Joan Burgess Smith, 65, seamstress, therapist
Joan Edith Franklin Burgess Smith, an accomplished seamstress who designed and made specialized clothing for the physically disabled, died Feb. 7 in a diving accident while vacationing in the Cayman Islands. The Federal Hill resident was 65.
Mrs. Smith was a registered scuba diver, and the cause of her death was uncertain as the family awaited autopsy results.
Born in Baltimore, she was a 1954 graduate of Southern High School. She was married in 1957 to Andrew L. Burgess, and the couple owned the Bee's Hive, a restaurant in New Freedom, Pa. They divorced in 1982.
During the early 1980s, Mrs. Smith operated a sewing business in Cockeysville. In 1985, she joined the Peace Corps and worked in Jamaica. Returning to Baltimore in the late 1980s, she earned an associate's degree in occupational therapy from Catonsville Community College in 1993.
She later became a certified occupational therapist assistant and worked at Children's Hospital for several years. She continued to work as a therapist on a per-diem basis for several health care agencies.
Since 1999, she had operated Special Clothes for Special People from her Federal Hill home. She designed and adapted clothing for people who were physically disabled or had particular medical needs.
She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Salem Lutheran Church Women's Association, and was a director and leader at the Lutheran Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp in Frederick.
She also was an active member and volunteer with Project Liberty Ship Inc., which restored and maintains the SS John W. Brown, and was married in 1992 to David R. Smith, a retired steamship captain who is the organization's acting president.
A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at Salem Lutheran Church, 1530 Battery Ave.
Mrs. Smith is also survived by two sons, Andrew F. Burgess of Parkton and Herbert F. Burgess of Stewartstown, Pa.; two daughters, Lisa L. Bladen of Arlington, Va., and Diana M. McGee of Pasadena; a sister, Mary Louise Franklin Jeffries of Broomfield, Colo.; two stepsons, Karl S. Smith of Fraser, Colo., and Walter D. Smith of Manchester, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Theresa L. Smith of Quarryvette, Pa.; and 12 grandchildren.
Rev. Edward E. Schultz, 78, pastor at St. Peter's
The Rev. Edward E. Schultz, former pastor of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northeast Baltimore, died of heart failure Sunday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 78 and had lived in Annapolis for 13 years.
He was pastor of St. Peter's on Loch Raven Boulevard in Northeast Baltimore from 1953 until 1976. He supervised its construction and saw its congregation grow from 100 to 1,200 members.
About 40 years ago, Mr. Schultz was an organizer of the Northeast Community Organization, and he was board chairman of Lutheran Social Services in the late 1960s.
He was an interim pastor at Augsburg Evangelical Lutheran Church and Bethany Lutheran Church in Baltimore after his 1989 retirement. He also had posts in Kennebunk, Maine; Freeport, Bahamas; Allison Park, Pa.; and Edison, N.J., in the 1970s and 1980s.
Born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., he was a 1948 graduate of Capital Theological Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Blvd., Severna Park, where he had been a member.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, the former Ruth Helen Pollnow; three daughters, Elizabeth Schultz of Portland, Maine, Gretchen Schultz of Carmel Valley, Calif., and Amy Warner of Church Hill; a sister, Dorothy Ford of Williamsville, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
Thirkield D. James, 88, Anne Arundel educator
Thirkield D. James, a former Anne Arundel County public schools educator, died of Alzheimer's disease Feb. 7 in San Antonio. The longtime Windsor Hills resident was 88.
A resident of San Antonio since 1993, Mrs. James had taught English, French and journalism for more than 30 years. She began her career in the 1940s at Wiley H. Bates High School in Annapolis. She was teaching at Northeast High School at her retirement in the late 1970s.
Born Thirkield Drummond in Pocomoke City, she was raised in Frederick and Annapolis, where she attended public schools. She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1934 from what is now Morgan State University and a master's degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania.
She married to A. Frank James in 1941. A retired public school principal, he died last month.
She was an active member of Phi Delta Kappa sorority and Maryland Historical Society.
Mrs. James was a longtime member of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 810 N. Carrollton Ave., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday.
She is survived by a son, Harold L. Curry of San Antonio, and two grandsons.
James L. Spencer:Services for Mr. Spencer, who rose from sports stardom at Andover High School to a baseball career that included 15 years playing first base for various American League teams, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Westminster United Methodist Church, 162 E. Main St., Westminster.
Mr. Spencer, who was 54 and a resident of Sykesville, died of an apparent heart attack Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.