Mattie L. Jackson, 75, Valley View Restaurant chef...

January 16, 2000

Mattie L. Jackson, 75, Valley View Restaurant chef

Mattie L. Jackson, former chef of Hutzler's department store restaurant in Towson, died Tuesday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 75.

For 20 years, until retiring in 1989, the longtime Northwest Baltimore resident presided over the Valley View Restaurant, where weary shoppers, senior citizens and children waiting to have "Breakfast with Santa" gathered to enjoy egg salad sandwiches, crab cakes, slices of Lady Baltimore cake and thick chocolate milkshakes.

"She was known for her crab cakes, which she made with secret ingredients; sour beef and dumplings with gingersnaps; and pork barbecue," said Mary A. Smith, a daughter, who lives in Baltimore.

The former Mattie Wheeler was born and raised in Edgecomb County, N.C., where she graduated from high school.

The self-taught chef who moved to Baltimore in the early 1950s, first cooked at Sam's Club on Greenmount Avenue, and was chef for 10 years at the Timonium Inn. From 1962 to 1964, she was the chef-owner of H & W Restaurant on Greenmount Avenue.

Mrs. Jackson was married three times. Her first husband, Cecil Jackson, was killed in a railroad accident. Her marriage to John A. Edmond ended in divorce. In 1971, she married Andrew E. Jackson, who died in 1991.

Mrs. Jackson enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends.

She was an active member of St. John's Community Church, 1208 E. Lanvale St., where she sang in the choir, was a member of the Pastor's Aide, president of the Robe Committee and treasurer of the Women's Christian Service Committee.

Services will be held at the church at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Jackson is survived by another daughter, Joyce E. Akintilo of Baltimore; three brothers, Eddie Jones of Bethel, N.C., Walter Jones of Rocky Mount, N.C. and Kelster Wheeler of Tarboro, N.C.; four sisters, Mary L. Hunter of Enfield, N.C., Casada Kearney of Legget, N.C., Norvella Barry and Sally Ann Wheeler, both of Tarboro; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bryan LeRoy Pearce Sr., 74, machinist for 50 years

Bryan LeRoy Pearce Sr., who worked as a machinist for 50 years, died Wednesday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 74.

Before retiring in 1989 from Langston-Staley Machinery Co. in Cockeysville, where he worked nine years, Mr. Pearce had worked for the F. X. Hooper Co., Ward Machinery Co. and the Kopper's Co.

After retiring, the Jarrettsville resident worked for six years at Klein's supermarket in Forest Hill, and at the Giant in Bel Air as a parcel pickup clerk, until retiring a second time in the late 1990s.

Mr. Pearce was born in Fork and raised in Glen Arm. He attended Towson High School and during World War II enlisted in the Army. He served with the 551st Quartermaster Corps in Europe. He was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant in 1946.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Toastmaster's International.

He was a member of Jarrettsville United Methodist Church and a member of the Xtra Years Zest and Middle-Age Not Old, two senior citizens' groups at Ascension Lutheran Church in Towson.

He was married in 1949 to the former Helen Louisa Burton.

He enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, stamp collecting and vegetable gardening.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Pearce is survived by a son, Bryan LeRoy Pearce Jr. of Jarrettsville; two daughters, Diana P. Kiebler of Whiteford and Marybeth P. Blom of Jarrettsville; four sisters, Ruth Pearce of Glen Arm, Gladys P. Burton of New Freedom, Pa., Charlotte P. Forwood and Kathryn P. Becker, both of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Dr. Samuel C. H. Lee, 64, St. Joseph's pathologist

Dr. Samuel C. H. Lee, a former St. Joseph's Medical Center pathologist, died Tuesday of multiple infections at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. He was 64 and lived in Timonium.

From 1968 to 1998, he was director of St. Joseph's blood bank and its associate pathologist. Born in Kaifeng, Henan, China, he came to the United States in 1953 and received his bachelor's degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., before obtaining a medical degree from Vanderbilt Medical School, also in Nashville.

He did his pathology internship and residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1960s and received additional medical training at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Hospital and at State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

In 1966, he was appointed assistant chief of pathology at the U. S. Public Health Service Hospital in Wyman Park.

He enjoyed bird watching, tennis, fishing, painting, traveling, photography and music.

In 1961, he married the former Rosie Ann Ling, who survives him.

A funeral service was held yesterday.

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