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Elizabeth Gaines

Jul 30, 1932 - Oct 29, 2023

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Salisbury, MD

"Obituary Elizabeth Frances Wright Gaines was born on what was thought to be July 29, 1932 only to find out later in life that it was in fact July 30, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Beatrice Bivens Disharoon (David) and Avery Wright. Frances or "Dump" as she was known to family and friends was educated in the public schools of Somerset County graduating from Greenwood High School. She was married to Leroy Gaines, Sr. For twenty-five (25) years she was employed at F. W. Woolworth in Salis...Read More

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Adhana Nadja Howard

Mar 16, 1983 - Feb 19, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

Adhana Nadja Howard, 40, of Willards, Maryland passed away Monday, February 19, 2024, enroute to Tidalhealth Peninsula Regional Hospital in Salisbury, Maryland. Adhana was born March 16, 1983, in Montgomery County Pennsylvania to Wallace Howard Jr. and Marilyn Wooden. She graduated from Parkside High School and later volunteered as a firefighter. Adhana subsequently joined the medical field as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Her hobbies included maintaining her garden, puzzles, spending time with family and friends, fishing, playing video games, and dining out in new restaurants, and watching movies in the movie theaters. She was preceded in death by her father, the late Wallace Howard Jr. Adhana leaves to treasure her memory, husband, Terrance Weaver, son, Joaquin Santiago, daughter, Noelani Hudson, mother, Marilyn Wooden, sisters, Brenda Howard, and Nayo Howard, brother, Wallace Howard III, and a host of nieces, nephews, co-workers, and friends. Adhana was the embodiment of love, kindness, compassion, selflessness, and integrity. Serving as a warm smile and a source of comfort to all who knew her. It was impossible not to love her and share in her immensely infectious laugh. Truly, a once in a lifetime kind of woman. Adhana will be greatly missed.

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Joanna Ewell

Dec 31, 1956 - Feb 20, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

Joanna Ewell, 67, of Salisbury passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Anchorage Nursing Home. Born in Virginia, she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Ann Ewell.She is survived by her daughter, Derese Wallace and her husband, Jermaine, of Fruitland and son, Timothy Hall and his wife, Ebony, of Fruitland. Joanna was preceded in death by her sister, Marilyn Diane Townsend.A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 9 at 2:00PM at Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Road. Friends and family are invited to visit an hour prior to the service.Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury MD 21804. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared for the family at www.hollowayfh.com

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Alice Faye Hopkins

Mar 28, 1939 - Feb 19, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

Alice Faye Hopkins, 84, wife of the late Pearless Hopkins and former resident of Parksley, VA, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024 at Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born March 28, 1939, she was the daughter of the late John Lee Hopkins, Sr. and Bessie Watkinson Hopkins. In addition to her husband and parents, Alice was predeceased by her siblings, John, Jr., Milton, Lawrence, and Robert Hopkins, Audrey Kagney, Ruth White, and Katherine Hopkins. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Patsy Hopkins. Private interment will be held in the Parksley Cemetery. Arrangements by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

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Vervelverely A. Johnson

Jun 03, 1953 - Feb 21, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

Vervelverely A. Johnson, 70, of Salisbury, departed this life on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional in Salisbury. Born in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Elijah Moody and the late Alberta Johnson.Prior to retiring, she was employed by the State of Maryland.In addition to her father, she will be lovingly remembered by: one daughter, Vertriece M. Taliaferro; one brother, Ryland Johnson; three sisters, Cherryvalarie Jordan, Marguerite Tate, and June Corley; a puppy, Miko; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.A memorial service will be held Monday, March 11, 2024, at 7 PM at Allen Memorial Baptist Church, 1303 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury. Visitation will be held a half hour prior. Disposition will be private.

