Norman L. Thompson
CAMBRIDGE - Norman Leon Thompson, 63, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge.
He was born May 15, 1938 in Cambridge, the son of the late Fred and Essie Chase Stiles Thompson. Mr. Thompson was educated in Dorchester County's public schools. He served a short period of time in the United States Army.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Marylyn Thompson-Greene and Shirley Thompson.
Survivors include five sisters, Lillian Jolley, Rose Bailey and Cora Thompson, all of Cambridge, Gloria Henry of Hurlock, and Evangeline Brummell of Harmony; four brothers, Robert E. Thompson Sr., Fred Thompson Jr. and George Thompson, all of Cambridge, and Samuel Thompson of Salisbury; three sisters-in-law, Sandra Thompson and Barbara Thompson, both of Cambridge, and Glenda Thompson of Salisbury; three brothers-in-law, James Brummell of Harmony, David Henry of Baltimore and James Jolley of Cambridge; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Mt. Pleasant U.M. Church in Salem, with Elder Dawn Abbott officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Friends may visit on Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Henry Funeral Home. The family will be present during the last hour.
Harriett B. Adkins
SALISBURY - Harriett "Reta" Bozman Adkins, 85, died Thursday, May 16, 2002 at the Wicomico Nursing Home in Salisbury.
She was born in Oriole, the daughter of the late George Edward and Nancy Catherine Bozman. Her husband, Clayton Howard Adkins, preceded her death in 1992.
Mrs. Adkins was a member of Emmanuel Wesleyan Church. She loved to shop, cook and ride.
Mrs. Adkins is survived by five children: Bonnie K. Adkins of Salisbury, Sandra L. Murphy of Cambridge, Edward C. Adkins and his wife, Patricia of Salisbury, Barry L. Adkins of Snow Hill and Patricia A. Jamieson of Salisbury; four grandchildren: Christine Harrison and Terri Parker of Cambridge, Valerie Adkins of Wichita, Kan. and G. A. Payne of Washington, D.C.; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Delma Laird of Monie and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters: Naomi Brosey, George E. Bozman Jr., Catherine Hopkins, Iva Miles, Helen Jenkins and Etheridge Bozman.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at the Emmanuel Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Thomas C. Bunting officiating assisted by the Rev. Atwood Berry. Burial will follow in Parsons Cemetery.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury or on Monday from 1-2 p.m. at the church.
Contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Wesleyan Church Building Fund, 142 Shamrock Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804.
Bonnie R. Lyons
CAMBRIDGE - Bonnie R. Lyons, 49, passed away at Dorchester General Hospital on Friday afternoon, May 17, 2002, following a lengthy illness.
Born in Cambridge Dec. 18, 2952, she was the daughter of the late Hildon Morris and Evelyn Del Camp Robbins. She was raised in Cambridgge and was a 1970 graduate of Cambridge high School.
For most of her life, she worked as an accountant. Prior to operating her own business, B.R. Lyons Accounting, she worked with her late uncle, Paul R. Robbins. She was also a mail contractor for the U.S. Postal Service.
On May 14, 1971, she married Eugene "Nick" Lyons.
She was a member and treasurer of Madison United Methodist Church and served on the Dorchester County Humane Society Board of Directors.
Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Philip M. Lyons of Woolford; two brothers, Hildon M. Robbins Jr. and Raymond P. Robbins, both of Cambridge; several aunts and uncles; and two nieces.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Yvonne Robbins, who passed away in 1943.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Old Trinity Churchyard. The Rev. Bob Kirkley will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Clint Collins, Sammy Horseman, Eddie Robbins, Fred Ruark Jr., Villard Stevens and Vernon Phillips III.
Friends will be received at the Thomas Funeral Home 7:30 to 9 tonight.
Memorial contributions may be made to Madison United Methodist Church, c/o Sammy Horseman, 1047 Taylors Island Road, Madison, MD 21648 or the Humane Society of Dorchester County, P.O. Box 132, Cambridge, MD 21613.
William D. Todd
HURLOCK - William D. Todd, 23, died Saturday, May 18, 2002 at the Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J.
