Bayne R. Rector, Sr., 95 of Salisbury, MD, formerly of North East, MD died Saturday, October 29, 2016 in his daughter’s home.
Born in Sparta, NC, on June 23, 1921, he was the son of the late Robert and Lura (Edwards) Rector. He served during World War II in the US Army.
Before his retirement he was a Carpenter, employed by Aberdeen Proving Ground. Bayne loved his family and the Lord. He enjoyed woodworking and activities in his church, The North East Church of the Nazarene. There is a plaque located at the entrance of Mr. Rectors home: “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15.
Ira Clyde Holbrook, Sr., 83 of Elk Mills, MD, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016 in the Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, Newark, DE.
Born in NC, on August 2, 1933, he was the son of the late Johnny C. and Flossie (Casey) Holbrook.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Holbrook worked as a spray painter, 6 years at General Motors and 34 years for Chrysler Assembly in Newark, Delaware.
He enjoyed watching NASCAR, especially his favorite driver, Mark Martin. He also enjoyed listening to bluegrass music, working on cars, wrestling and his frequent trips to see everyone at the McDonald’s on Belle Hill Road. Clyde Holbrook spent a lifetime being a master mechanic and helping others with his talents. Most of all, he loved his family and enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Prior to his illness, he helped with the food missions at Baldwin UMC for many years.
Rex Darrel Ward, Sr. 80, of Nottingham, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Lancaster General Hospital.
He was the husband of Betty E. Murray Ward with whom he shared 59 years of marriage.
Born in Independence, VA he was the son of the late Fred J. and Ruby D. Edwards Ward.
Rex was a rural letter carrier for the Nottingham Post Office for 29 years.
He was a Baptist by faith.
Rex was a member of the Teamsters Union.
He enjoyed fishing, riding tractors, raising cows, farming, gardening and growing fruit trees.
Evelyn D. McMullen, 81 yrs, of Port Deposit was called home on October 22, 2016. Born April 2, 1935 in Bel Air, MD, she was the daughter of the late Roy M. and Mary A. Gullion and the wife of 52 years to the late Harry L. McMullen.
Mrs. McMullen was a life-long homemaker and child care giver. Known as “Miss Evie” by the countless children she cared for over the years. Her passion was spending time with family and friends hosting numerous gatherings.
Nellie O. Gray, 90 years young of Perryville, MD, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
Born in Norfolk, VA, on October 13, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Lewis W. and Oresa (Owens) Mercer. In 1943 she met and married Rev. Edward G. Gray, Jr. They were married 67 wonderful years prior to his passing on August 28, 2010.
Mrs. Gray served as Librarian for Cecil County Public Library until her retirement.
She was an avid reader, wonderful gardener and fabulous cook. As strong supporter of her husband’s ministry, Mrs. Gray never met a stranger. She was a friend to all, showing a true love of everyone around her but also sharing with them her great sense of humor. She was the epitome of Grace and Beauty.
James Allen Perry, 71 of Galax, VA, passed away on Friday, October 21, 2016 in the Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC.
Born in West Jefferson, NC, on October 7, 1945, he was the son of the late James Woodrow and Dorothy (Hamm) Perry. He was the husband of the late Helen Marie Perry who passed on July 11, 2003.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Perry was a teamster, working for Chrysler over 30 years.
A good father, he was devoted to his family. His enjoyment in life came from them.
Doris Marie Gibbons, 85 of Elkton, MD, previously of Oxon Hill, MD and Temple Hills, MD passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2016 in the Elkton Transitional Care Center, Elkton, MD.
Born in Washington, DC, on August 2, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Harold and Marie (Cadell) Gibbons.
Doris graduated from Oxon Hill School in 1948, in the last class to graduate after 11 years. She began her working career as a Secretary for the Oxon Hill Elementary School and then for Marlow Tower Condominium as their Office Manager, Washington National Cemetery, Suitland, MD as a General Manager and ending her career retiring from the American Society of Naval Engineers, Alexandria, VA.
Violet Shirley Powers, “Shirley”, age 93 of Rising Sun, MD passed away on October 14, 2016.
She was born on May 1, 1923 in Ashe County, North Carolina to the late, Austin Green Roberts and Gertrude Dellafare (Gamble) Roberts.
Shirley proudly served her country as W.O.W girl at Triumph Power Plant in Elkton, MD during WWII. She was a member of New Bridge Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking, quilting, and being with her family.
Shirley is survived by her daughter, Theresa Gorrell and her husband, Michael “Barry”; brother, John Roberts and his wife, Madge; sister, Mary Sexton; five grandchildren: Debbie Romich and her husband, Gary, Rob King and his fiancé, Susan, Eve Kozlowski and her husband, Joe, Adam Gorrell, and Austin Gorrell; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and one on the way; and son-in-law, Bobby King.
Frank W. Pratt, Sr., 80 of North East, MD, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016 in the Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE.
Born in Kanakanak, AK, on July 9, 1936, he was the son of the late Harry D. and Cornelia (Williams) Pratt. He was the husband of A. Jean (Lewis) Pratt who passed away on March 8, 2003.
Frank was a graduate of NE High School Class of 1954. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army, Military Police, Company E from 1955-1960. After his discharge, Frank worked for Getty/Texaco Oil Company, retiring as an Operations Supervisor in 1997 after 37 years of service.
He was a Life Member of the VFW Post 6027, North East, MD; a member and past President of Cecil County Waterman’s Association; member of MD Waterman’s Association and a member of St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church, North East, MD.
Elsie M. Jerden, 88 of Rising Sun, MD, formerly of Port Deposit, MD died Saturday, October 15, 2016 in the Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, Newark, DE.
Born in Gap Mills WV on September 10, 1928, she was the daughter of the late George and Lora (Kirk) Dunsmore. Elsie was a homemaker and a dairy farmer.
Elsie collected salt and pepper shakers, enjoyed cooking, garden, growing flowers, country gospel music, and gospel hymns. She is also known as a hard worker and an avid Orioles fan!!