Phillip Scott, 56, Army supervisor
Phillip Scott, an Army communications supervisor, died May 5 of a massive heart attack at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Virginia. He was 56 and lived in Pikesville.
For the past 14 years, he worked for the Army at the Pentagon as a communications supervisor and computer analyst. He served in the Air Force from 1963 to 1983 and was discharged as a technical sergeant.
Born in Richmond, Va., he moved to Baltimore as a young man and graduated from City College in 1963. He studied religion and philosophy at Morgan State University.
He was an associate minister at the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, where he held a 70-member, Thursday night Bible study class.
He enjoyed photography and collecting pens.
In 1973, he married Ida Delores Johnson, who survives him.
Funeral services will he held at noon Monday at New Psalmist Baptist Church, 4501 Old Frederick Road.
He is also survived by a daughter, Demitria Rene Scott-Lynch of Baltimore; his father, Harry Scott Sr. of Baltimore; six brothers, Harry Scott Jr., Maurice Scott, Jeffrey Scott and David Scott, all of Baltimore, Benjamin Scott of Waldorf and Dean Scott of Browns Mills, N.J.; and a sister, Aesha Walee of Baltimore.
Forrest Platt Reynolds Jr., 52, helicopter engineer
Forrest Platt Reynolds Jr., a helicopter engineer, died Wednesday of a brain tumor at Fort Howard Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 52 and lived in Annapolis.
He worked 30 years in defense, aerospace and marine electronic systems, and was president and chief executive officer of Reynolds Technology Inc., which sold avionics for installation in aircraft and ships. The firm is based in Annapolis.
He was business director for International Submarine Engineering Ltd. in Montreal.
Born in Clifton Forge, Va., he was known as Mike and attended public schools in Riviera Beach and Glen Burnie before graduating from Anacostia High School in Washington. He attended American University and was a graduate of Midwestern University.
He served 12 years in the Army as a pilot and tested experimental helicopters.
Both of his marriages ended in divorce.
Funeral services were held yesterday at at Antioch Church of the Brethren, Rocky Mount, Va.
Mr. Reynolds is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Alaire Reynolds of Annapolis and Caroline Hancock Reynolds of Ottawa; and his parents, Mary Reynolds and the Rev. Forrest P. Reynolds Sr. of Annapolis.
James C. Scholtz, 61, beauty school owner
James C. Scholtz, a beauty school owner, died May 5 of cancer at his home in Midlothian, Va. The former resident of Cockeysville and White Hall was 61.
The chief financial officer and owner of the Virginia College of Cosmetology in Richmond, Va., he formerly owned Aquarina, a pet fish store in Rosedale, and had been sales manager for Mastercraft Studios, an educational fund-raising organization.
Born in Wanatchee, Wash., he was reared at St. Vincent's Infant Home in Rodgers Forge. He was a graduate of St. Bernard's Parochial School in Waverly.
He was president of the Padonia Elementary School PTA and was a member of the Towson Jaycees and the Big Brothers. He enjoyed bass fishing.
He had served in the Coast Guard.
In 1974, he married Sherry L. Windsor, who survives him.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery Chapel in Amelia, Va.
He is also survived by four daughters, Rebecca Isennock and Wendy MacNichol, both of Baltimore, and Kathleen Meramble and Kimberly Feddersen, both of Chesterfield, Va.; a stepsister, Janet Trageser of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.
James Myers, 81, whose tune "Rock Around the Clock" is considered by many to be the first rock 'n' roll song, died Wednesday of leukemia. He was a resident of Bonita Springs, Fla.
Mr. Myers wrote the song with Max Freedman in 1953. Bill Haley & His Comets recorded it in 1954, and it soared to the top of the charts the next year as the theme song of the teen rebel movie "The Blackboard Jungle." With its rockabilly sound, the song was considered a breakthrough for crossing racial barriers by borrowing from rhythm and blues.
The Philadelphia native, who also wrote under the name Jimmy DeKnight, wrote more than 300 songs and had bit parts in movies and TV shows, but "Rock Around the Clock" remained his most famous work. The song was No. 1 for eight weeks and went on to sell 22 million copies worldwide. It has been recorded by more than 500 artists, from Mae West to the Sex Pistols, and has been used in more than 40 movies.
Nikos Giorgiades Sampson, 66, president of Cyprus for eight days after a 1974 military coup overthrew Archbishop Makarios and provoked a Turkish invasion that has divided the Mediterranean island to this day, died of cancer Wednesday in a clinic in Nicosia.