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July 06, 1992

Don K. Mathews


Services for Don K. Mathews, a letter carrier for the Postal

Service, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the George J. Gonce Funeral Home, 4001 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie.

Mr. Mathews, who was 59, died of heart failure Thursday while on his regular delivery route in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood.

The city resident, who was born in Ohio, had worked for the Postal Service for 25 years. He was known as "Giant" to his friends and customers, a name given to him because of his 6-foot-6-inch stature.

He graduated in 1951 from Piqua (Ohio) Central High School, where he played basketball and baseball. Mr. Mathews also played minor league baseball from the mid-1950s into the early 1960s.

Mr. Mathews was a horse racing fan, a lover of baseball trivia and liked crossword puzzles.

Survivors include his former wife, Marie A. Miller of Curtis Bay; four stepdaughters, Virginia Atkinson of Linthicum, Monique Hartz of Glen Burnie, Denise Tarleton of Pearl City, Hawaii, and Nicole Dalphond of Catonsville; his mother, Cleon Stoner, and a brother, Jim Mathews, both of Ohio; four grandchildren; a niece and a nephew.

Joseph Frame

Services for Joseph Frame, a retired real estate broker and investor, will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Funeral Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Frame, who was 90 and lived in Mount Washington, died of heart failure Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson.

Throughout his life, he was involved in numerous civic activities, many concerning health issues.

He was the oldest political campaign manager in city records when, in his 80s, he headed the election campaign for longtime city Comptroller Hyman Pressman.

In the mid-1920s and early 1930s, he was host of a Sunday morning radio talk show on WFBR radio.

Joe Frame, as he was known to his friends and associates, was born and reared in Baltimore. He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1918, where among other memories, he recalled being a member of the first human flag at Fort McHenry in 1914.

Mr. Frame was the past grand master of the Jacob Sandy lodge, Knights of Pythias.

He and the former Pearl Fried, who died in 1974, were married 45 years. He retired from his career in real estate two years later.

Mr. Frame is survived by his son, Barry Frame of Roland Park; a daughter, Ilene Frame of Hunt Valley; and six grandsons.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be sent to the American Israel Society.

Benjamin Parsons

Services for Benjamin Nathaniel Parsons, a retired Army sergeant who fought in three wars, will be held at noon tomorrow at Emmanuel Christian Community Church, 810 North Carrollton Ave.

Mr. Parsons, who was 71, died at his home in Baltimore's Garrison neighborhood Tuesday after a long struggle with cancer.

Mr. Parsons was born and reared in Baltimore and was a member of Emmanuel Christian Community Church of Baltimore.

In 1939, just before the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the Army and started a career that would end with his retirement in 1967.

His service duty included fighting in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was awarded a number of medals and ribbons, including the Bronze Star for valor.

After retirement, he became a member of the Maryland Defense Force in Pikesville.

In June 1991, he and the former Grace Belamide of Annapolis were married.

He is survived by his wife; two stepdaughters, Arria L. Character and Myra Gross, both of Annapolis; a brother, the Rev. James E. Parsons Sr. of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

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