Arthur “Randolph” Bland Sr.
Arthur “Randolph” Bland Sr., 88, was the sixth of eight children born to the late Arthur Harry Bland and Mary Alice (Johnson) Bland. He was born in Bryans Road, Maryland, on Dec. 8, 1927. He entered into eternal rest on March 22, 2016, at Fort Washington Medical Center, Fort Washington, MD.
With his unions with Rena J. (Winters) Bland and the late Ruth E. (Washington-Bland) Mayo, he was blessed to become a devoted and loving father to Arthur R. Bland Jr., Harold E. Bland, Charlain L. Bland, Pierre D. Bland Sr., Padra A. Bland, Desiree L. (Bland) Bolden, Randall A. Bland Sr. and the late Avon L. Bland and Iris O. Bland. Randolph also accepted Charleen (Swann) Kearney as his daughter.
Viewing, 9 a.m. until time of Service at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2016 in the Chapel of Thornton Funeral Home, P.A., 3439 Livingston Road, Indian Head, MD 20640. Interment, Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, Bryans Road, Maryland.
Rev. Rodney L. Young
Rev. Rodney L. Young, Pastor Emeritus Good Shepherd Baptist Church (Age 83) of Temple Hills, Maryland.
Peacefully on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at his home in Temple Hills, Maryland, Rev. Rodney L. Young transitioned to eternal life. Beloved husband of Marie J. Young; devoted father of Yvette Powell, Juliet Jones (Donald), Roderica Curtis (Lionel) and Inez Wiggs (Reginald). Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two sisters, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Viewing, 12 noon until 6 p.m. Service of Celebration 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Good Shepherd Baptist Church 5203 Wheeler Road, Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745. Viewing, 9 a.m. until time of service, 11 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2016 at Fort Foote Baptist Church, 8310 Fort Foote Road, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744. Interment, Mt. Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 8705 Gilroy Road, Nanjemoy, Maryland 20662. Online guestbook at thorntonfuneralhomepa.com.
Arthur John Knott, 93, of Mechanicsville, MD, died March 23, 2016 with his son by his side at the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home in Charlotte Hall, MD.
He and his wife Margaret enjoyed their waterfront home while being surrounded by the many animals, birds and wildlife. Arthur especially loved his two granddaughters, Amanda and Amy, and was proud to be a part of their lives. Arthur, a veteran of WWII, was a member of the American Legion Post 259 in Clinton, MD, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9619 in Morningside, MD. He enjoyed playing poker and crabbing. He also loved dogs, baseball, and the Redskins.
Born Sept. 23, 1922 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Clarence and Doris Knott and was raised in Anacostia.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Ann (Austin); both brothers, Charlie and Raymond Knott; as well as his nephew Raymond E. Knott.
Arthur is survived by his son, John A. Knott and his wife Ava and his loving granddaughters, Amanda R. Plonski and husband Mitchell and Amy L. Hellmann.
Visitation was held on March 22 with Funeral Service on Tuesday, March 29 at Raymond Funeral Service in LaPlata, MD. Interment was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Charles County, P.O. Box 1015, Waldorf, MD 20604.
Online condolences may be made at www.raymondfuneralservice.com.
Gladys Geraldine Milker
Gladys Geraldine Milker, 95, of Orange, Virginia, formerly of Dundalk, MD, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at her residence. Born Feb. 17, 1921 in Garrison, MD, she was the daughter of the late Irvin Wesley and Mary Caroline Heagy. She was the former wife of the late Oscar A.R. Milker Sr. She worked for and retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp., having worked in the accounting department. Upon retiring, she moved to Venice, FL, where she spent 23 glorious years in the sun. She enjoyed the beach, painting watercolors, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are daughters Barbara Compton and husband Wade, of Port Tobacco, and Kristine K. Brockman and husband Bob, of Orange, VA; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by son Oscar A.R. “Robert” Milker Jr. and siblings Dorothy Heagy Zeigler, Ruth Heagy Petit and infant Robert Heagy.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 12 Noon at Trinity Lutheran Church, 833 Deer Park Road, Westminster, where the family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until the start of the service. Officiating will be Deacon Melissa Helfer. Interment will follow in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093.
William Louis Ryon, Jr. (Age 81), died on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at his home in Springfield, Va. He is survived by his wife of 25 years Sarah Elizabeth Ryon; his daughters Kathryn McKay, Marie Pressel, and Anastasia Hinton; 13 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; three stepchildren; and two brothers. He is preceded in death by his son Edward Sener Ryon (Karin).
Bill was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Waldorf, Md. He graduated from Gettysburg College, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and the soccer team. He also earned an MBA from Penn State and an MA in Pastoral Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Washington Theological Union. He worked in the computer field as a marketing executive and was a member of the Air National Guard. Most of his adult life was spent in Potomac, Md, and Springfield, Va. Bill taught his family three values: education, hard work and service to others.
A funeral mass will be held on Friday, April 1, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2430 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, followed by burial at St. Paul’s Piney Church, Waldorf, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Paul’s Parish Commission on Mission or the Charles County Literacy Council, P.O. Box 2672, La Plata, Md 20646 (www.charlescountyliteracy.org)
Joe Gossett, 86, of Etowah, Tenn., passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016, and preceded in death by his Wife Conny Olga Gossett on Feb. 27, 1999. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 20 years. Survived by three Sons: Kim, Gary, and Scooter Gossett, two Daughters: Diana Gossett and Christina Clarkson, and Sister Mae Buckner.
Funeral services will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tenn.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to their favorite charity. Those unable to attend may send condolences at email@example.com.
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tenn. is in charge of arrangements.