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Rita Elizabeth Polk

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Rita Elizabeth Polk was born on October 26, 1938 in Princess Anne,Maryland to the late Raymond and Hettie Polk. Rita departed this life on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

“Rita” as she was affectionately known by family and friends was educated in the Somerset County Public School System. She was employed at Sammie’s Soul Food on Lake Street in Salisbury, Maryland for 25+ years as a cook. She was known for feeding any and everybody that she came in contact with.

Rita was an affectionate and loving person who always kept the family laughing. One thing for certain, two things for sure she would set you straight under no uncertain terms. She enjoyed all types of gospel singing.

Rita leaves to cherish fond memories one daughter, Alverta Polk of Princess Anne, Maryland, one grandson; Donte’ Bivens of Forestville,Maryland, three sisters, Lucille Jones, Lottie Moses and Jennie Chase(Percy); one brother, David Polk (Joyce) all of Princess Anne; one sister-inlaw, Cynthia Polk and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives andfriends. She had a very special young man in her life that she loved as a grandson, Rashad Christopher.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by twelve siblings, Raymond Polk, Jr., Walter Polk, Earl Polk, Ephriam Polk, Clifton Polk, Glenmore Cannon, Charles Polk, Irving Polk, Sr., Bessie Ballard, Beatrice Polk, Bernice Stevenson and Ida Polk.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday April 6, 2015 at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church in Princess Anne, where friends may call one hour prior. Pastor David A. Miles will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 1-6 p.m. Sunday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Dr. Elton P. Maddox, Jr.

dr eltonDr. Elton Preston Maddox, Jr., 68 of Salisbury, Maryland, passed away, March 12, 2015 at Gilchrist Hospice Center after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Tony, (as he was known) was born November 17, 1946 to the late Elton and Virginia Maddox.  He was a 1964 Valedictorian of Woodson High School, Crisfield, Maryland.  He was an honors graduate of both Morgan State University and the University Of Maryland School Of Dentistry, where he was the first African American to complete the four-year Doctoral Program in 1972.

After graduation, Dr. Maddox served for two years as the Clinical Director of the TEAM program and three years as Assistant Professor at the Dental School for three years; before returning to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, to begin his private practice in 1977. In Addition, he continued to pursue an interest in Forensic Dentistry Consulting.  He was a member of the American Dental Association, The Maryland State Dental Association, and a proud member of the Eastern Shore Dental Society, where he was president from 1992-1993.

He was the recipient of many honors and awards, including his selection as (Who’s Who among Students in American colleges and Universities, Distinguished Military graduate (Morgan State University, 1968), Gamma Pi Delta Honor Society, 1970-1972), Timothy O. Heatwole Memorial Chair, 1972, and Outstanding Young Man of America, 1975. (University Of Maryland School of Dentistry.)

Dr. Maddox was involved in many community activities, through membership in his beloved Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.,  N.A.A.C.P, M.I.S.T.E.R. (Men Inspiring Students to Enjoy Reading),  to name a few.  He was also a devoted member of the Waters Chapel U.M. Church in Kingston.  He also loved auto racing, traveling and playing tennis.

After celebrating 31 years at his Salisbury, Maryland, dental practice, he merged the business with Dr. Kathleen Geipe in March 2012, allowing him to pursue other interests and spend more time with family and friends.

Dr. Maddox, who was loved and respected by his fiancée, his family, his patients and loyal friends, touched many lives with his sound advice, quick wit and humor, as well as his compassion, generosity and positive outlook on life.

To cherish his memory, Dr. Maddox is survived by his fiancée, Dr. Carol Steffy of Salisbury, Maryland; sister, Barbara Jean (Jim) of Burke, Virginia; brother, Michael (Gwen) of Catonsville, Maryland; sister, Anita (Everett) of Catonsville, Maryland; brother, Scott (Debbie) of Marion, Maryland;  four nieces, two nephews, and a host of other relatives and dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be held 12 Noon Friday, March 20, 2015 at Wesley Temple United Methodist Church, 1322 West Road in Salisbury, Maryland.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until 11:45 AM.   Pastor Frances Fitchett will be the Eulogist.  Ceremonial rites will be performed by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at 11:45 AM.

In lieu of flowers, send contributions to Morgan State University Foundation, for Dr. Elton P. Maddox, Jr. Scholarship Fund.  MSU Foundation, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, 201Truth Hall, Baltimore, MD  21251.  Online at”.  Choose “Other”, and enter “Dr. Elton P.Maddox, Jr. Scholarship Fund.”

Cora A. Ward

Cora WardCora Alletha Handy-Ward, 96, of Marion Station, Maryland, transitioned this life on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Salisbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 21, 1918 she was the daughter of the late John T. and Cora Fitchett-Handy.

