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Archived Obituaries

Thomas N. Wills, Age 43


A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel, 20605 Aquasco Road, Aquasco, Maryland at 10am. 

Rev. Martin L. McKenney (Age 84)


of Bowie, Maryland, retired United Methodist Pastor entered into eternal

rest on November 10, 2017. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife,

Nampeo Dorothy, a daughter, a son, a son-in-law, a grandson, and other

relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 20,

2017 at St. Paul UM Church, 6634 St. Barnabas Rd., Oxon Hill, MD 20745

from 9:30 am until Homegoing Service 11:00 a.m Interment Friday,

Decemeber 1, 2017, 1:45 p.m. at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery Cheltenham, Maryland.

Kedra T. Ford


Visitation will be held on Monday November 20, 2017 at New Hope Church of God 4200 Old Washington Road Waldorf, Maryland from 10:00 a.m. until Services 11:00 a.m. Interment Heritage Memorial Cemetery Waldorf, Maryland.

Mary Edna Proctor


Mary Edna Proctor passed peacefully from this life on the morning of November 14, 2017, at Home Care Nursing Home in Clinton, Maryland, after a gradual decline in health. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family and caregivers during the last days of her life. Mary Edna was born at home by a midwife in Oxon Hill, MD. She was the 5th child born to the late Sara Annie and John Clinton Proctor. She married Charles Henry Proctor on November 16, 1957 and from that marriage they had 8 children. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Henry Proctor, Sr. ; two brothers Raymond (Poncho) and John Eugene (“E”) and two sisters Pearl Proctor and Helen Harley, 3 sons Charles Jeffrey, Paul Eric and Charles Proctor, Jr., 1 grandson Kevin Daniel Walls and 1 son-in-law Lawrence Joseph Proctor (Budgie). Mary Edna was educated in the Prince George’s County Public School System and graduated from Fairmount Heights High School. She was a homemaker. Mary Edna loved her family and had fun laughing with family members and friends at get-togethers and going to the Casinos. She loved playing cards, playing her daily numbers and going to Bingo. She leaves to mourn her loss, 3 daughters Pamela Proctor, Angela Walls (Keith), Susan Bright (Dean), 2 sons Benjamin (Patricia) and Joseph Proctor and a daughter-in-law Patricia Proctor, 7 grandchildren Felicia and Lawrence Proctor, David and Darius Walls, Shannon Arrington, Joseph Proctor, Jr. and Shannel Proctor, 13 great grandchildren, 2 great, great grandchildren, 1 sister Veronica (Lucille), 1 brother john Lewis (Chubby), 2 sister-in-laws Betty and Jacqueline Proctor, 2 Godchildren Avery Proctor and Sharon Savoy and a host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends. Visitation will be held on Tuesday November 21, 2017 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church 2401 Brinkley Road Fort Washington, Maryland from 10:00 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery Clinton, Maryland.

William Harley


Visitation will be held on Wednesday November 22, 2017 at St. Michaels Catholic Church 17510 Aquasco Road, Baden, Maryland from 10:00 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 a.m. Interment Maryland Veterans Cheltenham, Maryland.

Francis Edward Childs, 88


on Sunday November 5, 2017 Francis E. Childs of Waldorf, Md peacefully

transitioned to eternal rest. Visitation will be held on Monday

November 13, 2017 at Fort Foote Baptist Church 8310 Fort Foote Rd, Fort

Washington, MD 20744 from 9:30 a.m. until Homegoing Service 11:00 a.m.

Interment Maryland Veterans Cemetery Waldorf, Maryland. Date TBD.

Carl E. Windsor, Sr. “Rusty” Age 69


of Waldorf, Maryland transitioned to eternal rest on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

He leaves to cherish his memory, loving wife, Terry D. Windsor; Children, Carl E. Windsor Jr (Lalaa), Louis S. Windsor (Shontae), Yvonne V. McCants “Vonnie”, Tabett Prescott (Jerome) and a host of grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Siblings: John “Bunny” Windsor, Delores(Vincent) Proctor, James (Betty Jo) Windsor, Phyllis Windsor, Ethel Nelson, Randy Windsor and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at The Life Center at Nottingham Myers United Methodist Church 15601 Brooks Church Rd. Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. Visitation 9am -11am. Service 11am. Interment at Heritage Cemetery, 13472 Poplar Hill Rd. Waldorf, MD 20601         

