George R. Smith, 67, home repair firm...


George R. Smith, 67, home repair firm owner

George R. Smith, owner of a Baltimore home improvement firm, died Thursday of heart failure at Sinai Hospital. The Howard Park resident was 67.

Mr. Smith established Eagles of Mercy, a home improvement company, in 1978 and retired in 1994 because of failing health.

"He was always there quick, like an eagle, and always gave fair prices," said his wife of 19 years, the former Joy N. Tarter, explaining the business' name.

Earlier, Mr. Smith worked in the law enforcement field, including as a state correctional officer.

The West Baltimore native was educated in city schools and served as an infantryman during the Korean War and then as a military policeman.

He was a graduate of the OIC General Contracting School in Baltimore and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was chief of security for the Howard Park Community Association and New All Saints Roman Catholic Church.

He was also a communicant of the church, 4408 Liberty Heights Ave., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two brothers, Donald Smith and Melvin Smith, both of Baltimore; a sister, Barbara Greene of Randallstown; and a stepson, Donald Tarter Jr. of Odenton.

Mary Pauline House, 87, owned wig and plant shops

Mary Pauline House, who had owned wig and plant shops in Annapolis, died Saturday from complications of pneumonia at Spa Creek Nursing Center. She was 87.

From the late 1960s until the mid-1970s, Mrs. House, a former resident of Annapolis, owned Colonial Wig Shop and then Polly's Pothouse, both in the same location on Main Street.

The former Mary Pauline Robinson was born in Southwest Baltimore and attended city public schools until leaving to help support her family. She worked as a waitress at the old Stewart & Co. department store downtown until 1931, when she married Russell Huff, who died in 1936.

In 1938, she married William E. House, who died in 1979.

She was a volunteer for many years at Anne Arundel Medical Center and at Birth Right, where she counseled expectant mothers.

Mrs. House attended Mass daily and was a Eucharistic minister at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. Friday.

She is survived by a son, R. Thom House of West New York, N.J.; a sister, Ann Daley of Catonsville; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mary Juanita O. Parkhill, 74, restaurant manager

Mary Juanita Osborne Parkhill, who managed several restaurants in the Baltimore area, died Saturday of heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 74 and lived in Northeast Baltimore.

Mrs. Parkhill managed restaurants, including Karsons in Baltimore, from 1947 to 1984. She previously worked as a riveter at Glenn L. Martin Co. and had worked at the Social Security Administration.

A native of Independence, Va., the former Mary Osborne moved to Baltimore in 1944 and married William Parkhill in 1947.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday at Bethesda United Methodist Church, 6300 Harford Road.

She is survived by her husband; a son, Ronald Parkhill of Ijamsville; five brothers, Charles Osborne and Frank Osborne, both of Baltimore, David Osborne and Robert Osborne, both of Independence, and Ralph Osborne of West Grove, Pa.; three sisters, Edith Delp of Independence, Ava Ramey of Manassas, Va., and Mabel Whitaker of Sparta, N.C.; and three grandchildren.

Guy E. Myers, 92, meat cutter, firefighter

Guy E. Myers, a retired meat cutter and longtime volunteer firefighter, died Sunday of heart failure at Glade Valley Nursing Home in Walkersville. He was 92.

The former Westminster resident was the last surviving founding member of Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company, which was chartered in 1931. He was a volunteer with Westminster Fire Department for 57 years and was named Fireman of the Year in 1974.

Born in Pleasant Valley, he attended Carroll County public schools. He worked as a meat cutter for Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. for more than 30 years and retired in 1971.

He was a member of Pleasant Valley United Church of Christ.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

His wife, the former Carrie I. Null, whom he married in 1937, died last year. He is survived by several nephews and nieces.

John Robert Kaestner, 71, steel company executive

John Robert Kaestner, retired vice president of a stainless-steel pre-fabrication company, died Thursday of kidney failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 71 and lived in Parkville.

Mr. Kaestner retired in 1994 from E. A. Kaestner Co., a Baltimore company founded by his grandfather in the late 1890s. He joined the firm in 1949.

The North Baltimore native graduated from Boys' Latin School in 1947 and attended the Johns Hopkins University. He was a golfer and bowler and a member of the Baltimore Country Club.

In 1961, he married Patricia Kone Carroll; they were divorced in 1980.

He was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where services were held Monday.

He is survived by a daughter, Robin Shields Kaestner of Perry Hall; a sister, Jean Kaestner Fowler of Stoneleigh; a stepson, William Carroll Kaestner of Felton, Pa.; three stepdaughters, Anne Carroll Craven of Wilmington, Del., Patricia Curtis Carroll of Garrison Forest and Elizabeth Carroll Kaestner of Hoboken, N.J.; and three grandchildren.

Pub Date: 3/03/99

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