and needed help to get back in. Mr. Berry would go lift the neighbor back into bed, then return, uncomplaining, to his own.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he attended city schools.

In 1948, he married Frances Bernice Brooks, who survives him.

A memorial Mass was to be offered at 6:30 p.m. today at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd.

Other survivors include three other sons, Bruce Edward Berry, Stephen C. Berry and Thomas A. Berry; and two daughters, Deborah C. Berry and Teresa B. Berry, all of Baltimore; a sister, Bernadine Harper of Baltimore; and two brothers, Walthall Berry of Reisterstown and Wildred Berry of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Edgar A. Dill

Sheet metal worker

Edgar A. Dill, a retired sheet metal worker, died Tuesday at Union Hospital of Cecil County in Elkton of complications from respiratory illness. He was 81.

Mr. Dill, who moved from Essex to the Cecil County community of Charlestown in 1975, retired about 25 years ago from the sheet metal shop at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant. He was a native of Baltimore.

His wife, the former Gertrude Seitz, died in 1967.

Graveside services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Oak Lawn Cemetery, 7225 Eastern Ave. in the Eastpoint area.

He is survived by a daughter, Peggy A. Davis of Charlestown; a son, Edgar J. Dill of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arthur Montgomery

Machine operator

Arthur C. Montgomery, a retired machine operator, died Saturday of cancer at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 75 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

Mr. Montgomery retired about 20 years ago after working for the Baltimore Asphalt Co. for many years. The native of Gaffney, S.C., came to Baltimore as a young man.

Services were to be held at noon today at the March Funeral Home West, 4300 Wabash Ave.

He is survived by a brother, George Montgomery of Baltimore; three sisters, Vera Jackson and Fannie Montgomery, both of Baltimore, and Lillie Thompson of Blacksburg, S.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

Omer L. Shifflett Sr.


Omer L. Shifflett Sr., a retired machinist, died Sunday at St. Joseph Medical Center after a heart attack at his Lutherville home. He was 78.

Mr. Shifflett retired about 20 years ago after working for Continental Can Co. in Baltimore for 30 years.

Born in Elkton, Va., he came to Baltimore at age 24 and worked for several years for the Glenn L. Martin Co. He served briefly in the Army during World War II.

He was an adult leader in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts when his children were young.

Services for Mr. Shifflett were to be held at 1 p.m. today at the Evans Funeral Chapel, 2325 York Road in Timonium.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Myrtle Mae Swift; a son, Omer Lewis Shifflett of Shelton, Conn.; a daughter, Linda Mae Shifflett of Havre de Grace; a sister, Laura R. Glazer of Cooper City, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

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