Obituaries

05/28/16

Ruth H. B. Essick -- Ruth H. B. Essick, 94, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Ruth was born on Dec. 16, 1921 in Concord, the daughter of the late John and Florence Hitchens. Ruth graduated from Seaford High School and Beebe Nursing School. She retired after many years as a nurse for the Bucks County Dept. of Health and she worked at Bucks County Credit Union. She was a resident of Brittany Pointe Estates and Chalfont, Pa. Ruth was a member and past Matron of the Eastern Star Chapter Signet 129 and a lifelong member of Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church in New Britain, Pa. Ruth was the wife of the late Norman Bickel and Charles Essick. She was the mother of Danielle MacNamara; grandmother of Russ Crouthamel, Denise (Crouthamel) Pollock and Sandra Crouthamel; and great-grandmother of Christian Crouthamel, Dennis Pollock, Collin Pollock, Ashlee Pollock, Mackenzie Crouthamel, Patrick Crouthamel and Jack Crouthamel. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Phillips; nephews, Donald and Keith Hitchens; niece, Janet Mitchell; and great-nieces, Lora Schuller and Dawn Parks. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, May 27, at William R. May Funeral Home, 142 N. Main St., North Wales, Pa. An Eastern Star ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the funeral service. Interment will be held at Whitemarsh Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations to Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church, 321 W. Butler Ave., New Britain, PA 18901, would be appreciated. Services are in the care of May Funeral Home, www.mayfuneralhome.com.


Thomas Andrew Commo -- Thomas Andrew Commo, 88, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was born in Fond Du Lac, Wis., on Saturday, Jan. 7, 1928, son of the late Edgar and Salome K. (Eitener) Commo. Mr. Commo worked for over 20 years in the U.S. Naval Ordinance Station as a ordnanceman in Indian Head, Md., from which he retired. He was a veteran of the Navy and the Air Force. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Commo is survied by his son, Dennis Commo and his wife Laura; his two grandchildren, Sean and Jordyn; and his sister, Beverly Whealon of Fond Du Lac. All services will be private.


Larry W. Windsor -- Larry W. Windsor, 64, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2016. He was born on Aug. 5, 1951 to the late Norman and Mary Windsor of Laurel. Larry served in the U.S. Navy, received an associate degree from Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown, worked for DuPont in Seaford for 34 years, Vernon Powell in Salisbury, Md., and Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Patuxent, Md. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Mackie, and his wife, Diane. He deeply loved his wife, Diane, and his son, Billy. He was an avid sports fan, particularly of the Baltimore Orioles. But, he was happiest when he was running. He ran 22 marathons, four of which were in Boston. He ran his last 5K a week before his brain surgery in August 2015. Larry is survived by his son, Billy Windsor of Salisbury, Md.; sisters, Nancy (Bill) Callahan of Laurel and Becky (Glen) White of Little Rock, Ark.; aunt, Bertha Cantwell of Seaford; brother-in-law, Tad Mackie of Strasburg, Va.; two nephews, David Mackie of Cary, N.C. and Douglas Collins of Laurel; two nieces, Susan (Edmund) Shaw of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Terri Collins of St. Petersburg, Fla.; four great-nieces, Gretchen and Bridgette Mackie of Cary, and Oona and Imogen Shaw of Pittsburgh; and two great-nephews, Lowell and Henry Shaw of Pittsburgh. His family and friends will dearly miss his laughter and easy smile. His family would like to thank the nurses, CNAs and volunteers from Delaware Hospice for their loving care in his last days. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10-11. Interment with military honors will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


Helen B. Russell -- Helen B. Russell, 93, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Helen grew up in Laurel. She played basketball in high school. After high school she played for the Laurel Owletts basketball team in the Eastern Shore League in the 1940s and 50s. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 7 in Seaford and the Acorn Club. Her husband, Vaughn B. Russell died on March 30, 2016. She is survived by her son, Barry Brumbley and his wife Ann; daughter, Karen Coughlin and husband Greg; grandchildren: Kim Tyndall (Sammy), Shari Bramble (Paul), Jason Spohn (Kelley) and Lindsay Rynkowski (Ryan); great-grandchildren: Shelby Lester (Kenny), Trey Tyndall (girlfriend, Jenna Espenlaub), Sydney Tyndall, Alyssa Martin, Mark Martin, Nicholas Martin, Brianna Sweeny and Coleen Sweeny; and a great-great-grandson, Case Lester. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24, preceded by an Order of the Eastern Star Service, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. Special thanks to Vitas Hospice employees for their care and compassion during this time - RNs, Kristian & Heidi, LPNs, Moses & Jim, CNAs, Claudette & Stephanie, Pastor Jake, social worker Tracey & her private companions, Christine & Mary Jo. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice, 20773 Professional Park Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947.


Blanche Dukes Elliott -- Blanche Dukes Elliott, 91, of Laurel, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, May 19, 2016. Blanche was born on Dec. 9, 1924, to the late Aaron P. and Orva Sirman Dukes. She was raised by her grandparents, the late Joseph and Rosa Sirman. Blanche attended Sycamore School and graduated as the salutatorian of the Laurel High School Class of 1942. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for L. B. Brittingham. She had been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 70 years. She treasured being a farm wife and mother and loved serving her church. She will always be remembered for her kind, gentle spirit. Blanche was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall T. Elliott in 2012 after 68 years of marriage. Blanche is survived by her daughter, Marlene Elliott Brown and her husband Jim, with whom she made her home. She is also survived by a brother, William Dukes (Norma); a sister, Joan Stevenson (Robert); a grandson, Michael Brown (Tanya); and three great-grandchildren, Mia, Abi, and Aaron. She also leaves to cherish her memory many others who were like children and grandchildren and a special cousin, Dorothy Banks. A viewing will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 17429 Phillips Hill Rd., Laurel, followed by the service at 3 p.m. Interment will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 23, in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions can be made in her memory to Trinity United Methodist Church, c/o Barbara Adams, 16394 Adams Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Blanche Dukes Elliott -- Blanche Dukes Elliott, 91, of Laurel, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, May 19, 2016. Blanche was born on Dec. 9, 1924, to the late Aaron P. and Orva Sirman Dukes. She was raised by her grandparents, the late Joseph and Rosa Sirman. Blanche attended Sycamore School and graduated as the salutatorian of the Laurel High School Class of 1942. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for L. B. Brittingham. She had been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 70 years. She treasured being a farm wife and mother and loved serving her church. She will always be remembered for her kind, gentle spirit. Blanche was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall T. Elliott in 2012 after 68 years of marriage. Blanche is survived by her daughter, Marlene Elliott Brown and her husband Jim, with whom she made her home. She is also survived by a brother, William Dukes (Norma); a sister, Joan Stevenson (Robert); a grandson, Michael Brown (Tanya); and three great-grandchildren, Mia, Abi, and Aaron. She also leaves to cherish her memory many others who were like children and grandchildren and a special cousin, Dorothy Banks. A viewing will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 17429 Phillips Hill Rd., Laurel, followed by the service at 3 p.m. Interment will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 23, in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions can be made in her memory to Trinity United Methodist Church, c/o Barbara Adams, 16394 Adams Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Pauline Dix McMullen -- Pauline Dix McMullen, 94, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at Seaford Center Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Laurel on Dec. 28, 1921, daughter of the late Harley and Alice (Wilson) Whaley. Mrs. McMullen worked for many years as a Seamstress for Gant Shirt Company in Salisbury, Md. During her leisure time, she enjoyed solving puzzles and word books. Mrs. McMullen was a devoted and longtime member of the Seaford Christian Church in Seaford. In addition to her parents, Mrs. McMullen was preceded in death by her first husband, Alfred Dix in 1968 and second husband, Julian McMullen in 1999; three brothers: Charles Glen Whaley, Melvin Joseph Whaley and Layton Manning Whaley; a sister, Dorothy Whaley Hoffman; stepsons Larry McMullen and his wife Barbara McMullen; and a stepsister, Julia Lee Bradley. She is survived by her two sisters, Janice Brittingham Dix of Seaford and Kitty Bledsoe of Denton, Md.; many step grand and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at Seaford Christian Church, 22581 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, where friends may call beginning at 10 a.m. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. at Parksley Cemetery, Parksley, Va. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a Division of Parsell Family Funeral Homes, Seaford.


Florence A. Brittingham -- Florence A. Brittingham, 86, of Delmar, died on Monday, May 16, 2016, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was born on May 24, 1929 in Worcester County (Md.), a daughter of the late Ray and Grace (Dennis) Phillips. Florence worked as a poultry grower for many years alongside her late husband on the family farm. She was a member of the Salisbury Baptist Temple and had an undying love for her Lord Jesus. Her life revolved around her family and she cherished times spent with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and will be remembered for her butterbeans and corn dumplings. She enjoyed reading, collecting coins and cross-stitching. She is survived by her children: Phyllis A. LeCates (Gardner) of Laurel, Ruth E. Wilkerson (Jerry) of Delmar, Suzanne Nichols (Dickie) of Delmar, Rebecca J. Conley (Curt) of Harrington, David W. Brittingham (Donna) of Delmar and Kelly E. Merritt (John H. Jr.) of Delmar; 18 grandchildren: Daniel LeCates, Melanie LeCates, Dawn Walker, Michelle Plummer, Angela Greenwalt, Grace Malone, Jimmy Nichols, Amy Hyson, Rachel Hanson, Matthew Conley, Deborah Ringler, Leah Conley, Heather Cooper, Laura Shores, John H. Merritt III, Joshua Merritt, Lauren Tingle and Joel Merritt; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a brother, Oliver Phillips; sisters, Iva Basil and June Brumbley (Wayne); and a sister-in-law, Jeanette Davis. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer L. Brittingham, who passed in 1992; two infant sons, Wilmer A. Brittingham and Steve Anthony Brittingham; and brothers, Franklin, Dallas and Vaughn Phillips. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 1-2. Pastor Carlos Leto and David Brittingham will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Contributions may be made in her memory to Salisbury Baptist Temple, 6413 Hobbs Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804.


Gordon Lee Mills Jr. -- Gordon Lee Mills Jr., 67, of Laurel, passed away at his home on Monday, May 16, 2016. He was born in Salisbury, Md. on Dec. 30, 1948, a son of Virginia Mills of Laurel and the late Gordon Lee Mills Sr. Gordon graduated from Laurel High School in 1966. After graduation, he went on to be a cabinet maker and also worked for the USPS in Easton, Md. for 32 years. He is survived by a son, Steven Mills of Rising Sun, Md.; a daughter, Sara Anderton of Delmar; three grandsons, Carl and Colin Anderton and Mason Mills; and four sisters, Virginia Lee Birney of Laurel, Kathy Seal of Laurel, Barbara Marine of Rhodesdale, Md., and Judy Almeida of Salisbury. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar.


Diane N. Collins (Martha Diane Collins) -- Diane N. Collins (Martha Diane Collins), 87, of Laurel, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, May 17, 2016, from natural causes associated with Alzheimers disease at Methodist Manor House, Seaford, where she had been a resident for the past eight years. She was born in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 11, 1928, to the late Bonnie Jack Perkins of Gulfport, Miss. and the late William Newsom, D.D.S., of Marked Tree, Ark. Mrs. Collins attended the public school system in Gulfport and graduated with honors in 1947. She briefly attended Perkinston Junior College before transferring to the University of Southern Mississippi, Ole Miss. She graduated in 1952 with honors and a B.S. in psychology, majoring in child psychology. After marrying her late husband George W. Collins in October 1952, Mrs. Collins relocated permanently to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, then to Delaware where she taught school as a full-time and substitute teacher in the Maryland and Delaware public school systems. The Collins were members of the Dagsboro then Frankford communities for approximately 22 years before relocating to Laurel approximately 30 years ago. Mrs. Collins is perhaps best remembered as a two-time past president of the Delaware chapter of the Federated Womens Club in which she helped to promote legislation and secure funding for various civic, historic and humanitarian causes. Mrs. Collins worked as a volunteer at the Delaware Colony (formerly the Stockley Hospital for the mentally ill, Georgetown); was a lifelong member of the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni and her sorority; had over 50 years of continuous service in the Red Cross (Mississippi, Maryland and Delaware chapters); was recognized by the Dept. of the Defenses AirWar College as being a member of The Supporting Spouses for officers in the Air Force Reserves. (The Supporting Spouses were recognized for their understanding of the sensitive nature of their husbands continued training with the Air-War College regarding such matters as national security and the cold-war issues that were prevalent at that time.) She was a past member of Vienna United Methodist (UM) Church, Dagsboro UM Church, Frankford UM Church and Laurel Christ UM Church and briefly attended Mount Pleasant UM Church, Laurel. Mr. and Mrs. Collins belonged to the Delmarva Chapter of the Dance Cotillion and were members of the former Seaford Golf & Country Club. Mrs. Collins was also known as a longtime advocate for childrens rights and welfare. Over the years she had also served at various other offices and functions with church, civic organizations, etc. Last but not least, she was a never-failing mother and homemaker. Mrs. Collins was preceded in death by her sister, Marylyn N. Readman (1976); eldest son, Timothy N. Collins (2000); sister-in-law, Vera C. Mason (2005); and husband, George W. Collins (2010). She is survived by brother-in-law, Samuel Readman Sr., nephew, Samuel Readman Jr., niece, Peyton Readman, all of Gulfport; brother-in-law, James Mason, Portsmouth, R.I.; daughter-in-law, Robin Collins, Wilmington; granddaughter, Megan Glynn Collins, Davenport, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Barry W. Collins and Christal A. Collins, grandson, Jacob W. Collins and granddaughter, Ava E. Collins, all of Rhodesdale, Md. The family would like to thank everyone that offered their support and prayers over the past few years while they dealt with Moms condition. Although flowers are appreciated, the family would also greatly appreciate donations to your local chapters of the Alzheimers Foundation and/or the Diabetes Foundation. Funeral services will be held at noon, Sunday, May 22, at Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg, Md. A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Interment will follow at Brookview United Methodist Church Cemetery. To share memories with the family, please visit www.framptom.com.


Vernon C. Hudson -- Vernon C. Hudson, 85, of Laurel, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown. Born in Millsboro, he was the son of the late Ollie F. Hudson and Amelia C. Lowe Hudson. Vernon was a member of Bay Shore Community Church in Millsboro for over 25 years. He had worked for National Cash Register. He retired from the Methodist Manor House after 19 years of service as a custodian. He was a dedicated farmer, enjoyed gardening, and loved traveling with his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Madeline Conaway Hudson of Laurel; his son, Jeffrey Hudson and his wife Cathy of Georgetown; his daughter, Trudy King and her husband Orlando of Laurel; a brother, Francis Hudson of Seaford; a brother-in-law, Jim Adams of Laurel; and grandchildren, Orlando King III and his wife Jennifer, Charity King, Joanna Hudson, Meghan Hudson, and Keri Hignutt and her husband Jason. Two great-grandsons will be arriving in September, and he was very excited about their arrival. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Randall Hudson; his brother, Alton Hudson, and his sisters, Josephine Morio, Virginia Adams, and Shirley Hudson. A celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Bay Shore Community Church, 36759 Millsboro Hwy., Millsboro, where visitation will be held from 6-7. Pastor Danny Tice will officiate. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Vernon Hudsons memory to Bay Shore Community Church, 36759 Millsboro Hwy., Millsboro, DE 19966 or Harrison Senior Living, Attn: Activity Department, 110 W. North St., Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Shirley Julia Stickney Livingston -- Shirley Julia Stickney Livingston, 94, born on Jan. 15, 1922, in Norwich, Vt., was resurrected at 3:04 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Shirley was one of three girls and two boys born to Julia and Henry Stickney. She received a nursing degree from Thetford Academy in Vermont and practiced nursing at Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, N.H. She married her husband Dick in 1943 and they had 67 wonderful years together. Shirley and Dick moved from Buffalo, N.Y. to Seaford with DuPont in 1952 and spent their entire lives there. Her life revolved around her church, Mt. Olivet, as a Circle leader for many years, helping in the kitchen with any church function, on the Altar Guild, and as a loyal member of the Koinonia SS Class. She was also one of the Charter members of the PEO Chapter J in Seaford in 1987. The following involvements of Shirley usually included Dick: volunteering at the Seaford Library, 25+ years with the Nanticoke Hospital Auxiliary, scouting, dancing and bridge clubs and always any activity involving the grandchildren. Shirley will be remembered for her caring of others, shyness, willing smile and always being ready to help on a church project. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Mimi, as her grandchildren called her, will always be remembered for having a cookie jar full of homemade chocolate chip cookies in the kitchen. Surviving are her daughter, Sue Manlove and husband Larry of Lewes; son, Bill Livingston and wife Debbie of Middletown; daughter-in-law, Mariann Livingston of Chesapeake, Va.; her sister, Joyce Stickney, 92, of Vermont; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Richard, 51, in 2001, and husband, Dick in 2010. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, High Street, Seaford. Shirley and husband Dick will be entombed privately at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. Contributions in memory of Shirley are suggested to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. Please visit Mrs. Livingstons Life Memorial and sign the online guest registry at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a member of the Parsell Funeral Family.


Kathy Ann (Pickren) Psota -- Kathy Ann (Pickren) Psota, 56, of Salisbury, Md., died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, at her home on April 27, 2016, following a courageous battle against cancer. Born in Florida on May 1, 1959 to Ken and Ann Pickren, Kathy was raised in Seaford. After graduating from Seaford High School, Kathy obtained her nursing degree from Salisbury State College. For 30 years she worked in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit of PRMC. Known for her straightforwardness, laughter, and love for her sons, Ryan and Evan, Kathy also enjoyed music, reading, cooking, dancing, the beach, and living life to its fullest. She was active in the Hebron Lions Club. Kathy will be sadly and unforgettably missed. She is survived by her mother, Ann Pickren of Seaford; sons, Ryan Psota of Philadelphia, Pa. and Evan Psota of Ocean City, Md.; a brother, James Pickren and his wife Lisa of Richmond, Va.; stepmother, Nancy Pickren of St. Simons, Ga. and two stepbrothers, Brian Simmons and his wife Betsy of Newark and Steve Simmons and his wife Laurel of Alexandria, Va.; and six nieces and nephews: Riley, Cooper, Hana, Makena, James, and Olivia. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth R. Pickren Sr., and her brother, Kenneth R. Pickren Jr. A memorial service, officiated by the Rev. William Kniceley, will be held at Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. A visitation will be held one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Hebron Lions Club, PO Box 514 Hebron, MD 21830 or Coastal Hospice, 2604 Old Ocean City Rd., Salisbury, MD 21801. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.hollowayfh.com.


Eugene Dukes Bryan -- Eugene Dukes Bryan, 70, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016, at home. Eugene is survived by his wife, Laura; two daughters, Polly (George) Baker and Cathy and Craig Moorefield; two sisters, Frances (Norris) Peek and Debbie (Ricky) Long; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A celebration of life memorial service will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Building Fund of Bethel Worship Center. Special thanks is extended to the Class of 1963. Condolences may be sent and the guestbook may be signed at www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Shane Adam Torlish Jr. -- Shane Adam Torlish Jr., 3, of Delmar, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016. A celebration of life service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 437 N. Front St., Seaford, where a viewing will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Condolences may be sent and the guestbook may be signed online at www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Kara Jean Powell (McCarthy) -- Kara Jean Powell (McCarthy), 47, of Jacksonville, Fla. and formerly of Seaford, died Sunday, May 8, 2016, at her sisters residence in Lower Macungie Township, Pa., after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Kara was born in Haverhill, Mass., on Sept. 11, 1968, to the late James F. and Estelle B. (Thomas) McCarthy of Seaford. She was the wife of Ronald Christian Chris Powell. Kara worked for Walgreens as a pharmacy technician in Jacksonville. Kara was a staunch advocate for animal well-being, adopting and volunteering her time with many animal rescues. In addition to her mother and husband, she is survived by her siblings: Liz Braun (Johannes) of Germany, Jimmy McCarthy (Allison) of Seaford, Kathy Campfield of Womelsdorf, Pa., Dan McCarthy of Seaford, Jeff McCarthy (Kelly) of Seaford, and Tricia McCarthy (Mike) Feo with whom Kara resided; many nieces and nephews; and many friends she considered family. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.heintzelmancares.com.


Patricia Pat Jane Ulsh Ellerman -- Patricia Pat Jane Ulsh Ellerman of Bridgeville, lost her battle with Alzheimers disease on Sunday, May 8, 2016, but won a glorious entrance into Heaven where she was reunited with her husband and favorite card playing partner, Ray Ellerman. Pat was born on March 6, 1928 in Juniata County, Pa., daughter of the late Alma and Ray Ulsh. She attended Newport High School where she was captain of the varsity basketball team and played 1st chair violin in the school orchestra. In 1947, Pat married the love of her life, Donald Ray Ellerman. They celebrated 56 years of marriage until his death in 2004. In the early years of marriage, Ray was a harness horse trainer and driver and Pat would help in the stables and paddock. After moving to Bridgeville, Pat became employed in the Recorder of Deeds Office in Georgetown and later worked at Family Court in Georgetown. Wanting to own her own business, she opened an exercise salon (Shape Ahoy) in Seaford until they sold it and bought the Bridgeville Tastee Freeze. Later Pat worked in Legislative Hall in Dover when the legislators were in session, until her retirement. Together, Pat and Ray had two daughters: Sharon Rae Dukes and her husband Wayne and Karen Lee Parker and her husband Eddy; eight grandchildren: Deric Parker and his wife Carla; Dionne Keeler and her husband Chris; Dana Parker; and Dustin Parker and his wife Rachel, all of Bridgeville; Robyn Sturgeon and her husband Mike; TJ Dukes and his wife Rachel, both of Seaford; Heather Stokley and her husband Chris; and Krista Schirmer and her husband Morgan, both of Georgetown; and 17 great-grandchildren. Love for her family was evident in everything Pat did. Pat is also survived by three sisters: Gloria Rolston of Harrisburg, Pa., Jean Amstutz and her husband Fred of Sun City Center, Fla., and Sandra Guidon of Carlisle, Pa. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, at Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may visit beginning at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Bridgeville Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Pats memory to the Alzheimers Association, DE Valley chapter, PO Box 625, Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Please visit Pats Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Loveyann T. Calloway -- Loveyann T. Calloway of Bowie, Md., died on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. She was the beloved wife of Jackie M. Calloway; loving mother of Rhett Calloway and wife Lori; and dear grandmother of Taylor Calloway, Emily Windsor, and Ben Windsor. Family will receive friends at Beall Funeral Home, 6512 NW Crain Hwy., Bowie, on Thursday, May 12 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6600 Laurel Bowie Rd., Bowie, on Friday, May 13 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at First Lutheran Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979. Please view and sign the familys guestbook at www.beallfuneral.com.


Donald Perrington Dunn -- Donald Perrington Dunn, 63, of Delmar, bravely fought brain cancer and won with his family by his side at his home on Sunday, May 8, 2016.ᅠ Born in Salisbury, Md., he was the son of the late Oscar Straughn Dunn Jr. and Thelma Layfield Dunn. Don was a longtime past member of Late Great Chevy Club, Boy Scouts of America, Scout Master of Troop 174, and a member of the Delmar High School Band Parents. He was also a member of Honda Riders Association and Kings United Methodist Church in Laurel. Don had worked for Horner Honda until his health failed. He had previously worked for Federated Auto Parts in Laurel and NAPA in Salisbury. He retired after 28 years from American Mirrex. He enjoyed church league softball, antique cars, coaching his daughter in baseball and softball, working on the El Camino with his son, camping with Boy Scouts, riding his motorcycle, and Friday night date nights with his wife. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Margaret Ellen Dunn; two children, Jessica Renee Lewis and husband Steve of Powellville, Md. and Jason Robert Dunn of Salisbury; three siblings: his twin brother, Philip Dunn and wife Debbie of Laurel, Gilbert Dunn and wife Joyce, and Rebecca Dunn, all of Salisbury; several nieces and nephews; and many fur grandchildren. A celebration of Dons life will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 13, at Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury with visitation two hours before the service. The Revs. John Rogers and Oren Perdue will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Neurosurgery, 600 N. Wolfe St., #B110, Baltimore, MD 21287. 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.


Maurice G. Evans Jr. -- Maurice G. Evans Jr., 73, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at his home. Maurice was born in Baltimore, Md., a son of the late Maurice Sr. and Eva Marie Evans. Maurice proudly severed his country in the United States Air Force as a security policeman, spending one year in Vietnam. He continued his service in the Air Force as a loadmaster in the 326 MAS. Maurice also retired from civil service working in flight scheduling at Dover Air Force Base. He was past commander of American Legion Post #19 in Laurel and past Sussex County District commander; he had 52 years of service with the American Legion. He also served as a commissioner for veteran affairs and served on several committees for the National American Legion. Maurice is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Bettylou Evans of Laurel and sons, John Fabor of North Carolina and Ronald Fabor of California. A funeral service was held on Sunday, May 8, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. The Rev. Ron Wyatt officiated. Interment with military honors by DAFB Honor Guard followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions can be made in memory of Mr. Evans to the Delaware Veterans Home, 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd., Milford, DE 19963.


Betty Brisbo Bennett -- Betty Brisbo Bennett, 90, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Lansing, Mich., she was the daughter of the late George and Jenny Brisbo. Betty proudly served her country in the United States Air Force. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford. Betty was a loving homemaker who loved to host wonderful events and dinners for her family and friends. She also enjoyed quilting and thoughtfully made her children and grandchildren their own custom designed quilts. Betty is survived by her daughter, Theresa Craig and her husband Bryan of Seaford and their children, Rachel Alvarez and her husband John, Caleb Craig and his wife Nora, and Neal Sizemore and his wife Erica and their son Collin. She is also survived by her son, Bill Bennett and his wife Mary and their children, Donald, B.J, and Charles. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, George Bennett in 2010. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 9, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1-2. Caleb Craig will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


John H. Peters, 92, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016. John received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Iowa State University in 1940 and a master of science in administration, management engineering from George Washington University in 1972. He worked as an engineer for the DuPont Company in Seaford, retiring in 1985. He was an Army Air Corp veteran of WWII. He was a 1st LT, 100th Bomb Group as a navigator on B-17 bombers. He was taken POW in Dec. 1944, released in May 1945 and then honorably discharged in Sept. 1945. He was a Life Member 33rd degree Mason, Valley of Chicago, AASR Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, USA for 66 years. Before Johns illness, he taught defensive driving and helped people do their taxes for AARP. He was also very proficient with computers and, along with Archie Dalton, donated the first computer to the Seaford Library. He was a member of the Seaford Golf & Country Club and was an avid golfer. Johns first wife died in 1985. He married Aline R. Hill in 1996. Survivors also include stepchildren, Sharon Drugash, Gregory Hill, Toni Hill, Dawn Marvil, Periann Palmer, Jeffrey Hill and Annette Ring; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9 at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Johns name to the Alzheimers Association, 108 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947.


Edward J. Markowski -- Edward J. Markowski, 87, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016. Ed was born on Feb. 16, 1929 in Throop, Pa., the son of the late Edward A. and Mary Kutis Markowski. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dolores Uscowskas. His wife, Mary Malinowski Markowski, whom he wed in 1952, passed away in 2008. Ed served in Korea from 1950 to 1952 with the Army 25th Infantry Recon. He retired from the post office after 33 years of service in 1986. He was a lifelong tailor and his work is known throughout the community. Ed was a volunteer fireman and an avid Orioles fan. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, past Grand Knight, 4th degree Knight and a 62 year member. He was also a member of the American Legion in Seaford. He especially loved his grandchildren. Ed is survived by his son, Greg Markowski (Melanie); his daughter, Maria Webster (James); grandchildren, Nicole Webster, James Webster and Miranda Markowski; and his beloved godchild, Faith Augustus-Drescher. He is also survived by his adopted daughter, Ella Miller and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 531 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30. Burial will be on Monday, May 9 at 11 a.m., at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, PO Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973.


Joseph Rhea Shannon -- Joseph Rhea Shannon, 77, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Rhea retired from the Penco Corporation in Seaford after 41 years of service where he was a salesman and a manager of the Easton (Md.) store. After retirement he worked for Cranston Funeral Home. He served on the Seaford City Council from 2005 to 2014. He was Vice-Mayor from 2007 to 2014, Police/Fire Commissioner from 2007 to 2014 and Administration Liaison from 2005 to 2007. He was a Life Member of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Co and a Past Fire Chief and a member of Hiram Lodge #21 AF&AM. He was also an active member of St. Johns United Methodist Church where he had served on their board. Rhea is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia Rawlins Shannon; a son Scott Shannon (May); four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Patrick Shannon in 2011. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 1-2. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Johns United Methodist Church, PO Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973 or Vitas Hospice, 20103 Professional Park Blvd., #200, Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Michael J. David-Wilson -- Michael J. David-Wilson, 58, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., passed away following a more than two year battle with cancer on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Peggy Coloneys House of The Center For Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, N.J. Known to most as Mike, he was born on Oct. 28, 1957, a child of the late Benjamin T. Tom and Stella E. (nee Lewandowski) Wilson. He was born and raised in Seaford where he resided until graduating with the Class of 1975 at Seaford Senior High School. Growing up and into adulthood, Mike was a very active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic parish in Seaford. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps as a counterintelligence officer. He was a graduate of St. Alphonsus College, Suffield, Conn., with a bachelors in philosophy and masters in theological studies. In 1988, Mike wed Dottie M. David. The couple, upon marrying, merged their last names to David-Wilson. During all but a few of their married years when they lived in North Carolina, they were residents of New Jersey. Mike received professional certification in nonprofit management from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. He was an accomplished and professionally recognized certified fundraising executive, and a certified social worker for the State of New Jersey. He was employed as a CEO and in other primary executive positions during the final several years of his life. Mike served as the director of the AIDS Center at Hope House and then as director of Institutional Advancement, Planning and Development at New Jersey Community Research Initiatives. Next, he served as the executive director of Middlesex County College Foundation, followed by the Brunswick Senior Resource Inc., in North Carolina, where he was the CEO. Lastly, Mike was the CEO of the ARC of Atlantic County (N.J.), from which he retired in 2015 due to his health. Mike was first and foremost a family man who loved his family dearly and loved spending time with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law. His hobbies included boating, fishing, scuba diving, and traveling. His current memberships included Gildas Club South Jersey, the Association of Fundraising Professionals International, and St. Katherine Drexel Roman Catholic Church. He was also active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8-1 as a Boat Crew Helicopter Rescue Team member. Mike was preceded in death by his father in 1988; his brother, Franklin T. Wilson in 2009; and his mother in 2012. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Dottie of Egg Harbor Township; his daughter, Dottie Krista Planeta (nee David-Wilson) and her husband Salvatore Sal of Manville, N.J.; his three grandchildren that are due in 2016; and his siblings, Agnes Kathleen Wilson-Sypniewski of Felton, Cynthia M. Kuerner and her husband George J. of Magnolia, Kathleen McLaurin of Germantown, Md., and David P. Wilson of Seaford; as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and many relatives and friends. The funeral was held on Saturday, April 23, at St. Monicas Roman Catholic Church, Berwyn, Chester County, Pa., at 9:30 a.m. A funeral mass was offered at 10:30 a.m. A graveside service, that included military Honor Guard, followed at nearby St. Monicas Cemetery, with inurnment subsequently taking place there. Father Nick Bozza officiated at the mass and the graveside service. A luncheon for family and friends followed at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, Chester Co., Pa. Funeral arrangements were handled by Rossi Funeral Home, Scotch Plains, N.J. Contributions may be made in Michaels name to Gildas Club South Jersey, 700 New Rd., Linwood, NJ 08221, or the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Fl. 8-1, 501 East 8th St., Ocean City, NJ 08226.


Jean Kidd Dunham -- Jean Kidd Dunham, 95, a longtime resident of Seaford, died peacefully on Sunday, May 1, 2016, in her newfound home of Steamboat Springs, Colo. She remained vibrant and healthy throughout her 95 years of life. Born simply Jean Kidd on Aug. 12, 1920, she was raised in multiple places on the East Coast by Walter and Henrietta Kidd. She was of Scottish heritage and this, combined with her Depression era upbringing, made her a master of making a silk purse out of a sows ear. Waste not, want not was her motto. In spite of her frugal nature, she will be remembered for her classy style and meticulously color-coordinated wardrobe. Jean received a degree in English from Douglass College, then the Womens College of Rutgers University. In 1943, Jean married Henry M. Duff Dunham, and the two embarked on a 67-year life journey together. In courtship letters found recently, Duff refers to her as his Dearest Tootsie and Darlin Jeannie, and adored her until his passing in 2010. Jean (as housewife) and Duff raised two children, Barbara Jean Dunham (Heuberger) and James Henry Dunham. As a family, they enjoyed travel and also vacationing in nearby Rehoboth Beach, where they eventually purchased a vacation home that became a favorite stomping ground of their grandchildren. After raising her family, Jean put her English degree to good use. She enjoyed a successful career teaching reading to adult students at Delaware Technical and Community College., which was near her home in Seaford. Never one to be idle, she discovered eBay around the age of 80 and embraced the new technology. Known to jewelry collectors around the world as gemjeannie, she embarked on a 10-year venture of scouring the southern Delaware flea markets for vintage and costume jewelry and selling her treasures on eBay. In her 90s, she phased out the Internet business and began designing and creating her own signature line of award-winning jewelry pendants  now a treasured remembrance of Jean Dunham by family and friends. In 2013, at the age of 93 and much to the delight of her daughter, Jean uprooted from her hometown of 60 years to move 2,000 miles and 7,000 ft. in elevation to Steamboat Springs to be closer to family. She referred to it as her Great Adventure. Jean embraced the new culture of the West and loved exploring all things Steamboat with her daughter and friends. She happily found a place in the local chapter of PEO, was warmly welcomed in the Methodist Church, and she made wonderful friends and enjoyed an active lifestyle at Caseys Pond Senior Living Community. This move allowed her to attend the weddings of all three of her granddaughters and to spend more time with family -especially her first great-grandchild, Tommy Gannon. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by friends and family near and far. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (BJ) Heuberger; her granddaughters, Lee Patrice Dunham and husband Mike Hickman, Keri Heuberger Gannon and husband Tom, and Gretchen Heuberger Purves and husband Duncan; her youngest brother, Robert Kidd; and, of course, the apple of her eye, her great-grandbaby, Thomas Heuberger Gannon.


Mary Ellen Milbourn -- Mary Ellen Milbourn, 56, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at her home. She was born in Seaford on Dec. 10, 1959, daughter of Mary L. (Ryan) Bull and the late Merritt Bull. Ms. Milbourn worked for 25 years at Woolworths Supermarkets. She later worked at Frenchs Food Rite in Laurel for several years and the last 10 years at Bartons Southern States in Seaford. Ms. Milbourn enjoyed gardening and her conversation with people, but, most importantly, she enjoyed spending time with her family. In addition to her mother, Ms. Milbourn is survived by two daughters, April Milbourn and Erica Sizemore and her husband Neal, both of Laurel; a grandson, Collin Godwin of Laurel; two brothers, Edward Hastings and his wife Carol of Laurel and William Bull and his wife Cathy of Laurel; and two sisters, Barbara Bull of Seaford and Cathy Ryan of Laurel. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 6, at Stein Highway Church of God, 425 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford, where friends may call at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Blades Cemetery, Blades. Contributions may be made in Ms. Milbourns memory to Compassionate Care Hospice of the Delmarva Peninsula, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford, a Parsell Family Funeral Home. Please visit Ms. Milbourns Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Bernice Seely Brittingham -- Bernice Seely Brittingham, 91, a resident of the Seaford Center and formerly of Laurel, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016. Bernice was born in Milford, on July 29, 1924, a daughter of the late George and Florence Seely. Bernice retired from the Laurel Public Library where she worked for over 30 years, 15 working in the childrens section. She truly loved working with the children, sharing the programs she planned for them to create crafts for themselves and to share with their families. She also drove a school bus for Granville Lowe for many years. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Laurel. Bernice also had a love of sea shells, collecting them for many years any time she took a trip near the ocean. Bernice is survived by her children, Fred Brittingham and wife Karen of Queen Creek, Ariz., Cindy Eskridge and husband Keith of Mardela Springs, Md. and Alberta Lee Brittingham of Wilmington; grandchildren, Scott (Vanessa) Brittingham, Kelley (Beau) Eckert and Jason Eskridge; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Brittingham; a daughter, Phyllis Kuk; and all of her siblings. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where visitation will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


Helen A. Wolfgang -- Helen A. Wolfgang, 84, of Bristol, Pa., passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born in Frackville, Pa., to the late John and Elizabeth (Yozallinos) Banket. She enjoyed feeding the birds, her cat and all animals. Helen was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Croydon for the past 55 years. She enjoyed reading the Bible and was especially devoted to her family. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Wolfgang and her siblings, Leona, Ruth and Leonard. She is survived by her children, John (Debbie) Wolfgang, James Wolfgang, Marie Wolfgang and Cheryl (Wayne); nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 601 Bristol Pike, Croydon, PA 19021. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to St. Thomas Aquinas Church at the address above. To sign the online guestbook or share a fond memory of Helen, visit www.moldenfuneralchapel.com.


Blanche E. Gundry -- Blanche E. Gundry, 74, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Blanche was the daughter of the late Clarence and Etha Massey. She was one of nine children and the last one surviving. Blanche and her husband, John operated Gundry Farms, Mernies Market and Gundry Bus Service. As a young woman, she also worked several years as a secretary at Seaford High School. Blanche was an active member of Woodland United Methodist Church and the Twilight Homemakers Club. She is survived by her husband of over 55 years, John R. Gundry; a daughter, Tami Gunst (John); a son, Anthony Gundry (Terry); and four grandchildren, Sydney Gunst, Sarah Gunst, Jessica Gundry and Emily Gundry. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, at Woodland United Methodist Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Woodland Church Cemetery. If you would prefer not to send flowers, donations to Woodland United Methodist Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd, Seaford, DE 19973, would be appreciated.


Paul Schroer -- Paul Schroer, 75, of Bridgeville, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. He was born on Oct. 13, 1940, in Long Island, N.Y., to the late Paul and Alice Schroer. Paul served proudly in the Air Force as a cryptologist and retired from the NSA after 33 years of dedicated service. He was a member of Faith Community Church and The Gideons. According to his family, Paul was a faith-filled man who loved the Bible. Paul was the beloved husband of Janet for 27 years and a special nephew to Katherine Maddock and Thomas Maddock. He is also survived by his in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was a dear brother to the late Lisa Russell. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at Faith Community Church, 2240 S. DuPont Hwy., Camden. Private interment will be held at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Woodbine, Md. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideons International, Central Delaware Camp, PO Box 622, Dover, DE 19903. Send condolences online at www.pippinfuneralhome.com.


Edward Smith Phillips Jr. -- Edward Smith Phillips Jr., 70, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at his home in Lake Alfred, Fla. He was the son of the late Edward S. Phillips Sr. and Ella Phillips. Edward graduated from Seaford High School and served four years in the United States Air Force as an air policeman. After returning home to Seaford, he started a career with the DuPont Company. Edward worked at the DuPont Nylon Plant in Seaford in the nylon capital of the world for 34 years before retiring. During this time he became a very active member of the American Legion. He was a 50-year member of Post 6 in Seaford. Edward also served as Delaware state adjutant for the American Legion. His duties were similar to a first sergeant, company clerk, administrator and accountant. Edward accomplished many great things while working in the American Legion from working with Boys State to the American Legion baseball teams. He was also a member of the 40&8, an elite group also known as La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux. After his many years of faithful service to the DuPont Company, American Legion and the 40&8, Edward and Jane retired to Lake Alfred, Fla., their home of 10 years. Edward is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jane K. Phillips; sister, Patricia Southern; brother, Raymond Phillips; son, Edward S. Phillips III, his wife Patricia and grandchildren, Shelby and Rachel Phillips; daughter, Rosella Meredith, grandchild, Amanda Meredith, great-grandchild, Carter Meredith, grandchild, Andrew Meredith, great-grandchild, Delilah Meredith; and Brian Richardson and children, Aiden and Madeline. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at the Millsboro Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. The Phillips family would like to give thanks to everyone for their help, thoughts and prayers. Donations may be sent to Good Shepherd Hospice, Development Dept., 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823.


Raymond E. Williams -- Raymond E. Williams, 89, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016. He was born on Aug. 13, 1926 in Russellville, Ark., the son of the late Lamar and Pearl Williams. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Rose Williams in 2010; brother, Junior Williams; and sisters, Cleotha and Mary. Raymond was the retired owner and operator of B&R Restaurant in Millsboro. Raymond is survived by sons, Ray Williams Jr. and wife Ruth of Seaford and Tom Williams of Georgetown; sisters, Imajean Himmelberg of Vienna, Va. and Glentaline Williams of Arlington, Va.; grandson, Ray RW III and wife Jen; and great-grandchildren, Ross Crockett and Carmen and Nora Williams. Committal services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


William Bill J. Davis -- William Bill J. Davis, 78, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 26, 1937. Bill was employed as a security guard with Admiral Security at Delmarva Power in Salisbury. Known as Captain Davis, he was a security guard for his entire career, working as head of security for Bridgeport Speedway for eight years, Bennett Security from 1990-2004, and Treasure Beach RV Campground in Fenwick. Bill was also a bailiff for Court #4 in Seaford. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Hilda James Davis of Laurel. He was preceded in death by his sister, Rose Williams and her husband Raymond Williams Sr. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Joel Beiler will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mr. Daviss memory to St. Jude Childrens Hospital, Tribute Program, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.


Ernest J. Snyder Jr. -- Ernest J. Snyder Jr., 81, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Ernest was a retired construction worker. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Seaford Sportsman Club. He enjoyed the outdoors and hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sherry Snyder; two daughters, Kimberly Sandquist (James) and Brenda Murphy; two grandchildren, Jared Reynolds and Sean Reynolds; and a brother, Wayne Snyder (Mary). Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 25, at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Norris W. Beard Jr. -- Norris W. Beard Jr., 58, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Norris worked for Secrets in Ocean City, Md. He is survived by his mother, Barbara Beard; a daughter, Megan Ann Rodriguez; a granddaughter, Jayde Rodriguez; and brothers, Christopher Beard, Kevin Beard (Maura), and Glenn Beard (Carolee). Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 3 to 4.


Dawn Michele Passwaters -- On Sunday, April 17, 2016, Dawn Michele Passwaters, 48, of Seaford, took the journey to Heaven to be with her beloved husband, Duane. Dawn was born on March 28, 1968 in Seaford. She was a 1986 graduate of Epworth Christian School in Laurel, where she was outstanding in basketball and softball. Employed for over six years with the Seaford School District in Orthopedic Transportation, Dawn really enjoyed her job and truly loved all of her students. Dawn, like her sister and brother, was a diehard New York Yankees fan. She looked forward to her annual trip to the Orioles, Yankees game at Camden Yards with one of her best friends, Suzette Kraft. Dawn enjoyed baking cakes and especially brownies for friends and family. She loved making people laugh. Dawn never lost contact with her best friend from kindergarten, Myra Casteel from Charles Town, W.V. Myra would always say that Dawn was the sister she never had. Dawn was preceded in death by her husband, Duane in December 2015. She is survived by her two sons, whom she loved dearly, Trent of Delmar and Tyler who lived at home with his mom; her parents, Frank Sr. and Pamela Passwaters of Seaford; sister, Amy Passwaters of Laurel; and brother Frank Passwaters Jr. and fianc←e, Amy Messick of Seaford. Dawn is also survived by her in-laws, Larry and Faye Passwaters; sisters-in-law, Tina Passwaters and Lisa Willey; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 1. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dawns name may be sent to Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973 to help defray funeral expenses.


William Russell Rusty Tressler -- William Russell Rusty Tressler, 37, of Laurel, died on Monday, April 18, 2016. Rusty was an auditor for TGM Group, Salisbury, Md. A 2001 graduate of Clemson University, Rusty was an avid fan of Clemson football, basketball and baseball. Win or lose, he was also a diehard Washington Redskins fan. Rusty loved bowling, rolling two 300 games in his career. Another great passion was helping coach Pop Warner football in Laurel for many years. He also coached football at Laurel Middle and High School. Next to his love and knowledge of sports, was his love for family and friends. Rusty didnt know a stranger. He is survived by his son, Russell Mateo Tressler; stepson, Skyler Chaffinch; girlfriend, Vanessa Cay; his mother and stepfather, Pamela Tull-Baynum and James T. Baynum Jr. of Greenwood; paternal grandfather, Marion Tull Jr.; aunts, Donna Ford of Seaford and Lucille Meredith of Sykesville, Md.; uncle, Jack Johnson of Seaford; and many cousins. Rusty was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Russell and Anna Mae Meredith; paternal grandmother, Bernice Beanie Tull; and his father, Dennis Tull. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg, Md. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 22 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will follow at Bloomery Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Clemson University Foundation, PO Box 1889, Clemson, SC 29633. Please designate Athletic Dept. or College of Business & Behavioral Sciences, in memory of William Russell Rusty Tressler - Class of 2001. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Michael Glenn Felin -- Michael Glenn Felin, 61, of Greenwood, passed away peacefully at his home on the morning of Sunday, April 10, 2016. He suffered a heart attack in July 2015 and simply never fully recovered. Mike was born in Wilmington, the son of the late Charles F. Felin III and Orlilla Shepherd Felin. In 1967, the family moved to Lincoln. He was a graduate of Milford High School. In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his sister, Ann Isaacs, whom he missed terribly, but misses no more! He is survived by his sisters, Stella Reed of Greenwood and Jaime Hurd of Ellendale. From his three sisters, Mike was blessed abundantly with nieces and nephews he loved dearly and who adored him. Mike married Ginny Lynn Vikara on April 23, 1999. Through their marriage, Mike gained Ginnys son, Clifton Vikara and still more nieces and nephews to love and enjoy. Until recent years, Mike and Ginny loved to travel and they loved coming home. At the Felins home you were always greeted by an assortment of dogs that brought Mike much joy. From 1974-1976, Mike served as a communications specialist during the Vietnam War. He was proud to serve the country he loved. Following his military service he returned to Delaware where he worked for The George Sherman Corporation and Bob Dishman in the electrical field. He worked in food processing with Clifton Canning and Hanover Foods. Prior to his disability in 2003 following a motorcycle accident, Mike was an independent electrical contractor, the owner of Mikes Electrical Service. After his accident, Mike received training in counseling and facilitating group therapies required by the state for men who inflicted domestic abuse. Mike was a past member of the Milford Jaycees and was one of Milfords outstanding men of the year in 1982. Mike left this earth quietly but he entered heaven with a resounding hallelujah! He accepted Jesus as his Savior as a boy and made Him Lord of his life in 1998. It was at this time that Mike began his personal ministry. He shared the plan of salvation freely and led many to the Lord. Pastor Mike served as the chaplain at the Stevenson House, a detention center for youth from 2002 until 2005 and served as a youth camp director at Camp Mardela in Denton, Md. He was a lifetime member of the Christian Motorcyclist Association where he served as chaplain. He enjoyed leading Bible studies and spent many hours in preparation. During this time of his life he furthered his education, earning degrees in Christian studies and church ministry and was ordained into the ministry by the Sure Foundation. He saturated himself in the Word of God and the Word did not return void. A committal service was held on Friday, April 15, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. A celebration of Mikes life was held on Saturday, April 16, at Bethany Church of the Brethren in Farmington. Dr. Gary D. Issacs officiated. If you wish to honor Mikes memory, please consider a donation to DAV (Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust), 3275 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, KY 41076. Arrangements are in the care of Loftlands Funeral Home in Milford.


Levin Buddy A. Williams Jr. -- Levin Buddy A. Williams Jr., 99, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was born in Seaford on Sunday, Sept. 24, 1916, son of the late Levin A. Williams Sr. and Susie (Friedel) Williams. Mr. Williams enjoyed surf fishing and camping. He was a member of the Assateague Mobile Sport Fishermen Association and Concord United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his loving wife, Alice Rementer Williams, in 1997. He is survived by his son, Levin A. Williams III and his wife Selva J. Williams of Seaford; two grandchildren: Tambra Reagan and her husband Scott and Patricia Esterson, all of Seaford; four great-grandchildren: Jessie Kinsell and her husband Kenny, Kristen Tune and her husband Pat, Katey Reagan and her fianc← Josh and Matthew Esterson; and six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, 609 E. King St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Contributions may be made in Mr. Williamss name to Concord United Methodist Church, 25322 Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Patricia A. Tice -- Patricia A. Tice, 83, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Patricia was born in Delmar, a daughter of the late Clarence and Ruth Wilson. Patricia was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, needlepoint and quilting. She had quite the green thumb especially with her African violets. Patricia was a member of Jehovahs Witnesses in Seaford. Patricia is survived by her husband of almost 65 years, Hershell Tice of Laurel; children, Kenneth E. Tice of Seaford, Patricia Green (Charles) of Hurlock, Md., Heather Johnson (Dave) of Harrington and Amy L. West (Huey) of Bridgeville; grandchildren, Melissa Johnson (Donnie), Kyle Riggin (Lanai), Kenneth E. Tice Jr. (Kris), Michael Fletcher Jr. (Natalie), Ricki Tibbs (Kevin), Josh Quillen (Skyler) and Jeri Alexander (Jared); 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Pauline Tamberrino. A private family service will be held. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Tices memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Alzheimers Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Matthew L. Esham -- Matthew L. Esham, 45, of Bridgeville, passed away at Christiana Hospital on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, after an extended illness. Matt graduated from Woodbridge High school in 1988. After high school, he studied drafting and design at LeMillet Art Institute in Baltimore. He is probably most known for his musical talent as he performed in many venues. He won first place in the Colgate Country Music Showdown and performed in Nashville, Tenn. Locally, he sang for many community organizations and events. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Jenn Esham, his children, Marissa, Jordan and Matthew Jr. and his mother Kitty Ewing, all of Bridgeville; and his brothers, Vaughn of Georgetown and Jeff of Cape Coral, Fla. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Union United Methodist Church (UUMC) in Bridgeville. Interment will follow in Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to UUMC music programs. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


C. Edward Williams -- Charles Edward (Ed) Williams, 93, died at his home in Tucson, Ariz., on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016. Ed was born in Stroudsburg, Pa., in 1922, the son of the late Harry and Ella (nee Altemose) Williams. After high school, Ed attended Pennsylvania State University, where he received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in refrigeration engineering. He played for the Penn State ice hockey team and was a member of the Lions Paw society, the Alpha Zeta fraternity and the Alumni Association. It was here where he met Fay, whom he married in 1946. Ed and Fay raised their children in Bridgeville. In 1969, they moved to Le Sueur, Minn., where Ed was employed by the Green Giant company. In 1986, they retired to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, where Fay died in 1992. In 1994, Ed met and married Gerry, formerly of North Ridgeville, Ohio. They moved to Tucson in 2007 to be closer to two of Gerrys children, Kenneth A. Gerhart and Christine Gerhart McDonough. Ed was a very active volunteer in the civic affairs of every community in which he resided. Ed is survived by his wife, Geraldine (Gerry) Leonard Gerhart Williams; son, Charles E. (Jed or Higgins) Williams Jr. and daughter-in-law Sharon L. Williams of Little River, Calif.; daughter, Ellanna (Nan) Williams Kelly and son-in-law Timothy M. Kelly of St. Augustine Beach, Fla.; and nephew, Fred M. Serfass of Pottstown, Pa. In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his sister, Sara Williams and first wife, Fay Ebner Young Williams of Easton, Pa. Arrangements are in the care of Angel Valley Funeral Home, Tucson.


William Samuel Smart -- William Samuel Smart, 61, of Salisbury, Md., passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at his home. Born in Seaford, he was the son of William Richard Smart and wife Diane of Seaford and Jacqueline June Callaway Smart of Laurel. Bill was a member of Emmanuel Wesleyan Church. He was a self-employed carpenter and building contractor all of his working career. He had a great sense of humor, was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and especially loved being with his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Deborah Taylor Smart; three children, Jeremy Smart and Nicole Smart, both of Salisbury, and Josh Smart and wife Kim of Wilmington; five grandchildren, Jared Smart and his fianc←e Dara Fritz, Tyler Smart, Nathan Smart, Brayden Smart and Jayden Smart; a great-grandchild, Colton Smart; and four siblings, Linda Revell and husband Steve of Lincoln, Rick Smart and wife Donna of Laurel, Wade Smart and wife Tina of Delmar and Robin Jane Phillips of St. Michaels. The family gratefully acknowledges the care and support given to Bill and family by all the nurses and staff from the oncology unit at PRMC and his sister-in-law, Sue Moore and husband Bill of Newark. A funeral service will be held at noon on Thursday, April 21, at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury with the Revs. Tom and Mark Bunting officiating. Visitations will be held on Wednesday evening, April 20, from 6 to 8 at Holloway Funeral Home and also on Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at Springhill Memory Gardens near Hebron, Md. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


Evelyn Bobo Winfield Baltz -- Evelyn Bobo Winfield Baltz, 97, of Schenectady, N.Y., formerly of Kingston, N.Y., passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Ellis Residential and Rehabilitation Center, Schenectady, N.Y. Evelyn was born on Feb. 1, 1919 in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late Estelle and A. Foster Winfield. She attended Girls High in Brooklyn and graduated from Kingston High School and New Paltz Normal School. She taught school in Peekskill, N.Y., Ephrata, Wash., and Kingston. Beloved by her former students, she corresponded with many throughout her life. She was a member of the Old Dutch Church, Kingston, Wiltwyck Golf Club, and The Kingston Hospital Auxiliary for which she volunteered for many years. She loved golf and maintained her game until she turned 90. Her joys were family and music. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren remember board game championships and ice cream with sprinkles. An accomplished pianist and organist, she played for family, church, school and community functions. She was happiest when jamming with her son Chet on piano and organ. Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Jean B. Rose (Deborah), Schenectady; grandchildren: Mark Rose (Jessalyn), Glenmont, N.Y.; David Rose (Amy), Guilderland, N.Y.; Kimberly Conlin (Brett), Athens, N.Y.; Karen Messick (Phillip), Seaford; Christopher Baltz (Melissa), Seaford; Kate Libby (Drew), Seaford; and great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn Johnson, Emery Messick, Nathaniel Rose, Madelyn Baltz, Calvillo Baltz, and Hudson Libby. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Barbara Logan (Gene); her brother-in-law, Earl Mack; her sister-in-law, Patricia Baltz; and numerous nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Chester A. Baltz Jr.; her son, Chester A. Baltz III; and her sisters, Jean Mack and Beatrice Winfield. The funeral service will be held at noon on Tuesday, April 19, at Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Ave., Kingston. Burial will follow in Montrepose Cemetery, Kingston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Scotia Glenville Friends of Music, Attn: Elementary Summer Program, c/o Fine Arts Dept., Scotia-Glenville Middle School, 10 Prestige Pkwy., Scotia, NY 12302 or Seaford High School, Attn: Chet Baltz Memorial Scholarship, 309 N. Market St., Seaford, DE 19973. Bobos family expresses their special thanks and gratitude to the Ellis Residential and Rehabilitation Center staff whose gentle, loving care went far beyond their job descriptions. To leave an expression of sympathy, please visit www.KeyserFuneralService.com.


Edward G. Davis -- Edward G. Davis, 76, of Milton, passed away early Thursday, April 7, 2016, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born near Trap Pond, east of Laurel, on Aug. 4, 1939 to Henry Clay and Allie Marie Davis, he was one of the true characters of a Sussex County that has nearly passed out of existence. He was raised by his father and paternal grandmother, Mary Carey Davis in Laurel, where he spent much of his youth finding adventure and mischief along with his brother, H. Clay Davis III, as part of the 8th Street Gang and residing in a rambling old house dubbed Liberty Hall by all those who found respite within its walls. During that time, he developed an independent spirit, a knack for reciting long pieces of poetry and a love of nature - in the form of hunting and fishing - all of which abided with him for his entire life. His first job was as a milk truck delivery runner for Hollybrook Dairy at the age of 10. After graduating from Laurel High School, he enlisted in the Navy, where he participated in the invasion at Bay of Pigs, Cuba. In the Navy he learned electronics, which, upon discharge, he translated into a position with All American Engineering, in Georgetown, working on all manner of interesting projects for improvement of weapons systems and aircraft deployment. A job as an instrumentation mechanic at the General Foods plant in Dover followed. In 1974, he accepted an appointment as a Justice of the Peace for Sussex County, a position he held until January of 2010. He was reappointed by nearly every governor to serve during that period. Judge Davis approached the position with a keen insight into human behavior, a sincere dedication to the learning of the law, and a desire to improve the system within which he served. As part of his efforts for reform, he became a legislative liaison for the Justice of the Peace Court and the broader judiciary, working to pass legislation modernizing the operations of the courts and spearheading the introduction of significant reforms of the criminal and civil justice systems of this state, such as the concept of Probation Before Judgment. In this role, he became a trusted advisor to legislators and policy makers throughout Delaware. After his retirement from the bench, he maintained his contact with the General Assembly, working part-time as a lobbyist for Ned Davis Associates in Dover. Throughout his employment by others, he also engaged in several self-employment opportunities. He farmed rented land from 1964 to 1976. Expanding on prior commercial fishing experience, from 1979 to 2002, he operated Davis Fisheries, Ltd., fishing for lobsters, swordfish, tuna, sea bass, crabs and whelks off the Delaware coast. At times it was hard to determine which occupation was his vocation and which was his avocation, as he approached each with the same vigor and determination. Edward Davis was as comfortable in a suit as he was a pair of oil-stained coveralls, as engaged while following a pack of beagles or a brace of English Setters as he was bird-dogging legislators on a piece of legislation. He could discuss case law with judges at one moment and diesel engine repair with a commercial fisherman the next, with equal expertise and genuine interest. He had more projects and plans than he had time, but he always had time to lend an ear or a hand to someone who needed it. He loved to talk and laugh and generally take anything life had to offer and make it uniquely his version. He will be missed for his wise counsel, his understanding of wide-ranging subjects and his penchant for asking forgiveness rather than permission. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, G. Roscoe Davis. Surviving him are his children, Henry C. Davis and his wife Carole of Laurel, Trina R. Gumbs and her husband Oliver of Milford, and Alan G. Davis and his wife Sharon of Milton. He also leaves six grandchildren: Victoria and Catherine Davis, Silas and Luke Wheedleton, and Finn and Sadie Davis. He is remembered with love by his good friend and former spouse, Elizabeth Davis, his brother Clay, cousins, nieces and nephew, along with many, many dear friends. Finally, his attention will be missed by a pack of superb rabbit beagles and a herd of feral cats. The family will host a memorial gathering on Thursday, April 28 at the Cheer Center on Sandhill Road in Georgetown, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., where friends and family are asked to share fellowship and remembrances of Edward. Those planning to attend should respond affirmatively to edwarddavismemorial@gmail.com. One may also leave notes or other memories of him at that email address, which will be shared with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation to the Laurel Alumni Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 382 Laurel, DE 19956, be considered.


Ann Marie Spicer -- Ann Marie Spicer, 87, of Seaford, died on Friday, April 8, 2016. The daughter of Henry and Anne Dreyer, Ann was born in New York City and raised in Larchmont, N.Y. She earned her degree at Wesley College where she met her husband, Jennings H. Spicer. She was active in many organizations and clubs. She was a founding member and past president for multiple terms of The Spade and Trowel Garden Club; a founding member of the Seaford Swim Association; a founding member of the Nanticoke River Yacht Club; a member of the Acorn Club; a member of the Affiliated Womens Clubs; a founding member of many party and duplicate bridge clubs; a member of the Eastern Star; a Girl Scout leader; a Cub Scout leader; a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church; and a member of the Circle of United Methodist Women. She participated in and won several national cooking contests. In addition to her parents, Ann was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Lou and her son, Jon J. Spicer. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jennings H. Spicer of Seaford and daughter, Anne E. Spicer of Seaford. A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 15, at The Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. The family extends their gratitude for the excellent care and support received through Delaware Hospice, Inc. From the Palliative Care Team, to the Home Hospice Team, to the In-Patient Unit, Ann was treated with respect and cared for with compassion. Letters of condolences may be sent via www.pippinfunerahome.com.


Guy R. Eberwein -- Guy R. Eberwein, 67, of Seaford, passed away at home on Sunday, April 10, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Guy was born on Nov. 21, 1948 in Allentown, Pa., the son of the late Jerimiah and Emma Eberwein. He was a graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in electrical engineering. He retired from Ducane Light in Pittsburgh, Pa. and later from Delmarva Power. Guy was a talented magician, receiving the Pittsburgh Magician of the Year Award in 1992. He loved playing the guitar and listening to Blues music. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, water skiing, snow skiing and spending time at the beach. He spent his free time with his grandchildren and could always be found cheering them on at their sporting events. Guy is survived by his loving wife, Joanne Eberwein of Seaford; children, Karen Long and husband Ed of Germantown, Md., Warren Eberwein of San Diego, Calif., Lisa Kvilhaug and husband Sean of Seaford and Kim Allen and husband Mark of Laurel; a sister, Jean Deppen and husband Walter of Whitehall, Pa.; and grandchildren, Ben Long, Taylor, Cameron, Aiden, and Griffin Kvilhaug and Lexie and Grant Allen. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where friends and family may visit one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Tim Dukes will officiate. Contributions may be made in Mr. Eberweins name to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Louise Marie Bergeron -- Louise Marie Bergeron, 94, of Salisbury, Md., died on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Wicomico Nursing Home in Salisbury. She was born on April 24, 1921 in Laurel, a daughter of the late Fred Brittingham and Helen (Gillis) Brittingham Brown. Louise cared for others her whole life and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was the oldest living member of Zion United Methodist Church in Salisbury. She enjoyed the outdoors and could often be found working in her flowers or trimming her bushes. She will be forever remembered as a fantastic cook who made the best dumplings and fried chicken. She is survived by her children, Sandra Tyndall and husband Merrill, Beverly Ennis and husband John, Dennis Bergeron, Gayle Dixon and Vicki Gladden; grandchildren, Donn Tyndall and wife Jessica, Richard Ennis and wife Tammy, Lisa Ennis Stafford and husband Tom, Brian Gladden, Dawn Gladden, Derrick Dixon and wife Jennifer, Darren Dixon and wife Robin, Dustin Dixon and wife Allison, Amy Tyndall Hudson and husband Perry, Aaron Bergeron and wife Allison and Kara Bergeron Johnson and husband Ken; and great-grandchildren, Mia and Zoe Tyndall, Ryan and Reagan Ennis, Trey, Tayt and Tanna Stafford, Jacob King, Dillon and Connor Dixon, Cody and Jackson Dixon, Miranda and Mason Hudson, Andrew, Austin, Lonnie and Damien Bergeron, Karis, Kenzi and Kenan Johnson, Q and Josh Mosher and Tony Bowen. She is also survived by a nephew, Randall Pryor and nieces, Helen Wilson, Pat Kondziola and Hazel Russell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Norman Guy Bergeron, who passed in 2000; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Daniel Dixon; a brother, Russell Brittingham; a sister, Anna Belle Bradford; and sons-in-law, Jack Dixon and Terry Gladden. A celebration of Louises life will be held at noon on Thursday, April 14, at Zion United Methodist Church in Salisbury, where family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Dr. James Doran will officiate. Interment will follow at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron, Md. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Zion United Methodist Church, c/o Rebecca Pierce, 6824 Mt. Vernon Ave., Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.shortfh.com to send condolences online to the family.


Betty Lou Carter -- Betty Lou Carter, 80, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016. She was born on Aug. 23, 1935 in Knoxville, Tenn., to Harry York and Callie (Keys) York. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Carter; her son, Joel E. Carter and her sisters, Ruby Wood, Elizabeth A. Ford and Peggy R. Anderson. She is survived by her son, James Anderson and wife Opal; grandchildren, Donna Goad, Matthew Carter and Ciera Carter; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Stein Highway Church of God, 425 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. Pastor Dan Smith will officiate. A small gathering with food will follow the service at Delmarva Campground.


Larry J. McMullen -- Larry J. McMullen, 65, of Blades, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Larry retired from the City of Seaford, Electric Department, in 2012 after 42 years of service. He was an avid Jeff Gordon fan in NASCAR. He enjoyed hunting and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. His wife, Barbara E. McMullen died in 2006. He is survived by two sons, Gideon A. McMullen and his wife Brandy and Christopher D. McMullen; a daughter, Laurie A. Dickerson; five grandchildren, Alexander DiCicco, Lauren Dickerson, Kailen McMullen, Marli McMullen and Gideon McMullen Jr. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Julie Bradley and a brother, Billy McMullen. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery.


Alan W. McCormick -- Alan W. McCormick, 68, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Manassas, Va., where he had lived for over 30 years. Born on Jan. 31, 1947 in Salisbury, Md., he was the son of the late Cheston and Margaret McCormick. Alan was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served in the Air Force after graduation from Laurel High School, class of 1965. As a child, Alan learned to work on radios from his father, who ran a local radio repair shop. He retired from Antenna Research Associates (ARA) as a technician. Alan was very active in the amateur radio (HAM radio) community under the call sign WA2GTT. He shared his passion for HAM radio as a member of The Ole Virginia Ham Club. He also enjoyed restoring antique radios and was a member of Antique Wireless Association (AWA). Alan is survived by two siblings, Ann E. Bowen and her husband William Bowen of Bear and Kenneth McCormick of St. Petersburg, Fla. He also leaves behind two nieces, Kimberly Battan Brooks of Claymont and Sandra Battan Riley and her husband Chris of Newark. A funeral was held on Friday, Dec. 4, at Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Manassas. Burial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Odd Fellow Cemetery, North Market Street, Seaford.


Donald R. Don Harding -- Donald R. Don Harding, 76, passed away at home on Thursday, April 7, 2016, surrounded by the family he loved dearly. Don was born in Ridgely, Md. on Sept. 11, 1939, to the late William L. and Evelyn Harding. Don graduated from Preston High School in 1957, and immediately went into the Army with the 101st Airborne Division. He was discharged in April of 1960, and upon arriving back in Maryland, met his wife Marti on April 16, 1960, and married on Dec. 7, 1961. Don was a member of the Preston Volunteer Fire Company, and delivered the first baby in the back of the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Don was in the trucking business all of his life, and worked for various trucking companies over the years, until he started his own company, D & B Transportation. He owned and operated D & B from 1983 until his retirement in 2008. Upon retiring, Don loved to travel with his wife Marti and see the country. They enjoyed riding his Harleys and taking trips. Don loved being outdoors, and always kept busy. He was never the type to be cooped up inside or sit still. He enjoyed tinkering in his shop, cutting his grass, going to meetings or bike shows, or just hanging out with family and friends. He loved people and always had a grin on his face. He loved his wife, kids, and grandkids. His ornery nature and great sense of humor will forever be missed by all that knew him. Don was active in various clubs and even served in leadership positions for organizations such as A.B.A.T.E. (American Bikers Aiming Toward Education), Harley Owners Group, Harrington Moose Lodge #534, American Legion, and the VFW. In addition to his parents and wife, Marti, Don was preceded in death by a grandson, Steven James Hydock. Don is survived by sons, Eric (Shirley) Harding of Harrington, Greg (Lora) Harding of Milford and Kevin (Cathy) Harding of Milford; daughter, Valerie Hydock of Milford; brothers, William Harding of Milford and Ray Harding of Seaford; sister, Patricia Wright of Greenwood; and grandchildren, Shawn, Daniel, Brianna, Rachel, and Ryan Luke Harding. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, at Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 S. DuPont Hwy., Harrington, with visitation for family and friends two hours prior to the service. Interment will follow at Milford Community Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Thomas E. Melvin & Son Funeral Home Inc., Harrington. Visit www.melvinfuneralhome.com to send flowers or sign the condolence book.


Lawrence Kerry Persinger -- Lawrence Kerry Persinger, 62, of Seaford, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 27, 2016. He was born on July 26, 1953 in Gatesville, N.C. and graduated from Seaford Senior High School in 1972. Kerry worked as a respiratory therapist at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for over 27 years, retiring in 2013. An avid outdoorsman, Kerry enjoyed fishing, crabbing and RVing. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and devotion to his family. Kerry is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Debra McElroy Persinger; his son, Scott; his father, Lawrence V. Persinger of Eagle Rock, Va.; his sister, Karen E. Bridgewater of Magnolia, Texas; his brothers, Gregory A. Persinger (Melinda) of New Castle, Va. and David E. Persinger (Casey) of North Canton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jacqueline E. Persinger and sister, Donna M. Neal. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2.


Betty McCabe -- Betty McCabe, 89, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Seaford Center Nursing Home. She was born in Frankford on Sunday, Sept. 19, 1926, daughter of the late Joseph R. McCabe Jr. and Emma Lynn (Lynch) McCabe. Ms. McCabe was a loving and happy person who enjoyed going to church and was strong in her faith. She also liked babysitting her nieces and nephews and getting dressed up in her costume jewelry. In her spare time, Ms. McCabe loved going to many seeing impaired support groups and camps throughout the years. She was a loving daughter, aunt, sister and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. In addition to her parents, Ms. McCabe was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph McCabe Jr. She is survived by her nephews, Kenneth Mariner and his wife Stella of Seaford, Raymond Mariner and his wife Barbara of Fruitland, Md. and Robert Mariner and his wife Yvonne of Salisbury, Md.; nieces, Patsy Rae Merrit and her husband Steve of Seaford, Joanne Owens of Salisbury and Christine Arms and her husband Otis of Federalsburg, Md.; and numerous grand-nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 11, at Careys Cemetery, 34407 Dupont Blvd., Frankford. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford, a Parsell Family Funeral Home.


Sarah E. Handy -- Sarah E. Handy, 89, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at Refuge Temple Revival Center, 455 N. Front St., Seaford, with a viewing one hour prior. Condolences may be sent and the guestbook may be signed at www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Margaret Peggy Wittman Shawn Pusey -- Margaret Peggy Wittman Shawn Pusey, wife of the late James Pusey, died from a heart condition on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at her home in Laurel, where she had lived with her husband for the past 30 years. The daughter of Wendell E. and Gertrude McClyment Shawn, Peggy was born near Queenstown on Marylands Eastern Shore in 1921. She was a 1938 honors graduate of Centreville High School and spent her working life in various clerical and accounting positions in Baltimore. She is survived by a brother and a sister, Wendell E. Shawn Jr. of Alexandria, Va., and Kathryn S. Thompson of Bokeelia, Fla., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Laurel Odd Fellows Cemetery. A service will be held at noon on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Relay For Life, 92 Reads Way, Ste. #205, New Castle, DE 19720.


Patrick John Mastornardi Sr. -- Patrick John Mastronardi Sr., 70, died at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., on Sunday, March 27, 2016. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of the late Patricia and John Mastronardi. Patrick was raised in Philadelphia and attended Catholic schools there. The family relocated to Dorchester County during Pats teen years. He attended North Dorchester High School. He started his employment career with Bay Shore Foods in Easton, Md., working in the poultry business for over 20 years. He worked in Easton, St. Michaels, Md., and opened the Hurlock (Md.) Operations as the Hatchery manager. Pat started a second career as a mechanic at Solo Cup Co. in Federalsburg, Md., and worked there for over 20 years. On the social side, Patrick was an avid flea marketer and active member of the Seaford Senior Center. Patrick had the love for nature both on land and the bay. He enjoyed fishing, crabbing, and the beach. But, his love for his children and grandchildren were his finest joy. He is survived by his children, Daniel Joe Mastronardi and his wife Janine of Preston, Md., Victoria Milhollan and her husband Eric of Easton, Laura Wheeley and her husband T.R. of Fleming Island, Fla., and Patrick John Mastronardi Jr. and his wife Michelle of Woodbridge, Va. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his siblings, John Mastronardi, Mary Dukes, and Jeannie Mastronardi Mowbray; and three nephews. Patrick was preceded in death of his brother Leo in 2014. A prayer service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, where the family will receive friends from noon to 1. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Vaughn B. Russell -- Vaughn B. Russell, 90, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Vaughn owned and operated Russells Auto Store in Seaford for many years before retiring in 1993. He was a WWII veteran of the Marines and fought in Iwo Jima, Guam and Saipan. He received a Presidential Citation. He was a member of Hiram Lodge #21 in Seaford, the local Amateur Radio Club, Sons of America Revolution, the NRA, the VFW in Seaford, the American Legion in Seaford and the Marine Corp League (Devil Dogs) in Seaford. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen Smith Russell; son, Barry Brumbley and his wife Ann; daughter, Karen Coughlin and husband Greg; his sister, Marilee Bradley; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, April 4, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro.


Janie L. (Hardy) Riggleman -- Janie Louise (Hardy) Riggleman, 85, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Lofland Park Center. Janie was born on May 4, 1930 in Hardy County, W.V., the daughter of the late Ottie Stoke Hardy and Bernice Ethel (Barr) Hardy. Her greatest joy and contribution came as a mother and homemaker. She spent many years lovingly supporting her husband of 63 years, Ralph, as well as her four children, 13 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. She taught Sunday school for many years and loved being part of the United Methodist Women and Bible studies in the churches in which she participated. Janie was an excellent cook and hospitality was extended to all. She also enjoyed sewing which was another expression of her love. She put her faith into action sharing it in her quiet way and always with a smile. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Riggleman; her parents; and two siblings, Howard Hardy and Norma Hiser. She is survived by her four children, Michael Riggleman and his wife Linda of Seaford, Leslie Riggleman and his wife Denise of Seaford, Mark Riggleman and his wife Angus of Katy, Texas and Karen (Riggleman) Handy and her husband Christopher of Seaford; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are her three brothers, Lyle Hardy of Petersburg, W.V., Victor Hardy and wife Betty of Fisher, W.V. and Carl Hardy of Petersburg; her sisters, Helen Hyre of Petersburg, Lura Evans of Petersburg and Annalee Graham and husband Donald of Fort Ashby, W.V.; brother-in law, Orval Riggleman and wife Juanita of Slanesville, W.V.; sister-in law, LaVaughn Hardy of Rig, W.V.; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 2701 Woodland Ferry Rd., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. The Rev. Rick Wessell will officiate. Donations may be made in memory of Janie to Gethsemane UMW, 2701 Woodland Ferry Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or St. Lukes UMC, Camp Pecometh Special Fund, 100 S. 5th Ave. Denton, MD 21629. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Thomas O. Sonny Jackson Sr. -- Thomas Orville Jackson Sr., better known as Sonny, 73, of Seaford, departed this life on Sunday, March 27, 2016, at Saint Francis Hospital in Wilmington. He was born on April 24, 1942, to the late Milton Earl Jackson and Margie Marie Beulah Jackson. A full-time farmer, he also worked at Deluanys Foods, HP Cannon and Solo Cup Company. After 33 years of service, he retired from Solo Cup Company in 2008 as a maintenance supervisor. Sonny was a devoted husband, father, and brother. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at different events. He was a dedicated, hard worker at any task that he took upon himself. He would teach anyone that was willing to learn the tricks of his many trades. Being a well known man, when he went into a store, there was always someone he knew and would talk to. He liked going and watching his favorite baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles. He leaves his wife, Frances Marie Wright Jackson of 52 years; two children, Thomas O. Jackson Jr. of Laurel and Jilda C. Jackson of Wallingford, Pa.; a sister, Margaret Jackson Stanley of Easton, Md.; mother-in-law, Mary E. McCray of Seaford; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Mildred Jackson, Ida Mae Hammond, Gladys Jackson and Shirley Dixon; and a brother, James Jackson. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg. Interment will follow at Federal Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends Friday evening, April 8 from 6 to 8 at the funeral home. To share memories with the family, please visit www.framptom.com.


Doris S. Wright -- Doris S. Wright, 83, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at her home in the early morning on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was a very active member of Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Seaford and was well loved by her church family. Doris and her husband volunteered at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford and in their community. Doris joins her parents, Albert and Viola Satterfield; her brothers, William and Allen Satterfield; and her sister, Jean Lane in Heaven. She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, William Wright; sisters, Jeanette Baker, Shirley Satterfield and Joyce Coyne; daughter, Sherry Beckham and husband Tim; daughter, Sandy Truitt and husband Keith; and grandchildren, Tyler, Rachel, Kate and Zac. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be in Bridgeville Cemetery.


June White Benson Powell -- June White Benson Powell, 91, a resident of the Methodist Manor House, Seaford, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, following a brief cardiac event. She was surrounded by her family. Born in Laurel on June 2, 1924, she was the daughter of Marion T. White and Sallie McGee White. After graduating from Delmar High School, she was employed at the Social Security Administration in Baltimore. She was subsequently employed at the Sussex Trust Company in Laurel and served as vice president of Delaware Bank Women. She retired from the State of Delaware, where she was employed in the Justice of the Peace court system. June passionately enjoyed community service. She was a lifelong member of Centenary United Methodist Church where she served in various offices of the United Methodist Women, trustees, and choir. She was a member and president of the Laurel New Century Club and a reading mentor for elementary school children. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, music and art, and loved and cared for animals and birds. While at the Methodist Manor House, she participated in social events, committees, and bird feeding. June was married to Norris William Benson for 55 years. They resided on Sycamore Road in Laurel, and were especially proud of their three daughters, Beverly Sisson, Nancy Benson, and Rebecca Benson. June supported their multiple activities at Laurel High School and their respective colleges. June was notorious for her integrity, generosity, compassion, and humor. Blessed with an outgoing personality, she made conscious efforts to make others feel comfortable and included. She viewed the Methodist Church as central for her and the Church served as the anchor for her philosophy of life. She overcame adversity and multiple medical challenges with dignity, grace and spirit. During her final 24 hours, she joyfully expressed confidence to family members and friends that she was leaving for heaven and would meet them there later. June is survived by three daughters, Beverly Sisson (Bob, deceased) of Dover, Nancy Benson of Columbia, Md., Rebecca Benson of North East, Md. and son-in-law, Salvatore Ranieri of North East; grandson, Scott A. Ward of Columbia; granddaughter, Jennifer Mulveny (Jason) of Sydney, Australia; and two great-grandsons, Maxen and Rhys Mulveny. She is also survived by her sister, Joyce Dulin (Robert, Sr.) of Cordova, Md.; her brother, Marion (Burton) White (Jean) of Bridgeville; and many more dear relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, June was preceded in death by her husband, Norris William Benson and her second husband, Paul M. Powell. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Lois White Smith and Anne White Figgs and brothers, Thomas White, Daniel (Donald) White and Alvin White. Additionally, one of her precious granddaughters, Laura Beth Moyer, is now sharing God in his heavenly home with many other loved ones. June lived a full and successful life, mutually supported by loving friends and family members. The nursing and medical staff of Nanticoke Memorial Intensive Care Unit provided extraordinary competence and emotional support to June and her family during her brief stay. The loving care provided to June by the Methodist Manor House staff during her years of residence there has been priceless. A celebration of life service will be held at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 8, with Pastor Mark Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that contributions be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956.


Vincent Karl Jones -- Vincent Karl Jones, 84, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016. Born in Egg Harbor, N.J., Vince was raised and went to school in Pleasantville, N.J. At the age of 17, he joined the USAF, serving for four years as communications-wire-chief. After the USAF, he worked for Diamond State Telephone (Verizon) for 32 years. While at DSTCO, Vince joined the active Army Reserves for three years as 1st Sgt. of Signal Company. After retiring from Verizon, Vince went to Delaware Tech and earned his realtors state and national designation. He retired after 25 years. Vince is married to the former Kathleen M. Riddle. He is survived by sister, Vivian Hunt; daughters, Brenda Gervais and husband Jim, Karen Miller and husband Lee, Terry Sylvanus and husband Fred, Kathy Lewars, Diane Downes and Judy Kolstad and husband Mike; stepdaughter, Debbie Sweeney and husband Mike; stepsons, Eric Frey and wife Nancy and Greg Frey and wife Rachael; 25 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. followed by a memorial service from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. A family only commitment ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro.


George Washington Norman Adams -- George Washington Norman Adams, 84, of Greenwood, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was born George Washing Norman Adams on Feb. 22, 1932 in Bacon Switch, to George Roland Adams and Ernie Slacum. He graduated in 1950 and married his high school sweetheart, Gladys Kalinevitch, on Oct. 14, 1950. They had six children, Lee, Jackie, Nick, Steve, Barbara and Shirley. George retired from his job as an electrical supervisor at DuPont in Seaford where he worked for 35 years. He enjoyed traveling. He enjoyed his many trips to Las Vegas to visit his daughter Jackie and his trip to Hawaii. He also enjoyed taking drives in the fall to watch the leaves turn or going to Chincoteague, Va., to get fresh oysters. He especially liked family dinners where he would be surrounded by his family and his grandchildren. George is survived by his wife, Gladys; five of his children, Lee, Jackie and her husband Dan, Nick and his wife Debi, Steve and Barbara; 10 grandchildren, Crystal and Keith Brock, Stephani and Chris Adams, Derek Adams, Steven Lee Adams, Carrie Adams, Mike DArmi, Juli Shapiro and Lisa Shapiro; and six great-grandchildren, Tyler Evans, Libby Adams, Peyton Adams, Brady Adams, James Adams and Dylan Brock. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shirley Adams. A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at Fleischauer Funeral Home in Greenwood. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Fleischauers with interment at St. Johnstown Cemetery.


E. Jean Givens Hickey -- E. Jean Givens Hickey, 84, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016. Emma Jean was born on Nov. 16, 1931, in Delmar, to Carlton W. and Mattie C. Lowe. She attended Vaughns School until she entered Laurel public schools from which she graduated in 1950. Her marriage to Richard Givens in December 1950 ended in divorce, and years later she married Alfred Hickey in January 1997. She was a homemaker and raised six children. Jean then was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture until retiring in 1994. A lifelong creative interest in sewing and handicrafts, particularly knitting and quilting, gave her much pleasure over her lifetime. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and its Martha-Ruth Circle, the Laurel Red Hat Lunch Bunch, and a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Jean was very supportive of her high school class reunions and enjoyed gathering more often with classmates and keeping in touch with friends. Jean is survived by children, Richard (Rick) A. Givens II of Dover, Catherine (Cathy) L. Calloway (Mike) of Bethel, Charles (Carl) C. Givens (Jacque), Craig W. Givens (Kathy), Melody S. Atkins, and R. James (Jamie) Givens, all of Laurel; three stepchildren; and a brother, C. Ralph Lowe of Laurel. Fifteen grandchildren and step-grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren, one great-great grandson, two cousins, nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents and husbands, Jean was preceded in death by son, Kevin G. Givens and a brother, James (Jim) W. Lowe. A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, March 25, at 11 a.m., at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, with visitation one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 248 E. Chestnut Hill Rd., Ste. 4, Newark, DE 19713; Centenary United Methodist Church; or to a favorite charity. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


C. Kaye Wilkmoth, 85- C Kaye Wilkmoth of Elkins, Vest Virginia passed away March 5, 2016 after a very long illness. Kaye is survived locally by sister Tessie Northrup and by nieces Joyce Urgo and Janet Griffin and nephews Bruce and Kevin Northrup and Kenneth James. A service was held in West Virginia with many grieving nieces and nephews attending from Virginia, Maryland and as far west as Arizona.


Catherine E. Trice -- Catherine Elizabeth Hudson Trice, 92, of Seaford, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Catherine was born in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. on Nov. 23, 1923, the daughter of Richard and Mabel Hudson. She was married to William O. Trice on April 19, 1944, and had two sons, William N. Trice and Richard B. Trice. A resident of Seaford, Catherine worked as a beautician out of her home and at the DuPont Company where she retired as a supervisor. Catherine was a member of Atlanta Road Alliance Church for many years. Catherine was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, William, and four brothers, Marion Hudson, Frank Hudson, David Hudson and Horace Hudson. She is survived by her sister, Marie Strickland, of Roanoke Rapids; two sons, William (Bill) and Jackie Trice of Wilsonville, Ala. and Richard (Rick) and Lydia of Seaford; five grandchildren, Lee Trice, Jennifer Vanhoose, Gwendolyn (Wendy) Wilson, Amy Trice and Richard (Rich) Trice; four step-grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, at Atlanta Road Alliance Church in Seaford followed by a service at 11. There will be a private burial in the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Hurlock, Md. Donations in her memory may be sent to Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. To share memories with the family, please visit www.framptom.com.


Knute Aspenberg -- Knute Aspenberg of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Knute was a master florist and a master model shipwright. As a florist his work was seen on the stage of the annual Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City for many years. A move to Delmarva afforded Knute the chance to follow his passion, model ship building. Knutes models were all made from scratch and his work is seen in many venues including the United States Naval Academy, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and the Delaware Bay Museum, as well as many private collections. Knute was preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothea Aspenberg and a sister, Patricia Tozour. He is survived by his wife, Bertha (Webb), and a stepdaughter, Michelle Post and her husband Kevin. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers or cards, memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 11921 Rockville Pike, Ste. 300, Rockville, MD 20852 or the Alzheimers Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. To share memories with the family, please visit www.framptom.com.


George Shepard Jr., M.D. -- After a long, fruitful and committed life as the only African-American obstetrician/gynecologist in his hometown of Trenton, N.J., we mourn the passing, yet celebrate the life and times of George Shepard Jr., MD, who died Thursday, March 24, 2016, at home in Seaford at the age of 94. Dr. Shepard was the eldest of three sons born to Beatrice Partridge Shepard and George Shepard Sr., on Feb. 27, 1922, in Raleigh, N.C. At a young age the family moved and George and his brothers Alton and Leon grew up in Trenton. Dr. Shepard graduated from Trenton High School in 1940. Dr. Shepard, who was known to his friends as Shep, was a friendly, introspective gentleman with a kind, patient bedside manner. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends and colleagues, teaching his children to swim, watching the boys play soccer, attending musical events at the school, watching action movies in his chair at home, having a Sunday steak dinner with family at a local restaurant, traveling to big cities like New York and Las Vegas, taking cruises to the Caribbean, and relaxing at Trentons Tuxedo Club with his father and friends. He enjoyed taking his children to New York for dinner and to experience the Radio City Easter and Christmas shows. In 1940-43, Dr. Shepard was the first in his family to go to college, Howard University in Washington, D.C., the then elite historically black university. His studies were interrupted in 1943 when he was drafted into military service as a Private 1st Class. He received an Honorable Discharge from the US Army in 1944, and returned to Howard where he earned a BS in 1946 and an MD in 1950 from Howards College of Medicine. Dr. Shepard completed his internship in 1951 and his four-year residency in obstetrics/gynecology in 1955 both at Freedmans Hospital in Washington, D.C. In 1955 after finishing his residency, Dr. Shepard returned to his hometown of Trenton where he purchased a house at 269 Bellevue Ave. and established his office and home there on a quiet integrated street, a short walk from his parents home and his old neighborhood. The hometown boy hung out his shingle, and began seeing patients and making house calls, sometimes taking his 10-year-old daughter Peggy along with him. Despite his growing workload of patients, Dr. Shepard had a vision of providing better access to reproductive health care for women, and he worked to implement that vision. In 1969, Dr. Shepard was instrumental in founding the Henry Austin Health Center and he provided services there until 1991. He took on additional responsibilities from 1970-1973 when he served as chair of the OB/GYN Department at Mercer Medical Center, a position he returned to from 1976-1980, when he also became chair of the OB/GYN practice at the Mercer regional medical group, an HMO. For many years, Dr. Shepard volunteered and worked at Planned Parenthood, where he oversaw the creation of a prenatal clinic. After becoming a father, Dr. Shepards goal in life was to see all of his children graduate from college and become independent, caring, and productive people in society. Dr. Shepard encouraged and supported each child during their educational journey. In the late 90s, he retired from practice and surgery and moved to Seaford where he married Debbie Palmer-Shepard and raised two sons, Geoffrey and Justin. He will be missed by a range of friends, colleagues, and family members including six children from his first marriage to the late Evelyn Morrow Shepard: Peggy Morrow Shepard and her husband Charles Loveday, Nina Therese Shepard Walker, Ana Rebekah Atkinson and her husband Harland Atkinson, Shelley Cecile Shepard, Dr. George Shepard III and his partner Jeffrey Eldot, and Gregory Shepard; four grandchildren: Nicole Elise Jackson, Erika Walker, Michelle and Michael Atkinson; and nieces and nephews of his late brothers: Carol, Cindy, Alton Jr., Kim and Marna. He leaves a loving, devoted wife, Debbie Palmer-Shepard and their two sons, Geoffrey George Shepard and Justin James Shepard. Dr. Shepard is also survived by brother-in-law, Dennis Palmer and his wife Maureen Palmer; sister-in-law, Robin Palmer-Ray and her husband Craig Ray, and four nieces and nephews: Kristen, Matthew, Kyle and James. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, at Greenwood Cemetery, 1800 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Justin Shepards college education fund. Checks may be made payable to: Justin Shepard Benefit Fund, M&T Bank, 22920 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Mary Sparks Valerius -- Mary Valerius, 92, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at the Manor House in Seaford. Born on Dec. 13, 1923 in Bowling Green, Ky., she was the daughter of Minnie and Bayless Sparks. Mary grew up on a dairy farm and graduated from high school in Greenville, Ky. After attending Bowling Green Business University, Mary was employed as a secretary, eventually accepting a job for DuPont in Wilmington, in the office of the president of the company. On March 24, 1951, Mary wed Rick Valerius and moved to Seaford, where her husband worked as a textile engineer for Dupont. Mary was an exemplary housewife and mother to their three children. She also worked part-time for many years in the office of Dr. John C. Rawlins. A gifted seamstress, Mary not only sewed clothes for herself and her family, but also for many dolls and the children of friends. She created costumes for local theatrical productions and the childrens Halloween costumes every year. Mary was also talented in the kitchen, specializing in desserts. She was known to pack a cheesecake in dry ice to bring to her father-in-law in Florida. A local restaurant requested the recipe, which she shared with them. Mary enjoyed helping others, auctions, crafts, refinishing furniture, playing bridge, and spending time with friends and family - especially grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by Rick (Valerius), her husband of 65 years; her brother, Courland (Sparks); and her nephew, James Earl (Sparks). Her memory will be cherished by her daughter, Betty ORegan and her husband Denis of Arden; son, Jim of Seaford; and daughter, Marge Myslinski of Chester Springs, Pa. She was devoted to her grandchildren, Michael Myslinski and his wife Caitlin, Alexandra Myslinski, and Bea ORegan, who will miss her dearly. Her first great-grandchild, Jane Elizabeth Myslinski, was born four days after Mary departed this life. Mary made an anatomical gift of her body for medical or scientific study to the University of Delaware. A celebration of life will be held at the Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity.


Sarah C. Trivits -- Sarah C. Trivits, 94, of Laurel, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by loving family on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Sarah was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late John E. Callaway and Rose DuBois Callaway. Sarah graduated from Laurel High School, class of 1939. Following graduation, she worked at the DuPont Company in Seaford from 1939 to 1958. After raising her two children, John R. Trivits and Annie Fellows, she returned to work for Dr. Robert Carmean, DDS from 1972 to 1984. Sarah worked for Phillips Men Shop from 1984 to 1995 and Sears from 1995 to 2002. She volunteered for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and the Mears Center from 2002 to 2010. Until a few months ago, Sarah wrote the column Doing the Town for the Laurel Star. A very positive person, she found the good in everything and really enjoyed her precious pets and the birds she faithfully fed. Sarah was a member of several Bridge clubs, Garden clubs, Laurel Historical Society, and Laurel Alumni Association. In addition to her parents, Sarah was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Trivits and her siblings, Anne C. Nipe and Edward Callaway. Sarah is survived by her son, John Trivits and wife Kim; her daughter, Anne Fellows and husband Irving; grandchildren, Lindsay Trivits and Matthew Trivits and fiancee Lindze Baughman; and great-grandchild, Alivia Marie ONeal. Per her wishes, a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A celebration of her life will follow at her home in Laurel. The Rev. Tim Dukes will officiate. Donations may be made in memory of Mrs. Trivits to the Laurel Historical Society, PO Box 102, Laurel, DE 19956 or the Wicomico County Humane Society, 5130 Citation Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804.


George A. Quillen, 85 -- George A. Quillen of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 19, 2016. George was born on April 6, 1930 in Henderson, Md., a son of Elizabeth and Earl Quillen Sr. Raised near Felton, he was a graduate of Caesar Rodney High School. George enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing and listening to bluegrass music. He worked for over 39 years at DuPont in Seaford. He was an active member of Grace Baptist Church, taught Sunday school, and enjoyed singing in the choir. In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Jr. and sisters, Caroline and Elizabeth. George is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Katherine Krewatch Quillen; sister, Janet Morris; son, Stephen and his wife Ali Reed Quillen; son, David and his wife Debi Gaskin Quillen; grandchildren, Ian, Haley, and Eryn Quillen; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A celebration of life will be held at Grace Baptist Church at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Healthcare Hospice, 20103 Professional Park Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


William Bill Woolard -- William N. Woolard, 72, passed away at his home on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Bill was born on Sept. 18, 1943, in Baltimore, Md., the son of Mack Woolard and Rosalie Rice (deceased). He enjoyed playing his guitar at the flea market in Laurel. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Valery Woolard. He is survived by his daughter, Valene Woolard; a son, Anthony Woolard; four sisters; and two brothers. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made toward funeral expenses in lieu of flowers at 9527 Wilson Ave., Seaford, DE 19973.


Helen M. Washington -- Helen M. Washington, 86, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. A celebration of life service will be held at the Citadel of Hope, 10212 Concord Rd., Seaford, on Saturday, March 19 at noon, with a viewing two hours prior. To sign the guest book and leave words of comfort, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Ronald J. Jack Massey -- Ronald J. Jack Massey, 73, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, on his farm surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born in Seaford on Jan. 21, 1943, son of the late Alice Jinny Niblett and his stepfather, Horace Pete Niblett. Mr. Massey worked for DuPont Company before becoming a full-time farmer on his familys farm. During the years, he also grew and sold poultry to Perdue Farms, Townsend Farms, and Allen Family Foods until 2010. Through the years, Mr. Massey enjoyed volunteering for Maryland 4-H Shooting Sports club where he was a rifle instructor and taught children about rifle safety. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Mr. Massey was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating on the Delaware waters. He was a NASCAR enthusiast and also loved going to the Del Mar Racetrack. As a skilled farmer and gardener, Mr. Massey was very proud of his familys farm and his large, bountiful gardens. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his family, cherishing all moments spent with his children and grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Massey was preceded in death by his grandparents, Martin and Lela Massey and wife, Dorothy Massey. He is survived by two sons, Ronald M. Massey and his wife Tammy of Seaford and Rhandy Massey and his wife Inga of Greenwood; his daughter, Rhonda Mercie and her husband Wade of Seaford; eight grandchildren, Jessica Mears of Seaford, Nathan, Layla and MaKayla Massey of Greenwood, Sandra Massey of Seaford, and Alissa, Austin and Keith Mercie of Seaford; two brothers, Roger Niblett and his wife Nancy of Seaford and Douglas Niblett of Magnolia; a sister, Sharon Evans and husband James of Charleroi, Pa.; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless dear friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Woodland United Methodist Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford, a Parsell Family Funeral Home. Contributions may be made in Mr. Masseys memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803. Please visit Mr. Masseys life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Homer M. Justice -- Homer M. Justice, 81, of Seaford, formerly of Laurel, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Ocean View, he was the son of the late Clarence W. Justice and Emma Evans Justice. Homer was retired from Tri-Gas & Oil as a mechanic. He loved to fish, play horseshoes, and attend auctions. His greatest love was his family and he was extremely devoted to them. He supported his children and grandchildren in all of their activities and enjoyed watching their go-kart races and Little League games. He is survived by his loving wife of over 53 years, Patricia Patty Justice of Seaford; his sons, Michael Justice and his wife Tia of Laurel and Gary Justice and his wife Wendy of Laurel; his daughters, Joann LeCates of Bridgeville and Connie Justice of Seaford; his brother, Charles Justice of Texas; and his grandchildren, Jordn Justice, Joshua Justice, Christian Justice, Jennifer Williams, Susan Klein, Beverly King, and Frank Gaulke. Seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Hoyt Justice, Chester Justice, Edwin Justice, Raymond Justice, Roger Justice, and Laura Brittingham. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 18, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10-11. Pastor Thomas Clagg will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in memory of Homer Justice to CHEER, Inc., Attn: Finance Office, 546 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Maureen D. Drohan -- Maureen D. Drohan, 78, of Laurel, and formerly of Staten Island, N.Y., passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Born in Staten Island, she was the daughter of the late John OHare and Marion Murphy OHare. Maureen graduated from St. Joseph Hill Academy in Staten Island. After graduation she became a legal secretary, working for several law firms. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford. She is survived by her loving husband, Lawrence Larry Drohan Jr. of Laurel; her daughter, Patricia Healy and her husband Chad of San Francisco, Calif.; grandchildren, Madison and Ethan Healy of San Francisco; sister-in-law, Gerry Drohan of Laurel; and brothers-in-law, Donald Drohan and his wife Phyllis of New Jersey and Mark Osgood of Staten Island. Several nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Carol Osgood, and brother-in-law, John Drohan. A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Cemetery, Blades. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Katie McTeer -- Katie (White) McTeer, 32, passed away at her home in Seaford on Thursday morning, March 10, 2016. Katie was born on May 26, 1983, at Memorial Hospital in Easton, Md. She graduated from Colonel Richardson High School in 2001 and, two years later, graduated from Del Tech with an associate degree in office management. From college, she was employed by Tunnell and Raysor, P.A. where she spent the next 12 years. Through Katies hard work and dedication, she became the heart and backbone of a great law firm. Katie was a rare and special person and you knew it while you were in her presence. She had a multitude of friends and the ability to extend herself to others. She took great care in the nurturing of her kids, family, and friendships. Katie was not only beautiful on the outside, she had a rare and precious heart as well. She radiated kindness, intelligence, sensitivity, and, most of all, a loving spirit. Katie is survived by her husband, Harold Mac McTeer IV; her children, Kelly and Kirsten Harding and Harold Mac McTeer V; her brother, Jason White; her father, Ronnie White; her mother and stepfather, Mike and Nancy Sturgeon; and numerous aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, where friends may call from 9 to 11. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Bernice J. Ward -- Bernice J. Ward, 76, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Bernice was born on Nov. 28, 1939 in Millsboro, a daughter of the late Harry James Cordrey and Lida Cordrey. Bernice was a member of Messiahs Vineyard Church in Laurel. She was also a foster grandparent for Dunbar Elementary School and enjoyed puzzles. She was very supportive of her familys sporting events and enjoyed watching the children play in the yard. One of her favorite pastimes was Monday night family dinners at her home. Bernice is survived by her children, Steve Ward of Wilmington, Scott Ward (Debi) of Laurel, John Ward (Donna) of Laurel and Donna Bradford of Ocean City, Md.; her grandchildren, Shawn Ward (Ashley), Shannon Macklin (Robbie), Bryan Ward, Matthew Ward, Jordan Ward (Brittany), Grant Ward, Kati Hartstein (Andy), Kristina Ward (Kyle), Kelsi Stelse (Nate), Ross Bradford (Lara) and AM2 Ryan Bradford; five sisters, Ruth Conaway of Salisbury, Md., Gladys Baker of Salisbury, Dorothy Carmine (Bobby) of Laurel, Carol Moorehead (Dick) of Laurel and Shirley Gray of Hebron, Md.; two sisters-in-law, Betty James (Donnie) of Laurel and Ann Maloney of Millsboro; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Ward in 2011 and her four brothers, Alton Cordrey, Bill Cordrey, Bobby Cordrey, and Leon Cordrey. Services were held on Thursday, March 3, at Messiahs Vineyard Church. Pastor Barry Dukes officiated. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Ward to Messiahs Vineyard Church, 30048 Sussex Hwy., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Clara B. Rider -- Clara B. Rider, 100, died peacefully on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Genesis HealthCare-The Pines in Easton, Md. Born on June 23, 1915, in Caroline County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Bernard Marshall and Cora Short Marshall. Clara attended Easton High School and graduated in 1932. In 1934, she married Leslie Bell Sr. of Cambridge, Md., where they made their home. In the late 1940s, she began working for the dental office of Dr. Russell P. Smith Jr., DDS, where she became a dental assistant. In the early 1960s, Clara married Charles Rider of Sharptown, Md. and they made their home in Cambridge. In 1982, Mrs. Rider retired from being a dental assistant for Dr. Russell P. Smith. In 1991, she moved to Easton. Mrs. Rider enjoyed reading, shopping, and spending time with friends. She is survived by a son, Leslie Bell Jr. (Kathleen) of Laurel; a daughter, Francine B. Drewry (Charles) of Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters and one grandchild. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 200 S. Harrison St., Easton. A graveside service will follow at East New Market Cemetery, East New Market, Md. For online tributes, please visit www.fhnfuneralhome.com.


Robert Walls Durham -- Robert Walls Durham, 87, of Laurel, passed away at the Delaware Hospice Center on March 5, 2016. Bob was born at home in Laurel, Delaware, son of the late Walter J. Durham, Sr. and Virginia W. Durham. He graduated from Laurel High School Class of 1946. Following graduation from high school, he attended the University of Delaware in Newark, majoring in Business Administration. In 1949, Bob married Jean Conwell Shipley, his high school sweetheart. They had three children, Barbara Jean, Christine Ann, and Robert Walls Durham, Jr. Bobs career in business began with Southern States. Afterwards, he entered a partnership in the Charles N. Landon Corporation in Laurel with Charles Landon and Roland Hastings. He later started his own construction and real estate businesses, which included housing and commercial land development. This business continued until his recent retirement. Bob served as President of the Delmarva Poultry Industry in 1969. He was a member of the Laurel Lions Club and a founding member of the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation, remaining active in the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation until 2014. Bob was a member of the Laurel Centenary Methodist Church of Laurel and later became a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel, Delaware. His children Barbara Jean Durham, Christine Durham and Robert W Durham, Jr. and several nieces and nephews, survive him. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his wife, Jean S. Durham and brother, Walter J. Durham, Jr. of Wilmington, Delaware. A memorial service will be held at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel on March 15 at 11 a.m., a visitation will also be held from 9:45-11 a.m. The Reverend Dr. Howard Backus, rector of St. Philips Episcopal Church and the Reverend James Manion of Charles Town, West Virginia will officiate the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bobs memory to St. Philips Episcopal Church 600 South Central Avenue Laurel, DE 19956, or Centenary United Methodist Church 200 West Market Street Laurel, DE 19956 or Rich Joseph Soup Ministry at Christ United Methodist Church 510 South Central Avenue Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home Laurel, DE. Online condolences can be made by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


John Daniel Ross -- John Daniel Ross, 67, of Chesterfield, Va., formerly of Seaford, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. He is survived by his son, David Ross and nephews, Donald Ross Jr. and Scott Ross. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, at Chester United Methodist Church, 12132 Percival St., Chester, Va. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to your local hospice or NC State Wolfpack Club, 5400 Trinity Rd. #407, Raleigh, NC 27607. Online condolences may be made at www.cremationchoiceva.com.


Catherine W. Blackledge -- Catherine W. (Walsh) Blackledge, 87, of Pottstown, Pa., passed away on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at Manor Care in Pottstown. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late David E. and Flora (DeCindis) Walsh. Catherine was a member of St. Columbkill Roman Catholic Church in Boyertown, Pa., Ladies Ancient Order of Hiberians, Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, and a volunteer at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Surviving are two sons, Colonel Matthew W. Blackledge, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) and Roy H. Blackledge Jr.; two daughters, Rosemarie Blackledge and Katherine Vitullo; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 11, at St. Columbkill Church, 200 Indian Spring Rd., Boyertown, where visitation will be held from 10-10:45 a.m. Fr. Martin Kern will officiate. Interment will be held at noon on Saturday, March 12, at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery, 1600 S. Sproul Rd., Springfield, Pa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Catherines memory to St. Columbkill Parish, 200 Indian Spring Rd., Boyertown, PA 19512 or Bryn Mawr School of Nursing Alumni Association, www.philafound.org. Arrangements are in the care of Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville. To send condolences, visit www.catagnusfuneralhomes.com.Catherine W. Blackledge -- Catherine W. (Walsh) Blackledge, 87, of Pottstown, Pa., passed away on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at Manor Care in Pottstown. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late David E. and Flora (DeCindis) Walsh. Catherine was a member of St. Columbkill Roman Catholic Church in Boyertown, Pa., Ladies Ancient Order of Hiberians, Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, and a volunteer at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Surviving are two sons, Colonel Matthew W. Blackledge, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) and Roy H. Blackledge Jr.; two daughters, Rosemarie Blackledge and Katherine Vitullo; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 11, at St. Columbkill Church, 200 Indian Spring Rd., Boyertown, where visitation will be held from 10-10:45 a.m. Fr. Martin Kern will officiate. Interment will be held at noon on Saturday, March 12, at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery, 1600 S. Sproul Rd., Springfield, Pa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Catherines memory to St. Columbkill Parish, 200 Indian Spring Rd., Boyertown, PA 19512 or Bryn Mawr School of Nursing Alumni Association, www.philafound.org. Arrangements are in the care of Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville. To send condolences, visit www.catagnusfuneralhomes.com.


Kaylee Rae Grammer -- Kaylee Rae Grammer was a little angel born on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, and went on to be with the Lord on the same day. She is the daughter of Steven Grammer and Alexis Elliott of Laurel. She is survived by her maternal grandparents, Michelle Casselbury, William Danny Elliott, and Danny Casselbury; her paternal grandparents, Debbie Grammer and Raymond Grammer; and many extended family members. The family would like to thank the loving and caring staff at Christiana Care Hospital for the wonderful care they received. A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, at Messiahs Vineyard Church, 30048 Sussex Hwy., Laurel. Pastor Barry Dukes will officiate. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com Arrrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Barbara Kay Portland -- Barbara Kay Portland (nee Eichman), 77, passed away on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. Kay was born on Feb. 5, 1939 in Mahanoy City, Pa. She moved to Wheaton, Md. with her new husband Charlie in 1965 and then Silver Spring, Md. in the late 70s. The couple lived there happily until retirement in 2000 brought them to Ocean View. They moved into the Methodist Manor House in 2011. Kay was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Knipe. She is survived by her sisters, Carol Starkey and Gwen Harper; her husband, Charles Francis Portland; and her sons, Charles Matthew Portland and Anthony Louis Portland. She loved her grandchildren - Tony Letona, Antonio Portland, Kiyan Hartley and Allysa Portland. The name Kay means rejoicing which is what she would want us to do when we think of her. Rather than mourn her death, Kay would want us to rejoice in remembering her life, the way she interacted with all kinds of people and the joy and fun she brought with her everywhere she went. No matter the location, Kays commanding vocals and personality electrified and lit up a room. She loved her singing groups, her Montgomery County Homemakers group and being active in her local church: St. Johns English Lutheran in Mahanoy City; St. Luke in Silver Spring; and Community Lutheran in Omar. A memorial service/celebration of life will be held in Kays honor at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, in the Methodist Manor House at 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Beatrice E. Wilson -- Beatrice E. Wilson, 88, of Delmar, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Beatrice was born in Georgetown, a daughter of the late Leonard and Laura King. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Harlan Wilson Sr.; six brothers, Leonard, Virgil, Norris (Elmer), Lewis, Medford and Clarance; and two sisters, Shirley and Lucille (King). Years ago, Beatrice worked at the button factory in Laurel. She and Harlan also owned harness race horses, Starlight Boy and Delight Lady. She was a member of the USTA and loved to play the slots. Beatrice is survived by her son, Harlan Wilson Jr.; daughter, Sandra Thornton; sisters, Marjorie Baker and Betty Jane Blades; grandchildren, Frank Thornton, Dennis Thornton, Harlan Wilson III, and Dixie Wilson; great-grandchildren, Alex Wilson, Angela Smith, Harlan Wilson IV, and Jack Thornton; sister-in-law, Betty Lucas; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Joel Beiler will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Beatrice E. Wilson to the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. A special thank you to everyone who helped us through this trying time.


James JT Tyre Jr. -- James JT Tyre Jr., 55, of Millsboro, passed away at his home on Sunday, Feb.21, 2016. Born in Hampton, Va., he was the son of James H. Tyre Sr. and Audrey Marvel Leggs of Laurel. JT was a retired self employed contractor. He loved hunting, fishing, bowling, and playing pool. He enjoyed singing karaoke and having cook-outs with his family and friends. JT was a past Little League coach and umpire in Laurel. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Baker Tyre of Georgetown; his fianc←, Jennifer Marie Hatch of Millsboro; his sons, Michael Tyre, Michael McCauley, and Chester Shaver; his brother, David Tyre Sr. of Georgetown; his sisters, Debbie Mills and Patty Aytac; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. JT was preceded in death by his sons, Roger Wayne Shaver and David Tyre Reynolds. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Victory Tabernacle Church, 28261 Seaford Rd., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Pastor Stacey Johnson will officiate. Burial will be private. The family suggests contributions in memory of James JT Tyre to Victory Tabernacle Church, 28261 Seaford Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Flowers in honor of JT may be dropped off at the Split Hoof Hunting Club on Rt. 54. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Margaret R. Taylor -- Margaret R. Taylor, 73, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Elmer Thomas Donophan and Margaret Rachel Ryan Donophan. Margaret was a retired waitress, working for Johnnys and Sammys in Salisbury, Md. She also was a sales consultant for Avon, and enjoyed selling Avon at the Flea Market in Laurel. She loved her family, singing, and taking care of her beautiful flowers. Margaret is survived by her loving companion, Melvin Butch Green of Laurel; her children, Richard Shockley Sr. of Seaford, Gary Shockley Jr. of Delaware, and Violet Bollinger of Florida; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Several brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Taylor. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Joel Beiler will officiate. Interment will follow in Blades Cemetery.


Ralph Andrew Moore Jr. -- Ralph Andrew Moore Jr., 78, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. Born in Blades, he was the son of the late Ralph A. Moore Sr. and Sarah Blanche Wilson Moore. Ralph was a retired truck driver working for Lord Brother & Higgins for over 28 years. He was a member of Portsville United Methodist Church, the Moose Lodge #1728 in Seaford, Red Men in Fruitland, Md., and the AMSA Sport Fishing Association. He enjoyed camping, surf fishing, and attending the Threshermens Steam Show. He is survived by his loving wife, Violet Marie Moore of Seaford; his daughters, Crystal Whaley of Laurel, Christina Stevens of Seaford, and Gina Haass of Laurel. Ralph and his wife lovingly raised their two granddaughters, Rachael Michelle Miller and Katie Lynn Moore. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Francis Ann Kennedy and Mary Elizabeth Moore, and his great-granddaughter, Aaliyah Marie ONeal. A viewing will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 5-7 p.m. at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29, at the funeral home, where a viewing will also be held one hour before the service. Pastor Bill Nack will officiate. Interment will follow in Blades Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Ralphs memory to Portsville United Methodist Church, PO Box 187, Bethel, DE 19931. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com


Michael Francis Snigier -- Michael Francis Snigier, 42, of Bridgeville, passed away on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. Michael was born on July 10, 1973, the son of the late Walter John and Frances Polite Snigier. He graduated from high school in xxx. He loved computer games, playing basketball, watching wrestling on TV, doing word searches and playing bingo. He was very friendly and loved spending time with his friends. Michael was a member of Seaford Church of Christ and loved going to church and spending time with everyone there. He is survived by sisters, Victoria Snigier Birch and husband Donald and Veronica Snigier Lynch and husband Alton; brother, William Adam Snigier and wife Lisha; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Seaford Church of Christ Scholarship Fund, PO Box 783, Seaford, DE 19973.


William Bill J. Ward Jr. -- William Bill J. Ward Jr., 88, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Delaware Veterans Home in Milford. He was born in Bellefonte, Pa., on Saturday, May 14, 1927, to the late William J. Ward Sr. and Clarice (Shipman) Ward. Mr. Ward sold Oliver Farm Equipment Company machinery for many years. He also sold life insurance for a time. Mr. Ward then worked and retired from retail sales with the Sears Co. Mr. Ward was a proud U.S. Navy veteran. He served his country honorably during World War II for two years in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Seaford where he was the Sunday school superintendent, an usher, and a cook for church dinners. Mr. Ward loved gardening, woodworking, fishing, cooking, and wine making. He was a great storyteller and enjoyed playing with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to his parents, Mr. Ward was preceded in death by his loving wife, Patricia Ann Ward in 2014; his three brothers, Chap, Ted, and Bob Ward; and his sister, Jane Bonsall. He is survived by his two daughters, Rebecca Phillips of Dallastown, Pa. and Bonnie Kendall of Bridgeville; three grandchildren, Andrew E. Jackson and his wife Jessica of Seaford, Aaron W. Jackson and his wife Jill of Bridgeville, and Anna-Marie Brode and her husband Robbie of Harrington; six great-grandchildren, Amelia and Leo Jackson, Logan and Emorie Jackson, and Robert and Rylan Brode; and his two sisters, Carroll McKnatt, of Harrington and Judy Novak of Lake, Mich. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, where friends may visit from 1-2 p.m. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, 513 3rd St., Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Please visit Mr. Wards life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Carol Ann Purse Horton -- Carol Ann Purse Horton, 67, of Seaford, passed away in her sleep on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at Genesis Nursing Home in Milford. Carol was born on Oct. 20, 1949, the twin of G. Eric Purse. She was the daughter of the late George Victor and Loretta Purse. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Herman Smitty Horton. She was a beautician for 30 years in Seaford. Loved and respected by the community, Carol left her job in 1986 to take care of her husband. She enjoyed all of her family get-togethers and she loved to cook. Carol is survived by six brothers and sisters, Gail Sears (Leonard), Lisa Edwards, Eric Purse (Pat), Marc Purse, Jayne Kingsbury (Billy). She also had 13 nieces and nephews. Funeral services to celebrate her life were held on Friday, Feb. 19, at Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. Pastor Allen Messick officiated.


John Dorsey Breeding -- John Dorsey Breeding, 87, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at home surrounded by his family. Born in Hickman, he was a son of the late Fred and Hazel Breeding. John retired from E.I. Dupont in 1975. He was a very active member of Kings United Methodist Church. He enjoyed working in his garden and sharing what he grew. He was known as the fishing fool, giving his boat the same name. He is survived by his wife, Jeannie; daughter, Vicky L. Breeding; daughter-in-law, Marsha Stidham of Ocean View; sons, John Resse Breeding of Palm Coast, Fla. and Dana Scott Breeding of Dover; two stepchildren, Cathy Hill and Ben Hastings; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Esther Cluley of Federalsburg, Md. and Louise Meredith of Seaford; and a brother, Leroy Breeding of Federalsburg, Md. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brothers, Phillip, Harold, Raymond and Gilbert Breeding. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1-2 p.m. Pastor Johnny Rogers will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.


James Edwin Slack -- James Edwin Slack, 74, of Seaford, passed away after a short illness, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. He was born in Lopatcong, N.J. on Oct. 20, 1941, son of the late Ethelda and Edwin Slack. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Logan Slack and a brother, David Slack. Mr. Slack and his wife Pegge moved to Seaford from Somerset County, N.J. in 2003. He was a veteran of the Marine Corp; a life member of the VFW Post 4961 of Seaford, where he was an officer for many years; was formerly in charge of the Color Guard for the VFW; a member of the American Legion Post 6 of Seaford; and was a member of the Marine Corp League. Every Thursday for nine years, Mr. Slack went to Panera in Salisbury, Md. to pick up donations which he then delivered to various veterans homes as well as the American Legion for veterans to enjoy. He was an avid golfer and loved his NY Giants even though they usually disappointed him on game day, but he never gave up. However, most enjoyable was getting to make trips to New Jersey with his wife to see their grandchildren and children. Surviving is his stepmother, Mary Slack of Colorado; his wife of 52 years, Margaret Pegge Slack; his son, Michael of Arizona; and two daughters, Michelle Berry of Pennsylvania and Tamiko Hanson of Phillipsburg, N.J. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 4 1/2 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Tom Slack of Bound Brook, N.J., Jody Slack of Colorado and Ken Slack of Arizona; and a sister, Julie Zimmerman of Colorado. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, at the VFW, 9767 Middleford Rd., Seaford, where friends may gather after the service until 4 p.m. We will gather to celebrate his life not his passing so bring your smiles and laughter and any stories you may want to share. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Slacks memory to the VFW, 9767 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a division of the Parsell Family Funeral Home.


Norma Carolyn Pusey -- Norma Carolyn Pusey, 86, died on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at Genesis Eldercare in Seaford. Norma was born on Jan. 21, 1930, in Delmar, Md., the daughter of the late Arthur L. and Polly W. Godfrey. Norma had a great love for her family and was extremely proud of her children and all of their accomplishments. Her faith in God sustained her during her life and she was always eager to tell you about Gods love for each and every one. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Seaford. Norma was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Troy Pusey; the father of her children, G. Franklin Pusey Sr.; her sister, Mary Cohen; and her two sons-in-law, J. Norman Nicklas and Wayne LeCates. Mrs. Pusey is survived by her children: daughters, Vickie J. Nicklas and Linda L. LeCates, both of Seaford and sons, G. Franklin (Debbie) Pusey of Delmar, A. Michael (Glenda) Pusey and Ed (Debbie) Pusey, both of Laurel; grandchildren, Jean Nicklas, Kathy (Steve) Drummond, Scott (Tammy) Lecates, Chris LeCates, Ryan (Kathryn) Pusey, Kristen (Mark) Throm, Eddie (Dawn) Pusey, Kenny (Marcie) Pusey, and Anissa (Mitchell) Brittingham; great-grandchildren, Jonnie (Brandon) White, Cody Drummond, Domyno, Alexis, Brooke and Lindsey LeCates, Matthew, Melea, Carson, Mason, Avarie, and Delanie Pusey, Kaegen and Masen Brittingham, Addison and Grayson Throm; and great-great-granddaughters, Reagan and Aubree White. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Pastor Michael Hopkins will officiate and interment will follow in Bethel Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Pusey requested donations be sent to Delaware Visually Impaired, Milford State Center-Annex, 13NW Front St., Milford, DE 19963 or American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.


Norma Carolyn Pusey -- Norma Carolyn Pusey, 86, died on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at Genesis Eldercare in Seaford. Norma was born on Jan. 21, 1930, in Delmar, Md., the daughter of the late Arthur L. and Polly W. Godfrey. Norma had a great love for her family and was extremely proud of her children and all of their accomplishments. Her faith in God sustained her during her life and she was always eager to tell you about Gods love for each and every one. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Seaford. Norma was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Troy Pusey; the father of her children, G. Franklin Pusey Sr.; her sister, Mary Cohen; and her two sons-in-law, J. Norman Nicklas and Wayne LeCates. Mrs. Pusey is survived by her children: daughters, Vickie J. Nicklas and Linda L. LeCates, both of Seaford and sons, G. Franklin (Debbie) Pusey of Delmar, A. Michael (Glenda) Pusey and Ed (Debbie) Pusey, both of Laurel; grandchildren, Jean Nicklas, Kathy (Steve) Drummond, Scott (Tammy) Lecates, Chris LeCates, Ryan (Kathryn) Pusey, Kristen (Mark) Throm, Eddie (Dawn) Pusey, Kenny (Marcie) Pusey, and Anissa (Mitchell) Brittingham; great-grandchildren, Jonnie (Brandon) White, Cody Drummond, Domyno, Alexis, Brooke and Lindsey LeCates, Matthew, Melea, Carson, Mason, Avarie, and Delanie Pusey, Kaegen and Masen Brittingham, Addison and Grayson Throm; and great-great-granddaughters, Reagan and Aubree White. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Pastor Michael Hopkins will officiate and interment will follow in Bethel Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Pusey requested donations be sent to Delaware Visually Impaired, Milford State Center-Annex, 13NW Front St., Milford, DE 19963 or American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.


Addie Nola Batson Bolden -- Addie Nola Batson Bolden, 81, daughter of the late Jeremiah and Hattie Batson, made her grand entrance into eternal rest on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. Addie was the fifth child of 15 children. She was 81-years young with a strong mind-set of taking care of others by giving her time, resources, and energy. Addie was born on Oct. 4, 1934 and was raised in the Seaford area, attending Trinity Elementary, Blocksom School and Frederick Douglass. She then went to William C. Jason High School in Georgetown until she withdrew to marry Drexel Lee Bolden Sr. She later went to night school to get her high school diploma. Addie always loved children and, although she gave birth to 11, she mothered (grandmother, God-mother, etc.) countless others. She worked at the Seaford Head Start, Associated Charities, Delaney Produce, Harrison House, and numerous private care tenures for the elderly, sick, and shut-in. It was not unusual for people to come up to Sis. Addie acknowledging her kind-heartedness and remembering the care that they received from her. Mother Addie was a soldier in the Lords army for decades. She began her spiritual walk at Bethel United Methodist Church and eventually became a member of the Church of God of Prophecy under the leadership of the late Bishop Ivory J. James. She served in the pastors aid committee, missionary, usher board, and Sunday school - to mention a few. Her membership was then transferred to New Birth Church of God under former Pastor Stanley Ricketts and current Pastor Donald Moore. There, Mother Addie was a valued active member serving in many capacities. Yet, she still found time to support others including Storm Shelter Ministries, Pastor Leonard Eley, where she participated in their Elishas Hostess Womens Prayer Breakfasts. She was also a member of the We Care Truckers Organization. Mother Addies love and commitment to the Lord motivated her to work and to press her way right up until December when she could no longer get up and go and drive. But, even then, she was often trying to figure out what she could do to help. She was preceded in death by her husband, Drexel Lee Bolden Sr.; one of her 11 children, Cassandra Irene Bolden; and her grandson, Jermaine Lamont Bolden. She was also preceded in death by some of her siblings: Mary Cook, Martha President and Alfred, Charles, William, Jeremiah, Thomas, and Grace Batson. Left to cherish her memories and celebrate her life are her siblings: Louis Batson (Rosalie), Jerry Batson, Pearl Lofland (Leon), Doris Ann Batson (Jural), and Shirley Batson, all of Seaford, and George Batson (Vanessa) of Cambridge, Md.; and her children: Drexel Bolden Jr. (Shelly), Selena Bolden, Bertha Ricketts (Ernest), Grace Wilson (Vance), Nathaniel T. Bolden Sr. (Teresa), Jacqueline Bolden, Sylvester Bolden, Penny Bolden, Reuben Bolden, and Dwight Bolden. Mother Addie also leaves behind an approximate count of 44 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren, two great-great grands and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives. She truly left a legacy of faith, hope, and love. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Seaford Wesleyan Church, The Ark, 26630 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, where friends may call on Friday evening, Feb. 19, from 5 to 7. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Scott Hastings Munoz -- Scott Hastings Munoz, 55, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Frank Javier Munoz and Joyce Munoz Boyce and his stepfather, William Tommy Boyce. Scott worked various jobs in construction and farming and he was also an off-shore fisherman. He loved fishing, hunting, and camping and truly enjoyed being with his friends, family and extended family. Scott is survived by his son, Josh Munoz of Laurel; his daughter, Megan Chimel and her family of Georgetown; his brother, Barry Munoz, his wife Susan, and their sons Jason, Seth, and Nick and families; his sister, Francisca Munoz and her daughter, Jenna; the Hastings family, and many cousins. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. The Rev. Bill Nack will officiate.


Shirley Anne Meredith Johnson -- Shirley Anne Meredith Johnson, 72, of Seaford, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. She was surrounded by her family. Shirley was born on Jan. 7, 1944 in Federalsburg, Md., the oldest daughter of the late Russell and Anna Mae Clevenger Meredith. Shirley retired from the State of Delaware Department of Corrections as a records clerk. She was a past Girl Scout Leader and past member of the American Legion Post #19 Ladies Auxiliary where she held many office positions. Shirley was an active member of the Women of the Moose at Loyal Order Moose Lodge #1728 in Seaford. She was also an active member of the Woodland United Methodist Church where she held many office positions throughout the years. Shirley was an adult Sunday school teacher until her passing. In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her brother, Johnny Meredith and brother-in-law, Dennis Tull. She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Jack Johnson; two children, Brian and Tambrey both of Seaford; five grandchildren, Zachary, Samantha, Bridget, Kayla and Maxwell; a sister, Pamela Tull-Baynum and her husband Jim; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, at Woodland United Methodist Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford, where friends may call from 10-11. Burial will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. Friends may also visit at the church from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Contributions may be made in Shirleys memory to Woodland United Methodist Church in care of Suzanne Haught at the above address. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a division of the Parsell Family Funeral Home. Please visit Shirleys Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Clarence Edward Wilson -- Clarence Edward Wilson, 92, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was born in Georgetown on Monday, May 14, 1923, a son of the late David A. and Carrie (Mathews) Wilson. Mr. Wilson honorably served in the U.S. Army in WWII. After his time in the service, he started a lifelong career as a millwright and later as the business agent for the Carpenters & Millwrights Union. He was a proud member of the Seaford Moose Lodge for over 50 years and he was a 32nd Degree Mason. Mr. Wilson loved cars, especially red ones, and took pleasure in fixing and tinkering with them, then would resell them. He was a lifelong fan of bluegrass and country music and enjoyed spending his winters in Florida. Mr. Wilson was a loving husband, father, son, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother and will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to his parents, Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by two of his brothers and his three sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Mary Isabella Wilson of Seaford; his three daughters, Rebecca Quillen and her husband Ronald of Seaford, Barbara Norton and her husband Lilburn of Seaford, and Betty Allen and her husband Craig of Midlothian, Va.; three grandchildren, Kyle Quillen, Valerie Quillen and her husband Richard Munsey and Brad Allen and his wife Sandra; three great-grandchildren, Willow Quillen, Galen Quillen, and Sophia Allen; and his three brothers, Elmer Wilson and his wife Marlene of Camden, Tommy Wilson and his wife Darlene of Seaford, and David Wilson of Ambler, Pa. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Contributions may be made in Mr. Wilsons name to the Seaford Moose Lodge, 22759 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a division of the Parsell Family Funeral Home.


Allan Martin Johnson Sr. -- Allan Martin Johnson Sr., 85, of Seaford, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Born in Long Branch, N.J., he was the son of Sarah Reid and Harvey Johnson.ᅠ As a young man, he drove race cars on dirt tracks.ᅠWhile living in New Jersey, he owned an auto body shop and was a volunteer firefighter in Oceanport.ᅠHe was also a member of Long Branch Ice Boat and Yacht Club.ᅠBefore retiring, Allan was an insurance adjuster for Allstate.ᅠHe was a member of Seaford Presbyterian Church, Seaford Elks Lodge and Nanticoke River Yacht Club. Married to his lovely bride Jean for 66 years, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather.ᅠ In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey L. Johnson; a sister, Janet R. Banse; and his stepfather, William P. Turner.ᅠ He is survived by his wife, Jean Jobes Johnson of Seaford; four sons, Allan M. Johnson Jr. (Linda), William R. Johnson, Robert L. Johnson, and Kevin M. Johnson, all of Seaford; a daughter, Suzan J. Johnson Reilly of Millsboro; a nephew, Charles Johnson (Tham) of Dallas, Texas; a niece, Sallie Maynard of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford. The Rev. Laurie Hiller will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Allans memory to Seaford Elks Lodge, PO Box 476, Seaford, DE 19973; Nanticoke River Yacht Club, PO Box 162, Seaford, DEᅠ19973; or Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Edna Charlotte Hall Kimmey -- Edna Charlotte Hall Kimmey, 91, of Seaford, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Wayland and Edna Vickers-Hall. Charlotte was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Kimmey, and son-in-law Michael D. Mike Herholdt. She was the last of eight siblings who all preceded her in death: Prentice, Paul, Ronald, Lawrence, Guy Hall and Catherine Hall Birch and Virginia Hall Bishop. Charlotte and her late husband Bobby were founders and members of the Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel. Charlotte loved reading her Bible which explains her nature and kindness in helping others. She enjoyed gardening and flowers and especially her furry friends, her cats. She also enjoyed family dinners, holidays and traveling. She is survived by her daughter, Elaine Hall-Herholdt; three grandchildren, Danny Herholdt and wife Jean, John Herholdt and wife Jennifer and Wesley Herholdt and wife Jenny; and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two stepchildren, Gae Piotti and Joy Kimmey Johnson; several great-step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all of her caregivers, which made her stay at home more pleasurable. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Chapel of Milford Church of God, 500 N. Walnut St., Milford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will be held at Milford Community Cemetery, Milford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963; Milford Church of God; or Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Berry-Short Funeral Home, Milford.


Charles Chuck R. Kraus -- Charles Chuck R. Kraus, 75, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late Eberhart John Kraus and the late Mary Bilek Kraus Turner. Chuck was raised in Cicero, Ill., and graduated from Morton High School. He entered the United States Air Force in 1959, retiring as a master sergeant in 1983, after proudly serving our country for 24 years. He continued in civil service with the Office of Government Ethics until retiring in 2003. Chuck graduated from the University of Maryland where he received his bachelor of science degree. During his 24 years in active duty, Chuck had a highly decorated military career, receiving many awards including but not limited to Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Chuck served a total of 44 years with the federal government between his military and civil service careers. Even after retirement Chuck remained committed in his support of all veterans. Chuck and his wife, Mary Ellen Gordy Kraus lived in Alexandra, Va., for many years. Upon their retirement, they moved to Laurel so that they could be closer to their family. He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Salisbury, Md. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Ellen Gordy Kraus, on Feb. 28, 2011. He is survived by his brother, Ronald Kraus and his wife Linda of Shelbyville, Tenn.; sisters-in-law, Peggy Williams (Ron), Cindy Gordy-Mullins (Jerry), and Judy Goff (Steve); and brother-in-law, Phil Gordy (fianc← Christine Phiefer); nieces and nephews, Erik Williams, Tricia and JD Dorofee, Charity Swain, Reese and Amy Gordy, John Gordy, Samantha Gordy and fianc← Kevin Lougheed, Tracie and Robb Makin, and Corey Goff and fianc← Kristin Steininger; and five great-nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 535 Riverside Dr., Salisbury. Father Christopher LaBarge will officiate. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, where Mr. Kraus will receive full military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in loving memory of Charles Kraus to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1503 Michaels Rd., Richmond, VA 23229. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Theresia A. Robinson -- Theresia A. Robinson, 81, of Seaford, and recently a resident of the Harrison House in Georgetown, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born on Dec. 16, 1934 in Holland, she was the daughter of the late Johann Mansfeld and Emile Steckenmesser Mansfeld. Theresia was one of seven children. At a young age, she and her family moved to Wetzlar, Germany. In 1963, her family traveled and relocated to America. She was married to her loving husband, James W. Robinson. She was a former teacher with the Head Start in Seaford. She loved her family and was a wonderful homemaker for over 43 years. Theresia enjoyed having all of the family together for dinners and celebrations. She was a paramount cook and seamstress, and will be remembered for her sense of humor in all that she did. She was of little stature, but was blessed with a mighty personality. Theresia is survived by her daughters, Eva Murphy, Pia Calhoun, Shirley LaChance, Patricia Browning, Gloria Robinson, and Janice Wimbrow; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, James Walter Robinson in February 2002. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Father Clement Vadakkedath, CSsR will officiate. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Blades. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made in loving memory of Theresia A. Robinson by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


James A. Parker -- James A. Parker, 68, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was born in Johnstown, Pa., on June 28, 1947, a son of the late John A. and Margaret (Himmer) Parker. Mr. Parker graduated from Richland High School in Johnstown. He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Upon honorable discharge, Mr. Parker attended Pennsylvania State University for two years and then began his lifelong career working for Sears from which he retired as a store manager after 40 dedicated years. Mr. Parker was a member of Forest River Owners Group (FROG), which was an RV and camping group that he loved. As an avid outdoorsman, Mr. Parker loved spending time fishing, camping with his family, and feeding deer and birds during his many visits to various campgrounds. He enjoyed traveling across the country, especially taking trips to Florida to escape the winter months. During the warm days, he could be found riding his motorcycle or going out to dinner to catch up with his friends. Mr. Parker cherished the time spent with his grandchildren, they were the apple of his eye. Mr. Parker is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Mary L. Parker of Seaford; two daughters, Heather Gromalski and her husband Alan of Ft. Meyers, Fla. and Amy Cavallini and her husband Demetrius of Seaford; a brother, John Parker of Orangeville, Pa.; a sister, Nancy Hill of Johnstown; and four grandchildren, Courtney Gromalski, James Gromalski, Nick Cavallini and Max Cavallini. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may visit from noon to 1 p.m. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made in Mr. Parkers memory to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803 or Compassionate Care Hospice of the Delmarva Peninsula, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966. Please visit Mr. Parkers life memorial webpage and sign the online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Norman D. Usilton -- Norman Draper Usilton, 88, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at UMSMC at Easton. He was born in Price, Md. on Aug. 22, 1927, a son of the late Norman Usilton and Elizabeth Draper Usilton. Norman graduated from Greensboro High School, class of 1944. On Oct. 24, 1970, he married the former Eleanor Nichols. Norman was employed by E.I. Dupont in Seaford, retiring in 1989 after more than 35 years of service. He enjoyed listening to country music and watching sports on TV. Most of all, Norman enjoyed spending time with his beloved family, whom he truly adored. He was a member of the Union United Methodist Church in Federalsburg. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Usilton of Federalsburg; a daughter, Lisa Collins and her husband Eddie of Federalsburg; a granddaughter, Michelle Collins of Federalsburg; a step-granddaughter, Stephanie Merritt and her husband Jeff of Mooresville, N.C.; a step-grandson, Ed Collins and his wife Marcia of Hurlock, Md.; two step-great-grandchildren, Kendall Mckinney of Mooresville and Brantley Collins of Hurlock; a brother, Thomas Usilton and his wife Doris of Denton, Md.; two sisters, Judy Corkell and her husband Mike of Denton and Betty Baker of Greensboro; a stepmother, Laura Usilton of Greensboro; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Usilton was preceded in death by two brothers, Mervin Usilton and Lawrence Usilton. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg. The Rev. David Griffin will officiate. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Federalsburg. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Caroline Hospice Foundation, 613 S. Fifth Ave., Denton, MD 21629 or the Maryland School for the Blind, 3501 Taylor Ave., Baltimore, MD 21236. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Shirley Margaret Prezioso -- Shirley Margaret Prezioso, 85, of Frankford, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Shirley was employed by Roses Corporation as a personnel manager for 12 years prior to her retirement. Shirley was a wonderful person and will never be forgotten. She will be in our hearts forever. Please come and join us to celebrate her life as she would of wanted you to. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Joseph Prezioso. She is survived by her sister, Clara Siegman of Columbia, Md., and her three children, Michael, Jeffrey and Lisa. She is also survived by her five grandchildren; her three great-grandchildren; and her three daughters-in-law. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford. Lets never forget Shirley and her caring, fun and love of life personality. In lieu of flowers, donations to Christ Lutheran Church would be appreciated. Love your family and friends.


James Andrew Davenport -- James Andrew Davenport, 61, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family after a short, but severe illness. Jim was born on May 12, 1954 at Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, one of five children of the late Robert O. and Dorothy Davenport. Jim grew up in Delaware City. After graduation from high school, he moved to Seaford and purchased the Tire King of Seaford franchise in 1977, where he served the Seaford area for 38 years. As a young man, Jim enjoyed endure motorcycle racing, playing pool and drag racing at the US 13 Dragway in Delmar since 1991. Jim is survived by his loving brothers and business partners, Robert and Jeffrey, both of Seaford; a brother, William and his wife Vicki of Clayton; sister, Donna Lee Davenport Glisson of Felton; nieces, Kerri and Lori, both of Clayton; nephews, Billy and Lewis, both of Clayton; nephew and business partner, Andy of Seaford; and nephews, Chucky and Kyle, both of Felton. His humor and wit will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. His lifelong pain has ended. A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, at Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford. A private burial will take place on Saturday, Feb. 6, in Maple Hill Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Joseph J. Snapper Javorsky -- Joseph J. Snapper Javorsky, 66, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at his home. Joseph was born in Wellsburg, W.V., a son of the late John J. Javorsky Sr. and Margaret Rafe Javorsky. Joseph was a master carpenter and retired from Christiana Construction. He was an avid motorcycle rider and was a 40 year member of a motorcycle club. Joseph loved fishing, hunting, camping and was quite the story teller. Joseph is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 35 years, Charlene Javorsky of Laurel; his daughter, Heather Rolfe (Jason) of Hockessin; a sister-in-law, Dianna Javorsky; his best friend, Charles Sundown Whaley; his grandchildren, Desi, Natalie, Tyler, Maci and Haddie; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Steven Herbster in 2009 and all of his siblings. Services will be announced in the near future. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Send online condolences at www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Ernest Wilson Bailey -- Ernest Wilson Bailey, 38, of Laurel, departed this life on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Christiana Hospital. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kitty E. Koster; father, Richard Holt; and maternal grandfather, Ernest J Bailey. He is survived by a daughter, Kara E. Bailey and a son, Derrick W. Bailey, both of Laurel; grandmother, Ada M. Bailey; one brother, Steven Koster; two aunts, Dolores James and Paulette Bramble, all of Laurel; one uncle, Paul (Claudia) Bramble of Delmar; and a cousin, Crystal Odham of Laurel. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at First Baptist Church, 32631-A BiState Blvd., Laurel. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Timothy M. Crockett -- Timothy M. Crockett, 53, of Seaford passed away on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. He was born on Jan. 8, 1963 in Seaford, where he was a lifelong area resident. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Stacey Crockett in 2014, and his father, Ewell Sonny Crockett in 1993. Timmy worked as an electrician and volunteered as a handyman. He enjoyed working with his hands and will be remembered for being willing and able to fix anything. As an avid outdoorsman, Timmy loved the Eastern Shore and spent his time hunting, fishing, crabbing, and camping. Timmy was also known for telling jokes and routing for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. He survived by his mother, Elizabeth Sissy Crockett of Blades; his best friend, Janet of Seaford; his son, Matthew and his wife Jordan of Bridgeville, and their children Ella and Wyatt; his son, Shane of Virginia; his brother, Michael of Seaford; his brother, Scott and his wife Denise of Seaford; and several nieces and nephews. The family will host a time of visitation from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests benevolences and well wishes be sent to Elizabeth Crockett, 26340 Seaford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Linford L. Reynolds -- Linford L. Reynolds, 88, of Laurel, passed away at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. Born in Georgetown, Linford was the son of the late Charles and Mabel Reynolds. Linford proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. He worked for Zafferes Bakery in Federalsburg for many years in the sales and delivery departments. After Zafferes was sold, he worked for the Lance Company in sales and delivery until his retirement. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed taking his children and grandchildren camping, tending his garden and produce stand, and cooking Sunday dinner for the entire family. He was a fabulous cook. Linford is survived by his sons, Farron Reynolds and his wife Wendy of Monks Korner, S.C., Kent Reynolds and his wife Kelley of Ocean View, and Charles Reynolds and his wife Renee of Gumboro; his daughters, Karen Bailey and her husband Jamie of Laurel, Ruth Collins and her husband Sherman of Gumboro, and Linda Shirley of Charleston, S.C.; and his grandchildren, Cindy Collins, Holly Donaway, Robert Reynolds, Kasidy Reynolds, Samantha Reynolds, Clay Reynolds, Brittany Bailey, Courtney Bailey, Phillip Reynolds, Scott Reynolds, Stacey Hitch, Kim Shirley, Ronnie Johnson, and Michael Shirley. Several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Pearl H. Reynolds, who passed away in 2008; his brother, Charles Reynolds; and his sister, Catherine Hudson. Services were held on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Pastor Charles Reynolds officiated. Interment with military honors was held in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Joanna M. Wilkerson -- Joanna M. Wilkerson, 77, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Joanna was the daughter of the late Alvin and Martha Jane Wilkerson. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Michael Wilkerson and a sister, Shirley Seymore. She loved animals - live and stuffed, knitting, word puzzles and TV. Survivors include two sisters, Joyce Hammond and Bonnie Green (Charlie); a brother, Alvin Wilkerson (Laura); a brother-in-law, Donald Seymore; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery, Willards, Md.


Alice Kathryn Baker -- Alice Kathryn Baker, 78, of Bridgeville, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at the Genesis Milford Center. She was born on April 17, 1937 in Frankford, daughter of the late Ruth Evelyn (Bunting) and William Lewis Townsend. Alice was a graduate of Lord Baltimore High School in Ocean View, class of 1955. She excelled in team sports including basketball and softball. Alice played an active role in school activities including band, chorus, and drama class. An avid sports enthusiast, her favorite team was the Philadelphia Eagles. For many years, Alice was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #9 in Georgetown. She was a current member of the Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville and also attended Crossroad Community Church. Alice enjoyed going to the beach, traveling with her late husband, and playing games with her group of local girlfriends. An exceptional cook, she loved making delicious meals for her family. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and was a fun loving person. In addition to her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her loving husband, Mahlon Clark Baker in 2013. She is survived by her son, Steve Tyre and his wife Nancy of Bridgeville; her daughter, Krystal McCoy and her husband Keith of Bridgeville, two stepsons, Martin and Michael Baker; her granddaughter, Dakota Tyre; her grandson, Trevor Timmons; one step-grandson, Matthew Baker; one step-great-grandson, James Baker as well as her loving brother, William C. Townsend of Georgetown. The family extends their gratitude to Alices wonderful caregiver, Jill Short, and Genesis Milford Center for the excellent care she received during the end of her life. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from 9-11. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. at Saint Georges United Methodist Church Cemetery, Clarksville. Flowers are welcome but in lieu of, the family suggests contributions to Union United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933 or Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 727, Bridgeville, DE 19933.


Joseph Benjamin Ewing Jr. -- Joseph Benjamin Ewing Jr., 84, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Ben was born on Feb. 15, 1931 in Rehoboth, the son of the late J. B. Ewing Sr. and Gertrude Morgan Ewing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Lowe Ewing; brother, Richard Walker Ewing; and son-in-law, William Pritchett. Ben graduated from Rehoboth High School in 1949 and, upon graduation, entered the United States Marine Corps where he served for two years in the Korean War with the First Marine Division. He was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal in 1952 and received the 1995 Distinguished Service Award from the Marine Corps League. He married Patricia Lowe Ewing in 1953. In 1958, he joined the Delaware State Police and retired in 1978 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Following his retirement, he served for 21 years as the Republican House representative for the 35th district. He was instrumental in the renovation and development of the new Visitors Center as a combined State Police barracks, paramedic unit and service center. As a result, this building now bears his name. He chaired the Public Safety Committee where he was instrumental in developing the 911 Center, among many other achievements during his tenure as a representative of the 35th District. He retired from public service in 2008. Ben was a member of the Masonic Hiram Lodge No. 21 of the Scottish Rite. He was also very involved with Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville, serving in every laymans capacity, including Sunday school teacher, and was responsible for the beautiful stained glass windows in the sanctuary. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn (Kitty) Smith Ewing; his three children, Benjamin Burton (Lois) Ewing, Richard Lowe Ewing (Kim), and Penny Morgan Ewing Pritchett; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; stepsons, Vaughn, Jeff and Matt Esham; eight step-grandchildren; and two step-grandsons. Visitation will be held at Union United Methodist Church, 201 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the auditorium of Woodbridge Middle School, 307 S. Laws St., Bridgeville, on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. Interment will be held at Bridgeville Cemetery immediately following the service. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Brendan Edward Lynch -- Brendan Edward Lynch, 76, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. Brendan passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Bridgeville. Born in Medford, Mass., to Edward and Catherine Lynch, he is survived by his siblings, Robert, Kevin, Noreen, Patrick and Kathleen. After serving in the US Marine Corps aboard the USS Forrestal and attending Catholic University of America, he became founder and CEO of Lynch & Associates, Ltd. Irrigation Consultants. He worked right up until he was hospitalized in December with his partner, Daniel Lynch. He was in his 54th year of involvement in the construction industry, beginning with the sheet metal trade and transitioning to irrigation contractor, distributor, specification manager and finally independent design consultant. Recently named a Fellow of the American Society of Irrigation Consultants, he was a dedicated professional and advocate for the efficient use of water, an inspirational mentor and teacher, and a caring, giving friend to many, considering his family his greatest achievement. Brendan, beloved husband and father, is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marjorie Lynch; children, Kelly Davenport (Jeff), Kim Scull (Brian), Daniel Lynch (Sheri), Sean Lynch (Jennifer) and Erin Taylor (Brice); grandchildren, Nathan Treichel, Brendan and Colin Davenport, Daniel Scull and Jayne Scanlon (Jacob), and Kyle and Paige Taylor; and great-granddaughter, Savannah Grace Treichel. Brendan was buried out of Collins Funeral Home in Silver Spring, Md., with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life at St. John the Evangelist Church on Dec. 16, and private interment at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia on Dec. 17. A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes in Seaford, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, to celebrate his life with friends and family in the local area. Memorial contributions may be made to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, PO Box 17029, Baltimore, MD 21297-1029 with a memo indication that this gift is in memory of Brendan E. Lynch.


Chester B. Justice -- Chester B. Justice, 80, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Frankford, he was the son of the late Clarence and Emma Evans Justice. Chester was a lifetime member of the Laurel Fire Department, serving over 40 years in fire service. He was a past chief engineer for the Laurel Fire Department. He was a talented mechanic, owning and operating the Sunoco Gas Station in Laurel many years ago. Chester enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He had a talent that enabled him to build just about anything. He was known to make beautiful clocks, furniture, and even made a boat trailer. He enjoyed attending Shiloh Church in Laurel. He is survived by his son, Chester B. Justice Jr. and his companion Brenda Hill of Fruitland, Md.; his daughters, Brenda Malcomson and her husband Sam of Seaford, Joyce Lynch of Laurel, Geraldine Carter and her husband Bob of Millsboro, and Cindy Wilkerson and her husband Eddie of Millsboro; and his brothers, Homer Justice of Laurel and Charles Justice of Texas. Seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his companion, Ann R. Nichols; his grandson; and his siblings, Edwin Justice, Raymond Justice, Roger Justice, Hoyt Justice, and Laura Brittingham. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Shiloh Church, where a viewing will be held from noon to 1. The Rev. Mark Erskine will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Chesters memory to the Laurel Fire Department, 205 W. 10th St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Lorraine Mary Beyer -- Lorraine Mary Beyer, 81, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in New Brighton, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Mae Kaltenmeier Schnurr. In her youth, Lorraine was a talented trick rider, a barrel racer in the rodeo circuit, and a model. She attended St. John Villa High School. Lorraine enjoyed presenting her springer spaniels in the dog shows, and also enjoyed participating with the Laurel Saddle Club shows. She worked for her parents company, Rosebank Storage Warehouse, as an accountant for many years. Later, she and her husband owned and operated Safety Van Company in Staten Island. While owning Safety Van Company, they enjoyed sponsoring a local Little League team every year. Lorraine was very active in her childrens school events. She was a member of the PTA and the Great Kills Society Club in Staten Island. In 1980, she and her husband moved to Laurel where they owned and operated Holly Brook Horse Farm and she boarded many of their horses. Lorraine attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford. Above all, she will be greatly remembered for being a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Lorriane is survived by her sons, William V. Beyer and his wife Mary of Highland Mills, N.Y., Brian Beyer and his wife Coleen of Seaford, Barry G. Beyer of Laurel, and Bruce M. Beyer of Laurel. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William U. Beyer Jr., her sister, Audrey Billis, and her grandson, Thomas Beyer. A viewing will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 6-8 p.m. at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. Father Clement Vadakkedath, CSsR will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt Hare Sr. -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Hare Sr., 82, of Blades, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at his home. He was born in Blades on Feb. 21, 1933, son of the late Grover C. and Anna M. (Lingo) Hare. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Carmine Hare in 2014 and a son, Mark C. Hare in 2004. Mr. Hare enjoyed a 40 year career with the Meat Cutters Union at Safeway. He was an avid sports fan and especially loved harness racing. During his leisure time, he liked going to the Harrington Raceway & Casino where he played slots. Mr. Hare is survived by two sons, Franklin D. Hare Jr. and his wife Robin of Seaford and Blake C. Hare of Blades; a daughter, Tracy H. Whaley and her husband Eddie of Blades; a brother, Gilbert Hare and his wife Dee of Seaford; a brother-in-law, Tom Carmine and his wife Marty of Bridgeville; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, 609 E. King St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 2. Burial will follow at Blades Cemetery.


Wade Milam -- Wade Milam, 83, of Georgetown, passed away on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at his sons home. Wade was born in Crumpler, W.V., the son of the late Wiley and Rachael (Burks) Milam. He was honorably discharged from the National Guard. He was a maintenance worker for Perdue. After he retired, he owned and operated Milam Well Drilling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ellen Mitchell and brother, Claude Milam. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lee (Wyatt) Milam; two children, Timothy Milam of Georgetown and James Perry Milam of Bridgeville; two sisters, Edith Boyce of Seaford and Helen Caulk of Milford; brother, Hoby Milam of Georgetown; five grandchildren, Shannon Stowers, Tony Milam, Erica Milam, Danny Milam and Sara Milam; and two great-grandchildren, Andrea and Gavin Stowers. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call from noon to 1. Interment will follow at McColleys Chapel Cemetery. Flowers may be sent or donations may be made in Mr. Milams memory to Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Rd., Georgetown, DE 19947.


Shirley Walker Morris -- Shirley Walker Morris, 81, of Delmar, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at the Delmar Nursing Home. She was born on May 30, 1934 in Sharptown, Md. and lived in Delmar with her husband of 62 years, Jack Morris Sr. They were married on April 3, 1953. Shirley loved to vacation in Outer Banks, N.C. and Amish Country in Pennsylvania. She retired from the Holiday Inn as the banquet coordinator in 2000. She cherished spending time with her grandchildren, watching them play sports and visiting in West Virginia. She was a life member of the Delmar Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and recently received 45 years of service recognition. She considered all the members of the Delmar Fire Department her extended family. She was a member of Melsons United Methodist Church. She is survived by children, Jack and Debbie Morris of Delmar, Garry and Linda Morris of Delmar and Becky and Walt Barb of Mathias, W.V.; eight grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Carolyn James of Milford and several nieces and nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by her son, Kevin Morris; her brothers, Kenneth, Loran, and Charles; and sister, Rebecca. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 1-3. The Rev. John Oltman will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of her late son, Kevin, to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 4171, Salisbury, MD 21803.


Dr. Tracey B. Dobson -- Dr. Tracey B. Dobson, Psy.D., 31, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2016, at Christiana Hospital. Tracey was born on Jan. 7, 1985 in Seaford, the daughter of Robert and Michelle Booth of Seaford and granddaughter of Milton and Mary Koster and Doris Minton. She graduated from Seaford High School in 2003, attended the University of Delaware and LaSalle University, becoming a pediatric clinical psychologist. She worked in the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Pediatric Network. Cherished family memories include her love of family, being a loving wife, wonderful mother and tremendous role model. She was always looking to improve the way of life for her loved ones. Tracey enjoyed Disney movies, and especially Harry Potter. She was a member of Seaford Church of the Nazarene. Tracey is survived by her husband, Dr. Phillip Dobson, and their children, Jack and Lily Dobson, all of Seaford; her brother, Robert R. Booth and wife Alexandra W. Booth; and her sister, Tiffany E. Booth and fianc← Tyler Reed. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Renee Dobson and fianc← Gerald Wells; brother-in-law, Patrick Dobson and wife Stephanie Dobson; grandmother, Judy Gallimore, and a large and extremely loving extended family. A funeral service will be held at Central Worship Center, 14545 Sycamore Rd., Laurel, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24, where a viewing will be held from 1-3. Pastor Larry Whaley will officiate. Donations may be made in Traceys memory to Epworth Christian School, 14545 Sycamore Rd., Laurel, DE 19956 or Dobson Children Education Fund, c/o Nanticoke Health Services Medical Staff, 801 Middleford Rd., 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.


Stanley L. Seltzer -- Stanley L. Seltzer died on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at Covenant Hospice in Panama City, Fla. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Stan was a resident of Bay Point, Fla., for about 30 years. Stan was raised and educated in Philadelphia, Pa. In 1942, Stan began his lifelong career with the aviation industry. He relocated to Roanoke, Va. as an air traffic controller in the Roanoke tower. It was during this assignment that Stan directed young pilot, Virginia Woody to land her small plane. He later married Ginny and together they enjoyed 66 years of marriage. During his aviation career, Stan was an air traffic controller in the Civil Aeronautics Administration, chief controller at Roanoke, Philadelphia and Washington National airports, district supervisor for Air Traffic Control in Washington, D.C., a control specialist assigned to work with the CAA/FAA in initiating radar air traffic control, named ATAs director of Air Navigation/Traffic Control and thereafter named executive director of the Air Traffic Control Association. In 1967, he began work with American Airlines where he held many positions. In 1973, American Airlines promoted Stan to assistant vice president of System Operations Control where he remained until his retirement in January, 1987. On Nov. 5, 1998, Stan was presented with Air Traffic Controls most prestigious honor, the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award. This trophy was presented to the memory of one of the recognized Fathers of Air Traffic Control and honors the lifelong achievements of the individual in the field of aviation. The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award is on permanent display in the Smithsonians National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. This award was presented to Stan by Bob Crandall, his personal friend and chairman/CEO of American Airlines. In addition to his aviation career, Stans favorite hobby was making home videos through his self-proclaimed esteemed production company, Lavish Productions. Stan excelled at photography and videography in a time before digital photography and desktop editing. Stan was always at the front lines of technology and could often be found at his computer emailing and Skyping with family&and, of course, watching tower traffic at major airports throughout the country. Following his retirement from American Airlines in 1987, Stan and Ginny moved to Bay Point in Panama City. Although enjoying the relaxation of retirement, Stan later took on a second career working with his son, Rick, at Seltzer Management Group. Stan is survived by his loving daughter, Linda Schenck and husband George of Seaford; devoted daughter-in-law, Cindy Seltzer, loving widow of son, Rick Seltzer; granddaughter, Michelle Cummings and husband Kenneth of Seaford; granddaughter Ashley Boling and husband Drew of Tega Cay, S.C.; grandson, Zack Seltzer of Panama City; grandson, Trent Seltzer and wife Laura of Lubbock, Texas; granddaughter, Catherine Mitchell and husband Colonel Timothy of Vienna, Va.; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his huge extended family, Glinda Woodfaulk, Don Jutz, Dennis Dube, Kathy Overman Doug Lee and Bonnie Hale, all of Panama City. Stans dedication to and enduring love of family was apparent to all who knew him. His humor and wit will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to know him, and whose lives were enhanced by his very presence. Services will be private, for immediate family only. In lieu of flowers, Stan would appreciate tax deductible donations be made to Rick Seltzer Community Park, PO Box 27431, Panama City, FL 32411.


Rita Rose Ciavarella -- Rita Rose Ciavarella, 84, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Rita was a member of Our lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford. Her husband, Nicholas Ciavarella died in 2014. She is survived by two daughters, Geraldine Blum (Gary) and Lynn Reyes; two grandchildren, Robert Blum (Kelly) and Breanna Reyes; two great-grandchildren, Zachary Blum and Logan Blum; and a sister, Joan Amodio. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Wednesday evening, Jan. 20, from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society, Lung Research, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.


Dolores Breitwieser -- Dolores Breitwieser, 64, of Laurel, formerly of New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. She was born on Dec. 29, 1951 in New Jersey, a daughter of the late Raymond and Eleanor (Orzechowski) Wood. Dolores had several jobs throughout the years, but none more important than being a homemaker, mother and wife. She was a wonderful cook, an avid reader and loved to spend a day fishing. Despite the distance apart, she remained close to her sisters and considered them not just sisters but best friends. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Breitwieser, who she married in December, 1988; a daughter, Jenna Weber of Pasadena, Md.; sons, Aaron Weber of New York City and Douglas D.J. Weber (Kathy) of Jacksonville, Fla.; a stepson, Raymond Breitwieser (Sue) of New Jersey; grandchildren, Beau, Sheridan, Angelique, Scarlet, Jude and Hannah; sisters, Anita (Harpy) of New Jersey, Denise (Brian) of New Jersey, Linda (Chuck) of South Carolina and Joanne (Ray), of New Jersey; brothers, Pete (Donna) of New Jersey and Steve of Indiana; and a special sister-in-law, Connie Lalena of Florida. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Dolores life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar.


Charles Stanley Truitt Jr. -- Charles Stanley Truitt Jr., 65, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at his residence. He was born in Dover on Aug. 15, 1950, son of the late Charles Stanley Truitt Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth Nibblett Truitt. Mr. Truitt served his country in the United States Navy, retiring after 20 years of service. He then worked for 15 years as a transportation manager for Perdue of Salisbury. He was an avid bowler and loved to watch high school sporting events and dirt track racing. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sharon Smith Truitt; two sons, Richard Lee Truitt and wife Lynda and David James Truitt and wife Nicole, both of Seaford; a brother, Edward Truitt of Seaford; two sisters, Patricia Ennis of Eden, Md. and Georgia Ellen Truitt of Seaford; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy Perdue; a sister, Beatrice Mae Bowman; and a granddaughter, Wendy Willey. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford, a division of the Parsell Funeral Family.


Wayne Wilckens -- Wayne Wilckens of Seaford, passed away at home on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, with his son and special friend by his side. Wayne was born in Easton, Md., the son of the late Warner Herman and Lena Catherine. Wayne earned his living as a master electrician where he made many good friends over the years. Wayne was a member of Seaford Moose Family Center 1728 where he held many positions on the board of officers including the governors position. During his involvement in the Loyal Order of the Moose, Wayne also held the title of district president for the 7th District. He was also a member of the Seaford Elks. He is survived by his son, Christopher, wife Ann and two grandchildren, Luke and Tatiana of Tennessee. Wayne is also survived by a very special nephew, Ronald Wilckens Jr. (Skip); three additional nephews; and a very special friend, Carolyn Dowling, who cared for him. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Seaford Moose Family Center, 22759 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Framptom Funeral Home, 216 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632, to help offset funeral expenses.


Allan Martin Johnson Sr. -- Allan Martin Johnson Sr., 85, of Seaford, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Born in Long Branch, N.J., he was the son of Sarah Reid and Harvey Johnson. As a young man, he drove race cars on dirt tracks. While living in New Jersey, he owned an auto body shop and was a volunteer firefighter in Oceanport. He was also a member of Long Branch Ice Boat and Yacht Club. Before retiring, Allan was an insurance adjuster for Allstate. He was a member of Seaford Presbyterian Church, Seaford Elks Lodge and Nanticoke River Yacht Club. Married to his lovely bride Jean for 66 years, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey L. Johnson; a sister, Janet R. Banse; and his stepfather, William P. Turner. He is survived by his wife, Jean Jobes Johnson of Seaford; four sons, Allan M. Johnson Jr. (Linda), William R. Johnson, Robert L. Johnson, and Kevin M. Johnson, all of Seaford; a daughter, Suzan J. Johnson Reilly of Millsboro; a nephew, Charles Johnson (Tham) of Dallas, Texas; a niece, Sallie Maynard of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be held at noon on Friday, Jan. 22 at Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford. The Rev. Laurie Hiller will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Allans memory to Seaford Elks Lodge, PO Box 476, Seaford, DE 19973; Nanticoke River Yacht Club, PO Box 162, Seaford, DE 19973; or Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Frances E. Betty Tallent -- Frances E. Betty Tallent, 68, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at her home. She was born in Eldorado, Md., to the late Henry and Frances Donovan Dean. Betty enjoyed all kinds of sports, especially auto racing. She loved animals and was a supporter of the SPCA. She is survived by her son, Wayne Tallent of Seaford; two grandchildren, Josh Tallent of Rehoboth Beach and Amanda Coury of Dover; two sisters, Norma Prettyman and Joyce Watkinson, both of Greenwood; and nieces and nephews. Services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home.


Rev. William Harold Smith -- The Rev. William Harold Smith, 93, of Seaford, went into the presence of the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Rev. Smith was born at home, the son of the late William O. and Ethel McCool Smith. Rev. Smith served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. and served 3 ᄑ years as a fighter pilot with 11 months overseas duty in France. He flew missions into Germany, Czechoslovakia and Belgium. Seven years after service in the Air Corps, he was called to full-time Christian ministry. He attended Thiel College, Greenville, Pa., and graduated from Wesley Seminary, Washington, DC, in 1961. He entered full-time ministry in June of 1953 pastoring United Methodist charges for over 33 years in Pennsylvania - Sheakleyville, Reno and Shippenville; Maryland - Goldsboro; and Delaware - Farmington, Frankford and Dover. After retirement, he held the rank of captain in Civil Air Patrol Group 50, Franklin, Pa., where he also served as chaplain. He married his wife of 67 years, Thelma Louise Weaver Smith on Jan. 1, 1944. She passed away on Oct. 28, 2009. He is survived by a son, David William Smith, his wife Joyce Dodd Smith of Seaford and three grandchildren: David Scott Smith, his wife Kimberly Baxter Smith and four great-grandchildren, Tyler, Joshua, Brayden and SarahAnne; Kristin Lee Smith, his wife Robin Whitney Smith and four great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Justin, Alyssa and Kirin; and Jodi Smith Evans, her husband Richard Lee Evans and three great-grandchildren, Conner, Corey and Ryan. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, at Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Cokesbury Cemetery. The family suggests donations to the Atlanta Road Alliance Memorial Fund, PO Box 756, Seaford, DE 19973 or the Methodist Manor House Employee Benevolent Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Gloria Mellin -- Gloria Mellin, 90, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at her residence. She was born in Jersey City, N.J. on June 2, 1925, a daughter of the late Fred Steinbacker and Elizabeth (Wetzel) Steinbacker. For many years, Mrs. Mellin worked with special needs children at Christ Lutheran Church of Seaford. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Samuel L Mellin; three sons, Wayne, Glen and Clyde Mellin; and two grandsons, Shane and Zach Mellin. Graveside services were held on Friday, Jan. 15, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospital Charitable Fund, 100 Commerce Dr., Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713. Services are in the care of Parsell Funeral Family.


Marguerite Cathleen Kaniecki -- Marguerite Cathleen Kaniecki, 73, of Laurel, formerly of Reisterstown, Md., passed away on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Bay Shore, N.Y., a daughter of the late Andrew and Catherine (Haynes) Hiebler. Marguerite graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Md., before earning her degree at Villa Julie College in Stevenson, Md. She was very active with Sacred Heart Parish and School in Glyndon, Md. and also worked as a medical and law secretary, and as an insurance agent. She cherished her roles as a wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Stanley R. Kaniecki Sr.; four children, Stanley R. Jr. Butch, Michael, Jacqueline, and Michelle (Tim); eight grandchildren, Justin, Bailey, Maxwell, Landon, Alexandra, Caleb, Magdalena and Henry; sister, MaryJean Fisher (Ronald); brothers, Andrew Hiebler (Audrey) and James Hiebler (Ann); and seven nieces and nephews. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, at Short Funeral Home, Delmar, and 10-11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, at St. Francis de Sales Church, Salisbury, Md., where a Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Marguerites memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or The Living Legacy Foundation, Attn: Ann Bromery, 1730 Twin Springs Rd., Ste. 200, Baltimore, MD 21227. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home, Delmar. Visit www.shortfh.com to send condolences online to the family.


Joan C. Travers -- Joan C. Travers, 68, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Greenwood Rest Home in Greenwood. She was born on May 17, 1947 in Salisbury, Md, the daughter of the late William Collison and Wilsie Lewis Collison. On July 19, 1967, she married the love of her life, Harold Travers. He preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 2010. Joan graduated from Colonel Richardson High School, class of 1966. Before becoming a homemaker, she worked for Zaffreys Bakery and Foxs Store, both formerly of Federalsburg, Md. She attended Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Reliance. Her hobbies included refunding and doing needlework. She is survived by two brothers, John Phillips of Federalsburg and Bill Collison and his wife Jean of Seaford; two sisters-in-law, Norma Murphy and her husband Glen of Seaford and Minnie Phillips of California; and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Tom Phillips. Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, Jan. 15, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802 or Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 2701 Woodland Ferry Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Shirley Ann Fox -- Shirley Ann Fox, 88, succumbed to the effects of Parkinsons disease on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. She was born to George and Florence Jacobsen in Spokane, Wash., on July 12, 1927. After marrying WWII Navy Veteran Robert L. (Bob) Fox in 1945, they later moved to southern California where she worked as a waitress and Bob and his father owned a roofing company which did roof work for many of the Hollywood stars. Shirley often described herself as being starstruck as she got to see many of the Hollywood stars in the restaurant where she worked and when she visited Bob at job sites. While living in Santa Monica, Shirley and Bob had three children, David, Danny and Julie. Later, they all moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where the kids grew up. They also had a summer home in Oak Creek Canyon, Ariz. Shirley retired from Honeywell in Phoenix which had purchased the General Electric electronics division where she was employed. She worked in a lab where she tested printed circuits. She was very proud of her career. After their retirement, Shirley and Bob moved to Hauser Lake, Idaho. Later, they relocated back to the Phoenix area until Bobs death in 2005. Shirley then moved to the Manor House in Seaford to be close to her daughter, Julie. Shirley possessed one of the keenest senses of humor and endeared herself to many with her wit and mischievous grin. One of her favorite lines was when she heard Surely, you jest. She would say Dont call me Shirley! She loved traveling to new and interesting places with her family and reminiscing about her past. In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by her two sons, David and Danny Fox. She is survived by her sister, Georgia Krause of Lakewood, Calif.; brother, Jack Jacobsen and his wife Annie of Clarkston, Wash.; daughter, Julie Dobson and her husband Dan of Seaford; grandson, Jerry Lucas and his daughter Breana Lucas of Rathdrum, Idaho and grandson, Bob Fox and his wife Debbie of Mesa, Ariz; great-grandchildren, Lindsay and Brent Fox; as well as granddaughter, Sheila Kelly in Tennessee and sister-in-law, Isla Fox MacFadean of Bakersfield, Calif. A memorial service will be held at the Seaford Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Interment will be held at an undetermined date in the spring at Greenway Memorial Gardens in Phoenix where she will be buried next to her husband, Bob.


