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Downs, Maurice Thomas
Birth: Monday, June 20, 1932 in Laban, Virginia
Residence: Prince Frederick, Maryland
Death: Thursday, January 08, 2015 at the age of 82
Laid to Rest: Monday, January 12, 2015 in the Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk, Maryland
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Maurice Thomas Downs, 82, of Prince Frederick, Maryland passed away on January 8, 2015 in Prince Frederick, Maryland. He was born on June 20, 1932 in Laban, Virginia to the late Hattie Bell and Charlie Wilson Downs. Besides his parents, Maurice is also predeceased by his brother, Jennings Downs and his sister Virginia Adams.

Maurice was raised in Mathews, Virginia and went into the Coast Guard on September 5, 1951. During his two and a half years in the service he served on the Diamond Shore Lightship. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Coast Guard on March 12, 1954, and then returned back to Mathews.

On September 1, 1956 he married Arlene Humphreys and shortly after their marriage they moved to Calvert County. Maurice and Arlene then began their life together and their business ventures together by becoming School Bus contractors in the county. For the next 53 years they operated Downs School Bus Contractors and Maurice served as President of the Calvert County School Buss Contractors Association for nearly a decade. He was also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Prince Frederick, and the Elks Club in Prince Frederick.

Maurice is survived by his wife, Arlene H. Downs, father of Roy W. Downs and his wife Paula, Catherine Downey, and Charles N. Downs and his wife Bowie.Grandfather of Matthew Downs, Ashley Lott, Edward Breder, Michael Breder, Ian Downs, and McKenna Downs, great grandfather of Jacob and Allison Breder and Andrew and Christopher Breder. He is also survived by 21 nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

The family will be receiving relatives and friends for viewing and visitation on Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 2- 4 PM at the Rausch Funeral Home, PA. 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD 20676. A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church in Prince Frederick, MD. Interment will follow at the conclusion of the service in Southern Memorial Gardens located in Dunkirk, MD. In memory of Maurice Downs, contributions made be made to the Hospice of Calvert County, P.O Box 838 Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.

Hassanpour, Caroline Lipscomb
Birth: Tuesday, July 03, 1956 in Lee County, Alabama
Residence: Solomons, Maryland
Death: Thursday, January 08, 2015 at the age of 58
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Caroline Lipscomb Hassanpour, 58, of Solomons, Maryland, formerly of Huntingtown, Maryland passed away on January 8, 2015 in Prince Frederick, Maryland. She was born in Lee County, Alabama to the late Andrew and Carolyn Ellis Lipscomb.

Caroline, just like her Grandfather, Father, and Uncle graduated from Auburn University School of Pharmacy in 1979. She received her Master Degree from University of Mississippi. She has worked as a pharmacist for 35 plus years, currently working as a floating pharmacist for CVS in Southern Maryland. Caroline was an active member of Christ Church in Port Republic, often seen serving in the church and hosting the fellowship hour.

Survived by her husband, Mike M. Hassanpour, mother of Madeleine C. LaTour and Katherine A. LaTour, stepmother of Parisa L. Haaanpour, Kristopher M. Hassanpour, Nora E. Hassanpour, Kimberly A. Hassanpour, and Joshua O. Hassanpour. Grandmother of Gabriel Garza, Michael Garza, Ambria Toland, Braylon Hassanpour,Garrett Toland, Araeme Delgado, Kyler Hassanpour and Sayla Hassanpour, she is also survived by her siblings, Andrew D. "Lan" Lipscomb, James Lipscomb and Katherine Lipscomb Smith and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 1-3 PM at Christ Church, 3100 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, Maryland where a Memorial Service will follow at 3PM. Interment is private. Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Research. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home, Port Republic, MD.

Bottorf, Jack LeRoy
Birth: Sunday, December 11, 1932 in Weirton, West Virginia
Residence: Hollywood, Maryland
Death: Thursday, January 08, 2015 at the age of 82
Laid to Rest: Thursday, January 15, 2015 in the St. Andrews Episcopal Church Cemetery, California, Maryland
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Jack LeRoy Bottorf, of Hollywood, MD died on Thursday, January 8, 2015. He was born on December 11, 1932 in Weirton, WV to Clarence Cecil and Lucille Emily Bottorf.

Beloved husband of Nancy J. Bottorf; father of Mark Y. Bottorf (Teri McCleaf) and Anne Elizabeth Vallandingham (Timmy), both of Hollywood, MD; and brother to Ronald C. Bottorf (Barbara) of Follansbee, WV and brother-in-law to Elizabeth Herceg of Parkersburg, WV and Mary Solomon of Weirton, WV. He is survived by grandchildren Samantha Campbell (Paris), Ashley Kastronis (Chris), Tanya Bottorf, Shane Bottorf, Caitlin Brown, Jack Brown, Hannah Vallandingham, and Blayre Vallandingham; great children Tristan and Liam Kastronis and Luna Bottorf, and numerous nieces, nephews, and greats.

He was a graduate of Weir High School, Weirton, West Virginia. He furthered his education by attending West Virginia Tech, Montgomery, WV on a journalism scholarship provided by the Wheeling Intelligencer. While attending West Virginia Tech, he was confirmed at Calvary Memorial Church in Montgomery, WV as an Episcopalian.

