Myles R. McComas, a World War II veteran who was the founder and president of Carpet Land, died Friday of complications from a stroke at Manor Care Ruxton. He was 94.
The son of Ross McComas and Florence McComas, Myles Ross McComas was born and raised on the family farm in Hampstead.
"His formal education ended in the seventh grade at the Fifth District School. It was the Great Depression, and he had to go to work on the family farm," said his son, Michael C. McComas of Hereford.
"Before the war, he held a lot of odd jobs. He was a barn dance caller and delivered mail for the Hampstead Post Office by horse. There were a lot of unpaved roads in Carroll County in those days," said Mr. McComas.
Drafted into the Army in 1941, Mr. McComas served stateside with what was then called the Motorized Infantry, supervising tank and jeep operations. He attained the rank of master sergeant and was discharged in 1945.
From 1946 to 1949, he was the Baltimore warehouse manager for the Alexander Small Carpet Co., and later moved over to sales, where he won several national awards.
In 1954, he established Carpet Land on Park Lane in Pikesville and later expanded the business to a second store on York Road in Towson. The business is still family-owned and operated.
"He remained active until 2013, when he retired," his son said.
Mr. McComas was a past president of the Maryland Floor Covering Association.
He was an active member, deacon and trustee of the old Forest Baptist Church, which changed its name to Mount Carmel Baptist Church.
Mr. McComas served as a member of the Forest Ridge Cemetery Committee. He was a charter member in the late 1940s of American Legion Post 200 in Hampstead, where served as post commander and finance officer.
He was also a charter member of the Parkville Optimist Club and was a member of the Westminster Moose Lodge.
In addition to his Hampstead home, Mr. McComas maintained a 10-acre farm in Hereford, where he raised vegetables and beef cattle.
"He went dancing every Friday night at the Westminster Moose Lodge and enjoyed entertaining family and friends," said his son.
His wife of 43 years, the former Rachel Hale, died in 1990.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at his church, 17700 Foreston Road, Upperco.
In addition to his son, Mr. McComas is survived by a sister, Shirley Simpers of Manchester; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Another son, Myles R. McComas Jr., died in 2008.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun