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Thomas Raymond Hebb, 62

Passed On: 03/24/2007

Thomas Raymond Hebb, 62, of Leonardtown, MD died March 24, 2007 in St. Mary?s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born October 22, 1944 in Helen, MD, he was the son of the late John T. Hebb and Mary Frances Dyson Hebb. Raymond loved school and attended St. Joseph?s School in Morganza, MD until the 8th grade. He worked on the farm at home for a few years before working on Virgil H. Mast farm in Helen, MD. After many years of working on the Mast?s farm, he left and started working for the county. He spent 11 years working for the county, but had to retire due to his disabilities. After Raymond retired, he said ?I can?t sit I have to do something?, so Raymond went to work part-time for Wayne Mast on his farm. Raymond loved to played bingo and watch sports. His favorite sports teams were the Baltimore Orioles and the Baltimore Ravens. He leaves to cherish his sister, Sarah M. Roach of Lexington Park, MD, two brothers, William Lawrence Hebb of Clements, MD and Francis Aloysius Hebb of Loveville, MD, two sisters-in-law, Shirley Hebb and Alice Hebb, and brother-in-law, Nat Roach. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph M. Hebb, James Junior Hebb, and Bernard A. Hebb and two sisters, Margaret Theresa Hebb and Anna Mae Baker. Family will receive friends on Friday, March 30, 2007 from 9- 10:00 a.m. in St. Joseph?s Catholic Church, Morganza, MD, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Father Keith Woods will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Serving as pallbearers will be Wayne Mast, John Mast, Donald Russell, Richard Hebb, David Hebb, and Wayne Hebb. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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Ryan Simpson - Funeral Services

Passed On: 03/23/2007

Posted By: A. Dailey

Funeral Arrangements for Ryan SimpsonSaturday, March 24, 2007 Memorial Service, 7 p.m.Speakers (anyone) Grace Lutheran Church, La Plata (Presented and arranged by students.) Sunday, March 25 Viewing, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, La Plata Monday, March 26 Funeral Service10 a.m. Sacred Heart Church, La Plata Burial to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery

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Nancy Paige Smith

Passed On: 03/22/2007

Posted By: Marianne

Dr. Nancy Paige Smith died this morning, Wednesday March 21, at St. Mary's Hospital. Her children, Brenna and William, were at her bedside. Her funeral will be held at Trinity Church on Saturday, March 24th, at 11 a.m. There will be no viewing or visitation. Her children are particularly concerned that her former students are made aware of her passing and of the funeral arrangements.Nancy joined the faculty in the Department of Political Science at St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1981 and retired from full time teaching in 2006. Her 25 years of service to the college and community included her role as coordinator of the Public Policy major and mentor to many students considering careers in this field. She was also a fervent advocate of the environment who often organized college and community events to educate the community on environmental issues.

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Christopher Hayes

Passed On: 03/20/2007

Posted By: Marianne

It saddens us to announce Christopher "Darron" Hayes Jr., 36, of Leonardtown, MD died on March 14, 2007 in Lexington Park MD. Darron is survived by his wife Christa Marie and 4 children.The family will receive friends this evening on Monday, March 19 at the Mattingly Gardiner Funeral Home from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm with prayers being said at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 10:00 am in St. Aloysius Catholic Church with Fr. John Dakes officiating. Internment will be private.

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Belinda Gayle Porco, 55

Passed On: 03/19/2007

Belinda Gayle Porco of Mechanicsville, Maryland died at her home on Monday, March 19, 2007. She was 55 years old. Born November 29, 1951 in Weatherford, Texas, she was the daughter of Ruth and B. H. Haney Jr. of Weatherford, TX. She attended community college and worked as a Police Communications Officer in Florida and Texas. She enjoyed gardening and reading. She was preceded in death by a brother, Carroll Wynn Haney. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 25 years, Michael V. Porco; two loving pets. Funeral arrangements for Belinda are being held in Weatherford, Texas. Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of St. Mary?s, P.O. 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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John Albert Combs, 81

Passed On: 03/17/2007

John Albert ?Honey Boy? Combs, 81, of St. Inigoes, MD died March 17, 2007 in St. Mary?s Nursing Center, Leonardtown, MD. Born September 29, 1925 in Great Mills, MD, he was the son of the late Thomas Leonard Combs and Martha Mary Thomas Combs. He is survived by his two sisters, Teresa Combs and Veronica Combs Johnson. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Madeleine Agatha Combs and three siblings, Mary Noemi Thomas, Agatha Wildoner and Thomas Leonard Combs, Jr. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 22, 2007 from 10- 11:00 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD, with a Memorial Service conducted at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Joseph R. Sileo of Holy Face Church, Great Mills, MD will conduct the service. Inurnment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, in Great Mills, MD.

