Mark Brown, who retired in 1989 after 45 years as a crane operator at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, died Saturday of cancer at home in Govans. He was 69.
In 1939, the native of St. Pauls, N.C., came to Baltimore, where he attended high school. He was drafted into the Army in 1945 and drove a truck in the Philippines. He was discharged in 1947.
"He was a great conversationalist and enjoyed sitting on his front porch or in his living room discussing current events with his friends and neighbors," said a son, Vernard S. Brown of Annapolis. "He liked to talk."
Mark Brown was active in Masonic affairs and was a member of Ray of Hope Baptist Church, Harford Road and Argonne Drive, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today.
Other survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Earle Younger; another son, Devon Brown of Glenwood; a daughter, Margaretta Brown of Baltimore; five sisters, Addelee Anderson of Fayetteville, N.C., and Bernice Williams, Evelyn Gober, Lila Brown and Juanita Brown, all of New York City; and seven grandchildren.