De’Shae Lamar Foster


De’Shae LaMar Foster was born June 17, 1989 at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.  He was the son of Trina Foster and Artie Wooten.

He was educated in Somerset County and Sussex County public school systems. He graduated from Sussex Central High School in June of 2007.  At Sussex Central, he played basketball; a sport that he loved.  Following graduation, he attended Delaware Tech Community College.

De’Shae enjoyed conversing and playing online video games with his brother Letroi. He also loved music. He and his brother Ken’bre opened a music production company, Flo Boy$ Music Group (FBMG).  You could find “Shae Reed”, as he was known in his music world, or Bezel, as he was known to his many friends, at the studio most of the time rapping, singing, writing songs or making a beat.  While his loves were video games, basketball, and music, his greatest love was family.  He strongly believed in family unity.  Any time, day or night, he would send a group text saying, “I love you.”  His heart belonged to youngest brother Izaha.

De’Shae accepted the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as his personal savior at an early age and was baptized while a member of Faith Christian Full Gospel Baptist Church in Salisbury, MD.  At Faith Christian, he was a member of The Sunbeams, a youth singing group.  He frequently asked many questions to obtain more knowledge of the Lord.

He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Trina Foster of Seaford, DE;  his father, Artie Wooten of Valdosta, GA;  five  brothers, Letroi Davis of Baltimore, MD, Ken’bre Mann of  Millsboro, DE, Izaha Spruance of Seaford, DE, Keon Wooten of Valdosta, GA, and Artie Wooten, Jr. of Elisabeth, NJ;  three sisters, Brianna and Audri Wooten of Valdosta, GA, and LaTerah Belton of Elizabeth, NJ; a maternal grandmother, Lois Douglas of Salisbury, MD;  two aunts, Shannon Thomas and Mia Foster of Baltimore, MD; three uncles, Omar and Dorien Foster of Willingboro, NJ and Hamilton Foster of Atlantic City, NJ; the love of his life, Darshanie Ramnath of Seaford, DE; two very close friends, Corey Lewis of Georgetown, DE and Donte Sturgis of Millsboro, DE; and host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Faith Christian Full Gospel Baptist Church, 500 E. Lincoln Ave Salisbury, MD with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Friday at the Church. Internment to follow.


Gregory Darnell Tilghman


Gregory Darnell “Dee” Tilghman, Jr., 33, of Princess Anne departed this life Wednesday January 18, 2017 in Cumberland, Maryland. Born February 17,1983 he was the son of Gregory “Darnell” Tilghman, Sr. (Tamala) and Lestine Cotton-Blaske (Domino).

Dee is the product of Somerset County Schools in Princess Anne, Maryland. Dee was a very loving and caring person with a big heart. He loved his family and had a passion to open his own bar & grill.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one daughter, Bianca Oliver; two sisters, Tyree Whittington and Andrea Waters; one brother, Damar Tilghman (Kelly); three step-siblings, Ashley, Savannah and Jhamir; his maternal grandparents, Ernest Cotton and Lutina Harris; paternal grandmother, Francis Tilghman; five special aunts, Cynthia Terry, Mary “Sug” Harris, Ada Harris, Edna Ritter & Gladys Johnson; three nieces, Ty’Daisha Polk, Ny’Asia Waters and Ariel Johnson; three nephews, Ty’Juan Mayo, Bruce Waters, III and Titus Blaske; one great niece, Skye Doughty and a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins, other family members and friends.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Samuel Tilghman and great grandmother, Annie D. Harris.

Dee will be sorely Missed by his loving Family

A Funeral Service will be held 11 AM Saturday, February,4 ,2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior. A public viewing will be held from 2-6 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Family Cemetery in Upper Hill.

Andraya Martina Hutt

babyAndraya Martina Hutt of Crisfield, three month old infant daughter of Phillip and Tracey Whittington-Hutt, gained her heavenly wings on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

Graveside Services will be held private.

Edward Roger Lake, Sr.

Edward Lake

Edward Roger Lake, Sr., 78, of Princess Anne departed this life Saturday, January 21,2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born October 17, 1938 he was the son of the late James, Sr. and Sarah King-Lake.

“Eddie” as he was affectionately known was educated in the Somerset County Schools and graduated from Carter G. Woodson High School in Crisfield in 1958.

