Jimmy D. Gilliland, 46, owner of auto repair shop Jimmy...

March 26, 2001

Jimmy D. Gilliland, 46, owner of auto repair shop

Jimmy D. Gilliland, owner of a Chase automotive repair shop and an enthusiastic bay sailor, died Thursday of cancer at his home in Middle River. He was 46.

Mr. Gilliland owned Bud's Bay Country Auto Service on Eastern Avenue in Chase, a business he established in 1978.

Born in Spartanburg, S.C., Mr. Gilliland was raised in Chase and was a 1973 graduate of Kenwood High School.

He had coached Middle River Little League teams and was a commissioner with the league.

He was an avid fisherman and sailor and enjoyed sailing the bay aboard Star Ship, his 27-foot Ericson. He was a member of the Catalina 25 Fleet and Sailing Club in Middle River and crewed aboard racing boats owned by Glenmar Racing Events.

He liked listening to and collecting jazz and blues recordings, and attending NASCAR races.

Mr. Gilliland was a Mason and a member of Jephthah Masonic Lodge No. 222.

His marriage to Leticia Price ended in divorce.

He was a communicant of Ascension Episcopal Church, 1313 Wilson Point Road, Middle River, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Mr. Gilliland is survived by his wife of 11 years, the former Laura Owens Koerber; four sons, Jimmy D. Gilliland Jr., Eric W. Gilliland, Michael A. Gilliland and Bruce L. Gilliland, all of Middle River; his mother, Doris D. Gilliland of Chase; two sisters, Wanda Rhode of Abingdon and Brenda Biscoe of Bowleys Quarters; four stepsons, Wayne B. Koerber of Port Charlotte, Fla., George R. Koerber of Middle River, and Douglas B. Koerber and Nathan D. Koerber, both of White Hall; two stepdaughters, Noel C. Ferenc of White Hall and Laurie A. McDade of Bradenton, Fla.; and 14 grandchildren.

Louis J. Sands, 87, stationary engineer

Louis J. Sands, a retired stationary engineer, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his Catonsville home. He was 87.

A lifelong resident of the Baltimore area, Mr. Sands graduated from Catonsville High School in 1933. He and members of his family started Sands Meat Products in 1935. The business, on Dukeland Street in West Baltimore, closed in 1949.

Mr. Sands then worked as a stationary engineer for area companies until his retirement in 1984.

He was an accomplished ballroom dancer -- winning several Latin and twist contests at the Famous Ballroom and other locations during the late 1950s and early 1960s -- and received an Evening Sun garden trophy in 1958 for his vegetables and flowers.

In his youth, he flew a small plane out of Rutherford Airport in Woodlawn. He also owned a boat and drove a motorcycle.

After he retired, Mr. Sands traveled with his wife, Betty Sands, whom he married in 1977.

The couple visited Europe, China and South America, and traveled extensively throughout the United States.

Services and burial were held at Loudon Park Cemetery.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Sands is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Denitto of Eldersburg; one granddaughter; and 10 stepgrandchildren.

Melvin B. Locklear Sr., 60, IBM executive, Mason

Melvin Baskerville Locklear Sr., a retired IBM executive and a 32nd degree Mason, died March 19 at his Essex home from complications of recent heart surgery. He was 60.

Mr. Locklear joined International Business Machines in 1964 and held several executive positions with the company in Northern California. He had been a programmer-advisory analyst, sales training staff manager and, at his retirement in 1991, was manager of the reseller program.

Born in West Baltimore, Mr. Locklear was a 1959 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree from then-Morgan State College while working full time as a U.S. Postal Service clerk. He later earned a master's degree in business while living in California.

In retirement, he lived in a home on the water in Essex, where he fished and painted in oils.

He was active in the affairs of King David Lodge No. 18, Prince Hall Affiliation, and tutored high school and college students.

His marriage to Lennie Davidson ended in divorce.

He was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

Mr. Locklear is survived by three sons, Melvin B. Locklear Jr. of Oakland, Calif., and Leslie C. Locklear and Myron D. Locklear, both of Antioch, Calif.; a daughter, Lori Locklear Baker of Gary, Ind.; his mother, Dolores Bennett Locklear of Baltimore; five brothers, Charles V. Locklear of Silver Spring, and Roland M. Locklear, Guy J. Locklear, Stanley T. Locklear and Gregory V. Locklear, all of Baltimore; a grandson; and many nephews and nieces.

William R. Pfefferkorn, 79, Navy officer, developer

William Roberts Pfefferkorn, a former career Navy officer who later owned and rehabilitated commercial and residential properties in Annapolis, died Friday of kidney failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 79.

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