James D. King
It is with deepest sorrow that we advise you of the death of our Father James D. King, on Saturday, May 01, 2021, at his home in Clarksburg with his children by his bedside.
Born in Washington, D.C., Jim grew up in Montgomery County, MD. He attended Northwood High School in Silver Spring in the 1960s. After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Saratoga during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
After Jim completed his service in the Navy, he attended The University of Maryland and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Criminology and Sociology. He joined the Montgomery County Police Department in 1968 and served in the patrol division, the Traffic Squad and as a Detective. It was while serving as a property crime detective that he was assigned to investigate and eventually help solve what became a large number of residential burglaries committed by a criminal nicknamed "the obituary burglar". Amongst the many other crimes he committed, this individual would read the obituaries of his victims published in local newspapers and then burglarize their homes while they were vacant during the funeral services.
After retiring from his career with the police department, Jim fulfilled his lifetime goal of becoming an author. One of his proudest accomplishments was co-writing and publishing a book about a case he was involved in with "the obituary burglar" in the 1970s. The book is called Ghost Burglar. In 2013 the Independent Publisher Book Award's committee presented Jim and his co-author the bronze medal in the True Crime category for their work.
From his work on various property crimes, Jim developed an interest in antiques and art theft. After extensive research, he wrote several articles for the International Archive of Art and Antique Theft. This research, combined with his work on the "obituary burglar" case, led him to help write and champion a Montgomery County law that required sellers of precious metals and antiques to produce identification and the buyers to report the purchases to the police. This law became the model on which a Maryland state law was based, on behalf of which King was called on by the Maryland State Legislature to testify.
Jim is survived by his two children Amanda King and Dan King. His wife, Joanna passed away in 2005 and his daughter, Deanna passed away in 1980. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Montgomery County Police Alumni Association, Inc., Benevolent Fund, P. O. Box 291, Damascus, MD 20872-0431 or to The Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, 10620 Connecticut Ave, Kensington, MD 20895 in James King’s name.
Condolences may be sent to 15800 Comus Road, Clarksburg, MD, 20871.
Jim's wishes were that he be cremated with no memorial service. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be a celebration of life gathering at a later date.
Phillip D. Giarth
Phillip D. Giarth, 64, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on May 3, 2021 at home.
He was the loving husband to Cheryl Kenly.
Born on April 27, 1957, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late George Albert Jr. and Shirley Ann (Deffer) Giarth.
Along with his wife, Phillip is survived by his four children; Phillip Arthur Giarth, wife, Ly Vu of Miami, FL, Heather Marie Giarth of Miami, FL, Melissa Ann Armenta, husband, Jorge of Cottonwood Heights, UT, Danni Baird of CA, four grandchildren; Veronica, Nicolas, Charles, Riley, one sister; Nina Rejonis, husband, Gary of Smithburg, MD, six nieces; Hollie Rejonis, husband, Clifford, Carrie Rejonis, Lorrie Rejonis Trader, husband, Dave, Carley Kenly, Jennifer Van Gilder, Emily McConaughey, four nephews; Connor Kenly, Cody Kenly, Brian Van Gilder, Christian Rejonis, and thirteen great-nieces and nephews; Brenton, Samantha, Dalton, Cameron, Carson, Mackenzie, Braxton, Cason, Ristynn, Brantley, Renee, Liam, Corbin. And his loving dogs Memphis, Faith, Hope and Chase.
Phillip was a member of the NRA, Elks Lodge, Izaak Walton, Nascar, Twin Cedar Hunt Club, Rappahannock River Retriever Club and the Bass Pro Club.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Cancer Society
Phillip will lay to rest at a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
Samuel Peter Tom, Jr.
Samuel Peter Tom, Jr., 58, of Monrovia, Maryland, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2021 with his family by his side.
He was the loving husband to Jennifer Tom. They were married on May 25, 1991.
Born on May 9, 1962 in Fairchance, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Samuel Peter, Sr. and the late Pauline Leilamae (Long) Tom. Sam served six years in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as an Infantry Medic, and 20 years in the United States Navy, ending his career as a First Class Petty Officer.
