Thomas Drewy Barrett

Letter Carrier and Taxi Driver

Thomas Drewy Barrett, 83, a retired letter carrier and Washington taxicab driver, died of lung cancer June 17 at his home in Washington.

Mr. Barrett was born in Fayetteville, W.Va., and he moved to Washington in 1937.

He was a professional jazz pianist before World War II, then during the war served in the Army as an entertainment coordinator for African American troops in the South Pacific.

After the war, he worked 30 years for the U.S. Postal Service. For 50 years, he drove a taxi for Capital Cab.

Mr. Barrett was a deacon, a member of the Men's Chorale and the Chancel Choir, a sexton and an officer of Presbyterian Men of Redeemer at the Church of the Redeemer in Washington.

His avocations included collecting and building model railroads and playing billiards and jazz piano.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Louise Holland Barrett of Washington; two daughters, Nikki Keach of Philadelphia and Sondra Hassan of Washington; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Wania McGinnis Reynolds

Communications Specialist

Wania McGinnis Reynolds, 71, a Veterans Administration communications specialist who retired about 15 years ago, died of a pulmonary embolism June 12 at Mount Vernon Hospital. She lived in Alexandria.

Mrs. Reynolds was born in Chickasha, Okla., and graduated from Stanford University.

She moved to the Washington area about 40 years ago and worked as a writer for TV Guide and later for WRC Radio. For most of her working career, she was with the VA.

She was an elder at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House of Alexandria.

Her marriage to Lee Reynolds ended in divorce.

There are no immediate survivors.