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Clements, Laura Marie
Birth: Tuesday, December 26, 1944 in Washington, DC
Residence: Ridge, Maryland
Death: Friday, November 02, 2012 at the age of 67
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 in the Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Maryland
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Laura Marie Clements, 67, of Ridge, Maryland died Friday, November 2, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospice House in Callaway, MD. Laura was born on December 26, 1944 in Washington, DC to the late Milton Groves and Doris Felter Ridgeway.

She graduated from Surrattsville High School in Clinton, MD. Then she attended Towson State College. She was employed by the Prince George's County Maryland Police Department as a secretary where she met her beloved husband Paul Clements. In 1977, she moved to St. Mary's County where she volunteered and substituted at Ridge Elementary School before becoming a classroom aide.

In 1998, she became secretary at Carver Elementary School in Lexington Park, MD. She retired from the St. Mary's County Public School System in 2005 after 27 years of dedicated service. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Ridge, MD, the Ladies of Charity at St. Michael's, and the St. Mary's County Public Schools Retiree Association.

Laura leaves behind her beloved husband of 46 years, Paul Wilfred Clements; her daughter, Julie Marie Oakley (Bob); two grandchildren, Evelyn Oakley and Paul Oakley, both of Port Republic, MD, her sister, Margaret E. Collier (Don) of Clinton, MD; three step-daughters, Kathleen Evans of Greenville, NC, Rosemary Knox and Paulette Barber of Minneapolis, MN; 11 step-grandchildren and 12 step-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Gene Ridgeway and step-grandson, Luke Barber.

Family will receive friends for Laura's Life Celebration on Tuesday, November 6th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, with prayers recited at 7 PM, at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Lee Fangmeyer on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Michael's Catholic Church, 16566 Three Notch Road, Ridge, MD 20680. Interment will follow at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown, MD.

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

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

Daugherty, Charles Raymond, II
Birth: Tuesday, October 05, 1920 in Rapid City, South Dakota
Residence: Leonardtown, Maryland
Death: Friday, November 02, 2012 at the age of 92
Laid to Rest: Monday, November 12, 2012 in the St. Andew's Episcopal Church Cemetery, California, Maryland
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On June 15, 1952, Charles Daugherty, was ordained an Episcopal priest in Washington National Cathedral. The following day—a Sunday—he arrived in St Mary's County and began his ministry to the members of the Parish of St. Andrews. "I just simply never dreamed that I would spend the rest of my life here—but I did," he said. Sixty years later, on "All Souls' Day," November 2, 2012, the Reverend "Chuck" Daugherty, 92 of Leonardtown, MD died peacefully in his sleep at Hospice House of St. Mary's County.

On October 5th, 1920, Chuck was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, to the late Laura and Charles Daugherty. When Chuck's father died in 1930 he moved with his mother and brother John to Washington DC. As a child Chuck sang in a boys' choir—until Easter 1935, when his voice broke in the middle of Handel's Halleluiah Chorus. His singing career was only temporarily halted—Chuck joined the Glee Clubs at Powell Junior High, Central High and George Washington University. In 1947, he joined the Washington D.C. Chapter of Barbershop Quartet Society and became a life-long barbershopper.

He spent ten long years of night school getting two degrees from GW, but never regretted a minute. He followed in his brother's footsteps and was both editor of the GW paper (The Hatchet) and president of the Student Council. He was most famous for his news column which he called "Before I Forget." He joined many organizations, including Phi Sigma Kappa and Delta Phi Epsilon. In his words, "I simply had a great time." His first degree was an AB in Foreign Commerce, which he got in 1944 after five and a half years. "My second was in 1949, also in Foreign Commerce. I went to school only intermittently for the second one, because I was primarily interested in establishing my export business. That is why it took so long."

One day, a disturbing thought struck him: "Daugherty, if you dropped dead tomorrow, only a few people would give a hoot. There has to be more to life than that." He applied to the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in September of 1949. He continued his education after he was ordained. In 1962, he was one of five American priests to be invited to spend a year studying at St. Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury, England, with 35 priests from all over the world. In 1967, he earned a Masters in Sacred Theology from Sewanee, the University of the South. In fact, it is most true to say that he devoted his entire lifetime to learning. He found everything and everyone interesting.

