Thurman J. ‘T’ Bodley, 82


Thurman J. “T” Bodley, 82, of Whaleyville, Md., died July 21, 2006, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.

During World War II, Bodley served in the United States Navy. After the war, he served in the Merchant Marines and the United States Army. After serving in the military, he became a bus driver and worked for three years for Red Star Motor Coach and three years for Pennsylvania Greyhound. He then went to work for the Coca Cola Bottling Co., retiring in 1979 as a district manager after 26 years of service. After retiring, he worked for the National Park Service on Assateague Island as a seasonal employee for 10 years.

Bodley was an avid sportsman who especially enjoyed fishing, rabbit hunting and baseball. While serving with the occupation army in Japan after the war, he was a pitcher for the All Japan Champion Team, the 8th Army “Chicks.” He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite, the Valley of Salisbury. He was also a life member of VFW Post 8276. “T” looks forward to meeting all his loved ones and friends who have passed on before him, to travel together in spirit forever.

He is survived by his greatest love and joy, his wife, Vivian A. Bodley; four daughters, Cheryl Gronback, Patricia Bodley, Toni Julian and Kimberly Judge; five grandchildren, Aimee Shepherd, Katie Bodley, Robert Johnson, Casey Johnson, and Heather Coleman; two great-grandchildren, Abigail Dix and Emma Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thurman J. Sr. and Alma Cooper Bodley.

Graveside services were scheduled for July 26 at Dale Cemetery, Sheppards Crossing, Whaleyville, Md..

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to Whaleyville United Methodist Church, c/o Elaine Rogers 12332 Blueberry Rd, Whaleyville, MD 21872.