Verna L. Jackson

Virginia Horsey

Verna Lela Boyer Jackson, 71 of Crisfield, Maryland, was born on August 3, 1945. She was the daughter of the late Vernon Boyer of Philadelphia, PA and Margaret E. Jones-Canterbury of Crisfield, MD. Verna departed this life after a hard fought battle with Lung Cancer on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Doctors Community Rehabilitation and Patient Care Center in Lanham, Maryland.

She was educated in the Public Schools of Somerset County. She worked in the Seafood Industry until her retirement. Verna joined St. Paul A.M.E. Church as a child.  Her proudest moment was her recent Baptismal.  She loved and trusted in the Lord.  Verna was a faithful Daughter of her beloved Light of Crisfield Temple #86.

“Vern Lee” as she was affectionately known had a fierce love for her family.  She moved to Clinton, Maryland in 2001 to care for her then new born granddaughter, Karley.   Her stay was initially for six months, but quickly turned into a fifteen year adventure.  Patrick, Kiara, Aaron and Karley were the light of her life.  Her love for them was unwavering. There was nothing she would not do for her Rugrats, plus one.  With the addition of great grandson Zaydin who affectionately called her “Boo Boo” she was her happiest.  She had a deep love for her son-in-law, Jr.  He was her confidant and partner in crime. Her daily conversations with cousin, Mary Ellen “Sissy” Corbin, her sister Gwen and friends from home brought her great joy especially on difficult days.

Vern Lee raised her children, daughter Mina “Tonya” and niece Keiko with firmness and tenderness.  They each had a unique and special relationship with her.  Her greatest joy was seeing them thrive as adults. They spent many hours before and during her illness sharing stories, giggles and promises. Keiko the caregiver and Tonya the medical advisor. She quickly reminded them she was still the “Boss.”

She equally loved and cared for her siblings.  Gwen was her baby sister and loved deeply.  Her brothers Russ, Georgie Boy, Booker and Bay adored her.  She adored and cared for each of them with unconditional love.  There was an instinct in Vern Lee to love her children most; yet she had the capacity to make any child who needed her love, her own.  She frequently opened her heart, home and kitchen to those who needed a safe haven without question.

Vern Lee enjoyed life to the fullest. With her best friend Barbara she was always ready for a party.  She was candid, witty, confident and fiercely independent like her mother Margaret.  She took her role as matriarch after her mother’s passing very seriously.  She loved to cook, play slots and spend time with her friends and family. Her open skillet fried chicken, potato salad, collard greens and macaroni & cheese were legendary.  She never missed an opportunity to prepare dinner with love for her family during the holidays.

She leaves to cherish her memories: her children, Mina “Tonya” (JR) Evans-Alston of Clinton, MD, and Keiko (Wale) Blackwell-Kosile of Upper Marlboro, MD; two grandchildren Patrick Shanks and Karley Alston of Clinton, MD and great-nephew Aaron Hutt of Upper Marlboro, MD; great-grandchildren Zaydin Shanks and Zariya White of Waldorf, MD, Reyan Shanks of York, PA; one sister, Gwen (Gerald, Sr.) Reynolds of Elgin, SC; two brothers, Booker Jones of Salisbury, MD and Welton (Vivian) Jones of Fayetteville, NC; a very special niece Kiara Jones of Laurel, MD; sisters-in-law, Vanessa Jones and Carolyn Weatherbee both of Crisfield, MD and Karen Jones of Salisbury, MD; one nephew Gerald Reynolds, Jr of Elgin, SC; her nieces Teniah Reynolds of Columbia, SC, Monica Brown, Eugenia Douglas, Fredia Douglas and Lynetta Douglas all of Crisfield, MD, Romenia (Keith) Hovington of Salisbury, MD, Theresa (Lem) Douglas-Abdullah of Princess Anne, MD; a special great niece Zionna Reynolds of Elgin, SC, cousin Marion Milbourne of Marion, MD; bonus granddaughter Whitney Coleman of Waldorf, MD; and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather Stetson Boyer, maternal grandfather Edward Jones, Sr., maternal grandmother Margaret Harris Jones; two brothers, Albert “Russ” Dix, Jr. and George E. Jones; special aunt, Virginia “Mina” Sterling, god son Ryan “Boogie” Johnson and best friend Thomas H. Ward, Jr.

