Joseph Thomas Brice

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CHESTERTOWN — Joseph Thomas Brice, 92, of Chestertown, passed away on June 20, 2016, at Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Chestertown. Born Jan. 11, 1924, in Fred­er­ick, he was the son of the late Harry T. and Amanda (Thomas) Brice.

Joe grad­u­ated from Rock Hall High School. He served ac­tively dur­ing WWII in the U.S. Army in the Euro­pean cam­paign in France, Bel­gium, Lux­em­bourg and Ger­many from 1943 to 1945, when he was hon­or­ably dis­charged.

On Nov. 26, 1949, he mar­ried Ruth W. Whi­teoak of Ch­e­sa­peake City. They were mar­ried for 52 years un­til her pass­ing in 2002. Joe was a com­pas­sion­ate care­taker for Ruth dur­ing her last years.

Joe worked for the State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion as a roads en­gi­neer for 30 years, af­ter which he be­came the Queen Anne’s County Roads En­gi­neer for 11 more years be­fore re­tir­ing in 1986.

Joe was a lov­ing hus­band and the most ador­ing, de­voted, dot­ing father. Noth­ing was more im­por­tant in life to him than his fam­ily. His chil­dren have won­der­ful mem­o­ries of the time he spent with them ev­ery sin­gle day. (Even af­ter a hard day at work he would play pitch and catch with Glenn and give Cindy “horsey” rides as she tucked toi­let pa­per in his belt for a tail.)

Joe lived an ac­tive life of hunt­ing, fish­ing, crab­bing, gar­den­ing and trav­el­ing to the western U.S. and to Alaska (where he hap­pily took his fam­ily to fish, sight­see, fly over glaciers and De­nali, and stroll among griz­zly bears; and where he per­son­ally reeled in nu­mer­ous hal­ibut and salmon!). He al­ways looked for­ward to his Tues­day night poker club gath­er­ing with a close group of friends. He also loved meet­ing with a spe­cial group of friends for cof­fee and lively dis­cus­sions once or twice a week. Joe had an es­pe­cially close re­la­tion­ship with his neigh­bors. All of his good friends and neigh­bors played an im­por­tant role through­out his life and pro­vided great sup­port for him as his health de­clined.

Joe was a life mem­ber of the Frank M. Jar­man Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 36, and spent many years serv­ing the com­mu­nity through his po­si­tion there.

Joe is sur­vived by his two chil­dren Alan Glenn Brice and wife Pat of La Crosse, Wis., and Cyn­thia Brice Hamby and hus­band Jerry, of Columbia, S.C.; two broth­ers, Charles Brice, of Rock Hall, and Wade Brice, of Green, N.Y.; and four sis­ters, Betty Robin­son, of Hara­han, La., Peggy Wheat­ley, of Chestertown, Lavinia Sla­gle, of Chestertown, and Bar­bara Collins, of Holly Springs, N.C. Joe is also sur­vived by four step-grand­chil­dren, eight step-great-grand­chil­dren and two step-great great-grand­chil­dren.

Joe was pre­de­ceased by broth­ers Tylden, Richard and John and by a sis­ter Nina.

The fam­ily would like to ex­press their sin­cere thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the staffs of Shore Re­gional Health at Chestertown and the Ch­ester River Manor Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter for the love and care that that they gave Joe through­out his time with them. Their per­sonal at­ten­tion was out­stand­ing.

A cel­e­bra­tion of his life was held in the Dog­wood Re­cep­tion Cen­ter at Fel­lows, Helfen­bein & New­nam Fu­neral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, from 4 to 6 p.m. Thurs­day, July 28.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made in his mem­ory to the Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety or the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion.

On­line con­do­lences may be sent to the fu­neral home at www.fh­n­fu­ner­al­home. com.

PHOTO BY LORI DEIGHAN

Fire­fight­ers line the street in Sudlersville as the fu­neral pro­ces­sion for Robert M. “Mikey” Em­bert ap­proaches June 16. Em­bert was a 22-year vet­eran of the Sudlersville Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, where he was a life mem­ber and past as­sis­tant chief. He died June 8, 2016, at the age of 36. Fire­fight­ers rep­re­sented here in­clude vol­un­teers from Golds­boro, Eas­ton, Queenstown and Chestertown.

JOSEPH THOMAS BRICE

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