Charles I. Wallace Sr., 82, United Methodist ministerThe...

July 12, 1999

Charles I. Wallace Sr., 82, United Methodist minister

The Rev. Charles I. Wallace Sr., a United Methodist minister, died of heart failure Friday at St. Agnes HealthCare. The Catonsville resident was 82.

Mr. Wallace had served congregations in Carroll and Frederick counties and had several pastoral assignments throughout the state. He oversaw the construction of churches for Liberty Grove United Methodist in Burtonsville and Calvary United Methodist in Annapolis.

At his retirement in 1982, he was superintendent of the Washington East District of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Wallace attended City College and Western Maryland College, and studied for the ministry at what was then Westminster Theological Seminary in Westminster.

An all-state college soccer player, he was named to the Western Maryland College Sports Hall of Fame in 1988 and was active in the college's alumni association.

A resident of Charlestown Retirement Community, he was chaplain of the residents' council and sang in the Men's Chorale.

He was married for 43 years to the former Miriam Shroyer, who died in 1985.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Westminster United Methodist Church, Main and Center streets in Westminster.

Mr. Wallace is survived by two sons, Charles I. Wallace Jr. of Salem, Ore., and James Wallace of Edgewater; a daughter, Rebecca Wallace of Portland, Maine; a sister, Melba W. McCready of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Virginia R. Parker, 72, secretary at the MVA

Virginia Ruth Parker, a retired secretary at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, died Thursday of kidney failure in Berea, Ky. She was 72.

Ms. Parker was born in Hartwell, Mo., and moved to Maryland in 1965 when her husband was transferred to Fort Meade. She attended secretarial school in Annapolis and worked at the MVA in Glen Burnie for about 10 years before retiring in 1988.

She moved from Riva in Anne Arundel County to Berea in 1989. She became active there at Mount Vernon Church of God and was a telephone outreach volunteer for the Christian Appalachian Project -- calling nursing home residents to chat or pray.

Services were held Saturday in Berea.

Surviving are two sons, Lenny R. Bowes of Belton, Texas, and Donald Ray Bowes of Tucson, Ariz.; two daughters, Sharon K. Stubbins of Glen Burnie and Donna Ruth Cook of Berea; a brother, William R. Parker of San Diego; and seven grandchildren.

Charles Franklin Ridgely, 72, Chevrolet executive

Charles Franklin "Frank" Ridgely, a retired Chevrolet executive and avid golfer who grew up in Towson, died of heart failure Friday at a hospital in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was 72.

A 1945 graduate of Towson High School, Mr. Ridgely entered the Army Air Forces near the end of World War II. He studied business at the University of Maryland at College Park, earning his bachelor's degree in 1952.

He worked for Chevrolet his entire career, starting as a salesman in Baltimore. After retiring in 1985 as a fleet executive in West Chester, Pa., Mr. Ridgely and his wife, the former Clare Kurnas, moved to Surfside Beach, S.C., and he worked for the Myrtle Beach National Golf Club.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Mausoleum Chapel in Conway, S.C.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 42 years, are a son, Brett Ridgely of Tucson, Ariz.; three brothers, Earl Wallace Ridgely of Baltimore, James Wesley Ridgely of Salisbury and William Eugene Ridgely of Ocean City; a sister, Lillian "Sis" Miller of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

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