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Charlene Y. Cottman

Charlene CottmanCharlene Y. Cottman, 62 of Salisbury,Maryland, departed this life on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Born October 12, 1952, she was the daughter if the late Malcolm Cottman and Tomachia Johnson.

Services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne, Maryland with a viewing one hour prior. Interment will be at Mt. Peer Cemetery in Marion Station, Maryland.

Hayward J. Fisher, Jr.

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Hayward John Fisher, Jr., 60 of Crisfield, Maryland departed this life on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Perry Point VA Medical Center in Perry Point, Maryland.  Hayward was born February 23, 1954.  He was the son of the late Hayward John Fisher, Sr. and Clara Mae Green-Fisher.

Hayward was educated in Somerset County Public Schools and graduated from Crisfield High School in 1972.  He joined the United States Army and served six years and was honorably discharged.

Hayward, also affectionately known as “Fish”, “Fish Man” and “Hayward June” to his family and friends.  Hayward’s family and friend’s best remembered him for his humor, smile, kind spirit and his exceptional ability to make others laugh.  Hayward was a very loving man and had a unique gift of talking his way into and out of situations.  He cherished his family and his close friends.  At a young age it was obvious he was quite a charmer and his great humor was the sunshine of his soul.

Hayward leaves to cherish fond memories with his devoted companion Julia Hinton; four daughters, Rachan Bishop-Smith (Michael), Tara Zollicoffer (Derrick), Michelle Fisher and Nichole Fisher; six grandchildren, Arror, Kyra, Zion, Nia, Chyna and Amaree; one brother, James Green; four sisters, Annie Fontaine (Clarence), Rita Harmon, Jacquelyn Fisher and Angel Handy; one aunt, Mildred Green; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfied with a viewing one hour prior. Rev. Cornelius Lane will be the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday, December 19, 2014 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Crisfield. Interment will be held 1:00 PM Monday, December 22, 2014 at Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Maryland.

Na’Kiah Michelle Holbrook

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Na’Kia Michelle Holbrook, two months old, of Crisfield, Maryland departed this life on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at McCready Hospital in Crisfield. Born October 24, 2014, she was the daughter of Jasmine Waters and Matthew Holbrook.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Josiah Waters and Marcus Jemison; her maternal grandfather, Jeffrey Waters, Jr.; her paternal grandparents,  Dawayne Holbrook (Emily) and Tanisha Thomas (B.J.); her maternal great grandparents, Donna Atwell, Audrey Waters and Jeffrey Waters, Sr.(Janice); her paternal great grandparents, Mitchell Holbrook (Gail), Catherine Smith and Lena Weatherly; one aunt, Kylah Waters; one uncle, Jonathan Holbrook; two great aunts, Audrey Handy (William,Jr.) and Jamie Waters; four great uncles, Timothy Waters(Keesun), Carlton Holbrook, Kevin and Curtis and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by one uncle, Alexander Rockett and her maternal grandmother, Wendi Atwell.

Services will be private.

 

 

Mary Potter

Mary_Potter23 (1)Mary Dorothy Elizabeth Potter “Mommo”, 92, of Marion Station, Maryland  was called to glory on Friday, December 5, 2014 at Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield, Maryland. She was born on June 11, 1922 in Westover, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Chris Cottman and Amelia Potter-Jackson.

She was educated in the Somerset County Public School System.  Her employment included the Seafood Industry, Tomato Canning Industry, and worked at Sarah Payton School in Marion.

She leaves to cherish fond memories with her two daughters:  Diane Potter-Williams (J.B.) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Francine Ward (Ronnie) of Crisfield; nine grandchildren, Belinda, Ternitta, Jerelyn, Demonde, Deidre, Lamount Sr., Christinia, Joseph, and Tashina; eleven great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren; one sister, Martha Fitchett of Manokin, Maryland and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Antronette Perry and one sister, Juanita Robinson.

A funeral service will be held 11 am Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne, Maryland with a viewing one hour prior. The Eulogist will Elder Noah Steward.  Interment will be at Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery in Marion Station.

Geneva M. Holmes

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Geneva Mae Holmes, 78 of Princess Anne, Maryland departed this life Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Costal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Maryland. She was born March 11, 1936 in Venton, Maryland.  She was the daughter of the late Elijah, Sr. and Gertrude Bounds-Holbrook.

Geneva was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools and was employed at Perdue Farms, Inc. in Salisbury, and retired with more than thirty five years of service. She was a faithful member of Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne.

She leaves to cherish to cherish wonderful memories with six sons: Rena (Angie), Timothy Esau, Sr., Bruce, Terry and Ross Holbrook and William Boynton, Sr. (Linda); two daughters, Connie Ward and Marsha Holbrook; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great- great grandchildren; three special friends, Loretta Collier, Catherine Smith and Betty Fooks; one nephew that was raised like a son, Omar Spence and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Holmes, two sons, Ray and Carlye Holbrook; four brothers, Elijah, Jr., Allen, George and Morris Holbrook; three sisters, Nellie Smith, Bessie Waters and Madeline Spence.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Washington High School, 10902 Old Princess Anne Rd, Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.  Rev. Carroll Mills will be Officiating and Rev. Ronald Bell will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Friday, December 5, 2014 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne. Interment will be in Grace Cemetery in Venton.

Victoria Annie Mae Waters

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Victoria Annie Mae Waters, 73, of Manokin, Maryland was born on March 16, 1941 to the late Rayfield and Hattie Waters.  Victoria departed this life on Monday, November 10, 2014 after a long illness at Anchorage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

Victoria lived in Manokin most of her life.  She enjoyed people and people enjoyed her.  She loved to travel, she had no car however, she loved walking and everywhere she wanted to go she walked.  She loved her family and her family loved her.

Victoria moved to Anchorage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after she became to ill to care for herself.

She leaves to cherish her memory with one son, James Armwood of Manokin; two brothers, Walter (Mae) Waters of Upper Marlboro, Maryland and Raymond Waters of Berlin, Maryland; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Maddox and one brother, Armon Waters.

A funeral service will be held 11 AM Saturday, November 15, 2015 at Samuel Wesley United Methodist Church in Manokin where family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.  Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.

Amy Ward

Amy WardAmy A. Ward, 96, of Pocomoke City, Maryland, was born August 30, 1918 in Wattsville, Virginia to the late Noah M. Downing and the late Mary Cropper Downing.  She departed this life peacefully on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Hartley Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pocomoke City, Maryland.
Prior to entering Hartley Hall, she resided with her niece, Miriam and her nephew, Edison Golden.She attended the Pocomoke Mac Center, which she enjoyed.  She loved to sew and do crafts.

Amy was an active member of St. James United Methodist Church.  She served as an Usher, Communion Steward, a member of the Senior Choir and Treasurer of the United Methodist Women.  Amy was a founding member of the Sturgis One Room School Museum and attended as long as she could.  She also sang with the Community Mission Singing Group, this group visited the nursing homes in Berlin, Snow Hill, Manokin Manor and Hartley Hall.

We will never forget her beautiful smile.

She leaves to cherish fond memories with her devoted nieces, Miriam Golden (Edison) of Pocomoke City and Alice Wilson (Ernest) of Coplay, Pennsylvania and Shirley Cunningham; one nephew, Allen Blount, Jr.;  one granddaughter, Aretha Parker of Richmond, Virginia; five great grandchildren, Tynisha Ward, Yvette Ward, Marco Ward, Margo Ward and Mornita Parker; several great great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Mary Gladys Downing of Withams, Virginia and Mary Louise Downing of Baltimore, Maryland; nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Ward and several other siblings.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, November 15, 2014 at St. James United Methodist Church, 1513 Colona Road, Pocomoke City with a viewing two hours prior.  Reverend Anna Foster will be the Eulogist.   A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 pm Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Church.  Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.

Donald Preston Brown

Donald Brown 3Donald Preston “Capt. Don” Brown, 78, of Marion Station, Maryland formerly of Crisfield, Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania departed this life Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Born November 16, 1935 he was the son of the late Alonzo, Sr. and Nora Horsey-Brown.

Donald was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools. He graduated from Carter G. Woodson High School in 1953. After graduation Donald worked in Ocean City washing dishes with Ernie Sutton. The two then enrolled at A&T College in Greensboro, NC. Donald majored in Physical Education to fulfil his dream as a coach. He fell in love and married Billie Faye Sutton, also known as Hannah in 1954. Of this union seven children were born (four girls and three boys).

After leaving college Donald got a job cleaning at the Crisfield Hospital. He later moved to Philadelphia and got a job at Girard College. On May 23, 1955 Donald joined the U.S. Air Force. After completing Basic Training he was sent to an electronic school for a year. He was also sent on tour to Freising, Germany for eighteen months. He started a jazz club at the high school while in Germany. Donald came out of the U.S. Air Force in August 1959. Donald then got a job as a mail handler at the U.S. Post Office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After a long separation from his wife, Hannah, Donald met Barbara Horsey in 1984. After two years they were married. From this union one son, Johnathan and one daughter, Autumn were born. Donald and Barbara lived in Philadelphia for thirteen years. After retiring from the Post Office, Donald relocated his family to Maryland for a more quiet and settled lifestyle. He was also a member of Crisfield Pride Lodge #194 in Crisfield, Maryland.

Donald accepted Christ as his personal Savior at Charity Holiness Church, Crisfield, Maryland under the care of Bishop G. Shanley Jackson. He also attended Greater Saint Luke United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under the care of Bishop John C. Hackney and Brooks Tabernacle, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under the care of Reverend Kenneth Walker. His favorite gospel song was “Take Me to the King.”

He Leaves to Cherish fond memories with his devoted wife, Barbara H. Brown; four sons, Donald (Cynthia), Keith (Hope), Jonathan (Jalisa) Brown and Dr. Joseph Downing (Valerye); five daughters, Sheila King (Michael), Nora Lynn Brown, Gina Brown, Candace Steed (Jason) and Autumn Jones (Gary, Jr.); 22 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one brother, Garnett Brown, Sr. (Milkey); one sister-in-law, Elnora Brown and a host of nephews, nieces other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Ricky Brown; two brothers, Alonzo Brown, Jr. and Mayhew Murphy and one sister, Pauline Trippet.

A Funeral Service will be held 11 AM Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Handy United Methodist Church in Marion Station with a viewing two hours prior, Rev. William Miles will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Friday, October 24, 2014 at the church, where Elks Fraternal Services will commence at 7 PM. Interment will be held at Liberia U.M.C. Cemetery in Marion Station.

Mary A. Cottman-Walker

Mary A. Cottman-Walker 2jpgMary Anna Cottman-Walker, 86 of Crisfield, Maryland formerly of Marion Station, Maryland went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Maryland. Born July 14, 1928 she was the daughter of the late Oscar Cottman, Sr. and Helen Jackson-Cottman

“Mary Anna” as she was affectionately known was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools. She accepted Christ at an early age and became a faithful member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Marumsco. While attending Ebenezer she served on the Usher Board. “Mary Anna” loved her Church and worked tirelessly in any capacity that was needed.

She was employed as a seafood worker for many years until her retirement. She was married to the late Roy Walker and they shared many happy years together. Mary was loved by all that knew her and will be sorrowfully missed by her family and friends.

She leaves to Cherish her memory with her sister, Thelma Alexander (Clifton) of Crisfield, Maryland; her brother, Christopher Cottman (JoAnne) of Tyaskin, Maryland; one sister-in-law Esther Crute and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins other relatives and friends.

In addition to her Husband and Parents she was preceded in death by eight brothers, Hartford, Roger, Edward, Greenie, Wilbur, John, William and Oscar Jr. and one sister, Georgia.

A funeral service will be held 11 AM Tuesday October 21, 2014 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Marion Station with a viewing one hour prior. Rev. Alexenia Seldon will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 12-6PM Monday October 20, 2014 at the funeral home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock,

 

William Moore Bivens, Sr.

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…the beginning and the end… William Moore Bivens, Sr., son of the late John and Ardella Bivens was born on March 6, 1941 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the youngest of fourteen children.  William heard his Father God call his name on Monday night, October 6, 2014 at the Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, MD, to come and rest with Him, and be at eternal peace. His journey was complete.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael E. Bivens; two brothers, George and James Bivens and three sisters, Pauline Stevenson, Patricia Frank and Bernice Henderson.

