Holly Kelly Stratton, 84, owner of Kelly's Corner Holly...

January 27, 2000

Holly Kelly Stratton, 84, owner of Kelly's Corner

Holly Kelly Stratton, former owner of Kelly's Corner, a popular Ferndale delicatessen and tavern, died Monday of pneumonia at North Arundel Hospital. The Glen Burnie Park resident was 84.

Mr. Stratton opened his lunchroom-delicatessen, which was known for its homemade soups and chili, on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in 1953.

"He worked in the deli 12 to 18 hours a day, seven days a week, for over 20 years," said a daughter, Elizabeth "Betty" Young of Arbutus.

FOR THE RECORD - Holly Kelly Stratton: An obituary in yesterday's editions of The Sun for Holly Kelly Stratton inadvertently omitted his great-great-grandchildren and the name of a survivor. Mr. Stratton is survived by a third son, Edward Stratton of Severn, and three great-great-grandchildren.

"Because the deli was next door to the old Anne Arundel County police headquarters, he was contracted to feed the prisoners in the jail," said Mrs. Young.

After receiving a liquor license in the early 1970s, Mr. Stratton converted the store into a tavern and restaurant that continued to be known as Kelly's Corner.

He was the owner of several other Ferndale businesses, including a laundry, pool hall, rental apartments and a bail-bond company, H. K. Stratton & Sons.

He sold Kelly's Corner in 1978 and retired to Palatka, Fla. In 1996, he moved back to Glen Burnie Park.

Active in Democratic politics, he was a candidate for Anne Arundel County executive in 1965.

Born in Floyd County, Ky., where he graduated from public schools, Mr. Stratton moved to Baltimore in 1940. He worked as a crane operator at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Curtis Bay coal pier until opening his deli.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fellowship Baptist Church, 1015 Sundown Road, Glen Burnie.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Edith E. Stevens; two sons, Gary Stratton and Roger Stratton, both of Pasadena; another daughter, Debra Stratton of St. Augustine, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Benjamin Robert Benson, 86, deputy state fire marshal

Benjamin Robert Benson, a former career firefighter who had been chief deputy in the Office of the State Fire Marshal, died Jan. 20 of pneumonia at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 86.

A resident of Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm since last year, Mr. Benson had previously lived in Lutherville for many years.

Mr. Benson, a former fire investigator for the State Insurance Commissioner, was appointed chief deputy in the State Fire Marshal's office by Gov. J. Millard Tawes in 1964. He retired from the department in 1976.

Considered an explosives expert, Mr. Benson began his career with the Baltimore County Fire Department in the 1930s.

Mr. Benson, who was born and raised in Cockeysville, was a graduate of Calvert Hall College.

He was a former member of the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company and was secretary of the Maryland State Firemen's Association from 1938 to 1950.

He was married in 1954 to the former Hazel Merryman, who died last year.

He was a communicant of Sherwood Episcopal Church, Sherwood and York roads, Cockeysville, where graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the church cemetery.

Mr. Benson had no immediate survivors.

Charles Britton Stovall, 75, Edgewood Arsenal guard

Charles Britton Stovall, a retired federal security guard, died Sunday of a heart attack at his Bel Air home. He was 75.

Born in Bel Air, where he attended local schools, Mr. Stovall retired after working for 26 years at the Edgewood Arsenal in Harford County. The arsenal is now a part of Aberdeen Proving Ground.

During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific and was a member of the New Freedom Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans and the Parkton American Legion.

He was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church.

His wife of 37 years, the former Doris W. Ives, died in 1997.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at McComas Funeral Home, 50 W. Broadway, Bel Air.

He is survived by two daughters, Janice L. Marll of Joppa and Marjorie Jeanne Larson of Street; a sister, Edna Ness of Loganville, Pa.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Charles L. Helferstay Jr., 74, liquor store owner

Charles L. Helferstay Jr., owner of a Riviera Beach liquor store and a former clothing salesman, died Friday of cancer at his Severna Park residence. He was 74.

At the time of his death, Mr. Helferstay was still working at Harbour Liquors in Riviera Beach, a business he established in 1974. Earlier, he had worked as a salesman for Raleigh Clothes and M. Wile Clothing in New York City.

Born and raised in South Baltimore, Mr. Helferstay was a graduate of Southern High School.

A Mason, he was a member of the Togom Club, Severna Park Elks and the Middle River Square Club. He was also a past member of the Pasadena Business Association.

He was a member of Glen Lutheran Church, 106 Carroll Road, Glen Burnie, where services will be held at 1 p.m. today.

He is survived by his wife, the former Clara Hibline whom he married in 1948; a son, Jeffrey C. Helferstay of Severna Park; three daughters, Gail L. Helferstay of Severna Park, Susan L. Taylor of Annapolis and Patricia A. O'Neil of Timonium; a sister, Laverne Jackson of Baltimore; and five grandsons.

Katherine Link, 80, church volunteer worker

Katherine Link, a church volunteer worker, died Saturday of cancer at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. The North Baltimore resident was 80.

A member of the altar guild of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, she had been a board member of Notre Dame Preparatory School on Hampton Lane in Towson in the 1960s.

During the 1940s she worked at Crown Cork & Seal in Highlandtown.

Born Katherine Griffin in Pittsburgh, she was a graduate of the Cathedral School there.

She was married for 56 years to Joseph J. Link, Bethlehem Steel chief metallurgist, who died in 1997.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.

Mrs. Link is survived by a daughter, Patric Griffin Link of McLean, Va.; a brother, William Griffin of Pittsburgh; a sister, Mary Ann Griffin Celli of Jensen Beach, Fla.; and two granddaughters.

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