Wendell Orlando Heath

Wendell HeathWendell Orlando Heath, 48, of Princess Anne, Maryland departed this life Monday, December 4, 2017 at his residence.  Born April 18, 1969, he was the son of Wendell and Lavinia Heath.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne, Maryland with a viewing one hour prior.  Interment will be at Mt. Peer Cemetery in Marion Station, Maryland.

Juanita Bailey

Juanita Bailey 1Juanita Bailey, the daughter of the late Pauline and Isaac Bailey, was born January 2, 1936 in Venton, Maryland. She made her heavenly transition on November 28, 2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

She received her formal education in the Public Schools of Somerset County and Wor-Wic Community College. She was employed by Green Giant (Dulany) and Perdue Inc. until she retired.

She attended Grace United Methodist Church in Venton, Maryland.

Her hobbies were: reading, crossword puzzles, cooking, sewing and raising her grand and great-grandchildren.

She leaves to cherish her memory: one son, Carl Bailey (Carla); four daughters, Angela Corbin (Andre), Paula Long (John), Yvonne Jones (Steven) and Robyn Bailey (Harry); two brothers, Fortune Bailey (Lana) and Marcus Bailey; three sisters, Pauline White, Janet Coleman (Curtis) and Lorraine Garden (John); one additional son-in-law, Reginald Corbin, Sr.; two sisters-in-law, Annie Bailey and Ethel Bailey; one brother-in-law, Lee Copeland; two special great-grandsons whom she raised, Dajuan Duffy and Avery Spence; 15 grandchildren, Lawanda, Loyd, Kevin, John Jr., Alisha, Travis, Michael, Yvonne, Marquis, Tyrone, Reginald, Jr., Aaliyah, Jayla, Kayla, Cylah; 18 great-grandchildren, Alysse, Tykwon, SaQuan, Kenadi, Jayla, Tamiya, Kylee, Kaire, Travis, Za’Rya, Jonathan, Alexander, Christian, Kevin Jr., Michael Jr. Kadence, Karys, and Amiyah. One special person who was like a daughter, Attrue Gayle and a host of nephews, nieces and other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by three children, Louis Jones, Sharon Jones and Verna Corbin; one granddaughter, Terra Leatherbury; four brothers, Isaac, Leon, Melvin and Winfred Bailey and one sister, Laura Copeland.

A funeral service will be held 11 AM Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one-hour prior. A public viewing will also be held 2-6 PM Friday, December 8, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

Interment will be in Grace U.M.C. Cemetery in Venton.

Mitchell Henderson Jones

MItchellMitchell Henderson Jones, 62, of Salisbury, Maryland formerly of Crisfield, Maryland departed this life Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Born November 13, 1955, he was the son of the late Thomas Henry Jackson and Marlene Jones Maples.

Mitch, as he was affectionately called, served in the United States Navy for many years.

He leaves to cherish his memory:  four brothers, Henry Jackson, Anthony Jackson, Quentin Jackson and Nicki Jackson; one sister, Lynette Fisher; two nephews, Maurice Douglas and Donte Fisher; one niece Marshauna Douglas; three aunts, Gertie Mae Strasser, Mary Jackson and Lottie Jackson; a host of relatives and friends.

In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by one brother, Maurice Jackson and grandmother, Nettie Cottman.

A memorial service will be held 6:00 PM Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Enon Baptist Church in Crisfield, Maryland.  Interment will be private.

James E. Cottman

James Cottman

James Edward “Earl” Cottman, 61, of Crisfield, departed this life Friday, October 27, 2017 at Edward W. McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield, MD. Born January 9, 1956, he was the son of Thelma Cottman-Alexander and the late Russell Collins, Sr.

“Earl” as he was affectionately known was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools. He was employed as a landscaper and at Metompkin Bay Oyster Company in Crisfield for many years. James was a very diligent and hard worker. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and will be missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by five brothers, Leroy Cottman, Joseph Alexander, James Alexander, Everett Williams and Russell Collins, Jr.; two sisters, Minnie Alexander and Russlyn Collins and a host of other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held  1 PM Saturday November, 4 , 2017 at Anthony E. Ward,Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be private.

Wendell Alvin Turpin

WENDELL Wendall TurpinTURPIN was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 10, 1952 to the late Eugene (Sr.) and Carrie Turpin. On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, he departed from this life. He was the second of four children.

