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Sears, William Lee
Birth: Sunday, February 15, 1925 in Paris, Maryland
Residence: Owings, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the age of 88
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William Lee "Billy" Sears, age 88, of Owings, MD passed away February 20, 2013 at Calvert County Nursing Center in Prince Fredrick, MD. He was born in Paris, now part of Owings, MD on February 15, 1925 to Stanley Lee and Nellie Lee (Walton) Sears. Billy was raised on his family's farm and attended Calvert County Schools.

He married Mary Virginia Phipps in Forestville, MD in August 1943.

Bill enlisted in the United States Marine Corps August 14, 1943 and served until being discharged as a Private First Class on May 12, 1945. After his discharge from the service Billy returned home and worked at Owings Lumber Company until 1955 when he went to work for the Maryland State Highway Administration. He retired as Senior Shop Clerk with the SHA in 1984.

Billy enjoyed rabbit hunting, fishing, playing baseball and softball. He loved spending time with his family, eating hard crabs and oysters and watching old western movies.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Margaret Smith and a son James W. Sears.

Surviving are his wife Mary V. Sears of Owings, MD, a daughter-in-law Nancy Lee Sears, grandsons James W "Billy" Sears II and his wife Tracy, and Phillip S. Sears and his wife Shannon, and five great-grandchildren Cody, Kyle, Kelsey, Kylie and Sammy, all of Lusby., MD.

Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.

Bryan, Minnie Lou
Birth: Thursday, June 16, 1927 in Bethel, North Carolina
Residence: Ridge, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the age of 85
Laid to Rest: Saturday, March 02, 2013 in the St. Peter Claver Catholic Church Cemetery, St. Inigoes Maryland
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Minnie Lou Callier "Bunch" Bryan, 85 of Ridge, MD died February 20, 2013 in St. Augustine, FL. Born June 16, 1927 in Bethel, (Pitt County) North Carolina to the late Elder Russell Callier and Ethel Willis "Dolly" Callier. She was the fifth of seven children. Three predeceased her: Russell Callier, Jr. "Sonny", Benjamin Callier "Jack", Willie May Callier "Sister" Gainer, a nephew that was reared in the home from birth as her brother, Julius Gainer.

Bunch graduated from W.C. Change High School in Parmele, NC. She attended Elizabeth City State Teachers College in Elizabeth City, NC briefly. She moved to Lexington Park, MD to live with her brother and his family.

One June 11, 1948, she was married to Joseph A. Bryan whom she had met previously while she was on vacation in MD. He had returned from military duty in Korea. He predeceased her in 2009. They were married for 61 years and had three sons.

During her years of employment, she worked many places. She worked at Hill's Laundry in Great Mills, MD, she was a teacher's aide at Park Hall Elementary School, Piney Point Elementary School, and Ridge Elementary School under the title 1 program. She attended La Wanda's School of Beauty Culture in DC and received her operator's license. She later returned to DC Beauty Academy to receive her managers license. She operated Bryan's Beauty Shop in Ridge, MD for many years while working other jobs. She attended Temple Business School in DC and received a certificate in business and clerk typist.

Bunch was a secretary at Ridge Elementary School for five years, resigning because of health problems. In 1978, she went to work at the Public Works Administration Department at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD. She was later transferred to the Energy Department and also Engineering Department. She resigned later to take care of her elderly mother who had come to live with her.

She was also a volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital and St. Mary's Health Department, Leonardtown, MD. She was an election official for St. Mary's County, Leonardtown, MD. Bunch supported many charities to include Mary Knolls, MADD, American Indian Youth, Paralyzed Veterans, Red Cross, Covent House, Disabled Veterans, and many more.

She was a member of St. Peter Claver Parish, St. Inigoes, MD, Women of the Word, and the 70+ Birthday Group. She served as her church's rectory assistant, Eucharistic Minister, Scripture Reader and a member of the choir. She was also a member of the NAACP and AARP.

Bunch loved landscaping her yard with beautiful plants and trees. She and her husband always decorated their home for the different holidays, as long as their health permitted.

She and her husband "Joe" purchased a home in beautiful "Belle Haven", a retirement community, in St. Augustine, FL. He was hoping that he would be able to enjoy the mild climate and be able to get to and from dialysis in a few minutes. He lived only four days and four nights after arriving there. After she and their sons returned with him to MD, she went back to her home in Florida. She spent her time seasonally between MD and FL.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her three sons, Joseph Kenneth "Ken" Bryan (Lauren) and their two children, Courtney Lea and Joseph Avram, their stepdaughter Ashley and granddaughter Angelya of St. Augustine, FL, Donald Ray "Don" Bryan (Cathy) and their two children, Matthews and Margaret Bryan of Columbia, MD, and Benjamin Gerald "Ben" Bryan (Joyce) and their two children Elizabeth Ann Howard and Graeme Peter Howard of Dameron, MD. She is also survived by two brothers, Charles Gary "Chuck" Callier (Marjorie) and their daughter Stephanie and three grandchildren of Papillion, NE, Calvin Earl "Cat" Callier (Delores) and his two children, Sandra Howard and Julius Callier and grandchildren of Fuquay Varina, NC; one sister, Novella Andrews and her children, James, Linda, Charles and Sheila, grandchildren and great grandchildren; a host of nephews, nieces and relatives; two sisters-in-law, Cherry B. Callier, who was like a mother to her, and her children, Hilda Brown, Benjamin Callier, Jr., and Yvonne Brooks, and grandchildren and great grandchildren, Mary Corbin and her children Vivian Chase, Joseph E. Jr., Robert, Morris, Erick and goddaughter, Crystal Davis and grandchildren and great grandchildren; one aunt, Mary Willis and her family of Columbus, GA; godparents, Alice Bennett of Ridge, MD who helped her through a lot of difficult times, and Robert Bennett (deceased); and extra special friends who looked after her as if she were their mother, Cynthia and Ralphfeld Thomas, Julian and Mary Lou Bryan, "Godson", Andrea Barnes and Glenda, and Dorothy Gant.

Her favorite scripture was Psalm 121:1, Book of Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14. Her favorite hymns were "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Be Not Afraid". Her favorite poem was "God's Most Precious Gift".

Family will receive friends on Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Church, 16922 St. Peter Claver Road, St. Inigoes, MD 20684. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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

Jones, John Rudolph, Jr.
Birth: Wednesday, June 05, 1974 in Cheverly, Maryland
Residence: Mechanicsville, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the age of 38
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in the Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, Maryland
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John Rudolph Jones, Jr., 38 of Mechanicsville, MD died February 20, 2013. Born June 5, 1974 in Cheverly, MD, he was the son of John R. Jones, Sr. and Diane Meadows Jones.

He was a proud father of two loving daughters, Paige & Madisyn.

Johnny worked as an engineer.

He was a member of the Encounter Christian Worship Center in Charlotte Hall, MD. Johnny was a coach for the Hughesville Little League and Davidsonville Football. He had a passion for American pitbulls especially his own "Lexi"! Johnny enjoyed music, singing, dancing, basketball, and football.

Johnny is survived by his parents; John & Diane Jones; daughters, Paige Mackensi and Madisyn Taiylor Jones; brother, Roy Jones; sisters, Lori & Kevin Worley; Theresa & Damian Hancock and Lisa & Chad Coombs.

The family will receive friends and family for Johnny's Life Celebration on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall, MD. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., Dr. W. Morales, Senior Pastor will officiate. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens, 3165 Mattawoman Beantown RD, Waldorf, MD.

Arrangements provided by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home.

Gross, Thoedore Franklin
Birth: Tuesday, August 19, 1941
Death: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the age of 71
Laid to Rest: Saturday, March 02, 2013 in the Ernestine Jones Cemetery, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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9:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Mt. Olive UM Church, 10 Fairground Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

11:00 am on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Mt. Olive UM Church, 10 Fairground Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home.

Sollers, John E.
Birth: Thursday, February 26, 1953
Death: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the age of 59
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in the Moses Cemetery, Lothian, Maryland
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John Eldridge Sollers was born on February 26, 1953, the sixth of eight children born to Milton and Mary Virginia Sollers. John was a loving son and sibling. Throughout his youth, he attended Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Upon graduating Southern High School, John worked for the United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving. He later attained his CDL from the College of Southern Maryland and went on occupy his "dream job" driving trucks. He worked for various companies including Chaney Enterprises, the Trading Post and even founded his own company.

John was a faithful member of Lothian Church of God. While he played the trombone earlier in life, he was well known for his love of the bass guitar. His talent was apparent as you could hear the scales and runs as he would ad-lib into most songs. John played for all of the choirs at different phases in the Music Ministry, but most of his playing time was spent with the Senior Choir, Choir #2 and Angelic Voices Choir.

On February 22, 1982, John married Rose White and from their 30-year union four beautiful and talented daughters were born. With the arrival of his girls, John's life was full.

John loved to share a good laugh and a good conversation. He was always very concerned about the sick and shut in, often seeing to the needs of others while forsaking his own health concerns stating, "I can't complain." John made it a point to take his family to visit the sick and minister unto them in song.

John also enjoyed cooking and often watched cooking shows on television. After seeing something of interest, he would create a similar meal but add a personal twist. He would then call the girls at the end of a work shift to make sure they had either picked up a dish of his newest creation for lunch or taken it home for dinner. John also loved black and white movies. He would often call one of the girls whenever he would come upon a particularly hilarious clip to share a laugh to two.

On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, God called John home from his labors. He fought his good fight and he finished his course, now there remains a rest for his soul.

John leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Rose; his mother, Mary Virginia Sollers; two sons, John Sollers Jr. and Marland White; four daughters, Marie, Kim, LaShawn, and Yolanda Sollers; 15 grandchildren; one brother, Randolph Sollers, three sisters, Sherry Butler and Lesteen and Erica Sollers; four brothers-in-law, Nathan Butler; George (Margaret), Russell (Kim) and Matthew White (Linda); six sisters-in-law, Barbara Boyd, Patricia White, Elsie Wilson (Carl), Bessie Willett (Milton), Arlene Forbes (Aubrey), and Marilyn Jones (Jesse); two nieces, Kelly Strong and Tia Butler; one nephew, Nathan Butler Jr.; one god-daughter, Jessica Jones Minor and a host of other nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Milton Sr., his brothers Milton Jr. and Leroy and his sister Gloria.

10:00 am to 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Dunkirk Baptist Church, 11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk, MD 20754.

11:00 am on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Dunkirk Baptist Church, 11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk, MD 20754.

Arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home.

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