Elton Odell Cephas passed away August 3, 2021, at Delmar Assisted Living in Delmar, Maryland. He was 92 years old. He was born in Fork Neck, Maryland to the late Josiah and Hattie Stanley Cephas.
Elton was educated in the Dorchester County School System, graduating from F. D. St. Clair High School in the of class of 1946.
Elton was a member of Waters United Methodist Church, Fork Neck, Maryland. Elton was a faithful financial contributor, a member of the United Methodist Men, and an unofficial missionary who enjoyed visiting the sick and shut in.
For over 20 years, Elton was a member of the Dorchester County Forestry Board, and he was a member of the Maryland Farm Bureau. He was the proud owner of one of the largest farms in Dorchester County; the Cephas farm was the produce, family gathering stopping place for many families, friends in and around the Dorchester County area.
Elton enjoyed rabbit hunting, deer hunting and cooking. One of Elton’s favorite events to host was his “Wild Game Dinner”. This elaborate event was a yearly event held at Elton’s home, with a spread from A-Z of all the wild game meats and more.
Elton loved to attend social gatherings whether he was driving or not (many times he had his own personal chauffeurs). He was invited and attended lots of events like birthday parties, family dinners, weddings and anniversary celebrations, barbeques. Elton enjoyed sitting around, shooting the breeze, playing cards and having a good time – he could say the darndest things that could make people laugh, make them mad, make them cry and laugh all over again. If you ever sat around the card table with him, and you were winning (taking his quarters) he’d say, “What in the Devil going on, you trying to take all of my quarters.”
He leaves to cherish his fond memories to his loving and devoted daughter, Deborah A. Sharp; two sisters and one brother: Shelby Jean (Jesse) Fenwick, Baltimore, MD; Jeanette Cephas, Yonkers, NY and a brother Weejay Cephas (Edie), Wilmington, DE; sister-in-law Joyce Cephas, Fort Washington, MD and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and special friends: Sylvia Stanley and Esther Thomas.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Josiah and Hattie Cephas, sisters Celia Simmons and Shirley Butler, and his brothers, Melvin, Dolbert, Landy, Arnold M., Junior, Cleamon, Sr., Arnold P., and Theodore Cephas.