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Vesta Vinetta “Peaches” Braxton

Vesta Vinetta BraxtonVesta Vinetta (Peaches) Braxton departed her life on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. She was born to the late Mary C. Whitlor and Robert Francis Whitlor on June 4, 1943.

Vesta received her education in the Somerset County Public School system. She worked for L&E Farms in Westover for many years.

She enjoyed attending special services and anniversaries at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Westover.

Vesta was married to Franklin R. Braxton for 44 years. She had an undying love for her children and leaves to mourn, four sons and two daughters, Melvin Whitlor Sr. and Alvin White, both of Princess Anne, Calvin White and Francis White, both of Salisbury, Victoria White of Princess Anne and Felicia Matthews (Elroy) of Delmar; two brothers, Clarence Whitlor (Linda) of Youngstown, OH and Warren  Ballard (Judy) of Princess Anne; one sister, Mary Collins (Benjamin) of Westover; two brothers-in-law, Eugene  Braxton  (Michelle)  of Baltimore  and  John  Braxton  of  Princess  Anne;  four sisters-in-law, Margaret Jones, Marlene Braxton, Beverly Fontaine, all of Princess Anne and Joyce Savage (Gregory) of Baltimore; five grandsons, Melvin, Jr., Earl, Jamar, Shayquan and Amontre; four great granddaughters, Jzania, Samiyah, Aaliyah and  Peyton;  one great grandson,  Marjzir  and a host of nephews, nieces and friends.

Vesta was a fun loving but gentle person. She left an impact on anyone she came in contact with. She always had a conversation that would keep you laughing. She enjoyed watching soap operas, playing lottery numbers and her old time favorite going to the slots.

Vesta was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Clifton Collins and Isaac Jones.

A funeral service will be held 2 PM Friday, May 27, 2016 at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Upper Hill with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 PM Thursday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in the Waters Family Cemetery in Upper Hill.

Alphonso M. Cottman

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Alphonso McKinley Cottman was born on February 10, 1951 to the late Rev. Virgil and Estella Bivens-Cottman.  He was fondly given the nickname “Bunky” which he was known by throughout his life.

A Time to Grow

“Bunky” was educated in the Somerset County Public School System until being drafted into the U.S. Army.  He met and married the late Eva Mae Russell. One of his greatest assets was his love for children and their love for him.

A Time to Die

“Bunky” departed this life on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

A Time to Cherish

He leaves to mourn his passing one brother, Elton Cottman, Sr. of Princess Anne, Maryland; two aunts, Minister Pauline Roper of Salisbury, Maryland and Nell Cottman of Jacksonville, North Carolina; one nephew, Elton Cottman, Jr. (Tina); and one niece, Aunshae Cottman both of Princess Anne, Maryland; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Graveside Service will be held 12 noon Saturday, May 28,2016 at Saint Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Princess with a viewing from 10-11 AM at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne prior to burial. A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home.


George Anthony Bivens, Sr.


George Anthony Bivens Sr, 68, of Crisfield, Maryland, fell asleep in death on Monday, May 16, 2016 at McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield, Maryland.  Born on April 30, 1948, he was the son of the late Sylvester and Gladys (King) Bivens in Crisfield Maryland.  Affectionately referred to as “Anthony”, he was the third-born of their six children and the first son.

George was educated in Somerset County Maryland public schools and a graduate of Carter G. Woodson where he excelled in math and the sciences.  Upon graduation, he worked for Chris-Craft Boats in Salisbury, MD.  He later went on to work for the Sherwin Williams Company, Rubberset, where he held various positions through the years and retired as a line supervisor.

As a son he was devoted to being of help to his parents and the family.  He, along with his brothers, exhibited ingenuity in securing various odd jobs and subsequently handing the money to his mother to help with the needs of the family.  He took seriously his role as the oldest of the boys.

As a brother he was a loyal and gentle role model.  He is credited with leading by example in helping his mother to shepherd his siblings spiritually.  He was also gentle, yet manly.  He may have been known to comb his sister Gloria’s hair and give her pony tails (braids wasn’t his thing).  He taught his brothers how to how to tie their ties, Sylvester in an act of tough love.  Caring and patient so much so that he went every day to feed his sister Barbara in the nursing home. He was characterized by his humanity and his desire to help anyone.  Selfless, so much so that when Leon totaled his car he was more concerned about his welfare than the damage to the car.

