James H. HollimanSteel worker, band leaderJames H...

August 23, 1994

James H. Holliman

Steel worker, band leader

James H. Holliman, a retired steel worker, music teacher and band leader, died Thursday after a stroke at Mercy Medical Center. He was 88 and lived on Bond Street in East Baltimore.

At his home, he taught the saxophone and clarinet -- his specialties -- and also trumpet, tuba, trombone, piano, guitar and violin. Up until his death, he led the Three Clef Orchestra. He had played with the municipal band and, in the 1930s, with many groups -- jazz bands at Pennsylvania Avenue clubs, the Commonwealth Band and the Baltimore Black Symphony.

In 1970, he retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant. He started there in the late 1920s.

The native of Florence, S.C., studied music privately there and in Baltimore, where he graduated from the Douglass High School Evening School.

He was a member for 55 years, church school superintendent and director of the cultural arts program at Christ United Methodist Church, Washington and Chase streets, where services were set for noon today.

He is survived by his wife, the former Henrietta Gatewood; a daughter, Jamesetta Holliman of New York City; a brother, Ernest Holliman of Hempstead, N.Y.; two sisters, Barbara Davis of Riverdale, N.Y., and Trannie Epps of Miami; and a grandson.

Doris R. Griffin

Ocean City florist

Doris R. Griffin, owner of the Ocean City Florist since 1975, died Sunday of cancer at her home in the Eastern Shore resort. She was 75 and had moved from Catonsville to Ocean City in 1972.

The former Doris Roper was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Western High School. Her husband, James W. Griffin, who had been vice president of Baltimore Federal Financial, died in 1986.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. today at St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church in Ocean City. Services also will be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Loudon Park Cemetery, 3801 Frederick Road, Baltimore.

She is survived by two sons, William A. Griffin of Glen Burnie and Michael J. Griffin of Ellicott City; a daughter, Patricia A. Cannell of Ocean Pines; a brother, William A. Roper of Clearwater, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.

William E. Cox

Power station foreman

William E. Cox, who retired 13 years ago as a power station foreman at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, died Friday of heart disease at Fallston General Hospital. The Bel Air resident was 69.

Born in Salem, Va., William Edward Ray Cox came to the Baltimore area after serving in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He was a graduate of Towson State University and a former master of the Liberty Lodge of the Masons, where he had also been secretary for 11 years.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Evans Funeral Chapel in Fallston.

He is survived by his wife, the former Betty M. Palmer; a son, Ronald W. Cox of Rosedale; three daughters, Bonnie L. Ciribassi of Phoenix, Ariz., Sharon E. Sinclitico of Rosedale and Karen A. Miller of Forest Hill; two sisters, Jackie Hutt of Coatesville, Pa., and Wilma Murphy of Roanoke, Va.; and six grandchildren.

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