Adams Funeral Home, P.a.

20605 Aquasco Road Aquasco, Maryland 20608
Phone: 301-579-6043
Fax: 301-888-1400


Per Per Executive Order 20-03-19-01 issued by maryland Governor Larry Hogan to all Maryland Directors of Funeral homes the following changes will immediately go into effect:
no public gatherings of more than 10 persons.  To comply with this order, until further notice, funeral procession occupancy will also remain to 10 or fewer persons. (there are no exceptions to this rule)  
Due to the Governors ongoing orders, Please understand service dates and times may be subject to change.

We would like to inform our families that anyone who is a Veteran or have a family member who has served in the military and would like to be laid to rest at Maryland State Veterans Cemetery, a DD214 Form is necessary.  The DD214 form shows the Branch of Service, Identificaton Number; as well as Status of Discharge.  
If your loved one does not have  DD214, please see attached link for acquiring DD214 in advance  If you have your DD214 form available please contact the Veterans cemetery of your choice directly to pre register for Interment.   A Pre-interment Program is available for veterans to indicate their desire to be buried in one of the state’s cemeteries.  On a pre-need basis this Program provides initial eligibility for burial.  Please note that a pre-approved interment letter does not finalize eligibility for burial in a Maryland Veterans Cemetery.  The  MDVA reserves the right to confirm final eligibility for burial at the time of death.  To apply complete the Pre Interment Application and mail to the MDVA Cemetery Program or take to the Maryland Veterans Cemetery where interment is desired.

*Effective Immediately, the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery and Memorial Program does not have a Service Verification Specialist.  This courtesy will no longer be provided by the department and verification of service will be the responsibility of the surviving family or their designated representative.  

Saundra Marie Shanks

transitioned to her Eternal Rest on Saturday October 10, 2020.  A Public Visitation will be held on Tuesday October 27, 2020 at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel 20605 Aquasco Road Aquasco, Maryland 20608 from 4-6 p.m.  A Private Homegoing Service will be held on Wednesday October 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.   

You May View the Online Service on Wednesday October28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at:  (Please paste this link in your browser to view) 

Joseph Todd Penny

transitioned to his Eternal Rest on Wednesday October 21, 2020.  A Public Visitation will be held on Friday October 30, 2020 at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel 20605 Aquasco Road Aquasco, Maryland 20608 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  immediately followed by a Private Service.  Interment Resurrection Cemetery Clinton, Maryland. 

You May View the Online Service on Friday October 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at:  (Please click on this link to view)

Dennis Leon Marshall

the son of Dorothy Marshall and Mack Fenwick quietly slipped away to his eternal resting place on Wednesday October 7,2020 at Adventist Healthcare Fort Washington Medical Center in Fort Washington, Maryland. Dennis was born June 10,1966 in LaPlata, Maryland Dennis received his education in Charles County School System. He worked over 40 years in the Grocery Industry as Meat Cutter. Dennis was currently at Weis Market in Accokeek, MD and Costco Wholesale in Brandywine, MD at the time of his death. Dennis previously drove tractor trailer for Wood Trucking.  Dennis loved to watch Sanford and Son and sports on tv. His favorite teams were the Washington Football Team and Dallas Mavericks. Dennis also loved cooking on the grill and listening to his southern-Soul music. He loved cleaning his cars and riding his motorcycle. On his days off you could find Dennis sitting at the 7-Eleven reading his newspaper and drinking his coffee. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Dennis loved his Dj’s at family events.  Dennis was preceded in death by his stepfather James Matthews, grandparents, Florence Wood Marshall, Mitchell Marshall and Carrie and Dudley Fenwick, his aunts Thelma Marshall, Annie Drummond, Delores Brawner and Doris Ann Fenwick, his uncles Johnny, Harold, Edward, Lawrence Fenwick. His also preceded in death by his mother in law Mary Neal and father in law Arthur Bush, brother in law, Tony Bush, Sr and two sister in laws, Alice Baruwa and Julia Farris. Nephew Kandeh Turay and Niece Shantel Bright.  Dennis was joined in Matrimony on July 23, 1994 to the love of his life Louise (Tina) Marshall, From this union came two beautiful daughters Denicia Marshall and Shaniece (Jamarr). Dennis was happy to be expecting his first granddaughter Saniyah in December. He also leaves behind one godson Kwame’ Marshall. Dennis leave behind Step mother Ethel Fenwick. Dennis leave behind 5 sisters and 2 brothers. Carla Fenwick, Loretta Jones (Rodney), Patricia Fenwick, Maxwell Fenwick (Clauvenda) William Marshall (Andrea),Terry Tolson (Mark) Michelle Marshall ( Randy). He leaves aunts and uncles, Charles Wood (Hazel) Paul Wood, Mary Wood, Evelyn Johnson, James Marshall, John Marshall (Diane), Betty Wood, Lucille Hicks ,and Sarah Collins(William). Sister in laws Annette Hebb (Quintin) Flora Gantt, Annie Dorsey, Yvonne Butler. Brother in laws Melvin Butler,Sr, Robert Butler(Barbara), Larry Baruwa.  Dennis leaves behind his best buddies Dexter Superville ,Ed Coston and Mike McMullen and Charlie Brown and host of nieces, nephews cousins and friends to cherish his memory.  Visitation will be held on Friday October 23, 2020 at  New Life Church 9690 Shepherds Creek Pl, La Plata, MD 20646 from 11:00 a.m. until Homegoing Service 1:00 p.m. Interment Trinity Memorial Gardens Waldorf, Maryland.

