Harold G. McConeghey

Foreign Service Information Officer

Harold G. McConeghey, 79, a Foreign Service information officer from 1946 to 1976, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 11 at Alexandria Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. McConeghey, who spoke several Chinese dialects, was stationed in several Asian countries, including China and the Philippines. His last posting was Belgrade.

After retiring, he helped the Democratic Party with local vote drives.

Mr. McConeghey, a native of Newton, Iowa, worked for the FBI for six months before joining the Office of War Information during World War II. With OWI, he was stationed in Washington and Chungking, China.

He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church in Washington.

His wife of 46 years, Lois Baldwin McConeghey, died in 1990. Survivors include his companion of nine years, Fidilla Henderson of Alexandria; a daughter, Nelljean M. Rice of Conway, S.C.; two sons, David B., of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Kevin W., of Madison, Wisc.; a sister; two brothers; and three grandchildren.

David George Cabitt

Army Intelligence Specialist

David George Cabitt, 55, a civilian specialist in Army intelligence and threat analysis, died Nov. 14 at Oak Springs facility in Warrenton. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Cabitt, who lived in Fairfax Station, was born in Rochester, N.Y.

He joined the Army as a young man, then moved to this area in the 1960s after having been assigned to the Army's photographic interpretation center.

He continued working there as a civilian, where his sub-specialties included graphic support and production management. He retired five years ago with 28 years of federal service.

For the past eight years Mr. Cabitt had battled Alzheimer's disease, and had participated in a drug research study on the disease at Georgetown University Hospital. He attended meetings of Project Hope, a support group.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Judy Cabitt of Fairfax Station; three children, Kelly Cabitt and Kevin Cabitt, both of Springfield, and Mark Cabitt of Fairfax Station.

Sarah Smith-Hilton


Sarah Smith-Hilton, 56, a senior housekeeper for the past 15 years at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, died Nov. 14 at Lorien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Columbia of sepsis and pneumonia. She lived in Greenbelt.

Before joining the hospital staff, she spent a decade as a senior housekeeper at the old Ramada Inn in Lanham.

She was born in Washington and was a member of First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Landover.

Her hobbies included cooking and sewing.

Her husband of 30 years, Dennis G. Smith Sr., died in 1990.

Survivors include her husband, Edward Hilton, of Greenbelt; a son, Dennis G. Smith II of Baltimore; three daughters, Andrea Smith of Landover, and Antoinette Smith and Crystal Smith, both of Capitol Heights; two brothers, Samuel Shields of Washington, and Jerome Shields of Detroit; a sister, Elizabeth Thompson of Southern Pines, N.C.; and eight grandchildren.

William Louis Amoroso Jr.


William Louis Amoroso Jr., 79, a retired physician who practiced general surgery and oncology in Washington and Silver Spring for 35 years, died of heart disease Nov. 15 at home in Chevy Chase.

Dr. Amoroso was born in Hopewell, Va. He graduated from Georgetown University and George Washington University Medical School.

From 1946 until 1948, he was in the Army, serving as post surgeon at Fort Myer and also in Maryland. He did his residency training at Georgetown University Hospital, then until 1957 was in New York at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases.

He then returned to this area and practiced general surgery and oncology until retiring in the early 1990s.

He was a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia Medical Societies, the American College of Surgery, the American College of Surgical Oncology and the Society of Head and Neck Surgery.

His avocations included hunting and deep sea fishing, and he had an extensive collection of decoys.

He was a founder and patron of the Lem and Steve Ward Decoy Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, Md., and he donated his decoy collection to the museum. He also organized and sponsored educational programs for children through the museum.

His marriage to Nomita von Barby Brady ended in divorce.

Survivors include one son, Dr. William Louis Amoroso III of North Potomac; and three grandchildren.

Carol Guynn Gross

Club and Church Member

Carol Guynn Gross, 59, a former member of the Capitol Speakers Club and Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Burke, died of cancer Nov. 3 at her home in Sarasota, Fla. She lived in Fairfax Station from the early 1970s until 1995, when she moved to Sarasota.

Mrs. Gross was born in Washington, Pa., and graduated from Duke University Medical School with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She worked as an emergency room nurse in Florida before moving to the Washington area.

Her hobbies included needlepoint, skiing, golf, shopping and mah-jongg.

Her first husband, Dr. Cyrus Guynn, died in 1995.

Survivors include her husband of two years, Marvin Gross, of Sarasota; a son, Jeffrey Guynn of Norcross, Ga.; a daughter, Holly Read of Huntington Beach, Calif.; her parents, John and Anna Suwak, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a brother; and two grandchildren.

William A. Miner II


William A. Miner II, 85, a trial lawyer in the Justice Department's tax division from 1955 to 1975, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 15 at Fairfax Nursing Center. He lived in Annandale.

After retiring from the government, Mr. Miner spent two years as a real estate lawyer in private practice in Fairfax.

Mr. Miner was born in Ridgeway, Mo., and graduated with a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Missouri, where he also received a law degree in 1947.

He served in the Army in the Pacific theater during World War II and worked in private practice in Missouri before moving to the Washington area.

Mr. Miner was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Annandale and volunteered at the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

His hobbies included fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Margery Miner, of Annandale; two sons, William A. "Skip" Miner III of Alexandria and Kevin Miner of Denver; three daughters, Kathryn Miner of Washington, Alison Miner of Arlington and Cecily Clamp of Annandale; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Ruby Williamson Walker

Financial Adviser

Ruby Williamson Walker, 77, a longtime Washington resident and self-employed financial adviser, died of breast cancer Nov. 14 at her son's home in Jackson, Miss.

Mrs. Walker, a native of Caswell County, N.C., came to Washington after graduating in 1943 with a degree in English from Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C.

She helped organize voter registration drives and participated in campaigns and committees in support of D.C. home rule.

Mrs. Walker also held leadership positions in Parent Teacher Associations and served as a Girl Scout leader.

She was a lifetime member of the NAACP.

Her husband, Dr. John L. Walker, died in 1979. Survivors include two children, John L. Walker of Jackson and Bonnie Walker-Armstrong of Louisville; three sisters; and two grandchildren.

Lillian Jones Edwards


Lillian Jones Edwards, 89, a Washington area resident since 1931 and a member of numerous social and civic organizations, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 12 at the Asbury Methodist Villages's Wilson Health Center in Gaithersburg.

Mrs. Edwards, who lived at the Asbury Methodist Village for about a year, was a native of St. Louis and a 1932 sociology graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

In Bethesda, where she spent most of her adult life, she was active in the Westmoreland United Church of Christ and a women's club and garden club.

Mrs. Edwards also worked as a Montgomery County public school substitute teacher in the 1950s and 1960s and was a founder of Glenbrook Cooperative Nursery School.

Her other activities included work for the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Wesley Edwards of Gaithersburg; two children, Kathleen Clift of Columbus, Ohio, and James Wesley Edwards of New York City; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Sharon Cameron Provan Harris

Apprentice Electrician

Sharon Cameron Provan Harris, 57, an apprentice electrician in Maryland and Virginia for the past 15 years, died of complications from diabetes Nov. 11 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Mrs. Harris, who lived in Edgewater, was born in Washington. She lived in Fairfax during her childhood but graduated from high school in California.

Later she returned to this area and was a clerical worker and volunteer at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

She was a member of the Mayo United Methodist Church and vice president of United Methodist Women Society.

Her avocations included boating, camping and motorcycling.

Her marriage to Clifton Harris ended in divorce.

Survivors include her mother, Nina Elmer of Edgewater; a brother, Donald Provan of Raleigh, N.C.; a half brother, George Elmer Jr. of New York; and three sisters, Barbara Burgess of Harrisonburg, Janice Dowe of Fairfax and Frances Currier of Florida.

Selma Beverly Dagen

Bookkeeper and Blackjack Dealer

Selma Beverly Dagen, 71, a former bookkeeper who became a blackjack dealer for Showbiz, a company that arranges corporate and chairity events in the Washington area and elsewhere, died of cancer Nov. 17 at the Casey House Hospice in Rockville.

Mrs. Dagen was born in New York City. She came to the Washington area in 1961. She was a resident of Silver Spring for many years before moving to Rockville in 1991.

From the late 1960s to the early 1980s, she was a bookkeeper for Lee Bord & Sons, a jewelry company with stores in Silver Spring and Bethesda. She began her career as a blackjack dealer in the early 1980s and continued it until this year.

When her children were growing up, Mrs. Dagen coached youth sports and was active in PTAs in Silver Spring. She also was a bowler.

Her husband of 40 years, Herbert Dagen, died in 1992.

Survivors include three children, H. Gabriel Dagen of Columbia, Richard B. Dagen of Bethesda and Andrew M. Dagen of Gaithersburg; a brother in New York, and six grandchildren.

Singleton B. Wolfe

IRS Official

Singleton B. Wolfe, 80, a former Arlington resident and retired Internal Revenue Service assistant commissioner, died of cancer Nov. 11 at a hospice in Knoxville, Tenn.

Mr. Wolfe spent 35 years with the IRS mainly in executive positions at the agency's Washington offices. He served five years as assistant commissioner in charge of the compliance division before retiring in 1980.

He moved to Knoxville a year later and became a lecturer and instructor of federal taxation at the University of Tennessee as

He was born in Halifax County, Va. He graduated with a degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and worked about four years as an auditor for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

In later years, he was a Boy Scout leader and a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, among the highest Scout honors.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Beverly Wolfe of Knoxville; two children, Anne Nance of Albemarle, N.C., and Thomas S. Wolfe of Woodbridge; a sister; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.