Franklin D. Holt, Jr

Franklin D. Holt, Jr, 53, of Poolesville, MD took his final Harley ride up the Stairway to Heaven on March 4, 2020 and was reunited with his daughter Christina.Born on July 17, 1966, in Maryland, he was the beloved son of Franklin and Judith Holt.Franklin had a love for hunting and fishing and was a member of the VFWA Cabin John Post 5633.Along with his parents, he is survived by his three children; Timothy Franklin Holt, Melody Lynn Holt, Donald William Holt; two sisters, Ann Marie Holt-Tuck, Frances Holt-Payne and one grandchild.He was preceded in death by his daughter Christina D. Holt.A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

William “Bill” Fowler

William “Bill” Fowler, Sr., 82, of Frederick, MD passed away on March 5, 2020.

Bill was the loving husband to the late Mary Louise Fowler.

Born on May 8, 1937, in Virginia, he was the son of the late Charles Grundy and Jinnie Mae Fowler.

He is survived by their four children; Patricia Mills, Marie Chauncey, William Fowler, Jr., Jackie Twigg, one sister; Martha Reed, four brothers; Robert Fowler, James Fowler, Howard Fowler, Harry Fowler, ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Along with his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one sister; Virginia Gravely and two brothers; Charles Fowler, Jr., Frank Fowler.

Family will receive friends on Monday, March 9 from 6-8 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838, where a funeral service will be celebrated at 11 AM on Tuesday, March 10. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 9501 Catoctin Mountain Hwy, Frederick, MD 21701.

R. Marie Smith

R. Marie Smith, 89, of Frederick, MD, passed away on March 9, 2020.

Marie was the loving wife to the late Roy Lee Smith.

Born on March 14, 1930 in Virginia, she was the daughter to the late Herbert Stokes and Cora Lee Stokes Cooley.

Marie would have celebrated her 90th birthday this upcoming Saturday. 
Surviving are three children, Jeanette Broadwater, Linda Jenkins, Thomas Smith; one sister, Alice Brinegar; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Marie was also loved by many nieces and nephews. 

Along with her parents and husband, Marie was preceded in death by her step-father, Marion Cooley, two brothers; Charles Stokes, Wesley Stokes and one sister; Helen Cornell.  
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday March 12 from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Friday March 13 at 10 AM.
Interment will follow in Darnestown Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 15120 Turkey Foot Rd, Gaithersburg, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either Frederick Hospice ( or the Alzheimer’s Association (

James “Jim” Welsman Napier

James “Jim” Welsman Napier, lovingly known as “Sukoshi, Jimmy, Nape, Pro, Daddy-O, Daddyyyyyyyy, My Brother, Uncle Jimmy, Schweetie and Bim Bim”, 65, of Germantown, MD passed away on March 16, 2020 surrounded by his family. Jim was the loving husband to Patricia A. Spino Napier.

Born on June 2, 1954, in Corona, CA he was the first son of the late Captain Edward Dankey Napier and Catherine Jackson Napier. He is survived by his wife and sons; Edward Michael Napier and Erik Alexander Napier, one sister; Christine Napier Louder (Daryl), two brothers; Joseph Jackson Napier, David Harrison Napier, and his beloved nieces and nephews; Matthew Woodard (Catherine), Amanda DePlour (Aleksander), Dana Woodard, Dolan Napier, Ian Napier,  Rowan Napier, Kristina Keefe (Greg), Matthew Smith and Robert Spino; and one Great Nephew; Nicholas R. Keefe. His expecting niece, Amanda, announced that her son would honor Jim with his name. He will be greatly missed by many friends, extended family and his Miniature Schnauzers, Greta (Garbo) and Heidi (Ho). He will be united with his loving family and his beloved pets; his “forever dog” Sukoshi, and Purty and Ashes.

Jim began working at Bretton Woods in 1972. He was awarded PGA membership in 1978 and became Head Professional in 1989. For 48 years he dedicated his life to the members and staff at Bretton Woods. Over that time, he introduced hundreds, if not thousands to “the game of a lifetime”. He conceived of and led many members on golf trips to Maine, Myrtle Beach, Williamsburg and Orlando. These trips fostered relationships and stories that will last a lifetime. 

