HAMPSTEAD — The Rev. Wilbert H. "Bert" Benz Jr., 47, died Monday at the Lexington Medical Center in Kentucky of complications from leukemia. Born in Florida, he was the son of Wilbert H. Benz Sr. and Martha Milton McLaughlin, both of Florida. He was the husband of Linda Hewett Benz. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as pastor of Faith BaptistChurch here. Since 1970, he also served on various committees of theBaptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware and was director of evangelism of the Central Baptist Association of Southern Baptist Churches. He was chairman of the Carroll County Advisory Council on Mental Health and Addictions and founded counseling programs. In addition to his wife and parents, survivors include daughters, Shannon and LaurenBenz, both of home; stepparents, Ella and Delbert McLaughlin; brother, Robert Benz of Florida; sister, Ruth C. McCall of Kansas; maternalgrandparents, Francis and Nell Burton of Florida; and several stepbrothers and stepsisters. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Westminster Baptist Church, 354 Crest Lane. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main St. The family requests memorial contributions to the Faith Baptist Church Building Fund, 2703 High View Drive, here.
Nulda M. Blankenship, 83, died Sunday at Longview Nursing Home. She was the wife ofthe late Leo Blankenship. She was a retired waitress. Surviving are sisters, Edith M. Brooks of Finksburg and Ethel Matthews of here. A funeral liturgy will be at 8 p.m. today at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapelin Manchester, where friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Marguerite L. "Maggie" Bupp, 81, died Saturday at her home. She had retired from a position at a sewing factory. Survivors include a son, Robert E. Kline of here; sisters, Violet Stambaugh and Beatrice Ketterman; and brother, Curtis Bupp, all of York, Pa.; and two grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel here.
Gary Reed Phillips, 43, died Thursday at his home. He was the son of Barbara B. Phillips of Frederick County and the late Calvin L. Phillips. He was the husband of Mary A. Gibbs. He served in the U.S. Navy following his graduation from Westminster High School. He worked as a forklift operator at McGregor Printing. In addition to his wife and parents, survivors include children, Kimber Lee Phillips of Pennsylvania, Kristopher M. Phillips and Karyn E. Phillips, both of here; brother, Michael L. Phillips of Frederick; and sisters, Susan G. Michael and Carol L. Pearcy, both of Frederick County.