Holton Joseph Gannon Sr.

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CHURCH HILL — Holton Joseph Gannon Sr. died Satur­day, Oct. 14, 2017, sur­rounded by fam­ily at home on his Church Hill farm. He was 88.

Born on Au­gust 17, 1929, in Cor­dova, Md., the son of the late James Leo Gannon and Ethel M. Rhodes Gannon. He grew up as one of 13 chil­dren on the fam­ily farm in Cor­dova. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Cor­dova High School, he worked for DuPont un­til he was drafted into the U.S. Army serv­ing dur­ing the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Fol­low­ing his re­lease from ac­tive duty, Mr. Gannon re­turned home to work on his fa­ther’s farm.

On May 1, 1954, he mar­ried Kathryn Schauber of Ch­ester­town, Md., and con­tin­ued to live in Cor­dova un­til pur­chas­ing his own farm on Mur­phy Road (Centreville) in 1956. In 1964, Holton and Kathryn pur­chased a farm on Roe-In­gle­side Road (Centreville), where he resided and farmed. In 1979, he ac­quired his ad­di­tional farm out­side Church Hill, where they presently re­side. Mr. Gannon also worked for the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion as a main­te­nance su­per­vi­sor and school bus driver, re­tir­ing in 1988. Mr. Gannon was ac­tive in stan­dard bred horse rac­ing from 1969 un­til 2004.

He was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ru­ri­tan Club and The Men’s Club of Our Mother of Sor­rows Catholic Church (Centreville), where he served as an usher.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, Mr. Gannon is sur­vived by six chil­dren and their spouses: H. Joe Gannon Jr. (Sue), Loretta Gannon, Brad Gannon (Ellen), Lawrence Gannon (Betty Jane), Mon­ica Matthews (Kip), and Wanda Hamp­ton (Shane); 17 grand­chil­dren; 11 great-grand­chil­dren; sib­lings: Regina Russ, Mary Jo Jump, Vin­cent Gannon; and nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews. He was pre­de­ceased by his grand­son, Brian De­nis; and sib­lings: Anna Mae Rash, Eu­gene Gannon, Wil­liam Gannon Sr., James Leo Gannon Jr., Clara Her­zog, Franklin C. Gannon Sr., Ethel Marie Dud­ley, Robert Gannon Sr. and Ed­win F. Gannon.

Friends and fam­ily may pay their re­spects on Fri­day, Oct 20, at the Fel­lows, Helfen­bein & New­nam Fu­neral Home, P.A. in Centreville, MD, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Fu­neral Mass will be cel­e­brated at 11 a.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 21, at Our Mother of Sor­rows Catholic Church in Centreville, Md., with burial to fol­low at St. Peter’s Ceme­tery in Queen­stown, Md.

For on­line con­do­lences, please visit: www.fh­n­fu­ner­al­home.com. as a pri­vate duty nurse and worked at Read­ing Hos­pi­tal School of Nurs­ing as a nurs­ing in­struc­tor. In 1969, she and her hus­band moved to Kent County. She then went to work with the Kent County Health Depart­ment. She served as di­rec­tor of nurs­ing and di­rec­tor of home health and hospice. In 1982, she be­gan the Hospice Foun­da­tion of Kent County and served as di­rec­tor of hospice from 1982 to 1992, when she re­tired. Af­ter re­tir­ing, she went to work with Kent Ath­letic and Well­ness Cen­ter in 1995, where she re­tired in 2005, at the age of 70.

Mrs. McGlinn en­joyed work­ing out and walk­ing the dogs 7 miles a day. She was a mem­ber of St. John’s Catholic Church in Rock Hall and Sa­cred Heart Catholic Church in Ch­ester­town.

In ad­di­tion to her hus­band of 49 years, she is sur­vived by a son, Thomas A. McGlinn and wife Kathy Ann of Nokesville, Va.; a daugh­ter, Ali­cia K. Run­yeon of Mor­gan­town, Pa.; a sis­ter, Lois Ruth Telford and hus­band An­drew Paul of Cincin­nati, Ohio; one grand­daugh­ter, Kristina Run­yeon of Mor­gan­town, Pa.; and two neph­ews, Steven and An­drew.

A Mass of Chris­tian Burial was held Tues­day, Oct. 17, at Sa­cred Heart Ro­man Catholic Church in Ch­ester­town. In­ter­ment was in St. Paul’s Ceme­ter y.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made in her mem­ory to Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town, 100 Brown St., Ch­ester­town, MD 21620.

On­line con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily at www. fh­n­fu­ner­al­home.com. nas and straw­ber­ries, play­ing the har­mon­ica, spend­ing time with his grand­chil­dren, and eat­ing ketchup on every­thing. Nel­son was known as a kind­hearted, car­ing man who never met a stranger. He proudly ser ved in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964 in Ger­many.

He is sur­vived by his lov­ing daugh­ter, Lau­rel Beauchamp Kim­bles, of Queen­stown, MD; a grand­daugh­ter, Caro­line Kim­bles; a grand­son, Steven Kim­bles; four beloved sis­ters: Jean Towle, Au­drey Schiller, Car­rie Hayes, Dar­lene Mitchem; also his wife, Iris Beauchamp; two step­sons: Daniel Sin­gle­ton; Jeff Sin­gle­ton; as well as many step grand­chil­dren, step great grand­chil­dren, nieces, neph­ews, fam­ily, friends and neigh­bors who re­main to cher­ish his mem­ory. He is pre­ceded in death by his brother, Wil­liam James Beauchamp Sr.; and sis­ter, Edna Al­tenburg.

If you would like to make a memo­rial do­na­tion, the fam­ily sug­gests Com­pass Re­gional Hospice of Queen Anne’s. A lo­cal memo­rial ser­vice will be held in his honor in the spring.


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