Sean Cornell Gregory

Sean Gregory

Sean ‘Shawnie’ Cornell Gregory was born in Crisfield, Maryland on October 20, 1967.  Sean spent the last 19 years of his life in a nursing home where he departed this life on August 11, 2017.  He was the son of Emily Fosque Gregory and Sherman Gregory, Sr.

Sean was a very nice guy, was always smiling and cherished his family. He graduated from Crisfield High in the class of 1985.  After graduating high school, he joined the United States Army.

He leaves to cherish fond memories with his father, Sherman Gregory, Sr.; one sister, Teresa Fosque, twin brother, Sherman Gregory, Jr. and a host of nephews, nieces and other family and friends.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother, Carl Fosque, Sr.

We all love and will miss Sean very much.


Life contains the capacity, like flames that reach toward heaven, to transform suffering and pain into the energy of creation, into light that illuminates darkness. Like the wind traversing vast spaces unhindered, life has the power to uproot and overturn all obstacles and difficulties. Like clear flowing water, it can wash away all stains and impurities.    Daisaku Ikeda

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield, with a viewing held one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday, August 18, 2017 at the church.  Interment will be held at Hopewell Cemetery in Crisfield.

Joyce Ann Holbrook

Joyce Holbrook

Joyce Ann Holbrook, born January 21, 1952 to the late James and Evelyn Deshields-Collins.  She departed this life Sunday, August 13, 2017 at her residence in Salisbury, Maryland

Joyce was educated in the Somerset County School System.  She received her certificate of early childhood development from Wor-Wic Tech.  She worked in Home Health and other Health Care Faculties for many years.

Although Joyce could not attend Church due to her illness, she did read her Bible faithfully daily.  She enjoyed watching the Steve Harvey Talk Show and Family Feud.

She is leaves to cherish her memory:  three daughters, Yolanda Wallace of Hagerstown, MD, Ronnell “Rita” Holbrook of Princess Anne, MD and Coraine Johnson of Pennsylvania; 10 grandchildren, Teikera Tenner of Princess Anne, Shanae Holmes of North Carolina, Isaiah and Elijah Jones, Judah and Jeremiah Wallace, all of Hagerstown, Oscar Cottman, III of Florida, Jaylen Hunter of Pennsylvania, JaiRon Johnson of West Virginia and Elise Joy Ames of Princess Anne; three great grandchildren; three brothers, Harold Jones, Gene Holbrook and Carl Bailey, all of Salisbury; one sister, Ruth Ballard of Princess Anne and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Williams; two brothers, Darnell and Benjamin Holbrook and one sister, Gaylen Holbrook.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

Seth Elton Lee Holden, Jr.


Seth Elton Lee Holden, Jr., was born on August 14, 1954 in  Withams, Virginia to the  late Seth Elton Lee Holden, Sr. and Fannie Robbins. He peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 31, 2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

He received his education in the Accomack County Public School System in Accomack. Seth was employed at Perdue farms, Incorporated for many years, working in various positions such as Chicken Catcher, Forklift Operator, Live Haul Crew Leader and a Truck Driver.  He owned his own business, Seth Holden Contractor.  He was not afraid to try new things. He was also a very hard worker.

He dedicated his life to Christ at the Apostolic Tabernacle in Westover, Maryland under Pastor Clarence Heath.  He later became an Ordained Minister, at Victory in Praise Worship Center in Salisbury under Apostle Edward L. Moss where he served as an Amour Bearer.

His passion was riding on his Harley-Davidson and keeping his cars clean.  As his wife would say, “He’s going to wipe the paint off them”.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He will be forever known for his kind heart, gentle spirit and willingness to help others.

Seth leaves to cherish precious memories with: his loving wife, Anna Holden of Princess Anne; daughter, Angela Custis of Salisbury; sister, Margaret Jenkins of Philadelphia, PA; step children, Kevin Fisher, Sr. of Pocomoke, MD,  Vanessa Fisher of Princess Anne and Melody Broussard (John) of Newport News, VA; eight grandchildren, Tiffany Ewell of VA, Martice and Marcus Ewell of Salisbury, Skky Townsend of Washington, DC, Sony’e Lankford of Princess Anne, Chantel Smith of Fayetteville, NC,  Kevin, Jr. and Kenyon Fisher of Pocomoke; brothers-in-law, Calvin Costen (Deborah), Thomas Costen (Debora) and Donald Costen (Dawn); a host of nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, LeShonda Holden Smith.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.  A public viewing will be held 2:00 – 6:00 PM Friday, August 4, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

Interment Private.