Veronica Elizabeth Johnson Coates


of White Plains, MD, departed this life on November 8, 2017 at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 17, 1937 to the late Iver McClenon Johnson and Beatrice Elizabeth Brawner Johnson. She was a devoted member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She attended Middletown Elementary School, and graduated as Valedictorian of the Class of 1955 at Pomonkey High School, where she met high school sweetheart James Bernard Coates. They married on June 1, 1957. From their 59 year union came son Kevin Bernard Coates, and daughter Gail Yvonne Coates. Veronica attended American University and Morgan State University, obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, and a Masters Degree in Social Work Administration from Howard University. She was employed by the Charles County Department of Social Services, Biomedical Applications/Fresnius Medical Care, and with husband James, operated a successful business as a Shaklee Independent Distributor for over 40 years. Veronica was Co-Founder of the Afro-American Heritage Society of Charles County, Inc., Co-Founder/Producer of “Gospel Roots” historical musical, Member and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Charles County Community College, and Member and Chair of the Board of Directors of Civista Medical Care. Her special personal achievements were finding her Uncle Kelly’s World War II burial site near Florence, Italy, working on Capitol Hill with Mrs. Rosa Parks, and publishing her autobiography.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband James; brothers-in-law Luke Shaw, Jr. and Rember Burthey; and sister-in-law Mary Coates. Veronica is survived by son Kevin (Thomasina); daughter Gail; grandchildren: Shawn Coates, Alisha Coates, Ashley Kimbrough (Ashton), and Brittany Coates; brother Joseph Johnson (Dazzell); sisters Peggy Burthey and Cynthia Shaw; great-grandchildren: Lyric, Aidan, Kapree and Chloe; aunt Ida Makle; uncles Henry Brawner (Mary) and Joseph Brawner, Sr. (Delores); nieces Katika Gayles (Rodney) and Jonata Hertz; nephew Grant Richardson III; brother-in-law Russell Coates (Annette); devoted cousin Lawrence Brawner; devoted friend and advocate Lonna Swann; devoted caregiver Ellen Hawkins; her Socialites comrades of 50 years; a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins, relatives and friends, and her Shaklee family. In lieu of flowers, please purchase her autobiography with proceeds to the Veronica Coates Scholarship Fund for students majoring in African-American history, per her request. Fund donations are also accepted.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel, 20605 Aquasco Road, Aquasco, Maryland from 5 to 7pm, with prayer service at 7pm. Visitation will continue on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 4590 St. Joseph Way, Pomfret, MD, from 10am to 10:45am, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11am. Interment follows at the church cemetery.

Robert Edward Price


Loving son of Mary Price. He leaves to cherish his memory his sisters and brothers and a host of relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Tuesday November 7, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church 201 St. Mary's Ave. Laplata, Maryland from 9:00 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Interment Church Cemetery.

Clarence Monroe


Clarence Monroe was born on October13, 1954 the son of the late Clarence Monroe and Audrey Mae Cherry in Brooklyn,New York. Angels came to take Clarencehome after his diagnosis of colon cancer on October 26, 2017 at Manor CareHospice in Adelphi, Maryland. Visitation will be held on Tuesday November 7, 2017 at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel 20605 Aquasco Road Aquasco, Md 20608 from 1:00 p.m. until Homegoing Celebration 2:00 p.m. Interment St. Thomas Church Cemetery Baden, Maryland.

Alexander Marshall


Sunrise August 19, 1920 – Sunset October 24, 2017

Visitation will be held on Thursday November 9, 2017 at the Apostolic Faith Church of Jesus Christ the Lord Inc. 5305 Accokeek Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613 from 9:30 a.m. until Celebration of Life 11:00 a.m. Interment Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD (Private burial).

JOHN “SHIRLEY” NEWMAN, Age 79


JOHN “SHIRLEY” NEWMAN, went home to his resting place on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Shirley leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 60 years Girl Shirley, two devoted children, Kevin M. Newman, Sr. and Demetria C. Brown (GREG). Five beautiful grandchildren, Amanda E. King (Ralph), Karen M. Newman, Johnathan G. Brown (Rubi), Kevin M. Newman, Jr. (deceased) and Patrick S. Brown. One sister, Vivian Harley, two brothers Ralph (Sylvia) and Roderick (Demetria) Newman. One Aunt Almeda Carroll whom he adored. Many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Shirley will be laid to rest on Friday, November 10th, 2017 from 9:00am until time of Mass at 10:00am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Baden, Maryland. Interment Resurrection Cemetery Clinton, Maryland.

