Lester M. Thompson, 47, Bethlehem Steel inspectorLester M...

March 28, 1997

Lester M. Thompson, 47, Bethlehem Steel inspector

Lester M. Thompson, a retired steel worker, died of lung disease Monday at Church Hospital. The lifelong West Baltimore resident was 47.

Mr. Thompson, who was known as Maurice, retired in 1988 for medical reasons from Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, where he had been an inspector in the tin mill for 21 years.

He graduated from Edmondson High School in 1967 and attended Morgan State College.

His marriage to Willa Jean Moses ended in divorce.

He was a longtime member of Fulton Baptist Church, where he sang in the gospel chorus and was a junior deacon and missionary. Services will be held at 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 1630 W. North Ave.

Survivors include a son, Maurice L. Thompson of Baltimore; his parents, Lester and Bernice Thompson of Baltimore; a sister, Celestine Tatum of Randallstown; and a grandson.

Christine F. Purnell, 84, aide to police officials

Christine Furness Purnell, a longtime Charles Village resident, died of complications of pneumonia March 8 at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 84.

Miss Purnell retired in the early 1970s after having worked as an administrative assistant to several Baltimore police officials. Earlier, she worked for the Criminal Justice Commission of Baltimore.

She was born and raised in the 2000 block of St. Paul St. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1930 and attended the Eaton and Burnett College of Business. She also studied at the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

She was a founder of the Community Chest, a longtime volunteer, a member of the Union Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and a supporter of the Animal Rescue League who took in stray dogs.

No services were held.

She is survived by a sister, Phyllis P. Silin of Charlotte, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

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Pub Date: 3/28/97

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