Obituaries

09/02/14

David Henry Krumm -- David Henry Krumm, 73, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Del Rio, Texas. He was born on May 7, 1941 in West Chester, Pa., son of David L. Krumm and Jayne Dickinson. David was the third of five siblings: Jayne Conway, Elizabeth Krumm and younger brothers, Henry and William. Dave went to high school in Seaford before joining the U.S. Navy. The Navy served him well, as it afforded him the opportunity to meet his future wife, Marie Palacios Krumm. After serving at Byrd Station in the Antarctic with RCA, Dave returned to Seaford with wife Marie to begin a new life with the Diamond State Telephone Company. An active member of the Lions Club and the American Legion, Dave was known to all. In 1978, the family transferred to Louisiana where Dave became known as the "Yankee converted to CoonAss" as the American Legion post commander. Working for South Central Bell, Dave was also active in the Lions Club and a member of the Krewe of Atlas while raising three children: Lisa Krumm Anhaiser of Sugar Land, Texas, Richard Herbert Krumm of New Orleans, La. and Joseph Dickinson Krumm of Del Rio. While living in Mississippi, Dave heeded the call of retirement when he and Marie transferred to Del Rio with Customs. As always, Dave was a man who never felt out of place. He never met a stranger, they were just friends he didnt know yet. Dave couldn't just retire so upon moving to Del Rio he started Do-Tel Telecommunications. Through the business, Dave became an active member in the chamber of commerce, but his true passion for service was for the benefit of the Lions Club and the Texas Lions Camp for Children. As a four year Century Club Key Holder for the Texas Lions Camp and Lions Club past president, Dave was a tireless worker for the cause. Daves pride and joy showed in his love for grandchildren. His oldest grandson, James L. Anhaiser Jr. is on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, stationed in New River, N.C. Andrew David Anhaiser, a student, is a USMC reservist stationed in Galveston, Texas. Youngest grandson, Christian L. Anhaiser attends middle school in Sugar Land where he resides with daughter, Lisa and son-in-law James L. Anhaiser Sr. Dave has friends far and wide. With family still residing in Seaford, Dave returned two years ago with his son and brother to visit and hit the Dover NASCAR track. He also took trips to Mississippi and New Orleans to catch up with old friends. Dave is survived by his wife, children, son-in-law, grandchildren and a plethora of great friends from the beaches of Delaware to the borders of Texas. He was a good man, a dad, a Pepop and a friend. We will miss him dearly. Dave was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Alexis Jayne Anhaiser with whom he will spend eternity. Visitations will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Del Rio. A chapel service will follow at 6 p.m. with Deacon Claudio Sanchez officiating. Funeral arrangements are in the care of G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home, Del Rio. To share memories of David Henry Krumm, visit our website at www.gwcoxmemorialfuneralhome.com.


Jane E. Sellers -- Jane E. Sellers, 82, of Seaford, died on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Jane worked for Tunnel & Raysor Law Firm for many years and she and her husband owned and operated Seaford Disposal Service. She was a member of the Nanticoke River Yacht Club and the American Legion in Seaford. Janes husband, Vernon L. Peanut Sellers died in 2007. She is survived by two sons, Phillip Sellers and Stephen Sellers (Kelly); three grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew and Kendra Sellers, a great-grandson and a brother, Ted Blades. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Stein Highway, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice, 2103 Professional Park Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947.


William H. Tull, 89 William H. Tull of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Md. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Gail Hastings and her husband Frank; grandson, Scott Hastings and his wife Robin; great-grandsons, Hunter and Chad Hastings; great-granddaughters, Hana and Sara Hastings, all of Seaford; and nephews, David A. Tull and his wife Sue of Seaford and Richard W. Tull and his wife Nadine of Pennsylvania. Burial was private. Pastor Rick Elzey officiated. Arrangements were in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home in Seaford.


Bruce Richard Levan -- Bruce Richard Levan, 71, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Atlantic Shore Rehabilitation and Health Care, Millsboro. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Alma Kueppers and Samuel Levan. He was a counselor for the State of Delaware and a graduate of Penn State University. He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Bruce is survived by his sister, Joan Kassen of Florida; a nephew, Jeff Kassen of New Jersey and his friend, Frank E. Eldridge of Seaford. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Front Street, Seaford. In memory of Bruce, contributions may be made to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 202 N. Front St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Henry 'Calvert' Richardson -- Henry Calvert Richardson, 76, of Georgetown, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Calvert was born in Willards, Md. on May 13, 1938, the only son of the late Howard and Etta Mae Richardson. Calvert graduated from Georgetown High School and then joined the Army. After his honorable discharge he attended and graduated from Goldey Beacom College on Aug. 10, 1959. He then began his 41 year career at Wilmington Trust Co., retiring on Sept. 30, 2000. Calvert was an old fashion banker, many of his deals were done with a handshake and his word, which allowed many people to turn their dreams into realities. He was also a farmer for many years, a Republican Party committeeman, a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Gethsemane Lodge in Reliance. Calvert was passionate in his life with a love of horses and his grandson, Will. He will be remembered by his friends as always having a smile and being quick with a story. He was a devoted son, husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann Richardson; a son, Howard Richardson and his wife Stephani and a grandson, Will. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, at Asbury Methodist Church Cemetery, County Seat Highway, Georgetown. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Thursday evening, Aug. 28 from 6 to 8. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to Asbury Methodist Church Cemetery, c/o Marcie Anderson, 14873 Baker Mill Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Mildred M. Windsor-West -- Mildred M. Windsor-West, 102, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 at her granddaughter's home in Coatesville, Pa. Born in Bridgeville, she was the daughter of the late William Elliott and Naomi Smith-Elliott. Mildred graduated from Bridgeville High School in 1931, the first class to graduate from the school house. She thoroughly enjoyed cooking, crocheting, gardening and volunteering. Spending time with family and friends was Mildreds passion and delight. Mildred spent many years supporting and working in her community. She worked at a number of shops in town and started her own business with Doris Boyce. Together they opened the B&W store. She was one of the original founders of Laurel Saddle Friends which demonstrated her love of horses. Mildred owned several award winning horses. Mildred was also a lifetime member of Centenary United Methodist Church and had the honor of working there for a number of years. Along with her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters, her first husband, Mr. Elmer Windsor and her second husband, Mr. I. Lee West. Mildred is survived by her daughters, Marguerite Windsor of Aston, Pa. and Jean Gordy of Annapolis, Md.; grandchildren, Craig (Anna) Boon, Cathy (John) Christie, Carlton (Pam) Boon, Mark (Donna) Gordy and Michael Gordy; great-grandchildren, Stephanie Mirasola, Nikki (Mike) McCalla, Devon Boon, Garrett Boon, Erin Gordy and Kevin Gordy and several nephews and nieces. From her second marriage from I. Lee West, Mildred is survived by stepchildren, Karen (Buddy) Joseph, Roslyn West, Kenneth West, Bert West and Jack West. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren from the West side of the family. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held two hours before the service. Interment will be held in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. The Rev. Joseph Burris will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends provide a non-perishable food item(s) to the church food pantry in her memory or a donation to Centenary United Methodist Church. Food items may be delivered at the church. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Edwin H. Blazier -- Edwin H. Blazier, 93, of Seaford, died on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Edwin was born in Warren, N.J. on July 8, 1921. He graduated from North Plainfield High School in 1939 and worked for American Cyanamid until he enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1942. He was assigned to aviation and became a metal smith. He joined Squadron VMF 217 in El Centro, Calif. and went to the South Pacific on the carrier USS Santee that took part in the invasion of Guam. He returned to the US and married Ada Bowers. He then went to propeller school in Chicago after which he was assigned to Eagle Mt. Lake, Texas and was discharged from there. He then went back to work for American Cyanamid and retired in 1977. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2290 in Manville, N.J. He and his wife traveled in the US by RV for a few years and settled in Delaware in 1989. They resided at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford since April 2012. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary in March of 2014. Memorial services will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Johns United Methodist Church, PO Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Doris Marvel Parks -- Doris Marvel Parks, 78, of Linkwood, Md., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Shore Medical Dorchester Hospital in Cambridge, Md. Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Doris A. Smith and Brooks M. Marvel. Doris was a receptionist at the employment office in Easton. She is survived by two sons, Timothy Davis of North Carolina and Scott Ledbetter of West Virginia; two daughters, Mitzi Richardson of Rhodesdale, Md. and Amy L. Willey of Linkwood; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Brooks Marvel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford, where friends may call one hour before the service. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.


Norman C. Boos -- Norman C. Boos, 85, of Laurel, died on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Carl and Norma (Beck) Boos. Norman proudly served his country in the US Navy Reserves for 12 years when he was younger. He was a very talented woodworker and, with his two brothers, owned and operated Boos Custom Woodworking for many years, building beautiful fine custom furniture. He used his God-given woodworking talents to make over 5,000 wooden crosses. He enjoyed sharing the crosses with hospital and nursing home patients, soldiers in Iraq and almost anyone he came into contact with on a daily basis. He was a faithful member of the Good Samaritan Christian Fellowship Church in Seaford. He was a member and officer of the American Legion in New York. After moving to Laurel in 1996, he joined the American Legion, Post 19 in Laurel. He is survived by his wife of 64 wonderful years, Evelyn Zimmer Boos; two sons, Ken Boos and his wife Gail and Donald Boos and his wife Susan; a son-in-law, Sam Hudman; seven grandchildren, Michelle Gamma (Gerard), Benjamin Hudman, Elizabeth Hudman, Catherine Hudman, Brittany Boos (Shawn), Donald K. Boos and Kerri Boos; four great-grandchildren, Brandon, Alex, Madison and Kailey; and two brothers, his twin, Carl Boos (Corrine) and Robert Boos (Gerri). He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and four very special friends, Wayne and Doris Mathis and Bill and Helen Close. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Boos Hudman; a sister, Dorothy Adler and a brother-in-law, Robert Adler. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, at Good Samaritan Christian Fellowship Church, 26764 Seaford Rd., Seaford. Pastor Raymond C. Justice Jr. and Wayne Mathis will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Christian Fellowship Church, 26764 Seaford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973, or to the Church of Christ, PO Box 332, Temperanceville, VA 23442. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home, Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Barbara Faye Taylor -- Barbara Faye Taylor, 75, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was born on Nov. 23, 1938 in Cambridge, Md., the daughter of the late Paul Meredith and Mary Belle Williams Corder. She was raised in Dorchester County and graduated from North Dorchester High School with the class of 1956. She was a homemaker. She started her love for 4-H at a young age as a member of the Dorchester County 4-H Club, and became active in Delaware 4-H. For nearly 50 years she was a 4-H leader for Sussex County. She founded the Seaford Blue Jays 4-H Club in 1967, was a judge for National 4-H Congress record books and was instrumental in establishing the Younger Member weekend. She will be inducted in the Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame in October. Barbara was a lifetime member of the First Church of God in Federalsburg, Md. She was a seasonal assistant at Sears and continued working there for 13 years. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, canning, sewing and crewel embroidery. Barbara loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her seven grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, John Clark Jack Taylor of Seaford; three daughters, Karen Levesque of Fredericksburg, Va., Jacalyn Bradley of Seaford and Janelle Koski and her husband Greg of East New Market, Md.; seven grandchildren, John Levesque, David Levesque, Amy Levesque, Nathan Bradley, Shannon Bradley, Cole Koski and Jill Koski; and a special friend and godmother to her children, Phyllis Gail Ensor of Upperco, Md. She was preceded in death by a brother, Russell Meredith; a sister, Miriam Lawrence; several stepbrothers and stepsisters and her son-in-law, Kenneth Levesque. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg with the Rev. Denzil T. Cheek officiating. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6 to 8 and one hour before the service on Saturday. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Sussex County 4-H Club, Carvel Research & Education Center, 16483 County Seat Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Donald A. Elzey -- Donald A. Elzey, 74, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Donald was born in Cambridge, Md., the son of the late Emerson Elzey and E. Louise Bentley of Millsboro. He had also lived in Delmar, Dagsboro and Annapolis. Donald retired from Sams Club after 17 years of service. He was an accomplished drummer playing with numerous bands across Delmarva, most recently playing for Almost Country. Known to many as Sticks, he was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast and enjoyed his trucks and motorcycles. In his early years, he enjoyed many sports, especially bowling, softball and baseball. Even though he stuttered his words, he was quite the jokester and could often be found at the Laurel Truck Stop with his friends. He enjoyed the American Legion Post #19 and hanging out with all walks of life. He could make anyone smile and never met a stranger. Cherished family memories include his enjoyment of cleaning his truck and motorcycle, making the chrome shine. Donald was also a member of Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel. Mr. Elzey is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sherry Elzey of Laurel; son, Marvin Williams and wife Katherine of Laurel; daughters, Christine Wootten and Gene Solenberger of Seaford and Donna Elzey of Millsboro; his brother, Ralph Bentley of Georgia and a sister, Harlene Riddle and husband Glenn of Millsboro. Eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews also survive him. He was preceded in death by his father; a daughter, Penny Jones and a brother, Bobbie Bentley. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2. The Rev. Roland Tice will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Pauline G. Parker -- Pauline G. Parker, 95, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at the Seaford Center in Seaford. Born on Jan. 23, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Lillian Hastings Webster. Pauline graduated from Laurel High School in the class of 1937. After graduation, she married Reese W. Parker in 1938. She is survived her children, Robert L. Parker and his wife Constance of Seaford and Richard Parker and his wife Cathy of Laurel. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. Urn burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.


Loretta Joan (Lehman) Barrett -- Loretta Joan (Lehman) Barrett, 79, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, Aug.11, 2014. Loretta was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of the late James and Fern Lehman. After graduation she worked for the Atomic Energy Commission, the Pentagon and as a teachers aide in the Montgomery County Public School system working with special needs children. Loretta had many interests, she loved cooking and baking for everyone and she enjoyed sewing. Since she was three, she loved playing in the dirt. Gardening was her therapy. She enjoyed walking on the beach and collecting rocks and shells from all of her travels. Because of Lorettas love and enthusiasm for dolls and bears, she found herself starting a mail order doll business called Under The Lilac, located in Laurel, Md. She ran her business for 25 years, which allowed her to enjoy a network of people young at heart, like herself, that wanted to rekindle their childhood memories. Loretta is survived by her loving husband, Wendell Barrett and her four children, Wendell Barrett Jr. of Silver Spring, Md., William Barrett of Austin, Texas, Christopher Chris Barrett of Silver Spring and Loretta Lori Barrett of Silver Spring. She is also survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, James Barrett of Silver Spring. Loretta married in 1954 and started the family she always wanted, having five children. Her family meant the world to her and she will be missed dearly. She was a loving and caring woman with a big heart. She was altruistic and had a great personality and a smile that would light up a room. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made in Lorettas name to the Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973.


Barbara Anne Young -- Barbara Anne Young, 86, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Atlantic Shores in Millsboro. Mrs. Young, born in Charleston, W.V. on May 17, 1928 as Barbara Anne Copenhaver, grew up in a single parent home during the Great Depression, which helped develop in her a genuine and heartfelt appreciation and love for her extended family. She married Benny Young, supported his banking career and, together, they moved to Seaford to begin a new life together in Delaware. Barbara raised three sons and her family became her real passion in life. Like a true servant, she was happiest in finding ways to love and support others; she was a happy, fun and truly a one-of-a kind mom and mom-mom. Barbara helped build and operate the Ocean Breeze Mobile Home Park in Ocean City. She enjoyed traveling with Ben on many trips, including the Holy Land, England, Ireland, crossing the Trans-Canadian Railway and cruising on the QE2. After retiring to Jupiter, Fla., in 1992, she became an active member of Jupiter-Tequesta United Methodist Church. A devoted wife, mom and mom-mom, she will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Benny Paul Young; three sons, Timothy P. Young and his wife Karen of Ocean View, C. Michael and his wife Joanne, also of Ocean View and David B. Young and his wife Tammy of Newark, survive her, as do grandchildren, Amber Porter (John), Brandy, Timothy J., Jessica, Brad Quillen, Eva, Donald and Joe and great-grandchildren Carson, Carter and Kylie. Services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Barbaras name to VITAS Hospice, 100 Commerce Dr. #302, Newark, DE 19713 or Mariners Bethel United Methodist Church, 81 Central Ave., Ocean View, DE 19970. Arrangements are in the care of Melson Funeral Services.


John P. Mulrine -- John P. Mulrine, 73, of Riverside, Fla., passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 17, 2014. ᅠ He was born on Jan. 12, 1941 to the late Paul and Jeanne Murphy Mulrine.ᅠ John was a kind, fun loving soul with a wonderful sense of humor and a hearty laugh. That humor was Johns hallmark and his gift from God. The Lord knows he loved to share it! He knew Gods plan for him, and that was to be a healer through laughter, the best medicine. His humor was joyfully upbeat, sometimes a little off beat, and always worth a repeat! Dancing, like humor, requires good timing, and John was a great dancer! ᅠ He graduated from Seaford High School in 1959 and attended the Merchant Marine Academy and later the University of Delaware. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and accumulated a wide circle of friends but, unfortunately, no diploma. However, his circle of friends proved to be lifelong and more everlasting than any diploma ever could. He served briefly with the U.S. Army, being medically/honorably discharged with shoulder problems.ᅠ He subsequently worked on Senator Joe Biden's first Senate race and then for several years as a member of the Senator's staff in Washington, D.C. He was an avid "political junkie" for the rest of his life.ᅠ He is survived by his wife, Norma Custer Mulrine; a son, James P. Mulrine; two granddaughters, Annabelle and Cate Mulrine and a grandson, Toren Mulrine. He is also survived by two sisters, Sarah Walsh (Peter) and Jeanne Ellison (Ben Dennis). His surviving brothers include Thomas Mulrine (Lenali), Michael Mulrine (Meg) and Paul (Buck) Mulrine (Darlene).ᅠ A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Seaford.ᅠ In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Metropolitan Ministries (a homeless shelter for families), 2002 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602.


Norris A. Bryan -- Norris A. Bryan, 74, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Norris was born in Laurel, the son of the late Raymond and Lulu (Dukes) Bryan. He was a heavy equipment operator with David G. Horsey and Sons for 24 years, retiring in 2014. He had previously worked with the Soil Conservation Service for several years and Melvin L. Joseph Construction for 27 years. ᅠ Norris was a member of Concord U.M. Church, Seaford Moose Lodge #1728 and American Legion Post #8. He enjoyed bowling, but especially stock car racing and drove the pace car at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar for over 30 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ina Marie Wootten Bryan; a son, Aubrey Bryan; a daughter, Carla Jones; brothers, Reese and Raymond Bryan; his mother-in-law, Margaret Wootten and a stepsister, Elva Daisey. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Patsy (Elliott) Bryan; three children, Kevin Bryan, Deneen Kelleher and her husband Mark, all of Laurel, and Darren Bryan, of Millsboro; two stepsons, Charles Campbell-King and his husband Stephen Campbell-King of Middletown and Chris King and wife Kathy of Newark; two sons-in-law, Art Jones of Salisbury, Md. and Douglas Lewis Jr. of Laurel; a brother, Gene Bryan and wife Laura of Seaford; two sisters, Frances Peek and husband Norris of Berlin, Md. and Debra Long and husband Rick, also of Seaford; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Bryan of Seaford, several grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, with visitation from 5 to 7. Burial will be held privately. Fellowship and dessert will follow the services on Sunday evening at Grace Church in Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Concord U.M. Church, 25322 Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 Dupont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966.


Walter M. Andress Jr. -- Walter M. Andress Jr. of Bethel and Chesterfield, Va., went to be with the Lord the morning of Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Walter M. Andress Sr. and his mother, Claire S. Andress.ᅠ He is survived by his sisters, Barbara Shaffer and Judy Booze; his loving wife of 49 years, Betsy Andress; sons, Morgan, Chris and Justin and grandchildren, Kyle, Tyler, Claire, Bailey, Susannah and Garrett. ᅠ Walt was an active member of Hopewell United Methodist Church.ᅠ A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Hopewell United Methodist Church in Chesterfield. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Cancer Research Institute.


Barbara Rose Kirby -- Barbara Rose Kirby, 86, passed away at her home on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. She was born on the family farm on Oct. 3, 1927 in New York state in a little town called Ithaca where she grew up. In 1941 the family moved to Delmar where her father purchased a 100 acre farm. She was the youngest of three children.ᅠ Barbara worked for Nanticoke Cleaners in Blades for many years and was a lifelong seamstress. She was known for her love of flowers and animals.ᅠ She was preceded in death by her father, Gephardt Wieland; her mother, Elisa Wieland; her brother, Paul Wieland and her sister, Louise Dempsey. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Joseph G. Kirby who passed away in 2000. She is survived by her companion, Donald Hooper; her children: daughter, Ilene Malone; son, Wayne Hastings and daughter, Bonnie Wootten; son-in-law David Wootten; four grandchildren, Lisa Treppard, Lezley Scott, David Wootten II and his wife Melanie and Caleigh Jo Wootten; five great-grandchildren, Jessica Treppard, Matt Treppard, Patrick Scott, Emily Scott and Charlotte Josephine Wootten and many loving nieces and nephews.ᅠ A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Tim Dukes will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a hospice of your choice. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Jay Joseph Hearn -- Jay Joseph Hearn, 56, of Laurel, died on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. He was born on July 11, 1958 in Salisbury, Md., a son of the late Joshua B. Hearn, who passed in 1995 and Charlene Ann Hearn, who passed in 2013. Jay, who was raised in Delmar, was always proud to be a part of the Delmar community. Jay enjoyed his job of 28 years as a territory manager for RBI Corporation of Richmond, Va.ᅠ His love of Baltimore sports began many years ago as a fan of the Baltimore Colts and the Orioles. When the Ravens came to town he quickly began to love them as well. Through the years he has accumulated quite a collection of memorabilia from his favorite Baltimore teams. In addition to sports, he recently told his family the things that hold the most importance to him are his family, his truck, his tractor and his dogs. He also enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joanne M. Hearn; two sons, Scott Michael Hearn of Dayton, Va. and Jason Thomas Hearn of Baltimore; his mother-in-law, Jean G. Pope; a brother-in-law, Tom Pope and a sister-in-law, Linda Pope, all of Salisbury. He is also survived by his faithful companions, two dogs, Two-Boo and Bandit Marie and his grand-pup, May. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Immediately following the visitation, the family welcomes everyone to their home for a gathering of food and fellowship. Services will be private at a later date. Contributions may be made in his memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.shortfh.com.ᅠ


Freddie Lee Adkins -- Freddie Lee Adkins, 74, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Norfolk, Va., he was the son of the late Samuel T. Adkins Sr. and Genevieve Piland Adkins. Freddie proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was a retired automobile mechanic, working for Burton Chevrolet for over 30 years. Freddie enjoyed camping, fishing and restoring antique cars. He was also a skilled pilot, and he even built his very own kit plane. He had a great personality and enjoyed talking to everyone he met. He will be remembered for being a loving husband and father and for also spoiling his dogs. Freddie is survived by his loving wife, Helena Nguyen Adkins; his children: stepson William Hoffman of Laurel, Del., stepson David Hoffman of Jessup, Md., and daughter Joanna Witt and son-in-law Todd Witt of Savage, Md.; two brothers, Bobbie L. Adkins of Bridgeville and Samuel T. Adkins Jr. of Seaford and two sisters, Deborah E. Hudson of Delmar, Md. and Brenda S. Adkins of Lewes. A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, Aug. 15, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Contributions may be made in Freddie's memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Visit his tribute wall at www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Janice Gregory Belcher -- Janice Gregory Belcher, 78, of Seaford, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 43 years, Warren L. Belcher. Jan was the daughter of the late James R. Gregory Jr. and Julia Crews Gregory of Richmond, Va. Born in Winston Salem, N.C., Jan attended Thomas Jefferson High School graduating with the class of 54. Jan spent three years studying psychology at Mary Baldwin College in Stauton, Va. until she and Warren, her high school sweetheart, got married on June 15, 1957. They moved to a small apartment in Blacksburg, Va. for Warren to finish his degree at Virginia Tech (VPI) in engineering. Jan supported Warren during this time working as a receptionist at a law firm in Blacksburg. They settled in Richmond after Warren accepted a job with DuPont. They were later transferred to Wilmington and then to Seaford where they made their permanent home. Jan loved raising their four children and actively participated in their activities. She later became an avid soccer enthusiast as she traveled to her granddaughters games from elementary school throughout their college careers. Jan enjoyed tennis, golf, bridge, auctions, gardening and decorating her beautiful home. She was a member of the Nanticoke Watershed and the Sierra Club. She loved her family and friends. She is survived by her four children: Dr. Warren Gregory Belcher (Greg) of Salisbury, Md., Vance Morris Belcher (Van) of Phoenix, Ariz., Julie Belcher Warrington and her husband Gray Bennett Warrington of Magnolia and Dwight Adkins Belcher (Dyke) and his wife Tiffney Ayres Belcher of Seaford. Also surviving Jan is her brother, James R. Gregory III and his wife Kathy of Urbana, Va.; five grandchildren, Amanda Crews Warrington LaPenta and her husband, Dante LaPenta of Wilmington, Morgan Page Warrington of Reston, Va., Rebecca Gray Warrington of South Orange, N.J., Robert Vance Belcher (attending Embry-Riddle University) and Sidney Alicia Kilgo of Seaford (attending University of Kentucky); and one great-grandson, Carmine Bennett LaPenta. Visitation with the family will be between 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, with a memorial service to follow at 3, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. The family wishes donations be made in Jans name to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or www.delawarehospice.org.


N. Charlene Dubinski -- N. Charlene Dubinski, 81, of Laurel, passed away at her home on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Charlene was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late Earl Delaney Wootten and Jerdie Mitchell Wootten. Charlene retired as a longtime head teller for Wilmington Trust Company.ᅠ She was a lifetime member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel, American Legion Auxiliary Post #19, Red Hat Society, past treasurer of Laurel Alumni Association and the Laurel Senior Center. She enjoyed playing Bridge and Pinochle with her friends. Mrs. Dubinski is survived by her son, Donald Dubinski and wife Maryrose of Laurel; her daughters, Dawn Cherrix and husband Michael of Laurel and Lori Zaher and husband Thomas of Perkasie, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Joan Dubinski of Oshkosh, Wis.; nine grandchildren, Frank and wife Alison, Patrick and wife Melinda and Jacob Dubinski, Bridget, Erin, Megan and Brendan Grady, Michael and Haley Cherrix and two great-grandchildren, Leah and Paige Dubinski. She also had two very special friends, her neighbors Byard and Darlene ONeal. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Dubinski in 2010 and two siblings, Edsel Wootten and Reba Hearn. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14 at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2. The Rev. Joseph Burris will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956, Laurel Alumni Association, PO Box 382, Laurel, DE 19956 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Mary (Malloy) Cina -- Mary (Malloy) Cina, 94, died on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, of respiratory failure at Renaissance Nursing Home. She was born on March 6, 1920 in Mt. Savage, Md. and spent most of her life in Takoma Park, Md. She moved to Bridgeville from Beltsville, Md. in 1988 where she was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Seaford. Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Stephen A. Cina in 1998. She is survived by four children: David (Mary) Cina of Falls Church, Va., James (Susan) Cina of Bridgeville, Marguerite Bowman of Chester, Md. and Stephanie Cina of Bridgeville and one brother, William D. Malloy of Washington, D.C. She also leaves six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 528 East Stein Hwy., Seaford, with interment at 2 p.m. at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to your favorite charity. Please visit Mrs. Cinas Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Greg "Lillil" Hitch ONeal -- Greg 'Lillil' Hitch ONeal, 20, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Federalsburg, Md. He was born on Oct. 31, 1993 in Seaford. Greg is survived by his father, Robert Hitch of Seaford and his mother, Angela Hitch of Seaford. He is also survived by his brother and best friend, Donnie Hitch of Seaford and two sisters, Necolle Hitch of Seaford and Brandy DeLeon and her husband Nick of Muskegeon, Mich. He has two nieces, Paytin Williams and Kendra Hitch of Seaford and two nephews, Caleb and Landon DeLeon of Michigan. Greg is also survived by his aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. Greg was preceded in death by his stepfather, Greg Lawson, his grandparents, an aunt and an uncle. Greg, who everyone called Lillil, was loved by all. He was an awesome son and a great brother. He was always willing to help others when they needed it. Greg was taken from us way to soon, but he has gone home to a greater place to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He will be sadly missed by all. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where visitation will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


John C. Dalfonso Jr. -- John Charles Dalfonso, Jr., 80, of Laurel, passed away at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md., on Monday, July 28, 2014. After school, he worked in construction as a steel erector and later became a truck driver retiring from Koski Trucking in Hurlock, Md. John is survived by his companion of 21 years, Jacqueline J. Smart; a son, John C. Dalfonso III and his wife Becky; a sister, Frances Clarkson; 2 grandchildren and his pet dog, "Peanut." A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1138 Parsons Rd., Salisbury, MD 21803 or the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Dr., Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713 Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Leon Russell Waters -- Leon Russell Waters, 85, died on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He was born in Cambridge, Md. to Asbury and Elizabeth Lizzie Waters on Dec. 18, 1928. The family later relocated to Reliance, Md. and eventually settled in Seaford. He received his formal education at Frederick Douglass which was then a school for blacks. On Dec. 23, 1949, Leon was united in marriage to Marian P. Jackson. They were married for 51 years until her death on Dec. 17, 2001. To this union, they had 7 children: 4 sons and 3 daughters and they raised a grandson together. Leon also had a son from a previous relationship. At the age of 15, Leon relocated to Philadelphia, Pa. where he became employed at a local seafood restaurant. Two years later, at the age of 17, he returned to Seaford and became gainfully employed with the DuPont Company. He started out in a custodial position and one of his proudest moments with the company was when he was hired as the first black person to work in the Power Plant. Leon worked for DuPont for 39 years until his retirement, but being the hard worker that he was known as, he returned to the DuPont Company, less than a year after retirement, and worked for another 19 years until his final retirement from the company in June 2004, giving him a total of 58 years of service. Leon joined the Prince Hall Masons Morning Star Lodge No. 10, based out of Laurel at the age of 24. The lodge moved to Sharptown, Md. for a while and it was there that he helped build the Nebo Community Center. The lodge returned to Laurel several years later and throughout his service as a Mason, he served in various capacities. His most prestigious position was being appointed as Grand Marshall. On Dec. 15, 1994, Leon was inducted as a lifetime member for his years of service with the lodge. Proud of his Concord community, he also served as a member of his local neighborhood watch for some time. In his spare time he enjoyed going to breakfast daily with his friends, gardening and yard work, watching Westerns, storytelling and spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his special companion, Ms. Mary Batson. Leon also enjoyed playing cards and billiards with one of his best friends, William Skip Briggs Sr. In addition to his wife and parents, Leon was preceded in death by his son, Donald E. Waters. Leaving to cherish his memories are his children: Leon (Diane) Bolden, Allen Waters, Violet Waters, Michael Waters and Elisa (Dexter) George, all of Seaford; Doris (James) Farmer of Fayetteville, N.C.; Forrest (Tanya) Waters of Newark and a grandson that he raised, Ivan Waters of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 23 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mabel Harper of Philadelphia, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Rachel (Winfield) Jackson of Rhodesdale, Md.; his special companion, Mary Batson who cared for and stayed by his side until his final days and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Stein Highway Church of God, 425 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford, where friends may call two hours prior. There will be a Masonic Service at 12:30 p.m. To leave condolences, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com.


Patricia Shirley Hudson Mudrick -- Patricia Shirley Hudson Mudrick, 71, died on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Lake Wales, Polk County, Fla. Born on Nov. 15, 1942 in Galestown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Leslie and Clara Ione Darneille Hudson. In her early years she resided in Delmar and attended Delmar High School. She was employed by E.I. DuPont in Seaford where she met and married Israel Morris Mudrick and moved to Big Flats, N.Y., before retiring in Florida.ᅠ She is survived by her ex-husband, Morris; sisters, Anita Myrtle Moore and Gladys Love Hull and brothers, Theodore Stanley and John Wayne. Many nieces and nephews will also miss her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Clara Wheedleton, Mary Parker, Marguerite Mariner, Leslie Jr., Franklin, Joseph and Richard. Abiding by her wishes, her body was donated to science.


Rose E. 'Dolly' McDaniel -- Rose E. Dolly McDaniel, 76, of Delmar, formerly of Pomona, N.Y., passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Lofland Park Nursing Home after a long battle with Alzheimers. She was born in Portage, Pa., a daughter of the late Mary and Joseph Beers. ᅠ She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Tom. Married for 51 years, she passed away on their anniversary. ᅠ She is survived by her loving sister, Nancy Weis and her husband Andy; her loving brother, Steve Beers of Beverly, N.J. and his wife Eileen; sister-in-law, Mary Beers of Salisbury; sister-in-law, Wilma Lane of Oregon and sister-in-law, Joy Christenson of Washington. She was a loving and caring aunt to her nieces and nephews. Rose was a homemaker, loved music and had a great singing voice. She enjoyed pretty flowers and working in the garden. She enjoyed reading novels and listening to her country western records and polkas. Dolly loved her home in Delmar and family was very important to her. Her smile and her laugh made you feel happy just to be around her. Her kindness and caring spirit was evident in her life. Dolly never missed anyones birthday and sent notes and cards to friends and family to let them know she remembered them. She kept all the cards that she received and would take them out and look at them from time to time. Those who knew her always said she was a sweet person! She loved her God and her church and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Seaford. She will be missed for the joy that she gave us all. A Christian Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 27, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 522 Stein Hwy., Seaford, officiated by the Rev. Father Paul Matthew Kuzhimannil, associate pastor. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Seaford. ᅠ In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, PO Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973 in Roses memory because her church was so dear to her heart. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Brenda A. Bianca -- Brenda A. Bianca, 52, of Greenwood, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Brenda was born in Seaford, a daughter of the late Raymond Massey Sr. and Doris Williams of Delmar. Brenda was employed as the store manager for Variety Wholesalers. Known as a hard worker, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family. She enjoyed southern rock music, lunch dates with friends and Scooby Doo. Brenda is survived by her husband, Joseph Bianca; daughters, Raven Medford of Seaford and Courtney Cahall of Laurel; a brother, Raymond Massey Jr. of Laurel and grandchildren, Mackenzie and Riley Medford and Jaxon Baldwin. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 28, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate.


Charles William Devlin -- Charles William Devlin, 101, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Methodist Manor House in Seaford.ᅠ Born in Wilmington, he was the son of the late Thomas and Mary Louise Devlin. Charles owned and operated Devlin's Flower Shop in Palm Beach, Fla. He was a past member of the Laurel Lions Club and member of the Elks Lodge in West Palm Beach.ᅠ He is survived by his daughter, Charlene "Sug" Whaley and her husband Alan; grandchildren, Phyllis Ann Toomey and her husband Ray, Nancy Lee Hamilton, Edward Alan Whaley and his wife Tracy and great-grandchildren, Dustin Hamilton and Daniel Lee Hamilton.ᅠ Services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


John R. (Jack) Hamilton -- John R. (Jack) Hamilton, 72, of Saint Simons Island, Ga., died on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Hospice of the Golden Isles.ᅠ Formerly of Milford and Seaford, Mr. Hamilton relocated to the Golden Isles of Georgia in 2004 with his wife Ellen. Jack was born on Jan. 20, 1942 in Reading, Pa., to Andrew McCorder and Ruth Reppert Hamilton.ᅠ After his fathers untimely death, Jack was raised and graduated from Gerard College School for Boys, Philadelphia, Pa. In his senior year at Gerard, he was instrumental in the schools winning 1959 National Soccer Championship as the teams goalie. He attended East Stroudsburg University, Stroudsburg, Pa. on a soccer scholarship and graduated in 1963 with a degree in physical education. Post-graduation he attended the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, earning a degree in physical therapy. A physical therapist for 40 years, he primarily practiced in Delaware maintaining a private practice for several years before becoming the manager of the Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Department for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford Jacks love for soccer continued after graduation with his playing semi-professional soccer in the Philadelphia area. In later years, he coached childrens soccer teams for the Nanticoke Youth Soccer League in Seaford. A NASCAR and racing fan, in the 1980s, Jack and his team raced late model cars at both the drag strip and dirt tracks of Delmarva International Speedway in Delmar. His favorite pastime was golf and making golf clubs. Since moving to Saint Simons, he retired from physical therapy. To stay busy he worked part-time for Saint Simons Drug and later for Harris Teeter where he impacted many people with his genuine warm personality and love for joking to make people smile. Jack is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ellen Hamilton; two sons, Andrew Hamilton (Jill) of Lincoln and Scott Hamilton (Michelle) of Milton; grandchildren, Casey Ann Hamilton, JoEllen Ladd and Ashley Tracey (Joseph); great-grandchildren, Kathleen and Joseph Tracey Benjamin Hamilton and Brent McFarland; three stepdaughters, Christen Erskine (Kurt) of Decatur, Ga., Heather Voss of Lake in the Hills, Ill. and Sarah McLean (John) of Atlanta, Ga. and grandchildren, JonRobert Erskine, Meghan and Samantha Voss and Grayson and Lachlan McLean. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Aug. 3, at Holy Nativity Church, Mallory Street, Saint Simons Island. A reception and celebration of Jacks life will follow the service for guests and friends at the Hamilton home from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jacks name to Hospice of the Golden Isles. ᅠ


Elizabeth 'Libby' Wentworth -- Elizabeth Libby Wentworth, 75, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014, with her family by her side. Libby was born in Baltimore, Md., a daughter of the late Raymond and Anne Musgrove. Mrs. Wentworth was a franchise owner of H&R Block. She was very dedicated to her clients and colleagues and she led by example. She was a member of Harvest Christian Church where she faithfully attended and supported the church. She loved to travel on cruise ships, especially to Bermuda. Libby was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 37 years, David E. Wentworth of Laurel; her sons, James Chatfield and David Mark Chatfield, both of Baltimore, Allen Chatfield of West Virginia and Kendall Chatfield of Laurel; daughters, Dawn Colliton of Salisbury, Md. and Denise Kelley of Seaford and a sister, Edna Divelbliss of Florida. Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive her. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, at Harvest Christian Church, 8697 Ockels Rd., Seaford, where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11. The Rev. Thomas Birowski will officiate. Interment will follow in Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to Harvest Christian Church Building Fund, 8697 Ockels Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


David Allen Aanderud -- David Allen Aanderud, 75, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 20, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born and raised in Maddock, N.D. on Feb. 18, 1939 to Harry and Alice (Togstad) Aanderud. David graduated from BCATS (Benson County Agricultural and Training School) in Maddock in 1957. He lived most of his life in Severna Park, Md. David was in the United States Air Force from 1958 to 1962 and worked for ARINC (now Rockwell Collins) from 1962 until his retirement as a senior manager of Radio and Data Communications in 1998. He enjoyed building his own home in Seaford from 1999 until its completion in 2002. In his spare time he enjoyed working in his yard, fishing and traveling. David was very involved with the American Legion. He had an amazing sense of humor and always made people laugh and smile. David is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 36 years, Kay; three children, Arthur Prell, Allen (Quismunda) Aanderud and Nita Aanderud (Steven Pszcolka); 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Dallas (Harold) Berglund as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rodger Aanderud. David was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23 at the American Legion, Nanticoke Post #6, 230 Front St., Seaford. Burial will be private. Donations may be made in Davids memory to Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Millsboro, DE 19966. A special thank you to Compassionate Care Hospice in Millsboro for their loving care and support.


Carolyn M. Rust -- Carolyn M. Rust, 76, of Georgetown, died at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Wm. Oscar Messick and Marion Whaley Messick. She was a sewing machine operator and she and her late husband owned a trailer park. She was preceded in death by her son, Lester Steven Rust; husband, Lester W. Rust; grandchild, Matthew Steven Rust and siblings, Wm. Frank Messick, Florence Carmean and Doris Warrington. Mrs. Rust was serious card player and loved playing cards with her friends. She also enjoyed Bingo and was a Red Hatter. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Conaway and husband Charles and one grandchild, Gwendolyn Conaway. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at Union Cemetery, Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Services, Georgetown.


Madge P. Thomas -- Madge P. Thomas, 85, of Delmar, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at her home. She was born on Sept. 22, 1928 in Salisbury, Md., a daughter of the late John and Pearl Pusey. Madge retired in 1968 from Walkers Garment Company in Blades. She is survived by her daughters, Karen Thomas of Delmar and Tina Thomas of Stevensville, Md.; two grandchildren, Taylor Wilmer and Chase Kelm and five nephews, Robert, Dana, Mike, Eddie and Frank Pusey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Thomas; three brothers, Gordy, Paul and Frank Pusey and two sisters, Minnie Jackson and Carrie Riley. Funeral services will be private at the request of the family. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


L. Richard Farris Jr. -- L. Richard Farris Jr., 69, of Seaford, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 14, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Richard was born on Oct. 4, 1944, in Westernport, Md., to the late Leland and Leonelda (Fazenbaker) Farris. He was the owner of an auto body shop for 16 years in Georgetown. He enjoyed knife collecting, model car building, bowling, stock car racing and playing video games. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his sister, Sara Vickers. Richard is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth (Faust) Farris; 2 children, Robert A. Farris of Lewes and Leland R. Farris III and wife Bonnie of Blades; a sister, Carolyn Farris of Texas and 3 grandchildren, Isaiah Farris of Blades, Corrin Farris of Greenwood and Rylee Farris of Lewes. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at Seaford Wesleyan Church, 26630 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, where family and friends may gather one hour before. Burial took place privately in Lewes Presbyterian Cemetery, Lewes. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Letters of condolences may be sent online at www.pippinfuneralhome.com.


Regina Jean M. Larmore -- Jean Larmore, 87, of Laurel and formerly of Cecil County, Md., passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, July 13, 2014. She was born in Wilmington to the late Lucille and John Lenkiewicz. She attended St. Elizabeths and St. Pauls, eventually graduating from Wilmington High School. Jean worked at Kinetic, a subsidiary of DuPont, as a secretary. After her marriage to William A. Larmore Jr., she left Kinetic and together they ran Larmore Moving and Storage Company in Wilmington. Jean prided herself in having been a collector of antiques, having raised yellow singing canaries and that she caught a 4 ft. sailfish off the coast of Florida. She and her husband Bill enjoyed farming and fishing together. Jean was a member of the American Legion Post 19, Laurel. Her husband of 40 years, William died in 1988. Jean is survived by her children, Robin Madron of Rising Sun, Md. and William A. Larmore III of Cambridge, Md.; 5 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 2 sisters, Theresa Whalen of Millsboro and Carol Winner of Wilmington. The family would like to thank Seasons Hospice and Home Instead for their care of Jean. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, at St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church, 809 S. Broom St., Wilmington, where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington. For online condolences, visit www.mccreryandharra.com.


Russell Joseph O'Bier -- Russell Joseph O'Bier, 79, of Greenwood, passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford. Mr. O'Bier was born on Jan. 19, 1935 in Milford, the son of the late Wm. Joseph and Beatrice (Russell) O'Bier. He graduated from Bridgeville High School in 1952, received his B.S. from Washington College in 1957 and earned a M.Ed. from Salisbury University in 1975. Russell entered the U.S. Army National Guard, spending his basic training in El Paso, Texas, before being activated in the U.S. Army at the end of the Korean Conflict. He taught chemistry, math and science at Milford High School from 1958-1963, Caesar Rodney High School from 1963-1967 and Cape Henlopen High School from 1967-1988 before retiring. In his spare time, Russell enjoyed billiards, traveling, hunting, sports, house construction and dancing to the big bands. He was a Mason for 50+ years, a member of the Hiram Lodge #21, AF & AM in Seaford and a member of the Milford Senior Center. The family would like to thank the staff of the Country Rest Home for their excellent care of Russell this year. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara Gorton O'Bier; 4 children, Todd Russell O'Bier and his wife Corrie of Las Vegas, Nev., Stephanie Lynne Gorney and her husband Darren of Oxford, Pa., Ann Ferentinos and her husband Pete of Chadds Ford, Pa. and Gregory O'Bier of Washington, D.C. and 7 grandchildren, Allie, James and Trent O'Bier, Mia Gorney and Dominic, Alexa and Demetri Ferentinos. Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, July 18, at Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave., Milford, where a viewing will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Union United Methodist Church, 2 North Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933 or Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 S.E. Front St., Milford, DE 19963.


Irene Banks Elliott -- Irene Banks Elliott, 93, of Seaford, formerly of Laurel and Frankford, passed away peacefully with her son and daughter at her side on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Methodist Manor House in Seaford. Irene was born in Frankford on April 21, 1921, daughter of the late Ralph and Ocia (Lewis) Hudson. She was a 1939 graduate of John M. Clayton High School, which was the first graduating class in that building. Along with her husband, Arthur A. Banks, they founded Banks Hardware & Appliance Co., in the early '50s, which was last known as The Banks Company on Rt. 113, Frankford, before closing in 2001. Irene was a member of Frankford United Methodist Church and loved birding and gardening. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two husbands, Arthur A. Banks in 1967 and Howard R. Elliott in 2002; a son, Gerald W. Banks in 2002 and her siblings, Rollin Hudson Sr., Gertrude H. Hickman and Lester R. Hudson. Irene is survived by a son, Jeffrey A. Banks and his wife Barbara; a daughter, Marla Banks Daisey and her husband Robert; a stepdaughter, Billie Jane Wheatley and her husband Robert and a stepson, Lloyd Elliott and his wife Pam. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Dana Banks Murray and her husband Bennett and Taite Anna Daisey; five step-grandchildren, Elliott Wheatley, Celeste Wheatley Lewis and her husband David, Christopher Elliott and his wife Sarah, Jonathan Elliott and his wife Erin and Sharon Lynn Elliott; two great-grandchildren, Ridge and Riley Murray; two step-great-grandchildren, Ryder and Hunter Lewis; and her sister, Anna Hudson McAllister. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, at Careys Cemetery in Frankford. If there is inclement weather, the service will be held at Frankford United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Irenes name to one of the following organizations: Careys Cemetery Fund, PO Box 2, Frankford, DE 19945, Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Frankford United Methodist Church, PO Box 37, Frankford, DE 19945. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.


Richard Lee Jones -- Richard Lee Jones, 53, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. A memorial service was held on Friday, July 11, at Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Millsboro. To leave condolences, visit benniesmithfuneralhome.com.


Sylvia J. Passwaters -- Sylvia J. Passw aters, 78, of Seaford, died on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Sylvia was a receptionist and bookkeeper for Dr. Barriocanal in Seaford for many years and she also worked for ODay Farms. She was an active member of Woodland United Methodist Church and their Bible study group. Her husband, Alton L. Sunshine Passwaters died in 2008. She is survived by a son, Jimmy Passwaters and his wife Lisa; a granddaughter, Kelley Dean and her husband Brett; a grandson, Adam Passwaters; 2 step-grandchildren, Lindsey James and Chris James and a sister, Naomi Phillips and her husband Harold. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Woodland United Methodist Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Marian Anna Walmsley Monaco -- Marian Anna Walmsley Monaco, 86, of Seaford, died on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Lifecare at Lofland Park in Seaford. Born in Trenton, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Marian James and Richard Walmsley. She was the office manager at Chesapeake Utilities before she retired. She was a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford; member and past president of Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4961; past president of Ladies Auxiliary, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and a member of Women of the Moose, Seaford Lodge. She is survived by her son, Richard D. Monaco and his wife Linda of Seaford; three daughters, Donna E. Alexander and her husband David of Georgetown, Toni Smith and her husband Richard of Hurlock, Md. and Sherry White and her husband Wilson of Tennessee. She is also survived by a sister, Justilienna Beard and her husband Kevin of Seaford; as well as 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Domenick Monaco, in 2006; a brother, Richard Walmsley and a sister, June Downes. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, High Street, Seaford. The Rev. James Sipe will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 87, Seaford, DE 19973 or Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 1728, 22759 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Ida Mae Davis -- Ida Mae Davis, 84, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Lofland Park Center. Mae was the daughter of the late Guy and Thelma Bailey of Federalsburg, Md. She was a homemaker and member of the Eastern Star for over 60 years. Mae is survived by a daughter, Kay Satchell and husband Larry; a sister, Marsha Callis; two grandsons, Chris Worm and wife Keli and Tony Worm and wife Tricia; five grandchildren, Mason, Quinn and Peyton Worm and Cameron and Conner Satchell and a sister-in-law, Sandy Bailey. Mae was preceded in death by her husband of over 65 years, Thomas Davis; a daughter, Sue Davis and grandson, Wayne Satchell. A memorial service will be held at Beulah Veterans Cemetery at a date to be announced sometime in August. Donations may be made to your local Alzheimers Association.


Thomas E. Massey -- Thomas Edwin Massey, 58, of Laurel passed away at his home on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Born in Seaford on Sept. 27, 1955, he was the son of Ethel Wright Massey of Laurel and the late Daniel S. Massey. As a young boy and man, he resided at Riverton and later moved to Galestown where he lived the majority of his life prior to moving to Laurel a few years ago. A graduate of Wicomico High School in Salisbury, Mr. Massey spent his working life in the farming industry having worked for Calloway, Bennett and the Donohoe farms in Mardela Springs. He also worked for a time at Reeses Hatchery in Laurel. In addition to his mother, Tommy, as he was best known to his family and friends, is survived by three brothers and four sisters: Carlton (Virginia) Massey of Blades, Raymond (Eloise) Massey of Seaford, Benjamin (Angel) Massey of Secretary and Brenda (Jimmy) Cole of Eldorado, Margaret (Gary) Kinnamon of Cannon, Jane Cordrey of Seaford and Terri (Rick) Seymore of Laurel and 11 nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Anthony "A.J." and his wife Patricia Massey of Hurlock. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 14, at Galestown Cemetery. Pastor Ruth T. Tull of Christ U.M. Church, Laurel, will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to Galestown Cemetery, c/o Mrs. Brenda Cole, Treasurer, 5733 Eldorado Rd., Rhodesdale, MD 21659 or Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the Massey family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Gordon Allen Ramey, Sr. Gordon Allen Ramey, Sr. of Milton, age 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, June 30th after a year and a half battle with cancer. As he began his eternal journey, he was surrounded by his family. Born in Reedville, Virginia, Allen followed in the footsteps of his father and began a life-long career as a waterman, beginning as a young boy pound net fishing with his father. He later left home in his early teens for Norfolk, VA, where he continued his career on the water, this time working on smaller, harbor tugboats. He was drafted on December 7, 1945 as a Rifleman into the Army. He was honorably discharged in February 1946, holding the rank of Private. He was reassigned to the regular Army in February of 1946 as a Scout, serving in Germany. He was honorably discharged on July 25, 1947 as Sergeant and received the Army of Occupation World War II Victory Medal for his service. Allen moved to Delaware in the late 40s and continued working on the water, starting as a mate on the Menhaden fishing boats in Lewes, Delaware, working his way up to Captain. Later he resumed his career working on tugboats and after years of working on smaller tugs, he began working on larger vessels, spending the bulk of his adult years in the position of Captain on 110- and 120-foot tugs, navigating the East coast waters. The last several years before his retirement was spent on the tug Challenger, working out of New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Wilmington, DE; various ports in New Jersey, Norfolk, VA, Boston, Mass, and other locations. He retired in 1991 after having worked for MARITRANS (based out of Philadelphia, PA) for 11 years. Allen received his U.S. Coast Guard License to U.S. Merchant Marine Officer and was licensed to serve as Master near coastal steam or motor vessels up to 500 gross tons. He was a member of the Seafarers International Union of North America. Captain Allen, as he was best known by his crew, was one of the best and was often called upon when there was a tight harbor in which to pull or push one or more large barges in and out of. He ran a tight, organized ship and his crew respected him. Working on the water was his passion, and he was very good at what he did. In the last several years, Allen enjoyed serving his church family at Old Paths Church of Christ where he enjoyed his role serving as a greeter. Being a people person most of his life, this was a perfect way for him to serve. Allen never new a stranger and was quick to make everyone feel welcome. He publically committed his life to the Lord on April 15, 2008 when he was baptized by his pastor. This personal decision brought him great joy, and he became a new man, now living his life for Christ. Surviving Allen is his caring and loving wife of 5 years, Sandy (of Milton, DE), as well as his sons, Gordon Ramey, Jr. (of Bridgeville, DE) and his wife Karen; son, Scott Ramey (of Charleston, SC) and his wife Pat; his daughter, Susan Bell (of Lancaster, PA) and her husband, Greg; his nephew, Roy Bowman (of Washington state) who he raised as his own son; 7 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, 2 great grandsons, 1 great granddaughter, and 1 great granddaughter to arrive in September. He was preceded in death by his devoted and loving wife of 51 years and mother to their five children, Dorothy Rogers Ramey, who passed away in 2001; his daughter, Katie Mulvaney, and his son, Steve Ramey, both who passed away just over a year and half ago. Friends are invited to join the family at a homecoming celebration service in honor of Allen. Services will be held on Thursday, July 3rd at Old Paths Church of Christ, 18246 Reddin Road in Georgetown, DE 19947. The viewing will take place from 10:00 AM  11:00 AM. The funeral service will be from 11:00 until Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Milford, 20103 Professional Park Blvd., South Building, Georgetown, DE 19947. Burial will be a private family time and will follow immediately after a time of food and fellowship at the church.


Mildred E. Welch -- Mildred E. Welch, 78, of Greenwood, passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Seaford Center. Mildred was born in Harrington to the late Byron and Cora Bell Kemp. She was a secretary at Delaware Power & Light in the '50s, a bookkeeper at I.G. Burton and the Big Wheel Truck Stop and had worked part-time at James Thompson. She was best known as a homemaker. She enjoyed camping, was an avid reader and a diehard Nascar Jeff Gordon fan. She spent many hours on the telephone keeping in touch with family. She was also known to never refuse a good cup of coffee from a donut shop. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Thomas Welch Jr.; brothers, Byron Kemp and Norman Kemp; and sister, Martha Poore. She is survived by her four children, Ricky Welch and his wife Chris of Bridgeville, Sandy Sorrells and her husband Larry of Bridgeville, Vicki Welch Evans of Lewes and Susan Welch and her companion Glenn Hayman of Harrington; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Harry Kemp and Robert Kemp and sisters, Thelma Stubbs and Freda LeGates. Services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Services, Georgetown.


Robert E. Messick -- Robert E. Messick, 84, of Farmington went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Mr. Messick was born on April 8, 1930 in Hickman, the son of Floyd and Marie Messick. He graduated from Greenwood High School, Class of 1948. After working at O.A. Newton and Son, he entered the Army serving in the Korean War. After the Army, he began work at Dover Air Force Base and became a head loadmaster retiring in 1985 after 33 years. Mr. Messick was a longtime member of the Farmington Church of the Brethren. Recently, he received recognition for serving as treasurer of the Farmington Vol. Fire Co. for 40 years and Fireman of the Year in 1986 and 1999. He served on the Greenwood and Woodbridge school boards for 13 years. He coached for the Woodbridge Little League in the '80s and served as treasurer for the Harrington Democrat Club. He served on the executive board of the Greenwood Alumni Association and was chairman of their chicken BBQ fundraiser each year. Every year you could find Bob at the Delaware State Fair in the Dover Building where he served as the superintendent of the Farm Products. He was also a Delaware State Fair director. Bob and his wife Ruth Ann founded the Peach Blossom 4-H Club and had many members for 40 years. He received the Joy Sparks 4-H Spirit Award in 2012. Mr. Messick is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth Ann Vincent Messick and three daughters, Rebecca (Daniel) Vanderwende, Rita (Donnie) Lofland and Rochelle (Townsend) Yerkes. Pop-pop Bob was a grandfather to eight grandchildren, Breck (Pam) Vanderwende, Danna (Shane) Carter, Christy (Scott) Wright, Amber (John) Vanderwende, Derek Lofland, Devon (Eric) Crescenze, Tyler (Stephanie) Yerkes and Lauren Yerkes. He was a great-grandfather to Alanna Vanderwende, Maci Carter, Brielle Carter, Aydan Vanderwende and Baby Wright. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, at Farmington Fire Hall. Interment will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany Church of the Brethren, 91 School St., Farmington, DE 19950 or Farmington Vol. Fire Co., 20920 S. DuPont Hwy., Farmington, DE 19950. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Sharon R. Cannon -- Sharon R. Cannon, 55, departed this life on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, N.Y. She was born on Sunday, April 5, 1959 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. She was educated in the Seaford School District. Sharon continued her education in Binghamton, N.Y. at Broome Community College earning an associate's degree as a medical assistant. She entered the U.S. Army in 1977 and basic training was in South Carolina. After service, she moved to New York and was employed by Community Action in Rochester, working with autistic children and elderly persons, later mentoring and working in management in various human services positions. Sharon, an only child, was caring, giving and friendly. She is survived by her mother, Shirley Kellam; one uncle, James Cannon and a host of cousins and friends in the Seaford and New York areas. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. Bishop Carlton Cannon Sr. will share words of comfort. Friends and family are invited to attend.


James H. Reynolds -- James H. Reynolds, 66, of Seaford, died on Saturday, June 21, 2014. James was born in Wilmington, the son of the late Edward and Marion Davidson Reynolds. He was employed by Mount Air Poultry in Millsboro. James is survived by his wife of 44 years, Debra J. Reynolds; a daughter, Marion Lee Reynolds of Seaford; two sons, Brian Alexander Reynolds of Harrisburg, Pa. and Charles Edward Reynolds of Murray, Ky., a stepbrother, Charles Rhodes of Colora, Md.; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Mary Ellen Carmine -- Mary Ellen Carmine, 71, of Parsonsburg, Md., passed away at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury on Monday, June 23, 2014. Mary was born in Seaford on July 31, 1942, a daughter of the late John and Bessie Riggin Littleton. Mrs. Carmine retired after 38 years of service as a registered nurse at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, needle pointing and woodworking. She even built her very own greenhouse to grow a complete garden. Mary Ellen is survived by her loving husband, Paul Carmine Sr. of Parsonsburg; her sons, Scott Carmine and fianc← Kellyanne of Salisbury, Paul Carmine Jr. and wife Chris of Harrington and Tony Carmine and Dawn Kerley of Delmar; her sisters, Carolyn Stiles of Delmar and Nancy Littleton of Delmar; her sister-in-law, Bonnie Littleton of Delmar and her grandchildren, Jonathan Carmine, Ashley Carmine and Brandon Carmine. Several nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John and James Littleton. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 27, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Joan Louise ONeal Hipps - Joan Louise ONeal Hipps, 70, of Laurel, passed away on June 17, 2014 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, surrounded by her family. Joan was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late David and Mamie Cash ONeal. Joan retired as a waitress from restaurants all over Delmarva. She attended Laurel Baptist Church and Central Worship Center. She was the family Matriarch, a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Many others called her mom, especially her extended family. She always had time to support her family at ball games and field trips. She enjoyed sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Orioles and NASCAR. She could be found playing Bingo with her friends, Fourth of July parades or traveling. A fantastic cook, comfort food was her specialty and she always had an open door for friends of her children and many others. Joan also enjoyed dancing, attending a country music concert every year, reading, puzzles and writing poetry. Mrs. Hipps greatest priority was her family. She is survived by her husband, John Hipps, and his family; her sons, Donald Brooks Nichols (Lynette) of Jenkins, Minn., Vincent R. Worster (Debbie) of Houston, DE., Ronald L. Worster of Felton and Doug N. Worster (Tracy) of Laurel; her daughters, Debra Cahall of Delmar and Donna Rae ONeal of Laurel; a special friend, Bea McGinnis; grandchildren, Joseph A. Cahall, Michelle Cahall (Derek Himmler), Christopher VanZandt (Summer), Nikki VanZandt, Katelyn Cottet, Jenna Cottet, Chelsea Nichols, V.J. Worster, Brianna Worster, Amber Rogers, John Ray (Lauren), Johanna Ray, Ryan ONeal, and Georgia ONeal, Justin Worster, Meghan Worster, Alyssa Worster, Brittany Nichols, Shelby Murphy, Caleb Murphy and Christian Murphy; great grandchildren, Mason Himmler, Makenna Himmler, Hannah VanZandt, Wyatt Taylor, Shelby Ray and Brayden Moore; her step children, Cathy Hipps Ellis, Michael Hipps, John Hipps, Treena Hipps, Greg Hipps, and Timmy Hipps; her first husband George Wilbur Nichols of Seaford; a son-in-law Jay Cottet of Seaford; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Additional grandchildren, Jessica Williams, Jennifer Shockley, Chasity Shockley, Cassie Shockley, Staci Howell (Cliff), Dayton Bachman (Samantha), Emily McCluskey (Jason), and Ashley Sullivan (Jimmy). Great grandchildren, Nicholas Shockley, Cameron and Colby Elliott, Brittani, Andrea and Joshua Howell, Christian and Kayley Bachman, Riley, Isiah and Noah McCluskey, and Anthony, Micah, Charles Sullivan. Close family friends, Brenda VandeMark-Wilson, Paula Records Sheets, Julia Records Price, Russell Wolfgang and Charlie Wright. Her special pet Noel. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her siblings, Donald, Reuben, and Jerry ONeal, Barbara Ann ONeal and Pasty ONeal Stevens. Her second husband Vaughn Worster (1972), a daughter Brenda Cottet (2009) and a son in laws Joe Cahall (2012) and Richard ONeal (2008). Many thanks to all the medical staff that attended to Mrs. Hipps over the years. A Funeral Service will be held at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home Laurel, on Saturday June 21, 2014 at 2 p.m., where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. A viewing will also be held at the Funeral Home on Friday from 6-8 p.m. The Rev. Tim Dukes and the Rev. Ron Jester will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


Leslie Vernon Baker -- Leslie Vernon Baker, 88, of Delmar, died Monday, June 23, 2014, at his daughters home in Delmar. He was born on April 1, 1926 in Delmar, a son of the late Vernon and Lillie Mae (Shockley) Baker. Les proudly served his country in the US Navy during World War II. After his discharge from the Navy he worked for many years as a truck driver for the Victor Lynn Trucking Co., Eastern Freightways and several other trucking companies. He learned the values of hard work at a young age and enjoyed working on his farm and raising chickens. He also worked for a number of years as a police officer for the Delmar Police Department. He was a member of St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Laurel, the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department and the Delmar Ruritan Club. He had a passion for horses and was very involved with harness racing for many years. In his later years, he loved spending winters in Florida with his late wife, Mary Jane. He especially enjoyed spending his Saturday evenings watching gospel music programs on television. He will be remembered as a wonderful grandfather and great-grandfather who remained very involved in the lives and activities of his grandchildren. He is survived by four children, Pat Elliott (Bill) of Florence, S.C., Connie Adkins (Joe Rozin), Bonnie Ellis (Tucker) and L. Daniel Baker, all of Delmar; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Gladys Baker and Elvira Jones; brother-in-law, Bob Jones (Della) and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mary Jane (Jones) Baker, who passed in 2009; a sister, Melba Baker Hastings; and two brothers, Bob Baker and Carlton Baker. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, at Line Community Cemetery in Whitesville. Contributions may be made in his memory to St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 32827 Old Stage Rd., Laurel, DE 19956 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Nellie R. Lewis Beard -- Nellie R. Lewis Beard, 95, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014, at Seaford Center-Genesis Eldercare. She was born in Lewes on Sept. 10, 1918, daughter of the late Charles E. Johnson and Nellie May Cohee. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Alton C. Lewis who passed on Sept. 15, 1981 and her second husband, Carroll F. Beard who passed on April 2, 1994; three brothers, Charles E. Johnson Jr., William Johnson and Arthur Johnson and three sisters, Emily Ewing, Evelyn Downes and Vera Thomas. Mrs. Beard traveled worldwide with her first husband who was in the USAF. Also, she was involved with the Seaford Elks Club for many years. She dearly loved being around children and sorely missed her precious Shih Tzu, "TINY." Her immediate survivors are many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour before the services. Burial will follow at Bridgeville Cemetery, Bridgeville. Please visit Mrs. Beard's Life Memorial and sign the online guest registry at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Hilda W. Disharoon -- Hilda W. Disharoon, 81, of Delmar, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 21, 2014, while residing at Salisbury Nursing Home. She was born on Dec. 18, 1932 in Seaford, a daughter of the late Roland Lee Willey and Roberta Dean Willey-Daft. Hilda was a member of Melson United Methodist Church. After years of service in the dry cleaning industry, she retired from Peninsula Dry Cleaners of Seaford in 2008. Hilda is survived by two sons, Thomas B. Dorman (Hope) and Timothy B. Dorman; a daughter, Mary Robin Horner; and her beloved daughter-in-law, Vicki Dorman. She is also survived by her brother, R. Kenneth Willey Sr. and seven precious grandchildren, Melanie Dorman, Tiffany Meyers, Olivia Remsburg, Robert Bailey, Mark Gwaltney, Amber Dorman and Kelly Dorman. Additionally, she is survived by 11 great-grandchildren, her loving church family and several dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 27, at Melson United Methodist Church, where family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Pastor John Oltman will officiate. Food and fellowship will be held immediately following the services at the Melson Community Hall. Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Melson United Methodist Church, 32705 Melson Rd., Delmar, MD 21875. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Paul S. Wootten -- Paul S. Wootten, 82, of Seaford, died on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Paul worked for the Dupont Company in Seaford for 35 years, retiring in 1985. He enjoyed travel and gardening during almost 30 years of retirement. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret Wootten; three sons, Ronald Wootten, John Wootten and Fred Wootten; a daughter, Martena Prentice (William); two grandsons, Brian Prentice and Zachary Prentice; a brother, Randolph Wootten and a sister, Esther Jones. Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, June 16, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Johns United Methodist Church, PO Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Anne Louise Larrimore Tracey -- Anne Louise Larrimore Tracey, 84, of Bethel, passed away peacefully at Country Rest Home, Greenwood, on Saturday, June 14, 2014, shortly after celebrating her 84th birthday. She was born on May 23, 1930 to the late Rodney Larrimore and Emma Larrimore Gray in Philadelphia. She was a member of Laurel High School, class of 1947. She spent her days as a mother, homemaker and local seamstress. She was a talented singer who performed at many weddings and funerals and was a member of the Sailor's Bethel United Methodist Church choir. She had a lifelong love of horses. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Tracey in 1983 and granddaughter, Darian Campfield in 2010. She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Robin Tracey Campfield and husband Duane of Seaford; son, Richard Tracey and wife Debbie of Asheboro, N.C.; grandchildren, Jonathon Tracey and fiance Dawn Griggs of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Joel Tracey of Charlotte, N.C., Alison Hammond and husband Josh of Dover, Renee Hunt and husband Jacen of Cleveland, Tenn., Brandon Bailey and wife Meg, Jeremy Colbert and wife Angie and Adam Colbert; great-grandchildren, Delaney Anne and Hollyn Marie Hammond, Lilly Anne and Luke Hunt and Kaleb Scruggs and cousin, Harvey Cordrey and wife Janet of Bethel. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Sailor's Bethel UMC Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of her granddaughter, Darian Campfield, to Sepsis Alliance, 501 W. Broadway, Ste. 1700, San Diego, CA 92101. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan-Short-Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Sharon Lee Smedley -- Sharon Lee Smedley, 70, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at her home. She was born on Dec. 5, 1943 in Easton, Md., the daughter of the late John Wooters Jr. and Betty Usilton Wooters. She was educated in Caroline County Schools and graduated in 1961 from Preston High School. She held various positions in her working career; her favorite role was raising her children. She was working at The Big G until her illness. She enjoyed shopping, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by two sons, Dale Burgess Jr. (D.R.) and Wayne Smedley Jr. (Charlie), both of Seaford; three stepdaughters, Donna Rice Smedley of Denton, Md., Roxzan Skitter Smedley Glover of Seaford and Tina Smedley Reed of Federalsburg, Md.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Bonita Jett and her husband Leonard of Salisbury, Md.; two brothers, John Jack Wooters and his wife Maggie of Easton and Lennard Wooters and his wife Marcie of Cambridge, Md. and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Troy Burgess. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg with the Rev. Howard Buddy Dunn officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1. Interment will follow in Junior Order Cemetery in Preston. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Barbara 'Rae' Bunting -- Barbara Rae Bunting, 79, of Seaford, died on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Barbara was born and raised in Seaford and worked for the Seaford Garment Factory. She loved yard sales and auctions. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Sylvester Bunting; two sons, Sylvester Eugene Scott Bunting (Jan) and Steven Mark Bunting (Tammie); two daughters, Christine Thomas (Jim) and Kimberly Wingate (Bill Poole); nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Rae Bunting; her three siblings, Beverly Baker, Robert Crowley and Betty Frable as well as her son-in-law, Gerald Wingate Jr. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Soroptimist Club of Seaford, PO Box 826, Seaford, DE 19973 or the American Diabetes Association, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 1002, Wilmington, DE 19801.


Helen M. Smith -- Helen M. Smith, 92, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at the Seaford Center in Seaford. Helen was born near Crisfield, Md., a daughter of the late Paul and Edna Swift. Mrs. Smith was a mother of five children and a great homemaker. She had worked for Wright Brothers in Federalsburg, Md. She enjoyed cooking, raising her children and gardening. Helen is survived by her sons, J. Paul Smith, Charles M. Smith Sr. and Wilmir L. Smith, all of Laurel; her daughters, Edna Allenbach of Salisbury and Brenda Anderson (Walter) of Dover and a brother, Coulbourne Swift of Marion, Md. Nineteen grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph W. Smith; her siblings Samuel, Willard, Pauline and Margaret; and a daughter-in-law, Jessica Smith in 2013. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 13, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.


James T. Kearney -- James T. Kearney, 85, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford surrounded by his family. James was born in North Carolina, in Franklin County to Thomas and Eva Kearney. He graduated from Franklinton High School in 1947 with honors and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, James worked for a short time in Durham, N.C. for Liggett & Myers until being hired by DuPont at their plant in Kinston, N.C. in 1952. In 1967 James was transferred to the DuPont plant in Seaford, retiring from his position with DuPont as the Power House supervisor in 1985. James was a member of Mount Olivet UMC in Seaford, and was a member of the American Legion and the Seaford Elks Lodge #2458 where he served two terms as the Exalted Ruler. He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching NASCAR and tinkering on car and lawnmower motors. James was a lover of music, particularly country, and in his earlier years wouldnt hesitate to pull out his Gibson acoustic guitar and entertain his family and friends with favorites like When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold and Under the Double Eagle. But his main joy of life was spending time with his best buddy and wife of 61 years, Joyce. Big Jim was a loving husband, proud father and grandfather and true friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew him. James is survived by his devoted wife, Joyce; sons, Michael (Tammy) of Seaford and Patrick (Darlene) of Kennett Square, Pa.; daughter, Jill Shockley (Ed) of Lewes; grandchildren, Brooke Dickerson (Troy), Joshua and Jackson Kearney, and Buck Shockley; and great-grandson, Greyson Dickerson. A brother, Bobby Kearney, and several nieces and nephews will also cherish his memory in North Carolina. James was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Eva Kearney and a sister, Geraldine. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank all the staff at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and at Lofland Park Center for their outstanding care and support during the last weeks they had with James. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 12 at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford, where funeral services will follow at 11. A commitment ceremony for burial will take place at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Olivet UMC, 315 High St., Seaford DE 19973 or Seaford Elks Lodge #2458, 8846 Elk Rd., Seaford DE 19973.


On Sunday, June 8, 2014, Heaven hosted a joyous reunion as God brought Carl E. Wilkins home to his beloved wife of 64 years, Betty Louise Calloway Wilkins. Also waiting with open arms and hearts were his sons, David and Steven Wilkins, as well as his parents, Carl S. and Myrtle Mitchell Wilkins and sisters, Elizabeth Jacobs, Abbie Hosier, Frances Farlow and Julia Joseph. The Wilkins family has drawn great comfort from the visions of this happy celebration, and we all look forward to the day when we too may be the guest of honor. In his 90 years, Carl, also known as Skinny, lived. An Army veteran of World War II, he served first as a radar operator and finally as a truck driver as the war ended, moving the troops from Burma to the ships that would take them home. His grandchildren were fascinated by the story of him seeing Gandhi on the streets of India. Upon returning from the Pacific Theatre, he promptly fell in love with Betty and shortly thereafter settled down to start a family. This resulted in four sons in four years. After a few nonstarters, he settled down with Delmarva Power and Light, retiring in 1978, 25 years later, as a supervisor. During this time the Wilkins family had moved to the farm in the small community of Melson where they happily settled to raise their four boys. Through the years, Skinny Wilkins gave back to his community in a multitude of ways. He was a life and the last charter member and past commander of VFW Post 8276, Delmar, Md. He was a 50 year member of Delmar Masonic Lodge 201 AF&AM, and was a Sunday school teacher at Melson United Methodist Church. He was past president of the Delmar school board, only leaving after his last son graduated high school, and he deemed it safe. He was a devoted family man, and in what little spare time he had, he took his sons camping and chaperoned church excursions for the youth. In his later years, he and Betty kicked up their heels, traveling to the Holy Land, Egypt, Europe, Mexico, Alaska, the Caribbean and Hawaii. In order to avoid further airline travel, Skinny talked his wife into a winter home in Florida, first in Fort Myers, but finally, and most contentedly in the park of Lily Lake, Frostproof, Fla. There they socialized and played golf to their hearts delight, and reveled in playing host to visiting family. Carl and Betty had long, happy lives. Carl is survived by son, Edward (Cindi); son, Michael (Joann); daughters-in-law, Debra and Karen; grandchildren, Melanie (Ronnie), Brian (Angie), Mickey (Beth), Andy (Lisa), Mindy (Lawton), Robin (Neil), Carla and Jacob (Manaia); great-grandchildren, Katie, Josh, Kevin, Elysa, Michael Eli, Wes, Jackson, Sadie, Ryder, Wyatt, Autumn, Maggie, Brendan and Thomas; a sister, Doris Scruggs and brother-in-law, Jackie Mills Calloway; the Webster children and grandchildren; various nieces and nephews and a very special little dog, Buck Oliver. The family wishes to extend a grateful thanks to Beth Mullinx for her tender care of Skinny during his last months on Earth, and also praise Hospice on the Lake for their above and beyond care in his final days. The Wilkins Family is eternally grateful. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 13, at Melson United Methodist Church, where family and friends may call from 10 to 11. Interment with military honors will follow at Melson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coastal Hospice at the Lake, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802 or Melson United Methodist Church, 32705 Melson Road, Delmar, MD 21875. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Mary Ellen Jarman -- Mary Ellen Jarman, 78, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Maril and Ellen ONeal. Mary graduated from Laurel High School in the class of 1953. She was retired, but over the years she worked for Diamond State Telephone, Fowler & Williams and lastly Peninsula Orthopedics. She was a member of Messiahs Vineyard Church in Laurel, a member of the Laurel Alumni Society and a foster grandmother for the Laurel School District. Mary is survived by her daughters, Brenda Carmean and her husband Todd of Laurel and Tracy Webb and her husband Vaughn of Milford; a brother, Joe ONeal and his wife Moggie of Laurel; her sister-in-law, Patti ONeal of Laurel; grandchildren, Matt McCrea and his wife Megan, Lauren McCrea, Chelsey and Caitlyn Webb; two great-grandchildren, Gavyn and Morgan McCrea and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Rick ONeal. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday evening, June 9, at Messiahs Vineyard Church, 30048 Sussex Hwy., Laurel. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, at the church where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Kyle Holloway will officiate. Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. The family requests donations to Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, to help defray funeral costs. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Edward H. Melvin -- Edward H. Melvin, 80, of Laurel, passed away at his home on Monday, June 2, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Edward was born in Milford, a son of the late J. Lynn Melvin and Ruth Melvin. Mr. Melvin retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford after 40 years of service as a machine operator/electrician. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. Edward was a NASCAR fan routing for his favorite driver Kyle Busch. He traveled the east coast, going to many races. He was also a Baltimore Ravens Fan and followed the University of Delaware football team. He enjoyed his yard work and could be found sitting on his porch enjoying his day. Edward was also a longtime member of the Odd Fellows Charity Lodge in Laurel. Mr. Melvin is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Phillips Melvin of Laurel; his son, Richard Melvin and wife Myrna of Laurel; his daughter, Moggie ONeal and husband Joseph of Laurel; his brothers, Fred Melvin and Donald Melvin, both of Laurel; his grandchildren, Maggie Lynn ONeal, Megan Benner and husband Rich Brenner, Richard Melvin Jr. and Kara Melvin; his great-grandchildren, Christian Price and Colton ONeal; several nieces and nephews and many extended family members. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 6, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mr. Melvins memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Elwood Knotts -- Elwood Knotts, 94, of Seaford and formerly of Federalsburg, Md. died at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford on Monday, June 2, 2014. He was born on Jan. 12, 1920 in Greensboro, Md., the son of the late Arlie and Lida Pearson Knotts. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Elsie Mae Knotts. He was a veteran of World War II serving as a staff sargeant with the 5th Armored Division in the European Theatre in Normandy, Northern France and the Ardennes including the Battle of the Bulge from February of 1942 to October of 1945. He received the Distinguished Unit Badge. He later worked for several years for the former Service Trucking Company in Federalsburg. He was a life member of VFW Post 5246 in Federalsburg and a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Federalsburg where he was a former member of the Trustee Board. He is survived by his wife, Margaret McWilliams Knotts; stepchildren, Michael McWilliams and his wife Loretta of Salisbury, Md. and James McWilliams and his wife Mary of Abingdon, Md.; three grandchildren, Rachael, Leah and Ryan McWilliams; a sister, Betty Schulties of Greensboro and a brother, Paul Knotts of Denton, Md. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence and Frank Knotts and a sister, Pearl Bullock Gillespie. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 9, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1. The Rev. James Michael will officiate. Serving as pallbearers will be Michael McWilliams, James McWilliams, Ryan McWilliams and John Beauchamp. The family has requested that donations be made in his memory to Christ Church Choir, c/o Gloria Dill, 2764 Lorraine Ave., Federalsburg, MD 21632.


James Wayne Carey -- James Wayne Carey, 79, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Seaford, he was the son of the late Esther Coulbourne and Oliver Carey. He worked in procurement accounts at DuPont Co., Seaford, before he retired. He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church; Shriners International; a 33rd Degree Mason, Hiram Lodge No. 21; Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Forest 53 and Forest 59; and a lifetime member of Shield and Square. He retired from the Army National Guard, was a charter member of the ROMEO Club and the American Legion Breakfast Club and was a graduate of Seaford High School. He was best known for knowing all of the excellent places to eat and for his 1988 Lincoln, "The Boat." In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche Faye Passwaters Carey in May of 2006. He is survived by three nieces, two nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews and a godson. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, at St. John's United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 9 to 11. The Rev. Richard Evans will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church, PO Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973 or Shriners Hospital for Children Philadelphia, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140, Attn: Business Office. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Katherine 'Kitty' Taylor Hughes -- Katherine "Kitty" Taylor Hughes, 94, a lifelong resident of Seaford, died on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Lifecare at Lofland Park, Seaford. She was the daughter of the late Jennie M. Taylor and Hugh G. Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Alfred "Al" P. Hughes in 1989. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, John Taylor, Clarence Taylor and Hugh Taylor Jr. and two sisters, Mildred Marvel and Myrtle Dove. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Bozorgi of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; a nephew, John Taylor of Seaford and four nieces, Joyce A. Schreiner of Maryland, Peggy Kucek of Dover, Becky Walters of Texas and Joan Andrews of Federalsburg, Md. She leaves behind two very saddened grandchildren, Darius Hughes Bozorgi and his wife Kathleen of Irvine, Calif. and Susan Katherine Bozorgi and partner Yery Marrero of Miami, Fla. There are also four great-children who love her and mourn her death, Katherine Lynn Bozorgi, Matthew Craner Bozorgi, Megan Olivia Bozorgi and Samantha Marrero Bozorgi. Katherine will be sadly missed by two loving and faithful friends, Sandy Bowland and Cinni Cummings. She will be grieved by numerous fellow residents and loving caretakers of LifeCare at Lofland Park. Katherine was a warm and loving woman with a great sense of humor. She was kind and generous. Many friends and family have set around her table sharing good food and good times. It could be said that if you wanted to have a party call Kitty. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11, one hour before the service. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford.


Thomas Joseph Glynn -- Thomas Joseph Glynn, 78, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014. Born in Wilmington, he was the son of the late William Glynn and Helen Smith. Tom proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a Green Beret with the Special Forces. He was a retired pharmaceutical representative for Buck Brothers. Tom attended the New York School of Dog Grooming. After graduation, he and his wife Elaine owned and operated their own business named Glynlane, where they trained, boarded and groomed dogs. He was a member of Christ Church of New Hope in Bridgeville. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Elaine Morgan Glynn of Seaford; his daughter, Monica Mohr and his grandchildren, Cierra Mohr, Alexander Mohr and Colin Mohr. He is also survived by his sister, Joann Francisco of Wilmington. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Billy Glynn. A viewing will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 2, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, followed by the funeral service at 4. Pastor Johnny Herbst will officiate. Interment will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Rowland Washington Moore Sr. -- Rowland Washington Moore Sr., 84, of Ellendale, went home to be with the Lord surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 23, 2014. He was welcomed into Heaven and joyfully reunited with his wife, Grace, and his daughter, Betty. Rowland was born on Aug. 11, 1929 in Georgetown, the son of George T. and Ella Mae (Warrington) Moore. He was a self-employed drywall contractor for many years. Before retiring, he was employed by Superior Drywall. He and his wife had enjoyed traveling, camping and attending the annual Eastern Shore Threshermens steam show in Federalsburg, Md. Rowland was an avid gardener and bird watcher and enjoyed building birdhouses and bird feeders. He enjoyed eating out at local restaurants with his family. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. Rowland was a man of great faith who truly loved the Lord Jesus. With such a kind and caring heart, he was a wonderful friend to many. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Grace, in 2005 and his youngest daughter, Betty, in 1977. He was also preceded in death by his four brothers and one sister. He is survived by his daughters, Alice B. Fox of Ellendale, who shared his home and Phyllis A. Zitvogel and husband Ed of Bridgeville and his son, Rowland W. Moore Jr. and wife Roxann of Ellendale, who all lovingly cared for him during his illness. He also leaves behind to cherish his memory his grandchildren, Keith A. Moore of Georgetown, Brian K. Moore of Ellendale, both of whom he helped raise, Edward Zitvogel II and wife Tonya of Bridgeville, Rowland W. Moore III of Lincoln, Aaron M. Moore of Bear, Eric M. Moore and Ian M. Moore, both of Ellendale and Kate E. Moore of Las Cruces, N.M.; five great-grandchildren, Kara N. Moore, Brendan G. Moore, Casey E. Zitvogel, Allie D. Zitvogel and Jacob L. Zitvogel; four great-great-grandchildren, Aaliyah, Jazmin and Sincere Rowe and Ryann Perry as well as several nieces, nephews and a very wonderful neighbor and friend, Dorine Harmon. Services were held on Wednesday, May 29, at Lofland Funeral Home in Milford. Burial was in Milford Community Cemetery, Rt. 113, Milford.


Rita Ellen Hartzell -- When you hear the word, courage, who do you think of? When you hear the word, strength, who do you think of? When you see a smile that lights up an entire room, who do you think of? For us the answer will always be Rita, a devoted wife, mom, grandma, sister, aunt and friend. Rita Hartzell, 67, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully, at home, on Sunday, May 25, 2014, with her loving husband and family by her side. For 48 years, she was the beloved wife of Robert Hartzell. Born in Fountain Hill, Pa. on Jan. 3, 1947, Rita was the daughter of the late veteran, Joseph P. Sedlock and Irene Sedlock who resides in Bethlehem, Pa. She graduated from Notre Dame High School, attended Manor Junior College and earned her degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga after raising her children. Rita was a true lady to her core in every sense of the word, but she told you like it was. She had a mixture of gentleness, intelligence and straight truth and integrity that was as captivating as it was sweet. Despite being a marketing professional by trade, Rita was defined by her faithful affection to her husband, Bob. He provided love, happiness, humor and warmth to her life. Ritas first loves were her children and grandchildren. She was their biggest fan which was more than just the simple pride of motherhood. She passionately supported all of the decisions, goals, crazy directions and ups and downs in their lives. Ritas love, adoration and support was extraordinarily strong and without limitation. Each day began with a walk, as her life was filled with many furry companions: Dutchess, Shasta, Kacey, Spook, Madison, Molly and her current gentle bear, Shadow. She loved the many cruises she went on with her husband and the tennis matches and bridge games with her friends and neighbors. You could always find Rita enjoying a good book, gardening or decorating with the true flair of an accomplished, professional interior designer. But, most of all, Rita loved to spend time with her family, especially at the holidays and birthday celebrations. She always had a smile for everyone and will be forever remembered for her internal and external beauty as well as her optimism, generosity and kind and giving nature. All of her family and friends embraced the heartfelt connection and compassion she bestowed. Rita had boundless wisdom that granted her continual new heights of success. In addition to her husband, Bob and mother, Irene, Rita will be missed by her daughter, Christine Vogel; her sister, Ceily Gavura and her husband Mike of Northampton, Pa. and her brother, Phil Sedlock of Clifton Park, N.Y. Rita also leaves behind two grandchildren, Courtney and Connor Vogel, whom she cherished and loved to spoil. Grandma was so very proud of them. Rita is also survived by a nephew, Ryan Field of Medford, Mass. In addition to her father, Rita was preceded in death by her daughter, Denise Ann Hartzell of Glastonbury, Conn. Our love, blessing, respect and admiration for her bravery will live forever in our hearts. Visitation will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 2, at Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Annes Catholic Church, 450 Washington St., Bethlehem, PA 18017. Interment will follow at Holy Saviour Cemetery in Bethlehem. Condolences may be made online at www.connellfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ritas name to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to your local SPCA.


