Mary Elizabeth Hayman

Mary Elizabeth HaymanMary Elizabeth Hayman, 94, of Salisbury,  MD formerly of Manokin, MD made her heavenly transition on Friday, February 5, 2016 at Deer’s Head Hospital Center in Salisbury.


To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heavens (Ecc. 3:1)

Mary’s Affirmation “Every shut eye ain’t sleep and every goodbye ain’t gone. Stay focused on your goal and keep the door open to opportunity.”

A Time to Be Born

Mary Elizabeth Beauchamp, the oldest of three children was born in Manokin, Maryland on July 30, 1921, to the late Olandis Russell Beauchamp and Bertha Miles Beauchamp.


A Time to Build Up

Mary affectionately known as “Mom” grew up in Manokin, Maryland. She was reared in a hardworking and loving family. Mary and her siblings, Edward and David, were nurtured by loving parents who loved the Lord and believed that a life of hard work, love, and dedication would yield a bountiful harvest. Mary was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools. Upon graduation at the age of 15, she attended Princess Anne College where she studied music and sang on the local radio station. She continued her musical studies at the Settlement School of Music in Philadelphia, Pa. It was there that she trained in Operatic voice to become a member of the Philadelphia Liturgical Society. Mary toured nationally as an opera singer sharing the stage with musical greats including the late Marian Anderson. At an early age, Mary accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and remained a faithful servant until her death. Mom was quietly strong and unwavering in her daily walk; no loud proclamation, simply a soft whisper of obedience to God’s will.

A Time for Every Purpose under the Heavens

Mary’s strong work ethic led to a long career as a licensed practical nurse. Upon retiring from Germantown Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mary continued her blessing and gifts as a caretaker for her uncle in Washington, D.C., many private duty patients, and later her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a proud member for many years of Starlight Chapter 44 of the Order of the Eastern Star and also of Camper Club Eighty-five.

A Time for Marriage

Mary was married to the late Joseph J.W. Hayman in 1939. To this union was born one daughter, Baola M. Hayman and one son Joseph O.W. Hayman. Mary and Joseph made Manokin their home and business residence for more than sixty years.

A Time to Laugh

Mary loved to hear a good joke or funny story that would bring her joy, smiles and laughter. Her laughter and her beautiful smile will never be forgotten.

A Time to Mourn

Mourning her loss yet rejoicing in her purposeful life are her survivors: Baola M. (James) Gould and son Joseph O.W. Hayman, Sr., daughter-in-law Deborah Hayman, grandchildren, James H. F. (Patricia) Gould, Bereatha E. (Ronald) Jackson, Mary A.B. (Darrell) Gordon, Joseph O.W. Hayman Jr., Imani N. Hayman, and Jaye J. Hayman; great-grandchildren Patrice R. Gould, Elliot J. (Bianca) Gould, Eric F. Gould, Michael James Reed-Gordon, Niyah S. Jackson, Niles A. Jackson, Joseph O.W. Hayman III, Josiah Hayman, and Myah Hayward; and one great-great granddaughter Adalynne Santiago. She is also survived by many loving family members: brothers-in-law, James Hayman (Nellie) and Eldon Hayman (Mary); cousins June Beaver, Ellen Holloman, and Bill Williams; devoted friends Alice Collins, Evelyn Horsey, Carolyn Jones, Estella Stackhouse, and Jeanette Waters; and a host of nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents, Olandis and Bertha Beauchamp, her husband Joseph J. W. Hayman, brothers Edward and David Beauchamp, sister-in-law Naomi Beauchamp, and cousin Doris Beaver.

A funeral service will be held 11 AM Friday, February 12, 2016 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 6101 Quantico Road, Quantico, MD with a viewing two hours prior. Interment will be in Samuel Wesley U.M.C. Cemetery in Manokin.

Michelle A. Hunter

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Michelle Antoinette Smith Hunter, a beloved daughter, was born to the late James Smith, Sr. and Lovan M. Smith on August 23, 1968 in Somerset County.  She transitioned from this life to eternal life on January 22, 2016 at the St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, when God in His infinite wisdom and sweet compassion, softly whispered “Come Home…”

She received her formal education in the Somerset County Public School Systems and was a graduate in the Class of 1986 from Washington High School in Princess Anne, Maryland. Michelle accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne, where she served on several ministries.  Later in life, she joined the Royal Light Missionary Baptist Church in Baltimore.  There she continued her walk with the Lord.  She had an unwavering faith in God, and loved to sing the songs of Zion.  One song she sang often was “Tomorrow” which leaves us with a message, (if she could speak) don’t wait until tomorrow, it might be too late.  Give your life to Christ today.

