Murry `Joe' Plant, 74, owned drywall company

January 04, 2003

Murry `Joe' Plant, 74, owned drywall company

Murry "Joe" Plant, a former railroad worker who owned a painting and drywall installation company, died of heart failure yesterday at Chapel Hill Nursing Center in Randallstown. He was 74.

A former longtime resident of Milford Mill, he had lived in Rockdale since the late 1990s.

Mr. Plant was born and reared in El Campo, Texas, and after graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army in 1948. He served as an instructor with the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, N.C.

After being discharged as a sergeant in 1952, he moved to Baltimore and went to work as a brakeman for the Western Maryland Railway.

In 1962, he established Murry Plant Painting & Contracting Co., which specialized in drywall installation. He retired in 1995. He liked attending flea markets and yard sales to search for antiques and miscellaneous collectibles. He enjoyed entertaining family and friends, was a longtime Baltimore Colts fan and in recent years liked watching Orioles and Ravens games.

Graveside services for Mr. Plant will be private.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Harriet E. Gardner; a son, Allyn M. Plant of Honolulu; two daughters, Linda J. Rangos of Columbia and Carol D. Dean of Perry Hall; a brother, George Goss of Chatham, La.; four sisters, Maurine Wilmore of Pasadena, Texas, Juanita Nance of Coldspring, Texas, Betty Bradley of Edna, Texas, and Helen Scott of Lake Charles, La.; and five grandchildren.

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