Charles W. Stills Jr., a Baltimore financial consultant who also was a church office manager, died Thursday in his sleep of unknown causes at his East Baltimore home. He was 80.
The son of Charles W. Stills Sr., a steelworker and watchmaker, and Clara Henry Stills, a homemaker, Charles William Stills Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on East Eager Street and later Caroline Street.
After graduating in 1951 from Dunbar High School, Mr. Williams enrolled at what was then Morgan State College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business in 1955.
He served in the Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, during which time the ship was based in Cuba. After being discharged from the Navy in 1957, he earned a law degree in 1960 from the University of Baltimore.
Mr. Stills was so eager to begin his business career that he offered to handle the books without charge for the Joseph Locks Funeral Home in the 1300 block of N. Central Ave., and soon thereafter was added to the payroll, said a brother, Gordon Stills of Crownsville.
He later went to work for the Baltimore Electronics Co. and for years was office manager of Faith Baptist Church, where he had been a member for 60 years and served as a trustee.
"Charles spent a lifetime balancing spreadsheets for businesses, computing taxes for community residents and providing financial expertise to a wide range of community organizations and nonprofits," his brother said.
The longtime East Baltimore resident had not retired at his death.
He was a board member of the Morgan Christian Center and was active with the Morgan Alumni Association. He was also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc.
Mr. Stills enjoyed helping organize family reunions, earning the title of "Family Reunion Chaplain." He also traveled with other family members to the Eastern Shore to preserve and restore the Old Field Church cemetery, where his maternal ancestors were buried.
His wife of 32 years, the former Gloria Moseley, died in 1986.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at his church, 833 N. Bond St.
In addition to his brother, Mr. Stills is survived by two sons, Eric Stills of Baltimore and Michael Stills of Ashburn, Va.; another brother, Jason Stills of Baltimore; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; and his companion, Joan White of Baltimore.