Vern Lee will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held 12 PM, Saturday, July 15, 2017 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield, MD.  The Interment will be private.


Delsie Virginia Taylor

output (9)Delsie Virginia Taylor, 68, of Marion Station departed this life Friday June 30, 2017 at her residence in Crisfield. Born June, 16,1949, she was the daughter of the late Arthur, Sr. “Lightning” and Ella Taylor.

She leaves to mourn one daughter, Biesha Murray; one grandson, BiKeem Murray; one brother, Arthur Taylor, Jr. (Frances); two sisters, Brenda Elmore (John) and Elaine Taylor (Chris); her special friend and “Baby Daddy”, William Murray; one special nephew, Lybryant Christopher; one special niece, Ariel Mason; her special and devoted caregiver, Terry Worthy and a host of nephews, nieces, other family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Ronald Lee Taylor and one sister, Mary Taylor.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be private.

Minister Aliceteen Young Taylor

Aliceteen TaylorAliceteen was a retired educator, life coach, avid learner and servant leader who received her formal education in the public schools of Somerset County, Maryland. She was a graduate of Maryland State College (now University of Maryland Eastern Shore), Teachers College-Columbia University, and Alliance Theological Seminary – Nyack College.  Her life experiences as an educator, business professional, administrator and mentor provided her many opportunities to serve in her church, community and on national and international levels. She loved to travel and organize trips for her friends and family.  She particularly loved organizing the annual Homecoming celebration at her home church in Marion Station and taking busloads of friends to the annual crab fest in nearby Crisfield, MD and historic sites around the country, not to mention the dozens of cruises to Alaska and international trips throughout the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.

She was privileged and blessed to serve as a Faculty member in the Accounting & Business Departments of Maryland State College (UMES) and Nassau Community College (State University of New York), from which she received the distinction of Professor Emeritus upon her retirement. She had a passion for young people and was especially honored to have served as the 4th President of the International Mentoring Association.  She was an advocate for higher education and spent countless hours supporting students and their parents to navigate administrative and financial aid processes.  She never missed an opportunity to encourage youth and young adults by lending an ear, providing wise counsel, and encouraging them to pursue their boldest dreams.

Ten years after retiring from a 35-year academic career, Aliceteen answered God’s call to the Ministry and began further religious studies at Alliance Theological Seminary, where she completed a Master of Professional Studies in Theology program in 2013 and the Master of Divinity Degree in 2014.   Minister Taylor was licensed to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in December 2014.  She is the Founder of Lighthouse Ministries, Inc. whose mission is to serve God and humanity by making a difference in the lives of others.

A faithful woman, mother, grandmother, sister, mentor and friend, Minister Taylor’s genuine concern and willingness to help others is a reflection and testimony of her faith and relationship with the Lord.  The scripture she would rely on most often is Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”  She lived fiercely and truly believed that with Christ all things are possible and never missed an opportunity to encourage, support, or fix a problem.

She leaves to cherish her memory: one son, Franklin A. Taylor, II, (Keisha), Clayton, NJ; one daughter, Dr. Aleesha T. Taylor, NY, NY; two beloved grandchildren, Cidney Brooke Taylor and Franklin M. Taylor,  Clayton, NJ; one brother, Alvin Young, (Phyllis), Detroit, MI; two uncles, Melvin Young, (Maude) Crisfield, MD and Homer Young (Yvonne), Riegelwood, NC; two sisters in law; Constance Taylor, New York, NY and Jean White, Jacksonville, Florida; one nephew, Dale Turpin, (Sarah Ann), Marion Station, MD, several cousins, other relatives and friends.

