James F. PowellPimlico 'ambassador'James F. Powell, who...


February 09, 1993

James F. Powell

Pimlico 'ambassador'

James F. Powell, who worked at Pimlico Race Course for more than 50 years and was called the track's "Goodwill Ambassador" by the jockeys and dignitaries he chauffeured, died Wednesday at the Liberty Medical Center of heart and kidney failure.

He was 92 and lived on Mayfair Road in Woodlawn.

He retired about five years ago after working at the track for more than 50 years. Among his duties as a chauffeur was driving jockeys, racing figures and Preakness guests to and from Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Several years before his retirement, Pimlico staged Jimmy Powell Day, which included the running of the Jimmy Powell Stakes and other events in celebration of his many years at the track.

He was a former president of the Pulpit Aid at Emmanuel Christian Community Church.

His first marriage, to the former Berdella Smith, ended in divorce. His second wife, the former Lena Mae Christy, died in 1985.

Services were to be conducted at noon today at Emmanuel Christian Community Church, Carrollton Avenue and Lanvale Street.

Mr. Powell is survived by a son, James Powell Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Geneva Kirkland of Baltimore; four sisters, Julia Brown and Ruth Nophlin, both of Baltimore, Erma Hebron of Philadelphia and Dorothy Jackson of Severn; three brothers, Mark, Theodore and Charles Powell, all of Baltimore; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

George M. Riley

CSX executive

George M. Riley, a retired senior assistant vice president for coal traffic for the CSX railroad, died Friday after a heart attack in his car near his home on Flagstone Drive in Woodlawn.

He was 65.

He retired in 1985 in Baltimore, where he had started working for CSX's predecessor, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 37 years earlier.

A native of Relay and a graduate of Catonsville High School, he served in the Navy during World War II.

Services were to be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today at Loring Byers Funeral Directors Inc., 8728 Liberty Road in Randallstown.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Jacqueline Wilson; two daughters, Kathleen M. Hanley of Parkton and Kimberly L. Smithson of Westminster; a sister, Etta R. Riley of Relay; and four grandchildren.

William R. Startt Jr.

Firestone retiree

William R. Startt Jr., a native of Chestertown who worked for the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. for 45 years, died last Wednesday of heart failure at a hospital in Marietta, Ga.

He was 83 and had lived in Marietta for about three years.

He retired nearly 20 years ago in Cherry Hill, N.J., the last of several communities in which he lived since he began working for Firestone as a retail salesman in Baltimore.

Educated in the public schools in Chestertown, he also attended the Johns Hopkins University.

Graveside services were to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at the Chester Cemetery in Chestertown.

His wife, the former Lois Rae Parry, died in 1960.

He is survived by two sons, Craig Raymond Startt and William R. Startt III, both of Marietta; two sisters, Gladys Shafer of Pasadena and Margaret Becker of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Laura E. Steinhilber

Chief phone operator

Laura Elizabeth Steinhilber, who worked as a telephone operator and was active in her church, died Saturday of cancer at her home in Perryville. She was 65.

The former Laura Elizabeth McGuire was a native of Perryville and a 1943 graduate of Perryville High School.

She was a former chief operator for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. in Aberdeen.

Graveside services were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Asbury Cemetery in Port Deposit.

She is survived by her husband, R. Lee Steinhilber; two daughters, Susan G. Steinhilber of Perryville and Carol S. Ross of Lutherville; and two grandchildren.

Ruth Irene Fishpaw

Baltimore native

Ruth Irene Fishpaw, who had lived in Long Green and on the Eastern Shore before moving to Fort Pierce, Fla., 13 years ago, died Sunday at a hospital in Port St. Lucie, Fla. She was 76.

The former Ruth Irene Gesswein was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Towson High School. She lived in Wittman, Talbot County, for about 15 years before moving to Florida.

She had worked as a cashier in a Food Fair branch in Lutherville in the 1950s. She was a member of Wilson United Methodist Church while living in Long Green.

Services for Mrs. Fishpaw were to be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today at Community United Methodist Church in Fort Pierce.

She is survived by her husband, William Thomas Fishpaw; three sons, Jarrett Fishpaw of Lewiston, Idaho; James Fishpaw of Fort Pierce and Jerome Fishpaw of Los Altos, Calif.; a daughter, Joanne Fraser of Los Altos; a brother, Forrest Gesswein Jr. of Parkville; and 11 grandchildren.

Mary C. Burkins


Mary Cornelia Burkins, a homemaker remembered for her soprano voice, died Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of a heart attack. She was 94.

Mrs. Burkins, the former Mary Cornelia Link, was born in Baltimore but lived in Darlington for many years. She was a longtime member of the Old Second Presbyterian Church, where she often was a soloist.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Valley Presbyterian Church, 2200 W. Joppa Road, Lutherville, where she had recently become a member.

Surviving are her daughters, Margaret A. Abbott of Lutherville and Elma M. Schoenberger of Overlea; son, the Rev. C. Roger Burkins of North East; 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

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