The Rev. Robert J. Anderson Sr., 60, a retired Labor Department employe who was founder and pastor of Grace United Baptist Church in Washington, died of a heart ailment Oct. 16 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Adelphi.

Mr. Anderson spent 31 years with the Labor Department before retiring in 1985 as a supervisor-administrator in the manpower administration.

From 1969 to 1976 he was pastor of the Round Oak Baptist Church in Silver Spring. He spent three years as pastor of Nazareth Baptist Church in Washington before founding Grace United Baptist Church in 1979.

Mr. Anderson, who moved to this area in 1965, was a native of Harrisburg, Pa. He attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta and graduated from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. He was ordained in 1949.

He was a member of the National Baptist Convention and the D.C. Ministers Conference.

Survivors include his wife, Icie, of Adelphi; two sons, the Rev. Robert Jr., of Indianapolis, and the Rev. David A., of Chicago; two daughters, Sandra Anderson McGraw of Gulfport, Miss., and Brenda I. Anderson of Adelphi; three brothers, Dr. Leslie O., of Martinez, Calif., and the Rev. John W. and James H., both of Harrisburg; three sisters, Julia M. Penn of Stilton, Pa., Mattie Johnson of Los Angeles, and Renata House of Adelphi, and two grandchildren.

DONALD L. HITCHINGS,

75, a retired colonel in the Army Medical Service Corps who was a specialist in hospital administration for most of his military career, died of cardiorespiratory failure Oct. 16 at his home in Bethesda.

Col. Hitchings was born in Wethersfield Springs, N.Y. He graduated from Syracuse University.

During World War II he served in an Army hospital unit in England.

Postwar assignments included duty at Army hospitals in California and Tokyo and the Office of the Surgeon General in Washington. He also studied at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and at Baylor University where in 1958 he received a master's degree in hospital administration.

From 1959 to 1962, Col. Hitchings was executive officer and chief of administrative services at Kimbrough Army Hospital at Fort Meade, Md. Later he was special assistant to the chief of the physical standards division in the Office of the Surgeon General in Washington, then executive officer in the office of the Surgeon of the Military District of Washington. He retired from the Army in 1967.

Col. Hitchings' decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal. He was a member of American College of Hospital Administrators and the Association of Military Surgeons.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Hitchings of Bethesda.

ADOLPHE BONNEFIL,

77, a retired official of the Agency for International Development who had taught police work in Laos, the Ivory Coast and at the International Police Academy in Washington, died of a heart ailment Oct. 16 at Suburban Hospital.

Mr. Bonnefil, who lived in Kensington, was born in Haiti and graduated from the Christian Brothers College there. He received a degree in French law from the Haitian Law University.

He served in the Haitian army during the 1940s, as an aide to Haitian President Stenio Vincent and later as military attache at the Haitian Embassy in Washington.

In 1948, Mr. Bonnefil became a U.S. citizen and joined the State Department as a translator and interpreter. He spoke Spanish, French, Portugese and English, and his duties involved escorting foreign groups throughout the United States.

Later he became an AID official. After serving as a teacher of police work in Laos and Ivory Coast, he taught at the International Police Academy here for 10 years before he retired in 1974.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian Bonnefil, and one daughter, Nicole Lacroix, both of Kensington; two sisters, Rosa Cassagnol and Lucienne Cassagnol, both of Washington; two brothers, Maurice Bonnefil of Haiti and Leonce Bonnefil Jr. of Gainesville, Fla., and three grandchildren.

NOAH SHERMAN,

66, a retired director of the international statistical programs office of the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 19 at Providence Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Sherman was born in Sharon, Ala. He graduated from Howard University and had studied in the graduate school at George Washington University. He moved to the Washington area in 1941 and served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

After the war, he joined the Bureau of the Census. He transferred to HEW in 1969 and retired in 1976.

Mr. Sherman had been a member of the American Statistical Society, the American Association of Retired Persons and the Big Brothers of America.