Edward T. Hall -- Edward T. Hall, 83, of Laurel, left this world to reside in Heaven on Christmas morning, where he was greeted by his wife of 55 years, Elaine Hall, who had been waiting patiently for five years for his arrival. Also waiting were his daughter, Terry Cox and son-in-law, George W. Wingate Jr. He was born in Whaleyville, Md., the son of the late Harry J. Hall and Sadie K. Hall. Known to most as Pop, he always had a joke and loved to entertain. He was always willing to help those in need. He was a hunter and mechanic at heart, retiring from Labor Local 199. He was a US Air Force veteran and a member of Bethel Worship Center, Mt. Olive Hunt Club, NRA, and American Legion Nanticoke Post 6. He is survived by three daughters, Sylvia E. Wingate of Laurel, Gale Daugherty and husband Jack of Salisbury, and Carolyn French and husband Steven of Laurel; stepson, Tim Carlson and husband Rick Neeves of Sharpsburg, Ga.; five grandchildren, Rachel Driscoll and husband Matt, Leon Hastings and wife Lyn, Thomas Hill and wife Lindsey, Tyler Wingate and Taylor French; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, A B Hall and wife Jolee of Salisbury. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. Interment followed at Wicomico Memorial Park in Salisbury. Donations may be made to the Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


Agnes C. Tyndall -- Agnes C. Tyndall, 92, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. Agnes was born in Seaford on July 29, 1923, the daughter of the late Elvey C. Cordrey and Hester Watson Cordrey. She graduated from Seaford High School in 1941, received her bachelors degree from the University of Delaware in 1944 and masters degree from Smith College (Northampton, Mass.) in 1962. She was a teacher for 33 years, teaching in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts and Virginia. She taught home economics and science until 1955, then taught deaf children on the elementary level. Agnes liked to do crafts, basket making, quilting, pressed flowers and pictures. She was a member of the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Delmarvalous Quilting Guild, and the Lower Delmarva Genealogy Society. She was a volunteer at the Ross Mansion and for the Seaford Historic Society. Her husband, Joseph Tyndall died in 2003. She is survived by a son, Gary Tyndall and his wife Barbara; a daughter, Sharon Tyndall; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be in Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society for breast research, 92 Reads Way #205, New Castle, DE 19720 or Seaford Historic Society Ross Station Plantation, 23669 Ross Station Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Joyce McMasters -- Joyce McMasters, 83, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Born in Crisfield, Md., she was the daughter of the late Carrol Dorman and Vesta Sterling Dorman. Joyce was a talented seamstress. She had the talent of making wedding gowns, prom gowns, and anything your heart desired without a pattern. She and her husband attended the Church of God of Prophecy in Seaford. She will be remembered for being an extraordinary grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a Godly woman who had a tremendous faith in the Lord. She was such a role model to her family and they adored her for who she was. She is survived by her loving husband, Blair S. McMasters of Seaford; her children, Larry McMasters and his wife Becky of Norfolk, Va. and Vicki Moore and her husband Richard of Seaford; her siblings, Jerry Dorman and his wife Doris, Dan Dorman, Tim Dorman and his wife Pat, David Dorman and his wife Faye, Ladell Dorman and his wife Sharon, and Donna Cox; her grandchildren, Yolanda Smith, Heather Manlove, and Kris Moore; and great-grandchildren, Larissa Smith, Brennan Smith, Adie Moore, Maggie Moore, Lily Manlove, Shelby Manlove, and Levi Manlove. Several nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her brother, Leon Dorman. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1-2. The Rev. Larry McMasters will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Contributions may be made in Joyce McMasters memory to Church of God World Missions, 2490 Keith St. NW, PO Box 8016, Cleveland, TN 37320. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Sandra Lee Sandy Phillips -- Sandra Lee Sandy Phillips, 72, passed away on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at her home in Federalsburg, Md. She was born on May 13, 1943 in Easton, Md., the daughter of the late Lee Albert Smith and Blanche Towers Smith. Educated in the Caroline County Public School system, she was a member of the first graduating class - the class of 1962 - from Colonel Richardson High School. She was married to John W. Phillips on Dec. 20, 1962. Sandy was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed baking, assisting with the Federalsburg Historical Society, and was a member of Union United Methodist Church in Federalsburg. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, John W. Phillips of Federalsburg; three sons, John Phillips Jr. and his wife Mikie, Danny Phillips and his wife Kim, and Scott Phillips and his wife Emily, all of Federalsburg; seven grandchildren, Jordan Phillips, Jamie Phillips, Josh Phillips, Caitlin Richard, Emily Phillips, Todd Phillips, and Annie Phillips; one brother, George Smith and his wife Patsy of Federalsburg; several nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Amanda Morris and Chris Pierce. Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg. The Rev. Dan Gedman will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Federalsburg Historical Society, PO Box 84, Federalsburg, MD 21632; Union United Methodist Church, 301 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632; or Boy Scouts Troop 137, 105-2 E. Central Ave., Federalsburg, MD 21632. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Percival Ness -- Percival Ness, 79, of Lenoir City, Tenn., passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, surrounded by his family. Perce grew up in Seaford and graduated from the University of Delaware. He worked for the DuPont Company for 35 years as a consultant statistician specializing in quality control. For most of his adult life, Perce served his church as a deacon, an elder, a teacher and a mentor to imprisoned youth. Even in his failing weeks, he called together a group of fellow retirees to pray for revival in Christs church and our nation. Perce was preceded in death by his parents, Percival Sr. and Ruth. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 56 years, Dorothy; daughter, Amy (Wes) Tankersley; sons, Jeffrey (Suzanne) and Matthew (Leighann); grandchildren, Jacob and Natalie Tankersley, Emma Ness, and Rylee and Nathan Ness; and sisters, Sandra (Paul) Griswold and Ruth Ann (Ronnie) Cook. A Celebration of Life service was held on Monday, Jan. 11, at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends consider donations to Knox Area Rescue Ministries, 418 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Farragut Chapel in Knoxville (www.clickfh.com) is serving the Ness family.


Margaret Smith -- Margaret Smith, 87, of Hebron, Md., died on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at the Wicomico County Nursing Home. Born in Seaford, she was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merrill Smith; and her sisters, Blanche Duncan, Irene Chenoweth and Juanita Linton. Mrs. Smith retired from the former Diamond State Telephone Company after 32 years of service. She then continued working at the Flagship Restaurant. Mrs. Smith will be remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Gale and Darren Wheatley of Bivalve, Md.; her beloved granddaughter and husband, Larami and Chris Ball and treasured great-grandchildren, Lane, CJ and Dixie, all of Stow, Ohio. She is also survived by two brothers, Bobby Taylor and Jimmy Taylor, both of Seaford. In honor of Mrs. Smiths request, there will be no funeral services; the family asks that you please remember her with a loving thought and smile.


Marie Antoinette Nettie Bowden -- Marie Antoinette Nettie Bowden, 94, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family at Genesis Seaford Center on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Born on Aug. 5, 1921 in Siltzheim, France, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Marie Berthe Gambs. For the first 24 years of her life, she lived in the city of Sarreguemines in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, which was under enemy occupation during World War II. She fell in love with her future husband, Ronald Bowden, whom she met in December 1944 when he was stationed as a GI in her province. They married in Sarreguemines in June 1945 following the end of the war in Europe. Later that year, she moved to the United States to join her husband in Seaford where she lived the remainder of her life. Nettie was, first and foremost, devoted to her husband and to raising and educating her four children. She was an avid flower gardener and enjoyed traveling and reading. She was a fabulous cook. As a charter member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford, she remained active in the church and parish throughout her life. Nettie was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Ronald Bowden, in 2008. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Gaby and her brothers, Edmond and Raymond. She is survived by her children Lorraine (Paul), Edmond, Charles (Jeanette), and Christine (Brad), and her beloved grandchildren, Jessica and Natan. A visitation with family will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, at our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. Burial will immediately follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Seaford Historical Society, 203 High St., Seaford, DE 19973.


John W. Drohan -- John W. Drohan, 71, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at his home. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine and brothers, Lawrence and Donald. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness, Seaford. Online condolences may be sent at www.pippinfuneralhome.com.


John B. Creamer Sr. -- John B. Creamer Sr., 76, of Altoona, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at his daughters home in Seaford. Born in Frankstown, Pa., he was the son of the late Raymond Creamer and Ruth Bice Creamer. John proudly served his country in the National Guard and United States Army in the 105th Cavalry Regiment. John was retired from A&P Warehouse as a selector. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cheering the Green Bay Packers to victory. John was a kind man and had a heart of gold. His greatest gift was that of friendship, loyalty, and the ability to always lend a helping hand. He is survived by his children, John B. Creamer Jr. and his wife Kay of Seaford, Mark R. Creamer and his wife Heather of Florida, and Ruth Frederick and her companion David Tyre of Seaford; his siblings, Robert Creamer, George Creamer, Kay Ormsby, and Helen Creamer; grandchildren, Clifton Cochran, Crystal Frederick, Angel Frederick, and John Creamer III; and great-grandchildren, Phillip, Ashley, Shyanne, and Marshall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Baker Creamer. He was also preceded in death by his son, James B. Creamer, and several brothers and sisters. Visitation was held on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Good Funeral Home in Altoona.


Raymond R. Glerum -- Raymond R. Glerum, 87, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Born in Patterson, N.J., he was the son of the late Cornelius and Hertha Glerum. Raymond retired from E. I. DuPont as a mechanic with 38 years of service. He was a member of Central Worship Church and attended Centenary United Methodist Church, both in Laurel. Raymond enjoyed tinkering on machines and he had the ability to fix anything and everything. He loved horse racing, traveling, gardening, and visiting many auctions. He is survived by his children: Russell Glerum of Rockville, Paul Downes and his wife Pat of Dagsboro, Carol Riggin and her husband Tommy of Laurel, and Kim ONeal and her husband Martin of Laurel; two sisters, Ruth Saunders and her husband Marty and Anna Marie Thompson, all of Florida; grandchildren: Holly Howes, Amy Odermatt, Matthew Riggin, Kyle Downes, Beth Vallei, Adam Downes, Heather ONeal, Ashley Nusbaum, Courtney Lingeman, Blair Spicer, and Jordan Spicer; and great-grandchildren: Madison Howes, Nicholas Howes, Julian Howes, Rylee Odermatt, Levi Odermatt, Samantha Vallei, Jacob Vallei, Bella Spicer, Brooke Spicer, Brody Spicer, Penn Schaeffer, Lucas Nusbaum, Liam Nusbaum, and Grayson Lingeman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nina M. Glerum, who passed away on Feb. 18, 2015. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Penny Spicer and his siblings: Roy Glerum, David Kruger, and Mona Ramser. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, where a visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. The Rev. Joseph Burris and Pastor Marvin Jones will officiate. Interment will be held privately. Contributions may be made in memory of Raymond Glerum to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Ira Vincent Hager -- Ira Vincent Hager, 76, passed away on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at The Richard Campbell VA Nursing Home in Anderson, S.C., from complications of Alzheimers. Vincent was born on Sept. 22, 1939 in Laurel to the late Harry Hager and Mary Isabelle Webb Hager. He graduated from Laurel High School, Class of 1957. He entered the US Navy in 1958, serving on the USS Randolph. While serving on the USS Randolph, they retrieved John Glenn from his first orbit around the Earth. He received an honorable discharge in 1962. Vincent graduated from Clemson University with a degree in architecture and the University of Miami with a masters degree in planning. He moved to Hilton Head Island, SC in 1978 where he opened his architectural firm, East Coast Architects. Vincent designed many beautiful homes and commercial buildings during his time on Hilton Head Island. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and The VanLandingham Rotary where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He also served on the Beaufort County Council. Vincent loved sailing on his boat, East Coast Lady, and won several trophies while sailing in regattas on Hilton Head. A master swimmer, he was a member of the MCAS Swim Team and the HIlton Head Swim Team. Vincent is survived by his loving best friend of 37 years, Pam Cuthbertson of Greenville, S.C.; sister, Travis Sepulveda and her husband Bob of Ocean Pines, Md.; brother, Terrence Bradford Hager, Laurel; sister-in-law, Sue Hager, Salisbury, Md.; nieces, Eileen Dawson (Keith), Karen Huffman (Ken) and Kelly Hager; and nephew, David LeCates (Katie). In addition to his parents, Vincent was preceded in death by his sister, Rosalie Kehlenbrink; his brother, Jerry Hager; and niece, Lisa Fasold. A memorial will be held in late spring or early summer. Donations may be made to Memory Matters, 117 William Hilton Pkwy., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 or to the Alzheimers Association, 4124 Clemson Blvd., #L, Anderson, SC 29261.


Grace Cecilia Berger -- Grace Cecilia Berger, 101, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at home in Seaford. She was born on Nov. 22, 1914 in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late Joseph and Vincenza Faro. Mrs. Berger spent her early years in Baltimore working in sales and manufacturing. In 1950, she married Roy Downing Berger. They moved to Seaford in 1954 and were the owners of Bergers Cocktail Lounge. They retired in 1974 and moved to Fenwick Island for a short time before returning to Seaford. Grace attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where she worked on the Christmas Bazaar and was a member of the ladies support group. She was an active member of the Seaford Senior Center for over 20 years. She enjoyed cooking, knitting, reading and spending time at the beach. Mrs. Bergers greatest joy was time spent with her family, especially her great-grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Berger was preceded in death by her husband Roy of 40 years and her nine siblings and their spouses. She is survived by her daughter, Royce Birch and her husband Brian of Seaford; grandchildren, Brendan and Dorian Hoffman and his wife Ashley of Seaford and Adriana Maciey and her husband Joseph III of Ocean View; and five great-grandchildren, Jaxen Hoffman, Karalena and Annika Maciey and Bailey and Raina Hoffman. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 2, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice of Delaware, 201 DuPont Hwy., Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


LeMoyne Lee Allen Schroeder -- LeMoyne Lee Allen Schroeder, 88, passed away at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. Lee was born in Holbrook, Neb. and grew up in Oxford, Neb., the son of the late Bula Mae Kline Schroeder and Edmund George Schroeder, and brother to the late DeLoris Schroeder Russell and Gary Schroeder. Lee retired after 42 years of dedicated service to his country, initially in the Army, and then as a civil servant with the Department of Defense in various positions in and around the Washington, D.C. area. Lee served his community throughout his life, coaching boys and girls softball, and, most recently, as an active member of Woodland United Methodist Church. Lee is survived by his loving wife, Janet Pryde Schroeder; his three children, Margaret Peggie Neal and her husband Jimmy Neal, Barbara Schroeder Parker, and James Schroeder; his grandchildren; his great-grandchildren; and his brother, Gary Schroeder and sister-in-law Carol Schroeder, their children and families. The family will welcome visitors from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 at Woodland United Method Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford. The funeral service will immediately follow at the church at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. The family suggests donations to Woodland United Method Church in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be sent online at www.Cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Steven L. Lewis Sr., 70 Steven L. Lewis Sr. of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Betty and father of Teresa (Jack) Back, Crystal Adkins, Michelle (Tim) Johnson and Steven II (Kelli) Lewis. He also left behind 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Concord United Methodist Church Community Hall, 23522 Concord Rd., Seaford.


Peggy Massey Foskey -- Peggy Massey Foskey, 62, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, surrounded by family. Born in Mardela, Md., she was the daughter of the late Morris Edwin Massey and Nancy Shockley Massey. She is survived by three children, Lisa Phippin of Blades, Tara Sammons and husband John of Seaford, and Marrissa Vinson and husband Steve of Felton; four sisters, Patsy Spicer of Laurel, Barbara Thompson and husband Nelson of Blades, Linda Sutton of Bethel, and Sheryll Harrold and husband Everett of Seaford; the father of her daughters, Greg Hignutt of Blades; several grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many extended family members and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Little Marty Foskey. A private family interment will take place at a later date.


David I. Sirman Sr. -- David I. Sirman Sr., 77, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood. David was born on Aug. 5, 1938 in Laurel, the son of the late Isaac Earl Sirman and Sarah Catherine Sirman. David proudly served his country in the National Guard. He retired with 50 years of service from Tull Brothers, Inc. (1960-1992), later becoming Hoobers, Inc. (1992-2010). He truly enjoyed working on International equipment. David was a member of the Laurel Ruritan and a lifelong member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1728 in Seaford for 37 years, where he was a trustee and on the ritual team. David was an accomplished bowler and a member of the Lower Delaware Bowling Association serving as past director. He enjoyed watching NASCAR. Tony Stewart and Casey Kane were his favorite drivers. He also enjoyed watching the Washington Redskins football team, and camping with his family. He will be remembered for being a loving husband, father and grandfather. David is survived by his son, David I. Sirman Jr. (Bunky) and his wife Ruthann of Laurel; his daughter, Donna Adkins and her husband Greg of Laurel; his grandchildren, Brock Adkins and his wife Rachel of Seaford who are expecting a son (Davids great-grandson), David I. Sirman III of Salisbury, and Kaitie A. Sirman of Laurel. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Travis G. Sirman (2011), and his sister, Hilda Pusey (2013). A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The Rev. John Vantine will officiate. The Seaford Moose Lodge will also conduct a service at 1:45 p.m. Interment will follow the service at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Davids memory to Seaford Moose Lodge #1728, 22759 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Josephine Jo Matthews Daugherty -- Josephine Jo Matthews Daugherty, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Feb. 2, 1924 in Marumsco, Md., daughter of the late Amy (Marshall) Matthews and Grover Matthews. Mrs. Daugherty spent her early years in Crisfield, Md. and finally settled in Bridgeville in 1949. She worked in sales until her retirement in 1980. After her retirement, she and her husband Millard relocated to Ajo, Ariz., returning to Bridgeville once again in 2004. Mrs. Daugherty was a charter member of the Full Gospel Fellowship Church in Ajo. She was also a charter member and former Sunday school teacher of the Lifeway Church of God in Bridgeville where she served as the church clerk for many, many years. Mrs. Daugherty enjoyed flowers, cooking and baking for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and her late husband, Millard, shared a passion for traveling and visited 47 states. Most of all, Mrs. Daugherty enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and dear friend who will be missed by so many. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Daugherty was preceded in death by her loving husband of 71 and a half years, Millard Lee Daugherty in 2012 and her brother, Lake Matthews. She is survived by her two sons, Kirk and his wife Susan of Salisbury and Steve and his fianc←e Robin Taylor of Greenwood; a daughter, Kaye Hoge and her husband Terry of Greenwood; six grandchildren, Michael Daugherty of Princess Anne, Md., Kyle Daugherty and his wife Sheila of Greenwood, Kelli Duncan and her husband William of Georgetown, Amy Morris of Delmar, Md., Lindsay Taylor and her husband Josh of Delmar, and Katelyn Casey and her husband Kyle of Seaford; four step grandchildren, Jan Danner of Pocomoke City, Md., Paxton Dulany (Lauren) of Hebron, Md. and Brittany Dulany of Ocean City, Md; and eight great-grandchildren. A celebration of Mrs. Daughertys life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, at Lifeway Church of God, 7046 Seashore Highway, Bridgeville, where friends may visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will immediately follow funeral services at Bridgeville Cemetery, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mrs. Daughertys memory to the Lifeway Church of God Mortgage Fund, 7046 Seashore Hwy., Bridgeville, DE 19933. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Please visit Mrs. Daughertys Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Eldon L. Owens -- Eldon L. Owens, 84, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in Kiefer, W.V., he was the son of the late Montague and Nannie Owens. Eldon was retired from Safeway as a manager in the meat department. He enjoyed reading, hunting, and fishing. He was a past member of the Sharptown American Legion and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Wyatt Owens of Laurel; his daughter, Kelly Baker of Laurel; brothers, Marion Bill Owens of New York and Harold Lee Owens of Virginia; stepbrother, Johnny Ruffner of Virginia; grandchildren, Shannon Carmean, Jeremy Carmean, Brandy Baker and Donald Baker III; and great-grandchildren, Timmy Perez, Theron Perez, Makayla Perez, Hayley Carmean, and Owen Lee Baker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Belinda Carmean. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. The Rev. Howard Travers officiated. Interment was private.


Sandra Sandy Lea Figgs -- Sandra Sandy Lea Figgs, 75, of Palm Harbor, Fla., passed away on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. Sandy was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Fleetwood of Seaford. After college, Sandy was a respiratory therapist. Eventually, she realized her dream of owning an interior design business, Affordable Elegance, in Seaford. She sold the business in 1998, moving to Florida to retire. Sandy was an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother, always willing to help others. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Jeffrey Clendaniel and a daughter, Arlene Clendaniel Geniesse. Sandy is survived by her husband, Howard Figgs, 75, of Palm Harbor; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Barbara Fleetwood of Millsboro; a daughter, Deena Clendaniel, 53, of Tampa, Fla.; four grandchildren, Nichole Clendaniel, 31, of Edgewater, Md.; Jon Geniesse, 27, of Lakeland, Fla.; Spencer Geniesse, 23, of Palm Harbor; and Hannah Barlow, 20, of Tallahassee, Fla.; and a great-granddaughter, Jaydan Griffith, 2, of Edgewater. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Suncoast Hospice at www.suncoasthospice.org.


Sturges W. Lowe -- Sturges W. Lowe, 91, formerly of Seaford and Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. Sturges was born in Seaford, a daughter of the late Levin A. Williams Sr. and Susie E. Williams. Sturges had worked for W.C. Littleton and Sons in Laurel, Laurel High School cafeteria and Centenary United Methodist Church. She had been active in the Good Samaritan Shop in Laurel. She was well known for her hand work, especially anything related to the arts, crafts and needlepoint. Sturges was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her son, Donald J. Lowe Jr. and wife Carol of Falls Church, Va.; her daughter, Beverly Orndorff and husband Aaron of Smithsburg, Md. and grandchildren, Robert L. Orndrorff, Sharon B. Reynolds, Christopher Orndorff, Andrew J. Lowe, David W. Lowe and Meredyth M. Lowe. Six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a brother, Levin A. Williams Jr. of Seaford, also survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Donald J. Lowe Sr. in 2000, and six brothers and sisters. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 28, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be sent in memory of Mrs. Lowes to Easter Seals Delaware & Marylands Eastern Shore, 61 Corporate Circle, New Castle, DE 19720. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Donald A. Myers, 86, of Bridgeville, passed away on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was born in Washington, DC, on July 28, 1929, son of the late John and Helen (Mosley) Myers. Following an extensive period of time in the private sector, Mr. Myers enjoyed a career with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, retiring as a division director. He married the love of his life, Betty, on Jan. 31, 1953 in Alexandria, Va. During his leisure, Mr. Myers loved fishing on the Chincoteague waters, golfing with friends or working on puzzles. He participated in many organizations including Shriners International, Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Almas Yacht Club in Washington D.C. and International Association of Shrine Yacht Clubs. He also volunteered much of his time at the Shriners Hospitals for Children as a driver. Mr. Myers will be dearly missed by his family and those who knew him. In addition to his parents, Mr. Myers was preceded in death by his two brothers, Robert and David Myers and a sister, Barbara Raley. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Betty (Hatton) Myers of Bridgeville; a son, John J. Myers and his wife Cecilia of Stevensville, Md.; a daughter, Janice M. Grill and her husband John R. of Dayton, Ohio; a granddaughter, Kimberly Grill of Glen Burnie, Md.; a grandson, John W. Grill of Dayton; a sister, Frances Martin of Kensington, Md.; and many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at St. Marys Episcopal Church, 2 N. Williams St., Bridgeville, where friends may visit beginning at noon. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Myers to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 (shfc.convio.net). Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Please visit Mr. Myers Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfunerahomes.com.


Iris Scott Robinson -- Iris Scott Robinson, 93, departed this life on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. She was born as Iris Elizabeth Hastings on May 27, 1922 in Bethel, the daughter of the late Minnie Massey Hastings and Harley Greg Hastings. She graduated from Laurel High School in 1940. She attended Mary Washington College for two years and then started work at the DuPont Company in Seaford. She was preceded in death by her first husband of 25 years, James Carroll Scott Jr., in 1971, and her second husband of 6 years, A. Paul Robinson, in 1986. She is survived by her daughter, Lina Scott Woodall (Jonathan), and her granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Woodall (Andrew Vessels), as well as nieces, Donna Phillips, Susan Brown, and Holly Malone, and nephews, J. Orlan Brown, Jeff Hastings, and Richard Barber. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Rudolph Hastings; her sister-in-law, Mildred Brown; and nephew, Wayne Brown. In 1997, she moved from Laurel to Fairfax, Va., so that she could help her daughter Linas family. Iris was grateful to the staff of The Virginian, a continuing care retirement community in Fairfax, where she lived for the last five years, in particular to the Partner-in-Care staff that helped her the last two years. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Sailors Bethel United Methodist Church, Bethel. Pastor Bill Nack officiated. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sailors Bethel United Methodist Church, PO Box 187, Bethel, DE 19931; Bethel Historical Society, PO Box 224, Bethel, DE 19931; or the charity of your choice. Arrangements are in care of the Money and King Funeral Home, Vienna, Va. To share memories with the family, visit www.moneyandking.com.


Carlton E. Whaley -- Carlton E. Whaley, 86, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Carlton owned and operated the Party Corner liquor store in Seaford from 1969 until his retirement in 2014. He was a veteran of the US Navy and a member of Hiram Lodge A F & A M, the Tall Cedars, Ducks Unlimited, the Elks Lodge and the VFW. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy Dot Lloyd Whaley; three daughters, Karen Holman (David), Denise Jester (Larry) and Kimberly Carney (David); five grandchildren, Jennifer Stockman (Doug), Lara Hudson (Matthew), Lyndsey Bozick (Shaun), Justin Carney and Kathleen Carney; six great-grandchildren, Jacob Stockman, Hailley Hudson, Lucas Stockman, Siena Bozick, Gracy Hudson and Lyberti Bozick; brothers and sisters, Betty Snyder, Shirley Colona, Richard Whaley, Elaine Cullen, Rebecca Poffenberger, Judy Hastings, Diane White and Dennis Whaley; his beloved dog, Mitsu and many nieces, nephews and in-laws. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, 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 Ducks Unlimited, c/o Kevin Pauley, 316 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973.


Jeffrey A. Brittingham -- Jeffrey A. Brittingham, 62, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at Christiana Hospital in Newark. Jeffrey is a son of the late Roy and Laura Brittingham. He retired from D & C Auto in Laurel. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy, receiving the National Defense Service Medal. Jeffrey is survived by his sons, Chad Brittingham and wife Kristen of North Charleston, S.C. and Todd Brittingham of Laurel; a daughter, Brittney Ray and husband Josh of Galestown, Md.; sisters, Juanita Smallwood, Sandy Hawkins, Arlene Evans, Debbie Huffman and Vicky Hastings; grandchildren, Caleb Callaway, Reese Brittingham and Cooper Brittingham; and many extended family members including his dog Rocky. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Rd., Laurel. The Rev. Roland Tice will officiate.


Anita H. Moore -- Anita H. Moore, 90, formerly of Galestown, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at Heritage Healthcare at Crestwood in Valdosta, Ga. Born on March 12, 1925 in Newport News, Va., she was a daughter of the late Leslie Hudson and Clara Ione Darniella. On Sept. 25, 1942, she married the late Ralph M. Moore Sr., who preceded her in death on Aug. 14, 2011. Mrs. Moore attended schools in Dorchester County. She enjoyed being outdoors, especially working in her flower beds. Anita was a homemaker most of her life, where she took pride in caring for her family. She is survived by her three children, Ralph M. Moore Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn., Charles L. Jake Moore of Galestown and Joye L. Massey of Lake Park, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Janet Moore of Seaford; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three siblings, Gladys Hull of Salisbury, Md., Stanley Hudson of LaPlata, Md., and John Hudson, of Saute Nacoche, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by a son, Robert F. Moore; a daughter, Dolores A. Hitchens; and a great-grandson, Blake M. Warrington. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, Md. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Healthcare at Crestwood, c/o Valarie Fawcett-Patient Activities Account, 415 Pendleton Place, Valdosta, GA 31602. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Diane F. Chaffinch -- Diane F. Chaffinch, 69, of Blades, passed away on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Diane was a life member of the Blades Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Wayne Chaffinch; a son, Dwayne Chaffinch and his wife Michele; a daughter, Dawn Chaffinch; and four grandchildren, Danah Chaffinch, Jordy Smart, Tayler Chaffinch and Trever Chaffinch. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Monday evening from 6 to 8 and Tuesday from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery.


Rosalie (Rosalee) Banks Wilson -- Rosalie (Rosalee) Banks Wilson, 86, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, at home. A viewing will be held on Monday, Dec. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah AME Church, 315 Townsend St., Laurel. The funeral will be held at the church at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22.


Calvin Spedden -- Calvin Spedden, 68, of Cokesbury, Md., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at his home. He was born on Nov. 18, 1947 in Cambridge, Md., a son of the late Robert Spedden and Evelyn Matilda Willey. When he was 9-years-old, he went to live with the late Harrington and Mary Smith of Williamsburg, Md. On June 3, 1967, he married the former Bonnie Colbourn. Mr. Spedden worked as a can inspector for Continental Canning Company, which later became Crown Cork and Seal, where he retired with 35 years of service. Calvins first love was his family. Always striving to provide the best for them, he held many jobs including ODays U-Pick, Paradise Produce, Tea Tyme Antiques, Peebles, and Kool Ice Seaford and Car Wash. He was also a former coach for the Little League Baseball program. Calvin was a member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church. Most of all, Calvin loved to make people laugh. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Colbourn Spedden of Cokesbury; three sons, Brian Spedden and his partner Jen English of Salisbury, Md., Barry Spedden and his wife Kim of Cokesbury, and Bruce Spedden and his wife Stacy of Seaford; six grandchildren, Nicole Spedden and her fianc← Bryan Bennett, Connor Spedden, Lily Spedden, Blake Hodde, Makenzie Hodde and Mackenzie Hawkins; a great-grandson, Grayson Spedden; two brothers; and two sisters. He is also survived by two foster brothers, David Tink Smith and Wayne Smith. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Cokesbury United Methodist Church. Pastor Jim Penuel will officiate. Interment will follow at Cokesbury Cemetery. Family will receive friends two hours prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, Calvins wish was for memorial contributions to may be made to the Spedden Grandchildren Memorial Fund, c/o PNC Bank, 1200 W. Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. To share memories with the family, please visit www.framptom.com.


Gilbert W. Kelley Jr. -- Gilbert W. Kelley Jr., 70, passed away peacefully into Heaven with Jesus on his birthday, Dec. 5, 2015. He was an electrician lineman for most of his working life. He took great pride in his work. He was a veteran of the US Navy. Gilbert will be sadly missed, but always remembered by his wife of 46 years, Norma Lee Kelley; son, Eric Kelley; grandsons, Sage Kelley, Finnigan Kelley and Ashley Bradford; his best friend and buddy, his little dog, Buffey and family and friends. Memorial services will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 6 to 7:30. Burial will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Reuben H. Short -- Reuben H. Short, 77, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at Lofland Park Center. Reuben was born on Dec. 8, 1938 in Laurel. He was the son of Herman and Pearl Short. Reuben was a building contractor and carpenter for over 40 years and a past member of the Laurel Fire Department. He was a loving father, grandfather and an avid bird watcher. Mr. Short is survived by his companion and best friend, Penny Frye of Seaford; his sons, Michael Short Sr. and wife Lori, Douglas Short and wife Donna and Shane Short; daughter, Francine Mann and husband Ernie; grandchildren, Michael Short Jr., Michelle Lecates, Douglas Short II, EJ Mann, Nicole Stokes, Erica Forse and Taylor Tapia; and six great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Laurel Fire Department. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and a memorial service will begin at 7. Light refreshments will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Laurel Fire Department or the American Cancer Society in memory of Reuben Short.


Della Holt Lehmann -- Della Holt Lehmann, 75, of Hurlock, Md., died on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at her residence. Born on Nov. 14, 1940 in Seaford, she was the daughter of the late Emory Hignutt and Mary Emma Baker Hignutt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred E. Holt; a son, David Emory Holt; her stepmother, Helen Dearing; two sisters and three brothers. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth N. Lehmann Sr.; two sons, Mark E. Holt and wife Shirley of Seaford and Alfred E. Holt Jr. of Elkridge, Md.; a stepson, Kenneth N. Lehmann Jr. and wife Amanda of Hurlock; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Zeller Funeral Home in East New Market, Md. The Rev. Fern Kester officiated. Interment followed in Eldorado Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hurlock Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 178, Hurlock, MD 21643 or St. Judes Childrens Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101.


Betty Jean Smith Tice -- Betty Jean Smith Tice went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at Lofland Park Center surrounded by her family. She was born on March 15, 1933, to the late Clarence and Blanche Cordrey Smith in Whitesville. Betty Jean retired from state service to spend more time with her family. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Her family and her God were very important to her. She loved singing, puzzles, camping and square dancing. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Marvil A. Tice; five children, Jean (William) Collison, Allen (Terri) Tice, Steven (Virginia) Tice, Mavis (Michael) Hudson and Ginni Tice (Dave Hamrick); four grandchildren, Jason (Bobbi Jo) Tice, Ashley (Kevin) Hilderbrand, Margaret (Amos) Callaway and Jenna (Chris) Absher; four great-granchildren, Zoe Adams, Madison Callaway, Kaleb Hilderbrand and Jace Hilderbrand; a brother, Richard Smith; and a sister, Ruth Ann (Maurice) Tingle. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 28315 Seaford Rd., Laurel. Friends may visit with the family from 1-2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 24105 Jamore Dr., Seaford, DE 19973.


William Bill Fiori -- William Bill Fiori, 91, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at Country Rest Home in Greenwood. He was born in Vauxhall, N.J. on Aug. 10, 1924, son of the late John B. and Mary (Mireider) Fiori. Mr. Fiori proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married the love of his life, Mary Virginia, in 1950 in Elkton, Md. Mr. Fiori enjoyed a lifelong career at DuPont, from which he retired as a power service operator. As an avid antique collector, Mr. Fiori acquired a variety of clocks. He enjoyed spending time repairing the clocks and proudly showed his handiwork to his family and friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Fiori was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Virginia (Ewell) Fiori in 1979 and a brother, Arthur Fiori. He is survived by his daughter, Debora Fiori Parker and her husband Gerald of Seaford; a son, Michael Fiori and his wife Tracy of Seaford; a stepson, Kenneth Ewell of Delmar, Md.; two granddaughters, V. Ashley Bowland of Delmar, Md. and Cody Bowland of Seaford; two grandsons, Jonathon Fiori of Orrick, Mo. and Daniel Fiori of Seaford; five great-grandchildren, Rodney Wyatt Jr., Natallia Patton, Naudia Patton, all of Delmar, Md., Julian Bowland and Cylas Bowland, both of Seaford; a brother, Edward Fiori and his wife Virginia of Seaford and a sister, Geraldine Cannon of Greenwood; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Bridgeville Cemetery, Market & Laws Streets, Bridgeville. Contributions may be made in Mr. Fioris memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Visit Mr. Fioris Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Doris Virginia Marsh Dannenfelser -- Doris Virginia Marsh Dannenfelser, 78, of Forest Hill, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Md. Born in Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Jennie Marsh. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Robert James Dannenfelser and her children, Katherine Dannenfelser of Bridgeville and Forest Hill, Eric Dannenfelser and his wife JoAnn of Eden, Md., and Kurt Dannenfelser of Port Deposit, Md. She is also survived by her sister, Nellie Baumgart Reavis of Middle River, Md.; many nieces and nephews; and her grandchildren, Eric Jr., Bridget, Marlene and Vincent. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Earl, Vennie Edwin and Ernest. In lieu of flowers, donations for shut-in outreach and inclusion may be sent to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford, St. Margaret Church in Bel Air, and Greenwood Mennonite School in Greenwood. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, in the Chapel of St. Margaret in Bel Air, followed by a reception at St. Margaret.


Juanita Louise Wallace -- Juanita Louise Wallace, 77, formerly of Delmar, died on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at her daughter and son-in-laws home in Seaford. She was born on Aug. 22, 1938 in Tilghman, Md., a daughter of the late Henry Morris Bozman and Eva Louise Bozman. Juanita grew up in Tilghman and graduated from St. Michaels High School with the class of 1956. In her younger days, she was a member of Tilghman United Methodist Church. After moving to Delmar, she attended the Laurel Church of the Nazarene, Seaford Church of the Nazarene, Seaford Wesleyan Church, St. Pauls United Methodist Church and Gods Missionary Church in Delmar. Juanita worked as a receptionist at several banks and, for 12 years, worked at Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She enjoyed working with her hands which included crocheting, sewing and cooking. She also loved the outdoors and could often be found working in her garden, doing yardwork, feeding the birds, or simply enjoying the hummingbirds. She is remembered as a giving and caring mother, grandmother and sister. She made the world a better place by always paying it forward and, for many years, gladly supported the soup kitchen at Seaford Wesleyan Church. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Lee Timmons of Seaford; a grandson and his wife, Bradley and Megan Timmons of Harrington; a great-grandson, Ethan Bradley Timmons; a step-grandson, Lee Timmons II of Florida; a step-great-grandson, Travis Japinowski of Milford; a sister, Meredith Handley of Denton, Md.; and a sister-in-law, Joan Bozman of Whitman, Md. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and the family dog, Lilah, who brought her much joy and comfort in her last days. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Harold Bozman. Juanitas family would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation for the comfort and care provided by the staff of Seasons Hospice and a special thanks to Lees sister, Ina Short, for being such a blessing and helping take care of Juanita. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar. Visitation for family and friends will be held one hour before the service. Contributions may be made in her memory to Delmar Fire Department, PO Box 143, Delmar, DE 19940; Tilghman Volunteer Fire Department, 5996 Tilghman Island Rd., Tilghman, MD 21671; or Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, 220 Continental Dr., Ste. 407, Newark, DE 19713.


Anna Kathryn Mariner -- Anna Kathryn Mariner, 96, of Salisbury, Md., formerly of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at Sarah, Margaret & Mollies Assisted Living center in Salisbury, where she lived happily for the past six years. She was born on Jan. 12, 1919 in Federalsburg, Md., a daughter of the late Daniel and Delly Toulson Williams. Kathryn, as she was known by all who loved her, lived in Federalsburg until 1964 when she met her husband, James. She was a longtime member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel and a member of the UMW club for many years. She retired in 1977 after 34 years of service as a textile inspector for E.I. DuPont in Seaford. She was a devoted wife and aunt who enjoyed baking and sharing pies and fruitcakes for family and friends. She is survived by a stepson, R. James Jimmy Mariner Jr. of Laurel; many nieces and nephews; and several special extended family members. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, R. James Mariner Sr., who passed in 1997; a stepdaughter, Barbara Mariner; brothers, Raymond, John and Calvin; and sisters, Blanche, Sally Esther and Louise. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Pastor Joe Lecates will officiate.


Beverly S. Blades -- Beverly S. Blades, 85, of Preston, Md., passed away on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at UMSMC in Easton, Md. He was born on Nov. 3, 1930, a son of the late Orland Beverly Blades and Mildred Stevens Blades. He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Elise Covey Blades. Beverly loved the outdoors, and could often be found hunting, crabbing or fishing. He studied waterfowl carving and was a talented carver. He was employed as director of data processing at Preston Trucking for 43 years. He then was elected Judge of the Orphans Court of Caroline County, in which he served for 24 years, serving as Chief Judge from 19982002 and 2011-2014. He was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Preston, Preston Lions Club where he held many offices including offices in Lions District 22B, Caroline County Democratic Central Committee, Caroline County AARP, Cambridge Elks, Federalsburg VFW Post 5246, and Nanticoke Masonic Lodge 172 in Federalsburg, and was past Master of the former Preston Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his two daughters, Susan E. Hickey and her husband Ted of Seaford and Shari B. Lingg and her husband Jim of Ellicott City, Md.; a son, Steven M. Blades and his wife Shari of Hurlock, Md.; five grandchildren, Katie Hickey, Jennifer Lingg, Alex Lingg, Dylan Blades, and Kirsten Blades; a brother, Robert S. Blades and his wife Sharon of St. Augustine, Fla., many nieces and nephews and a special friend, Edith Roe, of Preston. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Framptom Funeral Home with the Rev. Martin Wiley officiating. Interment will follow at the Junior Order Cemetery in Preston. Family will receive friends on Friday evening from 5 to 7, followed by a Masonic service. Friends may also call one hour before the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Preston Lions Club, PO Box 182, Preston, MD 21655. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Florence E. Headley -- Florence E. Headley, 91, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Georgetown, she was the daughter of the late Elmer Norton King and Anna Belle Willey King. Florence was a loving homemaker. She enjoyed cooking Sunday dinners for her family. She especially enjoyed cooking holiday dinners. Her favorite pastimes included watching her soap operas and planting her beautiful flowers in her garden. She enjoyed watching Nascar racing and her favorite driver was Jimmy Johnson. Her grandchildren have the fondest memories of spending summers with her as children. She is survived by her children, Ronald King Sr. and his wife Margaret Ann of Parsonsburg, Md., Joseph J. Headley Jr. and his wife Sue of Laurel, Geraldine Hill of Laurel, Maxine Bailey and her husband Warren of Laurel and her stepdaughter, Prela Bunting of Georgetown. She is also survived by her sister, Alice Baker of Florida; her grandchildren, Ronald King Jr., Christopher King, Crystal Ferrell, Christine Davis, and Warren J. Bailey Jr.; and her great-grandchildren, Laura Beth, Bradley, Phillip, Kody, William, Connor, and Elizabeth. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. Headley Sr. and her siblings, Elmer King, Frank King, Ethel Murphy, Pearl Hawkins, Dorothy Bell, and Charlotte King. Services were held on Monday, Nov. 23 at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. The Rev. Harvey Dixon officiated. Interment was in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Richard James Little Rick Holt III -- Richard James Little Rick Holt III, 16, died on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Camden, Tenn. Little Rick was born in Jackson, Tenn., on Sept. 9, 1999, the son of Richard James Hol II and Vickie Wilson Holt. He was the great-grandson of the late Wright Robinson of Seaford. In addition to his parents, Little Rick is survived by his sisters, Angela (Adam) Smith and Paige (Ricky) Harris, both of Camden; and grandparents, Grace Wilson and the late W.T. Wilson of Camden and George and Sue Bramhall of Seaford and the late Richard James Holt Sr. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 5-9 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home of Camden. The funeral will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Brother Steve Bradford will officiate. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.


Anna M. (Eichmann) Whitaker -- Anna M. (Eichmann) Whitaker, 91, of Laurel and formerly of Mt. Ephraim, N.J. and Voorhees, Ariz., died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Ann worked in retail sales at Mae Moon and Fashion Bug and was a hospital volunteer. Also, she was a co-owner of Voorhees Liquors with her husband, Stanley. Ann loved to paint rural scenes and carve wood. Ann was preceded in death by her loving husband, Stanley N., of 67 years and infant son, Gary. She is survived by her four children: Lee (Pam) of Haddon Heights, N.J., Sandie Campanell of Belmar, N.J., Robert of Oaklyn, N.J., and Roy (Grace) of Seaford; eight grandchildren: Brent (Laura), Erin Canna (Jim), Garrett Campanell (Dawn), Alexis Stones (Eric), Traci Zimmerman, Brian (Cindy), Eric, and Craig (Ashlee); and 15 great-grandchildren. Anns family and friends and loyal caregiver, Rayna Adams, will miss her deeply. All are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Abbotts Grill, 300 Delaware Ave., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice at www.cchfoundation.net.


Joyce V. Hastings -- Joyce V. Hastings, 77, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. Joyce worked many jobs over the years, her last job was at the Methodist Manor House. Her husband, Bruce Hastings died in 2003. She was also preceded in death by three sons, Jack Hastings, Michael Hastings and Daniel Absher. She is survived by a son, Raymond Absher (Lisa); a stepson, Sam Hastings (Susan); 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and a sister, Joanne Baird. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Rd., Laurel, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Margaret F. Bunty -- Margaret Bunty, 92, and a staunch Republican, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, Nov. 23, 2015, at Genesis Rehabilitation Center in Salisbury, Md. She was born on Jan. 21, 1923, to the late Rudolf Freyeisen and Wilma Terrill Freyeisen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph J. Bunty in 1982 and her daughter, Wilma Lewis in 2010. She was a longtime resident of Wicomico County, having lived here since 1950. In her later years, she raised cocker spaniels and goats and was affectionately known as the Goat Lady. During her teaching years, she took great pleasure in helping her students improve their reading skills. Mrs. Bunty was a graduate of Roosevelt High School, Washington, D.C., in 1941 and a graduate of Strayer College in 1943. She received a BSEd degree from the University of Maryland in 1966 and a masters degree in reading from the University of Rhode Island in 1972. She taught in both Sussex and Worcester counties. She is survived by her younger sister, Dorothy Newcomer of Finksburg, Md.; her son, Dennis R. Bunty of Lewes; and her grandson, Kristopher C. Bunty of Lewes. A viewing will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, at Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., Salisbury. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to send condolences to the family.


Stewart Franklin Bradley Sr. -- Stewart Franklin Bradley Sr., 78, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Mr. Bradley retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford in 1992 after 41 years of service. He was a veteran of the US Army. He loved to hunt and fish. He is survived by a daughter, Saundra Moore Robinette (Jamie); son, Frank Bradley; daughter, Theresa Bradley; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Melvin Bradley and a sister, Norma Era. Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, Nov. 30, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Wesley United Methodist Church, 6304 Eldorado-Federalsburg Rd., Rhodesdale, MD 21659.


Joseph V. Cianci -- Joseph V. Cianci, 85, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Mr. Cianci owned and operated C & J Services in Seaford and serviced the DuPont Plant in Seaford, retiring in 1996. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Alice Brady Cianci; a daughter, Karen Brennan (Michael); two sons, Christopher Cianci and Joseph B. Cianci; four grandchildren, Briana Betins, Julia Cianci, Michael Brennan and Caileen Brennan and a sister, Marie Masonis. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, PO Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973 or Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Alan W. McCormick -- Alan W. McCormick, 68, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Manassas, Va., where he had lived for over 30 years. Born on Jan. 31, 1947 in Salisbury, Md., he was the son of the late Cheston and Margaret McCormick. Alan was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served in the Air Force after graduation from Laurel High School, class of 1965. As a child, Alan learned to work on radios from his father, who ran a local radio repair shop. He retired from Antenna Research Associates (ARA) as a technician. Alan was very active in the amateur radio (HAM radio) community under the call sign WA2GTT. He shared his passion for HAM radio as a member of The Ole Virginia Ham Club. He also enjoyed restoring antique radios and was a member of Antique Wireless Association (AWA). Alan is survived by two siblings, Ann E. Bowen and her husband William Bowen of Bear and Kenneth McCormick of St. Petersburg, Fla. He also leaves behind two nieces, Kimberly Battan Brooks of Claymont and Sandra Battan Riley and her husband Chris of Newark. Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, Dec. 4, at Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 10001 Nokesville Rd., Manassas. Burial will take place in Seaford at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge, at 636 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201 or by calling 410-547-2522. Arrangements are in the care of Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Please sign the guestbook at www.bakerpostfh.com.


Sandra Lee French Wroten -- Sandra Lee French Wroten, 43, of Seaford, known fondly as Sandy, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, as a result of a vehicular accident near Bridgeville. She was born at Dover Air Force Base on Aug. 4, 1972, the daughter of Leroy Oliver French and Bonnie Lou Wood French of Greenwood. She graduated in 1990 from Colonel Richardson High School. Sandy owned her own franchise of Miracle Ear in Salisbury under the company name, Two Hearts Hearing Aid Center. She sold hearing aids to many people but, more importantly, she touched their lives not only with the gift of hearing but with her love! She was truly a caring and kind person who would do anything for anyone that came her way. Sandy loved the outdoors and she enjoyed being a member of Just Fishing Bass Club. She was very proud of getting her first buck this past week at her first try at hunting. She had attended Faith Fellowship in Preston, Md. and the Ark in Seaford. Her little joy in life was her beloved dog, Tucker. Besides her parents, Sandy is survived by her son, David Wroten Jr. and his girlfriend Jess Harris, both of Seaford; a sister, Missy Toft and her husband Nelson of Federalsburg, Md.; her former husband, David Wroten Sr.; her niece, Sierra Toft of Laurel; her nephew, Nelson Toft Jr. of Federalsburg; and her special cousins, Kevin Roop and his son Hunter Roop, both of Greenwood and Deann Francescato of Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Robert Plank, and her aunt, Connie Roop. Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, where visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Pastor Buddy Dunn will officiate. Interment will follow at Bloomery Cemetery near Smithville. To share memories with the family, please visit www.framptom.com.


Irvin L. Johnson Sr. -- Irvin L. Johnson Sr., 86, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Irvin was born on Jan. 14, 1929 in Seaford. He enjoyed hunting and woodworking. He was a retired truck driver. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Janice B. Johnson; son, Irvin L. Johnson Jr. (Debby); daughters, Nancy Lauer (Ralph), Carolyn Tingle (Greg) and Marlene McGrath (Sam); 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Louise Johnson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Cartha Johnson; brother, George Johnson; and sister, A. Johnson Sr. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Seaford Nazarene Church, 520 S. Dual Hwy., Seaford. Pastor Whaley will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Glenn B Collins -- Glenn B Collins, 69, of Seaford passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cambridge, Md., on Oct. 29, 1946, he was the son of Emory G. Sr. and Betty R. Collins. Glenn was employed at Harvard Environmental where he had worked for the past eight years. Previously, he worked at Western Publishing in Cambridge for 36 years. Glenn was a devoted husband and father and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid NASCAR fan and also enjoyed golf. In addition to his parents, Glenn was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Calloway and two brothers, Emory (Gil) Collins Jr. and Donald (Toby) Collins. Glenn is survived by his wife of 44 years, Margaret (Peggy) Collins; children, Debbie and Bill Outten of Vienna, Md. and Nicky Calloway of Florida; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Kirk and Debbie Collins of Cambridge; several nieces and nephews; and his aunt and uncle, Edgar and Rose Marie Ruark of Church Creek, Md. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Rd., Laurel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Christ Evangelistic Church. As he did in life, Glenn continues to help people, with his decision to be a donor to the State Anatomy Board.


Robert K. Mack -- Robert K. Mack, 59, of Seaford, died on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Robert is survived by his mother, Marion Mack and two brothers, Ronald Mack and Rick Mack. Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, at First Baptist Church, 543 N. Bradford St., Seaford.


David Edward (Mick) McNatt Sr. -- David Edward (Mick) McNatt Sr., 76, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at Atlantic Shores Nursing Home in Millsboro. Born in Salisbury, Md., he was the son of the late Frances Thompson and David Foster McNatt. He was an electro-mechanic for Warren Electric in Seaford. Mick was a graduate of Seaford High School and played on an undefeated football team. He was a Navy veteran and a member of the Nanticoke Sportsmens Club, National Rifle Association and Seaford Moose Lodge. He attended The Good Samaritan Christian Fellowship Church in Seaford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Justice McNatt. He is survived by sons, David E. (Mickey) McNatt Jr., Paul Wilkerson and Daniel Lee, all of Seaford; daughters, Erin McNatt and Tina Pusey of Seaford; brother, Bill McNatt sister, Joanna Allison of Hurlock, Md.; grandchildren, Ellie McNatt; Peyton, Levi and Boone Perkins; Jack and Samantha Johnson; Jody Meredith; Chris Wilkerson and Kelsey Wilkerson; and numerous great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Church of the Nazarene on Rt. 13 in Seaford, where friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to the service. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


William Terry Carmean -- William Terry Carmean, 75, of Bridgeville, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at his home. Born in Lewes, he was the son of the late Louise Carmean. He was a custodian at Woodbridge School District before he retired. He was a Marine Corp. veteran and a member of American Legion Nanticoke Post 6 and Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. He is survived by two daughters, Teresa L. Carmean of Bridgeville and Susan M. Veaz of Warwick, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Alvin Veaz Jr., Michael Veaz and Brian Carmean; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie Hopkins Carmean. Services and burial will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Frederick M. ONeal -- Frederick M. ONeal, 85, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at his home in Seaford. Frederick was born in Laurel, a son of the late Joseph A. ONeal and Mattie Mae ONeal. Frederick was a lifetime farmer operating Fred ONeal and Sons, Inc. near Laurel, where he was known as a hard worker. He attended St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel and was a member of the American Legion and a past Ruritan member. He was also a board member for Laurel Auction Co. Mr. ONeal is survived by his wife, Agnes ONeal of Seaford; his sons, F. Martin ONeal and wife Kimberly Ann, Douglas A. ONeal and wife Debbie, and Wayne R. ONeal and wife Joanna; grandchildren, Heather ONeal, Ashley Nusbaum (Nick), Courtney Lingeman (Jeremy), Alan ONeal, Miranda Todd (Elliott), Lyndsey Richard (Ryan), Jaclyn ONeal and Shawn ONeal. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren and his riding partner - his dog - Cosmo. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in memory of Mr. ONeal to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or St. Philips Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956.


Colin K. Mears -- Colin K. Mears, 72, of Laurel, formerly of Delmar, died on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at his home in Laurel. He was born on July 31, 1943 in Exmore, Va., a son of the late Benjamin F. and Roby Spence Mears. Colin proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Throughout his lifetime, Colin had a reputation as a hard-working, honest man. Several jobs included construction work, loading feeders on a chicken farm and working as an exterminator. His true passion was reading and studying the Bible and living by the principles learned in the good book. He faithfully attended church until his health made it impossible. He also loved to visit friends and take trips to the slots in Harrington. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor. He is survived by a daughter, Ann Brewington; a son, Michael Mears; grandchildren, Steven Carson, Brock Brewington, Katlyn Outten and Ashley Mears; great-grandchildren, Tristin Alexander, Allie Walker, Forrest Walker, Kira Mears and Alexis Dunn; a brother, Jerry Mears; friend and roommate, Henry Peter McGee; and friend and caregiver, Victoria Byers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death a grandson, Michael and a brother, Charlie Mears. A private service will be held at the family cemetery in Virginia, per his request. Contributions may be made in his memory to Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966.


Charles Ryan Handy -- Charles Ryan Handy, 29, of Milton and Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Ryan graduated from Seaford High School in 2004 and attended the University of West Virginia. He was a sales representative for Dr. Energy Saver in Milton. He loved people and playing the guitar. He was a generous person who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He is survived by his parents, Allen T. and Jessica Weitzen Handy; a brother, Allen T. AJ Handy Jr. (Jennifer) and a niece, Penelope Adalee Handy; and a large extended family in the Seaford area. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 and Friday from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the SPCA, 22918 DuPont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.


Gladys Q. Shufelt -- Gladys Q. Shufelt, 82, of Stevensville, Md., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at her home with her children by her side. Born on Oct. 14, 1933 in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mildred Quatmann. Gladys graduated from Towson High School and Bard Avon Finishing School. She was a stay-at-home mother raising children while living in Maryland, Kentucky, Texas, and New Jersey. Gladys later worked in Annapolis for Refuse Removers as an administrative assistant and for the Anne Arundel County Finance Department in an accounts executive position. Gladys lived an exciting and fulfilling life traveling the world with her husband, Len. She participated in many activities and events that involved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Most of all, she enjoyed family visits to her waterfront home in Stevensville, her winter home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and her cabin retreat in the mountains of Bruceton Mills, W.V. Her positive outlook, generous spirit, and caring soul will be her legacy. She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Nissen (Rick); son, Keith Cockey (Lourdes); stepdaughter, Teresa Lindell (Pierce); stepson, Len Shufelt (Dianna); brothers, Robert Quatmann (Kathryn) and Gary Quatmann; sister, Lillian Grier (John); and many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. She leaves to all a treasure of happy memories. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Len Shufelt; son, Kirk Cockey; stepson, Tony Shufelt; and brother, Walter Quatmann. Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 6, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. in Chester, Md., where a service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Stevensville Cemetery. Contributions may be sent to Compass Regional Hospice, 255 Comet Dr., Centreville, MD 21617 or Kent Island Vol. Fire Dept., 1610 Main St., Chester, MD 21619. Online condolences may be made at www.fhnfuneralhome.com.


Frances Taylor -- Frances Taylor, 95, widow of Chester Taylor Sr. and a resident of Laurel from 1995-2001, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at Moravian Hall Square Retirement Home in Nazareth, Pa. Born Etta Frances Poyner, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Lola Poyner. Frances was raised in the Norfolk, Va., area. She graduated from business college in Virginia. Frances and Chester owned Taylor Hardware in Laurel until they retired in 1986. She worked daily in a predominantly male profession, cutting glass, keys and weighing nails - all with beautifully manicured hands. Her favorite pastimes were reading Danielle Steel, playing bridge and collecting antiques. Frances was a charter member and lifetime member of the Laurel Lioness Club and enjoyed all of her activities there. She was also a volunteer at the Good Samaritan Shop. Survivors include Chester Taylor Jr. and his wife Marsha of Bethlehem, Pa. and Linda Taylor McClure and her husband Claude of Columbia, S.C.; five grandchildren: Dwight Taylor, Dennis Taylor, Robyn McClure McEwen, Melissa McClure Kennedy and Kyle McClure. She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren. Donations in Francess memory may be made to the Laurel Lioness Club, PO Box 105, Laurel, DE 19956. Services will be private. Condolences may be sent to Herron Funeral Home, 458 Center St., Bethlehem, PA 18018 or email Herronfh@msn.com.


Ronnie Lee Rust -- Ronnie Lee Rust, 62, of Greenwood, passed away after a long illness, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at his home. He was born on Sept. 13, 1953 in Greenwood to the late Carlton and Anna King Rust. Ronnie was a mason, laying concrete for 34 years before he retired because of poor health. He enjoyed watching movies, especially westerns on TV, landscaping, and going camping at Yogi Bear campgrounds. His favorite holiday was the 4th of July. Over the years he had many dogs; his favorite dog was a pitbull called Sam. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy and his brother, John. He is survived by four children, Ronnie Rust, Shawn Rust, Candy Dietrick and Brandon Dennis; six grandchildren; four brothers, Rodger, Carlton, Rodney, and Randy; two sisters, Debbie Malliarakes and Wanda Rust; his girlfriend, Kathy Dorrell; and extended family and friends. A memorial service was held in his honor. A private interment service will be held at Cokesbury Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


William Henry Edwin Nock Jr. -- William Henry Edwin Nock Jr., 90, entered the gates of Heaven on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Born on Feb. 24, 1925 in Delmar, Md., Bill was the only son of William Henry Edwin Nock and Mary Susan Mears Nock. He had two younger sisters, Tresa Nock Wilkinson and Jacque Nock Nichols. After graduating from Delmar High School, Bill married Ruth Esther Green Nock and was drafted into the US Army Air Force. He served as a waist gunner on a B-24 in the Eighth Air Force. He flew on the Niagara Special and the Dugan for 28 missions during the war in Europe. He was aboard the Niagara Special when it was shot down over the Moselle River during the Battle of the Bulge. Bill worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad twice. He was a caller before the war and, later in life, was a freight brakeman and conductor. He worked for the railroad for 20 years. He was also a route salesman for Frihofers Baking Company and NuWay Dry Cleaners. He owned and operated Nocks Esso Station in Mardela Springs, Md. Bill opened the Salisbury and Pocomoke area for Mills Dairy of Cambridge, Md., growing the business to a three truck operation. After retiring from the railroad, Bill worked at Short Funeral Home in Delmar and Bullock Funeral in Sumter, S.C. He was a member of the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department and the Delmar VFW. In addition to his parents and sisters, Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife. He is survived by his only son, William Henry Edwin Nock III and wife Linda Hughes Nock; his two granddaughters, Susan Nock Clark and husband William Scott Clark and Meredith Nock Partridge, and three great-grandchildren, Anna Wallace Clark, William Hunter Hughes Clark, and Nancy Stewart Partridge. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar.


Allen G. Russell -- Allen G. Russell, 90, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Allen retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford in 1989 after 36 years of service. He was an Army veteran of WWII and a member of Hiram 21, Masonic Lodge. His first wife, Betty Russell died in 1991. He is survived by his second wife, June Gordy Russell; two sons, Dennis Russell (Fran) and Ronnie Russell (Patricia); six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Friday evening, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club, 310 Virginia Ave., Seaford, DE 19973.


Robert Charles Warford -- Robert Charles Warford, 83, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marlene; his daughters, Kelly Sellers (Stephen) and Tracey Maidlow (Michael); and his grandchildren, Matthew, Justin, Andrew, Nickolas, Katie, Jessica and Jacob. He is also survived by his sister, Sally Carroll (Paul Devin); nieces, Suzanne (Jim) and Kathy (Chris); sisters-in-law, Evah Warford and Shirley Stahl; and niece and nephew, Christine and Brad. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lucille, and his brother, Thomas. Bob worked in the technology field for many years and, once he retired, started his own company, Audio Visual Designs. Bob and Marlene returned to Seaford for retirement where he served on several boards including the Seaford Chamber of Commerce, the Seaford Historical Society, and the former Seaford Golf and Country Club. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at The Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Seaford.


Mabel Christine Doughty Herrick -- Mabel Christine Doughty Herrick, 98, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at the Methodist Manor House. Born in Exmore, Va., she was the daughter of the late Christine Tankard and James Doughty. She was a bookkeeper at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital until she retired. She was a graduate of Beacom Business College in Wilmington and a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford. She is survived by two sons, Bryan Herrick and wife Jinnie of Sugarland, Texas and Blaine Herrick and wife Bunny of Seaford; a daughter, Barbara H. Campbell and husband Don of Lewes; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward B. Herrick Jr. in 1980, and daughter, Betty Jane Trudel in 2014. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Johns United Methodist Church, PO Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973.


Carl D. Mahr -- Carl D. Mahr, 76, of Arnold, Md., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Originally from Seaford, he played football for Seaford High School and graduated in 1956. He married his high school sweetheart, Nora Lee Whaley on July 5, 1958. He was a volunteer firefighter for several years. He was hired by UPS on their first day of business in Delaware and retired as a manager 30 years later. He enjoyed boating, fishing, beating everyone in dominoes and spending time with family and friends. He was a devoted Christian and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church since 1973. He is survived by his best friend and wife, Nora Lee Mahr of Laurel; his daughter, Sandra Mahr; his son, Dean Mahr; daughter-in-law, Lynn Mahr; his granddaughters, Meredith A. Mahr-Edmunds, Holly Mahr, Hope Latham and her husband Patrick Latham IV; his brothers, Chris Mahr, Bruce Mahr and Bill Mahr; and his sister, Vicky Pfeifle. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 30, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1300 West St., Annapolis, MD 21401. A reception will immediately follow. The Rev. Christopher Owens will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or woundedwarriorproject.org.


Ethel Betty Breeding -- Ethel Betty Breeding, 87, of Greenwood, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Milford Center. Betty was born on Nov. 1, 1927 on the family farm in Greenwood, the daughter of the late Fred and Florence Butler Walls. Betty remained on the farm until her death. She worked on the farm with her late husband, Alton who passed away on July 25, 2015. Betty graduated from Greenwood High School in 1945. Later in life she worked at the Greenwood school cafeteria for 27 years. Betty loved gardening, crocheting, and canning in the summer and she was a wonderful cook. She spent time watching the deer and turkeys from her porch. She enjoyed watching all kinds of sporting events with her husband and loved just being around her grandkids. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Walls. She is survived by two sons, Ronald and his wife Susan and Robin and his wife Carol; six grandchildren, Chris and his wife Karen, Steve, Jason, Collin, Caroline, and Corbin and his wife Connie; five great-grandchildren, Abigail, Kiera, MacKenzie, Madden, and Manning; and a sister-in-law, Mildred Walls. Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, Oct. 30, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, where friends may call on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to noon. Interment will be held at Hollywood Cemetery in Harrington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greenwood Alumni Association, c/o Roger Butler, 3195 Andrewville Rd., Greenwood, DE 19950.


Minnie E. Ramsey -- Minnie Ellen Ramsey, 71, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at Lofland Park Center, Seaford. Born in Salisbury, Md. on April 16, 1944, she was the daughter of the late John and Minnie Driscoll Harris. In June 1999, she married Frederick Ramsey of Laurel where they made their home and she was a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Susie Cordrey; a son, Ralph Cordrey; a sister, Rose Norman; and two brothers, John and Asher Harris. She is survived by her husband, Frederick; two sons, Keith Cordrey and Charles Walls, both of Laurel; two sisters, Margaret Messick of Princess Anne, Md. and Lorraine Phillips of Delmar; a brother, Frank Harris of Delmar; three grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces including two special nieces, Debbie H. Ford of Seaford and Mickie H. Fleetwood of Delmar. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Parris Sexton will officiate. A viewing will be held on Tuesday morning from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Lofland Park Center and Delaware Hospice for Mrs. Ramseys care. Contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Hollis Reed Bennett Jr. -- Hollis Reed Bennett Jr., 60, went to be with Jesus suddenly on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. He was a resident of Cadia Rehab Broadmeadow in Middletown. Hollis was born on June 30, 1955 to the late Mary Frances (Litchford) Bennett Smith and the late Hollis Reed Bennett Sr. Hollis graduated from Mardela Springs High School in 1973, where he loved playing soccer and basketball. He also enjoyed acting and singing. He was involved in a horrific car accident in 1979, which resulted in a brain injury and damage to his arm and leg. He awoke from a three month coma and struggled through 19 months of rehabilitation to regain control of his body and life. He succeeded by relying on his renewed faith in God, the love and support of his family, his thankful heart and his great sense of humor. Hollis went on to graduate from Salisbury University in 1988 with a bachelor of arts degree. Hollis lived independently for years before his move to his beloved Peach Tree Acres in Harbeson where he found a loving home with patients who were dealing with similar health issues. He became part of the Peach Tree family and was supported by the caring, loving staff there. He enjoyed playing backgammon and board games and on his computer. All the indoor plants at Peach Tree thrived from Holliss care and green thumb. Hollis suffered a stroke about a year ago and could no longer live at Peach Tree Acres. He moved to Middletown (Broadmeadow) to be close to his brother, John, and his family. Hollis is survived by his stepfather, Jerry L. Smith of Seaford; his brother, John Edward Bennett and wife Linda of Townsend; a nephew, John Michael Bennett of Laurel; a niece, Kristi Lynn Rubino and her husband Matthew Scott Rubino; great-nieces, Emma Grace Rubino and Sophie Ann Rubino of Middletown; and a sister, Ann Elizabeth (Bennett) Moore and her husband Don of Severn, Md. A celebration of Holliss life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11.


Etta Griffith Harris -- Etta Griffith Harris, 90, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. Born in Blades, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Marian Griffith. Etta retired as a secretary at Peninsula Oil Company in 1975. She was a member of Blades United Methodist Church and enjoyed attending Centenary United Methodist Church. Her most treasured moments were spending time with her family, whom she loved dearly. She is survived by her daughter, Diane Truitt Nichols of Salisbury; her sons, William Lee Truitt and his wife Barbara of Arizona, Morris Harris and his wife Nancy of Delmar, Dale Harris and his wife Nancy of Seaford, and Ronnie Harris and his wife Judy of Delmar; and a sister, Carolyn Griffith of Seaford. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and several special nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Etta was preceded in death by her first husband, William Marshall Truitt and her second husband, Roscoe Harris. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, James Griffith and Donald Griffith; her sister, Jean Green; one grandchild; and her son-in-law, Gary L. Nichols. A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Pastor Mark Smith will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Ettas memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Mary Elizabeth Abbey Tull -- Mary Elizabeth Abbey Tull, 93, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at home in Rivers End on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. She was the daughter of the late John F. and Sara Hughes Abbott of Harrington. She was born on Aug. 16, 1922, graduated from Goldie Beacon Business College and was employed by the DuPont Company as an executive secretary until her marriage to Cecil Tull in 1948. She subsequently joined the family business, Tull Bros. Inc. and was instrumental in establishing the gift and housewares segments of the business and their management until retiring in 1984. She took pleasure in remaining active and independent and was able to enjoy her last years at home in the care of many kind and caring friends to whom she and the family are grateful. Abbey was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school in the 1950s and 60s. She is survived by her son, Benjamin Tull of Seaford; her daughter, Rebecca Deaton of Salisbury, Md.; four grandchildren, Brian Tull and Lauren Whaley of Seaford, Tyler Deaton of Boston, Mass., and Alexa Boccard of Manhattan, N.Y.; and three great-grandchildren, Avery Tull, Korine Tull and Carter Whaley of Seaford. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Cecil B. Tull and brothers, Hughes and John Abbott. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Tull to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Lucian Gray Jones - Lucian Gray Jones, 64, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at Autumn Lake Nursing Home, Chestertown, Md., due to health complications in February while living in Seaford. He was known for his kindness to others and helpful nature to friends, family and strangers. After graduation in 1969 from Seaford High School, he was employed at the DuPont Plant in Seaford, was a member of the National Guard and helped others in his community. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Connie Jones; father, Lucian T. Jones; brother, Bill Jones; and sister, Teri Jones Keim, all of Seaford. He is survived by his sister, Connie Jones Ayers, Seaford; brother, Frank Jones, Florida; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mark Ayers; Jim Keim, Seaford; Niki Jones, Florida; Linda Larrimore, Georgetown; nieces and nephews, Heidi Jones Penuel, Milton; Tim Jones, Berlin, Md.; Margo Ayers Takacs, Berlin; Austin Ayers, Melissa Keim Harris, and Brandon Keim, Seaford and Andrea Holtz, Maryland; many cousins and friends and many neighbors and health care providers. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25 at Concord Methodist Church in Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice or Concord Methodist Church, 25322 Church Rd., Seaford, 19973.


Michael Howard Perry Sr. -- Michael Howard Perry Sr., 78, of Delmar, died on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born on April 23, 1937 in Delmar, a son of the late Clyde M. Perry and Elsie Marvel Perry. Mike graduated from Delmar High School, class of 1955. In 1957, he enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served his country on the U.S.S. Midway in the South Pacific until his discharge in 1959. In his younger days he worked alongside his dad for Clyde M. Perry & Son General Contractors until eventually taking over the business. He also worked with J. Roland Dashiell. He was talented working with his hands and could build or fix anything. He was a jack of all trades. After working in construction, his love of cars led him to work as an auto mechanic at several auto dealerships and also for himself. In addition to repairing cars, for a number of years he worked as a maintenance supervisor for Allen Family Foods in Harbeson. His last job was working as a parts runner for NAPA in Delmar. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather who always took time to help his family. He was an avid reader and especially loved to read books about cars, planes and boats. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sandra Beach Perry; seven children, April Michelle Shelly Perry-Szymczak of Carson, Va., Michael Howard Perry II of Melson, Md., Keith Raymond Perry of San Francisco, Calif., Jill E. DeFelice of Frankford, Amy F. Smith of Ocean View, Katie Perry Ricci of Delmar and Stephanie R. Perry of Delmar; grandchildren, Mathew, Jason, Allie, Caroline, Christopher, Megan and Stevie; great-grandchildren, Starla, Odin, Aubrey, Elijah and Kenleigh; a brother, Shawn Patrick Perry of Manheim, Pa.; and a sister, Nola Perry Hearn of Delmar. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and a wonderful extended family of sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Nick Perry and Chuck Perry. Services will be planned at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


Catherine D. King -- Catherine D. King, 92, of Stockley, died peacefully on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. Catherine was born on Oct. 18, 1922 in Stockley, the daughter of the late John J. Davis and Ethel G. Davis of Millsboro. She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Edwin Reese King. Catherine grew up on a farm in Stockley, in a loving and close knit family. She attended a small grade school in Stockley and graduated from Georgetown High School in 1940 with the notable achievement of 12 years of perfect attendance. At the end of her senior year in high school, Catherine met the love of her life, Edwin Reese King of Georgetown. They married in 1942 just three weeks before Reese was deployed by the US army to serve our country on the Normandy beaches on D-Day. Upon his return, the young couple worked at her fathers sawmill in Millsboro until 1949, when they built a successful farming operation in Laurel. In 1967, Reese became an agent for Federal Crop Insurance. Catherine began working as a dispatcher at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Georgetown and assisted Reese with growing the crop insurance business. After the sudden and unexpected death of Reese in 1972, Catherine continued the crop insurance business while advancing from dispatcher to administrative secretary at the EOC, retiring in 1994 at the age of 72. Although devastated by the loss of her husband, Catherine moved forward with a full and rewarding life of work, caregiving, and social activities. She was active in church, Ladies Auxiliary, the Democrat Party, Rebekah Lodge and Delaware Farm Bureau. She worked tirelessly to improve crop insurance programs for farmers. She subscribed to several newspapers to keep abreast of national and local news. A strong advocate of the right to vote, she encouraged unregistered voters to get registered. Catherine was always working on a jigsaw puzzle, enjoyed reading books and was an avid sports fan. She kept baseball and football schedules within reach so she wouldnt miss a televised game. She attended the 2011 Orioles Mothers Day game, and had a surprise personal visit from Rick Dempsey and Jim Palmer. Catherine is survived by four daughters, Nancy King and husband Joseph Parker of Lewes, Bonny King and husband Bert Crowder of Georgetown, Donna King of Rehoboth, and Jackie King and husband Kevin Rogers of Rehoboth. She also leaves behind two very special grandsons, Justin Pobst and wife Lina of Rehoboth and Hugo Parker of Rehoboth and granddaughter, Shannon Lands and husband Chip and children Evan and Shelby of Pensacola, Fla. She is also survived by a cousin, Barry Steele of Wilmington. In addition to a brother, Richard, who died in 1953, Catherine has two sisters, Louise Dorey and husband Edward Dorey of Millsboro and Joan Justice of Dagsboro plus several nieces and nephews. Catherine was preceded in death by two very special aunts, Mildred Steele of Georgetown and Marie Green of Georgetown. She leaves behind a lifetime of wonderful friends and acquaintances that helped fulfill her life to the end. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, with visitation from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Flowers are welcome because Catherine loved them. Donations may be made to the Catherine D. King and Edwin Reese King Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, 36 The Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947 for distribution to her favorite charities  Benevolent Fund at Methodist Manor House, Zoar Church, Delaware Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund and various youth related organizations in Sussex County.


Kathleen Hearn Hastings -- Kathleen Hearn Hastings, 87, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at LifeCare at Lofland Park. Born in Cannon, she was the daughter of the late Iva Boyce and Walter Hearn. She was retired from DuPont Co., drove a school bus and was a seamstress. She was a member of Concord United Methodist Church and Seaford Senior Center. She enjoyed yard work and was a volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She is survived by three sons, Keith W. Truitt, John Craig Truitt and Glenn K. Truitt, all of Seaford; two daughters, Pamela L. Dean of Blades and Sandra K. Hollaway of Georgetown; two brothers, Warren Hearn of Seaford and Hollis Hearn of Selbyville; two stepchildren, Kelley Hastings Jr. and Keith Hastings, both of Laurel; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John Weston Truitt in 1971; her second husband, Kelley Theodore Hastings Sr. in 2002; four sisters, Mildred Lloyd, Evelyn Marvil, Isabelle Chandler and Doris Wilson; and five brothers, Chester, Francis, Lee, Manning and Boyce Hearn. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Watson Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Rev. Linsey Wessell will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Concord United Methodist Women, 12482 Baker Mill Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.


Dorothy Hayward -- Dorothy (Dukes) Hayward, 101, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late William Hayward, loving mother of William Jr. (the late Mary) Hayward; cherished grandmother of John (Kathy) and David (Sandra) Hayward; great-grandmother of two and great-great-grandmother of one. Visitation will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 17 followed by the service at 1 p.m. at Staley Funeral Home in Deer Park. Donations may be made to the Macular Degeneration Foundation at www.macular.org. Sign the online guestbook at www.staleyfuneralhome.com.


Mary Elizabeth Liz Wright Dorman -- Mary Elizabeth Liz Wright Dorman, 87, of Seaford, died on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, after a brief illness. She was raised in Reliance, the daughter of the late Victor and Myra Handy Wright. She was a graduate of Federalsburg High School, class of 1945. She attended Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Dorman of Seaford; her sister, Amelia Wright of Cambridge, Md.; nieces, Donna Adams, Connie Carmean and Donna Green; and nephew, Bill Green. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Dorman and her brother, Francis Wright. Funeral services and burial will be private. The family suggests donations to the Nanticoke Senior Center, PO Box 406, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Ann Bloodsworth Elliott -- Ann Bloodsworth Elliott, 77, of Laurel, passed away peacefully with family at her home on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Ann was born in Seaford to the late Laura M. Bloodsworth of Seaford and the late Garland D. Bloodsworth of Laurel. Ann and her late husband, James (Jim) Elliott owned and operated Sunpower HVAC in Laurel for several years. Anns passions were her family, her church, Our Lady of Lourdes, and American Legion Post 19. Anns husband of 56 years, James L. Elliott died in 2003. Lovingly nicknamed Ladybug, Ann is survived by three daughters, Laura Elliott of Texas, Christine M. Turner of Bethany Beach and Helen E. Elliott of Laurel; two sons, Martin J. Elliott and wife Veronica of Austin, Texas and James L. (Skeeter) Elliott II and wife Debbie of Laurel; grandchildren, Dennis Schirmer II, Matthew, Elizabeth, Sydney, Joshua and Jacob Elliott; and one great-granddaughter, Natalie Schirmer. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Right to Life, PO Box 1222, Wilmington, DE 19899 or The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Bonnie Jean Bogardus -- Bonnie Jean Bogardus, 82, of Delmar, and recently a resident at the Berlin Nursing Home, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. She was born on Aug. 30, 1933 in Radford, Va., a daughter of the late Henry and Iris Shockley Hall. Bonnie Jean worked most of her adult life as a nurse caring for the elderly and especially loved working with Alzheimers and dementia patients. Her last position in nursing was at the Laurel Adult Daycare Center, a job she truly loved. Her life revolved around family and she will be remembered for being a kind, caring and compassionate mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her faith kept her strong through life. She was a former member of First Baptist Church of Delmar and a member of Lighthouse Church of God in Berlin, Md. She loved to sing and, in her younger years, she was very active in the church choir. She is survived by a sister, Pastor Shirley Hall of Berlin; daughters, Teena Twilley of Bishopville, Md., Lynn Corkran and husband Kenneth of Bel Air, Md., Sharon Sapp and husband David of Salisbury, Md. and Jeannie Beach and husband Kenneth of Newark; nine grandchildren, Sherrie Thomas, Lori Twilley, Bobbie Jean Hasbrouck, Robby Twilley, Melanie Thompson, Kaili Corkran, Rachel Sapp, John Sapp and Chris Beach; 19 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Bogardus and a daughter, Kathy Richardson. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where a service will begin at 1 p.m. Pastor Ron Soulsman, Sister Nancy Soulsman and Pastor Lori Twilley will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Alzheimers Foundation, 108 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947.


Michael Brown Smith -- Michael Brown Smith, 55, of Lewes, died as a result of a truck accident on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Raised in Blades, he was the son of Helen and Fred Smith. At age 9, Mom Louise became his second mom whom he loved dearly. Mike attended school in Seaford. After school, he joined the National Guard. He was employed as a truck driver with Crawford Trucking at the time of his death and had previously worked as a delivery driver for Peninsula Oil and other trucking companies. He also worked as an usher at the Delaware State Fair. Mike was quite unique in that he had three birthdays: Dec. 20, 1959 to parents Helen and Fred Smith; July 3, 2004 when he received the gift of life with a liver transplant; and Dec. 10, 2011 when he accepted the Lord as his Savior and was born again. Mike loved the Baltimore Orioles, NASCAR racing, the Dallas Cowboys and horseshoes. He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Phillips; a brother, Fred Smith III; and two sisters, Joyce Mears and Freda Miller, all of Seaford. Mike is survived by his loving wife of eight years, Priscilla (Pam) Meibaum-Smith of Lewes; a son, Brooks Lyons of Felton; a stepson, Michael Meibaum of Lewes; two sisters, Diane Harrington (Rip Lloyd) and Debbie Waldridge; and three brothers Steve Smith, Mark Smith (Deanna), and Scott Smith. He is also survived by three granddaughters, Brianna Lyons, Savannah Lyons and Ilean Meibaum; one grandson, Hyden Wheeler; numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and his faithful furry friends, Reggie, Skylar, Mollie and Peanut Butter. Services will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18, at Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Blades Cemetery. Fellowship will be at the Blades Community Center.


Ruth Ann Bonneville -- Ruth Ann Bonneville, 88, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at the home of Michelle and Matt Kirk. She was born on July 26, 1927 in Delmar, a daughter of the late Clarence and Edith Workman. Ruth Ann spent many years working as a poultry farmer. She was involved in the Order of the Eastern Star for 50 years. She held several offices and was a past worthy matron and chaplain of the Adah Chapter #5 in Delmar. She is survived by a great-niece, Michelle Kirk and her husband Matt of Laurel; great-great-nieces, Brittany Malchow and her husband Bill and Samantha Kirk; a niece, Carolyn Massey of Delmar and a great-nephew, Wayne Massey and family. Funeral services will be private. In memory of Ms. Bonneville, contributions may be sent to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Adah Chapter 5 O.E.S., c/o Linda McCann, PO Box 2534, Salisbury, MD 21802.


Allan Shulder -- Allan Shulder, 85, of Laurel, died on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Allan was born on April 13, 1930 in Newark, N.J., the son of the late Samuel Shulder and Bertye Shulder. Allan earned his B.S. degree in horticulture from the University of Maryland. Following college, Allan proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as the head horticulturist taking care of the grounds of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, a job he enjoyed for over 20 years. He served as the executive director for the Professional Grounds Management Society for a number of years. Allan was always willing to help those in need and, for many years, supported the St. Labre Home for Indian Children and Youth. He was a former member of the Laurel Lions Club, where he served in various positions and had many friends and was a member of the Trap Pond Partners. He was a true animal lover and had a fondness for rescue dogs, loved gardening and was an avid stamp collector. He was an avid fan of Baltimore sports teams and always attended athletic and musical events for his three sons. Allan enjoyed traveling out west with his wife, Sharron and these were some of his fondest memories of sharing time alone together. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sharron Lynn Shulder; three sons, Stephen Shulder of Reisterstown, Md., David Shulder of Austin, Texas and Edward Shulder of Columbia, Md.; a stepdaughter, Corrina Ford of Freeland, Md.; grandchildren, Stephanie Shulder, Brian Shulder, Rachel Shulder, Nicholas Shulder, Christina Leigh Ambrose, Travis Remmell, Dustin Remmell and Damian Remmell; and two great-grandchildren, Tabar and Devron. He is also survived by his faithful companion, his beloved dog Maverick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Julia Shulder; a special cousin who was like a sister to him, Evelyn Eisenberg; a stepson, Steven Ambrose and a stepdaughter, Stephanie Marie Ambrose. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Temple Oheb Shalom. After services, family and friends will be received at the home of Edward Shulder, 6330 Summercrest Dr., Columbia. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Allans memory 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.


Michael Peter Persico -- Michael Peter Persico, 71, of Seaford, formerly of Teaneck, N.J., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Michael was the cherished son of the late Anthony J. Persico, MD and Grace N. Persico. Michael graduated from Xavier High School in New York City, earned his B.A. at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., and his J.D. from the University of Miami. Michael was a member of the Bar Association in Washington, D.C. and Florida and the Supreme Court Bar. He was the HR manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, Clerk of the Courts for the District of Columbia Superior Court and a counsel for the EEOC headquarters. He belonged to the Potomac (Maryland) Polo Club. Michael was a group facilitator of AIDS/HIV patients at the Whitman Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C. He was a lay minister and was a grief counselor at the Quilt Display at the National Mall. Michael was the beloved husband of Robert Scofield. He was the devoted brother of Theodora McDaniell, Eugene Persico and MaryGrace Ferrara and husband Nicholas. He was the loving uncle of Douglas, Jeffrey and Stephen McDaniell. Family and friends are invited to visit from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, at Volk Leber Funeral Home, 789 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 19 followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Anastasias Roman Catholic Church, Teaneck. Interment will follow at St. Josephs Cemetery, Hackensack, N.J.


Harry Lee Jones -- Harry Lee Jones, 76, of Bridgeville, died of natural causes on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Harry, who was born on Jan. 4, 1939, loved the outdoors and animals. He was a member of the Georgetown American Legion. Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Kay Jones and his son, Richard Jones. He is survived by his son, Robert Jones Sr. (Penney); grandchildren, Robert Jones Jr. (Sarah) and Dylan Jones (Ashley); great-grandson, Dylan Jones Jr.; sister, Ruth Anne Cahall; companion, Margie ODay; and many friends. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, at Hickory Ridge Community Church, 12237 Sussex Hwy., Greenwood.


Dorothy B. Werner -- Dorothy B. Werner, 93, of Lusby Md., formerly of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Her husband, Jack Werner died in 1989. Dorothy is survived by two sons, Lance Bunky Werner (Catherine) and Brian Werner (Jan); a daughter, Darien Joline (William); five grandchildren, Brittany Whibley, Meredith Werner, Heidi Hess, Jessica Agner and Andrew Werner and five great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Oak Grove. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Nancy Louise Davis Paulsen -- Nancy Louise Davis Paulsen, 76, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at Coastal Hospice by the Lake in Salisbury, Md. Born in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Frances Irene Moor and Blaine Marvin Davis. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Seaford. She is survived by her two sons, T. Scott Paulsen and his wife Rita of Seaford and Tim Paulsen of Valparaiso, Ind.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas H. Paulsen and her daughter, Lauren McNeeley. Services and burial will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home.


