Charles Leight

[ Age 83 ] Hospital purchasing agent enjoyed vegetable gardening and playing the drums

November 18, 2006

Charles Grindel Leight, a retired hospital purchasing agent and consultant, died of complications from a broken hip Nov. 11 at his daughter's home in Millington, Del. The former Rock Hall resident was 83.

Mr. Leight was born in Baltimore and raised on Cardenas Avenue. He was a 1941 graduate of City College and, because he had suffered from polio in his youth, was deferred from military service during World War II.

He began working at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River in 1942 as a stock chaser and was later promoted to expeditor and supervisor.

In 1965, he left Essex and moved to Rock Hall. The next year, he established the purchasing department at Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital, now the Chester River Hospital Center, where he remained as purchasing agent until retiring in 1989.

Mr. Leight became a Jehovah's Witness in 1972 and was an elder in the Chestertown congregation until his death. He enjoyed reading and teaching the Bible, family members said.

He enjoyed vegetable gardening and crabbing. He liked playing the snare drum and listening to the music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Lawrence Welk.

His wife of 53 years, the former Katherine Brooks, died in 2000.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2020 McGinnes Road, Chestertown.

Surviving are two sons, Clifton B. Leight of Georgetown, Del., and Charles L. Leight of Chestertown; a daughter, Carol G. Alexander of Millington; a sister, Alma L. Storms of Fallston; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandsons.

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