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Irving Wayne Ballard, Sr.

ballard5“I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”          John 17:4b  

Irving Wayne Ballard, Sr., 63, of Crisfield (formerly of Princess Anne) departed this life Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.  Born October 10, 1950, he was the son of the late Sherwood, Sr. and Catherine Ballard.

Irving received his education in the Somerset County Public Schools. He joined the United States Navy for a short tour of duty. Among his many accomplishments, he was an active member and advocate of community and public school activities. Irving worked diligently for many years as a laborer and truck driver until his health begin to fail.

Irving was a man who loved his family and wanted everyone to exceed and to do their best. He will be remembered for his special greeting, male or female, “Hey Boy”! Irving will truly be missed by all.

Irving leaves to cherish fond memories with his wife, Stacey Parks-Ballard; five daughters, Anita, Michelle, Nakia, T’Keria and Mashala; eight sons, Dana, Terrell, Timothy, Xavier, Irving, Jr., Saquille, Issiah and Jayden; three brothers, Johnnie Ballard of Princess Anne, Maryland, Sherman Stevenson and Sherwood Ballard (Cheryl) of Salisbury, Maryland; two sisters, Bernice Collins and Shirley Cottman of Princess Anne, Maryland; nineteen grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held  11AM, Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Princess Anne, Maryland, with a viewing one hour prior. Rev. Carroll Mills will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM, Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Interment will be 2:00 PM, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Maryland.

Roselyn A. Ball

Roselyn BallRoselyn Annette Collins Ball, 51, was called from labor to reward on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 4:12 a.m. at the Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Maryland. She had courageously battled cancer for more than 4 years.  Roselyn was born on October 12, 1962 at the McCready Hospital in Crisfield, Maryland to Roselyn Elizabeth Whittington Collins and the late William Grant Collins.

She received her formal education in the Somerset County Public School System and graduated from Crisfield High School in 1980.  She continued her education at Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Medical College of Virginia where she discovered her passion and spiritual gift for helping others. She took her desire to work with others to the Somerset County Detention Center where she served as a Correctional Officer. In 2012 she was named Employee of the Year.  Roselyn retired in November 2013 after more than 25 years of service.  She never missed an opportunity to share her love of the Lord and to witness to everyone at the Center, both inmates and teammates, about the goodness of God.

“Nette”, as she was affectionately called by family and friend was introduced to Christ at a very young age.  Her walk with God began at the knees of her maternal grandparents. “Grandfather” and “Grandmother”, as she affectionately called them, loved her too. Grandfather gave her the name “Sweetsie”. Grandfather would set her on his knee as they sang the Songs of Zion, and the old hymns that spoke of pain, suffering and God’s steadfast love. These songs brought comfort to her during the many midnight hours of her journey.  She attended and participated in all of the church activities planned for the children.  Nette united with the John Wesley United Methodist Church and in spite of her illness remained a faithful member until GOD called her home. Her service epitomized her faith walk.

On May 22, 1993, Roselyn married the love of her life, Harrison Lee Ball, Jr.   Harrison and “Roz”, as he affectionately called her, were blessed with more than 20 years of life together. To this union, one son, William Harrison Ball was born. He preceded them in death. Even as her health started to fail, Roselyn was not one to ask for help – instead she would always try to help others. When asked if she needed something, she would say, ‘that’s ok, Harrison will do it’ – and he would.  He faithfully stayed by her side – he was her voice when she could not speak and always insisted she get the best care.   When he couldn’t be with her, Harrison would pray to God to protect her, and God was faithful.  Harrison and “Roz” claimed every healing as a victory and gave God all the praise. 

Roselyn’s gift of caring for others was evident in the love, caring and attention she gave her father and mother.  After her father died, she selflessly cared for her mother, even when they both were ill.  She shared this same gift with her sisters, Marshallyn and Marilyn and her brother, Jerome, as well.  She believed in family and loved everyone. 

Roselyn was a faithful member of John Wesley United Methodist Church and served as actively as she could despite her illness. She knew that despite the challenges she faced, she was blessed and always wanted to do whatever could be done to praise God’s Name.  She loved John Wesley from the time she was born and when God called her to serve she answered, serving as Trustee, as Lay Speaker and as president of the Union Wesley Choir.  And she loved to sing with her choir– God gave her the strength to sing one last time with her choir the night before He took her home. 

Roselyn loved children and was the mother to many, taking the time to spoil, to discipline, and to love each one as though each was her own.  She believed that as Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) tells us, Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”  On many a Sunday, she would hold a baby on her lap during church; during the week it would be another and on the weekend yet another child.  She would listen to each child and share the wisdom she has learned at her parents’ and grandparents’ knee.  While all were special to her, she held a special place in her heart for Diamond, Desire and Shande. 

Roselyn was surrounded by many loving family and friends.  They all meant so much to her in her final days.  She appreciated all of the kind words, acts of kindness and prayers for everyone and especially the time she spent with her cousin Taressa Green, her sister-in-law, Denise “Dee” Ball, and her best friend, Vanessa Ward.   

Roselyn leaves to mourn her loss, her beloved husband, Harrison of Princess Anne, MD; her mother, Roselyn Whittington Collins of Crisfield, MD; a step-son, Harrison, III; three sisters: Mary Collins of Crisfield, MD; Marshallyn Whittington and Marilyn Whittington of Mt. Rainier, MD; one brother Jerome William Collins of Crisfield, MD; three sisters-in-law, Terri Jones, and Denise “Dee” Ball of Crisfield, MD, and Roselee Collins of Orlando, FL, brother-in-law Joseph “Joe-Joe” Handy of Princess Anne, MD; five great-aunts: Cora Handy of Marion Station, MD, Alva Bell of Seaford, DE; Thelma Green, of Philadelphia, PA, Blanche Johnson, of Philadelphia, PA, Odessol Knight, Harrisburg, PA. Five aunts: Cora Brooks, Baltimore, MD, Jane Whittington, Philadelphia, PA, Helen Whittington Baltimore, MD, Cathaleen Whittington, Baltimore, MD; Maxine Swayne, Charlotte, NC;  and host of family and friends.

A funeral service will be held  12 PM, Saturday, April 12, 2014 at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion Station, with a viewing two hours prior.  Rev. Cynthia Bonneville will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM, Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Church.  Interment John Wesley United Methodist Church Cemetery, in Marion Station.

Wyre W. Campbell, Jr.

wyrieWyre W. Campbell, Jr. 69 departed this life Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield, Maryland after a long illness. Wyre was born October 20, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Wyre Sr. and Susie Milbourne-Campbell. Wyre lived in Baltimore until the age of 12 when his mother died. Wyre and his three sisters moved to Hopewell, Maryland to be raised by his maternal-grandmother Annie Milbourne.  Junie boy or June as he was called moved back to Baltimore when he was of age. While in Baltimore he worked down at the railroad. He moved back to Crisfield, Maryland and worked for Anthony E. Ward Funeral Home later taking employment at Crisfield Housing Authority until is health declined. He also was a lifetime member of Crisfield Pride Lodge #194. Junie Boy was a Jack of all trade. He could fix any and everything. Even when he had his last stroke and he could no longer use his limbs and his speech was limited, he told his daughter’s husband, Pete how to fix their dryer. He was an awesome man and his daughter, Susie loved him.

He leaves to cherish his memory: one daughter, Susie E. Collins (Vincent, Sr.) of Salisbury, MD; three grandchildren, Virgil White, Jr. (Laticha) of Baltimore, MD, Raejon White and Vincent Collins, Jr. of  Salisbury, MD; two great grandchildren, Samaya Collins and Jyiah Jarmon, both of Salisbury, MD; five sisters, Mary Collins of Hopewell, MD, Jacqueline Ames (William) of Pleasantville, NJ, Iris Vennie (Lloyd), Dejenaba Pleasant-Bey, and Harriett Jones, all of Baltimore, MD; several stepchildren; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Ralph Crane and one sister, Naomi Collins.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield with a viewing two hours prior.  Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Crisfield.


Lenwood Ward

Lenwood Ward 2Lenwood Brittingham Ward was born June 15, 1930 in Whitestone, Virginia to the late Alex Brittingham and Blanche Smith. He was raised by his adoptive mother the late Laura Ward.  He departed this life on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at his residence.

Lenwood served in the United States Army and was employed at the former Mrs. Paul’s Kitchen until his retirement.

Lenwood was a very friendly person, you could always get a good hearty conversation out of him if you knew him well and he was always kidding and teasing.

It seemed he had his own Taxi Service because he would be seen carrying passengers all over town or anywhere they needed to go.  He would always be seen daily riding around town with his riding partner and his best friend, Linwood Lee and sometimes his other friend, Henry Fitchett, Sr. who was like a son to him.

He leaves to cherish fond memories, his devoted wife of 56 years, Ernestine Crandell-Ward; one daughter, Mrs. Lindsay Ward- Jackson (Devin) of Crisfield; one brother, Nicholas Henry; one sister Shirley Ann Miller, both of Whitestone, VA; one brother-in-law, Johnny Crandell (Irene); three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Lily McCready (George), Mrs. Mona Ballard (Wayne) and Ms. Betty Ann Coulbourne; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Lenwood was preceded in death by one daughter, Cynthia Miles and seven siblings.  A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 15, 2014 at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion Station, with a viewing one hour prior, Rev. Arthur Crandell will be the Eulogist.  Interment private.


Geraldine Waters

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On Monday February 24, 2014, God in his infinite wisdom called Geraldine V. Waters, 92, of Pocomoke, Maryland to her eternal reward. She was born on November 5, 1921.  She was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Eva Cottman Smith. Shortly after her birth she went to live with and was raised by Sidney and Clara Dickerson.

She attended public schools in Somerset and Worcester Counties and graduated from high school in Worcester County.

On November 15, 1941, she was united in holy matrimony to Gentry H. Waters, Sr. To this marriage seven children were born. In addition to raising her own seven children she helped to raise five grandchildren, two goddaughters, and kept at least 30 other children in the community while their parents worked.

She was lovingly called “Big Mom” by many of the children in the Tindley Community. Adults often referred to her as “Sis.” She was well known for her cooking, working word searches, and helping anyone she could.

Geraldine gave her life to Christ at an early age by becoming a member of Tindley Chapel Church. Upon the closure of Tindley’s, Geraldine joined Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Pocomoke City, Maryland. At Mt. Zion she was a member of the United Methodist Women, Tindley Committee and honored for the past 27 years as one of the Most Senior Members.

She leaves to cherish her memory: three sons, Robert B. (Josephine), Anthony K. and Ronald D. Waters; three daughters, Novella R. Dunlap, Kadovia J. Waters and Patricia W. Titus; five grandchildren: Vaughn, Darrell, Anita, William, and Alexander; two great grandchildren, Jalen and Collin; three brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law also share the loss of their loved one, namely, Martin Waters, Lewis Waters, Francis L. Jones, and Rhoda Cornish. Also left to share the loss are two daughters-in-law, Elsie Waters and Josephine Waters, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her  husband, Gentry H. Waters, Sr.; one son, Gentry H. Waters, Jr. and one sister, Marjorie A. Jones.

A Funeral Service will be held 1 PM, Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Pocomoke City with a viewing two hours prior, Rev. William Miles will be the Eulogist.  There will also be a viewing held 6-8 PM, Friday, February 28, 2014 at the church.  Interment will be held at Tindley Memorial Park in Pocomoke.



William T. Fisher

William T. FisherWilliam T. Fisher was born on February 23, 1936 in Franktown, Northampton, Virginia.  He fell asleep in death on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.  He was the son of the late Jacob and Beatrice Savage Fisher.

William, lovingly known as Thomas, was a loving and devoted husband and father.  He was a kind, thoughtful and humble man who was respected and cherished by family and friends alike.  He will be dearly missed by his family.

Thomas married his wife of 55 years, Virginia (Collins) Fisher, on June 11, 1958.

He worked at Holly Farms as a truck driver, Nock’s Tire as a mechanic and tire re-capper.  He retired from the University of Maryland on July 31, 1998 where he held the position of Maintenance Supervisor.

He attended Northampton County Schools and received an honorable discharge for his Army service from 1955-1957.  He had a mechanical wind and enjoyed repairing and restoring automobiles.  He enjoyed working with his hands, building things and gardening.

Thomas especially enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.

On June 18, 1957 he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and remained active until he became ill.  His congregation duties varied.  He served as a ministerial servant, literature servant, magazine servant and maintenance servant.  He humbly served in whatever capacity he was asked to.

He enjoyed the house to house ministry, talking to and teaching people about the Bible.

Thomas leaves to survive him, three children:   Joan Harmon (Jessie) of Princess Anne, MD, Thomas Fisher of Middletown, DE and Tammy Fisher of Pocomoke City, MD; three grandchildren; one brother, Armour Treherne (Janice Coston) of Belle Haven, VA; four sisters Irene Mapp (Howard) of North Wales, PA, Jean Alston of Philadelphia, PA , Barbara Anne Tingen (Peter) of Bowie, MD and Ellen Fisher of Boothwyn, PA; a dear cousin, Willie D. Fisher; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by two sisters, Jeannette Shepard and Stella Fisher.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, February 8, 2014 at The Kingdom Hall of  Jehovah’s Witness in Westover, MD.  A viewing will be held 6-8 PM, Friday, February 7, 2014, at the Funeral Home in Princess Anne.


Herdius Lafayette “Poochie” Evans, Sr.

151Herdius Lafayette Evans, Sr. went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 30, 2014. Herdius accepted Jesus as his personal Savior at an early age. He was born on October 4, 1939 to the late William T. Evans, Sr. and Octavia Corbin Evans.

Herdius (Poochie, Big Pimp as he was affectionately called) was born into a loving Christian family and was educated in the Public School System of Somerset County Maryland. Poochie lived most of his adult life in Boston, Massachusetts where he worked several industrial jobs. He returned to Maryland to live in 2003 and retired from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2013. Poochie lived a fun and loving life for his children and his family.

Herdius leaves to cherish fond memories six children, Valerie Jones (James Sr.) of Boston, Massachusetts, Maurice Evans, Sr. of Marion, Maryland, Stephanie Evans (Timothy) of Princess Anne, Maryland, Michele Evans (Eddie) and Herdius Evans, Jr.,  both of Boston, Massachusetts, and Camille Evans of Crisfield, Maryland; ten grandchildren, James Jr., Marlene and Takeya Jones, Maurice Jr., Kyreese and Chekyii Evans, Diondra Benders, Ashara Smothers and David Evans of Boston, Massachusetts and Londale Evans of Salisbury, Maryland; fourteen great-grandchildren; his beloved and devoted sister, Clementine Evans-Spence of Marion, Maryland; three sisters-in-law, Virginian Evans and Glenda Evans of Marion, Maryland, and Judy Evans of Boston, Massachusetts; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and extended family and a very special friend, Alice Brissett of Crisfield, Maryland.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Sheffield Evans; two sons, Tyrone and Mark Evans; five brothers, Henry Kenny, William Jr., George Sr., Samuel Sr., and Anthony Evans Sr.; three sisters, Agatha, Susie and Emma Evans.

A Funeral Service will be held 1 PM, Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Handy United Methodist Church in Marion Station, with a viewing two hours prior, the officiating pastor will be the Rev. William Miles.  A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM, Friday, February 7, 2014, at the Church. Interment will be at the Mt. Peer United Methodist Church Cemetery in Marion.


Dylan Lamont Marshall

Dylan MarshallDylan Lamont Marshall, departed this life on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

He is survived by his parents, Derrick, Sr. and Latoria Marshall; one brother, Derrick Marshall, Jr.; two sisters, DeKerra and DeKayla Marshall; paternal grandparents, John Marshall and Patricia Roberts; maternal grandparents, Elwood Hemmeain and Alice Marshall; maternal great grandparents, Marie Cropper and Clinton Marshall; three aunts; five uncles; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held 4:00 PM Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Princess Anne, Maryland.

Neagrafton Martin



Neagrafton Martin ceased his suffering on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Crisfield, Maryland after being a resident for nine years.

William Neagrafton Martin was born on December 30, 1934 to the late Oneda Ballard Stubbs in Kingston, Maryland (near Marion Station, Maryland).  When Graft (as he was known) was six weeks old he was taken to the late Charles and Queen Esther Martin’s home for a   visit and they became his legal parents, the rest is history.

Graft attended the Public Schools of Somerset County and graduated from Crisfield Colored High School in 1953.  In the fall, Graft, entered the school of music in Baltimore and lived with his brother-in-law, Willard and his sister, Beathsader.  He always loved music and taught himself to play the guitar as a young boy. Graft was the lead guitar player with Al Brown’s Band the “ Tune Toppers”, they had a hit  record on the billboard top 100 in the 1960s called “The Madison.” It ranked #23. The band itself largely played the “Chitlin Circuit”, which consisted of large concert halls and dance clubs that catered to the black audience and this also included the Royal Theatre on Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland.

He also was employed with a printing company and as an automobile mechanic at the Water’s Brothers.  During these years he was married, and to this union three children were born, Roslyn, Michael and Sharon.  The marriage ended in divorce.

Neagrafton returned home where he lived with his parents.  He was employed with the Pine’s Motel and continued to do mechanical repairs in the community.  He also helped to care for his mother, until she passed.  He then moved back to Baltimore, Maryland.  In 1978, Neagrafton met his future wife, Marilyn.  Shortly afterwards he relocated back to Kingston and Marilyn later joined him.  Upon his return he worked for the Somerset County Roads Department.  On March 25, 2000, Neagrafton and Marilyn were united in holy matrimony, and to this union, three children were born, Rolicia, Rowland and Charles.

Graft will be dearly missed and he leaves lasting memories to his wife, Marilyn; three sons, Michael Martin, Rowland Martin and Charles Martin; three Daughters, Roslyn Martin, Sharon Martin and Rolicia Martin; a devoted sister, Beathsader Womble; one stepson, Delford Jimmerson (JoAnne) and other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held 11 AM, Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Waters Chapel United Methodist Church in Kingston with a viewing one hour prior, the officiating pastor will be the Rev. Frances Fitchett.  There  will also be a viewing held 1-6 PM, Friday, January 24, 2013, at the Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Interment will be at the Family Cemetery in Kingston.

John Thomas Ballard

John BallardDuring the early afternoon on Saturday, December 21, 2013, God whispered our dear John’s name and he journeyed with Him entering his eternal rest.

John Thomas Ballard, son of the late John Wesley and Margaret Ann Matthews Ballard, was born in Princess Anne, Maryland.  He was the ninth sibling out of twelve to pass.

John left home at an early age and resided in Washington, DC.  After a brief stay in DC he returned home to Westover and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps., “C.C.C. Camp”.  After completing that service he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served for six years and received an honorable discharge.

John met the love of his life, Celestine Collins, they were united in holy matrimony on April 3, 1948.  Our dear God called his beloved wife home to glory after 63 years of marital bliss. To this union their were three children born. After the passing of his darling wife, Celestine on February 3, 2012, it was all downhill for him.  He struggled with her death.  The Lord our God saw fit to reunite them on December 21, 2013.

John made his career as a Baker.  He worked many years at the Krispy Kreme Donut Shop followed by Plain and Fancy Donut Shop until his retirement in 1985.

John lived a very humble life to the fullest, the way he presented himself was the way he truly was.  John was a thoughtful and kindhearted man.  All that knew him respected and cherished his friendship.

He leaves to cherish his beautiful memories with: one daughter, Diana C. Ferrell; one son, Kevin D. Ballard; one granddaughter, Amber C. Ballard; one great granddaughter, Amaya C. Glascoe; one brother, Lester J. Ballard (Hattie); two sisters, Isabelle L. Walker (Alfred) and Chestene M. Coverdale; one daughter-in-law, Jennifer D. Ballard (the late Randolph T. Ballard); nephews, nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Celestine Collins Ballard; one son, Randolph T. Ballard and eight siblings.

A Funeral Service will be held 1 PM, Monday, December 30, 2013 at John Wesley United Methodist Church (Cottage Grove) in Westover with a viewing two hours prior.  There  will also be a viewing held 6-8 PM, Sunday, December 29, 2013, at the Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

Interment will be at the Church Cemetery in Westover.