Obituaries

07/23/18

Philip J. Comba -- Philip J. Comba, 93, of Delmar, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, July 20, 2018, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. He was born on April 29, 1925 in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Philip J. Comba Sr. and Mabel Cooper Comba. Phil proudly served his country in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II, including participating in the Murmansk Run. He married his sweetheart, Mary Castellanos in 1945, after returning from the war. In 1947, they moved to Delmar and loved being a part of the community. He was a longtime member of Holy Redeemer Church in Delmar where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and an usher and unselfishly helped arrange many bereavement dinners for members and their families. Phil spent 35 years working as an insulator at the DuPont factory in Seaford. He also worked for many years at the Bank of Delmarva doing maintenance and later as a courier, a job he truly loved. Phil was a true people person and never met a stranger. He will be remembered for his infectious smile and wonderful sense of humor. He lived for baseball season and was a faithful Brooklyn Dodgers fan, an avid reader and a collector of stamps, liquor pitchers and pub jugs. He was also a fanatic fan of NCIS and Blue Bloods and loved Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. In addition to these shows, Phil kept his mind sharp by doing crossword puzzles and Jumble. He is survived by his children, Kathy Hastings and her husband Kenneth of Laurel, Diane Petrey and her husband Len of Forest Hill, Md., Barbara Svoboda and her husband Ron of Bel Air, Md. and Philip J. Comba Jr. and his companion Lorraine Delisle of Dagsboro; grandchildren, Jennifer Boes (Doug), Colleen Reed (Glenn), Jason K. Hastings (Melissa), Kelly Mosher (Dean), Scott Petrey (Kelly), Chad Petrey (Tarah), Anna Saunders and Nichole Comba; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Comba; a sister, Betty Oriole; a brother-in-law, James Castellanos; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Castellanos Comba; a brother, Garrett Comba; an infant sister, Barbara Comba; and his longtime friend, Herb Murphy. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at Holy Redeemer Church in Delmar. Following mass, a fellowship meal will be held at the church hall. Interment with military honors will follow at Delaware Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Millsboro. Contributions may be made in his memory to Holy Redeemer Church, PO Box 31, Delmar, DE 19940 or Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Donald Leroy Short -- Donald Leroy Short, 82, of Milford, passed away to the Lord on Friday, July 13, 2018, at Delaware Hospice in Milford surrounded by his loved ones. Donald was born on Dec. 31, 1935 in Milford, a son of the late Sara Elizabeth Wright Short and Oscar Leroy Short. After graduating from Milford High School, he graduated from Goldey Beacom College, and continued his education at Widener University and University of Pennsylvania. After finishing college, he worked in public accounting firms for many years and then moved to Seaford to work at Jones, Jefferson and Urion. He then became comptroller of Messick and Gray/Power Trans. His dream was to have his own tax business, so he left Power Trans and opened Jackson Hewitt Tax Services in Easton, Seaford and Millsboro and, later, Atwork Personnel Services. He loved tax accounting and acquired many faithful clients and friends through the years. He served on the vestry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and served as treasurer on the board at Seaford Golf & Country Club. He loved playing golf with his golf buddies that were friends for years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be truly missed. He leaves behind his loved ones: his wife of 62 years, Suzanne Shreve Short; daughters, Susan Denise Lawton (George) and Deanne Beth Fonda (Carl); grandchildren, Brandi Lawton, Zachary Lawton (Faith), Jennifer Fonda and Abigail Fonda; great-grandchildren, Serenity Lawton, Kylie Doughty, Hunter Lawton and Elijah Daub; brother, Dwight Short (Joan); sister, Eileen McGrath (Ed); nephews, Michael Short and Jesse Perry; niece, Cindy Vincent; and sister and brother-in-law, Gerald and Margaret Perry. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 202 North St., Seaford, where visitation will be held from 10 to 11. Burial will follow in the church cemetery followed by a reception in the parish house. Services are in care of Cranston Funeral Home. Donations may be sent to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 202 North St., Seaford, or Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Jason Scott Larson -- Jason Scott Larson, 15, of Laurel, entered the Lord’s embrace on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. He was born on Dec. 12, 2002 in Salisbury, Md., a son of Douglas and Hope (Messick) Larson. Jason attended Laurel High School and would have been entering his sophomore year this fall. He was an active covenant member of Laurel Wesleyan Church. Jason had a sweet soul and loved the Lord with all of his heart. He was a compassionate and sensitive young man and a wonderful friend to all. He loved to go for bike rides and just hang out with his friends. He was becoming a talented artist, with aspirations of one day designing and/or working on cars. He will always be remembered for his infectious smile and sense of humor. He held a special place in his heart for his family and friends, especially his older brother, Jacob and younger sister, Holly. He is also survived by his Uncle Joe Messick (Angel); Aunt Denise Haglund (John); his grandparents, Joe and Phyllis Messick; and cousins, Brianna, Trey, Alyssa, Erika and Tory. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Leone and Dennis Larson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Laurel Wesleyan Church, 30186 Seaford Rd., Laurel, where visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 11. Pastor Scott Conn will officiate. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made in his memory to Nemours A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital at www.nemours.org or Children’s National Medical Center by visiting giving.childrensnational.org.


Mary Ann Milligan -- Mary Ann Milligan, 81, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at her home. She was born in Bridgeville on July 15, 1937, daughter of the late Lewis and Anna Grace Trivits. Ms. Milligan was an avid Orioles fan. She was a talented athlete, spending many of her younger years playing softball. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting in her spare time as well. More than anything, however, she cherished moments spent with her beloved family, especially her grandchildren. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and friend, and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Ms. Milligan is survived by her son, Scott B. Milligan and his wife Mary-Ann of Easton, Md.; her daughter, Traci A. Millligan of Seaford; her grandson, Bradley A. Milligan of Edinboro, Pa.; and her granddaughter, Kaitlyn A. Milligan of Easton. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, 514 3rd St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101, or www.stjude.org. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a member of the Parsell Funeral Family. Please visit Ms. Milligan’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Jean P. Hurlock -- Jean P. Hurlock, 86, of Sharptown, Md., passed away at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md., on Sunday, July 15, 2018. Jean was born in Philadelphia, Pa., a daughter of the late James Kelly and Ruth Kelly Quillen, and stepdaughter of the late G. Preston Quillen of Berlin Md. Jean attended Catholic school in Philadelphia and moved with her mother and siblings to the Berlin area when she was 17. She was married to Walter J. Dennis and had one son, Michael D. Dennis, to whom she was devoted. She worked at various jobs in the Berlin-Ocean City area. Later, Jean was married to David Hurlock and they moved to Seaford where she worked at Peebles department store for 11 years as a salesperson. Her Catholic faith was very important to her and she and David attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford. She loved music, singing and dancing and attended the “Happy Timers” group in Wicomico County as often as she could. She also was an avid Shorebirds baseball fan and enjoyed needlepoint and sewing. She is survived by two sisters, Patricia Burbage and Ruth Hastings and her husband Carroll, all of Salisbury; and numerous nieces and nephews who fondly remember their “Aunt Jean.” In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph J. Kelly in 1991 and James F. Kelly in 2006; her husband, David Hurlock in 2012; and her only child and devoted son, Michael D. Dennis in 2015. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church, 535 Riverside Dr., Salisbury, at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 20, with a visitation/viewing one hour before the service. A luncheon will immediately follow in the church hall. Interment will be held in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Seaford at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Coastal Hospice at the Lake, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Sandra Ann Long -- Sandra Ann Long, 74, of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 13, 2018, surrounded by her loving family after a 43 year battle with MS. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa. (before moving to Dagsboro) to the late George E. II, and Mildred Mae Fisher Long on Oct. 20, 1943. She raised two children. She was a retired hairdresser, working many years at Stockley Center and was a volunteer coordinator for several years at the Christian Storehouse. She loved to make everyone happy and her hobbies included bird watching, sharing stories and watching TV. Her favorite re-runs were Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons. She somehow could decode her TV remotes, baffling her family. She cherished every moment she could be with family. She loved classic cars with loud exhaust pipes. Sandra loved all animals, especially her beloved dog “Oliver” and cat, “Precious.” She is survived by two children, Charles Wilkerson and wife Tracey of Laurel and Amy Littleton, also of Laurel. She is also survived by one brother, George E. “Sonny” Long III and his wife Debbie; six grandchildren, Michelle Elizabeth Mousa and her husband Sam, Charley Marie Malone and her husband George, Patrick Lee Littleton, Charles Lee Wilkerson III “C.J.,” Amanda Brooke Whaley and Timothy Scott Causey; two great-grandchildren, Anisa Mousa and Ibrahim Mousa; several special friends, Karen, Sara Beth, Patty and Henry, Paula, Janet, Connie, Stella and Marion; many other friends and extended family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Amy Long. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, where friends may call one hour before the service for visitation with the family. Interment will follow at Redmen’s Cemetery, Selbyville. Flowers are welcome or the family suggests memorial contributions to the Christian Storehouse, PO Box 239, Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.


George S. Fensick -- George S. Fensick, 80, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018. George owned and operated G.S. Fensick Trucking. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. George was born in Nanticoke, Pa., the son of the late Mary Fensick and George Smith. His wife of 43 years, Patricia McGee Fensick, died in 2001. He is survived by two sons, Gregory Reed (Donna) and Ronald Fensick (Lisa); grandchildren, Tara Ritchie (Kevin), Heather Peterson (Eric), Gregory Reed Jr. (Amy), Ronald Fensick II (Crystal), Scott Thomas-Fensick (Courtney) and Jenna Elliott-Fensick; great-grandchildren, Kassie Carey, Maddie Carey, Nathan Fensick, Paisley Peterson, Jase Reed and Piper Thomas; a sister-in-law, Sharon Tully (Mike); and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Blades Volunteer Fire Co, 200 E. 5th St., Blades, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


George S. Fensick -- George S. Fensick, 80, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018. George owned and operated G.S. Fensick Trucking. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. George was born in Nanticoke, Pa., the son of the late Mary Fensick and George Smith. His wife of 43 years, Patricia McGee Fensick, died in 2001. He is survived by two sons, Gregory Reed (Donna) and Ronald Fensick (Lisa); grandchildren, Tara Ritchie (Kevin), Heather Peterson (Eric), Gregory Reed Jr. (Amy), Ronald Fensick II (Crystal), Scott Thomas-Fensick (Courtney) and Jenna Elliott-Fensick; great-grandchildren, Kassie Carey, Maddie Carey, Nathan Fensick, Paisley Peterson, Jase Reed and Piper Thomas; a sister-in-law, Sharon Tully (Mike); and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Blades Volunteer Fire Co, 200 E. 5th St., Blades, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Joan Culver Williams Hart -- Joan Culver Williams Hart, 81, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital after battling a myriad of health issues in recent years. Joan left this world surrounded by dear friends and family at her side, including her devoted husband Wayne and daughter Julie, safe in the knowledge she was loved. Joan touched the lives of many in the community. She was a lifelong Sussex County native from Delmar and Laurel with four brothers and one sister. Joan was the daughter of Madelyn and Arba Culver, Arba being of Nanticoke Indian descent. She graduated from Laurel High School in 1955 and attended Goldey-Beacom College through 1956. Joan married James “Jimmy” Williams in 1958 who died tragically on May 17, 1975. The shock of this tragedy brought on a stroke in Joan’s mother causing her death shortly thereafter. Despite living through the trauma of losing her husband and mother in the same week, Joan forged on and inspired others with her laughter and good cheer. In 1978, Joan married Wallace Wayne Hart. Joan and Wayne built a fulfilling life together over 40 years. Joan was well known throughout the region for her extraordinary cooking, piano playing, and fantastic sense of humor. She served as organist, pianist, and choir director for many area Methodist churches over the decades including Cannon, Portsville, Concord, Wesley, and Blades where she played her last service just one year ago before retiring. Joan worked for Sussex Trust Bank, Manlove Automotive, Delaware Electric Cooperative, Wilmington College at Delaware Technical and Community College, among other institutions. Always the entrepreneur, Joan also ran a baking business for 20 years. “Cakes from the Hart” brought smiles to more than a thousand people through her delectables including cakes, cookies, and pies. Customers from far and wide dubbed Joan’s creations the most delicious and moist baked goods on the Delmarva Peninsula. Joan was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers: William Robert (Bobby), Richard Lee (Dickie), Albert Staten, and Alan Phillip. Joan is survived by her daughter, Julie; husband, Wayne; and her sister, Bonnie. Known as the Culver matriarch “Aunt Joan,” she consistently brought the family together over many decades with frequent parties complete with music, pageantry, and theater, all in esprit de corps with her treasured brothers and sister. Joan will be missed by her many nieces and nephews and valued friends. Her name said it all - she was all heart. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, at Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, where friends may visit from 10 to 11. Interment will follow services at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. Flowers for the memorial service may be sent to Atlanta Road Alliance Church to the address listed above, or donations may be made to Gideons International, www.gideons.org. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Please visit Mrs. Hart’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Lt. Col Granville Edward Hearn Jr. -- Lt. Col Granville Edward Hearn Jr. USAR, 100, of Charlotte, N.C., was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Granville was born on July 9, 1918 and had just celebrated his 100th birthday. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Pearl Shaw Hearn on April 12, 2018. They were happily married for 77 years. Granville was a long-time member of Myers Park United Methodist Church and active in the fellowship Sunday school class for over 50 years. Granville served proudly in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was stationed in Germany and had the opportunity to serve as a witness in the Nuremburg War Crimes Trial in 1946. Granville spent 28 years in the U.S. Army and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. His career in the financial services industry spanned over 50 years before his retirement at the age of 95. He valued the trust of his clients and always enjoyed the opportunity to be of service to them. His passions later in life became golf and fellowship with friends at Providence Country Club. He achieved the goal of two holes-in-one, his last one occurring at the age of 97. Granville’s love for his family is what he will be remembered for most. Granville was also preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy, and son-in-law, David Michael Cline. He is survived by his children, Carol Kuester and her husband Faison, Patricia Cline and Granville E. Hearn III and his wife Katherine; grandchildren, Leah Wall, F. Shaw Kuester, Bryan Kuester and his wife Dianna, Eric Kuester and his wife Katie, Ashly Karper and her husband Matt, David Cline and his wife Andi, Adam Cline, Edward Hearn and Susan Hearn; and 11 great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, at Myers Park United Methodist Church. A reception will immediately follow in Jubilee Hall at the church. Burial will take place in Seaford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Community Care, 2275 India Hook Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29732. Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204. Online condolences may be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.


Nancy Green Cook Marsh -- Nancy Green Cook Marsh, 86, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Nancy graduated from Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa. in 1950 and Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. in 1954 with degrees in psychology and sociology. Nancy was a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church and the church choir since 1956. She was a three time past trustee, three time past president of the United Methodist Women, two time past member of the pastor-parish relations committee, past president of AAUW (American Association of University Women), and PEO charter member of Sisterhood Chapter J and past treasurer. She was past president of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and a 2017 Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Foundation Award recipient. Nancy’s husband, Elwood A. Cook Jr. died in 1992. She is survived by a son, David P. Cook; two daughters, Linda C. Vincent and Meg C. Cook; grandchildren, Ashley Vincent McTeer, James E. Cook, David P. Cook Jr., Mallory N. Lankford and Matthew E. Lankford; and two great-grandchildren, Aubrey McTeer and Edie Lankford. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, DE 19973 or Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Foundation, 801 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Robert L. Pellow -- Robert L. Pellow, 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Bob was born to Philip Pellow and Margaret Courtney on Oct. 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pa. Brother of Philip (deceased), Mary (deceased) and Margaret, Bob married Nancy Ginder on Jan. 26, 1957. He was father to Philip (deceased), Bob, Steve and wife Fran, Mike and wife Brenda, Lisa and husband Herb, and Kathy and husband George. He was grandfather to 13 and great-grandfather to eight. He was a graphic designer for 40 years. In his spare time, his hobbies included computer art, cooking, gardening, and classical music. Most of all, he loved spending time with family and friends, especially his honey bun, Nancy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nanticoke Cancer Care Center in Seaford. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Flossie Lee Hill -- Flossie Lee Hill, 83, of Salisbury transitioned to heaven on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. She was born May 25, 1935 in Finchville, Md., the daughter of the late Joshua and Edith Winder. Flossie was a certified nursing assistant in Georgetown. She was also a switchboard operator at the Holly Center in Salisbury and a customer service representative at K-Mart. She was a member of Salisbury Church of Christ. Flossie was known to her family as Mrs. Chancellor for her unique sense of style and her desire to look her best. She enjoyed making ceramics. At a young age she developed a passion for painting mountains, sunrises, and blue skies. Cherished memories will be shared by two sisters, Alice Miller of Seaford and Esther Brown of Upper Marlboro, Md. and a brother, Mark Winder of Seaford and six children: sons Gregory Stevenson of Dallas, N.C. and Willie Winder of Baltimore and daughters Barbara Whitney of Dover, Teresa Stevenson of Seaford, Vivian Morris of Temple Hills, Md., Minister Loretta Stevenson of Delmar, and Evangelist Wanda Williams of District Heights, Md. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver C. Hull; a daughter, Faith Ann Winder; three brothers, Joshua Winder, Jr., James Winder, and Leonard Winder; and two sisters, Anna Hammond and Helen Saulsbury. A celebration of life service was held on Saturday, June 23 at Bennie’s Smith’s Funeral Home in Salisbury.


Wayne Paul Toomey -- Wayne Paul Toomey, 70, of Laurel, passed away in the care of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. He was born in Lewes on March 18, 1948 to the late Oliver and Esther Short Toomey. Wayne was a retired poultry worker. He loved to go fishing and spend time with his grandkids. He loved to go hunting for just about anything, especially deer and rabbits. He enjoyed going for rides in the car. Most of all, he liked to spend time with his family. Wayne also loved his dog, “Roscoe,” and enjoyed talking to him while Roscoe was perched on his knee. Wayne is survived by his two children, Timothy Toomey, of Delmar, Del. and Melody A. Pettyjohn and her husband John of Laurel; two sisters, Erma Clark and husband Levin of Selbyville and Bonnie Rogers and husband Asher of Selbyville; two brothers, Charles Toomey of Delmar, Del. and Harvey “Joe-Pop” Toomey of Laurel; grandchildren, Josh Pettyjohn and his wife Shauna, Jason Pettyjohn and his wife Danielle and Hunter Toomey; and great-grandchildren, Gannon Pettyjohn, Ja’Von Snead and Jorden Snead. A funeral service and celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 16, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, where friends may call for viewing and visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow in Carey’s Cemetery in Millsboro. Pastors Barry Townsend and Mark Phillips will officiate. Flowers are welcome or the family suggests memorial contributions to Blackwater Fellowship Church, PO Box 549, Frankford, DE 19945. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.


John T. Koch -- John T. Koch, 87, of Laurel, passed away at his home on Sunday, July 8, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Goldsboro, Md., he was the son of the late Robert Koch and Marie Kauper Koch. John was retired from the E.I. DuPont Company as a laboratory technician. He was a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford. He enjoyed gardening, growing beautiful flowers and fishing. He loved dogs - especially his K-9 companion “Cujoe.” John grew Christmas trees and enjoyed selling them during the holiday season. He was known for his giving heart and he graciously blessed many families in need with a beautiful Christmas tree so they could enjoy a tree for the holiday season. He is survived by his daughter, Carol Cordrey and her husband David of Laurel and his grandchildren, Cami Workman and her husband Jason, Katie McCreary and her husband James, Ricky Bailey and his wife Hope, Dennis Johnson, and John Johnson and his wife April. He is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and several extended family members. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Henrietta Rose Koch; his daughter, Marian Vine; three great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Harry Koch and Margaret Emerson. A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, July 14, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Pastor David Nuss will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. The Koch family would like to thank John’s friends, especially Lou Everline, for helping with their Pop’s care over the last few years. They would also like to thank the staff at U.S. Renal, Prime Care, and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for the excellent care and loving kindness they showed to him over the years. Contributions may be made in Mr. Koch’s memory to Christ Lutheran Church, 315 Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Sylvia J. Walker -- Sylvia J. Walker, 81, of Lewes, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Her unfailing kindness and compassion will be missed by all who knew her. Sylvia was born in 1936, the first of three daughters born to the late William Allen “Skip” Hastings and Mary Jane Phillips Hastings of Seaford. Raised on Arch Street, she was active in both church and school. Sylvia played piano for the MYF at Mt. Olivet Church and sang in the high school choir. She somehow managed to be a varsity cheerleader for four years while also playing the baritone in the high school band, making football games a real challenge. Sylvia graduated in 1954 and attended Goldey-Beacom Business School the following year. In 1955, she married Sidney Walker and they began their family. While raising her children, Sylvia remained active in her community. She spent many happy Saturdays working with BSSP (Bible School for Special People) at Christ Lutheran Church, bringing music and prayer to handicapped children and adults. Sylvia was a school secretary in the Seaford School District for many years, retiring in 1998 when she took the opportunity to relocate to Rehoboth Beach. There she became a founding member of the Praise Team at Epworth Methodist Church, where she sang with great joy and often offered prayers and concerns. Above all, she was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She will be deeply and genuinely missed by all who knew her. In addition to her parents, Sylvia was preceded in death by her stepfather, Eugene James Miller; her beloved husband of 31 years, Sidney Walker; and her precious sister, Margaret H. Hastings. She is survived by her children, Dennis Walker (Terry) of Hebron, Md., Diana Irvine (Rich) of Seaford, and Glen Walker (Karen) of Falls Church, Va.; her grandchildren, Jenny Walker Bailey, Aaron Irvine, Trevor Irvine, Megan Walker Joseph, Shannon Irvine, and Amalie Wren Walker; her great-grandchildren, Quinn Bailey, Evie Bailey, and Jolie Joseph; her sister, Carole H. Carpenter of Milford; and her niece, nephews, and cousins. At Sylvia’s request, there will be no public services. The family will gather in remembrance at a later date. Please do not send flowers, but feel free to plant some in Sylvia’s memory. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Lewes. Please visit Sylvia’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Roslyn Ryan -- Roslyn Ryan, 80, passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018. Roslyn was born on Feb. 14, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio and relocated to Seaford in 1960. She received her undergraduate degree from Our Lady of Cincinnati College and graduate degrees from Salisbury University, University of Delaware and Wilmington College. Roslyn was a mathematics teacher at Seaford Senior High School where she was department chair, class advisor and yearbook advisor. She taught there for 22 years, retiring in 2000. She was recognized in 1989 as Seaford’s Teacher of the Year. Roslyn was very active in many things including the National and Delaware Councils of Teachers of Mathematics and Our Lady of Lourdes Church where she taught and coordinated the religious education program for 11 years and was very active in pastoral ministry. She was also a fixture at the information desk at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she volunteered over 15,000 hours, one of her proudest accomplishments. Her hobbies included anything involving her children, many road trips over the summer for numerous golf tournaments, swimming, baseball and scouting adventures. Her favorite hobby was tennis. She played as much as she could any time of the year. Roslyn was proudest of her children and grandchildren - they were her greatest accomplishments. She was the strongest person her family knew and was always there for them and everyone else. She is survived by her sons, Mark and wife Dawn and Mike and wife Brenda; daughter, Cathy and husband Jeff Johnson; her grandchildren, Adam and Jacob Ryan, Matthew, Nicholas and Emily Johnson; granddogs, Brooks and Casey, Peyton and Andi; and her brothers, Norb Rombach and Bill Rahill and wife Gladys. She is also survived by several nephews and many, many close friends who will miss her deeply. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Adele Rombach; her stepmother, Angela Rombach; and sister-in-law, Alice Rombach. A mass of Christian burial will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes in Seaford, at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 13, with visitation one hour before the start of mass.


