​T. Michael Miller

T. Michael Miller, 68, of Frederick, MD, died on November 9, 2016.
Born on February 23, 1948, in Olney, MD, he was the son of the late Nathan M. and Mary (Elkins) Miller. 
Michael graduated from Damascus High School in 1966 and later Alderson Broaddus University in Phillipi, WV. He was a member of the Barnesville Baptist Church and authored several books on the history of Alexandria, Virginia, where he also
served as the city Historian for many years. He worked for the Lee-Fendall House
and did occasional tours for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. He was also an accomplished classical pianist.
He is survived by his brother, Nathan M. Miller, Jr. and wife Dana of Morrisville, NY,; a sister, Catherine Miller and companion David Jones of Earlville, NY; four nephews, Nathan M. Miller, III and wife Calla of Morrisville, NY, Joshua Doroshenko and wife Nicole of Tonawanda, NY, Jonathan Doroshenko and companion Sarah Palmer, David L. Jones of Ithaca, NY; one niece, Jessica Davis and husband James of Morrisville, NY; 10 great nieces and nephews and 3 first cousins.
Services will be held at a later date.

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Richard (Dick) T. Twigger

Richard (Dick) T. Twigger, 84, of Poolesville, MD, died on November 3, 2019.

He was the husband of Judith A. Twigger.

Richard served his country in the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper and was a firefighter for the District of Columbia reaching the rank of captain.

Surviving besides his wife is one daughter, Lynda T. D’Amelio and husband Peter of Poolesville; one brother, Harry Twigger; one sister, Mary Lou Berger of Poolesville and 3 grandchildren, Jami, Ryan and Sam D’Amelio.

He was preceded in death by one son, Richard S. Twigger, two brothers Gilbert and John Twigger and two sisters, Helen Twigger and Virgin Posa.

Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday November 6 from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon, on Thursday, November 7, at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, 17230 Tom Fox Avenue, Poolesville, MD 20837.

Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Barnesville, MD.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org)

Bruce John Wooden

Bruce John Wooden, 88, of Dickerson, Maryland passed away peacefully at home on November 4, 2019, after a near five-year battle with esophageal cancer. 

Bruce John Wooden was born in Riverside, Illinois in 1931.  He was the second of three sons of Howard F. Wooden and Lucille V. Wooden.  He and his older brother Neal and younger brother David spent their time growing up during the Depression playing games, sports, hunting and fishing.  They learned much from their father who was skilled with his hands and each of the boys shared his passion.  They also became proficient in fixing anything and everything that broke or needed repair. They all were inseparable especially Bruce and David who spent much time together over the last 87 years, that continued until Bruce’s death. Bruce and David were not only Brothers, but the best of friends.

Bruce dedicated his life to Service.  He especially excelled in academics. Shortly after graduating High School he was accepted into the US Navy and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) which is high acclaimed for its engineering studies. He was a member of Theta Chi. In 1950, due to his academic excellence at RPI, Bruce received a full-ride scholarship to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. During his tenure at the Naval Academy, he became a Sailing Master and participated in Wrestling and the Radio Club. In 1954, Bruce graduated as the first engineering officer in the Academy. In 1956, Bruce was accepted a scholarship into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There he studied Naval Engineering, Naval Architecture and Nuclear Physics.  Bruce was active and a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma XI and SNAME. In 1959, he graduated first in his class with Master of Science Degrees in Engineering and Mathematics.  He additionally received the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Student Honor Prize in recognition of his academic excellence. Bruce served over 16 years in the US Navy. In 1967, he was honorably discharged at the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LTCR).

In 1958 while studying at MIT, Bruce met and married his loving wife of 61 years, Barbara Jean Wooden. Together they had three children, Cynthia Jean, Howard Harold and Carole Ruth Wooden.  Bruce and the family settled in the Washington DC area where he and Barbara have remained.  During his lifetime and after his retirement from the US Navy he entered into the private sector and continued to focus on his passion for engineering and academics.  Throughout his career, he directed multiple engineering projects as a team leader, inspector, consultant and executive with a focus on marine technologies.  He was innovative, which resulted in many new discoveries that have become standards in the DOD industry.  

