Funeral services for Ernest Oden "Sonny" Jones, 52, of Annapolis, will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at First Christian Community Church, 1800 Hall Brown Road. A Christian wake will precede the service at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Bestgate Memorial Park.
Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Reese and Sons Mortuary, 821 West St.
Mr. Jones died Oct. 15, 2002 from injuries suffered during a construction accident at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
Born April 15, 1950, in Lothian, he was a graduate of Southern High School in Harwood.
Mr. Jones was employed by Whiting-Turner Construction.
He was a member of Union Memorial United Methodist Church and Local Union 516, and a former member of the Truetones and Golden Star Quintet. His hobbies included listening, singing and playing Gospel music.
Surviving is his wife of 16 years, Gaylee P. Jones; three daughters, Elvira Putnam of Lothian, Demetria Jones of Annapolis and Monique Willard of Laurel; six sisters, Margaret Harris and Ida Hicks of Annapolis, Martha Creek of Friendship, Hester Pack of Baltimore, Ella Galloway of Glen Burnie and Sarah House of Washington, D.C.; and two grandchildren.
Retired Army Maj. Richard George King, 90, of Edgewater and previously of Denver, Colo., died of natural causes Oct. 18, 2002 at his home.
Maj. King was born Sept. 30, 1912, and educated in Denver. He attended the University of Denver for a year, and worked at the Denver Dry Goods Co. until joining the Army in 1940. He served as an artillery officer in the European Theater until 1945. He re-entered the Army in 1947 and served with distinction, receiving the Bronze Star medal during the Korean conflict and several Army commendations and achievement medals before his retirement in 1968.
His hobbies were wood carving and square dancing.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Josephine King; two daughters, Jodi K. Temple of Chester Springs, Pa., and Sara A. King of Edgewater; and one grandchild.
All services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Heart Association, Memorials and Tributes Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.
Mildred Louise Little, 77, a resident of Annapolis since 1953, died Oct. 17, 2002 at the Spa Creek Center, Genesis ElderCare Network, after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Little was born Aug. 6, 1925, in Wilson, N.C. She worked at the former Britt's department store in Parole Plaza from 1964 until its closing and then worked at the former Woodward & Lothrop store until retiring.
She enjoyed travel.
In 1944, she married Jack Little Sr., who died in 1984.
Surviving are two sons, Jack Little Jr. of Annapolis and Michael W. Little of Prince Frederick; one brother, George Mitchell of Annapolis; one sister, Christine Carter of Arnold; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave. Burial is private.
Alma Margaret Lopez, 88, a native and longtime resident of Grasonville, died Oct. 18, 2002 at her home.
Born on March 19, 1914, Mrs. Lopez was the daughter of the late William Alexander and Viola Winifred Parks. She graduated from the former Stevensville High School and from the Middletown Hospital School of Nursing in New York.
On June 18, 1935, she married Jose Modesto Lopez and returned to Grasonville.
Mrs. Lopez was a homemaker and did volunteer work throughout the community as a personal nurse and with the Hospice of Queen Anne's.
She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Grasonville and was the recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Award in 1972 for community service to the sick.
Mr. Lopez died in 1981.
She is survived by one son, William Ricardo Lopez of Grasonville.
Family and friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 106 Shamrock Road, Chester. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Grasonville. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Easton.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Hospice of Queen Anne's Inc., 300 Del Rhodes Ave., Queenstown, MD 21658.
Billy Conrad Melchor, 71, of Arnold and formerly of Pasadena, died of heart failure Oct. 18, 2002 at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a brief illness.
Born Jan. 1, 1931, in North Carolina, Mr. Melchor had lived in Arnold for 25 years. He was a self-employed contractor.
His hobbies were fishing, camping, boating and working on motorcycles.
Survivors include two sons, Wayne Conrad Melchor of Pasadena and Brian Keith Melchor of Annapolis; one daughter, Linda Neighoff of Centreville; four brothers, Howard Melchor of Albuquerque, N. M., Jack Melchor of Los Altos, Calif., Dennis R. Melchor of Baldwin in Baltimore County and Douglas A. Melchor of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; three sisters, Frances Davis of Salisbury, N.C., Jean M. Buccheri of Pasadena and Sonya N. Dwyer of Taneytown; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was married to the late Billie Jean Melchor. He was the father of the late Patsy Ann Melchor Hood and the brother of the late Herbert, Jimmy and Frank Melchor and Gloria McCarthy.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway where the funeral will be at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Meadowridge Memorial Park of Elkridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058 or the Lou Gherig's Disease ALS Association, 15300 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91402.
