John Jones-Bateman Jr., 66, lawyer and teacherJohn Bennett...

July 03, 1996

John Jones-Bateman Jr., 66, lawyer and teacher

John Bennett Jones-Bateman Jr., an attorney, teacher and retired Coast Guard officer, died June 23 of cancer at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 66 and lived in Towson.

He was a partner in the Baltimore law firm of Carson, Jones-Bateman, Drechsler and Snyder.

Since 1976, he had been on the faculty of Essex Community College, where he taught business law.

He was born in Albany, N.Y., and raised in Syracuse, N.Y., where he graduated from high school. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Coast Guard Academy in 1955.

In 1956, he helped rescue survivors from the Italian passenger liner Andrea Doria, which sank off Nantucket after colliding with the Swedish freighter Stockholm.

He retired from the Coast Guard with the rank of commander in 1975.

He earned a law degree from the University of Maryland law school in 1968, a master's in law from George Washington University in 1970 and a master's in public administration from Syracuse University in 1971.

He was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1972 and was a member of the Maryland Chapter of the Order of the Coif, a law school honor society.

He was an amateur ornithologist and liked deep-sea fishing, playing bridge and golf, gardening and travel.

Services were held Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, the former Margaret Alice Dunn; a son, John Jones-Bateman III of Columbus, Ga.; a daughter, Lisa Jones-Bateman of Sterling, Va.; his mother, Mildred Jones-Bateman of Syracuse; a sister, Judith Butcher of Syracuse; a stepdaughter, Janice Cleveland of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Clifton Wainwright, 78, operated funeral home

Clifton McAwee Wainwright, who owned and operated Wainwright Funeral Home in Baltimore, died of cancer Saturday at his Edmondson Avenue residence. He was 78.

He established the funeral home in the 2700 block of Edmondson Ave. in the early 1970s.

He also worked for the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks as a supervisor of maintenance and supplies from 1975 to 1985, when he retired and worked full time at his funeral home.

Born in Whitehaven in Wicomico County, he was educated in county schools. During the Depression, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps.

He enlisted in the Army during World War II and was discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1945. He went back to school, graduating from Douglass High School in the late 1940s and the American Academy of Embalming and Mortuary Research in New York in 1951.

He was a 33rd Degree Mason and a member of King David Lodge No. 5 of the Grand Lodge; Mount Moriah Chapter No. 1 Royal Arch Masons; St. Paul Commandery No. 32 Knight Templars; Enoch Lodge of Perfection No. 1; John C. Jones Consistory No. 16; and Madina Temple No. 2.

He was a 60-year member of Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ, 1063 W. Fayette St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. today .

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Juanita Shands; a son, Calvin Wainwright of Pikesville; a daughter, Laverne W. McWhite of Pikesville; three sisters, Gertrude W. Shands and Lillie W. Hines, both of Baltimore, and Erma L. Brown of Pikesville; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth U. Strawn, 90, City Hospitals nurse

Elizabeth U. Strawn, a longtime nurse at the former Baltimore City Hospitals, died Sunday of unknown causes at Franklin Woods Nursing Home in Rosedale. She was 90.

The former Elizabeth Urban, a Pennsylvania native who moved to Highlandtown in Southeast Baltimore when she was a child, began a 35-year career at City Hospitals in 1928. She retired as assistant director of nursing in the unit for chronically ill patients.

She graduated from the Crownsville State Hospital School of Nursing in 1928 and from the University of Maryland in 1956.

She married Edison H. Strawn in 1930. He died in 1987.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bel Air Memorial Gardens, 809 Rock Spring Road in Bel Air.

She is survived by two sisters, Jennie Baity of Little Falls, N.Y., and Sue Gnagy of Lakewood, Calif.; a goddaughter, Charlotte Dickson of Towson; three grandchildren; four nephews; and five nieces.

Robyn Lea Horton-Davis, 6, loved to sing and dance

Services for 6-year-old Robyn Lea Horton-Davis, who loved to sing and dance, were held yesterday at Israel Baptist Church in Baltimore.

Robyn died Thursday after being struck by a car while crossing a street near her home on Ardley Avenue in Northeast Baltimore.

She had graduated last month from the kindergarten at Sinclair Lane Elementary School. She was interested in science and earned a certificate from Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke for participating in the school's Science for Everyone program.

At Knox Presbyterian Church, where she attended Sunday school, Robyn sang in the children's choir.

"She could hear a song once and then sing it," said her mother, Carlita M. Davis, who also said her daughter enjoyed dancing. "We are a very close-knit family, and she always looked forward to our family reunions in Wilson, N.C., each summer."

Other survivors include her father, Robert L. Horton II; a brother, VTC Charles R. Davis; six sisters, Eleanor E. and Elaine K. Davis, and Siera C., Kira J., Auriel R. and Candace R. Horton, all at home; paternal grandparents, Robert L. Horton Jr. and Marjorie Horton of Baltimore; maternal grandparents, Henry and Frances Brown of Baltimore; paternal great-grandfather, Elander Forbes of Wilson; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and special family friends, James and Helen Davis of Baltimore.

` Pub date: 07/03/96

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