Lila M. Curry (68 years old)


It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember. Our dear

beautiful beloved Lila Mae Curry fell asleep in death on Wednesday,

November 1, 2017. Her memorial services will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017,

Visitation will begin at 12:00 pm and services at 1:00 pm located at the Kingdom

Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses 4700 Wheeler Rd. Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Catherine Sophia Thompson ( Age 95)


of Hollywood, Maryland peacefully transitioned to Eternal Rest on Saturday October 21, 2017. Loving wife of the late William Rudolph Thompson, Sr. Loving mother of Frances C. Thompson of Jacksonville, Florida, Mary R. Foster (James) of Chester, Virginia, Delores E. Thompson of Hollywood, Maryland, Sandra T. Simmons (Benjamin - deceased) of Leonardtown, Maryland, William R. Thompson Jr. (Lilly) of Simpsonville, Kentucky, John S. Thompson (Patricia) of Burke, Virginia, Angela H. Thompson of Hollywood, Maryland, Joyce A. Harley (Lawrence) of Odenton, Maryland, Sarah A. Foster (Wilbur) of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Nellie R. Thompson of Lexington Park, Maryland, Rita M. Bond (Marvin) of Mechanicsville, Maryland; and Phyllis A. Sanxter (Thomas) of Ponte Vedra, Florida. She leaves to cherish her memory 25 Grandchildren, 30 Great-Grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Monday October 30, 2017 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church 22800 Washington St, Leonardtown, MD 20650 from 9:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Interment Holy Face Church Cemetery Great Mills, Maryland.  

Frances C. Ford, Age 86


of Laplata, Maryland. Visitation will be held on Tuesday October 31, 2017 at St. Peters Catholic Church 3320 St. Peters Drive Waldorf, Maryland from 9:00 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Interment St. Josephs Church Cemetery Pomfret, Maryland.

Loraine Rawls-Contee


Visitation will be held on Thursday November 2, 2017 at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church 9832 Piscataway Rd, Clinton, MD 20735 from 10:00 a.m. until Homegoing Service 11:00 a.m. Interment Union Bethel AME Church Cemetery.

Pauline M. Dotson


on Saturday October 21, 2017 transitioned peacefully to eternal rest. She leaves to cherish her children, grandchildren, Great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Friday November 3, 2017 at Mt. Calvary Gospel Church 11150 Berry Road Waldorf, Maryland from 9:00 a.m. until Homegoing Services 11:00 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery Clinton, Maryland.  

Edward Curtis


Edward“Eddie” Sebastian Curtis departed his earthly home for heavenly reward on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Eddie was born May 2, 1949 to the late James A Curtis and Charity S. DeVille of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He attended St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School and graduated from Frederick Douglas High School in 1967. Eddie served in the Armed Forces from 1969 through 1970,reaching the rank of sergeant.Eddie was united in holy Matrimony to Dorothy J. Brown on August 18, 1973 and from this union a devoted son Edward S. Curtis II Eddie II was the apple of his dad’s eye. Eddie also was the Godfather to Lathan G. Swepson. Eddie was a faithful member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Church family for 60 plus years. He also served as usher for many of those years. Eddie and his brothers put a new roof on the church Parish Community Room (PCR Room).As a young man, Eddie was a hunter, bowler, fisherman, and farmer. He and his brothers and brother-in-law were builders, roofers, window installers, and much more. Eddie was Mr. Everything to his family: car mechanic, income tax preparer, computer genius, cell phone technician, and grill master. There was no problems to complex for Eddie to solve. He and his family and friends would spend hours upon hours in his club house (man cave) which they built from the ground up. Eddie equipped his club house with all the conveniences of home; microwave,refrigerator, heating, air conditioning. They would eat drink and swap man stories late into the night.Eddie retired from the census Bureau in 2001 after 37 years of service. He spent 15 years at the Verizon Center which began as a part-time job, but soon blossomed into full-time position which he loved.Eddie leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 44 years, Dorothy J., a son Ed II, brothers:James, Purnell, Francis Curtis, sister: Gloria Davis, sister-in-laws: Irene, Annabelle, Helen,Denise, Pat,and a mother-in-law.He also leaves to cherish his memories two special nephews Donald Curtis and Lathan Swepson, and one special niece Lorraine Curtis and a host of other nieces, nephews relatives and friends. Eddie was preceded in death by his father and mother James and Charity Curtis,brothers; Freddie and Glenn Curtis, nephew Terance Davis and brother in law Purnell Davis. on Thursday October 26, 2017 of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Visitation will be held on Friday November 3, 2017 at St. Mary's the Assumption Catholic Church 14908 Main St. Upper Marlboro, Maryland from 9:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery Clinton, Maryland.