Connor Sterling Jag Persons, 12, of Stevensville, died of pneumonia, which was related to his cancer, on Oct. 16, 2002 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Connor was born June 19, 1990, in Corpus Christi, Texas, the son of Deirdre Leary Persons and Marine Capt. Keith Allen Persons, who died in 1997.
Growing up in a military family, he lived in numerous places including Texas, Mississippi, California and Nevada, coming to Kent Island in 1997. He was a student at Stevensville Middle School and was active in youth football and soccer. He loved fishing and the outdoors.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Chase L. Persons of the home; and his grandparents, Arthur and Judith Leary of Connecticut and Leah Persons of Colorado.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 tonight at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 106 Shamrock Road, Chester, where services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow. A graveside service at Stevensville Cemetery will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Connor Persons Memorial Fund in care of Queenstown Bank, P.O. Box 120, Queenstown, MD 21658.
Lester Evans "Les" Phipps, 76, a 45-year resident of Edgewater, died of heart failure Oct. 18, 2002 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Mr. Phipps was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Churchton and attended the former Southern High School in Lothian. He served as a fireman 1st class in the Navy from 1946 to 1948.
He worked for 38 years as an engineer at the Naval Academy until retiring in 1983. He then worked as an engineer at St. John's College in Annapolis, retiring again in 2001.
Mr. Phipps was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Bowie and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His interests were gardening and spending time with his family.
Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Phipps, whom he married July 3, 1950; two daughters, Sandra Phipps Keyes of Onancock, Va., and Cheryl Phipps Yff of Annapolis; two sons, David Evans Phipps of Onley, Va., and Dr. Keith Edward Phipps of Ocala, Fla.; and a sister, Elizabeth Howes of Lusby; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was the brother of the late Louise Vittone.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at All Saints Lutheran Church in Bowie. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Saints Lutheran Church, 16510 Mount Oak Road, Bowie, MD 20715 or Oakland United Methodist Church, 5300 Chalk Point Road, West River, MD 20778.
Knut Jardar Aarsand
Knut Jardar Aarsand, revered as a successful, charitable businessman, died Oct. 19, 2002 at his home in Arnold. The cause of death was not available.
The 62-year-old Rugby Hall resident was born in Norway in January 1940, the son of the late Jardar and Gudrun Aarsand. When he was 7 months old the family moved to the United States, settling in Tenafly, N.J.
A graduate of Tenafly High School, he attended Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va., and Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., graduating with a bachelor's degree in history and English in 1961.
In 1967, following service as a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps, he earned a law degree from George Washington University.
In 1966 he became the founder and chairman of Aarsand Management, a franchisee of KFC and Taco Bell Restaurants, and a member of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. In the early 1970s, he became an Anne Arundel County Real Estate broker and in 1982, he developed his first KFC restaurant franchise in Havre de Grace.
Since that time, the company has expanded to include Taco Bell and Pizza Hut franchises operating 56 restaurants in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
He was active throughout his life in civil and charitable affairs. In 1986 he founded the Chief Executive Officers Investment Club and was also a founding board member of the Second National Federal Savings Bank of Annapolis. He was also a member and former director of the Annapolis Rotary Club, a member of the Board of Visitors and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
"I will remember him as a charitable and giving person," said Bill Hancock, business associate and friend. "He was completely committed to the communities where his restaurants are located, helping the Boys and Girls Clubs and Scouts, among others, receive over $100,000 in grants, just in this past year alone."
In 1970, he became a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club and served as chairman of its membership committee.
In 1991 he was named chairman of the USS Annapolis Commissioning Committee, a two-year project culminating with the arrival of the nuclear powered submarine in Annapolis.
Earlier this month, his service to the Annapolis Yacht Club was recognized with the presentation of the Arnold C. Gay Award, conferred on the member who made an outstanding contribution to the club's success.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Clark of Rugby Hall, Arnold; one son, Kurt Aarsand; one daughter, Krista Aarsand Bedford; one brother, Torben Aarsand of Hagerstown; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1120 Spa Road, Annapolis. A memorial service will be held at the Annapolis Yacht Club from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10.
In lieu of flowers, his family has requested that donations be made to the Annapolis Yacht Club Foundation, 2 Compromise St., Annapolis, MD, 21401 or to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Anne Arundel County, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403.