She leaves to cherish fond memories:  two sons, James Ward (Aretta) of Marion Station, Maryland and Harmie J. Ward (Clara) of Baltimore, Maryland; one daughter, Shirley Ward- Potter of Pikesville, Maryland; eight grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; nine great great grandchildren; one sister, Alva Bell of Georgetown, Delaware; one sister in-law, Antoinette Handy of Lewes, Delaware, and a host of nephews, nieces, and other relatives.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harmie J. Ward; two brothers, John and Robert Handy; two sisters, Lois and Esther Whittington.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 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 held in Mt. Peer U.M.C Cemetery in Marion Station.

George Edward Whittaker

Whittaker Final 2George Edward Whittaker 59, of Crisfield, Maryland, departed this life on February 19, 2015 at his home. Born July 2, 1955, he was the son of the late Andrew “A.J.” and Rebecca Cannon-Whittaker.

He was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools. He was a dedicated seafood worker for 37 years. George was a kindhearted, hard working person who loved to joke.  He never met a stranger and was loved by many.

He leaves to cherish fond memories with two brothers, Claude Whittaker (Kyia) of Seaford, Delaware and Terry Whittaker (Iva) of Crisfield, Maryland; four sisters, Fredia Cannon and Barbara Whittaker both of Crisfield, Natalie and Beverly Whittaker both of Princess Anne; two aunts, Rosetta Cannon of Crisfield and Loretta Tisdale (Abe) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; one uncle, Owen Cannon of Crisfield; He also leaves to cherish special memories with his long time companion Olinda Tilghman, her family and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 28, 2015 at The Woodrow Wilson Community Center in Crisfield with a viewing one hour prior. Pastor Claude Whittaker will be the Eulogist. Interment will be held in Mount Peer Cemetery in Marion Station.

Melvin Edward “Lavelle” Robinson

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Melvin Edward “Vell” Robinson departed this life on February 4, 2015 at his home located on MT. Vernon Road in Princess Anne, Maryland. Born November 4, 1948, he was the son of the late Bill and Anna Robinson.

Melvin was educated in the Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia and after completing high school he joined the United States Navy. Melvin served two years in the Navy and was honorably discharged. He was employed as a spotter at several dry cleaning businesses in Maryland and Virginia. He was united in holy Matrimony to Betty L. Cornish in 1984. Melvin and Betty were members of The Church of Christ in Suitland, Maryland. They later relocated to the Eastern Shore and became members of Christian Stronghold Community Church in Princess Anne. They later joined Open Door Christian Community Ministries in Salisbury, Maryland, where Melvin was still a member.

He leaves to cherish fond memories with his wife Betty Robinson; one son Lavelle Burke; two daughters Melvina Baylor( Derrick) and Tamika Burke; two stepsons Darrell and Domonte Cornish; one step daughter Dalphine Ayres (Louis); two favorite aunts Elaine Bellamy and Mary Childs; several grandchildren, nephews, nieces and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Anna Robinson.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday February 14, 2015 at Christian Stronghold Community Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior. Apostle Isaac Ballard, Jr. will be the Eulogist. Interment will in held 1 p.m. Tuesday February 17, 2015 at The Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Maryland.

Ellsworth Bacon, Sr.

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Ellsworth Bacon, Sr., 67 was born on April 20, 1947 to Anna Mae Burrell and adopted by the late Christopher Columbus Burrell, Sr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He departed this life suddenly on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at  Edward W. McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield, Maryland.

“Ells” as he was fondly called by the ones who loved him, matriculated from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the tender age of seven. Ellsworth spent his childhood days in Crisfield, Maryland, under the care of his “second mother,” Ethel Hatton, who reared and loved him unconditionally.

Ellsworth graduated from Carter G. Woodson School and immediately joined the U.S. Army, where he served his country for three years.  Ells returned to Crisfield, Maryland and found employment at Sherwin Williams Company, also known as Rubberset.  He spent a total of 49 years encompassing several industries; completing a total of 36 years of service in the manufacturing industry, at Rubberset.

Ellsworth accepted the Lord in his life at an early age in Crisfield, Maryland at Shiloh United Methodist Church. He adopted his favorite scripture the 23rd Psalm, which he wore on his forearm with a personalized insignia, NEA, which meant, “Never Ever Alone.” He was currently a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Oaksville, Maryland where he served on the Finance Counting Committee and previously as a member of the Adult Choir.

Ellsworth loved his family wholeheartedly.  He was considered the life of the party with his charisma and infectious personality during family gatherings.  Ells was always willing to offer words of wisdom, encouragement, humor and an abundance of love and joy to everyone he encountered. He loved counseling and mentoring others and could often be seen doing just that while in the presence of young people at work and within the local community. Inspiring others in a positive direction was his passion.

