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|Wray, Louis David
|Washington, Richard Elmer
Birth: 1939-07-18 in Washington, DC
|Washington, Richard Elmer, Age 69 of Nanjemoy, Maryland.|
Richard Elmer Washington passed on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at Civista Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland. He was born in Washington, D.C. on July 18, 1939 to the late William Bernard Washington and the late Gerturde Washington.
He attended public schools in Charles County, Maryland and worked as a laborer in construction for many years until his health failed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Carrie Thomas and brother, James Washington.
Left to cherish fond memories are his, three sisters, Cecelia Minor, Hattie Wilson and Violet Brown; six brothers, Walter, John, Dennis, Theodore “Teddy”, Chester and William Washington; Also surviving are stepchildren, Wayne Key, Evelyn Key, Exbena Key and Doris Carroll; a very special grandson, Andrew Key and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Viewing, Saturday, February 7, 2009, 10:00 am until time of Service, 11:00 am at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 11220 Holly Springs Road, Nanjemoy, Maryland. Interment, Church Cemetery.
Arrangements, Thornton Funeral Home, P.A. Pomonkey, Maryland.
|Simmons, Benjamin Warren
Birth: 1936-03-18 in Pitt County, North Carolina
|Benjamin Warren Simmons, Sr., 72 of Leonardtown, MD departed this life on January 27, 2009. Born March 18, 1936 in Pitt County, N.C., he was the son of the late Claudius Simmons and Rosa Mae House Perkins.|
Benjamin attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina where he received a B.S. degree in Mathematics in 1958. In 1959, he was drafted for a two-year stint with the United States Army. After his military obligation was completed in 1961, he accepted a teaching position at George Washington Carver Senior High School in St. Mary's County.
Benjamin united with the First Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington Park under the late Reverend Alfred Chambers. He was a faithful member who did whatever he was asked to do. Benjamin served on the Christian Education Ministry, the Trustee Ministry, the Developmental Committee and various other assignments.
Benjamin had more than 35 years of experience in education before his retirement from the St. Mary's County Public School System as the Assistant Supervisor of Transportation in 1993. During his tenure with the St. Mary's County Board of Education, Benjamin was a math teacher, committee chair, and team leader but the reason his students remember him best is because "Mr. Simmons taught me how to drive." Yes, Benjamin taught drivers' education… in the classroom, on the range, and on the road. At one point he was the only driver education teacher in the County.
Benjamin had always been active in the community. His days were filled with volunteering, helping, and assisting whomever, whenever and wherever he could. Organization memberships include: Maryland Retired School Personnel Association, the National Education Association, the Education Association of St. Mary's County, and the NAACP. In addition, Benjamin was a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Jolly Gents Sportsmen Club, Public Action Committee of St. Mary's County, Lions Club International, Lexington Park Chapter.
As a result of his tireless efforts in the community, Benjamin received numerous awards; honors, and citations. Among them were: Man of the Year for Public Action Committee (2008); Certificate of Appreciation presented by the St Mary's County Retired Teachers Association (2008); Proclamation presented by the St. Mary's County Board of County Commissioners (2008); Citizen of the Year presented by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (2007); Outstanding Performance presented by the Jolly Gents Sportsmen Club (1995).
Benjamin was a big Redskins football fan, a faithful fan of North Carolina A&T State University (Aggie Pride) and the Washington Mystics.
Benjamin is survived by his wife, Sandra (Nita) Thompson Simmons; his children, Joan Rosalyn Atkinson, (Zebbie, IV) of Gambrills, MD; Benjamin Warren Simmons, Jr. of La Plata, MD, and Damian Andre Thompson of Glendale, AZ; grandchildren Zebbie V and Joanna Atkinson, Bryce Simmons and Keira Neal; mother-in-law Catherine S. Thompson of Hollywood, MD; two brothers-in-law, William R. Thompson, Jr., of Shelbyville, KY and John S. Thompson (Patricia) of Burke, VA; nine sisters-in-law, Frances C. Thompson of Jacksonville, FL, Rose Foster (James) of Chester, VA, Delores E. Thompson and Angela H Thompson of Hollywood, MD, Joyce A. Harley (Lawrence) of Laurel, MD, Sarah A. Swales of Jacksonville, NC, Nellie R. Thompson of Lexington Park, MD, Rita M. Bond (Marvin) of Mechanicsville, MD, Phyllis A. Sanxter (Thomas) of Mcclenny, FL; a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Family will receive friends for Benjamin's Life Celebration on Sunday, February 1, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in First Missionary Baptist Church, 47359 Lincoln Avenue, Lexington Park, MD 20653. A Funeral Service will be conducted by Reverend Roderick McClanahan on Monday, February 2, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be John S. Thompson, James Foster, Thomas Sanxter, Lawrence Harley, James Swales, and Julius Bond.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1663, Lexington Park MD, 20653.
Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
|Gilliam, Edna Michelle
|A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM in the Living Hope Church, 46694 Midway Drive, Lexington Park, MD 20653, with Rev. Ernest Toney officiating.|
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 from 9:00-11:00 AM in the Living Hope Church.
|Foster, Rhonda Jo
Birth: 1962-08-15 in Prince Frederick, Maryland
|Rhonda Jo Foster of Prince Frederick, MD died on January 26, 2009. She was born August 15, 1962 in Prince Frederick, MD the daughter of James H. McKenny, Sr. and C. Elain Jenkins Turner. |
She received her education in Calvert County schools. Rhonda enjoyed fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and was an avid NASCAR and Dale Earnhart fan.
She is survived by her daughter Kylie L. N. Foster of Owings, MD. Her mother C. Elaine Turner of Port Republic, MD, her father and step mother James H. and Patricia J. McKenny of Owings, MD; Grandmother Mary E. McKenny of Huntingtown, MD and brothers James H. McKenny, Jr. and Joseph C. McKenny both of Huntingtown, MD.
She is also survived by Kylie's father Thomas Foster of Huntingtown, MD.
Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.
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