James Marvin Comer, 62, construction company owner

April 14, 2005

James Marvin Comer, founder and former owner of a Harford County construction company, died Sunday of complications from diabetes at his home in Street. He was 62.

Mr. Comer was born and raised in Rocks and attended North Harford High School. After quitting school, he worked on Harford County farms.

He drove tractor-trailer trucks and worked for Harford Excavating Co. and Crouse Construction Co. before establishing J. M. Comer Construction Co. in 1985. His company built roads and installed sewers and storm drains.

In 1998, Mr. Comer retired and sold the business -- now called Comer Construction -- to three of his daughters.

"He enjoyed being on bulldozers. He really loved that," said daughter Peggy A. Belcher of Forest Hill.

In 2001, he established the Maybelle Manor mobile home park near Conowingo.

An avid bluegrass music fan, Mr. Comer organized the Comer Bluegrass Music Festival, which brought musicians to Harford County during the 1990s. The festival ended several years ago.

"One year, Alison Krauss and Union Station performed at the festival," Mrs. Belcher said.

Mr. Comer enjoyed deep-sea fishing and touring the nation in a mobile home.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at New Covenant Church of God, 2530 Conowingo Road in Bel Air.

Mr. Comer also is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Grace Ann Hilton; three other daughters, Linda Sue Comer of Forest Hill, Leona Maybelle Hill of Bel Air and Ruby Ann Blevins of Havre de Grace; a brother, Harvey Comer of Darlington; two sisters, Stella Miller of Darlington and Arbutus Hilton of Columbia, Ky.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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