James Lane

Obituary of James Ellwood Lane

Early Years

Master Sergeant James Ellwood Lane was born on August 13, 1933. His proud parents were Grace Lane

Johnson and James Johnson. James was the eldest of 4 children, brothers Leroy Lucas and Herman

Johnson and sister, Shirley Marie Ford (née Johnson).

Lane and his brother Herman were gifted artists and loved to play baseball on Pine Street. Pine Street is

located near the famous Lexington Market.

Lane attended Baltimore City Public Schools. In 1951, he enlisted in the United States Air Force(USAF).

He served his country in the Korean War. Lane was stationed at Air Force bases including George Air

Force Base in Victorville, California and Kinley Field on Bermuda. Lane was an agile and awarding boxer

who won a base wide championship at George Air Force base.

Marriage

One day he saw his future wife, Gloria Joan Griffiths. Lane offered her a ride. The journeyed together for

60 years as husband and wife. Joan predeceased him on September 5, 2019. She was born three weeks

before him in 1933. James died three weeks after her in 2019.

James and Joan married at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church on Thursday, December 18,

1958. Their marriage was reported in The Royal Gazette, Bermuda's daily newspaper. The male

attendants including the ring bearer were dressed in USAF uniforms.

James and Joan set up home in Baltimore, Maryland. To their union was born Alison Velez Lane(1962),

Edwin James Lane(1964) and Rhonda Denise Lane(1965).

Military Service

Among his Active Duty military highlights were enjoying President David Eisenhower's visit to Bermuda

and marching in President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's inauguration.

Lane enlisted in the USAF Reserves in 1976. In 1993, he retired from the USAF Reserves.

Master Seargeant was decorated with ribbons, certificates and newspaper articles about his dedication

to serving his country.

Civilian Career as an Electrician

James was a licensed electrician, home improvement contractor and construction company owner.

William Woodson, a cousin of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, was his mentor for a career.

Lane worked for Westinghouse, the predecessor to his Grandson Ellwood's employer, Northrop

Grumman. As a high school student, Grandson Ellwood developed an interest in engineering and earned

his college degree in Electrical Engineering.

Academic Studies

Lane graduated from RETS. Additionally, he completed correspondence in subjects such as law,

business, Spanish and real estate. Due in part to his Mexican roommate, Senor Lane remembered

Spanish vocabulary and spoke with an impressive accent. He completed a Spanish class at Morgan State

University.

Morgan State University

Electrician Lane worked as a member of the Physical Plant staff. Lane loved the campus and students.

Retired in late 1999 and saluted for 28 years of service in June 2000.

Retirement

James and his wife Joan spent happy years as participants in the Epsilon Omega Alpha Kappa Sorority

senior eating Together, they learned from Bible Study and leaned during Line Dancing. James and Joan

loved modeling for the Ivy Center's Annual Spring Fling.

Community Activities and Awards

Lane was granted membership as a Free Mason in Bermuda, May 1959.

During James' community action years, Delegate Shawn Tarrant awarded him a "Beautification

Certificate", Delegate Catherine Pugh saluted him for his work on the "New Auchentoroly Terrace"

garden and Mondawmin Neighborhood Improvement Association recognized him family with a

"Longtime Resident" award.

In 2016, he was honored by New Auchentoroly Terrace Association (ATA) as "Father of the Year". That

same year, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake designated him as one of Baltimore's "Top Neighborhood

Dads".

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

James was a former member of the Choral Choir, Brotherhood Choir and Senior Usher Board. He

attended church regularly until his health slowed down his pace.

Master Seargeant leaves to mourn his brother, Herman Johnson, daughter, Alison, son Edwin, daughter

Rhonda, granddaughter Arielle Moody and grandson Ellwood; nephews, Wirt Johnson, Eric Ford, Avery

Johnson; nieces, DeVora Merrick, Marsha Ford, Jessie Mae Smith (née Ford), Wanda Owens-Allen (née

Ford), and a host of great nieces and great nephews, great great nieces and great great nephews,

cousins, neighbors and friends.

Viewing hours will be Thursday, October 17th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Services, 5151 Baltimore National Pike, Baltimore, MD. On Friday, October 18, 2019, Services for, Mr. Lane will be held 10:00 am at Bethel AME Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave, Baltimore , MD with the family hour beginning at 9:30am.

The interment will take place at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, Owings Mills, MD on Friday, October 18th at 1:00 pm. following services.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in name of James and Gloria Lane Fund, Daniel Payne Scholarship Committee, Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1300 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217.

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Thursday
17
October

Visitation at Funeral Home

4:00 pm - 8:00 am
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Services
5151 Baltimore National Pike
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Friday
18
October

Funeral Service

9:30 am
Friday, October 18, 2019
Bethel AME Church
1300 Druid Hill Ave
Baltimore , Maryland, United States

Final Resting Place

Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery
11501 Garrison Forest Rd
Owings Mills , Maryland, United States
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