Calvin Quinton Costen took flight on Wings as an Eagle to eternal rest, on July 27, 2019 at 12:07 AM at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, where he had been a patient for two weeks. He was born on October 26, 1957 to the late Charles Q. Costen and Katie L. Costen.
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Calvin accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, under the watchful care of Rev. Isaac Jenkins. He was educated in the Worcester County Public School System.
Calvin loved all genres of music and took great pleasure in being a DJ. His true passion was food but grilling was his specialty, especially his ribs with a special homemade rub.
Calvin worked at Happy Jacks Pancake House in Ocean City for over twenty years until he required a kidney transplant. After the transplant, he thought he would never work again, but he was able to join the security team at University of Maryland Eastern Shore on a part time basis. He dedicated the last five years of his life to this job and it brought him much joy and pride to be working outside the home again. He wore his uniform proudly until his health prevented him from doing so, but he continued to speak of it daily. He was saddened that he could not make this journey any longer.
Calvin was known by “CC, Bear, and QC” to many in the community. His generosity, cooking, and even his temper will be remembered by most. Calvin tried to act as if he was hard, but he cared deeply, sometimes too deeply. He truly left his mark all over this fair city of Pocomoke, where he spent his entire life.
He leaves to celebrate his life: his wife, Deborah Pritchett Costen; son, Vance O. Costen; two stepdaughters, Sherita Pritchett of Salisbury, MD and Becky Pritchett of Princess Anne, MD; two stepsons, Michael Pritchett of Greensboro, NC and Anthony (Tanya) Pritchett of Danville, VA; Calvin was not blessed with his own grandchildren, but proudly accepted his wife’s fourteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, especially Londynn and Hezekiah; one sister, Anna Holden of Princess Anne, MD; two brothers, Thomas (Debora) Costen of Jacksonville, FL and Donald (Dawn) Costen of Salisbury, MD; three nieces, Vanessa Fisher, Melody (John) Broussard, and Tera Davis; one nephew, Kevin Fisher; two great-nieces, Sonye Lankford and Arya Davis; one great-nephew, Skky Townsend; sister-in-law, Dorothy Rodgers of Danville, VA; six brothers-in-law, Richard Robertson, Charlie Pritchett, Garry (Patsy) Pritchett, Danny Pritchett, all of Danville, VA, Bobby (Kassandra) Pritchett of Yorktown, VA, and James Pritchett of Atlantic, VA; two special friends, Jessie Walston of Pocomoke, MD and Melvin Downing of Baltimore, MD; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Calvin was preceded in death by his son, Avrian Costen; his first wife, Gail Cropper Costen; brother-in-law, Seth Holden; and nephew, Timothy Fisher.