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John R. Somers

1927 - 2020
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John R. Somers

Princess Anne - John R. Somers, 92, of Princess Anne and formerly of Smith Island, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury.

Born September 22, 1927 in Crisfield and raised on Smith Island, he was a son of the late Arthur D. and Alma Evans Somers. His wife, Olive Parks Somers, preceded him in death on February 17, 2015.

A graduate of Crisfield High School class of 1945, a US Navy Veteran, and a waterman, he was retired from the Maryland State Police after 22 years of service. He was appointed Civil Defense Director for Somerset County and became Director of Somerset County Emergency Management where he oversaw and took part in creating the Somerset County 911 system. He was also Chief Judge of the Somerset County Orphans Court and a Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy.

Mr. Somers was very active in his community and held memberships with numerous organizations including Manokin Masonic Lodge #106 AF & AM, Scottish Rite, Maryland State Police Alumni Association, Princess Anne American Legion Post #94, Charter member and Steering Committee of Lower Somerset County Ambulance and Rescue Squad, Maryland Emergency Management Association, National Rifle Association, Sons of American Revolution, and was past Cub Scout Master.

He is survived by his sons, John R. Somers, Jr. and wife Mary E. "Libby" of Crisfield, Arthur Lewis Somers and wife Patsy of Delmar, and Michael Dean Somers of Dover; grandchildren, Elizabeth "Liza" Somers Wooster and husband Kevin of Marion, John Daniel Somers and wife Amy of Westover, Stephanie Somers and her boyfriend Tim Sollars of Fruitland, Brad Pollitt and wife LouAnn of Salisbury, Rhiannon Somers and her boyfriend Jonathan Jarvis of Berlin, Deanna Somers of Dover, Erica Somers and husband Andre Simmons of Princess Anne, and Evan Somers of Dover; great-grandchildren, Brooks Wooster, Levi John Somers, and Ainsley Elizabeth Somers; and nieces and nephews, Mary Ruth Evans and husband Elmer "Jr.", Janice Marie Kitching, Joyce Evans and husband Stephen, and Rose Evans and husband Eugene.

Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters-in-law, William E. and Ruth Tyler Somers and Arthur H. and Norma Lee Corbin Somers.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 1 PM at Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home. A viewing will be from 11AM until service time at 1PM. The Reverends Paul Holland and Jim Evans will officiate and interment will follow at Beechwood Cemetery in Princess Anne.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802; or the , 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.

Arrangements are in the care of Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home. To send condolences to the family, please visit our website at
Published in The Daily Times from Jan. 8 to Jan. 15, 2020
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