Franklin R. Braxton


Franklin Ruben Braxton departed this life on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Coastal Hospice by the Lake in Salisbury, Maryland.  He was born to the late James Ruben and Mary B. Braxton on November 17, 1948.

Frank received his education in the Somerset County Public School System.  He worked for Harold Bozman Seafood in Upper Hill and for L & E Farms in Westover for many years.  His last job was with the Somerset County Roads in Princess Anne, MD. He attended St. James U.M. Church, Westover, MD at an early age. He enjoyed attending special services and anniversaries at St. Andrews U.M. Church, Upper Hill, MD.

Frank was a fun loving and humble person.  He left an impact on everyone he came in contact with.  He was a man of few words but would have a conversation that would keep you laughing.  He enjoyed watching soap operas, playing the lottery and watching game shows. His favorite TV show was Empire.

Frank was married to the love of his life for 44 years, the late Vesta (Peaches) Braxton.  He had an undying love for his children and grandchildren.  He leaves to cherish his memories, four sons, Melvin Whitlor Sr. and Alvin White both of Princess Anne, Calvin White and Francis White of Salisbury, MD; two daughters, Victoria White-Davis (Robert Jr.), Salisbury, MD and Felicia Matthews (Elroy, Jr) of Delmar, MD; two brothers, Eugene Braxton (Michelle) of Baltimore, MD and John Braxton of Princess Anne, MD; four sisters, Margaret Jones,  Marlene Braxton and Beverly Fontaine, all of Princess Anne, MD and Joyce Savage (Gregory) of Baltimore, MD; two brothers-in-law, Clarence Whitlor (Linda), Youngstown, Ohio and Warren Ballard (Judy) of Princess Anne, MD; five grandsons, Melvin Jr., Earl, Jamar, Shayquan and AMontre’; four great granddaughters, Jzania, Samiyah, Aaliyah and Peyton and one great grandson, Marjzir; a special pet, (Gigi);  his best friend, Herbert Cottman and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Vesta (Peaches) Braxton; one brother, Clifton Collins; his parents, James and Mary Braxton and one brother-in-law, Isaac Jones.

A funeral service will be held 11 AM Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Saint Andrews United Methodist Church in Upper Hill with a viewing one hour prior. A Viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Wednesday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

Interment will be at the Waters Family Cemetery in Upper Hill.

Samuel “Upshur” Bacon


Samuel Upshur Bacon, son of the late Samuel and Ruth Bacon, was born on August 15, 1930 in Crisfield, MD. Upshur heard the Father God call his name on Tuesday morning, January 3, 2017 at McCready Memorial Hospital, in Crisfield, MD, to come and take his rest and be at peace.  He fought the good fight, and finished his course and his journey was complete.

Upshur, was raised in a Christian home led by his parents.  When he strayed from God (while being in the world) all of those spiritual upbringings came back to him and he gave his life back to God. From then on, he immersed himself in serving God and Him only. He joined Shiloh U. M. Church and served on the Sanctuary Choir, was a member of the former Guiding Light Gospel Chorus, and sang with the Fifth Sunday Men’s Choir. Sometimes he would assist in the church by helping the ushers if there was a need.  Upshur truly loved the Lord and his church. Not only his church, but you could find him fellowshipping in many churches in the surrounding areas.  You would also see him riding his bike around town. He would ride out to the hospital and to the nursing home to visit those he knew, and didn’t know. He was honored by the McCready Memorial Hospital and Alice B Tawes Nursing Home, for being such a dedicated volunteer.

“Up” as he was affectionately called by family and friends, attended school in Somerset County.   He worked in the Seafood Industry and often would help his sister, Lorraine by going in early to pick a “bluff.”  He would also visit with the sick and shut-ins within the community…bringing “laughter and joy” by letting them know that somebody still cared and thought about them. He would come across as being “gruff” and that was not the case at all. Once you got to know him, you found out that he cared deeply, had a sense of humor and a heart of gold. He had many lady friends in and around the community and they each were very special to him in different ways.  He thought a lot of them and they also cared much for him. For some, he was their “riding buddy” and for one in particular, Cynthia Whittington, she would cook, watch western movies, and would often walk to church with him. “Up” had an extended family that he would often talk about. He had a play mom, Sandra Douglas, and many play children, to name a few: Harriet Corbin, Bernard Ward, Rodney and Cheryl Jackson and probably many more that he took under his wings.

Upshur’s life and  memories are survived, cherished and loved by: four sisters, Anna Burrell of Philadelphia, PA, Regina (John) Hill of Crisfield, Patricia Cooper of Upper Hill, MD and Janice (Sinclair) Douglas Sr., of Crisfield; one brother-in-law, Joshua Cottman of Crisfield. He is also survived, cherished and loved by nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of other relatives, friends, and church members.

