ALFRED MATTHEWS was born to the late Arthur Davis & Pauline Fair on March 1, 1954. He departed this life on June 27, 2019, after a lengthy illness with family by his side.
Fred, as he was affectionately called, was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System; graduating from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in 1973 and briefly attended Morgan State University. For many years, he worked at Martin DePlores Social Club as a manger. Fred later found an interest in home improvement that led him to work for big-name companies such as Channel, Hechinger and lastly Home Depot as a well known supervisor.
Another interest dear to Fred's heart was cooking, which he used to gather family at his home. Whether it was Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving, or a weekday get-together, a formal invite was never needed. Though he was a great cook and his sweet potato pies and potato salad was always a family hit, he loved nothing more than his sister Big Girl's (Michonne) fried potatoes & onions.
Fred was a loving family man, who enjoyed the simple things in life, especially his Sunday trips to the farmer's market with his sisters, Candy & Rochonne. No matter what the day held, he was sure to check-in with his oldest sister, Carrie. Fred had a unique relationship with each of his brothers and each bond was something different. Oh'what a bond! Whenever he knew his brother Mike (his nurse) was coming in town, his face lit up with excitement. Fred was always a giver, and in his time of need, Mike never left his side.
As a jack of all trades, he was always ready and willing to help family and friends with anything, from hanging blinds to fencing to gardening and of course cooking. If you needed it, Fred would do it. He was genuine with everything he did, and you knew it was out of love. As much as everyone else could depend on Fred, he could always depend on Audie.
In 1982, Fred married Olivia "Dee Dee" Scott and from this union his only daughter, the apple of Fred's eye, Nikesha was born and in 1996 she welcomed his "twin" grandson, Montaque. He met Penny in the late 80's and they married in 2005; and from this union, he was blessed with a son, the late Samuel "Gentry" McIver and a granddaughter, Milyka. As much as Fred gave his time to others, he always made sure Penny was first. His grandchildren, Montaque & Milyka, held a special place in his heart and they could do no wrong in his eyes. Although Fred had many names, such as Alfred, Al, Uncle Fred, High Five and Lucky Buck the name "Pop Pop" was his favorite title.
Alfred was proceeded in death by his brothers, William Fair, Dennis, Gregory and Edwin Matthews; his sisters, Carlo Paisley and Renita Fair. Leaving to cherish his memory is his wife, Doretha "Penny" Matthews, his daughter, Nikesha Matthews, his grandson, Montaque Wright, his granddaughter, Milyka McIver, his four sisters, Carrie Bailey, Amelia Jones (Thomas Jones), Michonne Smith (George Smith) and Rochonne Fair; his three brothers, Rubin McClain, Joseph McClain (Porsha McCLain) and Michael McClain (Adrienne McClain), his aunt and uncle, Shirley Fields and Robert Carter, Sr., and a host of family and friends.
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