Robert L. Singletary
Personnel Specialist, Pastor
The Rev. Robert L. Singletary, who had been pastor at Jordan Evangel Baptist Mission in Greenbelt since 1994 and who was a personnel specialist with the Defense Department from 1972 until retiring in 1999, died of a heart attack Dec. 11 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Singletary was born in Bladenboro, N.C., and raised in Washington and Rockville.
He was a 1962 graduate of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville and a business administration graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
In the 1960s, he participated in sit-ins and marches of the civil rights movement in the South.
He served in the Army from 1966 to 1968.
At the Pentagon, he worked for the defense secretary's office and specialized in equal employment opportunity claims.
He attended Washington Baptist Seminary and was ordained a minister in 1983. He had taught church history there since the 1990s and was named the seminary's 2002 alumnus of the year. He also had preached at various Washington area churches.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Fannie Singletary of Washington; three sons, Robert Jr., of Durham, N.C., Ryan, of Greensboro, N.C., and Randall, of Rochester, Mich.; a daughter, Vinnetta Singletary of Washington; four brothers, Henry, of Bladenboro, John, of Mitchellville, and Richard and Marvin, both of Washington; and three sisters, Emma Dudley of Glenn Dale, Lydia Charmon of Fort Washington and Yvelle Bradshaw of Greensboro.
Donald S. Cost
Restaurateur, Deputy Sheriff
Donald Spalding Cost, 85, who owned and operated Don's Restaurant in Arlington from 1947 to 1972 and was an Arlington County deputy sheriff, died of cancer Dec. 10 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. He lived in Arlington.
Mr. Cost was born in Washington and grew up in Arlington, where he was a 1938 graduate of Washington-Lee High School. His father owned and operated the Lyon Park Community Store in Arlington, where Mr. Cost worked as a teenager.
He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.
He ran his restaurant in the Clarendon section of Arlington, and for a while it was part of the old Clarendon Bowling Alley.
He did sales work for the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Arlington from 1972 to 1982.
In 1972, he began working for the Arlington County sheriff. His jobs included running the canteen and serving as a court bailiff.
He was the 1947 national doubles duckpin bowling champion.
His memberships included the Masons, the Order of the Eastern Star and First Christian Church of Falls Church.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Martha Payne Cost of Arlington, and a daughter, Margaret Cost Hallin of Fairfax.
James Lawrence Jackson
James Lawrence Jackson, 73, a retired Army colonel who served as an international military liaison in Asia and Latin America, died Nov. 20 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had lung cancer.
Col. Jackson, who lived in Oakton, was a native of Monmouth, Ill. He began his 30-year military career as an enlisted Army paratrooper in the late 1940s and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1953.
He was an Army Ranger who served with the Green Berets in Da Nang, Vietnam, in 1964 and 1965. After assignments in Korea, Panama and Taiwan, he was stationed at the Pentagon, where he supervised an intelligence section. He retired from active military duty in 1980.
He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division Association.
He also was an avid dog breeder who bred boxers.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Lucille Jackson of Oakton; four children, James L. Jackson Jr. of Hartland, Wis., Donna Franceil Jackson of Richmond, Bruce Robert Jackson of Bloomington, Ill., and Jeffrey Ward Jackson of Hartwood, in Stafford County; a sister; two brothers; and eight grandchildren.