Norma Frances Palmer

Norma PalmerNorma Frances Palmer, 56, of Eden, Maryland, formerly of Princess Anne, Maryland departed this life Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Coastal Hospice At The Lake in Salisbury, Maryland.  Born June 29, 1958, she was the daughter of the late Cammie Taylor, Sr. and Betty Bivens Whittington (Brantley, Jr.).

She received her formal education on Somerset County Public Schools.  Norma worked numerous years in the corrections field in Smyrna, Delaware and in Wicomico County.

Norma was full of life and personality.  She was one of the strongest persons anyone could ever know.  She loved her family and did everything possible to protect and provide for them.

Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friend, laughing and having fun, playing computer games, dining out, traveling, music, singing and baking.  Among her favorite types of cooking was baking pastries and big family dinner, especially during the holidays.

Norma was a member of New Psalmist Non-Denominational Church in Westover, Maryland.  She loved the music sung by the choirs.  She would get so excited by the singing and praise that eventually she would join in singing and praising the Lord as well.

Norma leaves to cherish fond memories with her devoted companion, Timothy Polk of Eden; her loving sons, Michael and Saleem Taylor, both of Eden; her parents, Betty and Brantley Whittington, Jr. of Princess Anne; one sister, Mary Johnson (Bernard, Sr.) of Marion Station, MD; four brothers, Lyndell Taylor of Charlotte, NC; Ronald Taylor of Fayetteville, NC, Cammie Taylor, Jr. of Princess Anne and Brandon Taylor (Genice) of Salisbury; a special cousin, Margaret Palmer of Philadelphia, PA and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Edith Taylor.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, August 30, 2014 at New Psalmist Non-Denominational Church in Westover, Maryland with a viewing two hours prior.  Rev. Glendon Jones, Jr. will be the Eulogist.  A viewing will also be held 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Friday evening at the Funeral Home in Princess Anne, Maryland.  Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.


Robin Nichole Bivens

Robin BivensRobin Nichole Bivens, 43, of Princess Anne, Maryland, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on April 28, 1971, to Lorelei Faulkner and the late Robert Faulkner.  Robin passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014, surrounded by family.

She was educated in the public schools of Virginia, New Jersey, California and Pennsylvania and was a consistent honor student.  For the majority of her employed years, Robin worked as a secretary and administrative assistant in the field of education.

Robin was married to her beloved husband of 17 years, Jermaine Bivens.  She cherished their union and considered it one of her greatest blessings.

Robin, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, spent the majority of time in her last days speaking to people about the Bible’s message and contemplating how to do it even more so.  She cared deeply for her fellow man and wanted all to gain the hope of everlasting salvation in which she so strongly believed.

In addition to her father, Robin was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Regina Bivens and sister-in-law Julia Cotton.  Along with her husband, Jermaine, and mother, Lorelei Faulkner, Robin is survived by a father-in-law, George Bivens, Sr.; five brothers-in-law:  Michael Whittington (Yvonne) of Princess Anne, MD, Johnie Thomas (Lydia) of  Salisbury, MD, Carlos Bivens (Carrie) of Joppa, MD, George Bivens, Jr. (Beverly) of Lincoln University, PA, and Jason Bivens of Salisbury, MD; numerous nephews and cousins.  Also left to cherish loving memories are a special aunt, Undra Woods, as well as abundant spiritual sisters and brothers and special friends.  She always looked forward to racing certain friends in the new world with her new, perfect body.  One spiritual sister she was particularly fond of used to speak to her excitedly about having a bonfire for their canes, walkers, eyeglasses and other implements that would soon be things of the past.

Proverbs 31:10-31 describes desirable qualities in a wife and this is exactly what Robin possessed.  She was a part of me as Genesis 2:24 describes and I was made better because of our union.  I will miss her dearly and will never be the same without her. (Added by Jermaine Bivens).

A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, August, 16, 2014 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Westover, MD .  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Westover Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. (Written by Robin Bivens and updated by Jermaine Bivens)

Lay’Mya Miracle Arnette Cottman

Baby girl CottmanBaby Girl Lay’Mya Miracle Arnette Cottman, 12 days old, went to her eternal rest on Monday, August 4, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical in Salisbury, Maryland.  Born July 23, 2014.  She was the daughter of Kevin L. Cottman, Jr. and  Iona L. Caldwell of Princess Anne, Maryland.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by one brother, Kayshawn L. Cottman of Princess Anne; her paternal grandparents, Kevin L. Cottman, Sr. (Paulette) of Eden, Maryland; Laura Ann Carter of Princess Anne; maternal grandparents, Daryll Caldwell of Dover, Delaware and Febra Purnell of Milton, Delaware; two uncles, 0ne aunt, and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Wake and Visitation Service will be held 4 till 6 p.m. Thursday, August 14,2014 at the funeral home in Princess Anne. Interment will be in John Wesley (Bowland Hill) Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Perry Joseph Horsey

Perry Joseph HorseyPerry Joseph Horsey “PJ”, 50, of North Las Vegas, Nevada formerly of Marion Station, Maryland departed this life Monday, August 4, 2014 after a brief illness. He was born on February 17, 1964 to the late Charles Perry Horsey, Jr. and Theola Horsey Rodriguez.

