Raymond Ellis Thompson, a retired foundry worker active in the Oliver neighborhood, died of cancer Jan. 15 at his East Baltimore home. He was 91.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Bond Street, he was the son of Edward Thompson, a laborer, and Emma Milburn Thompson, a housekeeper and baker. He attended School 113 and Dunbar Junior-Senior High School. While at school, he met his future wife, Geneva Davis.
As a young man, he worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II.
After the war, he joined American Smelting and Refining Co. in Southeast Baltimore, where he worked until the plant closed in the 1970s.
Mr. Thompson's name and that of his wife were placed on street signs in the 1700 block of Caroline St. in recognition for their work in the Oliver community, where they lived for many years.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Caroline and Oliver streets. He was a member of its Holy Name Society, St. Vincent dePaul Society and the Knights of St. Peter Claver. He sang in the Gospel Mixed Choir and was an altar server.
Survivors include a son, Claude W. Thompson of Bel Air; five daughters, Attrice A. Stamps, Augusta R. Pierce and Rosalind R. Thompson, all of Baltimore, Delverra L. Savage of Abingdon and Maria D. McNeal of Owings Mills; a brother, George Thompson of Baltimore; 28 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. His wife of 66 years died in 2008. A son, Raymond Thompson, died in 1997. Another son, Robert Thompson, died in 1987. An infant daughter, Sandra Thompson, died in 1951.