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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.

Mervin Conner


Mervin “Bandito” Conner, 71, of Crisfield, MD formerly of Wattsville, VA, departed this life Sunday, March 12, 2017 at his residence. Born August 14, 1945, he was the son of the late Herbert and Madeline Chandler-Connor.

Mervin was educated in the Public School System of Sussex County, Delaware.  In his earlier years he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his father.  His greatest love was baseball (he was the pitcher for his school team) and faithfully watched baseball on TV.  His favorite team was the New York Yankees.

Mervin had been employed with Holly Farms (now Tyson) for a period of time as was various other jobs.

He attended House of Refuge Outreach Ministries and John Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion, Maryland.

He is survived by his loving wife, Gladys Taylor Conner; three daughters, Lisa Bolden, Tijuana Vann Neily (Rodnei) and Ardie Bolden; one stepson, William Anthony Horsey; one stepdaughter, Kimbley Abbott (Arthur, Jr.); nine grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; four sisters, Peggy Bishop, Nancy Duffy, Norisa Jacob-Long and Angeline Zweigle; two uncles, Alton Conner (Hilda) and Edward W. Conner; two aunts, Lena Miller (Herman) and Elizabeth Harmon; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one stepdaughter, Gladys Christy-Dix.

A funeral service will be held 12 noon, Saturday, March 18, 2017 at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion Station, MD with a viewing one hour prior. A public viewing will be held 4:00 – 6:00 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne, MD. Interment will be in Mt. Peer Cemetery in Marion Station.

Hubbard James Armwood

Hubbard ArmwoodHubbard James Armwood, 85, of Crisfield, was born May 11, 1931. He departed this life Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Alice B. Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield.

He is Survived by a special niece, Joyce Corbin-Watson (Lionel C.); one brother-in-law; four sisters-in-law;  along with a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Loletha Jones-Armstrong; five brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law.

A viewing will be held 2-4 PM Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be private.

Dorothy L. Wright

Dorothy Wright

A lifelong warrior of God, Dorothy Lavania Wright was called from the battlefield to her eternal reward on Saturday, February 18, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.  Born December 1, 1934 in Princess Anne, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Matthew Sr. and Mary “Emma” Leatherbury.

She was formally educated in the Somerset County Schools, graduating in 1954 from Somerset High. She received a certificate from The Supreme Council of the House of Jacob Bible School in 2014 and later became a licensed ordained minister, attaining the credential of “Elderess”.

She met her would be husband, Walter Wright, Sr. at the young age of 7 years old.  They would later marry on September 5, 1954.  They were blessed with seven children.

Dorothy has always loved the Lord.  When faced with adversity, her motto was always the same “The Lord will provide”.   No one was more steadfast than her; whether it was her love for God, her family or her dogs Troy and Dolly.

She has always been a compassionate person; always willing to help someone in need, whether spiritually or materially.  Many days she could be found at nursing homes.  There she would feed the sick and read the Bible to the residents.  She always tried to live by “love everyone”.  She raised her children not to hate anyone, “You dislike their ways”.

She held many jobs in her lifetime including being an assistant teacher and sitting with the elderly.  Her favorite job was anything that involved the church.  She was known for making chicken and dumplings, rolls, and sweet potato biscuits.  Those dumplings will be greatly missed!!    Once retired, she led a full life.  She took classes at college, traveled, gardened, sewed, cooked and did arts and crafts.   She was known to enjoy good gospel music, her favorite group was “The Sensational Nightingales”, collecting recipes, and spending time with her family; in particular, her grandchildren.

Her health would fail, but never her faith.  One of her favorite songs was “How Great God Is”.  She knew that all she had to do was: “Take her burdens to the Lord and leave them there”.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Walter A. Wright, Sr.

She is survived by one son, Walter A. Wright Jr. of Washington, D.C.; six daughters, Rebekah Polk (Elmer) of Princess Anne, MD, Angelena Wright-Wright  (Franklin) of Princess Anne, Regina Meyer (Ed) of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Almettrus Wright-Moore (Gentry) of Princess Anne, Judith Birckhead (Everett Sr.) of Baltimore, MD and Darlene Wright  of Princess Anne; one step sister, Ms. Connie Wright of North Carolina; three special godsons, Mr. Brice Shockley (nephew), Corporal Jasper Handy and Presiding Elder, Walter Sherman Holmes; she was blessed with 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild; she leaves behind three sisters; three brothers and two special friends, Anna May Rogers and Betty Robinson; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and close friends.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, February 25, 2017 at The Supreme Council of House of Jacob, Inc., 13153 Lorretto Road, Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.   Interment will be in Israel Memorial Cemetery in Princess Anne.

De’Shae Lamar Foster


De’Shae LaMar Foster was born June 17, 1989 at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.  He was the son of Trina Foster and Artie Wooten.

He was educated in Somerset County and Sussex County public school systems. He graduated from Sussex Central High School in June of 2007.  At Sussex Central, he played basketball; a sport that he loved.  Following graduation, he attended Delaware Tech Community College.

De’Shae enjoyed conversing and playing online video games with his brother Letroi. He also loved music. He and his brother Ken’bre opened a music production company, Flo Boy$ Music Group (FBMG).  You could find “Shae Reed”, as he was known in his music world, or Bezel, as he was known to his many friends, at the studio most of the time rapping, singing, writing songs or making a beat.  While his loves were video games, basketball, and music, his greatest love was family.  He strongly believed in family unity.  Any time, day or night, he would send a group text saying, “I love you.”  His heart belonged to youngest brother Izaha.

De’Shae accepted the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as his personal savior at an early age and was baptized while a member of Faith Christian Full Gospel Baptist Church in Salisbury, MD.  At Faith Christian, he was a member of The Sunbeams, a youth singing group.  He frequently asked many questions to obtain more knowledge of the Lord.

He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Trina Foster of Seaford, DE;  his father, Artie Wooten of Valdosta, GA;  five  brothers, Letroi Davis of Baltimore, MD, Ken’bre Mann of  Millsboro, DE, Izaha Spruance of Seaford, DE, Keon Wooten of Valdosta, GA, and Artie Wooten, Jr. of Elisabeth, NJ;  three sisters, Brianna and Audri Wooten of Valdosta, GA, and LaTerah Belton of Elizabeth, NJ; a maternal grandmother, Lois Douglas of Salisbury, MD;  two aunts, Shannon Thomas and Mia Foster of Baltimore, MD; three uncles, Omar and Dorien Foster of Willingboro, NJ and Hamilton Foster of Atlantic City, NJ; the love of his life, Darshanie Ramnath of Seaford, DE; two very close friends, Corey Lewis of Georgetown, DE and Donte Sturgis of Millsboro, DE; and host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Faith Christian Full Gospel Baptist Church, 500 E. Lincoln Ave Salisbury, MD with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Friday at the Church. Internment to follow.