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Cleola Smith

May 28, 1938 - Oct 31, 2023

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Salisbury, MD

"CLEOLA'S JOURNEY Cleola Smith, a longtime resident of Westover, Maryland, was born on May 28, 1938, the daughter of the late Oscar Cropper, Sr. and Rowena Jones Cropper. She left this world peacefully at the age of eighty-five (85) on Tuesday morning, October 31, 2023 at her home with her daughter Vanessa and granddaughter Myra by her side. She was educated in the public schools of Worcester County, Maryland. She was employed at Perdue in Salisbury, Maryland for thirty-eight (38) years before r...Read More

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Norma Elaine Wright

Dec 13, 1929 - Feb 16, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

"Norma Elaine Wright, 94, of Delmar passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024 at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional in Salisbury, Maryland. She was born on December 13, 1929 in Saginaw, Michigan, a daughter of the late Leroy Church and Edna B. Whitford. Norma was a wonderful mother and grandmother and she always loved time spent with family at gatherings and celebrations. She will be remembered as a classy lady who would always be dressed to perfection when she went out. She enjoyed dancing, reading, listening to music, and traveling, including her many adventures abroad. She was a master quilter and a member of a few quilting guilds, her special works were in high demand, even having a customer from Sweden who would buy her beautifully crafted quilts. Over the years, many family members were gifted one of her quilts, which will now be a treasured reminder of her. She is survived by her children, Robert L. Wright, II (Cathie), Kane Wright, Pamela Wright-Maughan (Wesley), and Suzanne Brittingham; grandchildren, Robbie Wright (Patty), Meghan Wright, KatieLee Wright, Colleen Wright, Connor Wright, Patricia Moore (Joe), David Maughan (Christine), Seth Brittingham (Sarah), Ryan Brittingham (Katie), and Tara Evans (Joshua); several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Shaun A. Wright; and a grandson, Jared Wright. To honor Ms. Wright’s life, the family will have a private Celebration of Life at a later date. In memory of Ms. Wright, donations may be sent to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by visiting www.cff.org/donate. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com."

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James Stephen Wilson, Jr.

