Sidney Luciel Turpin-Thomas

Sidney ThomasSidney Luciel Turpin-Thomas, 98, the youngest daughter of the late Eben S. Turpin and Lucy Hayward-Turpin, was born in Somerset County, Westover, on September 24, 1915.  She departed this life early Friday morning, July 25, 2014, at Lakeside Assisted Living, in Salisbury, after a brief illness.

Sidney received her Christian education at John Wesley United Methodist Church, in Cottage Grove Maryland.  She attended elementary school and Greenwood High School in Somerset County.

In 1933, Sidney went to live with two of her older sisters in Harlem, New York, and continued her education.  She was an active member of the Canaan Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and was an usher.

In 1934 she met and married the late Carl C. Anderson.  Two children were born of that marriage, Shirley and Carl, Jr.

While raising two small children, Sidney continued her education by attending evening classes at Hunter College in New York City.

In 1944 she passed her first Civil Service examination for Laboratory Assistant with the New York City Health Department.  She took every promotional exam that came up, and retired from the NYC Health Department in 1972, as a Jr. Microbiologist, having spent several of those years in the serology laboratory.

In 1955, Sidney married her second husband, the late Louis Thomas.

After retirement, Sidney enrolled in the Adult Accelerated College program at the College of New Rochelle, NY, and received her BA degree in May of 1981, a goal she had set many years before.  Satisfied that she had finally earned a degree at age 65, she focused on helping others improve their education.   She joined the Literacy Volunteers of America and worked as a literacy volunteer at the Brooklyn Public Library until 1985, when she returned home to Princess Anne, with her sister, the late Beatrice West.

Once again Sidney became involved in volunteering, working with the literacy program at Princess Anne Library, and also at the Seton Center with the food pantry.  She resumed her membership in John Wesley United Methodist Church, and became very active there.  She was a representative in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference, and a certified lay speaker.  At one time she was the church treasurer.

Sidney had many interests and hobbies, including a love of Broadway theatre; travel, both international and domestic.   She enjoyed her church activities, reading, doing crossword puzzles, knitting, crocheting, and gardening.  She adored her grandchildren, who all have fond memories of spending weekends and extended time during summer breaks to visit in Brooklyn and Maryland.  She instilled in all of them a strong sense of self, both by action and example.

Sidney’s legacy will be one of helping and caring for family, friends, neighbors, and touching the lives of those she helped to read.

The last of seven siblings, Sidney leaves to cherish her memories, a daughter, Shirley Anderson Bailey of Salisbury; a son, Carl Anderson, Jr., of Princess Anne; four grandchildren, Pamela Bailey of Charlotte, NC; Phillip Bailey of Hempstead, NY; Kenneth Anderson of New York, Vincent Anderson of New York; two great grandchildren; Spc4 Idris Bailey of Fort Benning, GA and Troia Morgan of Dudley, NC.

Funeral services will be held at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 31361 Curtis Chapel Road, (Off of Route 13) Westover, MD  on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 11AM, with a viewing one hour prior. Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Sidney L.  Thomas.


James Thomas Taylor

James TaylorJames Thomas Taylor, 67, of Crisfield, Maryland, affectionately known as “Chatter” and “Boy Blue”, departed this life on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.  Born December 25, 1946 he was the son of the late Willis “Toots” Wilkins and Loretta Taylor-Evans, step-son of the late George Evans, Sr.  He was raised by his aunt, the late Virginia Taylor-Collins.

Chatter met and married his devoted wife, caretaker, and friend, Maxine, 43 years ago. He was employed by Mrs. Paul’s Kitchen for 15 years and later worked for Metompkin Bay Seafood Company. He was an active member of the Crisfield Pride Lodge 194 for many years.

Chatter was an excellent pool player and swimmer. He loved to sing and he was one of the lead singers in the ‘Rocket Band’. He sang, ‘Your Precious Love’.

Chatter was very devoted to his family. He was always the same, no matter what was going on; he NEVER complained. He was a loving person and had a heart of gold.

