Jerry Wheeler, 56, carpenter, sports fanJerry Wheeler, a...

April 11, 1996

Jerry Wheeler, 56, carpenter, sports fan

Jerry Wheeler, a retired carpenter and sports fan, died Friday of heart failure at Bon Secours Hospital. He was 56 and lived in West Baltimore.

Born in South Carolina, he moved to Baltimore in 1958 to live with relatives. Two years later, he married Geraldine Richards. He was a carpenter for many years at SECO Construction Co., retiring in 1986 because of health problems.

During retirement, he became an avid fan of basketball, football and baseball. He also enjoyed playing cards and listening to music, especially jazz and oldies.

"He loved sports. Anything that had a ball, he loved it," Mrs. Wheeler said. "He also loved cards -- poker, spades, the whole nine yards."

Mr. Wheeler was active in the Bible study class at Village Baptist Church, 100 S. Hilton St., where services were scheduled for 6: 30 p.m. today.

Other survivors include a son, Eric C. Wheeler of Baltimore; a daughter, Tracey Wheeler of Baltimore; a brother, Sampson Wheeler; three sisters, Sara Wheeler and Annie Sullivan, both of Baltimore, and Rosa Lee White of South Carolina; and four grandchildren.

Bessie Redfearn, 80, city school custodian

Bessie Redfearn, a retired school custodian and baseball fan, died Monday of pneumonia at Sinai Hospital. She was 80 and lived in East Baltimore.

Born Bessie Watson in South Carolina, she married Eddie Lee Redfearn in 1933, and they moved to Baltimore in 1940. Mr. Redfearn died in 1946.

For many years, Mrs. Redfearn was a custodian at several city public schools while raising two children.

"She always worked hard," said a daughter, Eddie Bradford of Baltimore. "That's how she was."

She said her mother was charitable to neighbors and family, adding, "She did what she could for everybody."

Mrs. Redfearn was a fan of the Baltimore Orioles.

Services are scheduled for 7 p.m. today at William F. March Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave.

Survivors include another daughter, Christine Ferguson of Baltimore; a brother, David Streater of New York; and a sister, Corine Ratliff of North Carolina.

Kevin Johnson, 35, sports enthusiast

Kevin Johnson, a lifelong Baltimorean who enjoyed sports, died Saturday of pneumonia at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 35.

Mr. Johnson, who lived with his parents, Albert and Charlotte Johnson, in the Pen Lucy section of Northeast Baltimore, graduated from Calverton Junior High School and attended Walbrook High School.

Family members said he played basketball, baseball and football. Services are scheduled for 11: 30 a.m. today at William F. March Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave.

In addition to his parents, survivors include four brothers, Albert, Robert, Lloyd and Terry Johnson; and four sisters, Angela Miller, Diane Green, Bernice Brown and Hannah Wildy. All are of Baltimore.

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