William Earl Sledge, Sr.


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.


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.


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.

Sa’Mia Ma’Kenzie Whidbee

babySa’Mia Ma’Kenzie Whidbee infant daughter of Shaquille Whidbee and Ty’Dejah Anderson of Crisfield,gained her heavenly wings on Friday, July,21,2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

Services details forthcoming

Goldie Mae Bonneville

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Goldie Mae Bonneville, 76, of Pocomoke City, departed this life on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born February 17, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Golden and Hattie Townsend.

Goldie was educated in the Public Schools of Accomack County Virginia.

She accepted Christ at an early age, and received her early Christian training at Deas Chapel United Methodist Church in Horntown, Virginia.

Goldie worked in the Seafood Industry for many years until her retirement.

She was a strong matriarch who reared her family in the Christian way, teaching them to respect others and to be of good character.  She enjoyed spending time with all her family and friends whom she loved very much.

She is survived by five sons, Michael, Sr. (Prudence), Ernie (Rev. Cynthia), George (Lendora), Linwood, Sr. (Brenda) and Anthony Bonneville, Sr. (Cordine); two daughters, Margaret Price (Howard) and Doris Bonneville (Gary) and their father, George Bonneville; one daughter-in-law, Patricia Bonneville; 32 grandchildren; 64 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Lula Brown and Spina Mills; and a host of nephews, nieces, other family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Edward and Marvin Bonneville and five siblings.

A funeral service will be held 12 noon Saturday, July 29, 2017 at New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 32347 Chincoteague Road, New Church (Wattsville), VA with a viewing one hour prior. A public viewing will be held 2 to 6 PM, Friday, July 28, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be at Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery in Pocomoke.

William H. Jones


William Henry Jones, of Princess Anne, also affectionately known as “Little Will”, was the son of Roland Jones, Sr. and the late Lois (Carr) Jones, born on January 1, 1972 at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury, Maryland. He suddenly departed this life into eternal peace at the age of 45 on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

As a young boy he attended Metropolitan United Methodist Church and sang in the children and youth choir. William graduated from Washington High School and continued to further his education for a few semesters at Delaware State College.

He had some hard times in his life but overcame those obstacles. William loved to play cards, shoot pool and most of all he loved his lottery tickets. His infectious smile and the love that he showed everyone no matter what was going on in his life captured everyone’s heart. He was loved by many. He always put others before himself; if he had it, he would give to anyone in need.

In addition to his father, he is survived by two daughters, Allura Jones of Salisbury, MD and Charisse Johnson of Princess Anne, MD; one son, Akiel Jones of Georgia; two sisters, Karen (Troy) Cannon, Ella Hardy; one brother, Roland Jones, Jr., of Princess Anne; the special woman in his life, Angel Melvin; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, godchildren  and friends.

A funeral service will be held 12:00 Noon Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne, with a viewing one hour prior.

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

Iralee Sharese Anderson

Iralee AndersonIralee Sharese “Pebbles” Anderson, 52, of Salisbury peacefully entered into eternal rest on Monday, July 10, 2017 at her home.  Born January 30, 1965, she was the daughter of Doris Allen and the late Robert Niskey.  She was blessed to have been adopted by the late Aredean and Walter Anderson, Sr. who preceded her in death.

Iralee was educated in the Somerset County Public School System where she graduated.

She worked at UMES for many years in the dining hall.  Most recently she was working in the hotel hospitality business where she was employed with a wonderful team at Sleep Inn in Salisbury, Maryland as a housekeeping supervisor.

Iralee also known as “Pebbles” and “Lee” will be remembered for her loving and giving spirit.  She enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends.  Family members said no event was the same unless they had her dumplings gracing the table.  She also cooked and sold dinners to help a friend in need.

She was consistent and believed in the power of prayer.  She could motivate you to hold on and just call on the Lord.  There were many occasions where she would tell you of God’s mercy and how he always showed up, sometimes in those last minutes when you feel like giving up; so keep the faith.

Iralee leaves to cherish her memories with her devoted children, Bryant Anderson, Andre and Aleeyah Elmore; In addition to her children, she lovingly raised and cared for as her own, Walter, Alesha, Tanesha, Dequan and Moesha Anderson who mourn the loss of their aunt; her dedicated sister, Vernita Ringgold (Jay); her brothers, Jessie Allen (Denise), Kendall Goslee (Patrice), Walter Anderson, Jr., other siblings, Kaveen Coulbourne (Garnett), Kevin Niskey and Kendall Niskey (Shalonda); the love of her life, Michael Gayle who will forever cherish the memories they shared for many years; godson, Jaden Conway; goddaughters, Dee Roberts and TyAza Tucker; special friends, Lisa Handy and Tiffany Adams who loved her as a sister; her youngest children’s father, Dana Elmore; nephews, nieces, many other family members and friends.

A service of remembrance will be held 7:00 PM Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne, with a viewing one hour prior.  Interment will be held 10 AM Friday, July 21, 2017 at Mt. Zion Historical Church Cemetery on Polks Road in Princess Anne.