Nadya Pecola Singleton

babyNadya Pecola Singleton of Princess Anne, MD infant daughter of Michael Singleton and Shantae Harris departed this life Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

A private graveside service will be held at Oaksvilke Community Cemetery.

Orlene A. Robinson-Johnson

thIDI1MPX3Orlene  A. Robinson- Johnson, 66, departed this life Thursday, November 24, 2016 at her home in Camden, New Jersey.

A viewing will be held 5-8 PM Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Carl Miller Funeral Home, 831 Carl Miller Boulevard, Camden, New Jersey. Funeral Services will be held 12 noon Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr Funeral  Home in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.

Interment will be in the family cemetery in Westover, Maryland.

Garnett Winston Brown, Sr.

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Garnett Winston Brown, Sr., 85 of Crisfield, also known to family and friends as “Big Boy” departed this life suddenly after a lengthy illness on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Alice B. Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield, Maryland. He was born November 25, 1931 to the late Alonzo, Sr. and Nora Horsey-Brown.

He attended the Public School System in Crisfield.  He later joined the United States Army, he served from 1950 to 1953 and received an honorable discharge.  After returning from the service he began employment with Handy’s Seafood & Company in Crisfield where he stayed for over 50 years.

Garnett was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield.

He loved his family and friends, he would often sit on the porch talking to friends. Garnett loved watching baseball and cowboy movies.

He leaves to cherish fond memories of him, with his devoted wife of 45 years, Milkey Brown; four sons, Garnett Brown, Jr. of Crisfield, Gary Brown (Elmira) of Salisbury, MD and Stanley Brown (Shirley) of Crisfield and Toris Battle (Sheena) of Glen Burnie, MD; two daughters, Carolyn Weatherbe (Grover, Jr.) and Agnes Waters, all of Crisfield; 20 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor and Barbara Brown, both of Crisfield; a very good friend, William Campbell, Jr.; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Sheila Waters; his first wife, Mary Cottman-Brown; three brothers, Mayhew Murphy, Alonzo, Jr. (twin brother) and Donald Brown, Sr.; one sister, Pauline Trippet.

A Funeral Service will be held 1 PM Saturday, December, 3, 2016 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield with a viewing one hour prior.  Interment will be held 1 PM Monday, December 5, 2016 at The Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Maryland.

Billy Solomon Burgess

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Billy Solomon Burgess, 69, of Marion Station, MD transitioned from this earthly life on Monday, November 21, 2016 at his home.  He was born on May 19, 1947 in Lake City, SC to Louise Hannah-Burgess and the late Johnny Burgess.

Billy received his education in the Somerset County School System and graduated from Carter G. Woodson High School in Crisfield, MD in 1967.  He matriculated to the University of Maryland of Eastern Shore and graduated in 1971.  His career path led him to become an Art Instructor in the Wicomico County School System where he retired after 35 years.

Some of his favorite hobbies were gardening and photography.  He was always planting and buying beautiful things to behold.  He planted apple trees, pecan trees, and grapevines.  At any family function or gathering (especially the Family Reunions), he was “the photographer”.  Sometimes there were no heads on the photos, but we enjoyed looking at them.  He was a lover of art, especially African American Art and unusual paintings and objects.  His favorite time of the year was Christmas.  He loved shopping, decorating and giving gifts to everyone.  He also extended his Christmas decorating talent to assist his sister, Dolly, at our church home in Maryland.

Billy loved watching Survivor with his sister, Clara and CNN with his mother, Louise.  He also cherished having conversations and discussions with his siblings.  His kind, loving, and unselfish heart is what we treasured so much about him and his tremendous love for us all.

In addition to his mother, Louise, he is survived by three brothers, Joseph Sr., Enoch (April) and Charles (Doreen) Burgess; four sisters, Clara Johnson (Rufus), Dolly Burgess, Geneva Hanna and Mary Burgess-Gregg (Frankie); four godchildren, Shayla, Alysha, Michael and Ariel Anderson, a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.

A viewing will be held 6-8 PM Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, December 3, 2016 at New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Lake City, SC.  Interment will be in Rest Lawn Memorial Park in Lake City.

Further arrangements entrusted to Green’s Funeral Home in Lake City.

Patrick William Barkley

barkley-1Patrick William Barkley, 58, of Fruitland, departed this life Monday, November 21, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born January 28, 1958, he was the son of Patricia B. Lenoir and the late Upton Barkley, Jr. He was employed as a carpenter in the home improvement industry for many years.