Mark J. Givens -- Mark J. Givens, 57, of Laurel, passed away at Christiana Hospital on Friday, July 6, 2018. Mark was born in Seaford, a son of the late James Givens and Iris T. Givens of Laurel. Mark served in the Delaware National Guard. He worked for MeGee Plumbing and Heating as a service tech. His greatest passion was his membership with the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. He also served as a Delaware Fire policeman where he held memberships with the Sussex County Fire Police and the State of Delaware Fire Police. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. He enjoyed dirt track racing and his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Eric Givens. Mark is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sherrie Givens; his sons, Brandon Givens and Justin Givens, both of Laurel; a sister, Monica Whaley (Bryan) of Laurel; a nephew, Joseph Whaley; numerous other nieces and nephews; his grandchildren, Emma Passwaters, Khloe Givens and their mother Samantha Passwaters and Kylie Shaver, Maci Givens and their mother Faith Lewis; and many extended family members. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. A full fireman’s funeral will be held at the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department at noon on Thursday, July 12, where a viewing will be held two hours prior to the service. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Chaplin Jimmy Hoppa and Pastor Bill Nack will officiate.


Donald ‘Don’ K. Bailey -- Donald “Don” K. Bailey, 91, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Don was born on Christmas Day 1926 in Laurel, the son of the late Elbert C. Bailey Sr. and Lucinda A. Kinder Bailey. He was the last of four sons and he grew up in Laurel during the Great Depression. During high school, he worked at the Waller Theater during the great movie era as an usher, projectionist and assistant manager. At the age of 13, Don became very enthusiastic about the art of photography establishing his own darkroom for processing film. In high school he earned the nickname “Snap Shot.” He graduated from Laurel High in 1944 and 30 days later entered the U.S. Army. After training in Georgia and Texas he served in the Western Pacific during WWII and, after the war’s end, Hawaii. He attended St. Bonaventure College in western New York and later graduated from the National School of Photography in Washington DC. When a career in photography seemed less likely, he turned to DuPont where he spent the next 38 years as an operator, technician, supervisor and engineer at Seaford. It was at DuPont where he met his wife to be, Kathryn Flurer, from Princess Anne, Md. They married in April of 1952 and spent the next 58 years working, volunteering and traveling across America and most of the world to such places as Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Soviet Union and China. After retirement he continued to volunteer with Stream Watch, the host program at Seaford Middle School, osprey surveys on the Nanticoke and Broad Creek rivers, tours for AARP, Adopt A Highway and Delaware Hospice. He was a member of the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, and Nature Conservancy. He is survived by his daughter, Thelma White; grandchildren, Eric White, Robert Chadwick and Jennifer Hausman; great-grandchildren, Myles and Maura Chadwick and Ryan and Madison Hausman; and nephew, Craig Bailey. His wife Kay passed away in 2010. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Stein Highway, Seaford. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Joe Allen Harrold -- Joe Allen Harrold, 74, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Joe was born in Bridgeville, the son of the late Lloyd Marshall Harold and Rhoda Harrold. He was a self-employed contractor. Joe was a great family provider and loved to travel the country. He also loved remote controlled model planes, cars, motorcycle riding and his pets. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Evelyn Harold; sons, Kevin Harrold and Everett Harrold (Sheryl); grandchildren, Alexa Jester (Earl), Kevin Harrold II, Casey Harold and Kim Reed (Josh); great-grandchildren, Keaton Marie and Bailey Reed; and sisters, Pat Smith, Kathy Coulbourn and Shirley Donaway. Funeral services and burial will be private.


Frances Joan Wootten -- Frances Joan Wootten, 91, of Laurel, passed away on her birthday, Monday, July 2, 2018, at the Delmar Manor. Frances was born in Annville, Pa., a daughter of the late John H. Boger and Edna Shellenberger Boger. She worked as the food service supervisor for Seaford School District, retiring in 1988 after almost 25 years of service. Frances was a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church and the Martha Rebekah Lodge. She was a member of the local garden club and Red Hat Society for many years. Frances enjoyed playing Pinochle with her card group and loved music, supporting the Community Concert series. In the past, she volunteered at The Good Samaritan and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Frances is survived by her husband of 66 years, Harold “Gene” Wootten and her daughters, Cindi Steele (Dave) of Ocala, Fla., Debbie Derricks (Woody) of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Patti Saunders (David) of Highpoint, N.C., and Joanne Wootten of Laurel. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six siblings and one granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel, where visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A luncheon will follow at the church. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Philips Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956 or Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Mary H. Lankford -- Mary H. Lankford, 94, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Methodist Manor House. She was born in Delmar, Md., on Sunday, Feb. 3, 1924, daughter of the late Lafayette Franklin and Mary (Riggin) Hastings. Mrs. Lankford worked as a regional office manager for PurOil for 30 dedicated years. She also worked as an accounts payable clerk for Penco for 20 years. Mrs. Lankford was a devoted member of Union United Methodist Church. She was a former member of Cannon United Methodist Church where she enjoyed playing the piano, and, until her passing, was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Bridgeville Fire Department and the Bridgeville Lioness Club. She was a loving and caring aunt and friend and she will be genuinely missed by all who knew her. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Lankford was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Floyd Lankford, in 1990. She is survived by seven nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 9, at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Interment will follow at Bridgeville Cemetery, Market and Laws Street. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mrs. Lankford’s memory to the Bridgeville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Attn: Treasurer, PO Box 727, Bridgeville, DE 19933. Please visit Mrs. Lankford’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Laura ‘Lavern’ Powell -- Laura “Lavern” Powell, 91, of the Manor House, Seaford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 2, 2018, with her family at her side. She was born on Dec. 27, 1926 in Stonewall, Okla., to the late Ora and John William France. Courageous, determined, tireless and principled, Lavern was never afraid to speak her mind or stand up for her beliefs. With that independent, pioneering spirit at the age of 18 in 1944, she boarded a train from Oklahoma to Washington DC for a clerical position at the Pentagon and never looked back. She worked there until 1947, then met Marshall G. “Buck” Powell on a blind date and they danced their way to their wedding that same year. In 1950, came Gary and, in 1952, Marsha. After a short time living in Charlotte, N.C. where Lavern was president of the Women’s Club, they returned to the DC area and bought a house in Garrett Park Estates, Md. on Jolly Way and life in the “burbs” was idyllic. They became charter members of Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, Md., which began her lifelong love of golf. Lavern also played bridge and volunteered for numerous positions - Girl Scout leader, Democratic Women, and sang soprano at Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church. In 1961, son John arrived and Lavern seemed rejuvenated and so continued the golf and bridge playing. In 1966, she resumed her working career by taking the position of executive administrator for the director of U.S. Naval Ship Research and Development Center in Carderock, Md. until 1984. The Powell’s then decided to retire and move to Ocean Pines, Md. Thus continued the golf and bridge playing and she connected with a fabulous group of women from the Sinepuxent Questers, Chapter #1151. She also joined the volunteers at St. Martin’s Church Restoration, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and singing in the Community Church of Ocean Pines and the Democratic Club. She also loved to travel and went to several places around the globe - Scotland, Japan, Nice, France, just to name a few. To quote one of her dearest friends from the Manor House, “She was a beautiful, kind, gentle, gracious lady and we will all miss her.” She loved people and was a friend to all. She was preceded in death by her much loved husband of 53 years, Marshall G. “Buck” Powell, her parents, four sisters and one brother. Lavern is survived by her children, Gary Powell and his wife Sue of Pasadena, Md., Marsha Hoffman of Berlin, Md. and John Powell and his wife Rebecca of Weatherford, Texas. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Adam Morgan, Berkeley, Graham and Malcolm; four great-grandchildren, Gavin, Chase, Dean and Henry; and numerous nieces and nephews from Virginia to Oklahoma. Lavern willed her body to the Anatomy Board at Johns Hopkins therefore her family will have a ceremony at a later date, most likely in the fall, at Arlington National Cemetery at the Columbarium where she can be with her husband Buck. There will be a memorial service at the Manor House Fellowship Hall, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 13, with a light reception following. Donations in her memory may be made to Paws for People through Susan Potts of the Manor House


Janet Duffy Hughes -- Janet Duffy Hughes, 89, passed away on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at the Manor House in Seaford. Born on July 17, 1928 she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Gilday Duffy. She had moved from Rochester, NY to Dover in 1964 where she became an active member of Holy Cross Church. She was a co-founder of the Good Samaritans Food Pantry and was a Eucharistic Minister. She was also a volunteer for Delaware Hospice and CASA along with several other organizations as it was so important to Janet to help those in need. She retired from the State of Delaware as Director of Volunteer Services. Since 2012 Janet had been a resident of Manor House in Seaford and a Parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. In addition to volunteering she enjoyed reading, writing poetry and traveling. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband John R. Hughes along with her daughter Kathleen and son Bobby Hughes. She is survived by her son and his wife John and Debbie Hughes of Peshastin, WA; her daughter and husband Patricia and Larry Bonniwell of Seaford; a son and his wife Kevin and Laurie Hughes of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Beth and Sharon Bonniwell, Robert and Sarah Hughes, Michael and Kristopher Hughes, Jenny Combs and Mary Hamm, 13 great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday June 19 at 11 am at Holy Cross Church in Dover. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd floor, Polly Drummond Shopping Center, Newark, DE 19711. Condolences may be made via www.ambruso.com. Arrangement are by Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc. Dover.


Roschen L. ‘Hilly’ Hill -- Roschen L. “Hilly” Hill, 84, of Delmar, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018, at PRMC in Salisbury, Md. He was born on March 30, 1934 in Selbyville, the son of the late Douglas Houston Hill and Hannah Alberta Walls Hill. His mother passed away unexpectedly when Hilly was only 3-years-old, and he was lovingly raised by his grandparents, the late Etta Melissa Houston Hill and Roy U.S. Grant Hill. Hilly attended Georgetown High School where he was the youngest player on the varsity football team. Football was his passion and he continued to play at the amateur level into his 30’s. He was a founding member of the Oak Orchard Volunteer Fire Company and continued to be a member for several years. Growing up, he was a faithful member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church. After moving to Delmar he became a longtime, very active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Laurel where he helped design and construct the monument which sits in front of the church. He retired after many years of service as an engineer on the railroad, which was owned by Penn Central and Conrail. During his years on the railroad, he served as past-president of the Railroad Union and was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He loved working on all of his farms and all who knew him will remember his love for being on his tractors. He cherished times spent at the winter home in Florida with his late wife, Rose Mary. When he was not on the tractor he was raising chickens and became the top grower for Townsend for several years. In his free time he enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and playing the occasional round of golf. He also had a fondness for NASCAR, loved bluegrass, country and gospel music and had an interesting train memorabilia collection. He kept his mind sharp by reading and finishing crossword and Sudoku puzzles. He is survived by his daughters, Cathi Hill Morrison of Winter Haven, Fla., Cynthia Hill of Washington DC, Christy Anne Hill Suriner (Stephen) of Hinsdale, Mass., and Chris Carmine (Paul) of Harrington; 11 grandchildren, Thomas Morrison II, Melissa Morrison, Royanne Hammond, Sarah Dai Hammond, Caitlin Hammond, Alexandra Hammond, Ashley Carmine, Samantha Mitchell, Mikie Adkins (wife Anna), Jessica Backes and Karis Butler; 10 great-grandchildren, Daisy and Isla Morrison, Madison Burd, Scout Armstrong, Annie Dai Ellman, Ryleigh and Mackenzie Swope, and Hannah, Jacob and Grace Adkins; a sister, Patricia Louise Hill Kuhns of Dover; and a nephew, Alan Wesley Kuhns of Dover. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Mary Hill; daughters, Teresa T. Mitchell and Anna “Muffy” Adkins; and a brother-in-law, Wesley Kuhns. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 2, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, where a visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Bridgeville Cemetery. In memory of Mr. Hill, contributions may be sent to St. Paul’s U.M. Church, 32827 Old Stage Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.


Kimberly Rolph Schwarz -- Kimberly Rolph Schwarz passed away peacefully at her home in Oxford, Pa., on Monday, June 25, 2018, surrounded by her family. As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, Kimberly wrapped her life around Christ and wanted nothing more than for those she loved to know Him. Kimberly quietly left a mark on those she met through her gentle love, wisdom, and kindness. She endured the same jokes from her husband for 22 years, educated her children at home with remarkable commitment, and enjoyed sitting in her library reading and praying. She also loved purses, and despite countless pairs of shoes, somehow never had any to wear. Born in Seaford, Kimberly was loved and adored by her mom and dad, Vicky and Glenn Rolph. She is also survived by her husband, Charles; children, Emma, Charlie, Oliver and Lucy; brothers, Christopher and Trevor Rolph and sister, Tiffany Ellis. You are invited to visit with friends and family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, and again on Monday, July 2 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Willowdale Chapel, 675 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square, Pa. 19348. Services for Kimberly will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 2, at Willowdale Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Willowdale Chapel at willowdalechapel.org/donate or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at giving.mskcc.org.


Alfred ‘Al’ Clyde Snyder -- Alfred “Al” Clyde Snyder, 82, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at home. A native of Baltimore, Al was the son of the late Clyde A. and Elizabeth Bowers Snyder. An avid Ravens and Orioles fan, Al enjoyed spending time with his family, working in his yard and playing poker with his friends at the Nanticoke Senior Center. He was also a member of the Seaford Moose Family Center and a charter member of the Seaford Elks Lodge. Al will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Rose Damizia Snyder and his children, Lisa Fensick (Ronald), Pamela Davis and Julie Karcher, his daughter who preceded him in death. He will also be sadly missed by his five grandchildren, Scott T. (Courtney) Thomas-Fensick, Jason Keim, Jenna Elliott-Fensick, Lindsey Snyder and Taylor Davis; his great-granddaughter, Piper Rose Thomas; three brothers, Clyde Snyder, Earl Snyder and William Snyder; and two sisters, Elaine Claar and Dolly Sewell. Graveside services will be held at noon on Monday, July 2, at Blades Cemetery in Blades, with Father Clement of Our Lady of Lourdes Church officiating. Those who desire may make a donation in memory of Al to Delaware Hospice, www.delawarehospice.ocr/donate-now/; Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, Attn: Treasurer, PO Box 87, Seaford, DE 19973 or Blades Volunteer Fire Department, www.blades71.com/donate.cfm. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Paul Emerson Elzey -- Paul Emerson Elzey, 89, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018, at Pinnacle Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Smyrna. He was born on April 2, 1929 in Cambridge, Md., the son of the late Emerson M. Elzey and Audrey Aaron Elzey. After graduating high school, Paul was drafted into the United States Air Force in 1947. Following his honorable discharge in 1949, he started a lifelong career with E.I. DuPont in Seaford, retiring in 1985 after 36 years of faithful service. After his retirement, he worked maintenance for a short time at the Fairhaven Apartments in Federalsburg, Md. An avid hunter, Paul was a member of the NRA. He was a member of the American Legion and he enjoyed teaching Sunday school at Union Church. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Preston, Md. for many years. He is survived by his wife, June Jackson Elzey of Federalsburg; a daughter, Pamela S. Elzey of Federalsburg; one grandson, Nicholas Parks and his wife Marcia of Seaford; one great-granddaughter, Gianna Parks; two brothers, Richard Elzey of Seaford and Michael Elzey of Cambridge; and a sister, Candy Tasto of San Francisco, Calif. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Michael “Jessie” Elzey and Paul Eric Elzey. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 2, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Preston where the family will receive friends one hour before the service. The Rev. David Casey-Motley will officiate. Inurnment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, PO Box 39, Preston, MD 21655. Services are in the care of Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com


Jacqueline P. Burtelle- Jacqueline P. Burtelle of Seaford,passed away on June 4, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held on July 14, 2018 at 2 p.m., at the Laurel Nazarene Church: 94 Walnut Street; Laurel,. Please visit Jacqueline’s Life Memorial Webpage at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Beulah ‘Bea’ W. Jefferson -- Beulah “Bea” W. Jefferson, 98, formerly of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. Beulah was born in 1919 in Waldo, Ky., a daughter of the late James and Lula Wireman. Beulah attended Campbellsville University in Kentucky. She worked in administration for the Laurel School District where she retired with 18 years of service. She also worked at The Good Samaritan Thrift Shop in Laurel for 25 years. She loved to cook for family and friends, always having a huge garden and chickens and hens. She enjoyed playing cards and taking pictures, especially of her family whom she adored. She was also a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. Beulah is survived by her daughter, Sandra Lee Jefferson of Rehoboth Beach; brothers, Aguildela Wireman of Ohio, Forest Wireman of Kentucky and J.D. Wireman of Kentucky; grandson, Jon T. Jefferson; great-grandson, Timmy T. Jefferson; brother-in-law, Earl Jefferson and wife Aileen; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin T. Jefferson; a son, A. Tommy Jefferson; and four brothers and four sisters. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10 to 11. The Rev. Dean Perdue will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Thrift Shop, 115 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956.


Charles Richard Short -- Charles Richard Short, 74, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with both of his daughters by his side. Charles was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on July 1, 1943, the son of the late Edwin T. Short and Julia Soble Joss. Charles proudly served his country in the United States Navy and retired from the DuPont Company with 32 years of service. He also worked as a trainer for the State of Delaware with the Sussex Tech Adult Education Program. Charles was a member of Old Christ Church, Centenary United Methodist Church, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Charity Lodge No. 27 where he served many years as treasurer. He loved the joys of RVing with his camping club, the “Delmarva Winnies,” for many years. Charles is survived by his daughters, Karen Short Townsend and Kimberly Short Hudson and her husband Andrew; his siblings, Nancy Short of Seaford, Ronald Short and his wife Patty of Cambridge, Md., Debra Wilkes and her husband James of Seaford, Anita Joss of Parish, N.Y., and Pamela Montgomery of Seaford; and his grandchildren, Danielle Bishop and Joshua Short, both of Rehoboth, and Landen Savage, Donna-Kay and Kamryn Townsend, Caleb, Blake, Connier and Sebastian Hudson, all of Laurel. Many nieces and nephews, close family, friends, and a very special companion, Katherine Henry of Laurel, also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Donna-Kay Hare Short; his stepmother, Kathleen McCabe Short; his stepfather, Paul Joss; and his childhood guardian, Ellen P. Short. A funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, July 2, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford.


Marjorie ‘Margie’ Catherine Kagey -- Mrs. Marjorie “Margie” Catherine Kagey, 82, of LaGrange, Ga., passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018, at LaGrange Nursing. Mrs. Kagey was born on July 17, 1935 in Mount Jackson, Va., daughter of the late Joseph Franklin Lineweaver and Blanche Irene Kibler Lineweaver. Mrs. Kagey worked with the cafeteria staff at West Seaford Elementary for many years. She also served as a volunteer for the Blades Fire Department and as president of the Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Seaford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Kagey and six siblings. Survivors include her children, Kathie (Bob) Jones of Franklin, Ga., Robert (Barbara) Kagey of Blades, Sandra (Bill) Brown of Columbus, Ga., and Ken (Sherrie) Kagey of Franklin, Ga.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and siblings, Donald Lineweaver, Emmitt Lineweaver, Alger (Betty) Lineweaver, Mazie Halterman, Helen Hughes, Hilda (Larry) Specht and Edna Rich. A gathering for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, June 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, in the Striffler-Hamby Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens. To share a condolence or remembrance with the family, visit www.shlagrange.com. Arrangements are in the care of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, LaGrange.


Robert Lee Oliphant -- Robert Lee Oliphant, 97, of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 18, 2018, at his home. Robert was born in Laurel, a son of the late Howard and Maude Oliphant. Robert worked for the Delmar Railroad and the Marvel Package Company in Laurel. He retired at the age of 90 as a grain farmer in Laurel. Farming was his life. His farm has been in the family for many generations. He farmed with his father, Howard, his brother, Fred, sister-in-law, Madge Oliphant, and son, Robert. Robert was known as a fun, loving and jovial person. Known to his friends as “Bob,” he was kind and generous. Being good natured was one of his greatest attributes. Robert could always be found socializing with his fellow farmers, at O’Neal’s Garage and Hardees, along with his son Robert. Robert enjoyed traveling and vacationing at the beach. He attended Connection Church in Laurel and had attended St. Paul’s and Epworth Church. He was known to be faithful and generous. One of his greatest pleasures was watching his oldest granddaughter and triplet granddaughters playing softball games including the World Series. Robert is survived by his wife of 73 years, Elizabeth Hickman Oliphant of Laurel; his son, Robert H. Oliphant and wife Tammy of Laurel; a daughter, Lynn Oliphant Lyburn of Laurel; a sister, Elizabeth Fisher of Laurel; his grandchildren, Jonathan and Adam Lyburn (Amber), Samantha Pickard (James), Taylor, Kelsey, and Alexis; and a great-grandchild, Thea Pickard. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Madge Oliphant of Laurel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Glenn Lyburn and brothers, Fred and Bill Oliphant. A funeral service was held on Saturday, June 23 at the Connection Church in Laurel. The Revs. Barry Dukes, Carl Vincent, and Kyle Holloway officiated. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mr. Oliphant’s memory to Connection Church, 30048 Discount Land Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Andrew A. Hevesy, Jr. -- On June 5, 2018 Andrew A. Hevesy, Jr. of Seaford, beloved husband of Barbara A. Hevesy; devoted father of Andrew Hevesy, III and his wife Anna; James Hevesy and his wife Karen; Dale Hevesy and his wife Denise; and Nikki and Zack Hevesy; dear brother of Robert Hevesy, Joseph Hevesy, Regina Whitley, Susan Groft, Rodger Hevesy, and Mary Gay Martin, and proceeded in death by siblings Micheal Hevesy, Evelyn Hevesy, and David Hevesy; and cherished grandfather of Justin, Allison, Ashley, Alex, Abby, Ethan, Celia, Griffin, Malachi, Caleb and Micah, passed away. Family and friends honored Andy’s life at the family owned Evans Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services in Bel Air, Md. on Friday, June 8. Funeral services were held Saturday, with Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 881, Bel Air, MD 21014. Memory tributes may be sent to the family at www.evansfuneralchapel.com.


