Charles Otis Dingle Sr. dies at 77

Bus driver was also avid Orioles fan

September 04, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Charles Otis Dingle Sr., a retired bus driver and longtime Randallstown resident, died Aug. 27 of renal failure at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 77.

Charles Otis Dingle Sr., the son of farmers, was born and raised in Wilson, N.C.

He was a 1950 graduate of Wilson High School, where "he drove the school bus his senior year," said his wife of 10 years, the former Pamela Eastman.

After serving in the Army for six years, Mr. Dingle moved to Baltimore, where he worked as a school bus driver for city public schools.

From 1975 until retiring in 1987, Mr. Dingle was a National Security Agency bus driver at Fort Meade.

"He loved to drive and taught me how to drive a motor coach," Mrs. Dingle said.

He was an avid Orioles fan and an accomplished storyteller who "could tell stories and jokes for hours," his wife said.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Estep Brothers Funeral Home, 1300 Eutaw Place.

Also surviving are two sons, Charles Otis Dingle Jr. of Baltimore and Cornelius Dingle of Jessup; four daughters, La'Kendra Eastman of Randallstown, Evon Bryant of Bel Air, Rochelle Miller of White Marsh and Evette Dingle of Baltimore; a brother, the Rev. Irvin Dingle of Miami; a sister, Josephine Pendergass of Wilson; 30 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Another son, Griffin Dingle, died in 1989, and his wife of many years, Dorothy Baines, died in 1998.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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