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Preston Thomas Cottman

Preston Cottman

Preston Thomas Cottman, age 87, born August 11, 1928 to the late Willis Cottman, Sr. and Annie Cottman departed this earthly life on Monday, November 30, 2015.  Preston, the second of 14 children was educated in the Somerset County Public School System.  He met Dolores “Wragg” and went on to marry her in 1949.  Through this union 7 children were born.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church. Prior to his failing health, he helped maintain the grounds at the church and was very active in ensuring the upkeep of the church.

Preston worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for the James Julian Construction Company and later for George & Lynch Construction Company until his retirement in 1993.  Prior to his work in construction he was a tenant farmer for the late George Alder for 12 years.  Preston was an awesome gardener and was known to feed the community along with his family.  He was an animal lover and anyone that knew him knows that all his animals had names and how much he loved Critter. And how can one forget Lightning. When Preston was not working, he shared his passion for raising hunting dogs and hunting with his brothers, long-time friends and his oldest nephew “Bunny” Lloyd Harmon.

Preston was a quiet and honest man known to have a big heart.  He was well known in the community and loved gathering with family and friends. He was an excellent provider and many times in addition to taking care of his own family he helped many others. He was strict with his children (especially the girls) instilling in them good morals and values to carry them throughout life. He loved his grand and great grand kids unconditionally and could often be heard imparting life lessons to them. Each one of them held a special place in his heart.

Preston, fondly known as “Tuff”, Pop-Pop, Uncle “That Did It”, Uncle Preston, Uncle Pres and other names too numerous to mention, leaves to celebrate his life and memories, Dolores, his wife of 66 years; his 7 children, Geraldine Shelton, Preston Cottman (Charlotte), JoAnn Cottman, Janice Cottman-Waters (Jeff), Gregory Cottman (Rose), Vincent Cottman (Sharon), and Willis “Whip” Cottman.  Eight grandchildren, Craig McGill, Patrick Cottman, Sr., Gregory Cottman, Shayla Baldwin, Jamison White, Onika Cottman, Jana White, Brianna Cottman;  13 great grandchildren, Jeremiah and Logan McGill, Patrick Cottman, Jr, Jeylon White,  Khadri-Jaree’’ Cottman, Breasya Hall, Braylen Cottman, Zayla Baldwin, Gregory, Jr., Gemani, Kameron, Jha’rael and Ghamel Cottman; sisters, Josephine Harmon, Elsie Collins, Vida Jackson (Richard), Marguerite Grant, Lucille Cook, and Betty Cottman; brothers Omar (Joyce) and Samuel Cottman, Sr. (Bernice).  Sisters and brother-in-laws, Rovella Cottman, Helena Wragg, Pamela Anderson (Curtis), Lonnie Cropper, Marquita Bivens; a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and a wealth of friends. He also leaves to celebrate his life and memories, three very special god daughters, Kyana A. McGill, Devoy Taylor and Luzetta Jones.

Preston was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert, Willis, Jr., Alexander, Randolph, and one sister, Lennie.

Preston was known for many Preston’isms.  The most famous of those (let us all say together one more time) Yee! That Did It”, “One Day at a Time” (his favorite hymn).

A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, December 6, 2015 at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church in Princess Anne.  A viewing will be held 6-8 PM Saturday at Anthony E. Ward Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

Dennis Wellington Brady, Sr.


Dennis Wellington BradyDennis Wellington Brady, Sr. 87, departed this life on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Coastal Hospice at The Lake in Salisbury, Maryland.  Born in Philadelphia on October 10, 1928, he was the son of the late Dan Brady and Arneta “Mom Tedie” Stevenson Brady.  Brady, as he was affectionately known by family and friends was reared in Somerset County, by his grandparents, Elijah and Marietta Stevenson.

He enlisted in the United States Army serving our country.  Brady was employed at the former Campbell soup Company in Salisbury as a receiving clerk, he later retired after 30 years of service.  He then became employed with the Somerset County MAC Senior Center in Princess Anne, Maryland with 21 years of service.  Brady along with his family began their Christian training at Mt. Hope A.M.E. Zion Church in Princess Anne.  He served in many capacities, including church musician.  In 1954, four young men, whom all were members of MT. Hope A.M.E. Zion Church formed a quartet group called The Zionaires.

