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February 19, 1995

Rev. George A. Hurt

Founded church

The Rev. George A. Hurt, retired pastor of Garden of Prayer Baptist Church, which he started in 1969, died Monday after a heart attack in Tazewell, Va., where he had lived since 1992.

Mr. Hurt, who was 73, started the church in 1969 with two members. It had grown to 100 members by his retirement in 1987.

A native of Meherin, Va., he came to Baltimore in 1949 after serving in the Army during World War II. He worked in the pipe mill of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. plant at Sparrows Point in the 1950s and as a stock clerk at Read's drug stores in the 1960s.

Shortly before he started his own congregation, he was ordained at New Baptist Church in East Baltimore. Earlier, at Salem Baptist Church, he was licensed to preach.

Long active in church work, he had sung in choral groups at Faith Baptist Church and Holy Bible Way Baptist Church, where he also was a deacon, and at churches in Virginia.

Services are to be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Garden of Prayer Baptist Church, 1148 Homestead St., where the family will receive friends starting at 6 p.m.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ella Davis; a brother, James Hurt of Baltimore; four sisters, Daisy West of Bluefield, W.Va., Bessie Ford of Sheppard, Texas, and Catherine Haynes and Syveria McLean, both of Baltimore; and nine grandchildren.

Manuel William Rosen, a supporter of the arts who retired in 1974 after 33 years in submarine engineering with the Naval Ship Research and Development Center in Annapolis, died Friday of heart disease at his home in Annapolis.

Mr. Rosen, 81, spent his retirement volunteering in the Annapolis arts community. He was a director of the Annapolis Opera Company and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. He was a former Annapolis Fine Arts Foundation director and former co-chairman of the Annapolis Fine Arts Festival. He was on the commission that created Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

He also volunteered at Anne Arundel Medical Center and was active in the improvement association for Admiral Heights, where he lived more than 40 years.

His hobbies included stamp and paperweight collecting. He helped found the Paperweight Collectors Association of America. He also belonged to the Society of Professional Engineers and was a charter member of the Amos Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Rosen, who was born in New York, moved to Baltimore as a child. He graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1932. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1943.

He and Jeannette Rosenstein were married in 1940. She died in 1991.

Services are to be held at 1 p.m. today at Kneseth Israel Synagogue, Hilltop Lane, Annapolis.

He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Wendel of Washington and Deborah McKerrow of Baltimore; a brother, Herbert J. Ross of New York; a sister, Grace Betty Jacobs of Coral Gables, Fla.; and two grandsons.

Memorial donations may be made to Anne Arundel Medical Center Hospice, Franklin and Cathedral streets, Annapolis 21401.

Donalda Fields, 53, a native of the Baltimore area who moved to St. Charles, Mo., three years ago, died of cancer there Feb. 11. She moved from Lutherville, but had lived for many years in Middle River, where she was a Boy Scout leader. The former Donalda Weeder was a graduate of Sparrows Point High School and attended Essex Community College.

Private services are planned. Survivors include her husband, Junius A. "Jay" Fields Jr. of St. Charles; a son, Junius A. Fields III of Abingdon; two daughters, Katherine M. Fields of St. Charles and Annette Lombardo of Maryland Heights, Mo.; and two grandchildren.

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