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Beatrice Trail Fenton, 94, decorative painter

Beatrice Trail Fenton, who had been a resident of Homeland for nearly half a century and was accomplished at decorative painting of furniture and eglomise, the painting of gold leaf on glass, died Saturday of heart failure at Roland Park Place. She was 94.

Born in Frederick, Mrs. Fenton attended Hood College. She once wrote a society column about Western Maryland for Baltimore's News American. She was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Maryland, the Roland Park Women's Club, the Mount Vernon Club and the Homeland Garden Club.

Her husband, Matthew C. Fenton II, whom she married in 1925, died in 1972. Survivors include three sons, Matthew C. Fenton III and Philip S. Fenton, both of Baltimore, and Thomas T. Fenton, chief European correspondent for CBS-TV who is based in Moscow; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. David's Episcopal Church, Roland Park.

Albert B. Shields Jr., 75, salesman and drummer

Albert B. Shields Jr., who sold office equipment during the day and for years played the drums at night in local orchestras, died Friday of heart failure at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson. He was 75.

In 1982, the Baltimore native retired from Royal McBee Corp., a Baltimore office equipment supplier for whom he had sold office equipment for 18 years. Earlier, he sold office business equipment for Remington Rand Inc., which later became the Sperry Rand Corp. and then Litton Enterprises.

When he wasn't selling, he played the drums -- sometimes five nights a week, earning the nickname "Jazz." Over the years, local groups he played with included George Hipp's Orchestra, a group that played Glenn Miller-type music, and the Morgan Baer Orchestra.

"He played at Gov. [Marvin] Mandel's daughter's wedding and [former Maryland Gov. Spiro T.] Agnew's daughter's wedding," said his son, Timothy Shields. "Just a lot of high society type work and events."

Mr. Shields, a member of American Federation of Musicians, played his last performance in 1992.

Mr. Shields' musical career began in the orchestra of Mount St. Joseph High School, from which he graduated in 1938.

He was an active alumnus of the Irvington Catholic school. The school honored Mr. Shields by giving him a Knights of the Tower alumni award and an alumni service award.

During the 50th anniversary of his high school graduation in 1988, Mr. Shields became a member of the Mount St. Joseph Golden Gaels alumni club.

He also was a longtime member of St. Agnes Church in Catonsville.

From 1944 to 1946, he served in the Army.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Agnes Church.

In addition to his son, survivors include three daughters, Barbara Ann Ring, of Boston, Mass., Joan Carll, of Reisterstown, and Judy Charnovitz, of Hampstead; 10 grandchildren and a great granddaughter. His wife, the former Angela Citrano, died in January.

Robert Lee Tarring, 77, funeral home president

Robert Lee Tarring, a retired Harford County businessman and co-founder of the Aberdeen Christmas Street Celebration, died Thursday from complications of coronary artery disease at his Havre de Grace home. He was 77.

Mr. Tarring took over his father's funeral business, the Tarring Funeral Home, in Aberdeen in 1970 and remained president until he retired in 1989. When he retired, he sold the business to a former partner, Kenneth Cargo, who renamed the funeral home Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home.

The Aberdeen native graduated from Tome School in Port Deposit in 1937 and majored in business at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1941. A year later, he entered the Army.

After his discharge in 1946, he opened a hardware store, the R. L. Tarring Supply Co., which remained in business until 1953. He moved to Baltimore that year and was vice president in charge of packing for the National Brewing Co. until he retired in 1970.

In 1976, he started the now annual, weeklong Christmas celebration for his hometown.

Services will be held 11 a.m. today at the funeral home he headed.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Tarring; two sons, Robert Tarring Jr., Towson, and Douglas Tarring, Charlottesville, Va.; three stepchildren, Bruce Livie, of Munich, Germany, Scott Livie of Chestertown and Stephanie Velleggia of Lutherville; a grandson; and seven stepgrandchildren.

Rita Hunt Bull, 62, homemaker

Rita Hunt Bull, who traveled around the world with her Navy pilot husband, died Thursday from a heart attack at her home in Crownsville. She was 62.

Mrs. Hunt, born in Kansas City, Mo., graduated from Redemptorist High School there. She later worked at John Hancock Life and Slatter Tile in her hometown. She and her husband of 40 years met when they were 17 and 19 respectively, marrying five years later.

The couple moved to Crownsville in 1984 to build their "dream house," said her husband, Norman Bull, who is now retired from the Navy.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. today at Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

She also is survived by a son, Paul Bull, of Lorton, Va.; a daughter, Cyndi Benedict, of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Granville Hunt, and five grandchildren.

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