Charles L. "Poppy John" Duppins

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Charles Leroy "Poppy John" Duppins, 70, of Gettysburg, Pa., formerly of Union Bridge, died Friday, April 12, 2013, at York Hospital.

Born March 8, 1943, in Frederick County, he was the son of the late William D. and Evelyn Davis Duppins. He was the husband of Joan Townsend Duppins, his wife of 36 years.

He was known in athletics at Francis Scott Key High School in baseball and basketball. In 1960, he was a sophomore who was moved from the JV basketball team to the varsity and was one of four blacks on the first integrated high school county sports team. That year he obtained first team All-County selection. In that same year and in 1961 his team won the county championship, district playoffs and were in the state finals at the University of Maryland in 1960. He was later invited to play professional basketball with the Harlem Astronauts and went to New York City. When the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1994, he was among the first class of five and the first of his race to be inducted.

He retired from truck driving after 32 years, his final employment being with Mitchell Transport of Union Bridge. At the time of his death, he had been employed for eight years at Gettysburg College.

He was a musician, playing saxophone, drums and guitar. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family, and was an avid sports fan, watching the Cincinnati Bengals. He was a former member of the American Legion, VFW, Elks and Moose, all of Gettysburg.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughters Aretha Stewart, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Denine Townsend, Sonia Snook and Kamera Kleckner, all of Gettysburg; a son, Carl Snook, of Gettysburg; sister Brenda Duppins Fletcher and husband Clyde, of Littlestown, Pa.; sisters-in-law Mary Jane Duppins, of Westminster, Virginia Duppins, of Union Bridge, and Maxine Townsend, of Gettysburg; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by a sister, Clara Duppins; and brothers William, Leon, Joseph and Preston Duppins.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service, noon Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 6 E. Broadway, Union Bridge, with the Rev. Ruth Boatwright, pastor of St. Paul's A.M.E. Church in Gettysburg, officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Apr. 15, 2013