George Andy Xenakis, 76, chemical engineer George Andy...

May 08, 2000

George Andy Xenakis, 76, chemical engineer

George Andy Xenakis, a chemical engineer with the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground for 27 years, died Thursday of heart failure. He was 76.

A native of West Virginia, Mr. Xenakis had lived in the Baltimore area since 1959.

Mr. Xenakis earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Tri-State University in Angola, Ind., in 1946. But he returned to his hometown of Weston, W.Va., to help run his family's restaurant business -- including a bar called The Manhattan and the Commodore restaurant -- for 11 years before pursuing an engineering career.

Mr. Xenakis went to work at Aberdeen in 1966, after two previous engineering jobs in West Virginia and Baltimore. At Aberdeen, he specialized in chemical defense and quality assurance. He retired in 1993.

In retirement, Mr. Xenakis worked part time at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home on York Road in Baltimore where his son Dennis S. Xenakis is managing director. Dennis Xenakis said his father was at work Thursday and had finished his regular duties answering phones and helping prepare for morning services when he died of sudden heart failure.

Mr. Xenakis, whose parents emigrated to the United States from Greece, was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., and grew up in Weston. He graduated from Weston High School and attended West Virginia Wesleyan College before graduating from Tri-State University.

A master sergeant in the Army during World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Xenakis also served in the Army Reserves in West Virginia.

In Baltimore, Mr. Xenakis was active in the group Greek Orthodox Youth of America through the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore. He served as a youth leader, mentor and basketball coach from the mid-1960s through the 1970s. An avid golfer, Mr. Xenakis in recent years also was a regular at his three granddaughters' field hockey, lacrosse and softball games and at their drama performances.

Mr. Xenakis is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Helen Karavedas; two sons, Dennis S. Xenakis of Baltimore and Thomas G. Xenakis of Lutherville; two sisters, Alexandra X. Lygoumenos of Lutherville and Betty X. Jackovitz of Perry Hall; and three granddaughters.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation at Maryland Avenue and Preston Street.

Willie Roger Davis, 83, deacon, community volunteer

Willie Roger Davis, a longtime Baptist deacon and a community volunteer, died Thursday of heart failure at home at St. Charles at Old Court Apartments in Pikesville, where he moved this year. He was 83.

Mr. Davis had lived for 44 years on Alto Road in the Windsor Hills section of Baltimore.

Born in Heathsville, N.C., he worked at a tobacco factory in Rocky Mount, N.C., and at a paper mill in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., before moving to Baltimore in 1943. He worked first at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, then was a welder at Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. for 35 years.

He retired in 1979 but continued looking after his real estate investments.

Mr. Davis was a longtime member of the Deacons' Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity. He was a founder and member for 27 years of St. Timothy's Christian Baptist Church in Northwest Baltimore, where he sang with the Male Chorus, chaired the Deacons' Ministry for 25 years and served on the Elders Council.

Previously, he had been a member for 30 years and trustee and deacon of New Mount Zion Baptist Church in West Baltimore.

He was a member of Windsor Hills Community Association and supported Cahill Recreation Center and other community projects.

Funeral services will follow a family hour at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Dalton Baptist Church, 4300 Garrison Blvd.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Vashti Pittman; six daughters, Betty J. Diggs, Vashti Pullum, Effie A. Washington, Cordella Nesmith, Melinda Yarbrough and Donnie M. Oats, all of Baltimore; five sons, Willie W. Davis Sr., Leonard C. Davis Sr., the Rev. Joseph L. Davis, Paul S. Davis, all of Baltimore, and Joe N. Davis of Willingboro, N.J.; three sisters, Olivia Sledge, Rosa Petteway and Flora Johnson, all of Hampton, Va.; a brother, Henry Davis of Littleton, N.C.; 36 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Robert Michael Carney, 60, IRS agent, accountant

Robert Michael Carney, a former Internal Revenue Service agent who operated an accounting business, died Thursday of lung cancer at St. Agnes HealthCare in Baltimore. He was 60 and lived in Fulton.

He started the accounting firm Carney & Associates on Bloomsbury Avenue in Catonsville in 1967. His work as an IRS agent from 1962 to 1966 prompted him to earn an accounting degree and open his business.

He was born in Washington and raised in Arbutus. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1962 and earned an accounting degree from the College of Commerce in Baltimore in 1966. He became a certified public accountant in 1972.

In the late 1960s, he operated the Village Curiosity Shop, a flower and card store in Catonsville that he closed in 1971.

He owned thoroughbred race horses and was a dog lover. During the early days of his tax business, he would make his rounds accompanied by his small mutt dog, Tax. He also went to the Kentucky Derby in recent years, and last week in Louisville, Ky., friends from Catonsville, who made the trip without him, raised a toast to him.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles, 4922 Leeds Ave., Arbutus.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Barbara L. Thatcher; a son, Shawn Michael Carney of Eldersburg; a daughter, Leanne Elizabeth Carney of Fulton; and a sister, Sharyn E. McQuaid of Ellicott City.

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