Obit­u­ar­ies

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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

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 lay­cock­hobbs@bell­south.net.

Lay­cock-Hobbs Fu­neral Home, Athens, Tenn. is in charge of ar­range­ments.

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