Virginia Mae (Lorah) Schaffer - Ms. Virginia M. "Ginnie" "Nana" Schaffer, 86, of Georgetown, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 25, 2014. Virginia was born on March 31, 1928 in Vera Cruz (Leigh County), Pa., daughter of the late Daniel Weller Lorah and Florence (Hartman) Lorah. She was a sister to Mildred (Lorah) Gross and the late Mary Alice (Lorah) Schoch. Regarded as a loving, comical, but serious at times daughter, wife, mother and friend, Virginia faithfully served her Lord, family, friends and community with all her heart. She was a light to everyone who came in contact with her. Virginias love for God and family remained steadfast and true; her sweetness and unconditional love is what carried us all through. The proverb, Good things come in small packages, certainly holds true with Ginnie. As God called her to do, she laid the foundation in each and every one of our hearts; befriending and raising us all in the way we should go so that we would never depart. Ginnie was loved by her late husband, Paul Edward Schaffer and daughter, Gail Jane (Bailey). She is survived by her son, Jeffery Paul Schaffer and daughters, Andrea Joy (Brown) and Jan Robin (Brown). Nana dearly loved and cherished all of her 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. A public viewing will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 30, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, followed by the memorial service at 7 p.m. Interment for close family and friends will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 2, in Careys Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dagsboro Church of God, 32224 DuPont Blvd., Dagsboro, DE 19939. Letters of condolence may be emailed via www.watsonfh.com.


Gary J. Hill -- Gary J. Hill, 66, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Gary was born in Seaford, a son of the late Margaret McWilliams Hastings and Roland J. Hill and companion Nancy Lowe of Laurel. Gary worked for Sussex County Wastewater Facility for eight years and Sharp Gas for 29 years as a serviceman. He proudly served his country in the Army and was a decorated Vietnam veteran. Gary enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and gardening. Mr. Hill is survived by his daughters, Lori Hill (Robert Hensley) of Laurel and Jessica Hill of Laurel; a brother, David Morgan (Janet) of Laurel; sisters, Carol Oldach (Hugh) of Salisbury, Debbie Taylor (Kenneth Mann) of Lincoln, Susan Stein (Edward) of Laurel, Barbara Hudson (Benny) of Laurel and a sister Nancy; his grandchildren, Madison and Savannah; several nieces, nephews and his ex-wife and friend, Linda J. Hill of Laurel. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by an infant son and stepmother, Mary Frances Gordy Hill. A service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a visitation will be held from noon to 1. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Hills name to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.


Thelma E. Pusey -- Thelma E. Pusey, 96, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Thelma was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late Gardner and Huldah (Adams) Elliott. She was deputy comptroller for Sussex County for 15 years, retiring several years ago. Thelma was a member of Asbury U.M. Church and was active in the Womens Society of Christian Service group. Although Thelma had no children, she dearly loved and enjoyed spending time with her sisters and their families, especially her nine nieces and nephews. Thelma also loved cooking. In addition to her parents, Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Pusey who died on Aug. 21, 1997; three sisters, Edith E. Scott, Iva Hedges and an infant sister, Betty Elliott; and a nephew, Donald C. Scott. She is survived by a sister, Doris Rogers of Georgetown; eight nieces and nephews, Leslie M. Scott and wife Beverlee T., Lorraine Scott, Richard Hedges, Barbara Elliott and husband John, Jim Hedges and wife Kate, Kenny Hedges and wife Barbara, Mary Carey and husband Donald and Lawrence Clendaniel; 17 great-nieces and nephews and 21 great-great-nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, with visitation on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Flowers are accepted, or contributions may be made to the Asbury Cemetery Fund, c/o Mr. Calvert Richardson, 15117 County Seat Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973.


Linden Rementer -- Linden Rementer, 89, of Bridgeville, passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood. Born on Sept. 14, 1924, he was the son of the late Charlie and Clara Rementer. Linden was retired from the E. I. DuPont Company in Seaford, where he was a supervisor for over 38 years. He was well-known in the area as being a talented horse trainer. He had owned the studhorse in the movie Misty. He was also a farmer, growing his own soybeans, corn and grain. Linden is survived by his daughters, Laverne Morean and her husband J.R. of Seaford and Connie Reustle and her husband Allen of Delmar; daughter-in-law, Madelyn Rementer; a sister, Anna Mae German of Seaford; six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nina Rementer who passed in April 2014; his son, Jerry Rementer and his siblings, Calvin Rementer, Helen German and Alice Williams. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, at the Church of God of Prophecy in Seaford, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2. Pastor Brent Smith will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 11 Independence Way, Newark, DE 19713. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Robert Bob Linwood Milligan -- Robert Bob Linwood Milligan, 74, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. He was born on March 10, 1940 in Easton, Md., a son of the late Wilson Milligan. Bob attended school in Easton until leaving to enter the U.S. Navy where he proudly served his country from 1958 to 1961 on the U.S.S. Everglades. On July 29, 1960 he married the love of his life, Peggy Ann Hutchison of Easton. After his discharge from the Navy he worked as a mechanic with his father before working over 40 years as a printer. Mr. Milligan was a member of First Baptist Church in Delmar, Md. In addition to loving his family and always putting them first, he loved cars, NASCAR racing and watching old westerns. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Peggy Ann Milligan; two sons, Erik Milligan and wife Ginny of Laurel and Corey Milligan and wife Mary Jo of Frankford; a daughter, Kimberly Morton and husband Scott of Laurel; and five grandchildren, Heather, Michael, Ronald, Chase and Tanner Milligan. A celebration of his life will be held at noon on Wednesday, May 28, at Faith Baptist Church in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Ken Johnson will officiate. Interment will follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. Contributions may be made in Mr. Milligans memory to Faith Baptist Church, 1207 E. State St., Delmar, MD 21875. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


James E. Mowbray Sr. -- James E. Jimmy Mowbray Sr., 83, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was born on July 18, 1930 in Denton, Md., the son of the late John H. Mowbray and Pauline Bradley Mowbray. He was educated in Caroline County schools. On Aug. 12, 1950 he married Evelyn Harmon Mowbray and together they made their home in Federalsburg. Jimmy worked for the former Preston Trucking Company in Preston. After retirement, he founded Mowbray and Sons Excavation. Jimmy took pride in his work always helping the community by volunteering his time and services when he could. He enjoyed antique cars, especially his Model A Ford, gospel concerts and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Evelyn Mowbray of Federalsburg; four daughters, Marcia Chambers and her husband Gary of Federalsburg, Karen White and her husband Phil of Federalsburg, Debby Taylor and her husband Calvin of Preston and Valerie Barham and her husband Jeff of Columbia, S.C.; two sons, Robert Mowbray and his wife Judy of Federalsburg and Kevin Mowbray and his wife Diane of Federalsburg; 15 grandchildren, Carey Nepert and her husband Eric, Douglas Robinson and his wife Melinda, Kelly Robinson, Stephanie Robinson, Robin Wooters and her husband Dave, Trey White, Allison Blankenship and her husband Mike, Laura Ackerson and her husband Chuck, Benjamin Taylor, Matthew Taylor and his wife Jamie, Bobby Barham, Ryan Barham and his wife Jordan, Kelsey Barham, Marlys Romine and her husband Brian and Chelsea Mowbray; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild expected; four brothers, William Mowbray, George Mowbray, Wilson Mowbray and Thomas Mowbray; three sisters, Helen Lewis, Evelyn Slacum and Dorotha Childs; and a host of nieces, nephews and the beloved family cat, Buddy. He was preceded in death by a son, James E. Sonny Mowbray Jr.; two brothers, Paul Mowbray and Leroy Mowbray and three sisters, Betty Lynch, Ruth Geisel and Anne Rayfield. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg with the Rev. Denzil T. Cheek officiating. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 on Monday evening, May 26 and one hour before the service on Tuesday. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Federalsburg Vol. Fire Company, P.O. Box 99, Federalsburg, MD 21632 or to the Holiday Park Gospel Choir, P.O. Box 277, Greensboro, MD 21639. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Velma S. Shenton -- Velma S. Shenton, 89, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Seaford Center Nursing Home. She was born in Eldorado on Feb. 4, 1925, a daughter of the late Arthur Lee Seabrease and Lillie (Jackson) Bryan. After meeting the love of her life, she and Philip H. Shenton relocated to Delaware in 1953 where they would establish a beautiful family together. In addition to raising her family, Mrs. Shenton worked a dedicated 30 plus year career with DuPont in Seaford, retiring in 1985. Following retirement, she was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Seaford. She enjoyed yard work including mowing the lawn and taking care of her bountiful garden. Most of all, Mrs. Shenton enjoyed the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were the apple of her eye. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and dear friend who will be missed by all who knew her. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Shenton was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Philip; her son, Everette; her daughter, Marylou; her sister, Leona Winsor and her grandson, Kyle W. Ewing II. She is survived by her son, Richard E. Shenton of Bridgeville; her two daughters, Evelyn S. Ewing of Bridgeville and Sylvia S. Hatfield and her significant other Roger Griffith, both of Bridgeville; her two grandchildren, Shawn Hatfield and his wife Kristin of Georgetown and Kelly Ewing of Whangarei, New Zealand; her granddaughter-in-law, Michelle Ewing; and her eight great-grandchildren: Taylor, Tyler and Trey Hatfield, Brooke, Michaela and Noah Timmons and Dave and Jack Ellis. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, with Eastern Star Services beginning at 10:50 a.m. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 to 11. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Shenton's memory to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 1016 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963. Please visit Mrs. Shenton's Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Dorothy 'Dot' Wiley -- Dorothy Dot Wiley, 90, of Millsboro, passed away on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Greenwood Country Rest Home. Dot was born in Chester, Pa., the daughter of the late Randall and Elise Mae Hatfield Knox. Mrs. Wiley was a loving homemaker who enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved the beach and camping. She and her late husband were quite the snowbirds. They enjoyed staying in Florida during the winter months. They were also able to travel to all the 48 states in the United States, excluding Hawaii and Alaska. She was a Red Hatter and a Cub Scout mother and could be found playing cards with family and friends. Dot is survived by her sons, Randall Wiley and his wife Jean of Clifton, Va. and Emory Wiley and his wife Jayne of Millsboro; her daughters, Connie L. Wiley of Haymarket, Va., Kathryn W. Wiley of Bethany Beach and Karla M. Wiley and longtime companion Paul Bresnahan of Churchton, Md.; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Wiley was preceded in death by her husband, Marion E. Wiley in 1998. She was also preceded in death by her two brothers and three sisters. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 23, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. E. Martin Wiley Jr. will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Wileys memory to Compassionate Care Hospice, 11 Independence Way, Newark, DE 19713. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Doris E. (Ralph) Morgan, 90 Doris Evelyn Morgan, age 90, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014, at the Harrison House of Georgetown, a senior living facility, where she has resided since August 2013. She was 25 days short of her 91st birthday. Born on May 30, 1923, to the late Archie and Edna Ralph of Bacon Switch, Doris was the fourth of eight children. She was a graduate of Laurel High School and a member of St. Georges UMC in Delmar, DE. Doris life was devoted to children and their education. She was a teacher at the Seaford branch of Head Start, where she retired after 16 years. She also spent many years involved in both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Later in life, Doris enjoyed an active and adventurous retirement, frequently traveling and spending time with family. She loved attending the sporting events, concerts, and recitals of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Doris is survived by her four children: Joseph K. Morgan and wife, Suzie, of South Carolina; Ronald J. Morgan and wife, Delores, of Laurel; Terry L. Morgan and wife, Margie, of Arizona and; daughter Patricia L. Morgan and granddaughter, Jessica, of Laurel. She is also survived by her younger sister, Ruth Ralph of Delmar, DE. She leaves behind 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and six of her siblings, she is preceded in death by: her husband, Joseph R. Morgan (1919  1995); a granddaughter, Rachael J. Smith (1985); and a great-grandson, Ronald Shane Frantz (1986  2011). A funeral service, officiated by Rev. Timothy Barth, was held at 1 PM on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel, Delaware. Interment immediately followed the service at Blades Cemetery where Doris was laid to rest, reunited with her husband.


George McCullough Anderson III -- George McCullough Anderson III, 78, of Bethel and Fort Myers, Fla., passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. George was born on Oct. 16, 1935 in Baltimore, Md. He attended Calvert School in Baltimore, as did his mother, Sophie McGaw Miller Anderson, and his three children. George went on to attend Gilman School and The Lawrenceville School, where he was the valedictorian of his graduating class in 1954. George graduated from Yale University in 1958 and Wharton School of Business in 1960, after which he served in the Maryland and Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He began work at Mellon Bank as a management trainee in late 1960, and was married to Joanna Litynski Anderson, the mother of his three children, in November 1960. Georges career in the financial industry spanned many decades, and included work at Mellon Bank and Equitable Trust Bank as well as a founding director and first president of Georgetown National Bank in Delaware. George was active in the Urban League in Baltimore, and was asked to teach a business and finance class at Morgan State College (now Morgan University). He was very proud of the popularity of his class with his students, who hadn't had the educational advantages that George had, but who were dedicated to improving their lives through education. He and his wife Peggy (whom he married in 1999) became proud residents of Bethel, population 188, where George owned an equipment dealership and a chicken farm. They also owned and operated Excel Leasing Corporation until 2006. George was a past president of the Bethel Historical Society and served on the Bethel Town Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission. He was a dedicated Rotarian since 1978 and served as a Rotary District Treasurer, Assistant District Governor and as Centennial District Governor in 2004-2005. He was also actively involved in the formation of the Can Do Playground at Milford and served on the Advisory Board of Easter Seals. George was known for his intelligence and his wry sense of humor. He was also known for throwing a great party, whether in the house on Wendover Road in Baltimore, across the street from the one he grew up in, or in Bethel with Peggy. He was a charismatic person who made everyone feel welcome. George is survived by his beloved wife, Peggy (Swiech) Anderson; his loving children, Kristina Anderson (David Cook), Susan Anderson Rogers (Duncan) and George M. Anderson IV (Bridget Rodriguez); stepchildren, Annie Rockenbach Kinney (Randy), James Rockenbach (Barbara), and Joseph Rockenbach (Kristen) as well as grandchildren Malcolm, Halina, Amelia, Elizabeth, Cozette, Cora and Callie. He also leaves his former wife and friend, Joanna (Litynski) Anderson and his niece and nephews, Emma Anderson Schmell (Michael), Alden Anderson (Emily), Slater Anderson (Anne) and Elliot (Amy), along with extended family, whose kinship and friendship meant a great deal to him. George was preceded in death by his brother, Alden (Libby) and his parents, George McCullough Anderson Jr. and Sophie Miller Anderson. Interment is private. A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday June 8; family and friends will be notified. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of George Anderson to Dr. Dorseys Care Anywhere for Parkinsons Disease (265 Crittenden Blvd., Ste. B240 Rochester, NY 14642, checks payable to University of Rochester) are welcome.


Dorothy 'Dot' Ann Hart -- Dorothy Dot Ann Hart, 75, of Seaford passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Greenbelt, Md., she was the daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy Rhodes. Dot was a wonderful homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and planting beautiful flowers. She will be remembered for being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Karen Rifenberg and her husband Ron of Wisconsin; her son, Richard Hart Jr. and his wife Amanda of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Ruth Acevedo of Florida and Nancy Towers and her husband Stanley of Seaford; four grandchildren; her longtime companion, Hubert Huck Compton and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee Hart Sr. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a visitation will be held from 1 to 2. The Rev. Bill Nack will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel.


Betty Bennett Wells Roden -- Betty Bennett Wells Roden, 85, of Galestown, Md., passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was born on Nov. 8, 1928 in West Virginia, the daughter of the late James Bennett and Helen Constance Darnel Bennett. She was married to Hubert Wells who preceded her in death on July 1, 1985. Later she married Edward Roden who preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 2008. She was a member of the Galestown United Methodist Church. She had worked in the component lab for E.I. DuPont in Seaford, retiring in 1985. Betty was well known for her cooking and baking. If it came from Betty, it was delicious. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and her two pugs, Sandy and Mandy. She is survived by three daughters, Connie Collins of Seaford, Debra McKamey and her husband Rob and his mother, Stella, all of Laurel and Colleen Wells and her friend, Tina of Galestown; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey Newton of East New Market, Shelly Newton Travers and her husband Jimmy of East New Market, David Hanson Jr. of Rising Sun, Heather Hanson of Easton, Barry Hubbard and his wife Christina of Rhodesdale, Shawn White of Salisbury, John White of New Castle and Frankie White and his wife Regina of Seaford; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild, a daughter-in-law, Cathy Wells of Laurel and three brothers, Kenny Bennett of Delmar, Robert Bennett of Laurel and Laurence Bennett and his wife Mary of Baltimore, Md. She was preceded in death by a son, Jerome Wells; four brothers, Norman Bennett, Jerome Bennett, James Bennett and Thomas Bennett; and a granddaughter-in-law, Tracey Newton. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 23, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, where family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1. Interment will follow in Galestown Cemetery. The Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Framptom Funeral Home, 216 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632 to help defray funeral costs. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Walter J. Willin Jr. -- Walter J. Willin Jr., 70, departed this life peacefully on Sunday, May 11, 2014, surrounded by his family. He will be remembered for his extreme kindness and giving heart. He enjoyed working and worked for many years as groundskeeper at Stockley in Georgetown as well as Laurel Truck Stop, Fishbones, Towers Shores and ACTS. His last years were spent cooking at Hockers in Ocean View, enjoying all his co-workers and customers. Known to many as Uncle Walt or Poppy, he was happiest when caring and doing for others. He received great joy with his skill of cooking but his greatest pleasure was his family and his many adopted children. He is survived by his daughter, Kelly White and husband Bryan; his son, Brian Willin and wife Angie; his siblings and their families, Butch Chaffinch, Harley Willin, Anna Mae Taylor and Donald Willin; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He believed every day was a good day, it was all about how you treated it. A Celebration of Life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, at Hardin Hall, 18 W. Fourth St., Blades. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society in memory of Walt. Donations may be made online at www.cancer.org/donate or mailed to 92 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Mary C. Swanson -- Mary C. Swanson, 84, of Seaford, died on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Mary was a social worker for the State of Delaware. She graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. She was a Red Cross volunteer for over 50 years and a member of Grace Baptist Church, the Seaford Golf and Country Club, the Acorn Club and the Garden Club. She will be remembered for her strong faith in The Lord and her selfless giving to others. She was an amazing example of humility and Christian love. Her wisdom, grace and spirit will live on in the hearts of the people she touched. She has left us with many treasured memories. Her husband, John Swanson died in 1997. She is survived by a son, Pierce Art Swanson (Karen); a daughter, Betsy Swanson; 4 grandchildren, Maggie Millis, Jennifer Gizzi (Glen), Samantha L. Swanson, Alexa D. Swanson; 2 great-grandchildren and a brother, Herbert Cobb (Patty). Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Larry 'Wayne' Satchell -- Larry Wayne Satchell, 44, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Wayne was born on Nov. 18, 1969 in Easton, Md. He graduated from Colonel Richardson High School in 1987. From 1987 to 1989, he was in the United States Air Force. He then moved back to Delaware and married his high school sweetheart. He was employed at Peninsula Oil as a service technician and manager for many years before becoming a business partner of D. E. Collins & Co. LLC for the last 10 years. Wayne and Stacie shared a passion for Little League Baseball. They both were active in Nanticoke Little League for the last 17 years. Wayne loved being on the field as a manager, coach, umpire, field crew and spectator. He could also be found umpiring every weekend at Sports at the Beach. Wayne treasured his family. He was so proud of his sons and enjoyed spending time together. He will be remembered as a giving and helpful man always putting others before himself. Wayne is survived by his wife of 23 years, Stacie Satchell of Seaford; their sons, Cameron Satchell and Connor Satchell; his parents, Larry and Kay Satchell of Seaford and Lynnette and Russell Noyce of Marana, Ariz.; his father and mother-in-law, John and Ann Head of Seaford; his sister, Dawn Stewart and husband Billy of Tucson, Ariz.; his brothers, Christopher Worm and wife Kelly of Hurlock, Md., Tony Worm and wife Tricia of Federalsburg, Md.; his brother-in-law, J. D. Head and wife Ryan of Acton, Mass.; nieces and nephews, Richard Hurley, Ashley Hurley, Christopher Suman, Mason Worm, Quinn Worm, Peyton Worm, Virginia Head and John David Head; a great-nephew, Russell Noyce and a special aunt and uncle, Christine and Mark Tomei. He held a special place in his heart for Camerons girlfriend, Jennifer Bailey and his business partner who was loved like a brother, Doug Collins. A Celebration of Life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in Waynes honor on Sunday, May 25, at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Wayne Satchell Memorial Fund, c/o J. D. Head, 62 Windsor Ave., Acton, MA 01720.


Cyrus Barrett 'Cy' Norgan -- Cyrus Barrett Cy Norgan, 94, of Seaford, died on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Cy was born in Milford, the son of the late Samuel and Madolyn Norgan. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Carole Wheeler; a grandson, Adam Travatello; a brother, Ponder Norgan and a sister, Lurana Millman. He retired from the Dupont Co. in Seaford in 1982 after 42 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Seaford Golf and Country Club for 56 years where he served on the board of directors for five years. He loved the game of golf and was Club Champion four times. He coached the High School Golf Team, was a member of the Barber Shoppers and loved hunting and fishing. Cy was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church. Cy is survived by his wife of 71 years, Katherine Kitty Derrickson Norgan; a daughter, Denise Crockett (Gene); two grandchildren, Lisa Hastings-Sheppard (David) and Jennifer Adkins (Mike); three great-grandchildren and a sister, Marian Bennett. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to Young Life Nanticoke, P.O. Box 769, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Medford E. Donovan -- Medford E. Donovan, 72, of Seaford, died on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Medford retired from Chambers Motors where he was a mechanic. After retirement, he worked for R & M Busing. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Edna Harding Donovan; five daughters, Charlotte Lamping (Donald), Tina Marie Donovan, Tammy Donovan, Bobbie Jo McIntire and Jody Meredith (Jason); a brother, Stanley Donovan (Kathryn); 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Dale Harding. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Eldorado Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family will accept donations to help with funeral expenses.


Landreth C. Adams Jr. -- Mr. Landreth C. Adams Jr., 76, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Mr. Adams was born on March 19, 1938 in Willow Grove, Pa., to the late Landreth C. Adams Sr. and Anna Lentz Adams. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters. Landy retired from Schmidt Baking Co. after 30 years of service. He also worked at Dupont Co. and Melvin Joseph Construction Co., and formerly owned his own business, Adams Lime and Gravel, of Georgetown. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Seaford and the American Legion Post in Laurel. He served with the Delaware Army National Guard and volunteered with Heroes Haven in Sharptown, Md. He loved stock car racing and was a part of the Hardscrabble Dirty Dozen. He enjoyed his place in Chincoteague and was a member of the Meat Loaf Gang there. He loved to socialize and never met a stranger. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sally A. Adams of Seaford; two sons, Landreth C. Adams III and his wife Kelly of Seaford and Kenneth P. Adams and his wife Tracy of Millsboro and three stepchildren, Jack Kenneth Mitchell and his wife Dawn of Harrington, Patricia Scott and her husband Sam of Seaford and Arron Rust and his wife Christine of Milford. He is also survived by one granddaughter, Renee Adams of Seaford, as well as many nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, at Laurel American Legion, 12168 Laurel Rd., Laurel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or Heroes Haven, P.O. Box 357, Sharptown, MD 21861. Condolences may be emailed via www.watsonfh.com.


Rebecca Becky B. Phillips -- Rebecca Becky B. Phillips, 81, of Delmar, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Becky was born on Aug. 21, 1932 in Cape Charles, Va. From 1941 through 1947, during World War II, she lived at the Virginia Baptist Orphanage in Salem, Va. with her sister Arlene. She moved to Delmar, Md. in 1947 and married Bill Phillips in 1949. They were married for 58 years. Becky and Bill shared a passion for fishing and took countless trips to Buxton, N.C. She was employed at W. R. Wilson Pants Factory for four years and then enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her children. Becky had many interests. She was an avid reader, gardener and enjoyed working with her hands doing crafts. She was a wonderful cook and talented seamstress. Becky was also a member of the Deborah Heart and Lung Foundation. Becky adored her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She found joy in sending special notes to her great-grandchildren each and every month and never missed a sporting event. She is survived by her children, Robert Phillips (Mania), John Phillips (Lynn), and Debi Wilkins; grandchildren, Kim Causey (Steve), Tracy Howe (Ned), Rob Phillips (Jennie), Mindy Myrick (Lawton), Jacob Wilkins (Manaia), Michelle Bingham (Jeff), Melissa Neal (Jake) and Barry Phillips; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Zach, Siena, Hawkins, Gibson, Baylie, Ryder, Wyatt, Jack, Kate, Luke, Max and Charlie and special nieces, Dotty, Diane and Denise. She is also survived by several other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) A. Phillips; son-in-law, Steve Wilkins; parents, Thomas and Ethel Bledsoe and siblings, Beatrice Haigler, Leonard Bledsoe, Josie Brittingham, Ernest Bledsoe, Thomas Bledsoe, Vernon Bledsoe, John Bledsoe and Arlene Trice. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 10 to 11. Interment will be private at a later date. Contributions may be made in her memory to Team Keller in support of his fight against Cystic Fibrosis and mailed to: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Team Keller in memo), P.O. Box 5004, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5004, or by visiting http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/GreatStrides/154_Maryland_Baltimore?team_id=20515&pg=team&fr_id=2177. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Charles F. Moyer -- Charles F. Moyer, 73, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Charles was born in Philadelphia, a son of the late Dr. Charles M. Moyer and Thelma S. Moyer. Mr. Moyer was employed as a longtime sales associate at I.G. Burton Chevrolet of Seaford. He had also served in the National Guard. He was a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel and a longtime member of the Laurel Lions Club. He was a 1965 graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in business administration where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Charlie could also be found playing golf with his many friends at the former Seaford Golf and Country Club. Mr. Moyer is survived by his wife of 14 years, Marguerite Moggie Moyer of Laurel; their children, Michael W. Moyer and wife Gail of Virginia Beach, Robert C. Moyer and wife Natalie of Willits, Calif. and Mark S. Maxwell of Dallas, N.C.; his daughter, Mary Margaret Mullen and husband Thomas R. of Rehoboth; brothers, Michael S. Moyer of Washington, D.C. and William Fritz Moyer and wife Katherine of Dover; a sister, Elizabeth Brogan of Frederick, Md. and grandchildren, Logan, Elizabeth and Daphney Moyer. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel. Interment will be held in Laurel Hill Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the church. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Robert Charles Bob Robison -- Robert Charles Bob Robison, 67, of Dover, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014, at Kent General Hospital. He was born on Nov. 24, 1946 in Hobbs, Md., son of Dorothy V. Johnson Robison of Denton, Md. and the late James Ollie Robison Sr. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sheila Gaye Robison. Bob graduated from North Caroline High School. He was an electrician for E.I. Dupont for over 40 years. He was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders, Chapter B and was on a Monday night bowling league in Seaford. He loved Nascar and especially enjoyed Hendricks Motorsports. He will always be remembered as wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather and brother. Besides his mother Dot, he is survived by his son, Geoffrey Scott Robison; a granddaughter, Chelsea L. Robison; two great-grandchildren, Rhiley and Bridget Robison, all of Seaford; a brother, Richard Slick Robison and his wife Julia of Greensboro, Md.; a sister, Dotty Hemenway and her husband Earl of Denton and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Michele L. Robison and a brother, Jimmy Robison Jr. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, where visitation will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Dan Walker will officiate. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Nancy Lou Myer -- Nancy Lou Myer, 59, of Bridgeville, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. She was born in Easton, Md. on March 16, 1955, daughter of the late Arthur L. Beauchamp and Wanda (Hensley) L. Walker. Nancy was employed at Solo Cup Company in Federalsburg, Md. for 22 years. She enjoyed reading, camping and making crafts, such as macrame. She was an excellent baker and always cooked delicious meals for her dear family. Most of all she loved family gatherings, especially around the holidays, where she showed her love through cooking. Nancy adored her beloved Westie and Katie, who stole her heart. She was a member of the Denton Wayside Church of Christ in Christian Union. Nancy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her sister, Linda L. Beauchamp. She is survived by her loving husband, Ralph Myer Jr.; two sons, Christopher Mumford and Ralph Myer III, both of Bridgeville; her daughter, Kelly Mortan and her husband Ryan of Seaford; her grandson, Austin Mortan of Seaford; her brother, Phillip Beauchamp of Bridgeville; her sister, Phyllis Murphy and her husband Walter of Bridgeville and her three nieces and four nephews. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at Bloomery Cemetery, 28085 Bloomery Rd., Federalsburg. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Nancy's memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Visit Nancy's Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Martha E. Chambers -- Martha E. Chambers, 67, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Martha was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late Widrow Wilson LeCates and Littion Foskey LeCates. Martha was a loving homemaker. She was a member of the Bethel Worship Center. She was well known for her cooking, especially fried chicken and dumplings. Martha loved to dance, do word puzzles and play shuffleboard. Mrs. Chambers is survived by her sons, Mark A. Chambers and William J. Chambers, both of Laurel; her daughter, Billie Jo Loockerman of Laurel; brothers, Richard D. LeCates and Richard M. Lecates, both of Laurel; sisters, Mary F. Hichens of Laurel, Alice Kay Lambrose of Laurel and Ester Mae Chambers of Laurel; grandchildren, Heather, Christina, Amber, Tammy, David, James, Jeffrey and Brittney and great-grandchildren, Niya, Katelyn, Jaylen and Jasmine. Several nieces and nephews also survive her. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at Bethel Worship Center, Seaford. Pastor Joe Lecates will officiate.


Helma F. Wood -- Helma F. Wood, 69, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Nurnberg, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Sebastian Ernst and Babette Menath Ernst. Helma was a retired nurse working for many years at Deers Head Hospital in Salisbury, Md., and also for the Delmar Nursing Home. She and her late husband Richard owned and operated Woods restaurant in Laurel. She was a member of the Laurel Wesleyan Church. Helma loved to garden, read, plant beautiful flowers and sew. Her most important treasure in life was her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Helma was the glue that kept all the family connected. Helma is survived by her daughters, Beate Tyndall and her husband Todd of Laurel, Angela Hastings and her husband Bob of Seaford and Nicole Marine and her husband Brian of Laurel; her sister, Josefine Low, her husband Manfred and nephew and godson Markus of Germany and her grandchildren, Jennifer Tripp, Kelly Armiger, Bobby Hastings, Kirsten Marine, Brett Marine, Ashton Hastings, Kayla Marine, Josefine Tyndall and Aubree Tyndall. Six great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and her special friend, Al Izzarone also survive her. In addition to her parents, Helma was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Wood and her son, Robert Armiger. A funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday, May 14, at Laurel Wesleyan Church, 30186 Seaford Rd., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made in Helmas honor to Laurel Wesleyan Church, 30186 Seaford Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Donald 'Toby' Hitchens -- Donald Toby Hitchens, 81, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Laurel on April 16, 1933, he was the son of the late Claude and Mary Hitchens. Toby retired from C.C. Oliphants in Laurel as a talented roofer. He was very devoted to his town of Laurel. He considered it to be his own little Mayberry. He enjoyed his daily visits to many favorite places including the Laurel Dutch Inn, Walts Barbershop and more. Toby was a huge Bulldog fan, enjoyed watching Nascar and the Baltimore Orioles and playing fast pitch softball many years ago. Most of all, Toby will be remembered for being a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Toby is survived by his daughters, Bonnie Hastings and her husband Terry of Milford and Cathy Hudson and her husband Philip of Laurel; his grandchildren, Lori Dalton and her husband Paul, Trey Hastings and his wife Casey, Julie Snyder and her husband Danny, Katie Putz and her husband Steve and Andrew Hudson and his wife Ashley and his great-grandchildren, Courtney, Emma, Jaden, Gracie, Ciara, Ava, Reagan, Grant, Gavin, Cameron, Will and Mason. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, whom he missed everyday since her passing, JoAnne Hitchens; his brothers, Howard Hitchens and Kenneth Hitchens and his sisters, Betty Culver and Rachel Wilson. The funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday, May 7, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Wayne Mathis will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Jetta Mae Morris -- Jetta Mae Morris, 81, of Bridgeville, died on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Mrs. Morris retired from Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in 1994. She was an active member of Woodland United Methodist Church and the Bridgeville Fire Department Auxiliary. She enjoyed going to the Gospel Caf← in Laurel and spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. Her husband, Granville T. Morris died in 1998. She is survived by two sons, Granville Emerson Morris II and David Morris; two daughters, Patti Griffith Bradley (Calvin) and Bernie Lou Parsons; her stepmother, Regina Figgs; a sister, Louise Ellis (Avery); eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Woodland United Methodist Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973


Jack (Yoshimi) Koyanagi -- Jack (Yoshimi) Koyanagi, 75, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Jack was born in Hawaii, a son of the late Tamako Miyagawa and Yoshio Koyanagi. Mr. Koyanagi proudly served his country for 11 years in the United States Army Reserves. He later retired after 35 years of service as a laboratory technician at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Jack was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Seaford. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed his fish pond and gardening. He was also an accomplished woodworker. Jack is survived by his wife of 17 years, Lisa Koyanagi; sons, Wendell and wife Cathy of Mardela Springs, Md., Keith and wife Lori of Rehoboth and Brian and wife Mary of Lewes; daughter, Jill Smith and husband Donald of Millsboro; brothers, Elliott and Bobby Koyanagi; sister, Ann Smith of Hawaii; grandchildren, Keith, Haley and Lyndsey Koyanagi, Hayden and Krista Smith, Jon Morris, Heidi and Richard Belote; great-grandson, Logan Seymour and sister-in-law, Laura Ruth Passwaters, who lived with Jack. A visitation will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, where a memorial service will follow at 3. The Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate. Contributions may be made in Jacks memory to the Kent County SPCA, 32 Shelter Circle, Camden, DE 19934. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Rev. Dale M. Wilson -- The Rev. Dale M. Wilson, 81, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Heritage Pointe, Warren, Indiana. He was born in Richmond, Indiana, the son of the late Harmon and Nellie (Beasley) White and was later adopted by Marion and Florence (Harris) Wilson. He graduated from Richmond High School, Class of 1951 and went on to earn his bachelors degree from Oakland City University and masters degree from Christian Theological Seminary. He was a kind and jolly man who persevered to complete his goals in life. On July 3, 1960, he married Patricia Ottinger in Indianapolis. Rev. Wilson was a pastor with the Northern Indiana and Virginia conferences of the United Methodist Church after beginning with Evangelical United Brethren churches. He was also a healthcare chaplain at St. Marys Hospital in Richmond, Va. and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Patricia Wilson; a son, Nathan of Arlington, Va.; a daughter, Kathryn Conley of Mechanicsville, Va.; two grandchildren, Kathryn (Kacy) Marine and Samantha Conley; a brother, Howard White and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lowell White, Kenneth White and Ron Wilson and a sister, Betty Mitchell. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, May 9, at Jones-Smith Funeral Home, 259 N. Main St., Upland, Indiana, followed by the funeral service at 10. Interment will be private in Jefferson Cemetery, Upland. Online condolences may be made at smithfuneralhome.com.


Nolan J. Farmer -- Nolan J. Farmer, 77, of Seaford, died on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Mr. Farmer retired from Justin Tank Co. in 2001 after 35 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy Farmer; three daughters, Christy Potter, Johanna Benton (John) and Rachael Fields (Todd); a brother, Robert Farmer (Lee); a sister-in-law, Barbara Farmer and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tracey Farmer Miller. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 3 to 4. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 87, Seaford, DE 19973.


Violet Usilton Seward Thomas -- Violet Usilton Seward Thomas left this world to go home with our Lord on Thursday, April 24, 2014. She was born near Centreville, Md., the daughter of the late Lewis and Peachie Usilton. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Grant and Harold Usilton and her husbands, John Seward and Paul Thomas. Violet is survived by her sister, Marie Usilton Dulin and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She loved all animals. There was a special spot in her heart for the many animals she had through her life especially Casper who was with her for 18 years. Funeral services and burial will be private.


Marvin Lee Messick Sr., 68 Marvin Lee Messick Sr. of Seaford, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, April 24, 2014. He was born on Oct. 9, 1945 in Seaford, the son of the late Creston and Elsie Messick. Marvin retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Seaford Moose Lodge, the Seaford American Legion and VFW. Marvin spent 20 years as a Salt Water Cowboy crossing the Chincoteague ponies to shore. He enjoyed trail riding and spending time with his friends at his barn in Hardscrabble. He was known as the Mayor of Hardscrabble. He is survived by his wife, Jean Messick; a son, M. L. Messick (Leah) of Hardscrabble; his stepdaughter, Vanessa Sammons (John) of Laurel; 3 grandchildren, Cole Messick, Hunter Sammons and Brandon Sammons; a brother, Everett Messick (Bonnie); sisters, Betty Turner (Bill) and Brenda Workman (Butch) and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at noon on Saturday, May 3, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, with visitation from 11 a.m. to noon. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Ste. 205, New Castle, DE 19720.


Albert 'Steelie' Jones -- Albert Steelie Jones, 85, of West 6th Street, Laurel, died on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the son of the late Fred and Elizabeth (Dean) Jones. He was a 1947 graduate of Shenley High School in Pittsburgh. Upon graduation, he matriculated to the former Maryland State College, now the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, receiving a bachelor of science degree. He continued his education and received a masters degree in counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Jones career as an educator spanned 40 years. In 1953, he became a science teacher at Washington High School in Princess Anne, Md. He also taught physics at the former William C. Jason High School in Georgetown and Seaford High School. He retired in 1995 as a college counselor at Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown. His civic and community involvement included the following: member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Psi Iota Chapter; former city councilman for the town of Laurel, former board member of the newspaper, The Star, former member of Somerset County Teachers Association, Sussex County Teachers Association, NEA and a national association of college counselors. He was inducted in the UMES Football Hall of Fame. He was a member of New Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel where he served as a trustee and former president of the Pastor Parish Committee and United Methodist Men. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Hattie Betty Jones of Laurel; two children, Jeffrey (Rachel) Jones and Bertina Jones, all of Raleigh, N.C.; one granddaughter, Rachel Jones of Dallas, Texas; one sister, Vietta Fisher of Pittsburgh, Pa., one sister-in-law, Doris Wheeler of New Rochelle, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, May 3, at New Zion U.M. Church where friends may call Friday, May 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, one hour before the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Funeral services are in the care of Jolley Memorial Chapel, Salisbury, Md. Visit jolleymemorialchapelmd.com.


David William Grassett -- David William Grassett, 80, of Seaford, passed away at his home on Friday, April 25, 2014, with his loving family by his side. He was born in Morrisville, Vermont on Feb. 20, 1934, the only son of the late Earl and Gertrude V. Bohannon Grassett. Dave graduated from Hardwick Academy, class of 1952. He moved to Seaford the same year and was employed by E. I. DuPont de Nemours for 40 years, retiring in 1993. He was an avid outdoorsman that included hunting and fishing trips throughout the contiguous U.S., Canada, Alaska, Bahamas and Venezuela. Most of his hunting and fishing trips included his sons and/or longtime friend, John Hitch of Seaford. He was a gunsmith for 40 years and a founding member of the Nanticoke Sportsmen Club. He attended St. Johns Methodist Church in Seaford and the Laurel Wesleyan Church. Dave was a quiet man and could fix almost anything. He proudly served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957 and received the good conduct medal and an honorable discharge. Dave is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Patricia Holley Grassett of Seaford; son, David R. Rick Grassett and his wife Karen of Sarasota, Fla.; son, Joseph E. Joey Grassett and his companion Chris Johnson of Seaford; daughter, Michelle Grassett Mumford of Dagsboro; son, Kirk S. Grassett and his wife Brenda of Middletown; son, Mark J. Grassett and his wife Jennifer of Seaford; grandchildren, Megan Biasi, Eli Mumford, Hannah Mumford, Nicklaus Grassett, Connor Perry, Dawn Cotton and Bryan Gibson; nieces, Kelly Daige, Terri Ovitte and Donna Reed; nephews, David Ainsworth and Stephen Daige; brother-in-law, Paul Ainsworth; his neighbor and loyal friend, Bobby Reese; and also dear to his heart his beloved cats, Sami and Beau. Dave was preceded in death by his sisters, Wanda Grassett Ainsworth and Gloria Grassett Daige. A memorial service will be held at noon on Friday, May 2, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, with Pastor Todd Crofford officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon. Interment will be at 2 p.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation, 100 East Carroll St., Salisbury, MD 21801-5493.


Mary JoAnne Yerkes Nagel -- Mary JoAnne Yerkes Nagel, 81, died Thursday evening, April 24, 2014, with her family at her side at her home outside of Federalsburg, Md. JoAnne was born on Sept. 23, 1932 in Cambridge, Md. to Milton Duffield and Lily Beatrice Yerkes. Her father was a feed store owner and her mother a homemaker. After their marriage in 1930, they moved to Laurel where JoAnne attended school, graduating from the University of Delaware in 1954 with a degree in early childhood education from the school of home economics. She earned her masters in education from the University of Maryland. JoAnne enjoyed roller skating and she met Myers Nagel at the roller rink in Seaford, marrying him and moving to Federalsburg in 1955 where she taught elementary school for 30 years, 25 of those years as a kindergarten teacher; all of those years for Caroline County Public Schools. She was an active member of the Omicron chapter of ADK for 45 years, the Caroline Chapter No. 62 of the Eastern Star for 50 years and a long-standing member of Union United Methodist Church where she was a certified lay speaker, sang in the choir, helped to start and played in the bell choir, led many childrens messages during Sunday morning service, and served as chairman on many church committees with her last position as chairman of missions. She was instrumental in helping to create the New Friends of Christian Womens group over 20 years ago. JoAnne is survived by her three children and their spouses, Bea and Brian Liu of Virginia Beach, Va., Margie and Jerry Tubbs of Collierville, Tenn. and Milton and Tina Nagel of Federalsburg; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Myers and sister, Margaret Tanyer. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, with the Revs. David Heistand and Dan Gedman officiating. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 and noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday. There will be an Eastern Star Service on Wednesday evening. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Union United Methodist Church, 301 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632 or Caroline Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 362, Denton, MD 21629. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Patricia Ann Ward -- Patricia Ann Ward, 82, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was born in Seaford on Saturday, Jan. 16, 1932, daughter of the late Mervin V. and Anna C. (Messick) Waller. Mrs. Ward, a lifelong resident of Seaford, enjoyed a 30 year career as a secretary with Tull Brothers, Inc. Some of her hobbies, when time permitted, were reading, crocheting, a good crossword puzzle and, most of all, cooking and caring for her family. Mrs. Ward was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Seaford where she enjoyed the fellowship of her church family. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her brother, Manning V. Waller. She is survived by her loving husband, William J. Ward Jr.; two daughters, Rebecca A. Phillips of York, Pa. and Bonnie R. Kendall of Bridgeville; two grandsons, Andrew E. Jackson and wife Jessica of Seaford and Aaron W. Jackson and wife Jill of Bridgeville; one granddaughter, Anna-Marie Brode and husband Robbie of Harrington; one sister, Ruth Foskey of Bridgeville; six great-grandchildren, Amelia E. Jackson and Leo K. Jackson of Seaford, Logan J. Jackson and Emorie C. Jackson of Bridgeville and Robert W. Brode and Rylan M. Brode of Harrington and a large loving family. Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 28, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, where friends may visit beginning at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or the Seaford Public Library, 600 N. Market St. Ext., Seaford, DE 19973. Visit Mrs. Wards Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


John Ford Ray -- John Ford Ray, 79, of Bridgeville, passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014, at his home. He was born in Bridgeville on June 27, 1934, son of the late William Martin Ray and Catherine (Towers) Ray. Mr. Ray was raised on a farm and continued farming in the Bridgeville area his entire life. He proudly served his country in the United States Marines. The Kiwanis Club of Bridgeville enjoyed his presence as a member and as a past president. During his early years he enjoyed bird hunting of all types, however, deer hunting was his real passion. He is survived by his wife, Violet May Dennis Ray; one son, Thomas Martin Ray and his wife Donna of Bridgeville; two daughters, Kim Ford Ray of Bridgeville and Susan May Ray of Trappe, Md.; four grandsons, John Robert Ray and wife Lauren of Seaford, Derek Ryan Nennstiehl (USAF) El Paso, Texas, Paul Wade Williamson and wife Cathy of Salisbury, Md. and Mark Owen Williamson of Trappe; two granddaughters, Johanna Lindsay Ray of Laurel and Katherine Ray Lamberton and husband Andrew of Burlington, N.C.; three great-granddaughters, Starla Celeste Williamson of Salisbury, Madison Hannah Williamson of Trappe and Shelby Kherington Ray of Seaford; his sister, Laura Anne Nennstiehl and husband Bill and his brother, Richard Lewis Ray and wife Sally, all of Bridgeville. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, at Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Union United Methodist Church, 2 North Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933 or to the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 727, Bridgeville, DE 19933. Visit Mr. Ray's Life Memorial and sign the online guest registry at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Luzzetta English White -- Luzzetta English White, 98, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of the late Cora Knowles and George English. Before retiring, she worked in the staple department of the DuPont Company in Seaford. She was a member of Blades United Methodist Church and the Ladies Count on Me Circle at the church. She is survived by a son, Marvin Lloyd and his wife Delores of Seaford; a sister, Inez Cordrey of Laurel; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Estole G. White Jr. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King streets, Seaford, where friends may call one hour before the service. The Rev. Diane Melson will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Blades United Methodist Church, Market Street, Seaford, DE 19973.


James Russell Mumford Sr. -- James Russell Mumford Sr., 78, of Delmar, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. He was born on Sept. 3, 1935 in Wango, Md., a son of the late Henry and Rosa Mumford. Russell served his country in the U.S. Navy. He began his 52 year career with the Wicomico County Sheriffs Department on Jan. 15, 1962 under Sheriff Sam Graham, serving under every sheriff from that time on including the current Sheriff Mike Lewis. Prior to that, he was a member of the Wicomico County Auxiliary Police under Civil Defense Director Evelyn Beahm. He also spent over 40 years working at Sears. He joined the Delmar Fire Department in 1971 and is a life member. In 1980, he joined the Delaware State Fire Police and the Sussex County Fire Police and is a life member of both organizations. In 1987, he joined the Wicomico County Fire Police Association, of which he is a charter and life member, and was currently serving as treasurer. Russell was a member of many organizations including the American Legion Post #64 in Salisbury, the Delaware Campers Club and was a former member of the Retreads Motorcycle Club of Maryland. He volunteered for the March of Dimes, Teddy Bear Run and the Salvation Army. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Evelyn Mumford; two sons, Rusty Mumford and his wife Becky of Salisbury and David Mumford and his wife Patty of Delmar; a daughter, Rebecca L. Kambarn and her husband Steve of Salisbury; five grandchildren, James F. Mumford, Jeremy Mumford and his wife Kara, Carrie E. Kambarn, Gina Outten and Mandy Dukes and her fianc← Tony; several great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Ethel Bradford, Henny Ann Dukes, Hazel Darby and Emma Nibblett; two brothers, Lloyd Mumford and Franklin Mumford and a great-granddaughter, Lila Catherine Mumford. A funeral service will held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the Delmar Fire Department. Family and friends may call two hours prior to the service. The Rev. John L. Stark will officiate. In memory of Mr. Mumford, contributions may be sent to Delmar Fire Department, P.O. Box 143, Delmar, DE 19940 or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Richard P. Oneschuk -- Richard P. Oneschuk, 73, of Seaford, died on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Richard was a self employed truck driver, a Marine veteran and a member of the Southern Delaware Street Rod Association. He is survived by his wife, Dianna; 2 sons, Frank Oneschuk and Christopher Oneschuk, both of Rhode Island; a daughter, Pam Sayers (Ron) of Elkton, Md. and a stepdaughter, Evita Williams (John) of Dover. Funeral services and burial will be private.


Alma M. Jones -- Alma M. Jones, 92, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She was born on June 29, 1921 in Secretary, Md., the daughter of the late George Spear and Bessie Todd Spear. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Worley Lee Powell Sr. and Arthur Jones. She graduated from Hurlock High School, class of 1940. She retired from Bell Atlantic and C&P. Alma was a faithful member of New Liberty Wesleyan Church in Federalsburg, Md. and served as a former Sunday school teacher and sung in the choir. She also attended the Laurel Senior Center. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Virginia Powell of Federalsburg; four grandchildren, Rodney (Crystal) Welch, Lisa (Jimmy) Russ, Robert Powell, Bambi (David) Brown, 11 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren and her best friend, Patsy Whitely. She was also preceded in death by a son, Worley Powell Jr.; four brothers, Willie, Lehman, Carville and Harry Spear and three sisters, Rosalee Quillen, Georgie Chambers and Mamie Messick. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at New Liberty Wesleyan Church in Federalsburg where a visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Pastor Eddie Elms will officiate. Interment will follow at Unity-Washington Cemetery in Hurlock. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, c/o Christy Coale, 216 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Nicholas Ciavarella -- Nicholas Ciavarella, 83, of Seaford, formerly of New York, died on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Nicholas retired from the Department of Parks in New York City. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and the Delaware State Fair for many years. He was also a member of the Garden Club in Seaford. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rita Ciavarella; 2 daughters, Geraldine Blum (Gary) and Lynn Reyes; 2 grandchildren, Robert Blum (Kelly) and Breanna Reyes; 2 great-grandchildren, Zachary Blum and Logan Blum; a brother, Frank Ciavarella and 2 sisters, Anna Marie Morabito and Frances Campanella (Vincent). Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 21. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Dr., #101, Newark, DE 19713.


Theresa Gallagher McMullen -- Theresa Gallagher McMullen, 88, of Lakeland, Fla. and Seaford, died on Sunday, April 13, 2014. She was a homemaker, a Eucharistic minister, volunteered in the medical library at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center and was active in various church organizations. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and crafts. Theresa was preceded in death by her husband, James Ernest McMullen Jr. who she was married to for 47 years; a son, James Ernest McMullen III in 2011; granddaughter, Christine McMullen in 2010; sisters, Florence Gallagher, Mary Hill, Helen Thorpe and Bernadine Gaw and a brother, Terrence Vincent Gallagher. She is survived by a son, Terence Vincent McMullen (Stephanie) of Winter Garden, Fla.; daughters, Karen M. Caldro (Frank) of Seaford and Helen M. Brunk (Gary) of St. Petersburg, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Geri McMullen of Hermiston, Ore.; 10 grandchildren, James Jay E. McMullen, Ryan McMullen, Justin Caldro, Colleen English, Alexandria McMullen, Sarah McMullen, Erin Rosas, Lindsey Ross, Kyle Brunk and Jillian Brunk and nine great-grandchildren, Daniel Seitz, Kaitlyn Seitz, Joseph Everett, Jade McMullen, James McMullen, Layla English, Paige Rosas, Augustine Rosas and Juliana Ross. Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon on Monday, April 21, at the Church of the Resurrection, 3720 Old Hwy. 37, Lakeland, where friends may call from 11:30 to noon. Burial will be in Oak Hill Burial Park, Lakeland. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Habitat for Humanity, 206 Academy St., Georgetown, DE 19947.


Norman Edward Bennett Sr. -- Norman Edward Bennett Sr., 90, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Easton Memorial Hospital in Easton, Md. He was born on April 5, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late James Bennett and Helen Connelly Bennett. He was married on Dec. 24, 1946 to Louise Nichols Bennett. She preceded him in death on March 2, 2003. He was a driver for Preston Trucking Company and retired in 1995 after 45 years of service. He enjoyed walking and traveling and was a member of the Teamsters Union and the widows support group. He loved spending time with his family. He is survived by three sons, Norman E. Bennett Jr. of Felton, Bruce W. Bennett Sr. and his wife Lisa of Seaford and Warren K. Bennett Sr. and his wife Claire of Sugarloaf, Pa.; a daughter, Laura A. Colburn and her husband Christopher of Felton; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and four siblings, Betty Roden of Galestown, Md., Robert Bennett of Laurel, Kenneth Bennett of Delmar and Lawrence Bennett and his wife Mary of Whitemarsh, Md. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Eleanor Murphy; a granddaughter, Aimee Bennett and four brothers, Jerry Bennett, James Bennett, Thomas Bennett and Walter Bennett. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 21, at Framptom Funeral Home with the Rev. Denzil Cheek officiating. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Patient In Need Fund, Easton Cancer Center, Easton, MD 21601. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Elwyn 'Casper' Pusey Jr. -- Elwyn Casper Pusey Jr., 54, of Seaford, died on Monday, April 15, 2014. Mr. Pusey worked for Merchant Seaman and Kaye Construction Co. He was a member of the Seaford VFW and the Moose Lodge and loved fishing. He is survived by his wife, Shelly Pusey; a daughter, Kaysha Sempsrott; a son, Christopher Wilkerson; siblings, Marion Trader, Agnes McLean, Robert Ailstock and Tina Elsey; grandchildren, Alex and Annah and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Nina Rementer -- Nina Rementer, 91, of Bridgeville, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Charles T. Hastings and Zenephane Fluharty Hastings. Nina graduated from Laurel High School. After graduation she attended and graduated from Lee Bible School. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Seaford where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was a dedicated evangelist who preached the gospel at many churches on the Delmarva Peninsula. Nina devoted her life to serving her master Jesus Christ. Nina is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Linden Rementer of Bridgeville; two daughters, Connie Reustle and her husband Allen of Delmar and Laverne Morean and her husband J.R. of Seaford; her daughter-in-law, Madelyn Rementer of Seaford; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jerry L. Rementer and her two brothers, Charles Hastings and Rudolph Hastings. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at Victory Tabernacle Church, 28261 Seaford Road, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2. Officiants will be Pastor Stacey Johnson, the Rev. Robert Douglas and Pastor Brent Smith. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Rementers memory to Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Shirley B. Elliott -- Shirley B. Elliott, 64, passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Shirley was a homemaker and enjoyed ceramics. She is survived by her husband, Lonnie N. Elliott; two daughters, Bobbie Elliott and Sherry (Rick J.) Moore, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Cards may be sent to 30022 Seaford Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Burial will be private. See www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com.


Sarah C. 'Sally' Campbell -- Sarah C. "Sally" Campbell, 81, formally of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Herbert C. and Sue Morris. Sally was very active in the Seaford community and her church, Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. She designed and sewed the high school drumlines uniforms for the nations Bicentennial celebration and served for several years as the high school band booster president. She enjoyed being a member of the Soroptimist International Club of Seaford, serving as president from 1980 to 1982 and then on various committees. Through this clubs Curiosity Shop, she was affectionately known as the doll lady where she lovingly brought used dolls back to life to bring joy to a new generation of kids. After raising a family, Sally returned to school to resume her nursing career. She worked as a floor nurse, progressing to a night charge nurse at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she provided quality care to patients for 10 years. She is survived by her brother, Robert Morris of Florida; her sister, Joan Troccia of New York; her daughter, Lynne Allen (John) of Richmond, Va. and her son, Tom Campbell (Dorothy) of Millersville, Md. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Chris Allen, Catherine Allen, and Miles Campbell, whom she showered with love and affection, as well as cake for breakfast. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Jean Morris and Betty Celli; her brother, John Morris; her daughter, Laurie Campbell and her granddaughter, Morgan Campbell. A memorial service will be held in Seaford at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity of your choice or Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church.


Marion Elizabeth Horner -- Marion Elizabeth Horner, 98, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at her sons residence in Arlington, Texas. Born on June 12, 1915 in Cannon, near Seaford, she was the daughter of the late Branch Wainwright and Anna McCallister Wainwright. Mrs. Horner was a graduate of Goldie-Beacom College and a member of Centenary U.M. Church. She was a previous owner of the Dutch Inn in Laurel for 30 years. She was an avid bridge player and a member of many bridge clubs. Marion loved to attend estate sales and her home reflected her love of antiques. She was a marvelous cook and enjoyed entertaining in her home. She is survived by two sons, Dr. Douglas B. Horner and his wife Kathy of Arlington and Dr. W. Benjamin Horner and his wife Faye of Fenwick Island; six grandchildren, Machelle, Jennifer, Leslie, Wade, Katie and Dillon; nine great-grandchildren, Ed, Ashli, Chance, Saylor, Avery, Sophia, Isabella, Abagail and Joshua; a great-great-grandchild, Carmen; and a niece, Sheila Wainwright of Oxford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Benjamin Horner III and a brother, Bill Wainwright. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 14, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel, where a visitation will be held one hour before the service. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel with the Rev. Joe Burris officiating. Contributions may be made in her memory to Centenary U.M.C., 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


Emily R. Brown - Emily R. Brown of Seaford, died on Saturday, April 5, 2014. She died peacefully with her family by her side at the Methodist Manor House. ᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ Mrs. Brown formerly owned and operated the Dairy Bar Restaurant in Seaford.ᅠShe was a volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church and the Elks Club. Her husband, Robert James Jim Brown died in 2000.ᅠShe was also preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew Andy Allen. Emily is survived by a son, Robert Allen (Thresa); two daughters, Phyllis Tull (Ted) and Nancy Roth (Dan); two stepchildren, Robert James Brown Jr. and Kathy Sienna (Michael); nine grandchildren, Stephen Tull (Lisa), Laurie Nellans (Troy), Tricia Willemin (Richard), Eric Roth, Blake Roth (fianc←e Meghan OConnell), Angela Revel, Donna Morgan, Ursula Gardner and Sylvia Brohawn; 12 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Johns United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Charles 'Chuck' Barton -- Charles "Chuck" Barton, 92, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. Born on Jan. 26, 1922 in Hillsboro, Md., he was the son of the late Emmett and Sarah Cannon Barton. He graduated from Tri - County High School in Queen Anne, Md. in June of 1939. After graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1941 and served with the Marine Air Wing, VMF 218. His unit earned a Presidential Unit Citation for its operations in the Philippines during WWII. Chuck retired after 33 years with the DuPont Company in Seaford, and was involved in church and active with many community organizations. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Virginia "Mike" Barton; 3 children, Bonnie Barton Shaw and her husband Jim, Philip C. Barton and his wife Julie and John E. Barton; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons. His sister, Roberta Robinson also survives him. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel, where a visitation will be held from 10 to 11. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Charles "Chuck" Barton's honor to the St. Philips Outreach Fund, 600 South Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Martin A. Rubino -- Martin Angelo Rubino, 83, of Laurel, passed away at his home on Friday, March 14, 2014. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 3, 1930, he was the son of the late Carmine J. Sr. and Emma Raffo Rubino. A graduate of Manhattan College High School, he served his country in the U.S. Navy from July 1948 to July 1952. In May 1951, he married the former Loretta Mitchell, making their home in Bethel prior to moving to Laurel. Mr. Rubino had worked as a pipe fitter and plumber at Dover Air Force Base and various oil refineries in Delaware City from 1952 through 1961. He began a 26 year career with the U.S. Postal Service in Laurel as a letter carrier, retiring in 1987. His love of family was his true passion in life. He was a true fan of Notre Dame football and a longtime member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford and American Legion Post #19 in Laurel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Richard Rubino Sr., a brother, Anthony Rubino and a sister, Teresa Gaal. Mr. Rubino is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Loretta A. Rubino of Laurel; 3 sons, Mark Rubino and his wife Brenda of Laurel, Steve Rubino and his wife Lil of Laurel and Dean Rubino and his wife Linda of Georgetown; 2 daughters, Terry Cline and her husband Fred and Donna Willin, all of Laurel; 1 brother, Carmine Rubino of Long Island, N.Y.; a daughter-in-law, Maureen Rubino and a goddaughter, Angie Calio, both of Laurel; 18 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19. The Rev. George Blasick, C.S.S.R., will be the celebrant. A viewing will be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, on Tuesday, March 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Cemetery in Blades. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Bruce James Farrelly -- Bruce James Farrelly, 94, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Seaford Manor House. He was born in Hitchen, Hertfordshire, England on May 19, 1919, the son of James and Edith Farrelly. In 1924, Bruce and his family moved to Cuba where his mothers family lived. After two years they moved to Rhode Island and then to Girdletree, Md., in 1933. He graduated from Snow Hill High School in 1935 at the age of 15. He worked at DuPont before starting his own plumbing and heating business in Laurel in 1945. He was an accomplished craftsman and writer, publishing a book in 2005 entitled "Reminiscing: Girdletree Hill," which told many stories of his growing up during the Depression. After retirement, he enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic coast. Bruce also spent many hours researching the genealogy of his and his wifes family. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and was a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge for a term of office. Bruce is survived by his wife of 73 years, Euneta Butler Farrelly; three children, Bruce "Rick" Farrelly (Martha), Ann Petterson (Van) and Phoebe Bird (Jeff); daughter-in-law, Nancy Farrelly Allen; seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sons, Mark Farrelly and Christopher "Kit" Farrelly and a brother, Brian H. Farrelly. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 21, at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 Central Ave., Laurel. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be held at Old Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. The Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Stephen T. Burns -- Stephen T. Burns, 61, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014. Stephen was born on Jan. 23, 1953 and grew up in Hendersonville, Tenn. and Seaford. He was a graduate of Seaford High School and Salisbury University majoring in journalism. He worked for The Gazette in Florida and The Daily Times in Salisbury, Md. His hobbies were fishing and boating and he wrote an outdoor section for the newspaper. He is survived by his father, John T. Burns; sister, Jacquelyn Ludwig of Seaford; niece, Karen Wheatley and nephew, Bryan Wheatley. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Burns in 2013. Funeral services and burial will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Etta Marine -- Etta Marine, 90, of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. She was a resident at Edgewater Pointe in Boca Raton. She was born on Sept. 19, 1923 in Middletown. She was employed at the DuPont Company in Seaford. After retirement, she went to help her husband Ernie Marine operate their jewelry store in Laurel. She loved pink roses and golfing. She was a member of the Eastern Star (Delaware). She was preceded in death by her mother, Bessie Harris; her father, Carl Holloway and brother, Otis Holloway. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, J. Ernest Marine and three nephews, Alan L. Holloway and wife Petie, Gary Holloway and wife Janet and Buddy Holloway and wife Pam. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956.


Kathryn Minnie Ward -- Kathryn Minnie Ward, 91, of Seaford passed away at her home on Monday, March 10, 2014. Born in Laurel on June 4, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lillie Culver Gootee. After attending school, Mrs. Ward began a career with Blue Ridge Manufacturing, which later became Laurel Manufacturing, reaching the level of floor lady for the garment company in Laurel. Her career spanned 40 years. She was a member of Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville and a 38 year member of the Bridgeville Lioness Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husbands, George Dykes and James Ward; a brother, Ralph Gootee and three sisters, Ann Littleton, Florence Truitt and Marjorie Smith. Mrs. Ward is survived by a son, Donald Dykes of Laurel; three brothers, Robert Gootee of Nanticoke, Md., Gardner Gootee of Delmar and George Gootee of Ecuador; a sister, Bessie Foskey of Seaford; 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. The family extends a special thanks to Ann and Randy Sammons and Barbara Hocker of Seaford and Central Worship Church for all the kindness extended to Mrs. Ward over the years. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 14, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. Pastor Tim Dukes will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment will be held in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Memorial contributions may be made to SPCA Sussex County, Delaware Chapter, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Richard A. Rosenbauer -- Richard A. Rosenbauer, 63, of Seaford, died on Saturday, March 1, 2014. He was the son of the late Albert and Elaine Rosenbauer. Richard graduated from Seaford High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from the Dupont Company in Seaford. He loved surfing and sailing. Richard is survived by a daughter, Susan Kemper and her husband Alan; a brother, Robert Rosenbauer and his wife Mary and 3 grandchildren, Olivia, Matthew and Cheyenne Kemper. Memorial services were held on Thursday, March 13, at Bayview Baptist Church, Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Robert James Figgs -- Robert James Figgs, 91, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford. Born in Seaford, he was the son of the late Cora Mattie Allen and Robert Asbury Figgs. He was a bus driver for Trailways before retiring. He was a World War II Army veteran, a member of Mt. Olivet Methodist Church, Virgil Wilson Post 4961 Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Nanticoke Post 6 American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Lankford Figgs; two daughters, Mattie Stevenson and her husband Keith of Houston, Texas, and Tana Figgs of Seaford; a granddaughter, Leah Dickerson; a great-grandson, Raylan Paul; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Allen D., W. Addison, and Wilson Figgs. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Ida Jane Blair and his twin sister, Martha Lee Uhde. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11, one hour before the service. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or to Delaware Veterans Home, 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd., Milford, DE 19963.


Mary E. Boyce -- Mary E. Boyce, 98, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born on Oct. 7, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Charlie W. W. Moore and Mary Katherine Johnson Moore. Mary was a wonderful homemaker, and helped her husband extensively on their family farm. She enjoyed gardening, watching her flowers bloom, and picking strawberries with her grandchildren. Mary is survived by her son, Eddie Boyce of Laurel; her daughter, Barbara Baker and her husband Elwood of Laurel; and her brothers, Irvin Moore and his wife Kathy, and Joseph Moore. She is also survived by six grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Olan Boyce, who passed away in June of 2003. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Julie Lewis will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel.


Marie E. Oman -- Marie E. Oman, 88, of Delmar, passed away at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.( Born on Sept. 11, 1925, she is the daughter of the late Arley Larrimore and Jennie Lankford Larrimore.(Marie was a wonderful homemaker, and enjoyed taking care of her family. She loved to shop, and her favorite place to shop was at the Laurel Flea Market. ( Marie is survived by her sons, David LeCates and his wife Sandy, Gene LeCates and his companion Patricia Dize, all of Laurel; a daughter, Jennie Nelson of Delmar; and grandchildren, Donna K. Wilson, Henry Krumm, Brian Krumm, Jerry Parsons, and Shelly Edwards. Nineteen great grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren also survive her.( In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Herman LeCates and her second husband, Robert Oman. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Connie Parsons; grandchildren, Crystal Krumm and Kevin Krumm; and all of her brothers and sisters.( A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Roland Tice will officiate. Interment will be held in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


Violet J. Perugini -- Violet J. Perugini, 83, of Laurel, passed away at home on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, while under the care of Compassionate Care Hospice. She was born on April 4, 1930 in Swoyersville, Pa., to the late George Smith and Viola Jackson. She was preceded in death by husband, Louis Perugini of Ewing, N.J. and son, A. Kenneth Wright Jr. of Bordentown, N.J. Violet is survived by daughter, Cindy J. Fisher (John) of Florida; brother, Myrl Smith (Flossie) of Tennessee; daughter-in-law, Melanie Wright of Pennsylvania; longtime companion, Neil B. Graham of Laurel; four grandchildren: Jennifer Faust (Chris) of Florida, Paul Fisher (Sarah) of New York, Kellie Nelson (Scott) of Pennsylvania and Carrie Wright of New Jersey; five great-grandchildren: Morgan Faust, Haleigh and Wesley Fisher and Leah and Connor Nelson; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Strano and Feeley, Newark. Interment is in Ewing Cemetery in New Jersey. Contributions in memory of Violet may be mailed to Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Millsboro, DE 19966.


Paul Hayward Harper Jr. -- Paul Hayward Harper Jr., 58, passed away on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at his home. Born on Dec. 11, 1955 in Alexandra, Va., he was the son of the late Paul H. Harper Sr. of Frankford and Barbara Harper Rust and Melvin Rust of Frankford. Paul was a 1973 graduate of Indian River High School. He was formerly employed at Invista/DuPont Company in Seaford. He was a school bus contractor for the Laurel School District and a poultry farmer. He attended Central Worship Center in Laurel, and St. George's Church in Ocean View. Paul enjoyed camping and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Brenda Steen Harper; a daughter, Wendi Wingate and her husband Seth Wingate; a son, Travis Walls and his wife Sara Walls; four grandchildren, Connor Wingate, Camryn Wingate and Hanna Walls and Zachary Walls; three siblings - two sisters, Terri Miles and husband Don and Kelly Anderson and a brother, Kent Harper and companion Lisa Travalini, all of Frankford; and his mother-in-law, Mildred Steen of Laurel. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Laurel Fire Department Banquet Hall, 205 W. 10th St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1. The Rev. Tim Dukes will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. The family especially wishes to thank those who supported Paul during this time. Your kindness will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Central Worship Center, 14545 Sycamore Rd., Laurel, DE 19956; Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or The Laurel Fire Department, 205 W. 10th St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Donald L. Ewing -- Donald L. Ewing, 91, of Seaford, died on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Donald retired from Campbell Soup Co. in Camden, N.J. He was a Navy pilot in WWII, a member of the Nanticoke River Yacht Club and the Seaford Historical Society and a volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth Lois Ewing; a daughter, Lesley Ewing, MD and her husband Gerald Tremblay, MD, JD; a son, Curtis Ewing and his wife Susan and 5 grandchildren, Lindsey, Tamey, Laura, Hank and Caroline. Memorial services were held on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Methodist Manor House, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to your favorite charity. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Leroy F. Chrobot Sr. -- Leroy F. Chrobot Sr., 89, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at Delmar Nursing Home on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. He was a World War II veteran having landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. He fought in several battles, Normandy, Battle of the Buldge, Market Garden, Cherbourg, France and central Europe. His main objective along with his platoon was to protect Pluto. He served our country from 1942 to 1946. Mr. Chrobot retired from C. W. Wright Construction Co after 38 years clearing right of ways. He then worked for Kaye Construction before retiring to his saw mill on Airport Road. He is survived by 3 daughters, Charmaine M. Chrobot Hearn of Laurel, Geraldine Campbell (Butch) of western Pennsylvania and Vivian Chrobot Moore (Tom) of Laurel; 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and his dear friend, Susie Halsey. Leroy was preceded in death by a son, Leroy Franklin Buck Chrobot Jr. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the National Kidney Foundation, c/o DSI Seaford, 600 Health Services Dr., Seaford, DE 19973.


Dorothy M. Dot Dixon -- Dorothy M. Dot Dixon, 86, of Seaford, died on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Dot was the manager for Montgomery Ward in Seaford from 1964 to 1983. She had been a volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital since 1989. She was an active member of St. Johns United Methodist Church and a member of the Mary Martha Circle. Dot was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Lee Dixon whom she married on Aug. 16, 1946, on Dec. 14, 2002. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Marguerite Vincent and her son-in-law, Michael Butler on Dec. 26, 2012. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Butler; her granddaughter, Paige Butler; her daughters father and mother-in-law, Charles and Shirley Butler; cousins, Sonny and Shirley Porter and dear friends, Lorraine Miller, Norma Kohlenberg, Linda Collins, John Brohawn and Jeannie Adkins. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar Sts., Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Thomas Warren Bird - Much-loved husband, father, and grandfather, Thomas Bird, 61, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at Peninsula Regional Medical Center on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, with his family present. He bravely confronted and fought cancer. He was born on April 4, 1952 in Jersey City, N.J. He graduated from North Bergan High School in New Jersey in 1970 and received a business and economics degree from The Kings College in New York in 1974. Thomas became an ordained minister and was a pastor at both The Lighthouse Church of DuBois and Cayman Landing Church in DuBois, Pa. He served many years as a member of The Gideons International. Thomas sang in the church choir, taught Sunday school, was an avid coin collector, and was a loyal New York Giants fan. He is survived by his wife of 8 years, Karen (Hamaker) Bird of DuBois; daughter, Pamela (Bird) Shockley and husband Michael Shockley; daughter, Sandra (Bird) Gray and husband David Gray and grandchildren, Brayden and Alyssa Shockley and Carson and Dylan Thomas Gray. He was preceded in death by his father, James Bird; mother, Irma (Hancock) Bird; and brother, Robert Bird. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214.


David A. Donaway Sr. -- David A. Donaway Sr., 43, of Seaford, died on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. David installed drywall in the Seaford area for many years. He is survived by his mother, Brenda Baker; a son, David A. Donaway Jr.; 2 daughters, Taylor Elizabeth Donaway and Kimberly Lee Donaway; his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Donaway and a brother, Donald Ray Taylor. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. Burial was in Blades Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973, to help with funeral expenses.


Emily Zak Skelton -- Emily Zak Skelton, 94, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, left us on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Mom loved her family, her church, New York City and key lime pie. We loved her. May God grant her peace. She is survived by daughters, Jeanine Skelton, Georgia Ryan and Suzanne Jopp and grandchildren, Sean and Eric Ryan and Sara and Amanda Jopp. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George W. Skelton, and her son, Christopher Skelton.


Judith J. Watson -- Judith Jeskey Watson, 70, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, after a one year battle with cancer. Judy was born on April 22, 1941 in Memphis, Tenn., to the late Harold and Margaret Jeskey. After graduating from Highland Park High School, Judy enrolled at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she met the love of her life on her first day of their freshmen year. Upon graduation with a degree in elementary education, Judy married Richard N. Watson in 1965 and they continued their education at the University of Illinois where she received a master's in education. Upon graduation, Richard and Judy moved to Wilmington where Judy was a Sunday school coordinator, a stay-at-home mom and, in later years, a teacher. Judy was involved in several community groups including Mt. Olivet Church bell choir, AAUW, and Seaford Historical Society. She is predeceased by her loving husband, Dr. Richard Watson. Judy is survived by her three daughters, Andrea W. Steckline and her husband Chris, Ashley N.W. Harris and her husband Dave and Amanda W. Clewis and her husband Martin. She was affectionally known as Grandmommy to Ryan, Carly, Ryley, Chase, Kyla, Mason, Jaden, and Ava. She is also survived by her sister, Jan Jeskey. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Mt. Olivet UMC Church, 315 High St., Seaford, where visitation will be held from noon to 1. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Olivet UMC, Prayer Garden, 315 High St., Seaford, DE 19973 or Seasons Hospice Foundation, 8537 Solution Center, Chicago, IL 60677. To send condolences, visit www.dohertyfh.com.


Milton William 'Mitch' Mitchell, 87 -- Milton William Mitch Mitchell of Axton, Va., formerly of Laurel and Bethany Beach, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Mr. Mitchell was born on Feb. 8, 1927 in Salisbury, Md., to Holland M. Mitchell and Ida Davenport Mitchell and grew up in Delmar. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife of 36 years, Alycann Harkins Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell graduated high school early to enlist in the Navy in March, 1944. He served in the Pacific Theater during WWII with the 90th Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees). Mr. Mitchell attended Goldey-Beacom College where he studied accounting and finance. During Mr. Mitchells early career, he worked for Wilmington Trust, Chrysler Corporation, Delaware Park, and Addressograph-Multigraph in various accounting and sales positions. Mr. Mitchell always said he was born with ink in his blood and worked in the newspaper industry for several decades. He started his career at Coastal Communications in advertising with the Delmarva News and Delaware Coast Press in the 1960s and '70s and then the newly formed Atlantic Publications in the 1980s and 1990s, serving as regional vice president in charge of Delaware as well as vice president in charge of marketing. He finished his publishing career in the 1990s working for Chesapeake Publishing at the Seaford Leader and State Register and the Milford Chronicle as regional advertising director. Mr. Mitchell was elected as president of the Maryland Delaware DC Press (MDDC) Association in 1988 and served until 1989. He was appointed by Governor Castle to the Tourism Advisory Board (TAB) during his publishing career. Mr. Mitchell also served as past president of the Laurel Lions Club and the Delmar Chamber of Commerce. After retiring to Virginia, Mr. Mitchell volunteered with the Army Cory of Engineers and was honored as District Volunteer of the Year for providing more than 600 hours of volunteer service. Mr. Mitchell will be remembered for tireless commitment to his family and community. He is survived by his second wife, Linda Mitchell of Axton; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Phillips (David), Salisbury; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy Wootten (Edsel), Laurel; son, William Mitchell, Newark; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy Mitchell-Elswick (Glenn), Delmar; daughter and son-in-law, Holly Mitchell-Spahn (Lou), Redding, Calif.; daughter, Laura Lee Mitchell, Winston-Salem, NC; stepdaughter, Ruth Easley, Martinsville, Va.; stepson and daughter-in-law, Duke Easley (Debra), Martinsville; sister, Frances Fisher, Seaford; sister and brother-in-law, Amanda Morris (Brice), Federalsburg, Md.; 15 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be held for Mr. Mitchell at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a visitation will also be held from 10 to 11. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. The family requests donations to the Alzheimers Association, 240 N. James St., Ste. 100A, Newport, DE 19804 or Laurel Lions Club - Journey For Sight, P.O. Box 10, Laurel, DE 19956.


Cynthia T. Borga -- Cynthia T. Borga, 66, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. Cindy was born in Columbus, Ohio, a daughter of the late Alfred and Bette Treherne. She grew up in Chevy Chase, Md. and attended Western Maryland College. Mrs. Borga retired officially as a school teacher from Seaford Senior High School with 25 years of service, but never stopped being a trusted advisor, mentor and cherished friend to all. Her life philosophy and legacy was to find humor, joy, value and appreciation in each and every day. She had an undeniable connection with her students in and out of the classroom. She served as a class advisor, honor society advisor, cheerleading coach and was a life coach and confidant to all of her students. Cindy also volunteered at The Ross Mansion, enjoyed her book clubs and monthly retired teachers club luncheons with The Old Birds. Cindys greatest joy in life was by far her family. She is survived by her loving, hovering helicopter daughters and super hero son-in-laws, Adrienne Short and husband David of Parsonsburg, Md. and Devon Eastlack and husband Sam of Selbyville; her adoring grandchildren, Jared, 16, Hayley, 13, Brogan, 8, Gannon, 5, and 2-year-old twins Ramsey and Jaxton; her younger brother, David Treherne of Salisbury, Md., along with a treasured niece, Deirdre Clem and her children; and great nieces, Alessandra, Liliana, Victoria Ramos of Philadelphia, Pa. She is also survived by several other nieces, nephews, extended family, devoted loyal friends, colleagues and peeps and so many admiring students. She was preceded in death by her husband and college sweetheart of 42 years, Jerry Borga in 2011 and her cherished sister, Betheny Clem. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, 205 W. 10th St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10 to 11. A viewing will also be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. Interment will be held at a later date in Wicomico Memorial Park. Donations may be made to the Delaware Sea Grant Program, 700 Pilottown Rd., Lewes, DE 19958, supporting an event Cindy loved to share with her family, Coast Day in Lewes. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Marie Johnson Waller, 102, died at home on February 7, 2014 of complications related to the Shingles virus infection. Born on a farm in Laurel, DE, she was the daughter of the late Martin Wilson and Rose Harkins Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Edward Waller Sr., five sisters and three brothers. She is survived by three children, Rosemary and husband, James Cupp Sr. of Salisbury; J. Edward Waller Jr. and wife, Patricia of Palm Coast, FL, Robert J. Waller and wife, Katherine of Pembroke Pines, FL; brother in law, Reuben J. Waller Jr. and wife, Alice of Midlothian, VA. She is also survived by a sister Rosemary J. Hastings of Dover, De. She will be sadly missed by five grandchildren, James L. Cupp Jr. of Salisbury, Sean E.M. Cupp of Arlington, VA, Lisa W. Calhoun of Vienna, VA, Lori W. Debetaz of Flower Mound, TX and Sharon W. Green of Spring Hill, FL and their spouses. In addition, there are 10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Bryan LeCompte and his family and Sean and Cassie Wilson of Outback Restaurant were also very close to her heart. Mrs. Waller was a 1930 graduate of Laurel Delaware High School and a proud member of their Alumni Association. She graduated in 1934 with a 3 year diploma in nursing from the old Peninsula General Hospital School of Nursing in Salisbury. For over 50 years, she did private duty and general duty nursing at PGH. Following her retirement from nursing, she was employed by her nephew, Martin W. Johnson III and his wife, Suzanne at their Habersham Peddler store in Salisbury. To the very end of her days, she was a loving mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was very outgoing and friendly to all and never met a stranger. Her kindness to others was returned by so many of her friends and acquaintances. We are especially grateful to her nieces and nephews, the staff at Outback restaurant and members of the Ocean Pines Pine Steppers Square Dance club for always making her feel special and loved. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Coastal Hospice organization for their kindness and support. A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrate her life on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church at 1:00 pm. Friends may call at the church beginning at noon. Interment will be at Parsons Cemetery following the Mass. A reception will follow. It was her request that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802, the Humane Society of Wicomico County, 5130 Citation Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804 or St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 514 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


Hugo E. Poegelt -- Hugo E. Poegelt, 77, of Laurel, passed away at his home on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Hugo was born in Jersey City, N.J., the son of the late Ernst Hugo Peogelt and Louise Kwiat Peogelt. Mr. Poegelt retired as a generator mechanic for Kraft in New Jersey. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. Hugo is survived by his wife, Beverly Brown Poegelt of Laurel; his daughter, Barbara Taylor and husband Christopher of Bangor, Pa. and their son Matthew Taylor. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. ᅠᅠ


Donald T. Collins -- Donald T. Collins, 84, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, surrounded by family and close friends. Donald was born in Millsboro on Oct. 12, 1929, to William Twiford and Mildred L. Calloway Collins. A carpenter and building contractor, Donald worked many years with his father in their construction business. After his fathers retirement, Donald continued the business for a number of years. In 1989, he began employment with Sussex County, and during his years of service with the county, he earned certification as a building code inspector. He left county employment in 1995 and started his own drafting and consulting company, Certified Services, Inc., which he operated for many years until failing health forced him to retire. Mr. Collins proudly served in the United States Navy and was a Korean War veteran. He was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church where he served in numerous capacities over the years. He enjoyed singing in the church choir, fishing, camping with his family and traveling, playing bridge and dancing. He was an avid Nascar follower and fan of driver Jeff Gordon. He served on the Indian River School District Board of Education from 1970 to 1978. He was a member of the Millsboro Cemetery Board. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Donna Jo, as well as a sister and brother-in-law, Louise Collins Ward and Donald Ward, and a son-in-law, Gerald Walters. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty Jo Dorey Collins; one son, Kevin Donald and his wife Amy; daughters, Andrea Walters, Christie Collins Butterworth and Dr. Michael, Donna Collins, and Corali Collins Williamson and Jody; grandchildren, Justin and Ian Walters, Joshua (and Lauren) Hudson, Amanda H. (and Ryan) Meade, Daniel Hudson, Jessica and Paul Williamson, Alexandra, Collin and Kendal Butterworth, and Hannah, Micaela, Hunter, Liam, Caleb, Madison Rose and W.T. Collins; great-granddaughter, Jordan Andrea Walters; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call after 11 a.m. The Rev. Drs. Edward R. Wilkins and Arthur G. Backus will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Millsboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963, or Zoar United Methodist Church Memorial Fund,  Carisa Pepper, 24463 Gravel Hill Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966.


