Grover Overcash

[ Age 90 ] Former MTA bus driver was also a streetcar motorman in Baltimore.

November 16, 2006

Grover C. Overcash, a retired MTA bus driver and former streetcar motorman, died of Alzheimer's disease Tuesday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 90.

Mr. Overcash was born and raised in Mooresville, N.C. After graduating from high school in 1934, he worked in the highway and roads division of the North Carolina Department of Public Works.

In 1942, he moved to Baltimore and took a job as a sheet metal worker at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River, building airplanes.

Drafted in 1945 into the Army, he was trained as a radio technician and sent to Germany and Austria.

Mr. Overcash, who enjoyed photography, took pictures of The Bergof, Adolf Hitler's Bavarian home, before it was demolished by Allied forces, family members said.

In 1947, he became a motorman for the old Baltimore Transit Co., and after the removal of streetcars in 1963, began driving buses.

During his long career with what became the Maryland Transit Administration, Mr. Overcash's experiences included a crab roundup - when a passenger boarded his bus with a basket of live crabs, which overturned during the ride.

"He had to pull over and keep the doors closed while the riders picked up the crabs that were crawling all over the bus," said his daughter, Mary C. Overcash of Lutherville.

From 1977 to 2004, he worked part time for the MTA, driving its money truck and working in the counting room and scheduling department.

Mr. Overcash built the Rosedale home where he had lived for the last 55 years.

"He was a blue-collar, everyday guy who loved his work and lived by the Golden Rule," his daughter said.

He was a 60-year communicant of St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 6400 Belair Road, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Also surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Mary Edna Pulice, and several nieces and nephews.

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