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Columbus Roberson

Apr 19, 1930 - Feb 23, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

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Robert Purnell (Bird) Jackson

Dec 05, 1944 - Feb 07, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

Robert Purnell (Bird) Jackson was born on December 5, 1944 to the late Marguerite Jones and Roosevelt Waller of Vienna, Maryland. He went home to eternal rest on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at Tidal Health Peninsula Regional in Salisbury, Maryland after a long term illness. Purnell received his education in the public school systems of Dorchester County, where he graduated from Mace’s Lane High School in 1962. He attended the United States Air Force from February 1963 to 1967. He was a military veteran for 4 years. He was also employed at Dupont in Seaford, Delaware for 1 year and then he was employed at the United Parcel Service (UPS) where he worked for 31 years, retiring in 1999. Purnell was a member of the Redd Foxx Inn Softball team in Vienna, Maryland; and then some years later Purnell and Joyce had their own softball team B&J outlaws. He was also a member of the Public Enemy Race Car Club from Salisbury, Maryland. Purnell liked to go hunting, fishing, crabbing and loved to play pool. He just loved all of his family and friends. Purnell was the husband to Joyce for 54 years, where they shared their love and memories in Vienna, Maryland. In addition to his memories he leaves behind his wife Joyce; son. Alfred Dennis, Sr. of Seaford, DE, and daughter, Towanda Jackson of Salisbury, MD; uncle Harold Jackson; granddaughters, Sanshurae Dennis-McDonald, Zy’Reanna Johnson; grandsons, Ty’Ron White, Rontonio Truitt, Jr., Marquise and Jakye Johnson, Alfred Dennis, Jr. and Tyler Dennis; great-grandsons, Allen Davis, III and Kieron Dennis; great-granddaughters, Y’Vonni Dennis, Jeremy’s Orelien, and Tee’Neiah Dennis-Taylor.; a very special brother Edward Bland, special niece Laverne Jones Chester, and many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Marguerite Jackson Jones, father Theodore Roosevelt Waller; brother Oliver Jackson, Sr., aunts Gertrude, Mary, Clementine and Catherine; uncles Freddy, Johnny, Orville, Clarence, Sr. and Thomas Jackson.

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Richard Stoakley

Jul 26, 1931 - Feb 20, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

Richard “Dick” Stoakley, born on July 26, 1931, in Laurel, Delaware. Richard was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 20, 2024, at the age of 92, in Salisbury, Maryland.Richard's early years in Laurel laid a strong foundation for a life characterized by hard work, service, and a deep love for his family. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Bevereley Stoakley, with whom he shared a lifetime of memories and unwavering support. He is survived by his son, Rick Stoakley (Brittany), daughters Dana Stoakley-Estrada and Dawn Stoakley (Steve Blum), grandchildren Dakota, Michaella, Bonnie, Dustin, and Mackenzie Estrada, and Paige Blum, brother-in-law Sammy Busick and sister-in-law Melba Ramsey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmo and Nora Stoakley and sister Emma Jones and brother Sonny Stoakley.Throughout his life, Richard was known for his skilled hands and analytical mind. As an electrician for Wicomico County Government, he earned respect for his intelligence and clean electrical work, and even wired the entire Salisbury Park Christmas displays. His career was punctuated by a sense of duty to his country, as evidenced by his honorable service as a U.S. Army veteran. Richard's commitment to his community was further demonstrated by his active involvement as a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose, where he formed lasting friendships.Richard's love for automobiles was more than a hobby; it was a reflection of his appreciation for craftsmanship and innovation. His dogs were a source of joy and companionship, always by his side and dear to his heart. Richard also embraced modern technology with enthusiasm, often found with his iPhone in hand, staying connected with loved ones and the latest news.A dedicated NASCAR fan, Richard never missed a chance to cheer on his favorite drivers as they raced around the track. His loyalty to the Miami Dolphins was equally steadfast, and he relished every opportunity to watch their games, celebrating their victories and remaining hopeful through their defeats. Additionally, Richard's fascination with watches revealed his appreciation for precision and the beauty of a well-crafted timepiece.Those who knew Richard will remember him as a handy man who could fix almost anything, a testament to his resourcefulness and ingenuity.Richard’s life was well lived. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him, but his spirit will live on through the memories he created and the profound impact he had on his family. As we say farewell to this remarkable man, we take comfort in knowing that he is at peace.

