Ollie Thomas McNeil, 86, homemaker, church workerOllie...

May 17, 1998

Ollie Thomas McNeil, 86, homemaker, church worker

Ollie Thomas McNeil, a Randallstown homemaker who enjoyed a 62-year marriage, died Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 86.

She was born and raised in Cokesbury, N.C., where she attended public schools and was married to Jake McNeil. They moved in 1943 to the Baltimore area, where Mr. McNeil became a welder for Maryland Drydock.

The couple had two children -- one of whom, a daughter, died two weeks after she was born -- and adopted their great-niece when she was a baby.

Mrs. McNeil was an active member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, and served on its senior usher board until the onset of her illness in 1995.

She enjoyed sewing draperies and chair covers, raising roses and cooking.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are her son, James Alphanzo McNeil, and daughter, Judy Carol McNeil, both of Randallstown; two sisters, Minnie Wells and Roberta Jones, both of Baltimore; three brothers, James Jasper Thomas of Baltimore, Lee Cicero Thomas of Sanford, N.C., and Robert Thomas of Oxford, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 6: 30 p.m. today at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 2201 Garrison Blvd. in Baltimore.

Robert M. Parker Sr., 74, oil company vice president

Robert M. "Buddy" Parker Sr., a retired oil company vice president who kept in touch with clients after his retirement -- when he wasn't on a hunting or fishing expedition -- died Thursday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson after a long battle with cancer. The Monkton resident was 74.

Born in Williamsport, Pa., Mr. Parker served in the Army during World War II and married the former Ruth Wilhelm in 1942.

Mr. Parker worked more than 30 years with Baltimore-based United Oil Co., which made oils and greases for construction sites and automobile manufacturers.

"He kept his finger in the pie and went out and visited his old customers and got orders" after his retirement, said his wife. "He wasn't one to sit."

In his spare time, Mr. Parker loved hunting and fishing, often going on guided trips to Wyoming and West Virginia in pursuit of "anything he could get," according to his wife. She said he often gave the meat to the hunting guides, saving his bear pelts to decorate his work space.

"He had [a bear pelt] in his office, and then when he retired he gave it away," she said.

Mr. Parker is also survived by a son, Robert M. Parker Jr. of Parkton, a nationally known wine connoisseur and writer; two sisters, Betty P. Jones of Baltimore and Louise P. Billingsley of Monkton; and a granddaughter.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Monkton United Methodist Cemetery, 16527 Garfield Ave. in Monkton.

Cynthia A. Barrow Tate, 57, Army computer technician

Cynthia Anne Barrow Tate, a Baltimore native who worked as an Army computer technician in Charlottesville, Va., died of cancer there Thursday. She was 57.

A graduate of Catholic High School of Baltimore, she married Edward O'Conner Tate of Richmond, Va., in 1960, and they traveled as employees of the Army first to Alaska, and later to Maryland, Colorado and Germany before settling in Charlottesville.

A memorial service was held yesterday at the Tate home.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Theresa Lynn Munt of Kents Store, Va.; a son, Edward O'Conner Tate Jr. of Greenville, S.C.; two brothers, Jay Barrow of Phoenix, Ariz., and Malcolm Barrow of Springdale, Calif., and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 5/17/98

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