Theodore M. Tussing, 71, box company managerTheodore...

March 08, 1997

Theodore M. Tussing, 71, box company manager

Theodore Miller Tussing, a longtime employee in the box industry and a college football referee, died Wednesday of respiratory failure at his Severna Park home. He was 71.

Mr. Tussing worked in the box industry in Pennsylvania and Missouri before he settled in Maryland in 1979 to begin work as a general manager with the Baltimore Box Co. He retired in 1983.

A native of Marietta, Ohio, Mr. Tussing graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1948.

He was a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Football Officials Association and officiated at games throughout the East Coast for 20 years.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 9 a.m. today at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis.

In addition to his wife, the former Mollie Lauth, whom he married in 1949, he is survived by two sons, Theodore M. Tussing Jr. of Chicago and Andrew Tussing of Ellicott City; five daughters, Carey Anderson of Buffalo, N.Y., Deborah Tussing Adams of Severna Park, Mary Jo Keatley of Kansas City, Mo., Kelly Tussing Rhodus of St. Louis and Suzanne Tussing Davies of Annapolis; and 16 grandchildren.

William E. Schnuit Sr., 68, United Methodist pastor

The Rev. William E. Schnuit Sr., associate pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Pasadena, died of cancer Wednesday at North Arundel Hospital. He was 68.

Mr. Schnuit had served in the post since 1984. He was pastor of Marley United Methodist Church Church in Glen Burnie from 1976 to 1984.

From 1957 to 1976, he worked in the insurance department at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant. While there, he studied at Wesley Seminary in Washington and was ordained a minister in 1972.

Born and raised in Locust Point, Mr. Schnuit was a 1946 graduate of City College and attended Anne Arundel Community College.

During the Korean War, he served in the Marine Corps as a saxophonist in a band unit. He was discharged as a staff sergeant in 1951.

He was a member of Landmark Masonic Lodge No. 127 in Brooklyn.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Shirley Malkus; a son, William E. Schnuit Jr. of Salisbury, N.C.; two daughters, Debra S. Cooper of Pasadena and Nancy C. Petticrew of Apache Junction, Ariz.; a sister, Thelma S. Rebstock of Pasadena; and six grandchildren.

Everett Barnes Butler, 97, manager for oil company

Everett Barnes Butler, a lifelong Baltimore resident and a retired oil company employee, died of natural causes Tuesday at Frederick Villa Nursing Center in Catonsville. He was 97 and lived in Windsor Hills in Northwest Baltimore.

He went to work at age 15 as a chauffeur, and later was a delivery truck driver for the American Oil Co. in South Baltimore, where he retired as stock room manager in 1960.

Mr. Butler graduated from Douglass High School in 1918 and attended Howard University.

He was an avid card player and enjoyed cooking for his family.

In 1922, he married Addie Mae Grinage, who died in 1974.

Mr. Butler was a lifelong member of Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church, 1206 Etting St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by a son, William Albert Butler of Owings Mills; two daughters, Shirley Butler Wood of Baltimore and June Butler Thorne of Owings Mills; and two grandchildren.

Elizabeth L. Gill, 68, Blue Cross employee

Elizabeth L. Gill, a former Towson resident, died of cancer Sunday at her home in Melbourne, Fla., where she had lived since 1988. She was 68.

In 1987, she retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland Inc., where she had worked for 10 years. Earlier, she was a head teller at an Equitable Bank branch.

She was born Elizabeth Lee in Baltimore and raised in Lutherville. She graduated from Towson High School in 1947 and married William H. "Bo" Gill Jr. in 1949.

She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, William Lee Gill of Towson; a daughter, Linda S. Malone of Sparks; a sister, Nancy L. Scoggins of Forest Hill; and five grandchildren.

Edward J. Wharton, 92, musician, federal worker

Edward J. Wharton, a musician who performed with many local groups and later worked for the Social Security Administration, died Monday of heart failure at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The West Baltimore resident was 92.

During the 1920s and 1930s, Mr. Wharton played banjo, guitar and piano for several groups, including Ed Wharton's Melody Boys and Ike Dixon's Band.

A native of Accomac County, Va., Mr. Wharton came to Baltimore as a young boy and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in the 1920s. He performed with musical groups for many years until he began work for the Social Security Administration office in Woodlawn in 1939. He retired in 1967.

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