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January 28, 1996


Ida Mae Redd, 84, nurse, worked in husband's church

Ida Mae Redd, a practical nurse at the former City Hospitals (now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center) who retired to assist her husband, the Rev. Samuel B. Redd, pastor of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church, died Jan. 21 of kidney failure at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 84.

Born in Arlington, Ga., she attended Albany (Ga.) State College before moving to Baltimore, where she worked for many years at the hospital before retiring in 1958, when she dedicated her life to her husband's church. He died in 1991.

When the church moved from Canton in East Baltimore to its present location on Gwynns Falls Parkway in the mid-1950s, she worked to keep its membership up during the transition and helped organize its auxiliary.

She helped organize and was a member of the church's senior choir; was president of the women's auxiliary to the United Baptist Missionary Convention of Maryland from 1985 to 1989 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of Sunday School and Baptist Training.

She also received a certificate of honor from the Baptist Missionary Conference of Baltimore and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 1986 from the Virginia Seminary & College in Lynchburg, Va.

Mrs. Redd is survived by two sons, Bernard Redd of Rahway, N.J., and Randolph Redd of Baltimore; a sister, Geneva Davis of Albany, Ga. and 23 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Ararat Baptist Church, 3008 Gwynns Falls Parkway with burial in Druid Ridge Cemetery.

James Washington Hill, 74, sales manager, war veteran

James Washington Hill, a retired sales manager and decorated World War II veteran, died Thursday of heart disease at Howard County General Hospital. He was 74.

The Ellicott City resident served in the Army's 99th Infantry Division and participated in the Battle of the Bulge and the Remagen Bridge crossing into Germany. Later he was a prisoner of war.

He was decorated with two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star for valor. He was discharged in 1948 with the rank of second lieutenant.

"He was very proud of his military service and, in 1991, returned to Belgium and Germany to revisit the Battle of the Bulge and Remagen Bridge sites. He even found the farmhouse where he was taken prisoner by the Germans," said a daughter, Jamie A. Hill of Ellicott City.

He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7472 in Ellicott City and collected artifacts on the Civil War and World Wars I and II, according to family members.

He worked in sales for the Swift Packing Co. From 1957 until he retired in 1989, he was Maryland and Pennsylvania distribution sales manager for Cryovac, a Greenville, S.C. packing services company.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College.

Services are set for 2 p.m. today at the Slack Funeral Home, 3871 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City. Interment with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mr. Hill is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Sarah Howd; a son, Thomas G. Hill of Ellicott City; another daughter, Susan J. Koerner of Glen Burnie; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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