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Edwin Eugene Tillman Sr., 88, accountant, singerEdwin...


Edwin Eugene Tillman Sr., 88, accountant, singer

Edwin Eugene "Gene" Tillman Sr., a retired accountant who sang in amateur theatrical productions, died Saturday of kidney failure at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 88.

Mr. Tillman had lived at Charlestown Retirement Community since 1987 and had resided in Anneslie for more than 40 years.

He was an accountant with Lever Brothers in Dundalk from 1941 to 1973 and, earlier, had been with Safe Deposit & Trust Co. in Baltimore.

Mr. Tillman, who graduated from Loyola High School in 1928, became interested in singing as a youth growing up on East 20th Street. He sang with the Chorus and Glee Club at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, Greenmount Avenue and 22nd Street.

A tenor, he performed in local theatricals and sang at weddings and religious services until he was in his 70s.

In 1937, he married Virginia Barrow, who died last year.

Mr. Tillman enjoyed woodcarving, especially of birds.

He was a former communicant and tenor in the choir of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

He is survived by a son, Edwin E. "Tee" Tillman Jr. of Glenwood; a daughter, Jo-Anne Kreiner of Phoenix, Baltimore County; two brothers, F. Neil Tillman of Freeland and Oram J. Tillman of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

Edwin Lee 'John' Byrd, 83, shipping foreman

Edwin Lee "John" Byrd, a retired foreman, died Sunday of complications of Alzheimer's disease at Genesis Eldercare in Severna Park. He was 83.

Mr. Byrd, who had lived in the Severna Park community of Fairwinds for 43 years, retired in 1978 from Chesapeake Paperboard Co. in Baltimore, where he had been shipping foreman since 1946.

Born in Roanoke Rapids, Va., where he attended school, he was in the Army from 1935 to 1938.

He was a past president of the Severna Park Kiwanis Club, a member of the Severna Park Elks and an avid sports fisherman.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Harundale.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Kathleen Coston; a son, John W. Byrd of Columbia; two daughters, Priscilla Simpkins of Greeneville, Tenn., and Jo Carol Schmidt of Sandy, Utah; a brother, Irving J. Byrd of Lothian; two sisters, Duene Heathcote of Jupiter, Fla., and Claudia Stubbins of Lewes, Del.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Harvey A. Garcelon, 86, mechanical engineer

Harvey A. Garcelon, a retired mechanical engineer who lived most of his life in Severna Park, died of a heart attack Saturday at Genesis Eldercare Center Perring Parkway. He was 86.

For 32 years, he was a mechanical engineer for the federal government, first in Philadelphia and later in Annapolis. He retired in 1966.

The Baltimore native, who moved to Severna Park as a child, earned a bachelor's degree from Tufts University in Boston in 1934.

In 1940, he married Louise Potter; they divorced in 1968. He married Mary Florence in the mid-1970s; she died in 1983.

He was a charter member and past president of the Severna Park Rotary Club, a founder of the Greater Severna Park Athletic Association and past district governor of Rotary International.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.

He is survived by a son, Harvey G. Garcelon of White Hall; a sister, Ellen Mellor of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/16/98

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