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Thomas, Everett Eugene
Birth: Friday, January 27, 1939 in Calvert County, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at the age of 73
Laid to Rest: Friday, September 14, 2012 in the Mt. Hope UM Church Cemetery, Sunderland, Maryland
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Everett Eugene Thomas was born Thursday January 27, 1939 in Calvert County, Maryland to the late Ruth Taylor Thomas and William Thomas, the sixth eldest of 17 sisters and brothers. He departed this life Tuesday September 11, 2012 after a lengthy illness.

Everett attended Calvert County Public Schools. He left Calvert County at age 16, but faithfully returned to visit his family's home on Skinners Turn Road.

Everett loved to sit in the kitchen and observe his mother prepare the family meals, during which time he would fall asleep, thus inheriting the nickname "RIP."

Everett worked for the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission for approximately 28 years, eventually retiring as a master machinist. He held his supervisor, Milton Green, in great respect, and maintained long lasting friendships with his friends, Emery, Eli, Pete, Paul, "Cowboy," the late Jimmie and Madison, along with a host of other friends.

Rip possessed many gifts, but was particularly skilled in the kitchen and on the backyard grill. His specialties -- collards, kale, crab cakes, potato salad, Spanish corn, barbecue ribs, shrimp kebobs, sweet potatoes, chicken and dumplings - were loved by all who were fortunate to taste them. During his illness, Rip would frequently leave his church pew to join the kitchen ministry to serve after worship services.

Rip enjoyed the smooth sounds of his favorite musical artist, Lou Rawls, and adored Whitney Houston. Whenever Rip and Mary traveled, the music of "Sweet Lou" was sure to accompany them.

Though soft-spoken, Rip was respected and admired by all. His sense of flair was expressed through his extensive wardrobe, his stylish stride and his many caps.

In addition, his home reflected his love of gardening and building. He loved to watch football and could be found each Sunday afternoon rooting on his beloved Washington Redskins. During the weekdays it was Sanford and Son. After he purchased his boat "The Miss Mary," Rip could be found early in the morning on the Chesapeake Bay, returning home with a sizable catch of the best fish.

At his core, Rip was a family man, and he adored his wife, Mary, as well as their daughter, Lisa, and their grandchildren, Tamara, Tiara, John and Joshua. He especially cherished his sisters Cynthia and Beatrice, his brother-in-law Sidney and was called "favorite brother-in-law" by Pamelia. He was fondly called "Pop Rip", Daddy Rip, and Grand-daddy.

In all that he did and in all that he was, Everett Eugene Thomas gave 100 percent of himself. In the words of his favorite singer, Rip was a natural man who has left to mourn his lovely wife Mary, daughter Lisa, grandchildren, Tamara, Tiara, John, and Joshua; siblings Vernice Custard, Mary Green, Corrine, Reed, Beatrice (Author) Riggs, Valeria Mason, Cynthia (Sidney) Jones, William, Earldee, and Vincent; Mother-in-law Gladys Kent Evans, Brothers-in-law James (Carolyn) Kent, Milton (Glenda Kent), and Sisters-in-Iaw Gretchen Nutter, and Pamelia (Michael) Moore; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home.

Visitation:
9:30 am to 10:45 am on Friday, September 14, 2012 at Mt. Hope UM Church, 145 Dalrymple Road, Sunderland, MD 20689.

Service:
11:00 am on Friday, September 14, 2012 at Mt. Hope UM Church, 145 Dalrymple Road, Sunderland, MD 20689.

Coates, Peggine Cordella
Birth: Thursday, June 18, 1964
Residence: Calvert County, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at the age of 48
Laid to Rest: Saturday, September 15, 2012 in the St. Edmond's UM Church Cemetery, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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Anticipating enjoying her retirement, envisioning fun in the sun and unlimited fishing, Peggine Cordella Coates was granted her ultimate retirement from the toil of life, ironically on 9 -11, 2012.

As a 911 dispatcher for 10 years, and a 911 Shift Supervisor for 6 with the P.G. County Police Department, she "watched over" officers as she monitored their need for assistance when in route to a scene. She was the voice that responded to the pleas for help from many who were looking for rescue from danger. After 9 years in the Office of Homeland Security, officially retiring April 1st of this year, she spent a total of 27 years saving countless lives.

Sitting on the front line of evil, she was extremely dedicated to her vocation and knew what it meant to "neither slumber nor sleep" as she surrendered to stress-filled days and often late nights laboring for the protection of others. Wanting to be a "keeper from harm," Peggine was a giver – a woman endowed by God with the "gift of help."

A native of Calvert County, she graduated from Northern High School, joined the U. S. Marines Corps., and served five years from 1982-1987. It was there, particularly in Okinawa, where she learned to be adventuresome, and developed a taste for exotic foods and fine dining. Considering herself to be a culinary genius, she often put her hospitality skills to work, always preparing an impressive spread for guests, frequently spoiling her nephews.

