Please Help Me Honor My Late Dad

Hello folks. My dad, Dr Rev Lloyd E. Marcus passed away in June at age 90. Dad was a firefighter, a paramedic and an author. First and foremost, Dad was a committed preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I remember a childhood incident which convinced me and my younger brothers Jerry and David that our dad was Superman. A neighbor’s home caught on fire. We three little boys chased after Dad as he ran to the smoke-filled burning house. Dad ordered us to stay back. With one powerful blow, Dad kicked in the door and ran in to save whoever might be inside. We were blown away. I believe we all thought, “That’s the kind of man I want to be when I grow up.”

Dad was a man of many firsts. He was among a handful of Baltimore’s first black firefighters, winning “Firefighter of the Year” two times. Dad was Baltimore’s first black paramedic. As a Merchant Marine, Dad was the first black sailor to land in St Petersburg Florida. Locals tried to hang him. Dad’s fellow seamen who were white saved his life.

An exclusive Baltimore Country Club gifted free memberships to Baltimore City firefighters. They were shocked when my black dad showed up with my brothers Jerry and David to go swimming in the pool. Dad said all the white people exited the pool. He and my brothers kept coming back and the whites eventually got over it.

The day before God took Dad home, my sister Gloria, brothers Jerry, David, Allen and I gathered around Dad’s bed. His eyes were closed. He was too weak to speak. Each of us thanked Dad for the way he raised us. We vowed to continue his legacy of striving to do what is right. Dad nodded his head.

The Bible says,“Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)

I am honoring my dad with a book titled, “Storefront Memories” The book will feature my paintings based on my childhood memories of growing up in Dad’s Baltimore storefront church, along with stories about Dad. I need your help to make this book a reality.

Please visit my page. 



Please encourage your friends and associates to help as well.I thank you in advance. May God richly bless you.

Thanks again, Lloyd Marcus

Lloyd Marcus The Unhyphenated American

God instructed Pharaoh, “Let my people go.”
God instructs us,“Let my people know.” Spread truth.

7 comments for “Please Help Me Honor My Late Dad

  1. March 18, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    you sir are a great man and black people can be just like whites..good or bad..but you sir in my opinion are the best..god bless you

  2. Robert W. Terrell
    March 18, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    I did what I could for you, Lloyd; I posted this to my Gab account under News. Maybe it will help folks see who you are and encourage them to help you out with this worthy cause! I promote you every chance I get! Have a GREAT day!


    • March 19, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Bob thanks brother. God bless Lloyd

  3. Bruce
    March 19, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    What can I do to help?

  4. Steve W
    March 23, 2019 at 11:23 am

    God bless your family. May your father rest in peace. Firemen are great people.

  5. Don Eckard
    March 25, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Lloyd, really enjoyed and appreciated your article and story about your dad. I’m a white guy who grew up in Louisiana in the 1950’s and 60’s and saw racism displayed most every day. Thankfully, we have come a long way–not far enough yet, but by the grace of God we will some day see there is only one race–the human race. Thanks again for sharing the wonderful story about your father–a true American of whom we should all be thankful and proud. Don Eckard

  6. Susan Anderson
    April 1, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Dear “Brother” Lloyd. I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your dear father. May you, your siblings and family sense God’s peace, presence, mercy and strength as you travel your own individual grief journeys. I lost my mother December 9th, 2017….it was and is a horrific tragedy for me. Even though our entire family each know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior… is a void, my heart is broken. I know that we will spend eternity together and when God calls me… I am ready. I’ll do my very best to share your story/stories. are a wise man whom God is using as a vessel, His words spoken through you. Thank you and may God Bless America.

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