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Arretta B. “Rett” Ward


Arretta B. “Rett” Ward, 73, of Marion Station formerly of Crisfield, transitioned to her heavenly father on Friday, April 24, 2015 at McCready Hospital in Crisfield. Born September 4, 1941, she was the daughter of the late William Ward and Annie Mae Brown-Whittington.

She was married to James Edward Ward for 35 years and his soul mate for the last 56 years. Though she had no biological children she reared and took care of Flora Leatherbury (Annette) as her own daughter.

“Rett” as she was fondly known, was educated in Somerset County Public Schools, she worked for Sherwin Williams, Somerset County School and in the Seafood Industry. Out of all her jobs she really enjoyed picking crabs (plucking in her voice); she rarely missed a day of work.

Arretta was a devoted member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield, Maryland. She was member of the Senior Choir and the Kingdom Voices; she was an Usher for many years. She loved to sing and had a very distinct voice. She had many favorite gospel songs, but the ones that she was often asked to sing was “Ride Out Your Storm”, “Just the Two of Us” and “One More Day”.

Even through her physical disability she never asked God to remove her mountains just to give her enough strength to climb them. She will always be remembered for her wit and jolly personality.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, James E. Ward; three sisters, Patricia and Leah Brown and Roberta Whittington; three children, Jimmie Faye Miles, Arnold Miles, and William Palmer; seven grandchildren; three special nieces, Flora Leatherbury, Sheila and Vanessa Brown and other nieces Tamela Gerald, Sakena Whittington and Tynesia Brown; her nephew, Deon Brown; five brother-in-laws and eight sister-in-laws, a very special friend Mrs. Vera Sutton, and a host of other nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Allen Milbourne, Jr. and John Henry Whittington; one nephew, Javon Brown; her step-father, Calvin Whittington and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Cora Ward.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield with a viewing two hours prior. Reverend Alan Gould will be the Eulogist and Pastor Betty Smith will officiate. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the church. Interment will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.

Thomas H. Ward, Sr.

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Thomas Henry Ward, Sr. of Crisfield, Maryland was born November 28, 1929 to the late Amanda Merrill-Ward and Raymond Miles; he dedicated his life to the Lord several years ago.  On Wednesday, April 22, 2015 he took God’s hand and entered into eternity at Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Salisbury, Maryland in the company of loved ones. He died as he lived with grace, dignity, peacefully and quietly.

He was affectionately called “Tom”, “Daddy” and “Pop-Pop” by family and friends and was educated in the Somerset County School System. He later enlisted and served in the United States Army were he served in the Korean War (1951-1953) and received an Occupational Medal (Japan). Tom was later joined in Holy Matrimony to Martha Veney-Ward on October 30, 1991.

Tom was a very kind, loving and hardworking father, husband and man who was revered and loved by anyone he came in contact with. He worked in the Seafood Industry in Crisfield, Maryland. He also worked for Pusey’s Groceries and often talked about how much he loved working there. He was so proud of his grandchildren and would grin when introducing them to others. Tom was an avid traveler, reader and loved to watch Monday night Wrestling and Westerns. He enjoyed attending church with James “Jimmy” Whittington at John Wesley Methodist Church in Westover; Living Hope Ministries and St. Paul Church in Crisfield with his wife,  Martha Ward; and My Father’s House in Princess Anne with his daughter, Fayetta Corbin. He could often be heard singing, There’s A Bright Side Somewhere”.

Tom leaves to cherish fond memories, a wife, Martha Veney-Ward of Crisfield; a sister Marguerite Miles Young(Melvin) of Crisfield; five daughters Fayetta Corbin of Princess Anne, Earnestine Corbin(Jimmy) of Wilmington, Sharon Stratton(Stephen) of Melfa, Angenette Stewart of Crisfield and Portia Cottman(Manwell) of Salsibury; three sons, Alfred Corbin(Caselenda), of Crisfield ,Wallace Ward(Yvonne) of Salisbury, Alphonzo Stewart of Princess Anne; two stepons, Brian Veney(Shawanda) of Princess Anne, Eric Veney(Teina) of Glen Burnie; twenty-four grandchildren; thirty-six great grandchildren; three great-great-great grandchildren, seven step grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Richard Maddox(Lucille), and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Amanda Merrill-Ward, Raymond Miles and sons, Alfred Stewart, Waldo Ward and Thomas Ward, Jr.; one brother, George Ward; one grandson, Alphonzo T. Stewart, and a number of aunts and uncles.

A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday May 2, 2015 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield with a viewing two hours prior. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015 at the church, where ceremonial rites will be performed by Crisfield Pride Elks Lodge #194 at 7 p.m. Interment will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.

Ernest W. Rolley

Ernest W. RolleyErnest W. Rolley, 84, of Marion Station went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 20, 2015 at McCready Hospital in Crisfield. Born January 19, 1931, he was the son of the late James and Tillie Rolley.

“Rolley”, as he was known by many, was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools where he graduated in 1949 from the former “Crisfield Colored High School”.

Following his graduation, he maintained numerous employments, some of which were: The Frances Cluff Hatchery for a number of years, Frances I. Dupont (a private family service for 17 years, Somerset County Roads Department in Westover, and upon his return from Wilmington, Delaware at the Rubberset Company in Crisfield. Some years later, he was blessed to become the owner of the “E.W. Rolley Trucking Company.”  He later became employed with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he was in Janitorial Services.

On December 22, 1951 Ernest was united in Holy Matrimony to Miss Dorothy Deshields.  From this union, one daughter, Sharon Rolley-Maddox of Princess Anne, Maryland.

Even though employment, business and family responsibilities were important, he remained a faithful member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church for his entire life. During his membership, he served in many capacities, Trustee, member of the Choir and on the Administrative Board.

He leaves to cherish fond memories with:  his wife of 64 years, Dorothy D. Rolley; two sisters, Frances R. Wise of Westover and Alice R. Smith of Marion Station; one daughter, Sharon R. Maddox (Lester, a very devoted son-in-law); one sister-in-law, Charlotte Rolley of Westover; three brothers-in-law, Oscar Smith and Marion Milbourne, both of Marion Station and Sidney Hayward of Princess Anne; two grandchildren, De’Andre Rolley of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Jayvon Maddox of Princess Anne; three special friends, Kelvin and Carol Ford and Dolly Burgess, all of Marion; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Sr., Jefferson, and James Rolley; three sisters, Daisey Miles, Illene Milbourne and Mary Hayward.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Marion Station with a viewing one hour prior. Reverend Alexinia Seldon will be the Eulogist. Interment will be held in the church cemetery.

Rita H. Harmon

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Rita Hayworth Frances Harmon was born August 10, 1949 to the late Hayward John Fisher Sr., and Clara Mae Green Fisher. She departed this life to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Edward W. Memorial Hospital in Crisfield, MD.

Rita affectionately known as “Reet” was educated in Somerset County Public School System graduating in 1968. She was employed in the Seafood Industry and later found employment as a Administrative Assistant with Sherwin-Williams Company (Rubberset) for 36 years.

Rita accepted the lord in her life at an early age. She was a faithful member at Shiloh United Methodist Church where she served as an Usher and on the Finance Committee until her health started to fail.  Reet had a loving, kind and gentle spirit. She enjoyed family time, weekly outings with her sister Jack and most importantly her children. She would talk on the phone to three special friends Ranford Williams, Beatrice Lawson and Deborah Conaway every morning.  Reet enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes.  Her specialty was any seafood dish and her green pepper dip. She would watch the court cases and tune into the UMES Gospel Station before her sight started to fail. Despite her health adversities, she remained humble and still had a smile on her face.

Rita leaves to cherish her memories: one daughter, Felisha Sutton (Jody) of Crisfield, MD; one son,  Ellsworth Bacon Jr. (Katrina) of White Plains, MD; three grandchildren,  Daren Milbourne,  Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC, Shakira and Ricko Miles, both of Crisfield, MD; two great-grandchildren,  Ka’Brayah Bourckel and Kamdyn Miles, both of Crisfield, MD; three sisters, Annie Fontaine (Clarence) of Goldsboro, NC, Jacquelyn Fisher of Crisfield, MD and Angel Handy of Salisbury, MD; one brother, James Green of Florida and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Bernetta, one brother, Hayward John Fisher, Jr.

A funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2015 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield with a viewing two hours prior. Reverend Frances Fitchett will be the Eulogist. Interment will be held in Mount Peer Cemetery in Marion Station.

Mainnie Bell

Ms. BellMainnie Bell, 92 of Brentwood, New York formerly of Crisfield, departed this life Sunday,  April 12, 2015 at Hospice Hill in Melville, New York. Born June 2, 1922 she was the daughter of the late Albert and Mary Ethel Maddox-Bell.

Mannie Bell worked at the Northport VA Hospital as a food service worker for 30 years. She was a member of the Bethel A.M.E. Church of Huntington where she met and became long time friends with Mrs. Carrie Adams and they both later transferred to Durham A.M.E. Zion Church.

Mannie Bell was a member of the then Durham A.M.E. Zion Senior Choir and she as willing to do anything that was asked of her. She would always be down in the kitchen helping out. She loved to sing and one of her favorite songs to sing was “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. She loved the old hymns and when she felt the spirit she would get out of her seat and walk the aisle and wave her handkerchief.

She was a very proud an independent woman. She was very a kind, loving, soft spoken woman and loved children but never had any of her own, but with her nurturing spirit you felt like she as your mother. She didn’t say much and she didn’t stand for any foolishness and she spoke what was on her mind. She was of great wisdom and she loved the Lord.

She leaves to mourn, three nieces and two cousins from Maryland; her closest friends Carrie Adams of Florida, Jessie Durham of North Carolina and Mae Horton of New York; and a host of other friends, church members and neighbors.

A memorial service will be held 7 p.m.  April 17, 2015 at Durham A.M.E. Zion Church in New York. Interment will be private.


Alfred H. “Pop” Hall


Alfred Henry Hall also affectionately known as “Pop”, the oldest son of the late E. Alverta “Birdie” Hall Jones and Frederick Corbin, Jr., was born on September 27, 1964 at Peninsula General Hospital, Salisbury, Maryland.   He suddenly departed this life into eternal peace at the age of 50 on Saturday, April 4, 2015; his final resting place was his family home in Oaksville, MD.

He was raised by his grand-mother “Mama Dorothy,” Dorothy C. Hall and his aunt Viola Mason, along with his mother.  As a young boy he attended St. Mark United Methodist church in Oaksville, where he recently rededicated his life to Christ and continued to serve as both member and usher at St. Mark and Metropolitan United Methodist Churches under the leadership of Rev. Ronald Bell, Sr.

Pop graduated from Washington High School and continued his education at Bowie State University on an athletic scholarship.  In high school and at Bowie, he excelled in several major sports, with baseball being his favorite.  After his college years he continued to play community ball.

Upon completing college he moved to Baltimore, MD to commence his professional career in management for Edison parking as one of their youngest parking lot managers.  He continued his management career for a span of 15 years including several major grocery chains.

In 1987 he met and later married Elva Scott and from this union the “Love of his life” Alexis Evalyna Alverta Hall was born.  He also adopted Tammy Wright and raised her as his own.

Pop loved to talk and was very knowledgeable on all subjects and talked whether you wanted to listen or not.  He was a free spirited and kind hearted person.

In addition to his father, he is survived by one daughter, Alexis and her mother Elva Hall and Tammy Wright; one sister Lisa Fontaine; four uncles, James Hall, Sr. (Leona), Eldon Hall, Sr. (Dierdra), Weldon Corbin, Sr., and Floyd Corbin (Shirley); five aunts, Viola Mason, Gladys Hall, Janice Hall, Christine Gillette (Linwood), and Jenester Corbin; sister/cousin Sonja Mason, beloved cousin Latrice Hall, his longtime friends and brothers in Christ, Pastor Carlos Bounds, Ross Holbrook and Perry “Maynard” Hall, many other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends that he loved as well.   He was preceded in death by his grand-parents, Milton W. and Dorothy C. Hall, brother, Levi Fontaine, and uncles Clifton Hall, Sr. and Darnell B. Hall.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his brother Levi Fontaine and his step father Albert Jones.

A funeral service will be held 12 noon Saturday April 11, 2015 at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Oaksville where friends may call two hours prior. Pastor Carlos Bounds will be the Eulogist and Pastor Ronald Bell will Officiate. A viewing will also be held 2-7 p.m. Friday April 10, 2015 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in Oaksville Community Cemetery.


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.