Peter N. Prevas, 78, owned market stall Peter N...

June 23, 2000

Peter N. Prevas, 78, owned market stall

Peter N. Prevas, a retired fast-food restaurant manager and former owner of the Prevas Brothers food stalls at Broadway Market, died of cancer Friday at his Baltimore home. He was 78.

Mr. Prevas spent much of his life serving the public. When he wasn't serving hot meals, he was serving up his own brand of humor.

"He was just hysterical," said Audrey Shannahan of Towson. She and her husband met Mr. Prevas in 1989 at the Trinity Assembly of God Church in Lutherville. The three were in a seniors group at the church that often put on skits.

"He would throw in his own lines," said Mrs. Shannahan. "He was terrific at that stuff. ... He had a great sense of humor."

Mr. Prevas, a lifelong Baltimorean graduated in 1941 from Baltimore City College and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He earned the rank of technical sergeant in fighter squadron VMF-155, serving on Majuro and Kwajalein, two of the Marshall Islands, in World War II.

In 1949, shortly after his honorable discharge, Mr. Prevas married the former Pauline Panagakos. She died in 1994.

Mr. Prevas was "a dedicated, and loyal family man. He was not a man of a lot of words, but he showed everyone how much he cared about them, " said his son, Christopher Prevas of Baltimore.

Services were held yesterday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Parkville.

Mr. Prevas is survived by two other sons, Nicholas Prevas and George Prevas, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Maria Angelos of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Thomas A. Wilson, 76, pianist, church deacon

Thomas A. Wilson, one of the first blacks to study piano in Peabody Conservatory's night school program, died Friday of complications from diabetes at St. Agnes HealthCare. The Baltimore native was 76.

Mr. Wilson, who composed and played music for the piano by ear, had only one interest that overshadowed music - his love of God.

A 1943 graduate of St. Augustine's Minor Seminary in Bay St. Louis, Miss., Mr. Wilson was ordained a permanent deacon by then Archbishop William D. Borders of the Baltimore Roman Catholic Archdioces in 1984. He was the first black clergyman ordained from the Parish of St. Cecilia in Baltimore.

Mr. Wilson and his parents joined the parish in the 1950s, helping to integrate it.

"He was just such a holy man. It was such a wonderful experience to be in his presence," said Paul Johnson, who joined St. Cecilia's in 1956.

Mr. Wilson was in the Peabody program in the late 1940s. He served three years in the Marine Corps during World War II. In the late 1940s, he worked one year for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as a ticket printer.

In 1948, he married Margaret R. Stokes of Baltimore.

Shortly after their marriage, Mr. Wilson went to work for the U.S. Post Office. He retired in 1987, after 36 years of service.

He was a longtime member of the NAACP and the Knights of Columbus.

Services were held Wednesday at St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wilson is survived by three sons: Thomas A. Wilson Jr. of Catonsville, Robert A. Wilson of Baltimore and David F. Wilson of Owings Mills; three daughters Maria A. King of Chesapeake, Va., Therese W. Favors of Lochearn, and Judy A. Ringgold of Lisbon; and nine grandchildren.

Clarence Lee Beebe, 69, school department head

Clarence Lee Beebe, retired chairman of Randallstown High School's social studies department, died Saturday of cancer at his Woodbine home. He was 69.

Mr. Beebe, a social studies and history teacher, had taught for 36 years in Baltimore County public schools before his retirement in 1990. Before his appointment to Randallstown, he had been on the faculties of Woodlawn High and Milford Mill High schools.

Born in Philadelphia and reared in Chincoteague, Va., Mr. Beebe's parents, Clarence Beebe and Ida Virginia Whealton Beebe, were depicted as Grandpa and Grandma Beebe in Marguerite Henry's 1947 book, "Misty of Chincoteague."

After graduating from high school in Chincoteague, Mr. Beebe served in the Coast Guard.

He later earned bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University of Richmond; a master's degree in Asian history from Carnegie-Mellon University; and a bachelor's degree in divinity from Yale University.

In addition to teaching in county schools, Mr. Beebe taught at Western Maryland College, Catonsville Community College and Carroll Community College.

He enjoyed traveling, reading and gardening.

Mr. Beebe was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, 16151 Old Fredrick Road, Woodbine, where a memorial service was held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Miriam Graf; two sons, Andrew Todd Beebe of Gamber and Jonathan Beebe of Westminster; a daughter, Julia Lynn Beebe of San Jose, Calif.; a sister, Marian Mason of Virginia; and a granddaughter.

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