Fred V. Gainer -- Fred V. Gainer, 85, a former principal, teacher and coach in the Laurel School District, Laurel, died on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at 2:45 p.m. He was born on June 24, 1928 in Latonia, W.V., the son of the late Lee and Ola Whiting Gainer. He was one of 10 children. Fred received his bachelor of science degree from Glenville State College, Glenville, W.Va. and his master of science degree from the University of West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va. Mr. Gainer taught and coached at St. Marys in West Virginia for 10 years, coming to Lord Baltimore in Ocean View for one year. He then moved to Laurel and remained there for 25 years as teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal. He retired in 1989 after being principal at Laurel High School for his last 13 years. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Eldred, Harold, Merrill, Scott, Lynn, Ronnie and two sisters. He was also preceded in death by half brothers, Blair, Harley, Tom, and Lloyd. His wife passed on Dec. 13, 2013. They were married for 64 years and were reunited in Heaven on their anniversary day. Fred is survived by his two sons, Frederick Lee and David Lynn of Laurel and one daughter, Anna Maria Gainer Pierson of Bridgeport, W.Va. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Jason Gainer, Jessica Gainer, Justin Gainer and Briar Patterson and four great grandchildren, Ivy Gainer, Mackenzie Gainer, Layla Gainer and William Patterson. Fred is also survived by one brother, James Gainer of Elyria, Ohio. At Freds request, there will be no formal memorial service. It will be a quiet family affair. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Interment will be held in Stalnaker Cemetery in Glenville. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Laurel Alumni Association, P.O. Box 382, Laurel, DE 19956 or Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966.


David P. Thomas -- David P. Thomas, 64, of Portsville, passed away on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Born on June 3, 1949 to the late Fred and Mamie Thomas, David grew up in Concord. He graduated from Seaford High School, earned a drafting & design degree from Delaware Tech, worked at Dresser Wayne and was then asked by his older brother, Fred, to help grow the family roofing company, Tri-State Roofing, Inc. After his brothers passing, he carried on the business and has since passed it on to his son, David. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, and photography. Most of all, he loved being with his family. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a generous heart. Everyone who knew David loved him. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his brothers, Fred and Phil Thomas, and sisters, Rose Robinson and Diane Tyndall. He is survived by his wife of almost 42 years, Starrie; daughters, Justina Sapna and husband George of Seaford and Mamie Otero and husband John of Greenwood; son, David and wife Karen of Delmar; and grandchildren, Isabella, George, Kristin, Alissa, Alison, Jackson and Lucy. He is also survived by three sisters, Estelle McCarthy of Seaford, Sandra Weber of Salisbury, Md. and Theresa Nero of Seaford. A viewing will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, P.O. Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973.


The Rev. Jeanne Wise Kirby-Coladonato passed away onᅠWednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at her homeᅠinᅠSeaford.ᅠ Sheᅠwas born onᅠDec. 19, 1939 inᅠSavannah, Ga.,ᅠto Joseph Alphonso Wise and Lucie Moffat Wise. Jeanneᅠgrew up inᅠSavannah.ᅠAfter graduating from Savannah High School, she studied mathematics at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.ᅠShe was an avid and accomplished ballerina in her teen and college years. She later met and married Navy Ensign John A. (Jack) Kirby.ᅠThe Kirbys had three sons and the family lived in several New England locales before relocating to Hagerstown, Md. in 1971.ᅠJeanne was an instructor and choreographer in ballet and modern dance at Hagerstown Junior College for many of those years, and was also active in lay ministry at St. Johns Episcopal Church in Hagerstown. The Kirbys marriage of 43 years ended with Jacks death in 2001.ᅠ In 1980, Jeanne completed her bachelors degree at Hood College in Frederick, Md., and subsequently entered Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va.ᅠShe was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1983.ᅠShe served in the capacity of associate rector at St. Christophers Church (Linthicum, Md.) and then at St. Annes Church (Annapolis, Md.) before being called as rector of St. Lukes Church in Seaford in 1993. She was rector of St. Lukes until her retirement in 2011. JeanneᅠmarriedᅠDr. Joseph Coladonatoᅠinᅠ2006ᅠinᅠSeaford. They were happily married forᅠ7 years. Jeanne was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and supporter of numerous charitable organizations.ᅠShe was an avid collector who also enjoyed fine dining as well as travel. Jeanne and Joe made numerous cross-country trips and they toured Italy last December. Jeanneᅠwas preceded in death byᅠher father, Joseph Wise; her mother, Lucie Wise (later, Lucie Sweet); her stepfather, Thomas Sweet; her brother, Daniel Wise; and her niece, Toni M. Vaccaro. Jeanneᅠis survived by her husband, Joe ofᅠSeaford;ᅠher son, John and Janet Kirby of Annandale, Va.; her son, James and Rebecca Kirby of Charleston, S.C.; her son, Joseph and Susan Kirby of Arnold, Md.; her grandchildren,ᅠJohn, Judith, Joanna, Patrick, Hannah, Margaret and Lucie;ᅠand by her nieces and nephews, Kelly, Michael, David, Tracee, Jerry, and Richard and their families. A memorial service and celebration of Jeannes life will be held atᅠ3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, at St. Lukes Church, 204 N. Front St., Seaford. Burial will follow atᅠSt. Lukes Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Lukes Church, 202 North St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Etta Marine -- Etta Marine, 90, of Florida and formally of Laurel, Del., passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. She was born on Sept. 19, 1923 in Middletown. She loved pink roses and loved to golf, she was a member of the Eastern Star (Delaware), and she was a resident of Edgewater Pointe in Boca Raton, Fla., where she lived. She was employed at the DuPont Company in Seaford. After retirement she went to help her husband Ernie Marine operate their jewelry store in Laurel. She was preceded in death by her mother, Bessie Harris; her father, Carl Holloway and brother, Otis Holloway. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, J. Ernest Marine and three nephews, Alan L. Holloway and wife Petie, Gary Holloway and wife Janet and Buddy Holloway and wife Pam. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, at Edgewater Pointe in Boca Raton. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Laurel where burial will also take place. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Edgewater Chapel, 23315 Blue Water Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33433. Arrangements are in the care of Gary Panoch Funeral Home and Cremations.


Ella M. Swartzentruber -- Ella M. Swartzentruber, 96, of Greenwood passed away on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the Country Rest Home. She was born on Sept. 4, 1917 in Mark Center, Ohio to Martin and Salome Yoder. She married Mark Swartzentruber on Aug. 10, 1940, and served faithfully by his side as a pastors wife and a mother to eight children: Duane of Rehoboth Beach, Marlin and wife Iona of Bradenton, Fla., Linford and wife Joanne of Hamburg, Pa., Goldie Fretz and husband Paul of Marion, Pa., Glenda Byler and husband Norman of Greenwood, Verla Byler and husband Dave of Columbia, Ga., Roger and wife Wava of Greenwood, and Daisy Miller of Goshen, Ind. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren; 52 great grandchildren; a sister, Martha Troyer of Altha, Fla. and a brother, Martin Yoder Jr. of Sky Valley, Calif. She was preceded in death by Mark, her husband of 55 years; sisters, Mary Howe and Laura Wissemen and brothers, Albert Yoder, Henry Yoder, Perry Yoder, Clyde Yoder, Monroe Yoder and Paul Yoder. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 1 to 2 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2. All services will be held at Greenwood Mennonite Church. Interment will be held at the churchs cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Audra Lee Kingsbury -- Audra Lee Kingsbury, 36, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Audra was a beautiful and vibrant young lady who will be so sadly missed by her beloved mother, Kathy Roddey of Seaford; her father and stepmother, Barry and Paige Kingsbury of Barclay, Md.; paternal grandparents, Dr. Robert and Mildred Polly Kingsbury of Millington, Md.; stepsisters, Lona Todd and Kelly Pinder; stepfather, Mark Hardesty and his wife Lauren and their son (Audras stepbrother) Trevor, all of Bethel. Also deeply morning their great loss are Aunt Margie and Uncle Kirk; cousins, Brandon and Chad Willey of Greenwood; longtime love, Kent Buckson of Rehoboth and especially her four-legged son, Finlay. Audra was preceded in death by her younger brother, Barry Buster Kingsbury Jr. and maternal grandparents, Thomas and Shirley Roddey. Audra was loved by all she met and will be missed by countless family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Friday evening, Jan. 31 from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to First State Animal Center & SPCA, 32 Shelter Circle, Camden, DE 19934.


Haroldine Cook Shaner -- Haroldine Cook Shaner, 83, departed this life on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. She was born in Laurel on Aug. 7, 1930, the daughter of the late Harold L. and Thelma H. Cook. She was a graduate of Laurel High School, Class of 1948 and the Institute of Applied Science in 1952. Haroldine was a life member of the Laurel Historical Society, Laurel Alumni Association and Old Christ Church League, and faithfully attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Salisbury. She was formerly employed by Dr. G.O. Quillen D.D.S. in Laurel and later Farmers Bank, now Bank of Delmarva. She enjoyed traveling with her family and friends, playing cards, and reading. Mrs. Shaner is survived by her son, Patrick and daughter-in-law Christine, granddaughter Christa, all of Salisbury, and grandson Hunter, a freshman at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She is also survived by her extended family, Dan and Ronni Cales of Homosassa, Fla.; her dear sister-in-law, Kitty Sullivan of Altoona, Pa.; her numerous kitties and many close friends she cherished. Her husband, LTC Francis I. Pat Shaner, ret., who taught school in Laurel and Seaford high schools, retired in 1979 and preceded her in death in September 1979. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 1. The Rev. Bill Kniceley will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Donations may be made in Mrs. Shaners name to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802 or Old Christ Church League, P.O. Box 395, Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Betty Hearn Gootee -- Betty Hearn Gootee, 92, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord after a short illness on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. For the past 15 months, Betty lived with her daughter. Betty was born on Sept. 26, 1921 in Laurel, a daughter of the late Sewell F. and Frona T. Hearn. She graduated from Laurel High School in 1940. She worked for DuPont in Seaford and then the Laurel Public Library. Betty was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and the Christian Womens Club of Laurel. Betty enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, attending auctions and collecting antiques, and spending time outdoors gardening and bird watching. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and celebrating the holidays with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Leon J. Gootee in 1985; and her two brothers, Dallas and Donald Hearn. She is survived by her sister, Mary Katherine Brittingham of Laurel; her son, Donald Gootee of Laurel; her daughter, Nancy Abresch and husband Mark of Salisbury, Md.; her grandchildren, Julie Hoageson (Mommoms Sunshine) and her husband Jim of Salisbury, Mandy Granger of Laurel, Brian Abresch of Salisbury, and Matt Abresch and his wife Amanda of Salisbury; her great-grandchildren, Hannah, Sierra, Lacey, Chloe, Jacob, Rowen, and Ethan; and a special niece, Donna L. Hearn and her husband Howard of Charlottesville, Va. Friends may visit with family from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Hannigan-Short-Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. At Bettys request, a private graveside service will be held at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in her memory to the Laurel Public Library, 101 E. 4th St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan-Short-Disharoon Funeral Home of Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Dorothy Margaret Hastings Closser -- Dorothy Margaret Hastings Closser, 85, of Greenwood, passed away on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood.ᅠ Dorothy, Dot to friends and family, was born on April 11, 1928 in Seaford. She was the daughter of the late Grover C. and Minnie Hastings of Seaford. Dot was a 1946 graduate of Seaford High School. She was an accomplished artist and a founding member of the Woodbridge Art League as well as a member of the Rehoboth Art League. Dot was a secretary for her husband, Raymond, for many years with Local Union 847. ᅠ She is survived by her children: daughter, Suzanne Sheffield and husband Bill of Dover; son, Frank Closser of Greenwood; daughter, Tammy Kearney and husband Mike of Seaford; daughter, Jamie Grillo and husband John of Greenwood and daughter, Kara Brasure and husband Keith of Dagsboro; brother, Henry Hastings and wife Betty of Seaford; six grandchildren, Wendy Tull Parker, Brooke Kearney Dickerson, Tyler Thoroughgood, Matthew Cook, Summer Sheffield and Will Sheffield; two great-grandchildren, Kate Parker and Greyson Dickerson; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Dot was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Closser; daughter, Cherie; brothers, Paul, William and Norman Hastings; sister, Madeline King and grandson, Jason Gregory Tull. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, DE 19950. Interment will be at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.


Betty Herrick Trudel -- Betty Herrick Trudel, 69, of Lewes, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Delaware Hospice in Milford. ᅠ Betty was born in Seaford on Aug. 7, 1945, to Edward Herrick of Wilmington and Mabel Doughty Herrick of Pungoteague, Va. ᅠ She graduated from Seaford High School in 1964 and held a bachelor of science degree in business management. She started working for the Delaware National Guard in 1969 and retired in January of 2005, in the position of information management specialist at the Joint Force Headquarters in Wilmington. After retirement, she moved to Lewes where she worked part-time as a webmaster for Wright Property Management.ᅠ She was very active at St. Marks United Methodist Church while living in Wilmington where she sang in the choir. She transferred her membership to Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach. Betty is survived by her mother, Mabel Doughty Herrick of Seaford; a sister, Barbara H. Campbell (husband Don) of Dover; two brothers, Bryan Herrick (wife Jimmie Lou) of Sugarland, Texas and Blaine D. Herrick (wife Bunny) of Seaford; seven nieces and nephews; seven grand-nieces and nephews; and numerous friends that she also considered part of her family. ᅠ Betty was a devoted and caring daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She loved her family and friends with all her heart and will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Herrick, in 1980. Per Betty's wishes, a private service will be held graveside at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30. ᅠ In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


William L. 'Bill' Hartzell -- William L. "Bill" Hartzell, 79, of Bridgeville, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at his residence. ᅠ He was born on June 23, 1934 in Cambridge, Md., son of the late George L. and Sarah J. (Collins) Hartzell. Mr. Hartzell was a 1952 graduate of Bridgeville High School and continued his education attending Indiana Technical College in Fort Wayne, Ind. He would soon be called to honorably serve his country as an MP during the Korean Conflict. After completing his service to his country, Mr. Hartzell embarked on a 39 year career with DuPont. He was an engineer at the Seaford Nylon Plant, where he retired in 1991. Mr. Hartzell loved traveling and had visited all 50 states and every Civil War Battlefield in each state. He loved history, woodworking and tinkering around the house with his tools. Mr. Hartzell enjoyed dining out at restaurants, with his favorite being Macaroni Grill. His favorite quote would be, "So many restaurants, so little time." He was an avid reader who enjoyed swinging from his tree swing and people watching from afar. Mr. Hartzell was very community minded and actively involved with his church, Union United Methodist. He was past chairman of the administrative board and SPRC committee. ᅠHe was an active member of the Lions Club; past school board member; past town board member and past police commissioner on the town board.ᅠ Mr. Hartzell's proudest achievement was his family and the love they shared together. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. In addition to his parents, Mr. Hartzell was preceded in death by his sister, Myra Redmon. ᅠ He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Connie; one son, Michael Hartzell and wife Terri of Bridgeville; one daughter, Cindy Woods and husband Grayson of Bridgeville; 3 grandsons, Shane Hartzell and wife Tamara of Dover, Matthew Hare and wife Megan of Bridgeville and Cody Hartzell and wife Krystal of Bridgeville; 2 granddaughters, Wendi Preston and husband Chris of Bridgeville and Cassie Hein and husband Charles of Jacksonville, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren, Zachary, Peyton, Brayden, Madison, Mackenzie, Caden, Lilly and Jake; one brother, Albert Hartzell and wife Gladys of Bridgeville; and 2 brothers-in-law, Kyle Ewing and wife Barbara of Haines City, Fla. and Dudley Ewing and wife Pat of Bridgeville. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may visit beginning at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors will immediately follow services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Union United Methodist Church or the Lions Club #8875, 2 N. William St., Bridgeville. Please visit Mr. Hartzell's Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


W. Craig Lipscomb -- W. Craig Lipscomb, better known as Mad Dog, 55, husband of the late Christy Dawn Ross Lipscomb and a resident of Seaford, formerly of Wachapreague, Va., passed away on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Seaford Center Genesis Healthcare. A native of Virginia Beach, Va., he was the son of Anne C. Williams of Seaford and the late William Carney Lipscomb. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Whitney Lipscomb of Pungoteague, Va.; a sister, Caren Lipscomb Zingraff and her husband Michael of Norfolk, Va.; and four grandchildren, Malachi Lipscomb, Makayla Lipscomb, Makiah Chandler and Malik Lipscomb, all of Pungoteague. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore, Va., with the Rev. Jack D. Pruitt officiating. Interment will follow in Wachapreague Cemetery. Family will join friends at the funeral home one hour before the service. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to a charity of ones choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.doughtyfuneralhome.com ((


Carolyn E. Massey -- Carolyn E. Massey, 75, of Seaford, died on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Carolyn worked for the Blood Bank of Delaware for 30 years. She was a member of the Seaford Spade and Trowel Club in Seaford and the Red Hat Society. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Richard H. Massey; a daughter, JoAnn Garand; 2 grandsons, Zac Garand and Zane Garand and 2 cousins, Jean Turner and Gail Towers. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg, Md.


John W. Hazzard -- John W. Hazzard, 70, of North Shore Drive in Seaford, passed away at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.ᅠ John was born on April 10, 1943 at Wicomico Hospital. He graduated from Seaford High School in 1961 and Penn Morton College in 1966 with a degree in microbiology. He retired in 2001 from Coldwater Seafood after 30+ years to care for his father. ᅠ John was an avid sailor, loved fishing, baseball and college football, and loved visiting Tucson, Ariz., twice a year. ᅠ He was preceded in death by his parents, William (Bill) and Mildred.ᅠ He is survived by brother, Jim; sister-in-law, Norma; nephew, James; cousins, Suzanne Seville and Sidney Laird, as well as countless friends and extended family in Seaford and Tucson. ᅠ John was a down-home Sussex County boy who clung tightly to his roots. He is and will be deeply missed. The family would like to sincerely thank Bob and Diana Trice who were longtime neighbors and dear friends in life and death. We would also like to thank Michael and Meg Mulrine for helping out at this difficult time. ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest with his parents in Odd Fellows Cemetery. A memorial is being planned for a later date. ᅠ


Dorothy M. Ellis -- Dorothy M. Ellis, 95, formerly of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Salisbury, Md. Dorothy was born in Amite, La., a daughter of the late William F. Monroe and Odie (Lee) Monroe. Dorothy retired from the Laurel School District where she was a baker in the cafeteria. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who enjoyed crocheting, ᅠand gardening. She loved cooking. Mrs. Ellis is survived by her daughters, Nancy Geiger (Eugene) of Millsboro and Janice Geiger (Fritz) of Millsboro; stepchildren, Charles Robert Ellis (Marty) of Laurel and Marsha Chubb (Bill) of Laurel; a sister, Lillian Jacques of Knoxville, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Douglas Monroe and her first husband, Martin H. Mitchell in 1966 and second husband, Robert Ellis in 2001. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Laurel Nazarene Church, 94 Walnut St., Laurel, where a visitation will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Ralph Fraser will officiate. Contributions may be made in her memory to Laurel Nazarene Church, P.O. Box 705, Laurel, DE 19956 or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Julia Lee Bradley -- Julia Lee Bradley, 70, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. ᅠ She was born on Nov. 9, 1943 in Seaford, the daughter of the late Julian McMullen and Beatrice Smith McMullen. She married Melvin Bradley on Aug. 20, 1960. She worked for North Dorchester High School Cafeteria and later worked at Tri Gas and Oil in Federalsburg for 22 years. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, and enjoyed attending the Gathering at Union United Methodist Church. She loved to travel with her husband and spend time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Melvin Bradley of Federalsburg; two sons, Alan Bradley and his wife Debbie of Reliance, Md. and Doug Bradley and his wife Tammy of Federalsburg; five grandchildren: Jason Bradley, Jenna Bradley, Josh Bradley, Buddy Irons and Skyler Irons; her stepmother, Pauline McMullen of Seaford; a brother, Larry McMullen of Blades; three cousins, Ben Chaffinch and his wife Kay of Seaford, Carol Benson and her husband William of Laurel and Clay Chaffinch of Seaford.ᅠ She was also preceded in death by a brother, William McMullen and a grandson, Jeremy Bradley. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg with the Rev. Kevin Gillespie officiating. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. Judes Foundation, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or by visiting stjude.org. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Freda Hill Burris -- Freda Hill Burris, 93, formerly of Seaford, died on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at the Renaissance Nursing Home in Millsboro. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of the late Anna Bahr and William of D.C. Hill. She was a homemaker. She attended St. John's United Methodist Church and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She is survived by a son, Michael H. Burris of Selbyville; a daughter, Mary Lynne Handy of Seaford; a brother, Gerry Hill of Ft. Myers, Fla.; a sister, Gladys Stevens of Lewes; and three grandsons, Scott, Patrick and Michael Handy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Burris Jr., in 1997. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford. Burial will be private.


Edwin Frederick Cade Sr. -- Edwin Frederick Cade Sr., 85, of Delmar, beloved husband of Margaret Lord Cade for 60 years, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos B. Cade and Dora Jones Cade; his sister, Evelyn Cade and his brothers, Mancel and Lawrence Cade. Edwin was born and raised in Greenwood and graduated from Greenwood High School in 1947. He went to work for the Diamond State Telephone Company until 1950, when he was called to duty in the United States Army to serve in the Korean Conflict. During his 15 month tour in Korea, Edwin earned the rank of Sgt. First Class and was honorably discharged after nearly two years of service. Upon his return to the United States, he went back to work at the new Bell Atlantic Telephone Company as a lineman until he retired after 44 years of service. During his retirement he also worked at his son-in-laws business, Tims Aerial Service. As a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars since 1952, he had the honor of serving as the youngest Post Commander from 1960 to 1961, in Seaford. Having played baseball and basketball in high school and softball in the Army, Edwin participated in the City of Seaford fast pitch softball league until he was 40-years-old. Edwin was a devout Christian and since his baptism into Christ 37 years ago, he helped build four new churches of Christ/Christian churches on the Eastern Shore. He also worked on the construction of Delmarva Christian Service Camp at Trap Pond. He served as an elder at the Old Paths Church of Christ in Georgetown and has been a faithful servant at the Gateway Church of Christ near Mardela Springs, Md., for the past 15 years. His greatest desire was that others would come to know the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ through repentance, confession, baptism and living a faithful life. Besides his beautiful wife, Margaret, Edwin is survived by his daughter, Kay Curry of Salisbury and her husband Tim; his son, Edwin F. Cade Jr. of Delmar and his wife Kathryn; his grandchildren, Lisa Miller and her husband Dr. Samuel Miller of Seaford, Edwin F. Cade III and his wife Kim of Salisbury and Melissa Ashley and her husband Curt of Spencer, Va.; his great-grandchildren, Ericca Pentoney and her husband Jon, Kristopher Bell, Harry, Arden, Jake, Emily, Xavier, Zander and Yarlee; and his great-great-grandchildren, Aiden, Addison and Ariana. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Family and friends may call one hour before the service. Interment with military honors will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. A reception will be held following the interment at Old Paths Church of Christ in Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to Gateway Church of Christ, 25845 Ocean Gateway, Mardela Springs, MD 21837 or Old Paths Church of Christ, 18295 Redden Rd., Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Joseph R. 'Joe' Pearson Sr. -- Joseph R. Joe Pearson Sr., 76, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born on Nov. 29, 1937, to the late Russell and Emma Pearson of Browns Mills, N.J. Joe was a native of Philadelphia, Pa. and resided in Browns Mills for 35 years. Joe worked at Strathmore Press Inc. in Cherry Hill, N.J., as an offset pressman for 33 years. He and his wife, Barbara, retired to Seaford in 2004. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara C. Pearson (Lehner); his daughter, Donna and her husband Michael (Mike) Ervin of Seaford; his daughter, Barbara (Bunny) and her husband James (Jim) Agar of Slidell, La.; his daughter, Jeanette and her husband Horacio (CuCu) Moronta of Lusby, Md.; and his son, Joseph Jr. (Jay) and his wife Lauren of Cherry Hill. He is also survived by his six grandsons, one granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford. A Catholic Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 528 Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, P.O. Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973.


Josephine Katherine Waller -- Josephine Katherine Waller, 88, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She had been a resident of Genesis Seaford Center for the past three years. Born on Sept. 12, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Catherine Pusey. As well as being a devoted farm wife and mother, she owned and operated her own beauty salon for 15 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Frank Waller and her brothers, Charles Pusey and his wife Mildred and Jennings Pusey and his wife Eleanor. She is survived by a sister, Doris Conaway and her husband Ronnie of Laurel; a daughter, Connie Taylor and her husband Phil of Laurel; and two sons, John Waller and his wife Janice of Kansas City, Mo. and Jeff Waller and his wife Bessie of Laurel. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Carreen Kouts, Nathan Taylor and his wife Bryn of Richmond, Va., Ryan Taylor and his wife Stephanie of Lexington, Ky., Katie Turner and her husband Brice of Nashville, Tenn., and Lisa and Christie Waller of Kansas City. Also surviving her are five great-grandchildren, Curtis and Chase Kouts of Seaford, William Taylor of Richmond, Crosby Turner of Nashville, and Abraham Taylor of Lexington, and 12 nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A private graveside service will be held at a later date for immediate family.


LeRoy Francis 'N3RY' Fasold, Jr. -- LeRoy Francis "N3RY" Fasold Jr., 89, died of cancer at his home in Laurel on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Born on March 18, 1924 in Pottsville, Pa., Roy was the son of LeRoy and Marian Fasold. He served as a Navy radioman on Guam during World War II and continued to enjoy amateur radio until the end of his life. Roy was a partner in Laurel TV & Sales for over 40 years, and he loved music, his dog, the stock market, and anything with sugar in it. Roy was a former longtime member of the Laurel Lions Club, the Civic Club, the Laurel Alumni Association, and St. Philips Church, where he served on the Vestry. Roys first wife, Helen, died in 1963. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Ann, and his son, Tom Fasold. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Jim Hopkins and Karen Pugh (Chuck); his grandchildren, Dana Johnson (Dennis), Alexis Fasold, Brian Pugh (Meghan), and Patrick Pugh; four great-grandchildren; a brother, John Fasold, and his longtime friend and business partner, Cecil Parker. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Wreaths Across America, P.O. Box 249, Columbia Falls, ME 04623 (www.wreathsacrossamerica.org). WAA is committed to teaching younger generations about the value of their freedoms and the importance of honoring veterans and active military who sacrificed so much to protect those freedoms. Contributions may also be made to St. Philips Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Raymond 'Mac' Wheatley -- Raymond Mac Wheatley, 86, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Raymond served in the Army during WWII. He was employed with the Dupont Co. in Seaford for 38 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, doing carpentry work and cutting trees. Raymond also enjoyed going to the slots and spending time with his family. He was a pal to all and always A1. Raymond is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Wheatley; daughter, Janice Toulson and her husband Richard, son, Thomas Wheatley and his wife Linda, daughter, Julie Hanenfeld and her husband John, all of Seaford; grandchildren, Amie, Nicholas, Bryan, Ashley, Matthew, Nathan, Olivia and Sophie; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, John Wheatley and his wife Carol of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Margaret Hackenberg of New Castle and a sister-in-law, Janice Wheatley of Federalsburg, Md. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Oak Grove.


Thomas L. Nelson -- Thomas L. Nelson, 89, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. He was born in rural Indiana to the late Murl and Minnie Nelson. After growing up on a farm, he joined the U.S. Merchant Marines and worked aboard tankers during WWII. He later worked on crews that built oil refineries. Thomas began work at E.I. du Pont in 1954, at the Wilmington Experimental Station in the Engineering Section at Central Research. From there, he moved to the Seaford Nylon Plant and the Textile Fibers Department. Through his work at DuPont, he was awarded both the Peterson and Lavoisier Medals for Technical Achievement and was listed as inventor on 25 U.S. patents. He retired in 1991 as a senior research associate. Mr. Nelsons first wife, Rita Barlow Nelson, died in 2002. She was the mother of his son, Thomas L. Nelson Jr. and daughters, Rita Marie Pawlishyn and Anita Gale Nelson, all of whom survive him. He also has four grandchildren. Mr. Nelson is survived by his second wife, Bettie W. Nelson; his three stepchildren, June E. West, John W. Evans III and William F. Evans and six step-grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews in Indiana and Ohio, as well as his cousins, Jo and Don Marsh in Arizona. At Mr. Nelson's request, there were no formal services. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Albert F. Kirk Jr. -- Albert F. Kirk Jr., 78, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at his residence. He was born in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 10, 1935, son of the late Albert F. Kirk Sr. and Thelma (Seaton) Kirk. Mr. Kirk proudly served the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft structural maintenance specialist, retiring in 1975. He was also a Vietnam veteran. Following his military career, he began his employment as a truck driver with Pet Poultry Products, Inc., of Bridgeville, where he retired after 20 years of service. He was a 32nd degree mason with the Denton Masonic Lodge. In addition to his parents, Mr. Kirk was preceded in death by his son, Ralph Kirk, USMC. He is survived by his son, Charles Begor Kirk and his fianc← Rebecca; two granddaughters, Grace Irene and Charlee Faye Kirk; a grandson, Nathan Begor Kirk and his wife Chelsea; a great-grandson, James Raymond Kirk, all of Cambridge, Vt.; two stepdaughters, Robin Ryan and her husband Kris of Harrington and Jerri Butler and her husband Johnny of Harrington; a stepson, Denny Collins and his wife Judy of Berlin, Md., eight step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933. Entombment will be private at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Millsboro. Contributions may be made in Mr. Kirks memory to First State Animal Center & SPCA, 32 Shelter Circle, Camden, DE 19934. Please visit Mr. Kirks life memorial webpage to sign the online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Joyce M. Stull -- Joyce Mae Stull, 70, of Milford, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at Milford Hospital. She was born on May 16, 1943 in Seaford, the daughter of the late Robert Sammons and Kathleen Wheatley Sammons. She graduated from Seaford High School, class of 1960. Joyce had previously worked for the sewing factory in Blades, at West Seaford Elementary School and at Super Thrift. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church near Oak Grove and Calvary Methodist Church in Milford. She was a wonderful cook and baker and was known for her famous peanut butter fudge. She was a caregiver all the time to everyone and loved and adored her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Curt Stull; a son, Robert Bobby Palmer Sr. of Felton; four grandchildren, Robert Palmer Jr. of Harrington, Meagan Palmer of Reading, Pa., James Curtis Palmer of Odessa, Texas and Michael Sheets of Florida; a sister, Marjorie Baker of Laurel and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son, Ronnie Palmer Jr.; a brother, John Sammons Sr. and three sisters, Doris Walden, Mary Ann Hill and Faye Adams. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Bethel United Methodist Church. Pastor Linda Esesleman and Pastor Diane Melson will officiate. Friends may visit with the family one hour before the service. Inurnment will follow at the church cemetery. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Betty Louise Brasure Morris -- Betty Louise Brasure Morris, 78, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Georgetown, she was the daughter of the late Blanche Wootten and Roy W. Brasure. She was a bookkeeper for JEM Lumber Company in Bridgeville. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro. She is survived by three sisters, Hilda Klatt of Laurel, Beatrice Brasure of Milton and Nancy Scorah of Millsboro. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Morris, in 2005. Services will be held graveside at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home in Seaford.


Mary Lee Stringham -- Mary Lee Stringham went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. She is survived by her loving mother, Floretta Thomas and stepfather, Robert Thomas Sr., both of New Castle and three brothers, John Stringham of Pennsylvania, Ron Stringham of New Jersey and Robert Thomas Jr. of New Castle. Mary loved writing, animals and going to church. She attended Christ Lutheran Church and their Bible School for Special People. The family wishes to thank Vitas Hospice Care of Delaware, and a special thanks to Darlene Conley and her family for providing excellent loving care as her foster family for the last 11 years. The family would also like to thank her caseworker Steve Dougherty for his care throughout the years. The family is grateful for the care that Easter Seals provided for Mary. Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, Jan. 13, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Stacey Joanne Crockett -- Stacey Joanne Crockett, 24, of Seaford, became our angel on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Stacey was a 2007 Seaford High School graduate where she participated in field hockey and softball. Stacey worked at Bon Appetit Restaurant as a server for 8 years where her employers, co-workers and customers adored her. She had recently joined CrossFit in Seaford where she stole their hearts like she did any other. Stacey enjoyed spending her time at home with her family, friends and animals, Laney and Cali. Her second home was Bon Appetit. When not enjoying those things, you would find Stacey anywhere a friend needed her. She enjoyed fine wine and great food so you could find her with any number of people, from any walk of life, at any number of places. Her passion was music, and she enjoyed many concerts and festivals. In fact, the Stacey Shuffle was known and loved by her friends. Her kind, loving nature and acceptance of all peoples' beliefs made her an unforgettable soul. Stacey made the beautiful choice to be an organ donor at the tender age of 16, and was able to give the gift of life to six people immediately and many more will benefit from her selfless donation for research. Stacey is survived by her parents, Tim and Janet Crockett of Seaford; her brother, Matt and his wife Jordan and niece Ella Crockett of Greenwood and her brother, Shane Kiser of Petersburg, Va.; uncles, Mike and Scott Crockett and his wife Denise; grandmothers, Elizabeth Crockett and Alice Kiser, all of Seaford and Uncle Bill and Aunt Cindi Martin of Salisbury, Md. Stacey is also survived by her cousins, best friends, Margaret Rolich, Erika Brooke, and Cody Murphy and countless other friends and strangers whose lives she touched. A celebration of Staceys life will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 302 E. King St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to your choice of the following: Gift of Life Family House, 401 Callowhill St., Philadelphia, PA 19123, www.giftoflifefamilyhouse.org for online donations and tribute page; Seaford High Field Hockey Boosters, ICO/Seaford High School, 399 N. Market St., Seaford, DE 19973 or CrossFit Seaford, 120 Venture Dr., Seaford, DE 19973.


Stacey Lynne Jones Pence -- Stacey Lynne Jones Pence, 45, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Friday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge, Md. She was born on Jan. 4, 1968 in Easton, Md., the daughter of the late John Paul Jones Sr. and Linda Kenton Standiford of Delmar. She graduated from North Caroline High School. She enjoyed music, dancing, and was an avid reader. She loved spending time with her family. She is survived by her mother, Linda Standiford of Delmar; her fianc←e, Dave Griffith of Federalsburg; three daughters, Brittany Clough, Lindsay Poore and Keelie Fruendenberger, all of Federalsburg; two brothers, Eric Jones and his wife Hope of Baltimore, Md. and Shane Hallowell of Laurel; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, John P. Jay Jones Jr. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg with Bishop Ray Parsons officiating. Interment will follow in Denton Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 and one hour before the service on Friday. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Marie Ann Bennett -- Marie Ann Bennett, 101, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at The Country Rest Home in Greenwood. ᅠᅠ Born on Jan. 23, 1912 in Trenton, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Sue Berger and Harry Housel. ᅠ She was a devoted mother and grandmother, a cherished friend and was a truly remarkable woman. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening and being with family. ᅠ Marie was a 1930 graduate of Laurel High School. In 1948, she started working at the Seaford Schools and worked there for 24 years until retiring from Seaford High School Food Service in 1972. After retirement, she volunteered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Methodist Manor House and at many church functions. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford for over 70 years. Marie is survived by two daughters, Sandra Ide and husband Ed of Claymont and Sheila Schieferstein and husband Ralph of Felton. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and their spouses, Kim and John Sagretti, Gregg and Joy Ide, Deb and Steve Conroy, Kevin and Michelle Schieferstein, Randy and Colleen Ide, Tracey Dill, and Lori and Mark Bellotti; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and special caregivers, Bernie Noell, Amy Gould, Lisa Pugliese and Karen Messick.ᅠ In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a great-grandson in 2013. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, at St. John's United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. The Rev. Richard Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford.ᅠ In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Marie's memory to St. John's United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar Sts., Seaford, DE ᅠ19973. ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home in Seaford.ᅠ


Jean N. Conaway -- Jean N. Conaway, 83, of Lewes and formerly of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Beebe Hospital.ᅠ She was the daughter of the late Harley Neal and Margaret Penuel Neal. Jean had worked as a sales associate for the Laurel Variety store many years ago.ᅠ She was a wonderful homemaker who enjoyed cooking and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. They will especially miss her delicious fudge and banana muffins. Jean loved to watch Wheel of Fortune and take trips to the boardwalk to get Grottos pizza and Dollies popcorn. She loved animals and had a special place in her heart for Garfield.ᅠ She was a lifetime member of the Martha Rebekahs Lodge in Laurel, the Grange, a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and an affiliate member of Conleys United Methodist Church. Jean is survived by her daughters, Sandra Sandy Shipe and her husband Bob of Lewes and JoAnn Hammonds of Laurel; two brothers, James Neal and Howard Neal; grandchildren, Jennifer Donnelly and her husband Chris, Regina Shelton and (Gary Williams), Roxanne Carey, Michael Shipe, Susie Shipe, (Darryll Turner), and Kristen Brooks and her husband Dave and great grandchildren, Haylee Cain, Danielle Cain, Joseph Shipe, Cheyanne Turner, and Delaney Brooks. Several nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her loving husband, Miles A. Conaway Sr. in 2007; her son, Miles Mickey Conaway Jr. and her son-in-law, Greg Hammonds. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2. There will be an additional viewing on Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Pastor Mike Hurley and Pastor Bill Nack will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Jean Conaways memory to: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 28315 Seaford Rd., Laurel, DE 19956 or Conleys United Methodist Church, Attn: Memorials, 33106 Jolyns Way, Lewes, DE 19958. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home.


Mary Jane Phillips Hastings Miller -- Mary Jane Phillips Hastings Miller, 100, of Seaford, passed away while sleeping peacefully on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. She had been under the tender care of the nurses and staff of the Harbour Healthcare Rehabilitation Center in Lewes since 2006. Born in Laurel on June 26, 1913, Mary Jane was the eighth child of the late James Kendall Phillips Sr. and Maggie (Spicer) Phillips. ᅠ She was raised in Seaford and graduated Salutatorian of the Seaford High School Class of 1931.ᅠ Married on Christmas Eve in December 1933, Mary Jane was active in many community activities including Eastern Star, the Seaford Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, and Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and was an officer of the Women's Society. Her husband, William Allan ("Skip") Hastings, was instrumental in the creation and development of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and during the 1950's, Mary Jane became a founding member of the Hospital Auxiliary, served as a volunteer nurse's aide, and held Red Cross training sessions in the basement of their home on Nylon Boulevard.ᅠ During the illness and subsequent death of Skip in 1960, Mary Jane managed the family's construction business, Hastings, Eskridge & Co. Inc., until its sale in 1965. She was President of the Nanticoke Hospital Auxiliary from 1961 to 1962. In 1965, Mary Jane married Eugene James Miller Sr., superintendent of Bath-Richfield (Ohio) Schools. She and her youngest daughter, Carole, joined Jim and his two sons in their home in Hudson, Ohio. Twelve years later, Mary Jane and Jim retired back to Delaware, living first in Rehoboth and later in Seaford, where they became active in the Seaford Historical Society, with Mary Jane serving as President from 1973 to 1974. Upon the sudden death of her second daughter in 1977, Mary Jane and Jim took in and raised her three grandchildren.ᅠ Mary Jane was devoted to her family and provided them with strength and wisdom through all of life's trials. She was a great collector of memories and a historian, not only for her family, but also for Seaford and Nanticoke Hospital. To many of those who knew her best, she will always be "Mommom Miller," the wise matriarch who spent many wonderful hours on her patio swing giving comfort and advice to the constant flow of visiting family and friends.ᅠ She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her siblings, her first husband, William Allan Hastings, her second husband, Eugene James Miller Sr., her daughter, Margaret H. Hastings, her stepson, Eugene James "Dusty" Miller Jr., her infant son, Dwight, and her dear friend, niece Doris Purnell. She will be sadly missed by her oldest daughter, Sylvia J. Walker of Rehoboth Beach and her youngest daughter, Carole H. Carpenter of Milford. Other survivors are her stepson, Charles William "Sandy" Miller of North Carolina, a nephew and two nieces. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Dennis Walker (and wife Terry) of Hebron, Md.; Diana Irvine (and husband Rich) of Seaford; Glen Walker of Rehoboth Beach; Amy H. Billy of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Christopher A. Hastings of Honolulu, Hawaii; Timothy P. Hastings (and wife Gigi) of Seaford; and Chad B. Carpenter of Milford.ᅠ In addition, she leaves behind 7 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren, Jenny Bailey (husband Danny, children Quinn and Evie) of Hebron; Megan Walker of Hebron; Aaron Irvine (wife Stacey) of Greenwood; Trevor and Shannon Irvine of Seaford; and Devin and McKenna Billy of Santa Barbara. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where visitation for family and friends will begin at 10. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford.


Virginia Lee Higgins -- Virginia Lee Higgins, 84, of Seaford, died on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Mrs. Higgins worked years ago for the Blue & Gray Restaurant in Seaford and then for many years at Safeway in Seaford. Her husband, Herbert J. Higgins died in 2009. She is survived by 2 sons, Herbert J. Higgins Jr. and Dennis Higgins (Lisa Marie James); 2 daughters, Darlene English (Fred) and Linda Todd (David); 2 granddaughters, Kimberly Adkins and Stephanie Todd; 2 great-grandchildren, Colt Adkins and Keira Adkins and 3 brothers, Arnold Smith, Fred Smith Jr. and Robert Wayne Smith. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Thursday evening, Jan. 2, from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Cokesbury Cemetery, Georgetown.


Thomas G. Mitchell -- Thomas G. Mitchell, 75, of Seaford, died on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Mr. Mitchell was retired from the Williams Gas Company in northeastern Pennsylvania. He was a veteran of the US Navy, an avid hunter, a fisherman and a longtime patriot. He was married to his lifelong friend Donna, and they were together for 51 years. He is first survived by his eldest son, Thomas Mitchell Jr. Thomas is married to his wife Christine and they have three sons, Michael, Daniel and James. Thomas Sr. is also survived by his son John and his two daughters, Meghan and Catherine. Thomas eldest daughter, Michelle, passed away but is survived by her son Patrick. Patrick is married to his wife Toni and, together, they have a beautiful daughter named Fiona. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720.


Terri Jo Dalious -- Terri Jo Dalious, 55, of Bridgeville, passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Shreveport, La., she was the daughter of the late Nina Duncan. Terri was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She also had the gift of loving others. Her loving heart led her to take in any stray animal and help others that may be having a rough time in their lives. She always had a kind word, a giving heart and an open home. She enjoyed listening to country and gospel music, collecting Faberge glass eggs and unicorns. She was a member of Bethel Worship Center in Seaford and considered her church family a precious part of her own family. She is survived by her loving husband of 15 years, John Dalious of Bridgeville; her daughter, Corri Gonzalez and her husband Devin; her son, John Whalon Dalious; a grandson, Trowa Kyle (T.K.) Gonzalez; a brother, Gary Cunniff; and a sister, Pat Poole. She is also survived by her furry companion, Butterscotch Dalious, and her wonderful church family. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford. Pastor Joe LeCates will officiate. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions to be made in Terris honor to the Bethel Worship Center Building Fund, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel is honored to serve the Dalious Family.


Mary Louise Roser Higgins -- Mary Louise Roser Higgins, 84, of Seaford passed away on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at Lofland Park Center. She was born on Aug. 3, 1929 in Irvington, N.J., a daughter of the late Harold and Mary Roser. Mary Lou was raised in Kennett Square, Pa. She was a graduate of Kennett Square High School and the University of Delaware in Newark. On Sept. 20, 1952, she married her husband, Joseph, and they raised their children together in Seaford. She was an accomplished pianist and organist and accompanied LaNada Ballet Studio and the Seaford High School chorus. Mary Lou was also a lifelong dog lover who loved and cared for Welsh Corgis. She is survived by her children, Michael Roser Higgins (Donna) of Seaford, Mary Jo Mankin (Mark) of Newark, Katherine Cooper (Gerry) of Warwick, R.I., and Marcia Scott of Laurel; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph William Higgins and a sister, Katherine Roser. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, at Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford. Visitation with the family will precede the service and begin at 10. The Rev. Laurie Hiller will officiate. Following the service, there will be a time of food and fellowship with the family in the church hall. Burial will be private in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mary Lous memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Nora Emma Donovan Ryan -- Nora Emma Donovan Ryan, 93, of Laurel, died on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at her residence. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of Elnora Lingo and Alexander Donovan. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God, Stein Highway, Seaford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Ryan, in 2001. She is survived by two sons, Robert and Edward Ryan of Laurel; nine daughters, Mary Bull of Seaford, Catherine Ryan of Laurel, Anabelle Lambert of Willards, Md., Joyce Ryan of Bishopville, Md., Nora Caudill of Seaford, Ida Bratten of Pittsville, Md., Doris Calloway of Apache Junction, Ariz., Virginia Jenkins of Apache Junction and Vicky Brown of Smyrna; a granddaughter, Tiffany Ros of Laurel; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, at the Church of God, Stein Highway, Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Compassionate Care, 201 E. DuPont Hwy., Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home of Seaford.


Gladys M. Wilkins -- Gladys M. Wilkins, 84, lifetime resident of Milton, passed away on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center. Gladys lived her lifetime in Milton in the farmhouse where she was born. She was a homemaker. Gladys attended Grace Church in Milton and was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Many years ago she was a member of the Milton Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. She was very active in the Milton Historical Society and was well known for supplying bannie eggs from the stock she raised, for fundraising auctions - where they brought high dollar amounts. ᅠ ᅠ She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary (Schmidt) Madjarosy; her husband, Norman F. Wilkins; two brothers, Frank and Charles Madjarosy; and two sisters, Ann Welch and Emily Maas. She is survived by her loving family which includes her nephew, Edward Maas and wife Janet; two great nieces, Judy Tate and husband Chad and Cathy Hastings and husband David, all of Seaford; four great-great nieces, Courtney and Jenna Tate and Cailey and Macenzie Hastings; and a host of friends and community members who loved her dearly. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton where visitation will be held from noon to 2. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Church, 514 Union St., Milton, DE 19968.


William E. King -- William E. King, 45, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, after fighting a battle with leukemia. He was a loving son, stepfather and caring person, a friend to all. His extra time was spent with his Uncle Jesse King working on cars at Kings Auto. He was most recently employed as a security guard. Other employment included the Town of Laurel, Allens Farms, DuPont and Methodist Manor House. William is survived by his father and mother, Pete and Gloria King of Laurel; his sister, Judy Pfleger and his grandfather, William S. King of Laurel. He also leaves his fianc← of 17 years, Lisa Chamber; her daughter, Erica Chambers and step-grandchildren, Jerimiah and Tavon. He was preceded in death by a sister, Tina Marie King; grandparents, Pete and Ollie King and a grandmother, Charlotte King. There will be a viewing from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a funeral service will begin at 2. The Rev. Dave Kiser will officiate. Interment will be held privately.


Nora Hayward Seymour -- Nora Hayward Seymour, 88, of Seaford, passed away at the Lofland Park Center, Seaford, on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Morristown, N.J. on July 29, 1925, to the late George and Evelyn Hayward. She grew up in the Fairchild Section of Morris Township, graduated from Morristown High School in 1942 and attended Drake Business School in East Orange. She worked for Household Finance in Newark for many years, then worked at Reaction Motors in Denville, N.J. Nora and her husband moved to Joilet, Ill., in 1970, then to Bettendorf, Iowa, where they lived until 1984, when they moved to Seaford. She was a member of Seaford Presbyterian Church, a member of Women's Circle and was a counter and financial secretary for many years. Nora also volunteered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford and at the Mears Center at the hospital. Mrs. Seymour is survived by her husband, Kenneth W. Seymour of 61 years; sister, Evelyn H. Thompson of Denville; her brother, George E. Hayward of Abingdon, Va.; her niece, Nancy T. Landry of Hudson, N.H.; her nephew, Glenn W. Thompson of Hopatcong, N.J, one great niece and four great nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, at Restland Memorial Park, 77 DeForest Ave., East Hanover, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Alzheimers Association, 108 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947.


Betty L. Chandler -- Betty L. Chandler, 87, of Laurel, died on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Betty worked in the cafeteria at Laurel High School, Edgehill Pharmacy and Springcrest Drapes. She was a member of St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Laurel for many years, a volunteer at the Good Samaritan Shop in Laurel and was active in the Host Program at Laurel School. Betty loved to crochet doilies and lap robes which she gave away to family and friends. She also loved gardening. Her husband, John L. Chandler Sr., died in 2005. Betty is survived by 2 daughters, Patty Farrell and her husband Clifford and Kaye Cooper; 2 sons, John L. Chandler Jr. and his wife Pat and William Chandler and his wife Debbie; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 32827 Old Stage Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.


Carl Steven (Steve) Wilkins -- Carl Steven (Steve) Wilkins, 65, of Delmar, passed peacefully on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. He was born on Nov. 11, 1948, in Salisbury, Md., a son of Carl E. Wilkins and the late Betty Louise Calloway Wilkins. He is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years, Debra Phillips Wilkins; a daughter, Mindy Myrick (Lawton); a son, Jacob Wilkins (Manaia); grandchildren, Ryder Myrick and Wyatt Myrick; two brothers, Mike Wilkins (Jo Ann) and Ed Wilkins (Cindi); sister-in-law, Karen Wilkins; special companion, Taco (his little doggie); and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his mother, Steve was preceded in death by a son, Cliff Wilkins, and a brother, David Wilkins. Steve was Master of Delmar Masonic Lodge #201 AF&AM, Senior Warden of Wicomico Lodge #91, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Associate Patron of Adah Chapter #5, Order of the Eastern Star and Vice President of the Southeast Region Board of Grand Inspectors of the State of Maryland. He was also a founding member and first president of the Mens Auxiliary to the Delmar VFW Post #8276. After a few passing jobs, Steve settled for 28 years with NRG Energy where he worked his way up to Plant Equipment Operator and Electrician. His passion for learning and desire to excel eventually sent him to San Diego, Calif., as well as Knoxville, Tenn., to continue his education only a few years prior to his retirement. He ended his career with NRG as a Qualified Controls Specialist, CEMs, monitoring their carbon footprint and pollutant output, a job he found both challenging and rewarding. Steve had many interests, but first and foremost, he was a family man. He loved to share his knowledge and his passions with his children and grandchildren, patiently teaching and guiding. His love of mentoring, however, spilled over into all areas of his life, teaching others to play golf or to ride a motorcycle, and, perhaps most importantly, to be a Mason. Steve served in the Army Reserves from 1968 to 1974, he enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as golf, and in his later years, he and Debi found great enjoyment in riding their motorcycles, The Captain and Ruby. According to his son, Jacob, the majority of his retirement was devoted to helping others. He saw this time as an opportunity, and he used it well. Steve was larger than life, and he touched an untold number of lives. This world was a better place for him having been here. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, and also on Saturday, Jan. 4 from 11 a.m. to noon. A Masonic Service will begin at noon at the funeral home, followed by an Eastern Star Service and a funeral service. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made in his memory to Delmar Masonic Lodge #201, 100 E. State St., Delmar, MD 21875. Online condolences may be sent the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Merle Leslie Whitt -- Merle Leslie Whitt, 55, of Seaford, died on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Ft. Bellvoir, Va., he was the son of Carole Dean Lovett Meloney of Seaford and Milbourne Whitt of Salisbury, Md. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Linda Jeannette of Seaford; stepbrothers, Bruce and Danny Meloney of Seaford and David Meloney of Florida; a stepsister, Linda Norsworthy of Seaford; and many friends. A memorial service will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Cinnamon's Restaurant & Lounge (CC22), Bridgeville Highway, Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Anna Mae Brown Gainer -- Anna Mae Brown Gainer, 81, died at 7:03 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, of COPD. She was the daughter of the late Art and Bessie Cogar Brown of Flatwoods, W.Va. Anna was a retired school teacher. She received her Standard Normal Degree from Glensville State College, Glenville, W.Va. and her B.S. degree from Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md. She started her teaching career in a one room school in West Virginia and completed her career of 22 years in the Laurel School District in Laurel. Kindergarten was her first love. Anna is survived by her best friend and beloved husband, Fred V. Gainer; two sons, Fred Lee Gainer and David Lynn Gainer of Laurel; a daughter, Anna Pierson of Bridgeport, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Jason, Jessica, Justin and Briar Gainer, all of Laurel; and four great grandchildren, Ivy, Madison, Mackenzie and Layla. Anna is also survived by one sister, Betty Jo Estes of Richmond Hills, Ga.; and a foster brother, Delmar Brown of Seadrift, Texas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her oldest sister, Lucille Mills and her brother, Porter J. Brown of St. Cloud, Fla. As she wished, Anna (Mazies) cremation and interment will be a quiet family affair. There will be no funeral or memorial service. Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel is honored to handle her cremation and she shall be buried in the Stalmaker Cemetery in Glenville. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Laurel Alumni Association, P.O. Box 382, Laurel, DE 19956 or Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 Dupont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966.


Brooks Melvin Parker Jr. -- Brooks Melvin Parker Jr., 55, of Laurel, known fondly as Mel, departed this life on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. He was born on May 19, 1958 in Seaford, the son of the late Brooks Melvin Parker Sr. and Eleanor West Parker. Mel received his formal education at the Laurel School District and graduated in the class of 1976. He was formerly employed for 11 years at Temco Builders in Salisbury. He was a devoted husband who loved his wife, his family and others. He was married to Adriene Belle Parker, his wife of 15 years whom he married on Sept. 2, 1998. He was a very strong soft-spoken gentleman who loved helping people whenever he could. He leaves to cherish his loving memory his wife, Adrienne; his children, step-children and children he raised as his own, Shaunda Harrison and her husband Shawn of Newark, Larry Horsey and his wife Kieshea, Shawn Horsey, Tyesia Palmer and her husband William and Ebony DuPont, all of Seaford and Brooks M. Parker III, Tesha Horsey, Tiffany Horsey, Patrick Belle and Tyler Belle, all of Laurel; 23 grandchildren; his mother and father-in-law, Dola and Larry Stewart of Laurel; cousins who were like his brothers, Keith Smith of Laurel, Kelby Smith of Sharptown, Md., Dereke Bungy of Frederick, Md., Everett Smith Jr. of Delmar; cousins who were like his sisters, Nancy Custis and Janet Davis both of Laurel; an aunt, Carolyn Tokley of New Jersey; a niece, Shannon Adote and her husband Solomon; a nephew, Anthony Parker; sisters-in-law, Sherita Belle of Georgetown and Vanette Belle of Laurel; brothers-in-law, Lavanion Belle of Laurel and Dwayne Griffin of Delmar; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Leslie Parker. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 21, at United Deliverance Bible Center in Laurel. Interment will follow at Mt. Nebo Church Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Friday evening, Dec. 20, from 6 to 8 and one hour before the service on Saturday. Arrangements are in the care of Framptom Funeral Home.


Frances Ruth Henline -- Frances Ruth Henline, 87, of Seaford, formerly of Oakland, Md., died on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family. Born on April 14, 1926 in Oakland, she was the daughter of the late Henry Franklin and Claudie Elnora (Baxley) Nine. She was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Seaford. After her retirement, Ruth, who was born and raised on her familys farm in Oakland, always looked forward to her visits to Garrett County and greatly enjoyed time spent there with her friends and family. She is survived by her husband, Donald Wade Henline, to whom she would have been married 53 years on Dec. 20; her children, Mitchell Lynn Rohrbaugh of Seaford, Gary Wayne Henline and wife Jennifer of Waynesboro, Va. and Janet Sue Willey of Seaford; five grandchildren, Anthony Rohrbaugh, Christopher Rohrbaugh, Jamie Stang, Emily Henline and Jenna Henline; one great grandchild; one sister, Ruby Miller of Silver Spring, Md.; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Terry William Rohrbaugh; five sisters; and two brothers. Friends will be received at Burdock-Fredlock Funeral Home, P.A., 21 N 2nd St., Oakland, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, with the Rev. Donald Matthews officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery.


Donald J. Farrelly Sr., 89 Donald J. Farrelly passed away at his home on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, surrounded by his family. Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Cline Farrelly after 60 years of marriage. Don was born in Chester, Pa. on Dec. 9, 1924, to the late James Joseph and Dorothy Katherine Ripka Farrelly. He lived in Chester until joining the Navy during WW II. The family moved to Wilmington in 1955. Don and Helen later moved to Lewes. Don retired from E.I. Dupont Nemours Co. after 30 years of service. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon. Don was also a member of the American Legion Post 28. He is survived by his daughters, Dianne Reece and son-in-law Russell and Darlene Salvatore and her husband Robert; and his son, Donald Jr. and his wife Ellen (Whiteside). Darlene and Robert lived with Don the last several years providing him loving care. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Christine (Bill) Cugno; Todd (Lisa) Reece; Adrienne (John) Klase; Robert Salvatore Jr.; Jeff (Kim) Farrelly; Jon (Keisha) Farrelly; and Jill Farrelly. He is also survived by 17 great grandchildren, extended family members and friends. The family would like to thank the staff at the Gull House Adult Day Care for the outstanding care they provided for him over the years. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Christ Evangelistic Church, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice or the Delaware Humane Society.


Martin T. Hearn -- Martin T. Hearn, 89, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Martin was born in Laurel on Dec. 23, 1923, the son of the late W. Raymond Hearn and Leila James Hearn. Martin was a retired farmer and feed mill worker. He retired at age 87 after 37 years at Townsends and Mountaire as a dispatcher. He attended Calvary Baptist Church in Georgetown and Laurel Wesleyan Church. Mr. Hearn is survived by his sister, Ruth H. Lewis; a brother, Edward Ross Hearn; his stepchildren, Lamont West, Daniel West and Douglas West and grandchildren, Kim Caulder and her children, Zach and Erica Adkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Wm. Harold Hearn, Pearl Hearn Reynolds and Elsie Madelyn Hearn, and his wife, Mary Catherine Hearn. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2. The Rev. Richard Blades will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in his memory to Vitas Hospice, 1016 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Colleen Mildred Scharf - Colleen Mildred Scharf, 77, of Ridgely, Maryland, passed away on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born on April 8, 1936, in Baltimore to the late James C. and Eleanor Engles Taylor. Mrs. Scharf was a graduate of School 86 of Baltimore. She had been employed with Food City, Denton, until its closing and then the former IGA, Greensboro, retiring after more than 20 years of service. She had attended the Refuge Christian Fellowship, Greensboro. Colleen enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and cooking for her family and friends. She wouldnt miss a game of bingo or card night with the family. She loved to shower all she knew with love. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, William T. Scharf, Sr. She is survived by her children: Bill Scharf, Jr. and wife Ellen of Seaford, Jim Scharf of Pasadena, Steve Scharf of Seaford and Jeff Scharf and wife Jeanne of Ridgely, a sister Joan Carter of Greensboro, a brother Richard Taylor and wife Sharon of Little Orleans, Md., 11 grandchildren: Michele, Billy, Daniele, Jimmy, Jr., April, Karie, Justin, Zack, Chris, Shane and Sami, and two great grandchildren: Makayla and Kaden. A memorial service for Colleen will be on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home in Greensboro. Suggested donations in Colleens name are to the Palliative Care Unit of UMSMC at Easton, 219 Washington St., Easton, MD 21601 or www.shorehealth.org. To send condolences please visit www.fleegleandhelfenbein.com


Bernard Ellis Barb -- Bernard Ellis Barb, 83, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Born in Macamie, Va., the son of the late Mamie Jewell and Christian Barb, he was a development assistant at the DuPont Co. in Seaford for 35 years. He was an Army veteran. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Kagey Barb in 1991. He is survived by a son, Steven E. Barb and a daughter, Linda D. Coulbourn, both of Laurel; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford, where friends may call one hour before the services. The Rev. Roland E. Trice will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford.


Valerie L. Gray -- Valerie L. Gray, 42, of Seaford, died on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Valerie worked for The Daily Times in Salisbury, Md. She loved animals, doing puzzles and spending time with her family. Her husband, Winfield Gray died in 2012. She is survived by her parents, James R. Irvin Sr. and Clara Irvin; a son, William Serman; a daughter, Jodi Lynn Serman Dawson and her husband John; a brother, James R. Irvin Jr. and a granddaughter, Adelah Isabell Shakur. She is also survived by many aunts and uncles, two nieces and two nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Dorchester Memorial Park, Cambridge, Md.


Phyllis June Sallis -- Phyllis June Sallis, 77, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Denver, Colo., where she lived for 36 years. She was born in Laurel in 1936. June moved to Denver from Baltimore, Md. in 1967, with her husband and two children. She served as the executive director of the Greater Area Littleton Chamber of Commerce from 1975 to approximately 1980. Additionally, she served as president of the local chapter of the Business and Professional Women's Club. In more recent years, she had spent most of her time in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with her husband Daniel Sallis Sr. She leaves behind her husband, Dan; son, Daniel Sallis Jr.; daughter, Karen Sallis Testerman and two grandchildren, Danny and Maria. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Hannigan-Short-Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. The Rev. Roland Tice will officiate.


John Ellicott Watson -- John Ellicott Watson, 89, beloved husband, companion and friend of Jane Chapin Watson for 69 years and dearly loved by family and friends, died on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He died peacefully, with his family at his side, of respiratory failure due to complications from a stroke. John and his twin sister Priscilla were born on May 4, 1922, in the Dominican Republic where their father was stationed as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He spent his childhood in Spain, Nicaragua, Washington, D.C. and various other military posts as his father rose in rank to lieutenant general. John graduated from Charlotte Hall Military Academy in 1940 and entered the University of Maryland to study chemical engineering. He became president of his fraternity and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1941, shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor. On Sept. 16, 1944, he married Jane Chapin before being deployed to Okinawa, Saipan and Tsing Tao, China. Returning home in 1946, John and Jane moved to Corning, N.Y., where he worked for the Corning Glass Company. He resumed his education at Cornell University, graduating with a masters degree in chemical engineering. John went to work for E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc. in Linden, N.J. and the family settled in Fanwood. As their three children grew, John became active in Boy Scouts, serving for many years as scoutmaster of Troop 104 which had over 100 scouts. He also served on the vestry and sang in the choir at Grace Episcopal Church. In 1965, DuPont transferred John to Seaford where he worked in plant management for the next 15 years. He developed a great love for the community and became involved in many activities. He served on the vestry, became treasurer, and sang in the choir at St. Lukes Episcopal Church. In 1970, he joined with other volunteers at the church to start the Seaford Federal Credit Union to benefit under-served members of the community. After retiring from DuPont in 1980 at age 58, John went to work as manager of the credit union, taking great pride and satisfaction in its development and success. He later became CEO and in 2010 was named Credit Union Professional of the Year by the Delaware Credit Union League. After 33 years, he retired from this second career in June, 2013. John also served as executive director and treasurer of the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce, and in 2002 they honored him as their Business Person of the Year. He was scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 381, sat on the board of directors of the Seaford Golf and Country Club and the Nanticoke Senior Center, was treasurer of the Seaford Historical Society, and volunteered for the Seaford Library as endowment committee chairman. John was a proud member of the Marine Corps League Detachment #780, the Delaware Devildogs. He was an avid tennis player and an accomplished ballroom dancer with his lifelong partner, Jane. John was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jane; his twin sister, Priscilla and his brother, Thomas E. Watson Jr. He is survived by sons, David E. Watson and Daniel G. Watson; daughter, Mary Lou Trumble; son-in-law, John Trumble; daughters-in-law, Barbara Howland and Thomasine Watson; beloved grandchildren, Catherine Watson Sheehan, Benjamin Trumble, Laura Watson, Sarah Trumble and Jessica Trumble; grandson-in-law, James Sheehan; a niece, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, 300 Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973. Visitation with the family will begin at 1. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Seaford Historical Society, 203 High St., Seaford, DE 19973, Alzheimers Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090, or Seasons Hospice Foundation, 6400 Shafer Ct., Ste. 700, Rosemont, IL 60018. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford


Frank E. Ward -- Frank E. Ward, 91, passed away on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Born in Laurel on May 20, 1922, Frank was the son of the late William F. Ward and Lillian F. Ward. Frank served in the United States Air Force. He was a WWII Prisoner of War. After returning from the war, he was a meat cutter with Acme Markets until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #19 and an honorary member of the Laurel Fire Department. Frank is survived by his son, Jay Ward and wife Sally of Lake Oswego, Ore.; his daughter-in-law, Jennifer Ward of Laurel; grandchildren, Amy Daviau, Scott Ward, Jayson Ward, Kelly Mangan and Kim Hastings and great grandchildren, Julian Daviau, Quinn Daviau, Michael Mangan, Hayden Hastings, Garyn Mangan, Avery Hastings, Tyler Ward and Jack Ward. Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Scott Ward; a daughter, Karon Ward; a son, Gary Ward and brothers, Clifford and Paul Ward. At his request, all services will be held privately with his family. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 230, Laurel, DE 19956 or American Legion Post #19, P.O. Box 329, Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Charles M. Betts -- Charles M. Betts, 77, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital. Charles was born on Sept. 5, 1936, in Milford, to the late Harry M. and Lovey M. (Lofland) Betts. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Betts was employed for 26 years as an accounting instructor with Delaware Technical & Community College, Terry Campus, in Dover, retiring in 2006. He attended Greenwood United Methodist Church and was a member of Ducks Unlimited. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Nancy M. Betts; two sons, Keith Betts and Courtney Messick; a grandson, Jeffrey Baker, whom they raised and considered a son; three daughters, Kathy Martinez, Lisa Workman and Sutton Joseph; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Contributions in Charless memory may be made to Greenwood United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 217, Greenwood, DE 19950. Condolences may be emailed at www.delmarvaobits.com/rogers. Arrangements are in the care of Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.


James Gregory Budd -- James Gregory Budd, 64, of Delmar, died on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with Picks Disease. He was born on Oct. 20, 1949 in Salisbury, Md., a son of the late James K. Kinsey Budd and Dorothy Dot Greenwell. Greg graduated from Delmar High in 1967 before earning his degree in education at Wake Forest University. As education was an important part of Gregs life, he earned his masters degree in education from Salisbury University as well. He started his teaching career as a physical education teacher at Buckingham Elementary School. He moved to Delmar High where his career spanned 31 years as a teacher and guidance counselor before he retired in 2002. During his time at Delmar High, he was also a coach and mentor for a variety of sports and spent some time as the athletic director as well. Greg was a sports enthusiast who loved the New York Yankees, golf and playing in many mens softball leagues through the years. He was a true family man who always made time for his kids sports and rarely missed a game whether it be Little League, high school or even college games. Memberships include St. Stephens United Methodist Church and the Delmar Lions Club, where he remained active until his illness. His family and friends will remember him as an easy going, loving man with a positive attitude who was always willing to help those in need. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Linda Budd; a son, Mickey Budd of Delmar; a daughter, Erin Budd DeHaven and her husband Brad of Ashburn, Va.; a brother, Gary Budd and his wife Terry of Delmar; many nieces and nephews and a host of special friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Barry Budd. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, where family and friends may call from 1 to 3. The Rev. Phyllis Walton will officiate. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made in his memory to AFTD, Radnor Station Building 2, Ste. 320, 290 King of Prussia Rd., Radnor, PA 19087 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Louise Beck Pittman -- Louise Beck Pittman, 101, of Camden, S.C., formerly of Greenwood and Seaford, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at KershawHealth in Camden. Louise was born in Springfield, Mo. on Oct. 9, 1912, the daughter of the late G. W. and Frances Beck. Louise was a 1930 graduate of Chester High School in Chester, Pa. In 1933, she graduated from Wilmington General Hospital, in Wilmington, as a registered nurse. Louise was voted most conscientious and funniest in her class. Louise married George Pittman in Port Arthur, Texas on May 28, 1937. In 1948, they moved to Greenwood to be closer to family. Louise lived in Seaford from 1989 to 2003 before residing in Camden with her daughter, Joan Dillard. During her time in Seaford, she was an active member of Atlanta Road Alliance Church. Louise was a wonderful homemaker, outstanding cook, gardener and seamstress. Talent she had, but she boasted not. Louise is survived by her daughter, Joan Dillard of Camden and son, George T. Pittman Jr. (Diane) of Lewes and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. She loved being Grammy to Laura Paasch (Tim) of Glen Allen, Va., Lisa Meares (Lee) of Columbia, S.C., Meg Edmunds (Tom) of Columbia, Susan Pittman of Lewes and Kailua-Kona, and Beth Whitney (Terry) of Chicago, Ill.; and great-grandchildren, Erin, Kathryn and Will Paasch, Walt and Sallie Meares, Tommy Briggs and Annie Edmunds and Aidan Whitney. Besides her husband and parents, Louise was preceded in death by her four sisters and three brothers. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made in her memory to Karesh TLC, 1315 Roberts St., Camden, SC 29020 or Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 S. Fair St., Camden, SC 29020. Arrangements are in the care of Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the Pittman family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.


John Philip Calvin Lease -- John Philip Calvin Lease, 91, of Seaford, died on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. John was born on May 24, 1922, in York, Pa., the son of the late Rev. Leslie and Josephine Lease. He was the youngest of four siblings, Dorothy Burns, the late Robert Lease and the late William Lease. His father served as a missionary in India for 16 years and three of his siblings were born in India, except John who was born in America when his parents came back on furlough. John graduated in 1949 from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., continued his education at Drexel University in engineering and followed with graduate studies at Johns Hopkins. He worked for Allied Signals Corp. (formerly Bendix Corp, Towson, Md.), as a manager of the Laboratory and retired from Bendix after many years. He worked for many other companies in management positions related to the computer and engineering industries. He had many interests  was an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America (he received the Silver Beaver Award in 1979), volunteered at many hospitals in various cities, last at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. His true passion was sailing. He joined the US Power Squadron many years ago and kept busy promoting and teaching safe boating. He accomplished many things in his life. He was very adventurous and did a lot of coastal sailing with his first mate and wife Renate. John retired and moved with his family from New England to Seaford in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Renate Lease and his children, Karin Lease and her husband Andy Bunnell, Richard Lease and his wife Karen and Connie Lease. He is also survived by 2 grandsons and a great-granddaughter. We will miss him dearly because he has contributed much to business, friends, family and community. He will be in our memory forever. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Joseph P. Harton-- Joseph P. Harton, 93, of Wilmington, died on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Mr. Harton was born in Nashville, Tenn. He received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee where he was president of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. In WWII, he was a lieutenant in the 5th Infantry Division of Pattons 3rd Army during its drive from Normandy to Czechoslovakia. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his reconnaissance of the Rhine River crossing site at Nierstein, Germany during this advance. Mr. Harton joined the DuPont Company at Old Hickory, Tenn., in 1947 and was transferred to the DuPont nylon plant in Seaford in 1953. He led the research and development group that developed the commercial process for BCF nylon, which became widely used in carpeting. Mr. Harton retired from DuPont at Seaford in 1984 and moved to Wilmington, that same year. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Jean Price Harton. He is survived by a daughter, Joanna Harton of Branford, Conn.; a son, John Harton of Wilmington; daughter-in-law, Nancy and two grandchildren, Katherine and Andrew. Graveside services will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, at St. Lukes Episcopal Church, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810, and/or St. Lukes Memorial Fund, 202 N. North St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Sarah Lynn Newsome -- Sarah Lynn Newsome, 54, of Silver Springs, Fla., formerly of Dover, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Mrs. Newsome was born on Jan. 13, 1959, in Milford, the daughter of the late Emory F. Zedney and Agnes C. Barnes Zedney. Sarah, along with her husband Larry, was co-owner of Larrys Liquors up until the time of sale in 2003. In the early years of the business, Sarah noticed the majority of sales were from beer, with liquor second, and wine a distant third. Being naturally business minded, she convinced her husband to put more emphasis on wine sales. As a result of her insight, by 1990, the business expanded and grew with the creation of Sarahs Wine Room, which became very successful and helped catapult Larrys Liquors into a well known and respected business in the community. She was a spirited and loving person who always put others ahead of herself. She had a huge, generous heart which was especially expressed towards children and animals. She will be sorely missed, but will be celebrated through memories. She is survived by her loving husband, Larry David Newsome; her grandson, Bryan Pastre of N. Fort Myers, Fla.; three brothers, Steve Zedney and his partner Donna Thomas of Marion, N.C., David Zedney and his wife Beth of Waxhaw, N.C., and Glen Zedney and his wife Irene of Westminster, Md.; three sisters, Fran Newhouse of Federalsburg, Md., Karen Jerread and her husband William of Seaford, and Sharon Contini of Laurel; her sister-in-law, Fran Zedney of Roy, Utah; her goddaughter and godson, Lori Armes and Matthew Clark, both of Seaford; and eight nieces and five nephews. A viewing will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, in Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna. Funeral services will begin at 11. Burial will follow at Lawn Croft Cemetery in Linwood, Pa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Marion County Florida Hospice, 2897 SE 62nd St., Ocala, FL 34480. Condolence letters may be sent by visiting www.fariesfuneralhome.com.


Ronald Gary Tull -- Ronald Gary Tull, 65, passed away peacefully into the Lord's embrace on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, surrounded by his family. Ron fought a gallant battle against Glioblastoma Multiforme, a Grade 4 brain cancer, for over 15 months. He stayed the course, won the race and is now in his Heavenly home. Ron was born on Jan. 21, 1948, in Milford, the first-born child of Leroy and Marian Tull. A well-known young athlete in Delaware, Ron was awarded numerous recognitions, including Outstanding Lineman at the Blue Gold Game in 1966. Ron graduated from the University of Bridgeport, which led to a long career in human resources with NCR, Nortel and GlaxoSmithKline. It has been said that Ron focused on the human in human resources, and was a highly admired and respected colleague and friend to all who had the pleasure to work with him. Ron retired from corporate life in 2008 and joined his wife, Mary Lou, at Fonville-Morisey Realty as a real estate broker, doing business as Tull Realty Group. Ron was an active member of Colonial Baptist Church, and could often be found ushering on Sunday morning, always ready with a warm handshake and a kind word of fellowship for his people. Ron served his Lord, community and family with uncommon love, strength and dignity. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his son, Jason Gregory Tull, in 1993. Ron is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Mary Louise (Evans) Tull of Cary, N.C.; parents, Leroy Thomas Tull and Marian (Breeding) Tull of Bridgeville; daughter, Wendy (Tull) Parker of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; stepdaughter Emily (Myers) Chappell and husband Christopher of Pittsboro, N.C.; stepson, Matthew Myers of Knightdale, N.C.; brother, Daryl Tull and wife Barbara of Bridgeville; brother, Jeffrey Tull and wife Pamela of Bridgeville; brother, Richard Tull and wife Janice of Dover; and the apple of his eye, granddaughter, Katherine Jane Parker, of Fuquay-Varina. A memorial service will be held in celebration of Ron's life at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, Colonial Baptist Church, 6051 Tryon Rd., Cary, NC 27518. A second service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933. Mary Lou, Wendy, Emily and Matt would like to thank their extended family, friends, neighbors, the Duke Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, and Hospice of Wake County, for their outstanding love and support during Rons illness, and particularly in the last few weeks of his life.(In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Colonial Baptist Church, Benevolence Fund, in Honor of Ron Tull, at 6051 Tryon Rd., Cary, NC 27518, or to Caring Bridge, www.caringbridge.org/visit/rontull. Please visit Mr. Tulls Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Wanda M. Wannie Foraker -- Wanda M. Wannie Foraker, 64, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Wanda was born in Milford, a daughter of Norman and Margaret Davis of Millsboro. A very dedicated employee, she had worked for Delaware Hospice, Rehoboth Police Department and the Blue Gold Inn. In addition to her parents, Ms. Foraker is survived by her longtime companion, Gary Hill of Laurel; her son, Alvin E. Foraker and Jennifer Stubbs of Laurel; a sister, Cindy Catts of Georgetown; her nieces, Jessica and Christiana Catts and Kim and Rodney Marvel; great aunt, Kathleen Fleetwood; and granddaughter, Savannah "Tator Bug" Lemon. She was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Davis in 1984. Services will be announced in the near future.


Robert Lee Carey -- Robert Lee Carey, 82, of Bridgeville and formerly of Newark, passed away on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. Mr. Carey was born in Bridgeville on Aug. 25, 1931, son of the late Lee and Margaret (Tull) Carey. Mr. Carey graduated from Bridgeville High School in 1949 and continued on to the University of Delaware where he obtained his degree in agricultural economics in 1953. Throughout his studies at U of D, Mr. Carey served in the ROTC and Army National Guard and was called to active duty shortly after graduation. He served for four years with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict before returning Army Reserve status. Mr. Carey utilized the GI Bill to further his education and earned an additional degree, a masters in business, from the University of Delaware. After 38 years of dedicated military service, he retired from the Army Reserves with the rank of colonel in 1991. Mr. Carey spent a lifelong career with the Produce Marketing Association in Newark, where he retired as president with over 38 years of dedicated service to the association in 1996. He was an active board member of the ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) and was past president and actively involved in his school fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau. In his free time, Mr. Carey enjoyed playing golf, reading, spending time with family, and rooting for his favorite sports teams - the Phillies, Eagles and Blue Hens. He was described by his loved ones as friendly and outgoing, a man who found happiness through making others feel better. Mr. Carey was a loving father who made a positive impression on everyone else around him with his friendly demeanor and infectious sense of humor. Mr. Carey is survived by his two sons: Bob Carey and his wife Cristina of Bridgeville and Tom Carey and his wife Marian also of Bridgeville; his daughter, Gayle C. Budd and her husband Tom of Sewell, N.J.; his sister, Betty Ann Hardesty and her husband Sonny of Bridgeville; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Budd and her husband Adam Fulginiti, Sarah Carey, Nathan Carey, Daniel Carey, Meredith Carey, Erin Carey and Rachel Carey; one nephew, Clifton Hardesty and his wife Wendy; and one niece, Laura Lee Mitchell and her husband Jim. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may visit one hour before the services. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Careys name to Delmarva Teen Challenge, P.O. Box 1271, Seaford, DE 19973. Visit Mr. Careys Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Andrew Drew C. Bintliff -- Andrew Drew C. Bintliff, 54, of Bridgeville, died on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Drew was a master machinist for K & L Microwave in Salisbury, Md. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, surfer and ham radio enthusiast. He was the son of the late Burns and Catherine Bintliff. Drew is survived by his wife, Linda Bintliff; 2 children, Cheyne Bintliff and Hannah Bintliff; 2 grandchildren, Halie and Paige Bintliff; 4 brothers, Thomas, John, Mark and James Bintliff; and 4 sisters, Kathryn Schaffhauser, Burnece Stevenson, Mary Ogren and Regina Long. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2.


Andrea Snuggles Holt -- Andrea Holt, 34, was born on July 24, 1979 to John and Rose Hammond. She was called home by the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. She is survived by her husband, Charles Holt Sr. and three children who she loved dearly, Cayla Hammond, 16, Charles Holt Jr., 14 and Tyler Holt, 10. She is also survived by three sisters, Margaret Beach, Dawn Chandeliro and Eleanor Wright and two brothers, Jimmy Davis and John (Wes) Hammond. She was preceded in death by one sister, Elaine Hudson and her parents, John and Rose Hammond. Andrea was loved dearly by many family and friends whom she also loved. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, at Hollywood Cemetery on Rt. 14 in Harrington. All are invited to attend. Friends and family are encouraged to make donations to McNatt Funeral Home, 50 Commerce St., Harrington, DE 19952.


Charles Donald Russell -- Charles Donald Russell, 79, of Laurel, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at home in Laurel. He was born on June 1, 1934, in Sharptown, Md., a son of the late Harry Edgar Russell and Mamie Virginia Heath Russell. Donald retired in 1985 after 34 years in Works Engineering at the DuPont Co., Seaford. He also worked at Atlantic, Smith, Cropper & Deeley Insurance Co., Willards, Md., as a maintenance engineer. His love for the Lord, his family and serving with Children's Ministry in church along with working in his garden, woodshop, golfing and fishing made his life full and satisfying. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, RosaLee Halter Russell; a daughter, Lisa Riley; a son, Todd Russell and Hazel Russell; grandchildren, Sgt. Michael D. Stone and Jessica Deoudes, Jennifer Riley, Megan McLeod and Dustin McLeod and Kelly Megee and great grandchildren, Cody Stone, BreeEllen Stone, Gavin McLeod and Tyler Cannon. Donald was also preceded in death by his sister, Esther Wainwright; brother, Edgar Allan Russell and several nephews. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene, Salisbury, Md. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene Children's Ministry or to the University of Maryland Cancer Center Cancer Research Fund, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, Md., in Charles Donald Russell's name. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home.


Elinor H. Stephens -- Elinor H. Stephens, 92, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Methodist Manor House, Seaford. She was born in East Orange, N.J. on Sept. 12, 1921, a daughter of the late Franklin and Albertha (West) Heydecke. Mrs. Stephens graduated from Tufts University, Medford, Mass. and continued her education at Columbia University, New York City, N.Y., where she received her master's degree. She taught physical education for numerous years at New Jersey College for Women, part of the Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. After meeting the love of her life, William R. Stephens, they relocated to Delaware in 1952 to start their family. Since then Elinor became a homemaker and took great pleasure in taking care of her family. During her spare time Elinor enjoyed spending time at the bowling alley with friends. She was also an active volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for over 30 years. Elinor will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a great friend by all who knew her. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Stephens was preceded in death by her loving husband of 39 years, William R. Stephens in 1992. She is survived by her daughter, Diane E. Stephens of Wilmington; her two sons, David Stephens and his wife Alice of Arnold, Md. and Peter Stephens and his wife Barbara of Seaford; and her four grandchildren, Jonathan Stephens and his fianc← Lindsay James, Jennifer Stephens, Daniel Stephens and Matthew Stephens. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may visit beginning at 10. Interment will immediately follow at Bridgeville Cemetery, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803 or to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Dr., Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713. Visit Mrs. Stephens Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Edward Conaway -- Edward Conaway, 90, of Georgetown and Leesburg, Fla., died peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Born in Georgetown on Nov. 19, 1922, to the late Walter and Carthy Conaway, Eddie graduated from Georgetown High School in 1941 where he excelled in basketball, going on to play for Father McCarthy in Wilmington and in the Eastern Shore League. After marrying the love of his life, Frances Truitt, they moved to Claymont where he worked in the Philadelphia Shipyard. Shorty after, Eddie enlisted in the US Marine Corps in May, 1943. He was honorably discharged in April, 1946. Proud of his service in the Corps, he always said, Once a Marine, always a Marine. After the service Eddie worked for the B & L Feed Company in the poultry business. Wanting to start his own business in 1958, he and lifetime friend, Nutter Bozie Marvel Jr. started C & M Auto Supply. Retiring in 1977, he and Frances headed for Florida, locating in Leesburg. An avid sports fan, following his favorite teams, the Celtics and Yankees and still excelling at basketball with different mens leagues, he and a number of businessmen in town were instrumental in starting the Georgetown Little League. In the past he was an active Mason in the Franklin Lodge, Lions Club and a proud member of the Republican Party. He was elected County Sheriff in 1967-1968. Eddie was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Frances, in March 1997; his son, F. Edward in 1979; and his son, Stuart in 2010. He is survived by his 3 daughters, Carol Serman and husband Mike, Jane Brock and her fianc← and Eddies caregiver Chris Pittas, and Joan Riddle and husband Allen; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and dear friend, Kitty Griffith of Seaford. Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, Nov. 21, at Parsell Funeral Home & Crematorium, Dodd-Carey Chapel, 307 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, where friends may call one hour before the services. Friends may also call on Wednesday evening, Nov. 20, from 6 to 8, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Georgetown. The family would like to thank Delaware Hospice for their special and loving care that was shown to their father and their family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Eddies memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Visit Mr. Conaways Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Roy Allen Whaley -- Roy Allen Whaley, 74, was born near Laurel on April 12, 1939, and departed this earth on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. He attended Laurel High School. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Roy was a mechanic and auto body worker by trade. He worked for Collins Motor Company, Allen's Body Works and Layton's Service Station in Laurel and Russell Murray's Body Shop and Donovan's Salvage Works in Georgetown. He was also co-owner and operator of Whaley's Service Station on Rt. 24, east of Laurel. He enjoyed tinkering on old gas engines. He collected and refurbished antique tractors. He also sported a 1:18 scale model antique car collection. Roy was a skilled musician, playing a variety of instruments with many interesting people and different brands throughout the years. He was also known for his harmonic tenor vocals. Bluegrass was his favorite music and he was one of the founders of Peninsula Bluegrass, Inc. It is the mission of Peninsula Bluegrass, Inc. to promote "Old-Time" Country and Bluegrass music. Roy enjoyed teaching others to play and continued to be a resource for those honing their skills. He made many friends through his music. He and his wife, Marie have hosted weekly "pick-ins" at their home for many years. Roy is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marie A. Whaley; a daughter, Brenda R. Conaway; a grandson, Jeremiah A. Conaway; a sister, Carol W. Johnson (Jimmy); a brother, Clarence L. (Pike) Whaley (Darlene); and one sister-in-law, Thelma Whaley, all of Laurel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nancy E. and Willie D. Whaley; 2 brothers, Carlton B. and Carmel D. Whaley; sister, Evalyn W. Joseph, all of Laurel; and his son-in-law, Craig A. Conaway, of Millsboro. Services will be private.


