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William Elton White


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.

Lisa Henderson


Lisa Marie Henderson was born June 25, 1969 in Salisbury, MD to the late Bernice and James Henderson, Sr.  Lisa passed away peacefully, with her family and friends by her side at Peninsula Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.
Lisa was educated in the Somerset County school system. She was employed in Environmental Services before she became ill.
Lisa was a devoted mother, sister, aunt and friend. To know Lisa was to love Lisa. She loved to have a good time in all situations. Her laugh was infectious. If you had a problem you could call Lisa, but only if you wanted to hear the truth. She would not tell you what you wanted to hear just to make you happy.
Lisa aka “Marie” enjoyed having gatherings with friends and family. With Lisa there was never a dull moment. No one was a stranger to to Lisa and she would call you “SIS” even if she just met you.
Lisa is survived by her five children, Ralph Jr., DeShawn, DeAndre, Rashanna Taylor, all of Princess Anne, Md and Erika (Rayshaun) Bratten of Salisbury, MD; five sisters, Consola Johnson of Dover, DE,
Vanessa Henderson of Charolotte, NC, Sarah Henderson of Marion, MD, Mary Fields of Crisfield, MD and Hope (Corey) Fontaine of Crisfield, MD.; four brothers, James Henderson Jr. of Ocean City, MD,
Charles(Romaine) Henderson of Crisfield, MD, Clifton Marshall of New Church, VA and Gregory Schoolfield of Pocomoke City, MD; 25 grandchildren; five uncles; four aunts; and a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.  She also leaves to cherish her fond memories with her companion, Tymar Purnell; her best friend, Melinda “Worm” Jones and the father of her children, Ralph Taylor, Sr.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert Jr., Larry and Carey Fields.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM,  Saturday September 24 , 2016 at New Dimensions Ministries in Salisbury with a viewing one hour prior. Interment will be in Ebenezer U.M.C. Cemetery in Marion Station, MD.

Gloria Frances Bishop Whittington

whittington-gloriaGloria Frances Bishop Whittington entered the world on August 2, 1946 in Crisfield, MD to her loving mother Marvis Bell Bishop and caring father Roger Bishop who taught their children the word of God.   A resident of Marion Station her entire life, Gloria passed away peacefully at 70 years of age on Saturday, September 10, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Gloria was a 1964 graduate of Carter G. Woodson High School in Crisfield, MD.  Affectionately known as Lil Glo, Glo and sometimes Honichile, she was employed 33 years and 10 months with Rubberset (Sherwin Williams) in Crisfield, MD until her retirement in 2001.  Gloria joined Mt. Peer United Methodist Church at an early age and later transferred her membership to John Wesley United Methodist Church upon marriage in 1966. Offices held at John Wesley included Sunday School Teacher, Treasure for Manokin/Crisfield 5 church charge, Treasurer of John Wesley U.M. church women, Financial Secretary of John Wesley U.M. PPR, member of the John Wesley Administrative.

Gloria sponsored an Annual Family Fun Festival for 21 years on the 2nd Saturday of September to raise money for John Wesley U.M. Women’s Day.  This was a day many family and friends looked forward to for fellowship and fun!  As a 14 year Breast Cancer Survivor, Gloria promoted an Annual Breast Cancer Awareness month at John Wesley U.M. church every October.  She said that each year the amount of pink worn every Sunday in October increased and how happy that made her and she rewarded participants with baked goods and gift drawings.   Gloria loved helping out in whatever way she could so she became a member of the Somerset County Arts Council with a Hay Day Picker’s Exhibit at the Strawberry Festival.  In addition, she led the way at this event (Strawberry Festival) in Marion with a float as part of giving back to the town she grew up in and loved.  Gloria was a Unit Judge for the Somerset County Election Board, past member of the Democratic Committee, member of AARP and Women Supporting Women Organization where she participated in their fashion show as a proud Breast Cancer Survivor. She was the Coordinator for Rubberset/Sherwin Williams First employees Retirement Dinner with retirees beginning from 1967.

