George McGlaughlin, 83, forklift operator, church member

November 15, 2005

George McGlaughlin, a retired forklift operator and active church member, died of pneumonia Nov. 7 at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 83.

Mr. McGlaughlin was born in Bowen, Ga., and moved to Baltimore with his family in 1924.

He attended city public schools until leaving to help support his family.

In 1943, Mr. McGlaughlin joined the Army and attained the rank of sergeant while serving as a firefighter in Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Mr. McGlaughlin worked for 33 years as a forklift operator for the Eastfield Corp. in Baltimore. He retired in 1989.

For the past 30 years, the longtime Northwest Baltimore resident had been an active member of New Shiloh Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon and was a member of the choir and a missionary board member.

"As part of his missionary work, he'd go and visit the sick in their homes and in hospitals and nursing homes," said his son Jarad McGlaughlin of Baltimore.

Mr. McGlaughlin also enjoyed working in his garden.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at New Shiloh church, 2100 N. Monroe St.

Also surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Ruth Naomi Davis; another son, George McGlaughlin of Owings Mills; a daughter, Shermaine Gray of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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