As a father he was a rock. He was “it”.   He taught by example.  He demonstrated a work ethic that he engrained in his children. He exhibited what being a man was about and how to take care of a family.  He set high expectations for himself and for his children.  He was reliable, there and consistent.  He epitomized being a father: Flaws and all.  A provider through words, deeds and presence.  He was not a lot for words but when he spoke it was worth your attention.  He was what a reliable head of a house and family should be.  What he took on before 21, stepping in as a father of four, was more than what some could ever contemplate.   Demonstrating the value of honest work as a means to support your family.  Respecting his children as adults, sensed when it was time to say something as well as time to listen.  He taught the children to be a constant.  He was impactful on the type of fathers and mother his children are to his twelve grandchildren.  He exhibited that humility and faith should be a central motivation in life.  In the years under his roof he taught his sons how to cherish and treat a wife.  When it was right it was right.  He set moral guidelines that serve as a foundation for families.  Though it was not always clear what he was trying to do at the time, once adulthood/parenthood ensued for his children the groundwork that he set was evident.

George loved music, he could often be heard singing around the house. He enjoyed Jazz as well as rhythm and blues.  It wasn’t uncommon to hear Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, the Temptations and the Spinners at any given time, the soundtrack of the of our early lives. He loved to cook, breakfasts and fish were his specialties.

He is survived by six sons, Michael L. Whittington (Yvonne D.), Johnie M. Thomas III (Lydia), Carlos D. (Carrie), George A., Jr. (Beverly), Jermaine M. and Jason L. Bivens, Sr.; twelve grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Leon (Cassandra) and Sylvester Bivens (Patricia); two sisters, Barbara James and Gloria Taylor (Calvin); and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Regina F. Whittington-Bivens; one daughter, Julia E. Bivens-Cotton; and one sister, Joyce Bivens-Torney.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, May 21, 2016 at The Student Services Center Theater at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne.

Gavin Orlando Ames

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Gavin Orlando Ames was the son of Robin Orlando Ames, of Crisfield, MD and Sherrylee Wharton of Fruitland, MD. Born on February 25, 1987, Gavin departed his life on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, at the age of 29. While Orlando and Sherrylee were his parents, he was raised by his late grandparents, Jane “Ukie” Horsey and John “Jughead” Horsey. Gavin was that special grandchild and there was absolutely no way and no one who could take Lil’ Lando away from Ukie; he was her heart!

Gavin, Young “G”, Iron Mike, Lil’ Lando, or G-Money, as many would call him, was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools. He held employment at various poultry companies here on the Eastern Shore. In his younger years, Gavin would attend Shiloh with Aunt Debbie, or “Aunt Bebbie” as he called her, and his cousins. Gavin was always known to hang out with his friends and family, and frequently spent time as part of “Three Musketeers” Gavin, Brandon and TJ.

In addition to his parents, Gavin is survived by: two brothers, Kevin Campbell of Salisbury, MD and Matthew Hammock of Fruitland; one sister, Sheena Ames of Fruitland; two nieces, Kourtney White and Shanique Campbell; seven uncles, Greg Ames of Cambridge, MD, Riley Ames of Essex, MD, Mike Horsey of Crisfield, Terry “Dave” Davis, Nathan Ward, Allen Ward and Bobby Johnson, all of Dover, DE; six aunts, Vivian Freeman of Titusville, FL, Debbie Horsey of Crisfield, Barbara Ward of Dover, DE, Joyce Taylor of Salisbury, and Valerie White of Princess Anne, MD; two great aunts, Gloria Ames of Miami, FL and Omeda Timmons of Philadelphia, PA; two aunts-in-law, Robin and Lucy Ames and two great nephews as well as a host of cousins and other relatives and friends.

Gavin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jane and John Horsey, Sedonia and Jack Wharton; great grandmother, Rosie Ames and one aunt, Dina Maddox.

