Elizabeth P. Webb, 99, Roland Park school aide...

May 20, 2001

Elizabeth P. Webb, 99, Roland Park school aide

Elizabeth P. Webb, the retired executive assistant to the headmistress of Roland Park Country School, died of undetermined causes Tuesday at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. She was 99.

The former Roland Park and Sudbrook Park resident had lived at Fairhaven since 1991. She was the last surviving member of Roland Park Country School's Class of 1921 and the oldest alumna of the school.

From 1926 until retiring in 1968, Mrs. Webb was a familiar presence to generations of students at the North Baltimore girls school. With her kindly face and warm smile, Mrs. Webb easily handled and disposed of all matters of crisis that could upset the daily routines of both students and faculty.

She began her career there when the school was headed by Elizabeth Castle, and in 1950 she became executive assistant to Anne Healy, who was named headmistress that year.

After retiring, Mrs. Webb continued to give to the school and served on the RPCS Alumnae Board.

The former Elizabeth Landsdowne Protzman was born and reared in Roland Park.

After graduating from RPCS, she earned her bachelor's degree from Goucher College in 1925.

In 1937, she married Jesse L. Webb. He died in 1950.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Fairhaven, 7200 Third Ave., Sykesville.

She is survived by two nephews, Dr. Charles A. Webb Jr. of Oxford and Alexander D. Webb of Westminster; two nieces, Carroll Bison of Cambridge, Mass., and Peggy W. Patterson of Baltimore; and a cousin, Patricia B. Ryan of Washington.

Allen Jones, 88, pastor of New St. Mark Baptist

The Rev. Allen Jones, pastor emeritus of the New St. Mark Baptist Church in West Baltimore, who led his congregation to unprecedented growth during 21 years of service, died of heart failure Thursday in his garden in Catonsville. He was 88.

Born a sharecropper's son in Boydton, Va., Mr. Jones overcame poverty, chronic childhood illness and the death of his parents when he was a boy by placing his faith in the Bible at an early age.

"Very early on, he heard the calling," said Pastor Bowyer G. Freeman, who succeeded Mr. Jones as spiritual leader of New St. Mark in 1993. "He was a deacon down in Virginia when he was still in his 20s."

In the spring of 1938, he chanced to travel to Baltimore after years of labor as a hired hand on various farms in King George, Va. Here he joined the Franklin Street Baptist Church (now Whitestone Baptist) and attended Douglass Evening High School.

Mr. Jones quickly rose to the Deacon Board and began attending the Jones-Williams School of Religion in East Baltimore. In 1941, he delivered his first sermon.

In 1944, a brief marriage to Mary Long ended in her sudden death, just as Mr. Jones was beginning a job as a cook for McCormick & Co. - a position he would hold until his retirement in 1972.

In 1951, he married Bessie Greene and took up residence on Homewood Avenue. Five years later, Mr. Jones joined New St. Mark, where he was soon ordained by the Rev. I. J. Gilliam and appointed assistant to the pastor.

In 1972, Mr. Jones became pastor and set about instituting an ambitious plan to expand the congregation and the church itself. Within eight years, the flock had grown from about 100 members to four times as many.

Mr. Jones possessed a rich singing voice and would belt out "Got On My Traveling Shoes" with little provocation, recalled his daughter, Carnette Carroll of Randallstown.

Services for Mr. Jones will be at 6 p.m. tomorrow at New St. Mark Baptist Church, followed by interment 11 a.m. Tuesday at Crestlawn Cemetery in Sykesville.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by three grandchildren and six sisters. His wife died in 1990.

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