Martha Jean Butts

Mrs. Butts, 70, of Freehold, died Oct. 20, 2006, at home. Born in Clinton, she had lived in Freehold all her life and was a crossing guard for Freehold Borough. She also baby-sat locally and belonged to the New Beginnings Agape Christian Center, Freehold. Mrs. Butts is survived by her mother, Irene Simms of Albany, N.Y.; four sons, Marlon Butts of Florida, and Zackery Butts and Wendell and Brian Everett, all of Freehold; a daughter, Dawn White, also of Freehold; two sisters, Margaret Peace and Shirley McCann, both of Freehold; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and her companion and caregiver, John H. Butler of Freehold. A funeral service took place at New Beginnings Agape Christian Center, followed by interment at Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent section of Manalapan. Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, was in charge of arrangements.

Howard Camden

Howard Belvin Camden, 76, of the Cream Ridge section of Upper Freehold, died Nov. 4, 2006, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in North Hampton County, Va., he was a resident of Colts Neck for 35 years before moving to Jensen’s Retirement Community in Cream Ridge. Mr. Camden was a 1947 graduate of North Hampton High School, Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. Howard was a trainer and driver in harness horse racing from 1950 to 1995. Howard was the founder of the Colts Neck Police Department, where he served as captain from 1975 to 1995. He also worked for the Colts Neck post office. He belonged to the Masonic Lodge and was a member and trustee of the Hornerstown Baptist Church, Cream Ridge. Son of the late Myrtle Outen and Howard Stewart Camden and brother of the late G. Jack Camden, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce Wetherill Camden; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Phil Wegelin of Manalapan; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Delvin and Elizabeth Camden of the Lawrenceville section of Lawrence and Ronald Camden of Colts Neck; a sister, Thelma Kaiser of Williamsburg, Va.; and a granddaughter. Funeral services were held at Tilghman Funeral Home, 52 Main St., in the New Egypt section of Plumsted, with his sister, Thelma Kaiser, and Deacon Ray Staub, officiating. Burial followed at Brig. Gen. William O. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Arnytown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Colts Neck Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 333, Cedar Drive, Colts Neck 07722.

Margaret L. Herrschaft

Margaret Loretta Herrschaft, 93, of Freehold Township, died Oct. 29, 2006, at home. Mrs. Herrschaft was born in New York City and had resided in Staten Island, N.Y. before moving to Freehold Township six years ago. She was predeceased and by her husband, William Herrschaft, who died in 1972; a son, William J. Herrschaft; two brothers, Harold J., and John; and two sisters, Edna May and Ethel Downey. Surviving are a son, Edward G. Herrschaft of Millstone Township; a daughter, Margaret E. MacFarlane of Freehold Township; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were offered at the Higgins Memorial Home, 20 Center St., Freehold, followed by interment at Ocean View Cemetery, Staten Island.

George Edward Murray Jr.

Mr. Murray, 90, of Manalapan, died Oct. 24 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he had lived in Rego Park, Queens, N.Y., before moving to Manalapan five months ago. Prior to retiring in 1981, he was a purchasing agent for the cotton industry exchange at the World Trade Center in New York City. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was also a former communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Forest Hills, N.Y. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Mildred; three sons and two daughters-in-law, James Murray and Kevin and Patti Murray, all of Manalapan, and Dennis and Denise Murray of Forest Hills; two brothers, Jerome Murray of Whiting and Frank Murray of Mineola, N.Y.; and four grandchildren. A funeral liturgy was offered at Our Lady of Mercy Church, followed by interment at St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village, N.Y. Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan, was in charge of arrangements.