Ellsworth was married to Margaret Paige-Bacon, the love of his life for 29 ½ years.  Some of his happiest moments were when he was in the presence of his beloved wife, Margaret, AKA “Sugar Love.” They shared an adoration that was rare and untethered, because not only were they husband and wife, but best friends.  Ells and Margaret were like two peas in a pod, always together as they shared a united spiritual bond.  Margaret will definitely miss their special time communicating their love for the Lord.  There was never a period when he didn’t take the time to show her just how much he treasured and adored her.

Ellsworth leaves to cherish fond memories, his loving and devoted wife, Margaret Paige-Bacon of Princess Anne, Maryland; his mother, Anna Mae Burrell of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; two children, Felisha Sutton (Jody) of Crisfield,  Maryland and Ellsworth Bacon, Jr. (Katrina) of Waldorf, Maryland; two sisters, Eileen Burrell of Yeadon, Pennsylvania and Dawn Burrell of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;  two brothers, Christopher Burrell, Jr. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Dean Burrell of Temple Hills, Maryland; three grandchildren, Daren Milbourne, Jr., Shakira Miles, and Ricko Miles; two great granddaughters, all of Crisfield,  Maryland.

Ellsworth also leaves to cherish fond memories, four aunts, Lorraine Cottman (Joshua), Regina Hill (John), Patricia Cooper and Janice Douglas (Sinclair); one uncle, Upshur Bacon; one mother-in-law, Martha L. Paige; two sisters-in-law, Mary L. Paige and   Kimberely Young; two brothers-in-law, Robert L. Bivens and Ronald L. Paige; one  goddaughter, Kristina Brown; a special best friend, Barry Noe, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Samuel and Ruth Bacon; “second mother,” Ethel Hatton, and sister-in-law, Beverly Paige.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute, 100 East Carroll Street, Salisbury, Maryland  21801.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, February 6, 2015 at St. James United Methodist Church in Westover with a viewing one hour prior.  Reverend Ronald Bell will be the Eulogist. Interment will be held 1 p.m. Monday February 9, 2015  in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.


Lucy P. Blue

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Lucy Miles Blue, departed this life on January 28, 2015 after a courageous fight with a lengthy illness. Lucy was born July 28, 1931 to the late Raleigh and Irene Paige in Norfolk VA.

Lucy was educated in the Somerset County Public School System. Lucy joined Shiloh United Methodist Church in 1959 and was a devoted member.  Lucy served as a communion stewardess and was a member of the Kitchen Committee for many years. Lucy was also a member of The Progressive Social Club.

Lucy was married to Charles Miles for many years. After his death she later married Zebedee Blue Jr.  Lucy was employed at the Milbourne Crab Company for many, many years. After leaving the seafood industry Lucy was employed as a custodian for the Crisfield Elementary School #1. Lucy was also a loving home caregiver for many years.

Anyone that came in contact with Lucy grew to love her. Lucy would have you rolling in stitches with her dry sense of humor. Lucy was known as the local family historian. She could tell you who was related to whom down to the 25th cousin twice removed.  Lucy was quite a strong and compassionate person. She would open her home and kitchen to all. She never turned down anyone who was hungry. Lucy instilled strong Christian values and strong work ethics to her family.  Lucy was a communicator; she loved talking on the phone to her best friend Miss Emily Taylor and all of her close associates, her children and grandchildren on a daily basis.

Lucy leaves to cherish fond memories with:  two daughters, Gloria Boon of Norristown, PA and Lucy Ames of Millersville, MD; four grandchildren, Tanyous F. Boone of Norristown, PA, Adrienne M. Ames of Millsboro, DE, Tiffany D. Peyton of Middle River, MD and Brandy M. Ames-Graham of Laurel, MD; seven great-grandchildren, David Hopkins (Denisha), Brandon Ames, Thomas Peyton, Jr., Brandon Peyton, Destiney Peyton, Autumn Ames and  Cali Graham; two great great grandchildren, Dazhaum and Drew Hopkins;  three stepchildren, Carolyn Payton (Bruce), Geraldine Miles of Wilmington, DE and a devoted stepson, Michael Miles (Sherry) of Chestertown, MD; a devoted friend, David Glenwood Ewell; two special nieces, Mary Paige and Margaret Paige-Bacon; two nephews, Allen Paige and Ronald Paige; one great nephew, Marquette Paige and a host of other family members and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Charles Miles and Zebedee Blue; six children, Clifford, Mary, Diane, Charles, Raleigh and Orville; a stepdaughter, Shirley Fontaine; two sisters, Maggie Paige, and Mary Paige-Smith.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Shiloh United Methodist Church with a viewing one hour prior. Reverend Frances Fitchett will be the Eulogist. Interment will be in Union Asbury Church Cemetery.

