Leroy Nathaniel Hollie, a retired longshoreman and World War II veteran, died of cancer Sunday at his West Baltimore home. He was 86.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Vine Street, he was a graduate of St. Pius V Parochial School. As a child he delivered newspapers in downtown Baltimore and recalled taking daily papers to the cloistered Visitation nuns at their old Park Avenue monastery on the site of the present-day Maryland Historical Society.
During World War II he served in the Army in North Africa, Italy and France. He attained the rank of sergeant.
Before his 1979 retirement, he was a longshoreman and worked for the United Fruit Co. He checked the unloading of bananas along the old Pratt Street wharves, among other locations.
Mr. Hollie enjoyed watching public television, reading and solving crossword puzzles. He walked daily to the Lexington Market, where he enjoyed the camaraderie of his friends. Family members said he was known to rather loudly correct young mothers who, in his view, were not properly caring for their children while they shopped at the market.
His wife of 60 years, the former Marie Ethel Roberts, died in 1997.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, Mosher Street and Druid Hill Avenue.
Survivors include a son, Ronald Edward Hollie, and a daughter, Marie Hollie Glenn, both of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.