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.



Oliver J.”Bogash” Jones, Sr.

Oliver Jones SrOliver J. “Bogash” Jones, Sr. the son of the late Oliver Jones and Henrietta Fontaine-Jones gently closed his eyes and without a word bid farewell to this earthly world on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at Aurora Senior Living of Manokin in Princess, Maryland.

 “Bogash” as he was called by his family and friendswas educated in the public school system in Somerset County.  He retired from Hudson Food after 35 years of service.  You could find him watching western, baseball, cutting grass and feeding his humming birds.

“Bogash”was a member of Mount Hope A.M.E Zion Church in Princess Anne, Maryland, and joined under the leadership of Rev. Michael Audrey.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Lucille Jones; one son, Walter Jones (Christine) of Princess Anne; eleven grandchildren, Tamika, Tawana, Travis, D’Janelle, Demond, DeAndre, Natika, Olivia, Shelita, Tara and Sherrell;  nineteen great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; one aunt, Georgia Baker; five sister-in-laws, Lottie Moses, Ida Polk, Rita Polk, Jennie (Percy) Chase and Cynthia Polk; one brother-in-law, David (Joyce) Polk, Sr. and host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sons Oliver “Bogash”, Jr. and Lester “Dempsy” Jones; one grandson, Michael Dennis, Jr. and one brother, Lester Jones.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Mount Hope A.M.E. Zion Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior. Rev. Leon Copeland will be the eulogist. A viewing will also be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, December 19, 2014 at the church. Interment will in the church cemetery.

Charlene Y. Cottman

Charlene CottmanCharlene Y. Cottman, 62 of Salisbury,Maryland, departed this life on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Born October 12, 1952, she was the daughter if the late Malcolm Cottman and Tomachia Johnson.

Services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne, Maryland with a viewing one hour prior. Interment will be at Mt. Peer Cemetery in Marion Station, Maryland.

Hayward J. Fisher, Jr.


Hayward John Fisher, Jr., 60 of Crisfield, Maryland departed this life on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Perry Point VA Medical Center in Perry Point, Maryland.  Hayward was born February 23, 1954.  He was the son of the late Hayward John Fisher, Sr. and Clara Mae Green-Fisher.

Hayward was educated in Somerset County Public Schools and graduated from Crisfield High School in 1972.  He joined the United States Army and served six years and was honorably discharged.

Hayward, also affectionately known as “Fish”, “Fish Man” and “Hayward June” to his family and friends.  Hayward’s family and friend’s best remembered him for his humor, smile, kind spirit and his exceptional ability to make others laugh.  Hayward was a very loving man and had a unique gift of talking his way into and out of situations.  He cherished his family and his close friends.  At a young age it was obvious he was quite a charmer and his great humor was the sunshine of his soul.

Hayward leaves to cherish fond memories with his devoted companion Julia Hinton; four daughters, Rachan Bishop-Smith (Michael), Tara Zollicoffer (Derrick), Michelle Fisher and Nichole Fisher; six grandchildren, Arror, Kyra, Zion, Nia, Chyna and Amaree; one brother, James Green; four sisters, Annie Fontaine (Clarence), Rita Harmon, Jacquelyn Fisher and Angel Handy; one aunt, Mildred Green; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfied with a viewing one hour prior. Rev. Cornelius Lane will be the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday, December 19, 2014 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Crisfield. Interment will be held 1:00 PM Monday, December 22, 2014 at Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Maryland.