As a boy, he was a member of Peniel United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, under the leadership of Reverend Elder. During the summer months he attended Mt. Peer United Methodist Church, Branch, Maryland.

Wendell was educated in the Philadelphia school system. Upon graduation from Dobbins Technical School, Wendell joined the United States Navy where he received an honorable discharge.

After the Navy, he returned to his beloved Marion Station, Maryland, where he had many childhood memories of summers filled with family and friends. He always said he preferred the country and country life.

Wendell worked at Rubberset in Crisfield, Maryland for many years. He later worked for the Somerset County School district as a custodian from which he retired in 2007.

Retirement gave him the opportunity to do one of the things he enjoyed, being outside tinkering and repairing things. He would spend countless hours taking things apart and putting them back together. Even as a child his pockets would be full of small parts and gadgets. He loved yard work and cutting yards kept him outside. You would often see Wendell riding the roads with his truck and trailer with riding mower.

For many years Wendell sang with the John Wesley United Methodist Men. He provided his deep bass voice that he honed by watching and listening to his Uncle Nube Cullen. He cherished the friendships he developed with the group. He enjoyed traveling with them throughout the Eastern Shore, Philadelphia, New Jersey and many other locations.

Wendell was well liked by this community and had an easygoing personality. He was always ready for a friendly conversation and was known to add some tall tales to the discussion from time to time. Most of all, he was a noble man, always willing to help his family and friends whom he loved so much. His memory will live on with us forever.

He leaves behind his mother, Carrie Turpin; two daughters, Alicia Turpin and Sarah Evans; one brother, Eugene Turpin Jr. (Patricia); two sisters, Brenda Turpin and Denise Turpin; four nephews, Bruce Clarke Jr., Terrance Clarke, Brett Turpin and Jeffrey Clarke; one niece, Claudette El Azri; and a host of great nephews and great nieces as well as family and friends.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Handy United Methodist Church in Marion Station, with a viewing held one hour prior.  A public viewing will also be held 2:00 – 6:00 PM Friday, November 3, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

Interment will be at Mount Peer Cemetery in Marion Station.

Sarah Elizabeth Smith

White 1Sarah Elizabeth Smith, 61, of Princess Anne, Maryland, made her heavenly transition on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at her residence. Born August 13, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Walter Polk Smith and Maggie Robinson-Anderson.

She was educated in the Somerset County Schools and as a graduate of Washington High School. She later attended Delaware Technical College.

Sarah was introduced to Christ at an early age. In her youth she attended her family church, John Wesley, UMC Cottage Grove. She along with her sisters and cousins, was a member of The Voices of Cottage Grove. Most recently she was one of the charter members of The Eastgate School of Prophecy, under the pastoral leadership of Apostle Barbara Rose.

In March, she retired after 27 years of dedicated service, from Sherwin Williams (Rubberset) in Crisfield, MD.

In high school Sarah played basketball and remained an avid sports fan. Most recently, she got hooked on golf and she and her brother-in-law, Joe would spend hours watching golf and drinking coffee. Among her hobbies were “tinkering” in cars, fishing and crabbing. And like her mother she liked to have nice flowers outside of her house.

Last week Sarah told Barb and others that “God is going to do something great this week!” Those of us who know Christ, know He did just that…On Thursday, God cradled her in His loving arms and took her to her heavenly home with Him.

She leaves to cherish her memory with: one brother, Anthony Anderson; three sisters, Apostle Barbara Rose, Prophetess Brenda Isler (Josiah, Sr.) and A. Judi Marks (Reginald, Jr.); two aunts, Etta Holden and Catherine Smith; three special friends who were like sisters, Alona, Sandy and JoAnne; her newphew, Diyon and his wife Katie and daughter Destiny, who were like her children; and a host of nephews, nieces, other family and friends, all of whom she considered special.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Faith Christian Full Gospel Baptist Church, 500 E. Lincoln Avenue, Salisbury, Maryland with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8:00 PM Friday, October 27, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in John Wesley (Cottage Grove) in Westover.

Bessie M. Stevenson

Bessie MBessie M. Stevenson, 82, of Princess Anne, departed this life Monday, October 9, 2017 at Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Salisbury, Maryland.  Born July 23, 1935 in Shelltown, MD, she was the daughter of the late James Rufus Mullen and Emma Jean Mackey-Mullen.

