Lillian M. Ringgold, 83, owned catering businessLillian M...

March 08, 1996

Lillian M. Ringgold, 83, owned catering business

Lillian M. Ringgold, a cook who created delicacies for church, Head Start and Bible school programs and private parties for about 50 years, died Monday of a heart attack at her West Baltimore home. She was 83.

She was born in Lillian, Va., and moved to Baltimore when she was a small child. She graduated from the old Douglass High School at Baker and Calhoun streets.

Mrs. Ringgold, who retired about 1980, cooked for private families before beginning a series of cooking jobs and starting her own catering business. For many summers, she cooked for the Daily Vocational Bible School at the Providence Baptist Church in West Baltimore.

She was a member of Providence for 60 years, singing in the senior choir and serving in the flower fellowship, the E. W. White Silver Leaf Club and on the usher board. She frequently cooked for church events and won bowling trophies in a church league.

When the congregation split, she joined the Providence Inspirational Baptist Church, 850 Edmondson Ave. where services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today.

Her husband Oscar Ringgold died about 27 years ago.

She is survived by three daughters, Valerie Washington and Felicia Bruce of Baltimore and Shirley Jones of Upper Marlboro; a son, Milton Ringgold of Baltimore; a sister, Marie Hollie of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

James A. Hickey Sr., 65, engineer, Hopkins graduate

James Anthony Hickey Sr., an engineer, died of cancer Sunday at the Elkridge home of a relative. He was 65 and had moved from Elkridge to Rehoboth Beach, Del., three years ago.

The Baltimore native graduated from the Polytechnic Institute and earned an engineering degree at the Johns Hopkins University.

He had been president of the Elkridge Youth Organization for eight years.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Kaufman !B Funeral Home, 5695 Main St. in Elkridge.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Ethel A. Cook; two sons, James A. Hickey Jr. of Columbia and Jeffrey M. Hickey of Ellicott City; and four grandchildren.

Platt 'Bud' Covington, 76, company executive

Platt "Bud" Covington, a retired executive of a company that made forms for construction projects, died Tuesday at his North Charles Street home of cancer. He was 76.

A longtime skier, he particularly was proud of his membership in the Army's 10th Mountain Division ski troops during fighting in Italy in World War II. He was an avid sportsman for the rest of his life, eventually moving from the slopes to the golf links.

After the war, Mr. Covington moved from Salt Lake City to Baltimore and studied engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.

Retiring in 1984 as president of the now-defunct Baltimore office of the Eastern Form Co., he immersed himself in activities at the Winthrop House condominium complex where he lived with his wife of 47 years, the former Janet Baugher, who survives him.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Mark's-On-The-Hill Episcopal Church, 1620 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

Other survivors include a sister, Frances W. Covington of Chapel Hill, N.C.; a brother, Octavius McCrae Covington of Silver Spring; and several godchildren. Lloyd A. Berry Sr., 83, TWA sales manager

Lloyd A. Berry Sr., who retired in 1974 as a regional sales manager for Trans World Airlines, died Tuesday at Asbury Methodist Retirement Village in Gaithersburg of cancer. He was 83.

Mr. Berry began his working career in 1929 as a passenger sales agent for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. In 1945, he joined TWA.

An ardent fan of the Colts and Orioles, he was a member of the committee that sold 15,000 season tickets, luring the Colts from Dallas in 1953. He was the first recording secretary of the Oriole Advocates.

The Sykesville native graduated from the high school there in 1929. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Sykesville.

In 1934, he married the former Ethel Williams, who died in 1976. That year, he married the former Thelma Benny, who died in 1984.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Haight Funeral Home, Route 32, Sykesville.

He is survived by his third wife, the former Muriel Barnes, whom he married in 1986; two sons, Charles W. Berry of Sabillasville and Lloyd A. Berry Jr. of Ellicott City; a daughter, Nancy J. Hutchins of Hudson, Fla.; a sister, Dolly Dorsey of Westminster; a stepdaughter, Jhane Barnes of Pound Ridge, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Joanne G. Hieatzman, 38, Giant bakery supervisor

Joanne G. Hieatzman, a bakery supervisor for Giant Food Inc. and a Woodbine resident, was killed early Monday in a traffic accident near Laytonsville in Montgomery County. She was 38.

Mrs. Hieatzman began working as a cashier 20 years ago at Giant stores in Columbia and Frederick. At the chain's bakeries in the Washington-Baltimore region.

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