She was employed by Erickson Living Retirement Communities in Baltimore for 16 years as its Business Office Manager.  Michelle was a detail oriented person and loved the challenge of her work.  She was a genuinely happy person who enjoyed the company of family and also friends.  She was a member of the Sweet Elite Social Club of the Princess Anne/Salisbury area and served as their Event Coordinator.  Miss Fluff, as she was affectionately called also was an avid reader.  She had a passion for books and was a member of the Page Turners Book Club of Baltimore.  She was an organizer and was ever-present at family functions, especially the Annual Smith and Jones Day Family Reunions.  Michelle was in the process of assisting with her next class reunion and the planning of the next family reunion, when God called her home.

Michelle really loved to help people and had a nurturing spirit.  She always took the time to encourage the young family members.  She could be counted on to help and fill in the gaps where needed. She assisted with the raising of her niece, E’Recha Bailey of Princess Anne and her nephew, Jemyri Jones of Baltimore. All the children really loved their Aunt Chelle.  She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend.  Michelle had a passion for life and was full of love and kindness.  Fluff will be sorely missed by many.

She leaves to cherish her memory: her devoted companion, Anthony Johnson of Baltimore; two brothers, James Smith, Jr. and Tony Smith, Sr., both of Princess Anne; one sister, Ola Milligan of Princess Anne; two aunts, Blanche Jones of Princess Anne and Frances Smith of Salisbury; one uncle, Arthur Smith (Luetta) of Salisbury; one great uncle, Prosser Smith of Princess Anne and two, devoted nieces, Tamika Jones of Princess Anne and Chantell Bentley of Baltimore.  A host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her nephew,    Michael Dennis, Jr.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 PM Friday at the church.  Interment will be in John Wesley (Bowland Hill) Cemetery in Princess Anne.


Trinity La’Iona Milbourne

babyTrinity La’Iona Milbourne, newborn, of Crisfield, Maryland, departed this life Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. She was the daughter of Tramaine Milbourne and Brittany Byrd both of Crisfield.

In addition to her parents she is survived by: one brother, Devaron Jackson, Jr; three sisters, Shalise Jackson, De’Vonna Jackson and Tre’Iona Milbourne; paternal grandmother, Theresa Waters; paternal great grandmother, Ernestine Milbourne; paternal great grandfather, Raymond Waters; maternal grandparents, Melissa Byrd and James “Eric” Whittington, Sr. (Tanika); maternal great grandmother, Linda Byrd; maternal great great grandmother, Elnora Byrd and other relatives and friends. Services will be private.

Fannie Elizabeth Parker

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Fannie Elizabeth Harris-Parker departed this life Monday, January 4, 2016, at St. Anthony’s Community Hospital, in Warwick, N.Y. was born on December 8, 1933, in Attapulgus, Georgia.  She was the daughter of the late Willie and Rosebud Adams-Harris.  The Harris Family moved to Somerset County, MD, where Fannie received her education in the public school system.

Reared in a family whose lives were dedicated to serving our risen Savior, she accepted Christ into her life at an early age.  She grew up in the St. Paul Methodist Church in Revels Neck, Westover, MD.

She was joined in Holy Matrimony on October 19, 1952 to the late William A. Parker.  They relocated to Paterson, NJ where Fannie attended the Charm Beauty Academy in Newark, NJ and became a licensed beautician.

Fannie returned to Somerset County where she was the owner/operator of the Classic Coiffure Beauty Shop in Princess Anne for 35 years before her retirement.  She loved her craft as a beautician and many friendships were formed between wash, set and dry or straightening comb and curling irons.

As a faithful member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church she served in various capacities which included, Sunday School teacher, and Lay Speaker. She served as a member of the United Methodist Women, Communion Steward Chairperson and Administrative Board Chair.  Again, Fannie enjoyed true friendship and fellowship among the congregants.

Fannie often reminisced of her childhood adventures; her first train ride from Georgia to Florida as a little girl, her favorite “old bald headed doll baby,” her chores, but counted her baptism in the Jordan River on a trip to the Holy Land, with two of her sisters, the most memorable.