He was employed at Salisbury State University and retired after 23 years of service.

He was a faithful member of Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne, where he sang on the Choir and served in any capacity that was needed.  Eddie was a member of East Gate Masonic Lodge #65 in Princess Anne.

He leaves to cherish fond memories with his devoted wife of 54 years, Jane Carr-Lake; one son, Edward R. Lake, Jr.; one daughter, Alva Birks; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, Ronald Fosque; two sisters, Pastor Elsie Collier (William, Sr.) and Lisa Fosque; a host of nephews, nieces other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Gwen Lake; two brothers, James Lake, Jr. and Sam Hickman and one sister, Laverne Fosque.

A Funeral Service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior. A Viewing will also be held 6:00-8:00 PM Friday at the church where East Gate Masonic Lodge # 65 will perform ceremonial rites at 7:00 PM. Interment will be in John Wesley (Bowland Hill) Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Carolyn Corrine Doane

Carolyn Doane

Carolyn Corrine “Fats” Horsey Doane, the daughter of the late Herman Horsey and Ruth Ward-McCready was born June 6, 1943 in Crisfield, Maryland.  She transitioned on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia.

Corrine was affectionately called “Fats” by her family and many of her friend.

She was educated in the Public Schools of Somerset County in Crisfield.

She was very outgoing, friendly and straight forward.  She was employed at the sewing factory in Fruitland, Maryland for many years.  She retired form FFV Interbake Foods in Richmond and was currently employed part time by the Henrico County School System in Richmond.

Corrine was joined in holy matrimony to William “BoJangles” Doane and from this union, four children were born.

She became an active member of St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church where she and her children attended regularly.  She later relocated to Richmond where she became a lifetime member of Abundant Life Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Anthony Doane.

She leaves many loving memories with her three children, Apryl Doane of Crisfield, MD, Merry and Darryl Doane, both of Salisbury, MD; two sisters, Faye McCready of Crisfield and Regina Lynn of Lakewood, NJ; two aunts, Pastor Dorothy Holden and Mrs. Geraldine Jackson, both of Crisfield; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; many cousins, nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.  In addition, her memory will forever be cherished by Pastor and First Lady Foreman and her church family at Abundant Life in Richmond.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Saint Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church in Princess Anne, with a viewing one hour prior.  A public viewing will also be held 2-6 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Interment will be at the Church Cemetery.

Hilda E. James

Hilda James

God’s finger of love touched her –  – and she slept.  At last, she became silent and making an end here –  – went to rest. Hilda Elizabeth James, affectionately known as “Ma-Ma”, 94, departed this earthly life Friday, January 6, 2017 at Wicomico Nursing Home in Salisbury, Maryland. Our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Cousin, Aunt and more was born  January 25, 1922 in Kingston, Maryland to the late Martin Van Wilson and Mary Hayman-Wilson.

Mother worked at Delany for many years.  Hilda was a crab picker, oyster shucker and drove children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to school for many years.  Hilda was also a domestic engineer and friend to Marie and Omar Carey until they retired to Florida.  Mother was a member of the both the American Legion, Post #194 and the Elks in Princess Anne.

Hilda is survived by three children, Betty Johnson-Taylor (Milton) of Randallstown, MD, Kay Frances Anderson and Robert Keith “Sugie” Anderson, both of Princess Anne; three granddaughters, whom she raised as her daughters, Katrina Anderson, Gaye Ann Turpin-Dixon (Fletcher) and Janell Anderson-Bishop (Ambrose); one sister, Emma Jane Crippen; 23 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 45 great great grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Hilda was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Thomas James; three daughters, Peggy Ann Turpin, Bonnie Lea Anderson and Margaret Jane Anderson-Collins; two grandchildren, Cheryl Johnson and Vernon Johnson; three great grandchildren, Jacob Story, Phillip M. Johnson and Martin L. Johnson, Jr. (lovingly called Budda and Gizmo); four sisters, Virginia Wilson-Cottman, Eunice Whittington, Sarah Jane Sheppard and Madalene Wilson; one brother, Elmer Wilson and one niece, whom was like a daughter, Pauline Cropper.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne, with a viewing two hours prior.

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

George S. Borden, Jr.


