Barbara Tilyard Taylor, 65, Fort Meade administrator...

March 04, 2000

Barbara Tilyard Taylor, 65, Fort Meade administrator

Barbara Tilyard Taylor, a retired federal administrator, died Saturday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 65 and lived in Idlewylde.

She spent her entire career as a Department of Defense employee and administrator at Fort Meade.

Miss Taylor was a Big Sister for the Baltimore Board of Child Care and a member of the Maryland Historical Society, to which she gave family portraits painted by Philip Tilyard, an ancestor who was an artist in Baltimore in the 19th century.

Born in Baltimore and reared in Pimlico and Idlewylde, Miss Taylor was a Towson High School graduate. She received a degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1957.

Services were held Monday at Idlewylde United Methodist Church, where Miss Taylor taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, worked with Girl Scouts, published the newsletter and was a delegate to the Methodist Church's Baltimore Conference.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Freddie Mae Alford, 58, school aide, church activist

Freddie Mae Alford, a former school aide who was active in the affairs of New Friendship Baptist Church, died Friday of breast cancer at her Northeast Baltimore residence. She was 58.

Because of ill health, Mrs. Alford retired in 1998 from Winston Middle School, where she had been an aide for several years. Earlier, she was an aide at Fairmont-Harford High School in Northeast Baltimore.

The former Freddie Mae Thomas was born in Baltimore, the daughter of the Rev. Isaac Thomas, who founded New Friendship Baptist Church in the 1930s. She was a 1960 graduate of Dunbar High School.

At New Friendship, she was a Sunday school and vacation Bible school teacher, a youth adviser and president of the Pastor's Aide Ministry.

She played piano for the church's young adult choir, gospel chorus, male chorus and mass choir. She also played for and was a member of the Serenity Gospel Singers and Gospel Revellettes.

She was a longtime member of the Maryland Baptist Convention Choir and was a founding member and president of the Hallelujah Choral Ensemble and a founder of the Fellowship of Love Choir.

Her marriage to Clyde Alford ended in divorce.

Services for Mrs. Alford were held Thursday at New Friendship Baptist Church in the 1500 block of E. Eager St.

She is survived by two sisters, Lettie Marie Thomas of Glen Burnie and the Rev. Cynthia V. Brooks of Catonsville; and many nephews and nieces.

Joseph H. Coakley Jr., 53, hospital supply salesman

Joseph H. Coakley Jr., a retired hospital supply salesman, died Monday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Crownsville resident was 53.

Mr. Coakley, who was known as Lee, joined American Hospital Supply, now Allegiance Health Care Corp., as a salesman in 1975. During his 25 years with the company, he won several national sales representative awards and last year was presented with a corporate recognition award.

Born in Lynn, Mass., he moved to Govans and graduated from Loyola Blakefield in 1964. He earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1968 and a master's degree in business from Bowling Green University in Ohio.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1968 and served as a pilot, flying a sub-chaser S-2 aircraft. He completed a tour of duty in Vietnam and was discharged in 1974.

Mr. Coakley coached Little League baseball and recreation council basketball, collected vintage Mercedes-Benz automobiles and played golf.

He was a communicant of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Beverly Ann Fisher; two daughters, Erin Aumiller of Timonium and Meghan Coakley of Annapolis; his parents, Joseph H. Coakley Sr. and Anne Coakley of Govans; a brother, David C. Coakley of Hunt Valley; a sister, Joanne Sun of Baltimore; and a grandson.

Jeffrey R. Melnikoff, 49, Defense Department lawyer

Jeffrey R. Melnikoff, a former Defense Department attorney, died Tuesday of complications from multiple sclerosis at Lorien Frankford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore. He was 49.

Mr. Melnikoff, a former Northwest Baltimore resident, retired in 1982 because of ill health from the Department of Defense, where he had worked for two years as an Army lawyer.

Earlier, he had worked for several years in the legal department of Procter & Gamble Co. in Cincinnati.

Born in Wakefield, R.I., Mr. Melnikoff moved to Cockeysville as a youth and graduated in 1968 from Dulaney High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in material engineering in 1972 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

After working as an engineer for a year at Procter & Gamble in Pennsylvania, he entered Georgetown University, where he earned his law degree in 1976.

Mr. Melnikoff enjoyed watching movies.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

He is survived by his parents, Steven and Joyce Melnikoff of Cockeysville; a brother, Steve A. Melnikoff of Winchester, Va.; a sister, Amy Carrick of Reisterstown; and many nephews and nieces.

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