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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | July 5, 2009
Esther P. Brooks, a longtime office manager and secretary at Sharon Baptist Church, where she had been a member for 70 years, died June 27 of throat cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 83. Esther Ann Patterson, the daughter of a Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. laborer and homemaker mother, was born in Baltimore and raised in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Mrs. Brooks, who was a 1944 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and the Cortez Peters Business School, also took courses at what is now Morgan State University and the Community College of Baltimore.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | July 5, 2009
Esther P. Brooks, a longtime office manager and secretary at Sharon Baptist Church, where she had been a member for 70 years, died June 27 of throat cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 83. Esther Ann Patterson, the daughter of a Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. laborer and homemaker mother, was born in Baltimore and raised in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Mrs. Brooks, who was a 1944 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and the Cortez Peters Business School, also took courses at what is now Morgan State University and the Community College of Baltimore.
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June 22, 2005
On June 16, 2005 DEACON CORNELIUS A., husband of the late Dollie Tinsley; beloved father of Judyth T. Weathers and Frances (Debbie) Tinsley; beloved brother of Norma Fulkner, Charlotte T. Davenport and Wendell Tinsley; grandfather of Nicholas and Alex Tinsley and Tavon Little. He is also survived by a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the Phillips Funeral Home, 1721 N. Monroe Street, on Wednesday from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. beginning at 4 P.M. Deacon Tinsley will lie in state at the Sharon Baptist Church, Presstman and Stricker St. where the family will receive friends from 6 to 6:30 P.M. with funeral services to begin at 7 P.M. Interment Thursday 10 A.M., Arbutus Memorial Park.
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January 20, 2008
Viola E. Woodson, a retired telecommunications supervisor and instructor who was an active member of Sharon Baptist Church, died Sunday of heart and lung failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 68. Viola E. Brown was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Winans. She was a 1956 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and Cortez Peters Business School. For more than 30 years, Mrs. Woodson worked for American Telephone & Telegraph and Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., where she provided employee training for clients such as the state of Maryland, Baltimore City Hall, the Johns Hopkins University, The Sun, and other major industries that had installed Bell Systems Communications equipment.
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December 16, 1990
Services for William G. Cousin Sr., a retired painter, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sharon Baptist Church, Stricker and Presstman streets.Mr. Cousin, a resident of the Canton Harbor Nursing Center, died Thursday at Mercy Medical Center after a short illness. He was 94.Born in Newnan, Ga., he came to Baltimore in the 1920s and worked as an independent house painter for many years. Mr. Cousin later began work for General Instruments in Cockeysville. He retired in 1969 after 25 years of service.
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December 18, 1990
William G. Cousin Sr., 94, a retired painter, died Thursday at Mercy Medical Center after a brief illness.Funeral services were being held today at Sharon Baptist Church, Stricker and Presstman streets.Mr. Cousin was a resident of the Canton Harbor Nursing Center.Born in Newnan, Ga., Mr. Cousin came to Baltimore in the 1920s and worked for many years as an independent house painter. He later worked for General Instruments in Cockeysville, retiring from there in 1969 after 25 years of service.
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March 3, 1997
Elizabeth V. Gaither, 72, history teacher and deaconElizabeth Vaughn Gaither, a retired history teacher in Baltimore public schools and a deacon at her church, died of kidney failure Wednesday at Rock Glen Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Baltimore. The lifelong Baltimorean was 72.Mrs. Gaither taught in middle school for many years and retired in 1985.After retiring, she became involved in religious activities, serving as an instructor for the Progressive National Convention and director of religious education at Sharon Baptist Church in West Baltimore, where she was ordained a deacon.
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April 21, 2000
Chester Northington, 76; Kathleen Northington, 82 Chester Northington, a retired letter carrier, and his wife, Kathleen, an active churchwoman, died Tuesday at Genesis Eldercare in Hamilton. Mr. Northington, who died of cancer, was 76. Mrs. Northington, who died of a heart attack, was 82. The couple, who married in 1956, were longtime residents of Morgan Park. Mr. Northington was born in East Baltimore and graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. During World War II, he served with the Marines in the Pacific.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | July 13, 1997
Lillian Mae Johnson's musical career began when she was 6 and sat on the piano stool at Sharon Baptist Church in West Baltimore to accompany its adult choir.That career lasted nearly 80 years, with Mrs. Johnson playing gospel music for generations of churchgoers.Described as "the dean of church music" in Baltimore by the pastor at Sharon Baptist, Mrs. Johnson died of pneumonia July 2 at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 89."She really brought a sense of dignity and pride to the organ stool," said the Rev. Alfred C. D. Vaughn, church pastor for 40 years.
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January 20, 2008
Viola E. Woodson, a retired telecommunications supervisor and instructor who was an active member of Sharon Baptist Church, died Sunday of heart and lung failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 68. Viola E. Brown was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Winans. She was a 1956 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and Cortez Peters Business School. For more than 30 years, Mrs. Woodson worked for American Telephone & Telegraph and Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., where she provided employee training for clients such as the state of Maryland, Baltimore City Hall, the Johns Hopkins University, The Sun, and other major industries that had installed Bell Systems Communications equipment.
