Mary Elizabeth Lummis Gross: An obituary Jan. 21 reported...

January 21, 1996

Mary Elizabeth Lummis Gross: An obituary Jan. 21 reported incorrectly that Mary Elizabeth Lummis Gross had died while visiting her son in Kentucky; she had moved there from Baltimore in 1992. Also, the obituary gave the incorrect location for Idlewylde United Methodist Church. It is in Idlewylde.

Mary Elizabeth Gross, 95, oldest member of church

Mary Elizabeth Lummis Gross, who at 95 was the oldest

member of Idlewylde United Methodist Church in Rodgers Forge, died Jan. 14 of a heart ailment at Superior Care Nursing Home in Paducah, Ky., where she was visiting her son.

Mrs. Gross of Baltimore worked in the accounting department at Bendix Corp. during World War II before taking a job in the Building Permits and License Department in Towson.


She was born in Baltimore and attended public schools. She married Henry M. Lummis II, who died in 1953. Her second husband, Walter K. Gross, died in 1984.

She was active in the Eastern Star and the church.

Services were held Thursday at Ruck Funeral Home in Towson. Burial was at Parkwood Cemetery.

She is survived by her son, Henry Maxwell Lummis III of Paducah; a daughter, Jean Lummis Prince of Ellicott City; a sister, Mae Dreiling of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Moses P. H. Knight Sr., 85, upholsterer, churchman

Moses P. H. Knight Sr., a churchman who was an upholsterer for 31 years, died Tuesday of complications from diabetes and pneumonia at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 85 and had lived in Northwest Baltimore 43 years.

In 1971, Mr. Knight retired from Fort Meade, where he upholstered furniture. He began his career working at Fort Holabird in 1940.

"He could take a piece of furniture down and bring it right back," said a son, Moses P. H. Knight Jr. of Baltimore. "Working with furniture and his church was his whole life."

Mr. Knight was born and educated in Williamston, N.C. His father, a farmer and upholsterer, taught him upholstering. Mr. Knight moved to Baltimore as a young man.

He was a member of New Shiloh Baptist Church for more than 50 years and was a deacon and sang in the choir, where he was known for his bass solos.

Mr. Knight and his brothers formed a gospel quartet that sang on the Eastern Shore and throughout the South during the 1930s and 1940s.

Services are planned for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at New Shiloh Baptist Church, Clifton Avenue and Monroe Street.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Luvinia Spratly; two other sons, Edward M. Knight and Chester E. Knight; six daughters, Therethia Crudup, Delores Jackson, Gladys Harrison, Geraldine Jones, Carolyn Pompey and Barbara Davis, all of Baltimore; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

James L. McCully, who ran the McCully Funeral Homes chain his father started in 1904 and served on the Liquor Board in

Baltimore for 20 years, died Friday of a heart attack at his home in Baltimore. He was 80.

Mr. McCully was an all-Maryland and all-American lacrosse player at Southern High School and helped start lacrosse at the school, though he graduated from Severn Preparatory School. He was a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis. He later served two terms on Severn's board of regents.

He was a member of the Brooklyn Boosters and the Pasadena Businessman's Association. He also was a member of the Quartet Harmony Club of South Baltimore, which was among the first musical groups to sing on local television, and an avid golfer.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at McCully Funeral Home on Fort Avenue in Baltimore. Burial will take place at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, the former Doris K. Schneider; and several nieces and nephews.

Ruth M. Hyatt, 82, health department secretary

Ruth M. Hyatt, a former secretary with the Anne Arundel County Health Department, died Friday of a stroke at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She was 82.

The former Ruth Myers, who lived in the Annapolis area her entire life, retired from the health department in 1975.

Mrs. Hyatt lived with her husband of 54 years, William L. Hyatt, in the Heritage Harbor neighborhood.

She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis and had been active in the Ladies Auxiliary.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hyatt is survived by a daughter, Barbara Day of Severna Park; a son, David W. Hyatt of Crownsville; and two grandchildren.

The family requests contributions be made to the American Heart Association of Anne Arundel County, 177 Defense Highway, Annapolis, 21401-0607.

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