“In Remembrance,” Local Obituaries


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Mr. Henry Earl Morris
January 6, 1944 – March 21, 2020

Mrs. Theresa Kessinger
Stevensville, MD
July 15, 1950 – March 20, 2020
Theresa Kessinger “Mrs. Kessinger” of Stevensville, MD, died on Friday, March 20, 2020 at her home. She was 69.
Born on July 15, 1950 in Bristol, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Michael O’Neill, Sr. and Leona Catherine Briar O’Neill. She graduated from Salisbury University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree and worked as a 3rd and 4th grade teacher with the Kent Island Elementary, Bayside Elementary, and Matapeake Elementary Schools in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. She was a loving, compassionate, and dedicated teacher to her students and mentor to her fellow teachers. On July 15, 1980, she married Russell B. Kessinger, who predeceased her in 1998.
Theresa enjoyed gardening, photography, and her cats. She loved teaching and taught over three generations of children throughout her career, in her words “that’s when I knew I needed to retire.” She retired in 2012.
She is survived by three sisters, Kathleen O’Neill of Annapolis, MD, Mary Luike of Betterton, MD, and RuthAnn O’Neill, of Chestertown, MD; a brother, Thomas O’Neill of Levittown, PA and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph O’Neill, Jr. in 2005.

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Oliver
January 25, 1938 – March 19, 2020

Mr. Milton Samuel Greenwood, Sr.
Centreville, MD
April 24, 1936 – March 18, 2020
Milton S. Greenwood, of Centreville, MD, passed away on March 18, 2020 at Corsica Hills Nursing Home. He was 83.
Born on April 24, 1936 in Easton, Maryland, He was the son of the late George Milton Greenwood and Viola Virginia Greenwood (Jones). Milton grew up in Centreville, MD and attended Centreville High School. Besides spending quality time with family and friends he enjoyed bowling, the outdoors, but most of all his passion for coaching men and women’s softball teams and watching weekly softball games! Milton was known for his huge heart, wonderful soul and watching his grandchildren grow up.
Milton S. Greenwood is survived by his sons: Milton “Bo” Jr. (Amy) and Mark (Kitty), and his daughter Cheryl Willoughby (Dave). His grandchildren, who he lived for, Tiffaney Palmatary, Dustin and Benton Greenwood, Mark and Nick Greenwood, Larry Dutton, Penny Ursitti and Morgan, Mitchell and Matthew Willoughby. He is also survived by his nine loving great-grandchildren and one sister Shirley Greenwood Bedford.
His beloved wife, Gertie Mae Greenwood (Gant), four brothers and four sisters predeceased him.

