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|Parker, Kenneth Edward
Birth: 1945-01-09 in Portsmouth, Virginia
|Kenneth Edward Parker, born January 9, 1945 in Portsmouth, VA, was called home to be with our Lord on January 14, 2011. He was the only child of Eleanor Parker.|
He graduated from St. Emma Military Academy in 1962 as a Distinguished Military Student (DMS) which qualified him to attend any military academy of his choosing. However, he chose to attend Hampton Institute on an athletic football scholarship. He graduated from Hampton Institute in 1966 with a BS degree in Biology. After graduation, he accepted a position at National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Research Assistant. After five years with NIH he changed careers and accepted positions with various insurance companies throughout the Washington Metropolitan area including Washington Metro transportation system as a Manager leading and training auto/ accident adjusters and negotiating professionals. He was awarded a professional license for Insurance Investigation and Negotiator in 1987. In 1974, we worked part-time as evening Assistant Hospital Administrator at the Psychiatric Institute for three years where he met his wife.
Kenneth was blessed with a 36 year relationship which brought him to marry his soul mate, Carolyn Cason. While he had no children of his own, he was a father figure and role model to his many nephews and nieces who adored this gentle six-foot giant with an even larger-than-life heart. He went out of his way to encourage, tutor and pay for educational and athletic opportunities.
He was a family-oriented man who was deeply involved in his loved ones lives. He did whatever he could for his mother, grandmother, aunts, and uncles. His cousins, Leslie Gay, George Frye, Delia Holman, Dolores Blackwell, and Victor Gaston were more like brothers and sisters than cousins and he loved them dearly. There was no obstacle to great that he did not give his all to overcome for his family. For those things that could not be overcome he would say; “This too shall pass.”
Kenneth loved sports, but his passion was tennis which he never missed an opportunity to play with anyone, anywhere and at any time. He surprised many opponents because he was an ambidextrous and they never knew which hand the ball was coming back at them from. While he was a quiet, soft-spoken man and not much of a party animal, he was a kind-hearted man who preferred to be in the background rather than the center of attraction, enjoyed the simple things in life; i.e, spontaneously riding his motorcycle with no particular destination in mind, reading a book, spending hours on the computer absorbing as much information as he could and particularly, helping anyone whenever the opportunity arose. He touched many lives and was loved by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death and led through the Golden Gates of Heaven by his mother, Eleanor Parker; grandmother, Dillie Parker; Uncles, Frank Parker and Edward Parker; Cousins, Leslie Gay, George Frye and Philip Robinette. Left to cherish his memories are his devoted and loving wife, Carolyn E. Cason-Parker; Aunts, Helen P. Gay, Virginia Wyatt, Fatina Gaston, Elsie Blackwell and Marie Robinette; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 from 10:30am - 12pm at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 30 Mattingly Avenue, Indian Head, MD 20640.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 12pm at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Indian Head, MD.
Clergy will be Father Robert Kosty.
Interment will follow on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 12pm at Northeastern Cemetery, Rocky Mount, NC.
Pallbearers will be Edward Miller, Buddy Moore, Victor Gaston, George Holman, Christopher Manning, and Dominique Lawrence.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Houston Summers, Dipo Masadime, and Anthony Manning.
Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.
|Wood, Helen Norma
Birth: 1924-01-23 in Kane, Pennsylvania
|Helen Norma Buhl Wood, 86, of Winter Garden, FL, formerly of St. Leonard, MD passed away on January 14, 2011 in Winter Garden FL. She was born on January 23, 1924 in Kane, PA to the late Myron William and Ebba Christina Sadith Anderson Buhl. |
Besides her parents, she is also predeceased by her husband Philip G. Wood, son Paul Andrew Wood and daughter, Elaine Ruth Wood.
Norma got her undergraduate degree from Indiana State College and received her Master’s Degree from University of Maryland. She taught Business Education at Calvert Senior High School. Norma and her husband Philip also were part owners of the Lumber Co. that used to operate in St. Leonard, MD. She enjoyed music, playing the piano and singing. She also liked to talk politics and religion. She was an avid reader, reading her Bible over many times. She liked to keep up with current events, crossword puzzles, and to travel. Norma was a very family oriented person and she loved to tell stories of her family and things they used to do.
She is survived by four daughters: Ebba Wood Bowen (Ray) of Longwood, FL, Katie Wood Bowen (Donald) of Mt. Sterling, KY, Patty Wood Rumaker (Joe) of Birmingham, AL, and Mary Wood Langley (Keith) of Winter Garden FL. Grandmother of Jason Bowen (Lisa), Lake Mary, FL, Travis Bowen, Longwood, FL, Gary Bowen (Maura) of Columbus, OH, Kim Schweitzer (Charles) of Paris, KY, Robert Wilkes of Maylene, AL, Michael Williams of Pittsburgh, PA and Kevin Langley of Winter Garden, FL. She is also survived by her great grandchildren Jackson, Henry and Ollie Bowen, Courtlin and Carly Schweitzer and Logan Williams.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday January 18, 2011 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday January 19, 2011, 10 A.M. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church Street, Prince Frederick, MD. Interment will follow in Asbury Cemetery, Barstow, MD. Pallbearers will be Ray Bowen, Donald Bowen, Joe Rumaker, Keith Langley, Gary Bowen, Jason Bowen, Travis Bowen, Michael Williams, and Kevin Langley.
Memorial contributions may be made to either Trinity United Methodist Church or the Salvation Army.
Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.
|Mason, Walter Aloysius, Sr.
Birth: 1929-06-30 in Leonardtown, Maryland
|Walter Aloysius Mason, Sr., 81 of Mechanicsville, MD died January 14, 2011 at Washington Hospital Center. Born June 30, 1929 in Leonardtown, MD he was the son of the late Harrison Mason and Mary Alberta (Barnes) Mason.|
Walter is survived by his children; Rita Holt of Waldorf, MD, Sharon Brown of LaPlata, MD, Bernadette Jones of Randallstown, MD, Faye Mason of Waldorf, MD, Bridget Mason of California, MD, Lisa Mason of Morganza, MD, Adrienne Denczek of Rockledge, FL, Walter Mason, Jr. of Bowie, MD, Allan Mason of McDough, GA, Michael Mason of Morganza, MD, and Terrence Mason of Morganza, MD, 20 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings; Harry Mason of Leonardtown, Sarah Milburn of Leonardtown, MD, Nellie Clayton of Callaway, MD, Veronica Thorne of Prince Frederick, MD, Alberta Campbell of Leonardtown, MD and Idella DeLeaver of Prince Frederick, MD.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marie Augustine Mason.
Family will receive friends on Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Morganza, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Keith Woods officiating. Interment will follow in Queen of Peace Cemetery, Helen, MD.
Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
|Jacobson, Susan K.
Birth: 1938-02-06 in Chicago, Illinois
|Susan "Ms. Sue" K. Jacobson of Lexington Park, MD passed away on January 13, 2011 at her residence.|
Born February 6, 1938 in Chicago, IL, she was the daughter of the late Emil C. Kann and Jeannette (Westberg) Kann.
Ms. Sue was a person full of life and completely devoted to her family. She lived in many places across the United States. She had worked many jobs in her lifetime including teaching pre-school, restaurants, and finally she retired as a bank teller from Navy Federal Credit Union in Orange Park, Florida. She moved to Maryland in 2002 to be closer to her kids and grandkids. She was avid sports fan. She loved going out to eat with her family and friends, meeting people and opening her home to those in need. The thing that she enjoyed most was spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert R. Jacobson in 1981.
She is survived by her three children, Karl Jacobson and his wife Lori of Phoenix, AZ, Keith Jacobson of Lake Ridge, VA, and Karin Branch and her husband Brad of California, MD; seven grandchildren, Emily Jacobson, Kathy Robbins, Addie Cunningham, Jacob Robbins, Christian Jacobson, Christopher Branch and Michael Branch; two sisters, Jean Gross of Yorktown, VA and Grace Stih of San Antonio, TX. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Family will receive friends for Ms. Sue's Life Celebration on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Funeral Service conducted at 1 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD
Interment will take place at a later date in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX.
In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to: Grand Chapter of Maryland - Order of the Eastern Star, 300 International Cir., Cockeysville, MD 21030.
Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
|Smith, Michael Dennis
Birth: 1957-10-20 in Washington, DC
|Michael Dennis “Smitty” Smith, 53, of Mechanicsville, MD died January 12, 2011 in Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, MD. Born October 20, 1957 in Washington, DC he was the son of Clinton Wynn Smith and the late Mary Louise (Lacey) Smith of Mechanicsville, MD. |
Michael is survived by his siblings; Catherine Bassford and David Smith of Mechanicsville, MD along with many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his sister Janet Hayden.
Smitty graduated from Oxon Hill Senior High School in 1976 going on to attended Prince George’s Community College and was a member of the APA Billiards Association. He was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and was a Beverage Salesman for the Coca-Cola Company for fifteen years.
Michael enjoyed; watching cooking shows, cooking, camping, watching Redskins games, playing cards, as well as hanging out with family and friends at the pool.
The family will receive friends on Friday, January 14, 2011 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers will be recited at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 9:30 AM in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mechanicsville, MD with Fr. John Caulfield officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers are; Jimmy Kramer, Bob (BJ) Johns, Mike Vaughn, Dale Vaughn, Todd Sodeman, and Teo Sodeman.
Contributions in memory of Michael Dennis “Smitty” Smith may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.
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