Charles BarrackOriental rug dealerCharles Barrack, who...


April 30, 1993

Charles Barrack

Oriental rug dealer

Charles Barrack, who managed Oriental rug businesses in Baltimore for many years, died of cancer Jan. 13 at his home in Dunnellon, Fla.

The 75-year-old Pittsburgh native moved to Florida after retiring in 1991 as manager of McDowell's Oriental Rugs in Timonium.

He came to Baltimore in 1950 to manage the Oriental rug concession in the Stewart & Co. store at Howard and Lexington streets. He worked at that store until it closed in 1979, moved to the York Road store until it closed in 1983 and then operated the rug business in another store in the same shopping center for a short time before joining McDowell's.

He had begun working in 1949 in Pittsburgh for L. T. Walker & Co., the rug dealer that held the concession at Stewart's.

He attended Washington & Jefferson College before graduating in 1940 from the University of Pittsburgh with a mechanical engineering degree.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces in North Africa and Europe.

After the war, he worked as an engineer with a Pittsburgh consulting firm before switching to the rug business.

He was a member of the Catonsville Lodge of the Elks.

A memorial Mass was to be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, 3175 Paulskirk Drive, Ellicott City.

He is survived by two daughters, Kimberley M. Prodey of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Melissa A. Eakle of Mount Airy; five granddaughters; two grandsons; and a great-grandson.

Florence K. Turner

Virginia Beach historian

Florence Kimberly Turner, a native of Baltimore who wrote a history of the Virginia Beach area, died Wednesday of respiratory and heart disease at her home in the Virginia resort. She was 85.

She settled in Virginia Beach in 1946 and wrote "Gateway to the New World," a history of the area. She was a founder of the Virginia Beach Historical Society and a member of the Virginia Beach Historical Commission.

A painter, she was active in art groups and in the restoration of historic homes.

The former Florence Kimberly, who was reared in Catonsville, attended Smith College and graduated from the University of Colorado.

Services were to be conducted at noon today at Galilee Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach.

She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Kimberly Piper of Naples, Fla.; a son, John McLeod Turner of Virginia Beach; a brother, Dr. Robert Kimberly of Baltimore; two sisters, Alice K. Wolf of Baltimore and Lucy K. Kibbe of North Heron Island, Maine; and eight grandchildren.

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