William Moore Bivens, Sr.

Williams Bivens

…the beginning and the end… William Moore Bivens, Sr., son of the late John and Ardella Bivens was born on March 6, 1941 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the youngest of fourteen children.  William heard his Father God call his name on Monday night, October 6, 2014 at the Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, MD, to come and rest with Him, and be at eternal peace. His journey was complete.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael E. Bivens; two brothers, George and James Bivens and three sisters, Pauline Stevenson, Patricia Frank and Bernice Henderson.

William received his education at Carter G. Woodson School in Crisfield, MD.  His adult career began in the United States Marine Corps and he was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant once his term was complete.  While enlisted, he also began working in the Postal Department.  Upon his return to his home of Marion, Maryland, he began working at the Post Office in Pocomoke, MD, and was a postal carrier for many years.  After proving himself to be a diligent and hard worker, he earned his due reward and was promoted to the position of the first African American Postmaster in Somerset County.  He continued to show his love for people after his retirement from the Post Office and began driving the Head Start school bus in the northern end of Somerset County.  He then became a substitute driver and was later hired as a school bus contractor.  When he became ill, he had to retire from the job that he loved to do.  He was very well liked by students, parents, and colleagues.

William was a member of the Union Lodge #33 of Crisfield, MD, where he served for several years as Worshipful Master, Secretary, Past Master and other offices.  He was also a member of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maryland; served as a Grand Lodge Officer; also served as Past Assistant District Deputy, Grand Secretary for the 9th Masonic District was a member of King David Consistory #284 in Salisbury, MD and served as a Past 1st Lieutenant.  He was a very dedicated member of this organization.

William was raised in a Christian home with spiritual teachings led by his parents and eventually became “saved” to do the work of serving God and Him only.  He joined Ebenezer United Methodist Church and served as a Trustee, Lay Minister, Lay Leader, a member of PPRC, and a devoted member of the Men’s and Combined Choirs.  His last appointment was the Chairperson of the Administrative Board until his health began to fail.  William truly loved the Lord and his church.

On June 24, 1989 at Ebenezer U.M. Church, William was joined in holy wedlock to Mary Bacon of Crisfield, MD, and this past June they were blessed to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.  They were truly a match blessed by God and always put God first in their marriage.  William was an excellent cook, and a jack-of-all-trades around the house.  He loved to sing and some of his favorite hymns were:  “Jesus Lover of My Soul”, “Jesus How I Love Calling Your Name”, ”Amazing Grace”, and “I’ll Make It Somehow”.  Whenever you saw William, you always saw a “Bright Welcoming Smile”, even sometimes when he wasn’t feeling well, but you would never guess that he was ill.  He was a blessing from God and will truly be missed.

He leaves to cherish many wonderful memories with his loving and devoted wife, Mary; four sons, William M. “Bill” Bivens, Jr. of Salisbury, MD, Raymond and Michael Hall of Crisfield, MD and Anthony Hall of Hagerstown, MD; four grandchildren; one great grand child; five brothers, John S. Bivens (Alice) of Philadelphia, PA, Frederick Bivens of Pocomoke, MD,   Wallace Bivens of Salisbury, MD,  Clarence Bivens of Georgia and Theodore Bivens of Crisfield, MD; three sisters, Mollie Harris of Brooklyn, NY, Della Bivens of Gaithersburg, MD and Louise Ward of Crisfield, MD;  one special goddaughter, Valerie Burgess-Anderson (David) of Waldorf, MD; one special godson and great nephew, Tremayne Waters, Jr.; two sisters-in-love, Bernita Evans-Brown (Alonzo) of Salisbury, MD, and Francena Turpin of  Philadelphia, PA; three brothers-in-love, Joseph Bacon (Ophelia) of Fort Worth, TX; William Evans, IV of Salisbury, MD and Harry Evans of Boston, MA;  two devoted nephews, Troy “Bo-Duke” Ward (Patsy) of Crisfield and Robert Lewis Bivens of Wilmington, DE;   a loving mother and father in-love, Joshua and Lorraine Cottman; and a special cousin, brother and best friend, Rev. C. Thomas Fitchett, Jr. (Frances) as well as a multitude of other nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces; great-great nephews and nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Crisfield High School with a viewing two hours prior. Rev. Alexenia Seldon will be the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday, October 17, 2014 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Marumsco, Maryland where Masonic Services will commence at 7:00 PM.  Interment will be at Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Gladys Scott

Gladys Scott

Gladys Lena Avery Scott fell asleep in death on Friday, September 26, 2014, in Princess Anne, MD.  She was 91.  She was born to the late James Henry Avery and Lula Heath Avery on April 26, 1923, in Augusta, GA.  She received her education in the Public School System of Augusta, GA and completed her post-secondary education in New York City.

Gladys met and married her childhood sweetheart Willie James Scott, Sr. on June 15, 1940.  She was married to her beloved husband, Willie James for nearly 70 years, who preceded her in death on May 4, 2010.  They were the best of friends.  Of this blessed union, two children were born to them, Joyce Scott and Willie James Scott, Jr.

Gladys, a faithful and dedicated servant of Jehovah God for 34 years, began her faithful walk on January 11, 1980.  One of the greatest joys she and her loving husband “Willie James” enjoyed through their years was living as Witnesses of Jehovah and proclaiming Kingdom truths to all they met.  One of the many jewels of their ministry was gaining a spiritual daughter along the way.  Sister Ola Milligan remained ever dear in their hearts.

The united hope of Gladys and Willie James remained in the promise of a resurrection to a restored life, in an earthly Paradise under God’s righteous rule.

Gladys leaves behind, to cherish her memory, a daughter, Joyce J. Scott of Randallstown, MD; a son,  Willie James Scott, Jr. (Wilhelmina’ Tanya’) of Missouri City, Texas; two grandchildren, Faraja Bryant-Ricketts (Marcus) of York, PA, and Anthony Bryant, Jr. (Almeretta Tyson) of Severna Park, MD, two great grandsons, Dalando Anthony Bryant (Adia) of Owings Mills, MD and Anthony Bryant III of Marietta, GA, one great-great granddaughter, Camille Maria Bryant of Atlanta, GA, and a host of dearly loved brothers and sisters of the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

A Memorial Service will be held 2 PM Saturday, October 4, 2014 at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Westover, Maryland.

James Garfield Woolridge

Woolridge 1James Garfield Woolridge, 57, of Laurens, South Carolina, formerly of Princess Anne, Maryland, was called home for a peaceful rest on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Born November 8, 1956 in Newark, New Jersey he was the son of the late James G. and Ruth Moore-Woolridge.

He was educated in the Public Schools of Newark, New Jersey.  James “Jimmy” was employed by Somerset County Roads in Westover, Maryland for seven years and the Maryland State Highway for four in a half years.  He was a truck driver for CR Englands for three years and Sealy Furniture Company in Salisbury, Maryland for five years.  James and Donna relocated to South Carolina where he became employed at the South Carolina Department of Transportation for eight years. He was a member of Union #33 Masonic Lodge in Crisfield, Maryland.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, godfather, brother, uncle, mentor and a great friend to many.  He always felt the need to lend words of wisdom, and encouragement to those who knew and loved him.  Jimmy loved collecting antiques, upholstering furniture, literature, music and fishing.  He especially loved going fishing and taking a fishing buddy especially with his late brother-in-law, Eric “Chuckie” Holbrook.  They both spent many hours enjoying their shared past time.

He leaves to cherish his memory with his devoted wife of forty years, Donnalee Holbrook-Woolridge, who loved him unconditionally with devotion and honors; one son, Adrian White (Linda) of Baltimore, MD; three loving daughters, Tramika Barkley of Princess Anne, MD, Laleesha Woolridge of Pocomoke City, MD and Donna Pitts (Tony) of Clinton, SC; 11 grandchildren, Kadeem, Ryan, Mekhi, Isaiah, Dasia, Adrian, Dylan, Dylon, JaLynn, Mai and Ian; three sisters, Lauretta Bivins (John) of Florida, Janice Farmer (Joe) of Salisbury, MD and Bonnie Turner of South Carolina; his mother-in-law, Florence Lily Holbrook; one other son-in-law, Lindsey Murray; two sisters-in-law, Theresa Dismuke (Benny) of Salisbury, MD and Burdenia Maddox (Billy); one brother-in-law, Daniel “Mitchell” Holbrook (Gail) of Princess Anne, MD; a special aunt Margaret Gale and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held 1PM Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne, Maryland with a viewing one hour prior. The host pastor is Rev. Ronald Bell and  Rev. Brenda Peterson will be the Eulogist.  Interment will be Private.

Joyce F. Wright-Corbin

Joyce WrightJoyce Faye Corbin was born November 4, 1940 to the late James Corbett and Alice Wright of Chance, Maryland.  She was a faithful member of St. Charles United Methodist Church; where she held the office as the President of the Ushers and the United Methodist Women.

Joyce was educated in the Public Schools of Somerset County; where she continued her life-loved career. She was known for her soft touch and gentle hand as she escorted students into their destiny with a well educational plan.  Administrators, Staff, and especially Students, were truly blessed with her intellect, presence and wit. She was dedicated in the summer, winter, spring and fall; working in every program that needed her extended hand.  She believed in pushing or pulling everyone to their highest potential at any cost!

“Sweetsie” as she was affectionately called by family and friends; was joined in holy matrimony to Weldon Corbin Sr.  She was his bride for fifty-three steadfast years! Their unfeigned love brought forth three beloved children; Teresa Horsey (William) of Princess Anne, Maryland, Weldon Jr. (Bonita) of Alexandria, Va. and the late Curtis L. Corbin, Sr.

“Sweetsie” answered the call for eternal rest on Friday, September 12, 2014. She FOUGHT a good fight, she kept the FAITH and she FINISHED her course in VICTORY!

In addition to her husband Weldon; and children, Teresa and Junior; she also leaves to mourn her unconditional loved grandchildren; Janell Johnson, Curtis Corbin Jr., De’Von, Ja’Nae,  Weldon Corbin III,  and Ka’Toya Price;  six great grandchildren; three god children; Elrich Jones Sr., Deborah Johnson (Darren), and Dolores Jones-Peters (Levin). She is cherished by seven sisters; Levenia Jefferson of Chance, MD, Geraldine Hitch of Princess Anne, MD, Alice J. White, Shirley Wright and Francis Butler of Baltimore, MD, Pearl Johnson of Chance, MD, Jackolee Bivens of Owings Mills, MD, Peggy Burke of Allen, MD, Dorthea Johnson and Geraldine Owens of Cambridge, MD. Two brothers; Danny Wright (Diana) of Philadelphia, PA , Lawrence Wright Sr. (Jenny) of Salisbury, MD, and Leroy Cane (Greta) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to her son Curtis L. Corbin, Sr. she was also preceded in death by her brothers Chester Wright and James Wright Jr.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne, Maryland with a viewing one hour prior.  Rev. Deangelo Johnson will be the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Funeral Home in Princess Anne.
Interment will be held 11:00 AM Monday, September 22, 2014 at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron, Maryland.

Morris S. Pack, Jr.

Morpackris S. Pack, Jr. 63 of Salisbury, Maryland formerly of Baltimore, Maryland departed this life on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Born September 20. 1950, he was son of the late Morris S. Pack, Sr and Doris Hudson-Pack.

Little Polly attended Town Neck Elementary School and later moved to Cherry Hill in Baltimore, Maryland with family to attend Southern High school.  Little Polly was christened at Town Neck Church and attended bible school.  Later in life, he met his soul mate Michelle, of Salisbury Maryland, where he chose to live till his departure.

Little Polly, was truly a great companion to Michelle and a great stepfather.  He was an avid fisherman, loved to cook, and loved riding his bike where ever he needed to go.

In addition to the love his life and step children, he leaves to mourn his sister, Beverly Pack Yates; one brother-in-law, Jimmie Yates of Randallstown; one aunt, Audrey Simms of Glen Burnie; one niece, Lisa Robinson of Atlanta, Georgia; two nephews, Maurice Robinson and Jabre Yates of Baltimore; one great nephew, Shawn Bivens of Delaware; a stepmother, Emma Pack of Annapolis; one stepsister, Sheila Forman; stepbrothers, Dale, Terry, Kelvin, Wayne, and Stevie of Glen Burnie Maryland; a special cousin, Joe Johnson of Annapolis, Maryland and a host of relatives and friends.

We will miss you Little Polly and you are forever in our hearts.  The Family would love to extend sincere appreciation and kindness during the Homegoing of our beloved Morris Sonny Pack   “Little Polly”.

A Memorial Service will be held 2 PM Sunday September 21, 2014 at The Church of God, 506 East College Avenue in Salisbury, Maryland.

William Henry “Pop” Horsey, Jr.

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William Henry Horsey Jr. 69, of Crisfield, MD, departed this life on Monday August 25, 2014 at his home in Crisfield. He was born on May 25, 1945 to the late William Henry Sr. and Edith Torney-Horsey. “Pop” as he was known by many was the second born of seven.

Pop received his education in the public school system of Somerset County, MD. His employment history consisted of Mrs. Pauls’ Kitchen, the seafood industry, J & D Landscaping, driving trucks, Security, and worked for the City of Crisfield.

