Philip W. Tawes, 85

Insurance executive

December 16, 2007

Philip Wesley Tawes, a retired insurance executive and son of former Maryland Gov. J. Millard Tawes, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Dec. 7 at his Crisfield home. He was 85.

Mr. Tawes, who was born and raised in Crisfield, was also the son of the late Avalynne Gibson Tawes.

He was a 1939 graduate of Crisfield High School and left the University of Maryland to enlist in the Army during World War II. He served with Company L 1229th Division from Crisfield and landed at Normandy, France, on June 12, 1944.

Mr. Tawes, who had attained the rank of captain, was seriously wounded and decorated with the Purple Heart.

In the late 1940s, he established and served as president of the Philip W. Tawes Insurance Agency and Tawes Real Estate, both in Crisfield. He was a co-founder of Tidewater Insurance Agency Inc. and Tidewater Real Estate, both in Baltimore.

He later sold all of the businesses and retired in 1975.

Mr. Tawes was a former director of the Bank of Crisfield and the former Peninsula Bank and was a member of the J. Millard Tawes Foundation. He had served as a member of the Crisfield Economic Development Commission and had been a member of the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Tawes was a member of the Chesapeake Masonic Lodge, Crisfield Elks Lodge, American Legion Post 16 in Crisfield and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8274 in Crisfield.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Nassawango Country Club and Great Hope Golf Course.

He was a longtime member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Crisfield.

Services were Monday.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Peggy Unzicker; three sons, Philip Wesley Tawes Jr. of Annapolis, John W. "Jay" Tawes and David W. Tawes, both of Crisfield; and five grandchildren.

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