George Samuel Borden, Jr., son of the late George S. Sr. and Juanita Borden was born August 26, 1941 in Marion Station, MD. He left this life for his heavenly reward on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Alice Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield, MD

He was educated in the Somerset County Schools. He worked at Edward McCready Memorial Hospital for many years.

He leaves to cherish his memories three daughters, Laurie Evans, and Cortney (Tony) Stallings, both of Crisfield, MD and Christen Borden of Washington DC; seven brothers, Harold (JoAnn) Borden, Frank (Gwen) Borden, Alfred (Olivia) Borden, all of Baltimore, MD, Donald Borden of Richmond, VA, Eugene (Deborah) Borden, Norris Borden and Morris Borden, both of Marion Station, MD; one aunt, Etrula King of Philadelphia, PA; one great-aunt, Annie Cullen of Marion Station, MD; one grandson and the apple of his eye, Jalen; two great-grandsons, Brycen and Karter and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, John Henry Borden.

A Funeral Service will be held 1 PM Friday, January 20. 2017 at Handys United Methodist Church in Marion Station with a viewing one hour prior. Interment will be in the Family Cemetery in Marion Station.

Franklin R. Braxton


Franklin Ruben Braxton departed this life on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Coastal Hospice by the Lake in Salisbury, Maryland.  He was born to the late James Ruben and Mary B. Braxton on November 17, 1948.

Frank received his education in the Somerset County Public School System.  He worked for Harold Bozman Seafood in Upper Hill and for L & E Farms in Westover for many years.  His last job was with the Somerset County Roads in Princess Anne, MD. He attended St. James U.M. Church, Westover, MD at an early age. He enjoyed attending special services and anniversaries at St. Andrews U.M. Church, Upper Hill, MD.

Frank was a fun loving and humble person.  He left an impact on everyone he came in contact with.  He was a man of few words but would have a conversation that would keep you laughing.  He enjoyed watching soap operas, playing the lottery and watching game shows. His favorite TV show was Empire.

Frank was married to the love of his life for 44 years, the late Vesta (Peaches) Braxton.  He had an undying love for his children and grandchildren.  He leaves to cherish his memories, four sons, Melvin Whitlor Sr. and Alvin White both of Princess Anne, Calvin White and Francis White of Salisbury, MD; two daughters, Victoria White-Davis (Robert Jr.), Salisbury, MD and Felicia Matthews (Elroy, Jr) of Delmar, MD; two brothers, Eugene Braxton (Michelle) of Baltimore, MD and John Braxton of Princess Anne, MD; four sisters, Margaret Jones,  Marlene Braxton and Beverly Fontaine, all of Princess Anne, MD and Joyce Savage (Gregory) of Baltimore, MD; two brothers-in-law, Clarence Whitlor (Linda), Youngstown, Ohio and Warren Ballard (Judy) of Princess Anne, MD; five grandsons, Melvin Jr., Earl, Jamar, Shayquan and AMontre’; four great granddaughters, Jzania, Samiyah, Aaliyah and Peyton and one great grandson, Marjzir; a special pet, (Gigi);  his best friend, Herbert Cottman and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Vesta (Peaches) Braxton; one brother, Clifton Collins; his parents, James and Mary Braxton and one brother-in-law, Isaac Jones.

A funeral service will be held 11 AM Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Saint Andrews United Methodist Church in Upper Hill with a viewing one hour prior. A Viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Wednesday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

Interment will be at the Waters Family Cemetery in Upper Hill.

Samuel “Upshur” Bacon


Samuel Upshur Bacon, son of the late Samuel and Ruth Bacon, was born on August 15, 1930 in Crisfield, MD. Upshur heard the Father God call his name on Tuesday morning, January 3, 2017 at McCready Memorial Hospital, in Crisfield, MD, to come and take his rest and be at peace.  He fought the good fight, and finished his course and his journey was complete.

Upshur, was raised in a Christian home led by his parents.  When he strayed from God (while being in the world) all of those spiritual upbringings came back to him and he gave his life back to God. From then on, he immersed himself in serving God and Him only. He joined Shiloh U. M. Church and served on the Sanctuary Choir, was a member of the former Guiding Light Gospel Chorus, and sang with the Fifth Sunday Men’s Choir. Sometimes he would assist in the church by helping the ushers if there was a need.  Upshur truly loved the Lord and his church. Not only his church, but you could find him fellowshipping in many churches in the surrounding areas.  You would also see him riding his bike around town. He would ride out to the hospital and to the nursing home to visit those he knew, and didn’t know. He was honored by the McCready Memorial Hospital and Alice B Tawes Nursing Home, for being such a dedicated volunteer.

