Charles Oscar Weems Jr., 86, welder at steel plant

July 21, 2005

Charles Oscar Weems Jr., a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. welder and longtime Turners Station resident, died of pneumonia Friday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 86.

Mr. Weems, who was born in Baltimore and raised on Gilmor Street, graduated in 1938 from Frederick Douglass High School.

During World War II, he served in an Army infantry unit in Europe, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. After being wounded, he was given the nickname of "Wounded Knee," family members said.

After the war, he worked for 42 years as a welder at Bethlehem's Sparrows Point shipyard.

Mr. Weems had been an active member of the old Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Sparrows Point, and for more than 30 years was a member and sang with the choir of St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Turners Station.

"He had been a Scoutmaster and taught many young kids good values. He had a way of making you laugh, and also a toughness, which helped pull him through many troubling times," said a son, Dwight E. Weems of Ellicott City.

His wife of 45 years, the former Fannie Mae Talley, died in 1988.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at his church, 101 Avon Beach Road in Turners Station.

Surviving are another son, Charles O. Weems III of Glen Burnie; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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