Benjamin Franklin Cumbo II, 66, a retired teacher and coach at Frederick Douglass and Frederick Sasscer high schools in Upper Marlboro, died Aug. 28 at Prince George's Hospital Center of complications following a stroke.
Mr. Cumbo, who lived in Upper Marlboro, was born in Raleigh, N.C. He served in the Army during World War II and graduated from West Virginia State College.
He moved to the Washington area in 1949 and joined the faculty at Frederick Douglass Senior High School, where he taught physical education and coached several sports.
He transferred to Frederick Sasscer High School in 1965 and taught and coached there until retiring in 1981.
He was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and Union United Methodist Church in Upper Marlboro, where he sang with the male chorus.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Tolson Cumbo of Upper Marlboro; two sons, Benjamin F. Cumbo III of Bowie and Pierre Cumbo of Washington; five sisters, Inez Wilson of Norfolk, Bernice Coles of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Thernotta Curtis, Eunice White and Thelma Lennon, all of Raleigh; and three grandchildren.
HARLEY R. "RED" SHIRLEY
Harley R. "Red" Shirley, 55, a retired auto mechanic at the Precision Tune garage in Hyattsville, died of cancer Aug. 28 at his home in Mount Rainier.
Mr. Shirley was a native of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and came to the Washington area about 1960.
Over the years he worked as a mechanic at several area service stations, including Finn's Texaco and Watergate Sunoco, both in Washington. He went to work at Precision Tune in 1980 and retired in 1989 for health reasons.
His wife, Shirley Marlene Shirley, died in 1984.
Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie Moreland of Mount Rainier; a stepdaughter, Debra Judy of Riverton, W.Va., and a stepson, Ronald Compton of Lakeland, Fla.; a brother, Joseph Shirley of Mount Rainier; two sisters, Jeffery Kave of Arlington and Dorothy Brannon of Winchester, Va.; and five grandchildren.
COURTLANDT C. VANVECHTEN
Courtlandt C. VanVechten, 81, a retired statistical quality control specialist for the Navy Department's Bureau of Ordnance, died Aug. 29 at a hospital in Traverse City, Mich., of intestinal circulatory disorders. He lived in Sweet Home, Ore., and was visiting in Michigan when he became ill.
Dr. VanVechten was born in New York City. He graduated from the University of Michigan and received a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago.
He moved to Washington in 1940 to work for the Census Bureau after serving on the faculty of Wayne State University in Detroit.
Later he worked for the Office of Price Administration, then during World War II he served in the Navy. After the war he worked for the Navy Department as a civilian until retiring from federal service in 1965.
In retirement he worked as a quality assurance specialist for TRW in Cleveland until 1975, when he returned to the Washington area.
Dr. VanVechten moved from Chevy Chase to Oregon in 1985 following the death of his wife, Mary Josephine VanVechten.
Survivors include three children, C. Thomas VanVechten of Chevy Chase, James A. VanVechten of Portland and Corvallis, Ore., and Deborah VanVechten of Baltimore; a sister, Laura VanVechten Davis of Toronto; and four grandchildren.