Eugene Tull Travers Sr., 83, of Cambridge, died March 26, 2012 at home.
Born on August 30, 1928 at Hooper's Island, he was a son of the late Charles G. and Clarrisa Ione Creighton Travers.
In 1951 Eugene enlisted in the U.S. Army serving his country and was honorably discharged in 1953 as rank of Sergeant. He received many medals including National Defense, ROK, Korean Service, U.S. Army Korean, Korean Service Defense, United Nations Service and Combat Infantry.
On October 10 1953 he married the former Helen Cusick. In later years on December 10, 1976, he married the former Dorothy Webb.
Eugene worked as a waterman most of his life but what he enjoyed more than anything was working with wood. He was a craftsman, building furniture, boats and carving decoys. Approximately 75 boats across the east coast were built by Eugene, along with most tong shafts in Dorchester County. He was a self- taught man and enjoyed life, going on motorcycle tours, riding horses and model boat racing with The Boys from Crisfield. Eugene was a member of the Ruritan National, VFW Post 7460, Moose Lodge 1211, Dorchester Sheriff Mounted Patrol and the Dorchester Western Horseman. He always had a cheerful grin and a vast circle of friends. A favorite saying of his was, "The best food I ever ate."
Surviving besides his wife Dorothy, is a son Eugene (Oogie) Travers Jr. and wife Tina of Cambridge; two sisters Marian T. Wood of Easton and Dotty Elzey and husband Bud of Cambridge; granddaughter Rachel Harrison and her fiancé Brandon Bradley, several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death besides his parents were a sister Augusta Lednum, brother-in-law Paul Wood, brother-in-law Clark Lednum and nephew Eddie Laird.
Serving as pallbearers will be Billy Elzey, Billy Shortall, Keith Morris, Gary Shockley, Al Collins and Harry Phillips. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Lednum, Buddy Aaron, Bobby Richardson, Harry Insley and The Boys from Crisfield.
A funeral service will be held on March 29, 2012 beginning at 2 pm. at the Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A. Cambridge. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at Dorchester Memorial Park with military honors. Officiating will be Pastor Fred Bahr.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Eugene's memory can be made to Kitty City Rescue, P.O. Box 1259, Cambridge, MD 21613 or to Coastal Hospice on the Lake, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.
To send online condolences, please visit www.newcombcollins.com
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August 30, 1928
March 26, 2012