Born October 14, 1949, he was the son of Naomi “Carolean” Thomas and the late Chauncy Johnson.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by three sons, Chauncy, Robert (Veronica) and James Johnson; one daughter, Brooklyn Johnson; one brother, Cornell Ginn (Sylvania); six grandchildren; two uncles; four aunts; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one sister, Victoria Fitch.
A funeral service will be held 12 noon, Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Shiloh United Methodist Church on Worcester Highway in Pocomoke City, with a viewing one hour prior. Reverend Gertrude Brown will be the Eulogist. Interment will be private.
Dorothy Holden-Merritt, 53 of Seaford, Delaware, formerly of Crisfield, Maryland departed this life Saturday, May 16, 2015 at McCready Hospital in Crisfield. Born December 8, 1961 she was the daughter of Pastor Dorothy M. Holden and the late Frederick Holden.
“Dimp”, as she was affectionately known, graduated from Crisfield High School in 1980. She attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Delmarva Beauty Academy. She was the owner operator of Healthy Hair Clinique in Seaford, and was an Instructor of Cosmetology at Parkside High School in Salisbury.
As a skilled cosmetologist and educator of her profession, one could quickly observe she enjoyed being around people. Within her presence the heaviest of hearts could laugh, the saddest faces would smile and an uneasy mind could be calmed with her advice. She would let you know the truth and would often say, “I never leave my thoughts to the imagination”. If you asked, she was willing to share. She never failed to encourage others to reach for their goals or promote them from producing their best work every time. For that is what “Ms. Dorothy”, “Dimp” exhibited with her unique fashion style, and in the hair styles of every client. She was a hard working woman and those who grew to share in her love of cosmetology, would develop such a quality. She believed and proved all hair could be restored to its healthy state and she was committed to promoting the natural hair beauty of others. As an amazing teacher, wonderful rode model, a well trusted stylist, classy educator she had much to offer those she came in contact with. She had a heart to give and never hesitated to offer or assist those in need; she kept her word!
“Dimp” is survived by her devoted husband, John “Al” Merritt; three sons, Sean Steward (Tamika), Ernest Ross (Brittney) and Tyriek Merritt; two daughters, Ericka Merritt and Lisa Merritt; her mother, Pastor Dorothy M. Holden; grandchildren, Cameron Ka’Ron Churchill, Brooklyn Merritt, Mari Bordley, Jayuan Wiggins, Sanai, Holden and Tatum Steward, Julian, Carter, Ta’Lia, Ta’niyah, and Ra’Mani Ross; one brother, Oliver Sutton; one sister, Helen Murray; one aunt, Geraldine Jackson; a special cousin, Howard Ward, Sr.; two nephews, Omar Sutton and Devin Murray; two nieces, Ayanna Sutton and Kamiza Sutton and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one nephew, Darin Murray.
A memorial service will be held 12 noon, Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Parkside High School in Salisbury, Maryland.
Ethel Mae Pollitt, 99, of Princess Anne, departed this earthly life on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at her residence. Born March 28, 1916 in Catonsville, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late George and Ethel White.
She leaves to cherish fond memories with one daughter, Mafalda Fontaine-Anderson (Carl, Jr.); eleven grandchildren, Cornelius, Kenneth, Robin, Lisa and Jacqueline Fontaine, Sheri Moss, Sandy Pollitt, Stephen Miller, Kim Duncan, Rochelle Duncan-Baylor and George Duncan; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Pollitt; one daughter Sylvia Pollitt-Duncan; and one grandson, Daniel Fontaine.
A wake and visitation service will be held 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2015 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at John Wesley (Bowland Hill) Cemetery in Princess Anne.
On Sunday, May 10, 2015, Alice Marie Marshall (Dooley) transitioned from this earthly life to her heavenly home to rest eternally with our Lord and Savior. Born on October 4, 1960 to Clinton Marshall Sr. and the late Elizabeth Frances Johnson-Marshall, she grew up in Marion Station, Maryland. After graduating from Pocomoke High School in Pocomoke City, Maryland in 1978, Alice attended Woodbridge Business Institute in Woodbridge, Delaware where she received her Associates Degree.
