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|Proctor, Francis Vernon
Birth: 1953-11-10 in Charles County, Maryland
|Proctor, Francis Vernon (Age 57) of Indian Head, Maryland.|
Francis “Vernon” Proctor, mostly known as Vernon, departed this life on April 9, 2011 at home in Indian Head, Maryland, to join his mother, father and brothers, Emanuel, James “Milton”, Theodore Morris and James Bernard “Billy” in heaven.
Vernon was born November 10, 1953 in Charles County, Maryland to Morris and Agnes Proctor. He was educated in the Charles County Public School System. While in high school, he held the record for pole vaulting for seven years. He graduated in 1971.
Vernon started working for the National Park Service in Fort Washington, Maryland in 1973 and after working there for 37 years he retired in January 2011.
Vernon was the all-around handyman. He loved to build and fix things. He made frames, clocks and furniture and also restored furniture. He was an all around "Mr. Fix It".
Vernon loved to spend time with his family, especially his only child, Shanell. He always played around and joked with everybody and had stories for days, so when you were around him you were always entertained.
He was a diehard Redskins fan. He loved to shoot pool and was in multiple pool leagues, winning numerous trophies and awards. Vernon also enjoyed hunting, fishing and fixing cars.
He is survived by his wife, Melissa (separated), his daughter, Shanell, fiancé, Doreen, stepson, Bruce “Marquis” and stepdaughter, Tierra “Tia”, sisters, Shirley (Jack), Barbara (Chubby), Elizabeth “Betty” Green, Mary Brent Neal (Winfield) and Salome Savoy (Junior); brothers, Jerome (Rosemary), Larry (Connie), Herbert “Winfield” (Tess) and David “Timmy” (Frances), a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
Viewing, 10:00am until Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00am on Friday, April 15, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 4590 St. Joseph’s Way, Pomfret, Maryland. Interment, Church Cemetery.
Arrangements, THORNTON Funeral Home, P.A., Indian Head, Maryland.
|Dyson, Charles Reginald, Sr.
Birth: 1928-07-19 in Marbury, Maryland
|Charles Reginald “Reggie” Dyson, Sr., 82, of Hughesville, MD, died April 9, 2011, at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Home, Lexington Park, MD. |
Mr. Dyson was Chief Lineman for 38 years with Southern Maryland Electric Coop. In addition, he was a tobacco farmer, school bus contractor for Charles County for 25 years, custodian at Bryantown School for ten years, and worked for Everything Amish for five years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryantown, a member and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and a third degree member of the Dr. John H. Griffin Council No. 2293. He loved gardening, woodworking and being with his family.
Born July 19, 1928, in Marbury, MD, he was the son of the late George Conrad Dyson and the late Elizabeth Bowie Dyson.
Predeceased by his parents; sons, Charles R. Dyson, Jr. And Louis David Dyson.
Survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Elsie Dyson; daughters, Deborah A. Dean of Hollywood, MD; Theresa Lynn Abernathy of Hughesville, MD; Marla Marie Joy-Ragab of Lexington Park, MD; Mary Regina and her husband Richard Estevez, Jr. Of White Plains, MD; brother, George Dyson and his wife Ruby of Ironsides, MD; sister, Rosalie Louie of Ft. Washington, MD; Annabelle and her husband Thomas Gardiner of Oxon Hill, MD; Mildred Dyson of Ft. Washington, MD. Also survived by 14 grandchildren.
Visitation will be Monday, April 18, 2011, from 5PM to 8PM with a Knights of Columbus wake service beginning at 7PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 13705 Notre Dame Place, Bryantown, MD 20617. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 11AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bryantown, MD. Fr. Richard Gardiner will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Lee Dean, Christopher Dean, Matthew Joy, Nick Dyson, Ricky Estevez and Michael Gardiner. Honorary Pallbearers will be Beth Dean, Sarah Gray, Andrew Joy, Timmy Dyson, Ashley Dyson, Jennifer Joy, Kacey Abernathy, J.D. Abernathy, Maria and Louie Estevez. Interment will take place in the church cemetery immediately following mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 13705 Notre Dame Place, Bryantown, MD 20617.
Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.
|Ludy, Lindsley Lorene
Birth: 1922-06-09 in Sandusky, Ohio
|The Rev. Lin Ludy, 88, died April 9, 2011 at her home on Cobb Island, MD. She was preceded in death last November by her beloved husband of 68 years, Bert Ludy. She was born Lindsley Lorene Buck in Sandusky, OH on June 9, 1922. |
She graduated from Sandusky High School. Following her graduation from the University of Michigan with a BA in Education in 1942, she married Albert K. Ludy, Jr. For the next 30 years, she accompanied her husband in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Bogota, Columbia, Turin, Italy, Mexico City, and Singapore, in addition to assignments in Washington, DC. In addition to complementing her husband’s diplomatic career by organizing official representational activities in these posts, she was an active volunteer in the church and community. She provided leadership in numerous ecumenical and service organizations, including Church Women United, Cub Scouts, and the Red Cross. She was known for her ability to work with persons of many cultures, races, and social and economic backgrounds.
She attended seminary after her husband’s retirement. She earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity and was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ in 1980. She ministered for over 20 years as a spiritual director and pastoral counselor, addressing spiritual and psychological problems, both crisis and long-term, with adults of all ages. She was a teacher and leader of retreats and workshops in prayer, contemplation and spiritual formation, and was an associate staff member of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. She was a liturgical clown, creating and leading clown worship services, as well as bringing laughter and hope to residents of hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, and schools. With her husband, she led marriage enrichment retreats and founded the United Church of Christ regional PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). She has fought hunger, advocated women’s rights, and worked for improved social services on four continents, creatively combining spirituality with social action.
She is survived by children Carl (Tamara Dahn) of Auburn, CA, Lorene (Jean Eden) of Lincoln, NE, Beverlie and David (Katie) and grandson Bryan of Cobb Island, MD, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Christ Church - Wayside, Newburg, ,MD beginning at 11AM on 6/9/2011. Services will be held at Christ Church - Wayside, Newburg, MD beginning at 11AM on 6/9/2011. A private burial has been requested.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Charles County, P.O. Box 1703, La Plata, MD 20646; Wayside Food Bank, c/o Bob Petrash, Treasurer, 11722 Wollaston Circle, Swan Point, MD 20645; Shalem Institute, 3025 4th Street, NE, Suite 22, Washington, DC 20017 or the organization of your choice promoting God's love on Earth.
Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.
|Cotton, Milford Ray
Birth: 1928-10-25 in Craven, North Carolina
|Milford Ray Cotton, 82, of Mechanicsville, MD, formerly of Clinton, MD, died April 8, 2011 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Born October 25, 1928 in Craven, North Carolina, he was the son of William Curtis Cotton and Rosa Mae Jenkins Cotton. |
Mr. Cotton served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He later worked as a carpenter and was a member of Carpenters Union Local 132. Mr. Cotton was an avid hunter, fisher and boatman.
Mr. Cotton was predeceased by his parents and brother, William D. Cotton.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian Virginia Hiner Cotton; daughter, Lorri Rae (Michael) Riess and son, William Curtis (Beverly Kay) Cotton; brother, James C. Cotton: sisters, Bettie Bartholomew and Sarah Ates and 3 grandchildren, Brandon, Kristin and Kayla.
Mr. Cotton's Life Celebration will be on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, from 5 to 8PM and where his funeral service will be on Thursday, April 14th at 9AM. A committal service with military honors will follow at 11AM at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.
Arrangements provided by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A.
|Dowell, Benjamin Loran
Birth: 1919-11-23 in Olivet, Maryland
|Benjamin Loran “Benny” Dowell, 91 of Lusby, MD formerly of Solomons, MD passed away on April 8, 2011 at Calvert Memorial Hospital. He was born on November 23, 1919 in Olivet, MD to the late Loran Lee and Pearl Langley Dowell. |
He was the loving husband to Teresa Catherine Dowell whom he married in 1940 and preceded him in death on April 20, 1998.
Benny was in the Army Air Corp, serving during WWII and was honorably discharged after 4 years of service. He went onto become and Electrician for NOLTF / Pax River and retired in 1975 after 30 years of service. Benny was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 274, serving twice as the commander and once as the chaplain. He was dedicated to helping family, friends, and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and siblings, Calvin Dowell, George Dowell, Eva Dowell, and Mary Ann Dowell.
Benny is survived by his children, Robert Dowell and wife Dyane of Salisbury, MD, and Cathy Dowell Brooks of Loveville, MD; sister, Juanita Dowell of Baltimore, MD; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The family received friends on Monday, April 11, 2011 from 6 ~ 7:30 PM in the Rausch Funeral Home, Lusby, MD where a funeral service was held at 7:30 PM with the American Legion Post 274 officiating. Interment was private.
Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.
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