Frank Nutter1

b. 24 August 1937, d. 5 March 2019
Frank Nutter Sr.
Deceased
March 5, 2019
     Frank Nutter was born on 24 August 1937. He married Maude Anna Norcross on 19 October 1958. He died on 5 March 2019 at age 81; Frank Eugene Nutter Sr., 81, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Coffman Nursing Home.

Born Tuesday, August 24, 1937 in Tilghmanton, MD, he was the son of the late Grover C. Nutter and the late Elizabeth E. (Lambert) Dayley. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Maude Anna (Norcross) Nutter.

He attended Hagerstown High School. He was a life member of the Western Maryland Sportsman Club and a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. His construction career started with Bester and Long and he retired from McCleary Earley. Frank was an avid sportsman his whole life. He enjoyed duck pin bowling, golf, hunting, fishing and baseball. He played on the first Little League Baseball team from Hagerstown that went to the Little League World Series in 1950. As an adult he played baseball for the Independent League for Mt. Lena, where he earned his nickname "Fireball" for his pitching abilities.

He is survived by his children, Julie Mackereth & husband Kevin of Maugansville, MD, Stacie Morris and husband, Wayne of Hagerstown, MD and Frank Nutter, Jr. & wife Stephanie of Louisville, KY; four sisters, Joann Nutter of Boonsboro, MD, Tonj Baker of Rising Sun, MD, Sherry Meckes (Harvey) of Walnutport, PA, and Dana Dayley of Hagerstown, MD; brother, Gary Nutter of Big Cove Tannery, PA; brother in law, Emmitt "Bub" Norcross, Jr. (Sandy) of Williamsport, MD; grandchildren, Justin Hoover, Jason and Jennifer Morris, Zachary, Agnes, Eli and Owen Nutter.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by his brothers, Donald Nutter, Patrick Dayley, and Greg Nutter.

Services will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 2:00 pm, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. G. Stanley Steele officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home, Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Interment will be at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown, MD.

The family would like to extend their gratitude and special thanks to the Coffman Nursing Home Staff for their love and exceptional care shown to Frank.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Coffman Nursing Home, attention Staff Appreciation Fund, 1304 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742 or The Food Bank c/o St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 601 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com.



Citations

  1. Editor’s note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail runs “A Life Remembered.” Each story in this
    continuing series takes a look back – through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others – at
    a member of the community who died recently. Today’s “A Life Remembered” is about Frank Eugene
    Nutter Sr., who died March 5 at the age of 81. His obituary was published in the March 7 edition of
    The Herald-Mail.
    As the oldest of nine children, Frank Nutter Sr. took on the role of protector. His siblings said other
    children didn’t mess with them, because they knew Frank would come to their aid.
    Daughter Stacie Morris of Hagerstown said family legend has it that “Uncle Gary would start the
    fight, Uncle Don would try to stop the fight and Dad finished the fight.”
    Born in Tilghmanton, Frank grew up on George and Prospect streets. His work ethic started at a
    young age, when he delivered newspapers on Jonathan, Bethel and Prospect streets, using a
    wagon he got for Christmas.
    An athlete, Frank talked about playing baseball and basketball at the Salvation Army on George
    Street as a kid. He was on the 1950 team that went to the Little League World Series, the first team
    in Hagerstown to do so, said his family.
    As a pitcher, both in Little League and fast-pitch softball as an adult, Frank earned the nickname
    “Fireball” because he could throw a baseball 94 mph. He could also hit.
    Frank got an offer to play with a minor league farm team when he was playing in an independent
    league. He was recently married and said no, that he couldn’t leave.
    Later on, he coached at West End Little League, where his son played. Grandsons Eli and Owen
    Nutter are baseball players, as is great-granddaughter Ashtin Hoover, who plays fast-pitch softball.

