Chester P. Gossett, 80, Perry Hall bus driver


Chester P. Gossett, a Perry Hall bus driver for about three decades, died Thursday of cancer at Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda, Fla. He was 80.

Mr. Gossett was born and raised in Bon Aqua, Tenn. At age 18, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces, where he saw combat in World War II.

After being discharged, he moved to Baltimore and obtained a job as a trolley driver. After the transit system switched to buses, he was a familiar sight driving buses in his hometown of Perry Hall. He was a bus driver for 32 years before retiring in the 1980s.

He was a member of the American Legion in Perry Hall for 34 years.

Mr. Gossett married his wife, Fran, in 1968. Two previous marriages ended in divorce.

An avid gardener, Mr. Gossett raised vegetables, flowers and trees on a quarter acre in Perry Hall. His green thumb continued to thrive in Port Charlotte, Fla., where he and his wife moved in 1990. Mr. Gossett also enjoyed long rides on his bicycle.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Schimunek Funeral Home, 9705 Belair Road in Perry Hall.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Gossett is survived by his daughter, Clara Lynn Morgan of Baltimore; a son, Edward J. Gossett Sr. of Selbyville, Del.; a brother, Jewell D. Gossett of White Bluff, Tenn.; two sisters, Vallie A. Dorris of Jacksonville, Fla., and Alice Z. Branham of Alabama; and five grandchildren.

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