He is survived by his fiance’ Joyce A. Jones; his mother, Patricia B. Lenoir; two brothers, Ivan Barkley, Sr. (Casandra) and Von Lenoir (Lisa); one sister, Patrice Cornish (Reginald); and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Services private.

Phillip Samuel “Big Phil” Strasser

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Phillip Samuel “Big Phil” Strasser, 90, of Crisfield, MD, entered into eternal rest on the morning of Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at Alice B. Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield, MD.  Born February 27, 1926, in Coraopolis, PA, he was the son of the late Merle and Alice Strasser.

Big Phil received his education in the public schools of Allegheny County, PA.  He enlisted in the United States Navy at the young age of 17.  While on his tour of duty, he got the opportunity to travel to more than 20 countries around the world including India, Canada, and Germany, where he became fluent in German.  Serving his country in World War II, he ran into his brother, Buddy, while on a ship overseas.

Upon his return from the war, Big Phil began working on the water.  He later met the love of his life, Gertie Mae, and they married on June 16, 1962.  PopPop, as he was affectionately known by his grandchildren, exhibited a strong love for his family.  To provide for them, he reverted back to his passion and love for the water, working on barges, tugboats, pile drivers and steamboats up and down the Mississippi River, the three rivers in Pittsburgh, the Chesapeake Bay, and their surrounding tributaries.  He even had a hand in building the original wharf in Crisfield.  After retiring, Big Phil was employed by Evans Boat Construction & Repair in Crisfield, a job he maintained until he was 80 years old.

Big Phil enjoyed watching sports, but most of all he loved watching Westerns, The Three Stooges, and National Geographic television shows.  He also loved baking bread, a skill he acquired during his service in the military as a cook, and enjoyed talking about the country of India with Dr. Vijay and the local pharmacist.  He could often be found sitting at Tidy’s drinking a cup of coffee and exchanging stories of his worldly travel with friends and fisherman.  One of his favorite sayings was “I’m still kicking.”

He leaves behind to cherish fond memories his devoted wife of 54 years, Evangelist Gertie Strasser; one daughter, Debbie Freeman (Ray); four sons, Anthony (Crystal), Sylvester, Kirk, and Reginald Jackson; one son-in-law, David Thompson; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; two play daughters, Missionary Helen Murray and Debbie Miles; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Marlon “Little Phil” Dix; two daughters, Leanore Jackson and Karen Thompson; and two brothers, David and Carroll “Buddy” Strasser.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield.  With a viewing one hour prior.  Interment Private.

William Thomas “Bill” Handy, Sr.

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William T. Handy Sr. “Billy” as he was called, went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 14, 2016. He was born November the 11, 1935. He was the son of the late William Roger and Sarah Ella Collins-Handy.

Billy was educated in Somerset County Schools. He later joined the United States Army where he served four years. After leaving the Army, Billy went to barber school and became a licensed barber. Billy was a retired employee of Sherwin Williams (Rubberset) Co. He was later employed through the State of Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services where he retired as a Correctional Officer.

Billy was married to Mary L.T. Handy from 1961-1972, from that union, came their only son, William T. Handy Jr.

Billy was always a very happy go lucky person that would do whatever he could to help someone else. He was a fun person to be around. Three things he enjoyed most was spending time with family, bowling and going to the Nursing Homes to cut the residents hair. Three of his famous sayings upon leaving would be, “May The Good Lord Above Bless and Keep You and Yours,” “I’ll spoke at you later,” and “I’m on the move.”

He is survived by his only son, William T Handy Jr. (Audrey) of Marion Station; three grandchildren, Brenda Handy-Windsor (Donald) of Parksley, VA, William T. Handy III (Erica) of Eden, MD and Marleigh G. Handy of Marion Station; three great grandchildren, Jayden and Jaxson Handy and his adopted great granddaughter, Aliyah Peek, all of Eden, MD; one sister, Cassie Johnson; one niece, Margaret Johnson-Baines; five nephews, Jesse Collins, Charles Johnson Jr, Marshall Johnson, Bruce Johnson and Alonzo Johnson, all of Salisbury, MD; a host of many cousins and friends of the family.  He is preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Charles Johnson Sr.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, November 19, 2016 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 at the Funeral Home.

Interment will be held 1:00 PM Monday, November 21, 2016 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.

Levi M. Corbin

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Levi McKinley Corbin, 63 was the son of the late Jacob and Beatrice “Teeny” Hall Corbin.  Born on February 27, 1953 he departed this life on Monday, November 7, 2016 at his home.