Wilhelminia Torain

A Public Visitation will be held on Wednesday October 21, 2020 at  St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church  408 Addison Rd.  S, Capitol Heights, MD 20743. from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. with a Private Mass of Christian Burial. Interment Maryland Veterans Cemetery Cheltenham.

Ruth A. Butler

On October 2, 2020, Ruth Anniemae Butler completed her journey in this life and the Lord called her home. Ruth was born March 11, 1928 to the late Joseph and Lillian Newman. Ruth attended and completed Maryland Public Schools in Rosaryville, Md. She met and married the late Robert Selvia Butler on January 12, 1946 and from that union came 7 sons and 3 daughters.  Robert S. Jr., Robert Delano, David Griffin Sr., Gregory, Joseph Andre, Renee, Steven, Sharon, Sherl, Donald Sr. Ruth enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  She spent her last 3 years at Fenwick Landing Assistant Living Home where she also enjoyed family visits, playing games, activities, and parties there.  She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Selvia and 4 sons Robert S Jr., Robert Delano, Gregory, and Joseph Andre and 1 Grandson Keith Sr.  She leaves to cherish her memories,  David Griffin Sr. (Direen), Renee (Howard), Steven, Sharon (Bill), Sherl, Donald Sr., and 1 sister Cecelia Yvonne Proctor, along with 19 Grandchildren 33 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandson  Along with a host of Nieces, Nephews Family and friends who adored her.   Visitation will be held on Thursday October 15, 2020 at St. John's Catholic Church 8908 Old Branch Ave. Clinton, Maryland from 10:00 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held on October 19, 2020 at 9:45 a.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetery Cheltenham, Maryland.  

Cornelius Landers Woodyard, Jr.

Affectionately known as “Neil” or “Uncle Neil” ascended to his heavenly home on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 surrounded by his wife of 63 years, two daughters and son.  


Visitation will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020 at the Adams Funeral Home, P.A. Chapel, 20605 Aquasco Road, Aquasco, MD 20608 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  A Private Homegoing Service will be held on Tuesday, October 13th at 11:00 a.m. You may view the Private service online; please see link provided below. Neil will be laid to rest at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery Cheltenham, MD 20623. (Date To Be Determined)

You May View the Online Service on Tuesday October 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at:  (Please click on this link to view)

In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the charity of your choice in honor of Neil Woodyard.

Hazeline Howard

affectionately known to everyone as "Hazel" departed this life on September 22, 2020 at her home in Eagle Harbor, Maryland   A Visitation will be held on Friday October 9, 2020 at the Adams Funeral Home, P.A. Chapel, 20605 Aquasco Road, Aquasco, Md. 20608 from 11:00 a.m. until Homegoing Service 11:45 a.m.  Hazel will be laid to rest at Maryland Veterans Cemetery Cheltenham, Md. immediately following the service.

You May View the Online Service on Friday October 9, 2020 at 11:45 a.m. at :  
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Gloria Rosetta Harley

departed this life on September 25, 2020 in Aquasco, Maryland. She was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence E. Harley, Sr; loving Mother of Lawrence Jr. (Rochelle), Dwayne (Audrey), Tracey, and Alandra (Brian); loving Grandmother of Lawrence III, Chanel, Dwayne Jr, Amaya and Tori. She is also survived by a host of other relatives and friends.   Visitation will be held on Monday October 5, 2020 at the Adams Funeral Home, P.A. Chapel, 20605 Aquasco Road, Aquasco, Md. 20608 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. with Graveside Service 11:45 a.m. Resurrection Cemetery Clinton, Maryland. 

Barbara J. Brown

On Friday September 25, 2020 of Olney, Maryland.  Visitation will be held on Thursday October 8, 2020 at Central Baptist Church  7271 Muncaster Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20855 from 11:00 a.m. until Homegoing Service 12:00 noon.  Interment Saturday October 10, 2020 at Heritage Memorial Cemetery, 13472 Poplar Hill Road, Waldorf, MD 20601

Michael (Big Mike) Joseph Hungerford (age 64)

was born on April 20, 1956 in Washington, D.C. to the late Clarence and Helena (Ennis) Hungerford. Mike gained his wings on September 23, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Mike was educated in the Prince George’s County Public School System where he was a great baseball and basketball player. He was added to Bowie High School’s “Hall of Fame”. After graduating from Bowie High School, Mike began his 37-year career in maintenance for the Prince George’s County Public School System. He retired from Eleanor Roosevelt High School as an Equipment Operator 2. He loved the camaraderie he developed with the students and coworkers, some of whom eventually became friends. Mike loved working with people so much that he decided to take on a part-time job as a limousine driver. He loved chauffeuring people around during their most important and memorable occasions in their lives.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Clarence and sister Joanne Hungerford Brown Robinson. Mike leaves to cherish in his loving memory his son, Brandon Savoy, life partner Gail Savoy, two brothers Julius and Terry Hungerford, two sisters Phyllis and Stephanie Hungerford, brother-in-law Ozzle Robinson, Godson Jamaal Sparkman, and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and longtime friends.  Visitation will be held on October 2, 2020, 10:00am-11:00am with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am-12:00pm at Ascension Catholic Church, 12700 Lanham Severn Road, Bowie, Maryland 20720. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery Clinton, Maryland.

Shirley Marie Neale, 85

peacefully transitioned to her heavenly rest at her home in Waldorf, Maryland on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Shirley was born on August 11, 1935, in Bryantown, Maryland to the late John C. and Mary Irene (Thompson) Reeves. Shirley received her education at St. Mary’s Colored School in Bryantown, Maryland. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, George Neale and had been married for sixty six years at the time of his passing. From this union, they were blessed with five children. Shirley’s work career spanned many years as a domestic worker. She later changed her career and became a devoted childcare provider for her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and other family members. Shirley was a faithful Catholic and a Sodality Member of Saint Mary’s Bryantown. She was a loving, nurturing, and selfless woman, who dedicated her life to raising and caring for her family. In Shirley’s eyes her family did “no wrong” and she would go to war for them. Shirley or Nanny, as she was affectionately known by her family, was our real life “Madea.” Her greatest enjoyments were cooking, playing cards, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. She was definitely a “Diva” and her matching outfits were a must. She was the true “matriarch” of the Neale family! In addition to her parents and husband, George, Shirley was preceded in death by her great-grandson Leroy Christopher Neale Jr.; sister, Mary Goldring, brothers, John, Bernard, Thomas, Louis, and Joseph “Froggie” Reeves, and son-in-law, Billy Reed. Shirley leaves to cherish her memory, children, Shirley Reed, George Leroy “Lee” Neale (Larriett), Effie Johnson (Charles), Mary “Reese” Holton (Nino), Barbara “Pinkey” Reed (Roy), and her granddaughter who she raised as her own, Tracy Brown (David); grandsons: Leroy “Chris” Neale, Royal Reed, and Keone Reed; seven great grandchildren, Jamesha Yorkshire,  Sharita Sandifer (Tee), Christina Neale, JaKayla Brown, Ebony Neale, David “Tre” Brown III, and Ashley Neale; great-great grandchildren, Amilly’Onna Marshall and Amir Marshall, sister, Barbara “Babysis” Allen; brothers, James “Tiny” Reeves (Hilda), and George Reeves (Diane); sisters-in-law, Dollie, Mary and Julia Reeves, Jean Toye, Mary “Catherine” Henderson, Mildred Proctor, Marjorie Neale, Lillian Brown, Susie Neale, and Mary Ellen Neale; brother-in-law, John “Roland” Neale (Delores); godchildren Dinah Goldring, Samuel Bell, Theresa (Pen) Bell and Theresa “Fontella” Washington. She also leaves two nieces who were like daughters to her, Diane Reeves and Tennille Riley and her lifelong friend and beautician of 63 years, Frances “Weezie” Makle, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.  Visitation with Family,  will be held on Thursday October 1, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.  until Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. at  St. Mary's Catholic Church 13715 Notre Dame Place, Bryantown, Maryland.  Interment St. Mary's Church Cemetery.