Survivors include his wife, Mattie E. Sherman of Washington; three sons, Grover Sherman of Denver, Geoffrey Sherman of Mitchellville, and Gary Sherman of Washington; his mother, Ena Wright Sherman of Hamilton, Ohio; four sisters, Anna Buchner and Ida Sherman, both of Hamilton, Lena Roberts of Louisville, and Lucille Jones of Fairfield, Ohio; two brothers, Nathaniel Sherman Jr. and William Sherman, both of Hamilton, and one granddaughter.

MARY ESTES ADAMS,

64, a longtime Washington area resident who had been active in Northern Virginia Republican Party politics, died of cancer Oct. 19 at Fairfax Hospital. She lived in Monterey, Va.

Mrs. Adams, who moved from Fairfax City to Monterey last year, was born in Grottoes, Va. She moved to the Washington area in 1952 and sold real estate with the old Routh Robbins Realty Co. during the 1960s.

She frequently planned and hosted receptions for such Virginia Republican leaders as Rep. Joel Broyhill, Sen. John W. Warner and Rep. Frank R. Wolf.

Mrs. Adams was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Centreville.

Survivors include her husband, retired Army Col. Thomas E. Adams Jr. of Monterey; four daughters, Ellen Gillette of Burke, Susan France of Fairfax, Elizabeth Marcum of Centreville, and Laura Hauser of Darnestown; four sons, Samuel, Joseph and J. Benjamin Adams, all of Fairfax, and Thomas E. Adams III of Blacksburg, Va.; her mother, Lucille Estes Fink of Baltimore; two sisters, Frances Kelly of Pittsburgh and Elizabeth Gillette of Boulder, Colo., and 14 grandchildren.

LEONARD CARULLI,

68, a retired official of the National Aeronautics and Space Administation, where he helped establish management relationships between the various research and development facilities, died of cancer Oct. 15 at the Waterman Medical Center in Eustis, Fla.

Mr. Carulli, a resident of Leesburg, Fla., was born in Agawam, Mass. He served in the old Army Air Forces in the China-Burma-India theater in World War II, then moved to Washington as a student at George Washington University, where he received bachelor's and law degrees.

In the early 1950s, he worked for McKinsey & Co., a consulting firm. In the late 1950s, he went to work for what is now the Federal Aviation Administration. He transferred to NASA in 1961 and retired in 1972 for reasons of health.

Mr. Carulli lived in Arlington until the mid-1970s. He then lived in various parts of the country until moving to Florida.

His marriage to Fern Carulli ended in divorce.

Survivors include his mother, Catherine Carulli, and one sister, Antoinette DeBella, both of Feeding Hills, Mass.

PATRICIA MEAD DENSON,

52, a Washington area resident for more than 25 years and the wife of an Air Force officer, died of cancer Oct. 19 at her home in Alexandria.

Mrs. Denson was born in Baltimore. She attended the University of Geneva and the University of Paris. During the late 1950s, she was a reporter with the Newport News Daily Press and Times Herald in Virginia.

She moved to the Washington area in 1961 and worked briefly as the advertising manager of the Holly Realty Co. in Arlington. She held the same job with the Old Dominion Employment Agency in 1962 and 1963.

Mrs. Denson married Lee Armistead Denson Jr., an Air Force officer who retired as a brigadier general, and she accompanied him on various military assignments.

In addition to her husband, of Alexandria, survivors include one son, Lee A. Denson III of Boston; one daughter, Marybruce Mead Denson of Alexandria; her mother, Mrs. Armistead Mead of Williamsburg, and two sisters, Mary Lake of Newport News and Laura Michael of Alexandria.

ARTHUR BANES MILLER,

86, a retired patent examiner at the U.S. Patent Office who was active in the Masons, died of heart and lung ailments Oct. 20 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Miller, a resident of Chevy Chase, was born in Arlington and raised in Washington. He attended George Washington University and received a law degree at Southeastern University.

He began his career at the Patent Office in 1923. His areas of specialization included train signals and related devices. He was an acting member of the Patent Board of Appeals when he retired in 1962.

Mr. Miller was a past worshipful master and treasurer of Benjamin B. French Masonic Lodge No. 15. He also was a member of the Almas Temple of the Shrine and numerous other Masonic groups.