Berenice A. Malone -- Berenice A. Malone, 89, of Seaford, died on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Berenice was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, a volunteer at the Sussex Pregnancy Center and loved traveling and camping. Her husband, Robert L. Malone died in 2010. She is survived by 2 sons, Jeffrey R. Malone and his wife Patricia and Kevin Malone and his wife Sumiko, and 2 grandchildren, Sean Malone and Kimberly Tribbitt. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, PO Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973 or the Methodist Manor Benevolence Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


A. Starr Widdowson -- Angela Starr Colona Widdowson, 55, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Starr was born on July 25, 1958 in Nassawadox, Va., the daughter of Norris Gray Colona and Betty Jo Matthews Colona of Federalsburg, Md. Her husband, G. Leonard Widdowson preceded her in death on March 15, 2004. She was a graduate of Colonial Richardson High School, Class of 1976. She had worked for E.I. Dupont in Seaford for 22 years before being employed at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital as a medical transcriptionist. In addition to her parents, Norris and Betty Jo Colona, she is survived by a son, Christopher R. Smullin and his wife Debra of Seaford; a granddaughter, Adrianah Rae Smullin of Seaford; a brother, the Rev. Keith Colona and his wife Deena; a nephew, Nicholas Gray Colona; her fianc←e, Robert Witzke of Bridgeville; former husband, Willie Jr. Smullin and his wife Lea Ann Smullin of Bloxom, Va. and her beloved dog, Gabby and kitten, Sissy. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Park Lane Church of God in Federalsburg with Bishop Ray Parsons officiating. Her brother, Rev. Keith Colona will assist. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg. Friends may call at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. Memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, Inc., 600 DuPont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947. To share memories, visit www.framptom.com.


Frank Earl Keel -- Frank Earl Keel, 68, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at the Milford Hospice Center. He was born on Nov. 14, 1944. He had lived in the Bridgeville/Greenwood area all his life. Frank graduated from Greenwood High School, Class of 1962 and then went to work for H.P. Cannon Foods as a lab technician. Following this, he owned and operated Keels TV for over 50 years. He enjoyed his work and loved the interaction with his customers. He was an extremely friendly person and enjoyed talking to everyone, never meeting a stranger. One of his favorite topics was his grandchildren. For over 30 years, he spent summers at Tuckahoe Acres Camping Resort, Dagsboro, and had many close friends that he looked forward to seeing every year and hated to leave at the end of each summer. He was a devoted husband, father and Pop Pop. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Shirley Ruth Morris Keel; a son, James Frank Keel and his wife Tara and two grandchildren, Hunter and Taylor, all of Bridgeville. He was preceded in death by his parents, former State Representative Earl Nathaniel Keel and Mary Uhler Keel. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, where visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1. Interment will be held at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or St. Johnstown Church, P.O. Box 124, Greenwood, DE 19950.


Harold L. Webb Sr. -- Harold L. Webb Sr., 81, of Delmar, died on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at his companions home in Delmar, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Aug. 29, 1932 in Delmar, a son of the late Walter and Julia Melson Webb. Harold was the son of a farmer and, at a young age, developed a strong work ethic, which stayed with him throughout his lifetime. Not only was he a lifetime farmer, but he used his industriousness to work several secondary jobs to help support his family. He attended Community Christian Church in Salisbury. Harold suffered a heart attack over 20 years ago which led him to become very regimented in his exercise. He would walk at least 5 miles a day and was often spotted walking around town wearing his signature smile. He was a true fan of the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles. His biggest and most important hobby was his family, and for that they are truly grateful. He is survived by three daughters, Terry Layton (Ricky) of Laurel, Cathy Mariner (Rob) of Ellicott City, Md. and Karen Raley (Stephen) of Delmar; three sons, Harold L. Webb Jr. (Melissa) of Milford, Jack Webb (Sharon) of Delmar and Sam Webb of Delmar; eight grandchildren, Stephen, Brandon and Justin Mariner, Lance Culver, Michelle Raley, Damian Walters, Jack Webb Jr. and Sarah Webb; nine great-grandchildren; and a special companion, Jean Banks of Delmar, and her children and grandchildren. He is also survived by his special little buddy, his dog Chico. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris V. Hastings Webb. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from noon to 2. Interment will follow the service at Line Cemetery in Delmar. In memory of Mr. Webb, contributions may be sent to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Cornelia J. Pruitt -- On Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, God and Cornelia concluded, that after 91 years, it was time for her to go, so she went  from the Methodist Manor House, Seaford. She is survived by a son, Michael J. Polotnik Jr., in Wilmington; a daughter, Mary L. P. Hudson and her spouse Lynn E. Ekelund, in Milton; a sister, Marietta T. Hopkins, in Salisbury, Md.; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial send-off will be held at a later date on the banks of Pine Creek where it flows past the village of Cedar Run, Lycoming County, Penn. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Services, Milton.


Ethel Jane OBier -- Ethel Jane OBier, 81, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital of respiratory failure. Jane was born in Seaford, the daughter of the late William I. OBier Sr. and Viva May Wainwright OBier. She was raised on a farm outside of Seaford. She graduated from Seaford High School in 1953. She was a private babysitter for several years. She was a member of Gethsemane United Methodist Church. Attending there since she was a baby, she was a nursery helper for over 40 years, a member of The Bible class and adult Sunday school. She formerly attended evening services at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church where she helped with the MOPES. She was a member of the Nanticoke Senior Center. Prior to her death, Jane was a resident of Genesis Seaford Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Silas W. OBier and William I. OBier Jr.; her sister, Ruth O. Pase and her brother-in-law, Nolan S. Bud Pase Sr. She is survived by a niece, Judith Murphy (Steven) of Salisbury, Md.; nephew, Nolan S. Butch Pase Jr. of Bridgeville; great nephew, Enoc Murphy; great-great niece, Kali Murphy of Parkville, Md. and several cousins. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 2701 Woodland Ferry Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


C. Ben Wisseman -- C. Ben Wisseman, 76, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, of liver cancer. Ben was born in Greenwood to Cortas and Laura (Yoder) Wisseman. He moved with his family to North Fork, Calif., when he was three. At age six, they moved to Federal, Wyo., where he attended a one-room school of six students, four of which were his cousins. The family moved to Fort Collins, Colo., when Ben was nine. He then attended school at LaPorte, Colo. Ben graduated from Western Mennonite High School in Salem, Ore. Ben made a decision to follow Jesus at age 12 at a Billy Graham Crusade in Denver, Colo. He was an active member of Prince of Peace Community Church. Ben and Ruth (Ropp) were married on Sept. 16, 1960, in Albany, Ore. They had an Albany address for their entire married life. He was an Albany businessman  formerly owner of Albany Cabinets, Albany Flowers & Hallmark and Ben Wisseman Trucking; and, most recently, co-owner of Farm Country Care (adult foster home). Bens interests included fishing, hunting, gardening, John Deere tractors, model railroading - especially Union Pacific books and memorabilia. Later in life, he became a wildlife/animal enthusiast. Throughout his life, Ben enjoyed sports. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cortas and Laura (Yoder) Wisseman; a sister, Loretta Soderberg; and parents-in-law, Aaron and Verna (Kropf) Ropp. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Ruth (Ropp) Wisseman of Albany; son, Darrel and wife Janette (Aeschliman) Wisseman of Prineville, Ore.; daughter, Darla and husband James Glick of Salem, Ore.; daughter, Donna and husband Zach Hausken of Corvallis, Ore.; brother Dave Wisseman of Lusk, Wyo.; sister, Ruth Embleton of Greenwood; and grandchildren, Lacey and husband Luke Currier, John and Oliver Wisseman, Levi Glick, and Griff and Guthrie Hausken. A private, graveside burial will be held at a later date. Contributions in memory of Ben Wisseman may be made to Drift Creek Camp or the charity of your choice - in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321.


Edward Allen Baker -- Edward Allen Baker, 71, of Sharptown, Md., went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 25, 1942 in Sharptown, a son of the late Allen W. and Mabel E. Baker. Ed retired in 1991 as a supervisor at the DuPont Co. in Seaford after 31 years. He was a longtime member of Nelsons United Methodist Church in Hebron, Md. and a member of the Adkins Historical Society of Mardela Springs, Md. After retirement he set out to build his own workboat, which was a lifelong dream for him. He loved working on the water, whether he was fishing, crabbing or oystering. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida with his wife, classic country music and, most importantly, spending fun times with his family and grandchildren. He is survived by his beloved wife of close to 50 years, Judith S. Baker; a son, Shawn Baker (Dana); three daughters, Dawn Fox (Jim), Shannon Kowalski (Jeff) and Dana Lynerd (Rich); 11 grandchildren, Kaity, Taylor & Ethan Baker, Jimmy, Jordan & Jessie Fox, Mackenzie, Noah & Ryan Kowalski and Delaney & Braylon Lynerd; a brother, Gary Baker (Joy); and a sister, Edna Griffith (Richard). He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Christine Lynn Baker. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Nelsons United Methodist Church in Hebron, where family and friends may call from 2 to 3. The Rev. Jim Fox, son-in-law, will officiate. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made in his memory to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Roxie Maxine Sutherland Weitzen, 96, of Seaford, died on October 31, 2013. Roxie was born in Mullins, West Virginia on Oct. 12, 1917, the daughter of the late Richard and Aily Sutherland of Clintwood, VA. Roxie was a retired school teacher and librarian from the Alexandria, VA School District. A graduate of George Mason College in Fairfax, VA, she was a long-time member of the Second Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, VA and the Seaford Presbyterian Church in Seaford, DE. Roxie moved to the Methodist Manor House in Seaford in 1996 with her husband. Roxie was a gentle southern lady of refined and impeccable manners. Her selfless devotion to her family and others and her deep and abiding faith in our Lord deeply affected and inspired all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her husband, Harold C. Weitzen passed away in 1998. She is survived by a daughter Jessica Handy and her husband Allen of Seaford, two grandsons, AJ Handy and his wife Jennifer of Belgrade, Montana and Ryan Handy of Seaford, a great-granddaughter, Penelope Adalee Handy of Belgrade, Montana and two sisters, Betty Mowery of Huntsville, Alabama and Jean Munal of Kingsport, Tennessee. Memorial Services will be on Saturday, November 9, at 2 p.m. at the Perdue Chapel in the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd, Seaford. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made to the Benevolence Fund at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements by the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Charles (Chick) Lee Phillips -- Charles (Chick) Lee Phillips, 88, of Delmar, died on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Born in Centreville, Md. on May 24, 1925, he was the son of the late H. Linwood and Blanche Boone Phillips of Delmar. Mr. Phillips moved to the farm from Centreville when he was 6-years-old along with his two older brothers, Linwood and Bill. After his father lost all of his assets in the Depression, Charlie stayed with his parents to help make ends meet and to participate in the many chores on the farm. He graduated from Delmar High School. His career began with driving for Red Star and, in 1952, Carolina Trailways acquired them and he continued to drive for them until 1987. Charlie drove for 36 years and over 1.8 million miles without an accident. While driving with Trailways he developed many good friendships with his driving buddies and he also met the love of his life, Betty, a love that lasted for over 61 years. But on March 10, 2013, Betty passed; he truly mourned her death, was inconsolable and only wanted to be with her again in eternity. While Charlie was still driving he spent many days in the river progging, tonging oysters, net fishing, crabbing, trapping muskrats and coons, and hunting duck and deer. Feeding birds was a passion for him. Not all that he did was for pleasure, it provided a second income. He always had his sons with him which enabled them to learn much about the outdoors and that it wasnt just about the harvest, but how to appreciate the outdoors. There was many a bird that migrated back to their nesting ground, healthy and fat, thanks to Charlie. Charlie also enjoyed gardening with Betty from spring peas to fall greens, he had it all. He enjoyed seeing Betty walking down the row and how everything had grown almost to perfection, knowing there was a good meal ahead. Charlie and Betty were exceptionally generous, sharing the gardens bounty with family, friends and acquaintances. A person never left the Phillips farm without something in hand. The sharing was always giving the very best away with love. Charlie also was glad to see that his grandson was going to carry on in his enthusiasm about hunting. He also enjoyed seeing his grandchildren play their many sports throughout the years and always wanted to be where he could, as he said, see it all! He was also proud of his granddaughters decisions to continue their education and enjoyed spending time with his great-grandson. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He always liked entertaining people with jokes and stories, especially, Archibald A. Sholebroke. Charlie was very talented in many ways, but liked making paddles, building duck blinds, flying ducks and geese, v boards, coon boxes, three piece duck dinners and putting together pictures in albums and frames, especially of hunting and family. He was a good handyman to say the least. He was especially talented when it came to playing a piano. He could always draw a crowd when his hands touched those ivories. Charlie leaves this world impacting a vast majority of people with his dedication to his family and friends. He was a legend in his own time and, for many, a great person to be with when it came to hunting. Charlie is survived by his two sons, Robert Lee Phillips and his wife, Lorie of Delmar and Charles Harry Phillips of Salisbury; two brothers-in-law, Robert Franklin Robertson and George Henry Robertson and his wife, Rosalie of Salisbury; nephews, Bill Phillips and his wife, Dawn of North Carolina, formerly of Salisbury and Bryan Phillips and his wife, Susan of Salisbury; grandchildren, Charlene Marie Phillips of Fruitland, Megan Victoria Phillips and Leah Renee Phillips, both of Salisbury, Caroline Elizabeth Phillips and Carson Lee Phillips, both of Delmar and great-grandson, Jace Michael Phillips Anderson of Salisbury. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Holloway Funeral Home, where visitation will be held two hours before the service. Interment will be on the family farm. Contributions may be made to D.U. Canada, in memory of Charles Phillips, 204-467-3000 or www.ducks@ca or Coastal Hospice, Worcester Residents Campaign, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


Richard Louis 'Binky' O'Neal -- Richard Louis "Binky" O'Neal, 67, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013, in Port Charlotte, Fla., at the home of his son, Dr. Benjamin Richard O'Neal. Richard was born to the late Raymond and Marguerite O'Neal on Feb. 16, 1946, in Milford, and was a lifelong resident of Laurel. He graduated from Laurel High School in 1964 and then went on to serve his country in the US Air Force from 1964 to 1968. He rose to the rank of sergeant and his service included a tour of duty in Vietnam. While stationed at Edwards AFB in California, he met his wife Irene Liverman. They returned to his childhood home where they were married at Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel on Oct. 6, 1968. After serving in the Air Force, Richard worked for the town of Laurel for over 20 years and also worked at W. C. Littleton & Son, Inc. as an accountant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Lee O'Neal. He is survived by Irene O'Neal, his wife of 44 years; his son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin and Melissa O'Neal; his grandchildren, Emily Marie and Maxwell Benjamin O'Neal, all of Port Charlotte; his brother and sister-in-law, Raymond Jr. and Connie O'Neal of Laurel; his sister, Fay O'Neal of Seaford and many nieces and nephews. He was interred with military honors at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla., on July 29, 2013. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel.


George Willard Lecates -- George Willard Lecates, 64, of Laurel, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Willard was born on March 7, 1949 and was a lifelong resident of Sussex County. He served as a police officer for the towns of Laurel and Berlin, where he was shot in the line of duty, and, due to his injuries, was unable to return to duty. He served as a Delaware State Constable for 20 years before retiring. He attended the Laurel Church of the Nazarene for over 33 years. Willard was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Lecates Littleton; father, Gardner Hill; sister, Betty Fitzgerald; brother-in-law, Frances Fitzgerald and a brother, Roscoe Lecates. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Linda; children, Lori Santos, Chad and wife Michelle, Shane and Lacey; grandchildren, Austin, Makayla and Jada; sisters, Janice Cecil and husband Jim, Dixie Scholtes and husband Michael; brother, Gardner and wife Phyllis and many nieces, nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. A funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov, 9, at Laurel Church of the Nazarene, 94 Walnut St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 3 to 3:30. Pastor Ralph Fraser will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Lecates to Laurel Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 705, Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Thelma E. Tremarco -- Thelma E. Tremarco, 88, of Laurel passed away on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at home. Born in Patachogue, N.Y. in 1925, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Madalene Hoagland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Tremarco; her son Anthony Tremarco and her sister, Patricia Bruce. She was an active member of Beebe Hospital Ladies Auxiliary for many years. After moving to Laurel, she was a past member of the Laurel New Century Club and a member of Christ the Cornerstone Community Church in Laurel. She is survived by her son, Martin Tremarco and his wife Karen of Monroe Township, N.J.; her daughter, Patricia Thompson and her husband William of Laurel; her daughter-in-law, Patricia Tremarco, of Eustis, Fla.; her 6 grandchildren and spouses, Fred and Christine Applegate, Anthony Applegate, Martin and Sharon Tremarco Jr., Ed Tremarco, Cheri Tremarco and Carrie and Jay Roberts; her great grandchildren, Fred and Christina Applegate, Madison Tremarco, Samantha, AJ and Rachael Tremarco, Adian and Nicky Kozak, Molly and Jay Jay Roberts, Tommy Abrahms and Jessica Mintz; and her great great grandchildren, Erika and Fred Applegate. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Hoagland and his wife Cindy. All services will be held privately at her request. Arrangements are in the care of Chandler Funeral Home.


Davis Lizar Milligan -- Davis Lizar Milligan, 77, of Greenwood, died on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Mr. Milligan was born in Brookview, Md., the son of the late Francis Reese Milligan Sr. and Rachel E. Tull Milligan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Douglas Milligan and 2 brothers, James Milligan and Francis Reese Milligan Jr. Davis was a carpenter in this area for his entire life. He was a member of Victory Tabernacle Church of God in Laurel and the Delaware Tractor Association. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joan Catherine Bollinger Milligan; 2 sons, James Milligan (Kelly) and Michael Milligan (Deana); a daughter, Debbie Southern (Dan); grandchildren, Kevin Southern-Fox (Heather), David Southern, Stephen Southern, Kristie Lee (Tom), James Milligan, Megan Milligan and Hunter Milligan and great-grandchildren, Connor Carter, Micah Martin and soon to be baby Judah (Davis) Southern-Fox. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, at Victory Tabernacle Church of God, 28261 Seaford Rd., Laurel, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Brookview Cemetery, Brookview, Md. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


William L. West -- William L. West, 86, of Georgetown, passed away on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Christiana Hospital. William was born in Millsboro, a son of the late Charles and Alice West. William retired from Dresser Industries in Salisbury. He enjoyed going to hymn sings, bowling, fishing and watching the Baltimore Ravens football team. He was an Army veteran. Mr. West is survived by his wife, Mildred West of Georgetown; his children, Steve Cahall of Ridgely, Floyd Cahall of Laurel, Sharon Elliott of Laurel, Patricia Cahall of Laurel and Dana Laprat of Seaford; 18 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, at Seaford Wesleyan Church, The Ark, 26630 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, where a viewing will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. The Revs. Dave Kiser and Robert Douglas will officiate. Interment will follow in Millsboro Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Charles N. Thomas -- Charles N. Thomas, 102, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Seaford Center in Seaford. He was born in Milford on Sept. 17, 1911, son of the late Charles M. and Laure E. (Short) Thomas. Mr. Thomas enjoyed a 35 year career with Allied Chemical Corporation and retired in September of 1973. He thoroughly loved gardening and had a large garden filled with vegetables and colorful roses. Charles also enjoyed spending time fishing, feeding birds and doing needlepoint. Mr. Thomas is survived by his son, R. Richard Thomas and wife Debi of Seaford; seven grandchildren: Robert Thomas Jr., Russell Thomas Jr., April Cheesman, Joseph Thomas, Angie Willin, Amy Littleton and Trisha Newcomer; many great and great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Dottie Adams and husband Bunk and many extended family members. A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Hwy., New Castle. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist in funeral expenses. Visit Mr. Thomass Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Iris Jean Stuart -- Iris Jean Stuart, 59, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Seaford on Nov. 22, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Grover W. and Frances M. Timmons Hearn. A Laurel High School graduate, Ms. Stuart also graduated from Converse College in South Carolina with a bachelor's degree in piano with a minor in voice. She received her teachers degree from Ball State University in Indianapolis. Ms. Stuart had been choral director at Delmar Junior/Senior High School for many years. She is survived by 4 daughters, Sara (Daniel), Rachel (Joseph), Lizzie and Julia (Dan); 3 brothers, Gary, Lonnie and Terry Hearn; 4ᄑ grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Delmar Junior/Senior High School Auditorium, 200 N. 8th St., Delmar, where friends and relatives may call from noon to 2. Pastor Brian Moss of Oak Ridge Baptist Church, Salisbury, Md., will officiate. Interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Delmar High School Fine Arts, 200 N. 8th St., Delmar, DE 19940 or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the Stuart family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


John Davis Speer -- John Davis Speer, 68, of Laurel, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at his home in Laurel. He was born in New York, a son of the late Francis Speer and Eleanor Ayers. He is survived by his wife, Betty; stepchildren, Inga Opp, and Michael and Peter Sibilia; and grandchildren, Kristin, Daniel, Maya and Jacob. He had a great love for nature and photography, music and a curious mind. He was a member of the Nanticoke River Art League. Contributions in Mr. Speers memory may be sent to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Elizabeth M. Betty Moore -- Elizabeth M. Betty Moore, 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. She was born in Greenwood on April 21, 1924, the daughter of the late Merle F. and Catherine G. OBier. After attending Greenwood High School she worked at DuPont in Seaford for a short duration and was later employed by Firestone Tire & Rubber as a bookkeeper, retiring in 1975. Following a serious illness, Betty had resided at Lofland Park Center for the past 7 ᄑ years and her family is extremely grateful to the staff for their care and support. Betty was the first president of the Greenwood VFW Ladies Auxiliary which she was instrumental in organizing and also a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church. She loved to bake and was known for homemade cakes and cookies which she usually gave away to friends or donated to church dinners and auctions. She was also known for her kind and caring demeanor. The most important thing to her was family. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by three brothers, Earl T. OBier, Donald M. OBier and Robert G. OBier and two sisters, Doris H. Hall and Norma Jean Sipple, all of Greenwood. Betty will be dearly missed by her loving husband of almost 70 years, Ralph H. Moore and her daughter, Katherine M. Boyd and husband Robert of Seaford. She is also survived by her brother, John M. OBier and wife Jean, sister-in-law, Elaine OBier, all of Greenwood, and nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Greenwood United Methodist Church (corner of West Market and Church streets, Greenwood), with a funeral service at noon. Interment will be held in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 West Market St., Greenwood. The family suggests donations in Bettys memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963; Alzheimers Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or Greenwood United Methodist Church at the above address.


George Kenneth Hastings, 77 Major General George Kenneth Hastings, 77, of Laurel, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on October 26, 2013. Born in Laurel on September 28, 1936, he is the son of the late James L. Hastings and Virginia Collins Hastings. He spent most of his adult life as a soldier. He was commissioned in ROTC at the University of Delaware and began his first tour of active duty shortly after graduation. Upon his return from his initial tour of active duty, he became a full-time trainer and administrator for the Delaware Army National Guard, where he served until returning to active duty for two more tours mainly in the Pentagon and at the Combined Arms Center at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He was a member of the American Legion Post #19 in Laurel, VFW in Delmar, Maryland and several other military organizations. He had also served on the Veterans Commission in Delaware, and as President of the Association of the U.S. Army Chapter in Delaware. He served six years as Adj. General of the Delaware National Guard as his last service in uniform. After retirement, he worked for several years on projects in support of the deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He spent six years in one of the large groups working on Total Army Analysis, which he considered one of the major highlights of his career. In addition to his military school, he had Masters Degrees from the University of Southern California, and from Wilmington University. Ken is survived by his loving wife of almost 46 years, Rose Ann Hastings; two daughters: Joanna Sampson and her husband Robert of Burke, Virginia, and Jaime Hastings of Arlington, Virginia. Two grandchildren; Laura and Nicholas Sampson of Burke,Virginia. Sisters; Phyllis Wimbrow of Whaleyville, Maryland, and Jan Conway of Salisbury, Maryland. Sister-in-law, Pat Hastings of Laurel. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, Ken is preceded in death by his brother, John Hastings. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home 700 West Street Laurel, Delaware at 2:00 pm. A visitation will be held from 12-2 pm at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery where full military honors will be performed. In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Online condolences may be sent to the Hastings family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com


Kenneth Wayne Hill -- Kenneth Wayne Hill, 59, of Seaford, died on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Milford, he was the son of the late Amy Wilson and George B. Hill. He was a salesman before retiring on disability. Kenneth was a member of Concord United Methodist Church and a past president of Seaford Jaycees. He coached sports at the Seaford Boys & Girls Club, umpired softball games, bowled and was an avid sports fan. He is survived by two daughters, Angela Hill-Hammond and husband Richard of Seaford and Ashley Hill of Auburn, N.Y.; a sister, Norma Lee Bethard of Salisbury, Md.; a grandson, Lilman Hill of Seaford; his significant other, Cheryl Hill of Seaford; a niece and two nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 2. The Rev. Diane Melson will officiate. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery, Concord.


Joseph William Ellis -- Joseph William Ellis, 84, of Galestown, Md., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at his family home in Galestown. Joseph was born on the family farm outside Galestown on Oct. 28, 1928. He was the son of the late Norris Ellis and Mattie Ellis. Joseph graduated from Hurlock High School in 1945. Mr. Elliss career interests included working for Seaford Feed Mill, district sales manager of Baltimore Life Insurance Company, sales and operations manager of Royster Company/Lebanon Chemical Company and poultry grower for Swift Company and Perdue Farms. He was a member and past long-time Sunday school superintendent and teacher for Galestown United Methodist Church, past president of Delmarva Widowed Persons Group and past multiple term mayor of Galestown. Before and during his retirement Joe was a devoted and loving husband of 56 years to Joanne Ellis. After her death in 2004, he was a loving friend to Ida Lee Coulbourne of Cokesbury, Md., until his death. Joe was a loving and beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather that enjoyed spending much of his time with family, friends and traveling. He always looked forward to returning to his much loved Galestown. During his final days, Joe returned to his home in Galestown under the care of his family and Coastal Hospice. Mr. Ellis is survived by his children, Larry Ellis of Severn, Md., Craig Ellis of Galestown, Linda Hastings of Salisbury, Margaret Ray of Galestown and Scott Ellis of Huntersville, N.C.; son-in-laws, C.F. Hastings of Salisbury and Wayne Ray of Galestown; grandchildren, Wayne Ray III, Matthew Ray, Joshua Ray, Kelsey Ellis and Eric Ellis and great grandchildren, Desiree Ray, Garrett Ray and Kirsten Ray. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne Ellis and grandparents, Vesta and Joseph Ellis, all of Galestown. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, at Galestown United Methodist Church, 5541 Galestown-Newhart Mill Rd., Galestown, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The Revs. Linda Mariner and Barbara Kiser will officiate. Interment will follow in Galestown Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Mr. Elliss name to Galestown United Methodist Church, 5541 Galestown-Newhart Mill Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or Galestown Cemetery Fund, c/o Brenda Cole, 5733 Eldorado-Rhodesdale Rd., Rhodesdale, MD 21659 or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the Ellis family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Larry Gene Milburn Sr. -- Larry Gene Milburn Sr., 70, of Delmar, and formerly of Cape Charles, Va., died on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at his daughters home in Delmar. He was born on Sept. 14, 1943 in Nassawadox, Va., a son of the late Luther Edward "Snookie" Milburn and Anna Lucille Bennett Milburn. After school Larry enlisted in the Army National Guard. He worked on the railroad as a brakeman for Conrail and as a conductor for Amtrak and retired after 25 years of service. He was an avid golfer who played as often as possible and proudly carded 12 holes-in-one, once getting two in the same round. He was an accomplished magician and loved performing at the Delmar Public Library, at LifeCare at Lofland Park for the nursing home residents and childrens birthday parties. He was a rodeo rider for a few years in Cowtown, N.J., which earned him the nickname Bronco Larry, from his railroad buddies. Larry was a faithful Washington Redskins fan for many years and stuck with them through the years, good and bad. He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 50 years, Sylvia M. Milburn; 2 sons, Robert Nicholas Milburn (Jennifer) of Gainesville, Va. and Larry Gene Milburn Jr. of Laurel; a daughter, Debbie Lynn Elliott (Tommy) of Delmar; 5 grandchildren, Crystal, April, Heather, Rich and Alex; and 5 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Sylvia Bundick of Accomack, Va.; an aunt, June Windsor of Lusby, Md.; 3 sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Milburn; and an infant sister, Barbara Ann. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from noon to 1. Interment will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in his memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963, or the Alzheimers Association, Eastern Shore Chapter, 108 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Anna Mae Meredith -- Anna Mae Meredith, 90, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Greenwood. She was born on Jan. 22, 1923, in Federalsburg, the daughter of the late Harlan Clevenger and Maggie Dryden Lare Clevenger. She was married to Russell A. Meredith who preceded her in death in December of 1979. She was a member and past trustee of Bloomery United Methodist Church. She worked at Maryland Plastics as a warehouse supervisor for 65 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Johnson and her husband Jack of Seaford and Pam Tull-Baynum and her husband James of Greenwood; five grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, a sister, Cora Bell OConnor of Federalsburg, Md.; brother-in-law, William Frampton of Denton, Md.; sister-in-law, Barbara Taylor and her husband Jack of Seaford; daughter-in-law, Lucille Meredith of Sykesville, Md.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, John Robert Meredith; two sisters, Eloise Doodle Fretterd and Martha Lee Frampton and a son-in-law, Dennis Tull. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg with the Rev. Marie Coulbourne officiating. Interment will follow in Bloomery Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday evening, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour before the service on Saturday. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Dorothy Hattie Stevens Davis Messick -- Dorothy Hattie Stevens Davis Messick, 98, joined her Heavenly Father on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at 3:19 a.m., with her daughters at her bedside. Dot was born on May 31, 1915, near East New Market, Md. She was the second child of Riley Seth Davis and Hattie Stevens Davis. Dorothy graduated from Pennsgrove High School in 1933 and began working as a secretary for Dupont Chemical. She married Walter Perry Messick on June 6, 1940, and lived in New Jersey, Delaware and Florida while Perry served in the US Navy until the end of World War II. In 1946 she and her family moved back to Hurlock, Md. and later to Federalsburg, Md. Dorothy helped her husband with the management of the Federalsburg Milling Company and after his death worked at Hess Apparel, Maryland Plastics and Tri Gas and Oil. She retired in 1984 and moved to Salisbury where she was instrumental in the development of Salisbury Church of God. In 1985, she moved to Elm Drive in Seaford and was grateful to find her spiritual home at Atlanta Road Alliance Church. She was a member of Nanticoke Hospital Auxiliary where she devoted more than 2,000 hours of volunteer service. Dorothy was an active member of Atlanta Road Alliance Church in Seaford where she did volunteer work weekly. She developed a greeting card ministry and blessed countless people with her cards and notes. She was devoted to supporting the missionary work of her church, especially the Timothy Iversons in Taiwan. Dorothy always tried to provide a strong Christian example for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She devoted her time and energies to church activities, caring for elderly family and friends and volunteering. She was a role model for what a strong woman should be. She was never embarrassed by her intelligence, energy or strong opinions. She expected the best of herself and others. Dorothy is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Dale Messick of Federalsburg and four daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Lee and Bill Melvin of Denton, Emily and Gary Bee, Hattie and Joseph Gasser of Federalsburg and Sylvia and James Sullivan of Carbondale, Ill. She is also survived by grandchildren and spouses, Bill and Cathy Melvin, Jonathan and Debbie Melvin, Steven Melvin, Troy Melvin, Emily Sullivan, Eileen and Tim Hackett, Wendy and David Watson, Karen and Scott Steinhardt, Walter and Christi Messick, Gary and Jody Bee, Greg and Bobbi Bee, Frank and Kim Zaffere, Althea and Dale Richards and Joseph Gasser. She is survived by 20 great grandchildren, Kylie and Jared Melvin and Landra Melvin Marge; Matthew Melvin and Julia Yoda; Mitchell, Walker, and Vivian Watson; Cole, Hattie, and Grant Messick; Andrew and William Steinhardt; Asia Zaffere and Taylor Taskey; Zachary Bee; Madison and Gregory Bee; and William and Jimmy Hackett. Two sisters, Leila Gosney and Evelyn Heilman and her devoted friend, Pam Wilson also survive her. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Perry Messick and siblings, Norman, Riley (Buster), and Marian. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Williamson Funeral Home where friends may call from noon to 1. The Rev. Andy Kerr will officiate. Interment will be in Unity Washington Cemetery, Hurlock. Pallbearers will be Walter Messick III, Gary Bee Jr., Greg Bee, Frank Zaffere, Joseph Gasser II and J.D. Melvin. Memorial donations may be made to Atlanta Road Alliance Church Missions, 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. To send condolences, visit www.williamsonfunerals.com.


Virginia Swain Melson -- Virginia Swain Melson, 95, of Bridgeville, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in her home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Melson was born on Sept. 16, 1918 in Cannon, a daughter of the late Maggie Day and George Frank Swain. In her early years she worked at Swains Restaurant in Bridgeville with her sisters, Emma and Mary. She later worked at Woodbridge Cafeteria where she retired after many years. She was a wonderful cook and loved to read. She was a wonderful wife, loving mother, devoted grandmother and a generous and kind friend. Everyone she would meet felt special and every stranger became a friend. She was a member of Trinity Methodist Church in Bridgeville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, John Samuel; an infant son, Robert; five sisters and three brothers. Giving thanks for the gift of her life and left to cherish her memory are three sons, Jack and Dorothy Melson, Charles and Rosanne Melson and Mike and Debbie Melson, all of Bridgeville; a daughter, Ann Vogl-Pinkett and Leslie Pinkett of Milford; eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, where friends may call one hour before. Burial will be in Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. The family would like to give a special thanks for the wonderful caregivers that cared for Mrs. Melson after the death of her husband - Shirley Willoughby, Somona Pickett-Cann, Elaine Rifenburg, Mary Warner and Terry Breeding.


Sandra Lee (Bower) Nestor -- Sandra Lee (Bower) Nestor, 70, of Blairsville, Pa., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, with her family by her side. The daughter of the Jay Logan and Florence (Kline) Bower, she was born on Jan. 16, 1943, in Sewickley, Pa. Mrs. Nestor worked as a sales representative for Avon for 34 years. She loved shopping, going to dinner, going to casinos and all kinds of music. Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Terry Lee Nestor, whom she married on Feb. 11, 1961; daughter, Debra L. Patty (John) of Greenwood; son, Brian L. Nestor of Pittsburgh, Pa.; brother, William L. Bower (Amy) of West Lafayette, Ohio; her special friend, grand-dog, Jake and her nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Shoemaker Funeral Home, Inc., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at the funeral home with the Rev. Timothy R. Monroe officiating. Interment will be in the Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.


Fred A. Dykes -- Fred A. Dykes, 89, of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Laurel on June 4, 1924, the son of the late George Thomas and Laura Bell Dykes.ᅠ Fred graduated from Laurel High School in 1942. He was drafted into the US Army in December of 1942. After training to be a machine gunner, he was shipped to Finch Haven, New Guinea then onto Manila in the Philippines. He proudly served his country and was honorably discharged in January 1946. Fred then went to work at the DuPont Company in 1947 in field maintenance where he served as a council representative. Fred retired from DuPont in 1983.ᅠ Fred was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #19 where he served as commander from 1967 to 1968 and then again from 1991 to 1995. He also served on the Board of Governors for many years. He was also a member of the Seaford Elks and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 4961 in Seaford.ᅠ Fred grew up on a farm at Shiloh and he would plant a vegetable garden every year. He looked forward to seeing his loyal customers stop by and get his early red ripe tomatoes.ᅠ His favorite sport was Major League Baseball and he was definitely a New York Yankees fan. His greatest love of all was being with his family that he loved so much. He celebrated his 89th birthday at home with his daughter and son-in-law, granddaughter Michelle Ross and great grandchildren Amanda Sniegowski and Ethan and Dylan Ross. He is survived by his daughter, Dolores Palmer and her husband Preston of Laurel; a stepdaughter, Sylvia Rolison of Laurel; a stepson, Jay Hornsby and his wife Sherion of Seaford; a brother, Monroe Dykes and his wife Marlene of Laurel; 8 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren;ᅠ 3 great great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta Dykes in 2010. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Roland Tice will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Milton Richard Chambers -- Milton Richard Chambers, 69, of Laurel, passed away at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.ᅠ Born in Parksley, Va., he was the son of the late Joseph and Virginia Chambers. Milton had worked as a roofer for Tri-State Roofing. He was a talented carpenter and a fantastic handyman. He had the talent and knowledge to fix just about anything. He was also a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife, Esther May Chambers of Laurel; children, Ronnie Layton and wife Bonnie of Laurel, Jenny Layton of Laurel, Carol Hudson and husband Scott of Ocean City, Md., Debbie Dyson and husband George of Laurel and Kathy Gallagher of Laurel; his sister, Virginia Jinny Farrelly and her husband Eddie of Laurel; grandchildren, Michael, George III, Danny, Ronnie Jr., Jennifer, Steven, Jason and Cody; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Milton was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy Chambers and several brothers and sisters. A memorial service was held on Friday, Oct. 18, at Laurel Church of Christ. Pastor Ian Drucker officiated and burial was held privately. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Evalyn Whaley Joseph -- Evalyn Whaley Joseph, 90, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Atlantic Shores Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Millsboro.ᅠ Born in Laurel on Aug. 8, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Willie D. Whaley and Nancy Whaley. Evalyn was a member of the Peninsula Bluegrass Association. She was a lover of music her whole life. She was employed at E.I. DuPont for a short time and also worked at Trap Pond State Park. She is survived by her son, Lane W. Joseph and his wife Rebecca of Laurel; her grandson, Kenneth P. Joseph and his wife Kim of Essex, Md.; two great granddaughters, Mikayla Nicole Joseph and Kara Lane Joseph of Essex; brothers, Clarence (Pike) Whaley and wife Darlene and Roy Whaley and wife Marie; a sister, Carol W. Johnson and husband Jimmy and sister-in-law, Thelma Whaley, all of Laurel. Many nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Carlton Whaley and Carmel Whaley. She was also preceded in death by Orlando W. Joseph Jr. Contributions may be made in Evalyns honor to Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund,  Barbara Adams, 17249 Phillips Hill Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. All services were held privately at the request of Mrs. Joseph. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Kyle E. Lucas -- Kyle E. Lucas, 75, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Christiana Hospital surrounded by his loving family.ᅠ Born in Dungannon, Va., Mr. Lucas was the son of Bill and Lillian Lucas.ᅠ Kyle retired from Louisiana Pacific in 2000 and had been a self-employed welder for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years, and since moving to Delaware, he really enjoyed fishing around the bay.ᅠ He was the loving husband of Gloria Jean Lucas for 33 years. ᅠ ᅠ In addition to his wife, Mr. Lucas is survived by his son, William Kyle Lucas, the husband of Jackie Lucas of Kirkwood, Pa.; his daughter, Michelle Jean Sharp of Coatesville, Pa; 2 stepsons, Mark Roberts of Chandler, Okla. and Chad Roberts of Milford; 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and 2 on the way.ᅠ In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Geneva Davis. ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Lofland Funeral Home. Services are private.


Jane Chapin Watson -- Jane Chapin Watson, 92, beloved wife, companion and friend of John Watson for 69 years and dearly loved by many other family members and friends, died on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Following a successful aortic valve replacement she spent 10 days in the ICU battling respiratory failure; then died as she wanted, peacefully with her family at her side. Born on June 22, 1921 in Somerville, Mass., Jane grew up in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1940 and went to the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., where she studied home economics and participated in college politics as secretary of the student government. Jane graduated in 1944 and after interning at Johns Hopkins Hospital joined the U.S. Army, becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2571st Service Command Unit, Medical Activities as a Hospital Dietician. She married John Watson, a Marine officer and classmate at Maryland, on Sept. 16, 1944, prior to his deployment to the Pacific theater. After World War II, they started their family, and for 20 years Jane was a homemaker, raising three children, volunteering with their church and schools, and serving as a Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader.ᅠ When Jane and John moved to Seaford in 1966, she quickly immersed herself in the community. She was a fifth grade teacher at Fred Douglass Elementary School for 15 years before retiring, then devoted herself to family and a multitude of activities including her beloved St. Lukes Episcopal Church, Girl Scouts, Parents as Teachers, Seaford Historical Society, PEO and many others. In 1995 she earned a master of arts degree from the University of Delaware. She was a significant influence in many peoples lives with her positive attitude and encouraging demeanor, and was loved by all. She is survived by her husband John; sons, David E. Watson and Daniel G. Watson; daughter, Mary Lou Trumble; son-in-law, John T. Trumble; daughters-in-law, Barbara Howland and Thomasine Watson; beloved grandchildren, Catherine Watson Sheehan, Benjamin Trumble, Laura Watson, Sarah Trumble and Jessica Trumble; grandson-in-law, James Sheehan; twin brother, Giles Chapin; sister, Mary Idle; one niece, several nephews and multiple grandnieces and grandnephews.ᅠ A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford. Visitation with the family will begin at 1 p.m. ᅠ ᅠᅠ In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to her beloved St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 202 North St., Seaford, DE 19973, Alzheimers Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090, Girl Scouts of America, www.girlscouts.org, or to a similar charitable organization of your choice.


Richard T. 'Dick' Collison -- Richard T. (Dick) Collison of Seaford, succumbed to cancer on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, after a courageous 18-year battle. He was born on Dec. 17, 1938 in Upper Darby Township, Pa., the only child of the late Richard M. Collison and Evelyn Farrow Collison Hudson. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley Chalmers Collison; two sons, R. Mark Collison (Joanne) of Williamstown, N.J., and R. Michael Collison (Joanne) of Bridgeville. He leaves six grandchildren, Amanda McCabe (Patrick), Travis Collison, Lindsey Temple (William), Tara Collison (John DeMarco), Tyler Collison, and Chelsea Collison as well as one great-granddaughter, Quinn McCabe. He is also survived by a stepsister, Janie Patterson (Ben) of Seaford. Dick graduated from Greenwood High School in 1956 and the Salisbury Barber School in 1957. He started his barber career at Doves Barber & Smoke Shop on Seafords High Street and worked there until 1966 when he opened his own shop, the iconic Dicks Barber Shop, where he continued to work until his final hospitalization. Dick was involved in many community service organizations including the Seaford Jaycees of which he was named Outstanding Jaycee of the Year in 1965. The Seaford Elks awarded him their Distinguished Citizenship Award in 2003. He was a member of the Downtown Seaford Association, also serving as president. Dick was awarded the John A. Moore, Jr. and Helen M. Moore Community Service Award in 2007. He will likely be best remembered for his service to the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the department in 1965, was named Fireman of the Year in 1980, and became a lifetime member in 1990. He assisted with most fire calls by directing traffic in front of his barber shop, pausing many haircuts mid-stream to help emergency vehicles get onto High Street faster and safer. Dick sang in several barbershop quartets for over 30 years. His singing days ended in 2001 after a laryngectomy resulting from throat cancer. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Oct. 21, at Mount Olivet Church, High Street, Seaford, with funeral services immediately following. Burial will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery in Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 87, Seaford, DE 19973 or the American Cancer Society, 1315 Mount Hermon Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Donna Fay Milam -- Donna Fay Milam, 70, of Georgetown, passed away on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Donna owned and operated Truitts Sub Shop in Seaford for many years. She was a member of Christ Evangelistic Church and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed attending church, spending time at the beach, doing ceramics and traveling. She was the daughter of the late Dyson and Mattie Truitt. She was also preceded in death by a brother, James Holt and 3 sisters, Jeanette Blake, Robin Jones and her twin Kay Jones. Donna is survived by her husband of 48 years, Hobert Milam; a daughter, Theresa Kubiak (Kevin); a son, Michael Milam; a sister, Joyce Linton and 4 grandchildren, Thomas, Matthew, Alexander and Daniel. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Christ Evangelistic Church, 19802 Camp Rd., Laurel, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Donald Edward Cranfield -- Donald Edward Cranfield, 83, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at his home. Born in Milford, he was the son of the late Jennie M. King and the Rev. Edgar P. Cranfield. He was a machinist working out of Local 2012. He was an Army veteran, a member of Nanticoke Post 6 American Legion and Virgil Wilson Post 4961 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Donald is survived by his wife, Georgianna Green Cranfield; a daughter, Kimberly Fischer and her husband Richard of Lewes; a stepson, Frank Morris and his wife Judy of Seaford; three grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepson, Melvin Morris. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Mid-Atlantic Division, 1138 Parsons Rd., Salisbury, MD 21801.


Florence Collins -- Florence Collins, formerly of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at a Baltimore nursing home. Florence was an executive secretary in Federalsburg and Denton. She had been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church since 1957 and served on many committees. Florence was also active in the Federalsburg Homemakers, Seaford AARP, Seaford Senior Center and the Seaford Widows Club. She took classes at the Georgetown Technical Center and tutored children at Seaford Middle School. Florence married Norwood Collins in 1944. They lived in Williamsburg and Federalsburg before retiring to Seaford in 1985. Her husband passed away in 1993. Florence is survived by her daughter, Peggy Karow from Baltimore, Md. and a son, Curtis Collins from Houston, Texas. There are four grandchildren. Florence will be laid to rest at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Beulah. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Foundation.


Wanda L. Vermeulen -- Wanda L. Vermeulen, 62, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was born in Milford on Jan. 13, 1951, a daughter of the late James Odell Lovelace and Eula Mae Majors Lovelace. Wanda spent many years delivering the News Journal to area homes, she enjoyed furniture making, and her career as a truck driver. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Seaford. Her hobbies included deer hunting and riding motorcycles. Wanda enjoyed caring for her pet squirrel, Phebe, whom she loved dearly. She is survived by a daughter, Donna M. Tucker (Raymond) of Seaford; a son, Dennis Johnson of Laurel; five grandchildren, Cody Johnson, Cory Johnson, Brooke Tucker, Devin Tucker and Zachary Tucker; two sisters, Lorraine L. Smith of Bridgeville and Anita Lovelace of Seaford; a nephew, Wilmer Lee Smith Jr. of Bridgeville; and her best friend, Anna Yurek of Seaford. The family would especially like to thank Earl and Peggy Granger for being wonderful friends to Wanda. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Bob Lovelace. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, where visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 7. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Albert Lindsay Halpen -- Albert Lindsay Halpen, 67, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood. Born in Wilmington, he was the son of the late Emma E. Andrews and William L. Halpen. He was an accountant for William G. Saulsbury, CPA, of Seaford. He was a US Coast Guard veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Virgil Wilson Post 4961 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Nanticoke Post 6 American Legion, and Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, all in Seaford. He is survived by a sister, Linda Halpen of Westover, Md.; an aunt, June Van Vorst of Laurel; a brother and sister-in-law, Sue and Jim Ellis of Seaford; three great nieces; two great nephews; two great great nieces and three great great nephews. In addition to his parents, Albert was preceded in death by his wife, Dianna Lynn Ellis Halpen, in July 2010. A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, Oct. 11, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.


Everett O. McGee, 90 Everett O. McGee, of Bridgeville, passed away on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.ᅠ He was born in Georgetown on Aug. 11, 1923, a son of the late Ollie McGee and Mary Clendaniel McGee. Mr. McGee was the founder and operator of the Sea Board Lumber Company for many years until his retirement. He was an avid woodworker and metal crafter and could build anything from scratch.ᅠHis many pieces of furniture and other items can be found in many homes throughout the area.ᅠHe was especially intrigued with steam locomotives and enjoyed any information he could find about them. He was an Army veteran of WWII, having served in the European and African Theatres and was decorated with a Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Combat Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. Mr. McGee is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty Jean McGee; two daughters, Rebecca Beard and husband David and Patricia Passwaters and husband Milton, all of Bridgeville; one son, E. Leroy McGee and his wife Melinda of Bridgeville; three grandsons, David Bret Beard and his wife Jackie of Laurel, Matthew Craig Beard of Seaford, and Eric Passwaters and wife Robin of Salisbury, Md.; two granddaughters, Dawn Milligan and husband Mike of Bridgeville and Melinda Burdette and husband Shane of Seaford; five great grandsons, Joshua Beard of Laurel, Justin Workman and wife Lisa of Greenwood, Nathan Milligan of Bridgeville, Ryan Beard of Seaford, and Spencer Burdette of Seaford; six great granddaughters, Courtney Beard of Dover, Morgan Beard of Laurel, Ashley Bowden and husband Sean of Seaford, Allison Beard of Seaford, Lisa and Meagan Passwaters, both of Laurel; one great grandson, Kaden Workman of Greenwood; and three great granddaughters, Savannah Workman of Greenwood and Callie and Brystal Bowden of Seaford. Mr. McGee was preceded in death by a grandson in 1967, Brian Christopher Beard; two brothers Norman McGee and Frederick McGee; a sister, Margaret Zill; and two stepsisters, Trudy and Stella. Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, atᅠParsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour before the services. Burial will be private at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bridgeville Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 727, Bridgeville, DE 19933 or to the Home of the Brave Foundation, 6632 Sharps Rd., Milford, DE 19963. Visit Mr. McGees Life Memorial and sign the online guest registry atᅠwww.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


ine Parkyn, 89, of Delmar, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after a short stay at Wicomico Nursing Home in Salisbury. She was born on Nov. 21, 1923 in Galestown, a daughter of the late Edward Luther Wheatley and Nettie Eskridge Wheatley. Josephine graduated from Goldey Business College in Wilmington. After college she went to work for the Hamilton Watch Company in Wilmington before becoming a switchboard operator for the phone company. During the war, she worked as a secretary and clerk in a civil service job. After the war, she returned to the area and worked alongside her husband owning and operating Peninsula Market in Walston Switch. She had a love for animals and trained her two German Shepherds, Duke and Sheba, to be wonderful companions and excellent guard dogs. She had a love for collectibles and working in the kitchen at St. Pauls United Methodist Church which she attended for many years. She enjoyed entertaining and hosting family get- togethers, working in her yard and beautiful flower gardens and chatting with neighbors and friends. She got true pleasure from decorating for Christmas. It usually took her months to carefully prepare each room and each decoration had to be just right. She loved having visitors at her home during the Christmas season to share her Christmas spirit. She is survived by a sister, Madge W. Oliphant of Laurel and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband; Fred Parkyn; sisters, Jane Oliphant and Dot Henry; and brothers, Jack Wheatley, Seth Wheatley and William Wheatley. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 10 to 11. The Rev. Rebecca Rollins will officiate. Interment will follow at Galestown Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her memory to St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 32827 Old Stage Rd., Laurel, DE 19956; Wheatleys United Methodist Church, c/o Beverly Wheatley, 5833 Wheatleys Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973, or Galestown United Methodist Church, 5541 Newhart Mill Rd., Galestown, MD 21659. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Brian H. Farrelly -- Brian H. Farrelly, 91, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Seaford Genesis Center. Brian was born in Nottingham, England on June 18, 1922, a son of the late James and Edith Mary Farrelly. He graduated from Snow Hill High School in 1940 and later graduated from Dover College. Brian was an Ocean City (Maryland) Police officer for two years. He also worked at the DuPont Company for 9 years, Campbell Soup in Salisbury for 9 years, the Town of Laurel Public Works as a supervisor for 13 years, Sussex County Dept. of Public Works for 8 years and the town of Ocean City as an inspector for 2 years. He was a member of Shiloh Church in Laurel. He was a good cook, famous for his homemade biscuits. Mr. Farrelly is survived by his sons, Brian Edward Farrelly and wife Virginia, Donald Wayne Farrelly, Michael Lee Farrelly and James Elwood Farrelly and wife Kelly; a brother, Bruce J. Farrelly; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife and the love of his life, Mary Farrelly in 2010. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Shiloh Community Church on Shiloh Church Road in Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10 to 11. The Revs. Mark Erskine and Chuck Reynolds will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mr. Farrellys name to Shiloh Community Church, Shiloh Church Road, Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Donna M. Moore -- Donna M. Moore, 48, of Delmar, departed this life unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, while at her home. Donna was born on Jan. 21, 1965 in Seaford. She is the youngest daughter of Donald V. Moore of Greenwood and Peggy Church of Delmar. Blessed with an incredible, outgoing, lovable spirit, Donna befriended people from all walks of life and enjoyed her life to the fullest. She never saw a stranger and was a friend to anyone needing a friend. Anyone in need of anything could always count on Donna for a helping hand. Donna was a member of the maintenance crew at Hoopers Landing Golf course in Seaford maintained by Adkins Management. This is a job that was more like an enjoyable pastime to Donna because she loved her job and took so much pride in how the golf course looked. Donna especially enjoyed playing golf, a day of fishing with her friends and family on her Dads boat MAYBE II, watching football or spending a day at the U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar. In addition to her parents, Donna is survived by her sisters, Mildred Mickie Bare of Snow Hill, Md., Nancy Mullen of Delmar and Cindy Moore of Laurel; two stepbrothers, Richard Blades of Milton, and Randall Blades of Greenwood; two stepsisters, Karen Catlin of Westover, Md. and Catherine Blades of Greenwood; a host of Facebook friends; a special little girl named Jordan Moore and her beloved cats, Harley and Callie. Donna was preceded in death by her grandparents, Layton and Hazel Bunting and Roy and Elsie Parsons; her stepfather, George Church; and her stepmother, June Moore. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar. Family and friends may call one hour before the service. Pastor Rebecca Rollins will officiate. In memory of Donna, contributions may be sent to St. Pauls United Methodist Church. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Pearl E. Mitchell -- Pearl E. Mitchell, 85, of Seaford, passed away at the Seaford Genesis Center on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Pearl was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late Lorenzo D. Boyce, Lizzy Mae Boyce and stepmother Mabel Boyce. Pearl retired from working as a waitress and bartender for Castaways and the Truck Stop where she developed many friendships over the years. She attended Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel. Her main focus in life was her family or whom she called her chickens. Pearl also enjoyed playing Bingo. Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her loving family: her sons, Preston Daniel Mitchell and wife Nancy, Dorsey Wayne Mitchell, Gary Lee Mitchell and wife Cindy and Charles Chuck Mitchell; her daughters, Doris Ann Roberts and husband Phillip and Jennie Wright and husband Ray; a sister, Isabell King; 21 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dorsey Doc Mitchell and her daughter, Wanda Mitchell. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. The Rev. Roland Tice will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Brenda Lee Montgomery -- Brenda Lee Montgomery, 69, of Laurel, passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Born in Cambridge, Md. on Sept. 2, 1944, she is the daughter of the late Sidney Hughes and Isabel Harper Hughes. She was a registered nurse, and the previous director of the Alzheimers Unit at Salisbury Genesis. She loved watching her daughter Brenda race go-carts, and drag strip racing. She enjoyed bowling, making her beautiful crafts, and watching Nascar races. Brenda is survived by her daughter, Brenda Layton of Laurel; her son, Juan Miyares and his wife Hasty of North Carolina; stepchildren, Donald Bowling, Terry Bland, Eddie Montgomery and Harry Montgomery; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and her grand cat Duce. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Edward Franklin Montgomery who passed away in 2002. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Courtney Mys will officiate. Immediately following the service, burial will be held in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford.


Jacquelyn P. Bassler -- Jacquelyn P. Bassler, 66, of Bridgeville, died on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Maurice A. Bassler; 2 foster children, Brandon Holley and Joshua Holley and several brothers and a sister. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, at Christ Lutheran Church, 315 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 9 to 11. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at St. Pauls Lutheran Church Cemetery, Fulton, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 Dupont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966 or Christ Lutheran Church, 315 Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Thomas Rowins -- Thomas Rowins, 91, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Tommie enjoyed his yard work, fix-it projects, lunches out, and talking with family and friends. He retired from the City of Seaford with 30 years of service. Prior to his employment with the City, he had worked for Glenn L. Martin, DuPont, and Sunshine Laundry. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII. Tommie is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Rowins; his daughter, Bonnie Forst and her husband Jeff of Greensboro, Md., and extended family across the country that he enjoyed hearing from. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilmer and Maude (Price) Rowins and his sister, Virginia and nephew, Jack of Federalsburg, Md. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford. Visitation begins at 1. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford.


Modean (nee Pearson) Cannon -- Modean (nee Pearson) Cannon, 89, passed away on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in the kind hands of Delaware Hospice and the staff of the Lofland Park Center, Seaford. Dean, to her immediate family, was born in Webbers Falls, Okla., on March 1, 1924, the first child of George and Elizabeth (Capehart) Pearson. Her treasured, surviving siblings include Wayne, Lucy, Charles and Shirley  all presently residing in eastern Oklahoma. Greatly missed are her other siblings Fay, Bill and Don. Dean grew up on the family farm during the brutal years of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression which clearly shaped, but did not define her life. Mo, to many friends, left Oklahoma on the arm of Capt. Frank D. Cannon to be married on Dec. 1, 1945, in Seaford, her home for the next 67+ years. Their children include F. D. Dan Cannon Jr., Anne Cannon Braniff and J. Roy Cannon of Seaford, Bishopville, Md., and Newark, respectively. Modean was a traditional (at that time) stay-at-home mother until family needs sent her to work. Then her business school training, work ethic and vivacious charm made her an extremely successful secretary at E.I. DuPont, until her retirement in 1985. Her foray into the two income family realm, well before its time, helped Modean and Frank send all their children to college, dote on their nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and travel to the far corners of the Earth during their retirement. While work and family were always the focus, Modean and Franks lives were greatly enriched by many significant, long-term friendships. Ann and Charlie Brown of Salisbury, Md. were their perpetual, 40-year bridge foes. In addition, virtually all of the Allen clan of Seaford (Warren and Doris, Charles and Mary Lib and Jack and Sally) were like Modeans brothers and sisters. Modean also deeply loved her other daughter, Edie Kahler Wright of Seaford. Modean Cannon would surely want to be remembered as a most beautiful woman from Webber, a great mother to her children and grandchildren, a survivor of the Great Depression, a stubborn "Okie, and a world traveler with the love of her life and devoted husband, Frank Cannon. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford, with visitation with family beginning at noon. Interment will immediately follow the service. Friends and family are invited to Dan Cannons home for food, drink and fellowship after saying goodbye to Modean. Please give flowers to the one(s) you love in memory of Modean P. Cannon.


Margaret Stewart Harper -- Margaret Stewart Harper, 101, of Seaford, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, peacefully in her sleep. Born on Aug. 20, 1912 in Robbins, N.C., she moved with her family as a young girl to Choptank, Md., where she graduated from Preston High School and later from Salisbury Teachers College (currently Salisbury University) in 1933. She met, and in 1934, married the love of her life, the late Winfield Weldon Harper. They spent 75 years together, most of that in Seaford, until he passed away in January of 2010. Margaret was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Nanticoke Hospital Auxiliary, and Seaford Golf and Country Club where she played many rounds of golf with her friends. For many years in the fifties, she was a partner in the Lo-Mar Gift Shop located in Seaford. She was an avid reader, golfer and equestrian who was never without a horse to care for. Margaret loved to travel spending many winters in Florida and was on board one of the last voyages of the Queen Mary bound for Europe. Her passion was her family, who she always put first. Cooking wonderful Sunday breakfasts and holiday meals, she kept her family close. Margaret was also preceded in death by her parents, William and Grace Stewart; brother, William Perry Stewart; sister, Jane Stewart Reddie and granddaughter, Cynthia Diane Spicer. She is survived by her daughter, Diane Spicer and her husband Maynard; her son, Bill Harper and wife Nancy; granddaughters, Lisa Spicer and her husband Ken Davis, Leigh Ann Parks and her husband Frank; Kim McConnell and her husband James; grandson, Will Harper and his wife Yvonne; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, who will always lovingly remember her as Mom-mom. Visitation will be held at St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford at noon on Saturday, Oct. 5, with funeral services at 1 p.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Vitas which helped care for her during her final days. Mail to Vitas, c/o Vitas Community Connection, 255 E. Fifth St., Ste. 2600, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Include Margaret's name and zip code, 19973, to direct funds to the local chapter.


Diane D. Windsor -- Diane D. Windsor, 60, of Laurel, passed away peacefully after a brave and courageous battle with ovarian cancer on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Diane was born on Aug. 7, 1953 in Salisbury, Md., the daughter of the late Francis M. and Miriam S. Doughty. She was a 1971 graduate of Seaford High School and attended Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown. Diane began her career as an administrative assistant with Peninsula Oil Co. in Blades. In 1990, she began working as a scheduler with the Blood Bank of Delmarva, a position in which she took great pride. Diane loved all animals, vacationing with her family on Skyline Drive and visiting Sals Pizza in Seaford. She enjoyed watching her flowers bloom and feeding the birds in her back yard. She was an excellent seamstress who made many outfits for her wardrobe. She loved everyone and had an open heart. She will be dearly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Larry Windsor of Laurel; her son, William of Laurel; sister, Deborah Williams of Seaford; sister-in-law, Nancy Callahan and husband Bill of Laurel; sister-in-law, Rebecca White and husband Glen of Little Rock, Ark.; aunt, Bertha Cantwell of Seaford and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Daniel C. Doughty. Services will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. A one hour visitation will begin at 1 p.m. followed by a service at 2. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Dianes name to Tunnell Cancer Center, 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Mary Ann Phillips Smith Lynch -- Mary Ann Phillips Smith Lynch, 89, of Newberry, S.C., formerly of La Grange, Ga., died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2013, at her residence. Born on April 26, 1924, in Bethel, she was a daughter of the late William Harrison and Blanche Allen Phillips. She was a graduate of Mary Washington College of Nursing and was a retired registered nurse having worked at Warm Springs Foundation and La Grange Hospital. She was a member of Aveleigh Fellowship of Presbyterians where she was a member of Circle 1. Mrs. Lynch is survived by sons, David Harrison Smith of Asheville, N.C. and Allen Burton (Gina) Smith of Newberry; grandchildren, Astrid, Michael, Jason, John, David Jr., Graham, Jessica, Elizabeth, Matthew and Caroline and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by husbands, Martin Sterling Smith Sr. and Harrison R. Lynch; a son, Martin Sterling Smith Jr.; a daughter, Cynthia Smith Nail and a sister, Emogene Phillips Ellis. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Aveleigh Fellowship of Presbyterians by the Rev. Dr. Mitch VanMetre. Memorials may be made to Aveleigh Fellowship of Presbyterians, 1211 Calhoun St., Newberry, SC 29108. A memorial message may be written to the family at www.mcswainevans.com.


Bryan Fletcher White -- Bryan Fletcher White, 25, went home to be with our Lord on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Brian passed away in his home in Wyomissing, Pa. Formerly of Laurel, he was a 2005 graduate of Sussex Tech and a 2009 Deans List graduate of the University of Delaware. An Eagle Scout, Bryan began his career with the Boy Scouts of America as district executive serving Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties. Bryan was able to attend two national Jamborees, the first as a participant and, in 2005, he was on staff as a counselor in the scuba and snorkeling area. He was a certified scuba diver through the Boy Scouts of America. At the time of his passing he was district director for Hawk Mountain Council of Reading, Pa. Bryan was a member of the Odd Fellows Charity Lodge 27, Delmarva Search and Rescue and a volunteer fireman at the Wyomissing Volunteer Fire Department. Bryan had a love of people, nature and learning anything and everything. His mom and dad instilled in him at a very young age to be respectful, helpful, and always keep a sense of humor. To honor his memory, the family asks that you do one good deed a day. He is survived by his loving parents, Bob and Linda White of Laurel; godmother, Wanda Dawson; grandmother at heart, Eunice Lee Burkett; two special aunts, Cheryl Graphman and her husband, Pat and Kelly S. White; uncles, Fred and Richard White; special friends, Jack Adams and Elizabeth Fitzgerald; Bryans lifetime best friend, Brad Benson and lifetime University of Delaware roommate, Shane Touissant. He also leaves to cherish his memory a host of beloved cousins, extended family, beloved friends and his companion and best friend, his dog, Sugar Magnolia. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Robert and Ruth White; maternal grandparents, Earl and Winnie Kelley and godfather, Edwin Smullen. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury, Md. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at Holloway Funeral Home and one hour before the service. The Rev. Julie Lewis will officiate. Interment will be held at Wicomico Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Bryans memory to Boy Scouts of America, Delmarva Council, 100 W. 10th St., Ste. 915, Wilmington, DE 19801 or Hawk Mountain Council, 5027 Pottsville Pike, Reading, PA 19605-1284. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., Salisbury. To send condolences to the family, visit www.hollowayfh.com.


Colonel William E. Crouch Jr., 85 Colonel William E. Crouch Jr., USA (Retired), passed away on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Panama City, Fla. Bill was born in Laurel on May 28, 1928. He attended Laurel High School and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps after graduation in 1946. Bill was selected to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and graduated in 1951. While at West Point, he met the love of his life, Betty Jane (BJ) Macaulay, whom he married after graduating and becoming commissioned as Second Lieutenant. Bill served with distinction during his 30 year Army career. As a Field Artillery Officer, he first served with the 82nd Airborne Division, then deployed to the Korean Conflict in November 1952 with the 48th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. After returning home, he attended artillery courses at Fort Sill, Okla. and Fort Bliss, Texas where Bill was assigned as an instructor. In 1955, Bill and BJ were blessed with their daughter, Deborah Ann. In 1957, after graduating from the Artillery Officers Advanced Course, then Captain Crouch started the second phase of his Army career in Army aviation. Bill attended Mississippi State University where he earned a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1959. Following graduation, he was assigned to Fort Rucker for flight raining and earned his Army aviator wings in 1960. He remained at Fort Rucker, serving three years at the United States Army Aviation Test Board. He was then assigned to and graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in 1964. Bill deployed on his first tour in Vietnam as Light Aviation Project Officer, developing aviation combat tactics and techniques. Returning home, he assumed duties as Chief, Aircraft Branch of the Combat Development Commands Aviation Agency. Bill applied for and was selected for the United States Naval Test Pilot School. After graduation Bill was assigned to the United States Army Aviation Test Activity at Edward Air Force Base, Calif., as an experimental test pilot, Chief, Flight Test Engineering and later Deputy Commander. In 1969, he returned to Vietnam as commander of the 9th Aviation Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, and later as Executive Officer, 17th Aviation Group. He returned him to attend the United States Army War College and returned to Vietnam in 1971 to command the 101st Aviation Group, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). When his unit redeployed to the United States in January 1972, Bill served as G-3, 1st Aviation Brigade, and later as Deputy Commander for Operations, 3rd Brigade (Separate), 1st Cavalry Division. As a Colonel, Bill served in the Pentagon as Chief of Airmobility Division (later reorganized as the Aviation Systems Division) in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development, and Acquisition until July 1977. He concluded his military career in 1981 as Commander, U.S. Army Aviation Development Test Activity in Fort Rucker, Ala. He continued to work with Army Aviation as a member of industry until his retirement in 1993. Bill was the recipient of numerous military awards. They included the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal with a V device for Valor and three Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 32 awards, Army Commendation Medal with a V device for Valor and an Oak Leaf Cluster, and many foreign awards. Upon retirement Bill and BJ moved to Panama City Beach, Fla., and although a longtime boat owner, Bill decided he needed to take a boating safety course to learn more about boating. One thing led to another and joined the Flotilla 19 of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in Panama City Beach. Bill started out as an instructor and shortly thereafter was appointed as Flotilla Finance Officer. Other staff assignments included Personnel Services Officer and Communications Service Officer. His leadership positions included services as Flotilla Vice Commander, Flotilla Commander, Division Vice Captain, Division Captain, District Rear Commodore and District Vice Commodore, and in 2007, he was elected Commodore of the Coast Guards Eighth District Coastal Region, with responsibility for all Auxiliary activities from the Arizona/New Mexico state line into St. Marks, Fla., and covering all or part of eight southern states. Bills contributions to Boating Safety and the Auxiliary were extensive and he received numerous awards, including the prestigious Martin S. Herz Award for inspirational leadership in early 2013. He continued to be active as an instructor and advisor until his passing. Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, BJ; daughter, Deborah Hesson and son, Colonel James Hesson (USA Ret), Huntsville, Ala.; brothers, Donald, Seaford, and Francis Crouch, Delmar; sister, Jean Span, Burk, Va.; and his grandchildren, Captain James Hesson (USAF), Charleston, S.C., Stephen Hesson, Huntsville, and Kirsten Hesson, Huntsville. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Panama City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Colonel Crouchs remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors for his service to the nation at a later date.


Virgil J. Joseph Sr., 61 Virgil J. Joseph Sr. of Seaford, died on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was born on Feb. 3, 1952 in Seaford, a son of the late Arthur Joseph and Joyce Davis Joseph. Virgil started his career as a carpenter with Nanticoke Homes in Bridgeville, where he worked many years. He then went to work for Dresser Pump for a number of years before spending the past 10 to 12 years with Fluor Daniels. He shared his love of hot rods and hunting with his sons. He was a loving, caring grandfather who enjoyed having fun with his grandchildren. Virgil will be remembered as a man who loved to find a bargain, searching yard sales and flea markets for a great deal. He will be greatly missed by his family, his carpooling buddies and his flea market friends. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Helen Massey Joseph; a daughter, Amy Joseph of Seaford; 2 sons, Virgil Jamie Joseph Jr. (Cristi) of Bridgeville and Jeremy James Joseph (Mariha) of Seaford; 7 grandchildren, Amber, Tyler, Dustin, Kelsie, Austin, Lucas and Arizona; 4 great grandchildren; a brother, Terry L. Joseph (Connie) of Seaford; and a sister, Mollie McCabe (Joe) of Blades. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Laurel Church of the Nazarene, 100 Walnut Ave., Laurel, where family and friends may call from 1 to 2. Pastor Ralph Fraser will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home, Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Norma Grant Goins -- Norma Grant Goins, 66, died on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Norma was a nurses aid at Life Care at Lofland Park. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Harvey G. Goins; a daughter, Chrissie Atkins; 2 grandchildren, Matthew Marine and Stephanie Marine; a brother, Ronnie Grant and 2 sisters, Cindy Merideth and Janice McGee. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be in Woodland United Methodist Church Cemetery.


Howard S. Anger -- Howard S. Anger, 70, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford.ᅠ Born in Salisbury, he was the son of the late Howard and Janice Anger. Howard proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He worked as a clerk for the United States Postal Service in Seaford for over 30 years. He was a member of the Bridgeville Rifle Range, Wildlife Habitat, NRA, and NWTF. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was know as the neighborhood handyman. Howard is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Lorraine Anger of Laurel; two sons, Robert Anger and his wife Kathy of Seaford and Neil Anger and his wife Gina of Bridgeville; his daughter, Janice Short and her husband Ira of Laurel and grandchildren, Jenna, and Juliette Anger, Phillip and William Short. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Walter Hunt. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a visitation will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Byran Rice will officiate. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Howards honor to Shriners Childrens Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Howard W. Vizthum -- Howard W. Vizthum, 81, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford. ᅠ He was born in the Laureldale section of Mays Landing, N.J. on Nov. 10, 1931, son of the late Frederick and Fredericka (Vones) Vizthum.ᅠ Mr. Vizthum honorably served with the U. S. Navy and the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Hope Masonic Lodge #4 and also Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Laurel. In addition to his parents, Mr. Vizthum was preceded in death by his brothers, Fred Vizthum and Donald Vizthum.ᅠ He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Rose A. (Mendolia) Vizthum of Laurel; his three daughters, Laurel Silva and her husband Larry of Dunedin, Fla., Wendy Laventure and her husband Scott of East Freetown, Mass., Anita Burr of Sanford, Fla.; his stepdaughter, Linda A. Dennis and fiance Peter Lala of Bridgeton, N.J.; his son, Howard W. Vizthum Jr. and his wife Robin of Norwich, Conn.; his sister, Mary E. Vizthum of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at noon on Monday, Sept. 23, at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, Road 493A (corner of Sharptown Rt. 24 and Mt. Pleasant roads), Laurel, where friends may visit at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Vizthum's memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Please visit Mr. Vizthum's Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Evva Bell MacSorley -- Evva Bell MacSorley, 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. She had been a resident of Genesis Healthcare for the past several years. She was born in Woolford, Md. on April 17, 1919, and was the youngest of four children born to Erna and Winnie Bell. Her brothers, Howard and Ernest, and her sister, Georgina predeceased her.ᅠ She was a longtime resident of Seaford, having moved here with her husband, Richard Frank MacSorley and her son, Richard Frank MacSorley Jr., when her husband returned from fighting in the Pacific during WWII and began working at the DuPont plant. They purchased a house on Pine Street Extended where she had her second son, Stephen Hodgson MacSorley. She continued to live in the same house for 65 years.ᅠ Both she and her husband Mac loved antiques and for many years operated a small antique and refinishing shop. During this time they enjoyed attending auction sales every weekend where they would buy and then refinish many items. She was well known by many antique dealers in Delaware and Maryland and supplied them with refinished items for their shops. To many she was known as the Cookie Lady because of her joy of making and giving away cookies. These were given to friends, repairmen, merchants and many others that she came in touch with.ᅠ She and her family attended St. Johns Methodist Church and, in later years, St. Lukes Episcopalian Church in Seaford. She was very much involved with Associated Charities and was always willing to help others. She was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Hodgson MacSorley and her husband. She is survived by her son, Richard Frank MacSorley Jr.; two grandchildren, Heather MacSorley West and Richard Todd MacSorley and two great grandchildren, Brian and Joseph MacSorley. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Donald B. Williamson  Donald Brooks Williamson, 86, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, Sept. 18, 2013, at Caroline Nursing Home in Denton, Md.ᅠ Born in the Smithville area of Caroline County, Md. on Jan. 31, 1927, he was the son of the late Leonard Francis and Elizabeth Tull Williamson. Donald graduated from Federalsburg High School, Class of 1944. After graduation he joined the United States Army and served in World War II. While serving in the Army, he married Talitha White on June 2, 1945. They shared 67 wonderful years before his wife passed away on July 23, 2012.ᅠ He was a truck driver for Atlas Linen Service and retired after 20 years of service. He was also a poultry farmer for 35 years retiring in 1999. ᅠ He was a member of the American Legion Post 243 in Hurlock, Md., a member of the American Cancer Society also serving as a bereavement counselor, and a shop steward for Teamsters Local in Seaford.ᅠ He is survived by 4 children, Diana Trice and her husband Bob of Seaford, Glen Williamson of Seaford, Lisa Callahan and her husband Kevin of Oxford, Md. and Marcia Meyer of Federalsburg, Md. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, Robert Trice and his wife Amy of Canton, Ga., Chris Trice and his wife Sibel of Brooklyn, N.Y., Blaire W. Adams of Cambridge, Md., Blaine Williamson and his wife Tracey of East New Market, Md., J. Brooks Andrews and his wife Casey of Royal Oak, Md., Stephanie Andrews of Easton, Md., Nicholas Meyer of Federalsburg and Kyle Meyer of Federalsburg; and 6 great grandchildren, Ashton, Nash, Kirsten, Addison, Lucy and Logan.ᅠ He was also preceded in death by two grandchildren, Bridget Williamson and Brent Williamson and one brother, Elbert Williamson. ᅠ A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Williamson Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Federalsburg, with the Rev. Ruth Tull officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour before the service. Interment will be in Cokesbury Cemetery in Federalsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, c/o Ruth Koski, 5035 River Rd., Hurlock, MD 21643, Baywater Animal Rescue, 4930 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge, MD 21613 or to the American Cancer Society, 1315 Mt. Hermon Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. For notes of condolence or more information, visit www.williamsonfunerals.com.


Hilda M. Pusey -- Hilda M. Pusey, 87, formerly of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Hilda was born in Delmar, a daughter of the late Isaac and Sarah Sirman. Mrs. Pusey worked as a payroll clerk for the former Laurel Manufacturing Company. She was an honorary member of the Laurel Junction (formerly Bargain Bills) Flea Market. Hildas family will remember her for being a loving homemaker. She also enjoyed tending to her flowers, gardening and taking care of her kittens. Mrs. Pusey is survived by her husband of 67 years, Lewis Pusey; her daughters, Barbara Wainwright and husband Clayton of Salisbury, Md. and Nancy Reading and husband Douglas of Princess Anne, Md.; a brother, David Sirman of Laurel; grandchildren, Quintin Stone, Kim Hall, Deanna Weitzel and Joe Reading; six great grandchildren; one great great grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Lem Hudson will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Lisa Beth Fasold -- Lisa Beth Fasold, 53, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at her home in Laurel. Born in Washington, Miss., on July 29, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Rosalie Kehlenbrink, and Walter LeCates of Georgia. Lisa worked for the United States Postal Service as a clerk in the Laurel Post Office. She truly loved her job and enjoyed the people she served. She was well known for her infectious laugh and as a kind and giving person. She dearly loved her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Dana Johnson and her husband Dennis of Laurel; her brother, David LeCates of New York; grandchildren, Madeline, Emily, and Trinity Johnson and her two faithful companions, Tory and Drake. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, at Victory Tabernacle Church, 28261 Seaford Rd., where a visitation will be held one hour before the service. Interment will be held privately. Pastor Stacey Johnson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the SPCA, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947 or Victory Tabernacle Church, 28261 Seaford Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Donya June Smith -- Donya June Smith, 58, of Seaford passed away after a short but courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, surrounded by her loving family and best friend at her home in Seaford. Donya was born in Bridgeville on Nov. 16, 1954, daughter of Jerry L. Smith, Seaford, and the late June Dunham Smith. She graduated from Seaford High School in 1972 and from Wor-Wic Community College, Salisbury, Md., in 1996 with honors, with a degree in nursing. She worked for several years at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury and Wicomico County Nursing Home in Salisbury. Additionally, for many years, she worked at the Wicomico County Detention Center in Salisbury and Eastern Correctional Institution in Princess Anne, Md. In addition to her father, Donya is survived by four children, whom she loved beyond imagination, Jason Reed (Vanessa) of New York, Jana Bailey (Marcus) of Delmar, Md., Jarah Hall (Tim) of Delmar and Joshua Reed (Kim) of Seaford; and seven (soon to be eight) grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, J. Keith Smith (Helene), Harleysville, Pa. and sister, Marla S. Carter (Clay), Viola. Donya was an aunt to two nephews, three nieces and one great niece. Donya was preceded in death by her mother, June Dunham Smith, Seaford; maternal grandparents, James and Rhea Dunham, Georgetown; and paternal grandparents, Robert and Anita Smith, Bridgeville. Donya had so much love in her heart for her family and several close friends who had been a part of her life for many, many years. Donya was a caretaker to many in her lifetime, that is why nursing was a perfect career choice for her. She was blessed with a caring and compassionate nature and was always ready to help someone. She was a member of Gateway Fellowship Church, Cannons Crossing. Family and friends are invited to partake in the service at Gateway Fellowship Church, Cannon's Crossing at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, to celebrate Donyas life. Burial will be private. The family welcomes flowers and encourages donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Delaware Hospice provided incredible support, caring beyond measure and help like none other, to Donya's family during this short illness. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Martin Wiley Torbert Sr. -- Martin Wiley Torbert Sr., 56, of Laurel, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.(Martin was born in Lewes, a son of the late Theodore and Mary Torbert. (He was a 1976 graduate of Laurel High School. Martin previously worked for Venables Construction and Oliphant Auto Body in Salisbury. He was a past member of the American Legion in Laurel and spent much of his time watching his favorite sports, wrestling and Eagles football. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. (Mr. Torbert is survived by his wife Linda; his son, Martin Torbert II and his son's mother, Paula Walls; a brother, Larry R. Torbert and his wife Faith of Seaford; sisters, Linda T. Williams and husband Randy, Wanda T. Dukes, his twin sister, and Tammy Faulkner, all of Laurel. In addition, he is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.(In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Elzey. (Services were held on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Pastor Rick Elzey officiated. Interment was in Laurel Hill Cemetery. (In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the funeral home to help defray funeral expenses.


Pauline Burris -- Pauline Burris, 83, of Laurel, was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Pauline was born on Sept. 24, 1929. She was the daughter of the late Harley and Elsie Hickman.ᅠ Pauline was also preceded in death by her older brother, Howard Hickman.ᅠ Pauline is survived by one younger brother, Robert Hickman of Lewes; her husband of 67 years, Eugene Burris; a daughter, Gina Barker; a son, Trey Burris and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pauline was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed raising her two children and attending their activities. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Mary Catherine King -- Mary Catherine King, 84, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at her son's home following a prolonged illness, surrounded by her loving family. Born on Feb. 13, 1929 near Laurel, Mary was a daughter of the late Clifford George Marvel Hearn and Grace Laurel Wilson Hearn Nibblett.ᅠ She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lenard King; daughters, Gloria Henry and Debra King and brothers, Luther Hearn, Charles Hearn, Howard Hearn and Robert Nibblett. Mary is survived by her son, Wayne King and wife Sandy of Laurel; a sister, Joyce Smart and husband Kenneth of Laurel; sisters-in-law, Beatrice Wilson of Delmar, Marjorie Baker of Laurel and Betty Jane Blades of Seaford; four grandchildren, Tina Taylor and husband Jerry of Laurel, Paul Henry and Wendy Blough of Laurel, Krista Barber and husband Scott of Cedar Park, Texas, Melody Timmons of Laurel, and Eric Timmons of Eden, Md,; nine great grandchildren, Katy and Hunter Henry, Kara and Jaread Mears, Shyla and Haley Timmons and Craig, Erin and Owen Barber; one great great grandchild, Nathan Moore as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will also be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Bruce Smart will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visitingᅠwww.hsdfuneralhome.com.ᅠ


Kevin Colin Maloney -- Kevin Colin Maloney Sr., 62, of Delmar, died at his home on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, surrounded by family. He was born on Dec. 12, 1950 in Salisbury, Md., a son of the late Edward and Eileen Maloney. Kevin was a 1968 graduate of Delmar High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1969-1972 where he served as a radioman on the nuclear submarine USS Will Rogers. After his discharge, he returned to his hometown and married Jean Nichols on Nov. 11, 1972. He was employed for many years as a telephone technician at Delmarva TelePlus and Star Tech and, most recently, was a self-employed trainer of standardbred horses. Mr. Maloney was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of DSOA (Delaware Standardbred Owners Association), USTA (U.S. Trotting Association), Delmar VFW Post #8276 and the Hebron American Legion Post 237. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean; 2 sons, Ian Maloney and Kevin (Casey) Maloney Jr.; brothers, Greg (Bonnie) of Delmar, Sean (Melanie) of Salisbury, T.J. (Lana) of Salisbury and Lex (Sherry) of Delmar and a sister, Margie Tingle of Salisbury. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Brian. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, and also on Friday, Sept. 13 from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a funeral service which begins at 2. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. ᅠ Memorial contributions may be sent to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Horse Lovers United, P.O. Box 2744, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Beverly H. Baker -- Beverly H. Baker, 73, of Seaford, died on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Beverly was a member of Life Way Church of God in Bridgeville. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Howard Baker; 2 sons, Keith Baker (Janette) and Kevin Baker (Melanie); 1 granddaughter, Brittany Baker; a great-grandson, Carson Baker and a sister, Barbara Bunting. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, at Victory Tabernacle Church of God, 28261 Seaford Rd., Laurel, where friends may call from noon to 1. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Anna C. OBier -- Anna C. OBier, 87, of Middletown, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eliza and Parker Crossland; son, Kenneth, and beloved husband, Paul. Anna is survived by her daughter, Georgiana Fennemore; granddaughter, Melissa Huffman and her husband Scott; grandson, Matthew and his wife Kimberly and two beloved great-granddaughters. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, where friends may visit one hour prior. Interment will follow in St. Georges Cemetery, St. Georges. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware at www.rmhde.org or the Delaware AG Museum at www.agriculturalmuseum.org. Arrangements are in the care of Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, Middletown. Online condolences may be sent at www.daniels-hutchison.com.


