Frank Roy Boling, age 63; of Chesapeake Beach, MD; childhood resident of the Berkshire Community within District Heights-Forestville, MD, passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis MD. (Frank just learned on December 7, 2021, that he had late stage lung cancer. Three hospitals and 20 doctors later he was placed into hospice care at Anne Arundel on Friday, January 14, 2022.)
Frank was the first son of Frank Burton Boling (1928-2020) and Norma Florence Boling (nee Ford) (1927-2018). He had two siblings: his loving sister Joanne Carol Dickinson, of Owings, MD, and his 5-years-younger brother John Arthur Boling of Waldorf, MD. He is survived by his longstanding companion and wife of 36 years, Susan Diane Boling (nee Owen), and their three children and spouses: Jessica Rae Boling of Lothian, MD (Ryan); Brandon Owen Boling (Mary), of Hamilton, VA; and Matthew Burton Boling (Dallas), of Chesapeake Beach, MD; He also leaves to mourn him, two grandchildren, Alyssa Nicole LaLone, who lives in Arizona, and Cayde Artemis Boling, of Chesapeake Beach, MD; a host of nieces and nephews, and, his two loving and four-legged companions Lily and Tater.
Frank’s interest in music and drums began in his very early teens. I remember going to several regional Battle of the Bands contests where Frank and our eldest son, Bobby, would be “dueling drummers”. With his vast experiences and exposure to renowned musicians Frank honed his talents and skills and became a successful singer/song writer and drummer. My favorite song he sang so impeccably was “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” by The Tokens. He last played alongside his longtime friend Jimmy Barnett in December 2019, before Jimmy’s passing at Christmas. Frank (aka Frankie B Goode) was a member of several regional punk rock, rock n roll, jazz fusion, and R&B bands: the Out-of-Hand Wilson Band; Person to Person; Nu Revolution; Route 4; Nikki and the Breakers; COPD Jam Band; and probably a few others that I don’t recall at this moment. Even on his deathbed on Monday afternoon, (with super oxygen blasting in through his nose and medications in through his viens) Frank tried to sing along to Brandon’s playing of The Beatles music (one of Frank’s favorite bands), on his guitar and other singers in the room Diane, Matthew, and Darren. Periodically, I would notice Frank’s fluid-swollen arms and hands, moving as if he was playing his drums. Jessica and I just listened and soaked in this precious but difficult moment.
Frank graduated Suitland Senior High School in 1976. In the mid-90s, he used his musical interests and marketing talents to open his successful “Pix N Stix Music Supply, in Hyattsville, MD”. He closed his store in 2008 because of the epic Great Recession from 2007 to 2009, which burst the U.S. housing bubble, and contributed to the global financial crisis among businesses and people’s lack of discretionary spending. (This was the most severe economic recession in America since the Great Depression of the 1930s.)
Prior to owning his retail musical instruments store, Frank worked in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry as a technician; he was a supervisor warehouseman for Marlo Furniture, and went to work at Gino’s Restaurant on Marlboro Pike in Forestville, MD, just out of high school. This is where Frank and Diane met and began dating.
Frank also loved muscle cars, but his most recent love was his 2009 immaculate white Corvette, which he undebatedly treasured and handled with kid gloves (unlike his days of old).
Like his father, Frank will always be known for his intellect, humor, quick wit, and familial OCD. He left his legacy of musical appreciation to all of his children. Brandon nimbly plays primarily banjo and sings and sounds much like his father; Matt also plays the guitar, and Jessica and her daughter, Alyssa could have been in the movie “Perfect Pitch,” although they all-too-rarely share their singing voices with us.
The video below includes Frank at the drums and his longtime friend Jimmy to Frank’s left playing the guitar. (Frank’s singing begins at 6:31 and stops at 9:08 )
The family would like to thank all family, friends, and neighbors for their kind words of sympathy and condolences during this difficult time.
Donations in Frank’s name may be made to:
- Humane Society of Calvert County, Po Box 3505, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, or
- American Cancer Society, or
- Another Charity of Your Choice.