Heather A. Cowgill
EASTON Heather Allen Cowgill, 45, died April 4 at the Memorial Hospital at Easton. Services will be private.
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FEDERALSBURG Arthur Donovan of Federalsburg passed away April 9 at Talbot Hospice in Easton. He was 95.
He was born Feb. 15, 1916, at Dublin Hill in Sussex County, Del., the son of the late James and Lilly Wheeler Donovan. He was preceded in death by his wives, Pauline Elizabeth Passwaters Donovan, in 1982, and Daisy Lily Handy Donovan, in 2004.
He retired from the former Mulholland-Harper in Denton as a sign maker. He had also been employed by the former Excelsior Pearl Works in Federalsburg. He was a member of New Liberty Wesleyan Church in Federalsburg, where he had served as treasurer of the building fund and assisted the church treasurer.
He is survived by a daughter with whom he made his home, S. Jean Gray and her husband Robert of Federalsburg; two sons, James Donovan and his wife Diana of Easton, and Wayne Donovan and his wife Susan of Kansas City, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; four step-children, Gladys D. Auld of Seaford, Del., Jane Joseph and Robert L. "Bobby" Donovan of Bridgeville, Del., and Darlene Beauchamp of Federalsburg; and many step-grandchildren.
Three sons, Edward Donovan, Elwood Donovan and Carl Donovan; a daughter, Bessie Wheatley Truitt; and four step-children, Toby Donovan, Sewell Donovan, Melvin Donovan and Katherine Burklew, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held April 12 at New Liberty Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Doug Thornburgh officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Talbot Hospice Foundation Inc. 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, MD 21601.
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Cleda G. Ayers/Fisher
DENTON Cleda Gay Ayers/Fisher, formerly of Federalsburg, passed away April 7 at Caroline Nursing Home in Denton. She died as she lived, with grace. Gay was 87.
She was born in Switchback, W. Va., on March 25, 1924, the daughter of the late John W. Hunnell and Flora B. Walker Hunnell. Her first husband, S. Edward Ayers Jr., died Nov. 9, 1990. She later married Edgar M. "Husky" Fisher, who died March 29, 1999.
She was a graduate of Graham High School in Bluefield, Va. Gay worked at the former Service Trucking Company in Federalsburg, and for the former Preston Trucking Company in Preston.
She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church since 1951, where she was a former vice president of the United Methodist Women, was a member of the choir and was a member of the Christian Endeavor Society for more than 60 years. She was a member of the Federalsburg Senior Center.
She is survived by two sons, Sanford E. Ayers III of Baltimore, and David W. Ayers and his wife Pam of Federalsburg; two grandchildren, D. Wesley Ayers II and his wife Robyn of Federalsburg, and Angela A. Fletcher and her husband Scott of Arlington, Va.; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Tabor of Montvale, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Two brothers, John Hunnell and James Hunnell, preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held April 11 at the Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, with the Rev. Al Taylor officiating. Interment followed in Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Caroline Nursing Home, 520 Kerr Ave., Denton, MD 21629, or to Christ United Methodist Church, c/o James Hubbert, 315 Maple Ave., Federalsburg, MD 21632.
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Genevieve F. Glover
RIDGELY Genevieve Florence Glover of Ridgley died April 7 in her home surrounded by her family. She was 77.
She was born March 14, 1934, in Felton, Del., to the late Mildred Holden and Mondel Semans Sr.
Mrs. Glover was a 1952 graduate of Ridgely High School. She was a clerk for Connelly's Market for 37 years and a member of the Ridgely United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, James Glover Sr.; three sons, James Glover Jr. and wife Linda, Dennis Glover and wife Martha and Gregory Glover and fiancé Roxzan Hubbard, all of Ridgely; two brothers, Mondel Semans of Hillsboro and Charles Semans of Wye Mills; three grandchildren, Melanie McMahan, Shannon Gunderson and Jamie Glover; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Clifford Semans and Clayton Semans, sisters, Nora Jennette, Ruth Buckle and Ida Mae Semans, and her grandson, Dennis L. Glover II.
A funeral service was held April 12 in the Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home in Greensboro. Interment followed in the Ridgely Cemetery.
Suggested donations are to the Caroline Hospice Foundation, PO Box 362, Denton, MD 21629.
J. Russell Griffith
DENTON J. Russell Griffith passed away Nov. 25 at the Envoy Nursing Home in Denton.
He was born March 25, 1919, on Elliston Farm in St. Augustine, to James Irvin Griffith and Helen Salome Davidson Griffith.
A longtime resident at his Greenbrier Farm in Ridgely and winter home in Belleview, Fla., he was a farmer, electrician and musician, but most notably was an individual who gave back to his community and was always there to help someone in need, especially with their electrical service.
He was a charter and lifetime member of the Ridgely Lions Club and one of the first recipients of the Melvin Jones Award. He was a driving force for the Ridgely Centennial Celebration in 1967, one of the main supporters for the Strawberry Festival, now held every year during Memorial Day weekend, and for installing the Christmas lights in Ridgely along with installation and wiring for the lights at Martin Sutton Park.
He was a longtime member of the Ridgely United Methodist Church and the Caroline Country Club. He enjoyed singing and was a proficient tenor saxophone, bass piano and clarinet player. He had several bands, including the Blue Notes and Russ Griffith and the Cavaliers.
He was married 52 years to Rebecca Ann Boone Saulsbury, who survives him; four children, Kathleen Griffith McLain, C. Larry Griffith and his wife Barbara, J. David Griffith and his wife Carol and Susan Griffith Johnson; two step-children, Gwen Eskridge and her husband Doug and Todd Cooper and his wife Carolyn; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers, I. Davidson Griffith and Melvin Griffith, and one sister, Ruth Griffith Green.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. April 16 at the Ridgely United Methodist Church, 107 N. Central Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Ridgely Lions Club, PO Box 148, Ridgely, MD 21660.
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Hilda M. Brummell Hammond
LAUREL, Del. Hilda M. Brummell Hammond, formerly of Federalsburg, passed away at her home April 8. She was 94.
Born Nov. 4, 1916, in Caroline County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Roger Brummell and Ella Gertrude Tilghman Brummell. Her husband, Clifford Hammond, preceded her in death.
She attended Lockerman High School and worked in local canneries. She was a member of the former John Wesley United Methodist Church near Federalsburg. She enjoyed reading, studying the Bible and cooking, and was inspired by watching gospel TV programs. She attended Kingdom Empowerment Christian Church in Seaford, Del.
She is survived by six children, Vivian Hammond of Bridgeville, Del., Ruth Campbell of Millsboro, Del., Angela Hammond of Laurel with whom she made her home, Donnell Hammond, Linwood Hammond and Mervin Hammond, all of Bridgeville; 30 grandchildren; a host of great, great-great and great-great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Annie R. Woods of Federalsburg and Mary I. Blake of Bridgeville; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Marie Hammond; two sons, Charles and Merrill Hammond; eight siblings, Charles, Louis Sr., Samuel, Jerome, Willie, Walter Brummell, Sarah Turner and Eva Mae Brummell; a granddaughter, Anita Campbell; and great-granddaughter Destiny.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. April 16 at Kingdom Empowerment Christian Church in Seaford with Pastor Mason McGill officiating. Interment will follow in Federal Hill Cemetery in Federalsburg.
Friends may call at the church on from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and for an hour prior to the service Saturday.
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GREENSBORO Leah Ne' "Itty Bitty Buddy" Mansfield of Greensboro passed away April 9, surrounded by her loving family. She was 74.
She was born in Villisca, Iowa. Lee volunteered many years for Red Cross, and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in human services from Anne Arundel College. She retired from Queen Anne's County Department of Social Services, was a Sunday school teacher, a youth coach for many sports, an avid golfer and a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Centreville.
Lee is survived by her loving husband, Bob, of 48 years; son, Pete Mansfield (Cindy) of Merritt Island, Fla.; daughter, Candy Lemon (Rob) of Greensboro; son, Tom Mansfield (Debbie) of Vancouver, Wash.; son, Robert Mansfield (Edie) of Ingleside; son, Tony Mansfield (Jen) of Centreville; and 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hospice Foundation, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, FL 34667-2455.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please visit www.brewerfuneral.com to leave your condolences and for future date for memorial service.
William A. Perry
EASTON William Austin Perry, a gunsmith, cabinetmaker and carpenter, died at Memorial Hospital at Easton, surrounded by his family on April 6. He was 60.
Born in Easton on July 11, 1950, he was the son of Elizabeth Haden Perry and William Arthur Perry. His mother died in 1958. His father died in 1996.
As a youngster, he was a paper boy for The Star Democrat and played on Easton Little League baseball and football teams.
He was a 1968 graduate of Easton High School, where he had competed on the track and field, and cross country teams. He played the trumpet in the Easton High School Band, winning the John Philip Sousa Award in his senior year. Over the years, he often played at weddings and at church concerts and services.
He attended Chesapeake College, where he played on the college's first soccer team in 1968.
Mr. Perry then attended The Colorado School of Trades in Denver, Colo., where he studied gunsmithing from 1970 to 1972. After completing his training there he returned to Easton and worked for a time at the Gun Shop before becoming an independent gunsmith.
For several years, he was manager of the Cherry's sportswear store in downtown Easton. He also had been employed at the Perry Company, a construction company.
He had been a volunteer with the Waterfowl Festival since its earliest days, stopping only when he suffered a stroke in 2008. For several years he designed and decorated the stocks for rifles and shotguns given away by the Easton Jaycees during the Festival.
He was a longtime member of the Talbot Rod and Gun Club, where he had won several marksmanship competitions over the years. He also had been a marksmanship, handgun and hunter safety instructor with the National Rifle Association, and a hunter safety and shooting instructor in a Maryland Department of Natural Resources hunter safety program.
Along with his cousin, David W. Walker of Wittman, Mr. Perry had worked many years as a guide for goose and duck hunters. They had been guides for several years for Jody Powell, press secretary for President Jimmy Carter, at Powell's hunting lodge in Dorchester County.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed canoeing , hiking, mountain climbing, biking and camping.
Mr. Perry is survived by his stepmother, Elizabeth Rice Perry of Royal Oak; two brothers, Bruce Haden Perry and his wife, Louise, and Bruce Edward Perry and his wife, Patricia, all of Easton; three sisters, Denise Perry Riley and her husband William, of Trappe, and Debra Perry Jackson and her husband, William, and Kimberly Perry Whiteley, and her husband, Tyler Sr., all of Easton. He also is survived by his maternal aunt, Margaret Haden Kipilo of Fulsom, Calif.; seven nieces, Katherine Perry Ewers, Caroline Perry Spurry, Colin Perry, Amber Perry, Courtney Jackson, Faith Whiteley and Kamryn Whiteley, who also was his goddaughter; three nephews, Joshua Perry, Tyler Whiteley Jr. and Brady Jackson; a great nephew, Graham Willis, and two great-nieces, Khloe Smoot and Rhemington Perry.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Easton on April 16 at 2 p.m.
At his request, his ashes will be scattered in the harbor at the Caroline County village of Choptank, birthplace of his grandfather, Charles Arthur Perry, and of his great-uncle, William Austin "Buddy" Perry, captain of the ferryboat "Smokey Joe" on Chesapeake Bay. He was named for that uncle.
Memorial donations may be made to the Waterfowl Festival Inc., 40 S. Harrison St., Easton, Md. 21601 (designated for the Perry Scholarship Fund), or to the Shore Regional Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Ave. , Easton, Md. 21601.
William C. Short
SANDTOWN, Del. William Clinton Short, of Sandtown, Del., died April 5 in the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was 84.
He was born May 10, 1926, in Felton, Del., to the late Herman William and Susie Edwards Short.
Mr. Short, a lifelong resident of Sandtown, was a U.S. Marine veteran serving during the Korean War. He worked construction for George Lynch Co., retiring after 26 years of service. He also farmed for most of his life.
He is survived by his two daughters, Evelyn Hackman of Felton and Bessie Butler of Milford; son, John C. Short of Felton; his friend, Addie Pack of Harrington, Del.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Short was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Anna Biles Short; two sons, Matthew Short and Herman William Short III; five brothers, Arthur Short, James Short, Herman Short Jr., Clifton Short and Leon Short; two sisters, Elsie Pitlick and Ann Pizzuto; and his grandson, John William Hackman.
The funeral service was held April 8 in the Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home in Greensboro. Burial was in the Greensboro Cemetery.
The family suggests donations to be made to the Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Visit www.fleegleandhelfenbein.com to send condolences.
Lisa D. Stanley
FEDERALSBURG Lisa Denise Nickerson Stanley, 44, died April 4 at the Memorial Hospital at Easton. Service was held April 9 at Bethel U.M. Church, Federalsburg. Burial was in the church cemetery.