Thomas Grambrill Oyster, 98

December 31, 2008

NOV. 10, 1910-DEC. 23, 2008

Thomas Grambrill Oyster, 98, November 10, 1910-December 23, 2008, of Loyalton of Hagerstown, 20009 Rosebank Way and formerly of Kent Island, Stevensville, Md.

Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Guy Harrison and Lillian T. Oyster.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Dorothy D. Oyster.

Survivors also include son, Dr. A. Thomas Oyster and wife, Barbara of Hagerstown; son Richard H. Oyster of Mebane, N.C.; daughter Suzanne O. Simpson of Palmetto, Fla.; daughter Judy O. Lewis and husband, Jack of Lexington, S.C.; one sister Catherine Burrell of Culpeper, Va., and one brother John B. Oyster of Niceville, Fla. Eleven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and four great, great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by one granddaughter, Karen L. Oyster Moats; two sisters, Helen Collins and Jane Dorsey; one brother, Richard W. Oyster; and a son-in-law, George Simpson.


After 98 years of contributing and giving to family and friends, community, state and country, Tom peacefully passed away with his wife, son Tom and his caregivers of Loyalton at his side.

Tom retired from his Surveying and Engineering business in Montgomery County, MD after 40 years. He served as a member of the D.C. National Guard as a surveyor from 1932-1933; was employed by the MD National Park and Planning Commission from 1929-1937; the U.S. Engineer's War Department from 1937-1944 as a civil engineer in Washington, D.C.

He was a veteran of World War II with a rank of 1st Lt. in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He served as a Combat Intelligence Officer in the Pacific Theatre 1944-1946. He was honorably discharged September 1948. He received the World War II Victory Medal.

He was a lifetime member of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and The Maryland Surveyors Society. He was founding member of the Wheaton Maryland Chamber of Commerce and named "Wheaton Man of the Year" in 1942. He was a trustee for the Boys Club of Silver Spring, Md.; member of the Washington Board of Trade; Metro Washington Home Builders Association; Maryland Suburban Home Builders Association; Urban Land Institute; and American Society of Planning Officials. He was chairman of March of Dimes for Montgomery County, Md., in 1954. He served on the Board of Directors of Montgomery General Hospital, Olney, Md.

His personal business, Thomas G. Oyster and Associates of Wheaton, Md., engaged in civil engineering, land planning and surveying from 1945 until retirement in 1985.

In his spare time, he golfed, hunted and fished on his beloved Chesapeake Bay 400-acre farm.

He was a member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Highland, MD, where he chaired construction and fundraising committees.

His interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

A memorial service will be held in Hagerstown at a later date and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

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