Earl T. Leeper, a retired brick maker, died of a lung illness Sunday at Harbor Hospital. The Lakeland resident was 86.
He retired from the Harbison-Walker Refactories on Patapsco Avenue in Brooklyn, where he designed and made bricks for homes and industry. As a second job in the 1960s, he sold homes in South Baltimore. He was also a notary.
Born in Gaston County, N.C., and raised in the Fairfield section of Baltimore, he attended city public schools.
Family members said he enjoyed outdoor cooking, gardening and home improvement jobs.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Dorothy C. Middleton; five sons, Richard Leeper, Thomas Leeper, Renold Leeper, Alvin Leeper and Guy Leeper, all of Baltimore; five daughters, Barbara Clark, Patricia Wright, Jackie Leeper, Adella Leeper and Hope Bond, all of Baltimore; 20 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Orchard Park Jubilee United Methodist Church, 5020 Gwynn Oak Ave., where he was a member.