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Fannie Elizabeth Parker

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Fannie Elizabeth Harris-Parker departed this life Monday, January 4, 2016, at St. Anthony’s Community Hospital, in Warwick, N.Y. was born on December 8, 1933, in Attapulgus, Georgia.  She was the daughter of the late Willie and Rosebud Adams-Harris.  The Harris Family moved to Somerset County, MD, where Fannie received her education in the public school system.

Reared in a family whose lives were dedicated to serving our risen Savior, she accepted Christ into her life at an early age.  She grew up in the St. Paul Methodist Church in Revels Neck, Westover, MD.

She was joined in Holy Matrimony on October 19, 1952 to the late William A. Parker.  They relocated to Paterson, NJ where Fannie attended the Charm Beauty Academy in Newark, NJ and became a licensed beautician.

Fannie returned to Somerset County where she was the owner/operator of the Classic Coiffure Beauty Shop in Princess Anne for 35 years before her retirement.  She loved her craft as a beautician and many friendships were formed between wash, set and dry or straightening comb and curling irons.

As a faithful member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church she served in various capacities which included, Sunday School teacher, and Lay Speaker. She served as a member of the United Methodist Women, Communion Steward Chairperson and Administrative Board Chair.  Again, Fannie enjoyed true friendship and fellowship among the congregants.

Fannie often reminisced of her childhood adventures; her first train ride from Georgia to Florida as a little girl, her favorite “old bald headed doll baby,” her chores, but counted her baptism in the Jordan River on a trip to the Holy Land, with two of her sisters, the most memorable.

Fannie lived the message of the Harris family motto:  “A Family That Prays Together, Stays Together.” She hosted the very first annual Harris Family Reunion in 1976.  She loved attending family reunions and would never miss an opportunity to take photos with family members.  She would often say “while we’re growing up, both morally and spiritually, always do your best to bring a family member along in the journey. ”

She leaves to cherish her memory:  eight children, Delphine Steficek of Vernon, NJ, Carlton Parker, Dylan Parker, and Thaddeus Parker of Paterson NJ, Todd Parker, of Austin, TX, Brian Parker and Dale Parker of Princess Anne, MD, and Dean Parker of Alexandria, VA.  Affectionately known as “Nana,” she leaves fifteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  Also to cherish her memory are; three sisters, Otha Lee Collier, Thelma Scott and her husband, Elder Earl of Fruitland, MD, and Janie Johnson of Manokin, MD; two brothers, John Harris and his wife, Cynthia of Paterson, NJ and Elder Lee Harris and his wife, Betty of Jacksonville, FL and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends from the Senior’s Center.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Paula Parker, two sisters, Frances Harris, and Dollie Avent, and two brothers, Leonard and James Harris.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Upper Hill, MD with a viewing one hour prior.  Interment will be at Centennial Cemetery in Fairmount.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Centennial Cemetery Maintenance Fund.

Emily Margaret Taylor

Emily Taylor Obituary Photo 001Emily Taylor Obituary Photo 001Emily Margaret Taylor, born November 1, 1932 in Coinjock, N.C., departed this life on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, from complications of cancer.  Emily, 83, was the third oldest of nine children born to the late Henry and Erma Ellington.

Educated in the Maryland school system, Emily was also a faithful member of St. Paul Episcopalian A.M.E. church, here in Crisfield.  She was active in the church as a communion steward for many years, and attended faithfully for as long as she was physically able.  She also served as the president of the Progressive Club with many lifelong friends.  Emily absolutely loved doing crossword puzzles and reading – especially poetry – and was often asked to read literary and inspirational pieces both in church and at other programs.

Emily was blessed to marry her husband of 31 years, Cornelius (“June”) Taylor, of Marion, MD, who also preceded her in death.  Their union afforded them the blessing of jointly raising six devoted children who loved, admired, and respected her beyond measure.  Family was everything to her; a doting mother, caregiver, sister, and friend who would give her very last.

A long-time employee of 40-plus years of the Metompkin Bay Crab Co, it was here where she forged many lifetime friendships.  Strong-willed and independent, Emily became a second- or “play mother” to a host of young ladies whom she inspired and encouraged to strive for their fullest potential.  Emily exuded humbleness and humility, probably her most endearing qualities, which led others to gravitate to her for both advice and comfort; she listened without judging.

Now that the sun has set on this life richly lived, Emily leaves to cherish her memory:  one sister, Frances Shelton (Roy) of Princess Anne, MD and one brother, Philip Ellington (Dorothy) of Hillcrest Heights, MD.  Her loving children:  Larry Bell (Bonnie) of Manassas, VA; Bruce Bell of Akron, OH; Ramona Evans (Wendell) of Crisfield; Dr. Michael Taylor (Jestine) of Atlanta, GA; Darlene Taylor of Crisfield; and Kevin Taylor, also of Crisfield. Also, eight grandchildren: Jason Bell, David Bell, Mark Bell, Marshand Whittington, Jodi Parsons, Jasmine Taylor, Jason Taylor, and Courtney Bell; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to her parents, sisters, Doris White, Myrtle Johnson, and Jane Parker, as well as brothers, Alvin, Willie, and Randolph Ellington preceded Emily in death.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 pm Saturday, December 26, 2015 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield with a viewing two hours prior.  Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Crisfield.

Violeta “Cat” DeShields


Violeta Deshields, 76 , daughter of the late Lettie and Edward Deshields was born October 22, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the residence of her daughter after a long illness.

Violeta was affectionately known as “Cat” by her family, friends and all that knew her. She was educated at Somerset Junior High School. Cat was a seamstress and most recently was a caregiver.