Fannie lived the message of the Harris family motto:  “A Family That Prays Together, Stays Together.” She hosted the very first annual Harris Family Reunion in 1976.  She loved attending family reunions and would never miss an opportunity to take photos with family members.  She would often say “while we’re growing up, both morally and spiritually, always do your best to bring a family member along in the journey. ”

She leaves to cherish her memory:  eight children, Delphine Steficek of Vernon, NJ, Carlton Parker, Dylan Parker, and Thaddeus Parker of Paterson NJ, Todd Parker, of Austin, TX, Brian Parker and Dale Parker of Princess Anne, MD, and Dean Parker of Alexandria, VA.  Affectionately known as “Nana,” she leaves fifteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  Also to cherish her memory are; three sisters, Otha Lee Collier, Thelma Scott and her husband, Elder Earl of Fruitland, MD, and Janie Johnson of Manokin, MD; two brothers, John Harris and his wife, Cynthia of Paterson, NJ and Elder Lee Harris and his wife, Betty of Jacksonville, FL and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends from the Senior’s Center.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Paula Parker, two sisters, Frances Harris, and Dollie Avent, and two brothers, Leonard and James Harris.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Upper Hill, MD with a viewing one hour prior.  Interment will be at Centennial Cemetery in Fairmount.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Centennial Cemetery Maintenance Fund.

Emily Margaret Taylor

Emily Taylor Obituary Photo 001Emily Taylor Obituary Photo 001Emily Margaret Taylor, born November 1, 1932 in Coinjock, N.C., departed this life on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, from complications of cancer.  Emily, 83, was the third oldest of nine children born to the late Henry and Erma Ellington.

Educated in the Maryland school system, Emily was also a faithful member of St. Paul Episcopalian A.M.E. church, here in Crisfield.  She was active in the church as a communion steward for many years, and attended faithfully for as long as she was physically able.  She also served as the president of the Progressive Club with many lifelong friends.  Emily absolutely loved doing crossword puzzles and reading – especially poetry – and was often asked to read literary and inspirational pieces both in church and at other programs.

Emily was blessed to marry her husband of 31 years, Cornelius (“June”) Taylor, of Marion, MD, who also preceded her in death.  Their union afforded them the blessing of jointly raising six devoted children who loved, admired, and respected her beyond measure.  Family was everything to her; a doting mother, caregiver, sister, and friend who would give her very last.

A long-time employee of 40-plus years of the Metompkin Bay Crab Co, it was here where she forged many lifetime friendships.  Strong-willed and independent, Emily became a second- or “play mother” to a host of young ladies whom she inspired and encouraged to strive for their fullest potential.  Emily exuded humbleness and humility, probably her most endearing qualities, which led others to gravitate to her for both advice and comfort; she listened without judging.

Now that the sun has set on this life richly lived, Emily leaves to cherish her memory:  one sister, Frances Shelton (Roy) of Princess Anne, MD and one brother, Philip Ellington (Dorothy) of Hillcrest Heights, MD.  Her loving children:  Larry Bell (Bonnie) of Manassas, VA; Bruce Bell of Akron, OH; Ramona Evans (Wendell) of Crisfield; Dr. Michael Taylor (Jestine) of Atlanta, GA; Darlene Taylor of Crisfield; and Kevin Taylor, also of Crisfield. Also, eight grandchildren: Jason Bell, David Bell, Mark Bell, Marshand Whittington, Jodi Parsons, Jasmine Taylor, Jason Taylor, and Courtney Bell; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to her parents, sisters, Doris White, Myrtle Johnson, and Jane Parker, as well as brothers, Alvin, Willie, and Randolph Ellington preceded Emily in death.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 pm Saturday, December 26, 2015 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield with a viewing two hours prior.  Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Crisfield.

Violeta “Cat” DeShields


Violeta Deshields, 76 , daughter of the late Lettie and Edward Deshields was born October 22, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the residence of her daughter after a long illness.

Violeta was affectionately known as “Cat” by her family, friends and all that knew her. She was educated at Somerset Junior High School. Cat was a seamstress and most recently was a caregiver.

Cat received Christ as her Lord and Savior on November 30, 2015. She had a very kind heart and would feed anyone in need or offer them a place to stay when she had her own. She loved her grandchildren and great-grand’s and even the ones that weren’t her own. Cat loved court TV, game shows, crossword puzzles, sewing and crocheting. She loved going to her day center. She would often say in the mornings when she would be getting  ready to go to the center, “please make sure I am matching and don’t forget to put some perfume on me”. She would also demand that her nails be painted.

Cat leaves to cherish her memories:  one daughter, Gwendolyn (Lorenzo) Roberts of Columbia, SC; one son, Carnelius (Carlisa) Deshields of Princess Anne; four granddaughters, Michelle Hearne, of Salisbury, MD; Tyra Marshall of Germantown, MD; Keiona Deshields of Milford, DE and Shantay (Lee) Pierce of Altus, Oklahoma; one grandson, Avery Carnelius Deshields of Salisbury; seven great grandchildren; one special nephew whom was raised as her son, Reginald Deshields (Aushae) of Salisbury; six sisters, Juanita Deshields of Fruitland, MD, Rosalee Watkins of  Baltimore, MD, Victoria McRae (Rev. Henry) of Providence, Rhode Island, Olivia Cottle, Verna Sprowall and Millicent Dennis, all of Philadelphia, PA; two brothers, Robert (Maria) Deshields, of Marion Station and Ronald Graham of Philadelphia; and a host of other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her sisters; Georgia Henry, Laura Deshields, Malinda Watkins, Betty Ann Burgess and brother, Samuel Deshields.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Princess Anne with a viewing two hours prior.  Interment will be in Oaksville Community Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Otto Frederick Cottman


Otto Frederick Cottman, 68, of Princess Anne, Maryland departed this life Sunday, December 6, 2015 at his residence.  Born January 29, 1947, he was the son of the late Irvin Grant and Maggie Ballard-Cottman.

Otto attended the Somerset County Public Schools.  After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army where he completed three years of service.  After his discharge, he lived in Princess Anne for a short time before moving to Chester, Pennsylvania.  While living in Chester he worked at the Philadelphia airport for a number of years.  When he returned to Princess Anne, he worked as a security officer and as an assistant for the Anthony E. Ward Funeral Home.

At an early age, he became a member of his family church; the old Mount Carmel Baptist Church which was under the leadership of Reverend Ervine Hargis.  He was also a member of the VFW Post #9505.

Otto, lovingly known as “Toe” or “Tisso” to his family and friends, enjoyed traveling and loved to drive.  He never turned down an opportunity to transport anyone, no matter how near or far the destination.  He also loved to play a variety of card games.  His favorite saying was “What’s Happening.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lorraine Cottman, a brother, Robert Cottman and a nephew, David Cottman.

On Sunday, December 6, 2015, Otto F. Cottman shed his earthly clothing and took his final resting place.  He is survived by his wife Rosann Cottman; two sons, Frederick and Larion Cottman of Pennsylvania; two daughters, Denise Cottman of Delaware and Romona Cottman of Pennsylvania; one sister; Lois Douglas of Salisbury; two adopted sisters, Betty Hall and Carolyn Cottingham of Princess Anne; twelve grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Princess Anne, with a viewing one hour prior.  A public viewing will also be held 2:00 – 6:00 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Interment will be held 1:00 PM Monday, December 21, 2015 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, MD.

Lovan Mae Smith

Lovan SmithLovan Mae Smith, 82, departed this life on Friday, December 4, 2015 at Aurora Senior of Manokin in Princess Anne, Maryland. She was born on May 8, 1933, in Somerset County. She was the beloved daughter of the late John Cottman, Sr. and Betty Waters-Square of Princess Anne, MD.

She received her education in the Somerset County Public School System.  At an early age she began her Christian walk with the Lord. She loved singing in the choir and praising God.

She married James Smith and to this union four children were born.  She retired from Campbell Soup Company in Salisbury, Maryland.

“Mom Von,” as she was affectionately called by everyone that knew her, was loved by many.  She made you feel welcome and her children and grandchildren’s friends looked up to her as mom or grand mom.

She was an active member of the Metropolitan Gospel Choir until her health failed singing her songs. Her favorite hymn “Oh I want to see HIM.” She was a lifetime member of the Walter Polk Post #132 Ladies Auxiliary.  Always a joke or some form of laughter would be shared with her loved ones.

She leaves to cherish her memory: two sons, James Smith, Jr. and Tony Smith, Sr. of Princess Anne, Maryland; two daughters, Ola Milligan of Princess Anne and Michelle Hunter of Baltimore, Maryland; twelve grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; one sister, Blanche Jones of Princess Anne, Maryland; one brother-in-law and two sisters-in law, Arthur Smith (Luetta) of Salisbury and Frances Smith of Salisbury.  A host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Sr., her grandson, Michael Dennis, Jr., six sisters, seven brothers and a host of other relatives.

A funeral service will be held 1pm Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in 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 John Wesley (Bowland Hill) Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Ernest Stanford Kersey, Jr.

Ernest-Stanford-Kersey-Jr._editedErnest Stanford Kersey, Jr., 56, of Frederick, Maryland, formerly of Kingston, Maryland, departed this life Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Born January 19, 1959, he was the son of Ernest and Thelma Kersey.

In addition to his parents, he leaves to cherish his memory with four brothers:  Kaven, Nathan, Raymond and Eric Kersey; five sisters, Lydia Peterson, Tinna, Carol, Jennifer and Margaret “Lanell” Kersey; two uncles, Raymond Kersey (Irene) and Leroy Ballard (Leola); Three aunts, Victoria Hawkins (Earlie), Bessie Dickerson (Bill) and Delores James (Lionel); several nephews, nieces, other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Nicole Kersey.

A memorial service will be held 12 noon Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be private.

Preston Thomas Cottman

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Preston Thomas Cottman, age 87, born August 11, 1928 to the late Willis Cottman, Sr. and Annie Cottman departed this earthly life on Monday, November 30, 2015.  Preston, the second of 14 children was educated in the Somerset County Public School System.  He met Dolores “Wragg” and went on to marry her in 1949.  Through this union 7 children were born.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church. Prior to his failing health, he helped maintain the grounds at the church and was very active in ensuring the upkeep of the church.

Preston worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for the James Julian Construction Company and later for George & Lynch Construction Company until his retirement in 1993.  Prior to his work in construction he was a tenant farmer for the late George Alder for 12 years.  Preston was an awesome gardener and was known to feed the community along with his family.  He was an animal lover and anyone that knew him knows that all his animals had names and how much he loved Critter. And how can one forget Lightning. When Preston was not working, he shared his passion for raising hunting dogs and hunting with his brothers, long-time friends and his oldest nephew “Bunny” Lloyd Harmon.

Preston was a quiet and honest man known to have a big heart.  He was well known in the community and loved gathering with family and friends. He was an excellent provider and many times in addition to taking care of his own family he helped many others. He was strict with his children (especially the girls) instilling in them good morals and values to carry them throughout life. He loved his grand and great grand kids unconditionally and could often be heard imparting life lessons to them. Each one of them held a special place in his heart.

Preston, fondly known as “Tuff”, Pop-Pop, Uncle “That Did It”, Uncle Preston, Uncle Pres and other names too numerous to mention, leaves to celebrate his life and memories, Dolores, his wife of 66 years; his 7 children, Geraldine Shelton, Preston Cottman (Charlotte), JoAnn Cottman, Janice Cottman-Waters (Jeff), Gregory Cottman (Rose), Vincent Cottman (Sharon), and Willis “Whip” Cottman.  Eight grandchildren, Craig McGill, Patrick Cottman, Sr., Gregory Cottman, Shayla Baldwin, Jamison White, Onika Cottman, Jana White, Brianna Cottman;  13 great grandchildren, Jeremiah and Logan McGill, Patrick Cottman, Jr, Jeylon White,  Khadri-Jaree’’ Cottman, Breasya Hall, Braylen Cottman, Zayla Baldwin, Gregory, Jr., Gemani, Kameron, Jha’rael and Ghamel Cottman; sisters, Josephine Harmon, Elsie Collins, Vida Jackson (Richard), Marguerite Grant, Lucille Cook, and Betty Cottman; brothers Omar (Joyce) and Samuel Cottman, Sr. (Bernice).  Sisters and brother-in-laws, Rovella Cottman, Helena Wragg, Pamela Anderson (Curtis), Lonnie Cropper, Marquita Bivens; a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and a wealth of friends. He also leaves to celebrate his life and memories, three very special god daughters, Kyana A. McGill, Devoy Taylor and Luzetta Jones.

Preston was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert, Willis, Jr., Alexander, Randolph, and one sister, Lennie.

Preston was known for many Preston’isms.  The most famous of those (let us all say together one more time) Yee! That Did It”, “One Day at a Time” (his favorite hymn).

A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, December 6, 2015 at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church in Princess Anne.  A viewing will be held 6-8 PM Saturday at Anthony E. Ward Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.