Vaughn B. Sparrow

[Age 88] Railroader and funeral home attendant.

April 16, 2007

Vaughn B. Sparrow, a retired railroader and funeral home attendant, died of pneumonia Thursday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The longtime Randallstown resident was 88.

Mr. Sparrow was born in Onancock, Va., and raised on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II.

He began his career in the late 1930s with the Pennsylvania Railroad's Delmarva Division, and in 1956 moved to Baltimore, when he was assigned as a dispatcher at Pennsylvania Station. He retired in the late 1970s from Conrail, successor company to the Pennsy.

During the 1980s, he worked as an attendant and limousine driver for the Loring Byers Funeral Home in Randallstown.

Mr. Sparrow enjoyed reading and playing cards.

He was a member and deacon of Reisterstown Baptist Church.

His first wife, the former Pauline Abrams, died in 1961.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, the former Phyllis Jean Coleman; three sons, Brooks H. Sparrow of Winfield, Warren R. Sparrow of Westminster and Vaughn C. Sparrow of Dundalk; a daughter, Sandy P. Mather of Wachapreague, Va.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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