Fred S. Melvin -- Fred S. Melvin, 88, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Fred was born in Milford, a son of the late J. Lynn Melvin and Ruth Melvin. Fred served in the National Guard and retired from the DuPont Company with over 40 years of service. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, Odd Fellows Lodge, and a lifetime member of the NRA. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and Phillies fan. Fred is survived by his niece, Margaret O’Neal and husband Joe; nephew, Richard Melvin and wife Myrna; and great-nieces and nephews, Maggie O’Neal, Megan Benner, Richard Melvin Jr., Kara Melvin, Christian Price and Colton O’Neal. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Eddie Melvin. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday June 18, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Dean Perdue will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.


Sonjia M. Spear -- Sonjia M. Spear, 70, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 22, 2018. Born in Salisbury, Md., she was the daughter of the late Charles Mears and Madeline Travers. Sonjia loved crocheting, needlepointing, playing cards, and watching stock car racing. She enjoyed watching all of the cooking shows on television. Her family will miss the delicious homemade fudge and Martha Washington candies she would make for them on special occasions. Sonjia was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #4961 in Seaford and a lifetime Auxiliary member. She is survived by her children, John P. Bailey Jr. (Lori) of Delaware, Pamela M. Bailey of Delaware, Laura A. Bailey of Michigan, and Ginger E. Bailey (Tommy James) of Delaware; her brothers, Buddy Mears and John Mears, both of Delaware; her stepfather, Alex Travers; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John “Sticky Bun” P. Bailey Sr. and granddaughter, Emily Littleton. A celebration of life will be held at noon on Saturday, June 30, at VFW Post #4961, 9767 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to VFW Post #4961, 9767 Middleford 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.


Ann W. LeCates -- Ann W. LeCates, 90, of Laurel, passed away at her home on Sunday, June 17, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Parsonsburg, Md., she was the daughter of the late Estole White and Georgianna B. Parsons White. Ann was the former owner and operator of Ann’s Daycare in Laurel for over 30 years. She enjoyed caring for her precious children every day. She was an amazing woman of strength, wisdom and perseverance, and was the rock of her family. Ann was a fabulous cook, seamstress, and baker. She made the most delicious chocolate candies that everyone looked forward to on special occasions. Ann is survived by her sons, Everett Lee LeCates Sr. and Michael Roy LeCates and his wife Karen; daughters, Beverly Ann LeCates and her husband Richard and Gayle Lynn Adkins and her husband Mark; grandchildren, Everett “Bunky” LeCates Jr., James Roy LeCates, Rhonda Peterson, Burt LeCates Jr., Josh LeCates, David Lee Shrieves, Michelle Locklear, Michael LeCates Jr., Brian LeCates, Matthew LeCates, and Daniel Adkins. Numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lee LeCates; her son, Frances Burton LeCates; and her siblings, Preston White, Estole “Jack” White Jr., Marion White, Alfred White, Beatrice Phillips, Rose Marie White, Rose Marian White, Joyce LeCates, and Edna Sullivan. A funeral service was held on Friday, June 22, at Bethel Worship Center, Seaford. Pastor Joe LeCates officiated. Interment was in Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery in Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Lillie B. Brittingham -- Lillie B. Brittingham, 99, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018, at Paradise Senior Living in Georgetown. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Ollie M. Baker and Winnie W. F. James. She graduated from Laurel High School, class of 1935. Lillie was employed by Blue Ridge Manufacturing Company in Laurel for 20 years and served as the administrative assistant until retiring when the company closed its doors. She was later employed by the Farmers Bank of the State of Delaware which transitioned to Gerrard Bank and then Mellon Bank where she worked an additional 20 years until her retirement in 1984. Lillie was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and enjoyed attending and taking her children to Sunday school when they were young. She was a dedicated, loyal member of the church choir for over 30 years, enjoyed singing solos, and played the piano for the combined adult Sunday school classes for many years. She was treasurer of the ladies Sunday school class until a stroke caused her to relinquish her duties in 2005. Lillie was a lifetime member of the Laurel Alumni Association and a charter member of the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation. She is survived by her daughter, Jean B. Pearce Layton of Milford; son, Larry C. Brittingham and his wife Linda of Fairfax, Va.; brother, Calvin S. Baker of Delmar, Md.; grandson, Gregory J. Pearce and his wife Carol of Annapolis, Md.; granddaughter-in-law, Deborah J. Pearce of Waynesboro, Va.; granddaughter, Carmela M. Brittingham and her husband Joseph of Sterling, Va.; grandson, Dane C. Brittingham of Wilmington, N.C.; six great-grandchildren, M. Alan Pearce and his wife Kirsten, J. Aaron Pearce and his wife Mia, J. Brandon Pearce and his wife Zoey, Jonathan E. Pearce, Meaghan V. Pearce, and Shannon B. Pearce; four step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-granddaughter, and Hattie Downing, a loyal, devoted friend to Ms. Lillie and her family for over 12 years. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 65 years, John “Jack” E. Brittingham; brother, Reese M. Baker; infant brother, Oliver Baker; grandson, H. Alan Pearce; infant great-grandson, J. Matthew Pearce and son-in-law, J. Floyd Layton. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, where visitation will be held from 1 to 2. The Rev. Dean Perdue will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Brittingham’s 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.


Joanne Brosius -- Joanne Brosius, 77, of Seaford, and formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the Manor House in Seaford. She lived in Seaford for 56 years and was married for 59 years. She was born in Everett, Pa., the daughter of the late Lois Grace Cypher and Guy Nesbitt Cypher. Joanne grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Eastern High School in 1957. After moving to Seaford in 1962, she raised her family and returned to Del Tech where she received her BS in nursing. She worked for 20 years at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Life Care at Lofland Park and the Manor House. She was a talented artist who painted, made jewelry and specialized in making porcelain dolls. She is survived by her husband, Galen Brosius, who she married in July of 1957; a daughter, Kimberly Brebner and her husband Jonathan; a son, David; four grandchildren, Meghan Craig and her husband Tim, Tyler Brebner, Matthew Brosius and Hannah Brosius; one great-grandchild, Adelaide; and a sister, Marjorie Hart of Shrewsbury, Mass. She will be buried at St. Mark’s Church in Bedford, Pa. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Alice ‘Jeanette’ Hammond Lineweaver -- Alice “Jeanette” Hammond Lineweaver, 80, passed away peacefully with her daughter at her side, on Monday, June 18, 2018, after a long, courageous battle with lymphoma, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. She attended Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford. She was an active member of LWML group and a chair person for lay ministry until her illness would not allow her to continue. She loved serving her church, helping with dinners and playing “Bunko.” She retired from the Seaford School District where she worked for many years in the cafeteria as a cashier. Many times she paid for kids’ lunches when they would forget their money. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the apple of her eye. She loved to go shopping and spend time with her friend, Eunice Vickers and her sister, Del. In addition to her parents, Ira and Helen Hammond, she was preceded in death by her youngest son, Douglas “Doug” Lineweaver, and a brother, Edward Leroy “Roy” Hammond. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Emmitt Lineweaver; a son, Dennis Lineweaver (Lynn) of Georgetown; her daughter, Teresa Lord (Brian) of Greenwood; grandchildren, Kendra Bartocci (Chris), Jenna Cropper (Keith), Jared Lineweaver (Dawn) and Coty Lineweaver (Danielle); great-grandchildren, Kannon Cropper, Riley, Griffin, and Hunter Lineweaver, Gianni and Lucca Bartocci; a sister, Delena “Del” Callaway; and a niece, Patricia “Faye” Passwaters. She also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation for family and friends will be held at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Sunday, June 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held at noon on Monday, June 25, at Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Please join us for dinner after the service in the church hall. Memorial donations may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973, or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Mary Elsie (Ellis) Shea --Mary Elsie (Ellis) Shea was born in Paris, France in 1953 to the family of a career U.S. Air Force General Officer. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1975 and in 1980 was honorably named Queen of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben, an Omaha, NE philanthropic organization. Mary Elsie traveled extensively throughout the world having lived in six different countries. Along with her parents, she acted as ambassador for Airmen and their families as well as U.S. Presidents. In 1981, Mary Elsie married her best friend, Daniel Shea and together, they provided a loving family for their two sons, Daniel Ryan Shea and Richard Kelly Shea.She is also survived by her two brothers, Joe Wolcott and Rick Ellis, and her beloved niece Laurel Leigh Ellis. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 29 at 2:00 pm, at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel, DE.


Kevin Shawn Conaway -- Kevin Shawn Conaway, 60, of Bridgeville, passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018, with his wife, Lisa and brother, Guy by his side. Kevin was born on Jan. 20, 1958 with farming in his blood. By 11, he was on the back of a tractor, working the family farm with his father, Bob. He graduated from Woodbridge High School and then attended the University of Maryland where he earned a degree in agriculture science. Following graduation from college, he returned to Bridgeville to begin farming full time. He later became manager of Newton Farms, which he ran with his wife. In his off time, Kevin enjoyed tinkering with his farm equipment, boating, and he was a fantastic cook. Kevin cherished his family and friends, including his loyal companion, Marley. He was a frequent and friendly face around town where he always had a smile or funny comment to share. He was preceded in death by his father, William R. Conaway. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lisa; his mother, Joanna Conaway; his brother, Guy (Marybeth, Drew, Josh) Conaway; his aunt, Charlotte Conaway; and a large extended family.


Ida Mae Kefauver -- Ida Mae Kefauver, 59, of Bridgeville, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Born on May 31, 1959 in Seaford, she was the daughter of the late Mannie and Doris Hill. She enjoyed driving a bus for Woodbridge School District for 35 years. She also enjoyed racing at U.S. 13 Dragway. She was a devoted wife, mother and sister and loved spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Ronald L. Kefauver; a son, Ronald Kefauver II and fiancé Raven Esham; two daughters, Holly Elzey and husband Roy Elzey III and Katie Kefauver and fiancé John Reyes; grandchildren, Ronald (Trey) Kefauver III, Hannah Kefauver, Carrie Reed, Isabella Reed, Kiley Reyes, Ryan (McKee) Kefauver, Mason Kefauver, Bryson Reyes, Camren Elzey, Grayson Kefauver, and Remmington Elzey, all of Bridgeville; a sister, Nancy Hamilton and husband Dodd Hamilton of Vanceboro, N.C.; a brother-in-law, Donald Kefauver and companion Keith Aulita of Laurel; a sister-in-law, Brenda Germanos and husband Lance Germanos of Bridgeville; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 18, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Melissa Ann Holt Peterson -- Melissa Ann Holt Peterson, 53, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she lost her battle to cancer. Melissa was born at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford on Sept. 25, 1964, the daughter of the late James Holt Sr. and Ruth Nichols Holt. Melissa was a stay-at-home mom for most of her life and dedicated her days to being a loving wife, mother, and wonderful homemaker. She loved her family to the fullest! Her husband, kids and grandkids were the center of her world. In addition to her family, she had a love for animals. This passion to care for all animals led her to work at the Caroline County Humane Society for four years. The last four years of her life, Melissa looked forward to go-cart racing season where she loved to watch her husband, daughter, grandson, and brother-in-law race. She also looked forward to sitting with and talking with her sister-in-law, Trish Peterson who was her very best friend. Left to cherish her memory are her loved ones - her husband, Lonnie Peterson Sr.; son, Bobby Holt; daughter, Jessica Peterson; son, Lonnie Peterson Jr. and his wife Amber; daughter, Makayla Peterson and son, Vernon Davis; and her grandchildren, Damian, Dillion, Mariah, Lonnie III (3 Pete), Sofia and Haleigh. Also left to cherish her memory are her brother, Bill and his wife Bonnie, Nancy and her late husband Burton Sr., Jackie and his wife Susie, Timmy and his wife Michelle, and Fannie and her husband Mark. Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many other loved ones survive her. In addition to her parents, Melissa was preceded in death by her sister, Linda Short, and her brother, James “Bo” Holt Jr. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1. The Rev. Diane Melson will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford.


William R. ‘Bob’ Booth -- The unofficial mayor of the Seaford American Legion, William R. “Bob” Booth, 78, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Christiana Hospital with his family by his side. Born and raised in Seaford, Bob was the son of the late John A. Booth and Helena G. (West) Booth. Bob proudly served in National Guard for 3 1/2 years. He was a 1957 graduate of Seaford High School where he was noted to be mischievous and “teachers pet” with a great sense of humor. He was an avid collector of “stuff,” and he loved to fish, cook and eat! A lifelong Eagles fan, he was thrilled when they won the Super Bowl. He was top salesman at Millers Furniture in Wilmington for many years - he could sell you anything. Bob always had a kind word for everyone. According to his American Legion family, he was a great guy who loved a good joke and will truly be missed by all. He had a love for life and he genuinely appreciated the close relationship he had with his children. He always looked forward to family gatherings, especially crab feasts. He is survived by his brother, Jack Booth; son, Rob Booth; daughter, Maryanne Booth and her partner Andrea Youndt; daughter, Cate Toner and husband Mike Toner; grandchildren, Meghan, Michael, Ashlyn and Joseph (deceased); great-grandchild, McKinley; and longtime friend and companion, Sissy Crockett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Booth. A celebration of his life will take place at the Seaford American Legion on Saturday, June 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. where we will “have just one more.” Donations in his memory may be made to the Seaford American Legion. To view his online tribute and to share memories with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com. Arrangements are in the care of Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square, Pa.


James R. Dorman Jr. -- James Ross Dorman Jr., 74, of Delmar, died on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at his residence after a long illness. Born on Sept. 2, 1943 in Salisbury, Md., he was the son of the late James Ross Dorman Sr. and Grace Evans Dorman. Mr. Dorman served in the US Army and spent his working years as a carpenter in the local area. He was a member of American Legion Post 0019 in Laurel. He is survived by his wife, Marie Era Dorman; four brothers-in-law, Richard Era and wife Laura of Cambridge, Md., Philip Era and wife Beverly of East New Market, Md., John Era of Seattle, Wash., and Paul Era and wife Elaine of Secretary, Md.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Leonard Era. A private burial service will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Cemetery in Secretary. Arrangements are in the care of Zeller Funeral Home in East New Market.


James R. Dorman Jr. -- James Ross Dorman Jr., 74, of Delmar, died on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at his residence after a long illness. Born on Sept. 2, 1943 in Salisbury, Md., he was the son of the late James Ross Dorman Sr. and Grace Evans Dorman. Mr. Dorman served in the US Army and spent his working years as a carpenter in the local area. He was a member of American Legion Post 0019 in Laurel. He is survived by his wife, Marie Era Dorman; four brothers-in-law, Richard Era and wife Laura of Cambridge, Md., Philip Era and wife Beverly of East New Market, Md., John Era of Seattle, Wash., and Paul Era and wife Elaine of Secretary, Md.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Leonard Era. A private burial service will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Cemetery in Secretary. Arrangements are in the care of Zeller Funeral Home in East New Market.


David Lynn Bradley Sr. -- David Lynn Bradley Sr., 57, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at his home in Seaford. He was born on Oct. 8, 1960 in Seaford, the son of the late Erman James Bradley Jr. and Gladys Marie Donovan. He graduated from Colonel Richardson High School in 1978. He joined the National Guard in 1981 before working at Koski Trucking as a truck driver for 20 years. He enjoyed being a truck driver, watching NASCAR, boats and anything that had to do with the outdoors. He grew up playing baseball and played softball into his 40’s. He also enjoyed the company of his dogs and singing in church. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Lee Bradley; his children, Melissa Lynn Moore, David Lynn Bradley Jr., Nicholas Andrew “Doodle” Bradley, Heather Lynn D’Aquila, Chad Allan Jones, and Brittany Marie Adkins; his 12 grandchildren; his siblings, William Clark Bradley and Gloria Marie Cyr; and his former wife, Dawn Lynn Cordrey. Services were held on Wednesday, May 30 at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, Md. Pastor Linda Birch officiated. Interment was held at Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Framptom Funeral Home to help defray funeral costs. Services are in the care of Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


George T. Chapman -- George T. Chapman, 89, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Fairmont, W.V., he was the son of the late Tillar Chapman and Florence Welch. George proudly served his country in the United States Navy and was a retired poultry farmer. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards and trivia games, and tending to his garden where he enjoyed growing tomatoes, peppers, corn, squash, beans and so much more. George was a member of the American Legion Post #19, and was the past secretary and member of the Laurel Ruritan Club. He is survived by his son, Timothy T. Chapman and his wife Jennifer of Laurel; his daughters, Leah Ann Chapman Spicer and her husband David of Cape Coral, Fla., and Rachel; his sister, Nancy Hulderman; his grandchildren, Courtney Abbott (Mike), Tori Givens (Andrew), Zachary T. Chapman, and Stavros T. Chapman, Chelsea and Peyton; his great-grandchildren, Gabriel Givens, Cameron Abbott, and Callan Abbott; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Chapman and his sister, Harriett Satterfield. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 15, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 1. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Send condolences online at hsdfuneralhome.com.


Mary Lucille Cohee Slacum -- Mary Lucille Cohee Slacum, 88, of Seaford, passed away at the Delaware Hospice Center on Friday, June 1, 2018. Lucille was born on a farm in Hurlock, Md. on Jan. 9, 1930, the daughter of the late Mary Olevia and Gilbert Walter Cohee. She graduated from Hurlock High School in 1947 and started her life as a secretary for Bay Country Foods in Easton, Md. She was then hired by the DuPont Company as an executive secretary in Seaford. She later resigned from DuPont to attend the New York School of Floral Designing in New York. Upon her graduation in 1957, she and her husband opened a flower shop in Federalsburg, Md. named “Lucy’s Flowers,” and a second Lucy’s Flowers on High Street in Seaford. A third flower shop was opened in 1960 on Pennsylvania Avenue in Seaford and was named, “Seaford Flowers,” after the city. This shop is still active in Blades. For many years she served as district office secretary for the Seaford School System. Later, she became a licensed realtor from 1979 to 1998. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church near Oak Grove, Order of the Eastern Star-Chapter 51, Sussex County Realtors, and Seaford School District Secretaries. Lucille found great joy in planting flowers and vegetables with her husband on their little mini “Fox Run Farm.” She composed poetry almost every day and was awarded many times for her poems that were published. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leon G. Slacum and two brothers, Ralph and Norman Cohee. Lucille is survived by her son, Jon I. Dyer of Seaford; two sisters, Josephine Mills and Joyce McWilliams and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at Bethel Church Community House, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethel Church Community House, Inc., 2381 Neal’s School Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. To share memories with the family, please visit www.framptom.com.


Georgia Lee Cannon -- Georgia Lee Cannon, 89, a 69-year resident of Delmar, Md., passed away on May 30, 2018 in Annapolis, MD. Born on August 13, 1928 in Bethel, DE, Georgia Lee graduated in 1947 from Laurel High School in Delaware. She worked for 15 years as a waitress at The Dutch Inn in Laurel and 38 years as a lunch lady at the Delmar Jr. Sr. High School. Georgia Lee was a member of the Compassionate Shepherd Ministries in Laurel. She enjoyed keeping up with current and political events, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Georgia Lee was preceded in death by her loving husband of 28 years, Herbert C. Cannon, who died in 1977. She is survived by two sons, Wayne H. Cannon of Ocean City, Md. and R. Alan Cannon of Bethel; one daughter, Susanne C. Tewey of Annapolis, Md.; three grandsons, Jeffrey R. Cannon, Noah B. Tewey and Adam J. Tewey; one granddaughter, Amanda Ruby Paige; and two great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. until a memorial service begins for Georgia Lee at 11 a.m. at Delmar High School, 200 North Eighth Street, Delmar, DE. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122. Online tributes and condolences may be offered at: KalasFuneralHomes.com


Gregory Dean Wootten Sr. -- Gregory Dean Wootten Sr., 59, of Laurel, passed away at his home recently. Born in Snow Hill, Md., he was the son of the late Golda Mae Earp Wooten and John Bradford Wooten of Laurel. Greg was a sales manager at Top City and was a talented builder and contractor. He was very conscientious about every detail when it came to his work. He enjoyed farming in his youth and loved to hunt and fish. He was a talented pool shark. His team won the Delaware State Pool Championship and qualified to play a national tournament in Las Vegas. Greg loved his family and friends and always put the needs of others before his own. His kind and loving spirit will be greatly missed. Greg is survived by his two sons, Gregory Wootten Jr. and his wife Patricia Youse, and Danny Wootten and his wife Hayley; grandchildren, Alyvia Wootten, Dakota Wootten, Bailey Wootten, Darren Youse, and William Youse; his siblings, John Wooten, Jeffrey Wootten Sr., Wanda Elliott, Jacqueline Garnett, Jennifer Wooten, Wendy Chelton, Tamey White, and Dawn Elliott; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where visitation will be held from noon to 1. Interment will be private.


