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Beckham, Karen Lee
Birth: Saturday, April 01, 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residence: Mechanicsville, Maryland
Death: Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the age of 61
Laid to Rest: Thursday, May 05, 2011 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Karen Lee Beckham, 61, of Mechanicsville, MD, died on April 28, 2011 at her home surrounded by her family after a long battle with Ovarian Cancer.

Born on April 1, 1950 in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late James V. and Elizabeth J. Tipton Bonta. Karen has worked at Tidewater Veterinary Hospital since 1978 mostly recently in the capacity of Office Manager.

Survived by her husband, Aubrey Coleman Beckham, Jr., siblings, Peggy Brant (Art) of San Antonio, TX, Shirley Adkins (Skip) of Mechanicsville, MD, Jimmy Bonta of Kinley, NC, Gordon Bonta (Mary) of Wilson, NC, Wayne Bonta (Linda) of Woodbridge, VA, and Chuck Bonta (Ruthie) of Stafford, VA, sister in law Sue Beckham of Seabrook, MD, brother in law Jim Beckham (Liz) of Owings, MD, 17 nieces and nephews, 22 great nieces and nephews and a special canine companion, Nina.

Karen was a longtime member of Hughesville Baptist Church where she enjoyed her time as a member of the choir. Karen always surrounded herself with her animals, loved joining Aubrey on motorcycle rides and cherished the time with her nieces and nephews.

A Life Celebration will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 and on Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 8-9 a.m. at Hughesville Baptist Church, 8505 Leonardtown Rd., Hughesville, MD where Funeral Services will follow at 9 a.m. Interment will follow at 11 a.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD.

Serving as pallbearers will be; Jimmy, Gordon, Wayne, and Chuck Bonta, Skip and Brian Adkins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Cancer Care and Infusion Services, C/O St. Mary's Hospital, PO Box 527, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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

Welch, Earl Wayne
Birth: Tuesday, May 26, 1942 in Ridge, Maryland
Residence: Hollywood, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at the age of 68
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Earl Wayne Welch, 68 of Hollywood, MD died April 27, 2011 at his residence.

Born May 26, 1942 in Ridge, MD, he was the son of Carrie E. (Rice) Welch and the late Earl Joseph Welch. Earl was a waterman.

In addition to his mom, Earl is survived by his children; Pamela Fisher of Montgomery, AL and Delores Rogers of Michigan, step-daughter, Roxanne Campos of Hollywood, MD, five grandchildren, one great grandchild, two sisters and two brothers. He was preceded in death by his father, and his son, Robert James Welch.

All services are private.

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

Varlack, Gavin Tyler
Birth: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Residence: Lexington Park, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at the age of 0
Laid to Rest: Monday, May 02, 2011 in the St. Peter Claver Catholic Church Cemetery, Inigoes, Maryland
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Gavin Tyler Varlack, Infant, of Lexington Park, MD, died April 27, 2011 in St. Mary's Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born April 27, 2011 in St. Mary's Hospital, he was the son of Sandra Beall and Darius Varlack.

He is also survived by his grandparents; JoAnn Pates, Gary Mont, Dr. Wil Varlack, Sandra Tolson, Robert Beall, Sr. and Bernard Tolson as well as his siblings; Niaya Beall, Dakota McKneely, Gordon Pates, III and Jayden Varlack all of Lexington Park, MD.

A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM in St. Peter Claver Catholic Church Cemetery in St. Inigoes, MD with Fr. Scott Woods officiating. Pallbearers will be Dr. Wil Varlack and Gary Mont.

Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Smith, Dennis Lake
Birth: Saturday, May 31, 1941 in Frederick, Maryland
Residence: Solomons, Maryland
Death: Sunday, May 01, 2011 at the age of 69
Laid to Rest: Thursday, May 05, 2011 in the Wesley Cemetery, Prince Frederick, Maryland
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Dennis Lake Smith, of Solomons, MD passed away peacefully at his residence on May 1, 2011 surrounded by his family and friends. He was born on May 31, 1941 in Frederick, MD to the late Reno Kenneth Smith and Margaret Albaugh Smith.

He was formerly married to Sandy Smith and Donna Stewart.

Dennis graduated from Emery-Riddle Aeronautical University, getting a bachelor's college degree later in life while working full time. He was a valued employee of Wyle Labs in California, MD where he was a software applications engineer who traveled the world. Dennis was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Air Force from 1962 – 1966 and received the following decorations, small arms expert marksmanship ribbon, Air Force good conduct medal and the Air Force outstanding unit award. He was a talented artist, skilled pilot and avid sport aviator, boater and saxophone player extraordinaire who most recently played with the band "Round Midnite" and at various venues around Solomons, MD. He loved art, music, flying, beaches and sunsets.

