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Costello, James Fitzpatrick, Jr.
Birth: Tuesday, November 05, 1929
Residence: Huntingtown, Maryland
Death: Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the age of 89
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in the Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk, Maryland
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James "Jim" Fitzpatrick Costello, Jr., passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2019, at his home in Huntingtown, MD where he lived since 1986. Jim was born and raised in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C. and graduated from McKinley Tech. He was a US Navy reservist stationed aboard the USS Shannon and spent 28 years as an officer and detective sergeant of the Metropolitan Police Department, where he finished his career assigned to the U.S. Capitol. Jim was a devoted family man who had an enduring love for his wife Martha Mary [Manning] Costello, who preceded him in death in 2009 after 58 years of marriage.

In addition to his loving wife, Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James F. Costello, Sr. and Josephine [Keller] Costello, his brothers Richard, Francis and Vincent Costello and sisters Margaret Angers, Mary Finnin, Alice Turner, Rita Prime and Bernadette Houchens.

Jim spent many years raising his seven children in Adelphi, MD, where he was active in his Roman Catholic parish of St. Mark the Evangelist, in his community and with the Adelphi Swim Team. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to a neighbor and was beloved by the many who knew him. He was a founding member of his church, Jesus the Divine Word in Huntingtown, and leaves behind many devoted friends, neighbors and colleagues.

Jim loved music, movies and pool parties and had a passion for playing chess, poker and other card games, and telling jokes. He was well known for his humorous stories based on his real life events and with his broad experience of life, he kept his family and friends in stitches. He was a wonderful and loving grandfather and great grandfather.

Jim leaves behind his beloved sister Dolores Cunningham of Chelmsford, MA, and his seven beloved children: Claire Barry of Columbia, MD, Mary Jo Smith (Greg) of Smithsburg, MD, Katie Costello (Kurt Walter) of Bowie, MD, James F. Costello III of Germantown, MD, Suzanne Costello (Gil Zalc) of Huntingtown, MD, Thomas Aquinas Costello (Janine) of Franklinton, NC, and Joan Costello (Jerry Clark) of Tampa, FL, 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Family invites friends to Lee Funeral Home Calvert, 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings, MD 20736 on Monday, September 16 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Jesus the Divine Word Catholic Church, 885 Cox Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639 on Tuesday, September 17 at 10 am. Interment will follow at Southern Memorial Gardens, 10155 Ward Road, Dunkirk, MD 20574. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jim's name to the Huntingtown VFD, P O Box 482, Huntingtown, MD 20639.


Kuster, George Winston, Jr.
Birth: Monday, April 26, 1965 in La Plata, Maryland
Residence: La Plata, Maryland
Death: Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the age of 54
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in the Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, Maryland
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George Winston Kuster, Jr., age 54 of La Plata, Maryland, passed away September 12, 2019 at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata. George was born Monday, April 26, 1965 in La Plata. He is survived by his parents, Winston and Martha Kuster. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Kuster.

He was a graduate of Maurice J. McDonough High School, Class of 1983. George was an avid tennis fan, having just attended this year's U.S. Open. He was also a billiards player, belonging to a pool league in Northwest Washington. He was also a big fan of Kelly Clarkson's music.

In addition to his parents, George is survived by his sister, Wendy Nestor and his nephews, Tony Miller and Branden Nestor. He is also survived by other relatives and friends.

Visitation on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 9:30AM until time of Funeral Service at 11AM at Raymond Funeral Service Chapel in La Plata. Interment to follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf.


Shepherd, Connie Lynn
Birth: Saturday, July 09, 1949 in Muskogee, Oklahoma
Residence: Lexington Park, Maryland
Death: Saturday, September 07, 2019 at the age of 70
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Connie Lynn Shepherd, 70, of Lexington Park, MD died September 7, 2019 at her home with her loving family at her side. She was born on July 9, 1949 in Muskogee, OK to the late Louis Moore and Clarice Neff Moore.

Connie worked in the retail industry for over 50 dedicated years. She spent the last 20 at Nordstrom's where she retired. On February 7, 1969 she married her beloved husband, Richard Brent Shepherd in Kent, WA. They celebrated over 40 wonderful years of marriage before his passing in November 2009. When she was 60 years old she went back to school and earned her Bachelor's degree with honors (Cum Laude) in Literature from the University of Maryland. She enjoyed school and was an avid reader and writer. She and her husband also enjoyed travelling.

