Rev. Wilbert Benz Jr.Faith Baptist founderServices for the...


August 22, 1991

Rev. Wilbert Benz Jr.

Faith Baptist founder

Services for the Rev. Wilbert H. Benz Jr., founder of Faith Baptist Church of Hampstead who died Monday at the Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, Ky., where he was being treated for leukemia, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Westminster Baptist Church, 354 Crest Lane, Westminster.

Mr. Benz, who was 47 and known as "Bert," is survived by his wife, the former Linda Hewett; two daughters, Shannon and Lauren Benz, both of Hampstead; his father and stepmother, Ella and Wilbert H. Benz Sr. of Brandon, Fla.; his mother and stepfather, Martha and Delbert McLaughlin of Odessa, Fla.; a brother, Robert Benz of Gainesville, Fla.; a sister, Ruth Carol McCall of Ozawkie, Kan.; a half sister, Marla McLaughlin of Huntsville, Ala.; three stepbrothers, Navy Capt. Charles McLaughlin of Puerto Rico, Gillespie Nelson of Sharon Springs, N.Y., and Bill Nelson of Nashville, Tenn.; four stepsisters, Dr. Elaine McLaughlin of St. Petersburg, Fla., Billie Mannheimer of Pittsburgh, Jody Osborn of New Caanan, Conn., and Polly Watkins of Summerfield, N.C.; and his maternal grandparents, Francis and Nell Burton of Odessa.

George T. Ness Jr.

Lawyer, history teacher

Services for George T. Ness Jr., a lawyer and a history teacher at the Polytechnic Institute for many years, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Charles Street and Melrose Avenue.

Mr. Ness, who was 85, died Tuesday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center after breaking his hip a week earlier in a fall at his home on Regester Avenue in the Anneslie area.

He retired in 1965 after teaching at Poly for 37 years, but continued to practice law, specializing in wills and estates.

A founder of the Civil War Round Table of Baltimore, now known as the Baltimore Round Table of American Military History, he was also the author of a published book, "The Regular Army on the Eve of the Civil War."

He was a founder of the committee for the Maryland Union Room, a museum collection now housed at the 5th Regiment Armory and a member of the Loyal Order of the Legion.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland law school.

He is survived by his wife, the former Catherine Pratt, and a sister, Elizabeth N. Grubb of Baltimore.

Thelma C. Sawyer

Was nurse in Hamilton

Thelma Caldwell Sawyer, who served as the nurse in her husband's medical office for many years, died Saturday of cancer at her home in the Hampton House Apartments in Towson.

Mrs. Sawyer, who was 85, had worked with her husband, Dr. George J. Sawyer Jr., for many years before his retirement from the general practice of medicine in Hamilton in 1976.

The former Thelma Caldwell was a native of Marietta, Ohio, who came to Baltimore to attend the University of Maryland nursing school, from which she graduated in 1933. She and her husband lived in Islip, N.Y., for a time in the mid-1930s.

Mrs. Sawyer was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

In addition to her husband of 58 years, her survivors include two sons, George J. Sawyer III of Charlotte, N.C., and Robert C. Sawyer of Santa Monica, Calif.; a sister, Ruth Caldwell of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a brother, Robert Caldwell also of St. Petersburg; and five grandchildren.

Private services are planned.

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