Ashland M. Croxton Sr., 92, longshoreman supervisorAshland...


Ashland M. Croxton Sr., 92, longshoreman supervisor

Ashland M. Croxton Sr., a retired longshoreman, died Tuesday of complications from leukemia at Harbor Hospital Center. He was 92.

The longtime longshoreman was a supervisor when he retired more than 20 years ago.

Mr. Croxton, who was born in Lancaster County, Va., moved to Baltimore in the mid-1920s and graduated from Douglass High School after attending night school, said his son, Ashland M. Croxton Jr.

The elder Mr. Croxton had been a member of the Mount Olive Lodge No. 25, the Shriners and the Hiram Consistory. He also was a senior deacon at Sharon Baptist Church, 1373 N. Stricker St.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the church.

Survivors also include his wife of 70 years, the former Ida Elliott; a sister, Agnes Winchester of Baltimore; a brother, Henry Croxton of Baltimore; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Two sons, Rudolph W. Croxton and Alvin L. Croxton, are deceased.

Edgar Lord Brooks Jr., a manufacturers' representative who sold beverage-making equipment, died Wednesday of complications from pneumonia at Deaton Hospital. He was 80 and a resident of the Heritage Harbor retirement community in Annapolis.

Mr. Brooks retired in 1992 as president of Edgar L. Brooks and Sons Inc., a Crofton firm he founded in 1979 that represents manufacturers of beverage-making machinery.

He was general sales manager from 1962 to 1978 for Dostal & Lowey Co., manufacturers of bottle washers used by the soft drink industry.

Mr. Brooks was manager of the machinery division of Crown, Cork & Seal Co. from 1946 to 1962. He began working for the

East Baltimore company in 1932.

A resident of Annapolis for more than 35 years, Mr. Brooks was born and raised in Homewood and was a 1932 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He attended the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he served as an Army artillery officer in the Aleutian Islands and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of first lieutenant.

In 1941, he married Helen Church "Prissy" Hiss, who died in 1987.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

He is survived by two sons, Henry P. S. Brooks of Silver Spring and Edgar L. Brooks III of Annapolis; two daughters, Durant Yearley Bauersfeld of Annapolis and Kevin S. Brooks of Captain Cook, Hawaii; a brother, Lucien B. Brooks of Baltimore; a sister, ,, Mary Josephine Peters of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and six grandchildren.

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