Edward Simms Digges

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Edward S. Digges of La Plata, MD. passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2002 at Abby Manor in La Plata. He was born on November 17, 1916 at Chilham, his family home in La Plata, MD. He was the youngest son of the late Judge W. Mitchell Digges of the Maryland Court of Appeals and the late Natalie Jenkins Digges. He attended La Plata High School and graduated from McDonough School in Baltimore, MD, St. John?s College in Annapolis and the University of Maryland Law School. Mr. Digges served as B-24 bombardier in World War II in the South Pacific. He entered service as a lieutenant in 1941 and was honorably discharged in 1945 as a Major. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart and the prestigious Army Aircorp Air medal. Mr. Digges was a Trial Magistrate in Charles County and later an Assistant Attorney General, assigned to the then Tidewater Fisheries Commission, subsequently Dept. of Chesapeake Bay Affairs and ultimately the Department of Natural Resources. He served in that capacity under Ferdinand Sybert, Thomas Finan and Francis Burch, all former Attorneys General of Maryland. Mr. Digges was an active citizen in many areas of service, both political and civic organizations in Southern Maryland. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Maria McHugh Digges their son Edward S. Digges, Jr. and his wife Katherine Kerr Digges. Grandchildren Courtney Digges Heimowitz, Edward S. Digges, III, Ashley Brooke Digges, John Bradford Digges, Brittany Anne Digges, J. Bruce McGonnigal, K. Brett McGonnigal, K. Brigid McGonnigal and Great Grandchildren, Madison G. McGonnigal, Joseph D. McGonnigal and Henry Kerr McGonnigal. He is pre-deceased by his sister Eleanor Digges Harrington and brothers John Dudley Digges and W. Mitchell Digges, Jr. Friends may call on Monday, September 16, 2002 from 3:00PM to 6:00PM at his home at 603 Washington Avenue in La Plata, where prayers will be said at 6PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Chapel Point, Maryland at 11AM. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the College of Southern Maryland, St. Ignatius Catholic Church, The Southern Maryland Society or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. of La Plata.

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