As a dispatcher, her days were saturated with exposure to vivid episodes of citizen's adversity. This gave Peggine endless opportunities to ponder evil, and she wondered why it was so prevalent in the world. She would hold lengthy and heated debates about the fairness of God with her Mom, brother-in-law, and sister. Her heart of compassion and quest for truth led her to initially embrace Judaism; soon thereafter, she learned the God of the Old Testament was the Messiah in the New. She committed her life to Christ and progressively learned about the Helper and Rescuer of the world. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2002, she battled health issues that progressively led to a series of complications and seeming all too soon, her "early retirement."

Peggine's labor was driven by a commitment to independently provide for her daughter Leslie, and by her love for people. She leaves behind her mother Gladys, father Herman, daughter Leslie, brothers Vonzell and Nathan, sister Tracey, brother-in-Iaw David, and nephews, Dave, Aaron, Stephen and Ian. As well, sharing her loss, are a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

Arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home.

Visitation:
10:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Grace Brethren Church, 9870 Old Solomons Island Road, Owings, MD 20736.

Service:
11:00 am on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Grace Brethren Church, 9870 Old Solomons Island Road, Owings, MD 20736.

Winkler, Joseph Rhoderick
Birth: Monday, August 24, 1959 in La Plata, Maryland
Residence: Pomfret, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the age of 53
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Joseph Rhoderick "Tiny Baby" Winkler of Pomfret, MD died on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. He was 53 years old.

Mr. Winkler was a self-employed handyman for 40 plus years and a member of the American Legion Post #227 in Brandywine, MD and a member of the Moose Lodge.

He loved his horses and animals. He was known as fun-loving and helpful to everyone. He was especially fond of his dog named Princess.

Son of the late Austin Winkler and the living Margaret A. Cooksey Winkler.

Predeceased by his father; one late brother-in-law Robert Justis; and one late nephew Raymond Phipps.

Survived by his mother Margaret A. Winkler of Pomfret, MD; one brother Gary (Sue) Winkler of Hughesville, MD; two late sisters Melissa (Raymond) Phipps of Pomfret, MD and Cynthia Justis of Franham, VA; and one niece Rae Ann Phipps of Waldorf, MD.

Gathering: Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 6-8PM with Memorial Service at 7PM at the American Legion Post #227 in Brandywine, MD.

Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

Anderson, Betty Jane
Birth: Saturday, August 22, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois
Residence: Waldorf, Maryland
Death: Monday, September 17, 2012 at the age of 87
Laid to Rest: in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
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Betty Jane Hodge Anderson, 87, of Waldorf, Maryland, died on September 17, 2012 at Civista Medical Center in La Plata. Born on August 22, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Elmer A. Barkman and the late Lillian A. Piehn and the adopted daughter of the late Carl H. Jacobson.

Mrs. Anderson was a very accomplished woman, having graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre Medical. She continued her education in Financial Planning degree, IBM MTST Supervisory degree. She then continued her education at George Washington University. She worked at George Washington University where she was and executive aide in the Department of Anatomy, until her retirement.

Her loves were ballroom dancing, animals, classical music, organ, books, sightseeing, traveling, attending Oxon Hill Lutheran Church, sign language but most importantly, loving her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hila W. Anderson; her daughter Roberta Idell Ellis; her sister Carol Louise Jacobson.

She is survived by her daughter Lisa Anne Hodge of Waldorf, MD; her sister Audrey Johnson of Peachtree City, GA; her brother Al Barkman of Knoxville, TN; her grandchildren Michael Shawn Ellis, Christopher Shannon Ellis, Tonya Danette Ellis, Aaron David Swanton, Nathan Robert Gilroy, Kellie Anne Price, Charles Michael Price, and Candace Leigh Price; her seven great grandchildren; her caregivers Denise Coby, Patricia Leftridge, Maria Franchini, Sherry Roberson, and Diane Cooks; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial celebration will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Oxon Hill Lutheran Church, 3415 Brinkley Road, Temple Hills, Maryland 20748 with the Reverend Ken Schnepp officiating. Interment will be private at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Raymond Funeral Service, P.A. of La Plata, MD.

Rush, Floyd Donald
Birth: Saturday, September 15, 1928 in Rolla, North Dakota
Residence: Waldorf, Maryland
Death: Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the age of 84
Laid to Rest: Thursday, September 20, 2012 in the Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, Maryland
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Floyd Donald Rush of Waldorf, MD died on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at his residence. He was 84 years old.

Floyd enlisted with the U. S. Navy in 1946-1968. Then went to work for a security specialist for 30 years and retired out. Floyd joined the American Legion Post #293 (Waldorf, MD) in 1983.

Floyd was loved from so many good friends. He loved to dance and listen to music.

Son of the late Charles O. Rush and the late Mable G. Trueblood Rush.

Predeceased by his parents; his wife Esther G. Rush; one son Donald W. Rush; one brother; and one sister.

His Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 9:30AM until time of Funeral Service at 11AM at Raymond Funeral Chapel (5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646). Clergy will be Rev. Charles Long. Interment will follow service at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf, MD.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post #293 in Waldorf, MD.

Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

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