Roy D. Gresham, 82, Baptist Convention directorThe Rev...

May 30, 1998

Roy D. Gresham, 82, Baptist Convention director

The Rev. Roy D. Gresham, retired executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, died of leukemia Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 82.

A native of Greenville, S.C., Mr. Gresham graduated from Furman University there in 1938. He moved to Maryland in 1941 (( and was a civilian instructor for the Army Air Forces at Glenn L. Martin Co. until 1945.

Mr. Gresham was ordained by and called as pastor of Middle River Baptist Church, where he served from 1946 to 1958. He was elected executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware in 1957 and served until his retirement in 1982.

He was interim executive director of the Baptist Convention of New York from 1982 to 1983 and from 1984 to 1991 was an associate in the department of church loans of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Mr. Gresham received an honorary doctorate in 1960 from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.

His wife, the former Virginia Jones, whom he married in 1939, died in 1964.

L Services were held yesterday at Middle River Baptist Church.

He is survived by three daughters, Norma Holland and Jo Anne Gobeli, both of Baltimore, and Janet Gresham of Birmingham, Ala.; a sister, Margaret Hendrix of Greenville; and eight grandchildren.

Denise A. Bates-Echols, 45, Social Security worker

Denise A. Bates-Echols, a Baltimore native who worked for the Social Security Administration, died May 23 from complications of diabetes at Northwest Hospital Center. The Randallstown resident was 45.

Mrs. Bates- Echols graduated from Forest Park High School in 1970 and earned two associate of arts degrees from the Community College of Baltimore in the 1970s, one in fashion design and the other in art.

From 1974 until she retired because of failing health in 1994, she was a clerk at Social Security's downtown and Woodlawn offices.

A memorial service will be held at 11: 30 a.m. Thursday at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.

She is survived by her husband, Theodore Echols Jr., whom she married in 1988; her parents, Pervis M. and Mary Ann H. Bates of Randallstown; and a brother, Pervis M. Bates Jr. of Fairmont, W.Va.

Duane Stephen Ridley, a former computer programmer, died Saturday of renal failure at Good Samaritan Hospital. The East Baltimore resident was 48.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Ridley graduated from City College in 1969 and was a programmer at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1970 to 1977.

He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing cards. He was a member and past president of Brothers of the Rim, a local social group.

Services will be held at noon today at the William March Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave.

Survivors include four brothers, Melvin Boyd, Ronnie Thompson, Ralph Thompson and Derwin Boyd; and five sisters, Gerena Foster, Randy Nicholson, Carlett Douglas, Joyce Thompson and Brenda Thompson. All are of Baltimore.

Elizabeth R. Wilson, 66, nurse's assistant

Elizabeth R. Wilson, a lifelong Baltimorean and former nurse's assistant, died Monday from complications of a stroke at University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 66.

The former Elizabeth Coleman lived in East Baltimore and worked for many years at Church Home and Hospital before retiring in the 1980s.

She enjoyed reading and bowling, and was a longtime member of First Apostolic Faith Church, 27 S. Caroline St., where services will be held at 10 a.m. today.

Her 25-year marriage to Elijah Wilson ended in divorce in 1974.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher Wilson and Roderick Wilson; three daughters, Agnes Gross, Yvonne Austin and Terrie Brunson; four brothers, Paul Coleman, Gilbert Coleman, Richard Coleman and Michael Coleman; five sisters, Margaret Johnson, Louise Coleman, Catherine Gray, Patricia Levine and Agnes Powell; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

John Henry Jones, 77, Social Security supervisor

John Henry Jones, a World War II veteran and former Social Security Administration employee, died of cancer Monday at Liberty Medical Center. The West Baltimore resident was 77.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Jones graduated from city public schools and attended Morgan State College.

He served in the Army during World War II, then went to work for Social Security. He retired as a supervisor in 1977.

His wife, the former Victoria Anderson, whom he married in 1952, died in 1988. He is survived by two sisters, Melba Dorsey of Baltimore and Senora Reckling of Washington state.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

Pub Date: 5/30/98

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