He will be forever remembered for his kindness, generosity, sense of humor and passion for adventure. Dennis is a past member of the Boy Scouts of America having earned the rank of Eagle Scout, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Prince Frederick, MD; American Legion Post #274, Lusby, MD; Solomons Yacht Club, Solomons, MD; EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association); Young Eagles; QB's member and band member of "Round Midnite".

Dennis Lake Smith is survived by his children, Darren Smith of Lexington Park, MD; Shelley Sears of California, MD; Belynda Mogge of Lexington Park, MD; Richard Miller of Great Mills, MD and Crystal Lester of California, MD; grandchildren, Shane Weasenforth; Rob, Trae and Grant Miller; Joe Varela, Cody Keister and Emma Lester; a great granddaughter; siblings, Joanne Gardner of Huntingtown, MD; Michael Smith of Myersville, MD; Ronald Smith of Prince Frederick, MD; Susan McDonnell of San Antonio, TX; Melinda Kay of Baltimore, MD; Patricia Gay of St. Leonard, MD and Kathy Penny of St. Leonard, MD. Dennis was a devoted and loyal brother, father, grandfather and friend.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Wayne Rozran, MD; Richard Miller; Tim Gatton; Keith Black; Joe Dodson and Traevon Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Dawson; Joseph Varela, Kirk Swain; Carl Reichelt and Grant Miller.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 from 2 ~4 and 6~8 PM at the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, May 5th, 2011 at 11 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church Street, Prince Frederick, MD. with the Reverend Charles Harrell officiating. Interment will follow in Wesley Cemetery, Prince Frederick, MD.

Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Calvert Hospice, donations are encouraged on-line at www.calverthospice.org, P. O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or to The Fender Music Foundation, 28118 Agoura Road, Suite 105, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, www.fendermusicfoundation.org.

Arrangements by the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., Lusby, MD.

Jackson, James Anthony, Jr.
Birth: Wednesday, January 12, 1983 in La Plata, Maryland
Residence: Waldorf, Maryland
Death: Monday, April 25, 2011 at the age of 28
Laid to Rest: Saturday, May 07, 2011 in the Heritage Memorial Cemetery, Waldorf, Maryland
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On Monday, April 25, 2011, James A. Jackson left his beloved home in Waldorf, Maryland to find paradise and a final resting place. James was born on January 12, 1983 in La Plata, Maryland to Barbara Jean Warren and the late James Anthony Jackson Sr.

James attended Henry E. Lackey High School. He was employed by the Manpower Corporation at the time of his death.

James was a remarkable son, brother, and friend to many. Most of all, he was a great father to his children Trevon (11), Destiny (8), Tamara (4) and Mikayla (3). His children was his life. He enjoyed every minute spent with them. James believed to be successful in life, you had to be productive (especially when he became a part of his "Sho Boat" family.) His love of music was his goal. He knew he'd make it "Big" one day. Every lyric he rapped about, he always got his point across.

James spent many years making sure he looked out for his two brothers, Tyrone and Javon. They did everything with one another. When he couldn't get on their nerves, he'd call and get on his sister's nerves, we all knew who that was. James was very book smart, you could never win a bet; he just knew too much! Whether it was math, or history he knew it all.

James loved his mother dearly, and no matter how much she argued and told him no, he just wouldn't give up until she gave in (and she would). He loved hanging out with his family and friends making sure he made the best out of every occasion. If he acted out, he knew Crystal (girlfriend) wasn't far from "James lets go" (She was time enough for him).

In addition to his father, James was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Clinton and Blanche Jackson and Charles and Arlene Warren, uncle, Cleveland Hawkins and cousin, Shalisha Jackson.

Left to mourn his passing are his mother, Barbara, brother, Tyrone and Javon, children, Trevon, Destiny, Tamara and Mikayla, nieces, Breazia ,Jamiyah, and Zyrielle nephews, Xavion, and Tank; a host of aunts, uncles, relatives and friends, especially a longtime devoted friend and the love of his life Denise Hawkins.

James may have left us unexpectedly and so suddenly without notice, but deep down inside, if he could do it all over again he wouldn't change nothing about himself. He was a soldier while here with us, now an angel in God hands. You will be truly missed, but never forgotten. We love you, James.

His viewing will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011, 10am until time of service 11am, CHAPEL of Thornton Funeral Home, PA, 3435 Livingston Road, Indian Head, MD. Interment Heritage Memorial Cemetery, Waldorf, MD.

Arrangements provided by Thornton Funeral Home.

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