Brady was a member of The American Legion Walter Polk Post #132 and Veterans of Foreign War Post #9505.  He enjoyed going to different famous sing group anniversaries, sleeping and having coffee with the guys at Royal Farms.

He leaves to cherish fond memories with his wife of 62 years, Bernice Brady; two sons, Clarence Thomas and Dennis Brady, Jr.; one daughter, Earlyne Brady, all of Princess Anne, MD; three grandchildren, Tonya Waters, Sherelle Brady and Atoya Fletcher; four great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren; one sister, Elise Stewart of Charlotte, NC; one very special nephew, Wendell Brady; four godchildren, Janae Marshall, Janet Banks, Kim Banks and Stephen Wells; a special cousin, Brenda Foreman of Chester, PA; and a host of other nephews, nieces and friends.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Mt. Hope A.M.E. Zion Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.  Bishop Weldon Johnson will be the Eulogist. A public viewing will also be held  2 to 6 p.m. Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be held at Christ M.E. Cemetery in Pocomoke.


Angela Rene Brinkley


On November 15, 2015, God called one of his beautiful flowers home.  Angela Rene Brinkley, the daughter of Charles Frank Brown, and the late Goldie E. Corbin-Palen was born on January 28, 1967 in Salisbury, Maryland.

Ann, as she was affectionately called, received her early education from Mount Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon, NY; a Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and earned a Master’s in Education from Grand Canyon University.  She was currently seeking her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.  Angela was nominated in 2007 as teacher of the year at Tawes Vocational School, thereby placing her amongst the nominees for the State of Maryland, Teacher of the Year. She started her professional career in Somerset County, Maryland, and then went to Accomack County, Virginia.   When a position became available she returned to Somerset County.  She was a professional educator in Somerset County for 12 years.

She loved the Lord and was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion Station, Maryland.

Angela possessed a natural ability to inspire and motivate any and all individuals with whom she came into contact with especially her Washington High School students, faculty, and staff.  Angela was dearly loved by her students and staff.

In 1988, Angela met Darryl Brinkley in whom she found the love of her life.  They married in 1995, and raised their children together.  Ann was an inspirational teacher, and a nurturing mother and grandmother and the best sister and aunt one could ever have.

Angela leaves behind to mourn and cherish her memory, her father, Charles Brown; her husband, Darryl Brinkley; six daughters, Kia Brown, Latoya Victor (Jonathan), Latoya, Sharie, Enjoli, and Stormi Brinkley; three sons,  Marcus and Kevin Sturgis, and Derrick Gerald; a multitude of grandchildren including but not limited to the following, Kahmel, Avery, Kaylei, Kamryn, Christopher, Scott, Savion, Ahmydia, Sylise, Trinedy, Tae, Lexi, Marcus, Noah, and Layla; her sisters, Charlene Thomas (Jacques), Chalena, Charlie, Tina and Pam; one sister-in-law, Wanda; several aunts and uncles and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held 1pm Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Washington High School in Princess Anne with a viewing two hours prior.  Reverend Cynthia Bonneville will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 2 to 6 pm Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be private.

Martha Lee Paige

Martha Paige

Martha Lee Paige, 93 was born April 15, 1922, to the late Raleigh and Irene Paige, in Palmyra, North Carolina. She departed this life suddenly after a lengthy illness on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at McCready Health, in Crisfield, Maryland.

Martha was educated in the Somerset County Public School Systems.  She lived and worked for several years on the Price Family Business Farm in Marion, Maryland.  She later moved to Crisfield, Maryland, where she worked in the seafood industry at Milbourne’s Seafood Company.  Due to an unforeseen illness and disability she left the workforce permanently.

Martha enjoyed family gatherings and was an avid bingo player. She loved children and was known as the “Neighborhood Mother” because she could often be found handing out treats, advice, and compliments.