Gavin had a host of close family and friends that he truly loved. However, there were a few special cousins, DeAlma and DeAnna Ward, Brandon Ames, TJ Peyton; a few special friends whom he hung with on a regular basis, Willard Hearne, Alphonso Smith, Shane and Eric Ball.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, May 21, 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 in Hopewell Cemetery in Crisfield.

Charles T. Hutt,Sr.


Charles Thomas Hutt, Sr. was born on February 24, 1947 to the late Annie Mae Hutt. Charles was ushered into eternal rest on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

Charles, affectionately known as Buddy, Charlie Hustle or Hutt, was educated in Somerset County Public Schools. He graduated from Somerset High School in 1965 where he played basketball and baseball.  For two years, he served in the United States Army and obtained a rank as Private First Class (PFC). Afterwards he became a licensed barber and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Charles and Mary were united in holy matrimony on January 1, 1977.  Together they cultivated a bonding relationship between themselves, their families and community. He was widely known, in his hometown, as a mentor and father figure to many of the young people.

Over the years, Buddy worked various jobs before his career as a Correctional Officer at Eastern Correctional Institution (ECI) in Westover, Maryland.  On January 1, 2010, he retired from ECI after 23 years of service.  Also in 2010, he joined the Eastgate F & AM Masonic Lodge #65 where he was an active  Marshall.

Charles “Buddy” Hutt was a dedicated member of St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church. Charles’ giftedness led him to become a member of the Male Choir.  His favorite chapter in the Bible was Psalms 118 and his favorite songs were “Worth” and “One Day at A Time Sweet Jesus”. God thought Charles was worth saving, so he came and changed his life. So Charles could be free and he could be whole.  God showed him the stairway that he had to climb this is all Charles was asking of God. Give him the strength to do every day what he was assigned one day at a time.

Hutt was actively engaged in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He frequently attended their athletic events and school activities.  He was a volunteer coach at Washington High School for many years and coached Little League baseball and football.

Charles received the Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA) for the 2014-2015 school year from Princess Anne Elementary School.

He leaves to cherish fond memories his loving wife of 39 years, Mary Hutt; two sons, Milton Collins Jr. and Charles Hutt Jr. (Mirza); three daughters, Monfredia Bailey (Jerry Sr.), Clarissa Redding and Monica Hutt (Daron); 12 grandchildren, Darrin, Janae’, Tierra,  Jerry Jr.,  Talaia, Frederick, Dionte’, Shacora, Jamira, Jaeliana, Da’Mariya, and Jae’Mir; 11 great grandchildren, Amaya, Janiya, Di’Anya, Makenzie, Jordan, Marcus, Jaevin, Noah, Dionne, Gabriella, and Emani; two brothers, Alfred Hutt (Olivia) and Bishop A. Darnell Hutt; five sisters, Ruth Fisher, Shirley Fagans, Janet Armwood (Alvin Jr.), Shirley Hutt and Vanessa Allen (James); five brothers-in-law, Joseph Dashiell, George Smith, Jr. (Mary), Nathaniel Smith (Deborah), Cecil Smith (Vanessa) and Lamont Smith; five sisters-in-law, Ardenna Williams, Recie Hope (Vernon), Joyce Smith, Reba Jones (Armstead, Sr.) and Minta Johnson; three godchildren, Faith Bailey, Yolanda Hayward and Leslie Fountain; six special grandchildren, Shanae, Brielle, Brittney,          Anthony, Kelan and Lynae; one special aunt, Mary Lee Bailey; two special nephews, Anthony and Antonio Deal and a host of  nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Evelyn Smith; four brothers-in-law, Robert Fisher, Herman Williams Sr., William Smith, David Johnson and two sisters-in-law, Virgie Dashiell and Valerie Smith.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, May 14, 2016 at St. James United Methodist Church, 8730 Crisfield Highway, Westover with viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne where ceremonial rites will be performed by Eastgate F&AM Masonic Lodge #65 at 7 PM.

Interment will be at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Walter Wright, Sr.

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Brother Walter (Waldren) Allen Wright, Sr., was born on October 2, 1935 in Crisfield, Maryland to the late Brice and Adv. Sr. Mtr. Bertha Mae Wright.  Early in the morning on Friday, April 15, 2016, Brother Wright peacefully departed this life at his home.

