Leslie Tyrice Armstead, 39, nursing aideLeslie Tyrice...

April 27, 1999

Leslie Tyrice Armstead, 39, nursing aide

Leslie Tyrice Armstead, a nursing aide, died April 20 of cardiac arrest at home in Northeast Baltimore. She was 39.

The Baltimore native, who graduated from the Community College of Baltimore, became a nursing assistant in 1983. She worked at Church Hospital and local nursing agencies.

She also had an East Baltimore street ministry -- 12 Steps to Jesus -- which helped the homeless, drug-addicted and needy.

Services for Ms. Armstead will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Apostolic Church, 27 S. Caroline St.

She is survived by a daughter, LaRhonda N. Lomax, and her mother, Oveda Armstead Howard, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Willie A. Wynn, 61, MTA bus driver

Willie A. Wynn, a retired state Mass Transit Administration bus driver and motorman, died Thursday from complications of an infection at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The longtime Govans resident was 61.

He joined the old Baltimore Transit Co. as a bus driver in 1961. In 1992, he was one of the first to be selected by the MTA as a motorman for the Central Light Rail Line that began operating that year from Hunt Valley to Glen Burnie. He took disability retirement in 1996.

Born in Wilson, N.C., he moved to Baltimore as a child and graduated from Dunbar High School.

The Navy veteran was an ordained minister and, since 1984, had been associated with New Frontiers of Faith Baptist Church, 110 Beaumont Ave., where services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Janette Claxton; two daughters, Antoinette Weedon of Walkersville and Allyson Wynn of Govans; his mother, Lillie Burks of Baltimore; two sisters, Jean Jones of Wilson and Joann McKnight of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

Dr. Jere W. Lord Jr., 88, cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Jere W. Lord Jr., a retired cardiovascular surgeon and Baltimore native, died April 20 of leukemia at home in Bedford, N.Y. He was 88.

Dr. Lord's professional career was spent in New York, where he was retired professor of clinical surgery at New York University Hospital. He wrote 182 scientific papers in the field of cardiovascular surgery and was president of the New York Heart Association from 1957 to 1959.

In 1958, television cameras recorded his surgery on Mabel Chin, a 3-year-old girl with a diseased heart. The nationally televised news story was designed to allay fear surrounding new surgical techniques. He retired in 1983.

Dr. Lord was born in Baltimore, where his father was a dermatologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and his mother founded the Baltimore Visiting Nurses Association. He was a graduate of the Gilman School and Princeton University, and received his degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1937.

Funeral services were conducted Friday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margot Graham, whom he married in 1971; a son, Jere W. Lord III of Frisco, Colo.; two daughters, Hannah Lord Argentine of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Lonna Lord Davis of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; and six grandchildren.

Carolyn Sonnenleiter, 73, former Anne Arundel official

Carolyn Sonnenleiter, a retired Anne Arundel County official, died of cancer April 20 at her Pasadena home. She was 73.

She retired in 1985 as assistant chief of the right-of-way division of the Anne Arundel County Bureau of Engineering, which she joined as a secretary in the early 1970s.

The former Carolyn Curry was born in Baltimore and raised in Glen Burnie, where she graduated from high school in 1942.

She was an avid tennis player and golfer and a longtime member of Glen Burnie United Methodist Church. She played piano for the Fidelis Bible Class and volunteered with Meals On Wheels.

Services were held Friday.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, George Sonnenleiter; three sons, Mark Sonnenleiter of Pasadena, Scott Sonnenleiter of Edgewater and Alan Sonnenleiter of Sykesville; a stepsister, Joanne King of Newport News, Va.; four grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Memorial service

Andrew Charles Luff, former dean of the Towson University business school, will be honored at a memorial service at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo, Mich. He died April 19 in Tallahassee, Fla.

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