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Vermillion, Pope Valdin
Birth: Monday, January 24, 1927 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Residence: Hollywood, Maryland
Death: Monday, January 23, 2012 at the age of 84
Laid to Rest: Friday, January 27, 2012 in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, Maryland
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Pope Valdin Vermillion, 84 of Hollywood, MD passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 23, 2012 to be with his Lord and Savior. Born January 24, 1927 in Upper Marlboro, MD, he was the son of the late Fendall and Blanche Thompson Vermillion.

Pope was a man of great integrity who dearly loved God and his family. He was a servant of God who guided his family with wisdom and strength, always quoting scripture and covering his family in prayer.

He married the love of his life, Marie Antoinette Smith on June 3, 1950. They were married for over 55 years and he moved to St. Mary's County following her passing in 2005.

He was a carpenter by trade and a member of the Washington Area Carpenter's Union Local 528 (132) for over 50 years. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed reading his Bible, spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and farming.

He was a truly devoted dad to Robert (Lyn) Vermillion, Cheryl (Mike) Burdette, Kenneth (Pam) Vermillion and Daniel Gillispie; granddaddy to Robert Vermillion, Jr., Christopher, Ashley, Hayley and Chelsea Burdette and Kim Vermillion.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, MD.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 7, Hollywood, MD 20636.

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

LeRoy, John D., Jr.
Birth: Thursday, May 10, 1917 in Bridgeport, Alabama
Residence: St. Mary's City, Maryland
Death: Monday, January 23, 2012 at the age of 94
Laid to Rest: Saturday, January 28, 2012 in the Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, St. Mary's City, Maryland
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John "D" LeRoy, Jr. of St. Mary's City, age 94, passed away on January 23, 2012 in St. Mary's City. John D. was born on May 10, 1917 in Bridgeport, Alabama and moved to Jasper, TN as a teenager. He was the oldest of eleven children born to John Daly LeRoy and Emily Cookston LeRoy.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Sue.

He is survived by his two children Susan LeRoy Long (Peter) of Lusby, Maryland, and John W. LeRoy, Sr. (Nancy) of St. Mary's City, three grandchildren, Heather Glockner (Scott) of California, MD, Elizabeth Deloach (Tom) of Mooresville, NC, and MSGT John W. LeRoy, Jr. USMC (Kellee) of Camp Lejeune, NC and five great grandchildren, Brooke Glockner, Thomas, Adam, and Andrew Deloach, and Logan LeRoy. He is also survived by his siblings, Rachel Crabtree of Jasper, TN, Ruby Whitlock of Nashville, TN, Florence Frizzel of Crossville, TN, Paul LeRoy of Jasper, TN, Faye Anderson of Nahunta, GA, Wayne LeRoy of Nashville, TN and Jo Harris of Whitwell, TN.

In addition to his parents and wife, John D was preceded in death by his siblings, Charles LeRoy, Richard LeRoy and Jean Milligan.

Big John, the Boatswain, joined the U.S. Navy in November of 1937 and retired as a CWO (W4) in February, 1969. He was a plank owner of USS Enterprise (CV6) and was a Battle of Midway survivor. He was also a survivor of the sinking of USS Hornet (CV-8) in the Fall of 1942. He served at duty stations in California, Pennsylvania, Washington state, the Philippines, and finally at Patuxent River. In addition to Enterprise and Hornet, he also served aboard USS Yorktown (CV-10), USS Franklin D Roosevelt (CV 42), and USS Currituck (AV-7).

John was a member of the Elks for over 70 years. He was a Member of Thomas J. Shryock Masonic Lodge for over 50 years, serving as Worshipful Master in 1972. He was a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, obtaining the 33rd degree. He was a member of Boumi Shrine and the Pa-Po-Peake Shrine club. He was also a member of Patuxent Chapter #522 National Sojourners, Inc., and the Otho Holland Williams Camp, Heroes of 76.

John was active in his church. He served as Verger of St. Mary's Episcopal Church for over thirty years. He served on the Vestry for many terms and was Senior Warden many times as well as Acolyte Master for dozens of children and teens over the years. He served on several committees for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. He was the Chaplain of his Masonic lodge for over 30 years. At one point he was Chaplain for six different organizations at the same time.

