Gearhart, Charles Benjamin

December 09, 2003

On December 6, 2003, in Aiken, SC, CHARLES BENJAMIN GEARHART, JR., 79, a retired Baltimore City school teacher and Guidance counselor. Mr Gearhart was raised in Altoona, PA. He served in the Armed Foreces during WWII. Upon his return from the service, he attended Penn State University completing his education and receiving his degree from Indiana State Teachers College of Pennsylvania. In 1954, Mr. Gearhart moved to Pikesville after accepting a position as a Social Studies and Mathematics teacher at Roland Park Junior High School. He taught there until 1966. He then received his Master's of Education certification from Towson State University and began guidance counseling. Among the schools in which he counseled were Lemmel Junior High, Eastern Vocational Tech and Baltimore Polytechnic Innstitute. He retired from the city school system in 1983. He wa a collegiate wrestler and tennis player, high school werstling coach in PA, amateru boxer, and thoroughbred racehorse owner. Mr. Gearhart was a member of the American Legion's Parkville Post #163 and former member of the Milford Mill United Methodist Church. He was an avid gardener, ceramic, golfer, and lover of Jack Russell Terrier's - notably his loyal canine companion "Lady". Mr. Gearhart was married 52 years to his wife, the former Lois Anne Caldwell. In addition to his wife, survivors include sons Bruce (Anne) Gearhart, of Towson, MArk and Randall (Cynthia), both of Aiken, SC; sisters, Dorothy Davis, of Birmingham, AL, Barbara Hoff, of Altoona, PA, brothers Ronald Gearhart, of San Bernadino, CA, Gary Gearhart, of Altoona, PA, grandsons, Charles Benjamin Gearhart, III and Rufus (Mac) Gearhart. A private memorial service will be held in Aiken, SC.

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