Vernon R. King Sr.

Business Owner

Vernon R. King Sr., 80, who was co-owner and president of the Wheaton Lumber Co. from its founding in 1951 until its sale in August 2000, died of lung cancer Feb. 5 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. King, who was born in Leesburg, moved to Rockville as a teenager and attended Richard Montgomery High School. He served with the Army Air Forces in the Mediterranean theater during World War II. After the war, he worked for Safeway and Eisinger Mill and Lumber Co. in Bethesda before he became president of Wheaton Lumber.

He was a member of Colesville Baptist Church in Silver Spring and Moose Lodge No. 1775 in Silver Spring. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2562 in Silver Spring and an honorary member of the Maryland Sheriffs' Institute. He flew the U.S. flag at his home and at Wheaton Lumber.

His marriage to Marilyn King ended in divorce.

Survivors include his companion, Sadie Woodward of Silver Spring; five children from his marriage, Vernon R. King Jr. of Washington, Betty A. Pearson of Columbia, J. Edward King of Mount Airy, Roger A. King of Silver Spring and Arthur L. King of Springfield; two sisters, Mae Greene of Rockville and Frances Reichard of Jacksonville, N.C.; and 12 grandchildren.

John Baptist Mazzeo Sr.

Wholesale Grocer

John Baptist Mazzeo Sr., 90, a wholesale grocer who retired from S. Mazzeo & Sons Inc. in 1978, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 10 at his home in Silver Spring.

Mr. Mazzeo was born in Cleveland and moved to the Washington area in 1930.

He attended Emerson Institute and graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

As a young man, he worked briefly at the Italian Embassy and then joined his father in a family business, Italo-American Foods, a predecessor company to S. Mazzeo & Sons wholesale grocers.

Mr. Mazzeo was a founding member of the Greater Washington Food Wholesalers Association and a member of the Lion's Club in Northeast Washington, the Lido Club and Manor Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Italia Mazzeo, and two sons, John Mazzeo Jr. and Louis B. Mazzeo, all of Silver Spring; two grandsons; and two great-grandsons.

Walter D. Holtzclaw

Navy Employee

Walter D. Holtzclaw, 85, who worked for the Navy Department for 33 years before retiring in 1974 as production chief in the Naval Air Systems Command's avionics systems, died Feb. 7 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington after surgery for a heart ailment.

Mr. Holtzclaw, who lived in Arlington, was born in Washington. He attended McKinley Technical High School.

He was a past president of the Fairfax and Arlington Rod and Gun clubs and had been active in the Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies of Virginia.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Sarah A.., of Arlington; a son, W. David Jr., of Baltimore; two daughters, Barbara Ann Thorsen of Ocean Pines, Md., and Susan A. Thornton of Falls Church; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.