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Fleming Saunders, 82, steel worker

Fleming Saunders, a longtime steel worker, died Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital of complications from a stroke. He was 82 and lived in Baltimore.

A native of Prince Edward County, Va., he moved to Baltimore in the 1920s and graduated from Carver Vocational-Technical High School in the 1930s. During World War II, he served in the Army. In 1945, he went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant and retired in 1976.

He joined Concord Baptist Church in West Baltimore in the late 1940s and served in various positions there, including Sunday school teacher and choir member. He became a deacon in 1961 and was vice chairman of the deacon board for more than 20 years.

He was a member of the Hiram Grand Lodge and the Baltimore Christianaires gospel group.

He married Pauline Babry in 1946; she died in 1974. In 1976, he married Zilpher Johnson McCoy.

Services were held yesterday.

He also is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Street and Katrine Jones, both of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Dr. Theodore Donald Phifer, 92, Baltimore physician

Dr. Theodore Donald Phifer, who practiced medicine in Baltimore for many years, died Nov. 30 of heart-related disease at Baltimore General Hospital. He was 92 and resided in Baltimore.

The Baltimore native attended public schools in North Carolina and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. He received a medical degree from Howard University in 1930, then completed an internship at the old Provident Hospital in Baltimore, which appointed him to its staff.

During World War II, he served in the Army and held the rank of major. After leaving the service, he opened a general family practice. In 1970, he was appointed to the staff at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Services were Thursday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Etta Burwell; and a sister, Ruth Phifer Griggs.

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Pub Date: 12/09/96

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