Since 1924, the Connelly Funeral Home of Essex have served the Baltimore, Essex & Middle River areas and surrounding communities with care and compassion. We understand that funerals are for the living and strive to provide a meaningful, individual service for every family we serve. Our professional staff is always available for assistance and guidance whether our services are needed before the funeral, at the time of death, or after the funeral is over. We’ve designed our website to provide information about the services we offer along with helpful links.
Clarkton: Robert Otis Gurkin , 65 of Clarkton died Friday,  May 31,2019. He was the son of the late Earl Brown Gurkin, Sr. and Alice Carolyn Edwards Gurkin and was preceded in death by his brother, Earl Brown Gurkin, Jr. He worked in  Forestry Management. He was a member of Western Prong Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife: Lisa Douglas Gurkin of the home. Step-Sons; Curtiss Wilkinson and Nicholas Wilkinson, both of Wilmington, N.C., Sisters; Carol Spradley of Leland, N.C....
On June 1, 2019 Ronald A. Koelbel devoted husband of Paula Koelbel (nee Haugh); beloved father of Michelle Perozich and her husband Chris, and Ronald Koelbel II and his wife Nahyun Cho; loving "Pop-Pop" of Nicole, C.J., Zach and Hunter; dear brother of Lynn Weaver, Richard Koelbel and Terry Harris; good friend of Charles Eberwein. A mass of christian burial will be celebrated in St. Leo the Great Catholic Catholic Church, 227 S. Exeter St., Baltimore, MD 21202 on Saturday at 10...
On May 29, 2019 Walter Raymond Taylor, Jr. devoted husband to Barbara Taylor; beloved father of Raymond and Timothy Taylor; dear brother of Philip, Jerry, Donna, Richard Taylor and Denise Swain, Betty Nan, Bill Hopp and the late Michele Forbes Taylor and the late Phyllis Hebert; loving nephew of Hannah Storto; cherished son of the late Audrey A. and the late Walter R. Taylor, Sr.; dear brother-in-law to Nicholas Storto. Also survived by many loving grandchildren. A funeral...
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Whiteville: Polly Jean Benton Jernigan, 57 of  Whiteville died Saturday, April 13,2019 at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C.  She was the daughter of William Cecil Benton and Dolly Ward Benton. She was a former member of New Britton Baptist Church. She worked at Sam's Pit Stop on Jefferson St. for over 26 years as Store Manager. Survivors include her husband, Gary Dean Jernigan, Sr. of the home. Daughter,  Amanda Jean Jernigan Price ( Jonathan) of...


Marshall Jimmy Sarvis, 73 of  Whiteville, died April 16, 2017 at Columbus Regional Medical Center.  He was a sewing machine mechanic for Blue Jeans , Jasper Textiles and Stone Manufacturing for 30 years.  He was the son of the late Marshall Jenkins Sarvis & Lucienne Marie Sarvis. Marshall is survived by his wife; Linda Jones Sarvis, two sons; Randy Wayne Sarvis & Raymond Allen Sarvis both of Whiteville, one sister; Nancy Sarvis Jenrette of Whiteville, two step...

On June 4, 2019 Ella Jean Johnson devoted wife of the late Charles Johnson, Sr.; beloved mother of Norma Zubey and her late husband Joseph Zubey, Linda Lintz and her husband Ronald, Charles Johnson, Jr. and his wife Tracey, and the late Diane Rivers. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; dear sister of Lewis Ervin. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends. Graveside services and interment will be held at Holly Hill Memorial Gardens, 10201 Bird River... 

On May 29, 2019 Walter Raymond Taylor, Jr. devoted husband to Barbara Taylor; beloved father of Raymond and Timothy Taylor; dear brother of Philip, Jerry, Donna, Richard Taylor and Denise Swain, Betty Nan, Bill Hopp and the late Michele Forbes Taylor and the late Phyllis Hebert; loving nephew of Hannah Storto; cherished son of the late Audrey A. and the late Walter R. Taylor, Sr.; dear brother-in-law to Nicholas Storto. Also survived by many loving grandchildren. A funeral...
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Marshall Jimmy Sarvis, 73 of  Whiteville, died April 16, 2017 at Columbus Regional Medical Center.  He was a sewing machine mechanic for Blue Jeans , Jasper Textiles and Stone Manufacturing for 30 years.  He was the son of the late Marshall Jenkins Sarvis & Lucienne Marie Sarvis. Marshall is survived by his wife; Linda Jones Sarvis, two sons; Randy Wayne Sarvis & Raymond Allen Sarvis both of Whiteville, one sister; Nancy Sarvis Jenrette of Whiteville, two step...

As a dedicated funeral establishment our responsibility is to the families we serve. We provide the most elaborate funeral service to the simplest graveside ceremony, the most unusual memorial service, to the most basic direct cremation. Since no two people are alike, neither should their funeral ceremony be alike.  We are prepared to assist families from every walk of life to create a unique ceremony that reflects a life well-lived.
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