On Sunday November 8, 2020, Mayor Khidhr (Marvin Lancaster) peacefully was called home to be with the Lord. Mayor was born August 23, 1958, in Montgomery County, Maryland to father James Martin Sr. and mother the late Gloria Jean Lancaster. Mayor attended Whittier Elementary school as a young boy. As a youth he attended both Gaithersburg High school and Martin Luther King High school. Mayor was raised in Washington D.C. by his loving godparents, William “Buster” and Ruth Robinson. In 1972, Mayor moved to Rockville, Maryland with his mother and siblings Ronnie, Todd, Colette, Scott, and Henry. By 1973 his little brother Mike was born. Mayor loved and enjoyed his family. He was especially fond of all his siblings. He would proudly say that he was a “Taylor” from Emory Grove.
Mayor’s legacy is survived by his two sons, Zuberi Morrison and Malik (Antoinette) Morrison. In addition to his two sons, Mayor is survived by his granddaughter, Malia Grace Morrison. Mayor loved his sons and granddaughter. He was a proud father and being a father was a top priority. His weekends were always filled with trips to basketball games, outdoor activities, or a family road trip. He also adored his granddaughter who he affectionately called, “Granny.” Mayor loved showing off his grand baby.
Mayor was a public speaker and community advocate. He spoke at popular radio stations, various schools, and detention centers to adolescent men about his life experiences. Mayor felt empowered by his trials and tribulations, leading him to advocate for the youth in his community. He was a bright light to those he briefly encountered and deeply loved by the many people in his life. Mayor often encouraged others by randomly sending a text to family and friends with positive quotes and bible scriptures. His faith in God was strong. He often listened to his favorite gospel song “We Fall Down” by Donnie McClurkin.
Mayor was hardworking and truly a jack of all trades. He was a passionate writer and photographer. He even sold one of his original photos to American Idol judge Randy Jackson. He also wrote several self-published books. Through traveling for work and speaking engagements, Mayor had met so many people. Mayor worked as a driver transporting people to and from Raegan National, BWI and Dulles Airport. He was employed as Honorable Marion Barry’s personal driver until his death. Honorable Marion Barry’s last words to Mayor were, “I really appreciate God bringing you into my life.” After Marion Barry’s death, Mayor decided to write his last book, “Guided Steps”. He also worked on the political campaign of Derek Shackelford for Alderman of Frederick, Maryland. Mayor worked with many celebrities from the likes of the Wu Tang Clan, Marsha Ambrosius and many more. As busy as life was for Mayor, he started his own power washing business Gloria and Grace Pressure Washing.
Mayor’s infectious dancing, love for life and positive spirit will truly be missed.
Mayor is survived by his brothers and sisters: Todd (Evelyn) Lancaster, Colette Lancaster, Scott Lancaster, Henry Lancaster, Michael Tyner, Jaymes Martin Jr, Bonita Deas, Joanne (Talbert) McClellan, and Jakie (Victor) McClellan. His uncles, aunts and a host of relatives and friends.
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