The Rev. Joseph A. Miles Sr., 80, the founder and pastor of Brookland Union Baptist Church in Washington who also was a 30-year employe of the Navy Department, died of pneumonia and leukemia Sept. 29 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mr. Miles was born in Garysburg, N.C., and moved to Washington in 1930. He graduated from Washington Baptist Seminary and did graduate study at Howard University.

Before he organized Brookland Union Baptist Church in 1945, Mr. Miles was an assistant pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington. He continued as pastor at Brookland Union Baptist Church until his death.

Mr. Miles also worked 30 years as a Navy Department messenger and mail clerk before he retired in 1969.

He was a former president of the Upper Northeast Group Ministry, chaplain of the Brookland Wide Awake Club, president of the Urban Institute for Religious Studies and treasurer of the Stoddard Baptist Home.

His wife, Ollie Marshall Miles, died this summer.

Survivors include a son, Joseph A. Miles Jr., and a daughter, Patricia A. James, both of Lanham; an adopted son, Nathaniel Wilson of Washington; three brothers, William, Warren and Stanley Miles Sr., and a sister, Ada Harris, all of Washington; five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.


65, a retired Army sergeant major who later became an assistant vice president at the Citizens Bank of Maryland, died Sept. 28 at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base of complications resulting from lung ailments.

Mr. Poret, who lived in Camp Springs, was born in Shreveport, La. He served in the Army from 1940 until he retired in 1966. During World War II he participated in the fighting during the D-Day landings in France in June 1944, and at the Remagen bridge over the Rhine River in Germany in early 1945. He was awarded a Silver Star and a Bronze Star.

He joined the Citizens Bank of Maryland after retiring from the Army, and he retired from the bank in the summer of 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Inga Poret, and one son, Curt H. Poret, both of Camp Springs; one brother, Emmanuel Poret of Shreveport; four sisters, Marie Poret, Agnes Prudhome and Iva Nell Prudhome, all of Shreveport, and Rosa Bell Reho of Houston, and one grandchild.


74, a retired economics editor with the Bureau of National Affairs who also was a short-story writer, died Sept. 29 at George Washington University Hospital after a stroke.

Mrs. Shoenfeld was born in New York City. She graduated from Smith College, worked for the old Works Progess Administration in New York, and moved to Washington in 1942.

In the late 1940s, she began writing fiction. She published a number of stories under the name Rosemary Harris in magazines such as Charm, Redbook, McCall's and Mademoiselle.

In 1958, Mrs. Shoenfeld went to work for BNA, where she became chief editor of the economics section. She retired in 1975.

Her marriage to Jerome Shoenfeld ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Peter Shoenfeld of Silver Spring and Jane Shoenfeld of Taos, N.M., and two grandchildren.


76, a retired plant pathologist with the botany department at the University of Maryland, died of a heart ailment Sept. 29 at his home in College Park.

Dr. Weaver was born in St. John, New Brunswick. He graduated from Ontario Agricultural College and earned a doctorate in plant pathology at Cornell University. He came to the United States in 1939 and settled in New York.

During the early 1940s, he worked for an agricultural experimental station in New York and was an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University. He moved to the Washington area in 1948 and joined the University of Maryland. He retired in 1980.

Dr. Weaver was a member of the President's Club and the Heritage Club of the University of Maryland. He also was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in College Park.

Survivors include his wife, Jackie Weaver of College Park; one daughter, Joan Patterson of Silver Spring; three sisters, Irene Weaver, Dorothy MacFarlane and Helen Burton, all of St. John; three brothers, George Weaver of St. John, Ronald Weaver of Montreal and John Weaver of Halifax, Nova Scotia; and two grandchildren.