Tavon Alvin Barnes, 26, salesman, Coppin student Tavon...

April 26, 2001

Tavon Alvin Barnes, 26, salesman, Coppin student

Tavon Alvin Barnes, a college student and sales representative for Canada Dry soft drinks and mixers, died Saturday of undetermined causes at his East Baltimore home. He was 26.

For the past year, Mr. Barnes had been a Canada Dry soft drink salesman while studying criminal justice at Coppin State College.

Born in East Baltimore, he was a 1992 graduate of City College. He enjoyed playing basketball and riding his motorcycle.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at New Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 3300 Elmora Ave.

He is survived by a daughter, Taija Barnes; his parents, Frederick Sr. and Renee Barnes; three brothers, Brandon Barnes, Frederick Barnes Jr. and Corey Hartz; and his maternal grandmother, Margaret Bowen, all of Baltimore; and several uncles and aunts.

Kenneth L. Robbins, 55, computer specialist, Marine

Kenneth L. Robbins, a computer specialist and Marine Corps veteran, died Monday of kidney cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 55.

The Sparks resident had worked since 1997 as a document control specialist for TSI Telseys, a Columbia computer company.

Born and raised in Govans, he was a 1964 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Vietnam, Okinawa and Cuba. He was discharged in 1970 with the rank of staff sergeant. In 1980, he earned a bachelor's degree from Towson State University.

He worked for many years as a draftsman at Western Electric Corp.'s Point Breeze plant until it closed in the 1980s.

Services are private.

He is survived by a son, Brian H. Robbins of Bel Air; a daughter, Heather L. Larson of White Marsh; his mother, Grace E. Kuhn of Preston; a grandson; his stepfather, William K. Kuhn of Preston; and his fiancee, Dawn E. Griest of Sparks.

Albert Bowen, 66, hospital dietitian, chef

Albert Bowen, a retired dietitian and chef, died Sunday of lung cancer at University of Maryland Medical Center. The longtime West Baltimore resident was 66.

Mr. Bowen spent his 38-year career at the former Veterans Administration Hospital on Loch Raven Boulevard in Northeast Baltimore and retired in 1994.

"He loved to prepare meals, and he could make a hospital meal taste like it was a home-cooked feast," said his daughter, Almira Rogers of Towson.

Mr. Bowen was an accomplished woodworker and built furniture and guitars.

Born in West Baltimore, he was a graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School. He served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956.

His marriage to Kathleen Thomas ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, 5151 Baltimore National Pike.

He also is survived by a son, Bertram Bowen; a brother, Leroy "Sonny" Bowen; and three sisters, Georgeanna Clinton, Dorothy McCullough and Beverly Lewis, all of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

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