She received her education in the Somerset County Public Schools. In her early years she worked at Green Giant, Campbell Soup and retired from Perdue. She as a devoted mother of nine children.

Bessie was a longtime dedicated member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Princess Anne, MD. She was a member if the Heavenly Lights Choir and served as a Missionary. She has a passion for cooking and everyone who came in contact with her enjoyed it. She will be truly missed by all.

She leaves to cherish her memories with: three sons, Sherman, Jr. (Nekisha), Stanley and Thomas (Clara) Roberts; three daughters, Margaret Owens (Leroy, Sr.), Ella Polite (Henry) and Ida Roberts (David) ; twenty grandchildren, forty-six great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren; one brother, James Lee Mullen (Antoinette); one sister, Rebecca Gaulin; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Stevenson; two daughters, Bertha Christopher and Emma Mullen; two brothers, Cleveland Mullen and George Mackey;  and five sisters, Hattie Scott, Minnie Palmer, Corraine Mullen, Angie Nora Tanner, Annie Collins and Loraine Jordan.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 30683 Hampden Avenue, Princess Anne, MD, with a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Church.

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

Idella Nadine “Cooley” Lane

Idella Lane

Idella Nadine Lane, lovingly known by her family and friends as, “Mom, Cooley, Dell, Queen and Senior Citizen” transitioned from this earthly life on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at age 59, while hospitalized at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.  She was born on September 21, 1958 in Crisfield, Maryland, the third child of five.  She was the daughter of the late Stetson E. Lane, Sr. and Bishop Mary L. Lane.

Idella graduated from Crisfield High School in 1978 and preceded too the work-force. She worked at MeTompkin Seafood, Perdue, Lankford-Sysco, and the Crisfield Police Department as a Dispatcher. Later, Idella changed her residency to Virginia and secured employment at Sea-Tech in Gloucester, Virginia, Dan’s Distribution, and AFEES (Army and Air Force Exchange Service) in Newport News, Virginia.

She leaves to cherish fond memories with, her daughter, Kara Za’Nae Lane; her son, Desmond Arnaz Lane; her siblings, Louis Jackson (Wilmington), Bishop Stetson Elroy Lane, II, Phyllis Jean Lane-Wise, Michael Eugene Lane (Orris) and Denise Ann Morgan.  She also leaves memories with special cousins, nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces and extended kin.  And to her fun-loving friends from school and adult years, she says, “Don’t forget our good times.” She leaves cherished moments for Sheronda Brown, another daughter in her immediate family.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield, with a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday, October 6, 2017 at Enon Baptist Church in Crisfield.  Interment will be at the Family Cemetery in Crisfield.

Wilma Catherine Waters-Barrow

BarrowsWe celebrate our beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, cousin and friend through scripture as Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us “to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”.

A Time to be Born

Born February 4, 1942 to Amelia Ivella Waters Cannon and James Cannon on Bowland Hill, Wilma was raised in Philadelphia after her parents were united in marriage in 1943.  She was the first of seven children.

A Time to Learn

Wilma was educated in the Philadelphia Public Schools where she graduated from John Bartram High School.  She received her training to become a nurse from Devitt Homes, Inc. in Allentown, PA in June of 1969.  Wilma pursued Evangelist training as a member of Paradise Emmanuel Baptist Church and was an avid reader of spiritual books.

A Time to Work

Upon graduating from nursing school, Wilma was employed by the Allentown School District.  By the 1980’s Wilma paved the way for what we now know as home health care.  She provided in-home skilled nursing care to seniors for the remainder of her career, which she retired from in 2010.

A Time to Plant

She had two sons Edwin Sydney Waters and Andrew Purnell Waters.  She raised her “boys” (as she always fondly called them) in Allentown, PA (the early years) and Philadelphia, PA (the later years).  Fondly known as “mom” to many, LaSana Reid (Sandy) is her daughter and was raised by Wilma from birth.  She planted seeds that have grown into young men and women that made her proud.

A Time to Love

On August 26, 1985 Wilma became Mrs. Ernest Barrow.  After many years of marriage, the couple separated and have remained friends over the years.

A Time to Choose God

Wilma accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior long before she became a member of New Third Antioch Baptist Church.  In 1974, she would bring her children to Christ through baptism.  Seeking a closer walk with God, Wilma pursued Evangelist training through the Paradise Emmanuel Baptist Church where she was a member and an usher for many years.

A Time to Gather Stones; and A Time to Embrace

Family was important to Wilma.  She loved our Thanksgiving Dinners together.  She and the “boys” (Edwin and Andy) would come to Baltimore (and later to York) where we would give thanks for all the blessings that God had bestowed upon us.  For too many years to count, she would call her “baby sister” Marj-elaine (nickname that only Wilma could say) to say she was on her way to Baltimore. She would come to Baltimore just to share a meal, cook out on the grill or just to hang out.  Many times, she would bring friends from Philly to Baltimore and we became one family up and down the I-95 corridor.

Many Sunday’s were spent being Nana as she surrounded herself with her children, grandchildren and good food.  They all loved her cakes and pies and more important just being at Nana’s house captured the hearts and minds of each and every grand and great-grand child.

We celebrated her 70th birthday with a fabulous party that her “boys” gave her in Philadelphia 2012.  It gave her so much joy to have the whole family together. This was our family time and the impact that she had on all of us.

A Time for an Earthly Farewell

We celebrate the life of Wilma Catherine Waters Barrow who passed away peacefully on to her eternal sunrise, Saturday, September 23, 2017.  Left to celebrate her home going are her two sons, Edwin Waters and Andrew Waters; and her daughter, Sandy (Thomas Budd); her three sisters, Emma Cannon of Salisbury, MD, Amelia (Peggy) Cannon of Princess Anne, MD, Dr. Marjorie Miles (Tyrone) of Catonsville, MD and her brother, Granville (Bobby) Cannon of Princess Anne.  Also celebrating her home going are four grandchildren, (Edwin, Jr., Cidney, Lateefah, and Naimah) and eight great-grandchildren, (Christopher, Omar, Diva, Nyla, Karemah, Zaid, Sanai, Chawanda, and Edwin, III).

Wilma also leaves three nieces, (Fran Cropper, Karen Cannon, and Robin Kersey), six nephews, (Freddy Corbin, Terry Cannon, Keith Jackson, Kim Hall, Garth Cannon, and Justin Miles) and several great nieces and nephews.

Our beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, cousin, and friend lived a full life that taught her and us many lessons, as she was the matriarch of our family.  She loved her family, beautiful clothes, cooking and feeding everyone who entered her house, and lastly, she loved having her nails manicured.

It was her wish that she be brought “home” to Bowland Hill, as it was her birthplace, so shall it be her resting place.  It was her wish to be placed in the John Wesley Cemetery with her mother (Amelia), her sister (Florence Vivien), her brother (Jimmy), and all her aunts and uncles who preceded her in death. It was her wish that her funeral services be held at Metropolitan United Methodist Church as it was the church where her mother married her father and the place where so many of our family members have been eulogized.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 Am Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 30522 Dr. William P. Hytche Boulevard, Princess Anne, Maryland.  With a viewing one hour prior.

Nelda Elizabeth Teagle


Nelda Elizabeth Teagle, a radiant jewel found earth’s realm on June 24, 1930.  She departed this life on Sunday, September 17. 2017 at Penisula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Nelda was a cherished and beloved child of Howard and Virgi Milbourne.

Nelda began her Christian journey as a child at Saint James United Methodist Church in Westover, Maryland. Upon moving to New York, Nelda became a dedicated and trusted member of the Church of God in Christ in Rockaway, NY.  While there, she served diligently on the usher board and Sunday school boards.

Sharing the true and divine word of God to children gave her the greatest pleasure.

Returning to Saint James in 1969; Nelda continued spreading the love of God’s word through her Sunday school ministry. In her many travels to Seattle, San Francisco and Atlanta, she would always let you know “Glad to be here, but I’ve got to be back on First Sunday”.

Ms. Nelda’s kindness and dedication were exemplary as she carried out her duties as a communion steward.

Aunt Nelda would often be seen walking to church, rain, sleet or snow.

She is survived by one son, Golden Teagle (Zandra); two grandsons, Jamaal (Brittany) and Jaraad Teagle; one brother, Howard Milbourne (Carol); one sister-in-law,  Eunice Milbourne and a host of loving nephews, nieces, and a multitude of other relatives and friends.

In addition to Ms. Nelda’s parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Irving L. Teagle; one sister,  Margaret Jones; and one brother, Ernest Teagle.

A celebration of life service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Saint James United Methodist Church in Westover with a viewing one hour prior. Interment will be at the church cemetery.