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Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 12:00 am


Dorothy Lee Allen

EASTON Dorothy Lee Allen of Cordova died Aug. 24 at Memorial Hospital at Easton. She was 71.

Born in Centreville, she was the daughter of the late Calvin and Elsie Smith Scott. She graduated from Caroline County High School in 1956.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved CMT country videos, yard sales and shopping.

Mrs. Allen is survived by her husband, Edward Orville Allen Sr., whom she married Aug. 8, 1959; three children, Shirley Morris and her husband Greg, Donna Baynard and her husband Jeff, and Orville Allen and his wife Dina, all of Cordova; seven grandchildren, Samuel Elburn IV, Garrett Elburn, Cindy Morris, Christie Morris, Hunter Allen, Melody Allen and Meghan Allen; one sister, Jean Scott of Trappe; and one brother, Marion Scott of Harrington, Del.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Calvin Scott Jr., Johnny Scott and Robert Scott; and one sister, Betty Turner.

Services were held Aug. 28 at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home P.A. in Easton. Burial was at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Easton.

C. Jay Arthur Jr.

DENTON Claude "Jay" Arthur Jr. of Denton died Aug. 22 at the Caroline Home for Hospice in Denton. He was 49.

He was born Oct. 12, 1959, in Easton, the son of Vera Louise Wooters King of Federalsburg and the late Claude Arthur Sr.

Besides his mother, he is survived by two children, Heather Arthur (Michael Trice) of Federalsburg and William Arthur (Tiffany) of Seaford, Del.; four grandchildren, Skyler Wockenfuss, Madelynn Milligan, Kyla Smith and Nicholas Robinson; five siblings, Verna Hearn and Pandora Downie both of Massachusetts, Sherry Arthur of Florida, Gary Lonnie Adams of Hurlock, and Rayna Adams of Seaford, Del.

Funeral services were private.

Milton L. Barth Sr

PRESTON Milton Leo Barth Sr., of Preston, formerly of Howard County, died Aug. 24.

He was the husband of the late Evelyn Barth; father of Melinda Peugh and her husband George of Preston, John Barth of Newport News, Va., Milton "Spanky" Barth of Federalsburg, and Robert Barth and his wife Angie of Stevensonville; grandfather of George "J.P." Peugh Jr.; great-grandfather of David, Logan, Emily, Clarissa and Brianna Peugh; and brother of Mary Branham, Margaret Rudacille, Clara Jestes, Ralph, Stinson, Carl and the late Earl, Gene and Howard "Bobby" Barth.

Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at Slack Funeral Home P.A., 3871 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City. Interment was in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens.

James L. Brown IV

ELKTON James L. Brown IV of Elkton died Aug. 24 at the Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 81.

He was employed as a supervisor for Western Union in Valley Forge, Pa. He enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay and Lake George, N.Y. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren's sporting events at North Caroline High School and supporting his sons-in-law' coaching.

He is survived by his children, James L. Brown V and his wife Cyndy of Stuart, Fla., Nancy D. Melchior and her husband David of Greensboro, and Susan E. Frey and her husband Timothy of Greensboro; stepchildren, Jeff Box of Texas, Cindy Alder of Florida and Wendy Druce of Texas; seven grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Dorothy I. Brown and Jeanne B. Brown.

Services were private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bayside Community Network, c/o Gee Funeral Home, 259 East Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921.

Alice O. Callahan

FEDERALSBURG Alice O. Callahan of Federalsburg died Aug. 24 at her home surrounded by her loving and devoted family. She was 102.

She was born Nov. 8, 1906, in Frostburg, the daughter of the late John and Christiana Ort Glime.

She was a homemaker and had worked at the Manor House in Seaford, Del., in housekeeping.

She was a member of the Friendship Church.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Louise Callahan of Federalsburg; five grandchildren, Steve White (Sherrie) of Dunwoody, Ga., Brian White (Darlene) of Highland, Chris Miller (Tom) of Rhodesdale, Kathy Callahan (Pat) of Salisbury, and Karen Bell of Federalsburg; 11 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo W. Callahan; two children, Virginia Lee Callahan White and Joseph "Buddy" Callahan; and by her siblings, Helen Glime, Paul, Ernest, John and Carl Glime.

