George E. Luttrell Jr.
Western Electric engineer
George E. Luttrell Jr., a retired PHOTOindustrial engineer for Western Electric Co., died Wednesday of respiratory failure at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson.
The 71-year-old Towson resident retired in 1983 after working for 42 years at 1978 Western Electric's Broening Highway plant.
He attended Baltimore City College and earned his bachelor's degree in 1960 from the McCoy College of the Johns Hopkins University.
During World War II, he served in the 4th Marine Division at Iwo Jima and Saipan in the Pacific.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Loch Raven United Methodist Church, 6622 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Ardith Hash of Towson; a son, Gary G. Luttrell of Baldwin; two daughters, Gail A. Habicht and Karen A. Luttrell, both of Carney; two sisters, Georgia L. Williams and Ruth E. Harvey, both of Towson; a brother, Neale A. Luttrell of Perry Hall; and six grandchildren.
The family suggested donations to Loch Raven United Methodist Church.
Helen Elizabeth Mercer, a resident of Round Bay since 1951 and member of the Severn River Garden Club, died Sept. 3 of congestive heart failure at the Meridian Nursing Center-Severna Park.
Mrs. Mercer, who was 84, was a flower gardener. She also sewed hooked rugs and made copies of antique mahogany furniture in doll house scale.
The former Helen Elizabeth Thomas was born and reared in Belhaven, N.C., and lived from 1932 until 1951 in Philadelphia.
Her husband, Ford N. Mercer, who died in 1974, was a marine surveyor who checked the condition of ships in Baltimore and earlier in Philadelphia.
A memorial service for Mrs. Mercer was to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 110 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena.
She is survived by a daughter, Jo-Ann Intlekofer of Severna Park; two sons, John Nicholas Mercer of Houston and Bruce Allen Mercer of Albuquerque, N.M.; and six grandsons.
Dora T. Hicks
Active in the church
Dora T. Hicks, an active church woman and for 30 years co-owner of a West Baltimore dry-cleaning business, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at Liberty Medical Center in Baltimore.
She and her husband, the late Rev. Leonard E. Hicks, owned and operated Kitty Kleaners, a dry-cleaning establishment they founded in 1944 and sold in 1974. Mr. Hicks was pastor of the Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore.
Mrs. Hicks was born in Long Beach, Miss., and was educated in public schools there. She came to Baltimore in 1931 and worked as a domestic. In 1936, she married Mr. Hicks, who died in 1990.
She was active in the affairs of Greater New Hope Baptist Church, where she was a missionary.
There will be a viewing at 2 p.m. today at the Albert P. Wylie Funeral Home, 638 N. Gilmor St., and at 2 p.m. tomorrowat the Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 2720 W. North Ave. A wake will be conducted at 6 p.m. followed by services.
She is survived by four nieces, Barbara J. Williams, Beverly A. Alston, M. Dora Stokes, all of Baltimore, and Laura Taylor, of Long Beach, Miss.; and three nephews, Otis Jackson, Ralph Jackson and Ronald Jackson, all of Baltimore.
A memorial service for Baltimore-born science teacher Anthony T. Toston was conducted Aug. 25 on the tennis courts of Summit High School in Frisco, Colo., where he died of a heart attack while playing tennis four days earlier. He was 56.
Mr. Toston had taught biology and advanced sciences at the school for more than 20 years before retiring in 1990.
Mr. Toston was reared in Overlea, where he received his early education at St. Michael's School. He later attended Hamilton Junior High School and was a 1955 graduate of City College.
He attended the University of Maryland on a wrestling scholarship and earned his degree in animal husbandry in 1959.
After graduating from college, he served in the United States in the Army until 1963. He enrolled at Colorado State University and in 1967,earned a master's in biology, specializing in fresh water marine life.
"His hobby was Mad magazine," recalled his sister, Betty Bond of Baltimore. "He loved reading and collecting them. However, his greatest love was tennis."
Mr. Toston also is survived by two brothers, William G. Toston of Apopka, Fla., and John R. Toston of Friendsville; and two other sisters, Mary Ann Harvey of Huntsville, Ala., and Tilby DeValk of Prescott, Ariz.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Tony Toston Scholarship Fund, Summit High School, P.O. Box 7, Frisco, Colo. 80443.
Robert L. Mayall
Robert L. Mayall, who had been a PHOTOreporter for The Sun and later a New York business consultant and more recently an author and lecturer on history, died Aug. 26 after a heart attack at his Baltimore home.
The 67-year-1990 old North Calvert Street resident was born and reared in New York and worked for the Baltimore newspapers from 1952 until 1957.