Charles H. Holly, 72, sales executive Charles H. Holly...

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September 11, 2001

Charles H. Holly, 72, sales executive

Charles H. Holly, a retired sales executive, died of cancer Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 72 and lived in Cross Keys.

Mr. Holly retired in 1989 from Peter Cooper Corp., where he had been president of the packaging adhesive maker's West Coast division for 10 years. Earlier, he had been a salesman for Baltimore Box Co. from 1958 to 1979, and for New York Life Insurance Co. in the mid-1950s.

Born and raised in Pikesville, Mr. Holly attended McDonogh School before moving to Miami, where he graduated from high school. He attended the University of Maryland.

During the Korean War, he served in Japan as an Army medic and attained the rank of sergeant.

A former resident of Alexandria, Va., and Frederick, he had been a volunteer guard with the Capitol Historical Society in Washington and also volunteered at Mount Vernon Hospital. He had been a member of the Frederick Historical Society, Independence Hose Co., Frederick Rotary Club and the George Washington Masonic Lodge.

He was a member of Har Sinai Congregation.

His marriage to Susan Rosenstock ended in divorce.

Services were held Sunday.

Mr. Holly is survived by his wife of six years, the former Judith B. Rabinowitz; three sons, John D. Holly of Frederick, Benjamin R. Holly of Fairfax, Va., and Thomas J. Holly of Ellicott City; a daughter, Ruth Holly Fenton of Cincinnati; four grandchildren; and a stepson, Alfred Ian Bernstein of Sterling, Va.

Beatrice Bennett Wilson, 104, homemaker, gardener

Beatrice Bennett Wilson, a former Baltimore homemaker, died of pneumonia Saturday at the Herman Wilson Health Care Center of Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, where she had lived for the past 26 years. She was 104.

Born in Leivasy, W.Va., Beatrice Bennett attended West Virginia Wesleyan College.

In 1917, she married Walter F. Wilson, founder of W.F. Wilson and Sons Inc., a utility contractor based in Ellicott City. He died in 1978.

Mrs. Wilson formerly lived in the Ashburton section of Northwest Baltimore, and had been a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Brighton. She was an avid flower gardener.

She is survived by two of her five sons, Mark Bennett Wilson and L. Daniel Wilson, both of Naples, Fla.; a daughter, Martha Wilson Cuff of Santa Barbara, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


Curtis L. "War Horse" Custalow Sr., 85, a former Mattaponi Indian chief who led the tribe to an era of greater political autonomy, died in King William, Va., on Thursday. Serving as elected tribal leader from 1969 to 1977, he lived on the Mattaponi Indian Reservation in King William County, 125 acres salvaged from the tribe's historic territory that once spanned several states.

Fred Roberts, 105, a World War I veteran who was one of the first doughboys awarded the French Legion of Honor in a program marking the 80th anniversary of the 1918 armistice, died yesterday in Los Angeles. A member of the 42nd Rainbow Division, he saw action in France and was wounded when his unit was advancing into the Belleau Woods.

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