Cat received Christ as her Lord and Savior on November 30, 2015. She had a very kind heart and would feed anyone in need or offer them a place to stay when she had her own. She loved her grandchildren and great-grand’s and even the ones that weren’t her own. Cat loved court TV, game shows, crossword puzzles, sewing and crocheting. She loved going to her day center. She would often say in the mornings when she would be getting  ready to go to the center, “please make sure I am matching and don’t forget to put some perfume on me”. She would also demand that her nails be painted.

Cat leaves to cherish her memories:  one daughter, Gwendolyn (Lorenzo) Roberts of Columbia, SC; one son, Carnelius (Carlisa) Deshields of Princess Anne; four granddaughters, Michelle Hearne, of Salisbury, MD; Tyra Marshall of Germantown, MD; Keiona Deshields of Milford, DE and Shantay (Lee) Pierce of Altus, Oklahoma; one grandson, Avery Carnelius Deshields of Salisbury; seven great grandchildren; one special nephew whom was raised as her son, Reginald Deshields (Aushae) of Salisbury; six sisters, Juanita Deshields of Fruitland, MD, Rosalee Watkins of  Baltimore, MD, Victoria McRae (Rev. Henry) of Providence, Rhode Island, Olivia Cottle, Verna Sprowall and Millicent Dennis, all of Philadelphia, PA; two brothers, Robert (Maria) Deshields, of Marion Station and Ronald Graham of Philadelphia; and a host of other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her sisters; Georgia Henry, Laura Deshields, Malinda Watkins, Betty Ann Burgess and brother, Samuel Deshields.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Princess Anne with a viewing two hours prior.  Interment will be in Oaksville Community Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Otto Frederick Cottman


Otto Frederick Cottman, 68, of Princess Anne, Maryland departed this life Sunday, December 6, 2015 at his residence.  Born January 29, 1947, he was the son of the late Irvin Grant and Maggie Ballard-Cottman.

Otto attended the Somerset County Public Schools.  After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army where he completed three years of service.  After his discharge, he lived in Princess Anne for a short time before moving to Chester, Pennsylvania.  While living in Chester he worked at the Philadelphia airport for a number of years.  When he returned to Princess Anne, he worked as a security officer and as an assistant for the Anthony E. Ward Funeral Home.

At an early age, he became a member of his family church; the old Mount Carmel Baptist Church which was under the leadership of Reverend Ervine Hargis.  He was also a member of the VFW Post #9505.

Otto, lovingly known as “Toe” or “Tisso” to his family and friends, enjoyed traveling and loved to drive.  He never turned down an opportunity to transport anyone, no matter how near or far the destination.  He also loved to play a variety of card games.  His favorite saying was “What’s Happening.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lorraine Cottman, a brother, Robert Cottman and a nephew, David Cottman.

On Sunday, December 6, 2015, Otto F. Cottman shed his earthly clothing and took his final resting place.  He is survived by his wife Rosann Cottman; two sons, Frederick and Larion Cottman of Pennsylvania; two daughters, Denise Cottman of Delaware and Romona Cottman of Pennsylvania; one sister; Lois Douglas of Salisbury; two adopted sisters, Betty Hall and Carolyn Cottingham of Princess Anne; twelve grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Princess Anne, with a viewing one hour prior.  A public viewing will also be held 2:00 – 6:00 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Interment will be held 1:00 PM Monday, December 21, 2015 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, MD.

Lovan Mae Smith

Lovan SmithLovan Mae Smith, 82, departed this life on Friday, December 4, 2015 at Aurora Senior of Manokin in Princess Anne, Maryland. She was born on May 8, 1933, in Somerset County. She was the beloved daughter of the late John Cottman, Sr. and Betty Waters-Square of Princess Anne, MD.

She received her education in the Somerset County Public School System.  At an early age she began her Christian walk with the Lord. She loved singing in the choir and praising God.

She married James Smith and to this union four children were born.  She retired from Campbell Soup Company in Salisbury, Maryland.

“Mom Von,” as she was affectionately called by everyone that knew her, was loved by many.  She made you feel welcome and her children and grandchildren’s friends looked up to her as mom or grand mom.

She was an active member of the Metropolitan Gospel Choir until her health failed singing her songs. Her favorite hymn “Oh I want to see HIM.” She was a lifetime member of the Walter Polk Post #132 Ladies Auxiliary.  Always a joke or some form of laughter would be shared with her loved ones.

She leaves to cherish her memory: two sons, James Smith, Jr. and Tony Smith, Sr. of Princess Anne, Maryland; two daughters, Ola Milligan of Princess Anne and Michelle Hunter of Baltimore, Maryland; twelve grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; one sister, Blanche Jones of Princess Anne, Maryland; one brother-in-law and two sisters-in law, Arthur Smith (Luetta) of Salisbury and Frances Smith of Salisbury.  A host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Sr., her grandson, Michael Dennis, Jr., six sisters, seven brothers and a host of other relatives.

A funeral service will be held 1pm Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 pm Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in John Wesley (Bowland Hill) Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Ernest Stanford Kersey, Jr.

Ernest-Stanford-Kersey-Jr._editedErnest Stanford Kersey, Jr., 56, of Frederick, Maryland, formerly of Kingston, Maryland, departed this life Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Born January 19, 1959, he was the son of Ernest and Thelma Kersey.

In addition to his parents, he leaves to cherish his memory with four brothers:  Kaven, Nathan, Raymond and Eric Kersey; five sisters, Lydia Peterson, Tinna, Carol, Jennifer and Margaret “Lanell” Kersey; two uncles, Raymond Kersey (Irene) and Leroy Ballard (Leola); Three aunts, Victoria Hawkins (Earlie), Bessie Dickerson (Bill) and Delores James (Lionel); several nephews, nieces, other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Nicole Kersey.

A memorial service will be held 12 noon Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be private.

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.