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Gordon Dale Frazier

June 18, 1931 ~ June 27, 2018 (age 87)

Gordon Dale Frazier, affectionately known as "Gobo" was born on June 18, 1931, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, to the late Helen E. Frazier and Clifton Duvall. "Gobo" was called to eternal rest on Thursday, June 27, 2018, at the age of 87, at his home in Prince George's County, Maryland.

He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age at Stewartown United Methodist Church (now Goshen United Methodist Church).

He was educated in the Montgomery County Public Schools and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950. He called himself a "clean dresser" and won best­ dressed in high school. After working at the Charles Savage Farm as a milk truck driver and for Montgomery County Library, he entered the U.S. Army in 1953 and was honorably discharged in 1955. After coming home from the military he worked several jobs before becoming a Foreman for the City of Rockville Parks and Recreation until his retirement.

"Gobo" - - what an extraordinary name!  His motto was, "my name is Bo, I'm always on the go, that's why they call me "Go - Bo!"  He loved his name and lived up to it at the fullest. Everybody knew Gobo from Rockville to Gaithersburg to Frederick. His lifestyle was unpredictable; he loved to joke with you. When he was in his "celebratory mood" (from 5:01 p.m. Friday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday) he would call you names, hurt your feelings, make fun of your clothing, tell you you're ugly, and that you need to dress like him. These were things he never thought were hurtful because he'd say the same things while sober. Decked in his white suit, red shirt, white tie, red socks, and white shoes or matching black shoes, his favorite saying was: I’m cute.” Some of his family and friends would ponder how he would enjoy his weekends yet religiously attend the early service at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. He sat in the same seat in the pew (aka the "bad bow row") every Sunday morning. Gobo had a heart for giving. You could borrow money from him, and he would record it in his little black book. He would see young mothers on the street and give them money for milk, diapers, or whatever was needed for their children. Plus, he'd give people rides to wherever they needed to go. He had a love of automobiles, and the most memorable one was his red van. The young people in the neighborhood loved to ride in it. He dressed the van up in style with all kinds of accessories, mirrors, lights, hubcaps, and handcuffs, complete with a non-working earphone.

We all loved Gobo in our own way. He had many friends, and one "special friend" Harold Dyson who has been with him through thick & thin all of his life. He also had many City of Rockville friends that visited him at the little pink house in Lincoln Park i.e. "City of Rockville Party House", which was also a Fred Sanford and Son replica. There were stoves, record players, tables, chairs, umbrellas, grills, non-working refrigerator, non-working stove, non-working water fountain, non­ working telephone, you name it, anything and everything that he would pick up somewhere or was given to him he made use of it. Gobo was an avid cook - - a skill he finessed in the military. When visiting him there would always be a feast: pig feet, ribs, cabbage, potatoes, etc. along with his City of Rockville friends around the table.

Gobo leaves to cherish his memories as a father figure to Charles 'Junibabe" Snowden (Mary) and William Aubrey Joppy, Sr; his granddaughter Shelly (his caretaker); one great granddaughter; two great-great grandchildren; three sisters, E. Rosemary Campbell, Alma T. Robinson and Jean E. Prather; five sisters-in­law, Mildred Frazier-Keyes, Lillie Harriday, Viola Sellman (Conrad), Janie Phelps, and Dale Harriday; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by wife Margaret Harriday Frazier; his mother; father; and two brothers, Irving (Scoopie) and Richard (Dickie) Frazier.

 

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