Thomas John Powell, 51, truck driver and veteran Thomas...

April 08, 2000

Thomas John Powell, 51, truck driver and veteran

Thomas John Powell, a truck driver and Vietnam War veteran, died Tuesday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 51 and lived in Pasadena.

Mr. Powell had worked since 1994 at Penske Logistics in Lansdowne, delivering groceries to area Super Fresh grocery stores. From 1979 to 1994, he drove a tractor-trailer for B. Green, a wholesale supplier of groceries. He was an automobile assembly line worker at General Motors' Broening Highway plant from 1968 to 1978.

Born in Dundalk, he was a 1966 graduate of Dundalk High School.

Mr. Powell enlisted in the Army in 1966 and served with the infantry in Vietnam. He was wounded during the Tet offensive in 1968, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was discharged in 1968 as a sergeant.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Glen Burnie, the Glen Burnie Moose Lodge and Teamsters Local 355.

Services were held yesterday at Barranco & Sons Severna Park Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, the former Theresa Unglesbee, whom he married in 1989; a daughter, Jennifer Woolford of Baltimore; a stepson, Bryan Sponheimer, and two stepdaughters, Tracy Milholland and Michelle Sponheimer, all of Pasadena; his mother, Margaret Hewitt of Baltimore; a brother, Richard A. Powell of Jarrettsville; and five grandchildren.

Michael J. Flowers Sr., 50, insurance agent, salesman

Michael J. Flowers Sr., a Towson insurance agent and former liquor salesman, died Monday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 50.

Since 1996, the Ellicott City resident had been an insurance agent and benefits representative for S F & C Insurance Associates Inc. in Towson. Earlier, he was a wholesale liquor salesman for County Beverage and Kronheim Co. Inc.. He entered the insurance business in 1991.

Born in Roland Park, he was a graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore.

Services were held yesterday at First Baptist Church of Guilford in Columbia.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, the former Deborah Jones; a son, Michael J. Flowers Jr. of Baltimore; four brothers, Eugene Flowers of Bel Air, Carlos Flowers of Randallstown, and Tony Flowers and David Flowers, both of Baltimore; and a sister, Diane Flowers of Randallstown.

Ethel Elizabeth Dorsey, 75, school teaching aide

Ethel Elizabeth Dorsey, a retired Frederick County teaching aide, died Tuesday of a blood clot at Frederick Memorial Hospital. She was 75 and lived in Frederick.

Ethel Elizabeth Harris was born in Pleasant View in Frederick County and attended local schools. She also attended the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

She was a teacher's aide at Rock Creek School in Frederick until she retired in 1986.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Asbury United Methodist Church, 98 All Saints St., Frederick, where she was a member.

She is survived by Emerson L. Dorsey Sr., her husband of 56 years; a son, Emerson L. Dorsey Jr. of Baltimore; two daughters, Iva Wright and Rose Chaney, both of Frederick; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Donna Lee Boyer, 69, homemaker from Annapolis

Donna Lee Boyer, a homemaker and Annapolis resident, died Tuesday of heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She was 69.

A former Glen Burnie resident, she had lived in Annapolis since 1970 and was active in Boy Scouting.

Born Donna Lee Lovejoy in Spokane, Wash., she graduated from a local high school. In 1952, she married Raymond L. Boyer Sr., a career Air Force enlisted man who retired as a sergeant.

Services were held yesterday at Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church in Odenton.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Boyer is survived by five sons, Raymond L. Boyer Jr. of College Park, Paul A. Boyer of Kent Island, Dale J. Boyer of Severn, Brian L. Boyer of Waupun, Wis., and Gregory S. Boyer of Glen Burnie; a brother, Raymond "Patrick" Lovejoy of Springfield, Ore.; a sister, Jacqueline Klomp of Idaho; and eight grandchildren.

Robert F. Drury Sr., 82, deputy census director

Robert F. Drury Sr., former deputy director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census, died Sunday of pneumonia at St. Agnes HealthCare in Southwest Baltimore. He was 82.

A former Chevy Chase resident, Mr. Drury had lived at Charlestown Community in Catonsville since 1993.

In 1940, he joined the Census Bureau as a statistical clerk. He retired as deputy director in 1971 and was awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce's gold medal for distinguished achievement in the federal service.

A Washington, D.C., native, he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in 1939 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

During World War II, he served in the Navy and participated in the occupation of Japan. He was discharged in 1946.

Mr. Drury enjoyed hiking and camping, and liked to write. He published "Capital Childhood," a memoir of his youth, and wrote "Vignettes of the Charlestown Retirement Community."

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Kathryn Chetham Drury; two sons, Robert F. Drury Jr. of East Windsor, N.J., and Richard Drury of Boyds; two daughters, Susan Waaland and Jill Boyd, both of Seattle; and nine grandchildren.

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