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Willie J. Jones Sr., 46, telephone company...


Willie J. Jones Sr., 46, telephone company worker

Willie J. Jones Sr., a telephone company employee and Vietnam War veteran, died of heart failure Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The East Baltimore resident was 46.

The Baltimore native graduated from Dunbar High School in 1968. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War and was discharged in 1972.

While in high school, he began working for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. -- now Bell Atlantic -- installing residential telephones. He returned to the company when he left the Army.

In 1979, he married Brenda Burton.

Mr. Jones enjoyed playing pool and became quite good, said friends who dubbed him "Minnesota," in reference to pool great Minnesota Fats.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. today at March Funeral Home Inc., 1101 E. North Ave.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Willie J. Jones Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Dion Jones of California; and his mother, Marie R. Jones; two brothers, Reno Smith and Lamont Smith; and two sisters, Cornelia Mims and Teresa Shinaberry, all of Baltimore.

Mace Cohen, 77, real estate investor

Mace "Maish" Cohen, a Baltimore real estate investor, died of cancer yesterday at his Pikesville home. He was 77.

The native of West Baltimore graduated from City College High School in 1937.

An avid sports fan, Mr. Cohen managed and coached a basketball team called the "Maish Club" in the 1940s.

He met his future wife, Shirley Hackerman, while on the tennis courts at Druid Hill Park. They married in 1948.

Services will be held at 11: 30 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Eve Cohen Holloran of Purchase, N.Y., Judy Cohen Harley of Montclair, N.J., and Kathy Cohen Sgroi of Arlington, Va.; a brother, Arnold Cohen of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; a sister, Marsha Schwartz of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Bee Sweet,97, a Northeast Baltimore resident for more than 60 years, died of heart failure Saturday while living in Plymouth, Mass.

Born Bee Reed, she came to Baltimore from Massachusetts in 1930 and lived in the Hamilton section until 1995. She was a volunteer for the Coast Guard during World War II, and in the 1960s was a secretary for a Baltimore insurance company.

She married Leslie Sweet in 1919; he died in 1982.

She is survived by a son, George Sweet of Simpsonville, S.C.; a daughter, Willida Hoffman of Baltimore; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held Dec. 17.

Curtis Allan Yeager,39, a former Perry Hall resident who managed a jewelry store in Florida, was killed in an automobile accident Dec. 3 in Leesburg, Fla. He lived in Fruitland Park, Fla.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Dec. 7.

Survivors include his wife, the former Karen Panico, whom he married in 1982; a son, Cason Yeager; a daughter, Dana Yeager; his parents, Stanley M. Yeager Sr. and Helen Yeager of Perry Hall; and a brother, Stanley M. Yeager Jr. of Perry Hall.

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