ELDERSBURG — Ronald Lee "Skip" Skipper, 51, died Thursday at Baltimore County General Hospital. He was the son of Hunter Skipper of Alabama and Catherine Windham of Ferndale. He was the husband of Sharon S. Skipper. He had worked as a meat cutter at Basics Food Store and was a member of the East Coast Cruisers Car Club. In addition to his wife and parents, survivors include a son, Hunter Skipper of Sykesville; sisters, Rachel Skipper of Florida and Ellen Monk of Alabama; and two grandchildren. The family requests memorial contributions to Carroll Hospice, 23Carroll St., Westminster.
Clyde M. Esworthy, 92, died Monday at Carroll County General Hospital. Retired from the Howard County Roads Department, he also had been a farmer. Surviving are sisters, Corrie E. Cavey of Ellicott City and Margaret Justice of Randallstown.
Lucille B. Stone, 95, a former resident here, died Wednesday at Carroll Lutheran Village. She was the wife of the late Robert R. Stone Sr. She wasa member of the Uniontown United Methodist Church and the Taneytown Homemakers Club. Survivors include sons, Robert R. Stone Jr. of Tennessee, Harmon B. Stone of Edgemere, Henry D. Stone of Georgia and Howard E. Stone of Somerset County; daughters, Virginia and Marion Stone,both of Florida, and Vivian S. Michael of Boonsboro; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
L. Earl Griswold, 71, died Thursday at his home. He was the husband of Lura Crary Griswold. Known to students and faculty as "Dr. G.," he had retired from Western Maryland College, where he was the chairman of the sociology department. During World War II, he had served as a bomber pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force. An active member of Westminster United Methodist Church, he was on the executive board of Global Ministries, and was working with volunteers for the Russian Food Relief Lift. He and his wife coordinated Volunteers in Mission of the United MethodistChurch. A former developer, he also started Swissvale Dairy Farms here. In addition to his wife, survivors include children, Linda G. Lawson and David C. Griswold, both of here, and Steven E. Griswold of Georgia; sister, Beulah Eddy of Pennsylvania; and five grandchildren. Services are at 2 p.m. today at his church, 165 E. Main St. The familyrequests memorial contributions to the church.
W. Victor Gragg, 64, died Monday at Carroll County General Hospital. He was the husbandof Betty Long Gragg and the father of the late Gerald W., Cheryl J. and Simpson F. Gragg. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served as a mechanic. Before his retirement, he worked at Bethlehem Steel inBaltimore. In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Mary G. DeBaufre of Carney and Diane M. Gragg of Baltimore; sister, IvyL. Gragg of West Virginia; and two grandsons. The family requests memorial contributions to the Maryland Arthritis Foundation, 3 Lan Lea Drive, Lutherville, Md. 21093.
Earl H. Coleman, 82, died Monday atthe Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center. He was the husband of Doris King Bartholomee Coleman. A retired pressman for Waverly Inc. of Baltimore, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He also volunteered at Carroll County General Hospital. Additional survivors includedaughters, Jeannette C. Turlington of Linthicum and Elaine C. Breitenbach of Hampstead; and four grandchildren. The family requests memorial contributions to Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. MainSt.