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January 3, 2003
Maggalean G. Henson, 62, mortician, business owner Maggalean Gilmore Henson, a Baltimore mortician and former District Court commissioner, died of cancer Saturday at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 62. A native of Conecuh County, Ala., she came to Baltimore as a child and was raised on East Biddle Street. She was a 1958 graduate of Dunbar High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1964 from what is now Morgan State University. She later earned a degree in mortuary science from then-Catonsville Community College, and began her career in the late 1970s as an apprentice and mortician working for the Carlton C. Douglass and March funeral homes.
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Jacques Kelly | March 1, 2013
Mortician Erich March told me he was tired of seeing people in his East Baltimore community die of conditions like diabetes and hypertension. He blamed the lack of grocery shopping choices in the neighborhood where he grew up and where his Aisquith Street funeral home is located. He and his wife, Michele Speaks-March, were determined to bring a new style of shopping to the Oliver, South Clifton and Darley Park neighborhoods. They were not targeting the vegan or food faddist crowd.
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NEWS
January 3, 2003
George W. Tittle, a mortician and retired employment counselor, died of a heart attack Monday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 69. Mr. Tittle, who was born and raised in Jarrettsville, graduated in 1953 from the former Central Consolidated High School in Hickory. He was a 1955 graduate of Echols College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, and established Tittle's Funeral Service in Bel Air in 1965. After closing the funeral establishment in the early 1980s, he continued working as a mortician and was associated with the Joseph N. Zannino Jr. Funeral Home in Baltimore.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2012
Joseph Russ, a West Baltimore mortician who was active in his industry for nearly 70 years, died of heart disease April 16 at his West Baltimore home. He was 98. Born in Baltimore and raised on Brunt Street, he was a 1933 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. He also had diplomas from the old Cortez Peters School of Business and the Family Bible Institute. In 1941 he married Emma Lucille White, whom he affectionately nicknamed "Lamb Pie. " That year, they established a funeral business at Dolphin and McCulloh streets.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2003
Joseph G. Locks Jr., a fourth-generation mortician who worked at the business for more than 70 years, died Monday of kidney failure at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The East Baltimore resident was 92. Born in Baltimore and raised on Jefferson Street, he was a 1928 graduate of Douglass High School. Mr. Locks was trained in the business by his mother, Edna Francis Locks, who family members said was the first African-American woman to be licensed as a mortician in Maryland. The business was founded by his great-grandfather, John W. Locks, in 1860.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | January 19, 2003
The Rev. William Hugo Reyer, a retired mortician and cosmetologist for 32 years who dedicated much of his life to his church, died at home Thursday of colon cancer. He was 66 and lived in Forest Park. He had worked at numerous funeral homes in the area, including Sol Levinson & Bros. in Baltimore in the 1970s, the Edna Pumphrey Funeral Home in Silver Spring during the 1960s, Tyson Wheeler and Danzansky-Goldberg in Rockville, and others in the Washington metropolitan area. His skills at embalming and cosmetology brought calls for help from many area homes, said his wife of 40 years, the former Anita M. Priolo.
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By Todd Richissin and Todd Richissin,SUN STAFF | April 9, 2000
LEONARDTOWN -- Michael K. Blankenship was all very nonchalant about his contacts and his accomplishments. He mentioned only casually that he was a friend of the Clintons, had helped write the last State of the Union address, was a Vietnam War veteran who recently rose to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve. No, Blankenship -- a humble-looking mortician with big, roundish specs looped over two oversized ears -- never bragged. Whatever good things fell upon him, he would tell friends, were caused by his good luck and a loving, gracious God. But then, not long after penning his will, the general was strangled.
NEWS
December 22, 2006
On December 18, 2006, IONA; devoted mother of Rona Johnson and Ronald Watson. Friends may call Friday 4 to 8 P.M. at the Millers Metropolitan Chapels, 1639 N. Broadway. Family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:30 to 11 A.M. Funeral services to immediately follow at the Memorial Baptist Church, 1311 N. Caroline St. where the Very Fine Pastor Calvin Keene will preside. Interment Arbutus Memorial Park. Services entrusted to Millers Metropolitan Chapels, 1639 N. Broadway. Jeff Miller mortician.
NEWS
October 5, 2004
DR. JAMES E. WILLS SR. departed this life on October 1, 2004. Friends may call at the Mt. Mariah Church of God and Christ, 32nd and Barclay Streets on Tuesday October 55 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Wednesday October 6 family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Emmanuel Ministries at 4839 Hazelwood Road. Funeral services to follow. Interment Maryland National Memorial Park immediately after services. Services entrusted to Millers Metropolitan Chapels, Balto. loc., Jeff Miller Mortician.
