Scott I. Arthur
FEDERALSBURG Scott Ian Arthur of Federalsburg passed away May 11. He was 31.
Born in Easton, Mr. Arthur was the son of Deborah Ann Ewing Arthur of Greensboro and the late Claude Haynes Arthur. He was a 1996 graduate of North Caroline High School.
Scott is survived by four children, Trevor, Scottie, Jayden and Trinity; a sister, Wendi Leigh Potter of Greensboro; two brothers, Terry Lee Fitzgerald of Cabot, Ark., and Shane Eric Arthur of Harrington, Del.; and nieces and nephews.
Family memorial services will be private.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, for friends to make memorial donations to the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., 12 S. Second St., Denton, MD 21629 to help defer funeral expenses.
For online condolences, please go to moorefuneralhomepa.com.
Mary E. Aufrecht
DENTON Mary Elsie Aufrecht, previously of Greensboro, died May 17 at Envoy of Denton in Denton. She was 93.
She was born in Greensboro on July 21, 1917, to the late Alvin Coursey Edwards and Elsie Edwards.
She was a bookkeeper for Sears, where she worked for 20 years.
She is survived by her son, Frederick E. May and wife Sandra of Long Island City, N.Y.; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Fidler and husband Donald of Dunkirk; a grandson, Carl Frederick May and partner Marla Clayton of Gaithersburg; a sister, Mable Riffle of Greensboro; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services were held May 19 at Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, Greensboro. Interment was in the Greensboro Cemetery in Greensboro.
Arrangements by Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, P.A.
Keith A. Blake Sr.
FEDERALSBURG Keith Avon Blake Sr. of Federalsburg passed away May 18 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del. He was 49.
Born Sept. 21, 1961, in Easton, he was the son of Alice Virginia Freeman Blake of Jonesboro, Ga., and the late Fredrick N. Blake.
He had worked for Allen Family Foods and for the former Black & Decker.
Besides his mother, Alice Blake, he is survived by his wife, Vonessia Ann Hunt Blake; three children, Keith Avon Blake Jr. of Denton, Travine A. Blake Sr. and Briana S. Blake, both of Federalsburg; four grandchildren, Jay'vine Blake, Travine Blake Jr., Breasia Blake and Keilani Renee Blake; seven siblings, Peggy Davis (Joseph Sr.) of Dover, Del., Vincent Freeman (Sharon) of Easton, Reginald Freeman (Elaine) of Federalsburg, Vanessa Blake of Easton, Janice Blake of Jonesboro, Darrell Blake (Tammy) of Dover and twin brother Kevin Blake (Freda) of Cambridge; many nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles; special godsons, Eric Williams of Florida and James Sampson Jr. of Cambridge; two goddaughters, Tiffany Israel of Coverdale and Keayra Green of Ridgely; in-laws, Dorothy Mae and Gregory L. Williams Sr. of Federalsburg; and brothers-in-law, Eddie Mack Hunt Jr. of Greensboro and Gregory Williams Jr. of Federalsburg.
Funeral services were held May 24 at Farmers Memorial Church of God in Christ in Jonestown, near Preston, with the Rev. Cleon Deal Sr. officiating. Interment followed in Federal Hill Cemetery in Federalsburg.
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Mary B. Ford
DENTON Mary Bryan Ford of Denton died peacefully surrounded by her family May 20, in the Memorial Hospital at Easton. She was 79.
Born in Stevensville, Mrs. Ford was a 1949 graduate of Stevensville High School. A native of Kent Island, she moved to Grant, Fla., for more than 30 years before moving back to Kent Island in 1995. She dearly loved Kent Island and was very happy to return to be near her children and grandchildren.
For the past year, she has lived in Denton with her daughter Amanda. She thoroughly enjoyed bird watching and had a real passion for gardening. But, most of all, she had dedicated her life to her children and their families.
Mrs. Ford is survived by four sons, John Lay Ford Jr. and his wife Christina of Denton, Bryan Carroll Ford and his wife Cathy of Queenstown, Douglas Nathan Ford and his wife Wanda of Jessup and Norman Scott Ford of Cocoa, Fla.; two daughters, Amanda Lee Lewis and her husband Leverett of Denton and Laura Rebecca Ford of Cordova; a devoted sister, Clara Davidson of Stevensville; 10 grandchildren, Andre' Ford, Destin Ford and his wife Jennifer, Bryan Ford and his wife Alisha, Evan Ford, Christina Caissie and her husband Aidan, Douglas Ford, Denise Morgan, Sophia Lewis, Rebecca Elmore and Emily Price; and nine great-grandchildren, Chloe, Julia, Grace, Abby, Jacob, Kory, Hayden, Lilly and Caitlyn.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Olive Lowe and Norma Hopkins; and her former husband, John Lay Ford. Mary will be remembered by those who loved her for her many passions and deep commitment to her family.
Funeral services were held May 24 at the St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Denton. The interment was private.
The family suggests for memorial donations in Mrs. Ford's memory be sent to the Adult Medical Day Care Foundation, P.O. Box 603, Denton, MD 21629.
Eric L. Gates
DENTON Eric Lynn Gates of Denton died May 17 at University of Maryland Hospital after a sudden illness. He was 50.
Born in Canton, Ohio, he spent most of his life in Las Vegas, Nev. He enjoyed telling people that he had finally found his real home here on the Eastern Shore.
Eric had a true love of animals throughout his life and enjoyed training tigers (Las Vegas), horses and dogs. Everything he did, he did with passion. A carpenter most of his life, his most enjoyable job was with Lyons and Connolly Builders of Trappe for the last 10 years.
Eric is survived by his fiancée, Carol A. Smith; his son, Devlynn A. Gates and girlfriend Chelsea Mahoney of Annapolis; Devlynn's mother, Janice Rose Gates of Michigan; and two sisters, Stacie Stone and husband Randy of Las Vegas, and Wendy Pierce and her son Kyler of Las Vegas.
A celebration of his life was held May 21 at Eric and Carol's home in Denton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eric's memory to the "Wounded Warrior Project," at www.woundedwarrior project.org.
Barbara J. Thomas
THOMPSONTOWN Barbara Jean Mincey Thomas, known as "Bobbie Mincey," of East New Market passed away May 15 at Dorchester General Hospital. She was 70.
She was born April 19, 1941, in Panama City, Fla., daughter of the late Thomas Mincey Sr. and Minnie Lee Peaton Mincey. Her husband, Herbert Warren Thomas, preceded her in death June 9, 2010.
She was employed by the Dorchester Department of Social Services with Work Oppportunity Case Management II. She worked as a bank teller for the former Farmers Merchant Bank, and was a sales associate at the former Leggett's in Cambridge, and at Ames. She was a program writer at Merrell Lynch. Barbara grew up in the Church of God in Christ.
She is survived by three daughters, Vivian Thomas, Regena Thomas and her fiancée Dwayne Brittingham, and Lorna Thomas, all of Thompsontown; five grandchildren, Jeffrey Jones of New York, Keontra' Thomas (Alicia) of Delaware, Kierra Thomas of Cambridge, Jerrad Thomas and Courtney Thomas, both of Thompsontown; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lena Bullard and Ruby Parks, both of Detroit, Mich., and Mildred Mincey of Texas; a brother, Hubert Mincey of Texas; four sisters-in-law, Vivian Jolley Frock of East New Market, Parthenia Goslee of Thompsontown, Lillian Magee and Frances Jolley, both of Federalsburg; and a dear friend, Ruth Jones of Hurlock.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Thomas; three brothers, Thomas Mincey Jr., James Mincey and Harold Williams; and a sister, Ora Lee Eddings.
Funeral services were held May 21 at Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Cornell Johnson officiating. Interment was held May 23 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock.
Arrangements by Framptom Funeral Home. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.