James Thomas Dresher III, 24, restaurant assistant...

June 13, 1996

James Thomas Dresher III, 24, restaurant assistant manager

Services for James Thomas 1995 PHOTO Dresher III, a partner and assistant manager of the Golden Corral Restaurant in Eastpoint, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, Emmorton at Lexington roads in Bel Air, where he was a member.

The 24-year-old Bel Air resident died early Monday of injuries he suffered when his car and a truck collided on a northbound ramp at Interstate 95 and the Baltimore Beltway near White Marsh.

Mr. Dresher became interested in the restaurant field when he worked as a teen-ager for his father and uncle, who owned several area McDonald's restaurants.

Recently, he had completed management training with Golden Corral Restaurants, a Roberts, N.C.-based chain. He had worked in the chain's restaurants in North Carolina, Virginia and Texas.

"He was a good kid, and loved and understood the business," said his father, James T. Dresher Jr. of Bel Air, who was working with him in the Eastpoint restaurant. "He had a great personality and was the kind of person who would do anything for anybody."

Born in Summit, N.J., Mr. Dresher moved to Bel Air in 1972. In 1989, he graduated from John Carroll High School.

He attended Stetson University in Deland, Fla., and earned an associate's degree in accounting from Harford Community College.

In addition to his father, survivors include his mother, Jill A. Keys; two brothers, Joshua M. and John W. Dresher; two sisters, Marcie A. and Megan E. Dresher; all of Bel Air. His paternal grandparents, James T. Dresher Sr. and Virginia Dresher of Bel Air; his maternal grandmother, Barbara Schuster of Scotch Plains, N.J.; his stepfather, Brian C. Keys of Bel Air; and his stepmother, Patricia Dresher of Bel Air.

Thomas Washington Jr., 58, construction worker

Thomas Washington Jr., a construction laborer, died Saturday of liver failure at his East Baltimore home. He was 58.

The Baltimore native retired in the early 1980s.

In 1958, he and Cecelia Nichols were married. She died in 1986.

Services will be held at 6: 30 p.m. today at March Funeral Home Inc., 1101 E. North Ave.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas Washington III, Kevin Washington and Keith Washington; three daughters, Cassandra

Hicks, Cecelia Washington and Belinda Washington; a sister, Elsie Washington; 18 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

Robert E. Rawson, 64, medical technician

Robert E. Rawson, who served in the Air Force for 20 years, then was a medical technician, died June 3 at Sinai Hospital of a neurological disorder. He was 64 and lived in Timonium.

The Longmont, Colo., native was discharged in 1968 as a senior master sergeant and settled in Timonium with his wife, the former Harriet Warner.

He was a technician at AAI Corp., 1968-1974; the former City Hospitals, 1974-1980; and North American Phillips Medical System, until he retired in 1989.

Services were held Friday.

Survivors also include a son, Robert W. Rawson of Aberdeen; and three grandchildren.

Marie J. V. Leonard, 91, Martin Marietta engineer

Marie J.V. Leonard, who retired in 1971 as a senior engineer for the Martin Marietta Corp. in Orlando, Fla., died May 29 of coronary artery disease at the Salisbury Center Genesis Elder Care. She was 91.

TTC The former Marie J. Vodackoba was born in Boscovice, Moravia, and immigrated to Baltimore in 1921. In 1926, she married Paul Leonard and they settled on a farm in Parkton.

Mr. Leonard, who owned Leonard Outdoor Advertising, died in 1968.

Mrs. Leonard earned a bachelor's degree from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1947.

An avid hiker, she was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and often hiked Virginia's Old Rag Mountain. She also was a member of the National Gem and Mineral Society, the Humane Society, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a charter member of the Orlando (Fla.) Museum and Planetarium.

She was a former communicant of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Bolton Hill.

Services were private for Mrs. Leonard, who donated her body to the Anatomy Board of Maryland.

She is survived by two daughters, Ilia J. Fehrer of Snow Hill and Ionthe L. Rhodes of Eastville, Va.; a sister, Olga Thomas of Orlando; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

William L. Hughes, 67, city schools employee

William L. Hughes, a Baltimore City school system engineer for 33 years, died June 6 of cancer at his Northeast Baltimore home. He was 67.

The Baltimore native retired in 1991. His duties included repairing heating and electrical systems.

A graduate of Carver High School, he enlisted in the Navy in 1946 and was discharged in 1950. He held several jobs before he went to work for the school system in 1958.

In 1955, he married Christine Lee, who died in 1994.

Services will be held at 9: 30 a.m. today at March Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave.

He is survived two sons, William L. Hughes Jr. of Baltimore and Michael Hughes of Miami; seven daughters, Deborah Dorsey, Vonzella Hughes, Darlene Hughes, Sharon Brown, Cheryl Iheme and Karen Hughes, all of Baltimore, and Clarice Hughes of Orlando, Fla.; three brothers, Charles Hughes and Elmer Hughes, both of Washington, and Dave Hughes of Baltimore; a sister, Roberta Capel of Baltimore; and 29 grandchildren.

Pub Date: 6/13/96

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