William M. Dearing, 81, letter carrier


William M. Dearing, a retired letter carrier and World War II veteran, died of cancer June 28 at Northwest Hospital Center. The West Baltimore resident was 81.

Born and raised in Roanoke, Va., he moved to Baltimore in 1942.

After serving in an Army transportation unit in France and Germany during World War II, he worked several odd jobs and then became a postal worker. A letter carrier in Northwest Baltimore, he retired about 20 years ago from the Wabash Avenue station.

In his free time, Mr. Dearing enjoyed fishing and was a tenpins bowler at the old Colt Lanes in Woodlawn. He also played cards.

Services were held Sunday at Fountain Baptist Church, where he was a member and sang in the male chorus.

Survivors include his longtime companion, Earlene Cherry, and a brother, Cecil Dearing, both of Baltimore.

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