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Percy Nicholson, owned dry cleaners

Percy Nicholson, owned dry cleaners

Percy Nicholson, a retired co-owner of two West Baltimore cleaning establishments where he cared for the clothing of African-American performers who played the fabled Royal Theatre, died Monday of heart failure at Manor Care Falls Road.

The Ashburton resident was 92.

The son of a truck driver and a housekeeper, Mr. Nicholson was born in Baltimore and raised on West Lanvale Street.

He was a 1939 graduate of George Washington Carver Vocational High School. In 1946, he went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, where he worked in the open-hearth furnace until retiring in 1983.

Mr. Nicholson and his brother, Roland Nicholson Sr., purchased...