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Morris, Katherine Sarah
Birth: Sunday, March 11, 1990 in Baltimore, Maryland
Residence: California, Maryland
Death: Sunday, May 06, 2012 at the age of 22
Laid to Rest: Saturday, May 12, 2012 in the First Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Lexington Park, Maryland
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Katherine Sarah Morris, affectionately known as "Kat", 22, of California, MD, passed away on May 6, 2012. Born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 11, 1990 to Willie Morris and Marguerite Morris, she was the baby girl of six brothers and sisters.

Katherine received her education in the St. Mary's County Public Schools and St. Mary's Ryken from where she graduated. She attended the University of Maryland and earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Family Services. Just prior to her death, Katherine had applied for admission to the Air Force Officer's Training School. Katherine was an avid reader, enjoyed working with young children, and did an enormous amount of volunteer work. Other hobbies enjoyed by Katherine were cooking (which she did a superb job) and jewelry-making.

Katherine leaves to cherish her precious memories her parents Pastor Willie Morris and Reverend Marguerite Morris; her husband, Isaac Goodwin; three sisters, Jameka Morris, Charlotte Morris-Breeden and Aja Long; three brothers, Willie Morris, Jr., Christopher Morris, and Andre Morris and four very special friends, Shaudae, Sam, Michelle and Rose. Katherine was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution in "Katherine's Memory" to Leah's House at or mail your donation to Leah's House, P.O. Box 203, Callaway, MD 20620.

Family and friends will unite to celebrate Katherine's life on Saturday, May 12, 2012 for visitation from 9:30 am until time of service at 10:30 am at Gospel Tabernacle of Prayer Church, 24516 Budd's Creek Road, Clements, MD. Interment will follow at First Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery,47359 Lincoln Avenue, Lexington Park, MD. Reverend Roderick McClanahan will be officiating.

Arrangements provided by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, P.A.

Ferris, Helen Marian
Birth: Thursday, July 12, 1923
Death: Saturday, May 05, 2012 at the age of 88
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Braden, Frances Edna
Birth: Wednesday, April 16, 1947 in Wheeling, West Virginia
Residence: Lexington Park, Maryland
Death: Monday, May 07, 2012 at the age of 65
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Frances Edna Braden, 65 of Lexington Park, MD, died Monday, May 7, 2012 in her home, after a long battle with lung cancer. Born on April 16, 1947, in Wheeling, WV, she was the daughter of the late, Hartzell Jones, Sr. and Violet "Vi" (Bonk) Jones.

Frances married her beloved husband, Howard E. Braden Jr. on July 1, 1988. She retired from Eagle Systems as a technical publications librarian supervisor. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve #93. Frances enjoyed gardening, antiquing, decorating, travelling and spending time with her family. She was a caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She lives on in the hearts of her many loved ones.

In addition to her husband, Frances is also survived by her daughters, Niki Lewis (Sonny) of Lexington Park, MD and Tiffany Trujillo (Devin) of St. Johns, Virgin Islands; her step-son, Daniel Braden of Oklahoma City, OK; and her grandsons, Steele and Dominic Lewis of Lexington Park, MD, and Aden Trujillo of St. Johns, Virgin Islands.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Spike Jones.

Family will receive friends for Frances' Life Celebration on Friday, May 11, 2012 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon Lloyd officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, Post Office Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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

Evans, Donald L.
Birth: Wednesday, April 20, 1955
Residence: Leonardtown, Maryland
Death: Thursday, May 03, 2012 at the age of 57
Laid to Rest: Friday, May 11, 2012 in the Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery, Helen, Maryland
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Donald "Donnie" L. Evans, age 57, of Leonardtown, MD, died unexpectedly on May 3, 2012. Donnie was born on April 20, 1955 to the late Joseph Floyd Evans and Agnes Veronica Hill Evans Dunlap. Donnie lived his entire life in St. Mary's.

Donnie graduated from Chopticon High School in 1973 and attended the Lincoln Technical Institute. He worked at Pepco since 1974 as a Senior Fuel and Ash Technician, an occupation that matched his outgoing and friendly personality. He was a collector of gadgets and would often give away items to those who held an interest.

