John Austin Pinder Jr., 77, state correctional officerJohn...

October 03, 1997

John Austin Pinder Jr., 77, state correctional officer

John Austin Pinder Jr., a state correctional officer for 20 years, died of a massive stroke Sept. 25 at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Nanticoke resident was 77.

From 1962 to 1982, Mr. Pinder was a correctional officer at Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit in Quantico, Wicomico County.

The Baltimore native graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in the late 1930s and attended Catonsville Community College.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Mr. Pinder was a truck driver and worked many other jobs. He played on teams in Chicago and New Jersey in the Negro Baseball Leagues in the 1940s.

In 1947, he married Virginia Biles, who died in 1984.

Services will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Ashbury United Methodist Church, Hickman Lane and Nutter Road, Nanticoke.

He is survived by two sons, John A. Pinder III of Nanticoke and Anthony S. Pinder of Laurel; a sister, Muriel Morton of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Howard C. Porter Jr., 73, city government lawyer

Howard C. Porter Jr., a retired lawyer for Baltimore City government, died of a heart attack Sunday in Cape Cod, Mass., where he had lived since 1991. He was 73.

Mr. Porter was a real estate lawyer for city government from 1960 until he retired in 1984.

The former Cockeysville resident and Boston native served in the Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1945. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in the mid-1950s and the University of Baltimore School of Law later in the decade.

Mr. Porter was a lawyer for the State Roads Commission before he worked for city government.

He was a licensed pilot.

Services were yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Virginia Reedy, whom he married in 1964.

Virginia Laws Johnson, 72, Continental Can employee

Virginia Laws Johnson, a former longtime employee of the old Continental Can Co., died of heart failure Sept. 25 at Maryland General Hospital. The West Baltimore resident was 72. Mrs. Johnson was a machinist and forklift operator at Continental in Southeast Baltimore from 1943 until the 1980s.

A native of Towson, the former Virginia Laws graduated from the old Carver High School in Towson in 1940. In 1955, she married Samuel Edward Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson enjoyed cooking, knitting and traveling and was a member of Christian Life Church, 6605 Liberty Road, where services are planned for 11 a.m. today.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Delcia Johnson-Whitaker of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

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