John W. Bentley Sr., 58, beer salesman John W. Bentley...

January 16, 2001

John W. Bentley Sr., 58, beer salesman

John W. Bentley Sr., a retired beer salesman who was known by his customers as "Bones," died Thursday of a heart attack at his South Baltimore home. He was 58.

Mr. Bentley, a big man who left a lasting impression on his customers, retired in 1996, after eight years as a Budweiser salesman for Winner Distributing Co. in East Baltimore.

From 1973 to 1986, he was a salesman for McCarthy-Hicks, a Baltimore liquor distributorship. Earlier, he had worked in sales for Union Bros. Furniture and Servamation.

The South Baltimore native was a 1960 graduate of Southern High School. In 1961, he married Mary Ellen Krause, who survives him.

He was a member of the Curtis Bay Athletic Club and a former member of the TOGOM Club of South Baltimore.

He enjoyed playing the guitar and keyboard.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday .

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John W. Bentley Jr. of Pasadena; a daughter, Lisa A. Ryan of Selinsgrove, Pa.; a brother, William Bentley of Essex; a sister, Edna Szyjka of Locust Point; and three grandchildren.

Corey Chiles Sr., 19, warehouse worker

Corey Chiles Sr., a warehouse worker who hoped to become an accountant, died Wednesday after being shot in the 500 block of W. Preston St. He was 19.

Mr. Chiles worked in a stockroom at the Timonium fairgrounds. He attended Francis M. Wood Alternative High School on North Calhoun Street in Baltimore and planned to continue his education to become a certified public accountant, said his mother, Darlene Chiles of Baltimore.

Mr. Chiles, who played football in high school, loved sports and music, his mother said. He also enjoyed spending time with his 1-year-old son, Corey Chiles Jr.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Chiles is survived by his father, Danny Walter; four brothers, Jamel Mason, Jerrel Mason, Jerome Mason and Deandre Mason, all of Baltimore; and six sisters, Contrena Sykes, Neoma Sheppard, Tammy Mason, Tamika Mason, Monique Mason and Jamira Mason, all of Baltimore.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.

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