He is survived by his siblings; Deborah Carter (Lairy) of Lexington Park, MD; Francis Michael Evans of Tall Timbers, MD; Cynthia Murphy (Gilbert) of Avenue, MD; Victor James Dunlap of S. Carolina; Joseph Emitt Evans, Stephen Wayne Evans and William Webster Evans all of Glen Burnie, Md; Catherine Evans James of Hyattsville, Md; and the late Anthony Dale Dunlap. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends for Donnie's Life Celebration on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with prayers at 7:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012, 10:00 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Interment services will follow in Queen of Peace Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be, Lairy Junior Carter, Dustin Lee Carter, Ryan Nicholas Evans, and Kevin Michael Evans. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Leroy "Roy" Wilson, John Wilson, Robert "Bobby" Wilson, Kenny Hill and Glenn Grabis.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Donnie may be directed to the St. Mary's Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 1232, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.

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

Johnson, Joel Junior
Birth: Friday, October 22, 1937 in Lake Orion, Michigan
Residence: Avenue, Maryland
Death: Friday, May 04, 2012 at the age of 74
Laid to Rest: in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Joel Junior Johnson, GMCM U.S.N. (Ret.), 74, died of Congestive Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) at his home in Avenue, MD on Friday, May 4, 2012. Born in Lake Orion, MI, Oct 22, 1937, he was the son of Joel and Rubye Carnahan Johnson of Lansing, MI.

Joel is predeceased by his parents, and sisters Peggy Ellis of Williamston, MI; Connie Cole of Virginia Beach, VA; and Deanna Fent of Milpitas, CA.

He is survived by Helene Farrall, his companion of twenty-eight years; his sister Penny Davis (Harry) of St.Petersburg, FL, friend Russell Corner U.S.A.F. (Ret.) of Elizabeth, IN, nieces Kim LaHaie Richards (Tim), Julie Ellis, Karen Ellis Hardy, nephews Tony Ellis, Jeff LaHaie, and other nieces and nephews.

Joel began his military career in Dec 1954 when he joined the U.S. Army. He completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and advanced training at Camp Chapman, AR, transferring to the 82nd Airborne Division 80thAAA at Ft Bragg, NC where he trained as a parachutist. Joel remained in the Army until his discharge in 1957.

In Nov 1958 Joel enlisted in the U.S. Navy, transferring from the Philadelphia Navy Yard to the USS Antietam, a CVS Carrier at Pensacola, FL. Later, Joel transferred to the Navy Submarine School at New London, CT where he trained as a submariner and served on the submarine USS Barbaro until 1963 when he transferred to the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVEOD) School in Indian Head, MD where he trained to become an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician.

Joel was first assigned as an EOD Tech to the USS Proteus in Charleston, SC. Rotations to other EOD units followed: Dec 1964 - Guam; Dec 1966 - EOD Group II, Pearl Harbor, HI (detailed to Viet Nam); Dec 1968 - NAS Moffett Field, CA; 1970 - EOD Group I Ft. Story, Virginia Beach, VA; 1971 - EOD Det Keflavik, Iceland; 1973 - Naval Explosive Ordnance Technology Center (NAVEODTECHCEN), Indian Head, MD; 1977 - Yokosuka, JA; 1979 - NAVEODTECHCEN, Indian Head, MD. In Aug 1990 at the end of Joel's last position as the Command Master Chief of NAVEODTECHCEN he retired after thirty-five years military service.

Joel received numerous medals and awards during his years of service, most notably, for his participation in Vietnam, the 1974 clearance of the Suez Canal and his work at the test ranges at White Sands, NM.

Following his military retirement Joel worked as an EOD Technician/Consultant for Human Factors Applications (HFA) assigned primarily to Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Edgewood, MD.

In the past, Joel raised money in support of the EOD scholarship fund and various charities. He was an avid bass fisherman and member of the MBA, and was a lifetime member of the VFW. He loved to smoke, drink, and play poker and acey/ducey.

Joel enjoyed being a character and his years spent in retirement in the Seventh District. Many thanks are extended to the poker playing "guys" at Quades, and the wonderful people of the 7th who made the Navy 'Chief' from Michigan feel at home in St. Mary's County.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, May 10, from 2-4 and 5-8 PM at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. Private interment will be at the Maryland Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609.

Arrangements provided by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A.

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