Family will receive friends on Friday, January 27, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Mary's City, MD. A Masonic Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. followed by a church prayer service. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 47477 Trinity Church Road, St. Mary's City, MD 20686 or Hospice of St. Mary's County, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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

Bowles, Joseph A., Sr.
Birth: Monday, February 27, 1933 in Mechanicsville, Maryland
Residence: La Plata, Maryland
Death: Monday, January 23, 2012 at the age of 78
Laid to Rest: Saturday, January 28, 2012 in the All Faith Episcopal Church Cemetery, Charlotte Hall, Maryland
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Joseph A. Bowles, Sr., 78, of La Plata, MD, passed away at his home on January 23, 2012. He was born on February 27, 1933 in Mechanicsville, Maryland.

He was the son of the late William Edward Raley and the late Effie Elizabeth Bowles.

Joseph was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed watching thunderstorms, fishing, boating, the mountains in West Virginia, and listening to country music. Two of Joseph's favorite country singers were Hank Williams, Sr. and Waylon Jennings. He worked at La Plata Lumber Company until it was shut down.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Peggy Bowles; his son, Joseph A. Bowles, Jr.; his 2 daughters, Sandy, her husband Nick Yandell and Cris, her husband Earl Byers; his 7 grandchildren, Charity, Joey, Michael, Melissa, Eric, Amber, and Kari; and his 7 great grandchildren, Desi, Kaden, McKenzie, Michael, Jake, Gabby, and Kaleb.

Family will receive friends for a viewing on Friday January 27, 2012 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (with Prayers at 7:00pm) at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. There will be a service at 11:00am on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., Charlotte Hall. Interment will follow to All Faith Episcopal Church Cemetery, 38885 New Market Turner Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

The Pallbearers are Michael Bowles, David Raley, Sr., David Raley, Jr., Frankie Raley, Kenny Staley, Alvin Beach, and David Mace.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: All Faith Episcopal Church, P.O. BOX 24, Charlotte Hall, Maryland 20622.

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

Bell, Judith Ann
Birth: Thursday, February 08, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio
Residence: Lusby, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at the age of 66
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 in the Asbury Cemetery, Barstow, Maryland
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Judith Ann "Judy" Bell, 66, of Lusby, MD, passed away December 27, 2011 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, MD. Judy was born February 8, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio to Malcolm M. and Roxy (Jones) MacKenzie.

She lived in Glen Burnie, MD and graduated from Glen Burnie High School, class of 1964. She also lived in Cumberland, Baltimore, Riviera Beach and Annapolis, MD from 1964 to 1970, until moving to Calvert County in 1971.

Judy attended the College of Southern Maryland, where she studied law enforcement. She was employed as a security officer at Calvert Cliffs from the mid 1970's until retiring in 1987. She was a member of Waters Memorial Church, Port Republic, MD.

Judy enjoyed living near the Chesapeake Bay, the beach, making jewelry, reading and watching movies. She also enjoyed flowers and was fond of her cats.

Judy is survived by daughters Heather D. Bell Roark of Prince Frederick, MD, Michelle Y. "Shelly" Beale of St. Leonard, MD and a son Charles F. Bell III "Chuck" and wife Kerri of North Carolina. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, brothers Malcolm "Buddy" MacKenzie of Fallston, MD and Norman MacKenzie of Aberdeen, MD and sisters Joyce Thomas of Arnold, MD and Elaine Herman of Red Lion, PA.

She was preceded in death by a sister Merline Richardson.

A memorial service and celebration of Judy's life will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, MD. Interment will follow at Asbury Cemetery in Prince Frederick, MD.

Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A.

Dement, Thomas Eugene
Birth: Sunday, October 28, 1928 in Washington, DC
Residence: Prince Frederick, Maryland
Death: Friday, January 20, 2012 at the age of 83
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Thomas Eugene Dement, 83, of Prince Frederick, MD passed away January 20, 2012 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD. He was born October 28, 1928 in Washington, D.C. to Thomas William and Lena May (Thornton) Dement.

He was raised in Washington, D.C. and has lived in southern Maryland since the 1960's. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947. He was a member of the Teamster's Local Union in Washington D.C., and was employed as a tractor trailer truck driver.

In his leisure Thomas enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with his family and friends.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, and wife Dorinda (Reeves) Dement.

He is survived by daughters Vicki Ridgeway and husband Mark of St. Leonard, MD, Virginia Dement of Solomons, MD, Linda Dement of Huntingtown, MD, Carol Hagy and husband Dewey of Dunkirk, MD, and Deborah Brantley and husband Kevin of Bowie, MD, and by a son Robert Briscoe of Colonial Beach, VA.. Also surviving are many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brothers Dale Dement and wife Dana of North Beach, MD, Richard Dement and wife Alice of Silver Spring, MD, and Robert Gilmore of Laurel, MD, and by a sister Donna Nye of Fairfax Station, VA.

Services for Mr. Dement are private.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Thomas's name to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.

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