Jim was an avid hunter and belonged to Izaak Walton League for many years. He especially enjoyed hunting and hours of banter with his dear friend Abe.

Jim was all about family. He made his father proud by becoming the patriarch of his family for the last 22 years. He continued many family traditions such as the annual family trip to Capon Springs & Farms, hosting holiday and family birthday parties, and his love of golf was shared with his family. Like his father, Jim’s greatest role in life was the role of father to his sons. His fatherly influence did not end with his two sons, he shared his fatherly love, devotion, and advice with all his nieces and nephews.

Jim was one of a kind. His prankster behavior was evident in every photo and his kind heart was evident in his infectious smile. He loved to play jokes on friends and colleagues, he loved people, lobsters, popcorn, blueberry pie and his dogs. Jim lived life every day.

A Celebration of Life will be held for friends and family at a later date at Bretton Woods Recreation Center, Inc.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to:

The First Tee Of Greater Washington DC  

2020 Penn. Ave. NW, #106

Washington, DC 20006

Arrangements were made by Hilton Funeral Home.

Beverly Jones Flanigan

Beverly Jones Flanigan, age 71, of Urbana, MD, passed away on March 20, 2020 at the home of her son, Joseph M. Flanigan, where she resided with him and his Family.

Born on September 11,1948, in Johnson City, TN, she was the daughter of the late Harold Henry and Hattie Masters Jones.

A Registered Nurse (RN), she received her Associate’s Degree from The University of Misssissippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Beverly worked as an RN for 20 years with geriatric patients at the Johns Hopkins Bay view Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. Beverly enjoyed playing the piano, reading mystery and true crime books, attending and being an active member at church, watching repeats of Forensic Files, getting her hair done, and could never say no to eating crinkle cut fries and vanilla bean or butter pecan ice cream. Perhaps most of all, she loved spending time with her Family and seeing them happy, especially her two granddaughters,who brought her endless joy.

Beverly was the loving wife to the late Michael Patrick Flanigan. Beverly is survived by her son; Joseph M. and wife Amy Flanigan of Urbana, MD, sister; Betty and husband Gene Gouge of Johnson City, TN, two grandchildren; Avery and Riley Flanigan,and several pets; cats Max, Lil’ Jerry, and Sunny and dog Lola.

Services for Beverly will be private.In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer'Association at

Catherine Louise Sadler

Catherine Louise Sadler, 86, of Chambersburg, PA, formerly of Montgomery County and
Frederick County Maryland, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 21, 2020.

She was the loving wife to the late Harold Robert Sadler who passed away in May 2007.
Born April 14, 1933, Catherine was the daughter of the late Raymond Joseph and Eva Lydia (Reed) Lynch. Catherine is preceded in death by her twin sister Martha Lynch, eldest son Lawrence (Larry) Sadler, and her in-laws Lawrence and Leona Sadler.

Catherine retired, after 28 years, from the Montgomery County Public Schools Transportation Department where she was a bus operator for Bus 8. She was a life member of the Rockville, Hyattstown and Damascus Ladies Auxiliary. Catherine was a delegate of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Association as well as a past chapter president of SEIU Local 500.

In her spare time she enjoyed game shows, country music, especially, Conway Twitty, loved to travel with her husband to visit family in Iowa and attend the Iowa State Fair. She never missed the Winchester Apple Blossom Festival and Parade in Winchester, VA and the Maryland State Fireman’s Convention and Parade in Ocean City, MD. Catherine loved to travel to Branson, MO to see her country shows.

Surviving are her children; Melinda Sadler of Williamsport, MD, Marion Haupt of Myersville, MD, Janice Boismenu of Williamsport, MD, Darlene and husband Russell Arnsparger of Hagerstown, MD, Charlie and wife Robin Sadler of Greencastle, PA, daughter-in-law; Lynn Melvin of Gaithersburg, MD, grandchildren; David and wife Amy Haupt, Heather and husband Daniel Franklin, Katie Sadler and fiancé Kelsey Burger, Joanne Ferro, Mark and wife Kathryn Ferro, Nick Boismenu, Christina and husband Darnell Hebron, Alex Boismenu, Jennifer Sadler, Timmy Sadler, great grandchildren; Kayla, Brooke, Emma, Shannen and fiancé Gabriely, Katie,
Everleigh, Isaiah, Donovan, Charlotte, David, Eliza, Mariyah, Mychael and Layla. Catherine also held a special place for her favorite cousin and friend, Elaine Heffner, lifetime best friends, Ruby Mitchell and Mickey Lewter and other numerous nieces, nephews and cousins from across the US.

