Charles D. Bavis, 80, marketing manager

June 07, 2006

Charles David Bavis, a World War II veteran and retired marketing manager, died of a brain tumor Saturday at Hospice of the Chesapeake in Annapolis. The Linthicum resident was 80.

A staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps, Mr. Bavis served in the Pacific with the 498th bomber group. He flew frequent combat missions as a radio specialist on a B-29 bomber.

Born in Baltimore, he attended City College. After graduating in 1952 from what is now Towson University, he began a nearly 20-year career with Koppers Co. He worked in the company's offices in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Atlanta as a regional manager.

From 1970 to 1983, he worked as vice president for marketing at Zurn Industries in Atlanta. At his retirement, he returned to the Baltimore area, settling in Linthicum, where he could be near the Chesapeake Bay. He enjoyed sailing and powerboating on Maryland waterways.

Mr. Bavis donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, 6405 S. Orchard Road, Linthicum.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Marjorie A. Wellham; two sons, Lawrence T. Bavis of Madison, Ala., and Paul C. Bavis of Alexandria, Va.; a daughter, Patricia A. Bavis-Gay of Bowie; a brother, William Bavis of Silver Spring; and three grandchildren.

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