Holton Joseph Gannon Sr.
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.
HOLTON JOSEPH GANNON SR.