Virginia H. Gray, 82, homemaker and volunteerVirginia H...

April 10, 1999

Virginia H. Gray, 82, homemaker and volunteer

Virginia H. Gray, a homemaker and volunteer, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at Howard County General Hospital. She was 82.

Mrs. Gray, a lifelong resident of Sunderland in Calvert County, had lived for several months at the home of her son, C. Vernon Gray, chairman of the Howard County Council. Mrs. Gray had volunteered at the N. M. Carroll Home and was active at Mount Hope United Methodist Church, where she had been a member of many committees.

The former Virginia Holland was born and raised in Sunderland and was a graduate of Calvert County public schools. In 1934, she married Major Gray, who survives her.

Services for Mrs. Gray will be held at noon Monday at Mount Hope United Methodist Church, Route 260 and Route 2 in Sunderland.

In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by another son, Robert Gray of Washington; a sister, Mary Moton of the Bronx, N.Y.; 38 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Carolyn Bell Wilson, 76, church, hospital volunteer

Carolyn Bell Wilson, a church and hospital volunteer, died Thursday of cancer at her Guilford home. She was 76.

The former Carolyn Bell was a longtime Union Memorial Hospital volunteer, serving in its emergency room, blood bank, hospice program and canteen. She was also a deacon and volunteer at Second Presbyterian Church in Guilford.

In 1944, she married Dr. Theodore H. Wilson Jr., who was a Navy surgeon for 30 years before coming to Baltimore to become chief of surgery at Union Memorial and join the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He retired in 1985.

Mrs. Wilson was born in Winchester, Mass. She attended Bradford Junior College and Boston University, graduating with a degree in physical education. She has been a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 21 at Second Presbyterian Church, St. Paul Street and Stratford Road.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Theodore H. Wilson III of Boston and Kenneth B. Wilson of Roanoke, Va.; two daughters, Nancy Wilson Wagner of Elizabethtown, N.Y., and Deborah S. Wilson of Salisbury, Mass.; a sister, Marjorie Dearth of Boston; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

William John Bandiere, 100, nightclub owner

William John Bandiere, a World War I combat veteran who later owned several Baltimore area nightclubs, died yesterday of prostate cancer at Fort Howard Medical Center. He was 100.

Known as Bandy, the longtime resident of Weaver Avenue in Northeast Baltimore had owned the Golden Forty on U.S. 40, White Swan Tavern on Millers Island and Mae's 200 Club on Haven Street. From the early 1980s until retiring in 1993, he was manager of the supper club in the Lincoln Hotel in Wildwood, N.J.

"He didn't believe in retiring. He only stopped jogging around Lake Montebello when he was 85 and driving at 98," said his daughter, Candence P. McAllister of Baltimore. "He quit drinking 25 years ago, lived on pasta and smoked El Producto cigars every day for over 70 years."

Born and raised in Philadelphia, where he graduated from public schools, Mr. Bandiere enlisted in the Army in 1917. He fought in France and was wounded there. In 1919, he was discharged with the rank of corporal.

In 1940, he married Mary Ferguson, who died in 1975. After moving to Baltimore, he owned a bar on The Block, which he gave up at Mrs. Bandiere's insistence.

No services were planned.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services

Donna Bailey McCarthy,50, a Baltimore-born attorney who practiced in Philadelphia, will be remembered at a memorial service at 4: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the M. Carey Thomas Library at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pa. Ms. McCarthy, a graduate of Overlea High School, died of cancer in Philadelphia March 31.


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