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January 16, 1993

Rev. B. Finney Bragg

Baptist minister

The Rev. B. Finney Bragg, a Baptist minister in Maryland for a half-century, died of a heart attack Dec. 12 at his home in Brooklyn. He was 76.

Mr. Bragg was the pastor of Highlands Baptist Church on Illinois Avenue in Baltimore Highlands at the time of his death.

The son of a traveling salesman and known to friends and family as Finney, Mr. Bragg was born in Midland, Ark., and reportedly weighed only a pound and a half at birth.

"That whole town worked to keep him alive," said Ethel Bragg, the minister's wife, who followed her husband to churches across Maryland for 52 years.

During World War II, Mr. Bragg worked as a civilian for the Department of the Navy in Washington. At the same time, he worked as a Baptist field missionary responsible for three churches in Western Maryland.

After the war, he earned his master's degree in theology at a seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

In 1948, he became pastor of a church in Baldwin and later led Baptist congregations in Catonsville, Ellicott City, Arbutus and LaVale.

He was pastor of the First Church of Lansdowne from 1972 until 1988, when he was named chaplain of the Helping Up Mission, a rescue shelter for homeless men in Baltimore. Mr. Bragg held the pastorate in Baltimore Highlands for the last four years.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ethel Ashby; a son, Gilbert Thomas Bragg of Austin, Texas; and a grandson.

Services were conducted Dec. 14 in Baltimore.

Robert Wilder

Engineer, entrepreneur

Robert Holmes Wilder, a longtime Baltimore resident who operated a company that installed and repaired incinerators, died Oct. 23 of a massive stroke at Cape Cod Hospital in Massachusetts. He was 92.

Born in Vermont, he was educated in schools in Montpelier and also attended the University of Vermont and Dartmouth College.

Mr. Wilder was a distributor for the Plibrico Co. of Chicago, which distributed materials used to line industrial furnaces. In 1940, he was promoted to chief engineer.

After World War II, he took over the distributorship in Baltimore, where he lived for more than 35 years until his retirement in 1969. That same year, he started Robert H. Wilder Inc., a company that installed and repaired incinerators for hospitals.

He sold the business in 1976 and moved to Cape Cod. He then became a consultant to the businesses that he served as a distributor and as owner of his company until blindness forced him to retire completely in 1983.

Services will be conducted in Vermont in the spring.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, the former Verne Elaine Edson of Cape Cod; a son, Cornelius Perrin Wilder of Framingham, Mass.; a daughter, Gail Wilder Beutel of New Canaan, Conn.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Robert A. Miller

Owned contracting firm

Robert A. Miller, the owner of Bob Miller Inc., a contracting firm, died Wednesday of a heart attack at North Arundel Hospital. He was 53.

The Hanover resident had lived in Severn for 30 years.

The former Anne Arundel County deputy sheriff was a member of Glen Burnie Baptist Church, the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Department and the Glen Burnie Moose.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Marie Miller; two sons, Vernon Miller of Taylors, S.C., and Edward Miller of Severn; five daughters, Diane Miller of White Marsh, Deborah Miller of Westminster, Pam Miller of Severna Park, Sandra Miller of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Pamela Dawn of Ellicott City; his mother, Lillian Hopkins of Glen Burnie; and 10 grandchildren.

Services were to be held at 1 p.m. today at the Glen Burnie Baptist Church, 7524 Old Stage Road.

The family suggest memorial contribution to the Glen Burnie Baptist Church.

Katherine Wimbish

Baltimore native

Katherine G. Wimbish, a native of Baltimore who lived in

Greensboro, N.C., from 1940 until 1970, and then in Merritt Island, Fla., died Monday of cancer at a nursing home in Greensboro. She was 80.

The former Katherine "Kitty" Gibson was a graduate of Forest Park High and the Baltimore Business College. She had been active as a Red Cross volunteer in North Carolina and Florida. Her husband, Howard S. Wimbish Jr., died in 1985.

Services were held Thursday.

She is survived by two daughters, Katherine Paschal of Greensboro and Carol Jensen of Roanoke, Va.; and three grandsons.

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