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William Edward Stokes, a retired steelworker and World War II veteran, died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 90.

Mr. Stokes was born and raised in Green Bay, Va., where he graduated from high school. He moved to Baltimore in 1935 and went to work for Bethlehem Steel Corp. at Sparrows Point.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and served in the Pacific. He was discharged with the rank of corporal in 1946.

The longtime East Lafayette Avenue resident returned to Bethlehem Steel, where he worked until retiring in 1983.

Mr. Stokes enjoyed gardening, cooking, going to flea markets and taking trips to Delaware to play the slots. He was also a dog lover.

His wife of 32 years, Mattie Williams, died in 2000.

Mr. Stokes was a member of First Baptist Church, 525 N. Caroline St., where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Surviving are three brothers, Bernard Stokes of Randallstown, Robert Stokes of Upper Marlboro and Benjamin Stokes of Vineland, N.J.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son and a daughter. An earlier marriage to Miriam L. Burns ended in divorce.

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