Connie is survived by her sons: Scott Shepherd (Jessica) of Lexington Park, MD, Jason Shepherd of Linthicum, MD and Aaron Shepherd of Hollywood, MD; her siblings: Donna Fraser of Hutchinson, KA, Jane Fraser of Bremerton, WA, Chris Moore of Renton, WA, and Craig Moore of Kona, HI; her granddaughters, Brianna Shepherd of Prince Frederick, MD and Madelynn Shepherd of New Market, MD; and many extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Richard Brent Shepherd.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be celebrated by Pastor Lori Hayes on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Lexington Park United Methodist Church, 21760 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. A Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 1:45 p.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, 11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, MD 20623. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

Cooper, George Samuel
Birth: Friday, May 21, 1943
Residence: Welcome, Maryland
Death: Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the age of 76
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in the St. Catherine's Catholic Church Cemetery, Port Tobacco, Maryland
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George Samuel Cooper, 76 of Welcome, Maryland. Peacefully, on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, La Plata, Maryland, George Cooper transitioned to eternal life.

Viewing, 9:00 am until time of Service, 11:00 am, Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in the Chapel of Thornton Funeral Home, P.A., 3439 Livingston Road, Indian Head, Maryland 20640. Interment, St. Catherine's Catholic Church Cemetery, 7865 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco, Maryland 20677.

Hickson, Harry Cleveland, Jr.
Birth: Wednesday, May 30, 1928 in Augusta, Georgia
Residence: Lexington Park, Maryland
Death: Saturday, September 07, 2019 at the age of 91
Laid to Rest: Friday, September 20, 2019 in the Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake, Virginia
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Harry Cleveland Hickson, Jr., 91, of Lexington Park, MD, entered into eternal rest on September 7, 2019 at his residence. Harry was born on May 30, 1928 in Augusta, Georgia. He was one of five children born to Harry Hickson, Sr. and Carrie Key.

Harry Hickson joined the United States Navy on November 2, 1945 and retired after 26 years as a Chief Stewart on August 24, 1971 from Naval Air Station Patuxent River. During the 26 years, he received the Good Conduct Medal (6 awards), National Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, American Defense Medal and the Antarctica Service Medal and Ribbon. After he retired, Harry became a lifetime member of The American Legion, St. Mary's Post 54 Leonardtown.

Deacon Emeritus Harry Cleveland Hickson, Jr. was devoted to the word of God. As a life-time member of First Missionary Baptist Church, he served on the Finance Committee, was church treasurer, Trustee and most especially, he was one of the first Deacons to be Ordained under Reverend Roderick McClanahan on October 28, 1995. Deacon Hickson was a committed Sunday school attendee and was always willing to assist in any necessary maintenance the church may have needed. He was a dedicated and faithful member.

On July 9, 1980 Harry married, Mary Catherine Clayton-Butler, where their "merged" families resulted in 16 children: Joseph Tyrone Hickson (Norma) Buffalo New York; Faith Elaine Bowden (Duane) Portsmouth, VA; Charles Eric Hickson I (Donna) Suffolk, VA; Linda Michelle Carrington Suffolk, VA; Eugene Butler (Debra) Mechanicsville, MD; Glenn Butler (Bob) Port St. Lucie, FL; Donald Parker (Deborah) Groveland, FL; James Butler, Randallstown, MD; John Butler (Jackie) Great Mills, MD; William Butler (Faye) Hollywood, MD; Avis Butler, Lexington Park, MD; Benita Butler, Lexington Park, MD; Patrick Butler (Michelle) Oxon Hill, MD.
In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by two sons, Paul Maurice Hickson and Anthony Carl Hickson and a step-daughter, Judy Perrine.

Along with 13 of the 16 children, Harry is survived by his wife, Mary Catherine Hickson and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will unite on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 for visitation at 10 am until time of service at 11 am at First Missionary Baptist Church, 46370 Pegg Ln, Lexington Park, MD 20653. On Friday, September 20, 2019, the interment will be held at 11 am at Roosevelt Memorial Park, 1101 Campostella Road, Chesapeake, VA 23320.

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