Hilda McBride White

Hilda White

Hilda Elizabeth McBride-White, 96, of Oaksville, MD, departed this life to be with our God on, Tuesday July, 19 2016 at Aurora Senior Living of Manokin in Princess Anne, MD.  Born April, 22 1920, she was the daughter of the late Anthony J. and Harriet Corbin-McBride.

She is Survived by two sons: Johannas J. Hayward and H. Preston Hayward (Cora); two daughters, Isedora E. Hayward-Ballard and Elsie Bernice Hayward-Wright (Nicholas); many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orville White; four brothers and one sister.

A wake service will be held 6-8 PM Monday, July 25, 2016 at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Oaksville. Interment will be held 10 AM Tuesday at Oaksville Community Cemetery.

Shanell’e Moneat Forchion

Shanelle Forchion

Shanell’e Moneat Forchion, 29, of Savannah, Ga, formerly of Crisfield departed this life on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Born January 13, 1987, she was the daughter of the Lamont M. Forchion and Cynthia D. Williams.

Shanell’e was educated in Somerset County Public Schools; she was a 2005 graduate of Crisfield High School and a 2013 Pharmacy Technician graduate of Heritage Institute in Jacksonville, FL.

Shanell’e will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and outgoing personality. She loved family and family gatherings and was very spontaneous. She was a confidant to many; if she called you a friend she was there for you and would always speak the truth.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by one son, Jerimiah Forchion; one daughter, Alayysia Forchion; three brothers, Steven Johnson, Jr. (Tamara), Quavon Forchion and Daniel Spence; two sisters, Quintaya Forchion and Deborah Spence; paternal grandparents, William Ward and Bernice Forchion; nine uncles; twelve aunts and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Grafton Williams, Sr., Elizabeth Williams and Azineth Williams.


A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield.

Jyrah Xavier Brown

Jyrah Xavier Brown

Jyrah Brown of Salisbury, Maryland was born on June 5, 2009, and passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 30, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Jyrah attended Fruitland Primary School. His favorite items were his dump truck, pick-up truck, phonics apple and his educational activity table. He loved pulling the elastic string out of his sock. His favorite movie was Alvin and the Chipmunks, Madea, and Charlotte’s web. He loved the television show Little House on the Prairie and the morning news. His favorite songs were Pop goes the Weasel and “I love Jyrah” written by his mother, Tammy Brown. His favorite foods were macaroni and cheese, yogurt, cheese cubes, cheez-it crackers and nutri-grain bars.

Jyrah loved attending his day care “God’s Little Angels” and his school Fruitland Primary. In addition, Jyrah participated on the Special Olympics Basketball Team at his school.

Jyrah leaves cherished memories with his parents:  Henry P. Brown, Jr. and Tammy Brown;  his sister, Jennifer Brown; a maternal grandmother, Shirley Collins;  a paternal grandmother, Anna Mae Brown; a paternal grandfather,  Henry Phil Brown, Sr.; a maternal aunt, Signe Collins;  four paternal aunts, Cora Lee Brown, Lecia Rosario, Nina Creek and Marvina Brown;  three paternal uncles, David Brown, Mario Brown and Mark Brown;  a very special cousin,  Sharonne Tilghman, who was his first babysitter; a host of great uncles and aunts; godparents, Elder Eric and Robin Harmon; and a host of cousins.

A funeral service will be held 12:00 PM Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1401 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, Maryland.  A public viewing will be held from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at the church on Tuesday.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM.

Interment will be at Green Acres Memorial Park in Salisbury, Maryland.

Morris T. Doane


Morris T. Doane, 88, of Westover departed this life, Monday, July 4, 2016 at Aurora Senior Living of Manokin in Princess Anne, Maryland.  Born August 19, 1927, he was the son of the late John T. and Gertrude Miles-Doane.