Nov 03, 1943 - Feb 10, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

"James Stephen Wilson, Jr., age 80, of Snow Hill passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at Wicomico Nursing Home in Salisbury surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born on November 3, 1943 in Snow Hill, a son of the late James Stephen Wilson, Sr. and Alice M. (Wells) Taylor. Apart from a few short years, he lived his entire life there. He, his parents, and his brother were all members of Makemie Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Snow Hill High School in 1961. While there, he played soccer, basketball, and baseball. There were 52 members in his graduating class. They stayed close after graduation and held numerous class reunions over the years, most recently in November 2023 to host the return of their Norwegian Exchange Student, Brit-Stomner Boehnsdalen. A 1965 graduate of Salisbury State College, he earned his teaching degree and played baseball on the College’s 1964 Inaugural Team during his junior year and again during his senior year. He was a very talented pitcher and even received an offer to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates following graduation. A greater love for education would win him over though. Jim worked as a Chemistry and Physics Teacher in Wicomico County for 33 years, starting at Wi-Hi in 1965 \u0026amp; then moving to Parkside High School upon its opening in 1976. During his early teaching days, he worked at Wallops Island during the Summers. He later earned his Master’s Degree in Education. He coached Boys Soccer at Wi-Hi, Boys Golf at Parkside, \u0026amp; many Little League Baseball Teams over the years. Some former notable students of Mr. Wilson’s include Dr. Steve Hearne (Cardiologist), Meteorologist Mike Seidel (The Weather Channel), and Linda Hamilton (Television \u0026amp; Movie Actress). He had an early love for music and started playing mandolin at the age of 5 and then guitar soon after. He, on mandolin, and his father, on guitar, performed together on television for the WBOC TV Host “Little Georgie Hack” in the mid-1950’s. During his early-teenage years and into High School, he was a member of “The Whirlwinds,” one of the first Rock n’ Roll Bands on The Shore, and just missed the chance of playing a few gigs as Elvis Presley’s Backup Band in 1956 during Elvis’ “Chicken Circuit” days. The release of Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” only a few weeks before those upcoming gigs ended that opportunity. In a professional career spanning over 60 years, he played for many local bands, most notably “The Esquires,” “Eddie Seward Trio,” “Spectrum,” \u0026amp; “The Velvetones.” “The Esquires” was a trio with his 2 best friends, Dick Ramsay \u0026amp; Bill Cox. Dick and Jim continued to play at local events into the 2000’s and their final gigs were playing at Whatcoat Church’s Sunday Morning Services. Most of his former Physics students may fondly recall “The Sound Unit,” where Mr. Wilson would treat them to some cool music played by none other than himself on one of his many guitars. Many of his other classes got to enjoy Christmas Carols in the same fashion. Jim also served as a Park Ranger at Milburn Landing State Park for a few Summers and loads of campers got to enjoy “Ranger Jim” play guitar (\u0026amp; sing) for them at nightly bonfires. He was an exceptional painter. Aside from “Honey Do’s” around the house \u0026amp; brightwork on the boats, he painted houses professionally for a few Summers for Developer Doyle Graybark during the expansion of Ocean Pines in the late 1970’s. He also spent many summers on “The Paint Crew,” helping to spruce up the various schools around Wicomico County for the upcoming school year. During his time away from teaching and gigging, Jim enjoyed fishing and boating (maintaining \u0026amp; cruising). He spent a lot of his childhood fishing with his Dad and boating with his family on the Pocomoke River. For most Summer months in the 1980’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s, The Wilson Family cruised The Chesapeake Bay for weeks at a time. In Summer 1985, he \u0026amp; his brother Ronnie sailed across The Atlantic from Bermuda to Crisfield. In Summer 1987, he, his wife Ellen, son Chris, brother Ronnie, and faithful Chihuahua “Chico” made the round trip to The Bahamas, with a stop at Disney World on their way back Home. Jim and wife Ellen even made it all the way to Greece in Summer 2011 to attend Chris and Maria’s Wedding. Jim was an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Colts, and Baltimore Ravens. In the Summer of 1958, he and his father and his brother got an invitation to attend a pre-season game for the Baltimore Colts, where they had the opportunity to “meet \u0026amp; greet” with many of their future Hall of Famers after the game. That experience left a lasting impression on him. He loved flying and may have been a pilot in another life. He and good friend, Danny Hope, owned an Ultralight Airplane \u0026amp; flew the friendly skies together not so long ago. Jim loved Corvettes and still drove his 1968 Convertible, a car he owned since 1972, until the end. He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Ellen; sons, James S. Wilson, III and wife Victoria of Allen, and Christopher S. Wilson and wife Maria of Annapolis; grandchildren, Natalia, Olivia, Christianna, and Forrest Wilson; and great grandchildren, Mason and Greyson Wilson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald M. Wilson. A Celebration of His Life will be held on March 16th at 2pm at Whatcoat Church in Snow Hill. A visitation with the family will be held one hour prior. In memory of Mr. Wilson, contributions may be sent to Whatcoat Church, (101 N. Washington Street, Snow Hill, MD 21863), Coastal Hospice (P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802), \u0026amp;/or Wicomico Nursing Home’s “Activities Department” (900 Booth Street, Salisbury, MD 21801). Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com."

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Theresa Donovan Crockett

Jul 07, 1955 - Feb 10, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

"Theresa Donovan Crockett, 68 of Mardela Springs passed away Saturday, February 10, 2024, at the Salisbury Rehabilitation \u0026amp; Nursing Center. She was born in Salisbury, MD on July 7, 1955. She was the daughter of the late John Alfred and the late Rosemary (Dryden) Donovan. Also, she was the stepdaughter of the late Fred (Butch) Leslie Wells of Mardela Springs. After graduating from Mardela High School in 1973, she worked in banking, office supplies, and pharmacies for 42 years before retiring in 2015. The local companies were Union Trust Bank, Maryland State Bank, Baltimore Stationary, Rite Aid Pharmacy, and Walgreens Pharmacy. Theresa was known for her personality, kindness, and her love for family and friends. She will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved her. Theresa is survived by her husband Bryan Donald Crockett of 41 years, sister, Cimarron Rose Sexton of Salisbury, brother, Reuben Daniel “R.D.” Calder, Sr. and wife, Vivian of Mardela Springs; son, Chad Leslie Crockett (fiancée, Lyndsey Gerstle), grand-daughter, Cayli A. Crockett, and several nieces and nephews, R. Dan Calder, Jr. (Ashley), Kelley E. Elliott (Joshua) and Leslie Rose Williams (Moxey); and several great-nieces and nephews. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, followed by a funeral service which begins at 11:00. Interment will follow in Springhill Memory Gardens near Hebron. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Mardela Springs Vol. Fire Co., P.O. Box 299, Mardela Springs, MD 21837 Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com."

