Alonzo Richard Myers Jr., 52, court commissioner

April 27, 2003

Alonzo Richard Myers Jr., a Baltimore City court commissioner for more than 20 years, died of complications from gall bladder surgery Thursday at Maryland General Hospital. He was 52.

Born in Baltimore, he was the only child of Alonzo R. Myers Sr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Dorethea Bagley Myers of Baltimore. Mr. Myers lived in the Hunting Ridge area of the city.

He was a 1969 graduate of City College, where he played varsity football and was on the track team, said a longtime friend, Laverne Sykes of Baltimore. He then attended Bucknell University and played football for two years until he developed kidney problems.

Mr. Myers spent many years undergoing dialysis treatment.

After graduating from Bucknell in 1973 with a degree in history, he attended the University of Baltimore, where he received a master's degree in criminal justice.

Mr. Myers took disability leave after working as a court commissioner for more than 20 years and retired in the mid-1990s.

"Every year around this time, he would prepare for a visit with his college friends in Pennsylvania," Laverne Sykes said. "He really enjoyed those visits and would usually stay for about three weeks."

Mr. Myers attended Bethel AME Church in the 1300 block of Druid Hill Ave. and the New Shiloh Baptist Church in the 2100 block of Monroe St.

Services will be held at noon Wednesday at the March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by an aunt, Lena Sprights of Baltimore.

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