E. Louise BarisisRetired saleswomanE. Louise Wilhelm...

August 09, 1994

E. Louise Barisis

Retired saleswoman

E. Louise Wilhelm Barisis, a department store saleswoman for many years, died Wednesday of cancer at her Easton home. She was 77.

Before retiring in 1981, she worked 35 years for Montgomery Ward, beginning her career at the company's old Monroe Street store in Baltimore. She transferred in 1975 to a store in St. Petersburg, Fla., and volunteered at a senior citizens center in Hudson, Fla. She moved to Easton in the early 1980s.

Born in Hampstead, she moved to Baltimore as a child and attended city schools. She was a member of the auxiliary of the Loyal Order of the Moose and enjoyed fishing, crabbing and watching Orioles and Colts games.

Her two marriages ended in divorce.

She is survived by a son, William S. Rice of Charlottesville, Va.; two daughters, Mary Louise Duicus of Stevensville and Cherie Greenfield of Martinsburg, W.Va.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Talbot Hospice Foundation, 100 S. Hanson St., Easton 21601.

Services were held Friday.

M. King Drinkwater

Retired sales manager

M. King Drinkwater, a retired sales manager who enjoyed playing sports, died July 17 of cancer at his home in Timonium. He was 82.

He retired in 1976 from C. R. Daniels Inc. in Ellicott City as sales manager of the company's conveyor belting division. From 1977, until he retired a second time in 1984, he was associated with the Baltimore Belting Co. Inc. on 25th Street.

Earlier, he had worked for Texaco Inc. from 1938 to 1957 as a service station supervisor, managing stations in Virginia and Maryland.

He was born and reared in Baltimore and was a 1929 graduate of City College, where he played football and was captain of the baseball team. He was active in the Class of 1929 Alumni Association, which in 1986 awarded him its award for outstanding achievement in sports.

During World War II, he served in naval intelligence as a cryptographic analyst in Australia and Guam.

A sports enthusiast, he played badminton for 40 years with the Maryland Badminton Association and won many trophies. He was also an avid golfer and played tennis until he was 80. For many years, he was a member of a men's volleyball group that met and played regularly at the Valley Country Club in Riderwood.

He was a volunteer baseball and football coach and referee for the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council and the Timonium Optimist Club. He also enjoyed planting spring flowers, mainly tulips.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Elizabeth "Betty" Gorman; three sons, Jeffrey K. Drinkwater of White Hall, Glenn G. Drinkwater of Rochester, N.Y., and Bruce A. Drinkwater of Charlotte, N.C.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Foundation, Hospice of Baltimore, 6701 N. Charles St., Towson 21204.

Graveside services were held July 21 at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Judson H. Kerr Sr.

Real estate broker

Judson H. Kerr Sr., a former real estate broker, tax consultant and owner of a patent medicine store, died Friday at his West Baltimore home after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 69.

He began Kerr's Patent Medicine Store after attending pharmacy school at Howard University -- the same school attended by his father, the late T. Henderson Kerr Sr., who owned Kerr's Drug Store at Myrtle Avenue and George Street in West Baltimore.

Judson Kerr's store was located nearby, at the corner of Fremont and Lafayette avenues, where he developed a close relationship with the neighborhood over a period of four decades, said his wife of 39 years, the former Delores Parker.

"His job was his fun, and his fun was his job," Mrs. Kerr said. "A lot of people looked up to him in the neighborhood. Many of his customers were his friends and he really cared about them."

In 1958, he switched careers and became a real estate broker and tax consultant. He stopped the tax portion of the business in 1983, and in 1986, he and his wife became partners in the property management endeavor.

Until his later years, when he began having some vision problems due to glaucoma, Mr. Kerr was an avid reader of the city's daily newspapers.

"He read the newspaper from cover to cover. He knew everything in the world, from politics to sports," his wife said. "People would come in the store and he enjoyed discussing things in the paper with them."

Mr. Kerr also liked to play pinochle, enjoyed traveling with his wife in the Caribbean during the winter and watching boxing, baseball, football and basketball. Many years ago he coached a son's neighborhood basketball team.

He was a member of Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church for most of his life, and briefly a member of Heritage United Church of Christ.

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