Aldewin W. Sappington Jr., who owned and operated TC Severn River marina for more than 60 years, died Monday at Meridan Nursing Center in Severna Park of heart failure. He was 86.
In the late 1930s, Mr. Sappington and his brother, Elmer S. Sappington, established Sappington's Yacht Yard Inc. on Fork Creek off the Severn River.
At his death, Mr. Sappington and his two sons operated the marine repair and wet and dry storage firm.
"He was a quiet yet sincere man, who was very particular about the quality of his workmanship," said a son, Elmer H. Sappington of Davidsonville, who has worked at the marina since 1948. "He was a good mechanic and a first-class marine painter, and some of his customers had been with the business well over 50 years," he said.
"He loved his work and didn't have much time for anything else," said his wife of 65 years, the former Myrtle Kroth. "He bought a motorboat but never had time to go out in it, so we sold it," she said.
"He worked from sunup to sundown seven days a week," Elmer Sappington said. "He devoted his whole life to the business."
Born in Pasadena and raised there and in Severna Park, Mr. Sappington attended Anne Arundel County schools until leaving in high school to work at Fulton's Yacht Yard, where he learned his trade.
Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway at Robinson Road, Severna Park.
Other survivors include another son, Henry R. Sappington of Severna Park; two daughters, Sylvia M. Machin of Severna Park and Betty Anne Cunningham of Ellicott City; a brother, James H. Sappington of Glen Burnie; a sister, Mary R. Pumphrey of Virginia; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
James Bowersox Jr.
Bell Atlantic manager
James A. Bowersox Jr., a systems manager for Bell Atlantic, died Tuesday at Anne Arundel Medical Center after suffering a heart attack while sailing near Annapolis. He was 51 and lived in Washington Grove.
Mr. Bowersox worked in the telephone company's Silver Spring office. He began his career in 1966 as a marketing manager for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co.
He was raised in Loch Raven Village and was a 1962 graduate of Loyola High School, where he played football. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1966 from Washington and Lee University.
Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Devol Funeral Home, 10 E. Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg.
He is survived by his wife of eight years, the former Evelyn McQueen; a daughter, Jamie McG. Bowersox of Washington Grove; a sister, Martha P. Austin of Bozman; and his mother, Mary P. Bowersox of Timonium.
Memorial donations may be made to the Eastport Volunteer Fire Company, c/o Paramedic Unit No. 36, 914 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis 21403.
Henry J. Jones, 74, who retired in 1973 after 24 years as a Baltimore City firefighter, died June 16 of heart disease at a nursing home in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Services for the Baltimore native were held Tuesday. He is survived by his wife, the former Doris L. Baker; two sons, David Jones of Edgewater, Fla., and Henry Jones of Baltimore; two daughters, Rosemarie Frutchey of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Doris Lea Balog of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.