Evelyn Drexel Pike Hearn -- E. Drexel Hearn, 90, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. She was born in New York and lived on the Delmarva Peninsula most of her life. She is survived by her daughter, Lona Passwaters and husband Virgil Passwaters; her daughter, Judith Trice; her son, James Patrick and wife Penny Patrick; her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a sister and best friend, Shirley Diefenderfer; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, James Pike and her sister, Anna (Pike) Hope. An inurnment service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, at Unity Washington Cemetery, Hurlock, Md. Pastor Larry Pritchett of Wesleyan Church, Denton, Md., will officiate. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Jane Kluge - Jane Kluge passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Endwell, N.Y. Jane was born on April 14, 1928 to the late Elbert and Bertha Traphagen of River Edge, N.J. Jane grew up attending Hackensack High School. A woman of many talents and interests, she worked in New York City in advertising, then for Givenchy USA and Frances Denny. Prior to her retirement, she worked at Hilltop Restaurant in Nyack, N.Y., as a financial officer for the corporation. In retirement, Jane and her late husband Serge Kluge built their dream home in Seaford. They made many new friends who were like family to her at Rivers End and the Seaford Yacht Club. As many of her friends can attest to, Jane was a great hostess, fabulous cook and master gardener and had a love for animals. She is survived by her son, Sean Kelly of New York City; daughter, Wendy Deis (Tim) of Owego, N.Y. and daughter, Tracy Gagnon (Dave) of Epsom, N.H. She leaves behind three amazing grandchildren, Michael J. Burns (Samantha), Matthew N. Burns and Melanie A. Deis. She was recently blessed with the birth of a great-granddaughter, McKenzie Burns. She had several long-standing friendships with Jule Demarest, Peggy Otto, Greg Mucha, Dave and Debi Libby and Connie and Jerry Chapman. Interment was held on Oct. 2 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Nyack. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sussex County Animal Association, Whimsical Animal Rescue, Attn: Amy Roya, PO Box 1697, Seaford, DE 19973.


David G. Horsey -- David G. Horsey, 77, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. David was born in Milford, a son of the late George and Elizabeth Horsey. David is the founder and president of David G. Horsey and Sons, Inc., a business he started on Nov. 1, 1985. He had served in the Delaware National Guard. David was a well-known community advocate for Laurel. He headed up Laurel Little League Football and was instrumental in changing it to Laurel Pop Warner. He was one of the first members of the Laurel Ruritan Club, founding board member of Midcoast Community Bank and he started the Horsey Family Youth Foundation in December of 2003. His motto was a hand up, not a hand out. If he could save one child from drugs and alcohol, then it was worth what he was doing. David loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and was an avid Dale Earnhardt fan. He received the 2015 Herm Reitzes Award for his public service. David, who received numerous awards and citations - too numerous to name - touched the lives of thousands of people. Mr. Horsey is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Horsey; children, Michael and wife Kathleen, David W. and wife Sandy, Robert and wife Lisa, all of Laurel; grandchildren, David (DW) Horsey Jr. and wife Calli, Ashley Hildebrand and husband Kevin, Amanda Leibforth and husband Jay, Heather Horsey, Kelly Horsey, Shelly Horsey, R.J. Horsey and a step-grandson Alex Hawes, all of Laurel; and a brother, Robert A. Horsey and wife Carolyn of Florida and Delaware. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and his best friend, Mickey, who he took riding every day. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Horsey. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Laurel High School, where a viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A viewing will also be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, on Friday evening, Oct. 9 from 7-9. Pastor Tim Dukes will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made to the Horsey Family Youth Foundation, c/o Delaware Community Foundation, PO Box 1636, Wilmington, DE 19899.


JW Cliff Robinson -- JW Cliff Robinson, 71, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Cliff was one of 10 children born to the late Earl and Mary Alice Robinson. He operated his own painting company and car detailing company. Cliff was an avid hunter and fisherman, even going to Africa once to hunt. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gladys Lauer Robinson; three brothers, Rob Robinson, Jerry Robinson and Jamie Robinson; two sisters, Shirley Willoby and Phyllis Elliott and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, at Cranston Funeral Home where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Teresa T. Mitchell -- Teresa T. Mitchell, 57, of Delmar, died on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., after a brave, courageous battle with a brief illness. She was born on June 16, 1958 in Salisbury, Md., a daughter of Rosemary Weidema Hill of Delmar and the late William Taylor. Teresa graduated from Delmar High School where she was a proud member of the band. She attended St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Laurel. She worked several years as a dispatcher for Burris Foods before spending the past 12 years working for Perdue in Salisbury as a dispatcher. Her family always came first and Teresa was happiest when spending time with them. They spent many hours together camping and listening to music. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her daughter, Samantha Sam Mitchell of Delmar; a son, Joshua Mitchell of Virginia; a sister, Chris Carmine and husband Paul of Harrington; her stepfather, Roschen Hill; a special niece, Ashley Carmine of Harrington; and a special nephew, Mike Adkins and wife, Anna, and their children, Hannah, Jacob and Gracie of Delmar. She is also survived by her best friends who were like sisters to her - Nancy Meisenholder and Penny Nichols. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Muffy Adkins and a stepfather, Cecil T. Jacob. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 10-11. The Revs. Ronnie Payne and Rebecca H. Rollins will officiate. Interment will follow at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron, Md.


Margie E. Ferrell -- Margie E. Ferrell, 91, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at the Seaford Center. Margie was born in Seaford, a daughter of the late William and Annie Hastings. Margie was well known as a foster grandparent at North Laurel Elementary School. She had worked at banquets at the Rigby Hotel, WR Wilson and Laurel Manufacturing shirt factories in Delmar and Laurel. She had also worked at Milford Powder Plant, Jimmys Grill, and Smiths Restaurant. Margie is survived by daughters, Patsy F. Short and husband Robert, Jinny E. Whaley and husband Roger and Darlene M. Morgan; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter and eight siblings. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Duane Smith will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


R. P. Jack Johnson Jr. -- R. P. Jack Johnson Jr., 89, of Salisbury, Md., died on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. Born in Tatamy, Pa., he was the son of the late Roswell Paul Johnson Sr. and Margaret Sloyer Johnson. Jack was a US Navy WWII veteran having served in the South Pacific from 1944-1946. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Salisbury and a volunteer for Meals On Wheels. Jack was involved with farming equipment sales for International Harvester from 1952-1968 and then for FMC Corporation from 1968 until retiring in 1986. He was the original owner of TCBY in Salisbury from 1988-1990. He is survived by three daughters, Deborah I. Kindred and husband John of Bath, Pa., Jacquelyn M. Rush and husband Mark of Berlin, Md. and Paula G. Johnson of Lewes; two stepdaughters, Beth Hudson Ingram and husband Bill of Little Rock, Ark. and Gwen Hudson Dulin and husband James of Wynne, Ark.; two grandchildren, Christopher Rush and Leah Apgar; four step-grandchildren, Casey Ingram, Jon Wilson, Jason Wilson and Madison Dulin; two great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Celia Dodson Johnson. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, at Holloway Funeral Home, Salisbury, where visitation will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. William Sterling will officiate. Contributions may be made in his memory to Asbury UMC, 1401 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801. The family would like to thank the staff of the Methodist Manor House for their care and compassion. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, Salisbury. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


William E. Mears -- William E. Mears, 96, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. William was born in Seaford and worked on his fathers farm until he was called into military service on June 24, 1944. During his 15 months of service in Europe, most of which was in front line combat status, he earned the Combat Infantry Badge as a 2nd class machine gunner for cannoneer 844. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three battle stars, the Army of Occupation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. After his time in the service, he came home and owned and operated the Super Thrift Store with his brother. Bill is survived by his wife, Betty Majors Mears; a son, William F. Mears (Jerri); four grandchildren, William D. Mears, Emily A. Carlin, Ashley Acosta and Justin Mears; three great-grandchildren and a brother, Jack Mears. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Salvation Army, 22942 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973.


I. Melvin Cordrey -- I. Melvin Cordrey, 76, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Born near Delmar, he was the son of the late Isaac E. Cordrey and Maude Mitchell Cordrey. Melvin graduated from Laurel High School. After graduation, he served his country in the United States Army. He retired as a salesman for Phillips Mens Store. In his free time he enjoyed rabbit hunting. He was a member of the American Legion Post #19 where he was a past commander. Melvin is survived by his children, Jeffrey M. Cordrey and his wife Peggy, Lisa R. Cordrey, and Eric M. Cordrey and his wife Renee and his grandchildren, Alison Cordrey, Elizabeth Cordrey, Amanda Cordrey, Jeffrey Cordrey, Kiley Cordrey and Ryder Cordrey. He is also survived by his sister, Peggy Ralph and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Melvin was preceded in death by his siblings. A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the chapel at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. Pastor Chuck Reynolds will officiate. Contributions may be made in Melvins honor to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Charles E. Donovan -- Charles E. Donovan, 78, of Seaford, died on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Charles was a retired mechanic. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, the American Legion and the VFW, all in Seaford. He is survived by his wife, Gladys Crockett; three daughters, Vickie Willin, Lisa Norwood (Randy) and Tammy Matthews (Billy); a son, Wayne Hurley; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a brother, Arthur Donovan. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Compassionate Care Hospice, 201 E. DuPont Blvd., Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


George Robert Whaley Sr. -- George Robert Whaley Sr., 88, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born on Nov. 17, 1926, he was the son of the late Lorenzo B. Whaley and Mamie Whaley. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1944 until 1946. He then spent his life as a farmer of grain, turkey, and poultry. George was a lifetime member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Laurel. He was also a member of the Delmarva Flying Farmers Chapter. He was preceded in death by three of his children, Rebecca, Beverly and Jimmy Dale. George was also preceded in death by his parents, Lorenzo and Mamie Whaley and his siblings, Wilfred, Grace, Ruth, Charlie and Byrd. He is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Eleanor Whaley; his granddaughters, Tricia and her husband JD, Charity, and Jamie; one son, George Bobby Robert Whaley Jr. and his wife Kathryn, and his family, Shawn, Stephanie and her husband Rick, Stacie and her husband Larry, and Shannon and her husband Roger. George and Eleanor had nine great-grandchildren, Tyler, Tristin, Josh, Dakota, Makenli, Emmalyn, Lauke, Ella, and Naomi. They also had 7 step-grandchildren, Tommy, Jordan, Alyssa, Mackenzie, Cody, Katelyn, and Chad. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Lee Elliott Building at Trinity United Methodist Church in Laurel where a viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Bill Nack will officiate. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Trinity United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Barbara Adams, 16394 Adams Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


David Glenn Fisher-- David Glenn Fisher, 67, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Plainwell, Mich. Dave was born on April 6, 1947 in Fairmont, W.V., the son of Glenn and Marjorie (Morris) Fisher. He graduated from Seaford High School in 1965 where many will remember him for his fabulous saxophone, playing in the Seaford and Sussex County bands as well as at dances with the Blue Jays band and the Joseph brothers, Ted and Jimmy. He also served as the drum major for the Seaford High band, learning his moves from his dad, Glenn, who was the drum major of the Seaford Firemans Band. Dave joined the Navy and served in Vietnam. After his service, he made Michigan his home. He married his wife, Carol, on July 8, 1991. He is survived by his wife, Carol (Dalrymple), of Plainwell; his brother, Richard, of Spotsylvania, Va.; and his sister, Nancy and sister-in-law, Diane Debus of Lewes. He is also survived by three sons, Kevin Tefft, and wife Kristen of Cincinnati, Ohio, Donald Fisher of Plainwell and Patrick Fisher of Otsego, Mich.; one daughter, Julia Fisher Chastine of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and his best friend, Tommy Sherman of Plainwell. A military service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, at Sussex County Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Daves life.


Anna M. Mowrey, age 93, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at her home in Seaford, Delaware. Born in Pheonixville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Laurine Mansur. She is survived by her children, Donna Littleton and her husband, Harrison, Karen Spangler and her husband, Bruce, and Donald Mowrey, Jr. She is also survived by her brother, George Mansur. There are five surviving grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Mowrey worked in the cafeteria of DuPont for several years prior to working in the Hospitality Shop at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed attending Christ Lutheran Church and for many years volunteered on different committees at the church. She was an avid bowler for over forty years. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church at 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, Delaware. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her memory may be made to Christ Lutheran Church. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Sarah Elisabeth Davidson Moore Boyce -- Sarah Elisabeth Davidson Moore Boyce, 61, of Laurel, died on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, at Lofland Park Center after a short battle with cancer. She was the daughter of the late Victor and Esta Davidson. Sarah was known to everyone by her familiar Hey hon. She owned and operated her own cleaning business for the past 19 years. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Barry Boyce; her son, Floyd M. Moore III (Paula); her stepson, Scott Boyce; two grandchildren, Hannah Moore and Floyd M. Moore IV; three sisters, Martha Dinch, Dory Parks and Anna Davidson; a brother, Donald Davidson and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Thursday evening, Oct. 2 from 6 to 8 and Friday from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery.


Teresa Terri Schulz -- Teresa Terri Schulz, 82, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Born in Collins, N.Y. on Dec. 5, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Fred Stillman and Sally Lapinski Stillman. Terri grew up in Gowanda, N.Y. and graduated from Gowanda High School in 1950. In her lifetime, she was talented to have many jobs. She was the past owner and operator of the Mary Carter Paint Store in Hamburg, N.Y. She had also been employed as a teller at the Marine Midland Bank in Hamburg, Bethlehem Steel in the engineering department in Lackawanna, N.Y., payroll and insurance coordinator for Harper Electric Furnaces in Lancaster, N.Y., and had numerous part-time employments. Terri was very artistic and enjoyed painting. She very much loved to make sure that everything she did was done with pride and accuracy. Terri was a past president of the American Legion Auxillary Post 527 in Hamburg. She was also a member of St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Laurel. She is survived by her husband, Robert Bob Schulz of Laurel; three daughters, Debra Foca of Ewing, N.J., Jane Schnitter and her husband Paul of Westerville, Ohio, and Amy Avayou of New Jersey; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three stepdaughters, Elizabeth Urbik and her husband Warren of Loves Park, Ill., Kathryn Jacobs and her husband Bruce of Los Angles, Calif., and Mary Cooper and her husband Keith of Chicago, Ill. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 32827 Old Stage Rd., Laurel. Donations may be made in memory of Teresa to St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 32827 Old Stage Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Judith M. DiGennaro -- Judith M. DiGennaro, 71, Dagsboro, formerly of Seaford and Ocean City, Md., passed away surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, at her home. Judy was born in Baltimore, Md. on Aug. 23, 1944, daughter of the late Roy and Helen (McCall) Stockton. She retired as a rental agent for Coldwell Banker in Ocean City. Judy was a member of Concord United Methodist Church in Seaford. She enjoyed retirement where she would help renovate and decorate her homes. Judy loved cooking, being at home and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her loving husband, Robert M. DiGennaro; a son, David Bock of Baltimore; a daughter, Christina Stylc of Coeur d Alene, Idaho; two granddaughters, Qetzal Stylc and Stacey Bock; and a sister, Suzanne DiFranks of Berlin, Md. Judy is also survived by a stepson, Luke DiGennaro of Austin, Texas; a stepdaughter, Sara DiGennaro of Tallahassee, Fla. and a step-granddaughter, Zoe DiGennaro. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Concord United Methodist Church, 25322 Church Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Judys name to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.


Erne Greta McDaniel - Erne Greta McDaniel, 83, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Lifecare at Lofland Park in Seaford. Born in Nuremburg, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Anna Dorr and Johann Satzinger. She was a secretary at J.C. Penney in Martinsville, Va., before retiring. She was a member of the Order of the Easter Star of Long Island, N.Y. and Martinsville. She is survived by her husband, Frederick W. McDaniel Jr.; her stepdaughter, Sarah Bell and her husband Wayne of Fredericksburg, Va.; and her sister, Heide Speakman and her husband Charles of Ridgeway, Va. She is also survived by three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four nieces; 10 grand-nieces and nephews and one great-grand-nephew. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford. The Rev. Barbara Wilson will officiate. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Tribute Program, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Annabelle Neal -- Annabelle Neal, 84, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Annabelle was born in Blades, the daughter of the late Albert and Virgie Neal. She worked for Frederick Ford (formerly Cannon Motors) for 62 years - since the age of 18 - retiring at age 80 due to her health. She was an avid Orioles and Ravens fan. She is survived by her nephews, James Trice (Mary Margaret), Bob Trice (Diana), Donald Trice (Lianne), Larry Passwaters (Faye), Barry Neal and Terry Neal; niece, Charlotte Holt; great-nieces, Lynn Sue Morean and Sherry Brittingham (Scott) and many other great-nephews and nieces. Annabelle was preceded in death by sisters, Sara Trice and Virginia Passwaters; brother, George Neal; nephew, Kenny Trice; niece, JoAnn Coughenour and special friend, Margaret Newcomb. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Blades Volunteer Fire Department, 200 E. 5th St., Blades, DE 19973 or Relay for Life, Western Sussex Unit, PO Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803.


Barbara Ella (Cave) Roberts -- Barbara Ella (Cave) Roberts, 79, the daughter of Alva and Myrtle Cave, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Barbara graduated from Martinsburg High School (West Virginia), class of 1953, and married Junior L. Roberts on March 3, 1957. The couple moved to Delaware in 1957 where they raised three children and lived and loved life to the fullest. Barb and Juny moved to Charleston, S.C. in 1982, and after she retired from Sears Roebuck & Co. in 1994, they enjoyed their golden years in their charming beach house in Myrtle Beach, S.C., traveling in their RV, playing golf, and spending time with family and friends. She cherished her family with a pure love that glistened through her beautiful, heartwarming nature. She is adored and loved by her children for being such a good mom and for lovingly taking care of her husband, Juny, during his final years. She is survived by her three children, Debbie (Bill), David (Shelly), and Curtis (Kristine); eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Barbara will be interred next to her beloved husband Juny, who preceded her in death in 2013, at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Millsboro.


Robert A. Kernaghan -- Robert A. Kernaghan, 55, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late John Kernaghan Sr. and Doris Kernaghan. Robert enlisted in the United States Navy when he was 16. He was proud to serve his country. He was a truck driver of heavy road construction for Allen & Meyers. Robert enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson all over the country. He also loved to travel with his wife Nicole and enjoyed the visiting the beach. Robert is survived by his wife, Nicole Kernaghan, whom he married on April 20, 2015; his brother, John Jack Kernaghan of Hartley; and his step-children, Jamin DePasquale, Brandon Tschirschnitz, and Maddie Tschirschnitz. A celebration of Roberts life was held on Sunday, Sept. 20, at American Legion Post #19, Laurel. He received full military honors. Interment was held privately.


Doris C. Fry -- Doris C. Fry, 83, of Milford, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, after a six year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Laurel and raised by her grandparents, Star and Marquis Callaway, who she referred to as Mom and Pop. She was a graduate of Laurel High School and Milford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Up until last year, due to her health, she never missed her annual high school class reunion. She was a member of Calvary Methodist Church, Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame and the Lower Delaware Bowling Hall of Fame. She was also one of the first women to ride on the ambulance with the Carlisle Fire Company. Her greatest personal achievement was being recognized for her ability on the basketball court, done all for the love of the game and in good sportsmanship. To the best of our knowledge, she still holds the record for most points (58) scored in one game for Delaware girls high school basketball. Doris had a strong opinion and was not afraid to voice her opinion. Her love of sports kept many youth on the straight and narrow. This was evident in her coaching of the Junior Bowling Leagues at Milford Lanes and at the Stevenson House where she was a nurse and enjoyed playing basketball with the residents. She could often be heard saying Suck it up and Dont make me put a knot on your head as part of her tough love. She and her husband have owned and operated Milford Bowling Lanes since 1969. They also have a family farming operation along with their sons and grandsons. She was preceded in death by her son Mike Fry, who is missed as an instrumental part of the farm. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Carlton and Helen Callaway; brother, Bobby Calloway and sisters, Thelma Parsons and Betty Grazela. She is survived by her husband, D. Ernest Fry; son, Jeff Fry and wife Karen; daughter, Judy Killen; daughter-in-law, Selena Fry; grandchildren, Erin, Jennifer, Jason and wife Morgan, Chad, and Brandy Fry, Katie and Cody Killen; great-grandsons, Trent Fry and Briar Jones; brothers, Jim, Bill, Levi and Kenneth Callaway and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the chapel of Berry Short Funeral Home, 119 NW Front St., Milford, where friends may call from 6 to 8 for a viewing on Tuesday evening, Sept. 22, or one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Interment will be in Milford Community Cemetery, Milford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to DE Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19663 or Cedarfield Ruritan Club, c/o Brooks Ritter, 21059 Cubbage Pond Rd., Lincoln, DE 19960


Aaron Keith Mowbray -- Aaron Keith Mowbray, 62, of Bridgeville, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at his residence, after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Easton, Md. on Thursday, Sept. 25, 1952, son of the late John Paul and Mary (Bradley) Mowbray. After high school graduation, Mr. Mowbray proudly served his country with the US Coast Guard and was a Vietnam veteran. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and taking the more scenic routes to his destinations. Mr. Mowbray loved traveling and spending time with family and friends. He was a past member of the Red Knights-DE, an organization composed of Fire Service personnel and their families who are dedicated to promoting motorcycle safety and fellowship. He served as an EMT with the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department which brought him great joy. In addition to his parents, Mr. Mowbray was preceded in death by his brother, Dennis Mowbray. He is survived by his loving wife, Tina of Bridgeville; a daughter, Hope Davis of Delmar, Md.; two sons, Gerald Mowbray of New Brighton, Pa. and Benjamin Mowbray of Seaford; a stepson, John Hatten III of Bridgeville; a grandson, Troy Mowbray of New Brighton; a brother, Phillip Mowbray and his wife Donna of Seaford; two sisters, Rene Powell of Salisbury, Md. and Lisa Davis of Seaford; his mother and father-in-law, Earl and Margaret Granger of Ephrata, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Robin Mowbray of New Brighton; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Stacie Baker of Willow Street, Pa. and brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Charlotte Baker of Blades; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may visit beginning at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow at 2 p.m. at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. Memorial contributions may be sent to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Please visit Mr. Mowbrays Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Edward A. Eddie Spicer -- Edward A. Eddie Spicer, 55, of Laurel, died on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Eddie was born on June 1, 1960 in Milford, the son of the late William and Hazel Spicer. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Kowalski. He was an auto mechanic, a very giving person and would do anything to help anyone. After the death of his father, he devoted his life to taking care of his mother until she passed. He is survived by his brothers, Charlie Spicer and Donald Spicer; sister, Violet Rust and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be private.


Donna Lee Gartrell Snyder -- Donna Lee Gartrell Snyder, 61, of Laurel, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Born in Baltimore, Md., Donna was preceded in death by her parents, William Gartrell and Ellen Schaub and her grandson, Paul Franklin North IV. Donna enjoyed watching her grandchildren play, gardening, and spending time with her family. Donna was a devoted mother whose life revolved around her family. Donna is survived by her husband, Ernest Snyder; her 10 children, Katina North, William J. Woods, Jennings Woods, George Adkins, David Woods, Sara Adkins, Aaron Woods, Wesley Woods, Angel Holland and Matthew Holland; three stepchildren, Tammy Snyder, Danny Snyder and Bonnie Layton, and 38 grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Polly Steele of Hartly and Laura Wisk of Felton and four brothers, Buddy Schaub, Sonny Schaub, Jimmy Schaub and Bobby Schaub. A private service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 20. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.


Melton Earl Robinson -- Melton Earl Robinson of Santa Clarita, Calif., passed away peacefully at his home early Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. He was born on Dec. 23, 1937 in Nashville, Tenn., the fourth of 10 children born to Sydney Earl and Mary Alice Robinson. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1958 and spent most of his life and career in Seaford. He was a driver/deliveryman for Covey Foods for most of his working years. He lived for a short time in North Carolina and has resided in Southern California for the last 15 years. Melton was preceded in death by his parents and three of his brothers. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Donna, and their four sons and families, Doug (Patty) of Anchorage, Alaska, Wade (Shelley) of Elkton, Md., Jared (Karen) of Thornton, Colo., and Lance (Nena) of Santa Clarita. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, David, Kimberly, Rachel, Emily, Caleb, Tanner, Bryce, Lathan, Layla, Noah, Micah and Liam and four great-grandchildren, Lucas, William, Logan, and Jacob. Melton was adored by many for his heart of gold and infectious laugh and smile. He will be sorely missed by all, especially his family. A celebration of life memorial will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, in Valencia, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas, Calif. or the Kaiser Hospice Care Fund of Panorama City, Calif. Addresses for either organization can be obtained from family and friends.


Jerry L. Tortora -- Jerry L. Tortora, 80, of Bridgeville, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Catherine and Ralph Tortora. Mr. Tortora was a retired CEO and owner of a printing supply company in Long Island, N.Y. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford and a 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Tortora is survived by his wife, Barbara A. Tortora; children, Rick Tortora and wife Rose of Wake Forest, N.C. and Catherine Schwarz and husband Richard of Wake Forest; grandchildren, Elyse Tortora, Dana Schwarz, and Christopher Schwarz; and stepsons, David Tosh of South Carolina and Timothy Tosh of Maine. Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest. A Mass of Catholic Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 520 W. Holding Ave., Wake Forest. A private entombment will be in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park, Ste. 10, Raleigh, NC 27615 or online at www.cancer.org.


Jeanette Gordy -- Jeanette Gordy, 84, of Delmar, passed away on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on July 15, 1931 in Laurel, the daughter of the late Chester and Lida Windsor. Jeanette spent 20 years working as an office administrator for the E.I. Dupont Company in Seaford. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Salisbury and proudly served in the Womens Army Corps. She loved gardening (especially roses) and cooking, which her family enjoyed very much. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Elijah F. Gordy; daughters, Barbara Gordy Dennis (William) of Salisbury, Md., Charlotte Louise Hastings (Greg) of Millsboro, and Vickie Leigh Nelson (Richard Crumbacker) of Crisfield, Md.; a son, Mark Franklin Gordy (Lisa) of Delmar; grandchildren, Rodney Sullivan (Kelly), Brent Sullivan, Jason Hastings (Shante), Aaron Dennis (Sarah), Jonathan Hastings (Jessica), Rachel Colby (Henry), Sarah Mister (Woody), Josh Nelson (Sarah), Matthew Gordy (Ashley), and Meghan Gordy; great-grandchildren, Jared, Grant, Colleen, Amanda, Camryn, Tori, Khloe, Lilly, Maya, Alex, Cason, Parker, Dallas, Dillon, Sophie, Andrew, and Daisy; sisters-in-law, Amelia Gordy and Delores Windsor; good friends, Ralph and Josephine Dorey; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandchild, Michael Gordy; and a brother, Jack Windsor. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. Interment will follow the service at Line Cemetery in Whitesville. In memory of Mrs. Gordy, contributions may be sent to the Alzheimers Association, 108 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home, Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Robert Brown Kinder Henry -- The first time I can remember hearing Bob speak was in the 4th grade, when he was so excited about the clarinet his Grandfather Kinder had given him for Christmas, said childhood sweetheart Eleanor Records. He went on and on about his grandfather and about his new horn. Bob Henry was passionate about music and sports. He joined the Laurel High School Band while only in the 7th grade, played in the orchestra, sang in the choir, and even started his own orchestra to play at high school dances. He also excelled on the football, baseball, and basketball teams. He was so busy with sports, said Eleanor, that about the only time he spoke to me was to ask if he could walk me home from choir practice. He got my attention when he took it upon himself to go to my grandmothers work, and asked her right there in the middle of the factory if he could take me bowling. I thought he was very brave. Coach Schollenberger said that when Bob made up his mind to do something, nothing deterred him. Bobs determination saw him through naval service and a degree from the University of Maryland, during which time he and Eleanor married and began their family. He worked hard and rose through the ranks, eventually serving as vice president at two of the fastest growing companies in American history. But he always made time to coach his childrens Little League teams and take them to Broadway shows, orchestra performances, and Beatles concerts. Bob and Eleanor followed opportunity in 1966, taking their three teenage boys and infant daughter to Southern California, and living 38 of their 40 years there in Claremont, a town with a rich religious and academic culture. Still, they returned to Laurel every summer to stay close to their parents and roots. Bob was active all his life in the Methodist church, and in 2006 he and Eleanor retired to the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. Though Bob had been the star of his high school football, basketball, and baseball teams, none of his children can remember him ever talking about it. Instead, he encouraged them to find their passions. I dont think Dad had an enemy in this world, said son Todd. He always had a hearty greeting and kind words for everyone. Daughter Susan added, Ive never in my life heard my father raise his voice. He was the kindest man Ive ever known. Robert Brown Kinder Henry, 88, died at home on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2015. The last word Eleanor heard him speak was her name. He is survived by the only woman he ever loved, and the children and grandchildren he adored: Eleanor; Kirk, Todd, and Susan; and Andrew and Christopher. He was preceded in death by his eldest son Robert Derrick Henry, who avidly shared his twin passions of music and sports. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Joseph G. Burris will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Ruth Ann (Vincent) Messick - Ruth Ann Messick, 84, of Farmington, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, at Milford Memorial Hospital following recent surgery. Mrs. Messick was born on Feb. 14, 1931, the daughter of the late Hugh and Ruth Vincent. She graduated from Greenwood High School, class of 1949 and served on the Greenwood Alumni Association executive board for many years. Ruth Ann worked 20 years at the Peoples Bank of Harrington. Later, she served as a bookkeeper for Thomas E. Moore, potato broker and then Edgewater Farms, owned by the Bergold family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Robert E. Messick. Mrs. Messick was a lifelong member of the Farmington Church of the Brethren, where she served as a board member and church treasurer for 40 years. She loved her hometown of Farmington, keeping annual scrapbooks and pictures of local events. She served the Farmington Ladies Auxiliary as president and charter member. Ruth Ann and her husband, Bobby, organized the Peach Blossom 4-H club in 1963, focusing on youth citizenship and community service. Their club, over 40 years, produced nearly 1,500 Delaware 4-H alumni, winning numerous national and state awards. Mrs. Messick received many awards for her community volunteer work. In 2002, she was chosen as a Jefferson Volunteer State winner and received the Governors Award for Outstanding Volunteer Work in 1999. In 2009, she received the Joy Sparks Spirit of 4-H award for Kent County. Ruth Ann and Bobby were inducted into the Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame in 2014, while Ruth Ann has been selected into the National 4-H Hall of Fame, class of 2015. Mrs. Messick had a love for politics and enjoyed many friendships with local, regional and national politicians. Her home was always a welcome stop for candidates when campaigning in the First State. She served as Kent County Democratic chairwoman and was honored to receive the 30th District Democratic Honor Award in 2010. Bobby and Ruth Ann loved visiting with many friends, especially at Arbys in Harrington, Hardees on Wednesday mornings and Wilsons Sale every Saturday night in Lincoln. She is survived by three daughters, Rebecca (Daniel) Vanderwende, Rita (Donnie) Lofland and Rochelle (Townsend) Yerkes and eight grandchildren, Breck (Pam) Vanderwende, Danna (Shane) Carter, Christy (Scott) Wright, Amber (John) Campbell, Derek Lofland (Karen), Devon (Eric) Crescenze, Tyler (Stephanie) Yerkes and Lauren Yerkes. She also loved her five great-grandchildren, Alanna Vanderwende, Maci Carter, Brielle Carter, Aydan Vanderwende and Chance Wright and two step-great-grandchildren, Aynasti Bowden and John Campbell Jr. Friends may call Monday evening, Sept. 14 from 6-9 at the Farmington Fire Hall. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at the fire hall. Interment will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. A special thank you to her loving caregivers, Jeanette, Ida, Faye, Rachel and LaTisha and the Milford Memorial ICU team. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Delaware 4-H Foundation, Messick Endowment, 113 Townsend Hall, Newark, DE 19716 or Bethany Church of the Brethren, 91 School St., Farmington, DE 19950. Condolences may be sent to the family at Messick Family, 20997 S. DuPont Hwy., Greenwood, DE 19950. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Brenda A. Johnson -- Brenda A. Johnson, 77, of Delmar, Md. and formerly of Reading, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md. She was born on April 10, 1938 in New York, a daughter of the late Walter and Leona Johnson. Brendas light was her family. She especially took great joy in witnessing her grandchildren grow and flourish. She relished in spending time with her family and the sparkle in her eyes resulted in brilliance for those around her. Brendas unconditional love and acceptance was evident in her connection to the ones she loved to the moon and back and all the stars in between. We will be looking for those dragonflies! Brendas love of travel took her on many amazing adventures. She was an avid reader and involved in book clubs as well as being a member of The Friends of the Delmar Public Library. Her love of the arts afforded her opportunities to volunteer at the Art Institute and Gallery in Salisbury and Berks Jazzfest in Reading. Brenda was spirited, sassy, and fun and will be missed by those whose lives she touched. She is survived by two daughters, Cori Lin Meek and her partner Kim Johnson of Delmar and Carin Anne Stunz and her husband Samuel of Lower Alsace, Pa.; grandchildren, Courtney, Samantha and Alexander; a sister, Linda Clark of New York City; nieces, Jennifer and Amanda; a nephew, Timothy; and seven great-nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 at Lutz Funeral Home, 2100 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 7:30. In memory of Brenda, contributions may be sent to the Delmar Public Library, 101 N. Bi-State Blvd., Delmar, DE 19940 or the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.


Wallace Arland Griffith -- Wallace Arland Griffith, 88, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, after an extended illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Nov. 11, 1926, son of the late Lewis Wallace Griffith and Hilda Williams Griffith. He was a lifelong resident of Seaford. Wally, as he was known by many, served honorably in the U.S. Navy and retired from E. I. DuPont in Seaford after 43 years of service. He was a member of Jerusalem United Methodist Church in Parsonsburg, Md., for 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Stella P. Griffith; sisters, June Drummond of Seaford and Patsy King of Panama City, Fla.; sons, David Harpool (Debi) of Delmar, Md., Pat Harpool of Ford City, Pa. and Rick Harpool (Cindy) of Hilliard, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Maxine Patterson of Havre de Grace, Md. and Gayle Gillespie of Snow Hill, Md.; a special cousin, Ruth Wainwright of Seaford; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Wally was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Harpool and daughter-in-law, Donna Harpool Bratten. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call one hour before the service. The Rev. Jim Doran will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Jerusalem United Methodist Church, 7131 Forest Grove Rd., PO Box 114, Parsonsburg, MD 21849.


Richard C. Eudy -- Richard C. Eudy, 77, of Laurel, passed away unexpectedly at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Born in Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Carson Eudy and Reba and Edwin Pittard. Richard retired from BAI as a mechanical engineer. Prior to retiring from BAI, he worked for K & L Microwave, now known as Lorch Microwave. He was a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel. Richard enjoyed the outdoors, woodworking, camping, fishing and his vegetable garden. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family, especially watching his girls grow up and spending lots of time watching them participate in extracurricular activities. He also enjoyed the time he spent with his little buddy, his grandson Brayden. Richard is survived by his wife of 38 years, Susan Culver Eudy of Laurel; his daughters, Angie Eudy Lord of Dover, Meghan Eudy and fianc← Anthony Zarrello and Erin Eudy, all of Laurel; a sister, Donna Eudy of Pennsylvania; and his grandchildren, Brayden Zarrello and Alex Lord. He also leaves behind a faithful pet, his beagle Snoopy. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, at St. Philips Episcopal Church, Laurel, where a visitation will be held 30 minutes before the service. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Charles Nixon Jackson -- Charles Nixon Jackson, 81, passed away on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in Seaford. In Delaware and his native North Carolina, agriculture was central to his life. He was born in Salemburg, N.C., the son of Delphia Blanche Hall Jackson and Charles Newland Jackson. Known as Snookie, he was raised at Halls Store by his mother; her sister, Hesba Lee Hall; and his grandmother, Molcy Lee Honeycutt Hall. Snookie graduated from Clement High School and North Carolina State University, where he studied agricultural education. After serving in the U.S. Army in Korea, he returned to the United States and, at a dance in Dunn, N.C., met Carolyn Gardner, who would become his wife of 53 years. The couple settled at Middleford on the Nanticoke River near Seaford and raised two sons, Gardner Hall Jackson of New York City and Douglas Charles Jackson of Roanoke, Va. In Sussex County, everyone knew him as Charlie. He worked for H. P. Cannon and Son, Inc., in Bridgeville, where he helped develop the Pimento Belle pepper in 1967. Later, as vice president of Draper Canning Company in Milton, he managed field and beef cattle operations. He served on the board of Southern States Milford Cooperative and was appointed to numerous state agricultural committees, including Governor Petersons Pesticide Advisory Committee. Charlie retained strong ties to his North Carolina community throughout his life and continued to partner in the operation of his own Sampson County farm until the time of his death. He was a Scottish Rite Master Mason from Hiram Lodge Number 21 and a member of Shriners International. In addition to his wife and two sons, he is survived by his daughter-in-law, Morag Sutherland and two grandsons, Alexander Gardner Jackson and Angus Sutherland Jackson of New York City; and a half brother, William Patrick Billy Pat Jackson of Fayetteville, N.C. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Sampson County, N.C. Condolences and memories may be shared at the memorial website, www.CharlesJackson.info. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Nanticoke Health Services Foundation, 121 S. Front St., Seaford, DE 19973 or online at www.nanticoke.org.


Walter Thomas -- Walter Thomas, 85, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Mr. Thomas was born in Elliott Island, Md., on May 6, 1930, son of Melvin Wheatley Thomas and Pearl Damlin Thomas. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Navy and a member of Ducks Unlimited. He retired from the City of Seaford and also owned Walts Pest Control. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne (Henry) Thomas; four sisters, Annie Dayton, Hazel Thomas, Ruthie Thomas and Irene Waller and four brothers, Melvin Buddy Thomas, William Billy Thomas, Bernard Thomas and Fulton Thomas. He is survived by one brother, Edward Thomas (Fred) of Cambridge, Md.; his caretaker for the last six years, Maxine Young and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the National Cancer Society. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Charles Woodland Jake James -- Charles Woodland Jake James, 76, of Smithfield, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at Kitty Askins Hospice House in Goldsboro, N.C., of cancer. Born in Blades, he was the son of the late William Griffith and Lena Wilson James. Charlie was also preceded in death by sisters, Jessie James, Waneda James and Peggie Daughtry and his brother, Bill. Charlie worked for 40 years in retail stores starting with Woolworth stores in Delaware. He worked his way up to district manager in Woolco, TG&Y and Dollar General stores on the east coast from Delaware to Georgia. In Smithfield, he was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed active membership in the Amen Coffee Corner Club at McDonalds. He is survived by his wife, Jo Kimball James; daughters, Judy Haynes and husband Joe of Easley, S.C. and Susan Von Hollen and husband Jimmy of Greenville, S.C.; son, Coulter James and wife Lynn of Owasso, Okla.; sister-in-law, Betty James of Laurel; and grandchildren, Coulter and Whitney James, Jena and Coulter LaBoone and Alex Von Hollen. A celebration of life service was held on Saturday, Sept. 5, at First Presbyterian Church, Smithfield. Interment followed at Riverside Extension Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to First Presbyterian Church, RE: Building Fund, PO Box 1159, Smithfield, NC 27577. Online condolences may be sent to the family at parrishfh.com.


John Handy Stanley (affectionately known as Daddy John) of Bridgeville, DE was born February 17, 1927 in Sharptown, Md. He departed this life peacefully Sunday September 6, 2015 surrounded by his family and friends. At 18, he joined the US. Navy and received an honorable discharge. After service he worked for the Dupont Corporation for 32 years and 10 months. John was a member and Deacon of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Bridgeville, De. and was also a member of the American Legion post 269 in Sharptown, Md. He was preceded in death by his parents Coweal H. and Ida B. Stanley and one brother Edward Stanley. He leaves to cherish his wife of 29 years, Helen of Bridgeville, De; one daughter Ida Lee Fleming of Salisbury Md; five grand children, Charles Stanley (Jameelah) of Sharptown, MD, Sherise Mobley (Rudy) of Atlanta, Georgia, Eugene Stanley of Sharptown, MD, Marlo Flemming and Shawna Fleming of Owings Mills, MD; six great grand children. From the union of John and Helen he became a father to Jose Rodriguez of Bridgeville, Corinthia Turner (Lawrence) of Seaford, Tim Banks (Chantel) of Bridgeville, David Banks (Charlotte) of Charleston, South Carolina, and Cynthia Banks of Milford, 21 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grands. He was a Brother-n-law to Willie Lee Horton of Bridgeville, Freddie Lee Horton, John D. Horton, Sylvia Rodriquez, Corine Wanda Parker of Seaford, Easter Davis (John) of Greenwood and Jimmy Horton of Oakland California. In addition, he leaves to mourn his departure a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and many friends. A viewing will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 5 to 7 pm at Zion UMC in San Domingo, MD. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 3 pm at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 108 First Street, Bridgeville, DE 19933, with the viewing from 2 to 3 pm. Interment will be held at Milford Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, feel free to make donations to the Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


John Handy Stanley (affectionately known as Daddy John) of Bridgeville, DE was born February 17, 1927 in Sharptown, Md. He departed this life peacefully Sunday September 6, 2015 surrounded by his family and friends. At 18, he joined the US. Navy and received an honorable discharge. After service he worked for the Dupont Corporation for 32 years and 10 months. John was a member and Deacon of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Bridgeville, De. and was also a member of the American Legion post 269 in Sharptown, Md. He was preceded in death by his parents Coweal H. and Ida B. Stanley and one brother Edward Stanley. He leaves to cherish his wife of 29 years, Helen of Bridgeville, De; one daughter Ida Lee Fleming of Salisbury Md; five grand children, Charles Stanley (Jameelah) of Sharptown, MD, Sherise Mobley (Rudy) of Atlanta, Georgia, Eugene Stanley of Sharptown, MD, Marlo Flemming and Shawna Fleming of Owings Mills, MD; six great grand children. From the union of John and Helen he became a father to Jose Rodriguez of Bridgeville, Corinthia Turner (Lawrence) of Seaford, Tim Banks (Chantel) of Bridgeville, David Banks (Charlotte) of Charleston, South Carolina, and Cynthia Banks of Milford, 21 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grands. He was a Brother-n-law to Willie Lee Horton of Bridgeville, Freddie Lee Horton, John D. Horton, Sylvia Rodriquez, Corine Wanda Parker of Seaford, Easter Davis (John) of Greenwood and Jimmy Horton of Oakland California. In addition, he leaves to mourn his departure a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and many friends. A viewing will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 5 to 7 pm at Zion UMC in San Domingo, MD. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 3 pm at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 108 First Street, Bridgeville, DE 19933, with the viewing from 2 to 3 pm. Interment will be held at Milford Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, feel free to make donations to the Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


John Handy Stanley (affectionately known as Daddy John) of Bridgeville, DE was born February 17, 1927 in Sharptown, Md. He departed this life peacefully Sunday September 6, 2015 surrounded by his family and friends. At 18, he joined the US. Navy and received an honorable discharge. After service he worked for the Dupont Corporation for 32 years and 10 months. John was a member and Deacon of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Bridgeville, De. and was also a member of the American Legion post 269 in Sharptown, Md. He was preceded in death by his parents Coweal H. and Ida B. Stanley and one brother Edward Stanley. He leaves to cherish his wife of 29 years, Helen of Bridgeville, De; one daughter Ida Lee Fleming of Salisbury Md; five grand children, Charles Stanley (Jameelah) of Sharptown, MD, Sherise Mobley (Rudy) of Atlanta, Georgia, Eugene Stanley of Sharptown, MD, Marlo Flemming and Shawna Fleming of Owings Mills, MD; six great grand children. From the union of John and Helen he became a father to Jose Rodriguez of Bridgeville, Corinthia Turner (Lawrence) of Seaford, Tim Banks (Chantel) of Bridgeville, David Banks (Charlotte) of Charleston, South Carolina, and Cynthia Banks of Milford, 21 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grands. He was a Brother-n-law to Willie Lee Horton of Bridgeville, Freddie Lee Horton, John D. Horton, Sylvia Rodriquez, Corine Wanda Parker of Seaford, Easter Davis (John) of Greenwood and Jimmy Horton of Oakland California. In addition, he leaves to mourn his departure a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and many friends. A viewing will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 5 to 7 pm at Zion UMC in San Domingo, MD. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 3 pm at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 108 First Street, Bridgeville, DE 19933, with the viewing from 2 to 3 pm. Interment will be held at Milford Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, feel free to make donations to the Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Harold F. Ike Isaacs -- Harold F. Ike Isaacs, 88, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Ike retired from the DuPont Co. in Seaford after 39 years of service. He also worked for DuPont in Iran when they had operations there. He was a Navy veteran of WWII, a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church and a former member of the Kiwanis Club in Seaford. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley Hartman Isaacs; son, Bruce Isaacs (Laura); daughters, Susan Isaacs (fianc←, Tom Makowski) and Patricia Grimes (Michael); four grandchildren, Tom Isaacs, Daniel Isaacs, William Grimes and Elly Grimes and a brother, the Rev. Everett Isaacs. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Thursday evening, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8. Burial will precede the memorial service at 10 a.m. on Friday, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to your favorite charity.


Cathy Beth Hastings -- Cathy Beth Hastings, 51, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of the late Toby Foskey and her mother Jane Foskey of Laurel. Cathy Beth was a graduate of Laurel High School. During her high school years she was a talented field hockey, softball, and basketball player. She was all state, all conference and team captain in both field hockey and softball. Cathy was offered a full scholarship to college to play field hockey, but she chose to be a mom - her true calling. She was a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel. She was an LPN, a bank teller, and had worked for ONeals Antiques. She also co-owned and managed RJ Riverside Restaurant in Laurel. Her most important and favorite place to work was at her familys butcher shop -Hastings Butcher Shop - where she enjoyed helping customers every day. Her hobbies included cooking, baking, horseback riding, fishing with her dad, and collecting antiques. She loved being on the farm with her husband and daughters, and was a very devoted farm wife. She is survived by her loving husband, Brad Hastings of Laurel; her daughters, Amanda Payne and her boyfriend David Hastings and Jessica Payne of Laurel; her sister, Jennifer Schweitzer and her husband Alan of Laurel; her granddaughter, Aubree Hastings and her best friend Holly Mitchell-Spahn of Oregon; and her niece, Beth Tyler, husband Chris and their son Toby. She is also survived by her mother and father-in-law, Esther and Clarke Hastings and brother-in-law, Jay Hastings and his girlfriend Nikki Lowe. Last but not least, she is survived by her basset hound Reba who was like a child to her and Brad. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel, where visitation will be held from 1 to 2. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus will officiate. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Ellis M. Potter Jr. -- Ellis M. Potter Jr., 80, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Mr. Potter retired from the DuPont company in Seaford in 1991 after 38 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jeanne Horne Potter; three children, Terry Potter, Vicki Taylor (Byron), and Lori Moore (Danny); five grandchildren, Tara Potter, Christa Carpenter (Mike), Tyler Potter, Brad Taylor (Ashley) and Russell Moore and a brother, Les Potter. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 87, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Patricia A. Anthony-- Patricia A. Anthony, 63, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at home. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of the late John F. Taylor Sr. and Marian V. Taylor. She was a former bus driver in Laurel. She is survived by her loving husband, Wayne Anthony of Laurel; four children, Teresa Anthony (David) of Laurel, Christina Ryan (Mark) of Laurel, Ashley Saunders (Jessie) of Delmar and Kathy Mize of Delmar; two brothers, John Taylor Jr. (Pat) of Warrington, Pa. and Gary Taylor (Jackie) of Seaford; sister, Susan Wise (Edward) of Laurel; grandchildren, Brooke and Mikey Ward Jr. of Delmar, Chelsea Robison of Houston, Amanda Ryan of Laurel and Ellen Stevens of Laurel and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Michele Robison. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6, at Bennie Smith Funeral Home in Seaford with a viewing from noon to 2. Interment will be at Little Hill.


Louise Riddle Hanson -- Louise Riddle Hanson, 97, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at the Methodist Manor House where she resided for the past 10 years. Born in Punxsutawny, Pa., on June 9, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Don and Mae Means. She graduated from Vandergrift High School and completed her nursing education at Phillipsburg State Hospital, Phillipsburg, Pa. After completing her nursing training, she married William J. Riddle in 1941. She moved to Seaford in 1947 and in 1953, joined the staff of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She held various positions in nursing management including director of nursing. After 27 years of service, she retired in 1983. She delivered hundreds of children in the maternity department as an OB nurse and was most proud of creating the Pastoral Care program at the hospital. She was active in the Nanticoke Senior Center and past president of Soroptimist International of Seaford. She was a member of Wesley Methodist Church and Nanticoke Hospital Auxiliary, and volunteered at the Blood Bank of Delaware. Her husband of 33 years, William J. Riddle passed away in 1974 and her second husband, Ralph Hanson passed away in 2003. She is survived by daughters, Kathleen Jones and husband Vincent and Geraldine Wiberg; son, William Jack Riddle and wife Susan; stepson, Kevin Hanson and wife Betty; grandchildren, Eric Frey and wife Nancy, Gregory Frey and wife Rachael, Kirsten Bishop and husband Phillip, Stefanie and Laura Riddle and Corey and Christopher Hanson and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 4, at Cross Road Community Church, 20684 State Forest Rd., Georgetown. The funeral service will follow at the church from noon to 1 p.m. and then lunch. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her favorite charity, Nanticoke Health Services, 801 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at the Methodist Manor House and Vitas Hospice for easing the transition. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Sylvia Billings Sisk- Sylvia Billings Sisk, age 88, of Laurel, passed away at Seaford Genesis on Aug. 27. Born on November 12, 1927, she is the daughter of the late Arthur and Etta Billings. Sylvia was a retired seamstress. She worked for garment factories in Laurel and Delmar. She was an avid sewer, quilter, and loved to crochet. She was also know for having a beautiful yard full of lovely flowers. Sylvia was a wonderful cook, and her family will miss the delicious dinners she would prepare for them. She was a member of Abundant Life Church in Georgetown. She is survived by her husband Dewey Sisk; her son, Carlos Quinley Whitt of Laurel, her daughter in law, Tammy Lemon-Sisk of Laurel, her grandchildren; Hilary Sisk-Wright, Shan Sisk, and Tracy Whitt-Passwaters. She is also survived by her great grandchildren Jenna Espelab, Chelsey Espelab, Katie Espelab, Maci Passwaters, Rex Wright, Reid Wright, MaKenzie Sisk, and Aubree Peterman. In addition to her parents, Sylvia is preceded in death by her son Timothy Sisk. She is also preceded by her siblings; Carlos Billings, Jr. Billings, Roby Billings, Melvin Ray, Ethel Bishop, Thelma Farr, Willie Brumfield and Joyce Bishop. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home 700 West Street Laurel, Delaware 19956. A visitation will be held from 5-6pm at the funeral home. Pastor John Betts will officiate. Interment will be held privately. Contributions may be made in Sylvias memory to the Abundant Life Church, P.O. Box 115, Georgetown, Delaware 19947.


Anna Louise B. Hall -- Anna Louise B. Hall, 92, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Christiana Care Seasons Hospice facility. Born on Sept. 11, 1922, near Delmar, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Margie Parsons Bourgignon. Anna graduated from Delmar High School in 1940 and was the salutatorian of her class. Seven years later, on Oct. 22, 1947, she married her loving husband Ira E. Hall Jr. In her earlier years, she worked for E. I. DuPont for 13 years. She was also an aide at the Laurel High School Library and a bookkeeper for Ford Warrington Lumber Company and Paul Barron Trucking Company. She was a charter member of the Delmar Alumni Association, a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #19, a member of the Laurel Senior Center, and a member of AARP. She is survived by her sister, Eva Jane Edgell and her husband Robert of Federalsburg, Md.; a nephew, Dana Edgell and his wife Lisa of Federalsburg; a great-nephew, Ryan Edgell; a great-niece, Casey OBier and her husband Michael; and cousins, Kathryn Reilly and Howard Records and his wife Imogene. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, at Laurel Hill Cemetery, 9th St., Laurel. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Contributions may be made in Annas honor to the Delmar Alumni Association, PO Box 184, Delmar, DE 19940 or the Laurel Senior Center, 113 N. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Janice Ellen Moseley -- Janice Ellen Moseley, 73, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Lewes, she was the daughter of the late Margaret Dallas and William F. Ritter. She was a receptionist at Methodist Manor House before retiring. She was a member of Seaford Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her husband, James V. Moseley; three brothers, Irvin Ritter of Milford, Franklin Ritter of Lewes, and Howard Ritter of Harbeson; five sisters, Marie Savin of Milford, Ethel Lee of Harbeson, June Simpson of Harbeson, Joanne Burton of Lewes and Patricia Rust of Seaford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Burt Ritter and her sister, Mary Low Steele.


Erne Greta McDaniel - Enre Greta McDaniel, 83, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Lifecare of Lofland Park in Seaford. Born in Nuremburg, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Anna Dorr and Johann Satzinger. She was a secretary at J.C. Penney in Martinsville, Va., before retiring. She was a member of the Order of the Easter Star of Long Island, N.Y. and Martinsville, Va. She is survived by her husband, Frederick W. McDaniel Jr.; her stepdaughter, Sarah Bell of Fredericksburg; her sister, Heide Speackman and her husband Charles of Virginia; four nieces and 10 grand-nieces and nephews.


Virginia C. Mike Barton, 89, of Laurel passed away on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 at Sarah, Margaret and Mollies assisted living in Salisbury. Virginia was born in Wilmington, a daughter of the late George and Sallie Campbell. Virginia retired from the State Register, as a newspaper editor in Seaford. She was a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel. She is survived by her, three children, Bonnie Barton Shaw and her husband Jim, Philip C. Barton and his wife Julie, and John E. Barton, four grandchildren, and two great grandsons. A brother Raymond B. Campbell of Newark, DE. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Charles C. Barton of 67 years, whom passed in 2014. A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, Aug. 23. Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home


Adrian E. Mead -- Adrian E. Mead, 92, of Millsboro, died on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at home. He was born in Federalsburg, Md., to the late Henry A. and Ellen Bryant Mead. Adrian served during WWII in Europe as a chaplains assistant with the 9th US Army Air Force, 30th service group, which provided tactical air support for General Patton. He attended Goldie Beacom College and the University of Pennsylvania, studying accounting and finance. He retired from the J.A. Montgomery, Inc. Insurance Agency of Wilmington as vice president, managing the Seaford office. He played golf, enjoyed running and participated in many local races. He was a Phillies and Eagles fan. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, had been very active in the Seaford Kiwanis Club, and was a member of the American Legion. He looked forward to the annual Army reunions. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ellen Mead; a sister, Lois Hudson; a brother, Alfred (Buddy) Mead; and a son, Ronald Meade. Adrian is survived by his wife, Alice M. Mead; a son, Robert Meade and his wife Kay of Milford; a stepson, Joseph B. Cloud of Smyrna; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Meade of Newark; a sister-in-law, Rose Mead of Federalsburg, Md.; and his grandchildren, Shannon Meade, Jonathan Meade, Amanda Meade, and Andrew Meade. He is also survived by his cousins, Bryant Richardson, Drew Richardson, and June Truitt; a nephew, Ed Stoffle; and nieces, Denise Nagel and Catherine Seippel. A funeral service and celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Grace United Methodist Church, where friends may call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for viewing and visitation. Pastor Ed Kuhling will officiate and interment will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro with military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Grace United Methodist Church, PO Box 566, Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.


Irene Johnson Parks Hastings -- Irene Johnson Parks Hastings, 95, of Laurel, formerly of Pocomoke City, Md. and Parksley, Va., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at Hope Mills Retirement Center in Hope Mills, N.C. Born in Pocomoke City on Aug. 6, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Janie E. Johnson Watson and the late William Frank Johnson. She was a graduate of Pocomoke High School, class of 1937, Beacom Business College in Wilmington, and U.S.D.A. School of Accounting. She held executive positions at A & N Electric Coop in Parksley and Bank of Hallwood in Hallwood, Va., having lived in Parksley for 28 years. Her first husband, the late Oliver F. Parks Jr. passed away in 1992. Her life was centered around her family. Making her home in Laurel since 1978, she was an associate member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel and a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Parksley. At Centenary Church she was a member of U.M.W. and of MarthaRuth Circle. She was a former treasurer and longtime member of Laurel New Century Club, financial secretary of Martha Rebekah Lodge #21, a member of AARP #1084 of Seaford, a member and treasurer for Laurel Chapter #18 O.E.S., and a member of Seaford Chapter #7 O.E.S. She was also a member of Nanticoke Hospital Auxiliary, a former member of the board of directors at Laurel Senior Center and a member of Laurel and Bethel historical societies. She is survived by a son, Dallas F. Parks and his wife Susan of Raeford, N.C.; a daughter, Diane Parks Kellam and her husband Nicky W. of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two grandsons, Neil W. Kellam and his wife Jennifer of Chattanooga, and Trevor D. Parks and his wife Pennie of Austintown, Ohio; one granddaughter, Kelly Kellam Harris and her husband Clint of Mayfield, Ky.; three great-grandsons, Holden Ross Harris, Lincoln Cole Harris, and Kaleb Wayne Kellam; one great-granddaughter, Kayle Renee Kellam; one niece, Betty Lou Outten of Pocomoke City; and one nephew, Wayne Wilkerson of Pocomoke City. She was preceded in death by her husband, G. Lee Hastings; two sisters, Eunice J. Wilkerson and Margaret J. Brittingham; a brother, Carlton L. Johnson; and a niece, Patricia W. Crouch. A private graveside service for the family will be held at Parksley Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Seaford Chapter #7 Order of Eastern Star, c/o Vickie J. Nicklas, 25118 Oak Rd., Seaford, DE 19973-8629. Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are in the care of Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.


George William Bill Davis -- George William Bill Davis, 68, of Delmar, died on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, after a long, courageous battle with several illnesses. He was a true fighter who never wanted to give up. He was born on Dec. 2, 1946 in Salisbury, a son of the late George William Davis and Evelyn Morris Davis. Bill spent his whole life in Delmar and was extremely proud of his Delmar heritage. He graduated from Delmar High with the class of 1966, where he was a member of the 1965 Henlopen Conference Championship football team. He worked for the DuPont Co. in Seaford and retired after 31 years of service. He was an honorary member of the Delmar Fire Department where he earned his nickname, Buckets. He was an avid race fan and, for many years, enjoyed the Delmar races. He also followed NASCAR and always rooted for anyone driving a Ford. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle. Bill was a regular at the Railroad Caf← and a member of the roundtable group. He was also a longtime member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Delmar. Bill is remembered as a great friend to many who always had a knack for making others smile and a proud grandfather whose grandson was the light of his life. He is survived by his wife of over 21 years, Sandy (Nichols) Davis; a son, Richard Davis of Durham, N.C.; a daughter, Faith Higbee and husband Billy of Delmar; a grandson, Jeffrey Melvin of Delmar; a brother, Bobby Davis of Florida; and a sister, Barbara Snyder and husband Dale of Delmar. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sons, Jeffrey William Davis, Daniel William Davis and Jody Reid. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 1-2 p.m. The Rev. Phyllis Walton will officiate. Contributions may be made in his memory to St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940.


Thelma E. Downes -- Thelma E. Downes, 89, formerly of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. She passed away at NHC at Garden City in Murrells Inlet, S.C., surrounded by her loving family. Thelma was born in Hockessin, a daughter of the late Chick and Violet Edler. She retired as a school teacher for the Laurel School District with over 33 years of service. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. Thelma greatly enjoyed keeping a wonderful garden filled with beautiful flowers. Thelma is survived by her son, John L. Downes and wife Debbie of Murrells Inlet; grandchildren, Jeffrey Downes and Kate Downes; and a great-granddaughter, Madison Elizabeth Downes, born 13 hours after her death on Aug. 20. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Downes. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Joseph G. Burris will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Donations may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956 or Laurel Alumni Association, PO Box 382, Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Louise Hastings Pittard -- Louise Hastings Pittard, 91, of Georgetown, peacefully went to her heavenly home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Born in Easton, Md. on Jan. 25, 1924 to Harry E. and Myra Lankford Hastings, Louise was raised near Reliance and attended Oak Grove School, later graduating from Seaford High School. After high school, Louise was employed at the DuPont nylon plant as an office worker where she met her husband George, whom she married in November 1945. When their three daughters were young, she volunteered her time as a Brownie Scout leader and Bible school teacher and also wrote the social column for The Sussex Countian. She returned to the workforce when her girls were older, joining the State of Delawares Division of Libraries in 1961. She thoroughly enjoyed and made many friends on her Sussex County Bookmobile route in the 1960s and 1970s. Later she worked for the Books-by-Mail program in Dover until her retirement in 1990. Throughout her life, Louise traveled extensively within the U.S., but her trip of a lifetime was to the United Kingdom with her daughter Elaine where she saw the Queen of England. An avid reader, even after being slowed by a stroke, she insisted on checking out more than 10 books at a time from the local library. Louise filled her retired years with much activity - learning new things, serving as a Clinton delegate at the 1992 Democratic National Convention, attending theater productions and working at the election polls. She especially enjoyed her time in the Red Hat Society, but, more than anything, she delighted in being with her beloved grandchildren. Louise was an active member and elder of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church until her health decline, serving also as a trustee and Bible study leader of the Tabitha Circle. In later years she looked forward to her monthly events with the special GPC ladies of the lunch bunch game-playing group. In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by her husband, George D. Pittard Jr. in 1993, as well as brothers, Howard, Harry E., and J. Webster Hastings, all of Seaford. She is survived by her children, Linda P. Carter of Millsboro, Elaine P. Betts of Dover, and Debra P. and Daniel Bryan of Georgetown; grandchildren, Erin C. Bryan Sutliff (Brian) of Lakeland, Fla., Chad D. Betts (Colleen) of Milton, and Tyler J. Bryan of Georgetown; great-grandson, Cohen C. Betts; sister, Evelyn H. James of Seaford; and several nephews and nieces. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23, at Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, with a viewing from 1 to 2. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 203 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947 or Georgetown Public Library, 123 W. Pine St., Georgetown, DE 19947.


Charles E. Butler -- Charles E. Butler, 81, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Charles was born and raised in Seaford, the son of the late Harry and Julia Butler. After high school Charles joined the Delaware National Guard, went to OCS and returned as a lieutenant. He worked in the Butler Sewing Store with his parents, Harry and Julia Butler, his brother, Dallas and later his brother, Ed. He later went to work at Maryland Plastics in Federalsburg, Md., until his retirement. He was active at St. Johns United Methodist Church, where he served as the chairman of the pastor/parish council. He was a past president of the Seaford Kiwanis Club and he also served on the Seaford City Council. Charles was preceded in death by a son, Michael A. Butler; a brother, Dallas Butler and a sister, Ethel Dennis. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Jarvis Butler; a son, Woody Butler; a daughter-in-law, Carol Butler (Michaels wife); grandchildren, Paige Butler and Chip Butler; brothers, Ed Butler (Shirley) and Eugene Butler (Mildred) and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. 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.


Gloria Jean Bosses Slater -- Gloria Jean Bosses Slater, 82, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, of complications from pneumonia. Gloria was born on April 9, 1933 to Hungarian immigrants. The third of four children, she was raised in Stamford, Conn. After graduating high school, Gloria served in the Womens Army Corp. She worked as a secretary for most of her career and retired from Pillsbury in Federalsburg, Md. After retirement, Gloria was the parish secretary for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford where she was a pastoral care minister and eucharistic minister. She was also a volunteer at the Methodist Manor House thrift shop. Gloria loved birds and kept many feeders in her yard. She also loved to crochet gifts for friends and family and prayer shawls for the sick at Our Lady of Lourdes. She loved to travel, going to Hawaii several times, Europe, Alaska, Caribbean cruises and road trips around the United States. She also loved to read, cook and bake. Her husband of 34 years, G. Barry Slater died in 2013. Gloria is survived by her three children, Karen Manso, Mark VanDuser and Dulana Smith; her step-children, George GR Slater and Robin L. Schroeder; grandchildren, Michael Manso, Anthony Manso, Wesley VanDuser, Tyler VanDuser, David Harley Smith, Sarah Herrman, Rheanna Schroeder, Jamilyn Schroeder and George R. Schroeder; one great-grandchild, Parker B. Manso and her beloved sister, Julia Bosses Kaye. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Friday evening, Aug. 21, from 6 to 8. 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 Savethemanatee.org.


Albert Dean Monson -- Albert Dean Monson, 77, of Bridgeville, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was born on Oct. 14, 1937 in Baltimore, Md., the son of the late Albert Joseph Monson and Hazel Margaret Dean Monson. On Jan. 14, 1961, he married Della Virginia Twigg. He lived in Pasadena, Md., for 40 years before retiring to Delaware. Mr. Monson was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a lifetime member of the Brooklyn Park Rod and Gun Club, which he founded in 1955. He was also a member of the Union Local 100, where he served on the apprentice board for a number of years. Mr. Monson is survived by his wife of 54 years, Della Monson of Bridgeville; two sons, Steve Monson and his wife Christine of Halethorpe, Md. and Ken Monson and his wife Margaret of Bridgeville; three grandchildren, Amanda Monson, Nicholas Monson, and Lucas Monson; a step-granddaughter, Samantha Lydard and a great-grandson, Alex McKelvey. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, at Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg, Md., where visitation will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Larry Pritcher will officiate. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311. To share memories with the family, please visit www.framptom.com.


Dallasee Dee Palverento-Rohrbaugh -- Dallasee Dee Palverento-Rohrbaugh, 55, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, surrounded by her family at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born on Dec. 3, 1959 in Camden, N.J., she was a daughter of Marie Jordan Jacobs and the late Peter Jacobs. She attended Beau High School in New Jersey. Dallasees family was a huge part of her life. She loved spending time with them, especially her grandchildren. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Palverento-Rohrbaugh is survived by her fianc←, Mitchell Rohrbaugh; two sons, Gary Palverento and his fianc←e Lori Piaskowski and Peter John Palverento and his wife Kenzie; two stepsons, Anthony Rohrbaugh and Ian Rohrbaugh; five grandchildren, Madison, Ty, Nevaeh, Rory, and Gabriella; three sisters, Desi Black, Linda Heim and Sherry Burden; a brother, Michael Gormley; six nieces and five nephews. In addition to her father, Mrs. Palverento-Rohrbaugh was preceded in death by a brother, Darryll Wallace and a niece, Dana Heim. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, at Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg, Md., where the family will receive friends one hour before the service. The Rev. Denzil Cheek will officiate. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Mildred E. Head -- Mildred E. Head, 91, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Mildred retired from the Exxon Corp. and International Paper Co. She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Evans. Her second husband, James F. Head passed away in 2001. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Alice Hoffman. She is survived by a daughter, Billie Woods; a son, James Evans (Alene); a stepdaughter, Marty Vincent (fianc←, Guy Daubach); two stepsons, John Head (Ann) and Tom Head (Margaret); a sister, Nan Kleppinger; a brother, Johnny Schwatka and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, 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 Concord United Methodist Church, 25322 Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


John Joseph Jack Martin -- John Joseph Jack Martin, 70, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. John was born on June 13, 1945 in Fairmont, W.V., to John H. and Mary Coughlin Martin. John graduated from St. Peters Catholic High School in Fairmont in 1963. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1967. He attended Fairmont College from 1968 to 1970 where he met and married his wife, Ellouise. They moved to Delaware where he went to work for DuPont at the Seaford Nylon Plant in 1972, retiring in 2001. John attended mass regularly at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the VFW, and the Seaford Moose Lodge. He bowled in a league at the Seaford Bowling Lanes for 40 years. After retiring, he starting golfing, which he loved. He also loved cruising the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ellouise (Hall) Martin; his son, John J. Martin II, his wife Angela, and their children, Savannah Nicole and Emma Marie; his daughter, Laura J. Martin and her fianc← Raymond Pearson and their children, Jorryn Grey, Landon Zachary, and Addyson Rae; longtime friends of over 42 years, Lawrence (Larry) and Doris Buchert; and siblings, Susan Plutro and her husband Robert, Andrew Martin and his wife Millie, Michael Martin, Robert Martin and his wife Donna, Paul Martin and his wife Caryn, and Mary Blashford and her husband David. Also surviving are many beloved nieces and nephews and extended family members too numerous to list. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. A viewing will be held on Friday evening, Aug. 14 from 6 to 8, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery.


Mary Helen Fiedler -- Mary Helen Fiedler, 72, of Royal Oak, Md., passed away on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. She was born on Feb. 23, 1943, in Baltimore, Md., the daughter of the late John Emil Ellingsen Sr. and Mary Helen Ellingsen. She grew up in Glen Burnie, Md., moving to Pasadena, Md., upon marrying her husband Edward. After being employed for over 30 years with the Department of Immigration and Naturalization in Baltimore, she and Ed moved to Royal Oak. Over the years Mary Helen enjoyed boating, basket weaving and knitting with friends, visiting with family and caring for her beloved Norwich terriers Biscuit, Hannah, and Becky. Mary Helen is survived by her husband of 51 years, Edward Louis Fiedler Jr.; two sisters, Heidi Garlick (John) of Easton, Md. and Kristine Penrod of Seaford; her niece and goddaughter, Jamie Beth Allen (Chad) of Bridgeville; great-nieces, Emily and Kelsey Allen of Bridgeville; and her sister-in-law, Joyce Dreer (Phil) of Pasadena. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John Emil Ellingsen Jr. and James Hans Ellingsen and a brother-in-law, Allen Penrod. To honor Mary Helens profound kindness and generosity, please extend a meaningful act of kindness every day. Private interment was held at Woodlawn Cemetery. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Jeffrey Shields -- Jeffrey Shields, 48, of Laurel, passed away at his home on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Born on June 28, 1967 in Salisbury, Md., he is the son of the late Ollie Shields and Sandra Jeffries Shields of Laurel. Jeff graduated from Laurel Jr. Sr. High School in 1985. He was the ball boy for Laurel High School for over 33 years. Jeff worked at Frenchs Food Rite for many years and enjoyed playing Santa Claus at the grocery store during the Christmas season. After their closing, he joined the janitorial staff at the Laurel High School where he worked for over 15 years. He also worked in the produce department for Walmart in Seaford on weekends. Due to his illness, he had to retire from both jobs. He was a member of the Laurel Lions Club, the Laurel Wesleyan Church, a past Little League coach, and enjoyed collecting baseball and football cards with his father. He was an avid sports fan. His favorite teams included the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins, Alabama Crimson Tide, University of Delaware, and, most importantly, he was a Laurel Bulldog fan! Jeff had a magnetic personality and truly loved everyone. His beautiful smile and adorable laugh will be remembered forever. Jeff is survived by his mother, Sandra Shields of Laurel; his two brothers, Alan Shields and his wife Dawn of Millsboro and Todd Shields of El Paso, Texas; and two aunts, Virginia VanHorn and Barbara Reinard, both of Ohio. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and too many friends to mention. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Laurel High School auditorium, where a viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pastor Scott Conn will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Edwin Thomas Pop-Pop King Sr. -- Edwin Thomas Pop-Pop King Sr., 71, of Seaford, passed away at home on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 9, 1944 in Georgetown, the son of the late Blanche Duncan and Harold King. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a younger brother, David and sister, Margie Lee. Ed proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1969 stationed in Heidelberg, Germany and Ft. Hood, Texas. After serving in the Army, Ed began his lifelong career in sales in 1969, selling Electrolux vacuum cleaners. In 1979, he began selling life insurance for Peoples Security, which later became Monumental Life Insurance. After retiring in 2000, he continued working for American General Life Insurance until 2007. During those years, Ed won various trips and achievement awards for his salesmanship, including LUTCF, Leadership Club and Silver Circle Award for being one of the top three selling agents in the state. He enjoyed camping, boating, dancing to country music and auctions. Mostly, he enjoyed having family barbecues at his summer home in Nanticoke, Md., and riding with Graci on his golf cart around the neighborhood. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Martha (Babe); three sons, Edwin Jr. (Phouvilay) of Appleton, Wis., Stephen of Georgetown, and Michael (Sandi) of Seaford; six grandchildren, Sarah, Zachary and Douglas King, Tyler and Trevor Whaley, and Graci King, the light of his life. Ed is also survived by three brothers, Danny King (Amanda) of Berlin, Md., Alan King (Mary) of Seaford, and Kerry King of Delmar; three sisters, Brenda Johnson (Bill) of Greenwood, Freda Brobst of Millsboro, and Rita Jones (Charlie) of Laurel; two aunts, Margaret Smith of Salisbury and Catherine King of Seaford; two uncles, Jimmy and Bobby Taylor of Seaford; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his faithful German Shepherd, Tanner. Ed will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and his gift of gab. Funeral services with military honors were held on Monday, Aug. 10, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg. The Rev. Roland E. Tice officiated. Interment was at Union Cemetery in Georgetown.


Jean Elizabeth Kuhlman Lovell -- Jean Elizabeth Kuhlman Lovell, 82, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at Genesis Eldercare in Seaford. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of the late Helen Eskridge and Henry C. Kuhlman. She was a secretary for the Seaford Police Department and a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church. She is survived by her brother, George S. Kuhlman and his wife Marie of Seaford; her nephew, Brett Kuhlman and his wife Amy of Milton; her great-niece, Katie Kuhlman; and great-nephew, Cody Kuhlman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Lovell, in 2005. Services will be held graveside at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.


Thomas David Messenger -- Thomas David Messenger, 52, died at home in Alzalia, Ore., on Sunday, May 31, 2015, of complications from lung cancer. Tom graduated from Seaford High School in 1981. He is survived by parents, Bill and Gwen Messenger of Seaford; children, Canyon Smith and Maya Messenger of Eugene, Ore.; and brother, William Messenger of Boston, Mass. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford.


Harry A. Seipp Sr. -- Harry A. Seipp Sr., 89, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Harry owned and operated Seipps Surplus near Concord for many years and also worked for DuPont in Seaford for a time. He was a Navy veteran of WWII. He was an active member of Concord United Methodist Church where he served on the administration board for 22 years, received the Barnabus Award and taught mens Sunday school class for 10 years. He was active in the Civil Air Patrol and the Boy Scouts. Harry loved to travel, he saw the world, he was an entrepreneur, builder, carpenter, loved antiques and was devoted to his faith, family and country. His first wife of 55 years, Jean Seipp died in 2002. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Jamison. Harry is survived by his second wife, Ruby Seipp; four children, Harry A. Seipp Jr. (Debbie), Janice Seipp Hall (Joe), Stephen C. Seipp (Tanya) and Sandy Seipp Johnson (David); six grandchildren, Elizabeth Seipp, David Seipp, Jennifer Drake, James Drake, Kyle Johnson and Kelly Johnson; two step-grandchildren, Justin and Jacob Smarte; two sisters, Helen Burns and Asenath Caroline Hiatt and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Concord United Methodist Church, 25322 Church Rd., Seaford. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Burial will be in Concord United Methodist Church Cemetery.


Lorrie Ann Prettyman -- Lorrie Ann Prettyman, 55, of New Castle, formerly of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital. She was born on July 19, 1960 in Seaford, to Ken and Ruth (Paskey) Prettyman of Seaford. Lorrie didnt let her disability of Prader-Willi Syndrome affect her life and spirit. She was a joy to everyone she met. Lorrie enjoyed word searches, reading, participating in Special Olympics, working at Citibank, and visits from her dear family and friends. Lorrie was the recipient of dedicated care from Chimes Delaware for over 20 years. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Walter and Mary (Thomas) Paskey and paternal grandparents, Edwin and Helen (Clifton) Prettyman. In addition to her parents, Lorrie is survived by her sisters, Cheryl Smith (Carl) and Amy Evans (Chris); brother, Tom Prettyman (Ursula); nieces, Megan (Jess) Polak, Madison Evans, Audrey Prettyman, and Claire Ann Polak; and nephews, Matthew Smith, Maxwell Evans, Nicolas Prettyman, and Cole Polak. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, where friends and family may call on Monday evening, Aug. 10, from 7 to 9. Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Lorrie may be made to the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA), 8588 Potter Park Dr., Ste. 500, Sarasota, FL 34238.


Heinrich von Thenen -- Heinrich von Thenen, 83, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015. His family fled to America from Germany in 1938 when he was 16 years of age. He was a Korean War veteran for the US Army. He retired in Delaware after being a successful professional photographer by trade and hunter & archer (1st place senior Olympics, three years in a row) by hobby. He was a lifelong active leader of the Civil Air Patrol, Cub and Boy Scouts. His wife, Edith Juhnke von Thenen passed away in 2012 after 58 years of marriage. He is survived by two daughters, Mary Rose von Thenen and Mary Louise von Thenen; two sons, Peter von Thenen and Charles von Thenen, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Larry D. Calhoun -- On Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, Larry D. Calhoun, went to Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior after a short battle with a very rare and aggressive form of gall bladder and liver cancer. Mr. Calhoun died in his home surrounded by family and his Pastor. Mr. Calhoun was born in 1943 and was the remaining sibling of 12 children. Mr. Calhoun served four years in the United States Marine Corps, received a bachelors degree in education from Bob Jones University in 1982, was employed as a Christian high school history and English teacher and retired from Schmidt Baking Company. Mr. Calhoun was a 35 year resident of Laurel and a member of Bayview Baptist Church of Laurel. Mr. Calhoun was a devoted political advocate and a member of the Republican Party for most of his adult life. His conservative beliefs and Christian views were his passion which he was not afraid to share. Mr. Calhoun decided to leave his beloved Republican Party and change his political affiliation to Independent when he felt the Republican Party left him and the Christian beliefs from which our country was founded. Mr. Calhoun is survived by his wife, Doris, of 47 years; daughter, Kimberly Thompson and grandchildren, Thomas Thompson, Temuchin (Bucky) Hodges and Rana Hodges and daughter, Paula and Mark Miller and grandchildren, Allysa Miller and Leah Miller. Mr. Calhoun was a beloved brother-in-law and also leaves behind a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. The family will receive visitors at Bayview Baptist Church, Laurel, on Monday, Aug. 10 from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m.  noon. Funeral services will be held at noon on Tuesday at the church. Pastor C.K. White will officiate. Interment will follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bayview Baptist Church, 534 E. 4th St., Laurel, DE 19956 or Vitas Healthcare, 20773 Professional Park, South Bldg., Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Vera M. Dimples Leatherberry-Nutter -- Vera M. Dimples Leatherberry-Nutter, 84, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2015, at Genesis Health & Rehabilitation Center in Seaford. Vera was a DuPont Company retiree. She was preceded in death by her late husband, former Seaford City Councilman, Henry Hank Nutter and stepdaughter, Darlene Williams. She is survived by one son, Ralph (Marietta Peaches Whalen) Leatherberry; five grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Elmore and Roberta Daniels and a host of relatives and friends. A viewing will be held on Friday, Aug. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at Macedonia A.M.E. Church, 431 North St., Seaford, with an Eastern Star service at 7 p.m. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the church where friends may call two hours prior.


George Daniel Dan Peruchi -- George Daniel Dan Peruchi of Forest Hill, Texas, passed away peacefully of natural causes at his home on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Dan was born on March 6, 1957 in Seaford, where he resided until 1977 when he relocated to Dallas. Dan was the devoted father of Danielle Peruchi, Denton Peruchi and his spouse Crystal, Andru Peruchi, and Dustin Peruchi, and the loving grandfather of Ashley Thacker, Gavin, Chyenne, Jensen, Tyler, and Blakely Peruchi. Dan is survived by his loving mother, Agatha Todd of Seaford and father, Vernon Peruchi of Everton, Ark. He was the beloved brother of Teresa Peruchi Baumann and brother-in-law of Wil Baumann of Chester, Md. Dan was cherished by his uncle, the late Richard Mowry of Seaford and loved by his devoted dog, Loca. Dans generous spirit and infectious smile will be forever missed. Funeral services were held in Irving, Texas on July 22 and a memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church Building Fund.


John Frederick Potter Sr. -- John Frederick Potter Sr., 79, of Seaford, died on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Life Care at Lofland Park. Born in Binghamton, N.Y., he was the son of the late Helen Dise and Paul Frederick Potter. John was a machine operator at the DuPont plant in Seaford before he retired. He served in the Army Reserves and was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Seaford Elks, Sons of the American Legion and AMVETS. He is survived by his wife, Andrea Satchell Potter; two sons, John F. Potter Jr. and James H. Potter, both of Salisbury, Md.; stepdaughter, Amy Flores of Easton, Md.; stepbrother, William Ritter of Cape May, N.J.; two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Jumper. A memorial service was held on Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Seaford Moose Lodge, 22759 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford.


Jane Fleetwood -- Jane Fleetwood, 80, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md. Born in Bridgeville, she was the daughter of the late William and Katherine McDowell. Jane retired as a bank teller from the former Baltimore Trust Bank in Bridgeville. She loved to attend antique auctions and developed many friendships over the years while antiquing. Jane was quite the homemaker. She was always cleaning the house, cutting grass, washing windows and making sure everything was perfect for her family. She loved flowers, rides in the country, old lamps, fishing, and watching the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens play ball. She enjoyed attending Laurel Wesleyan Church. Her legacy of love and friendship will always be remembered. Everyone who met her loved her and she loved all people in return. Jane is survived by her husband of 57 years, George A. Fleetwood and her brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Pat Fleetwood, all of Seaford. Several nieces and nephews also survive her, along with many auction friends and extended family members. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-laws, Lee Fleetwood and Mary Ann Roach. Services were held on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Laurel Wesleyan Church. Pastor Scott Conn officiated. Interment was in Bridgeville Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Laurel Wesleyan Church, 30186 Seaford Rd., Laurel, DE 19956,  Total Makeover Fund. 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 Brobst -- Robert Brobst, 76, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born on March 21, 1939 in Marion, Ohio, he was the son of the late Paul Elmer Brobst and Dorothy Vaughn Brobst. Robert was retired from SAIC as an electro-mechanical engineer. He was also a contractor for the NSA. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and building model boats. Robert enjoyed watching nature, and many television shows that featured the beauty of nature. He also loved boating and enjoyed watching Nascar. Robert is survived by his loving wife, Carla Bauer Brobst of Seaford; his daughters, Susan B. Armstrong of Hanover, Pa., Laura J. Morris of Pasadena, Md., and Stacy L. Zile and her husband Steven H. Zile of Westminster, Md.; and grandchildren, Scott T. Armstrong, Matthew Malinich, Trisha Armstrong, and Travis Malinich. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Fred L. Brobst and his sister, Polly Manders. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at St. Mary of the Mills Church, 114 St. Marys Place, Laurel, Md. Contributions may be made in Roberts honor to Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 Dupont Blvd., Unit 6, Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home.


John Frederick Potter Sr. -- John Frederick Potter Sr., 79, of Seaford, died on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Life Care at Lofland Park. Born in Binghamton, N.Y., he was the son of the late Helen Dise and Paul Frederick Potter. John was a machine operator at the DuPont plant in Seaford before he retired. He served in the Army Reserves and was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Seaford Elks, Sons of the American Legion and AMVETS. He is survived by his wife, Andrea Satchell Potter; two sons, John F. Potter Jr. and James H. Potter, both of Salisbury; stepdaughter, Amy Flores of Easton; a stepbrother, William Ritter of Cape May, N.J.; two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Jumper. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, at Seaford Moose Lodge, 22759 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home.


