Barbara A. James

BarbaraBarbara A. James, 74, of Marion Station, fell asleep in death on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Alice B. Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield. Born August 2, 1942 she was the eldest child of the late Sylvester and Gladys Bivens.

She was educated through the Somerset County Public School System. Prior to her illness, she was employed with Paul’s Kitchen, Byrd Seafood and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. After her years of employment, she enjoyed public witnessing as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Through her heartfelt teaching of God’s Kingdom, she always found comfort in Revelations 21:3-4 “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with them, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

To cherish her memory, she leaves; six children, Anthony Evans, Jr., Kenneth Evans (Denise), Lillian Ward (Howard, Jr.), William Evans, Cassandra Evans, Crystal Jackson (Anthony); one son-in-law, Stephanza Allen Williams, three stepdaughters, Aretha, Brenda and Monique; one stepson Clarence; 29 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren, two brothers, Sylvester Bivens (Pat) and Leon Bivens, Sr. (Sandy); one sister, Gloria Taylor (Calvin), one aunt, Minnie King; a special cousin, Annie Kenny; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles James, Sr.; the father of her children, Anthony Evans, Sr.; one daughter, Valerie Williams; one stepdaughter, Lorraine James; one stepson, Charles James, Jr.; two sisters, Stella Bivens and Joyce Torney and one brother, George Bivens, Sr.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, September 3, 2016 at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 31281 Curtis Chapel Road, Westover; a viewing will be held 6-8 PM Friday at Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

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

Bernard D. Wigfall


Bernard Douglas Wigfall, 70, of Salisbury, Maryland departed this life on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at his residence.  Born April 16, 1946, he was the son of the late Hanson V. Wigfall, Jr. and Sureda White-Wigfall.

He attended the Public Schools of Somerset County.

Bernard was well liked by family and friends, he had a profound affect on people he came in contact with.  Bernard had this cute little smile about him, he was warm, loving, and had a caring spirit.  He loved children even though he did not have any of his own.

Bernard struggled with illness for many years, but he fought the good fight and finished the race, and kept the faith.  Bernard knew his time was nearing to leave his earthy tent; to be clothed with God’s heavenly tent.  He didn’t mind waiting on the Lord.  “God saw that the road was getting rough and the hills were  hard to climb”, He said come on home Bernie, you are resting in my bosom.  I imagine Bernard said, When I see Jesus, I’ll say Amen!   His favorite scripture was Psalm 23 and his favorite hymns were O’ Happy Day and Precious Lord Take My Hand.

Bernard is survived by: one brother, Sherwood Wigfall (Virginia); one sister, Faye Wigfall-Williams; and a host other relatives and friends.  In addition to his, parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Valerie Wigfall-Kellam.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Macedonia United Methodist Church in Dames Quarter, Maryland with a viewing one hour prior.  Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.

Deona Denise Sutton



Deona Denise “Sug” Sutton was granted her angel wings on August 6, 2016 at The John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where she was surrounded by family and friends. Deona was born on June 16, 1969 in Crisfield, Maryland. She was the daughter of Pamela Sutton.

Deona was educated in the Somerset County Public School System where she attended Crisfield High School in Crisfield and was a 1987 graduate. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she studied Business Administration. After working a host of various jobs, she then dedicated 18 years at Three Lower Counties. In 2015, she became a Supervising House Counselor at Somerset Community Services where she grew to love her clients as her very own. In January of 2016,  Deona accepted her latest position at The Somerset County Health Department as a Medical Care Program Associate. She was a hard worker and never complained about getting the job done.

Deona was a fun, loving, caring woman. She always made people smile. She loved interior decorating, gardening, cooking, and walking on the beach. She enjoyed family gatherings, especially family reunions Memorial and Labor Day weekends.  There was nothing she enjoyed more than spending time with her family. When you saw Suggie, her sister, Rhonda usually wasn’t far behind. In later years her greatest joy became taking care of her grandchildren, especially Melvin. Melvin was her first grandchild and as most people know the apple of her eye.

She leaves to cherish fond memories with two daughters, Dana and Destiny Sutton; three grandchildren, Melvin, Mauricio and Demi; her mother, Pamela Sutton; two sisters, Rhonda Sutton and Jennifer Rodgers; one brother, Antwine Teagle; her grandmother, Vera Sutton; two uncles, Filbert Ward, Jr. (Jeanne) and Elijah Sterling; two aunts, Cindy Sutton and Lucille Maddox; three nephews, Chris, Sean and Jordan; one niece, Rhyan; her godmother; Florence Hollomon; one goddaughter, Johnae Tilghman; her best friend, Debbie Terrell and a host of other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Oliver Sutton.

A funeral service will be held 1 PM Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Crisfield High School with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will also be held 6-8 PM Friday at John Wesley United Methodist in Marion Station. Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Crisfield.

Hilda McBride White

Hilda White

Hilda Elizabeth McBride-White, 96, of Oaksville, MD, departed this life to be with our God on, Tuesday July, 19 2016 at Aurora Senior Living of Manokin in Princess Anne, MD.  Born April, 22 1920, she was the daughter of the late Anthony J. and Harriet Corbin-McBride.

She is Survived by two sons: Johannas J. Hayward and H. Preston Hayward (Cora); two daughters, Isedora E. Hayward-Ballard and Elsie Bernice Hayward-Wright (Nicholas); many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orville White; four brothers and one sister.

A wake service will be held 6-8 PM Monday, July 25, 2016 at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Oaksville. Interment will be held 10 AM Tuesday at Oaksville Community Cemetery.

Shanell’e Moneat Forchion

Shanelle Forchion

Shanell’e Moneat Forchion, 29, of Savannah, Ga, formerly of Crisfield departed this life on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Born January 13, 1987, she was the daughter of the Lamont M. Forchion and Cynthia D. Williams.

Shanell’e was educated in Somerset County Public Schools; she was a 2005 graduate of Crisfield High School and a 2013 Pharmacy Technician graduate of Heritage Institute in Jacksonville, FL.

Shanell’e will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and outgoing personality. She loved family and family gatherings and was very spontaneous. She was a confidant to many; if she called you a friend she was there for you and would always speak the truth.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by one son, Jerimiah Forchion; one daughter, Alayysia Forchion; three brothers, Steven Johnson, Jr. (Tamara), Quavon Forchion and Daniel Spence; two sisters, Quintaya Forchion and Deborah Spence; paternal grandparents, William Ward and Bernice Forchion; nine uncles; twelve aunts and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Grafton Williams, Sr., Elizabeth Williams and Azineth Williams.


A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Highway Holiness Church in Crisfield.

Jyrah Xavier Brown

Jyrah Xavier Brown

Jyrah Brown of Salisbury, Maryland was born on June 5, 2009, and passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 30, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Jyrah attended Fruitland Primary School. His favorite items were his dump truck, pick-up truck, phonics apple and his educational activity table. He loved pulling the elastic string out of his sock. His favorite movie was Alvin and the Chipmunks, Madea, and Charlotte’s web. He loved the television show Little House on the Prairie and the morning news. His favorite songs were Pop goes the Weasel and “I love Jyrah” written by his mother, Tammy Brown. His favorite foods were macaroni and cheese, yogurt, cheese cubes, cheez-it crackers and nutri-grain bars.

Jyrah loved attending his day care “God’s Little Angels” and his school Fruitland Primary. In addition, Jyrah participated on the Special Olympics Basketball Team at his school.

Jyrah leaves cherished memories with his parents:  Henry P. Brown, Jr. and Tammy Brown;  his sister, Jennifer Brown; a maternal grandmother, Shirley Collins;  a paternal grandmother, Anna Mae Brown; a paternal grandfather,  Henry Phil Brown, Sr.; a maternal aunt, Signe Collins;  four paternal aunts, Cora Lee Brown, Lecia Rosario, Nina Creek and Marvina Brown;  three paternal uncles, David Brown, Mario Brown and Mark Brown;  a very special cousin,  Sharonne Tilghman, who was his first babysitter; a host of great uncles and aunts; godparents, Elder Eric and Robin Harmon; and a host of cousins.

A funeral service will be held 12:00 PM Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1401 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, Maryland.  A public viewing will be held from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at the church on Tuesday.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM.

Interment will be at Green Acres Memorial Park in Salisbury, Maryland.

Morris T. Doane


Morris T. Doane, 88, of Westover departed this life, Monday, July 4, 2016 at Aurora Senior Living of Manokin in Princess Anne, Maryland.  Born August 19, 1927, he was the son of the late John T. and Gertrude Miles-Doane.

Morris was educated in the Somerset County Public Schools.  He served briefly in the United States Army during World War II and was honorably discharged.  He was employed with the Maryland State Highway Administration for over forty years.  He also farmed the family land for many years, raising various crops and animals and sharing the bounty with family and friends.

Morris, a life-long member of John Wesley United Methodist Church, accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and gave support to the church whenever he was called upon.

He leaves to cherish his memory with: one sister, Emma Shreeves (Otha); one devoted niece, Elizabeth Holden, one devoted great niece, Sharon Holden; a very special friend, Darlene Dennis, who was like a daughter and her children who were like grandchildren; several nephews, other nieces, relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Raymond, Hewitt, Joseph, John and Milton Doane; five sisters, Marie Smith, Maggie Hitch, Virginia Doane, Lillian          Bogan and Gladys Collier.

