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Billy Solomon Burgess

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Billy Solomon Burgess, 69, of Marion Station, MD transitioned from this earthly life on Monday, November 21, 2016 at his home.  He was born on May 19, 1947 in Lake City, SC to Louise Hannah-Burgess and the late Johnny Burgess.

Billy received his education in the Somerset County School System and graduated from Carter G. Woodson High School in Crisfield, MD in 1967.  He matriculated to the University of Maryland of Eastern Shore and graduated in 1971.  His career path led him to become an Art Instructor in the Wicomico County School System where he retired after 35 years.

Some of his favorite hobbies were gardening and photography.  He was always planting and buying beautiful things to behold.  He planted apple trees, pecan trees, and grapevines.  At any family function or gathering (especially the Family Reunions), he was “the photographer”.  Sometimes there were no heads on the photos, but we enjoyed looking at them.  He was a lover of art, especially African American Art and unusual paintings and objects.  His favorite time of the year was Christmas.  He loved shopping, decorating and giving gifts to everyone.  He also extended his Christmas decorating talent to assist his sister, Dolly, at our church home in Maryland.

Billy loved watching Survivor with his sister, Clara and CNN with his mother, Louise.  He also cherished having conversations and discussions with his siblings.  His kind, loving, and unselfish heart is what we treasured so much about him and his tremendous love for us all.

In addition to his mother, Louise, he is survived by three brothers, Joseph Sr., Enoch (April) and Charles (Doreen) Burgess; four sisters, Clara Johnson (Rufus), Dolly Burgess, Geneva Hanna and Mary Burgess-Gregg (Frankie); four godchildren, Shayla, Alysha, Michael and Ariel Anderson, a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.

A viewing will be held 6-8 PM Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, December 3, 2016 at New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Lake City, SC.  Interment will be in Rest Lawn Memorial Park in Lake City.

Further arrangements entrusted to Green’s Funeral Home in Lake City.

Patrick William Barkley

barkley-1Patrick William Barkley, 58, of Fruitland, departed this life Monday, November 21, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born January 28, 1958, he was the son of Patricia B. Lenoir and the late Upton Barkley, Jr. He was employed as a carpenter in the home improvement industry for many years.

He is survived by his fiance’ Joyce A. Jones; his mother, Patricia B. Lenoir; two brothers, Ivan Barkley, Sr. (Casandra) and Von Lenoir (Lisa); one sister, Patrice Cornish (Reginald); and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Services private.

Phillip Samuel “Big Phil” Strasser

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Phillip Samuel “Big Phil” Strasser, 90, of Crisfield, MD, entered into eternal rest on the morning of Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at Alice B. Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield, MD.  Born February 27, 1926, in Coraopolis, PA, he was the son of the late Merle and Alice Strasser.

Big Phil received his education in the public schools of Allegheny County, PA.  He enlisted in the United States Navy at the young age of 17.  While on his tour of duty, he got the opportunity to travel to more than 20 countries around the world including India, Canada, and Germany, where he became fluent in German.  Serving his country in World War II, he ran into his brother, Buddy, while on a ship overseas.

Upon his return from the war, Big Phil began working on the water.  He later met the love of his life, Gertie Mae, and they married on June 16, 1962.  PopPop, as he was affectionately known by his grandchildren, exhibited a strong love for his family.  To provide for them, he reverted back to his passion and love for the water, working on barges, tugboats, pile drivers and steamboats up and down the Mississippi River, the three rivers in Pittsburgh, the Chesapeake Bay, and their surrounding tributaries.  He even had a hand in building the original wharf in Crisfield.  After retiring, Big Phil was employed by Evans Boat Construction & Repair in Crisfield, a job he maintained until he was 80 years old.

Big Phil enjoyed watching sports, but most of all he loved watching Westerns, The Three Stooges, and National Geographic television shows.  He also loved baking bread, a skill he acquired during his service in the military as a cook, and enjoyed talking about the country of India with Dr. Vijay and the local pharmacist.  He could often be found sitting at Tidy’s drinking a cup of coffee and exchanging stories of his worldly travel with friends and fisherman.  One of his favorite sayings was “I’m still kicking.”

