Brent M. Dawson, 33, Johns Hopkins driverBrent M. Dawson...

June 06, 1998

Brent M. Dawson, 33, Johns Hopkins driver

Brent M. Dawson, a Maryland native and former driver for the Johns Hopkins Elder Plus Program, died yesterday of pneumonia at Union Memorial Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 33.

Mr. Dawson was raised in Elkton and graduated from Elkton High School in 1984. He worked numerous odd jobs before working for Home Depot from 1992 to 1995. He worked as a driver for the Johns Hopkins Elder Plus Program from 1995 to last year, when failing health forced him to retire.

Mr. Dawson enjoyed camping, shopping and raising his three Dalmatians.

Services are scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore, 3401 Old York Road.

He is survived by two sons, Lamall Wilson and Emerson Wilson, both of Baltimore; his father, Mark Thompson Jr. of Newark, Del.; his mother, Teresita Dawson of Elkton; a sister, Mary McLennan of Chesapeake City; and a life companion, Wayne M. Wilson of Baltimore.

David Nathan Briggs, 19, aspiring rap musician

David Nathan Briggs, an aspiring rap musician well-known in Southwest Baltimore, was shot to death early Tuesday five blocks from his home. He was 19.

Briggs was raised in East Baltimore but attended Southwestern High School, dropping out after the 10th grade.

In the months before his death, he worked part time as an assistant to a developer and handyman in his neighborhood of Carrollton Ridge.

A funeral service has been scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow at First St. Stevens Baptist Church, 4653 Pimlico Road.

He is survived by his mother, Bernice Lewis, his father, Joseph Briggs, a brother, James Swinson, and a sister, Christina Michelle Carter, all of Baltimore.

James Barney Watriss, 76, horse breeder, aviator

James Barney Watriss, a breeder of thoroughbreds and an aviator who helped introduce the practice of transporting horses by air, died Memorial Day of cardiopulmonary failure at Genesis Eldercare's Brightwood Center. He was 76.

In 1946, Mr. Watriss arranged for one of the first transports by airplane of a horse and, in the late 1940s, established California Eastern, an air cargo company. From 1965 to 1986, he owned and operated Pegasus Air Transport, an equine air transport service.

Since 1978, Mr. Watriss lived at Warburton Farm in the Worthington Valley, where he bred Great Communicator, who earned more than $2 million in 1988.

He was a member of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association '' and Green Spring Valley Hunt Club.

Born in Roslyn, N.Y., he graduated from St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., in 1938 and was trained as a pilot at the Boeing School of Aeronautics in Oaklawn, Calif.

His marriage to Paula Denkla ended in divorce.

Services for Mr. Watriss will be held at 3 p.m. today at St. John Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, the former Mary Wanamaker; two sons, Patrick A. Watriss of Rye, N.Y., and Michael B. Watriss of Glyndon; two daughters, Wendy V. Watriss of Houston and Helen W. Watriss of Washington; and a granddaughter.

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