Joseph L. Queen Sr., 77, maintenance worker

May 05, 2004

Joseph L. Queen Sr., a retired hospital maintenance worker who enjoyed cooking and gardening, died of cancer Sunday at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 77.

Mr. Queen was born and raised in Baltimore, and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School. He served with an Army infantry unit in the Korean War.

He was a concrete refinisher for years before joining the maintenance department at what is now University of Maryland Medical Center in 1969. He retired in 1976.

Mr. Queen enjoyed tending the vegetable garden in the back yard of his Penhurst Avenue home. He also liked cooking chicken and ribs, which he coated with his secret homemade sauce, family members said. He also worked on home improvement projects and helped neighbors who needed assistance.

In 1944, he married Gloria Lane, who died in 1987.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Howell Funeral Services, 4600 Liberty Heights Ave.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph L. Queen Jr. of Woodlawn and Marvin L. Queen of Pikesville; four daughters, Sheila Queen, Linda Queen and Joette Queen, all of Baltimore, and Chantel Queen of Randallstown; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Son Jeffrey L. Queen died in 1989, daughter Nina Queen died in 1996, and daughter Denise Queen died in 1998.

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