Walter Reed, 72, a retired track inspector for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, died Friday at his home on Clifton Avenue of cancer.
Funeral services were being held today at the Simmons Memorial Baptist Church, Pennsylvania Avenue and Cumberland Street.
Mr. Reed retired in 1978 after working for the railroad in Baltimore for 33 years. Earlier, he worked for Archer Laundry.
During World War II, he served in the Army and was decorated for his service in Italy.
A native of Caroline, Va., he came to Baltimore as a child with his family.
He was ordained in 1980 as a deacon at Simmons Memorial Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, the former Ethel Mae Pitcher; a son, Phillip Reed of Baltimore; a brother, James E. Williams of Baltimore, and a grandson.