John A. Spilman III, 81, banker, outdoorsmanJohn Armistead...

September 06, 1996

John A. Spilman III, 81, banker, outdoorsman

John Armistead Spilman III, a retired banker and amateur golfer, died in his sleep Sunday at Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson. He was 81.

Born in New York, the longtime Owings Mills resident spent most of his life in Maryland. He was a descendant of George Armistead, who commanded Fort McHenry during the British attack in 1814.

Mr. Spilman served in the Navy's quartermaster corps during World War II, then began his career at Fidelity-Baltimore National Bank. He remained with the company when it became the Maryland National Bank. He retired as a senior vice president in 1969.

Mr. Spilman enjoyed success as an amateur golfer. He and his brother, the late Edgar Spilman, twice won the team championship in the Greenspring-Elkridge Invitational golf tournament.

He was an officer of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Red Cross and once headed its volunteer blood donor program. He also was the first president of the Valleys Planning Council, a nonprofit watchdog organization dedicated to preserving Baltimore County's rural northern and northwestern areas.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

His wife of 54 years, Eliza White Spilman, died in 1994.

Mr. Spilman is survived by a son, John A. Spilman IV of Lutherville; a daughter, Anne Spilman Larsen of West Chester, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

Ernest Ralph Murphy, a retired Baltimore educator, died Sundayof heart failure at Northwest Medical Center. He was 70 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

Born in South Boston, Va., Mr. Murphy moved to Baltimore as a child and was a 1944 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

After service in the Army Air Corps, he earned his bachelor's degree in 1951 from what is now Morgan State University and began his career as an elementary teacher in the city school system.

He earned master's degrees in education from Coppin State in 1953 and the Johns Hopkins University in 1975, and was an assistant principal and, briefly, interim regional superintendent for the system's Central-West Region before retiring in 1984.

He was a member of Wayland Baptist Church at 3200 Garrison Blvd., where services will be held at 10 a.m. today.

He is survived by his mother, Susie E. Murphy of Reisterstown; four nieces, Beverly Hemphill of Reisterstown, Delores Powell and Charlene Frazier, both of Baltimore, and Jacqueline Williams of Silver Spring; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and a friend, Ada Weaver of Baltimore.

John Paul Doyas, an accomplished artisan who worked in stone and iron, died Aug. 28 of a heart attack at his home in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The former Severna Park resident was 39.

At his death, Mr. Doyas was employed by Sanders Museum Services in Shepherdstown.

The son of a career military officer, Mr. Doyas was born at Fort Belvoir, Va., and spent his early childhood in Ethiopia and Japan. He was a 1975 graduate of Severna Park High School and earned an associate's degree from Anne Arundel Community College and took additional courses at Shepherdstown College.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park.

He is survived by his mother, Betty C. Doyas of Severna Park; a brother, Edward Doyas of Severna Park; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Steen of Richmond, Va.; and his maternal grandmother, Mary Louise Hibline of Cockeysville.

Pub Date: 9/06/96

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