Walter Graham, combat veteran of two wars

August 29, 1994

Walter A. Graham, a combat veteran of both World War II and the Korean War who worked for trucking companies for many years, died Tuesday of heart failure at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. He was 72.

He retired in 1978 from the Baltimore facility of Smith's Transfer Company, a Virginia-based trucking company, said his wife, Nancy Graham.

He had started working there in 1962 as a checker and forklift driver, she said.

Mr. Graham was born in the Calvert County community of St. Leonard.

Drafted into the Army in 1942, he served overseas in several countries before being discharged in 1946.

He spent several years working as a welder at the Coast Guard's Curtis Bay yard before enlisting in the Air Force, when he spent six years on duty in Korea and elsewhere.

After returning to Baltimore, Mr. Graham joined Local 557 of the Teamsters and worked for several trucking companies before landing a job with Smith's Transfer.

Ill health forced his early retirement.

He was former secretary of Lodge No. 1216 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, the former Nancy Miles; a daughter, Nancy Myra Graham; two stepdaughters, Ozora Patterson and Lenora Mary Hill; and a stepson, Charles Thomas Johnson, all of Baltimore; three sisters, Mattie Barge and Odessa Graham of Baltimore and Mary Alice Reynolds of St. Leonard; three brothers, John Graham and Briscoe Graham, both of Baltimore, and James O. Graham of St. Leonard; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A wake will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Shiloh Christian Community Church, 2500 W. Lombard St., with a funeral service at noon.

Carrie Lynch


Carrie Lynch, a homemaker and resident of Arbutus since the 1940s, died Tuesday at St. Agnes Hospital of heart failure. She was 91.

Mrs. Lynch was born in Halifax, N.C., where she completed high school.

She moved to Baltimore in the early 1930s and later to Arbutus.

Shortly after arriving in Maryland, the former Carrie Purnell married Mark Lynch Sr. Her husband of 37 years died in 1968.

Mrs. Lynch was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Baltimore and the Cowdensville Association, a community improvement organization.

Her daughter-in-law, Delores Lynch, said that Mrs. Lynch claimed to be a member of the Crow Tribe.

"She had a beautiful mane of hair, high cheekbones," said Delores Lynch. "You could see it in her."

An avid gardener, Mrs. Lynch grew flowers and vegetables, including green beans, potatoes, petunias and roses.

Services are scheduled to be held at noon today at Faith Baptist Church, 833 N. Bond St. in Baltimore.

Mrs. Lynch is survived by a son, Mark Lynch Jr. of Arbutus; a grandson, Malcolm Lynch of Arbutus; and three great-grandchildren.

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