Samuel B. Redd
Pastor at Mount Ararat
Services for the Rev. Samuel B. Redd, a well-known Baltimore minister, will be held at 11 a.m. today at his former church, Mount Ararat Baptist Church, Gwynns Falls Parkway and Longwood Street.
Mr. Redd, who was 87, died of heart failure Monday at Sinai Hospital.
Born in Baltimore, he graduated from Baltimore High School in 1922. He studied law at LaSalle University in Chicago before studying in Washington at Howard University School of Divinity, where he graduated in 1928. He also received an honorary doctorate of divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary and College in 1975.
Mr. Redd served as pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church for )) six years before it became Concord Baptist Church. He took a congregation of only 23 members from South Baltimore to the church's current location, where the membership has grown to 450.
Mr. Redd was pastor of Mount Ararat Baptist Church for 45 years, serving his last year as interim pastor during a search for his replacement. He retired in 1990.
He had been a member of the United Baptist Missionary Convention since 1944 and served as treasurer for the last eight years. In addition, he was chairman of the foreign mission board. He was a member of the Interdenominational Ministers Alliance and the Baptist Ministers Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity.
Mr. Redd received letters of commendation for his religious and civic work from President Ronald Reagan in 1985 and President Bush in 1990.
In addition, he was recognized for achievement and dedication by the Afro-American newspapers, by Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr. in 1969 and by Mayor William Donald Schaefer in 1973, and received citations from Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke in 1990 and 1991.
He enjoyed reading and traveling.
Mr. Redd is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Ida M.
George; two sons, Bernard Redd of Rahway, N.J., and Randolph Redd of Baltimore; a sister, Louise Holmes of Baltimore; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Food service distributor
A Mass of Christian burial for Pete Guerriero, founder of a Baltimore food business and longtime owner of an inn, will be offered at 9:15 a.m. today at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church on Chesaco Avenue in Rosedale.
Mr. Guerriero, who was 86, died Thursday of heart failure at St. Joseph Hospital.
He settled in Baltimore in 1930 and opened a grocery store under his own name on Chester Street, across from the Northeast Market.
Mr. Guerriero later moved the business to the 200 block of North Green Street, changing its name to Continental Importing Co.
At this point, the business was expanded to include wholesale Italian food distribution, as well as a ship chandlery. The business subsequently moved to Forrest Street, opposite the Belair Market.
Now known as Continental Foods Inc. and located on Wilmarco Avenue, the business has become a full-line food service distributor operated by a son, John Guerriero.
Mr. Guerriero also opened the Continental Inn at Rossville Boulevard and Pulaski Highway 30 years ago and operated it until his death.
He was born in Sicily in 1905 and came to the United States at the age of 15. He traveled through several states doing odd jobs, ranging from coal miner to railroad waiter before moving to Baltimore.
He was known for being hard-working, family members said, building his successful businesses despite having finished only the sixth grade in formal schooling. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening.
Mr. Guerriero and the former Mary Licata, who died in 1989, were married more than 60 years.
Besides his son John, other survivors include another son, Charles Guerriero of Baltimore; two daughters, Rose Bollino of Baltimore and Joanna Verderamo of Catonsville; a sister, Bettina Bilello of Homestead, Fla; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial for Dr. Theodore J. Graziano, who practiced medicine locally for more than 40 years, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Immaculate Conception Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.
Dr. Graziano, 77, died of cancer Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice.
A Baltimore native and graduate of Forest Park High School, he lived much of his adult life in Towson. He attended the Johns Hopkins University, where he was captain of the football and track teams, a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa honorary society and was listed in "Who's Who in American Universities."
He graduated from the University of Maryland medical school in 1941 and was a member of the Rush Club Medical Society. Dr. Graziano served his internship at Union Memorial, South Baltimore General (now known as Harbor Hospital Center) and Mercy hospitals.
During his career, he was president of the medical staff at the old Doctors Hospital and belonged to the U.S. and state medical associations, the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians and the Johns Hopkins Club.