A funeral service will be held 12:00 PM Saturday, July 9, 2016 at John Wesley United Methodist Church (Cottage Grove) in Westover, MD.  With a viewing one hour prior.

Interment will be held in the Church Cemetery.

Dorothy O. Miles-Morgan

Dorothy Morgan

Dorothy O. Morgan, 83, of Crisfield, Maryland departed this life on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield, Maryland.  Born May 28, 1933.  She was the daughter of the late Elijah Miles, Sr. and Blanche Boston-Miles.  She was raised by her sister the late Martha Crippen.

Dorothy was employed at Sherwin Williams (Rubberset) for many years until she retired.  She was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church for 17 years where she served as a Stewardess and on the Usher Board.  She supported her church duties.

Dorothy loved word search puzzles, watching basketball and golf.  Golf was her favorite sport, Tiger Woods was her favorite Golfer.

Dorothy was very devoted to her family.

She leaves to cherish precious memories with: her children,  Douglas Miles, Sr. (Sarah) of Dover, Delaware, Anthony Jackson (Crystal), Dalmus Miles, Maxine Taylor, Anne Steward (George, Jr.), all of Crisfield and      Veronica Morgan of Washington, DC; raised as a son, Douglas Miles, Jr.; raised as a daughter, Joverne Collins; 26 grandchildren; several great and great great grandchildren; one sister, Elnora Byrd; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Olan O. Morgan, Sr.; one son, Olan O. Morgan, Jr.; two daughters, Cynthia Miles and Tammy Jackson; four brothers, Oscar Miles, Elijah Miles, Jr., Josh Miles, and Marion Miles; four sisters, Martha Crippen, Ida Lester, Louise Miles and Helen Somers.

A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 9, 2016 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Crisfield.  With a viewing one hour prior.  A viewing will also be held 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday at the Church.

Interment will be at Hopewell Cemetery, Crisfield.

Lena Mae Tilghman-Weartherly

TilghmanLena Mae Tilghman-Weatherly, 89, of Princess Anne, departed this life Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at her residence. Born October 21, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Tilghman and Mary Fontaine.

She is survived by her daughter, Tanisha Thomas (William, Jr.), a devoted cousin Annette Maddox (Charles); two grandchildren, Matthew and Jonathan Holbrook; one great grandchild, Marcus and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Weatherly.

All services are private.

Sherrylee Victoria Wharton


Sherrylee Victoria Wharton, the beloved daughter of Jonathan (Jack) and Sarah Sedonia Wharton was born on March 15, 1958, and on June 9, 2016, it was God’s divine plan to call her home and end her earthly journey.

Sherrylee, affectionately called “Fluffy” by her close friends, attended the Public School System of Somerset County and was a graduate of Crisfield High School Class of 1977 and a Crisfield “Crabber” Cheerleader. After graduation she began her young employment at Billy C’s Seafood Company and later was employed at the Tawes Nursing Home in the Dietary Department and as a CNA. Sherrylee was also an employee of Sherwin Williams (Rubberset), where she gained the affection of many coworkers. Her true calling came in later years as a Food Service Worker at various restaurants. She will be remembered most of all to the McDonalds patrons who would ask for her beautiful smiling face and wait for her famous greeting, “Good Morning Sweetie.”

Sherrylee was a very friendly person. Her tiny presence could lighten up any room. You could hear her voice before you saw her and you could spot her a mile away by her signature “blonde” hair. Everyone loved to be around Sherry. Her love of life, thrill seeking, life of the party personality was adored by all. She was playful, fun loving and had an incredible sense of humor. Her smile was simply amazing. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Shiloh Church was the foundation of Sherrylee’s spirituality. She attended Shiloh throughout her childhood and into adulthood. She was on the choir and accepted Christ at a young age. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 51.

Sherrylee will be cherished by her devoted son, Matthew Hammock of Fruitland, MD, and will always be in the hearts of her two loving sisters, Joyce (Garry) Taylor of Salisbury, MD, and Valerie Sutton (Angelo) of Princess Anne, MD; four adoring nieces, Shawna, Ebony, Britny and Jodi; three nephews, Ryan, Jonathan and Joe’l; she will be missed by her childhood and lifelong friends, Bonnie Campbell-Whittington and Janice Gerald-Garcia. Two very supportive friends, Yolanda and Theresa, and one very special friend and confidant, Miss Viola Allen along with a host of cousins, other relatives and numerous friends.

Sherrylee was preceded in death by her parents, Jonathan and Sedonia Wharton; one son, Gavin Orlando Ames; one sister, Dena Maddox and her grandson, Marcus Hammock.

A memorial service will be held 1 PM Saturday, June 18, 2016 at The Woodrow Wilson Community Center in Crisfield.