He was born Oct. 23, 1978 in Easton, son of William A. and Cathy S. Todd of Hurlock.
Mr. Todd was a graduate of North Dorchester High School. At the time of his death, he was employed by 02 Wireless in New Jersey as a communications tower erector and climber. He was formerly employed with the Todd Family business, Chesapeake Towers.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Samantha Rae Todd and Alyssa M. Price; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph R. and Aricely S. Todd of Ft. Hood, Texas; his fiancÚ, Carmen Price of Hurlock; his paternal grandparents, Louis T. and Norma W. Todd of Hurlock; his maternal grandfather, Donald R. Scofield of Horntown, Va. and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mr. Todd was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Jeanette Scofield.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Zeller Funeral Home in East New Market with the Rev. Levin Spear officiating. Burial will follow in Unity Washington Cemetery near Hurlock.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
Pallbearers will be Douglas Scofield, Joseph R. Todd, Thomas Todd, Dennis Todd, Brian Todd, Jack Rossy, Gerald Test and Bill Deibler.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hackensack University Medical Center, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, 30 Prospect Ave., Hackensack, N.J. 07601.
Jesse L. Westbrook
CAMBRIDGE - Jesse L. Westbrook, 74, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at the Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park. He had been in failing health for the past five years and had been a patient at the hospital since April 3.
He was born Nov. 6, 1927 in Cambridge, the son of the late John Leonard and Elsie Woolsey Westbrook.
Mr. Westbrook had at-tended schools in Cam-bridge. For most of his life, he worked as a grocer and meat cutter. Mr. Westbrook worked for Hop Malone for 30 years, Pete Kramer for one year, Paul Feimster for two years and Center Market for 12 years until he retired about 10 years ago.
His survivors include a sis-ter, Alice May Bradshaw of Cambridge and three neph-ews, Philip L. Bradshaw of Salisbury, Alan W. Bradshaw and Jerry W. Bradshaw, both of Cambridge.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Altenia M. Knauer.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Dor-chester Memorial Park with the Rev. Pardee Bramble of-ficiating.
Pallbearers will Philip L. Bradshaw, Alan W. Brad-shaw, Jerry W. Bradshaw, Vernon Webb, Edward Webb and Jack Rossy.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ameri-can Lung Association of Maryland, 209 East Market St., Salisbury, MD 2801.
Arrangements are being handled by the Thomas Fu-neral Home, P.A. in Cam-bridge.
Jeanette L. Harris
VIENNA - Jeanette Louise Harris, 36, passed away Sat-urday, May 18, 2002 at Dor-chester General Hospital.
She was born March 2, 1966 in Cambridge, one of two daughters of Betty Jack-son and Charles "Sonny" Streeter of Cambridge.
Miss Harris attended the public schools of Dorchester County and was a 1984 graduate of Cambridge-South Dorchester High School.
She had been an employee of Mail Well, Maryland Plas-tics, Black and Decker and her last employment was as a taxi driver for her father.
Other than her parents, her survivors include two chil-dren, Jermia Harris of Hur-lock and Darnell Tilghman of Taylors Island; two half-brothers, Tynell Streeter of Annapolis and Charles "J" Streeter Jr. of Easton; a niece, Tynisha Streeter of Cambridge; a nephew, Sean Pernell of Cambridge; a great-niece, A'Zaina Deletha Amari Perry of Cambridge; two stepsisters, Conae Jack-son of Cambridge and Rose-lyn Kane of Hurlock; a step-brother, Charles Jackson Jr. of Washington, D.C.; stepfa-ther, Charles Jackson of Cambridge and maternal grandparent, Alonza Davis of Vienna.
She is also survived by six aunts: Marion James (Ed-ward) of Buffalo, N.Y., Gloria Day of Millersville, Dianne Johns (Dallas) of Trappe and Mary Camper, Maude Samp-son, Nancy Perry (Wayne), all of Cambridge; two uncles, Algie Sampson (Rose) of Easton, Nathaniel Sampson (Joellen) of Trappe; four great-aunts, Agnes Davis of Salem, Mary Anderson of Cambridge, Ella Mae Richardson and Jean Streeter, both of Philadel-phia; two great-uncles, Charles Streeter of Cam-bridge and Samuel Streeter of Philadelphia and numer-ous other relatives.
