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April 24, 1993

Myrtle L. Faithful

Helped found sorority

Myrtle Lavenia Faithful, who in 1920 helped found the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority at Howard University, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

She was 91 and had lived at the TABCO Towers Apartments in Towson since 1976.

She and a sister, the late Viola Tyler Goings, were among the five women who started the service and social sorority as a sister organization to the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. She was the second national president of the sorority, which has since grown to include at least 550 graduate and college chapters and 75,000 members.

Since coming to the Baltimore area, she had been a member of the Alpha Zeta Chapter, the graduate group in Baltimore.

The former Myrtle Lavenia Tyler was a native of Flushing, Ohio.

After graduating from Howard, she taught mathematics at Bates High School in Annapolis until she returned to Flushing in 1925 and married Roscoe Conklyn Faithful.

She taught eighth-grade mathematics at a school in Cadiz, Ohio, and was a Red Cross volunteer before moving to Jamaica, N.Y., after the death of her husband in 1965.

After moving to Towson in 1976, she joined Grace Presbyterian Church in Baltimore and was a member of the TABCO Towers Council.

Services for Mrs. Faithful were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2604 Banister Road in Northwest Baltimore.

She is survived by two daughters, Geraldine Lavenia Faithful Desbordes of Baltimore and Frances Elaine Faithful of Flint, Mich.; and two grandsons.

Raymond E. Davis

Cook at Cylburn

Raymond E. Davis, a retired cook at the Cylburn Children's Center, died April 17 at Union Memorial Hospital after a stroke.

The 75-year-old Waverly resident retired 13 years ago after 25 years at the state institution.

Earlier, he had been a fork lift operator at Fort Holabird, a stationary engineer at Fort Meade, a maintenance worker for Tongue Brooks & Co., and a cook at an Oriole Cafeteria.

Born in Baltimore and a graduate of Douglass High School, he served in the Navy in Hawaii during World War II. He also served as caretaker and helped to remodel the present quarters of the New Life Missionary Baptist Church.

He was fond of gardening and doing repairs for relatives and friends. A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the new Life Missionary Baptist Church, 1801 N. Bond St., Baltimore, and the family suggested that contributions could be made to the church.

He is survived by his wife, the former Gwendolyn Hughes; three daughters, Camora Coates, Paula Fuller and Jacqueline LaPrade of Baltimore; a brother, Harry Sifford of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

John P. Clark

Clothing executive

John P. Clark, vice president and controller of the Londontown Corp., died Wednesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center after a stroke. He was 63.

Mr. Clark, who lived in Ellicott City, had been with Londontown, a clothing manufacturer in Eldersburg, for 22 years.

In 1969 and 1971, he was controller of Head Ski and Sportswear, and from 1963 until 1969, he worked for the Playtex Corp. in Dover, Del., Georgia and Puerto Rico.

He had earlier worked for the Baugh Chemical Co. and for Fred Gabler & Co., an accounting firm.

A native of Lutherville, he was a graduate of Towson High School and the University of Baltimore, where he earned his accounting degree. He became a certified public accountant in 1961.

For six years, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he was in the Army, earning a commission and serving as an officer in Germany.

He was interested in gardening, fishing, photography, bluegrass music and genealogy.

Services for Mr. Clark were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave. in Catonsville.

He is survived by his wife, the former Christine Larsen; a daughter, Karen Wilkens of Ellicott City; a sister, Deane C. Laycock of Reston, Va.; and a granddaughter.

Evelyn Wienckowski

Data entry manager

Evelyn A. Wienckowski, retired data entry manager for the PHH Group, died Wednesday of cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice. She was 75 and had lived for many years in Owings Mills.

She retired in 1979 after starting with the Hunt Valley-based fleet management company, then Peterson, Howell and Heather, in 1955.

The former Evelyn Vukelich was a native of Mount Olive, Ill., who graduated from a business college in St. Louis before she moved to the Baltimore area in 1937 and went to work for the Social Security Administration.

During World War II, she served part time in the Coast Guard's temporary reserve in Baltimore.

Services for Mrs. Wienckowski were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills.

Her husband, Chester A. Wienckowski, died in 1975.

She is survived by a son, Charles W. Wienckowski of Jarrettsville; two sisters, Mary Green and Kathryn Hrebik, both of Mount Olive; and a grandson.

Oscar W. Kahmer

Retired accounting chief

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