Mr. John Hines Wilson, Jr.
Stevensville, MD
April 29, 1945 – March 18, 2020
John Hines Wilson, Jr. of Stevensville, Maryland, husband of Deidre Knox Wilson, died on March 18, at Compass Regional Hospice in Centreville, Maryland. Mr. Wilson was 74 years old.
Mr. Wilson (Tidewater Inn, Easton and Chesapeake Bay Beach Club and Inn, Kent Island) found that the greatest joy in building something, in developing and running a business was to see the people who are part of it flourish, to see a community grow. “There’s a lot of young people who start here, in their first or second job, that help us build. Seeing people grow in their spaces is
Mr. Wilson was born on April 29, 1945, in Glenn Ridge, New Jersey where his mother, Hannah Rowe Wilson, was staying with relatives while his father, John H. Wilson, Sr., completed his military service. The family's residence was in Timonium in a house built by hand by his father, a project manager for Martin Marietta and a professional photographer. Growing up, Mr. Wilson, his parents, his sister Elizabeth (married name Webster), and brother Richard were active members of Church of the Redeemer Episcopal Church on Charles Street. Mr. Wilson attended Lida Lee Tall School on the campus of Towson University, followed by St. Paul's School, and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1968.
Mr. Wilson met his wife Deidre Ann Knox during college in 1967. They married in 1969 and lived in Elliott City, Timonium, Columbia, the Annapolis area, and Baltimore, Maryland as well as Cohassett, Massachusetts before settling in Stevensville, Maryland in 2000.
Mr. Wilson was an entrepreneur who, with his retired father, sister, and brother, operated Wilson’s Garden Center in Columbia, Maryland as a family business from 1970 until 1988. In 1981, Baltimore Magazine named him one of the 81 people to watch in 1981. He began in the development business with a small project in Columbia and took on the development of Henderson’s Wharf in the early 1980’s, bringing it to 95% completion. He developed marina complexes from South Carolina to New England (2) during late 1980s and early 1990s, moving to Massachusetts in 1995.
Creating the award-winning (3) Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in the Kent Island and Stevensville area brought the Wilsons and their company Coastal South back to Maryland in 1998. The Beach Club became a key part of the eastern shore community, hosting weddings and events, including a Today Show wedding in 2005. In 2000, Mr. Wilson invested in building the housing community of Gibson’s Grant in Stevensville with several partners. In 2009, he purchased and renovated The Tidewater Inn in Easton, Maryland. In 2015, the Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club opened to meet a growing demand for accommodations.
Mr. Wilson served on the Board of Trustees of St. Paul’s School and oversaw the rebuilding of the school’s chapel after the devastating1990 fire.(4) He also served on the boards of the Centreville National Bank of Maryland, now Shore United Bank, the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, and the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife Deidre Knox Wilson of Stevensville, his brother Richard Wilson of New Hampshire, eight nieces and nephews and their children and 350 employees who the Wilsons consider family.

Mrs. Vernice M. Covany
Rock Hall, MD
February 10, 1932 – March 17, 2020
Vernice Maryene Covany of Rock Hall, MD died on March 17, 2020 at her home. She was 88.
She was born in Kentucky on February 10, 1932 the daughter of the late George W. and Ester Maud Winchester Simmons. She was married to the late Jim Covany, he predeceased her in 2004. Mrs. Covany resided in Middle River, MD before moving to her summer home in Rock Hall in 1972.
She spent her career as a seamstress working in Baltimore and for over 10 years with Rock Hall Manufacturing, “The Shirt Factory. She later worked with Pasta Plus as a cook.
Mrs. Covany was a member of Raum Chapel United Methodist Church, the Ladies Auxiliary of Sgt. Preston Ashley American Legion, The Elks Lodge of Ocean City, and was a past member of the VFW of Middle River, MD and Ocean View, DE.
She loved sewing, crocheting, reading, and anything to do with Gone with the Wind. She enjoyed trips to Assategaue Island, Frontier Town, and the Ocean City Maryland Boardwalk. She will be remembered for spoiling her grandchildren and great grandchildren and watching, from her window, the hummingbirds, deer, and those damn squirrels.
She is survived by her two children: Debbie Nelson and her husband Kevin and Robbie Plato, Sr. and his wife Leah all of Rock Hall along with 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband she was predeceased by two children John Plato, Jr. and Mark Plato.

Mr. William “Scratch” Ashley, Jr.
Rock Hall, MD
January 28, 1951 – March 17, 2020
Capt. William Merritt “Scratch” Ashley, Jr. of Rock Hall, MD, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. He was 69.
Born on January 28, 1951 in Rock Hall, he was the son of the late William M. Ashley, Sr. and Shirley Collyer Ashley. He graduated from Rock Hall High School, class of 1969 and worked as a self-employed waterman until September 9, 1973, when he began his career as a tugboat captain. He worked with Local 25, International Union of Operating Engineers. He was a 50+ year dedicated member and past Commander of the Sons of the American Legion where he was known for his cooking ability and fundraising programs.
Scratch was always up for a good time and will be remembered for his sense of humor, quick wit, and kind demeanor. Scratch would stop traffic to tell a story, cussed a bit, would give you his last dime or cigarette and expected nothing in return. He was loyal to his friends, loved his family more than scrapple, was a flirt and a charmer. He was always kind and seemed to find the good in most people. Scratch loved his hometown and it pretty much loved him right back.
He was a member of Elks Lodge #2474 in Chestertown, the Rock Hall Lions Club, Kent County Waterman’s Association and the Kent County Gun Club. He was also active in Habitat for Humanity and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and played softball.
He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Willis (Bob); two sons, William M. Ashley, III (Jenny) and Aaron P. Ashley; three siblings, Andrea Jacquette (Jimmy), Mike Ashley (Cheryl) and Candy Porter (David); twelve grandchildren; Alexis, Sydney, Lily, Macy, Cameron, Bobby, Bella, Merritt, Anthony, Katie, Cooper, and Clayton; and one great grandson, Hudson.

Rev. Kenneth Elwood Bowen
Chester, MD
October 30, 1932 – March 16, 2020
Reverend Kenneth Elwood Bowen of Prince Frederick, MD passed away on March 16, 2020 at his son’s home in Chester, MD. He was 87.
Born on October 30, 1932 in Prince Frederick, MD, he was the son of the late Percy Lee and Ethel Hall Bowen and grew up in Prince Frederick, MD. While attending Asbury College in Kentucky, he met his wife Margaret Ann Bowen. After graduation he went on to Seminary school at Emory University in Georgia and after completion entered the Baltimore Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Reverend Kenneth served the following churches: Sexton UMC (Baltimore); Beachfield UMC (Baltimore); Solomon’s Island UMC/Olivet UMC; Waugh Chapel in Jessup, MD; Fork UMC in Fork, MD and went on to retire in Calvert County. After retirement he went on to serve at Pissgaugh UMC. He was a current member of Trinity UMC; a member of the Prince Frederick Lions Club; and a Mason. Reverend Kenneth was known as a compassionate giving man who loved reading, aviation and served in the civil air patrol as a pilot.
Reverend Kenneth is survived by his son Mark Bowen (Pamela McGovern) of Chester, MD; daughter Barbara Bowen of Prince Frederick; grandchildren Emily Bowen (Tanner); David Bowen; and Anna Bowen. In addition to his wife Margaret Ann Bowen who passed in 2013, he was predeceased by his son David Lee Bowen in 1983.

Mrs. Ottilie Mary Tyrrell
September 8, 1944 – March 16, 2020
Mary was 75. Born in Brooklyn, New York on September 8, 1944 the daughter of the late Richard Norman and Ottilie Charlotte Traube Pray. Her family later moved to Belgrade, Maine where she spent the majority of her young life.
The family moved from New England to Rock Hall in 1976. Mrs. Tyrrell worked multiple jobs while raising her daughter. Later on in her adult life, “Ms. Ottie” earned her GED and CNA and started her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She worked at Heron Point in Chestertown for several years. Ms. Ottie enjoyed making crafts, sewing, cooking, fishing and growing plants. She had quite the green thumb and was also very handy with tools.
She is survived by her husband Andrew Tyrrell of Rock Hall, MD, a daughter: Joyce Brice and her husband Pete of Chestertown, MD, and three grandchildren: Samuel Brice, Kenly Brice, Jared Brice and his wife Mackenzie.

