Earl R. LewisJanitorial firm founderEarl R. Lewis, the...

April 04, 1995

Earl R. Lewis

Janitorial firm founder

Earl R. Lewis, the founder of a janitorial supply company who was active in church and community work, died Sunday at Keswick of a respiratory illness. He was 82 and lived in North Baltimore.

Mr. Lewis retired about 20 years ago as president of Odorite Corp., which he started in 1947 and expanded through franchises in this country and abroad.

A native of Accomac, Va., who was reared in Baltimore, he had several sales jobs and worked during World War II as an inspector for the Navy at the Glenn L. Martin Co. plant.

He chaired March of Dimes campaigns in Maryland for five years in the 1950s and was one of the local founders of Big Brothers. He raised money for charity by arranging appearances of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the Ice Capades.

Mr. Lewis was on the vestry of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, a member of the chapter of the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation and a chairman of church fund drives.

Services were set for 1 p.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sara Selfe; two sons, the Rev. E. James Lewis of Raleigh, N.C., and Gary Selfe Lewis of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Central Maryland. George E. Tankersley, an accountant and director of Commercial & Farmers Bank in Ellicott City, died Friday at Howard County General Hospital a month after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

Mr. Tankersley, a partner in Davis, Tankersley and Wolfe accounting firm since 1967, was a graduate of Baltimore College of Commerce, now the University of Baltimore.

He and his wife, Margaret, were both avid golfers and members of the Rolling Road Golf Club.

The Tankersleys, who met when they were employees of First National Bank, were married 33 years. They traveled extensively, visiting 19 countries and 48 states.

"We took two kinds of vacation, European or golf," Mrs. Tankersley said. "When we met, he had never traveled, but he showed me the world."

He was a member of the Palestine Lodge of the Masons, the Scottish Rite, Boumi Temple and the Royal Order of Jesters, and a former president of the Catonsville Shrine Club and the Catonsville Rotary Club.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at St. John's United Church of Christ, Rolling Road and Wilkens Avenue, Catonsville.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a brother, Ronald Tankersley of Erie, Pa.,; and a sister, Patricia Gonder of Gettysburg, Pa.

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