Walter Ellis “Brother” Hebron, was born on October 22, 1933, to the late Lawrence and Ada Hebron. He was called home on Tuesday August 19, 2003 while at Collingswood Nursing and RehabilitationCenter, Rockville, Maryland. Brother was a Paratrooper with the United States Army, and belonged to the 4H club as a youth. He accepted Christ into his life at an early age and has been a member of Saint PaulCommunityChurch in Poolesville, Maryland since childhood.
Victoria Monique Powell Small, was born on March 12, 1963 to the late John Henry Powell and Vernell Elizabeth Powell Brodie. She was called home on Sunday, September 8, 2002 at WashingtonAdventistHospital, Takoma Park, Maryland. Vicky attended the DC Public School System, but continued her education at the Martha Washington School of Nursing. She was employed as a day careteacher's aide at the Children in the Shoe, Bethesda, Maryland. Vicky accepted Christ in her life at an early age. She was a member of Saint PaulCommunityChurch in Poolesville, Maryland.
Dora Timbers was born June 12, 1921 in Sugarland, MD to the late Phillip Johnson, Sr and Nettie Branison. For many years Dora was a Health Care provider for elderly people whom she loved. She was a missionary and served the health needs of the community by taking blood pressure, glucose testing, and as a driver for any neighbor or friend. Dora loved her family. She expressed a love for all people. She was a faithful member of Mt.CalvaryBaptistChurch for nearly 40 years. She fought the good fight and finished her course when her Lord and Savior called her home on Wednesday, May 14, 2003.
Gerry (Ger) Nolan Hebron’s labor in the valley ended on Friday, September 9, 1994, at Veterans Administration Hospital, Washington, DC. He was born April 9, 1949 to the late Lawrence Augustus and Ada Elizabeth Hebron. Ger graduated PoolesvilleHigh School, June, 1968. That same year he started work at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Rockville, Maryland as a Law Clerk. He continued there until he joined the U.S. Army, where he graduated from combat training, Company E, Second Battalion, Fort Dix, New Jersey. Gerry served in the Vietnam War and later received an honorable discharge in 1973.
Antonio Manuel Fontanez, known to all as Tony, passed from this life on Monday, January 18 , 1988 at ShadyGroveAdventistHospital. Tony was born April 8, 1962 at Walter Reed Army Hospital, WashingtonD.C. He attended the Montgomery County Public School System and graduated in 1980. His ambition was to become a Telecommunications Systems Control Specialist. After high school he joined the United States Air Force. His test scores ranked him 5th highest in the country. His career was interrupted by illness forcing him to become medically discharged. Despite his illness Tony continued to pursue his engineering career at MontgomeryJunior College. He joined ShawUnitedMethodistChurch in 1986.
Jesse Leon Hebron departed this life on Monday October 13, 1997 at Shady Grove Nursing Home, Rockville, Maryland. He was born to the late William and Bessie Johnson Hebron on June 17, 1910 in Seneca, Maryland. He received his education in the Montgomery County Public Schools. He joined the JerusalemMethodistChurch, now Jerusalem Mt. Pleasant, in 1926. He was a dedicated and faithful member who served as treasurer for almost 52 years. He was united in marriage, June 18, 1938 to Celestine M. Prather. He later served in the United States Army for three years and received an honorable discharge in 1945. Jesse was the first black printer in Rockville and established his printing press business in 1932 on Falls Road. In 1945 he moved his business to his home on Wood Lane. He operated the four oldest machines in the county. Jesse loved music and played the saxophone, guitar, accordion, and trombone. Jesse was a willing “giver”, very “meek”, and generous man. He will always be remembered as a man of God.
Phillip Edward Hebron, 86, departed this life on Wednesday, February 10, 1999.He was the son of James Edward and Henrietta Hebron.He was born on September 14, 1912, on Sugarland Road, in Poolesville, MD.
