George C. Wessinger, 68, trooper, gunsmith

May 27, 2006

George Courtney Wessinger, a retired state trooper and gunsmith, died of complications from a stroke May 18 in Lexington, S.C. The former Annapolis and Westminster resident was 68.

Born in Forest City, N.C., he moved to Bethesda in 1950 and was in the Navy at the time of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. He was a navigator on a Navy plane.

He earned an associate's degree from Catonsville Community College.

He served with the Maryland State Police for 20 years before retiring as a sergeant in 1985. He had been a firearms instructor at the state police academy in Pikesville and made, modified and repaired guns and rifles for the agency.

After moving to Chapin, S.C., in 1985, he established Wessinger's Custom Guns. Family members said he custom-made guns for hunters and marksmen.

A member of the Fraternal Order of Police, he was also a 32nd-degree Mason and an avid fisherman and hunter.

Services were held Sunday in Chapin.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Rose A. Foster; two sons, Courtney Scott Wessinger of Alexandria, Va., and Christopher Mark Wessinger of Reno, Nev.; a daughter, Holly Wessinger Campbell of Middletown; a brother, William David Wessinger of Pinehurst, N.C; and six grandchildren.

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