DR. JOSEPHINE E. RENSHAW,77, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist and a former president of the American Medical Women's Association, died of cancer Aug. 14 at Pinecrest Place, a retirement home in Largo, Fla.

Dr. Renshaw conducted a practice in Chevy Chase from 1948 until about 1978, when she retired to Florida. She was a member of the staffs of the Washington Hospital Center and Sibley Memorial Hospital and she also practiced at Fairfax, Georgetown and George Washington University hospitals.

She was a founding fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a life member of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia and the first woman to serve as its first vice president, and a member of the American Medical Association. In 1955, the D.C. chapter of the American Medical Women's Association named her its doctor of the year.

Dr. Renshaw was a trustee and secretary of the board of Group Hospitalization of D.C. She was a member of the Washington Forum and Zonta International.

Dr. Renshaw was born in Pittsburgh. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and earned a master's degree in physical education at Wellesley College. She taught physical education at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., and the University of Illinois.

She earned her medical degree at the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 1942. She was an intern at University Hospital in Baltimore and a resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She lived in Chevy Chase while practicing here.

Survivors include a sister, Eleanor Renshaw Nickerson of Kennebunkport, Maine.

FRANCIS E. GREGORY SR.,76, the founder of F.E. Gregory & Sons Inc., an excavating company based in Gaithersburg, died Aug. 14 at a hospital in York, Pa., of injuries received in a truck accident Aug. 13 at his farm in Emmitsburg, Md.

Maryland state police said Mr. Gregory was watering pine seedlings near his driveway when he got out of his truck and walked behind it, after leaving the gears in reverse. The truck rolled backward and pinned him to the ground.

Mr. Gregory, a former resident of Kensington, was born in Newton Grove, N.C. He moved to the Washington area in 1934, and worked in construction jobs here until 1949, when he founded the excavating company. He managed the business until 1970, when he retired and moved to Emmitsburg.

Survivors include his wife, Mozelle Gregory of Emmitsburg; eight sons, Frances E. Jr., of Laytonsville, James, of Mount Airy, Ronald, of Chicago, George, of Silver Spring, Jerry, of Germantown, Richard, of Damascus, Steve, of Emmitsburg, and Louis, of Clearwater, Fla.; four daughters, Patricia Rice of Keymar, Md., Sharon Gregory of Kensington, Angela Wenzel of Herndon and Denise Early of Middletown, Md.; 24 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. One son, Joseph, died in 1981.

MATTIE ELIZABETH EASLEY GOVEN,83, a retired statistical supervisor in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, died of a heart ailment Aug. 12 at a hospital in Roanoke.

Mrs. Goven was born in Halifax, Va., and graduated from Virginia State College. She moved to Washington in 1944 and lived here until moving to Roanoke about three weeks ago.

She retired from the surgeon general's office in 1972 with 18 years of service. Previously she had worked 10 years as an accounting supervisor with the Department of the Army. Mrs. Goven was a member of the John Wesley AME Zion Church in Washington.

Her marriage to the Rev. Farmer Goven ended in divorce.

Survivors include a brother, William (Billy) Martin of Richmond.

CHARLES ALTON DAVIS SR.,76, a retired chef at the Rosslyn Holiday Inn, died of diabetes and heart ailments Aug. 5 at Arlington Hospital.

Mr. Davis, who lived in Arlington, was born in Fayetteville, N.C. He moved to this area in 1930. Before joining the kitchen staff at the Rosslyn Holiday Inn in the 1960s, he was a cook at several Washington hotels, including the Mayflower, the Madison and the old Statler.

During World War II, he was a Navy cook, and he served on the battleship Missouri. He was aboard the ship on Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay when representatives of the Japanese government signed surrender documents ending the war.

Mr. Davis retired in 1984. He had been inducted into the Epicurean Club of Washington for excellence in cuisine.

Survivors include his wife, Marion Bryant Davis of Arlington; a son, Charles A. Davis Jr. of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Donna J. Reynolds of Arlington, and four sisters, a brother, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

AGNES T. O'DONNELL,64, a retired program analyst in the Office of the Chief of Army Reserves at the Department of the Army and a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Falls Church, died of cancer Aug. 13 at Arlington Hospital.

Miss O'Donnell, a resident of Arlington, was born in Frackville, Pa. She came to the Washington area during World War II and went to work for the Navy Department. In 1947, she transferred to the Department of the Army, from which she retired in 1983 with 39 years of federal service.

Miss O'Donnell was a member of the Fort Myer Officers Club.

Survivors include four sisters, Kathryn Wettrich of Cleveland, Helen Bender and Rita Leisl, both of Frackville, and Marion Perrine of Arlington.

MARGARET HOWARD PAULK,80, a retired employe of the Agency for International Development and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 13 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mrs. Paulk was born in Marion, Ind., and had lived in Washington since childhood. She attended Holy Cross Academy and graduated from the old Central High School.

During the 1950s, she was a clerk for the IBEW and later worked in the accounting department of AID. She retired in 1976.

Her marriages to John W. Reiss and Nixon Paulk ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children by her first marriage, Barbara Reiss Chandler of McLean and Lynn Edward Reiss of Lighthouse Point, Fla.; seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.