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Obituary for LOWELL FREDERICK BLAKE
Lowell Frederick Blake, known as 'Fred' (and also as Howdy Doody by his family in his younger years), was born March 8, 1953 to the late Leroy and Lou Ruth Blake of Calvert County, MD. After a sudden illness, he departed this life on March 5, 2012 at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd Paul Blake and his sister, Venessa Marie Blake. On May 10, 1975, Fred was united in holy matrimony to Desiree' Wallace. From this union of 36 years, they were blessed with one daughter, Nichelle. He was also foster father to numerous teens. Lowell (Fred) attended Eastern United Methodist Church at a young age. In 1974, he joined Calvary United Apostolic Church. During that time he gave his life to Christ. He was a member of the Young Adult Choir and Male Gospel Choir. In later years, he attended the Holy Truth Apostolic Church in Washington, DC. Lowell (Fred) was a graduate of the Calvert County School System. He later attended the Highway/Bridge Carpenter Training Program in Norfolk, VA. Fred was a skillful masonry worker. He loved working with his brother-inlaw, Wilbur, in many, many masonry endeavors. He also was a master of the concrete trade. He was always willing to help others. Lowell's (Fred's) hobbies were listening to music, singing, gardening, caring for his yard, he loved drawing, assembling model cars, and wood carving. Lowell had a cheerful personality. His laughter brightened up a room and warmed the heart. If you were feeling down or was just not having a great day, he knew how to uplift your spirits. Lowell (Fred) is survived by his devoted wife Desiree'; his daughter, Nichelle; three sisters, Philis Hurley (Wilbur), Dianette Johnson (Vaughn), and Elaine Blake; one brother, Leroy F. Blake, Jr. (Carolyn); two foster children, Clarice Snowden and Debbie Harvey; four loving nephews, Wilbur Hurley, Jr., Vaughn (Jay) Johnson, Jr. (Yvette), Eric Hurley, Donte' Long, Sr. (Marcia); five adorable nieces, Tammie Hurley-Howe, Tamara Blake Wallace (Michael), Tiffany Blake, Ashley Long and Felisha Taylor; eight sisters-in-law, Beatrice Roland (Arthur), Irene McRae (Colon); Marion Coates; Ellen Gross (Roland), Lillian Roland (David); Franstine Barnes (Cedric), Ronda Wallace and Glynis Sims (Louis); five aunts, Alverta Buck, Marnette Stewart, Beatrice Buck, Delores Buck and Mary Buck; four uncles, James Buck (Louise), Richard Buck, Charles Buck (Patricia) and Thomas Gray, Sr.; and a host of devoted and loving great nieces, great nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Lowell (Fred) has several devoted buddies, Uncle Charles Buck, George Johnson, Raymond Barnes, Roland Gross and a very special cousin (brother), William H. Blake, Jr.