He was preceded in death by parents, one brother, Charles Cane, sisters, Lorriane Cottman and Emily Bacon whom died at birth; and one brother-in-law, Christopher Burrell.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Monday, January 9, 2017 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield, with a viewing two hours prior.

Interment will be at Mt. Peer Cemetery in Marion Station, Maryland.

Emma Mae James


Emma Mae James was born on May 7, 1926 to the late Thomas and Mazie Curtis Johnson.  She made her heavenly transition on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Aurora Senior Living of Manokin in Princess Anne, MD.

As a child, Emma was a very nurturing person, she loved caring for her grandmother Martha Curtis and others who were in need.  She loved babysitting even before daycares were thought of.

In 1941 at the age of 15, she was converted and accepted the Lord as her personal savior at Mt. Hope AME Zion Church.  She was married to the late Samuel “Pipsie” James, Sr.  From this union, seven children were born.

Emma was a lifelong resident of Princess Anne.  “Aunt Bumpy”, as she was affectionately known, loved the Lord.  She was a mother to many and was very devoted to her family and her church. She never met a stranger and her home was open to anyone who was in need.  To know her, was to love her.  She was a Godly woman.  She was educated in Somerset County and worked as a domestic housekeeper.  In the last few years of life, she became well known on Social Media (Facebook) and those who never met her fell in love with her famous videos.

As she made her transition, some of her last words were “Whew, I’m On My Way to Heaven!”  For This We Give God All Glory, Honor and Praise.  Mom Would Want Everyone to Know, If You Live Right, You Will Live Again!

She leaves to cherish fond memories with her children:  Sandra Horsey, Mary Jones (George), Samuel James, Jr., Dale James, Sr. (Cheryl), Maurice James, Sr., Patricia James-Cope, and Gail Sykes (Andre); a host of grand, great grand and great-great grandchildren; one sister, Margie Dickerson (Fenwick); three sisters-in-law, Eleanor Johnson, Crystal Morris (Warren, Sr.), and Mildred James; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends; three special sons, Milton Maddox, Kevin Holmes and Tony Horsey; two Godchildren, Johnny Miller, Jr and Kevin Taylor; two special nieces, who provided care for her, Linda Taylor and Valentina Downing and two special nephews, Toussaint James, Jr. and Gregory Handy will also cherish her memory.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son; four brothers; an infant brother, Hilton Johnson, George Johnson & Thomas Johnson; three sisters, Ruth and Mary Johnson and Elsie Taylor and one son-in-law, Andrew Horsey, Sr.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, January 14, 2017 at St. James United Methodist Church in Westover, with a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Friday at Mt. Hope A.M.E. Zion Church in Princess Anne.  Interment will be in Mt. Hope A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Glenwood Wallace Hayward, Sr.


Glenwood Wallace Hayward, Sr., 70, was the son of the late Clarence and Millie Corbin-Hayward.  He was born March 5, 1946 and departed this life on Monday, January 2, 2017 at his home.

Glenwood was educated in the Somerset County School System and graduated from Somerset High School in 1965. He was employed at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and retired after many years of service. After retiring Glenwood worked in various occupations, such as automotive and landscaping.

Glenwood enjoyed fishing, playing pool and watching westerns.  He especially loved his dog, Ottie.

He is survived by one son, Glenwood Hayward, Jr (Sylvia); two daughters, Katrina Hayward-Paul (Gesper) and Trina King (Ronnie II); one sister, Carrie H. Fontaine (Marcus, Sr.); 15 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Clarence Hayward and one sister, Maeola Turpin.

A funeral service will be held 12 noon Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne, Maryland.  Interment will be in Oaksville Community Cemetery in Princess Anne.

Yvonne Deborah Ward


Yvonne Davis Ward, 63, of Salisbury, Maryland formally Mt. Vernon, Maryland gained her wings on Friday, December 23, 2016 at her residence in Salisbury.

She attended Somerset and Washing High in Princess Anne, Maryland.  She was employed with Perdue Farms in Salisbury and later retired.

Yvonne attended and was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Community Center, Mt. Vernon where she served on the Usher Board.

She leaves to cherish her fond memories: her husband of 24 years, Wallace Ward of Salisbury; her sister Harriet Corbin (Ronald) of Marion Station, Maryland; two brothers, Leon Davis of Parksley, Virginia and Douglass Bloodsworth (Bernice) of Fruitland, Maryland; her baby cat, Gizmo and a host of nephews, nieces, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Madge Maddox, Robert Davis, Floyd and Mazie Bloodsworth; three brothers, Joseph and Robert Davis and Julius Bloodsworth; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas and Pearl Ward.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Lyle Walton Gray


Lyle Walton Gray, 77, of Crisfield departed this life on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield. Born November 3, 1939, he was the son of the late Theodore Hall and Alverta Fields-Gray.

Lyle was a graduate of Carter G. Woodson High School.  He was drafted into the United States Army serving in the Vietnam War.  He was enlisted for two years, and was released with an honorable discharge.  He later became employed with Bank of America where he retired after 30 years.

Lyle was a member St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield where he served as a Trustee and was a member of the Sons of Allen.  He loved his church and would do whatever he could for the betterment of serving the Lord.

Lyle was also a member of Crisfield Pride Lodge #194 where he served as Esteemed Lecturing Knight and a member of Past Grand Exalted Ruler Council #76 where he served as Post Trustee.  He was also a member of the Tri-State Cavaliers and Past State President.

Lyle enjoyed reading, listening to music and playing pool.  He was a great golfer on the field.  Lyle loved his mustangs, and was a die hard Redskins fan.

Lyle was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend.

He leaves to cherish fond memories with his devoted wife, Jean Pittman-Gray; one son Cornell Gray (Denise); two daughters, Tonya and Terelle Simmons; six grandsons, Cornell, Brandon, Byron, Matthew, Edward Jr. and Ian; two granddaughters, Markeia and Briana; one great granddaughter Kamille; one sister, Marlene Gray-Ward of Crisfield; two sisters-in-law,   Mona Simmons of Norristown, PA and Natasha Simmons of Salisbury; one brother-in-law, James Simmons of Salisbury; a very special friend, Edward “Darrell” Johnson, Sr. and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents, Lyle was preceded in death by one sister, Laurlane Bacon.

A funeral service will be held 11 AM Saturday, December 31, 2016 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6 to 8 PM Friday at the church where ceremonial rites will be performed by Crisfield Pride Lodge #194 at 7 PM.

Interment will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Maryland.

George T. Joynes

george-joynes_edited_edited_editedGeorge Thomas Joynes, 89 of Manokin, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Signature Health Care at Mallard Bay in Cambridge, MD. Born April 27, 1927, he was the son of the late George and Beulah Joynes.

He is survived by three daughters, Arhemia, Ardella and Beulah; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one sister, Mae E. Dorsey; one sister-in-law, Evelyn Joynes and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Herschel, Marion and Oscar Joynes; three sisters Margaret Maddox, Helen Short and Alverta Shaw.

A funeral service will be held 12 noon Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Samuel Wesley United Methodist Church in Manokin with a viewing one hour prior. Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.

Nadya Pecola Singleton

babyNadya Pecola Singleton of Princess Anne, MD infant daughter of Michael Singleton and Shantae Harris departed this life Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

A private graveside service will be held at Oaksvilke Community Cemetery.

Orlene A. Robinson-Johnson

thIDI1MPX3Orlene  A. Robinson- Johnson, 66, departed this life Thursday, November 24, 2016 at her home in Camden, New Jersey.

A viewing will be held 5-8 PM Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Carl Miller Funeral Home, 831 Carl Miller Boulevard, Camden, New Jersey. Funeral Services will be held 12 noon Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Anthony E. Ward, Jr Funeral  Home in Princess Anne with a viewing one hour prior.

Interment will be in the family cemetery in Westover, Maryland.

Garnett Winston Brown, Sr.


Garnett Winston Brown, Sr., 85 of Crisfield, also known to family and friends as “Big Boy” departed this life suddenly after a lengthy illness on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Alice B. Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield, Maryland. He was born November 25, 1931 to the late Alonzo, Sr. and Nora Horsey-Brown.

He attended the Public School System in Crisfield.  He later joined the United States Army, he served from 1950 to 1953 and received an honorable discharge.  After returning from the service he began employment with Handy’s Seafood & Company in Crisfield where he stayed for over 50 years.

Garnett was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield.

He loved his family and friends, he would often sit on the porch talking to friends. Garnett loved watching baseball and cowboy movies.

He leaves to cherish fond memories of him, with his devoted wife of 45 years, Milkey Brown; four sons, Garnett Brown, Jr. of Crisfield, Gary Brown (Elmira) of Salisbury, MD and Stanley Brown (Shirley) of Crisfield and Toris Battle (Sheena) of Glen Burnie, MD; two daughters, Carolyn Weatherbe (Grover, Jr.) and Agnes Waters, all of Crisfield; 20 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor and Barbara Brown, both of Crisfield; a very good friend, William Campbell, Jr.; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Sheila Waters; his first wife, Mary Cottman-Brown; three brothers, Mayhew Murphy, Alonzo, Jr. (twin brother) and Donald Brown, Sr.; one sister, Pauline Trippet.

A Funeral Service will be held 1 PM Saturday, December, 3, 2016 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield with a viewing one hour prior.  Interment will be held 1 PM Monday, December 5, 2016 at The Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Maryland.