Obituaries

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, she was the daughter of the late James and Emma Mackey-Mullen.

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; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and 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 brothers and five sisters.

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

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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.

William Earl Sledge, Sr.

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William Earl Sledge, Sr., “Sledge”, “Darby”, 71 of Westover was  born February 9, 1946 in Suffolk, Virginia, he grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  Sledge was the eldest son of the late Henry Watson and Carrie Sledge-Watson. He went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at his residence.

Sledge was known for his loving spirit, and having a good time.  He lived life to the fullest.  The yellow house on Rehobeth Road was where he invited his family and friends to gatherings all the time.  One thing that everyone knew when they got there was, they could eat and the music would be playing.  Sledge would be wearing his cap and cutting a step, he would always say “No fool, no fun”.  Sledge had a giving heart, he would do anything he could to help everyone including perfect strangers. Sledge loved fishing and tinkering around his yard.  He was always busy doing something with the music playing in the background.  The one thing he took pride in was his family, his devoted wife of 47 years, Diane, his children and grandchildren.  No matter what the situation they could always count on him.

Whether you referred to him as “William Earl”, “Sledge”, “Pops”, “Unc” or even “BopBop” his loving spirit would uplift a whole room.  Especially at home, any party and down in the oyster house.  Everyone knew he was an awesome man. He will be truly missed.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 47 years, Diane Sledge; one son; William E. Sledge, Jr. (Shantelle); three daughters, Aretha  Amanda Fedderman (Ervin, Sr.),  Kimberly Sledge and Shawla Sledge (Dana); 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Karl and Elton Watson; seven sisters, Maudrece Evans, Bernice Watson, Josephine Watson, Tonie Schoolfield, Lula Sledge, Lillie Sledge and Vivian Watson and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen Sledge and Betty Walker; and one son-in-law, Stanley White, Jr.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday,  September 9, 2017 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, September 8, 2017 at he Funeral Home.

Interment will be Private.

Ruth Ella Hill

Ruth Hill

Ruth Ella Hill, 106, was born on February 20, 1911 to the late John and Florence Horsey-Rayfield, in Crisfield, MD.  She departed this life on Friday, August 18, 2017, at the Alice B. Tawes Nursing Home, God in his infinite wisdom called his faithful servant home.

She spent the very early part of her childhood living in Crisfield, MD and Chester, PA.  She returned to Somerset County, MD in 1919, to live in Brice’s Corner, Liberia, and Crisfield.  She was educated in the Somerset County Public School system.

In 1928, Ruth Ella married the late John Stephen Hill and to this union four children were born.

She grew up in a Christian home and she joined Shiloh United Methodist Church in 1937, where she was the oldest living member, at the time of her passing.  She was an active member and served on many committees throughout her lifetime.  She served as a Worship Leader, the Treasurer of the Parsonage Committee, the Secretary of the United Methodist Women, a member of the Usher Board, a Communion Steward, an active member of the Kitchen Committee, until the age of 89 and was a member of the Care Committee. She was the Founder of the Precious Memories Annual Day and a part of that Committee, which was started in memory of her mother—Florence Rayfield.  This committee was dedicated to making improvements to the church and significant donations were made to assist in paying off the mortgage for the church parsonage.

She belonged to several organizations and held different positions within each of them. She was the oldest member of Starlight Chapter # 44 of the Order of the Eastern Star, and served as a Past Worthy Matron. She also belonged to Camper Club Eighty-Five and was one of the oldest members of  Light of Crisfield Temple Lodge #86.

She was a pillar in her community and an inspiration to all who knew her. She was well known by all—from the youngest to the oldest.  She loved people and inviting them to her house to eat.  She was known for her many gifts.  One: Gardening – She loved her flowers and tending to her yardwork.  It wasn’t a surprise to see her cutting grass, pulling weeds and pushing the wheelbarrow around the yard. She did this when she was 100! Two:  Cooking – She loved to cook and feed people.  Every Sunday, she had dinner at her house, not just for her family, but she would cook enough to send to others within the community.  She was known for her homemade rolls, chitterlings, fried oysters, crab cakes, chicken and dumplings, muskrat and gravy, greens, candied sweet potatoes, turnips, macaroni n’ cheese and her homemade vegetable soup. She could cook! Three: Decorating – Everyone would stop by to take pictures and would look at her Christmas decorations that she would do each year. She loved Christmas!

She was truly a remarkable woman.

Her life and memories are survived, cherished and loved by her devoted son, John G Hill (Regina), 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 31 great-great grandchildren, and one great-great-great grandchild; two nieces, Rose Gray and Hazel Conway, and four nephews, Brantley Whittington, John Rayfield, Rudolph Cane and James Cane.  She is also survived, cherished and loved, by several play-children, cousins, and a host of other relatives, friends and her church family.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her three daughters: Anna Mae Robinson, Carpathia Miles and Ruth Viola Hill; one brother, John Rayfield; and one sister, Elsie Whittington.

During her lifetime, she had the opportunity to work various jobs. To name a few, she raised chickens, worked on farms and worked in the Seafood Industry for many years. She retired in 2007, at the age of 93 from the seafood industry.  She received the Seafood Worker’s Festival Award in 1994, for being the oldest Seafood Worker. In addition to her full-time

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield with a viewing one-hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Friday, August 25, 2017 at the Church. At 7:00 PM ceremonial rites will begin by the Starlight Chapter #44 Order of the Eastern Star of Princess Anne and Light of Crisfield Temple #86 in that sequence. Interment will be held in the family cemetery in Crisfield.

Marsha Carolyn Holbrook

Marsha HolbrookMarsha Carolyn Holbrook, 58, of Princess Anne, peacefully transitioned from this life on earth to her eternal home on Friday, August 18, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.  Born January 27, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Geneva Holbrook-Holmes.

Marsha was educated in the Public Schools of Somerset County.  She was employed at Wor-Wic Community College until her health failed.

Marsha attended Mount Carmel Baptist Church.  She loved going to church hearing the Word of the Lord.

Marsha loved cooking and caring for children.  She truly enjoyed life to the fullest.

She leaves to cherish her memories:  one daughter, Shanta Holbrook; seven brothers, Rene, Sr. (Angie), Timothy Esau, Sr. (Grace), Jerry Bruce, Brice and Ross Holbrook, William Boynton (Linda), all of Princess Anne, and Oscar Purnell of Elkton, MD, two sisters, Connie Holbrook-Ward of Princess Anne and Danita Smith of Sanford, FL; one nephew whom she raised as a son, Rena “Boo-Boo” Holbrook, Jr.; several other nephews, nieces, special friends, Paulette Chandler, Alice White and Louise Cottman; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray E. and Carlye Holbrook.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday, August 25, 2017 at the Church.

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

Sean Cornell Gregory

Sean Gregory

Sean ‘Shawnie’ Cornell Gregory was born in Crisfield, Maryland on October 20, 1967.  Sean spent the last 19 years of his life in a nursing home where he departed this life on August 11, 2017.  He was the son of Emily Fosque Gregory and Sherman Gregory, Sr.

Sean was a very nice guy, was always smiling and cherished his family. He graduated from Crisfield High in the class of 1985.  After graduating high school, he joined the United States Army.

He leaves to cherish fond memories with his father, Sherman Gregory, Sr.; one sister, Teresa Fosque, twin brother, Sherman Gregory, Jr. and a host of nephews, nieces and other family and friends.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother, Carl Fosque, Sr.

We all love and will miss Sean very much.

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Life contains the capacity, like flames that reach toward heaven, to transform suffering and pain into the energy of creation, into light that illuminates darkness. Like the wind traversing vast spaces unhindered, life has the power to uproot and overturn all obstacles and difficulties. Like clear flowing water, it can wash away all stains and impurities.    Daisaku Ikeda

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield, with a viewing held one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday, August 18, 2017 at the church.  Interment will be held at Hopewell Cemetery in Crisfield.

Joyce Ann Holbrook

Joyce Holbrook

Joyce Ann Holbrook, born January 21, 1952 to the late James and Evelyn Deshields-Collins.  She departed this life Sunday, August 13, 2017 at her residence in Salisbury, Maryland

Joyce was educated in the Somerset County School System.  She received her certificate of early childhood development from Wor-Wic Tech.  She worked in Home Health and other Health Care Faculties for many years.

Although Joyce could not attend Church due to her illness, she did read her Bible faithfully daily.  She enjoyed watching the Steve Harvey Talk Show and Family Feud.

She is leaves to cherish her memory:  three daughters, Yolanda Wallace of Hagerstown, MD, Ronnell “Rita” Holbrook of Princess Anne, MD and Coraine Johnson of Pennsylvania; 10 grandchildren, Teikera Tenner of Princess Anne, Shanae Holmes of North Carolina, Isaiah and Elijah Jones, Judah and Jeremiah Wallace, all of Hagerstown, Oscar Cottman, III of Florida, Jaylen Hunter of Pennsylvania, JaiRon Johnson of West Virginia and Elise Joy Ames of Princess Anne; three great grandchildren; three brothers, Harold Jones, Gene Holbrook and Carl Bailey, all of Salisbury; one sister, Ruth Ballard of Princess Anne and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Williams; two brothers, Darnell and Benjamin Holbrook and one sister, Gaylen Holbrook.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

Seth Elton Lee Holden, Jr.

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Seth Elton Lee Holden, Jr., was born on August 14, 1954 in  Withams, Virginia to the  late Seth Elton Lee Holden, Sr. and Fannie Robbins. He peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 31, 2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

He received his education in the Accomack County Public School System in Accomack. Seth was employed at Perdue farms, Incorporated for many years, working in various positions such as Chicken Catcher, Forklift Operator, Live Haul Crew Leader and a Truck Driver.  He owned his own business, Seth Holden Contractor.  He was not afraid to try new things. He was also a very hard worker.

He dedicated his life to Christ at the Apostolic Tabernacle in Westover, Maryland under Pastor Clarence Heath.  He later became an Ordained Minister, at Victory in Praise Worship Center in Salisbury under Apostle Edward L. Moss where he served as an Amour Bearer.

His passion was riding on his Harley-Davidson and keeping his cars clean.  As his wife would say, “He’s going to wipe the paint off them”.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He will be forever known for his kind heart, gentle spirit and willingness to help others.

Seth leaves to cherish precious memories with: his loving wife, Anna Holden of Princess Anne; daughter, Angela Custis of Salisbury; sister, Margaret Jenkins of Philadelphia, PA; step children, Kevin Fisher, Sr. of Pocomoke, MD,  Vanessa Fisher of Princess Anne and Melody Broussard (John) of Newport News, VA; eight grandchildren, Tiffany Ewell of VA, Martice and Marcus Ewell of Salisbury, Skky Townsend of Washington, DC, Sony’e Lankford of Princess Anne, Chantel Smith of Fayetteville, NC,  Kevin, Jr. and Kenyon Fisher of Pocomoke; brothers-in-law, Calvin Costen (Deborah), Thomas Costen (Debora) and Donald Costen (Dawn); a host of nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, LeShonda Holden Smith.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.  A public viewing will be held 2:00 – 6:00 PM Friday, August 4, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

Interment Private.

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