S. Glyn EdwardsKent commissionerS. Glyn Edwards, a Kent...


December 22, 1992

S. Glyn Edwards

Kent commissioner

S. Glyn Edwards, a Kent County native and former county commissioner who worked on the water from the Chesapeake Bay to Florida and Nantucket Island in Massachusetts died Saturday of cancer in his hometown of Rock Hall.

Mr. Edwards, 55, was known as "Glynnie" by his friends.

Like his father and grandfather, he "followed the water" nearly all his life.

Known for his wit and energy, Mr. Edwards was a popular charter boat captain who took fishing parties on the bay in his wooden workboat "Candy Bar" in search of rockfish. When he wasn't chartering, he clammed or tonged oysters.

Until the decline in the bay's fishing industry, he used drift nets to catch rock and shad. His favorite fishing areas were close to home off Turner's Creek and Betterton.

He was proud of his Eastern Shore heritage and looked unkindly on those who assailed his honor.

"You could question his judgment, but not his integrity," a friend said of him.

He graduated from Rock Hall High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Later, he was a deputy sheriff in Kent County and in 1970 was elected to one of three seats on the county commission as a Democrat. He was president of the commission for four years and in 1976 held the top post in the Maryland Association of Counties.

While an elected official, Mr. Edwards was active in consulting members of the state General Assembly on matters regarding commercial seafood harvesting in the bay.

If he wanted to get the attention of a particular lawmaker, it was not uncommon for Mr. Edwards to send the individual a muskrat or two as a gift.

He served nearly two full terms on the commission, resigning in 1977 in order to work in Florida as a yacht captain.

He was still a Kent County commissioner when he sailed to Florida, and for a while he participated in weekly commission meetings via telephone.

From Florida, Mr. Edwards moved to Nantucket, where he was harbor master for Nantucket Island until his retirement.

A service was to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at Wesley Chapel Church in Rock Hall.

Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Jacquline Edwards of Nantucket, one daughter, two stepdaughters, two stepsons and a brother.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kent Hospice Foundation of Chestertown or the Wesley Cemetery Fund of Rock Hall.

Nancy Chalker

Ceramics teacher

Nancy Alice Hopkins Chalker, a painter and ceramics teacher who was formerly a licensed practical nurse, died Sunday of heart failure at the Westminster Nursing and Convalescence Center.

Mrs. Chalker, 78, had been living in the nursing home in recent years and was a longtime resident of the 5100 block of Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore

Born and reared in Norfolk, Va., she worked in Baltimore as a home-visiting geriatric nurse in the 1930s until her marriage in 1939 to Lloyd A. Chalker, an insurance agent who died in 1990.

Mrs. Chalker was well-known for her ceramics and paintings of neighborhood and landscape scenes. She also taught pottery in her home for many years.

She was also a ranking amateur duckpin bowler in the 1950s.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Myers Funeral Home, 91 Willis St., Westminster.

Surviving are a son, novelist Jack L. Chalker of Uniontown; a stepson, L. Allen Chalker of Glen Burnie; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and a step-great-granddaughter.

The family suggested donations to the American Heart Association.

Michael C. Dixon

Glenelg High senior

Michael Charles Dixon, a 17-year-old senior at Glenelg High School, died Dec. 19 at his parents' farm in Woodbine.

He was born in the District of Columbia and educated at schools in Kensington, Silver Spring and Glenwood in Montgomery County. He had attended Glenelg High for 3 1/2 years.

He had worked in his family's contracting business, A&A, for three years.

He enjoyed dirt bike racing and golfing.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Dixon is to be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville.

Survivors include his parents, Sharon and Randy Ayersman; two brothers, Larry and Matthew; a sister, Cassandra; and his grandmothers, Loretta L. Carley of Berlin, Md., and Nellie B. Ayersman of San Diego.

The family suggests contributions to Glenelg High School to establish a memorial scholarship. Dorothy Catherine Edel, a homemaker and longtime Carney resident, died late Saturday night at her home.

She was 74 and had been ill with cancer since February.

A native of Baltimore, she grew up in Baltimore and in Parkville.

The former Dorothy Miller married Hughes C. Edel in 1937. They lived in the Hamilton area and Parkville before moving to Carney in 1956.

Mr. Edel, a retired ship superintendent at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. shipyard at Sparrows Point, died in 1987.

Mrs. Edel was an avid gardener and cook. She was known in her neighborhood for her vegetables and flowers. She enjoyed attending ballet and musical productions.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Parkville.

Services for Mrs. Edel were to be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Evans Funeral Chapel, 2325 York Road, Timonium. Burial will be in Parkwood Cemetery.

She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy E. Hardin of the Reisterstown area; and two brothers, Melvin "Bud" Miller and Joseph Miller, both of Parkville.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Stella Maris Hospice program or the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Oncology Support Program.

Donald J. Roop

Retired health official

A Mass of Christian burial for Dr. Donald J. Roop, retired director of the Baltimore County Health Department, was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington.

Dr. Roop died of congestive heart failure Saturday at his home in Towson. He was 76.

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