His first wife, Evelyn George Miller, died in 1971.

Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Klein Miller of Chevy Chase; one son by his first marriage, Allan Banes Miller of Richmond; three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

COREAN INMAN BETHEA,

73, a retired Prince George's County special education teacher and a former statistician at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, died of leukemia Oct. 18 at the Washington Hospital Center.

Mrs. Bethea, who lived in College Park, was born in Lumberton, N.C. She graduated from the State Teachers College at Fayetteville and also studied at the old D.C. Teachers College.

She moved to the Washington area in 1938 and was a card puncher at the Census Bureau before joining the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the mid-1940s.

From the early 1960s until she retired in 1979, Mrs. Bethea taught special education classes at Hillcrest Heights special center in Prince George's County.

She was a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Women's Society of Christian Services, and a member of the Young Women's Usher Board at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington. She also was a past matron of Naomi Chapter No. 9 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Bethea of College Park; three sisters, Althea Petty and Ida Elizabeth Cameron, both of Washington, and Cathryn Adams of University City, Mo.; one brother, Kermit Inman of New York City, and one granddaughter. A daughter, Gwendolyn Golden, died in 1978.

WILLIAM (BIFF) REILLY III,

33, a former Washington area resident who had been an advertising salesman with NAPCO, Inc., a telephone directory publishing company in Fairfax, died of a brain tumor Oct. 8 at his home in Tiburon, Calif.

Mr. Reilly was born in Rockville Centre, N.Y. He graduated from the University of Rochester and received a law degree from American University.

He lived in San Diego before moving to the Washington area in 1977 to complete his education. He sold advertising for NAPCO before returning to California in 1983.

Survivors include his father, William Reilly, and his stepmother, Carolyn S. Reilly, both of Bowie; one brother, Kevin Reilly of Tiburon; one sister, Sheila Day of Scottsdale, Ariz., and his grandmother, Cecelia Reilly of Hempstead, N.Y.

LEON LUBEL,

73, the president of Tires of Silver Spring, a retail tire establishment he founded in 1950, and a past treasurer of the National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association, died of cancer Oct. 18 at his home in Chevy Chase.

Mr. Lubel was a member of the Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and the Silver Spring Rotary Club and he also was a Mason.

He was born in Norwalk, Conn. He served in the Army in World War II and moved to the Washington area in 1945.

Survivors include his wife, Nan, of Chevy Chase; one son, Ken, of Silver Spring; one daughter, Kathy Schroder of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; three sisters, Rosalie Liebert of Fort Lee, N.J., Ruth Shapiro of Florida, and Adelaide Tavlin of San Diego, and five grandchildren.

PAUL L. WARREN,

88, the retired manager of the Lewis & Thos. Saltz men's clothing store on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, died of cancer Oct. 19 at his home in Columbia.

Mr. Warren was born in Ridgeville, Ind. He served in the Army in France during World War I.

After the war, he worked in a Lewis & Thos. Saltz store in Decatur, Ill., and as a salesman for the A.E. Staley corn products manufacturing company in Decatur and Chicago.

In 1947, Mr. Warren moved to the Washington area and worked as a Saltz salesman. He retired as manager of the Connecticut Avenue store in 1969.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha L. Warren of Columbia; one son, Herbert L. Warren of Arlington Heights, Ill.; two daughters, Betty J. Towles of Columbia and Joan W. Tracy of Williamsburg, Va.; nine grandchildren, and six great-granddaughters.

MARY MURIEL HARKESS,

92, a Washington area resident since 1938 and a gourmet cook and expert tailor, died of pneumonia Oct. 17 at her home in Washington.

Mrs. Harkess was born in Burneside, England. She graduated from Athol Crescent College in Edinburgh, where she earned a degree in domestic science.

She moved to this country in the early 1920s and lived in New York, Mississippi, Michigan and Virginia before moving to the Washington area.

Her hobbies included playing the piano and organ.

Her husband, Alexander Harkess, died in 1952. She leaves no immediate survivors.