On Sunday, September 20, 2020, the Divine Creator swooped his wings over Blue Ridge Hospice to give his son his just reward, releasing him from this body and making him present with the Lord. He had gifted him a long life. God satisfied him and showed his salvation.
Allen Lynwood Baltimore was born in Linden, VA, on November 15, 1928, to parents Thomas Baslin Baltimore and Sarah Rector Baltimore. He was married to his beloved wife, Mildred Mae Stewart, in 1950 and together they set out to better their lives and community.
In his many years in the workforce, he was an orderly at Warren Memorial Hospital, worked on the completion of Xerox Training Center, numerous construction jobs within Washington Metropolitan area and eventually became a skilled meat cutter with A&P/Safeway. But his life’s mission was ministry. He pastored in Luray, VA (Bethel Baptist), Culpeper, VA (Free Union Baptist), St. Louis, VA (Mount Zion Baptist) and places where souls needed to know the goodness of the Lord. His Christian journey even took him to the Middle East to the Holy Land.
He was a proud Free Mason, member of the NAACP, serving as president of the local chapter, civil right activist, protestor –organizing pickets and marches for the fair-hiring practices/wages for minorities; employment advisor for VDOT; first black minister allowed in jails ;spiritual leader for Sky Mount resort, where many celebrities of the 70’s spent time; advocated for parents of color within the school systems and pushed to have authorities to name a park after a deserving youth athletics enthusiast (Burrell Brooks Park). He participated in the Million Man March in 1995. He had many special interests: sports (the Lakers and Dodgers), gardening, nature and music.
His fondest work was with the youth and those who wanted to lift up their voices in praise. He had a passion for music, and he tirelessly worked to gather believers/ unbelievers toward a common goal. Out of this love he created the youth group, The Royal Ensembles, who performed at Wolf Trap, opening for Dionne Warwick, organized local talent to perform in gospel music gatherings, and it even lead him in his later years to be part of a men’s choir. He never lacked having musical accompaniment as Mildred played the piano and sung with her sisters/ family.
He leaves to mourn: two sons and two daughters: Edward Allen Baltimore and wife, Shirmaine, Charles Edward Baltimore, Mildred Aljune Lee and husband, Augustus, Brenda B. Matthews and husband, Anthony; one brother, Goldie Baltimore, and sister, Margaret Summers; four grandchildren: Jamie C. Matthews, Allen D. Baltimore, Alexandria R. Lee and Sierra F. Baltimore; special friend, Eddie Chiles; many nieces and nephews and neighbors. Preceding him in death was his wife, Mildred Mae Baltimore of 50 years; his brothers: Robert, Henry, Paul, Warner, John, Eugene, Roland, Lloyd and Eddie; sisters: Rachel, Lucy, Elsie and Alice.
Due to the currrent conditions, services will be private.
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