Charles M. Musgrove, 83, millwright, limousine...

June 21, 1999

Charles M. Musgrove, 83, millwright, limousine driver

Charles M. Musgrove, a spice company millwright who drove a funeral parlor limousine in his retirement, died Friday at Brightwood Nursing Center in Lutherville after a stroke. He was 83.

Mr. Musgrove -- a lifelong resident of Chestnut Ridge, the high point between Green Spring and Worthington valleys -- worked at McCormick & Co. for 40 years, maintaining equipment at its old Light Street spice plant, before retiring in 1980.

He took a part-time job with then-Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld funeral home, working until age 81.

Raised on his parents' dairy farm, now the site of Chestnut Ridge Country Club, off Falls Road, he attended Towson High School. He spent Sundays at Sater's Baptist Church, where he continued attending after a merger transformed it into Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church. He also attended Grace United Methodist Church on Falls Road.

"Everyone on the ridge knew him," said his longtime friend and neighbor Jane Laslett. "He was a fine Christian man, and he tithed his salary to the church."

Mr. Musgrove cultivated a vegetable garden of zucchini and tomatoes, and enjoyed dancing at Greenspring Inn. He was a member of Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge in Towson for 52 years, his family said.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church on Saters Lane, with interment at the Grace United Methodist Church cemetery.

The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to the two churches.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Doris Musgrove; a son, David R. Albright of Hampstead; a daughter, Donna L. Capecci of Harford County; a brother, Richard E. Musgrove of Chestnut Ridge; and two grandchildren.

Paul A. Hammond, 77, school guidance counselor

Paul A. Hammond, a retired Patterson High School guidance counselor, died Friday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Pleasantview Nursing Home in Mount Airy. He was 77.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, Mr. Hammond attended Polytechnic Institute before serving as an Army sergeant during World War II.

He began teaching shop at area high schools in the 1950s, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1960, and later received a master's degree in education from Purdue University.

He retired in 1983 from Patterson as a guidance counselor -- a job he found tremendously rewarding, said his daughter Donna M. Pruitt of Baltimore.

"He was really into seeing young people achieve, and he felt a sense of accomplishment when he got them placed in good jobs," Mrs. Pruitt said. "He had good relations with employers in the area because he was very particular about placing his students well."

An amateur trumpet player, Mr. Hammond performed in a rhythm-and-blues band in a number of music clubs in and around Baltimore. He also dabbled in the stock market and was an avid reader and researcher.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, 1407 Old Eastern Ave., in Essex, with burial at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Garrison Forest.

Mr. Hammond, who was divorced, is also survived by another daughter, Claire Rossini, and two sons, Paul W. Hammond and Bruce J. Hammond, all of Baltimore; a brother, Constantine Szymborski of St. Michaels; a sister, Constance Miller of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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