William McKinley Cosey Jr., 81

October 02, 2009

AUG. 4, 1928-OCT. 1, 2009

ARNOLD, Md. - William McKinley Cosey Jr., 81, a resident of Arnold, Md., died at home peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, on Oct. 1, 2009.

He was born on Aug. 4, 1928, in Hagerstown, Md. His parents were the late William M. and Mabel Louise Cosey.

Mr. Cosey lettered three years in baseball and two years in football at Hagerstown High School, and graduated in 1946. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson College, receiving a BA degree with a major in economics and a minor in political science. He lettered in baseball, and was a member of Phi Gama Delta fraternity Alpha Chapter.


In November 1950, Mr. Cosey was drafted into the U.S. Army. He completed basic training at Fort Campbell, Ky., leadership school in Fort Indiantowne Gap, Pa., and spent six months at an officer candidate course in Fort Knox, Ky. He graduated in June of 1952 as second lieutenant armor, and spent 18 months at Fort Hood, Texas. He was discharged first lieutenant in December of 1953.

During 1954 and 1956, Mr. Cosey worked as a salesman with Remington Rand, and was an analytical clerk with Fairchild Aircraft. From 1956 to 1957, he worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence, PRNC, in Washington, D.C., and between 1957 and 1987, he was employed with NSA, until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan D. Cosey of Arnold, Md.; four children, Brad Cosey of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Linda C. Lehner of Bel Air, Md., Jeffrey A. Cosey of Severn, Md., and Kimberly C. Guglielmo of Durham, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Erin N. Lehner, Douglas M. Lehner, Joseph W. Lehner, Megan E. Guglielmo, Katherine G. Guglielmo, Lauren N. Cosey and Ryan H. Cosey.

A memorial visitation will be held on Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home in Severna Park, Md.

A memorial service will be held at Maryland Veterans Cemetery Chapel in Crownsville, Md., on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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