Earl Alsup, a retired Baltimore municipal employee, died Sunday at Maryland General Hospital of a respiratory illness.
Services for Mr. Alsup, who was 65 and lived on Windsor Boulevard in Woodlawn, were held yesterday at the Shiloh Christian Community Church.
He retired in 1987 as a laborer in the Special Services Division of the city's Public Works Department, where he had worked 15 years.
Earlier, he was a chauffeur.
A native of Baltimore, he was awarded the Purple Heart during World War II after losing his left arm to shrapnel while serving in the Army in Italy. Despite the loss, he was a skilled billiards player, using a shoe brush as a bridge.
He is survived by his wife, the former Margerine Rice McLeod; six sons, Ronald, Reginald, Ricky, Gary and Gregory Alsup and Kenneth McCullough, all of Baltimore; two daughters, Sharon Maker of Woodlawn and Darlene Alsup of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Renee Willie of Owings Mills; three stepsons, Edward and Eric McLeod of Baltimore and Calvin McLeod of El Paso, Texas; a brother, Charles Alsup of Stevensville; a sister, Shirley Jordan of Baltimore; 24 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.