David Brown, 75, welder, church custodianDavid Brown,...


David Brown, 75, welder, church custodian

David Brown, a church custodian and former steel company welder who sang for U.S. troops as a soldier during World War II, died of heart disease Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. The Middle River resident was 75.

A 1939 graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School, the Baltimore native entered the Army in 1940. While stationed in New Guinea, he often sang for the troops and once performed in a show that included Bob Hope, Groucho Marx and Frances Langford.

"I was singing popular songs," he would recall, "and had just finished 'On the Outskirts of Town' and 'I'll Be Seeing You' when Bob Hope appeared on stage and said into the microphone, 'What is this boy doing here?' Then, turning to me, he spoke again. 'You should be with me.' "

After the war, Mr. Brown was a welder for Armco Steel until 1976. From then until his death, he was a custodian at Second Presbyterian Church, where he also sang solos and in choirs.

Services are planned for 4 p.m. today at Second Presbyterian, 4200 St. Paul St.

Mr. Brown's wife of 40 years, the former Daisy Jones, died in 1991.

Survivors include three sons, Michael Jones, Gabriel Ross and Leodus Brown, all of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Maple Keyes of Pollocksville, N.C.; three brothers, Charles W. Brown, Thomas A. Brown and Joseph H. Brown, all of Baltimore; two sisters, the Rev. Eva Yip and Betty Brown, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and many grandchildren.

Donald W. Clem, 72, civil engineer

Donald W. Clem, a retired Baltimore civil engineer, died of an infection Wednesday at a hospital in Okeechobee, Fla., where he was visiting his daughter. He was 72.

The Frederick native received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star as a combat infantry squad leader in Europe during World War II.

He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1948 with a degree in civil engineering and went on to design bridges and other structures for the state, with the firm of Rummel Klepper and Kahl, and in the Baltimore City Bureau of Construction Management.

He and his wife, the former Charlotte Young, lived in Northwood, Towson and Riderwood, before moving to the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, the Rev. Donald W. Clem Jr. of Rockville and Reginald E. Clem of Baltimore; his daughter, Cynthia E. Letcher of Okeechobee; and four granddaughters.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel at Charlestown, 715 Maiden Choice Lane.

Ernestine H. Gardner, 81, homemaker

Ernestine H. Gardner, 81, a homemaker and longtime Riderwood resident, died Tuesday at the Broadmead Retirement Community of complications from a stroke.

Mrs. Gardner was a part-time librarian at Union Memorial Hospital and a city social worker before her 1942 marriage to William Preston Gardner. Her husband, a retired manufacturer's representative, died in 1979.

She was born Ernestine Hoen in Roland Park. Her father, Alfred T. Hoen, was president of the now-defunct A. Hoen and Co., one of the nation's oldest lithographic companies.

She was a 1934 graduate of Roland Park Country School and earned a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1938.

She was a Rider Avenue resident for 35 years before moving to the Cockeysville retirement community in 1992.

She was a member of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Gallery, Maryland Historical Society and the L'Hirondelle Club.

She was a longtime member of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by a daughter, Saundra G. Venn of Freeland; and a granddaughter, Martha C. Mercier of Washington.

C. Elmer Nolte Jr., 91, who was associated with F. H. Durkee Enterprises for 70 years and active in Masonic affairs, died of heart failure Nov. 23 at his home in Guilford.

He was an owner of the company that once operated such Baltimore movie houses as the Senator, Boulevard, Belnord, Patterson and Waverly. His family said he was still working for the company at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Most Worshipful Hiram Grand Lodge,and in 1928 joined the Boumi Temple. He rose to the Shrine's highest office as 33rd potentate in 1947. He also served on the board of the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children.

He was a member of First English Lutheran Church and a former treasurer of the Maryland Bible Society. He also served on the boards of Lutheran Hospital of Maryland and was a vice president of Goodwill Industries.

In 1927, he and Charlotte Evans were married. She died in 1995.

He is survived by a brother, August Nolte of Homeland; a nephew; and three nieces.

Services were private.

Beatrice N. Knight, 91, a retired Baltimore teacher, died of heart failure Friday at Roland Park Place.

A teacher for 40 years in public schools in the Curtis Bay area of South Baltimore, she was also a volunteer for the Salvation Army and a longtime member of the Woodbrook Baptist Church.

Her husband, Robert L. Knight, died in 1970. She had no survivors.

Graveside services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Loudon Park Cemetery, 3801 Frederick Ave.

Bailey E. Melvin, 46, an Army veteran and former military police officer, died of a heart attack Dec. 8 at his Northwest Baltimore home.

A native of Fayetteville, N.C., he served in the Army from 1969 to 1974, was a police officer at Fort Meade until 1976 and was a counselor in the Office of Veterans Affairs from 1980 to 1982.

He was a correctional officer from 1982 to 1985, working at the Walters Art Gallery from 1986 to 1988, and a groundskeeper for an apartment complex from 1992 to 1995. He worked in retail sales this year.

Services were Wednesday at True Christian Faith Temple.

Survivors include his wife, the former Christine English; a daughter, Tonya Rich of Fayetteville; a brother, Henry Melvin of Baltimore; three sisters, Gladys Stocks, Dorothy Floyd and Mildred Melvin, all of Fayetteville; and two grandchildren.

Maysie H. Hickman, 90, who worked for 59 years for William G. Scarlett & Co., died of stroke complications Dec. 7 at Magnolia Hall Nursing Home in Chestertown. No funeral was held.

Mrs. Hickman began her career with the seed company after her 1923 graduation from Eastern High School. She and Lawrence E. Hickman were married in 1941. He died in 1975.

The couple lived in Bowleys Quarters for many years. Mrs. Hickman had no survivors.

John Buntin, 77, a former Annapolis resident who retired as a railroad engineer in 1981, died Nov. 26 of an aneurysm in El Paso, Texas.

The native of Scotland, who came to Annapolis in the 1930s, served in the Navy from 1937 to 1940. He was married in 1941 to the former Thelma Smith, who died in 1986.

He is survived by two sons, John Robert Buntin of Salem, W.Va., and Craig Buntin of El Paso; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Glen Haven Memorial Park, 7215 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.

Pub Date: 12/15/96

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