Richard L. Malone, 87, tavern owner, machinist

December 04, 2004

Richard Leonard Malone, a retired tavern owner and telephone parts machinist, has died of complications of diabetes and a stroke. He was 87.

Mr. Malone, a longtime Ashburton resident who later moved to Ellicott City, died Thursday at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Mr. Malone earned a teaching degree from St. Paul's Normal School in his hometown of Lawrenceville, Va. He taught elementary school in Virginia before moving to Baltimore's Druid Hill Avenue in the 1940s.

He became a machinist in the wire shop of the old Western Electric Co.'s Point Breeze works from 1943 to 1978, when he retired. He made telephone parts.

Starting in the mid-1960s, he also owned and operated Mel's Tavern in the 2200 block of Reisterstown Road, along with several rental properties in West Baltimore.

"He was one of the first African-Americans to buy a home in Ashburton," said his granddaughter Danielle G. Cooper of her grandfather's 1958 move to Dennlyn Road. He became active with Citizens On Patrol, a neighborhood watch group.

Mr. Malone was a past president of a social club, the Lords and Ladies. He enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, following the Orioles, fishing and playing cards.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Sharon Baptist Church, 1373 N. Stricker St.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Gloria Alston; two daughters, Sandra M. Donaldson of Ellicott City and Marcia Malone Brown of Baltimore; two brothers, Nelson C. Malone of Washington and Fred W. Malone of Hampton, Va.; a sister, Mary Malone Draper of Haverford, Pa.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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