Celebration of the Heart Brunch, February 10, 2018, 12:00 PM

Celebration of the Heart Brunch, 2/10/18

1 Corinthians 13:13

Celebrate the heart at our first annual brunch.  There will be games, fun and surprises.  This will be in the Fairview Fellowship Hall, 2328 High Point Road, Forest Hill, MD 21050.  Tickets are $20.00 and are available from Sister Ruth Murray, 443-787-4508 or Rev. Mary Robinson, 443-602-4994.

Celebration of Life: Glenda Greene


Glenda Louise Amos Greene, wife of the late William Ellwood Greene, Sr. and daughter of the late James Henry Amos, Sr. and Beulah Elizabeth Hall Amos, was born on March 14, 1934, in Baltimore City. She was the third oldest of eight siblings. Glenda departed her earthly vessel at home on August 19, 2017. 

Glenda started elementary school in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania. When her family moved to White Hall, Maryland, she attended Shepherd Elementary school in Baltimore County. She furthered her education at the Bel Air Colored High School in Bel Air, MD, and transferred to Central Consolidated High in Hickory, MD. Glenda was an avid housekeeper. She took in various domestic work to help support her family. When her husband passed, she was forced to work outside the home. She obtained certification through the Harford County School system enabling her to work as an Instructional Aide. She spent many years at William Paca and Old Post Road Elementary Schools in Edgewood, MD before retiring. Glenda confessed her faith in Christ at an early age where she joined Pine Grove United Methodist Church in White Hall, MD. In later years, she changed her membership to Fairview A.M.E. Church in Forest Hill, MD, where she served as a steward, stewardess, president for the Missionary Society for 18 plus years and a member of the Lay Organization. She also enjoyed being the secretary in the Central Consolidated Alumni as well as secretary for Sickle Cell. She was also an active member of the Black Youth in Action Alumni (BYA) and a faithful member of Venus Chapter #56 Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliate. 

Glenda’s missionary work extended to the hearts of many people. She not only felt that her duty as a missionary president was to visit the sick and shut in, but she enjoyed taking gifts and whatever favorite foods or snacks that people looked forward to receiving. She truly enjoyed seeing the smiles of contentment on their faces. In spite of her fragile health, Glenda continued to push forward to encourage and lift others up. She was most faithful in making sure everyone in her family, church family and circle of friends would receive a special card for whatever the occasion. Glenda will always be remembered as a dedicated mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, neighbor, mentor and friend. Glenda demonstrated that love in all that she did. She has left her family a legacy of bountiful strength and her example is truly one to follow. 

Glenda was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Greene; her twins, Johnny and Jeffrey, her grandson, William E. Greene, III and her sister, Dolores E. Amos. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, William Jr., Judi (Larry), Janice (Carl), Joyce (Bobby), James, and Joseph (Christine); siblings Lucille Smith, Shirley M. Harris (Richard), James Henry Amos, Jr., Melvin O. Amos (Rachel), Florence I. Myers (Donald), Vera M. Owens, and Clarence O. Amos; her brother-in-law, Calvin A. Greene and sister-in-law Sally J. Greene; her grandchildren, great grandchildren, a very special friend, Beverly Johnson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.     

Celebration of Life: Sister Edna Virginia Ringold Maddax

Celebration of Life: Sister Edna Virginia Ringgold Maddax

Peacefully with family by her side, Edna V. Maddox (nee Ringgold) departed this life on  August 1, 2017.  A Celebration of Life services was held Saturday, August 12, 2017, at Fairview AME Church, Forest Hill, Maryland.  Sister Maddox was interred at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens,  Lutherville-Timonium, MD. 


On July 29, 1932, Edna Virginia Ringgold was the ninth child born to the late Charles and Amelia (Moales) Ringgold. Edna attended the Sparks Colored School in Baltimore County, Maryland, with her older siblings. In the early 1950’s, Edna met and married William Maddox who was originally from Harford County. They have one daughter, Olga Maddox.   

Within the family, Aunt Edna was always the person asked to make her homemade potato salad for every occasion as well as baked beans, ribs on the grill and crab cakes.   