To know Alice well was to love her unconditionally. She was known for her outgoing personality, outrageous sense of humor and her signature laugh. Alice embraced life whole-heartedly and no matter what she was involved in, she gave it her all. Whether it was looking out for the welfare of her children or bending over backwards to show her love for her grandchildren or unselfishly taking over the care of her father after the passing of her mother, Alice was a beacon of hope and inspiration to all.
Alice embraced her spiritual walk with the Lord with the same passion. After being saved, baptized and becoming a member of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church family in April 2010, she stepped out on faith and joined the Usher’s Ministry. Still wanting to do more in her service to the Lord, Alice became a member of the Women of Praise so she could sing to the glory of God. Her family noticed a difference in her as she grew stronger in the Lord and it could be characterized by the songwriter who penned “Changed”– “He changed my life and now I’m free… He changed my life complete and now I sit, I sit at his feet. To do what must be done I’ll work and work until He comes… I’m not what I want to be Oh I’m not what I used to be… A wonderful change has come over me.”
Remaining to cherish precious and treasured memories are: one son, Richard Belote Jr. of Pocomoke, MD; three daughters, Darnette Marshall-Brittingham, Dynette Marshall, both of Upper Marlboro, MD and Latoria Hemmeain-Marshall of Salisbury, MD; one son-in-law, Derrick Marshall of Salisbury, MD; a devoted fiancé, Robert Jones of Salisbury, MD; ten grandchildren, Richard Belote III, Elizabeth Belote, Brea Brittingham, Marissa Belote, De’Kerra Marshall, Tremaine Belote, Alaya Brittingham, De’Kayla Marshall, Nathaniel Belote and Derrick Marshall, Jr.; six brothers, Clinton Marshall Jr., David Marshall and Bruce Marshall, all of Pocomoke, MD; Ronnie Marshall of Augusta, GA, Michael Riley and Brent Dallas of Salisbury, MD; two sisters, Valeria Harmon of Pocomoke, MD and Michelle Dallas of Upper Marlboro, MD; one brother-in-law, Ernest Harmon Sr.; one sister-in-law, Juanitra Dallas; four aunts, Vonzella Turner, Reverend Doradean Johnson, Betty Johnson-Taylor and Sarah Marshall; four uncles, Leon Johnson (Mae), Rufus Johnson (Clara), Roger Johnson (Jometa) and Noah Johnson (Nina) and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by one brother, Larry Marshall and one grandson, Dylan Marshall.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church with a viewing one hour prior. Pastor Carroll Mills will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 at the church. Interment will be held in Mount Peer Cemetery in Marion Station.
Eric Maurice Veney, 46, also known as E.V. or “Flim Flam” of Glen Burnie, MD formally of Crisfield, MD, was called home to his eternal rest peacefully on Friday, May 8, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie . Eric was born on March 29, 1969 in Crisfield at McCready Memorial Hospital. He was the son of Martha A. Veney-Ward and the late E. James Jones (Linda).
Eric graduated from Crisfield High School in 1989. He joined Highway Holiness Church at a very early age. He was employed with the State Highway Signals Division in Hanover, MD until his health began to fail. He then began to volunteer with his wife at various civic organizations geared to support youth in his hometown and surrounding areas.
Eric was a fun loving, caring person, an awesome god father, dad, son, brother, friend, and an absolutely amazing pop pop, last but certainly not least he was a loving soul mate a witty, handsome, generous, and supportive husband. He was compassionate, warm hearted and funny. His open arms and loving spirit kept great company over to cook large meals or cook out on the grill with his special barbeque sauce he perfected from his Uncle Richard’s unwritten and definitely not published recipe. He enjoyed traveling, socializing with friends, cruising across the bay bridge, playing old school music as loud as he could get it to go, polishing and tinkering on his old school cars, and taking time out with his special little people Laylah White, Destiney Peyton, Torren Battle and Anesha “Poopie” Moses. Eric took great pride in spending every free moment with his grandchildren, Brionna “his noodle” and Lil Brandon.
