Thomas O'Farrell IIIJemicy School studentThomas "T. R...

December 06, 1993

Thomas O'Farrell III

Jemicy School student

Thomas "T. R" O'Farrell III, an elementary school student and Boy Scout, died Friday night after being struck by an automobile while delivering citrus fruit near Littlestown Pike and Silver Run Road, north of Westminster.

The boy -- an only child -- was struck about 5 p.m. in the 4300 block of Littlestown Pike, about eight miles north of Westminster, when he ran in front of a southbound car. His father was waiting for him nearby.

He died later the same night at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. Police said no charges were filed against the driver.

The oranges and grapefruit he was delivering were part of a fund-raiser for Boy Scout troop No. 381, sponsored by the First United Presbyterian Church in Westminster.

"T. R", who was 11, was a student at the Jemicy School in Owings Mills. Sue Fagan of Finksburg, his teacher at Jemicy, which does not have grade levels, called him "wonderfully creative and imaginative."

"He looked for creative solutions to everything," Ms. Fagan said. "He was an an inventor, always trying to figure things out. We all called him the little big-man. This little kid had amazing thoughts and vocabulary."

"T. R", as he was known by friends and family, was named after his late grandfather, Thomas R. O'Farrell, a former member of the Maryland General Assembly.

He was born in Baltimore, but had lived all of his life in Westminster, where he belonged to St. John Catholic Church in Westminster with his family.

Survivors include his father, Thomas R. O'Farrell Jr., and mother, Roma D. Honeycutt O'Farrell, and a grandmother, Gertrude O. O'Farrell, all of Westminster. The family operates an auction firm in Westminster.

A Christian wake service is planned for 8:30 p.m. today at Thomas D. Fletcher & Son Funeral Home, 254 E. Main St., Westminster. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. John Catholic Church, Monroe St., Westminster.

John A. Mehok II

NSA engineer

John Andrew Mehok II, an electrical engineer for the National Security Agency, died Nov. 28 of a brain tumor at Howard County General Hospital. He was 48.

He had worked for the federal agency at Fort Meade for 28 years.

Born in Akron, Ohio, he earned an electrical engineering degree at the University of Akron.

He had been a soccer coach in the Linthicum-Ferndale youth athletic program.

Services were held Thursday.

He is survived by two sons, Eric and Adam Mehok; two daughters, Colleen and Allison Mehok, all of Linthicum Heights; his mother, Mary Mehok of Akron; a brother, Timothy Mehok of Alexandria, Va.; and a sister, Karen Cain of Akron.

Elzie Wood Jr.

Resident of E. 21st St.

Elzie Wood Jr., a lifelong resident of the 700 block of E. 21st St., died Tuesday morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital after he was struck by a bullet fired as he stepped out of his house to go to the store Monday night. He was 39.

Mr. Wood was apparently an innocent bystander killed in a shooting over a drug dispute, said a police department spokesman.

He was nicknamed "Buddy" by his mother, Virginia Lowery, when he was a boy.

"He was everybody's buddy," said Ms. Lowery, 73. "He would run errands and baby-sit for the neighbors."

Ms. Lowery's assessment was supported by neighbors.

"He was a wonderful fella," said his neighbor, Brenda Baskerville, who lived in the 700 block of E. 21st St. along with Mr. Wood.

"He was kind and considerate with his neighbors," Ms. Baskerville said. "When I was sick, he always asked about my welfare. Buddy never had an unkind word for anybody."

"He was a boy that didn't bother nobody," agreed Mrs. Janie Haskins, 85, who with her husband Philip Haskins has lived in the block for nearly 42 years. "He just sat on the steps and drank soda and smoked cigarettes. That's all Buddy ever done."

"Buddy didn't drink and didn't use drugs," said Walter "Pete" Robinson, a cousin who would visit Mr Wood and his mother two to three times a week. His only vices were cigarettes and Pepsis, which he would consume in abundance while sitting on the front steps of his house in the 700 block of E. 21st St.

The youngest of five children, Mr. Wood had to drop out of Northern High School in the 11th grade as a result of a nervous condition he developed at the age of 12. The condition would remain with him throughout his life and require him to take weekly medication.

But his early departure from school did not stifle his desire to learn.

"He was an avid reader," Ms. Lowery said. "Especially of the Bible and religious books. He knew his Bible backward and forward."

He also liked Greek mythology, Ms. Lowery said. On the bookshelves of his home are works of nonfiction -- "How To Understand Propaganda" -- works of fiction, including one book by John Steinbeck, and history.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Wood is survived by three sisters -- Janette L. Wynn, Louise W. Carver and Ann W. Howard -- and one brother, Maurice C. Wood, all of Baltimore. Mr. Wood also had a devoted best friend, Tommie Solese.

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