Terry Lee Frock
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Terry Lee Frock, 67, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on January 1, 2021.
Born on May 31, 1953, he was the son of the late Robert Lee and Bernice Nadine (Baumgardner) Frock.
Terry is survived by his daughter, Karen Stout (Kevin Jackson) and one grandchild; Alexis Jackson.
He was preceded in death by one brother; James Frock.
Terry was a member of The Fraternal Order of Eagle Aerie #3509.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association.
Thomas William Musser, Jr.
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On January 2, 2021, Thomas William Musser, Jr. died at his home in Boyds, Maryland.
Tom was born on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts on April 6, 1944, but call Maryland and “Buckrub”, in particular his home.
Tom attended St. Martin’s Catholic School and Gaithersburg High School. He played football for Montgomery College receiving Little All-American Honors in both offense and defense. Tom loved to hunt and fish with fishing becoming his primary passion in more recent years. He owned the most feared boat in the fleet, “Kat Attack”, which earned him Captain of the Year Honors. Tom lived his life with love and generosity. He has a large extended Musser family, many good fishing buddies, great friends and business friends.
Tom began his business T.W. Musser, Inc. over 40 years ago and worked hard to make it successful.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl A. Musser; sons, Thomas W. Musser III (Cathi), Patrick O. Musser (Jody); stepdaughter, Michelle L. Koll (Rich); stepson, Scott R. Reeside (Amy); sisters, Barbara Musser, Theresa McCoy and 7 grandchildren.
At Tom’s request, no services will be held. In Tom’s memory, donations may be made to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.
Donald "Buss" Hezekiah Mills
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Donald “Buss” Hezekiah Mills, 98, of Sharpsburg, MD, passed away on January 2, 2021 at home.
He was the loving husband of the late Doris Mills.
Born on November 26, 1922, in Maryland, he was the son of the late Hezekiah and Elsie (Reed) Mills.
Donald was survived by daughter; Dale Eileen Bynaker, husband Kenneth, Sr. of Sharpsburg, MD, 2 grandsons; Christopher Cline, wife Jessica, of Sharpsburg, MD, Kenneth “KJ” Bynaker, wife Catherine, of Hagerstown, MD, 4 great-grandchildren; Ashley Cline, Halle Bynaker, Nora Bynaker and Dean Bynaker.
Along with his wife and parents, Donald was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters; Ralph Mills, Raymond Mills, Preston Mills, Hazel Mills and Mildred Mills.
Family will be receiving friends on Thursday, January 7th from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM. Covid protocols will be in place. Following the visitation the family will be holding a funeral service and graveside.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses. Please send to 7107 Barrett CT, Sharpsburg, MD 21782.
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Joe Parr passed away quietly with his wife of 57 years, Ann, by his side. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, on July 10, 1939, to Josephus Overton Parr, Jr., and Katherine Leigh Parr. He graduated from Rice University in 1961 and received his PhD in Economics from Tulane University in 1964. He met Ann at a Mardi Gras party and was married in her hometown of Edison, Georgia. He was excited to join the new field of data systems management and his employment took the family from coast to coast until settling in Potomac, Maryland, in 1976.
When not working, Joe enjoyed golf, puzzles, and using paper napkins at the dinner table to work out mechanical design, math, and other problems. In retirement, he participated in the lively fellowship of the nearby Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. In 2016, Joe and Ann moved to Ingleside at King Farm in Rockville, Maryland.
Joe is survived by his wife Ann, his daughters Katry Harris and Josie Welling, son-in-law David Welling, and grandchildren, Kendall Welling and Carter Welling. He was considered a ‘second father’ to several of his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Katherine Reams.
Joe will be interned at Boyds Presbyterian Church, family only. In lieu of flowers, consider a contribution to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (mail to: Osher JHU, Attn: Susan Howard, 9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD 20850) or the National Ataxia Foundation (online at: Research Drive - National Ataxia Foundation).
Mary Ellen Burdette
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Mary Ellen Burdette, 84 of Dickerson, Maryland, went to see Jesus on January 7th, 2021. Born on April 9th, 1936 in Seneca, Md. she was the daughter of the late Charles and Gladys Barton. She was survived by and the loving wife of William C. Burdette Jr. Mary Ellen is survived by her brother, Aubrey Barton (Betty) her daughter, Sue Vasquez, (Leo), son Jeff Burdette (Sandra), and daughter Cindi Hawfield (Robert), six grandchildren and two great grandchildren as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers and four sisters. Bill and Mary Ellen were married on May 12, 1956, celebrating 64 years of marriage.
