William N. Gray
Real estate assessor
William N. Gray, a retired real estate assessor, died July 9 at his Towson home after a long illness.
Mr. Gray, who was 69, retired in 1988 after working for about 10 years in Baltimore County for the state Department of Assessments and Taxation.
Earlier, he held sales and real estate posts for Cities Service Oil Co., Tenneco Oil Co. and Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey.
Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Charlotte Hall Military Academy and attended the Johns Hopkins University.
He became a bomber pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was riding as an aerial photographer with another pilot in 1945 when their plane was shot down over France. The crew landed in territory held by the Allies and returned to England.
Mr. Gray was awarded the Croix de Guerre by Charles de Gaulle, who was aboard the ship on which he crossed the English Channel. He later received the Purple Heart for a leg injury.
During the Korean War, he was called to active duty by the Air Force and served in Japan.
His wife, the former Jane Bokee Steuart, whom he married in 1948, died May 13.
He is survived by two daughters, Sally Pettit of Philadelphia and Randall Cutler of Richmond, Va.; two sons, Steuart Gray of New Haven, Conn., and William Nowick Gray Jr., of Argenta, British Columbia; two brothers, Biscoe Lafayette Gray Jr. of Milwaukee, Wis., and James Thomas Gray of Baltimore; a sister, Margaret Biscoe Gray Conklin of Phoenix, Ariz.; and 12 grandchildren.
Private services were planned for Mr. Gray.
Thomas A. Clarke
Former state trooper
Thomas A. Clarke, a former Maryland state trooper and the retired owner of a publication for contractors in Florida, died July 24 after a heart attack at his home in Venice, Fla. He was 72.
Six years ago, he sold the Florida Construction Report, which he had published for many years.
Before moving to Florida from Bel Air 35 years ago, he had been a trooper stationed first at Elkton and then at the Benson Barracks near Bel Air. A native of Baltimore and a graduate of Forest Park High School, he served in the Marine Corps during World War II.
His first wife, Gladys Clarke, died in 1956, and his second wife, Martha Clarke, died 20 years ago.
He is survived by his wife, the former Marjorie Sharp; two daughters, Denise Kline of Bel Air and Deborah Ayres of Street; two stepsons, Thomas and James Sharp of Sarasota, Fla.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Services were Saturday in Venice. The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Hospice of Southwest Florida.
Juliette King-Ankrah, a counselor in the residential department of the Chimes Inc., died July 27 in her sleep at her home on Division Street.
Mrs. King-Ankrah, who was 39, had worked in Washington in 1988 and 1989 at the Hannah House for drug abusers and at the Allen Chapel Outreach Center as a senior citizen service consultant before joining the Baltimore organization, which operates programs for the retarded and disabled.
From 1984 until 1987, she had been a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, teaching and studying at the University of Cape Coast and helping to establish a library in Accra.
She had also served briefly as a volunteer in the African Crossroads to Africa Program in Gambia.
Born in Baltimore, the former Juliette King was a graduate of the Carver Vocational Technical High School and with greatest honors from Coppin State College. She also studied psychology at the Community College of Baltimore and the University of Maryland at College Park. In addition, she attended workshops on counseling in Barbados.
In the mid 1970s, she was an elementary school teacher in Baltimore City. She also worked for a time for the Urban League.
Mrs. King-Ankrah was a member of the New Metropolitan Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Prince Ankrah; her mother, Julia R. King of Baltimore; two brothers, Calvin W. King Jr. of Providence, R.I., and Eric W. King of Baltimore; five sisters, Irelene Frost, Anton Sawyer, Kathy Allen and Andrea King, all of Baltimore, and Carol Morton of Newburgh, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.
Services for Mrs. King-Ankrah were held yesterday at the Emmanuel Christian Community Church.
A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Mary Mercedes Rodriguez, S.S.N.D., who had been sacristan at her order's retirement home in Glen Arm for many years, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel of Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, at 6401 N. Charles St.
Sister Mercedes, who was 89 and lived at Villa Assumpta since 1983, died Tuesday of pneumonia at St. Joseph Hospital.
She retired to the motherhouse when the order closed Villa Maria, the retirement home at Notchcliff on Glen Arm Road, where she had served since 1954 as sacristan in the chapel.
From 1938 until 1952, she worked at St. Vincent's Orphanage in Philadelphia and then for two years at St. Peter's Orphanage in Newark, N.J.
For 10 years before that, she taught primary school classes in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The former Josefa Rodriguez was a native of Cayey, Puerto Rico and entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1923 in San Juan. She attended the College of Notre Dame.
Sister Mercedes is survived by many nieces and nephews.