ᅠShirley Joanne Morgan Tedley -- Shirley Joanne Morgan Tedley, 77, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. Born in Hynson, near Federalsburg, Md., on Sept. 13, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Orville J. and Elsie Bailey Morgan. A graduate of Federalsburg High School, Shirley worked as a loan officer at Baltimore Trust Bank in Bridgeville for over 25 years.ᅠ She and her late husband, Eugene Gene Tedley, who passed away in March 2012, had resided in Seaford for a number of years. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Fisher and a grandson, Thomas Eugene Tedley. Mrs. Tedley is survived by a son, Thomas Tedley and fianc← Cheryl West of Seaford; 2 daughters, Gena Miller of Laurel and Lori Rice and fianc← Terry Meisenhalder of Bridgeville; 3 sisters, Norma Lee Towers of Denton, Md., Gladys Collins and husband Bill of Federalsburg and Marie Elliott of Seaford; grandchildren, Tracy Kefauver, Devon Budd and husband Jay, Sarah Hudson and husband Ben, Matthew Rice and Elizabeth Tedley; great grandchildren, Eli, Kalynn, Natalie, Alayna, Ryder, Amaya and Gabriel Gabe; and several nieces and nephews. Private services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the graveside in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel, with Pastor Ken Deusa officiating. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan,Short,Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be sent to the Tedley family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Fay Carroll Downing -- Fay Carroll Downing, 83, of Salisbury, Md., passed away peacefully at Peninsula Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, with her family by her side. Born in Denton, Md., she was the oldest daughter of William Lester Carroll Sr. and Elizabeth Imorde Carroll. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gil Downing; her daughter, Gwen Shedaker and husband Phil of Laurel; sisters, Norma Minner Rooks, Dianne Wagner and Nancy Tull, all of Salisbury; stepson, David Downing and wife Phyllis of Laurel; stepdaughter, Debbie Culver and husband Rick of Felton; sister-in-law, Carolyn Downs of Salisbury; 6 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Dale Brubaker; a sister, Donna Harrington and a brother, William Lester Carroll Jr. After retirement from C&P Telephone Co, she and her husband Gil traveled extensively for 15 years with their fifth wheel, where they made lifetime friends across the country. At her request, Fay donated her body to the Maryland Anatomy Board for science research. Services will be private.


John Harold Rohlich John Harold Rohlich died peacefully at his home on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, surrounded by his wife and four children. John was born on Nov. 22, 1956 in Madison, Wis., as the eighth of 10 children to Mary and Gerard Rohlich. John began his career as an earth science and chemistry teacher in Round Rock, Texas, where he taught for five years. He and his family moved to Seaford in 1992 where he taught earth science at Seaford Middle School. He taught 8th grade earth science for many years before finishing his career as a guidance counselor. He retired in 2012. In retirement, John enjoyed traveling with his wife, golfing, swimming, gardening, and playing with his grandson. He also enjoyed going to the Senior Center to workout. John was an active member of the Seaford Lions Club and enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Orioles. John passed away 15 days after his cancer diagnosis, and up until the hour of his death, he continued to crack jokes. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerard, and brothers, Henry and James. Survivors include his wife, Elsie Dorzback Rohlich; their children and spouses, Annie Parks (Jamie), Patrick Rohlich (Alison), Henry Rohlich (Lauren) and Margaret Rohlich (John); and his most precious grandson, Brock Henry Parks. He is also survived by his siblings, Mary Ellen, Gerry, Tom, Karl, Cathy, Ginny, and Richard and his many nieces and nephews who thought of him as the funniest and coolest uncle. A funeral will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Seaford Lions Club, PO Box 461, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Darwin A. Hudson -- Darwin A. Hudson, 81, of Laurel, died on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 at his home in Laurel, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Nov. 13, 1931 in Frankford, a son of the late Charles L. Hudson and Sarah Edna (Dingle) Hudson. In his younger days Darwin worked at DuPont in Seaford before leaving to fulfill his dream of farming. He was happiest working on his farm, raising pigs and livestock. He had the reputation as a hardworking man who ran his business in the most ethical and honest ways throughout the farming community. His work, his family and his faith were the things that meant the most to him. He taught his children and grandchildren the importance of working hard, which is his legacy. He attended the Laurel Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty L. (Workman) Hudson; five sons, Philip A. Hudson (Cathy), Lemuel S. Hudson (Jessie), Benjamin J. Hudson (Barbara Ann), Jason L. Hudson (Lisa) and Nathan R. Hudson (Sherie), all of Laurel; two daughters, Nancy L. Bickerton (Charles Michael) of Laurel and Barbara Jan Deitrick of Millville; 17 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Earl D. Hudson (Faye) of Delmar and Norris T. Nippy Hudson (Jean) of Laurel; and a sister, Hope P. Huey (Gene) of Bridgeville. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Holly A. Hudson; 3 brothers, Julian E. Hudson, Manford L. Hudson and Alan M. Hudson; and 2 sisters, Hilda Tsuchiya and Vera S. Hearn. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Short Funeral Home, Delmar, where family and friends may call from 10 to 11. After the service, the family welcomes everyone to join them at the fellowship hall at the Laurel Church of Christ for a gathering of food and fellowship. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Center of Johns Hopkins Medicine, One Charles Center, 100 N. Charles St., Ste. 234, Baltimore, MD 21201. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


William Bill Weldon Pritchett Jr. -- William Bill Weldon Pritchett Jr., 68, of Bridgeville, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, surrounded by his family at Delaware Hospice in Milford. Bill was born on Nov. 2, 1944 in Cambridge, Md., to the late William W. Pritchett Sr. and Mayme Hope Pritchett. He graduated from Cambridge High School in 1962 and served proudly in the United States Coast Guard from 1962 to 1969. Following his military service, he worked for Hospital Shared Computer Service Center, Acme Markets Computer Service, and Kidde Consultants. He was brought to Delaware by Nanticoke Homes and was employed as manager of the computer center and served as comptroller until 1981. He worked for Robbins and Adams Accounting Firm from 1981 to 1984. Then he came to work for the Wicomico County Board of Education in the MIS department. He was elected to the Woodbridge School District Board of Education from 1990 to 1995. Bill served as vice president during his term. Upon his retirement in 2008, he was appointed by Governor RuthAnn Minner to serve in the capacity of judge for the Justice of the Peace Court System in and for Sussex County. He was a member of the American Guild of Organists and served as the organist at Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville since 1984. He enjoyed Civil War history, family genealogy, and theatre style pipe organs. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Penny Ewing Pritchett of Bridgeville; daughters, Shelby McKenzie and husband Scott of Milford, Dana Isom and husband Glen of New Castle, Abby Pritchett of Bridgeville and Sarah Ramey and husband Trevor of Bridgeville; two grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his sister, Carole Jean Wright and husband Thomas of Virginia. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville, where friends may call from 2 to 4. Interment will be in Bridgeville Cemetery with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Norris H. Sullivan -- Norris H. Sullivan of Seaford, formerly of Laurel, died on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Mr. Sullivan retired from Dresser Wayne Corp. in Salisbury in 1983 after 38 years. He was an Army veteran of WWII. He was a life member of the Delmar VFW, Odd Fellows Lodge in Laurel, Eastern Shore Stamp Club and Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. His wife Helen died in 2005. He is survived by 2 daughters, Pat Jimenez and Dorothy Sullivan; 2 grandchildren, Lisa White (Danny) and Karen Schreiber; 4 great-grandchildren, Tony Dickerson (Matt), Marie Newban, Kristina Van Epps (Steven) and Amanda White and a great-great granddaughter, Sophia Van Epps. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel.


Charles N. Chuck Hurley Jr. -- Charles N. Chuck Hurley Jr., 58, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Mr. Hurley was a very simple man who didnt need all the finer things in life and very much enjoyed the simple things. He graduated from Seaford High School in 1973. He worked for the Dupont Company in Seaford until 1991 and then worked as a security officer until 2011. He was the son of the late Charles N. Sr. and Pearl Hurley. He is survived by two daughters, Heather Walker and Jennifer Hurley; four grandchildren, Caitlin Mifflin, Jamie Mifflin, Aliyah Walker and Taylor Dukes; a brother, Bob Hurley and a sister, Gladys Deuberry. A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 6 to 7:30 p.m.


Mariclaire Pender -- Mariclaire Pender, 98, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Mrs. Pender was a French to English translator in New York before retiring in Seaford. She was active in Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Explorer Scouts. Her husband, Bernard F. Pender died in 1996. She is survived by 3 sons, Michael J. Pender (Judith) of Cranford, N.J., John B. Pender (Linda) of Sinking Springs, Pa. and F. William Pender (Brenda) of Cambridge, Md.; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was also preceded in death by a son, Peter F. Pender. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Fairview Cemetery, 1100 E. Broad St., Westfield, N.J. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to an animal shelter of your choice.


Jerry Lynn Rementer -- Jerry Lynn Rementer, 67, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at home, in the presence of loved ones on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Born on Jan. 24, 1946 in Milford to Linden and Nina Hastings Rementer, Jerry grew up in Concord, spending his childhood on the family farm where he developed a love of horses. Jerry attended Seaford schools. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and proudly serving his country during his four-year enlistment beginning in 1965. In 1969, he began his career with Penn Central Railroad, retiring from Norfolk & Southern, after 37 years as a freight conductor. During his employment, he served for several years as a passenger conductor for Amtraks Mainline on the Metroliner Northeast Corridor, between Washington, D.C. and New York. After his retirement, he enjoyed spending time as an avid hunter, and relished traveling with his wife, especially trips to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, and listening to blue grass music. He was happiest spending time with what was most important to him - family. A Christian, he was an active member of Victory Tabernacle Church of God in Seaford. As a spiritual man, he was a great son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend who was very giving of his time, a kind word, sharing his faith in God, or lending a helping hand. He was also a member of the American Legion. Along with his parents, he is survived by his wife, Madeline Forte Rementer, Seaford; a son, Michael Rementer and wife Sandy, Long Island, N.Y.; two daughters, Alexis Distler, Frankford and Geri Lynn Rementer, Seaford; two sisters, Connie Reustle and husband Allen, and Laverne Morean and husband George; seven grandchildren, Jake, Jesse, Olivia, Victoria, Jodi, Joel, and Scott; and three nephews. A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Victory Tabernacle Church of God, 28261 Seaford Rd. (Seaford-Laurel Highway), where friends and family may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Edith Pamelia Vincent -- Edith Pamelia Vincent, 90, of Greenwood, entered eternal rest on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.ᅠ Edith was born in Scottsville, Va. on Oct. 4, 1922, the seventh child born to Alta Pamelia Brockenbrough Hudson and Walter William Hudson. Edith received her nursing diploma in 1943 from Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore, her bachelor of science degree in 1954, and masters degree in 1957, both from Peabody College/Vanderbilt University. During World War II, she joined the American Red Cross and was assigned to the Army Nurse Corps, where she was a first lieutenant. After the war, Edith was employed at Delmar School as the school nurse, hockey and basketball coach, and journalism teacher. She also promoted health education in Prince Georges County, Md., writing health curricula and piloting projects on alcohol and sex education. Her next professional step in 1968 was as State Supervisor of School Nurses with the Delaware Department of Public Instruction (now the Delaware Department of Education). Her duties soon increased to include health education and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program. She was the originator of the Keen Cat program, which promoted health and fitness in the elementary schools throughout the state. Edith Vincent served on numerous state and national committees. She was the recipient of many awards from the organizations she served. In 2004, Edith was a recipient of the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women Award. She was recognized for her contributions and achievements in the development of legislation requiring a school nurse in every Delaware school, establishing a policy for comprehensive K-12 health education, and promoting the need for school-based wellness centers. After retiring from the Department of Education in 1998, Edith served on the school board of Woodbridge School District for 10 years. It was during that time that Nemours Health and Prevention Services named a Healthy Schools Award in her honor. Among her many accomplishments, Edith wrote a book entitled, The Influence of School Nurses on Delawares School Health Services. Edith was a member of Greenwood Memorial VFW Post #7478. She was the first and only woman commander of the Post. She was an active member of the Department of Delaware VFW and worked with the committee that sponsored the National Citizenship Education Teacher Award for Grades K-12. Edith was an active and faithful member of St. Johnstown United Methodist Church of Greenwood. Her strong faith kept her going, especially the past few years of diminishing health. Edith was most proud of her daughter, Cathy, and the family business, Adandy Farm. Everyone who knew Edith will dearly miss her, especially the farm staff, the school nurses and her close friends who have fond memories of Keen Cat and the wellness workshops. She will always be remembered as a child-health advocate and educational leader. She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Vincent of Greenwood; sister, Helen Allen of Charlottesville, Va.; nieces, Mary Jane Allen, Betty Morris, Ann Ester Carter and Elaine Jones of Virginia and Jo Ann Hudson of Florida; and nephew, Thomas W. Hudson of Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Vincent in 2001; her parents; her sisters, Ruth Carter and Annie Hudson and brothers, Hugh, Walter and Thomas B. Hudson. The family would like to express a special thank you to Edna Butler for her kind and compassionate care of Edith. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that contributions be made in Ediths name to St. Johnstown United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1063, Greenwood, DE 19950; the Edith P. Vincent Scholarship Fund, c/o Greenwood VFW #7478, P.O. Box 314, Greenwood, DE or to DSNA Scholarship Fund, c/o Patricia Guilday, 2652 Abington Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at St. Johnstown United Methodist Church, St. Johnstown Road, Greenwood, with a memorial service following at 3 p.m. A reception will be held immediately afterward at the Greenwood VFW Post #7478. Interment will be private.ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Theodore Ralph Bonwit Sr. -- Theodore Ralph Bonwit Sr., 81, of Princess Anne, Md., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Aurora Senior Living of Manokin, Princess Anne, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Baltimore, Md., on Aug. 29, 1931, he was the son of the late Ralph and Leona Frank Bonwit. A graduate of Severn High School, Mr. Bonwit went on to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., where he received a BS in political science. An astute businessman, he was involved in sales and merchandising in the Salisbury area where he resided over 50 years. He was part owner and later owner of R.E. Powell & Co. and the Coffman - Fisher Co. clothing and department stores. At a point in his career, he had 13 stores under his ownership. The R.E. Powell Co., started in Salisbury, Md., eventually moved to Laurel and was known as Discount Land. After retirement, Mr. Bonwit was involved in drug and alcohol addiction counseling throughout the Eastern Shore. He volunteered much of his time to Hudson Health Services in Salisbury. He was a former member of the Optimist Club of Salisbury. He had attended All Saints Episcopal Church in Delmar and St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel. Mr. Bonwit is survived by 3 daughters, D. Lynn Taylor and husband Don of Salisbury, P. Lee Bonwit-Drinkwater and husband Jeff of Baltimore, Md. and Kim B. Hazel and husband Rob of Laurel; 3 sons, Theodore Ted R. Bonwit Jr. and wife Ann of Valley View, Pa., Stephen D. Bonwit and wife Linda of Baltimore and Keith G. Bonwit and wife Helen of Mesa, Calif.; 2 stepdaughters, Joan Mendenhall and husband Michael and Lin Krautwurst and husband Bill; a sister, Elinor Cahn and husband Charles of Baltimore; a sister-in-law, Mildred Bonwit of Rydal, Pa.; a loving companion, Rachel Collier, of Salisbury; 13 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two wives, Constance Griffith Bonwit and Shirley Turner Bonwit. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at St. Philips Episcopal Church, South Central Avenue, Laurel. Father Howard G. Backus, Rector, will officiate. A visitation will be held one hour before the service in the church social hall where the family will greet friends and relatives. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Bonwits honor to Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, 19022 Shingle Point Rd., Georgetown, DE 19947 or Hudson Health Services, Inc., P.O. Box 1096, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the Bonwit family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Jessie M. Calloway -- Jessie M. Calloway, 86, of Delmar, died on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury after a brief illness. She was born on June 6, 1927 in Forty Fort, Pa., a daughter of the late William Joseph Jackson and Josephine Edith Jackson. Jessie graduated from the Wilkes Barre General Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. She worked as an RN at Peninsula General Hospital for a brief time and at Milford Memorial Hospital for 11 years. She also worked as the school nurse at Delmar Elementary School for one year before working as a public health nurse for Wicomico County Health Department for 21 years.ᅠ She was a very active member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Delmar where she taught Sunday school years ago, a longtime member of the Deborah Circle and a member of the Disciple Class for the past two years.ᅠ Jessie loved people and served her community in many ways through her many memberships and organizations. She was past worthy matron of Adah Chapter 5 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Delmar, past president of the New Century Club of Laurel, past president for the local chapter and past vice president of the state chapter of the American Federation of Womens Club. Other memberships include the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8276 in Delmar, the Red Hatters, the Martha Rebekah Lodge in Laurel and the Tri-County Chorus. She was also a part of a social group of ladies that all worked together through the years at the Wicomico County Health Department. They would meet for lunch monthly to catch up and enjoy each others company. She loved Christmas and made Christmas stockings for everyone in her family that were true works of art and will be cherished by the family for many years. She also used her knitting skills to knit blankets for the NICU at PRMC and enjoyed knitting with the Delmar Library group. She loved staying active and being around people, especially her children and grandchildren, who blessed her on a regular basis through their visits and phone calls. She is survived by 2 daughters, Barbara J. Pugliese (Angelo) of Newnan, Ga. and Jo Larmore (David) of Laurel; a son, Charles Chuck I. Calloway Jr. (Debbie) of Bethel; 9 grandchildren, Amy Smith (Jackson), Duane Calloway (Carrie), Leigh Clarke (Ricky), Matt Calloway (Amy), Toby Larmore (Amber), Erin Calloway, Katy Reinert (Rob), Jesse Pugliese and Kathryn Pugliese; and 9 great grandchildren, Cole Austin, Caleb, Jenna, Rachel, Sienna, Charlie, Arden, Camryn and Jackson. She is also survived by 2 brothers-in-law, Jack Calloway (Loveyann) of Bowie, Md. and Carl Wilkins of Laurel; several nieces and nephews; and a host of special friends.ᅠ In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles I. Calloway Sr.; a sister, Jean Conoway; and a brother, William F. Jackson. An Eastern Star service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, with a funeral service to follow. Family and friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. The Rev. Phyllis A. Walton will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Contributions may be made in her memory to St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Barbara J. Simon -- Barbara J. Simon, 77, of Laurel, died on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2013, at her home in Laurel.ᅠ She was born on Sept. 11, 1935 in Chester, Pa., a daughter of the late Leon Joseph Jurkowski and Louise Jurkowski Pringle. Barbara worked at DuPont in her younger days before leaving to raise her family. As her boys were growing up she was a volunteer parent in many capacities including the Delmar Little League and Cub Scouts, just to name a few. She also volunteered for many years at the Good Samaritan Shop in Laurel. She was a devout Catholic and a member of Holy Redeemer in Delmar. She was a wonderful cook, a cat lover and an avid reader.ᅠ She is survived by three sons, Michael Simon and Bruce Simon, both of Laurel, and Paul Simon and his wife Cherie of Salisbury, Md.; 4 grandchildren, Ashley Simon, Michael Ray Simon, Chelsea Simon and Ally Simon; and a sister, Denise Pringle of Arlington, Va.ᅠ In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George P. Simon, who passed away in 2010.ᅠ A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Committal services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Georgetown.ᅠ Memorial contributions may be made to the Delmar Alumni Association. ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Joanne Elaine Reid -- Joanne Elaine Reid, 46, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in Guam, she was the daughter of Jesus L. Evaristo of Seaford and the late Ana Iriarte Evaristo. She was a homemaker and loved exotic birds. Joanne is survived by her husband, Robert T. Reid; two daughters, Breanna Reid and Kaitlyn Reid, both of Seaford; four brothers, Joseph Evaristo of Guam, Jesus Evaristo, Frankie Evaristo and William Evaristo, all of Seaford; and a sister, Victoria Higgins of Laurel. A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Stein Hwy., Seaford. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home in Seaford.


Hattie Marie Ross Hopkins -- Hattie Marie Ross Hopkins, 79, of Seaford, departed this life on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Genesis Healthcare Facility in Seaford. Hattie was born at home on Aug. 11, 1934, on the Delaware/Maryland line. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Cooper and Ada Ross. In 1950, she accepted the Lord and attended Clarence Street Church of God and has been on the battlefield ever since. On Aug. 19, 2013, at 11:18 a.m., her battle was won. Her faithful service included ushering, prayer warrior, womens choir, various committees and a member of the Ladies Willing Worker Band. Hattie received her education in the Maryland School District. She completed CNA training through Peninula General Hospital (Peninsula Regional Medical Center) in Salisbury, Md. Her occupations included CNA at Methodist Manor House in Seaford and Cheer Home Health Agency in Georgetown. After 30 years of working, she retired in 2001. Hattie was a very meek and humble woman. She never complained. She enjoyed crocheting, traveling, volunteering at the Blind Association and was an active member of the Senior Day Program until her health started to fail. But, most importantly, her joy was spending time with her family. She was united in holy matrimony to Harrison Hopkins Sr. in 1952, and to this union were 7 children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison Hopkins Sr. and oldest son, Harrison Hopkins Jr.; 2 sisters, Betty Ray from Philadelphia, Pa. and Annie Peggy Davis from Apopka, Fla.; and 1 brother, Thomas Ross of Seaford. She leaves to mourn 4 sons, Joseph (Frances), Sylvester Too Tall and Arthur (Lorrianne) Hopkins, all of Seaford, and Kevin Hopkins and Cassandra Myles of Bridgeville; 2 daughters, Vera Hopkins of Seaford and Faith Ann (Nelson) Beach of Laurel; a daughter-in-law, Arlean Hopkins of Laurel; 7 grandchildren, Yolanda (Rodney), Demetris Tot, Kenya (Christan), Patricia (Ayi), Arthur Jr., Tyrell (Nichole) and Darius; 7 great grandchildren, Stephone, Rodney, Deontre, Amari, Ictavan, Promise and Shyheim; 1 sister, Alberta Waples of Seaford; 4 sister-in-laws, Estella Hopkins of Bridgeville, Mildred Hopkins of Greenwood, Helen Hopkins of Boston, Mass. and Mammie Ross of Camden, N.J.; 2 goddaughters, the late Evelyne Cannon and Evangeline Cannon; a special godson, Roland Skippy Stewart and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. In 1977, Hattie adopted her sisters grandchildren, Sylvia and Lee Washington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 26, at Clarence Street Church of God in Seaford, where friends and family may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Bishop Carlton Cannon Sr. will officiate. Interment will follow in Macedonia Cemetery in Seaford. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Elwood L. Waldridge, Sr. -- Elwood L. Waldridge Sr., 86, of Seaford, died on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Elwood owned and operated Blades Auto Body for many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the American Legion in Seaford and the Welwood Yacht Club in Charlestown, Md. Elwoods wife of 65 years, Bonnie, died on May 28, 2012. He is survived by his 5 children, Dyanna Waldridge, Karol Compello and her husband Joseph, Erin DuBosq, Lois Whaley-Harman and her husband David and Jason Waldridge and his wife Leslie. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren; a brother, Robert Waldridge, as well as a close family friend, James Mumford. He was preceded in death by two of his sons, Shawn and Lee Waldridge; a brother, James Waldridge and a sister, Evelyn Hutchinson. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Sean Stallard -- Sean Stallard of Seaford passed away on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, after a long illness. Sean was the son of the late Donald and Joyce Stallard of Seaford. Sean was an avid sportsman and a big fan of NASCAR driver Mark Martin. He also looked forward to his annual vacation to Aruba with his wife Barbara. He was self employed and worked many years in commercial construction. Sean was a member of the Harrington Moose Lodge. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Sheldon (Shell) Stallard. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Lewis) Stallard of Seaford; a sister, Donette English of San Diego, Calif.; a nephew, Scott Cannon of San Diego and a niece, Katie English of Los Angeles, Calif. He also enjoyed a close relationship with his stepchildren, grandchildren and a favorite aunt and uncle - Bill and Shirley Maney of North Carolina. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment will be held at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.


F. Pauline Wikstrom - Florence Pauline Wikstrom passed away on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Josiah C. and Mary E. Hearn Johnson. For a number of years, Pauline resided in Salisbury where she was a clerk for Phillips Cleaners for 35 years. She also owned and operated the Tiny Tot Day Nursery in Salisbury. After retirement from these businesses, she moved back to Laurel and worked for a period of time at Delaware Aluminum Products of Laurel. She was a former member of the Laurel Senior Center and the local Historical Society. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Oleva Johnson. Mrs. Wikstrom is survived by a son, Ronald Wikstrom, Ocala, Fla.; a daughter, Arlese Layton Obara, Timonium, Md.; 3 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Pastor Joe Burris will officiate. Contributions may be made in her memory to Alzheimers Association - Sussex County, 109 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19977. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Edna M. Allison -- Edna M. Allison, 81, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born on Jan. 1, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Elisha and Lucy Wilkerson. After graduating from high school, Edna worked for many years for Sussex Trust Bank in the Trust Department. She then worked for the State of Delaware Pensions Department from which she retired. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. She also served as treasurer for The Laurel Alumni Association and AARP in Seaford. Her hobbies included bowling, golfing, gardening, sewing, and making beautiful crafts. Her most precious legacy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She always enjoyed the family gatherings and dinners that they often had. Edna is survived by her children, Gary Allison and his wife Cinda of Georgetown, Connie Massey of Laurel and Janet Morgan and her husband David of Laurel; grandchildren, Kimberly Allison, Kristen Allison, Maureen Mastroianni and husband Joe, Brooks Massey and wife Dawn, Alison Hastings and Marc Morgan; great-grandchildren, Brian Lane Jr., Cassie Lane, Zachary Flynn, Morgan Hastings and Sidney Hastings; great-great grandson, Kayden Hassler and four brothers, Donald Hickman of Seaford, John Robert Wilkerson of Florida, Elijah Wilkerson of Maryland and Thomas Wilkerson of Florida. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lee Chick Allison; her siblings, Martha Oliphant, Naomi Hogge, Henry Wilkerson and William Wilkerson and grandson, Scott Morgan. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Joseph Burris will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the care Edna received from Delaware Hospice and caregivers, Billie Jean Sockriter, Debbie Wood, Cassie Lane and Cindy Mitchell. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Deborah J. White -- Deborah J. White, 65, of Seaford, died on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. Deborah was the daughter of the late Christopher and Arlene White. She loved attending Faith Baptist Church in Salisbury, Md. She is survived by her brother, Charles White and his wife Joyce and nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Faith Baptist Church, 30505 Dagsboro Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804.


Richard Lee Dickie Nichols -- Richard Lee Dickie Nichols, 84, of Delmar, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford where he had resided for the past five years. He was born on July 2, 1929 in Delmar, a son of the late Howard Beauchamp Nichols and Mildred Johnson Nichols. Dickie, as he was known by all who loved him, proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1955. He retired in 1991 after many years of service as a machine operator for the DuPont Company in Seaford. He dedicated much of his life to the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department where he served as an active member for 60 years. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, he loved to get a good laugh out of family and friends. He also enjoyed sitting on his front porch on State Street watching the cars go by and waving to everyone. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nellie Anne (French) Nichols; a sister, Ann Ring (Richard) of Delmar; a brother, Fred Nichols (Joyce) of Seaford; a brother-in-law, Dean French (Betty); a sister-in-law, Mable Lee Ball (Donald); special nieces and nephews, Donald Ball (Sherry), Dawn Sard (Don), Tamara Eckleberry (Dan), Terri Lynn Tice (Allen), Randy French, Donna Shaka (Craig), Linda Seefried (Luke), Beth Kimmey (Eric) and Rev. Robert Ring; and great nephews who were like grandsons to him, Justin Ball and Michael Sard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Johnson Nichols. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff of the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford for their wonderful care and compassion they showed to Dickie and his family. A firemans funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 10 to 11. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Contributions may be made in his memory to Delmar Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 243, Delmar, DE 19940. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Doris M. Wilson -- Doris M. Wilson, 84, of Seaford, died on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Doris was a school bus contractor for the State of Delaware for many years and then worked for the Canteen at the Dupont Company in Seaford until she retired. She was a member of Concord United Methodist Church, an avid reader, loved ceramics and spending time with her family. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Barry Wilson (Luanne), Lorraine Miller, Linda Dickens (Ken), Bruce Wilson (Karen) and John Mark Wilson (Debbie); seven grandchildren, Kristi Gore, Crystal Benson (Tyler), Matthew Dickens (Danielle), Lauren Carey, Ashley Dickens, Jessica Berg (Jorgen) and Mark Wilson; four great-grandchildren, Emma and Chloe Gore, Mason Wiedmann and Perry Dickens; brothers, Warren and Hollis Hearn and sister, Kathleen Truitt Hastings. She was preceded in death by sisters, Mildred Morgan, Isabelle Chandler and Evelyn Marvil; brothers, Francis, Boyce, Lee, Chester and Manning Hearn and son-in-law, Larry Miller. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Concord United Methodist Church, 25322 Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Thomas Willett Booker -- Thomas Willett Booker, 79, husband of Barbara A. Booker and a resident of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. A native of Cherrystone, Va., he was the son of the late Charles M. Booker Sr. and the late Grace Brown Booker. Mr. Booker was a retired conductor for Conrail Railroad. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael T. Booker of Port Orange, Fla.; a brother, Grayson S. Booker and his wife Joyce of Capeville, Va.; five grandchildren, Andrew Booker of Milford, Zachary Booker and Samantha Booker, both of Port Orange and Reese and Charles Wilkins, both of Seaford; a stepson, Robert Reese Wilkins Sr. and his wife Terry of Seaford and a stepdaughter, Brenda Wilkins Baker and her husband Victor of Gumboro. Mr. Booker was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Williams Booker and three brothers, Charles M. Booker Jr., Robert C. Booker and John E. Booker. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Cape Charles Cemetery. The Rev. Jack D. Pruitt will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Online condolences may be sent to the family at doughtyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home, Cape Charles, Va.


Earley Carlton Camp -- Earley Carlton Camp, 76, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 1937 to the late Frank Camp and Mildred Hill. He was the oldest of four children. Earley was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Eugene Camp, and is survived by twin brothers, Donald and Ronald Camp of Ft. Worth, Texas. Earley was the beloved husband of Jin Sook Kim and wonderful father to Barbara Biggerstaff, Diana James, Carl Camp, Kim "Maurice" Camp and Tanya Gin Barton. He had 11 grandchildren that he loved very much - Michael, Stephen, Courtney, Julie, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Janina, Jillian, Conner, Zanna and Drake. His sons-in-law and daughters-in-law - Doug, Peter, Mary, Nerissa and Ricky - also held a very important place in his heart. He would always send cards to everyone, remembering every birthday and special occasion. Earley graduated from Putnam City High School and received his baccalaureate degree from Oklahoma University. He completed his education with a master's in business administration from Murray State University in Kentucky. Earley served in the U.S. Army after the Korean War and he was also a Vietnam veteran. He retired as a Major in the Medical Service Corps and continued to work after retirement from the Army. He was the laboratory administrator at Hillcrest Memorial Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. for many years. He moved to Seaford and worked as the laboratory administrator for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, from which he is retired. He worked for many years at Seaford Nautilus gym. Earley was best known as "Coach Camp." He was extremely passionate about coaching youth football, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball. His philosophy with coaching was that "everyone gets to play" and "play as a team." With this winning philosophy, he had many championship teams. He volunteered in youth leagues at Camp Zama, Japan; Ft. Sam Houston, Texas; Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and Seaford. He enjoyed traveling, reading, golfing, hiking in the woods, and spending time with his family. He completed writing a book, "Going West," which is soon to be published. Earley will be lovingly remembered as a man with a generous nature who always put others in front of himself. He made everyone feel special and important. He served his country as well as his community. Funeral services were held at Delaware Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending cards with a favorite memory to his home in Seaford. Arrangements were in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Beatrice C. Humphreys -- Beatrice Catherine Humphreys, 91, of Salisbury, died on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at John B. Parsons Home. Born in Laurel on Jan. 15, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Larry and Jennie Joseph Davis. Mrs. Humphreys attended Riverside United Methodist Church in Salisbury. She worked for Dresser Industries and then for Peninsula Orthopedic Associates. She was an avid reader and loved doing crossword puzzles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, William N. Lynch and Leonard Humphreys; a brother, Howard S. Davis and a grandson, Patrick William Lynch. She is survived by two sons, Larry Richard Dick Lynch and his wife Beverley and Pat Lynch and his wife Sharon, all of Salisbury; four stepchildren, David Humphreys of Parsonsburg, Md., Charles Humphreys and his wife Chris of Virginia, Carroll Humphreys of Pocomoke, Md. and Susan Holland of Stockton, Md.; a sister-in-law, Joyce Davis; two grandchildren, Carrie Dryden and Jason Lynch and several step grandchildren, great grandchildren and step great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, at Wicomico Memorial Park. The Rev. Lou Bradley and Pastor Carol Carlson will officiate. The family extends a special thank you to the staff at the John B. Parsons Community for the special care and tender concern for Beas welfare during her stay at the facility, as well as to the staff of Coastal Hospice who demonstrated great concern for her well-being and comfort during her last days. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Wicomico County, 5130 Citation Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. To send condolences to the family, visit www.hollowayfh.com.


Craig A. Conaway -- Craig A. Conaway, 53, of Millsboro, departed this earth peacefully on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Born in Seaford, Craig graduated from Seaford High School in 1978. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1979 as a Hospital Corpsman and served until 1987. He participated in the Grenada Conflict and lost several good friends in Beirut. He received the Navy Marine Corps Medal and the NCOA Vanguard award in 1986 for heroism after pulling several marines from a flaming helicopter crash and rendering aid to the survivors. His heart remained with them always. Following an honorable discharge, he worked for the Southern States Corporation as a custom applicator, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital as a CNA, and was owner and operator of a sporting goods store. He was an avid deer hunter who also enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and NC Sportsman. He was also a member of the QDMA, NWTF, RMEF, and Ducks Unlimited. His most recent passion was studying Civil War history and supporting non-profit agencies attempting to save civil war battlefields and educating people in that important part of US history. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Andrew and Katherine Conaway and Charles and Beverly Hill. Craig is survived by his wife of 32 years, Brenda Conaway; a son, Jeremiah Conaway, both of Millsboro; his parents, Andrew and Donna Conaway of Seaford; a sister, Sandra Messick and her husband Allen of Seaford; nephew and niece, Robert Bagwell III and Morgan Messick of Seaford; mother and father-in-law, Roy and Marie Whaley of Laurel; and his best friend, Ricky Leggs of Seaford. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions may be sent to the family for distribution to Craigs favorite charities, c/o Brenda Conaway, 20187 Lowes Crossing Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.


William Youngbar -- William Youngbar, 80, of Seaford, died on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Mr. Youngbar worked for Weyerhaeuser Lumber Co. in Baltimore, Md. for 23 years and then for Dorchester Lumber Co. in Linkwood, Md., for 25 years before retiring to Seaford. He attended the New Liberty Wesleyan Church in Federalsburg, Md. and the Ark Wesleyan Church in Seaford. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lorraine Youngbar; a son, Jason Youngbar; a daughter, Darlene Youngbar; a grandson, Zachary William Youngbar; 2 brothers, David and Donald Youngbar and 2 sisters, Constance Herb and Terry Lee. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Wednesday evening, Aug. 7 from 6 to 8 and Thursday morning from 10 to 11. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice, 1016 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963.


David Lee Fleetwood -- David Lee Fleetwood, 62, of Saylorsburg, Pa., died suddenly on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Born in Milford and raised in Seaford, he was a son of Ann (Trice) Fleetwood Meritt of Bridgeville and the late Arthur Lee Fleetwood. David served his country in the Air Force and then joined IBM in Richmond, Va. David retired after a successful career as manager with IBM, a career which began in Virginia over 40 years ago and eventually brought him to Chestnuthill Township. Retirement was a new chapter for David and it allowed him to do what he had a real passion for - to help others, whether individually or as a group. He could be counted on to plow driveways during snowstorms, cut trees down or anything else that would aid a friend or neighbor. Dave was president of the West End Little League for many years and he was running for his second term as Chestnuthill Township supervisor this year. Dave worked tirelessly to help run the parking at Pocono Raceway, allowing volunteer groups to raise money for their organizations. Dave's most recent activities included raising funds for a regional park through the West End Park and Open Space Commission. He was also involved with the celebration of Chestnuthill Township's 250th anniversary. He was the husband of Pamela (Luck) Fleetwood. They had observed their 31st wedding anniversary in November. In addition to his wife and mother, Dave is survived by two sons, Chad Matthew Fleetwood of Alexandria, Va. and Christopher Lee Fleetwood of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; a daughter, Elizabeth Ashley Harrison and her husband Brad of Henryville, Pa.; three sisters, Linda Littleton and her husband Ed of Seaford, Mary Fleetwood of Spring Hill, Fla. and Susan Fleetwood of Galestown, Md.; a brother, Alan Fleetwood and his wife Krista of Newark and three grandchildren, Jacob and Lee Fleetwood of Alexandria and Emily Harrison of Henryville. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Kresge Funeral Home, 1763 Route 209, Brodheadsville, Pa. A visitation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of West End Park and Open Space Commission, P.O. Box 243, Brodheadsville, PA 18322.


Laura Margaret 'Peg' Quillin -- Laura Peg Quillin, 93, of Lakeland, Fla., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, of natural causes. Born in Barnard, Mo., she graduated from Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in Maryville, Mo. While there she met Ed (Edgar), her husband of 62 years. Peg spent many years in Seaford raising their family. At St. Johns Methodist Church, she was involved in the Chancel Choir and later served as the church organist. She taught kindergarten and 1st grade in Seaford schools from 1954 until retirement in 1981. After moving to Lakeland in 1981, she joined the Tuesday Music Club serving as an active member and past president. She participated in the music program of First United Methodist, singing in the choir and with the Singing Ambassadors until health issues slowed her down. She also shared her talents at Lakeside Hills Estates in many clubs and musical activities. Peg was preceded in death by her husband Edgar in 2004, and is survived by two daughters, Susan Mauger and her husband Ed of Lakeland, Fla., and Linda Quillin of Chesapeake, Va.; two granddaughters, Christine Romer and husband Brad and Kimberly Twiss and husband David; and four great grandsons.ᅠ Memorial services will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at First United Methodist Church, Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland. The family has requested that donations be made to either First United Methodist Church of Lakeland or Tuesday Music Club of Lakeland Scholarship Fund. Arrangements are in the care of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home at Serenity Gardens. ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ


Sandra W. Cole -- Sandra W. Cole, 70, of Seaford, died on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Sandra was a nurse and taught at Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown for many years.ᅠ She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Alan B. Cole; 2 sons, Alan D. Cole and his wife Cindy and Daniel C. Cole and his wife Nancy; 7 grandchildren, Michael, Richard, Samuel, Dakota, Daniel Jr., Jonathan and Susie and a brother, John Gevan Russell. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10:30 to 11:30. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the National Kidney Foundation, 1301 York Rd., Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093.


Theodosia Gordy -- Theodosia Gordy of Laurel passed away at her home on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Fondly known as "Aunt Dosh" and "Mom Mom" Gordy, she was born in Seaford to the late Albert and Carrie Rogers. She was a wonderful homemaker who enjoyed cooking and caring for her grandbabies. She was a member of the Martha Rebekah Lodge in Laurel where she could be found cooking for the members of the lodge. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and Laurel Grange. "Dosh" was also a volunteer at the Good Samaritan Shop in Laurel and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Mrs. Gordy is survived by her sons, Benny Gordy and wife Jayne, Jeffery Gordy and wife Marie and Steve Gordy and wife, Missy; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and her siblings, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Gordy, in 2012. At Mrs. Gordy's request all services were held privately with her family. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Virginia M. Wilson -- Virginia M. Wilson, 95, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2013, at her home.ᅠ Born in Hebron, Md., she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Nellie Darby. Virginia was a loving homemaker.ᅠ She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold W. Wilson; her children, Lewis H. Wilson Sr. and Beverly Goslee and a grandson, Lewis H. Wilson Jr. She is survived by her grandchildren, Julie Howard, Andrew Gordon, Lucus Gordon, Ginny Wilson and Teresa Wilson and great grandchildren, Robert L. Howard and Kelly Coons. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Ken Deusa will officiate. Interment will follow at Spring Hill Memory Gardens in Hebron. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Bessie Anna Jones -- Bessie Anna Jones, 93, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Genesis Eldercare.ᅠ Born in Ellendale, she was the daughter of the late Bertha Shockley and Wilber Coverdale.ᅠ She was a seamstress before she retired. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Haines Jones in 2001. ᅠ She is survived by a son, Donald L. Johnson of Lincoln; a daughter, Dottie L. Dukes and her husband Dale of Laurel; a stepdaughter, Jean A. Stant of Seaford; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, at Watson - Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford, where friends may call one hour before the service. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. ᅠ


Richard Dahl Prettyman -- Richard Dahl Prettyman, 76, of West Hartford, Conn., and formerly of Suffield, Conn., passed on Sunday, July 28, 2013, at his home. He richly blessed our world before succumbing to a courageous battle with cancer. Richard was born to Claude and Olga Prettyman in Laurel, graduated from the University of Delaware, and later moved to southern California. His military service was in the Armys first Data Processing tour of duty located at Camp Irwin, California. The experience led to 30 years of employment with IBM in southern California and New York.ᅠ In retirement, he served on the board, and as president, of New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA), and played trumpet in numerous music camps and municipal bands. A memorial concert dedicated to Richard will be performed in September by the Williamsburg Consort Symphonic Band, who has also established a scholarship in his name to assist students of music. His passions were his family, love of music, and gifted talent with photography. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Sharon Prettyman. He had recently moved from Suffield to be closer to family during his illness.ᅠ He was dearly known as Pop-Pop to his grandchildren and is survived by children, James Prettyman of Pickerington, Ohio, Mary Stephenson and her husband David of Easley, S.C., Richard Prettyman and his spouse Jeffrey Horton of Springfield, Mass. and Laura von Hollander and her husband Reinhard from West Hartford; and four grandchildren, Dara, Cameron and Gunnar von Hollander, and James Prettyman. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford.ᅠ Memorial donations may be made to New Horizons International Music Association online at www.newhorizonsmusic.org.ᅠ Online condolences may be made at www.sheehanhilbornbreen.com.


Beverly June Simpson Roser -- Beverly June Simpson Roser, 57, of Bridgeville, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford.ᅠ She was born in Atlanta, Ga., on Thursday, Jan. 26, 1956, daughter of Douglas R. Simpson and the late June (Harting) Simpson.ᅠ Mrs. Roser grew up in Bridgeville. She attended Woodbridge High School and graduated with the class of 1975. She worked a lifelong career for Hardees and Wal-Mart in Seaford, where she loved all the locals who frequently visited her.ᅠ Mrs. Roser was active for several years in the Seaford Senior Center and the Seaford Red Hats Society. She was very talented at crochet and enjoyed making countless lap blankets which she donated to numerous residents at the local nursing homes. Most of all, Mrs. Roser enjoyed the time spent with her family and friends, especially time spent with her nieces and nephews who were the apple of her eye. Mrs. Roser was a kind and outgoing person and instantly considered everyone a friend. She was a loving wife, sister, aunt, great aunt and dear friend who will be missed by all who knew her. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Roser was preceded in death by her loving husband, Stephen Roser in 2005.ᅠ In addition to her father, she is survived by her brother, Douglas Simpson Jr. and his wife Stephanie of Bridgeville; two sisters, Linda Colona of Bridgeville and Susan Dixon and her husband Bob of Dalton, Ga.; four nieces, Jana Simpson, Jaime Simpson, Morgan Scott and her husband Eric and Shannon Green; her nephew, Brian Butler; nine great nieces; four great nephews and her two loving boxers, Gertie and Bentley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour before the service. Burial will immediately follow at Unity-Washington Cemetery, Hurlock, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. Visit Mrs. Rosers Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Barbara P. Havey -- Barbara P. Havey, 94, of Seaford, passed away surrounded by her loving family at her home on Thursday, July 25, 2013. ᅠ ᅠ Bobbie was born and raised in New Jersey, a daughter to the late Edwin and Gertrude (Capen) Pierce. Bobbie moved to Seaford with her husband, Bob in 1941, as he started a career at the new DuPont nylon plant. She was a real estate agent for many years and enjoyed her years at her home on the Nanticoke River with her beloved husband and much loved dogs and cats. She enjoyed playing bridge, going to the beach, vacations with her family and shopping for bargains with her daughter Sheila who lovingly cared for her during the last years of her life.ᅠ Bobbie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert.ᅠ She is survived by her children, Sheila Barnes of Milford, Susan and husband (Denny) McCord of Newport News, Va., Robert and wife (Teresa) Havey of Glen Allen, Va.; and Donna Fontana of Hockessin; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The family would like to thank Carolyn Hughes and Carrie Williams for their devoted care and friendship over the last few years. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, 19022 Shingle Point Rd., Georgetown, DE, 19947.ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Lofland Funeral Home, Milford.


Ruth Ann Brown -- Ruth Ann Brown, 75, of Seaford passed away on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Milford Hospice House.ᅠ She was born in Pennsville, N.J. on Sept. 28, 1937, the daughter of the late William Powers. She was a CNA at Cheer of Seaford and in Georgetown. She attended Bethel Worship Center and the Seaford Senior Center where she was a member of the their Red Hat Club. She played the organ at several local churches and enjoyed collecting dolls. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Nelson T. Brown; three sons, Bill Brown of Laurel, Peter Brown (Vickie) of Newport News, Va., David Brown (Melissa) of Laurel and two grandsons, Robert Brown and Christopher Brown, both of Seaford. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Bethel Worship Center with the Rev. Joe Legates officiating. Friends may call at the church before the service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Bloomery Cemetery. ᅠᅠ Memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


David F. Laughery -- David F. Laughery, 83, of Seaford, died on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Mr. Laughery retired in 1990 from the Dupont Company in Seaford after 42 years of service. He was a veteran of the US Navy. His wife, Molly Vicky Laughery died on March 15, 2012. He is survived by a son, David and his wife Sharon of Bethlehem, Pa.; a daughter, Sheila Laughery of Seaford; 8 grandchildren, Kelly Bartholomew, Rusty Bartholomew, Annette Bartholomew, Jenna Laughery, Rebecca Laughery, Gehret Laughery, Kathryn Laughery and Bridgette Laughery and 2 sisters, Loretta Downes of Lewes and Peggy Case of Newark. David was preceded in death by a daughter, Vickie Messick in 2004. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, July 29, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Seaford. Burial was in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Ann Ellen Kenney Walls McCool -- Ann Ellen Kenney Walls McCool, 96, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2013, after a short illness. Mrs. McCool was born on Dec. 31, 1916, to the late Roy Kenney and Amy Moore Kenney in Portsville. The oldest of five children, Ann was preceded in death by brothers, Charles, Lynn and Harvey and her sister, Lauraline Schleicher. Ann valued education and was encouraged and sponsored at Western Maryland College by her beloved Aunt Mattie Phillips. She graduated in 1938 with a degree in secondary education and got a job at Lewes High School where she taught English and social studies. In the winter of 1939, Ann met the love of her life, Bill Walls Sr. at a basketball game where his son was playing. They quickly fell in love, but unfortunately World War II had other plans. Bill was drafted and served in Asia, returning in 1946, when they married at Whites Rooming House in Lewes. Ann became mother to Bill Jr. and later, grandmother to Bills four children and seven grandchildren who all adored her. Ann continued to teach at Lewes and then Cape Henlopen High School for 34 years until her retirement in 1973. She taught thousands of local children who remember her as a stern but fair teacher with a quick wit and a kind heart. After the war, Ann and Bill purchased rental property in Rehoboth and began Walls Cottages and Apts., a business that would span 61 years. Over the years, she hosted five generations of Rehoboth visitors who were in essence, her extended family. After Bills death in 1966, Ann married Doyle McCool and the two of them led active social lives with Doyles many community activities until his death in 1983. Ann continued to independently run the business year round, maintaining handwritten correspondence with over 5,000 customers annually. She kept reservations in a black and white composition book and did all math in her head; rarely, if ever, making an error. A lifelong Democrat, Ann could articulate the virtues of her way of thinking in such a way to turn the most Republican heart blue. An avid reader, she loved biographies and was a true history buff, regaling a lucky listener with family, local and national history with great detail. In addition to her parents and siblings, Mrs. McCool was preceded in death by her husbands, Bill Walls and Doyle McCool; her Aunt Mattie Phillips; son, Bill Walls Jr. and great-grandson, Bobby Walls. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mabel Kenney of Delmar; niece, Linda Wootten of Delmar; nephew, Bruce Kenney and wife Cathy of Delmar; great nieces, Tammy Mears and husband Craig of Gumboro, Tracy Payne and husband Shane of Delmar, Faith Ann Richardson of Seaford and Wendy Chambers of Sharptown, Md.; great-nephew, Bruce Kenney Jr. and wife Sandy of Delmar; cousin, Janet Phillips and husband Pete of Laurel; grandchildren, Robert Walls and wife Jeannie of Magnolia, Michael Walls of Seaford, Judith Hammond and husband John of Lewes and Cyndi Martin and husband Pat of Lewes; great grandchildren, Tammy Bryant of Marietta, Ga., Mark Walls of Lewes, Laura Hammond and husband Shane of Ocean View, Bill Walls of Lewes, Ed Weaver of Hartly and Tom Martin of Charlotte, N.C. and numerous great-great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes, where friends may call one hour before the services. Friends may also visit on Sunday evening, Aug. 4, from 5 to 7 at the funeral home. Interment will follow the services at Lewes Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lewes. Flowers are welcome. Visit Mrs. McCools Life Memorial page and sign the online guest registry at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Conice Virginia Pettit Kernodle -- Conice Virginia Pettit Kernodle, 80, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Born on Dec. 29, 1932 in Anderson, S.C., she was the caring oldest sister to 5 siblings and went on to marry and have nine children, 23 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. She was a strong Christian and was devoted to making time for God everyday. Although her family always came first, her second home was her school bus and her second family were the children in her care. She spent most of her career in the school bus industry, working first as a driver and independent contractor. From 1980 to 2002 she worked with the orthopedically handicapped unit for the Seaford School District, a job she dearly loved. After her formal retirement, she found great happiness looking after her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who kept her busy until the very end. She was preceded in death by her parents, Baron Pettit and Dorothy Pettit Banning; her husband of 53 years, Wilbur Lawson Kernodle Sr.; her eldest son, Wilbur Jr.; her grandson, Robert Lawson Wilson; two brothers, James and Randall and a sister, Sarah. She is survived by two brothers, Milford Pettit and Paul Pettit; a sister, Wanda Taylor; her two sons, Walter Kernodle and his wife Sylvia of Pembroke Pines, Fla. and Robert Kernodle and his wife Rita of Laurel; six daughters, Sharon Koger and her husband Robert of Indianapolis, Ind., Arleen Hurlock and her husband Bill of Seaford, Bertha Wilson and her husband Bill of Greenwood, Deborah Kernodle of Laurel, Susan Case and her husband Peter of Townsville, Australia and Penny Kernodle Sonzini of Tamarac, Fla. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren: Sheri, Mauri, Wilbur, Cyndie, Paul, Michael, Kenzie, Melissa, Bobby, Michael, Kevin, Billy, Jimmy, Stacey, Matthew, Jerod, Justin, Lindsey, Anastacia, Kristopher, Samantha and Kimmi and 25 great-grandchildren: Nicholas, Cody, Tyler, Laney, Lance, Gabi, Leilani, Ashton, Bobby, Johnny, Fiona, Alyssa, Emily, Amber, Amber, Allison, Billy IV, Aven, Alexis, Taylor, Riley, Adalyn, Koah, Kaydence and Kailee. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Rick Mumford will officiate. Interment will follow in Careys Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


William C. Gralka, 95 William C. Gralka of Seaford, and formerly of Filbert, Pa., passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Genesis at Lofland Park. He was born on May 5, 1918, son of the late Joseph Gralka and Sophia Chrobak Gralka. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Crapp Gralka; his son, William Gralka; his sister, Helen Gralka; and his brother, Joseph Gralka. William was a member of St. Thomas R.C. Church at Footedale, Pa.; a former coal miner for U.S. Steel Corporation at the Robena Mine, a member of United Mine Workers of America, a retired steel worker for U.S. Steel at the McKees Rocks Works and a member of the United Steel Workers of America. He was a loving father and devoted grandfather and an avid Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers fan. He is survived by his daughter, Gerry Mitchell and husband Bill with whom he resided; two grandsons, Jeffrey Mitchell of Milton and Gregory Mitchell of Wilmington; his brothers, Stanley Gralka and wife Rosemarie of Bradenton, Fla.; and Walter Gralka of Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. Interment was held in LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill, Pa.


Frances Mae Hearn -- Frances Mae Hearn, 92, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, July 19, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born at home in Laurel on Nov. 18, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Charlie N. and Lillian Mae Downs Timmons. A lifelong Laurel resident, Mrs. Hearn was a homemaker, assisted with the work of the family farm and sold wallpaper from a shop in her home for over 10 years. Mrs. Hearns greatest joy was caring for her family. On Dec. 3, 1938, she married Grover W. Hearn, who passed away on Aug. 13, 2011. In her earlier years, she was active in Trinity United Methodist Church where she was pianist for nearly 30 years, member of the Ladies Aide and had taught Sunday school. More recently, she had attended Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Salisbury. She is survived by 3 sons, Gary E. Hearn of Pittsburgh (McKeesport), Pa., Lonnie L. Hearn of Elkton, Md. and Terry F. Hearn of Dagsboro; a daughter, Iris J. Stuart of Laurel; a sister, Helen Ruth Senkbeil of Salisbury; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 5 nieces and 5 nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Florence M. Baker and a brother, John Franklin Timmons. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, in the Elliott Building at Trinity United Methodist Church on Phillips Hill Road in Laurel. Pastor Brian Moss of Oak Ridge Baptist Church will officiate and Pastor Julie Lewis of Trinity United Methodist Church will assist. A viewing will be held at the Elliott Building from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. Interment will be in Trinity United Methodist Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Vitas Community Connection, 255 E. Fifth St., Ste. 2600, Cincinnati, OH 45202 or Tunnell Cancer Center, 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the Hearn family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Robert Edward Hall -- Robert Edward Hall, a retired advertising executive, creative director and abstract painter, died at his home in the Methodist Manor House in Seaford on Sunday, July 14, 2013. Born on a wheat ranch in Longmont, Colo., he was raised in West Los Angeles, Calif. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School where he knew numerous future starlets including the actress Donna Reed and UCLA. His long creative career started with training at the Chonunard Art Institute (later the California Institute of the Arts) and Art Center in Los Angeles. He was especially proud of having been a Navy flyer during World War II, piloting the enormous PBM bomber. In 1941, he volunteered for service, received flight training in Corpus Christie, Texas, and achieved the rank of lieutenant. He married Renee Douwes at the end of the war in 1944, resumed his art training at Art Center and began a family. He moved first to Chicago and subsequently to New York, then the center of the art world, to pursue his career. Hall was a force in the Madison Avenue advertising world between 1959, when he became senior vice president and creative director for Dean L. Burdick Associates and 1998, when he retired and moved to Seaford. In 1975, he co-founded the pharmaceutical advertising agency Hall, Decker, McKibbin Advertising with Elise McKibbin, who he married in 1980. He was responsible for many notable advertising campaigns, including the memorable What Makes It Great series. In 1985, he opened Hall and Hall Associates in partnership with his wife Elise Hall. He was also a painter of extraordinary talent, working as a geometric abstractionist. Driven by an innate curiosity, Hall investigated new artistic modes throughout his long career, creating complex and intriguing paintings and drawings. His work was exhibited in The Art of the Northeast and numerous other venues. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Elise McKibbin Hall; his daughter, Nancy Hall-Duncan; three sons, John Edward Hall, Jeffrey Reese Hall and Scott Theodore Hall; and eight grandchildren. Memorial services, including a military tribute, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, in the Methodist Manor House chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Methodist Manor House Benevolence Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Ralph J. Warfle Jr. -- Ralph J. Warfle Jr., 62, of Laurel, passed away in the loving care of his family and Seasons Hospice on Saturday, July 13, 2013. He was born on June 16, 1951 to the late Ralph Joseph Warfle Sr. and Margaret L. Davenport Warfle Coladonato. He was a veteran, having served in the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserves. A self employed carpenter, he loved fishing and shooting pool. He was a typical Marine - tough  yet a dedicated single parent devoted to his family. He raised his daughter alone and was very close to her. He was a great cook, loving to cook for everyone in his apartment building. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his beloved daughter, Marie Lynnette Warfle and his siblings: Selena Bay and husband Joseph of Seaford, Mary Bryan and husband Robert of Laurel, Kenneth Warfle and wife Mitzi of Florida, Blaine Warfle of Paris, Tenn., Edward Warfle and wife Barbara of Bethel, Michael Warfle of Laurel and Merle Warfle of Florida. Ralph is also survived by a special friend he thought of as a daughter, Dana and her three children who he loved as his own grandchildren, Madeline, Emily and Trinity and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Brett and James Warfle. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at Victory Tabernacle Church of God, 28261 Seaford Rd., Laurel. Interment will be private.


Terry Lee Graham Sr. -- Terry Lee Graham Sr., 52, of Federalsburg, Md., died on Monday, July 15, 2013, at his residence. Born in War, W.V., he was the son of the late William Bill Frederick Graham and Tressie Mae Collison Truitt and his stepfather, Elmer Truitt. Terry was employed by Allen Harim Corporation. He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his fianc←e, Karen Mom Ann Moore; his children, Jennifer Nichole Jones Davidson of Seaford, Sherry Louise Graham of Salisbury, Terry Lee Graham Jr., Jeffrey George Melvin Graham and Amber Marie Graham, all of Accokeek, Md.; 8 grandchildren, Jonathan, Shaun, Issac, Amber, Alexia, Cheyanne, Kalani Grace and Malakhi; 4 brothers, Dennis Gordon Stillwell of Pittsville, Md., Arthur Bryan Stillwell of Tyaskin, Md., Charlie Stillwell of Salisbury, Md. and Billy Ray Graham (Tammy) of Harrington; 2 sisters, Mary R. Lunn (Michael) of Seaford and Judy Faye Graham of Laurel; and several denieces and nephews and great denieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 22, at Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury with visitation from noon to 2. Interment will follow at Springhill Memory Gardens near Hebron, Md. with the Rev. Howard Travers officiating. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


Phoebe Nora Dennis, 88 Phoebe Nora Dennis of Seaford, died on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Lofland Park Center Genesis Health Care. She was born in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Emily Shaw and Harry Barto.ᅠShe was a homemaker. She is survived by four daughters, Jane Quashne and Sandra Dennis, both of Bear, Cathy McGee-Russo of Wilmington and Sharon Cannon of Georgetown; one sister, Elsie Smith of Seaford; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Services and burial will be private.ᅠArrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home.


William H. Wilkerson -- William H. Wilkerson, 79, of Birmingham, Ala., passed away of Friday, July 12, 2013.ᅠ Henry was born in Clay Bank, Va., the son of Elisha A. Wilkerson and Lucy Bristow Wilkerson-Hickman. Henry served in the Air Force as an instructor at Keesler AFB in Mississippi. Upon his discharge, he joined IBM. After several moves across the country, he was transferred to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. and then to Birmingham where he retired after 39 years of service. ᅠ Henry is survived by his wife, Helen L. Wilkerson of Birmingham; his sons, Skip Wilkerson of Dothan, Ala. and Michael Wilkerson and wife Patricia of Birmingham; his daughters, Tere Beaty and husband Terry of Frisco, Texas and Amy Raines and husband Sam of Birmingham; his grandchildren, Jennifer Priola and husband Vincent of Birmingham, Sierra Wilkerson and son Trystan of Dothan, Shawn and Amber Raines of Birmingham; his brothers, John Robert Wilkerson of Florida, Elijah A. Wilkerson of Virginia and Thomas B. Wilkerson of Florida; his sister, Edna W. Allison and stepbrother, Donald Hickman of Laurel. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Martha W. Oliphant and Naomi W. Hogge and a brother, William A. Wilkerson. A military funeral service will be held at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Ala.


Keith Francis Jerman Sr. -- Keith Francis Jerman Sr., 55, of Laurel, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, July 11, 2013.ᅠ Born in Salisbury, Md., he was the son of the late Earl W. Jerman Jr. and Kathleen Jerman of Rhode Island. Keith graduated from James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury. He was self-employed in automotive sales. Keith enjoyed watching Nascar races, and was a race car driver himself at the US 13 Speedway in Delmar and the Georgetown Speedway for over 10 years. He drove his race car, 3 Js, with great skill. He also loved fishing, boating, and being outdoors. Keith is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Shannon McKinstry Jerman of Laurel; two sons, Kevin Jerman and Keith Jerman Jr.; his daughter, Misty McKinstry; three grandchildren, Taylor Allen, Brooke Jerman and Karter Brittingham; stepmother, Joyce Jerman of Seaford; mother-in-law, Dorothy McKinstry of Seaford and numerous cousins. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 2 to 3. Pastor Larry Whaley will officiate. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the Jerman family requests donations be sent to Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, DE 19956, to help defray funeral costs. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting hsdfuneralhome.com


Joe Simpler -- Joe Simpler, 56, of Ethridge Tenn., passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Crockett Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. He was a native of Laurel, a truck driver for Edwards Oil Company and a member of Ethridge Masonic Lodge No. 777 and Ethridge First Baptist Church. Mr. Simpler served his country honorably in the US Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Bertha Marie Griffith Simpler; and one sister, Cindy Simpler.ᅠ He is survived by his wife, Joan Hancock Simpler of Ethridge; two daughters, Paige Hoover (Zach) of Engleville, Tenn. and Jessica Hodge (Daniel) of Ethridge; one son, Joseph T. Simpler Jr. (Katie) of Hermitage, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Damien Simpler and Gabrielle Hodge; one step grandchild, Cailyn Hodge; one brother, Wayne Simpler of Seaford; and three sisters, Sue Hoadley of Laurel, Joyce Pettyman of Seaford and Jennifer Dickerson of Laurel.ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Neal Funeral Home, 231 N. Military Ave., Lawrenceburg. Services were held on Sunday, July 7. Interment was at Ethridge Masonic Cemetery in Ethridge.


Ruth Evelyn Rambo Polgar -- Ruth Evelyn Rambo Polgar, 95, was called Home by our Lord on Monday, July 8, 2013, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Florida.ᅠ The daughter of Nolan and Marie Rambo of Easton, Md., Ruth was born in 1918 in Goodstay, Wilmington. ᅠ Ruth graduated from Goldey-Beacom College and Obstetrical Care at Pennsylvania Hospital. She was a longtime resident of Laurel where she and her husband were members of the Laurel American Legion and Christ United Methodist Church. Ruth had a zest for life. She enjoyed dancing with her husband, playing Pinnacle with her eight close friends from Laurel and visiting Rehoboth Beach. Her greatest joy in life was loving her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, Steven J. Polgar; brother, William Rambo; and sister, Hilda Rohr.ᅠ She is survived by her two daughters, Sally Cawby (Dale) of Frederica and Kathy Dlabal (Dr. Tom) of Shalimar, Fla.; five grandchildren, Michelle Cawby Scarborough (Mark), Michael Cawby (Joyce), Steven Cawby (Sheri), Elizabeth Dlabal and Matthew Dlabal; and four great grandchildren, Hannah and Isaac Scarborough, Blayke Cawby and Arianna Boltz. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m., at Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 S. DuPont Hwy., Harrington. A graveside service will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Easton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are in the care of Melvin Funeral Home. To send condolences and flowers, visit www.melvinfuneralhome.com.ᅠ


Preston Buddy W. Hitchens Sr. -- Preston Buddy W. Hitchens Sr., 62, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Peninsula Regional Hospital in Salisbury, Md.ᅠ Born in Georgetown, he was the son of the late Preston Lee Hitchens and Catherine Talley Hitchens. Buddy was a 1968 graduate of Georgetown High School. After graduating, he proudly served his country in the Army National Guard for six years. He was a self-employed brick mason, and had worked for Dover Pools in Seaford.ᅠ Buddy was a family man who enjoyed attending and cheering on his grandchildren in all their accomplishments and sporting events, such as football, softball and baseball. He also loved fishing, being outdoors, woodworking and Nascar racing. Buddy is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Lillian Christine Hitchens of Laurel; his son, Preston BJ Hitchens Jr. and his wife Trish of Laurel; his daughter, Crystal Bergh and her husband Randy of Seaford; two brothers, Horace Hitchens and Kenny Hitchens of Georgetown; three sisters, Deborah Watson, Faye Heck and Peggy Pepper, all of Georgetown; and grandchildren, Ashley Joseph, Colin Bergh, Lillie Hitchens and Preston Trace Hitchens III. A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, DE 19956. A viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Steve Uhthoff will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting hsdfuneralhome.com.


Angie Elva Hartman -- Angie Elva Hartman, 52, died on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Angie was a graduate of Seaford Senior High School. Mrs. Hartman is survived by her partner, Eddie Lord; her father, Lester Milton Andrick; a daughter, Victoria Hartman; three sisters, Christine Hartman, Lesia Hodges and Beatrice Andrick; two grandchildren and many extended family members. Angie was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Ellen Andrick. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 17249 Phillips Hill Rd., Laurel. The Rev. Julie Lewis will officiate. Contributions may be made to the church in her memory.


David W. Cordrey -- David W. Cordrey, 57, of Laurel, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. David is the son of James Edward Cordrey and Shirley Johnson Cordrey of Delmar. David was born on March 9, 1956 in Seaford and was a 1974 graduate of Delmar High School. David bravely fought Hodgkin's Disease 38 years ago at the age of 18 and, most recently, thyroid cancer and lymphoma over the past 6 years. In spite of any obstacle or circumstance of life, David loved life and lived it to its fullest, never complaining but showing deep appreciation for God's many blessings. He is now pain free and enjoying a heavenly eternity of indescribable joy with the Lord. He was a past member of the Laurel Fire and Ambulance departments, a longtime member of St. Georges United Methodist Church serving as Sunday school teacher and superintendent, mentor and a member of the board of trustees. Most recently, he had been attending Laurel Nazarene Church. In addition to his current church family, over the past six years other church families who have walked with David include St. Georges U.M. Church, Abundant Life Church, Messiah's Vineyard and Bethany Community Church. His heart was in food ministries and, in recent years, had been blessed to be part of Christ United Methodist Churchs Soup Social Ministry, as well as Centenary's God's Table. He had been employed over the years by Bay Steel, Seaford Machine Works, RAO Transportation, and had been self-employed for many years as a poultry grower. Recently, he enjoyed tying fishing rigs for his uncle, Paul Davis. David deeply loved his family and friends, and cherished the time spent with them. He enjoyed watching the Orioles, cooking, helping others, discussing current events, and the life of a Sussex Countian. He dearly loved the Lord, and reading and studying God's word. David was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Cordrey and grandparents, Millard and Maude Johnson and Howard and Ethel Workman. In addition to his parents, left to cherish his memory are Davids wife of 38 years, Nancy Walls Cordrey; two daughters, Katy Cordrey, at home, and Abby Allen and husband Kevin and two precious grandchildren, Trent and Khloe Allen, whom he loved and adored. He was dearly loved by two sisters, Jessie Hudson and husband Lem, Phyllis Gross and husband David; mother-in-law, Violet Walls; two sisters-in-law, Dianne Adkins and Susan Cooper and brother-in-law, Michael Walls. David is also survived by aunts and uncles, Lindsey Johnson, Millard Johnson, Jeanette Daniels and Jackie Davis; nieces and nephews, Nicole Gordy, Amanda Kitchen, Jennifer Couch, Laurie Monteith, Nicole Austin, Seth Hudson, Jeffrey Adkins, Benjamin Hudson, Kyle Gross, Shawn Cooper, Alan Walls and Shane Walls; as well as many cousins and great nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life and of God's grace will be held at Laurel Nazarene Church at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, where a viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pastor Ralph Fraser will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Ste. 205, New Castle, DE 19720, or to Christ United Methodist Church (c/o Soup Kitchen Ministry), 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Raymond J. 'Harry' Hitch Sr. -- Raymond J. Harry Hitch Sr., 72, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was born in Laurel on Jan. 16, 1941, and was raised by his loving aunt and uncle, Iva and Avery Adams. Mr. Hitch honorably served his country as a member of the US Coast Guard. Following his service, Mr. Hitch started working as a truck driver at Southern States and Dukes Lumber Company, both in Seaford, before switching over to his longtime career in the HVAC field. He worked over 30 years at Adams Oil Company of Seaford and later Delmarva Oil Company until his retirement in 1990. Mr. Hitch also had a lifelong side career which involved farming and raising chickens. Mr. Hitch was an avid rabbit and fox hunter and enjoyed watching a good football game or cheering Dale Earnhardt on to another NASCAR race victory. More than anything he had a passion for family and being there to support them and cheer them on. From his daughter's many horse shows growing up, fishing with his son or attending his grandchildrens many sports games today, he never missed a blink. Mr. Hitch loved to entertain friends and family and they loved his entertainment, he had a sense of humor that would make anyones stomach hurt from laughing so hard. Mr. Hitch was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and dear friend whose love and laughter will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to his aunt and uncle, Mr. Hitch was preceded in death by his three brothers, Marvin, Wayne and Bob Adams. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 48 years, Mary E. (Joines) Hitch; his son, RJ Hitch Jr. and his wife Stacey of Delmar; his daughter, Donna Hardesty and her husband Trey of Bridgeville; his three sisters, Arlene Paisley and her husband Howard of Seaford, Dolores Lloyd and her husband Marvin of Seaford and Janet Mass and her husband Ed of Seaford; his two sister-in-laws, Ann and Nancy Adams, both of Seaford; his three grandchildren who were the apple of his eye: Kaitlyn Hitch, Hunter Hardesty and Seth Hitch; and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 12, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933, where friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Concord Church Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Dr., Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713. Visit Mr. Hitch's Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


William Towers Collins -- William Willie" "Bill Towers Collins, 76, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with his loved ones by his side. He was born on Oct. 12, 1936 in American Corner, Md., the son of the late A. Towers and Bertie Susie Collins Harris. He was raised by his grandparents, Harvey John Collins and Mary Maggie Collins. He worked as a plumbing and electrical contractor for Donald N. Trice Inc. of Denton, Md., a sales associate for Southern States of Preston, Md. and was a poultry grower for Allen Farms of Seaford and Harry Wheedleton of Galestown, Md., until his retirement. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Constance Wells Collins; two children, Karen Collins Brian-Smock of Greensboro, Md. and Angela Collins Welch of Harrington; two stepchildren, Jeff Newton and Shelly Newton Travers, both of East New Market, Md.; three grandchildren, Brittany Nicole Brian of Greensboro, Dylan Alexander Collins of Cape May, N.J. and Trenton James Welch of Harrington; five step-grandchildren, Tyler Travers, Hunter Newton, Jordan Newton, Brandon Travers and Amber Travers, all of East New Market; a step great grandchild, Savannah Travers of East New Market; two brothers, Elijah (Buddy) Harris of Melbane, N.C. and Harvey Lee Harris of Denton; two sisters, Elsie Mae Wheedleton of Greensboro and Betty Marie Harris Ebling of Chestertown, Md.; special nieces and nephews, Jennifer M. Wheedleton and Jack A. Wheedleton of Greensboro; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years, Naomi Mamie Summers Collins and a sister, Esther L. Summers. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 12, at Framptom Funeral Home, 216 N. Main St., Federalsburg, with the Rev. Barbara Keyser officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Framptom Funeral Home, 216 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632, to help defray the cost of funeral expenses. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Pearl Fletcher Blalock -- Pearl Fletcher Blalock, 86, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at her home. Born in Trap Hill, N.C., she was the daughter of Mary Ellen Wood and Luther Billings. She was the owner-operator of The Dairy Bar Family Restaurant for over 19 years before she retired. She attended Woodland United Methodist Church and she was a member of the Woodland Ferry Association. She is survived by two sons, Warren Fletcher of Hebron, Md. and Micheal A. Fletcher Sr. of Seaford; four daughters, Patricia Taylor and husband Gary of Crisfield, Md., Pamela Jean Justice of Seaford, Linda Gossett and husband Joel of Winterville, Ga. and Phyllis Morgan and husband Dennis of Laurel. She is also survived by her stepdaughters, Laura Burke and husband Norman of Seaford, Myra Kundzelman and husband Ed of Grand Junction, Colo. and Marsha Blalock of Seaford; a sister, Cora Arnold of Illinois; half-sisters Mary Lou Durant and husband Ken of Florida, Patty Sue, Judy and Linda; a half-brother, Homer; 11 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, George Henry Blalock Jr. in 2004 and her first husband, Cecil W. Fletcher in 1984. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 12, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VITAS Hospice, 100 Commerce Dr., Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713.


Melvin Lenear Hopkins Jr. -- Melvin Lenear Hopkins Jr., 54, affectionately known as Big Mel, of Laurel and formerly of Milton, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 1, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. Mel was born on Sept. 25, 1958 in Lewes to Melvin L. Hopkins Sr. and Agnes Frances Hopkins. Mel received his early education in the Indian River School District and graduated in 1976 from Sussex Central High School. One of Melvins favorite pastimes was cooking. He was an excellent cook. He also enjoyed doing word puzzles, watching Jeopardy, and playing Pinochle. Most important to Melvin was spending time with his family. He was a caring and giving man who was always there to lend a helping hand to those in need. On July 11, 1998, he was joined in holy matrimony to the love of his life, Karen Frances Kellem Hopkins. They have three children. Melvin was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Frances Hopkins, whom he adored for 37 years; and a sister-in-law, Vantrina Kellam. He leaves to cherish his memory, his parents, Melvin L. Hopkins Sr. and Agnes Frances Hopkins; three children, Natasha Love Kellam, Melisa Lissy Kellam-Brown and Lenear Boo Kellem; seven grandchildren, Jermel Smith Jr., Lenear Kellem, Jamia Kellam-Brown, Sarah Kellam-Brown, Lenijah Garrison, Selaya Garrison and Jairdan Garrison; four brothers, Coley Harmon and his wife Elisa of Felton, Henry J. Harmon and his wife Jean of Dover, Tyrone Harmon and his wife Cynthia and Anthony Hopkins, both of Milton; two sisters, Barbara J. Wright of Milton and Brenda Hampton of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother-in-law, Merman Kellam; one sister-in-law, Zina Kellam-Delrosario of Laurel, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, in Mount Enon Baptist Church, 600 Church St., Milford. Burial was in St. Matthews First Baptist Church Cemetery, Laurel. Letters of condolences may be sent online at www.pippinfuneralhome.com.


McCradey Harvey Whaley Jr. -- McCradey Harvey Whaley Jr., 85, of Seaford, passed away at his home on Saturday, June 29, 2013. McCradey was born in Laurel, a son of the late H. McCradey Whaley and Birdia E. Whaley. Bud, as he was known by his friends and family, served his country in the United States Army as a WWII veteran. He later retired from C.C. Oliphant as a sheet metal designer. He was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Seaford. Bud is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ila Marie Whaley of Seaford; a daughter, Shirley Mitchell and her husband Merriel; a brother, Ronald F. Whaley; two grandsons, PFC Garrett Mitchell, US Army 82nd Airborne Paratrooper, Ft. Braggs, N.C. and his wife Kacia and Christopher Mitchell; and great grandchildren, Jordan and Tristan Mitchell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Olive C. Jestice, Hazel J. Hastings Brumbley, Irene E. Sammons and Marie E. Parker Higgins. Services were held on Friday, July 5, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. The Revs. Michael Hopkins and John Hancock officiated. Interment was in Trinity Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting hsdfuneralhome.com.


OBIT-Partusch-E13463 Aaron Michael Partusch -- Aaron Michael Partusch, 34, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2013. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Michael Partusch of Omaha and the late LuAnne Partusch. Aaron was a welder fabricator for L & J Sheet Metal in Laurel. He was a hard worker who could fix just about everything. He loved to read and learn new things and had a true love for knowledge. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He was a very involved father who adored his children and family. Besides his father he is survived by his wife, Leigh-Anne Towers Partusch; two daughters, Marilyn Partusch and Allison Partusch, two sons, Demetrius Towers and Noah Towers, all of Seaford; and a sister, Amanda Kubicek of Lincoln, Nebraska. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 8, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Federalsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Framptom Funeral Home, 216 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Aaron Michael Partusch -- Aaron Michael Partusch, 34, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2013. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Michael Partusch of Omaha and the late LuAnne Partusch. Aaron was a welder fabricator for L & J Sheet Metal in Laurel. He was a hard worker who could fix just about everything. He loved to read and learn new things and had a true love for knowledge. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He was a very involved father who adored his children and family. Besides his father he is survived by his wife, Leigh-Anne Towers Partusch; two daughters, Marilyn Partusch and Allison Partusch, two sons, Demetrius Towers and Noah Towers, all of Seaford; and a sister, Amanda Kubicek of Lincoln, Nebraska. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 8, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Federalsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Framptom Funeral Home, 216 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Peggy Jean Robertson -- Peggy Jean Robertson, 87, of Slippery Rock, Pa., passed away at Sunnyview Home, Butler, Pa., on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Formerly of Seaford, she moved to Slippery Rock in 2011. She was born in Youngstown, Ohio on Sept. 2, 1925, the daughter of Albert Charles Mader and Wilhelmina Katherine Winnie Hessman. She married Ivan Odell Robertson on Feb. 24, 1945 in Salisbury, Md. and he preceded her in death on Nov. 15, 1993. She was a homemaker for almost all of her years until she reached retirement age when she became employed as a foster grandparent in the Delaware Foster Grandparent Program from 1994 to 2010. She was a volunteer with the Blades Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary while she lived in Seaford. She was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1728 in Seaford where she was active well into her 80s and enjoyed playing shuffleboard. Once she moved to Pennsylvania, she became a member of the Butler Life Program which she attended three times a week. She also attended the Slippery Rock Senior Center. Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn Jean Glerum and her companion Linda Kay Passauer of Slippery Rock; a son, William Paul Robertson and wife Mary Katherine (Kathy) Robertson of Seaford; three grandchildren, Lonnie Russell Glerum, Scott Christopher Glerum and Michelle Lynn Glerum and four great-grandchildren, Ivan Bradley Glerum, Gwendolyn Ruth Glerum, Veronica Jane Glerum and Jack Christopher Bandy. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on July 20, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, 514 3rd St., Seaford, DE 19973. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Peggy Robertson, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73124-1718.


Robert C. Beck -- Robert C. Beck, 78, of Key Largo, Fla. and formerly of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 1, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. Robert is survived by his daughters, Cecilia Stafford (Rick) and Jeanette DeWolf (Paul) and his grandchildren, Angie Joseph, Michael Joseph and Garrett DeWolf. Robert originally owned Quality Plumbing and Heating in Seaford. He moved to Key Largo 30 years ago where he worked as a building inspector for Monroe County. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the hospice that lovingly cared for him - VNA, 92001 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier, FL 22070.


Betty Jane James -- Betty Jane James, 86, of Georgetown, and formerly of Wilmington and Laurel, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Blanche Sullivan. Betty retired from General Motors in Wilmington. She was also a loving foster mother for many years. Betty is survived by her daughters, Doris Wilkens of Eden, Md., Mary Haas of Smyrna, Blanche Foskey of Wilmington and Bonnie and Connie Sweeney of Georgetown; a son, Charles Gravenor of Wilmington; two foster sons, Bobby Hutchinson and John Hutchinson; numerous foster children; a brother, Charles Sullivan of Philadelphia; three sisters, Anna Cordrey, Ruth Feeney and Patricia Causey; sixteen grandchildren; thirty-seven great grandchildren and fifteen great great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husbands, Linwood Gravenor, Dennis Sweeney and Robert James; her daughter, Joyce Marvel and her brother, Fred Sullivan. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 1, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Billy Balderson will officiate. Interment will be held in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Bettys honor to the Georgetown Center, 5 Academy St., Georgetown, DE 19947 or Special Olympics Delaware, 619 South Ave., Newark, DE 19716. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Clark B. Spicer Sr. -- Clark B. Spicer Sr., 74, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Clark was born in Lewes, a son of the late Elmer J. and Lottie H. Spicer. Clark proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He later retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford where he worked as a spinning machine operator. He was past grand master of the Masonic Hope Lodge #4 of Laurel. Clark enjoyed his family and was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed and could be found at many flea markets searching for treasures across Delmarva. He never met a stranger and was genuinely interested in getting to know you with his heart of gold. Mr. Spicer is survived by his wife, Mildred C. Spicer of Laurel; his sons, Clark Barry Spicer Jr. of Laurel and Lee Studley and wife Christine of Phoenix, Ariz.; a daughter, Leslie Carter of Laurel; a brother, Warren Spicer and wife Jeanette of Alabama; grandchildren, Alex Spicer, Joey Spicer and Melissa Idoni and great grandchildren, Ava Idoni and Clifford Lee Spicer. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jefferson Kenneth Spicer and James Jim Spicer and a daughter, Lynn Fleming. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 1, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, where a Masonic Service will also began at 11. The Rev. Ken Deusa will officiate. Contributions may be made in Mr. Spicers memory to Sussex County SPCA, 22918 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Donald M. Brumbley -- Donald M. Brumbley, 80, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 28, 2013. He passed away at Christiana Hospital in Wilmington. Born in Salisbury, Md., he was the son of the late Romie Brumbley and Mildred C. Dryden.ᅠ Donald proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked for Shoreland Freezers, and the Acme Market for 32 years. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Laurel. Donald enjoyed raising goats and honey bees, chickens, woodworking, and building various crafts. He had a wonderful garden full of delicious produce and beautiful flowers.ᅠ Mr. Brumbley is survived by his sons, Timothy Hastings and Mark Hastings and his wife Lora, all of Laurel; his daughters, Beth Ellen Workman of Georgetown and Donna Faye Mercer of Salisbury; a daughter-in-law, Jean Brumbley and his brothers, Roland Brumbley and Wayne Brumbley. Thirteen grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Jeanette Brumbley who passed in 2012; his three sons, Clark Brumbley, David Hastings and Stephen Hastings and a sister, Margaret Davis. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, in the Elliott Building at Trinity United Methodist Church on Phillips Hill Road in Laurel. A viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Julie Lewis will officiate. Interment will follow in Trinity Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Brumbleys honor to Trinity U.M. Church, c/o Barbara Adams, 17249 Phillips Hill Rd., Laurel, DE 19956 or The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Joan Elizabeth Elliott Dunn, 83 Joan Elizabeth Elliott Dunn passed away on Friday, June 28, 2013, at Salisbury Nursing Home. She was born on Sept. 12, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of the late Charles and Lula Elliott. Joan was raised in Ohio and graduated with the Walnut Hills High School, Class of 1947. She went on to attend the University of Cincinnati where she received a B.S. degree and Murray State University where she received a M.A. degree.ᅠ She did her post-graduate work at Southern Illinois University completing all but her PhD thesis. Upon her marriage, she moved to Metropolis, Illinois where she resided for 40 years. Upon retiring, she moved to Laurel. She spent six years teaching fourth, fifth and sixth grade, then went on to teach art for 20 years at Metropolis Jr. High School and Middle School.ᅠJoan enjoyed substitute teacher work for the Paducah, Kentucky branch of University of Kentucky, and Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Illinois as well as substitute teaching on the Eastern Shore where she had lived for the past 18 years. Her teaching also included the Summer Arts Program at Saints Pedro y Pablo Episcopal School, in Guatemala, and a supervisor for student teachers for Southern Illinois University.ᅠShe was also a frequent presenter at the teacher annual meetings sponsored by several county educational superintendents.ᅠ Her community associations includedᅠworking with various philanthropic societies, the Collegiate Social Sorority Delta Delta Delta at the University of Cincinnati, Zeta Chapter and the Kappa Delta Pi, executive council, Zeta Chapter, University of Cincinnati.ᅠ Joan was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 1958, serving twice as local regent in Illinois and once with the Seaford chapter. She was a life member of the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association and the Massac County Association; lifelong member of the Methodist church and was currently a member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Delmar; charter member of the Metropolis Garden Club; a prize winner in flower arranging competitions; and a member of the New Century Club and the Red Hat Society. She also enjoyed acting as hostess at the Christian Kitchen lunches at St. Stephens Methodist Church. She will be remembered for her passion for the arts and genealogy; her zest for life; her love of God, country, and family; and courage in her ongoing health struggles. She was particularly proud of her grandsons, James and Brett for their military service in the Iraq war. She loved the Eastern Shore where her parents and families were born and raised. She is survived by a daughter, Diane E. Litchford (Wayne) of Delmar; two sons, Charles R. Dunn (Lisa) of Huntington Beach, Calif. and Christopher E. Dunn (Carol) of Simpsonville, S.C.; 10 grandchildren, James Lewis, Brett Lewis, Scott Dunn, Ryan Dunn, Paul Dunn, Olivia Dunn, Natalie Dunn, E. Brooke Benhamou (Fabien), Stephen Litchford (Dawn), and Allyson Grinnan (David); and two great grandchildren, Grace Grinnan and Madelyn Grinnan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Charles W. Dunn. A funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5, at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Delmar.ᅠFamily and friends may call one hour before the service.ᅠThe Rev. Phyllis Walton will officiate.ᅠ In memory of Mrs. Dunn, contributions may be sent to St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 101 East State St., Delmar, DE 19940. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar.ᅠOnline condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Virginia W. Wilson -- Virginia W. Wilson, 89, of Seaford, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Virginia worked for the Dupont Company during WWII in the WIPS (Women In Production Services) program. She was a member of the VFW Post 4961 Ladies Auxiliary and the Seaford Historical Society. Her husband, Eugene C. Wilson died in 1989. ᅠ She is survived by her son, Rudy Wilson and his wife Teresa; a daughter, Diane Smith and her husband Bruce; 3 grandsons, Lee Wilson and his wife Crista, Erick Smith and Duane Smith and his wife Stephanie; 6 great grandchildren, Rudy Wilson, Noah, Ethan, Mikayla and Dylan Smith and Ryan Lewis; 2 sisters, Margaret Sue Richard and Della Mae Delbridge; and a brother, Robert Lee Woodard. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Seaford Historical Society, 203 High St., Seaford, DE 19973 or VFW Post 4961 Veterans Relief Fund, P.O. Box 496, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Gladys S. Burns -- Gladys S. Burns, 85, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Gladys was a graduate of Salisbury State University and taught school in Seaford and Bridgeville. She was a longtime member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford. She enjoyed playing golf for many years. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, John T. Burns; a daughter, Jaci Ludwig and her husband Fred; a son, Stephen Burns; and 2 grandchildren, Karen Wheatley and Bryan Wheatley.ᅠ Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Burial will be in Unity Washington Cemetery, Hurlock, Md.ᅠ In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute, 100 E. Carroll St., Salisbury, MD 21801.


Barbara Ann Nissley -- Barbara Ann Nissley of Seaford, died on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. ᅠ She is survived by her spouse, Beth Ann Kopicki; sister, Patricia and Richard Naumann; niece, Jennifer and James Foster and their precious girls Callie Faye and Samantha; along with many friends and family. ᅠ ᅠ Barbara was born in Lancaster, Pa., the eldest daughter of Richard and Faye Nissley. She settled in Harrisburg and began a long career helping others. She worked for 20 years at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and as a consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Barbara was a master trainer, passionate about her work with children witnesses of domestic violence, the effect of poverty on peoples lives, womens health issues and AIDS. ᅠ Barbara was never far from a book, loved cooking and entertaining, and had many four-legged friends. She was active in the womens movement in the 1970s, and was a generous supporter of social justice organizations and the arts. Barbara was named Delmarvalous Woman of the Year in 2010 for her service and courage, and was co-captain of the Seaford Middle School Relay for Life team at the time of her death. She adored every moment as Aunt Bubs, and had a laugh that will never be forgotten.ᅠ Barbara was a member of St. Michaels Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, Pa., where there will be a service of remembrance at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 27. Memorial contributions may be made to Western Sussex Relay for Life or your local domestic violence program.ᅠ


Harry W. Wanner, 68 Harry W. Wanner of Georgetown died Saturday, June 15 while visiting at a friends house. Born in Chester, PA, he was the son of Samuel Wanner and Jessie Willard Wanner. He is survived by his daughter, Jenny Wanner-Casper, his son Harry Wanner, Jr., brother Mark Wanner, and his beloved dog Dixie. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie Peticca Wanner, and their daughter Angela Wanner. A service will be held on Friday, June 28, 11 a.m. at Church of God of Prophecy at 22699 Bridgeville Hwy, Seaford. Friends may pay their respects one hour prior to the service.


John Edwin James -- John Edwin James, 87, of Bridgeville, passed away at home on Saturday, June 22, 2013. He was born on May 17, 1926 in Willow Grove, Pa., to the late John and Bessie Jefferson James. He is survived by his wife of almost 66 years, Florence Willis James; three sons, Jeffrey James of Georgetown, J. Scott James and his wife Candi of Seaford and Christopher James of Bridgeville and two granddaughters, Jennifer James of Hendersonville, N.C. and Lindsay James of Seaford. He graduated from Bridgeville High School in 1944 after which he joined the Navy and served in World War II. After the Navy he attended Beacom College and graduated with an associate's degree. He owned and operated James' Supperette and James' 5 and 10 for many years in Bridgeville. He owned and operated Butcher Boy Food Market and James Variety in Dewey Beach in the 1970s. He also owned and operated Flo-ed Fashions and James' Variety Store in Rehoboth Beach in the 1980s. He worked for the Sussex County Government, most recently in the engineering department for 27 years, retiring two years ago. He was a charter member of the Bridgeville Lions Club and was a member of the Bridgeville School Board. He also served on the Delaware Alcohol Beverage Control Commission for many years. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, June 28, at St. John's Methodist Church in Seaford with funeral services to follow at 11. Lunch will be served following the service. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Delaware, 220 Continental Dr., Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713 or St. John's Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Richard W. Senft -- Richard W. Senft, 74, of Laurel passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Richard was born in Baltimore, Md., a son of the late Walter and Rita Senft. He proudly served his country in the United State Army. Mr. Senft retired as a mailman for the United States Postal System. He was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Delmar, Md. Richard is survived by the love of his life, his wife of over 51 years, Lennie M. Senft; son, Richard J. Senft and wife Kathy; brothers, Robert and David Senft; sisters, Katherine Senft and Jeanie Crute; granddaughter, Ashley Senft and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Senft. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 24, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 501 E. Chestnut St., Delmar. Viewings will be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Cemetery in Seaford. The Rev. Edward Aigner will officiate. Contributions may be made in honor of Richard Senft to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Lt. Col. David F. Edwards Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.), 93 Lt. Col. David F. Edwards Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.) of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2013. David was born on Oct. 14, 1919, the son of the late David F. Edwards Sr. and Helen Ryan Edwards of Baltimore and Cambridge, Md. He was a graduate of Forest Park High School in Baltimore and the University of Maryland College Park. He also graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. and the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. and The Industrial College of Armed Forces in Fort Leslie McNair, Washington, D.C. Col. Edwards also attended the Signal Corps Officer Candidate School. He served as commanding officer at several fixed radar sites in Florida and Texas. After World War II ended, he was assigned to the initial Japanese occupation as officer in charge of Radio Tokyo overseas service. He was not deployed to Korea, instead he served as ROTC assistant professor of military science and tactics at Worcester Poly Technical Institute in Massachusetts. Later he joined the ITT as a missile range program manager for communications command and control in Eglin, Fla. and Vandenberg, Colo., missile ranges. Lt. Col Edwards was a member of several fraternal organizations including 100 Club member of Bourmi Shriners Temple, a Scottish Rite Mason, a life member of Waverly Lodge #152 in Baltimore, member of the Eastern Shore Shriners Club, Alpha Tau Omega Signal Corps OSC Association, life member and past commander VFW Post #7460 and life member of American Legion Post #91, both in Cambridge. He was an avid Amateur Radio (W3FXF) operator. David was also a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Salisbury, Md. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jean Quillin Edwards; his sister, Elizabeth Rider of Ocean Pines, Md.; two nephews, John Rider of Lansdale, Pa. and Robert Rider of Bishopville, Md.; stepsons, Dr. Steve Quillin of Milford and Craig Quillin of Salisbury, N.C.; two grandnieces and two grandnephews. David was also preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Mills Edwards. A funeral service was held on Thursday, June 13, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Interment with military honors followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Edwards memory to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Nellie A. Justice -- Nellie A. Justice, 80, of Laurel, died on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at her home in Laurel, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Aug. 13, 1932 in Laurel, a daughter of the late Charles CK Henry and Julia Hitch Henry. She was a member of Bayview Baptist Church in Laurel and formerly taught youth Sunday school classes at Centenary United Methodist Church. She worked for many years as a clerk and a cook at various places such as Uncle Willies and Britts Market. She was an excellent cook who enjoyed cooking for family and friends who loved her chicken and dumplings and homemade biscuits. Nellie was a true animal lover and will be missed by her beloved cat, Goldie. Her family was her pride and joy and she loved going to Little League games to watch her sons and grandson play. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Hoyet A. Justice; two sons, Tim Justice and his wife Billie Jo of Delmar and John Justice and his wife Jennifer of Laurel; 4 grandchildren, Kelsie Justice, Raelyn Huffman, Rachel Justice and Andrew Justice; and a sister, Jean Henry Holston and her husband Jerry of Laurel. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, James Henry and Pete Henry. The family would like express their sincere thanks to the special caregivers who took such good care of Nellie. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Bayview Baptist Church in Laurel, where family and friends may call from 10 to 11. Pastors C.K. White and Ray Justice will officiate. Interment will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in her memory to Bayview Baptist Church, 534 E. 4th St., Laurel, DE 19956 or Delaware SPCA, 22918 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. To send condolences to the family, visit www.short.com.


William L. 'Billy' Andrew -- William L. Billy Andrew, 74, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Monday, June 17, 2013, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. He was born on Nov. 2, 1938 in Easton, Md., the son of the late Raymond T. and Elizabeth Hastings Andrew. Billy was a graduate of Federalsburg High School, Class of 1957. He was a commercial printing supervisor for Chesapeake Publishing Company, retiring after 45 years of service. He was a life member of the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Co. where he served as past chief, chief engineer, and vice president. He was awarded Fireman of the Year in 1976. He was a member of Idlewild Ruritan Club where he served on the board of directors, as past president, and was Ruritan of the Year in 2008. He was a member of the V.F.W. Mens Auxiliary. Billy was an avid hunter and he enjoyed fishing and growing roses. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois Medford Andrew, whom he married on April 3, 1957; a son, Mark Andrew and his wife Susan; a daughter, Marsha Tull and her husband Kirk, all of Federalsburg; two grandsons, Andrew Drew Pink (Bryan) of Millsboro and Kirk Chip Tull Jr. (Samantha) of Seaford; two great grandsons, Thomas Wenger Jr. and Mason Tull of Seaford; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Donald Walters of Federalsburg and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Framptom Funeral Home with the Rev. Denzil Cheek officiating. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 99, Federalsburg, MD 21632 or Idlewild Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 217, Federalsburg, MD 21632.


George C. Wilson, 89 George C. Wilson, of Laurel, passed away on June 15, 2013, at Shipley Manor in Wilmington. George was born in Laurel and attended Laurel schools. He was the son of the late Perry and Pearl Wilson. He was preceded in death by sisters Katherine Lambden and Annabelle Wilson, as well as wives Mildred and Mary. George retired from DuPont in Seaford in 1985. He was a lifetime member of the Laurel Odd Fellows Charity Lodge #27. Cherished family memories include his love of fishing in his back yard, and sharing fruit and vegetables with family and friends. George also enjoyed his trips to PK, Arbys, and KFC. George is survived by the following: son, Kenneth Wilson and wife Sue; daughter, Carol Wilson Cottman and husband James. Grandchildren Matthew Wilson, Katherine Henkel and husband John, Charles Wilson, Hannah Cottman, and Clayton Cottman and wife Maria Lena. Great-granddaughters Lilliana, Izabella, and Grace. Nieces and nephews Gail and Rodney Fooks, Brad Williams and wife Jayne, and Kirk Williams and wife Nancy. Great nephews Brian Fooks and wife Nicole, David Fooks, and Kevin Fooks and wife Malorrie. He is also survived by a host of extended family and friends. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Hannigan, Short, and Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel, on Thursday June 20, 2013. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service, immediately followed by an Odd Fellows service. Interment will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. The Rev. Jack Savage will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mr. Wilsons memory to Odd Fellows Charity Lodge #27, P.O. Box 146, Laurel, DE 19956 or the Laurel Senior Center 113 N. Central Ave, Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralshome.com.


James Edward Hall, 59 James Edward Hall, of Laurel, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. James was born, September 5, 1953, in Wilmington, to the late Ernest and Margaret Hall. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Maria Zarak Hall; five children, Katherine Blake and Amanda Polk, both of Bridgeville; Sarah McCabe, of Seaford; James E. Hall, Jr,; Brenda Jean Hall; and nine grandchildren. Services will be held privately. Letters of condolences can be sent via www.pippinfuneralhome.com


Louise (LeCates) Matthews Zeallor -- Louise (LeCates) Matthews Zeallor, 93, of The Woodlands, Texas, died at The Forum in The Woodlands on Monday, June 3, 2013.ᅠ She was born near Seaford on March 10, 1920, the daughter of the late Arthur McKinley LeCates and Rosella Lessley.ᅠ Her husbands, Lloyd Wilson Matthews and Melvin Ralph Zeallor Jr. preceded her in death on Oct. 26, 1950 and Aug. 8, 1996, respectively.ᅠ She was a graduate of Seaford High School, class of 1937. She is survived by two daughters: Jeanne and her husband Herman Tyson of Santa Teresa, N.M. and Sharon and her husband James Need of Virginia Beach, Va.; one son, Lloyd Matthews and his wife Margaret of The Woodlands; one brother, Charles Burton LeCates and his wife Beverly of Piedmont, S.D.; seven grandchildren, Donna Tyson, David Tyson, Sandra Schroeder, Brenda Rahal, Daniel Matthews, Susan Schmidt and Kyle Need; nine great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and a special niece, Barbara Jo Ammons. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Lee Emory; a brother, Robert Lessley LeCates; and a grandson, James Logan Need.ᅠ A memorial service will be held graveside at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford.


Dorothy Noble Lemons -- Dorothy Noble Lemons, 94, of Seaford and formerly of Salisbury, Md., passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford.ᅠ Born in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Rose Widmayer and Conrad Noble. Dorothy was a homemaker.ᅠ She is survived by two daughters, Carol L. Chow of Cambridge, Md. and Barbara E. Giese-Koch of Virginia Beach, Va.; one grandchild and three great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Milton S. Lemons, in 2012.ᅠ Services and burial will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home of Seaford.ᅠ


Sally Anne Nelson -- Sally Anne Nelson, 69, of Laurel and formerly of Alexandria, Va. and Waldorf, Md., passed away at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Born at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va. on Feb. 17, 1944, she was the daughter of the late William P. and Ellen L. Wolf. She married her husband and sweetheart, Ralph E. Nelson in 1967 in Washington, D.C., after meeting him while square dancing at the Pentagon.ᅠ She was college educated and served a distinguished career in the Department of Commerce, retiring after 25 years, and having received several awards including the Bronze Medal for government service and Administrative Assistant of the Year in the Office of Administration at the Department of Commerce. ᅠ She was a delightful woman with a beautiful smile and an easy laugh, and she always had trouble saying no to anyone asking for help. She was a member of the Ocean View Presbyterian Church where she was past secretary of the Church Sewing circle, and the Sussex County Genealogical Society serving as both newsletter, and PR chairperson. She was also very active in the Jaycee Women of Ohio. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, a son, Christopher C. Nelson and his wife Elizabeth and a daughter, Elizabeth A. Nelson, both of Maryland. She is also survived by two brothers, William P. Wolf Jr. and his wife Sally of Georgia and Robert R. Wolf and wife Elaine of Delaware. She also has two grandchildren, Ashley L. Nelson and Jessica L. Nelson, and a great grandson, Max Shlagel. ᅠ A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at Ocean View Presbyterian Church on Central Avenue in Ocean View. Pastor Kerry Schull will officiate. Inurnment will follow in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery. ᅠ In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19966 or Ocean View Presbyterian Church, 67 Central Ave., Ocean View, DE 19970. Send condolences online at www.watsonfh.com.ᅠ


Kenneth R. Pickren Jr. -- Kenneth R. Pickren Jr., 51, of Rehoboth Beach, died on Friday, June 14, 2013. Ken was the son of the late Kenneth R. Pickren Sr. and Ann Stout Pickren.ᅠ Besides his mother he is survived by a daughter, Riley Pickren; 2 sons, Cooper Pickren and Davis Pickren; a brother, James Pickren and his wife Lisa and a sister, Kathy Psota. There will be a visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford.


Lina J. Taylor -- Lina J. Taylor, 81, of Seaford, passed away at home on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Lina was born in Parsonsburg, Md., a daughter of the late Lester Carey and Marie Baker-Hill. Mrs. Taylor retired from the delivery department of the News Journal and Delaware State News after 32 years of service. She was a dedicated foster grandparent for over 16 years, especially in the Sussex County area. She was a member of St. Lukes Church in Seaford. Mrs. Taylor is survived by her daughters, Dianne Hearn of Seaford, Bruceia Zittinger and husband John of Seaford, Christine Le and husband Long of Seaford, and Loretta Sheren and husband Robert of Seaford; a brother, Eddie Baker whom was loved and raised as a son, along with several other brother and sisters; her grandchildren, Stacy French, Matthew Davis, Steve Mobray, C.J. Zittinger, Shannon Le, Autumn Sheren, Amanda Sheren, Bruce Fraser, Alex Fraser, Michael Fraser, Dion Fraser, and Grayson Fraser; numerous great, great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, G. Bruce Taylor and her children, Brenda Lynn Taylor and Barbara Taylor. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Dorothy Dot L. Morris -- Dorothy Dot L. Morris, of Salisbury, formerly of Delmar, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at the Village at Harbor Pointe. She was born on Aug. 28, 1927 in Wilmington, a daughter of the late Carlton H. Lyons and Ruth E. Lecates Lyons. Dot retired in 1982 from the US Postal Service, as postmaster of the Delmar Post Office where she worked for 27 years. Prior to her postal career she had been office secretary at the Delmar Elementary School. She was a longtime member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church and St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Delmar. Before the merger of the two churches she served as church treasurer and Sunday school teacher for Mt. Olive. She was a member of VFW Post 8276 Ladies Auxiliary, the Salisbury Elks Club Auxiliary, the O.C. Golf & Country Club and the Happy Timers and Red Hatters clubs. She spent over 2,500 hours volunteering at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She loved spending summers at her beach home in Ocean City where she enjoyed watching the people on the boardwalk. She was an avid golfer, reader and gardener as well. She is survived by her daughter, Dru Vanderwende (Ben) of Salisbury; a grandson, Joe Vanderwende (Lori) of Annapolis; 3 great grandchildren, Kyrsten, Marley and Brad (Heather); 2 great great grandchildren, Taylor and Ben; a brother, Carlton Sonny H. Lyons (Janet) of Fenwick Island; nephews, Keith Lyons (Nancy) and Wayne Lyons; and several great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Buzz A. Morris, who passed in 1978; a granddaughter, Caryn Vanderwende, who passed in 2006; and a half-sister, Ida Breasure. A graveside service will be held at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Pastors Phyllis Walton and Janelle Beiler will officiate. Contributions may be made in her memory to St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940 or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Doris Starkey McIlvain -- Doris Starkey McIlvain, 84, of Bridgeville, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013, to her heavenly home. She was born on Oct. 6, 1928, the daughter of John and Clara Starkey of Harrington. Doris graduated from Harrington High School, Class of 1946. She worked at the DuPont Plant in Seaford as a cafeteria assistant for 11 years and later retired from Woodbridge High School with 23 years service working in the cafeteria as a cashier. She had also worked with Workman's catering service. Doris was a member of Union United Methodist Church for 62 years. She was also a member of the Bridgeville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary since 1959 where she had served in the roles of assistant treasurer and treasurer since 1966. Doris was well loved in the community, never knew a stranger and everyone else came first with her. Cooking and gardening were two of her favorite past times. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother who loved doing for her family. In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her two brothers, two sisters and a foster brother. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Kenneth E. McIlvain; two daughters, Gail McIlvain Simpson and her husband Dr. David of Wilmington and Faith Argo and her husband Ricky of Bridgeville; one granddaughter, Risa Simpson; three nieces and eight nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour before the services. A viewing will also be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville. Interment will be held immediately following at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. The family wishes to extend its gratitude to Delaware Hospice and a special thanks to her caregiver, Bonnie Topolski from Shore Care of Delaware. Memorial donations in Doris McIlvain's name may be made to the Bridgeville Vol. Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, P.O. Box 727, Bridgeville, DE 19933. Visit Mrs. McIlvain's Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Donald Doheny -- Donald Doheny, 80, of Seaford, passed away at home on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., Don retired from the State of New Jersey after 30 years of service. He served in the United States Navy from 1957 to 1961. Don was an avid animal lover and spent much of his time caring for abandoned cats. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan S. Doheny in 2009. Don is survived by his son-in-law, Raymond E. LLoyd III (Diane), former daughter-in-law, Brenda Lloyd-Daniels and grandson, Chad E. Lloyd. Services will be held on Wednesday, June 12, at the Veterans Memorial in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Good Shepherd Cat Sanctuary in Delmar. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Junior Lee Roberts -- Junior Lee, JR, Juny Roberts, 80, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and formerly of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Junior was born on Oct. 20, 1932 in Martinsburg, W.V., a son of the late Gilbert and Clara Roberts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Allen and a sister, Vivian Bailey. Junior served our country in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956. In the 1970s and 1980s many friends and local residents will remember Junior as the manager of Eckerd Drug Store. He was also very active with the Nanticoke Little League. Junior was instrumental in the design of the ball park complex and his name along with other founding members appears on the plaque at the complex concessions building. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Barbara Roberts; children, Debbie Garn (Bill), David Roberts (Shelly) andCurtis Roberts (Kris); grandchildren, Tina, Billy, TJ, April (Matthew), AJ, McKinzie, Harrison and Joey and six great-grandchildren Katilyn, Kyler, Kilee, Taylor, Mackenzie, Gavin and another on the way. JR will be dearly missed but never forgotten. Thumbs up JR, we will always love you. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Juniors memory may be sent to Nanticoke Little League, P.O. Box 274, Seaford, DE 19973.


Richard T. Bennett -- Richard T. Bennett, 86, of Laurel, passed away at Peninsula Regional Medical Center on Friday, June 7, 2013.ᅠ Born in Sharptown, Md. on May 15, 1927, Richard was the son of the late Fred and Mary (Howard) Bennett. Richard proudly served his country in the United States Army. He had a passion for farming and a love for the outdoors, and had been farming for over 55 years.ᅠ He was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the Sharptown Fire Department, a member of the American Legion in Sharptown, and a member of the Laurel Farmers Auction Block, and Laurel Grainery. Richard is survived by his children: Herman Dickie Dickerson of Laurel and his companion Terry Perry of Salisbury, Wayne Dickerson and his wife Doris of Laurel, Nancy West and her husband Steve of Seaford, and Shelley Givens and her husband Jeff of Laurel; grandchildren: Brian Dickerson, Paula Dickerson Williams, Chad Dickerson, Troy Dickerson, James Dickerson, Adam Dickerson, Melissa West Bradley, Katie West, Scot Givens and Corey Givens and seven great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Ruth Hall and brother, William Bennett. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen Mae Bennett who passed away on March 18, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his siblings: Fred Bennett, Jack Bennett, Frank Bennett, Alma Miller, Jane Cherrix, Iris Lankford and Noami Sullivan and a daughter-in-law, Janice Dickerson. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Interment will be held at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in Richards honor to Sharptown Fire Department, P.O. Box 307, Sharptown, MD 21861 or Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, c/o Connie Lewis, 208 Laureltown, Laurel, DE 19956.ᅠ Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Robert Carter Blake -- Robert Carter Blake, 88, of Laurel and formerly of Forestville, Md., passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Robert (Bob) was born in Florida on March 27, 1925, to the late Milton Carter Blake and Maebelle Blake. After high school, Bob served in the United States Navy on Ship #191. Bob worked in the United States Federal Government printing office, where he retired. He later moved to Florida where he worked at a local funeral home and eventually owned his own limousine service. Bob was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Laurel where he was on the Board of Trustees, head usher, Sunday school superintendent, and a volunteer for Vacation Bible School. Bob was a member of Hope Lodge #4, AF & AM Masonic Lodge in Laurel, for almost 50 years. He was looking forward to receiving his 50 year recognition in 2014. He was a past Read-A-Loud reader to many children and enjoyed this weekly for nearly 10 years. Bob was a member of the Laurel Exchange Club. Most recently, Bob was active with the Greenwood Cheer Dinner Club and attended Powerhouse Gym in Seaford. Bob is survived by his wife Ann Blake of 13 years. Ann and Bob shared many happy times traveling and spending time with family. She was the love of his life.ᅠ Bob is also survived by the following from his previous marriage: son, Robert Milton Blake and wife Beverly of Virginia; daughter, Linda DAnjou and husband Paul of Florida; grandchildren, Robert and Julie Blake and Elizabeth DAnjou and great grandchildren, Branch and Carter Blake. By marriage to Ann, he is survived by a daughter-in-law, Holly Marvel and husband Butch of Georgetown; son-in-law, Mark Skidmore and wife Renee of Georgetown and grandchildren, Shannon, Kelsey, and Michael Marvel, and Mark and Matthew Skidmore. Bob will be dearly missed by all family members. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel. Visitation will be held at the church from 12:30 to 1 p.m.ᅠ In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bobs memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visitingwww.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Rachel J. Wilson -- Rachel J. Wilson, 82, of Laurel, died on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Rachel was the daughter of the late Claude and Mary Hitchens. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Howard and Kenneth Hitchens and a sister, Betty Culver. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Harry G. Wilson; a daughter, Diane Wilson; 2 sons, Fred Hall and Pete Hall and his wife Franni; a brother Toby Hitchens; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery, Laurel.


Donald Joseph Pogwist Sr. -- Donald Joseph Pogwist Sr., 76, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. Don was born in Nanticoke, Pa., on Jan. 1, 1937, the son of the late Leo C. and Stella (Skonieczski) Pogwist Sr. He graduated from Pottstown Senior High School in 1955 and married his sweetheart, Madalene, on Jan. 25, 1958. Don was the owner of Leodon Brothers and Tiny Toddler Juvenile Furniture Store in Blades for many years. He was a past Blades councilman, a past member of the Blades School Board, a former member of the Nanticoke Lions Club, and a member of the Nanticoke Senior Center. Mr. Pogwist was also an avid collector of many things including antiques. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed time with his granddogs. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Madalene Lenhardt Pogwist; daughter, Kimberly Pogwist Hastings and her husband Jeff of Bethel; son, Donald J. Pogwist Jr. and his wife Whitney of Seaford and daughter, Stephanie Pogwist Stokes and her husband Bryan of Seaford. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Gabrielle Hastings, Owen Pogwist and Rachel Pogwist; an aunt, Bernadine Macijczak of Nanticoke and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by two brothers, Leo C. Pogwist Jr. and Eugene Pogwist, both of Pottstown, Pa. and his longtime faithful canine companion, Shelby. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 10, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 490 E. North Ave., Ste. 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.


Emory J. Mitch Mitchell -- Emory J. Mitch Mitchell died on Monday, June 3, 2013, at his home. He was born on May 7, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pa. At the age of 2, he moved to Sussex County. He attended public schools in Milton, Laurel and Seaford where he graduated with the Class of 1942. After a year at the University of Delaware, he entered the U.S. Army for three years where his stint as a medical technician was served at Utica, N.Y., and the European Theatre. After his discharge in 1946, he attended the University of Delaware and graduated with a B.S. in chemistry in 1949, and followed with a M.S. in chemistry in 1950. Mitch and his family traveled extensively. He maintained an interest in sports throughout his life with his last active participation in square dancing, ballroom dancing, and golf. With the customary rough spots, Mitch felt that life was to be enjoyed and did his best to make it so. Mitch was employed as a research chemist for Continental Fibre Company in Bridgeport, Pa., followed by jobs with the Budd Company in Newark, Spaulding Fibre Company in Tonawanda, N.Y., Polyply Corporation in New Bedford, Mass., and the NVF Company in Newark. He specialized in paper, fibre, and phenolic resins. He was predeceased by his wives, Jane Cannon and Rebecca Bonner. He is survived by his sons, William, Edward, Stephen, and John; and his stepchildren, Patricia Klineberger and Wayne Bonner. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 10, at Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home, 635 Churchmans Rd., Newark, followed by a service in celebration of Mitchs life at 11 a.m. Burial will be in White Clay Presbyterian Cemetery, 15 Polly Drummond Hill Rd., Newark. For directions and to express condolences online, visit www.strano-feeley.com.


Kathryn Moore, 83 Kathryn Moore of Woodbridge, Va. and formerly of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Winchester Medical Center. Kathryn was born on Dec. 17, 1929. She was a daughter of the late Sirman and Elsie Evans Callaway. Kathryn was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed raising her seven boys. She loved attending all their activities, especially their sporting events. She was an avid Washington Redskin and Orioles fan. She is survived by her sons, Wayne Moore, Barry Moore, and Terry Moore, all of Virginia, Jerry Moore of Pennsylvania, and Dickie Moore of Georgia; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, George Richard Moore; two sons, Jimmy Moore and Teddy Moore; a brother, Edward Punk Callaway and a sister, Mary Ellen Andrew. A funeral service was held on Saturday, May 25, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. The Rev. Ken Deusa officiated. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Alice Ann (Wardell) Skibicki -- Alice Ann (Wardell) Skibicki, 78, of Galestown, Md. and formerly of Wilmington, died on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Alice was born on July 12, 1934. She went to meet her Maker after a short bout with cancer. Alice was a spirited, fun-loving and kind person with an easy laugh. She was deeply religious and very generous. Her sincere interest in others endeared her to many to whom she was a friend, advisor and confidante. Alice was the loving wife of Ed Skibicki for 56 years while raising their seven children and taking in many in need. Her primary interest was a complete dedication to her family, which resulted in a very tight knit group. She was an avid Eagles and Phillies fan. She traveled to Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Canada, Mexico and the Islands. After her children were grown, Alice worked in the credit departments at B.P., PNB, and Diamond Oil Co. Alice is survived by her husband, Edward, and their 7 children, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.


Katheryn L. Kitty Ellis -- Katheryn L. Kitty Ellis, 93, of Salisbury, Md. and formerly of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. She was born on Oct. 10, 1917 in Cordova, Md., the daughter of the late Thomas Morris Lynch and Rebecca (White) Lynch Holland. She was a graduate of Caroline High School. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, a former member of the Laurel American Legion Post 19 Ladies Auxiliary and an ambassador at Atria Senior Living in Salisbury. She was an avid reader and a crossword puzzle enthusiast. As a homemaker, she loved to cook and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Roland C. Ellis; her stepfather, W. Lloyd Holland; her brothers, Thomas Morris Lynch and John Holland; and her sister, Sara Elizabeth Briscoe. She is survived by her brother, Samuel Holland of Greenwood; her daughter, Jana Mollohan and husband Jim of Bridgeville; three grandsons, Justin, Jason and Brent; and three great-grandsons, Cameron, Jacob and Brayden. The family wishes to give special thanks to the staff at Atria Senior Living in Salisbury and the staff at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A visitation will be held one hour before the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Laurel Public Library, 101 East 4th St., Laurel, DE 19956.


Reba E. Hearn -- Reba E. Hearn, 93, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2013. Formerly of Delmar, she was a resident at Lofland Park Center, Seaford. Reba was born in Delmar, a daughter of the late Earl and Jerdie Wootten. Mrs. Hearn retired after 20 years of service at the Laurel Sewing Manufacturing plant. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed ceramics and gardening. A wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by her sons, Walt Hearn of Laurel, Dennis Hearn and wife Cheryl of Seaford, and Vaughn Hearn and wife Patricia of Delmar; her daughters, Deloris Maccari of Lewes and Debbie Jones and husband Michael of Laurel; a sister, Charlene Dubinski of Laurel; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Boyce W. Hearn in 2006, a brother, Edsel Wootten; and grandchildren, Vaughn Hearn and Melinda West. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, on Wednesday, May 29, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Tim Dukes will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lofland Park Center, 715 King St., Seaford, DE 19973. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Barbara A. Hitman -- Barbara A. Hitman, 79, of Quakertown, Pa., passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2013. She was the wife of the late Kenneth Hitman. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of the late James and Clara (Boise) Hastings. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and is survived by her children, Gail Colbert (Paul), Rebecca (Becky) Petko (Tom), and Paul (Dan) Hitman; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren and a sister, Mary Lou (Shelley) Spicer. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Paul B. Hastings and James W. Hastings, and a sister, Jeannette Rogers. Barbara organized and ran the former Upper Bucks Clothing Bank until she became ill. She was a devoted member of Quakertown United Methodist Church, Quakertown where she was past secretary of Trustees, president and secretary of the Friendship Circle and chairperson of the rummage sale. A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Streets, Seaford, and at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, at Quakertown Methodist Church, 1875 Freier Rd., Quakertown. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Quakertown United Methodist Church, 1875 Freier Rd., Quakertown, PA 18951. Barbaras family would like to extend sincere gratitude to those devoted to her care in the past years at Independence Court and Phoebe Richland Nursing Center. Arrangements are in the care of C. R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc.


Antoinette 'Nanetti' V. Hastings -- Antoinette Nanetti V. Hastings, 69, of Laurel, and formerly of Delmar, died Thursday, May 23, 2013. She was born on March 7, 1944 in Delmar, a daughter of the late Joseph S. Triglia Sr. and Mary Antoinette Bellomo Triglia. Nanetti, as she was called by family and friends, graduated from Delmar High School with the Class of 1962. She helped run Hastings Auto Sales in Delmar for many years with her former husband and also worked as a tag & title clerk for Delmar Auto Works. Most recently she enjoyed her work as a secretary for Oakwood Sod Farm in Delmar. She was a past member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge in Salisbury and a current member of the Red Hat Club and New Century Club of Delmar. She was an active member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Delmar where she served as a CCD teacher for many years. She loved spending time with family and friends and especially loved cooking her favorite Italian recipes for them. She is survived by a daughter, Debbie Holland of Delmar and her companion Allen Lambertson; a son, Ronnie Hastings Jr. and his wife Nicole of Delmar; 2 grandchildren, Kylie Holland and Ronnie Hastings III; 3 sisters, Rosemary Triglia Lynch and her husband George, Theresa Triglia Trader and her husband Donnie and Alisa J. Bloodsworth and her husband David, all of Delmar; 3 brothers, Joseph S. Triglia Jr. and his wife Barbara, Vincent A. Triglia and Anthony Tony P. Triglia; many nieces and nephews; her beloved Shih-Tzu sidekick, Gabby; and a circle of very close friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Angelo Bebe Triglia and a sister, Mary Dolly Melvin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 31, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 501 E. Chestnut St., Delmar. Interment will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Contributions may be made in her memory to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 501 E. Chestnut St., Delmar, MD 21875. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Rosalie A. Wells, 53 -- Rosalie Annette Wells, 53, born on Dec. 4, 1959 in Salisbury, Md., passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at her home. Annette was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Rosalie Toomey; one daughter, Baby Girl Toomey and two brothers, Howard and James Toomey. She is survived by her companion of 12 years, Toby Cooper; three children, Robert L. Wells (Lisa) of Dagsboro, Tina L. Wells (Matt) of Queen Anne, Md. and Timothy A. Wells of Georgetown; one brother, Robert (Andy) Toomey Jr. of Millsboro; one sister, Betty Caudill and Sam of Harrington; 12 grandchildren; two great grandchildren and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Rd., Laurel, where friends may come for visitation one hour before the service. Arrangements are in the care of McPherson Funeral Services.


Lilias Myer Richards -- Lilias Lorraine Myer Richards, 99, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Born on a farm near Bridgeville to Edwin Saxe and Lorraine (nee Marvil) Myer on July 19, 1913, she was one of 13 siblings. A 1931 graduate of Bridgeville High School, she continued her education at the Philadelphia Orthopaedic and Infirmary for Nervous Diseases Hospital graduating in 1934. Married in 1938 to G .Clayton Richards, she returned with her young family to live in Bridgeville in 1944. After many years as a homemaker, she was employed as a registered nurse at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she retired in 1979 after several years as the night supervisor. A hallmark of her practice was her kindness in mentoring many young nurses and co-workers. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, reading, doing needlework, and traveling. She was a member of Union United Methodist Church since 1945. For over 50 years, she was a member of the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Companys Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by sons, G. Clayton Richards Jr. and wife Carol of Raleigh, N.C. and Kenneth E. Richards of Seaford; daughter, Susan R. White and husband Clark of Seaford; daughter-in-law, Beverly Jean Richards of Greenwood; grandchildren, Allison L. Lee and husband Sherman of Raleigh; Lauren R. Tombaugh and husband Mark of Apex, N.C.; Wendee S. Long and husband Thomas of Chesapeake, Va.; L. Jill White of Glen Allen, Va.; Guy C. White and wife Valerie of Middletown and Betsy B. Burton and husband Scott of Rising Sun, Md.; great grandchildren, Gabrielle Hayes; Jonas Tombaugh; Mackenzie, Shepard, and Delaney Lee; Mattee, Noah, and Benjamin Long and Abigail and Ava White. She is also survived by her brother, Paul Myer of Delmar. She was preceded in death by her husband, G. Clayton Richards Sr. and eleven siblings, Edwin Jr., James, William, Ellis, Robert, Francis, Alan, Ralph, Dorothy Myer, Esther Meredith, and Matilda Kemp. Appreciation from her family is extended to the residents and staff at Lofland Park Center for their friendships and care. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, where the family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933. Visit Mrs. Richards Life Memorial and sign the online guest registry at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Curtis C. Taylor -- Curtis C. Taylor, 88, of Seaford, died on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Curtis was born and raised in Delmar. He worked for the Dupont Co. in Seaford for 35 years before retiring in 1985. He then worked for Cranston Funeral Home for 15 years. He was a veteran of WWII and a member of the Seaford Moose and the American Legion. Curtis is survived by his wife, Audrey Moore Taylor; 2 sons, Steve Taylor and his wife Micki and Dwayne Taylor and his wife Kelly; a daughter, Denise Rementer and her husband Tony; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Curtis was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Bartleson. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Tuesday evening, May 21, from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Lofland Park Center, 715 E. King St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Janet Fay Wroten West -- Janet Fay Wroten West, 74, of Seaford, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2013. Janet was welcomed to Heaven by her parents, Randolph and Elva Wroten and her brothers and sister. She will be missed by her husband of 56 years, Arthur West; daughters, Vicky Hurley and Sue Thomas; sons-in-law, Del Pritchett and Robert Hurley; five grandchildren, Candi Callaway, Tina Hurley, Michelle Rafail Marvil and husband PG, Amy Rafail and Michael Hurley; six great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and her beloved dog, Princess. She enjoyed watching the Baltimore Orioles, crabbing and playing the slots. Janet enjoyed working at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, providing home health care and selling Avon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Rd., Laurel. Visitation will be from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. A special thank you to the staff at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, University of Maryland Hospital, Blades Fire Company, friends and neighbors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Blades Fire Company, 200 E. 5th St., Blades/Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Curtis C. Taylor -- Curtis C. Taylor, 88, of Seaford, died on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Curtis was born and raised in Delmar. He worked for the Dupont Co. in Seaford for 35 years before retiring in 1985. He then worked for Cranston Funeral Home for 15 years. He was a veteran of WWII and a member of the Seaford Moose and the American Legion. Curtis is survived by his wife, Audrey Moore Taylor; 2 sons, Steve Taylor and his wife Micki and Dwayne Taylor and his wife Kelly; a daughter, Denise Rementer and her husband Tony; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Tuesday evening, May 21, from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Lofland Park Center, 715 E. King St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Mildred A. Tuckett -- Mildred Ann Tuckett, 98, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood. Born in Hebron, Md. on Oct. 3, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Ella Mae Bonneville Phillips. Before moving to Greenwood a few years ago, Mrs. Tuckett had resided in the Seaford area for over 30 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two husbands, Richard Williams and Dawson Tuckett; two brothers, Gus and Morris; and four sisters, Mary, Minnie, Effie and Eva. Mrs. Tuckett is survived by many nieces and nephews and great and great great nieces and nephews. Private services were held graveside in Spring Hill Memory Gardens, Hebron. Contributions in her memory may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Kay Ellis Efron -- Kay Ellis Efron, 72, died on Friday, May 17, 2013. Kay was from Seaford. Her horizons opened at age 16 as an AFS exchange student to France. She returned with a lifelong love of travel, good food and wine, which she enjoyed sharing with family and the many friends who enriched her life. Kay began singing while at the University of Delaware. She was a fine soprano, singing with the church choir up to the end. She volunteered often at church and for many community groups. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, two daughters, three grandchildren and a sister. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church (CCUMC), 7001 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815, with a reception in the church building following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund for Music at CCUMC in memory of Kay Efron. Arrangements are in the care of Joseph Gawlers Sons, LLC, www.JosephGawlers.com.


Kenneth E. Roberts -- Kenneth E. Roberts, 78, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Kenneth was born on Aug. 31, 1934 in Cannon.ᅠ He was preceded in death by parents, Ellsworth Roberts Jr. and Meta (James) Roberts, and younger sister, Lynn, who passed away at age three.ᅠ He is survived by his wife of 55 years Frederica Freddie (Miner) Roberts, daughter Susan Roberts-Banken, son-in-law Joseph, and two grandchildren, Maggie and Katie Banken. Kenneth graduated from Seaford High School, class of 1952. He served in the Army Military Police, stationed in Japan. Upon his return from service he earned a bachelors degree in education from Salisbury State Teachers College and a masters of education from the University of Delaware. He was hired by the Caesar Rodney School District in 1962 where he taught English. He later served as principal of Caesar Rodney Junior High and as the districts director of special education for the last 19 years until his retirement in 1998. Kenneth was an accomplished musician. As a young man he played the organ for Cannon Methodist Church. A brilliant pianist, he composed his own original music. He loved opera and regularly attended performances for nearly 60 years. He enjoyed all things musical, except rap. He and Freddie attended opera on six continents and held season tickets to seven different companies. Kenneth and Freddie traveled the world, visiting 48 U.S. states and 112 countries, and walked on all seven continents. They were planning a nine day tour of Israel. His last trip was just last fall. He and Freddie departed on a cruise to Bermuda, only to be diverted to Boston due to Hurricane Sandy. Kenneth was challenged with health issues in recent years, surviving both a heart attack and two bouts of cancer. He fought a good fight and will be missed by all who knew him. A gathering for family and friends will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at Pippin Funeral Home, Wyoming, followed by a celebration of life at 7. Come and put your two cents in about Ken. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at www.lls.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.pippinfuneralhome.com.


E. Ruth Becker -- E. Ruth Becker, 90, of Seaford and formerly of Baltimore, Md., died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Methodist Manor House. She was born in Baltimore, the daughter of the late John and Lillian Neubauer. Ruth was a dedicated employee of the Baltimore County Public Schools for many years. She was also an active member of Zion United Church of Christ, Golden Ring Road, serving on the church council and in the Sunday school. She enjoyed taking bus trips, playing Bingo, and playing with her grandchildren when they were younger. Ruth is survived by her son, Carl Becker (Donna) of Lancaster, Pa.; her daughter, Carol Barker of Seaford; grandchildren, Julie and Kevin Becker, Rebecca Trivits and Patricia Johnson; and great grandsons, Cameron and Ashton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl F. Becker. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at Zion United Church of Christ, 7146 Golden Ring Rd., Baltimore, MD 21221. The Rev. Robert Ridenour will officiate. Interment will follow at Gardens of Faith Memorial Gardens, 5598 Trumps Mill Rd., Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Methodist Manor House Benevolence Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Carl Johnson, 82 Carl Johnson of Bridgeville, passed away on May 12, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of Carl and Olga Johnson. Carl proudly served his country in the United State Navy. He also retired as a skilled welder from Dresser Industries in Salisbury, Maryland. He was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church in Millsboro. His family was his first love and priority, but second to his family he enjoyed bowling, playing cards, traveling, target shooting, and carpentry. Carl is survived by his wife, Esther Johnson of Bridgeville. Sons; William Allen Johnson of Laurel, and Carl Eric Johnson of Salisbury. Daughters; Carla Johnson-Pennell of Oak Orchard, and Jacki Johnson-Hammond of Laurel. A sister Eleanor Houseman of Longwood, Fl. He is also survived by six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, Carl is preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Etta Patricia Wiley-Johnson, whom passed away in 1993. Two sisters; Olga Clendaniel, and Molly Laughery. All services will be held privately. Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel, Delaware. Online condolences can be made by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Thomas R. Pozsgay, 75 Thomas R. Pozsgay passed away at home on May 14, 2013 after a long illness. Tom was born in East St. Louis, Illinois and is predeceased by his parents, Michael and Ann Pozsgay, two brothers, Michael and Lawrence Pozsgay and grandson, Christian Dillon. He graduated from St. Louis University with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and Notre Dame University with a Masters in E.E. Tom was a contract engineer working for such companies as General Electric, Westinghouse, Ericcson, Western Electric, Delco, NCR and IBM. Tom is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty, and his children Brian (Mary Kay), Lynn Dillon (Randy), Chad and Sharon Bean (Bradley) and his ten grandchildren: Sam, Sean and Spencer Pozsgay, Keegan, Cole and Luke Dillon and Ethan, twin girls Amanda & Ansley and Addison Joy Bean. Tom is survived by his sister, Mary Ann Krebs (Franc), two sisters-in-law Ellen Becker and Anita Pozsgay. Tom was loved by his in-laws and many nieces and nephews. Toms great pleasure was educating his children and spending time with his grandchildren. Many happy memories survive Tom including taking his family skiing in upstate New York and the annual week at Fenwick Island Beach. Toms dry humor endeared him to many. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy, Seaford, on Monday, May 20th. Friends may call at the Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St, on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in Toms memory to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, P O Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973, Nanticoke Senior Center, 1001 W. Locust St, Seaford, DE 19973 or Delaware Hospice Inc. 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Barbara E. Parker -- Barbara E. Parker, 78, went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 6, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, after a brief illness. She was born on Aug. 8, 1934 in Hebron, Md., to the late Joseph and Ella Bailey. Barbara is survived by her husband of 56 years, Daniel Parker; her son, Daniel L. Parker; her grandchildren, John Parker and Danny L. Parker Jr. and his wife Wendy, all of Portsville; three great grandchildren, Taylor, Sara Beth and Gage, all of whom brought great joy to her. Barbara was one of 11 children. She is survived by her brothers, Nathan Bailey and Warren Bailey and her sisters, Sara Elizabeth Parker and Shirley Hughes. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Irene Hitch, Bessie Carmean, Rebecca Caruso and Josephine Howard and brothers, William Bailey and John Bailey. She has an endless number of nieces and nephews who all loved her dearly. Barbara attended Laurel High School. She was a member of I.L.G.W.U. and worked most of her life in the garment industry; Laurel Manufacturing in Laurel until it closed then transferred to Fed Sportswear in Federalsburg until it closed. After that she worked in the kitchen at Britts Dutch Inn in Laurel until she finally decided to retire. Barbara was a member of Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel. Her husband, son, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the loves of her life. She was a humble, caring woman who will be missed by so many. Services were held on Saturday, May 11, at Christ Evangelistic Church, Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


William B. Cummings -- William B. Cummings, 90, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2013, at Lifecare at Lofland Park. Bill, as many knew him, was born in High Point, N.C. He was a son of the late William and Emma Cummings. He entered the United States Army during WWII, serving from 1942 to 1945. Bill retired from Delmarva Power with over 38 years of service as a serviceman. He was a past 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the VFW Post in Seaford and enjoyed fishing and going to the slots with his family. Mr. Cummings is survived by his son, William F. Cummings and wife Janet of Laurel; his daughter, Connie Shockley of Laurel; his brother, Herbert Cummings and wife Doris; a sister, Geraldine Youts of Seaford; grandchildren, William Alveraz, Chad M. Alveraz, Laurie Ann Joseph, Michelle Groton and great grandchildren, Abbey, Grace, Selby, Lilliann Alveraz, Brittney, Lauren and Melissa Joseph. A longtime companion, Kitty Goff also survives him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret L. Cummings in 1980; a daughter, Belva Alveraz and his brothers, Mark, Calvin and Tad Cummings. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. The Rev. Lem Hudson will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Cynthia 'Cindy' Lee Barnes Callahan -- Cynthia Cindy Lee Barnes Callahan, 48, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2013, at Deers Head Hospital. Cindy was born on May 31, 1964, the daughter of Nancy L. Willing Barnes Bozman and the late Daniel P. Barnes Sr. She got her education in Somerset Public Schools and graduated in 1983 from Washington High School in Princess Anne, Md. At the age of 19, Cindy started work as a typist 2 in the maintenance department at Deers Head State Hospital in Salisbury. Cindy climbed the ladder of success receiving one promotion after another before becoming nursing home administrator in March 2006. In July 2009 she was made acting assistant superintendent and superintendent in 2011. Cindy also served as safety officer for many years. She retired on Aug. 1, 2011 due to health reasons. She is survived by her husband, Christopher Callahan; a daughter, Carly Danielle Callahan; her mother and stepfather, Nancy L. and Gorman Bozman; a brother, Daniel Barnes Jr. and his wife Beverly Kim; 2 nephews, Phillip and Nicholas Barnes; 3 uncles, Joseph, Ernest and Royce Barnes; her father and mother-in-law, Vaughn and Renee Callahan and her special friends that she called her godfather and godmother, Grant and Ellen Corbin. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Stein Highway & Woodland Ferry Road, Seaford. Her cousin, Pastor Stephen Willing and her uncle, the Rev. Joe Barnes will officiate. The Gethsemane Church Praise Team will provide the music for the service. Friends may call on Saturday morning from 9 to 11. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Volunteers at Deers Head Hospital Center or Deers Head Foundation, P.O. Box 2018, Salisbury, MD 21802 or Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 2701 Woodland Ferry Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Edward Lawrence Brown -- Edward Lawrence Brown, 83, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, April 28, 2013, with his family by his side.ᅠ Edward was born on Nov. 12, 1929 in Baltimore, Md., where he was raised. He later moved to Delaware after he retired in June of 1984. He was a member of Christ the Cornerstone Church in Laurel.ᅠ His beloved wife of 63 years, Edna Mae Brown preceded him in death on June 21, 2011. ᅠ He is survived by his brothers, Gilbert Brown and Billy Brown; a sister, Dawn Dawson; and children, Edward Brown (Marge), Allan Brown (Jenny), David Brown (Sandy), Brian Brown (Beverly), Darlene Lipsky, Debra Santiago, Eisele Couch (John) and Audrey Slaughter (Curt). He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 8 step great grandchildren. ᅠ He will be sadly missed by friends and family.


William Thomas Windley -- William Thomas Windley, 87, devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Bill, as he was known to his friends in Seaford and Tommy to his beloved mother and father, was born in Washington, N.C., on June 18, 1925, to William Asa and Ada Harris Windley. ᅠ Bill loved his family, science and music, serving as a gifted church organist on and off throughout his lifetime. Bill served his country in World War II as a chaplains assistant and came home to marry Elgarie Manning Windley from Jamesville, N.C. and to work in the family business. Late in life, Bill entered college earning an electrical engineering degree from North Carolina State University, all while he and Elgarie raised three small boys, William T., E. Carlyle and Lawrence E. Windley.ᅠ As a child, he loved boats and spent warm summer days with his friends on the Pamlico River. He excelled in school and loved the sciences spending time in his own little laboratory as a young boy. Radios and televisions were just coming of age and fascinated him. As a teenager, he started repairing tvs and building radios for friends and neighbors. He soon became a HAM operator and during his life he spoke to radio operators in almost every country and even to astronauts in the space shuttle. A true man of science, he loved his work at the DuPont Company in the Seaford Technology lab and was a prolific inventor earning credit for over 30 patents generating untold value for the company. And yet, he was perhaps the most humble of men taking pride in his family and finding his sustenance from God and his church. Bill will be dearly missed by his wife of 67 years, Elgarie Manning Windley; his sister Anna Geddie; his children, Bill and his wife Tory Windley of Northeast, Md., Carlyle and his wife, Marcia Windley of Seaford and Larry Windley of Dover; his grandchildren, Tom, Lynn, Tory, Tara and Michael and 6 beautiful great grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Peggy Abbott Ruark Brasure -- Peggy Abbott Ruark Brasure, 69, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at her home. Born in Salisbury on Sept. 12, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Henry Abbott and Hazel Lee Abbott Conaway. A 1962 graduate of Wicomico High School, Peggy worked a short time as a nurses aid for the then Peninsula General Hospital. In 1963, she began her career with the DuPont Company in Seaford, retiring in March 1993 as a laboratorian.ᅠ Peggy was a member of the Seaford Wesleyan Church "The Ark," where she served on many committees and was the church treasurer for many years. Peggy and her late husband, Harvey, were members of the Young at Heart group at the church and especially enjoyed the fellowship, day trips and the Halloween parties the group provided. She was a member of the DuPont Golden Girls, the 25 Year Club and was a former member of the Nanticoke Senior Center.ᅠ Gifted with her hands, Peggy did fine needle work, crocheting and making afghans. One of her greatest accomplishments can be found in the vestibule at the "The Ark" where Jesus as the Good Shepherd tending his flock hangs. She loved her many cats and flower gardens where there was always a wide variety of colors and types. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey J. Brasure, who passed away on Feb. 18, 2013. Peggy is survived by an uncle, James Edward Nock of Salisbury; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Preston and Brenda Brasure of Bridgeville; and several cousins. She is also survived by her caregivers, Jim and Linda Brace of Seaford. Peggy was very appreciative of her good friends, neighbors and church family all of whom stood by her and Harvey during their illnesses. A funeral service will be held at the Seaford Wesleyan Church "The Ark," 26630 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Pastor Dave Kiser will officiate. Friends may call at the church one hour before the service. Interment will be in St. George's Cemetery in Clarksville. Contributions may be made in Peggys honor to Seaford Wesleyan Church, 26630 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Wayne M. Tull -- Wayne M. Tull, 60, of Georgetown, departed this life and went home with the Lord on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Wayne was the son of the late Raymond and Beatrice Tull. He had been a resident of the Mary Ann Coverdale Medical Center in Georgetown for many years. He attended Seaford Schools. He was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church, Seaford and was a member of Saturday Sunday school class at the Lutheran Church for many years. Wayne enjoyed life, loved his family and friends, and loved his nurses and staff at the medical center. They took excellent care of him. He had a friendly smile for everyone.ᅠ He is survived by a sister, Iralene Eenie Burris and her husband Robert of Easton, Md.; a brother, Ray A. Tull and his wife Sheila of Seaford; a niece, Renee M. English and her husband Greg of Seaford; nephews, Kurt Burris of Easton, Shaun Tull and his wife Erica and Christopher Tull of Rehoboth; great nieces, Lindsey Schilling and husband Theo and Ella Tull; and great nephew, Brandon English.ᅠ He was also preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Tull. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 6, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. ᅠBurial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Johns United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Elaine Muhlbauer -- Elaine Muhlbauer, 65, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, after a brief stay at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was born and raised in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on May 27, 1947. She worked as a bookkeeper, but her real love was child care. She worked at Wilmington Montessori for 15 years before retiring in 2002 when she moved from Wilmington to Bridgeville. She returned to child care after a year and was still actively working at the time of her passing. She was an active member of St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Georgetown and the Bridgeville Lionesses. She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Robert Muhlbauer; her daughters Catherine Driscoll and son-in-law Daniel of Bridgeville and Laura Muhlbauer of Wilmington; four grandchildren, Robert and Rachael Muhlbauer, Sandy Toner and Andy Driscoll; one great grandson, Aiden; her sister, Marilyn Nicholas of Cape Canaveral, Fla. and three nieces. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the organ fund at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Georgetown. The family is planning a memorial service to be held in late May. Visit Mrs. Muhlbauers Life Memorial and sign the online guest registry at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Virginia E. Adams -- Mrs. Virginia E. Adams, 86, of Laurel and formerly of Long Neck, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2013. Virginia was born in Millsboro on Feb. 7, 1927, to the late Ollie Francis and Amelia Lowe Hudson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Alton Hudson and his wife Louise and a brother-in-law, Charles Morio. Mrs. Adams was a bookkeeper for W.C. Littleton in Laurel for many years. She was a member of the First State Tractor Club, former member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Laurel, and the Indian River Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary. She loved to read, take pictures, work on the family tree and go out to eat. She also loved her son-in-law Roberts cooking. She collected salt and pepper shakers and tea pots. She never met anyone she didnt like. She was very proud of her grandfather, Joe Ben Hudson who lived to be 108-years-old. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who especially adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, James W. Adams of Laurel; a daughter, Gail Stevenson and her husband Robert of Seaford; two brothers, Francis Hudson and wife Virginia of Seaford and Vernon Hudson and wife Madeline of Laurel; sister, Josephine Morio of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; granddaughter, Tracy Ellsworth and husband Allen of Seaford; two great grandchildren, Matthew Adams and Justin Ellsworth and her beloved grand-dog, Shiloh. She is also survived by extended family members and friends. A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, May 3, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., where friends may call after 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Careys Cemetery, Millsboro. Pastor Jeff Hudson will officiate. Condolences may be emailed via www.watsonfh.com.


Frankilin Smack, 73 Franklin A. Sonny Smack of Delmar, formerly of Laurel, died Monday, April 29, 2013 at Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born May 13, 1939 in Frankford, a son of the late Franklin Smack and Alma G. Campbell Vickers. Sonny worked many years at Kent-Sussex Industries in Milford, where he developed many lifelong friendships. He never met a stranger and made friends with people wherever he went. He was a member of Laurel Church of Christ. He enjoyed puzzles and crossword puzzles and loved old movies. He is survived by a sister, Dorothea E. McDowell of Laurel; a brother, Leland Vickers and his wife, Jackie of Kansas City; a niece, Rhonda McDowell Cipolla; and two nephews, Geoffrey Vickers and Jonathan Vickers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Ronald L. McDowell; and a nephew, Ryan McDowell. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at Laurel Church of Christ, 1010 S. Central Avenue, Laurel, where family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment will follow the services at Millville Cemetery in Millville. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Julius Jules Maruscsak -- Julius Jules Maruscsak, 77, of Seaford, died on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Jules was born in Staten Island, New York. He retired from the Mobil Oil Company in New York. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a Mason in a lodge in New York. He and his wife retired to Seaford. He was a member of the Nanticoke River Yacht Club. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Carole M. Maruscsak in October of 2012. Jules is survived by a son, William Maruscsak; a daughter, Karen Gallo and her husband Louis; and two grandchildren, Kenneth Gallo and Melissa Gallo. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 3.


Elizabeth (Betty) Carvel Palmer -- Elizabeth (Betty) Carvel Palmer, 78, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Baltimore, Md., after a long illness. Born in Laurel on July 22, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Delaware Governor Elbert N. Carvel and his wife Ann Valliant Carvel. Betty attended Laurel High School, Penn Hall Junior College and graduated from the University of Delaware. She was a social worker and many years later, a realtor. Betty and her husband Charles met in elementary school and married in 1958. They loving raised their five children in Baltimore where they played an active part in the local art and music scene. Moving back to southern Delaware in the mid 1980s, Charles became the director of the Rehoboth Art League. As a team, he and Betty brought new vigor and broadened the range of artistic offerings to area residents and summer visitors. Betty was from a musical family and studied the piano throughout her life. She generously shared her talent with her family, friends and various community groups. She was fortunate to study with exceptional instructors and friends including: Ruth Bailey, Anthony Loudis, Mary Hearne, Marie Schmitt, Lee Mitchell and Selma Epstein. Betty was a Master Gardener and also enjoyed crossword puzzles, movies and spending time with her family. Summers spent at her parents farm on Kent Island were also a yearly source of pleasure. Betty is survived by children, Lisa Palmer, Drew Palmer (Dawn), Daphene Soroka (Paul) of Baltimore, Brooke Palmer (Matt Anderson), of La Jolla, Calif. and Dylan Palmer of Millville; sisters, Ann Hall House (David) of Baltimore and Barbara Krahn of Wilmington and a brother, Edwin Carvel of San Francisco, Calif. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Heather Currey (Adam), Leslie Pryor, Katelyn Palmer, Phoebe and Desmond Soroka, Lucy Bull and great grandchildren, Olivia and Alex Currey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 53 years, Charles. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 3, in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel. Pastor Ken Deusa will officiate. Immediately following the service, family and friends are invited to celebrate Bettys life at the Georgia House in Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the Palmer family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


James Edward Hitchens -- James Edward Hitchens, 93, passed away quietly on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. He was born on Feb. 25, 1920 in Seaford, to the late William J. and Sarah Phillips Hitchens. Jimmie graduated from Seaford schools and went to work at the DuPont Company in Seaford on the second day it was in operation. He met the love of his life, Ruth Isaacs at the DuPont plant and they married in 1944. Jimmie enlisted in the United States Army in 1941 and served until 1945, being stationed in Valley Forge, Pa. and Fort Miles, Lewes. After returning from the service, he took a one year leave of absence from the DuPont Company to attend Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington, where he majored in sales and advertising. Jimmie was a born salesman and left the DuPont Company to work at O. A. Newton in Bridgeville followed by Brown & Bigelow in Virginia in sales. As he grew weary of the traveling, he took a sales position with the Prudential Insurance Company in Salisbury. In 1958, Jimmie was recognized as the only Prudential salesman in the area to have sold more than a half million dollars worth of insurance; he was very proud of this. He worked full-time for 30 years until his retirement in 1981. Jimmie was active in many organizations that were dear to his heart. He was a member of the American Legion Nanticoke Post 6 for 68 years, the BPOE Elks Lodge 2458 for 50 years, the Hiram Lodge No. 21, AF & AM for 55 years, and the Disabled American Veterans where he was a post commander. He joined St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford in 1952 and was an active member until his death, volunteering in many capacities. Jimmies favorite pastime was spending weekends with Ruth at their summer home in Ocean City, Md. He enjoyed fishing, crabbing and boating. He was always smiling, never met a stranger and had a joke ready for everyone he met. Jimmie prided himself on his appearance and was always dressed to the nines. He liked to keep busy in his yard and maintaining his home. Jimmie also enjoyed participating with the ROMEO group (Retired Old Men Eating Out) by going out to dinner regularly. The family would like to thank the staff of the Health Center at the Methodist Manor House and at Seasons Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of Uncle Jimmie during the last 6 weeks. He was married to Ruth Isaacs Hitchens for 61 years prior to her passing in 2006. He was also preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Frances Allen in 2001; his brother-in-law, Granville Allen in 1990; and a nephew, Howard Layton in 2009. He is survived by his nephew, Ronald Allen and wife Joyce of Seaford; his nieces, Judy Pfeiffer and Bonnie Atkins and husband Ray of Georgetown; two great nephews and a great niece. A visitation for friends and family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 North Shipley St., Seaford. There will be an Elks service at 7 p.m., followed by a Masonic service. A funeral service will be held at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, where friends may call one hour before the service. Burial will follow at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar Streets, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973.


Don H. Loden -- Don Howell Loden, 65, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Haleyville, Ala., on Dec. 5, 1947, he was the son of Oda Vee Mann Loden of Brilliant, Ala., and the late James Russell Loden, who passed away in 2003. Mr. Loden graduated from Madison Academy, Huntsville, Ala., in 1966 and from Auburn University in 1970. On Aug. 16, 1969, he married the former Martha Carol Bennett in Warren, Mich. Mr. Loden was employed for the majority of his career serving children and families and aspired as the director of the Lee County Youth Development Center in Opelika, Ala. In more recent years, he was the director of Seaford House for Children and Families First in Seaford. He retired in August 2012. For the past 10 years, while residing in Laurel, he worked through his church to counsel those with emotional needs. He enjoyed working and serving his community. Active in numerous civic and professional organizations, Mr. Loden served as president of the Kiwanis Club and presided as lieutenant governor of the Alabama District of Kiwanis. He also enjoyed music, technology and spending time with his children and grandchildren. In addition to his mother and wife of 43 years, he is survived by a son, Don H. Loden II of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Catherine L. Wilson of Durham, N.C.; a brother, D. Kevin Loden of Opelika, Ala.; a sister, Karen Roper of Springville, Ala.; and two grandchildren, Parks Loden and Henry Wilson. A celebration of life service was held on Wednesday, April 24, at Laurel Wesleyan Church. Pastor Ken Deusa officiated. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27, at the 10th Street Church of Christ in Opelika, Ala. Those wishing to sign Mr. Lodens guest book may do so at www.yourtribute.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel and Bowens Funeral Home, Winfield, Ala.


Jane M. Cook -- Jane M. Cook, 63, of Seaford, died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.ᅠ Born in Lewes on Oct. 16, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Victor and Elva Marvel. She was a graduate of Seaford High School and attended Goldey-Beacom College. She worked as a bookkeeper for over 30 years. She was instrumental in the start up of Cooks TV, Jan-Mar and Comfort Air Service, all of Easton, Md. Her last position was with Tangelwood Conservatories in Denton, Md. She is survived by two daughters, Cathryn Hurley of Seaford and Caryn Wilson and her husband Erick of Denton; a grandaughter, Jenna Hurley; a sister, Sandra Blackwell and her husband Sandy; a twin brother, Jim Marvel and his partner Keith Adkins; an aunt, Peggy Ridinger; a nephew, David Blackwell and his wife Cindy; a niece, Suzanne Blackwell; a nephew, Erik Marvel and his wife Heather, all of Seaford; a great nephew, Jack Blackwell of Wilmington and several cousins. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Humane Society.


Carlisle Sam Collins -- Carlisle Sam Collins, 92, of Seaford, died on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Mr. Collins retired from the Post Office in 1985 after over 30 years of service as a mail carrier. He was an Army Air Corp veteran of WWII and a member of the American Legion. Sam loved to bowl, go rabbit hunting and watch all sports on TV.ᅠ Sam was the last surviving of 12 children of George and Laura Collins. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Louise Patterson Collins and a daughter, Vicki Collins. Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Graveside services will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Compassionate Care Hospice, 201 N. Dupont Hwy., Millsboro, DE 19966.


Catherine Chickie Sullivan -- Catherine Chickie Sullivan, 86, of Laurel and Delmar, passed away at her sons home in Virginia on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. She was born on Feb. 9, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pa., a daughter of the late Adam and Mary Metrules. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, John W. Bill Sullivan; and 2 sons, Charles and Thomas Sullivan. She is survived by sons, John (Merri Jane) of Sabu, Philippines, William (Ruth) of Linden, Va., Michael of Delmar, and Christopher (Penny) of Oklahoma; a daughter, Jean Melvin (John) of Delmar; 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; and 1 great great granddaughter. Catherine was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved music, dancing, sewing, camping, gardening and she was a fabulous cook. After retirement, she and her husband worked as a team at the Laurel flea market and surrounding areas. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 1 to 2. Interment will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Contributions may be made in her memory to Coastal Hospice at the Lake, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Philip Greg Callahan -- Philip Greg Callahan, 50, of Bridgeville, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Sept. 19, 1962, son of Philip T. and Betty (Moore) Callahan. Mr. Callahan grew up with a passion for horses. After high school, he took every opportunity available to master the ins and outs of horses and horse racing. His lifelong career in the standardbred racing industry would start with mentoring from Joe OBrien and Ray Remen who shaped him into an excellent trainer and driver. In 1985, Mr. Callahans lifelong dream would come true, when he and his wife by his side would open their own stable in Bridgeville. In continuing his dreams, he had two beautiful daughters who he loved to spend time with, especially when it came to softball. Whether it was coaching tee ball or traveling team events, Mr. Callahan never missed a blink. In his free time he enjoyed traveling, cruises, the beach, weekend trips to Ocean City, and card night with the boys where he was best known as Julio. Mr. Callahan leaves behind a legacy of excellence in knowledge, care, and passion for the horse industry from which his daughter Amber takes great pride in carrying on. He was so proud of how well she was doing and so excited for her to take the reins and train their new foal coming in a month. Mr. Callahan will be remembered for his love of life and as a loving husband, father, son, brother, caretaker, and dear friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In addition to his parents, Mr. Callahan is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 27 years, Robin A. (Myers) Callahan; his two daughters, Amber and Megan Callahan; his brother, David Craig Callahan of Centreville, Md.; and his prized race horse, Rare Return N, who he came out of retirement to drive in their last career race which ended in victory. A celebration of life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Callahan residence, 14989 Butterfly Lane, Bridgeville. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Please visit Mr. Callahans Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Linda Calloway -- Linda Calloway, 61, of Seaford passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Seaford Nursing Home. Ms. Calloway was born on Sept. 25, 1951 in New Jersey, to the late William Jason and Carmella Fortese Jason. She had lived most of her life in Seaford area. She was the director of nursing in Warwick Manor, East New Market, Md. and Mayard Bay in Cambridge, Md. Ms. Calloway was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford. Ms. Calloway is survived by her daughter, Carmella Henry and her husband Michael of Seaford; grandchildren, Katlyn, Adrianne, Brianne, and Gary Vincent; sisters, Julie Chelton and Ernest; and her son, Matthew Calloway and his wife Sue of Bridgeville. Condolences may be sent and the guestbook may be signed at www.torbertfuneral.com.


Pastor Edwin W. Thress -- Pastor Edwin W. Thress, 77, of Seaford, died on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Pastor Thress was a Lutheran minister serving over 40 years in many different parishes. He was a past member of the Southern Delaware Choral Society. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ellen Thress; 3 sons, Thomas Thress and wife Wendy, Carl Thress and wife Marie, Michael Thress and wife, Shelly; a daughter, Julie Carter and husband Allen; a sister, Winifred Dress; 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Friday, April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Burial will be in Spring Hill Memory Gardens, Hebron, Md.ᅠ In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Hazel Dora Baker -- Hazel Dora Baker, 86, of Bethel, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the Seaford Center. Hazel was born in Seaford, a daughter of the late Lawrence Fritz and Anna Hazel Jester. She retired from the Acme Markets after 26 years as a cashier. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel and an active member of O.E.S. She also was a volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for 25 years and a member of the Red Hats Society. During WWII, she was a spotter for the military. Mrs. Baker is survived by her daughters, Donna Saunders of Long Neck, Dorey Cumming and husband Bob of Seaford and Reta Leath and husband Jeff of Brownsville, Pa.; grandchildren, Marcie Hassett, Cathie Tyler and Mallory, Philip and Kyle Leath and four great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Baker and her siblings, Oliver Jester and Doris Haynes. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Joseph Burris will officiate. Interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery, Bethel. Contributions may be made in her memory to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Calvin Harding Friedel -- Calvin Harding Friedel, 95, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at his residence. Born in Seaford, he was the son of Mary Boyce and Charles L. Friedel. He was a farmer and a Navy veteran of World War II. He also served in the Delaware National Guard. He was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church and Nanticoke Post 6 American Legion and a charter member of Virgil Wilson Post 4961 Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is survived by two sons, Lonnie Friedel and Jeffrey Friedel, both of Seaford; three daughters, Sandra Hill of Seaford, Judy Timmons of Laurel and Susan Branam of Chesterfield, Va.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and 5 great great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford, where friends may call one hour before the service. ᅠ ᅠ In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Seaford Fire Department, P.O. Box 87, Seaford, DE 19973.


Deborah Lynn Reilly -- Deborah Lynn Reilly, 47, of Delray Beach, Fla. and Bethany Beach passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Delray Beach due to complications caused by pancreatic cancer.ᅠ She was born to Robert W. and the late Carol K. Reilly on Nov. 16, 1965, in Annapolis, Md.ᅠ Debbie graduated from the Severn School in Severna Park, Md., in 1983. She earned a degree in business administration from the University of Delaware in Newark in 1987. Debbie was a successful entrepreneur who owned and operated businesses and properties in Palm Beach County, Fla. and Sussex County. Most recently in Florida, she was general manager of Pineapple Podiatry LLC, a private medical practice she operated with her sister, Dr. Elizabeth Reilly, DPM. After the untimely passing of her mother, Carol, in September 2004, Reilly family members moved to Florida. Before the move, she was general manager of Peninsula Foot and Ankle Center P.A. from August 1997 to December 2004, with offices in Bethany Beach, Berlin, Md., and Salisbury, Md. Her interests in Bethany Beach were as varied as they were successful. Debbie was best known for her Shore Fun Amusement Center. Debbie, along with sister Elizabeth, operated the Holiday House restaurant, also known as Bethanys, for its final year. She was elected to the Bethany Beach Town Council in September 1998. The loves of her life were her niece, her sister, her mom and her dad. She enjoyed traveling and taking her niece, Reilly Arena, to New York City to participate in professionally directed acting and voice lessons and to attend numerous Broadway shows. She was on the board of directors and board secretary of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce from 1997 to 2002. She was also a budget committee member and parking committee member for the Town of Bethany Beach from 1996 to 1998. Debbie was also a major contributor for the Christmas Toy Drive in Bethany Beach from 1991 to 2002. For many years, she provided organizational backing and communication consulting services for the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral & Silent Auction. Her mother, Carol, preceded Debbie in her passing. She is survived by her family members living in Delray Beach including Robert, her father; Elizabeth, her sister and Reilly Arena, her niece. She is also survived by lifelong friend, Judy Labashosky of Unionville, Pa. and fianc←, Paul Jankovic of Bethany Beach and Boca Raton, Fla. Debbie was a true animal lover, helping many rescue cats find good homes. The family requested donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Services were private.


Helen L. Joseph -- Helen Louise Joseph, 80, passed away on Friday morning, April 12, 2013, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake, Salisbury, Md. ᅠ ᅠ Born on Dec. 18, 1932 in Federalsburg, Md., she was the daughter of Ruby Wyatt Beebe of Star, Md. and the late Amos Clayton Beebe. She graduated from Federalsburg High School, Class of 1949 and went to work at Wilson-Laurel Farms in Federalsburg and then at American Original in Cannon until her retirement. ᅠ In addition to her mother, she is survived by 2 daughters, Carla Turner and her husband John of Lewes and Gail Wilson and her husband Richard of Rhodesdale, Md. and a son, Mike Griffith and his wife Bonnie of Seaford. She is also survived by a sister, Ruth Ann Christopher of Star; 2 brothers, Jimmy Beebe of Poquoson, Va. and Perry Beebe of Perry Hall, Md.; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. ᅠ She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Gina Griffith who passed away on Aug. 25, 1978 and her husband, William Joseph who passed away on Aug. 30, 2001. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at Williamson Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Federalsburg. Interment will be private. ᅠ ᅠ In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. ᅠ ᅠ To send condolences, visit www.williamsonfunerals.com.


Minnie ODay -- Minnie ODay, 102, of Bridgeville, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. ᅠ Mrs. ODay was born in Bridgeville on April 28, 1910, daughter of the late William and Edith Short.ᅠ She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Thomas ODay on Oct. 14, 1965.ᅠ After many years of service, she retired as a cook in the Woodbridge School Cafeteria. She was a member of Chaplains Chapel Church and a 65 year member of the Bridgeville Vol. Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary. ᅠ ᅠ Fondly known as Aunt Minnie to many, she will be well remembered for her delicious preparations of chicken and dumplings and fried oysters. And, who could forget the many men she adoringly admired. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Smith and husband Tom of Bridgeville; grandchildren, Ian Smith and wife Amy and Todd Smith and wife Jenifer and 4 great grandchildren, all of North Carolina; and many loving neighbors and her special caregivers. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 15, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour before the services. Burial will follow in Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Bridgeville Vol. Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary,  Patsy Correll, 421 S. Main St., Bridgeville, DE 19933; Chaplains Chapel Church, 18875 Atlanta Rd., Bridgeville, DE 19933 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Visit Mrs. ODays Life Memorial and sign her online guest registry at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Freda Lynn Miller -- Freda Lynn Miller, 52, of Laurel, died at home surrounded by family and friends, on Thursday, April 11, 2013, after a long illness.ᅠ She was born on Jan. 11, 1961, the daughter of Fred B. Smith II and the late Helen Smith Philips of Seaford.ᅠ Freda enjoyed gardening, travel and especially loved spending time with family and friends, in particular her grandchildren. She was a member of Seaford Wesleyan Church The Ark, in Seaford. She is survived by her father and his wife, Louise Smith of Seaford; daughters, Katy Miller, Jody Miller and son Josh Miller; brothers, Mike Smith and wife Pam of Lewes, Mark Smith and wife Deana, Steve Smith and companion Teresa, Scott Smith and wife Debbie, all of Seaford; sisters, Diane Harrington and partner Rip, and Debbie Waldridge, all of Laurel; grandchildren, Konwai, Samantha, Austin, Brendon, Lila and Adam; mother-in-law, Joyce Miller of Seaford and several nieces and nephews.ᅠ Along with her mother, Freda was preceded in death by husband, Coyle Miller; daughter, Casey Jester; brother, Fred B. Smith III of Seaford and sister, Joyce Mears of Laurel. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 18, at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel.ᅠ In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Seaford Wesleyan Church The Ark, 26630 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973 or Vitas Hospice Service, 1016 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963.


Crystal L. Krumm -- Crystal L. Krumm, 49, of Laurel died on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Crystal was born on June 8, 1963 in Seaford. She was a fan of the Baltimore Ravens and Dale Earnhardt Sr. Crystal enjoyed going to the slots, crabbing, listening to country music, and especially spending time with her granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her mother, Connie LeCates Parsons and a brother, Kevin Krumm. Crystal is survived by three children, Dawn Krumm of Seaford, James Krumm of Seaford and April Prior of Laurel; four granddaughters, Kailie, Kani, Kendra, and Brooklyn; three brothers, Henry Krumm of Laurel, Brian Krumm of Rockville, Md. and Jerry Parsons of Delmar; her grandmother, Marie Oman of Delmar and her boyfriend, Neal Fox of Laurel. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fleischauer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 502, Greenwood, DE 19950 to help defray funeral expenses.


Eva Betty Schmierer -- Eva Betty Schmierer, 91, of Lewes, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. ᅠ She was born in Lewes on May 8, 1921, a daughter of the late Halton and Hattie Coverdale Schmierer. She was also preceded in death by cousins, Josette Fried and Shirley King. Betty was a 1939 graduate of Lewes High School and went on to her career with the DuPont Company as a laboratory technician in Seaford where she retired in 1983 after 40 years of service. She was a champion bowler and bowled with the DuPont Womens Bowling Team of which she was secretary for many years.ᅠ Surviving are cousins, Toni Culver and husband Wayne of Laurel; David Coverdale of Palm Springs, Calif.; Meta Mae West of Rehoboth Beach; Peggy Holdway of Arizona; cousin and caregiver, Terri Benson and husband Bob of Salisbury, Md.; and numerous other extended family members. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Savannah Road, Lewes. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Lewes Vol. Fire Dept., P.O. Box 225, Lewes, DE 19958. Visit Mrs. Schmierers Life Memorial and sign the online guest registry at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Norma Lee Scott -- Norma Lee Scott, 63, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 12, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family. ᅠ Mrs. Scott was born on Nov. 6, 1949, a daughter of the late Fred J. Baker and Helen Ritz Baker. Her career spanned 24 years of service as a handicap counselor for the Salvation Army, retiring in 2012. Norma enjoyed caring for others, and, most importantly, spending time with her family.ᅠ She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Thomas Scott; two sons, Christopher Scott and wife Karen and Eric Scott and wife Morgan, all of Bridgeville; six grandchildren; her sister, Lois Hopkins and husband Clifford of Seaford; her brother, Rick Baker and wife Jackie of Laurel; and her mother-in-law, Evelyn Spiering of Greensboro, Md. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call on Tuesday, April 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will follow in Bridgeville Cemetery. Visit Mrs. Scotts Life Memorial and sign the online guest registry at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Joanne Brittingham Hamilton -- Joanne Brittingham Hamilton, 74, of Delmar, died on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Wicomico Nursing Home in Salisbury, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 10, 1939 in Delmar, a daughter of the late Marion F. and Rosalie V. Brittingham. She was a former member of St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Laurel and was currently a member of Melsons United Methodist Church in Delmar. She served as pastoral parish relations chairperson, Sunday school teacher, treasurer of the United Methodist Women for several years, and a member of the choir. Joanne worked many years taking care of children in her home, as well as many grandchildren. Her hobbies included sewing and watching NASCAR, she was a fan of Jeff Gordon. She is survived by her loving husband of over 55 years, Franklin Delano Hamilton Sr.; a daughter, Teresa L. Williams (Robert Sr.) of Laurel; two sons, Franklin Hamilton Jr. (Kelly) of Salisbury and Richard A. Hamilton of Laurel; a sister, Ginny L. Foxwell (Harry Lane) of Delmar; 10 grandchildren, Bobby Williams Jr., Alexis Hamilton, Cody Hamilton, Jason Hamilton, Randi Hamilton, Brittany Williams, Kristi Elliott, Bridgette Hamilton, Taylor Hamilton and Jordan Hamilton; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances E. Collins and Alice Workman. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 and on Sunday, April 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Short Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Rev. John Oltman will officiate. Interment will follow the service in Melsons Cemetery in Delmar. In memory of Mrs. Hamilton, contributions may be sent to Wicomico Nursing Home Activities Department, P.O. Box 2378, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Stephen D. Ramey, 59 Stephen D. Ramey, of Delmar, originally from Blades, entered into peace on Monday April 8, 2013 at Milford Hospice of Delaware after returning to his beloved home of Sussex County after a three week stay at two Pennsylvania University hospitals. Steve fought a good fight for those three weeks but he was able to return to Sussex County for his final hours. Steve was a special person to any one who had the opportunity to know him. Steve was also multi-faceted. A free spirit most of his life, Steve had many wonderful qualities that his family and friends will dearly miss. Steve was fun-loving, creative, a wonderful artist, a skilled carpenter, a sixth-degree black belt and martial arts instructor, a wonderful gardener and landscaper, an awesome dancer, a loyal friend, great with kids (and a big kid at heart), silly, humorous and good-hearted. Steves passion for riding a motorcycle with his friends, or solo through the countryside, was an interest that brought much joy to Steve over the last several years. Steve and his love for life will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his daughter, Anna Ramey of Seaford; his father, Gordon Ramey Sr., of Milton; his brothers, Gordon Ramey of Bridgeville; Scott Ramey of Charleston, SC; and Roy Bowman of Washington state. He is also survived by his sister, Susan Bell of Lancaster, PA; and many nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Dorothy Ramey, and his sister, Katie Mulvaney. A memorial and life celebration service will be held in Steves honor Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Ramey Farm, 4778 Federalsburg Rd., Bridgeville, from 1-3 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend the service to honor and remember Steves life and what he meant to all of us. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford.


Reginald G. Reggie Gillespie -- Reginald G. Reggie Gillespie, 83, of Seaford, died on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Reggie graduated from Millsboro High School. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Noah from 1951 to 1955. He retired from the Dupont Company in Seaford in 1985 after 36 years of service. He was a member of United Tour Riders Motorcycle Club. He was the son of the late George W. and Florence G. Gillespie. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Scott Gillespie in 1993 and a sister, Norma Rust. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Thelma Johnson Gillespie; 2 sons, Ronnie Gillespie and his wife Lana and Gene Gillespie and friend Melody Starke; a daughter, Brenda Ryan and her husband, Michael; grandchildren, Brian Tull and his wife Stephanie, Lauren Tull Whaley, Kristin Gillespie and Ryan Gillespie; 2 great grandsons, Avery Tull and Carter Whaley and a sister, Olga Stayton. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Compassionate Care Hospice, 284657 Dupont Blvd., Millsboro, DE 19966.


