Services for Lawrence M. Parker, owner of a men's clothing and formal wear store and a former teacher, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Fountain Baptist Church, 1211 E. Monument St.
Mr. Parker, who was 50, was found dead in his Park Avenue apartment Monday. He had been tied hand and foot, and his wallet, house keys and a videocassette recorder were missing, according to police. The cause of death has not been determined.
After becoming interested in international men's fashion design during a trip to Europe in 1968, he opened Lawrence Parker Ltd., which is now Lawrence Parker Formal Wear and Design in Oldtown Mall.
Earlier, he taught science at the Booker T. Washington Junior High School, Douglass Senior High School and finally Edmondson Senior High School.
The native of Baltimore graduated from Dunbar Senior High School in 1958 and from Morgan State University in 1962. He also did graduate work at Brown University and Yale University.
He had worked in a research project at the Johns Hopkins University and with students in an Upward Bound program at Morgan State.
He had participated in civil rights demonstrations as a student at Morgan State. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
He is survived by two sisters, Sharon Rashed and Delores Washington; three brothers, Sheldon, Donald and Henry Parker; 15 nieces and nephews; 15 grandnieces and grandnephews; and a great-grandnephew. All are of Baltimore.