James L. Clendening
BERLIN — James Leonard Clendening of Virginia Beach, Va., formerly of Ocean Pines, passed away on March 19, 2014.
He died at home under the care of his wife of 63 years, June Glenn Clendening.
Jim was born on Oct. 3, 1927 in Washington, D.C. to John Leonard Clendening and Vera Harrison Clendening. The family resided in Meadow View, Md. Jim served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include daughters, Valerie Jamieson and Nancy Ayers; grandson Ricky Ayers; granddaughter, Private Amber Burdo of the U.S. Army; great granddaughter, Taylor Burdo; and brothers, Gary Clendening of Florida, John Clendening of Annapolis, Md. and Daniel Clendening of Iowa.
Jim retired in 1990 as Service Manager at Ourisman Chevrolet in Hillcrest Heights. The couple moved to their home in Ocean City. Jim then built a home in Ocean Pines where he was a long-time member of the Ocean Pines Golf Club. He once served as president of the Golf Association and played regularly with his buddies, George Covert, Jim Shallow and Charlie Wagner. He served as treasurer of the Democratic Club of Worcester County for many years.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, March 24, in the Court House Community United Methodist Church, 2708 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, Va. 23456. Donations may be made to the church or the charity of choice. A reception in the church followed the service.
John Thomas Harris
OCEAN PINES — John Thomas Harris, 75, of Ocean Pines, formerly of Burke, Va. passed away on March 21, 2014.
He will always be remembered as a devoted father, husband and friend. Born in Memphis, Tenn., he had a distinguished career with the CIA where he was an executive with the Senior Intelligence Service and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal.
John retired to Ocean Pines where he was an active volunteer with the Children’s House by the Sea and the Ocean Pines Fire Department. He was a member of the Optimist Club, Camera Club, Community Association and an avid golfer.
John was an accomplished photographer, winning awards, such as the 2013 Harbor Day Photo Contest.
He is survived by his wife, Diane of Ocean Pines, son, Alex and his wife Katie; and daughter, Deirdre and her husband Pierre.
A celebration of John’s life will be held on April 4 in Ocean Pines. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to Believe In Tomorrow’s “Children’s House by the Sea” located at #13 66th St. Ocean City Md. 21842. Please leave condolences at www.colonialfuneralhome.com.
Robert Pilsch Arnold
OCEAN PINES — On Feb. 19, 2014, Robert (Bob) Pilsch Arnold, of Ocean Pines, age 82, died at home.
He was predeceased by his wife and high school sweetheart, Joan Marie (nee Lawrence), devoted father of three daughters, Debra, Judith, and Patricia, as well as his three granddaughters, Katie Lynn (nee Rinehart) Pusey, Mary Elizabeth and Rory Sarah Johanna Rensel, and two great grandsons, Maxx Lawrence and Parks Robert Pusey. He is also survived by two sisters, and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was born in Baltimore on Nov. 8, 1931, the third of four children to the late Elizabeth Eva (nee Pilsch) Arnold and late John Martin Arnold. He graduated from City High School, and became a Master Electrician.
Bob was a lifetime member and past President of IBEW Local 24 in Baltimore and was employed as a Master Electrician. For most of his career, he was employed by Riggs Distler and retired to Ocean Pines, where he was often found on the golf course, or in service to others, such as cooking dinner in the church kitchen, serving on the Vestry of his church, or volunteering his time to the Worcester County Democratic Club or Kiwanis Club.
A man of faith, he was a lifelong Episcopalian, a member of Evergreen Masonic Lodge, the Boumi Temple, and Shriners of Baltimore and Ocean City.
His favorite activities were providing for his beloved wife and daughters, caring for his granddaughters and laughing and playing with his great-grandsons.
The family will receive visitors at Masonic Lodge #153, 109-111 North Main Street, Berlin, Md., on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7 p.m., preceding a Masonic Memorial at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, March 29, 2014, a memorial and celebration of Bob’s life and legacy will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3 Church Street, Berlin, Md. 21811 at noon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for the “Bob and Joan Arnold Memorial Garden Fund.” Donations may be sent to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 429, Berlin, Md., 21811. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com.
William Lee Dennis
BERLIN — William Lee Dennis, 88, died March 24, 2014.
Born in Powellville, he was the son of the late William Henry Dennis and Frances Niblett Hudson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Hadder Dennis, in 2001, and a son, Stanley William Dennis in 1978.
He is survived by his daughters, Sandra Dennis Sprenkle and Robin Lou Dennis; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Bradford and Jean Bradford; and several nieces and nephews. Also preceding him in death was a brother, Jack Dennis, and sister, Betty McCabe.
Mr. Dennis had served in the United States Navy during WWII on the USS Orleck. Upon returning home, he worked as a carpenter for Bill Marshall Builders, was owner/operator and butcher at Thrifty Food Market on Commerce St. in Berlin and later became a truck driver. He was a member of the Boggs-Disharoon American Legion Post #123, and a motorcycle and train enthusiast.
A graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. Rev. Daniel Bradford will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to: Boggs-Disharoon Post #123, P.O. Box 136, Berlin, Md. 21811.
Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com.