John Ryan Devereux III, of Columbia, died Sept. 30, 2006, at Lorien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Columbia. He was 83.
Born Nov. 21, 1922, in Baltimore to Joseph S. and Helen Kemp Devereux, he attended the Landon School for Boys in Bethesda until 1941.
He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in January of 1942 and served in the South Pacific until 1946 when he returned home, to Chevy Chase, where he lived until 1949.
He attended Georgetown University School of Foreign Service for two years and moved his family to Howard County where he kept a dairy farm in Glenelg from the 1950s to 1965. During that time, he sustained injuries in the Grand National Steeple Chase in Butler on April 19, 1958, leaving him paralyzed on his left side.
After relocating to Glenwood in 1965, he had his own building company, and constructed many houses in Glenelg and throughout Howard County.
Mr. Devereux had a lifelong interest in horses, and served as the Master of Fox Hounds for the Howard County Hunt Club located in Glenelg. He won several hunt races over timber and was the founder of the Howard County Pony Club.
He also enjoyed reading history.
For more than 50 years, Mr. Devereux was a parishioner at St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville, as well as being involved at St. John the Evangelist Church in Columbia.
He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Lawson Shriver Devereux; and an uncle, General James P. S. Devereux.
He is survived by six daughters, Barbara D. Burch, of Brookeville, Susanne Armstrong, of Winchester, Va., Elizabeth Devereux, of Ellicott City, Sibyl Lavin, of Marriottsville, Mary Ryan Haller, of Ellicott City, and Hannah Barrett, of Stewartstown, Pa.; four sons, John R. Devereux IV, of Martinsburg, W.Va., Joseph Devereux, of Ellicott City, William Devereux, of Mount Airy, and David Devereux, of Finksburg; two brothers, Joseph S. Devereux, of Potomac, and C. Kemp Devereux, of Berryville, Va.; six sisters, Helen Devereux Egan, of Ocean View, Del., Anne Rogers Devereux, of Chevy Chase, Agnes D. Blair, of Amherst, Mass., Sibyl K. Devereux, of Miami, Virginia D. Sparrow, of Kensington, and Patricia D. Crowley, of Oak Hill, Va.; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were scheduled for Oct. 5, 2006 at St. Louis Church in Clarksville.
Interment followed at St. Louis Church.