Services for Catherine will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In Lieu of Flowers, donations can be made the Marion Volunteer Fire Co. #8, 5465 Molly Pitcher Hwy, Chambersburg, PA 17202 or SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, 2700 Luther Dr, Chambersburg, PA 17202.

Teddy Lee Burriss, Sr.

Teddy Lee Burriss, Sr. passed from this life on March 24, 2020 in Waynesboro, PA.  He was born in Frederick, MD on March 31, 1938 to Horace and Eva Burriss. 

He grew up in Barnesville, Maryland, where he was a member of the Barnesville Baptist Church.  He attended Poolesville High School, graduating in 1957.  He was a loving and devoted husband to his high school sweetheart; Patricia Ann Burriss for 63 years. The couple resided in Barnesville, Maryland for more than 25 years and were the proud parents of fifteen children: eight boys and seven girls. 

He is survived by his spouse; Patricia Ann Burriss and fourteen of his fifteen children; Nelson Burriss (Bridget), Teddy Burriss, Jr. (Rebecca), Frederick Burriss (Laurie), Michelle Reed, Daniel Burriss,  David Burriss (Roberta), Deborah Wilson (Christopher), Lisa Burriss, Jeanette Howard, Mary O’Brien (Shane), Amy Young (Charles), Matthew Burriss, Eric Burriss (Nicole) and Beth Pearson (Brian), as well as, 33 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by a brother; Ronald Burriss and sister; Sylvia Little.

He is preceded in death by his son; David Michael Burriss, his father; Horace Burriss, his mother; Eva Burriss, his three sisters; Betty Barnes, Jackie Ward, and Pauline Burriss, his daughter-in-law; Rhonda Burriss and his great granddaughter; Daphanie Balcharan. 

Teddy was a great provider for his family, as an electrician by trade he worked for Truland Electrical for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1999. He was member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 26). He would also be found late into the evening working in his shop from home on several projects to provide extra income for his family.  He was a skilled metal worker, designing and fabricating numerous trailers, used for hauling vehicles, lawn equipment, and other items, which were commissioned by neighbors, friends and acquaintances.  He was also an accomplished wood worker, designing and building kitchen cabinets, furniture and other items for his home.  Shortly after his retirement to South Carolina in 2002 he began designing and creating lamps, which he generously gifted to friends and family. 

Teddy was generous with his time, love and kindness, always willing to help friends, family and neighbors.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Children’s National Hospital (, who so compassionately cared for their infant son David Michael who died in 1961. 

Due to the current pandemic the family will not be holding viewing or funeral services at this time.  Please visit his obituary page on the Hilton Funeral Home site   A celebration of life party will be held later in the year, once this crisis is contained.

Michele Anne Cropp

Michele Anne Cropp died suddenly on March 22, 2020.  

Michele was a strong woman; she was also vibrant, passionate, funny, and totally dedicated to her family. She was one of the kindest people you would ever meet. 

She grew up in Rockville, MD and was a graduate of the University of Maryland.

In her personal life as well as her professional life, Michele was a passionate advocate for all children. She had been active with Montgomery County 4H Clubs for over 2 decades and for many years served as a livestock superintendent during the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. As a much-loved Educational Consultant, her advocacy for children and their education contributed greatly to bettering the lives of many Montgomery County Public School students. Her advocacy will be missed by many parents and their children.

With her husband Craig, Michele dedicated the past 20+ years to raising Angus cattle on their Cropp Family Farm. She was a resounding voice for agriculture in Montgomery County.Michele was elected a two-term President of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau, a member of the Montgomery County Agricultural Advisory Committee, a member of the Montgomery Agriculture Producers, and she was active in the American Angus Association. Her very wise words and ever-sound advice will be missed by the agricultural community.Michele will remain present in this lovely 2019 urban farming documentary called,"LOSING GROUND.”  It shows her staunch commitment to agriculture. The video is provided below. 

Michele was mother of Michael Cropp; dedicated, loving step-mom to Matthew Cropp; and wife of Dr. Craig Cropp. She is also survived by her brothers David and Jim Dubinsky, and her sister Mary Dubinsky Waggoner. Michele dedicated many years taking excellent care of her father Jim(deceased in 2019) and her mother Marianne Dubinsky (deceased in 2013). 

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair with a note on the check “Michele Cropp”. A memorial bench will be placed on the Fairgrounds in 2021 to recognize her contributions to the agricultural community and the support she provided to the Fair for many years.

Memorial service arrangements are pending.

Geraldine P. Watson

Geraldine P. Watson of Clarksburg, MD passed away quietly on March 23, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Pearl River, NY to the late Victor E. Prezioso, an Italian immigrant who landed at Ellis Island and his wife Marguerite. Geraldine was one of seven children.


After graduating high school, she moved to Washington DC and worked for the U.S. Treasury where she met her future husband, Robert who was an economist. Geraldine was always up for an adventure or having fun with her family whether petting baby white Bengal tigers in India, climbing to the top of the Arc de Triumph in Paris or taking in a play in London’s West End. She even fulfilled her lifelong dream of skydiving at the age of 85 over San Diego, CA!


Married 49 years, Geraldine was predeceased by her husband. She is survived by her daughter Bonnie of Clarksburg, MD, her son Bob and his wife Kathy of Irvine, CA, her daughter Ruth of Berryville, VA, two brothers Ronald Prezioso of Virginia Beach, VA and Fred Prezioso of Tecumseh, MI; two grandchildren, Christopher of Damascus, MD and Brent of Clarksburg, MD; two great grandchildren, Angelina and Diego and many grandnieces and grandnephews.


 In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the American Heart Association,


Services for Geraldine will be private.

Lillian Holt Smith

Lillian Holt Smith “Pinkie” of Adamstown, Maryland passed away March 26th , 2020 at the age of 96.
Pinkie was born in Smithfield, RI the oldest and last remaining of the four children of the late Harold and Mabel (Hassum) Holt of Warwick Neck, RI.

Upon graduation from the Samuel Gorton High School in Providence, she completed her nursing education at the New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing (Class of 44) in Boston, MA. Pinkie then joined the Army Nurse Corps “hoping to see the world”, but as a highly valued Operating Room nurse, her skills kept her stateside working with orthopedic and plastic surgeons doing reconstructive surgery at the Cushing General Hospital in Farmington, MA, a military hospital for soldiers wounded during
WWII. After the war, she continued OR nursing at the Gallinger Hospital in Washington DC. It was there that she met her husband of 47 years, the late (1995) Gordon Murdoch Smith MD, playing in a hospital league baseball game.

Pinkie devoted her early married life to helping her husband establish his family practice in Upper Montgomery County, and in raising their 2 sons, Geoffrey and Timothy in Barnesville. She was an avid volunteer in the community serving at the YWCA, the Red Cross, and her favorite, the Frederick Memorial Hospital ED from 1984-2003. She served on the Board of Directors for the Red Cross, and was a past president of the Montgomery Co. Medical Aux. She was a member of Frederick Memorial Hospital
Aux and the Frederick Memorial Medical Society. At Buckingham’s Choice, where she lived for the past 13 years, she volunteered in the gift shop, and was the cluster chair for her floor, welcoming new residents. She was an active participant in the Episcopal congregation.

She is survived by her son Geoffrey Murdoch Smith (wife Lynn) of Reisterstown, Maryland and son Timothy Holt Smith (wife Lynn) of Pasadena, Maryland. Grandchildren, Megan Roberts (John), Abigail Tower (Jason), Jared Smith (Beth), Andrew Smith (Tabitha), Patrick Smith (Katelyn), Jason Langley (Bethany), and 10 great grandchildren. She is also mourned by many friends.
A celebration of her life will be scheduled for a future date at Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown, Maryland, where she resided until her passing.

If desired, memorial donations can be made in her name to:
KAT6A Foundation
3 Louise Drive
West Nyack, NY 10994
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Wilmer L. Realpe Cabrera

Wilmer L. Realpe Cabrera, 60, passed away on March 4, 2019. Born on March 21, 1958 in La Fama,
Sucumbíos, Ecuador. Son of Victor Hugo Realpe Bravo and Ines Rosario Cabrera Ortiz.
Wilmer was a devoted husband to America Elizabeth Narvaez de Realpe and an exceptional father to
Katherine Soledad Realpe Narvaez and Wilmer Bladimir Realpe Narvaez.
Wilmer leaves behind a legacy of hard work and dedication serving the Montgomery County Public
School System for over 15 years (November, 2003). Wilmer was a gifted volleyball player and a soccer,
boxing and mixed martial arts enthusiast.
Wilmer will always be remembered and loved by his entire family. Specially by:
Brothers: Oswaldo, Darwin, Milton, Esteban, Ramiro, Hugo and Freddy Realpe Cabrera.
Sisters: Melva, Graciela, Lilian Realpe Cabrera and Oliva Cabrera.
Parents in law: Segundo Sebastian Narvaez Guayasamin and Maria Soledad Guallasamin Pillajo
Brothers in law: John Narvaez, Roberto Narvaez, Gerardo Tulcan and Wilson Burbano
Sisters in law: Teresa Narvaez, Elsa Ortiz, Teresa Chalacan, Alicia Ortiz, Luz Ortiz, Flor Zuniga and
Guillermina Pacheco
Nephews: John Narvaez, Victor Realpe, Nicholas Narvaez, Sami Suprasindhu.
Nieces: Diana Narvaez, Abigail and Victoria Narvaez Muñoz, Ximena Realpe, Suyanna Suphasinghu,
Tulcan Realpe family, Realpe Zuniga family, Realpe Ortiz family, Realpe Chalacan family, Burbano
Cabrera family.

Wilmer L. Realpe Cabrera, 60, falleció el 4 de Marzo del 2019. Nacido el 21 de Marzo de 1958 en La
Fama, provincia de Sucumbíos, Ecuador. Hijo de Victor Hugo Realpe Bravo and Ines Rosario Cabrera
Wilmer fue devoto esposo de America Elizabeth Narvaez de Realpe y un padre exceptional a sus dos
hijos Katherine Soledad Realpe Narvaez y Wilmer Bladimir Realpe Narvaez
Wilmer deja un legado de arduo trabajo y dedicación por su servicio a las Escuelas Públicas del Condado De Montgomery por más de 15 años (Noviembre 2003). Wilmer era un talentoso jugador de volley y un aficionado al fútbol, boxeo y artes marciales mixtas.
Wilmer siempre será recordado y amado por su family entera. En especial por:
Hermanos: Oswaldo, Darwin, Milton, Esteban, Ramiro, Hugo y Freddy Realpe Cabrera.

Hermanas: Melva, Graciela, Lilian Realpe Cabrera y Oliva Cabrera.
Suegros: Segundo Sebastian Narvaez Guayasamin y Maria Soledad Guallasamin Pillajo
Cuñados : John Narvaez, Roberto Narvaez, Gerardo Tulcan y Wilson Burbano
Cuñadas: Teresa Narvaez, Elsa Ortiz, Teresa Chalacan, Alicia Ortiz, Luz Ortiz, Flor Zuniga y Guillermina Pacheco
Sobrinos: John Narvaez, Victor Realpe, Nicholas Narvaez y Sami Suprasindhu.
Sobrinas: Diana Narvaez, Abigail and Victoria Narvaez Muñoz, Ximena Realpe, Suyanna Suphasinghu, la familia Tulcan Realpe, la familia Realpe Zuniga, la familia Realpe Ortiz, la familia Realpe Chalacan, la familia Burbano Cabrera y la familia Realpe Pacheco.

James W. (Jimmy) Loy Sr.

James W. (Jimmy) Loy Sr., 82, of Clarksburg, MD, passed away on March 7, 2019 at the age of82, following a lengthy illness.Jimmy was born on October 30, 1936, in Clarksburg, MD, to the late Lance and Lucille Loy.Jimmy worked for the Montgomery County Government for 34 years as a tree foreman. OnAugust 5, 1958, he married the love of his life, Lorraine Quesenberry. Together, they raised adaughter, Debbie Mikus, and son James Loy Jr.Jimmy had a passion for life and his family. He loved his wife Lorraine with all his heart andwas a loving, devoted father and grandfather. He trea