George Thomas Major, who was a merchant seaman and an entertainer in clubs in New York and on Baltimore's Pennsylvania Avenue, died of heart and kidney failure April 21 at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 64.
Called Junior by his family, he used Toni as a stage name.
He grew up in Baltimore and was educated in city public schools, graduating from Carver Vocational Technical High School.
In the mid-1940s, he was a merchant seaman for three years. He returned to Baltimore to entertain as a dancer in Pennsylvania Avenue clubs, including Gambys, Comedy Club and The Avenue.
He also spent several years as an entertainer in New York, living in Brooklyn. Health problems forced his return to Baltimore in the early 1980s.
He is survived by a sister, Mary T. Hunter; an uncle, Ernest Harper; a cousin, Dorothy H. Lewis; and many nieces and nephews. All are of Baltimore.
Memorial services were held April 24.