Charles S. SheainOwned King CleanersCharles S. Sheain, the...

August 18, 1994

Charles S. Sheain

Owned King Cleaners

Charles S. Sheain, the owner of a dry-cleaning establishment who in 1984 was named one of Baltimore's Best in recognition of his civic involvement, died Sunday of cancer at his Cedarcroft home. He was 64.

He owned King Cleaners on Joppa Road near Loch Raven Boulevard in Baynesville for over 25 years. He was also executive director of the Maryland Council of Gypsum Drywall Contractors, and an advertising specialties salesman.

Earlier, he had been a building materials salesman in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Forest Park High School and attended the Johns Hopkins University.

He was a merchant seaman in the late 1940s and, in 1948, became a member of the Maryland National Guard. He was called to active duty during the civil rights demonstrations in Cambridge in 1963. He retired in 1968 as a master sergeant and was a member of the Larkspur Post of the 29th Division Association.

He was a member of the St. George's Society and the Constellation Restoration Committee, and served on the Maryland Board of Registration for Foresters and, in 1971, was a candidate for a 3rd District City Council seat.

An Orioles and Colts fan, he had coached baseball, football and lacrosse teams in youth programs in the Rodgers Forge area and ice hockey in the Baltimore Boys Hockey Program.

In 1976, he was president of the Chesapeake Hockey League which played at local skating rinks.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, York and Cedarcroft roads in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Carolyn Stevens; a son, Charles S. Sheain Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Sue Sheain Afrookteh of Baltimore; and three grandchildren. Charles Merrick Wilson, an educator and seed dealer who played high school baseball with Hall of Famer Jimmy Foxx, died Aug. 7 of cardiovascular disease at the Stella Maris Hospice in Towson. The Centreville resident was 88.

In 1945, he began operating a feed, seed and grain business in Queen Anne's County. He sold most of that business in 1965 but retained the Dekalb Seed Corn dealership, retiring in 1983.

From 1934 until 1945, he was principal of Poolesville High School in Montgomery County. He joined the faculty in 1929 as an agriculture and history teacher and athletic coach. While a resident of Poolesville, he was active in farm groups and was the first president of the Monocacy Lions Club.

In 1945, he returned to the Eastern Shore and entered business. He was on the board of the Centreville National Bank from 1958 until 1981, when he was named director emeritus.

Born in Ingleside in Queen Anne's County, he was a 1925 graduate of Sudlersville High School, where he and Jimmy Foxx were members of the baseball and track teams. He was a 1929 graduate of the University of Maryland.

He was a former president of the Centreville Rotary Club, a charter member of the Kent Island Yacht Club and a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club.

He chaired a high school site selection committee in the early 1960s and served on various other committees for the Queen Anne's County school system.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Centreville United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Marrian Kuethe; two daughters, Margaret W. Smith of Corona Del Mar, Calif., and Sarah W. Cordero of Falls Church, Va.; two sisters, F. Anna Wilson of Gaithersburg and Margaret Morris of Chestertown; and three grandsons.

Memorial donations may be made to the Charles Merrick Wilson 4-H Memorial Fund through Robert Barton at the Centreville National Bank.

George Kostis

Sold ethnic foods

George Kostis, retired owner of an ethnic food business in Baltimore, died Monday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications of a stroke. He was 67.

He retired seven years ago as owner of Stella Foods Co., a Highlandtown wholesale and retail business he started in 1955 that specialized in Greek, Italian and Middle Eastern foods.

The native of Kavala, Greece, served in the Greek army during and after World War II. He came to Baltimore in 1955 after moving to London in Ontario, Canada, the year before.

He is survived by his wife, the former Chresy Hajimihalis; three daughters, Giselle Massuda of Columbia, Stella DiPeso of Randallstown and Marian Georgeakis of Bel Air; two sisters, Marika Bouyoukas of Kavala and Sofia Stamidis of Baltimore; and four granddaughters.

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