Matt J. Piazza -- Matt J. Piazza, 75, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 30, 2015, from Alzheimers Disease. Dr. Piazza was born in Albion, N.Y., the son of the late Joseph and Josephine Piazza. Matteo retired as technical manager of research and development in 1990 after a long career with Dupont. He was an avid traveler, enjoyed woodworking and playing his organ, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife, Maryann Piazza and three children, Rose Marie DiLosa and her husband Vincent, Michael Piazza and his wife Cynthia, and Deborah Schimmoller and her husband Brian. He was the dear grandfather of Andrew, Nicholas, Matthew, Kristen, Joseph, Adam, Allison, and Jennifer and the caring brother of Joseph Piazza and Rosalie Maxon. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc., 7250 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, Md. (exit 6 off Rt. 100) from 6:30-9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine Church, 5976 Old Washington Rd., Elkridge, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in tribute of Dr. Matt J. Piazza to the Alzheimers Association (www.alz.org) or Little Sisters of the Poor (Jeanne Jugan Residence, 185 Salem Church Rd., Newark, DE 19713-2942).


Betty J.L. Burris-Walls -- Betty J.L. Burris-Walls, 89, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford surrounded by her loving family. Born on April 3, 1926, she was the daughter of the late David Edward Burris and Bessie Bennett Burris-Wingard and stepfather Oliver Wingard. Betty was a wonderful mother, wife, aunt, and friend. She was a talented landscaper, and was known for planting and growing the most beautiful flowers in her yard that were admired by many. Betty always enjoyed decorating her home for the holidays. Betty is survived by her daughter, Debbie Walls of Laurel; her brother, Eugene Burris, and her sister, Bonnie Walter, both of Laurel. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin J. Walls and her two sisters, Isabelle Ziegler and Kitty Goff. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Joel Beiler will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel.


Steven D. Dale -- Steven D. Dale, 52, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2015. He was the son of Patricia and Richard Dale and sister of Karen Hurd (husband Len, daughter Bethany and son Alex). Steve graduated from Seaford High School in 1981 and Millersville University in 1985 with a degree in computer engineering. He worked for TV Answer, Alcatel and AOL. He was an Eagle Scout and he loved the beach, camping, bowling, water skiing, the Redskins and Phillies. Steve was an excellent photographer and sold photos at local craft shows. He played drums in the Ocean City Bag Pipe band. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association, 19940 Lincoln Ave., Delmar, DE 19940.


Jeffrey Marc Weisberg -- Jeffrey Marc Weisberg, 62, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015. Jeffrey grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the son of the late Abraham and Gladys Weisberg, also of Brooklyn. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Ilona C. Weisberg; his sister and brother-in-law, Renee and Robert Hollman of Hernando, Fla.; his sister-in-law, Lora Young of Seaford; his son, Jeffrey M. Weisberg Jr. of Pennsylvania; his daughter, Heather Holt and his grandson, Dylan Holt, both of Seaford. Jeffrey served 23 years in the military, the most recent branch the Army National Guard. He served four tours in Iraq and four Homeland Security Missions in New York following September 11th. Jeffrey was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He enjoyed cooking for his family, especially Italian food. He also enjoyed classic cars, antiquing, decorating, watching the American Heroes channel, spoiling the people he loved and spending time with his grandson. He was a faithful servant of God, and a member of Harvest Christian Church. Jeffrey deeply loved his family and his country. Jeffrey was a constant comedian with a wonderful sense of humor. He enjoyed helping people and would give someone the shirt off of his back if they needed it. He was a kind, generous and loving soul with a heart bigger than he was. He will be deeply and lovingly missed. Services were held on Monday, July 20, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. A burial ceremony followed at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro.


Charles J. Dean -- Charles J. Dean, 73, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Mr. Dean was born in Blades to the late Franklin and Lillie Mae Pinder Dean. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Dean in 1986 and a sister, Shirley Messick. Charles retired from the DuPont Co. in Seaford where he was an electrical engineer. He was an assistant scoutmaster of Troop 381 in Seaford. He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, hunting, crabbing and woodworking which was a passion of his. When his boys were young, Charles and his wife Anna would always plan a fun family vacation. Charles loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Charles is survived by his wife, Anna Dean of Seaford; two sons, Charles Douglas Dean Sr. and his wife Anne Redden of Millsboro and Michael D. Dean and his wife Lori of Seaford; six grandchildren, Ashley Marie, Chase, Jeremy, Hunter, Nick and Breanna; seven great-grandchildren, Jarett, Jackson, Jevan, Blake, Matthew, Wyatt, and Arabella, and extended family members and friends. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call after 11 a.m. for viewing and visitation. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Letters of condolence may be emailed via www.watsonfh.com


Alton C. Breeding -- Alton C. Breeding, 88, of Greenwood, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Milford Memorial Hospital. He was born on Sept. 2, 1926, the son of the late Edgar and Ella Breeding. Alton was a graduate of Greenwood High School, class of 1944. He was a farmer all of his life. Alton loved sports, especially baseball. His favorite team was the Phillies. You could find him wherever a school game or youth league was taking place, especially watching his grandchildren play. For many years he was the scorekeeper for Greenwood and Woodbridge High School basketball games. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence and Russell. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Betty Walls Breeding; two sons, Ronald and his wife Susan and Robin and his wife Carol; six grandchildren, Chris and his wife Karen, Steve, Jason, Collin, Caroline, and Corbin and his wife Connie; five great-grandchildren, Abigail, Kiera, MacKenzie, Madden, and Manning and a brother, Winnie Breeding. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be held at Hollywood Cemetery in Harrington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greenwood Alumni Association, c/o Roger Butler, 3195 Andrewville Rd., Greenwood, DE 19950.


John E. Kisela -- John E. Kisela, 79, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in San Diego, Calif., he was the son of the late Joseph Kisela and Margarett Hogan Kisela. John proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a retired accountant, previously working at the Berlitz School of Language. He was a member of the Seaford Presbyterian Church and the Nanticoke Seaford Center. John was very talented in playing the Dulcimer and enjoyed playing his beautiful music for everyone to enjoy. He married the love of his life, Marcia Kisela, and they were married for 42 years. He is survived by his son, Wayne Kisela of Seaford; daughter-in-law, Kathryn Kisela of Seaford; his sister, Lenora McAdam of Wisconsin; grandchildren, Richard Kisela and his wife Trish and Greg Kisela; and a great-grandson, Blake Kisela. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Rd., Seaford. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Johns memory to Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Mildred Irene Smart Chalmers -- Mildred Irene Smart Chalmers, 94, of Bridgeville, died on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in Blades, she was the daughter of Martha Messick and Fred Smart. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her son, Robert Chalmers Jr., of Milford; three daughters, Shirley C. Collison of Seaford, Ruth C. Brown of Bridgeville, and Sarah C. Botte of Milford; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Chalmers Sr., in 1992. A funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, July 27, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon, prior to the service. Burial will be at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.


Ruth Evelyn Mumford -- Ruth Evelyn Mumford, 78, of Delmar, died on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Salisbury Center Genesis Healthcare. She was born on Jan. 26, 1937 in Delmar, a daughter of the late Herman Davidson Riley Sr. and Carrie Evelyn Riley. Evelyn graduated from Delmar High with the class of 1955. While raising her family, she also helped others by babysitting for various children. Once the children had grown she worked as a seamstress at Banks & Pusey and several pants factories until her health no longer allowed her to work. She was a member of the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for over 44 years. Evelyn enjoyed camping with her husband and was an avid collector of lighthouses and carousels. She is survived by 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; grandchildren, James F. Mumford, Jeremy Mumford and his wife Kara, Carrie E. Kambarn, Mandy Dukes and fianc← Tony French and Gina Outten; great-grandchildren, Amiah, JJ, Skye, Connor, Kayla, Tyler, Tori, Brandon, Gage, Dakota, Alexis and Scotty; a brother, Herman Davidson Riley Jr. of Delmar; a sister, Betty Lou Thomas of Delmar; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Russell Mumford Sr., in 2014; three sisters, Doris Ann Bull, Virginia Lee Dize and Sandra Jean Cooper; a great-granddaughter, Lila Catherine; and a great-grandson, Dale Outten Jr. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, at the Delmar Fire Department, where family and friends may call from 1 to 2. Interment will be private. In memory of Mrs. Mumford, contributions may be sent to Delmar Fire Department, Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 143, 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.


Lorraine Shockley -- Lorraine Shockley, 87, passed away early Tuesday morning, July 21, 2015, at Chesapeake Woods Center in Cambridge, Md. Born on Sept. 27, 1927 in Brookview, Md., she was the daughter of the late William J. Milligan and Martha Wheatley Milligan. Lorraine went to school in Dorchester County and graduated high school in Hurlock. She was valedictorian of her class. Lorraine loved to cook and one of her greatest joys was preparing a huge Christmas dinner for her family and birthday dinners too. She was also an accomplished seamstress and loved quilting, crewel work and crocheting. Any craft or sewing project that she attempted she excelled at and enjoyed. She made beautiful quilts, afghans and pictures. She worked at several different jobs in her life and her last job was in the Ladies department in Peebles in Seaford. She also attended church for many years at Christ Church in Federalsburg and, while living in Seaford, at Concord Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jeanette Taylor and husband Francis; her brother, William M. Billy Milligan and his wife Hazel; and two nephews, Barry and Mark Milligan of Brookview. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Meredith and husband Larry of East New Market; two grandsons, Todd Meredith and Lori of Salisbury and Ryan Meredith and his wife Hope of Hurlock; five great-grandchildren, Marina Ward, Brennan Meredith and Trevor Meredith of Salisbury and Lawsen and Owen Meredith of Hurlock; a nephew, Layne Milligan and his family of Brookview and a very special niece, Karen Fishell and her husband Denny of Federalsburg. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 27, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg with the Rev. Dan Walker officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Brookview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Todd Meredith, Ryan Meredith, Denny Fishell, Layne Milligan, Brennan Meredith, Trevor Meredith and Frank Gerardi. Donations may be made in her memory to Baywater Animal Rescue, 4930 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge, MD 21613. To share memories visit www.framptom.com.


Hoyet A. Justice -- Hoyet A. Justice, 81, of Laurel, died on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, with his sons nearby. He was born on March 15, 1934 in Ocean View, a son of the late Clarence and Emma Justice. Hoyet proudly served his country in the US Army in the 101st Airborne during the Korean War. Through the years he worked various jobs but one of his favorites was working as a barber, a career that spanned over 35 years. One of his favorite pastimes was harness racing. He was a faithful member of Bayview Baptist Church in Laurel, where he was active in their senior group. Hoyet was a true family man who loved to help people and will be remembered as a hard-working man, always looking for something to do and always on the go. He is survived by two sons, Tim Justice and his wife Billie Jo of Delmar and John Justice and his wife Jennifer of Laurel; four grandchildren, Kelsie Justice, Raelyn Huffman, Rachel Justice and Andrew Justice; and three brothers, Homer Justice, his twin, and his wife Pat of Laurel, Ches Justice of Laurel and Charles Justice and his wife Helen of Texas. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Nellie A. Justice, in 2013; three brothers, Edwin, Raymond and Roger Justice; and a sister, Laura Brittingham. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 24, 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 his memory to Bayview Baptist Church, 534 E. 4th St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.short.com.


Linda T. Williams -- Linda T. Williams, 64, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late Theodore Torbert and Mary Z. Wiley Torbert. She graduated from Laurel High School in 1969. Linda was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family was the most important gift in her life. She loved cooking for the family, and they especially loved her delicious shepherds pie. She enjoyed playing bingo, shopping, and traveling to Harrington to play the slot machines. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post #19 for over 23 years, and she loved attending Encounter Praize & Worship Center in Laurel. She is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, Randy Williams of Laurel; her sons, Scott Hastings and his wife Joanne of Harrington, Michael Hastings and his fianc← Meridith Pase of Bridgeville, and Mark Hastings and his wife Ramona of Michigan; her brother, Larry Torbert and his wife Faith of Seaford; her sisters, Wanda Dukes and Tammy Faulkner of Laurel; and grandchildren, Brittany Hastings, Cameron Hastings, Bailey Hastings, and Riley Hastings. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Martin Torbert and her sister, Carol Elzey. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 20, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1-2 p.m. Pastor Gregg Crothers will officiate. Interment will be held privately.


Linda T. Williams -- Linda T. Williams, 64, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late Theodore Torbert and Mary Z. Wiley Torbert. She graduated from Laurel High School in 1969. Linda was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family was the most important gift in her life. She loved cooking for the family, and they especially loved her delicious shepherds pie. She enjoyed playing bingo, shopping, and traveling to Harrington to play the slot machines. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion Post #19 for over 23 years, and she loved attending Encounter Praize & Worship Center in Laurel. She is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, Randy Williams of Laurel; her sons, Scott Hastings and his wife Joanne of Harrington, Michael Hastings and his fianc← Meridith Pase of Bridgeville, and Mark Hastings and his wife Ramona of Michigan; her brother, Larry Torbert and his wife Faith of Seaford; her sisters, Wanda Dukes and Tammy Faulkner of Laurel; and grandchildren, Brittany Hastings, Cameron Hastings, Bailey Hastings, and Riley Hastings. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Martin Torbert and her sister, Carol Elzey. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 20, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1-2 p.m. Pastor Gregg Crothers will officiate. Interment will be held privately.


Marilyn Williams DeWitt -- Marilyn Williams DeWitt, 87, of Crossville, Tenn., went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 21, 2015. Marilyn was born Marilyn Phyllis Allen to Norman F. Allen Sr. and Mildred Allen in Quincy, Mass. She graduated from Laurel High School, Class of 1946 and married her high school sweetheart, Gene T. Williams in 1948. After Genes death, she married Donald DeWitt of Crossville in 2002. Marilyn is survived by her husband, Donald DeWitt of Crossville and four sons, Brent (Eileen) of Richmond, Va., Craig (Ginger) of Crossville, Todd of Tampa, Fla. and Buzz (Gene T. Jr.) of Woodstock, Ga. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; three stepdaughters, Donelle DeWitt, Diana Colicchio and Dorian Miller and their families; four brothers, Robert Allen of Richmond and James Allen, Ernest Allen and Frederic Allen, all of Laurel; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Norman F. Allen Jr. and Earle R. Allen and a sister, Mildred (Mimi) Boyce. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel. The Rev. Joseph Burris will officiate.


Virginia E. Hudson -- Mrs. Virginia E. Hudson, 84, of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Hudson was born in Millsboro on March 14, 1931 to the late Granville W. and Mary Truitt LeCates. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four siblings, Norval, Johnny, Donald and Myrtle. In addition to being a homemaker and taking care of her husband and six children, she worked at NCR in Millsboro. Virginia enjoyed reading, crocheting, cooking, watching cooking shows, camping with family and friends, and Sunday dinners with her family. She loved spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Francis J. Hudson of Seaford; six children, Lorraine Neal and her companion Tom of Hartly, Mary Young and her husband Robert of Laurel, Penny West and her husband Tim of Laurel, Jane Ortiz and her husband Eduardo of Georgetown, Joseph Hudson of Laurel and Dean Hudson and his wife Karen of Millsboro; five siblings, Alvin LeCates and his wife Norma Lee of Laurel, Granville LeCates of Millsboro, Ilene Baker and her husband Albert of Georgetown, Yvonne Cooper and her husband James of Laurel, and Kathy Torbert and her husband James of Milford; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 20, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call after 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Careys Cemetery in Millsboro. Pastor Jeff Hudson will officiate. Letters of condolence may be emailed via www.watsonfh.com.


Virginia E. Hudson -- Mrs. Virginia E. Hudson, 84, of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Hudson was born in Millsboro on March 14, 1931 to the late Granville W. and Mary Truitt LeCates. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four siblings, Norval, Johnny, Donald and Myrtle. In addition to being a homemaker and taking care of her husband and six children, she worked at NCR in Millsboro. Virginia enjoyed reading, crocheting, cooking, watching cooking shows, camping with family and friends, and Sunday dinners with her family. She loved spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Francis J. Hudson of Seaford; six children, Lorraine Neal and her companion Tom of Hartly, Mary Young and her husband Robert of Laurel, Penny West and her husband Tim of Laurel, Jane Ortiz and her husband Eduardo of Georgetown, Joseph Hudson of Laurel and Dean Hudson and his wife Karen of Millsboro; five siblings, Alvin LeCates and his wife Norma Lee of Laurel, Granville LeCates of Millsboro, Ilene Baker and her husband Albert of Georgetown, Yvonne Cooper and her husband James of Laurel, and Kathy Torbert and her husband James of Milford; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 20, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call after 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Careys Cemetery in Millsboro. Pastor Jeff Hudson will officiate. Letters of condolence may be emailed via www.watsonfh.com.


Walter Murphy Jr. -- Walter Murphy Jr., 76, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, July 12, 2015. He was born on Dec. 22, 1938 in Denton, Md., the son of the late Walter and Hazel (Pippin) Murphy Sr. He was a 1957 graduate of Caroline High School in Denton and proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1963. He worked for DuPont Nylon Co. in Seaford from 1963 to 1996. In his early years he was part of a local shuffleboard team. Walt enjoyed spending time with his wife at their camper in Chincoteague, Va. He also enjoyed listening to country music and landscaping his lawn. He was an avid sports enthusiast and participated in a fantasy baseball league for the past 10 years. He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Phyllis Ann (Beauchamp) Murphy; a son, Michael Murphy of Bridgeville; a daughter, Sherry Ivory and her husband Billy Ivory and grandson Shayne Ivory of Greenwood; two sisters, Betty Jane Lofland and her husband Harvey Lofland of Greenwood and Norma Lee Covey of Roseboro, N.C.; a brother, William Murphy and his wife Charlotte of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at Bloomery Cemetery, Bloomery Road, Federalsburg, Md., at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Amy Elizabeth Riggins -- Amy Elizabeth Riggins, 28, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2015. She was born in Seaford on Sept. 16, 1986. She attended Laurel Jr. Sr. High School, and enjoyed playing softball and travel softball for many years. Amy, whose sign was Virgo, was a beautiful young lady with a charismatic personality and a free spirit. She enjoyed listening to music and was a wonderful dancer. She had a talent for writing the most beautiful poems that everyone enjoyed reading. Amy had worked at both Bella Capri in Georgetown and IHOP in Rehoboth Beach and Salisbury as a waitress. While working she impressed all of her patrons with her amazing memory, completing their orders without writing a single order down on paper. Most importantly, she was a loving mother, sister, and daughter. Amy is survived by her mother, Lisa Riggins and her fianc← Brian Turner of Laurel; her father, Raymond Spencer Riggins and his wife Carol Riggins of Milton; her son whom she adored, Cameron Jaylin Harmon of Laurel and his father, Dustin Harmon; her sister, Amanda Riggins and her fianc← Walter Cooper of Laurel; and aunts and uncles: Tina McDonald and her husband Craig, Scott Riggins and his wife Theresa, John Riggins and his wife Stephanie, David Davidson and his wife Diana, and Tony Davidson. She is also survived by her paternal grandmother, Margaret Evans, and many cousins. A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, July 10, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Pastor Joel Beiler will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to help with funeral expenses by visiting gofundme.com/y4m4mhe6s.


James William Thomas Sr. -- James William Thomas Sr., 99, of Milton and formerly of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Milford Center Genesis Eldercare. Born in Whitesville, he was the son of the late Santa Thomas and Thomas D. Thomas. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He worked in the power plant of the DuPont plant in Seaford before he retired. He was a member of American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro and Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Marie Arney Thomas in 1994. He is survived by three sons: James W. Thomas Jr. of Olathe, Kan., Ralph D. Thomas of Pennsylvania and Joseph W. Thomas of Dover; a sister, Phyllis M. Lewis of Milton; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, at Watson Yates Funeral Home, Front and King Sts., Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Seaford.


Laurence Carey -- Laurence Carey, 82, of Millsboro, passed away on Friday, July 10, 2015, at the Renaissance Health Care Center in Millsboro. Born on June 4, 1933, he was the son of the late Clinton D. Carey and Bertha Baker Carey. Laurence graduated from Laurel High School in 1951 and then served in the National Guard. Laurence owned and operated his own barbershop in Seaford on High Street, where Dicks Barber Shop is currently located. Later, he graduated from Goldey-Beacom School of Business with degrees in accounting and business administration. Laurence enjoyed politics, and was deputy treasurer in Delaware for many years. He worked as a CPA in Georgetown for Sombar & Cimo CPAs, where he retired after many years. After retiring, he and his wife Jean enjoyed traveling to Florida to enjoy the nice weather. Laurence is survived by his sister-in-law, Norma Kohlenberg of Seaford, and her nephew, C.M. Kohlenberg and his wife Judy of Seaford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jean D. Carey in 2011. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 17, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10-11 a.m. Pastor Dave Kiser will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


John P. Plamondon -- John P. Plamondon, 45, of Laurel and formerly of Leominster, Mass., died on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, after being stricken ill. He was born on June 16, 1969 in Leominster, the son of Jean M. and Sistina (Capoccia) Plamondon. He was a graduate of Leominster High School and, while in high school, worked at Gondola Restaurant. John was a real estate appraiser who owned and operated Appraisal Associates of Laurel and also worked in Ocean City, Md. and at Seacrets Resort in Ocean City as a bartender. He always had a smile on his face, had strong faith in God, loved his son and his family, and always had a positive attitude in his battle with cancer for the last 12 years. John is survived by his son, Gideon Plamondon of Delaware; his mother, Sistina (Capoccia) Plamondon of Delaware and Leominster; his two brothers, George and his wife Linda Plamondon of Westminster and Daniel and his wife Mary Beth Plamondon of Leominster; and two sisters, Deborah Pelkey and her husband Raymond of Leominster and Elizabeth Lafortune and her husband Donald of Palm Bay, Fla. John was preceded in death by his father, Jean Plamondon in 2007; his brother, James Plamondon in 2006, and a nephew, David Plamondon in 2011. Johns funeral will be held on Friday, July 17, at Wright-Roy Funeral Home, 109 West St., Leominster, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Anna Church, 199 Lancaster St., Leominster. Burial will follow in St. Leos Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Beacon of Hope, West Street, Leominster, MA 01453. To light a candle, sign the guestbook or send a message of condolence, please visit www.wrightroyfuneralhome.com.


Magreelle Lacroix -- Magreelle Lacroix, 62, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2015. A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 437 N. Front St., Seaford. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, at Stein Highway Church of God, 425 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford, with a viewing one hour prior. Visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com to offer words of comfort.


Robert Edward Dukes -- Robert Edward Dukes of Laurel, passed into eternity peacefully from his home on Monday, July 6, 2015, six days before his 80th birthday. Robert was born on July 12, 1935, at home on his familys farm in Laurel. Living and working all of this days on what is now Dukes Farm Road in Laurel, Bob, as he was affectionately known, graduated from Laurel School in 1953. After graduation, Bob joined his father in the farming operation and, in 1969, was chosen Delawares Outstanding Young Farmer. Along with farming the soil and raising chickens and hogs, Bob sold DeKalb seed corn for several years. He was also honored to serve as a director on the Sussex Trust Bank Board from 1979-1989. Although farming was his profession, Bob received greater purpose when he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior on April 1, 1970. He strove diligently to live out that commitment over the next 45 years. Bob was a founding member of Epworth Fellowship Church and Epworth Christian School in Laurel, where he served as a trustee and school board member. Since 2005, he attended Crossroads Community Church in Georgetown, where he served as a greeter. Bob will be remembered for his servants heart and his faithfulness behind the scenes, as well as his love for his God, his family, and the land. Bob was preceded in death by his father and mother, Donald C. and Mabel (Evans) Dukes. His memory will be cherished by his wife of 60 years, Rada Mae Tull Dukes; his three sons, Edward Dukes and his wife Terri of Seaford, Jerry Dukes and his wife Tammy of Laurel, and Jeffrey Dukes and his wife Kay of Milton; his daughter-in-law, Donna Dukes of Salisbury, Md.; his grandchildren, Lindsay and (Doug) Mumford of Selbyville, Justin and (Amber) Dukes of Delmar, Shelby and Savanna Dukes of Laurel, and Philip and Katie Mae Dukes and Sarah Lowe of Milton, and one great-grandchild, Bryar Dale Mumford. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 10, at Crossroads Community Church in Georgetown, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. A viewing will also be held at the church on Thursday evening, July 9 from 6-8 p.m. The Rev. Rick Betts will officiate. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Crossroads Community Church, 20684 State Forest Rd., Georgetown, DE 19947 or Delmarva Teen Challenge for Womens Hope, PO Box 1271, Seaford, DE 19974. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Ronald L. Lynch -- Ronald L. Lynch, 80, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 5, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Ronald was a son of the late Vinol and Flossie Lynch. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Richard Lynch and his sister, Dianne Thompson. Ronnie was a graduate of Laurel High School and served his country proudly in the National Guard. He retired from ACME Markets as a manager and meat cutter with 42 years of service. Ronnie was an active member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel, serving as a trustee and operating the sound board for many services. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Laurel. Ronald loved to travel with his wife Elaine and his family. He was an avid Phillies fan and enjoyed supporting the Lady Bulldog softball team as well as Laurel High School football. His true love of sports was watching his grandchildren play ball. Ronnie is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Elaine Boyce Lynch; two daughters, Karen Tull and husband Michael of Seaford and Kathy Shockley and husband David of Laurel; a son, Kyle Lynch and wife Marjorie of Laurel; a brother, Jack (Carole) Lynch and a sister, Joyce (Jim) Stewart; brothers-in-law, Doug (Diane) Boyce, David (Ann) Boyce, Brent Boyce; mother-in-law, Doris Boyce; and his grandchildren, Katelin (Shane) Brinson, Mathew and Jacob Tull, Kaden, Koby, and Khloe Shockley, Logan, Vivienne, and Asher Lynch. Many nieces and nephews also survive him. A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, July 11, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, where visitation will be held two hours before the service. The Rev. Joseph G. Burris will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Contributions may be made in his memory to the memorial fund at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market 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 Edward Irons -- Donald Edward Irons, 73, of Seaford, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, after a short battle with cancer. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Wednesday, June 17, 1942, son of the late Edward and Mary Irons. Don enjoyed a longtime career as a Philadelphia (Pa.) Police officer, retiring in 1995. Don loved saltwater fishing, especially when he would go out with one of the local headboats. He enjoyed the camaraderie and competition amongst the anglers on board. Don was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Flyers fan who supported his teams whether they were on a winning streak or losing. Don is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Mary E. (Whelan) Irons of Seaford; two sons, Donald Irons Jr. and his wife Ann of Delran, N.J. and their three children whom he loved and adored, Steven, Donnie and Rachel; his youngest son, Steven Ben Irons whom he loved and his wife and children of Stafford Pa.; a sister, Darlene Irons of Philadelphia and her son John, also of Philadelphia, whom Don thought of and loved as his third son; and his beloved canine companions, Buddy, a German Shepherd and Bruno BooBoo a Rottweiler. The family will hold a Celebration of Life Memorial Service which will be announced at a later date for family and friends. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803. Please visit Dons Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Charles Charlie Pollmeier -- Charles Charlie Pollmeier, 70, of Seaford, passed on to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 3, 2015, at Delaware Hospice. Charlie was born on July 7, 1944, to John and Mary Pollmeier (n←e Jarvis) in Fort Madison, Iowa. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Adriane (n←e Nark); their five children, Dennis, Stephanie, Benjamin, Luke and Sam and seven grandchildren, Raven, Kyra, Jade, Paige, Gaby, Lilly and Wyatt. Charlie is an Army veteran, which instilled an unwavering sense of patriotism that he passed on to his children. His favorite duty station was Germany, where his love of schnitzel and beer flourished. After 20 years and 20 days, Charlie retired from the Army and moved on to his next adventure, being the owner/operator of Krane Services, Inc. Charlie grew his business and treated each of his customers like family. Charlie never left the house without his cowboy hat and boots, and tried to convince us all that his snap shirts were going to come back in style. Every week, we could count on him making calls to his siblings, Viola, Dale, David, Shirley, Donna, Carol and Mary Lou in Iowa. Even though they were miles away, Charlie made sure that they remained a part of each others lives. Charlie lived by John Waynes words, A mans got to have a code, a creed to live by, and had a deep rooted faith and love of God that never wavered. He found his church home at Our Lady of Lourdes, where he could be found taking up collection and making pancakes. He was proud to be a member of the 4th Degree at the St. Molua council where he was also part of the color guard and warden. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 11 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Vincent DePaul or Delaware Hospice. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Isabelle O. White-- Isabelle O. White, 94, went home to be with her Lord, surrounded by her family, on Monday, June 29, 2015. Isabelle was born on March 6, 1921, to Elsie Dunn Holland and Sydney Holland of Laurel. She met Medford White while they were employed at A.I. Dupont in Seaford and they were married on March 3, 1952. Isabelle and Medford worked side by side running their family farm and were presented Delawares Young Farmers of the Year award by Sen. Joe Biden. Medford and Isabelle enjoyed spending their winters in Florida after retirement. Isabelle also enjoyed country line dancing, playing bingo and bridge and volunteering at Laurel Senior Center. Most importantly, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Isabelle had a great love for her Lord and a strong commitment to seeing her children raised up in church. She was faithful in church attendance her entire life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Medford; her siblings, Reva Mumford, Ewell Holland and two infant brothers; and a son, Jack ODay. Isabelle is survived by her children, Sue Porter (Larry), Don White (Emmie), and Dennis White (Gail); a daughter-in-law, Edith ODay; grandchildren, Dawn Allen (Mark), Mark ODay, April West, Wade Porter, Michael White (Stacie), Crystal Curlett (Mike), David White, and Kevin Gauntt and great-grandchildren, Matthew, Kelley, Daniel, and Timothy Allen, Austin and Braden West, Nathan Curlett, and Kennedy White, and a special friend of the family, Greg Schenck. Services will be held at Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene, 27765 Nanticoke Rd., Salisbury, Md., at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, with a visitation for family and friends from 10-11 a.m. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel.


Charles Chuck M. Cullen -- Charles Chuck M. Cullen, 74, of Seaford, formerly of Delmar and Annapolis, Md., died on Friday, July 3, 2015, at Select Specialty Hospital at St. Frances in Wilmington. He was born on Nov. 5, 1940 in Salisbury, Md., a son of the late Charles M. and Marguerite Pusey Cullen. Chuck graduated from Delmar High School with the class of 1958. He was a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams of Delmar and supported sports at Delmar for many years. Chuck was also an accomplished chess player and won the Wicomico County Chess Championship. On Friday nights in the fall he could usually be found at a Delmar football game supporting his hometown Wildcats. After graduation from high school, he earned his degree in agriculture business at the University of Delaware (63) where he played on the UD baseball team and forged several lifelong friendships. After college he served his country in the Air National Guard of Delaware. As a child he was baptized and raised in St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Delmar. He recently attended Bayshore Community Church in Gumboro. Chuck worked for 35 years as an account representative for Kraft Foods out of the Baltimore/Washington district. He enjoyed coaching his son through multiple baseball leagues and was a faithful Baltimore Orioles fan. He also loved playing golf and was a former member of the Seaford Golf & Country Club. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Cullen; a son, Charles Eric Cullen and his wife Lauren of Branchburg, N.J.; his granddaughter, Amanda Cullen of Branchburg; a brother, Richard Rick L. Cullen and his wife Judith of Delmar; a niece, Lee Renee Cullen of Delmar; and nephews, David Frey of Delmar, Matthew Frey of Alexandria, Va. and Jonathan Frey of Laurel. He is also survived by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and many other nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Georgetown. Contributions may be made in his memory to Delmar High School Athletic Fund, 200 N. 8th St., Delmar, DE 19940.


Robert (Bob) Dallas Morris- Robert (Bob) Dallas Morris, 82, of St. Cloud, FL passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee Florida. He was born March 10, 1933, in Bethel to Samuel R. and Virgie Mae (Bailey) Morris. He was a graduate of Seaford High School. He worked for U.S. Steel, American Bridge, Chanen Construction and Walt Disney World. Bobs interests were golf, NASCAR racing, lighthouses and spending time with family. He was preceded in death by his wife Anita Christine Morris. He is survived by his three sons and one daughter, Tim (Sandy) Morris, Beth (Neal) Bartholow, Scott Morris, and Mark (Rebekah) Morris;11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Family and friends are invited to the Fisk Funeral Home in St. Cloud, Florida from 2-4pm for viewing with the memorial service beginning at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the American Cancer Society. Arrangementsunder the care of Fisk Funeral Home and Crematory, 1107 Massachusetts Avenue, SaintCloud, FL 34769. 407.892.2155. www.fiskfh.com.


Harry G. Wilson Jr. -- Harry G. Wilson Jr., 85, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Harry retired from Townsends. He was a veteran of the US Army. His wife, Rachel Hitchens Wilson died in 2013. He is survived by a daughter, Diane Wilson; two sons, Fred Hall (companion Phyllis McGee) and Pete Hall (Franni); a brother, John Wilson (Margie); four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery, Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Joan McCauley Pepper -- Joan McCauley Pepper, 81, passed away suddenly at home on Friday, June 26, 2015. Joan was born in Norfolk, Va., lived in Seaford, moved to Chester County, Pa. and returned to Sussex County in 1997. She was employed by Devereux, Colt Industries, Norcross and then at Chester County Planning Commission. She was also involved in the Passion Play at Hopewell Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Cecil in December 2014; her parents, Edwin and Elizabeth Hughes and her brother, James Hughes. Joan is survived by her children, Karen McCauley of Lewes, Dale McCauley (Joann) of Pottstown and Darryl McCauley of West Chester; three stepsons, Thomas Pepper (Karen), David Pepper (Laura) and Vince Pepper (Dani Jo); 12 grandchildren, Jamie (Nick) Drew, Ryan Tulumello, Aaron (Erin) McCauley, Cory McCauley, Tara McCauley, Collin McCauley, Kayla McCauley, Beverly Pepper, Zachary Pepper, Kyle Pepper, Jesse Pepper, Michelle (Dan) Berner; great-grandchildren, Madison Drew and Sylvie Drew, Lily and Tyler McCauley; a brother, Sonny Hughes; a sister, Gail Henderson (Bob) and nine nephews and nieces. A celebration of Joans life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, at Concord United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Concord United Methodist Church, 25322 Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Laurie Lynn Sell -- Laurie Lynn Sell, 57, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake, Salisbury, Md. She was the daughter of Margaret Kraft Sell of Salisbury and the late Richard Sell Sr. She was a graduate of James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury and of a secretarial course at Vocational Rehab in Baltimore, Md. She is survived by her stepfather, Olin Tarr of Salisbury; two brothers, Richard Sell Jr. of Salisbury and Rodney Sell of Seminole, Fla.; three aunts, Barbara Truitt, Joanne Yates and June Perdue, all of Seaford. She is also survived by nieces, Leah Foret, Brook Sell and Carli Sell; nephew, Ricky Sell III; and several cousins. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to caregivers Tammy Wilson and Tonya Willey. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1 p.m.


Leon J. Hastings Jr. -- Leon J. Hastings Jr., 83, of Delmar died on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Delmar Nursing Home. Born in Seaford, he was the son of the late Leon J. Hastings Sr. and Grace King Hastings. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Mark and David Hastings. He is survived by two brothers, Paul Hastings and William Hastings (Norma); and a sister, Donna Hill. Leons wishes were to be donated to the Maryland State Anatomy Board. A service will be scheduled for a later date.


Paul S. Barron Jr. -- Paul S. Barron Jr., 86, of Laurel, passed away at his home on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, surrounded by his family. Mr. Barron operated Barron Trucking Co. in Laurel for 57 years, retiring in 2001. He was a member of the Interstate Commerce Committee and American Legion Post #19  Laurel. He loved gardening and flowers. He was an avid NASCAR race fan and Dale Earnhardt Sr. was his favorite driver. Mr. Barron was preceded in death by two wives, Evelyn and Doris and a brother, Ronnie. He is survived by two stepdaughters, Swazanne Graham of Fruitland, Md. and E. Jane Wilson of Laurel; three stepsons, Walter Lacurts of Bishopville, Paul Lacurts of Norristown, Pa. and Danny Lacurts of Georgetown; 11 step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; one niece and one nephew. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 29 at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where friends may call one hour before the service. Pastor Roland Tice will officiate. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made to American Legion Post #19, 12168 Laurel Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Paul E. Harris -- Paul E. Harris, 71, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, June 22, 2015. Born in Hampton, Va. on July 6, 1943, he was the son of the late Ferdinand Fred and Sallie Mae Rowe Harris. A veteran truck driver and carpenter for the last 50 years, he was an avid NASCAR fan and loved playing cards and taking trips to the casino, and working in his garden. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Carol King Harris; his youngest daughter Billie Elder; and two brothers, Bobby G. and Jessie Harris. He is survived by his current wife, Debra; brother, Roy E. Harris of North Carolina; four children, Vickie Lineweaver, Bobby Harris, Alice Sellers and her husband Donnie, Paul Jr. and his wife Sherry; seven grandchildren, Joshua and Jason Lineweaver, Jessica and Tyler Harris, BJ, Chase and Cassi Jerread; four great-grandchildren, Jason C. Lineweaver, Jonathan Lineweaver, Tristin and Alexander Hill, all of Seaford; several nieces and nephews; and many extended family members. A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 26 at 4 p.m. in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be private at McColleys Chapel Cemetery in Georgetown.


Grace L. Ash -- Grace L. Ash, 93, of Bridgeville, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. She was born on Jan. 23, 1922 in Bridgeville to the late Leroy and Lillian Harris Moore. Grace worked at HP Cannon in Bridgeville, Malco Products in Milford, Seaford Woolworth Store for 25 years, and, as of last week, at Seaford Public Health where she was for the past 29 years. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning, reading her Bible, watching TV evangelists, and being around and helping people, especially children. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Norman I. Ash in 1967 and a brother, Melvin H. Moore. She is survived by a daughter, Lillian A. and (Richard) Huston of Seaford; a son, Lawrence C. Ash Sr. of Bridgeville; a nephew that they raised, Benjamin and (Patricia) Moore of Ft. Myers, Fla.; four grandchildren, Chrystal and (James) Willey of Seaford, Angela and (Brian) Howard of Seaford, Lawrence and (Susan) Ash Jr. of Ocean View, and Lt. Col. Phillip and (Denise) Ash of San Clemente, Calif.; 11 great-grandchildren, Joshua and Jared Willey, Angie, Lawrence III, James and Adam Ash, Megan, Daniel and Arron Howard, Kristin and Sydney Ash; and many great-great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, where friends may call from 1-2 p.m. Interment will be held at Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, 1901 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803.


James Raymond Poppy Reagan -- James Raymond Poppy Reagan, 88, of St. Johns, Fla., passed away on Fathers Day, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Born in Camden, N.J. in 1926, he was the son of the late Anne McCloskey Reagan and James R. Reagan. Poppy is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Gloria Nonnie Smith Reagan and a large family who loves him dearly. Poppy graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1943, and served in World War II, where he was a 17-year-old 2nd Lt. in the Armys First Cavalry division, stationed in Japan and responsible for transportation and logistics. Poppy later received a scholarship to Princeton University, where he studied until transferring to the University of Delaware. At Delaware, he received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1949, and was founder and president of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. It was there that Poppy met Nonnie, a Bridgeville native, on a blind date, and promised her a life of love and adventure. They were married on Jan. 2, 1950 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Seaford, and moved to Chattanooga, Tenn. where Poppy joined the DuPont Company. Military service called them to California, where Poppy served in support of the Korean Conflict. Later they transferred back to Delaware, enabling Poppy to continue a long and successful career with the DuPont Company at the worlds largest nylon producing plant in Seaford. Nonnie and Poppy made their home in Laurel, raising five children, including Michael James Reagan of Dagsboro; Stephen Daniel Reagan of Mountain View, Calif.; John Walton Reagan (Jewel) of Seaford; James Kevin Reagan (Tana) of Herndon, Va.; and Elizabeth Reagan Milo (Gregg) of Jacksonville, Fla. Nonnie and Poppy have another son whom they adopted in their hearts, Michael Foskey (Tammy) of Lago Vista, Texas. Poppy was the proud and loving grandfather to Joseph Patrick Reagan Milo (Caitlin) of Swedesboro, N.J.; Tara Anne Elizabeth Reagan of Arlington, Va.; Colin McCloskey Milo of Jacksonville; and Jackie Skye Reagan and James Leonardo Reagan, both of Herndon. Poppys promise of adventure is one he kept, camping with his family in places that included California, Jekyll Island, Ga. and Orlando, Fla., Mazatl£n (Mexico), Quebec (Canada), and many spots in between. He and Nonnie visited all but one state (North Dakota), and all but one continent (Antarctica). It was during their travels to Ireland that a special memory was made. When President Reagan died, the mayor of the Presidents ancestral village opened the Reagan Museum to host Poppy on a personal tour. A photo of Poppy, connecting another American Reagan to the town during the time of international mourning, appeared on the front page of the Irish Times. During his career, Poppy became a professional engineer, as well as a certified ergonomist who introduced ergonomics to the manufacturing environment at DuPont, as well as to other leading industries. Consulting assignments included a lengthy stay in Australia, and travels to Bali, Malaysia, and Morocco. Poppy served in many professional organizations, including The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Delaware Association of Professional Engineers, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He also served in numerous civic roles, such as president of the Laurel High School Booster Club, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and lifetime member of the American Legion. He was a longtime Navy football fan and season ticket holder, while also supporting the Blue Hens of Delaware. In 1991, Poppy retired to Florida, where he and Nonnie made their home first in Palm Coast, then in Julington Creek, and finally in Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, where he was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church in Mandarin. While successful in business, Poppys greatest legacy is the example he set in faith, charity, integrity, and hard work. These live on in his family, who remain grateful for the time with him, and who will hold him in their hearts always. It is fitting that he lived until the evening of Fathers Day, surrounded by his family, who showered love, admiration, and gratitude on their beloved patriarch. A Memorial Mass will be held at the historic St. Josephs Catholic Church in Mandarin, Fla. on Thursday, June 25, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Camden Catholic High School, 300 Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. Arrangements are in the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, Jacksonville, Fla.


Laurence T. Bell -- A viewing for Overseer Laurence T. Bell, 66, of Laurel, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at his church, Maranatha Holistic Gospel Fellowship, 1370 Sussex Hwy., Greenwood. The funeral will be held at Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Rd., Georgetown, on Friday, June 26, with a viewing from 9-11 a.m. and the service from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. A legacy celebration in honor of Laurence T. Bell (Community Repast) will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, at the Laurel Fire Hall, 205 W. 10th St., Laurel. Cocktail or upscale casual attire. The family plans to honor Laurence Bell by completing four projects-in-progress that were close to his heart. If you wish to support this effort, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to: Mr. Brian Bell, 777 S. Broad St., Unit 401, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com to offer words of comfort.


Ernest Glenn Adams -- Ernest Glenn Adams, 56, died on Friday, June 19, 2015, at his home in Delmar, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Oct. 9, 1958 in Easton, Md., a son of the late Marion and Elizabeth (Lockwood) Adams. Glenn, as he was known by all, grew up learning the value of hard work by working on the farm with his grandfather. After graduating from high school he proudly served his country in the US Army. He enjoyed his work which included serving Anderson County, S.C. as deputy sheriff, working as a truck driver and his greatest passion, working as a Sussex County paramedic for 21 years. He also enjoyed helping in fire service and was a past member of Marydel, Seaford, Laurel and Delmar volunteer fire departments. He was a longtime, avid Green Bay Packers fan and loved the outdoors, especially hunting with his friends and his son and riding his Harley Davidson. He is survived by his wife, Lisa K. Adams; five children, Adam J.R. Coleman and wife Lindsay, Marie Adams, Beth Humes and husband Ben, Megan Callaway and husband Amos and Lauren Fleetwood; nine grandchildren, Hannah Coleman, Shane Adams and Zoe Adams, Madison Callaway, Taylor, Talon, Bristol, Shiloh and Lorelai Humes; a sister, Darlene Adams States; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his best friend and co-worker, Jim Gijanto. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca J. Adams. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, June 24, from 6-8 p.m. at Short Funeral Home in Delmar and on Thursday, June 25 from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Delmar Fire Department. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Delmar Fire Department. Pastor Larry Whaley will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow the services at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.


George T. JR Morean Jr. -- George T. JR Morean Jr., 74, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2015. JR retired from the DuPont Co. in Seaford in 1999, after 35 years of service. He was a veteran of the US Army and a member of the American Legion, Post 28 in Millsboro. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Laverne Rementer Morean; a son, Paul Morean; two daughters, Lynn Morean and Sherri Brittingham (Scott); two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 22, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Legion, Post 28, 31768 Legion Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966.


Frances M. Savage -- Frances M. Savage, 92, daughter of the late Daisy and Samuel Cephas, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Mrs. Savage was a caregiver and cook in Seaford for several years. The highlight of her life was spending time with her grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Savage was preceded in death by her twins, Carolyn and Robert; her husband, Fred E. Savage; son, Burton and daughters, Eunice Abbott and Mary Savage. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Jones and Annie Cephas. She is survived by her loving children, Florence (Ben) Cannon, Irene Purnell, Valentina Purnell, Frederick (Denise) Savage, Delbert (Rhoda) Savage, Denise (Wayne) Trammell, Joannie Stevenson, Elmer (Felicia) Savage and Candise Savage; 29 grandchildren; 59 great grandchildren; 28 great-great grandchildren; one great-great-great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, at the Church of God, 425 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford, where visitation for family and friends will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Odd Fellow Cemetery. Visit benniesmithfuneralhome.com to offer words of comfort.


James W. Scott -- James W. Scott, 71, of Georgetown passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. James was born in Lewes on Feb. 10, 1944. He was a veteran of the US Army, serving during the Vietnam War. He was the assistant supervisor for Delaware DOT in Laurel. He was a Life Member of the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company and VFW #4961 in Seaford, and a member of the Laurel American Legion Post #19. He enjoyed camping, fishing, going to the beach and especially spending time with family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sara Shockley Parker; stepfather, Samuel Parker and father, Wesley W. Scott. He is survived by his wife, Ruth E. Scott; son and daughter-in-law, Allen J. and Michelle M. Scott; brother and sister-in-law, Alton W. and Barbara Scott; two grandchildren, Brandon A. Scott and Leilani Hardy; best friend, Eddie Wise Sr.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at noon on Tuesday, June 23, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call after 11 a.m. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: The American Kidney Foundation, 11921 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852; Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803-0163.


Jean A. Lundy -- Jean A. Lundy, 92, of Seaford, died on Monday, June 16, 2015. Jean is survived by her daughter, Carol B. Milam and her husband Dan; two grandsons, James W. Morris (Jenifer) and Andrew Morris (Nickie); a great-granddaughter, Caroline Morris and a sister, Christine Spiering. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 19, at Henlopen Memorial Park, 28787 Lockman Rd., Milton. 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.


Richard E. Verbeke -- Richard E. Verbeke, 80, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Richard retired from Jefferson Township School District in New Jersey. He was a member of Acia Masonic Lodge in Dover, N.J. and the American Legion in Laurel. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan Verbeke; seven children, Richard Verbeke (Ivona), Henry Verbeke (Joyce), Thomas Verbeke (Karen), Diana Critchlaw, John Verbeke (Carrie), David Verbeke (Leslie) and Edwin Verbeke; 19 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a sister, Sharon Curving. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Friday evening, June 19, from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery.


OBIT-Wade Renee Temple Leverage Wade -- Renee Temple Leverage Wade, 55, was escorted into the arms of her heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, due to cardiac arrest. She was in her home in Pompano Beach, Fla. Renee was born on Dec. 12, 1959, attended school in Easton, Md., and graduated from Colonel Richardson. She enjoyed a career as a hair stylist and color specialist, and was also gifted in wardrobe and interior design. In 2005, Renee married Benjamin Franklin Wade III, an Army veteran and retired tradesman, and they were deeply devoted to each other. Frank went to be with the Lord on Aug. 3, 2013. Renee is survived by her father, John Leverage and stepmother Shirley P. Leverage of Seaford; her mother, Barbara Banning Granger Marine and stepfather, Carl Melvin Marine of Greenwood; and her siblings, Marcel Leverage Mellein, J. C. Leverage Jr., Kristin M. Leverage, Michael Granger, Stewart T. Granger, Traci C. Granger, Shane P.C. Granger, Marvin Marine, and Melinda Marine Messick. A tribute and celebration of Renees life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, at Crossroad Community Church in Georgetown. Interment will be private.


Jane Botjer Beideman -- Jane Botjer Beideman, 71, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. She was born on Nov. 8, 1943 in Federalsburg, the daughter of the late William Botjer and Fannie Lee Botjer. She was a member of the last graduating class of Federalsburg High School in 1961. She worked as a supervisor at Maryland Plastics and retired as a cutter for E.I. DuPont in Seaford. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Federalsburg where she served in the United Methodist Women. She volunteered at the Board of Childcare in Denton, Md., for many years. She was a member of the Caroline Chapter #62 Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Tribbitt, his wife Kristine and their daughter that Jane called her China Doll, Madilyn, all of New Market, Md.; her sister, Evelyn Custis of Federalsburg; a half-sister, Darlene MacDonald of Silver Spring, Md.; and a nephew, Chip Custis and his wife Crystal and their son Trey, all of Camden. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, at Christ United Methodist Church in Federalsburg with the Rev. Dan Walker officiating. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg. The family will receive friends at Framptom Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, June 16 from 6 to 8 with an Eastern Star Service starting at 7. Friends may also visit at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Board of Child Care,  Karen McGee, 27993 Substation Rd., Denton, MD 21629 or Christ Church, PO Box 234, Federalsburg, MD 21632. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Daniel Andrew Daisey -- Daniel Andrew Daisey, 26, of Leadville, Colo., passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, Colo. He was born in Seaford on April 26, 1989, son of Harry C. and Sally Ann (Holland) Daisey of Bridgeville. Daniel graduated from Woodbridge High School in 2007. He received his bachelors degree in kinesiology from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., where he ran track and field. He proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserve in Iraq. Daniel was adventurous, athletic and loved snowboarding on the slopes of Colorado. He also enjoyed hunting, hiking, surfing and camping. He was a good friend to many and a lover of dogs. His family will dearly miss him. In addition to his parents, Daniel is survived by his fianc←e, Sonny Preston of Leadville; three brothers: Dennis Daisey of Washington, D.C., Robert Richey Jr. of Bridgeville, and Adam Richey of Millsboro; and his beloved canine companions, Charlotte and Vito. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Bridgeville Cemetery, Market & Laws Sts., Bridgeville. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Daniels memory to Donor Alliance, Inc., 720 S. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 800 N, Denver, CO 80246. Please visit Daniels Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Lottie B. Neill -- Lottie B. Neill, 91, of Delmar, died on Monday, June 8, 2015 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. She was born on Sept. 9, 1923 in Salisbury, Md., a daughter of the late Thomas Bowden and Marie Layfield Bowden. Raised in a large family during the Great Depression, Lottie learned the value of hard work. She worked 45 years as a devoted and skilled presser at the Manhattan Shirt Factory. She was a longtime member of the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and a life member of the Delmar VFW Ladies Auxiliary. The support of our nations veterans was always very important to her as she was always very active in the USO and other military support organizations. She was an excellent cook and will be remembered for her fried chicken, sweet potato biscuits and applesauce cakes. She was also an excellent dancer and loved to jitterbug. She kept an immaculate lawn and enjoyed being outdoors in her yard and with her flowers. Lottie was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister who always looked forward to her monthly lunch dates with her sisters. She is survived by four children, Ginger Scott, Donna Bennett (Bill), Harry Neill (Dottie) and Charlotte Neill Melvin (Norris); 10 grandchildren, Randy Scott, Ronda Mitchell, Wanda Rice, Dawn Wright, Kevin Beauchamp, Kandra Czwalina, Christopher Neill Sr., Kelly Neill Mowbray, Andrea Hudson and Teresa Workman; 23 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by four siblings, Nettie Thomas Timmons, Ernest Bowden (Jean), Roland Bowden (Joyce) and Carrie Bradford; a sister-in-law, Vita; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Neill, who passed in 1990; a grandson, Billy Scott; a great-grandson, Bergden; and brothers and sisters, Thomas, John, Irene, Virginia, June, Marylee, Mildred and Anna. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 12, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. The Rev. Kenneth Athey will officiate. Interment will follow at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron.


Ruth B. Adams -- Ruth B. Adams, 91, died after a long illness at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. She was born on Nov. 10, 1923 in Middletown, a daughter of the late William J. and Lida (Swiggett) Brown. Ruth had lived all her life in Bridgeville. She and her late husband, Alvin C. Adams, had been part owners of T. G. Adams & Sons, Inc. of Bridgeville, Tri-Gas & Oil Co. Inc. of Federalsburg, Md. and Adams Farms of Bridgeville. She was a founding life member of The Bridgeville Historical Society, Inc. and life member of the Governor Ross Mansion and Plantation of the Seaford Historical Society, Inc. In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband, Alvin C. Adams in 1988 and her son-in-law, Melvin L. Joseph Sr. She is survived by a son, Thurman W. Doc Adams and his wife Rose of Seaford, who had seen to her care for the past several years. She is also survived by a daughter, Ruthi A. Joseph of Millsboro; two grandsons, James R. Adams and his wife Alisa of Lewes and William G. Adams of New York City; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles H. and Ruth C. Brown of Bridgeville; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A private entombment was held earlier in the family crypt at the Bridgeville Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville. It was her request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Bridgeville Historical Society, Inc., PO Box 306, Bridgeville, DE 19933 or The Seaford District Library and Cultural Center, 600 N. Market St. Ext., Seaford, DE 19973. Please visit Ruths Life Memorial webpage and sign the online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Joann M. Coughenour -- Joann M. Coughenour, 72, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Joann retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford in 2000 after 34 years of service. She later worked for Roses in Seaford and Peninsula Dry Cleaners. She loved doing crafts and crossword puzzles and sewing. She is survived by two daughters, Lynn Morean and Sherri Brittingham (Scott); two grandchildren, Brandy Johnson and Amber Brittingham; four great-grandchildren and a brother, Larry Passwaters (Faye). Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 2 to 3. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery.


Roland Craig Vickery -- Roland Craig Vickery, 89, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Lifecare at Lofland Park, Seaford. Born in Wilmington, the son of the late Ada Linn and Roland F. Vickery, he was a machinist at the DuPont Company in Seaford before retiring. He was an Army veteran and a member of Woodland United Methodist Church. He loved to reminisce about DuPont Company, life on the farm, gardening and he was a nature lover. Roland loved his family dearly. He is survived by his daughter, Wanda L. Miller and her husband William of Seaford; a brother, Earle Vickery of Felton; and grandchildren Steven Miller of Seaford and Brandon Miller of Los Angeles. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Melvin Vickery and a brother, Lynn Vickery. Services were held on Saturday, June 6, at Watson Yates Funeral Home, Front and King Sts., Seaford. Burial was in Bloomery Cemetery, Federalsburg, Md.


Vernon Northrup, 96- Vernon Northrup passed away on March 23. He was born September 19, 1918 in Wilmington, Del to the late Edna Streeter and Clarence James Northrup. He was the eldest son and preceded in death by brothers, Eugene of Seaford, Malcolm of Cambridge, MD and adopted brother Jerry and adopted sister Peggy and a son, Van. Growing up in Delmar he spent summers at camp on the Nanticoke. He enjoyed the trains, and later in life along with his brothers enjoyed model trains. Vernon graduated from Delmar High Scool, 1937, Wake Forest College 1941, and Crozer Theological Seminary, 1944. He attended Navy Chaplains School at the College of William and Mary. He met his wife, Agnes and they married in Gardena California, 1945. They moved 25 times during his 29 years of active duty. Later they settled in San Diego, California and in 2002 moved to Beaumont,Texas. He is survived by wife, Agnes and daughter Nancy McMillan, Beaumont, Texas. There was a memorial service at Calder Woods on March 27. Vernon did not want a formal funeral service, the Rev. Fuller called the service a Gathering.


Carl E. Thacker Jr. -- Carl E. Thacker Jr., 54, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at home. Carl was a parts salesman for Hoober Farm Supply in Seaford for 10 years. He was a veteran of the US Army. He was a member of the Seaford Moose Club and the Federalsburg (Md.) VFW. He loved camping, NASCAR and the Redskins. He is survived by his wife of eight years, Tracy Head Thacker; one son, Carl E. Thacker III; two daughters, Ashley Hudson (Jason) and Tori Luff; three grandchildren, Alexis Nickerson, Derek Nickerson and Kelsey Hudson and a brother, Tony Thacker (Meri). Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Carl E. Thacker Sr. and Anna Thacker Parker and a sister, Anna Marie Thacker. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Monday evening from 6 to 8 and Tuesday from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery.


Oliver Adley Buddy Kendall Jr., -- Oliver Adley Buddy Kendall Jr., 59, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Kent General Hospital after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his immediate family. A former resident of Seaford, he lived in Dover. Buddy graduated from Smyrna High School in 1974 and worked as a buyer/purchasing manager for Bloch & Guggenheimer/Polaner in Hurlock, Md., Noland Company in Seaford, and Taylor Marine in Milford. Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Anna Mae Kendall; stepfather, Harry Hall; sister, LouAnn Briscoe; and two brothers, David Lee Kendall and Harry Preston Hall. He is survived by his brothers, C. Michael Kendall of Dover and L. Carl (Debbie) Kendall of Florida; sisters, Helen Kendall of Dover and Karen (Wayne) Curry of Wyoming; a daughter from his marriage to Bonnie Ward Kendall, Anna Marie (Robbie) Brode and her children, Robert and Rylan; stepsons, Andrew (Jessica) Jackson and their children, Amelia and Leo; and Aaron (Jill) Jackson and their children, Logan and Emorie; his partner, Kristina Lentz Mujica and her daughters, Rosemarie and Kristina; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. At Buddys request there will not be any services. He donated his body to the Humanity Gifts Registry to be used for study and research. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Centennial UMC with Code Purple on the memo line, 44 E. Mt. Vernon St., Smyrna, DE 19977.


Loretta Mitchell Rubino -- Loretta Mitchell Rubino of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 1, 2015, at the Methodist Manor House surrounded by her loving family. Loretta was the daughter of the late Harry and Lillian Mitchell. She was a 1949 graduate of Laurel High School. She worked for the Laurel School District from 1968 to 1982. She was a charter member of the Laurel Alumni Association and a devout member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her husband, especially to Florida. Her greatest love was her family. An amazing cook, she also enjoyed Bingo, dominos, and ceramics. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, the late Martin A. Rubino and her beloved son, Richard M. Rubino. Mrs. Rubino leaves behind her children, Terry Cline (Fred), Donna Willin, Mark Rubino (Brenda), Steve Rubino (Lil) and Dean Rubino (Linda); daughter-in-law, Maureen Rubino; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; her god-daughter, Angela Calio, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. A viewing will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 5, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Seaford. Interment will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Blades. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Dennis Glime -- Dennis Glime, 73, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015, at home with his family at his bedside. He was the son of the late Norman Glime and Dorothy Glime Davis. Dennis was a retired truck driver. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Debbie and their son, Andrew Glime. Also surviving are a daughter, Dawn Bradshaw of Laurel; a brother, Ronald; a sister, Susan; half sisters, Donna Ann and Jenna Lee; three godsons, TJ (Timothy), Donald and Kyle; and granddaughters, Katilyn, Kyleigh and MacKenzie. He is also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Wade Glime. A memorial service will be held at Grace Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses.


George Thomas Messick Jr. -- George Thomas Messick Jr., 79, of Delmar, Md., passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was born at home in Georgetown on Feb. 17, 1936, to the late George Thomas Messick and Frances Isabelle (Littleton) Messick. He grew up on many Townsend chicken ranches of Sussex County and rode his bicycle delivering newspapers for Henry Parks Newsstand. Prior to graduation from Georgetown High School in 1954, he followed the family tradition and enlisted in the Delaware National Guards early entry program. He retired after 38 years as Sgt. Major HHC280th Signal Battalion in Georgetown. He was elected to the Delaware National Guard NCO Hall of Fame at Bethany Beach. He was currently employed as counter manager at Cherokee Lanes in Salisbury. He was a goalie on the roller hockey teams at Skateland and Skateworld and numerous other area rinks. Known as MADDOG, he was a diehard bowler in leagues at Wicomico, Seaford, Rehoboth, and Cherokee Lanes. He served for many years as secretary-treasurer of Salisbury Bowling Association, certified youth bowling coach and Maryland State Youth and ABC Board. He was inducted into the Salisbury Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He was a part of the Warrington Stock Car Racing Team at the Georgetown Race Track and an avid NASCAR and Jeff Gordon fan. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Elaine Messick; three daughters, Melody Messick and her friend Dale of Gettysburg, Pa., Melissa Messick of Waynesboro, Pa., and Michelle Horne and her husband Justin of Bridgeville; five grandchildren, Mariah Russell, Damian Price and Jenna Price of Waynesboro, Pa., and Fantasy and Journey Hopkins of Bridgeville; and his first wife, Norah Collins of Waynesboro, Pa. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Donald, and Clayton; and a sister, Frances Ann. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 and from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 5 at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, followed by the funeral service at 11:30. The Rev. Phyllis Walton will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. Contributions may be made in his memory to your local youth bowling league. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Herman John Ockels Jr. -- Herman John Ockels Jr., 83, of Seaford, passed away at home on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Herman was born on Aug. 12, 1931, the son of the late Herman John Sr. and Nellie Ockels. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Frances Nora Ockels and a son, Bruce Ockels. He was a lifelong dairy farmer in Seaford. Herman is survived by two sons, Burton Ockels (Sue) and Martin Ockels and two daughters, Nancy Marine (Brian) and Susan Ockels, all of Seaford; a brother, Rueben Ockels of Milton; a sister, Bernice Whaley of Seaford; nine grandchildren and six and a half great-grandchildren. Funeral services and burial will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Pamela Sue Conaway Crick -- Pamela Sue Conaway Crick, 51, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Pamela worked for Walmart in Seaford. She was the daughter of Nita Craft Conaway and the late Warren Emerson Conaway. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Richard Lee Conaway. In addition to her mother, Pamela is survived by the love of her life, Rick Howell; three daughters, Kimberly Conaway, Amanda Prince and Angela Prince; her aunt, Rita Layton; her uncle, Donald Craft and four grandchildren. Pamela loved people and life. She was very friendly and outgoing. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Bethel United Methodist Church, 2381 Neal School Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Roberta B. Garten -- Roberta B. Garten, 86, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2015, at Loftland Park Center in Seaford. Roberta was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late Capt. Garland Bloodsworth and Olevia Messick Bloodsworth. Roberta was a professional business secretary. She graduated from Laurel High School and Beacom College. Mrs. Garten is survived by a stepdaughter, Beverly Whiteford (Pete); grandsons, Christopher, William, and Matthew Whiteford; great-grandsons, Perry and Leo Whiteford; a daughter, Tracye Carey and nieces, Jane Foskey and Ann Elliott. In addition to her parents, Roberta was preceded in death by her husband, William Garten, and her siblings, Catherine James, Garland Bloodsworth Jr., James Bloodsworth, Daniel Bloodsworth and Jenny B Hall. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


William Bill Henry Pollard -- William Bill Henry Pollard, 76, of Seaford, and formerly of Greensboro, Md., passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Born on Jan. 16, 1939 in Denton, Md., he was the son of the late Edward Thomas Pollard and Audrey Hicks Pollard. Bill proudly served his country in the National Guard and in the United States Army. In his youth he enjoyed playing softball. Bill was a barber for over 20 years, and he also owned and operated his own poultry farm in Greensboro. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Harrington. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Norma Jean Pollard of Seaford; his children, Dale Pollard of Federalsburg, Md., Duane Pollard of Seaford, and Donna Pollard of Seaford; two sisters, Joyce Newcomb of St. Michaels, Md. and Gerry Breeding of Laurel; two grandchildren, Leslie Pollard and Laura Pollard; great-grandson, Logan Pollard, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Pollard. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Agnes Anne Gollery -- Agnes Anne Gollery, 79, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. She was born on July 11, 1935, to William J. Gollery and Elizabeth (Henneman) Gollery in Baltimore, Md. Agnes was a social worker for the State of Delaware for many years. She enjoyed the beach and reading and loved her family. Agnes was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church for many years. She is survived by her children, Stephen Couzens and wife Kathleen of Allen, Texas, Tom Couzens III and wife Betsy of Elk Grove, Calif., Colleen Ellis and husband Jeff of Salisbury, Md., Susan Rivers and husband Bob of Millersville, Md. and Anne Chandler and husband Eddie of Berlin, Md.; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers, William Gollery of Keller, Texas and Francis Gollery, Bob Gollery and Thom Gollery, all of Baltimore, Md. In addition to her parents, Agnes was preceded in death by her former husband, Thomas Couzens Jr. and sister, Mary Patricia Howard. A memorial service will be held at St. John's, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23.


Ann Marie Hart -- Ann Marie Hart, 80, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Ann Marie was born in Avoca, Pa. and retired from SLC Graphics in Pittston, Pa. She belonged to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford where she was a member of Our Ladys Tears, a group that makes rosary beads. She loved to solve crossword puzzles and was a member of the Red Hat Society. Ann Marie is survived by five sons, Jim Hart (Jill), Mike Hart (Lonna), Bob Hart (Laura), Frank Hart and Ron Hart (Debra); a daughter, Judy Armiger (Jay); a brother, Joe Ostroski (Stephanie); 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call on Saturday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 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 St. Jude Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


William Benjamin Ben Botkin -- William Benjamin Ben Botkin, 25, of Monterey, Va., passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015. He was born on July 11, 1989, in Staunton, Va., a son of George Ronald Ronnie and Caroline Jean (Benson) Botkin of Monterey. Ben was a pipe liner foreman for a natural gas company. He was an avid outdoorsman who especially enjoyed bear hunting and was also a truck puller. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and National Wild Turkey Federation. His paternal grandparents, George Jack and Charlotte Botkin and maternal grandfather, Les Benson preceded him in death. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Jean Botkin of Seaford and Emily Charlotte Ashby (Botkin) McRobie and husband Jonathon of Elk Garden, W.V.; his brother, Ethan Cole Botkin of Monterey; niece, Adalynn Virginia McRobie; maternal grandmother, Jean Burns Benson of Seaford and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, Va., with George Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Head Waters Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Seth Armstrong, Matt Eye, Steven Wimer, Jon McRobie, Adam Botkin, Ronnie Moyers, Logan Armstrong and Tom Hull. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, at Obaugh Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McDowell Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Delbert Rexrode, 527 Windrush Lane, Doe Hill, VA 24433 or Highland Education Foundation, c/o Tracey McCray, PO Box 402, Monterey, VA 24465. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.obaughfuneralhome.com.


Shirley T. Abbott -- Shirley T. Abbott, 80, of Delmar, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was born on Nov. 19, 1934 in Crisfield, Md., a daughter of the late Augustus and Nelda Thomas. Shirley was an avid supporter of Delmar athletics, especially the football team where she could be found ringing the cowbell during the games. She will be remembered for always helping others, as she was the co-founder of the Second Wind Halfway House where she helped many people through their addictions. She had 42 years of sobriety with Alcoholics Anonymous. She was also the founder of the crime watch on Elizabeth Street, where she loved and watched out for her many neighbors. Shirley was an animal lover and was quite fond of her grandsons dogs, Donovan, Bert, and Taz. She was also an organ donor with the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. She is survived by a son, Keith A. Artie Abbott Sr. and two daughters, Penny L. Glasgow and Ilah M. Preston and her husband Chris, all of Delmar; grandchildren, CJ Preston (Heather), Keith Preston (Leslie), Alan Preston, Freddie Glasgow, Jason Glasgow (Laura) and Artie Abbott Jr; great-grandchildren, Elle Preston, Rowan Preston, Brody Preston, Seneca Glasgow, Maci Mae Preston, and Koevie Abbott; a special friend, Dee Lehman; and several nieces and nephews in Michigan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Keith K. Abbott; a brother, Leroy Thomas; and two beloved aunts, Mamie Nock and Irene Collins. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, where visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: Delmar Athletic Booster Club, 200 N. 8th St., Delmar, DE 19940 or Delmar Fire Department, PO Box 143, Delmar, DE 19940.


Rev. Clark Shaffer Culp- --Rev. Clark Shaffer Culp, 86, of Pittsburgh, Pa., passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the UPMC Mercy Hospital. Born October 6, 1928, in Trafford, Pa., he was the son of the late Rev. LeRoy Thomas and Catherine Mae (Shaffer) Culp. In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Virginia (Sengstack) Culp; his 2nd wife, Ernestine (Chronowit) Culp; a granddaughter, Kathryn Margaret Harr; a neice, Maedith (Culp) Hopper and two brothers, Rev. Thomas L. Culp and Rev. David G. Culp. Rev. Culp graduated from Trafford High School in 1946. He attended Metropolitan Bible School and graduated from Eastern Bible Institute in 1949. Rev. Culp was a Church of God (Cleveland, TN) minister having served in Washington D.C., Indiana, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. His love of preaching continued into his retirement during which time he filled in as interim pastor at several churches in Pittsburgh. He ministered daily to people he encountered until his passing. He was involved in many pastoral associations. Rev. Culp loved to sing and play the trumpet. As a young adult he travelled with a gospel quartet. He enjoyed following sports, rooting for all teams Pittsburgh. He was well known for his love and knowledge of automobiles and for the immaculate care he took of his cars. He is survived by three children, Clark S. Culp, Jr. (former wife Judy Cook) of Seaford and their children, Amy Willey ( husband, Jason) and Jenny Baxter (husband, Ian); Kathy S. Miller (husband, Jack) of Seaford and their children, David Miller, Greg Miller (wife, Laura), Margaret Molly Miller and Randy Miller; Nancy R. Wolfe (husband, Jerry) of Boonsboro and their children, Rachel Hardy (husband, Danny), Tyler Wolfe and David Wolfe (wife, Brittany). He had 15 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Inurnment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown. There will be a memorial service to honor Rev. Culps life on Saturday, June 20th, 2015 at 11:00 am. At Salem United Methodist Church, 25 S. Main Street, Keedysville, Md. 21756. Pastors Robert G. Brennan, Jr and Elizabeth LeMaster will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to: Bethany Hospice, 875 Greentree Road, Bldg #6 Parkway Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15220.


Joyce Anderson Webster -- Joyce Anderson Webster, 81, of Salisbury, Md., passed away peacefully on Friday, May 22, 2015, at the John B. Parsons Home in Salisbury. Born in Milford on Dec. 11, 1933, she was the only child of Elwood Joseph Anderson and Sarah Reynolds Scotton. Joyces parents were killed when they were struck by an automobile when she was 4-years-old. She was reared by her grandparents. Joyce attended public school in Seaford and graduated from Seaford High School in 1951. She was a resident of Seaford until she married Walter D. Webster on Dec. 7, 1973 and then moved to Salisbury. Joyce and Walter owned summer residences in Ocean City and Fenwick for 35 years during which they spent the summer months. In her early adult life, she was employed by Drs. Rawlins and Adamopolus in Seaford and Salisbury. After marriage, Joyce and her husband joined in several business enterprises including Martinis Restaurant, Butler-Jones Air Freight and A&W Homes. For 20 years, along with her husband, she owned and operated The Gospel Shop in Salisbury which was reputed to be one of the top five Christian book stores in the nation. Through the years she delighted in her flowers and dogs, Sammy and Winston. She and her husband did extensive training including all 50 states and most of the Northern Hemisphere. Joyce was a devout Christian and attributed that part of her life to the Rev. Roland Tice. She enjoyed her church membership at Trinity United Methodist Church. She was a prolific reader and spent at least two hours with her Bible every morning. She enjoyed attending Christian events and fellowship with her Christian friends. Joyce is survived by her husband of 41 years, Walter D. Webster; three children from her first marriage to Glen Sizemore, Pamela S. Render and her husband John of Parsonsburg, Md., G. Scott Sizemore and wife Rhonda of Salisbury and Greg W. Sizemore and wife Jamie of Seaford; five stepchildren, Pamela Ward, Arthur D. Webster, Nancy Parkes, Lisa E. Davis, all of Salisbury and Mary Hudson of Rehoboth; four grandchildren, Chris Render and wife Charity, Peter Render and wife Emily, Lara Banks and husband Tim and Amanda Sizemore; seven step-grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Salisbury. Visitation will be held on Friday evening, May 29 from 6-8, at Holloway Funeral Home and on Saturday one hour before the service. Interment will be at Parsons Cemetery in Salisbury. A reception will be held following the funeral service at Delmarva Evangelist Church Community Center on Gordy Road, Salisbury. Contributions may be made in her memory to Coastal Hospice, 2604 Old Ocean City Blvd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


Robert Bob L. Castle Jr. -- Robert Bob L. Castle Jr., 76, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, May 15, 2015. He was diagnosed with cancer a short time before his death. Bob was born in Baltimore, Md., on Friday, May 20, 1938, son of the late Robert L. and Barbara (Beard) Castle. Bob graduated from Glen Burnie High School in Glen Burnie, Md. He proudly served four years in the U.S. Air Force where he received his pilots license and flew privately. He worked and retired from United Airlines and later started his own business repairing lawnmowers in Pasadena, Md. In 2003, Bob and his family moved to Bridgeville, where he re-opened his business, Chelsea Lawn Mower. Bob loved his work, family, friends, neighbors and customers. Bob is survived by his wife, Ann Castle, a daughter, Robin Castle and a grandson, Ethan Castle, all of Bridgeville; a sister-in-law, Maxine Martin of Galax, Va.; a nephew, Charles Martin and his wife Nancy of Wilkesboro, N.C.; a niece, Sharon Alexander and her husband Rodney of Hillsville, Va.; and a nephew, Terry Martin and his wife Sukie of Columbia, S.C. The family wishes to thank Delaware Hospice, Dr. Romano and Dr. Mackler for their compassion and professionalism. The family also wishes to thank their neighbors, friends and church members for all their prayers, visits, compassion and their diligence. All services are private. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. The family suggests donations in Bobs memory to Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Please visit Bobs Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Barbara A. Nancarrow -- Barbara A. Nancarrow, 80, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Barbara was born in Stonersville, Pa., on Jan. 2, 1935, to Claude and Naomi Rissmiller. The first in her family to attend college, she graduated in 1956 with a degree in physical education from West Chester State Teachers College. She began her teaching career in the Milford School District in 1956 during the transition to integrated schools. After teaching for eight years, she married William M. Nancarrow and reared two children. During this time, she volunteered for the American Cancer Society, organizing events, driving women to Wilmington for mammograms, and helping to establish a tumor registry. Barbara returned to teaching in the Seaford School District in 1976, teaching elementary art, music, and physical education, middle school and high school physical education. While at Seaford Middle School, her most rewarding teaching experiences were volunteering with Special Olympics and teaching adaptive physical education to students in the Orthopedically Handicapped program. After retiring in 1997, she volunteered several days a week at Seaford High School with special education teacher Lourie Wheatley and they created a Saturday morning breakfast club where they read and discussed novels with students. Most nights, she could be seen at one of the local restaurants, working the room and catching up with old friends. Barbara was most proud of her two children, Bill and Susan, and her grandson Alex, and they were most proud of her lifetime commitment to helping others. She is survived by her son Bill, daughter-in-law Cheryl, and grandson Alex, of Brookline, Mass.; her daughter Susan of Seaford; and devoted friends Sandra Orbison and Lourie Wheatley. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 2701 Woodland Ferry Rd., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Friday evening from 6 to 8.


John Jack Francis Gibson -- Jack Gibson, 83, died on Friday, May 15, 2015, after a nine-year battle with Parkinsons Disease, surrounded by his family in the rural Seaford home that he and his wife, Janet scrimped, saved and labored to build almost 50 years ago. Jack Gibson was born in his parents house on Franklin Street in Wilmington on July 23, 1931. He was the youngest of three sons born to Francis J. and Mary (Sweeney) Gibson. He attended local parochial schools and went on to graduate high school from the Salesianum School, Class of 1949. In 1956, Jack started an apprenticeship and classwork to learn his craft as a sheet metal mechanic. That same year, he married his wife, Janet (Halas) Gibson. They spent the next 59 years together, through the end of his life, and raised their family of four children (Sean, Eric, Sharon and Shana), seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild. He was an active member of Sheet Metal Workers Local #59 out of Wilmington (now merged with Local #19 Philadelphia) fighting for better working conditions and benefits for its members. In the early 1960s, he and Jan relocated to Seaford where he worked at the DuPont Nylon Plant for more than 20 years. When the work at DuPont subsided, he labored on many large industrial construction projects throughout the mid-Atlantic region. He also passed along his trade knowledge to many students at Sussex County Vocational and Technical School in Georgetown where he was a teacher for several years. He retired in 1993 after more than 36 years in the trade. Jack was first and foremost a selfless family man. He took care of himself - habitually exercising and focusing on good nutrition throughout his life before it was mainstream to do so. He enjoyed working outside his rural home, reading classic literature and listening to Irish folk music, Jim Croce and Billy Joel. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford. He loved animals and was especially fond of cats, of which he and Janet kept several. He could tell a mean story and enjoyed a cold beer or a rum/bourbon and Coke at the end of the day. Jack had a lifelong passion for all things sports, especially baseball. He built upon his sand lot days and as a standout high school shortstop at Sallies to become a lifelong student of the sport. He enjoyed hundreds of hours with his kids and grandkids having a catch, throwing batting practice, coaching situational drills and watching their games. In the early 1970s, he coached a number of Little League teams in Seaford. He brought out the best in his teams and had a calm wisdom which resulted in several league championships and regional tournament successes. He was also a dedicated Baltimore Orioles fan. Jacks passion for sports was passed on to his children and continues to live on with his grandchildren including Zack Gibson who plays baseball at the University of Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Marissa Gibson who rows for the University of Wisconsin. Jack was especially proud of his grandson, Derriks baseball accomplishments to date, including receiving numerous awards and being selected in the 2nd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Francis J. Jr. and Joseph F. Gibson. He is survived by his beloved wife and caregiver, Janet of Seaford; son Sean, his former wife Sharon (Fiori) and their son Zack of League City, Texas; son Eric, his wife Candace and their two daughters Marissa and Rylyn of San Diego, Calif.; daughter, Sharon Parker, her former husband Ben and their children Derrik Gibson and wife Rachel (Thomas) and daughter Caroline White and Madison Parker of Seaford; and Shana Bredbenner, her husband Clint and their sons Josh and Ty of Seaford. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. Father George Blasick will officiate. Visitation will take place immediately before the service from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Donations in memory of Jack may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, www.michaeljfox.org. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Mary Jane Phillips -- Mary Jane Phillips, 79, of Delmar, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of the late Lillian A. Moore and Mack Lee Phillips. Mary Jane was a retired seamstress. She loved the beach and the boardwalk, had many friends and very deep family roots in Bethel. She is survived by a son, Bruce Allen Wingate of Bridgeville; three daughters, Iris Wingate and Dawn Wingate of Seaford, and Holly Jean Andrew of Seaford; a sister, Madeline Watkins of Laurel; a very special niece, Peggy Wainwright of Laurel; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, James Phillips and a sister, Beulah Culver. A private graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 22, in Bethel Cemetery.


Karen E. Joseph -- Karen E. Joseph, 76, of Laurel, passed away at her home on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Born on Jan. 27, 1939, she was the daughter of the late I. Lee West and Sara McGee West. Karen was a registered nurse and had worked as a clinical manager at Peninsula Regional Medical Center for over 22 years. She was currently a staff nurse at Lakeside Assisted Living. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Albert Buddy Joseph of Laurel; two sons, Otts Joseph and his wife Sutton and Al Joseph and his wife Laurie; grandchildren, Kristin Calloway and husband Dewey, Jackie Morris, Julie Shockley and husband Blair, Brittany Joseph, Lauren Joseph and fiance Darin Ruark, Karly Joseph, Morgan Joseph, Melissa Joseph, Alexa Joseph, and Peyton Joseph; great-grandchildren, Harper Shockley and Tucker Calloway; her brothers and sisters, Burt West, Ken West, Rosalynd West, and Jack West; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Karen was preceded in death by her brothers, Ben West and Otwell West. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at Centenary United Methodist Church, Market Street, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The family requests that you wear your favorite hat in memory of Karen. Pastor Tim Dukes, the Rev. Joseph Burris, and Burt West will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in memory of Karen Joseph, Nursing Excellence Fund, PRMC Foundation, 100 E. Carroll St., Salisbury, MD 21801. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short,


Betty Marie Parker Burlingame -- Betty Marie Parker Burlingame, 85, of Seaford, died on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Onancock, Va., she was the daughter of the late Marie Poulson and William Thomas Parker. She was a cafeteria worker in the Seaford School District, a member of Grace Baptist Church in Seaford and a member of the Whirlaways Square Dancers. She is survived by her husband, Charles Wilbur Burlingame; two sons, Timothy L. Burlingame and wife Jane of Laurel and David A. Burlingame and wife Regina of Seaford; a brother, Edward Parker of Charlotte, Va.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, in Barratts Chapel Cemetery, Frederica. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Janet Clayson Esterson -- Janet Clayson Esterson, 80, of Seaford, died on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Janet was born in Easton, Md., on July 27, 1934. She was the daughter of the late Wilbur Leon Taylor and Evelyn Collier Taylor and the granddaughter of the late Senator W. Oscar Collier and Simeon Brady II, owner of the Villa on the Miles River. She was also preceded in death by brothers, George, Virgil and Leon and sisters, Constance, Rowena and Phyllis. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dr. Neil E. Esterson; sons, Matthew Esterson of Seaford, Michael Esterson of Georgetown and Christopher of Seaford; daughter, Mollie A. Esterson of Seaford; grandsons, Matthew Esterson of Seaford, Christopher Esterson of Mobile, Ala. and Shawn Esterson of Norfolk, Va.; granddaughter, Courtney Cooper of Seaford; great-granddaughter, Paisley Esterson of Mobile and Lyla Cooper of Seaford. Janet and her husband Neil established Single Tree Stables Riding Academy in 1968, an institution now carried on by their daughter, Mollie. Later, Janet went into the hotelmotel management field, becoming general manager of the former Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn in Salisbury, Md., until her retirement when she enjoyed her lifelong passion for gardening, building beautiful botanical gardens on Singletree Farm in Seaford. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to your favorite charity.


Samuel Sandy Adams Blackwell -- Samuel Sandy Adams Blackwell, 78, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 11, 2015, with his family by his side. He was born on Aug. 23, 1936 in Cambridge, Md., the son of the late Jim and Adele Blackwell. Sandy spent his early childhood learning and loving the life of a Taylors Island waterman from his uncle, Robert Shenton. Sandy is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughter, Suzanne; son and daughter-in-law, David and Cindy; grandson, Jack and his faithful sidekick, Rocky. He is also survived by his brother, Barry and his brother, Jim and wife Shirley and their families. He was considered the Leader of the Clan to his many cousins and their families. Sandy leaves behind many wonderful friends. Sandy graduated from Seaford High School in 1954, and earned degrees from Gettysburg College and Salisbury University. After college graduation, Sandy enlisted in the US Army where he was assigned special projects at Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, N.J. He was honorably discharged in 1960. As a young professional, Sandy enjoyed working in sales for Barker Poultry, Ralston-Purina and Reuben H. Donnelly Corporation before finding his calling as a middle school teacher for the Seaford School District, retiring in 1991. After retiring, Sandy continued to be involved in education and youth counseling as well as sales for the Worlds Finest Chocolate Corporation. He returned to teaching at Delaware Technical and Community College as an adjunct math instructor until 2010. Boy Scouts was a big part of Sandys life. He was a counselor and waterfront director at Camp Rodney and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. One of Sandys greatest pleasures was his time spent on the water. He was very proud to have earned the title of Captain. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford, where the family will receive visitors beginning at noon. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. A celebration of Sandys life will begin at 3 p.m. Details will be provided at the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Heartwood Company, 24085 Snug Harbor Dr., Seaford, DE 19973.