William Hawkins, Jr.

passed away peacefully at his home in Upper Marlboro, MD on Sunday, September 13, 2020. He was born on May 20, 1931 to the late William Hawkins, Sr. and Gladys Hawkins in Washington, DC where he also attended DC public schools. In 1952 he joined the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge in 1954. He was joined in holy matrimony to Louise Thompson on June 19, 1954. They resided in Northeast, Washington, DC where they raised their children. He was an employee at Duron for 32 years until his retirement in 1995. William was a man of few words, but ironically enjoyed solving many crossword puzzles over the years. And although he was an avid Washington Redskins football fan, you would often find him watching the games on tv with the volume off because he always said the commentators talked too much! He was a dependable and caring father, husband, brother, uncle, and grandfather who will be truly missed. Proceeded him in death are his siblings: Barbara Williams, Ronald Hawkins and Eugene Hawkins; his wife, Louise Hawkins; and his daughters, Joyce Hawkins and Valerie Johnson. He leaves his life to be cherished in the lives of his daughters, Vernell Hawkins, Joanne Proctor and Blanche Jones; son, Jerome (Terry) Johnson; sister, Brenda Hawkins; grandchildren: Monique Thompson, Valencia Johnson, Shawnitra Hawkins, Wayne Prater, Anthony Proctor, Tonia Jones, Ricardo Proctor, Darnell Jones, Franklin Jones, Deneen Frazier, Quante` Hawkins, Van Johnson, Quentin Johnson and Jamal Williamson; 21 great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Interment Private

James Lionell Young

affectionately known to many as “Little Buck” or “STUMP” quietly slipped away to his eternal resting place on Tuesday September 15, 2020 at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. James was born on July 28, 1962 to Elsie Marie Young and James Robert Young. He was the eldest of his three siblings. James was educated in the Prince Georges County Public Schools. After completing high school James started a career with the Prince Georges County Department of Public Works in Forestville, MD alongside his dad as a concrete finisher. James continued on to a be a crew leader at the Brandywine, Md location. Training & helping co-workers learn different trades he formed a special bond with everyone on his job. They gave him the nickname “Stump” low to the ground & hard to move. James had 5 co-workers he closely worked with Chris Windsor, Greg Holland, Anthony Proctor, Chris Douglas, and Diane Gillam. They were like his second family. In April 2019 James had to retire from working his job of 36 years due to his sudden illness.  James always shared life with a smile. Never willing to give up easily James was strong in mind, body, and spirit. He was a courageous fighter. James was filled with pride and joy in April of 1985 when he became a father to his daughter Cassandra Young. He enjoyed going to the racetrack with his brothers, talking on the phone with his grandsons Zavion and Zayquon, making CD’s of old music, and playing cards. James enjoyed taking car rides with his sister although she was a Baltimore Ravens fan & he was an avid Pittsburg Steelers fan. James truly enjoyed being around friends and family. Joseph Ford was one friend in particular who he truly had a special bond with they created the slogan “Fat Boys Brothers for Life”. After retiring James truly enjoyed going to casinos and Golden Corral Buffet with Diann and her family until he was hospitalized.

James (Little Buck) leaves to cherish his memories his wife Diann Parran, his daughter Cassandra Young, 1 granddaughter (deceased) Naryah Wooden, 2 grandsons Zavion and Zayquon. His parents Elsie and Robert Young. Siblings Clarissa Young (Calvin Johnson), Kelvin (Patricia) Young, and Nathan (Lywanne) Young. God daughter Sherlita Johnson and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.  A special thank you is extended to Lloyd Asante and Sherlita Johnson for opening their home to James in his time of illness.  Visitation will be held on Friday September 25, 2020 at the  Adams Funeral Home Pa, 20605 Aquasco Rd, Aquasco, Maryland 20608 from 5 pm until 7 pm.  A private Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10 am, by Family Invitation Only. Interment at St. Thomas Church Cemetery Aquasco, Maryland.

You May View the Online Service on Saturday September 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at :  (Please click on this link to view)   

Vera Roberts (Age 76)

of Lumberton, New Jersey entered into rest on September 9, 2020. Vera was born March 11, 1944 in Waldorf, MD. She was preceded in death by her mother Hazel B. and father Robert Duckett, brothers Bernard, Howard and sisters Margaret and Joan. She leaves behind son Anthony Roberts (Tania) and Daughter Tracy Roberts and companion Jimmy Bryant. Six sisters, Barbara (DeSales), Shirley (John), Dorothy, Diane, Bonnie (Jeffrey) Darlene and three brothers Wesley, Kevin (Joyce) and Joseph (Jamila) one Aunt, Mary Proctor and one Uncle Robert Marshall and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.  A Private Service will be held on Wednesday September 23, 2020. Interment Private.