Ossie D. KeckCentenarianServices for Ossie D. Keck, a...


April 07, 1991

Ossie D. Keck


Services for Ossie D. Keck, a centenarian who gave much of her time to church work, will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at Sharon Baptist Church, Presstman and Stricker streets.

Mrs. Keck, who lived most of her life on Gold Street in West Baltimore, died Tuesday at a West Baltimore nursing home. She was a few of weeks short of her 101st birthday.

Mrs. Keck had been a member of Fulton Baptist Church for more than 80 years. She taught Sunday school for 40 years and was president of the Senior Missionary Society for more than 30 years.

She was involved in the national women's convention for the Baptist church, and had been its recording secretary, worship committee chairwoman and historian.

She was born Ossie Smith in Virginia and graduated from Douglass High School, where she had taken night classes.

She was a seamstress for a fur outlet on Howard Street many years ago.

Her first husband, David Dilver, died about 30 years ago. Hesecond husband, William M. Keck, died about 20 years ago.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

John Charles Brown

Ex-police sergeant

A Mass of Christian burial for John Charles Brown, a retired Baltimore police sergeant and veteran of World War II, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church, Wilkens Avenue in Southwest Baltimore.

Mr. Brown died of complications from liver disease Friday at his longtime Arbutus home. He was 62.

He joined the Baltimore Police Department as a patrolman in the Southern District back in 1952 and eventually transferred to the communications division before his retirement in 1977.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Brown enlisted at 17 in the Army Corps of Engineers and was assigned to Germany during World War II. He helped in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp before his transfer to the Army Medical Service Corps.

Upon discharge as a corporal, Mr. Brown stayed in the Army Reserve and was reactivated during the Korean War. He served in the United States and was discharged as a staff sergeant in the early 1950s.

Mr. Brown was a horse racing buff and reader of classic literature.

His survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Gladys Cecelia Howe; a daughter, Valerie Kilgallon of Fort Polk, La.; and his mother, Mildred Edna Brown of Baltimore.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Agnes

Hospice Fund, 900 Caton Ave., Baltimore 21229.

Alton A. Davison

English teacher

A memorial service for Alton Austin Davison, who taught English for 17 years at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Roland Park Presbyterian Church, 4801 Roland Ave.

Mr. Davison, who was 64 and lived on the Gilman School campus on Roland Avenue, died Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of complications from emergency surgery to remove blood clots.

He taught at Mergenthaler during the 1960s and 1970s after teaching at schools in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

A native of South Baltimore, Mr. Davison was drafted into the Army during his junior year at Southern High School in February 1945. He returned from the service after the war to graduate in 1947, then received his undergraduate degree from Western Maryland College in 1952.

After working as a parole officer for the state, he served in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division during the 1950s.

Mr. Davison was a summer counselor from 1963 to 1971 at the Hyde Bay Camp in Cooperstown, N.Y. He enjoyed the outdoors, playing golf and reading the poetry of Robert Frost.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, the former Jo Ann Guyton, a librarian at Gilman; two daughters, Ann Davison Farra of Atlantic Beach, Fla., and Blair Curtis Davison of Missoula, Mont.; and a nephew he raised since infancy, Joe Curtis Tribble Guyton III of Baltimore.

The family suggested donations to the Gilman School or to Parkinsonism research at Johns Hopkins Hospital, in care of Dr. Stephen Rich.

Harold L. Ward

Owned accounting firm

Services for Harold L. Ward, who operated a tax and accounting business after serving as secretary-treasurer of the Western Maryland Railway, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Ambrose Funeral Home, 1328 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus.

Mr. Ward, who was 69, died of cancer Thursday at his home on Pleasant Valley Drive in Catonsville.

From 1972 until his retirement at the end of last year, he owned and operated Ward's Tax and Accounting Service in Arbutus.

Earlier, he worked 25 years for the railroad and served as secretary-treasurer before leaving when it was merged into what is now CSX Transportation.

A native of Hamlin, W.Va., who was raised in Meadowbridge, W.Va., he came to Baltimore in 1947 and attended the Johns Hopkins University at night, graduating in 1963.

He served in the Army in Alaska and Europe during World War II.

Mr. Ward was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club, the Rolling Road Golf Club, the Arbutus Community Association and the Arbutus Optimist Club.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.