Miss Harris was preceded in death by a grandmother, Pauline Davis; a sister, De-letha Perry; an uncle, Robert Sampson; and two great-uncles, Jerry Richardson and Andrew Sampson.
A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Salem. Burial will follow in the church ceme-tery. There will be a viewing one hour prior to the service.
The Henry Funeral Home in Cambridge is handling the arrangements.
Bobby T. Riley
CAMBRIDGE - Bobby T. Riley, 68, passed away on Monday night, May 20, 2002 at Dorchester General Hospi-tal.
He was born Feb. 6, 1934 in Squires, W. Va., the son of the late George Henry and Opel Shrader Riley.
Mr. Riley was raised and attended public schools in the Tazewell, Va. area. In the early 1950s he served in the U.S. Army and in 1954 moved to Cambridge.
He was employed by the Rob Roy Co. here for more than 20 years and later worked at Airpax. Mr. Riley retired at the age of 62, and later worked part-time at Kmart and Wal-Mart.
He was a member of Dor-chester Post 91 American Legion, Choptank Memorial Post 7460, VFW and the Cambridge Moose Lodge. He enjoyed fishing.
Mr. Riley is survived by his wife, the former Darlene Meyer, whom he married on Aug. 14, 1970; two sons, Mark T. Riley and Russell "Rusty" Riley Sr., both of Hurlock; four grandchildren, Laura Lynn Frey, Crystal Riley, Russell Riley Jr. and Jennifer Riley; three great-grandchildren, Brenden Ri-ley, Jayda Riley and Eric North; four sisters, Pansy Bowman of Saltville, Va., Dorothy Bowman of Mud-fork, Va., Ethel Howington of Tazewell, Va. and Lilly Bow-man of Dade City, Fla.; one brother, Jerry Riley of Mar-ion, Va. and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bennie Riley.
A funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday at the Thomas Funeral Home by the Rev. Joan P. Evans, pastor of the Immanuel United Church of Christ. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Friday during the hour before the service.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Asso-ciation, 114 Baptist St., Salisbury, MD 21801.
Pallbearers will be Larry Gootee, David Meyer, Josh Meyer, Bob Jones, Charles Thomas and Alan Simmons.
Ethel V. Green
EASTON - Ethel Virginia Green, 95, died Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at the House of the Pines, Genesis Elder Care in Easton.
She was born Dec. 18, 1906 in Easton, daughter of the late Carroll Hemsley and Lena Williams.
Most of her adult life was spent in Philadelphia, where she became a member of Tioga United Methodist Church (Broad and Westmoreland streets). She sang in the choir.
Mrs. Green was a member of the Jolley Senior Club, Elks Lodge and the Keystone Temple 448.
She also attended St. Mark's UM Church, Easton, while residing in Talbot County. She enjoyed traveling and shopping.
Her employment years were spent doing dietary work at Beaver College in Jenkinstown, Pa.
Survivors include a son, Russell Perkins of Unionville; a brother, Carroll Hemsley of Easton; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Grace Perkins and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graveside service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Richard's Memorial Park in Easton with the Rev. Holt officiating. There will be a viewing a half hour prior to the service.
The Henry Funeral Home of Cambridge is handling the arrangements.
Edward H. Nabb Sr.
CAMBRIDGE - Edward Harwood Nabb, 85, a prominent Cambridge attorney died at his home, Sunday, June 2, 2002.
He was born Dec. 30, 1916 in Cambridge, the son of the late William T. Nabb and Anna M. Nabb.
Mr. Nabb was educated in the Maryland School system. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Salisbury State University on May 23, 1999.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. Mr. Nabb enlisted in the Army on May 23, 1941 and was discharged March 23, 1946.
He served in the Army Corps Engineers as a combat engineer and in the Infantry, European Theatre, Pacific Theatre, in grades private through captain. He served 10 months on the Korean front from March 15, 1951 to Sept. 15, 1952 with the Army Corps of Engineers, 116 Engineers Combat Battalion with the grade of captain.
As an enlisted soldier, Mr. Nabb was primarily a weapons instructor. He graduated from the Corps of Engineers Officer Candidate School on Nov. 11, 1942.
As a commissioned officer he was engineer and infantry unit commander, weapons instructor, S2 intelligence, S3 plans and training, all at battalion level. He was a graduate of the Engineer School, the Infantry School, Parachute School and attended Ordinance Bomb Disposal School.
On Dec. 5, 1947 he married the former Winifred D. Harrington. She died July 21, 1981.
Mr. Nabb worked in his early years for Phillips Packing Co., then for the Cambridge store of Sears, Roebuck and Co. before entering the legal profession in 1957.
Mr. Nabb was a senior partner and owner of the law firm of Harrington, Harrington & Nabb, one of the older firms in the state of Maryland. Emerson C. Harrington established the firm in 1894 and his son and Mr. Nabb's father-in-law, Emerson C. Harrington Jr. entered the firm in 1920. He died Jan. 12, 1972. Edward H. Nabb Jr., a partner, joined the firm as an associate in Jan. 1, 1976, the fourth generation.
Mr. Nabb was elected to the Board of Directors of People's Loan, Savings & Deposit Bank in Cambridge in 1958, serving as secretary of the board and counsel. He remained until the merger with Union Trust Co. of Maryland in 1963.
Mr. Nabb continued as an Advisory Board member and was elected Chairman of the Advisory Board of Union Trust Co. in 1972 and held that position until the board was dissolved. The merged name was Signet. He was later on the local Advisory Board of Provident State Bank of Preston.
Mr. Nabb earned his pilot's license in 1939 and took up flying again in 1967. He organized the Annual Tangier Island Holly Run, which continues today.
Mr. Nabb loved boating and had owned sailboats since early childhood. The largest, a 30-foot skipjack, was built at age 18 and he owned the boat until enlisting in the Army at age 24. Upon his discharge from the Army in 1946 Mr. Nabb bought an inboard racing hydroplane named "Black Magic," which he raced for three years.
In 1947 he was elected to the Marine Racing Hall of Fame, one of about 100 living drivers at the time. Mr. Nabb retired from active racing in 1948 and assisted in the administration of the American Power Boat Association Racing on the local, regional and national levels.
He headed many of the national committees and was general counsel for the organization, but never sought elective office.
In 1963, he was elected vice president of Union International Motor Boating, a world governing body of all powerboat events, with 44 member nations and headquarters in Belgium. For a number of years, Mr. Nabb represented the U.S.A. in this organization and then had responsibility for the entire Western Hemisphere.
For a number of years Mr. Nabb followed a secondary profession of technical writing. He started writing boating columns for Skipper Magazine in 1948 and 10 years later entered into a long run of monthly columns in Rudder Magazine.
This developed into columns and articles for all of the other national boating publications such as Motor Boating and Sailing, Yachting, Popular Boating, Boat Construction and Maintenance, Speed and Spray and Motorboat. Mr. Nabb had work published in six countries.
The work was primarily on boat propulsion including engines, gears, propellers, etc. Mr. Nabb wrote a book on the subject and annual boating sections for one of the encyclopedia yearbooks. In 1976, he was awarded the Knuth Award, the world's highest award for Boating Technical Writing.
Mr. Nabb served as president of the Nathan Foundation and on the Board of Directors for various charitable organizations.
On Feb. 11, 1982 he married the former Linda M. Kleinwachter. She was the planning director of Dorchester County until 1987.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Nabb is survived by four children: Edward N. (Ned) Nabb Jr. and his wife, Betty of Cambridge, Winifred (Winnie) Nabb Sewell of Annapolis, Andrew W. (Drew) Nabb and Ian Nathan Nabb, both of Cambridge and grandchild, Meredith Harrington Nabb of Annapolis.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 Thursday at the Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home, P.A. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Grace United Methodist Church in Cambridge with the Rev. Douglas Ridley officiating. Burial will follow in Christ Church Graveyard.
