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Bernhardt, Charles David
Birth: Monday, June 06, 1949
Residence: Waldorf, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the age of 64
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Childs, Richard Bennett
Birth: Tuesday, December 07, 1971 in Silver Spring, Maryland
Residence: Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
Death: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the age of 41
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Richard Bennett Childs, age 41, of Chesapeake Beach, MD died suddenly October 27, 2013. He was born December 7, 1971 in Silver Spring, MD to Richard P. and Reba J. (Wheeler) Childs. He received his education in Montgomery County Schools.

Rich worked as a tattoo artist and also with the City Paper in Washington, DC. He most recently was in the pipe fitter apprenticeship program with the local union and worked with M & M Welding of Montgomery County.

He was an active member of St. Edmonds United Methodist Church in Chesapeake Beach. In his leisure, Richard enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his brother Randy James Childs.

Surviving are his parents Richard P. and Reba W. Childs of Chesapeake Beach, MD a sister in law Caley Childs and niece Haven Grace Childs both of Raleigh, NC and an aunt Bonnie Shifflett and her husband Elbert of Damascus.

Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.

Yeager, Clarence Roland, Jr.
Birth: Wednesday, October 20, 1982
Residence: Leonardtown, Maryland
Death: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the age of 31
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Clarence Roland Yeager, Jr. 31, of Leonardtown, MD passed away in Leonardtown, MD on October 27, 2013. Born on October 20, 1982, he was the son of the late Clarence R. Yeager, Sr., and Peggy S. Yeager.

Clarence is survived by his sisters; Tracy Lynn Yeager of Lexington Park, MD, Patricia Ann Yeager of Virginia, and Caretaker James Elliott Hammel of Leonardtown, MD.

Clarence graduated from Leonardtown High School in 2003 and was a lifelong resident of St. Mary's County.

He worked as a stock clerk for Vintage Values and enjoyed listening to music, watching movies, looking at pictures, his yearbook, and being with friends.

All services will be private. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home.

Thomas, Robert Elroy
Birth: Tuesday, April 06, 1948 in New York City, New York
Residence: Lexington Park, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the age of 65
Laid to Rest: Monday, November 04, 2013 in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Cemetery, Lexington Park, Maryland
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Robert Elroy "Bobby" Thomas, 65 of Lexington Park, MD died on October 29, 2013 at the Hospice House of St. Mary's, Callaway, MD. Born April 6, 1948, in New York, NY, he was the son of the late Joseph Ogden Thomas and Sarah Mariana (Torney) Thomas.

Bobby lived most of his life as a resident of St. Mary's County. Bobby was employed by Safeway as a produce manager. He enjoyed watching old western movies and horror movies.

Bobby is survived by his daughter, Chatona Thomas of Lexington Park, MD; his brother, Rufus Toney of Fort Washington, MD; his aunt, Viola Cutchember of Lexington Park, MD; and his uncles George Toney of Landover, MD and James G. Thomas of Lexington Park, MD. He is also survived by numerous extended family members.

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 4, 2013 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial, conducted by Reverend Pawel Sass, will follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Smith, Parthenia Willa
Birth: Thursday, July 30, 1925 in Scotland, Maryland
Residence: Scotland, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at the age of 88
Laid to Rest: Saturday, November 02, 2013 in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Great Mills, Maryland
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Parthenia Willa Smith, 88 of Scotland, MD, was called home by our Lord and Savior on October 30, 2013. She was born July 30, 1925 on Fresh Pond Neck Road in Scotland, MD to Luke Matthew Barnes and Martha Wood Greene Barnes, both of whom predeceased her.

Parthenia was one of six children. Her mother, Martha, was a school teacher and taught in the Scotland school house on Fresh Pond Neck Road and her father, Luke, was a farmer and fisherman.

Parthenia married Guffrie Smith on November 23, 1942 and they were married for sixty-seven (67) years. From their union, they had seventeen children (17), twelve (12) girls and five (5) boys. Parthenia was a very supportive wife and Guffrie always made the statement that he would not have been as successful without her.

Parthenia, along with her husband Guffrie, were two of St. Mary's County's first black entrepreneurs, owning a trailer park, laundromat and barbershop, as well as becoming bus contractors for the St. Mary's County Public Schools. Once Parthenia's last child was born, she decided to get her chauffer's license to assist her husband with their family business and drove the school bus for twenty (20) years.

Parthenia loved traveling and her first trip on an airplane was to Germany. After that, the rest was history!

She was a lifetime member of the St. Mary's County NAACP Chapter, the American Heart Association and the Babysitting Program. She was one of the first black women in the area to be a part of these programs.

Parthenia was a Christian who believed God's word and held on to God's unchanging hand until the very end. She could be found reading her Bible and praying at any time of the day. Parthenia knew how to call on the Lord for herself and for her family. She encouraged all of her family to attend church and to get to know God for themselves. Parthenia's nurturing extended beyond her seventeen (17) children and into her community as she fed, clothed, transported and encouraged many individuals.

Parthenia had a special place in her heart for St. Luke's United Methodist Church where she was a lifetime member. St. Luke's became a very important part of her life. She could be found in her favorite seat, wearing a beautiful suit and hat worshipping and praising God! Parthenia enjoyed the fellowship found at church. A hymn that was close to her heart was "What A Friend We Have In Jesus."

Parthenia was a witness for God by teaching, preaching, leading and demonstrating Christianity throughout her church and community¬ógiving back what she received and treating people the way she wanted people to treat her. If she promised to do something for you, she would do it! Parthenia devoted her life to the Lord and to the building of God's kingdom.

She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Guffrie "Smitty" Smith, Jr. (Casey) of St. Leonard, Maryland, Marva Johnson of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Zerita Shade of St. Inigoes, Maryland, Alberta Smith of Forestville, Maryland, Orlando "Tubby" Smith (Donna) of Lubbock, Texas, Beulah "Benita" Barnes of Lexington Park, Maryland, Eugene "Odell" Smith (Joyce) of Triangle, Virginia, Desiree Berry (Paul) and Ramona Smith, both of Scotland, Maryland, Holly Powell (Larry) of Lanham, Maryland, Aaron "Odea" Smith (Gloria) of Scotland, Maryland, Wendy Morton (Terry) of California, Maryland, Vivian Smith of St. Inigoes, Maryland, Shayne Smith of Scotland, Maryland, William Smith (Jeanne) of Cleveland, Ohio and Cindy Smith of Scotland, Maryland; brother, Sylvester Barnes and son-in-law, Robert Bennett, both of Scotland, Maryland; a special niece, Angela Barnes (who she raised as her own) of Lexington Park, Maryland; thirty-four (34) grandchildren, forty-one (41) great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Parthenia was predeceased by her daughter, Mae Helen Bennett; grandsons, Paul "June" Johnson and William "Will" Lucas Smith, Jr., brothers, Taliferro Barnes, Major Barnes and Billy Rogers; sister, Lilly Mae Hewlett and sons-in-law, William Shade, Jr. and Reno Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in Memory of Parthenia W. Smith, mailed to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.

Family will unite with friends for visitation at 12 noon until time of service at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 12880 Point Lookout Road, Scotland, MD 20687. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 22020 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills, MD 20634.

Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD.

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