Lina J. Rolph -- Lina J. Rolph, 90, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015. Lina worked many jobs over the years to help support her family including working as a seamstress at Walker Garment Factory and for people in her home. She was also a waitress at Monacos Restaurant and Harleys Restaurant. She was a very good sketch artist and a nature lover. She was a member of Blades United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and she was a member of the Blades Ladies. Her husband, C. Price Rolph Jr. died in 1993. She is survived by a son, Glenn Rolph (Vicky); three daughters, Rebecca Barrows, Sherry Boyd and Kelly McCarthy (Jeff); 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Rolph. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at Blades United Methodist Church, 306 S. Market St., Blades. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Monday evening, May 18, from 6 to 8 and at the church on Tuesday from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Blades United Methodist Church, 306 S. Market St., Blades, DE 19973.


Mildred Rae Hastings -- Mildred Rae Hastings, 99, of Laurel, died on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood, with her daughter by her side. She was born on Aug. 10, 1915 in Palmyra, N.J., a daughter of the late Raymond B. Shedaker and Lillie Johnson Shedaker. For over 30 years Mildred owned and drove a school bus in the Laurel School District, a job she truly enjoyed. She was a longtime member of the former Horsey Grove United Methodist Church. She loved the outdoors and could be found working in her vegetable garden or working in her yard. She was an excellent cook and will be remembered by many for her lemon meringue pies. Mrs. Hastings lived in the farmhouse until she was 96. She spent two years at the home of her daughter in Dover and a year with her granddaughter in Hebron, Md., before moving to the Greenwood Country Rest Home at the end of March. She had great strength of character and determination to overcome the obstacles that come with life. She taught many life lessons and sowed more than seeds in her garden. She is survived by a son, Clarke M. Hastings and wife Esther of Laurel; a daughter, Virginia R. Hickman and husband Edgar of Dover; a daughter-in-law, Laura Ann Hastings of Laurel; six grandchildren, Jay C. Hastings and wife Nicki, Brad A. Hastings and wife Cathy, Kimberly R. Insley and husband Duane, Kelly M. Gondeck and husband, Dave, J. Michael Hastings and wife Susan and Krista B. Records and husband Chris; eight great-grandchildren, Hannah, Adam, Hunter, Marcus, Erin, Holly, Jackson and Bryce; and several special nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde D. Hastings; a son, Russell C. Hastings, who passed in 2006; and brothers and sisters, William B. Shedaker, J. Edward Shedaker, Metha Hastings and Lillian K. Harrison. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 1 to 2. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Country Rest Home, 12046 Sunset Ln., Greenwood, DE 19950.


Betty Jane Whaley -- Betty Jane Whaley, 77, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Betty was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late Edward Waller and Mildred Waller. Betty was a homemaker and loving grandmother. She enjoyed playing cards, organizing puzzles, watching soap operas, and making fried potatoes. Betty is survived by a son, Dale F. Whaley of Laurel; daughters, Doris Bartee of Laurel, Nancy Marshall (Matt) of Laurel and Charlotte Parsons (Herman) of Laurel; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Calvin Whaley in 2002. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at Trinity Community Cemetery in Laurel. The family extends their appreciation to the staff of Nanticoke Health Services and Seasons Hospice for the care of their mother. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Whaleys memory to Seasons Hospice, 556 S. DuPont Hwy., Ste. 101, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Shirley M. Lilly-Rehal -- Shirley M. Lilly-Rehal, 84, of Laurel, passed away at home on Sunday, May 10, 2015, surrounded by loving family. Shirley is the daughter of the late William L. Merritt and Myrtle R. Merritt. Shirley retired from the DuPont Co. as a lab technician in the Chestnut Run Plant. She enjoyed shopping and eating lunch with her friends at Britts in Laurel. She was a member of Laurel Wesleyan Church. Shirley is survived by her son, Lawrence Lilly (Patricia) of Laurel; daughter, Sharon LeGore (Terry) of York, Pa.; grandchildren, John, Wendy, Jennifer, Christian, Jeromy and Shawn; sisters-in-law, Anna Belle Merritt and Yanita Boreman; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and special friends, Ellen and Steve Hudson, Bee Tucker, Arvalene Lowe and Fran LeCates. She is also survived by extended family, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Angela and her husbands, John G. Lilly and Ernest Rehal. A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, May 15, at Laurel Wesleyan Church, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. A luncheon will immediately follow the service. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle. Pastor Scott Conn 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.


Paul H. Sheridan -- Paul H. Sheridan, 77, of Laurel, died on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. He was born on April 24, 1938 at home in Laurel, a son of the late James E. Sheridan and Elizabeth Leggs Sheridan. Paul was a member of the Laurel High School Class of 1956. After high school he proudly served his country with the Delaware National Guard for close to 10 years. During that time he was in the beginning stages of a 42 year career with C.C. Oliphant & Son Inc. in Laurel, where he held many positions including shop foreman and estimator. After his time with Oliphant came to an end he served the Town of Laurel as alderman for over 20 years. Paul was truly dedicated to serving his community where he held many positions in the Laurel Lions Club, of which he was a member for over 40 years. He was very passionate about his work with the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley and served on the Board for several years. His church, St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel, was equally important to him. He was always willing to serve at St. Philips whenever there was a need and served on the vestry for many years. Paul was a true family man and lived his life making sure his family was well provided for. He enjoyed golf, was a skilled woodworker and will be remembered for always keeping an immaculate lawn. He also loved his Phillies and enjoyed trips to see them in Florida during several spring training trips. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy Owens Sheridan; three children, Ann Hill and her husband Jeff of Laurel, Mark Sheridan and his wife Penny of Laurel and Scott Sheridan and his wife Deb of West Chester, Pa.; four grandchildren, Ashley Hill Taylor and husband Brad of Seaford, Heather Sheridan Revel and husband Toby of Laurel and Scott and Emilee Sheridan of West Chester; and a brother, Gene R. Sheridan and his wife Bunny of Laurel. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Franklin Sheridan. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel, where visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to St. Philips Episcopal Church, c/o Memorial Fund, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956, the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley, 401 N. 3rd St., Ste. 305, Philadelphia, PA 19123-4101 or the Laurel Fire Department, 205 W. 10th St., Laurel, DE 19956.


Deborah A. Feller -- Deborah A. Feller, 57, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Deborah graduated from Colonial Richardson High School in 1975. Deborah loved to be on her laptop in chat rooms. She also loved meeting new friends and music, mostly from the 70s. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Seaford. She was the daughter of Doris Murphy of Seaford and the late Leonard Murphy. She is also survived by her son, John Feller of Oklahoma City; her granddaughter, Moon; and five brothers, Philip Murphy (Diane), Terry Murphy, Dale Murphy (Betsy), Thomas Murphy (Robin) and Vincent Murphy. Funeral services 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.


Norman S. Wix -- Norman S. Wix, 93, of Harrington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Wix was born in Harrington to the late Norman P. and Nettie S. Wix. Mr. Wix retired from DuPont in Seaford, as a power service operator after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Eastern Shore Fox Hunters Association and he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons. He also enjoyed going to harness races and loved to garden. Mr. Wix can be described as one of a kind. He was featured on the Scorchy Tawes show twice. He never knew a stranger and was always willing to help others, especially his friend Bill Wise. He is survived by his loving spouse of 74 1/2 years, Kathryn M. Wix of Harrington; sons, Barry M. (Sherry) Wix of Seaford, Bruce N. Wix of Greenwood and Brett O. (Brenda) Wix of Harrington; grandchildren, Tammy Wix Donovan of Milford, Kevin Wix of Greenwood, Shawn Wix of Seaford, Brian Wix of San Francisco, Calif., Nikki Zook of Washington, D.C. and Justin Zook of Milford; and six great-grandchildren. Visitation for family and friends will held from 1-2 p.m. on Monday, May 11, at Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 South DuPont Hwy., Harrington. The funeral service and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Norman S. Wix to Vitas Hospice, 20773 Professional Park Blvd., Ste. 200, Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Thomas E. Melvin & Son Funeral Home, Harrington. Visit www.melvinfuneralhome.com for more information or to leave a letter of condolence.


Carrie Carr Cooper -- Carrie Carr Cooper, 93, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Richardson, Texas. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother. Carrie was born on Jan. 7, 1922, near Denton, Md., to Edmond and Elizabeth Carr. She lived most of her life in Delmar, Md., where she was a member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church. Carrie obtained her degree in education from Salisbury State Teachers College (now Salisbury University), graduating in 1942. After college, she began a 30 year career as an elementary school teacher in the Delaware public school system. Most of that time was spent at North Laurel Elementary where she taught third grade from the schools opening until her retirement in 1976. She accumulated a lifetime of memories with her young students, their parents, and her circle of fellow teachers and aides. Former students told her they had experienced a wide variety of emotions in her classroom, ranging from absolute fear to respect and love. She always spoke fondly of all her students. One of her greatest joys was traveling with her husband, Julius, and son, Charles, and sharing stories of her experiences from extensive travels throughout the United States and Canada, and internationally to Europe, the Holy Land, China, India, and the South Pacific. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing Scrabble with friends. In 2002, Carrie moved to Garland, Texas, to be near her son and daughter-in-law. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Julius H. Cooper Jr. She is survived by her son, Charles and his wife Carol of Garland. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association (www.alz.org) or the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).


Carrie Carr Cooper -- Carrie Carr Cooper, 93, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Richardson, Texas. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother. Carrie was born on Jan. 7, 1922, near Denton, Md., to Edmond and Elizabeth Carr. She lived most of her life in Delmar, Md., where she was a member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church. Carrie obtained her degree in education from Salisbury State Teachers College (now Salisbury University), graduating in 1942. After college, she began a 30 year career as an elementary school teacher in the Delaware public school system. Most of that time was spent at North Laurel Elementary where she taught third grade from the schools opening until her retirement in 1976. She accumulated a lifetime of memories with her young students, their parents, and her circle of fellow teachers and aides. Former students told her they had experienced a wide variety of emotions in her classroom, ranging from absolute fear to respect and love. She always spoke fondly of all her students. One of her greatest joys was traveling with her husband, Julius, and son, Charles, and sharing stories of her experiences from extensive travels throughout the United States and Canada, and internationally to Europe, the Holy Land, China, India, and the South Pacific. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing Scrabble with friends. In 2002, Carrie moved to Garland, Texas, to be near her son and daughter-in-law. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Julius H. Cooper Jr. She is survived by her son, Charles and his wife Carol of Garland. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association (www.alz.org) or the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).


Catherine Kitty E. Matthews -- Catherine Kitty E. Matthews, 92, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown. Born on Jan. 20, 1923 in Federalsburg, Md., she was the daughter of the late Cecil J. Tubbs and Marie Christopher Tubbs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husbands, Howard R. Elliott in 1967 and Fred Matthews in 1996 and her daughter, Kay Elliott in 2006. Catherine is survived by her son, H. Rick Elliott and wife Dee of Laurel; grandson, Rick T. Elliott and wife Cheryl of Felton; great-grandsons, Cole Elliott, Dalton and Chace Biron; a sister, Fay T. Fields of Salisbury, Md. and stepdaughter, Shelly Hastings and her daughter Courtney Hastings of Laurel. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 11, at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. The Rev. Joseph G. Burris 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.


Fenetta Esther Burton -- Fenetta Esther Burton, 97, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Born in Wilmington, she was the daughter of the late Jessie Chandler Wilkinson and George Alva McCready Wilkinson. She was a member of Episcopal Church in Wilmington and attended Good Samaritan Christian Fellowship in Seaford. She was employed as a caretaker for the young and the old. She loved animals. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Lee Will Burton and a brother, George Robert Wilkinson. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 18, at Springhill Memory Gardens near Hebron, Md., with Pastor Raymond C. Justice Jr. officiating. Contributions may be made in her memory to Good Samaritan Christian Fellowship, 26764 Seaford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


Mildred M. Volz Kegel -- Mildred Mary Volz Kegel, 91, of Seaford, and formerly of Baltimore, Md., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Mildred was a registered nurse and a dedicated church and community volunteer. We were all greatly blessed by her boundless love, her infectious laughter, her talent for extending friendship and hospitality wherever she went, and her exemplar of a life of service to her family, her church and her community. Mildred was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on July 19, 1923, to the late Walter and Hilda (Mehrlich) Volz. She received her RN from Allegheny General Hospital during World War II, attended Valparaiso University in Indiana, then worked at the Lutheran Child Welfare orphanage in Addison, Ill. In 1949, she returned to Pittsburgh, began working as a public health nurse in the Hill District there, and did frequent public speaking about her field. On Valentines Day 1953, just a few weeks after receiving her BS in nursing education from the University of Pittsburgh, Mildred married Adam Kegel, an engineer at Westinghouse. They lived in Baltimore, where Mildred devoted herself to being the full-time mother of four children and was an active volunteer as well, including activities at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Catonsville. In 1969, the family moved to Oxnard, Calif., where Mildred was regional leader of the Girl Scouts and an active member of St. Johns Lutheran Church. When the family returned to Baltimore in 1969, Mildred continued her Girl Scout and church work. After 20 years of full-time motherhood, she returned to the profession of nursing with a position at the Ridge School for handicapped children, serving for 12 years in a job that she loved. When Adam became a lay minister in 1985 and later was ordained, they moved to the Eastern Shore, where he served in Lutheran churches in Easton, Hallwood, Cheriton, and Cambridge until 2006. Mildred worked alongside Adam as Sunday school superintendent and an active member of the Lutheran Womens Missionary League. After Adams second retirement, they continued to be active at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Easton, and later at Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford. Mildred loved to cross-stitch, garden, try recipes from her beloved Valpo cookbooks, sing hymns, and spend time with family and friends, both new and old. She will be dearly missed by her devoted husband, Adam G. Kegel; her son, David (Valerie) of La Grange, Ga., her daughters: Deborah (Harold Colson) of San Diego, Calif., Martha (Rodney Jackman) of New Orleans, La., and Mary of Silver Spring, Md.; her granddaughters, Sarah and Rosa; her brother, Herbert Volz; her sister, Nancy Roberts, four nieces and two nephews and their children, and hundreds of friends across the country. Visitation will be held at noon and the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Joseph Wayne Millman -- Joseph Wayne Millman, 68, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was a plumber for many years with Harold Short Plumbing. He enjoyed working on tractors, going to auctions and spending time with his grandkids. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph W. and Mabel V. (Willey) Millman; a brother, Harry Millman; a sister, Mildred Short; and his companion, Star VanVorst. He is survived by two sons: James (Michelle) and Jackson VanVorst; six siblings: Helen Wilson, Norman Millman, Shirley Taylor, Ronald (Dee) Millman, Bob (Pat) Millman, and Daniel (Darlene) Millman; and four grandchildren, Abigail, Lily and Mykayla VanVorst and Brianna Horan. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 8, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, with visitation from noon to 1 p.m. Burial will be in McColleys Cemetery in Redden. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the funeral home to defray funeral expenses.


William A. Wennberg -- William A. Wennberg, 72, of Seaford, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 1, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Feb. 12, 1943 in New York, a son of the late John William Wennberg and Gladys May (Griffin) Hornback. Bill proudly served his country in the US Army from 1964 to 1966. He retired from the City of Seaford where he worked in wastewater management for 29 years. He was a deacon and founding member of Shore Christian Center in Wall Township New Jersey and a founding member, and part of the leadership team, of Harvest Christian Church in Seaford. Throughout his church career, he was involved in various ministries including jail outreach, small group leader and weekly greeter. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Frances Kay Wennberg; three children, Kimberly Beth Strohmaier of Locust Grove, Va., William Christian Wennberg and his wife, Ana of Wilmington and Evan Allan Wennberg and his wife, Erin of Easton, Md.; 11 grandchildren, Dylan Hudson, Garrett, Matt and Eden Strohmaier, William Jr., Mary and Sophia Wennberg, Riley Vande Kappelle, Ever, Elise and Emmett Wennberg; two brothers, Ken Hornback and Ron Sauer; and a sister, Darlene Masco. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at Harvest Christian Church in Seaford. Pastor Tom Birowski will officiate. Contributions may be made in his memory to Harvest Christian Church, 8697 Ockels Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Harlan Glenn Dewey -- Harlan Glenn Dewey, 78, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2015, at home surrounded by family. Harlan was born in Erin, N.Y., the son of the late Charles and Grace Dewey of Chemung, N.Y. He served in the United States Marine Corp, starting in 1953. His career in Works Engineering at A. I. DuPont ended in 1996. He enjoyed fishing, watching Nascar and gardening, however, above all, he enjoyed his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles Tim Dewey, Willis Tharp and sisters, Jeanne Post and Hope Derenbacker. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bonnie A. Dewey, who was the sunshine and Godsend of his life and two sons, Kevin B. Dewey and his wife, Kim of Seaford and Willis G. Dewey and his wife, Clara of Bridgeville. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren whom he loved more than life itself and two sisters, Jackie Giles and Joyce Feathers of Chemung. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 3 to 4. Interment will be held at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery with the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Marys Episcopal Church, PO Box 92, Bridgeville, DE 19933.


Arthur (Art) James West -- Arthur James West, 77, of Seaford passed away on Monday, April 27, 2015, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. Art was a retired electrical lineman from C.W. Wright. He enjoyed auto body work, antique cars and tractors, racing and sitting and talking with friends and family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Janet West; his parents, Avery and Julia West and several brothers and sisters. Art is survived by his loving daughters, Vicky Hurley (Robert) and Sue Thomas (Del Pritchett); five grandchildren, Candi Callaway, Tina Hurley, Michael Hurley, Michelle Marvil and Amy Rafail; six great-grandchildren, Cassie, Kai, Dylan, Chloe, Ella and Ava; his sister, Alice Lord and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, with visitation from 1-2 p.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at Beebe Medical Center and the Blades Volunteer Fire Company. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blades Volunteer Fire Company, 200 E. Fifth St., Blades, DE 19973.


Carol A. Bryant -- Carol A. Bryant, 76, of Bethel, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born on Aug. 10, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Charles Hugh Wilson and Anna Clara Lindeman Wilson. Carol retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. as an analyst. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her family, and attending St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel. She is survived by her loving granddaughter, whom she looked upon as a daughter, Amanda Paris Bryant; her son, David Bryant of Seaford; her brother, Mark Ross of Ohio and her sister, Eilene Whalburg of Michigan. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Buddy Bryant who passed away in January 2015 and her son, Charles Bryant who passed away in May 2010. A viewing will be held on Sunday evening, May 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 4, at St. Philips Episcopal Church on South Central Avenue in Laurel where a viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus will officiate. Interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery.


Barbara Hunt Murphy -- Barbara Hunt Murphy, 85, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2015. Born in Bangor, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Barbara Hunt, M.D. (who also delivered two of her children). She was a loving mother, grandmother and homemaker. She always had an interesting story with a unique sense of humor. She is survived by five daughters and one son, Mary Ellen Farrell of Bangor, Betsy Smith Labar (Lance) of Laurel, Angela Davis (David) of Salisbury, Md., Linda Dize of Salisbury, Genetta Dykes (Tom) of Laurel, and David Evans (Pam) of Hurlock, Md.; 12 grandchildren, Marc Tilton (Tina) of Tucson, Ariz., Brandi Snyder (Brett) of Emmaus, Pa., Shannon Smith (Katie) of Salisbury, Mace Smith (Lindsay) of Salisbury, Kenzie Smith of Laurel, Tommy Dykes (Stacey) of Bridgeville, Derek Dykes (Morgan) of Bethel, Samantha Dykes (Jeremy) of Salisbury, Autumn Ball (Andy) of Salisbury, Scott Davis of Salisbury, Shaun Updike (Frank) of Seaford, David Huseman and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Tilton (Babs) of Easton, Pa. A celebration of her life will be held at the family farm in Laurel at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., Salisbury.


James T. Turner -- James T. Turner, 75, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2015. James retired from A. C. Givens in 1975. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Carolyn Turner; two daughters, Raynette Perry (Billy) and Pam Daisey; a son, Joe Herbert (Sandy); 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two nephews. Funeral services will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 5, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Dorchester Memorial Park, Cambridge, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966.


Lottie Parker Masten -- Lottie Parker Masten, 94, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Country Rest Home, Greenwood. She was born on June 4, 1920, in Onancock, Va., the daughter of the late James Thomas and Lottie Hartman Parker. Lottie graduated from Onancock High School, Onancock, in 1938. She was active in the Bacons Homemakers Club of Delmar and attended St. Georges United Methodist Church. She was an agent for the REA Express Station in Seaford for many years. Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, reading, doing word and jigsaw puzzles and gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everette M. Masten Sr.; a son-in-law, Bill Jones of Laurel and four sisters, Thelma Gallagher of Clearwater, Fla., Frances Taylor of Onley, Va., Dot Rogers of Melfa, Va., and Nancy Rogers of Melfa. She is survived by a daughter, Mary Lee Jones of Laurel; two sons, Everette M. Masten Jr. and wife Shirley of Seaford and James H. Masten of Seaford; three granddaughters, Michelle Casisa and husband John of Huntersville, N.C., Terry LeCates and husband Mike of Salisbury, Md., and Carolyn Knauer and husband Bryant of Davidson, N.C. and five great-grandchildren, Camryn and Tanner Knauer, Cassie and Jake LeCates and Carly Casisa. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, May 2, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Pastor Scott Conn of Laurel Wesleyan Church will officiate. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Lotties honor to Country Rest Home, 12046 Sunset Ln., Greenwood, DE 19950 or to your favorite charity.


Nelson E. Jones -- Nelson E. Jones, 85, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2015, after a lengthy illness at Lifecare at Lofland Park in Seaford. He was born on Aug. 11, 1929 in Binghamton, N.Y. to Vincent L. and Mary E. (Somers) Jones. Nelson was formerly of North Shores, Walnut Drive in Seaford. Mr. Jones graduated from Princeton High School and lived in Lawrenceville, N.J. for over 40 years. He was a 4-H leader. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during World War II as part of the 60th Maintenance Squadron in Rein-Main, Germany. Prior to starting his own construction business, which he operated for almost 30 years, he worked for a few years for builder Harold Pierson out of Princeton. He retired to Georgetown in 1985. Nelson enjoyed gardening, restoring old houses, reading, playing cards and collecting antique bottles and insulators. He was an active member at Georgetown Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean Elizabeth (Brearley) Jones; son, Leland Jay James Jones of Ewing, N.J.; sister, Marilyn N. Jones of East Stroudsburg, Pa. and brother, Thomas Jones of New Jersey. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, in the chapel of Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 203 N. Bedford St., Georgetown. Interment will take place prior to the service at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Georgetown Presbyterian Church, PO Box 46, Georgetown, DE 19947.


Earl S. Harrington Jr. -- Earl S. Harrington Jr., 80, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at his home. He was born on Nov. 6, 1934, the son of the late Earl S. Harrington Sr. and Nina Hicks Harrington. Earl was a 1954 graduate of Delmar High School. He was an outstanding football player for the wildcats, and was offered a college scholarship for his athletic abilities. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He went on to work for the Dupont Company in Seaford, and also spent many years farming. He was a member of the Sharptown Lions Club and the Sharptown Fire Department. He spent many years volunteering at the drink stand at the carnival grounds in Sharptown. He was like a second father to many of his nieces and nephews, and will be remembered for being a wonderful brother and uncle. He is survived by three sisters, Dorothy Dickerson of Sharptown, Shirley Forse of Delmar, and Mary Jane Davenport and her husband Ronald of Delmar; three nieces, Patricia Goslee, Teresa Dickerson, and Wendy Shores; five nephews, Michael Dickerson, Wayne Forse, Terry Forse, Dale Forse, and Greg Forse; and other great-nieces and nephews. Visitation for family and friends will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Firemens Cemetery in Sharptown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Sharptown Fire Department, PO Box 307, Sharptown, MD 21861 or Sharptown Lions Club, PO Box 139, Sharptown, MD 21861.


Nancy M. Betts -- Nancy M. Betts, 72, passed away at home on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Nancy was born on May 31, 1942 in Milford, daughter of the late Thomas Burton Burt Bowden and Gladys (Jefferson) Bowden. She was employed with DuPont in Seaford, retiring after 20 years with the company. For many years, Nancy enjoyed regular trips to Tangier Island. She loved the area and looked forward to visits and overnights with friends and family. She was a member of Greenwood United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Betts in 2013. She is survived by a son, Courtney Messick of Milford; a stepson, Keith Betts of Lewes; two daughters, Lisa Workman of Greenwood and Sutton Joseph of Laurel; a stepdaughter, Kathy Martinez of Vancouver, Canada; a grandson whom they raised, Jeffrey Baker of Greenwood; two brothers, Gerald Bowden of Greenwood and Terry Bowden of Milford; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A celebration of Nancys life will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Milford Moose Lodge #2316 Family Center, 20142 Beaver Dam Rd., Milford. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to the Greenwood Alumni Association, 3195 Andrewville Rd., Greenwood, DE, 19950. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.rogersfhmilford.com. Arrangements are in the care of Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.


Charles R. Fuller -- Charles R. Fuller, 71, of West Valley, N.Y., passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. Charles was born on July 16, 1943 in Auburn, N.Y., to Clayton and Dorothy Fuller. He later moved to Cayuga, Auburn and Springville, N.Y., before settling in West Valley. Charles married Patricia Lawton of Cayuga on Aug. 30, 1963. Charlie and Pat enjoyed golf and baseball and both volunteered with the Springville Little League baseball and football programs. Charlie was also a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and ministered in local nursing homes. He was an active member of the Assembly of God Church in Springville, where he was an associate pastor and helped with the Mens Ministries. Charlies greatest passion outside of his family was his love for the church. He was honored as Man of the Year at a 2009 New York State Mens Ministries Convention. Charlie later became regional director for Mens Ministries; he simply enjoyed helping others. In addition to his wife, Charlie is survived by a son, Michael; daughter-in-law, Lisa; his grandchildren, Wyatt and Sydney Fuller of Orchard Park; brothers, Lauren of Delaware and Edward of Michigan and sisters, Joyce and Sally of Auburn. A celebration of Charlies life was held on Saturday, April 18, at the Assembly of God Church, Springville. Funeral arrangements were made by Kolano Funeral Home, Buffalo. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.kolanofuneralhome.com.


Glenda E. Cline -- Glenda E. Cline, 76, of Frankford, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015. Glenda was born in Gumboro on April 6, 1939, to the late Norman and Minnie Phillips Mitchell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Abby Mitchell and two sisters, Irene Jones and Mary Ann Mitchell. She was easygoing, nice and a very kind person who loved her family dearly. She enjoyed watching TV, playing bingo, listening to country music and going to carnivals so she could get an oyster sandwich. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by a son, Brian Wilson of Frankford; a daughter, Laura Ann Wilson of Lewes; her special nurse, Melissa Schroeder; six siblings, Betty Parker of Millsboro, Louise Hudson of Roxana, Vernon Mitchell, Vinol Mitchell, Granville Mitchell and Paul Mitchell, all of Frankford; along with six grandchildren, Drew, Logan, Valerie, Tyler, Hallie, Laicie. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 27, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call after 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Careys Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Alzheimers Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Condolence letters may be emailed via www.watsonfh.com.


Betty L. Hudson -- Betty L. Hudson, 81, of Laurel, died on Monday, April 20, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Dec. 11, 1933 in Laurel, a daughter of the late Olin Joshua Workman and Mary Elizabeth White Workman. Betty was a wonderful mother and grandmother who always put the needs of others before her own. She worked side-by-side with her husband and family on the family farm raising pigs and livestock and was well respected in the farming community for her hard work and kindness. Her family and her faith were the things that meant the most to her. She attended Laurel Church of Christ. She and her late husband led by example as they taught their children and grandchildren the importance of working hard. Betty loved the outdoors. She loved gardening, birdwatching, sewing, cooking, and raising her family. She is survived by 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; 18 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Darwin A. Hudson; a daughter, Holly A. Hudson; a grandson, Andrew Bickerton; a brother, Richard Lee Workman; and a sister, Evelyn Shockley. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 24, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Following the service the family will welcome everyone to join them at the fellowship hall at the Laurel Church of Christ for a gathering of food and fellowship.


Howard Ernest Baker -- Howard Ernest Baker, 80, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, April 13, 2015, of multiple medical problems. Howard was born on Dec. 24, 1934. He was the son of the late James T. and Mary Edith Hill Baker. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Beverley of 52 years in September 2013. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, James F., Everett H., Calvin H. Baker, and his sisters, Bernice Baker Campbell, Ruth Baker Bauguess and Alice Baker. He started working at the age of 13. He worked at Monacos Store in Seaford on High Street. Howard graduated from Seaford Senior High School in 1953. He joined the National Guard, was a Master Sergeant E7 Infantry B 945th AAA BN (75mm Gun Crew), served for eight years, and was a Platoon Leader. He married Beverley Crowley of Blades on Sept. 17, 1961. He retired as meat manager from Safeway after 35 years of service. Howard also worked as a security guard at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for several years. Howard never knew a stranger. He loved his family, gardening, hunting, fishing, watching westerns and Ravens football with his boys. He is survived by his sons, Keith E. Baker and wife Janette of Seaford and Kevin H. Baker and wife Melanie of Seaford; a granddaughter, Brittany E. Baker and great-grandson, Carson I. Baker. Howard is also survived by many nieces and nephews, friends and his caregiver, Linda Griffiths. The family will have a memorial service for Howard at Victory Tabernacle Church of God in Laurel at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, with the family receiving friends one hour before the service. Pastor Stacey Johnson will officiate. A luncheon will follow the service to visit with friends and family. Flower arrangements may be sent to Victory Tabernacle Church of God, 28261 Seaford Rd., Laurel, DE 19956 on the day of the service between 9-11 a.m.


Helen P. Moynihan -- Helen P. Moynihan, 98, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 19, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in St. Louis, Mo., on May 14, 1916 to Laurence and Elizabeth Prince. She was the great-great granddaughter of Chief Justice James Booth of New Castle and the great-granddaughter of Dr. Marius Duvall, former medical director of the US Navy. Raised in Montgomery, Ala., she attended Sidney Lanier High School, Huntingdon College, Georgia College and State University, and Emory University. Helen then taught school in Atlanta, Ga. for several years. During WWII, she met Edward J. Moynihan who was stationed there with the U.S. Army. They were married on Tybee Island, Ga. in 1946 and moved to Seaford where Ed was a high school mathematics and physics teacher, and later an administrator for the school district. While raising her four sons, Helen returned to school and obtained a masters degree in library science from the University of Delaware. She then worked as a librarian for the Seaford District Library and Delaware Technical and Community College, Georgetown, from its founding in 1967 until 1984. She loved traveling, swimming, golfing, playing bridge, and watching the St. Louis Cardinals play baseball. Helen was a proud member of the American Association of University Women, the Seaford Historical Society, and the Friends of the Seaford District Library. Her loving husband, Edward Moynihan, her son Raymond Moynihan, and her brother, Laurence Prince, preceded her in death. She is survived by three sons: Edward Michael Moynihan, Laurence Moynihan and his wife Kaye, and Francis Moynihan and his wife Marcie. Also left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren: Jennifer Moynihan and Greg Tokarsky, Edward Moynihan and Molly Askin, Kelly Moynihan, and John Moynihan. Her two great-grandsons, Gabriel and Theodore Tokarsky, also adored her. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Seaford District Library, 600 N. Market St. Ext., Seaford, DE 19973, or the Seaford Historical Society, 203 High St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Geraldine Virginia Cummings Younts -- Geraldine Virginia Cummings Younts, 95, of Seaford and formerly of High Point, N.C., passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015, at her home. She resided with her brother Herbert Cummings and sister-in-law Doris since moving to Seaford in 2006. She was born on Nov. 11, 1919, the daughter of the late William and Emma Cummings in Greensboro, N.C. She retired from Holiday Inn where she was a server for over 30 years and had worked at many hotels and restaurants during the course of her years of employment. Geraldine was preceded in death by her daughter, Rozetta and brother, Ted of Greensboro; brother, Calvin of High Point, N.C.; brother, Mark of Newark; brother, William B. Cummings of Laurel and sister, India. She is survived by her brother and sister in law, Herbert and Doris Cummings of Seaford and several nieces and nephews. Her family expresses their deepest appreciation to Vitas Hospice for their care over the last two years. A special thank you to nurse, Ann Spicer, caregivers Lori, Stephaney and the rest of the staff. Also, thank you to Senior Companion Doris Gilpen and CHEER respite caregiver Rhonda. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wesley U.M. Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or Vitas Hospice, 1016 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Geraldine Virginia Cummings Younts -- Geraldine Virginia Cummings Younts, 95, of Seaford and formerly of High Point, N.C., passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015, at her home. She resided with her brother Herbert Cummings and sister-in-law Doris since moving to Seaford in 2006. She was born on Nov. 11, 1919, the daughter of the late William and Emma Cummings in Greensboro, N.C. She retired from Holiday Inn where she was a server for over 30 years and had worked at many hotels and restaurants during the course of her years of employment. Geraldine was preceded in death by her daughter, Rozetta and brother, Ted of Greensboro; brother, Calvin of High Point, N.C.; brother, Mark of Newark; brother, William B. Cummings of Laurel and sister, India. She is survived by her brother and sister in law, Herbert and Doris Cummings of Seaford and several nieces and nephews. Her family expresses their deepest appreciation to Vitas Hospice for their care over the last two years. A special thank you to nurse, Ann Spicer, caregivers Lori, Stephaney and the rest of the staff. Also, thank you to Senior Companion Doris Gilpen and CHEER respite caregiver Rhonda. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wesley U.M. Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or Vitas Hospice, 1016 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Hester Hunt Waters -- Hester Hunt Waters, 82, of Delmar, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Crapo, Md. in Dorchester County, she was a daughter of the late William Hunt and Lottie Higgins Hunt. Over the years, Hester worked for many area produce farmers. She was a member of Mt. Pisgah A. M. E. Church in Laurel where she served on the kitchen committee. She is survived by two sons, Louis E. Stanley Jr. of Germany and George Hunt of Surprise, Ariz.; eight daughters, Linda McKenzie, Jeanette Stanley Bonilla, both of Seaford, Valberline Hunt, of Whaleyville, Md., Joyce Griffin, Geraldine Stanley, Valerie Stanley, Tammy Hunt and Tuanda Horsey, all of Laurel; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, a sister, Geraldine Horsey and her husband Charles of Laurel and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at Mt. Pisgah A. M. E. Church in Laurel, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Laurel. To share memories with the family, please visit www.framptom.com.


Mark A. Christopher -- Mark Anthony Christopher, 56, of Galestown, Md., died on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born in Baltimore on Feb. 8, 1959, he was the son of the late Allie Wayne Christopher Sr. and Patricia Ann Scheppers Christopher. As a young man, he was very active in drag racing. He moved to the Eastern Shore in the mid 1990s and worked for many years as a self-employed carpenter. He was a former Galestown town commissioner, currently a committee member of Galestown Community Center and, for the last few summers, he worked the Sharptown Firemens Carnival, selling balloons at the Sharptown Lion Club booth. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Christopher; a brother, Allie W. Christopher Jr. of Baltimore and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at Zeller Funeral Home in East New Market where the family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. David Tolley will officiate. Interment will follow in East New Market Cemetery.


Jean S. Ballinger -- Jean S. Ballinger, 92, of Georgetown, passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Jean was a teachers aid at Georgetown Elementary School for many years before retirement. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond E. Ballinger in 1992 and two stepchildren, Raymond Ballinger and Judy Nichols. Jean is survived by five children, Marjorie Fisher, Skip Ballinger, Nancy Goggin, Jean Baldwin and Ashley Ballinger; two stepchildren, Larry Ballinger and Leslie Ballinger, 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Church of Christ, 20989 Sussex Hwy., Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Carol Jean Callaway -- Carol Jean Callaway, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 13, 2015, at Milford Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Jean was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late Sonny Evans and Mary Ellen Evans of Laurel. Jean retired from Dr. Jose Barriocanals office as the office manager with 37 years of service. In her early years, she worked at Food Lion, H and H Poultry and Discount Land. She was an active member of Centenary United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and active in the Hope Closet. Jean was a member of the Laurel Lioness, Laurel Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, the Centenary United Methodist Church Womens Circle and the Girl Scouts. Jean was also a professional yard seller and professional grandmother. She and her husband enjoyed traveling, especially to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Mrs. Callaway is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, E. Stephen Callaway of Laurel; her son, Christopher Otwell and wife Dawn of Laurel; her daughter, Kelly Jo Otwell of Laurel; stepchildren, Kelly Joan Lidgi and Maggie Ellen Callaway; brothers, David G. Evans and Richard Evans and wife Jodi, all of Laurel; her sister, Shelley Evans of Laurel; a sister-in-law, Page and her husband Dr. Ray Moyer of Pennsylvania and dear friends, David Sawyer and family of Ridge Spring, S.C. Jean is also survived by her aunts, Ann Spicer, Debbie Dolby and Ellen West; uncle, Bud Parsons; the loves of her life, her grandchildren, C.J. Otwell, Cameron E. Otwell, Tatum Otwell, Kaitlyn Lidji, and Lucy Jean Otwell; and nieces and nephews, Ashley Evans and son Ashton, Whitney Evans, Amanda Evans and Ty, Courtney Evans, Conner Evans, Corey Evans, Ryan Evans, Emily Moyer, Jed Moyer and wife Sarah and their sons Landen and James. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by Vicki Hearn, Richard Spicer, grandmother Ruth West and Uncle Leroy West. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 19 at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 20, at Centenary United Methodist Church where visitation will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Joseph G. Burris will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Donations may be made in Jeans memory to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market 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.


Elizabeth J. Betty Pucci -- Elizabeth J. Betty Pucci, 81, of Bridgeville, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015. She was the daughter of the late James and Agnes Weir. She was also preceded in death by a brother, J. Richard Weir. Betty retired from Prince Georges Hospital where she was a nurse. She was also a realtor for Cooper Reality in Seaford. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church was a big part of Bettys life, where she was a Eucharistic minister, a lector, a CCD teacher and served on the Parish Council. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert F. Pucci; children, Robert Pucci, Elizabeth Ko (Vernon), William Pucci (Valerie), Andrew Pucci (Michelle), Judith Quick (Mike), Christopher Pucci (Amy) Timmy and Rita McInerney; a brother, Albert Weir (Coleen); her niece, Lori Butterfield (Scot); 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian burial was on Monday, April 13, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Seaford. Burial was in Bridgeville Cemetery.


John J. Kuckinskas -- John J. Kuckinskas, 74, of Seaford, died on Friday, April 10, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington after a brief illness. He was born on Dec. 24, 1940 in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he spent his younger days. After graduating from Oliver High School with the class of 1958 he enlisted in the US Army and proudly served his country until 1961. He married his sweetheart, Karen in 1962, with whom he enjoyed 53 years of marriage and raising their family. He became a born again Christian in 1976 and raised his daughters with the guidance of his Christian faith. He was a faithful member of Veracity Church in Delmar. He loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed fishing and boating. He was well versed in the art of sign language and he truly enjoyed signing to worship music. Through the years he had several careers, including general manager for 7-Up and Pepsi, owning and operating the Maytag Store in Seaford, and working in billing in his son-in-laws business, Kelly Appliance Service. He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen Liptak Kuckinskas; four devoted daughters and sons-in-law, Audrey Serman (Brent) of Delmar, Gale Kelly (Steve), Leasa Penny (Rob) and Christine White (Mark), all of Seaford; eight grandchildren, Johnathan Flamos, Christina Flamos, Allison Shaver, Steven Kelly, Ashley Penny, Madison Penny, Gabriella White and McKenna White; and two great-grandchildren, Ellie and Mark; and his mother-in-law, Angela Antignani. He is also survived by three sisters and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at Veracity Church, 36270 Old Stage Rd., Delmar, and will be officiated by Pastor Mark White, Johns son-in-law. Interment was private at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. Contributions may be made in Johns memory to Veracity Church, 36270 Old Stage Rd., 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.


Richard Anthony Dicky Griffith -- Richard Anthony Dicky Griffith, 54, of Centreville, Md., died at his home on Saturday, April 11, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. Born on April 21, 1960 in Easton, Md., he was the son of the late Arnold and Martha Towers Griffith. Dicky worked as an electrician at DuPont for many years and then M. C. Dean until his illness. He had a lot of things in his life that he enjoyed including gardening, being a jokester, fishing with his son-in-law Larry, and most of all, spending time with his family and loved ones. Dicky is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Griffith of Centreville; daughter, Debra Smullin and husband Chris of Seaford; stepdaughter, Janie Golden and husband Larry of Millersville, Md.; stepson, Don Howard of Grasonville, Md.; five grandchildren: Adrianah Smullin, Ashlee and Nick Golden, and Lauren and Meredith Howard; and three brothers, Bunky and Stevie Griffith of Seaford and Billy Griffith of Federalsburg, Md. A visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. in Centreville, with a service starting at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Compass Regional Hospice, 255 Comet Dr., Centreville, MD 21617. For online condolences, visit www.fhnfuneralhome.com.


Joseph W. Mills -- Joseph W. Mills, 72, of Seaford passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015, at his home on Atlanta Road. He was born on March 13, 1943 in Cambridge, Md., to Orville and Alma Mills. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Orville (Bunk) and a brother, John, both in 2002. Joe graduated from North Dorchester High School on June 1, 1961. A year later on June 1, 1962, he married the love of his life, Gloria. He retired from DuPont with 30 years as a machine operator. Joe enjoyed fishing with his buddy and breakfast on Sunday mornings with the boys. He also enjoyed going to see his mother a few times a week or calling her when he couldnt visit. At one time he was an avid bowler at Seaford Bowling Lanes. Joe and his son both played a perfect game of 300. Not many fathers and sons accomplished such a feat. Joe also loved working on cars and fixing or building things with his grandson. He leaves behind his beloved mother, Alma; his wife of 52 years, Gloria; a son, Mark Joseph; a grandson, Mike (wife, Amber and a baby girl due in August); a granddaughter, Amanda (three great-grandchildren, Michael, Mackenzie, Maddie and a baby boy due in August); brother, Jeff; sister, Pam (Balira) Brinsfield; brother-in-law, Ronald Lauck (Cookie); nephews, Ben, Josh, Chris, Ron II; nieces, Valerie, Jeannie, Jo Ellen; many cousins; and very special friends, Wayne (Betty), Eric (Fay), Tommy (Denise) and Jim (Ginny). A private memorial will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in memory of Joe to: Seaford Ambulance Squad, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford.


Mary Elizabeth Yerkes -- Mary Elizabeth Yerkes, Betty to friends and family, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 4, 2015. She would have been 95 in July. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Donald F. Yerkes, and two brothers, Frank and Oliver Morgan. Surviving family members include her brother, Edward Morgan; sister, Dorothy Dew; son, Wayne Yerkes; daughters, Judy Yerkes and Patricia Sowers; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Seasons Hospice Foundation, 8537 Solutions Center, Chicago, IL 60677 or 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, Seaford.


Nanette C. James, 82, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born on Dec. 19, 1932 in Federalsburg, Md., she was the daughter of the late Woodrow Christopher and Marie Puncke. Nanette was a wonderful homemaker, mother, and wife. She was a wonderful cook. Her family enjoyed her delicious pies, and famous homemade macaroni and cheese. She was an avid Orioles fan, and enjoyed watching all of their games. She was a former member of Epworth Fellowship Church. She attended Crossroad Community Church regularly. Nanette is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Alden James of Laurel; son, Robin James and wife Pamela of Laurel; daughter, Judy Gherke and husband Steven of Millsboro; brother, Jack Christopher; sister, Deidre Palmer and husband Pete; grandchildren: Erica Berger and husband James, Joshua James and wife Kate, and Megan Gherke and great-grandchildren: Lauryl, Olivia, Mia, Owen, Chandler and Christian Berger, and Abram James. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Daniel James. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 6, at Central Worship Center in Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The Rev. Richard Blades will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Nanettes memory to the Sussex Pregnancy Care Center, 5 Burger King Dr., Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Nanette C. James, 82, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born on Dec. 19, 1932 in Federalsburg, Md., she was the daughter of the late Woodrow Christopher and Marie Puncke. Nanette was a wonderful homemaker, mother, and wife. She was a wonderful cook. Her family enjoyed her delicious pies, and famous homemade macaroni and cheese. She was an avid Orioles fan, and enjoyed watching all of their games. She was a former member of Epworth Fellowship Church. She attended Crossroad Community Church regularly. Nanette is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Alden James of Laurel; son, Robin James and wife Pamela of Laurel; daughter, Judy Gherke and husband Steven of Millsboro; brother, Jack Christopher; sister, Deidre Palmer and husband Pete; grandchildren: Erica Berger and husband James, Joshua James and wife Kate, and Megan Gherke and great-grandchildren: Lauryl, Olivia, Mia, Owen, Chandler and Christian Berger, and Abram James. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Daniel James. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 6, at Central Worship Center in Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The Rev. Richard Blades will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Nanettes memory to the Sussex Pregnancy Care Center, 5 Burger King Dr., Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Daisy Ryall Kindell -- Daisy Ryall Kindell, 91, died on Thursday, April 2, 2015, of natural causes, at The Palms of Punta Gorda, Punta Gorda, Fla. She was born on April 28, 1923, in Salibury, Md., to Robert B. Rydall and Ora L. (nee Taylor) Ryall. Daisy was a high school graduate and also graduated from a business school in Maryland. Before moving to Punta Gorda in 1962, Daisy was employed by Dupont Industries in Maryland. She was also employed by Punta Gorda Isles administration from 1962-1982 as secretary to Alfred Johns, co-founder of Punta Gorda Isles Development. From 1982-2006, she worked for Mr. Johns and Mr. Jack Stevens, owners of Reliable Homes, also in Punta Gorda, after which time she retired. Daisy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Punta Gorda since moving here and enjoyed daily fellowship and worship. She will be greatly missed by her special friends, Shirley A. Dees of Punta Gorda; childhood friend, Margaret Lankford of Sharptown, Md.; and many friends and acquaintances. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, John W. Kindell, who passed away in January 1990. A gathering of friends will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 9, at the First Baptist Church of Punta Gorda. Burial will be in Charlotte Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 1144 Veronica St., Port Charlotte, FL, 33952. Arrangements are in the care of Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda Chapel.


Betty L. Cordrey -- Betty Lou Cordrey, 82, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at UMSMC at Dorchester. She was born in Clyde, Ohio on Feb. 9, 1933, daughter of the late Dwight R. Smith and Mary Ery Smith. She graduated from Federalsburg High School with the class of 1951. Betty continued her education at James Madison University where she graduated in 1955 with a bachelors degree in health and physical education. During her time at James Madison University, she was the editor of the College Breeze, the school newspaper and was ranked in the Whos Who among top students at the university. She began her teaching career for the Arlington County Public System and worked for the county for 20 years. She enjoyed being part of a bridge club in Arlington in which she played with her teacher friends. She was a coach of Ginos Giants, a girls softball team that became Little League champions under her coaching. She was a member of Seaford Country Club for over 20 years. Her greatest legacy in which she will be forever remembered is as a loving wife, mother, and treasured friend. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, James L. Cordrey, whom she married on July 28, 1956; a son, Randy Cordrey and his wife Lucy of Miami, Fla.; a granddaughter, Jennifer Perez of Miami; a brother-in-law, Tom Cordrey and his wife Betty Ann of Salisbury; three nieces, Jamie Story of Temecula, Calif., Keli Lydell of Sacramento, Calif., and Karen Bailey of Salisbury; and a nephew, Jim Cordrey of Salisbury. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Timothy Cordrey and her twin brother, Bobby Smith. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg with the Rev. Denzil Cheek officiating. A viewing will be held on Monday, April 6, from 3-5 p.m. at the funeral home and a visitation one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Cemetery. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Charles Carney, 81, of Frankford, W.V., died on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, after a short illness. He was born in Dunbar, W.V., to Oval and Elizabeth Miller Carney on Oct. 20, 1933. Charlie was a graduate of Marshall College (now University) and received his Masters from WVU. He was a coach, teacher and high school principal for over 40 years. As Seaford Highs football coach, Charlie led the team during the 1961 to 1964 seasons. He played football at Marshall College, and, although he left coaching to become a high school principal, football remained his passion and he loved to talk about game plans and strategies with the coaches at his schools. He was principal at George Wythe High School in Wytheville, Va. for nine years and at Greenbrier East High School in Fairlea, W.V. for 13. He was happy to have spent so many years teaching and, most importantly, learning from the thousands of students he encountered. He was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and the Frankford Ruritan Club. He was active in his community. He was happiest with his family on the Greenbrier River and hunting and fishing with his friends. He is survived by wife of 57 years, Marilyn Campbell Carney; daughter, Betsy; sons, Charles B., Clint and Jon; brothers, Jim and Fred; sisters, Elizabeth DeDe Ide and Carolyn Gibb and grandchildren, Cate, Sarah, Nick, Clint, Sean, Madison, and Emma. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, in Butler Hall at St. Thomas in White Sulphur Springs followed by the service at 2 p.m. Reception will follow the service in Butler Hall. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frankford Ruritan Club scholarship fund for graduates of Greenbrier East High School or to the Greenbrier Public Library.


George Campbell -- George Campbell, 92, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015, at his home. Born in Jamaica on June 24, 1922, he was the son of the late Ira and Iris Mortimer Campbell. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ada Brown Campbell. He retired from the Seaford Board of Education after 20 years of service as a custodian at Seaford High School. In earlier years, he worked for the former Caroline Poultry Co. for 18 years and also was employed by the former John L. Wright Cannery. He enjoyed carpentry, plumbing, and helping people. He was a member of the Church of God. He is survived by a daughter, Gene Tolminson and two grandsons Nicholas and Peter, all of St. Ann, Jamaica; a sister, Celeste Downer of Birmingham, England; niece, Marlene Mann of Seaford and two nephews, Rodney Brown of Boston, Mass. and Wayne Barnette of Birmingham. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, April 4, at Refuge Temple Revival Center in Seaford with the Rev. Ethel Williams officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Macedonia Cemetery in Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg, Md. To share memories with the family, please visit www.framptom.com.


Newton Edward Crouse -- Newton Edward Crouse, 77, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, March 28, 2015, with his wife and family by his side. He was born on Oct. 8, 1937 in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Newton and Virginia Crouse. Newton was originally from Baltimore, where he worked for the A&P Tea Company for 18 years. In 1973, Newton along with his wife Carol decided to relocate the family from Baltimore to Seaford. He joined the HP Cannon Company of Bridgeville, where he eventually became president of sales and marketing. Also during this time, he established his own national food brokerage company. Later in life, Newton worked for the Seaford Leader and Star newspapers, both covering the Seaford area. He enjoyed life, laughter and giving back to the community. Newton served on the Seaford Library Board for many years, working hard to bring a new library to the Seaford area. He also served on the Nanticoke Hospital and Seaford Golf and Country Club boards. Newton was an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scouts Troop 381. His proudest contribution to the Seaford community came each year when he dressed as Santa Claus for the Christmas parade and visited local schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Newton was an avid bowler in his youth, winning many trophies. Later in life he enjoyed golfing with friends. In addition to his parents, Newton was preceded in death by his grandson, Grant Crouse and parents-in-law, Ruth and Ed Cable. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Carol Crouse; two daughters, Donna Jones and Denise Crouse; a son, David Crouse and his wife Tina; six grandchildren: Paige, Drew, and Adam Crouse, Amanda Jones, Hanna Funk and her husband Alex and Danielle Wagoner; a sister, Mary Parsons and her husband Harry and their three children Becky, Greg and Tim. He also leaves behind his lunch buddies and golfing partners. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may visit beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Newton's memory to the Grant Crouse Memorial Soccer Foundation, PO Box 1663, Seaford, DE 19973. Please visit Newton's Life Memorial Website and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Vernon Lee Pete Grice -- Vernon Lee Pete Grice, 85, was born on Dec. 7, 1929 in Pueblo, Colo. He was the fifth of 10 children born to the late Arthur Otwell Grice and Albirdie (Peak) Grice. He was called from labor to reward at Milford Memorial Hospital on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Pete graduated from Colorado Springs High School. He went on to serve in the United States Air Force, Ladd Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 2, 1954 at the rank of staff sgt. He then obtained an associate of science degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Additional studies included courses from the University of Alaska, University of Florida, Miami Dade Jr. College, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical and Community College. In 1957, Pete married his wife, Phyllis Ella Stallings and from this loving union are two sons and three daughters. They were also foster parents to many children. Pete had a long and prosperous career. As a chef, he worked for the Antlers Hotel and Chioita Park Tea Room in Colorado; the Stamford Yacht Club, Middlesex Memorial Hospital, St. Johns School for Boys, and the Madison Winter Club in Connecticut; and the Cadillac Hotel in Miami, Fla. He was the food service director of 21 centers of the Childrens Day Care Center Program in Miami. He was an instructor at Manpower Training Program in Miami, a teacher at Miami Jackson Senior High, and a teacher at Sussex Vocational Technical High School in Georgetown. Pete is survived by his wife Phyllis; children, James Hinton (Dollie), Dawn Grice, Myra Huff (Kenneth), Philip Grice (Elaine), and Jennifer Grice of Delaware; sisters Florine Mitchell, Elizabeth J. Boyd and Alice Lovett of Colorado Springs; brother, Manuel Grice of Idaho; grandchildren, David, LaVerne, Phyllis, James, Kem, Mark, Philip, Orlando, Jordan, and Kenneth; great-grandchildren and a host of special cousins, nieces and nephews and other relatives. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Otwell Grice and Albirdie (Peak) Grice; brothers, Arthur Otwell Grice Jr., Albert Grice, Edgar Grice, and Melvin Grice; sister, Melba Grice; and grandson, Michael Hinton. The service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, at Church of God & Saints of Christ, 10016 Concord Rd., Seaford, with a viewing one hour prior. Visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com to leave words of comfort.


Arthur L. Thompson -- Arthur L. Thompson, 80, of Lincoln, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Born on July 3, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of William B. Sr. and Estella (Hoffman) Thompson. He attended Olney High School in Philadelphia. Art was in the U.S. Army Transportation Corp from 1955 to 1957. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1963 after completing a Reserve obligation. He married Emma Jane VanBlargan in 1960. He and his wife both grew up in Philadelphia and they were members of the same church, Messiah Lutheran. They moved to Delaware in 1960. Art worked 30 years in transportation, seven years as a driver and 23 years in training and supervision. He was employed as instructor/department chair at Delaware Technical & Community College where he taught truck driver training. In 1973, he received the Delaware Motor Transport Association Citation for Meritorious Service Award. In addition to his career in transportation, both he and his wife Emma Jane were in full-time Christian service for 10 years. They were in home missions with C.L.C. International, had their own ministry, Bethel Ministries, and supported Mailbox Bible Club. He was also a member of The Fellowship of Christian Magicians for many years. He and his wife loved traveling. They traveled through the contiguous 48 states, Alaska and all of the Canadian provinces. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, William Jr. and Wesley Thompson. Art is survived by his wife of 55 years, Emma Jane; two children and their spouses, Wendy and Wayne OConnell of Lincoln and Lee and Michele Thompson of Laurel; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 30, at Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. Calling hour will be from noon to 1 p.m. Interment will be held at St. Johnstown Cemetery in Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Mailbox Club, 404 Eager Rd., Valdosta, GA 31602-1399. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Russell H. Henk -- Russell H. Henk, 81, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, while vacationing in California with his wife and family. Born in Pittsburgh on March 25, 1933, he was the son of the late Henry Henk and Emma (Morgenstern) Henk. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and took advantage of the G.I. Bill to attend Pittsburgh University where he graduated with a business degree in marketing in 1959. Russ was first employed as purchasing agent at E.G. Smith in Pittsburgh. In 1972, Russ accepted an executive position with Fabral Corporation based in Lancaster, Pa., where he held various managerial positions before retiring as president in 2000. During the years with Fabral, Russ was an integral part in the creation of additional Fabral plants in Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, Wisconsin and Georgia. Russ was also very involved in the Metal Construction Association (MCA), created in 1984. He served as director/board member, president (1993-96) and president emeritus. Russ was a member of the MCA team which created Metalcon, a trade show for educating professionals about the use of metal in construction. Metalcon has become the largest international event dedicated to this purpose. A generous man with a great sense of humor, Russ was always deeply involved with the churches and communities in which he lived, tirelessly serving when called upon. He was a committed Pittsburgh sports fan throughout his life and enjoyed meeting Steeler fans in his international travels. Russ will be remembered as a devoted husband and father, a trusted and loyal friend, and a man of action and integrity. He is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Cynthia Glass Henk of Georgetown; his daughter, Tracey and partner Kathy of Grapevine, Texas; son, David and wife Tamara of Southlake, Texas; son, Jordan and wife Tatyana of Mentone, Calif.; sister, Lois Marcin and husband Phil of Marianna, Pa. and sister, Barbara and husband David of Placitas, N.M. He is also survived by two stepchildren, Angela Davis and husband Bonner of Annville, Pa. and Andrew Glass of Cincinnati, Ohio; nine grandchildren, and many cousins, great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Delaware Ronald McDonald House (1902 Rockland Rd., Wilmington DE 19847) or St. Pauls Episcopal Church Outreach Programs (PO Box 602, Georgetown DE 19947).


Ronald Wade Allen -- Ronald Wade Allen, 48, of Bridgeville, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Laurel. He was born on Oct. 21, 1966, the son of the late Daniel Oliver Allen Sr. and Bonnie Ellen Lankford Allen. Growing up in Dorchester County, Ronnie graduated from North Dorchester High School with the class of 1984. After school, he became a truck driver and worked for Hab Nab Trucking, Estes Trucking, Black Gold Farms and recently for Amick Farms. He was married to Brenda Parsons Allen on Sept. 12, 2008. He loved hunting, gardening, fishing, NASCAR and was considered a military history buff. He was a member of the Sharptown Sons of the American Legion Post #218, and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Allen of Mardela Springs, Md.; four children, Nathan Wade Allen of Bridgeville, Jennifer and Robbie Zimmerman, both of Mardela Springs and Bryant Zimmerman of Salisbury, Md.; two grandchildren, Kayleigh and Kimberly, both of Mardela Springs; three siblings, Lisa Malkus and her husband Patrick of Cambridge, Md., John Allen of Harrington, and Daniel Allen Jr. and his companion Renea Eisenhour of Laurel; 11 nieces and nephews, Matthew, Olivia, Dustin, Mikayla, Dylan, Devin, Doug, Dana, Alex, Courtney and Jessica; two special cousins, Donnie and Linda Allen of Seaford and several other cousins, aunts and uncles. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Sharptown Fire Company Memorial Building. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Heros Haven, Inc., PO Box 357, Sharptown, MD 21861. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Erica Brooke Coulbourne, 17- Erica Brooke Coulbourne of Laurel, died on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of Lisa Jane Coulbourne and Robert Bryan Ridinger of Laurel. Erica was a student at Laurel High School. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandmothers, Martha Stewart Coulbourne of Laurel and Brenda Faulkner-Saffioti of Florida; her grandfather, Robert E. Ridinger of Blades; and aunt, Sheila Ridinger of Florida. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, at Laurel High School, 1133 S. Central Ave., Laurel, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions to a scholarship fund may be sent in her name and memory to Laurel High School, 1133 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home of Seaford.


Paulette Lyons Seabrease -- Paulette Lyons Seabrease, 60, of Seaford, died on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at her residence. Born in Ft. Pierce, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Mary Ann (Hill) and Martin Edgar Lyons. She was a spinning machine operator at DuPont before she retired. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary Post 6 American Legion and the Women of the Moose, all in Seaford. She is survived by two sons, Brooks Lee Lyons of Felton and Marc Passwaters of Georgetown; a daughter, Buffy Parker of Georgetown; three brothers, Ernie Lyons of Seaford, Edgar Lyons of Bridgeville and Philip Lyons of Pensacola, Fla.; two sisters, Anna Thomas of Rhodesdale, Md. and Sandy LeCates of Laurel and five grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery, Blades.


Preston Stanley Hope -- Preston Stanley Hope, 61, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015. Preston retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford in 2007 with 31 years of service. He was active in the Boys and Girls Club in Seaford and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware. Preston loved the Dallas Cowboys and WWE wrestling. He was a loving father, son, brother, uncle and friend. He is survived by his daughter, Jodi Hope Hearn and her companion Jennifer Hearn; his parents, Roland and Betty Marker; two sisters, Debbie Pusey (Rick Johnson) and Shirley Henry (Tommy Sammons); his companion, Tammy Smith; stepbrothers, Sonny Marker (Gina) and Butch Marker and his aunt, Pat Leipold (Walt). Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 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 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware, 111 N. Bedford St., #A, Georgetown, DE 19947.


Mary Elmira Bailey -- Mary Elmira Bailey, 97, of Seaford passed away at Delmar Nursing & Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her loving family on Monday, March 16, 2015. Born in Laurel on June 6, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Florence Baker Rhodes. During her lifetime, Mrs. Bailey lived in many areas of the United States, including Chandler, Ariz., where she was a lifetime member and active in the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a longtime member of Old Paths Church of Christ in Georgetown. Mrs. Bailey is survived by two daughters, Jane Smack and Patsy Jarvis, both of Seaford; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at Old Paths Church of Christ, 18295 Redden Rd., Georgetown, where a visitation will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Frank Goehringer will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Veterans Home, Attn: Donations, 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd., Milford, DE 19963.


Shirley Anne Loockerman -- Shirley Anne Loockerman, 81, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Delaware Hospice in Milford. Shirley was born on Oct. 26, 1933, daughter of the late Clayton and Louise Brown. She graduated from Greenwood High School in 1951 and attended Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington. She retired after 33 years with Greenwood Trust Co. in Greenwood. She was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and was a judge at many car shows around the country. Shirley and her husband Tom spent many years traveling and enjoyed seeing new places. She always had a smile and had a kind and gentle nature. Her hobbies were quilting, reading, and baking. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Thomas Loockerman of Greenwood; a son, Warren Hamstead and his wife Doris of Ocean Pines, Md.; a stepdaughter, Denise Tatman and husband Morris Lee of Bridgeville; a stepson, Dennis Loockerman and his wife Debi of Austin, Texas; two sisters, Barbara Bkork of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Mary Lou Smith and her husband Eddie Smith of Camden; two nieces, Sherry Kielbasa and her husband Greg and Suzanne Olivarez and her husband Oscar; six step-grandchildren: Allison Tatman, Coral and Amber Loockerman, Michael Baccala, David Shauck and Terry Piser and four step great-grandchildren, Austin Tatman Dean, Gianna Baccala and Tahra and Travis Piser. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood and Delaware Hospice for the compassionate care given at Delaware Hospice in Milford. We are grateful for the loving care she received. The family would also like to thank all of the friends and neighbors who reached out and came to visit Shirley, made phone calls to check on her and kept us in their prayers. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, at St. Johnstown Church, Greenwood. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home in Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963


Frank J. Bailey Sr. -- Frank J. Bailey Sr., 88, of Delmar, and most recently a resident of Harrison House in Snow Hill, Md., died peacefully at Peninsula Regional Medical Center on Friday morning, March 20, 2015. He was born on Dec. 5, 1926 in Saxis, Va., a son of the late Herman T. and Ella Blanche Linton Bailey. A World War II Army veteran, he spent his early years as a waterman before working at the Wallops Navy Base and then many years in garment manufacturing. Frank was a member of Selbyville Elks Lodge #2173, serving multiple terms as exalted ruler, district deputy to the grand exalted ruler and past state vice president of the Southeast District. He was also an avid supporter of local dirt track racing. Frank is survived by his wife of 66 years, Katherine Simpson Bailey; three children, Connie Bailey of Parsonsburg, Md., Frank Bailey Jr. and his wife Karen of Pittsville, Md. and Sandra McGinnis and her fiance Richard Komorowski of Delmar; six grandchildren, four of which he and Katherine raised, Herman J. Powell Jr. of Delmar, Katherine Zack and her husband Richard of Laurel, Candace Spencer and her fiance Brian Meisenholder of Delmar, Brian Spencer and his wife Katrina of Laurel, Jessica Womer and her husband Ryan of Pittsville and Jason Bailey of Pittsville; great-grandchildren, H. James Powell III, Brittany Parker, Andrea Parker, B. Scott Malone II, Tyler Meisenholder, Madison McPhail, Aubrey Womer, Wyatt Meisenholder and Silas Spencer; and brothers, W. Orville Bailey of Frankford, Lodie L. Bailey of Saxis, Theodore R. Bailey of York, Pa. and James W. Bailey of Exmore, Va. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Billy Bailey, Teagle Bailey and Herman Bailey Jr.; and two daughters, Betty Mae Bailey and Barbara Fisher. An Elks service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, followed by a funeral service at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be held at Parksley Cemetery in Parksley, Va. Franks family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at the Harrison House Nursing Home and Peninsula Regional Medical Center for the wonderful care and attention given to him in his final days. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Elks National Foundation, c/o Elks Lodge #2173, PO Box 983, Selbyville, DE 19975. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Norma Lee Mae White -- Norma Lee Mae White, 84, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Compass Regional Hospice in Centreville, Md. She was born on July 20, 1930 in Denton, Md., the daughter of the late William Thomas Layton and Lillie Mae Jenkins Layton Donovan. She had worked at Playtex in Milford and later for Sally Ann Bakery. She enjoyed crabbing, gardening, flowers, being outdoors, and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Albert Russell White of Federalsburg; four children, William Ronald Willis of Federalsburg, Sue Ann Stafford of Laurel, Harold Joseph Willis and his wife Chris of Federalsburg and Sherian Willis of Salisbury; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Smith of Smyrna and a brother, George Layton and his wife Polly of Denton. She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Joseph Willis; a son, Wilmer Edgar Willis; a daughter, Lillie Mae Willis; a grandchild, Cassie Elwood Kemp; a great-grandchild, Dylan Marine; six siblings, Orville Layton Sr., Charles Layton, Norman Layton, Eugene Layton, Thomas Layton and Wilmer Layton; and a daughter-in-law, Sandra K. Willis. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg with the Rev. Marie Coulbourne officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will be private. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Holly Center, 926 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Phyllis Jean Horstemeyer Coulbourne -- Phyllis Jean Horstemeyer Coulbourne went to meet her Lord and Savior on Friday, March 20, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of Capt. George Horstemeyer and Brigadier Leanora Horstemeyer Chancey. Phyllis was an active member of the Salvation Army achieving the rank of Corp Sgt. Major. She was employed in the Seaford School District for 44 years until her retirement in 2009. She was very active in the community serving the Delaware School Educational Association, the Chesapeake Bay Girl Scouts as well as lending her beautiful voice to the arts. She enjoyed her retirement, spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the loves of her life. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, George Horstemeyer. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Clarence (Buzz) Coulbourne; her sister, Marian Faulkner (Donald); her daughters, Debra Evans (David), Dawn McKeon (Michael), and Cathy Hewison (Joseph). She is also survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, along with loving in-laws, Marilyn and Ronald Coulbourne and Jean Coulbourne. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, at Cranston Funeral Home on Shipley Street in Seaford. Services will be held at noon on Wednesday, March 25, at the funeral home. Internment will follow at Wicomico Memorial Cemetery in Salisbury, Md. Donations may be made in memory of Phyllis Coulbourne to the Delaware Hospice Association, 16 Polly Drummond Center, Newark, DE 19711.


Jehu Bennett Warrington -- A good man was lost on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Jehu Bennett Warrington of Seaford, died after losing his two-year battle with lung cancer. Jehu was wrapped in the loving arms of his wife of 58 years, Shirley, as she sang softly to him - his family witnessed their timeless devotion to each other. Jehu Bennett Warrington was born on Aug. 29, 1933 in Selbyville to James and Amanda Warrington. He graduated from Selbyville Senior High in 1951. At 18, he was drafted into the US Army where he served admirably during the Korean War. When he returned to Selbyville, he married the love of his life, Shirley Jane Gray, and they moved to Seaford into Shirleys grandmothers home (the Willey family home) on Cannon Street after Jehu accepted a position with the DuPont Company. In 1958, they were blessed with a son, Gray Bennett Warrington. Later in 1958, he applied to and was hired by the Bank of Delaware (PNC). He rose in prominence to the position of bank manager as his work ethic and way of judging character proved successful for the bank. He became a respected life member of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, chairman for the United Way, board member for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and active member of the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, American Bankers Association, and Seaford Golf & Country Club. After 38 years in banking, Jehu retired in 1996 as vice president. He then earned his real estate license and joined Calloway, Farnell and Moore. Jehu continued helping in the community as a board member for the new Senior Center. He was an avid golfer, rabbit hunter, and loved boating, fishing and the beach in Fenwick Island. More importantly than his successful career, Jehu was happiest when spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son and daughter-in-law, Gray and Julie Warrington of Magnolia; three granddaughters, Amanda Warrington LaPenta and her husband, Dante LaPenta of Wilmington, Morgan Warrington of Reston, Va. and Rebecca Warrington of Plainsboro, N.J. and one great-grandson, Carmine Bennett LaPenta. Jehu is also survived by a sister, Wanda Burleson; his late sister, Donna Sturgis husband, James Sturgis, and many wonderful friends. Please join the family at St. Johns United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford, to celebrate the life of Jehu Warrington on Saturday, March 21. A viewing will be held between 10 a.m. and noon followed by the service at noon. Burial will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery, followed by a reception at St. Johns Fellowship Hall. The family wishes donations be made in Jehus name to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or www.delawarehospice.org.


Russell H. Williams -- Russell H. Williams, 76, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015. Russell retired from the Boeing Company in Ridley Park, Pa. He was a veteran of the US Navy and a member of Crossroads Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell H. and Eleanor Williams Sr. and a daughter, Nellie Balerina. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen Williams; four children, Leonard L. Shaw and fianc←e Bonnie Kidd, Patricia Castagna, Michael R. Williams and fianc←e Dianne Battista and Cynthia Ann Williams and fianc← Dennis Bateman; a brother, Ralph Williams; three sisters, Kay Diehl, Barbara Houghton and Rita Mae Williams; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 20, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. 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., Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713.


Vrska Elizabeth Sullivan -- Vrska Elizabeth Sullivan, 89, passed away quietly at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla., on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Born on Sept. 19, 1925, in Uniontown, Pa., to Helen and Robert Wheeler, Vrska lived most of her life in Seaford, where she worked in banking customer relations. She retired in 1975 to Fort Myers, Fla., where she enjoyed shelling on Sanibel Island, reading great books, and cooking meals for family get-togethers. Vrska is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jean Lewis and Jacob Olczak of Bonita Springs, Fla.; her three grandchildren, Craig Lewis, Alicia Lewis-Murray, and Michael Lewis and six great-grandchildren. A private celebration of Vrskas life will be held in April where good food and fond memories will abound. Family and friends may sign the guest register by visiting www.dignifiedcremations.com.


Michael Ray Simon -- Michael Ray Simon, 58, of Laurel, died on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at his home. He was born on Dec. 12, 1956 in Salisbury, Md., a son of the late George P. Simon and Barbara J. Simon. Mike graduated from Delmar High School before earning his degree at Salisbury University. Growing up, he was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Delmar. He was an avid Yankees fan, loved Notre Dame football and was a long-time NASCAR buff. His love for travel led him to a career as an over the road truck driver. He enjoyed seeing the country and especially loved his trips to the mountains. He is survived by a daughter, Ashley Simon of Frederick, Md.; a son, Michael R. Simon Jr. of New Hampshire; two brothers, Paul G. Simon and his wife Cherie of Salisbury and Bruce S. Simon of Laurel; two nieces, Chelsea and Allyson Simon; and former wives, Kathy Simon of Salisbury and Debbie Haywood of Tennessee. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron. In memory of Mr. Simon, contributions may be sent to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program/PRMC Foundation, 100 E. Carroll St., Salisbury, MD 21801. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Jerry Thomas Todd -- Jerry Thomas Todd, 81, of Laurel, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Born in Salisbury, Md. on Nov. 29, 1933, he was the son of the late Raymond C. and Catherine Booth Todd. Following graduation from Wicomico High School, Mr. Todd worked for the Chris-Craft Corporation, a local boat manufacturer. After a few years, he began his 33 year career with Delmarva Power retiring in 1995 as a systems operator. Mr. Todd had been a member of Delmarva Evangelistic Church in Salisbury for over 30 years and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in February 1961. Mr. Todd is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte Vincent Todd, whom he married in May 1956 in Laurel; four daughters, Jeri Lynn Alls, Fort Mill, S.C.; Susan E. Pusey, Laurel; Cindy Scott, Millsboro and Tracy T. Warren, Salisbury; a brother, Robert Todd, Delmar; five grandchildren; five and a half great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 20, at Delmarva Evangelistic Church, 407 E. Gordy Rd., Salisbury. Pastor Robert Gregory will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice Center, 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.


Betty J. Dean -- Betty J. Dean, 73, of Laurel, passed away at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Born on July 18, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Mathis and Emma Stubbs Mathis. Betty was a retired executive assistant in the insurance industry where she worked for many years. She is survived by her loving husband, Ralph Hal Dean Sr. of Laurel; a son, Ralph H. Dean Jr. and his wife Karen of Milton, Ga. and a daughter, Diana L. Whidholm and her husband John of Charleston, S.C.; grandchildren, Trevor C. Dean, Evan H. Dean, Caroline H. Dean, Calvin D. Whidholm and Brett Whidholm and siblings, Thomas Buddy Mathis Jr. of Seaford, Arnold Terry Mathis of Vinton, Va. and Frank O. Mathis of Cocoa Beach, Fla. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James N. Mathis. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 7, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. The Rev. Howard Travers officiated.


Earl Roland Bell Jr. -- Earl Roland Bell Jr., 65, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at home. He was born on June 25, 1949 in Dover, son of the late Earl R. Bell Sr. and Aline (Givens) Bell. Mr. Bell graduated from Colonel Richardson High School in Federalsburg, Md. in 1967. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1967 to 1971. Following his honorable discharge, he enjoyed a lifelong career as a driver with the United Parcel Service. He was a Miami Dolphins fan and also loved watching Western movies and woodworking. He is survived by his companion, Vivian A. Fisher of Rehoboth Beach; three daughters, Angie Bell of Denton, Md., Stephanie Bell of Waldorf, Md. and Alicia Bell of Federalsburg; five granddaughters, Lindsay Ball of Denton, Shaylin Taschler, Sabrina Taschler, Sophia Taschler and Sonya Taschler, all of Federalsburg; two grandsons, Jordan Ball of Denton and Shawn Taschler of Federalsburg; and two sisters, Janice Bell of Plantation, Fla. and Cheryl West of Georgetown. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes, where friends may visit from 9 to 11. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, 106 Denton Rd., Federalsburg. Please visit Mr. Bells Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Jeannette A. Lankford -- Jeannette A. Lankford, 81, of Greenwood went from this world to a better world on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Born on June 24, 1933, she was the daughter of Otis and Huldah (Smith) Johnson. Jeannette enjoyed making flower arrangements, doing ceramics and giving both away to family and friends. She also enjoyed feeding the birds. She worked as a sewing machine operator, a waitress, and at Super Fresh. Her grandkids were the apple of her eye. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Burt Johnson. She is survived by her husband, Bobby; a sister, Anita Fischer; her children, Martin Adams (Juanita), Janet Stoeckel (Stokes), Lottie Drummond (Paul), Debbie Hall (Allen), Glen Lankford, Joe Buccio, Tom Lankford (Kim) and Donny Lankford (Joan); nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; grand dogs; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 20, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, where friends may call from 5 to 6. Interment will be private. Donations may be made in her memory to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Rd., Wilton, NH 03086.


Rebecca A. Becky Garner -- Rebecca A. Becky Garner, 61, of Bridgeville, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Becky was the daughter of Catherine Allen Lyons and the late Alvin Phillips Lyons. She graduated from Seaford High School in 1971 and Salisbury State College in 1975. She was a teacher in the Seaford School District for 25 years, teaching at West Seaford Elementary and Central Elementary schools. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church where she had taught Sunday school. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 39 years, Steven Thomas Garner; a daughter, Erin Catherine Garner; a son, Brandt Allen Garner; a brother, Wayne A. Lyons; two nieces, a nephew and eight great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 16, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford on Sunday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Wesley United Methodist Church Building Fund, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Verna B. Draucker -- Verna B. Draucker, 88, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. Born on Jan. 14, 1927 in Richmond, Va., she was one of five daughters born to the late Bryan and Alma Berryman. She married Louis K. Buddy Draucker on Aug. 27, 1949. They had one child who was born on Aug. 18, 1956. The family moved from Richmond, Va. to Lawrence, Kan. in 1957, where Verna raised their son while Buddy worked as a mechanical engineer for E.I. Dupont. They enjoyed a fun-filled life of camping and exploring the Midwest. When Buddy was transferred to the Dupont Plant in Seaford in 1965, Verna fell in love with the beach and especially Grottos Pizza in Rehoboth Beach. A devoted wife and mother, Verna was an active member of Grace Baptist Church in Seaford, and loved to bowl on the womens league at the Seaford Bowling Lanes. Later, she enjoyed spending time tending to pets and grandchildren, and was a member of the Senior Center in Seaford. Verna moved to Atria Assisted Living in January 2014, where she quickly made friends with tablemates Joan, Betty, and Doris. She loved the facility, and residents and staff were all very friendly and accommodating. She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Draucker; her mother, Alma; her father, Bryan and sisters, Ruby Berryman and Gladys Sprouse. She is survived by her son, William L Draucker and his wife Sheree; two grandchildren, Andrew H. Draucker and Dr. Laura Draucker-Smith and her husband Dr. Marcus Smith; great-grandson, Colin Smith; sisters, Gloria Cliborne and Judy Willis and her husband Francis and many other nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. The Rev. Danny Tice from Bayshore Community Church in Gumboro will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the MAC Center in Salisbury. Donations may be sent to MAC, Inc., 909 Progress Circle, Salisbury, MD 21804 or call MAC at 410-742-0505. Please include in memory of Verna B. Draucker with your gift.


Verna B. Draucker -- Verna B. Draucker, 88, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. Born on Jan. 14, 1927 in Richmond, Va., she was one of five daughters born to the late Bryan and Alma Berryman. She married Louis K. Buddy Draucker on Aug. 27, 1949. They had one child who was born on Aug. 18, 1956. The family moved from Richmond, Va. to Lawrence, Kan. in 1957, where Verna raised their son while Buddy worked as a mechanical engineer for E.I. Dupont. They enjoyed a fun-filled life of camping and exploring the Midwest. When Buddy was transferred to the Dupont Plant in Seaford in 1965, Verna fell in love with the beach and especially Grottos Pizza in Rehoboth Beach. A devoted wife and mother, Verna was an active member of Grace Baptist Church in Seaford, and loved to bowl on the womens league at the Seaford Bowling Lanes. Later, she enjoyed spending time tending to pets and grandchildren, and was a member of the Senior Center in Seaford. Verna moved to Atria Assisted Living in January 2014, where she quickly made friends with tablemates Joan, Betty, and Doris. She loved the facility, and residents and staff were all very friendly and accommodating. She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Draucker; her mother, Alma; her father, Bryan and sisters, Ruby Berryman and Gladys Sprouse. She is survived by her son, William L Draucker and his wife Sheree; two grandchildren, Andrew H. Draucker and Dr. Laura Draucker-Smith and her husband Dr. Marcus Smith; great-grandson, Colin Smith; sisters, Gloria Cliborne and Judy Willis and her husband Francis and many other nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. The Rev. Danny Tice from Bayshore Community Church in Gumboro will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the MAC Center in Salisbury. Donations may be sent to MAC, Inc., 909 Progress Circle, Salisbury, MD 21804 or call MAC at 410-742-0505. Please include in memory of Verna B. Draucker with your gift.


Nancy L. Franklin-Miller -- Nancy L. Franklin-Miller, 65, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at her Delmar home. Born in Millville, she was one of five daughters of the late Edward Hurley and Ruth Dunn. She attended Laurel High School. She enjoyed going to the beach and the slots with friends and family. She was known as MOM to many people. Nancy is survived by her husband, George Sam Miller; a daughter, Renee Phippin and her husband Clark Phippin; a son, Sammy Miller and his wife Shelley Adams-Miller; a stepdaughter, Lisa Miller; grandchildren, Ashley Miller, Justin Worster, Meghan Worster, Jacob Phippin, Alyssa Worster, Autumn Miller and Sammy Miller III; a great-grandson, Jorden Miller; sisters, Mary Kelly and her husband Pete Kelly and Wendy Wright and her husband Jimmy Wright and nieces and nephews, J.D. ONeal, Wendy ONeal-Schevel, Jimmy Wright, Joey Wright, Debbie Foskey-Scarborough, and Gary Foskey. Her sisters, Joanne Foskey and Donna Kelley and nephew, Wayne ONeal also preceded her in death. A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, at Laurel Legion Post #19.


Pastor William Edwin Tull - Pastor William Edwin Tull, 101, of Seaford passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Seaford. Pastor Tull was born in Crisfield, Md., the son of the late Herbert and Cora (Dize) Tull. He started the Milford Church of God in 1945 and was pastor there until 1964. Next, he was the first chaplain at Lee College in Cleveland, Tenn. for 16 years and was on the Mission Board. He returned to Milford and was the associate minister at the Milford Church of God. He was also on the Missions Board for the church. He was a bishop for 11 churches in Delmarva. He was a chaplain for the Delaware Senate, Sussex Correctional Institution and Milford Hospital for 35 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Edna Piper Tull and his second wife, Elizabeth Bowden Tull. He is survived by his children, Ruth Sneller and her husband Raymond of Seaford and Bill Tull of Milford; stepchildren, Brenda Collison, Chuck Bowden, Terry Bowden and wife Mary Lou, Claude Bowden and wife Ann, Selva Higgins and husband of Elwood and Naomi Cooper; five grandchildren, Mike Sneller and wife Allison, Tammy Richard and husband Jeremy, Tad Taylor and wife Leah Beth, Michelle Davis and husband John and Jennifer Kinzer and husband Ron and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, in the chapel of Milford Church of God, 500 N. Walnut St., Milford, where friends may call after 11 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Milford Church of God, 500 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963 or W. Edwin Tull Scholarship Fund, 500 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19968. Arrangements are in the care of Berry-Short Funeral Home, Milford.


Robert H. Dorsch Jr. -- Robert H. Dorsch Jr., 77, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at his home at Greenwood Country Retirement after a long illness. He was born on June 27, 1937 in Leonardtown, Md. He leaves his wife, Rebecca; a daughter, Patty Dorsch; a stepson, David Lovelace and numerous other family and friends. A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Leonardtown.


Meryl Erdman Houde -- Meryl Erdman Houde, 97, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Lofland Park in Seaford. Meryl was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Houde on July 6, 2002. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Meryl was a 1935 graduate of Laurel High School. In 1952, she started working at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and worked approximately 25 years there until retiring. Living in Salisbury for 30 years, she was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Meryl is survived by two daughters, Bette Macintire and husband Bob of Lewes and Judy Dunn of Seaford; a sister, Verna Disharoon; four grandchildren, Mary Jane Sanger, Samuel Macintire, Michael Macintire and Robert Dunn and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. The Rev. Dr. Robert Lee Harris officiated. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Houdes memory to Asbury United Methodist Church, 1401 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801.


Meryl Erdman Houde -- Meryl Erdman Houde, 97, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Lofland Park in Seaford. Meryl was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Houde on July 6, 2002. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Meryl was a 1935 graduate of Laurel High School. In 1952, she started working at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and worked approximately 25 years there until retiring. Living in Salisbury for 30 years, she was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Meryl is survived by two daughters, Bette Macintire and husband Bob of Lewes and Judy Dunn of Seaford; a sister, Verna Disharoon; four grandchildren, Mary Jane Sanger, Samuel Macintire, Michael Macintire and Robert Dunn and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. The Rev. Dr. Robert Lee Harris officiated. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Houdes memory to Asbury United Methodist Church, 1401 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801.