When Chuck arrived in St Mary's County, the Parish of St Andrews contained one church and two chapels—old St Andrews (open just six weeks a year), the Chapel of St Peters and the recently organized Chapel of the Ascension in Lexington Park (in a trailer at the time). The Leonardtown congregation was tiny but growing. The Lexington Park congregation had to be built from scratch. "On the first Sunday I was there, there were 10 people," he said. "And I made such an impression on them that the following Sunday there were six. And that was the lowest we ever got."

Navy families assigned to Patuxent River Naval Air Station started coming to Ascension in search of Sunday School and youth groups for their children, as well as sense of community. "When I got there, I was 31 years old and I was older than most of the people in my congregation," Chuck said. "There were children all over the place." People started pouring into Ascension not only because of the Sunday school, but also because they enjoyed Chuck's sermons, which he never wrote down. "Well, it took too long," he laughed. "It would have taken me all week!" A natural story teller, this method served him well—most of the time. "You can get into trouble doing that," he said. "Because on one or two very memorable occasions, I forgot how the sermon ended."

Ascension grew so large that it became impossible for Chuck to minister to both the members of Ascension and St. Peters Chapel. In 1964, the diocese sent another minister to Leonardtown and Chuck turned his attention solely to Ascension, with one exception. In 1972, Chuck exchanged pulpits with an English Vicar and spent a memorable year in Burscough, England, ministering to the people of St. John's Parish. He retired from Ascension in 1986 having served there for 34 years and continued to teach well-attended bible study classes until just recently.

In 1957 Chuck married a local girl—Jessie Turner Wise of Mechanicsville. Together, they raised three children—Mike, Anne and Ray (Charles Raymond Cotton Daugherty III). Chuck spent a life-time enjoying people and places. From the Holy Land and the pyramids of Egypt, to Paris, Rome and London, the wilds of Kenya, Costa Rica, and Mexico, to name just a few; he wanted to see it all. He loved playing the tour guide and was often accompanied by family and friends. One of his great regrets was not traveling even more when he had the chance.

A holy man, he was known by one and all for his intellect; wisdom; appreciation for alternate points of view; sense of humor; kind heart; humility; love of a good story, singing, the Redskins, baseball, bad puns and ice cream; happy disposition; optimism; endearing helplessness; and above all, his great ability to make every person he talked to feel special, interesting and hilarious. Over his life-time, he was honored on many occasions by organizations such as the Lions and the Rotarians for his many hours of service to his community. He will be greatly missed by his wife, two surviving children, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, eight nieces and nephews, and scores of others whose lives he touched (and often transformed) in his 92 years.

A Life Celebration Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 12, 2012 at the Church of the Ascension, 21641 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Andew's Episcopal Church Cemetery, 44078 St. Andrew's Church Road, California, MD 20619.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Cedar Lane, 22680 Cedar Lane Court, Leonardtown, MD 20650, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 600, California, MD 20619 or Church of the Ascension, 21641 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653.

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

Prosper, Perry
Birth: Saturday, March 24, 1945
Death: Friday, November 02, 2012 at the age of 67
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Countiss, Gloria Ann
Birth: Friday, October 29, 1954 in Leonardtown, Maryland
Residence: Park Hall, Maryland
Death: Friday, November 02, 2012 at the age of 58
Laid to Rest: Friday, November 09, 2012 in the Holy Face Catholic Church Cemetery, Great Mills, Maryland
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Gloria Ann Countiss, 58, of Park Hall, MD., known to many as Glory, a devoted wife, loving mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer on November 02, 2012. At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by family and friends at her residence in Park Hall, MD. Gloria was born on October 29, 1954, in Leonardtown, MD., to Mary Idolia Shubrooks and the late James Ellis Shubrooks, Sr. She graduated from Great Mills High School in 1972; she also attended St. Mary's College, St. Mary's City, MD.

Gloria was employed at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology as a Medical Technician. She received numerous awards for her dedicated service for her outstanding work. After moving back to St. Mary's, Gloria and her husband commuted for many years, until she decided to retire from the federal government in June of 2011, after 35 years.

On August 9, 1976, Gloria was joined in Holy Matrimony with her best friend, Benjamin "Benny"A. Countiss. Gloria called her marriage to Benny "her romance". During Gloria's earlier years, she was a member of Zion United Methodist Church. After Gloria became a member of the catholic church, they renewed their wedding vows, giving them two anniversaries; she often bragged about having two anniversaries. Gloria loved Benny's family as if it was her own and they loved her as a daughter, and sister, and made the two families one.

Gloria had a magnetic personality that was loved by everyone. She was a quiet, kind-hearted person who loved a good conversation. She enjoyed her music collection and loved to dance and travel. One of her biggest hobbies was shopping and looking like a Diva. She was always complimented on how gorgeous she looked. Gloria devoted her life to her family; taking pride in her children and grandchildren.

Gloria is survived by and leaves cherish her memories her loving husband and soul mate of 38 years, Benjamin A. Countiss and their two shining stars, Dwain Countiss (Saleria) of Clinton, MD. and Cory Countiss (Tiffini) of Glen Bernie, Md; grandchildren, Monique, Jordan, Cory, Jr., Chanika, Jayelyn and Tene'; her mother, Idolia Shubrooks, Park Hall, Md; sister, Shell Jackson (Anthony, Sr.); brothers, James Shubrooks, Jr., Andre Shubrooks, Sr. (Chiara), Marc Shubrooks, Sr. (Brooke); and sister-in-law, Valeria Shubrooks, all of Lexington Park, MD.; a very special cousin, whom she referred to as her sister, Annette Dickens, St. Inigoes, MD.; mother and father-in-law Benjamin and Caroline Countiss; sister-in-laws, Ernestine Thomas, Mary Ellen Dorsey (Cecil); brother-in-laws, Charles Countiss (Anita), Kevin Countiss (Audrey), and Winifred (Ann); uncles, Jesse Fenwick (Jean), Baltimore, MD., and Leonard Shubrooks, Sr., St. Inigoes, MD; aunts, Daisy Fenwick, Catherine Chisley, and Regina Slaughter, all of St. Mary's County,; and Goddaughter, Asha Lee, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Gloria was preceded in death by her father, James Ellis Shubrooks, Sr. and brother, Calvin Shubrooks, Sr.

Family will receive friends on Friday, November 9, 2012 at Holy Face Catholic Church, 20408 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills, MD. 20634. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial Celebration at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow in the church cemetery.

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

Smith, Phyllis Marie
Birth: Thursday, August 04, 1927 in Chaptico, Maryland
Death: Friday, November 02, 2012 at the age of 85
Laid to Rest: Friday, November 09, 2012 in the Mount Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, Mechanicville, Mryland
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Phyllis M. Smith died peacefully at home on Friday, November 2nd of Alzheimer's Disease. God granted her wish and brought her home.

She is predeceased by her parents, Ella S. and H. Albert Davis, her brothers Francis Albert and Lewis H. Davis and her loving husband of 59 years, William S. "Bill" Smith and her son-in-law, Leo Fedor and grandson Edward S. Kukoski, Jr.

Phyllis was born and raised in Chaptico, Md and attended St. Mary's Academy, graduating in 1945 and then attended secretarial school and worked at the bank in Leonardtown. She married Bill in March 26 of 1951 and began her lifetime career of amazing Mom in September of 1952. She lived in Leonardtown with her growing family until Bill was transferred from the Patuxent Naval Base to NAFEC.

Bill and Phyllis moved to their new home in Northfield, NJ in June of 1959 and it would remain her home until her death. Phyllis was an avid bridge player. She learned to play bridge at Mainland High School in order to meet people in her new home and she played in bridge clubs for fifty years. She was one of the best players around. We always used to laugh and say that we couldn't get married on a "bridge night" or when she had her weekly hair appointment because Mom wouldn't be able to make it.

She loved her home, taking care of her family, her yard, and all things to do with Gone with the Wind. She didn't have a green thumb, she had an "emerald thumb". You could always find her in her beloved "yard" where she always found such happiness. She was the center of our family. Every birthday, holiday, graduation etc. was always at Grandma's house. Our family always found love, comfort, happiness and amazing food at Mom's. She worked for years on the chicken barbecue and St. Bernadette's (St. Gianna) church and was a member since the church was founded. All of the neighbors knew that if they had a death in their family, illness or new baby they were going to have food come their way from Mom's kitchen. She was a true "southern lady".

She leaves behind to grieve, her children, Kathy Broomell (Dave), Stan Smith (Megan), Cindy Kukoski (Ed), Mary Frances Fedor and Eric Smith(Kellie). Her beloved grandchildren, Jennifer and Christopher Broomell, Jamie Stricker, Erica and Alexandra Kukoski, McKenna, Jordan and Aidan Smith and her one great granddaughter Kaitlyn and her sister in law Betty Ann Davis.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held in Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, Chaptico, MD with Father John Mattingly officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Mechanicsville, MD.

Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home.

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