In 1973, Bruce and the family moved to Dickerson, Maryland and embraced a new life of living in the country.  Seven Springs Farm became a passion for Bruce, where he dedicated his spare time to farming and raising livestock and horses.  Bruce, Barbara and the children all became avid horseback riders and spent time showing Arabian Horses participating in the Sugarloaf Riding Club.  He also raised cattle and thoroughly enjoyed planting corn, soybeans, and on occasion a field full of sunflowers!  Bruce spent many hours on the tractors keeping the farm operating up until his death.  He was the happiest when he was busy and the farm created many projects over the years which enabled him to use many of the skills passed onto him by his father.  Bruce and Barbara enjoyed sharing the farm with many people.  Over the years many have enjoyed visiting and living on the farm and have become an extended part of the Wooden Family.  He planted and harvested many Sunflowers on the farm and people would come from miles to witness natures beauty.  He also planted pumpkins and family, friends and guests would come and enjoy hunting for the perfect one for their doorstep or confection during the holiday season.  Bruce walked the farm everyday with Barbara and their sidekick Gracie, a female Golden Retriever.  He always stayed active up to his last day and never once complained or voiced regrets of missed opportunities.  He lived every day to its fullest and created a legacy for all to remember. 


Bruce was proud of his life dedicated to service. He was wise beyond words, he was dedicated to his family and his Country, he gave more than he ever received to those around him and to people who needed it more, helped anyone who needed it and lived as a true gentleman his entire life.  He was involved in many local charitable and social organizations. In 1974, he joined the Monocacy Lions Club, and was a past President and stayed active until the end. As a horseback rider, he was a member of the Sugarloaf Riding Club and the Potomac Hunt Club. He also was a founding member of the Sugarloaf Cotillion. Finally, to give back to the sciences, Bruce eagerly supported Barbara’s membership and involvement in the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation. The ARCS is a non-profit organization that is administered by a group of women who financially support graduates and undergraduates of the United States’ colleges and universities in the STEM fields.

Bruce John Wooden is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Jean, 92. His Brother David R. Wooden, 86, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. His children, Cynthia Wooden 59, of Philippi, West Virginia, Howard Wooden, 58, of Brandon, Florida and Carole Andres, 56, of Dickerson, Maryland. Grand Children, Elise Wendland, Devin Wooden, Hunter Wooden, Bradley Andres, Catherine Andres and Great Grandchild Aiden Wooden as well as many of the spouses, cousins, nieces and nephews.   Bruce will be missed and remembered by many friends, coworkers and the many people whose lives he has touched.

Betty Levy

Born January 7, 1941, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 9, 2019 at her home in Germantown, MD accompanied by family and friends. Betty was an altruistic mother of four and dedicated caregiver. She is famously known for being an avid animal lover with a special interest towards big cats, AKA “Leopard Lady”. She will always be remembered for her kindness and generosity. Betty spent much of her time caring for her various rescued animals and for many wild animals that gravitated towards her. She is survived by three sons, Albert, Glenn and Corey; daughter-in-law,  Aiming; three grandchildren, Jason, Chandler and Jessica; brother Kenny; niece Dana and nephew Andrew.

Details of services will be announced for a 1 year anniversary. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on behalf of Betty’s son Emanuel (Manny) Levy to the Williams Syndrome Foundation, https://williams-syndrome.org or on behalf on Betty F Levy, www.hopkinscancerresearch.org.

Mary White Hays Lok

Mary White Hays Lok, 85, passed away on November 15, 2019 with her daughters and sons-in-law by her side.

Born December 31, 1933, she was the daughter of Frederick Sprigg Hays Sr. and Eleanor Merryman Ray Hays. She was part of the sixth generation of her family to live in Barnesville, Maryland as her family settled there in the 1740’s. She moved to Frederick in 2017 for assisted living care and frequently and proudly introduced herself as a “Hays from Barnesville”.  Mary White was introduced to her future husband, Godefridus “Fred” Lok, by mutual friends while on a trip to The Netherlands. They courted through letters for 18 months. Fred’s mother warned that if he came to visit her they would get married.  She was right, they married on November 9, 1957, and they celebrated 58 years of marriage before his death in 2016.

Shortly after graduating from Poolesville High School in 1952, Mary White started working as a bank teller in Washington, DC traveling by train from the Barnesville stop. She enjoyed her career and stuck with it for thirty years.  Mary White was fully involved her entire life with helping others.  She often provided transportation, meals, and visits to aging or house-bound neighbors, cared for her bank customers as if they were friends, and ran an efficient taxi service for her daughters and grandchildren.    

She was an active member and officer of the Monocacy PTA, St. Johns at Prospect Hall’s Athletic Board, Monocacy Garden Club, Comus Homemakers, and the Upper  Montgomery County Soroptimist International Club.  Hosting gatherings was a particular joy for her from small get-togethers to feeding large groups such as the Montgomery County Farmers Club.  She was introduced to the game of bridge late in life and loved it although as much for the socializing as for the game itself.  She also enjoyed friendships with her wonderful caregivers at Tranquility Assisted Living and more recently at Spring Arbor Assisted Living.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Bob Ward, Shirley and Sam Prasada-Rao;  grandchildren, Mary Kate, Emily, Abby, Benton, Curtis, Adam, Mietzy, Freddy and Mina and numerous nieces and nephews both in the US and abroad.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her daughter Mary “Ineke” Lok, her grandson Daniel Ward, her great-grandson Beau Ross, and her siblings Lt. Frederick Sprigg Hays Jr, and Elizabeth “Lib” Tolbert. 

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838. Services will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 20100 Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837, on Monday, November 18 at 11:00 AM.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Frederick County or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

Nancy Beth Brown

Nancy Beth Brown, 70, of Dickerson, MD, passed away on November 18, 2019.

Born on June 21, 1949, she was the daughter to the late Bernard and Myrna (Chain) Friedman.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Tom Brown.

Observing her wishes there will be no services held.

Barbara Jean Childress

Barbara Jean Childress, 74, of Thurmont, MD, passed away on November 19, 2019.

Barbara was the loving wife to the late Monty A. Childress.

Born on March 14, 1945, she was the daughter to the late Charles and Claudine (Ashwell) Griggs.

Barbara is survived by her two children, Charles K. Childress and Christopher M. Childress; daughter-in-law's, Stacey Phillips and Justyna Childress; one brother, John Griggs; four grandchildren, Ryan, Calie, Natalie, Cayson; and nephew, Matthew Griggs.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Glenn Griggs.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, December 8th  from 1pm- 4pm at 5287 Mussetter Rd, Ijamsville, MD 21754.

Inurnment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to Kline Hospice House, 7000 Kimmel Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771.

Carroll Miller Ficklin

Carroll Miller Ficklin, 72, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. 

He was a loving husband and a devoted father to his beloved three children.Carroll was born on August 30, 1947 in Washington, DC to Dorsey William Ficklin and Fannie Settle Ficklin.

Those who had the pleasure to know Carroll may remember him best for his love of life.  He was known for his friendliness, his quick wit, his infectious smile and his kind, compassionate spirit.  Carroll made everyone feel special and was a ray of sunshine to many.  He was also a hard-working man who accomplished a tremendous amount of his goals in life and always took great pride in his work.  In his free time he enjoyed all things sports, beach and politics, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends.