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Fred Lee Jones

Dec 24, 1938 - Feb 19, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

Fred Lee Jones, 85 of Salisbury, Maryland, departed this earthly life eternal rest on February 19, 2024, at Genesis Salisbury Rehabilitation & Nursing Center-Coastal Hospice Ward om Salisbury, Maryland. Fred was the son of the late Mary Della Jones and Raymond Jones of Scotland Neck, North Carolina. Fred retired after 25 years of service from Salisbury University and was formerly employed at Manhattan Shirt Company, Grant, Hess Apparel, Peninsula General Hospital, now known as Tidalhealth Peninsula Regional Hospital, and Genesis Salisbury Nursing Home in Salisbury, Maryland. He began his Christian walk with God at Cedar creek Baptist Church, Scotland Neck, North Carolina, at an early age. After moving to Maryland, he joined Holy Temple C.O. G. I. C. under the leadership of Bishop James L. Eure, Sr. and served as deacon and minister. He continued his spiritual journey and transferred membership to Holy Temple of the Apostle Doctrine under Pastor James Briscoe. He had a strong sense of nostalgia and connection to the past. It was evidenced by his love of antiques. He appreciated the value of things that others failed to notice. Ford appreciated the history and craftsmanship, quality, and durability of older items. He also possessed a keen eye for interior decorating. On August 9, 1959, he was united in holy matrimony to Amy Virginia Whitaker, who preceded him in death. Fred is survived by three children: Joyce Jones, Ronald Jones, and Fred D. Jones; five grandchildren: Rhonda Savage, Gabriel Jones, Shaniece Jones and Jazmon Jones; three great-grandchildren: RonTre’ Savage, Kyla Savage and Amyr Jones-Simmons; one great-great grandchild: Rosie Savage; one sister: Ruth Davis and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and extended family. BEYOND LIFE’S GATEWAY There’s an open gate at the end of the road. Th rough which each must go alone. And there is a light we cannot see. Our Father claims His own. Beyond the gate our loved one finds happiness and rest. And there is comfort in the thought that a loving God knows best. The Family wishes to express our deepest and sincerest gratitude for the many expressions of love extended to us during this period of bereavement. The comfort received will remain a precious memory. May God continue to richly bless each of you. Lovingly Submitted by the Family

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Dorothy M. Byrd

Jul 10, 1942 - Feb 17, 2024

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Salisbury, MD

Dorothy M. Byrd, 81, of Salisbury passed away Saturday, February 17, 2024.Born July 10, 1942, in Wasington, D.C., she was the first daughter of the late William Henry and Dorothy Margaret (Plitt) Brown. Her former husband, James E. Byrd III, passed away in 2006.Dorothy graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Washington, D.C. She was employed by St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, Salisbury.She had been an active member of St. Francis de Sales Parish. Dorothy enjoyed raking her leaves, as well as quilting, sewing and gardening. She was an avid reader and enjoyed her book club.Her decades in the Fruitland and Salisbury areas included countless joyous times with her dear friends within that special group.Dorothy loved all animals, especially her dogs.Survivors include two children, Nancy M. Byrd and her husband, Dean Swinney, of Pittsville and James W. Byrd and his wife, Amy, of Lakewood, WA; a grandson, Michael Schweedler and his wife, Karmen, of Everitt, WA; a sister, Janet L. Gean and her husband, Kirby, of Huntingtown, MD; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 26, in St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 535 Riverside Drive, Salisbury MD 21801. A calling hour will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 AM on Monday in the church.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, 500 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801 or via their website, https://stfrancisdesales.net/support-sfds/donate-now or to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802 or via their website, www.coastalhospice.org.Arrangements are in care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A. 501 Snow Hill Road, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.

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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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