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Stella A. Bishop

Stella A. Bishop died Aug. 1 at her home in Dayton. She was 51.

Services were held Aug. 8 at Hopkins United Methodist Church in Highland.

Interment took place in Ash Memorial Cemetery in Sandy Spring, Md.

Charles F. Miller

Charles "Charlie" F. Miller of Ellicott City died Aug. 5. He was 76.

Born in Elkridge, Mr. Miller was one of 15 children of the late John R. and Jessie Mae Miller.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard an aircraft carrier.

After his Naval service, he worked in construction until his retirement.

Mr. Miller's hobbies included hunting and browsing local flea markets, according to family members.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara A. Secor and Gene Secor of Camden, N.Y., nine brothers, and four sisters.

Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his wife, Anna M. Miller, and one brother.

The Rev. Fred Lehr presided over a service Aug. 8 at Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home in Ellicott City.

Interment took place in St. John's Cemetery in Ellicott City.

Laurie Beth Miller

Laurie Beth Miller of Jessup died Aug. 1 at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Md. She was 42.

Mrs. Miller was born April 9, 1961, in Ellicott City. She was the daughter of William and Clara Barth Jestes.

She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband, Kirk D. Miller; son, Kevin Douglas Miller; brothers, Audie Jestes, Rodney Jestes and Dale Jestes; and sister, LuAnn Morrow.

The Rev. Rod Miller presided over a service Aug. 7 at Bethany United Methodist Church in Ellicott City.

Interment took place in Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens at Marriottsville.

Memorial donations may be sent to Bethany United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

William M. Bowman

William "Bill" Mulligan Bowman, a longtime resident of Howard County, died of heart failure July 7 at his home in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 81.

Born Oct. 6, 1921, Mr. Bowman was the son of the late Elver Gordon Jenkins and John William Bowman.

He was raised in Dayton and attended Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Md. He later lived in Fulton.

Mr. Bowman was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served as a machinist mate, first class in World War II.

He was a retired self-employed carpenter whose work focused on kitchen remodeling.

Mr. Bowman was a member of the American Legion Post 41 and the Elks Club, both in Silver Spring.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret Bowman of St. Petersburg, Fla.; daughter, Margaret Cook of Columbia; sons, William Michael Bowman of St. Petersburg, Fla., and John Bowman of Highland; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bowman was preceded in death by his sister, Marjory Bowman Tapp.

A private service was held July 12 in Florida.

Nathan A. Shank

Nathan A. Shank, a former resident of Harrisonburg, Va., died Aug. 6 at his home in Elkridge. He was 64.

Mr. Shank was born April 3, 1939, in Pennsylvania and was the son of the late Bessie and Ralph Shank.

He is survived by his wife, Anne V. Shank of Elkridge; daughters, Leslie Peters of Littleton, Colo., and Susan Hafer of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and two grandchildren.

The Rev. Tim Siemens presided over a service Aug. 11 at Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home in Ellicott City.

Interment took place in Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Marriottsville.

John R. Thomas Jr.

John R. "Ray" Thomas Jr. of Columbia died Aug. 6 at Howard County General Hospital. He was 59.

Born Jan. 11, 1944, in Mississippi, he was the son of Christine Burger and the late John R. Thomas Sr.

He was a comptroller for a printing company.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Sharon Schikner-Thomas; daughter, Cheryl Thomas Palmer; son, James Michael Thomas; and three grandchildren.

A service was held at The Huntt Funeral Home in Waldorf.

Interment took place in Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf.

Agnes K. Hollingsworth

Agnes K. Hollingsworth died Aug. 10 at her home in Columbia. She was 87.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was born June 23, 1916, in Pennsylvania.

She was a bookkeeper for a retail store.

Mrs. Hollingsworth is survived by her daughter, Carole M. Ward, and one granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Hollingsworth, and her husband, Harold N. West.

A memorial service was held Aug. 13 at Glen Mar United Methodist Church in Ellicott City.

Travis W. Feaga

Travis Wayne Feaga of Marriottsville died due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident Aug. 8 in Howard County. He was 20.

Mr. Feaga was born June 1, 1983, in Maryland and was the son of David Wayne and Janice Marlyn Moody Feaga of Marriottsville.

He graduated from River Hill High School in 2001. Mr. Feaga was a carpenter.

A member of the Carroll County Gun Club, Mr. Feaga was an avid hunter, trapshooter and outdoorsman, according to family members.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Feaga is survived by his brother, Daniel Christopher Feaga of Marriottsville; sister, Jody Kristine Feaga of Hanover; grandparents, Margaret and Lester Moody of Marriottsville and Bernard and Edna Feaga of Ellicott City; and extended family.

Services were to be held Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Woodstock.

Interment will take place in Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Marriottsville.

Memorial donations may be sent to Wildlife Forever, 2700 Freeway Blvd., Suite 1000, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430-1779 or The American Cancer Society, Howard County Division, P.O. Box 6, Ellicott City, MD 21041.

David L. Beckner

David Lynn Beckner of Glenwood died Aug. 5 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after a brief illness. He was 62.

Born Jan. 8, 1941, in Goshen, Ind., Mr. Beckner was the son of the late Samuel H. and Lucile Ernest Beckner.