William received his education at Carter G. Woodson School in Crisfield, MD.  His adult career began in the United States Marine Corps and he was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant once his term was complete.  While enlisted, he also began working in the Postal Department.  Upon his return to his home of Marion, Maryland, he began working at the Post Office in Pocomoke, MD, and was a postal carrier for many years.  After proving himself to be a diligent and hard worker, he earned his due reward and was promoted to the position of the first African American Postmaster in Somerset County.  He continued to show his love for people after his retirement from the Post Office and began driving the Head Start school bus in the northern end of Somerset County.  He then became a substitute driver and was later hired as a school bus contractor.  When he became ill, he had to retire from the job that he loved to do.  He was very well liked by students, parents, and colleagues.

William was a member of the Union Lodge #33 of Crisfield, MD, where he served for several years as Worshipful Master, Secretary, Past Master and other offices.  He was also a member of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maryland; served as a Grand Lodge Officer; also served as Past Assistant District Deputy, Grand Secretary for the 9th Masonic District was a member of King David Consistory #284 in Salisbury, MD and served as a Past 1st Lieutenant.  He was a very dedicated member of this organization.

William was raised in a Christian home with spiritual teachings led by his parents and eventually became “saved” to do the work of serving God and Him only.  He joined Ebenezer United Methodist Church and served as a Trustee, Lay Minister, Lay Leader, a member of PPRC, and a devoted member of the Men’s and Combined Choirs.  His last appointment was the Chairperson of the Administrative Board until his health began to fail.  William truly loved the Lord and his church.

On June 24, 1989 at Ebenezer U.M. Church, William was joined in holy wedlock to Mary Bacon of Crisfield, MD, and this past June they were blessed to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.  They were truly a match blessed by God and always put God first in their marriage.  William was an excellent cook, and a jack-of-all-trades around the house.  He loved to sing and some of his favorite hymns were:  “Jesus Lover of My Soul”, “Jesus How I Love Calling Your Name”, ”Amazing Grace”, and “I’ll Make It Somehow”.  Whenever you saw William, you always saw a “Bright Welcoming Smile”, even sometimes when he wasn’t feeling well, but you would never guess that he was ill.  He was a blessing from God and will truly be missed.

He leaves to cherish many wonderful memories with his loving and devoted wife, Mary; four sons, William M. “Bill” Bivens, Jr. of Salisbury, MD, Raymond and Michael Hall of Crisfield, MD and Anthony Hall of Hagerstown, MD; four grandchildren; one great grand child; five brothers, John S. Bivens (Alice) of Philadelphia, PA, Frederick Bivens of Pocomoke, MD,   Wallace Bivens of Salisbury, MD,  Clarence Bivens of Georgia and Theodore Bivens of Crisfield, MD; three sisters, Mollie Harris of Brooklyn, NY, Della Bivens of Gaithersburg, MD and Louise Ward of Crisfield, MD;  one special goddaughter, Valerie Burgess-Anderson (David) of Waldorf, MD; one special godson and great nephew, Tremayne Waters, Jr.; two sisters-in-love, Bernita Evans-Brown (Alonzo) of Salisbury, MD, and Francena Turpin of  Philadelphia, PA; three brothers-in-love, Joseph Bacon (Ophelia) of Fort Worth, TX; William Evans, IV of Salisbury, MD and Harry Evans of Boston, MA;  two devoted nephews, Troy “Bo-Duke” Ward (Patsy) of Crisfield and Robert Lewis Bivens of Wilmington, DE;   a loving mother and father in-love, Joshua and Lorraine Cottman; and a special cousin, brother and best friend, Rev. C. Thomas Fitchett, Jr. (Frances) as well as a multitude of other nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces; great-great nephews and nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Crisfield High School with a viewing two hours prior. Rev. Alexenia Seldon will be the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday, October 17, 2014 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Marumsco, Maryland where Masonic Services will commence at 7:00 PM.  Interment will be at Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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