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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.

Stewart, George Leroy
Birth: Wednesday, November 19, 1958
Residence: Hinesville, Georgia
Death: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the age of 58
Laid to Rest: in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
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SFC (ret.) George Leroy Stewart, 58 of Hinesville, GA (formerly of Compton, MD) passed away on October 14, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. George was born on November 19, 1958 was the oldest son of George and Mary Stewart of Leonardtown, MD. After graduation from Chopticon High School, he joined the Army. He was very proud of his military career and retired after 22 years of service.

During those years, he was stationed in Germany, Fort Lewis, WA, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Barracks, HI and Fort Stewart, GA retiring in Hinesville in 1998. He earned several awards to include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Nation Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. During his 22 years of service, he also coached football and baseball on different posts, mentoring several children.

A diehard Cowboys fan, George enjoyed life and lived every moment that he could with zest. He loved his family and friends like no other and loved to laugh, sing and dance. George always made sure everyone around him had a good time as well. Never a stranger to anyone, he will truly be missed by his family and friends.

George is survived by his wife, Ann of 22 years; his parents, George and Mary Stewart; his children, George Marrow-Stewart (Maria) of Arcadia, CA, Rochelle Bailey (Nathan) of Indianapolis, IN, Isiah Stewart of Atlanta, Dominique Stewart (Samantha) of Columbia, SC, Brendon Pennington of Aberdeen, MD, Marcus Stewart, Jasmine Stewart, Deion Stewart, Samantha Stewart and Janae Stewart of Hinesville, GA.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jorge, Giselle, Josiah, Gabrielle and Giana Marrow-Stewart, Kaden and Callista Bailey, Dominique and Samiah Stewart, Brendon Pennington, Jr.; his sisters, Helen Scriber, Doris Stewart-Day, Patricia Stewart-Chase and his brother, Maurice Stewart (Marsha), all of MD; his goddaughter, Paula Chase and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will unite on Saturday, October 28, 2017 for viewing at 9:00am until time of service at 10:30 am at Gospel Tabernacle of Prayer, 24516 Budds Creek Road, Clements, MD 20624. Interment will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Immediately following the service, the family will receive family and friends for the repast at St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, Compton, MD. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic 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.


Thornton, Barbara Jean
Birth: Saturday, July 25, 1942
Residence: Port Tobacco, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the age of 75
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Barbara Jean Thornton, 75 of Port Tobacco, Maryland, died October 17, 2017. Barbara worked in her early years with her husband running their business, Howie's Electric. She later developed her own day care business which she operated for 25 years. She is a member of the American Legion and Eastern Star in La Plata and she loved gambling with her sister-in-law Nancy and friends Buddy, Angel and Ms. Gloria.

She was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Wilkerson and Agnes Beatrice Shorter Wilkerson. In addition to her parents, she is also predeceased by her husband, Howard E. Thornton. She is survived by her son, Howard E. Thornton III (Lisa); her daughters, Barbara Wrathell, Cathy Stewart (Glenn), and Joan Tabler (Joel); five sisters; and her grandchildren, Christina, Thomas, Cindy, Kelly, Joshua, Grant, Morgan, and Grace; and seven great-grandchildren.

Friends received on Monday, October 30, 2017 from 10AM until time of Funeral Service at 12:30PM at Raymond Funeral Chapel (La Plata, Maryland). Interment at a later date. Arrangements by Raymond Funeral Service.


Thompson, Melissa Lynn
Birth: Tuesday, October 08, 1968 in Cheverly, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the age of 49
Laid to Rest: in the Washington National Cemetery, Suitland, Maryland
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Melissa Lynn "Lisa" Thompson, 49, passed away October 18, 2017. She was born October 8, 1968 at P.G. Hospital in Cheverly to Herbert Clarence and Virginia Iola (Plotts) Beall. Lisa was raised in Mitchellville and graduated from Largo High School in 1986. She was primarily a homemaker and she loved animals.

Melissa is survived by her mother and step father Virginia Beall and Raymond Catterton of Owings, sister Stacey Beall of Baltimore, longtime companion Antonio Queen, children David Frederick, Brittany Walker, Timothy, Glen, Terrance, Mariah and Mercedez Frederick, Destiny, Shane and Faith Thompson, two grandchildren and one niece and nephew. She was preceded in death by her father Herbert C. Beall. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home.

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