William Monroe, 64, owned former Sphinx ClubWilliam...

November 21, 1996

William Monroe, 64, owned former Sphinx Club

William Monroe, who owned an establishment that was once Baltimore's famed Sphinx Club, died Monday of cancer at the Veterans Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 64 and lived in Catonsville.

He purchased the club in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. in 1989 after the death of Charlie Tilghman, who opened the establishment in 1946. He sold it last year.

"Monroe renamed the club Papa's Place in tribute to Charlie Tilghman, whom everyone called Papa," said Biddy Wood, longtime friend and retired theatrical manager. "For years, it was known as the uptown Center Club."

Mr. Monroe was born and raised in Laurinburg, N.C., and was educated there. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War and came to Baltimore after he was discharged. He worked for many years as a teller at Pimlico Race Course.

Services will be held at 6: 30 p.m. today at Village Baptist Church, 100 S. Hilton St., Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Agnes Fritc; two sons, Derick Monroe and Todd McClary, and two daughters, Denise Gladden and Danielle Jones, all of Baltimore; a brother, Archie Monroe Jr. of Mount Pleasant, N.C.; and 10 grandchildren.

Virginia Lee Timmons, 52, Maryland General nurse

Virginia Lee "Ginny" Timmons, a nurse who spent her entire career at Maryland General Hospital, died of cardiac arrest Nov. 2 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Baltimore resident was 52.

A 1965 graduate of Maryland General Hospital School of Nursing, she worked as staff nurse, in-service director and for eight years was an instructor at the hospital's nursing school, which closed in 1987.

She was the night clinical supervisor until she left for health reasons in the late 1980s.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Maryland and a master of science in education from the Johns Hopkins University.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today at Gatch Auditorium, Maryland General Hospital, 827 Linden Ave., Baltimore.

She is survived by a brother, John Timmons of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and an aunt, Eveline Whitmore of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 11/21/96

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