Morris was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools.  He served briefly in the United States Army during World War II and was honorably discharged.  He was employed with the Maryland State Highway Administration for over forty years.  He also farmed the family land for many years, raising various crops and animals and sharing the bounty with family and friends.

Morris, a life-long member of John Wesley United Methodist Church, accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and gave support to the church whenever he was called upon.

He leaves to cherish his memory with: one sister, Emma Shreeves (Otha); one devoted niece, Elizabeth Holden, one devoted great niece, Sharon Holden; a very special friend, Darlene Dennis, who was like a daughter and her children who were like grandchildren; several nephews, other nieces, relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Raymond, Hewitt, Joseph, John and Milton Doane; five sisters, Marie Smith, Maggie Hitch, Virginia Doane, Lillian          Bogan and Gladys Collier.

A funeral service will be held 12:00 PM Saturday, July 9, 2016 at John Wesley United Methodist Church (Cottage Grove) in Westover, MD.  With a viewing one hour prior.

Interment will be held in the Church Cemetery.

Dorothy O. Miles-Morgan

Dorothy Morgan

Dorothy O. Morgan, 83, of Crisfield, Maryland departed this life on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield, Maryland.  Born May 28, 1933.  She was the daughter of the late Elijah Miles, Sr. and Blanche Boston-Miles.  She was raised by her sister the late Martha Crippen.

Dorothy was employed at Sherwin Williams (Rubberset) for many years until she retired.  She was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church for 17 years where she served as a Stewardess and on the Usher Board.  She supported her church duties.

Dorothy loved word search puzzles, watching basketball and golf.  Golf was her favorite sport, Tiger Woods was her favorite Golfer.

Dorothy was very devoted to her family.

She leaves to cherish precious memories with: her children,  Douglas Miles, Sr. (Sarah) of Dover, Delaware, Anthony Jackson (Crystal), Dalmus Miles, Maxine Taylor, Anne Steward (George, Jr.), all of Crisfield and      Veronica Morgan of Washington, DC; raised as a son, Douglas Miles, Jr.; raised as a daughter, Joverne Collins; 26 grandchildren; several great and great great grandchildren; one sister, Elnora Byrd; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Olan O. Morgan, Sr.; one son, Olan O. Morgan, Jr.; two daughters, Cynthia Miles and Tammy Jackson; four brothers, Oscar Miles, Elijah Miles, Jr., Josh Miles, and Marion Miles; four sisters, Martha Crippen, Ida Lester, Louise Miles and Helen Somers.

A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 9, 2016 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield.  With a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday at the Church.

Interment will be at Hopewell Cemetery, Crisfield.

Lena Mae Tilghman-Weartherly

TilghmanLena Mae Tilghman-Weatherly, 89, of Princess Anne, departed this life Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at her residence. Born October 21, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Tilghman and Mary Fontaine.

She is survived by her daughter, Tanisha Thomas (William, Jr.), a devoted cousin Annette Maddox (Charles); two grandchildren, Matthew and Jonathan Holbrook; one great grandchild, Marcus and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Weatherly.

All services are private.

Sherrylee Victoria Wharton


Sherrylee Victoria Wharton, the beloved daughter of Jonathan (Jack) and Sarah Sedonia Wharton was born on March 15, 1958, and on June 9, 2016, it was God’s divine plan to call her home and end her earthly journey.

Sherrylee, affectionately called “Fluffy” by her close friends, attended the Public School System of Somerset County and was a graduate of Crisfield High School Class of 1977 and a Crisfield “Crabber” Cheerleader. After graduation she began her young employment at Billy C’s Seafood Company and later was employed at the Tawes Nursing Home in the Dietary Department and as a CNA. Sherrylee was also an employee of Sherwin Williams (Rubberset), where she gained the affection of many coworkers. Her true calling came in later years as a Food Service Worker at various restaurants. She will be remembered most of all to the McDonalds patrons who would ask for her beautiful smiling face and wait for her famous greeting, “Good Morning Sweetie.”