The Supreme Council of The House of Jacob has forever been Brother Walter’s spiritual home.  His membership began at birth.  His parents were missionaries in Philadelphia, PA and Florida, where his father, the former Elder Wright was a driver for the late Father Walter Sherman Israel J. I. S., for whom he was renamed.  Brother Wright also served as assistant pastor to missions in Crisfield, MD and Delmar, DE.

Brother Walter, known affectionately as “Buddy Boy”, received his formal education through the Somerset County Public School system and graduated from Carter G. Woodson High School in 1954.  As education was always important to him, Brother Wright was an avid Bible student.  He even studied his bible school lessons during public school classes.  Brother Wright became a gifted bible school teacher for many years.  He was a perfectionist in reciting and writing the scriptures, as they were written in the Bible.  He held his students to the highest of standards, with every “i” dotted and every “t” crossed.  His constructive criticisms were not always welcomed but always found to be beneficial.

Brother Wright was a strong believer in providing for his family.  He was employed by Princess Anne Shirt Company as a truck driver delivering up and down the east coast including deliveries to the United States Navy in Norfolk, VA.  At the Salisbury Shirt Company, he was a die cut operator.  Brother Walter was last employed by Somerset County Roads Department where he retired after 16 years.

At an early age he met Sister Dorothy Lavania Leatherbury.  Brother Wright was very persistent.  With love in his sights, he married Sister Leatherbury on September 5, 1954.  7 children were born to this union.

Brother Wright’s parents instilled in him a great love for music.  He loved to sing and play the guitar.  His favorite song was “I Thank the Lord for Blessing Me”.  He was a member of the Israelite Wheels (named by Father W.B. Israel S.O.T.), the District Two Choir, and the Young at Heart.  He loved traditional quartet music, especially the Dixie Hummingbirds and The Harmonizing Four.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife of 61 years, Elderess Dorothy Lavania Wright; seven children, Elderess Rebekah Polk (Elmer Jr.) of Princess Anne, MD, Elderess Angelena Wright-Wright (Franklin) of Princess Anne, MD; Mrs. Regina Meyer (Ed) of Sheboygan, WI; Sister Almettrus Wright-Moore (Gentry) of Princess Anne, MD; Mrs. Judith Birckhead (Everett Sr.) of Baltimore, MD; Miss Darlene Wright of Princess Anne, MD and Brother Walter A. Wright, Jr. of Washington D.C.; 11 grandchildren, Adrian Wright, Cameren Taylor, Crystal Ybanez, Marcus Wright, Heather Wright, R. David Gotiear, Eric Wright, Everett Birckhead, Jr., Ariz Wright, Leah Wright, and Sharae Wright; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Presiding Elder Austin Jones of Chance, MD; one stepsister, Ms. Connie Wright of North Carolina; three special godsons, Corporal Jasper Handy, Presiding Elder Walter Sherman Holmes I, and Mr. Brice Shockley (nephew); his devoted canine companion, Dolly; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by; his father, Brice P. Wright and his beloved mother, Advanced Senior Mother Bertha Mae Wright; and one sister, Elderess Vera Wright- Shockley.

A funeral service will be held 11 AM Saturday, April 23, 2016 at The Supreme Council of The House of Jacob, Inc., 13153 Loretto Road, Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 pm Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in Israel Memorial Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Ryan L. Johnson

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Ryan Lanear Johnson, 42 of Fruitland, formerly of Crisfield, was called from called from labor to rest Friday, April 8, 2016 at his residence. Born February 4, 1974, he was the son of LaVerne Campbell-Johnson and the late Lee Lyons.

Ryan was a graduate of Crisfield High School and was also certified in Culinary Arts.  He was employed with Somerset County Community Services in Marion Station, MD and the International Association of Approved Basketball officials. Ryan also worked doing grass cutting, limo driving and security for several businesses and organizations, while working a full-time job.  In 1999, Ryan tried his hand at entrepreneurship as he opened a Video Arcade in conjunction with the former Somers Cove Market.

Ryan was loving called” Chin”, “Doc” and “Uncle Boogie” by everyone.  He was fun loving and always had a joke or a story.   He will be missed for his daily inspirational Facebook posts.

