Luther Baldwin Jr., an Army veteran and business owner, died on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. He was 80.
He was born on April 3, 1939, in Macon, Georgia, to the late Luther Baldwin Sr. and Mary Mims Baldwin.
He accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Macon.
Baldwin attended B.S. Ingram Elementary School and graduated from Ballard Hudson Senior High School before moving to Philadelphia in 1958. As a child, he loved making model airplanes He would build, instruct and demonstrate the operation of the planes to their prospective owners.
He graduated from St. Joseph’s College of Industrial Relations and the Television Training Institute. He served as a shop steward and as vice president of AFGE Local 62. In the 1970s and early ‘80s, Baldwin was a television and radio repair business owner who made house calls to customers.
“He knew Philadelphia well and the surrounding counties and if you ever rode with him you knew this because he did not hesitate to offer directions,” said the family.
In 1958, Baldwin became a member of Monumental Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Marquette Peace.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1958 and served stateside when his unit was deployed during both the Berlin and Cuban missile crises. After his discharge from the military, he worked for 40 years for the Department of Defense at the Philadelphia Quartermaster and Defense Personnel Support Center.
He married Alice Lucille Green in 1966. From this union, three children were born.
He was affectionately known as brother Lou, uncle Luther, Mr. B, Mr. Baldwin, Pop-Pop, LBJ and dad.
“In his spare time, which was not plentiful, this renaissance man was a mentor, story teller, investor, realtor, landlord, tailor, photographer, entrepreneur, car enthusiast, philosopher, community organizer, world traveler, health advocate and took his sons to Sixers games, during the Julius Erving and Moses Malone era,” said his family in a tribute. “Health advocacy was important to him and he often gave unsolicited lectures on the dangers of smoking, even if he did not know you.”
His father died of emphysema in 1979 and since then he has encouraged others to eat fruits, nuts, vegetables and yellow marshmallow peanuts.
He was an active member of the West Oak Lane Business Association, Cliveden Hills Homeowners Association, Prudence Lodge #11, Philadelphia Leadership Foundation and I&P Associates and was a successful director in Legal Shield, where he helped to train and recruit members.
He loved the Philadelphia Eagles until they traded Terrell Owens. He immediately switched his allegiance and became an unabashed Dallas Cowboys fan.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Lois, Ruth, Rose, Johnnie Mae, Carrie and Ann.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children, Pamela, Luther III and Malcolm Sr. (Gillian); grandsons, Perry, Dominick and Malcolm Jr; nieces, Ann (Bob), Chequeta, Lois, Deneen, Hope and their children; nephew, John; sisters and brothers-in-law Jackie, Gerri and Pamela (Michael), Bill (Maureen), Rube, Bob and Jim (Teresa) and their children.
Services were held on Dec. 19 at Monumental Baptist Church, 4948 Locust St.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.