Mary Louise Thomas, 92, teacher, college instructor...

June 17, 2000

Mary Louise Thomas, 92, teacher, college instructor

Mary Louise Thomas, who taught English at the University of Baltimore, died Sunday of septic shock at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 92.

Miss Thomas, who retired in 1975 from the University of Baltimore after teaching there for nearly 15 years, earlier had taught in the Baltimore and Baltimore County public schools. She also had been a teacher in the adult education programs in Howard and Baltimore counties.

Miss Thomas, a longtime Roland Park resident, was born in Oakland, Garrett County, and reared in Grafton, W.Va., where she graduated from high school. She earned her bachelor's degree from Fairmont College and a master's degree from West Virginia University. She did additional graduate work at the University of Maryland and Columbia, Duke and Northwestern universities.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and was active in the United Methodist Women's Group. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society and the Woman's Club of Roland Park.

Services were held yesterday in Grafton. She is survived by several cousins.

Vernon Leon Randall Sr., 61, automobile mechanic

Vernon Leon Randall Sr., a retired automobile mechanic, died Sunday of complications of an asthma attack at Bon Secours Hospital. He was 61 and lived on Windsor Avenue in Northwest Baltimore.

Until last fall, he owned and operated an auto repair shop near 20th Street and Harford Road. Earlier, he had been a baker at Woodstock College and Springfield and Henryton hospitals.

Born in Marriottsville, Mr. Randall was a graduate of Harriet Tubman School. In the early 1960s, he married the former Thelma M. Robinson, who survives him.

Funeral services were held Friday at West Liberty United Methodist Church, Marriottsville.

He is survived by two sons, Marc Anthony Randall Sr. and Vernon Leon Randall Jr., both of Baltimore; two daughters, Madelyn Phillips of Little Rock, Ark., and Sharon Harvey of Baltimore; a sister, Pattie O. Webb of Marriottsville; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Ann Logan Thomas, 77, magician, entertainer

Ann Logan Thomas, former cruise ship social director and co-owner of Baltimore's Yogi Magic Mart, died June 10 of cancer at Lifecare Center of America in Cleveland, Tenn. The former Hillendale resident was 77.

In 1974, she married Philip Theodore Thomas, an internationally known and highly regarded prestidigitator who owned the Yogi Magic Mart on North Charles Street. He died in 1998.

In addition to working in the store, Mrs. Thomas was an accomplished magician and balloon artist and later established Ann's Kid Show, which entertained children at private parties.

She was married for many years to the Rev. Johnny Gentry in Athens, Tenn. After Mr. Gentry's death in the 1960s, she worked for Wholesale Tours in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as a social director aboard cruise ships.

Born Ann Logan in Cleveland, Tenn., she graduated from high school there. Before returning to Cleveland several years ago, she had been an active member of Towson United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday in Cleveland.

She is survived by a son, Gary Gentry of Nashville, Tenn.; a daughter, Anne Claire Garrett of Baltimore; two brothers, Herman Logan of Cleveland, Tenn., and Rhon Logan of Astoria, N.Y.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Norman Clement Smith, 89, construction foreman

Norman Clement Smith, a retired construction foreman and bricklayer, died in his sleep Monday at his Cockeysville home. He was 89.

He was a boyhood friend of Henry J. Knott Sr., the Baltimore builder and philanthropist for whom he later worked as a construction foreman for more than 30 years until retiring in 1972.

Mr. Smith worked on such projects as the Social Security Administration complex in Woodlawn, the University of Maryland's hospital and law and dental schools in Baltimore, and the B&O Railroad banana pier at Locust Point.

Born on Wilcox Street in East Baltimore, he left school in the sixth grade to help support his family. He later attended Polytechnic Institute at night for five years to earn his high school equivalency diploma.

He was a lifetime member of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Local No. 1 of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

He enjoyed planting an annual vegetable garden and setting up an elaborate Christmas garden in the Cockeysville home that he built.

In 1933, he married Margaret Kelly, who died in 1995.

He was a 45-year communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

He is survived by three sons, Norman E. Smith of Jarrettsville, John D. Smith of Monkton and Kenneth P. Smith of Pylesville; 35 grandchildren; and 55 great-grandchildren.

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