George Milton Ward, 83, Bethlehem Steel accountantGeorge...


George Milton Ward, 83, Bethlehem Steel accountant

George Milton Ward, a certified public accountant at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point shipyard for more than four decades, died of cancer Friday at Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. He was 83.

Mr. Ward, who retired in 1979, oversaw the bookkeeping for numerous ships, including the largest oil tankers built in Baltimore.

The Towson native attended night school at the old Baltimore College of Commerce, earning his accounting degree in 1940.

The World War II Navy veteran was an usher and pro bono accountant at Northwood Appold Methodist Church and later Grace United Methodist Church on North Charles Street. He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of Boumi Temple and belonged to the Sparrows Point Country Club.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, the former Elizabeth Peddicord; a son, George M. Ward Jr. of Towson; a daughter, Nancy Franklin of Dallas; a sister, Esther Grier of Tampa, Fla.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Gladys N. Middleton, 79, active at Mount Olive church

Gladys N. Middleton, a homemaker who was active at Mount Olive Baptist Church, died Thursday from complications of Alzheimer's disease at North Arundel Hospital. She was 79 and lived in Glen Burnie.

The former Gladys Partlow, who was born in Clower, S.C., was raised in Baltimore and attended city schools. She worked as a domestic until 1979, when she joined the custodial staff at Baltimore Community College. She retired in 1984.

The longtime Turners Station resident was active there in community affairs and as a member of several committees at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 651 Mount Olive Road, where services will be held at 6: 30 p.m. today.

Her first husband, John F. Queen, died many years ago. In 1945, she married Lawrence Middleton, who died in 1984.

Survivors include five sons, James T. Queen of Baltimore, Larry Middleton and Eugene Middleton, both of Glen Burnie, Glenard S. Middleton Sr. of Mount Washington and Jim Middleton of Naples, Fla; a sister, Sadie Barnett of Turners Station; and 19 grandchildren.

John Leo Virgil Murphy Jr., 84, city housing inspector

John Leo Virgil Murphy Jr., a retired city housing inspector and decorated World War II flier who piloted a glider in the D-Day invasion of France, died of stroke complications Thursday at Manor Care Ruxton. He was 84.

Mr. Murphy, a longtime Roland Park resident, was a safety engineer for United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. and then worked until 1979 as a Baltimore housing inspector.

Born and raised in Walbrook, he was a 1932 graduate of Boys' Latin School and earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1936. He attended law school at the University of Maryland before quitting to join the British Royal Air Force.

He completed his flight training at Pensacola, Fla., and after war was declared in 1941, he transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corps. As a glider pilot during the Normandy invasion, he successfully landed his Waco glider and 20 men at Sainte Mere Eglise on June 6, 1944.

During the ill-fated "Operation Market Garden" at Arnhem in the Netherlands during the fall of 1944, he flew a C-47 carrying soldiers in the war's biggest parachute drop.

Mr. Murphy was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was discharged at war's end with the rank of major.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart at Smith and Greely avenues.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Elizabeth Rutledge; two sons, John L. V. Murphy III of Monkton and Kevin J. Murphy of Cedarcroft; five daughters, Edie Loughlin and Erin M. Muth, both of Towson, Dr. Mary Wallis Weiner-Trapness and Penny Miller, both of Phoenix, and Elizabeth Murphy Darrell of Rodgers Forge; and 12 grandchildren.

Eleanor Margaret Knowles, 89, educator, homemaker

Eleanor Margaret Knowles, a former educator and homemaker, died Tuesday of heart failure at Manor Care Ruxton. She was 89.

The longtime Homeland resident taught English at the city's Margaret Brent Elementary School from the 1930s until 1942.

The former Eleanor Bader, who was born and in East Baltimore, earned a teaching degree from the old Towson State Normal School.

In 1937, she married Dr. Frederick E. Knowles Jr., who died in 1954.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 419 Cedarcroft Road.

She is survived by four sons, Dr. Frederick E. Knowles III of Roland Park, Joseph B. Knowles Sr. of Catonsville, Douglas P. Knowles Sr. of Towson and Jonathan B. Knowles of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; two brothers, Thomas Bader of Westminster and Joseph Bader of Dundalk; two sisters, Lillian Rushton of Dundalk and Dorothy Kielman of Catonsville; and 10 grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/18/99

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