Melvin E. Tansill Sr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. accountant who was an active church member, died Tuesday of complications from a brain tumor at the Dorsey Center at the Charlestown retirement community. He was 86.
Melvin Ellsworth Tansill was the son of William B. Tansill, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad worker, and Katherine Mitchell Tansill. He was born and raised on Fort Avenue in South Baltimore.
A 1949 graduate of Southern High School, Mr. Tansill enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and served as a petty officer in Norfolk, Va., during the Korean War.
He attended night school at the University of Baltimore, where he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1972. He also earned a diploma in mechanical drawing from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Before joining BGE in 1956, he had worked as a pressman for Young & Seldin and Classic Printers.
Mr. Tansill rose from being a meter reader to an accountant, and retired from the Baltimore utility company in 1986.
A longtime resident of the 100 block of W. Ostend St. in South Baltimore, Mr. Tansill was an active member of Sts. Stephen and James Evangelical Lutheran Church on Hanover Street, where he served as treasurer, Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent.
He also rang the church's bell for Sunday services. He and his wife, the former Jacqueline Byron, whom he met in a Sunday school class there, were also members of the church' duckpin bowling league.
He was a member for 56 years of the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Maryland and was a member of Warren Lodge No.1, where he was also a lodge instructor. He was a life member and Associate Grand Guardian of Job's Daughters International, where he was an instructor and member of its finance committee.
He had been a coach and treasurer of the South Baltimore Little League Orioles team, and was an avid Orioles and Ravens fan.
He enjoyed reading and listening to country music, and was a particular fan of George Jones, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams, family members said. He also enjoyed the music of the Beatles.
His wife of 52 years died in 2005.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at Loudon Park Cemetery, 3620 Wilkens Ave.
He is survived by a son, Melvin E. Tansill Jr. of Catonsville; a daughter, Charlotte Tansill of South Baltimore; and a sister, Shirley Marshall of Pasadena.