F. Elliott Burch Sr.St. Mary's DemocratF. Elliott Burch...


December 16, 1992

F. Elliott Burch Sr.

St. Mary's Democrat

F. Elliott Burch Sr., chairman of the board of a family petroleum company and a former chairman of the St. Mary's County Commissioners, died Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown after a heart attack.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Burch, who was 83 and lived in Hollywood, was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Mechanicsville.

A Democrat, he served as president of the Board of County Commissioners from 1962 until 1970 and was also a member of the county's Economic Development Commission and of the Tri-County Council, a similar development group for the Southern Maryland counties of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's. He was also a former member of the St. Mary's County Airport Commission.

Born in Mechanicsville, he was a 1925 graduate of the Charlotte Hall Military Academy. He worked for the Meredith Lumber Co. before joining his father just after he started the Burch Oil Co. in 1928.

The company distributes petroleum products, including heating oil and automotive fuels, and owns gasoline stations and associated Burch Mart convenience stores.

At Immaculate Conception Church, he was a member of the building committee and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was a member of the cemetery committee at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Morganza.

He also served on the boards of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, the Charlotte Hall Military Academy and the Cedar Lane Home for the Elderly, where he headed the board and served on the building committee.

In 1932, he married Elizabeth V. Buckler, who died in 1976.

He is survived by his wife of nearly nine years, the former Marie Banks Raley; two sons, F. Elliott Burch Jr. of Mechanicsville and Donald B. Burch of Charlotte Hall; a stepson, Garry Raley of Callaway; a stepdaughter, Sandra Raley of Hollywood; two sisters, Margaret Stephens and Louise Kronlund, both of Mechanicsville; a brother, Samuel B. Burch Jr. of Mechanicsville; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Immaculate Conception Church.

S. Vannort Chapman

Baltimore lawyer

Samuel Vannort "Norty" Chapman, a retired attorney and former secretary of the Maryland State Bar Association, died Friday of heart failure at a veterans hospital in Washington.

Services for Mr. Chapman, 86, were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., Baltimore. He maintained an independent private law practice for many years before his retirement nearly 15 years ago, and served in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s as secretary of the state bar association.

He was a founder and former commodore of the Potapskut Sailing Association and a member of other sailing groups including the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association. He was secretary of the Maryland Historical Society from 1970 to 1976 and a member of the Maritime Committee from its inception.

Mr. Chapman served as secretary of the pension fund of the Baltimore Conference the United Methodist Church from 1949 to 1983. He also was a former president of the Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland and of the Ancient and Honorable Mechanical Company.

During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard and was for a time captain of the port of Miami.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of the Gilman School, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland law school.

Mr. Chapman is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Elizabeth Earle of Baltimore; a daughter, Clare Chapman Schmidt of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice through the Scott Geffen Fund, 6000 Metro Drive, Baltimore 21215, or to the Maritime Committee of the Maryland Historical Society.

Kenneth R. Lee

SSA branch chief

Kenneth R. Lee, a retired branch chief in the Division of Health Insurance Systems in the Social Security Administration, died Sunday of cancer at his home on Airway Circle in Towson.

Services for Mr. Lee, who was 79, were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.

Mr. Lee retired in 1971. He started working at Social Security in 1936, shortly after it was established.

A computer systems analyst, he was sent to Mexico in 1963 to help set up its social security system.

Born in Hartsburg, Ill., he was educated there, in Peoria, Ill., and in Bloomington, Ill., where he graduated from high school and from the nearby Illinois Normal School. He also attended the Coyne Electric School in Chicago.

Mr. Lee served in the Navy during World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Betty Jane Hampson; three daughters, Sandra J. Hertel Serck of Bloomington, Bonnie Lee White of Harrisburg, Pa., and Gail Kershaw of Brockport, N.Y.; a son, Brian R. Lee of Blackfoot, Idaho; a brother, Robert M. Lee of Wichita, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Sister Francis Kelley

Retired teacher

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