Col. Robert Whitley Sample Jr. (Ret.) -- Robert Whitley Sample Jr., 78, died peacefully at home of complications related to cancer on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Born on May 7, 1939 in Salisbury, Md., Bob was the son of the late Robert Whitley Sample and Mary Frances (née McCarthy) Sample. Bob traveled the globe, lived all over the country and finally settled in Galestown, Md., in 2006. He graduated from Wicomico High School where he was on the record-setting football and track teams. Bob received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and later earned his master’s degree from MIT. Bob joined the Air Force and trained to become a pilot. His service to his country including assignments flying in supplies during the Vietnam War, three stints at the Pentagon and commanding the 60th Military Airlift Wing at Travis Air Force Base. He retired as a colonel and later worked in the graduate engineering offices at Cornell University and the University of Delaware. He also assisted his wife in her mail management business and was a very active volunteer, giving his time and energy to Meals on Wheels and Ruritan. He is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn McPeak Sample, Galestown, Md.; his children, Paul Sample, Levittown, Pa. and Maria Sample, San Francisco, Calif.; his stepchildren, Scott McPeak and Carrie Hill, both of West Chester, Pa.; his grandchildren, Brendan Sample and Erin Sample, both of Langhorne, Pa., Natalie Crawford, San Francisco, and Annalise McPeak, Caroline Hill, Andrew Hill, Nolan McPeak and Ryan Hill, all of West Chester, Pa.; and his brothers, Paul Sample, Parsonsburg, Md. and Tom Sample, Salisbury, Md. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 501 E. Chestnut St., Delmar, Md., where visitation with the family will be held from 10 to 11. Full military honors will begin at noon outside the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Joseph House of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church of Delmar, the Galestown Ruritan Club or Meals on Wheels of Seaford.


Brigadier General (Ret.) Layton E. Timmons Jr., -- Brigadier General (Ret.) Layton E. Timmons Jr., 86, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Born in Dagsboro on Nov. 7, 1931, he was the son of the late Layton and Ruth Timmons. While attending Laurel High School he enlisted as a private in the Laurel unit of the Delaware Army National Guard in November 1947 at the age of 16. During graduation in 1950, Layton won an essay writing contest on aviation and received a free private pilot flying course from the Laurel School of Aeronautics. This was the start of his flying career and full-time career for the Army National Guard. During his 44 years of service in the Army National Guard he rose through the enlisted ranks to the rank of sergeant first class. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1953 and advanced through the officer ranks to the rank of colonel and a retired rank of brigadier general. During his commissioned service he held numerous command and staff positions including company commander of an aviation company and aircraft maintenance company. His assignments also included aviation staff officer, aviation safety officer, transportation officer, purchasing and contracting officer, auditor, deputy state aviation officer, director of personnel and state inspector general. He completed the U.S. Air Force Primary Fixed Wing Training Course at Gary Air Force Base, Texas followed by Army Aviation Tactics flight training at Ft. Rucker, Ala. He received his wings as an army aviator in October 1955. Layton completed rotary wing qualification at Ft. Wolters, Texas in 1960 and qualified as instructor pilot and instrument flight examiner in numerous fixed and rotary wing aircraft. He completed the aviation safety officer course at the University of Southern California and the crash investigators course at Arizona State University. He completed the air defense officer career course at Ft. Bliss, Texas and the U.S. Army Command and Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. He worked as a flight instructor/safety officer for the Delaware and Virgin Islands Army National Guard and retired in November 1991 as a master army aviator with 10,000 hours of flying time and 44 years of service. He moved back to his hometown of Laurel in 1996. Layton was a member of the Nanticoke Amateur Radio Club and held an Extra Class FCC radio license. He was also a member of Odd Fellows Charity Lodge 27, American Legion Post 19, Retired Officer’s Association, Laurel Alumni Association and Laurel Historical Society. He was an usher at Christ United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his youngest son, Layton Chris Timmons and sisters, Helen Passwaters and Shirley Henry. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Judith Friedel Timmons; three children from a previous marriage, Burt K. Timmons of Cleveland, Ohio, Denise L. Andrews of Newark, and Robyn A. Craighton of New Castle; brothers, Jerry and Steve Wilkerson; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, on Thursday, June 14 at 2 p.m. The Rev. Dean Perdue will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956.


Etta Lavinia Abbott Hastings -- Etta Lavinia Abbott Hastings, 94, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at her home. Born in Sewards, Md., she was one of 13 children born to Clarence J. and Lola L. Hoffman Abbott. The daughter of a minister, Etta attended several schools on the Eastern and Western shores of Delmarva where her father served as pastor. She graduated from Seaford High School in 1941. She was married to Thomas Rudolph Hastings on Dec. 1, 1943. Her husband passed away in 1980. Mrs. Hastings was a homemaker all of her life, but was employed at various occupations. She worked for the Farmer’s Home Administration, McDonald’s, Soroptimist Thrift Shop and a local antique shop. She held a notary public’s license for many years. After completing a course from IBM, she was a tax preparer for many individuals. Etta enjoyed her flowers, scrapbooking and especially being with her family. She also enjoyed traveling. She, her husband, Rudolph, and their children, toured the United States extensively. She also traveled to Canada, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, London, and Jerusalem. Her most enjoyable pastime, however, was her music. She sang and played the piano in church all of her life and could also play the accordion and autoharp, often doing so for shut-ins and in local nursing homes. Mrs. Hastings resided in Lofland Life Care for a time and even though her health was failing, she would play the piano there occasionally. She was a devout Christian and a faithful member of Victory Tabernacle Church of God. She shared her faith with others and enjoyed telling of God’s faithfulness, of the miracles she experienced growing up in the home of a dedicated minister of the Gospel and of her own Pentecostal experience. Losing two young children to cystic fibrosis was a heart-breaking experience for Etta, but her faith sustained her through many difficult times. Etta was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was a lovable person and all who knew her enjoyed being in her company. She had a fun, mischievous side and enjoyed having a good time. Etta is survived by three brothers, Sam (Shirley) Abbott of Cleveland, Tenn., William (Jan) Abbott of Atlantic, Va. and David Abbott of Phoenix, Ariz. She is also survived by her children: her daughter, Donna Mills and husband Tony of Georgetown, son, Dwight Hastings of Hebron, Md., and daughter, Cheryl Crowe and husband Ray of Hixon, Tenn.; grandchildren, Laura (Mike) Montague, Maxine (Kendall) Matthews, Anthony (Diane) Mills and Thomas (Jordyn) Crowe; and great-grandchildren, Caleb and Connor Montague, Grace and Sam Matthews and Julia and Carter Mills. Mrs. Hastings is also survived by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Etta was preceded in death by her three sons, Delbert, Tommy and Dwight, 1; sisters, Elizabeth Bowden Tull, Emily Cook, Delma Bowden and Norma Caldwell; brothers, Clarence Abbott Jr., Emerson Abbott, Fred Abbott, Lloyd Abbott and infant brother, David Abbott. Etta will be greatly missed by her family, many family friends, and extended family members. She is safe in the arms of her Loving Savior and Heaven is sweeter with her there. Services were held at Victory Tabernacle Church of God, Laurel, on Sunday, June 10. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Pallbearers were Dwight Hastings, Tony Mills, Ray Crowe, Anthony Mills, Thomas Crowe and Tom Clarke. Honorary pallbearer was William Abbott. Contributions in memory of Mrs. Hastings may be made to Delmarva Teen Challenge in Seaford.


Jacqueline Ora (Porter) Burtelle -- Jacqueline Ora (Porter) Burtelle, 89, went home to be with Jesus on Monday, June 4, 2018. She was born on May 6, 1929. She was preceded by her husband, Hugh W. Burtelle. Jackie, as she was known to most, was a loving, compassionate woman who enjoyed nature, reading, music, learning and tending her flowers. During her senior year, she served as secretary for Seaford School’s superintendent and continued in that position for a time the following year. Jackie was a wonderful mother and grandmother, had a smile for all and will be missed by everyone she touched in this life. Jacqueline is survived by her six children, Jim and wife Shirley, Cynthia Hill and husband Richard, Bruce and wife Donna, Denise Barron, Cheryl Bechtel and husband Tom, and Mark and wife Linn; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be announced in the coming weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Season’s or Coastal Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association. Please visit Mrs. Burtelle’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Ruth Virginia West Marvel -- Ruth Virginia West Marvel, 100, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 8, 2018. She was born in Bridgeville on Nov. 3, 1917, a daughter of the late Cora Gray West and Howard B. West. Ruth graduated from Bridgeville High School in 1936 and married Burton Arthur Marvel of Seaford that same year. Ruth and Burton lived in Niagara Falls and Wilmington before establishing their family home in Seaford. Ruth was active in many civic and community organizations including the Republican Women’s Club, the Methodist Women’s Circle, Eastern Star, D.A.R. and was a member of St. John’s Methodist Church. Some of Ruth’s most enjoyed interests were travel and playing cards with the “girls.” She was known for her delicious dumplings which she made often for Eastern Star luncheons and dinners. Ruth and Burton built the Marvel Building on Rt. 13A in 1955 and opened Marvel Food Center soon afterward. Marvel Food Center was one of the first family markets to extend their hours to be open seven days a week and featured many other firsts in the community including freshly roasted whole chicken and a meat market with a full-time butcher, Greyhound and Trailways bus service and Western Union. In later years and after retirement, Ruth helped with the orthopedic children’s school bus driven by Burton. In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Burton. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Art and Jean Marvel of Seaford and Phil and Cynthia Marvel of Oxford, Ga.; grandchildren, Pam Marvel (David) Campbell of Hagerstown, Md., Steve Marvel (Denise) of Seaford, Sonyanna Hathaway of Kennessaw, Ga., Chris Richardson (Marilyn) of Covington, Ga. and John Richardson (Dawn) of Covington; great-grandchildren, Zachary Campbell, Megan Campbell, Lance Marvel (Lauren), Shane Marvel (Cassidy), Jordan Marvel, Jacob Hathaway, Luke Hathaway, Austin Richardson and Haleigh Richardson; and great-great-grandchildren, Kenzleigh Marvel, Kendall Marvel, Ledger Richardson and Paxton Richardson. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 15, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, 609 E. King St., Seaford, where friends may visit from 1 to 2. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Ruth’s memory to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Michael V. Wingate Sr. -- Michael V. Wingate Sr., 42, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018. Michael was a production manager for the Bryant Group. He was a member of the Hunting Club and loved hunting and fishing. He was also a member of Seaford Wesleyan Church “The Ark.” Mike is survived by his wife of 20 years, Tricia Wingate; two sons, Michael V. Wingate Jr. and Matthew Wingate; a daughter, Madison Wingate; his mother, Sandra Wingate; a brother, Shawn Wingate (Kristin); his grandmother, Alma Musser and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Wingate Jr. in 1998. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at Seaford Wesleyan Church “The Ark,” 26630 Sussex Hwy., 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 Seaford Wesleyan Church “The Ark,” 26630 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Betty R. Conaway -- Betty R. Conaway, 83, of Milton, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Milford. Betty was the daughter of the late Clinton and Jerdie Shockley. Betty worked as a telephone operator and for Littleton’s in Laurel, M&T Bank and Cash Advance. She held church memberships at Laurel Wesleyan Church and Central Worship Center. She was very active at these churches, serving in the choir and teaching Sunday school. She could always be found in the church kitchen helping prepare meals. Betty is survived by her son, Duane Conaway and wife Diane of Valley Center, Calif.; her sisters, Shelby Johnson of Laurel and Barbara Ann Jenkins of Laurel; and grandchildren, Chris and Kevin Conaway, Cherie Bradley, and Andrew Ockels. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roland “Dink” Conaway; a son, Darrell Conaway; a daughter, Cheryl Ockels and a great-granddaughter, Grace Stevenson. Services were held at Central Worship Center on Friday, June 8. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Robbie Aaron Payne -- Robbie Aaron Payne, 26, of Preston, Md., passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Charleston, W.V. Born on Oct. 1, 1991 in Easton, Md., he was the son of Curt and Amy Miller of Seaford and Curtis and Pam Payne of Preston. Robbie graduated from Seaford High School in 2009 where he participated in the Blue Jays football and baseball programs. Growing up in Caroline County he enjoyed all sports and participated in youth baseball, football, basketball and soccer. He was a member of several district and state championship little league baseball teams including the South Caroline Little League team that finished in the top four among the US teams at the 2004 Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa. After high school, Robbie frequented local gyms and enjoyed pick up basketball. Robbie had a very outgoing personality and made friends wherever he went. He made a lasting impression on those he met and will be most remembered by the smiles he put on the faces of those around him. His daughter Penelope was his pride and joy. Penelope coming into his life was Robbie’s happiest moment. We pray he continues to look over her as her guardian angel. In addition to his parents, Robbie is survived by his girlfriend, Casey Riggin and their daughter, Penelope Grace Payne; two sisters, Amanda Payne and Christina Persico; four brothers, Todd Miller, Ross Miller, Jonathan Persico, and Nicholas Persico; grandparents, Joan Payne, Susan Hoffman (Mike), and Norman and Florence Hoffman; aunts and uncles, Jill and Gary Haley, Angie Thompson and Celeste Sanborn; several cousins and a niece. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Payne and cousin, Bennett Haley. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, Md. Funeral services will be private. Robbie’s family invites everyone to join them for a celebration of his life at Federalsburg Fire House on Tuesday, June 12 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Provident State Bank, 142 N. Harrison St., Easton, MD 21601, ? “Robbie Payne Memorial Fund” to be placed in a trust fund for his daughter, Penelope or to South Caroline Little League, PO Box 728, Preston, MD 21655. Services are in the care of Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Mary Cook Pegram -- Mary Cook Pegram, 83, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Mary grew up in Danville, Va., where she was the youngest of four children in the Cook family and was affectionately called “Cookie.” She was preceded in death by her parents, Cinnie Mae Hall Cook and Clifton Dennis Cook and her sisters, Carolyn C. Wilkerson and Bettie C. Carter and her brother, Clifton (Pete) Cook. Mary always spoke fondly of her many memories of growing up in Danville and family beach vacations. She remained in Virginia for her education graduating from Stratford and Longwood colleges. Soon after graduation she went to work at E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Company in Martinsville, Va., where she met her husband, Richard G. Pegram of Bassett, Va. Mary and Richard married in September of 1959 and relocated to Seaford in 1962. Mary then worked as a homemaker and mother to Bill and Susan. Mary was a member of many organizations and enjoyed many sports and hobbies. She was an active member of Grace Baptist Church where she enjoyed being on the flower committee and singing in the choir. She was also instrumental in the design and landscaping of the new church sanctuary. She enjoyed sports and activities at the Seaford Golf & Country Club where she served on various committees, taught junior golf and won club championships in both golf and tennis. Mary was also a proud member of P.E.O., a worldwide philanthropic and educational organization that began in 1869 where women assist and celebrate the advancement of women. Mary loved music, particularly the piano, which she often played at home. She also loved to garden and decorate and took great pride in her home and gardens. However, Mary’s greatest love was her husband of almost 60 years and her children and grandchildren. She was happiest spending time together with the family gathered at her home, often on the patio where everyone enjoyed her wonderful cooking and gracious southern hospitality. Mary is survived by her devoted husband, Richard G. Pegram and her son, William R. Pegram (Megan) and daughter, Susan L. Pegram (Kyle Quillen). She is also survived by five grandchildren, William R. Pegram Jr., Nathan Pegram, Alyson Wallace, Thomas Asher Wallace Jr., and Emma Pegram as well as close family friend, Thomas A. Wallace Sr. (Krista). Visitation will be held at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, on Friday, June 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 2. A private burial will be held at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro on Friday, June 15. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to P.E.O. or Delaware Hospice. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Emily H. Womach -- Emily H. Womach, 91, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Md. Born on Jan. 27, 1927 in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Elon and Jennie Hitch. Emily was a graduate of Salisbury Business Institute, Northwestern University School of Financial Public Relations and Rutgers University, Stonier School of Banking. Emily began her career at Sussex Trust Company, Laurel, working 23 years achieving the position of vice president. In 1968, she was the administrative assistant to the Governor of Delaware, Charles E. Terry Jr. She was elected treasurer of the State of Delaware from 1971-1973. In 1972, Emily ran as the Democratic candidate for governor of Delaware. She is a founder and was president and CEO from 1973 to 1992 of the first federally-chartered women’s bank in the United States, The Women’s National Bank, Washington, D.C. She was also vice president of the Farmers Bank of the State of Delaware; president of the International Financial Advisory Services in D.C.; and director of marketing at Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg. During her career, Emily was involved in many community projects, held positions on various boards and was awarded numerous awards. She was appointed to The President’s Commission on Executive Exchange by President Jimmy Carter. She served on the Delaware State Bank Advisory Board, the Business & Development Committee of D.C., and the D.C. Employment Security. She is a charter member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Laurel Chapter, #18 and a member of the Sussex Chapter, #7. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) S. Womach; her son, W. Richard (Dick) Womach; and her siblings, Leonard Hitch, Doris Culver and Carolyn H. Wright. Emily is survived by her grandchildren, Brian Womach and his wife Suzanne of Shavertown, Pa. and Kristine Rodenizer and her husband Curt of California, Md.; great-grandchildren, Aaron Rodenizer and his wife Chelsea of Leonardtown, Md., Logan Womach and Sara Womach; and great-great-grandchild, Layne Rodenizer. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Caroline Hitch of Milford and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday, June 6, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Reba Mae Imlay English -- Reba Mae Imlay English, 86, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018, at her home. She was born on Oct. 23, 1931 in Seaford, the daughter of the late William Imlay and Fannie Mae White Imlay. On July 10, 1948, she married Robert D. “Bob” English. They were married for 63 years before his passing on April 16, 2012. Reba was a wonderful homemaker and excellent cook. She was a member of Woodland United Methodist Church and the Woodland Ferry Association. She is survived by three children, Gregory B. English and his wife Renee, Kevin D. English and his wife Jonna, and Sheila M. Tull and her husband Ray A. Tull, all of Seaford; four grandchildren, Lindsey Schilling and her husband Theodore (Theo), Brandon English, both of Seaford, Shaun Tull and his wife Erica, and Christopher Tull, both of Rehoboth; two great-grandsons, Sean Schilling and Derek Shilling of Seaford; two great-granddaughters, Ella Elizabeth Tull and Madelyn Tull of Rehoboth; a sister, Edith Marine and her husband Elmer of Seaford and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William T. Imlay. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, with the Rev. Linda Birch officiating. Interment will follow at Galestown Cemetery. Friends may call at Framptom Funeral Home, P.A. in Federalsburg, Md., on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Margaret Diann Miller -- Margaret Diann Miller (nee Jewell), 71, of Seaford passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at home surrounded by her loving family and friends. Born on Sept. 30, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Dallas and Margaret Jewell (nee Passwaters). Diann graduated from Seaford High School. Following graduation she married the love of her life, Bobby Gene Miller on July 23, 1965. She was a very loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked at the DuPont Plant in Seaford for seven years and advanced to the tech lab. Deciding to start a new career, she got her nursing degree and worked in the medical field for several years. Once again, Diann wanted a career change and got her real estate license and became a successful realtor. Because of her love for humanity she became very active in the Sussex County Pregnancy Care Center in Georgetown. She was a member of the Victory Tabernacle Church of God. Diann loved to travel, going to Israel on several occasions and other foreign countries. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Gene Miller, now residing in Lewes and formerly of Seaford; two sons, Jeffery Miller (Holly) of Cordova and Chad Miller (Amy) of Lewes; two granddaughters, Brooke Miller (Kevin) of Gumboro and Jerrica Robertson of Lewes; a great-grandson, Bo of Gumboro; a brother, Daniel Jewell (Barbara) of Seaford and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a baby daughter, Christi Miller. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, June 9, at Victory Tabernacle Church of God, where visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Sussex County Pregnancy Care Center, c/o Chad Miller, 17663 Unit #3 Gate Dr., Lewes, DE 19958. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Linda M. Bailey -- Linda M. Bailey, 65, of Laurel, passed away suddenly at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford on Monday, May 28, 2018. Born in Salisbury, Md., she was the daughter of the late Jacob Layton and Florence Jones Layton. Linda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She will always be remembered for being an amazing, loving, and giving lady. She enjoyed going camping with her family, watching soap operas, and tending to her rose bushes. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Richard Bailey of Laurel; her son, Richard H. Bailey and his fiancé Michelle Hartman; her daughter, Lorrie Bailey; brothers, Ronnie Layton and Frances Layton; grandchildren, Shyanne Nichols-Bailey, Wesley Roy Bailey, Autumn Renee Bailey, and Richard Jacob “RJ” Bailey; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her brothers, George Layton, James Layton, and Denny Layton and her sister, Jean Nibblett. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 1. Pastor Scott Dukes will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Theodore Henry ‘Ted’ Joseph -- Theodore Henry “Ted” Joseph, 79, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at his home in Ellendale. Ted was born on Sept. 12, 1938 in Concord (Seaford), to the late Amos and Rose Joseph. He was looking forward to the possibility of celebrating his 80th birthday later this year. Ted was a food science technical specialist with Kraft/General Foods for more than 30 years. He was proud of his career in food science and loved to share work and travel related stories and lament about the many patents he received in his career. Locally, Ted was better known for his musical talents. He was a singer/songwriter and a guitarist/musician with the “Blue Jays,” “The Generation Gap” and “The Time Machine” along with performing in other arenas as they were presented in the Delaware and Maryland area and a time or two as far away as Heidelberg, Germany. His performing experience also gave him a volunteer job in producing fundraisers for the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ellendale Volunteer Fire Company of which he was an honorary member thanks to his wife’s lifetime involvement to the fire service. He was dedicated to his career, his family, children and especially the love of his life, his wife of 47 years, Shirley Lea (Ellingsworth Holloway) Joseph, who preceded him in death in 2013, just shy of her 80th birthday. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Cheryl Christy Joseph and Billie Dea Beck; two grandsons, Andrew Joseph Geyer and James Michael Holloway; and his sister, Jane Waller. He is survived by children, Kathy Clendaniel, Benjamin Holloway (Vicki), Gladys Geyer-Jarrel (Dale), Rosemary Joseph-Kappel, and Mandy Walls (Heather); grandchildren, Monica Holloway, Mindy Taylor (Rob), Benjamin Evans (Wendy), Myles Geyer, Jarred Geyer (Danielle), Zeph Geyer, Briona Holloway and Mikayla Juarbe; his brother, James Joseph (Becky); brother-in-law, William “Ducky” Waller; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, in the chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 NW Front St., Milford, where friends may call after 2. Interment will be in Ellendale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Andrew Joseph Geyer Memorial Scholarship Fund, Wesley College, 120 N. State St., Dover, DE 19901 or the Gee…You Will Project, 702 SE 2nd St., Milford, DE 19963.