He was a family man and loved his children.  He could always be seen with his twins or his side-kick Eric walking through the hallways at Somerset. Ryan was also known for being a dancing machine, thus the nickname Boogie, he absolutely loved eating and trying different cuisines from his family and co-workers, whenever anyone encountered him, they could always count on hearing a funny story, but definitely blessed with some encouraging words and motivational words by him as evident in his morning Facebook posts.

In addition to his mother, he leaves to cherish fond memories with: his devoted companion, Nakomi Taylor; six children, Ryan Johnson-Smith, Davon Smith, Kamryn Johnson, Trent and Trinity Johnson, and William Harris; one stepson DeQuan Fields; six sisters, Tammy Williams (Joseph) of Columbia, SC, Pia Johnson, Felicia Campbell-Sterling (Tyrone), Gemina Greene, Evyan Johnson and Janae Johnson of Crisfield; one brother, Corey Lyons of Columbia, SC and Aunts; Betty Cottman of Athens, GA, Sheri Campbell and Jamie Campbell-Coston (Ernest) and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.  He will also be missed by his godmother, Verna Lee Jackson; his god sister, Mina Latonya Evans-Alston; his god brothers, Eddie, Corey, Tim and Baron Collins, all of Baltimore, MD.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Gladys Campbell; aunts, Mable, Florence, Diane and Tracey; uncles, William and Herman Campbell and John Foreman Jr.

A funeral service will be held 2 PM Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Crisfield Academy and High School with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 PM Friday at the high school. Interment will be at Mt. Peer Cemetery in Marion Station.

Winfield M. Whittington, Sr.



Winfield Marco Whittington Sr., 78, transitioned from earth to Glory on Wednesday, April 06, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Born on September 22, 1937, he was the son of the late Margaret Emily Whittington and George Williams. Affectionately known as “Wint”, he was raised by his late grandparents, William H. Harrison Whittington and Martina Maddox Whittington of Crisfield, Maryland.

Wint was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools and a graduate of Crisfield Colored High School which later became Carter G. Woodson. He was to become a member of the first group of students to attend the new Carter G. Woodson in the first grade.

Wint was united in marriage to Doretha M. Sutton and would have celebrated 54 years of happiness on July 22, 2016.

Wint was a “family first man” with a strong work ethic and took many jobs that he did not want to support his family. For a while, he picked strawberries, worked security for the Crisfield Housing Authority and traveled on a dredge boat to get oysters. He admitted that he did not know a thing about dredging oysters. In 1970, he began to work at Rubberset, a division of Sherwin Williams Corporation in Crisfield. Recognizing his talents, Rubberset management quickly promoted him from plant operations to become a brush design engineer. He took company seminars to become more efficient with the making of brushes. These courses presented the opportunity for him to travel with executive management around the country and to eventually conduct seminars in his own right concerning the skills needed to effectively construct brushes that would compete with brush making designs especially in China and Japan.

As a child, Winfield was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church. Growing up in Shiloh was a challenge for him. He could not sing like Rapathel or his aunt, Miss Carletta; or give spontaneous remarks like DeWayne or write plays like his sister Evola. But the one thing he excelled at was prayer. He was a praying man. Even now I can hear Mom Gray shouting from the congregation, “Pray, Wimpy, Pray”, that’s my boy, PRAY Wimpy pray. He later began to visit St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church under Rev. Walter B. Ward and became a member under the leadership of Rev. Alan Gould, Sr. for two weeks in a row, he came home talking about this young man who was preaching “fire”, he said. And I said the next time he comes home talking about this man; I was going down to St. Paul myself to see what was going on. I went; I stayed and became a member of St. Paul. He was also given a license to preach by Presiding Earle Brooks.

Wint became the Man of the Year for St. Paul in 1994 and again in 2004. He was appointed to serve on the Board of License Commissioners by Gov. Glendening and given keys to the city of Baltimore by Mayor Kurt Schoke. He was also a lifetime member of Crisfield Pride Lodge #194 and the elite group-the Cavaliers. He became a part of St. John, Pocomoke Family in 2008 and joined the Brotherhood Choir and was declared the Man of the Year for St. John in 2010.

