Jerome Reamer, 69, owned electronics, mattress...

November 26, 1998

Jerome Reamer, 69, owned electronics, mattress stores

Jerome Reamer, founder and owner of South Baltimore electronics and mattress businesses, died Sunday of cancer at his Pikesville home. He was 69.

Mr. Reamer established Poptronics Electronics in 1963. The Light Street business sells pagers, automobile stereos, radios, police scanners and marine radios. The House of Foam, a division of Poptronics that sells bedding, is at the same location.


Born in Northwest Baltimore, he graduated from City College and served in the Navy in the 1950s. He began his retailing career in the late 1950s on Calvert Street, selling Navy surplus.

He was a member of the South Baltimore Merchants Association.

Mr. Reamer was known for his philanthropy, annually donating food and other necessities to a needy South Baltimore family.

He was married for many years to the former Billie Little, who died in 1989.

Services were held Tuesday.

He is survived by three sons, Rodney Reamer of Port Deposit, and David Reamer and Alan Reamer, of Owings Mills; a daughter, Julie Stein of Parkville; and three grandchildren. Gary Edmond Jennings, 52, who worked in quality control for Seagram Americans and was an avid fisherman, died Monday of cancer at St. Agnes HealthCare.

The lifelong South Baltimore resident had worked for the Arbutus distillery since last year. Earlier, he had been a foreman for 14 years for United Steel Co. in Curtis Bay until its closing in 1993.

The Cherry Hill native was a graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School.

Mr. Jennings enjoyed fishing on the Eastern Shore and near the Hanover Street bridge.

A 1966 marriage ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Living God, 2402 W. Fayette St.

He is survived by his wife of two years, the former Deloris Robinson; a son, Maurice Lamont Jennings, and a daughter, Carol Melisa Jennings, both of Baltimore; five stepsons, Crosby Robinson and Rodney Robinson, both of Youngstown, Ohio, Crosley Robinson of Landover, and Michael Robinson and Larry Robinson, both of Baltimore; five stepdaughters, Victoria Bailey of Youngstown, Valerie Scott, Virginia Robinson and Carol Warren, all of Baltimore, and Vivian Fokum of Towson; three brothers, Allen Jennings, Carlton Jennings and Bruce Jennings, and two sisters, Sheila Williams and Sarah Jeffries, all of Baltimore; and a grandson.

Sarah Anna Brown, 76, Headstart teacher's aide

Sarah Anna Brown, a lifelong Elkridge resident and former teacher's aide in the Howard County Headstart program, died Saturday of cancer at St. Agnes HealthCare. She was 76.

Mrs. Brown worked in the Headstart program for preschool children for about 10 years and retired in 1985. Before then, she worked in food service at Friendship Airport. During World War II, she assembled airplane parts at Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

The former Sarah Anna Brogden graduated from the old Lakeland High School in Howard County in the late 1930s.

In 1948, she married Charles P. Brown, who died in 1992.

She enjoyed bowling and crocheting.

Mrs. Brown was a longtime member of Unity Baptist Church, 7204 Montgomery Road in Elkridge, where services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday .

She is survived by a daughter, Valerie A. Collins of Elkridge, and by two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 11/26/98

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