Lee A. Stokes, 85, Bethlehem Steel worker

April 04, 2005

Lee A. Stokes, retired Bethlehem Steel worker who counseled recovering alcoholics, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at Northwest Hospital Center. The Govans resident was 85.

Born in High Point, N.C., he came to Baltimore as a teenager and lived on Rutter Street in Bolton Hill. After joining the Army during World War II, he served in New Caledonia.

After the war he worked at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant and later transferred to its Key Highway Shipyard, where he was a sandblaster before retiring in 1982. He then became treasurer of the shipyard's retirement club.

For more than 49 years he was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, and he often gave talks and counseled recovering alcoholics.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave., where he was a member and deacon.

Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, the former Georgia Meacham; a son, Lee M. Stokes of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

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