Joseph Thomas Brice
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.
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