John Walter Samuels Sr., 55, had tire service businessJohn...

January 01, 1998

John Walter Samuels Sr., 55, had tire service business

John Walter Samuels Sr., a truck and tire mechanic, died of a heart attack Sunday at his Woodlawn home. He was 55.

Known by the nickname "W," he worked locally as a security guard, meat cutter, truck driver and an operations engineer for the Potts and Callahan construction company before starting his own business, J&W Tire Service, which he operated out of his home.

Born in Sardis, S.C., he attended schools in Timmonsville, S.C., and moved to Baltimore in 1963.

He was president of the Carolina Seven Baltimore Chapter Inc., a group he co-founded in 1987 to help people in Maryland remain in contact with their families in South Carolina.

In 1965, he married Ruthie Linder. The marriage ended in divorce.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at Wayland Baptist Church, 3200 Garrison Blvd., where Mr. Samuels was a senior usher and longtime member.

Survivors include a daughter, Alisa Samuels, and a son, John Walter Samuels Jr., both of Baltimore; his parents, David and Josie Samuels of Timmonsville; a brother, Alray Samuels of Florence, S.C.; six sisters, Margaret Green of Baltimore, Alberta Jackson, Bessie Samuels and Carolyn Thomas of Timmonsville, Doris McCrae of Greensville, S.C., and Mary Rouse of Darlington, S.C.; and longtime friend, Deborah Martin of Baltimore. Charles Robert Smith, who helped repair fighting ships that were damaged in World War II battles, died of complications from a stroke Monday at Crofton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center. The longtime Annapolis resident was 83.

Mr. Smith joined Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway shipyard as a shipfitter in 1939 and worked there for 34 years.

"He worked on all the major boats after Pearl Harbor," said a son, J. Randolph Smith of Annapolis. "He worked night and day."

From 1933 to 1939, Mr. Smith worked in inventory control for Zels Motor Co. in Baltimore.

Born in South Baltimore, he was raised in Lansdowne, where he attended public school.

After he retired, he was a volunteer for groups such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Anne Arundel County. He was also an active member of Arnold Senior Citizens Association.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Asbury United Methodist Church, 78 Church Road in Arnold.

His wife of 59 years, the former Katherine Schatz, died in May. Other survivors include another son, J. Ronald Smith of Annapolis; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Raphael P. Nini, 87, owned tavern in Little Italy

Raphael P. Nini, a Little Italy tavern owner, died of cancer Tuesday at Church Hospital. He was 87.

In the 1940s, he and his wife, the former Marie DeNenna, opened a taproom in the 400 block of S. High St., and the establishment soon developed a following.

"We just started serving food as specials on the weekend," said his son, Michael Nini. "The clams would come in in a wooden Coca-Cola box. I was the shucker."

He recalled that his parents served an all-you-can-eat supper of veal cutlet and spaghetti with beer or a wine punch, for $2.75. Patrons gathered around the bar, pool table and a few dining tables.

Mrs. Nini died in 1977. Mr. Nini stayed in business until about seven years ago.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Leo Roman Catholic Church, 227 S. Exeter St.

In addition to his son, survivors include four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth Otter Evans, 92, won Senior Olympics

Elizabeth Otter Evans, who in her 80s won broad-jump medals in the Maryland Senior Olympics, died Monday at Manorcare Towson nursing home. She was 92.

Mrs. Evans, who was active in athletics, including speed walking, ice skating and swimming, until about 10 years ago, was an avid gardener. The grounds of her Wiltondale home were filled with corn, tomato and Swiss chard plants and flowers.

Born in Philadelphia, the former Elizabeth Otter was a graduate of Germantown Friends School and Ithaca College of Music and Physical Education.

In 1930, she married Arthur Lewis Evans, a physician for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Mount Clare Shops. He died in 1974.

She had been an active member of the Woman's Club of Towson.

Services are set for 9: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave.

She is survived by a daughter, Anne Poehler of Catonsville; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/01/98

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