Brian Lavon Johnson, 10, 5th-grader, baseball player...

September 29, 2000

Brian Lavon Johnson, 10, 5th-grader, baseball player

Brian Lavon Johnson, a Randallstown Elementary School fifth-grader, died Sunday of cancer at his Woodlawn home. He was 10.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation's 1998 honorary child, he appeared with entertainer Bill Cosby on his "Kids Say the Darndest Things" show that year in Los Angeles.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Woodlawn, he enjoyed basketball, bowling and baseball. He played first base for the Oriole Advocates from 1996 to 1998 and visited Oriole Park at Camden Yards with the group.

Services were held yesterday at Calvary Baptist Church, where he sang in the Precious Jewels Children's Choir.

He is survived by his mother, Roxann Johnson Bacote of Woodlawn; his father, Bruce Leroy Johnson of Edgewood; his stepfather, Kenneth Bacote of Woodlawn; a brother, Bruce Lamar Johnson of Woodlawn; a stepbrother, Christopher Bacote of Baltimore; a grandmother, Dorothy Lilly of Baltimore; and a grandfather, James Johnson of Baltimore.

Jeanne B. Sargeant, 81, journalist, PR official

Jeanne B. Sargeant, a former reporter for The Evening Sun and public information officer for the Baltimore County Department of Health, died Sunday of necrotic bowel disease at Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson. She was 81.

Mrs. Sargeant's career in journalism began as an 11-year old growing up in Fairfield, Conn., where her parents were founders and editors of the Fairfield Town Crier, a weekly. At 11, she was laying out the newspaper.

She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester in 1940, and became editor of the Fairfield News.

In 1947, she married John Sargeant, and the couple later moved to Binghamton, N.Y., where she was public relations director for the Broome County Tuberculosis and Health Association.

In 1959, Mr. Sargeant became executive director of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, and the couple moved to Homeland. He died in 1985.

After working as a publicist for the Naomi Duff Agency, she joined the staff of The Evening Sun in 1960. She suffered a heart attack in 1963 and resigned in 1964.

From 1971 until she retired in 1979, she was public information officer for the health department.

She wrote "Report on the Governor's Commission on the Shortage of General Practitioners" and "The Need for Comprehensive Mental Health Centers."

She enjoyed traveling, photography and writing travel articles. She volunteered with Pets On Wheels, taking her Cairn and West Highland white terriers to nursing homes.

She was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Carrollton and Boyce avenues, Ruxton, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

She is survived by two daughters, Hilaire R. Sargeant of Lutherville and Meredith S. Harrington of Riderwood; and a grandson, Douglas S. Harrington Jr. of Riderwood.

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