Rev. W. L. Clayton, Baptist minister, dies at 94Services...

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February 12, 1992

Rev. W. L. Clayton, Baptist minister, dies at 94

Services for the Rev. Willard L. Clayton, pastor emeritus of Macedonia Baptist Church, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the church at Lafayette and Fremont avenues.

Mr. Clayton, who was 94, died Sunday at the Howard Park Avenue home of a daughter after a stroke. He lived on Fremont Avenue, half a block from the church.

He retired and was named pastor emeritus in 1987 after 42 years as its pastor.

The minister was a former representative of the National Baptist Convention of the United States of America in the General Assembly of the National Council of Churches. He also was active in the National Council of Christians and Jews.

The native of Oldhams Crossroads, Va., earned bachelor's degrees from both the Virginia Seminary in Lynchburg, Va., and Gordon College in Boston. He received a master's degree from the Gordon Divinity School in Boston and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Virginia Seminary.

He was ordained in 1926 at the Union Baptist Church in Malden, Mass., which he served as pastor for nearly 20 years before coming to Baltimore -- a move he at first was reluctant to make because the city's schools were segregated.

Long active in the civil rights movement nationally, he made a 1952 appearance before Baltimore's Board of Estimates to protest the shortage of books in black schools and described a practice of sending them used books from white schools.

He demonstrated in the 1960s against segregation in Baltimore restaurants and at Gwynn Oak Park, where he was arrested along with other religious leaders. He participated in the 1963 march on Washington.

Mr. Clayton counseled students and provided them with financial support, both from donors he recruited and from his own pocket.

He was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

His wife, the former Evelyn Frances Morrison, died in 1967.

He is survived by two daughters, Carlethea I. Johnson and Colyn H. Harrington, both of Baltimore; a son, Willard L. Clayton Jr., also of Baltimore; a sister, Mabel Tate of Ambler, Pa.; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Oscar Moritz Jr.

Exxon administrator

Services for Oscar L. Moritz Jr., a retired administrator in the local office of the Exxon Corp., will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville.

Mr. Moritz, 75, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Stoneleigh.

He retired 12 years ago after working for 40 years for the oil company.

During the past 10 years, he was a volunteer at Church Hospital. He also was a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and the Churchmen's Club.

A former master of the Mount Moriah Lodge of the Masons, he also belonged to the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple.

Born in the Panama Canal Zone but reared in Baltimore, he was a graduate of St. Paul's School, where he was a member of its lacrosse team, scoring its only goal in its first interscholastic game in 1933.

He attended Western Maryland College. During World War II, he served in the Army Medical Corps.

His first wife, the former Agnes Childs, died in 1983.

He is survived by his wife, the former Joan M. Wagner; three daughters, Carol Ann Hagedorn, Vivienne M. Gennuso of Reisterstown and Susan M. Nakashima of Fullerton; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

E. Muriel Ewing

Mathematician

Services for E. Muriel Ewing, a retired mathematician of the Ballistics Research Laboratory at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Patterson Funeral Home in Perryville.

Miss Ewing, who was 84 and lived in Port Deposit, died Saturday of kidney failure at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace.

She retired in 1978 after 34 years as a civilian employee at the Army post.

The Port Deposit native was a 1925 graduate of Friends School in Wilmington, Del., and a 1929 graduate of the Connecticut College for Women in New London.

She did free-lance writing after earning a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1931.

She is survived by several cousins. The family suggested memorial contributions to the Cecil County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Charles D. Crowley

Editor, state PR man

A Mass of Christian burial for Charles D. Crowley, a combat veteran of World War II who was a public relations man for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for about 10 years and before that the editor of an East Baltimore weekly, will be offered at 9 a.m. today in the chapel of St. Joseph's Nursing Home, 1222 Tugwell Drive, Catonsville.

Mr. Crowley, 81, died Saturday of heart failure at the nursing home.

He retired from his state job in 1980.

He had become editor of the East Baltimore Guide in 1958. In his political coverage, he frequently referred to The Baltimore Sun as the Old Lady of Calvert Street.

Mr. Crowley was a graduate of St. Joseph's Preparatory School and St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he was born.

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