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January 27, 1999

Oakley Mears Bailey, 79, cabdriver, plumber

Oakley Mears Bailey, who had been a cabdriver and plumber, died Thursday of heart failure at Liberty Medical Center. The West Baltimore resident was 79.

The native of Accomack County, Va., moved to Baltimore in the early 1940s and was a cabdriver for many years before he started working as a plumber at Bowie State College. He later was a plumber at then-Morgan State College.

He was a member of New Psalmist Baptist Church, 4501 Old Frederick Road, where services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today.

Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife, Theresa Elizabeth Stancil, whom he married in 1943; two sons, Paul Reginald Bailey and Oakley Mears Bailey Jr., both of Baltimore; two daughters, Theresa E. Smith Mercer and Linda Michelle Bratton, both of Baltimore; four sisters, Pearl Williams, Annie Faulkner and Margaret Bowers, all of Baltimore, and Geneva Gaither of Columbia; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Abraham Martin Jr., 78, steel worker

Abraham Martin Jr., a retired steel worker, died Saturday of kidney failure at St. Agnes HealthCare. The Cherry Hill resident was 78.

He worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant from 1945 to 1981.

The native of Jenkinsville, S.C., and World War II Army veteran was a charter member of the Cherry Hill Optimist Club and was a scoutmaster with Cherry Hill Boy Scout Troop 262 for many years.

For more than 45 years, he was a member of Cherry Hill Community Presbyterian Church, 819 Cherry Hill Road, where services are set for 11 a.m. Friday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mattie Glenn, whom he married in 1942; a son, Abraham James Martin III of Baltimore; four daughters, Frances M. James of Columbia, S.C., Mamie M. Ivory and Felecia M. Egbe, both of Baltimore, and Gayle M. Jackson of Fremont, Ohio; three brothers, Golden L. Martin of Tariffville, Conn., Willie Martin of Hartford, Conn., and Isaac Martin of Baltimore; six sisters, Beatrice Thacker of Jessup, Carrie Hancock of Beacon, N.Y., Mayme King of Columbia, S.C., Edna Christian of Baltimore, Theodora Davis of Hartford and Georgianna Jones of Springfield, Mass.; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Albert C. Susemihl Jr., 68, auto dealership owner

Albert C. Susemihl Jr., former president and owner of a Baltimore auto dealership, died Jan. 20 of a heart attack at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 68.

He joined Jarman Pontiac Inc. and GMC Trucks at 29th Street and Remington Avenue in 1960 and sold the business in 1987 and retired. The former North Baltimore resident moved to Sarasota in 1990.

Born in Towson, he was a 1949 graduate of Towson Catholic High School and attended Loyola College. He served in the Naval Reserve from 1953 to 1957.

He was a former board member and vice president of Brehms Savings and Loan Association and former board member of the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association and Hillendale Country Club.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11: 30 a.m. Feb. 2 at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Ruth M. Ashe; a son, Albert C. Susemihl III; three daughters, Jane S. Griffin, Mary S. Lacy and Patricia S. Marshall; a brother, John E. Susemihl, all of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Linda Cannon Watkins, 41, school administrator

Linda Cannon Watkins, an administrator at Winston Middle School in North Baltimore, died Friday of kidney failure at Mercy Medical Center. The West Baltimore resident was 41.

The Baltimore native graduated from Western High School in 1975 and received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1979. She previously worked in human resources in the private sector and United Way of Central Maryland, and then as an administrator at the Harbor Bank of Maryland.

She enjoyed bowling and reading the Bible, and was a lifelong member of Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church, 1128 Pennsylvania Ave., where services are set for 10 a.m. today.

Ms. Watkins, who was divorced, is survived by two sons, Rodney Dotson and Benjamin Lacy; and her mother, Mary Cannon. All are of Baltimore.

Marcelle Linden, 98, governess and seamstress

Marcelle Linden, a former governess and seamstress, died Jan. 20 of a heart attack at Little Sisters of the Poor Nursing Home in Catonsville. The former Northwood and Towson resident was 98.

The former Marcelle Bergeau was born and educated in La Fleche, France. In 1919, she married Boris Linden, a translator with the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I, and they settled in Baltimore in 1921.

After her husband's death in 1932, she served as a governess to several prominent Baltimore families. Then from 1945 to 1971, she was a seamstress at the Homeland plant of L. Greif & Bros.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Feb. 6 in the chapel of Little Sisters of the Poor Nursing Home, 601 Maiden Choice Lane.

She is survived by a son, Robert Linden of Washington; a daughter, Suzanne Frazier of Phoenix, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/27/99

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