“PJ” as he was affectionately called received his formal education in the Somerset County Public School System; He graduated from Crisfield High School in 1982.  Upon graduating from high school he served in the United States Marine Corps.  Following his discharge he moved to Santa Ana, California and then later moved to Las Vegas where he called this home. Perry was employed by SAFE Electronics in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Loving memories of  “PJ” will remain with his Mother and Stepfather, Theola and Bishop Salvador Rodriguez of Marion; two sisters, Vonceal Urquheart (Antonio) and Perri Horsey, both of Salisbury; five nieces, Sharonne Tilghman of Princess Anne, Donita Barkley (Lamont), Yolanda Jones (Lamar), Aayana Horsey and Shekinah Urquheart, all of Salisbury; three nephews, Antonio and Javon Urquheart and Aayanta Horsey, all of Salisbury; three great nieces, Laynea and Iyah Barkley and Amara Jones; two great nephews, Lamar and Khalil Jones, all of Salisbury; five aunts, Charmaine, Marida, Barbara, Sarah and Lena; four uncles, James Anthony, Ronald, Donald and Stanford; four great aunts, Iris, Naomi, Lilly, Magnolia and Alice; two great uncles, Thomas and James; an abundance of cousins and friends; special friends, Robert Miller, Kevin Styles, Terry Whittington, Cassandra Price and Carmel Brooks.

“PJ” was preceded in death by his father, Charles Perry Horsey, Jr., a sister, Lorna Horsey; his maternal grandmother, Gertrude Archie, his maternal grandfather, Beryl Whittington, Sr., his paternal grandmother, Magdalene Carter, his paternal grandfather, Charles Perry Horsey, Sr.

You always believed in the person I was becoming, even when it was less than easy.  You helped me see my own uniqueness even when I didn’t see it in myself,

and you taught me that life is still beautiful even when it isn’t simple.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Highway Holiness church in Crisfield.  Pastor Dorothy Holden will be the eulogist.  Interment will be at John Wesley U.M.C. Cemetery in Marion Station.


Elton Randolph White

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Elton Randolph White, 77, of Salisbury departed this life Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Born November 6, 1936 in Princess Anne, Maryland, he was the son of the late Emory C., Sr. and Beatrice Miles White.

He was educated the Somerset County Public School System and graduated from Somerset High School in 1955. He served in the United States Army for two years and was honorably discharged.   He was employed at Peninsula Roofing in Salisbury and retired after many years of service. He loved cooking dinners and making soup, cakes and pies.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Delores White of Augusta, Georgia; four stepdaughters, Cecilia McKune and Suzette Belo (William), both of Augusta, Georgia; Christine Dungy (Jerald, Sr.) of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Sandra Johnson (Stanley, Sr.) of Augusta, Georgia; three brothers, Emory White, Jr. (Alesia) of Princess Anne, Sherwood White of Princess Anne and Kenneth White of Salisbury; two sisters, Lena Anthony of Princess Anne and Geneva Collins (Joseph) of Salisbury; one goddaughter Jacqueline Russell (Bruce) of Hebron, Maryland; a special grandson, Damian Stevenson (Bianca) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and one aunt Catherine Miles of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven brothers, William, Charles, Bernard, Martin, Edward, Robert, and Elmer White; two sisters, Catherine Jones and Hazel White.

A viewing will be held 1:00-6:00 PM Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the Funeral Home in Princess Anne, MD followed by a Wake and Visitation Service from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Interment will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday, August 12, 2014  at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, MD.

Bruce Everett Stewart

???????????????Bruce Everett Stewart, 54 of Oaksville, departed this life Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at home in Princess Anne, Maryland. Born April 1, 1960, he was the son of Edith Stewart and the late Charles Stewart, Sr.

Bruce received his education in the Somerset County Public Schools and Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown Delaware. Among his many accomplishments, he was employed at Pohanka Auto Group where he worked diligently for many years as an automotive technician.

Bruce was a man who loved his family and wanted everyone to succeed. He will be remembered for his distinct laughter and his love for God. Bruce will truly be missed by all.

In addition to his mother, he leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife of 31 years, Laverne Stewart; three sons, William Boynton (Kimberly) Grass Laskes, Michigan, David Collins (Penny) of Salisbury, Maryland, and Jonathan Collins (Deschell) of Westover, Maryland; one daughter, Toni Stewart of Oaksville, Maryland; three brothers, Gregory Stewart of New York, Charles Stewart, Jr. of Severn, Maryland and Vaughn Stewart of Princess Anne, Maryland; one sister Dawn Killian (Mark) of St. Paul, Minnesota; three brothers-in-law, Isaac Hayman of Princess Anne, Maryland; Vernon Davis and Marvin Bryant of Pocomoke City, Maryland; eight sisters-in-law, Dorothy Dupont (Ernest), Lucinda Connor, and Lucille Hayward of Princess Anne, Maryland, Janette Kearse (Clary) of York, Pennsylvania, Loretta Collins of Crisfield, Maryland, Mamie Davis of Washington, District of Columbia, Lois Cottman of Pocomoke City, Maryland and Gloria Davis of Salisbury, Maryland; ten grandchildren, Briaja, Shadimon, Jonae, Terrance, Joe, L’Dawn, David, Jr., Tiara, Ashira, and Maurice; one great grandchild, Terrance, Jr.; two godchildren, Tyrone Taylor, and Jyrell Ballard; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one sister, Anita Torney and two brothers-in-law, Melvin Bryant and David Eady.

A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, August 9, 2014 at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center in Princess Anne, Maryland with a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held  12:00 Noon until 8:00 PM Friday at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Princess Anne.  Interment will be in Oaksville Community Cemetery.


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.