NEWS
May 2, 2007
On April 24, 2007, SAMUEL H. JR., beloved husband of the late Phyllis R. Harcum. He is survived by one son, Anthony H. Harcum, one granddaughter, Morgan Harris, one sister-in-law, Jacqueline Savoy, other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the family owned Howell Funeral Home, 4600 Liberty Heights Avenue on Thursday 2-7 P.M. Family will receive friends at St. Bernardine Catholic Church, 3812 Edmondson Avenue on Friday 10:30-11 A.M., with Mass of the Resurrection immediately following.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
Rosa C. James, a retired mortician who enjoyed world travel, died of cancer March 5 at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 80 but told friends she was "always 37. " Born Rosa Mae Cade in Lumberton, N.C., she came to Baltimore as a child. She was a 1950 Frederick Douglass High School graduate, where she was voted "Miss Douglass. " As a young woman, she worked as a secretary at Lasting Products, a paint firm, and at what is now Morgan State University. She also worked for the Maryland Commission on Interracial Problems and Relations.
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By Simon Habtemariam | September 29, 2011
This week's Sunny did nothing if not prove one of my longest-living theories: The makers of shows like “Toddlers and Tiaras” hold production meetings at strip joints. Frank Reynolds has never turned down an opportunity to finance a hot idea. After meeting a potential business partner at a gentlemen's club, Frank is led to believe he's fronting the cash for a “legitimate” beauty pageant. Surprisingly, Frank's partner is a dirtbag and had inappropriate relations with a contestant.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | September 5, 2008
James Straughn Kirkley, a retired mortician and former owner of a Glen Burnie funeral home, died in his sleep Saturday at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. He was 86. He was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. After graduating from Forest Park High School, he moved with his family to Glen Burnie. He was attending Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., when he enlisted in the Army in 1942. A medic, he took part in the Allied invasion of Normandy and had attained the rank of sergeant at the time of his 1946 discharge.
NEWS
May 2, 2007
On April 24, 2007, SAMUEL H. JR., beloved husband of the late Phyllis R. Harcum. He is survived by one son, Anthony H. Harcum, one granddaughter, Morgan Harris, one sister-in-law, Jacqueline Savoy, other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the family owned Howell Funeral Home, 4600 Liberty Heights Avenue on Thursday 2-7 P.M. Family will receive friends at St. Bernardine Catholic Church, 3812 Edmondson Avenue on Friday 10:30-11 A.M., with Mass of the Resurrection immediately following.
NEWS
December 22, 2006
On December 18, 2006, IONA; devoted mother of Rona Johnson and Ronald Watson. Friends may call Friday 4 to 8 P.M. at the Millers Metropolitan Chapels, 1639 N. Broadway. Family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:30 to 11 A.M. Funeral services to immediately follow at the Memorial Baptist Church, 1311 N. Caroline St. where the Very Fine Pastor Calvin Keene will preside. Interment Arbutus Memorial Park. Services entrusted to Millers Metropolitan Chapels, 1639 N. Broadway. Jeff Miller mortician.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN and FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN,SUN REPORTER | January 28, 2006
It was a typical winter Saturday for author and newspaperman H.L. Mencken, who after eating lunch with brother, August, with whom he lived in the old family home at 1524 Hollins St., went to his second-floor office, lay down on the sofa and listened to a radio broadcast of Wagner's Die Meistersinger. In decling health since a 1948 stroke left him unable to read or write -- a cruel irony for a man who it is said had written an estimated 5 million words and more than 100,000 letters during his career -- Mencken now passed the time sorting his papers with his secretary, dictating letters and entertaining old friends.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
Rosa C. James, a retired mortician who enjoyed world travel, died of cancer March 5 at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 80 but told friends she was "always 37. " Born Rosa Mae Cade in Lumberton, N.C., she came to Baltimore as a child. She was a 1950 Frederick Douglass High School graduate, where she was voted "Miss Douglass. " As a young woman, she worked as a secretary at Lasting Products, a paint firm, and at what is now Morgan State University. She also worked for the Maryland Commission on Interracial Problems and Relations.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | May 26, 2000
ATLANTA - DUANE Fassett, the most famous limousine driver in recent Maryland history, must have missed sleep the night before his testimony against Ray Lewis. More than that, Fassett looked in every way like a man who has not known the peace of good sleep in months, tormented by memories of an early morning of killings in January and the prospect of having to testify against a young man he admired. In court here yesterday, Fassett's eyes were deep, dark craggy holes, hooded in worry. His brow was furrowed.
NEWS
October 5, 2004
DR. JAMES E. WILLS SR. departed this life on October 1, 2004. Friends may call at the Mt. Mariah Church of God and Christ, 32nd and Barclay Streets on Tuesday October 55 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Wednesday October 6 family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Emmanuel Ministries at 4839 Hazelwood Road. Funeral services to follow. Interment Maryland National Memorial Park immediately after services. Services entrusted to Millers Metropolitan Chapels, Balto. loc., Jeff Miller Mortician.
NEWS
September 18, 2003
Donald Edward Glover, a funeral director and mortician for more than three decades, died Friday of complications of diabetes and Addison's disease at Bon Secours Hospital. The West Baltimore resident was 71. He was born in Baltimore and raised on Shields Place, and was a 1950 graduate of Douglass High School. He studied at the former Morgan State College and earned a degree at Eckel's College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia in 1952. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked for Armco Steel and Bethlehem Steel Corp.
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