William H. TolsonQueen Anne's treasurerWilliam H. Tolson...


July 20, 1992

William H. Tolson

Queen Anne's treasurer

William H. Tolson, Queen Anne's County treasurer and a longtime clothing store owner and volunteer firefighter, died yesterday of cancer at Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 66.

Services for Mr. Tolson will be held tomorrow at Centreville United Methodist Church in Centreville.

From 1982 until his death, Mr. Tolson, a registered Democrat and resident of Centreville, served as treasurer for Queen Anne's County.

Before his election to the county post, he had been elected to three terms as town commissioner for the Centreville Town Council between 1971 and 1982.

For 27 years until his retirement in 1989, he owned and operated Tolson His and Hers store in Centreville. The shop, which Mr. Tolson closed when he retired, sold men's and women's apparel.

Mr. Tolson donated time to the Goodwill Fire Co. for 43 years until his death. While with the company, a volunteer fire unit that serves the Centreville area, he worked in several executive positions, including president and treasurer, an office he held for more than 20 years. He also had been an assistant chief and company engineer, and in 1954, was a part of its first ambulance crew.

Serving as the fire company's treasurer in 1989 enabled him to say he held the same office his great-grandfather, Wrightson Lowe, had occupied 100 years earlier.

Mr. Tolson was a member of the Centreville United Methodist Church, the Centreville Lodge No. 180 A. F. and A. M., the Queen Anne's Historical Society and the Prospect Bay Country Club.

Mr. Tolson is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Dorothy Lee Ferrick; two daughters, Diana Dee Tolson and Deborah Tolson Downes, both of Centreville; a brother, James Carville Tolson of Louisville, Colo.; a sister, Mary Grace Ridgely of Chester, Md.; and three grandchildren.

The family has suggested memorial contributions to the United Methodist Memorial Fund, Centreville 21617, or the Queen Anne's chapter of the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 132, Queenstown 21658.

Thomas W. Ford

Retired nurse

Thomas W. Ford, a retired nurse at the Perry Point Veterans Hospital, died Monday at the Union Hospital in Elkton after a stroke.

A memorial service for Mr. Ford, who was 74 and lived in Elkton, was held Wednesday at St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church in North East.

He retired in 1988 after working 42 years at the hospital.

A native of Wallingford, Conn., Mr. Ford was reared in Tarrytown, N.Y. He was a graduate of the nursing school at the Rockland State Hospital in New York and had a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

He was a former master of the Susquehanna Lodge of the Masons, a member of the Scottish Rite and the Conowingo Scottish Rite Club and of Boumi Temple and the Susquehanna Shrine Club. He was a former president of the Shrine Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Jane Fritz; two sons, John A. Ford of Perry Point and Thomas R. Ford of Columbia, Ill.; a daughter, Roberta J. Ford of North East; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions to the Transportation Fund of Boumi Temple or to the Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children could be made through the Patterson Funeral Home, Post Office Box 188, Perryville, Md. 21903.


L. Brenton Hemp

Retail banking officer

L. Brenton Hemp, a retail banking officer at First National Bank of Maryland, died Thursday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center after a massive heart attack following leg surgery.

The Baltimore native was 63.

Mr. Hemp had worked in banking since 1948 and had been at First National for the past 17 years. He had been on a disability leave for the past year.

He was a member of Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church in Riderwood for 30 years and had sung in the choir.

Mr. Hemp is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Doris Joy; and a son, Michael Scott Hemp, both of Lutherville.

Private services were held Friday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home.

The family suggested memorial contributions could be sent to Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church, 1909 Old Court Road, Baltimore 21204.

Vernon H. Seth

Continental Can engineer

Services for Vernon H. Seth, a retired Continental Can Co. engineer, will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Nutter Funeral Homes, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

Mr. Seth, who lived in Walbrook, died Thursday of cancer at University Hospital. He was 67.

He retired last year after working as a stationary engineer at Continental Can for 22 years.

Mr. Seth was born and reared in Canton. He was a graduate of Dunbar High School and received a bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1959.

He served in the Navy in the Pacific from 1942 to 1946.

Mr. Seth was an amateur boxer while in the Navy and played football and baseball in high school.

Mr. Seth refurbished homes and was working on two in Canton when he died.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Geraldine Johnson; a son, Juan R. Seth of Woodlawn; two daughters, Gail S. Ennis of Columbia and Sharman M. Seth of Walbrook; and two granddaughters.

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