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Robin Dianne Murray, 53

Passed On: 07/02/2012

Robin Dianne Murray, 53PrivatePrivateRobin Dianne Murray, 53, of Leonardtown, MD passed away on July 2, 2012 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Robin was born March 7, 1959 in Maryland. She was the daughter of the late Addie Bisco.

Robin is survived by her husband, Patrick M. Murray of Leonardtown, MD; sisters: Connie Bean of California, MD, Susan Elliot of Augusta, GA, Roseanne Shiflet of Great Mills, MD; brothers: Robert Johnson of Augusta, GA and Ray Fannon of Hagerstown, MD.

Robin worked in retail store at the Center for Life Enrichment Store in Leonardtown, MD. She enjoyed crabbing, fishing, water and gardening vegetables.

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Private arrangements are being provided by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622.

Gladys Gracey Hardisty, 88, St. Leonard, Maryland

88, St. Leonard, Maryland

Born: 11/23/1923, Passed On: 07/01/2012

Gladys Gracey Hardisty, 88, St. Leonard, MarylandGladys Gracey Hardisty, 88, of St. Leonard, Maryland passed away peacefully on July 1, 2012 at Calvert County Nursing Center. She was born on November 23, 1923 in Scottsville, Virginia to the late Charles Franklin Taylor and Eva Taylor (nee Woody). Besides her parents, Gladys is predeceased by her husband, Charles William Hardisty, her twin sister Ruby Bright and sister Louise Scott. Gladys was a homemaker and a devoted wife and mother. She lived for the happiness of her children and family.
Beloved mother of Thomas Hardisty and his wife Marilene of Solomons, MD, Brenda Baugher and her husband John of Port Republic, MD, Charles Hardisty and his wife Sandy of Owings, MD, Katherine Hinkston and her husband Jack of St. Leonard, MD and George Hardisty and Fred of Annapolis, MD. Grandmother of 16, Great grandmother of 24, she is also survived by a sister, Joan Taylor, and brothers Bobby and Danny Taylor.
The family will receive friends at the Rausch Funeral home, P.A., 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD on Friday July 6, 2012 from 10- 11 AM where service will follow at 11 A.M. Interment will be in Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk MD. Her great grandson, Steven Birchfield will play the bagpipes for her service.

Margaret Keenan Murray, 89

Passed On: 07/01/2012

Mass of Christian BurialLife CelebrationMargaret Keenan Murray, 89, of Charlotte Hall, MD, passed away at her residence on July 1, 2012. She was the daughter of Walter Keenan and Margaret Dare Keenan. She was born in Buffalo, New York, on May 25, 1923.

She is predeceased by her father, Walter Keenan and mother, Margaret Dare Keenan; brothers The Rev. John Keenan; James Keenan and wife Mary O'Malley Keenan; William Keenan; brother-in-law Lawrence O'Flahavan; sister-in-law Mary Murray D'Amico and brother-in-law Dominic D'Amico.

Margaret is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, John Francis Murray, of Charlotte Hall, MD; her son, James H. Murray (Ellen) of Charlotte Hall, MD; her daughters Margaret Brooks (Anthony) of Cobbs Creek, VA; Agnes Murray (Graham Walker) of Bronx, NY; Catherine Murray Lunnie of Naugatuck, CT; Bridget Schumacher of Danbury, CT; Rose Sills (Robert) of Deerfield Beach, FL; Mary Murray (Frederick Bauer) of Utica, NY; Monica Murray (Jane Talcott) of Vashon Island, WA; her sisters, Mildred O'Flahavan of Chevy Chase, MD, and Patricia Colevas (Dr. Peter Colevas) of Washington, DC; Jean Keenan Barnett; 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

At Niagara University, Margaret was in the first class that accepted women, graduating magna cum laude in 1945. She then moved to New York City to work for The New York Times.
Margaret had a strong Catholic faith. She was an Associate of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and a teacher at St. Mary's Academy, Alexandria, VA. She enjoyed reading, needlepoint, and gardening.

Family and friends will be received for Margaret's Life Celebration on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from 3-5 PM and 7-9 PM, at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Bryantown Catholic Church, 13715 Notre Dame Place Bryantown, MD 20617. Rev. Rory T. Conley will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery, Bryantown, MD.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of Charles County, P.O. Box 1703, LaPlata, MD 20646.

James Edward Bush, 80, Mechanicsville, Maryland

80, Mechanicsville, Maryland

Born: 08/07/1931, Passed On: 06/30/2012

James Edward Bush, 80, Mechanicsville, MarylandJames Edward Bush (age 80) of Mechanicsville, MD entered into eternal rest on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Washington Hospital Center. James Edward Bush was born August 7, 1931 in Chaptico, MD to the late Mary K. Bush and Theodore R. Talbert. Edward, as he was known, attended elementary and secondary schools in St. Mary's County. Prior to completing his secondary education he began working for a State contractor trimming trees for electrical rights of way. Later, Edward went to work for the Department of Interior where he retired after 30 years of service. In 1954 at the tender age of 23, he met and married his wife Mary A. Thompson of Charles County, MD. They lived a long, fun-filled, and happy life. Edward had a sense of humor that was better than any comic. He always had some saying (that he made up) and stories that would keep you laughing long after he said it. He always had Arlene laughing. Edward loved to cook. He was well known for his cabbage, scalloped potatoes and ribs. You didn't invite him to something without him bringing at least one of these. Ribs were his main item to bring to the family reunion. Edward moved to Mechanicsville, MD in the late nineties and joined the Church of the Immaculate Conception where he remained a faithful member until his death. Left to cherish his life are his wife, Mary A. Bush; his brothers William M. Talbert (Barbara) of Ft. Washington, MD, James R. Bush of Washington, DC, Thomas Talbert and Theodore Talbert, Jr. of New Jersey; a sister Alice Talbert; a step-sister Brenda Corely of Washington, DC; a niece Lisa M. Talbert of Van Nuys, CA, and a nephew Marc P. Talbert (Judy) of Waldorf, MD along with a host of relatives and friends.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, July 6, from 10 am until Mass of Christian Burial 11 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 28297 Old Village Road in Mechanicsville, MD 20659. Interment Queen of Peace Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Medstar Unit at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Maryland.
Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD

Richard "Moe" Theodore Morris, 82

Passed On: 06/29/2012

Services will be private.Richard "Moe" Morris, 82, of Hollywood and a resident of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, formerly of Cape Canaveral, Florida, died June 29, 2012, at Civista Medical Center in La Plata. Born October 7, 1929, in Worcester, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Marcel and Vladislava Mierzejewski. He served in the U.S. Army from September 1951 to September 1953 as a Marine Engineer and was assigned to Company "A" 110th T H/C & MM Battalion in Fort Eustis, VA. He also worked for Military Sealift Command for 36 years as an engineman on many different ships, including the USNS Comfort and the USNS Redstone. He retired from MSC in 1985. He loved hand feeding the squirrels on his patio when he lived in Florida, watching game shows, and doing word search puzzles. He was preceded in death by his loving companion of 15 years, Kay Ogden, his parents, and his brother, Robert Morris. He is survived by his step-daughter, Kristi Baker (Nathan) of Hollywood, MD; step-son Jack Ogden (Glenda) of Cocoa, FL; step-granddaughters Regina Baker, Micheala Phillips, and Jessica Phillips; and step-grandsons Caleb Baker and Jaxson Ogden; and good friend, Algie Ogden of Cocoa, FL. Services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

William "Ross" Raley, 95

Passed On: 06/28/2012

William "Ross" Raley, 95Mass of Christian BurialLife Celebration with Prayers Recited at 7:00 p.m.William Ross Raley, 95, of Ridge, MD, passed peacefully on June 28, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

Born January 7, 1917, in Dameron, MD, he was the son of the late William Calvert Raley and Nettie Marie Raley.

Ross married the late Mary Frances Hilton on June 30, 1945 at St. Michael's Church in Ridge, MD. They celebrated 58 years of marriage prior to her death on July 15, 2003. He lived his entire life in St. Mary's County with a tour of duty (4 years) in the Army during World War II. He was honorably discharged in October 1945. He received several medals, which included the American Theater Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal, one service stripe, five overseas service bars, and a Good Conduct Medal. Upon his return home, he worked at Southern Maryland Oil Company until he purchased a grocery store and bar in 1948 which became known as Raley's Store and later as Raley's Town and Country Market. He provided years of service to the people of the First District. He and his family made the store a gathering place for the community and tried to provide quality service. His work ethic served as a role model for his family and others. After his son and his nephew, Dan Raley took over the store in 1979, you could always find Ross in the meat department cutting meat and making his "secret" sausage recipe which was shipped all over the country. He took great delight in the fact that Raley's stuffed ham appeared on a segment of the Food Network and he was a TV star for the day. He worked in the meat department until the age of 91. He then spent his days mowing the grass and enjoying time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren on his beautiful creekside. He loved a good game of pitch and especially loved catching your jack and looked forward to trips to play the slot machines. Ross was a life-long parishioner of St. Michael's Church, a member of the American Legion Post 255 in Ridge, and served on the Board of Directors for the Maryland National Bank (1981-1987).

Ross is survived by his son, Ray Raley (Mary) of Ridge, MD; four grandchildren, Jennifer Hollingsworth (Brian), Amy Oest (Steve), Ben Raley and Jason Raley; five great-granchildren, Allison, John and Will Hollingsworth, and Nathan and Nicholas Ross Oest; his sister, Audrey Marie Norton of Ridge, MD, and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind with deep gratitude his loving caregivers of many years, Carolyn Curtis, Salinda Carroll and Jean Cooper-Harmon. In addition to his parents and wife, he is also preceded in death by siblings, Marguerite Stone, Dorothy Mae Raley, Joseph Francis Raley and Robert Walter Raley.

Family will receive friends for Ross' Life Celebration on Sunday, July 1, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with prayers recited at 7:00 p.m. by the Reverend Lee Fangmeyer, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 16555 Three Notch Road, Ridge, MD 20680. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Lee Fangmeyer on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the St. Michael's Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will immediately follow in the church cemetry.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jason Raley, Dan Raley, Keith Raley, Bruce Raley, Brian Hollingsworth and Steve Oest.

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

Kenneth "Kenny" Lee Klinger, 69

Passed On: 06/28/2012

Memorial Service PrayersMemorial Life Celebration Kenneth, Lee Klinger, 69, of Hollywood, MD, passed away at his residence on June 28, 2012. He was the son of Kenneth Henry Klinger and June Fecker Klinger. He was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania on May 2, 1943.

He is predeceased by his father, Kenneth Henry Klinger; his step-father, Thomas E. Deppen; his brother-in-law, Peter Brand; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Hilde and Alfred Becker.

Kenny is survived by his loving wife, Ingrid (Hershey) Klinger of Hollywood, MD; his mother, June Fecker Deppen of PA; his siblings, Chris Klinger of Picture Rocks, PA, Judi Deppen of Herndon, PA., and Thomas B. Deppen of Mechanicsburg, PA; his sister-in-law, Hiltrud Brand; his brother-in-law, Werner Becker of Loffelscheid, Germany; and numerous nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Mahanoy Joint High School in Herndon, PA, Kenny attended Williamsport Community College. He was hired by Caterpillar Company and worked on diesel engines. Later Kenny changed his career and became a crane operator in the construction industry. He especially enjoyed being involved in projects at Camden Yards and at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

As a young man, Kenny was an avid dirt track race car fan. He owned and raced his own car at regional tracks. He always followed NASCAR, and enjoyed attending races around the country with his friends. He participated in street rod shows nationally and sometimes entered his 1932 Ford.

Kenny was a member of the Hollywood Moose Lodge. He was also a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers with Local Union #77.

He attended St. Johns Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD.

Family and friends will be received for a Memorial Life Celebration and Memorial Service on Monday, July 9, 2012 from 6-8PM, with prayers at 7PM, at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. Father John Mattingly will officiate. Inurnment will be private, at a later date, in Herndon, PA.

In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to: Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or charity of your choice.

John Leo Moyer , 48

Passed On: 06/28/2012

John  Leo Moyer , 48A celebration of John's life will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2012, arrangement are pending. John Leo Moyer, 48, of Mechanicsville, MD, formerly of La Plata, MD, passed away at home on June 28, 2012 at 11:11am. Throughout his valiant six year battle with two primary cancers, he never wavered from the uncompromising optimism, courage, and faith that defined his character, and the quick wit and enduring smile that reflected his personality. He is survived by his beloved wife, Louise Bianco Moyer, precious children, Amanda Moyer, and Andrew Moyer, dearly loved step-daughters, Angela Cisneros and Cassandra Carr (Stephen), loving mother-in-law Angela Bianco, cherished "Big Brother" Brigadier General Stephen L. Huxtable (Vera), Ret. Virginia Army National Guard, and his many, many wonderful true friends. Born in Newport News, VA on March 2, 1964 to the late Mary Ann Dinova Moyer (Edwin) and the late Michael Yhelka, he is also survived by his real big brother Mickey Moyer (Georgia), twin sister Mary Fleming, niece Sara Moyer, and nephews Mike Moyer, David Heiderscheibt, Rodney Blair, Mark Blair, Matt Blair, and Danny Fleming, all of Richmond, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Anna Wood, and father-in-law Anthony Bianco. John possessed an infectious joy for life and a love for people that became even more magnified in the last six years. Extremely intelligent with a wonderful sense of humor, John was an inspiration to many. He carried a powerful Message of Hope in the way he lived his life and will always be remembered for his spirit, integrity, honesty, and wisdom. John was an avid ice hockey fan and he greatly enjoyed his years as a season ticket holder for the Washington Capitals and his Section 419 family. A skilled bass fisherman, other favorite passions included golfing, camping, traveling, and riding his Harley - many of the things that his "Big Brother" Steve did with him when he was young. His wife and family are profoundly grateful for the immeasurable outpouring of support received during his illness. A celebration of John's life will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2012, arrangements are pending. If so inclined, please consider making a donation in John's memory to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.To leave a condolence for the family please visit our website at

James Samuel Hammett, 75, Tucson, AZ.

75, Tucson, AZ.

Born: 01/16/1937, Passed On: 06/27/2012

James Samuel Hammett, 75, Tucson, AZ.James Samuel Hammett died June 27, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona, following a short illness. Sam, as he was known by one and all, left St. Mary's County as a youth and rarely returned. He was proud of his roots though and never lost his taste for stuffed ham, oysters and blue crabs. Sam worked as a Boilermaker, building steel storage tanks for petroleum products. After retiring from construction, he worked as an API 653 inspector in the oil industry. He loved his work and traveled all over the U.S. He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Rebecca. There will be no services held. If you want to make a donation, in honor of this wonderful man, please send to either Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding, 599 Popham Lane, Corvallis, MT. 59828 or Tree House Humane Society, 1212 W. Carmen Ave., Chicago, IL. 60640

Richard Leroy Thomas, 73, Waldorf, MD

73, Waldorf, MD

Born: 04/07/1939, Passed On: 06/27/2012

Richard Leroy Thomas, 73, Waldorf, MDRichard Leroy Thomas, 73, of Waldorf, MD died peacefully on June 27, 2012 at Genesis Health Care Center in Waldorf, MD. Born April 7, 1939 in St. Michaels, MD in the Eastern Shore he was the son of the late John Wesley and Mary Louise Moaney.
After graduation from Moton High School on the Eastern Shore, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1957 upon graduation from basic training; he was assigned to Field Music School and entered Parris Island where he assisted the Drum and Bugle Corps for parade and ceremonies. Early in 1958, he was assigned to Marine Barracks at the Naval Ammunition Depot "Earle" outside Red Bank, New Jersey as a Field Music Bugler and additional duties as the Morale, Welfare Recreation NCO, then as Lance Corporal he requested assignment to and transferred to Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in 1960 where he spend one year with the Military Police as a Field Music Bugler. He requested reassignment to the Third Marine Division, in Okinawa, Japan.
Upon his arrival in Okinawa, he became a member of the Third Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, then as a Corporal he participated in the Exercise "Tulongan" Landing in the Philippines Island.
Returning to the Second Marine in January 1963, he was assigned to the Second Marine Division Drum and Bugle Corp. Six months later he was screened by a team for duty and was accepted for the Commandant's Own Drum and Bugle Corp at Marine Barrack located in Washington, DC.
For the next six years he underwent extensive travel thought-out the United States and abroad for engagements …to name a few…World's Fair, State Fair, Presidential State Arrivals under three sitting presidents …White House Television shows including the Art Linkletter show and countless others.
Time and grade a Staff Sergeant and about 10 years as a Musician, he accepted orders to FMP at PAC, Camp Smith, Hawaii in October 1969. A desire to make a career transition was fulfilled with the approval of a Sergeant the same year, he became the Production Chief. After completing the Navy's Illustrator Draftsman course and the Army's Audio Visual Equipment Training Course, he was transferred to the training support center, Quantico during November 1973.
After 2 years stationed at Quantico, he received orders to Recruiter's School and was assigned to RS, Baltimore, MD from December 1975 to July 1979 upon release from recruitment duty, he was assigned to OTS, H2MC for duties as an Action Officer for Audio Visual TMC buys generated from field command.
Selected for Master Gunnery Sergeant in 1981, he later received orders for Quantico and subsequently became the Audio Visual Chief for the Training and Audio Visual Support Center until transferring to the FMCR in June 1984 until his retirement. Richard retired after 28 faithful years of serving his country.
In 2011, Richard accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and was water baptized. He had a love for attending church services every Sunday and even though he was ill, he attended services on Father's Day. Richard was a very kind and gentle man who had a talent for wood-making and loved being around family and friends. He was an avid Health "nut" and Fitness guru, who ran over 5 miles per day even up until his late sixties.
Richard is survived by his devoted wife of 47 years the former Frances Briscoe, from that union they produced 3 sons, Richard, Jr. (Jackie), Reginald (Lisa) and Randall (Stephanie), and Sister Brenda Brummell (John), Uncle Robert and Aunt Arlene Thomas and eleven grandchildren. Brothers in Law, Oscar (Stacey) and David (Michelle) Briscoe. Sisters in Law Violet Thomas, Gloria Caldwell, Teresia, Carolyn and Catherine Briscoe and a host of nephews and nieces.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his Brothers Bernard and John and Sister-in-Law Ann Saxon and Brothers-in-Law Harold, Robert, Garland, Milton and Joseph Briscoe.

Visitation will be on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:30 am until time of service at 11:30 am at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home Chapel, 2294 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf, MD. Interment will follow at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD.
Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Waldorf, MD

Ermenegilda Dreossi-Shapira, 89, Prince Frederick, Maryland

89, Prince Frederick, Maryland

Born: 04/13/1923, Passed On: 06/26/2012

Ermenegilda Dreossi-Shapira, 89, Prince Frederick, Maryland On June 26, 2012, Ermenegilda (Nini), Dreossi-Shapira, wife of the late (Col.) Norman I Shapira. Born in Attimis, an alpine village in the Friuli Region of NE Italy. In 1917, six years before her birth, 11,000 soldiers were killed less than 18 miles from her home, in Caporetto, a town Hemingway made famous in his novel A Farewell to Arms. This was akin to being born in Emmitsburg, Md., just south of Gettysburg. In other words war and the military would etch the arc of her long life.
She survived Allied bombing raids on Turin, SS officers who tried bribing a starving girl with chocolate bars to disclose the location of her Partisan brother Cian and suffering the loss of 2 brothers and a sister who perished during the war. At just 23 years old, she saw her Partisan brother ultimately decorated for his loyalty and her older sister survive and prosper.
Two years after the war, in 1947, at the age of 24, she met and married an American soldier; our father, Col, Norman I. Shapira. Jewish by birth and although an entire Nazi campaign of discrimination and murder had distorted perception during those tumultuous years, she never gave his religion a second thought. Her tremendous spirit brought her to the United States where she raised ten children, nurtured 12 grandchildren and 7 great grand-children. She was proud to be an American Citizen, taking her new country to heart.
On the outside an Italian beauty, those that came to know her well understood that her beauty rested in her heart. They understood the meaning of friendship as they felt the warmth of her trust and company. Others, well, she could be gracious or quite deliberate. To paraphrase Virginia Woolf: Women have served centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic power of reflecting men at twice their normal size. Nini did this to everyone. She had strength of will that sustained her throughout her lifetime, and the courage to undertake the improbable direction of her life. But most of all, she was unconditionally steadfast in her devotion to her family.
Loving mother of Frank, Carla, Albert, Lee, V.Charles, E.Susan, Frederick, David, Paula, their families, and preceded by her son Donald (1956-2009).

Timothy Rogers , 65

Passed On: 06/26/2012

Timothy  Rogers , 65A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD with Rev. Sylvester Washington officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. The family will receive friends on Monday, July 2, 2012 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. Timothy Rogers, 65, of Mechanicsville, MD formerly from Myrtle Beach, SC. passed away surrounded by his loving family on June 26, 2012 in Leonardtown, MD. Born on April 6, 1947 in Myrtle Beach, SC, he was the son of the late John and Alice Cleo Wise Rogers. Timothy was the loving husband of Catherine Rogers whom he married in Myrtle Beach, SC on May 8, 1971. Timothy is survived by his children Cedric Rogers (Stacy) of Clarksburg, MD., Eric Rogers of Reynoldsburg, OH, 3 grandchildren; Cymone Leigh - Alice Rogers, Erica Lavonne Rogers, Timothy Jermaine Rogers, 4 nieces and 1 nephew. Mr. Rogers is also survived by his siblings; John Rogers of Upper Marlboro, MD., and Barbara Johnson of Myrtle Beach, SC. Timothy graduated from Whittemore High School on June 1, 1965 and he also graduated from Alabama State University in 1969 and Southern Illinois University in 1975, earning his Bachelor of Science in Music and Master of Education. Mr. Rogers served in the United State Army beginning on December 5, 1969, during the Vietnam War and was Honorable Discharged in September 7, 1971. Timothy moved from Saginaw, Michigan to St. Mary's County in 1993. Mr. Rogers worked as an Educator/ Teacher for Prince George's County and Charles County Public School System for 30 years retiring in 2010. Timothy was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing music on various instruments, member of the Gamma Sigma chapter of Omega Psi Phi, and founding member of Alabama State University Chapter at Kappa Kappa Psi. The family will receive friends on July 2, 2012 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home with Reverend-Doctor Sylvester Washington officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be Eric Rogers, Cedric Rogers, Arthur Johnson, and Phil Bennet.

Robert Harold Taylor, 46

Passed On: 06/26/2012

Robert Harold Taylor, 46Robert Harold Taylor, Jr., 46, of La Plata, MD passed away on June 26, 2012 in Cancun, Mexico. Born in Washington D.C to his parents; Robert H. Taylor, Sr., and Margie H. Taylor. In addition to his parents; he is also survived by his Wife; Tiffany Taylor. Son; Austin Taylor, and Daughter; Madison Taylor. Sisters; Beverly Guercio, Linda Wood, Karen Hanson, and Kathy Davis-Smith. He is also survived by 9 Nieces and Nephews, and other family members. Robert was a Sergeant (#289) in the Traffic Operations Unit for the Charles County Sheriffs Office. He enjoyed Golfing, Home Improvement projects, Skiing, Baseball, Steaming Crabs, and being with his Family. A life celebration will take place on Thursday, July 5, 2012 from 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm at the New Life Church in La Plata, MD. A Funeral Service will follow on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 11 am at the New Life Church in La Plata, MD. The Pastor Jeanne Parr and Pastor Mike Hilson will co-officiate. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens, in Waldorf, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a Charity of Choice. Arrangements are being handled by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., La Plata, MD

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Benedict "Dick" Ignatius Clarke, 75

Passed On: 06/25/2012

Services will be privateBenedict "Dick" Ignatius Clarke, age 75, died on June 25, 2012 at his residence in Hollywood, MD.

A lifelong resident of St. Mary's county, Dick was born on March 15, 1937 to the late George and Helen Clarke. In earlier years, Dick worked in commercial construction in Washington, DC. Eventually Dick returned to his roots and owned and farmed tobacco on his farm where he lived for most of his life. He was known as a hard worker who enjoyed fishing and rabbit hunting.

In addition to his parents, Dick was also pre-deceased by his four brothers, the late Romanus "Rooster" Clarke, Abel Clarke, Joseph Clarke and Gregory Clark. He is survived by his long time companion, Lana Orr of Hollywood, MD; his daughter, Ida Elizabeth Clarke of Wayson's Corner, MD; his siblings, George "Francis" Clarke of VA; James "Bouncer" E. Clarke of Hollywood, MD; Gertrude Norris of Hollywood, Md; Alwilda Wathen of Compton, MD; Catherine Mae Clarke of Hollywood, MD; and Sister Carrie Clarke of Kentucky; granddaughter Amanda Ann Clarke of Wayson's Corner, MD; and his great grandchildren, Nathaniel Jon Milliken and Sadie Elizabeth Clarke of Wayson's Corner, MD.

Services will be private.

Condolences to the family may be made at

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

Pauline L. Winters, 79

Passed On: 06/25/2012

Pauline L. Winters, 79
Pauline Layfield Winters 79 of Waldorf, Md. died on June 25, 2012 at her home.
She was born on May 22, 1933 in Delmar Delaware to the late William and Lilly Layfield. She is also predeceased by her husband John T. Winters, Sr.

She is survived by his sons John T. Winters, Jr. of Arlington, VA. and William R. Winters and his wife Cindy of LaPlata, Md., brothers William and Clark Layfield, sisters Agnes Truitt and Ruth Hoover, grandchildren Danielle Mayfield, Kelly Ashliman, Brooke Winters and Jamie Smith, she is also survived by her gr. grandchildren Mackenzie Ashliman, Bryanna Ashliman and Halie Ashliman.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday July 3rd from 11am to 1pm at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home LaPlata, Md. with a service at 2pm at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery Cheltenham, Md.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department Co. # 3
3245 Old Washington Rd. Waldorf, Md. 20602.

Neil Bennett Gordon, 79

Passed On: 06/25/2012

Neil Bennett Gordon, 79Services will be privateNeil Bennett Gordon, 79, died at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, MD on June 25, 2012.

Born September 30, 1932, in Norwalk, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Leo H. Gordon and Christel D. Erickson.

Neil worked for the U.S. Government as an Aircraft Equipment Specialist for nearly forty years after becoming a resident of St. Mary's County in 1954. He was a member of the Open Door Bible Church in California, MD where he enjoyed attending Bible Study. Neil also enjoyed watching old movies, reading, and spending time with his grandchildren, with whom he created special memories of their family trips to IHOP.

Neil is survived by two children, Holly Ollom of Leonardtown, MD, and Leo H. Gordon of Pineville, LA; a sister, Patricia Prestegaard of Montana; eight grandchildren, Felicia Ollom, Jeffery Ollom, Joshua Ollom, Lizzy Ollom, Rebecca Ollom, Daniel Ollom, Travis Gordon, and Carly Gordon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Ruth Gordon, and a brother, Norman E. Gordon.

Services will be private.

Condolences to the family may be made at

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

Zakiyah Renee "Kya" Holland, 5, Mechanicsville, MD

5, Mechanicsville, MD

Born: 09/25/2006, Passed On: 06/23/2012

Zakiyah Renee "Kya" Holland, 5, Mechanicsville, MDZakiyah Renee "Kya" Holland, 5, of Mechanicsville, MD, peacefully passed away on June 23, 2012 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Kya was born on September 25, 2006 to the parents of Jesse Holland, Jr. and Lakissha Butler. Kya was in kindergarten at Dynard Elementary School, where she had loving and understanding teachers and especially her paraeducator, Kathy Shooks.
Kya was diagnosed with brain cancer on October 17, 2011. Even after her diagnosis, Kya remained strong throughout her illness. She never complained about being ill. Kya loved attending her church, Kingdom Tabernacle of Refuge and also her dad's church, Church of the Harvest. Kya prayed a lot. She also enjoyed singing, dancing and playing in the rain with her boots on. Kya was an inspiration to everyone she met.
Prior to Kya's death, she was able to fulfill her dream of going to Disney World. In March 2012, the Make a Wish Foundation made it possible for Kya to go. In addition, for her final trip, the Believing In Tomorrow Foundation made arrangements to send her to Ocean City in June 2012. Kya loved the beach.
Kya, our Angel, leaves to cherish her precious memories her parents, Jesse Holland and Lakissha Butler, her stepfather, Garfield Butler, sister Marion Walker and brothers Demetrious Holland and Jesse Holland. She also leaves behind her best friends Logan Quade, Kamille Gross, Imani Smith and her cousin Jahverius "JaJa' Walker and a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 10 am until time of service at 11 am on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Dunkirk Baptist Church, 11275 Southern Maryland Blvd, Dunkirk, MD. Interment to follow at Moses Cemetery, Lothiam, MD. The family would like for all in attendance at the service to wear white or a cheery, bright color for the Celebration of Kya's Life.
Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD

Shirley Mae Pulliam Reece, 67

Passed On: 06/23/2012

Shirley  Mae Pulliam Reece, 67A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. Interment will follow in Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, MD. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. Shirley Mae Pulliam Reece, 67 of Lexington Park, MD died peacefully, June 23, 2012 at her residence. Born December 30, 1944 in LaPlata, MD; she was the daughter of the late Harry Pulliam and Katie Wise. She was a homemaker and devoted almost her entire life to her family. She also had a special love and place in her heart for her grandchildren. She was truly loved and admired by all, she was an extraordinary and one-of-kind person; loved by everyone who was fortunate enough to know her during her natural life. Her endless love and devotion to her family, friends and her faithful companion "Baxter". It was a great honor to have her as part of our life; words cannot say how much she was loved and how much she will be missed. She was an inspiration to those she touched and there will always be a special place in our hearts for the goodness and kindness that she brought to others; to be forever treasured. Shirley was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert L. Reece, Sr., sister Rosalie Reece, and Charles D. Corbin. Shirley is survived by her six children, Robert, Jr. (Sandy Wathen) of Mechanicsville, MD, Tommy (Betty Lou) of Lexington Park, MD, Tammy Bowen (Stanley Pitcher) of Callaway, MD , Scotty Reece (Beth) of Lexington Park, MD, Lisa Raley (Tom) of Park Hall, MD, and Brian "Scooter" Corbin (Marie) of St. Inigoes, MD, siblings; Betty Kelsey (George) and Lorraine Pulliam, Richard "Dick" Pulliam, (Pat), Alex Pulliam (Pat), Charlie Pulliam, (Sue), Harry Pulliam, Jr., and Paul Pulliam and two special sister-in-laws, Eleanor Pulliam and Helen Reece. Shirley was preceded in death by her brothers, Chuck and Louis Pulliam, and one grandson, Preston A. Bowen. She was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. One of her greatest and endless love was her family, friends and special companion "Baxter" her pet dog. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 5:00PM until 8:00PM with prayers recited at 7:00PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:00AM in the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, MD. Pallbearers will be: Louis Pulliam, Jr., David Pulliam, Thomas Pulliam, Bart Pulliam, Dickie Pulliam, and Frank Taylor. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association Southern Maryland Division, P.O. Box 1508, Solomons, MD 20688

Catherine Eloise Adams, 90

Passed On: 06/22/2012

Catherine Eloise Adams, 90A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM in St. John's Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD with Father Keith Woods officiating. Interment will follow in St. John's Catholic Church Cemetery, Hollywood, MD. The family will receive friends on Monday, June 25, 2012 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. Catherine Eloise Adams, 90, of Hollywood, MD, passed away surrounded by her loving family on June 22, 2012 in Hollywood, MD. Born on June 22, 1922 in Compton, MD she was the daughter of the late Joseph Benjamin and Ida Pillsbury Morgan. Eloise was the loving wife of Earl Thomas Adams, whom she married in St. Francis Xavier Church in Washington, DC on July 26, 1941 and who preceded her in death on October 23, 1975. Mrs. Adams is survived by her daughters; Elaine Wood (Son) and Patricia Burney (Gary) both of Hollywood, MD, and Linda Dean of Valley Lee, MD, 8 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and siblings; Marie Combs of Leonardtown, and Dolores Lynch of Compton, MD. Eloise is preceded in death by her son in law Bobby Dean, siblings; Helen Fenhagen, Bernard Morgan, Mabel Meyer, Aloysius (Dish) Morgan, Victoria Schaller, and Theda Nelson. Starting in 1946 she helped in her husband's business, Adams Auto Service, and was a teacher at St. John's Catholic School for 20 years retiring in 1976. Following her retirement from teaching, she was a secretary for Dean Construction Company. Her greatest love was her family and faith. The family will receive friends on Monday, June 25, 2012 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in St. John's Catholic Church with Fr. Keith Woods celebrating and, Fr. Raymond Schmidt, Msgr. Martin P. Harris, and Msgr. Karl Chimiak concelebrating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be; Bob Dean, Bobby Thompson, Bernie Dombrosky, Chuck Pappaconstantinou, Kevin Hills, and Adam Hills. Contributions may be made to St. John's School, 43950 St. John's Road Hollywood, MD 20636, and/or Hospice of St. Mary's P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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