Willie Whitt, 70, Lucent technician

August 10, 2006

Willie Lee Whitt, a retired Lucent Technologies electronics technician who enjoyed cooking and entertaining, died of cancer Aug. 2 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Owings Mills resident was 70.

Born in Greenville, S.C., the son of a minister, he moved to Baltimore with his family at an early age and graduated from Dunbar High School in 1954. He attended what is now Morgan State University.

He worked for many years at Westinghouse Electric's Point Breeze plant, which later became Lucent Technologies Inc., until retiring in 1986.

In the kitchen, one of Mr. Whitt's specialties was beef brisket.

"He marinated it with herbs and cooked it very slowly in a 200-degree oven. It was so tender that you could cut it with a fork. When there were parties, people would say, `Get your husband to bring his beef brisket,'" said his wife of 35 years, the former Muriel Stewart.

He also was an avid pinochle player and jazz enthusiast and enjoyed attending jazz festivals.

Mr. Whitt was a member for more than 30 years of Union Baptist Church, at 1219 Druid Hill Ave., where he directed the Coffee House Ministry on Thursday evenings and prepared food for the needy. His funeral service will be held there at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are two sons, Legrande A. Whitt of Sylmar, Calif., and Kyle M. Whitt of Pikesville; two daughters, LaVern A. Whitt of Encino, Calif., and Kyla M. Whitt of New York City; three sisters, Thelma McCoy of Parkville and Frances M. Lewis and Sadye Whitt, both of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

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