Sa’Mia Ma’Kenzie Whidbee

babySa’Mia Ma’Kenzie Whidbee infant daughter of Shaquille Whidbee and Ty’Dejah Anderson of Crisfield,gained her heavenly wings on Friday, July,21,2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

Services details forthcoming

Goldie Mae Bonneville

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Goldie Mae Bonneville, 76, of Pocomoke City, departed this life on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born February 17, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Golden and Hattie Townsend.

Goldie was educated in the Public Schools of Accomack County Virginia.

She accepted Christ at an early age, and received her early Christian training at Deas Chapel United Methodist Church in Horntown, Virginia.

Goldie worked in the Seafood Industry for many years until her retirement.

She was a strong matriarch who reared her family in the Christian way, teaching them to respect others and to be of good character.  She enjoyed spending time with all her family and friends whom she loved very much.

She is survived by five sons, Michael, Sr. (Prudence), Ernie (Rev. Cynthia), George (Lendora), Linwood, Sr. (Brenda) and Anthony Bonneville, Sr. (Cordine); two daughters, Margaret Price (Howard) and Doris Bonneville (Gary) and their father, George Bonneville; one daughter-in-law, Patricia Bonneville; 32 grandchildren; 64 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Lula Brown and Spina Mills; and a host of nephews, nieces, other family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Edward and Marvin Bonneville and five siblings.

A funeral service will be held 12 noon Saturday, July 29, 2017 at New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 32347 Chincoteague Road, New Church (Wattsville), VA with a viewing one hour prior. A public viewing will be held 2 to 6 PM, Friday, July 28, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be at Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery in Pocomoke.

William H. Jones


William Henry Jones, of Princess Anne, also affectionately known as “Little Will”, was the son of Roland Jones, Sr. and the late Lois (Carr) Jones, born on January 1, 1972 at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury, Maryland. He suddenly departed this life into eternal peace at the age of 45 on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

As a young boy he attended Metropolitan United Methodist Church and sang in the children and youth choir. William graduated from Washington High School and continued to further his education for a few semesters at Delaware State College.

He had some hard times in his life but overcame those obstacles. William loved to play cards, shoot pool and most of all he loved his lottery tickets. His infectious smile and the love that he showed everyone no matter what was going on in his life captured everyone’s heart. He was loved by many. He always put others before himself; if he had it, he would give to anyone in need.

In addition to his father, he is survived by two daughters, Allura Jones of Salisbury, MD and Charisse Johnson of Princess Anne, MD; one son, Akiel Jones of Georgia; two sisters, Karen (Troy) Cannon, Ella Hardy; one brother, Roland Jones, Jr., of Princess Anne; the special woman in his life, Angel Melvin; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, godchildren  and friends.

A funeral service will be held 12:00 Noon Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne, with a viewing one hour prior.

Interment will be at John Wesley (Bowland Hill) Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Iralee Sharese Anderson

Iralee AndersonIralee Sharese “Pebbles” Anderson, 52, of Salisbury peacefully entered into eternal rest on Monday, July 10, 2017 at her home.  Born January 30, 1965, she was the daughter of Doris Allen and the late Robert Niskey.  She was blessed to have been adopted by the late Aredean and Walter Anderson, Sr. who preceded her in death.

Iralee was educated in the Somerset County Public School System where she graduated.

She worked at UMES for many years in the dining hall.  Most recently she was working in the hotel hospitality business where she was employed with a wonderful team at Sleep Inn in Salisbury, Maryland as a housekeeping supervisor.

Iralee also known as “Pebbles” and “Lee” will be remembered for her loving and giving spirit.  She enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends.  Family members said no event was the same unless they had her dumplings gracing the table.  She also cooked and sold dinners to help a friend in need.

She was consistent and believed in the power of prayer.  She could motivate you to hold on and just call on the Lord.  There were many occasions where she would tell you of God’s mercy and how he always showed up, sometimes in those last minutes when you feel like giving up; so keep the faith.

Iralee leaves to cherish her memories with her devoted children, Bryant Anderson, Andre and Aleeyah Elmore; In addition to her children, she lovingly raised and cared for as her own, Walter, Alesha, Tanesha, Dequan and Moesha Anderson who mourn the loss of their aunt; her dedicated sister, Vernita Ringgold (Jay); her brothers, Jessie Allen (Denise), Kendall Goslee (Patrice), Walter Anderson, Jr., other siblings, Kaveen Coulbourne (Garnett), Kevin Niskey and Kendall Niskey (Shalonda); the love of her life, Michael Gayle who will forever cherish the memories they shared for many years; godson, Jaden Conway; goddaughters, Dee Roberts and TyAza Tucker; special friends, Lisa Handy and Tiffany Adams who loved her as a sister; her youngest children’s father, Dana Elmore; nephews, nieces, many other family members and friends.

A service of remembrance will be held 7:00 PM Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne, with a viewing one hour prior.  Interment will be held 10 AM Friday, July 21, 2017 at Mt. Zion Historical Church Cemetery on Polks Road in Princess Anne.

Verna L. Jackson

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Verna Lela Boyer Jackson, 71 of Crisfield, Maryland, was born on August 3, 1945. She was the daughter of the late Vernon Boyer of Philadelphia, PA and Margaret E. Jones-Canterbury of Crisfield, MD. Verna departed this life after a hard fought battle with Lung Cancer on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Doctors Community Rehabilitation and Patient Care Center in Lanham, Maryland.

She was educated in the Public Schools of Somerset County. She worked in the Seafood Industry until her retirement. Verna joined St. Paul A.M.E. Church as a child.  Her proudest moment was her recent Baptismal.  She loved and trusted in the Lord.  Verna was a faithful Daughter of her beloved Light of Crisfield Temple #86.

“Vern Lee” as she was affectionately known had a fierce love for her family.  She moved to Clinton, Maryland in 2001 to care for her then new born granddaughter, Karley.   Her stay was initially for six months, but quickly turned into a fifteen year adventure.  Patrick, Kiara, Aaron and Karley were the light of her life.  Her love for them was unwavering. There was nothing she would not do for her Rugrats, plus one.  With the addition of great grandson Zaydin who affectionately called her “Boo Boo” she was her happiest.  She had a deep love for her son-in-law, Jr.  He was her confidant and partner in crime. Her daily conversations with cousin, Mary Ellen “Sissy” Corbin, her sister Gwen and friends from home brought her great joy especially on difficult days.

Vern Lee raised her children, daughter Mina “Tonya” and niece Keiko with firmness and tenderness.  They each had a unique and special relationship with her.  Her greatest joy was seeing them thrive as adults. They spent many hours before and during her illness sharing stories, giggles and promises. Keiko the caregiver and Tonya the medical advisor. She quickly reminded them she was still the “Boss.”

She equally loved and cared for her siblings.  Gwen was her baby sister and loved deeply.  Her brothers Russ, Georgie Boy, Booker and Bay adored her.  She adored and cared for each of them with unconditional love.  There was an instinct in Vern Lee to love her children most; yet she had the capacity to make any child who needed her love, her own.  She frequently opened her heart, home and kitchen to those who needed a safe haven without question.

Vern Lee enjoyed life to the fullest. With her best friend Barbara she was always ready for a party.  She was candid, witty, confident and fiercely independent like her mother Margaret.  She took her role as matriarch after her mother’s passing very seriously.  She loved to cook, play slots and spend time with her friends and family. Her open skillet fried chicken, potato salad, collard greens and macaroni & cheese were legendary.  She never missed an opportunity to prepare dinner with love for her family during the holidays.

She leaves to cherish her memories: her children, Mina “Tonya” (JR) Evans-Alston of Clinton, MD, and Keiko (Wale) Blackwell-Kosile of Upper Marlboro, MD; two grandchildren Patrick Shanks and Karley Alston of Clinton, MD and great-nephew Aaron Hutt of Upper Marlboro, MD; great-grandchildren Zaydin Shanks and Zariya White of Waldorf, MD, Reyan Shanks of York, PA; one sister, Gwen (Gerald, Sr.) Reynolds of Elgin, SC; two brothers, Booker Jones of Salisbury, MD and Welton (Vivian) Jones of Fayetteville, NC; a very special niece Kiara Jones of Laurel, MD; sisters-in-law, Vanessa Jones and Carolyn Weatherbee both of Crisfield, MD and Karen Jones of Salisbury, MD; one nephew Gerald Reynolds, Jr of Elgin, SC; her nieces Teniah Reynolds of Columbia, SC, Monica Brown, Eugenia Douglas, Fredia Douglas and Lynetta Douglas all of Crisfield, MD, Romenia (Keith) Hovington of Salisbury, MD, Theresa (Lem) Douglas-Abdullah of Princess Anne, MD; a special great niece Zionna Reynolds of Elgin, SC, cousin Marion Milbourne of Marion, MD; bonus granddaughter Whitney Coleman of Waldorf, MD; and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather Stetson Boyer, maternal grandfather Edward Jones, Sr., maternal grandmother Margaret Harris Jones; two brothers, Albert “Russ” Dix, Jr. and George E. Jones; special aunt, Virginia “Mina” Sterling, god son Ryan “Boogie” Johnson and best friend Thomas H. Ward, Jr.

