Daniel D. Gray Sr.Retired highway workerDaniel D. Gray...

January 05, 1995

Daniel D. Gray Sr.

Retired highway worker

Daniel D. Gray Sr., a retired municipal highway worker, died Saturday of cancer at his Whitelock Street residence. He was 68.

He was employed as a cement finisher by the Baltimore Bureau of Highways for 30 years. He retired in 1983. Reared in East Baltimore, he was a graduate of city schools. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and was discharged with the rank of private first class at the end of the war.

"He loved people and liked to putter around the house and repair things," said his wife, the former Bernice Emerson. "He was the neighborhood repairman and really enjoyed helping his neighbors.

"He also took care of neighborhood senior citizens, making sure that they had food and a way to their doctor's appointments, and if they didn't, he would take them. He gave them baths and made sure that their needs were taken care of."

Services for Mr. Gray were scheduled for 11:30 a.m. today at the First Apostolic Faith Institutional Church, 27 S. Caroline St., Baltimore.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six sons, Daniel D. Gray Jr. of Lancaster, Calif., and Michael Gray, Richard Gray, Ronald Gray, Arnold Gray and Anthony Gray, all of Baltimore; eight daughters, Lavern Fowlkes, Deborah Gray, Evon Hyman, Maxine Gray, Dorothy McMichael, Charlotte Payne, Brenda Curry and Justine Payne, all of Baltimore; a brother, Arthur Gray of Baltimore; two sisters, Gertrude Harper and Evelyn Jones, both of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Madie Weber Thate

Homemaker

Madie Weber Thate, a homemaker and animal lover, died New Year's Day of a stroke at the Meridian Nursing Center-Perring Parkway. She was 75.

She retired as a home telephone solicitor for the Disabled American Veterans nearly 15 years ago.

She was reared on the Proctor Lane farm of her parents, Jacob and Minnie Weber, in the Cub Hill section of Baltimore County. The farm eventually became Weber's Farm.

"She grew up farming and milking cows and used to milk the cows before going off to Pine Grove Elementary School, which was then a one-room school house," said a son, Edwin Thate Jr. of Parkville. "Because of her farm upbringing, she developed a lifelong interest in animals."

The longtime resident of Taylor Avenue was a 1938 graduate of Towson High School and, in her youth, played piano and sang soprano with the Phoenix Choir.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at Trinity Assembly of God, 2122 W. Joppa Road, Lutherville, where she was a longtime member.

Other survivors include two sons, Richard Thate of Timonium and Rodger Thate of Carney; a daughter, Joan Madie Betz of Perry Hall; and 12 grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the church.

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