Nadine Fleischauer -- Nadine Fleischauer, 94, of Greenwood, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at her home. She was the daughter of the late Ernest and Birdie Forbes of Hammond, La. Nadine had a loving marriage of almost 74 years to her late husband Bill and was a devoted wife. She was a great mom who loved her family. Nadine was a quiet, soft spoken, caring person with a sweet spirit. She loved to sing and sang in church choirs for many years, often singing duets with her son, Billy. Nadine also loved her Lord and was a faithful woman of God. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends, and to those to whom she was a second mother. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, William Fleischauer III, two brothers and one sister. Nadine is survived by her two children, Eileen (Randy) Haith and Gregory (Charlotte) Fleischauer; a daughter-in-law, Donna Fleischauer; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and extended family. Friends may call on Thursday, June 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, and on Friday, June 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Hickory Ridge Community Church, 12237 Sussex Hwy, Greenwood, where funeral services will follow at 11. Interment will be held at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Nadine to Hickory Ridge Church (address above) or Living Life Fellowship, PO Box 878, Greenwood, DE 19950.


Georgia Ann Hastings -- Georgia Ann Hastings, 77, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Shamokin, Pa., Georgia was the daughter of George Washington Wolfgang and Mary Alice Minner Wolfgang. She was an honorary graduate of Delmar High School, class of 1960. She worked at the Shirt Factory and then the Laundry locally prior to marriage. After raising her five children, she worked as a weigher/wrapper at Acme Markets for 15 years. She loved her family above all else. She enjoyed spending time taking care of her family. She babysat all her grandchildren and some of the great-grandchildren. She helped on the family farm, working alongside her husband managing their home butcher shop. She especially loved to work in her flower gardens. Georgia was talented at sewing, painting ceramics, cross-stitch and making afghans for all her children. Additionally, she enjoyed trips to Lancaster, Pa., with family and friends. She was a collector of Hummel figurines since 1977. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Franklin R. Hastings Sr.; children, Deborah (Ronald) Kemp of Rhodesdale, Martin (Kimberly) Hastings of Laurel, Crystal (Richard) Charnock of Laurel and Franklin (Patricia) Hastings Jr. of Laurel; grandchildren, Danielle Shockley, David Allison III, Danae Allison, Zachary Hastings, Alex Hastings, Nicholas Hastings, Kurt Hastings, Brittany Wheatley, Austin Hastings; great-grandchildren, Isaiah Shockley, Cameron Chapman, Alana Joynes, Kaiden Purnell, Lyric Hitch, Ryker Hastings, Kamden Hastings, Karter Hastings and Kash Hastings; and another great-grandson, Kingston Hastings, who is expected in July. Additionally, she is survived by her three brothers, David Wolfgang of Laurel, Leon Wolfgang of Laurel and Edwin Wolfgang of Delmar and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, multiple step-sisters and her beloved son, R. Grant Hastings. A funeral service was held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, on Friday, May 25. The Rev. Dave Kiser officiated. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.


Naomi W. Lare -- Naomi W. Lare, 78, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was born on April 2, 1940 in Laurel, a daughter of the late Norman and Margie Wingate. Naomi was born and raised near Trap Pond in Laurel, where her dad worked as a park ranger for many years. In her later years, she enjoyed working at the ticket booth. She was a member of Kings United Methodist Church and the Laurel American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was also an avid lover of harness racing. She is survived by her sons, Toby Lynch Jr. and his wife Carolyn of Delmar, and Kevin Lare of Harrington; grandchildren, Jason Lynch, Megan LeCates and her husband Larry, Tyler, Shea, Trot, and Foxx Lare; great-grandson, Lucas Lynch; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Crystal Lynn Lare; a sister, Doris Downs; and brothers, Leon and Vernon Wingate. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at Kings U.M. Church, 34526 Gordy Rd., Laurel, where visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. John Rogers will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ms. Lare may be sent to Kings United Methodist Church, c/o George Nepert, 34915 Gordy Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.


Arthur ‘Artie’ McNeill Cochran -- Arthur “Artie” McNeill Cochran, 77, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at his home. Artie enlisted in the Navy and served two years active duty and four years reserve. After his service, he worked in New York City and Piscataway, N.J. for RCA/GE/MCI/World Com/MCI/Verizon for 44 years. He was the son of the late Floyd and Marge Cochran. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Lantz and a son, Shaun Cochran. Artie is survived by his wife, Elaine; a son, Duane Cochran of Euless, Texas; a daughter, Laurie Ann Lepore of Phillipsburg, N.J.; a step-son, Gregory Thorpe of Chesterfield, Va.; a step-daughter, Deborah DeNuzzo, of Dayton, N.J.; three grandchildren and four step-grandsons. Artie’s final resting place will be at the Farmington Cemetery, Farmington, N.H. Donations in memory of Artie may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Mary A. Weed -- With great sadness we share the news that our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Mary A. Weed, of Delmar, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2018, in her sleep at the age of 81. Mary was born in Watertown, Mass., in 1936 and grew up in Newton, Mass. She proudly earned her GED in the mid-1990s at the encouragement of her children and grandchildren. She worked for Boscov’s for 15 years before she retired. Mary was an avid reader and a faithful fan of the Bigfoot legend. She was also a faithful fan of the Dallas Cowboys and a lover of Jesus. She also loved to visit her old friends at Boscov’s. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Harold L. Weed Jr.; her parents, William F. Sullivan and Beatrice Remigio; a stepfather, Joseph A. Remigio; two sisters, Joan Terasi and Nancy Maloney; and her brother, William F. Sullivan Jr. Surviving are her children, Annie Adkins (Bill) and Doreen Campbell (Jerry), all of Laurel, Tricia Johnson (Dave) of Delmar, Del., Harold L. Weed Jr. II (Judy) of Delmar, Md., Robert Weed (Patti) of Milton, Bonnie Spadin (Eric) of Princess Anne, Md. and Bernadette Lawson (Jeff) of Fruitland, Md.; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. In addition, Mary is survived by three sisters-in-law, Joan Nasko of Billings, Mont., Leonora Beach of Salida, Colo., and Sueko “Amy” Sullivan of Converse, Texas; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 4, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where visitation will be held on Sunday, June 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and also on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Delmar. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions honoring her life may be made to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Donald H. Melvin- Donald H. Melvin, 86, of Laurel, passed away on May 23, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Milford, he is the son of the late J. Lynn Melvin and Ruth Hastings Melvin. Donald graduated from Laurel High School in the class of “1949” and was a member of the Odd Fellows Charity Lodge, and Centenary United Methodist Church both in Laurel. He was a season ticket holder for the University of Delaware sporting events and enjoyed attending the games. Donald also enjoyed watching the Philadelphia Phillies play baseball and teasing his nieces and nephews with his quick wit. He is survived by his brother Fred Melvin; niece Margaret O’Neal and her husband Joe, and nephew Richard Melvin, Sr. and his wife Myrna. Great nieces; Maggie O’Neal, Megan Benner, and Kara Melvin, and great nephew Richard Melvin, Jr. Donald is also survived by his great-great nephews; Christian Price and Colton O’Neal. In addition to his parents; he is preceded in death by his brother Eddie Melvin. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 30 at 2 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 West Market Street in Laurel. A viewing will be held at the church from 1-2 pm. Pastor Dean Perdue will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home.


Michael E. Jones -- Michael E. Jones, 66, of Laurel, Delaware passed away on May 24, 2018 surround by his family at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Mike was born in Salisbury on May 3, 1952, the son of the late Ralph Jones and Ardella Lyons Jones. Mike retired from Delmarva Power after 36 years as a construction Supervisor. He continued to work in the field he loved until early this year. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 19. Mike was a past member of the Laurel Lions Club, past Laurel School Board Member, and was active in the Laurel Little League. He had also served in the National Guard. Mike was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. “Pa’s” spirit will live on through his grandchildren with Liam Michael sharing his namesake and Luke sharing his birthday. Mike was very social and community oriented. He was friend to everyone and never met a stranger. He was always willing to help family, friends, neighbors, or even strangers. Mike touched many lives and will be greatly missed. Michael is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Debbie, daughters: Amanda White (Eric) of Laurel, and Megan Stover (Hunt) of Laurel; grandchildren, Liam and Luke Stover; a special niece, Robin Wright (Colin) Newark; his sisters, Linda Jones (Allen) of Millsboro and Jane Jones of Millsboro, and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church 200 W. Market St. Laurel on Thursday May 31 at noon, a viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Dean Perdue will officiate along with Pastor Bruce Smart. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Online condolences can be made by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Dilia N. O’Loughlin -- Dilia N. O’Loughlin, 89, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Dilia was born on May 12, 1929 in Caimanera, Cuba, the daughter of the late Fernando Dranguet and Carlota Vidal. She graduated from trade & finishing school and was a homemaker. She was forever concerned for humanity, general improvement and quality of life for all. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh O’Loughlin and her youngest son, Jose. Dilia is survived by her sons, Hugh, Brad, Fernando and teenage granddaughter, Olivia. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, May 26, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Seaford. Burial was in the church cemetery. While our hearts cry out missing you, the heavens delight in receiving you. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Agnes Lee Mitchell -- Agnes Lee Mitchell, 88, of Delmar, passed away on Friday morning, May 25, 2018, at her home, with her loving family gathered around. She was born on July 24, 1929 in Laurel, a daughter of the late Sirman and Lennie (Marvel) Cordrey. Agnes enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends and also her work on the family farm. She was a member of Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene for close to 20 years, where she was a member of the church choir, taught Sunday school, went on work and witness trips and assisted with the Easter journey. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Delmar where she served as Sunday school superintendent and teacher and sang in the choir. She is survived by her children, Pam Mitchell of Salisbury and Blair Mitchell (Sandra Donoway) of Delmar; and her grandson, Benjamin Mitchell of Delmar. She is also survived by a sister, Ruth Ann Brumbley of Delmar and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Paul James Mitchell, who passed in 1987 and her beloved sisters, Eleanor Jones and Joyce Wolfgang. A visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, June 2, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Cross Point Church of the Nazarene, 27765 Nanticoke Rd., Salisbury, followed by a funeral service at 11. Pastor Joel Beiler will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Delmar. In memory of Agnes Mitchell, contributions may be made to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.


Jacque ‘Jackie’ Taylor -- Jacque “Jackie” Taylor, 69, of Delmar, Del., passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Jackie was born in Salisbury, Md. and was a proud graduate of Delmar High School’s Class of 1966. Jackie was a voracious reader, avid card player, and bingo enthusiast. She also enjoyed shopping and meals out with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Young Schrier; her father, Paul Hopkins; and sister, Betsy Richardson. Jackie is survived by her son, Wes Wilkerson and girlfriend, Holly Kunde of Delmar and his children, Sean and Randa Wilkerson; her daughter, Angela Holodick and son-in-law, Mark Holodick of Wilmington and their children, Taylor Bucy, Rosaleigh Holodick, and Lillian Holodick; her sister and brother-in-law, Terri and Alan Littleton of Delmar; her sister, Nancy Studer of Vero Beach, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, at the Delmar VFW, 200 W. State St., Delmar, Md. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Delmar Alumni Association, PO Box 184, Delmar, DE 19940 or the Friends of the Delmar Public Library, 101 N. Bi-State Blvd., Delmar, DE 19940.


Gerald F. Lutz Sr. -- Gerald F. Lutz Sr., 101, of Delmar, died on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on Jan. 14, 1917 in Dayton, Ohio, a son of the late Harry Porter Lutz and Lillian Peters Lutz Eves. In 1933, Mr. Lutz’s family moved to Washington D.C. He proudly served his country for 30 years in the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force Reserves. He retired from Air Force headquarters as a Chief Master Sgt. with the 909th Combat Support Squadron. From 1956 to 1973, he worked for the White House as assistant superintendent of the White House Reception and Security Office, a job he truly loved. In 1973, he was appointed chief bailiff for the Prince George’s County Courthouse, a position he held for 10 years. During his time in the D.C. area, he also served several years as a volunteer fireman in D.C. Mr. Lutz was a 32nd degree Mason and a life member of Potomac #5 Blue Lodge in Washington D.C. He was also a Shriner at the Almas Temple in Washington and a member of the Legion of Honor. He served as a member, and past commander of the American Legion, Post 15 in Washington D.C. and was an honorary Kentucky colonel. After he and his wife retired and moved to the Eastern Shore they became members of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel and lovingly volunteered at the Good Samaritan Shop in Laurel. He loved his life on the Shore and loved his wife’s home cooking. Mr. Lutz saw so much in his lifetime and had a great knowledge of history which he loved to share with family and friends. One of his fondest memories of his time living in D.C. was working as a hotel doorman. It was 1937 and the Redskins had just moved from Boston and he quickly made friends with the players and coaches. Some of the players took him out for his bachelor party the night before his wedding, making him a lifelong Redskins fan. He shared his Redskins passion with his son, with whom he loved to watch games. With his daughter he enjoyed playing Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy almost every night and stayed sharp until the end. He also loved playing cards with his granddaughter, Kim. In 2003, he lost his wife of 66 years, Helen L. Talley Lutz. He was also preceded in death by a son, Jerry. He is survived by a son, Ron Lutz and wife Virginia of Churchton, Md.; a daughter, Sandra L. Becker of Delmar; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Lutz; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.


Bonnie Faye Dewey -- Bonnie F. (Armes) Dewey, 79, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Bonnie was born in West Graham, Bluefield, Va., on Aug. 30, 1938, the daughter of the late Andy and Sussie (Young) Armes. She married the love of her life, Harlan (Glenn) Dewey on Sept. 14, 1956. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She not only loved her own family, but “adopted” many of her friend’s children as her own. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Many knew Bonnie as a waitress from her many years of service at various local restaurants including Dillard’s, The Seaford Inn, Canton Inn, and The Flag Ship. Bonnie didn’t know a stranger and will be remembered as one of the sweetest ladies on earth. She always took the time to listen to anyone with a need and would try to help in any way she could. She will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her – whether in a small way or a lifetime relationship. She was a loving individual who brought joy to everyone she knew. Her smile could truly light up a room. A new star is shining on all of us from above. In addition to her parents, Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan and sisters, Sarah Franks and Linda Ellis. Bonnie is survived by her two sons, Kevin B. Dewey (Kim) of Seaford and Willis G. Dewey (Clara) of Bridgeville; her sister and best friend, Mary Parsons of Greenwood; her brother, Andrew Armes (Roseanne) of Millsboro; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and her great friend, Margie Clayton of Sharptown, Md. Bonnie adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and considered her nieces and nephews and many of their friends as her own. She cherished everything about them and could not do enough to see that they were happy and successful in life. Though Bonnie’s passing was unexpected, her family and friends were able to surround her with love during the last days of her life. The family would like to thank the staff at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital who cared for her with great tenderness and compassion. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, with visitation from noon to 1 at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. A private burial service will be held at a later date. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Robert ‘Bobby’ Chaffinch -- Robert “Bobby” Chaffinch, 80, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. A member of Bricklayers Local #1 out of Philadelphia, Bobby worked on many brick buildings in Seaford including The Ross Mansion, Central Elementary School and Gateway Park. He was a member of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, the VFW, the Moose Lodge, the American Legion, and Hiram Lodge #21. He played in the First Delaware Blue-Gold All Star football game. He enjoyed duck carving and surf fishing in Fenwick Island and his many breakfasts at Pizza King. He was the son of the late James and Lena Chaffinch. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Chaffinch and a brother, Roland Chaffinch. He is survived by a son, Blake Chaffinch (Robin); a daughter, Dina Monaco (Vincent); seven grandchildren, Beau Chaffinch, Dustin Chaffinch, Morgan Abbott (T.J.), Angela Passwaters, Tony Monaco, Alyssa Collins and Taylor Collins; four great-grandchildren, Brady Chaffinch, Karson Abbott, Jase Passwaters and Vivian Passwaters; two brothers, Ronald Chaffinch (Mauree) and Richard “Doc” Chaffinch (Ann) and his pride and joy, the family dog, Rocco. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 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 Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 87, Seaford, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


William Herbert Newlon -- William Herbert Newlon, 92, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, at Crozer Chester Medical Center after a tragic accident. He was born in Wheeling, W.V. and then moved to Baltimore, Md. He joined the Navy in 1944 and served as a Seaman Second Class on the USS Savannah in the Malta arena. He also served in the Merchant Marines. He retired from Anchor Motor Freight after 30 years. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Eula “Mickey” Burkhamer Newlon. They resided in Glen Burnie, Md. for 27 years. After retirement they moved to Delaware where they lived for 36 years. Bill enjoyed fishing the Delaware Bay on his boat “Mickey II.” When Bill rode his motorcycle, his dog, “Murphy” would hop on the front. He followed the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens games. Most of all, he was an avid 10-pin bowler in which he bowled 11 strikes in a row for a 279 game. He is also survived by a brother, Charles Newlon of Benwood, W.V., and was preceded in death by five sisters. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Glen Haven Memorial Park, 7231 Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Brenda J. Leslie -- Brenda J. Leslie, 73, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in the company of family. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Elsie Carey Jones. Mrs. Leslie was a graduate of Fairmont State University in West Virginia, Class of 1967. A member of Community Church at Ocean Pines, Brenda loved traveling with her husband, going to the beach, and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Gary Leslie and children, Monica Leslie of Ocean Pines, Md., Tonja Blankenship and her husband Bill of Redlands, Calif., Linsey Parker and her husband Jake of Berlin, Md., Roscoe Leslie and his wife Megan of Laurel, and Marie Christiansen and her husband Lance of Mooresville, N.C. Mrs. Leslie was the proud grandmother to seven grandchildren, Caroline Blankenship, Lena Parker, John Parker, Camille Leslie, Henry Leslie, Abe Christiansen, and Ady Christiansen. She is also survived by her brother, Glen Jones and his wife Laurie of Laurel, and a nephew, Russell Jones. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, at Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. The Rev. Robert Harris will officiate. Interment will follow in Garden of the Pines Cemetery. A donation in her memory may be made to the Community Church of Ocean Pines (RE: Music Fund for Psalm 66 Band), 11227 Racetrack Rd., Berlin, MD 21811, or the Friends of the Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Rd., Berlin, MD 21811. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com.


Richard D. Donaway -- Richard D. Donaway, 86, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at his home after a long illness. Richard was born on June 14, 1931, the son of the late William and Bertie Donaway of Parsonsburg, Md. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a lifetime member of the American Legion, Seaford. Richard was a “Chevy” man and worked as a mechanic for many years prior to his retirement at Oliphant Chevrolet which became Bob Bell Chevrolet then Courtesy Chevrolet of Salisbury. He enjoyed NASCAR and was a devoted Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan. Richard also liked to watch the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles. He was very proud to be affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous and celebrated 28 years of sobriety on Jan. 1, 2018. Richard was the beloved husband of Kaye Donaway for 39 years; devoted grandfather to Cathy Moorefield and her husband Craig of Delmar and Jerica Morris and her husband Chad of Millsboro; loving great-grandfather to Charles (Drew) Moorefield of Greenwood, Christopher Moorefield of Delmar, and Reagan Morris of Millsboro; and great-great-grandfather to Conner Moorefield. He was the loving brother to sisters, Doris White of Parsonsburg and Anna Lewis of Rockville, Md. and sisters-in-law, Jayne McQuate and Sylvia Brohawn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Otis Donaway and Joshua Donaway; sisters, Evelyn Sutliffe and Charlotte Parrott; half-sister, Mazie Waller and his beloved pet cat, “Little Fella.” A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, at Holloway Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will be in Parsons Cemetery in Salisbury. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


Elizabeth ‘Beth’ O’Neal -- Elizabeth “Beth” O’Neal, 37, of Greenwood, Delaware passed away on May 6, 2018 at Christiana Hospital. Beth was born in Seaford, Delaware the daughter of David O’Neal of Seaford and Joanne Wootten of Laurel. Beth worked for Walgreens in Harrington. She loved to dress up, do her hair and nails. She is survived by her parents and her children, Jordan R. Hastings of Dagsboro and Desirre Dennis of Crisfield, Md. A brother Lee O’Neal of Virginia. A granddaughter, Lilly Ann Dennis will arrive in two months. A memorial service will be held at St. Philips Episcopal Church S. Central Ave Laurel on Saturday May 26 at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the church. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus will officiate. Interment will be held privately. Memorial contributions can be made in Beth’s memory to: St. Philips Episcopal Church 610 S. Central Ave Laurel, DE 19956 or the Gift of Life. Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home Laurel.


Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Delores Carter -- Jacqueline “Jackie” Delores Carter, 71, formally of Washington DC and Waldorf, Md., earned her angel wings on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Seaford, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born on April 10, 1947 in Washington D.C., daughter of the late Ralph and Mary Carter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James “Jimmy” Carter. Jackie is survived by her ex-husband, Gary Thompson (Martha); her two sons, Ralph (Margaret “Margo”) and William “Marty”; granddaughters, Lauren Cole (Wilbert) and Meghan Thompson; great-grandson, Jarrett Cole; a forever daughter, Stacy Thompson; a friend like a sister, Ruth Storck; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, in Seaford, at American Legion Nanticoke Post 6, 230 N Front St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jackie to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org), Susan G. Komen (www.komen.org), or Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.


Penny Pattie Robertson -- Penny Pattie Robertson, aka Adele Duval Ludwig, 77, passed away peacefully at home in Newark, on Friday, April 20, 2018. She previously lived in Ocean Pines, Md. and Salisbury, Md. Penny was born and raised in Waynesboro, Va., where she was a state champion diver and excelled in gymnastics, dance and art. She lived most of her adult life in Seaford, and was an active member of the Spade and Trowel Garden Club, the Nanticoke Hospital Auxiliary, St. John’s United Methodist Church, and the Seaford Golf and Country Club. She will always be remembered for her amazing artistic talent and her passion for creativity which was expressed in painting, sculpting, decorating, landscaping and entertaining. Penny was vibrant, energetic, compassionate and funny, and she will be deeply missed by all of those lucky enough to know her. She is survived by sisters, Pamela Harper of Rock Hill, S.C. and Peggy Graham of Merritt Island, Fla.; son, Greg Robertson of Hockessin; daughter and son-in-law, Gale and Bob Vantrease of Newark; grandchildren, Corteney, Cameron, Hadley and Quinn Robertson and Cody, Andraya and Austin Vantrease; as well as one great-grandson, Landon Vantrease. Friends are encouraged to gather and celebrate her life at Sunnybrae Mansion, 416 NE 10th St., Milford, on Saturday, May 19 from noon to 3 p.m.