“Pop” was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church where he was also a member of the Methodist men.  For the past several years, he would attend John Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion Station MD. He also participated in Bible Study under the leadership of Pastor Donald Lawson. “Pop” was a longtime member of his beloved Crisfield Pride Lodge #194, in which he held many offices, and sang with the Elks Choir.

In “Pop’s” earlier years, he loved to play baseball and was an avid runner. Later in his life his love of the computer consumed much of his time, when he wasn’t telling stories of his younger years. Pop sure will be missed, greatly missed, by his family and all of his friends.

He leaves to cherish wonderful memories with four sons, Terry White of Crisfield, MD, William Anthony Horsey (Teresa) of Princess Anne, MD, Joshua and Michael Horsey (Sarah) of Crisfield, MD; one daughter, Kimbley Abbott (Arthur, Jr.) of Crisfield, MD; his companion of 26 years, Vanessa Parks of Crisfield, MD; eight grandchildren, Gereka, Te’Ona, William, E’N, Toni, Josh, Abygail, Jayanna; three great-grandchildren, Ja’Kayla, Jazmyne, Darius (Lil Homey); one son-in-law, Wilson Dix; two brothers,  Major Horsey (Geraldine) of Pomfret, MD and Layman Horsey (Mona Lisa) of Fayetville, NC; three sisters, Levitha Lawson (Donald), Edith Bishop (Russell) all of Marion, MD and Betty Horsey of Crisfield, MD and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, “Pop” was preceded in death by one daughter, Gladys Lorraine Christy-Dix and one sister, Shirelene Y. Collins (Sug).

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, September 6, 2014 at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion Station with a viewing two hours prior.  Rev. Cynthia Bonneville will be the the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM Friday, September 5, 2014 at the church.  Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Crisfield.



Norma Frances Palmer

Norma PalmerNorma Frances Palmer, 56, of Eden, Maryland, formerly of Princess Anne, Maryland departed this life Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Coastal Hospice At The Lake in Salisbury, Maryland.  Born June 29, 1958, she was the daughter of the late Cammie Taylor, Sr. and Betty Bivens Whittington (Brantley, Jr.).

She received her formal education on Somerset County Public Schools.  Norma worked numerous years in the corrections field in Smyrna, Delaware and in Wicomico County.

Norma was full of life and personality.  She was one of the strongest persons anyone could ever know.  She loved her family and did everything possible to protect and provide for them.

Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friend, laughing and having fun, playing computer games, dining out, traveling, music, singing and baking.  Among her favorite types of cooking was baking pastries and big family dinner, especially during the holidays.

Norma was a member of New Psalmist Non-Denominational Church in Westover, Maryland.  She loved the music sung by the choirs.  She would get so excited by the singing and praise that eventually she would join in singing and praising the Lord as well.

Norma leaves to cherish fond memories with her devoted companion, Timothy Polk of Eden; her loving sons, Michael and Saleem Taylor, both of Eden; her parents, Betty and Brantley Whittington, Jr. of Princess Anne; one sister, Mary Johnson (Bernard, Sr.) of Marion Station, MD; four brothers, Lyndell Taylor of Charlotte, NC; Ronald Taylor of Fayetteville, NC, Cammie Taylor, Jr. of Princess Anne and Brandon Taylor (Genice) of Salisbury; a special cousin, Margaret Palmer of Philadelphia, PA and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Edith Taylor.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, August 30, 2014 at New Psalmist Non-Denominational Church in Westover, Maryland with a viewing two hours prior.  Rev. Glendon Jones, Jr. will be the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Friday evening at the Funeral Home in Princess Anne, Maryland.  Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.


Robin Nichole Bivens

Robin BivensRobin Nichole Bivens, 43, of Princess Anne, Maryland, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on April 28, 1971, to Lorelei Faulkner and the late Robert Faulkner.  Robin passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014, surrounded by family.

She was educated in the public schools of Virginia, New Jersey, California and Pennsylvania and was a consistent honor student.  For the majority of her employed years, Robin worked as a secretary and administrative assistant in the field of education.

Robin was married to her beloved husband of 17 years, Jermaine Bivens.  She cherished their union and considered it one of her greatest blessings.

Robin, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, spent the majority of time in her last days speaking to people about the Bible’s message and contemplating how to do it even more so.  She cared deeply for her fellow man and wanted all to gain the hope of everlasting salvation in which she so strongly believed.

