Robert Lee Dixon, 70, house-painter, avid bowlerRobert Lee...

March 03, 1997

Robert Lee Dixon, 70, house-painter, avid bowler

Robert Lee Dixon, a retired professional house-painter and an avid bowler despite losing the use of his right arm and side because of polio during childhood, died of an apparent heart attack Feb. 22 at his home on Frederick Avenue in Baltimore.

He died four days before his 71st birthday.

He worked as a house-painter and retired in the early 1980s.

"He was stricken [with polio] as a baby," said a daughter-in-law, Bridgette Dixon of Baltimore. "He painted with his one good arm for 30-some years. And he loved bowling."

The Frostburg native was educated in Cumberland and came to Baltimore as a young man.

In 1946, he married Marion Piaett, who died in 1979.

Funeral services were private.

He is survived by a daughter, June Webb of Maple, N.C.; three sons, Bryon D. Dixon of Severn and Charles R. Dixon and Richard C. Dixon of Baltimore; a brother, Charles E. Dixon of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

William W. Warnick Sr., 62, Army sergeant major

William W. "Nick" Warnick Sr., a retired Army sergeant major, died Thursday of heart failure at his home in Severn. He was 62 and had moved to Maryland soon after entering the service after high school.

Sergeant Warnick served in the Army for 22 years and had assignments at Fort Meade and in Korea and three tours of duty in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired in 1975.

A native of Indiana, Pa., Sergeant Warnick, who came to Maryland in 1956, was a member of American Legion Post 276.

Funeral services will be held at noon today at the Hardesty Funeral Homes, 851 Annapolis Road, Gambrills.

He is survived by two sons, Wayne Warnick of Bowie and Warren Warnick of Severn; a daughter, Wendy W. Cozzone of Severn; his mother, Hester Warnick of Blairsville, Pa.; five brothers, John Warnick of Saltsburg, Pa., Ken Warnick of Meyersdale, Pa., Eddie Warnick of Blackwood, N.J., James Warnick of Latrobe, Pa., and Tom Warnick of Johnstown, Pa.; three sisters, Margorie Larson of Rockledge, Fla., Pati Warnick of Palmertown, Pa., and Dorothy Warnick of Latrobe, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

Eustace Thornton Sr., 87, steelworker, active in church

Eustace Thornton Sr., a retired steelworker and charter member of the Southern Baptist Church, died of cancer Feb. 20 at his East Baltimore home. He was 87.

Mr. Thornton went to work in 1936 as a bricklayer at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant and retired in 1975.

The native of Inverness, Fla., moved to Baltimore in 1928 and worked as a chauffeur for the Rev. James R. Coel, who was the founding pastor of Southern Baptist Church, 1701 N. Chester St. He joined the church in 1931 and was an active member until his death.

Services for Mr. Thornton were Wednesday.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Effie Wall; four sons, Ernest Wall, Eustace Thornton Jr., Dwayne D. Thornton and Reginald Hayes; and six daughters, Kathleen Ranson, Ida J. Thornton, Mender Montgomery, Diane M. Winkler, Josephine Williams-Harris and Veronica C. Shannon. All are of Baltimore. Also 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.

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