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Childers, Charles Lee
Birth: Saturday, October 14, 1911 in Genoa, Nebraska
Residence: Lexington Park, Maryland
Death: Sunday, June 13, 2010 at the age of 98
Laid to Rest: in the Valley View Cemetery, Genoa, Nebraska
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Charles Lee Childers, 98 of Lexington Park, MD passed away on June 13, 2010 at St. Mary's Hospital.

Born October 14, 1911 in Genoa, NE he was the son of the late Robert E. and Mamie O. Childers.

Mr. Childers was a farmer. He also did custom fertilizing and trucking. He retired in 1975 after a serious truck accident. After retiring, he began doing Folk Art, (Tin Art) wheels, wagons and buggies.

He also enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking.

In addition to his parents Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Opal G. Childers and 6 siblings. He is survived by his son Harry D. (Jackie) Childers, of Lexington Park, MD, sister; Helen Alderson of Mesa, AZ, grandchildren; Daniel (Veronica) Childers, and Melissa (James) Molitor, great grandchildren; Randy, Kevin, Jenny and Steven.

The family will receive friends for Charles's Life Celebration on Sunday, June 20, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Lexington Park United Methodist Church, where a Memorial Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Valley View Cemetery, Genoa, NE at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Park United Methodist Church, 21760 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park, MD 20653 and/or the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653.

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

Jones, Alvin Eugene
Birth: in Jeffersontown, Kentucky
Residence: California, Maryland
Death: Saturday, June 05, 2010
Laid to Rest: Thursday, August 05, 2010 in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
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Alvin Eugene Jones, of California, MD died unexpectedly May 31, 2010. He was 83 years old. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joan Jones, daughter Alissa Jones, granddaughter Jessica Jasper, son Christopher Jones, and his younger sister Garnette Applegate.

Mr. Jones was born on August 5, 1926 in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 1952 with a BS in Civil Engineering. He resided and worked in several states before settling in St. Mary's County 40 years ago. As a professional engineer in St. Mary's County, he provided services to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, private corporations, county agencies, and the St. Mary's County Public Schools. At the time of his death, Mr. Jones was a substitute teacher for the St. Mary's County Public Schools.

Mr. Jones was a proud Naval Veteran of WWII, who from his ship harbored in Tokyo Bay, witnessed the signing of the surrender of Japan which marked the end of the United States involvement of WWII. Mr. Jones was an active member of the Freemasonry AF and AM for 62 years. He was also a Shriner and a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He held numerous positions including the Personal Representative of the Sovereign Grand Inspector General on the Grand Council for the State of Maryland.

Mr. Jones devoted his life to making the world a better place for others. His philosophy and dedication to his work and for the organizations and causes he supported can be summarized as follows:

"To laugh often and love much:
To win the respect of intelligent persons
And the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest citizens
And endure the betrayal of false friends: to appreciate beauty:
To find the best in others:
To give of one's self: to leave the world a bit better,
Whether by a healthy child, a garden patch
Or a redeemed social condition: to have played and laughed
With enthusiasm and sung with exultation:
To know even one life has breathed easier because you livedÂ…
This is to have succeeded."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Services with full Navy Honors will be held in Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations on his behalf can be submitted to: Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Hilgenberg Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders, Children's Burn Hospital of Boston, or the Family Services of St. Mary's County ARC.

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

Smoot, Hazel Elizabeth
Birth: Sunday, November 05, 1911 in Washington, DC
Residence: Bryans Road, Maryland
Death: Friday, June 11, 2010 at the age of 98
Laid to Rest: Friday, June 18, 2010 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, La Plata, Maryland
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Hazel Elizabeth Wright-Smoot, age 98 was called home to eternal life on Friday, June 11, 2010 at the Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in La Plata, Maryland.

She was born on November 5, 1911 in Washington, DC to the late Odell Wright, and the late Georgiana Jackson Wright.

Hazel was baptized into the Catholic faith at an early age. The first six years of her life she lived in Washington, DC. After the death of her father she moved to Maryland with her grandmother the late Mary Jackson. Hazel was educated in the Charles County school system and truly enjoyed learning. She took pleasure in cooking and baking. Her beloved passion was traveling and she was a dedicated member of the Willing Helpers Society and Club 53.

Hazel began her long-term employment at the age of 14 with the Mitchell Family. While employed with the Mitchell Family, she also began a second job with the Charles County Board of Education as a cook, where she later retired. In the course of her travels, she met the late Joseph Smoot and they were married in 1930. Out of their union of love and matrimony, they were blessed with 11 children.

In addition to her parents, and husband, Hazel was preceded in death by her daughters, Mary Ann and Margaret Smoot; sons, Joe Louis Smoot and James Robert (Duke) Smoot; daughter-in-law, Francine Smoot; sons-in-law, Larry Woodland, Leroy Chase and Burnie Savoy.

Left to cherish fond memories are her children, John Smoot (Shirley), Harriet Rolland (Maurice), Jerline Smoot, Sarah "Sally" Whitaker (Kleston), Shirley Chase, Thomas Smoot and Carolyn Woodland; forty-five grandchildren, eighty great-grandchildren, eleven great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Barbara Knott-Smoot; brother-in-law, Francis Collins; beloved niece, Doris Brooks, devoted cousins, Natalie and Reginald Greene and a host of other relatives and friends.

