Louis W. HanesRan Graceland CafeteriaLouis W. Hanes, an...

April 02, 1995

Louis W. Hanes

Ran Graceland Cafeteria

Louis W. Hanes, an ardent Elvis Presley fan who operated Graceland Cafeteria at the Baltimore County Courthouse in Towson, died of a heart attack Thursday at Fallston General Hospital.

Mr. Hanes, who was legally blind, had operated food franchises for the Blind Industries for 20 years. He took over the Towson operation four years ago and renamed it Graceland.

"He was always an Elvis fan," said his wife of 35 years, the former Betty Goodnow. She said her husband had the Elvis "look" long before the king of rock 'n' roll came on the scene. "He did the pompadour hair even before Elvis."

Mr. Hanes, who was 54, grew up on South Broadway in East Baltimore.

From their teen years, he and his wife followed Presley's career.

"My husband had every original 45-rpm record Elvis ever put out and copies of just about every picture of Elvis," Mrs. Hanes said. "We liked both the character and the music."

Much of the collection decorates their food service business, in the basement of the old courthouse.

The couple made annual trips to Graceland in Memphis and attended concerts by Elvis impersonators.

"We never got to see Elvis in person," Mrs. Hanes said.

Services were to be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Evans Chapel of Memories, 8800 Harford Road.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Robert L. Hanes of Rosedale; three daughters, Kathleen S. Curtain of Joppatowne, Grace E. Zellner of Cockeysville and Sharon L. Hanes of Harford Square; a sister, Roberta Dehaven of Baltimore; and nine grandchildren.

Flossie E. Parsons, a homemaker who loved to travel in the Caribbean and Europe and was active in the Order of the Eastern Star for many years, died Tuesday at Liberty Medical Center after a stroke. She was 83.

Born Flossie Pope in Isle of Wight, Va., she lived in Baltimore since she was 17. She and Zechariah Parsons, who worked at Bethlehem Steel Co., were married for 58 years.

For many years, Mrs. Parsons was treasurer of the Supreme Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star and as worthy matron of the Adah Chapter 10.

She also was, for 50 years, a member of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and its choir.

Services are to be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Calvin Scruggs Funeral Home, 1412 Preston St.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Ralph Philip Herron Jr., 68, who for 30 years was a librarian in several Enoch Pratt Free Library branches before retiring in 1982 from the Waverly branch, died March 22 of heart failure in his doctor's offices in downtown Baltimore. The Mount Vernon area resident was born in Corry, Pa., and served in the Navy during World War II. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree from the University of Illinois.

Survivors include a brother, David G. Herron; and a sister, Mary D. Staniford, both of Canton, Ohio; and a special friend, Kenneth C. Cramer of Hanover, N.H. Interment is planned at Mendham, N.J.

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