The founder of Jolley Memorial Chapel was the late Thornton B. Jolley. Mr. Jolley was licensed under the late James F. Stewart, who owned the former James F. Stewart Funeral Home. Upon the death of Mr. Stewart (1949), Thornton B. Jolley continued as the director of the James F. Stewart Funeral Home along with the widow, Mrs. Mary A. Stewart. Upon her death in 1955, Mr. Jolley became the successor and the Thornton B. Jolley Memorial Chapel was established.
Upon the death of Thornton B. Jolley in 1962, his wife, Loretta B. Jolley received her license and has owned and managed Jolley Memorial Chapel for the past fifty-one years.
In 1962, Loretta B. Jolley maintained the dual professional status of full-time funeral director and full-time high school teacher; while maintaining her role as full time mother to three daughters: Terrelle, Roni and Patricia. The following year she retired from her teaching position and turned her full attention to the development and expansion of Jolley Memorial Chapel. Over the next several years, the Salisbury establishment was expanded and renovated to service the needs of the community.
In 1987, Mrs. Jolley established a second location with the building of the Berlin, Maryland funeral home. With the Berlin establishment, Mrs. Jolley extended her hand of service to the families of Worcester County, Maryland and the residents of lower Sussex County Delaware. A couple of years later, Jolley Memorial Chapel expanded once again, adding the Deal Island establishment, serving families in Somerset County, Maryland.
Loretta B. Jolley has been an educator, entrepreneur, community leader, role model, mentor, and a philanthropist to the Delmarva Peninsula community and its residents for over fifty years. She has been a pillar in this local community and is recognized for her quality of leadership, dedication and years of dignified service. On August 1, 2007, she received the “Living Legend Award” presented by 100 Black Women of Funeral Service, Inc. at the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Convention in Philadelphia, PA.
Patricia A. Jolley, the youngest daughter of Loretta B. Jolley, has been working in the funeral industry with her mother since her teenage years. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, receiving an Associates Degree in a Mortuary Science transfer program and continued her studies at the former Catonsville Community College in Baltimore, MD, receiving an additional Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in 1978. After serving an apprenticeship with Jolley Memorial Chapel, Patricia was licensed through the Maryland State Board of Morticians; thus, becoming a second generation funeral director serving for Jolley Memorial Chapel. She is also a licensed funeral director for the State of Delaware.
In addition, Patricia is a member of the Board of Directors of the Salisbury Neighborhood Housing, a member of the Wicomico County Commission for Women, a former Board Member of the United Way, Inc., volunteer with the local March of Dimes and the host of a weekly broadcast entitled “Health Check” on a local Christian radio station. She has two adult children: Ryanne and Edwin Lashley and is married to Daniel L. King.
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