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Joann Lore Kersey, 81, Solomons, MD

81, Solomons, MD

Born: 08/07/1932, Passed On: 04/18/2014

Joann Lore Kersey, 81, Solomons, MDJoann Lore Kersey, of Solomons, MD passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 18, 2014.

She is preceded in death by her son Joseph Lore Kersey and her husband Alton of 59 years.

She was raised in Solomons and graduated from Calvert County High School in 1949 and went on to graduate from the College of William and Mary in 1953. While at college she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority and the Order of the White Jacket. It was in college that she met her beloved Alton and later bought him to Solomons where they had a wonderful life together. Immediately out of school Joann taught in public schools in Newport News, Virginia. She later lived the life of an Army bride for two years and came back to Solomons with her new family. Joann owned and operated the boat ramp located on Solomons Island for many summers as she enjoyed the people and sunshine.

Joann started the Sandpiper Shop as a co-owner and eventually became the sole owner of two shops including the ice cream shop on the boardwalk that her husband personally built for her. She loved meeting new people and enjoyed seeing familiar faces every day while working in her shops. She always had a smile on her face and a great sense of humor.

Joann leaves behind two daughters, Clare (Tim) Chisholm and Melissa (Mike) McCormick and a daughter in law Shirley Kersey as well as grand children. She leaves behind many cousins and relatives that she held very near and dear to her heart. Joann also leaves behind many lifelong friends and her companions Casey and Jack.

The family will receive friends on Monday, April 21, from 5-7 PM at the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., 20 American Ln., Lusby, MD. A service celebrating her life will be held on Tuesday April 22, 11:00 AM at Middleham Chapel Episcopal Parrish in the Great Hall, 10210 H. G. Trueman Rd., Lusby, MD, with Father David Showers officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Middleham/St. Peter's Parish, P. O. Box 277, Lusby, MD 20657. For more information or to leave condolences please visit www.rauschfuneralhomes.com.

Angela Noel Dorsey, 35

Passed On: 04/17/2014

Life Celebration ServiceViewing / Life CelebrationObituary to appear later.

Patricia Ann Barnes, 85

Passed On: 04/16/2014

Pending

Marion Wood Gatton, 81

Passed On: 04/16/2014

Mass of Christian BurialLife Celebration with prayers recited at 7:00 p.m.

Katrina Louise Owens , 43

Passed On: 04/16/2014

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel Leonardtown, MD with Father Charles Cortinovis officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown. MD. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home chapel.

Helen Marie Cronin, 93

Passed On: 04/15/2014

A Mass of Christian BurialFamily will receive friendsHelen Marie Cronin, 93 of Lexington Park, MD died April 15, 2014 at The Hermitage St. John's Creek in Solomons, MD.

Born July 1, 1920 in Providence, RI, she was the daughter of the late Thomas P. Doherty and Catherine Keough Doherty.

In 1942, Helen graduated from St. Joseph's Hospital, School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. She worked until her retirement in July 1979 as a registered nurse at Jane Brown Memorial Hospital in Providence, RI and St. Joseph's Hospital. On May 18, 1946, she married her late husband, Thomas Henry Cronin, at St. Matthews Church in Cranston, RI. Together they spent 53 wonderful years of marriage together, until his passing in 1999. Her hobbies included knitting, crafting, baking and shopping. She was dedicated to helping others, and donated many hours to her church and helping her neighbors and friends. She also travelled extensively, including many weekend road trips to New Hampshire, a cruise to Aruba and touring Ireland. She was a member of St. Matthew Leisure Club, St. Matthews Catholic Church and St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Kathleen E. Blanchette (Paul) of Lexington Park, MD; her sisters, Florence L. Murray of Cumberland, RI and Rita M. Quinn of Cranston, RI; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family. In addition to her and husband she is also preceded in death by her siblings, Thomas P. Doherty, Jr. and Catherine R. Weston.

Family will receive friends on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Cranston, RI. Interment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, RI.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Calvert County, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 and St. Mary's College of Maryland Foundation, Inc., c/o Paul Blanchette Chemistry Scholarship, 18952 East Fisher Road, St. Mary's City, MD 20686-9988.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Earl Sylvester (Bobby) Douglas, 59, Lexington Park, MD

59, Lexington Park, MD

Born: 03/31/1955, Passed On: 04/13/2014

Earl Sylvester (Bobby) Douglas, 59, Lexington Park, MDEarl Sylvester Douglas (Bobby) 59, of Lexington Park, Maryland, departed this life to glory early Sunday morning, April 13, 2014, after a brief illness.

Bobby was born March 31, 1955, in Washington, D.C., to Mary T. and the late Earl Douglas. He was the second of five children.

Bobby attended school in St. Mary's County, graduating in 1973 from Chopticon High School. After graduation, he joined the U. S. Federal Energy Regulation Commission, where he retired in 2010 after 37 years.

Bobby was known for his various hobbies, especially taking pictures, watching old movies, shopping and traveling. He had a great passion for computers, bowling and horseracing. He also loved someone driving him around (Driving Mr. Bobby). Bobby was a big fan of the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Wizards.

Bobby leaves behind to cherish his memory his mother, Mary T. Douglas; one sister, Cynthia Douglas of Temple Hills, MD; three brothers, Minister Mark S. Douglas (Mildred) of Waldorf, MD; Deacon Kenneth Douglas (Marjorie) of Temple, TX and Ricardo Douglas (Brenda) of Mechanicsville, MD, eleven nieces and nephews, eight great nieces and nephews, his aunt, Frances Dent; a special cousin and friend, Elder Jeff and Missionary Lucinda Johnson and a host of cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and his nephew, Climie Douglas.

Family will unite with friends on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 for visitation at 10:00 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 28297 Old Village Rd., Mechanicsville, MD. Interment to follow at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD.

Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD.

Pearl Patricia "Pat" Thompson , 78

Passed On: 04/13/2014

Pearl  Patricia "Pat" Thompson , 78 A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Daniel Moore officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Memorial Gardens Waldorf, MD. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 16, 2004 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD. Pearl Patricia Thompson, 78, of Mechanicsville passed away Sunday, April, 13, 2013 at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland. Born on March, 31, 1936 in Washington D.C., she was the daughter of the late John Everett Winfield and Doris Chester Winfield. She is preceded in death by her husband John W. Thompson, and her brother Phillip Winfield. She is survived by two sons, Larry A. Thompson of Alexandria, Va., and John W. Thompson, Jr. (Linda) of La Plata, Md., and one daughter Sharon O'Rourke (Greg) of Glenwood, Md. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Crystal Barrett (James), Meghanne Thompson, Malarie Hill (Alan), Sydney and Brandon O'Rourke, and 8 great grand children. "Pat," or "Miss Pearl" as she was later called, was a member of Lodge 498 of the Loyal Order of the Moose. She enjoyed spending time with her family, clogging and square dancing, and was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins and Washington Redskins Marching Band. The family will receive friends at the Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM. A Funeral Services were held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the funeral home chapel with Rev Daniel Moore officiating. Interment followed in Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf. Pallbearers were Larry A. Thompson, John W. Thompson Jr., Greg O'Rourke, Alan Hill, Kenny Dickerson, and Eddie Taylor. Honorary Pallbearer was Brandon O'Rourke.

Preston Joseph Downs, 82

Passed On: 04/13/2014

Preston Joseph Downs, 82A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Mechanicsville, MD with Fr. Michael Tietjen officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Memorial Gardens Waldorf, MD.The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home chapel with prayers recited at 7:00 PM.Preston Joseph Downs,"Freeze" 82, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away on April 13, 2014 in Leonardtown, MD. He was the loving son of the late Floyd and Adelle Downs. Preston was the loving husband of the late Mary Emma Downs, whom he married in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mechanicsville, MD on November 21, 1957, and who preceded him in death on March 20, 1975. He is also preceded in death by a brother Robert (Bobby) Downs. Preston is survived by his children; Jerry Downs, Emma Raley (Wayne), Herman Downs, (Deana), Kathy Downs, Preston Downs, Jr., (Joyce), Lee Downs, (Faye), Ronnie Downs (Sharon) all of Mechanicsville, MD and Diane Derrick (Ronnie) of South Carolina. 14 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, siblings: James (Bugs) Downs of Clements, MD, Helen Faunce, Jean Downs, & Leonard Downs all of Mechanicsville, MD. Preston attended Margaret Brent and was a lifelong resident of St. Mary's County, MD. He enjoyed his lifetime career as an auto mechanic. Preston enjoyed crabbing, making crab pots and especially eating the crabs. He enjoyed listing to his old country music; his favorites were Earnest Tub, Hank Williams, George Jones, and Johnny Cash. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his loving family. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Mechanicsville, MD with Father Michael Tietjen officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Memorial Gardens Waldorf, MD. Pallbearers: Kyle Downs, Corey Downs, Michael Raley, Robert Derrick, Jason Derrick, and Dale Downs. Honorary Pallbearers: Brandon Long, B.J. Lyon, Jenny Reeder, Katina Nelson, Deana Downs, Megan Lyon, Amy Dunbar, Chrissy Thomas, April Phipps, Ashley Payne, Heather Derrick and Melissa Long. Contributions may be made to the Mechanicsville Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box 15 Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

Peggy Ann Bartlett, 76

Passed On: 04/13/2014

Funeral ServiceLife Celebration with Prayers Recited at 7:00 p.m.Peggy Ann Barlett, 76 of Hollywood, MD died April 13, 2014 at Hospice House of St. Mary's in Callaway, MD.

Born March 1, 1938 in Alcoa, TN, she was the daughter of the late Freeman Aneli Billings and Maggie Elizabeth Baker Billings.

Peggy was a bookkeeper for Dan Rawlings Accounting until her retirement in 2002. She also spent many years working for furniture companies as their bookkeeper. She was an exceptional cook and baker. She also enjoyed flower gardening.

In addition to her beloved husband, Robert Bartlett, Peggy is also survived by her granddaughter, Karen Lynn Dale; and her great-grandchildren, Alec B. Dale, Warren T. Dale, Destiney S. Dale, and Mia Lynn Hobbs. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her daughters, Karen Lee Bartlett and Robin Lynn Bartlett; and her sisters, Marjorie Brown and Glada Collins.

Family will receive friends for Peggy's Life Celebration on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with prayers recited at 7 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20636. A Funeral Service will be officiated by Reverend Wietzke on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. Interment will follow at Charles Memorial Gardens.

Serving as pallbearers will be William R. Hobbs, William A. Thompson, Robert Thompson, Sr., and Robert Thompson, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Alec B. Dale, Warren T. Dale, Destiney S. Dale, and Mia Lynn Hobbs.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Shirley Joy Kovich, 72

Passed On: 04/13/2014

Memorial ServiceLife CelebrationShirley Ann (Joy) Kovich, 72, of Ridge, MD passed away on April 13, 2014 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

Born on February 28, 1942, in Ridge, MD she was the daughter of Michael Love Joy and Mary Magdalen (Gatton) Joy.

Shirley recently retired from the Archdiocese of Washington having worked at St. Michaels Parish in Ridge for the past 38 years as the parish administrator. She took great pride in receiving the Archdiocese of Washington Medal of Merit for her faithful service to Catholic education for over 38 years. Prior to that she taught elementary education at Little Flower School in Great Mills and Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes at St. Michaels.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, John Kovich Jr, and spent 25 of those years as a devoted U. S. Navy wife. In addition to her husband she also had two children; John Michael Kovich (Kristi) of Lexington Park and Carol Kovich Woodard (Donny) of Charlotte, North Carolina as well as 4 grandsons; Nick, Kyle, Corey and Brandon.

In addition to her husband, children and grandchildren she is survived by her sister Mary Catherine (Joy) Abell of Valley Lee and two brothers; Joseph Michael "Puggy" Joy of Ridge and Larry Thomas Joy of LaPlata, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She cherished time spent with family and friends and enjoyed volunteering in the community, especially her many years of dedication serving St Michaels School. She enjoyed making trips to Dover and Atlantic City with "Big John" and spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren watching them pursue their academic and athletic goals.

The family will receive friends for Shirley's celebration of life and visitation on Saturday, April 26 from 10-11a.m. at St Michaels Church in Ridge, Md. with Mass starting at 11:00 a.m. Fellowship will follow the services in St Michaels School Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the Archangel Scholarship Foundation (ASF) courtesy of St. Michaels School, P.O. Box 259, Ridge, Md. 20680.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Neil Edwin Clark, 74

Passed On: 04/13/2014

Pending

Francis McQuire Herbert, 66, Avenue, MD

66, Avenue, MD

Born: 07/17/1947, Passed On: 04/12/2014

Francis McQuire Herbert, 66, Avenue, MDFrancis McQuire Herbert, 66 of Avenue, MD, departed this life peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on April 12, 2014. Francis was born on July 17, 1947 in Leonardtown, MD, to the late Joseph Harry and Martha Katherine Herbert.

Francis was baptized in the Catholic faith. He was a life-long parishioner of Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, MD. Francis received his early education in the St. Mary's County Public School System. He started his employment as a construction worker and later became a fisherman, until his declining health no longer allowed him to work.

Francis loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed watching the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Redskins.
Francis leaves to cherish his memory one daughter, Cheryl Lyles; one son-in-law, Archie Lyles; one grandson, Jonathan Lyles; one granddaughter, Ashley Lyles; six brothers, Joseph "FEZ" Herbert (Catherine), Ronnie Herbert (Vivian), David Herbert (Linda), Melvin Herbert (Ann), Robert Bernard Herbert and John Butler; two sisters, Catherine "Ann" Butler and Agnes "Sissy" Yates; two special friends, Celeste Jones and William Armstrong and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Family and friends will unite on Monday, April 21, 2014 for visitation at 10:00 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 21340 Colton's Point Road, Avenue, MD. Interment to follow at Sacred Heart Church Cemetery, Bushwood, MD.

Jose Tavera , 81

Passed On: 04/12/2014

Jose   Tavera , 81A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM in Hollywood United Methodist Church Hollywood, MD with Rev. Sheldon Reese officiating. Interment will follow in Joy Chapel Cemetery Hollywood, MD.The Family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home chapel with prayers recited at 7:00 PM.Jose Ulises Tavera, 81, of Hollywood, MD passed away at his residence on April 12, 2014 in Hollywood, MD. Born on May 8, 1932 in Chaparral Columbia, South America, he was the loving son of the late Pedro and Ernestine Tavera. Jose was the loving husband of Dianne Insley Tavera whom he married in Baltimore, MD on March 27, 1965. Joes is survived by his children: Anthony Tavera (Joann) of Woodbine, MD, Wesley Tavera (Michelle) of Columbia, MD, Mark Tavera and Maria Wolcott (Dennis) both of Hollywood, MD, and 5 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Hugo Tavera and Norha Tavera. Jose graduated from Chaparral high school in 1950, was a member of the Columbian Navy for 20 years retiring as Chief Petty Officer, in 1968. He and moved from Cartagena, Columbia in 1968 to St. Mary's County. He worked as a Print Room Supervisor for PEPCO in Washington, DC, for 20 years, retiring in June, 2001. He also worked for 15 years at Stuart Petroleum in Piney Point, MD. He was a man of courage who left the comforts of his native county to follow his wife to hers. He will be remembered for his love of his wife and children. The family received friends on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Hollywood United Methodist Church Hollywood, MD with Rev. Sheldon Reese officiating. Interment followed at Joy Chapel Cemetery Hollywood, MD. Pallbearers: Anthony Tavera, Seth Tavera, Harold Insley, Maric Tavera, Wesley Tavera, and Donald Insley.

Judy Ann Evans, 62

Passed On: 04/12/2014

Pending

Barbara Elizabeth Montgomery , 79

Passed On: 04/11/2014

Barbara  Elizabeth  Montgomery , 79A Funeral Service will be held at a later date.Barbara Elizabeth "Peggy" Montgomery, 79, of Hollywood, MD passed away on April 11, 2014 in Leonardtown, MD. Born on April 24, 1934 in Leonardtown, MD, she was the loving daughter of the late John I. and Annie M. Dorsey. Barbara was the loving wife of the late William John Montgomery (Moe) whom she married in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Lexington Park, MD on February 23, 1962, and whom preceded her in death on March 9, 2003. Barbara is survived by her daughter Sheryl Montgomery (Daniel) of Leonardtown, MD, 3 grandchildren; Kelly Lowe, Charles D. Clements and Hannah E. Clements. Siblings; Evelyn Armsworthy of California, MD, Grace T. Davis and Joseph P. Dorsey both of Hollywood, MD. She was preceded in death by her siblings; Mary M. Abell, Catherine V. Dixon, William W. Dorsey, half Brother Elbert Dorsey and Half Brother Ignatious Redmond. Barbara was a lifelong resident of St. Mary's County, MD and graduated from Great Mills High School. She worked bartending with her sister Kitty at the Clover Inn, Hollywood, MD and in 1962 left to be a homemaker and mother. Barbara liked to play cards, watch football with the family, and loved her cats and dogs. She enjoyed holidays at her sister in laws home with the family.

Donald Gunby Keeton, 90

Passed On: 04/11/2014

Graveside ServiceDonald Gunby Keeton, 90, of Colonial Beach, VA and formerly of Benedict, MD passed away on April 11, 2014 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA.

He was born on July 17, 1923 in Arkansas to the late James Franklin Keeton and the late Hellen McHenry.

Donald served with the Air force during WWII. Later he became a supervisor in the meat department at Giant Foods, where he supervised 30 to 40 stores. Donald enjoyed fishing and gardening. He traveled back yearly to Arkansas, Kentucky, and Florida to visit family.

In addition to his parents, Donald was predeceased by his wife, Jane B. (Brown) Keeton, in year 2000; three brothers; and two sisters.

Donald is survived by his two sons, Randy Keeton and Steve Keeton; and his three grandchildren, Kalab, Justin, and J. Jr.

A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Trinity Memorial Gardens, 3221 Mattawoman-Beantown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601. Rev. James Chance will officiate. Arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622.

James "Jim" Francis Harrell, Sr., 65, Dowell, MD

65, Dowell, MD

Born: 09/09/1948, Passed On: 04/10/2014

James "Jim" Francis Harrell, Sr., 65, Dowell, MDJames "Jim" Francis Harrell, Sr., 65 of Dowell, MD passed away on April 10, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on September 9, 1948 in Washington, D. C. to Mattie Magdalene Carey Harrell and the late Francis Elmer Harrell.

Jim graduated from Suitland High School, Suitland, MD. He was employed by R & R Fabricators of Prince Frederick, MD as a truck driver until his retirement in 2012.

Jim is survived by his children, James F. Harrell, Jr. of Lusby, MD; Amanda L. Randall of Great Mills, MD; Krysta R. Harrell of Huntingtown, MD; Heather Neese of North Beach, MD; Lisa Tucker and Jamie Harrell both of Baltimore, MD and fifteen grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father Francis Elmer Harrell.

A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD 20657 with Dr. Svetlana Papazov officiating. Interment will be private. The family request memorial contributions to be made in Jim's memory to Calvert Hospice, P. O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Donations are encouraged online at www.calverthospice.org."; For more information or to leave condolences please visit www.rauschfuneralhomes.com.

June O'Day Porter, 74, Ridge, MD

74, Ridge, MD

Born: 07/31/1939, Passed On: 04/09/2014

June O'Day Porter, 74, Ridge, MDJUNE O'DAY PORTER was born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 31, 1939. God called June home on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. She was the daughter of the late James and Alberta Bowman.

June received her education from the Baltimore public school system, Dunbar High, and went on to work at Stella Maris Nursing Home and the Kursus Manor House. But her most accomplished job was her loving affection and nurturing nature as a homemaker. She always encouraged her children to do their very best and to be all they wanted to be, for nothing is impossible. She was a very proud mother, a lifetime supporter and cheerleader for her children. She often talked very passionately about the accomplishments of her sons and grandchildren.

June was a very loving and a caring person. June's motherly nurturing spirit was also demonstrated with her siblings. She took them on many outings and assisted them in gaining employment. She cared daily for her paralyzed brother, Alexander Bowman, who she treated as her own child. During her younger years she had a love for entering contests. She wrote a letter to a T.V. program and won a 3 speed bike, which of course, she and all her siblings enjoyed. She entered her drawing in a contest and won art lessons & art supplies. June was very creative and artistically talented. She passed her talents to many of her children. She loved to sew and create professionally decorated cakes and cookies. She spent hours creating wedding & birthday cakes for special occasions, free of charge, for family and friends. Her last known desire was to patent and offer for sale a female specialty undergarment, which she created from a need of her own.

June was introduced to Christ at a young age and then on several other occasions she reaffirmed her salvation with her family. She attended church from time to time, but really enjoyed spending time reading the Word of God for herself. She spent many hours on the phone with her sister, sharing scriptures and conversing about Word of God through the Kenneth & Gloria Copeland Ministry. June so enjoyed talking with Gwen, morning, noon, and night; two, three, four times a week. They were inseparable.

June affectionately loved her card ministry that developed from her family, "The Christ Centered" Ministry. June was very faithful in sending out cards for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, whatever the occasion. If a card was needed, June was faithful to send it out. She was passionate about dressing in the finest. She loved jewelry, shoes, and having her nails done (mostly by her daughter Dawn), and she loved exquisite hats. She wore them very well, such a beautiful woman inside and out.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory: her loving children, Alvin, William & Phyllis, James & Judy, Paul & Katina, Virgie & Mac, Connie & Kenneth, and Dawn & Michelle; Father of her children: William Al Porter; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was predeceased in death by her three sons: Rudy, Wayne, and Garry; her sister Mary and her brother Alexander.

Family will unite with friends on Thursday, April 17, 2014 for visitation at 10 am until time of service at 11 am at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 27108 Mount Zion Church Road, Mechanicsville, MD. Interment to follow at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD.

Dennis Larry MacRae, 74, Lexington Park Maryland

74, Lexington Park Maryland

Born: 09/12/1939, Passed On: 04/09/2014

Longtime St. Mary's County resident Dennis Larry MacRae passed away 4/9/2014 of natural causes. Born in North Carolina on 9/12/1939, to Athene and Murdock "Mac" MacRae. "Larry," as he was known by family and friends, moved with his family to Lexington Park, from Elk Park, NC, in 1952. After graduating from Great Mills High School and serving honorably in the U.S. Army, he married Janet Greenwell in 1962. Settling in Lexington Park, the couple had two children - Denny and Dawn.

Professionally, Larry was best-known in Southern Maryland as a real estate broker, having operated MacRae Realty for the better part of two decades, marketing hundreds of properties and launching the careers of several successful brokers, before moving on to work with other companies. In 2002, Larry retired from Eagan and McCallister after serving several years as Director of Real Estate Acquisitions and Development.

Larry loved just about everything Southern Maryland has to offer, but particularly enjoyed crabs, stuffed ham, Amish butter, softball games, playing pitch, cheering the Redskins, and especially, playing golf. He enjoyed the camaraderie to be found in Southern Maryland taverns, restaurants and clubs, like the B.P.O.E. Elks where he once served as "Exalted Ruler" and perhaps his favorite, the Breton Bay Golf and Country Club, where he and his second wife, Kathy, spent much of their free time indulging his passion for golf.

Wherever he went, Larry was well-known and welcomed, often entertaining the crowd with his quick wit and humor or by singing and playing guitar. In the 1970's, St. Mary's County jukeboxes played his single recording "The Day Before Today."

Though his Nashville adventures were short-lived, Larry had no regrets about taking his shot at fame. Larry may have missed-out on world fame, but at home, he will always be remembered for living famously. Larry is survived by his wife Kathy, his son and daughter, his step-daughters, Misty Guy and Sundae Dean, his grandchildren, Jesse Lopes, Jamie MacRae and Alexandra (Alex), brother Dwight MacRae, and sisters Delores Greer and Glenda Ellis.

A Celebration of Life is to be held at the Home of Dwight MacRae at 2:30 PM on 4/19/14 and an ELKs Memorial Service as soon as can be arranged.




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