    Frank also worked as a pin setter at Raney’s Coliseum bowling alley near Hagerstown’s Public
    Square, which is how he got into duckpin bowling.
    “He threw the ball so hard, the ball would hit the backdrop and come back down the alley,” said
    daughter Julie Mackereth of Maugansville.
    Before settling into his career job, he also worked briefly for his uncle cleaning septic tanks.
    Quiet with a dry sense of humor
    While his daughters describe their father as quiet and not much of a talker, Frank had a dry sense of
    humor and loved to laugh.
    “He was a man of few words, but when he spoke ... he was never rude or mean, but direct,” said son
    Frank “Frankie” Nutter Jr. of Louisville, Ky.
    Julie said when her father told stories about “running around” Sharpsburg and Shepherdstown,
    W.Va., with his cousins and their buddies, he’d start laughing so hard he couldn’t finish the story.
    Frank’s wife of 55 years was the social butterfly. Maude Norcross was babysitting with a female
    friend when Frank tagged along with a buddy and they visited the girls.
    “The first impression from Mom was that he was cute, but bad,” Julie said of Frank.
    Both were students at Hagerstown High School, although Frank did not graduate. They enjoyed
    going to dances and drive-in movies.
    Six months after they started dating, Maude wrote in a journal of her life that she knew she was
    falling for Frank, because of how she felt whenever she was with him.
    The proposal came without fanfare. Frank and Maude were standing in front of his grandmother’s
    house, where he had lived since his teen years, when he said ‘We’re getting married.’
    Maude’s response was ‘Yeah, when?’
    First Frank got baptized and confirmed at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, then they got married at the
    church on Oct. 19, 1957.
    The 20-year-old newlyweds honeymooned in Frederick, Md., then lived in the house Maude was
    born in, with her parents and brother Emmitt “Bub” Norcross Jr. in the other side of the duplex.
    Bub, who lives in Williamsport, Md., was seven years younger than Frank and Maude. They let him
    tag along wherever they went.
    “He was a hard worker and a good provider for his family and mine,” Bub wrote in an email.
    Whatever Frank got into, he always gave it his best, a value he instilled in his family.
    “We had a life of great times together. He was all you could ask for in a brother-in-law and a whole
    lot more. ... He became the brother for me that I never had,” Bub said.
    Frank started working as a construction carpenter, and besides his regular job, worked side jobs in
    the field.
    “If you needed help, he was there, especially carpentry. He could build anything,” Julie said.
    Even though he wasn’t a high school graduate, Frank was an avid reader and very knowledgeable.
    He especially liked reading about the Civil War and history.
    Family first
    The Nutters had three children: Julie, Stacie and Frank Jr. To differentiate the two Franks, Frank Jr.
    was called Frankie or Little Frank.
    “I just hope one day I could live up to being Big Frank,” Frankie said.
    He said growing up, no matter how tired his father was when he got home, he always had time to
    throw a ball around.
    “He always had more than enough time for family and his kids,” Frankie said.
    Whether it was going to parades with the Golden Majorettes his daughters were in or Frankie’s ball
    games, Frank was there.
    Since his passing, the family has heard many stories about how Frank helped others.
    “He never asked for credit. It was from the kindness of his heart. He was just a good guy,” Frankie
    said.
    Julie was an obedient, child and her father had to give her only a look to get her to behave. Stacie
    was a tomboy and less obedient.
    When Stacie was born, her father wanted her to be named Susan, but Maude overruled him and she
    was named Stacie Sue. She remembers her father calling her Stacie only once, instead calling her
    Suzie.
    Some family vacations were to Ocean City, Md., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Frank and Maude also
    owned a trailer in Rio, W.Va., which they referred to as their cabin, as a getaway destination.
    The guys would go there for a week of hunting at Thanksgiving.
    “He absolutely loved hunting. He went in in the dark and came out in the dark,” said Julie, noting that
    he’d save up his time off so he could take most of the month of November off.
    Julie was 14 and Stacie 12 when Frankie was born. Before he had a son to hunt with, Frank Sr. took
    his girls hunting.
    Hunting was not fun for Julie, but Stacie enjoyed squirrel hunting with her father.
    To his kids, Frank Sr. was “Dad” and to his seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, he
    was “Pap.”
    Granddaughter Jennifer Morris said she had a standing date on Monday nights to watch WWE
    wrestling with Pap.
    “He’d die of laughter at my reactions. We just enjoyed spending time together,” Jennifer said.
    Pap enjoyed attending their recitals, activities or watching their games.
    “Anything, he supported them always,” Stacie said.
    “The biggest thing I learned from my father was that if you’re going to do something, do it right.
    ‘Always choose the hard right over the easy wrong,’ Frankie said.
    “He was just a wonderful father. From a man’s perspective, he taught me to be a man.”.