James A. Maddox,Sr.

James Maddox

On Monday, July 27, 2015, life came to a close for James Alfred Maddox, Sr. God called him from labor to eternal rest.  James the son of the late Arthur and Saddie Nicholas-Maddox was born on March 12, 1921, he was the youngest of five children.

He was educated in Somerset County Upper Hill, Maryland.  He served in the United States Army from 1942 until 1946.  He traveled to California, Germany and Africa.  Upon his honorable discharge, he met and married Maria Johnson from this union, they were blessed with nine children.

James worked for Campbell Soup Company in Pocomoke, MD, He also worked at Dulany Foods in Fruitland, MD and was a waterman.  His last job was with Harold Bozman Seafood Food.

Fond memories of James will remain with his devoted wife of 69 years, Marie C. Maddox; nine children, five sons, James Maddox,  Jr. (Gloria) of Baltimore, Robert Maddox, Sr. of Delmar, Arthur Maddox of Upper Hill, Thomas (Karen) Maddox of Salisbury, and Russell (Kim) Maddox of Eden, MD; four daughters, Mable Collins (George) of Fairmount, Maggie Collins of Fairmount, Marie Corbin (Levi) of Oaksville, and Emma Dashields of Fairmount; 33 grandchildren; 51 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Mary (Alvie) Hutchinson of Baltimore and Annie Mae Milbourne of Salisbury; one cousin-in-law, Daisy Maddox of North Carolina; His best friend, George and another friend, Upshur Bacon Godson and his wife; Mr. and Mrs. James Milbourne, his son and grandson; caregivers Arthur Maddox and Andre Collins; another granddaughter whom he called Pitty Pat and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Samuel and William Maddox; two sisters, Sara and Ester Maddox; one great granddaughter, Tiara; two daughters-in-law, Sharon and Deana; and two sons-in-law, Elwood, Sr. and William, Sr.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Saint James United Methodist Church in Westover with a viewing one hour prior. Pastor Elwood Collins will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Interment will be held 11 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2015 at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron.

Terry A. Ball-Jones

ballTerry A. Ball-Jones, daughter of the late Harrison, Sr. and Ruth Ball, was born August 15, 1954.  She departed this life on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, when Jesus sweetly called her home to be at rest.

“Dump”, as she was affectionately known by many, truly loved the Lord.  She was a Godly Woman, and loved the Lord with all her heart, soul and strength.  Many witnessed the glow  of Jesus upon her life as she served others with her sweet spirit and radiant smile.

“Dump” was a member of Union Asbury/John Wesley U,M, Church, and sang on the Asbury Choir before the two churches united together.  Her favorite hymns were, “Peace In the Midst of The Storm” and “It’s My Desire to Live for Jesus”.  Dump was an inspiration to her church family and community.  Some Sundays she was not able to attend her church, she would always try and make it to a church in the community, just to give God all the praise, Glory and Honor.

“Dump” attended school in Somerset County where she graduated with the class of 1973.  She worked at Alan Tyler Seafood Company for many years.  She was a very dedicated daycare provider to every child from Lawsonia to Somers cove Apartments in Crisfield, and they all loved and treasured her.  “Dump” was a member of the Marionette SOcial club for a numeral amount of years.

“Dump” was a mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who loved her family.  She married her beloved husband of 11 years in 2004.

She leaves to cherish fond memories:  her beloved husband, William Jones; three sons, Eric (Georgina) Ball, Derrick Ball, Sr. and Shane (Leslie) Ball , all of Crisfield; seven grandchildren, Desyre Ball was grandmom’s first grandchild who stole grand mom’s heart, Shayna, Dyamond, Alayysia, Jeremiah, Shane, Jr. and Derrick, Jr.; two brothers, Harrison Ball, Jr. and Joseph Handy, both of Princess Anne; three sisters, Denise Ball of Crisfied, Rosalee Collins of Orlando, FL and Michelle Handy-Mask of Hampton, VA; five step-children, Jan Jones, William Jones, Veronica Jones, Felisha Jones and Trinette Jones; four aunts, Gladys Connor, an aunt that was just like her sister, Margaret Wiggins, Evelyn Christy, Pearl Ball; two uncles, Johnny Ball and Armstead (Hilda) Ball and a host of other step children, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

She had a special nephew that she raised as her own, Kevin Turpin.  Godchildren, Jessica Tilghman, Ian Johnson and Edward Johnson, Jr.  and a special young lady, Shawanda Tilghman was just like a dughter, sje raised her as a little child.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father Harrison and Ruth Ball.

A funeral service will be held 11 am. Saturday, August 1, 2015 at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion Station with a viewing one hour prior. Pastor Cynthia Bonneville will be the Eulogist. Interment will be in Mount Peer Cemetery in Marion Station.

Frances S. Horsey

Frances HorseyFrances Horsey of Crisfield, Maryland passed away peacefully at the Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Home on July 19, 2015. Frances took great pride in being the family matriarch. She showed her wisdom, provided guidance, offered support and love, whenever deemed necessary to all of her grandchildren and their children.

Throughout her years, she was affectionately known as “Miss Frank” which was a testament to her genuine personality and pleasant demeanor. Frances was educated in the Crisfield School System. She worked as a crab picker for most of her life and as domestic, cleaning homes.

Frances was a devoted member of Shiloh Methodist Church, where she was a Head Usher for many of her grand years. Frances loved the Lord with all of her heart. Her favorite scripture was the 23 Psalm, “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.” As mother and grandmother she inspired the teaching of Jesus Christ and the importance of prayer and faith. She was a faithful member of the Guiding Lights for many years and Daughter of the Elks for 69 years.

