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In Memoriam

Mr. Carl "Jack" Thye
July 22, 1929 - August 7, 2014

Carl John "Jack" Thye, Jr. of Glen Mills, PA died August 7th. Jack was born July 22, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Washington & Lee School in Arlington, Virginia and attended George Washington University. He graduated from The University of Missouri at Rolla with a degree in Civil Engineering. He served during the Korean War as a Navy Seabee, and later in the Naval Reserve.

Jack was a builder, at an early age he assisted his father in many building projects and as a teenager he was building houses. He chose Civil Engineering as his profession and spent his life adding his flair to the houses, roads and office buildings enjoyed by thousands of people. Jack generously shared his passion for building with his friends and family.

Jack was Senior Vice President and Chief of Construction Divisions for KCI (formerly Kidde) of Baltimore, MD until his retirement in 1994. Previously, he had his own construction company and specialized in designing and building custom homes. Jack served as the County Engineer for Calvert County (MD) for 10 years and was a registered professional engineer in MD, VA, DE, FL, WV, DC, PA, CT, NJ and NY. Upon retiring to New Bern, North Carolina Jack was still actively doing architectural drawing for several clients in the Northeast.

Jack as an accomplished artist; his favorite medium was watercolors. His beautiful and unique paintings will be enjoyed by his family for many generations. He also enjoyed creating stained glass art, astronomy, model airplanes, golf, skiing, NASCAR, sailing, fishing and boating. Jack loved spending his summers on the Chesapeake Bay always keeping his family busy with beach activities.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Pickett, of 63 years, one sister, Peggy Smith, of Towson, MD, one son, Scott R. Thye, of Lakeland, FL, one daughter, Cynthia T. Bushnell, of Malvern, PA, five grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother, Frank D. Thye.

CEAM Note: The Service in Celebration of the Life of Carl "Jack" Thye was held on August 15, 2014 at the Maris Grove Chapel, Glen Mills, PA.

Mr. Walter E. Woodford, Jr.
December 24, 1924 - May 22, 2013

Walter E. Woodford, Jr. of Centreville, MD died at the Hospice Center, Centreville, MD on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. He was 88.

Born December 24, 1924 in Centreville, he was the son of the late, Walter E. and Margaret Foard Woodford. He graduated from Centreville High School, Class of 1941 and attended Washington College from 1941 - 1943 and in 1950 earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from The Johns Hopkins University. He served from 1943 - 1946 in the 1395th Engineer Construction Battalion, serving in the Pacific Theatre of Operations as Tech Sergeant. Following his release from active duty he earned his Registered Professional Engineer License for Maryland and his Registered Professional Land Surveyor License.

He worked for the Maryland State Roads Commission/State Highway Administration as Construction Project Engineer from 1950-1957 during which time he was in charge of state highway and bridge projects including U.S.50, U.S.301, MD 213, MD 404, MD 331, MD 309, MD 33, MD 327, MD 333, MD 313 and others. He was appointed District Construction Engineer from 1957-1960 and was responsible for all State highway and bridge construction in Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne's, Kent, and Cecil counties from the Choptank River to the Susquehanna River. He was appointed Chief of the Administrative Division from 1960-1965. From 1987-2010 he was a professional consultant in planning, zoning, development, traffic, project administration and general civil engineering, including, traffic studies for Columbia, MD; restoration of historic Stevensville, zoning ordinance for Queenstown, Centreville Day Care Center, and others.

His Statewide activities included the Maryland Transportation Authority, Canton Railroad and Canton Development Corporation, Governor's Transportation Task Force (Hellman Commission), Maryland Transportation Professional Services Selection Board, Appalachian Regional Commission, Maryland State Secondary Highway System, State/County Road Financing, Assateague Island, Maryland Civil Defense, Governor's Task Force on Modern Management in State Government; United Appeal, State Equipment Procurement, Howard County Comprehensive Plan and Baltimore Regional Planning Council.

His Queen Anne's County activities included, Kent Narrows Development Foundation where he was a Board Chairman for eleven years; Economic Development Commission; Comprehensive Plan where he was a member of the Citizen's Advisory Committee for the 1985 Plan; Education Facilities Plan, Superintendent of Education's Advisory Committee; Museum Advisory Committee where for 10 years he was the Chairman of the committee to establish a museum in Queen Anne's County; Scenic By-Way Program, Corsica River Conservancy; Masonic Lodge where he was a 57 year member of the Centreville Lodge #180 AF & AM; Centreville Rotary Club where he was a member for 8 years and president in 1957; American Legion, Jeff Davis Post #18 where he was a life member, Eastern Shore Society of Baltimore City; Centreville Goodwill Fire Company; Centreville High School Alumni Association; Kent Narrows Racing Association; Queen Anne's County Historical Society, where he was a life member and a member of the Kent Island Yacht Club.

He was a member of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Centreville, MD where he received the Priest's Service Recognition Award in 2010.

Mr. Woodford is survived by two sons, Walter Wallace Woodford of Timonium, MD and Thomas Kevin Woodford of Fallston, MD; three grandsons, Joshua Bryan Woodford, Jason Todd Woodford and Justin Michael Woodford; a granddaughter, Angelina MargEliz Woodford and two step-grandsons, Braden Manfredi Jump and Joshua Mychal Jump.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, the former, Elizabeth Gannon Woodford who died in 2007.

A visitation will be held at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Centreville, MD on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 5 - 8 PM.

Memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Centreville, MD a week later on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Queen Anne's Inc., 255 Comet Dr., Centreville, MD 21617.