Charles Stokes, 88, oil company salesman

September 01, 1997

Charles Stokes, a retired oil company salesman and the oldest living alumnus of St. Paul's School, died Thursday of complications from a fall at Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm. He was 88.

Born in Farmville, Va., Mr. Stokes was sent to Baltimore by his parents to study as a boarder at St. Paul's School, then on Franklin Street, where Tio Pepe's restaurant is today.

In 1923, the school moved to Mount Washington, and Mr. Stokes was a member of the school's first accredited class that graduated in 1927. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1931 from the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Stokes remained active in alumni affairs at St. Paul's, which moved to Brooklandville in 1952.

He went to work that year as a salesman for Atlantic-Richfield Co. After retiring from the company in 1964, he was a part-time salesman for Yeaton Oil Co. until retiring again in 1974.

For 76 years, Mr. Stokes was amember of Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church where he was a chorister for 35 years, head of the Acolyte Guild, a vestryman and an usher.

The former Towson resident was a 32nd Degree Mason and was active in Mount Moriah Lodge 116, the Scottish Rite and the Boumi Temple.

He was also a member of the St. Andrew's Society and the Johns Hopkins Club. In 1932, Mr. Stokes married Vivienne Holt, who died in 1988. His stepson, Oscar Moritz, died in 1992.

Services for Mr. Stokes will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, North Charles and Saratoga streets.

He is survived by three granddaughters, Carole Hagedorn of Baltimore, Vivienne Gennuso of Reisterstown and Susan Nakashima of Overlea; four great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

Pub Date: 9/01/97

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