Frank T. Stokes Morgan State supervisor

August 22, 1993

Frank Thomas Stokes, a Navy veteran and maintenance supervisor at Morgan State University, died Tuesday after a brief illness at the East Lanvale Street home of his parents.

The lifelong city resident and graduate of Dunbar High School was 61. Until his illness, he remained active in the American Legion Otha Spriggs Memorial Post in Baltimore, where he was a former commander, the Chesapeake Elk Lodge and the Question Mark Social Club. Former co-workers at Morgan State University paid tribute to him at a luncheon Aug. 11.

"Dad was a strong family person with many friends and that meant he had to be a friend to many," said his son, Baltimore

City Councilman Carl Stokes. "The greatest tribute was that those friends knew they could depend on him."

A veteran of the Korean conflict, Mr. Stokes served for nine years in the Navy. After his discharge, he worked for several years at General Electric Co. and became active in the labor union as shop steward and local officer.

He later operated his own carryout shop on Potomac Street before becoming maintenance supervisor at Morgan State University, from which he retired in 1991 after 18 years.

Mr. Stokes is survived by his wife, the former Delores White; and his parents, Frank and Arlene Stokes.

In addition to the councilman, he is survived by sons Steven and Donald Stokes and daughters Sheila Stokes and Francine Johnson, all of Baltimore. Survivors also include four brothers, William Stokes, Alvin Anderson and Michael Anderson, all of Baltimore, and Ronald Coleman of Harrisburg, Pa.; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 1501 E. Oliver St., where Mr. Stokes had been a member since 1949. Burial with military honors will follow in Garrison Forest Cemetery.

The family requests memorial donations to Morgan State University, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore.

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