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James Wayne Barnes, 42

Passed On: 03/17/2007

James Wayne Barnes, 42, of Lexington Park, MD died March 17, 2007 in St. Mary?s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born November 19, 1964 in Bryantown, MD, he was the son of the late John Warren Barnes, Sr. and Mary Louise Barnes-Maddox. Wayne always had an award winning smile, enjoyed dancing, basketball, playing cards, pool and loved family times. Wayne was especially close and loving to his three girls and very proud of his grandchildren. Wayne was married to Belinda Barnes and out of that marriage came three beautiful daughters, Teia Lavett and Candace Teaira Bowman of Leonardtown, MD and Tye?Hearah Myeashia Barnes of Lexington Park, MD, four grandchildren; Jamaree Bowman, La?Tavia Berry, Derrick Day, Jr. and James Berry, Jr., six sisters; Alice Christine Fenwick of Lexington Park, MD, Louise Marie Edelen of Leonardtown, MD, Mary Dorothy Fenwick of Barlett, TN, Shirley Ann Barnett of Great Mills, MD, Barbara Jean Chase of District Heights, MD, Agnes Loretta Jones of Great Mills, MD, three brothers; John Warren Barnes, Jr. of Kileen, TX, Joseph Wade Barnes and William Edward Barnes of Lexington Park, MD, three brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, many cousins and friends, and longtime friend, Sheryl Ball. Special thanks to Stacey Stewart. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Catherine Veronica Milburn Ronnie and special nephew, John Howard Watson Junior. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 23, 2007 from 10- 11:00 a.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Lexington Park, MD, with A Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Father Jack Kennealy will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Jerome Dorsey, Jeffrey Lee, Fitzgerald Gordon, William Lawrence, Francis Chase, and James Barnes. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Banks, Gregory Jones, Sr., James Young, and Thomas Baker. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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Boston Dean Taylor, 0

Passed On: 03/17/2007

Boston Dean Taylor, of Mechanicsville, MD, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Saturday, March 17, 2007. Born January 16, 2007 in Leonardtown, MD he was the infant son of James Patrick, II and Andrea Denean Brady Taylor of Mechanicsville, MD. Boston is also survived by two brothers, Christian Michael Taylor and Dockery James Taylor both of Mechanicsville, MD, paternal grandparents James P., Sr. and Maureen Holson Taylor of Owings, MD, maternal grandparents Dennis M. and Mary Frazier Brady of Waldorf, MD, paternal great-grandparents Philip M. and Mary Ellen Taylor of Lothian, MD, James E. and Patricia A. Holson of Bethany Beach, DE, maternal great-grandmother Mary Louise Frazier of Edgewater, MD and the late Dean Frazier. Family will receive friends on Thursday, March 22, 2007 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hughesville Baptist Church Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD with interment in Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, MD.

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Geraldine Belle Grace, 61

Passed On: 03/17/2007

Geraldine Belle Grace, 61 of Charlotte Hall, MD died on March 17, 2007 at St. Mary?s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born September 15, 1945 in Shreveport, Louisiana, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Viola M. Smith Sherman. She has resided in this area for 50 years. She was a Nurse. Survived by her children, Peri C. Holt of Charlotte Hall, MD, Thomas D. Cunlif Grace of Indian Head, MD, and Gillian A. Dale Grace of Mechanicsville, MD, sister, Belle Weimar, and three grandchildren, Holly A. Holt of Charlotte Hall, MD, Jacob D. Grace of Indian Head, MD, and Magena R. Grace of Mechanicsville, MD. Service & Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 833 Veterans Hwy., Suite 102-B, Millersville, MD 21108. Arrangements handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., Charlotte Hall, MD.

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Winifred Carroll, 48

Passed On: 03/16/2007

Prayers at 7PMWinifred Carroll, 87, of Brandywine, Maryland died Friday, March 16, 2007 at the Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood, West Virginia. Visitation on Thursday, March 22, 2007 from 2PM to 4PM and from 6PM to 8PM with Prayers at 7PM at the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. 30195 Three Notch Road Charlotte Hall, Maryland where Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 11AM. Interment to follow at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, Maryland.

