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Larry Dwayne Phillips, 55, Sun editorial assistantLarry...


Larry Dwayne Phillips, 55, Sun editorial assistant

Larry Dwayne Phillips, a former editorial assistant at The Sun, died of a heart attack Jan. 11 at a hospital in Commerce, Ga. He was 55 and formerly lived in Bowie.

He was stricken while en route to Atlanta, where he planned to open a branch office of Baltimore-based Creative Financial and Housing Services Inc., a mortgage company.

Mr. Phillips resigned last month from The Sun, where he had worked as an editorial assistant in the business department since 1993.

"He was always very professional and eager to help others," said Gerald P. Merrell, business editor. "He was helpful to those in the newsroom and [was] essential in getting the newspaper out."

Before joining The Sun's library in 1990, Mr. Phillips had worked for 20 years as a librarian at the Washington Post and earlier had been a reporter for Army Times.

He was born in Washington and raised in North Carolina and Paris, where his stepfather was a career military officer. He was a graduate of the Paris-American High School and served in the Air Force from 1964 to 1968.

He was a member of Franklin United Methodist Church, 5345 Deale Churchton Road, Churchton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Lizetta Borum; a son, Lorn Forest of Bowie; two daughters, Landra Viola Phillips and Lanika A. Phillips, both of Bowie; his mother, Viola Raygins of Churchton; a brother, Carl Phillips of Churchton; and a half-brother, Ivor Raygins of Canton, Ohio.

Geraldine Easton Spriggs, 76, Md. correctional officer

Geraldine Mae Easton Spriggs, a retired correctional officer, died Jan. 14 of a stroke at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 76 and lived in West Baltimore.

Mrs. Spriggs, who had worked as a private nurse, was a correctional officer for 16 years at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup and retired in 1981.

The former Geraldine Easton, who was born in Southern Maryland, married Fulton Alfred Spriggs in 1941; he died in 1979.

Services were held Sunday.

She is survived by three daughters, Cynthia Spriggs, Yvette Spriggs and Alisa Spriggs, all of Baltimore; three sons, Fulton Spriggs Jr. of Goldsboro, N.C., and Keith Spriggs and Jeffrey Spriggs, both of Baltimore; a sister, Delores Easton of Annapolis; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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