Clarence William Johnson, the only child of Jacob and Ida Johnson, was born January 8, 1904, in Sugarland, Maryland.He was united in holy matrimony to Grace Sewell, on February 3, 1945.Although no children were born to this union, they played a vital role in the rearing of a foster son, Timothy Dickerson.Clarence departed this life, a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, on December 15, 1999.
Dora G. Johnson, known to most as Mother Dora, departed this life on November 6, 1985.Mother Dora was born in Sugarland, Maryland, on January 26, 1892, to Arthur and Mary L. Branison.She was joined in holy matrimony to William T. Johnson.From their union, they were blessed with seven children:Beaulah, Kathline, Dora, Elbert, Carroll, Clarence and Francis.She joined the St. PaulUnitedMethodistChurch, as a young woman, where she served, with diligence, until her health began to fail her.She was the Church Treasurer and a Communion Stewardess.She joined her voice with the choir, and had a sweet, calm spirit.Mother Dora was a quiet, kind and loving person, always ready and willing to help others.She was loved by all who knew her.Truly, she is a woman of God.
Bessie Lucille Lee, age 84, departed this life on Thursday, May 25, 1989.She lived in Montgomery County, Maryland, all of her life.At an early age, she joined St. PaulUnitedMethodistChurch, where she served diligently in many capacities.She served on the Finance Committee, Women’s Society of Christian Service, Communion Stewardship, sang in the Choir.For a short time, along with her husband, Tilghman Lee, Sr., she taught Sunday School, along with the Catechism classes.She was born in Sugarland, MD, on April 4, 1905, to Robert and Selena Hebron.She was a very loving mother to Sarah R. Molock, N. Idella Lee Dorsey, Rudolph T. and Tilghman Lee, Jr., the late Frances and Mary A. Lee, Marjorie Johnson, and one adopted daughter Carmencita M. Kinsey.She has eighteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one adopted grandson, Dr. Harold Snead, the late Jay U. Lee, two daughter-in-laws, one son-in-law, one former son-in-law, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Tilghman Lee, Sr., husband of Bessie Lucille Lee, was born on October 21, 1893.He departed this life on April 30, 1981.Tilghman played a major role in the function and operation of the St. PaulCommunityChurch in Sugarland.Tilghman Lee, Sr. was a voluntary participant, as an oral informant, in the historical survey of Black historical communities for the publication:“Black Historical Resources in Upper Western Montgomery County, Maryland."As stated in this publication, “the participation of volunteers was important to the success of the survey.”
Melvin Haywood Lee was born on December 15, 1925, to Marietta and Archie McKinley Lee.He departed this life on July 6, 1992.He married Helen Alice Davis on December 22, 1951.Theirs was a life-time union, one of dedication and love, until his final journey to Heaven.He was employed by the National Institute of Health for more than three decades, providing for his family and serving as a source of inspiration to whomever he met.Melvin was a true Christian, whose voice resonated with joy in Christ.He dutifully and faithfully served his country in World War II, earning the Medal of Victory for his valor, and returned home in January, 1949, to renew his faith and commitment to God.Melvin was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order, The Masons.He leaves to mourn his loving wife, Helen, his devoted daughters Anna Delores Faber and Valerie Ann Lee, three precious grand-daughters Tykeshia, Brittany and Alexis Faber, a step-mother, Laura Ann Lee, three sisters Lorraine Dodson, Donna Lee and Anna Johnson, two brothers Archie Lee and William Lyles, adopted son Melvin Hebron, a son-in-law Ernest Faber, and a host of in-laws, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and adored friends.
William Thomas Lyles was born in Poolesville, Maryland, on June 11, 1923, to Charles Lyles and Marietta Lee.“Bill”, as he was called by his family and friends, departed this life on Sunday, February 4, 1996.Following a career in the U.S. Army, fighting in World War II and the Korean Conflict, Sergeant Bill Lyles spent several years working as a laboratory technician at the National Institute of Health.Considered a “jack of all trades”, Deacon Bill Lyles, St. PaulUnitedMethodistChurch, was always there to open the church doors and get things ready for services.