ANDREW BERNARD BURNS, Age 21

Andrew Bernard Burns, 21, of Upper Marlboro, MD transitioned to eternal rest on Sunday October 22, 2017, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born December 22, 1995, the son of Reverend and Mrs. Carlton R. (Lavice) Burns, Sr. A 2013 Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School graduate, Andrew was a member of the Varsity Swim and Baseball Teams. In May of this year, Andrew graduated from Frostburg State University with a double major in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Andrew surrendered his life to Jesus Christ at an early age. He was a young man of strong faith. He believed in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love. He had a real and abiding passion for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever and with whomever he came in contact with. He loved his family, relatives and friends and, he used his beautiful smile and encouraging words to be a blessing to others. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Upper Marlboro, MD where he served in the Youth, Audio and Evangelism Ministries. The Celebration of Life Services honoring Andrew will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at New Home Baptist Church, located at 8320 Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785. The Family Greeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Celebration of Life Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery Clinton, Maryland.  

Thomas Jones, Sr. Age 83


of Laurel, Maryland, peacefully transitioned to eternal rest on Sunday October 22, 2017. Devoted husband of Loutha Jones. He leaves to cherish his memory 10 children and a host of relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Saturday November 4, 2017 at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel 20605 Aquasco Road Aquasco, Maryland from 9:00 a.m. until Services 10:30 a.m. Interment Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Cemetery 8079 Port Tobacco Road Ironsides, MD 20643

Pamela Massie Wedge


Pamela Jean Massie-Wedge Loving wife of Thomas Wedge, Sr. Peacefully

transitioned to eternal rest on Thursday October 26, 2017. She leaves to

cherish her memory mother Gracie Ramseur; 3 children Jamal Massie, Thomas

Wedge, Jr, and Paris Wedge; 1 daughter - in - law Toni Massie; 8

grandchildren; 3 sisters; 2 brothers and a host of other relatives.

Visitation will be held on Monday November 6, 2017 at First Baptist Church

of Glenarden 3600 Brightseat Rd, Landover, MD 20785 from 9a.m- 10:00a.m.

Homegoing service 10a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery 8000 Woodyard Road

Clinton, MD 20735

Cornelia Burroughs


Transitioned to eternal rest on Sunday October 15, 2017. Visitation will be held on Saturday October 28, 2017 Clinton United Methodist Church 10700 Brandywine Road Clinton, Maryland from 10:00 a.m. until Homegoing Celebration 11:00 a.m. Interment Union Bethel AME Church 6810 Floral Park Road Brandywine, Md 20613.

Thomas W. Windsor "Tommy"


of Chesapeake, VA peacefully transitioned to Eternal Rest on Sunday October 8, 2017. He is preceded in death by his wife Dora Ann Windsor. He is survived by his children, Vernell Fitzgerald; Kathy(Kevin) Curtis; Desiree Windsor; Thomas “Tony” Windsor; Tierra (Michael) Faulcon and Joseph (Patricia) Harley; 12 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandchildren. Siblings John ”Bunny” Windsor, Delores(Vincent )Proctor; James(BettyJo) Windsor; Phyllis Windsor, Ethel Nelson, Carl(Terri) Windsor, Randy Windsor a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Friday October 27, 2017 at the Church of the Holy Spirit 1717 Ritchie Rd Forestville MD. from 10a until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11a. Interment Maryland Veterans Cemetery Cheltenham, Md.  

Thomas C. Cole "Tommy" Age 54


of Waldorf, Maryland. Visitation will be held on Tuesday October 24, 2017 at St. Peter's Catholic Church 3320 St. Peter's Drive Waldorf, Maryland 20601 from 9:00 - 9:45 with Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Interment St. Peter's Catholic Church Cemetery Waldorf, Maryland

Susan Diana Proctor


Visitation will be held on Saturday October 21, 2017 at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel, 20605 Aquasco Road Aquasco, Maryland 20608 from 9:00 a.m. until Homegoing Service 10:00 a.m. Interment Heritage Cemetery Waldorf, Maryland.

Richard Howard Thompson

passed away in the comfort of his home on October 6, 2017. Howard was born on May 21, 1938 in Bel Alton, MD and was a devoted husband for 57 years to the love of his life, Elizabeth Marie Thompson. He was a loving father to his three daughters Trina, Sonya, and Joanna and his late son, Troy. He adored his four grandchildren, Brandi, Marvin (Jr), Kristie, and Tino and his five great grandchildren, Maliq, Amira, Mikell, Kaylin, and Maya. He would have welcomed his sixth great grandchild in early December. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 10am – 11am at St. Joseph Center, 11704 Duley Station Rd. Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. Christian Mass will follow.

Barbara E. Plater


Visitation will be held on Wednesday October 11, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 28297 Old Village Rd, Mechanicsville, MD 20659 from 9:00 am -10:45 am with Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Interment St. Mary's Bryantown Catholic Church Cemetery.

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