Israel Carson, 95, insurance agentIsrael Carson, a retired...

August 19, 1999

Israel Carson, 95, insurance agent

Israel Carson, a retired Baltimore insurance man who went door to door, collecting premiums and personally delivering claim checks, died Monday of prostate cancer in a nursing home in San Diego, where he had lived since last year. He was 95.

Known as "Kit" to his wife and "Izzy" to his coworkers, he was among the last of the old-fashioned life insurance salesmen who walked their territory, collecting quarters and dollars on the mostly small policies they sold, and becoming friends with their customers.

The former Northwest Baltimore resident began working for the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. in 1938. He retired in 1968 and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Carson worked at a grocery store and attended high school at City College at night. He graduated in 1927.

In 1931, he married Mary Shapiro, who died last year.

He was the former unofficial chaplain of the old Garrison Democratic Club, which met for years at the Mandel and Ballows Restaurant in Hilltop Shopping Center on Reisterstown Road.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at B'nai Israel Cemetery, 3701 Southern Ave.

He is survived by a son, Larry Carson of Columbia; two daughters, Gischa Friedman of Silver Spring and JoAnn Middleman of San Diego; a sister, Gerry Friedman of Columbia; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Charles E. Wrightson, 76, construction superintendent

Charles E. Wrightson, a former ironworker and retired building construction superintendent for Baltimore, died Sunday of complications from an infection after heart surgery at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 76 and lived in Timonium.

Mr. Wrightson, who retired in 1990, worked on such projects as the development of Charles Center and the Inner Harbor. For several years, he taught at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.

About five years ago, he started decorating goose and duck eggs as a hobby after learning the craft from his sister-in-law.

He was born in Baltimore, educated in city schools and served in the Navy during World War II.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife of many years, the former Catherine G. Brunetto; a son, Bill Wrightson of Baltimore; a daughter, Barbara Hill of Baltimore; a brother, Kenneth Wrightson of St. Michaels; a sister, Mary Hoyt of Easton; six grandchildren; and special friend, Pat Blume of Timonium.

Betty C. Wilson, 67, master teacher in city

Betty C. Wilson, a retired master teacher in Baltimore public schools, died of a heart attack Saturday at Bon Secours Hospital. She was 67 and lived in West Baltimore.

Mrs. Wilson joined the school system in the late 1950s and retired in 1989.

The former Betty Coleman, who was born in Baltimore, earned bachelor's degrees from then-Morgan State College and then-Coppin State Teachers College and a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University.

She was active in the affairs of the Evergreen Protective Association, a community group, and was on the board of Greater New Hope Towers Apartments.

She was a member of Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 2720 W. North Ave., where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

She is survived by her husband, Frank A. Wilson, whom she married in 1959; three sons, Wayne M. Wilson of Baltimore, Stanton D. Wilson of Detroit and Mitchell S. Wilson Sr. of Hanover, Pa.; a sister, Margaret C. Pye of Baltimore; and nine grandchildren.

Samuel Joseph Smith, 71, shipping and receiving clerk

Samuel Joseph Smith, a retired shipping and receiving clerk, died of kidney failure Friday at Bon Secours Hospital. He was 71 and had lived in Sandtown in West Baltimore for more than 50 years.

For 25 years, he was a shipping and receiving clerk at James Walker Co. in Pikesville, which manufactures lifting and rigging materials. He retired in 1991.

He collected jazz and big-band recordings.

Born in Baltimore, he graduated from Douglass High School and was an Army cook in Korea during the Korean War.

A tenor, he was a member of the Ebonne Men's Chorus and was active in the Men's Ministry at St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, where services were held Tuesday.

He is survived by a son, Michael Smith; two daughters, Jacqueline Smith and Sheryl Smith; a brother, Charles H. Smith; two sisters, Rose Cook and Mary Frances West; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

Lillian Bayly Marks, 86, homemaker, genealogist

Lillian Bayly Marks, a homemaker and genealogist, died Friday of heart failure at St. Agnes HealthCare. The Catonsville resident was 86.

Mrs. Marks' interest in finding out about her father's family turned into nearly a lifetime of genealogical research. She found she was descended on her mother's side from John Reister, who received a land grant in 1758 and built the first house in what later became Reisterstown.

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