Mr. Earl Lynn Titus, affectionately known as “Johnny”, the beloved husband of Karen Waters Titus, passed away on January 17, 2022, after a massive heart attack.
Mr. Titus was an Outreach Manager at the Weingart Center, an organization that provides services to the homeless in the Skid Row area of Downtown Los Angeles. Prior to his ten years of service at the Weingart Center, he provided outreach services to homeless veterans at U.S. Vets for thirteen years. Mr. Titus was known for his outgoing personality and was a favorite of the clients at US Vets.
Mr. Titus was a wonderful father of four and a doting grandfather of twenty-two who spent as much time as possible with his grandchildren.
He spent his early years in Pittsburgh, PA where he was a fantastic high school athlete who was warmly known as “Showboat” for his flashy play as a starting tailback and defensive back on the football field. He was a well-known sports enthusiast and an avid jazz aficionado who could recognize the music of most jazz artists of the past 35 years.
When he came to Los Angeles, Earl Titus became a member of Greater New Bethel Baptist Church located in Inglewood, CA and developed into a community and civil rights activist who opened doors for Blacks to serve as waiters in some of LA’s finest restaurants. Mr. Titus was a role model and mentored many young people who he encouraged to pursue their ambitions; so much so that they called him “Uncle Earl”. He was dearly loved by both the Titus and Waters families and was a particular favorite of his mother-in-law Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Services are still pending.