Carroll was preceded in death by his father, Dorsey, his mother, Fannie, and his brother, William.  He is survived by his wife, Louise Amidon Ficklin, his three children, Debra Ann (Debbie) Ficklin and her husband James Hawfield, Richard Bryan (Ricky) Ficklin and his wife, Joanna Ficklin, and Sharon Alayne (Shari) Liapis and her husband, Michael Liapis; his six grandchildren, Melissa Ann Hagen and her husband Daniel Hagen, Stephanie Psaroudis, Ryan and Justin Ficklin, and Stratton and Braydon Liapis; and his two great-grandchildren, Lexus and Bryce Hagen.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, December 6th, 2019 at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838.  A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 p.m. noon on Saturday December 7th, 2019 at Tri County Baptist Church, 7821 Damascus Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20882. Interment to follow at 1:30 p.m. at All Souls Cemetery, 11401 Brink Rd, Germantown, MD 20876. 

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.hiltonfh.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association

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William S. Morrow, Jr.

William S. Morrow, Jr., 66, of Poolesville, MD, passed away Nov. 5, 2018.

William was the loving husband to Laura Amy Morrow.

Born on May 11, 1952, in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late William S. Morrow and Doris Cleveland. Along with his wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Adrienne Morrow of Poolesville, MD; Margaret Morrow Swensen (Eric) of Charlottesville, VA; one son, William Morrow III (Melissa Sander) of Damascus, MD; one brother, Warren Morrow of Brownsville, MD; five grandchildren, Katheryn Morrow, Quinn Morrow, Stella Swensen, Kyle Johnson and Caroline Johnson.

William is preceded in death by one brother, Darrell Morrow.

An attorney who received his JD from Georgetown University Law School, William was admitted to practice at the U.S. Supreme Court and served as executive director of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission. An active member of the American Bar Association, William was named a fellow of the ABA’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. A devoted husband and father, William enjoyed camping with his family, running, golfing (poorly) and spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid reader, and solved any newspaper puzzle he saw.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837.

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

Joyce Jacobson Leitch

Joyce Jacobson Leitch of Germantown, Maryland, 83, passed away peacefully at home on November 8,2018 at 7:13 pm, surrounded by her family. Joyce was raised in Waukon, Iowa, and at the age of 5 yearsold entered the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs which she attended until her graduation in1954. A proud Bison alum, Joyce attended Gallaudet College (now Gallaudet University) in Washington, DC where she majored in home economics, was a member of the Phi Kappa Zeta sorority, an active thespian, and a member of several clubs. Joyce often spoke of the life-long friendships and wonderful memories she made during her time at Gallaudet, especially with her fellow class of ‘59ers. It was at Gallaudet where she met the love of her life, her late husband, Donald R. Leitch, whom she married on June 18, 1960.Joyce had a long and fulfilling career as an educator of deaf children. After spending years raising herdaughters, Joyce began her career at the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD), Columbia Campus as ateacher’s aide. After receiving her master’s degree in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College(now McDaniel College), Joyce was promoted to a teacher’s position where she taught in theelementary and middle school programs specializing in mathematics and social studies.Over the course of her 33-year career at MSD, Joyce taught and guided hundreds of students. Herpassion for teaching and love for her students was evident in all that she did. She spent hours afterschool ensuring that her classroom was the ultimate “kid-friendly” space and designing bulletin boards that defied description. Joyce was also committed to developing and supporting future educators through her supervision and mentorship of college interns and new teachers. Her lasting relationships with her former students and colleagues are a testament to the love and commitment she had for the MSD community.During her retirement, Joyce kept busy doting over her family, and engaged in scrapbooking andgenealogy. With a flair for drama, Joyce enjoyed entertaining her friends and family with her talent ofsign-performing short songs and poems. Always a social butterfly, she loved attending communityevents such as Deaf Seniors and Red Hat Society gatherings, and spending time with the “Bridgettes,”her beloved 50-year bridge club.Joyce is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald R. Leitch. She is survived by her threedaughters and sons-in-law, Krista Leitch Walker (Steve), Erika Edgar (Brad), and Naja Frelich (Daryl), her 9 grand-children, and 5 great-grandchildren. Joyce is also survived by her brother, John Daniel Aide, of Prattville, Alabama.A private family service and burial will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at Loudon Park Cemetery,Baltimore, with a celebration of her life to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requeststhat donations be made in her name to the Maryland School for the Deaf Foundation, P.O. Box 636,Frederick, MD, 21705.

