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William Whetstone Sr., 61, public bus driverWilliam...


William Whetstone Sr., 61, public bus driver

William Whetstone Sr., who drove public buses in the Baltimore area for more than three decades, died Thursday of cancer at his Yale Heights home. He was 61.

Until he retired earlier this year because of failing health, Mr. Whetstone was based in the Mass Transit Administration's Washington Boulevard car barn, steering buses of the 64, 31, 11 and 2 lines through city streets.

He began his career as a driver for the old Baltimore Transit Co. in the late 1960s and was a member of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1300.

Born and raised in West Baltimore, Mr. Whetstone was a 1956 graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School. He served in the Army as a military policeman in Germany until his discharge in 1968.

He was a dog lover and enjoyed arranging flowers.

His marriage to the former Sonja Morton ended in divorce.

Services are private.

He is survived by his wife of six years, the former Claudette Williams; two sons, William Whetstone Jr. of Houston and Anton R. Whetstone Sr. of Baltimore; five daughters, Senora Whetstone, Patricia Whetstone, Patrice Wilson, Pamela Whetstone and Rhepsie Whetstone, all of Baltimore; his mother, Ruby Greene of Baltimore; three sisters, Beverly Rodgers of Glen Burnie, Paulette Whetstone of New York City and Senora Epps of Boston; three stepsons, Tommy Williams and Elroy Mackell, both of Baltimore, and Maurice Mackell of Chase; two stepdaughters, JoAnn Savage of Owings Mills and Alfreda Charles of Essex; nine grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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