William E. Blayton, 64, steamship agentWilliam E....

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William E. Blayton, 64, steamship agent

William E. Blayton, a retired steamship agent, died of a brain tumor Sunday at his Millersville home. He was 64.

Mr. Blayton began working for Lavino Shipping Co. in his native Newport News, Va., in 1951 and came to Baltimore in 1979 as vice president of the firm's local office. He left Lavino in 1992 and joined Fillette, Green & Co., retiring as a vice president last year.

His professional memberships included the Traffic Club of Baltimore and the Propeller Club.

Mr. Blayton was a graduate of Newport News High School and served in the Army from 1951 to 1953.

He was on the board of the Shipley's Choice Community Association and was an active member of Glen Burnie Baptist Church, where he taught young adults Sunday school and where services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Vivian Walters; a daughter, Tanya Lynn Blayton of Annapolis; his mother, Ida Blayton of Peachtree City, Ga.; three brothers, Newell H. Blayton of Atlanta, Maurice G. Blayton of Peachtree City and Wayne R. Blayton of Newport News; and two sisters, Alice Amory of Grafton, Va., and Carolee Woolard of Las Vegas. Daniel E. Davis, who owned and operated the Dead Eye Saloon and the Baltimore Yacht Basin, next door to each other under the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge at Hanover Street, died of a heart attack Sunday at Harbor Hospital Center.

Mr. Davis, who was 58, was stricken at his tavern and was taken to the hospital.

He lived at the marina aboard the Nymph, a 72-foot classic, white-hulled Matthews Motor Yacht, decorated with mahogany woodwork, that was built in 1912.

Known as Cap'n Dan, he began leasing the old city-owned Hanover Street Bridge Marina in 1984 and opened the Dead Eye Saloon in 1991.

The tavern is a popular destination for nearby residents and blue-collar workers and boat owners.

Mr. Davis was born in Mount Pleasant, Mich., and grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he graduated from high school in 1956. He enlisted in the Navy in 1957 and was an electrical technician aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet.

After leaving the Navy in the early 1960s, he was recruited by IBM and later worked for Digital and Recognition Equipment before establishing a computer firm, Sirvess Inc., in the 1970s when he moved to Maryland. In the early 1980s, he founded and was president of Digital Services Inc., which he sold in 1983.

His marriages to the former Mary Christiansen and Janet Eastwood ended in divorce.

No funeral is planned, but a wake will be at 3 p.m. today at the saloon, 2600 Insulator Drive, Baltimore. At 5 p.m., Mr. Davis' yacht will lead a memorial cruise around the Baltimore harbor.

He is survived by a son, Lincoln Davis of Millville, Del.; a daughter, Kristen Davis of Baltimore; his mother, Helen Elliott of Grand Rapids; two brothers, Gary Davis of Rockford, Mich., and Tom Davis of Indianapolis; a stepbrother, Eric Elliott of Grand Rapids; a granddaughter; two nephews; and eight nieces. Donald E. Tillman, a former manager at Westinghouse Electric Corp., died of kidney failure Aug. 11 at Chesapeake Manor Extended Care Center. He was 66 and lived in Stevensville.

He joined Westinghouse in 1962 and rose to management position, negotiating contracts, including those for the Apollo missions to the moon. He retired in 1994.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Tillman graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1952 and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1961.

He served in the Army from 1952 to 1955 and was discharged as a staff sergeant.

He was a lifetime director of the German Society of Maryland, and its president from 1987 to 1992. He was also active with Zion Lutheran Church for many years.

Mr. Tillman raised two champion Staffordshire bull terriers.

Services were Friday.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Irma G. Collins; two daughters, Lynne Chaput and Joyce McGuire, both of Millersville; and seven grandchildren.

Frances W. Ferguson, 77, teacher, insurance agent

Frances W. Ferguson, a former teacher and an insurance agent, died of cancer Tuesday at home in Royal Oak, Talbot County. She was 77.

She taught kindergarten at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore on the 1940s and moved to Royal Oak in 1947 with her husband, James Trippe Ferguson, an insurance executive and lawyer whom she married in 1945.

A licensed insurance agent, Mrs. Ferguson helped her husband in the insurance business.

She enjoyed sailing and was a member of the Edge Creek Boat Club. For two years, she was the club's commodore. Family members said she was one of the first female commodores of a boat club in the United States.

The former Frances Wack was born in Lutherville and graduated from Towson High School in 1937. She earned an associate's degree at Stratford College in Danville, Va., in 1939, and a bachelor's degree from Towson State Teacher's College in 1941.

She was a member of the Junior Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton and was president in 1957. She also was a member, volunteer and director of the United Way Fund in Talbot County, eventually becoming a vice president.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Royal Oak Community United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son, James Trippe Ferguson Jr. of St. Michaels; a sister, Dorothy W. Shenton of Towson; and a grandson.

Jerry Rabovsky, 77, custom binder salesman

Jerry Rabovsky, a retired salesman, died Aug. 14 at Sinai Hospital after a brief illness. The Baltimore resident was 77.

Mr. Rabovsky was a top salesman for Vulcan Binder and Cover Co. of Vincent, Ala., which sells custom-made binders. He retired in 1985.

The Baltimore native, who grew up in the Park Circle area of Northwest Baltimore, enlisted in the Army Air Forces after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was an ordnance specialist in India, China and on the island of Tinian in the Marianas Islands in the Pacific. There he witnessed the return of the bomber Enola Gay after it dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. He was discharged as a staff sergeant.

Mr. Rabovsky was a fan of the Baltimore Colts and played cards with seven friends Thursday nights for 52 years.

Services were held Aug. 15.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Estelle Winik; a son, Carl Rabovsky of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; a daughter, Arlene Furst of Rockville; a sister, Reba Ansel of Randallstown; and two granddaughters.

Pub Date: 8/21/97

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