Robert Mark Hartzell -- Loving father, grandfather, uncle and friend, Robert Mark Hartzell, 69, of Bridgeville, died peacefully at Kirkland Village in Bethlehem, Pa., on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. ᅠ Bob was the beloved husband of the late Rita E. Hartzell and the son of the late Mark and Elizabeth Hartzell. He was born in Bethlehem on Feb. 28, 1945. Bob graduated from Liberty High School and then Valley Forge Military Academy. With an eye for detail, Bob enjoyed his hobby of drawing house plans and landscape design. He also loved space planning, especially kitchens and closets. Bob was a master decision maker who was responsible, practical, serious, confident and disciplined. Bob was a controller by trade but loved to play golf and travel. Bob will be missed by his daughter, Christine Vogel and his two grandchildren, Courtney and Connor Vogel, all of Middletown, Conn. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Ceily Gavura and her husband Mike of Northampton, Pa.; his brother-in-law, Phil Sedlock of Clifton Park, N.Y. and a nephew, Ryan Field of Medford, Mass. ᅠ In addition to his wife, mother and father, Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Denise Ann Hartzell of Glastonbury, Conn.ᅠ Forever loving, missing and remembering you in treasured memories. Visitation will be held at St. Annes Catholic Church, 450 E. Washington Ave., Bethlehem, on Saturday, March 7, from 10-11 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to immediately follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at Holy Saviour Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Bobs name to The Center for Animal Health & Welfare (1165 Island Park Rd, Easton, PA 18042 or to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation 155 East 55 Street, Suite 6H, New York, NY 10022, info@lungfund.org


Addison Lee Tatman -- Addison Lee Tatman, 93, a third generation farmer of Bridgeville, died on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at home. He was born in Milford on July 9, 1921, son of the late Raymond and Addie W. (OBier) Tatman. Addison spent his entire life doing what he loved, farming with his sons and grandson. He was a 1939 graduate of Bridgeville High School. He was a charter member of the Bridgeville Lions Club and enjoyed being in the annual Lions Club shows for many years. Throughout the years, he provided playground equipment for the school and helped grade the Little League fields in Bridgeville. He also assisted with getting the facility to sell oyster sandwiches for the Lions Club. He was a friend to many and was always willing to help those in need. Addison enjoyed going out to dinner with friends and occasionally would agree to leave the farm for a week and go out West on a vacation. When told one time to have fun on vacation, his reply was, What am I supposed to do for a whole week? He also enjoyed stock car racing and attended many local races over the years. Anyone who ever rode in a pickup with him knew they needed to hold on because he was always in a hurry. In addition to his parents, Addison was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Wroten Tatman who passed away in 1999, a son who lived just a week in 1953 and a step-granddaughter, Tori Ferrell. He is survived by two sons, Morris Lee Tatman and his wife Denise of Bridgeville and Stephen Tatman and his wife Annabelle of Greenwood; three grandchildren, Jill Davis and her husband Bill of Millsboro, Clay Tatman and his wife Shannon of Greenwood and Allison Tatman and Jason Dean of Bridgeville; two step-grandchildren, Stephanie Ferrell Rhanim and her husband Elias of Newark, Chelsea Ferrell of Newark; five great-grandchildren, Edith and Mary Davis; Laura and Abby Tatman; Austin Tatman Dean and two-step great grandchildren, Sam and Zak Rhanim. The family wishes to thank the dedicated caregivers who made his last years comfortable and to Delaware Hospice for their compassionate care in his last months. A graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 2, at St. Johnstown Cemetery, St. Johnstown Road, near Greenwood. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Please visit Addisons Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Larry Keith Crowder -- Larry Keith Crowder, 72, passed away in his sleep at home on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Seaford, with his wife at his side. He was born on March 12, 1942, to the late Carmel Carlos Crowder and Frances Louise Lowman Crowder. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Barnard Wayne Crowder. Larry and Jean met in Florida where they both worked for Jones Industries. This is where they fell in love and were married. They would travel to Florida often for vacations. He retired from DuPont in Seaford in 2001 and worked for Cardinal Health until 2011. Larry served in the Navy from 1960 to 1964. He enjoyed cooking, golfing, fishing, being on the beach, traveling but NOT camping. He was a wonderful, loving husband, father and a friend to all. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, A. Jean Crowder; his son, Alan L. Fogleman Jr. of Seaford; his daughter, Anita J. Lineweaver-Kinnikin and her husband Mark of Laurel and two grandchildren, Coty L. Lineweaver and Alan K. Fogleman. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford.


Betty Louise Weaver -- Betty Louise Weaver, 81, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Louise was a past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Seaford. She loved bowling and bowled in leagues for many years. Her husband, Donald M. Weaver died in 2012. She was also preceded in death by a son, Donald Scott Weaver in 2010. She is survived by a son, Kenneth Weaver (Maria) of Hebron, Md.; a daughter, Monica Ogel (Joe) of Seaford; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren and a sister, Shirley Adams of Lafayette, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 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 Parkinsons Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Ste. 1509, New York, NY 10018 or Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


William R. Bill Stack -- William R. Bill Stack passed away recently at his home in Seaford. He was born on Feb. 11, 1953 in Salisbury, Md., to Arthur R. and Stella B. Stack, who preceded him in death. Bill lived all of his life in Seaford. He graduated from Seaford High School and attended the University of Delaware. He worked for 30 years as a heavy equipment operator for various firms in the Seaford area until a stroke in 2002 forced him to retire. He is survived by his sister, Sarah Stack of Palo Alto, Calif.; a brother, Wesner Stack and his wife Linda of Milton; three nieces, Kate Kosco of New York, N.Y., Alicia Stack of Lewes, and Maggie Thompson of Milford; three nephews, Hank Stack of Hockessin and Mark Stack and Will Stack, both of Paia, Hawaii; four grand-nieces and two grand-nephews. After his stroke, Bill lived with courage and independence, which he cherished. He was greatly assisted by the loving care he received from members of the CHEER community and support from the Hampton Circle Apartments staff, where he lived his final years. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, at St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 204 N. Front St., Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Scott L. Genshaw -- Scott L. Genshaw, 46, passed away on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, with his family at his side. Scott worked for Peninsula Oil for over 20 years. He played on the Little League baseball World Series in 1984. He coached Little League baseball and football for Seaford Parks & Recreation. He loved watching his kids play all sports. He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd L. Genshaw. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Terri Genshaw; his daughter, Lauren Genshaw; his son, Jason Genshaw; his mother, Mary Ann Genshaw and two brothers, David Genshaw (Becky) and Mark Genshaw (Elizabeth). Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Lauren & Jason Genshaw college fund, c/o Terri Genshaw, 4169 Horseshoe Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or M & T Bank in Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Jessie Moneymaker Morgan -- Jessie Moneymaker Morgan, 87, of Seaford, passed away after a long illness on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. Jessie was born on June 9, 1927. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Kuhlman Morgan; her parents, Jesse and Louise Moneymaker and her brother, Robert Moneymaker. Jessie is survived by her brother, James D. Moneymaker; three nephews, William R. Moneymaker, Steven Moneymaker and David Moneymaker; two nieces, Jami Stephens and Julie Murphy and seven great-nieces and four great-nephews. Jessie was a longtime member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford. She was a choir member for 20 years. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 10:30 to 11. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Methodist Manor House Benevolence fund in honor of Jessie M. Morgan, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Grace Dean Pinnix Ingram -- Grace Dean Pinnix Ingram went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. In her final moments, she was comforted by her daughter, Cindy Ingram Bice and granddaughter and caregiver, Ashley Bice. She was preceded in death by her son, Mark James Ingram and loving husband of 58 years, Roy Carl Ingram. Grace was born in North Wilkesboro, N.C. on Nov. 3, 1929. She was the fourth daughter of five born to James Pinnix and Ida Belle Groce. In 1948, Grace graduated from Millers Creek High School and attended nursing school. She moved to Seaford to help take care of her nephew. Grace and her husband were a true story of love at first sight, spotting each other the day she stepped off the bus from North Carolina. Grace worked at Felts dress shop while she helped care for her nephew. Later, she worked at DuPonts until her daughter was born. After her daughter started high school, she began working at Peebles and retired after 15 years to take care of her grandchildren. She was affectionately known as Amazing Grace and truly was. She was an amazing mom, wife, sister, friend and Christian. Grace was a member of the Eastern Star and First Baptist Church of Seaford. Her passions in life were gardening, church, and above all, her family. She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Ingram Bice; granddaughter, Ashley Bice; son, Steven Roy Ingram and his wife Christie Hill Ingram; granddaughter, Jessica Lyn Ingram; grandson, Nicholas Steven Ingram; sister, Ethel Pinnix Wooters; sister, Virginia Pinnix Taylor, and sister-in-law, Ida Ingram Marroni. She was also preceded in death by her parents, James and Ida Pinnix; sister, Mary Pinnix Hamby; sister, Beulah Pinnix Johnson, and sisters-in-law, Virginia Ingram Albert and Ellen Ingram Fretterd. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Seaford First Baptist Church, 543 N. Bradford St., Seaford. Pastor Michael Hopkins will officiate. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Helen Lucia Moore, age 83, died February 22, 2015 at Homestead Manor in Denton, Maryland. Mrs. Moore was a wonderful mother and homemaker, gifted artist, and devoted Bible teacher. She was married to her first husband, the Rev. Frank Lucia, a Methodist minister with the Peninsula United Methodist conference, for 27 years until his death in 1984. She was married to her second husband, Dr. Charles F. Moore, a dentist, in Seaford, Delaware, for 22 years until his death in 2009. Mrs. Moore was an extremely talented artist. She was a Delaware High School teacher. She taught art 27 years in the Brandywine and Milford school districts. Under her instruction, many of her students competed in and won national competitions. Her limited edition print of Barratts Chapel was chosen for distribution among the members of the Methodist Church in the Delmarva Peninsula. Many of her paintings and drawings became limited edition prints. After she retired from teaching school, she continued to paint and work in ministry. Mrs. Moore is well known for her ministry of teaching and sharing the Good News about Jesus Christ. She is survived by two daughters, Donna Lucia-Downs of Centreville, Maryland and Andrea L. Sharp of Downingtown, Pennsylvania; a step-daughter, Marcia Moore, M.D. of Charlottesville, Virginia; a sister, Berta Salios of Seaford, Delaware; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends and relatives on Thursday, February 26 from 6-8 pm at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. in Centreville, MD. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday, February 27 at Barratts Chapel, Frederica, DE. The burial is to follow at Barratts Chapel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.


Nina M. Glerum -- Nina M. Glerum of Laurel, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Nina was born in Millsboro, a daughter of the late Dawson Wilkerson and Gladys Hearn Wilkerson. Nina retired from National Cash Register as an assembly person with 10 years of service. She recently attended Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. Nina loved gardening, yard work, travel, reading and sales/auctions. Most importantly, she loved and cherished spending time with all of her grandchildren. Mrs. Glerum is survived by her husband, Raymond R. Glerum; children, Paul Downes and Pat of Dagsboro, Carol Riggin and Tommy of Laurel and Kim ONeal and Martin of Laurel; a sister, Betty Pentoney and husband Ed of Seaford; grandchildren, Holly Howes, Amy Odermatt, Matthew Riggin, Kyle Downes, Beth Vallei, Adam Downes, Heather ONeal, Ashley Nusbaum, Courtney Lingerman, Blair Spicer and Jordan Spicer; and great grandchildren, Bella Spicer, Brody Spicer, Lucas Nusbaum, Madison Howes, Nicholas Howes, Julian Howes, Brooke Spicer, Samantha Vallei, Liam Nusbaum, Penn Schaeffer, Jacob Vallei, Rylee Odermatt and Levi Odermatt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Penny Spicer and a sister, Janet Chambers. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 at Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. The Revs. Joseph G. Burris and Tim Dukes will officiate. Interment will follow in Trinity Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956 or American Cancer Society, 1315 Mt. Herman Rd., Ste. D, Salisbury, MD 21804. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Christine A. Wasson -- Christine A. Wasson, 57, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Arnold and Ruth Boots Schueler. Chris was a social worker at Genesis Seaford Center. She was an active member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church and the Chesapeake Emmaus Community. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Richard Wasson; a daughter, Caitlin Patton (Travis); a son, James Matthew Wasson and two sisters, Jan Lundquist (Dan) and Sara Devieeschouwer (Georges). Memorial services will be held at noon on Thursday, Feb. 26, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Luckie L. Khan -- Luckie L. Khan, 57 of Seaford, loving mother, wife, sister, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Md. She worked for Walmart in Seaford. She is survived by her husband, Anjum Khan; a daughter, Susan Elkhayat and sisters, Tina Flowers, Leng Hessy, and Hope Lilly. Funeral services were on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. Burial was in Jr. Order Cemetery, Preston, Md.


Harley Lee Willin -- Harley Lee Willin, 66, of Laurel, died on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Harley worked for the DuPont Company (later named Invista) in Seaford for over 48 years. He also worked for Pizza King (Baynum Enterprises) for many years. He was a hardworking and caring man who was always willing to help people in any way possible. He loved crabbing, fishing, spending time at the beach and watching his grandchildren play baseball and softball. He always had a good time whatever he was doing. Harley was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Willin Sr. and Dora Willin and a brother, Walter Willin Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Chandler (David); son Scott Willin (Karen); companion for 10 years, Debbie Hill; former wife, Faith Willin; brother, Earl Chaffinch Sr. (Jewell); sister, Anna Taylor; grandchildren, Tyler Edge, Kaitlyn Willin, Christian Chandler, and Ciara Chandler; his companions daughter, Lyndsey Ellsworth and her daughter, Nylah Ellsworth and many nieces, nephews and long-time friends. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 2. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery.


Marjorie A. Nielson -- Marjorie A. Nielson, 81, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Marjorie was born in Bellwood, Pa., the daughter of the late Jessie and Catherine Raugh. She graduated from the Bryn Mawr School of Nursing in Bryn Mawr, Pa. She was a school nurse in the Seaford School District for 31 years. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Joseph A. Nielson; two sons, Mark A. Nielson (Jeannine) of Seaford and Gregory J. Nielson (Christine) of Baldwin, Md.; a daughter, Deborah A. Hill (John) of Montville, N.J.; seven grandchildren, Luke Nielson, Maria Nielson LeCates, Emily Nielson, Lindsay Hill, Madison Hill, Alayna Nielson and Roxana Nielson; a great-grandson, Colton LeCates; and two sisters, Donna Hollen of Slippery Rock, Pa. and Marlene Grimes of Leesburg, Fla. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, C. Ronald Raugh. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Ste. 304, Chicago, IL 60611. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


William Davidson -- William Davidson, 78, of Blades, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Mr. Davidson was born on March 22, 1936 in Dagsboro to the late Charles Hill and Margaret Ann Gray Davidson. He was a 1954 graduate of John M. Clayton High School and enjoyed getting together with his fellow classmates of 60 years ago. He was employed by Delaware Power and Light where he started at the bottom and worked his way up to controller and shift engineer. He attended the Ark Church in Seaford. He enjoyed fishing, crabbing, coin collecting, metal detecting and just going to the beach. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Alice in 2007, and two of his beloved canine friends, Sammy and Girlie. He is survived by four children, Doris Melson and her husband David of Seaford, William Davidson Jr. and his wife Diane R. of Laurel, Kelly Sue Harris and her husband Keith of Seaford and Douglas Davidson of Blades; a brother, George Edward Davidson and his wife Mary Sue of Eddyville, Ky., 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, Feb. 23, at The Ark Wesleyan Church, 26630 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will follow in Blades Community Cemetery. Pastor Dave Kiser will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Dr., Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713. Letters of condolence may be emailed via www.watsonfh.com.


Barry Eschol Benson -- Barry Eschol Benson, 55, of Laurel, passed away at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Barry is the son of Jack and Iris Benson. Barry was a skilled carpenter by trade. He eventually created his own construction company, Benson Construction. As a carpenter, he was known for his tenacious attention to detail and affinity for perfection. He also loved to fish and hang out with his friends. When his children were younger, he coached Little League with his brother and even sponsored teams through his company. Although he had a tough exterior, Barry was best known as a family man. He was a loving and supportive father to Brad and Bethany, and a caring brother, son and uncle. He spent a lot of time at his parents shop with his family watching Nascar, the Greenbay Packers and sharing stories. He was best known for his sarcastic and witty humor. Barry often said a thousand words with his look of a raise of an eye brow and his mischievous grin. His laughter was infectious and his stories were mesmerizing because they were guaranteed to provide a hilarious punchline. Barrys charismatic personality gave him an abundance of friends and family. He is survived by his parents, Jack and Iris Benson; children, Brad and Bethany Benson; brother and sister-in-law, John and Georgie Benson; sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Barry Mitchell, and his niece and nephews, Shari Benson Norte, John Benson and Zack Mitchell. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, where a visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pastor Ruth Tull will officiate. Contributions may be made in Barrys memory to Christ United Methodist Church of Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Nicholas G. Raneri -- Nicholas G Raneri, 23, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. Born in Seaford, he was the son of Laura Sederquest of Seaford and the late Anthony Guy Renari. Nicholas was a self-employed auto mechanic and a member of the Delaware National Guard. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his stepfather, Martin Howard; his grandmother, Maude Howard of Hurlock, Md.; and two sisters, Victoria Nash of Marshall, Va. and Kate Doolittle of Bel Air, Md. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King Sts., Seaford, where friends may call one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Nicholas memory may be made to Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club, 310 Virginia Ave., Seaford, DE 19973.


Linda J. Robinson -- Linda J. Robinson, 63, of Laurel, passed away at her home on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ridgewood, N.J., she is the daughter of the late John Donald Alexander and Frances Fisher Alexander of Warwick, N.Y. Linda was a banker, working for Fulton Bank in Laurel. She loved to bird watch, but her most favorite hobby was being Mallorys grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Russell B. Robinson of Laurel; a son, Matthew Robinson and his wife Natalie of Gansevoort, N.Y.; her brothers, John D. Alexander of Warwick and David E. Alexander of Goshen, N.Y.; and her precious granddaughter, Mallory Robinson of Gansevoort. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive her. In addition to her father, Linda was preceded in death by her sister, Cathy Lee.


Agnes Geraldine McGaha -- Agnes Geraldine McGaha (Jerry), 79, of Seaford passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. She is survived by her only living son, Skippy McGaha; her six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, along with many other family and friends. Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Laurel at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.


Robert W. Tucker -- Robert W. Tucker, 73, of Seaford, formerly of College Park, Md., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Sandra Tucker and father of Michael (Denise) Tucker, Stephen Tucker and Susan (Stephen) Fontaine. He is also survived by five granddaughters, two sisters and one brother. Relatives and friends are invited to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., followed by The Rite of Committal at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


John Q. Higgins -- John Q. Higgins, Laurel, passed away at home on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. John was born in Sparta, N.C., a son of the late William Q. and Docia Higgins. John was a farmer and sawmill operator in North Carolina, working for LB Brittingham and Victor Wright. He also worked for Frank Wallers Appliance Center for three years. He retired from the DuPont Co. in Seaford with 32 years of service. John enjoyed gardening, horseback riding, raising goats and running his beagle dogs. As a farmer, he was president of the Sussex County Bee Keepers Association and a member of Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia Beekeepers. He was a member of American Legion Post #19 and an honorary member of the Laurel Saddle Club. John also served his country in the US Army. His first marriage to Zollie Billings provided three sons and a daughter: Tommy Higgins, who is deceased, Tony Higgins of Bridgeville, Roger Higgins of Seaford and Debbie Hernandez and two stepchildren, Linda Wooters of Laurel and Mike Parker of Laurel. In 1959, he married Marie Whaley. Their children include Laura Higgins (Jamie) of Mississippi, Jonathan Higgins (Coleen) of Kentucky and Chris Higgins (Karen) of Laurel and stepdaughter, Renee Hastings (Theodore). He is survived by his wife, Vicky Barrell Higgins of Laurel. His siblings, Elsie, Nancy, Tom, Paul, Sam, Herb, Jim, Ethel and Mary, preceded him in death. He is survived by siblings, Ruth, Lois, Joe, Evelyn and Evon. Numerous grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive him. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 18428 Phillips Hill Rd., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Julie Lewis and Melia Rust will officiate. Interment will follow in Trinity Cemetery, Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Skeeter Marie Cooper Milburn -- Skeeter Marie Cooper Milburn, 50, of Delmar, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2015, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born on Jan. 16, 1965 at D.C. General Hospital, she was the daughter of Robert Alan Cooper and Patsy Ann Jarvis. Skeeter worked as a secretary, and enjoyed reading. She dearly loved her horses and competed in many barrel races, and did many trail rides with them. She also had a love for her dogs, and was blessed to have many through the years. She was preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Matthews; her father, Robert Alan Cooper, and her nephew, David Lee Mast. Skeeter is survived by her mother, Patsy Jarvis and her mothers longtime companion James Russum of Seaford; her daughter, Brittney Marie Ray and husband Josh of Seaford; a son, Richard Joseph Bosler III; grandchildren, Jaida Fleck and Conner Fleck; grand-dogs, Kahluha, Kupid, and Nyala; four sisters, Julie Kent and husband Charles of Jacksonville, Ark., Patty Palmer and husband Keith of Seaford, Tammy Covington and husband Tony of Seaford, and Leslie Cooper of Maryland; and two brothers, Thomas Matthews and wife Janet of Hensley, Ark. and Skeeter Alan Cooper of Maryland. Skeeters companion Aaron Meyers of Delmar and several nieces and nephews also survive her. A visitation will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel, where a memorial service will follow at 4:30. Interment will be private. To defray funeral costs, the family is asking for donations in Skeeters memory, c/o Tammy Covington, 3227 Horseshoe Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Nancy L. Viar -- Nancy L. Viar, 72, of Seaford, died on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Nancy was the daughter of Eugene Alva Rushing and Emilie Wiener Rushing. She is survived by her children: Tracey Ann Raleigh of Goldsboro, Md., W. David Viar Jr. of Hollywood, Md. and Christine M. Lima of Charlotte, N.C. and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 21 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 302 Church Ln., Goldsboro.


Henry L. Bounds -- Henry L. Bounds, 72, departed this life for his heavenly home on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. He was born on March 19, 1942 in Milford, to Ralph H. and Madelyn Wilson Bounds. After leaving high school, Henry joined the DuPont Co. in Seaford as a machine operator. He retired as a mechanic in 2001 after 40+ years of service. During his employment with DuPont, he also engaged in several part-time jobs including several years on the Laurel Police force. Henry was a self-taught man who mastered many crafts in his lifetime but the one he was most proud of was being able to do service for his Lord and Savior after having been ordained as an Elder at the Christian Church of Seaford in April of 2004. He also served as secretary of the Laurel Exchange Club, was a member of the Laurel Fire Department for over 10 years, belonged to the Laurel Jaycees and was a member of the American Legion Post #19. Henry served his country as a member of the National Guard. Henry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Richardson Bounds; a son, Douglas A. Bounds of Laurel and his fianc←e Carole Hubbard of Seaford and a daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Donald Figgs of Seaford. He also leaves behind grandchildren, Justin Figgs and wife Angie and their two children, Nevaeh and Noah of Seaford as well as grandchildren Tyler and Elyssa Bounds of Chincoteague, Va. In addition, Henry leaves behind a sister, E. Jean Willey and her husband James of Laurel as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Ronald L. Bounds; his mother, Madelyn Dykes; his father, Ralph H. Bounds and his brother, Danny Dykes. A viewing will be held Friday evening, Feb. 13, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, from 7 to 9. A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Christian Church of Seaford, where a viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Pastors Kenneth Zugg and Tim Phillips will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mr. Bounds memory to: Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Christian Church of Seaford, PO Box 704, Seaford, DE 19973 or Gateway Church of Christ, 25845 Ocean Gateway, Mardela Springs, MD 21837. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Dorothy Diane Deedee (Helfrich) Anderson -- Deedee Helfrich Anderson, 67, of Black Mountain, N.C. died on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Asheville, N.C. A breast cancer survivor of 12 years, her fight ended peacefully during sleep with her husband of 35 years, Richard, at her side. Born in Seaford to Thomas Cockey and Elizabeth Todd Helfrich, Deedee graduated from Seaford High School in 1965. She attended the College of William and Mary and graduated with a bachelors degree in mathematics in 1969. She earned a masters degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1985. While at William and Mary, Deedee continued her high school prowess as an outstanding field hockey, basketball and lacrosse player. Playing all four years on the varsity, she garnered awards as one of the nations best. Before the U.S. had an Olympic Lacrosse Team, she competed internationally with the U.S. touring team. After graduation, Deedee accepted a position teaching mathematics and coaching field hockey, basketball and lacrosse at Oldfields School in Glencoe, Md. In addition to being assistant athletic director, she helped to run the school store. Deedees consistent approach to discipline combined with her caring nature earned her the deep affection of athletes and students alike. After an outstanding tenure of 11 years she accepted a position at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. also teaching mathematics and coaching field hockey and lacrosse. During this time her teams became legendary for excellence, accumulating multiple years of undefeated seasons and victories over arch-rival Phillips Andover Academy. Her record is today arguably the best in the storied history of Exeter. Her students graduated to go on playing for outstanding Division I universities and colleges. Two of her former captains faced off in a Division I NCAA Womens Lacrosse Championship. Deedee gained wide respect as a superb Prep school coach and mentor. After leaving Exeter, she became mathematics instructor, field hockey and lacrosse coach at St. Marks School in Southborough, Mass. Deedees excellence as a mathematics teacher encouraged more young women to enroll in higher level math courses through AP. Many of her students were also on her teams which gained recognition and earned three New England Prep School (NEPSAC) Championships and numerous Independent School League (ISL) regular season championships. During a farewell dinner after 13 years at Saint Marks, she was lauded as a person who was always teaching, whether in the classroom or on the field. Her students often credited her with developing an understanding of mathematics that allowed them to excel in all subsequent courses. Deedee was inducted into the Saint Marks School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2008 for her accomplishments with the young women on her teams. Deedee became Mathematics Department Chair at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Rabun Gap, Ga. in 1998. As Department Chair, she continued her efforts in encouraging young women to challenge themselves by taking advanced mathematics courses. She taught all levels of math, Algebra 1 through AP Calculus BC which she introduced to the school. As an AP teacher, her students in BC Calculus averaged a score of 4.4 with none earning below a 3. Deedee was named a Master Teacher and added selection as Rabun Gaps Star Teacher to her accolades. Today the very successful Math Department is a tribute to Deedees efforts as Chair. After leaving Rabun Gap, Deedee and her husband Richard taught Chinese students in RuiAn and Nanjing, China for two years. Her 32 students in AP Calculus BC earned 30-5s, 1-4 and 1-3. This accomplishment has been rarely met or exceeded. Via email, her students continued to seek her advice on matters of course selection in college and often asked for help with their math courses. In her leisure time Deedee enjoyed time with her family and observing the wildlife outside her Black Mountain home. Birds, especially cardinals, became known as individuals; deer, bear and turkeys often complemented a weeks viewing. A voracious reader, it was not uncommon for her to read two or three books a week. In China the paucity of English language material was overcome by borrowing e-books from the Black Mountain Public Library via Amazon on her trusty Kindle. She enjoyed walking on the beach on the Outer Banks, again observing and noting the wildlife. The site of the Andersons beach house was selected in part because of the presence of the herd of wild horses on the site. She was a beloved mother, wife and teacher and her children, husband, students and colleagues will miss her dearly. Deedee was preceded in death by her parents and older sister Linda Warfield Keown of Richmond, Va. She is survived by her husband Richard, their two sons, Michael Thomas and Bryan Todd Warner, and her sister Barbara Todd (Toddy) Immel of Richmond. Interment will be at Parsons Cemetery in Salisbury. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center, 21 Belvedere Rd., Asheville, NC 28803.


Jeannie Dietz Wilson -- Jeannie Dietz Wilson, 46, of Delmar, died on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. She was born on Aug. 9, 1968 in Richmond, Va., a daughter of Ronald Dietz, and his wife Donna of Wilmington and the late Margaret Dietz Layfield. Jeannie graduated from Delmar High with the Class of 86. She furthered her education by earning her degree in applied science from Delaware Technical College and worked the past eight years for Trinity Sterile in Salisbury. She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Delmar. Jeannie loved to read and loved animals. She was especially fond of her cats and they were considered her family. Family and friends were always important to Jeannie and she would do anything for anyone in need. She is survived by her husband of seven years, Marlin Ray Wilson; an aunt, Stephanie Colletti (Ric) of Ocean City; sisters and brothers, Steven Dietz of Delmar, Jennifer Wheatley (JT) of Delmar, Reagan Morgan of Delmar, James Lee Dietz (Amy) of Quantico, and Sandra Dietz of Philadelphia; stepdaughters, Shelby Wilson and Taylor Wilson; two grandchildren, Miley Jean and Maci; and a special friend, Twyla Marshall of Delmar. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 2 to 3. The Rev. Kenneth Athey will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, PO Box 88, Delmar, DE, 19940 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.


Frank Buddy Bryant -- Frank Buddy Bryant, 75, of Bethel, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Marion Bryant and Viola Mills Bryant. Buddy proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He also retired as a project manager for the Bolling Air Force Base and as an engineer for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Bryant of Bethel; his son, David Bryant and his granddaughter, Ava Paris Bryant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Charles C. Bryant, in 2010. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 7. Pastor Doris Whaley will officiate. Interment will follow in Bethel Community Cemetery.


Robert B. Kernodle -- On Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, our Lord God and Savior called Robert B. Kernodle, 54, home. One of nine children, Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur L. Kernodle and Conice V. Pettit Kernodle and brother, Wilbur L. Kernodle Jr. He is survived by his wife, Rita F. Hayslip Kernodle; son, James Brandon Kernodle (Danielle), Laurel; daughter, Stacey D. Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio; son, Matthew J. Podiak, Chillicothe; and three grandchildren, Adalyn E. Kernodle, Koah M. Skaggs, and Kaydence D. Podiak. Robert is also survived by his brother, Walter Kernodle (Sylvia), Pembrooke Pines, Fla. and sisters, Sharon Koger (Robert), Indianapolis, Ind.; Arleen Hurlock (Bill), Seaford; Bertha Wilson (Bill), Greenwood; Deborah Kernodle, Laurel; Susan Case (Peter), Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom, and Penny Kernodle, Tamarac, Fla. Robert also celebrated his life with numerous extended nieces and nephews. Special friends include Jay and Pam James, Laurel; Ray and Barbara Ellis and family, Millsboro; Michelle Shockley Davis, Seaford; Mike Mulvaney, Laurel; Aden Grove, Seaford, and Angel Gonzales, Laurel. Roberts love for the outdoors was very apparent from his customized deer stands to the many trophies on the wall of fame in his home. As long as he had strength, he continued to hunt. His recent trip to Montana created many memories for the group of eight friends. Robert Kernodle remains an angel to many. He strived to be someone in the community everyone knew they could turn to in time of struggle and need. In 1985, he created Kernodle Construction. This was his dream, to remodel and create customized homes for many throughout Sussex County. Sussex County is my home, he often said. As soon as his son was big enough to swing a hammer, a dynamic team was born. Oftentimes, Kernodles expertise was the first in line to lend a hand. His generosity throughout his life was his trademark which was evident from coaching Little League, helping a neighbor with a leaky roof or contributing to many needing help. Robert Kernodle, father, husband, brother, uncle, Pop-pop, cousin, nephew, and neighbor can be described simply as an angel. His charismatic charm gave him an abundance of family and friends. Robert wants to continue to help his neighbors and wishes that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Good Ole Boy Foundation, 20529 Laurel Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966. A Celebration of Life will be held casually at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Laurel Fire Hall, Laurel. The greatest achievement one can make is creating true love from two smiles, said Robert Kernodle. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan-Short-Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Linda L. Ellis -- Linda L. Ellis, 92, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Atlantic Shores Nursing Home in Millsboro. Linda was a loving homemaker and enjoyed gardening. She is survived by her son, Wayne Ellis and his wife Colleen Hazel of Parsonsburg, Md. and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death her husband, Granville Ellis and several brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


William Reese Trice -- William Reese Trice, 98, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Reese was born on Aug. 29, 1916, the son of the late Harrison and May Trice. He was a lifelong farmer and an avid rabbit hunter on the family farm in Smithville, near Federalsburg, Md. He retired from farming in 1979 and moved to Seaford. He was a member of the Nanticoke Senior Center and the Woodland Ferry Beagle Club. Reese was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Louise Trice and his sister, Gladys Trice Lord. He is survived by his niece, Linda Harrison (Dale); two great-nephews, Daniel and Kevin Harrison; great-great-niece, Mikala Harrison and a special friend, Lois Stevenson. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice, 1016 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963.


James Edwin Dalious -- James Edwin Dalious, 91, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford, where he had been a resident since March of 2014. He was born in Pennsylvania on Sept. 23, 1923 and became the adopted son of James Jerome Dalious and Estella Hubbard Dalious of Port Clinton, Pa., to whom he was devoted. When he was about 6 years of age, the family moved to Lincoln where he began his school years. In March of 1943 he and two fellow classmates graduated early from Milton High School so they could join the Army during WWII. He proudly served in the European Theater from April 22, 1943 until June 24, 1945 as a member of the Ninth Infantry Division, Company K, 47th Infantry. He loved to talk about his war experiences and collected numerous medals during his service. After returning home from the service he worked at several jobs, until he was called to go to work for the DuPont Company in Seaford. He worked there until his retirement in October of 1982, after more than 32 years of services. Besides being an avid reader after retirement he began the hobby of metal detecting and spent many hours searching the beaches for buried treasures. Often, he would track down the owners of class rings and return them. Another love was his dachshund. Over the years he had several and each one was special to him. The last one, Sissy, preceded him in death in January. He is survived by his wife of eight years, Gladys Dalious of Seaford; two sons, Bill Dalious (Lib) of Milford and John Dalious of Bridgeville; four step-children, Sharon Porches (Chet), Steve Matthews (Debbie), Carol Wheatley Travers (Bill) of East New Market, Md. and Frank Wheatley (Billie) of Seaford, whom he loved as his own. Also surviving is a special granddaughter, Beth Waishes of Harrington; grandson, Bart Dalious; great-grandsons, Bart Dalious and Eddie Waishes and great-granddaughters, Amanda Waishes and Nicole Dalious. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his second wife, Nellie Wheatley Dalious. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Veterans Home, 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd., Milford, DE 19963.


William E. Bowers Jr. -- William E. Bowers, Jr., died at Peninsula Regional Medical Center on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Our country is in mourning, a veteran died today. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late William E. and Amelia Harrison Bowers. He proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II as a Signalman Second Class in the Pacific Fleet-Amphibious Group Seven. He participated in the successful Allied Assault of Kerama Retto serving on the USS Mt. McKinley, Group Flagship. He was a member of the Legion of Honor and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine in the Boumi Temple of Baltimore. He was a lifetime member and 32nd degree Mason of the Eastern Shore Scottish Rite Club of Salisbury, Orient of Maryland; member of Granite Lodge #177 AF and AM, St. Michaels, Md.; A&A Scottish Rite, Valley of Salisbury and Baltimore, Orient of Maryland; VFW Post 194 and the American Legion Post 64. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Jeanne in 2011; and his brother, Leroy J. Bowers in 1966. He is survived by their children and spouses, William E. III and Joanne Bowers of North Carolina, Sally and Roger Smith of Salisbury, and Rebecca and James Ashcraft of Delaware; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, at Bounds Funeral Home on East Main Street in Salisbury where friends may call one hour before the service. Interment with military honors will follow in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery Eastern Shore in Hurlock, Md. The family would like to express gratitude to the doctors and staff at Deers Head for the excellent care and compassion shown to him during his illness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Deers Head Center Volunteers, PO Box 2018, Salisbury, MD 21802 or the Alzheimers Association, Eastern Shore Chapter, 909 Progress Circle, Ste. 400, Salisbury, MD 21804. Visit www.boundsfuneralhome.com to send letters of condolence.


Irving Leon Brown -- Irving Leon Brown, 76, of Seaford, died on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Leon owned and operated Leon Brown Floor Covering for over 32 years. He was a veteran of the US Army and a member of the American Legion, VFW and AMVETS. He was also an active member of Crossroad Community Church. Leon was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeraldine Judy Brown in 2001 and his brother, Don Brown. He is survived by his second wife of 10 years, Janet Banning Brown; his son, Kevin Brown (Valerie); two grandchildren, Samantha and Mackenzie Brown; four step-children, Frederick Hubbard, Julie Russell, Carole Anne Hubbard and Michael Hubbard; eight step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 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. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Compassionate Care Hospice, 201 E . Dupont Blvd., Millsboro, DE 19966.


Minos Henry Shockley -- Minos Henry Shockley, 83, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow services at Bridgeville Cemetery, Market and Laws Streets, Bridgeville. Please visit Mr. Shockleys Life Memorial webpage to read the complete obituary and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Ann H. Fields -- Ann H. Fields, 92, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Genesis Seaford Center. Ann was born on March 30, 1922 in Felton, the daughter of the late Gladys and Edgar Hill. She graduated from Harrington High School. She was one of the first women hired to work at the Seaford Dupont Nylon Plant in 1942 during the war. She got on the Dupont bus in Harrington which took the women to work each day at the plant. She loved going to the beach at Atlantic City with her co-workers. She left Dupont in 1947. Over the years, she worked at Vincents Shoe Store in downtown Seaford, retired from F. W. Woolworth Co. after 13 years, worked a short time at the Fashion Shop in the Nylon Capitol Shopping Center, and 12 years at the Golden Corral in Seaford. She was a devoted member of St. Johns United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school classes and was active in the United Methodist Women. She faithfully attended services until she became too ill to attend. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, cross word puzzles and collecting bells. Ann was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Ellen Mulford; two sisters, Gladys Mae Dill and Jane Rogers and her youngest granddaughter, Brielle Mulford. Ann is survived by a sister, Mary Jester of Chestertown, Md.; two daughters, Pam Passwaters of Seaford and Jo Ann Fields of Dover; son-in-law, Frank Passwaters Sr. of Seaford; four grandchildren, Dawn Passwaters of Laurel, Amy Passwaters, Frank Passwaters Jr. and Skylar Mulford of Seaford and several nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Genesis Seaford Center, Delaware Hospice and friends who prayed for her while she was ill. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Streets, Seaford. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to St. Johns United Methodist Church, PO Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973. Condolences may be e-mailed to cranstonj@aol.com. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Dorothy F. Dottie Miller -- Dorothy F. Dottie Miller, 74, of Seaford, died on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Dottie was a homemaker and farmer in Seaford her entire life. She was a member of the 4-H club and the Acorn Club. Dottie was dearly loved by her family and anyone who met her. She was preceded in death by two children, Tina Lynn and Deborah Ann Miller. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Richard Miller; three daughters, Sandra Miller Bradley (Todd), Michelle Miller OSullivan (Robert) and Katherine Fryling (Charles); five grandchildren and a sister, Joyce Lord. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, 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 your favorite charity.


Robert B. Bob Wiecke -- Robert Bernard Bob Wiecke, 67, of Tavares, Fla., a beloved brother, husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Born to Ludwig and Dorothea Wiecke in Jersey City, N.J. on Aug. 12, 1947, Bob pursued a bachelors degree in engineering at the Newark College of Engineering (NJIT), where he played starting forward on the school basketball team. Following his graduation in 1969, Bob began a 39-year career as a mechanical engineer with DuPont Fibers Division, helping develop several widely-known products before retiring at the companys Waynesboro, Va. facility in 2008. A deeply passionate connoisseur of the things he loved, Bob was a devout fan of the New York Yankees and several genres of film, maintaining a vast collection of movies that he generously loaned to neighborhood kids and families. Bob and his wife, Sue, also shared a special affinity for Disney and its theme parks, often inviting friends and family to join them for cruises or all-access trips to Disneyworld. Bob and Sue moved to Tavares in August 2008, where they resided in the Royal Harbor community. In addition to serving on several local committees, Bob was a highly competitive player at the Lake County Duplicate Bridge Club in Eustis. Bob loved sharing his joy of a diverse array games with friends and family. Bobs kindness, his wit and sense of humor, and his genuine character will be deeply missed and forever cherished by his wife of 46 years, Sue; daughters Kim Wiecke of Arlington, Va., Lee Montopoli and husband Paul of River Vale, N.J. and Robin Wiecke of Tampa, Fla.; sisters Ann Malherb and husband Herb of Spring Hill, Fla., Janice Haugh and husband Otto of Toms River, N.J., and Jean Kawula of Ridgewood, N.J.; and grandchildren Cole and Ela Montopoli. A memorial ceremony and celebration of Bobs life will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the chapel of Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bobs name may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation or a charity of your choice. The family also invites the sharing of condolences, memories and photos on the tribute wall.


Ronald F. Hein -- Ronald F. Hein, 70, of Seaford, died on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Ron was a CPA and worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) and was vice president of finance for American Original in Seaford. He also owned two Dairy Queen stores, one in Salisbury and one in Dover. Ron was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Maureen; a daughter, Lauren Cathell; a grandson, Luke Cathell and a sister, Pam Gardner. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 100 W. 10th St., Ste. 209, Wilmington, DE 19801.


Dorothy McKinstry -- Dorothy McKinstry, 90, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Centerville, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Marvin Kennedy and Lela Counts. Dorothy was a retired beautician, owning and operating three upscale beauty salons in Las Vegas, Nev. She was a devoted Catholic, who prayed daily for her family and friends. She watched Catholic Mass faithfully every Sunday. Her favorite television shows included the Game Show Network and the Weather Channel. She enjoyed being outside and greeting all the children in her neighborhood as they got off the school bus. She is survived by her children, Charlene Lueck, Joseph Weinbeck, Cheri Olive, Wyman Weinbeck, Ron Morris, Don Morris, Shannon Jerman, Kolin McKinstry and Sandi Schlaback; her sister, Wilma Shockley and her husband, Chester. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her best friend and companion, Joyce Jerman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her children, Beverly Ann Guider and Kevin McKinstry. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Gregory L. Holloway -- Gregory L. Holloway, 59, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at Delaware Hospice Center. Greg was born in Seaford, a son of the late Lee F. and Mary C. Holloway. Greg retired from Standard Register in Seaford, as a machine operator with 22 years of service. He was a member of the Seaford VFW and a past member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist and Blades Volunteer Fire Department. Greg was an automobile enthusiast, owning many collectible automobiles over the years. His most prized possession was a car once owned by astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Greg was also known for his trophy making abilities. Being the kind soul he was, Greg volunteered much of his time to making trophies for various organizations and giving them away. He attended numerous car shows around the United States and enjoyed making many friends along the way. Mr. Holloway is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sharon Holloway; his children, Betsy Lee Holloway of Seaford and Tara Marie Holloway of Seaford; his step-children, James M. Huffman of Milford and Stacy Carson of Seaford; his sisters, Brenda H. Bell of Vienna and Sharon Holloway Spencer of Seaford and his grandchildren, Zachary Huffman, Matthew Huffman and Shelby Carson. Many extended family members and friends also survive him. His canine companion Sandy will dearly miss him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Peggy Marine Holloway. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Jan. 28. Pastor Jay Hurley will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Holloway to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963; Blades VFD, 200 E. 5th St., Blades, DE 19973 or Mt. Pleasant UMC, c/o Trudy Jones, 8547 Sharptown Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Gregory L. Holloway -- Gregory L. Holloway, 59, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at Delaware Hospice Center. Greg was born in Seaford, a son of the late Lee F. and Mary C. Holloway. Greg retired from Standard Register in Seaford, as a machine operator with 22 years of service. He was a member of the Seaford VFW and a past member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist and Blades Volunteer Fire Department. Greg was an automobile enthusiast, owning many collectible automobiles over the years. His most prized possession was a car once owned by astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Greg was also known for his trophy making abilities. Being the kind soul he was, Greg volunteered much of his time to making trophies for various organizations and giving them away. He attended numerous car shows around the United States and enjoyed making many friends along the way. Mr. Holloway is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sharon Holloway; his children, Betsy Lee Holloway of Seaford and Tara Marie Holloway of Seaford; his step-children, James M. Huffman of Milford and Stacy Carson of Seaford; his sisters, Brenda H. Bell of Vienna and Sharon Holloway Spencer of Seaford and his grandchildren, Zachary Huffman, Matthew Huffman and Shelby Carson. Many extended family members and friends also survive him. His canine companion Sandy will dearly miss him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Peggy Marine Holloway. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Jan. 28. Pastor Jay Hurley will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Holloway to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963; Blades VFD, 200 E. 5th St., Blades, DE 19973 or Mt. Pleasant UMC, c/o Trudy Jones, 8547 Sharptown Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Hugh H. Doherty Jr. -- Hugh H. Doherty Jr., 79, of Seaford, died on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Hugh retired from the NSA in Fort Meade, Md., in 1991 after 34 years of service. He was in the Air Force for eight years. He and his family moved to Seaford in 2000. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ellen Doherty; two daughters, Terry Wyre and Christine Johnson (Al); seven grandchildren and two sisters, Ellen Mattaliano and Isabella Koell. Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 26, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Burial was in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Louise Mitchell Holbrook -- Louise Mitchell Holbrook, 93, of Columbia, S.C., died on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Born in Laurel, she was a daughter of the late John Mitchell and Emma Louise Beauchamp. She graduated from Beacon Business College and Columbia Bible College (C.I.U.). Mrs. Holbrook was a founding member of Columbia Evangelical Church where she was head of the nursery and a Sunday school teacher. She was also a dedicated employee of Epting Distributors for over 20 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albion Paris Holbrook IV. She is survived by her daughter, Lois Holbrook Propst (Nick); grandchildren, Catrina Pope Plyler (T.J.), Graham Michael Pope and Holbrook Paris Propst and a great-grandchild, Annabelle Lee Plyler. Services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Columbia Evangelical Church, with burial in Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Columbia International University. Sign the online guestbook at w


Wayne L. Oliphant -- Wayne L. Oliphant, 61, of Laurel, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Wayne was born in Seaford, a son of the late Roland and Rachael Oliphant. Wayne graduated from Laurel High School, class of 1972. He retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford as a machine operator. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Seaford. Cherished family memories include his love of raising goats, model trains, collecting VWs and hiking in the mountains. Mr. Oliphant is survived by his wife of 37 years, Brenda Oliphant; a son, Zachary L. Oliphant of Laurel; a daughter, Amy Angell and husband Terry of Laurel; a brother, Bruce Oliphant and grandchildren, Abigail, Isaac, Gabrielle, Isabelle and Adilynn Angell and Addison and Cadence Oliphant. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Nylon Blvd. & Fleet Dr., Seaford. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Margaret M. Breeding Tull -- Margaret M. Breeding Tull, 89, of Greenwood, died suddenly on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at her home. Margaret was born on July 10, 1925 in Hickman, Md., to the late Clarence J. and Irma Melvin Breeding. She was a member of Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville. Margaret loved to cook and have get-togethers for her family. Christmas was always special for her. She was a loving mother and grandmother. As she grew older, she enjoyed passing the time by reading, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family. She will be deeply missed. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William M. Tull and a son, William Wayne Tull. She is survived by three children, Robert B. Tull, Debra Short and her husband Donnie and Michael J. Tull, all of Greenwood; seven grandchildren, Robert, Keith, Shelby and Ryan Tull, Christopher and Matthew Short and Crystal Fensick; eight great-grandchildren; a lifelong friend who became her sister-in-law, Marian Tull; two brothers-in-law, Leroy and Donald Tull and a host of nieces and nephews. Services were held at Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood, on Monday, Jan. 19. Burial was in Bridgeville Ceme


Joseph Ralph Wheatley Sr. -- Joseph Ralph Wheatley Sr., 91, a lifelong resident of Bridgeville, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford. He was born on Sept. 12, 1923 to the late Ralph and Leona (Banning) Wheatley. Joe spent his childhood helping his parents on their farm. He was a 1941 graduate of Bridgeville High School. Joe married his fellow classmate, Marilda West on Oct. 23, 1943. They celebrated 50 years of marriage prior to her death in 1994. Joe received his draft notice in 1943 and reported for service in the Army Air Corps. During World War II, he was a member of the 457th Bomb Group, 750th Squadron of the Eighth Air Force. He served as a B-17 ball-turret gunner, flying 27 missions before his plane was shot down on Aug. 24, 1944. Only four of nine crew members survived, and they became Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany for eight months. On Feb. 6, 1945, prisoners of Stalag Luft IV were marched out of the camp to begin an 86-day Black March during one of the coldest recorded winters in Germanys history. In April of 1945, Prisoners of War were liberated by the Russians. Staff Sergeant Wheatley earned three oak leaf clusters for sustained combat bombing missions over Germany. Forty years after their service, the four crew members reconnected through letters and telephone calls. There was never a day that Joe did not recall times spent with these brothers. An account of their story can be found in James Diehls book, World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware. He was the last remaining crew member. After returning to civilian life, Joe was employed as a furniture salesman for Scotts Furniture, Inc. in Bridgeville from 1948 to 1985. He was a member of Union United Methodist Church, a former member of the Bridgeville Lions Club and a former member of the Historical Vintage Car Club of Delaware. He also coached his sons Little League team. He enjoyed singing in his church choir as well as in local barbershop quartets and choruses. As a guitarist, he enjoyed performing in many Lions Club shows, a local band and in his home with other musically talented friends. During retirement, he enjoyed restoring antique vehicles and caring for his yard. Joe will be dearly missed by all who knew him. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his son, Joseph R. Wheatley Jr. in 2008 and his second wife, Lillian (Hubbard) Wheatley, also in 2008. He is survived by his two daughters, Sharon Hawk and her husband Charles and Joanne Jones and her husband Jerry, all of Bridgeville; five grandchildren, Karen Hawk, Kristen Hatfield and her husband Shawn, Brian Jones and his wife Ruthy, Jill Jackson and her husband Aaron and Lindsay Wheatley; nine great-grandchildren, Megan Willey and her husband Buddy, Lauren Correll, Taylor, Tyler and Trey Hatfield, Logan and Emorie Jackson, Bryson and Jeremy Jones and one great-great granddaughter, Caroline Willey. The family wishes to thank Lolita White, his companion of seven years, for her love and devotion. A special thank you also to Genesis Lofland Park Center of Seaford, the Delaware Veterans Home of Milford, and Delaware Hospice for the loving care and compassion they provided. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, at Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may visit from 1 to 3. Interment will immediately follow the services at Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Union United Methodist Church or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Please visit Joes Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Ruby E. Morris -- Ruby E. Morris, 64, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. Born in Salisbury, she is the daughter of Barbara Dean-Hooper of Salisbury and the late Walter Hooper Sr. Ruby graduated from Mardela High School, class of 1968. After graduation, she attended Goldey Beacom College, and then attended and graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass. Earlier in her career, she was a secretary for the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce. She later worked as a secretary in the administration office for Epworth Christian School in Laurel. She retired from Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown from the Marketing Department. Ruby was a member of Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene in Salisbury, where she served on the Treasure Chest Ministries. She was involved in senior ministries in 55 Alive at Epworth Fellowship Church, and was a former member of the Epworth Quartet. Ruby loved scrapbooking, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be forever remembered for being a devoted wife, loving mother, and wonderful grandmother. Ruby is survived by her husband of 42 years, Charles Morris of Laurel; her children, Charles Morris II and his wife Jerica of Millsboro and Amy Morris Bowles and her husband Daniel Danny of Dover; a grandson, Nat Bowles and a precious new grandchild expected in June. She is also survived by brothers, Walter Scott Hooper Jr. of Salisbury, David Hooper and his wife Dawn of Hebron, Md. and Kenneth Hooper and his wife Jeannine of Whaleyville, Md.; her mother-in-law, Pearl Morris; brother-in-law, Chester Morris and his wife Terri; sister-in-law, T. J. Brock and her husband Freddie and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene, 27765 Nanticoke Rd., Salisbury, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2. Pastors Ron Parker, Stephen Hause, and Joel Beiler will officiate. Interment will be held in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in Rubys memory to: National Kidney Foundation, c/o FMC, 34 Georgetown Plaza, Georgetown, DE 19947.


Franklin Woody Woodruff Jr. -- Franklin Woody Woodruff Jr., 85, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Arden Courts, Wilmington. Born in Orange, N.J. on Oct. 17, 1929, he was the son of the late Janet and Franklin Woodruff Sr. After graduation from Rumson High School in *194_, he served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a second lieutenant stationed in Okinawa. He was employed by the Milar Paper Company in New York City and then the Old Dominion Paper Company in Salisbury, Md. Woody was a talented artist whose landscape paintings mostly depicting the Eastern Shore are owned and displayed throughout Delaware and Maryland. His work is highlighted in mural form in Seaford City Hall and the Seaford Museum. Many local businesses also exhibit his work. He enjoyed traveling, especially to his beloved Italy, fishing, singing with the Barbershop chorus and, later in life, took up the game of golf, even making a hole in one! Woody would volunteer his artistic talents and spent many hours at the Seaford Museum and helped out whenever and wherever he could. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Woody loved to make people smile and always had a joke or a kind word. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Mary Ellen Molly (Hart) Woodruff; his second wife, Carol Wright Woodruff and his daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ellen Mellie and Ronald Kinnamon. He is survived by his son, John Franklin Woodruff and his wife Kim Rhodes-Woodruff of Newark; daughter, Mary Leslie Kingston and her husband Richard T. Kingston Jr. of Bethlehem, Pa.; sisters, Virginia MacConnell of Red Bank, N.J., Jane Kerns of Reva, Va., Angela Seiler Hill and husband Robert of Midlothian, Va. and Sally Ogden and husband Monk, of Peru, Vt.; brother, Norman Seiler and wife Mary Anne of Melbourne, Fla. and grandchildren, Eleanor Woodruff, Elizabeth Woodruff, Benjamin Woodruff, Douglas Kingston, Abigail Kingston and Thomas Kingston. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Seaford Historical Society, 203 High St., Seaford, DE 19973 or Ducks Unlimited, c/o Edward Montague, 8266 Bethel Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Martin Gerald Sammons -- Martin Gerald Sammons went home to his Savior on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, after a prolonged illness. To his immediate family, he was a devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather. To his numerous friends from the community through bowling and church, he was a gentle, kind and humorous friend, mentor, and employer. In his earlier years he was in the Air Force, and met his future wife, Paulette Piquette. Together they devoted their time to the Seaford Bowling Lanes, their respective churches and raising their three children. He was particularly proud of his six grandchildren, and when not doting on them, Gerald enjoyed being out on his boat, Nicolas pizza, the Orioles, and a good joke. He is survived by his wife, Paulette, of over 45 years; his children, Tina Tilley (Mark), Jennifer Donati (Rob) and Matt Sammons (Heather); his sister, Sylvia Boyer (Bill); step-mom, Bonnie Sammons; brothers, John (Linda), Kevin (Tina) and Bryan (Theresa) Craig and six grandchildren, Lydia and Andrew Tilley, Kathryn and Nicholas Donati and Athena and Meghan Sammons. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin Lee Sammons and Ruth Ann Sammons. The family would like to thank everyone who stepped forward to bring Gerald to his appointments, helped keep the bowling lanes running during his illness, and to those who offered support in numerous other ways. Special thanks to the ICU and PCU staff at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital who cared for him during the last part of his journey, Dr. Karnish who made a point to be available whenever he was needed and the St. Johns Methodist Choir for the music that he loved so much. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford on Tuesday evening, Jan. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. and at church on Wednesday from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Marty Sammons Scholarship fund, 1003 W. Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973.


Linda Kaye Hastings Elliott -- Linda Kaye Hastings Elliot, 64, returned to her proper home on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at Easton Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was the daughter of the late William and Marie Hastings. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Carol Hastings Gilligan. She graduated from Bridgeville High School in 1968, received her nursing diploma from McQueen Gibbs School of Nursing in 1971 and worked in Maternity at Easton Memorial for over 25 years. She also worked with Dr. Regis Storch and Dr. Langfitt of Easton. Oh, how many babies she welcomed into the world with her calm and loving nature. She enjoyed traveling and told great stories about visiting her relatives in North Carolina, a trip with a sweet sister-in-law to Hawaii, and enjoyed her favorite country music in Nashville. She was an avid reader, knitter, and the love she showered upon her children and grandchildren was limitless. She was an unsung hero&taking no praise, humble and meek. I have no doubt she is now hearing the words, Well done, my good and faithful servant. Her married life was spent in Federalsburg, Md., but she had strong roots in her hometown of Bridgeville. She leaves behind a husband, David Ronald Elliott; a daughter, Lisa Elliott Weigard; her husband, Tim Weigard of Shrewsbury, Pa.; a son, Bryan Elliott of Federalsburg and her baby, Jody Elliott Fowler, married to James Fowler Sr. of Federalsburg. She also leaves six grandchildren: Angel Henry, Maya Weigard, Cole Weigard, James Fowler Jr., Jalissa Fowler and Elexis Elliott. She also loved MacKenzie Oakes and Josh Oakes, children of Ginger Oakes engaged to Bryan. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, at Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville, where visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Caroline County Hospice Foundation, Attn: Linda Elliott Memorial, 613 S. Fifth Ave., Denton, MD 21629. Denton Hospice would have been her preferred option had it been opened in time.


Ronald Ronnie/Ron Lee Shields -- Ronald Ronnie/Ron Lee Shields, 59, departed this world on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. He was born on Aug. 15, 1955, in Greenville, N.C. He was the oldest child of Gloria Shields of Baltimore, Md. and the late George Albert Burney of Greenville. He attended Cherry Hill Elementary School, Cherry Hill Junior High and Edmondson High School in Baltimore, where he graduated with academic honors and athletic awards in football in 1973. Thereafter, he went into the U.S. Air Force and following a 19-year career, achieved the rank of technical sergeant. Ronnie traveled extensively in the military. He served in Korea, Thailand and he was part of the military team which removed military dictator General Manuel Noriega from power in Panama in 1989. Ron has one sister, Ms. Maxine Shields; two daughters, Lashena Shields and Patricia Shields and two sons, Brian Hunter and the late Darren Hunter. On Aug. 12, 1994, Ron married Brenda, the love of his life and eternal soul mate. They had three children: Ronda, Dontrelle and Ronald Shields Jr., and together parented Carlos Benson, Pednika White, Pedro White, Pablo White, Nehemiah White, Louis Stanley, Zachary Hopkins and Wayne A Brown. Over the last 16 years, Ron and Brenda fostered more than 80 to 100 children. Both had a heart to help children. Anyone who knew Ron Ronnie or Ronnie Ron knew that he loved playing spades and many were subjected to a whipping by him and Brenda. They were internationally known for their card playing abilities. For over 10 years, Ron worked in the Corporate Governance division of MBNA, until his retirement. Ron loved the Lord, and in 1996, he became a member of The Crossroad Christian Church where he served under of the leadership of Pastors Anthony and Margo Wallace. As a member of Crossroad, he taught new member classes and he served in the parking lot, which he loved doing. In 1999, he was ordained as an Elder of the church. Elder Shields was humbled that the church felt that he was worthy of this distinction. He was very active in church bible study and, occasionally, he would give Sunday sermons at the church in the pastors absence. He was a Man of God and would readily discuss the Lord with any who would listen. Elder Shields was a true Evangelist, always sharing the Word of God and speaking of His love and goodness. Elder Shields often visited those in hospitals, prisons and even nursing facilities. He was well beloved by all who met him (the gentle giant). Elder Shields was also an entrepreneur. He was the founder of R & R Toys and Novelties and Sarahs Italian ice. He sold childrens toys and Italian ice at various events in the state of Delaware and the surrounding region. His business was supported by his wife Brenda and his family. He had a very giving heart. If a child or individual did not have money, often he would give away toys and Italian ice. This was another avenue that he used his ministry gifts to witness and serve his community. Elder Shields and his wife Brenda, who he affectionately called Bae, would never let any grass grow under their feet; they would often take quality time together and frequent places including Florida, Texas, Vegas, Hawaii and Jamaica. He was looking forward to Jamaica in April. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Edwina Revell, with whom he was extremely close, as she lived with him, his mother and sister most of their lives. Ron has left as a legacy, a full life of giving and sharing. He leaves to cherish his memories: a wife, Brenda Shields of Dover; a mother, Gloria R. Shields of Baltimore; a sister, Maxine Shields of Baltimore; five grandchildren, Kristin, Victoria, Aunaja, Charity and Carlos; very special cousins, Nathan Chapman, Vanessa Jeffries, Levi Shields Jr. and William Hardison of Baltimore, Renee Eure of Norfolk, Va., Marion Shields of Newport News, Va. and Henrietta Shields, Lucille Shields of New York; nephews, Antoine Anderson, Kyia Richard and Kevin Richard, Terrance Garris of North Carolina and Jamar Shields of Dover and nieces, Tekeyah, Tiffany and Sy of North Carolina. Late in life, Ron connected with his stepbrothers, Albert Burney of Knightdale, N.C. and Norwood Garris of Ayden, N.C. and stepsisters, Teressa Baum of Elizabeth City, N.C, Bobbie Brown of Baltimore and Doretha Wright of Dale City, Va. A host of relatives, Crossroad Christian Church family, friends and loved ones will miss him dearly. Funeral services will be held at noon, Friday, Jan. 16, at Crossroad Christian Church, 4867 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, where family and friends may view from 10 a.m. to noon. Burial with full military honors will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd., Bear.


Alton D. West, age 88, of Laurel, and formerly of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away on January 9, 2015, at Lofland Park Center surrounded by his loving family. Born in Laurel, he is the son of the late Daniel Webster West and Pearl Hearne West. Alton was retired from General Motors in Wilmington, Delaware with over 30 years of service. After retirement, he enjoyed farming and growing wheat, corn, and soybeans. He is survived by his son Daniel West and his wife Nadene West of Laurel, and his daughter Jo Ellen Jones and her husband Gene Butch Jones of Wilmington, DE. Grandchildren; John West and his wife Jessica, Dawn A. West, and Matthew Jones. Also surviving him is his great grandson Rory West. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother William West. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home 700 West Street Laurel, Delaware 19956. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Rev. Gary Willoughby will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com


Robert W. Ferber -- Robert W. Ferber, 85, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, under the care of Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital in Newark due to injuries sustained in an accidental fall. Bob was born in Teaneck, N.J. on July 17, 1929, a son of Martin J. Ferber and Beatrice Frazer. Bob graduated from Hackensack High School where he made many lifelong friends, including his future wife, Marie Zurla. He then attended Parsons School of Art and Design in New York as he developed his artistic talents. Bob was married to Marie on May 13, 1950, forming a bond that endured for 57 years until her death in 2007. Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army shortly after marrying, serving during the Korean War as a corporal at the headquarters of the 40th AAA Brigade in Tokyo, Japan. Bob relished his time in Japan while absorbing the unique culture and forming friendships that have lasted all his life. After his return to civilian life in 1953, Bob resumed working at The Bergen Record, the largest non-urban daily newspaper in the United States. He eventually rose to be the director of the Advertising Art Department, retiring in 1989, a period of 40 years. Bob and Marie then moved to Seaford, building their dream home in Rivers End where his artistic and design talents were on full display. Bobs father, Martin J. Ferber, who had been sheriff of Bergen County for many years, had passed away in 1969, and so his beloved mother, Beatrice, moved to Delaware with them until her death in late 1989. Bob is survived by his son, Dr. Robert C. Ferber of Seaford; his daughter, Jodi M. Ferber of Watertown, Mass. and his granddaughters, Jeanmarie and Elizabeth Ferber. In his retirement, Bob enjoyed gardening, cooking, entertaining, friends, and travel. He especially treasured time indulging his granddaughters and will be remembered as a loving son, husband, father, and Pop-Pop who cherished special time with family. A viewing will be held at Vander Plaat Funeral Home at 113 S. Farview Ave., Paramus, N.J. on Friday, Jan. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m., with burial at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, N.J., immediately following. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Employee Appreciation Fund at Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.Robert W. Ferber -- Robert W. Ferber, 85, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, under the care of Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital in Newark due to injuries sustained in an accidental fall. Bob was born in Teaneck, N.J. on July 17, 1929, a son of Martin J. Ferber and Beatrice Frazer. Bob graduated from Hackensack High School where he made many lifelong friends, including his future wife, Marie Zurla. He then attended Parsons School of Art and Design in New York as he developed his artistic talents. Bob was married to Marie on May 13, 1950, forming a bond that endured for 57 years until her death in 2007. Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army shortly after marrying, serving during the Korean War as a corporal at the headquarters of the 40th AAA Brigade in Tokyo, Japan. Bob relished his time in Japan while absorbing the unique culture and forming friendships that have lasted all his life. After his return to civilian life in 1953, Bob resumed working at The Bergen Record, the largest non-urban daily newspaper in the United States. He eventually rose to be the director of the Advertising Art Department, retiring in 1989, a period of 40 years. Bob and Marie then moved to Seaford, building their dream home in Rivers End where his artistic and design talents were on full display. Bobs father, Martin J. Ferber, who had been sheriff of Bergen County for many years, had passed away in 1969, and so his beloved mother, Beatrice, moved to Delaware with them until her death in late 1989. Bob is survived by his son, Dr. Robert C. Ferber of Seaford; his daughter, Jodi M. Ferber of Watertown, Mass. and his granddaughters, Jeanmarie and Elizabeth Ferber. In his retirement, Bob enjoyed gardening, cooking, entertaining, friends, and travel. He especially treasured time indulging his granddaughters and will be remembered as a loving son, husband, father, and Pop-Pop who cherished special time with family. A viewing will be held at Vander Plaat Funeral Home at 113 S. Farview Ave., Paramus, N.J. on Friday, Jan. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m., with burial at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, N.J., immediately following. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Employee Appreciation Fund at Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Georgianna Cranfield -- Georgianna Cranfield, 83, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was born in Blades on April 19, 1931, a daughter of the late John and Katherine (DeShazio) Green. She was a lifelong resident of Seaford and loved volunteering wherever she was needed. Mrs. Cranfield enjoyed cooking for events at the American Legion or VFW in Seaford. She was an avid bowler for 50+ years and was especially fond of the friendships she developed with her league bowlers at Seaford Lanes. Mrs. Cranfield loved bird watching and feeding the various birds who would visit her yard. She was an avid NASCAR fan who also enjoyed watching the San Francisco 49ers and rooting them to victory. She will be remembered most for her terrific sense of humor and her simple and kind outlook to life. Mrs. Cranfield was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend who will be missed by many. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cranfield was preceded in death by her first husband, Melvin Morris Sr. in 1952, her second husband, Donald E. Cranfield in 2013 and her son, Melvin Morris Jr. She is survived by her son, Frank Morris and his wife Judy of Seaford; her daughter, Kim Fischer and her husband Rick of Lewes; seven grandchildren, Andy Morris and his wife Lana, Danny Morris, David Allen and his wife Leda, Melvin Morris III and his wife Sallie, Richard Fischer Jr., Margaux Azzanesi and her husband Steve and Elizabeth Zarzarvadjian and her husband Romain; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, John Green Jr. and his wife Joyce of Seaford and her three granddogs whom she absolutely adored, Tea, Quincie and Murphy. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call at 10 a.m. Interment will immediately follow services in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101. Please visit Mrs. Cranfields Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Mildred O. Hamstead -- Mildred O. Hamstead, 88, a longtime resident of Seaford, died on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Mildred was born on Jan. 15, 1926 in Wilmington, the daughter of the late S. Lawrence and Velma (Snowberger) Graham. She graduated from Greenwood High School, Greenwood, and trained as a beautician in Wilmington. Mildred was a homemaker, devoted to her family. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, knitting, and all forms of needlework. For many years, she volunteered at the Hospitality Shop at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and was a member of the Seaford Senior Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Elmer Ellis Hamstead and her brother, Robert L. Graham. She is survived by a son, William R. Hamstead and his wife Patricia of Seaford; two daughters, Sandi H. Robinson and her partner Alex Anderson of Federalsburg, Md. and Karen H. Ross and her husband Harold of Raleigh, N.C.; four granddaughters, Lisa R. Issler and her husband Philip of Cary, N.C., Kristen N. Ross of Carrboro, N.C., Kathryn Eccleston and her husband David of Salisbury, Md. and Karen Robinson of Glen Rock, Pa.; six great-grandchildren, Abigail, Bennett and Carson Issler, Josh Trice, Sheldon Trice and his wife Kate and Chad Leschefsky; her sister, Betty Ann Berwick of Bear and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, on Saturday, Jan. 17. Family and friends may call at 10 a.m. The service will be held at 11 a.m. and burial will follow at St. Johnstown Cemetery in Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Nanticoke Center Building Fund, c/o Nanticoke Senior Center, 1001 W. Locust St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Gilbert Meredith Turner -- Gilbert Meredith Turner, 92, died on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at his home in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Born on June 26, 1922 at Rumson, N.J., Gil was the son of Josef Leon Turner and Lillian (nee Meredith) Turner. A graduate of Columbia University, New York, N.Y., Gil earned a BS in chemical engineering and was valedictorian of the class of 1943. During World War II, he worked as a scientist on the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, Tenn., from 1943 to 1946. At the conclusion of the war, he enrolled at the University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., where he earned a PhD in chemical engineering in 1950. Upon completion of his graduate degree, Gil began his 35-year career with DuPont de Nemours & Co. at the Experimental Station in Wilmington in 1950 and retired from its Textile Fibers division in Seaford in 1985. Gil also worked in other locations for DuPont including Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Hamm, Germany. His lifelong love of languages led Gil to become multilingual as well as an avid cross-word puzzle aficionado. He was a fitness and outdoor enthusiast with avid interests in bird watching, cycling, swimming and fishing. He traveled in South America, Europe and Asia and loved the ocean. He was preceded in death by his parents, his half-brother Joseph Turner and his half-sister Elizabeth (nee Turner) Humphrey as well as his first wife Mildred (nee Becker) Turner, whom he married on June 28, 1946 in Oak Ridge. Gil is survived by his wife, Almeria (nee Creel) Turner, whom he married in October, 1977, in Myrtle Beach; his children: son, Joseph Leon Turner and daughter-in-law Lana Turner of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; daughter, Cynthia Turner Tolsma and son-in-law David Tolsma, of Camp Hill, Pa.; step-daughter, Lisa Tjaarda and step son-in-law, John Tjaarda of West Columbia, S.C.; and step-son, Christopher Chadwick and step daughter-in-law Nancy Chadwick of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and his grandchildren: Patricia Turner Smith and Roy Smith of Atlanta, Ga., David Turner of Long Island, N.Y., Joseph Tolsma of Tokyo, Japan, Anne Tolsma of Cambridge, Mass., John Tjaarda of Columbia, S.C. and Andrew, Lydia and Audrey Chadwick of Mt. Pleasant. Gil will be missed. Arrangements are at the convenience of the family.


Walter J. Hammer Snigier -- Walter J. Hammer Snigier, 98, of Seaford, died on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Walter worked in the power plant at the Dupont Company in Seaford for over 32 years, retiring in 1981. He was a veteran of WWII. He helped establish the Seaford Church of Christ and spent a lot of his time working for the church. After retirement, he did a lot of painting and was just a hardworking man. His wife, Frances Politte Snigier died in 2006. He is survived by two daughters, Victoria Birch (Donald) and Veronica Lynch (Toby); two sons, William Snigier (Lisha) and Michael Snigier; a brother, Anthony Snigier; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The family would like to give special thanks to the caregivers who helped Walter over the last three years. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, 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 Seaford Church of Christ Scholarship Fund, PO Box 783, Seaford, DE 19973.


Clifford Melvin Howarth Jr. -- Clifford Melvin Howarth Jr., 59, of Blades, passed away on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Cliff was born in Lewes, a son of Clifford M. Howarth Sr. and Jean Howarth of Seaford. Cliff graduated from Seaford High School in 1974. He began his surveying career at the age of 12 with Al Temple and went on to work for various other surveyors throughout the years. He also worked as a draftsman for Solo Cup in Federalsburg, Md. He enjoyed woodworking, construction, canoeing, camping in the mountains and his pets. He was a proud member of AA for 27 years. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters, Deborah L. Hazzard of Lewes, Cynthia J. Bennett (Alan) of Milton and Kelly L. Adams (Landy) of Seaford; five nieces, one nephew and one great-niece. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Boyd Etter will officiate. Interment will follow in Blades Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Nanticoke Health Services, c/o Cancer Center, 801 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Richard Merrill Davis Sr. -- Richard Merrill Davis Sr., 76, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Merrill was born in Staytonville, a son of the late Ralph Hunter and Ellen Jester Davis. Merrill retired from DuPont in Seaford with over 30 years of service. He enjoyed bowling, surf fishing, playing golf, woodworking, and baking cookies for his grandchildren. A favorite pastime was fishing on his 31 ft Chris-Craft boat. Cherished family memories include his love of traveling to Florida and his 21 years of living in Citrus Springs, Fla. He was a member of Hope Evangelistic Church in Florida. Mr. Davis is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Linda Lee Hutchison Davis; a son, Richard Davis Jr. of Virginia; his daughters, Connie Leigh Davis of Virginia, Ilene Rene Hearn (Samuel) of Laurel and Diane Linda Turner of Ocean View; grandchildren, Roger Griffith Jr., Tina Rene Passieu, Chelsea Dawson, Cara Price, Erin Johnson, Jessica Davis, Amy Denston and Brooke Fairbank; great-grandchildren, Taylor Murphy, MacKenzie Murphy, Brock Griffith, Gavin Passieu, Tyler Hare, Braxton Wood and Lily Bruce; a great- great-grandchild, Tatum Wood; his siblings, Dawn E. Argo of Greenwood, Ralph H. Davis Jr. (Doris) of Milton, Deanna L. Tull (Melvin) of Federalsburg, Larbert Tull of Salisbury, Byard Davis (Betty Jean) of Florida, Jeneen Nepert (Wayne) of Federalsburg and Keith Davis (Sylvia) of East New Market; his sister-in-law, Penny Dale Milligan and husband Van and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Road, Laurel. The Rev. Roland Tice will officiate. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966 or Ronald McDonald House, 26345 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1263. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Elizabeth Betty Marion Valentine Daudt -- Elizabeth Betty Marion Valentine Daudt, 91, departed this life on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at her home. She was born on June 30, 1923 in Patterson, N.J., the daughter of Martin Luther and Elsie Shoemaker Valentine. She was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington Friends School. She attended Randolf-Macon Womens College in Lynchburg, Va. While in college, she lived in Memphis, Tenn. with her parents. After her father was transferred to the Indiana Ordinance Works, they moved to Indiana. After completing her degree in chemistry, Betty worked in the Dupont perfume lab in New Brunswick, N.J. On Aug. 12, 1950, she married her long-time friend and former neighbor, Louis (Lou) Rodney Daudt. They had three sons, David Herbert, Rodney Luther and Paul Rist. They resided in Wilmington after Louis had returned to DuPont, working for the Atomic Energy division. They moved to Aiken, S.C. when Lou transferred to the Savannah River Plant. In 1965, they transferred to the DuPont Nylon Plant in Seaford, where she still resided. While in the South, Betty and Lou took an interest in growing camellias and showing them in competitions. They both became directors in the American Camellia Society and camellia judges. She was a dedicated member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Seaford, serving in several capacities, including teaching Sunday school, being a Lay Elder, and serving as a leader of the Elizabeth Circle. Betty lived her Christian beliefs in serving and improving her community. She was a 50 year member of the Acorn Club of Seaford, where she held many offices, including president. She was a past president of the Seaford chapter of AARP. She was also a dedicated member of the Spade and Trowel Club. She represented Delaware as Mother of the Year in 1988. Avid travelers, the Daudts had been to all 50 states and several countries, including 17 trips to Europe, spending time researching their genealogy and visiting their AFS son and his family. A lifetime train enthusiast, Lou worked with model railroads, and traveled with Betty on many rail excursions. Betty is survived by two sons, Rodney L. Daudt (and his wife Wendy) and Paul R. Daudt (and his wife Jodie); six grandchildren: Christopher Daudt, Matthew Daudt, Kimberlee Lee, Bryan Daudt, Taylor Daudt and Jeremiah Daudt and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Delores Daudt, with whom she remained close, and AFS son, Frank Hellweg (and his wife, Eva and their three children), of Germany. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 62 years, Louis R. Daudt; her parents; a son, David Herbert Daudt and a brother-in-law, William (Bill) Daudt. The family would like to especially thank caregivers Lulu, Maria, Gwyn and Vitas nurse Ann for their care and loving support. A celebration of life service will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. A residence service will be held at the Manor House at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her honor to Mt. Olivet UMC, 418 High St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Walter J. Durham Jr. -- Walter J. Durham Jr., 88, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Walt was born in Wilmington, a son of the late Walter J. and Virginia W. Durham. Formerly from Laurel, Walt graduated from Laurel High School. He attended the University of Delaware after retiring from naval service at the conclusion of World War II, where he was a founder of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternitys Delta Eta Chapter. He went on to complete his education at the University of Virginia for consumer banking. Walt served for 28 years in multiple positions at Delaware Trust where he retired as a senior vice president. In his professional career, Walt was a member of American Bankers, Delaware Bankers, Robert Morris Associates, Bank Credit Bureau, Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Committee 100, Home Builders, and Delaware Contractors. He was a longtime member of Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church where he served as a trustee, treasurer, and elder. He was engaged in two building expansion projects at the church, serving on both the fundraising and building committees. Walt also served on the board at Independence School. Being committed to work, volunteer activities and his beloved family was the way Walt lived. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Amelia Gebhart; three children, Deborah R. Ruth, Walter J. Durham III (Patricia) and Mary V. Scarbath (Blair); seven grandchildren, Stacey L. Smith (Tom), Sean A. Ruth, Samantha R. Ruth, J. Zachary Scarbath, M. Kathryn Scarbath, Michael T. Scarbath and Emma G. Scarbath; one great-grandchild, Gabriel T. Smith; brother, Robert W. Durham and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennans Church Road, Wilmington, DE 19808, where friends and family may visit from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Walts honor to the Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church Building Fund or Heartland Hospice, 256 Chapman Road, Suite 102, Newark, DE 19702. For online condolences, visit chandlerfuneralhome.com.


Elizabeth A. Rose -- Elizabeth A. Rose, 90, of Rockledge, Pa., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at Conestoga View Nursing and Rehabilitation, Lancaster, Pa. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Anna R. Schuler Devine. She was the wife of the late Donald W. Rose who died in 2008. Elizabeth had been a homemaker and worked as a medical secretary for 20 years. Prior to that, she had been a secretary at National Publishing. She was a longtime member of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Rockledge. She enjoyed crocheting, baking and cooking. Elizabeth loved to spend time with her grandchildren and her many pets. In years past, she was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America, having three sons who attained the rank of Eagle Scout. She is survived by her children, Donald F. married to Sandra Rose of Lancaster, Steven A. married to Rosemarie Rose of Bridgeville and Kimberly A. married to Tim Ruch of Cheltenham, Pa.; her 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth J. Rose; her brother, Joseph DeVine and her grandson, Matthew Rose. Friends will be received at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 205 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046, with the funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be held in Lawnview Cemetery. Please make memorial contributions in Elizabeths memory to Holy Nativity Episcopal Church at the above address. To send condolences online, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com.


Carrel Joseph CJ Watson -- Carrel Joseph CJ Watson, 31, passed suddenly but peacefully in his sleep, at his home in Harbeson, on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, from undetected medical problems. CJ was born in Lewes on Feb. 7, 1983. He grew up in Georgetown where his home was an open door, everyone welcome sort of place, always full of friends and fun. He ran cross-country and track and played varsity basketball at Sussex Central High School. After graduating in 2001, he attended Goldie-Beacom College. He worked at a variety of jobs including 15 years with Lingo businesses. CJ lived and breathed sports, especially basketball. His love of sports and events like Slam Dunk to the Beach led him to start a web-based, sports-related business, PremoHoops Recruiting, with Daniel Premo. Daniel was like a big brother to CJ and Daniels parents, Jeff and Linda Premo, who treated him like a son. CJ knew how to connect with people and stay connected. He was like family with so many people such as Eddie Henry, his son Dylan Henry and Scott Peck. He remained close friends with his ex-girlfriends, Susan and Amanda. After Amanda and CJ parted, he continued to spend his free time with her daughter, Jacey and her cousins. His love and commitment to Jacey endured. She meant the world to him. Kindness was fundamental to CJ. People knew he would lend a hand. He was active with the Good Ole Boys Foundation where he utilized his talent for videography and aerial photography using drones. To paraphrase Josh Wharton of the Foundation, who put it very well: Sadly, CJs life was short, but in his short life he did more to help others than many people do in much longer lifetimes. His was a life well-lived, a life of good works, a life to be proud of. CJ was a devoted son and a dedicated and dependable friend who gave generously of his time, energy and good spirits. He was an all-round fun guy who enjoyed traditions such as Punkin Chunkin. CJ will be remembered for his outgoing, good nature and his fun-loving sense of humor as his wide circle of friends gives clear testimony. Hes gone too soon and will be sorely missed. CJ is survived by his mother, Nancy Jean Watson; his brother, Paul Richard Watson of Georgetown; Jaycee Lancaster, the child of his heart, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends - too many to count. He was preceded in death by his father, Carrel Odell D.C. Watson Jr. of Wisconsin and his grandmothers, Mary Jane Casselberry and Vivian Watson. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m., in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, where a funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, Jan. 9, at Wesley U.M. Church, 102 E. Laurel St., Georgetown. Burial will follow immediately at Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Good Ole Boys Foundation, 25596 Asbury Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Contributions will be used to establish a college fund for Jaycee in CJs honor.


Duane Alan Passwaters -- In the early morning of Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, the gates of Heaven opened to welcome home Duane Alan Passwaters. Duane, 49, was born on Oct. 7, 1965 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. After high school, Duane worked for over seven years at the Dupont Nylon Plant then 11 years for Penco Corp. Duanes love for the Nanticoke River and Delaware Bay was passed on to him by his father, Larry. His father taught him the skills of commercial fishing and his vast knowledge of the Delaware Bay. Duane would later pass this on to his oldest son, Trent. Duane was an avid outdoorsmen. His passion for fishing and hunting was evident by everyone who knew him. Duane enjoyed NASCAR racing, the Baltimore Orioles and the Denver Broncos. His enjoyment of watching his son, Trent, play high school sports could be seen on his face each time he attended a game. He was very proud of his youngest son, Tyler, for choosing to attend college after his graduation from Laurel High School in 2014. Duane is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Dawn Michele Passwaters; sons, Trent Alan and Tyler Brookes; his parents, Larry and Faye Passwaters; sisters, Tina Passwaters and Lisa Willey and her companion Kenny Hudson; his in-laws, Frank and Pamela Passwaters; his sister-inlaw, Amy Passwaters and brother-in-law Frank Passwaters Jr. and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Duanes name to Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973, to help defray funeral expenses.


