Edward E. Wiseman Point police officer

July 14, 1992

Services for Edward Ernest Wiseman, a retired Sparrows Point police officer, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Oak Lawn Cemetery, 7225 Eastern Ave. in Eastpoint.

Mr. Wiseman died Saturday at his daughter-in-law's home in Suffolk, Va., of complications from a stroke suffered two years ago. He was 93.

Mr. Wiseman worked for 25 years in the Sparrows Point Police Department's pistol range.

The Sparrows Point department then was a private force paid for by Bethlehem Steel but with the same police powers in the company town as Baltimore County officers. The company town was demolished for plant expansion in the 1970s, and Sparrows Point police now serve in a basic industrial police role.

Mr. Wiseman retired in 1964 and moved to Staunton, Va., in 1971.

A native of Mount Solon, Va., he lived there until he was a teen-ager and moved to Grayson Park in Baltimore and worked for a railroad in the early 1920s. Before he joined the police force in 1939, he was employed at General Motors.

His first marriage to the former Ida Smith ended in divorce. His second wife, the former Mary Edna Howard, died in 1970, and his third wife, the former Callie Troxwell Desper, died in 1989.

Survivors include a son, Edward Thomas Wiseman of Falling Waters, W.Va.; a stepson, John Desper of Greensboro, N.C.; three stepdaughters, Rowena Austin of Zellwood, Fla., Louise Wade of Fishersville, Va., and Mary Stone of Staunton, Va.; a sister, Hazel M. Oliver of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that contributions be made to the building fund of Southside Baptist Church, 917 Carolina Road, Suffolk, Va. 23434.

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