Tommy Thomas


Tommy Thomas, 45, of Salisbury departed this life on January 22, 2015 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center after a long illness. Born June 5, 1969, he was the son of Hazel Ballard and the late Theodre Ballard.

Tommy was educated in the Public Schools in Somerset County.  He was employed at Soft Touch in Salisbury until his health declined. He was an avid sports fan, he especially loved basketball. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He leaves to cherish his mother Hazel Ballard and his play mother Miss Josephine Harmon; two brothers Jerry and Terry Ballard; his twin sister Tammy Thomas; his grandmother Evangeline Coulbourne; two aunts Lottie Ballard and Reverend Doretha McDaniel; two uncles William Thomas( Bernice) and Lewis Thomas( Mae) a host of other relatives nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Anthony  E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Rev. Doretha McDaniel will be the Eulogist. Interment will be private.

Billie Faye “Hannah” Brown


Billie Faye Brown, loving known as “Hannah”,78, was born May 2, 1936 in Crisfield Maryland to the late Garfield Sr. and Merley Sutton. After a long illness she quietly slipped away at the Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Home on Monday, January 19, 2015.

Hannah was educated in the Somerset County Public School. She lived most of her life in the Crisfield area where she was employed at Sherwin Williams Company. in Crisfield for 25 years.

Hannah was a very vibrant and loving mother, grandmother and friend. After her retirement she loved spending time reading all kinds of novels and books. She loved having discussions about what she read and the wayshe would tell the story sounded like it was made for television or a movie.  Her  all time favorite thing to do was to sit on her front porch and watch everyone pass by either walking or in their car no one could get by her without striking up a conversation.  She adored her grandchildren and great grand’s and loved coloring, playing board games or whatever they wanted to do, if she could do it for them she did it.

Han was the kind of person that people loved to be around, no matter the age difference they just loved being in her presence. She took time to listen to what you had to say, and it didn’t matter whether you were right or wrong she would not hesitate to let you know just what she thought.

Once her health failed she relocated to the Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Home where the staff there soon became her extended family. Han fell in love with all those who were entrusted with her care. She spent her days just like she did when she was at home on Chesapeake Avenue, sitting in her chair and watching everybody walk by.  She patiently waited on Lynn to bring her favorite Chinese food. Then Gina her “Boss” would walk in and that would certainly brighten her day.

With the love, support and ministry of her St. Paul Church family she came to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rev. McDaniel’s and Rev. Battle took the time to make sure she received Holy Communion the first week of each month. God placed these people in Han’s life to remind her that her spiritual life was of the upmost importance. She was always surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchild whom she absolutely loved with all heart.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory:  four daughters, Nora Lynn and Gina Brown, both of Crisfield, Candace Speed (Jason) of Allen Hurst, GA, Sheila King (Michael) of Salisbury, MD; two sons, Donald Brown, Jr. (Cynthia) of Newport News, VA and Keith Brown (Hope) of Baltimore, MD; one sister, Bobby White of Prince George, VA; 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchild; and a host of nephews, nieces and friends.

In a addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Ricky Brown; four brothers, Garfield Jr., Archie, Oliver and Roland Sutton; and four sisters, Jimmie Sutton, Bessie Wilson, Audrey Perrigan and Lillie Sterling.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield with a viewing one hour prior. Rev. Betty Smith will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 6-8 Friday, January 23, 2015 at the church. Interment will be held at Union Asbury Cemetery in Crisfield.

Frances M. Green

ScanFrances M. Green, 60, of Crisfield, Maryland departed this life  on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. She was born on October 18, 1954, in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania to the late John and Frances Gardner Rosenberry.  She resided in Crisfield the majority of her life.

She was employed at Paul’s Kitchen, Campbell’s Soup and most recently at McCready Foundation.

Frances enjoyed family, especially her grandchildren, LeMonte, Dayonna. Logan, Darryl and Jaliyah.  She also liked to go to yard sales, she enjoyed her flowers, cooking big dinners and baking different desserts.  To clear her mind she would sit and play solitaire, enjoyed 500 and poker.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Joseph Green, Sr.; two daughters, Jamie and Janise Fontaine; eleven grand-children; six step grandchildren; two stepsons,  Joseph, Jr. and Markie Green; one step-daughter, Tyesha Karumme (Ben); one brother, Joey Rosenberry; four sisters, Christina Becker (James), Paula Griffith (Robert), Theresa Rosenberry and Mary Horsey (James); one devoted friend/sister-in-law, Margo Gale; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield with a viewing one hour prior. Rev. Frances Fitchett will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the church. Interment will be held in Mount Peer Cemetery in Marion Station.