He leaves to cherish precious memories, his wife, Maxine Taylor of Crisfield, MD; four children, Michelle Knight (Joseph) of Washington, D.C., Byron Taylor of Crisfield, Eric Taylor (Tanya) of Laurel, MD, Everett Williams of Crisfield, 15 grandchildren, Carlissa, Lakeeta, Byron Jr., Jawyne, Everett Jr., Bre’Asia, Keshawn, Kenzie, Karen, Terry, Justin Sr., Markeeta, Marquis, Joequan, and Shakia; eight great-grandchildren; eight sisters from various relations, Ruth Coulbourne (Russell) of Marion, Sylvia Johnson (Joseph Jr.) of Millville, NJ, Cynthia  Anderson (Raymond) and Deborah White, Crisfield, Louise Handy of Philadelphia, PA, Patricia Handy and Shirley Handy of New Jersey and Sylvia Campbell of Crisfield, nine brothers, Vernon Evans of Hurlock, MD, George Evans of Crisfield, Anthony Evans of Salisbury, MD, Willis White  (Beverly) of Chester, VA, Victor Sample  (Selene) of Godwin, NC, Vance Johnson of NC, Robert Handy and Carlos Handy of Salisbury, and Freddie Handy of New Jersey; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Morgan, one aunt, Emily Taylor, two very devoted friends, more like brothers, William White and George Murray;  raised as his sons, Terry Miles and Justin Baltimore, Sr. and a host of  nephews, nieces, other family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Sadique Abdul Kaliq (aka, Eugene Evans), three sisters, Eleanor Evans, Jane White and Leona Handy.

A funeral service will be held 1PM Saturday, August 2, 2014 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield, with a viewing two hours prior.  A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM, Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Church.  Interment will be Private.

Ellwood Henry Morris, Sr.

Ellwood Morris.jpg 2Ellwood Henry Morris, Sr., 68, of Princess Anne, Maryland departed this life on Friday, July 18, 2014 at Aurora Senior Living of Manokin in Princess Anne.  Born on December 25, 1945, he was the son of the late Elmer Morris and Sarah Mosley-Brown.

He was educated in the Public Schools of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and later relocated to Princess Anne. He served in the United Army Reserve. He was employed at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Dining Services until his retirement. Mr. Morris was a 32nd Degree Mason.

He was married to the late Diane Johnson-Morris.

He leaves to cherish his memory:  one daughter, Rochelle Morris of Princess Anne; one son, Ellwood H. Morris, Jr. of Princess Anne; eight grandchildren, Tavian, Kierra, Ka’Leke, Kyra, Kashmere, Co’Rion, Mechelle and Jahmira; two great grandchildren, Ayden and De’Marion; nine brothers, William Morris (Dorothy), Robert Springs (Hortense), George Morris, David Morris, Jethro Brown and Jonathan Brown, Joseph Brown (Darlene), Thomas Brown and Joel Brown; seven sisters, Darlene Smith (Ralph), Alice Washington, Jetherene Brown, Marie Wells, Jackie Canales (Tony), Sarah Bynum (James) and Harriette Warner; one mother-in-law, Frances Niskey; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Diane Johnson-Morris; one daughter, Melissa Morris; one grandson, Kyle Jones; one brother, Johnny Morris and one sister, Charlene Pleasanton.

A funeral service will be held 1PM, Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne, with a viewing two Hours prior. Rev. Michael Smith, Sr. will be the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 1-6 PM, Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in Centennial Cemetery in Fairmount, Maryland.

Rosanne “Baby Sis” Cottman

Rosanne CottmanRosanne “Baby Sis” Stevenson Cottman ,66,of Princess Anne was the daughter of the late William Gilbert Stevenson, Sr. and Louise Curtis-Stevenson. She was born on November 9, 1947 and departed this  life on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

“Baby Sis” as she was affectionately called by her family and friends was educated in the Somerset County Public School System.  She was employed as a Residential Aide with Dove Pointe until her health failed.  Rosanne was married to the late Albert Cottman and from this union there were two children. She was a loving and devoted mother, sister and aunt.

“Baby Sis” enjoyed spending time with her family, playing dominos and playing bingo.  Rosanne was a faithful and active member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. She enjoyed singing and started singing at a young age with her oldest sister and youngest brother.  The group was first called the Starlight Trio, then other family members joined and they became the Starlight Quintet.  She often recalled Deacon Mexico Stephens as the group chauffeur.

She leaves to cherish her memory: two sons, Antonio and Kendall Cottman, both of Princess Anne; five grandchildren, Perrisha, Damar, Kendra, Briashia, and Devin; five great grandchildren; one sister, Sarah M. White of Delmar, DE; four sisters-in-law, Arlene Cottman, Lily Beckett, Josephine Smith, Bessie Stevenson and a host of  several nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and extended  friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth Hearne and four brothers, Edward, William, Orly, Sr. and Riley Stevenson.