Genevieve Mason Taylor was born on July 16, 1905.She was the seventh child of Levi and Letha Beckwith Mason.She was joined in holy matrimony to William F. Taylor.Born of that union were two daughters, Bernice E. Ray and Louise T. Etheridge.She was employed for 30 years at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she received numerous awards for outstanding work performance.She joined UnionWesleyA.M.E.ZionChurch in her youth, where she became a member of the Junior Choir.She continued her membership, over the years, and became active in several organizations, including, the Life Member Council, Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society, Parent Body Number 2 Missionary Society, and the D.C Club.She was inducted into the Union Wesley Black History Hall of Fame on Sunday, February 14, 1993.She continued her membership, even after her health no longer permitted her attendance.Memorial services for Genevieve M. Taylor were held on Friday, January 28, 2000, at UnionWesleyA.M.E.ZionChurch, in Washington, D.C., Reverend William Dent, officiating.
Vivian Madeline Hebron Watkins, affectionately know to most as “Pouney” and “Viv”, was born on May 23, 1927, to Lawrence and Ada Hebron.On October 20, 1958, she married Robert Lee Watkins.From this union, they had one son, Ronald Watkins.Vivian’s childhood home church was Saint PaulCommunityChurch, Sugarland Community, Poolesville, MD.In 1976, she became a member of the Eastern Star, Victoria Chapter #4.On November 12, 1978, she rededicated her life to Christ, and was baptized for the second time.That same year, she became a member of FirstRisingMountZionBaptistChurch, in Washington, D.C.Vivian leaves to mourn:Ronald Watkins, son; special friend Steve Glover; four sisters:Anna Mae Hebron LaMaster, Vernell Hebron Powell, Gwendora Hebron Reese and Gayle Hebron; two brothers:Gerry Nolan Hebron and Walter Ellis Hebron; God-Sister Veronica Glover; one sister-in-law, Ada Hebron; three brother-in-laws:William Johnson, John Powell, and Marshall Reese; two Aunts Mary Johnson and Dora Timbers; one Uncle Phillip Johnson III; ten nieces; four nephews; nineteen great nieces and nephews, and a host of relative and friends.
Elsie Elizabeth Hebron Smith, daughter of the late William and Bessie Hebron, was born in MontgomeryCounty, Seneca Maryland on May 30, 1903. She departed this life on September 13, 1994 at at her home. She met and married the late John O. Smith, Sr. in 1925. Born of this union, were four children, Betty, Elsie, John Jr. and Lenora Smith.
Vernell ("Vernie") Elizabeth Hebron Powell Brodie was born in Poolesville, Maryland in the town of Sugarland to the late Lawrence Augustus and Ada Elizabeth Hebron on May 3, 1935.
Earth has no sorrow, Heaven can’t heal. On Sunday May 27th 2007, about , while sleeping at home, God picked Vernell from the Garden of Life to be a centerpiece in the Master’s Eternal Bouquet.
Vernie attended the MontgomeryCounty public school system. She graduated from LincolnHigh School, Rockville, MD. For many years she served as a health care provider and an early child care teacher. Vernie retired from the Chestnut Lodge Nursing Care Facility.
Vernie attended Saint PaulCommunityChurch as an infant. She learned to love God at an early age through the teaching of her father. She served as a church school teacher, choir member, usher, Evangelist and in August 1995, she became the first lady of Saint PaulCommunityChurch.
Corrine Odell Weedon was born on February 27, 1930 in WashingtonD.C. She departed this world peacefully in her home on February 12, 2007.
Corrine, affectionately called “Treat,” was raised in Sugarland, Maryland and educated in the Montgomery County School System.
Clarence William Branison was born on December 12, 1916. He was the son of the late Gertrude and Lawrence Branison. He spent his early years in Sugarland, Maryland where he received his education. He later married the late Ollie M. Branison who preceded him in death.