A Funeral service will be held 3:00 PM Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Convent Avenue Baptist Church, 420 W 145th St, New York, NY,  with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Benta’s Funeral Home, St. Nicholas Avenue & 141st Street, Manhattan, NY.  A Final Funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Handy United Methodist Church, 5630 Tulls Corner Road, Marion Station, MD, with a viewing one hour prior.

Services Entrusted to Benta’s Funeral Home and Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to Aleesha Taylor, 801 Tilden Street, Apt. 21H, Bronx, NY 10467

Myrna D. Campbell

MyrnaMyrna D. “Mickey” Lankford-Campbell, was born December 12, 1955 in Crisfield, Maryland. She departed this life on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland. She was the daughter of Patricia Lankford-Douglas and the late Richard E. Milbourne.

Mickey graduated from Crisfield High School in May 1973.  She attended Morgan State University, where she graduated with honors and a bachelor’s degree in Business Education in 1977.  She was employed at Baltimore City Hospital for 12 years, and later became employed with the United States Postal Service in January 1989 where she retired in December 2011.  After retirement she became a substitute teacher until her health failed.

She joined St. Paul A.M.E. Church at an early age under the leadership of Rev. Richards and Mrs. Vivian Richards.  Whenever she came to Crisfield, she would go to church and usually sing a solo.

“Chumpsy” was always the light of Mickey’s life. They were married on April 23, 1984.  They had two wonderful children and one grandson.

Mickey’s family was her greatest concern.  She always wanted the family to be on the same page, with love for each other.  “Boss” was the name she got from her family.  She said that she was not bossy, but she had better ideas.

Myrna was a faithful member of the Eastern Stars and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA).  She loved to sing, look at television and loved to shop. “Boss” would take charge if she thought she needed to.

Myrna D. was a loving wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, grandmother, co-worker, niece and friend.

She leaves fond memories with her devoted husband, William C. Campbell III, one son, William C. Campbell IV, one daughter, Marquita Wilson (Terence), her mother, Patricia Lankford-Douglas; one grandson, Trevor Wilson, five brothers, William (Renae), Ivan and Pete Lankford, Richard (Iris) and Roland Waters, four sisters, Vanessa Jones, Shalinda Taylor (Robert), Tina Waters and Bonnie Douglas; three uncles, Gilbert Milbourne (Addie), Alexander Whittington and Joseph Ward; one aunt, Romenia Douglas (Burnzie, Jr.) her mother-in-law, Marguerite Young (Melvin), three brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; and several nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Saint Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield with a viewing two hours prior. Interment will be held 2:00 PM Monday July 3, 2017 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.

Virginia F. Horsey

Virginia Horsey

Mrs. Virginia Francis Barkley Horsey “affectionately known as Gin” the daughter of the late Glenwood and Carpathia Ward Barkley was born on July 28, 1928 in Crisfield, Maryland.

She attended Collins St. School in her early years but due to our Mother’s illness, she lived with Aunt Margaret and Uncle Oscar in White Haven, Maryland and graduated from Salisbury High School. After graduation, she attended Bowie State College (Bowie State University), later receiving her BS degree from the University of Maryland (Eastern Shore).

Virginia worked as a teacher and director for the Head Start Program for many years. During the 80’s she worked as Director of the Day Care Center for McCready Hospital employees. She was recognized and presented with a plague by Michael Wigglesworth for her 16 years of service with the Housing Authority of Crisfield, Maryland.

Devoted member of Shiloh United Methodist Church where she served as Superintendent of Sunday School for sixteen years, and worked with Vacation Bible School. She believed that the youth would become the leaders of the church in the future, as well as our leaders in all walks of life.

Virginia was a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post 16 where she served as Chaplin Historian during her many years of service.

