J.G. Locks III

January 23, 1992

Joseph Garland Locks III, an East Baltimore funeral director for 37 years, died of cancer Sunday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 59.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Locks, father-in-law of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church at Caroline and Oliver streets.

The Baltimore native spent his entire career with the Locks Funeral Home in the 1300 block of N. Central Ave., which his grandfather began. It is among the city's oldest black-owned businesses.

Known fondly as "Joe Junior," Mr. Locks joined the family business after graduating from the American Academy of Mortuary Science in New York. He was twice elected president of the Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of Maryland Inc. He also was a member of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association.

In 1953, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Cleo Cecelia Tabb.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his parents, Joseph G. Locks Jr. and Mae Carol Locks; two daughters, Patricia Schmoke and Debbie Palmer; two sons, Joseph G. Locks IV and John Gregory Locks; two sisters, Jeanne Robinson and Barbara L. McCoy; and six grandchildren. All are of the Baltimore area.

The family suggested memorial donations to the University of Maryland Cancer Center.

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