Melvin K. Cosby Sr., 76, security officer and sports fan

October 14, 2005

Melvin K. Cosby Sr., a retired security officer and sports fan, died of heart failure Saturday at Sinai Hospital. He was 76.

Mr. Cosby was born in Baltimore and raised on Gilmor Street. He was a graduate of Douglass High School and served in the Army from 1951 to 1952.

He worked as a Maryland National Bank security guard before joining Wells Fargo & Co., where he was a security officer for 20 years. He retired in 1991.

Mr. Cosby was a former longtime Gist Avenue resident who had lived at Park Heights Place, a senior citizens housing center, since 1998. He was an avid pinochle player and sports fan.

"He loved sports and it made no difference what team was playing, he'd watch the game," said his wife of 18 months, the former Lillian Allen.

"He was 75 when he got baptized and joined Fulton Baptist Church. Even though he was on oxygen, he'd grab his tank and go to services," Mrs. Cosby said.

He was president of the Park Heights Place tenants association.

He was married for more than 25 years to the former Doris Bowie, who died in 1978.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave.

Mr. Cosby is also survived by a stepdaughter, Barbara A. Hill of Baltimore; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son and three daughters.

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