Martha served as her mother’s caregiver until she became a resident of Tawes Nursing Home.  However; she continued to faithfully nurture, visit, and care for her mother’s needs while visiting her daily, until her death.

Martha next joined the Adult Day Care Center in Somerset County where she enjoyed making crafts, playing a variety of games, art work, and most importantly to her, playing “bingo.” She was known as the Bingo Queen.”

Due to an extended illness in 2007, Martha entered the Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Facility, wherein she continued to participate in the facility’s activities, and of course resume her play of bingo, collecting cups full of money.  Another of Martha’s favorite past times was singing, as she could often be heard singing acapella for the staff and residents.  She expressed her spirituality through singing, clapping, and listening to the spoken word during church services held at the facility.

Martha was a happy, loving, joy-filled, God fearing woman, who loved the Lord.  She accepted Christ as her Savior over sixty years ago at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield, MD, where she served as an usher before her illnesses.

Martha leaves to cherish fond memories, two daughters, Mary Lee Paige of Crisfield, Maryland and Margaret Paige-Bacon of Princess Anne, Maryland; one son, Ronald Louis Paige of Crisfield, Maryland; one grandson, Marquette Paige (Latisha) of Ocean City, Maryland; two great granddaughters, Markayla and Justice Paige; and one great grandson, Honor Paige. In addition, one special nephew, Allen Paige of Salisbury, Maryland and two special nieces, Gloria Boone, of Norristown, Pennsylvania and Lucy Ames of Glen Burnie, Maryland. She also leaves a host of other nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raleigh and Irene Paige, one daughter, Beverly R. Paige, three sisters, Mary E. Smith, Maggie Paige, and Lucy Miles Blue, and one son-in-law, Ellsworth Bacon, Sr.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, November 28, 2015 at St. James United Methodist Church in Westover with a viewing one hour prior. Reverend Ronald Bell ,Sr. will be the Eulogist. Interment will be in Union Asbury Cemetery in Crisfield.

Verna L. Corbin


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Verna Louise Corbin, 54, departed this life on Friday, October 30, 2015 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born January 25, 1961, she was the daughter of Juanita Bailey and the late L. Elwood Jones, both of Venton, Maryland.

Verna was educated in the public schools of Somerset County.  She was a 1979 graduate of Washington Senior High School.  She was formerly employed at Perdue, Inc. and most recently as an Instructional Assistant for Somerset County Public Schools.

Verna attended St. Mark United Methodist Church in Oaksville where you could find her working in the kitchen whenever she was needed.  She was a free spirited person who had a beautiful smile that would light up a room.  She had a deep love for people especially for children.  She loved to sew, bowl, decorate, play bingo and could make anything when she put her mine to it.

Verna was married to the love of her life, Reginald Corbin, Sr. for 29 years.  From this union, four children were born.

In addition to her mother, she  leaves to cherish fond memories with her loving husband, Reginald Corbin, Sr.; three daughters, Alisha, Jayla and Kayla Corbin; one son, Reginald Corbin, Jr.; two special sons, Seth Bennett (Michelle) and Johnathan Lewis, Jr; one special daughter, Tamiya Matthews; two brothers, Carl Bailey (Carla) and Louis Smith (Crystal); five sisters, Angela Corbin, Paula Long (John), Yvonne and Monica Jones and Robin Bailey; a mother-in-law, Bessie Corbin; three sisters-in-law, Linda C. Woolford (Stephen), Colleen Slade and Gail Corbin; four brothers-in-law, Thomas Corbin, Sr. (Mary), Cornell Corbin, Sr. (Gabriele), Russell Corbin, Sr. and Ronald Corbin, Sr. (Dorothy). A host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, godchildren, cousins, other family and friends.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis “Mickey” Jones and Gerry “Termite” Jones; one sister, Sharon Jones; and one niece Terra Leatherbury.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 7, 2015 at First Baptist Church, 528 Booth Street and Delaware Avenue in Salisbury with a viewing one hour prior.  Reverend Elmer Davis will be the Eulogist and Reverend Ronald Bell will officiate.  A viewing will also be held 1 to 6 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Interment will be in Oaksville Community Cemetery.

