Joseph M. Burgess, 75, steel worker, choir member...

April 18, 2001

Joseph M. Burgess, 75, steel worker, choir member

Joseph Matthew Burgess, a retired steel worker and a tenor who sang with church choirs, died April 11 of asbestosis at home in West Baltimore. He was 75.

Mr. Burgess was a gas attendant in the mills at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant for 33 years. He retired in 1986.

The native of Littleton, N.C., graduated from high school there and moved to Baltimore in 1951. He had been a resident of Mount Holly Street since 1965.

He was a former church member and sang with the men's choruses at Mount Hope Baptist Church and Liberty Church of God. Since 1997, he had been a member and trustee of Miracle Baptist Church.

He was an avid duckpin bowler, and regularly bowled at Lafayette Bowling Center in West Baltimore.

Services were held Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Lucy Irene Pope; a daughter, Renee McCardell of Quantico, Va.; a brother, Grant Burgess of Roanoke Rapids, Va.; four sisters, Bessie Davis of Roanoke Rapids, Clara Hayes of Brooklyn, N.Y., Elizabeth Nevelle of Baltimore and Jennifer Brown of Norfolk, Va.; two grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

Vashti Rosetta Hall, 79, aide and churchwoman

Vashti Rosetta Hall, a retired teacher's aide who was active in Mount Zion United Methodist Church, died Friday of a stroke at North Arundel Hospital. She was 79.

The longtime Edmondson Village resident had lived in Pasadena since 1989.

Mrs. Hall was a teacher's aide at Graceland Elementary School in O'Donnell Heights from 1969 to 1989. She also was a housekeeper and home nursing aide.

Mrs. Hall was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Magothy, where she had been sexton, Methodist Youth Fellowship adviser and chairwoman of the annual camp meeting's kitchen committee.

At the church, she taught Sunday school, was on the Flower Circle and had been president of United Methodist Women. A soprano, she sang with the Gospel Choir and Senior Choir, and was long president of the latter.

She enjoyed duckpin bowling, Scrabble, dominos and puzzles, and was an accomplished seamstress.

Born Vashti Monroe in Pasadena, she was a graduate of Dunbar High School.

In 1940, she married Rupert Arvel Hall Sr., who died in 1975.

Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 8178 Artic Road, Pasadena.

She is survived by three sons, Rupert A. Hall Jr. of Mount Holly, N.J., Richard Hall of Silver Spring and Kenneth Brooks of Randallstown; four daughters, Vera Miller of Baltimore, Vivian Dewberry of Roslindale, Mass., and Verda Hall and Virgie Hall, both of Pasadena; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

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