Samuel  James White

Samuel James White ( )

Samuel J. "Jimmy" White, a retired CSX supervisor and avid Orioles fan, died Tuesday of lung cancer at his Glen Burnie home. He was 80.

The son of a South Baltimore tavern owner and a homemaker, Samuel James White was born and raised in a Race Street rowhouse.

He was a 1951 graduate of Southern High School and was a catcher and pitcher for a South Baltimore baseball team, where he played against future Hall of Famer Al Kaline, said his son, James Timothy White of Linthicum.

Mr. White began his railroad career in 1950, cleaning cabooses for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. He later was promoted to car inspector and was wreck train master for the special train assigned to Camden Station.

At the time of his retirement in 1994, he had been supervisor for many years of the CSX car repair shops in Curtis Bay.

During his 44-year career, he worked for successor companies B&O/C&O, the Chessie System and CSX.

He was a devoted Orioles fan for 54 years. He also liked vacationing in Ocean City and fishing for flounder in Assawoman Bay.

In 1957, Mr. White became a Jehovah's Witness and was an elder for many years.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witness, 713 Cabin Branch Lane, Linthicum.

In addition to his son, Mr. White is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Mary "Doris" Kursch; two daughters, Darlene Agnes Boggs of Greenville, S.C., and Linda Lee Ainsworth of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, John E. White of Ellicott City; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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