LeRoy L. BarnesWorked on atomic bombLeRoy L. Barnes, a...

July 24, 1994

LeRoy L. Barnes

Worked on atomic bomb

LeRoy L. Barnes, a retired machinist who worked on the atomic bomb project during World War II, died June 8 of a heart attack at Memorial Hospital at Easton. The Chestertown resident was 80.

Mr. Barnes was a machinist for Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River and was assigned to the atomic bomb development program.

"It was secret work, and he never talked about it," said his wife, the former Christina DeVed, whom he married in 1971.

His first wife, the former Elizabeth Strong, whom he married in 1935, died in 1965.

After leaving the Martin Co., he worked for Frank Balmer Corp. as a machinist and foreman of its tool and die department and for Conlan Co., where he performed marine electronic and radar maintenance.

"He used to board ships and fix their radios or radar as they traveled down the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and then (( he got off and was taken back by the pilot boat to Chesapeake City," Mrs. Barnes said.

From 1971 until his retirement in 1991, he was employed as a machinist at Brambles Marina in Tolchester.

He was born and reared in Fairlee, Kent County, and was a 1930 graduate of Chestertown High School.

"Back in the late 1920s and early '30s, he was the vocalist at Betterton Beach," recalled Mrs. Barnes, who met her husband when they were elementary school students.

Mr. Barnes was a member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church in Rock Hall, Rock Hall Senior Citizens and the American Association of Retired Persons of Chestertown. He also was a member of the Rock Hall Lions Club and the Chestertown Cotillon Club.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, LeRoy P. Barnes of Ocean Springs, Miss., William W. Barnes of Baltimore and Dennis Barnes of Bel Air; a stepson, Garrett R. DeVed of Panama City, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Carolyn Fisher of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Memorial donations may be made to the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 296, Chestertown 21620, or to the Kent Hospice Foundation, 11 Lynchburg St., Chestertown 21620.

Services were held June 9 in Chestertown, with interment in Parkwood Cemetery in Baltimore.

Owen D. Lewis Sr.

Academy painter

Owen D. Lewis Sr., a retired painter at the U.S. Naval Academy, died Tuesday at North Arundel Hospital of complications from a stroke. He was 88.

He had moved to Glen Burnie from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last fall. He had moved to Florida after he retired in 1968 after more than 20 years at the academy.

The Annapolis native was a graduate of Annapolis High School.

His wife, the former Margaret Rose Eggleston, died in 1980.

A memorial service was held yesterday at Glen Burnie United Methodist Church. Mr. Lewis is survived by a daughter, Margaret Rose Wilkins of Glen Burnie; a son, Owen D. Lewis Jr. of Fort Lauderdale; a sister, Lorraine Loughlin of Annapolis; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Lacy A. Smith

Bank director

Lacy A. Smith, a director of the Farm Credit Bank of Baltimore, died of heart failure Thursday at his home in Buchanan, Va. He was 59.

Mr. Smith was president and chief executive officer of Ageon Farms Inc., a dairy and livestock operation on 850 acres in Botetourt, Va.

He was also a board member for the Roanoke Farm Credit Bank, the Old Dominion Division of Dairymen Inc. and the Botetourt County Industrial Development Authority. Mr. Smith was a member of the Virginia Agribusiness Council and the Buchanan Rotary Club.

In 1992, Mr. Smith received the Leadership Award from the Virginia Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Anne Lavinder. They were married in 1959.

Other survivors include two daughters, Catherine Page Smith of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Elizabeth Smith LaBell of Lafayette, Ind.; a son, Lewis Gibson Smith of Buchanan, Va.; and a granddaughter.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to Trinity Episcopal Church in Buchanan, Va. Services will be held there today at 2 p.m.

Patrick E. Lynch Jr.

Engineer, designer

Patrick E. Lynch Jr., an engineer, designer and inventor, was killed June 23 in an automobile accident in Parker, Colo. The Govans native was 43.

He moved to Denver in 1983 and designed medical lasers for BioQuantum Technologies. He also owned his own company, Design Resources, where he designed and manufactured an air purifier that is made in Canada. He was the holder of several patents.

He began his career in 1970 designing hand tools for Black & Decker Corp. in Baltimore, and went on to design chain saws for McCullough and a carpet steamer cleaner for Hoover. He also designed computers for Fender Guitars, B.I. Inc. and Outbound Systems, both of Boulder, Colo.

He attended city schools and graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1968. Mr. Lynch earned his bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975.

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