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Roy Mendell Taylor, 57

Passed On: 03/15/2007

Roy Mendell Taylor, 57, of Mechanicsville, MD died of lung cancer on March 15, 2007 at his home surrounded by his family. Born June 11, 1949 in Nashville, TN, he was the son of the late Johnnie Zebedee Taylor and Olivia Eudora Gentry Taylor. He was the youngest of three children. He graduated from East Nashville Senior High School in 1967 and joined the Air Force on August 28, 1967. He served four years as an Aircraft Mechanic, stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War. In 1975, Roy received his aerospace engineering degree from Saint Louis University, Parks College. Roy started working for Naval Air Test Center in July of 1975, where he met his wife Leslie Durst, whom he married on June 14, 1986 in Leon, WV. Roy recently retired after 31 years of government service at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and pursued a second career with Dynamics Research Corporation. He is survived by his wife of 20+ years, Leslie D. Taylor, four children; Michael Roy of Alexandria, VA, Philip Anthony of Salisbury, MD, Anthony David of Mechanicsville, MD, and Beverly Lauren of Mechanicsville, MD, a sister Lenora Jean Taylor Napier of Nashville, TN, a brother, John Robert Taylor and his wife Margaret of Nampa, Idaho, and three grandchildren, Charity, Tristen and Ian Taylor of Nashville, TN. He will be sadly missed by his other relatives, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Hilton Napier. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 18, 2007 from 3-5:00 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD. A Christian Funeral Service will be conducted on Monday, March 19, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Laurel Grove, MD. Reverend Phil Ayers will conduct the service. Interment will be at Creston United Methodist Church Cemetery in Evans, WV. Memorial contributions may be made to the O.P.I.S. Unit, St. Mary?s Hospital, P.O. Box 527, Leonardtown, MD 20650, HOSPICE of St. Mary?s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, or Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 27108 Mt. Zion Church Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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Virginia Gupton Rushton, 90

Passed On: 03/15/2007

Virginia Gupton Rushton, 90, of Nanjemoy, MD. died March 15, 2007, at her home. Mrs. Rushton was retired from the Department of the Navy as a Fiscal Accounting Director. Born August 14, 1916, in Edgecomb, N.C., she is predeceased by her parents Norman Lewis Gupton and Lilly Hoyle Gupton and her husband William D. Rushton. She is also pre-deceased by her sisters; Evelyn Gupton Turner, Dorothy Gupton Williams, brother; Norman Lewis Gupton, Jr., and a grandchild; Debra Lee Robey. She is survived by her daughter, Lorraine Collins Northern of Spotsylvania, VA., granddaughter; Callie E. Henry of Reedville, VA., and 5 great-grandchildren. She was a member of Christ Church Durham Parish in Ironsides, MD. Where she served on the Vestry for 12 years and as the Treasurer for 9 years. She attended different Universities for a business and accounting degree. She graduated as a member of the George Washington University and is an alumnus. She also completed courses in Computer Science, Programming and the use of Computers for management. She led a fascinating career. She did trouble shooting and resolved fiscal problems around the world. She received various awards for her work through out her career. The award that was dearest to her heart was the Meritorious Service Award which was presented to her by Admiral J. Johnson on April 23, 1979. Mrs. Rushton was a past member of the Military Comptroller Association. The past President of the Navy Recreation Association, a member of the Democratic National, Congressional Committee, a member of the Maryland Democratic Club, a civilian member of the Maryland Troopers Association and a past member of the Charles County Children?s Aide Society. She also supported various civic and charitable organizations and was a member of the National Association for Retired Federal Employees. Contributions can be made to the Durham Church Memorial Fund.

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James Edward Duncan, 83

Passed On: 03/15/2007

James Edward Duncan formerly of Fayetteville, North Carolina, who resided at Mechanicsville, Maryland died March 15, 2007 at the Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was 83 years old. Born on October 28, 1923 in Culpepper, Virginia to Mary Alice Mills and Charles Duncan. He was a retired construction worker. He was the husband of fifty years to the late Mary Irene Duncan; loving father of James R. Duncan, Cherie I. Duncan and Dorothy L. Duncan; grandfather of Donness Ousley, Thurman Dunstan, Chernalle Jackson and Terrell Jackson. Visitation on Monday, March 19, 2007 from 6PM to 8PM at the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. 30195 Three Notch Road Charlotte Hall, Maryland where Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 11AM. Interment to follow at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown, Maryland.

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Carlton Irving Shipe, 75

Passed On: 03/15/2007

Carlton Irving Shipe of Mechanicsville, Maryland died March 15, 2007 at the St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Maryland. He was 75 years old. Born on May 2, 1931 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Audrey Ruth and Herbert Franklin Shipe. Mr. Shipe served in the U. S. Navy and was a Painter by trade. He enjoyed working in the yard and cars. In addition to his parents, Mr. Shipe was preceded in death by his sister Juanita Bourdelais; brothers Raymond Shipe and James Shipe. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Gladys M. Shipe; sisters Marie Bullis and Mabel Gleason. Family to receive friends on Sunday, March 18, 2007 from 2PM to 4PM at the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. 30195 Three Notch Road Charlotte Hall, Maryland. Service and Interment will be private.

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Terry Lee Keys, 50

Passed On: 03/13/2007

The Reverend Peter Alliata to officate.Terry Lee Keys of Mechanicsville, Maryland died Monday, March 12, 2007 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She was 50 years old. Funeral Mass will be offered on Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 6PM at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 28297 Old Village Road Mechanicsville, Maryland. Family and friends to gather immediately following the Mass. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society P. O. Box 1032 Lexington Park, MD 20653 or to Johns Hopkins Hospital 600 North Wolfe Street Baltimore, Maryland 21287-9275.

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Kyong Soon Jackson, 58

Passed On: 03/12/2007

Kyong Soon Jackson, 58, of Waldorf died March 12, 2007, at her home. Mrs. Jackson was a homemaker. Born May 20, 1948, in South Korea, she was the daughter of the late Mong Ku Chin and the late Chea Chin. She is survived by her husband, St. Clair Jackson of Waldorf; son, Raymond Jackson; and sisters, Young Jameson, Elena Chin and Jeanie Hazel. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samritan Presbyterian Church, P.O. Boxd 925, Waldorf, MD. 20604

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Mary Ramsden, 97

Passed On: 03/11/2007

Maria ?Mary? Ramsden, 97, of Sandgates, MD, formerly of Philadelphia, PA, died March 11, 2007 in St. Mary?s Nursing Center, Leonardtown, MD. Born July 9, 1909 in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sophia Zeleny. She attended Aimwell Quaker School in Philadelphia, PA. In 1925 she married Milton H. Ramsden and raised four children. She was a homemaker, devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother who enjoyed caring for her family and others. She never met a stranger and had a kind word for all. She had many talents such as cooking, baking, crocheting, counted cross-stitch, loved cross word puzzles and bingo at Hollywood Firehouse. She was an expert seamstress. She enjoyed watching the Phillies and the Orioles play ball. She looked forward to her daily game shows, where she was quick to answer the questions. In addition to listening to classic county music and her favorite hymns, she took great pleasure in singing with the grandchildren and teaching them acts of kindness and about God. Mary was a good Christian woman who loved the Lord and enjoyed reading her Bible. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her loving daughter, Marian K. Hayes of Sandgates, MD, seven grandchildren; Diane J. McAndrews of Philadelphia, PA, Rick A. Hayes of Sandgates, MD, Janet Ramsden of North Miami Brach, FL, Russell A. Hayes of Sandgates, MD, Robin M. Knodle of Waldorf, MD, Rita A. Peeling of Solomons, MD and April L. Spence of Waldorf, MD, 13 great-grandchildren; Karen M. Snowden of Philadelphia, PA, Brian E. McAndrews of Washington, DC, Laura A. Morris of Philadelphia, PA, Jason E. Ramsden of North Miami, FL, Katie L. Madison of Sandgates, MD, Kayla L. Markel of Solomons, MD, Krystal Knodle of Waldorf, MD, Mandy Knodle of Waldorf, MD, Stephanie Tippett of Sandgates, MD, Natalie Tippett Hayes of Sandgates, MD, Kobe R. Hayes of Sandgates, MD, Deandre S. Beverly of Waldorf, MD, Raymond Defour of Leonardtown, MD, two step- grandsons; Adam F. Peeling and Tanner L. Peeling, four great-great grandchildren; Kaylin McAndrews, Karlie B. Madison, soon-to-be Baby girl Beverly and Baby boy Morris, and loving son-in-law, David L. Spence of Waldorf, MD. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by three children; James E. Ramsden, Joan S. Cruesmire, and Ruth A. Spence, grandson, Allen Guilds, granddaughter, Joyce Ramsden, and son-in-law, Richard A. Hayes, Jr. All services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 7, Hollywood, MD 20636 and/or American Red Cross, Southern Maryland Chapter, P.O. Box 507, LaPlata, MD 20646. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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Alberta C. O'Connor, 92

Passed On: 03/11/2007

Alberta C. O?Connor of Lusby, Maryland died Sunday, March 11, 2007 at the Bayside Nursing Center in Lexington Park, Maryland. She was 92 years old. Born on April 24, 1914 in Washington, DC she is the daughter of the late Catherine E. and the late William G. Carr. In her earlier years, she worked and retired from the Census Bureau as an Administrative Assistant. She loved her pet dogs, including a poodle and golden retriever, riding horses with her husband the late Mickey O?Connor who was a trick horse rider, bowling that?s where she met Mickey, planting and growing flowers. Mrs. O?Connor had a real zest for life and was known to be the life of the party. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 from 6PM to 8PM with Services at 7PM with the Reverend Joseph Dobson officiating, at the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. 30195 Three Notch Road Charlotte Hall, Maryland 20622. Service and Interment 11AM Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at Trinity Memorial Gardens Mattawoman-Beantown Road in Waldorf, Maryland everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:45AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer?s Association P. O. Box 1889 La Plata, MD 20646 or to the Hospice of St. Mary?s P. O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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Donald Edward Goldsmith Sr., 73

Passed On: 03/08/2007

Prayer Service at 5:30PMDonald Edward Goldsmith Sr., 73, of Hughesville, Maryland died on March 8, 2007 at his home. He was a life-long Charles County resident, farmer and a devoted member of St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Bryantown. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks and the Moose and enjoyed auctions and collecting. Born September 18, 1933 in Benedict, Maryland, he was the son of the late E. Garfield Goldsmith and the late Mary Martha Goldsmith. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara Costello Goldsmith; sons, Donald Jr., Lawrence, Bruce, David and Joseph Goldsmith; daughter Janet Lee Gardiner; daughters-in-law Vicki, Lori, Sandy and Terri; son-in-law Allen Gardiner; grandchildren Brian and Chris Gardiner, Danny, Eric, Lori, Michael, Laura, Patrick, Angela, Kelly, Amy, Joseph Jr., Steven and Kristen Goldsmith; step-grandchildren Cory and Michael Bond, Michelle Haley, Monica and Mitchell Guyton; great grandsons Kyle Gardiner and Joseph Goldsmith III; step-great granddaughters Rachel and Abigail Bond and Rachel Haley; sisters Doris Montgomery, Audrey Clements, Jeannette Schedel and Geraldine Usery; brother Garfield Goldsmith. Visitation on Sunday, March 11, 2007 from 4PM to 7PM with Prayer Service at 5:30PM at the St. Mary?s Catholic Church 13175 Notre Dame Place Bryantown, Maryland where Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, March 12, 2007 at 10AM. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mr. Goldsmith?s grandsons and Honorary Pallbearers will be Mr. Goldsmith?s granddaughters. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Charles County P. O. Box 1703 La Plata, Maryland 20646.

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John Linwood Nelson, 85

Passed On: 03/08/2007

John Linwood Nelson, 85 of Scotland, MD died March 8, 2007 at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He was born May 12, 1921 in Ridge, MD to the late John Carter Nelson and Sabrie Moore Nelson. Serving in the U.S. Army from 1940 through 1945, he was a combat infantryman during WWII and attained the final rank of Staff Sergeant. Among his decorations are the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and a Presidential Unit Citation that he earned while serving with the 37th Infantry Division during the Battle of Manilla. He lived and worked in Washington, DC and Rockville, MD before opening his own business, Ridge Texaco Service in 1961, which he owned and operated until he retired in 1986. He is survived by his children; Roberta N. Reeves of Lusby, MD, Michael L. Nelson Gerrie of Vienna, VA and John E. ?Ric? Nelson Mary of Reston, VA, five grandchildren; Jessica Porter Conor, Ben Reeves, Josh Nelson, Jeremy Nelson and Anthony Nelson, great-granddaughter, Anna Victoria Porter and brother, Harry C. Wright Lucille of Ridge, MD. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Victoria Coccia Nelson, sister, Betty Stein and brothers, Roger, Louis and Ralph Messick. There will be a gathering of friends on Thursday, March 15, 2007 at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 from 5 ? 8 p.m. with a Memorial Service starting at 7:00 p.m. Reverend Eamon Dignan will officiate. Interment will be private. In memory of John Linwood Nelson memorial contributions may be made to Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 520, Ridge, MD 20680 and/or St. Michael?s Catholic Church and School, P.O. Box 429, Ridge, MD 20680. Arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Condolences to the family may be left at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com .

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