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Barnes, Velma Marie
Birth: Monday, January 13, 1958 in Washington, D.C.
Death: Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the age of 60
Laid to Rest: Monday, April 02, 2018 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Velma Marie (Wheeler) Barnes (60) was born at Freedman's Hospital in Washington, DC, on January 13, 1958 to her parents Annie G. Wheeler and William A. Wheeler. She departed this earth on March 18, 2018.

Velma attended elementary school in the Charles County Public school system and graduated from Lackey High School in 1976. After high school, she attended what was then called the Charles County Community College from 1976 until 1978. After college, Velma joined the Old Dominion Job Corps Center in Monroe. VA. She was also a veteran (Sargent E-5) who served her country in the United States Army from 1980 until 1985.

She began her civilian career in 1986 at the Smithsonian Institution as a supervisor for the Shipping and Receiving Department, a position she held to two years. Seeking advancement, she accepted a position with the United Postal Service as a Mail Processor from 1988 until she retired in 2012. In addition to her full-time positions with the Federal Government, Velma worked part-time as a Security Officer from 2010 until 2012.

Velma raised her son Marcus, as a single mother. He is an only child whom she loved with all her heart. She guided him in life and career as much as any mother could. Velma enjoyed playing tennis and was a dedicated spectator at the Mystics and Wizards basketball games. As a little girl, she took an interest in playing the guitar. Her father played and her grandfather played, and she took a few formal lessons to enhance her skills. However, she never pursued it seriously.

Growing up, Velma attended Catholic Church until she reached the age of 18. After that she began to occasionally attend church with her mother who was Methodist. More recently in life, Velma joined the Empowerment Liberation Cathedral (ELC) in Silver Spring, MD. This Church is where Velma was received with open arms and love. It was here that she grew in her spirituality and developed an everlasting faith in God. Her Bishop Allyson Abrams along with her fellow church members, provided never ending support to Velma through her battle with cancer.

Velma began her battle with cancer in 1997. She remained strong through her several bouts with cancer whenever it returned. Over the years, Velma has participated in several cancer walks and other programs designed to raise funds to help fight the disease. One of her favorite programs sponsored by her church, is Praying in Pink. This is a program her Church holds every year with its congregation wearing pink to the Church service and recognizing and celebrating the continued survivorship of its members. This year has been one of her toughest battles.

Velma developed a "Bucket List" when she learned that her cancer had returned with a vengeance. During the last couple of years of her life, she visited Toronto, Canada, Myrtle Beach, SC, she took the Olivia Cruise to Half Moon Cay Bahamas; Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman Islands; and Key West, FL. In addition to those trips, through the Olivia Travel group, she was able to visit Playa Bonita Panama Resort and Spa in Panama. One of her last wishes was to spend a night or two at the MGM Hotel and Casino at the National Harbor in Maryland. She watched the building as they were building it and knew that she wanted to experience the magnificence and grandeur first hand. On her 59th birthday, she did just that. It was just as magical as she thought it would be.

Velma was still with us on her 60th birthday. Once again, she wanted to celebrate at the MGM. She was able to enjoy her birthday with about 15 friends and family members at dinner, and about 30 other friends and family members in her room. They had cake, punch and champagne and celebrated life and friendship.

As she became weaker, Velma was cared for by in-home hospice. Even then, she wanted to continue to do everything for herself that she could possibly do. Right down to going to the laundry mat with no assistance. Her strength and determination were like no other. And that's the way she was right to the end.

Velma is survived by her only son, Marcus Isaiah Barnes, her father William A. Wheeler, three sisters, Patricia Smoot, Shelva Redd (Reggie), and Lisa Wheeler (Tony). Two brothers, Pat Smoot and Robert P. Wheeler (Mechelle). She is preceded in death by her mother, Annie G. Wheeler, her sister Marcia Farrar, and her brother, William A. Wheeler, II. Arrangements by Lee Funeral Home.

Yarbrough, James Donald
Birth: Sunday, June 30, 1957 in Talladega, Alabama
Death: Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the age of 60
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James Donald Yarbrough "Donnie" died peacefully in Hospice Care on March, 18, 2018 in Waldorf, MD at the age of 60. Donnie was born on June, 30, 1957 in Talladega, Alabama to Thomas and Winifred Yarbrough. He graduated from Selma High School in 1975. After moving to Hampton Va. in 1978, Donnie began working for Zale Corporation as a Store Manager. He continued his life long career with Zale Corporation until he retired in 2014. He managed the Zale's Jewelers in Waldorf, MD for 24 years.

Donnie is survived by his wife: Zoe Yarbrough; children: Thomas and Christopher Yarbrough; Granddaughter: Anneliza Yarbrough; siblings: Ronnie (Sis) Yarbrough, Darrin (Michelle) Yarbrough of Selma Alabama; and numerous nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Winifred Yarbrough of Selma Alabama.

Donnie loved spending time with his family and friends. His granddaughter Annie was the light of his life. He was an avid Alabama football fan (Roll Tide!!!). His family and friends will always remember him as a great family man and a loving father.

A Celebration of life is scheduled for Friday March, 23, 2018 at Huntt Funeral Home in Waldorf, Md. Family will be receiving visitors at 1pm, with the service to follow at 2pm at the same location. Larry Kennell will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Donnie's life. The family would like to thank Hospice of Waldorf, Md. for their loving care and support. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Waldorf.

Drury, Anne McNey
Birth: Saturday, September 30, 1933 in Leonardtown, Maryland
Residence: Leonardtown, Maryland
Death: Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the age of 84
Laid to Rest: Thursday, March 22, 2018 in the Our Lady’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Leonardtown, Maryland
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Anne McNey Drury, 84, of Leonardtown, MD died on March 18, 2018 at her home with her loving family by her side. She was born September 30, 1933 in Leonardtown, MD to the late Joseph LeRoy McNey and Mary Gladys Johnson. She had many happy memories growing up at the bottom of Leonardtown Hill (Frogtown) next to her grandparents.

In September 1954, she married her beloved husband, John R. "Johnny" Drury, Jr. She was predeceased by Johnny in March 2001. Together they raised five children. They worked diligently to instill their shared values of hard work, proper moral choices, and respect for human dignity, personal responsibility, and good manners.

In 1968 she co-founded The St. Mary's Riding Club (continued as a lifetime member) and was a long time member of the Delabrooke Hunt Club. She had a passion for horses. Anne loved to host and entertain the family gatherings. She looked forward to Sunday dinner "pizza night" with her beloved family. She had a special love for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. If she wasn't riding or grooming horses she loved to needlepoint and read.

Anne is survived by her 5 children, Deborah D. "Debbie" Saunders (Vernon) of Leonardtown, MD, John R. "Robbie" Drury, III (Linda) of Leonardtown, MD, M. Amy Drury of Lusby, MD, Joseph M. "Joe" Drury (Mary Beth) of Leonardtown, MD, and Kathleen M. "Kay" Porter of Leonardtown, MD, her grandchildren John K. "Jay" Parlett, III, Kristina L. Drury, Ryan M. Drury, Griffin M. Drury, Alden R. Drury, Jovi Anne Drury, John W. Porter, Anna M. Porter and Joshua E. Porter and her great grandchildren Camden A. Parlett, Kylie A. Parlett, John K. Parlett, IV, Hadley E. Drury and many extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her two sisters Jean McNey Burris and Elizabeth Reese "Betty" Taylor.

The Family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel from 9:30-11:00 a.m. with a service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady's Catholic Church Cemetery in Medley's Neck. Serving as pallbearers will be Louis F. "Freddie" Burris, Danial M. "Dan" Burris, David M. Guyther, Jay Parlett, Ryan Drury and John MacDonald. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, ACTS, P.O. Box 54, Bushwood, MD 20618 or Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

Spinks, Josephine Cecelia
Residence: Waldorf, Maryland
Death: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Laid to Rest: Monday, March 26, 2018 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, La Plata, Maryland
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Josephine Cecelia Spinks, 70 of Waldorf, MD, passed away on March 18, 2018. On Sunday, March 25, 2018, visitation from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 2294 Old Washington Rd, Waldorf, MD. On Monday, March 26, 2018, visitation at 9:00 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 100 Village St., Waldorf, MD. Interment to follow at Sacred Heart Church Cemetery, La Plata, MD. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home.

Brown, Frank Anthony
Birth: Saturday, March 02, 1963 in Utica, New York
Residence: Great Mills, Maryland
Death: Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the age of 55
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Frank A. Brown of Great Mills, MD, passed away from complications due to cancer on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Frank was born March 2, 1963 in Utica, NY, to the late Robert Jones Brown and Arlene Maxwell Brown.

Frank married Barbara Dicus, October 15, 1988 and the couple started their life together in Hollywood Maryland. Frank started his navy career in 1981. Frank and Barbara moved to various locations throughout his 20 year Navy career and eventually settled back in his wife's hometown of St Mary's. He retired in 2001. Frank never settled for the love of his country and he continued to sacrifice by volunteering his service to companies supporting the war effort in Afghanistan. Frank loved all things Golf with friends and family, although providing for his family was the center of his life.

He obtained his greatest joy from his wife of almost 30 years, his children and his grandson. He worked for BAE systems and was an active parishioner at St John's Catholic Church in Hollywood. He was a 35 year member of BPOE Elks Club #2092 and he volunteered for many years at St Mary's Special Olympics.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased in death by his sister JoEllyn and his brother Joseph. In addition to his wife, Frank is survived by his three children; Matthew (Stephanie) of Dayton, OH, Andrea Brown of Great Mills, MD, Megan Brown of Boston, MA and grandson Noah of Dayton OH. He is also survived by 8 siblings. Rob (CT), Marc (FL), Chris (NY), Janice (FL), Steve (CA), Pat (NY), Tracey (NY), Donnie (NY). Frank is also survived by his best friend Daniel Leddy (Christy, Matthew, Erin) of MD and Butch Smith (Dawn) of FL.

The Family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with prayers at 7:00 p.m. A mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Hollywood, MD. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to BPOE Elks Club #2092, St. Mary's County Elks Lodge #2092, P.O. Box 277, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

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