Along with his wife, Sam is survived by his two children; Samuel Peter Tom, III, Heather Marie Tom, two brothers; Louis Tom and wife Carol, Michael Tom and wife Barbara, four sisters; Patti Socling and husband Dennis, Peggy Varto, Pamela Elwell and husband Michael, Paula Branthoover and husband Alvin, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by brother-in-law Stephen Varto.
Sam loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, golfing, and most of all spending time with friends and family. He was passionate about hunting and fishing, which he shared with his son, brothers, nephews, and friends. He also enjoyed hosting and cooking for the Tom Family Annual Labor Day Party.
The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, Maryland 20838. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, 4103 Prices Distillery Rd, Ijamsville, Maryland 21754 where a graveside service will follow at All Souls Cemetery, 11401 Brink Rd, Germantown, Maryland 20876.
Brent A. Johnson
Brent A. Johnson, 38, of Germantown, MD, passed away on May 14, 2021.
Born on May 25, 1982 in Rockville, Maryland, he was the son to Gary W. and Janet M. (Sprinkle) Johnson.
Along with his parents, Brent is survived by his brother; Bryan C. Johnson, fiancé; Crystal Ferrell, grandmothers; Lois Sprinkle, Alice M. Stanton, three uncles; Joseph Stanton, Joseph (Jack) Sprinkle, Jr., Michael Sprinkle, two aunts; Kimberly Stanton, Lynn Sprinkle and numerous Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.
Brent was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, loved to hunt and fish in his spare time and was an avid Redskins fan.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, May 20th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 21st at 11:00 AM at Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Operation Second Chance, 20251 Century Blvd, Ste 130 Germantown, MD 20874, https://operationsecondchance.org/donate-now/.
Dr. R. Thomas Walker, Jr.
Dr. R. Thomas Walker, Jr., 84, of Boyds, MD, passed away on May 29, 2021 at home.
He was the loving husband to Kathleen East Walker.
Born October 28, 1936 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Robert Thomas and Margaret Virginia Muehlhauser Walker.
Along with his wife, Tom is survived by his three children: Allison Walker Fiore, husband Stephen of Orlando, FL, Kate Walker De Mattos, husband Herbert of Boyds, MD, Matthew Walker of Warrenton, VA, two sisters; Ellen Carr of Ellicott City, MD, Merrellyn Fields of Jessup, MD, brother-in-law; E. William Fields, and five grandchildren; Alexis East Fiore, Lia Marie Fiore, Caelan Thomas Connolly, Liam Walker Connolly and Ryan Hendry Walker..
Tom graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1954 where he made lifelong friends while playing football. Tom, along with several of “The Buds,” went on to play football for Montgomery College, and their successes earned them admission into the Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame. Tom was inducted twice; once as an individual and then as a member of the only Montgomery College football team to win a bowl game.
From MC Tom attended George Washington University before settling on Hiram College where he majored in History, played football and met his future wife, Kathleen East.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in History from Hiram, Tom entered the Army and was assigned to Military Intelligence and stationed in Germany. His tour in Germany further enhanced his love of German history, culture and language.
Upon returning to the U.S. Tom married Kathleen, and they moved to Columbus, Ohio where Tom entered graduate school. He earned his doctoral degree in German military history from the Ohio State University, and added to his group of lifelong friends.
Having attended Montgomery College, it was always Tom’s ambition to return to MC as a professor. He started his career at the Takoma Park campus and then became a founding faculty member of the Germantown Campus. In his 30 year career as a professor, Tom inspired thousands of students, and fulfilled his mission of supporting students as they embarked upon their collegiate and career goals.
However, his love of learning and teaching made the most profound impact on his children. Allison is an elementary school Art teacher, her husband Steve is a Professor at University of Central Florida, Kate teaches ESOL for Montgomery County Public Schools and Matthew has a Ph.D. in U.S. Foreign Relations and International History from the University of Nebraska.
Tom was a member of the Sugarloaf Congregation of Unitarian Universalists.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the “Montgomery College Foundation.” On the memo line, write “R. Thomas Walker Athletic Endowed Scholarship for the Humanities,” and mail to Montgomery College Foundation, 9221 Corporate Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850. To make a secure online donation, please visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/onlinegiving and, when prompted, write in “R. Thomas Walker Athletic Endowed Scholarship for the Humanities.”
He will always be remembered for his warm hospitality, his friendly demeanor, his humor and his intellectual contributions to any conversation.