Dr. Charles WattsRetired dentistDr. Charles Watts, who...


April 26, 1992

Dr. Charles Watts

Retired dentist

Dr. Charles Watts, who retired from dental practice in Baltimore more than 10 years ago, died April 16 at a Philadelphia hospital of pneumonia as a complication of a stroke.

Dr. Watts, who was 92, moved about four years ago to a retirement home in Philadelphia.

A native of Staunton, Va., he was raised in Washington. He practiced for more than 50 years after his 1924 graduation from the Howard University dental school.

A treasurer for many years of the Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, he was a member of the Me-De-So Club, the Chi Delta Mu Fraternity and the National Dental Association, which commended him for his work in 1983. His wife, the former Eula May Wiley, died in 1987.

He is survived by a brother, Frederick P. Watts of Washington; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Tuesday at Macedonia Baptist Church in Baltimore.

Walter R. Mayo

Hereford store owner

Services for Walter R. Mayo, a former school bus driver and store owner in the Hereford area, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Hereford United Methodist Church, 16931 York Road.

Mr. Mayo, who was 80 and lived on Mount Carmel Road in Parkton, died Thursday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center after a heart attack.

He retired in 1957 after becoming a partner in the Ayers and Mayo General Store in Hereford. For about 10 years after that, he drove a school bus for the Carl Whitcraft Bus Co. Earlier, he worked for many years at the E. H. Koester Bakery in Baltimore.

Born in Baltimore, he served in the Army during World War II.

A life member of the Parkton American Legion post, he was also life member and former treasurer of the Hereford Volunteer Fire Company and a former treasurer of the Hereford United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, the former Annetta Keil; a daughter, Janet M. Miller of Parkton; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

Laura Eyler Rappleye

Agricultural researcher

Services for Laura Eyler Rappleye, a retired educator and agricultural researcher, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Memorial Chapel of the University of Maryland College Park.

Mrs. Rappleye, who grew up in Baltimore, died of cancer Tuesday at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. She was 70.

Born in Charlotte, N.C., she moved to Baltimore as a young child. She advanced quickly through school, graduating in 1937 from Western High School at age 15.

She then became one of the youngest students and one of a very few women admitted to the University of Maryland college of agriculture. She received a bachelor of science degree in botany in 1941.

During World War II, she taught a variety of subjects in the St. Mary's County school system. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, she lived in College Park and worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Beltsville research center.

From 1962, she taught biology to students at DuVal and Parkdale High schools in Prince George's County. After her retirement in 1977, she moved from College Park to South Bethany Beach, Del.

In the early 1940s, she married Robert D. Rappleye. He died in 1986.

She was a former Girl Scout leader and past president of the College Park branch of the American Association of University Women.

She is survived by a son, Robert D. Rappleye II of Ocean City; a daughter, Lauralee Rappleye-Marsett of New Castle, Del.; two brothers, George M. Eyler of Pikesville and John D. Eyler Jr. of North Palm Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

The family suggests contributions to the American Association of University Women, Georgetown branch local scholarship fund, 209 W. 11th St., South Bethany Beach, Del. 19930.

Edwin S. Platz

Retired sales manager

Services for Edwin S. Platz, a retired Morton Salt Co. sales manager, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Mr. Platz, who lived in Hamilton for most of his life, died Friday at Union Memorial Hospital after a long battle with emphysema. He was 87.

He was born in Baltimore and attended Polytechnic Institute. He held various jobs, including one driving a delivery truck for the Coca-Cola Co. in Baltimore. In the 1930s, Mr. Platz took a job as a salesman with the Morton Salt Co. He stayed with the company until 1966, when he retired as an area sales manager.

About 1930, he married the former Adeline North, who died in 1982.

He was the Scoutmaster for many years of Boy Scout Troop 91 at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton. He did other volunteer work, including playing banjo and guitar and driving for the Indoor Sports, a group for the handicapped; playing for shut-ins at Francis Scott Key Medical Center; and driving for Meals on Wheels.

He is survived a daughter, Janice P. Funk of Hamilton; one grandson; and one great-grandson.

Julia Goldbach Strong

Child care volunteer

A Mass of Christian burial for Julia Goldbach Strong, a child care volunteer, will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Nativity, 1800 Vista Lane, Lutherville.

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