Mary Ellen was a graduate of Gaithersburg, MD High School. She worked in the Montgomery County School system from 1965 to 1994 as a nursing tech, teacher’s assistant and for the last 27 years was the Cafeteria manager of the Monocacy Elementary School. She was well known for her homemade rolls and peanut butter fudge. Well loved by the students and staff, no one ever went hungry when Mary Ellen was in charge. She always enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and their activities, attending all their events and cheering them on in their successes. Mary Ellen organized many great family reunion celebrations over the years, bringing folks together from miles away to enjoy great food and fellowship.
She was a devoted member of the Dickerson United Methodist Church for 57 years. Mary Ellen was the president of United Methodist Women for many years and worked on the committees that sponsored events for the church members and community. She and Bill enjoyed square dancing and camping with their friends and family. Mary Ellen knew no strangers and actively supported anyone in need.
She will always be remembered for her big heart, friendly smile and for her faith and service to God.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be sent to Wounded Warriors, Shriners Hospital or Hospice of Frederick County.
Armer McVay Fitzwater, Sr.
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Armer McVay Fitzwater, Sr., 82, of Bunker Hill, WV/Mt.Airy, MD, passed away on January 7, 2021.
He was the loving husband of the late Patsy Fitzwater.
Born on January 25, 1938, he was the son of the late Herman H.M Fitzwater and Nellie Viola Cullers Marshall.
Armer is survived by his 5 children; Darryl Fitzwater, Melody (Sissy) Fitzwater and fiance Garren, Armer (Bo) Fitzwater, Jr. And wife Myra, Herman (Vic) Fitzwater and wife Staci, Dedee Fitzwater and husband Marty Slater, 2 sisters; Mary Virts, Loretta Jeffers, 15 grandchildren; DJ, Brad, Heather, Skyler, Summer, Jennifer, Danny, Jessie, Victoria, Stephen, Julia, Emmy, Gabe, Joshua, Daniel and 12 great-grandchildren; Aidan, Chloe, LuLu, Lincoln, Abby, Mackenzie, Hunter, Madilyn, Tony, Lance, London and Brayden
Along with his parents and wife, Armer was preceded in death by two brothers; Herman Fitzwater, Jr., Kevin Fitzwater and two sisters; Ina Haines and Vada Stottlemyer.
The family will be receiving friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, January 14th at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. The funeral service and graveside will be private. Armer will be laid to rest at Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841.
Geraldine Claire Johnson
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Geraldine Claire Johnson, 71, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on January 6, 2021.
She was the loving wife of Clarence M. Johnson for 50 years. Born on May 8, 1949, in Reading, PA, she was the daughter of the late Paul Daniel and Hope Cheney (Warren) Davis.
In addition to her husband, Geraldine is survived by her two sons, Derek Van Johnson and Ryan Welden Johnson; her mother-in-law, Nell Gates; sister, Phyllis Anne Graves; two brothers, Byron Winfield Davis and Cornell Warren Davis; her stepmother, Pearl Williams Davis; a niece, Nicole Graves; a nephew, Cornell Garrett; and an aunt, Bernice McRae. Preceding Geraldine in death were two aunts, Irma McGalliaria and Marion Toler and five uncles: Charles Warren and Raymond Davis, Larry Davis, Bobby Davis, and Freddy Davis.
Geraldine Claire Johnson (professionally known as Geraldine Claire) was an author, playwright, and songwriter. She wrote a four-book Harbingers series (Harbingers of Spring, Harbingers of Summer, Harbingers of Autumn, and Harbingers of Winter), detailing the trials and tribulations of a well-to-do family living in upper-crust Potomac, MD. She also authored a children’s book of poems and music, A Family Still, United Nations, extolling the bravery and resilience of children around the world confronted with natural tragedies, such Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake; and man-made destruction, such as the 9/11 terrorist attack. She also wrote a musical play, Greener Grass, whose setting was a golf course; a screenplay, Shields of Honor; and a musical, One Last Go Round. These and other projects were set for production at the DeRyan Theatre Workshop, which she founded and served as its artistic director, until illness forced her to cease activities.
