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Myrna D. Campbell

MyrnaMyrna D. “Mickey” Lankford-Campbell, was born December 12, 1955 in Crisfield, Maryland. She departed this life on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland. She was the daughter of Patricia Lankford-Douglas and the late Richard E. Milbourne.

Mickey graduated from Crisfield High School in May 1973.  She attended Morgan State University, where she graduated with honors and a bachelor’s degree in Business Education in 1977.  She was employed at Baltimore City Hospital for 12 years, and later became employed with the United States Postal Service in January 1989 where she retired in December 2011.  After retirement she became a substitute teacher until her health failed.

She joined St. Paul A.M.E. Church at an early age under the leadership of Rev. Richards and Mrs. Vivian Richards.  Whenever she came to Crisfield, she would go to church and usually sing a solo.

“Chumpsy” was always the light of Mickey’s life. They were married on April 23, 1984.  They had two wonderful children and one grandson.

Mickey’s family was her greatest concern.  She always wanted the family to be on the same page, with love for each other.  “Boss” was the name she got from her family.  She said that she was not bossy, but she had better ideas.

Myrna was a faithful member of the Eastern Stars and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA).  She loved to sing, look at television and loved to shop. “Boss” would take charge if she thought she needed to.

Myrna D. was a loving wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, grandmother, co-worker, niece and friend.

She leaves fond memories with her devoted husband, William C. Campbell III, one son, William C. Campbell IV, one daughter, Marquita Wilson (Terence), her mother, Patricia Lankford-Douglas; one grandson, Trevor Wilson, five brothers, William (Renae), Ivan and Pete Lankford, Richard (Iris) and Roland Waters, four sisters, Vanessa Jones, Shalinda Taylor (Robert), Tina Waters and Bonnie Douglas; three uncles, Gilbert Milbourne (Addie), Alexander Whittington and Joseph Ward; one aunt, Romenia Douglas (Burnzie, Jr.) her mother-in-law, Marguerite Young (Melvin), three brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; and several nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Saint Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield with a viewing two hours prior. Interment will be held 2:00 PM Monday July 3, 2017 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.

Virginia F. Horsey

Virginia Horsey

Mrs. Virginia Francis Barkley Horsey “affectionately known as Gin” the daughter of the late Glenwood and Carpathia Ward Barkley was born on July 28, 1928 in Crisfield, Maryland.

She attended Collins St. School in her early years but due to our Mother’s illness, she lived with Aunt Margaret and Uncle Oscar in White Haven, Maryland and graduated from Salisbury High School. After graduation, she attended Bowie State College (Bowie State University), later receiving her BS degree from the University of Maryland (Eastern Shore).

Virginia worked as a teacher and director for the Head Start Program for many years. During the 80’s she worked as Director of the Day Care Center for McCready Hospital employees. She was recognized and presented with a plague by Michael Wigglesworth for her 16 years of service with the Housing Authority of Crisfield, Maryland.

Devoted member of Shiloh United Methodist Church where she served as Superintendent of Sunday School for sixteen years, and worked with Vacation Bible School. She believed that the youth would become the leaders of the church in the future, as well as our leaders in all walks of life.

Virginia was a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post 16 where she served as Chaplin Historian during her many years of service.

During the morning hours of Tuesday, June 20, 2017 the Lord called Gin from labor to rest. She leaves to cherish her memory, a devoted and loving son Wayne Lee Horsey. Her sons Charles Horsey, Michael Wigfall who proceeded her, a devoted daughter-in-law Francine Horsey of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, brother Elmer (Josephine); sister Bessie (Edmond) Springdale, MD; brothers Julius (Gladys) and Barry (Isabella). She also leaves many nieces, nephews, other family members, friends and special cousins Charlotte Rally and Brenda Harding.

The joy of her life was lovingly caring for Tamara (Twink) Steve, T’Mia (Buttercup) and Keykia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Horsey, Sr.; two sons, Charles Horsey, Jr. and Michael Wigfall; and two brothers, Julius and Barry Barkley.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield with a viewing one hour prior.

Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Crisfield.

Jane Carr Lake


So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

~Isaiah 41:10~

 Mrs. Jane Carr Lake was born and raised in Somerset County, Princess Anne.  She was the daughter of the late Leon Henry Carr, Sr. and Theresa Roberts Carr.

Jane received her formal education in the Somerset County Public School System.  She later graduated from Bowie State College in Bowie, Maryland.  After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she went on to pursue her life long career as an educator.  Jane started her teaching career in Accomack County, Virginia and continued in the Somerset County, Maryland School System where she retired after 35 years of devoted service.

Jane loved her students as if they were her own children.

Jane was wed in holy matrimony to the late Edward R. Lake, Sr., their union lasted for 54 years.  Jane was a kind loving mother. She and her husband, Edward raised their three children to adulthood.  Jane always had a pleasant smile and kind words to greet everyone she met in this life.

She will be dearly missed by one son, Edward R. Lake, Jr.; one daughter, Alva Birks; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Carr Fields and a host of nephews, nieces other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward R. Lake. Sr.; one daughter, Gwen Lake; one brother, Leon H. Carr, Jr.; three sisters; Sedonia Plummer, Constance Flanagan and Lois Jones.

Mother we love you and we will miss you!

A Funeral service will be held 7:00 PM Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne, where the family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 PM.

Interment will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday at John Wesley (Bowland Hill) Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Pawarnar Harris


Pawarnar “Wannie” Harris, 48, of Princess Anne departed this life Monday, June 5, 2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Wannie was born on May 25, 1969 to Mary L. Harris and the late Jasper Reddick.

Pawarnar attended Somerset County Public Schools. Pawarnar worked at McDonalds, Washington Hotel, Pizza Hut, Royal Farms and volunteered at Greenwood Middle School.

Pawarnar was a very loving, caring and comical person who loved talking about the good ole’ days. Wannie’s favorite singer was Jaheim and she loved DMX. Wannie was like a mother to many within the community. Wannie’s door was always open willing to help anyone in need whether it was needing a roof over their head or a hot plate of food. Pawarnar Harris was well known throughout the State of Maryland. As her health declined this did not deter her mission to continue to help others.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one son, Shaleel Harris; two daughters, Sharneka Waters and Farah Daughtery; three grandchildren, Zaire, Zay’Mir and Zaikei Harris; her paternal grandmother, Georgia Cole; one brother, Brent Hayward; two sisters, Lowindor and Shswan Reddick and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces other relatives and friends.

Wannie held a special place in her heart for her godchildren Keisha Jones, Elexia Nichols, and Shakur Cottman. Wan-Luv as she was known, will be greatly missed by everyone whose heart she touched.

Pawarnar was preceded in death by her grandparents the late Eugene & Annie Harris and Pete Reddick.

A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, June, 17, 2017 at Mount 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 in Samuel Wesley United Methodist Church Cemetery in Manokin.

Humphrey Gayle

GayleHumphrey E. “Sonny” Gayle, 73 of Philadelphia departed this life on Saturday, May 27,2017 at his residence. Born March 20, 1944 he was the son of the late Benjamin and Juanita Robinson.

He is survived by the love of his life, Mozell; one daughter, Victoria Williams (Harold); four brothers, Christopher (Helena), Keith (Michelle), Darnell (Zaphanie) and Lonell (Mary) Robinson; seven sisters, Delores Deshields, Sandra Wong, Cheryl Ray, Margo, Sheila, Marsha and Marilyn Robinson and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Calvary Methodist Church, 801 S. 48th Street Philadelphia, PA with a viewing two hours prior. Services in Philadelphia are being handled by B.K.G. Funeral Home 1125 W. Lehigh Ave. Philadelphia, PA. A funeral Service will also be held 11:00 AM Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.

Interment will be in The Robinson Family Cemetery in Westover.


Mary Elizabeth Cane Vaughn

CaneMary Elizabeth Cane Vaughn was born on September 7, 1930. She was the oldest of six children from Honiss W. Cane, Sr. and Annie Hill Cane. Elizabeth departed from this life at home in hospice on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

She was educated in the Somerset County schools Marion Colored Elementary and Crisfield Colored High School, where she graduated as valedictorian. Elizabeth was always an extremely high achiever. She attended Howard University at 15 years old and graduated at 19 years old in 1950. In the spring of that year, she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Chapter.

A devoted schoolteacher, Elizabeth began her career at Bel Alton High School in Bel Alton, MD.

On December 27, 1960, she married the late Dr. Moses W. Vaughn. After taking time off from work to start a family, Elizabeth resumed her teaching career at Wicomico Middle School, formerly known as Wicomico Junior High School, until retirement in 1993.

She volunteered at Holly Center for years to support her late brother Donald Cane. Everyone knew her for her passion for holistic medicine and nutrition.

She is survived by her two children, Dr. Rex Vaughn and Dr. Royace Davis; siblings Rudolph Cane, Hazel Conway, and James Cane (Kat); one aunt, Ruth Hill, who is 106 years old; cousins; nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and acquaintances. Special recognition goes out to her former students James Chapman and Augusta Thomas for their constant contact over the years.

All Services are Private

Ella Louise Collins


Ella Louise Collins “Weasel”, was the daughter of the late Frank and Lila Collins.  She was born on August 16, 1937 and departed this life on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

Ella received her education in the Public Schools of Aberdeen, Maryland and Somerset County, Maryland.

She was employed by Perdue Farms, Inc. in Salisbury for many years.  In her later years she became employed as a Foster Grandparent for Shore-Up, Inc., where she worked until her recent illness. Ella was also a foster parent and mother to many.

“Weasel,” as she was affectionately known by family and friends enjoyed crossword puzzles and cooking.  She was well known for her famous sweet potato pies.

Ella loved the Lord and was a kind and giving person to all she came in contact with.

Ella was a former member of Mt. Hope A.M.E. Zion Church in Princess Anne, Maryland.  She later became a member of Christian Stronghold Community Church where the pastor is Rev. Willie Jackson, Jr.

She leaves to cherish her memory, five children, Elijah Collins of Virginia Beach, VA, Victor, Carlis, Shirelle Collins and Gloria Jackson (Ralph), all of Princess Anne; two sisters, Mary Robinson and Ethel Jones, both of Princess Anne; nine grandchildren, Thomas and Shateshia Collins, both of Virginia Beach, Karmen, Kareena and Kare’ Collins of Sicklerville, NJ, Patience Ibik of Baltimore, MD, Taren Nance of Cambridge, MD, Wendell and DeShawn Burke of Princess Anne; special nieces, Delores Collins and Mary Fortune; one goddaughter, Elaine Taylor; one, daughter-in-law, Karen Collins of Sicklerville; cousins, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, James and Orlando Collins, seven brothers, one sister, Helen Collier and a daughter-in-law, Sheila Collins.

A Funeral Service will be held 12 noon Saturday, June, 3, 2017 at Mount Hope A.M.E. Zion Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6-8 P.M. Friday at the Church.

Interment will be in John Wesley ( Bowland Hill ) Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Cynthia A. Whittington


…the beginning and the end…Cynthia A. Murray-Whittington, 69, daughter of the late George W. and Alice Murray, was born July 28, 1947 in Crisfield, Maryland.  She heard her Father’s call on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Maryland and to come rest with Him, and be at peace.  Her journey was over.

Cynthia was raised in Crisfield.  She received her education at Carter G. Woodson School in Crisfield.  She became employed at Rubberset-Sherwin Williams Company in 1967 and retired in 2010 after 43 years of service.

Cynthia was a faithful and dedicated member of Shiloh United Methodist Church.  She truly loved the Lord and her church and church family.  She was President of the Usher Board and member of the Sanctuary Choir.  Cynthia along with her “Sweetie” Upshur, were normally the first two members to arrive to church on Sunday morning.  She truly trusted the Lord and no matter what was going on in her life, she praised Him at all times with one of her favorite quotes; “I’m alright, God’s got me covered”.

Cynthia was not only a God fearing woman, she was kind hearted, loving and a giving person who devoted her time not only to her church but to anyone who had a need.  Whenever and wherever you saw Cynthia, you saw her “bright welcoming smile” even sometimes when she wasn’t feeling well.  She was a “blessing” to many and will truly be missed.

