FBI Special Agent

Lish Whitson, 82, a retired FBI special agent, died of cardiopulmonary arrest June 24 at his home in Bethesda.

Mr. Whitson was born in Saunemin, Ill. He graduated from the University of Illinois and received a law degree from the University of Arizona law school. While in law school, he taught speech and drama at the University of Arizona. He practiced law briefly in Tucson before joining the FBI in 1935.

He served as a special agent in the Southwest until 1942, when he was transferred to the Washington area. He retired in 1972.

His wife, the former Clytie Collier, died in 1987.

Survivors include two children, Clytie Whitson Taylor of Salisbury, Md., and Lish Whitson Jr. of Seattle; a sister, June Ewing of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and two grandchildren.


Garfinckel's Floor Manager

Lorraine Roach Bragg, 101, a former floor manager at Garfinckel's downtown store, died of congestive heart failure June 15 at a nursing home in El Paso.

Mrs. Bragg was born in Carterville, Ill. She attended the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

She moved to the Washington area in 1939 and worked at Garfinckel's from around 1940 to 1960.

She was an amateur genealogist and a member of the Susan Riviere Hetzel chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, the Business and Professional Women's Club, the Republican Women's Club and Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, where she did volunteer work in the Head Start program in the 1960s.

She moved from Washington to El Paso four years ago.

Her husband of 50 years, Carroll Lyndon Bragg, died in 1964.

Survivors include two daughters, Janet Shaternick of El Paso and Betty Bragg Mercer of Bethesda; a sister, Jessie D. Roach of El Paso; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Magazine Distributor

Archer James Wilson, 54, a news distribution manager with the National News Agency in Washington, died of a cerebral hemorrhage June 22 at Providence Hospital. He lived in Bowie.

Mr. Wilson, who was a native of Washington, began working in the magazine distribution business with what was then the District News Agency in the early 1950s. In 1980, he joined the National News Agency from ARA Services periodical division.

His marriages to Julia and Mattie Wilson ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Linda, and their three children, Vanessa, Brandon and Aislinn Wilson, all of Bowie; two daughters by his second marriage, Diane Jackson of Washington and Angela Denn of Arkansas; three stepchildren, Terry Barino of Forestville, and Denise Samuels and Eric Barino, both of Seat Pleasant; his mother and stepfather, Ida and Ralph Wheeler of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; a half brother, William Herron of Chandler, Ariz.; and a grandchild.