- About Us
Benjamin Franklin Baylor II, was born April 17, 1928, to the union of Benjamin Franklin Baylor I, and Sylvia Mosby in Baltimore City Maryland. Benjamin remained in Baltimore throughout his life. Ben was the only son with two sisters that preceded him in death, Mildred Anderson of Atlantic City NJ and Ernestine Chavis of Greensboro NC.
Benjamin accepted Christ late in life based on his conversations with many, and truly loved the Lord.
Benjamin received his education at Carver Vocational Technical High School. He also served in the U.S Army as a young man. After returning home, Benjamin married Margaret Dorothy Smith in November of 1949 and recently celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Benjamin started an auto body business in 1945 which remains to be one of the oldest minority businesses in Baltimore currently being run by his two sons and grandson. Ben was President of the Middle East Community Organization (MECO) in 1980 and served for several years.
Benjamin was an avid reader, self taught and had a strong yearning for knowledge. He would spend late nights going through the dictionary learning new words, the correct pronunciation, and the proper use of the words. Ben always believed that you should be somewhat versed on many subjects. He was an avid reader of the National Geographic and Readers Digest magazines.
Benjamin started working for the City of Baltimore in 1974 where he worked in various departments such as Urban Services, General Services and Building Maintenance. He was still working at the time of his departure, totally loving his job. He enjoyed going to work every day even though he was losing his eyesight, as he continued to drive one straight pattern to and from work. We say that’s true dedication or just crazy, but that’s who he was. When he no longer could drive, he occasionally walked to work due to a needed brake job on his 1997 Chevy Station Wagon.
Ben was a people person who enjoyed sharing life experiences and wisdom to those he came in contact with. A real carpenter in his own right, he had a strong love for jazz music, and above all he valued his time at family gatherings celebrating life.
He leaves to cherish his memory: His wife Margaret Baylor, 13 children, Celestia Drake (Dennis) Gwendolyn Brown (Charles) Benjamin Baylor III (Brenda), Reginald Baylor, Daryl Baylor, Deborah Baylor, Anthony Baylor, Jerald Lewis I, Inetha Adams (Chauncy) Shaunta Brown (Jim), Quincy and Brandi Moore. There is also one God Daughter; Bernice Presbury, two adopted Kids; Sharon Maddox and Jack Elam, a host of Grand Children, Great Great Grandchildren, and many Nieces and Nephews stretching from Atlantic City NJ to Greensboro NC, as well as a dear friend to the end Ella Myers, including a host of friends and extended family.