This memorial web page was created as a tribute, in memory of our loved one, Edward Roy Baltimore. "Eddie", as he was affectionately called by everyone who knew him. Eddie was born in Linden, Virginia on April 29, 1925. He was born to the late Thomas & Sarah Rector Baltimore. Eddie had a very large family, 10 brothers & 5 sisters. The siblings were: Robert, Rachel, Paul, Lucy, John, Eugene, Henry, Warner, Roland, Allen, Margaret, Lloyd, Alice, Elsie & Golden & were very close to one another.
After leaving school early to help support the family, Eddie & his brother Roland, enlisted in the United States Army together & were in the same regiment. Eddie, after completing basic training was sent to Normandy, France on the "Queen Mary" troop ship, to fight in World War II. He arrived in Normandy on June 7, 1944, the day after D-Day. His tour included stops in France, England, & Germany. Eddie was a truck driver for the famed "Red Ball Express". The Red Ball Express, was the codename for an all black batallion, and was one of World War II's most massive logistics operations, namely a fleet of over 6,000 trucks and trailers that delivered over 412,000 tons of ammunition, food, and fuel to the United States Armed Forces in the field between August 25 & November 16, 1944. Eddie had said that one time during a snowstorm, he got seperated from the rest of the soldiers in his company & was lost. He said he heard some German troops talking nearby, so he buried himself under the snow until they had passed by. Eddie said that was one of the most scariest moments of his life. He survived that ordeal, and eventually found his way back to the others, with a mild case of frostbite. Eddie earned the rank of Corporal, and was awarded the Bronze Star & the Army Overseas Service Ribbon.
After serving his country, Eddie moved to Washington, D.C... There he met the girl of his dreams, who at the time was working at a bar as waitress, Ms. Mattie Mae Braddy. They soon got engaged and were married on July 12, 1951. Their union was blessed with 2 loving children, Michael Edward & Janice Diann Baltimore.
Eddie worked as a construction worker for over 40 years. He helped build some of Washington D.C.'s famous landmarks. He worked on the renovation of the United States Capitol Building & Ford's Theater, helped build the FBI Headquarters Building, the GSA West Heating Plant, the Blue Plains Waste Water Treatment Plant & countless other structures. Once he retired, he used his skills to fix things around the house, dabbled in vegetable gardening, & was especially fond of the results from manicuring his lawn. However, after running out of things to be fixed, Eddie got a case of cabin fever. He then went back to work and landed a job with the Carpenter Shop at the United States Bureau Of Engraving. After 10 years of service, he retired for good, & was proud of the awards & promotions he recieved.
Eddie made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as his personal saviour & joined Lane CME Church in 2002. He attended services as often as his health would allow him. Eddie was a kind and loving person & always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. He loved his family & loved to take them on family outings. Marshall Hall, Maryland. & Myrtle Beach, South Carolina were a couple of his favorite places. He also looked forward every year to spend time with relatives & friends at the annual Baltimore Family Reunion in Front Royal, Virginia. He had a passion for jazz, boxing matches and his beloved Washington Redskins. Eddie also had a passion for life itself & was just a happy & care-free human being.
After a long & severe bout with prostate cancer, Eddie was admitted to the Veterans Administation Hospital & on October 23, 2002 at the age of 77 he was carried away on angels' wings.......................................
Edward Roy Baltimore leaves to cherish a loving a devoted wife of 51 years Mattie Mae Baltimore, a son: Michael Edward Baltimore & his fiance Felicia Denise Pye, a daughter: Janice Diann Baltimore & fiance Sylvester Robinson, three grandchildren: Monique K. Barnes, Alysia Candace Baltimore & husband Michael Johnson, Jovan Michael E. Baltimore, 2 great-grandchildren: Curtis Barnes, Tonia Barnes, 2 sisters & 4 brothers: Roland Baltimore of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Rev. Allen Baltimore, Golden Baltimore & wife Ann Baltimore, Margaret Summers, all of Front Royal, Virginia, Alice Smith of Frederick, Maryland, Deacon Lloyd Baltimore & wife Deaconess Jean Baltimore of Bentonville, Virginia....................................
Heartache and pain will no longer burden you,
No longer will you endure suffering,
for you are no longer burdened by this world.
But your memory will remain.. When those we love have left this earth, we still can feel them near. We’ll see a picture, hear a song, and it’s just like they are here. And when we call upon our faith, when we believe and trust, we know the ones we care about are always close to us.........Love here on earth,
Love beyond the grave. There are no roads,
Our love for you can't pave........
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me......
God never promised a life without pain,
Laughter without tears or sun without rain.
But He did promise strength for the day,
Comfort for the tears and the light for the way,
And for all who believe In His Heaven above
He rewards their faith In His everlasting love.