Isaiah Yarberough Jr., 79, crane operator, deacon
Isaiah Yarberough Jr., a former crane operator and a church deacon, died Friday of complications of a stroke and pneumonia at Multi-Medical Center in Towson. He was 79.
The Gwynn Oak resident was a crane and forklift operator at Domino Sugar Corp. in Baltimore. He retired in 1974 after a forklift accident disabled him.
He was a deacon at Open Bible House of Prayer on Gwynn Oak Avenue in West Baltimore.
"He was pretty active in all activities of the church," said his son, Gregory Yarberough of Baltimore, including the services, maintenance and transportation of parishioners.
Mr. Yarberough also tended a garden of collard greens, squash, cucumbers and other vegetables, and gave much of the produce to family and friends.
Early in his retirement, he fished and hunted squirrels and deer.
He was born in Winnsboro, S.C., and attended public schools there, leaving high school to help support his family.
The family moved to Southwest Baltimore when he was a teen-ager.
He enlisted in the Army in 1940 and was a military police officer during World War II. He attained the rank of sergeant and was discharged in 1946. His decorations include the Bronze Star.
After the war, he joined Domino Sugar.
Services for Mr. Yarberough will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Chatman-Harris Funeral Home, 5240 Reisterstown Road.
He is survived by his wife, the former Laura Anderson; a daughter, Mary Davis of Baltimore; two other sons, Sherman Yarberough and Rudolph Yarberough, both of Baltimore; three sisters, Ethel Livingston and Jimmie Gasque both of Baltimore, and Glendell Johns of Parkville; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Marvin M. Garrison Sr., 57, truck driver
Marvin M. Garrison Sr., a retired truck driver, died Friday of a heart attack at Caton Manor, a Baltimore nursing facility. He was 57 and lived in West Baltimore.
Before being injured while cleaning a gun in 1970, Mr. Garrison was a truck driver for Aristocrat Dairy and E.J. Korvette Co. Earlier, he had been a butcher and an aide at the former Baltimore City Hospitals.
He was born in Baltimore and educated in city public schools.
His marriage to Juanita Reed ended in divorce.
He enjoyed watching sports and comedy shows.
Services will be at noon tomorrow at March Funeral Home West, 4300 Wabash Ave.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, the former Phyllis A. Brooks; a son, Marvin M. Garrison Jr.; a daughter, Diana E. Garrison; his mother, Pearl A. Garrison; three brothers, Theodore Alston, Robert N. Garrison Jr. and Don Robinson; eight sisters, Marian D. Garrison, Barbara V. McKeiver, Pearl M. Williams, Deborah J. Garrison, Beverly Ned, Joyce A. Davis, Brenda Jones and Linda Spease, all of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.
Earl A. Klein, 82, founder of insurance company
Earl A. Klein, founder of a Timonium property and casualty insurance company, died yesterday of lung cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 82.
The former longtime Timonium resident, who had lived at Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville since last year, established Earl A. Klein Agency in 1961 and remained a principal in the firm until retiring in 1981.
Mr. Klein's nearly 50-year career in the insurance industry began in 1936 when he began working for Fidelity & Deposit Co. After working for the firm in Iowa and Wisconsin, he returned to Baltimore in 1951 and joined USF&G; as a special agent, and later Boyce & Co., before founding his own firm.
During World War II, he was an officer in the Counter-Intelligence Corps of the 40th Infantry Division in the Pacific. He was discharged with the rank of major at war's end.
Born in Baltimore, he was a 1936 graduate of City College and earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1940.
He was a member of the National Counter-Intelligence Corps Association and enjoyed playing blackjack in Atlantic City, N.J.
Services will be private.
Mr. Klein is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Eleanor Mary Vavrina; two sons, Richard E. Klein of Phoenix and Michael J. Klein of Oxford; a daughter, Jane E. Price of Bel Air; a sister, Vivian Schaar Wolf of Parkville; and four grandchildren.
Marshall Lee Pilert, 79, advertising executive
Marshall Lee Pilert, a retired advertising executive and former Baltimore resident, died Thursday of a perforated ulcer at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. He was 79 and lived in Old Greenwich, Conn.
Mr. Pilert started his career in the advertising department of National Brewing Co. and then worked for Reuben H. Donnelley Co. in Philadelphia. He retired in 1984 from Dun & Bradstreet, where he was general manager of the Carol Wright Gifts division.
Born in Catonsville and raised in Charles Village and Guilford, he graduated from McDonogh School in 1937 and attended the Johns Hopkins University.
During World War II, he was a B-17 pilot in the Army Air Forces in Europe. He was shot down over Germany and spent two years as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III until he was freed at war's end. He was discharged with the rank of lieutenant, and his decorations include the Air Medal.
In Baltimore, he was a communicant of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and a member of the Paint and Powder Club.
He enjoyed duck hunting and sailing.
Services were held Sunday.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Helen Lederer; a son, Michael B. Pilert of Boulder, Colo.; two daughters, Anne Pilert Engelskirchen of St. Michaels and Barbara Lee Pilert of Roland Park; and a cousin, Mary K. Quarstein of Hampton, Va.
Judge Joseph C. Howard Sr.: The body of retired U.S. District Judge Joseph C. Howard Sr., 77, who died Saturday at his Pikesville home, will lie in state from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave. On Friday, a family hour is set for 11 a.m. at the church, with funeral services at noon.