Rev. Lloyd Marcus, 90, a retired associate member, died June 1, 2018. Funeral services were held June 7 at St. James UMC in Baltimore, officiated by the Rev. Curtis King, with participation by the Revs. Jason Jordan-Griffith, Bruce Foster and District Superintendent Rev. Wanda Duckett and others.
Lloyd Elmer Marcus was born April 27, 1928 in Baltimore, the son of the late Lloyd Marcus and Gladys K Johnson. He was the first of four children.
He attended Baltimore City Public Schools and received an AA degree in psychology from Morgan State University. He then graduated from Baltimore Bible College. He continued with studies in religion and theology at Wesley Theological Seminary and Moody Bible College. While attending Ann Arundel College, he was licensed as an addiction counselor and adviser to the growing HIV/AIDS population. He considered one of his greatest accomplishments was receiving his doctoral degree, which included broadening his studies through travel to Japan, Korea, Israel and Egypt.
After he was “ordained” at age 26 by his Aunt Anita Bethea, he became an assistant pastor to Rev Bethea at Holy Temple Church of Truth. In United Methodist ministry, Marcus pastored Patapsco Charge, 1988-1991 and St James UMC in Baltimore, 1997 until he retired in 2008. Following his retirement, he served for a year at Hereford Combined.
Marcus was one of the first black fire fighters in Baltimore at a time when segregation was prevalent. He was the first black paramedic instructor and African American Chaplin at the Baltimore City Fire Department.
He was deceased by his wife Mary Marcus less than three months earlier.
Survivors include Lloyd Marcus III, Gloria Marcus-Lewis, Aaron Marcus, David Marcus and Allen Marcus and their spouses; three stepchildren: Marchella Henry, Kyle Hicks and James Scrivener; 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Two sisters also survive.
Condolences may be sent to Gloria Marcus, 5508 W. North Ave., Gwynn Oak, MD 21207.