Funeral services were held Aug. 27 at the Framptom Funeral Home P.A. in Federalsburg. Interment was in Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Caroline Hospice Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 362, Denton, MD 21629.

Robert G. Diefenderfer Sr

TRAPPE Robert G. Diefenderfer Sr., of Trappe, died Aug. 26 at his home after a long illness. He was 67.

Born in Trappe on March 16, 1942, he was the son of the late Edna Griffin and Henry Diefenderfer. He attended Talbot County Schools and graduated from Easton High School. After high school he served with the National Guard.

For many years he worked as a farmer at Wild Goose Farms. He also worked construction for P.E. Moore before retiring in 2004. He loved hunting and fishing in his spare time.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Lynne Diefenderfer; his son, Robert (R.D.) Diefenderfer Jr. and girlfriend Ashleigh Beckett; his daughter, Mandy Insley and her husband David, and their three children Spencer, Logan and Paige. He is also survived by a sister, Anne Brinsfield Truitt of Vienna; two sisters-in-law, Eunice Diefenderfer of Preston and Shirley Diefenderfer of Laurel, Del.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Diefenderfer and William Earl Diefenderfer.

Services were held Aug. 29 at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., Easton. Burial was at Oxford Cemetery, Oxford.

Donations may be made in his honor to the Talbot Hospice Foundation, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, Maryland 21601.

Guy C. Edgar Jr.

EAST NEW MARKET Guy C. "Pete" Edgar Jr., 86, of East New Market died Aug. 28 at Mallard Bay Care Center.

He was born in Cambridge on Aug. 16, 1923, and was a son of the late Guy C. Edgar Sr. and Henrietta Gray Edgar Bennett.

Mr. Edgar graduated from Cambridge High School class of 1940. He attended classes at Johns Hopkins until he was drafted into the U.S. Navy during W.W. II. On Sept. 13, 1942, he married the former Audrey Parker. She died Jan. 19, 2000.

Mr. Edgar worked for Service Trucking, which later changed to Preston Trucking. He was a leased driver for 28 years where he received several different awards.

His nickname was "slow poke." Some of his hobbies were bowling, where he was Maryland Senior State Champion in 1985 and won a berth to play in Reno, Nev. Mr. Edgar was an avid sports fan and loved to watch his grandson Guy C. Edgar IV playing Little League baseball. He also collected coins and loved the outdoors.

He is survived by a daughter Carol E. "Mickey" Vickers and husband Kenneth R. of Florida and their children: Kenneth R. Vickers Jr., Lori Lynn Gagnon and Sandra Chilton; two sons Michael S. Edgar Sr. and wife Betty of Cambridge and their children Michael S. Edgar Jr., Shawn A. Edgar, Amy Edgar and Ashley Edgar Jones and Guy C. Edgar III and wife Jennifer and their son, Guy C. Edgar IV; 12 great-grandchildren; and half brother Ken Edgar of Cambridge, two step-sisters; one step-brother; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home in Cambridge with the Rev. A. Delmer Willey Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery near Hurlock. Family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Cambridge Little League, P.O. Box 1275, Cambridge, MD 21613 or to Pleasant Day Adult Services, 2474 Cambridge Beltway, Cambridge, MD 21613.

Mary Eleanor Ward Gibbons

HENDERSON Mary Eleanor Ward Gibbons died Aug. 27 at her home in Henderson. She was 72.

Mrs. Gibbons was born on Aug. 17, 1937, in Irwin, Pa., to the late Blaine Decker Sr. and Elizabeth Bowen Decker. She attended school in Annapolis and married Robert F. Gibbons Sr. on April 10, 1955. She was primarily a homemaker, caring for her children. After residing in Annapolis, she and her family moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1979, residing in Stevensville, and later moved to Henderson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years on Jan. 19, 1995. Mrs. Gibbons enjoyed crafts and crocheting.

Mrs. Gibbons is survived by four children, Beverly Catterton, Mary Dickerson, Robert F. Gibbons Jr., and Janet Calabrese; three brothers, Blaine Decker, Richard Decker and Robert Hummel; three sisters, Elizabeth Sheffey, Patricia Guy, and Gloria Jane White; 10 grandchildren, Larry Dickerson Jr., Christina Valentine, Amanda Mercurio, Robert Gibbons III, Michael Catterton, Dennis Calabrese Jr., Amy Calabrese, April Catterton, Ashley Calabrese and Bert W. Trabing; eight great-grandchildren, Larry Dickerson III, Bri`anna Dickerson, Autumn Dickerson, Michael Valentine Jr., Adam Jonathan Valentine, Brennan Dickerson, Braden Dickerson and Paige Nichole Calabrese.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Bert W. Gibbons Sr.; a sister, Hazel Nickerson; and one great-granddaughter, Lyndsay Valentine.

Funeral services were held Sept. 1 at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., Chester. Interment was in Stevensville Cemetery.

David A. Hubbard Jr.

Federalsburg David A. Hubbard Jr. of Federalsburg died Aug. 29 as a result of injuries suffered from a motorcycle accident in Hurlock. He was 30.

He was born Sept. 22, 1978 in Easton, the son of the late Lesley Murray Davis and David A. Hubbard Sr. of Federalsburg.

He was a graduate of Colonel Richardson High School Class of 1996. He had completed Barber School. David was employed as a fork lift operator at FedEx in Williamsburg.

In addition to his father, David A. Hubbard Sr., he is survived by his step-mother, Elaine Hubbard of Federalsburg; two sisters, Latwanya Woolford and Davette Thomas, both of Federalsburg; a brother Darryl Hubbard of Raleigh, N.C.; maternal grandmother Odella Murray of Lakeland, N.J.; paternal grandmother, Helen Hubbard of Jonestown; two nephews; one niece; and faithful companion, Tashawna Bolden of Federalsburg.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Park Lane Church of God in Federalsburg. Friends may call at the Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg, on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.

Madeline L. Johnson

EAST NEW MARKET Madeline L. Johnson of East New Market, formerly of Ridgely, died Aug. 24 in Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge. She was 85.

Born in Indian Head, Mrs. Johnson was the daughter of the late Clyde Gates and Mary Belle Monroe Gates. Her husband, Robert B. Johnson, died Jan. 29, 1996.

Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She had lived in Ridgely for many years before moving to East New Market eight years ago where she loved playing cards with her friends.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by one son, Robert C. Johnson of Chesapeake Beach; one daughter, Carol Burton of East New Market; four grandchildren, Joe Magrogan, Lisa Fretz, Glenn Johnson and Mary-Sue Garren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Gates and J. Earl Gates.

A funeral service was held Aug. 28 at Moore Funeral Home P.A. in Denton. Interment was in the Ridgely Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the East New Market Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 280, East New Market, MD 21631.

Mildred G. Mueller

DENTON Mildred G. Mueller of Denton died Aug. 25 at the Caroline Nursing Home in Denton. She was 84.

Born in Rush Tower, Missouri, Mrs. Mueller was the daughter of the late John Henry Boyer and Margaret Becker Boyer. Her husband, Fritz G. Mueller, died April 15, 2006.

Mrs. Mueller was a homemaker. She had also worked in school cafeterias in Ohio and in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Mueller is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Cindy) L. Parker of Denton; five granddaughters, Heather Wright of Hartville, Mo., Mary Kessinger of Centreville, Jennifer Bartz of Denton, Erica Swalheim of Wilmington, Del., and Rikki Shunk of Shippensburg, Pa.; one grandson, Scott Parker of Denton; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by one son, Fredrick (Rick) Mueller who died in 1974.

The funeral services were private.

Please send memorial donations to the Caroline Humane Society, 407 W. Bell St., Ridgely, MD 21660.

Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, P.A. in Denton.

Harry E. Ross

FEDERALSBURG Harry Earl Ross of Federalsburg died Aug. 24 at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 66.

He was born Jan. 15, 1943, in Baltimore, the son of the late James Wilmer Ross and Edna C. Rau.

He was married to Sue Ann Upton, who preceded him in death Aug. 30, 1998. He served in the United States Army for six years. He was an extruder operator at Solo Cup in Federalsburg and retired in 1995.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, firearms, cooking and eating crabs. He was a movie fan and especially enjoyed the military and history channels.

He is survived by two children, Kimberly Davis and her husband Steven of Federalsburg, and Kenneth E. Ross of Lewes, Del.; five grandchildren, Steven Davis Jr., Dillon Davis, Cody Ross, Matthew Ross and Jordan Ross; two siblings, James C. Ross and Lois Jane Houck-Dill; three nieces; and special in-laws, Catherine and Donald Davis.

Arrangements were private.

Linda Jane Saylor Sherwood

EASTON Linda Jane Saylor Sherwood died suddenly Aug. 26 at the University of Maryland Hospital surrounded by her family. She was 58.

Born in Pineville, Ky., on March 24, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Chittle Saylor and Verdie Rae Hoskins Saylor. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and sister.

Surviving are two daughters, Frani Sherwood Thompson of Easton and Johnnie Rae Cherry (Glen) of Oxford; seven grandchildren who were her life, Whittney Sherwood, Madison Thompson, Cley Thompson, Kyle Thompson, Tyler Cherry, Kayla Cherry and Haley Cherry; three sisters, Delphia Sherwood (Frankie) of Cordova, and Sandy Saylor and Cathy Post of Federalsburg; three brothers, Neil Saylor (Linda) of Harrington, Del., Earl Saylor (Sue) of Wye Mills, and Chittle Saylor Jr. (Jean) of Preston; a special mother-in-law, Marie Sherwood of Ridgely; and numerous nieces and nephews, along with her furry friend Maggie Mae.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Diana Perkins.

Services were held at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Easton Aug. 31. Burial was at White Marsh Cemetery in Trappe.

Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Maryland Department of Neurology, 22 South Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Roseanne Steele Smith

DENTON Roseanne Steele Smith, of Denton, died Aug. 26 at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. She was 58.

Mrs. Smith was born Nov. 9, 1950, in Dover, Del., to the late Marshall and Rosetta Steele.

Mrs. Smith was a 1969 graduate of Queen Anne County High School. She attended St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Ingleside.

She is survived by her daughter, Erma Smith and daughter-in-law, Toni Reynolds of Cecilton; son, Michael Smith of Denton; sister, Jenny Hutson of Dover, Del.; her companion of 26 years, Benjamin "Benny" Squirer; grandson, Nicolas of Cecilton; and two nephews, Thomas Hutson of Dover, Del., and Jonathan Hutson of Harrington, Del.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George; and two brothers, Billy Steele and Ricky Steele.

Services were held Aug. 29 at Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, P.A., 106 W. Sunset Ave., in Greensboro. The place of interment will be Greensboro Cemetery.

John F. Tilghman

SALISBURY John F. Tilghman, 96, died Aug. 28 at Wicomico Nursing Home in Salisbury.

John was born July 11, 1913, in Wicomico County to the late Dennis F. Tilghman and Lola (Wimbrow) Tilghman.

Mr. Tilghman graduated from Wicomico High School in 1930 and Goldey Business College in Wilmington, Del. He was a Navy veteran serving in W.W. II.

After working for 20 years in the oil business with the Holt Oil Company, Mr. Tilghman began his own company, John F. Tilghman & Sons Inc., in 1952. The business continues today.

Mr. Tilghman was past president of the Federalsburg Lions Club and the Delmarva Heat Association. He was a Caroline County Trial Magistrate from 1959 to 1965 and served as mayor of Federalsburg in the 1970s. Both Mr. and Mrs. Tilghman were avid golfers and charter members of the Caroline Country Club. Other memberships include the American Legion in Denton; Greenhill Yacht and Country Club and the Elks Lodge in Salisbury.

He is survived by three sons and their spouses, Stanley and Peggy Tilghman, Philip and Carol Tilghman of Salisbury and Jack and Donna Tilghman of Pocomoke City; eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth Timmons Tilghman; brother, Jason S. Tilghman; and a sister, Kathleen Keilholtz.

A funeral service was held Sept. 1 at Holloway Funeral Home. Interment was at Wicomico Memorial Park in Salisbury.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Jason & Louise Tilghman Trust in care of Seidel, Baker & Tilghman, 110 N. Division St., Salisbury, MD 21802.

Arrangements by Holloway Funeral Home, Salisbury.

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