Atlee Wampler Jr., businessman in Carroll, dies


Services for Atlee W. Wampler Jr., a retired Westminster businessman who was active in community affairs, will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Westminster.

Mr. Wampler, who was 76 and lived in Westminster, died Monday at the Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., after a blood vessel broke while he was on vacation.

He retired in 1984 and closed Wampler's, a furniture store his father had opened on Main Street in Westminster in the 1930s. Mr. Wampler took over the business after a few years, and in 1960 he moved it to a building on the Westminster Bypass.

Mr. Wampler founded and later sold the Town and Country Gas Co. in Taneytown and radio station WTTR-AM in Westminster.

A member of the board of the Carroll County Bank and Trust Co., he was chairman of its trust committee at his death. The former president of the Westminster Retail Merchants Association, he also belonged to the Maryland Retail Merchants Association and the Maryland LP Gas Association.

In the early 1960s, he had been chairman of the committee that started the Carroll County General Hospital. He was chairman of the hospital's board at his death.

Before joining St. Paul's United Church of Christ, he was Sunday school superintendent at the Westminster United Methodist Church.

A native of Westminster, he was a 1931 graduate of Westminster High School and a 1935 graduate of Western Maryland College.

He was an officer in the Army during World War II, seeing action with an armored unit in Sicily and in North Africa, where he was awarded the Silver Star. Later, he attended the Command and General Staff School and taught at an armored school. A former president of the 70th Tank Battalion Association, he was a life member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. About three years ago, he was a delegate at the dedication of a memorial in England to troops killed while rehearsing the invasion of Normandy, including tank battalion members. He wrote the inscription for the monument.

Mr. Wampler was Memorial Day parade marshal in Westminster for many years.

He is survived by his wife, the former Janet Smith; a son, Atlee W. Wampler III of Miami; and four grandchildren.

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