Rodney W. McCrayModel, Baltimore nativeRodney W. McCray,...


Rodney W. McCray

Model, Baltimore native

Rodney W. McCray, a Baltimore native who had worked for 11 years as a men's clothing model based in New York City, died March 1 of cancer at a hospital there. He was 29.

Known in the modeling business as Rod, he appeared in fashion shows throughout the world, and his picture appeared in many magazines and newspapers.

A 1983 graduate of Northern High School, he had been an acolyte at what was then St. Peter's Lutheran Church and is now All Saints Lutheran Church. He had been offered a college

scholarship by St. Peter's, but instead worked as a stockman at the Towson Montgomery Ward & Co. store and then as a clothing salesman at Macy's in New York until he became established as a model.

A memorial service was planned for 3 p.m. today at All Saints, 4215 Loch Raven Blvd. in Northwood.

He is survived by his parents, Helen and Willie McCray Sr., both of Baltimore; five sisters, Donna Carter of Washington, Norma Pettaway of Kansas City, Mo., and Alice Rose, Rita Jolly and Gwendolyn Jolly, all of Baltimore; and four brothers, Willie McCray Jr., James A. McCray and Andre McCray, all of Baltimore, and Maurice Gatlin of Los Angeles.

Eugene A. Davidson

Leased tractor-trailers

Eugene A. Davidson, retired owner of a tractor-trailer leasing company, died March 3 in a hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., from complications of surgery.

Mr. Davidson, who was 68, had moved to St. Augustine, Fla., from Edgemere about two years ago.

He retired in 1992 after owning Dave-Co Truck Leasing for about 40 years. He worked earlier on Patapsco and Back River Railroad crews.

He was a native of Avoca, Pa., and came to the Baltimore area as a child. He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

Graveside services were to be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Gardens of Faith Cemetery, Lillian Holt Drive and Trumps Mill Road in Overlea.

He is survived by two sons, James Davidson and Joseph Ladata, both of Edgemere; two daughters, Genie Carrasco of Kissimmee, Fla., and Diane Davidson of Towson; two brothers, Robert Davidson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Joseph Davidson of Dundalk; a companion, Shirley McCarthy of St. Augustine; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Robert Brady DuVal

Life insurance agent

Robert Brady DuVal, a retired agent in Baltimore for the Home Life Insurance Co.of New York, died Wednesday of heart and kidney disease at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Mr. DuVal, who was 85 and lived in Timonium, retired about 15 years ago from the Baltimore office of the insurance company that he had joined after World War II.

He had been named to the company's Hall of Fame and to the Million Dollar Round Table.

During the war, he served in the Navy in the South Pacific.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1928 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and three years later received a mechanical engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

For two years in the 1930s, he headed a Civilian Conservation Corps camp for workers on the construction of the Skyline Drive.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

His first wife, the former Sara Welty, died in 1981.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marjorie Wheeler Barker; .. three daughters, Linda DuVal Crafton of Burke, Va., Diane DuVal Loughman of Allentown, Pa., and Meredith DuVal Jackson of Grafton, Va.; two sons, Robert Brady DuVal Jr. of Lutherville and Douglas Welty DuVal of Phoenix; and nine grandchildren.

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