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Helen Marie Cronin, 93

Passed On: 04/15/2014

Helen Marie Cronin, 93Pending

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 Celebration

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.

Judy Ann Evans, 62

Passed On: 04/12/2014

Pending

Barbara Elizabeth Montgomery , 79

Passed On: 04/11/2014

Arrangements have not been confirmed at this time.

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.

Thomas Richard Bennett, 78

Passed On: 04/09/2014

Thomas  Richard  Bennett, 78A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00AM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD with Father David Beaubien officaiting. Interment will follow in St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Leonardtown, MD.The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM with prayers recited at 3:00PM in the funeral home chapel.Thomas "Tommy" Richard Bennett, 78 of Leonardtown, MD, passed away on April 9, 2014 at Hospice House, Callaway, MD.Born April 22, 1935 in Leonardtown, MD to the late Henry Dominic and Catherine Maria Wilkerson Bennett.Tommy is survived by his children; Thomas C. Bennett(Alicia) of Mechanicsville, MD, David B. Bennett (Betty) of Great Mills, MD, and Allyson Jubber (Eugene) of Ocean City, MD, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother; Henry A. Bennett.Tommy was a lifelong resident of St. Mary's County; he graduated from St. Mary's Academy in 1953. Tommy was the owner of Southern Maryland Firearms for 30 years.The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM with prayers recited at 3:00PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00AM in the Funeral Home Chapel with Father David Beaubien officiating. Interment will follow in St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be; David Bennett, Jr., Chris Bennett, Jr., Julian Schwab, Jonathan Pappendick, Mitch Watts, and Dean Shiflett.

Margaret Alice Beall, 73

Passed On: 04/09/2014

MASSLife Celebration / ViewingMargaret Alice Beall, 73, of Avenue, MD passed away on April 9, 2014 at her residence, surrounded by family.

She was born on November 28, 1940 in Upper Marlboro, MD to the late Albert Leroy Canter and the late Marion Regina (Richards) Canter.

Margaret loved spending time with her grandchildren and family. She enjoyed bingo, reading, puzzle books, cooking, and shopping.

In addition to her parents, Margaret was predeceased by her husband, George Earl Beall, Sr.; brothers, Robert Elmer Canter and Claude Canter; sister, Florence Walker, Martha Addkisson; and her special friend, Lorraine Hall.

Margaret is survived by her children, Margaret Elaine Beall-Windsor (Bill), George Earl Beall, Jr. (Sandra), Kimberly Marie Quade (Lewis), Robert Leo Beall (Jeannie), Deborah Diane Klein (Joseph), Sharon Beall Thompson (Jay), Charlotte Ann Beall, Paul Scott Beall (Susan), Bobbi Melissa Gibson (David), and Edith Mae Wood (Donald); brothers, Thomas Albert Canter, Joseph Canter, Clarence Canter, Richard Canter, Charles Canter, and David Canter; sisters, Cora Irene Perrie, Mary Lou Howard, Thelma Dove, Carol Brady, Cheryl Garner, and Lena Davis; 20 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.

Family and friends will be received for Margaret's Life Celebration on Monday, April 14, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, with prayers at 7:00 PM, at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. A Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Avenue, MD. Father Charles Cortinovis will officiate. Interment will follow to Resurrection Cemetery, 8000 Woodyard Road, Clinton, MD 20735.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Chobert, Allen Gibson, George Beall 3rd, Joe Gibson, Chris Chobert and Johnny Thompson.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Tommy Hood, Shane Beall and Nathan Beall.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to: Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 (or) Rescue Squad 7th District 21530 Coltons Point Rd, Avenue MD 20609.

Agnes Marie Jones, 86

Passed On: 04/08/2014

Memorial Service Agnes Marie Jones, most commonly known as Marie, long-time resident of Union, New Jersey, departed this life on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in Fort Washington, Maryland. Marie was affiliated with Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, NJ and was well-liked and loved by all who were fortunate to know her.

Services for Marie will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, 30195 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. Phone: (301)472-4400. Condolences can be sent c/o Kim Hicks, 13228 Lenfant Drive. Fort Washington, MD 20744.

Mary Ross Broxson, 79

Passed On: 04/08/2014

Funeral ServiceVisitationMary R. Broxson, 79, of Dowell, MD, died April 8, 2014 at Prince George's County Hospital Center in Cheverly, MD.

Born August 22, 1934 in Geneva, AL, Mary was the daughter of the late James Alford Ross and Johnnie Mae Judah. She is survived by two daughters; Julie Randall (Bob) of Lexington Park, MD and Melissa Raley (Jim) of Lusby, MD; one son, Ross Broxson of Knoxville, MD; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was precdeceased by her sister Hazel Herring and her husband of 50 years, George H. Broxson, Jr.

Mary Broxson was a graduate of Geneva High School. Her professional career included Bell Telephone Company, Geneva County public schools, and numerous retail positions. Following her husband's stroke in 1990, Mary and George moved to Maryland where she cared for him in their home for 13 years before his death. She was first and foremost a loving and generous mother, wife and grandmother whose faith gave her strength and was a beacon to all her family.

A gracious and compassionate Southern lady, she had a natural talent for putting folks at ease and was a superb listener. She had a smile and kind word for everyone and was loved by all who knew her. Mary had a flair for fashion and decorating and took great pride in her home. She enjoyed flower arranging, rooting for the Auburn Tigers, and shopping til you drop. Mary was assisted the last few years by wonderful caregivers and she always had a special place in her heart for all of them. She devoted her life to her entire family and especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren.

Family will receive friends for Mary's Life Celebration on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A funeral service will be conducted by Reverend Arthur Shepherd at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 22020 Chancellor's Run Road, Great Mills, MD 20634.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bob Randall, Carey Herring, Bobby Herring, Jon Herring, Chris Walter, and Jared Raley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenwell Foundation Therapeutic Riding Program, P.O. Box 198, Hollywood, MD 20636.

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

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

CDR Robert Leon Byers, USN, 43

Passed On: 04/07/2014

Funeral ServiceVisitationCommander Robert L. Byers, USN, 43, of Hollywood, MD died April 7, 2014 at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

CDR Byers, son of Jimmy and the late Linda (Boling) Byers, was born on October 19, 1970 in Phoenix, Arizona.

CDR Byers began his Naval career in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) at Georgia Institute of Technology. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in June 1994. He then proceeded to Pensacola to earn his wings of gold and was designated an unrestricted Naval Aviator in October 1996.

CDR Byers served in Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR EIGHT (HSL-48) from October 1997 to October 2000. While flying the SH-60B Seahawk, he deployed aboard the USS SIMPSON and the USS MCINERNEY and was assigned the detachment Operations Officer and squadron Aviation Safety Officer.

CDR Byers was selected for the Naval Post-Graduate School/Test Pilot School Cooperative Program in 2000. He completed a year of academic work at the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, California, and upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School with Class 123 in June 2003, he also earned a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He then served for two years as an H-60 engineering test pilot at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ONE (HX-21).

CDR Byers returned to the fleet for his second sea tour with HSL-48 from July 2005 to December 2007. He served as the Officer-in-Charge of the SH-60B helicopter detachment deployed aboard the USS NICHOLAS and managed the execution of over 850 operational flight hours in direct support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM during a seven-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea. As the squadron Operations Officer, he was responsible for managing the execution of over 5,446 mishap-free squadron flight hours across ten separate deployable squadron detachments.

In December 2007, CDR Byers returned to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School as a Rotary Wing Flight Instructor and Aviation Safety Officer. In addition, he served as a technical consultant for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and for NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.

CDR Byers reported to the Naval Air Systems Command in January 2010 as the Avionics Systems Project Officer (ASPO) for the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter in the Multi-Mission Helicopter Program Office (PMA-299).

CDR Byers returned to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in March 2012 as a Rotary Wing Flight Instructor and Safety Officer.

CDR Byers has over 2555 flight hours in over 30 different rotary and fixed wing aircraft. His personal decorations include, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with five gold stars, and Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star.

He was an avid guitar player, Corvette aficionado, Sunday School teacher and devoted, involved father and husband of strong Christian faith.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Diane; two sons, Liam and Caden, of Hollywood, MD; step-mother, Mita Byers, of Woodbine, GA; sister, Amy Stiglic (Thomas), of Charleston, SC; brother, Christopher Byers, of Cumming, GA; and grandfather, Leon Boling of Cumming, GA.

A visitation will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 23421 Kingston Creek Rd, California, MD 20619 with Pastor Mike Jones officiating. A visitation will be held on April 17, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory, 210 Ingram Ave, Cumming, GA 30040. A memorial service will be held on April 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Cumming Baptist Church, 115 Church St, Cumming, GA 30040. Interment will follow in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens, 1390 Dahlonega Hwy, Cumming, GA 30040.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CDR Rob Byers Memorial Fund at https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/lfd4/cdr-rob-byers-memorial-fund.

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

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

Calvin R. Parks, 86, Broomes Island, Maryland

86, Broomes Island, Maryland

Born: 08/30/1927, Passed On: 04/06/2014

Calvin R. Parks, 86, Broomes Island, MarylandCalvin R. Parks, 86. Of Broomes Island, Maryland passed away April 6, 2014 at his home. He was born August 8, 1927 to the late Lionel and Julia (Bean) Parks. Besides his parents, Calvin is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Grace and his two sisters, Shirley Quintero and Jean Pitcher.
Calvin enjoyed life as a waterman, commercial fishing, crabbing, clamming and oystering, when the bounty of the Patuxent River was at its best. Calvin was in the Army at the end of WWII and was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal. He belonged to Carpenters Local 1590, working at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant and Cove Point LNG Terminal.
Calvin is survived by his two sons, Buddy Parks of Port Republic, Maryland and Barry Parks of Broomes Island, Maryland. He is also survived by his sister, Sharon Miller and her husband Lou of Odenton, Maryland. He will be missed by his wonderful caregivers, Rosa, who was by his side every day, and Jannette.
The family will receive friends on Saturday April 12, 2014 from 10:30- the time of the service at 11:30 AM, at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, Maryland. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice.

The family will receive friends on Saturday April 12, 2014 from 10:30- the time of the service at 11:30 AM, at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, Maryland. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice.




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