He leaves behind to cherish fond memories his devoted wife of 54 years, Evangelist Gertie Strasser; one daughter, Debbie Freeman (Ray); four sons, Anthony (Crystal), Sylvester, Kirk, and Reginald Jackson; one son-in-law, David Thompson; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; two play daughters, Missionary Helen Murray and Debbie Miles; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Marlon “Little Phil” Dix; two daughters, Leanore Jackson and Karen Thompson; and two brothers, David and Carroll “Buddy” Strasser.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield.  With a viewing one hour prior.  Interment Private.

William Thomas “Bill” Handy, Sr.

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William T. Handy Sr. “Billy” as he was called, went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 14, 2016. He was born November the 11, 1935. He was the son of the late William Roger and Sarah Ella Collins-Handy.

Billy was educated in Somerset County Schools. He later joined the United States Army where he served four years. After leaving the Army, Billy went to barber school and became a licensed barber. Billy was a retired employee of Sherwin Williams (Rubberset) Co. He was later employed through the State of Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services where he retired as a Correctional Officer.

Billy was married to Mary L.T. Handy from 1961-1972, from that union, came their only son, William T. Handy Jr.

Billy was always a very happy go lucky person that would do whatever he could to help someone else. He was a fun person to be around. Three things he enjoyed most was spending time with family, bowling and going to the Nursing Homes to cut the residents hair. Three of his famous sayings upon leaving would be, “May The Good Lord Above Bless and Keep You and Yours,” “I’ll spoke at you later,” and “I’m on the move.”

He is survived by his only son, William T Handy Jr. (Audrey) of Marion Station; three grandchildren, Brenda Handy-Windsor (Donald) of Parksley, VA, William T. Handy III (Erica) of Eden, MD and Marleigh G. Handy of Marion Station; three great grandchildren, Jayden and Jaxson Handy and his adopted great granddaughter, Aliyah Peek, all of Eden, MD; one sister, Cassie Johnson; one niece, Margaret Johnson-Baines; five nephews, Jesse Collins, Charles Johnson Jr, Marshall Johnson, Bruce Johnson and Alonzo Johnson, all of Salisbury, MD; a host of many cousins and friends of the family.  He is preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Charles Johnson Sr.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.  A public viewing will be held 2:00 – 6:00 PM Friday at the Funeral Home.

Interment will be held 1:00 PM Monday, November 21, 2016 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.

Levi M. Corbin

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Levi McKinley Corbin, 63 was the son of the late Jacob and Beatrice “Teeny” Hall Corbin.  Born on February 27, 1953 he departed this life on Monday, November 7, 2016 at his home.

He was educated in the Somerset County Public School system where his studies geared around sports and the agriculture program.  Because of his outstanding abilities on the baseball field, he acquired the nickname of “the Hulk.” After graduation, he joined the United States Army and served for three years.  Not an idol man, after his tour, he became employed by Firestone, (later known as Oxci-Chemical) and now known as Poly-One.  Working diligently, he was employed there for 40-years.

Levi always enjoyed sports, especially a good softball or baseball game, hunting, fishing, not to mention a good game of golf with ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­his golf buddy Leroy Manuel.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Marie of 41 years; one son, Warren; four grandchildren;  three brothers, Wordell of Oaksville, Marshall “Buckshot” and his wife, Virginia, of Princess Anne, MD and Gerald of Oakland, CA; three sisters, Mary Jones and her husband, Herman “Archie,” Sr. of Fayetteville, NC, Darlene Minns of Oaksville and Gwendolyn Vinson and her husband, Allen, of Eden, MD; one aunt and uncle Ethel Milton and Milford Hall both of Philadelphia, PA;  one goddaughter, Trina Hayward, two play children,  Russell “Gus” Maddox and Emma “Mikey” Maddox-Manuel; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Earlee  Corbin, Sr.

A Funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 32256 Perryhawkin Road, Princess Anne, MD with a viewing one hour prior. A public viewing will be held 1-6 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Interment will be in Oaksville Community Cemetery.

Richard Andrew “Ludie” Sterling

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Richard Andrew “Ludie” Sterling, 73, of Crisfield, Maryland transitioned from this earthly life on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Salisbury, Maryland.  Born June 9, 1943, he was the son of the late Charles Horsey and Ruby Sterling.

“Ludie” as he was affectionately called attended Collins Street Elementary School and was a graduate of the former Carter G. Woodson School. Upon graduation Ludie enlisted in the United States Air Force.

In later years while living in New York he worked for the Railroad and upon returning to Crisfield he worked for Mrs. Paul’s Kitchen.

Ludie was known for making you laugh and could tell a joke and keep a straight face.

He is survived by:  one brother, McKinley Sterling (Peggy) of Farmers Branch, Texas; one sister, Frances Sterling of Crisfield; several nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Larry Sterling and two sisters, Jean McCready and Betty Sterling.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, October 15, 2016 at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion Station with a viewing one our prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday at the church.  Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Crisfield.

Micah David Burrell

micah-burrellMicah David Burrell, 27, of Princess Anne, Maryland entered into eternal rest on the evening of Saturday, October 1, 2016. Micah was born on August 1, 1989 to Veronica Burrell and the late David Burrell.

He graduated in 2007 from Brandywine High School in Wilmington, Delaware. Micah loved to work and drive vehicles; just like his dad, David. His jobs included a House Counselor and Van Driver at Dove Pointe, driver for Shore Transit and Chesapeake Waste Services, United Needs and Abilities, and more recently, a driver for Republic Waste Services in Delmar, Maryland. Micah was an avid fan of WWF and WWE.

Micah attended New Life Christian Church and Ministries at a young age and was a faithful listener to Rev. Anthony Dickerson’s prayer line. He loved his family and friends, had a contagious personality and was considered a brother by his closest friends.

Micah is survived by his only son, four-year-old Adyahnn Micah Burrell, who was the joy of his life and his mother, Airealle Sells. He is also survived by his mother, Veronica Burrell; his sister-mom, Jacqueline Harris (George), his brother, David “Smack” Burrel;  his loving niece, Ja’Nae Marshall;  his maternal aunts, Gladys Hall, Audrey Brooks (Wendell), Lillian Wells, Mattie Wells and Clementine (Teeny) Wells; great-aunt, Bernice Brady; paternal aunts, Margo Seabrook (Alfonso), Denise Burrell Johnson; paternal uncle, Dean Burrell (Val); two paternal great aunts, Serena Wright and Betty Handy; one paternal great-uncle, Sonny Bivens; a special friend, Yushanda Dillard; a godchild, Ryann “bubbles” Wiggins and a host of cousins and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Curtis and Evelyn Wells and his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Jane Burrell.
A funeral Service will be held 1 PM Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Saint James United Methodist Church in Westover with a viewing one hour prior. A public viewing will be held 2-6 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.
Interment will be in Christ M.E. Cemetery in Pocomoke.

Eulalia Mae Bennett

e-bennettEulalia “Eukie” Mae Bennett departed from this life into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, October 2, 2016. Born on August 27, 1965, she was the third child of the late William James and Ella Marie Connor.

Eukie was educated in the Worcester County Educational System and was a 1983 graduate of Pocomoke High School. Her employment included several hospitality positions in the Ocean City, Maryland area, as well as her most recent position at the Goose Creek Service Station in Westover Maryland. She was a life-long member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Pocomoke City, Maryland where she served on the Usher Board, a member of the choir as well as the United Methodist Women.

Eukie had a wonderful personality that made everyone around her smile. She was fun-loving, down to earth and loved her grandchildren more than anything else in this world. Eukie was the kind of person who wanted people to feel good around her and she had the ability to brighten up even the most depressing situation. Whenever there was a “get together” everyone would want to know if she was going to be there because they knew that she was going to be the “life of the party”. She never let negative things keep her down. Her motto was “Keep it real and keep it moving.”  She will be sorely missed by all who loved her, but never forgotten.

She is survived by her husband, John Bennett of Princess Anne, Maryland; one son, Michael Ballard of Princess Anne, Maryland; one daughter, Elisha Cropper of Salisbury, Maryland; her adopted mother, Marcylee Dedrick of Pocomoke City, Maryland, two adopted brothers, Prentiss T. Ginn of Pocomoke City, Maryland and Arthur Ginn of Salisbury Maryland; three grandchildren, Damien Bailey, Yaden Connor, and Serenity Ballard; four sisters, Angela Louis of Millsboro, Delaware, Stephanie Jones (Ervin) of Pocomoke City, Maryland, Rev. Cynthia Bonneville (Ernie) and Erica Connor, both of Snow Hill, Maryland; along with a host nephews and nieces that loved her to pieces.

 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one grandson, Damaion Michael Ballard and one granddaughter, Patience Connor.
A Funeral service will be held 11 AM Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Pocomoke with a viewing one hour prior.
Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.

William Elton White

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William Elton “Billy” White, 71, of Philadelphia, PA, formerly of Crisfield departed this life on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at his residence in Philadelphia.  Born July 12, 1945, he was the son of William E. Jones and the late Pecola T. White-Campbell.

“Billy” as he was affectionately known, was a graduate of Carter G. Woodson High School in Crisfield.  He joined the United States Army after graduating and was honorably discharged after three years of service.  Billy was employed with National Reprographics, Inc. in Philadelphia for over 20 years.

Billy was a member of Chris J. Perry Lodge #965, He was the Commander of the Antler Guard Unit Magnificent Seven, also Vice President of the Social Club “The Crew”.

He had an eye for fashion and decorating for any occasion.  He loved decorating his home for Christmas.  It was like Christmas in WONDERLAND!!!  He was devoted to his family coming home every holiday when his health permitted. Billy just loved his family and friends with a passion.  He was respected and loved by everyone who knew him because he “Said what he meant” and “Meant what he said”.  Billy lived his life to the fullest and everything that he did brought joy to his life.

“Billy” is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Patricia “Penny” White; one son, Chris White; one daughter, Donyelle Cottingham; his father, William (Frankie) Jones; one goddaughter, Patrice Ward; three grandchildren, Brandon, Bria and Lennard; four brothers, Willis (Beverly), Michael, William (Deborah) and Ronnie; five sisters, Peggy (Josh), Sylvia (Joseph), Cynthia (Raymond), Deborah and Kim; one aunt, Frances Sterling; two stepsisters, Alva Campbell and Venita Jackson; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Dorena Briscoe; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Ninnis (Charles) Chapman, Mrs. Alice (Wesley) Brown and Mrs. Amanda (late Michael) Spence; Billy’s lifelong friends; Ms. Violet Lee, Mr. James Cane, Mr. George F. Murray, Mr. Armstead Ward and Clarence Fontaine; several nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by one sister, Jane White; one brother, Reginald Jones and his stepfather, Herman Campbell.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Crisfield High School, with a viewing one hour prior.  Interment will be held 1:00 PM on Monday, October 3, 2016 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.

Clifton W. Horsey, Jr.

horsey-123_edited_editedClifton W. Horsey, Jr., 48, of Crisfield passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Edward W. McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield. Born June 4, 1968 he was the son of the late Clifton “Wells”, Sr. and Genovia Ames-Horsey.

“Cliff “or “Junie Boy” as he was affectionately known was a lifelong resident of Crisfield. He was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools and graduated from Crisfield High School in 1987. “Cliff ” worked various jobs over the years until his health failed. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and watching Professional Wrestling.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Thelma Horsey; two brothers, James (Mary) and Brian Horsey (Jessica); five stepchildren, James and Leroy Cottman, Joseph, Minnie, and James Alexander; several nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

All services are private.

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