Sherrylee was a very friendly person. Her tiny presence could lighten up any room. You could hear her voice before you saw her and you could spot her a mile away by her signature “blonde” hair. Everyone loved to be around Sherry. Her love of life, thrill seeking, life of the party personality was adored by all. She was playful, fun loving and had an incredible sense of humor. Her smile was simply amazing. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Shiloh Church was the foundation of Sherrylee’s spirituality. She attended Shiloh throughout her childhood and into adulthood. She was on the choir and accepted Christ at a young age. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 51.

Sherrylee will be cherished by her devoted son, Matthew Hammock of Fruitland, MD, and will always be in the hearts of her two loving sisters, Joyce (Garry) Taylor of Salisbury, MD, and Valerie Sutton (Angelo) of Princess Anne, MD; four adoring nieces, Shawna, Ebony, Britny and Jodi; three nephews, Ryan, Jonathan and Joe’l; she will be missed by her childhood and lifelong friends, Bonnie Campbell-Whittington and Janice Gerald-Garcia. Two very supportive friends, Yolanda and Theresa, and one very special friend and confidant, Miss Viola Allen along with a host of cousins, other relatives and numerous friends.

Sherrylee was preceded in death by her parents, Jonathan and Sedonia Wharton; one son, Gavin Orlando Ames; one sister, Dena Maddox and her grandson, Marcus Hammock.

A memorial service will be held 1 PM Saturday, June 18, 2016 at The Woodrow Wilson Community Center in Crisfield.

Vesta Vinetta “Peaches” Braxton

Vesta Vinetta BraxtonVesta Vinetta (Peaches) Braxton departed her life on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. She was born to the late Mary C. Whitlor and Robert Francis Whitlor on June 4, 1943.

Vesta received her education in the Somerset County Public School system. She worked for L&E Farms in Westover for many years.

She enjoyed attending special services and anniversaries at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Westover.

Vesta was married to Franklin R. Braxton for 44 years. She had an undying love for her children and leaves to mourn, four sons and two daughters, Melvin Whitlor Sr. and Alvin White, both of Princess Anne, Calvin White and Francis White, both of Salisbury, Victoria White of Princess Anne and Felicia Matthews (Elroy) of Delmar; two brothers, Clarence Whitlor (Linda) of Youngstown, OH and Warren  Ballard (Judy) of Princess Anne; one sister, Mary Collins (Benjamin) of Westover; two brothers-in-law, Eugene  Braxton  (Michelle)  of Baltimore  and  John  Braxton  of  Princess  Anne;  four sisters-in-law, Margaret Jones, Marlene Braxton, Beverly Fontaine, all of Princess Anne and Joyce Savage (Gregory) of Baltimore; five grandsons, Melvin, Jr., Earl, Jamar, Shayquan and Amontre; four great granddaughters, Jzania, Samiyah, Aaliyah and  Peyton;  one great grandson,  Marjzir  and a host of nephews, nieces and friends.

Vesta was a fun loving but gentle person. She left an impact on anyone she came in contact with. She always had a conversation that would keep you laughing. She enjoyed watching soap operas, playing lottery numbers and her old time favorite going to the slots.

Vesta was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Clifton Collins and Isaac Jones.

A funeral service will be held 2 PM Friday, May 27, 2016 at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Upper Hill with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 PM Thursday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in the Waters Family Cemetery in Upper Hill.

Alphonso M. Cottman

Alphonso CottmanA Time to Be Born

Alphonso McKinley Cottman was born on February 10, 1951 to the late Rev. Virgil and Estella Bivens-Cottman.  He was fondly given the nickname “Bunky” which he was known by throughout his life.

A Time to Grow

“Bunky” was educated in the Somerset County Public School System until being drafted into the U.S. Army.  He met and married the late Eva Mae Russell. One of his greatest assets was his love for children and their love for him.

