Richard L. WalkerLongtime bankerRichard L. Walker, a...

September 14, 1994

Richard L. Walker

Longtime banker

Richard L. Walker, a retired banker, died of cancer Aug. 23 at his Laurel home. He was 86.

He retired in 1972 from Suburban Bank, where he was vice president and director of the mortgage loan department. He began his banking career in 1926 at what is now the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City and moved to Hyattsville in 1941 when he went to work for Prince George's Bank.

He was born and reared in New Dorp, N.Y., and was a graduate of Curtis High School. He also studied at Columbia University.

In 1943, he married the former Cynthia S. Willard, who died in 1988.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave.

He is survived by two brothers, Richard W. of Laurel and Ronald L. Walker of Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Baltimore; and a sister, Jean Berra of Haddon Heights, N.J.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Prince George's County, c/o Home Care Fund, 96 Harry S. Truman Drive, Largo 20772.

Beverly W. Knauff

Executive secretary

Beverly Whitcraft Knauff, a retired executive secretary and a homemaker, died Sunday of lymphoma at Howard County General Hospital. She was 55.

She had been employed by Baltimore Contractors, the Bendix Corp., and United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. where she was voted "Miss USF&G" in 1957. She had also worked for the Buick Division of General Motors Corp. in northern New Jersey and retired from the Rouse Co. in 1992.

Born and reared in Reisterstown, she was a 1956 graduate of Franklin High School. In 1958, she married Jack Knauff, a GM executive. The couple made their home in various locations where he worked for GM and later resided in western Howard County.

They retired in 1992 and moved to Ocean Pines.

She was a golfer with the Ladies' Group at Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club where she was a member.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Harry Witzke Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City.

Other survivors include two sons, Brian Knauff of Owings Mills and Kevin Knauff of Martinsburg, W.Va.; two daughters, Karen Eichelman of Catonsville and Lauren Knauff of Arbutus; two brothers, Dick Whitcraft of Hampstead and Craig Whitcraft of Reisterstown; and her mother, Grace Royer of Hampstead. Delores M. Blakemore, a retired Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration employee, died Saturday of cancer at her Glen Burnie home. She was 70.

She retired in 1989 after 15 years with the MVA. A Baltimore native, the former Delores Reeder moved to Princess Anne in 1987 with her husband of 35 years, the late Howard E. Blakemore. After he died in April, she moved to Glen Burnie to be close to family members.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church, Ellicott City.

Survivors, all of whom live in the Glen Burnie area, include four brothers, Jack Reeder, Lou Reeder, Tom Reeder and Frank Reeder; a stepson, Howard Blakemore Jr.; two stepdaughters, Donna Schmidt and Judy Lawrence; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville 21108

A. Earl Phoebus, 95, a Baltimore native who had been a printer and streetcar conductor, died Monday after a stroke at a nursing home in Merritt Island, Fla.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Brevard Memorial Funeral Home in Sharpes, Fla. He is survived by his wife, the former Emma Molesworth Johnson; two sons, John Phoebus of Atlanta and Robert Phoebus, of High Springs, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia Johnson Bahr of Merritt Island; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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