Tong SooHooOwned carryout shopsTong SooHoo, who owned...


October 25, 1992

Tong SooHoo

Owned carryout shops

Tong SooHoo, who owned carryout shops in Baltimore from the early 1940s until she retired about 10 years ago, died Monday of heart failure at Baltimore County General Hospital.

Services for Mrs. SooHoo, who was 87 and lived on Wild Cherry Road in Randallstown, were conducted yesterday at Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Park Avenue and Monument Street.

She operated the Hong Kong Restaurant in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. from the 1940s until the 1960s, when she became the owner of the House of Seto in the 5200 block of Reisterstown Road.

She operated the businesses and reared her family by herself because her husband, Gong SooHoo, who died in 1970, was ill.

The former Ang Soy Gin was a native of the Canton, China, area, and though they were married in 1923, she was unable to join her husband in this country until 1940, settling first in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Mrs. SooHoo was a volunteer in Chinese community programs at Grace and St. Peter's Church.

She is survived by two sons, Victor SooHoo of New Rochelle, N.Y., and W. Joseph SooHoo of Springfield, Pa.; two adopted sons, Donald SooHoo of Baltimore and Robert SooHoo of New York City; two daughters, Vicki Jean Wong of Oakland, Calif., and Helen Hayman of Nashua, N.H.; two sisters, one in Canton and one in Hong Kong; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Russell E. Eaton, a retired produce inspector who worked as a professional photographer, died Sunday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications after heart surgery.

A memorial service for the 84-year-old Caton House Apartments resident will be conducted at 3 p.m. today at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 5602 Johnnycake Road.

He retired in 1970 after 41 years as an inspector for the Railroad Perishable Inspection Agency, checking cargoes of produce as they were delivered.

His career as a commercial photographer began as a hobby and continued until the late 1970s. For about 10 years after he ended his career in photography, he worked as an agent for Grempler Realty Inc.

The native of Chanute, Kan., served as an usher and as an adult Bible class teacher at the Wesley United Methodist Church. A member of the Palestine Lodge of the Masons, he was a former president of the Young at Heart Club at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Milford Mill area and studied wood carving at the Catonsville Senior Center.

His first wife, the former Ruth L. Hopkins, died in 1955; a son, Ronald Eaton of Basking Ridge, N.J., died June 11, and a stepdaughter, Constance Vail of Rochester, N.Y., died Sept. 26.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lucille V. Cronk; a daughter, Marilyn Hooper of Centreville; three stepdaughters, Marlene Horn of Rochester, N.Y., Carol Wilson of Abingdon and Susan Herreld of Bel Air; two brothers, Harold Eaton of St. Louis, and Eugene Eaton of Belleville, Ill.; 21 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions could be made to the American Heart Association.

Mary Y. Griggs


Mary Y. Griggs, 31, a West Baltimore cosmetologist, died Thursday of a heart attack at the University of Maryland Hospital.

Services for Mrs. Griggs, who lived in West Baltimore for 10 years, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Gethsemane Spirit Temple, 3602 Gwynn Oak Ave.

She was a cosmetologist for 10 years at her mother's shop, Evelyn's House of Beauty, on Monroe Street near North Avenue.

Born in Baltimore, Mrs. Griggs was a 1977 graduate of Walbrook High School, where she was a varsity cheerleader.

She is survived by her husband of nine years, William Briggs; her parents, Evelyn Longus and Robert Longus Sr.; her brothers, Robert Longus Jr., Linwood Longus, Timothy Longus and Aaron Longus; and her sisters, Arlene and Charlene Longus. All are of West Baltimore.

The family suggests contributions to Gethsemane Sprit Temple, 3602 Gwynn Oak Ave., Baltimore 21215.

Ralph J. Smith


Ralph J. Smith, 80, a retired secondary school administrator and a former Army officer, died Wednesday of multiple strokes at the Keswick nursing home in Hampden.

Services for Mr. Smith, a resident of the West Baltimore neighborhood of Ashburton for 28 years, will be held at noon tomorrow at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 2110 Madison Ave.

Mr. Smith worked for the city schools for 21 years, starting in 1956 as a mathematics teacher and department chairman at Dunbar High School. In 1968, he became an assistant principal at Douglass High School. During his last year before retirement in 1977, he served as assistant principal at Patterson High School.

Born in Miller's Ferry, Ala., he received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Knoxville College in Tennessee in 1934.

He began his teaching career in 1935 in Alabama.

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