Cullen J. Cook Sr., 61, CSX locomotive engineer Cullen...

January 20, 2002

Cullen J. Cook Sr., 61, CSX locomotive engineer

Cullen J. Cook Sr., a retired CSX locomotive engineer who had operated a grocery store, died Jan. 13 of a heart attack at his East Baltimore home. He was 61.

A Beryl Avenue resident for 32 years, Mr. Cook was the owner of Oaks Country Store in East Baltimore and worked as a steelworker for several years before going to work for the Chessie System, the predecessor of CSX, in 1970.

Mr. Cook, who had worked as a brakeman and freight conductor before being promoted to engineer, was assigned to operate trains between the Brunswick and the Bay View yards in East Baltimore. He retired in 1995.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in East Baltimore, he was a graduate of Dunbar High School.

Mr. Cook enjoyed helping neighbors with home-repair projects and assisting the elderly.

He was an avid vegetable gardener, and kept his neighborhood supplied with fresh vegetables during the summer months. He also liked fishing and photography.

Services were held Friday.

Mr. Cook is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Evelyn McAllister; three sons, Cullen J. Cook Jr. of Seattle, Romell Cook of Baltimore and Chris Cook of New Jersey; four daughters, Tonia Rowlette of Pikesville, Evelyn Stewart of Baltimore, Tamathia Flowers of Randallstown and Jewel Edwards of South Carolina; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Lillie Mae Burgess, 63, hospital clerk, homemaker

Lillie Mae Burgess, a retired hospital ward clerk and a homemaker, died Jan. 12 of a stroke at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 62.

The Northeast Baltimore resi- dent retired in 1995 from Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she had worked more than 20 years as a ward clerk.

Born Lillie Mae Profit in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., she moved to West Baltimore as a child and graduated from Douglass High School.

Mrs. Burgess enjoyed traveling and entertaining her family.

She was a member of Oak Street African Methodist Episcopal Church, where services were held Friday.

Mrs. Burgess is survived by her husband of 28 years, Phillips I. Burgess Sr. of Baltimore; two sons, Phillip I. Burgess Jr. and Kevin Burgess, both of Baltimore; three daughters, Phyllis Renee Robinson, Kim Burgess and Adrienne Burgess, all of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Robert J. Murray, 84, insurance executive

Robert J. Murray, a retired insurance executive and former Randallstown resident, died Jan. 13 of heart failure at Snow Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Snow Hill. He was 84 and an Ocean Pines resident.

Mr. Murray, who had been a vice president of United States Fidelity and Guaranty Co. from 1956 to 1965, later was vice president of Security Insurance Co. in Hartford, Conn.

Mr. Murray, who retired in 1988, lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., for several years during the early 1990s before moving to Ocean Pines.

Born in Throop, Pa., Mr. Murray was a graduate of St. Charles Seminary in Catonsville, and earned his bachelor's degree from St. Thomas Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.

During World War II, he served as an Army cryptographer, and was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Murray was a communicant of St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church in Ocean Pines, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Eleanor A. Johnston, whom he married in 1947; three daughters, Mary C. Courtney of Havertown, Pa., Catherine A. Springhorn and Marguerite M. Berry, both of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.

Catherine Marie Barnes, 75, library assistant

Catherine Marie Barnes, a retired Baltimore County library circulation assistant, died Monday of a cerebral hemorrhage at Sinai Hospital. The Cockeysville resident was 75.

When she retired in 1988, Mrs. Barnes, a former longtime resident of Avon Avenue in Towson, had worked for 17 years as a circulation assistant at the Towson and Loch Raven branches of the Baltimore County Public Library.

Earlier, Mrs. Barnes worked in a similar capacity in the library at St. Joseph Hospital, now St. Joseph Medical Center.

Born Catherine Marie Cooney, she was raised in the 3500 block of Greenmount Ave., and was a 1944 graduate of Catholic High School.

During World War II, she worked as a nurse's aide.

She was married in 1947 to Ralph K. Barnes, who is retired from the Koppers Co., where he had been production manager.

She was an accomplished cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends with such dishes as fried chicken, oysters Rockefeller, Maryland crab dishes, and homemade cakes and pies.

She was an avid collector and builder of dollhouses.

Mrs. Barnes was a former communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, and at her death she was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Barnes is survived by two sons, Clay M. Barnes of Timonium and William H. Barnes of Cockeysville; two daughters, Joan L. Schultz of Pikesville and Linda M. Siciliano of Hydes; a brother, Wilbur Cooney of Sacramento, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

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