He was educated in the Somerset County Public School system where his studies geared around sports and the agriculture program.  Because of his outstanding abilities on the baseball field, he acquired the nickname of “the Hulk.” After graduation, he joined the United States Army and served for three years.  Not an idol man, after his tour, he became employed by Firestone, (later known as Oxci-Chemical) and now known as Poly-One.  Working diligently, he was employed there for 40-years.

Levi always enjoyed sports, especially a good softball or baseball game, hunting, fishing, not to mention a good game of golf with ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­his golf buddy Leroy Manuel.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Marie of 41 years; one son, Warren; four grandchildren;  three brothers, Wordell of Oaksville, Marshall “Buckshot” and his wife, Virginia, of Princess Anne, MD and Gerald of Oakland, CA; three sisters, Mary Jones and her husband, Herman “Archie,” Sr. of Fayetteville, NC, Darlene Minns of Oaksville and Gwendolyn Vinson and her husband, Allen, of Eden, MD; one aunt and uncle Ethel Milton and Milford Hall both of Philadelphia, PA;  one goddaughter, Trina Hayward, two play children,  Russell “Gus” Maddox and Emma “Mikey” Maddox-Manuel; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Earlee  Corbin, Sr.

A Funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 32256 Perryhawkin Road, Princess Anne, MD with a viewing one hour prior. A public viewing will be held 1-6 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Interment will be in Oaksville Community Cemetery.

Richard Andrew “Ludie” Sterling

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Richard Andrew “Ludie” Sterling, 73, of Crisfield, Maryland transitioned from this earthly life on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Salisbury, Maryland.  Born June 9, 1943, he was the son of the late Charles Horsey and Ruby Sterling.

“Ludie” as he was affectionately called attended Collins Street Elementary School and was a graduate of the former Carter G. Woodson School. Upon graduation Ludie enlisted in the United States Air Force.

In later years while living in New York he worked for the Railroad and upon returning to Crisfield he worked for Mrs. Paul’s Kitchen.

Ludie was known for making you laugh and could tell a joke and keep a straight face.

He is survived by:  one brother, McKinley Sterling (Peggy) of Farmers Branch, Texas; one sister, Frances Sterling of Crisfield; several nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Larry Sterling and two sisters, Jean McCready and Betty Sterling.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, October 15, 2016 at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion Station with a viewing one our prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday at the church.  Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Crisfield.

Micah David Burrell

micah-burrellMicah David Burrell, 27, of Princess Anne, Maryland entered into eternal rest on the evening of Saturday, October 1, 2016. Micah was born on August 1, 1989 to Veronica Burrell and the late David Burrell.

He graduated in 2007 from Brandywine High School in Wilmington, Delaware. Micah loved to work and drive vehicles; just like his dad, David. His jobs included a House Counselor and Van Driver at Dove Pointe, driver for Shore Transit and Chesapeake Waste Services, United Needs and Abilities, and more recently, a driver for Republic Waste Services in Delmar, Maryland. Micah was an avid fan of WWF and WWE.

Micah attended New Life Christian Church and Ministries at a young age and was a faithful listener to Rev. Anthony Dickerson’s prayer line. He loved his family and friends, had a contagious personality and was considered a brother by his closest friends.

Micah is survived by his only son, four-year-old Adyahnn Micah Burrell, who was the joy of his life and his mother, Airealle Sells. He is also survived by his mother, Veronica Burrell; his sister-mom, Jacqueline Harris (George), his brother, David “Smack” Burrel;  his loving niece, Ja’Nae Marshall;  his maternal aunts, Gladys Hall, Audrey Brooks (Wendell), Lillian Wells, Mattie Wells and Clementine (Teeny) Wells; great-aunt, Bernice Brady; paternal aunts, Margo Seabrook (Alfonso), Denise Burrell Johnson; paternal uncle, Dean Burrell (Val); two paternal great aunts, Serena Wright and Betty Handy; one paternal great-uncle, Sonny Bivens; a special friend, Yushanda Dillard; a godchild, Ryann “bubbles” Wiggins and a host of cousins and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Curtis and Evelyn Wells and his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Jane Burrell.
A funeral Service will be held 1 PM Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Saint James United Methodist Church in Westover with a viewing one hour prior. A public viewing will be held 2-6 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.
Interment will be in Christ M.E. Cemetery in Pocomoke.
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