Our beloved Fred O. Vincent was born to Willie and Gladys Vincent on March 10, 1939. He was the youngest of 5 children. He received his early childhood education in Deridder, Louisiana. He was an honor student and went on to pursue his college degree at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1959, while attending Southern University, he became a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and was an active member his entire life. Fred graduated Southern University with a degree in Mathematics and was commissioned an officer in the United States Army in January of 1961 and served overseas in Korea for one tour of duty.
After his military service Fred moved to New York City where he worked as a teacher and also at New York Life Insurance. Fred married Eloise Rosa King in 1967 and had two sons Titus and Darryl.
Fred moved to Maryland in 1974 and began his employment in the federal government where he worked as a Computer System Analyst/Programmer in various departments until his retirement in 1999. Fred took an active role in raising his sons after leaving New York and moving to Maryland, no small feat for a single man starting over in a new state.
Fred was a proud member of the Prince Hall Masons and belonged to Roscoe Cartwright Lodge #129 where he held several positions including Worshipful Master of the lodge 93-94′. He later became the Southern Regional Grand Lecturer and was known for his proficient degree work throughout the state.
The love of Fred’s life for the past 20 years has been Gracie Beasley, more commonly referred to as his better half. Although they are from the same small town in Louisiana, it was not until 1992 that they found each other again. Their relationship was one of love, care, and commitment; and one that clearly shows us what it means to love unconditionally.
Fred preceded us on August 20, 2012. He is loved and dearly missed. He leaves behind his wife Gracie; one brother Ed Vincent; two sons Titus and Darryl; 4 step-children Stephanie, Rita, Brian, and, Felecia; 3 grandchildren Tiesha, Joey, and Isadore, 1 great grandchild Tavaris, many nieces, nephews, lodge brothers, fraternity brothers, and a very close friend, for nearly 60 years, who is not “like” a brother to him but “is” a brother to him, Oswald “Steve” Boykin II.
Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from 10:00am until time of service at 12:45pm at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 5000 St. Barnabas Road, Temple Hills, Maryland. Interment following at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland.