Gregory J. Jones

Nestle Co. Employee

Gregory J. Jones, 27, a Washington area native who helped clean the machinery at the Nestle Ice Cream Co. in Laurel, died Sept. 20 at Veterans Hospital of complications from cancer.

Mr. Jones, who lived in Laurel, worked in Nestle's sanitation department for about two years until June.

He was born in Washington and raised in Adelphi. After graduating from High Point High School in 1990, he joined the Army and served until 1994. During that time, he took up karate and earned top honors in Army karate tournaments.

Survivors include his wife, Angela Jones, and their two sons, Titus and Caleb, all of Laurel; his mother, Jacqueline Jones of Laurel; and a brother, Marcus Jones of Laurel.

Morris William Wells

Insurance Executive

Morris William Wells, 77, a retired insurance executive who had served as secretary-treasurer, vice president and chief executive officer of the Montgomery Mutual Insurance Agency, died of prostate cancer Sept. 4 at Montgomery Hospice Casey House in Rockville.

Mr. Wells, who lived in Rockville, was born in Gaithersburg and graduated from Gaithersburg High School.

During World War II, he served in the Navy. In this period, he studied at Washburn University in Kansas, Miami University of Ohio and Harvard.

He returned to the Washington area after the war, joined the staff of what then was the Mutual Insurance Agency of D.C. and continued his college study at George Washington University. He received a business degree from Miami University.

He was a former president and vice president of the Washington-area chapter of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters and a trustee of Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg.

Mr. Wells was a Mason and a Shriner.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jeannette M. Wells of Rockville; and three sisters, Lillian Ward of Rockville, Gertrude Robertson of Bethesda and Margaret Payne of South Carolina.

Thomas J. Eckert


Thomas J. Eckert, 85, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, died Sept. 27 at Arlington Hospital of congestive heart failure.

Mr. Eckert, a resident of Falls Church for more than 40 years, retired in the late 1960s after two decades with the survey, where he performed classified studies for the military.

Mr. Eckert, who was born in the District, graduated from McKinley Technical High School. He was a cryptographer for the Department of War from 1939 to 1942 and graduated from George Washington University in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in zoology.

After serving in the Army Signal Corps during World War II, Mr. Eckert received bachelor's and master's degrees in geology from the University of Oklahoma in 1951.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church for nearly 40 years.

His wife of 54 years, Charlotte Eckert, died in June.

Survivors include three daughters, Diane Eckert and Patricia Eckert, both of Falls Church, and Elizabeth Eckert of Long Beach, N.Y.; and a granddaughter.

Edward J. Gorman

VA Officer

Edward J. Gorman, 84, who retired in the 1960s as manager of administrative services for what was then the Veterans Administration, died Sept. 27 at Manor Care nursing home in Potomac after a heart attack.

Mr. Gorman, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Brockton, Mass. He graduated from Boston College and received a master's degree in government from George Washington University. During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard a destroyer in the Pacific.

He settled in Washington and began his career at the VA after the war.

Survivors include his wife, Rita J. Gorman of Bethesda, and a sister.