Pallbearers will be Christopher R. Robinson, William H. Kleinwachter, David W. Nickerson, Carlton Gray Nabb, George B. Nabb III and T. Sewell Hubbert.
Honorary pallbearers will be Teddy J. Creighton, Russell S. Baker Jr., Hon. Donald F. Johnson, Edward C. Conway and J. Edward Powell.
In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to the Dorchester Skipjack Committee, 526 Poplar St., Cambridge, MD 21613; Nabb Research Center, 101 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801-6860 or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733.
L. Robert Meritt
HURLOCK - L. Robert Meritt, 57, passed away late Monday afternoon, June 3, 2002 at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. Mr. Meritt had been in failing health for the past year.
He was born Jan. 20, 1945 at Linchester, the son of Clara Emma Kenney and the late Eldred William Meritt Sr.
He was raised in the Preston area and attended public schools in Caroline County. When growing up, he was active in the Boy Scouts and he later enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Mr. Meritt was a welder and had been employed by Maryland Wire Belts at Church Creek.
In addition to his mother of Hurlock, he is survived by his wife, the former Joyce Elaine Ratcliffe, to whom he was married on Aug. 28, 1964; one daughter, Bobbi Jo Shorter of Virginia Beach, Va.; one son, Richard V. Meritt of Cambridge; two grandchildren, Sabre' and Logan Shorter; two sisters, Linda Thomas and Laura Baker, both of Preston; one brother, E. William Meritt Jr. of Salisbury; two stepsisters, Jo Ellen Algier of Denton and Lisa Marine of Paducah, Ky.; two aunts, Faye Burton of Calvert City, Ky. and Barbara Howell of Hudson, N.C. and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, L. Robert Meritt Jr.
A funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas Funeral Home by his brother-in-law, Bill Thomas Sr. Burial will take place in East New Market Cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Thursday during the hour before the service.
Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund, c/o Lorraine Dickerson, 10 Harris Drive, Cambridge, MD 21613.
Pallbearers will be Bill Thomas Jr., John North, Jeff Cronshaw, William Vogel Jr., Calvert Stewart and Don Ratcliffe.
F. Theodore Wilson
TAYLORS ISLAND - Francis Theodore (Ted) Wilson, 68, died Monday, June 3, 2002 at his home.
He was born Feb. 28, 1934 in Highland, Md., the son of the late Edward S. Wilson and Jessie E. Thompson Wilson.
Mr. Wilson was a graduate of Clarksville High School.
On Sept. 19, 1959 he married the former Edna Burton.
Mr. Wilson worked for the Department of Defense, Civil Service and retired after 32 years of service.
While residing in Highland, he was a communicant of St. Louis Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Departments.
In 1991 he and his wife moved from Highland to Taylors Island.
While residing in Dorchester County, he was a communicant of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Golden Hill.
He enjoyed living in Dorchester and especially liked to fish.
Surviving besides his wife of 42 years are three daughters, Denise Wilson and Renee Wilson, both of Columbia and Kimberly Wilson of Taylors Island; two brothers, Floyd A. Wilson of Marriottsville, Edward D. (Doug) Wilson and his wife, Eleanor of Eldersburg; three sisters, Delores Minnick of Glen Burnie, Shirley Smentkowski and her husband, Harold of Stevensville, Patricia Ashby and her husband, Patrick of Oakland.
Preceding him in death besides his parents were two brothers, Paul G. Wilson, Edward L. Wilson; sister-in-law, Gertrude E. Wilson and brother-in-law, Junior Minnick.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at the Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home, P.A. where a Christian Prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
The family will also receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Talbot Avenue, Laurel, Md.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held 11 a.m. Friday at St. Louis Catholic Church, Clarksville. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Burtonsville.
Pallbearers will be Timothy Dyer, Steven Dyer, Patrick Wilson, Michael Wilson, Jeffrey Wilson, Rodney Smentkowski and Derek Ashby.
In lieu of flowers memorial offerings may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.