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Beulah Mae Eskridge

Feb 28, 1934 - Feb 07, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

"Beulah Mae Eskridge, 89, of Mardela Springs passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional in Salisbury, Maryland. She was born on February 28, 1934 in Dover, a daughter of the late William Chester Brown and Rachel Ellen (Hanks) Brown. Beulah attended Riverton Church for many years. She was a wonderful cook and loved spending time with her family and doing search-a-word puzzles. She also loved watching the birds and looking at colorful flowers. She is survived by her son, Keith Eskridge and his wife Cindy; daughter, Cynthia Melvin; granddaughter, Lauren Melvin; brother-in-law, Richard Eskridge; and multiple nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl E. Eskridge, Jr.; son, Edward S. Eskridge; grandson, Jason T. Eskridge; and her twelve siblings. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 16, 2024 at Riverton Cemetery in Mardela Springs, Maryland. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com."

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Paul Henry Carey

Feb 08, 1942 - Feb 04, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

"Paul Henry Carey, age 81, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, February 4, 2024 surrounded by his family. He worked at Delmarva Power for over 30 years. In his 15 years of retirement, he enjoyed traveling and buying and selling collectibles. He is survived by his wife, daughter, grandson, three sisters, one brother and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, special grandmother and one brother. Thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff at TidalHealth, Wicomico Rehabilitation Center, and Coastal Hospice for the excellent care he received during his illness. Donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802 in his memory. A private service will be held, and he will be interred in Mardela Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com."

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Lois Ann Ishman

Mar 26, 1950 - Feb 04, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

"Lois Ann Ishman left her earthly home on Sunday, February 4, 2024. She was 73. Lois was born March 26, 1950 in Salisbury, a daughter of the late Louis and Gladys (Mitchell) Stevens. Lois graduated from Wicomico Sr. High School. She was well known for her chocolate chip cookies. Lois was a wonderful friend to many. Her family was her world and she loved supporting her grandchildren and great grandchildren at their many little league games, school functions and other activities. She was a proud and loving Grammy to Kayla, Kelcey, Kendall, Timothy, Harper, and Landry, and a Great-Grammy to Jaelyn, Olivia, Kashton, Keghan, Kendrick, Kellam, Josiah, Elijah, Gracelyn and Jonah. She also leaves behind a daughter, Shannon Wootten (Brian Cooper) and a son, James Isham; sisters, Carolyn Causey and Judy Plummer (John); and many nieces and nephews who loved their “Aunt Lou Lou.” A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In memory of Lois, the family kindly asks for donations to be made to the East Wicomico Little League, P.O. Box 3701, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com."

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Nevins Woodcock Todd, Jr, M.D.

Sep 17, 1932 - Feb 18, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

Born in Salisbury, Maryland on September 17, 1932, at Peninsula General Hospital, Nevins Woodcock Todd, Jr, M.D., 91, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, February 18, 2024. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joanne Carroll Kreh Todd, the love of his life.Nevins was the son of the late Nevins W. Todd Sr and Irene Parker Todd. He grew up in a home built by his grandparents in the Newtown neighborhood of Salisbury. He attended the Campus School at Salisbury State College for elementary school and subsequently attended Wicomico High School. He excelled at Wicomico High, as a participant on four sports teams (football, track, baseball, and basketball), as captain of the football team his senior year, as senior class president, and as valedictorian of his graduating class in 1950. He had a lifelong connection to Wicomico High and played an instrumental role in the re-naming of the field at Wicomico County Stadium in honor of his high school football coach. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and earned an Eagle Scout Award in 1946. He often relayed to his family many endearing stories of his childhood and high school years, and he developed numerous close friendships during those times that he cherished forever and lasted a lifetime.Following high school, he matriculated at Syracuse University on a full scholarship in 1950. Without a doubt, he had a lifelong affection for the University and its athletic programs. He described to his family many of his initial athletic pursuits at Syracuse - football, crew, lacrosse, and diving – all of which he eventually cast aside in favor of focusing on his academic studies. Over his adult years, he traveled to Syracuse numerous times to visit with friends, watch the athletic teams, and enjoy the campus. He had a core group of lifelong Phi Delta Theta fraternity friends with whom he remained very close. Interestingly, Nevins did not initially successfully graduate from Syracuse since he was accepted to medical school after only three years as an undergraduate student. As a remarkable achievement, he was awarded at age 87 a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2019 from Syracuse University.After Syracuse and encouraged by Salisbury physicians, he was accepted and attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, receiving his doctoral degree in 1957 and also being elected into the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA). He elected to pursue a career in Surgery following medical school, and his post-medical school training consisted of a one-year rotating internship, a four-year residency in general surgery, and a two-year residency in thoracic surgery, all of which were completed at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He maintained a long and valued relationship over his career with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and its Alumni Association.During medical school, he enlisted as an Ensign in the United States Naval Reserves and in June 1958, he was promoted to Lieutenant and started active duty as General Medical Officer in the United States Naval Air Force. He met Joanne in 1957, and they married in January 1959, the start of a long and loving life together. During his active duty, he was assigned to the USS Independence, an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Fleet, and he and Joanne spent time on the Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia. He spoke of many fond memories of those years as a Naval officer and physician.After his time in the Navy and returning to Baltimore to complete his surgical residencies, he and Joanne subsequently returned to the Eastern Shore and followed his family legacy of practicing medicine in Salisbury. His grandfather, George W. Todd, M.D., founded Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury in 1897. In 1966, he joined a General Surgery group in Salisbury in which he practiced general and thoracic surgery. In 1976, he formed a more specialized Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery practice, in which he practiced until he retired in 2000 from cardiovascular surgery.From his family’s observations, it would be difficult to overstate the importance of Nevins’ numerous contributions to the medical community and health care system in Salisbury over his career. He put forth tremendous effort as a pioneering founder of the open-heart and coronary artery bypass surgery program at Peninsula General Hospital in the early 1970s, the first of its kind at a community hospital in the State of Maryland. The open-heart surgery program remains active and vibrant at Tidal Health today. He served in numerous roles at Peninsula Regional over his career, including Chief of Staff, leadership positions with Medical Center expansion projects, and serving on the Hospital Foundation Board. He received the George W Todd Memorial Award from the hospital in 1991 for his many achievements. Remarkably, at the age of 90, he published a book titled Scrubbing In about the history of Surgery at Peninsula Regional and Tidal Health. His contributions to Salisbury were recognized by the naming of a street in his honor located near the hospital, Dr Nevins Todd Jr Way. He was a passionate and caring physician. He was a lifelong mentor and role model for numerous physicians in Salisbury and was revered by so many individuals within the Salisbury medical community.During his career and in retirement, he was an active and valued member of the congregation of the Wicomico Presbyterian Church. He was an Elder in the church for approximately 40 years and was an active volunteer with the Soup Kitchen Program. He served a prominent role in the renovation of the Langeler Memorial building and served as a tireless leader of the Property Committee for many years to maintain and upgrade the Church’s grounds and continue its legacy.He lived a vibrant, full life. His hobbies included snow skiing, golf, cooking, gardening, and of course fishing. His children and grandchildren have many wonderful memories of him taking them fishing and spending time on the water. He loved taking care of people, not only his patients, but his family, colleagues, and friends. He cherished others and passionately tried to ensure others’ happiness. Nevins was a friend to everyone he met. His ready smile and quick wit will be greatly missed by all.In addition to his wife Joanne, he is survived by his children Nevins Todd III (Donna Parker), William Todd (Diana), and Cherianne Bender (Matt). He is also survived by six grandchildren: Audrey Todd, Ava Todd, Emily Todd, Will Todd, Sydney Bender (Firas Abu Taleb), and Christian Bender.Visitation will be held at the Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury on Friday, February 23, 2024, from 1-3 pm and 6-8 pm. A funeral service in celebration of Nevins’ life will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Wicomico Presbyterian Church in Salisbury at 11 am.Memorial donations may be made to Coastal Hospice at the Lake or to Tidal Health Peninsula Regional Foundation.Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury, Maryland.

