Saturday, October 4, 2003

Charles F. Doll was longtime headwaiter

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

FALMOUTH - Charles F. Doll was a maitre d' at the Beverly Hills Supper Club back in the 1950s, when it was a glitzy, Vegas-style Mecca for high rollers and visited by celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

Mr. Doll - bedecked with "flashy cufflinks and ring and watch" - was popular with many patrons who always requested that he serve them, according to his son, Charles Doll Jr. of Barboursville, Ky.

In the mid-1970s, Mr. Doll went to work for the Mobil 5-star Pigall's downtown.

"His job was his life. He took pride in it," his son said. "He was the best."

Mr. Doll died Monday at St. Luke Hospital East in Fort Thomas. The Falmouth resident was 89.

Born in Batavia in 1913, Mr. Doll grew up in an orphanage, where he, his three brothers and sister were placed when their mother died. "I think he was about 7," his son said.

Mr. Doll acquired little formal education and, as his son said, was "all self-educated."

Mr. Doll served stateside with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, then spent 52 years in the food-service business, including a stint in Chicago.

After 15 years at Pigall's, he went to work for the Queen City Club, where he met his wife, Edith, who was a self-described "kitchen flunky, because I did everything," she said.

"He was a wonderful guy and my children really, really loved him like a father," his wife said. "He's been the best part of my life."

After they both retired from the Queen City Club, they returned to work on special occasions like Reds opening day and New Year's Day.

Mr. Doll was a fan of the Reds and the sports teams of the University of Kentucky and Silver Grove High School.

He was also a member of the Falmouth Baptist Church and the Hardin-Browning Post No. 109 of the American Legion in Falmouth.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn Mabel Doll, in 1973.

In addition to his wife, Edith, and son, survivors include two daughters, Harriet Meyers of Bracken County and Betty Mae Wright of Falmouth; a step-daughter, Rita Ann Hodke of Covington; three step-sons, Jerry Ellison of Atlanta, Gilbert Godby of Fairfield and Richard Godby of Copley, Ohio; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 11 a.m. today at the Woodhead Funeral Home, 310 W. Shelby Street in Falmouth. Interment with full military honors follows at Riverside Cemetery in Falmouth.

Memorials: Falmouth Baptist Church, 401 Maple Ave., Falmouth, KY 41040.


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