Gloria is survived by her loving husband, Alexander “Jit” Whittington, Sr. of 49 years, four children, Casandra Barkley and her husband Ivan, Sr. of Salisbury, MD, Alexander Whittington, Jr. of Marion Station, MD, Maurice Whittington and his wife, Shende of New Church, VA and Shawanda Veney and her husband, Brian of Princess Anne, MD.   Gloria cherished her grandchildren Ivan, Irvin, Isaac, Isiah, Martel, Travon, Shalea, Marniece, DeQuisha  Araya and Nicholas along with her latest joys; her three great-grandchildren.  Gloria and Jit would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this month.   Gloria will forever be remembered by her devoted sisters and brothers, Sandra Burton, Jeanette (John) Holland, Alice (Netsi) Manyarara, Elizabeth (Jasper) Goldsmith, Joyce (Truman) Graves, Viola (Calvin) Davis, William (Vinette) Bishop, Margaret (Coley) McCready and Charles Evans.  She also leaves to cherish her memory a special aunt, Annie Mae Scarborough and uncle, Herdie Buddy Bell; one sister-in-law, Patricia Lankford-Douglas,   along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know her and the words of encouragement she had for everyone she met.

Gloria’s positive spirit and love of the Lord could be felt by anyone who came into contact with her.  She loved her life and the family and friends whom will forever miss her.  Gloria’s cooking, gardening and sharing words of encouragement will be cherished by many.  Some of her favorite sayings to share include “Tears are Liquid Prayers”, “God is Wonderful” and “We Never Know How Our Kindness will Impact Someone’s Life.”

We loved you Gloria, but God loved you best and we know God can open doors no man can shut and we’re gonna keep on trusting him!

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Monday, September 19, 2016 at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion Station, with a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Sunday at the Church.  Interment in the Church Cemetery.

Johnnie A. Coleman

colemanJohnnie Albert Coleman, 82, of Fairmount, was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Brother Johnnie was born in Augusta, Georgia to the late James and Elizabeth Coleman on July 4, 1934. He was the third oldest of six children.

At an early age, he was converted and baptized at Bethel A.M.E. Methodist Church. He attended Haines School of Augusta and he was a World War II Navy Veteran where he received an honorable discharge.

He later moved to Maryland where he met his wife the late Yvonne N. Tilghman-Coleman and to this union were three children, DeWayne Coleman, Bryant Coleman, and Linda Boynton. As he resided in Maryland he later joined St. Andrews United Methodist Church where he was a faithful member. He served as a member of the Men’s Choir, the Trustee Board and the Finance Committee. Johnnie was employed at the Campbell Soup Company in Salisbury, Maryland until its closing. Later he was employed at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in the Dining Services Department until his health would no longer allow him to continue to work.

He loved spending time with his family, friends and riding his bicycle around the neighborhood. He also loved sitting with his friends in the neighborhood telling stories about how he knew the late James Brown (The Godfather of Soul).

He was preceded in death by his wife, the late Yvonne N. Tilghman-Coleman and three sisters; the late Irene Wherry, Dorothy Merriweather and Rosa Abraham.

Johnnie leaves to cherish his fond memories his three children, Dewayne Coleman, Hebron, Maryland, Bryant Coleman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Linda Boynton (William), Princess Anne, Maryland; eight grandchildren, Derrick Coleman, Chanita Coleman, Candice Coleman, Halle Coleman, Rachel Coleman, Kendra Coleman, Jordan Coleman, and Dewayne Coleman, II; two sisters, Ruth Cain (Cleveland) Augusta, Ga., and Mattie Harris (Charles), Augusta, GA; one Aunt, Roberta Coleman, New York City; five Brothers-in-law, Andrew Wherry, Leslie Abraham, Harold Tilghman, III, Clarence Tilghman and Rudolph Tilghman; five sisters-in-law, Elsie Gray, Lucille Townsend, Dora Tilghman, Roseanne Tilghman and Adalyn Tilghman. He also leaves to cherish fond memories a devoted nephew, Cornell Gray, Sr.; a very dear friend and brother in Christ whom he called his Godson, Alphonso Collins and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held 11 AM, Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Saint Andrews United Methodist Church in Upper Hill with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 PM, Friday at the Church.

Interment will be in the Family Cemetery in Upper Hill.

Curtis Lee Corbin, Jr.

curtis-corbin_editedCurtis Lee Corbin, Jr.,  29,  of Salisbury was called to his eternal rest Friday, September 2, 2016.  He was born March 2, 1987 in Salisbury, Maryland, he was the son of Denise Handy-Moss and late Curtis Corbin, Sr.

