Howard Clinton Jr., 58, ran family-owned barbershopHoward...

January 13, 1996

Howard Clinton Jr., 58, ran family-owned barbershop

Howard "Big Man" Clinton Jr., a barber and a raconteur of Lower Park Heights, died Sunday at Sinai Hospital of a heart attack. Mr. Clinton, who long had suffered from heart problems, was 58.

"He was a fun-loving man who was really well liked," said Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who frequently had long talks with Mr. Clinton while his brother, Johnny Clinton, cut the mayor's hair. Mr. Schmoke said he and Howard Clinton often talked about North Carolina, where both had relatives.

A native of Gastonia, N.C., Mr. Clinton was one of 12 children. Shortly after graduating from high school there he joined the Army, serving until 1958 when he was discharged as a sergeant. He married the former Grace Rhodes in 1960; that union ended in divorce.

After working for the Postal Service in North Carolina and attending barbering school, he moved to Baltimore in 1977 and joined his brothers in running the family-owned Park Heights Barbershop, 5108 Park Heights Ave. He was still working there at the time of his death.

Mr. Clinton, dubbed "Big Man" by barbershop regulars and others for his rotund physique, would discuss virtually any subject, from world affairs to local sports teams, while wielding electric clippers or scissors.

Services will be held at noon today at Mount Hebron Baptist Church, 2651 W. North Ave.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by five sons, Reginald Clinton of Miami, Timothy Clinton of Charlotte, N.C., Wendell Clinton and Michael Wayne Clinton, both of Gastonia, and Marcus Clinton of Kings Mountain, N.C.; five more brothers, Rufus Clinton of Gastonia, Robert, Donald and Ronald Clinton, all of Baltimore, and Bobby Clinton of Columbia; and a sister, Thelma Todd of Charlotte.

Ira Ross Bageant, 72, civil engineer

Ira Ross Bageant, a retired civil engineer who worked on several major road projects in Maryland, died of cancer Dec. 30 at his Elkton residence. He was 72.

During the early 1960s, he worked on the construction of the Maryland and Delaware sections of Interstate 95.

He was raised in Rosemont in Northeast Baltimore and was a 1941 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. The World War II Army veteran was discharged in 1945 with the rank of sergeant.

Private memorial services were held Jan. 6. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Betty D. Bell; three sons, James M. Bageant of Bel Air, Charles T. Bageant of Atlanta and Jeffrey R. Bageant of Jacksonville, Ark.; a sister, Golda DeLauter of Frederick; and six grandchildren.

Roger Watts Selway Sr., 72, owned home-building firm

Roger Watts Selway Sr., who for more than three decades operated a custom building and home-improvement business, died of cardiac arrest Monday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The lifelong Gardenville resident was 72.

Mr. Selway began working in the building business in 1946 when he founded Selway Brothers Contractors with his brother. In the late 1950s, he went into business for himself as Roger Selway Builder, building custom homes and doing home-improvement work.

He retired in 1980, after building his last three houses for his two sons and daughter.

The Baltimore native was educated at St. Anthony's Parochial School in Gardenville and Hamilton Junior High School.

He entered the Army in January 1943, served in the 204th Armored Anti-aircraft Battalion and shot down his first German plane over England on Mother's Day in 1944. He landed at Omaha Beach on June 16, 1944, and fought across Europe, participating in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of corporal.

He was a member of American Legion Post 20 in Hamilton and the Knights of Columbus, Cardinal Gibbons and Archbishop Curley Councils.

He was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 4414 Frankford Ave., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Genevieve Piontkowski; two sons, Roger Selway Jr. of Bel Air, and John Selway of Towson; a daughter, Marlene Leono of Phoenix, Md.; a brother, Charles Selway of Forest Hill; four sisters, Dorothy Tyree of Middle River, Magdalen Hughes of Baldwin, Margaret Burton of Burlington, N.C., and Mary Forrest of White Marsh; and six grandchildren.

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