William Fleischauer Jr. -- William Fleischauer Jr., 94, of Greenwood, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, May 11, 2018, at his home. He was the son of the late William Sr. and Edna Morgan Fleischauer. Bill graduated from Greenwood High School, Class of 1941. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII as a tail gunner in a B-26. While returning from a bombing mission, he was shot down and became a POW. He owned and operated Fleischauer Funeral Home from 1953 until the early 1990s; he also owned and operated Greenwood Lumber Company. Later in life he became an ordained minister and was instrumental in starting what is known today as Hickory Ridge Community Church in Greenwood. Bill was a charter member of the Farmington VFC and the Greenwood VFW Post. He also was a member of the Greenwood VFC and Greenwood Kiwanis Club. His main passion in life was telling people about Jesus Christ, and living for Him on a daily basis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William Fleischauer III. Bill is survived by the love of his life, Nadine, who he married in 1944 and they had a love affair for nearly 74 years. He is also survived by two children, Eileen (Randy) Haith and Gregory (Charlotte) Fleischauer; a daughter-in-law, Donna Fleischauer; grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Friends may call on Friday, May 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, and Saturday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hickory Ridge Community Church, 12237 Sussex Hwy., Greenwood. Funeral services will be held at 1 at the church. Interment will be held at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his honor to Hickory Ridge Community Church or Living Life Fellowship, PO Box 878, Greenwood, DE 19950.


John F. Mishler -- John F. Mishler, 87, of Greenwood, went to his heavenly home at 8:50 a.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018. He died at home peacefully, surrounded by his family. John was born on Feb. 1, 1931 in LaGrange, Ind. He married Dema (Chupp) on Feb. 5, 1949. John became an ordained minister at the age of 25 and served as the pastor of Talcum Mennonite Church in Kentucky. He also attended college to become a teacher and in 1963, he moved to Delaware to be a teacher and the principal of Greenwood Mennonite School. He became pastor and then a bishop of Greenwood Mennonite Church. He also served as a bishop, overseer and interim pastor in many churches throughout the United States. He was the founding pastor of Cannon Mennonite Church in 1976 and served there until he retired. In addition to serving in churches, he was a very talented carpenter and had two businesses, Mishler Construction and The Golden Rule Workshop. In his retirement, he managed Seaford Self Storage. John Mishler enjoyed golfing and gardening, but his primary passion in life was people. He was a friend to all and his greatest desire was for all to know and love Jesus. His heart was especially tender towards those who were struggling or needing extra attention. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Freida; his sisters, Lydia, Goldie and Annie; his brothers, Amos, Noah and Harry; and his parents, Fred and Mary. He is survived by Dema A., his loving wife of 69 years; his daughters, Fern (Duane) and Elvida (Curtis), both of Milford; son-in-law, Clinton of Wagener, S.C.; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Ervin Mishler of Sturgis, Mich., as well as many nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held at Living Hope Fellowship, which meets at Sam Yoder Farm, 89 Hunting Quarter Rd., Houston, on Thursday, May 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at Greenwood Mennonite School at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 18, with an hour of visitation preceding the service. Burial will follow at Greenwood Mennonite Church after the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Greenwood Mennonite School or Living Hope Fellowship Building Fund. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


John F. Mishler -- John F. Mishler, 87, of Greenwood, went to his heavenly home at 8:50 a.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018. He died at home peacefully, surrounded by his family. John was born on Feb. 1, 1931 in LaGrange, Ind. He married Dema (Chupp) on Feb. 5, 1949. John became an ordained minister at the age of 25 and served as the pastor of Talcum Mennonite Church in Kentucky. He also attended college to become a teacher and in 1963, he moved to Delaware to be a teacher and the principal of Greenwood Mennonite School. He became pastor and then a bishop of Greenwood Mennonite Church. He also served as a bishop, overseer and interim pastor in many churches throughout the United States. He was the founding pastor of Cannon Mennonite Church in 1976 and served there until he retired. In addition to serving in churches, he was a very talented carpenter and had two businesses, Mishler Construction and The Golden Rule Workshop. In his retirement, he managed Seaford Self Storage. John Mishler enjoyed golfing and gardening, but his primary passion in life was people. He was a friend to all and his greatest desire was for all to know and love Jesus. His heart was especially tender towards those who were struggling or needing extra attention. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Freida; his sisters, Lydia, Goldie and Annie; his brothers, Amos, Noah and Harry; and his parents, Fred and Mary. He is survived by Dema A., his loving wife of 69 years; his daughters, Fern (Duane) and Elvida (Curtis), both of Milford; son-in-law, Clinton of Wagener, S.C.; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Ervin Mishler of Sturgis, Mich., as well as many nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held at Living Hope Fellowship, which meets at Sam Yoder Farm, 89 Hunting Quarter Rd., Houston, on Thursday, May 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at Greenwood Mennonite School at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 18, with an hour of visitation preceding the service. Burial will follow at Greenwood Mennonite Church after the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Greenwood Mennonite School or Living Hope Fellowship Building Fund. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Pantaleone 'Leo' Rizzo -- Pantaleone "Leo" Rizzo, 91, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Seaford. Please visit www.parsellfuneralhomes.com to view the complete obituary and sign the online guest registry.


Eugene E. Burris -- Eugene E. Burris, 89, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Eugene was born on Nov. 6, 1928, the son of the late David and Bessie Burris of Laurel. Eugene was a Korean War veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. He retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford in 1985 after 40 years of service. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three of his four sisters, Katherine Goff, Betty Walls and Isabelle Ziegler and his wife of 65 years, Pauline Hickman Burris, who passed away in 2013. He is survived by two children, Gina Barker (Barry) of Florida and Treg Burris (Teri) of Laurel; five grandchildren, Katie Forbes of Florida, Gary Trout of Seaford, Ashley Joseph of Georgetown, Abbey Marvil of Laurel and Treggie Burris of Laurel; and a sister, Bonnie Walters of Laurel. Eugene also enjoyed his nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his dear friend and companion, Betty Pozsgay. A celebration of Eugene’s life at Arlington National Cemetery will be forthcoming. Eugene will be honored for his military service at the Laurel American Legion on Friday, June 8 at 2 p.m. Friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


William Victor Stewart Jr. -- William Victor Stewart Jr., 66, of Seaford, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Monday, May 8, 2018. He was born in Milford, the son of the late William Victor Stewart Sr. and Grace Wright Stewart. He married the love of his life, Wanda Lee Griffith, on Dec. 28, 1973. He worked as a carpenter and heavy machine operator for Arthur Knipple and Sons. He enjoyed cars, motorcycles, his labs Cletus and Sam, and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Stewart; his son, William Victor Stewart III; his grandchildren, Ashley and Jennifer Stewart; nieces, Billie Joe and Jennifer Stewart; and three special friends, David Diamond, Trey Ramey, and Trevor Ramey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Marie Stewart, and a nephew, Randall Stewart. A graveside service will be held at noon on Friday, May 11, at Bloomery Cemetery in Federalsburg, Md. A viewing will be held prior to the graveside service at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, from 11 a.m. to noon. Services are in the care of Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg, Md. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Patricia ‘Pat’ Ann Lynch Allen -- Patricia “Pat” Ann Lynch Allen, 79, of Finksburg, Md. and previously of Bridgeville, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at her home. She was the wife of John Bennett Allen Sr., her loving husband of 62 years. Pat was born in Grasonville, Md. on Oct. 7, 1938, to the late Holmes Leon and Helen Margaret Lynch. Pat graduated from Stevensville High School in Grasonville in 1955. She was a lifelong homemaker. Pat always loved homemaking and gardening, but, most of all, she loved her husband and her family. She was a former Queen mother in the Red Hat Society. In addition to her husband, Pat is survived by her sons, John Bennett Allen Jr. of Albany, N.Y., David Michael (Renee) Allen of Estacada, Ore., and Gary Patrick Allen and Lynn Condry of Red Lion, Pa. and her daughter, Cynthia Ann Dill of Finksburg. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Terry Lee Allen, Franklin Dorian Allen, Benjamin David Allen and Christine Noelle Dill; three great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Helen Horney and Julia Antoinette Quinn and her brother, Charles Leon Lynch. Her family will welcome visitors on Wednesday, May 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster, Md., followed by the funeral service at 7. Pastor Vivian McCarthy will officiate. Interment will be at the Old Wye Mill Church Cemetery in Wye Mills, Md., on Thursday, May 10 at 1 p.m. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or online at www.stjude.org. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prittsfuneralhome.com.


Frank E. Williamson -- Frank E. Williamson, 95, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Frank was born on Dec. 29, 1922 in Roanoke, Va. He was involved in all kinds of sports at William Byrd High School in Vinton, Va. He met his wife, Hilda and they quickly became high school sweethearts. They were married on June 12, 1943 in South Carolina while he attended basic training for the U.S. Army. In 1945, he began his service in the Yankee Division, under the direction of General George Patton in Europe. Upon discharge he attended Roanoke College in Salem, Va. He was an avid Baltimore Orioles fan, loved watching all kinds of sports and enjoyed playing tennis after moving to Seaford in 1969. He retired from Union 76 in 1985. He enjoyed his family, his love of Christ and singing in the choir at Mt. Olivet Church in Seaford. Frank is survived by his wife of 75 years, Hilda; three children, David Williamson (Betsy), Karen (Joe), and Joyce (J.L.); six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Jean Boley. Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, May 7, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Burton Coleman -- Burton Coleman, 94, of Seaford and Laurel, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seaford. Burton was born in Rockhall, Md., a son of the late William Coleman and Lena Coleman. Burton served in the Army and later retired as a plumber with C.O. White Co. He enjoyed tending to his gardens and was a hardworking man. He loved his late wife and family dearly. He is survived by his son, Robert Coleman of Seaford; a sister, Libby Tarr of Virginia; grandchildren, Jami Lynn Gill (Johnny) and Ronny Benson (Allison); and a great-grandson, Walter Bordman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline Coleman in 2009, and a son, Walter Coleman. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Wayne E. Hitchens -- Wayne E. Hitchens, 79, of Bridgeville, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Wayne was born in Hitchens Crossroads, Laurel, to the late Linden and Mary Ward Hitchens. Wayne served his country proudly in the National Guard. He retired with 33 years of service from E.I. DuPont of Seaford as a machine operator. After retirement he went to work for the Sussex Guide for 10 years. Wayne enjoyed many things in life, one of those being sports. In baseball, it had to be the Baltimore Orioles; in football, it had to be the Green Bay Packers or the Pittsburgh Steelers; and in NASCAR, the drivers had to be Jeff Gordon or Jimmy Johnson. He also had a passion for bowling which he enjoyed for many years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Hitchens and sister, Doris Whaley. He is survived by his sister, Imogene Records of Lewes; companion, Jane Ellis of Bridgeville and her children, Eric Conley of San Antonio, Texas, Tim Ellis of Cambridge, Md. and Kim Chance of Bowers Beach; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his favorite niece, Karen Rogers; and special friends, Noah Adams and Walt Hearn. Services will take place at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 West Market St., Greenwood, on Thursday, May 10 at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors without Borders or your local SPCA.


Raelyn Nicole Huffman -- On Friday, May 4, 2018, Raelyn Nicole Huffman, 22, of Delmar, became one of God’s angels. She was born on Sept. 2, 1995 in Lewes, a daughter of Billie Jo Justice (Tim) and Ray Huffman (Brenda). Raelyn graduated from Seaford High School with the class of 2013 and worked for the past several years at Lowe’s. She loved her job at Lowe’s and only had plans to move up within the company. Anyone who knew her knew she loved her dogs and treated them like her kids. She was awarded “Most Valuable Player-Dr. Doolittle Award-Most Likely to Talk About Her Pets” at work. She was proud of that award as well as her recent “Employee of the Month” award. In addition to her dogs, Raelyn loved llamas and Volkswagen buses since she was a little girl. She liked going to the US 13 Dragway in Delmar and camping. Raelyn loved her trips to the Outer Banks each year and hanging out with her friends. She enjoyed going to Plaza Tapatia and hanging out with Matt Horne, Devin O’Neal, Nikki Cline and Kayla Beard. She was always looking for a way to make money and had planned to start a blog site with her mom and a YouTube channel with her brother Andrew. She will be remembered as a joyous, fun-loving girl, always smiling, who left her loved ones with so many wonderful memories…and so many more that they’ll never have the chance to make. She is loved dearly and will forever live in the hearts of many. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her favorite brother, Andrew; sisters, Kelsie Justice (Sebastian) and Shelby Bragdon; her boyfriend, Matt Adams; nieces, Adalynn and Sienna Martin; her two fur babies, Comet and Penny; and Matt’s parents, Tracey Ellsworth (Allen) and Matt Adams (Karen). She is also survived by grandparents, Wayne and Sandy Marshall, Arnold Huffman and Joyce Caudill and Bob and Gale Stevenson; great-grandparents, Betty Rosengren-Stone and Eleanor Littleton; aunt, Kelly Hales (Reece) and cousins, Paige and R.G.; uncle, Wayne Marshall (Nicole) and cousins, Nina and Jack; aunt, Teresa Huffman and cousins, Josh and Jessica; uncle, John Justice (Jennifer) and cousin, Rachel; uncle, Richard Caudill; and several great-aunts and uncles, cousins, honorary aunts and uncles and a host of wonderful friends. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Hoyet and Nellie Justice, Barbara Huffman, Ernest Littleton, Jim Adams and Thomas Caudill. A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, May 11, at Seaford Wesleyan Church-The Ark, where family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon. Pastor Larry Whaley will officiate. To honor Raelyn’s love for animals, contributions may be made in her memory to Delaware SPCA by visiting www.delspca.org/tribute-gifts/ or donations may be sent to Delaware SPCA, 455 Stanton Christiana Rd., Newark, DE 19713. Condolences may be sent to the family online by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Robert Lee Kagey -- Robert Lee Kagey, 86, of LaGrange, Ga., passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at LaGrange Nursing and Rehab. Mr. Kagey was born on March 5, 1932 in Mount Jackson, Va., a son of the late Melvin Lee Kagey and Beulah May Hansburger Kagey. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Seaford. He was a volunteer for the Blades Volunteer Fire Department and served as president. He was also a volunteer for the City of Seaford ambulance drivers. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Kagey of LaGrange; children, Sandra (Bill) Brown of Columbus, Ga., Kathy (Bob) Jones of Franklin, Ga., Ken (Sherrie) Kagey of Franklin, and Robert (Barbara) Kagey of Blades; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Carol Ann Wilkie of Greenwood. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to noon followed by a celebration of life service at noon at the Striffler-Hamby Mortuary Chapel in LaGrange. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens. Those wishing to share condolences or remembrances with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com. Arrangements are in the care of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary.


Roy F. Brittingham Jr. -- Roy F. Brittingham Jr., 91, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the Manor House in Seaford where he had lived for the past two years. Roy was born on Jan. 24, 1927, to Roy F. Sr. and Bertha M. Brittingham. Roy graduated from Laurel High School, Class of 1945. He served in the Army and retired from C. C. Oliphant & Sons, in Laurel. He was a member of Centenary UM Church in Laurel. Roy enjoyed his retirement by traveling with his wife, spending winters in Florida, and living in Bethany Beach for 30 years. He also enjoyed playing dominoes, golfing, fishing, bowling with family and friends. Roy is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Carolyn Lynch Brittingham and two daughters, Ann Lee (Randy) of Laurel and Joan Marvel (Ron) of Seaford. He is also survived by granddaughter, Amanda Lowe-Whaley (Jeff) of Laurel; step-grandson, Joel Marvel (Michelle) of North Carolina; great-grandchildren, Taylor Lowe and Lukas Whaley; step-great-grandchildren, Katelin and Jacob Marvel; a sister-in-law, Ellen Jane Brittingham and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Brittingham. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 4, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where friends may call one hour before the service. Pastor Dean Perdue and the Rev. Paul Rosa will officiate. Interment will be held at Odd Fellows Cemetery, West Street, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Centenary UM Church, Capital Improvement Fund, 200 W. Market St., Laurel DE 19956.


Nora Lee Callaway -- Nora Lee Callaway, 99, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Nora was born on the family farm on Fire Tower Road, between Laurel and Concord, the daughter of the late Walter and Effie Layton. She graduated from Laurel High School, class of 1936. She then graduated from nurse’s training as an RN from Delaware Hospital, Wilmington, class of 1940. She worked 10 years at Richardson Park and Henry C. Conrad High School in Wilmington. She worked 18 racing seasons at Delaware Park Race Track in Stanton in the first aid station. She also did private duty nursing until her retirement in 1976. Nora’s husband, Paul F. Callaway died in 1983. She was also preceded in death by four siblings, Edna Allen, Everett Layton, Gray Layton and Ruth Dean. She is survived by three children, Bruce Callaway, Paula Baker and Robin Callaway; three grandchildren, Melissa Adams, Matthew Callaway and Paul Baker; two great-grandchildren, Greydn Callaway and Jackson Adams; and a brother, Alfred R. Layton. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, May 5, at Sailor’s Bethel United Methodist Church, 7752 Main Ave., Bethel, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Sailor’s Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Sailor’s Bethel United Methodist Church, 7752 Main Ave., Bethel, DE 19931; Vitas Hospice, 30265 Commerce Dr., Ste. 202, Millsboro, DE 19960; or Acts Samaritan Fund – Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Harvey Lee Dolby - Harvey Lee Dolby, 93, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. He went home to be with his lifelong sweetheart and wife, Dorothy H. Dolby. They shared 65 years together before she passed in 2011. Born in Laurel on April 8, 1925, he was the son of the late Frank and Dolly Dolby. He spent his young adult life serving in the United States Marine Corp during WWII aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. After discharge from the USMC, he spent several years in the DE National Guard. He later pursued a career in construction while raising his children on the family farm. He was a devoted member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Laurel where he will be greatly missed by dear friends. He enjoyed sailing, fishing, woodworking, and especially loved spending time with his family. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and the joy he brought to those around him. He is survived by his four children, Dolly Thompson and her husband Russel, Steve Dolby and his wife Debbie, Jeff Dolby and his wife Wendy, and David Dolby and his wife Sharon; eight grandchildren, Renee Rostein, Ronnie Orendorf, Jason Dolby, Laurie Comorat, Matthew Dolby, Caitlin Givens, Lindsay Dolby, and Gregory Dolby; six great-grandchildren, Tyler Rostein, Jordyn Crossley, Laurel and Travis Orendorf, Jadyn Dolby, and Kendall Givens; and one great-great-grandchild, Samuel Rostein. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Lee Dolby; brothers, Jack and Brooks Dolby; and his wife of 65 years, Dorothy H. Dolby. A celebration of Harvey’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel. The Rev. Howard Backus will officiate. Inurnment in the church columbarium will follow the services. Contributions may be made in his memory to St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


James Edward Byington -- James ‘Big Jim’ Edward Byington, 62, passed away surrounded by his loving family at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford on Saturday, April 28, 2018. James was born in Rogersville, Tenn., to the late George and Ola Mae Byington. He was a member of the Fraternal Loyal Order of the Moose #1728 in Seaford. James enjoyed spending his time attending car shows, karaoke, fishing, crabbing, and gardening. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his son, Stevie Howell; brother, Curtis Byington; and niece, Brittany Byington. James is survived by his loving wife, Linda (Whisman) Byington; his five children: Dawn Byington Lord, her husband Butch, and their two children, Mitchell Lord and Steven Lord; Crystal Chambers, her husband Jack, and their five children, Autumn Byington, Elisha Chambers, Katelyn Chambers, Lilly Byington, and Jack ‘JJ’ Chambers; Wanda Byington; Rebecca Watkins, her husband Robert, and their five children, Kaylin Byington, Makayla Kelley, Mandy Watkins, Sonya Watkins, and Bridget Watkins; and Jack Baull III. He is also survived by his two sisters, Bernice King and Diane Linkins; his brother, Luther Byington; his great-grandchildren, Danielle Slade and Deangelo Watkins-Burdette, as well as many nieces, and extended family. A memorial service will be held at noon on Thursday, May 3, in the chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 NW Front St., Milford, DE 19963, where friends may call after 11 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in his honor to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriot’s Way, Milford, DE 19963.


George A. Fleetwood -- George A. Fleetwood, 81, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Methodist Manor House, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Seaford, he was the son of the late Preston Lee Fleetwood and Nellie Virginia Phillips Fleetwood. George graduated from Seaford High School in 1954 and retired from Home Beneficial Life Insurance Company in Seaford as an insurance agent. George enjoyed going to antique sales, auctions, fishing, hunting, and watching the Baltimore Orioles play baseball. George also attended Laurel Wesleyan Church. He is survived by his brother, Frank Fleetwood and his wife Pat of Seaford; his sister-in-law, Ann Meritt of Seaford; and his brother-in-law Gene Roch of Georgetown. He is also survived by his special friend, Gale and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Emma “Jane” Fleetwood, and his siblings, Lee Fleetwood and Maryann Roch. A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 28, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Pastor Scott Conn officiated. Interment was in Bridgeville Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Mr. Fleetwood’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Donna Lee Foster Taylor -- Donna Lee Foster Taylor, 84, of Dagsboro, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, April 27, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Lewisburg, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Josiah Foster and Goldie Elizabeth Bunger Foster. Donna served as a teacher’s aide at Epworth Christian School in Laurel. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking, canning, camping, painting, dancing, and singing. She was a member of Victory Tabernacle Church, and enjoyed cooking for the widow’s group, Teen Challenge, God’s Table at Centenary U.M. Church, and for anyone in need. Her family and friends were her greatest treasure and she will be remembered for the wonderful memories she created for them. Donna was always witnessing to everyone she met about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even when she was sick, she continued to share the love of Jesus and serve the Him. She is survived by her children, Gene Taylor Jr. and his life partner Rhonda Timmons of Millsboro, Tom Taylor and his wife June of Georgetown, Lora Hastings and her husband Mark of Laurel, Sally Bradshaw and her husband Glenn of Dagsboro, and Beth Taylor of Laurel; her sister, Marilyn Fornshil of Ohio; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren “Gene” Taylor Sr.; her siblings, Joe Foster Jr., Dean Foster, Milly Ditmer, and Daryl Foster; and her granddaughter, Jessica Taylor. A viewing will be held on Saturday evening, May 5, from 6 to 8, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at Victory Tabernacle Church, 28261 Seaford Rd., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Contribution’s may be made in Mrs. Taylor’s memory to Delmarva Teen Challenge Home of Hope, PO Box 1271, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Bruce Barnes Truitt Jr. -- Bruce Barnes Truitt Jr., 55, was called home by the Lord on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Bruce was born in Seaford and graduated from Seaford High School where he played football. He graduated from Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C. and Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., where he majored in printing management. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and enjoyed intramural sports as well as coaching intramurals. While attending Arkansas State University he met his wife, Susan Mullen, and they resided in Memphis, Tenn. and later Collierville, Tenn. Bruce worked for Lithograph Printing Company where he was a customer service manager before becoming a sales representative. He later took a sales position for Courier Printing Company in Smyrna, Tenn., where he also became vice president of sales. During this time, he and his wife, Susan, moved to Murfreesboro, Tenn. Bruce trained with Memphis Thunder, competing in many triathlons, several marathons, and accomplished four half Ironman finishes. If he wasn’t working, spending time with family, or coaching his children, you might catch him out swimming, biking, or running. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, and attending Ole Miss athletic events. Bruce and his family were members of Collierville First Baptist Church where he loved serving the Lord. He taught high school boys Sunday school, coached Upward Basketball, and was heavily involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He had a passion for working with youth and sports while sharing the gospel and showing the love of Jesus. Bruce was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012 and received a bone marrow transplant from a selfless donor that allowed Bruce to spend a few more years with his family and friends. After moving to Murfreesboro, he became a member of Third Baptist Church and also became involved with the SE Middle Tennessee FCA. Bruce enjoyed attending Middle Tennessee State University Basketball games and eventually became close to the coaching staff and team members. Bruce regularly attended the MTSU basketball practices and was able to share his story and faith with the team. Bruce leaves behind his wife, Susan, of 30 years, and two children, daughter Ashley (and Russell) of Hendersonville, Tenn. and son, Matthew, of Collierville. He also leaves behind his mother, Agnes Truitt of Seaford, an aunt, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and sisters and brothers-in-law. Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Bruce Barnes Truitt Sr. of Seaford. He was an adoring husband, loving father, great friend to all, and devoted Christian. 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 27 from 4-6 p.m. at Collierville First Baptist Church, 830 New Byhalia Rd., Collierville. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the church with burial to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, 435 S. Mt. Pleasant Rd., Collierville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SE Middle Tennessee Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 2721A Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37130, www.fcarocks.org, or call 615-217-7700.


