Charles Kemp III, 81

Excavation contractor

August 30, 2007

Charles Thomas Kemp III, a retired excavation contractor, died of a respiratory ailment Monday at Brightwood Center in Lutherville. The Upperco resident was 81.

Born at Hayfields, his family's farm in Cockeysville, he attended St. Paul's School for Boys and was a 1943 Towson High School graduate. He lived at the historic farm until he was 12, when he moved to another farm on Beaver Dam Road.

During World War II, Mr. Kemp served in the Navy as a fireman aboard the USS Montour in the Pacific.

After the war, he owned and operated Kemp Bros. Inc., an excavating and contracting business in Cockeysville. He retired 15 years ago.

Mr. Kemp enjoyed gardening and spending time with his four granddaughters.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sherwood Episcopal Church, 5 Sherwood Road, Cockeysville.

In addition to his granddaughters, survivors include a son, C. Thomas Kemp IV of Rockport, Texas; two daughters, Kathryn K. Barnes of San Diego and Mary K. O'Connell of Parsonsburg on the Eastern Shore; a brother, N.B. Merryman Kemp of Cockeysville; two sisters, Anne K. Robson of Easton and Agnes K. Delo of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; and two stepdaughters, Elizabeth B. Fulton of San Francisco and Frances L. Fulton of Beckleysville.

Mr. Kemp outlived his two wives. His wife of 30 years, the former Lillian Roberta Rinker, died in 1980. His second wife, the former Hilda Lee Bryan, died in 2003.

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