Osborn A. Rawlings Sr., 80, truck driver, Navy veteran

September 04, 2005

Osborn Aquilla Rawlings Sr., a former truck driver and Navy veteran, died Aug. 29 at his home in Port Deposit of complications from chronic lung and heart diseases. He was 80.

Mr. Rawlings was born in Woodensburg. He joined the Navy in August 1942 and left in February 1946, serving aboard the USS Mississippi and the USS Taylor, according to his daughter, Maria Lynn Smith of Perry Hall.

Mr. Rawlings drove trucks for a living. He worked for Shipley Transfer Inc., O'Boyle Tank Lines Inc. and Tri-State Motor Transit Company. His daughter said he loved being behind the wheel and that his work brought him to every state but Alaska and Hawaii.

Mr. Rawlings was also a volunteer firefighter with the Boring, Gamber and Reisterstown fire departments, Mrs. Smith said. He was a member of American Legion Post 183 in Parkville and the Reisterstown Moose Lodge.

When he wasn't driving, he loved to fish, Mrs. Smith said.

He donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board, Mrs. Smith said. A memorial service is planned for a later date.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife, Linda Jean Gates Rawlings of Port Deposit; his mother, Estey Violet Rawlings of Westminster; a son, Osborn Aquilla Rawlings Jr. of Joppa; three other daughters, Kim Michelle Smith of Port Deposit, Koren Fae Rawlings-Vance of Franklin, W.Va., and Naomi Elizabeth Williamson of Edgewood; a sister, Mary Anna Rawlings of Westminster; a brother, A. Douglas Rawlings of Westminster; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Naomi Edna Smith, and a daughter, Ruth Anne Rawlings.

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