John R. GrayYouth center directorJohn R. Gray, a former...

April 15, 1994

John R. Gray

Youth center director

John R. Gray, a former salesman and youth center director, died April 8 in his sleep at his Sykesville home. He was 60.

For the past 10 years, he was director of the Thomas O'Farrell Youth Center in Marriottsville. Earlier, he was a salesman for the Mosler Safe Co. and the American Bank Stationery Co. in Massachusetts.

He was born in Boston and reared in Baltimore. A 1952 graduate of Calvert Hall College, he earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1956. After college, he joined the Army and was discharged in 1958 with the rank of corporal.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Louise Gilner of Baltimore; three daughters, Helen M. Stewart of Italy, Barbara A. Gray of Ocean City and Roseanne C. Gray of Baltimore; a sister, Barbara Gennity of New Freedom, Pa.; and two grandsons.

Memorial donations may be made to the Thomas O'Farrell Youth Center, 7960 Henryton Road, Marriottsville 21104.

A5 A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

James H. Beverly Jr.

Retired firefighter

James H. Beverly Jr., a retired acting lieutenant in the Baltimore Fire Department, died Saturday at Union Memorial Hospital after a heart attack. He was 67 and lived on Sequoia Avenue.

He retired in 1982 after eight years in the communications division. He had joined the department in 1954 and was first assigned to Engine 14 at Hollins and Monroe streets. During this period, he was commended for rescuing a child from a fire.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School.

He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and in the Army in the Korean War.

Between the wars and then briefly before joining the Fire Department, he worked as a civilian at the Army's Baltimore Signal Depot at Fort Holabird.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dolores Ennis; a daughter, Priscilla Ledbetter; a son, Michael Beverly; and his father, James H. Beverly Sr., all of Baltimore; a brother, Louis Beverly of Columbia; four sisters, Theresa Beverly, Marion Anderson, Mary Harper and Shirley Davis, all of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

-! Services were held yesterday.

Rose R. Chenowet


Rose R. Chenoweth, who provided organ accompaniment for silent movies, died Tuesday of heart failure at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury. She was 94.

She had also been the organist at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in Ocean City for 30 years.

She had been a resident of Captain's Hill, near Ocean City, since retiring in 1962 from a supervisory position with the Maryland Training School where she had worked for 33 years.

She was born Rose Whitney in Hamilton in Northeast Baltimore and reared there. She was a 1918 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame and continued her education at the Peabody Institute, where she was a student of Dr. Gustav Strube, the first conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and a professor of harmony and composition at the school.

She tutored students in piano and organ and was a member of the Maryland Light Opera Company and the Kaspar Piano Accordion Band that performed at the Alcazar on Cathedral Street in 1936.

She also played the organ at the Arcade Theater in Hamilton before sound pictures in the late 1920s.

"She'd take my brother to the theater and put him in a cradle and rock him while she played the organ," her daughter, Carol Alfonsi Ocean City, said.

Mrs. Chenoweth was a life master of the American Duplicate Bridge Association and taught many the intricacies of the game.

She married William L. Chenoweth, a World War I veteran, in 1923. He was in ill health most of his life because of being gassed during the war and died in 1954.

A Mass of Christian burial were to be offered at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 4414 Wilkens Ave., Arbutus.

Other survivors include four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Star of the Sea

Church or Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

Winifred C. Aiken

Administrative secretary

Winifred C. Aiken, a retired administrative secretary, died Sunday of a heart attack at Howard County General Hospital. She was 82 and had lived in Towson for 40 years before she moved to Ellicott City several months ago.

The former Winifred Colgan retired in 1980 after working for 17 years as an administrative secretary for the Baltimore County Bureau of Mental Health. Earlier, she had worked in a similar capacity for the American Bridge Co. and Miller Bros., the Charles Street women's clothiers.

She was born and reared in Waverly and was a member of the first graduating class of Seton High School in 1930.

In 1943, she married C. Gerard Aiken Jr., an insurance agent, who died in 1968.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Loch Raven Boulevard and Putty Hill Avenue, Baynesville, where she was a ** member for 40 years.

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