Ronald Lynn Breland

Ronald Lynn Breland, 70, of Barnesville, MD died on November 7, 2018. Born on October 24, 1948 in Keyser, WV, he was the son of Rosalee Breland-Hessler and the late Nelson Lynnwood Breland, Sr. He grew up in Martinsburg, WV and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. Prior to university, he served in the United States Army with distinction and was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist Second Class.

Ronald was the loving husband to Juanita Wheatley Breland.

Along with his wife and mother, he is survived by one daughter, Morgan Wheatley Schmidt; two sisters, Noreen Harvey [John Harvey], June M. Davis and two brothers, Nelson Lynwood Breland, Jr. [Pilar Breland] and Darren  D. Breland [Lynda Breland]. He was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen D. Breland.

In his professional life, Mr. Breland was a mechanical engineer, business owner and entrepreneur. For more than twenty years he was the owner and CEO of Selbre Associates, a reputable government contract management firm. Later he became a business consultant and served on the board of directors for several technology companies. His professional success afforded him the time to enjoy traveling, tending his farm and its many rescue animals, riding his motorcycle, baseball and spending time with his family and friends. He was also an active participant in his community and was a long-standing member of the Potomac Hunt Club and the Sugarloaf Riding Club.

A Memorial Service is to be held the morning of Saturday, November 17th at ten o’clock at Comus Sky Farm, Barnesville, MD.

Memorial donations may be made to Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, MD.

Arrangements were made by Hilton Funeral Home (Hiltonfh.com).

Joseph Wheeler Caw, Jr.

Joseph Wheeler Caw, Jr., 84, a longtime resident of Poolesville, MD, joined his beloved wife, Sally Ann Wilson Caw, in Heaven on November 26, 2018

Born on October 4, 1934 in Washington, DC, Joe was the son of the late Joseph W. and Mary Rosina (Barnes) Caw.

A lifelong athlete, Joe was a member of the “Fab 5” basketball team at McKinley Tech High School, and remained good friends with his teammates for the duration of his life. A multi-sport athlete, Joe was a member of both the Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame and the Fast-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame – DC Metro Area where he excelled as a pitcher.

After graduating from college, Joe married his college sweetheart, Sally, on July 30, 1955, in a ceremony at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Bethesda.

Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as part of the first radar-guided artillery regiment. His duties took him to Germany for a time, where he and Sally honeymooned.

After an honorable discharge, Joe and Sally made their home in Wheaton, welcoming three children – Joseph, Rosemarie, and James.

Joe was an accomplished carpenter who never met something he couldn’t fix, and owned Caw-Peele, an appliance repair store.  After retiring from Home Depot, he spent his free time in his shop, working on cars, fixing anything that was broken, or building heirlooms like a cradle for his grandchildren.

An enthusiastic Senator/Nationals and Redskins fan, Sundays were often spent in the kitchen, surrounded by food and family, watching the game. Joe also enjoyed spending time at the water and enjoyed boating and relaxing on the beach.  

Perhaps what Joe loved most, however, was spending time with his family. The Caw clan has grown to include children Joseph W. Caw, III, his wife Sheri, Rosemarie Reader, her husband Michael, and James Caw, and his partner Colleen.

PopPop, as many knew him, will be dearly missed by his grandchildren: Jessica, Jack, his wife Britney, Jill, her fiancé Tim, Mathew, his wife Kayla, Joseph, his wife Cheyenne, Joanne, her fiancée Cathryn, and Jake. PopPop was also a proud great-grandfather to four: Tripp, Elizabeth, Charlotte, and River.

Joe was preceded in death by three sisters: Elizabeth Peele, Gladys Ricker and Rosemary Fling.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Friday, Nov. 30 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery, with a reception at St. Mary’s pavilion following internment.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, PO Box 542, Poolesville, MD 21837-0542 (bcciwla.org).