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November 10, 2006
Arzalia Z. Lyle, a homemaker and founding member of High Rock Baptist Church, died Saturday of colon cancer at the Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 89. She was born and raised Arzalia Lightfoot in Winfall, N.C., the daughter of sharecroppers. In the early 1930s, she moved to Baltimore and, in 1936, married Hubert M. Zachary, a Western Electric Corp. worker. He died in 1954. In 1959, she married Daniel Lyle, a postal worker who died in 1979.
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By RONA MARECH and RONA MARECH,SUN REPORTER | April 9, 2006
A strong community doesn't need a leader, talk-show host and author Tavis Smiley has said. It just needs everyday people who want to make a change. More than 1,200 of those everyday people, including babies and octogenarians, poured into Sharon Baptist Church in Baltimore yesterday to hear Smiley speak and to participate in a town hall meeting that was part sermon, part rally, part therapy and part call to action to African-Americans. The crowd, which filled the sanctuary to capacity and then some, read aloud in unison, yelled out, repeatedly stood to clap, held hands and silently bowed their heads.
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June 22, 2005
On June 16, 2005 DEACON CORNELIUS A., husband of the late Dollie Tinsley; beloved father of Judyth T. Weathers and Frances (Debbie) Tinsley; beloved brother of Norma Fulkner, Charlotte T. Davenport and Wendell Tinsley; grandfather of Nicholas and Alex Tinsley and Tavon Little. He is also survived by a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the Phillips Funeral Home, 1721 N. Monroe Street, on Wednesday from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. beginning at 4 P.M. Deacon Tinsley will lie in state at the Sharon Baptist Church, Presstman and Stricker St. where the family will receive friends from 6 to 6:30 P.M. with funeral services to begin at 7 P.M. Interment Thursday 10 A.M., Arbutus Memorial Park.
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September 5, 2000
Constance Alston, 71, Coppin State nurse Constance E. Alston, the first full-time nurse at Coppin State College, died Aug. 29 of colon disease at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore. She was 71. Born in Statesville, N.C., she attended public schools in Baltimore and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1947. She graduated from Provident Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. Mrs. Alston married Joe L. Alston the next year and went to work at Provident Hospital and the Baltimore City Health Department.
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April 21, 2000
Chester Northington, 76; Kathleen Northington, 82 Chester Northington, a retired letter carrier, and his wife, Kathleen, an active churchwoman, died Tuesday at Genesis Eldercare in Hamilton. Mr. Northington, who died of cancer, was 76. Mrs. Northington, who died of a heart attack, was 82. The couple, who married in 1956, were longtime residents of Morgan Park. Mr. Northington was born in East Baltimore and graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. During World War II, he served with the Marines in the Pacific.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | August 26, 1999
George J. Davenport Sr., who taught science and geography in Baltimore public schools more than 40 years, died Aug. 19 at Mercy Medical Center of pancreatic cancer. He was 72 and lived in Roland Park.Mr. Davenport joined the city school system in 1952 and retired from Highlandtown Middle School in 1994.Though he was offered administrative positions, he preferred to stay in the classroom, said friends and family members.They said he took classes on field trips to such places as the United Nations, the Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium in New York and often bought lunch and school supplies for students from poor families.
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November 10, 2006
Arzalia Z. Lyle, a homemaker and founding member of High Rock Baptist Church, died Saturday of colon cancer at the Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 89. She was born and raised Arzalia Lightfoot in Winfall, N.C., the daughter of sharecroppers. In the early 1930s, she moved to Baltimore and, in 1936, married Hubert M. Zachary, a Western Electric Corp. worker. He died in 1954. In 1959, she married Daniel Lyle, a postal worker who died in 1979.
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October 23, 1990
Arnett J. Brown Jr., the tart-tongued president of the public school principals' union in Baltimore, died yesterday of cancer at Baltimore County General Hospital in Randallstown.Services for Mr. Brown will be held at noon Thursday at Sharon Baptist Church, at Presstman and Stricker streets.Mr. Brown, who was 62, was a native of Baltimore and had worked for the Baltimore school system since graduating from Coppin College in 1950. He thought of himself as someone who came up through the "old school," and he was one of those veterans who never lost sight of his main job: promoting the welfare of his students.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1998
Louise Elizabeth Brooks, a Baltimore singer who sang with choirs in local productions of "Porgy and Bess" and "Showboat," died Dec. 4 of complications from diabetes at Sinai Hospital. She was 74.For more than 20 years, the northwest Baltimore resident sang soprano and often alto for church choirs and local gospel and secular groups."She had just a wonderful voice and always put so much feeling and emotion into everything she sang," said Lynette Wilkens, who sang with Mrs. Brooks in many choirs.
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September 18, 1998
Virginia L. Cook Brown, 90, active churchwomanVirginia Louise Cook Brown, a homemaker and active churchwoman, died of cancer Monday at the Sandtown Winchester Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in West Baltimore. She was 90.A native of Lancaster County, Va., the former Virginia Cook came to Baltimore in the early 1920s and was educated in city public schools. In 1926, she married Arnett James Brown Sr., who died in 1989.For 60 years, Mrs. Brown was a member of Sharon Baptist Church in West Baltimore, where she participated in various groups, was designated "Church Mother" and was among the first women to become a deacon.
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