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J. Dirikson Quillin, Jr.

Obituary Date: 1/12/1975

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J. DIRIKSON QUILLIN, JR., 65, died in Peninsula General Hospital, Saturday, 12 Jan. 1975 after a short illness. He had been taken to the hospital shortly before Christmas, suffering from a ruptured appendix.
He is survived by his wife, Rhoda Lynch Quillin; two sons, Michael L. and J. D. Quillin, III; his mother Mrs. Bertie A. Quillin; two sisters, Mrs. O. Sheldon Chandler and Mrs. Harry Kelley and a brother E. Bowen Quillin.
A native of Berlin, Quillin was born 17 September 1909 at the home of his parents, J. D. and Bertie Bowen Quillin, on Washington Street. He spent his youth in and around Berlin and was a graduate of Buckingham High School. He was also a graduate of Goldey Beacom Business College in Wilmington, Delaware. At Beacom, he was a member of the varsity scocer team. He attended the University of Virginia and V.M.I. One summer of his youth was spent sailing on an oil tanker on the New York-Havanna, Cuba run. He was in the company of his friend, Dale Cathell, also of Berlin. A man about town, by the age of 26, he settled down and married Roda Hester Lynch of Bishopville. They were married on 15 August 1935 at their home on Ocean City Boulevard near its intersection with Williams Street.
He began his business career in the Berlin Milling Company with his father J. Dirickson Quillin, Sr., who was a founder of the business. The company was responsible for the development of the poultry industry in the area.
During 1947, he sold his mill interest and moved to Ocean City where he was involved in several businesses. He built the Holiday House, the first building in Ocean City with each room having a private bath, at Eighth Street as a rental property. He worked with Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Harrison, operating the Broadripple Rest., the first smorgasbord in the resort, and also leased a hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. on Seventy-Second Street, named the Croten Hotel (still in existence as of 1990). He later operated the Ruark Rest. on Phila. Ave. and First Street. He built the Surf and Sands Motel during 1954 and opened for the 1955 season. The motel started with thirty-five room, now expanded to ninety-five rooms under the managment of his sons. After his sons began operating the motel, he became active in the commodity market at Salisbury, Maryland. He, along with Willis Hudson founded the Berlin Alcoholics Anonymous Chapter. He was a founder of the Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club; a member and past president of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Ocean City Bi-racial Commission; a member of the Evergreen Lodge #153 A.F.A.M.; a member of the Scottish Rite; a member of Boumi Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. The Masons conducted a short service in his memory on Monday night. Services were held on Tuesday at 2 P.M. at the Ullrich Funeral Home and internment was in Evergreen Cemetery. The family requested that donations, in lieu of flowers, in memory of the deceased to the building fund of the Atlantic Methodist Church.

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