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Charles Barranco, 80, a retired international representative...


Charles Barranco, 80, a retired international representative for the United Steelworkers of America, died July 16 in Laurel of complications of Alzheimer's disease. He had lived in Laurel since his retirement in 1979 after working for the union for 38 years, some of that time as a personal assistant to the president.

The Segundo, Colo., native, who came to Baltimore as a child with his family, was a graduate of City College. He began working in the early 1930s in the wire mill at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, and served as a union shop steward before joining the union staff.

Services were held Wednesday in Severna Park.

Survivors include his wife, the former Ethel Bradley; a daughter, Mary Phillips of Laurel; a brother, Joseph Barranco of Panama City, Fla.; four grandsons; and four great-grandsons.

Benjamin F. Sappington, 83, a retired tractor-trailer driver cited for driving more than 4 million miles accident-free, died July 15 at St. Agnes Hospital after a stroke. The Arbutus resident first retired in 1970 after 34 years with Associated Transport Co. But he continued to drive for a son's company, Sappington Trucking, for nine years before his final retirement.

In 1950, the Rock Hall native won a state championship in a tractor-trailer driving contest

Services were held Wednesday.

He is survived by four sons, Donald W. Sappington of Sacramento, Calif., Wayne D. Sappington of Kennedyville, Glenn Sappington of Annapolis and Daniel J. Sappington of Arbutus; two sisters, Annette L. Glenn Spencer of Rock Hall and Clara F. Gaddess of Catonsville; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Robert C. Peddicord, 81, who retired in 1973 as a deputy assistant commissioner of the Social Security Administration after more than 30 years with the agency, died July 15 of a heart attack at Fallston General Hospital.

Active for many years as a member of the Catholic church, he had served in retirement as a consultant to the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Loyola High School and Loyola College, where he studied the classics, which became a life-long avocation.

Mr. Peddicord and his wife of 56 years, the former Catherine O'Neill, raised 10 children in Baltimore's Mount Washington section before moving to Bel Air during retirement.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four daughters, Catherine Pierce of Hunt Valley, Ann Lippy of Baldwin, Joan Peddicord of Takoma Park and Jane Peddicord of New Freedom, Pa.; six sons, Philip Peddicord of Tucson, Ariz., John Peddicord of Lutherville; Terence Peddicord of North East; Christopher Peddicord of Monkton; Daniel Peddicord of Baltimore and Anthony Peddicord of Bel Air; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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