Carl E. Walker, 79, house painterCarl E. Walker, a...

March 03, 1998

Carl E. Walker, 79, house painter

Carl E. Walker, a longtime Baltimore house painter, died Feb. 17 of Alzheimer's disease at ManorCare Health Services in Ruxton. He was 79.

The native of Charleston, W.Va., served in the Army from 1945 to 1946 and moved to Baltimore in 1954, living in Waverly before moving to South Baltimore in 1987.

He worked as a house painter for private companies and also painted signs. He retired in 1982.

A memorial service is being planned.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Blanche Bowles, whom he married in 1940; two sons, Charles E. Walker of Baltimore and Robert Walker of Moscow; a daughter, Edith LeCompte of Towson; two brothers, Russell Walker of Beckley, W.Va., and Hobart Walker of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a sister, Myrtle Jones of Pratt, W.Va.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Thomas W. Rigney, who had owned and operated a general contracting firm in Baltimore for 40 years, died of cancer Friday at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 77 and lived in Towson.

He founded T. W. Rigney Inc. in 1946 and operated the business until he retired in 1986.

A native of Danville, Va., he was a graduate of Danville Military Institute there.

He moved to Baltimore in 1943 and worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point shipyard for the duration of World War II and then at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for a year.

Mr. Rigney, who also had a home in Danville, was a member of Masonic Lodge Adherence No. 88, the Scottish Rite and the Boumi Temple.

He was active in Methodist church affairs and had been named Methodist Man of the Year by St. John's United Methodist Church at St. Paul and 27th streets in Baltimore and Towson United Methodist Church.

He served on the St. John's Beneficence Board and the board of Margaret Bennett Home for Girls.

A memorial service will be held at 2: 30 p.m. Sunday at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Katherine Payne; two daughters, Betty Ann Rigney of Reisterstown and Linda Rigney Lane of Bel Air; two brothers, Robert L. Rigney and Irvin J. Rigney, both of Danville; a sister, Mary R. Baker of Danville; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. David A. Donovan, a retired banker, died of a heart attack Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 87 and a resident of Broadmead, the Cockeysville retirement community.

The longtime Roland Park resident, who moved to Broadmead in 1994, began his banking career with Equitable Trust Co. before World War II.

During the war, he served as a Navy officer aboard aircraft carriers in the Pacific. He was discharged with the rank of lieutenant commander in 1945 and returned to Equitable. He was a vice president when he retired in 1976 and then helped found Clifton Trust Bank in Baltimore.

He served as Clifton's president and vice chairman and retired again in 1988.

Born and raised in Woodstock, Howard County, he was a 1928 graduate of Loyola High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1932. He also attended the University of Maryland School of Law.

In 1943, he married the former Charlotte Newman, who died in 1992.

He was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by a son, David G. Donovan of Tolland, Conn.; two daughters, Susan Kirwin of Roland Park and Ann Marshall of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.

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