A Time to Die

“Bunky” departed this life on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

A Time to Cherish

He leaves to mourn his passing one brother, Elton Cottman, Sr. of Princess Anne, Maryland; two aunts, Minister Pauline Roper of Salisbury, Maryland and Nell Cottman of Jacksonville, North Carolina; one nephew, Elton Cottman, Jr. (Tina); and one niece, Aunshae Cottman both of Princess Anne, Maryland; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Graveside Service will be held 12 noon Saturday, May 28,2016 at Saint Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Princess with a viewing from 10-11 AM at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne prior to burial. A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home.


George Anthony Bivens, Sr.


George Anthony Bivens Sr, 68, of Crisfield, Maryland, fell asleep in death on Monday, May 16, 2016 at McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield, Maryland.  Born on April 30, 1948, he was the son of the late Sylvester and Gladys (King) Bivens in Crisfield Maryland.  Affectionately referred to as “Anthony”, he was the third-born of their six children and the first son.

George was educated in Somerset County Maryland public schools and a graduate of Carter G. Woodson where he excelled in math and the sciences.  Upon graduation, he worked for Chris-Craft Boats in Salisbury, MD.  He later went on to work for the Sherwin Williams Company, Rubberset, where he held various positions through the years and retired as a line supervisor.

As a son he was devoted to being of help to his parents and the family.  He, along with his brothers, exhibited ingenuity in securing various odd jobs and subsequently handing the money to his mother to help with the needs of the family.  He took seriously his role as the oldest of the boys.

As a brother he was a loyal and gentle role model.  He is credited with leading by example in helping his mother to shepherd his siblings spiritually.  He was also gentle, yet manly.  He may have been known to comb his sister Gloria’s hair and give her pony tails (braids wasn’t his thing).  He taught his brothers how to how to tie their ties, Sylvester in an act of tough love.  Caring and patient so much so that he went every day to feed his sister Barbara in the nursing home. He was characterized by his humanity and his desire to help anyone.  Selfless, so much so that when Leon totaled his car he was more concerned about his welfare than the damage to the car.

As a father he was a rock. He was “it”.   He taught by example.  He demonstrated a work ethic that he engrained in his children. He exhibited what being a man was about and how to take care of a family.  He set high expectations for himself and for his children.  He was reliable, there and consistent.  He epitomized being a father: Flaws and all.  A provider through words, deeds and presence.  He was not a lot for words but when he spoke it was worth your attention.  He was what a reliable head of a house and family should be.  What he took on before 21, stepping in as a father of four, was more than what some could ever contemplate.   Demonstrating the value of honest work as a means to support your family.  Respecting his children as adults, sensed when it was time to say something as well as time to listen.  He taught the children to be a constant.  He was impactful on the type of fathers and mother his children are to his twelve grandchildren.  He exhibited that humility and faith should be a central motivation in life.  In the years under his roof he taught his sons how to cherish and treat a wife.  When it was right it was right.  He set moral guidelines that serve as a foundation for families.  Though it was not always clear what he was trying to do at the time, once adulthood/parenthood ensued for his children the groundwork that he set was evident.

George loved music, he could often be heard singing around the house. He enjoyed Jazz as well as rhythm and blues.  It wasn’t uncommon to hear Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, the Temptations and the Spinners at any given time, the soundtrack of the of our early lives. He loved to cook, breakfasts and fish were his specialties.

He is survived by six sons, Michael L. Whittington (Yvonne D.), Johnie M. Thomas III (Lydia), Carlos D. (Carrie), George A., Jr. (Beverly), Jermaine M. and Jason L. Bivens, Sr.; twelve grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Leon (Cassandra) and Sylvester Bivens (Patricia); two sisters, Barbara James and Gloria Taylor (Calvin); and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Regina F. Whittington-Bivens; one daughter, Julia E. Bivens-Cotton; and one sister, Joyce Bivens-Torney.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, May 21, 2016 at The Student Services Center Theater at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne.