Melvin Edward “Lavelle” Robinson

Melvin Robinson

Melvin Edward “Vell” Robinson departed this life on February 4, 2015 at his home located on MT. Vernon Road in Princess Anne, Maryland. Born November 4, 1948, he was the son of the late Bill and Anna Robinson.

Melvin was educated in the Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia and after completing high school he joined the United States Navy. Melvin served two years in the Navy and was honorably discharged. He was employed as a spotter at several dry cleaning businesses in Maryland and Virginia. He was united in holy Matrimony to Betty L. Cornish in 1984. Melvin and Betty were members of The Church of Christ in Suitland, Maryland. They later relocated to the Eastern Shore and became members of Christian Stronghold Community Church in Princess Anne. They later joined Open Door Christian Community Ministries in Salisbury, Maryland, where Melvin was still a member.

He leaves to cherish fond memories with his wife Betty Robinson; one son Lavelle Burke; two daughters Melvina Baylor( Derrick) and Tamika Burke; two stepsons Darrell and Domonte Cornish; one step daughter Dalphine Ayres (Louis); two favorite aunts Elaine Bellamy and Mary Childs; several grandchildren, nephews, nieces and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Anna Robinson.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday February 14, 2015 at Christian Stronghold Community Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior. Apostle Isaac Ballard, Jr. will be the Eulogist. Interment will in held 1 p.m. Tuesday February 17, 2015 at The Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Maryland.

Ellsworth Bacon, Sr.

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Ellsworth Bacon, Sr., 67 was born on April 20, 1947 to Anna Mae Burrell and adopted by the late Christopher Columbus Burrell, Sr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He departed this life suddenly on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at  Edward W. McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield, Maryland.

“Ells” as he was fondly called by the ones who loved him, matriculated from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the tender age of seven. Ellsworth spent his childhood days in Crisfield, Maryland, under the care of his “second mother,” Ethel Hatton, who reared and loved him unconditionally.

Ellsworth graduated from Carter G. Woodson School and immediately joined the U.S. Army, where he served his country for three years.  Ells returned to Crisfield, Maryland and found employment at Sherwin Williams Company, also known as Rubberset.  He spent a total of 49 years encompassing several industries; completing a total of 36 years of service in the manufacturing industry, at Rubberset.

Ellsworth accepted the Lord in his life at an early age in Crisfield, Maryland at Shiloh United Methodist Church. He adopted his favorite scripture the 23rd Psalm, which he wore on his forearm with a personalized insignia, NEA, which meant, “Never Ever Alone.” He was currently a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Oaksville, Maryland where he served on the Finance Counting Committee and previously as a member of the Adult Choir.

Ellsworth loved his family wholeheartedly.  He was considered the life of the party with his charisma and infectious personality during family gatherings.  Ells was always willing to offer words of wisdom, encouragement, humor and an abundance of love and joy to everyone he encountered. He loved counseling and mentoring others and could often be seen doing just that while in the presence of young people at work and within the local community. Inspiring others in a positive direction was his passion.

Ellsworth was married to Margaret Paige-Bacon, the love of his life for 29 ½ years.  Some of his happiest moments were when he was in the presence of his beloved wife, Margaret, AKA “Sugar Love.” They shared an adoration that was rare and untethered, because not only were they husband and wife, but best friends.  Ells and Margaret were like two peas in a pod, always together as they shared a united spiritual bond.  Margaret will definitely miss their special time communicating their love for the Lord.  There was never a period when he didn’t take the time to show her just how much he treasured and adored her.

Ellsworth leaves to cherish fond memories, his loving and devoted wife, Margaret Paige-Bacon of Princess Anne, Maryland; his mother, Anna Mae Burrell of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; two children, Felisha Sutton (Jody) of Crisfield,  Maryland and Ellsworth Bacon, Jr. (Katrina) of Waldorf, Maryland; two sisters, Eileen Burrell of Yeadon, Pennsylvania and Dawn Burrell of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;  two brothers, Christopher Burrell, Jr. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Dean Burrell of Temple Hills, Maryland; three grandchildren, Daren Milbourne, Jr., Shakira Miles, and Ricko Miles; two great granddaughters, all of Crisfield,  Maryland.

Ellsworth also leaves to cherish fond memories, four aunts, Lorraine Cottman (Joshua), Regina Hill (John), Patricia Cooper and Janice Douglas (Sinclair); one uncle, Upshur Bacon; one mother-in-law, Martha L. Paige; two sisters-in-law, Mary L. Paige and   Kimberely Young; two brothers-in-law, Robert L. Bivens and Ronald L. Paige; one  goddaughter, Kristina Brown; a special best friend, Barry Noe, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Samuel and Ruth Bacon; “second mother,” Ethel Hatton, and sister-in-law, Beverly Paige.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute, 100 East Carroll Street, Salisbury, Maryland  21801.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, February 6, 2015 at St. James United Methodist Church in Westover with a viewing one hour prior.  Reverend Ronald Bell will be the Eulogist. Interment will be held 1 p.m. Monday February 9, 2015  in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.


Lucy P. Blue

Lucy Blue

Lucy Miles Blue, departed this life on January 28, 2015 after a courageous fight with a lengthy illness. Lucy was born July 28, 1931 to the late Raleigh and Irene Paige in Norfolk VA.

Lucy was educated in the Somerset County Public School System. Lucy joined Shiloh United Methodist Church in 1959 and was a devoted member.  Lucy served as a communion stewardess and was a member of the Kitchen Committee for many years. Lucy was also a member of The Progressive Social Club.

Lucy was married to Charles Miles for many years. After his death she later married Zebedee Blue Jr.  Lucy was employed at the Milbourne Crab Company for many, many years. After leaving the seafood industry Lucy was employed as a custodian for the Crisfield Elementary School #1. Lucy was also a loving home caregiver for many years.

Anyone that came in contact with Lucy grew to love her. Lucy would have you rolling in stitches with her dry sense of humor. Lucy was known as the local family historian. She could tell you who was related to whom down to the 25th cousin twice removed.  Lucy was quite a strong and compassionate person. She would open her home and kitchen to all. She never turned down anyone who was hungry. Lucy instilled strong Christian values and strong work ethics to her family.  Lucy was a communicator; she loved talking on the phone to her best friend Miss Emily Taylor and all of her close associates, her children and grandchildren on a daily basis.

Lucy leaves to cherish fond memories with:  two daughters, Gloria Boon of Norristown, PA and Lucy Ames of Millersville, MD; four grandchildren, Tanyous F. Boone of Norristown, PA, Adrienne M. Ames of Millsboro, DE, Tiffany D. Peyton of Middle River, MD and Brandy M. Ames-Graham of Laurel, MD; seven great-grandchildren, David Hopkins (Denisha), Brandon Ames, Thomas Peyton, Jr., Brandon Peyton, Destiney Peyton, Autumn Ames and  Cali Graham; two great great grandchildren, Dazhaum and Drew Hopkins;  three stepchildren, Carolyn Payton (Bruce), Geraldine Miles of Wilmington, DE and a devoted stepson, Michael Miles (Sherry) of Chestertown, MD; a devoted friend, David Glenwood Ewell; two special nieces, Mary Paige and Margaret Paige-Bacon; two nephews, Allen Paige and Ronald Paige; one great nephew, Marquette Paige and a host of other family members and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Charles Miles and Zebedee Blue; six children, Clifford, Mary, Diane, Charles, Raleigh and Orville; a stepdaughter, Shirley Fontaine; two sisters, Maggie Paige, and Mary Paige-Smith.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Shiloh United Methodist Church with a viewing one hour prior. Reverend Frances Fitchett will be the Eulogist. Interment will be in Union Asbury Church Cemetery.

Tommy Thomas


Tommy Thomas, 45, of Salisbury departed this life on January 22, 2015 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center after a long illness. Born June 5, 1969, he was the son of Hazel Ballard and the late Theodre Ballard.

Tommy was educated in the Public Schools in Somerset County.  He was employed at Soft Touch in Salisbury until his health declined. He was an avid sports fan, he especially loved basketball. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He leaves to cherish his mother Hazel Ballard and his play mother Miss Josephine Harmon; two brothers Jerry and Terry Ballard; his twin sister Tammy Thomas; his grandmother Evangeline Coulbourne; two aunts Lottie Ballard and Reverend Doretha McDaniel; two uncles William Thomas( Bernice) and Lewis Thomas( Mae) a host of other relatives nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Anthony  E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Rev. Doretha McDaniel will be the Eulogist. Interment will be private.

Billie Faye “Hannah” Brown


Billie Faye Brown, loving known as “Hannah”,78, was born May 2, 1936 in Crisfield Maryland to the late Garfield Sr. and Merley Sutton. After a long illness she quietly slipped away at the Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Home on Monday, January 19, 2015.

Hannah was educated in the Somerset County Public School. She lived most of her life in the Crisfield area where she was employed at Sherwin Williams Company. in Crisfield for 25 years.

Hannah was a very vibrant and loving mother, grandmother and friend. After her retirement she loved spending time reading all kinds of novels and books. She loved having discussions about what she read and the wayshe would tell the story sounded like it was made for television or a movie.  Her  all time favorite thing to do was to sit on her front porch and watch everyone pass by either walking or in their car no one could get by her without striking up a conversation.  She adored her grandchildren and great grand’s and loved coloring, playing board games or whatever they wanted to do, if she could do it for them she did it.

Han was the kind of person that people loved to be around, no matter the age difference they just loved being in her presence. She took time to listen to what you had to say, and it didn’t matter whether you were right or wrong she would not hesitate to let you know just what she thought.

Once her health failed she relocated to the Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Home where the staff there soon became her extended family. Han fell in love with all those who were entrusted with her care. She spent her days just like she did when she was at home on Chesapeake Avenue, sitting in her chair and watching everybody walk by.  She patiently waited on Lynn to bring her favorite Chinese food. Then Gina her “Boss” would walk in and that would certainly brighten her day.

With the love, support and ministry of her St. Paul Church family she came to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rev. McDaniel’s and Rev. Battle took the time to make sure she received Holy Communion the first week of each month. God placed these people in Han’s life to remind her that her spiritual life was of the upmost importance. She was always surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchild whom she absolutely loved with all heart.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory:  four daughters, Nora Lynn and Gina Brown, both of Crisfield, Candace Speed (Jason) of Allen Hurst, GA, Sheila King (Michael) of Salisbury, MD; two sons, Donald Brown, Jr. (Cynthia) of Newport News, VA and Keith Brown (Hope) of Baltimore, MD; one sister, Bobby White of Prince George, VA; 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchild; and a host of nephews, nieces and friends.

In a addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Ricky Brown; four brothers, Garfield Jr., Archie, Oliver and Roland Sutton; and four sisters, Jimmie Sutton, Bessie Wilson, Audrey Perrigan and Lillie Sterling.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield with a viewing one hour prior. Rev. Betty Smith will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 6-8 Friday, January 23, 2015 at the church. Interment will be held at Union Asbury Cemetery in Crisfield.

Frances M. Green

ScanFrances M. Green, 60, of Crisfield, Maryland departed this life  on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. She was born on October 18, 1954, in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania to the late John and Frances Gardner Rosenberry.  She resided in Crisfield the majority of her life.

She was employed at Paul’s Kitchen, Campbell’s Soup and most recently at McCready Foundation.

Frances enjoyed family, especially her grandchildren, LeMonte, Dayonna. Logan, Darryl and Jaliyah.  She also liked to go to yard sales, she enjoyed her flowers, cooking big dinners and baking different desserts.  To clear her mind she would sit and play solitaire, enjoyed 500 and poker.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Joseph Green, Sr.; two daughters, Jamie and Janise Fontaine; eleven grand-children; six step grandchildren; two stepsons,  Joseph, Jr. and Markie Green; one step-daughter, Tyesha Karumme (Ben); one brother, Joey Rosenberry; four sisters, Christina Becker (James), Paula Griffith (Robert), Theresa Rosenberry and Mary Horsey (James); one devoted friend/sister-in-law, Margo Gale; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield with a viewing one hour prior. Rev. Frances Fitchett will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the church. Interment will be held in Mount Peer Cemetery in Marion Station.

Barry Glenwood Barkley


Quietly on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, an angel was sent to the Manokin Manor Nursing Home in Princess Anne, Maryland and claimed the life of Barry Glenwood Barkley. It was time to go home.

Barry was the twin brother of Bessie (Barkley) Morgan and they were born on April 27, 1936 to the late Glenwood and Carpathia Barkley. Twins! What a special blessing.

Barry graduated from the Carter G. Woodson High School in 1954. He then went on to further his education at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. After completing four years there, he enlisted in the United States Army.  He spent a tour of duty in Germany where he met up with his brother, Elmer Barkley, who was serving in the United States Air Force.

Barry was united in marriage to Isabella Douglas on March 24, 1970. They relocated to Washington, D.C. where Barry was employed as a computer programmer for the Arbitron Company. He was employed with Arbitron for more than 20 years.  Throughout the years, he enjoyed working in the Douglas Grocery Store on S. 4th Street.  After his retirement, and the passing of his wife, he relocated back to Crisfield to live with his sister, Virginia Horsey.

Barry renewed his membership and became an active and  supportive member at Shiloh United Methodist Church. He served on various committees in the church, and he especially enjoyed being part of the men’s ministry and at one time served as chaplain.

Barry was a very active member in the Crisfield-Woodson Alumni where he worked on several committees. His last place of employment was “It Takes a Village”, an after school program for the youth in the community. He provided transportation for the staff and the children. He willingly provided help wherever needed.

Barry attended many activities with Virginia, Elmer and Josephine. Barry had a quiet and loving spirit.  He enjoyed family reunions and picnics with the extended Barkley family and many close friends, especially the Nickens family.

His greatest joy was taking care of his daughters and grandchildren. He made this statement after a serious illness, “God has allowed me to return to my family to take care of my children and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Barry is survived by his two daughters, Tamala Douglas (Darnell) and Nakia Barkley; four grandchildren, Steven, Tamia, Tamyra, and Bry’Kia; one great grandson, Buddy; one brother, Elmer Barkley (Josephine); two sisters, Bessie Morgan (Edmond) and Virginia Horsey; his mother-in-law, Patricia Douglas; one brother-in-law, Bernzie Douglas, Jr. (Romenia), and one sister-in-law, Bonnie Douglas; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Isabella Barkley, one brother, Julius Barkley (Gladys); his father-in-law, Bernzie Douglas, Sr. and one, sister-in-law, Robin Douglas.

A funeral service will be held 1 pm Monday, January 19, 2015 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield, Maryland with a viewing one hour prior.  Rev. Frances Fitchett will be the Eulogist. Interment will be held 2 pm Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at The Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Shiloh U.M.C. Church Restoration Fund, Crisfield, Maryland.

Brian Thomas “Cornbread” White

CornbreadBrian Thomas “Cornbread” White, 57, of Princess Anne, Maryland formerly of  Venton, Maryland departed this life on  Tuesday, December 30 2014 at his residence. Born December 26,1957, he was the son of the late Archie Doane and Annie White.

Brian attended Washington High School in Princess Anne, and was employed for 14 years at the former Campbell Soup Company in Salisbury. He attended the former Grace United Methodist Church in Venton at an early age. Since then he also attended many churches in Princess Anne as well as Salisbury.

He leaves to cherish precious memories with two sons, Andre Labrian White, Sr. and Brian Maurice White both of Lincoln, Delaware; one grandson, Andre Labrian White, Jr. also of Lincoln; one sister, Margaret Ann Coleman( Leon) of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Kenneth and Eric White of Princess Anne; three nephews, Jonathon Coleman of Monaca, Pennsylvania, William Coleman of Houston, Texas, and Kenneth White, Jr. of Hagerstown, Maryland; five nieces, Valerie Parris (Teddy) of York, Pennsylvania, Denise Coleman of Sacramento, California, Opal White of North Carolina, Yamika White of Hagerstown, and She’cquan Bailey of Baltimore; one great,  nephew Joshua Byrd; six uncles, Edgar White, Sr. of Newark, Delaware, Sherwood White (Bernetta), Louis White (Alise) and Jerry White, all of Salisbury, Larry White of Princess Anne and Alfonso White of Georgia; six aunts, Geraldine Deshields (Jimmy) and Karen White of Princess Anne, Gloria Wessells (Kenneth), Annette White, Nancy Turner (Joseph) of Salisbury, and Janice White of Baltimore; three play sons, Boo Boo, Toot and Dirty, all of Princess Anne and a host of cousins and friends.    He also leaves to cherish fond memories with his longtime sweetheart Jollyette Hayward. Brian was preceded in death by one brother, Calvin Dennis.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.

Faneea Mozell Cottman

14On Tuesday, December 30, 2014 our beloved daughter, mother, sister and friend Faneea Mozell Cottman, affectionately known as Aunt Nee` Nee` was called home to be with her Lord and    Savior Jesus Christ.

Faneea was born March 2, 1963 in Marumsco, Maryland, to the parents of Christopher Randolph Cottman and Corrine Elizabeth Cottman-Tull. She was known for her having an open heart for all people.

Faneea was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools, she graduated from Wor-Wic Technological College with an Associate Arts degree in Secretarial Studies; and also was a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration. She was employed at UMES for 25 years as an Administrative Assistant.

She was a faithful and dedicated member of John Wesley United Methodist Church, Cottage Grove in Westover, MD, from her childhood. She was a member of the Women’s Society, the Discipleship choir and a worship leader.

Faneea is survived by her fiancée, Aaemanuel Deas; her parents,  Corrine Tull (Welton), Christopher Cottman (JoAnn); three children, Kelvin Jr. (Renee), Chastian and Kyra; three sisters, Crystal Stevenson (Thomas Jr.), Angel Braxton, Tyzanna Cottman (Jeffery) and one brother, Cassius Cottman Sr. (Cathy); five grandchildren, Tyshawn, LaQuan, Amaiyah, Kamryn and Katrice ; two aunts, Thelma Alexander and Christine Smith; one uncle, Hurley Smith and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Helen and Oscar Cottman, Elsie and William Smith, and a grandchild, Avier Enaz Terrell.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015 at St. James United Methodist Church in Westover with a viewing one hour prior.  Rev. Carroll Mills will be the Eulogist and Rev. Moor Holloman will officiate. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Church. Interment will be at John Wesley U.M.C. Cemetery.


Ida Mae Polk

Ida Mae PolkIda Mae Polk was born on March 12, 1934 in Princess Anne, Maryland to the late Raymond and Hettie Polk.  Ida departed this life on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Aurora Senior Living of Manokin.

“Baby” as she was affectionately known by family and friends was educated in the Somerset County Public School System.  She was employed by several local establishments in Princess Anne as a cook such as,  Campus Corner, Shore Stop, Pizza Plus and Brown Derby to name a few.

Ida was affectionate an loving person who always kept the family laughing. She would do things and then turn her head like she didn’t know what was going on. Her favorite song was Sweet Hour of Prayer, which was the only song she could play on the key board.

Ida leaves to cherish fond memories one son; Marion “Mickey” Polk (Debbie) and one daughter, Pastor Pamela A. Polk-Ward (Warren) both of Princess Anne, Maryland; seven grandchildren, Stacy Grant, Clifton Polk, Shaun Polk, Antonio Ramcharan, Andre Fisher, Trey Wise and Maddyson Ward; five great-grand children, Shamar Grant, Makayla Polk, Destiny Polk, Deshaun Polk and Sa’Myah Grant; four sisters, Lucille Jones, Lottie Moses, Rita Polk and Jennie Chase (Percy); one brother, David Polk (Joyce) all of Princess Anne; one sister-in-law, Cynthia Polk and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Tyrone “Nooky” Polk.; eleven siblings, Raymond Polk, Jr., Walter Polk, Earl Polk, Ephriam Polk, Clifton Polk, Glenmore Cannon, Charles Polk, Irving Polk, Sr., Bessie Ballard, Beatrice Polk and Bernice Stevenson.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, December 27, 2014 at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church with a viewing one hour prior. Pastor David Allen W. Miles will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 1-6 PM Friday, December 26, 2014 at the funeral home in Princess Anne. Interment will in the church cemetery.