John S. Angevine, 83, engineering firm manager John S...

February 07, 2002

John S. Angevine, 83, engineering firm manager

John S. Angevine, retired manager of research and development for a Pennsylvania engineering company, died Friday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 83.

A Homeland resident since 1990, Mr. Angevine retired in 1983 from the firm of Swindell Dressler in Pittsburgh. Earlier, he had worked 25 years for the Aluminum Company of America in Massena, N.Y.

Born in New York City and raised in Dumont, N.J., where he graduated from high school, he earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from Alfred University in 1939.

An outdoorsman, he enjoyed bird watching, fly fishing, camping and hunting. He also contributed free-lance articles to outdoor magazines.

Services were private.

Mr. Angevine is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Renee Bourdeau; a son, John H. Angevine of Williamsport, Pa.; three daughters, Krystal Angevine of Pekin, Ind., Bonnie Angevine of Baltimore and Dr. Sandi Angevine of Maui, Hawaii; and two grandchildren.

Helen Eleanore Taylor, 89, homemaker, teacher

Helen Eleanore Taylor, a homemaker and former teacher, died Monday of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital. The Randallstown resident was 89.

Born in Baltimore, Helen Eleanore Griffin was a 1931 graduate of Douglass High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1934 from what is now Bowie State University and began her teaching career in a two-room segregated school in Germantown.

In the late 1930s, she moved to Baltimore and graduated from Cortez Peters Business School. During World War II, she worked as a clerk-typist at Western Electric Corp. and Fort Meade.

In 1936, she married Joseph Wesley Taylor Sr. A retired Anne Arundel County elementary school principal, he died in 1989.

Mrs. Taylor was the last surviving grandchild of William Satterfield, a Virginia slave who made his way to freedom in Maryland by crossing an ice-covered Chesapeake Bay, family members said.

Mrs. Taylor was a member for 43 years of Trinity Presbyterian Church, where she had been a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed gardening and travel.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3200 Walbrook Ave.

She is survived by a son, Joseph W. Taylor Jr., and a daughter, Brenda E. Roberts, both of Randallstown; and three grandchildren.

Howard E. Bily, 83, purchasing agent, salesman

Howard E. Bily, a retired purchasing agent and steel salesman, died of heart failure Friday at Good Samaritan Nursing Center in Northeast Baltimore. The Parkville resident was 83.

Mr. Bily retired in 1976 as a purchasing agent for Martin Marietta Corp. His tenure there dated to 1940, when he was hired by the former Glenn L. Martin Co.

While working at Martin's Middle River plant, Mr. Bily met his future wife, Dorothy Roberts, a West Virginia native employed there during World War II. They married in 1946.

After retiring from Martin Marietta, Mr. Bily worked until 1984 as a salesman for Hill-Chase Steel Co. in Baltimore.

Born in East Baltimore and raised in Hamilton, Mr. Bily was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He was an active member of Hiss United Methodist Church in Parkville, where he was a member of the Men's Bible Study Club and the church's bowling team.

Services were held Monday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Elaine B. Smith of Fork and Anita B. Goeller of Olney; and three grandchildren.


Claude Brown, 64, author of the best seller Manchild in the Promised Land, died Saturday in New York of a lung condition.

In the book, Mr. Brown wrote about his childhood spent on the streets of Harlem with killers, drug addicts and prostitutes. Promised Land sold more than 4 million copies and was translated into 14 languages. It sells more than 30,000 copies annually and is required reading in many high schools and colleges.

Elijah Hill, 76, Alabama's first black deputy federal marshal, died Monday in Birmingham.

Mr. Hill, who guarded civil rights marchers and federal judges, was appointed to the U.S. Marshals Service by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Previously, he had been a physical education teacher and basketball coach.

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