Wess Burall, 78, sold, repaired tractorsWess Burall, a...

August 03, 1998

Wess Burall, 78, sold, repaired tractors

Wess Burall, a retired tractor salesman, died Thursday of complications from emphysema at Mariner Health of Overlea. The Edgewood resident was 78.

Mr. Burall spent most of his career in tractor sales or repairs. In 1948, he opened a John Deere dealership in Baldwin, where he sold and fixed the machines until 1966. Then he worked as a Case tractor salesman for Tucker Equipment Co. in Aberdeen, retiring in 1983.

Born in Baltimore, he moved to Sudlersville in Queen Anne's County in 1929 and graduated from Sudlersville High School in 1936. After attending the University of Maryland, College Park for a year, he returned to Baltimore and worked as an automobile mechanic.

In 1941, he married Mary Grace Scarlatta. They celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in June.

For nearly two years during World War II, he served in the Army as a tank repair instructor in Oklahoma. He was a sergeant first class when discharged in 1946.

Mr. Burall was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Hydes for 18 years. He loved to square dance and travel.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 141 Hickory Ave. in Bel Air.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Arthur W. Burall Jr. of Concord, Calif., and William B. Burall Sr. of Belcamp; two daughters, Mary Frances Amos of Forest Hill and May Whichard of Owings Mills; two brothers, William Robert Burall Sr. of Baltimore and Fred Burall of Baldwin; a sister, Anna Jones of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mary K. Conlin, 78, GBMC, church volunteer

Mary K. Conlin, a longtime volunteer, died Friday of cancer at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. The Timonium resident was 78.

Mrs. Conlin volunteered at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center emergency room and as the wedding coordinator at Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church in Riderwood, where she was a member for 40 years.

Born in California, the former Mary Katherine Hastings graduated from high school in the late 1930s and attended the University of California at Berkeley for two years.

In 1941, she married Ross Conlin, an employee and lobbyist for the Baltimore & Ohio and Chessie System railroad. The Conlins lived in several states before moving to Towson in 1958. Mr. Conlin died in 1978.

Services for Mrs. Conlin will be held at 5 p.m today at Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church, 1901 W. Joppa Road.

She is survived by a son, William Ross Conlin of Timonium; three daughters, Marcia L. Conlin of Baltimore, and Gail Conlin Permison and Susan Conlin Meyers, both of Towson; and three grandsons.

Pub Date: 8/03/98

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