During the morning hours of Tuesday, June 20, 2017 the Lord called Gin from labor to rest. She leaves to cherish her memory, a devoted and loving son Wayne Lee Horsey. Her sons Charles Horsey, Michael Wigfall who proceeded her, a devoted daughter-in-law Francine Horsey of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, brother Elmer (Josephine); sister Bessie (Edmond) Springdale, MD; brothers Julius (Gladys) and Barry (Isabella). She also leaves many nieces, nephews, other family members, friends and special cousins Charlotte Rally and Brenda Harding.

The joy of her life was lovingly caring for Tamara (Twink) Steve, T’Mia (Buttercup) and Keykia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Horsey, Sr.; two sons, Charles Horsey, Jr. and Michael Wigfall; and two brothers, Julius and Barry Barkley.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield with a viewing one hour prior.

Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Crisfield.

Jane Carr Lake


So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

~Isaiah 41:10~

 Mrs. Jane Carr Lake was born and raised in Somerset County, Princess Anne.  She was the daughter of the late Leon Henry Carr, Sr. and Theresa Roberts Carr.

Jane received her formal education in the Somerset County Public School System.  She later graduated from Bowie State College in Bowie, Maryland.  After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she went on to pursue her life long career as an educator.  Jane started her teaching career in Accomack County, Virginia and continued in the Somerset County, Maryland School System where she retired after 35 years of devoted service.

Jane loved her students as if they were her own children.

Jane was wed in holy matrimony to the late Edward R. Lake, Sr., their union lasted for 54 years.  Jane was a kind loving mother. She and her husband, Edward raised their three children to adulthood.  Jane always had a pleasant smile and kind words to greet everyone she met in this life.

She will be dearly missed by one son, Edward R. Lake, Jr.; one daughter, Alva Birks; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Carr Fields and a host of nephews, nieces other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward R. Lake. Sr.; one daughter, Gwen Lake; one brother, Leon H. Carr, Jr.; three sisters; Sedonia Plummer, Constance Flanagan and Lois Jones.

Mother we love you and we will miss you!

A Funeral service will be held 7:00 PM Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne, where the family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 PM.

Interment will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday at John Wesley (Bowland Hill) Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Pawarnar Harris


Pawarnar “Wannie” Harris, 48, of Princess Anne departed this life Monday, June 5, 2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Wannie was born on May 25, 1969 to Mary L. Harris and the late Jasper Reddick.

Pawarnar attended Somerset County Public Schools. Pawarnar worked at McDonalds, Washington Hotel, Pizza Hut, Royal Farms and volunteered at Greenwood Middle School.

Pawarnar was a very loving, caring and comical person who loved talking about the good ole’ days. Wannie’s favorite singer was Jaheim and she loved DMX. Wannie was like a mother to many within the community. Wannie’s door was always open willing to help anyone in need whether it was needing a roof over their head or a hot plate of food. Pawarnar Harris was well known throughout the State of Maryland. As her health declined this did not deter her mission to continue to help others.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one son, Shaleel Harris; two daughters, Sharneka Waters and Farah Daughtery; three grandchildren, Zaire, Zay’Mir and Zaikei Harris; her paternal grandmother, Georgia Cole; one brother, Brent Hayward; two sisters, Lowindor and Shswan Reddick and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces other relatives and friends.

Wannie held a special place in her heart for her godchildren Keisha Jones, Elexia Nichols, and Shakur Cottman. Wan-Luv as she was known, will be greatly missed by everyone whose heart she touched.

Pawarnar was preceded in death by her grandparents the late Eugene & Annie Harris and Pete Reddick.

A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, June, 17, 2017 at Mount 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 in Samuel Wesley United Methodist Church Cemetery in Manokin.

Humphrey Gayle

GayleHumphrey E. “Sonny” Gayle, 73 of Philadelphia departed this life on Saturday, May 27,2017 at his residence. Born March 20, 1944 he was the son of the late Benjamin and Juanita Robinson.

