Willard H. Shackelford Sr., 88, building inspector...

October 11, 2001

Willard H. Shackelford Sr., 88, building inspector

Willard H. Shackelford Sr., a retired city building inspector, died Tuesday of lung cancer at his Hampden home. He was 88.

He retired in 1970 as a city building inspector for the Department of Housing and Community Development, where he had worked for 15 years. He previously had been a mason and brakeman for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Born in Portsmouth, Va., he was raised in Remington, Va., where he attended public schools.

He volunteered in the Union Memorial Hospital outpatient surgery department.

He played golf at Pine Ridge Golf Club, where he was the senior club champion in the 1970s.

His wife of 55 years, Minnie Walter, died in 1991.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, 2801 N. Charles St., where he was a member.

He is survived by a son, Willard H. Shackelford Jr. of Manchester; a daughter, Gail Daiger of Wilmington, Del.; a brother, Ira "Bud" Morrison of Bel Air; a sister, Ann Miller of Towson; and five grandchildren.

Ronald Fox, 64, president of Oxford commission

Ronald Norman Fox, president of the Oxford Town Commission and a prominent Talbot County businessman, died Monday of respiratory failure at Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 64.

Mr. Fox, a Republican, had served for three years on the Oxford Planning and Zoning Commission when he was first elected to the town board in 1995.

He was re-elected in 1998, and again in June, when his fellow commissioners elected him president.

The Easton native, who graduated from high school in 1955, earned his bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1959. He served in the Army and later the Army Reserve and was discharged with the rank of captain.

In the early 1960s, he established R. Fox, an Easton ready-to-wear women's clothing store, that had branches in St. Michaels, Cambridge, Rehoboth Beach and Seaford, Del. He sold the business in 1985.

In 1973, he and his business partner established the Court Street Pub in Easton, which he later sold. In 1985, he and his business partners converted the Fox Brothers Building in Easton, near the courthouse, into the Washington Street Pub.

He had been a board member since the early 1980s of Talbot Bank in Easton, and at his death was a member of the board of Shore Bankshares.

Mr. Fox was a past president of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce and a founding member of the Easton Businessmen's Association.

In Oxford, he was an emergency medical technician with the Oxford Volunteer Fire Company.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Fellows, Helefenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 200 S. Harrison St. in Easton.

Mr. Fox is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Nancy Ellen Glazier; two sons, C. Curt Fox of Denton and Jonathan A. Fox of Oxford; a daughter, Gretchen Fox Gordon of Oxford; and four grandchildren.

Daisy Gillard, 87, gospel singer

Daisy Gillard, a gospel singer and homemaker, died Saturday of a kidney ailment at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 87 and lived in the Clifton Park section of Northeast Baltimore.

She sang with a Baltimore church group, the Reid Gospel Singers, from the 1950s through the 1980s. She also toured the country with the National Baptist Convention and the Lott Carey Convention.

Family members said Mrs. Gillard was known as the "Mahalia Jackson of the East."

In the 1950s, she worked in maintenance at the Baltimore Transit Company's Washington Boulevard headquarters.

Born Daisy Berry in Darlington County, S.C., she attended schools there and moved to Baltimore in 1942.

In 1939, she married David Gillard, a Bethlehem Steel worker, who died in 1982.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Fountain Baptist Church, 1215 E. Monument St., where she was a member and president of the senior missionaries.

She is survived by three sons, Robert L. Gillard, James David Gillard and Alvin O. Gillard, all of Baltimore; four daughters, Ruby L. McLendon, Joyce L. Gillard, Paula Y. Gillard and Antia L. Gillard, all of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Robert A. Aumann Sr., 73, vice president of furrier

Robert A. Aumann Sr., former vice president of Auman & Werkmeister, a Baltimore furrier, died Monday of a heart attack at his Idlewood home. He was 73.

Mr. Aumann, who was vice president of administration, worked for nearly 50 years for the Baltimore furrier that was founded by his father in 1904 in the 300 block of N. Charles St.

He retired in 1993 from the Timonium firm that is now known as Aumann Furs.

Mr. Aumann, who was born and raised in Guilford, attended Mount Washington Country School and graduated from City College. He also was a graduate of Eaton & Burnett Business College Inc. in Baltimore.

He served in the Army Quartermaster Corps in Korea from 1950 until being discharged in 1952. He was a member of American Legion Post 183 in Parkville.

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