Eric leaves cherished precious memories to his caring, devoted, loving, and supportive wife, Teina M. Fontaine-Veney; three sons, Brandon L. Harmon, Sr. (Charlisa) of Glen Burnie, Ja’mar Hayward (Shelby) of Ocean City, MD and Rodney D. Johnson, II of Glen Burnie; two grandchildren, Brionna L. Harmon and Brandon L. Harmon, Jr. of Glen Burnie, his mother, Martha A. Veney-Ward of Crisfield; his stepmother, Linda Jones of Woodbridge, VA; a mother-in-law, Gwendolyn V. Fontaine-Vinson (Allen) of Eden, MD; a father-in- law, Thomas J. Fontaine, Jr. of Marion Station, MD; three sisters, Mary Fontaine of Princess Anne, MD, Loretta Conwell (Pete) of Upper Darby, PA and Sadeeka Schoolfield Jones of Woodbridge, VA; two brothers, Kevin Styles (Valerie) of Marion Station, MD and Brian Veney (Shawanda) of Princess Anne; four sisters-in-law, Sharon L. Corbin-Spencer (Darian) of Salisbury, MD, Sheena Rayfield (Troy) of Pocomoke, MD, Tamia Fontaine (Aaron) of Princess Anne and Janae P. Fontaine of Salisbury; one brother-in-law, Jayme T. Fontaine of Marion Station; three godchildren, Layla White of Raleigh, NC, Destiney Peyton of Middle River, MD, and Torren Battle of Glen Burnie; four aunts, Bessie Sterling of Crisfield, Annie Mae Jackson of Marion Station, Mary Collins of Salisbury, Henrietta Smith (Retired Sgt. Major George) of Harrisburg, PA; two uncles, Robert Jones and Richard Maddox, both of Salisbury; three devoted childhood lifetime friends, (affectionately known as his 1st wives and mistress), Torris Battle of Glen Burnie; Thomas Peyton of Parkville, MD and Hezekiah Jackson of Baltimore; a host of many nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, one great– great nephew and friends.
Eric was preceded in death by his father, E. James Jones; his stepfather, Thomas H. Ward, Sr.; two sisters, Karen “Peeza” Jones and Linda Jones Pittman; maternal and paternal grandparents; several uncles, aunts and cousins.
Eric will be greatly missed for his personality, love of life and devotion to his family and friends.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Crisfield High School with a viewing one hour prior. pastor Pamela Polk-Ward will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 at Highway Holiness in Crisfield. Interment will be held in Mount Peer Cemetery in Marion Station.
Elderess Carrie Thelma Jones, 96 of Salisbury, Maryland departed this life on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born on July 3, 1918 in Emporia, Virginia to the late Ed and Mary Mason Ivey.
She was a faithful member of The Supreme Council of the House of Jacob, Inc. Her favorite sermon was “O God My Heart Is Fixed” and her favorite song was “For He Has Set Us Free”. She was a member of the District Choir where she loved to play the harmonica. She was also a member of Salisbury Spiritual Tones and The Young At Heart choir. In 2010, she received her certificate from Bible School from The Supreme Council of The House of Jacob. She loved her Overseers, Pastors and her church. She was called momma by her children and was affectionately known as Aunt Thelma by all of her nephews, nieces, and others. She loved everyone and never said a harsh word.
She was married to the late Deacon Frizell Jones for 53 years and to this union were born, six children, Deaconess Carolyn Whittington, William Jones (Carrie), Lena Ramirez (Louis), Jerome Jones, Sr. (Priscena), Wilbert Jones and Elizabeth Anne Curtis (Wendell). She had 19 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren, one sister-in- law, Mother Ruth Jones; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Deacon Frizell Jones; her parents, three grandchildren, Lamont Jones, Sister Marquita Smith and Jermar Smith; her siblings, Louis Ivey, Viola Jefferson, Mable Lundy and Evelyn Lucy Miller; five sisters-in-law, Mother Myrtle Morris, Mother Evelyn Austin, Mother Elizabeth Jones, Elderess Annie Jones, Sister Doris Holmes, and three brothers-in-law, Advanced Presiding Elder Percy Jones, Elder Elmer Jones, Sr. and Brother Milton Jones.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday May 13, 2015, at The Supreme Council of the House of Jacob in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior. Advanced Presiding Elder Leon Burks will be the Eulogist. A public viewing will also be held 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Nathaniel Mullen was born May 17, 1949 in Durham, North Carolina to the late George, Sr. and Minnie Mullen-Palmer. Nathaniel departed this life on Monday, May 4, 2015 at Forest Haven Nursing Home Rehabilitation Center in Catonsville, Maryland.