He graduated from Goshen High School in 1959 and later from the University of Maryland.

Mr. Beckner served in the U.S. Air Force in security for four years. He then worked for the National Security Agency for 35 years. He retired in 1994 as a senior executive.

An avid woodworker, he was a member of the Howard County Woodworkers Guild. Mr. Beckner also enjoyed antiques and collected Maryland and Shenandoah pottery. He recently completed a book, "A Directory of Stoneware and Redware Potters," according to family members.

Mr. Beckner also enjoyed recreational kayaking, family members said.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Eliza Zollickoffer Beckner of Glenwood; daughter and son-in-law, Angela B. Grau and Davin Grau of Towson; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen S. Beckner and Sheri Beckner of Half Moon Bay, Calif.; sister, Sharol A. Alexander of Goshen, Ind.; brother, Donald H. Beckner of Elkhart, Ind.; and three granddaughters.

Services were held Aug. 8 at Uniontown United Methodist Church in Westminster. The Revs. James Ditto of Fallston United Methodist Church, Charles Slaugh of Uniontown United Methodist Church, and Mr. Beckner's nephew, Dennis Beckner of Columbia City Church of the Brethren officiated.

Memorial donations may be sent to The Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, 1 Charles Center, 100 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

Robert L. Gordon Jr.

Robert Leo Gordon Jr., a former resident of Ellicott City, died of coronary disease July 25 at a hospital in Hickory, N.C. He was 53.

Born Jan. 17, 1950, in Baltimore, Mr. Gordon was the son of the late Robert L. Gordon Sr. and Azell Jackson Gordon.

He graduated from Howard High School in 1968.

Mr. Gordon was a lumberyard supervisor for Sunoco Products in Granite Falls, N.C.

He enjoyed fishing with his family, according to family members.

Mr. Gordon is survived by his wife, Catherine Curtis Gordon; daughter, Dana Gordon; daughter and son-in-law, Violet and Brian Stout; and son Robert Charles Gordon, all of Granite Falls, N.C.; son, Brent Gordon of Baltimore; brothers, Henry Gordon of Ellicott City and Scott Gordon of Florida; father-in law and mother-in-law, Charles and Frances Curtis of Hickory, N.C.; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Cassell.

The Revs. James Kilby and Dean Harrold presided over a service held July 27 at Clover Baptist Church in Granite Falls, N.C.

Interment took place in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Granite Falls, N.C.

Martha Jo Nash

Martha Jo Nash, a former resident of Columbia, died July 28 at her home in Birmingham, Ala. She was 61.

Born July 10, 1942, in Clanton, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Melvin and Johnnie Mae Singleterry.

Mrs. Nash attended Chilton County Training School and earned an associate's degree from Daniel Payne College in Birmingham before attending Kentucky State College.

She married Eli Nash Jr. and from that union were two children and a stepson.

In the early 1970s, the family moved to Columbia, where Mrs. Nash lived for about 20 years. According to family members, she was a "super mom" who never missed any of her children's events, whether it be a piano recital, football game or cheerleading event.

Mrs. Nash enjoyed hosting parties and was well-known for her desserts, especially her sweet potato pie, family members said. She was a founding member of the Columbia chapter of the Tots and Teens Club.

She was employed by the Howard County school system as a secretary at Oakland Mills High School and Clarksville Middle School.

She later worked for the federal government in Birmingham, Ala., after returning there.

Mrs. Nash is survived by her children, Sydney Gayle Nash-White of Dover, Del., Reginald Bernard Nash of Silver Spring, and Steven Ari Nash of Washington, D.C.; daughter-in-law Stephanie C. Nash; sisters Earlene Baker, Virginia Wester, Mary K. Singleterry, Billie Johnson, Clara "Dean" Singleterry and Brenda Steele; brother James "Sonny" Singleterry; sister-in-law Jessie Singleterry; brother-in-law George Johnson; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Myron Singleterry, Charles Singleterry, Melvin Singleterry Jr., and Leonard Singleterry; and sister, Shirley Singleterry.

Services and interment took place Aug. 4 in Clanton, Ala.

Betty Jean Tobin

Betty Jean Tobin died Aug. 7 at her home in Woodbine. She was 62.

Mrs. Tobin was born Aug. 8, 1940, in Olive Hill, Ky. She was the daughter of Delma Henson Glover of Olive Hill, Ky., and the late Thomas Glover.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Robert L. Tobin of Woodbine; daughter and son-in-law Robin and Allan Kittleman of West Friendship; son and daughter-in-law Robert Tobin Jr. and Cari Tobin of Woodbine; sisters Ina Mae Suttles of New Carlisle, Ohio, Louise Griffith of Olive Hill, Ky., Bonnie Wilburn of Grayson, Ky., and Margaret Cardy of Silver Spring; brothers Chalmer Glover and Wylie Glover, both of Olive Hill, Ky., Roy Glover of Grayson, Ky., and Bill Glover of Mt. Washington, Ky.; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Jessie Glover.

Memorial services were held Aug. 11 at the Gethsemane Baptist Church in Glenwood.

Interment took place in Bowen Chapel Cemetery in Olive Hills, Ky.

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