John S. Edwards Sr., 90, grocery cashierJohn Sterling...

February 22, 1997

John S. Edwards Sr., 90, grocery cashier

John Sterling Edwards Sr., a retired cashier for Baltimore Wholesale Grocery Co., died Thursday of pneumonia at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace. He was 90 and an Ocean City resident.

Mr. Edwards began working for the wholesale grocery company in the early 1920s and retired in 1982. At the time of his death, he was a member of the company's board of directors.

He was born and raised in Hamilton and attended Polytechnic Institute. In 1929, he married Lillian E. Carter, who died in 1974.

Mr. Edwards, who lived on Westfield Avenue in Hamilton until moving to Ocean City in 1986, was a 70-year member of St. John's of Hamilton Methodist Church.

He was a member of the YMCA and enjoyed duckpin bowling.

Mr. Edwards donated his body to the Anatomy Board of Maryland. No funeral is planned.

He is survived by a son, John S. Edwards Jr. of Finksburg; a daughter, Joan Webster of Churchville; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

A memorial gathering will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at 2429 Clydesdale Road in Finksburg.

Joseph W. Smith Sr., 85, CSX accounting supervisor

Joseph W. Smith Sr., a retired CSX accounting supervisor and war hero, died Wednesday of Alzheimer's disease at his Catonsville residence. He was 85.

Mr. Smith began his railroading career in 1936 in the stores department of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Pittsburgh, where he was born and educated.

He served with the 8th Army during World War II and received two purple hearts after being wounded in Italy.

He also received the Bronze Star. He was a staff sergeant when he was discharged at the war's end.

Mr. Smith enjoyed doing odd jobs around his home and exercising.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7472 and was active in the St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church Holy Name Society.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Route 40 at St. Agnes Lane, Catonsville.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Louise K. Meyer; three sons, Joseph W. Smith Jr. of Catonsville, Stephen E. Smith of Cockeysville and William P. Smith of Pasadena; two daughters, Kathleen L. Brooks of Taylorsville and Helen Marie Eichelman of Catonsville; and 10 grandchildren.

Mary L. Covahey, 90, operated liquor store

Mary L. Covahey, who operated a Timonium liquor store and was one of the oldest liquor license holders in Baltimore County, died of a heart attack Feb. 5 at her home there. She was 90.

Mrs. Covahey, who married Edward C. Covahey Sr. in 1931, joined him in the operation of a service station and store that was attached to their York Road home. He died in 1964.

In 1933, the couple was issued a liquor license for the sale of beer and light wines, and at the time of her death, she was still one of the licensees in Covahey's Liquors. It is believed that she was the oldest continual holder of a liquor license in Baltimore County.

Mrs. Covahey, who continued to live next door to her business, was a source of local history for neighbors and researchers.

She was born Mary Lindemon and was raised in the Timonium-Texas area.

She was a 1924 graduate of Towson High School. Before her marriage, she was a secretary at Maryland Casualty Co. and Black & Decker Manufacturing Co.

She was the former president of the Cockeysville Elementary School PTA and was a volunteer with the Red Cross during World War II.

Services were held Feb. 8.

She is survived by two sons, Edward C. Covahey Jr. of Cockeysville and Donald C. Covahey of Timonium; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth S. Hanna, 94, private art teacher

Elizabeth Stewart Hanna, a private art teacher for 40 years, died Thursday of heart failure while living at Roland Park Place in north Baltimore. She was 94.

A native of Schenectady, N.Y., and a graduate of the New York School of Art in New York City, Mrs. Hanna moved to Baltimore in 1940.

She painted early American furniture and decorative tinware at her Roland Park home. She also offered private art lessons at her home. She retired in 1980.

Born Elizabeth Stewart, she married William McAfee Hanna in 1928. He died in the 1980s.

No services are planned.

She is survived by two sons, John Hunter Hanna of Whistler, British Columbia, and William McAfee Jr. of Newtown Square, Pa.; a daughter, Nancy Pringle Davenport of Charlottesville, Va.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Donations may be made to the Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St., Baltimore 21211.

Edward F. Crowding Jr., 86, Western Electric employee

Edward Fenimore Crowding Jr., a former payroll department employee of Western Electric Co., died Feb. 8 of Alzheimer's disease at a nursing home in Naples, Fla. The former Towson resident was 86.

Born in Kent County and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Crowding retired in 1978 from Western Electric's Point Breeze Works after 31 years in the payroll department.

After retiring, he moved to Palm Coast, Fla., and had been a resident of Harborside Healthcare in Naples since 1992.

He was a former member of Towson United Methodist Church and was active in the Telephone Pioneers of America.

In Florida, he was a member of St. Marks-by-the-Sea Lutheran Church and the Palm Coast Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Dorothy K. Calvert; a son, Edward F. Crowding III of Basking Ridge, N.J.; a daughter, Jean Cele Burgan of Naples; a brother, Neil Crowding of Boynton Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 2/22/97

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