Philip Edison Provins, 84, railroad system manager

October 19, 2003

Philip Edison Provins, a retired manager with the Southern Railway System and a World War II veteran, died Monday of complications of Alzheimer's disease at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. He was 84.

The longtime Northeast Baltimore resident was born in Masontown, Pa., and attended school there.

He served in World War II from 1943 to 1945 in the Army Air Corps as a technical sergeant and radio operator on a B-24 bomber in the South Pacific.

After the war, Mr. Provins married Maude Fuller, and the couple moved to Baltimore in 1951. He retired from Southern Railway System in 1980 as a district sales manager after a 30-year career with the company.

A member of the Traffic Club of Baltimore, he served as the group's president from 1960 to 1961.

He belonged to the Gregory and Northside Baptist churches, was active in the American Legion and was a Dale Carnegie instructor. He also was involved in civic groups and with Bykota Senior Center in Towson.

Services were Friday.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by three daughters, Phyllis Yaffie of Merrimac, N.H.; Pamela Provins of Belair and Paula Lewin of Timonium; a brother, Silas Provins of Kensington; and five grandchildren.

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