She leaves to cherish lots of wonderful and precious memories with her two loving and devoted daughters, Lisa R. Murray and Briantae Whittington; four grandchildren, Melanie, Marcus, Ivan, Jr. and Cynphanie; two great grandchildren, Alani and Austin; one brother, George F. Murray; eight nieces, Angelia, Monique, Lynette, Fredia, Felisha (Jody), Theresa (Lemuel), Tonja (Derrick) and Eugena; her “sister from another mother”, Mary Bacon-Bivens; best friends, Diane Newlin, Margie Lane, Betty Marsh, Anna Laird and LaVerne Johnson; and a host of   cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her “twin” sister, Carolyn A. Murray-Stewart.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 109 N. Fourth Street, Crisfield with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at the church.

Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Crisfield.

Joseph Lee Green, Jr.


Joseph Lee “Jody” Green, Jr., departed this life, Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at his residence in Crisfield, Maryland. He was born May 27, 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Joseph Green, Sr. and the late Arlene Young-Green. He lived in Philadelphia until the age of seven, when he was relocated to Crisfield, Maryland with his grandmother, the late Naomi Green and his aunt, Margo Green Gale who raised him as a son.

He attended Crisfield Elementary School, Woodson Middle School and he graduated on May 27, 1983 from Crisfield High School.  At Crisfield High School he played basketball and was a drummer in the marching band. One of their highlights were participating in the Gimbel’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. Upon graduation from Crisfield High School he served in the United States Army, doing his basic training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina then on to jump school at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After his discharge, he went back to Philadelphia for a while. Joseph later pursued truck driving school and started over the road driving.

He enjoyed calling his aunt and letting her know what state he was in or going through. He had the joy of traveling through all 48 states in August, he moved back to his roots in Crisfield and got an apartment at Somerset Village. He enjoyed being there, and being close to his family and a lot of his childhood friends.

He leaves to cherish fond memories with: his wife, Rosa Dickerson Green; two step sons, DeShawn Dale, and Ryheem Dickerson; one stepdaughter, Akiah Dickerson; one step-granddaughter, Kamryn Little, his father, Joseph Green, Sr.; his aunt, Margo Green-Gale; two sisters; Tyesha Karume and Tammie Vaughn; one brother, William “Markie” Green; nephews, nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends.

ln addition to his mother, and his grandmother, he was preceded in death by his grandfather, William “Willie” Green, Sr.; an uncle, William Green, Jr.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Crisfield High School and Academy, with a viewing held one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield.  Interment will be held in Mt. Peer Cemetery in Marion Station, MD.

Michael Dion Hall


Michael Dion Hall, son of the late Bishop Raymond C. Hall, Sr. and Mary Bacon Hall-Bivens, was born on May 2, 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He departed this life Monday, March 13, 2017 at his home. He was 46 years old.

Michael was raised in a Christian home led by his mother.  When he strayed from God while being “in the world”, he still had a foundation that helped him while trying to find his way in the world.  Later on during his teen years, Michael went to live with his father and grandparents in Salisbury, Maryland.

Michael received his education in both Somerset and Wicomico Counties.

Michael had been a member of Shiloh Youth Choir while residing in Crisfield.  He had a beautiful tenor voice.  He also was briefly a member of the Shiloh Unity Gospel Choir.

Michael was a very friendly person; he was known and loved by many.  He was very loving and kind-hearted.  He loved to talk with people, and enjoyed being around the same.

In addition to his mother, he leaves to cherish memories of him with two daughters, Morgan and Camille Hall; five brothers, Raymond, Jr., Anthony, Jonathan, Andre and Joshua; four sisters, Princess, Miracle, Toi and Cheyenne; his grandmother, Anna Hall; his grandfather, Joshua E. Cottman; his stepmother, Florida Hall; his best friend and confidante, Norvanda Sterling; several uncles, great uncles, aunts, great aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and many, many, many friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lorraine Cottman, Everette “Ed” Hall; Edward Preston Johnson and his “Pops”, William M. Bivens, Sr.

A memorial service will be held 1 PM Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield.