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Palmer, Thomas Rufus
Birth: Tuesday, July 15, 1930 in Kingsport, Tennessee
Residence: Prince Frederick, Maryland
Death: Sunday, October 02, 2011 at the age of 81
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Thomas R. Palmer, 81, of Prince Frederick, MD passed away on October 2, 2011 in Prince Frederick, MD. He was born July 15, 1930 in Kingsport, TN to the late Basil and Margaret Begley Palmer.

Mr. Palmer served in the Navy from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Navy Occupation Medal, Korean Service Medal with 1 star and the United Nations Service Medal. After his time in the service, he graduated from University of Maryland and went to work as a Pharmacist until his retirement in 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine B. Palmer of Prince Frederick, MD, father of Linda McClure of Fredericksburg, VA and Michael Palmer of Camp Springs, MD. He is also survived by six grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday October 11, 2011, 11 AM at the Chapel in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD. Interment will follow in the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions should be made to American Cancer Society.

Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.

Blanton, Michael William
Birth: Wednesday, September 23, 1964 in Bedford, Ohio
Residence: Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
Death: Monday, October 03, 2011 at the age of 47
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Michael William "Mike" Blanton, 47, of Chesapeake Beach, MD passed away October 3 at his residence after a brief illness. Mike was born September 23, 1964 in Bedford, Ohio to Jacquelyn Diday and Billy R. Blanton.

He grew up in Austin, PA, graduating from Austin High School, class of 1983, and immediately entered the U.S. Navy. He spent most of his Navy career in Italy aboard several ships as a Boatswain's Mate. He returned to the United States in February of 1988 to Bethesda, MD for medical treatment. While recuperating on temporary duty he was assigned to the Navy Legal Service Offices North Central at Washington Naval Yard. While working there he met Donna Cepura Sawyer, who worked for the Naval District Washington, Anacostia Annex. They were married December 11, 1989 and resided in Chesapeake Beach, MD.

Mike was then assigned to the USS Iowa BB61 out of Norfolk, VA. He was aboard the ship on April 19, 1989 when gun turret two exploded, causing the death of many of his shipmates. He retired from active duty on March 22, 1994 due to medical reasons and then started M & D Technology, providing computer sales and repairs, printing and publishing services from his home in Chesapeake Beach, MD. From February 2010 to May 2011 he was an ADP Contractor with the N.S.A. at Ft. Meade. Mike was a member of St. Anthony's Church in North Beach, MD, a life member of the VFW 7950 in Chesapeake Beach, was All State Commander which he attained for several years, a member of the Stallings-William American Legion Post 260 in Chesapeake Beach, and Cooties and the Disabled American Veterans.

Michael is survived by his wife Donna Blanton of Chesapeake Beach, MD; step daughter Janet Morehead; and granddaughters Miranda and Marissa Yost of Huntingtown, MD. He is also survived by his mother Jacquelyn McAfoose and her husband Norman of Austin, PA; sisters Melanee Blanton and Michelle Blanton Valenti and her husband Jesse; nephews Michael and Mason, and nieces Katelyn and Kendra, all of Austin, PA.

Services for Michael are private.

Memorial contributions may be made in Michael's name to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, or online at

Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.

Morgan, Thomas Aloysius
Birth: Thursday, May 24, 1934
Residence: Leonardtown, Maryland
Death: Saturday, October 01, 2011 at the age of 77
Laid to Rest: Friday, October 07, 2011 in the St. Aloysius Catholic Church Cemetery, Leonardtown, Maryland
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Thomas Aloysius Morgan "Pete", 77, of Leonardtown, MD, died October 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. Born May 24, 1934, he was the son of the late Louis Columbus Morgan, Sr and Mary Madeline Jones.

Mr. Morgan was preceded in death by his siblings Mary Smith, Mabel Redi, Agnes Abell, Raymond Elmer, Harry Morgan, Louis Morgan, Jr., and Joseph A. Morgan.

Mr. Morgan worked as an electrician for The Architect of the Capital and was a lifelong resident of St. Mary's County. Thomas served in the United States Air Force from April 21, 1952 until his honorable discharge in November 29, 1957.

The family will receive friends in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD on Friday, October 7, 2011 from 9:00Am – 10:00AM. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 10:00 AM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment will follow in St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be John Abell, Tom Guy, Andrew Davis, Shane Weasenforth, Brian Boothe, and Joe Thornton.

Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Saunders, Florence Marie
Birth: Saturday, October 07, 1933 in Cobb Island, Maryland
Residence: Cobb Island, Maryland
Death: Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the age of 77
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, October 05, 2011 in the Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Wayside, Maryland
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Marie Saunders, 77, of Cobb Island died Sept. 29, 2011 with her family by her side. She was born October 7, 1933 to the late John and Mary Simms of Cobb Island and lived on and near Cobb Island her whole life.

After World War II she and her husband Jim were active in the Civil Defense Program at Cobb Island. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service and retired in 1999. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Mary; husband, Jim; brothers, William, and sister, Dorothy.

She is survived by her daughter, Tina and her husband John, her son Spider and his wife Betty Jo, her son Jack and his wife Bernie, brother, John, her grandchildren, Dana, Jessie, J.J., Fred, Michelle, Scott, Tanya, Kelly Jo, Chucky, Ricky and David, her great-granddaughter Alyssa and her great-grandson Chris, and her partner, Bill Mudd.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband Jim at Wayside Church. There will be a viewing from 4:00-7:00pm and prayers at 7:00pm Tuesday, Oct. 4th, at Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. and graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday October 5th, at the Christ Church-Wayside Parish.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C., 20004; Cobb Island Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Cobb Island, MD and VFW Ladies Auxiliary 10081, Bel Alton, MD.

Arrangements are being provided by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home at 211 Saint Mary's Avenue, La Plata, MD.

Kidd, Donna Lee
Birth: Wednesday, October 08, 1947 in Fort Monroe, Virginia
Residence: Mechanicsville, Maryland
Death: Saturday, October 01, 2011 at the age of 63
Laid to Rest: Thursday, October 06, 2011 in the Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton, Maryland
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Donna Lee Kidd, 63, of Mechanicsville, MD, died on October 1, 2011, at St. Mary's Hospital, surrounded by her family. Donna was the daughter of the late William Orville Rockwell, Sr., and the late Mary Jane Pollizi Rockwell. She was born in Fort Monroe, VA, and moved to Mechanicsville, MD, 15 years ago from Camp Springs, MD.

Donna worked at the U.S. Census Bureau as a Computer Specialist, and held a Bachelor of Science degree from Strayer University. She enjoyed knitting, spending time with family, and playing with her grandchildren. Donna collected M&M memorabilia, and her favorite NASCAR driver was Mark Martin, # 5. She was a lifelong Washington Redskins fan, and her favorite player was Darrell Green. Donna also enjoyed watching Dancing with the Stars, collecting and reading books, especially murder/mystery fiction.

She is survived by her companion, Ronald J. Branan, of Mechanicsville; her sons, Larry Wayne Kidd, Jr., of Woodbridge, VA, and Buren William "Chip" Kidd, of Mechanicsville; her brother, William O. Rockwell, Jr. (Joyce A.), of Sterling, VA; and her grandchildren, Jesse Wayne Kidd and John Buren Kidd, of Mechanicsville.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 8000 Woodyard Road, Clinton, MD 20735.

Donations in her name may be made to The Humane Society of Charles County, P.O. Box 1015, 71 Industrial Drive, Waldorf, MD 20602, or to the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

Arrangements provided by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home.

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