She was predeceased by her parents, John P. and Ada Purnell-Horsey, her loving four children, Sidney Horsey, Jr., Ada Vass, Yvonne Horsey, Robert Horsey, her eleven siblings and two grandsons.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories: devoted daughter-granddaughter, Katrina Posey of Brookhaven, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Cheryl Collins (Linwood) of Fruitland, Maryland, David Vass (Bonnie) of Crisfield, Maryland, Don Vass (Francine) of Hebron, Maryland, Brenda Vass of Owings Mills, Maryland, Ricardo Vass of Crisfield, Maryland, Anita Williams of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Victor Vass of Baltimore, Maryland, Belinda Horsey and Terry Horsey of Shreveport, Louisiana. Beautiful memories shall also be cherished by 24 great-grandchildren, 60 great-great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held 12:00 Noon Saturday, July 25, 2015 at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion Station with a viewing two hours prior. Interment will be in Mt. Peer United Methodist Church Cemetery in Marion Station.



James Redding

James ReddingJames Redding, 90 of Princess Anne, MD departed this life on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD. Born June 28, 1925, he was the son of the late Isaac Henry Redding and Elizabeth Benson Redding.

James received his education in the Somerset County Public Schools. He served in the United States Army from 1943 until 1946 and was honorably discharged. He was employed at C.H. Hayman Hardware for over thirty years until he retired. James was a lifetime member of Mt. Hope A.M.E. Zion Church where he sang with the Male Chorus, served as a trustee and chairman of the Cemetery Committee. James was a former 33rd Degree Mason and a member of the Walter Polk Post #132, American Legion.

He leaves to cherish his memory his adoring wife, Evelyn Redding, “He was her baby doll”; one son, Ronald (Loisisha) Redding, four daughters, Priscilla Redding, Oneida (Alexander) Walker, Laura (Jaye) Polk, and Cherry Doane; grandchildren; Clarissa, Terrance, Carmeletta, James III, Brian, Katrina, Johnathan, Kristen, Dominick, Lamar, Tiffany, Rondell, Livelle; Alexander, Jr. and Darryl; 37 great grandchildren; 13 great great grandchildren; four stepdaughters, Brenda (John) Wade, Ernestine (George) Tilghman, Sandra (Karl), and Kelly Odoms; six step grandchildren, Alphonso, Reggie, Brandi, Carla, Charlie and Terrance; one sister, Agnes Jenkins (Richard), three sisters-in-law, Anna Hall, Margaret Johnson and Sarah Hall; one brother-in-law, Alphonso Hargis, Sr. and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Johnson- Redding, one daughter, Ardrilla Jackson; one son, James Henry Redding, one grandson, Robbie Walker; four sisters and four brothers.

A Funeral Service will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Mount Hope A.M.E. Zion Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior. Reverend Dr. Leon Copeland will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Saturday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.

Clifton Wells Horsey,Sr.

Clifton Wells HorseyClifton “Wells” Horsey, Sr., 67 of Crisfield, Maryland transitioned from this earthly life on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Born March 6, 1948, he was the son of the late Wells J. and Addie Jackson-Horsey.

“Junie Boy”, graduated from Woodson High School in 1966.  He joined the United States Army on March 19, 1968 and completed three years of service and received an honorable discharge.Clifton was employed with Jesse Long Vault Company, a long time employee of the former Carvel Hall Factory, a correctional Officer at ECI and later in life he was a Security Officer.

He enjoyed taking care of his family and friends.  He loved serving steamed crabs at the Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake Festival.

He is survived by three sons, Clifton W., Jr. (Thelma), James W. (Mary) and Brian N. Horsey (Jessica); three grandchildren, Addie, Adia and Ashley; one great granddaughter, Caris; one brother, Larry Horsey (Cindy) and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Genovia Ames-Horsey; two sisters, Lillian Hammond and Christine Teagle.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield, with a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Friday at the church.  Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery.

Robert McKinley Johnson


Robert McKinley Johnson, 65, of Pocomoke City, departed this life on Tuesday morning, May 19, 2015 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

Born October 14, 1949, he was the son of Naomi “Carolean” Thomas and the late Chauncy Johnson.

At a young age he found a bible said he was going to be a Baptist preacher so he was baptized by Reverend Isaac Jenkins Sr. a year later and joined New Macedonia Baptist Church. He later came to his home church Shiloh United Methodist Church in Pocomoke. He graduated from Worcester High School in 1967. Robert a veteran of the Vietnam War (Air Force), completed a tour and was honorably discharged. He spent the majority of his adult life working at Showell Poultry as a Maintenance Technician. Among his list of ventures included many entrepreneurial endeavors.

“Bobby” was a loving generous member of the community which   many   children growing up called him “Uncle Bobby”. He is   remembered for his legendary trips to Ocean City, and his contagious laugh that filled the room.

He is survived by three sons, Chauncy, Robert (Veronica) and James Johnson;  one  daughter, Brooklyn  Johnson; one  stepdaughter,    Shovonne   Schoolfield ; one  brother, Cornell  Ginn (Sylvania); seven grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Victoria Fitch.

A funeral service will be held 12 noon, Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in 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

Dorothy Holden MerrittDorothy 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

pollitt 1Ethel 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.


Alice Marie Marshall


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

Eric Maurice Veney

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.