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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

By Mary McHale

May Whittington, one of Clinton’s favorite people, dies at 96

Clinton is a sadder place — “Momma May” Whittington has died. She was 96 and passed away May 30. 

For many years, May called to have me advertise in my column the activities of the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department and American Legion Post No. 259 in Clinton. She was a member of the auxiliary of both, dating back to 1939. In the 1940s and ’50s, she wrote a weekly column about Clinton for the Enquirer-Gazette. Back then, her column ran on page one.

May M. Whittington was born in Charles County, daughter of John E. and Hattie M. (Hill) Robey. She was married to the late Ralph J. Whittington. She is survived by her son Ralph, granddaughter Amanda Crittenden and great-grandson Spencer. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. John’s in Clinton, where she had been a member most of her life. She is buried at Washington National Cemetery.

As Margaret and John Dennison wrote in the Memorial Book, “May Whittington was a very special person to us and to the entire Clinton, Maryland area.” Several others bemoaned that they will not see her on Friday nights playing bingo in Clinton.          

Meet Noah at Suitland Road Baptist

Suitland Road Baptist Church invites you and your family (ages 4 to adult) to Vacation Bible School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 17 through June 20. This year’s theme is Noah: “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8).           

You can register from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and enjoy the Free Fish Fry. For information, call 301-735-4075.


Joe Harper, formerly of Maple Road in Morningside, and his wife Jackie are celebrating their 50th anniversary in June.

Martin Miller, formerly of Pickett Drive, and his wife Anne are also celebrating their Golden Anniversary in June. They currently live in Oxon Hill.          

Contest-winning artist Tyree Brown, of Capitol Heights, a graduate of Suitland High School, was selected to create a mural at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School, in Hyattsville, in partnership with Art in Public Places.

Sue Mason emailed the news that Richard Wilson, Suitland High Class of ’64, has died. She’ll send more information.

Get well wishes to Dennis Seaman who has been hospitalized with injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.

Changing landscape

The County Council has voted to approve a two-year, $4.9-million lease to move the Prince George’s County Police Department headquarters from Palmer Park to a more modern complex in Upper Marlboro. The police training academy in Lanham will also relocate.

Frager’s Hardware, a fixture on Pennsylvania Avenue SE for 93 years, was nearly destroyed in a fire June 5. However, heartbroken neighbors were able to attend the ribbon-cutting last weekend at Eastern Market where plants and outdoor supplies, not damaged in the fire, are being sold at a temporary Frager’s. Rebuilding the original store is planned.

Original resident Bob Cray dies

When Florence and Bob Cray moved to Elmendorf Drive back in 1960, the roads weren’t finished and Robin Hood Homes (Lucente, etc.) weren’t built yet. The Crays stayed here until last fall when they moved to Owings Mills. Bob died March 28. His burial will be in Arlington. He was 93.

James Robert “Bob” Cray was born Aug. 4, 1919. He married Florence on Sept. 21, 1943. He saw action as a command pilot with the Air Force during World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and retired as a major. They were members of St. Philip’s Church and the Skyline Citizens Association.

Bob is survived by Florence, his wife of nearly 70 years. He was the father of John, James, Pamela, Cynthia, Lisa and the late Sheila; grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of four.

Florence told me they stayed on in Skyline for 52 years because they had such good neighbors.


Happy birthday to Kara Dameron, Dot Pfeil and June Zaccagnino, June 15; Helen Padgett and Lucia Scott, June 16; Bill Kimbles, June 18; Stephanie Phipps, June 19; Michael Taylor, Gwynn Mudd and Christian Nichols, June 20.  In memory of my late mother, Rose Krummack Mudd, happy birthday on June 16. It would have been her 110th birthday.

Happy anniversary to Tyonda Simms-Taylor and Michael Taylor on their 18th anniversary, June 1; Jill and Ken Kimmel, their 15th on June 15; Ange and Marlyn Meoli, their 51st on June 16; Steve and Cornelia Blankenship, their 8th on June 18; and Calvin and Debbie Brown, their 20th on June 20.

Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful readers!

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