Merrill G. Smith, 92, retired pump engineerMerrill...


Merrill G. Smith, 92, retired pump engineer

Merrill G. Smith, a retired pump application engineer who worked for 25 years for the Baltimore firm of Potter and Parsons Inc., died of a stroke Aug. 22 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 92.

Born and educated in New York City, Mr. Smith began his career at 16 with Fairbanks Morse Manufacturing Co., where he worked for 48 years in machinery sales before coming to Baltimore in 1970 to work for Potter and Parsons Inc. He was also an Army veteran of World War II.

A former Rodgers Forge resident, Mr. Smith retired and moved in 1995 to the Pickersgill Retirement Community, 615 Chestnut Ave., Towson, where a memorial service was planned for 2 p.m. Sept. 19.

Survivors include a nephew and two nieces.

Margaret V. Locklear, 81, homemaker

Margaret Virginia Locklear, 81, a homemaker and longtime resident of West Baltimore, died of cancer Aug. 19 at the Falls Road Manor Care Nursing Home.

Born in Baltimore, she graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and later worked in a downtown dress shop, as a cook's assistant in the kitchen of the Savings Bank of Baltimore and at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving in Washington.

The former Margaret Lindsay, she was married in 1936 to Joseph Locklear. He died in 1990.

Services were held Tuesday.

She is survived by two daughters, Josephine Alston of Baltimore and Lillian Alston of Belcamp; a brother, Robert Lindsay of Newport News, Va.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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