Mr. Edward Frederick Frase
October 16, 1934 – March 14, 2020
Edward was born on October 16, 1934 to Anna Bessie Frase and Frederick William Frase. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Ann (Maureen) Frase and their four children; Cynthia Harman (Aaron) of Cambridge, MD, Craig Frase (Carol) of Ellicott City, MD, Kevin Frase (Becca) of Cleveland, TN and Andrew Frase (Tracy) of Trappe, MD, as well as fifteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Leroy Frase (Barbara) of Preston, MD. He was predeceased by his parents and three brothers: Gustav Frase, Bill Frase and Earl Frase.
He was a quiet, kind, loving, person that always loved a good joke. He enjoyed golfing, stamp collecting and spending time with family. He was an active member of the Catholic Church and attended regularly with his wife until his illness. He also was an active member of NARF.
He graduated from Preston High School in 1952 and attended University of Maryland where he played soccer until he enlisted in the Army. He served active duty from 1956 to 1958 in the 8th Army and then served from 1958 to 1960 in the National Guard 29th ID. It was during his service that he met his Irish wife, Mary Ann, in London. They were married in Preston on September 24, 1958 and made their home in Easton. They moved to Preston for a few years but returned to Easton and have remained there. He was employed by the Landon Willis Hatchery and then Waverly Press for sixteen years, then took a job with the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. for 29 years until his retirement.

Mrs. Myra “Pat” Esther Ferguson
Chestertown, MD
August 15, 1929 – March 12, 2020
Myra “Pat” Esther Ferguson of Chestertown, MD passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Compass Regional Hospice in Chestertown. She was 90.
Born in Zion, MD on August 15, 1929, the 11th of 13 children of the late R. Ross and Erma V. Smith England. She moved to Oxford, PA where she attended Oxford High School. She married Weldon L. Ferguson Sr. of North East, MD on November 17, 1951. While living in North East they had three of their own children and acted as foster parents for other children. Pat also started her own cleaning business. She was also active in Girl Scouts as a Junior and Cadet Leader.
Weldon and Pat moved to Queen Anne’s County in 1972. Weldon owned Harbor Boatworks and received many awards for his restoration of antique Chris Craft boats. Pat continued her cleaning business, Round Top Cleaning Service, for 30 years.
Pat enjoyed gardening, traveling with her six sisters, finding treasures at yard sales. She loved hosting dinners and soup parties for her friends and family, especially for her beloved “Chester Harbor Gang”. Pat was a dedicated correspondent and sent many birthday cards and notes to her extended family, including 44 nieces and nephews and even more great nieces and nephews. She was affectionately known as “Aunt Pat”.
Mrs. Ferguson was a lifetime member of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Chesapeake Bay Chapter. She was a charter member of the Chestertown Presbyterian Church and volunteered in the church nursery for many years.
Mrs. Ferguson is survived by a son, Weldon “Skip” Ferguson, Jr. of Durango, CO; two daughters, Patricia “Patty” Gore and husband Steve of Millington, Cinda “Cindy” Anthony and husband Jim of Chestertown; seven grandchildren, Jesse Ferguson (Heidi) of Federalsburg, Sarah Powell (Joe) of Severn, Travis Ferguson (Emily) of Washington, DC, Jared Loller (Daryl) of Anacortes, WA, Christen Gore of Landsdowne, PA, Heather Gore and fiancé Jeffery Finch of Baltimore, and Jessica Anthony of Chestertown; eight great grandchildren, Mae Loller, Charlotte Powell, August Powell, Hudson Powell, Declan Powell, Samantha Ferguson, Josie Ferguson, and Xael Ferguson; one brother, John M. England of Oxford, PA and two very special great nieces, Sarah England Cunningham of Chestertown and Renee England Englehardt of Merritt Island, FL. She was predeceased by her husband, Weldon L. Ferguson, Sr., five brothers, and six sisters.

