Ruth P. Meekins
CAMBRIDGE - Ruth P. Meekins, 102, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2001 at the Memorial Hospital at Easton. She had been a patient there since Saturday.
She was born July 31, 1899 and was the daughter of the late Capt. Luther and Margaret Ann Mills Phillips.
Mrs. Meekins had attended schools in Cambridge where she graduated from Cambridge High School in 1916. She later attended the Peabody Conservatory and Strayer Business College.
Some years ago Mrs. Meekins had worked in several law offices in Cambridge and later worked at the Dorchester County Health Department. She was also the director of Volunteer Services at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center until she retired some years ago.
On May 18, 1939 she was married to Scott Meekins. He passed away on May 1, 1952.
Mrs. Meekins had been a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Cambridge since June 2, 1913. She had been active in a number of the church activities and had been a devoted member of Zion's Senior Choir for many years.
She was also a member of the Cambridge Yacht Club and the Cambridge Business and Professional Women's Club.
Mrs. Meekins is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Ann Bramble and Dennis W. Bramble of Trappe; a grandson and his wife, Michael C. Bramble and Jo A. Bramble of Trappe; three great-grandchildren, Diana L. Bramble, Stephanie F. Bramble and Christine E. Bramble.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Scott Meekins Jr.; five brothers, L. Thurman Phillips, Oscar Phillips, Clinton Phillips, Hobart Phillips, George W. Phillips and three sisters, Blanche P. Warren, Mamie P. Rozelle and Grace P. Willis.
A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at Zion United Methodist Church in Cambridge with the Rev. Dale L. Vroman officiating. Burial will follow at Cambridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Endowment Fund of Zion United Methodist Church, 6123 Locust St., Cambridge, MD 21613.
Pallbearers will be Carl Haglund, G. Edwin Howard Jr., William J. Langrall, J. Emory Legg, W. Melvin Turner Jr. and E. Lee Wright.
Arrangements are being handled by the Thomas Funeral Home, P.A. in Cambridge.
Pastor A. F. Clarke
FELTON, Del. - Pastor Alphonzo F. Clarke, 75, passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2001 in the Milford Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Clarke served as pastor of the House of Prayer Christian Church in Federalsburg since 1985 and recently accepted the role of Overseer. He received his bachelor's in theology from Friends International Christian University.
Pastor Clarke is survived by his wife, Marian L. Clarke; his daughters, Cynthia Bratcher, Carltha Clarke and Etheleta Bishop; his sons, Charles L. McDougald, Pierre F. Clarke, Maurice Clarke, Alphonzo Clarke Jr., Ronald Clarke, Carl Pile, Charles Pile and Lamont George; daughter-in-law, Belinda Clarke; son-in-law, Carl Bratcher; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Beresford Campbell of Canada and McDonald Campbell of Barbados.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theophilus Campbell and Louise Clarke of Barbados, West Indies and his sister, Theresa Bourne of England.
The viewing will be held from 11a.m.-12:30 p.m. and the funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the House of Prayer Christian Church in Federalsburg.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the House of Prayer Christian Church, c/o Pastor Marian Clarke, P.O. Box 109, Felton, DE 19943.
The Bennie Smith Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Jeannette W. Mills
PLANTATION, Fla. - Jeannette W. Mills, 87, passed away on Feb. 13, 2003.
She was born Sept. 25, 1915 in Dorchester County, the daughter of the late Olin H. and Cora Price Willey. Mrs. Mills made her home in Cambridge until moving to Florida in 1968.
She was an accomplished seamstress and did alterations for several local clothing stores, including Richardson's Style Shop and Frankels. She enjoyed cooking and doing crafts.
Some years ago Mrs. Mills was active in the Women of the Moose, serving as Deputy Grand Regent on the state level and Regent of her lodge. When visiting Cambridge she often attended Zion United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Mills is survived by one daughter, Ellen Mills Gibbs and one son, Robert R. Mills, both of Plantation; six grandchildren, Cynthia Mills, Sheridan Mills, Sean Gibbs, Daniel Gibbs, Catherine Gibbs and Margaret Gibbs and one great-granddaughter, Maureen Elizabeth Gibbs. Also surviving are several nieces, including Jane Parks of Cambridge.
She was preceded in death by five sisters, Ethel Kirwan, Nan Haggerty, Mattilee Millichap, Leona Taylor and Mary Louise Nuttall and one brother, Olin H. Willey Jr.
A memorial graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday at Dorchester Memorial Park by the Rev. Kevin E. English.
Memorials may be made to the Endowment Fund of Zion UM Church, 612 Locust St., Cambridge, MD 21613.
Local arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Home, P.A.
Margaret E. Mister
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Margaret E. Mister, 91, formerly of Cambridge, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003 at the St. Lucie Medical Center. She was the wife of Arthur H. Mister.
Funeral arrangements, which are incomplete, are being handled by the Thomas Funeral Home, P.A. in Cambridge.
William L. Griffith
EAST NEW MARKET - William Lawrence Griffith, 62, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003 at the Mallard Bay Care Center in Cambridge.
He was born Dec. 12, 1940 in Federalsburg, son of the late Arnold Griffith and Myra Bramble Griffith.
Mr. Griffith was an avid horseman who loved horse racing.
He is survived by two sons, Ronnie William Griffith of Tampa, Fla. and Timmie Wayne Griffith of Seaford; three granddaughters, Randi Rose Griffith of Berlin, Patience Rachel Fay Griffith of Millsboro and Riley Louise Griffith of Chesterfield, Va.; one sister, Ella Schiff; one brother, Arnold Griffith Jr. and a close aunt, Betty Bramble, all of Federalsburg.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Griffith was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph Griffith and Bobby Griffith.
A memorial service will be held noon Thursday at the Zeller Funeral Home in East New Market with the Rev. Nevins Crouse officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Horse Lovers United, P.O. Box 2744, Salisbury, MD 21802.
Dorothy D. H. Mahood
EASTON - Dorothy Dail Harrington Mahood passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2003 in Easton.
She was born Jan. 17, 1912 in her parent's home at 118 Mill St., Cambridge. She was the daughter of Anna Wilson Dail and Calvin Harrington Sr.
Mrs. Mahood was educated in Dorchester County public schools before graduating from Hannah Moore Academy in Towson. She attended Drexel University in Philadelphia and held a bachelor of science degree in home economics from Hood College in Frederick, graduating in 1932. A year later, she met Frank Carter Mahood of Roanoke, Va. at a New Year's Eve Cotillion in Easton. They were married on June 19, 1936 in a white tie ceremony at Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge.
During the time between graduation from Hood until her marriage, Mrs. Mahood worked for the Dorchester County Social Services. She specialized in family nutrition and care. At the time in the county, there was a need for extended services to the rural families. She applied for the position and after scoring the second highest entrance test score was offered one of the positions.
Mrs. Mahood was a lifelong communicant of Christ Episcopal Church, serving on the Vestry as her husband and father had also done. She taught Sunday School, was an active member of the Altar Guild, was Choir Mother for the Junior Choir and headed the Youth Group for several years.
During World War II, Mrs. Mahood was a hostess for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation while Colonel Mahood was stationed at Camp Perry, Va. She was also a Grey Lady for the American Red Cross at Camp Stewart, Ga., when Col. Mahood was stationed there. Upon their return to Cambridge, Mrs. Mahood was an active member of the Red Cross for Dorchester County, serving as the first woman County chairperson.
She was also a charter member of the Dorchester County Historical Society; a member of the Women's Auxiliary of Dorchester General Hospital; a member and Registrar for many years of the former Dorset Chapter of the National Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution; a member of the Dorchester Arts Center; the Cambridge Country Club; the Cambridge Yacht Club and Historical Cambridge, Inc. She served on several City of Cambridge commissions, planning groups and committees during the 1970s and 80s.
When Mr. Mahood, a prominent civic leader and businessman died in 1970, Mrs. Mahood became the President of the Cambridge Office Supply Co., Inc. She held that position until the company was sold in 1981.
Mrs. Mahood was interested in genealogy and had traced her ancestors from Dorchester back as early as the 17th and 18th centuries and to some of the earliest settlers in the states of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. With several other members of the DAR, Mrs. Mahood made an inclusive survey of all the old graveyards in Dorchester.
She refinished antiques, made doll furniture and was an avid bridge player.
Mrs. Mahood is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Dail Mahood Richie of Wyomissing, Pa.; a son, Stephen Harrington Mahood of Annandale, Va. and a son-in-law, David Roberts Richie II, also of Wyomissing. She is also survived by three granddaughters, Alexis Glenfield Harrington Mahood Hubbard of Danbury, Conn., Julia Dail Vandervort Richie of Washington, D.C. and Carolyn Blake Harrington Richie of Wyomissing, Pa.; one grandson, David Russell Mahood Richie from Wyomissing; and two nephews, David Diggs Harrington and Richard Dail Harrington, both of Cambridge and one niece, Anne Carroll Harrington Story of Annapolis; as well as several great-nephews, great-nieces and many cousins in Dorchester County.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Mahood was preceded in death by her brother, Calvin Harrington Jr. and her sister-in-law, Eleanor Diggs Harrington.
A memorial service will be held Nov. 28 in Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge.
In lieu of flowers, please send tokens for the appreciation of life to the Dorothy Harrington Mahood Memorial Fund at Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge.
Arrangements are being handled by the Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home, P.A. in Cambridge.
Victor H. Showalter
CAMBRIDGE - Victor Herbert Showalter, 87, of Cambridge, passed away at Dorchester General Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001.
He was born in Middlepoint, Ohio on Sept. 9, 1914, the son of the late Victor Charles and Dollie Mowrey Showalter. He was raised and attended public schools in Van Wert, Ohio and later received an associate degree in accounting from Giffin College.
As a young man, he helped with the family business, a local A & P store. In 1943, he went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Aleutians, Trinidad and Dutch and French Guiana.
From 1946 until 1951 he was employed by Socony Mobil and worked in Venezuela. In 1951, he was hired by U.S. Steel and moved to Pittsburgh, where he retired in 1979.
Mr. Showalter enjoyed gardening. The Showalters have resided in Cambridge for the past year.
He is survived by his wife, the former Gertrude Diehl, whom he married on July 13, 1947; two daughters, Judith Anne Showalter of Cambridge and Jane Elizabeth Showalter of Uniontown, Pa.; one sister, Sarah Jane Bender of Jackson, Miss.; and one brother, James Showalter of Rosewell, Ga.
Services will be private and arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Addie F. Springfield
WESTMINSTER - Addie F. Springfield, 87, formerly of Cambridge and Annapolis, passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2001 at Carroll County General Hospital in Westminster with her family at her bedside after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Dames Quarter on March 29, 1915, the daughter of the late Irving and Fannie Shores Wallace. She was married to Clarence W. Springfield and for 30 years they made their home in Annapolis where he was employed by the city for 30 years, 20 as a fireman.
In 1974, they moved to Cambridge, where Mr. Springfield passed away on May 12, 1985. For the past two years, she had resided at the Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster.
She is survived by three daughters, Jean E. Zak and her husband Bill of Houston, Texas; Mae F. Weir and her husband Glen of Easton; and Doris V. Lowry and her husband Richard of Westminster; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.
A funeral service will be conducted at the Thomas Funeral Home in Cambridge today at 1 p.m. by the Rev. Dale L. Brown. Burial will take place in the Maryland Veterans' Cemetery.
Friends will be received at the funeral home today during the hour before the service.
James E. Maston
VIENNA - James E. Maston, 73, better known as Mack, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001 on his birthday in Perry Point Veterans' Hospital in Perry Point.
He was the son of the late Andrew and Leona Jackson Maston of Milford, Del.
Mr. Maston had retired several years ago from Campbell's Soup Co., Inc. in Salisbury.
He had served in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Maston enjoyed music and also enjoyed sitting on his front porch talking with his friends. Some people knew him as Mack, Blue, Money and Goldy, because of his gold teeth.
He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Vienna.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lillian Dashiell Maston; one son, Frederick F. Thompson of California; one daughter, Lenora L. Maston of Georgetown, Del.; one brother, Alexander Maston of Philadelphia, Pa.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one nephew.
Besides his parents, Mr. Maston was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wesley UM Church in Vienna. Burial will follow 10:45 a.m. Monday at the Maryland Veterans' Cemetery at Beulah.
Friends may call at the church on Saturday after 9 a.m.
Cards and letters may be sent to Lenora L. Maston, 1407 Dunbarton Oaks, Georgetown, DE 19947. Flowers may be sent to Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 516 South Main St., Hurlock, 21643.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Smith & Williams Funeral Home, P.A. in Baltimore.
Teresa A. Alexander
CAMBRIDGE - Teresa Antoinette Alexander, 41, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2001 at the Dorchester General Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born Oct. 30, 1960 in Cambridge, the daughter of Tony J. and Evelyn Willing Alexander.
Teresa attended schools in Cambridge and was a communicant of St. Mary's Refuge of Sinners Catholic Church in Cambridge. She made her home at the Bradford House for the past eight years. Her hobbies included ceramics as well as playing bingo.
Her survivors include her parents, Tony and Evelyn Alexander of Cambridge; two brothers, Bill Alexander and his wife Faye of Fruitland, Bob Alexander of Easton; one niece, Victoria Alexander and two nephews, John Alexander and Mark Alexander.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Refuge of Sinners Catholic Church in Cambridge. Burial will follow at the Maryland Veterans' Cemetery near Hurlock.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Thomas Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Refuge of Sinners, P.O. Box 218, Cambridge, MD 21613.
Cheryl R. Cephas
BRIDGEVILLE, Del. - Cheryl R. Cephas, 38, passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2001 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del.
Ms. Cephas graduated from Delaware State College in Dover in May 1986 with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as an Advanced Professional Certificate. From August 1986 until June 1987, she worked at Kinder Care Learning Center in Newark, Del.
Ms. Cephas came to Dorchester County in September 1987. Her first assignment was as "Permanent Long-Term Substitute" in the county. North Dorchester Middle and Sandy Hill Elementary were the first schools she served in this capacity.
In September 1988, she was appointed as Kindergarten Teacher at St. Clair Elementary in Cambridge and remained in that position through June 1997. When Choptank Elementary School opened in 1997, she went there and remained in that position until her death.
Ms. Cephas is survived by one daughter, 4-year-old Michaela Cephas. An Educational Fund for Michaela is set up at Hebron Savings Bank, 1 Cedar St., Cambridge, MD 21613.
A viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Bennie Smith Funeral Home on Race Street in Cambridge.
Flowers will be received from 3 - 5 p.m. Another viewing will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at the Williams Chapel, 501 1/2 Cannon St. in Bridgeville, Del.
Funeral services will be held noon on Saturday at the Williams Chapel in Bridgeville.
Morgan J. Cook
CAMBRIDGE - Morgan J. Cook, 84, passed away on Monday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2001 at the Mallard Bay Care Center.
He was born July 23, 1917 at Hills Point, the son of the late Arthur Lee and Jessie Reed Cook. He was raised in the Neck District of Dorchester and was a 1935 graduate of Cambridge High School.
Mr. Cook was a veteran of World War II, having entered the U.S. Army on January of 1942. He was honorably discharged at Ft. Meade in October of 1945.
He attained the rank of Technician 4th Class in the Signal Corps and served in the Northern Solomons and the Southern Philippines. His decorations included a Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star.
On April 23, 1949 he married the former Eleanor Jane Larrimore.
When Mr. Cook left the service he made his home in the Baltimore area and went to work for the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. as a pipefitter, retiring in August of 1982. In June of 1959 he received a certificate in Production Management from the University of Baltimore.
In the early 1990s the Cooks moved to Salisbury and since April of 1999 have resided in Cambridge.
Mr. Cook was of the United Methodist faith and a former member of Pickering Lodge No. 146, A.F. & A.M. While a resident of Mallard Bay he was presented his 50-year pin by members of Cambridge Lodge 66.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two cousins, John and Zadith Cook of Annapolis and Harvey and Shirley Cook of Wallingford, Pa.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin M. Cook, who passed away in 1985.
A graveside service will be conducted at Spedden-Seward Cemetery at Hills Point at 2:30 p.m. Friday by the Rev. Gloria S. Attix. Friends will be received at the Thomas Funeral Home from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to Spedden-Seward Cemetery Memorial Fund, c/o Robert Howard, 948 Hudson Road, Cambridge, MD 21613.
T/Sgt. Dean L. Leve
RHODESDALE - T/Sgt. Dean Leonard Leve, 72, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001 at the home of his oldest son in Alcoa, Tenn.
Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Mr. Leve moved to the Eastern Shore, retiring after 22 years as a flight engineer in the United States Air Force.
As a resident of the Eastern Shore he held jobs in the old Cambridge shipyard and the Hurlock Post Office.
Mr. Leve is survived by two sons, Michael Leve and family of Alcoa, Tenn., Daniel Leve and family of Federalsburg; two daughters, Debbie Pope and family of Maryville, Tenn., Vicky Fuller and family in Panama City, Fla. and grandchildren, Greyson and Samantha Fuller, Deano Leve, Nate and Seth Leve.
Upon his request, his body was donated to the University of Tennessee.
A memorial service was held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Friendsville, Tenn.
Paul D. Brisco
CAMBRIDGE - Paul David Brisco, 75, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001 at Dorchester General Hospital.
He was born July 24, 1926 at Meekins Neck in Dorchester, the son of the late James and Effie Brisco.
He attended Dorchester County Public Schools in Golden Hill. His employment years were spent working as a waterman in Port Norris, N.J. and the final years working in the maintenance department at Dorchester General Hospital.
His survivors include four brothers: James R. Brisco, Francis E. Brisco and Izair M. Brisco, all of Cambridge and Allen M. Brisco of Salisbury; four sisters: Helen Dixon and Margie Wilkerson, both of Cambridge, Louise Jones of Baltimore and Lillian Harris of Salisbury.
He is also survived by four sisters-in-law: Myrtle Nelson, Ollie Bantum and Margaret Jones of Cambridge and Mary Thompson of Seaford, Del.; three brothers-in-law: Percy Bantum of Cambridge, Tommy Thompson of Seaford, Del. and Thurman Smith of Preston.
He was preceded in death by William Brisco, Luther Brisco and May Johnson.
A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at the Pentecostal Temple Church on Aireys Road with the Rev. Samuel Brisco officiating. Burial will follow at the Meekins Neck Cemetery at Golden Hill.
There will be a viewing from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Henry Funeral Home and from 12:30-1 p.m. at the church on Saturday.