Leon Williams Sr., retired principal Worked 48 years in city system

April 21, 1993|By Staff Report

Leon W. Williams Sr., a retired school principal, guidance counselor, boxing coach and member of a Baltimore society orchestra, died Saturday of pneumonia at the Liberty Medical Center.

He was 92 and lived on Dennlyn Road in Northwest Baltimore.

He retired in 1965 from two positions in the Baltimore school system -- guidance counselor at Charles Houston Junior High School and principal of Carver Vocational-Technical Evening School.

He had begun his career 48 years earlier as a teacher in the day school at Carver, where he coached the boxing team in the 1920s. He also was director of the Veterans Institute, a public school vocational program for returning World War II veterans.

He played the banjo, guitar and piano in the Rivers Chambers Orchestra in the 1930s and 1940s.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Colored High School, now Frederick Douglass Senior High School.

He attended Lincoln University and was a graduate of Howard University.

He earned a master's degree at New York University.

He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the St. John's Lodge of the Prince Hall Masons, the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World and the Boyfriends Social Club.

His wife of 52 years, the former Edna Mae Bowers, died in 1979.

Services for Mr. Williams were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Lanvale Street and Carrollton Avenue in Baltimore.

He is survived by a son, Anthony A. Williams of Baltimore; a sister, May Fortune of Baltimore; three grandsons and two great-granddaughters.

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