Melvin E. Tansill Sr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. accountant who was an active church member, died Tuesday of complications from a brain tumor at the Dorsey Center at the Charlestown retirement community. He was 86.
Melvin Ellsworth Tansill was the son of William B. Tansill, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad worker, and Katherine Mitchell Tansill. He was born and raised on Fort Avenue in South Baltimore.
A 1949 graduate of Southern High School, Mr. Tansill enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and served as a petty officer in Norfolk, Va., during the Korean War.
He attended night school at the University of Baltimore, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in...