Wint leaves to mourn his devoted wife, Rev. Dr. Doretha S. Whittington; three sons and one daughter, Winfield “Marco” (Sasha) Whittington, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Virginia., Michael (Arlene) Whittington of Bowie, Maryland, Tracey Colbert-Hutt of Crisfield, Maryland and Jody (Felisha) Sutton of Crisfield, Maryland; three sisters, Evola Maddox, Ethel (Randolph) Taylor, all of Crisfield, Maryland and Shellie (Rev. Frank) Jones of Coral Springs, Florida; grand-children whom called him Pop Pop, Winfield III, Jared-Mycal, Jocelyn, Jasmine, Mikala, Treymane. Brandon and Brian (twins), Donovan, Cranston, Jodi, Brittany, Joel, Ebony, Ashley, Micah, Ashley, Keyonna, and wonderful nieces; Elois Whittington and Evette Hughes, both of Baltimore, Maryland, Elmira (Gary) Brown of Salisbury, Maryland, Sheryl (Lawrence) Kidd of Waldorf, Maryland, Akisha Jones of McLean, Texas and Angie (Verlon) Peters of Hebron, Maryland; 14 great-grandchildren, one great nephew, and other family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Philip C. Sutton, two brothers, Ira and Rapathel Whittington, a special aunt, Carlette Whittington Cane, one uncle, Robert Whittington and a cousin who was like a brother, Dr. H. Dewayne Whittington.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield, Maryland.  A viewing will be held one hour prior.  The burial will be Monday, April 18, 2016 at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron, Maryland.

Herbert A. Manuel


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Herbert “Herbie” Andrew Manuel was born in Crisfield, Maryland on September 12, 1941. He entered into Heaven’s Gates on Sunday, April 3, 2016. He was the son of the late George E. Manuel, Sr. and Florene Brown.

Herbert was a very kind and gentle man who was always smiling. He received his education in the Somerset County School System. In his early years, he was a factory worker and later worked as a cab driver for North End Taxi.

Herbert is survived by two sisters, Mary Coulbourne of Marion Station, Maryland and Lorraine White (Levin, Jr.) of Deal Island, Maryland. He also leaves to cherish his memory a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives, as well as friends.

He will be truly missed.

Herbert was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, George Manuel and Isaac Manuel and one sister, Francis Johnson.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Thursday April 14, 2016 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior. Interment will be held in Mt. Peer Cemetery in Marion Station.

John M. Banks

John BanksJohn M. Banks, 97, of Eden, Maryland departed this life Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.  He was born March 9, 1919 in Fruitland, and was the son of the late Arthur W. Banks and Cecilia Nickens Banks.

John had been a resident of Salisbury Genesis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Salisbury since 2009.  John was a lifelong bachelor and had no children.  He had no problem telling his brother’s and sister’s children what to do.

He was educated in the Wicomico County Public School System.  He spent his life being his own manager, and was self-employed, cutting and hauling wood and planting his own crops.   He was a salesman in his own right, he even sold what he grew to his own family.  John was a teacher.  We didn’t know what stingy meant until we met him.  As children we remember him sawing wood on his very own saw-rig.  He would take a slab almost as long as this building and cut it in small enough pieces to fit in a wood stove, as children we thought that was amazing.

He was an outdoorsman and loved the country and fields that stretched as far as the eye could see.  He loved to grow various types of vegetables, which made him extremely proud.

He was the ultimate convincer, for example:  when we would visit him, on some days he would tell us the most convincing stories that set us on the investigative path.  Thank God, it was a story in his mind.

John was a great communicator; he constantly reminded us how God had blessed him with 97 years of life, therefore now making him the boss because he was the oldest.  He loved to laugh and talk with his family and friends.

John leaves fond memories with:  his sister, Bertha B. Reid of Fruitland and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, William and Ralph and three sisters, Mary, Margaret and Gladys.

A funeral service will be held 12:00 PM, Saturday April 9, 2016 at Mount Olive Christian Fellowship Church, 109 South Division Street, Fruitland, with a viewing one hour prior to service. Elder Ron Davis, Sr. will officiate. Interment will be held at Mount Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery in Fruitland.