“Up” as he was affectionately called by family and friends, attended school in Somerset County.   He worked in the Seafood Industry and often would help his sister, Lorraine by going in early to pick a “bluff.”  He would also visit with the sick and shut-ins within the community…bringing “laughter and joy” by letting them know that somebody still cared and thought about them. He would come across as being “gruff” and that was not the case at all. Once you got to know him, you found out that he cared deeply, had a sense of humor and a heart of gold. He had many lady friends in and around the community and they each were very special to him in different ways.  He thought a lot of them and they also cared much for him. For some, he was their “riding buddy” and for one in particular, Cynthia Whittington, she would cook, watch western movies, and would often walk to church with him. “Up” had an extended family that he would often talk about. He had a play mom, Sandra Douglas, and many play children, to name a few: Harriet Corbin, Bernard Ward, Rodney and Cheryl Jackson and probably many more that he took under his wings.

Upshur’s life and  memories are survived, cherished and loved by: four sisters, Anna Burrell of Philadelphia, PA, Regina (John) Hill of Crisfield, Patricia Cooper of Upper Hill, MD and Janice (Sinclair) Douglas Sr., of Crisfield; one brother-in-law, Joshua Cottman of Crisfield. He is also survived, cherished and loved by nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of other relatives, friends, and church members.

He was preceded in death by parents, one brother, Charles Cane, sisters, Lorriane Cottman and Emily Bacon whom died at birth; and one brother-in-law, Christopher Burrell.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Monday, January 9, 2017 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield, with a viewing two hours prior.

Interment will be at Mt. Peer Cemetery in Marion Station, Maryland.

Emma Mae James


Emma Mae James was born on May 7, 1926 to the late Thomas and Mazie Curtis Johnson.  She made her heavenly transition on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Aurora Senior Living of Manokin in Princess Anne, MD.

As a child, Emma was a very nurturing person, she loved caring for her grandmother Martha Curtis and others who were in need.  She loved babysitting even before daycares were thought of.

In 1941 at the age of 15, she was converted and accepted the Lord as her personal savior at Mt. Hope AME Zion Church.  She was married to the late Samuel “Pipsie” James, Sr.  From this union, seven children were born.

Emma was a lifelong resident of Princess Anne.  “Aunt Bumpy”, as she was affectionately known, loved the Lord.  She was a mother to many and was very devoted to her family and her church. She never met a stranger and her home was open to anyone who was in need.  To know her, was to love her.  She was a Godly woman.  She was educated in Somerset County and worked as a domestic housekeeper.  In the last few years of life, she became well known on Social Media (Facebook) and those who never met her fell in love with her famous videos.

As she made her transition, some of her last words were “Whew, I’m On My Way to Heaven!”  For This We Give God All Glory, Honor and Praise.  Mom Would Want Everyone to Know, If You Live Right, You Will Live Again!

She leaves to cherish fond memories with her children:  Sandra Horsey, Mary Jones (George), Samuel James, Jr., Dale James, Sr. (Cheryl), Maurice James, Sr., Patricia James-Cope, and Gail Sykes (Andre); a host of grand, great grand and great-great grandchildren; one sister, Margie Dickerson (Fenwick); three sisters-in-law, Eleanor Johnson, Crystal Morris (Warren, Sr.), and Mildred James; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends; three special sons, Milton Maddox, Kevin Holmes and Tony Horsey; two Godchildren, Johnny Miller, Jr and Kevin Taylor; two special nieces, who provided care for her, Linda Taylor and Valentina Downing and two special nephews, Toussaint James, Jr. and Gregory Handy will also cherish her memory.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son; four brothers; an infant brother, Hilton Johnson, George Johnson & Thomas Johnson; three sisters, Ruth and Mary Johnson and Elsie Taylor and one son-in-law, Andrew Horsey, Sr.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, January 14, 2017 at St. James United Methodist Church in Westover, with a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Friday at Mt. Hope A.M.E. Zion Church in Princess Anne.  Interment will be in Mt. Hope A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery in Princess Anne.