Dwight Floyd Holloway, the Skyline community’s most involved and most beloved neighbor, died May 22. He was 94.
He grew up on a farm owned by his father, in Lunenburg County, Virginia. At that time the County had no provisions for African Americans to attend high school unless they lived in Victoria, Va. So, Dwight’s dad organized a group of families and purchased a bus to provide transportation to a high school 20 miles away. This experience probably gave Dwight his interest in community and political affairs.
In 1942 he served with the Army in North Africa and Europe, and was honorably discharged as sergeant in 1945. He joined the reserves, served during the Korean War, graduated from the Command NCO Academy, and retired as master sergeant at Andrews.
He was our chaplain, opening and closing each Skyline meeting with a prayer. He served four years as president of the Skyline Citizens Association and 40 years as Road & Safety Chairman. He knew the head of every government department, and the phone number to reach him or her. He was the guy everyone called —for a cracked sidewalk, unlicensed car, barking dogs, stop sign missing. And those department heads listened to him; they respected him.
Dwight managed the annual Spring Clean-Up, delivered countless newsletters, welcomed newcomers, visited the sick and called on families who’d suffered a tragedy. In 1991 the Prince George’s County Council named him Good Neighbor of the Year.
On April 14, 1956, he married the love of his life, Ruby Fowlkes, and they’ve been seldom apart. In 1973 he joined Emmanuel Baptist Church in Washington, has been active in ministry there, and in 1976 was ordained Deacon. He was representative to the National Baptist Convention and other Baptist organizations. In 2003 the church honored Dwight and Ruby for their exemplary service.
Ruby and their son Dwight “Chipper” Holloway, his sister Annie Sue Holmes and brother Clarence Holloway survive him. He is at rest at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery.
Every year on Valentine’s Day he used to bring me a heart-shaped box of chocolates. I’ll miss that.
Jolene Ivey, who is running for lieutenant governor along with Doug Gansler, candidate for governor, visited the last Morningside Town Meeting and spoke for a few minutes.
Eva Foster, of Skyline, has retired from the Department of Energy after 39 years’ service.
My former next-door neighbor Theodora “Teddy” Burke now lives in Delaware and is the owner of Arbeca Ibizan Hounds. She breeds and shows Ibizan Hounds which come from Spain and were primarily used for hunting rabbits.
Condolences to Sr. Luciana, of Skyline, on the death of her mother, Hanna, on June 3, and her brother, Telwdemedhen, who also died recently. They lived in Eritrea, in eastern Africa.
Vacation Bible School
Suitland Road Baptist Church, 6412 Suitland Road, invites you to their Wilderness Escape, also known as Vacation Bible School. “Escape with the Israelites as they leave Egypt. You’ll get to hang out with Moses as God leads this surprising adventure.” Time:June 16-20, 7 to 9 each night. For more information, call Beverly Acors, 301-928-0860.
Fish Fry & Yard Sale
Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., invites you to their Huge Yard Sale & Fish Fry Lunch on June 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, www.dmuuc.org or 301-449-4308.
Newly-elected council members Robert A. Morris and Lee Parr were sworn in on May 14, 1954, at the old Town Hall, corner of Woodland Road and Forest Drive. They took their seats on the council with Mayor Matthew P. Rosch and Councilmen W. Jay Lowery and Donald P. Holmes.
May they rest in peace
Marilyn Joan Bozick, 84, singer, artist, athlete, and wife of former State Senator Peter Bozick, died April 17. The Bozicks once lived in Camp Springs, and Marilyn was cantor at St. Philip’s Church. She was born in Queens, N.Y., the eldest of three daughters of Francis Paul and Lillian Reilly Scuderi. She was known for her singing during a 30-year period when she performed at churches in Southern Maryland and at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. She was also an artist, and before her family moved to Maryland, she played shortstop for the semi-pro baseball team Long Island Jewels. She was the wife for 65 years of Peter Bozick, mother of seven, grandmother of 25 and great-grandmother of 12. Survivors include her sisters Dorothy Chiaramonte and Carol Lodowski.
Chris Villa, 62, of Greensboro, Ga., a graduate of Bishop McNamara High and Mt. Calvary School, died May 12. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1973 and spent 40 years with IBM. Survivors include his wife Mona, son Mark and brother Rick.
Happy birthday to Aimee Crawford, Joel McCune and Cameron Nichols, June 13; Kara Dameron, Dot Pfeil and June Zaccagnino,June 15; Helen Padgett and Lucia Scott, June 16; Bill Kimbles, June 18; and Stephanie Phipps, June 19.
Happy anniversary to Jill and Ken Kimmel, their 26th on June 15; Ange and Marlyn Meoli, their 52nd on June 16; and Steve and Cornelia
Blankenship, their 9th on June 18.
A special greeting to Hattie Wiggins of Clinton who turned 100 in May.