Russell Clay Turner, 79, farmer, security chief Russell...

June 28, 2000

Russell Clay Turner, 79, farmer, security chief

Russell Clay Turner, a former Anne Arundel County farmer who had been chief of security at area racetracks, died June 21 of a heart attack at his Millersville home. He was 79.

He retired from the Thoroughbred Racing Bureau at Pimlico Race Course in 1983. He had been security chief at Laurel Park, Rosecroft Raceway and Capital Raceway.

At his death, he was a partner in a gravel plant in Anne Arundel County.

Born in Annapolis and raised in Gambrills, Mr. Turner was the fifth generation of his family to farm the land, in what later became Crofton. He was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington.

A tobacco and beef cattle farmer, Mr. Turner had been a shareholder in the Marlboro Tobacco Market.

He also had been an Anne Arundel County deputy sheriff and a member of the Annapolis Elks Lodge and Turtle Club. He was a founding member of Gambrills Athletic Club.

He was a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge No. 209 in Odenton and the Eastern Star.

He was a communicant and had served on the vestry for 18 years at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Crownsville, where services were held Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former M. Gayle Hevener; two daughters, Sheran Lee Booth of Gambrills and Sondra Jaye Hatch of Millersville; two brothers, Z. Meade Turner of Millersville and Reginald S. Turner of Odenton; and three grandchildren.

Martha Trate, 75, nurse and oil company officer

Martha "Muffy" Trate, a former nurse and Dickeyville resident, died Sunday on her 75th birthday of breast cancer at home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Mrs. Trate, a Florida resident since 1969, had been an administrative assistant at a University of Maryland Hospital clinic in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Born Martha Curtiss in Chevy Chase, she received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1948.

After moving to Florida, she was vice president and secretary-treasurer of Pentagon Corp., an oil lubricating company founded by her husband of 47 years, Robert J. Trate. The business closed in 1990.

In Baltimore, she had been a member of Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church and was a past president of the University of Maryland Nurses' Alumni Association.

A memorial service will be held Friday in Fort Lauderdale.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Martha "Marcie" Curtiss Fry of Sanford, Fla., and Amy T. Bell of Hollywood, Fla.; a brother, Charles Dwight Curtiss Jr. of Sun City, Fla.; and two grandsons.

William C. Flaugher Jr., 81, correctional officer

William C. Flaugher Jr., a retired captain of correctional offi- cers at the Maryland Penitentiary, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Forest Hill, Harford County . He was 81.

He retired on a medical disability in 1975 after 30 years of service.

Born in Weirton, W.Va., he moved to Rosedale as a child. He was a graduate of Patterson High School.

He was a Mason and a member of the Stephenson Lodge in Darlington and the Jephthah Lodge in Essex.

He also was a member of the Past Masters' Association of Baltimore City and Harford County; Boumi Temple; Tall Cedars of Lebanon; Knights of Mecca; Scottish Rite Temple; and Conowingo Scottish Rite Club.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1200 Churchville Road, Bel Air.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former M. Helen Sauers; a son, Bruce Flaugher of Darlington; a daughter, Jeanette McDeshen of Joppatowne; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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