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Bennett, Martha Jane
Birth: Friday, October 10, 1941
Residence: Cobb Island, Maryland
Death: Monday, November 04, 2013 at the age of 72
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Martha Jane Cooksey Bennett of Cobb Island, MD died on November 4, 2013 at University of MD Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, MD. She was 72 years old.

Martha was a purchaser with the Naval Ordnance Station in Indian Head, MD for 30 years and a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Wayside, MD. She loved painting, gardening, playing bridge, and sewing. She most enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

She is the daughter of the late Robert Lee Cooksey and the late Edwardina Budd Cooksey. She is also predeceased by her husband James A. Bennett Jr.; a daughter, Allison Jane Bennett; and a brother, Robert Budd Cooksey.

She is survived by one son, James A. Bennett III and wife Debbie; one brother, John D. Cooksey and companion Goldie; and four grandchildren, Brian, Jimmy, Megan, and Allie. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends received on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 2-3PM with Funeral Service at 3PM at Christ Episcopal Church ~ Wayside, 13050 Rock Point Road, Newburg, MD 20664. Interment to follow at the church cemetery. Arrangements by Raymond Funeral Service, La Plata, MD.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Christ Episcopal Church, PO Box 177, Newburg, MD 20664. Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

Chase, Mary Queen Esther
Birth: Thursday, November 01, 1923
Death: Monday, November 04, 2013 at the age of 90
Laid to Rest: Monday, November 11, 2013 in the Brooks UM Church Cemetery
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Mary Queen Esther Chase affectionately known as "Aunt Queen" was born November 1, 1923 to the late John Thomas Chase and Emma Frances Chase. She was the third of six children born to this union. Although she was always close to all of her siblings, she and her sisters formed a trio that worked, traveled and served together until recent years.

She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Raymond, John Benson and her disabled brother Claude whom she was a devoted caregiver for many years.

Aunt Queen joined Brooks United Methodist Church at an early age and became a dedicated member of the church family. She sang with the Brooks Chorus, the Utopians, Brooks Choir and the Sanctuary Choir. She was an active member of WSCS and the United Methodist Women. She also served as chairperson of the Floral Club, which she also founded. She attended church on a regular basis until her health began to fail. Even when she could not attend, she was always anxious to find out how the service went.

She attended elementary school in St. Leonard, MD and later attended the Old Two Room Pink School. Although she quit school at an early age to help her family out, she and her siblings had to walk miles to school. One thing that is undeniable about Aunt Queen is that she has always been a hard worker. She spent many years as a domestic worker and often walked through rain and snow to get to work. One of her employers was a navy captain who was stationed at Patuxent Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, MD. She was so important to this family that she traveled throughout the United States with them.

She loved going to church and participating in the bible fellowship study questions. Some of her other favorite activities was cooking, doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles, making crafts, going places with her sisters and receiving calls and visits from her relatives and friends. One of her favorite sayings was "Lord don't move my mountain just give me the strength to climb it", another was "Always treat people right" and "Y'all need to get to know the people".

Queen Esther was blessed with three children, Garnett, Ronald and Valerie. She was also blessed with a devoted cousin, Ruth Johnson and devoted friends, Ruth Reynolds, Sarah Hutchins, Christine Long, Marian Johnson, Mary Bourne, Norma Garrett-Bundley and Elaine Fowler.

She was a giving and caring person who loved everybody. She was always willing to please and always put the needs of others before her own. Although failing health had taken away her physical ability to serve, it didn't change her heart or her wonderful loving spirit. "Aunt Queen" was truly a "Queen" and a blessing to many in the community and she will be greatly missed.

She is survived by three children, Garnette Mason (Lawrence), Ronald Freeland (Sharon) and Valerie Johnson (Winston); 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives.

Arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home.

Williams, Stanley Joseph, Sr.
Birth: Tuesday, May 31, 1932
Residence: Avenue, Maryland
Death: Sunday, November 03, 2013 at the age of 81
Laid to Rest: Friday, November 08, 2013 in the Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Maryland
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Stanley Joseph Williams, Sr., of Avenue, MD died November 3, 2013 at his residence. Born May 31, 1932 in Taylorsville, MD, he was the son of the late Joseph Stanley and Ethel Florene Wright Williams.

Stanley was the loving husband of Mary Ann Williams, whom he married in Leonardtown, MD on December 14, 1991.

He is the father of Stanley (Joan) Williams of Hollywood, MD, David (Missy) Williams of Mechanicsville, MD, Wayne (Brenda) Williams of Trappe, MD, John (Caren) Williams of Hughesville, MD, Vivian (Mike) Bruner of Callaway, MD, JoAnne (Marvin) Phillips of Chester, VA,, Phyllis Soalding of Valley Lee, MD, Belinda (Brad) Phillips of Hollywood, MD, Jane (Ken) Cusic of Leonardtown, MD, Faye Wheeler of Clements, MD, Chris (Brenda) Farrell of Mechanicsville, MD, and Robert (Wendy) Farrell of Port Republic, MD, siblings, Doris Heard of FL Leroy (Margaret) Williams of Bushwood, MD, Helen (Buddy) Bowling of Charlotte Hall, MD, Fay (Jimmy) Gatton of Leonardtown, MD, Ann Marie (Bernie) Quade of Avenue, MD, and Nancy (Alvin) Kragh of Heathsville, VA, Stanley is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings, James and Raymond Williams.

Stanley was a lifelong St. Mary's County resident, graduating from Margaret Brent High school, he worked for Burch Oil from 1950 to 1953, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1956, was a self employed Manager of the Mechanicsville Gulf Gas Station , and was with the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, from 1969 until he retired in 1994 during this time he was the Jail Commander for the Detention Center, St. Mary's County Court Security and Bailiff for the Judge's of the Court.

Stanley was a life member of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department (Past Chief and Past President), Charter member of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad (Past Chief), the 7th District Optimist Club from 1986 to 2013 (Past President), American Legion Post 221 from 1992-2013, Avenue, MD, and St. Clements Hundred.

Stanley especially enjoyed hunting on the Eastern Shore with friends, boating, going to car races, driving his tractor, spending time with his family; he was a man of faith attending Holy Angel's Catholic Church.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM with prayers recited at 7:00Pm, Optimist prayers at 7:15PM in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, MD. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:00AM in Holy Angels Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be; Mike Wise, Billy Alderman, Dr. John Roach, Ryan Wheeler, DJ Williams, Kyle Cusic, Tony Norris, and John Butterfield, honorary pallbearers will be; members of Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Dept., Mechanicsville Vol. Rescue Sq., American Legion Post 221, Avenue, MD, and the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Department.

Contributions may be made to the Mechanicsville Fire Department, Mechanicsville Vol. Rescue Squad and/or Holy Angel's Catholic Church. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Sanford, James Leonard, Sr.
Birth: Tuesday, December 25, 1945 in Washington, D.C.
Death: Sunday, November 03, 2013 at the age of 67
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James Leonard Sanford Sr., "Jimmy".

Jimmy was born in Washington, DC to Hilda Moats and the late Leonard Sanford. He graduated from Oxen Hill High School. After graduation Jimmy followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Projectionist Union.

Jimmy married his wife, Becky in 2003. He loved motorcycles, corvettes and fishing. Jimmy was a loving and caring man.

Jimmy is survived by his mother; Hilda Moats, wife; Becky Sanford, son; James Sanford, Jr., sister; Doris Naylor, Grandchildren; James L. Sanford, III, Ashley Lynn Sanford and Justin James Sanford, nephews; Jerry and Dana Unger and numerous other loving family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, PO Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Arrangements provided by Lee Funeral Home.


Sheahan, Lawrence Matthew
Birth: Tuesday, April 25, 1950 in Washington, D.C.
Residence: Port Republic, Maryland
Death: Sunday, November 03, 2013 at the age of 63
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Lawrence Matthew Sheahan, 63, of Port Republic, Maryland passed away at his home November 3, 2013. He was born on April 25, 1950 in Washington D.C. to the Late Francis and Inez Sheahan.

Lawrence started off working in his early years at a Highs Dairy Store in Beltsville, MD, where he meet Edith,"Edie" whom he later married. He left the Highs, and started working in the construction business doing home remodeling. He opened up his own company, working hard and long hours.

Over the years, he followed in his family's tradition of coaching and refereeing sports including, baseball, soccer and basketball. He also had a great knowledge of sports stats, and was often heard discussing them.

Lawrence built his home on the water, and he enjoyed every aspect of that life, boating, fishing, and crabbing. He had ducks and geese walking up to his porch along with raccoons, and deer and he kept them well fed, some of them would eat right out of his hand. The mama ducks and raccoons would bring their babies to the porch; teach them that it was alright and safe to eat from this one human hand.

He is survived by his wife, A. Edith "Edie" Sheahan, father of Michael Stephen Sheahan and Christopher Scott Sheahan, and three granddaughters, Madison, Emmaline, and Ava Sheahan, all of Lusby, MD. Brother of: Margaret Passas of Greece, Bradley Sheahan of Huntingtown, MD, Paul Sheahan of Oxford, PA, Brenda Powell of Fayetteville, NC, James Sheahan of Jefferson, MD and the late William Sheahan. He is also survived several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD on Wednesday November 6, 2013 from 10 till the time of service at 12 noon. Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.

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