Mr. Donald Levis Speakman
Morrisville, PA
June 23, 1942 – March 10, 2020
Donald Levis Speakman, aged 77, passed away on March 10, 2020. He was born in Morrisville, PA, to Levis D. Speakman and Gladys Willar Speakman on June 23 1942.
Don attended the Pennsbury School System and graduated in 1960. He then went to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, from 1960 through 1964 and graduated in 1964 with a B.S. in Business Management. He started his government career as a Revenue Officer in Lancaster, PA, and then went into data processing. In 1970 he transferred to the U.S. Customs Service and started off as a computer programmer and retired in 1997 as the Director of the U. S. Customs Service Data Center.
Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, crabbing, carpentry, gardening and cooking. He was a Past President of the Queenstown Lions Club, a member of the Bay Country Moose Lodge 831, and participated in other public service events. If you needed help, Don was always there to lend a helping hand.
He is survived by his wife Patricia Marciano Speakman whom he married in 1997; his son, Christopher Reynolds Speakman (Martha) of Long Valley, New Jersey; his brother Thomas Willar Speakman (Suzanne) of Chestertown; his sister Suzanne Murray (Neal) of Hilton Head, South Carolina. He is predeceased by his brother William Reynolds Speakman.

Beatrice Louise Wharton
Wittman, MD
March 21, 1939-March 9, 2020
Beatrice (Bea) Wharton of Claiborne, MD died peacefully on Monday, March 9th, 2020 at Bayleigh Chase in Easton, MD. She was 80 years old.
Born in Wittman, MD on the family farm "Miles End Farm “on March 21, 1939. She was the daughter of late George M. Jones and Elizabeth J. Fairbanks Jones. Bea grew up in Wittman (Pot Pie) along with her four older brothers; Charles I. Jones (Bookie), George W. Jones (Buddy), Thomas J. Jones (Tom-P), and David C. Jones (PoJoe), all deceased. She graduated from St. Michaels High School in 1957. She worked for Phillips Packing House in Cambridge and Harrison Jarboe Cannery in St. Michaels.
She is survived by her husband Earl (Buddy) W. Wharton. They married in 1969 on Tilghman, MD. They resided in St. Michaels for a short while before making Claiborne, MD their permanent home. They lived there with their beloved dog "Sparky".
Bea had a love for the water. She grew up being surrounded by it and worked on the water with her husband. In the winter months she would oyster with her husband and in the summer months she would help bait crab lines and assist with getting the boat ready for the next day. In her spare time, she enjoyed canning vegetables, cooking, baking, and crocheting. She also enjoyed watching hummingbirds, especially the ones at her bird feeders in the yard. Bea had a gentle heart, was very kind and willing to help anyone in need.
Bea is survived by her sister’s in-law, Edith Wharton and Nida Spurry (Joe). Several nieces and nephews, Doug Morris (Becky), David Jones (Effie), Jeff Wharton (Susan), Steve Jones (Kim), Tim Jones (Jackie), Erin Gottleib (Jesse), Patti Wolferman (John), Yvonne Pace (John), Joe Spurry (Parker), Guy Spurry (Mary), Dolores Nagler(Rick) and Wayne Jones (deceased). She also is survived by an abundance of great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by one cousin, Ellie Briggs (Randy) from Summerville, SC and by a close friend of the family, Vicki Morris, and Sharon Jones who is deceased.

Mrs. Gloria C. Trice
Centreville, MD
November 22, 1946 – March 9, 2020
Gloria C. Trice passed away on March 9, 2020, at Corsica Hills Center, in Centreville, Maryland. She was 73.
Born on November 22, 1946 in Centreville, Maryland. She was the daughter of the late Charles Keller Crouse and Mary Rebecca Crouse (Baynard). Gloria grew up in Centreville, Maryland and graduated from Centreville High School, Class of “1964”. She was employed by Dew Lines of Federalsburg, Maryland for many years. Gloria enjoyed her needlework and bird watching. She was a member of the Bethesda United Methodist Church in Preston, Maryland.
Gloria is survived by her sons; Rodney Hubbard and Steven Hubbard, stepdaughters; Wendy Moran and Nancy Adcock, stepson; Michael Trice, 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Roland “Sonny” Trice.
A special thanks goes out to her extended family of neighbors, in the Village of Choptank, that looked out and cared for her in her times of need. Her family and friends would like to thank the Staff and Residents, of Corsica Hills Center, for their loving care and kindness, during the two years Gloria resided there.