June Marianne Ruggiero -- June Marianne Ruggiero, 82, was born on June 16, 1932 in Dover, Kent, England and passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at 9:04 p.m. Her parents were George Young and Edith Alice Young. She had seven sisters and two brothers. She grew up in the shadow of WWII and during the German Blitzkreig of London was evacuated to Wales. She left England on Jan. 6, 1950 on the steamship America to visit her sister Jean and her husband James Martin of Martins Fish Company, Ocean City, Md. She worked at Kittys Apparel for her first summer in the states. Later in the year she was introduced to Anthony Daniel Ruggiero of Laurel and was married in April 21, 1951. In 1960, she made the maiden voyage of the SS United States with her two children, Michael and Marsha, to England to visit her family for three months. She was the assistant manager of Peebles Department Store in Seaford from 1964 until her retirement in 1999. After she retired, she volunteered as a mentor at the Laurel Elementary School, teaching children reading. She also took her expertise in retail to help her devoted niece Cindy Mathews of MCM Jewelers in Laurel until early 2014. She was an avid knitter, shopper, loved her cats and every day of her life made her family and friends laugh with her classic British sense of humor. She was preceded in death by her much loved husband, Tony (who adored his Junie) in 2009 and is survived by her children, Anthony Michael Ruggiero (Robin) and Marsha Alice Bjornson (Sig); granddaughters, Roni Wooten and Georgia Leigh Ruggiero and her beloved cats, Cloe and Spooky. A memorial graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Blades. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the non-profit for abandoned and unwanted cats: Homeless Cat Helpers, Inc., PO Box 1234, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Robert C. Warwick -- Robert C. Warwick, 77, of Laurel passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Wilmington, he was the son of the late Francis Irvin Warwick and Adeline Painter Warwick. After high school, Robert proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He was retired from the Local Union #313 as an electrician, a member of the Compassionate Shepherd Church and was a 32nd Degree Master Mason. Robert loved to travel and play golf. He was also an avid fisherman and football enthusiast. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Warwick; his son, Robert Paul Warwick and wife Robin Schweiger-Warwick; his daughter, Bonnie Johnson and her fianc← Richard Wheatley; brothers, William Warwick, Ronald Warwick, James Warwick and Wayne Warwick; his sister, Sharon Ingiosi and grandchildren, Michael Johnson and his fianc← Annie Manley and Heather Capwell and her husband Justin. Two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive him. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the Light House Church, 27225 Kaye Road, Laurel. The Rev. Robert Douglas will officiate. Interment will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Joseph Franklin Plummer -- Joseph Franklin Plummer, 93, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at Seaford Center, Seaford. Born in Federalsburg, Md., he was the son of the late Charles Raymond Plummer and Estella Bramble Plummer. Joe proudly served his country in the National Guard. He retired from the E. I. DuPont Co. in 1976 as an electrician. He was a dedicated, hard-working member of the Laurel Saddle Friends for over 40 years alongside his wife, Pansy. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #19, a Master Mason of Hope Lodge #4, both of Laurel, Seaford Elks and the Delmarva Driving Club. He dearly loved horses and trail riding and joined the Bicentennial Wagon Train Pilgrimage in Virginia as a scout, riding his horse Navajo arriving in Valley Forge, Pa. on July 4, 1976. He is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Pansy; two daughters, Lola Ann Plummer and Linda Justice (Nelson) and a son, Jay (Diane), all of Laurel. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Lee DeLuca and a brother, Jack Plummer, both of Seaford; five grandchildren, John Justice (Debi), Angela DenHerder (Aaron), Josh Plummer (Paula), Tiffany Ranger and Holly Fox (Matt) and great-grandchildren, Luke and Logan Justice, Sammy and Eli DenHerder and Madison, Montana and Macie Fox. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Catherine Adams and her husband Roy; sister-in-law, Jane Plummer; brother-in-law, Al DeLuca and great-grandchild, Jacob DenHerder. Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. The Rev. Joe Burris will officiate. Interment will be held privately. Contributions may be made to Laurel Saddle Friends, PO Box 93, Laurel, DE 19956 or American Legion Post 19, PO Box 329, Laurel, DE 19956.


Enoch Schwartz -- Enoch Schwartz, 86, and lifelong resident of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Roxborough Medical Center in Philadelphia. Born on Dec. 16, 1928, he was the son of the late Enoch Schwartz Sr. and Pearl Thompson Callaway. Enoch retired from American Original Seafood Company. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Laurel. Enoch was a family man and a hard worker and loved sports. Mr. Schwartz is survived by his daughter, Karen Schwartz of Laurel; a sister, Dorothy Barlowe of Florida; grandchildren, Reuel Anderson of Spain and a newly born great-grandchild of Spain. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Barbara Schwartz and a son, Brady L. Schwartz. A graveside service was held in Laurel Hill Cemetery on Monday, Dec. 29. The Rev. Ruth Tull officiated. Contributions may be made in Mr. Schwartzs memory to: St. Jude Children's 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.


Enoch Schwartz -- Enoch Schwartz, 86, and lifelong resident of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Roxborough Medical Center in Philadelphia. Born on Dec. 16, 1928, he was the son of the late Enoch Schwartz Sr. and Pearl Thompson Callaway. Enoch retired from American Original Seafood Company. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Laurel. Enoch was a family man and a hard worker and loved sports. Mr. Schwartz is survived by his daughter, Karen Schwartz of Laurel; a sister, Dorothy Barlowe of Florida; grandchildren, Reuel Anderson of Spain and a newly born great-grandchild of Spain. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Barbara Schwartz and a son, Brady L. Schwartz. A graveside service was held in Laurel Hill Cemetery on Monday, Dec. 29. The Rev. Ruth Tull officiated. Contributions may be made in Mr. Schwartzs memory to: St. Jude Children's 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.


Richard V. Spicer -- Richard V. Spicer, 85, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at his home. Richard was born in Laurel, a son of the late Emory and Audrey Spicer. Richard retired from the Sussex County Assessment office with over 20 years of service. He also retired from the National Guard with over 20 years of service. Richard was a member of the Laurel Senior Center and he had also worked in farming and construction. With the gift of having great common sense, he was talented at electronics, building and fixing many household items. Mr. Spicer is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Ann Evans Spicer of Laurel; a sister, Grace Peterson (Ben) of Seaford and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James E. Spicer. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a visitation will be held one hour before the service. The Elder Elbert Robbins will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in Richards memory to: Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Ralph E. Sullivan -- Ralph E. Sullivan, 94, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. He was born to Mable Sarah Jones Sullivan and Isaac William Sullivan on Oct. 23, 1920 in Woodbury Heights, N.J. Mr. Sullivan attended Camden County Vocational School in New Jersey. During World War II, he was stationed in Hawaii with the 6th Fighter Squadron of the United States Army Air Force. He worked in the manufacturing industry as a machinist, tool maker, tool designer and tool engineer. His favorite employer was De Laval Steam Turbine in Trenton, N.J., where he worked for 22 years. Mr. Sullivan belonged to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witness in Seaford. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1817, the Masonic Lodge Number 32 in Burlington, N.J. and the Excelsior Consistory AASR, in West Collingswood, N.J. Mr. Sullivan is survived by his second cousin, Neil H. Anger and friend, Hershell G. Tice. He was preceded in death by his sister, Frances Mable Sullivan Winner and his brother, William Paul Sullivan. A memorial service will be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro with military honors. Contributions may be made in Ralphs honor to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.


William Edwin Pierce Jr. -- William Edwin Pierce Jr., 82, of Clayton, died peacefully on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, surrounded by his loved ones. Bill was born on Dec. 6, 1932 at his parents home in Arden to Mildred Cannon Pierce and W. Eddie Pierce. He attended the Arden School and Richardson Park School until moving to Clayton at age 11 when his parents purchased the 60-acre farm which remained Bills home until his passing. After attending school in Smyrna, Bill was eager to earn a living. Working at Latex (now know as Playtex) and Tyler Refrigeration in his early years, he had a keen business sense and a strong desire to be an entrepreneur. In 1969, Bill established Pierce Fence Company on North Dupont Highway in Dover which continues to be owned and operated by the Pierce family. Following retirement in 1990, Bill led an active life by building a few homes himself, tending to his vegetable gardens, tobacco plants and chickens, rolling dice at the craps tables at Dover Downs and, most importantly, embracing every available moment with his family and his very dear friends. Bills wisdom, affinity for facts and figures, unrivaled sense of humor, and ability to laugh and perform practical jokes until the very end will leave him missed by so many. His gift of priceless memories, however, will remain. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Betty DiAngelo and his eldest son, William E. Pierce III. Bill is survived by two sons, Robert Pierce of Clayton and Bruce Pierce of Millington, Md.; two daughters, Lori Manning of Sudlersville, Md. and Ursula Gardener of Seaford and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 370 Cypress St., Millington. Services will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Sudlersville cemetery in Sudlersville, Md. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Meals on Wheels Delaware, 100 W. 10th St., Ste. 207, Wilmington, DE 19801. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fhnfuneralhome.com.


Shirley Hill Arington -- Shirley Hill Arington, 80, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Parkview Nursing in Wilmington after a long illness. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of the late Clara Jones and Clinton Hill. Shirley was a graduate of Seaford High School, Class of 1952, and a graduate of Delaware Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1955. She worked in the medical department of the DuPont Nylon Plant in Seaford for 28 years, retiring in 1987. She is survived by her sister, Peggy Hill of Wilmington; her cousin, Jean Stant of Seaford and Jeans daughter, Christa Mason. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Thomas Arington in 1997 and a stepdaughter, Sandra Cole. A viewing will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, at Watson Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Sts., Seaford. 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 or Parkview Nursing, 2801 W. Sixth St., Wilmington, DE 19805.


Frances Marie Gue Algier -- Frances Marie Gue Algier, 81, of Seaford, died on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Frances was born on Feb. 3, 1933 in Barnesville, Frederick County, Md., the daughter of the late Phoebe V. Humerick Gue and Harvey R. Gue. She loved life, people and animals, especially Red Birds, which she wrote a poem about in 1985 called Red Bird, Red Bird. She wrote a lot of beautiful poems since she was 18. She also loved country and gospel music which she loved to sing and record. She loved bowling, which she did for 16 years at the Seaford Lanes, horse racing and the Slots. She was a member of Blades United Methodist Church. She also liked playing bingo and crocheting afghans for 50 years. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother and her husband, Robert B. Algier on Sept. 9, 2001. Fran is survived by three children, Robert D. Algier, Bonnie Buzzuto (John) and Susan Callaway (Gary); eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, 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 Horse Lovers United, PO Box 2744, Salisbury, MD 21802.


Robert J. James Jr. -- Robert J. James Jr., 50, of Seaford, passed away at his home on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Robert was born in New York, a son of the late Robert Sr. and Margaret Davis James. Robert was the owner/operator of Graphic Designs in Seaford. He enjoyed time with his family and friends. Mr. James is survived by his wife, Dunia James of Seaford; his daughter, Jaci James; brothers, Ernie Dahling of Bridgeville and Steve Dahling of New York; a sister, Fran Hassett of Seaford; his lifelong friends, David and Toni Peters, Mom Peters, Craig Elliott and Cliff Handy; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28. The Rev. Richard E. Evans will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may made to the family by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Phyllis A. Jones -- Phyllis A. Jones, 79, of Bridgeville, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at her home. She was born in Bridgeville on Dec. 28, 1934, daughter of the late William C. and Anna Elizabeth Ward Abbott. Phyllis was very active in her community and was involved in many different organizations. She was a founding member of the Bridgeville Historical Society serving as vice president and president. She served as the chairman of Christmas in Bridgeville for 10 years and was an active volunteer at the Apple Scrapple festival since it was established. She enjoyed providing her time and efforts to assisting the public with information about the event. Phyllis was a member of the Bridgeville Lions/Lioness Club since 1986 where she served as president for two terms. She was a life member of the Bridgeville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary where she volunteered in the community since 1988. She also enjoyed working the oyster trailer for many years. Phyllis also served her church community in many ways. She served as president of St. Marys Episcopal Church on three different occasions and held roles as treasurer, Sunday school teacher and alter preparation. She served as president and vice president of the Episcopal convocation. In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel P. Jones in January of 2006 and her son, Daniel P. Jones Jr. in January of 1955. She is survived by her children, Dannette OBrien of Seaford, David Jones of Chesapeake, Va. and Timothy Jones of Bridgeville; two brothers, William Abbott Jr. of Viera, Fla. and Ronald W. Abbott of OBrien, Fla.; three sisters, Addie Lee Horne of Viera, Joyce Norcross and Sarah Lee, both of Eustis, Fla.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, at St. Marys Episcopal Church, 2 N. Williams St., Bridgeville. Friends may call on Sunday, Dec. 28 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville. Following the services, interment will be held at Bridgeville Cemetery in Bridgeville. Contributions may be made in Phyllis memory to Make A Wish Foundation, 3411 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810. Please visit Phyllis Life Memorial and sign the guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Michael Moncure Harris -- Michael Moncure Harris, 73, of Seaford, died peacefully in his sleep at home early Thursday morning, Dec. 18, 2014. He was born in Milford on July 5, 1941, son of the late Richard W. and Gertrude (Moncure) Harris. He graduated from Bridgeville High School in 1959 and subsequently from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in agriculture in 1963 and M.S. in agricultural economics in 1965. Mr. Harris was a man who believed in hard work, perseverance, family and friends, dedicating his energy and passion to each over the course of his life. From his early days of working for E. I. duPont de Nemours Co. in Wilmington to Agway Inc. near Branchville, N.J., in the nursery/garden center business with his brother at Barnyard Gardens, Inc. in Hockessin, to his dedication as an entrepreneur running his own wholesale nursery business in Bridgeville, he always kept these as fundamental tenets to live by. When he wasnt growing and marketing natures beauty from his nursery business, he enjoyed fishing, boating and sailing with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends over the years during what spare time he had. He also served as president of Delaware Association of Nurserymen, was a member of the American Hemerocallis Society, a Delaware Council of Farm Organizations Delegate and member of the Delaware Agricultural Alumni Association. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Patricia P. Harris; three sons, Michael Jr. of Austin, Texas, Charles of Arlington, Va. and Todd of Bridgeville, as well as four grandchildren, Chelsea, Calina, Savannah and Zachary, one brother, Richard W. Harris Jr. of Newark, one sister, Sallie Kahler of Los Alamos, N.M., three aunts and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may visit at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made in Mr. Harris memory to the Parkinsons Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 (or online at www.pdf.org/aboutpd) or to St. Marys Episcopal Church, 2 North Williams St., Bridgeville, DE 19933. Please visit Mr. Harris Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Gordon Sinclair Crispin -- Gordon Sinclair Crispin Jr., 91, of Okatie, S.C., died on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. He was born in Cambridge, Mass., on Oct. 29, 1923. After high school, he joined the Navy in 1941 and was stationed aboard the USS Denver in the Pacific Theatre. He received the following medals: Good Conduct, American Area, Asiatic Pacific Area, Philippine Liberation and WWII Victory Medal. In October, 1944 the USS Denver took part in the actions against the enemy, including: numerous bombardments of enemy installations on Leyte Island - day and night and frequent attacks and night action of Surigac Strait against a large force of Japanese naval units in which at least eight enemy ships of all types were sunk. He received commendations for his performance of duty and outstanding leadership as lookout supervisor and instructor during these actions. After discharge from the Navy in 1945, he briefly attended Ohio State University, majoring in accounting. He attended the University of North Carolina and received a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1953. He served an internship at Duke University for hospital administration. While at Duke, he met Alice Spruill Beddingfield, and they were married in March, 1948. She was known to all as Betty. They were married 57 years until Bettys death in 1995. He worked as administrator of hospitals in North Carolina and Alaska in the 1950s. He was administrator of the hospital in Kingstree, S.C. in the early 1960s. There he forged a difficult battle in the attempt to integrate patients. In 1966, he became administrator of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He remained there until 1979 when he relocated to Ridgeland, S.C. and later to Beaufort. He was administrator in charge of zoning and planning for Beaufort County and retired in 1988. He had many hobbies including but not limited to: flying airplanes, building and flying model airplanes, building model boats, photography and marksmanship. He was a member of the NRA. He was deeply loved and highly respected by the community. Upon his death, he had been living at the VA Hospital in Walterboro, S.C. for about two years. He is survived by his son, Joseph and daughter-in-law Janice of Newark. He shall be greatly missed. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, at Beaufort National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the charity of ones choice. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.


Roy T. Davis -- Roy T. Davis, 93, of Laurel, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at his home. Roy was born in Laurel on Sept. 22, 1921, a son of the late Henry and Elinor Killmon Davis. Roy retired from the Delaware State Highway Department as a supervisor after 32 years. He was a highly decorated Mason with Hope Lodge #4 in Laurel with over 40 years of service. Always smiling, Roy had a kind and generous heart. Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Davis and his children, Margaret Watson of Maryland, Faith Ann Cooper (William) of Laurel and Dawn Bradshaw (Jim) of Laurel. He is also survived by a special granddaughter and caregiver, Wendy Jester, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. A Masonic service will begin at 2 p.m., followed by a funeral service on Thursday, Dec. 18, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. The Rev. Wayne Mathis will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Hope Lodge #4, 102 West 6th St., 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.


John Charles Kimlel -- A wonderful man has left a legacy of love and his Father called him home to Heaven. John Jack Charles Kimlel, 82, died at his home on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Bridgeville. Mr. Kimlel was born on Aug. 18, 1932 in Westerville, Ill., to Paul and Edith Kimlel. He served as a staff sergeant for the United States Air Force at Dover Air Force Base from 1951-1955. He later settled in Dover, where he married his wife of 60 years, Charlotte Arment Kimlel. He retired from a sales career at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife Charlotte; his three sons, Keith A. Kimlel and his wife Karen, Kevin S. Kimlel and his partner Wendy and Karl D. Kimlel and his wife Lauren; three grandchildren, Amber Campos and her husband Miguel, Justin A. Kimlel and his wife Maria and Chelsea H. Kimlel; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Carl Kimlel. A viewing will take place at Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, followed by the memorial service at 11. Military honors will be given at Delawares Veteran Memorial Cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jacks life. A reception will follow at Christ Lutheran. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be sent to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation or Christ Lutheran Church in memory of John C. Kimlel. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Velma Pedigo Stagg -- Velma Pedigo Stagg, 79, of Seaford, passed away at her residence on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. After fighting bravely for many years, she gained ultimate victory by leaving her body crippled by disease, and stepping into eternity where she is now dancing alongside her sweet Savior, probably to Cajun music. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Lester Phillip Stagg Jr.; their four children, Trey, Duane, Belinda Marvel and Barbara Harper; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They miss her and remember her as an outgoing, tenacious woman who loved a good party and always put family first, but they also know that God is happy to have his daughter home. A memorial service to celebrate this fun lady will be held at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, on Friday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. 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.


Richard H. Massey -- Richard H. Massey, 77, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Richard retired from Sears in Seaford, where he was a service technician. He was a member of the Hosta Club and the Hospice Club. His wife, Carolyn Massey died on Jan. 21, 2014. He is survived by his daughter, JoAnn Garand; two grandsons, Zac and Zane and a sister, Jeanne McDowell. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg, Md.


Phyllis Lister Nelson -- Phyllis Lister Nelson, 77, of Seaford, entered the gates of Heaven and joined her husband of 54 years, Jimmie, her son, Steven and her parents, Walter and Eva Lister on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Phyllis graduated from Seaford High School in 1955. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, the Acorn Club and various other Seaford activities. Her many friends throughout will always remember this kind, loving, special lady. She is survived by her sons, Jeff of Seaford and Danny of Auburn, Ga.; a granddaughter, Kristin Mullikin (Bradley); great-grandsons, Bailey and Dawson and her sister, Eleanor Hickey and her children, Guy, Jill, Susan, Donna, Keith and Teddy. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 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 Acorn Club of Seaford, PO Box 402, Seaford, DE 19973.


George R. Layton Sr. -- George R. Layton Sr., 64, of Georgetown, and formerly of Bridgeville, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at his home. He was born on July 13, 1950 in Berlin, Md., the son of Florence (Jones) Layton and the late Jacob Layton. Mr. Layton proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam conflict. After Mr. Laytons honorable discharge, he started working as an equipment operator for Melvin Joseph Construction in Georgetown. He would later work for many years as a truck driver for Wheatley Farms in Bridgeville, then as an equipment operator for David A. Bramble in Chestertown, Md. He retired from David A. Bramble in 2009 after over 15 years of service. During his spare time, Mr. Layton could be found tinkering in his shop on woodworking projects or figuring out the mechanics of a vehicle. He also loved riding his bulldozer and tractor. He was an avid NASCAR fan who followed his favorite driver, Jimmie Johnson. Mr. Layton was a humorous man who was a jokester at heart and would always have a joke or two to share with his family and friends. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and a dear friend by all who knew him. In addition to his father, Mr. Layton was preceded in death by his brother, James Layton and sister, Jean Niblet. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Barbara Ann (Salmons) Layton of Georgetown; his three sons: George Layton Jr. and his wife Ashley of Lewes, Donnie Layton of Bridgeville and Jerry Layton and his wife Michelle of Bridgeville; his two daughters: Melody Hayman and her husband Tommy of Laurel and Angie Salmons of Greenwood; his daughter-in-law, Brenda Layton of Laurel; his three brothers: Ronald Layton and his wife Wanda of Millsboro, Francis Layton of Greenwood and Danny Layton of Georgetown; seven grandchildren: Damian Bullock, Destiny and Katie Hayman, Chad Layton, Dakota Layton, Sarah Layton and Shawn Layton and three canine friends, Jake, Toby and Bessie. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour prior. Interment will follow at Bridgeville Cemetery, Market & Laws streets, Bridgeville. Contributions may be made in Mr. Laytons memory to Compassionate Care Hospice of the Delmarva Peninsula, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966. Please visit Mr. Laytons Life Memorial Webpage and sign his guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Emma Jean Beach Phillips -- Emma Jean Beach Phillips, 83, of Hebron, Md., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was born on Jan. 22, 1931 in Hebron, a daughter of the late George and Hannah Beach. Emma Jean worked for the telephone company in her younger days before staying home to raise her family. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. She adored children, and for many years was the neighborhood babysitter for her family and friends. She was a member of Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene in Salisbury. She enjoyed volleyball and the bowling leagues she belonged to through the years. Emma Jean had a wonderful sense of humor who had a knack for making those around her smile. She never met a stranger. She loved to watch the birds feed and she loved Christmastime and all of the special traditions of the season. She also loved to read and was rarely found without a magazine in her hand or a word search puzzle. She is survived by three children, Dawn Hooper and her husband David of Hebron, Jo Ellen Sullivan and her husband Barry of Laurel and Glen Phillips and his wife Gail of Mardela Springs, Md.; grandchildren, Kelly Hartman (Greg), Jamie Hartman (Chris), Abby Parsons (John), AJ Phillips and Lindsey Sullivan; great-grandchildren, Avery, Storm, Emma and Sam; two sisters, Joyce Marvel and her husband Art of Salisbury and Judy Calloway and her husband Eddie of Mardela Springs; a special caregiver, Gloria West and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, William Bill E. Phillips and two sisters, Jane Baxley and Janice Beach Watson. A funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, Dec. 15, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Pastor Ronald G. Parker will officiate. Interment will follow at Hebron Cemetery.


Catherine Kitty Goff -- Catherine Kitty Goff, 90, of Laurel, passed away at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late David Burris and Bessie Burris Wingard. Kitty was a loving mother, wife and homemaker. She loved going to the beach and Harrington Slots where she gained many friends among the employees there. Kitty is survived by her sons, David Goff and his wife Gloria and Steve Goff and his wife Judy; sisters, Betty Walls and Bonnie Walter and her husband Tom; a brother, Eugene Burris; grandchildren, Lisa Cooper and her husband Mike, Stephanie Ebron and her husband Russell, Clay Goff and his wife Catina, Tracie Makin and her husband Robb, Corey Goff and his girlfriend Kristin Steininger and Lynn Goff; seven great-grandchildren and her special sweetheart, niece Debbie Walls. Also surviving her is Connie Cummings Shockley, Frank and Janet Cummings and the extended Cummings family. In addition to her parents, Kitty was preceded in death by her husband, Jack D. Goff; stepfather, Oliver Wingard; sister, Isabelle Ziegler and her subsequent life companion of 32 years, Bill Cummings. A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Lem Hudson will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Laurel Volunteer Fire Dept., 205 W. 10th St., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting hsdfuneralhome.com.


James L. Big Jim Boyce -- James Lorenzo Boyce, 63, of Laurel, died on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at Anchorage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Salisbury. Born on Aug. 7, 1951 in Salisbury, he was the son of the late Manning Gibson Boyce and Elsie Marie Collins Boyce. He was a 1970 graduate of Laurel High School and worked as a carpenters assistant for many years. He is survived by a son, Joey Boyce and his daughter, Hannah Boyce of Laurel; a daughter, Natasha Boyce-Ward, her husband Justin and their children Megan, Lane, Luke and Katie of King George, Va.; his brother, Ronald Boyce and his partner John Guinto of Seaford. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Bethel Worship Center. Pastor Joe LeCates officiated. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel.


Cecil Allison Pepper -- Cecil Allison Pepper, 80, of Seaford, passed away at home on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, after a lengthy illness. Cecil was an auto mechanic in Seaford for many years, first with Hurley Chrysler Plymouth then he owned and operated Peppers Pure Service until he retired. He was well known for his knowledge of auto mechanics especially Moper products. After retirement he delivered The Guide for Sussex Printing. He was also an avid NASCAR fan. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Joan; three sons, Thomas Pepper (Karen), David Pepper (Laura) and Vince Pepper (Dani Jo); three stepchildren, Karen McCauley, Dale McCauley (Joann) and Darryl McCauley; 12 grandchildren, Michelle Pepper, Beverly Pepper, Zachary Pepper, Kyle Pepper, Jesse Pepper, Jamie Drew, Ryan Tulamello, Aaron McCauley, Corey McCauley, Tara McCauley, Collin McCauley and Kayla McCauley; two great-grandchildren, Madison Drew and Sylvia Drew and two sisters, Joyce Hildreth and Charlotte Williams. There will be a celebration of Cecils life on Friday, Dec. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Arenas Restaurant (at the Georgetown Airport), 21553 Rudder Lane, Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Concord United Methodist Church, 25322 Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 Dupont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Catherine Morris Medford -- Catherine Morris Medford, 91, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of Vergie Bailey and Samuel R. Morris. She was cafeteria manager at Seaford Senior High School and was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Seaford Historical Society and The Acorn Club. She is survived by her son, O. Wayne Medford and his wife Jane of Seaford; daughter, Rose M. Fluharty and her husband David of Laurel; brother, Robert Morris of St. Cloud, Fla.; three grandchildren, Brian W. Medford and wife Christy, Lynn M. Riggin and husband Mark and Kristen M. Fluharty-Emory and husband Charles and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Watson Medford in 1992. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Grace Baptist Church, Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery, Blades. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home of Seaford.


Evelyn H. Hearn -- Evelyn H. Hearn, 87, of Delmar, died on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at her home in Delmar, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 30, 1927 in Delmar, a daughter of the late Granville and Maude Niblett Hastings. In her younger days Evelyn worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for R.D. Grier before leaving to raise her family and tend to the chickens with her husband. In addition to raising chickens, they also raised hogs. She was a longtime active member of Melson United Methodist Church, where she served as Sunday school teacher, MYF leader, president of the United Methodist Women and took many trips to Camp Pecometh with the MYF. She was an excellent cook and was well known for her homemade chicken and dumplings. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and loved sharing her works with her family and friends. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who cherished special time spent with her family and especially loved doing things with her grandchildren. She is survived by daughters, Sandra L. Hearn of Wilmington and Lynn H. Lenderking of Harrington; grandchildren, Tammy Brown, Cheri Marshall and her husband and Josh and Josh Gordy; and three great-grandchildren, Lexi, Taylor and Lauren Marshall. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Hearn, who passed in 1995; a son, Glen H. Hearn, who passed in 1973; a son-in-law, Charles Lenderking and a brother, William Hastings. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, and on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at Melson United Methodist Church. The service will follow at 1 p.m. at the church. The Rev. John O. Oltman will officiate. Interment will follow in Melsons Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her memory to Melson United Church, c/o Amber Dorman, 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.


Clifford G. Biff Lee -- The Honorable Rep. Clifford G. Biff Lee, 66, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, after his battle with metastatic melanoma, at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Biff was born in Wilmington, a son of the late Clifford F. Lee and Janet Godwin Lee of Laurel. Mr. Lee was a former state representative in Delaware for 22 years, serving as the majority whip for eight years (2001-2008). He retired from the Delaware State Police and had also served in Taiwan in the United State Air Force. Biff was a former Laurel Town Council member and a lifetime member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as past president and rescue lieutenant. He was also past president of the Sussex County Fire Fighters Association. Mr. Lee was a member of Delmarva Football Officials Association for 48 years, including serving as past president and on the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Committee. Mr. Lee proudly served his town of Laurel, as a member in the Lions Club, American Legion and Laurel Alumni Association. He graduated from Laurel High School, Class of 1965. He was active in the Laurel and Newark Little Leagues as a coach, player and umpire. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church (1959) in Laurel, active in the Sunshine Sunday school class and as a finance officer. Cherished family memories include his love of the Laurel Lady Dogs Softball team, NASCAR, Yankees and Saints. Mr. Lee is survived by his mother, Janet Godwin Lee of Laurel; his sons, Brad Clifford Lee and wife Opal of Laurel and Brent Lee of Laurel; his brothers, Randy Lee and wife Ann of Laurel and Tommy Lee and wife Sandy of Laurel; grandchildren, Kortney Lee, Brina Lee and Brady Clifford Lee and his longtime companion, Virginia Whaley of Laurel. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. Biff was preceded in death by his father, Rep. Clifford F. Lee and a baby brother. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, where a visitation will be held from noon to 3 p.m. The Revs. Joseph Burris and Tim Dukes will officiate. Interment with State Police and Fireman honors will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956; Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, 205 W. 10th St., Laurel, DE 19956 or Laurel Alumni Association, PO Box 382, Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Sarah Thomas Quick -- Sarah Thomas Quick, 87, died on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, while in home hospice care. She was born in Summit, N.J. on Feb. 2, 1927, the only child of Eliza Glover Thomas and Leonard Gordon Thomas. The Thomas family moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where Sarah grew up. She received a B.A. in teaching from Cheyney State College (Pennsylvania) in 1949. On June 26 of that year, Sarah married Herbert Quick, a Brooklyn dentist, and in 1955, they had one son, Herbert Gordon. Sarah was appointed to the New York City public school system where she taught first grade, and later, as a sight conservation teacher, taught visually impaired elementary and high school students in a career spanning 18 years. Sarah always wondered what happened to the visually impaired students once they reached adulthood. To answer that question, she took a sabbatical and began her training in the field of vocational rehabilitation. She remarked that her training was highlighted by the coursework at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU, and by having met and heard Dr. Howard Rusk, considered to be the father of rehabilitation medicine. She earned an M.A. in vocational rehabilitation from New York University in 1970. Joining the New York State Mental Health Department, Sarah served for five years as assistant director of the Halfway House, a unit of King County Hospital (Brooklyn) which transitioned patients back into the community. Afterwards, she joined the New York State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, a position she held for the next 18 years. She retired from the New York State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in 1993 and in 1995, moved to Seaford to be near her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Issues of justice, anti-racism and education were very important to Sarah. She was not afraid to address those topics in a direct manner throughout her life. She was a Golden Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the oldest of the historically Black alumni sororities, a lifelong Episcopalian and a member of St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Seaford. Among her active ministries at St. Lukes, Sarah was a Lay Eucharistic Visitor, Reader, Chalicist, member of the Episcopal Church Women, member of the Altar Guild and served as Diocesan Coordinator for the Church Periodical Club (Diocese of Delaware). Sarah was a volunteer for 15 years, serving the activities department of the former Lifecare at Lofland Park, a rehabilitation and nursing home facility in Seaford. Sarah stated, I enjoyed all of my lifes work, and being able to give back to people was a very rewarding experience. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Eliza Thomas, and her husband, Herbert. She is survived by her son, Herbert Gordon Quick; daughter-in-law, Jocelyn (Jackson); grandchildren, Natalie Louise Quick of Richmond, Va. and Herbert Hamilton Quick of Newark; cousins, Annie Wolinsky and Joyce Davis; sister-in-law, Naomi Jeanne Quick; godson, Dennis Quick and many nieces, nephews and friends. Family life was fundamental to her existence. She was born into and married into large families and understood the importance of generations caring for each other. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Lukes Episcopal Church, Front Street, Seaford. The Rev. Marianne Ell will officiate. Ashes will be interred in New York City at a later date. The family suggests contributions to St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 202 North St., Seaford, as a living memorial to Sarahs ministry work. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Newell Chuck Evans -- Newell Chuck Evans, 79, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Laurel, he was the son of the late Glen Williams Evans and Anna Margret Workman Evans. Chuck attended Laurel High School and then proudly served his country in the United States Army. He owned and operated Chucks Plumbing Repair in Laurel. Chuck was an avid fisherman, enjoying saltwater and freshwater fishing. He was also a talented woodworker. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Pat Evans of Laurel; his son, Joseph N. Evans of California; his daughter, Jane Davis of Colorado; his stepchildren, Ray Riggins of Milton, Scott Riggins of Laurel, John Riggins of Seaford and Christina McDonald of Seaford; brothers, Glen W. Evans Jr. of Colorado, Wesley Evans and his wife Betty of Colorado and Claude Evans and his wife Lois of Laurel and a sister, Claudia Downes of Laurel. He is also survived by a granddaughter, Nicole Keating of Maryland, eight step-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St. Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will follow, with full military honors, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


James B. Callahan Sr. -- James B. Callahan Sr., 93, died on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at the Caroline Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Denton, Md. Mr. Callahan is survived by three sons: John Raymond Callahan (Jeannie), William James Callahan (Gina) and James Bernard Callahan Jr. (Karen), all of Cordova, Md.; two daughters, Jane E. Wood (Earle) of Denton and Ann Ruth Hurst (Ronald) of Greenwood; two sisters, Henrietta Wood of Denton and Evelyn Edmunds of Cordova; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthanna Vonville Callahan, whom he married on June 25, 1942 and siblings, Edward J. Callahan, Raymond Callahan, Margaret Shortall and Clara Schlotzhauer. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at St. Josephs Church in Cordova. Friends may call on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 200 S. Harrison St., Easton, Md. Burial will be at St. Josephs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Cordova Volunteer Fire Company, 11864 Kittys Corner Rd., Cordova, MD 21625. For online tributes, please visit www.fhnfuneralhome.com.


William Albert Bill Siegmund Jr. -- William Albert Bill Siegmund Jr., 68, of Milton, passed away on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, surrounded by his loving family from complications due to lung cancer at Delaware Hospice Center, Milford. Bill was born in Delaware, the son of the late William and Norma Siegmund. He worked for the Sussex County Engineering Department over 20 years before retiring. Previously, Bill also worked as a surveyor for Mann & Associates. Bill was active in the Moose Lodge in Lewes and the American Legion in Lewes and Milton. Bill enjoyed woodworking, boating, fishing and the beach. Bill also loved spending time with his family, playing horseshoes and caring for his many pets. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife, Karen Lynn (Schueler) Siegmund in 2005 and his son, William A. Zimmerman in 1993. He is survived by three sisters-in-law: Jan and Dan Lundquist of Seaford, Sara and Georges Devleeschouwer of Frederica and Chris and Dick Wasson of Seaford; 12 nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Lily. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, Inc., 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Travis Patton will officiate and Caitlin Patton will provide special music. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19968 or any local SPCA.


Richard Paul Savage, 55 Richard Paul Rick Savage, of Shallotte, N.C., died Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at his residence. He was born July 16, 1959, in Seaford, DE, a son of Robert Savage of Seaford and the late Helna Beyersdorfer Savage. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Savage. Rick was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed telling jokes, and stories. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his daughter, Casey Leigh, who was the light of his life. Surviving in addition to his father, are his daughter, Casey Leigh Savage of Shallotte, and his brother, George Savage of Seaford. A Celebration of Life was conducted Friday, November 28, at Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel, Shallotte. Private online condolences may be sent to the family at www.brunswickfuneralservice.com Burnswick Funeral Service, Shallotte.


Anne White Figgs -- Anne White Figgs of Laurel, died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. Born in Delmar, she was one of eight siblings. The wife of the late Roland A. Figgs, she made her home in Laurel for 60 years. Anne was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 19 as well as past president. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel and she volunteered for many years at The Good Samaritan Thrift Shop. Annie loved spending time with her family and friends and going to the beach. She loved to laugh and dance, and loved to eat! Her fun loving and gentle spirit will be missed by many. In her final days, her one constant reminder to her family was Life is good. She is survived by her loving children: Phillip Figgs, David Figgs and his wife Donna, Mark Figgs and his wife Darlene, Tom Figgs and his wife Marilyn and Teresa Figgs and her wife Tamara. She was a proud grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She is also survived by her sisters, June Benson Powell and Joyce Dulin and her brother, Burton White. Her family would like to thank and express great appreciation to the staff at The Methodist Manor House and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care. Friends and relatives are invited to celebrate her life at noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the American Legion Post 19, Laurel. Donations may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956 or American Legion Post 19, Laurel. Online remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Shirley C. Bacorn Shirley C. Bacorn, 71, of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Born in New Jersey on Oct. 1, 1943, Shirley was a daughter of the late Jack and Helen Rogers. Shirley retired from Allen Family Foods in Seaford after 18 years of service. She started her own chapter of the Red Hat Society called The Chatty Hatters. Shirley enjoyed crossword puzzles, working on computers and especially the Christmas holiday. She was a member of the Next Generation Church in Denton, Md. Mrs. Bacorn is survived by her son, George Bacorn Jr. and wife Charmaine of Denton; her daughter, Diana Brittingham and husband William of Laurel; a brother, Donald Rogers of Denton and sisters, Virginia Pagan of Florida and Norma Runkle of New Jersey. Eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Bacorn Sr. and two brothers, Barry and Robert Rogers. A celebration of her life will be held at Next Generation Church, 10092 New Bridge Rd., Denton, on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. Pastor Wes Battle will officiate. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Delaware Hospice or a charity of your choosing.


Lana D. Williams -- Lana D. Williams, 70, of Seaford, died on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. Lana and her husband were farmers before retiring. She was president of the Farm Bureau and chairman of the Ladies of the Farm Bureau. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Kenneth Williams; her mother, Lela Davidson; a son, Robert Duain Benson (Carroll); a daughter, Kim Hill (Charles); two grandchildren, Catherine and Elizabeth; a brother, Eddie Davidson (Benita) and three sisters, Glenda Murray, Mildred Carey (Donald) and Nadine Bradley (Ronnie). She was preceded in death by her father, Norman Davidson and grandson, Collin Benson. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to VITAS Hospice, 1016 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963.


Margaret Eleanor Ridinger -- Margaret Eleanor Ridinger, 94, of Seaford, died on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Bradenton, Fla. Margaret worked in the Seaford Middle School cafeteria and the Methodist Manor House in Seaford as a nurses aid for 16 years. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Ridinger in 2001; her sister, Mary Catherine Rubin and two brothers, Patrick and William. She is survived by her brother, Robert Lynch and his wife Estella; two sons, Robert E. Ridinger and Richard Ridinger; a daughter, Patricia Ann Hughes and her husband Richard and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call on Friday evening, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Kenneth W. Seymour -- Kenneth W. Seymour, 88, of Seaford, died on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Kenneth graduated from Rockaway High School in New Jersey. He then joined the Navy and after being honorably discharged he went to work for the Department of the Army in materials procurement. He retired in 1981 after 37 years of service. Kenneth and his wife moved to Seaford in 1984. He was a member of Seaford Presbyterian Church. His wife of 61 years, Nora Hayward Seymour died on Dec. 22, 2013. His sister, Lois Whitehead died on Dec. 26, 2012. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Evelyn H. Thompson of Denville, N.J.; his brother-in-law, George E. Hayward of Abingdon, Va.; a niece, Linda Vahle of Meadowbrook, Pa.; nephew, James Whitehead of Missouri; brother-in-law, Robert Whitehead of Hillstown, Pa. and two great-grandnieces. Graveside services will be held at noon on Monday, Dec. 1, at Restland Memorial Park, 77 DeForest Ave., East Hanover, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


M. Kathryn Short Barto Donovan -- M. Kathryn Short Barto Donovan, 93, departed this life on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at her Seaford home surrounded by her family. She was born on Oct. 18, 1921, to the late Houston Short and Anne Mae Reed Short on a farm near Postles Corner Road (East Dover). She grew up in Viola and graduated from Felton High School where she played basketball. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Short and husband, Stanley Donovan. She is survived by her five children, Teresa Swafford of North Charleston, S.C., Pat Foskey Thackery (Charles) of Hobe Sound, Fla. and Paula, Joseph and Kathryn Barto and Peggy Koster, all of Seaford; sisters-in-law, Frances Short of Titusville, Fla. and Edna Donovan of Seaford; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and her extended family from Nanticoke Senior Center Early Morning Exercise Group and Sams Club in Salisbury, Md. Kathryn had a full life from a farm girl picking apples and riding mules to school to raising her family and owning and operating KATHRYNS Restaurant(s) 1960s to 1980s. She was owner of Stock Car #76, a NASCAR enthusiast and sponsor of Kathryns bowling team. She managed several area markets and worked with Our Lady of Lourdes Sodality. She and Stan traveled the U.S. via motor home and retired to Florida, returning to Seaford in 1991. She became a NMH volunteer at the age of 90 and supported many disabled veteran causes and, as a cancer survivor, many cancer research centers. Kathryn was always quick to lend a hand and never met a stranger. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Memorial donations may be made to the Nanticoke Senior Center-Exercise Center, 1001 W. Locust St., Seaford, DE 19973.


M. Kathryn Short Barto Donovan -- M. Kathryn Short Barto Donovan, 93, departed this life on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at her Seaford home surrounded by her family. She was born on Oct. 18, 1921, to the late Houston Short and Anne Mae Reed Short on a farm near Postles Corner Road (East Dover). She grew up in Viola and graduated from Felton High School where she played basketball. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Short and husband, Stanley Donovan. She is survived by her five children, Teresa Swafford of North Charleston, S.C., Pat Foskey Thackery (Charles) of Hobe Sound, Fla. and Paula, Joseph and Kathryn Barto and Peggy Koster, all of Seaford; sisters-in-law, Frances Short of Titusville, Fla. and Edna Donovan of Seaford; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and her extended family from Nanticoke Senior Center Early Morning Exercise Group and Sams Club in Salisbury, Md. Kathryn had a full life from a farm girl picking apples and riding mules to school to raising her family and owning and operating KATHRYNS Restaurant(s) 1960s to 1980s. She was owner of Stock Car #76, a NASCAR enthusiast and sponsor of Kathryns bowling team. She managed several area markets and worked with Our Lady of Lourdes Sodality. She and Stan traveled the U.S. via motor home and retired to Florida, returning to Seaford in 1991. She became a NMH volunteer at the age of 90 and supported many disabled veteran causes and, as a cancer survivor, many cancer research centers. Kathryn was always quick to lend a hand and never met a stranger. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Memorial donations may be made to the Nanticoke Senior Center-Exercise Center, 1001 W. Locust St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Robert O. Ellis -- Robert O. Ellis, 86, of Blades, died on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Robert retired from the Dupont Co. in Seaford after over 41 years of service. His wife Betty died in 1994. He is survived by two sons, Robert O. Ellis Jr. and Roland Ellis; a daughter, Roxanne Keys; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery.


Connie Mitchell -- Connie Mitchell, 65, of Bridgeville, died on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Connie was the daughter of the late John A. and Helen Moore Jr. She graduated from Seaford High School and Goldey Beacom College. She and her husband Boyd formerly owned and operated Custom Home Fashions in Seaford. She formerly served on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club in Seaford. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, D. Boyd Mitchell; two daughters, Shelly Thomas (Rick) and Shannon Cathcart (Tom); four grandchildren, Chance Thomas, Cassidy Thomas, Rylie Cathcart and Reese Cathcart and a brother, Ronnie Moore (Suzanne). Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Calvary Wesleyan Church, 240 Delaware Ave., Harrington. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford on Tuesday evening, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 and Wednesday at church from noon to 1. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Dr., Memphis, TN 38105 or Calvary Wesleyan Church, 240 Delaware Ave., Harrington, DE 19952.


Harold William Vickers -- Harold William Vickers, 52, of Delmar, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Salisbury, he was the son of the late Charles R. Vickers Sr. and Joyce Faye Vickers. Harold was a classmate at Stephen Decatur High School. After high school, he enlisted in the National Guard. Harold was the owner and operator of H&L Towing. He was a past member of the American Legion Post #19, past member and trustee of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Salisbury and past cadet volunteer firefighter in Ocean City, Md. He loved to hunt and was blessed with the ability to fix anything. Harold is survived by his wife, Lisa Vickers of Delmar; his daughters, Crystal Cassimore and her husband Kevin of Laurel, Dawn and her husband Steve Litchford of Delmar and Amanda Vickers of Delmar; his sons, Robert Adkins of Delmar and Christopher Vickers of Idaho; his siblings, Charles R. Vickers Jr., Ricky Vickers and Vicky Scott, all of Delmar; and grandchildren, Joshua White, Harold Robinson, Kimberly Robinson, Jeremy Robinson, Evan Cassimore, Dylan Cassimore, Nathaniel Vickers, Hailey Vickers, Marissa Vickers, Alli Vickers, Savannah Hammond, Natalie Hammond and Jase Litchford. Harold was a loving husband and father. He did these two things to the best of his ability. God allowed two broken vessels to come together and through the years with God at the head, he molded the two into one. My darling, I will always cherish the years we had. Until I see you again in Heaven, I will love you always. Love, Your wife Lisa. Our dad was an honorable man, and was loved and respected by many. He was a family man, and there wasnt anything he wouldnt do for us. He was kind, compassionate, and a man of his word. There are a lot of people that loved him, and everyone has a story that brings a smile to everyones face. The passing of our dad is very hard to take but he is at peace and no longer in pain, up in Heaven with his mom and dad watching over us. With Jesus, his memory will forever be a source of comfort. Dad in our hearts...Always A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 3-C USA Worship Center, 38238 Old Stage Rd., Delmar, where a viewing will be held from 10-11 a.m. A night viewing will be held on Monday, Dec. 1 from 6-8 p.m., at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. Pastors Mike Rittenhouse and Fred Hill will officiate. Interment will be held in St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


John T. Culver -- John T. Culver, 80, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Delmar, he was the son of the late Norris Culver and Emma Pusey Culver. John was a retired carpenter and superintendent with W.B. Venables and Son. He was a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church, Delaware Campers Association, Moose Lodge #654 in Salisbury and Kiwanis Club. He was a 59 year member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department and also served as treasurer along with numerous other positions. He was very dedicated to serving his community as a firefighter and was inducted into the Firemans Historical Foundation of Delmarva Hall of Fame. John is survived by his wife, Noami Geraldine Culver; his children, Susan Eudy and her husband Richard of Laurel, Janice Kee and her husband David of Laurel and Dean Culver and his wife Laurie of Laurel; grandchildren, Meghan and Anthony Zarrello, Erin Eudy, Shawn Kee and his wife Laura, Abby Wilkerson and her husband Levi, Gaby Culver and Natalie Culver and great-grandchildren, Brayden, Landon, Christopher, Kaedyn, Hallie, William and Savannah. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Laurel Fire Department, 205 W. 10th St., where a viewing will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment with fireman honors will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Laurel Fire Department, 205 W. 10th St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Rev. L. Wayne Musgrove -- The Rev. L. Wayne Musgrove, 86, of Seaford, heard and answered the Fathers call from Heavens portals on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. He was born on Dec. 31, 1927 to the late Charles Edward and Myrtle Grace (Shoaf) Musgrove of Brinkerton, Pa. Wayne was one of 14 children. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, seven brothers and four sisters. Survivors include his wife, Betty Ruth of 60 years of marriage and their two daughters, Rebecca Musgrove of Seaford and Elizabeth Schwegel of Millville, N.J. and her husband Robert. They have three grandchildren, Kevin B. Chamberlain of Milford, Britain Johnson of Laurel and Ashley Schwegel of Millville and two great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Nathan Johnson of Laurel. He is also survived by two sisters, Edna Ackerman and Jane Rydle of Pennsylvania. A service of worship celebrating the life and faith of Wayne will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church St., Milford. Visiting hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Private family burial will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warriors Project. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


John Elliott Phillips -- John Elliott Phillips, 73, of Laurel, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, after a long illness, on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. John was born in Laurel, a son of the late John M. and Mildred E. Phillips. John graduated from Laurel High School in 1959 and enlisted in the United States Navy, serving on the escort destroyer Willard Keith #775. He retired from Dupont in 1996 after 33 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, NASCAR and his garden. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Delmar and the Laurel American Legion Post #19. Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife, Norma Jean; sons, Pete and wife Norma Jean of Laurel and Glenn and wife Debbie of Laurel; a sister, Carolyn Parsons of Delmar; a brother-in-law, Albert W. Clouser Jr.; his grandchildren, Glenn Jr., Shawn, Stacey, Denise and Dexter; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Marie, Dariane Rose, Haley Jade, Nora Lynn, Riley Chapel and Kayla; several nieces and nephews and his poodle, Bella Rose. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Bradley. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at First Baptist Church of Delmar, 501 Bi-State Blvd., Delmar, Md., where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Interment will follow in St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Delmar, 501 Bi State Blvd., Delmar, MD 21875 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 made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Earl Benjamin Tull -- Earl Benjamin Tull, 87, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Earl was born on Aug. 9, 1927, on his familys dairy farm in west Seaford. He lived in Seaford his entire life, graduating from Seaford High School in 1945. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1951 with a bachelors degree in agriculture. While at college he met Betty J. Boyce and they married on Oct. 17, 1953. He entered the family business after college and expanded Tull Brothers into hardware and garden areas. Active throughout his life in community efforts, he served as president of the Seaford Kiwanis Club and Seaford Historical Society. He was co-founder of the Seaford Museum. He was a lifetime member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church and served on numerous boards and committees. He and Betty led the junior high youth fellowship for 13 years. He was honored with the Moore Community Service Award in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Betty; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and Andy Liverman (Fairfax, Va.), Karen and Gary Johnston (Galestown, Md.), and Carol and Kevin Moran (Hebron, Md.); eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


William T. Grayston -- William T. Grayston, 60, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ruth Grayston and his wife, Sherry. Bill is survived by his sisters, Ruth E. Goehring and Jacqueline Boyce, both of Seaford; a stepson, Michael of Arkansas; his fianc←, Jo Hosiavx of Melbourne, Australia and nieces and nephews. Funeral services and burial will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Edgar M. Cooper -- Edgar M. Cooper, 83, of Wyoming, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at Kent General Hospital. He was born on Dec. 6, 1930, in Lincoln to the late Raymond and Grace (Maloney) Cooper. Edgar worked for the United States Postal Service in Bridgeville for over 30 years and had served proudly in the United States Army. Edgar enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, Edgar was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Cooper; a son, Steve Cooper and a sister, Jean Thomas. He is survived by a daughter, Sue Ellen Sutton and her husband Bob of Seaford; a son, Robert K. Cooper of Athens, Ga.; a brother, Ronald Cooper of Lincoln; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Pippin Funeral Home, Inc., 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, where family and friends may call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Delaware 4-H Foundation, 113 Townsend Hall, 531 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19716 or the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Dr., Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713. Letters of condolences may be sent via pippinfh@comcast.net.


Elton T. Caraway -- Elton T. Caraway, 83, of Georgetown, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, with his loving family by his side. He was born in Leesville, Texas on May 19, 1931. He married Wilma (Shepard) Caraway on Dec. 19, 1953 and proudly served his country in the U. S. Air Force as a jet engine instructor. Elton retired in 1997 from Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown, as an automotive instructor/department chair. Previous employment included automotive program chair for Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas and Central Texas College (CTC) based in Killeen. He was one of the first to represent CTC overseas, where he served as department chair for three and a half years and was responsible for 37 sites in four countries with more than 1,000 students in the automotive program. His favorite hobby was rebuilding cars, especially fresh water-flooded cars and burned-under-the-hood cars. The greater the challenge, the better he liked it. He also enjoyed helping others with their car problems. He was an avid reader of automotive trade magazines and sailing was a favorite pastime. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Seaford; American Legion Post 8 in Georgetown; National Association of College Automotive Teachers; a charter member of the Texas Technical Society and a certified Master Automotive Technician, passing all eight tests in one day. Elton was preceded in death by his parents, Pierce and Florence Caraway and a brother, Verlon Caraway. In addition to his wife, Wilma of 60 years, he is survived by his daughter, Jenna of Dallas, Texas and his son, Gerald and wife Roseann and their children Amber and Travis of Georgetown. Other survivors include his brother, Ruel and his wife Carol of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; sister-in-law, Helen Caraway of College Station, Texas; sister-in-law, Rilla Woodruff of Marshall, Texas; brother-in-law, Arvel Shepard and his wife Louise of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; two special cousins, Be ONeill of Kingsville, Texas and Margie Hendry of Marshall, Texas and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral service and celebration of Eltons life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. for viewing and visitation. A reception will follow at Wesley United Methodist Church, 102 N. Laurel St., Georgetown. Interment will be at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Delaware Technical Community College Educational Foundation, PO Box 610, Georgetown, DE 19947; The Alzheimer Association, 108 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947; CHEER Home Health Care, 20520 Sand Hill Rd., Georgetown, DE 19947; Seasons Hospice Palliative Care, 556 S. DuPont Blvd., Ste. 101, Milford, DE 19963, or a charity of your choice. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank these agencies, as well as their family and friends, for their love and support over the last few years.


Brenda McGee Pizzio -- Brenda McGee Pizzio, 54, of Davie, Fla., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. Brendas strength, attitude and resolve during her battle was truly inspiring and a source of strength for all who loved her. Brenda was born in Seaford on July 31, 1960, the daughter of James and Dianne McGee. She graduated from Seaford Senior High School in 1978 and attended the University of Delaware where she met and married Michael Pizzio. Together, they had two perfectly wonderful children, Sean and Lauren, who remain her greatest love in this life and the next. Brenda was well read and had many interests including solving Soduku with ease, and spending Sunday mornings completing the New York Times crossword puzzle with her life partner of 10 years, Robert Kan, whom she loved dearly. She also spent much of her life devoted to helping others, both professionally and personally, which was her natural disposition. The family would especially like to thank VNA Hospice and her brother, Mike and his wife Susan for their incredibly loving care during Brendas final weeks in this life. Brenda is survived by her son, Sean Pizzio of Howell, N.J.; her daughter, Lauren Pizzio of Davie; her parents, Jim and Dianne McGee of Naples, Fla.; her brother, Mike (Susan) McGee; her brother, David (Amy) McGee of Vero Beach, Fla.; her life partner, Bobby Kan of Davie and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Family and friends will gather at Vero Beach Church of Christ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in Brendas name to VNA Hospice of the Treasure Coast, 1110 35th Lane, #1, Vero Beach, FL 32960.


Raymond Ray Leroy Landon Jr. -- Raymond Ray Leroy Landon Jr., 68, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. Ray was born in Wilmington, a son of the late Raymond Leroy Landon Sr. and Anna Marie Ritter. Ray retired as a contractor, owning and operating Ray Landon Builders in Townsend. He served his country in the United States Army from April 1, 1969 to March 1, 1971. He served in the Army Reserves from March 2, 1971 to Dec. 5, 1973. He also served in Vietnam from 1969 until 1970. Ray earned many awards including: the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Metal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, a Purple Heart and Silver Star. He was a member of the Laurel American Legion Post #19, Seaford VFW, DAV, AMVETS (where he was past district commander), past commander for the State Military Order of the Purple Hearts, and treasurer of The 1st Italian M 5th Infantry Division Bobcats. Mr. Landon is survived by his wife, Peggy Anne Landon; a brother, William Ritter; children, Raymond L. Landon III and wife Becky, Debbie Price and husband Frank, Richard C. Landon, Leatha Orr and husband Marc, Cathy Morris, Jason Schwartz and wife Beverly, Amy Couthre and Dawn Cutlip; grandchildren, Elexa Landon, Pierce Landon, Christopher Landon, Matthew Landon, Garrett Landon, Elizabeth Landon, Sarah Price, Melissa Price, Alexander Schwartz, Megan Schwartz, Zachary Cutlip, Destiny Cutlip, Christopher Barrow, Clayton Cutlip, Johnathan Orr and Kenneth Orr and great-grandchildren, Kandyce Schwartz, Leila Schwartz and Laci Barrow. A funeral service will be held at noon on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at 2 p.m. in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. Contributions may be made to the 1st Italian M 5th Infantry Division Bobcats, 34094 Hitch Pond Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.


Katherine A. Hitchens -- Katherine A. Hitchens, 89, of Seaford, passed away at her home on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Katherine was a daughter of the late Harry and Nellie Wilson. Katherine had been employed by the DuPont Company in Seaford, she had also helped on her family farm with raising chickens and worked for Vlasic Pickle Company in Sharptown. She was an avid NASCAR fan, supporting Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Carl Edwards. Her love of traveling led her to see almost all of the United States, she also enjoyed her afternoon soap operas and Dancing with the Stars. Mrs. Hitchens is survived by her son, Gary Hitchens (Hettie) of Laurel; her caregiver and son, Steve Hitchens of Laurel; her daughter, Brenda Jester (Keith) of South Carolina; her brothers, John Wilson of Wilmington and Harry Wilson Jr. of Laurel and grandchildren, Nicole Johnson (Josiah), Brian Hitchens (Melinda) and Lisa Crianer (Richard). Six great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews also survive her. Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Hitchens in 1981 and a son, Larry Hitchens. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 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. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Connie L. Whaley -- Connie L. Whaley, 79, of Laurel, died on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.ᅠ She was born on March 22, 1935 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a daughter of the late Ezra and Evelyn Stapleton. Connie graduated from Reynoldsburg High School before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, where she would meet her future husband, Richard Dick F. Whaley. Upon their marriage she left the Air Force to raise her family. She loved to travel and enjoyed raising her children in the many places her husband was stationed. They moved back to Laurel in 1971. Family was a special part of her life and Christmas her favorite holiday; she has left lasting memories of family gatherings, festive decorations and home baked cookies. She loved going to auctions to search out that special Heisey collectible and was also an active member of the Laurel Garden Club for many years. Connie played the piano and had a beautiful singing voice. She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Richard Dick F. Whaley; three sons, Philip Whaley and his wife, Laura Springham of Chincoteague, Va., Mark Whaley and his wife, Sue of Laurel and Blair T. Whaley and his wife, Amy Lowe of Laurel; four grandchildren, Eric Whaley (wife, Carrie), Melissa Wright (husband, Chad), Patience Whaley and Chelsea Whaley; six great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Madelyn, Ryan, Sean, Kenniss and Bailey; a sister, Mary Jo Howard of Ohio; and a brother, Robert Stapleton (wife, Susan) of Ohio. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.ᅠ In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Barbieri. Services are private at the request of the family. Contributions may be made in her memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Laurel Fire Department, 205 W. 10th St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Everett Samuel Warrington -- Everett Samuel Warrington, 76, of Bridgeville, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at his home. ᅠ He was born in Bridgeville on May 15, 1938, son of the late Samuel I. and Cora (Seely) Warrington.ᅠ Mr. Warrington graduated from Bridgeville High School in 1956. Following graduation, he proudly served in the US National Guard. Mr. Warrington was an ambitious individual who, through many years of hard work, became a successful self-employed mechanical contractor. He owned and operated the business, Total Mechanical Contractor, in Bridgeville. Mr. Warringtons greatest joy in life was spending his spare time with his beloved family and friends. He also enjoyed traveling and camping, going to stock car races, singing and playing the piano. Mr. Warrington sang and played gospel music at various churches in the community. He will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Warrington was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Warrington and his son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Janice Warrington. ᅠ He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Catherine Warrington of Bridgeville; three granddaughters, Rebecca Warrington, Renee Parker and her husband Grant and Rhonda Calvanesa and her husband Mark, all of Bridgeville; a great-granddaughter, Kendall Calvanesa of Bridgeville; two sisters, Joyce Simpson of Newark and Janice Melson and her husband Richard of Wilmington; six nephews and their families and numerous cousins. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from noon to 1. Friends may also call on Monday, Nov. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow the funeral service on Tuesday at Bridgeville Cemetery, Market & Laws Streets, Bridgeville. Contributions may be made in Mr. Warringtons memory to Union United Methodist Church, 2 North Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933 or Parkinsons Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Ste. 1509, New York, NY 10018. Please visit Mr. Warringtons life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Gary M. Horseman Sr. -- Gary M. Horseman Sr., 80, of Delmar, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Feb. 25, 1934, a son of the late Woodrow Horseman and Edna Aline Collins Horseman. Gary was a self-employed contractor for over 50 years and, most recently, was the construction inspector for the Seaford School District.ᅠ He was an honorary member of the Delmar Fire Department and served with the fire police for six years. He served as past president for the Delmar Chamber of Commerce, Foreign Exchange Student Club and the Delmarva Carriage Club. He was a town council member, a member of the Antique Auto Club of the Eastern Shore Region and a charter member of the Mid-Atlantic Halflinger Association. He was a 40 year member of the Delmar Kiwanis and served as vice-president, president and lt. governor of the Capitol District Kiwanis. He was also a member of the roundtable at the Railroad Caf← in Delmar and could be found there many mornings solving the worlds problems. Gary was instrumental in developing Delmar Day in the Park and starting the Kiwanis food trailer. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and loved to make people smile. Gary is survived by a son, Steve Horseman of Mardela Springs, Md.; special daughter-in-law, Darlene Horseman of Delmar; two daughters, Dora Ellis of Delmar and Beth Mullinix (Vince) of Delmar; a stepdaughter, Melane Boltz (Barry) of Delmar; former wife, Sue Reszutek of Delmar; a sister, Judy Meyers; 10 grandchildren, Gary Horseman III, Angel Horseman, Nicky Jobes, Stacy Wolfe, April Biddle, Candi Ellis, John Ellis, Tom Ellis, Michael Mullinix and Kirsten Kervin; 23 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a special friend and companion, Holly Nelson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Corrina; a son, Gary Horseman Jr.; a daughter, Tina Marie Jobes and a grandson, Robert Horseman. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17 and 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Short Funeral Home, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Barbara Wilson will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. In memory of Mr. Horseman, contributions may be sent to the Delmar Kiwanis, PO Box 371, Delmar, DE 19940 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Donna Fay Conaway -- Donna Fay Conaway, 75, of Seaford, departed this earth on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was born on April 20, 1939 in Seaford, the firstborn daughter of the late Charles E. and Beverly R. Hill. Upon graduation from Seaford High School in 1957, she went on to attend Goldey Beacom College. She married Andrew Conaway Jr. in June 1959 and remained a devoted wife for 55 years. Donna was a longstanding member of St. Johns UMC in Seaford. She joined the church in 1967 and taught Sunday school and assisted with the food pantry. In addition, her volunteerism included working with the Meals on Wheels program and for many years she decorated and donated trees to the Delaware Hospice Festival of Trees to support those suffering from terminal illnesses. She was a Girl Scout leader and still referred to the girls as my Girl Scout when seeing them around town. Her hobbies included bowling, ceramics, crocheting and whatever craft project that appeared interesting. She was a member of TOPS for decades and enjoyed creating the club banners for their SRD and IRD. She participated in card club. She looked forward to the Sussex Guide coming out each week so she could plan her yard sale route on Saturday. One of her favorite pastimes was traveling. From planning family vacations when her children were young, taking the grandchildren to Walt Disney World, or yearly trips to Florida, cross country to California, Alaska or the Northeast with husband Andy, she was always ready to go. In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by her son, Craig A. Conaway; a sister, Sandra Hill and a brother, Barry Hill. She is survived by her husband, Andrew Andy Conaway Jr.; daughter and son-in-law, Sondra and L. Allen Messick, all of Seaford; three grandchildren, Robert Rob Bagwell III and Morgan Messick of Seaford and Jeremiah Conaway of Millsboro and daughter-in-law, Brenda Conaway of Millsboro. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the church of your choice or the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.


Eleanor Cummings Jarrell -- Eleanor Cummings Jarrell, 87, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at Seaford Genesis. She was the daughter of the late Nathan and Evelyn Walls. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford. Eleanor is survived by her sons, Bill Cummings and his wife Laura of Berlin, Md. and Bob Cummings and his wife Dorey of Seaford; a brother, George "Buddy" Walls of Denton, Md.; grandchildren, Marcie Hassett, Cathie Tyler, Kim Cummings, Kerri Cummings, Matt Terranova and Steve Terranova and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, William Cummings, James Proud and Fred Jarrell and her sister, Ann Walls. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at St. John's United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Revs. Richard Evans and Barbara Wilson will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Contributions may be made in Eleanor's honor to St. John's United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Sanh Phuoc Nhan -- Sanh Phuoc Nhan, 85, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, surrounded by his family. Born in Vinh Xuan Phuc Kien, China, he was the son of the late Loi Nhan and Nhi Hang. He is survived by his wife, Dao Lien Diep; his sons, Chanh Nhan, Loan Nhan and Cllong Nhan; his daughters, Anh Tu Nhan, Anh My Nhan, Hoa My Nhan, Xuan My Nhan, Le My Nhan and An Nguyet Ihich Nu and grandchildren, Tony Huy Nhan, Phuong Nhan, Brenda Nhan, Veronica Nhan, James Nhan, Terry Nhan, Dat Nhan, Thanh Nhan, Nhu Quynh Do and Lisa Thanh Pham. A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. A second viewing will be held immediately after the funeral service until 5 p.m. Burial will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at National Memorial Cemetery, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042. The family would like to thank all the nurses, doctors, caregivers and hospital staff at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and Vitas Hospice for their thoughtful consideration and wonderful care during Sanh Nhan's illness. They would like contributions to be made in lieu of flowers to Nanticoke Health Services, 801 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973, or Vitas Hospice, 20103 Professional Park Blvd., South Building, Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


James J. Smith -- James J. Smith, 96, of Seaford, died on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. James was a retired truck driver for the Teamsters Union. He was a veteran of WWII. He played the accordion with the Grandpa Jammers in Seaford. His wife of 71 years, Anna M. Smith, died in 2011. He is survived by two sons, Joseph Smith and Robert Smith, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford, where friends may call from 10:30 to 11. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Connie P. Keene -- Connie P. Keene, 71, of Seaford, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the Milford Hospice Center. Connie was the daughter of Raeford Payne and Marguerite Morgan Warren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather Paris R. Warren and Richard Warren, 2003. Connie retired from the DuPont plant in Seaford. She was a member of many organizations and clubs - Bird Club, Card Club, Nanticoke Senior Center, SPCA - to name a few. Connie was also secretary for the 25 Year Club. Connie is survived by two daughters, Christina M. Evans and her husband Glenn of Laurel and Cynthia Bolan of Seaford. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Matthew Pitts of Knoxville, Tenn., Stephen Pitts of Savannah, Ga., Jessica Pitts Johnson of Chesapeake, Va., Andrew Hungerford of Dover, Heather Evans of Laurel, Joshua Evans of Laurel and Zachary Evans of Laurel and five great-grandchildren, Dylan Pitts, Logan Pitts, Lilly Johnson, Peyton Johnson and Bryanna Evans. A celebration of life memorial service was held on June 20, at Sussex Pines Country Club. We ask that in Connie's memory donations be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. The family would like to acknowledge and express our deepest gratitude to all of Connie's extended family, better known as her wide circle of friends, both new and vested. We can only hope that all of you know how much we appreciate your help, support, love, faith and prayers. She left behind the greatest legacy of all - family. We love you forever Mom, Mom-Mom, Grammy, GG.


Alton Cordrey -- Alton Cordrey, 88, of Delmar, went peacefully to be with the Lord while surrounded by, and in the loving care of his family, on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. He was born on Jan. 13, 1926, to the late Harry J. and Lida Ward Cordrey in Gumboro. Mr. Cordrey served in the US Navy, was a World War II veteran, and while on leave he returned home to marry his sweetheart, Lena Baker. Together they raised four children. Lena preceded him in death in 2002. Through that time, Alton worked as a roofer, poultry inspector with the USDA at Townsends, and finally as a courier at several banks ending with Brooks Courier Service. He loved baseball, coin collecting, fishing and especially loved gardening. He was a NASCAR fan of Jeff Gordon and Bobby Allison. He is survived by his four children: Jo Ann Rickards and husband Jim of Wetumpka, Ala., Phyllis Carmine and husband Richard of Laurel, Judy Jenkins and husband Philip of Delmar and Barbara Sullivan and husband George of Laurel, along with his siblings: Ruth Conaway, Gladys Baker, Bernice Ward, Dorothy Carmine and husband Bobby, Carol Moorehead and husband Richard, Bobby Cordrey and wife Nancy and Shirley Gray. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Terri Scheiring and husband Jeff, Traci White and husband Tom, Jimmy Rickards and wife Jeannine, Rick Carmine and wife Susan, Eddie Carmine, Tania Jenkins, John Jenkins, Mark Jenkins, Kevin Sullivan and wife Nichole and Brian Sullivan and wife Megan; 13 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by siblings, Bill Cordrey and Leon Cordrey and special friend, Earl Conaway. A funeral service and celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call two hours prior. Interment will follow in Millsboro Cemetery. Flowers are welcomed, or for those desiring to make a memorial contribution, the family suggests Line United Methodist Church or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriot Way, Milford, DE 19963. Send condolences online at www.watsonfh.com.


Terrance Mark Wingate -- Terrance Mark Wingate, 57, of Laurel, passed away at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Mark, as he was known by his family, was born in Seaford, the son of the late Vernon Wingate and Alma Musser of Seaford. Mark retired from DuPont in Seaford as a machinist with 18 years of service. He enjoyed fishing and being with his family. Mr. Wingate is survived by his mother, Alma Musser of Seaford and a sister, Deborah Collins. Several nieces and nephews and extended family members also survive him. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. The Rev. Dave Kiser will officiate. Contributions may be made to the SPCA, 22918 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947 or a charity of your choice. Online condolences can be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Earl Dingle Hudson -- Earl Dingle Hudson, 85, of Delmar, died on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at his home in Delmar. He was born on April 8, 1929 in Frankford, a son of the late Charles L. Hudson and Sarah Edna (Dingle) Hudson. Earl worked as a power service supervisor at DuPont in Seaford and retired after 35 years of service. He also loved working on his farm as a poultry producer since 1977, a job he called his hobby. Earls passions were his church, his family and his cows. For 65 years he was an active member of the Laurel Church of Christ, where he served as Elder and Deacon of Benevolence for many years, and had a true servants heart for helping the less fortunate. Serving his community was important to Earl as he was a life member of the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department, past mayor of Delmar, and in his earlier days served on the Delmar town council. He will be remembered by many for his kindness to others, his wonderful sense of humor and his ability to make those around him smile. He was extremely proud of his family: wife of 64 years, Faye Brumbley Hudson; three children, David L. Hudson (Norma) of Delmar, Virginia Ginger Hudson Trader (Brandon) of Salisbury and Mark A. Hudson (Melody) of Delmar; 6 grandchildren, Troy L. Foxwell (Carolynn), David L. Hudson, II (Lauren), Daniel Hudson, Christopher Hudson (Megan), Paul Hudson and Chelsea Hudson; two great grandchildren, Annabelle and Harper; a brother, Norris Nippy T. Hudson (Jean) of Laurel; a sister, Hope P. Huey (Gene) of Bridgeville; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Julian E. Hudson, Manford L. Hudson, Alan M. Hudson and Darwin A. Hudson and two sisters, Hilda Tushia and Vera S. Hearn. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at Laurel Church of Christ, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 to 2. Wayne Mathis, Ian Drucker and Josh Lifford will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Earls memory to Laurel Church of Christ, c/o Benevolent Fund, 1010 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Neil D. Ruark -- Neil D. Ruark, 83, of Laurel, died on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Neil was a pipe fitter for Local #782 in Seaford for 30 years. He loved country music and was a waterman at one time in his life. He is survived by his companion of 40 years, Martha Haddaway; two sons, Bobby Ruark and Robin Ruark (Karen); a daughter, Tammy Papp (Brian); two sisters, Sandra Massey and Brenda Ruark and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Thursday evening from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Carol Ann Good -- Carol Ann Good, 73, died on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in the presence of her husband, sons and grandchildren at PRMC in Salisbury, Md. She was born on Aug. 22, 1941 to Frank and Catherine Hewison of Dayton, Ohio. Carol was the third sibling of nine children. She is survived by three brothers, Al, Frank and Joe Hewison and two sisters, Becky and Martha Hewison. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and three siblings, Paul Michael Hewison, Patty Jo Roher and Connie Rittenhouse. Carol married Phil Good on May 12, 1990, and they enjoyed 24 loved and cherished years. They resided together in Hebron, Md. Carol was retired, while Phil is employed by R.D. Grier & Son's of Salisbury, operating the Door & Hardware Division. In December of 1959, Carol married John L. Rittenhouse and later gave birth to her three sons. At her father's passing in 1963, they would add her two sisters, Martha and Becky, and her 2-year-old brother Joe to the family; effectively raising four boys and two teen girls. Throughout the '70s, Carol could be heard singing "The Lighthouse" and many other songs in ministry with The Rittenhouse Family. Carol's sons - John Rittenhouse of Seaford, Joe Hewison of Frederick, Md., Mike Rittenhouse of Delmar and Keith Rittenhouse of Salisbury, were part of the music ministry and survive their loving mother. Carol had two passions in her life, her family and her faith. Besides her siblings and children, she loved to spend time with her 12 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. She was "Mom-Mom Christmas," and knew how to make every celebration special, blessed and unique. All will miss her at the annual family Christmas Eve Celebration. While spending many years in music and teaching ministry in her younger years, Carol enjoyed the last decade worshipping at her son Mike's church "3-C USA" in Delmar. Carol also spent a large portion of her professional life in restaurant management. After a successful career with Denny's Restaurants, she spent the last decade prior to retirement working in management with her oldest son John at Golden Corral in Seaford. An evening viewing will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 7 to 8, at 3-C USA Worship Center, 38238 Old Stage Rd., Delmar. Services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 3-C USA Worship Center at 11 a.m. for an open viewing and noon for the celebration service. Interment will follow at Spring Hill Memory Gardens in Hebron. Relatives and friends are welcome at 3-C Church at 3 p.m. to enjoy refreshments and a time of visitation. Thanks to Holloway Funeral Home of Salisbury for their excellent help and support. A very special thank to Dr. Yashvir S. Sangwan and the entire PRMC ICU team. Your tender care, passion and battle for Carol was a blessing.


Thomas G. Young -- Thomas G. Young, fondly known as Tommy, 90, of Laurel, died on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on Aug. 24, 1924 in Onancock, Va., a son of the late Jesse and Minnie Young. Tommy graduated from Delmar High School in 1942 and has been one of the biggest fans and supporters of the DHS football team and all sports programs ever since. Following graduation he attended Salisbury Teachers College. He retired in 1984 after many years of service as a social worker for Delaware Health and Human Services in Georgetown. He was a gifted writer, and combined with his love for sports, worked as a sports columnist for many years for the old Bi-State Weekly, the Salisbury Times and the Seaford & Laurel Star. Tommy was always very active in the community and served as past president of the Delmar Kiwanis, lt. governor of the Capitol District of Kiwanis International and was a member of Salisbury Elks Lodge 817 and the Salisbury Moose Lodge. He was also a vital member of the roundtable group at the Railroad Cafe in Delmar. Tommys love of sports started at an early age and baseball was his first love. Several years ago he was proudly inducted into the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame where he also served on the board of directors. After his playing days, he became one of the first coaches in the Delmar Little League. In his younger days he enjoyed officiating youth football and baseball games. He was a lifetime, avid fan of the San Francisco Giants and stuck with them through the good times and bad. Golf was a favorite pastime for Tommy and he enjoyed competing in MSGA events for many years. His other love was his family and he was a proud husband, father and grandfather. As his children and grandchildren began playing sports through little league and high school, he never missed a game. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Diana L. Young; daughters, Susan (Johnny) Layton of Delmar and Margot (Alex) Lynch of Laurel; a son, Thomas Young Jr. of Clermont, Fla.; grandsons, Jonathan (Crystal) Layton of Delmar, Brock (Daisy) Layton of Delmar and Lucas (Lisa) Lynch of Mardela Springs; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Christian, Zachary and Somer Layton, Bashia and Ethan Layton and Casey R. Lynch; a sister, Martha Gertrude Gibson of Freemont, Calif.; and brothers-in-law, Ronald (Cindy) LaPorte of Bridgeville and Bruce (Maureen) LaPorte of Wilmington. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Casey Alex Lynch; a sister, Ruth Schrier; a half-brother, Jesse Young Jr. and a half-sister, Agnes Moore. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where a visitation will be held from 10 to 11. The Rev. Barbara Wilson will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Contributions may be made in his memory to Delmar Kiwanis, PO Box 371, Delmar, DE 19940 or the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame Foundation, PO Box 2071, 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.


Ernest J. Davis -- Ernest J. Davis, 77, died on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at his Laurel home with his family by his side. Ernie was born on Oct. 15, 1937, in Trenton, N.J., to Marie Davis. In 1956, Ernie graduated from St. James High School. He enlisted in the US Navy that same year and served as a machinist mate until being honorably discharged in 1962. Ernie was a proud member of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Union for 49 years with 30 years employed at Honeywell as a service tech. Ernie was an active member of our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was known by his brothers for his dedication to the Knights of Columbus. He was a past grand knight of Council 4075 and also held numerous officer positions within the council and the 4th Degree Assembly 2413 in Georgetown. This leadership and support includes that of the Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree Assembly 2413. Ernie was also a dedicated member of the 4th Degree Color Corp and was very active responding to "The Call" for many years. In this capacity, he spent numerous hours leading his fellow Knights and giving of himself without hesitation even when he was not well. Ernie is survived by his wife of 52 years, Martha; brother, George Brandt; children, Cindy Davis and Jeff Kauffman, Sharon and Ernie Jr.; two grandchildren, Alex and Derek; many nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 512 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o Our Lady of Lourdes Church, PO Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973.


Harry 'Richard' Brumbley -- Harry Richard Brumbley, 79, of Delmar, passed away on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Richard was born in Delmar, a son of the late Harry and Pearl Brumbley. Richard graduated from Delmar High School and after graduation he enlisted in the National Guard. He was a lifelong grain farmer and produce farmer. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Brumbley is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth Ann Brumbley; his sons, Martin Brumbley and his companion Linda of Middletown and Todd Brumbley of Delmar; a daughter, Gail Hicks and her husband Lenny of Delmar; a sister, Faye Hudson of Delmar; grandchildren, Matthew and Brad Brumbley and two great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. A funeral service will be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Dale Evans will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Mr. Brumbleys memory to St. Pauls UM Church, 32827 Old Stage Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences can be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Ruth Kathryn Abel -- Ruth Kathryn Abel, 90, of Bridgeville, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at Anna Mae Paradis Assisted Living in Lincoln. She was born in San Francisco, Calif. on Sept. 5, 1924, a daughter of the late Edward and Kathryn (Wimsey) Singer. Mrs. Abel enjoyed traveling to new destinations, camping with her family and going to the beach. She was a very creative individual who was a talented seamstress and designed folk art. She was an avid reader, loved swimming and spending time with her grandchildren working on arts and crafts. Mrs. Abel is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Robert J. Abel of Bridgeville; three daughters: Mary Meissner of Rochester, N.Y., Teresa Kress of Linthicum, Md. and Kathy Acosta of Baltimore, Md.; a son, Tim Abel of Appleton, Wis.; seven grandchildren: Sarah and Anthony Grago of Baltimore, Claire, Olivia and Anna Abel of Appleton, Carlos and Marco Acosta of Baltimore; and her beloved canine friend, Punkin. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Abel's memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Visit Mrs. Abel's life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Judith Ann Waring -- Judith Ann Waring (nee Dennis), 75, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, with family and friends by her side. She was born on Oct. 25, 1938, to the late Reese and Esther Dennis of Reliance, Md. Judy was preceded in death by the love of her life, her late husband, Frank H. Waring. Judy graduated Seaford High School in 1956 and attended East Carolina University. She subsequently worked as a bookkeeper and resident manager of College Lane Apartments. In 1989, she became the bookkeeper for the law firm of Banks, Nason, and Hickson from which she retired in 2007. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star of Maryland and Bethesda United Methodist Church, Salisbury. Judy is survived by her son, David Blackwell, his wife Cindy Blackwell and grandson Jack Blackwell; two siblings and their spouses, Mary Jo and John Williams and Mark and Mary Helen Dennis; three nieces, two nephews and their families. She is also survived by her late husband's children, Dee and Scott Brewer and John and Line' Dionne Waring; three grandchildren; Lisa Willardson, Eric Brewer and Amy Brewer and three great-grandchildren, Joel and Jared Willardson and Miles Brewer and their families. Judy leaves behind many dear and wonderful friends who supported her through many trying times. A special thanks to her close and dear friend and cousin, Penny Bradford for all of her support. A memorial service will be held at her childhood church, Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Cokesbury Road, Reliance, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, followed by interment at Cokesbury Cemetery in Reliance. Family will welcome at 1 p.m. A celebration of Judy's life follows the services at the church's Community Center adjacent to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Coastal Hospice (PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802) or coastalhospice.thankyou4caring.org/DonateNow.


Eleanor Lee Thompson -- Eleanor Lee Thompson, 87, died on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at home. She had a full and fruitful life. She was born in Laurel on Dec. 9, 1926. She was raised in Laurel and graduated with special honors from Laurel High School. Receiving a scholarship in mathematics to Hood College, she chose instead to enter The Delaware Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington where she received her RN in 1948. In May of that same year she was married to Joseph Tunnell Thompson of Lewes. After a short residence in Rehoboth Beach the newlyweds moved to Wilmington. Lee served as a floor nurse at Beebe Hospital before her move to Wilmington where she was a nurse for some years at The Delaware Hospital. In 1951, she gave birth to the first of her three children. She is survived by them all: Bradford George Thompson of Georgetown, William Edward Thompson of Tucson, Ariz. and Joseph Tunnell Thompson of Milton. She is also survived by her three grandchildren: Beth Ellen Lineberry of Newark, Joshua Tunnell Thompson of Milford and Matthew Neville Thompson of Wrightstown, N.J. and by two great-grandchildren: Alexandra Dawn Lineberry and George Owen Thompson. In 1980, Lee returned to Sussex County to be in closer proximity to her aging parents and brother. On Easter weekend of 1981, she opened the doors to a new enterprise, a retail wicker shop in downtown Rehoboth Beach, The Wicker Garden. By 1986, the business had grown well and was moved to the highway at the intersection of Rt. One and Airport Road. The business was eventually renamed The Wicker Village, and remained viable until 2004. In her retirement, Lee became an avid bridge player. She also found herself with yet a fourth career as she took over full management of her and her husbands common family real estate concerns. Lee was an active member of the Rehoboth Beach Village Improvement Association and she served as its president for a term. For all the years of her life, Lee was a loyal and trusted friend to many. She was a dedicated and loving daughter, sister and wife, mother, aunt and grandmother. Her memory will long be honored. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Lewes Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 133 Kings Hwy., Lewes. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Thompsons memory to KSI Industries, Inc., 301 North Rehoboth Blvd., Milford, DE 19963 or visit their website at www.ksiinc.org. Please visit Mrs. Thompsons Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Sergeant Major Thomas O. Merritt -- Sergeant Major Thomas O. Merritt, US Army Ret., 83, of Westbury, N.Y., passed away on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. He was born in Seaford on Feb. 25, 1931, to Asa C. Merritt and Mabel G. Merritt. Tom was a 30-year Army veteran who served in Korea and Vietnam during times of conflict and also a 10-year New York State employee as superintendent of the Kingsbridge, Freeport and MacArthur armories. Tom was a regular at GF Auto Repair in East Meadow, N.Y.; a heartfelt thanks to Rich Cambi. Tom was the last surviving brother of George Merritt, 1972; Asa Merritt, 2003; Albert Merritt, 2014; Paul Merritt, 2012 and James Merritt, 1961. He is survived by son, Michael T. Merritt, daughter-in-law Kim M. Merritt and grandson Andrew M. Merritt of Germantown, Md.; son, Gary Merritt of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. and daughter, Karen Merritt of Hinesville, Ga. He is also survived by his cousin, Judy Outten and many nieces and nephews.


Mollie J. Collins -- Mollie J. Collins, 90, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Delmar, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Stella Gordy Phillips. Mollie was retired from Safeway as a meat wrapper. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and was formerly active in her church circle and helping with Vacation Bible School. Mollie was a former member of the Eastern Star and will be remembered for her love of playing Pinochle with her card club. Mollie is survived by her children, Trudy Stevens and her husband