Gurney Leon Leatherwood, a retired CSX telecommunications worker and an Air Force veteran, died from lung cancer on Thursday at his Ellicott City home. He was 84.
Born and raised in Mount Airy, he was the son of W. Russell Leatherwood, a painter, and Anna Molesworth Leatherwood, a boarding house operator.
He graduated in 1952 from Mount Airy High School and the next year took a job working in communications for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
Mr. Leatherwood enlisted in the Air Force in 1955 and attained the rank of master sergeant. He subsequently served in the Air Force Reserves and the North Dakota Air National Guard until...