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Bowling, Gale Patricia
Birth: Friday, October 31, 1952 in Washington, D.C.
Residence: Hughesville, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 64
Laid to Rest: Monday, October 23, 2017 in the Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, Maryland
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Gale Patricia Bowling, "Mom Mom", 64, of Hughesville, Maryland passed away on October 17, 2017 in Waldorf, Maryland. Gale was born on October 31, 1952 in Washington, DC to the late Earl R. Johnson and the late Mary Cleaveland Johnson. Gale was a Mortgage Loan Processor prior to her retirement in 2011. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and attending all of their sporting events. She adored animals, especially her pets.

Gale is survived by her sons, Byron Lee Bowling "BJ", Derrick Lance Bowling "Dink", her daughter, Danielle Marie Bowling "Dani", daughter-in-law's Angela Bowling and Trish Bowling, her brother, Thomas Bruce Johnson "Tommy", sister-in-law Diane Johnson, six grandchildren, Austin Pankake, Koen Bowling, Jackson Bowling, Kaiden Bowling, Raleigh Bowling, Mariah Bowling and many extended family and friends.

A Life Celebration Visitation will be on Monday, October 23, 2017 from 10 to 11AM with a Funeral Service at 11AM at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, Maryland 20622. Burial will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens, 3221 Mattawoman Beantown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601. The pallbearers will be, Byron Bowling, Derrick Bowling, Austin Pankake, Scott Johnson, Jason Murphy, John Grubb and honorary pallbearer, Thomas Johnson. Arrangements by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home.


Hills, James Laurence
Birth: Wednesday, March 12, 1941 in Washington, D.C.
Residence: Great Mills, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 76
Laid to Rest: Monday, October 23, 2017 in the St. George’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Valley Lee, Maryland
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James Laurence "Larry" Hills, 76, of Great Mills, MD passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 12, 1941 to the late James Ora Hills and Evelyn G. Hart Hills. He was born in Washington, D.C. but was raised in St. Mary's County. He was a graduate of Great Mills High School class of 1960.

On November 29th, 1975 he married his beloved wife Deborah L. Hills at St. George Episcopal Church in Valley Lee, MD. Together they celebrated over 41 wonderful years of marriage. Larry was a member of St. George Episcopal Church, Classic Car Club, and the Lions Club of Lexington Park.

He invested many years of hard work and customer service in building his excavating company with his two sons "Jay & Darryl" Larry Hills & Sons Excavating, Inc. Larry loved to spend his time working in his "Gravel Pit". He meticulously had a home for every "type" of material in the pit and was proud in how neat and orderly it was and stayed. He instilled his hard work ethic and dedication to his Sons and Employees of the business.

Larry enjoyed his family and friends very much. He liked watching NASCAR and watching his son Darryl race at the Dirt Track. Enjoyed camping especially in Florida every year. He loved playing pool for the former Friendly Tavern Pool League.

In addition to his beloved wife Deborah, Larry was also survived by his children: Diana C. Oh (Tom) of Hollywood, MD, James H. "Jay" Hills (Annie), Darryl B. Hills (Jennifer) both of Great Mills, MD, and Tracy L. French (Scot) of King George, VA; his sister Sandra Hixson (J Howard) of Cobb Island, MD; 14 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; and many extended family and friends. He is proceeded in death by his parents and brother Harold Hills.

Family will receive friends for Larry's Life Celebration on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be celebrated by Reverend Greg Syler on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Face Catholic Church, 20408 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills, MD 20634. Interment will follow at St. George Episcopal Church Cemetery, 19167 Poplar Hill Lane, Valley Lee, MD 20692.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Steve Burch, John S. (Johnny) Bean, Freddy Adkins, John Simms, Floyd Graham and Mark Bowes. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, Second District Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, MD 20692. Arrangements by Brinsfield Funeral Home.