Curtis had numerous nick names, “Little Curtis”, “CJ’, “Curt”, and his close friends knew him as “Fat Catt”.

Curtis was educated in the Public Schools of Somerset and Wicomico Counties. He graduated in 2005 from Wicomico High School in Salisbury.

Growing up he loved sports.  Curtis played football, soccer, basketball and baseball.  He loved music and dancing.  Curtis was always the life of the party with his favorite dance step “get down low.”  Curtis loved spending time with family and his children, Shy, Skye and Zy.  Curtis was a free spirited young man who didn’t mind giving you his last.

Curtis leaves to mourn: his mother, Denise Handy Moss; his stepfather, Roger L. Moss, both of Salisbury; two daughters, A’Shyah Corbin and Skye Corbin, both of Salisbury; one stepson, Zy’Aire Fields of Pocomoke, MD; two brothers, Daron Handy (Charlett) of Dover, DE and Denzel Handy of Salisbury; his grandfather, Weldon Corbin, Sr. of Princess Anne, MD; one step brother, Roger L. Moss, Jr.; three step sisters, LaToya Moss, Michelle Moss, both of Salisbury and Katoya Price of Templehill, MD; one nephew, Ji’Shawn Handy of Salisbury; a host of uncles and aunts; two special play brothers, Cedric Armwood and Bryant Horsey; a special play sister, Deidre Horsey; and a special godmother, Mabel Horsey.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Mary and Leroy Handy and his paternal grandmother, Joyce Corbin.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Princess Anne, with a viewing one hour prior.  A public viewing will held 2-6 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Interment will be in Oaksville Community Cemetery.

Stephen “Otha” Shreeves


Stephen “Otha” Shreeves, son of the late Samuel and Evelena Shreeves, was born in Westover, Maryland pm August 23, 1928.  At the age of 88, following a brief illness, he went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at his residence with his wife at his side.

“Otha” as he was affectionately called, was united in hily matrimony to Emma Doane Shreeves on August 26, 1950.  The recently celebrated 66 years of marriage.

Otha will always be remembered by family, friends and acquaintances for his jovial personality, practical jokes and infectious smile. He greatly loved his family and the frequent family gatherings.

Otha was the youngest of nine siblings.  He was preceded in death by; Mayola Fontaine, Samuel Shreeves, Jr., Leroy Shreeves, Mary Shreeves, William Shreeves, Charles Shreeves, Ethel Shreeves and Russell Shreeves.

Otha obtained his early education in the Somerset County Public School System.  He was employed with the Pennsylvania Railroad and Charles Richardson Exxon,  Otha went on to become a successful entrepreneur in the agricultural industry.  Among many accomplishments, he was recognized by the Somerset County Soybean Board as the highest average double crop yield and best double crop manager.

He was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Cottage Grove, Maryland.  Otha was an active member of the Trustee Board and sang on the Men’s Choir.  He took great pride in maintaining the church building, grounds and cemetery.  His favorite hymns included “Near The Cross: and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”

Otha leaves to cherish his memories a host of family, church family, neighbors, friends and other loved ones.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, September 11, 2016 at John Wesley United Methodist Church (Cottage Grove) in Westover, with a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00-8:00 PM Saturday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.

Lorraine B. Cottman

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Lorraine B. Cottman, 87, of Crisfield, answered the call from her Lord on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.  Lorraine was born on July 4, 1929 to the late Samuel and Ruth Bacon in the town of Crisfield, Maryland.

Lorraine attended the Somerset County Schools.  She was a seafood worker for many years.  She joined Shiloh United Methodist Church during her early years, and later on she gave her life to Christ.  She became a communion steward, and served in this position as chairperson until her health began to fail.  Lorraine loved her church and rarely missed a Sunday service.  Even during her illness she faithfully sent her tithes every week.

On August 18, 1973, Lorraine married Joshua E. Cottman.  They recently celebrated their 43rd anniversary.  They were “inseparable”, and when you saw one, you definitely saw the other.  Lorraine always had a pleasant smile when she greeted you, whether you were a stranger or a friend.  She and Joshua loved to talk with people on the street, or wherever, about the Lord.  She worked hard in the “vineyard”, and now she is receiving her reward.