In addition to her father, Robin was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Regina Bivens and sister-in-law Julia Cotton.  Along with her husband, Jermaine, and mother, Lorelei Faulkner, Robin is survived by a father-in-law, George Bivens, Sr.; five brothers-in-law:  Michael Whittington (Yvonne) of Princess Anne, MD, Johnie Thomas (Lydia) of  Salisbury, MD, Carlos Bivens (Carrie) of Joppa, MD, George Bivens, Jr. (Beverly) of Lincoln University, PA, and Jason Bivens of Salisbury, MD; numerous nephews and cousins.  Also left to cherish loving memories are a special aunt, Undra Woods, as well as abundant spiritual sisters and brothers and special friends.  She always looked forward to racing certain friends in the new world with her new, perfect body.  One spiritual sister she was particularly fond of used to speak to her excitedly about having a bonfire for their canes, walkers, eyeglasses and other implements that would soon be things of the past.

Proverbs 31:10-31 describes desirable qualities in a wife and this is exactly what Robin possessed.  She was a part of me as Genesis 2:24 describes and I was made better because of our union.  I will miss her dearly and will never be the same without her. (Added by Jermaine Bivens).

A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, August, 16, 2014 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Westover, MD .  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Westover Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. (Written by Robin Bivens and updated by Jermaine Bivens)

Lay’Mya Miracle Arnette Cottman

Baby girl CottmanBaby Girl Lay’Mya Miracle Arnette Cottman, 12 days old, went to her eternal rest on Monday, August 4, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical in Salisbury, Maryland.  Born July 23, 2014.  She was the daughter of Kevin L. Cottman, Jr. and  Iona L. Caldwell of Princess Anne, Maryland.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by one brother, Kayshawn L. Cottman of Princess Anne; her paternal grandparents, Kevin L. Cottman, Sr. (Paulette) of Eden, Maryland; Laura Ann Carter of Princess Anne; maternal grandparents, Daryll Caldwell of Dover, Delaware and Febra Purnell of Milton, Delaware; two uncles, 0ne aunt, and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Wake and Visitation Service will be held 4 till 6 p.m. Thursday, August 14,2014 at the funeral home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in John Wesley (Bowland Hill) Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Perry Joseph Horsey

Perry Joseph HorseyPerry Joseph Horsey “PJ”, 50, of North Las Vegas, Nevada formerly of Marion Station, Maryland departed this life Monday, August 4, 2014 after a brief illness. He was born on February 17, 1964 to the late Charles Perry Horsey, Jr. and Theola Horsey Rodriguez.

“PJ” as he was affectionately called received his formal education in the Somerset County Public School System; He graduated from Crisfield High School in 1982.  Upon graduating from high school he served in the United States Marine Corps.  Following his discharge he moved to Santa Ana, California and then later moved to Las Vegas where he called this home. Perry was employed by SAFE Electronics in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Loving memories of  “PJ” will remain with his Mother and Stepfather, Theola and Bishop Salvador Rodriguez of Marion; two sisters, Vonceal Urquheart (Antonio) and Perri Horsey, both of Salisbury; five nieces, Sharonne Tilghman of Princess Anne, Donita Barkley (Lamont), Yolanda Jones (Lamar), Aayana Horsey and Shekinah Urquheart, all of Salisbury; three nephews, Antonio and Javon Urquheart and Aayanta Horsey, all of Salisbury; three great nieces, Laynea and Iyah Barkley and Amara Jones; two great nephews, Lamar and Khalil Jones, all of Salisbury; five aunts, Charmaine, Marida, Barbara, Sarah and Lena; four uncles, James Anthony, Ronald, Donald and Stanford; four great aunts, Iris, Naomi, Lilly, Magnolia and Alice; two great uncles, Thomas and James; an abundance of cousins and friends; special friends, Robert Miller, Kevin Styles, Terry Whittington, Cassandra Price and Carmel Brooks.

“PJ” was preceded in death by his father, Charles Perry Horsey, Jr., a sister, Lorna Horsey; his maternal grandmother, Gertrude Archie, his maternal grandfather, Beryl Whittington, Sr., his paternal grandmother, Magdalene Carter, his paternal grandfather, Charles Perry Horsey, Sr.

You always believed in the person I was becoming, even when it was less than easy.  You helped me see my own uniqueness even when I didn’t see it in myself,

and you taught me that life is still beautiful even when it isn’t simple.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Highway Holiness church in Crisfield.  Pastor Dorothy Holden will be the eulogist.  Interment will be at John Wesley U.M.C. Cemetery in Marion Station.