Obituaries
Nov. 20, 2001




Roscoe F. Buxton

Roscoe F. Buxton, 85, of Damascus, died Nov. 7 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Allie May Moxley Buxton.

Born May 6, 1916 near Kemptown, he was a son of the late Walter B. and Ella Brown Buxton.

Mr. Buxton grew up on a farm near Kemptown and attended day school on Penn Shop Road through seventh grade. He entered Mount Airy High School in the fall of 1929 and graduated in 1933.

While there he was active in baseball and soccer on the varsity teams. During his senior year he participated in an all-senior baseball team which beat all other Carroll County teams.

After high school he worked on the family farm for about a year and also played baseball for the Tri-County League as pitcher for the Damascus team. At 17, he was the youngest player, with most members being at least 25 or 26 years of age.

In 1935 he began his first job with Safeway, which was then known as "The Sanitary." He worked there for four years.

He was married to the former Allie May Moxley in 1939 and began working for the FBI as a fingerprinting specialist. After that he worked for Hyatt Building Supply until he began his own lumber company, Ridgeville Building Supply, which he operated for 10 years.

Later, he was employed by the Montgomery County Department of Corrections. He served there as chief of custody and security with the rank of captain until he retired in July 1977. It was during this time that he received an associate's degree from the University of Maryland in criminal justice.

Mr. Buxton served for eight years as a director of the Bank of Damascus. He also served for three years on the advisory board for Citizens Bank. He was an active church member, serving as a teacher, Sunday school superintendent, steward, treasurer for the Kemptown charge, and treasurer for Montgomery Church.

Surviving besides his wife are one son, Stephen Buxton, and one daughter, Barbara B. Beall and her husband David, both of Damascus; two grandchildren, J. Michael Beall of Frederick and Julia Foster of Damascus; four great-grandchildren, Michael Meadows, Kristofer Beall, Victoria Markham and Kyle Markham; one sister, Ada Mae Beacht of Gaithersburg; and one brother, Roger Buxton of Mount Airy. One sister, Lucy Mullineaux, predeceased Mr. Buxton.

Services were held Nov. 13. Burial was at Montgomery United Methodist Cemetery in Damascus.

Contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of Montgomery United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Beverly Shipley, 28412 Kemptown Road, Damascus, MD 20872.

Robert G. Miller

Mr. Robert G. Miller, 76, of Derwood, died Nov. 18, 2001, at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. Born Jan. 30, 1925, in Orange, N.J., he was a son of the late Charles Gerard and Elsie Schlager Miller. He was the husband of Anne C. Miller.

He is also survived by four children, Daniel S. Miller of Connecticut, Nancy C. Ouimette of Connecticut, Susan C. Lakomy of Westminster and Paul G. Miller of Potomac Mills, Va.; and five grandchildren.

Mr. Miller served in the Air Force in World War II and was stationed in Burma. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1961 in statistics. He worked as a statistical meteorologist for the National Weather Service for about 25 years and retried in 1991.

He received a bronze metal from the Department of the Air Force in 1983 in recognition of outstanding performance of duty as Chief Scientist -- Air Weather Service.

Mr. Miller was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville. Burial will be held Wednesday in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Bear Creek, Pa.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the school fund of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Derwood.

The Muriel H. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Road, Laytonsville, handled the arrangements.

Russell Pipkin

Russell Pipkin of Gaithersburg died Nov. 15, 2001. He was the father of Veronica Pruitt and her husband, Ron, Russell Douglas Pipkin, Vivienne Simmons and her husband; Scott; and grandfather of Katlyn and Kristin Simmons.

A funeral service was held Nov. 20 at Gasch's Funeral Home. Burial was at the Washington National Cemetery in Suitland.

Kathryn F. Paulhus

Kathryn F. Paulhus, 85, of Derwood, died Nov. 19 at her home.

Born Dec. 20, 1915, in Monson, Mass., she was a daughter of the late John and Barbara Swartz.

She was the wife of the late Norman G. Paulhus.

Survivors include two children, Norman G. Paulhus Jr. of Derwood and Kathryn Anne Fain and her husband Christopher of Rockville; and one sister, Helynn Haley of Monson, Mass.

Mrs. Paulhus graduated from Monson High School in Monson, Mass., and attended nursing school at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Boston.

She worked as a nurse and participated in the first televised "blue baby" operation. She was a Navy nurse during World War II and also worked as a public health nurse in Washington, D.C.

She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Olney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St Peter's, 2900 Sandy Spring Road.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Little Sisters of the Poor, 4200 Harewood Road, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017-1554.

Arrangements were made by Muriel H. Barber Funeral Home in Laytonsville.

Robert L. Gray

Robert L. Gray, 65, of Rockville, died Nov. 18 at his home.

Born Sept. 22, 1936, in Silver Spring, he was a son of William T. and Lois Thompson Gray of Silver Spring.

He was the husband of Joni Gray.

Surviving besides his wife and parents are one son, Robert L. Gray Jr. and his wife Jackie of Rockville; two sisters, Josephine Louro of Frederick and Marie Gabrielson of Frederick; three brothers, William, Ray and David Gray, all of Silver Spring; and five grandchildren.

Mr. Gray was a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School and served in the U. S. Army from 1955-1956.

He was self-employed and operated the Ward and Gray Inc Tile and Marble Co. in Silver Spring.

Friends may visit The Layhill Free Methodist Church, 1900 Bonifant Road in Silver Spring, from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 21, at which time the funeral service will begin. Burial will be in Norbeck Memorial Park in Olney.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Layhill Free Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made by the Muriel H. Barber Funeral Home in Laytonsville.