Harold Elwood Earp Jr., 79, engineer, gardenerHarold...

June 20, 1999

Harold Elwood Earp Jr., 79, engineer, gardener

Harold Elwood Earp Jr., an engineer from Olney who raised plants and bees, died Friday of respiratory and renal failure at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park. He was 79.

In 1948, Mr. Earp, a distant relative of lawman Wyatt Earp, joined W. F. Wilson and Sons of Ellicott City, which does pipeline and utility work. He took charge of estimating and became part-owner, retiring in 1985.

"He was a good businessman because ethically, you couldn't beat him," said Dan Wilson, a co-worker at W. F. Wilson for 35 years. "You just believed everything he said, and he had that kind of reputation with suppliers and contractors."

Born in Washington, he attended Woodrow Wilson High School, where he met Edwina Hambleton, whom he married in 1943. After earning a civil engineering degree in 1942 from the University of Maryland, he entered the Army Air Corps and was stationed at Kelly Airfield in San Antonio.

He left the service in 1945 with the rank of captain and worked maintaining the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Cleveland. The next year, he moved to Baltimore to work on the city airport before joining W. F. Wilson. In 1950, the Earps settled in Olney.

An enthusiastic gardener, Mr. Earp became more active in his later years in Montgomery County's master gardener organization and in the county's horticultural society. With advice from his father-in-law, a one-time government beekeeper, he had beehives at home and collected the honey.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Road, Laytonsville.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by a daughter, Jane Marie Earp Berry of Perkiomenville, Pa.; two sons, J. Michael Earp of Westminster and Bruce H. Earp of Clarksville; and six grandchildren.

Edwin Garland Jones, 85, Baltimore schools engineer

Edwin Garland Jones, a retired stationary engineer with the Baltimore school system, died Tuesday of cancer at his Govans home. He was 85.

Mr. Jones retired from the city Department of Education in 1978, after more than 20 years of service.

Born in Lumberton, N.C., Mr. Jones moved to Baltimore in the late 1930s and was an insurance agent with Supreme Liberty and North Carolina Mutual Insurance companies. He also held a part-time job with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

He was a 60-year member of Enon Baptist Church and was among the congregation's members who in 1942 marched from the church's Park Avenue home to its present site at Edmondson Avenue and Schroeder Street.

Mr. Jones was a trustee, usher and Sunday school teacher at the church, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Sarah L. Wongus; two sons, Thomas E. Hudson of Lynchburg, Va., and Ronald G. Jones of Philadelphia; two sisters, Ida Thompson of Summit-Brown, N.C., and Marie M. McNair of Lumberton; two brothers, William K. Jones of Baltimore and James E. Jones of Lumberton; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Albert C. Ward, 82, gardener and Food Fair employee

Albert C. Ward, a retired Food Fair employee and home gardener, died of cancer Wednesday at his Waverly home. He was 82.

Known as Big Al, he retired 17 years ago from Food Fair's warehouse and had earlier worked at the Bethlehem and Armco steel corporations.

Born in Arlington in Northwest Baltimore, he lived for 44 years in Waverly. He tended a garden at his Gorsuch Avenue home, where he raised tomatoes and onions.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and had been a member of St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church.

"He carried out the tradition of crowning a Blessed Virgin Mary statue in his own garden," said his daughter Barbara A. Howard, who lives in Cockeysville. "He loved Gorsuch Avenue and sitting on his porch. He knew everybody."

Mr. Ward married Mildred Schweizer in 1940. She died in 1991.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 6804 McClean Blvd.

He is also survived by four other daughters, Rosalie E. Lohr and Irene F. Ward of Micco, Fla., and Diana L. Lovenstein and Mary M. Friedline of Baltimore; a brother, Clifton Ward of Baltimore; two sisters, Irene Wonneman of Cape Coral, Fla., and Rosalie Reed of Fenwick Island, Del.; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 6/20/99

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