William Henry Valentine III, founder of a West Baltimore real estate firm, died of heart failure Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 72.
Mr. Valentine was born and raised on Etting Street in Baltimore. He was a 1949 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and attended Morgan State University.
He served in the Army from 1950 to 1953. After he was discharged from the service, Mr. Valentine worked as a union organizer and later established and operated the Arkamie Furniture Store on Pennsylvania Avenue, and the Valentine Home Improvement Co.
He began working as a Realtor for the R. L. Johnson Realty Co. until founding Valentine & Associates Realty Co. in Northwest Baltimore. He retired in the 1990s. He was a former president of the Real Estate Board of Baltimore.
Mr. Valentine enjoyed gourmet cooking and entertaining, and was a Civil War and World War II buff.
He was married for many years to the former Carolyn Rogers, who died in 1970.
Mr. Valentine was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and attended the Lutherville ward.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Montebello Branch, 3501 The Alameda, Baltimore.
Mr. Valentine is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Florence Wilkinson; two sons, Leroy Terry of Baltimore and William H. Valentine IV of Randallstown; a daughter, Arkamie Carter of Baltimore; a sister, Miriam Archer of Baltimore; and a grandson.