Ralph Johnson Jr.
OCEAN CITY — Ralph Johnson Jr. 76 of Ocean City, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at AGH in Berlin.
He was born Jan. 11, 1938 in Westover. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Johnson Sr. of Showell and Dorothy Dryden Johnson of Florida.
Ralph graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin in 1957 and enlisted in the Army later that year. He was stationed at Gelnhausen, Germany until 1960.
Ralph was a devoted husband to his wife and high school sweetheart, Bertha Baker Johnson, for 56 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Ricky Johnson and wife Jennifer of Berlin; a daughter, Renee Johnson of Showell; and a very special granddaughter, Erin Johnson of Salisbury.
He is also survived by brothers and sisters, Delores Justice, Hazel Holden and husband David, Kenneth Johnson and wife Cleo, Todd Johnson, Brian Johnson and Dawn West. Ralph has many loving and supportive nieces and nephews. He was a great friend to all who knew him and was loved by everyone.
Ralph retired from Pepsi-Cola in 1977. He worked in maintenance at the Sea Terrace Condominium from 1977 until 1995. Ralph and his wife were the founders of Edgemoor Vinyl Fence from 1986 until they sold it in 1997. He and Bertha opened Edgemoor Antiques at their residence in Ocean City in 1981. Ralph always enjoyed wood-working, carpentry, stripping and refinishing furniture.
Currently, Ralph was employed at Frontier Town Campground in Berlin. He started in 1998. Ralph thoroughly loved his job and the people he worked with, as they did him. He designed and built covered wagons, which are being used as extra sleeping quarters for the kids.
Ralph and his wife enjoyed traveling to Florida in the winters. He also liked fishing and spending time with his family. Ralph was a very special man, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He had a great sense of humor.
A viewing was held this week at Burbage Funeral Home with graveside services at Sunset Memorial Park in Berlin.
Contributions may be sent to American Lung Association 55 W. Wacker Dr. Suite 1150 Chicago, Ill. 60601 and the American Cancer Society. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com
Amye Hottel Childs
BROOKEVILLE, Md. — Amye Hottel Childs, 80, of Brookeville, Md., passed away on July 16, 2014.
Born on her family’s farm in Brookeville, she was the daughter of the late Durus C. and Evolyn Knotts Hottel. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Dan Childs and two children, Susan E. Childs of Bishopville and Benjamin B. Childs of Las Vegas, Nev. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She also leaves many lifelong friends in Montgomery County and those that have retired in Ocean City.
Amye was a full-time wife and homemaker. Besides working on the farm, she was involved with the Montgomery General Hospital, St Luke’s Church, the Montgomery County Fair and the 4-H program. She had a full time job volunteering.
Amye and Dan loved to travel, but especially loved spending time in Ocean City watching their grandson, Jonathan Hastings, grow from a toddler to a man. When she was a young child, her father would bring her to Ocean City to go fishing. For 45 years, Ocean City has been a vacation home for her and her family. Amye has assisted her daughter, Susan, in many of her volunteering activities.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 at St Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal Church at 302 North Baltimore Avenue at 4 p.m. A donation may be made to the St Paul’s by the Sea Building Recovery Fund in her memory. Her obituary may be viewed at www.barberfhlaytonsville.com.