A funeral service will be held  11AM, Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Princess Anne, with a viewing one hour prior.  Rev. Carroll Mills will be the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 1-6 PM, Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Interment will be in John Wesley (Bowland Hill) Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Samuel Charles Stevenson

Samuel Charles StevensonSamuel Charles Stevenson, 72, of Princess Anne, Maryland departed this life on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  Born May 30, 1942, he was the son of the late Samuel Stevenson and Beatrice Collins.

He leaves to cherish his memory with one son, Brandon Charles Smith; three daughters, Suzette Belo (William), Christine Dungy (Jerald, Sr.) and Sandra Johnson (Stanley, Sr.); 10 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one sister, Glory Mullen; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Clayton Stevenson.

A viewing will be held 6-8PM, Monday, June 23, 2014 at the Funeral Home in Princess Anne.


Rodney Elliott Stevenson

StevensonRodney Elliott Stevenson, Jr. (also known as Newt-Newt), 25, of Salisbury, MD was born on February 12, 1989 in Salisbury, Maryland at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was the son of Marsha Lake and James W. Lake, III both of Salisbury and Rodney Stevenson, Sr. of Crisfield, Maryland. Rodney Stevenson, Jr. was called home on Monday, June 16, 2014.

Rodney Stevenson, Jr. graduated from Wicomico High School in Salisbury in June 2010. He worked various jobs in Salisbury starting in high school. He worked at Burger King and volunteered at Peninsula Regional Medical Center while attending Wicomico High School. In 2010, he began his time at Dove Pointe in Salisbury and through them worked at Salisbury University from 2011-2013.

Newt-Newt was a devoted son and brother, who loved life. He was warm-hearted and enjoyed interacting with people. He enjoyed listening to music and singing. He loved eating and sweets were his favorite. There was no food he didn’t enjoy. In his spare time, he relaxed and helped his father, James in the yard. And he was always with his mother, no matter where she went.

Rodney leaves to cherish his loving memory: his Mother, Marsha Lake; his father, James Lake, III and his biological father, Rodney Stevenson, Sr.; five sisters, Charon Sterling, Chimere’ Stevenson, Katrina Stevenson, Ashley Stevenson, and Eboni McCready; three brothers, Kevin Tyler, DelShaun Taylor and Jamel Whittington; one stepbrother, James W. Lake, IV; his grandparents, Lucille (Richard) Maddox of Marion, Alberta Lake of Delmar, DE, George Bowyer (step-grandfather); one godmother, Alfreda Johnson; nine uncles; seven aunts; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, great aunts and uncles and friends.

Rodney was preceded in death by his grandfather’s, John Cottman, James W. Lake, III and James Stevenson; one grandmother, Diane Bowyer; one stepsister, Denise Lake.

Rodney will be greatly missed for his personality and love of life and his devotion to his family.

A funeral service will be held  1PM, Saturday, June 28, 2014 at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion Station,  with a viewing two hours prior.  Rev. Cynthia Bonneville will be the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 6-8PM, Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Funeral Home in Crisfield.  Interment will be in Union Asbury Cemetery in Crisfield.

Edward James Jones

James JonesEdward James Jones was born March 12, 1942 in Worcester County, Maryland. He departed this earthly life on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Commonwealth Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fairfax, Virginia at the age of 72. “James” or “J.J.” as he was affectionately known was born to the late John, Sr. and Martha Kelly-Jones.

He received his formal education in the Worcester County Public School System. James was employed by Metompkin Seafood Company in Crisfield, Maryland until he relocated to Woodbridge, Virginia in 1982. There he would gain employment with Fort Belvoir Commissary and the Southern Management.

On March 18, 1989 James married Linda A. Schoolfield and from this union one daughter was born.

James leaves to cherish his precious memories with his devoted wife, Linda; three sons, Kevin (Valerie) Styles, Marion Station, Maryland, Eric (Teina) Veney ,Glen Burnie, Maryland and Brian (Shawonda) Veney, Princess Anne, Maryland; three daughters, Mary Fontaine, Princess Anne, Maryland, Lorretta (Pete) Conwell, Pennsylvania and Sadeeka Schoolfield-Jones Woodbridge, Virginia; 21 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one brother, Robert Jones, Salisbury, Maryland ; four sisters, Annie Mae Jackson, Marion Station, Maryland, Mary Collins, Salisbury, Maryland , Henrietta (George) Smith, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Bessie Sterling, Crisfield, Maryland; a devoted nephew, Timothy Jones, Stafford, Virginia; mother-in-law, Mary Schoolfield, Pocomoke, Maryland; sister-in-law, Patricia (Keith) Scarville, Hackensack, New Jersey; and a host of other nephews, nieces, cousins and extended relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by two daughters, Melinda Pittman and Karen Jones; three brothers, William, John “Buster”, Jr. and Oliver Jones; five sisters, Edna Jones, Pauline Bloxom, Agnes Maddox, Loletha Armwood and Martha Geraldine Corbin.

A funeral service will be held  1PM, Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield, MD, with a viewing two hours prior.  Elder Noah Stewart will be the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 6-8PM, Friday, June 20, 2014 at the Church.  Interment will be in Waters Chapel U.M.C. Cemetery in Kingston, MD.


Margaret Ellen Jones-Canterbury

photoMargaret Ellen Jones Canterbury, 89 of Crisfield, Maryland, was born on January 16, 1925. She was the daughter of the late Edward Clarence Jones, Sr. and Margaret Harris-Jones of Crisfield, Maryland. Margaret with her family by her side was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

She was educated in the Public Schools of Somerset County. She willingly left school at an early age to care for her ailing mother. She worked in the Seafood Industry until her retirement. In 1967 she married her life partner Lowell Canterbury. Margaret was a dedicated long term member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church.

“Ms. Margaret” as she was affectionately known loved to travel. She was a member of Four States, Eastern Stars and her beloved Light of Crisfield Temple #86. She traveled often to New Jersey to see her brother George.

Though a “Handful of Darling,” she was witty, sassy and fiercely independent. Margaret loved to cook, play cards and spend time with her friends especially Marian Brickhouse, Terri Jones and the late Ms. Elizabeth Savage. She was famous for her stewed chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, greens and deviled crabs.

She leaves to cherish her memories: two daughters, Verna Jackson of Clinton, MD and Gwen (Gerald, Sr.) Reynolds of Elgin, SC; two sons, Booker (Karen) Jones of Salisbury, MD, and Welton (Vivian) Jones of Wilmington, DE; a daughter-in-law, Vanessa Jones of Crisfield, MD; her grandchildren, Tonya (J.R.) Alston of Clinton, MD, Keiko (Wale) Kosile of District Heights, MD, Teniah Reynolds and Gerald Reynolds, Jr. of Columbia, SC, Kiara Jones, Monica Brown, Eugenia Douglas, and Fredia Douglas of Crisfield, MD, Romenia (Keith) Hovington of Salisbury, MD, Theresa (Lem) Douglas-Abdullah and Lynetta Douglas, all of Princess Anne, MD; great grandchildren, Patrick Shanks and Karley Alston of Clinton, MD, Aaron “Big 20” Hutt of District Heights, MD, Zionna Reynolds of Columbia, SC, Jasmine Evans of Marion, MD, Destiny Matthews, SaMia Whidbee, SaVon Douglas, all of Crisfield, MD, Ashley Collins, Robin Banks, LaToya Moore, Aleeyah Smith, Alexa Douglas, Evan Neal and Eddie Neal, all of Princess Anne, MD; nine great-great grandchildren; a special nephew, Marion Milbourne of Marion, MD; three special nieces, Jill Jackson of Seneca, SC, Marguerett “Maggie” Jones-Hadden of Sicklerville, NJ, Williebel “Willie” Jones of Lindenwold, NJ, and Alfreda (Clyde) Reynolds of Tappahannock, VA and a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sons, Albert “Russ” Dix, Jr. and George E. Jones; nine siblings, Lela Jones-Rowe, Edward “Bill” Jones, Jr., George Jones, Charles Jones, Harriett “Hattie” Jones, Norris Jones, Edie Jones, Glenda Jones, and Vietta Collins.

Margaret Ellen Jones Canterbury was the true matriarch of her family. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew her.

A funeral service will be held 11 AM, Saturday, June 7, 2014 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield, MD, with a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM, Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Church.  Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery, in Crisfield.


Walter Robert Curtis, Sr.

Walter Robert CurtisWalter Robert Curtis, Sr., 65 of Princess Anne, Maryland, departed this life on Monday, May 26, 2014 at his residence.  Born February 1, 1949, he was the son of the late King E. Curtis, Sr. and Novellla Jones-Curtis.

Walter was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools and was employed as a truck driver for Cropper Concrete Company and retired after 30 years of service.

Walter leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Mary Curtis of Manokin, MD; four sons, Tony Curtis of Salisbury, MD, Walter Curtis, Jr. (Evette) of Westover, MD, Keith Kellam of Salisbury and Travis Johnson of Hebron, MD; four daughters, Lisa Curtis of Manokin, Latashia Kellam of Princess Anne, Tiffany Curtis and Shevonne Curtis, both of Salisbury; a devoted friend, Shirley Giddens of Pocomoke, MD; 20 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Wendell Curtis (Anne) of Eden, MD and Daniel Curtis of Princess Anne; and a host of nephews nieces, cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul, Preston and King Curtis, Jr.

A funeral service will be held  11AM, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Samuel Wesley United Methodist Church in Manokin, MD, with a viewing one hour prior.  Bishop Weldon Jonson will be the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 1-6 PM, Friday, May 30, 2014 at the Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Interment will be in John Wesley U.M.C. (Bowland Hill) Cemetery, in Princess Anne.


James W. Lake, Jr.

James Lake jr.Minister James Willie Lake, Jr., 77 of Crisfield, Maryland, was born on August 19, 1936.  He was the son of the late James Willie Lake, Sr. of Preston, Maryland and Sarah Hannah King, of Marion Station, Maryland.  Minister James Lake, Jr. was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

II Corinthians 5:8 – We are confident, I say, and willing to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

James Lake worked various jobs in Crisfield, Maryland.  One of his first jobs was working at Mrs. Paul’s Kitchen around 1954.  In the early 1960’s he began working on pipelines, sewer plants and water manes; along with operating snow plows for the City of Crisfield.  He worked for the Somerset County Board of Education for 33 years.  In addition, he worked for Lawson Laundromat and the First Baptist Church in the City of Crisfield.  He was a hardworking man and worked until he became ill then retired in 2002.

In 1967, James Lake accepted his call into the ministry and then began preaching.  In one of his greatest testimonies he often spoke of his experience with God telling him to, “Go tell Pharaoh, to let my People Go.” During his call, he was anointed to lay hands on the sick for them to be healed.

In 1956, James married Alberta Williams and nine children were born from this union.  One of James favorite hobbies was working on his automobile.  He also loved westerns and biblical movies as well as listening to gospel hymns.  Amongst his immediate family, James was known by the nicknames, Junie or Jimmy

He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Alberta W. Lake of Delmar, DE; his children, Lenore Waters (Les) of Eden, MD, James W. Lake, III (Marsha), Minister David Lake (Della), Timothy Lake (Faye), Shawntae White (Jackie), all of Salisbury, MD, Michael Lake (Leslie), Daniel Lake (Beverly), all of Delmar, MD, James Samuel Lake of Willards, MD and Evon Lake of New Castle, DE; his sisters, Alicia Fosque-Whittington of Crisfield and Senior Pastor, Elsie Lee-Lake Collier; brother-in-law, Bishop William Collier, Sr. of Crisfield, MD; his brothers, Edward Roger Lake, Sr. (Jane), Ronald Fosque and Donald Smith; his grandchildren, James W. Lake, IV, Lakeisha Lake, Monica Lake, Dinah Lake, Janell Wedge, Joy Wedge, Tim Lake, Rynisha Lake, Tasha Lake, Sherese Lake, Tynisha Taylor, Rochelle Taylor, Desmond Lake, Quincy Lake, Jenaya Lake, Daniel Lake, Jr., Joshua Lake, Marquel Sheppard, Jalen White, Keoshia Johnson, Ryan Bailey, Shamir Stevenson, Rodney Stevenson, Tyler Swift, Charon Sterling, eight great grandchildren and a host of nephews nieces, cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, preceding him in death are his paternal grandparents, Walter Lake and Nettie Pender, both of Preston, MD; his maternal grandparents, Roger King and Fannie Hickman-King, both of Marion, MD; his sister, Laverne Fosque-Sterling; his brother, Sam Hickman; his nephew, James “Jimmy” Whittington, Jr.; two grandchildren, Denise Lake and Jordan White; six aunts and four uncles.

Minister James Lake will be remembered and greatly missed for his love for God and his dedication and commitment to his family.

St. John 14 – “Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God believe also in me.  In my fathers house are many mansion…”

A funeral service will be held  1 PM, Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Highway Holiness in Crisfield, MD, with a viewing two hours prior.  Bishop George S. Jackson, Sr.  will be the Eulogist. A viewing will also be held 1-6 PM, Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Funeral Home in Princess Anne.  Interment will be in John Wesley U.M.C. (Bowland Hill) Cemetery, in Princess Anne.