Betty S. Shepherd, 51, First National Bank officialBetty...

January 22, 1999

Betty S. Shepherd, 51, First National Bank official

Betty S. Shepherd, a vice president of First National Bank of Maryland, died Jan. 14 of breast cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 51 and lived in Columbia.

Mrs. Shepherd was telecommunications project manager and a member of the staff overseeing the acquisition of Dauphin Bank of Pennsylvania, which was merged into First National in November. She joined First National in 1978 and previously held positions in human resources, branch administration, information systems and telecommunications.

The former Betty Sparkman, who was born in Commerce, Texas, earned a bachelor's degree in education from East Texas State University in 1968.

She was a teacher in Howard County and at Morrell Park Elementary School in Baltimore. She restored a house on South Stricker Street in the Union Square historical district, where she was the community's representative to the Police Department's Southern District.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Witzke Funeral Home, 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Shepherd, whom she married in 1989; her parents, William Sparkman Jr. and Mildred Rae Sparkman of Commerce; and a brother, Bill Sparkman of Grapevine, Texas.

Donald G. Richardson, 83, telephone company manager

Donald Gray Richardson, a former district manager for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., died Tuesday of a blood clot at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 83 and lived in Upperco.

Mr. Richardson, who had previously lived in Reisterstown for 45 years, joined C&P, now known as Bell Atlantic, as a lineman in 1938. He retired as district manager for Baltimore in 1977.

Born in Eldersburg, he was a graduate of Sykesville High School and Baltimore Business College. During World War II, he was an Army Air Corps communications specialist.

He was a founder of the Reisterstown Kiwanis Club in 1948 and had served as its president. He was a member and former chairman of the board of Piney Branch Golf & Country Club.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main St., Hampstead.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Vivian Skidmore; two sons, Randy Richardson of Finksburg and Donald Clay Richardson of Westminster; three daughters, Barbara Houck of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Vivian Lynn Piette and Carol E. Ball, both of Reisterstown; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

James C. MacInnes Sr., 82, executive and engineer

James C. MacInnes Sr., a former Koppers Co. executive and locomotive designer, died Jan. 15 of pneumonia at a Tallahassee, Fla., nursing home. The former Pasadena resident was 82.

He was product sales manager for government contracts at Koppers for 10 years and retired in 1981. From 1940 to 1971, he designed steam and diesel locomotives for Baldwin Locomotive Works -- later Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corp. -- in Eddystone, Pa.

The native of Hood River, Ore., earned a mechanical engineering degree from Indiana Technical College in 1940.

He served in the Navy during the Depression and World War II and earned the rank of captain in the Naval Reserve.

In 1941, he married Claudia Bowlby, who died in 1994.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.

He is survived by two sons, James C. MacInnes Jr. of Sandy, Utah, and Douglas B. MacInnes of Tallahassee; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Sue Boyd Taylor, 82, librarian and volunteer

Sue Boyd Taylor, a retired school librarian and volunteer with Meals on Wheels, died Jan. 15 of congestive heart failure at her home in Essex. She was 82.

Mrs. Taylor was trained as a librarian by Enoch Pratt Free Library and worked there before she joined the Baltimore County school system. She retired in 1977.

The former Sue Boyd Neill, who was born in Jackson, Miss., married Robert Taylor in 1942. He died in the 1970s.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Essex, where services were held Tuesday.

She is survived by two sons, John M. Taylor of Glen Rock, Pa., and William R. Taylor of Sparks; four brothers, Dr. Charles Neill of Jackson, Miss., Robert Neill of Ellisville, Miss., Dr. Walter Neill and John Neill, both of Laurel, Miss.; a sister, Nell Shima of Marengo, Iowa; and nine grandchildren.

Clara H. Hament, 97, hospital volunteer

Clara H. Hament, a homemaker and volunteer at area hospitals, died Jan. 15 of respiratory failure at Brightwood Center, a Lutherville nursing home where she had lived since 1994. The former Pikesville resident was 97.

The former Clara Harris was born in West Baltimore, where, in 1913, she and other neighborhood girls established the Aurora Club, which still meets.

In 1920, she married William Hament, who died in 1968.

Services were held Sunday.

She is survived by a son, Carrol Hament of Baltimore; a daughter, Doris Naron of Hollywood, Fla.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Genevieve J. Talbott, 102, teacher and in real estate

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