Priscilla A. MacKie, administratorPriscilla A. MacKie, a...


January 18, 1993

Priscilla A. MacKie, administrator

Priscilla A. MacKie, a retired office administrator, died Jan. 10 at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla., after a seven-year bout with cancer. She was 55.

Mrs. MacKie worked as an office administrator in the Annapolis area from 1979 to the late 1980s for corporations such as Georg International Inc. and Baker Associates.

In the late 1980s, she was president of her own electronics equipment brokerage company, TechChecker, for about three years until she retired in 1990.

Her business matched computer equipment to companies needing specific items.

From 1958 to 1979, she accompanied her husband, an Army warrant officer, on many military and diplomatic assignments throughout Europe and South America.

She moved to Brevard County, Fla., three years ago after living for 10 years in the Anne Arundel County communities of Arnold and Lothian.

She spent her summers as a volunteer in parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

Born in Boston, the former Priscilla Knight graduated from high school there in 1955 and later attended Boston University and the University of Maryland.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, retired Chief Warrant Officer 3 James D. MacKie; a daughter, Maria E. MacKie of Boulder City, Nev.; a son, Robb S. MacKie 2nd of Laurel; her mother, Dorothy H. Knight of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and a brother, Robert A. Knight of West Palm Beach, Fla.

Memorial services were scheduled for noon tomorrow at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Laurel, with interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Leukemia Society of America, 200 E. Joppa Road, Towson 21204.

Dolly B. Thomas

Longtime city resident

Dolly Beatrice Thomas, a longtime resident of Baltimore, died Thursday of heart and kidney complications at Baltimore County General Hospital. She was 63.

A native of Rocks in Harford County, the former Dolly Govans was educated in Harford public schools.

In the 1950s she moved to Baltimore, where she raised her two children. She lived at in the 1700 block of N. Chapel St. before entering the Forest Haven Nursing and Convalescent Home in Catonsville four years ago.

Mrs. Thomas worked at various jobs in the city, including work as a nanny, a clerk in a drug store and a cocktail waitress. A heart condition and high blood pressure forced her to retire in 1962.

"Everyone thought of her as a mother," said Vilisa Williams, a granddaughter. "Everyone called her mom."

Her marriage to the late John V. Thomas ended in divorce in the mid-1970s.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Chestnut Grove A.M.E. Church, 828 Coen Road, in Rocks.

She is survived by a daughter, Beatrice E. Phoenix of Millersville; a son, George E. Thomas of Randallstown; four sisters, Katherine Johnson of Abingdon, Ethel Edwards of Bel Air, Laura Ann Johnson of York, Pa., and Mary Wyche of Bel Air; two brothers, Wallace Govans Jr. of Laurel and Jehu Govans of Jarrettsville; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

John L. Miles

Retired Army colonel

John Lawrence Miles, a retired Army colonel and longtime resident of Bel Air, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 91.

For 32 years, he served in the Army Chemical Corps -- the last three with the Army Chemical Center at Edgewood Arsenal.

Mr. Miles was born and raised in Lexington, Mass., and graduated from Phillips Andover Academy. He received a bachelor of science degree from Dartmouth College and later attended Harvard University.

Mr. Miles served with Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army in Europe during World War II and retired as a colonel in 1957.

He lived in Bel Air for 30 years before moving with his his wife, the former Virginia Liles, to the Edenwald Retirement Center in Towson eight years ago.

Mr. Miles, a 33rd-degree Mason, was a past master of the Simon W. Robinson Lodge in Lexington, Mass., and a member of the Military Order of World Wars. He attended St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Abingdon.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Edenwald.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, John L. Miles Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Martha M. Cote of Towson; and six grandchildren.

Charles Eckels Sr.

Ice cream executive

Charles J. F. Eckels Sr., former vice president and treasurer of the Eckels Ice Cream and Dairy Co., died Thursday of heart failure at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 83.

The Eckels dairy, which opened in 1921, was said to be the first to offer Baltimoreans Popsicles and homogenized chocolate milk. The company closed in 1973, and its assets were sold to Embassy Dairy of Baltimore.

Mr. Eckels was born in Baltimore and graduated from the Polytechnic Institute.

He was a member of the Liberty Lodge of the Masons and the Boumi Temple Shrine.

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