She leaves to cherish sweet memories of her:  a devoted husband, Joshua E. Cottman; three sons, Joseph L. Bacon (Fran) of Fort Worth, Texas, William T. Evans of Crisfield and Harry A. L. Evans of Boston, Massachusetts; two daughters, Mary Bacon-Bivens of Crisfield and Bernita Evans-Brown (Alonzo) of Salisbury; 17 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; a stepson, Joshua Cottman; a stepdaughter, Sheila Cottman; one brother, S. Upshur Bacon of Crisfield; four sisters, Anna Burrell of Philadelphia, PA, Regina Hill (John) of Crisfield,  Patricia Cooper of Fairmount, Maryland and Janice Douglas (Sinclair, Sr.) of Crisfield; five sisters-in-law; one grand-son-in-law; one granddaughter-in-law and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and a “special” play daughter, Rev. Doretha McDaniels.

A funeral service will be held 11 AM Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 PM Friday at the church.

Interment will be at Mt. Peer Cemetery in Marion Station.

Bishop Salvador G. Rodriguez

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Salvador G. Rodriguez was born on September 24, 1925 in Guayanilla Puerto Rico to the late Isidro Rodriguez and Juana Gonzalez.  He departed this life on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Maryland after a brief illness.

Bishop Rodriguez relocated to New York City in his early years and eventually moved to the Eastern Shore.

He was employed by Mrs. Paul’s Kitchen in Crisfield and later became employed at Sherwin Williams and retired  after twenty years of service.

He was ordained Elder at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield.  He attended the International Seminary and received a Diploma of Practical Theology in December of 1988 and in 1990 he received his Graduate of Theology.  As an Elder in July 1987 he established Brotherly Love House of Prayer in Manokin, Maryland where he served as Pastor and later ordained as Bishop on June 23, 2001.  While Pastoring he became Overseer of Christian Church of the Refuge in Salisbury, where the Pastor was Jorge DeJesus.  He returned to Highway Holiness Church in 2006 where he remained a member and Bishop until his death.

He married his “Queen”, Theola Horsey December 24, 2006.  He loved not only her but her huge family and his cat Leon.

He leaves to cherish fond memories of his devoted wife: Theola Rodriguez, three daughters, Pastor Faye Corbin (Johnny), Vonceal Urquheart and Perri Horsey; grandchildren, Winfield, Sharonne, Donita, Yvonne, Yolanda, Antonio, Aayana, Javon, Aayanta and Shekinah; twelve great-grandchildren; six sisters-in-law, Charmaine, Marida, Barbara, Lena, Sarah and Guillermina; three brothers-in-law,  James, Ronald and Donald; two uncles-in-law; four aunts-in-law; a host of nephews and nieces from Puerto Rico and the United States; a host of godchildren and those he called “his boys.” He was preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters, and his first wife, Ella L. Rodriguez.

A Funeral Service will be held 1 PM Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Friday at the Church. Interment will be in John Wesley U.M.C. Church Cemetery in Marion Station.

Barbara A. James

BarbaraBarbara A. James, 74, of Marion Station, fell asleep in death on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Alice B. Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield. Born August 2, 1942 she was the eldest child of the late Sylvester and Gladys Bivens.

She was educated through the Somerset County Public School System. Prior to her illness, she was employed with Paul’s Kitchen, Byrd Seafood and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. After her years of employment, she enjoyed public witnessing as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Through her heartfelt teaching of God’s Kingdom, she always found comfort in Revelations 21:3-4 “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with them, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

To cherish her memory, she leaves; six children, Anthony Evans, Jr., Kenneth Evans (Denise), Lillian Ward (Howard, Jr.), William Evans, Cassandra Evans, Crystal Jackson (Anthony); one son-in-law, Stephanza Allen Williams, three stepdaughters, Aretha, Brenda and Monique; one stepson Clarence; 29 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren, two brothers, Sylvester Bivens (Pat) and Leon Bivens, Sr. (Sandy); one sister, Gloria Taylor (Calvin), one aunt, Minnie King; a special cousin, Annie Kenny; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles James, Sr.; the father of her children, Anthony Evans, Sr.; one daughter, Valerie Williams; one stepdaughter, Lorraine James; one stepson, Charles James, Jr.; two sisters, Stella Bivens and Joyce Torney and one brother, George Bivens, Sr.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, September 3, 2016 at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 31281 Curtis Chapel Road, Westover; a viewing will be held 6-8 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

Interment will be in Mt. Peer Cemetery, Marion Station.