He then enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at Fort Myer, VA as a military police officer. Often he was called upon to assist with numerous military funerals conducted at Arlington National Cemetery, during his tenure at Fort Myer. On September 7, 1955 he was honorably discharged from the United States Army and remained an active member of the United States Army Reserve until 1961.

He married his best friend, Nancy Jean Solomon, on September 10, 1955. Together they attended West Virginia University and graduated in May of 1957.

Jack accepted a position at the Ashtabula Star Beacon in Ohio, as the business and financial editor. Leaving the Star Beacon, he accepted a position with the Weirton Steel Company, as their editor of the Employees' Bulletin. In 1961, he accepted a position with the Montgomery and Ward Company, as their design and advertising director in Baltimore, MD. After experiencing the advertising world, he decided to change careers and entered in to the world of education.

In 1962, he accepted a position at Suitland Senior High School, in Suitland, MD, as the journalism and philosophy teacher. While at Suitland, he was recognized for his award winning yearbooks. Jack accepted a position at Parkdale Senior High School, in Parkdale, MD, in the mid-1960s as the English Department Chairperson and taught there until 1970. In 1971, he relocated to St. Mary's County where he taught English at Chopticon High School and began the lengthy task of restoring his historic home. In addition, to being the English Department chair for numerous years at Chopticon High School, he also coached the boys' soccer and tennis teams. He was recognized for his outstanding and extraordinary teaching techniques on numerous occasions. He retired from teaching in 1997, after having taught at Chopticon for 26 years.

He was a world traveler, an avid Anglophile, and man of his word and a man of deep faith. He served on the Vestry and was a verger at St. Andrews Episcopal Church for many years. He was a loving father, devoted husband, great friend, devoted lover of "his dogs", pianist, great dancer, lover of music, and fabulous gardener.

Pallbearers will be Mark Bottorf, Shane Bottorf, Chris Kastronis, Mark Meredith, Glenn Richards, and Timmy Vallandingham. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jennifer Aicher, Helen Becker, Ronald Bottorf, Sr., Ronald Bottorf, Jr., James Galligan, George Kirby, Karl Pence, Bob Rotzinger, Scott Russell, Arthur Standing, Thomas Vallandingham, and James Younkins.

Family will receive on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 10-11 AM, with a Funeral Service celebrated by Rev. Beverly K. Weatherly at 11 AM., at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 44078 Saint Andrews Church Road, California, MD. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 44078 Saint Andrews Church Road, California, MD 20619. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

McDonald, Joan Ann
Birth: Friday, April 12, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland
Residence: Lexington Park, Maryland
Death: Thursday, January 08, 2015 at the age of 74
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Joan Ann McDonald, 74, of Lexington Park, MD, died on January 8, 2015 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born on April 12, 1940, in Baltimore, MD she was the daughter of the late Joe Haas and Violet Riddle Haas.

In October 2000, Joan married her long time love, the late Barry "Bear" McDonald. Joan enjoyed throwing darts, shooting pool, going to yard sales, and playing BINGO. She also enjoyed attending church and playing trivia with her friend, Chad Caldwell.

She dedicated her life to helping the homeless citizens in St. Mary's County. She had a generous heart and never met a stranger. Her greatest love was for her family, she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joan is survived by her children; Darlene Peavy (Donald) of Jacksonville, FL, Ralph Tawney (Mary) of Leonardtown, MD, James "Jimmy" Tawney of Lexington Park, MD, and Malinda Phillippi of Lexington Park, MD; her brother, Jimmy Haas (Valli) Springfield, VA and her sister, Ginger Cope (Bob) of Vienna, VA; her grandchildren; Ralph Tawney, Jr., John Michael Peavy, Angel Tawney, Jimmy "LJ" Tawney, III, Robert "Bobby" Phillippi Jr., Sarah Tawney, John Phillippi, Jessica Phillippi, Jennifer "Gigi" Phillippi Scottland (Terrance), and Jullian Tawney; ten great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Barry "Bear" McDonald, and her brothers, Billy Haas and Johnny Haas.

Family will receive friends for Joan's Memorial Service on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., at Lexington Park United Methodist Church, 21760 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mary's Caring Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 144, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Branum, Charles Lee
Birth: Sunday, December 01, 1935
Residence: Indian Head, Maryland
Death: Thursday, January 08, 2015 at the age of 79
Laid to Rest: in the Holly Hills Memorial Cemetery, Granbury, Texas
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Charles Lee "Hog" Branum, 79, of Indian Head, MD died on January 8, 2015 at the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Hog was a retired Chief Warrant Officer 2 with the U. S. Army and was a member of VFW Post #10081 in La Plata. Following his service with the Army, he spent his life farming. He was also a member of the N.R.A. and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a strong family man and was loved by all.

He is the son of the late Lee Belva Branum and the late Eva Lee Guynes Branum. He was also predeceased by his wife, Agnes Arlene Branum. He is survived by his sons, Robert O. Branum and Richard L. Branum and his wife Theresa and his daughters, Veronica L. Dillon and Jessica Teets. He is also survived by six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Friends were received on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 6-8PM with a Memorial Service at 7PM at the Raymond Funeral Service Chapel in La Plata, MD. Interment at Holly Hills Memorial Cemetery in Granbury, TX. Memorial contributions are asked to the Hospice of Charles County, 2505 Davis Road, Waldorf, MD. Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

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