Melvin Dirton Jr., 58, city public works courierMelvin...

October 18, 1998|By 1985 PHOTO

Melvin Dirton Jr., 58, city public works courier

Melvin Dirton Jr., a courier for the city of Baltimore, died of a stroke Tuesday at Sinai Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 58.

Born in Greenville, S.C., Mr. Dirton moved with his family to the Baltimore area at age 5 and was educated in city public schools.

Starting in the late 1950s, he held a variety of jobs, including forklift operator for Continental Can Co. and bricklayer.

For the past 27 years, Mr. Dirton had worked for the Bureau of Water and Wastewater in the city's Department of Public Works, carrying interdepartmental mail, blueprints and other documents to city offices.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Chapman-Harris Funeral Home, 5240 Reisterstown Road.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, the former Loretta Hawkins; a son, Melvin Dirton III; and two daughters, Shelby Dirton and Melva Dirton. All are of Baltimore. Evelyn Louise Thomasson, a homemaker and longtime Severna Park resident, died of emphysema Thursday at her home. She was 78.

Born in Baltimore, the former Evelyn Louise Smith was a graduate of the city's Eastern High School. She married Timothy G. Thomasson in 1940.

Services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at the Barranco & Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, John T. Thomasson of Severna Park, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Nathaniel N. Powell, 75, driver for MTA

Nathaniel N. Powell, a Baltimore native and retired Mass Transit Administration driver, died of heart failure Oct. 10 at his West Baltimore home. He was 75.

Mr. Powell served in the Army during World War II, then worked as an independent trucker until 1952 when he began his transit career. He retired in 1983.

Mr. Powell was a Mason and for more than 35 years belonged to St. John AME Church, where services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Neutrodyne Finney, whom he married in 1944; two sisters, Mary Custis of Baltimore and Genevieve Marshall of Philadelphia; and a grandson.

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