Terrie Clave Chavis Jr., 56, veteran, prison warden

October 15, 2004

Services for Terrie Clave Chavis Jr., a supervisor for Johns Hopkins Corporate Security, former prison warden and Vietnam veteran, will be held at 12:30 p.m. today at Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 8615 Church Lane in Randallstown.

The Randallstown resident, who was 56, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after his Honda scooter was struck by a car.

Mr. Chavis was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington. After graduating from Edmondson High School in 1967, he enlisted in the Army. He served in Army psychological operations intelligence in Vietnam. He attained the rank of sergeant, and his decorations included a Bronze Star.

After his discharge in 1971, Mr. Chavis earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at what is now Morgan State University.

He worked for the state prison system from 1978 to 1989, including positions as assistant superintendent for treatment at the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown and warden of the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup. He was warden at his retirement in 1989.

Mr. Chavis subsequently worked in security jobs and had been a security lieutenant and shift supervisor since May at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and medical school.

He held a black belt in karate and enjoyed riding motorcycles and reading, especially science fiction.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, the former Cassandra Brown; a son, Clay Brown Jr. of Baltimore; two daughters, Renee Davis of Philadelphia and Robin Suter of Atlanta; a brother, Alan Chavis, and three sisters, Doris Hawkes, Janet Butts and Tina Chavis, all of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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