Nellie Bigwood, 83, elementary school teacher Nellie...

February 17, 2000

Nellie Bigwood, 83, elementary school teacher

Nellie Bigwood, an elementary school teacher and librarian, died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Manor Care Nursing Home in Ruxton. She was 83 and had lived in Dundalk.

From 1949 to 1968, she taught at Dundalk Elementary, then at Merritt Point Elementary School. She then became a librarian at Berkshire Elementary School and retired from there in 1977.

FOR THE RECORD - William Glenn Fulp Sr.: In an obituary published in yesterday's editions of The Sun for William Glenn Fulp Sr., the name of a survivor was inadvertently omitted. Mr. Fulp is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Ann Weleski of Hanover, Pa. The Sun regrets the error.

Nellie Mitchell was born in Cambridge and graduated from Salisbury State College. She later attended the University of Maryland and what is now Towson University. In 1939, she began teaching at a two-room school at Indian Head in Charles County. While there, she collected names on a petition to bring electricity to her part of the county.

She was a member of the Henry Brecht chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Bou-Tem-Sci and the DeMolay Mothers' Club. She was a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Homestead, on Providence Road in Baltimore County.

In 1941, she married James F. Bigwood, a teacher at Sparrows Point and Dundalk high schools. He died in 1987.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

She is survived by a son, James M. Bigwood of Towson; a daughter, Suzanne B. Atkinson of Perry Hall; and two grandchildren.

Charles E. Simms, 70, steel worker, cabdriver

Charles E. Simms, a retired steel worker and a quilt maker, died Friday of congestive heart failure at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 70.

He began working at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant in 1955 and retired in 1987. Earlier, he was a driver for Diamond Cab Co.

Born in Sandtown-Winchester in West Baltimore, he was a graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School, where he learned tailoring. A master tailor, Mr. Simms made clothes for his family and especially liked making quilts. He had been a member for three years of the Baltimore City Foster Care Review Board.

In 1949, he married Etta Turner, who died in 1997. He was a member of St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Peter Claver, a volunteer and a tenor in the choir.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Cecilia, Windsor Avenue and Hilton Street.

He is survived by three sons, Claude Simms and Barry Simms, both of Baltimore, and Darryl Simms of Wilmington, Del.; two daughters, Carla Simms Pierce and Charla Simms, both of Baltimore; a brother, Clarence Simms of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Helen Levy, 77, founded Democratic club

Helen Levy, a founder of a North Baltimore Democratic Club, died Sunday of a stroke at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 77 and lived in Baldwin.

A charter member of the Belle Raven Ladies Democratic Club, she had followed local political campaigns and elections since the group began in 1966.

Born in Baltimore, the former Helen Catania was raised in Little Italy. She was a graduate of St. Vincent de Paul parochial school and Seton High School.

During World War II she worked at the old Bendix Frieze scientific instrument company on Central Avenue. She enjoyed gardening and duckpin bowling.

She is survived by Jerome J. Levy Sr., a retired owner of the Diamond taxicab company, her husband of 53 years.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, on Long Green Pike in Hydes, where she was a member. She also is survived by two sons, Jerome J. Levy Jr. of Baldwin and Dr. Paul Levy of Akron, Ohio; three daughters, Nancy Giorno of Baldwin, Verna MacDonald of Bel Air and Constance Wallace of Perry Hall; two sisters, Connie Panzer of Perry Hall and Janet Fisher of Ocean City; and 15 grandchildren.

William Glenn Fulp Sr., 61, salesman, insurance agent

William Glenn Fulp Sr., a retired insurance agent and former Catonsville resident, died Saturday of cancer at home in Hanover, Pa. He was 61.

Mr. Fulp worked in the Glen Burnie office of Allstate Insurance Cos. from 1964 to 1996, when he took disability retirement. Earlier, he was a salesman for Robert Hall Clothes and a typewriter salesman.

Born in Greensboro, N.C., and reared in Middle River, he was a 1956 graduate of Kenwood High School.

A foster parent for 10 years, Mr. Fulp and his wife of 42 years, the former Sandra Jean George, were awarded Allstate's first humanitarian award in the 1980s for their work with foster children.

While living in Catonsville, he was a deacon and treasurer of Grace Bible Baptist in Woodlawn from 1975 to 1995.

He was a member of Calvary Bible Church, 603 Wilson Ave. in Hanover, where a memorial service will be held at 2: 30 p.m. today .

In addition to his wife, Mr. Fulp is survived by five sons, William Glenn Fulp Jr. of Catonsville, David A. Fulp of Kent Island, Stephen J. Fulp and John P. Fulp, both of Mount Airy, and Robert J. Fulp of Boonsboro; three daughters, Taryn Victoria Fulp, Tabitha Noelle Fulp and Brittany Bovae Fulp, all of Hanover; and 10 grandchildren.

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Because of limited space and the large number of requests for obituaries, The Sun regrets that it cannot publish all the obituaries it receives. Because The Sun regards obituaries as news, we give a preference to those submitted within 48 hours of a person's death. It is also our intention to run obituaries no later than seven days after death.

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