Wayne D. Jester -- Wayne D. Jester, 67, of Preston, Md., passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in Easton. He was born on May 25, 1945 in Bridgeville, the son of the late Elmer F. Jester and Mary Robinson Jester. A jack of all trades, Wayne was a "people person." He held various jobs over the years and could do anything. He loved spending time with his friends and family and was the life of the party. He especially loved the New York Yankees and race horses. He was a member of VFW Post #4961, American Legion Unit 6, and Moose Lodge Chapter 1728, all in Seaford. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Jester of Preston; a daughter, Maryanne Austin and her husband Steven of Great Mills, Md.; a son, William Jester and his wife Amy of Preston; two sisters, Virginia Ginny Joseph of Blades and Phyllis Connor and her husband Wayne of Bridgeville; and a brother, Jeff Jester and his wife Jackie of Accocreek, Md. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg, Md. Interment will follow in the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Md. The family will receive friends on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Framptom Funeral Home, P.A., 216 North Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632 to defray funeral costs. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


George Ruff -- George Ruff, 84, of Seaford, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. George was born on May 9, 1928 in Barkley, Md., the son of the late Rose Ritz and John F. Ruff. He was a mechanic at the Dupont Company in Seaford from 1949 to 1985. He was a member of Blades United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer and trustee and he attended Bethel United Methodist Church in Oak Grove.ᅠ George loved being with his family and relatives at the Ruff family reunion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, metal detecting, coin and stamp collecting, auction sales, attending area church dinners and was a fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the Orioles. He was a member of the Cheer Center in Greenwood and attended their programs and dinners. He was also a member of the Nanticoke Senior Center. He is survived by two sons, George L. Ruff and wife Helen of Seaford and David Ruff and wife Cheryl of Blades; brother, Frank Ruff of Sudlersville, Md; grandchildren, Nancy Mears and husband Chip, John Ruff and friend Marielou, Jennifer Scott and husband Shawn, Mary Reza and husband Chino, Bethany Ruff and friend Wilbur; great grandchildren, Conner, Carson, Hunter, Angeline, B.J. and Carlos; many nieces and nephews and his companion, Rita Layton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Phillips Ruff; brothers, John Ruff and Joseph Ruff and a sister, Gloria Thomas. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Watson Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call Thursday evening, April 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery, Blades. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Blades Fire Company, 200 E. Fifth St., Blades, DE 19973 or Bethel United Methodist Church, 2381 Neals School Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Ronnie W. Palmer Sr. -- Ronnie W. Palmer Sr., 70, of Seaford, died on Friday, April 5, 2013, at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York after a long battle with cancer.ᅠ Ronnie grew up in Lewes. He retired from the Dupont Company in Seaford in 2001 after 40 years of service. He coached in the Nanticoke Little League for 21 years and took the 1983 Senior League team to the World Series. Ronnie was an avid golfer and enjoyed his weekly golf outings with his golfing buddies. He was a member of the Seaford Golf and Country Club. Ronnie was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen; a son, Robert Palmer of Milford; 2 stepchildren, Tom Bialk and his wife Teresa of East New Market, Md. and Leah Messick and her husband M. L. of Seaford; 5 grandchildren, Raeann Bialk, Jacob Bialk, Cole Messick, Megan Palmer and Mike Sheets; a sister, Pat Shephard and several nieces and nephews.ᅠ Ronnie was preceded in death by a son, Ronald W. Palmer Jr. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at Central Worship Center, 145 Sycamore Rd., Laurel, where friends may call from 3 to 4.ᅠ In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Tunnel Cancer Center, 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.


Doris Marie Howard Aydelotte -- Doris Marie Howard Aydelotte, 85, of Delmar, passed away on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at her home. She was born in Riverton, a daughter of the late Berkley Weatherly Howard and Levin Warren Howard. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Irvin J. Aydelotte Sr.; a son, Irvin J. Aydelotte Jr.; and brothers, Paul A. Howard and Philip W. Howard. Doris was affectionately known as Dar Dar by her family. She is survived by a sister, Ruth H. King of Fairfax, Va.; children, Ann Marie Barnes (Chris) of Ocean City, Terri Lee A. Bensel (Barry) of Delmar and Lisa Ree A. Conley (Jonathon) of Delmar; grandchildren, Anastasia Garrity Blessing of Yoe, Pa., Tyler C. Barnes of Haleiwa, Hawaii, Logan C. Barnes of Ocean City, and Aldon B. Conley of Delmar; and a great granddaughter, Jamie Candice Tyson of Seven Valleys, Pa. Additionally, she is survived by her extended family, Christine Phiefer and her sons, Joey and Charles. Doris was a member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Delmar and VFW Post 8276 Ladies Auxiliary of Delmar. She was also a past member of the New Century Club and the Red Hat Club. She devoted her entire life to her family and, during her downtime, was an avid reader. Doris chose to donate her body to the Maryland State Anatomy Board to be used for scientific research. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963; Double Mills Grist Mill, P.O. Box 120, Mardela Springs, MD 21837 or the Delmar Public Library, 101 N. Bi-State Blvd., Delmar, DE 19940. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Charles Reese Pusey, 66 Charles Reese Pusey left this life on March 25, 2013 in the comfort of his home with his family after a brave fight with cancer. Born September 14, 1946, Reese, as he was known by family and friends, served in Viet Nam and retired from Dupont after 35 years of service. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Reese is survived by his two children, Kimberly Anne Pusey and John Levin Reese Pusey, grandchildren Brittany Colston, Meagan McGinnis, Jeremy Colston, Emily Pusey, and Molly Reese Pusey. Reeses mother Edna Faye Pusey and three siblings Sharon Faye Conway, Merrill Douglas Pusey, and Rodney Lee Pusey also survive him along with several aunts, nieces, cousins and great nieces and nephews. Reese was preceded in death by his father John Reese Pusey, grandmother Nona Pusey, and his aunt and uncle Nellie and Paul Blackson. Reese will be missed greatly by all who knew him, and a memorial dinner will be held in honor of his life on April 6, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mt. Hermon Church Community Hall.


Peggy Martinez, 62 Peggy Martinez of Seaford, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 1, 2013. Peggy was surrounded with the love of her family at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Peggy was born June 22, 1950 in Milford to the late Bill and Jo Handloser. She graduated from Bridgeville High School, class of 68. Peggy worked as an office manager for Penco in Seaford for many years. She was an avid reader, Orioles fan, enjoyed dirt track racing, taking long rides with her sisters with no destination in mind, and watching her grandchildren play sports. Peggy was a member of Wesley UMC in Seaford. She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson Michael A. Smith Jr. of Bridgeville. She is survived by a son Chris Martinez Sr. and his girlfriend Gina Wilson of Seaford, a daughter Maria L. Boyd and her husband David of Seaford; six grandchildren, CJ, Skye, Caleb, Sean, Blake, and Harlie. Two sisters, Phyllis Donovan of Milford and Donna Seabrease and her husband Donnie of Bridgeville, two nieces, eleven nephews, her church family, and many friends. Memorial service will be held, Saturday, April 6, at 3 p.m. at Wesley UMC in Seaford. Friends may call one hour before the memorial service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wesley UMC, 22025 Atlanta Road, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements by Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Michael F. Wilson, 49 Michael F. Wilson of Laurel passed away on March 26, 2013 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was the son of Leroy Guy Wilson of Delmar, and Bonnie Marie Bolweg and her husband Frank of Flordia. Michael was a talented painter for Excel Painting. He loved fishing, watching the Dallas Cowboys, and the Baltimore Orioles. He enjoyed spending time with his son and helping with his Boy Scout troop. He was a great husband and father, and cherished his family very much. He is survived by his loving wife, Lori Wilson of Laurel. Two sons; Michael Wilson of Virginia, and Cameron Wilson of Laurel. A daughter, Kaycie Wilson of Laurel. A brother, David Wilson and his wife Janet of Frederick, Maryland. A sister Carol Carr and her husband Richard of Flordia. Three grandchildren; Arianna, Cory, and Ryan. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home 700 West Street in Laurel. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Cameron and Kaycie Wilsons Education Fund to the Bank of Delmarva 200 East Market Street Laurel, Delaware 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com


Virginia L. Larason -- Virginia L. Larason, 87, died on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at home with her family. She was born on April 5, 1925. She lived in Laurel (Whitesville) from 1980 to 1997 and Seaford from 1997 to 2005. She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Delmar and the Seaford Garden Club. She was an avid gardener and churchgoer.ᅠ She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jerome W. Larason Sr. who died in 1997 and Richard Rice who died in 2004. She is survived by her sons, Robert A. Hancock and his wife Patricia Rutledge, Mark Hancock and his wife Doreen Hancock and Jon Larason and his partner Shelley Otis; stepchildren, Christine Becker and her husband Carl Becker and Jerome W. Larason Jr. and his wife Rebecca Larason; grandchildren, Andrew Hancock and wife Dawn Rogala, Sarah Goldin and husband Edward Goldin, Jessica Musselman and husband Dan Musselman, Robert Hancock and wife Sandi Strauss, Karen Cotti and husband Christopher Cotti; step grandchildren, Jennifer Milham-Becker, Jacob Becker, Jerome W. Larason III, Amanda Larason; and great grandchildren, Brooke Goldin, Harrison Goldin, Emerson Hancock. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church on the Canal in Buzzard's Bay (Bourne), Mass.ᅠ


Philip Martin Smith -- Philip Martin Smith, 70, of Lincoln, Neb., formerly of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Plattsmouth, Neb. ᅠ Born in Laurel, he was the son of the late Herman Young Smith and Lulu Bryan Smith. He was a 1960 graduate of Laurel High School and received an associate's degree from the Jefferson School of Commerce in Charlottesville, Va. He worked for Perdue in the early 1960s and then retired in 1994 from Centel after 30 years. He enjoyed playing golf, especially with his daughter Crystal and collecting fire trucks and lighthouses. He is survived by 2 daughters, Crystal Robinson and her husband Dale of Papillion, Neb. and Kimberly Adkins and her husband Brian of Salisbury and their 2 children, Amber Adkins of Delmar and Jessica Adkins of Salisbury; a brother, Wayne Smith and his wife June of Edgewater, Md.; and 2 nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury with a visitation one hour before the service. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


Constance Ellis Davis -- Constance Ellis Davis, 77, of Sugar Hill, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2013.ᅠ Constance was a member of First United Methodist Church in Laurel. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Charlie Davis. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Drew and Diane Davis of Woodstock, Jon and Courtenay Davis of Sugar Hill; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Barbara Ellis of California and four grandchildren, Colleen, Will, Charles and Ben. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in the chapel of Ingram Funeral Home with the Rev. Lee Gaddis officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the funeral home. Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Ga., is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.


Rodney H. LeCates -- On Friday, March 22, 2013, Rodney H. LeCates, 71, departed this life peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, to the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Born in Frankford on Dec. 22, 1941, he was the son of the late Rodney and Kathryn LeCates. Rodney graduated from John M. Clayton High School (Indian River) in 1959. In July of that year, he joined the Navy and served as 3rd Class Petty Officer Hospital Corpsman, on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph. He was on board when the crew pulled Astronaut Virgil Grissom from the water when he splashed down after orbiting the Earth. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he began employment with the E.I. DuPont Company in Seaford in 1963. He retired as a Support Team Supervisor, Human Resources, in 1998 with 35 years of service. Rodney was a Master Mason in Shade River Lodge #453 in Chester, Ohio. He belonged to the following York Rite Bodies: Pomeroy Chapter #80, Bosworth Council #46 and Ohio Valley #24, all in Middleport, Ohio. He was also a devoted member and treasurer of St Johns United Methodist Church in Deal Island. He served in many capacities - from the youth ministry, even dressing up as Santa Claus, to cutting the grass in the church yard. The friends he made in church and in Deal Island brought him much support and comfort during his last few years. Rodney was a loving father, grandfather and husband. He will be missed for his humor, zest for life and caring nature. He loved to welcome family and friends into his home for steamed crabs. He also enjoyed cooking and fishing. He was an avid Kasey Kahne NASCAR fan and took great pride in seeing Kasey win his first race with his new team, Hendrick Motorsports. He is survived by his loving son and best friend, Mike LeCates and his wife Terry of Salisbury; his ex-wife and caregiver, Penny LeCates; his loving grandchildren, Cassie and Jake, who brought him so much joy and laughter. Additionally, he is survived by special sisters-in-law, Jeannie Wilder and Gwen LeCates; a sister, Alma Young and numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert (Bob) LeCates. Family and friends are invited to attend a service and celebration of life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, 9883 Deal Island Rd., Deal Island, Md. Officiating will be his pastor and friend, the Rev. Foard. The family expresses their deepest thanks to the nurses and staff of the PCU at PRMC, with special thanks to Dr. Ngaiza. In lieu of flowers, Rodney requested that donations be sent payable to the Rodney LeCates Grandchildren College Fund, c/o Hebron Savings Bank, P.O. Box 59, Hebron, MD 21830 or St. Johns United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 134, Deal Island, MD 21821. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., Salisbury. Visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


Robert Bob R. Clayville, 71, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, March 25, 2013. He was born in Dagsboro on February 23, 1942, son of the late Jesse Clayville and Mildred Cooper. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Janet and George McFarland and brother-in-law Brooks Wheatley. Mr. Clayville was a 1960 graduate of Milford High School and then entered the National Guard. He retired in 1998 from the DuPont Nylon Plant in Seaford, where he worked for 38 years. Mr. Clayville loved horses and horseback riding, especially with his Tennessee Walker Buddy. He enjoyed reading or casting a fishing rod when the fish were biting. Mr. Clayville loved the beach and in recent years, vacations in theYucatan Peninsula, Mexico. He also had a great love for Indian history and if you touched his life, you would soon be given your very own Indian nick name. The family, in turn, unanimously gave him the Indian name of Brave Heart for his courage and endurance. Mr. Clayville was very family oriented and enjoyed spending time with his young nieces and nephews and grandson. He was a loyal friend to all. He will be missed by many and remembered lovingly by all. Mr. Clayville is survived by his wife of 33 years, Caroline W. Clayville; sons, David and Danny Clayville of New Jersey and Robbi Smith and wife Susie of Lincoln; two sisters, Patricia Ament of Milford, and Chris Ross and husband Martin of Delmar; two grandchildren, Brooks Smith and Rielle Smith of Milford, one great-granddaughter Bliss Smith of Milford, many nieces and nephews with whom he had a very close relationship and his beloved Tennessee Walker and faithful friend Buddy. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws Street, Bridgeville. The family invites you to share any humorous stories during the celebration. Friends may call beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow the services at Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803. Please visit Mr. Clayvilles life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com


Dolores (Dee) Laverne Dietz - On Monday, March 11, 2013, Mrs. Dolores (Dee) Laverne Dietz nee Splatt, of Baltimore, Md., died at her home and is now in the hands of the Lord after a lengthy period of living in significant pain in the aftermath of fighting two bouts of cancer within a 32-year period. Born on June 30, 1937, to the late Robert and Dorothy Splat of Parkville, Md., Dee is survived by her beloved husband of 29 years and primary caregiver for the last years of her life, Douglas (Doug) Dietz; daughter, Sandra (Sandy) Young of Harrington; son, Bill Adams of Baltimore; grandchildren, Edward, Robert and William Young; and great-grandchildren, Danielle and Gabrielle; and brothers, Richard Splatt and wife Betty of Glen Mills, Pa. and Robert Splatt and wife Madilyn of Selbyville. In addition, Dee was a caring Mom to her dogs, Missy and Skipper; her cat, Be-Be and countless neighborhood ducks, feral kitties and any and all animals which may have crossed her path while in need of a helping hand. Dee was a woman of exceptional intelligence with an unmatched sense of humor who would work to bring laughter to those around her regardless of her physical condition. Her constant joy in life was being surrounded by her animals, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren in addition to her husband and soulmate, Doug. Being a person who was always there to lend a helping hand to humans and all other animals, Dee decided long ago to forego traditional funeral services at the time of her death. Instead, she requested her body be donated to the Maryland State Anatomy Board to aid researchers in their work for a wide-range of diseases which afflict humankind. You can learn more about the State Anatomy Boards Whole Body Donation program at www.donatelifemaryland.org/links_wbd.aspx. In lieu of flowers and in line with her undying love for animals of all kinds, the family of Dee Dietz requests your consideration in donating to the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS), 301 Stockholm St., Baltimore, MD 21230. Mark your donation in honor of Dee Dietz. In commemoration of Dees death, her family has decided to name March 11th, the date of her death, Dee Day wherein an annual donation will be made to BARC by her family in her honor.


Mahlon Clark Baker -- Mahlon Clark Baker, 71, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 25, 2013, at his home. He was born in Milford on Jan. 18, 1942, a son of the late Samuel Clark Baker and Arnette Frances O'Neal Baker. Mr. Baker retired as a superintendent with Temco, Inc. in Salisbury, Md., after 28 years of service. He also did agricultural farming from 1967 to 1985. In 1969 he joined the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department and held the post of acting deputy chief from 1993 to 2012. Mr. Baker enjoyed fishing, hunting and Nascar. He was a member of Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Victoria A. Hunziker in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Alice Kathryn Townsend Baker, whom he married in 1988; two sons, Martin C. Baker and companion Ellen Krone and Michael C. Baker and companion Penny Waldridge, both of Bridgeville; grandson, Matthew C. Baker and wife Noel of Laurel; great grandson, James Clark Baker; stepson, Steven D. Tyre and companion Nancy Phillips of Bridgeville; stepdaughter, Krystal J. McCoy and husband Keith of Bridgeville; step granddaughter, Dakota Shae Tyre of Dagsboro; step grandson, Trevor A. Timmons of Bridgeville; and two brothers in-law, Bruce Hunziker of Bridgeville and William C. Townsend of Georgetown. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Burial will be private at St. George's Cemetery, Clarksville. Flowers are welcome. Memorial contributions in Mr. Baker's honor may also be made to: Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 727, Bridgeville, DE 19933 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Visit Mr. Baker's Life Memorial and sign the online guest registry at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Gary W. Hill -- Gary W. Hill, 56, of Delmar, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 15, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family. Gary was born in Seaford, a son of the late Melvin and Dorothy Hill. Mr. Hill retired as a poultry farmer in Delmar, worked in construction and retired from the DuPont Company. He also owned WC Clothing in Seaford. He attended Seaford Wesleyan Church and was a graduate of the Christian World College of Theology in Salisbury, where he became an ordained minister. Gary is survived by his loving and caring wife, Joy Hill of Delmar; his son, Spencer Hill and wife Sheila of Delmar; his daughters, April Richardson and husband Brian of Seaford and Holly Riggin and husband Nick of Seaford; his brothers, Larry Hill of Dagsboro and Wayne Hill of Delmar; sisters, Barbara Williames of Virginia and Christy Ingram of Florida; and a host of brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He is also survived by five grandchildren that he cherished. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at Seaford Wesleyan Church, The Ark, where a visitation for family and friends will held from noon to 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. The Revs. Dave Kiser and Ron Fullerton will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family be visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Pauline Gray Callaway -- Pauline Gray Callaway, 81, of Bridgeville, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.ᅠ She was born on Jan. 25, 1932, in Bridgeville, the daughter of the late J. Frank Gray and Lillie M. Gray. She was the wife of Charles C. Callaway. Pauline was an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Oak Grove, Seaford, and served on many committees. She taught Sunday school for the Young Adult Class for many years and also sang in the Bethel Church Choir. Pauline was a member of the Bethel Community House, Inc. and had served as treasurer and assistant treasurer. She was also a director of the Bethel Cemetery Association, Inc. and had been past secretary and treasurer of that organization. She was an employee of Maryland National Bank, Federalsburg, Md., from 1959 to 1972. She enjoyed family gatherings, crab feasts, crossword puzzles, baseball, watching wildlife, and animals of all types. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathryn C. McCumbers; three sisters, Irene B. Willey, Thelma G. OBier and Eleanor G. Sirman; and one brother, John Franklin Gray Jr. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Charles C. Callaway; son, Clifford C. Callaway; son-in-law, Michael D. McCumbers; brother-in-law, Norris E. Willey and wife Anne; brother-in-law, William F. Callaway and wife Anne; sister-in-law, Margaret Kennedy; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg, with the Rev. Charles Kind officiating. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery, Oak Grove. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m., prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Bethel Cemetery Association, c/o Freda Lovelace, treasurer, 29449 N. Oak Grove, Seaford, DE 19973. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Lenard Ray King -- Lenard Ray King, 88, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 18, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at his residence in Laurel, following a lengthy illness. Born near Georgetown, he was a son of the late Leonard King and Laurel Catherine Horner King. Lenard served in the US Navy during WWII as an aircraft mechanic aboard the USS Lake Champlain. After returning from service, he went to work at the Laurel Electric Company, and continued his career working for Delmarva Power and Light at the Indian River Power Plant in Millsboro. He retired as a chemist after 37 years of service. After retirement he was a small, passionate farmer. Mr. King was preceded in death by five brothers: Medford, Clarence, Virgil, Norris (Elmer) and Lewis as well as two sisters: Lucille King and Shirley King. His two daughters, Debra King and Gloria Jean Henry, also preceded him in death. Mr. King is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Catherine; a son, Wayne and his wife Sandra of Laurel; three sisters, Beatrice Wilson of Delmar, Marjorie Baker of Laurel, and Betty Jane Blades of Seaford; a loving sister-in-law, Joyce Smart and her husband Kenneth of Laurel; four grandchildren, Tina Taylor and husband Jerry of Laurel, Paul Henry and Wendy Blough of Laurel, Krista Barber and husband Scott of Cedar Park, Texas, and Melody Timmons of Laurel; nine great grandchildren: Jaread Mears, Kara Beth Mears and companion Chris Moore, Katy Henry, Hunter Henry, Shyla Timmons, Haley Timmons, Craig Barber, Erin Barber, and Owen Barber, and one great, great grandchild, Nathan Moore. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Interment will follow with military honors at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Pastor Bruce Smart will officiate. Online condolences may be made to the family by visitingᅠwww.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Margaret Jane Pryse Dale (Eger) -- Margaret Jane Pryse Dale (Eger) passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013, in Fresno, Calif.ᅠ She graduated from Seaford High School and California State University-Hayward. She got her degree in veterinary medicine from UC-Davis and was a practicing veterinarian in Fresno. (She is survived by her parents, Richard T. Eger of Seaford and Kathy Eger of Laurel. She is also survived by her sister, Lisa (Stanley) Wielosik of Brookhaven, Pa., and her brother, David Eger of Burlingame, Calif., and three nieces and three nephews.(Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Paws4Vets also known as Paws4People, 1121C-324 Military Cutoff Rd., Wilmington, NC 28405, www.paws4people.org.ᅠ


Harlan James Dennison, Jr. Harlan James Dennison, Jr. Buddy passed away March 8, 2013, at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He is the son of Harlan J Dennison Sr. of Lady Lake, FL, and the late Margaret Weller Lloyd. He is survived by his daughters, Staci Phillips (David) of Crown Point, IN, Kimberli Taylor of Laurel, a brother, Nick Lloyd of Seaford and seven grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a brother, Richard Dennison. A memorial service is being held at Bethel Worship Center, US 13, south of Seaford, Saturday, March 23, at 10 a.m.


Dana Dorman Moore -- Dana Dorman Moore, 54, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Dana was the son of the late Harry and Della Moore. He was a farmer and a skilled carpenter. He was a member of Kings United Methodist Church and the local 2012 Carpenters Union. Enjoying simple things in life, he liked to fish and hunt but mostly spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Audrey Moore; his son, Zac Moore and wife Karlee; his daughters, Amanda Moore, Bridget Moore and Hanna Collins and husband Lee; a sister, Betsy Moore and grandchildren, Riley Moore and Liam Collins. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a visitation will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Dr. Everett Isaacs will officiate. Online condolences may made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Rosa Boyd Hitchens Dellinger -- Rosa Boyd Hitchens Dellinger, 88, formerly of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Delmar. Born in Logan, W.V., she was the daughter of the late Maggie Tacket and Farley Boyd. She was a homemaker. She attended Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel and the Laurel Senior Center. She was a World War II hero and worked at a defense plant in Elkton, Md. She volunteered for the Rosie the Riveter movement under the US Navy. She is survived by three sons, Charles Hitchens and Harold Hitchens, both of Seaford and Douglas Hitchens of Bridgeville; and five daughters, Lois A. LeCates of Laurel, Peggy J. Ellis of Laurel, Brenda Quillen of Florida, Diane Diaz of South Carolina and Shirley Hitchens of Delmar. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold M. Hitchens; her second husband, Robert O. Dellinger; and three grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2.


George Barry Slater -- George Barry Slater, 66, of Seaford, died on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Barry was CEO of All-Con World Systems, Inc. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Church Pastoral Care Ministry and the Seaford Lions Club. Barry is survived by his wife of 34 years, Gloria J. Slater; his children, George R. Slater, Robin L. Schroeder, Karen Manso, Dulana Smith and Mark VanDuser; 2 sisters, Mindy Jones and Patricia Purse; grandchildren, Michael Manso, Anthony Manso, Wesley VanDuser, Tyler VanDuser, Harley Smith, Sarah Herrman, Rheanna Schroeder and Jamilyn Schroeder; and 1 great grandchild. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 18, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Safe Haven (for pets), 19022 Shingle Point Rd., Georgetown, DE 19947, www.safehavende.org.


Anna L. Muffy Adkins -- Anna L. Muffy Adkins, 52, of Delmar, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury after a brief illness. She was born on Sept. 29, 1960 in Salisbury, a daughter of Rose Mary and R.L. Hill of Delmar. Muffy graduated from Delmar High School with the class of 1978. She attended St. Pauls United Methodist Church. She proudly worked in administration at Lowes in Salisbury for over 22 years. She was a true people person who was happy doing almost anything, as long as it was with family and friends, and especially loved to dance and sing karaoke. Her dogs, especially her Lab, Rosebud, were her pride and joy. She also enjoyed adding angels to her collection. Many of her family members were the recipients of the special afghans that she crocheted and they will cherish them as they keep her memory alive. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 27 years, Scott Alan Adkins; 2 sons, Mikie Adkins and his wife Anna, and Matthew Adkins, all of Delmar; a stepson, Scottie Adkins of Delmar; 4 grandchildren, Hannah, Jacob, Grace and Scott III; 2 sisters, Teresa Mitchell of Delmar and Chris Lil Carmine and her husband Paul of Harrington; a brother, William Taylor of Virginia; a sister-in-law, Lisa Cathell and her husband Hal and their daughter Courtney of Delmar; special nieces, Ashley Carmine and Samantha Mitchell; and several other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a stepfather, Cecil T. Jacob; her maternal grandmother, Grace Weidema; and her former mother-in-law, Sylvia Adkins. A funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, March 18, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon. The Revs. Rebecca H. Rollins and Ronnie Payne will officiate. Entombment will follow at Wicomico Memorial Park in Salisbury. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Eldon Lee Messick -- Eldon Lee Messick, 79, of Federalsburg, Md., died with his family by his bedside at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. He was born in Cambridge, Md. on Sept. 13, 1933, the son of the late Raymond and Elsie Todd Messick. A son, Eldon Mark Messick preceded him in death on July 31, 1982. He owned and operated Messicks Body Shop in Preston, Md. for many years, before selling it in 1972 and purchased a home in Florida. He then fulfilled a life-long dream by purchasing and living on a sailboat for a few years. After moving back to Maryland he purchased a farmette near Federalsburg. After retirement he enjoyed traveling the country in his RV and his frequent trips to Florida. He was a member of the Mens Auxiliary of Federalsburg VFW Post 5246 and Hurlock American Legion Post 243. He is survived by two daughters, Nalinda L. Callaway (Gar) and Wanda M. Hallowell (Jeff) of Federalsburg; a son, Carl L. Messick of Bridgeville; six grandchildren, Heather Williamson, Jason Callaway, Karen Callaway, Aurora Messick, Daniel Hickman and Shane Hallowell; two great-grandchildren, Megan Williamson and Trevor Callaway; three sisters, Gene Mackert (Robert) of Federalsburg, Sandra Harper of Aberdeen, Md. and Donna Lane (Milton) of Preston; a brother, Todd Messick (Eleanor) of Bedford, Va. and several nieces and nephews. A beloved pet pal, Tiffy, also preceded him in death. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at Framptom Funeral Home, P.A. in Federalsburg with the Rev. Robert Mackert officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Junior Order Cemetery in Preston. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. Donations may be made in his memory to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Delaware, 220 Continental Dr., Ste. 101 Newark, DE 19713.


Pauline Webb Nickerson -- Pauline Webb Nickerson, 78, of Greenwood grew her wings and went to be with the Almighty Lord on Monday, March 11, 2013. Her final days were spent with her loving family surrounding her. She touched the lives of many throughout her lifetime. During her illness, she spent most of her time with her beloved family and many visitors. Although her frail body began to give way to her illness, her fighting spirit, faith in God and determination kept her going before she very peacefully ascended to Heaven. She was born as Pauline Haymond on July 28, 1934, to the late Harlan and Kathryn Haymond of Greenwood. She is the wife of David (Tommy) Nickerson. She was a lifelong resident of Greenwood. Pauline enjoyed spending quality time with her children, grandchildren, friends and family. She liked to listen to the gospel of Joel Osteen, enjoyed listening to classic country music and enjoyed watching SpongeBob Squarepants and Tom and Jerry with her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching and feeding the variety of birds that were attracted to her many bird feeders each spring and summer. She was an excellent cook and always made sure that everyone she ever came in contact with left with a full stomach. Pauline attended Greenwood High School and was a member of the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church in Greenwood. Her avid cooking skills prompted her and her late husband to open and operate a very successful P&P Webbs Luncheonette in the 1970s on Market Street in Greenwood. Paul Webbs Tire Service was also launched at this time. After her husbands untimely passing, the luncheonette was sold and she worked at various restaurant establishments. Pauline was a co-founder and the backbone of the family owned and operated business, Delmarva Transportation. She was a firm believer of establishing a hard work ethic, having faith in the Lord and, keeping strong family ties. Pauline had a heart of gold and always put others before herself even up to her last days on earth. She was one of a kind. Pauline was a dear friend, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother. She never knew a stranger and would gladly give the shirt off her back to anyone in need. She is responsible for many wonderful memories that were created for her family to cherish forever. She will be dearly missed and can never be replaced. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Paul Raymond Webb; her four brothers, Harlan Haymond Jr., Clayton Haymond, Eugene Haymond and Robert Haymond and two sisters, Kathleen Willey and Lola Gerardi. In addition to her husband of 33 years, she is survived by her daughter, Debra Prettyman and her husband Joe and her sons, Paul Raymond Webb Jr. and his wife Jamie, Robert Nichols and his wife Wanda, and David Haymond, all of Greenwood. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren whom she dearly cherished, Joey Prettyman, Amber Prettyman, Kaylyn Warner, Paul Webb III, Scott Haymond, Rusty Emory and his wife Sara, and Ashley Nichols; two great grandchildren and one brother, William Haymond and his wife Ann of Greenwood. Pauline is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many adopted children who referred to her as Aunt Pauline or Mom Mom. Friends and family may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16. Burial will be at St. Johnstown Cemetery in Greenwood immediately following the services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Pauline to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


John Thomas Kernaghan -- John Thomas Kernaghan, 86, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. "Id like the memory of me to be a happy one, Id like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. Id like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. Id like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun. Of happy memories that I leave when life is done." A graveside service will be held in Blades Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Pastor Joe LeCates will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Linden 'Dick' Carey -- Linden Dick Carey, 86, of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. Dick was a WWII veteran serving honorably in the European theater as part of the United States Navy. He was a lifelong and avid fan of all sports translating his love of baseball into more than 25 years of service to the Laurel Little League where he began by coaching his sons and continuing with several generations of Little Leaguers. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Kathleen in 1983. In addition to his parents, Linden and Hazel, he was preceded in death by his sister, Annabelle and his brothers, Alvin and Ralph. He is survived by sons, Doug and Jay and wife Barbara; his grandchildren, Kevin and Brenda; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. The Rev. Ernest L. Bailey will officiate. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


David 'Sonny' Evans -- David "Sonny" Evans, 76, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma. Sonny was born in Laurel, a son of the late Clarence and Edith Evans. He attended Laurel High School and continued to be an avid Laurel Bull Dog fan. He enjoyed watching Nascar, crabbing, fishing, and building crafts with his skillful hands. Taking long car rides with his family and friends gave him great enjoyment. His greatest legacy was his family. Sonny lived to spend time with all of them. He never missed a sporting event for his children and grandchildren, and could be found in the stands cheering them on. Mr. Evans owned and operated his own building contracting business in Laurel. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Mary Ellen Evans; his two sons, David Evans and Richard "Ricky" Evans and his wife Jodi; two daughters, Carol Jean Calloway and her husband Steve and Shelley Evans; his sisters, Anne Spicer and her husband Richard and Debbie Dolby and her husband Steve; brother-in-law, Walt Hearn; grandchildren, Chris Ottwell and his wife Dawn, Kelly Ottwell, Ashley Evans, Whitney Evans, Amanda Evans, Courtney Evans, Conner Evans, Corey Evans and Ryan Evans; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Vickie Hearn. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. A viewing will also be held at Bethel Worship Center on Saturday evening, March 9, from 7 to 8:30. Pastor Joe LeCates will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Donations may be made in memory of Mr. Evans to Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973 or Laurel Little League, 10087 Woodland Ferry Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Wanda Elizabeth Mitchell -- Wanda Elizabeth Mitchell, 61, of Milford, departed from this world to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, after a long and brave battle with Alzheimer's. Wanda was born on May 7, 1951. She was the fourth of six children to the late Dorsey Doc Mitchell and Pearl Boyce Mitchell of Seaford. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her daughters, Tammy Elizabeth Carter of Harrington and Heather Lee Rust and husband Scott of Greenwood; seven grandchildren, Katlyn Elizabeth Carter, Michael Gregory Carter, Ryalli Nicole Rust, Lauren Christina Carter, Dyllan Scott Rust, Kylla LeeAnn Rust and Brynllee Payton Rust; a sister, Doris Ann Roberts and her husband Phil of Seaford; four brothers, Dorsey Wayne Mitchell of Seaford, Preston Daniel Mitchell and his wife Nancy of Laurel, Gary Lee Mitchell and his wife Cindy of Laurel and Charles Edwin Mitchell of Seaford; four nieces; nine nephews; longtime friend, Michael Lee Parsons of Houston; and several great nieces, nephews and many special friends, all whom she loved dearly. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. A viewing will also be held on Monday evening, March 11, from 6 to 8. Pastor Bobby Aycoth will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the research and treatment of Alzheimers Disease through the Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Chapter, 2306 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19805.


Charles T. Passwaters -- Charles T. Passwaters, 92, died on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford where he had been a resident since 2007. Charles was born and grew up in Seaford. He worked for many years at the Peninsula Oil Company in Blades and then worked for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford where he retired in 1986. He joined the US Army in June of 1942 and was assigned to the 3rd and 1st infantry division. He participated in combat campaigns in Algeria-French Morocco; Normandy and Northern France; Rhineland. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal, Purple Heart medal, Good Conduct medal, American Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal and the European, African  Middle Eastern medal with 4 bronze stars and arrow head. He returned to Seaford after the war, married and started a family with Elizabeth Dickerson. He was a member of the Blades Volunteer Fire Department and the VFW in Seaford. He enjoyed walking and restoring old clocks. He was the son of Edgar and Carrie Passwaters. He is survived by 3 sons, Larry R. Passwaters (Mona), Jerry L. Passwaters (Susan) and Jeffrey Passwaters (Kay); 2 daughters, Ellen Mason (James) and Rebecca Sexauer (Kurt); 9 grandchildren, Scott Passwaters (Yakima), Todd Passwaters, Dana Joseph (Jason), Millie Passwaters, Kyle Passwaters (Dana), Kristen Passwaters, Joshua Long, Elizabeth Passwaters and Jesse Mason; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Kaiya, Archer, Savannah, Kayliegh, Riley, Kyle and Mckenna and 3 brothers, David Passwaters, Herman Passwaters and Norman Whitie Passwaters. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 11, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, March 10, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Veterans Home, in memory of Charles T. Passwaters, 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd., Milford, DE 19963.


George 'Wayne' Collins -- George Wayne Collins, 73, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 4, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. George was born in Laurel, a son of the late George W. Collins Jr. and Kathryn Hitchens Collins. George retired as a mechanic from Collins Motor Company in Laurel. He was a graduate of Laurel High Schools class of 1959, where he was known as Pete. He was a member of Christ Evangelistic Church and the Laurel Saddle Club. He loved going to Lorraines sub shop and attending to his horses. His dog Scottie will dearly miss him. Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Anna Mae Collins; children, Katie Bryan and Dawn Burris, both of Laurel; his sister and her husband, Janice and David Whaley; his sister-in-law, Mindy Messick of Texas; grandchildren, Bridget Windsor, Tiffany Windsor, Ashley Joseph and husband Bryden, Abbey Burris and Treggie Burris; and an uncle, Sam Collins and wife Lousie of Seaford. Three great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Hilton Messick. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Rd., Laurel, where a viewing will also be held from noon to 2. The Rev. Roland Tice will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Mr. Collins' memory to Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Sara A. Messick -- Sara A. Messick, 89, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at the Seaford Center. Born in Accomack, Va. on May 13, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Florence Bradford. Sara is survived by her son, John Messick of Laurel.ᅠ She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Frank Messick, and her siblings, Oscar Jr. and Virginia.ᅠ A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 15, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Pastor Ken Deusa will officiate.ᅠ Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Donald Deschenes -- Donald Deschenes, 77, of Heritage Shores, Bridgeville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 3, 2013, after a long illness. ᅠ Don was born in Swampscott, Mass. and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. Don joined the United States Navy in 1952 and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in 1972. ᅠHe served on various navy ships, aircraft carriers, and nuclear submarines and was very proud of his service to our country.ᅠ He received a bachelor's degree from Baptist College, Charleston, S.C. and a master's degree in business administration from Central Michigan University. Don worked in education and industry as a training director and safety director for numerous companies including Trident Technical College, Charleston, Robert Bosch Corporation, Charleston, and Cummins Engine, Rocky Mount, N.C. ᅠ Don was an avid golfer, fisherman and a certified master gardener. ᅠ Don moved to Heritage Shores in 2007. He was a member of several organizations there. He was the first president of the Architectural Review Board and the first president of the Nine Hole Men's Golf League, the Military Club and the Angler's Club. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Seaford. Don is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jeanne; his two sons, Marc Deschenes of Summerville, S.C. and Donald Deschenes of Depoe Bay, Ore.; two grandsons, Tyler and Isaac Deschenes of Portland, Ore.; three stepchildren, Thomas Burlington, Malvern, Pa., Jill Burlington, Ithaca, N.Y., Mark Burlington, Chewelah, Wash.; and five step-grandchildren, Kyle Burlington, Seattle, Wash., Garrett and Chase Venuto, Ithaca and Bryn and Kitt Burlington, Malvern. Friends are invited to call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. A memorial mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Seaford, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6. Burial will be delayed until summer at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. ᅠ In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Elma J. Nystrom -- Elma J. Nystrom, 85, formerly of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Atlantic Shores Nursing Home, Millsboro. She was born in Babylon, N.Y., the daughter of the late Senja A. Nurmi and Andrew Nystrom.ᅠ She was an office manager for H.M. James & Son Insurance. ᅠ She is survived by a nephew, Wade R. Nystrom of Floyd, Va. and a niece, Dianne Cline of Neath, Ohio. ᅠ ᅠ A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Bethel Cemetery in Oak Grove. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford.ᅠ


Donna Jean Hinckle -- Donna Jean Hinckle, 55, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at her residence. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. She was a self-employed landscaper. She is survived by her companion, William Thomas Cook Jr. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 1, at Nanticoke Post 6, American Legion, Front St., Seaford.ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford.


Geneva Mary Johnson -- Geneva Mary Johnson, 86, of Seaford, died on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Geneva worked for Excelsior Pearl Works, Button Factory in Federalsburg, Md., for many years. She enjoyed going to auction sales, yard sales and collecting recipe books. She was an excellent cook. She enjoyed spending most of her time at home with her husband and daughter. She also enjoyed spending her time with the family's 3 dogs, Precious, Sugar and Cloe who will miss her very much. Her husband of 67 years, Charles F. Johnson died on Nov. 17, 2012. ᅠ She is survived by her daughter, Donna K. Johnson; 4 sisters, Ruth Wheatley, Emma Messick, Norma Lee Kelley and Doris Long and a brother, Frank Hastings. ᅠ She was also preceded in death by her parents, Ethel and Norman Hastings and a sister, Helen Hastings. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Bethel Church Cemetery, Oak Grove.


John H. Hepler -- John H. Hepler of Seaford died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.ᅠ Mr. Hepler was born in Urbana, Ohio in 1922. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University and then enlisted in the Army in 1942. He served in the European Theater with the 14th Armored Division, 62nd Armored Infantry Battalion. The 14th Armored Division became known as the The Liberators because they located and freed dozens of concentration and prisoner of war camps. He was professor emeritus of speech and theater at Bowling Green State University where he was scenic designer and technical director of theatre from 1949 to 1977. From 1951 to 1977 he was also associate managing director of The Huron Playhouse in Huron, Ohio. After retiring, he and his wife Jan moved to Evergreen, Colo., where they raised and showed Irish Setters and Gordon Setters. When his wife, Jan became ill, they moved to Seaford in 2003 to be nearer to their daughter who lives in Washington, D.C. and also has a home in Georgetown. He cared for his wife until her death in 2008.ᅠ He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, his younger brother, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, 3636 Winfield Lane N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Home, Bridgeville.


Harvey James Brasure -- Harvey James Brasure, 67, of Seaford, passed away at his home with his loving wife by his side on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Born in Lewes, he was the son of the late Harvey E. and Edith Robinson Brasure. Harvey was a 1963 graduate of Lord Baltimore High School. In his early years in Clarksville he enjoyed coaching the youth during baseball season and was an avid bowler. He was a member of Seaford Wesleyan Church The Ark, where he also taught Sunday school. Harvey was a member of the Young at Heart, and was a past member of the Seaford Senior Center. He was retired from Sussex County as a purchasing agent. Harvey is survived by his wife of 26 years, Peggy Brasure of Seaford; a brother, Preston Brasure and his wife Brenda of Bridgeville; nephew Keith Brasure and his wife Kara and several cousins. A funeral service was held on Monday, Feb. 25, at Seaford Wesleyan Church. Pastor Dave Kiser officiated. Interment was in St. Georges Cemetery in Clarksville. Contributions may be made in Harveys honor to Seaford Wesleyan Church, 26630 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Eleanor Elizabeth Henry -- Eleanor Elizabeth Henry, 77, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at home. Eleanor was born on May 31, 1935 in Lewes, to the late Leland and Helen Mitchell Warrington. After growing up in Lewes and then in Laurel, she married Edwin Elmer Henry on July 22, 1953, who preceded her in death. She was an active member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church and served as treasurer of the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Inc. and as 4-H leader for many years. Eleanor was a homemaker and a loving, devoted mother to her four children. She enjoyed traveling and camping throughout the country with her husband, arts and crafts, reading, sewing, singing, gardening and playing games. Seldom idle, she also enjoyed church activities, flea marketing and doll collecting. What Eleanor enjoyed most was spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Henry will be lovingly remembered by her children and their spouses, Eugene Henry and Virginia White of Indianapolis, Ind., Elston and Brenda Henry of Laurel, Elaine and Bruce Graves of Seaford, and Eric and Jodie Henry of Laurel; 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings and their spouses, Edgar and Louise Warrington, Mary Ellen Elliott, June and Richard James, Jerry and Carol Warrington, and Shirley and Louis ONeal. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at ᅠHannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will also be held from 10 to 11:30. The Rev. Dr. Everett Isaacs will officiate. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Laurel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Inc., c/o Trudy Jones, 8547 Sharptown Rd., Laurel, DE 19956 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.ᅠ


Lola H. Bryan  Lola Helen Bryan, 97, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Lifecare at Lofland Park in Seaford, surrounded by her family. ᅠ Born near American Corner in Caroline County on Nov. 23, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Winnie Elmer and Armille Nichols Alford. ᅠ ᅠ ᅠᅠ Lola graduated from Federalsburg High School, class of 1932. She attended the Church of God in Federalsburg, Md. Lola was a mother and homemaker her entire life and enjoyed working in the garden planting flowers. ᅠᅠ She is survived by her 3 daughters, Millie Bryan of Federalsburg, Joan Hurlock and her husband Fred of Seaford and Carol Fay Ratcliffe of East New Market, Md.; 4 grandchildren, Billy Hurlock and his wife Arleen of Seaford, Janet Schrock and her husband David of Greenwood, Donna Lane and her husband Bill of East New Market and John Ratcliffe and his wife Marian of Bowie, Md.; and 9 great grandchildren. ᅠ She was preceded in death by an infant son; a brother, Franklin Alford and a sister, Louise Alford. ᅠ ᅠ Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg, with the Rev. Dan Walker officiating. ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Williamson Funeral Home. For notes of condolence or more information, visit www.williamsonfunerals.com.


Bruce Michael Jackson -- Bruce Michael Jackson, 63, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Perry Point VA Medical Center. He was born on Dec. 8, 1949 in Seaford, the son of the late Brenon M. Jackson and Eleanor Webb Parker. Bruce served his country in the Army during Vietnam. He worked for many years for Dave Dunn Roofing. He is survived by a son, Charles Anthony White of Winter Harbor, Maine; two grandchildren, Serenity and Elijah; a sister, Brenda K. Hearn and her husband James of Quantico, Md.; two aunts, Betty Johnson and Marguerite Webb, both of Dover; and several cousins. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. ᅠOnline condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Virginia M. Jinny McDermott -- Virginia M. Jinny McDermott (nee Vogt), 88, died peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, of a dissected aorta. She was born on Nov. 28, 1924, in Appleton, Wis. Her parents were Philipp Vogt and Ida Vogt (nee Heise). She was preceded in death by John F. McDermott IV, her husband of 57 years. She is survived by three children, John F. McDermott V and wife Sally (nee Lehman) of State College, Pa., Anne M. McDermott of Hyattsville, Md., and Martin K. McDermott and wife Dianne (nee Yi) of Highland, Md.; two granddaughters, Emily E. Dykstra and husband Douglas Dykstra of Bloomington, Ind. and Molly E. McDermott and husband Matthew Shumar of Columbus, Ohio, and two great-granddaughters, Sophie E. Dykstra and Grace E. Dykstra. She received a bachelor of science degree from PA College for Women (now Chatham College) and became a registered nurse in 1947 in Pittsburgh. She worked as head nurse in Allegheny General Hospital and later became an instructor in the School of Nursing. She was a member of the American Nurses Association and PA League for Nursing. After raising her family she returned to hospital staff nursing and continued graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University, receiving a master of education in 1970. She taught nursing at Presbyterian-University Hospital, University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University in the 1970s. After retirement, she coordinated and trained volunteers and developed support programs of the Reach to Recovery Rehabilitation program of the American Cancer Societys Greater Pittsburgh Unit, CanSurmount, and received numerous awards. She was a member of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh for 20 years, and loved singing in community choruses in the Pittsburgh area as well as N.C. She and her husband retired to Tryon Estates in Columbus, N.C. in 1995 where she lived for 16 years. Six years after Johns death, she relocated to Methodist Manor House in Seaford in 2011. She enjoyed needlework, scrapbooking, genealogy, and jigsaw puzzles. A private interment at the gravesite will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.


Ursula Kowalski -- Ursula Kowalski, 56, of Seaford, died on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Ursula graduated with a bachelors degree in economics and a minor in accounting from Jersey City State College in 1978 and in 1985 graduated from Middlesex Nursing School with a nursing degree. She was a nurse in New Jersey for many years before moving to Delaware. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Peter Kowalski; a son, Peter Kowalski; a daughter, Theresa Kowalski; her mother, Sophie Wiatr of Edison, N.J.; 2 sisters, Gertrude Gassler of Branchburg, N.J. and Bernadette McGowan of Mountainside, N.J.; aunts, Aurelia Mazur and Gertrude Feucht of southern New Jersey, Beverly Lukawski and godson, Daniel Lukawski. She was preceded in death by a sister, Suzanna Wiatr; an uncle, Peter Lukawski and her father, Stanley Wiatr. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Feb. 18, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Seaford. Burial was on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery, Doylestown, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, P.O. Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973 or the American Lung Association, 630 Churchmans Rd., Newark, DE 19702.


Joan Carol Biggs -- Joan Carol Biggs, 79, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Joan was born in Lyndhurst, N.J., a daughter of the late Richard and Jessie Dorr. Mrs. Biggs retired from Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she was an LPN from 1979 to 1992. Joan enjoyed making crafts and was well known as the Angel Lady for making angels and giving them to people at the hospital and to shut-ins. Joan is survived by her son, Douglas Biggs Jr. and wife Patricia of Maine; her daughters, Linda Jones and Tracy Biggs, both of Laurel; her brother and sister, Richard Dorr of North Carolina and Gloria Raitt of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Kimberly Jones Fitzgerald and her husband Huriah, Dr. Timothy Jones, Ashley Wright and her husband Jeff, David Jones, Dustin Biggs and wife Kari, and Hayley Higgins; and great grandchildren, Kelsey Jones-Fitzgerald, Sean Jones, Evan Johnson, Huriah Fitzgerald, Jasmine Jones, Destiney Jones and Landon Fitzgerald. In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Biggs Sr. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, with a viewing one hour before the service. A viewing will also be held Wednesday evening, Feb. 20, at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. The Rev. Ken Deusa will officiate. Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Ursula Kowalski -- Ursula Kowalski, 56, of Seaford, died on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Ursula graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics and a minor in accounting from Jersey City State College in 1978 and, in 1985, graduated from Middlesex Nursing School with a nursing degree. She was a nurse in New Jersey for many years before moving to Delaware. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Peter Kowalski; a son, Peter Kowalski; a daughter, Theresa Kowalski; her mother, Sophia Wiatr of Edison, N.J.; 2 sisters, Gertrude Gussler of Branchburg, N.J. and Bernadette McGowan of Mountainside, N.J.; aunts, Aurelia Mazur and Gertrude Feuch of southern New Jersey and Beverly Lukowski; and godson, Peter Lukowski. She was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Wiatr and an uncle, Peter Lukowski. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call on Sunday evening, Feb. 17, at Cranston Funeral Home. Burial will be at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery, Doylestown, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, P.O. Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973 or the American Lung Association, 630 Churchmans Rd., Newark, DE 19702.


Vesta Ann Mitchell -- Vesta Ann Mitchell, 74, passed away peacefully at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Seaford to Ernest and Minnie Sanford. In addition to her parents, Vesta was preceded in death by her loving husband of 47 years, Harry W. Mitchell, in 2011. Vesta was employed with Covey Foods, Inc., Seaford, as a purchasing agent for more than 30 years. In 1998, she joined The Holt Company in Salisbury Md., to help establish their food industry division before retiring in 2005. Vesta and her husband attended and were members of Gethsemane United Methodist Church prior to her move to the Methodist Manor House. During her time at the Methodist Manor House, Vesta enjoyed the many activities offered, reading and entertaining company. She loved her family and especially enjoyed visits and outings with them. She is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Cheryl Showers and her husband Stacy of Laurel; her daughter, Teresa Craft and her husband Marshall of Seaford; her four grandchildren, Amy Craft, Ryan Craft, Steven Showers and Cristie Wynne; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Melody Alley of North Carolina and brother-in-law, Robert Terry of Seaford. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Rose Marie Dixon -- Rose Marie Dixon, 50, of Laurel, passed away in the care of her family at home on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. She was born on Dec. 18, 1962 in Lewes, to the late James and Gladys Rayne Dixon. She was a retired professional housekeeper. She loved reading, crocheting, and possessed a very good personality. She knew how to hold her own, could be outspoken, but was loved and a dedicated part of her family. She is survived by her three children, Karmekus Dixon,of Millsboro, Tacara Dixon of Laurel and MyKeisha Dixon, also of Laurel. She is also survived by her siblings: Frances, Patricia, Janice, Gladys, Vanessa, Charleen, Ida, Herbert and James; aunts, Linda and Wanda; Uncle Harold Tingle; and two grandchildren, Shamiyah and Zyshon. She leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and special friends, Lisa, Carleen, Samuel, Carol and Valerie; and many, many other friends. A funeral service and celebration of her life will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Johns 2nd Baptist Church, 26602 Mt. Joy Rd., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour before the visitation and viewing. Services will be officiated by Pastor Lisa Johnson. Interment will follow at Zoar Golden Acres Cemetery, Bishopville, Md. Floral tributes are welcomed by the family. To send condolences online, visit www.watsonfh.com.


Joyce Catherine Joseph West -- Joyce Catherine Joseph West, 76, passed away peacefully at Genesis Seaford Center on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. She was born near Concord on July 3, 1936, daughter of Helen Louise Baker and Lawrence Edward Joseph. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 52 years, Huey West Jr.; brother, Lawrence E. Joseph Jr. and sister, Betty R. West. Joyce is survived by her son, Huey West III and his wife Amy; granddaughter, Ricki Leigh and husband Kevin Scott Tibbs; granddaughter, Jerri Lynn West; and great granddaughter, Marleigh Jean Tibbs, all of Bridgeville. Joyce is also survived by her stepfather, Joseph E. West of Concord; sister-in-law, Mary Lu Joseph of Milton; brothers-in-law, Bill West and his wife Marie of Seaford and Merrill West and his wife Judy of Bridgeville; and six nieces, six nephews and their families. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home Inc., Seaford.


Marjorie M. Clements -- Marjorie M. Clements, 93, of Wallingford, Pa., passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2013, at Plush Mills Senior Living. She was born on Jan. 19, 1920 in Reinerton, Pa., the daughter of the late William Russell McKnight and Louise McCullough McKnight. She moved to Cambridge, Md., at an early age, graduating from Cambridge High School in 1936 at the age of 16. She attended Madison College (now James Madison University), where she majored in home economics. In 1942, she interned as a dietitian at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1943, Marjorie joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps. She served at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, DC, caring for the wounded soldiers of World War II. She retired as a captain at the end of her service in 1946. She then entered the University of North Carolina, obtaining her masters degree in public health in 1950. Upon graduation, she worked as a health educator in Spartanburg, S.C. During that time she met the love of her life on a return trip home at a community dance. The romance blossomed and Marjorie returned to Baltimore to wed James B. Clements in 1953. Together, they raised five children in Sudlersville, Md. She continued to work as a dietitian consultant at Kent & Queen Annes Hospital and Magnolia Hall in Chestertown, Md. She was a lifetime member of the American Dietetic Association. She also assisted her husband in his real estate business as an administrative assistant and later as a real estate associate. Marge was dedicated to community service. She was a former president of the Sudlersville Community Betterment Club and an active member of the Calvary-Asbury United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She volunteered for Queen Annes County Hospice, giving comfort to those in need. She was a leader in the effort to save and restore the Sudlersville train station and to create the Sudlersville Train Station Museum. She joined in efforts to erect a memorial statue in the center of town to celebrate the importance of Jimmie Foxx, Sudlersvilles own Hall of Fame baseball legend. Marge was a member of the Queen Annes County Historical Society, and had a passion for the history of Methodist churches. She was dedicated to the preservation of Dudleys Chapel and Barretts Chapel, and wrote a history of Calvary-Asbury United Methodist Church in 1989. She was recognized by the Queen Annes County Historical Society in 1987 for her meritorious service. Marge had a special interest in genealogy, and created a history and timeline for her family, as well as authoring a book about her life and family history for her children and grandchildren. In 1996, Mrs. Clements retired to the Methodist Manor House in Seaford, with her husband, Jim. She served as the Manor House resident volunteer coordinator for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for Sussex County for many years. She was an active member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. After the death of her husband in 2010, she moved to Plush Mills Senior Living Residences, near the Swarthmore home of her son J.W. and his wife Stacy. She continued to play bridge four times a week and was able to enjoy quality time with her greatest loves, her children and grandchildren. Anyone that knew Marge was quickly drawn in by her wit and sense of humor. She loved her children and grandchildren deeply and welcomed every opportunity to spend time with them. Marge and Jim hosted an annual family week at the beach for 15 years so that all the family could be together. Mrs. Clements is survived by two daughters: Ruth Anne Clements Rosen of Jerusalem, Israel, married to Alan Rosen, and Elizabeth Louise (Liz) Clements of Dover; and by three sons: David Alday Clements II of Asheville, N.C., married to Evan Richardson, Robert McKnight Clements of Tampa, Fla., married to Joanne Morone Clements; and James William (J.W.) Clements of Swarthmore, Pa., married to Stacy Mayhew Clements. She leaves behind 13 grandchildren: Shoshana Leah Rosen, Tavia Rosen, Noam Dov Rosen, Rina Rosen; Wesley Clements, Lila Richardson; Robert Clements II, Jonathan Clements; Savana Clements; Logan Clements, Hart Clements, Luke Clements, Hunter Clements. She was predeceased by James B. Clements, her husband of 56 years, and by her four siblings: Eleanor McKnight Snyder, Robert Gordon McKnight, Edith Suzanna McKnight, and Francis Ruth McKnight. A celebration of Marges life will be held at 3 p.m. on May 5, at Calvary Asbury United Methodist Church in Sudlersville. A private interment will be held in Chestertown. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Sudlersville Train Station Museum, P.O. Box 2, Sudlersville, MD 21668, or to the Calvary Asbury UMC Improvement Fund, P.O. Box 202, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Condolences may be expressed at www.jnelsonrigbyfh.com.


Roland C. Sammons -- Roland C. Sammons, 86, of Blades, died on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Mr. Sammons retired as an auto body mechanic. He was an Army veteran of WWII and a dirt track stock car driver in the 1950s. He worked for the Seaford Little League as the head groundskeeper for over 25 years. He will be remembered for his kind spirit and heart. He is survived by 7 children, Linda Bunting, Dale White, Tommy Sammons, Vickie Hall, Leisha Blades, Tammie Sammons Brown and Patrick Sammons and 18 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Johns United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973.


Jessica A. Smith -- Jessica A. Smith, 76, of Laurel, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at her daughters home in Delmar, Md. Jessica was born in Pisac, N.J. on Aug. 4, 1936, a daughter of the late Michael Angelo Spinella and Eleanor Gamble Spinella. Mrs. Smith retired from Capital Credit Agency in Dover. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford. Cherished family memories include her love of working, traveling, shopping and collecting Lennox. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her family. Jessica is survived by her husband, Charles M. Smith Sr. of Laurel; her children, Teresa Lee Hoffman of Florida, David C. Smith of Pennsylvania, Sara Lynne Powell of Delmar, Michael S. Smith of Laurel, Stewart W. Smith of Virginia, John S.C. Smith of Felton, Charles M. Smith Jr. of Laurel and Joseph W. Smith of Laurel; a brother, Matthew Spinella of Milton; 20 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Michael C. Smith and a daughter, Katherine Ann Hudson. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 28 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Father George Blasick will officiate. Interment will be held in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jessicas memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Nancy Ludovico Smith -- Nancy Ludovico Smith, 95, beloved Eastern Shore seamstress and longtime resident of Portsville, died on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Known throughout the Delmarva Peninsula for her stylish sewing and creativity, Nancy will be remembered most for the nearly 200 wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses she fashioned from pictures. She especially liked working with brides she said, in a 1974 interview, because theyre so radiant  and I can give then some motherly advice and a few Italian recipes. Discarded ties, costume jewelry, scraps of material, lace, buttons and trims all became works of art in Nancys hands. She created handbags, totes, Christmas stockings and tree skirts and wine holders with her heirloom sewing machine, obtained when the Seaford Shirt Factory closed. Her days often started before sunrise on her sewing porch and ended at dinnertime. Nancy was born Annunziata Ludovico on March 25, 1917, in Gioia del Colle, a small peasant village in southern Italy. The seventh child of Maria Benedetto and Pasquale Ludovico, she was born the day her mother learned her father had been killed in World War I. As a young widow, her mother immigrated to America with Nancy and her siblings in 1921 and settled in New York City. Nancys commercial sewing career began when she was 15, fitting mannequins with academic robes in Manhattan. Early on, she learned the value of hard work and shared her paycheck to help support the family. After a visit to Delaware in 1940, Nancy met her future husband, James Lee Smith, a Merchant Marine from Portsville, on the return train to New York. They wed in 1941 and moved to Portsville two years later. Lee Smith, the third generation of sea-faring men in his family, was lost at sea off a tanker in 1958. Nancy elected to stay in Portsville with her two small children and build her sewing business in the sunroom her husband had built for her. Although she never advertised, word of her talents spread quickly and she soon was working full-time. Her zest for life and infectious personality brought much return business over the next several decades. Stranger to few and friend to many, Nancy also enjoyed cooking and hosted many dinner parties. She was a member of several organizations, including the American Legion Auxillary. Nancy also was active in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford and the Portsville United Methodist Church, organizing bazaars, May fairs and fashion shows and lending her talents by sewing altar curtains and christening bibs. In addition to her parents and husband, Nancy was also predeceased by her brothers, Pete, Louis, and Tony Ludovico, and sisters, Rose Procino, Ana Ludovico, and Julia Caputo. She is survived by a son, Robert L. of Fort Pierce, Fla.; a daughter, Starrie Thomas and her husband David of Portsville; grandchildren, Justina Sapna and husband George of Seaford, Mamie Otero and her husband John of Greenwood, and David and his wife Karen of Delmar; great grandchildren, Isabella and George Sapna, Kristin Otero, Alissa Thomas, Alison Weeg, and Jackson and Lucy Thomas; and several nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 28 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Interment will follow in Portsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 28 Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973 or Portsville United Methodist Church, 6985 Shell Bridge Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Virmadel McAllister -- Virmadel McAllister, 81, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Christiana Hospital in Newark. Virmadel was born in Bridgeville, a daughter of the late James and Florence Willoughby. Mrs. McAllister worked at the garment factories in Seaford and Salisbury known as Gantz. She raised poultry in Laurel for many years and retired from Wheaton Pharmacy. Mrs. McAllister is survived by her son, Larry W. McAllister and wife Mary Ann of Laurel; her daughters, Brenda J. Bramble and husband Mark and Tammy Buxton, all of Laurel; her brother, William Willoughby and wife Betty of Milford; a brother-in-law, Marian McDowell of Bridgeville; her sister, Anna McDowell of Greenwood; grandchildren, Darrell and Douglas Lewis, Anthony and Kyle McAllister and Wendi Buxton; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William McAllister; her brother, Ormond Willoughby; a sister, Evelyn McDowell and several other siblings. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Pastor Joe LeCates will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Donald Delaney Phillips -- Donald Delaney Phillips, 86, entered into rest peacefully at home in Roseville, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. He was born on Aug. 4, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio, grew up in Adrian, Mich., and moved to Roseville 13 years ago from Seaford. Mr. Phillips served in the United States Navy from 1945-1946 as an aviation electronic technician. In 1948 he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Lundahl, who predeceased him just a week shy of their 60th wedding anniversary. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan in 1950 with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and became a mechanical engineer with DuPont from 1950 to 1985. He also served on the Delaware Public Service Commission from 1988 to 1992. He was a longtime member of Seaford Presbyterian Church in Delaware and, more recently, Pleasant Grove Community Church in Roseville. He was the devoted father of Marjorie Ann Phillips of Davis, Calif. and Donald Lundahl Phillips of Corvallis, Ore. and loving brother of Ruth Antonson of Binghamton, N.Y. He is also survived by grandsons, Kevin Shaw Phillips of Seattle, Wash. and Paul Ross Phillips of Denver, Colo. The family invites you to a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Pleasant Grove Community Church, 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Pleasant Grove Community Church Memorial Fund (Roseville), American Cancer Society, or Sutter Care at Home. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Chapel of the Valley, Roseville.


Robert E. 'Bob' Kelley -- Robert E. Bob Kelley departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, as a resident of The Village at Harbor Pointe in Salisbury. Born in Delmar, he was a son of the late James E. and Kate D. Kelley. Bob was a past town commissioner of Sharptown and served the town for 11 years from 1974 to 1985. He was a member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities including Sunday school superintendent. He was also a member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Delmar. Bob was a 32nd degree mason and member of Roelma Lodge No. 206 in Sharptown and Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Salisbury and Baltimore, Md. He was a charter member of Delmar VFW Post No. 8276, a member of the American Legion Dor-Wic Post No. 218, the Sharptown Lions Club and the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, Salisbury Lodge No. 817. Bob served his country during WWII aboard a Navy destroyer in the South Pacific where he attained the rank of quartermaster third class. After WWII, Bob returned to the DuPont Nylon Plant where he was hired in 1939 in the first group of employees. At the time of his retirement in 1983 (after more than 43 years of service) he was a maintenance procurement specialist. He was preceded in death by his son, George Barry Kelley in 1991 and his wife of 36 years, Betty H. Kelley in January 1997; a sister, Ruth Kelley Draper; and brothers, Jim, Charles, Alfred, Francis and Bill. He is survived by 2 daughters, June Atwood of Blades and Susan Elliott of Laurel; and grandsons, Robert M. Kelley of Selbyville, Andrew B. Kelley of Bethany Beach and Timothy D. Hastings and his wife Liza of Delmar. Bob is also survived by a very dear and loyal friend and devoted companion, Shirley M. Freburger of Salisbury. A Masonic service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at St. Stephens United Methodist Church, followed by funeral services. Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Bobs memory to either Roelma Lodge No. 206 A.F.& A.M., 203 Church St., Sharptown, MD 21861 or St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


LeRoy A. Messick Sr. -- LeRoy A. Messick Sr., 78, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Born in Laurel, he was the son of the late Cecil Messick and Blanche Henry Messick.ᅠ LeRoy was a 1954 graduate of Bridgeville High School. After graduation, he worked for E.I. DuPont in Seaford as a pipe fitter, and retired in 1985. LeRoy was a well known and respected farmer, owning and operating Messick Farms in Seaford.ᅠ He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Seaford for 72 years, where he served as trustee, president of Sunday school, and many other offices. He served as a board of director for the Sussex County Farm Bureau, founding member of First State Antique Tractor Club, served in 4-H leadership for several years, and enjoyed working the Delaware Farm Bureau food booth at the Harrington Fair. He also enjoyed singing and spreading cheer with a group of volunteers who enjoyed singing and lifting the spirits of many residents in the local nursing homes.ᅠ Most importantly, LeRoy will be remembered for being a caring and loving husband, father, and grandfather. LeRoy is survived by his two sons, Allen Messick and his wife Sondra and Kirk Messick and his wife Susan, all of Seaford; five grandchildren, Jessica Kinsell and her husband Kenny, Rob Bagwell, Ashley Messick, Morgan Messick, and Emily Messick; two great grandchildren, Dalton and Chase Kinsell; a brother, Ronald Messick and his wife Ellen of Bridgeville; a sister, Louise Warrington and her husband Edgar of Delmar and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Evelyn Messick who passed away on Jan. 14, 2013, and a brother, William Messick. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, where a viewing will be held from 10 to 11. A viewing will also be held on Friday evening, Feb. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. Pastor Joe Kelley will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in his memory to Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting hsdfuneralhome.com.


Thomas W. Dolianites -- Thomas W. Dolianites, 91, of Seaford, affectionately known as Mr. Tom, was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Tom was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec. 4, 1921. He was the son of William and Lillian Dolianites and brother of Katherine Kafiga and Sally Cicconetti, who all predeceased him. Tom served as an MP in the United States Army in Europe during World War II. In 1952 he earned a bachelors degree in business administration from Pace University. He married his high school sweetheart, Madeline, who also predeceased him in 2009. After almost 11 years of marriage, they were blessed with one child, Barbara. For most of his working career he was a representative for the National Chamber of Commerce. Upon retirement he and his beloved, Maddy, moved to Rossmoor in Monroe Township, N.J., where they enjoyed an active lifestyle. They enjoyed traveling to Europe, taking cruises, and participating in a local theatre group. Tom had a great voice and sang with a Barbershop Quartet for many years. He was also very proud of his Greek heritage. In 2008 they moved to Seaford to be near their only child and grandchildren. They were members of the Seaford Golf and Country Club, the Nanticoke Senior Center and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford. Tom is survived by his daughter, Barbara Logan and son-in-law Gene Logan. He was predeceased by former son-in-law Chet Baltz. He is also survived by one grandson, Christopher A. Baltz (Melissa); granddaughters, Kimberly Conlin (Brett), Karen Messick (Philip) and Kate Libby (Drew); 3 great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Emery and Madelyn; 3 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren. The family is grateful for the loving care he received during his stay at Genesis Healthcare in Seaford. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Nanticoke Senior Center, 1001 Locust St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Michael W. Messick -- Michael W. Messick, 46, of Seaford, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Michael was a carpenter and had worked for Griffin Home Builders in Seaford. He went to Seaford High School. He loved fishing, crabbing, football and Nascar racing. He is survived by his parents, Gardner and Emma Messick; a sister, Christine Sockriter and her husband Eugene; his live in companion, Crystal Adkins; nephews, Kevin, Scott and Justin Sockriter and Ryan Messick and a niece, Kelly Messick. The enjoyment of his life was spending time with his sisters grandchildren, Landen and Ellie Sockriter. He was preceded in death by his brother, Dennis Messick in 1997. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Monday evening, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 and Tuesday from noon to 1. Burial will be in Bethel Church Cemetery, Oak Grove, Seaford.


Nance D. Betze -- Nance D. Betze, 82, of Bridgeville and Rehoboth Beach, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Rehoboth Beach. She was born on Aug. 1, 1930 in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of late Harry C. and Elsie (Con-way) Davis. She was one of four children. Nance attended the University of Delaware and graduated from the Katherine Gibbs School in New York City. After her father passed away, she returned home to Bridgeville to work in the family business, H.C. Davis and Son, Inc. She was married to Stephen J. Betze, a history teacher and later principal, at Bridgeville High School in 1953. Nance was an avid reader and enjoyed her studies of history and language origins. She was a substitute teacher and a volunteer at the Bridgeville Public Library for many years. Of all the things that Nance enjoyed the most, it was her family. She spent many hours reminiscing with family about fond childhood memories and tracing the family history back to the days prior to the Revolution. Nance was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mary Vining Chapter of Seaford. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Stephen J. Betze. She is survived by her three children, Stephanie Williams and her husband Allen J. Williams of Lewes, Richard S. J. Betze and his wife Susan of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Claire Betze and her partner Lindy Allen of Freeport, Maine; four grandchildren, Erin, Garrett, Alexa, and Jonathon; two sisters and one brother, Joan Huxford of Temecula, Calif., Dorothy Dotty Lewis of Wilmington, N.C., and Harry C. Brud Davis III of Bridgeville. A graveside service attended by family members will be held at Bridgeville Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Stephen J. Betze Scholarship Fund, c/o Delaware Technical & Community College, Jack F. Owens Campus, Business Office, P.O. Box 660, Rte. 18/Seashore Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947 or the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mary Vining Chapter, c/o Hope Huey, Treasurer, 1749 Oak Rd., Bridgeville, DE 19933. Visit Mrs. Betzes Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Bridgeville.


The Rev. Samuel Charles Haddaway McWilliams -- The Rev. Samuel Charles Haddaway McWilliams, 84, of Wallops Island, Va., died on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox. He was born on Oct. 24, 1928 in Cambridge, Md., a son of the late Reverend Guy Haddaway McWilliams and Mary Roszelle McWilliams. To the many that knew and loved him, he was called Reverend Sam, Sammy or Sam. He grew up in Dorchester County and proudly never forgot where he came from. His upbringing gave him a true appreciation for the outdoors that never left him. Until his health began to decline he still loved to fish and camp with his wife and family.ᅠ He was a talented musician in his younger days that played the trombone, saxophone and bass with ease. Being the son of a pastor, playing big band music in his band Sammys Secret was frowned upon but it wouldnt stop his love for music. His other love was horses which led him to work many years as an official in harness racing, where he ended up judging at tracks all over, from California to Ocean Downs.ᅠ He entered the ministry at the age of 48 and worked for the United Methodist Church Peninsula Conference for the past 35 years. He pastored many churches all over the Shore where he met and loved many wonderful people. He will be remembered as a man who truly loved life and was a real people person and a skilled story teller.ᅠ Sam couldnt pass up a good deal which led him to his passion for auctions.ᅠ He was a member of many organizations, such as the United States Trotting Association, Masonic Lodge #56 AF & AM in Cambridge, Past Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Minerva Chapter #50 in Cambridge and the Railroad Caf← Breakfast Club. ᅠ He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Sara Gardner McWilliams; a son, Patrick H. McWilliams of Salisbury; 2 stepdaughters, Cindy Buniski of St. Michaels, Md. and Pam Walton of Colorado; 2 stepsons, Mark Nechay of Smyrna and Greg Nechay of Florida; 9 grandchildren, Tracy McWilliams, Amy Schyler, Michael McWilliams, Guy McWilliams, Chelsea McWilliams, Jocelyn McWilliams, Rachel Buniski, Tad Buniski and Scott Nechay; 4 great grandchildren, Lake, Carter, Maddie and Marci; and a former daughter-in-law, Tammy McWilliams of Salisbury. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Mark H. McWilliams; a granddaughter, Dawn McWilliams; 3 brothers, Gorton H. McWilliams, Donald R. McWilliams and George McWilliams; and a sister, Mabel Brinsfield Jones. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar. A celebration of the life of Rev. Sam will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Melsons United Methodist Church in Delmar, where family and friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. The Revs. Gordon Stapleton, Maury Enright and John Oltman will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Melsons Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Visit www.shortfh.com to send online condolences to the family.


Rana S. 'Rae' Derrickson -- Rana S. Rae Derrickson, 88, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Derrickson was born on Aug. 31, 1924 in Georgetown, the daughter of the late Wilmer I. and Anna Catherine Smith. Rana enjoyed spending time with her family and many friends. She especially enjoyed spending time at her summer home in Treasure Beach where she spent many enjoyable hours sitting on her porch with her many friends and family. She loved watching the birds and the pedestrian activity that would pass in front of her porch. She was an avid Dept. 56 Snow Village Collector for many years. She has been referred to as being a mom to everyone, for she had a very gentle, kind and loving nature. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest M. Derrickson; two sons, Hughes Derrickson and Dennis Derrickson; a brother, Gary Smith; twin brothers, Wilmer and George Smith; a daughter-in-law, Judith McDowell Derrickson; her brothers-in-law, Donald Dee Dee and Montgar Derrickson and two sisters-in-law, Anna Lee Derrickson and Elizabeth Betty Legates. She is survived by three daughters and their spouses, Sandra Fryling (Butch) and Patricia Hamstead (William), all of Seaford; and Cathy Brinsfield (Brian) of Salisbury, Md.; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Derrickson of Dagsboro; four grandchildren, Lisa Issler (Philip), of Cary, N.C.; Kimberly Fryling of Salisbury; Derek Perdue (Sarah) of Parsonsburg, Md.; and Keith Brinsfield (Jen), of Louisville, Ky.; five great-grandchildren who were the light of her life: Abby, Bennett and Carson Issler; Kayden Fryling and Owen Perdue; as well as her sister-in-law, Lois McHugh and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Stein Highway Church of God, 425 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. The Rev. Carol Hill will officiate. Burial will be private in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of McKnatt, Carpenter & Baker Funeral Home, Harrington.


Carol H. Carey -- Carol H. Carey, 66, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at her residence with her loving family by her side. She was born in Milford on Feb. 13, 1946, daughter of the late Carroll and Anna (Mason) Harrison. Mrs. Carey grew up in Seaford and graduated from Seaford High School in 1964. She attended Goldey Beacom College and graduated with a business degree. Mrs. Carey began working within the real estate industry with Anderson Stokes Realtors, earning her real estate license in 1983. Due to her extensive knowledge of the area and all her hard work, Mrs. Carey was named Sussex County Realtor Associate of the Year in 1987. Mrs. Carey served in many capacities within the Delaware and Sussex County Association of Realtors including serving on the Education and Grievance committees. She was a past director of the Delaware Association of Realtors and past director of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Carey was one of the founders of Affinity Realty located in Lewes which opened in 2004. In her free time, she enjoyed spending time with her family and her Grand Dog, Skeeter. In addition to her husband, Paul G. Carey, Carol is survived by her son, Graves Carey and wife Maggie of Lewes; her two brothers, Larry E. Harrison and wife Monica of Dover and Timothy M. Harrison of Seaford; and her sister, Candy Wheatley and husband Randy of Seaford. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3072 Savannah East Dr., Lewes, where friends and family may call at 6 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Careys memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Tunnell Cancer Center, c/o Beebe Medical Foundation, 424 Savannah Rd., Lewes, DE 19958. Please visit Mrs. Careys Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guest book at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Dianne Alice Lynch Thompson -- Dianne Alice Lynch Thompson, 71, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Seaford. Dianne was born in Laurel to Flossie Mae and Vinol L. Lynch on March 2, 1941. She graduated from Laurel High School, Class of 1959. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Salisbury State Teachers College. She loved and truly enjoyed teaching first grade at West Laurel/Paul Lawrence Dunbar Elementary School where she touched the lives of countless children for 40 years. She was a member of the Red Hat Lunch Bunch, Delaware ADK, Laurel Lioness Club, Laurel New Century Club, and Christ United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, shopping, and spending time with her family and seven grandchildren. Dianne was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry M. Thompson, her parents, Flossie and Vinol Lynch and her brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Alma Lou Lynch. Dianne is survived by her son, Phillip Thompson, his wife Janiene Thompson and grandchildren, Allyson Thompson, Brandon Thompson, Christopher Thompson, Alex Phippin and Justin Phippin; her daughter, Amy Hudson, her husband Seth Hudson and grandchildren, Sadie Hudson and Maura Hudson; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Carole Lynch; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce Stewart and Jim Rowe; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Elaine Lynch as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews from the Sirman and Lynch sides of the family. A visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Laurel Fire Hall. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Ruth Tull of Christ United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Laurel Public Library, 101 E. 4th St., Laurel, DE 19956 or the Laurel Fire Department, 205 W. 10th St., Laurel, DE 19956. The family wishes to extend their gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the entire staff at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital ICU Unit, the Laurel Fire Department first responders, Holly and Ed Hannigan, Pastor Ralph Fraser, as well as all of the friends and family members that reached out and extended thoughts and prayers during this time. The family asks that you celebrate the life of Dianne because it was truly a life worth celebrating. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Dennis Alan Johnson, Sr., 63, of Elizabethton, TN, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, on Sunday, January 20, 2013, following a long, courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Johnson was a native of Seaford, DE, was a former resident of Greeneville, TN, and made his home in Elizabethton, TN. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents and several aunts and uncles. He was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Dennis was a retired from carpentry and was of the Methodist faith. He was a Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Army. His one true love was the love of music. He was a very talented musician, who could play any instrument placed in front of him. He also had a great love of classic cars and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Norma Boyd Johnson; his children, Dennis Johnson, Jr. and wife Rosetta of Laurel, DE; Angela Isham and husband Tim of Afton, TN; Amanda Howlett and husband Billy of Chuckey, TN; Donna Tucker and husband Raymond of Seaford, DE; and step daughter, Angela Henderson; his grandchildren, Jordan Anderson, Jacob Isham and Monica Isham, all of Afton, TN; Ariel Luttrell, Chelsey Luttrell, Chris Howlett and Breonna Howlett, all of Chuckey, TN; Cody Johnson, Cory Johnson, Daryan Carr and Loghan Kachuba, all of Laurel, DE; Brooke Tucker, Devin Tucker and Zachary Tucker, all of Seaford, DE; and Kristina Forestieri, of Laurel, DE; step grandchildren, Tiffany Richardson and Jessie Richardson, both of Elizabethton, TN; his parents, Irvin Johnson, Sr. and Janice Bowden Johnson, of Seaford, DE; a brother, Irvin Buddy Johnson, Jr. and wife Debbie of Georgetown, MD; and sisters, Carolyn Tingle and husband Greg of Delmar, DE; Nancy Lauer and husband Ralph of Seaford, DE; and Marlene McGrath and husband Sam of Eden, MD; special friends, Bob and Joan Brown, Lyle and Saundra Garretson, Don and Rose Perkins, Norm Scott, Wanda Whitehead, Barbara Lotshaw, Laura McGuire and Kent Gardner; and his special companion, his dog, Rusty. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A ceremonial tribute service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Reverend Nathan Reynolds, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. prior to the service on Thursday or at the residence at any time. The family would like to sincerely thank the oncology department at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Johnson City, TN and in Tampa, FL, and Caris Healthcare. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to the American Cancer Society, c/o Lou Cooter, 415 Washington Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 376743. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guestbook.ᅠ Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton is serving the family.ᅠ Office 423-542-2232 Obituary Line 423-543-4917.


Edna Willey Massey -- Edna Willey Massey, 99, of Galestown, Md., died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford after a long illness. Mrs. Massey was born on Jan. 4, 1914, one of 11 daughters of Ralph and Alice Willey of Galestown. She graduated from Hurlock High School on June 15, 1931. She worked at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania until she and her husband began farming near Galestown in 1936. They later owned and operated Masseys Grocery Store in Galestown until 1954. The family then moved to Rock Hall, Md., where they were employed by Bramble Canning Corp. Thereafter, Mrs. Massey was employed as a bookkeeper for Bramble Canning Corp. in Greenwood, then as a bookkeeper for John A. Price Company in Salisbury, Md. and later as a bookkeeper for Five Star Farms in Hebron, Md. for many years. Her husband of 35 years, Willard J. Massey, preceded her in death in 1970. She is survived by a son, Ralph F. Massey of Galestown; a daughter, Leona Massey Van Dyke and her husband Ralph M. Van Dyke of Worton, Md.; three grandsons, Marvin Van Dyke, David Van Dyke and Willard F. Massey; five great-grandsons; one sister, Kathleen W. Collins of Brookview, Md.; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held graveside in Galestown Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Masseys memory may be sent to VITAS Hospice, 100 Commerce Dr., Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Houston T. Dickenson Sr. -- Houston T. Dickenson Sr., 85, of Delmar, Md., died at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. He was born in Dayton, Va. on June 26, 1927, the son of the late Oscar V. Dickenson and Ruth Mae Simmons Dickenson. He was a retired chief petty officer in the Navy serving on many different ships before retiring as a supervisor of food service. He was a life member of Delmar Veterans of Foreign War Post 8276, a member of the Fleet Reserve Administration since 1963, a life member of Moose Lodge 1283 in Winchester, Va. and a member of the Laurel Senior Center. He attended Salisbury Baptist Temple in Salisbury. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Milligan White Dickenson; two sons, Houston Dickenson Jr. of Harrisonburg, Va. and Allen Dickenson of Durham, N.C.; four stepchildren, Robert White Jr. of East New Market, Md. and Shirley Adkins, Barbara Larmore and Phyllis King, all of Delmar, Md.; 3 stepgrandchildren, James King Jr. of Salisbury and Amy Hastings and David King, both of Delmar; three step great-grandchildren, Hattie Larmore of Delmar and Justin and Amanda King of Salisbury; a sister, Leona Armentrout; and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Framptom Funeral Home, P.A. in Federalsburg, Md. with the Rev. Carlo Leto officiating. Interment with military honors will be held at Unity-Washington Cemetery in Hurlock, Md. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening, Jan. 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from noon to 1. The family has requested that donations be made in his memory to the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department, 36477 Bi State Blvd., Delmar, DE 19940.


Virginia Ennis Bice -- Virginia Ennis Bice, 93, of Seaford, passed away at the hermitage in Onancock, Va., on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. She was born and raised in Kent County. She was a registered nurse and worked at the Memorial Division Hospital in Wilmington and as a private duty nurse. She married Dr. Donald Bice and resided in Seaford where they raised their two children, Virginia and Douglas. Mrs. Bice was a devoted member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford. She volunteered her time and talent to her church, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, the Seaford Library and other organizations. She was an avid bridge player, loved spending time with her friends, going to the symphony, the Dupont Playhouse and taking bus trips. With her husband she spent happy years at The Love on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Her husband, Dr. Donald Bice passed away in 1976 and her son, Douglas Bice died suddenly in 2012 and is sorely missed. She is survived by her daughter, Virginia; son-in-law, Richard Hartman; dear friends, Emma and Charles Rhyne; grandchildren, Dr. Hamilton Bice, Farrow Bice Oschner and her husband Jason Oschner, Elizabeth Hartman, Catherine Hartman Thompson and her husband GW Thompson and William Hartman and his wife Charisso Hartman; and great-grandchildren, Molly Hartman, Bella Oschner, Lucy Bice and Charlotte Bice. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. The family wishes to express love and appreciation to the wonderful staff at the Hermitage in Onancock for their tender care of Mrs. Bice. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Johns United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Evelyn Messick -- Evelyn Messick, 77, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Flossie LeCates. Evelyn was a 1954 graduate of Laurel High School. She married her loving husband on June 2, 1956. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Seaford since 1956. She was an assistant Sunday school teacher for many years, a 4H Leader for over 42 years and a member of the Womens Homemaker Club. Evelyn was one of the founding members of the First State Antique Tractor Club and served on the Delaware Farm Bureau Womens Committee. She was an active member in the Laurel Alumni Association and was a polling judge during the elections. Evelyn also enjoyed playing cards, games, taking care of her beautiful roses, and was wonderful at entertaining. She especially loved Christmas and passed many traditions on to her family. Most importantly, Evelyn will be remembered for being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was very precious to her and was always her first priority. Evelyn is survived by her husband, LeRoy A. Messick of Seaford; two sons, Allen Messick and his wife Sondra and Kirk Messick and his wife Susan; five grandchildren, Jessica Kinsell and her husband Kenny, Rob Bagwell, Ashley Messick, Morgan Messick and Emily Messick; two great grandchildren, Dalton and Chase Kinsell; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Howard LeCates, Melvin LeCates, Erma Greenwalt and Ruth Hearn. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10 to 11. A viewing will also be held Friday evening, Jan. 18, at the funeral home from 6 to 8. Pastor Joe Kelley will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in her memory to Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or Delaware 4H Foundation by visiting www.delaware4hfoundation.org.