Nathaniel was educated in the Somerset County Public School System. He was employed as a school bus driver in Maine for several years.
He was an affectionate, kind and loving person to all that he came in contact. He kept all his nieces and nephews on a straight and narrow. Nathaniel enjoyed all types of music.
Nathaniel leaves to cherish fond memories of his children Amanda, Angela, Toya, Tyra, Nathaniel, Jr., and Shawn; two sisters, Joyce (David) Polk and Hattie Palmer (Perry Banks); three brothers, Alfred, Bruce and George, Jr. Palmer all of Maine; two aunts Bessie Stevenson and Rebecca Gaulin; one uncle James Mullen whom he shadowed, several grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He had a very special devoted companion in his life that he loved dearly, Cindy.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by two siblings, Cleveland Palmer and Wesley White; four aunts Corraine Mullen, Angie Nora Tanner, Lorraine Jordan and Annie Lee Collins; three uncles George Mackey, Cleveland Mullen and Ernest Palmer.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior. Pastor Carroll Mills will be the Eulogist. A public viewing will also be held 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2015 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Arretta B. “Rett” Ward, 73, of Marion Station formerly of Crisfield, transitioned to her heavenly father on Friday, April 24, 2015 at McCready Hospital in Crisfield. Born September 4, 1941, she was the daughter of the late William Ward and Annie Mae Brown-Whittington.
She was married to James Edward Ward for 35 years and his soul mate for the last 56 years. Though she had no biological children she reared and took care of Flora Leatherbury (Annette) as her own daughter.
“Rett” as she was fondly known, was educated in Somerset County Public Schools, she worked for Sherwin Williams, Somerset County School and in the Seafood Industry. Out of all her jobs she really enjoyed picking crabs (plucking in her voice); she rarely missed a day of work.
Arretta was a devoted member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield, Maryland. She was member of the Senior Choir and the Kingdom Voices; she was an Usher for many years. She loved to sing and had a very distinct voice. She had many favorite gospel songs, but the ones that she was often asked to sing was “Ride Out Your Storm”, “Just the Two of Us” and “One More Day”.
Even through her physical disability she never asked God to remove her mountains just to give her enough strength to climb them. She will always be remembered for her wit and jolly personality.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, James E. Ward; three sisters, Patricia and Leah Brown and Roberta Whittington; three children, Jimmie Faye Miles, Arnold Miles, and William Palmer; seven grandchildren; three special nieces, Flora Leatherbury, Sheila and Vanessa Brown and other nieces Tamela Gerald, Sakena Whittington and Tynesia Brown; her nephew, Deon Brown; five brother-in-laws and eight sister-in-laws, a very special friend Mrs. Vera Sutton, and a host of other nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Allen Milbourne, Jr. and John Henry Whittington; one nephew, Javon Brown; her step-father, Calvin Whittington and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Cora Ward.
A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield with a viewing two hours prior. Reverend Alan Gould will be the Eulogist and Pastor Betty Smith will officiate. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the church. Interment will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.
Thomas Henry Ward, Sr. of Crisfield, Maryland was born November 28, 1929 to the late Amanda Merrill-Ward and Raymond Miles; he dedicated his life to the Lord several years ago. On Wednesday, April 22, 2015 he took God’s hand and entered into eternity at Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Salisbury, Maryland in the company of loved ones. He died as he lived with grace, dignity, peacefully and quietly.
