John Edward Sumstine

Plumber

John Edward Sumstine, 86, who retired in 1970 after 28 years as a plumber at the Patuxent Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, died of cancer Dec. 6 at a daughter's home in Piney Point.

Mr. Sumstine, a native of Washington, started his career as a plumber at the Bureau of Engraving. He moved to Lexington Park in the early 1940s, and in retirement, he worked at McKay's Grocery Store there for about 10 years.

His wife of 62 years, Ruth Lee Sumstine, died in 1992.

Survivors include five children, Ruth Marie Troughton of Hyattsville, Nancy Lee Shockey of Florida, Joan Farra of Piney Point, Edward M. Sumstine of Salisbury, Md., and James W. Sumstine of Waldorf; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Lilla Capers Lyman Meade

Church Member

Lilla Capers Lyman Meade, 90, a native Washingtonian and active member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, died of pneumonia Dec. 7 at Montgomery General Hospital.

She served as president of the Women of St. John's and as vestryman and Sunday school teacher. She also was a past president and charter member of the Glenwood Road Garden Club.

Mrs. Meade, a longtime Bethesda resident, lived at the Bedford Court retirement community in Silver Spring for the past five years.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Custis Grymes Meade of Silver Spring; two sons, David Custis Meade of Burke and Richard Kidder Meade of Bethesda; a brother, Frank Trenholm Lyman of Bethesda; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.