Edith M. Thomas, 86, of Bradenton and Naples, Fla., died of respiratory failure Nov. 20, 2001 at her daughter's home in Annapolis.
The former Edith M. Trice was born on May 18, 1919, in St. Michaels in Talbot County and was the widow of Shadrick T. Thomas. The couple lived in Martin, Ga., before his death and she moved to Florida.
In Naples and Bradenton, she attended the Methodist church.
Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn Bullock of Crownsville and Judith Spates of Annapolis and Gainesville, Fla.; one brother, Gorman Trice of Sparks; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Whitlock Funeral Home, 106 Rose Lane, Toccoa, Ga. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Martin Baptist Church in Martin. Local arrangements are by Taylor Funeral Home.
Franklin Austin Jr.
James Franklin "Frankie" Austin Jr., 38, of Stevensville, died of melanoma Nov. 26, 2002 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.
Born Feb. 15, 1964, in Easton, Mr. Austin was the son of J. Franklin Austin Sr. and Joyce Tygesson Austin of Grasonville. He grew up in Grasonville and graduated in 1982 from Queen Anne's County High School. He began working with his father at Frank's Service Center in Grasonville as a mechanic after graduation.
He was known for his athletic accomplishments in baseball, soccer, softball and golf. He was a member of the 1993 national champions men's modified softball team and participated in numerous golf tournaments for the community.
Mr. Austin was a member of the Queenstown Men's Golf League and the Blue Heron Men's Golf League. He also was an avid fan of Maryland basketball, Baltimore Ravens football and NASCAR and enjoyed restoring old cars.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Brenda Boyle Austin, whom he married April 20, 2001; and his sister, Diana LaFollette of Queenstown.
Visitation is from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 408 S. Liberty St., Centreville. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church, 830 Romancoke Road, Stevensville. Burial will be in Stevensville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kent Island Little League.
David S. Conboy, 76, of Naples, Fla., and formerly of Odenton, died Nov. 12, 2002 at Community General Hospital in Naples. The cause of death was not available.
Mr. Conboy was born May 23, 1926, in Odenton. He later moved to Glen Burnie and graduated from Glen Burnie High School. He also lived in Pennsylvania and most recently in Naples.
Mr. Conboy served in the Navy as a communications specialist in World War II, serving aboard the USS Eldorado in the Pacific from 1943 to 1945. He also served in the Korean War.
After his military service he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, retiring as a postal inspector in 1981.
Mr. Conboy was a 50-year member of Odenton Masonic Lodge 209 and a member of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Odenton. He also was an avid golfer and fisherman.
His first wife, Kathyrn McGinniss Conboy, died in 1973; and his son, James Samuel Conboy, died in 1968.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Isabelle Conboy; one daughter, Tabitha Stanislaw of Wyomissing, Pa.; two stepsons, Ned and Samuel Rupp of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; two brothers, Samuel Conboy of Monterey, Calif., and James Conboy of Harmans; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Odenton. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 1417 Old Odenton Road, Odenton, MD 21113.
David Alexander Green Sr., 52, of Severn, died Nov. 24, 2002 at Georgetown University Hospital. The cause of death was not available.
Born Feb. 24, 1950 in Baltimore, Mr. Green, who was known as "Tom Bottom," worked as a custodian with the Anne Arundel County Board of Education.
He enjoyed softball and taking his grandchildren to football games.
He was married to Carolyn Green on April 17, 1990.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by five sons, Antwan Green, David Green III and Ronald Stansbury, all of Severn, David Green Jr. of Baltimore and Wayne Stansbury of Glen Burnie; four daughters, Zenia Butler and Daveen and Meriko Green, all of Severn, and Talayaha Stansbury of Baltimore; and 19 grandchildren.
Also surviving are four brothers, Roland Parker, Charles Johnson, and Isaac Green, all of Glen Burnie, and James Green of Pasadena; and four sisters, Edna Green and Joyce Kane of Severn, Janie Johnson of Baltimore and Mary Spencer of Glen Burnie.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Friday at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Magothy Beach Road, Pasadena, with a Christian wake from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and funeral services immediately following. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the church cemetery. Arrangements are by Reese and Sons Mortuary.
Services were held Monday at Kaufman Funeral Home in Elkridge for Joshua Glover Grimes, 89, of Gaithersburg and formerly of Davidsonville and Baltimore.
Mr. Grimes died Nov. 20, 2002 at the Asbury United Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.
Born Sept. 2, 1913, in the Sudley area of Anne Arundel County, he later lived in Davidsonville. He graduated from Annapolis High School and Strayer Business College in Baltimore. Following his marriage to Doris Baumann Grimes in 1938, the couple moved to Baltimore where he worked as an agent for the Internal Revenue Service. They moved to Wheaton to Leisure World and then spent 12 years at the Asbury Village.
During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard Reserve in the Port of Baltimore.
Mr. Grimes was active in United Methodist churches in the communities in which he resided.
His wife died April 13, 2001.
Surviving are his son, Donald G. Grimes of Newark, Del.; his daughter, Betty Jean Gibbons of Towson; his brother, Oscar Grimes Jr. of Davidsonville; his sister, Estelle "Essie" Hall of Annapolis; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was the brother of the late Margaret Shephard and Helen Duckett.
Burial was in Meadowridge Cemetery in Elkridge. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093-5142.
Margaret Virginia Morris, 63, a lifelong resident of Annapolis, died of cancer Nov. 26, 2002 at her home.
Mrs. Morris was born Jan. 17, 1939. She graduated in 1957 from Annapolis High School and worked at Annapolis Bank and Trust for 38 years.
She enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting, the Baltimore Orioles and spending time with her grandchildren and family.
Surviving are her husband, Jobie Morris, whom she married July 25, 1959; a daughter, Linda Armstrong of Annapolis; her mother, Margie Sullivan of Annapolis; five brothers, James Sullivan of Shady Side, John L. Sullivan of Annapolis, Reggie Sullivan of Arnold, Mike Sullivan of Riva and Alvin "Bo" Sullivan of Stevensville; two sisters, Jean Poland of Arnold and Linda Duvall of Edgewater; and three grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late Ernest Sullivan Sr.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., where services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow at Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville, MD 21108.
Dallas Cline "Butch" Palmer, 91, a 35-year resident of Edgewater, died of natural causes Nov. 25, 2002 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Mr. Palmer was born May 30, 1911, in Charleston, W.Va. He owned and operated C & D Locksmith until retiring in 1981.
He served as a second lieutenant in the Merchant Marine.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth E. Palmer, whom he married Aug. 13, 1944; two sons, Dallas C. Palmer of Prince Frederick and Harold Lee Palmer of Edgewater; a sister, Garnet Eckstron of Chicago, Ill.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road in Edgewater, where services will be 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow at Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville.
A memorial service was held yesterday at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis for Gary David Spirt, 40, of Annapolis, who died suddenly Nov. 21, 2002 in Baltimore. The cause of death was not available.
Born Nov. 19, 1962 in Baltimore, Mr. Spirt lived in Albuquerque, N.M., until moving to Annapolis five years ago.
He was employed in handcrafting Native American jewelry and crafts.
Mr. Spirt loved the outdoors.
He is survived by his mother, Dolores Spirt of Annapolis; one brother, Brian Spirt of Severna Park; and one sister, Adrienne Spirt Jones of Ann Arbor, Mich.
Arrangements were by Stallings Funeral Home in Pasadena.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Natural Resources Defense Council, an enviromental protection organization, at 40 West 20th St., New York, NY 10011.
Ruhama Francis Burns, 84, died of natural causes Nov. 24, 2002 at her home in Crownsville, after a long illness.
Born March 9, 1918, in Vanceburg, Ky., Mrs. Burns graduated from Vanceburg High School in 1936 and from Ohio State University in 1940. She lived in Vienna, Va., until moving to Crownsville.
Mrs. Burns taught for three years at the Ohio State School for the Deaf until her marriage in 1944 to Dr. Raymond V. Burns, who died in 1987.
She was a bookkeeper for a veterinary practice at Tysons Corner, Va., and a homemaker.
She was a member of the Washington Sailing Marina and the Zonta Club of Northern Virginia and enjoyed painting and music.
Surviving are her guardians, Edith Edwards of Crownsville and Chris and Pat Brettschneider of Baltimore; four nieces; and three nephews.
She was the daughter of the late Bertha L. Brewer Cottingham and Socrates Hobart Cottingham, and the sister of the late William Harley Cottingham and W. June Cottingham-Alig.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. SW, Glen Burnie, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in Glen Haven Cemetery in Glen Burnie.
Donations may be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville, MD 21108, or to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Anne Arundel County, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403.
Retired Army Lt. Col. James E. Davis, 81, of Cambridge, a highly decorated veteran of three wars, died Nov. 23, 2002 at the Baltimore Veterans Administration Hospital.
Lt. Col. Davis was born Jan. 25, 1921, in Taylor, Pa., and was the son of the late James F. and Matilda Von Weisenfluh Davis.
He graduated from Taylor High School in 1938 and from Lehigh University in 1942. He had extensive military service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. During World War II he was a German prisoner of war interned in Oflag 64 in Poland.
His military decorations included the Silver Star medal, two Bronze Stars for Valor, three awards of the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart, the Joint Chiefs of Staff I.D. Badge and various theater ribbons.
During 1950 he was stationed in Cambridge at the old Seminary Building where he met his future wife, Betsy "Bootsie" Johnson. They were married on Oct. 4, 1951, and recently celebrated their 51st anniversary.
After leaving the military, he worked for Western Publishing Co. in Cambridge where he was director of personnel.
He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and past president of the Baraca Class, Dorchester Post 91 American Legion. He was a 50-year member of Acacia Masonic Lodge 579 and a longtime member of the Retired Officers Association and the American Ex-POWs.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Deborah A. Coalla of Annapolis; five grandchildren; and a sister, Carolyn Nielson of Bloomington, Minn. His son, James E. Davis Jr., died in July 1999.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Dorchester Memorial Park in Cambridge, where arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 501 Race St., Cambridge, MD 21613.
Retired Air Force Col. Joseph M. Knapp, 85, of Austin, Texas, and formerly of Fair Oaks in Severna Park, died Nov. 24, 2002 at Specialty Hospital of Austin.
Born March 20, 1917, in Shamokin, Pa., Col. Knapp was the son of the late Alphonse and Julia Knapp. He served in the military for 25 years, starting as an aviation cadet in 1942. He flew 70 combat missions in the Pacific during World War II, and was one of only two surviving pilots in his squadron. He was shot down over Manila Bay in the Philippines, and rescued by a U.S. submarine.
Following the war he was an instructor at the Air Tactical School at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. In 1950 he became chief of the Military Justice Department at the first Air Force Judge Advocate General School in Montgomery, Ala. He and a colleague, Col. Jack Giannini, were instrumental in setting up the first Judge Advocate General Office of the Air Force.
In 1953 he was assigned to the Strategic Air Command as an aircraft commander in B-47 jet bombers. Subsequent assignments included director of operations at a SAC base in Morocco and base commander of Turner Air Force Base in Albany, Ga. His last assignment was with the directorate of plans at SAC Headquarters, Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb.
Following his military retirement in 1966, he moved to Severna Park and worked as assistant director of juvenile services for the Maryland Department of Health and Human Services and later as assistant director of the Division of Water Resources of the Department of Natural Resources.
He graduated from George Washington University and Law School and the Jones Law School in Montgomery, Ala. He also completed Air Tactical and Air Command Staff schools.
While living in Severna Park, he was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
In 1994 he moved to Austin, where he was active in a number of community and civic organizations.
He was married in 1942 to Mary Jo Dyson of Clinton, who died in 1992 after 50 years of marriage.
Surviving are three children, Marti Knapp of Truro, Mass., Maria Knapp-Levandoski of Riva; and Mark Knapp of Land O'Lakes, Fla.; his partner, Elizabeth Hersey of Austin and formerly of Severna Park; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin. Arrangements are by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Austin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 101 Westlake Drive, Austin, TX 78746.
Doris Louise Kemp O'Neill, 73, of Annapolis, died Nov. 23, 2002 at the Washington, D.C., Hospital Center.
Born Dec. 11, 1928, in Goldsboro in Caroline County, Mrs. O'Neill graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1945. She worked at International Latex Co. in Dover, Del., the Credit Bureau in Baltimore and the Southern Maryland Adjustment Bureau of Annapolis.
She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 304, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 3 Auxiliary, Moose Lodge 296 Auxiliary and American Legion Post 7 Auxiliary, all in Annapolis; and St. Paul's Methodist Church in Greensboro in Caroline County.
She had a poem published by the New York Poetry Guild. Besides writing poetry, she enjoyed reading, writing letters and cards to shut-ins and listening to country music.
Surviving are one son, Glenn D. O'Neill of Annapolis, and one brother, Herman Kemp Jr. of Denton. She was the sister of the late James Kemp, Ruthann Towers and Emma E. Melvin.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave., where services will be at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Greensboro Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Anne Arundel County Unit, 1041 Route 3 North, Gambrills, MD 21054, or the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., Suite 1100, New York, NY 10016.
Joseph Edward "Joe" Owens, 55, of Lothian and formerly of Landover, died of cancer Nov. 23, 2002 at his home after a lengthy illness.
Born Nov. 19, 1947, in Lothian, Mr. Owens was a 1965 graduate of Southern High School. He worked as a transportation specialist with the Department of Defense.
He was a member of Sollers United Methodist Church of Lothian.
His hobbies were landscaping and watching football and baseball games.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Ann Owens, whom he married in 1979; one son, Anthony R. Barrett of Capitol Heights; two daughters, Angela Barnett of Capitol Heights and Sharon Brown of Laurel; two brothers, Kelvin Owens and Larry Warner of Lothian; three sisters, Edna Owens, Cheryl Kinard and Brenda Owens, all of Lothian; and eight grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Sollers United Methodist Church, 1219 Wrighton Road, with a Christian wake from 7 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the church followed by burial in Moses Cemetery in Drury. Arrangements are by Reese and Sons Mortuary.