Rudolph Gordon, 63, city services counselor Rudolph...

March 19, 2001

Rudolph Gordon, 63, city services counselor

Rudolph Gordon, a community services counselor with the city for 34 years, died Wednesday at Northwest Hospital Center of complications related to diabetes. He was 63.

A longtime resident of Randallstown, Mr. Gordon worked as a lead counselor at several of the city's Neighborhood Service Centers, operated by the Department of Housing and Community Development. As a counselor, Mr. Gordon helped people obtain housing, medical care, food, shelter and other city services.

At the time of his death, he was assigned to the central Neighborhood Service Center on Pennsylvania Avenue. In 1997, the city recognized him for 30 years of perfect work attendance.

Born in West Baltimore one of 13 children, Mr. Gordon attended city schools, graduating in 1957 from Frederick Douglass High School, where he was a standout on the football team.

He held a variety of jobs while attending Coppin State College, where he received a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1966. He worked briefly as a correctional guard in the state prison system before joining the Neighborhood Services Center staff in 1967.

Mr. Gordon loved woodworking and carpentry and renovated his Randallstown home, as well as homes for family members. A nature lover, he planted flowers in his back yard to attract birds and built birdhouses in recent years while he recuperated from health problems associated with diabetes.

"He just loved to watch nature from his back window, because many times he was confined to the house for long periods of time," said his sister, Delores G. Hobbs of Baltimore.

Mr. Gordon enjoyed long drives, and during the mid-1980s he drove alone across the country.

Funeral services are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at Morning Star Baptist Church, 1063 W. Fayette St. .

Mr. Gordon is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Betty Holly of Randallstown; two sons, Kevin Gordon of Baltimore and Michael Gordon of Randallstown; three brothers, Joseph Gordon, James A. Gordon and Kemper Lewis, all of Baltimore; and four other sisters, Hester Howell, Edith S. Gordon, Catherine Griffin and Lenora Knox, all of Baltimore.

Martha C. Jackson, 87, Continental Can Co. worker

Martha Curbeam Jackson, a retired Continental Can Co. employee, died Friday at Sinai Hospital of heart failure. She was 87.

Born and raised in Blackstock, S.C., she married Leslie Jackson in 1932, and the couple moved to Baltimore in 1935. Mr. Jackson, an electrician for Bethlehem Steel Corp., died in 1996.

In 1946, she began working at Continental Can Co. She was a line operator until her retirement in 1976.

Known as "Momma Martha" to friends and family members, she cared for her 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren as well as the children of friends. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, canning and sewing.

She was a founding member of Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 2525 E. Preston St., where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by three daughters, Dr. Estelle J. Brown, Mary Etta Lewis and Ernestine J. Dunston; and one son, the Rev. Robert L. Jackson, all of Baltimore.

William Wells, 77, steel worker, veteran

William Wells, a retired steel worker, died Tuesday of kidney disease at Maryland General Hospital. He was 77 and lived in West Baltimore.

Born in Greenwood, S.C., his family moved to Baltimore when he was age 4.

After graduating from Dunbar High School in 1940, Mr. Wells went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant. Navy service during World War II interrupted his tenure there, and he retired in 1979.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served as a cook in Germany, Japan and Guam. He was discharged in 1946.

In 1948, he married Minnie Thomas, who survives him.

Mr. Wells coached his sons' baseball teams in the James Mosher Little League in the 1950s and 1960s.

A resident of Sandtown-Winchester since 1955, he was a member of Central Church of Christ in Baltimore. He also belonged to the Sporting Eight Social Club, a group of friends who regularly met for meals cooked by Mr. Wells.

Services were Saturday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mildred Herring of Baltimore; seven sons, William L. Wells, Reginald Wells, Marvin Wells, Raymond Wells and Gerald Wells, all of Baltimore, Jimmie Wells of Lanham and Alvin Wells of Manassas, Va.; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Carole Jean Listman, 62, longtime MVA employee

Carole Jean Listman, a longtime employee of the Motor Vehicle Administration, died March 12 of lung cancer at her home in Pasadena. She was 62.

Carole Seibert was born in Baltimore and raised in Pasadena, where she lived for the past 40 years. A few years after graduating from Glen Burnie High School, she began working as a clerk at the MVA in Glen Burnie. She retired in 1999 after more than 30 years at the MVA.

Mrs. Listman enjoyed fishing, family gatherings and weekend trips, and was an avid reader.

A funeral was held Friday at Barranco and Sons Funeral Home in Severna Park. Donations can be made to Anne Arundel County fire department's Mark Hobart Memorial Fund, Jones Station No. 23, 960 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park 21146.

Mrs. Listman is survived by her husband of 42 years, Albert Listman; a daughter, Pam Allen; two sons, Rick Listman and Alan Listman, all of Pasadena; three brothers, Richard Seibert and Norman Seibert, both of Pasadena, and Jerry Seibert of Laurel; and seven grandchildren.

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