Viewing, Thursday, June 17, 2010 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, Prayers, 7:30 pm in the Chapel at THORNTON Funeral Home, P.A., 3439 Livingston Road, Indian Head, Maryland and on Friday, June 18, 2010 from 9:00am until Mass of Christian Burial, 10:00am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 201 St. Mary's Avenue, La Plata, Maryland. Interment, Church Cemetery.

Arrangements provided by Thornton Funeral Home.

Marshall, John Lowell, Jr.
Birth: Friday, July 19, 1940 in Pomonkey, Maryland
Residence: Pomonkey, Maryland
Death: Friday, June 11, 2010 at the age of 69
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John Lowell Marshall, Jr., also known as "Bug", was born on July 19, 1940 in Pomonkey, MD. He was the eldest of three children born to John Lowell Marshall, Sr. and the late Margaret Ann Marshall. He led a full and abundant life.

John was educated in the Charles County Public school system and was a proud graduate of the last graduating class of Pomonkey High School 1958. He began his government career at the Naval Warfare Surface Center in Indian Head, MD and retired as a Certified Engineering Technician, after 37 years of service. John was a great provider for his family, often times working multiple jobs simultaneously. One of his jobs included working during the initial stages of the Washington Metro Subway System.

John had many interest and was dedicated to whichever hobby he was participating in at that time. He owned his own race car and was an avid racing fan. When he felt the community youth baseball league slighted certain talented youth, he decided to start his own youth team. This team went on to become the Maryland Little League Baseball State Champions in 1983. He also coached the 1983 and 1984 Bryans Road Little League Baseball All Stars. During this period John gave many life lessons in self confidence and perseverance. John loved bowling, fishing, working on cars, and visiting Mason Springs. One of his greatest pleasures was participating in Trapshooting. He loved traveling across the country participating in Amateur Trapshooting events. He was very competitive and won many awards in this sport. Every Sunday was booked with Trapshooting events.

Above all his loves and interest, he had no greater love than for his children and grandchildren. He devoted his entire life to his family. In addition to his kids, John raised his 2 stepsons and his oldest grandson. He often stated "Y'all don't know how proud you make your Daddy feel" at the end of this he would leave to go wipe his tears. John's children also took great pride in their father, nominating him for the Maryland Independent 2007 Father of the Year Award, which he won.

John will always be remembered as a person who spoke his mind, was true to his beliefs, and "takin witchacom on it"! If you understand this sentence then you understood BUG.

In addition to his father, John leaves to cherish his memory, his children, Jacqueline, Virgil, Derrick, Francine, Daphne, Reggie, and Holloway; his grandchildren Jasmine, Jarel, Avery, Jiyah, Sierra, Diamond, DeAndre, Preston, Marcus, Jordan, Addison, and Max; his siblings-Larry, Linda, and Bridgette; his daughters in law, Victoria Marshall and Gina Saunders; his brothers in law Dwayne Paxton and Bobby Richardson; his sister in law, Emmogene Marshall; and his neice LaShawn Holland. He shared a special relationship with his nephew Lamar Marshall and his fishing buddy/cousin Keith Johnson.

The family also wishes to recognize his special buddies Joseph "JC" Gray, Cousin George Savoy, Jarrett Washington, and the late Howard Wade.

He also leaves a host of relatives and special friends to numerous to name.

Viewing, 10:00am until time of Service, 12 noon on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 in the Chapel of THORNTON Funeral Home, P. A., 3439 Livingston Road, Indian Head, Maryland.

Arrangements provided by Thornton Funeral Home.

Stafford, Dottie Lou
Birth: Tuesday, March 14, 1944 in Monterville, West Virginia
Residence: Orlando, Florida
Death: Monday, June 07, 2010 at the age of 66
Laid to Rest: Saturday, June 19, 2010 in the Pisgah Methodist Church Cemetery, Marbury, Maryland
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Mrs. Stafford was a long-time secretary for Willow Medical Supply Co., in La Plata, MD and a very long-time member of Pisgah United Methodist Church. She enjoyed doing ceramics and participating with the local TOPS Chapter, mostly she enjoyed her work with her church.

Daughter of the late Frank Hannah and the late Martha Wyatt Hannah.

Predeceased by her parents; her late husband, John F. Stafford; and one late brother, Frank Hannah, Jr.

Survived by one son, John F. (Cindy) Stafford, II of Orlando, FL; two brothers, Roy Hannah of Waldorf, MD and Kenneth Hannah; and two sisters, Clara Bragg of La Plata, MD and Charlotte Vallandingham of Hughesville, MD.

Visitation: Saturday, June 19, 2010 from 11 AM until service time at 1 PM at Pisgah United Methodist Church.

Clergy: Rev. Kenneth Bowen

Interment: Church Cemetery

Memorial contributions: Alzheimer Resource Center, Inc., 1506 Lake Highland Drive, Orlando, FL 32803 OR Pisgah United Methodist Church Fund, PO Box 168, Marbury, MD 20658.

Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

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