Helena B. Savage -- Helena B. Savage, 75, wife of Robert Savage and a resident of Nanticoke Acres, Seaford, and Sunset Beach, N.C., passed away on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford.ᅠ A native of Passaic, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Edward W. Beyersdorfer and Helen K. Beyersdorfer. When her children were young she worked as a teachers aide at Seaford Elementary School. Later she worked at Community Action in Georgetown and also as director of the Homeless Shelter in Georgetown. She and her husband traveled to all 49 states in their RV, but her favorite time was spent with family and friends. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Richard P. Savage of Shallotte, N.C. and George B. Savage of Seaford; a brother, Edward Beyersdorfer of Exmore, Va.; and a granddaughter, Casey Leigh Savage of Shallotte.ᅠ She was also preceded in death by a son, William E. Savage. Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, Jan. 17, at Doughty Funeral Home with the Rev. Alex Joyner officiating.ᅠ In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Methodist Manor House,  Wellness Center, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.doughtyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore.


Mary H. Boyce -- Mary H. Boyce, 79, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Mary was born in Delmar, a daughter of the late Samuel White and Dorothy Pusey White. She retired from the Garment and Shirt Factories as a seamstress in Laurel and had worked at Lorraines Sub Shop in Laurel. She was a member of Sailors Bethel United Methodist Church. Cherished family memories include her love of her dog, Annabelle, needlepoint and sewing. Mrs. Boyce is survived by her loving daughter, Donna Andrew of Laurel; a brother, Charles White and wife Debbie of Laurel; step grandsons, Phillip Andrew II and Tyler Andrew; and nephews, Matthew and Jason White. Several nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Lee Boyce; a stepmom, Marie White and a sister, Betty Charnock. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. A viewing will also be held at the funeral home from 6 to 8 on Wednesday evening, Jan. 16. The Rev. Richard Walton will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made in Mrs. Boyce's name to the Delaware SPCA, 455 Stanton Christiana Rd., Newark, DE 19713. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Vivian Matucek -- Vivian Matucek, 86, of Laurel, passed away at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Vivian was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late Norman and Anna Hitchens. She retired from Air Safety Device in Georgetown as an assembly line worker after 42 years of service. Vivian was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Laurel and she loved her church family. She enjoyed her garden, flowers and spending time with her family at Hitchens Crossroads. Cherished memories include her love of her cats, Precious and Casper. Mrs. Matucek is survived by her son, Gary R. Brittingham and fianc← Roxanne of Laurel; her daughters, Connie Mitchell and husband Barry of Laurel and Frances Lister and her late husband Merle of Greenwood; grandchildren, Darryl and Tina Mitchell, Brent and Renee Brittingham, Brian and Lisa Dickerson, Kim and Rob McKamey, Lori Brittingham and fiance Matt Albano, Paula and Ryan Williams and Dylan Lister; a stepson, Ray Matusiak and his wife Leah of Hockessin and a son-in-law, Herman Dickerson of Laurel. Six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive her. Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, siblings and a daughter, Janice Dickerson in 2011.ᅠ A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. A viewing will be held on Thursday evening, Jan. 17, at the funeral home from 6-8. The Rev. Jim Scott will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her memory to Trinity United Methodist Church, c/o Barbara Adams, 17249 Philips Hill Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.


Faye L. Elliott -- Faye L. Elliott, 70, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born on Dec. 15, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Helen Owens. Faye graduated from Wicomico High School in Salisbury, Md. She was well known for working at Frenchs Food Rite in Laurel and as a receptionist at the Delmar Nursing Home. Faye is survived by her three children, Louis B. Elliott Jr., Walter B. Elliott and Linda Henry and her husband David; her siblings, Robert Owens, James Edward Owens, Janet Petras and Edna Wise and four grandchildren, Eric Elliott and his fianc←e Amie, Adam and his companion Rose, Josh and his wife Erica and Aleasha Henry and her companion Jake Everhart. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis B. Elliott Sr.; a daughter, Lisa Elliott and a brother, Charles Owens. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Jim Hitch will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM, Bryant Richardson wrote:


Betty Jane Fleetwood -- Betty Jane Fleetwood, 88, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at the Lofland Park Center in Seaford. She was born in Baltimore, Md., the daughter of the late Frances Mae Essing and Martin Henry Schneider. Betty was a sales clerk for Peebles Department Store before her retirement. She was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford. She is survived by a daughter, Gail Fleetwood of Seaford; two sisters, Jean Meidling of Glen Mills, Pa. and Nancy Marsden of Boise, Idaho; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Martin G. Fleetwood. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar streets, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Johns United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973; or Alzheimers Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Kathryn Turner LaPrad -- Kathryn Turner LaPrad, 93, an Eastern Shore native, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Kathryn was born on Christmas Eve 1919, to John Slator Turner and Mary Catherine Mears Turner near Nassawadox, Va. Growing up on the Eastern Sho, she excelled in tennis and softball while attending Franktown Nassawadox School. Upon graduation, she attended Farmville College (Longwood) and Beacom College, where she received her degree in secretarial studies. After brief employment with the DuPont Co. in Wilmington, Kathryn married Peter E. LaPrad. They moved to Claymont and raised three sons before moving to Seaford. Pete and Katty shared a mutual interest in family, many friends, golf, horse racing and bridge. Kathryn loved sports, competition and good times throughout her life. She will be remembered for her keen wit, great sense of humor and kindness to all. Kathryn is survived by her children, John E. (Janice) of Georgetown and Philip T. (Penelope) of Seaford. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Dale L. Schaffner (Chris), Susan L. Calhoun (Daryl), John D. LaPrad, Leigh L. Argo (Kenny) and Kathryn S. LaPrad. She also leaves six great-grandchildren, Haley Calhoun, Cole Schaffner, Ashlyn Calhoun, Caitlyn Schaffner, Grant Argo and Wyatt Argo. Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, Peter E. LaPrad in 1992; her son, Robert H. LaPrad in 2002 and her brother, John Slator Turner Jr. and sister, Virgelia Turner Mapp, both from the Eastern Shore. Friends and family are invited to St. Johns United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford, on Saturday, Jan. 19, where the family will receive guests from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11. Immediately following, there will be a reception at the Seaford Senior Center, 1001 W. Locust St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Seaford Community Food Closet, c/o St. Johns United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Donna M. Ockels -- Donna M. Ockels, 49, passed away at home, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Donna was born on June 28, 1963 in Seaford, daughter of the late Wilson S. and Ruth Ellen (Carmean) Meredith. Mrs. Ockels was a dedicated homemaker and full-time bookkeeper for her familys farming operations. Donna cherished the time she spent involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren and, in her leisure time, enjoyed playing Bingo. She attended Laurel Wesleyan Church in Laurel. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Smith; and a sister, Joyce Mears. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Martin Ockels Sr.; four children, Martin Ockels Jr. and his wife Melissa, Kristen Osborne and her husband James, Matthew Meredith and Storm Ockels, all of Seaford; five grandchildren, Hunter Meredith, Riley Osborne, Sydney Ockels, Grant Ockels and Bristol Lambden; two sisters, Debra Waldridge of Seaford and V. Diane Harrington of Laurel; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at Laurel Wesleyan Church, 30186 Laurel Seaford Hwy., Laurel. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Laurel Wesleyan Church, 30186 Laurel Seaford Hwy., Laurel, DE 19956. Condolences may be sent at www.delmarvaobits.com/rogers. Arrangements are in the care of Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.


Geraldine Wright Dickerson -- Geraldine Wright Dickerson, 92, reached out and took the hand of her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Geraldine was born in Laurel where she resided for her entire life. She was the oldest daughter of Jack and Lillie Wright. She graduated from Laurel High School and married John Owens Dickerson in 1942. John was a 1943 Laurel High graduate. Geraldine was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Laurel for over 70 years and attended faithfully. She also served as treasurer of the Wesleyan Circle for many years. She was an original member of the Martha Rebekah Lodge, and over the years held many offices including noble grand, vice grand, secretary and treasurer. She worked for Dr. Albert Crosgrove at Eastern Shore Labs for 40 years and, later, when he retired, for Dr. Sarah Dykstra and Dr. John Dykstra. She continued working at Eastern Shore Veterinary Hospital until her recent illness. She really enjoyed going to work everyday and, over the years, had come to think of Sarah and John as her family. She enjoyed watching their three children go from being small babies to the wonderful young people they are today. Mrs. Dickerson was preceded in death by her younger sister, Jacqueline Wright; her parents, James (Jack) T. and Lillie Wright; her husband, John O. in 1985; and, more recently, her daughter, Deborah Ann Reynolds in 2007 and Deborahs husband, William Hopkins Fisher Jr. in 1974 and her son, Jack Dickerson in 2011. She is survived by daughter-in-law, Peggy Dickerson of Laurel; six grandchildren, John Paul Dickerson and wife Laurie, Amy Dickerson, Rick Dickerson and wife Marla, all of Laurel and Jackie Fisher Wheatley, Douglas Reynolds and wife Ashley, Jill Fisher Ross and husband Willie, all of Princess Anne, Md.; fifteen great grandchildren, Miranda Dickerson, Matthew Dickerson (Toni), Kelsey Dickerson, Colby Watts, C.J. Dickerson, Wade Dickerson, Mariah Dickerson and Zachary Dickerson (Jenna Watts), Marissa Perdue, Dalton Perdue, Emma Dickerson, all of Laurel and Tyler Wheatley, Mitchell and Mallory Ross, Mason and Delany Reynolds, all of Princess Anne; and a special friend and neighbor, Lib Fisher of Laurel. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. A viewing will also be held on Monday evening, Jan. 14, from 6 to 8, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Pastor Ruth Tull will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Dickersons memory to Christ United Methodist Church,510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Margaret Weller Lloyd -- Margaret Weller Lloyd, 87, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at the Harrison House of Georgetown. Born in Pottstown, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Margaret Watson and Richard Weller. She was a salesclerk before retiring. She was a Gold Star Mother, past President of the State Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, past President of the Ladies Auxiliary of Nanticoke Post 6 American Legion, and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Virgil Wilson Post 4961 Veterans of Foreign Wars. She is survived by two sons, Harlan J. Dennison and William N. Lloyd, both of Seaford; a daughter, Shirley Veasey of Georgia; a sister, Hazel Triolo of West Chester, Pa.; six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, at Nanticoke Post 6, American Legion, Front Street, Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford.


Ronald Lee Perdue -- Ronald Lee Perdue, 59, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at his home. He was born on April 13, 1953, a son of the late Betty and Jim Perdue. He loved to fish and married his wife, Renee Perdue in one of his favorite places in the world, the Florida Keys, where the fishing just doesnt get any better. Anyone that knew Ron would always ask him, hows the fishing? His passion for fishing had no boundaries; anywhere, anytime, for any kind of fish. He was an enthusiastic duck hunter and loved taking rides on his motorcycle. In addition to his wife, he was blessed with two daughters, Beth Anthony of Wilmington and Kyrie Perdue of Jacksonville, Fla., two stepdaughters, Amy Parsons of Laurel and Teri Jones of Exton, Pa.; a stepson, Mike Rash of Seaford; a brother, Frank Perdue of Georgetown; a sister, Connie ONeal of Laurel; a granddaughter, Chloe Guzman and many wonderful relatives and friends. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Calvary Baptist Church, 22860 S. DuPont Hwy., Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Institute for Cancer Research, 1759 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Condolences may be emailed at www.watsonfh.com.


William Wesley Wes Hastings -- William Wesley Wes Hastings, 71, of Salisbury, formerly of Delmar, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at his home in Salisbury. He was born on Feb. 9, 1941 in Delmar, a son of the late Smiley Wesley Hastings Sr. and Charlotta Donoway Hastings. Wes proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1966. In his early days he worked in Texas for General Dynamics, an airplane manufacturing company. After returning to Delmar he worked many years in commercial construction for various companies. He was a longtime member of American Legion Post 64 in Salisbury and VFW Post 194 in Salisbury. He was good at working with his hands and enjoyed working in his yard and doing home repairs. He also loved looking for deals at flea markets. He is survived by a son, Michael L. Hastings of Salisbury; 2 daughters, Debbie Church and her husband Glen of Dayton, Nev. and Teresa Hastings of Chincoteague, Va.; 4 grandchildren, Nicholas Church, Matthew Alex Church, Mary Bradley and Caleb Bradley; a sister, Karen Potter of Salisbury; and 2 brothers, Ronnie Hastings of Salisbury and Smiley Wesley Hastings Jr. and his wife Kathy of Fruitland. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the American Legion on Route 50 in Salisbury. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Visit www.shortfh.com to send online condolences to the family.


John R. Mechkowski -- John R. Mechkowski, 81, of Seaford, formerly of Helmetta, N.J., passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at home. He was born on July 12, 1931 in East Brunswick, N.J. He worked for Helme Tobacco Company. He served in the US Marine Corps in the 1st Marine Division during the Korean War. He was a member and past commandant of the Marine Corps League's Middlesex Detachment and Seaford Devil Dogs in Delaware. He was a member of the Spotswood VFW in New Jersey. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Seaford. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Stella (Laska) Mechkowski; a sister, Dorothy Skarzynski and a brother, Ernest. John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Catherine (Holsten) Mechkowski; 4 sons, John Jr. of Portland, Tenn., Stephen of Helmetta, N.J., James of Hayden, Idaho and Timothy of Helmetta; a daughter, Kathryn Mangano of Helmetta; 7 grandsons, John III, James II, Shawn, Tyler and Joshua Mechkowski and John Paul II and Nicholas Mangano and 2 granddaughters, Jennifer Mechkowski and Alexis Semeniuk. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at St. James Catholic Church, 36 Lincoln Ave., Jamesburg, N.J. Friends may call at the DeMarco Funeral Home, 205 Rhode Hall Rd., Monroe Township, N.J., on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society, 1138 Parsons Rd., Salisbury, MD 21801. Local arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Betty F. Mowbray -- Betty F. Mowbray, 89, passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Envoy of Denton. She was born on Jan. 31, 1923 in Smithville, Md., daughter of the late Arthur Lyden Beauchamp and Florence Jaevens Beauchamp. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold Githens, Paul Keene, Roger Payne and Norman Mowbray. She owned and operated her own boarding house and worked as a seamstress and laundress. Betty enjoyed crossword puzzles, search and find puzzles, and thoroughly enjoyed her home and family. She is survived by her six children, Stewart Thomas Githens (Rosie) of Silver Spring, Md., Barbara Street (Byard) of Preston, Md., Ronald Keene of Rocky Point, N.C., Gerald Keene of Federalsburg, Md., Steven Keene (Wendy) of Bridgeville and Paul Keene (Valerie) of Federalsburg; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Pauline Mitchell of Federalsburg; and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son, James Edward Keene; seven brothers, Earl Collins, John Collins, Paul Beauchamp, Arthur Beauchamp Jr., Bernard Beauchamp, Sherman Beauchamp, and Calvert Beauchamp; and a sister, Doryse Scilino. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, at Framptom Funeral Home with the Rev. Denzil Cheek officiating. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg. Friends may call one hour before the service. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803 or to the Alzheimer's Association Eastern Shore Chapter, 909 Progress Circle, Ste. 400, Salisbury, MD 21804. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Katie Laine Mulvaney -- Katie Laine Mulvaney, 52, of Seaford, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Katie was born on Aug. 19, 1960 in Lewes and grew up in Blades. She graduated from Seaford High School in 1978, then went on to earn her Registered Nursing degree from Delaware Technical College in 1982. She practiced for many years with loving compassionate care. Katie was always a champion for the underdog, sacrificing for herself to help someone less fortunate or to give a home to a stray or unwanted dog, she had a love for all animals and nature. Katie was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Dorothy Ramey and grandmother, Irene Rogers. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Michael Mulvaney; a lifelong best friend, Carol Barnes Chipman; four brothers; a sister and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Concord United Methodist Church, 25332 Church Rd., Concord, Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Jane W. Duvall -- Jane W. Duvall, 90, of Bridgeville, died on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. Mrs. Duvall was a homemaker and an artist. She belonged to the Embroidery Guild of America, Sussex County Homemakers, Rehoboth Art League and three quilters groups. Her hobbies included clock restoration and painting murals.ᅠ Her husband, Edward S. Duvall Sr. died in 1993. ᅠ She is survived by 2 sons, Edward S. Duvall Jr. and Roy Duvall; 2 daughters, Cynthia Hess and Ann Edwards and her husband Daniel; and 5 grandchildren, Laura Hess, Cherie Hess, Katherine Edwards, Rebecca Edwards and Timothy Edwards. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, at St. Stephens Church of Severn Parish, 1110 St. Stephens Church Rd., Crownsville, Md. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, and at the Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, Md. from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3. Burial will be in St. Stephens Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


James Nicholas Russo -- James Nicholas Russo, 90, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.ᅠ Jim was an engineer by degree, graduating from Northeastern University in 1944 after serving as vice-president of both his junior and senior classes, but his vocation was technical sales at which he excelled. His genuine interest in all people and ability to engage anyone in meaningful conversation are traits that all who knew him will recognize and remember. His sense of humor, story-telling (especially about his antics as a youngster), and resonating laugh will also be long remembered as will his unconditional love and support of all his family. The center of Jims life was providing for and spending good times with his family. Vacation trips, boating, and extended family celebrations are all fond memories held by his children. In retirement, Jim and Joey Ann traveled to live near their grandchildren, helping to raise all of them, and, until recently, were doing the same with their great grandchildren with whom they had a special bond. Over the years they lived in Braintree, Maine, Detroit, Mich., Rhode Island, Florida, Texas and Delaware. He was the son of the late James Don Russo and Cecelia F. McPhee Russo. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Joey Ann Alexander Russo in December 2012 and a sister, Veronica Pike. Jim is survived by 2 sons, James Alan Russo and his wife Susan of Waldoboro, Maine and Barry Nicholas Russo and his wife Susan of Morrisville, Vt. and a daughter, Cindi Ann Smith and her husband Dennis of Seaford; grandchildren, James Murray Russo of Brooklyn, N.Y., Michelle Elizabeth Stead of Parkton, Md., James Alexander Smith of Seaford and Sarah Elizabeth Smith of Seaford; great-grandchildren, James Murray Russo of Brooklyn, Michelle Elizabeth Stead of Parkton, James Alexander Smith of Seaford and Sarah Elizabeth Smith of Seaford; and a sister, Mary Kelleher of Norwood, Maine. In lieu of flowers, Jims family would like you to spend some extra time with your family and make a donation in his memory to the charity of your choice.


A. Margaret B. Conaway -- A. Margaret B. Conaway, 89, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at LifeCare at Lofland Park.ᅠ Born on Feb. 4, 1923 in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Mary Betts. Margaret was retired from E.I Dupont Company in Seaford as a laboratorian. She loved watching the Baltimore Orioles and was an avid fan. She was also a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Margaret is survived by her loving daughter, Donna F. Layfield and her husband Reggie of Millsboro; a sister, Annabelle Hignutt of Seaford and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Conaway who passed away in 2003 and several brothers and sisters. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Bill Nack will officiate. Interment will be held after the service at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in Margarets honor to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Online condolences may be sent to Margarets family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Betty Venables LeCates -- Betty Venables LeCates, 84, of Laurel, passed away on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2012, at Christiana Care Hospital in Newark. Betty was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late William and Grace Venables. Betty worked at Dillards restaurant in Seaford for many years as a waitress. She was a member of Bethel Worship Center in Seaford and the Ladies Auxillary Post #28 in Millsboro. Betty is survived by her loving sons, Anthony LeCates and his wife Janet, Jerry LeCates and Pastor Joe LeCates and his wife Tammy, all of Laurel; three brothers, Bill Venables, Senator Robert Venables and Bruce Venables, all of Laurel; four grandsons, Spence LeCates, Mark LeCates, Keith LeCates and Logan LeCates and one great grandson, Zachary LeCates. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Randolph LeCates and her sister, Barbara Phillips. A memorial service celebrating Bettys life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel.


Ruth O. Pase -- Ruth O. Pase, 84, of Seaford, died on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. She was the daughter of the late William and Viva OBier. Mrs. Pase retired from the Dupont Company in Seaford. She was a member of Gethsemane United Methodist Church, a volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and was active in the Boy Scouts, Whirl Away Square Dancing Club, and the Quilters Guild. Her husband, Nolan S. Bud Pase died in 2003. ᅠ She is survived by her son, Nolan S. Pase Jr.; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Steven Murphy, grandson, Enoc Murphy; great-grandchildren, Kali Murphy, Amber Bigelow, Adam Bigelow and Gavin Bigelow and a sister, E. Jane OBier. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 2701 Woodland Ferry Rd., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Sunday evening, Dec. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. and at church on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Gethsemane United Church, 2701 Woodland Ferry Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Michael Alan Butler -- Michael Alan Butler, 54, passed away peacefully at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, after a short illness. Born on Nov. 9, 1958, Michael was the son of Charles and Dr. Shirley Butler. He graduated from Seaford High School and spent his entire life in Seaford. He worked for Soil Service for 30 years before retiring on disability. Michael loved playing the guitar. Starting in high school he played in many bands with his high school buddies. He played weddings, school events, and night clubs in the area. Michael wrote much of his own music and had his own recording studio. ᅠMike was active in the Homeowners Association of Clearbrook Estates serving on the board of directors and as president for many years. He was also active in the Seaford Swim Association serving on the board of directors, a judge for swim meets, and volunteering his time when needed. This is the same pool where Michael learned to swim as a child. Michael loved his yard, spending many hours on its care. His yard was always one to envy. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Carol Dixon Butler and his daughter, Paige Elizabeth Butler. He is also survived by his parents; his brother, Charles (Woody) Butler; mother-in-law, Dorothy Dixon; many aunts and uncles and his only nephew, Chip Butler.ᅠ There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, at St. Johns Church with a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Seaford Swim Association, P.O. Box 434, Seaford, DE 19973.


Edith M. Leggs Walton -- Edith M. Leggs Walton, 81, of Seaford, died on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at her home.ᅠ Edith was born on Oct. 22, 1931, a daughter of the late Elmer C. Leggs Sr. and Agnes B. Leggs. Edith Edy was a waitress at Tonys Sub Shop and the Spot Diner before hiring on as a DuPonter in 1967. She worked beaming on B shift for about a year and then went to BCF D shift. For more than 18 years she worked as tow cut operator on C Shift.ᅠ After retirement Edith enjoyed her yard work, flowers, pets, church dinners, the Golden Girls luncheons and, especially, her friends and family.ᅠ She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Walton of Uniontown, Pa.; her daughter, Esther Marvel Foskey of Seaford; and her brothers, Roscoe D. of North Carolina, Charles L. of Seaford and Ronald B. of Seaford.ᅠ She is survived by her brother, Elmer C. Jr. of Greenwood and several nieces, great nieces, nephews and great nephews. A funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Cranston Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Edith Waltons name to Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center/Pulmonary Unit,  Melissa Brozefsky, 9715 Healthway Dr., Berlin, MD 21811.


Kristina Massie Swain, 79, of Seaford succumbed to complications of Alzheimers Disease at the home of her daughter in Laurel, Delaware, on December 22, 2012, after a long illness. Born March 13, 1933, in Hampstead, Maryland to Judson and Alice Howell Massie, she grew up primarily in Newport News, Virginia. A graduate of Warwick High School, she continued her education at Mary Washington College and East Carolina University, earning a BS in Biology in 1957. Her student teaching was completed in Bridgeville, Delaware; her career at Seaford High School from 1969  1992. A co-sponsor of American Field Service, she also hosted foreign exchange students Toril Lilian Heide from Norway and Kay Penkethman of England. As the faculty sponsor of the Keyette Club, Seaford High Schools service club was recognized at convention year after year for outstanding achievement in service and scholarship. Mrs. Swain will be remembered for her dedication to Seaford High Schools musical productions, sewing costumes and teaching many young people to use a sewing machine and their imagination and creative talents to authenticate period costumes. Much of the preparation for these costumes took place in her basement, affectionately known as The Dungeon. As faculty sponsor of Seafords Academic Decathlon team, this small citys high school took top honors in a national arena for many years. Respected by colleagues, Kristina was active in the Seaford chapter of Delaware State Education Association throughout her career. She enjoyed reading, sewing, baking, cooking, hiking, music, gardening, and exploration. One of her favorite applications of her major in college, botany, was taking her children, then grandchildren, on seasonal hunts through the woods for endangered species, rare blossoms, and exploration of the habitat of the world of nature we share. She taught her children and her students the importance of being good stewards of the earths beauty and bounty. Encouraging her children to participate in school activities and sports, she was an avid fan of Duke Basketball. A member of Atlanta Road Alliance Church, she thoroughly enjoyed the choirs annual ministries through their Christmas and Easter cantatas. Kristina is survived by her children: Tommy Lynn Layton (Gary) of Ashburn, Virginia; Danna Lou Palmer (Charles), Montine Carey Willin (JC), Kristopher Ryan Swain (Kim) all of Seaford, DE; Valerie Kristina Kerns (Randy) of Martinsburg, WV; and Alison Marie Venables (Blair) of Laurel, DE. She is also survived by eighteen grandchildren: Bryan Vincent Layton (Jennifer), Kristin Michelle Aguas (Rod), Thad Edward Palmer, Kyle Thomas Palmer, Christie Lynn Herndon (Randy), Brent Thomas Willin, Courtney Ruth Swain, Taylor Kristina Swain, Jamie Elizabeth Swain, Morgan Carey Swain, Maggie Marie Kerns, Drew Thomas Venables, Paige Marie Venables, Dustin Blair Venables, Gray Robert Venables, Hannah Kate Venables, Amy Alicia Venables, and Nathan Ryan Venables. In addition, Kristina has nine beautiful great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Kristina was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Ryan Swain, daughter, Murray Alicia Swain, grandson, CPL Cory Leonard Palmer, USMC, and brothers, Jack Livingston Massie and Gordon Carey Massie Viewing and visitation: Friday, December 28, 2012 6:00  9:00 pm Parsells Hardesty Chapel, 202 S Laws Street, Bridgeville, DE Saturday, December 29, 2012 10:30am  12:00pm Atlanta Road Alliance Church, Seaford, DE Memorial Service: Saturday, December 29, 2012, 12 noon with a reception to immediately follow Atlanta Road Alliance Church, Ed Laremore officiating Interment: Monday, December 31, 2012, 11:00 am Peninsula Memorial Park, 12750 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA Reception and fellowship immediately following at The Lunch Bell (757) 873-1839 694 Town Center Drive Newport News, VA 23606 Contributions may be made to Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd, Seaford, De, 19973; Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 87, Seaford, DE 19973; or Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Benevolence Fund, 801 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Dortha Hoover LeCompte Hallowell -- Dortha Hoover LeCompte Hallowell, 84, of Federalsburg, Md., died at Easton Memorial Hospital on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. She was born in Cambridge, Md. on Oct. 19, 1928, the daughter of the late Claude Mace LeCompte and Virgie Morris Lecompte. She was preceded in death by her lifelong friend and former husband, Richard Reese Hallowell; two brothers, Claude Son LeCompte and Vernon H. LeCompte and three sisters, Alice Collins, Maude Pennypacker and her twin sister, Martha Smith Richardson. She was a 1946 graduate of Hurlock High School where she was remembered for her athletic abilities in many different sports. She then attended Salisbury State College. She first worked for a time at E. I. Dupont in Seaford and she and her twin sister Martha later operated the Tastee Freeze in Hurlock from 1960 to 1972. She was a former Cub Scout Leader in Federalsburg. She worked at Bellss Cut-Rate and Wetcher Whistle in Federalsburg and then was a caregiver for Charlotte Carter of Laurel. She was an avid bowler at Seaford Bowling Center and was a former member of Caroline Country Club and Hurlock American Legion Post 243. She had a special ability to transform a piece of ground into a beautiful garden. She is survived by her daughter, Diane Hallowell Bennett and her husband Cope of Rhodesdale, Md.; her son, David Wayne Hallowell of Hurlock; her daughter-in-law, Linda Hallowell of East New Market, Md.; two grandchildren, Crystal Carter Carpenter and her husband Robert of Federalsburg and Jordan Hallowell of Cambridge; two great-grandchildren, Curstin Carpenter and Chloe Carpenter; many nieces and nephews and a special caregiver, Diana Patchett of Preston, Md. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30, at Framptom Funeral Home, P.A. in Federalsburg. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. The family has requested that donations be made in her memory to either Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 99, Federalsburg, MD 21632 or the Paliative Care Suite, Attn: Jennifer Miles, 219 Washington St., Easton, MD 21601.


William Vaughn Hall, 69 William Vaughn Hall, 69, of Delmar, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012 at PRMC in Salisbury surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 23, 1943 in Salisbury, a son of the late Oliver and Elizabeth Hall. Vaughn was a 1961 graduate of Laurel High School. He spent his life working as a truck driver for Shoreland Foods and was an accomplished painter. He and his wife attended the Church of God of Prophecy in Salisbury. He was an avid Cowboys and Yankees fan. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Patricia A. Hall; two sons, Jimmy Richardson (Rose) and Ricky Richardson (Lisa); three daughters, Patsy Pitmon (Deane), Vickie Bryan (Dallas), and Teresa Vestal; grandchildren, Brian Richardson (April), Eric Pitmon (Fawn), Karen Richardson, Derrick Richardson, Tara Timmons, Dominique Hall, Billy Timmons, Christopher Richardson, Ricky Richardson, Jr., Taylor Bryan, Alicia Bryan, Ciera Vestal, Tara Vestal and Zack Timmons; great grandchildren, Jake, Bella, Brody, Addison, Destinay, JaDiah, Tyler, Kyleigh, Khloe, and Audriana; a brother, Vance Hall; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Allen Richardson and William Hall, Jr. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service. Pastor Gary Smith will officiate. Interment will follow the service in Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home.


John Turner Wiest, 84 John T. Wiest passed away on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was the son of John and Alice Wiest of Elkton, Maryland. John was self employed as a landscaper and design contractor for 54 years. He was a board member of the Delaware Nursery & Landscaping Association for many years and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. For the past 52 years at Christmas time, you could find John selling Christmas trees and wreaths at his famous Wiest Winterland. John was a member of the Harrington Moose Lodge 534 for the past 14 years. He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Dorothy Wiest; four daughters, Theresa Wiest Dechene of Millersville, Md.; Melinda Wiest DiLeonardi of Pasadenda, Md.; Elizabeth C. Kaste of Eldersburg, Md.; Jacqueline C. Wiest of Terre Haute, Ind.; three sons, Gregory Conrad Wiest of Munich, Germany; John C. Wiest of Palm Springs, Fla.; Matthew C. Wiest of Germantown, Md.; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three step daughters, Diane Coursey of Seaford; Debbie Peppers of Hilton Head S.C.; Denise Clark of Hudson, Fla.; and step son, Keith M. Short of Milford. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal Street, Milton, with visitation Thursday evening from 7  9pm and Friday noon to 1 p.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Milton. After the funeral services, dinner will be served for family and friends at the Harrington Moose Lodge 534. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Delaware Nursery & Landscaping Association, P.O. Box 897, Hockessin, De 19707 or to the Harrington Moose Lodge 534, P.O. Box 339, Harrington, De 19952.


Harry Elliott Darby Jr. -- Harry Elliott Darby Jr., 75, of Laurel, died on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Mr. Darby retired from Allens Milling in 1999. He then worked for the state driving a bus at the Cape May Lewes Ferry and he also worked for Credit Plus. He was a licensed funeral director in Delaware and had been a coroner in the 1960s. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Norma Peggy Carter Darby; 2 sons, Eric and Patrick Darby; a daughter, Renee Thompson and her husband Steve; 4 stepchildren, Charlie Marvel and his wife Denise, Gail Horsey and her husband Steve, Charlene Wildonzer and her husband Keith and Marlene Spicer and her husband Mark; 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Janet Bredbenner and her husband Charles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry E. Darby and his wife Dorothy Dodd Darby; a stepdaughter, Lisa Pink and a grandson, Keith Rogers. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Doris E. Morris -- Doris E. Morris, 85, of Seaford, passed away quietly on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born on Dec. 16, 1926 in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Carrie Littleton. Mrs. Morris worked for ACME Supermarkets and retired from the State of Delaware. Mrs. Morris is survived by a son, John (Staci) Morris of Laurel; grandchildren, John W. Morris II of Ohio; Samantha Litwhiler of Laurel; Alexandra Morris of Laurel; Kristin, Kim, Maureen and Christina Berna; and one great-grandchild, Kimber Grace of Laurel. She is also survived by good friends, Carolyn James and Carol Taylor. Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Morris and a daughter, Carol Watson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name to the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Services and burial will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home of Seaford.


Timothy 'Tim' St. Jernquist -- Timothy Tim St. Jernquist, 45, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Laurel. Tim was born in Portland, Maine, a son of the late Robert St. Jernquist and Connie Simonow of Florida. He was the grandson of Elsie Copp of Florida. Tim was a fantastic chef, he loved to fish and had a great sense of humor. He was also an avid UConn basketball fan. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, at Christ the Cornerstone Church, Seaford Road, Laurel, where family and friends may gather from 10 to 10:30. The Rev. Barbara Auer will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home.


Winifred A. Kaleinek -- Winifred A. Kaleinek, 83, of Metuchen, N.J., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at the home of her son in Bridgeville.ᅠ She was born in Plymouth, Pa., on Sept. 9, 1929. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Kaleinek Sr. in 1996 and two sons, Nicholas Kaleinek Jr. in 1989 and Glenn Kaleinek in 2012. Mrs. Kaleinek was very much looking forward to moving to Bridgeville from Metuchen, a process she had already begun, when she became ill. She was a current member of St. Francis Cathedral in Metuchen and a devoted animal lover. She is survived by her son, Keith M. Kaleinek and wife Lesley and one daughter, Carolyn Kaleinek, all of Bridgeville. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, at Epworth Methodist Cemetery, Henlopen Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. Friends may call on Friday evening, Dec. 21, from 6 to 8, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville. Memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice of the Delmarva Peninsula, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966 or the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Visit Mrs. Kaleinek's life memorial and sign the online guest registry at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Lois Anne Stanley -- Lois Anne Stanley, 69, of Seaford, died on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Lois Anne was born on March 9, 1943 in Burlington, Vt., the daughter of the late Bertha Anne Mashtare and Wilfred Davis. She was a member of the Seaford Golf and Country Club. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.ᅠ She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Jon Oritt Stanley; a son, John Oritt Stanley Jr. and his wife Kelly Jo; a daughter, Toneen Anne Costantino; 5 grandchildren, Gunner Oritt Stanley, Caden Ream Stanley, Christian Patrick Costantino, Dominic Raymond Costantino, Anthony Jon Costantino; and 4 sisters, Joan Fairkski, Geri Bokanwicz, Judy Lenze and Joyce Blair. ᅠ She was preceded in death by a sister, Darlene Davis. A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford.ᅠ In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Christiana Care, VNA, 216 S. Dupont Hwy., Camden, DE 19934. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Phillip Alan Dechene, 60, of Knightdale, NC passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Latrelle and two children: Cris Kahle of Ft. Myers, FL, and Jeni Funderburk of Owings Mills, MD. He is also survived by four grandchildren, two brothers, and a sister, as well as in-laws, nine nieces and nephews, and six great nieces and nephews, along with many other extended family. Phillip was born in Seaford, DE and grew up in Laurel, DE with his parents, J. N. G. and Annette Dechene, and 4 brothers and a sister. Phillip graduated from Laurel High School and Del-Tech with a degree in architectural engineering, leading to a professional career as a manufacturing engineer. Married for 31 years, he was a respected father, uncle and friend to all that knew him. He loved outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting, and throughout his medical struggles he often fished for therapy. He loved life, his family, friends and church. He was noted for both strength of character as well as spirit, and did his best to make the lives of those around him better, close friends and strangers alike. A memorial service will be held at Brooks Avenue Church of Christ, 700 Brooks Avenue Raleigh, NC, where he was a member, on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phillips name to: The Muscular Dystrophy Association-USA, National Headquarters, 3300 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson, AZ 85718, www.Mda.org or Brooks Avenue Church of Christ Special Needs Ministry, Brooks Avenue Church of Christ, 700 Brooks Ave., Raleigh, NC 27604.


Perneltha 'Perny' Benson-Allen -- Perneltha Perny Benson-Allen, 85, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.ᅠ Perny was born in New Jersey, a daughter of the late Harry W. Howard and Reba Boyce Howard. She was a talented beautician working for Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home for almost 40 years and Dot Laytons beauty shop. She also had worked as an assistant to Dr. Prettyman in Laurel and Hess Apparel Store. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel and a past member of the American Legion Auxillary.ᅠ Cherished family memories include her love of spending time with her family. A very special lady, she always had a smile and a hug ready for everyone. Perny also enjoyed playing cards with her friends and going shopping with family and friends.ᅠ Mrs. Allen is survived by her husband of 6 years, Mr. James Allen. She also leaves a legacy of children, J. Warren Benson and wife Carol of Laurel, Brenda Brunner and husband Danny of Laurel, Clark W. Benson and wife Deby of Delmar, Sherri L. Haney and husband Richard of Laurel, Shelly B. Murphy and companion Kevin Whaley of Laurel, Cathy Parker and husband Richard of Laurel and Dean Allen and wife Patricia of Ft. Myers, Fla.; a brother, Harry Howard Jr. of Tennessee; her grandchildren, Marcy Walls and husband Chris, Michelle Mattingly, Tyler Benson and Amber, Seth Benson, Sierra Murphy; and great grandchildren, Colby Pfleger, Marissa Walls, Chase Ashley and Briley Mattingly.ᅠ In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a husband, John Benson in 1999.ᅠ A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Centenary United Methodist Church, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. A viewing will be held Tuesday evening, Dec. 18, at the church from 6 to 8. The Rev. Joseph G. Burris will officiate.ᅠ Contributions may be made in her name to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956.ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.ᅠ


Peggy B. Ward -- Peggy B. Ward, 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Delmar Manor Assisted Living in Delmar, Md. Prior to her illness, she was a resident of Seaford. Born in Delmar, she was the daughter of the late Joseph I. Beach and Lettie Goslee Beach. Peggy attended Delmar High School and was employed by E. I. DuPont Company in Seaford for 38 years. She and her husband loved to dance and spend time with friends and family. During the later years of her life, she was devoted to her pet dog, Molly who is being cared for by her niece and namesake, Peggy Lee Brickhouse Moore of Norfolk, Va. She was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Ward; a sister, Betty B. Brickhouse; four brothers, Joseph Douglas Beach, Robert Bob S. Beach, Clifford M. Beach and an infant brother, James Donald Beach and stepmother, Dora Culver Beach. Peggy is survived by a brother, Howard S. Beach and his wife Jean of Selbyville, formerly of Delmar; sisters-in-law, Jean T. Beach of Salisbury and Phyllis T. Beach of Delmar; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Short Funeral Home, 13 Grove St., Delmar, from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 18. A funeral service, officiated by Hospice pastor, Howard Travers, will begin at noon and interment will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. The family wishes to thank the staff at Delmar Manor Assisting Living in Delmar for their care and kindness to Peggy during her time in residence. The family suggests memorial contributions to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802 so that Hospice may continue to support patients and families during difficult times. Please visit www.shortfh.com to send online condolences to the family.


Loretta J. Stordahl -- Loretta J. Stordahl, 81, of Seaford, died on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Loretta was a school bus contractor and driver. She was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Dennis Stordahl; a son, Daniel A. West and his wife Nadine; a daughter, JoEllen Jones and her husband, Gene; 3 grandchildren, John West and his wife Jessica, Dawn West and Matthew Jones; a great-grandson, Rory West and a brother, Granville Eskridge Jr. Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Charles Baynum, 67 Charles Chuck Baynum, 67, completed his lifes journey and entered heaven on Sunday, December 9, 2012 surrounded by family and friends at his home in Delmar. Charles was born in Lewes on April 20, 1945 to Verden William and Martha Jane Baynum. He graduated from Lewes High School and served four years in the US Navy. Upon returning home, he was employed for a short time by National Cash Register in Millsboro before going to work for Delaware Department of Transportation. He retired from DOT after 38 years and then worked for Laurel School District, David G. Horsey and Sons and finally the Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. He was a member of Delmar Wesleyan Church for the past 30 years where he served as a board member, Sunday School Superintendent, choir member, softball player and coach and youth leader. His love and devotion to God and others was evident in his life and church activities. He recently attended Bethel Worship Center. He was an avid sports fan and cheered on his Philadelphia teams, especially the Eagles and Phillies. He moved to Laurel with his wife, Kay, in 1972 and coached in the Laurel Little League parks, Seaford Parks and Recreation and the Christian Softball League for many years. He became an avid supporter of the Laurel Bulldogs and could be found taking tickets at most high school sporting events. Charles is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Kay E. Smith Baynum. He also leaves behind a daughter, Lynn M. DeFelice; a son, Todd C. Baynum and wife Tammy; four grandchildren, Katilynn E. DeFelice, Zachary T. Baynum, Lauren K. DeFelice, and Gabriello M. Baynum, all of Delmar; A sister, Nancy Lehman and husband John of Easton. He is also survived by a large number of brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends. A viewing for family and friends will be held at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St. Laurel, on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Bethel Worship Center DuPont Hwy. Seaford, on Wednesday Dec. 12, at 2 p.m., were a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. The Reverends Bill Hitch and Joe LeCates will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc., c/o Transportation Department 26351, Patriots Way, Georgetown, DE 19947. Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Evelyn Layfield Callaway, 78 Evelyn Layfield Callaway, 78, of Delmar went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Dec 10, 2012. She died just three days before her 79th birthday. Born in Delmar, MD on December 13, 1933, she was the daughter of the late J. Ellegood and Bertha Layfield, and a sister of the late Doris Layfield Calhoun. After graduating from Wicomico High School in 1951, Mrs. Callaway began working as a bookkeeper at Southern States in Salisbury. She later worked at Bryan & Brittingham in Delmar and for H&R Block in Seaford and Salisbury. However, she will mostly be remembered for her many years behind the wheel of a school bus in Sussex County. She loved driving a school bus, and always claimed that interacting with children kept her young. For many years her husband, Jim, was active with the National Guard and Army Reserves and she was always very supportive of his work. A member of Living Stones Church in Salisbury, she was a devout Christian. She was always active in her church, teaching Sunday School at Melsons United Methodist Church, acting as church secretary for a number of years and doing missions work. Participating in the prayer chains and ministering to others were considered her lifes work. Mrs. Callaway is survived by her husband of 58 years, James C. Callaway of Delmar; her son, Brett Callaway and his wife Ann of Salisbury MD and their children, Jonathan and Jennifer; and her daughter, Karen Muessig and her husband Scott of Severna Park MD, and their children Pierce, Micah, & James. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 15, at Living Stones Church in Salisbury, MD, with visitation beginning at noon. Pastor David Hudson will be officiating. Burial will be in Melsons Cemetery in Delmar. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Living Stones Church, 31695 Winterplace Parkway, Salisbury, MD 21804. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Dr. John F. Heffernan Jr. -- Dr. John F. Heffernan Jr., 84, of Seaford, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Dr. Heffernan graduated from Holy Cross College and Columbia Medical School. He was a doctor in the U.S. Air Force. He had his medical practice in Little Silver, N.J., until retiring to Seaford in 1991. After arriving in Seaford, he then became a physician for Choptank Community Health System in Federalsburg, Md. He loved history, traveling and music. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Ivanka Heffernan; a daughter, Valerie C. Reilly and her husband William; 2 granddaughters, Mina K. Trice and Evelyn R. Reilly; and his mother-in-law, Valerie Peskova. He was preceded in death by his son, John F. Heffernan. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, from 6 to 8 on Tuesday evening, Dec. 11. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, 801 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Beatrice Ellen Downes Joseph -- Beatrice Ellen Downes Joseph, 95, was born on Aug. 26, 1917, in a little white house on 4th Street in Laurel. She was the daughter of Horace James Downes and Alice Lee Smith Downes, the eldest of eight children. She attended the Laurel elementary and high schools and graduated from Cambridge Academy of Jensen Beach, Fla. She pursued courses with the Internal Revenue Service and Del Tech, in Georgetown. She also completed the necessary studies and was ordained a special worker (deaconess) in the Wesleyan Church. Married to Roland Perry Joseph (who died in 1984), they had two daughters  Margie Lee Joseph Armiger (who died in 1989) and Shirley Ann Joseph (who died in 1936). She retired as an Internal Revenue agent in 1981, having been employed by the Internal Revenue Service for 23 ᄑ years. A member of Laurel Wesleyan Church, Laurel, Mrs. Joseph served on the local board of administration and as an adult Sunday school teacher. She also served several years as a Wesleyan District Conference delegate and once as a General Conference delegate. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Perry Joseph; daughters, Margie Lee Joseph Armiger and Shirley Ann Joseph; foster son, James Smith; sister, Doris Downes Brown; and brothers, William Emeroy Downes, Virgil Lee Downes, and Lester James Downes. She is survived by two brothers, Roland O. (Eleanor) Downes of Seaford, and Robert Washington (Fay) Downes of Cary, N.C.; one sister, Grace Downes Armiger of Seaford; son-in-law, Thomas E. Armiger Sr. (Betty) of Clermont, Fla.; foster daughter-in-law, Laura Smith Bryan; grandchildren, Dr. Tom (Vangie) Armiger Jr. of Alexandria, Va., Cheryl Armiger Woodbury (Dr. Philip Woodbury) of Carmel, Ind., Joseph W. (Beth) Armiger of Dover, April Armiger Majewski (Michael Majewski) of Wilmington; foster grandchildren, Cathy Moorefield and Polly Baker; great grandchildren, Joshua and Michelle Armiger, Jonathan and Kaitlyn Armiger, Jeremy and Ana Armiger, Mark and Erin Tolan, Philip and Amanda Woodbury, Kristin Woodbury, Brandy Armiger, Joe and Julie Armiger, Raven Armiger; step-great grandchildren, Kestral and Tiffany, Edward Majewski, Lee Majewski and Aaron Majewski; five great great grandsons; one great great granddaughter; and 16 nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Laurel Wesleyan Church, Laurel. Pastor Ken Deusa officiated. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Alice Faye Kunde Adkins -- Alice Faye Kunde Adkins, 66, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Delmar Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 24, 1946 in Delmar, a daughter of the late Howard and Faith Kunde. Alice was a receptionist at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford for 10 years. She loved to play cards with family and friends. Many who knew her called her Mom Mom, she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed holiday dinners with her family. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Paul F. Adkins; her children, Jeffrey Adkins (Donna) of Laurel, Sara Adkins of Laurel, and Eloise Massey (Raymond) of Seaford; grandchildren, Phillip, Jeffrey P., John, Russell, and Faith Adkins; step-grandchildren, Danielle Massey-Lewis, Dougie Short, and Daniel Odham; great-grandchildren, Liam Paul Adkins; step great-grandchildren, Jeremy Lewis, Morgan Massey and Daemean Westley; brothers, Howard Kunde, David Kunde (Joyce) and Daniel Kunde; and sisters, Linda Perry and Rose Conaway. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandchild, Paul Kulley. A funeral service will be held at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Family and friends may call on Monday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. Pastor Dan Southern will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron, Md. A reception for family and friends will be held at the Delmar V.F.W. immediately following the interment. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Janet LLoyd Neal -- Janet Lloyd Neal, 78, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Mrs. Neal worked for Pizza King in Seaford. Prior to that, she worked at Ames Department Store in Seaford for over 25 years. Her husband, William G. Neal Sr. died in 2005. She is survived by 3 sons, William Gene Neal Jr. and his wife Donna, Gary Lloyd Neal and Scott C. Neal; 1 daughter, Robin L. Hare and her husband Franklin Hare Jr.; a sister, Patricia Robinson; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Blades Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance Squad, 200 E. 5th St., Blades/Seaford, DE 19973.


Lillian Bell -- Lillian Bell, 90, of Reids Grove, Md., died on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at the home of her youngest daughter, Nancy, as she wished. Born Dec. 17, 1921 in Madison, Wis., she was the daughter of the late Gustav H. Haglund and Bergiljoth M. Toraasen Haglund of Cambridge, Md. She spent many years as a farmers wife, then worked in a cannery and a sewing factory before retiring from Western Printing and Publishing in Cambridge. She was a member of Reids Grove United Methodist Church. She is survived by a brother, Victor Norman Haglund of Jacksonville, Fla.; four sons, Gerald M. Bell and his wife Shirley of Church Creek, Roy E. Bell and his wife Debbie of Seaford, Norman R. Bell and his wife Betty of Cambridge, and Robert L. Bell and his wife Donna of Delmar; two daughters, Bonnie L. Willey and her husband Larry E. of Bethel and Nancy E. Harrold and her husband C. Joe of Seaford; 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren - yes, thats five generations in one room. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Merrit B. Bell; a sister, Anna Lisa Haglund; and a brother, Carl L. Haglund. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at Reids Grove United Methodist Church where the family will receive friends one hour before the service. The Rev. Jim Bongard will officiate. Interment will follow in Unity Washington Cemetery in Hurlock, Md. Memorial donations may be made to Reids Grove United Methodist Church, c/o Joyce Reid, P.O. Box 278, Vienna, MD 21869. Arrangements are in the care of Zeller Funeral Home in East New Market.


Charlene Rene Conner Brown  daughter, sister, mother, grandmother  died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Hardinsburg, Ky. She was 51. She is preceded in death by her father, John Elbert Conner. She is survived by mother Emily Conner of Seaford; daughter Angela Conner and grandchildren Melody and Jason, of Hardinsburg, Ky; son R. Brooks Mason of Georgetown; brother Wayne Conner and wife Phyllis of Bridgeville; sister Linda Conner of Hardin, Mont.; brother Tom Conner and wife Tracy of Shalimar, Fla.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A private burial service will be held at Greensboro, Md., where other family members are interred. Charlene was born in Seaford on July 11, 1961, grew up there and attended the local schools. She later moved to Kentucky and worked with distinction as a unit clerk at Hardinsburg Memorial Hospital, where she passed after a battle with cancer. She worshipped at Mt. Zion Community Church in Hardinsburg and made many friends there. Charlene last visited her hometown in August of this year, where she was joined by her out-of-state brother and sister. Together for the first time in many years, the four siblings did some of the things that Charlene loved  re-telling happy tales of growing up together, filling in some blanks in the family history, and admiring photographs of Charlenes grandchildren. Charlene was intrigued by angels. They inspired her when she named her daughter, and she collected angel figurines, filling an entire room in her home with them. She fought cancer bravely, confident in her faith that one day angels again would surround her, this time for real and for ever.


Douglas M. Breen -- Douglas M. Breen, 67, of Laurel, and formerly of Dunkirk, Md., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, after a long battle with cancer, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Doug was born in Nevada, Mo., a son of the late George and Norma Breen. Mr. Breen retired from Unisys as a network engineer. He was the past president of the Laurel Historical Society and was instrumental in opening the Heritage Museum at the old railroad station in Laurel. He had a passion for genealogy and was the author of three cemetery books pertaining to burials in local cemeteries. Doug enjoyed playing the guitar and piano and was a great cook. Cherished family memories include his love of fishing at his cottage in Galestown, Md., and spending time with his grandchildren. He was also a past member of the Calvert County Historical Society. Doug was a US Army veteran serving as a linguist during the Vietnam War. A loving father and husband, he is survived by his wife, Loretta Breen; his sons, Michael Breen (Kristin) of Friendship, Md. and Shannon Breen (Bobbie) of West River, Md.; a daughter, Megan Jarzyna of Jersey City, N.J.; his brother, Gerald Breen (Mary Kay) of Charlottesville, Va.; and grandchildren, Ryan, Brent, Ashley, Rachel, Lilly and Patrick Breen. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a visitation with the family will be held one hour prior. Online condolences may made to the Breen family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Jane J. Waller -- Beloved wife and mother, and daughter of the late Amos and Rose Joseph, Jane J. Waller, 80, of Seaford and Vero Beach, Fla., died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Compassionate Care Hospice Center, in Wilmington. A graduate of Seaford High School, Jane was a poultry administrator for 30 years with O.A. Newton & Son, Swift & Co., and Perdue Farms, from which she retired as administrative assistant to Frank Perdue in 1987. Jane loved to travel and camp in her RV, visiting most of the United States. She especially loved camping by the ocean. Jane enjoyed spending many winters in her Vero Beach home at Dodger-Pines Golf Course where she attended all the Dodger spring training games with her husband and many friends. She enjoyed the beauty of the fall leaves while camping and hiking with her many friends in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Shenandoah National Park. She did many hikes and once climbed the summit of "Old Rag Mountain." Jane was an excellent cook who loved putting on delicious spreads for family and friends. But, Jane's true love was her family, especially her loving husband of 62 years, William "Ducky" Waller; her son, Bill Waller and wife Cheryl of Silver Spring, Md.; her daughter, Bonnie Thomas and husband Tom of Newark; and her three grandchildren, Lauren Wilson and husband Bryan of Middletown, Amber Borgen of Rockville, Md. and Michael Thomas of Newark. She is also survived by two brothers, Ted Jospeh and wife Shirley of Ellendale and James Joseph of Seaford; and her sister-in-law, Doris Minton of Lewes. Jane will also be missed by some of the children she taught at the Saturday Morning Bible Class at the Lutheran Church, Seaford, in the 1960's, and whom she remained in close contact with for nearly 50 years. Jane is a member of St. John's Methodist Church in Seaford, where she enjoyed ushering and greeting her many church friends. Services for Jane will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at St. John's Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar Streets, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Diabetes Association, 100 West 10th St., Ste. 1002, Wilmington, DE 19801, or to St. John's Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar Streets, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King Streets, Seaford.


Marshall Thomas Elliott -- Marshall Thomas Elliott, 87, of Laurel, went home to be with Jesus on a bright, sunny Sunday morning, Nov. 18, 2012.ᅠ Marshall was born on June 26, 1925, to the late B. Thomas and Bessie Adams Elliott. He was also preceded in death by brothers, William, Calhoun and Melvin and sisters, Anna Elliott Scott and Madelyn Elliott. Mr. Elliott is survived by his wife of 68 years, Blanche Dukes Elliott; one daughter, Marlene Elliott Brown and her husband Jim; brothers, Laurence Edwin and David of Laurel; a sister, Lena Short of Georgetown; a grandson, Michael Brown and his wife Tanya; three great grandchildren, Mia, Abi and Aaron; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves to cherish his memory many others who were like children and grandchildren. Marshall was a farmer and especially enjoyed raising his goats. In the early years, he worked for L.B. Brittingham. He was a long-time member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Delaware Farm Bureau. As a youth he attended the Sycamore School. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Philips Hill Road, Laurel, where a viewing will also be held from noon to 1 p.m. The Revs. Julie Lewis and Jim Scott will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Contributions can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church c/o Barbara Adams 17249 Philips Hill Rd. Laurel, DE 19956.


Nicole Dawn Sheriff Freshour -- Nicole Dawn Sheriff Freshour, 30, of Bridgeville, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.ᅠ Born in Millington, Tenn., she was the daughter of Sharon E. McBride and Patrick A. Sheriff Sr. She was a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Nanticoke Post 6, American Legion in Seaford. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Charles W. Freshour II; her son, Logan Patrick Freshour, at home; and a brother, Patrick A. Sheriff II, who is serving with the US Navy in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. ᅠ A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. ᅠ In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the educational fund for Nicoles son, Landon,  Sharon Sheriff, 18315 Atlanta Rd., Bridgeville, DE 19933. On Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 3:25 PM, Bryant Richardson wrote: Nicole Dawn Sheriff Freshour, age 30, of Bridgeville, DE, died Thursday November 22, 2012ᅠat theᅠUniversity of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD.ᅠ Born in Millington, TN, the daughter of Sharon E. McBride and Patrick A. Sheriff Sr.ᅠ She was a registered nurse with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing.ᅠ She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Nanticoke Post 6, American Legion in Seaford. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Charles W. Freshour II; her son, Logan Patrick Freshour at home; a brother, Patrick A. Sheriff II who is serving with theᅠUS Navy in Pearl Harbor, HI.ᅠᅠ A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Streets, Seaford, DE, where friends may call from 1-2 p.m.ᅠ In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Educational Fund for Nicoles son, Landon.ᅠ c/o Sharon Sheriff, 18315 Atlanta Road, Bridgeville, DE 19933.


Charles Foskey Haddock -- Charles Foskey Haddock, 94, of Laurel, passed away at his home on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Charles was born in Onancock, Va., the son of the late Smiley B.and Jennie F. Haddock. Charles worked for the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company after completing business school. In December 1939, he applied for a job with the DuPont Company in Wilmington. Shortly afterwards, he transferred to the Seaford plant where he worked for 38 years as an accounting supervisor. He proudly served his country in the Navy Submarine Service. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, the American Legion Post #19, Nanticoke Sportsmans Club and the Delaware State Sportsmens Association. Charles was an avid golfer and hunter. He was a past president of the Delmarva Peninsula Golf Association and the Laurel Good Samaritan organization. Charles is survived by his wife of 73 years, Addie Haddock; his son, Robert and his wife Diane, granddaughter, Stacey and her husband Joel Schiller, all of Wilmington; one nephew; several nieces; and a sister, Margaret Davis of Salisbury. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel. Visitation will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Joseph Burris will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956 or Laurel Senior Center, 113 N. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Barry L. Jones Sr. -- Barry L. Jones Sr., 78, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Seaford Center-Genesis Eldercare in Seaford. He was born in Bridgeville on May 19, 1934, a son of the late Bradford and Betty (Messick) Jones. Mr. Jones served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956. Barry retired from General Foods in Dover and pursued his passion for fishing. Barry is survived by his son, Barry L. Jones Jr. of Seaford; two grandchildren, Brad Jones and Leah Jones, both of Seaford; two sisters, Kim Stewart and husband Rick of Seaford and Connie Roof and husband George of Magnolia; two nieces; and five great-nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville. Interment will follow in Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VFW Virgil Wilson Post, 4961 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or to St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Visit Mr. Jones Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


George Franklin Purpur Jr. -- George Franklin Purpur Jr., 87, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. George was born on Sept. 11, 1925, to the late Blanche Coleman Purpur and George Franklin Purpur Sr. of Danville, Pa. He was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Shirley Purpur. As a young child, George played the violin and participated in several Pennsylvania concerts. He was the youngest violinist in the Milton Symphony at age 14. Upon graduation, he entered World War II and spent the majority of his service time in the Philippines. Upon return, he attended Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pa. He was also a college graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., with a BS in chemical engineering. Following graduation, he worked at Merck and Company in New Jersey and E.I. DuPont de Nemours in Seaford. He also attended LaSalle Extension University in Philadelphia, Pa. He became employed by Main La Frentz and Co. in Salisbury, Md. Later, he was employed as the Sussex County finance director in Georgetown. Mr. Purpur was a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church where he served as a senior warden, junior warden, vestryman, treasurer, delegate to the Diocese Convention, and Sunday school teacher. Other activities he participated in include: The Kent-Sussex Scottish Rite Club, The Shriner-Nur-Temple, The Lower Delaware Shriner Club, The American Legion, and The Laurel School Board. Mr. Purpur was a 32rd Degree Mason. During his service as finance director, he served on numerous finance committees. He was a member of the Laurel Alumni Association and the Laurel Redevelopment Association. He enjoyed participating in a bridge club for numerous years. In later years, he enjoyed attending sporting events pertaining to his grandchildren, watching college sports, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Colleen Ralph Purpur; two daughters, Holly Purpur and Tamara Oliphant; a son-in-law, Robert H. Oliphant; and four granddaughters, Samantha Oliphant, and triplets Taylor, Kelsey and Alexis Oliphant, all of Laurel. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at St. Philips Episcopal Church on South Central Avenue in Laurel. A viewing will be held in the Parish Hall from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Howard G. Backus will officiate and will be assisted by Rev. Glenn H. Lyburn. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in his honor to St. Philips Episcopal Church, Delaware Hospice or to the Red Cross-Relief for Hurricane Sandy. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Doris L. Kernaghan -- Doris L. Kernaghan passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, in Laurel. Id like the memory of me to be a happy one, Id like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. Id like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. Id like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun. Of happy memories that I leave when life is done&. Services will be private.


Marie Wilhelm -- Marie Wilhelm, 95, of Bridgeville, formerly of Nanuet, N.Y., died on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. Marie raised 7 children and then worked for St. Thomas College.ᅠ She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Wilhelm Jr. and two sons, John T. Wilhelm and Robert Wilhelm. She is survived by 4 daughters, Ann Sieger, Barbara Wilhelm, Rosemary Blom and Rita Marshall; a son, Richard Wilhelm; a sister, Patricia Gill; a brother, Thomas Ender; 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. ᅠFriends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Monday evening, Nov. 26, from 6 to 8. Burial will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in St. Anthonys Catholic Cemetery, Nanuet.ᅠ In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Charles F. Johnson -- Charles F. Johnson, 88, of Seaford, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Mr. Johnson retired from the Dupont Company in Seaford in 1985 after over 40 years of service. He loved hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Geneva Johnson; a daughter, Donna Johnson; and 2 brothers, George Johnson and Melvin Truitt. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Bethel Church Cemetery, Oak Grove.


Norris L. Niblett, of Laurel, Delaware, departed this life on November 17, 2012. He was born on October 12, 1929 in Laurel, Delaware, the son of Chester and Lyda Niblett (nee Calhoun), both of whom predeceased him. He is survived by his sister, Patty Lynch, his niece Phyllis Lynch both of Laurel, Delaware. His stepson, Jack Downey and his wife, Donna Downey, of Laurel, his stepdaughter, Sandra Downey, of Laurel, Delaware, his ex-wife, Mable Niblett, his daughters, Tina and Denise Niblett, and long time friend, Jacklyn Lankford. A viewing will be held at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home Laurel, DE on November 23rd, Friday evening from 7-9:00 pm. Private funeral services will follow. Online condolences can be made to the Niblett family by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Howard J. 'Buster' Bradshaw Jr. -- Howard J. Buster Bradshaw Jr., 47, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Galestown, Md. ᅠ He was born on Jan. 24, 1965 in Cambridge, Md., the son of Howard Bradshaw Sr. and Mary Ann Nossick Bradshaw, both of Galestown. He graduated from North Dorchester High School with the class of 1983, completing the Vo-tech welding program. While in high school he began his welding career with Walt Breeding welding stock car frames. A very talented welder and fabricator he was self employed for many years, and in the last few years was a sub contractor for several local companies.ᅠ Buster was a wonderful father and true friend to many. He always had time to help others and will be remembered for his jokes, laughter, and sense of humor. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Sherry Kratochvil Bradshaw of Hurlock, Md.; a daughter, Brianna Bradshaw and a son, Daniel Bradshaw, both of Hurlock; one sister, Barbara Dayton and her husband Jeff of Cambridge, Md.; and three nieces, Jodi Garvin, Allison Gumpman and Chelsea Dayton. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Framptom Funeral Home, P.A. in Federalsburg. Pastor Dave Stewart will officiate. Burial will be private at the Galestown Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Coastal Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Norman H. Crockett Jr. -- Norman H. "Bunky" Crockett Jr., 68, passed away on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born on Dec. 5, 1943 in Crisfield, Md., he was the son of the late Norman H. Sr. and Ida Jean Christy Crockett.ᅠ Bunky was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and target shooting. His hobbies also included carpentry and the love of his pets. He retired from the DuPont Co. in Seaford in 2001 after 36 years of service where he was a mechanic. He also had been a member of the National Guard. Mr. Crockett is survived by his wife, Teresa Boyce Crockett of Georgetown; two daughters, Miranda "Mandie" Granger and her husband Michael and Rachael Fulford and her husband Nicholas and a son, Norman Crockett III, all of Laurel; a sister, Angel Bunner of Laurel; a brother, David Crockett of Salisbury; 2 grandsons, Luke and Logan Granger; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 16091 Willow Way at Woods of Trap Pond, Laurel (Mandies home). Friends and relatives are invited and asked to come in casual dress. Memorial donations may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Dr. Allan B. Kittila -- After a 12-year battle with MDS, Dr. Allan B. Kittila of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at the age of 74 after succumbing to acute leukemia. Allan was born in St. Paul, Minn., to Alfred and Parme Kittila on Feb. 23, 1938. After growing up in the Twin Cities, Allan graduated from the University of Minnesota and pursued his graduate studies at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he earned a master's degree and his Ph.D. in physical and inorganic chemistry. Allan volunteered for service in the U.S. Army in 1965 and was a commissioned officer in active combat service in Vietnam from 1966-67. After an honorable discharge as a captain, Allan took a position in Seaford at DuPont as a research chemist where he worked for 28 years at the forefront of computer technology. Thereafter, Allan worked for Nanticoke Health Services as the director of information services until he retired in 2001. Allan had a passion for life, enjoying music, travel, writing, and teaching. Allan was an accomplished pianist, organist, and saxophone player. His love for music expressed itself in his service as president of the Seaford Community Concert Association for the last five years and he served on its board of directors for over 40 years. Allan was a skilled woodworker with a myriad of interests in computers, history, literature, and politics. He was the announcer for the Seaford High School Marching Band in the 1980's. He was also a project leader and an active supporter of 4-H. Allan served as sub-dean for the Sussex Branch of American Guild of Organists. He also assisted with the new Seaford Library project. Most important to Allan was his abiding faith in Jesus Christ and his years of service in the church. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church where he served many years as a trustee and was on the building committee for the present building. He also served as youth leader, Sunday School teacher, and director and writer of Christmas programs for over a decade. Allan is survived by his wife, Karen of Seaford; his four children, son Dr. Christopher and wife Brenda of Milton, Ga.; son Theodore, Esq. and wife Anne-Laure of Greenville; daughter Kathleen Beaulieu and husband Jason of Durham, N.C., and son Timothy and wife Erin of Shoreview, Minn.; his eight grandchildren; and his sister, Gayle Kittila of Seaford. Funeral services will be held at Grace Baptist Church in Seaford on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m., with a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. A visitation will also be held the night before, Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Delmarva Teen Challenge at www.delmarvateenchallenge.org in memory of Allan B. Kittila.


Ronald Guy "Ron" Kinnamon -- Ronald "Ron" Kinnamon, 65, of Seaford, went to join his wife, Mellie Kinnamon who died in 2010 and father, Bill Kinnamon in Heaven on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Ron was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was born in Milford to Bill and Rinky Kinnamon on Oct. 14, 1946. Ron graduated from Seaford High School in 1964. He attended Goldie Beacon College and was employed at the DuPont Co. for 40 years. Ron was an avid golfer and member of the Seaford Golf and Country Club. He was a member of the Seaford VFW, American Legion and the Masons. He enjoyed riding with the DuPont Retirees Friday Riders. Ron is survived by his mother, Arintha "Rinky" Kinnamon and brother, Gary and wife Margaret Kinnamon of Seaford. He is also survived by niece, Renata Kinnamon of Seaford; nephew, Will Kinnamon of Seaford; and a great niece, Caitlin Cudworth, also of Seaford. He is survived by numerous other relatives. Ron is also survived by longtime pets known as "The Boys" - Moose and Arnie, also great friends. A memorial service will be held at St. John's United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. John's Church in Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Tunnell Cancer Center, 18947 John J. Williams Hwy. #101, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19958 or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Joseph L. Cahall -- Joseph L. Cahall, 54, of Delmar, passed away on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Born in Easton, Md., he is the son of the late Harvey O. Cahall and Ruth Ann Cahall of Laurel. Joseph was employed by the Pepsi Company of Salisbury for 19 years, where he was a dedicated employee with an exceptional work ethic. He also had been employed by Columbia Vending in Delmar for 13 years. Joe had many hobbies. He was an avid fisherman, usually bringing his children and their friends with him. Everything he caught was returned to the water. Joe a member of BASS, and mentored the catch and release method to many of his family and friends. He could be found coaching and playing softball, playing pinnacle online with his friends, and working in his vegetable garden. Joe organized many tournaments and was especially proud of his involvement with Easter Seals. Joe was a lifetime bowler, enjoying the Seaford Lanes were he also served as an officer for the leagues. He enjoyed playing pinochle online and with friends. Joe was also a member of the Sons of the American Legion in Sharptown. Mr. Cahall was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and son. Cherished family memories include his love of family and his willingness to help anybody and everybody with grass cutting or fixing just about anything. In addition to his mother, Mr. Cahall is survived by his wife of 32 years, Debbie L. Cahall of Delmar; his son, Joseph A. Cahall; and daughter, Michelle Cahall and her companion Derek Himmler, all of Delmar; a brother, James Cahall and wife Martha of Delmar, Md.; and a sister, Tammy Cahall of Parsonsburg, Md; grandchildren, Mason and Makenna Himmler of Delmar; a mother-in-law, Joan Hipps of Laurel and father-in-law, George Wilbur Nichols of Seaford. Numerous nieces, nephews, and brothers and sisters-in-law survive him. Also, close family friends, Dallas and Ann Moore, Dallas Moore Jr., Wade Moore and wife Sandra, all of Maryland also survive him. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Rev. Tim Dukes will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Mr. Cahall's name to Richard Henson Cancer Institute, c/o Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation, 100 E. Carroll St., Salisbury, MD 21801-5493. Online condolences may be made to the Cahall family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Raymond Pavone Jr. -- Raymond Pavone Jr., 64, of Bridgeville, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. Born in Olean, N.Y., he was the son of the late Mary Shiner and Romeo Pavone Sr. He was a self-employed auto mechanic and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Virgil Wilson Post 4961, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Seaford. He is survived by a son, Anthony M. Pavone of Seaford; a daughter, Rae Ann Preston of Port Allegany, Pa.; a brother, David Pavone of Tucson, Ariz.; two sisters, Carol Chandler of Laurel and Sandy Gardner of Phoenix, Ariz.; and five grandchildren. He is also survived by three stepsons, a stepdaughter and several step-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Virgil Wilson Post 4961, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) on Middleford Road in Seaford. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetary at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Lawrence Edward Kile, 52 Lawrence Larry Edward Kile of Rhodesdale, Md., died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at his residence after a five year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease). Born April 16, 1960 in Kingston, Pa., he was the son of Mary Ann Gavlick Torkelson of Seaford and Ransom Edward Kile of Kingston. Larry worked for L3-Communications in Easton until his health failed. He was a skilled craftsman who enjoyed working with his hands. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and kayaking. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Marcia Tull Kile of Rhodesdale; a daughter, Monica Kile Levine and her husband Marc of Ellicott City, Md.; a son, Cody Vaughn Kile and his wife Jessica of Mardela Springs, Md.; three brothers, Randy Kile and his wife Megan Cleary of Wenatchee, Wash., Brian Kile and his wife Mia of Decatur, Texas, and Tim Kile and his wife Venus of Ft. Worth, Texas. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Since his diagnosis, Larry participated every year in the Walk to Defeat ALS in Rehoboth Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be sent to the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia Chapter to support his team, Larrys Wings. Donations may be made online at www.alsphiladelphia.org or can be sent to 321 Norristown Rd., Ste. 260, Ambler, PA 19002. The next annual ALS Walk will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 15, at Rehoboth Beach for those who wish to participate. Following the walk, a memorial service will be held at Brookview United Methodist Church, in Rhodesdale at 2 p.m. to honor his memory. Zeller Funeral Home in East New Market is handling the arrangements.


Gladys Bonowicz -- Gladys Bonowicz, 63, of Laurel, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Passaic, N.J., the daughter of the late Rose Mentus and Thomas J. Barbula, she was a bookkeeper and a graduate of Berkeley Business School in New Jersey. She was an active member of the Women of the Moose, Chapter 1384, where she received her College of Regents Degree in 2010; she was a collegiate. She was past president of AARP, Chapter 1084. She is survived by her husband, Vincent Bonowicz; a sister, Joyce Mathur of Dennville, N.J.; two stepsons, Jason Bonowicz and Paul Bonowicz; a stepdaughter, Sharon Bonowicz and a niece and a nephew. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 2 p.m., prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Women of the Moose, Chapter 1384, 22759 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973.


Lorna G. Menguy Tebo -- Lorna G. (Menguy) Tebo, 56, passed away at home in Seaford on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, after a prolonged illness. ᅠ Lorna was born in Panama on Oct. 31, 1955 to Phyllis Joan Sharp. She was preceded in death by her mother and her son, Benjamin Michael Tebo. ᅠ She is survived by her loving husband, Larry Tebo; son, Alex Tebo; her father, Alain F. Menguy of Blue Springs, Mo.; a sister and brother-in-law, Rev. Missy and Phil Rekitzke of Sudlersville, Md.; a brother, Alain (Guy) Menguy of Champaign, Ill.; and special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.ᅠ Lorna graduated from Whiting High School in 1974 in Indiana and attended Ball State University and graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in political science in 1985. ᅠ She and her husband Larry were married in Champaign, Ill. on Jan. 16, 1988. Lorna worked for the American College of Surgeons in Chicago, Ill., the Chancellor Convention Center, publication services as an editor and Devonshire Realty as an executive secretary, all of Champaign.ᅠ Lorna was a voracious reader and a lover of literature. She loved to swim, enjoyed classic movies and any and all activities with her family. Her faith in the Lord was unshakeable and she bore witness of His love and grace with all that she met. ᅠ Services for Lorna Tebo are on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Seaford. There will be a visitation from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a memorial service at noon. ᅠ In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.


Mary 'Catherine' King -- Mary Catherine King, 89, of Seaford, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. Catherine was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Sussex Chapter in Seaford, a Past Matron of Row Alma Chapter in Sharptown, Md. and Past Guardian of Jobs Daughters, Bethel Chapter in Glen Burnie, Md. She was also a volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Her first husband, William Henry Lee died in 1982 and her second husband, Ira King died in 1995. ᅠ She is survived by her daughter, Alma Barnickel and her husband John; a grandson, Matthew Barnickel; 3 great-grandchildren and 2 sisters, Mina Paul and Frances Adkins. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug.21, at Glen Haven Memorial Park, 7225 Richie Hwy., Glen Burnie. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Monday evening, Aug. 20, from 6 to 8. Eastern Star Services will be at 7:30 p.m.ᅠ


Cynthia Cindy Arline Alger Herbst -- Cynthia Cindy Arline Alger Herbst, 62, of Seaford, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. She was born in Williamsport, Md., the daughter of the late Ivan and Rachel Alger. Cindy worked as a trauma nurse for the Western Maryland Health Systems Memorial Hospital, as well as for Dr. William Tompkins and Dr. Howard Strauss. She was a charter and current member of Christs Church of New Hope in Bridgeville where she was most involved in her work as a ministers wife, youth ministry coordinator and choir director and at Ringgold Church of Christ and Winifred Road Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, John R. Herbst; son, James Herbst and wife Jenny; son, Thomas Herbst and wife Rachel; daughter, Elizabeth Herbst Cross and husband Aaron; and 3 grandchildren, Dylan Herbst, Isaac Cross and Josiah Cross. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Ringgold Church of Christ, Ringgold, Md. Burial will be in Ringgold Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Christs Church of New Hope, P.O. Box 264, Bridgeville, DE 19933 or Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Elinor Huffman -- Elinor Huffman, 84, of Bethel, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Elinor was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late Augustus Gus and Emma Slatcher. Elinor was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of Laurel Church of the Nazarene where she was the organist for over 50 years. She dedicated her life to her family and her church. Cherished family memories include her love of cooking. She was known to make the best chicken and dumplings. Elinor also enjoyed eating out, playing miniature golf and traveling. She was able to travel to some of her favorite places including Hawaii and Nashville. Mrs. Huffman is survived by her sons, Kenneth Huffman and wife Karen of Seaford and David Huffman and wife Melinda of Bethel; a daughter, Joyce Jefferson and husband Jay of Seaford; a brother, William Slatcher of Seaford; a sister, Elizabeth Hubble of Delmar; grandchildren, Holly Cay, Sara Szczurko, Clark Huffman, Aaron Jefferson, Patricia Laurion and Noel Jefferson; great grandchildren, Jerimy and Emmy Cay, Olivia and Victoria Szczurko, Eli Laurion and Karley Jefferson; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Huffman. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Laurel Church of the Nazarene, 100 Walnut St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Pastor Ralph Fraser will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Elinors honor to the Laurel Church of the Nazarene, 100 Walnut St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the Huffman family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Mary Jane DiGenno -- Mary Jane DiGenno, 84, died at her home in Federalsburg, Md., on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. She was born on June 17, 1928, in Hickman, the daughter of the late Luther Jester and Mary Ellen Breeding Jester. She was also preceded in death by husbands, Leon Trice and Henry DiGenno. She was a graduate of Caroline High School in Denton. A homemaker, she enjoyed gospel music, Christian programming and attended Park Lane Church of God. She also enjoyed sewing, baking and cooking and taking them to her friends and family. She is survived by a son, Wayne Trice and his wife Marilyn; two daughters, Bonnie Salmons and her husband Jack II and Susan J. Long and her husband John, all of Federalsburg; five grandchildren, Darren Trice, Melinda Trice, Wendy Donovan, Jack Salmons III and Michael Long; six great-grandchildren, Abigail Trice Slacum, Megan Hudson, Brandon Donovan, R. J. Garner, Chris Garner and Brittany Garner; a sister, Betty Mae Truitt of Seaford; and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Jean Trice; two sisters, Martha Jester and Marie Draper; and two brothers, James Jester and Nelson Jester. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Framptom Funeral Home, P.A. in Federalsburg with the Revs. Denzil Cheek and Mark Donovan officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Federalsburg. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Serving as pallbearers will be Darren Trice, Jack Salmons III, Michael Long, Brandon Donovan, John Long and Christopher Hudson. The family has requested that donations be made in her memory to the Bonnie Hilghman Cancer Fund, c/o Midshore Community Foundation, 102 East Dover St., Easton, MD 21601.


Ruth Ann Waldis Handy Dodd -- Ruth Ann Waldis Handy Dodd, 99, passed away peacefully at Lofland Park Center Genesis in Seaford, on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. Ms. Dodd was born near Chestnut Grove in Caroline County, Md., on May 12, 1913. Her parents were Minnie Scott and Joseph Waldis. She graduated from Federalsburg High School in 1931. In November 1940, she married Charles Emery Handy and moved to Cokesbury near Reliance, Md. During her lifetime, she worked in sewing factories in Hurlock, Blades and Seaford; at Harper and Bateman Pickle Factory in Hurlock; and independently owned and operated a chicken and produce farm with her first husband until 1970 when they moved to Seaford. Following her husbands death in 1974, she married Henry Dodd of Reliance, Md. After Mr. Dodds death she moved to Williams Pond in Seaford with her daughter Gail and her late son-in-law Albert Phillips. Mom Mom Ruth or Great Mom as many called her is survived by three sisters: Louise Massey and Margaret Wheatley, both of Federalsburg and Elizabeth Orn of California, and one brother William (Bill) Waldis of Cambridge, Md. She is predeceased by her parents, an infant brother Frank, an older brother Russell Waldis and four sisters, Virginia Nichols, Kathleen DeGraw, Gertrude Lord and Reba Sammons. She is also survived by two daughters from her first marriage to Mr. Handy, Joan Ann Sears and husband Kenneth of Seaford and Gail Phillips of Seaford; four grandchildren, Jewel Thomas Reagan (John), Rene Thomas Perez (Ira), Dwayne A. Phillips and Darren W. Phillips; and four great grandchildren, Tara Ann Elizabeth Reagan, Elyssa Perez, Jessica Perez and Marlo Steen-Phillips. We celebrate the time with Mom Mom and the many gifts of her love of cooking, sewing, decorating, story-telling events of her childhood and married life, life working on her parents and husbands farm. In addition to caring for her home and family, she regularly attended church, participated in United Methodist Womens groups throughout her church life at Chestnut Grove Methodist Church, later became a member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Maryland, and Gethsemane Church in Reliance and St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford. A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Friday, Aug. 17, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Johns United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973 will be appreciated. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home of Seaford.


Dorothy Hearn Murphy -- Dorothy Hearn Murphy, 91, of Laurel, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Genesis ElderCare in Seaford. Born in Laurel, the daughter of the late Emma Collins and Avery Hearn, she was a homemaker. She is survived by two sons, Pat Murphy and wife Kay of Laurel, and Jerry Thomas Murphy and wife Marsha of Seaford; six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John Thomas Murphy Jr. in 1998. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, in Asbury Cemetery, Georgetown. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home of Seaford.


Vivian 'Vicky' Turner Newton -- Vivian Vicky Turner Newton, 90, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in Waterford, N.Y. on Aug. 3, 1922, Vicky was the daughter of the late Harold W. Turner and Ethel Brundage Turner. She was the youngest of three children, having an older brother, Gordon and sister, Joyce. She grew up in Troy, N.Y., went to the Emma Willard School and attended Elmira College. She enjoyed working on the school paper, horseback riding and swimming. Happy summers were spent in Ocean Grove, N.J. In 1942 Vicky married her beloved husband Art Newton at the Little Church Around the Corner in New York. Afterward she worked as the safety inspector in the Springfield Massachusetts Armory while Art was in the Pacific serving our country during World War II. In 1952 Vicky and Art moved to Seaford where he worked for E. I. DuPont. While in Seaford she was a devoted and loving mother and enjoyed being active in Mt. Olivet UMC, and AAUW. She also enjoyed playing bridge, the beach, boating and travel with her husband. Being with her family was her greatest joy. Vicky is survived by her 3 children, Sandra Newton Eisel of Ocean Pines, Md., Henry A. Newton III of Seaford and Southport, N.C. and Sharon Newton Robinson of Fenwick Island. She has 6 grandchildren, Kristen E. ten Brink, Megan E. Bowman, Henry Newton IV, Beth N. Beckmann, Erin R. Gibson and Rob Robinson. She is also blessed with 7 wonderful great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13, at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, where she resided for over 15 years. The service will be conducted by Pastor Barbara Wilson. A short reception will follow there. Private burial services will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, 801 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Winfield H. Gray -- Winfield H. Gray, 66, of Seaford, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. Winfield was born in Cambridge, Md., the son of the late Howard and Lillie Gray. He was a lifelong resident of Seaford working with his parents at their grocery store on Phillips Street and later managing Kentucky Fried Chicken for 17 years before retiring. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends. Winfield is survived by his wife of 8 years, Valerie L. Gray; two stepchildren, Jodie Dawson and William C. Serman, both of Westover, Md.; one grandchild, Adelah Shaker; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Tuesday evening, Aug. 14, from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Dorchester Memorial Park, Cambridge, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Pastor Donald L. Murray -- On Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, after a 3 year battle with Lou Gehrigs disease, Don Murray, 68, went home to be with the Lord. Don was born on June 15, 1944 in Milford. He was the pastor of St. Pauls UMC of Laurel for 16 years before retiring in April 2011, where he recently received the Mighty Man of God Award. He was also Past Master of Franklin lodge #12 in Georgetown and served on the Indian River School Board of Education for 5 years. He was a member of the Toastmasters organization in Salisbury and served in the United States Air Force for 4 years. He was a graduate of Georgetown High School and Del-Tech. Don was a great musician, playing the banjo with the Don Murray Family Gospel band. His hobbies were golfing, bowling, playing softball and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Dorothy Murray of Georgetown, and a sister, Linda Semans of Dover. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol; daughters, Kelly and husband Steve Willing and Shelly and husband Ed Wilson; granddaughters, Jessica and husband Dann Kinsler and Mindy Willing; and grandsons, Seth and Shane Wilson. He is also survived by a brother, Randy Murray and wife Debbie and was awaiting a great-granddaughter due in November. A funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday after 11 a.m. Dons final resting place will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. Services will be officiated by Pastor Bruce Rogers, the Rev. Rebecca Rollins and Joe Roszin. Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to St. Pauls UMC, 32827 Old Stage Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.


Lisa Marie Cooper -- Lisa Marie Cooper, 48, of Laurel, died Monday, July 30, 2012 at her residence. ᅠ Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of Sandra Thomas Weber and the late William F. Jackson Sr.ᅠ She was an ECHO cardiographer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and Nanticoke Cardiology in Seaford. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Seaford.ᅠ She is survived by her mother, Sandra Thomas Weber and stepfather Chris of Salisbury, Md.; a