Madeleine E. Sweeney -- Madeleine E. Sweeney, 77, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018, at Carroll Hospice “Dove” House surrounded by her family. Born on June 11, 1941 in Elmira, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Angelina M. Edwards and Earl J. Edwards II. A graduate of Southside High School, she lived most of her life between Chemung County, N.Y. and Sussex County, eventually settling down in Seaford. She was a very kind and generous woman and mother. Maddy wore many hats through life - mother and homemaker, chicken farmer, secretary, and even a gig as a Schuyler County deputy sheriff in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Her passion was helping people who needed the small things in life - a call, a hug, a ride, or whatever to help ease their load. Maddy loved butterflies and gardening, but her faith in God carried her through life. She enjoyed her years in lower Delaware with many friends who looked out for her and allowed her to stay in her home. Madeleine is survived by daughter, Christine Cady of Lindley, N.Y.; son, William Cady and wife Anita of Finksburg, Md.; brothers, Earl “Skip” Edwards III and wife Teresa of Bradenton, Fla. and Michael C. Edwards and wife Carol of Attica, N.Y.; and her uncle, Charles D. Milazzo Jr. of Elmira, N.Y. There were also countless cousins, nieces, and nephews who helped Maddy along the way. Funeral services for Maddy will be held at noon on Saturday, April 28, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. She will be laid to rest in Millsboro Cemetery. Maddy will be missed, and we all loved her very much, but with God’s grace we’ll see her again one day! To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Charlotte Williams -- Charlotte (Pepper) Williams, 81, of Newark, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018. Born near Seaford in 1936, she was a daughter of the late D. Gooden and Helen (Mumford) Pepper. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 a.m. until noon on Friday, April 27, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, where a funeral service will begin at noon. Interment will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd., Bear. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charlotte’s name to Newark United Methodist Church, 69 E. Main St., Newark, DE 19711. To view the full obituary and to sign the guestbook, visit spicermullikin.com.


Linda Baker McIlvaine -- Linda Baker McIlvaine, 75, of Georgetown, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Linda was born in Salisbury, Md., the daughter of the late Elizabeth Brittingham. She graduated from the University of Delaware with her master’s degree in elementary education. She worked for the Claymont School District as a grade-school teacher and later joined her husband establishing his construction company in Georgetown. She enjoyed watching baseball, visiting the beach and loved watching her grandchildren in their activities. She cherished her family and loved to entertain them at family dinners and gatherings. She could always be found taking care of her family and others. Linda is survived by her husband, Preston McIlvaine Sr. of Georgetown; her son, Thad McIlvaine (Karen) of Lewes; her daughters, Lisa Kingery (Jonathan) of Fair Haven, N.J. and Stacey McIlvaine of Wilmington; her brother, Craig Brittingham of Laurel; her beloved grandchildren, Miranda McIlvaine, Lauren Kingery, Jack Kingery and Addison McIlvaine; her husband’s siblings; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her brother, Terry Baker. A service will be held at Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 W 4th St. Lewes, at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27, with visitation from 1 to 2. The Rev. Earl Baker will officiate. Interment will be held privately. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Linda Baker McIlvaine -- Linda Baker McIlvaine, 75, of Georgetown, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Linda was born in Salisbury, Md., the daughter of the late Elizabeth Brittingham. She graduated from the University of Delaware with her master’s degree in elementary education. She worked for the Claymont School District as a grade-school teacher and later joined her husband establishing his construction company in Georgetown. She enjoyed watching baseball, visiting the beach and loved watching her grandchildren in their activities. She cherished her family and loved to entertain them at family dinners and gatherings. She could always be found taking care of her family and others. Linda is survived by her husband, Preston McIlvaine Sr. of Georgetown; her son, Thad McIlvaine (Karen) of Lewes; her daughters, Lisa Kingery (Jonathan) of Fair Haven, N.J. and Stacey McIlvaine of Wilmington; her brother, Craig Brittingham of Laurel; her beloved grandchildren, Miranda McIlvaine, Lauren Kingery, Jack Kingery and Addison McIlvaine; her husband’s siblings; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her brother, Terry Baker. A service will be held at Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 W 4th St. Lewes, at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27, with visitation from 1 to 2. The Rev. Earl Baker will officiate. Interment will be held privately. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Leon A. ‘Jake’ Giles -- Leon A. “Jake” Giles, 68, of Laurel, departed this life on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Laurel, he was the son of Doris G. Giles Bailey and the late Leon Anderson. Prior to retiring, Mr. Giles served in the United States Army. He was a member of St. Matthews First Baptist Church in Laurel. In addition to his mother, he will be lovingly remembered by his two daughters, Marcia D. Burke and Kia Burke; a son, Leon E. (Christine) West; four sisters, Rosalind Stancell, Joyce Stancell, Gloria Smith, and Mozett Stancell; a brother, Moses (Maxine) Stancell; four grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Giles and Eric Giles. Mr. Giles will lie in repose on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, at New Zion United Methodist Church, 430 W. 6th St., Laurel. The funeral service will begin at noon. Interment will follow at St. Matthews First Baptist Church Cemetery, 214 W. 10th St., Laurel. Please visit www.lewisnwatsonfuneralhome.com to offer condolences to the family.


Raymond Charles Massey -- Raymond Charles Massey, 61, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Christiana Hospital. He was a son of the late Daniel S. Massey and Ethel Wright Massey. He worked for Asplundh Tree Expert Company for over 26 years. He was a big teddy bear at heart. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He loved to go fishing, hunting, cutting his grass and working on old vehicles. He loved to watch western movies and tv shows. He is survived by his wife, Eloise Adkins Massey; his children, Danielle Massey Lewis of Laurel, Phillip Adkins (Danielle) of Georgetown and Joey Bennett of Greenwood; adopted daughter, Michele Croft (Dwain); seven grandchildren, Jeremy, Morgan, Daemean, Liam, Sadie, Devina, and Abigail; two brothers, Benny Massey (Angel) of Secretary and Carlton Massey (Virginia) of Blades; four sisters, Margaret Kinnamon (Gary), Janie Cordrey of Seaford, Brenda Cole (Jimmy) of Eldorado, and Terri Seymore (Rick) of Laurel; several nieces and nephews; and his father-in-law, Paul “Frank” Adkins of Laurel. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 20, at the Eldorado-Brookview Fire Department, 5752 Rhodesdale Eldorado Rd., Rhodesdale, Md. In memory of Mr. Massey, contributions may be sent to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or the American Cancer Society by visiting www.cancer.org.


Pearl Shaw Hearn -- Pearl Shaw Hearn, 98, of Charlotte, N.C., was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Pearl was born on Dec. 21, 1919, in Chester, Pa. She was the loving wife of Granville E. Hearn Jr., Lt. Col. USAR, for over 77 years. She was a longtime member of Myers Park United Methodist Church and active in the Fellowship Sunday school class for over 50 years. Pearl enjoyed her years of service with the Charity League of Charlotte where she served as president and was awarded the LaRose Grant Award for her dedication and many years of service. One of Pearl’s great loves that she enjoyed in her later years was golf with the 18-holers at Providence Country Club. She played her last round at the age of 95. Pearl’s love for her family and her gift of hospitality is what she will be remembered for by all those who loved her. Pearl was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Nancy, and son-in-law, David Michael Cline. She is survived by her husband, Granville E. Hearn Jr.; children, Carol Kuester and her husband Faison, Patricia Cline, and Granville E. Hearn III and his wife Katherine; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, in the Francis Chapel of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte. A reception will follow in Jubilee Hall at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Charity League of Charlotte, PO Box 471332, Charlotte, NC 28247. Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, Charlotte. Online condolences may be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.


Stephen ‘Steve’ Edward Angell, Sr. -- Stephen “Steve” Edward Angell, Sr., 69, of Milton, and formerly of Edgewater and Davidsonville, Md., passed away peacefully on Friday, April 13, 2018, after a lengthy fight with pancreatic cancer in Milton. Steve was born in Riverdale, Md., the son of the late Jesse Newton Angell and Mary Kibler Angell. He moved with his family to Woodland Beach as a teen. He graduated from Annapolis High School in 1967 and was a volunteer fireman in the Woodland Beach V.F.D. in the 1960s. Steve was in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam from 1969-1970. He was president of abc Security Corporation in Edgewater for 24 years. He served as governor and vice president of Corvette Annapolis in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was a lifelong hunter and fisherman, a classic car enthusiast and an expert woodworker. He also enjoyed restoring old items such as jukeboxes, gas pumps, and soda machines. He loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Steve was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Angell. He is survived by his wife of almost 49 years, Joyce (Marcellus) Angell; daughter, Shannon Shepherd (Tom) of Sykesville, Md.; son, Stephen Angell Jr. (Christina) of Bozeman, Mont.; three grandchildren, Brett and Joy Shepherd and Oliver Angell; his brother, Kenneth Angell (Donna) of Seaford; his twin sister, Sharon Higgs (Raymond) of Edgewater; and many nieces and nephews. Steve’s family will receive family and friends at Kalas Funeral Home in Edgewater from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville, followed by interment at Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville.


Joan B. Bratten Blades -- Joan B. Bratten Blades, 83, of Seaford, and formerly of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Norris Stoakley and Ruth Bennett Stoakley. Joan retired from the Lower Shore Shelter Workshop as a mail clerk. She dearly loved her family and her great-grandchildren were her greatest treasure. Joan loved to read, walk, dine and socialize with family and friends. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Laurel and previously enjoyed attending Sunday school and fellowshipping at the prayer meetings on Wednesday evenings. She is survived by her sons, Steven W. Bratten, and Keith Bratten and his wife Peggy, all of Laurel; her daughters, Sandra K. Watson of Salisbury, and Kimberly Sheridan and her husband Jack of Laurel; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Horace Bratten. She was also preceded in death by her second husband, Marion P. Blades. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 16, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 1. The Rev. Allen Perdue Jr. will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Blades’ memory to: The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Lonnie Bruce Caudill Sr. -- Lonnie Bruce Caudill Sr., 81, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Lonnie was born on May 18, 1936, the son of the late James Robert and Carrie Mae Perry Caudill. He enjoyed religion, bluegrass, talking to strangers, coon hunting and gardening. He was a hard worker for C. W. Wright Construction and many other farmers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nora Lee Caudill; brothers, James Quincy, George Luther, Thomas and Johnnie; and sisters, Pauline Ballard, Bonnie Wagner, Fannie Hawkins and Annie Caudill. Lonnie is survived by four sons, Jerry Donald Caudill (Bernice), Larry Caudill, Russell Caudill, and Lonnie Caudill II; a daughter, Patricia Taylor (Robert); four grandsons, Jerry Caudill Jr., Joshua Caudill, Robert Taylor III and Patrick Taylor; and two great-grandchildren, Ethan Caudill and Laci Caudill. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Freddie Allen Prettyman -- Freddie Allen Prettyman, 66, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018, surrounded by his family. Freddie was born on Aug. 2, 1951 in Salisbury, Md., the youngest of six children born to the late Raymond Insley and Mae Agnes Prettyman. He graduated from the Laurel Senior High School in 1969 and was an avid member of the FFA. He was a poultry farmer for 36 years and worked for the Laurel School District as a custodian for nearly 20 years. He loved farming and any excuse to be on his tractor. When he wasn’t working, Freddie liked to attend livestock and farm machinery auctions, raise livestock of his own, hunt or trap game and watch old westerns. Freddie is survived by his wife of nearly 43 years, Shirley Ann Prettyman and their beloved dog, Roxy and cats, Cleo and Maxine; his six children, Lee Hastings of Salisbury, Jessica (Bill) Gaull, Darrell (Patricia) Hastings, Glena (Michael) Larmore, Julie (Morris) Davis and Mark (Sarah) Prettyman, all of Laurel; his four siblings, Esther (Clark) Hastings of Laurel, Clara Belle Littleton of Seaford, Robert (Joyce) Prettyman and Samuel (Shirley) Prettyman, both of Delmar; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Martha Ellen, who passed away as an infant, and his brother-in-law, Richard Littleton. A private memorial will be held. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Helen C. O’Neill -- Helen C. O’Neill, 94, of Horsham Pa. and formally of Seaford, died on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the Ambler Extended Care Center. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Albert and Helen (nee Presgrave) Taylor. Helen was a graduate of Murrell Dobbins High School, Philadelphia, Class of 1941. She worked as a secretary, employed by Upper Dublin School District until her retirement in 1973. Mrs. O’Neill was a member of Galestown United Methodist Church, was active in a Widows Group in Seaford and donated her time knitting baby hats for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Helen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank O’Neill in 1994 and her siblings, Albert, Robert, Ruth and Jean. She is the loving mother of Frank O’Neill IV and his wife Kim, and Gail Brown and her husband Bob. She is the dearly loved grandmother of five grandchildren and great-grandmother of five great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 14, at Anton B. Urban Funeral Home in Ambler, Pa. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Ambler. A memorial service will be held in the Seaford area at a later date. Photos and tributes may be shared at www.UrbanFuneralHome.com.


Isabelle ‘Joyce’ Duncan -- Isabelle “Joyce” Duncan (Nee Volz), 89, fought a good fight and ran a good race finally reaching the finish line on Friday, April 6, 2018, where she can now rest in the arms of her beloved Savior. Joyce was born on Oct. 10, 1928, the daughter of the late Richard and Isabel Volz. Her love for the Lord was always first in her life. She was a homemaker, loving wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 45 years, Robert E. Duncan Sr., BMC; her parents; her sister, Nan Taylor; and brothers, Richard, Charles and Gordan. She is survived by three children, Robert Duncan Jr. (Regina) of Florida, Joyce Ann Duncan (William Jones) of New Castle and Paula King (William) of Bridgeville; stepdaughter, Judy (Mark) of Nutley, N.J.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her brothers, William Volz (Pat) of Florida and Ronald Volz (Judy) of Pennsylvania. There will a memorial dinner at the family home; the date is to be determined. The family asks in lieu of flowers donations be made in her name to Compassionate Care Hospice, 20165 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.Melsonfuneralservices.com.


Wayne Kincaid Lukert -- Wayne Kincaid Lukert, 66, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 9, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Cordova, Md., on Tuesday, July 31, 1951, son of the late Louis B. and Florence L. (Harris) Lukert. Mr. Lukert graduated from Laurel High School, Class of 1969. In 1970, he began a lifelong career, proudly serving in the United States Navy, until his retirement in 1992. Mr. Lukert’s interests were many and varied. He enjoyed dining out, reading, westerns - John Wayne movies in particular, keeping up to date on the latest computer technology, and spending time with his loyal canine companion, Buddy. Mr. Lukert was a loving and devoted brother, uncle, and dear friend who will be deeply missed by everyone who had the opportunity to know him. Mr. Lukert is survived by his sister, Malinda Berkey and her husband Karl of Seaford; his nephew, David Berkey of Federalsburg, Md.; and his companion, Karen McCurdy of Seaford. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, 609 E. King St., Seaford, where friends may visit from 2 to 3. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mr. Lukert’s memory to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Dr., Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713. Please visit Mr. Lukert’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Fred B. Nichols -- Fred B. Nichols, 83, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was born on March 27, 1935 in Delmar, Del., a son of the late Howard B. and Mildred E. (Johnson) Nichols. Fred worked as an electrician with I.B.E.W. Local Union 313. One of his favorite pastimes was camping, fishing and crabbing with family at Assateague Island. He loved spending the winter months in Ft. Myers, Fla., playing horseshoes, cards and sunbathing in the Gulf. In addition, he liked woodworking and helping family and friends. Fred enjoyed watching Orioles baseball and was a Redskins football fan. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce A. Nichols of Seaford; daughters, Tamara Leigh Eckleberry (Dan) of Chester, W.V. and Terri Lynn Tice (Allen) of Seaford; grandchildren, Kyle D. Eckleberry (Tabby), Katie E. Holland (Tyler), Troy A. Eckleberry (Megan), Jason A. Tice (Bobbi Jo), and Jenna L. Absher (Chris); great-grandchildren, Shawn Gamble, Kaleb Eckleberry, Aubree L. Wharton, Layne and Gracyn Eckleberry, Hayley Lawson and Lukas Tice; and several nieces and nephews.


Frederick Pershing Leger -- Frederick Pershing Leger, 87, of Bridgeville, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the Manor House in Seaford. He was born in Queens Village, N.Y., on Friday, Oct. 31, 1930, son of the late Fred Leger and Sophie (Cook) Leger. Mr. Leger was an electrical engineer by trade and worked for DLC Corporation in Long Island, N.Y., for over 30 years, retiring in the late ‘80s. Mr. Leger was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred I. Leger, in February of 2017; his son, Lee Boyer; his daughter, Lynn Tocci; and a granddaughter, Arlene Colagrande. He is survived by two grandchildren, Tony Colagrande and Tracy Tocci. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from 2 to 3. Burial will follow at Bridgeville Cemetery, Market & Laws Streets, Bridgeville. Contributions may be made in Mr. Leger’s name to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933. Please visit Mr. Leger’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guest


Norma Lee LeCates -- Norma Lee LeCates, 79, of Laurel, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. She was born on May 25, 1938 in Federalsburg, Md., to the late James Sr. and Annie Clevenger Mitchell. She attended high school in Federalsburg. On April 9, 1955, she married George A. LeCates Sr. and enjoyed 63 years of marital bliss. Together, they raised five children, 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Family was the center of her life - she was all about family - and loved raising “babies and grand-babies, all her life!” She remained a homemaker and enjoyed sports. She is survived by her beloved husband, George and her five children, Diana Toomey of Georgetown, James LeCates of Laurel, George Jr. of Laurel, Ruth Boyer and her husband Bob of Laurel and Beverly Nichols and her husband James of Delmar. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her four sisters, Edith, Mildred, Helen and Lillian; three brothers, Tom, Horace, and James; and one great-great-grandchild, Austin. A funeral service and celebration of her life will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 11, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro. A time of viewing and visitation with the family will be held one hour prior, from 11 a.m. to noon. The officiant will be David Brittingham. Interment will follow in Carey’s Cemetery, Millsboro. Floral tributes are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to Comfort Care Hospice. Send condolences online at www.watsonfh.com.