Gray, Ida Elizabeth
Birth: Thursday, October 07, 1920 in Budds Creek, Maryland
Residence: Chaptico, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 97
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Morganza, Maryland
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Ida Elizabeth "Bessie" Gray, 97, of Chaptico, MD passed away peacefully on October 17, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Ida was born October 7, 1920 in Budds Creek, MD to the late Joseph Dixie Hill and Ida Catherine (Thompson) Hill. Ida attended "the little pink school house" in Budds Creek but had to leave in high school to help work on the family farm.

On November 25, 1937 she married Albert Joseph Gray who proceeded her in death on March 13, 1967. Ida was a wife, mother, sister, Aunt, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great-Grandmother, and Great-Great-Great-Grandmother. Ida was known as "Bessie" and also as "Grandma Gray." Ida loved flowers, her yard was full of beautiful flowers, which she was able to water and tend to until the age of 95, then she told her family how to take care of them for her. She enjoyed card parties, bingo, dancing, yard sales, walking and her "wood burning stove, she was known to have a large wood pile in her yard. Ida also babysat for many of her grandchildren. In 1984, Ida went back to school and earned her High School Diploma. She especially loved spending time with her family.

Ida is survived by her daughters; Marian Murdock (Gail) of Mechanicsville, MD, Barbara Ferguson of Bethel Park, PA, Ida Dishinger of Kaufman, TX, Rita Cole of Leonardtown, MD, Judy Frank (Charlie) of Loveville, MD, Elaine Joy (John) of Chaptico, MD, Glenda Mast (Wayne) of Mechanicsville, MD, and Maureen Abell (Timmy) of Leonardtown, MD, and her sons; Albert J. (Pat) Gray, Jr. (Betty Ann) of Waldorf, MD, and Michael Gray (Debbie) of Budds Creek, MD. Also her sister Catherine Ann Mullen (Duane) of Pensacola, FL. Ida is also survived by 22 Grandchildren, 46 Great-Grandchildren, 19 Great-Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great-Great-Grandchild. Also many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ida was also preceded in death by her Grand-daughter Kim Ferguson Necessary, who was her oldest grandchild and with whom she shared a birthday. Also four son-in-law's; David Anderson, Bill Dishinger, Bill Cole and Dave Ferguson, her sisters; Edith Hill (Zack), Ella Pilkerton (Fax), Anna Larsen (George) and Nellie Law (Larnie) and her brothers; Willie Hill (Louise) and Bruce Hill (Jean).

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 23, 2017 from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 10:00AM in Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, Chaptico, MD with Father Michal Sajnog officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Morganza, MD.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons; Mark Murdock, Al Gray, Chris Cole, Jeffrey Gray, Danny Mast, and Timmy Abell, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers; The rest of her grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15 Mechanicsville, MD 20659 or to Hospice of St. Mary's P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD. 20650. Arrangements by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home.

Barnes, Lou Vernia
Birth: Saturday, August 19, 1933 in Coeburn, Virginia
Residence: Lexington Park, Maryland
Death: Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the age of 84
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in the Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Maryland
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Lou Vernia Barnes, 84, of Lexington Park, MD died on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born August 9, 1933 in Coeburn, VA to the late Lonnie Sexton and Ida Mae Sexton. On November 11, 1950, she married her beloved husband, George Barnes in Valley Lee, MD. Together they celebrated 62 wonderful years of marriage until his death in 2013. Lou was a homemaker and enjoyed canning, cooking, quilting and gardening. Family was her greatest love and she enjoyed spending as much time as possible with all of them, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Lou is survived by her children: Larry Allen Barnes (Rosalie) of Hollywood, MD, Â George Wilford Barnes (Maria) of California, MD, Michael Anthony Barnes (Sue) of California, MD, Catherine Irene Currie (Willie) of Lexington Park, MD, James William Barnes (Mary) of Valley Lee, MD, and Patricia Ann Clark (Gene) of Leonardtown, MD; 18 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she is also preceded in death by her brother, Eugene Sexton.

Family will receive friends for Lou's Life Celebration on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with prayers recited at 7:00 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and St. Mary's County Office on Aging, P. O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

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