Mohammad Akram Bhatti
(Baltimore Sun)

Mohammad Akram Bhatti, the owner of an Edgewater gas station and convenience store, died of cerebral meningitis Nov. 9 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 68 and lived in Crofton.

Born in Nabah, India, he moved with his family to the Punjab province in Pakistan as a child. He earned a degree from Islamia College in Lahore, Pakistan.

He worked briefly for Lever Brothers in Karachi, Pakistan. Family members said that in 1969, with only some pocket money, he immigrated to Florida, where he studied at Florida Memorial College. He met his future wife, Maryam "Mary" Wilchcombe, a student from the Bahamas. They married in 1971 and settled in Nassau, Bahamas, where he ran a small business, Island Collections. He sold souvenirs and jewelry to tourists and locals.

In 1990, Mr. Bhatti relocated his family to Maryland and bought a Shell Dash-In gas station-convenience store in Edgewater.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 40 years; four sons, Hamid Khan Bhatti, Kamal Hassan Bhatti and Tariq Mehdi Bhatti, all of Crofton, and Sameer Akram Bhatti of Newtown, Pa.; a daughter, Amina Rabihah Bhatti of Crofton; two sisters, Asifa Tabassum-Pervez of Chishtian, Pakistan, and Azara Bhatti of Jhelum, Pakistan; and three grandchildren.

Prayers were held Nov. 10 at Masjid al-Rahmah.