Vern Lee will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held 12 PM, Saturday, July 15, 2017 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield, MD.  The Interment will be private.


Delsie Virginia Taylor

output (9)Delsie Virginia Taylor, 68, of Marion Station departed this life Friday June 30, 2017 at her residence in Crisfield. Born June, 16,1949, she was the daughter of the late Arthur, Sr. “Lightning” and Ella Taylor.

She leaves to mourn one daughter, Biesha Murray; one grandson, BiKeem Murray; one brother, Arthur Taylor, Jr. (Frances); two sisters, Brenda Elmore (John) and Elaine Taylor (Chris); her special friend and “Baby Daddy”, William Murray; one special nephew, Lybryant Christopher; one special niece, Ariel Mason; her special and devoted caregiver, Terry Worthy and a host of nephews, nieces, other family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Ronald Lee Taylor and one sister, Mary Taylor.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Interment will be private.

Minister Aliceteen Young Taylor

Aliceteen TaylorAliceteen was a retired educator, life coach, avid learner and servant leader who received her formal education in the public schools of Somerset County, Maryland. She was a graduate of Maryland State College (now University of Maryland Eastern Shore), Teachers College-Columbia University, and Alliance Theological Seminary – Nyack College.  Her life experiences as an educator, business professional, administrator and mentor provided her many opportunities to serve in her church, community and on national and international levels. She loved to travel and organize trips for her friends and family.  She particularly loved organizing the annual Homecoming celebration at her home church in Marion Station and taking busloads of friends to the annual crab fest in nearby Crisfield, MD and historic sites around the country, not to mention the dozens of cruises to Alaska and international trips throughout the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.

She was privileged and blessed to serve as a Faculty member in the Accounting & Business Departments of Maryland State College (UMES) and Nassau Community College (State University of New York), from which she received the distinction of Professor Emeritus upon her retirement. She had a passion for young people and was especially honored to have served as the 4th President of the International Mentoring Association.  She was an advocate for higher education and spent countless hours supporting students and their parents to navigate administrative and financial aid processes.  She never missed an opportunity to encourage youth and young adults by lending an ear, providing wise counsel, and encouraging them to pursue their boldest dreams.

Ten years after retiring from a 35-year academic career, Aliceteen answered God’s call to the Ministry and began further religious studies at Alliance Theological Seminary, where she completed a Master of Professional Studies in Theology program in 2013 and the Master of Divinity Degree in 2014.   Minister Taylor was licensed to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in December 2014.  She is the Founder of Lighthouse Ministries, Inc. whose mission is to serve God and humanity by making a difference in the lives of others.

A faithful woman, mother, grandmother, sister, mentor and friend, Minister Taylor’s genuine concern and willingness to help others is a reflection and testimony of her faith and relationship with the Lord.  The scripture she would rely on most often is Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”  She lived fiercely and truly believed that with Christ all things are possible and never missed an opportunity to encourage, support, or fix a problem.

She leaves to cherish her memory: one son, Franklin A. Taylor, II, (Keisha), Clayton, NJ; one daughter, Dr. Aleesha T. Taylor, NY, NY; two beloved grandchildren, Cidney Brooke Taylor and Franklin M. Taylor,  Clayton, NJ; one brother, Alvin Young, (Phyllis), Detroit, MI; two uncles, Melvin Young, (Maude) Crisfield, MD and Homer Young (Yvonne), Riegelwood, NC; two sisters in law; Constance Taylor, New York, NY and Jean White, Jacksonville, Florida; one nephew, Dale Turpin, (Sarah Ann), Marion Station, MD, several cousins, other relatives and friends.

A Funeral service will be held 3:00 PM Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Convent Avenue Baptist Church, 420 W 145th St, New York, NY,  with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Benta’s Funeral Home, St. Nicholas Avenue & 141st Street, Manhattan, NY.  A Final Funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Handy United Methodist Church, 5630 Tulls Corner Road, Marion Station, MD, with a viewing one hour prior.

Services Entrusted to Benta’s Funeral Home and Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to Aleesha Taylor, 801 Tilden Street, Apt. 21H, Bronx, NY 10467