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Willenborg, Vernie Evelyn
Birth: Friday, July 08, 1938 in Bluefield, West Virginia
Residence: Lexington Park, Maryland
Death: Sunday, June 17, 2012 at the age of 73
Laid to Rest: Friday, June 22, 2012 in the Ebenezer Methodist Cemetery, Great Mills, Maryland
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Vernie Evelyn Willenborg, 73, of Lexington Park, MD, died at Washington Hospital Center on June 17, 2012, after a courageous four year battle with cancer. Born July 8, 1938, in Bluefield, WV, she was the daughter of the late Charles Lee and Mattie B. Short. She was the eighth child of eleven born to her parents.

Vernie moved to Lexington Park, MD from Bluefield, WV in 1953, when she was fifteen years old. On August 7, 1957, she married her devoted and loving husband, LeRoy Willenborg at Hollywood Methodist Church. They celebrated fifty-five years together as best friends. She managed the Nav-Air Grill and owned V's Ceramics. She was an avid collector of many things. Her yards sales were legendary. She was a devoted wife and mother, and was a mother figure to many in Southern Maryland. She will be greatly missed.

In addition to her loving husband and best friend, she is survived by her children, David Leroy Willenborg (Lisa) of Hollywood, MD; Donald Bush Willenborg (Rose) of Lexington Park, MD; Edward Allen Willenborg (Mary Jo) of Leonardtown, MD; and Kelli Denise Willenborg of Lexington Park, MD; two grandsons; three granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth Alcorn of Florida; Helen Wright of Lexington Park, MD; Mary Princen of Lexington Park, MD; and Joyce Ann Smith of Princeton, WV; brothers, Robert Short of North Carolina; Danny Short of North Carolina; and Jackie Short of Delaware; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her brothers, Paul Short and Willis Short, her sister, Beulah Duncan, and one grandson.

Family will receive friends for Vernie's Life Celebration on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Mark Garrett. Interment will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery, Great Mills, Maryland.

Pallbearers will be Donald Willenborg, Eddie Willenborg, David Willenborg, Danny Sites, Charlie Shorback and David Flower.

Memorial donations may be made to Lexington Park Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653.

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

Richards, George Joseph
Birth: Sunday, December 17, 1911 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residence: Leonardtown, Maryland
Death: Sunday, June 17, 2012 at the age of 100
Laid to Rest: Thursday, June 21, 2012 in the Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Maryland
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George Joseph Richards, 100, of Leonardtown, MD, died on June 17, 2012, at Hospice of St. Mary's in Callaway, MD. Born December 17, 1911, in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Anthony Richards and Magdaline Yurgaitis Richards.

George joined the United States Navy in 1944 and served aboard the DD794 USS Irwin in the Pacific. After being honorably discharged he was employed by the Department of Agriculture for 35 dedicated years. During this time, he spent two memorable years in India.

In 1967 he moved to Bushwood, Maryland, where he spent ten years before moving to Sun City Center, FL. After spending nine years in Florida, George moved back to Leonardtown, MD, in 1986. George had many extracurricular activities, which included gardening, photography, driving an ambulance while residing in Florida, and volunteering as a first aide instructor for the American Red Cross. However, his passion was with his dachshunds. He loved working with and training his beloved dogs. He was a member of the Richmond Dog Obedience Club, where he won many awards; the Chesapeake Kennel Club, the St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, Southern Maryland Barbershop Chorus, the Bowie Knights of Harmony, and St. Paul's Methodist Church.

George is survived by his two sons, John L. Richards (Elizabeth Ann) of Leonardtown, MD and Warren G. Richards (Lucy) of Hamilton, VA; four grandchildren, John D. Richards (Paula) of Brentwood, TN, Susanne E. Richards Zilberfarb (Greg) of Oakhill, VA, George K. Richards of Lakewood, CO, and Christine Ray (Rick) of Delray Beach, FL; ten great-grandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Edith Isabel Richards.

Family will receive friends for George's Life Celebration on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at First Saints Community Church, St. Paul's Campus, officiated by Pastor John Wunderlich, 25550 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD. Interment will follow at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown, MD.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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

Clark, Claud Franklin
Birth: Wednesday, February 23, 1916 in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Residence: Charlotte Hall, Maryland
Death: Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the age of 96
Laid to Rest: Sunday, June 24, 2012 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Claud Franklin Clark, 96, of Charlotte Hall, MD, passed away at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home on June 16, 2012. He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on February 23, 1916. Claud was the son of the Joseph Daniel Clark and Lucy Louise Pierce.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and Korea. Claud was an insurance underwriter in Montgomery County. He loved classical music and traveling with the love of his life "Bebe" until her death in 1989. He was a member of the American Legion Post 298. Claud has been a resident of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home since July 24, 1989. Claud leaves behind many friends at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home - both staff and residents.

Claud was predeceased by his parents.

There will be a Graveside/Committal Service on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 11:00AM with Army Military Honors at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, 11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, Maryland 20623.

All arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622.

In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to: Charlotte Hall Veteran's Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622.

Bowling, James Allen
Birth: Tuesday, March 25, 1941
Residence: Newburg, Maryland
Death: Friday, June 15, 2012 at the age of 71
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in the St. Mary's Newport Catholic Church Cemetery, Charlotte Hall, Maryland
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James Allen "Crackers" Bowling of Newburg, MD died on Friday, June 15, 2012 at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, MD. He was 71 years old. Born March 25, 1941, he was the son of the late Wallace Bowling and the late Martha Leona Davis Bowling.

Crackers Bowling was a southpaw pitcher for the Glasva Baseball Team who also enjoyed golfing with his fellow golfers at Wicomico Shores. A retired farmer, Crackers enjoyed being with his grandchildren and his dog Duke.

In addition to his parents, Crackers Bowling was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Ashley Marie Goldey and his sister Hannah Hancock.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Rice Bowling; his son, James A. Bowling Jr. and his wife Constance; his daughters Theresa Hall, Donna Goldey and her husband Howard T. "Sonny", Jo Ann Ucekay and her husband John; his sisters Betty Ann Davis and Margaret Bowling; his brothers Edward, Calvin, Charles and Howard "Butch" Bowling; his grandchildren Megan Hall, Jacob and Jeremy Ucekay, Hunter and Holden Goldey, Cole, Rose, Emory, James A. III and Andrew P. Bowling, Danny, Nick and Ashleigh Hill.

Visitation on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 2PM to 4PM and from 6PM to 8PM with Prayers at 7PM at the St. Mary's Catholic Church, 11555 St. Mary's Church Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. Mass will be offered on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 beginning at 10AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church 11555 St. Mary's Church Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 with Father Keith Woods officiating. Interment immediately following in the church cemetery. Pallbearers are Jacob Ucekay, Cole Bowling, Danny Hill, Joe Saunders, Butch Bowling, Chester Bowling. Honorary Pallbearers are Edward Bowling, Calvin Bowling, Charles Bowling, Thomas H. Rice, Johnny Rice, Jimmy Wood, James Cornette, and Donald Langley.

Arrangements by Raymond Funeral Service, P.A.

Mellies, Craig Leonard
Birth: Monday, January 24, 1949 in Peoria, Illinois
Residence: Leonardtown, Maryland
Death: Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the age of 63
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in the Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Maryland
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Craig Leonard Mellies, 63, of Leonardtown, MD passed away on June 16, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Born on January 24, 1949 in Peoria, IL, he was the son of the late Russell Mellies and Ruby (Mellies) Hodgson, and stepfather Paul Hodgson.

Craig was the loving husband of Wanda Faye Norris Mellies, whom he married on May 21, 2005 in Callaway, MD.

Mr. Mellies is survived by his children Benjamin Paul Mellies (Amy) of Reisterstown, MD, Joshua Aaron Mellies of California, MD, Christina Leigh Mellies of Hollywood, MD, and 2 grandchildren Destiny and Ian Mellies. Craig is also survived by his sisters Gloria (Mellies) Dill (Robert) of Wichita, KS, and Sylvia (Mellies) Wagerle (Craig) of West Chester, PA, a stepsister Sharon Hildreth and stepbrother Roger Hodgson, both of Hutchinson, KS.

Craig was preceded in death by stepsisters Janalyn McMurphy and Marilyn Gooch.

Craig graduated from Sterling High School in KS in 1967. He joined the United States Navy in May of 1967, duty stations included Vietnam (swiftboat river rats) and Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, MD, retiring after 20+ years of service. Craig belonged to the VFW and the Patuxent Moose Lodge, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service will follow on June 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM in the Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Pallbearers will be: Robert Dill, Craig Wagerle, Ralph Heard, Wade Norris, Troy Norris, and John Mitchell. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jerry Norris, Perry Guy, Alex Sogn, and Brennon Norris.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's P.O. Box 629 Leonardtown, MD 20650, and/or Charlotte Hall Veteran's Home 29449 Charlotte Hall Road Charlotte Hall, MD 20622.

Arrangements provided by Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home.

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