Sylvester G. Mattingly, 90, auto parts salesman

October 24, 2003

Sylvester Gibbons Mattingly, a retired auto parts salesman, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Heartlands Assisted Living, where he had resided for the past three years. The former Arbutus resident was 90.

Born in La Plata, he moved to East Baltimore as a child and attended city public schools. In the 1930s, he was a salesman at the old Taubman's automotive merchandise stores.

During World War II, he joined the Army and became a military courier. He survived the shooting down of his plane near the Philippines and attained the rank of lieutenant.

In the 1950s, Mr. Mattingly sold auto parts at a Ritchie Highway Western Auto store and was a clerk at the Arbutus Sanitary Market. He also delivered newspapers.

In 1952, he married Catherine Hapey, who died in 2000.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 4416 Wilkens Ave., where he was a member.

He is survived by nieces and nephews.

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