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Nairobi Gibbs

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Salisbury, MD

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Fannie Marie Johnson

Jun 05, 1948 - Feb 13, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

Fannie Marie Johnson, a beacon of gentle kindness, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2024, at the age of 75 in Salisbury, MD. Born on June 5, 1948, in Nassawadox, VA, to loving parents, the late Marie V. Collins, and late James William Collins, Sr. She also had a loving big brother, the late James William Collins, Jr. Fannie's warmth and loving nature touched everyone she encountered throughout her remarkable life.Her early years were filled with joy, laughter, and the seeds of the gentle kindness that would become her hallmark. Fannie's life was a tapestry of love and commitment, woven through with the deep bonds of family and the many friendships she nurtured along the way.In a beautiful testament to enduring love, Fannie was married to her beloved husband, Samuel Johnson, who stood by her side as a partner, confidant, and best friend. Together, they built a life full of shared experiences and mutual respect. Fannie's legacy of love is carried on through her devoted daughter, Gina Waters, and son-in-law, Curtis Waters, as well as her adored grandchildren, Sharonne and Kyra Waters, who were the light of her life.Fannie's interests were a reflection of her joyful spirit and her love for life's simple pleasures. An avid NBA fan, she relished the thrill of the game and the camaraderie of cheering on her favorite teams. She also possessed a sharp mind and a love for intellectual challenges, often found with a crossword puzzle in hand or engaged in the playful competition of the Game Show Network.Those who knew Fannie will remember her as the epitome of love, gentleness, and kindness. Her presence was a comfort, her smile a balm, and her unwavering support a source of strength for all who were fortunate enough to know her. Fannie's impact on the world was quiet yet profound, and her spirit will continue to inspire and guide those she leaves behind.As we bid farewell to Fannie Marie Johnson, we celebrate a life lived with grace and a heart that gave so freely. Her memory will be cherished and kept alive in the stories we share and the love we continue to give, just as she taught us by her own beautiful example.

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Alfred Craig Waters

Aug 19, 1959 - Feb 07, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

Alfred Craig Waters, was born on August 19, 1959 in Salisbury, Maryland to the late Madelyn C. Palmer and Alfred “Bus” Waters. “Craig,” as he was affectionately called, was called home on February 7, 2024 at Coastal Hospice in Salisbury, Maryland. Craig received his education in the Accomack County Public Schools system and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1977. He became an over-the-road trucker when he was nineteen and drove for over forty years. As a self-proclaimed “Hustler,” he was best known by his peers as the “Virginia/VA Hustla.” Trucking was his passion and he taught a lot of others how to drive trucks too, including some of his children. Craig was no stranger to hard work and was often called to help others out with mechanical work on cars, trucks, and motorcycles. He loved God and rededicated his life back to Christ in 2001. Preceding him in death are his parents, Madelyn C. Palmer and Alfred Waters; sister, Slyvesti Hinmon; and brother, Larry Palmer. Left to cherish his memory are his spouse, Charmaine of Salisbury, MD; children, Tonika Williams (Shannon) of Newport News, VA, Ta’Mar Ayers of Pocomoke, MD, Darrell Lewis (Kim) of Summerville, SC, Craig Lewis of Fredericksburg, VA, Chanita Lewis-Watson (Lamont) of Salisbury, MD, Cornelius Lewis of Dover, DE, Marquis Waters of Snow Hill, MD, and Preston Strand of New Church, VA; fourteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; step-mother, Audrey Waters of Snow Hill, MD; step-sister, Edna Morton of Snow Hill, MD; brother-in-law, Keith Hinmon of Philadelphia, PA; uncle, Edward Waters (Barbara) of Snow Hill, MD; aunts, Hortense Palmer of Wattsville, VA, Eleanor Waters of Snow Hill, MD, Betty Ann Bishop of Salisbury, MD, Arnelda Carey Snow of Hill, MD, Rose Samuels, and Alice Martin both of NJ; a niece, Chenelle Hinmon of Philadelphia, PA; nephews, Darren Hinmon of Philadelphia, PA, Daryl Hinmon of St. Mary’s, MD, and Darius Palmer of Louisville, KY; and so many other beloved cousins, in-laws, and friends who became family.

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