Edna’s work life of almost 23v3n5y years included employment at Oldfields School, Glencloe, MD; Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley, MD; Broadmeade Retirement Community, Cockeysville, MD; and Baltimore County Public Schools. She retired from Broadmeade in 1996 and, after several months, decided to sign on with Baltimore County Public Schools as a school bus attendant. Miss Edna, as she was fondly known by the many young children who rode her bus, worked an additional sixteen years before her second retirement just before her 83rd birthday in 2015. Parents often recognized her achievements with their children and became upset when transfers to other buses were necessary. From 2015 until a stroke on July 18th, Miss Edna enjoyed her retirement days with her husband of more than 60 years; she was the driver, he was the navigator.   

Edna was well known in the local area due to frequent visits at the Giant, the Post Office and the Dollar Tree. She made friends and struck up conversations with anyone who crossed her path. Her disposition was continually cheerful; always seeing positive in everyone and every situation, no matter what.   

Edna was a self-taught musician who loved the Lord and loved to play piano. She enjoyed playing for the Tot’s choir at Fairview before all the little people grew up. She was known for and often called on to sing her renditions of “I Am Redeemed”, “For Those Tears I Died” and “Yes, God is Real” at various churches in the area. When asked to transfer her membership, she was quick to say no and remind area ministers that her church home was Fairview A.M.E. Church. As a committed member at Fairview she served on the Stewardess Board for many years assisting with communion services and also sang on the choir for a number of years.   

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, William Maddox; her daughter Olga Maddox; her dedicated niece, Alice Hayes; one sister in law, Ernestine McLain; four nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.   

Edna’s quick wit and fun demeanor will be missed by many. May she rest in peace.    

Expressions of Sympathy

Expressions of sympathy may be directed in Edna's memory to the charity of your choice. 

Cards will be forwarded to the family and can be sent to Fairview AME Church, 2328 High Point Road, Forest Hill, Maryland.

A Town Hall Meeting, July 29

Not In My Community, July 29, 9 AM - 12 PM, Fairview AME Church, Forest Hill, MD

Fairview AME Church’s goal is to focus on the opiod addiction pandemic in Harford County.   Our panelists will be Rev. Dr. Rosemary Cook, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, Mr. Ronald Greene, Joe Ryan, Patricia VanStory, DDS who will discuss the effects of heroin and other drugs in totality on individuals and families.   

Rev. Dr. Rosemary Cook

Rev. Dr. Rosemary Cook was born in Richmond, Virginia and was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System. She holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from Towson University, a Master’s degree in Clinical /Administrative Social Work from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. Dr. Cook is an affiliate professor of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University and has taught at University of Maryland School of Social Work.    

Dr. Cook is an Ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Her specialty area of ministry is to minister wholeness to the body of Christ especially to those who have been affected by abuse, oppression, and other forms of injustice. Her academic research focused on improving the spiritual, emotional and psychological well-being of women of color.    

Dr. Cook is CEO and founder of Totally Whole Pastoral Counseling Services, LLC where she provides psychotherapy, pastoral counseling, clinical supervision and training on mental health topics and the integration of spirituality and mental health. She serves as a consultant to Behavioral Health, Faith Based Organizations and Churches on a variety of topics integrating spirituality and mental health. Dr. Cook provides clergy assessments for the United Methodist Church and has provided psychological assessments for incoming clergy candidates for the AME Church in the 2nd Episcopal District.    

Dr. Cook served as senior pastor and founder of Called and Chosen Community Ministries from 2006-2015 serving residents of the Sandown Winchester community. Called and Chosen Ministries received recognition in 2015 from the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta for its outstanding community contribution and invaluable support of their chapter activities.    

Dr. Cook is a lifetime member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society for her service, scholarship and loyalty to the community. She was honored in 2001 as Social Worker of the decade by the University of Maryland for her contributions to the profession.    

Dr. Cook is a preacher, teacher, seminar leader, retreat and conference facilitator.   

Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler

  Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler was elected as Sheriff of Harford County in 2014. As the primary law enforcement agency in Harford County and the largest full service agency in the State of Maryland, the Harford County Sheriff's Office is responsible for providing court services, law enforcement, and correctional services to the county's 255,000 residents. Sheriff Gahler leads a workforce of nearly 600 sworn and civilian personnel and oversees an annual budget of $69,000,000.  

Prior to taking office, Sheriff Gahler served 28 years during a distinguished career with the Maryland State Police, with seventeen of those years directly serving the needs of Harford County residents. He began as a Cadet and grew through the ranks until he retired as a Captain in 2012. He served as the assistant commander of the State's Criminal Intelligence Division post September 11, 2001, and later served on the executive staff for the Secretary of State Police. He served as Northern Troop Commander, leading all State Police activities in Harford, Cecil and Carroll counties while serving a population of more than 500,000 citizens and providing daily leadership and support to 195 personnel and later served as the Commander of the Automotive Safety Enforcement Division, responsible for licensing and regulating over 1,600 vehicle safety inspection stations and 9,000 inspection mechanics throughout the State.  

As a 37 year resident of Harford County, Sheriff Gahler resides in the Forest Hill Community with his wife and children. Sheriff Gahler is a North Harford High School and Harford Community College graduate and obtained both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University. Sheriff Gahler is a member of the adjunct faculty within the Public Safety Leadership Program at the Johns Hopkins University and, until his election, served as an operating partner/owner of the Advanced Leadership Consortium, a company committed to providing quality training and consulting services to public safety organizations and private businesses.   

Ronald Greene, M.Ed, CAC-AD, CCDC

  Ronald K. Greene a native of Baltimore, Maryland currently a resident of South Central, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Greene has over 27 years of addiction treatment and management experience. Mr. Greene has worked for the Baltimore County Health Department, Colonial House Inc. Med-Mark Treatment Centers, Alliance Inc. and Epic Counseling Center. Mr. Greene holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Law and a Master’s degree in Education, both from Strayer University, Washington DC. Mr. Greene is also a Maryland State certified substance abuse counselor and a board approved clinical supervisor.  

Mr. Greene held an appointment to the Harford County Advisory Council on Mental Health and Addictions from former County Executive Jim Harkins in 2004 thru 2006. Mr. Greene has extensive knowledge in treating the adults and adolescents with substance use disorders. Mr. Greene is currently employed by one of the largest healthcare organizations in the world. He manages facilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania.  

Joseph Ryan

 Joseph Ryan has been the principal administer of the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) an Office within Department of Community Services, for the past seventeen years.  He develops, coordinates, and monitors a network of community wide services aimed at prevention and control of substance abuse problems as well as assisting with the treatment of substance abusers and their families.

Mr. Ryan was been appointed by the Harford County Executive to the Local Drug and Alcohol Council, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Youth Commission, and Highway Safety Council. He is a current member of the Executive Board for the Harford County Narcotics Task Force and has served as a member of DEA steering committee for DEA’s “TARGET America” campaign in Maryland. He is co- author of Harford County’s opioid prevention plan submitted to the Behavior Health Administration.  In 2015 he was assigned to the Lt. Governor’s Heroin Misuse Task Force education/prevention committee. He is certified by the Maryland Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates (MAPPA) as a Prevention Professional. 

Prior to becoming the administrator of ODCP he had 26 years of service with the Maryland State Police as an investigator assigned to the Criminal and Drug Enforcement Bureau’s. He was a DEA task force officer for 3 years. He has testified in Federal and State Courts as an expert in Narcotics money laundering cases.  

Dr. Patricia Van Story, DDS

Dr. Patricia Van Story is an experienced dentist with multiple years of both private practice and public health experience. Highly motivated, dedicated and committed to providing holistic care to all patients, she is experienced in all facets of general dentistry, as well as identifying oral health factors that are indicators for undetected chronic illnesses. She specializes in working with other healthcare professionals to create collaborative treatment for oral health and chronic disease. Her current interests include affects of diabetes and high-blood pressure on oral health in African Americans.