He is survived by the love of his life, Mozell; one daughter, Victoria Williams (Harold); four brothers, Christopher (Helena), Keith (Michelle), Darnell (Zaphanie) and Lonell (Mary) Robinson; seven sisters, Delores Deshields, Sandra Wong, Cheryl Ray, Margo, Sheila, Marsha and Marilyn Robinson and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Calvary Methodist Church, 801 S. 48th Street Philadelphia, PA with a viewing two hours prior. Services in Philadelphia are being handled by B.K.G. Funeral Home 1125 W. Lehigh Ave. Philadelphia, PA. A funeral Service will also be held 11:00 AM Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.

Interment will be in The Robinson Family Cemetery in Westover.


Mary Elizabeth Cane Vaughn

CaneMary Elizabeth Cane Vaughn was born on September 7, 1930. She was the oldest of six children from Honiss W. Cane, Sr. and Annie Hill Cane. Elizabeth departed from this life at home in hospice on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

She was educated in the Somerset County schools Marion Colored Elementary and Crisfield Colored High School, where she graduated as valedictorian. Elizabeth was always an extremely high achiever. She attended Howard University at 15 years old and graduated at 19 years old in 1950. In the spring of that year, she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Chapter.

A devoted schoolteacher, Elizabeth began her career at Bel Alton High School in Bel Alton, MD.

On December 27, 1960, she married the late Dr. Moses W. Vaughn. After taking time off from work to start a family, Elizabeth resumed her teaching career at Wicomico Middle School, formerly known as Wicomico Junior High School, until retirement in 1993.

She volunteered at Holly Center for years to support her late brother Donald Cane. Everyone knew her for her passion for holistic medicine and nutrition.

She is survived by her two children, Dr. Rex Vaughn and Dr. Royace Davis; siblings Rudolph Cane, Hazel Conway, and James Cane (Kat); one aunt, Ruth Hill, who is 106 years old; cousins; nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and acquaintances. Special recognition goes out to her former students James Chapman and Augusta Thomas for their constant contact over the years.

All Services are Private

Ella Louise Collins


Ella Louise Collins “Weasel”, was the daughter of the late Frank and Lila Collins.  She was born on August 16, 1937 and departed this life on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

Ella received her education in the Public Schools of Aberdeen, Maryland and Somerset County, Maryland.

She was employed by Perdue Farms, Inc. in Salisbury for many years.  In her later years she became employed as a Foster Grandparent for Shore-Up, Inc., where she worked until her recent illness. Ella was also a foster parent and mother to many.

“Weasel,” as she was affectionately known by family and friends enjoyed crossword puzzles and cooking.  She was well known for her famous sweet potato pies.

Ella loved the Lord and was a kind and giving person to all she came in contact with.

Ella was a former member of Mt. Hope A.M.E. Zion Church in Princess Anne, Maryland.  She later became a member of Christian Stronghold Community Church where the pastor is Rev. Willie Jackson, Jr.

She leaves to cherish her memory, five children, Elijah Collins of Virginia Beach, VA, Victor, Carlis, Shirelle Collins and Gloria Jackson (Ralph), all of Princess Anne; two sisters, Mary Robinson and Ethel Jones, both of Princess Anne; nine grandchildren, Thomas and Shateshia Collins, both of Virginia Beach, Karmen, Kareena and Kare’ Collins of Sicklerville, NJ, Patience Ibik of Baltimore, MD, Taren Nance of Cambridge, MD, Wendell and DeShawn Burke of Princess Anne; special nieces, Delores Collins and Mary Fortune; one goddaughter, Elaine Taylor; one, daughter-in-law, Karen Collins of Sicklerville; cousins, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, James and Orlando Collins, seven brothers, one sister, Helen Collier and a daughter-in-law, Sheila Collins.

A Funeral Service will be held 12 noon Saturday, June, 3, 2017 at Mount Hope A.M.E. Zion Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6-8 P.M. Friday at the Church.

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