He was affectionately called “Tom”, “Daddy” and “Pop-Pop” by family and friends and was educated in the Somerset County School System. He later enlisted and served in the United States Army were he served in the Korean War (1951-1953) and received an Occupational Medal (Japan). Tom was later joined in Holy Matrimony to Martha Veney-Ward on October 30, 1991.
Tom was a very kind, loving and hardworking father, husband and man who was revered and loved by anyone he came in contact with. He worked in the Seafood Industry in Crisfield, Maryland. He also worked for Pusey’s Groceries and often talked about how much he loved working there. He was so proud of his grandchildren and would grin when introducing them to others. Tom was an avid traveler, reader and loved to watch Monday night Wrestling and Westerns. He enjoyed attending church with James “Jimmy” Whittington at John Wesley Methodist Church in Westover; Living Hope Ministries and St. Paul Church in Crisfield with his wife, Martha Ward; and My Father’s House in Princess Anne with his daughter, Fayetta Corbin. He could often be heard singing, There’s A Bright Side Somewhere”.
Tom leaves to cherish fond memories, a wife, Martha Veney-Ward of Crisfield; a sister Marguerite Miles Young(Melvin) of Crisfield; five daughters Fayetta Corbin of Princess Anne, Earnestine Corbin(Jimmy) of Wilmington, Sharon Stratton(Stephen) of Melfa, Angenette Stewart of Crisfield and Portia Cottman(Manwell) of Salsibury; three sons, Alfred Corbin(Caselenda), of Crisfield ,Wallace Ward(Yvonne) of Salisbury, Alphonzo Stewart of Princess Anne; two stepons, Brian Veney(Shawanda) of Princess Anne, Eric Veney(Teina) of Glen Burnie; twenty-four grandchildren; thirty-six great grandchildren; three great-great-great grandchildren, seven step grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Richard Maddox(Lucille), and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Amanda Merrill-Ward, Raymond Miles and sons, Alfred Stewart, Waldo Ward and Thomas Ward, Jr.; one brother, George Ward; one grandson, Alphonzo T. Stewart, and a number of aunts and uncles.
A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday May 2, 2015 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield with a viewing two hours prior. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015 at the church, where ceremonial rites will be performed by Crisfield Pride Elks Lodge #194 at 7 p.m. Interment will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.
Ernest W. Rolley, 84, of Marion Station went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 20, 2015 at McCready Hospital in Crisfield. Born January 19, 1931, he was the son of the late James and Tillie Rolley.
“Rolley”, as he was known by many, was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools where he graduated in 1949 from the former “Crisfield Colored High School”.
Following his graduation, he maintained numerous employments, some of which were: The Frances Cluff Hatchery for a number of years, Frances I. Dupont (a private family service for 17 years, Somerset County Roads Department in Westover, and upon his return from Wilmington, Delaware at the Rubberset Company in Crisfield. Some years later, he was blessed to become the owner of the “E.W. Rolley Trucking Company.” He later became employed with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he was in Janitorial Services.
On December 22, 1951 Ernest was united in Holy Matrimony to Miss Dorothy Deshields. From this union, one daughter, Sharon Rolley-Maddox of Princess Anne, Maryland.
Even though employment, business and family responsibilities were important, he remained a faithful member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church for his entire life. During his membership, he served in many capacities, Trustee, member of the Choir and on the Administrative Board.
He leaves to cherish fond memories with: his wife of 64 years, Dorothy D. Rolley; two sisters, Frances R. Wise of Westover and Alice R. Smith of Marion Station; one daughter, Sharon R. Maddox (Lester, a very devoted son-in-law); one sister-in-law, Charlotte Rolley of Westover; three brothers-in-law, Oscar Smith and Marion Milbourne, both of Marion Station and Sidney Hayward of Princess Anne; two grandchildren, De’Andre Rolley of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Jayvon Maddox of Princess Anne; three special friends, Kelvin and Carol Ford and Dolly Burgess, all of Marion; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Sr., Jefferson, and James Rolley; three sisters, Daisey Miles, Illene Milbourne and Mary Hayward.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Marion Station with a viewing one hour prior. Reverend Alexinia Seldon will be the Eulogist. Interment will be held in the church cemetery.