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Truman O. Lancaster


1918 - 2018 Notice Condolences
Truman O. Lancaster Notice
Truman Orville Lancaster, 99, passed away at Lookout Mountain, Georgia, on May 9, 2018, four weeks short of his 100th birthday. He was born near Tishomingo, Mississippi, June 7, 1918; married in Washington, DC, October 1941; and lived in the Baltimore area for about 70 years prior to his departure in 2016. Truman was a superior athlete in high school and college, gaining recognition in track and gymnastics, among other sports. He attended the University of Maryland and Wilson Teachers College, but was drafted into military service in 1941 a few credit hours short of a degree. He served in World War II for four years, first as a Military Policeman and then as an officer in the Chemical Warfare Service. Although a skilled auto mechanic, his primary vocation was as a Letter Carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired in 1983. His favorite pastime and passion was gardening and he was celebrated among family and neighbors for his tomatoes and his scrumptious apple crisp made from his own backyard mini-orchard. Perhaps his most remarkable personal achievement was keeping a written daily diary for 80 years, from age 16 to 96. He became a committed Christian in 1932 during his father's near-death struggle after being shot in the line of duty as a police officer in the nation's capital. Truman served as President of the regional Baptist Student Union during college. After the war he became a locally-recognized churchman in Baltimore, serving for decades as a Ruling Elder and Sunday School teacher in Presbyterian churches. He was most recently a member of Timonium Presbyterian Church. Truman was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Lillian Lancaster (née Henderson; died November, 2001). Survivors include his four sons, Paul A. Lancaster, Fairfield, Iowa; Philip H. Lancaster, Lookout Mountain, Georgia; Mark T. Lancaster, Parkville, Maryland; and Thomas A. Lancaster, Felton, Pennsylvania. He also leaves behind a sister, Joyce Gianiny, Wheaton, Maryland, as well as 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Arrangement are by Evans Funeral Chapel, 8800 Harford Rd., Parkville, Maryland. The family will receive friends at that location from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018, followed by funeral services at 1:30 p.m. the same day. Interment will be in Parkwood Cemetery immediately following the service. "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." -Philippians 1:21 "Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death." -Isaiah 57:2. Memory tributes may be sent to the family at www.evansfuneralchapel.com
Published in Baltimore Sun on May 16, 2018
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