Barry L. Benton, 53, systems program analyst
Barry L. Benton, who was employed as a systems program analyst at the Health Care Financing Administration and earlier had worked for the Social Security Administration, died Nov. 4 of pancreatic cancer at his Ellicott City home. He was 53.
Mr. Benton had worked at HCFA since 1987 and had started his career at SSA as a file clerk in 1969, becoming a systems program analyst.
Born in Easton and raised in Stevensville, where he graduated from high school, Mr. Benton had lived in Ellicott City since 1978.
An avid golfer, he was a member of the Monaghan Golf Club and also was a member of the Scottish Terrier Club of Baltimore.
He enjoyed reading, gardening, candle making and attending the theater.
He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Ellicott City, where a memorial service was held yesterday .
He is survived by his wife of eight years, the former Kathy Speca; a brother, Curtis Benton of Centreville; a sister, Tina Houston of Stevensville; his mother, Bette Benton of Centreville; a stepson, Kevin Wilson of Columbia; a stepdaughter, Kelly Wilson Earp of Crofton; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, P.O. Box 4809, Palos Verdes, Calif., 90274; or the Hospice of Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia 21045.
Clifford H. Anderson Sr., 88, supervisor at GM plant
Clifford H. Anderson Sr., a retired General Motors Corp. supervisor who lived in Federal Hill for more than 60 years, died Tuesday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. He was 88.
Mr. Anderson, a supervisory inspector, retired in 1972 from General Motors' Broening Highway plant, where he had been employed for 38 years.
Born in Richmond, Va., he moved to Baltimore and was a graduate of city public schools.
"His most important love was his family," said Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a grandson, who described his grandfather as rather jauntily dressed in his trademark bow tie and tweed cap. "He never missed a birthday, baptism, first communion, wedding, funeral or graduation."
He was a communicant of St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, 108 E. West St., Baltimore.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Anna Cochran; two sons, Clifford H. Anderson Jr. of Severna Park and Karl Anderson of Pasadena; two daughters, Etna Weinhold of Towson, and Linda Macken of Locust Point; 12 other grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Myrna Charmaine Davis, 67, Postal Service supervisor
Myrna Charmaine Davis, a retired Postal Service custodial supervisor and founder of the Sandtown Day Reunion Celebration, died Nov. 4 of pancreatic cancer at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 67 and lived in Edmondson Village.
Mrs. Davis and her husband, Horace Davis Sr., who were born and raised in Sandtown in West Baltimore, established the reunion organization of present and former residents in 1978.
The organization held its first banquet that year at the Westminster Armory and moved it in 1979 to the 5th Regiment Armory.
The former Myrna Holley, who graduated from Douglass High School, worked as a custodial supervisor for 30 years and retired from former the main post office on Fayette and Calvert streets in 1997.
She was a member of Lewin United Methodist Church, serving on the church's fund-raising committee.
Services were held yesterday.
In addition to her husband of 49 years, she is survived by a son, Horace Davis Jr. of Baltimore; two daughters, Carolyn Garcia and Wilma Davis, both of Baltimore; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.
Helen J. Brooke, 59, human resources manager
Helen J. Brooke, a retired human resources manager and Parkton resident, died Sunday of lung cancer at York Hospital in York, Pa. She was 59.
Mrs. Brooke had worked for 18 years until retiring in 1988 as human resources manager for McCormick Properties in Hunt Valley. Earlier, she had been employed by Maryland Casualty Insurance Co. in Roland Park.
In her retirement, Mrs. Brooke traveled extensively with her husband, Thomas H. Brooke Sr., former president and director of the U.S. Curling Association, and assisted him with his work.
Helen J. Schoennagel was born and raised in Ednor Gardens and graduated from parochial schools.
In addition to her husband of 15 years, Mrs. Brooke is survived by four brothers, Fred Schoennagel, Edward Schoennagel, Paul Schoennagel and Rob Schoennagel, all of Baltimore; a stepson, Thomas H. Brooke Jr. of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada; a stepdaughter, Joanne Spydell of Reno, Nev.; and five step-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. David Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave.
Memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 750, New York, N.Y. 10021-0007.
Margaret Ann Hawkes, 72, homemaker in Sykesville
Margaret Ann Hawkes, a homemaker, died Sunday of a heart attack on a cruise ship en route to the Bahamas. She was 72 and lived in Sykesville.
Born in Elyria, Ohio, the former Margaret Ann Lump attended public schools there and was a 1949 graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in sociology. She moved to Howard County in 1963.
She was a member of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Columbia.
Memorial services are pending.
She is survived by her husband, David Alan Hawkes, a retired Montgomery Ward civil engineer in charge of new store construction, whom she married in 1949; three daughters, Mary Jo Spencer of Lee, N.H., and Christine Mitchell and Kimberley Purdum, both of Woodbine; a sister, Mary Jo Hultz of Pittsford, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.
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