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Obituary for JOHN E. SOLLERS
John Eldridge Sollers was born on February 26, 1953, the sixth of eight children born to Milton and Mary Virginia Sollers. John was a loving son and sibling. Throughout his youth, he attended Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Upon graduating Southern High School, John worked for the United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving. He later attained his CDL from the College of Southern Maryland and went on occupy his “dream job” driving trucks. He worked for various companies including Chaney Enterprises, the Trading Post and even founded his own company. John was a faithful member of Lothian Church of God. While he played the trombone earlier in life, he was well known for his love of the bass guitar. His talent was apparent as you could hear the scales and runs as he would ad-lib into most songs. John played for all of the choirs at different phases in the Music Ministry, but most of his playing time was spent with the Senior Choir, Choir #2 and Angelic Voices Choir. On February 22, 1982, John married Rose White and from their 30-year union four beautiful and talented daughters were born. With the arrival of his girls, John’s life was full. John loved to share a good laugh and a good conversation. He was always very concerned about the sick and shut in, often seeing to the needs of others while forsaking his own health concerns stating, “I can’t complain.” John made it a point to take his family to visit the sick and minister unto them in song. John also enjoyed cooking and often watched cooking shows on television. After seeing something of interest, he would create a similar meal but add a personal twist. He would then call the girls at the end of a work shift to make sure they had either picked up a dish of his newest creation for lunch or taken it home for dinner. John also loved black and white movies. He would often call one of the girls whenever he would come upon a particularly hilarious clip to share a laugh to two. On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, God called John home from his labors. He fought his good fight and he finished his course, now there remains a rest for his soul. John leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Rose; his mother, Mary Virginia Sollers; two sons, John Sollers Jr. and Marland White; four daughters, Marie, Kim, LaShawn, and Yolanda Sollers; 15 grandchildren; one brother, Randolph Sollers, three sisters, Sherry Butler and Lesteen and Erica Sollers; four brothers-in-law, Nathan Butler; George (Margaret), Russell (Kim) and Matthew White (Linda); six sisters-in-law, Barbara Boyd, Patricia White, Elsie Wilson (Carl), Bessie Willett (Milton), Arlene Forbes (Aubrey), and Marilyn Jones (Jesse); two nieces, Kelly Strong and Tia Butler; one nephew, Nathan Butler Jr.; one god-daughter, Jessica Jones Minor and a host of other nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Milton Sr., his brothers Milton Jr. and Leroy and his sister Gloria.