Wilbur G. Mays Sr., 71, state trooper Sgt. Wilbur G...

September 04, 2001

Wilbur G. Mays Sr., 71, state trooper

Sgt. Wilbur G. Mays Sr., a retired Maryland state trooper who remained active in police affairs, died Friday in a car accident in Parkton. Known to friends as "Willie," the lifelong Parkton resident was 71.

A 1947 graduate of Sparks High School, Mr. Mays enlisted in the Army in 1955 and served two years as a military policeman in Alaska at Headquarters, Yukon Command.

Immediately after his discharge, he became a trooper with the Maryland State Police, serving in the Waldorf and Waterloo barracks as well as the former Benson and Valley barracks - now Bel Air - before retiring from the telecommunications division at state police headquarters in Pikesville in 1979.

He continued to serve the agency as a volunteer at the Maryland State Police Museum in Pikesville until his death, and was a member of the Maryland Troopers Association Lodge 76 and the Maryland State Police Alumni Association.

Two of his children followed him into state police service: Cpl. Leonard H. Mays of Hampstead and police communications Officer Janice L. Mays Bradford of Randallstown.

Mr. Mays was a lifelong member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church in Parkton, where he was a church trustee and former Sunday school superintendent.

In his spare time, he enjoyed farming, studying genealogy and collecting antique cars and tractors.

Viewings will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, 24 Second St., New Freedom, Pa., and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, 2015 Mount Carmel Road, Parkton, with a memorial service immediately to follow.

Family members suggest that contributions may be made in his name to the church's Improvement Fund, P.O. Box 333, Monkton 21111.

In addition to his two children, he is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Beverly J. Bean; another son, Wilbur G. Mays Jr. of Parkton; three brothers, Kenneth E. Mays of Hanover, Pa., Robert W. Mays of York, Pa., and Donald H. Mays Sr. of Parkton; a sister, Elizabeth M. Benzinger of Lutherville; and nine grandchildren.

Dorothy Mary Fryer, 82, SSA accounting supervisor

Dorothy Mary Fryer, a Highlandtown native and an accounting supervisor for the Social Security Administration, died Thursday of cancer at Oak Crest Village Care Center in Parkville. She was 82.

Born Dorothy M. Ozazewski, she grew up on Clinton Street, where her parents owned a grocery store. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1938.

She married James J. Fryer shortly after graduation, and the couple settled in Catonsville. From 1950 until after her husband's death in 1975, she worked at the Social Security Administration. That year, she moved to Roland Park before moving to Oak Crest Village in 1996.

She was a member of the Towson Women's Club and a parishioner at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Roland Park, where she served as a volunteer.

A celebratory Mass will be offered at 1 p.m. Thursday in the main chapel at Oak Crest Village, 8800 Walther Blvd. in Parkville.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Diane Blair of Easton; two sisters, Edwina Formhals and Eleanor Meyd of Catonsville; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


Paul Neilson Howell, 82, founder of Howell Corp., an oil and natural gas exploration company, died Friday in Houston of bone cancer. Mr. Howell began his petroleum company in San Antonio in 1955 when he bought a small oil refinery that eventually was expanded into a petrochemical giant. Houston-based Howell Corp. went public in 1969 and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Besides his business accomplishments, Mr. Howell helped San Antonio secure the 1968 World's Fair as vice president of Hemisfair '68.

Mr. Howell was born in Gulfport, Miss. He was in the Navy in World War II, and was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served at the Pentagon during the Korean War.

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