Milton Earl Jefferson, 74, manager for The Sun

February 12, 2005

Milton Earl Jefferson, a retired manager for The Sun and the Evening Sun and gourmet cook, died in his sleep Wednesday at his White Marsh condominium. He was 74.

Mr. Jefferson was born and raised in his home on Fait Avenue in Highlandtown. He attended city public schools and earned his General Educational Development diploma.

He was an office worker for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. before joining the Navy in the early 1950s as a supply officer.

In 1956, he took a job in the newspaper's circulation department, where he was an Evening Sun street sales supervisor. Other circulation department positions he held included out-of-town manager, rural route manager and southern zone manager.

In 1983, he joined the transportation department as distribution manager. He retired in 1992.

After retiring, he delivered automobiles for A.D. Anderson automotive dealership and Bel Air Auto Auction, and since 2000 had been a courier for Baltimore Medical Systems.

Mr. Jefferson took cooking classes in the Baltimore County adult education program and studied sculpture at Essex Community College. He was also a collector of wrist and antique pocket watches.

He was a member of the Boumi Temple.

Mr. Jefferson was an active member of Divinity Lutheran Church, 1220 Providence Road, Towson, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today.

Mr. Jefferson is survived by his wife of 31 years, the former Claire Eaton; two sons, James B. Jefferson of Ocean Pines and Kevin M. Jefferson of Bel Air; a daughter, Karen LaRue Lyons of Denton; a brother, Charles Messick of Baltimore; two sisters, Joyce K. Jefferson and Judith Harden, both of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

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