Larry Wayne Braswell, 57, X-ray technician for...


Larry Wayne Braswell, 57, X-ray technician for state

Larry Wayne Braswell, a retired Maryland state employee, died Monday of an aneurysm at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, N.C., where he resided. He was 57.

He was a mobile chest X-ray technician and air-quality-control sample-taker for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for 27 years. He retired in 1989 and moved to Gastonia, where he was a security guard at Dixie Yarns.

Born in Gastonia, he moved to Rosedale as a child and attended Kenwood High School.

He formed the Gastonia Ramblers, a country and western band that performed in Rosedale and Middle River. He sang and played guitar.

In 1960, he married Shirley Marie Wampler, who lives in Joppatowne. The marriage ended in divorce.

Funeral services were held yesterday.

He is survived by two sons, David Wayne Braswell of Joppatowne and Larry Gregory Braswell of Edgewood; his mother, Bessie Fields Braswell, and a brother,

Pearson Sunderland, 72, businessman, board member

Pearson Sunderland, retired owner of Chesapeake Cadillac and a carpet-cleaning firm, died from complications of Parkinson's disease at Lewes (Del.) Convalescent Center. He was 72 and lived in the Henlopen Acres section of Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Mr. Sunderland was an officer of Chesapeake Services, the carpet-cleaning firm founded by his grandfather nearly 100 years ago. It closed in 1991.

In 1987, he purchased the Chesapeake Cadillac dealership housed in a landmark building at Charles and 24th streets. He sold the business in 1990.

Born in Baltimore, "Sunny" Sunderland was a graduate of McDonogh School and Loyola College.

He was a former board member of the Baltimore Country Club, a board member of the Rehoboth Beach Country Club, and a member of the Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach, Fla.

In 1950, he married Jacqueline Tippett, a volunteer at and co-founder of the Waxter Center for Senior Citizens. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1983, he wed Sarah Townsend, who lives in Rehoboth Beach and survives him.

Funeral services were held yesterday.

He is also survived by two sons, Dr. Pearson "Trey" Sunderland of Chevy Chase and William T. Sunderland of Timonium; two brothers, William I. Sunderland of Atlanta and Richard W. Sunderland of Baltimore; a stepson, James Gordon Smith, and a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Smith Collins, both of Wilmington, Del.; and eight grandchildren.

Catherine R. Middleton, 96, educator and volunteer

Catherine R. Middleton, a former educator and a volunteer, died Monday of heart failure at Corsica Hills Nursing Home in Centreville. She was 96.

Mrs. Middleton had lived at Reward, her 18th-century home that is part of Gunston Farm in Centreville, since 1966.

The former Catherine Sherwood was born in Ruxton and graduated from Roland Park Country School in 1921. She taught at the old Bluebird School in Ruxton and was a private tutor before her 1926 marriage to Samuel Atherton Middleton.

From 1929 to 1944, the couple lived in Philadelphia, where Mr. Middleton taught at Episcopal Academy and coached lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania.

They returned to Baltimore in 1944, when Mr. Middleton was appointed headmaster of St. Paul's School for Boys. He retired in 1966 and died in 1982.

Mrs. Middleton was a volunteer at Children's Hospital and Happy Hills Convalescent Children's Home.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by two daughters, Emilie Middleton Durham of Hampstead and Carter Middleton Sollers Bond of Ruxton; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


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Pub Date: 10/14/99

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