Roger C. Christopher

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Roger Columbus Christopher Jr. departed this life on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. Roger was born on May 28, 1952 to the Mary E. Christopher and the late Roger C. Christopher Sr.

Roger completed high school at James M. Bennett in Salisbury, Maryland. He married his late wife, Bertha (Collins) Christopher a.k.a. “Squeaky” and to that union, three children were born. Roger enjoyed fishing with his family and friends. He also enjoyed going to the Delmar Drag Way.

For years, Roger Jr. and his late father, Roger Sr. owned and operated Roger and Son Trucking Company Inc. He also owned Roger’s Rhythm and Blues record store on the plaza in Salisbury, Maryland.

In addition to his mother, he leaves to cherish his memory: four sons, Roger W. Christopher, Brian L. Cotton (Tapeaka), Verron L. and Rodney C. Christopher; one daughter, La’ Tanya E. Christopher; two stepsons, Warren Corbin and Kenneth Bryant, Jr.; one stepdaughter, Stella Robinson; 28 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one sister, Cynthia Polk; two uncles, Douglas J. King Sr. and Naaman King; his mother-in-law, Bessie Stevenson; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends. In addition to his father, Roger was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Collins Christopher.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne, MD.

Marlyn Edward Holland, Sr.

Marlyn HollandMarlyn Edward Holland, Sr., 87, of Marion Station went home to be with the lord on Monday, September 21, 2015 at Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Marlyn was born on August 6, 1928 and was the son of the late Sidney Whittington, Sr. and Elnora Holland.

Marlyn was raised on “Branch” of Marion Station, Maryland and was always proud of that association.  He was educated in the Somerset County School System. After graduating from Carter G. Woodson High School, Crisfield, Maryland he honorably served in the United States Army.  When he returned from active duty he completed a three year program of studies at Maryland State College now UMES in Princess Anne, Maryland.  He then went on to work for over 20 years at Campbell Soup Company and then on to Rubberset of Sherwin-Williams for over 20 years before retiring.  As a life-long member of Mount Peer United Methodist Church he faithfully studied the Bible, shared his love for the Lord through fellowship and for over 40 years served as the church treasurer.

He leaves to cherish fond memories with his wife of 58 years, Bernice C. Holland; his son, Marlyn E. Holland, Jr. (Kathryn); his daughters, Catherine Holland, Frances Holland-Gonzalez and Katie Morris; his grandchildren, Robert A. Holland, India H. Johnson and April L. Timmons; two brothers, Sidney Whittington, Jr. (Beatrice) and Grover Whittington (Clara); one sister, Agnes Sutton-Brown and a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, James, Samuel and Arby Whittington

A Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Handy United Methodist Church in Marion Station with a viewing one hour prior. Pastor William Miles will be the Eulogist. Interment will be at Mt. Peer Cemetery in Marion Station.

Remonia A. Finney

Finney123Remonia A. Barkley Finney, daughter of Margaret Gunther-Barkley and the late Howard A. Barkley went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at her residence in Eden, Maryland.

Remonia attended the Public Schools of Somerset County and furthered her education with M.V.A. in Salisbury, Maryland.

Remonia joined Flower Hill United Methodist Church at an early age and continued her ministry with New Psalmist Non-Denominational Church in Westover, Maryland.  She later transferred her ministry to Trinity Faith Christian Center in Fruitland, Maryland under the leadership of Pastor Violet Jones.

Remonia was a faithful and devoted member who loved the Lord with all her heart, mind and strength.  She was very active with many organizations within the church.

In addition to her mother, Margaret Gunther-Barkley of Princess Anne, she leaves to cherish her memories with the love of her life for 22 years, her husband, Robert L. Finney of Eden; one granddaughter, Keisha Donahue; one sister, Martha Barkley Cottman of Eden; three stepdaughters, Katrina, Tara and Chimere’ Finney, all of Salisbury and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one son, Donald A. Banks, Jr.; five brothers, Frederick, Herman, Oliver, John “Jack”, and Alphonso Barkley and one nephew, Thomas Cottman.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Trinity Faith Christian Center in Fruitland, Maryland.  With a viewing one hour prior. Pastor Violet Jones will be the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 PM-8:00 PM on Saturday at the Church.  Interment will follow at Flowerhill Cemetery in Eden, Maryland.

