Kent H. Comegys, 62, prison Bible teacher

August 27, 1993|By Karen Zeiler | Karen Zeiler,Staff Writer

Kent H. Comegys, a retired Postal Service employee and lay preacher who taught Bible studies at Maryland prisons, died Aug. 8 of complications from heart surgery at Washington Hospital Center. He was 62.

A Bible teacher and elder at Central Presbyterian Church in Towson, Mr. Comegys was known for his unflagging service to many organizations, including Young Life, Search Ministries, the Baltimore Rescue Mission, Operation Mobilization, Youth for Christ and The Door.

Mr. Comegys was a longtime friend of former Baltimore Colts defensive lineman Joe Ehrmann, who founded The Door, an East Baltimore Christian ministry for city children.

"He had charisma," said Mr. Comegys' wife, the former June Flagle of Towson. "He even took his ministry to the golf course."

An avid golfer, Mr. Comegys often recruited new students for his Bible studies at golf games. "He often invited men from [the] golf course to [the church]," his wife said.

He merged his two loves by creating the First Central Presbyterian Golf Club, which began as a small group composed of men from the church and soon grew to include members' sons, brothers and cousins.

He taught Bible studies at the Maryland Penitentiary and the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup and was named volunteer of the year for Prison Fellowship, a national Christian jail ministry.

Known to family and friends as Luke, Mr. Comegys worked in the U.S. Postal Service's research and development office in Washington for seven years, retiring in 1974. Before that he was chief industrial engineer at Bendix Radio, where he worked for 12 years. A 1952 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Comegys was an Army captain from 1953 to 1955 serving in Verdun, France.

In 1986, he earned a master's degree in theology from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. He was a member of the Longview Men's Golf Club. Mr. Comegys and his wife also traveled extensively, reaching five of the seven continents.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Scott Kent Comegys of Bel Air; two daughters, Sarah Comegys Carta of Wilton, Conn., and Linda Comegys Ferree of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Services were conducted Aug. 12 at Central Presbyterian Church.

The family suggested memorial donations to Central Presbyterian at 7308 York Road, Towson 21204, or to Search Ministries, 5038 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City 21042.

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