Clifton Howard Dixon, 86, Carroll County floristClifton...


Clifton Howard Dixon, 86, Carroll County florist

Clifton Howard Dixon, a retired florist, died Friday of multiple organ failure at his Taylorsville home. He was 86.

From 1947 to 1989, he owned Dixon's Flowers, a retail business on Route 32 between Sykesville and Eldersburg. He had five greenhouses and grew cut flowers, Easter lilies, carnations, snapdragons and poinsettias.

He was a member of the Floral Transworld Delivery Association for 30 years.

Born in Sykesville, Mr. Dixon attended Carroll County public schools.

He enjoyed fishing and bird-watching.

He was a member of the Flohrville United Methodist Church in Carroll County.

In 1944, he married the former Delma Curran, who worked with him in his business. She survives him.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Haight Funeral Home, Route 32, Sykesville.

In adition to his wife, Mr. Dixon is survived by two sisters, Annette Powell of Gettysburg, Pa., and Ethel Green of Owings Mills; and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret Mary Hanlon, 90, secretary, homemaker

Margaret Mary Hanlon, a former executive secretary and homemaker, died Sunday of heart failure at her Golden Ring home. She was 90 and had lived in Parkville.

In the 1930s, she was an executive secretary for Black & Decker Corp., the Towson tool maker.

Born Margaret Mary Caine in Long Green in Baltimore County, she was raised on Watch Box Hill and commuted to Towson Catholic High School on the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad. She was a member of the school's first graduating class in 1929.

In 1936, she married Thomas Lancaster Hanlon, a title examiner who died in 1985.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road, where she was a member.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas Joseph Hanlon of Hamilton and Dennis Michael Hanlon of Monkton; three daughters, Margaret Elizabeth Weiderhold of Glen Rock, Pa., Martha Ellen Hanlon of Rodgers Forge and Dorothy Anne Ichniowski of Dundalk; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Norma Hecker, 73, Naval Academy secretary

Norma Hecker, a retired Naval Academy secretary, died Saturday of heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. She was 73.

The Annapolis resident retired from the Naval Academy's oceanography department in 1987. Earlier, she was a secretary at the League for Crippled Children in Baltimore.

Mrs. Hecker was former church secretary at Our Saviour Lutheran Church at The Alameda and 33rd Street.

Born in Chicago, Norma Jager was raised in Hamilton in Northeast Baltimore. She was a 1945 graduate of Eastern High School.

In 1948, she married John E. Hecker, a retired machinist who survives her.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Martin's Lutheran Church, 1120 Spa Road, Annapolis, where she was a member.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Edward J. Hecker of Severn, Charles W. Hecker of Annapolis and Paul N. Hecker of Yorktown, Va.; two daughters, Ruth H. Schwalier of Eldersburg and Joan H. Miller of Annapolis; a sister, Barbara J. Rebar of Ormond Beach, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.

Lillie Stockett, 96, housekeeper, volunteer

Lillie Stockett, a retired housekeeper and church volunteer, died Sunday of heart failure at her East Baltimore home. She was 96.

Until she retired about 25 years ago, she was a housekeeper for Baltimore families.

Born in the small farming community of Jonestown in Howard County, Lillie Dorsey attended Howard public schools.

In 1923, she married Allen Stockett, a self-employed coal and ice salesman who died in 1971.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Waters African Methodist Episcopal Church, 417 Aisquith St., where she had been a member since 1952. She served on the Altar Guild and prepared foods for church functions.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas Allen Stockett and Edward Allen Stockett; a daughter, Pearl L. Mitchell; and a sister, Emily Barnes, all of Baltimore; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.


James C. Corman, 80, a former U.S. representative whose 20-year career was highlighted by his fight for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, died Saturday after suffering a stroke at a rehabilitation facility in Arlington, Va., his wife, Nancy Breetwor-Malone, said yesterday.

Mr. Corman, a Democrat, represented the San Fernando Valley's 21st Congressional District.

Edmund R. Biddle, 79, a professor and son of a former U.S. attorney general, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack at his home in suburban Philadelphia.

He taught English and American literature at Widener University for more than 20 years and was also a published poet.

His father, Francis, was named attorney general by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and later served as the chief judge at the Nuremberg Nazi trials.

William Francis Donnelly, 76, former president and chairman of the Army Times and the Times-Journal publishing companies, died of cancer yesterday at his home in Potomac.

Felicia Shpritzer, 87, who in the early 1960s broke a gender barrier in the New York Police Department when she earned a sergeant's stripes, paving the way for the advancement of women in police work across the country, died Dec. 26.

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