The Davis family moved from Reading, PA, to the Germantown section of Philadelphia, PA, in 1955, when Geraldine was 6 years old. A self-proclaimed tomboy, she played mostly with her brothers and their friends and, to her enjoyment and their chagrin, often beat them in bicycle racing around the neighborhood. But her pure enjoyment came in listening to her father sing opera. A graduate of The Julliard School of Music, he was a local celebrity and had performed abroad, including at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Geraldine had inherited his talent and spent hours singing while listening to LP (long-playing) albums on a stereo system that her father had installed throughout the house. Although she liked opera, she loved show tunes and theatre music. So, while her friends were listening to the Temptations’ “My Girl,” she cuddled up with Barbara Streisand’s “Funny Girl.”
Geraldine attended Germantown High School where she excelled in English and writing classes and she sang on the choir. At 17, she met a 19-year-old Temple University sophomore named Clarence Johnson. Clarence had asked Byron, Geraldine’s brother, for her phone number after he heard that she was a “fox.” Initially, she didn’t like Clarence, especially his corny jokes. But he persisted. And one day when he rolled up in a 1963 red and white Ford Thunderbird to pick her up from school, the handwriting—“eventual marriage”—was on the wall.
In 1969, Clarence was drafted into the Army and stationed at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC. They married in 1970 and moved to Arlington, VA, across the river from Fort McNair. Within 2 years, Clarence had been honorably discharged, Geraldine had given birth to her first son, Derek, and the family had moved to a small house with a swimming pool in Chillum, MD. Geraldine, not much of a swimmer, often sunbathed while writing songs and singing to her toddler. In 1979, a second son, Ryan, was born, and, 2 years later, the family moved to a bigger home in Calverton, MD. By then, she had become a physical fitness devotee, determined to keep her lifelong petite size. So, while the kids were at school, she would jog in the park, play tennis, and work out at a local gym several times a week. At home, she would often exercise with weights and jog on the treadmill.
As the years passed, Geraldine yearned to get back into writing and music. So, she put her work in sales and in real estate on hold and took writing courses at Strayer College and music courses at the University of Maryland. Soon, she began writing songs again and, after a prolonged period of false starts, teamed with a musician and arranger to produce the body of work that would eventually become the content for her musicals.
By the time the family moved to Poolesville in 2006, she was hard at work on the Harbingers series. Thus, Harbingers of Spring was published in 2008, Harbingers of Summer in 2011, Harbingers of Autumn in 2012, and Harbingers of Winter in 2014. The children’s storybook, A Family Still, United Nations, was published in 2015.
The family will be receiving friends from 2:00–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16th, at Hilton Funeral Home, located at 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. Per the family’s wishes, a cremation will follow. A Memorial Service will be held after pandemic restrictions on large gatherings are lifted.
Jeffrey Marc Remer
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Jeffrey Marc Remer, 65, of Frederick, MD, passed away on January 12, 2021.
Born on April 11, 1955 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Mitchell Leon and Frances (Gorewitz) Remer.
Jeffrey is survived by his brother; Kevin Remer, sister; Robin Kough, two nieces; Kristina Kough, Jacquelyn Willis, two nephews; Matthew Kough, Daniel Kough, one grand-nephew; Miles Dail, one grand-niece; Corrine Kough and his three four legged children; Fran, Hal and Rocket.
Along with his parents, Jeffrey was preceded in death by his step-father; Hal Stahl and one brother; Bruce Remer.
Jeff wanted everyone to know that he was a lucky guy. He’s traveled all over the country and overseas. He enjoyed his trips everyday to different parks and restaurants with his dogs and friends. He loved his family, his friends, his dogs and food. Not necessarily in that order. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
As per Jeffrey’s wishes he will be cremated.
Ricky Lee Davidson
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Ricky Lee Davidson, Sr. 70, of Monrovia, MD, passed away on January 13, 2021. He was the loving husband of Kathryn (Booth) Davidson. Born February 14, 1950 in Poolesville, MD, he was the son of the late John E. and Dorothy E. Davidson.
Ricky is survived by five children, Annabelle Davidson of Brunswick, MD, Ricky Davidson, Jr. and wife Kathryn of Brunswick, MD, Evelyn Davidson of Hagerstown, MD, Michael Zajdel and wife Jessi of Frederick, MD, Lindsay Zajdel and friend Ricky Shaw of Monrovia, MD; nine grandchildren, Kelly and Carter Hottinger, Ashlee Davidson, Joshua and Thomas Corl, Zachary Rowland, Kylee Shaw, Mia and Kaylee Dorsey; brother Roy Davidson, several uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and many long-time friends. He will also be greatly missed by his fur baby Harley.
Besides his parents, Ricky was preceded in death by his brother John E. Davidson, sister Patricia Lenhart and granddaughter Meghan Davidson (2020).
Ricky (“Rick”) is fondly remembered by many for his quick sense of humor and extensive automotive repair skills, having been a long time automotive mechanic in Poolesville in his early years. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix or any joke left untold.
Interment will be private. The family hopes to plan a celebration of life at a later date when pandemic restrictions on large gatherings are lifted and it is safe to do so.
Doris Kingsbury Lee
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On January 18, 2021, Doris K. Lee, nee Kingsbury passed away.
She was the beloved wife of William V. Lee, who predeceased her in 1972.
Loving daughter of the late Maude L. Wagner and the late Joseph Manning Kingsbury, sister of the late Genevieve K. O’Connell, the late Louise K. Rice, and the late Mary Ann Lillie. Loving mother of Clifford A. Lee (Denise) and Joseph Manning Lee (Julie). Grandmother of Gregory (Jill), Rosemary (Sina Farzinfard), Brian (Kathleen), Mary Beth, Brendan (Alex), Nancy (Joe Minardi), and Bridget, and Great Grandmother of Grace and Declan Lee. She had great affection for the many beloved nieces and nephews she leaves behind.
Doris was born January 21, 1925 in Washington, D.C. and attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington. She was proud of her work for the War Department during WWII, and held a lifelong interest in gardening, antiques, arts and crafts, and volunteering for Montgomery County widowed person services and many other community organizations. She loved her hometown of Kensington, MD, where she resided for over 70 years. In a final letter, she told her family
“My wishes for you are that you have faith in God, always be honest, and take time to enjoy the most precious things God has given us — the birds, the flowers, and each other.” She lived her life by those rules.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff at The Landing in Silver Spring where she lived for the past year. Services will be private.
A private inurnment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Barnesville, MD.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doris’ name to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville, Md. 20838.
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William “Bill” Kamachaitis, age 89, Boyds, Maryland, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
William was born to Peter and Anna Kamachaitis on August 7, 1931 in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania.
William met his wife of 66 years, Marie Kamachaitis at Lakeside a local swimming facility, amusement park and concert hall frequented by the community. After a short walk and a first kiss it was love at first sight. They dated throughout high school and were married at 21. They went on to have 7 children, 6 girls and one boy.
Bill will be most remembered as the devoted husband and patriarch of his family. He valued his family above all and gathered them close year round to celebrate occasions and enjoy time together. He was a generous man who loved his Lithuanian heritage and celebrated it with friends, family, polka music and foods from his childhood as often as possible.
He left his home town at age 18 to join the United States Air Force serving from 1950-1953 in the Korean War. His professional career spanned over twenty-five years in aeronautic engineering beginning at Fairchild Industries and spanning decades for various organizations within the aerospace industry. His aptitude for management led him to positions as CEO. One of his proudest moments was being selected as the CEO of SPACECOM. Bill earned a Bachelor’s of Science from American University and a Master’s degree of Space Aeronautical Management from Loyola College.
William was preceded in death by his wife Marie Kamachaitis, daughter Patty Hardekopf and grandson Samuel Moore, four sisters and one brother and his mother and father. He is survived by one sister, Dorothy Boley, 6 children Marie Vandermolen, David Kamachaitis, Karen Kamachaitis, Nancy Walker, Carol Moore and Sue DeSantis, his 21 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Funeral services, by invitation only, will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021, 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church & Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Barnesville, MD. Due to COVID restrictions the service will be private.
Steven C. Gibson
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Steven C. Gibson, 84, of Boyds, Maryland passed away on January 20, 2021.
He was the loving husband to Virginia Gibson.
Born on January 10, 1937 in South Hartford, NY, he was the son of the late Harden and Florence Barbara (Neff) Gibson.
Along with his wife, he is survived by his children; Steven (Deneen) Gibson, Michelle Duchowny, step-children; Wendy (Brian) Sutch-Kiser, Amy (Bobby) Sutch Gupta, Mark Sutch, 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; his brothers; Phillip Gibson, Bruce (Barb) Gibson, Andrew (Sharon) Gibson and sisters-in-law; Jane Gibson and Diane Gibson.
He was preceded in death by two brothers; George Gibson and Kenneth Gibson and one daughter; Beth Harriet Gibson.
Steven graduated from Cornell University with an Agricultural Engineering degree. He taught junior high science and driver’s ed, then joined the U.S. Air Force. He worked for the NY State Department of Transportation as a computer programmer/systems analyst for traffic studies. For the next 32 plus years he worked as a consultant for various federal and state highways and transit administrations. In retirement he drove school buses for MCPS.
His extensive community involvement included Boy Scouts of America leadership and training for forty plus years, treasurer of Boyds Federal Credit Union, Boyds Historical Society, American Legion and church treasurer at Boyds Presbyterian Church, He also assisted with publishing a book by Arthur Virts’, “Boyds: A Character Study by Arthur Virts and Friends.”
His interests included reading, travelling in his RV to bluegrass festivals and a memorable trip to Albuquerque, NM for a hot air balloon festivals and family caravan/reunion.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Boyds Presbyterian Church, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841.
A Memorial Service will be at Boyds Presbyterian Church with internment to follow at a later date.
Mary Ann Powell
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Mary Ann Powell, 87, of Hagerstown, MD, formerly of Poolesville, MD, passed away on January 21, 2021.
She was the loving wife to the late Donald L. Powell.
Born on April 27, 1933 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Thomas Ketner, Sr. and Edna (Gilbreath) Zevely.
Mary is survived by her three children; Donna R. Irby, Candi Weddle Staley, Richard D. Powell, 3 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by Harrison Dutton, her companion of 28 years, one sister; Jean Baden and one brother; Thomas “Buddy” Zevely, Jr.
Mary was a Career Counselor at Poolesville High School for 28 years and was a former member of the National Quarter Horse Association.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Christopher Lee Mullins
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Christopher Lee Mullins, age 58, of New Market, MD, passed away peacefully of heart complications on January 25, 2021 at Frederick Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
He was a very caring and dedicated father to his son, Brandon Lee Mullins and daughter in law, Katelyn Mullins of Hagerstown, MD. Within the last year, he became a first time grandfather to Isaiah Christopher Lee Mullins who brought many smiles to his face. Chris is survived by his loving and devoted parents, Freddie Lee Mullins and Gloria Jean Mullins of Thurmont, MD. In addition, is survived by his sister whom he adored, Stephanie Lynn Killebrew and his nephew, Tucker Myddelton Killebrew of Frederick.
He was preceded in death by nephew, Tyler Myddelton Killebrew.
Chris was born in Eden, NC. Soon later his family moved to Maryland and grew up in Boyds. He graduated from Seneca Valley High School in 1980 and started his long career at Pleasants Construction spanning from July 3, 1984 to January 25, 2021 (36 Years). He was a very hard and tedious worker who was dedicated to things being done correctly. Chris had many hobbies. He learned to play pool at a very young age and was very good at it. He also loved hunting, riding his motorcycle, and gardening. He always had a vegetable garden and a bevy of plants and flowers that he took much pride in. Through the years he gained many friends from childhood, work, playing pool at the Moose Lodge 371 in Frederick (among many other venues), hunting, and motorcycle rides. Chris, an avid animal lover also cared for two dogs that were always by his side, Eddie and Bitty, who will deeply miss him.
Due to the COVID pandemic, friends and family will be invited to a celebration of life for Chris to be scheduled at a later date.
Francine A. Davio
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Francine A. Davio, 78, of Clarksburg, MD, was peacefully called to heaven on January 30th, 2021, at Holy Cross Hospital in Germantown, MD.
She was born in Detroit, Michigan to Frank and Carmel Artzner.
She was preceded in death by Peter, her loving husband of 53 years.
Fran was a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker. She was the foundation of a wonderful family, and her devotion to raising her children made possible their successes in their education and careers.
Fran enjoyed being a member of the church choir, attending Knights of Columbus events with Pete for over 40 years, and raising her three children. She loved spending time with her family, cooking inspired meals, entertaining, bowling, vacationing with family, and travelling. Her ability to weather tough times, make wonderful memories for the family, and enjoy the happiness of life, were her defining characteristics.
Surviving is her dear sister Colleen; her son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Courtney; son and daughter-in-law Paul and Amy; son Michael and fiancée Lindsey; and four grandchildren: Hailey, Nathan, Joseph, and Matthew.
Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Karen and brother Larry.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 4th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD.