William Abram Hylton, 83, ran cattle brokerage...

November 07, 1999

William Abram Hylton, 83, ran cattle brokerage business

William Abram Hylton, a decorated World War II veteran who ran a successful cattle brokerage business in Baltimore, died Monday of lung cancer at his Columbia home. He was 83.

Born in Laurel Fork, Va., Mr. Hylton grew up on a farm, where he learned the livestock business. He graduated from Hillsville High School and received a degree in animal husbandry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1938.

During World War II, he was an infantry officer, leading troops into combat in Germany and France from shortly after D-Day to shortly before V-E Day. He fought in several major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge. At the end of the war, he was a lieutenant colonel and had been awarded the Bronze Star.

After the war, Mr. Hylton moved from Virginia to Maryland to join his brother, Claude, in a livestock brokerage business. Before moving to Columbia, he lived for many years in Catonsville with his wife, the former Alice Bondurant, and their three children.

Mrs. Hylton survives. They were married for 57 years.

By the 1950s, the Hyltons owned one of the leading cattle brokerages at Baltimore Union Stockyards, then a major East Coast livestock market. After the stockyards closed, he continued buying and selling livestock until his death.

Services were held Thursday in Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia.

Mr. Hylton also is survived by two sons, William Abram Hylton II and Walter Edward Hylton of Staunton, Va.; a daughter, Deborah Bondurant of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Gregory C. Hladky, 17, senior at South Carroll High

Gregory C. Hladky, a South Carroll High School senior, died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a two-year battle with leukemia.

Gregory died of complications related to a bone marrow transplant he received in May. He had celebrated his 17th birthday at Hopkins last month.

Dubbed "Never Say Never Gregory" by his family, he continued his schooling and had planned to major in engineering in college.

"Gregory was never a quitter," said his father, George C. Hladky. "To his last breath, he still felt he was going to beat this disease."

At Hopkins, where visitors were limited, he kept in touch with friends through e-mail and used a laptop computer to maintain a straight-A average. He had earned the credits needed to graduate at the top of his class.

"He was such a pleasure to teach," said John O'Meally, a chemistry teacher. "He made me feel what I was teaching was interesting. I got e-mails from him, asking me to send him notes so he could keep up with the course."

Gregory enjoyed piano, baseball and spirited discussion on academic subjects. He had composed several piano pieces and often played piano at school, church and nursing homes.

"Whenever you asked him to play, he would never say no," said his father. "I think he liked his music to make other people happy."

Gregory played Little League baseball as a child, and switched to umpiring when he was 13.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Stephen's Reformed Episcopal Church, 2275 Liberty Road, Eldersburg, where Gregory was a member of the choir and the youth group.

He also is survived by his mother, Nancy J. Wanzer Hladky; two sisters, Heather and Nicole Hladky, and a brother, Shanon Hladky, all of Sykesville; and his grandparents, Harold and Ethel Wanzer of Holbrook.

A memorial scholarship fund has been established at South Carroll High School, 1300 Liberty Road, Sykesville 21784.

John Benjamin Zonak, 52, systems engineer

John Benjamin Zonak, a systems engineer with Northrop-Grumman Corp. who was active in youth athletics, died Monday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. The Severna Park resident was 52.

Mr. Zonak had been employed since 1984 at what was formerly Westinghouse Corp.'s Linthicum facility. The facility was acquired by Northrop-Grumman in 1996. Earlier, he had worked for Computer Science Corp. in Washington and General Electric.

For many years, Mr. Zonak was active in the Green Hornets Athletic Association in Severna Park, where he served on the board and was girls softball commissioner.

He also coached girls softball, basketball and soccer.

Born and raised in East Orange, N.J., where he graduated from high school, he earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1977.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church in Millersville, where a Memorial Mass was held yesterday. He is survived by his wife of many years, the former Anna-maria Basili; two daughters, Christina Zonak and Stephanie Zonak, both of Severna Park; his parents, Benjamin and Helen Zonak of Inverness, Fla.; and a sister, Patricia Zonak of Winter Garden, Fla.

Willie L. Glover Jr., 48, engineering technician

Willie L. Glover Jr., an Army Corps of Engineers employee and federal union employee, died of liver failure Sunday at his Coldspring home. He was 48.

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