Mother Annie Mae Milbourne

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Mother Annie Mae Milbourne, 91, of Westover, Maryland departed this life on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland after a brief stay at Anchorage Nursing Facility.  She was born on February 22, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Linwood and Annie Mae Johnson.

Mother Milbourne received her education in the Somerset County Public Schools.  She was employed by Green Giant for 30 years and continued to work seasonally well into her 70’s.

She was a member of the United Church of The Lord Jesus Christ Apostolic Faith, baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost in her late 20’s.  She was a founding member of the Daughters of Zion and active in the ECI Prison Ministry.  She also fellowshipped with Apostolic Revival Center in Crisfield, Maryland pastured by her faithful great nephew, Elwood U. Collins, Jr. during her illness.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one son, James Edward Johnson (Elaine) of Roslyn, PA; one granddaughter, Wanda “Cookie” Belin of Baltimore; one great granddaughter, Kelia L. Belin of Baltimore; two sisters, Maria Maddox of Fairmount, MD and Mary Jeanette Hutchinson (Alvin) of Baltimore; one sister-in-law, Cassie Johnson of Salisbury; two special daughters, Darlean Young and Sandra Milbourne, both of Salisbury; two special sons, Arthur Maddox and James Milbourne.  Mother Milbourne was blessed to have many devoted nephews, nieces, and brothers and sisters in Christ, all who assisted in her care in a special and loving way.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded on death by her husband, John Henry Milbourne; one sister, Evelyn Maddox and two brothers, Charles Johnson and Earl Richardson.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, September 12, 2015 at United Church of The Lord Jesus Christ Apostolic Faith in Westover, Maryland.  With a viewing one hour prior.  Pastor Lowell Collins will be the Eulogist and Pastor Elwood Collins, Jr. will assist.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 PM-8:00 PM on Friday at the Church.  Interment will be at the Church Cemetery in Westover.

Margaret Jones


Margaret Jones “Granny” or “Grandma” as she was affectionately called was born on May 1, 1943 to the late Mark Jones and Margaret Dennis.  After a lengthy illness, Margaret departed this life on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

After 42 years of service, Granny retired from Perdue Inc., there she received numerous awards for perfect attendance and outstanding service.

Margaret received her education in the public schools of Somerset County.  At an early age she became a member of Metropolitan United Methodist Church.  She was very supportive of her church and loved to read her Daily Bread and The Upper Room.  She got great comfort in listening to WESM “Stairway to Heaven” host Marian Birckhead on Sunday mornings.

For many years Granny was an active member of the Walter Polk Post #132 Ladies Auxiliary of Princess Anne.  She will always be remembered for her down home cooking, pleasant smile, pleasant disposition and her willingness to always help someone in need.  She loved to travel but after two or three days she would reply “I’m ready to go back home to Princess Anne”.

Granny was never married or had children of her own, but always took care of everyone’s child that she came in contact with and cherished them.  She kept popsicles and snacks on hand for them.  She loved watching western movies and the jeopardy game shows.  She will surely be missed by her family and many friends.

She leaves to cherish her memory with:  sister, Irma Deas of Baltimore, MD, brother, John Edward Dennis (Grace) of Princess Anne, sister, Dena Jones of Denton, MD, brother and  sister Mark Jones and Cynthia Jones of New York City; a special nephew, Adrian White of Baltimore whom she helped her sister Betty to raise; one aunt, Betty Sterling (Thomas) of Philadelphia; two godchildren, Tiffany Maddox and her son, Michael of Princess Anne; and a host of other nephews, nieces, cousins and numerous friends.  Granny was preceded in death by one sister, Betty White and one nephew, James White.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne.  With a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 PM-8:00 PM on Friday at the Church.  Interment will be at John Wesley (Bowland Hill) Cemetery in Princess Anne.