We Remember Those We Have Lost

John Lawton Martin

BERLIN – John Lawton Martin, 74, succumbed to a long battle with lung cancer on Sunday, April 11, 2010.

Born in Baltimore he was the son of the late James B. Martin and Ruth C. Martin. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Geraldine Rolfes Martin.

Martin was a veteran of the US Marine Corps, having served during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree Member, Council 905 in Ocean City and a past member of Ocean Pines Golf Club. He had worked for Sussex Technologies in Sparta, N.J. and retired in 2000. In his free time, Martin loved playing golf.

Along with his wife, he is survived by his brother, James B. Martin, Jr. of Stevenson, Md.; five sisters, Ruth M. Fangman of Claymont, Del., Jacqueline Sessa of Tucker, Ga., Kathleen Wernecke of Timonium, Md., Dorothy Smith and Frances Gomsak, both of Berlin; two sisters-in-law, Roberta Scogna and her husband Robert and Joan Fortier; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great -great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie A. Poffinbarger.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, April 16 at 11 a.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Ocean Pines. Rev. Thomas J. Protack will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coastal Hospice at the Ocean, 10441 Racetrack Rd., Unit 6, Berlin, Md. 21811.

Arrangements by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Helen Emma Bradford

BERLIN – Helen Emma Bradford, age 77, died Sunday, April 11, 2010 at Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Berlin, she was the daughter of the late John D. Shockley and Pauline Burbage Shockley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Atwood D. Bradford, Sr.

A private graveside service was held at Riverside Cemetery in Berlin.
Arrangements by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

James V. Hoey, Jr.

OCEAN CITY – James V. Hoey, Jr, age 72 of Ocean City and formerly of Manasquan, N.J., passed away at home with his family by his side on Saturday April 10, in Ocean City.

Born in New Brunswick, N.J., he had been a resident of Ocean City for over ten years after retiring from Manasquan. He was vice president and co-owner of Efinger Sporting Goods in Bound Brook for 35 years until his retirement in 1999. He was also co-owner of Southside Marina in Point Pleasant, for 10 years.

He was a well-known fisherman for all his years in Manasquan on his boat, The Southbound. He was a former member and treasurer of the Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club. His love of fishing in New Jersey changed to a new passion for Sporting Clays in Maryland. He was a proud active member and treasurer of the Sinepuxent Gun Club where he had many true friends.

His greatest love though was his children and grandchildren. The family includes his brother, Tom Hoey of Lebanon, N.J.; his daughter, Shannon Sharpe of Brielle, N.J., her husband Patrick and their three children James, Thomas and daughter Ryan; his daughter, Kelly Suer of Brielle, N.J. and her children Clancy and Grady; and. his son Patrick  Hoey of Asbury Park, N.J.

Local services were held. A memorial service will be held at Neary Quinn Funeral Home on Saturday, April 17 from 1-3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Sinepuxent Gun Club, PO Box 724, Berlin, Md. 21811.

Arrangements are in the care of Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Marion Lee Baker

BERLIN – Marion Lee Baker "Bake", 81, died Thursday April 8, 2010 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury.

Born in Pittsville, he was the son of the late Paul W. Baker and Mary White Baker. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 43 years, Ann Disharoon Baker in 1992, and a son, Barry D. Baker in 2004. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Jackie Layton-Baker.

He graduated from Buckingham High School in Berlin in 1946. He owned and operated the Ben Franklin Five and Dime Store in Berlin for 26 years with his first wife Ann. He was a World War II Army veteran, a lifetime member of the Boggs-Disharoon American Legion Post 123 and a lifetime member of the VFW 194 of Salisbury. He enjoyed the camaraderie of the other veterans and friends. In the summer, he loved cutting his grass and taking his daily walks, which was his "thinking time". He was a member of Stevenson United Methodist Church. He served on the Town of Berlin Council for 14 years and the Democratic State Control Committee for eight years.

Along with his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert Marion Baker; a grandson, Brooks Baker and his Andrea; two great-grandchildren, Robert Brooks Baker, II, and Lily Belle Baker all of Berlin; a daughter-in-law, Judy Baker; his nieces and nephew; and five step-children and their families. He was preceded in death by a step daughter-in-law, Cathy Layton, in 2009.

Services were held. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21801.

Samuel Seymour Stevens

BERLIN – Samuel Seymour Stevens, age 76, died on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at Atlantic General Hospital after a long illness.

Stevens was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a United States Army Veteran. He had been a resident of Ocean Pines for 25 years. He was a member of the Optimist Club and enjoyed fishing and boating. He had worked as a realtor for many years with Moore Warfield and Glick in Ocean City.

He is survived by his wife Rita Stevens; three children, Michelle Stevens-Feldman, Seth Stevens and Lee Stevens; two step-children, Mark

Shirley and Donna Hughes; five grandchildren, Matthew, Nicholas, Austen, Luke and Cooper Stevens; and five step-grandchildren, Mallory Shirley, Madison Shirley, Rachel Barringer, Griffin Shirley and Tyler Hughes.

Services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., 100 West 10th St., Suite 1002, Wilmington, Del. 19801, the Alzheimers Assoc., 209C Milford St., Salisbury, Md. 21804 or Atlantic General Hospital, 9733 Healthway Dr., Berlin, Md. 21811.