Edward S. Duvall Sr.Former engineerEdward Skipper Duvall...


August 11, 1993

Edward S. Duvall Sr.

Former engineer

Edward Skipper Duvall Sr., a retired engineering technologist, died Saturday after a heart attack at his home in Bridgeville, Del.

Mr. Duvall, who was 75, moved to Delaware from Anne Arundel County after his retirement in 1964 from the Westinghouse Electric Corp. plant at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

He had worked there for seven years and at earlier periods at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; at Geraldine Ltd., a marine research company in Shady Side; and at American Instrument Co. and TODD Mechanics, both in Silver Spring.

In the early 1950s, he also operated Duvall's General Store at the intersection of Defense Highway and Crownsville Road at Lusby Crossroads.

Born in Baltimore and reared in the Annapolis area, Mr. Duvall was a graduate of Annapolis High School. He also studied at the Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore, at the old Maryland Institute on Market Place in Baltimore, and at George Washington University in Washington.

In his retirement, Mr. Duvall, who was fond of both wood and metal work, restored antique clocks and designed and built furniture and looms.

He was also a former lay reader at St. Paul's Episcopal Chapel in Crownsville.

Services were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Crownsville.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Jane Weakley; two sons, Edward Skipper Duvall Jr. of Salisbury and Roy Cleveland Duvall of Crofton; two daughters, Cynthia Jean Duvall Hess of Hanover, Pa., and Ann Mareen Duvall Edwards of Columbia; a brother, Grover Cleveland Duvall Jr. of Severna Park; five sisters, Mary Vivian Duvall Brennan of Baltimore, May Virginia Duvall Morgan of Annapolis, Dr. Arline Marie Duvall and Dorothy Ellen Duvall, both of Gambrills, and Muriel Ann Duvall Alsobrook of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and four granddaughters.

Cora E. Grap

Worked for publisher

Cora E. Grap, a retired publishing company worker, died Saturday at the University of Maryland Medical Center after a stroke.

Mrs. Grap, who was 71 and lived in Millersville, retired in 1985 from Waverly Press after 30 years in the bindery and engraving department.

She was a member of the Harundale Presbyterian Church.

The former Cora E. Hood was a native of Baltimore. Her husband of 37 years, James W. Grap, died in 1975.

Services were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., in Glen Burnie.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis J. Grap of Millersville and Bill A. Grap of Annapolis; a daughter, Margaret A. Marcheterre of Glen Burnie; two sisters, Mae Hong of Glen Burnie and Shirley Gerecht of Baltimore; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Robert E. Sherman

Retired USDA official

Robert E. Sherman, who retired at the beginning of May as deputy director of the office of budget and program analysis for the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Severna Park.

Mr. Sherman, who was 57 and a certified public accountant, had worked for accounting firms in Baltimore for a short time before starting his career with the federal government in 1960.

After assignments with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Agriculture, Commerce and Transportation departments, he returned to Agriculture in 1976 as director of the Budget and Finance Division of the Agricultural Research Service before assuming his final position in 1982.

He was honored by the government with a number of awards and certificates of appreciation for his work. He was a member of the Maryland Association of Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Government Accountants and the Association of Budget and Program Analysts.

Born in Baltimore and reared in Catonsville, Mr. Sherman was a graduate of Catonsville High School and, in 1958, of the University of Baltimore. He also earned a master's degree at George Washington University.

He served as treasurer of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road, Severna Park, where a memorial service was to be conducted at 3 p.m. today.

Mr. Sherman is survived by his wife, the former Pearl E. Taska; a daughter, Anne M. Messick of Annapolis; and a son, William M. Sherman of Westminster.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Our Shepherd Lutheran Church or to the USDA Child Care Foundation at the Department of Agriculture in Washington.

Donald J. Wells

Family owned liquor store

Donald J. Wells, who had been a partner in a York Road liquor store, died Sunday of a respiratory illness at a hospital in Lewes, Del.

Mr. Wells, who was 76 and had lived full time at Rehoboth Beach for nearly eight years, retired about 20 years ago as a partner with his brother in Wells Liquors on York Road -- a business that had been started by his parents.

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