Laverne E. Rohrbaugh


Laverne E. Rohrbaugh, 75, who was minister of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church from 1974 to 1983 and retired in 1986 from Cheverly United Methodist Church, died of cancer Sept. 21 at the Washington Veterans Affairs Hospital. He lived in Beltsville.

Dr. Rohrbaugh was a native of York County, Pa., and a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and Lutheran Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

He served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II and was held prisoner by the Germans at Barth, Germany, from 1944 to 1945.

Dr. Rohrbaugh's military honors included five Air Medals and a Purple Heart.

His first pastoral assignments were in Biglerville, Pa., and Hagerstown, Md.

Dr. Rohrbaugh was a member of the Beltsville Rotary Club, the Interchurch Club of Washington and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Rohrbaugh of Beltsville; and a daughter, Pam Draper of Centreville.

Bernard W. Floyd

Meat Cutter

Bernard William Floyd, 75, who was a meat cutter for various Washington area grocery store chains before retiring on disability in 1972, died of cardiac arrest Sept. 15 at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Mr. Floyd, a Landover resident, was a native of Amherst County, Va. After serving in the Coast Guard with a submarine chaser in the North Atlantic during World War II, he settled in Washington and began his career as a meat cutter.

He worked for Safeway, Giant Food and Home Freezer Foods, among others, and he spent about five years with an A&P store in Seat Pleasant before a bad back led to his retirement.

For the past 25 years, he was a manager at the Riverdale Club, an Alcoholics Anonymous organization.

Survivors include his wife, Zelma Floyd of Landover; two children, Bernard S. Floyd of Edgewater and Susan Floyd of Lothian; a brother, Grover Floyd of Lanham; a sister, Barbara Scanlin of Littleton, N.C.; two grandsons; and two great-grandsons.

Martin F. Lynott

Real Estate Investor

Martin F. Lynott, 67, a real estate investor who developed and managed the Rock Creek Woods apartment project and several industrial properties in Montgomery and Howard counties, died of pneumonia Sept. 24 at Holy Cross Hospital. He had cancer.

Mr. Lynott, a Bethesda resident, was born in Pittston, Pa. He graduated from the University of Scranton and served with the Army's Counterintelligence Corps in Okinawa during the Korean War.

He came to Washington after his military service and, in 1959, started Martin F. Lynott Real Estate Investment Co., in Rockville.

He was a member of the Apartment and Office Building Association, Property Managers Association, Montgomery County Association of Realtors, Congressional Country Club and Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Marie, and their two daughters, Marita and Monica, all of Bethesda; a sister, Mary Virginia Lynott of Potomac; and two brothers, Thomas Lynott of Colesville and Joseph Lynott of Bethesda.

Elaine Marie Golland

Beauty Consultant

Elaine Marie Golland, 59, a Silver Spring resident who worked as a beauty consultant for a number of Washington area department stores, died of cancer Sept. 21 at Suburban Hospital.

Mrs. Golland, a former blood transfusion nurse in her native Sheffield, England, came to Washington in 1959. She lived in Bethesda for more than 30 years, then moved to Silver Spring in 1995.

She worked for Garfinkel's from 1959 to 1961 and 1978 to the late 1980s. She later worked for Woodward & Lothrop and Lord & Taylor, and she spent the last two years at the Hecht's department store in Bethesda.

Her marriage to Frank C. Better ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, David M. Better of Bethesda and Frank Andrew Better of Herndon; and two brothers.

Georgia Middleton Panther

Floral Arranger, Cashier

Georgia Middleton Panther, 80, a self-employed floral arranger and clothing designer who also worked in the cashier's officer at George Mason University, died of heart disease Sept. 23 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.

Mrs. Panther, a native of Oklahoma, did floral arrangements for weddings and other events since moving to Fairfax City in 1963. She was a cashier at George Mason for about 10 years, until 1989.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Herbert J. Panther of Fairfax City; four children, James C. Panther of River Vale, N.J., Evelyn P. Renz of Annapolis, Thomas M. Panther of Springfield and Ellen P. Dolan of Frederick, Md.; a brother; two sisters; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.