Joshua S. Eaton, 93, purchasing agentJoshua S. Eaton, a...

December 26, 1997

Joshua S. Eaton, 93, purchasing agent

Joshua S. Eaton, a purchasing agent and resident of Pikesville for 40 years, died Monday at Fairhaven Retirement Center in Sykesville of heart failure. He was 93.

Mr. Eaton worked for 41 years at Western Maryland Railway, first from 1926 to 1928, then from 1931 until he retired in 1969 as a purchasing agent.

Born in Owings Mills, Mr. Eaton graduated from Franklin High School in 1921. He worked as an insurance clerk at Maryland Casualty Co. until 1926, when he took a job with the railroad.

In 1933, he married Yvonne Peeling. The two were married for 52 years. She died in 1985.

Mr. Eaton was a member of several organizations, including the Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren in Westminster. He also was president of the Pikesville chapter of the Kiwanis Club, eventually becoming a life member.

He was also a life member of the Owings Mills and Reisterstown volunteer fire companies and the Beaver Run Fish and Game Club.

Services are scheduled for tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Loring Byers Funeral Chapel in Randallstown, 8728 Liberty Road.

Mr. Eaton is survived by a son, John C. Eaton of Woodbine; three grandsons, John R. Eaton of Eldersburg, Chuck Eaton of Finksburg and Barry Eaton of Bel Air; two great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter. Thomas Harrison Edds, a retired sales manager, died of heart failure Monday at the Baltimore home of his daughter. He was 87.

Born in Jonesville, Va., Mr. Edds graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1934 and moved to the mining town of Lynch, Ky., where he met Sara Barnes of Delina, Texas.

The couple married in 1943, the same year Mr. Edds enlisted in the Army. During the war, he was based in Greenville, Texas, where he was a technical sergeant until 1945.

After his honorable discharge, the couple lived in Lynch until Mrs. Edds died in 1950. Mr. Edds worked in Madison, Tenn., as a furniture store sales clerk and manager until retiring in 1975 and returning to Jonesville.

In 1995, Mr. Edds suffered a stroke and began living with his daughters, Rachel in Baltimore and Margaret Edds Lipper in Richmond, Va.

Survivors include his two daughters and three grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sturgill Funeral Home in Pennington Gap, Va.

Contributions may be sent to Chances Chapel Methodist Church, c/o Barbara Benfield, Route 4, Jonesville, Va., 24263.

Michael D. Stiim, 35, truck driver

Michael D. Stiim, a Pasadena truck driver and hot-rod car enthusiast, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie. He was 35.

Mr. Stiim was born in Baltimore and moved to Glen Burnie when he was 12. A graduate of Glen Burnie High School's class of 1980, he attended Anne Arundel Community College for a year before starting a career as a truck driver.

Two years ago, he married Lisa M. Green, a receptionist at the well-drilling company for which he worked.

Mr. Stiim's first love was his three Mustangs -- an '86, a '91 and a '93. A member of Street Survivors of Maryland, a Glen Burnie club for hot-rod fans, Mr. Stiim was especially proud of his '86 Mustang, which was black with the character Pinhead from the horror movie "Hellbound Hellraiser" painted on the underside of its hood. Mr. Stiim spent several Saturdays every summer displaying the Mustang at the club's weekly car shows in Glen Burnie.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Lucas Stiim, a stepson, Trevor Waddell, both of Pasadena; his mother, Vicky Stiim of Baltimore; and his paternal grandmother, Armilde Stiim of Baltimore.

Services will be at 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Gonce Funeral Home, 169 Riviera Drive in Riviera Beach.

Ella Mae Miller, 81, homemaker

Ella Mae Miller, a homemaker and longtime Baltimore resident, died Monday of heart failure at Brethren Home in New Oxford, Pa. She was 81.

Born in Altoona, Pa., the former Ella Mae Gill married Harry D. Miller in 1937. The couple moved to Baltimore in 1941.

In Baltimore, she was an active member of Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren in Glen Arm and often helped with quilt-making events and bake sales.

Mrs. Miller and her husband moved to New Oxford in 1991 to live in a Brethren church community.

She is survived by her husband of New Oxford; a son, Gary E. Miller of Baltimore; a daughter, Glenda M. Bowman of Hampstead; a brother, Everett J. Gill of Falling Waters, W.Va.; two sisters, Hazel Ellenberger of Mill Creek, Pa., and Wilma Shock of Hollidaysburg, Pa.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one step-great-granddaughter.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Brethren Home, 2990 Carlisle Pike in New Oxford.

Claire D. Hoffman, 83, commercial artist

Claire D. Hoffman, a longtime Baltimore commercial artist, died Saturday of pulmonary failure at a hospital in Hollywood, Fla. She was 83.

Born in Baltimore, the former Claire Doeplitz grew up in Northwest Baltimore and graduated from Western High School in 1932. Mrs. Hoffman studied fashion illustration at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in the 1930s, the same school where her father studied in the 1890s.

Mrs. Hoffman worked as a commercial artist in advertising and was the first woman hired by Westinghouse Corp. as a draftsman during World War II. She moved to Florida in 1958.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol E. Hoffman, of Rochester, N.Y. Services were held Wednesday in Baltimore.

Pub Date: 12/26/97

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