Maude J. Evans -- Maude J. Evans, 86, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Maude was born in Snow Hill, Md., the daughter of the late Lee and Corrin Johnson. Her husband, Royce W. Evans died in 2004. She is survived by a daughter, Deborah Bass; a son, Royce W. Evans; grandchildren, Michael Evans and Katie Bass; brothers, Lee Johnson, Reid Johnson and Cecil Johnson; and sisters, Betty Baker, Leona Hopkins and Charlotte Burton. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Shirley Ann Eskridge -- Shirley Ann Eskridge, 68, of Blades, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018. She was the daughter of the late James and Nora Jennette. Shirley worked for DuPont in Seaford and then NCR in North Carolina. She enjoyed doing crafts at the Easter Seal Society and singing and sewing. She is survived by two sons, Jesse Wade Eskridge (Dawn) and Michael Chad Eskridge; four grandchildren, Robert Hearn, Tyler Eskridge, Jesse Wade Eskridge Jr. and David Garrett Eskridge; seven great-grandchildren; four brothers, James A. Jennette Jr., Robert Jennette, Donald Jennette and Tommy Jennette; and two sisters, Dorothy Friedel and Betty Jean Milligan. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be in Bloomery Cemetery. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Stephen L. Clemons -- Stephen L. Clemons, 66, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was born in Lewes on Dec. 21, 1951, the son of the late Asa and Eva Pauline Kerr Clemons. For many years, Mr. Clemons operated his own floor covering installation business. Stephen was a great man, a loving father and grandfather. He was a devoted NASCAR fan, enjoyed fishing, tinkering and fixing things and online shopping, but most of all, he enjoyed time spent with his family. He is survived by his children, Lisa, Laurie, Aaron, and Mark; nine grandchildren; and a brother, David Clemons of Tennessee. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Larry and Richard Clemons. A celebration of Stephen’s life will be held on Saturday, April 14, from noon to 3 p.m., at the VFW Virgil Wilson Post 4961, Middleford Road, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home & Crematorium, a Parsell Family Funeral Home, Seaford. Please visit Mr. Clemons’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Richard Adams Webb -- Richard Adams Webb, 74, of Seaford, and formerly of Dagsboro, passed away at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford on Friday, March 23, 2018. He was the son of the late Margarette (Adams) and Richard M. Webb of Millsboro. Richard is survived by his wife of 52 years, Connie Clogg Webb; his daughters, Karen Carey and Tara Quillen; and his beloved granddaughter, Delaney Quillen. He is also survived by his sister, Judith Lawson of Georgetown and a special nephew, Keith Bunting of Dagsboro. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his brothers, Randall and Clarence David Webb, and a daughter, Melissa Webb. Memorial donations may be sent to Delaware Hospice Center, www.delawarehospice.org/donations/memorials, or 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963; Hickory Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Roy Rogers, 28209 Walt Carmean Ln., Millsboro, DE 19966; or Concord United Methodist Church, 25322 Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Milton (Mickey) Edgar Koster Jr. -- Milton (Mickey) Edgar Koster Jr., 74, died on Friday, April 6, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family and three furry companions. He was born on Sept. 14, 1943 in Salisbury, Md., son of the late Milton Sr. and Margaret Mumford Koster. He graduated from Laurel High School in 1963. Mickey married the love of his life, Mary on Nov. 6, 1975 and gained a ready-made family which consisted of four daughters. During their 43 years as husband and wife, they enjoyed trips to West Virginia, Florida, Nashville, camping at Janes Island, crabbing, going to local auctions, the Gospel Cafe and many other things. Mickey loved and always had multiple boats, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a huge Dale Earnhardt fan, just to name a few. Mickey retired from Allen Family Foods as transportation supervisor and previously was the head meat cutter at Safeway. Mickey is survived by his wife, Mary Roberts Koster; daughters, Michelle Booth (Bob), Monique McGlannan (Joe), and Milinda Miller (Jeff); nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Janan McElroy; and several nieces and nephews. Mickey was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Davis (Terry); granddaughter, Tracey Booth Dobson (Phillip); and his favorite furry companion, Chip. A celebration of life will be held in true Mickey fashion on Saturday, April 14 at noon with a viewing from 10 a.m. to noon at Seaford Church of the Nazarene. Officiating will be Pastor Judy Burnell, Larry Whaley, and Ray Justice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mickey’s memorial fund in care of Seaford Church of the Nazarene, 25667 Faith Ln., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan Short Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Online condolences for the family and the full obituary are available online at www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Wendy Jeanne Pinkine -- Wendy Jeanne Pinkine, 68, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at her home. Born in Havre de Grace, Md., she was the daughter of the late Clarence C. and Dariel Lee Kelly of Aberdeen, Md. Wendy worked for the City of Seaford as a coding officer for 25 years, retiring in 2017. She also spent several years working at Peebles Department Store and was an Auxiliary member of the American Legion. She loved to sew and do other crafts, and frequently gave homemade gifts to friends and family. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and friend, and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Wendy is survived by her two daughters, Kelly English and her husband Darryl of Mardela Springs, Md. and Nori Herrick of Seaford; and two granddaughters, Casey and Stephanie English of Mardela Springs. In the last weeks of her life, Wendy decided she did not wish to have services held in her honor. Her family and close friends will celebrate her life later in the summer when crabs are in season, which was a favorite summer activity. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Nanticoke Cancer Care Center, 701 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973, where she received excellent care, or Blades Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., 200 E. 5th St., Blades, DE 19973, where Wendy’s daughter Nori is a volunteer. Please visit Wendy’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Eleanor Miller -- Eleanor Miller, 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 26, 2018, at Brereton Manor in Washingtonboro, Pa. Eleanor was born on May 3, 1922, to the late Angelo and Florence Scatamacchio. Eleanor was also preceded in death by her husband, John H. Miller II; son, John H Miller III; sisters, Francis Scardato, Rafaella Scatamacchio and Helen Doughty; and brother, Angelo Scatamacchio. Eleanor is survived by her children, M. Romaine Korzon (Walt), Marion L. Fruehauf (Kevin), Stacy Pesky (John) and Daniel L. Miller (Shelia); 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. A celebration of Eleanor’s life and interment will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., at a later date.


David A. Eskridge -- David A. Eskridge, 63, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018. He was the son of the late Albert and Lillian Eskridge. David was a car painter until he retired. He is survived by a son, Michael Eskridge; grandchildren, Amber Eskridge, Casey Lubiniecki and Courtney Lubiniecki; one great-grandchild; a sister, Marie Hill; and a brother, Ricky Eskridge. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Eskridge and two brothers, James Eskridge and Donald Eskridge. Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, April 5, 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. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Kathleen Maureen Wilson -- Kathleen Maureen Wilson (née Brady), 74, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Delmar, Del. She is survived by her daughter, Ellen Wilson, and her brother, Terence Brady. Funeral services will be performed at Arlington National Cemetery at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Francis Burton LeCates Sr. -- Francis Burton LeCates Sr., 66, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018, surrounded by his loving family at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in Laurel, he was the son of the late Roy Lee LeCates and Georgia Anna Parsons LeCates of Laurel. Burton was a retired electrician with Perdue Farms where he worked for 28 years. In his youth, he had a ‘68 Chevelle that he loved to drag race. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, dirt track racing, all motorsports, and camping. He was a very loving and supportive husband, father, and grandfather. You could always depend on him to care for himself last and his family first. Burton always enjoyed attending his son’s sporting events, and you could find him following Joshua while he was playing baseball and Burt while wrestling in high school. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Nancy Short LeCates of Laurel; his sons, Burt LeCates Jr. and his wife Tammy of Greenwood and Joshua LeCates and his wife Maria of Millsboro; his daughter, Rhonda Peterson and her husband David of Laurel; brothers, Everett LeCates, Mike LeCates and his wife Karen; sisters, Beverly LeCates and her husband Richard and Gayle Adkins and her husband Mark; grandchildren, D.J. Peterson Jr., Beth Hubbard, Danny Peterson, Kyler LeCates, Tanner LeCates, Colton LeCates, and Sawyer LeCates; great-grandchildren, Andrew Peterson, Rosa Peterson, Landon Hubbard, Harper Hubbard, Arianah Hinton, Sarah Peterson, Bella Peterson, RiLynn LeCates, and Bailey LeCates; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 6, at Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Rd., Georgetown, where visitation will be held from noon to 1. Pastor Marvin Jones will officiate. Interment will be held privately. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Col. Robert Whitley Sample, Jr. (Ret.) -- Robert Whitley Sample Jr., 78, died peacefully at home of complications related to cancer on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Born on May 7, 1939 in Salisbury, Md., he was the son of the late Robert Whitley Sample and Mary Frances (née McCarthy) Sample. Bob traveled the globe, lived all over the country and finally settled in Galestown, Md. in 2006. He graduated from Wicomico High School, where he was on the record-setting football and track teams. Bob received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and later earned his master’s degree from MIT. Bob joined the Air Force and trained to become a pilot. His service to his country included assignments flying in supplies during the Vietnam War, three stints at the Pentagon and commanding the 60th Military Airlift Wing at Travis Air Force Base. He retired as a colonel and later worked in the graduate engineering offices at Cornell University and the University of Delaware. He also assisted his wife in her mail management business and was a very active volunteer, giving his time and energy to Meals on Wheels and Ruritan. He is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn McPeak Sample of Galestown; his children, Paul Sample of Levittown, Pa. and Maria Sample of San Francisco, Calif.; his stepchildren, Scott McPeak and Carrie Hill, both of West Chester, Pa.; his grandchildren, Brendan Sample and Erin Sample, both of Langhorne, Pa., Natalie Crawford of San Francisco, and Annalise McPeak, Caroline Hill, Andrew Hill, Nolan McPeak and Ryan Hill, all of West Chester; and his brothers, Paul Sample of Parsonsburg, Md. and Tom Sample of Salisbury. A service of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church of Delmar. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Joseph House of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church of Delmar, the Galestown Ruritan Club or Meals on Wheels of Seaford.


E. Eugene Gates -- Earl Eugene Gates, 90, of Seaford and formerly of Hurlock, Md., died on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Acts Manor House in Seaford. Eugene was born on March 29, 1927 in Beallsville, Ohio, the son of the late Earl McClellan Gates and Eulo Perkins Gates. Eugene was a US Navy World War II veteran and a graduate of Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. In 1952, he moved from Cambridge, Ohio to Hurlock. He met M. Joan Kuhn in New Concord, where they were married on March 28, 1953. In 1986, he retired from Continental Can Co. after 35 years of service. He and his wife enjoyed RV’ing throughout the USA after his retirement. He was a member of American Legion Post 243 of Hurlock and Unity Washington United Methodist Church. Eugene was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, and was respected by all who knew him. He was known for being kind, honest, and patient with a dry sense of humor and a radiant, contagious smile. He will be greatly missed. We celebrate his earthly journey but rejoice in the peace he now knows in heaven. Eugene is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Joan K. Gates; his son, Ken Gates (Theresa); his daughter, Cindy Lynk (Danny); and three grandchildren, Mindy Siple (Chris), Travis Lynk, and Austin Lynk. He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, M. Eileen Gannaway. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, at Acts Manor House in Seaford, where friends may call one hour before the service. Pastor Paul Rosa will officiate. Private interment will be held at Unity Washington Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to Unity Washington United Methodist Church, PO Box 298, Hurlock, MD 21643 or the Acts Legacy Foundation, Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Zeller Funeral Home in East New Market, Md.


Andrew (Andy) West Jones -- Andrew (Andy) West Jones, 87, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, March 26, 2018, after a long battle with lung disease. He was born on March 18, 1931 in Ocean View, son of the late I. Ernest and Flossie Jones. Andy graduated from Georgetown High School in 1949. He served in the Delaware Army National Guard from 1948 to 1958. While serving in the National Guard, he made a career at DuPont Nylon Plant in Seaford, starting in 1949 and retiring after 36 years of service in May 1985. After retirement, Andy worked for a short time for Floyd A. Megee Motor Company in Georgetown, volunteered for Red Cross transporting patients, and enjoyed cutting grass for Georgetown Little League. He and the love of his life, Helen, both enjoyed square dancing with the Whirl-A-Ways, camping, and traveling which led to becoming snow birds to Arizona in 1990 and eventually moving to Mesa in 1996. Andy also loved taking grandkids on road trips and tinkering in his shop. In addition to his parents, Andy was preceded in death by his grandson, Brian Funds and his great-great-granddaughter, Abrienne VanVorst. Left to cherish Andy’s memory is his loving wife of 65 years, Helen Nathan Jones; his daughters, Susan VanVorst, Janice (Keith) Truitt, and Ginny Jones (Mark Rowe); his grandchildren, Kerry (Kevin Sr.) VanVorst, Andrea (Obie) Kennedy, Luke (Erin) Messick, Ross (Kassie) Truitt, and Adam (Kate) VanVorst; his great-grandchildren, Kevin Jr., Ashley, and Aaron VanVorst; Corbin, Kendall, Kinsley, and Cailyn Kennedy; Josh, Nick, and Abbey Messick; and Reese Truitt; and his great-great-granddaughter, Augustine Leager. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Delaware. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Family Comfort Hospice Foundation, 7975 N. Hayden Rd., Ste. A-200, Scottsdale, AZ 85258; American Red Cross; or Georgetown Little League, PO Box 105, Georgetown, DE 19947.


Paige Everett Crockett -- Paige Everett Crockett, 76, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018. Paige was born on Oct. 21, 1941 in Northampton County, Va., to the late George Everett and Margaret Sue Chambers Crockett. Mr. Crockett served his country in the U.S. Army and the Delaware National Guard. He was an avid race car and Dallas Cowboys fan. He worked in propane gas delivery service for over 40 years retiring in 2006 from Sharp Energy. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, whom he married in February 1970; a son, Barry; four daughters, Lori Impson and husband Chris, Robin Smith, Wendy Waller and Debra Scaggs; and nine grandchildren including a special grandson, Ryan Impson. Graveside services will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 2. Pastor Chuck Reynolds will officiate. Send condolences online at www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Molly R. Boody -- Molly R. Boody, 91, died on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at her home surrounded by her husband, her six living children, and two grandchildren. She was born on Dec. 15, 1926, in Bloomsburg, Pa., the daughter of the late James and Hazel Ryan. Molly married her high school sweetheart Bob on Nov. 26, 1947, when he was home on leave from the United States Navy. During their 70 years as husband and wife, they experienced many happy moments: the birth of seven children, family vacations both on land and on water, school activities, touring France, Italy, and Ireland with Bob as the chauffeur, visiting the British Virgin Islands via a 33-foot sailboat on three separate occasions, and retirement not only in Florida, but also Delaware; and a very devastating moment, the death of son David. Molly’s love of her family was apparent to anyone who met her. She proudly shared news of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Even though none of them lived near Bob and Molly, for many years, one early December weekend was set aside for all of them to gather for a traditional Boody Christmas, but then they returned to their homes for the Christmas traditions they had been encouraged to establish with their spouses and children. Molly’s devotion to her family and organizational skills were evident every night at 6 p.m. when a cooked meal was served family style to the family of nine and each morning when seven brown bags were lined up on the kitchen counter with not only each child’s name but also in the order that each left for school. Their devotion to their mother was equally apparent in memories shared and with the established telephone schedule to ensure Molly received a call each day of the week from a different child. When the children were in school, Molly was active in PTA activities as well as Sunday school and church activities. Once Bob and Molly moved to Delaware, she volunteered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, helped with activities sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Delmar and eventually became a Kiwanian, and continued her involvement with church activities at All Saints Episcopal Church. Molly is survived by her husband of 70 years, Robert (Bob) Boody of Delmar, Del.; children, Susan Johnson of Maryland, Daniel Boody of Florida, Barbara Randolph (Randy) of Tennessee, Elizabeth Blanton (Joe) of Florida, Margaret Greenwood (Jim) of Florida, and Stephen Boody (Dawn) of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Jeneen Schuber, Kristine and Christopher Johnson, Robert Manjura-Boody, Renee Ford, Theodore Halter, Kyle and Samuel Greenwood, Amanda Donoho, and David Boody; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Joseph, and Jewlyn Kamrud, Alex Alsum, and Abby, Owen, and Mason Donoho; nephew, Donald Shollenberger; and brother-in-law, William Boody. Molly was preceded in death by her parents, James and Hazel Ryan; son, David; sister, Dawn Benke; and brother, Robert Ryan. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 100 N. 10th St., Delmar. The Rev. Kenneth F. Athey Jr. will officiate. Contributions may be made in her memory to All Saints Episcopal Church, PO Box 88, Delmar, DE 19940.


James E. Mitchell -- James E. Mitchell, 83, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at his home in Seaford, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Sept. 20, 1934 in Smithville, Md., the son of James E. Mitchell and Annie Clevenger Mitchell. He served in the Army Reserves, and then went to work for DuPont where he retired after 35 years of service. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed feeding and watching his hummingbirds and tinkering in his garage with his loving kitty ‘Kiki.’ He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eveylon Dunn Mitchell of Greensboro, Md.; two daughters, Debbie Lauser (Tom) of Newark and Tena Mills (Elmer) of Galestown, Md.; three grandchildren, Kevin Thompson (Hilary), Katlin Mills (Doug), and Timothy Mills; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Norma Lee Lecates (Alvie) of Laurel. Services will be private. The family wants to express their gratitude to Delaware Hospice and wishes that any contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Janet Hurley Messick -- Janet Hurley Messick, 92, of Seaford and formerly of Laurel, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Manor House in Seaford. Janet was born in Vienna, Md. on April 9, 1925, to the late Goldsborough and Mary Bradley Hurley. She resided in Vienna until her high school graduation and then moved to Seaford to work at the DuPont Nylon Plant during WWII. In 1948, she married the late T. Coleman Messick of Laurel. They were happily married for 50 years. Janet worked in the Laurel School District in food service, ending her career as manager of the Laurel High School cafeteria. Although she worked outside the home, she considered her main responsibility in life to be caring for her husband and nurturing their two children. She worked hard to prepare the children to be fine upstanding adults. Her success is reflected in the caring and successful people they have become. After her husband passed away in 1998, she was very active in several groups in the community including 15 years of volunteer work at the Good Samaritan Shop averaging 20 hours per week in support of her church, Centenary United Methodist Church of Laurel. Mrs. Messick is survived by her children, Pamela M. Kaplan and husband Robert Kaplan and Sandra E. Messick and husband Steven M. Hubschmitt; her grandchildren, Jared Kaplan, Asher Kaplan and Justin Hubschmitt; She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Lois Lord and Emerson, Goldsborough and Carroll Hurley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Dean Perdue will officiate. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Memorial donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Shop, 115 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Miroslav ‘Miles’ Zich -- Miroslav “Miles” Zich, 88, of Bridgeville and formerly of Rockville, Md., passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2018. He was born on Feb. 14, 1930 in Chicago, Ill., son of the late Mona and Martin Zich. Miles graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1951 and served in the Army during the Korean War in the Signal Corps Group. He was an electrical engineer and he retired from NAVALEX in Crystal City, Va. Miles was an avid sports fan, golfer, gardener, bridge player and enjoyed dancing (polkas especially!) and travel. He spoke fluent Czech and was extremely proud of his Czechoslovakian heritage. He was the beloved husband of 63 years of Gertrude “Trudi” (Gularski); loving father of Ronald (Pam) and Cynthia Jelinek (Wayne); and proud and cherished Grandpa of seven: James, Thomas, Ronald, Wayne, Nicole, Troy and Daniel. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford, where friends may visit from 1 to 2. Interment will be private. Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made in Miles’ name to The American Cancer Society, PO Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803, or the American Diabetes Foundation, 100 W. 10th St., Ste. 1002, Wilmington, DE 19801. The family would like to give special thanks to the wonderful staff at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and Compassionate Care Hospice who with great respect and compassion cared for Miles in his final days. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Please visit Mr. Zich’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Gerald ‘Kevin’ Parker -- Gerald “Kevin” Parker, 62, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at his home. Born in Paulsboro, N.J., he was the son of the late William and Geraldine Parker. Kevin owned and operated Delaware Avenue Antique Emporium. He was a talented buyer and collector who appreciated the history attached to every special treasure he discovered. Kevin had a huge and loving heart, and never met a stranger. He was a true friend to everyone. Kevin enjoyed entertaining his friends with great food, fun, and lots of laughter. Kevin is survived by his companion and business partner of 43 years, Thomas Anderson Hubler of Laurel. He is also survived by his uncle, James Parker of New Jersey, and his sweet Yorkie, Savannah. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William Parker. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a visitation will be held from 5 to 6. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will be private.


Betty Jean McGee -- Betty Jean McGee, 88, of Bridgeville, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Bridgeville on May 7, 1929, daughter of the late William Nathan and Myrtle (Burris) Hastings. Mrs. McGee was a wonderful cook and enjoyed crocheting; she was well known for her knitted dishcloths. In her earlier years, she enjoyed antiquing, traveling the country with family and friends and working in her yard. She most enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mrs. McGee was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Ollie McGee in 2013; a grandson, Brian Christopher Beard in 1967; three brothers, Cleveland, William and Donald Hastings; and two sisters, Louise Elliott and Phyllis Davis. She is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Beard and husband David and Patricia Passwaters and husband Milton, all of Bridgeville; one son, Everett L. McGee and his wife Mel of Bridgeville; grandsons, David Bret Beard and his wife Jackie of Laurel, Matthew Craig Beard and his fianceé Pam Price and children Taylor and Sydney of Laurel, and Eric Passwaters and wife Robyn of Bridgeville; two granddaughters, Dawn Milligan and husband Mike of Bridgeville and Melinda Burdette and husband Shane of Seaford; five great-grandsons, Joshua Beard of Laurel, Justin Workman and wife Lisa of Greenwood, Nathan Milligan and wife Lauren of Bridgeville, Ryan Beard of Laurel, and Spencer Burdette of Seaford; six great-granddaughters, Courtney Schmitt and husband David of Milford, Morgan Beard and fiancé Carl Hegerty of Laurel, Ashley Manges and husband Darwin of Seaford, Allison Beard of Laurel, and Lisa and Megan Passwaters, both of Laurel; two great-great-grandsons, Kaden and Jase Workman of Greenwood; three great-great-granddaughters, Savannah Workman of Greenwood and Callie and Brystal Bowden of Seaford; and her two loving feline companions, Joey and Josie. Graveside services will be held at noon on Wednesday, March 28, at the Bridgeville Cemetery, North Laws Street, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice of the Delmarva Peninsula, 20165 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947 or the SPCA, 455 Stanton Christiana Rd., Newark, DE 19713. Please visit Mrs. McGee’s life memorial webpage and sign the online guest registry at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com


Merrill Martin Lynch -- It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Merrill Martin Lynch, age 71, on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Born in Laurel, he was the son of the late Martin and Evelyn Conaway Lynch of Laurel. Merrill graduated from Laurel High School in 1964, where he enjoyed playing baseball for Ollie Shields and football for George Schollenberger. Immediately upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served in Vietnam as part of the 1st and 3rd Marine divisions. Upon his return from Vietnam he was hired by Delmarva Power and retired after 39 years of service. Following retirement, he worked as a starter at Heritage Shores Club, where he thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of people who shared his passion for golf. Merrill was an avid sports fan and loved coaching Pop Warner football and Laurel Little League baseball for many years. When not coaching he enjoyed playing softball, bowling and his favorite pastime - golf. He was a member of the Laurel Lions Club, VFW and American Legion. Eating was perhaps his second favorite activity, as he never missed an opportunity to dine out with his darlin’ Ellen. Merrill will always be known for his infectious smile, sense of humor and his enjoyment of life. Merrill will be fondly remembered by his loving wife of 50 years, Ellen Boyce Lynch of Laurel; his sons, Jeff Lynch of Wilmington and Kile Lynch of Laurel; his brother, Wayne (Joy) Lynch of Lynchburg, S.C.; his sister, Karen Chamblee of Seaford; his sister-in-law, Geraldine Taylor of Laurel; nephew, Kevin (Kathy) Taylor of Coventry, Conn.; and niece, Julie Taylor Lunn and her daughters Sydney and Nikki, and Nikki’s son Adam of Frederick, Md. He also leaves his beloved pets, Kayla and Chloe. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. A celebration of Merrill’s life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Heritage Shores Club, 1 Heritage Shores Circle, Bridgeville. This would have been Merrill’s 72nd birthday.


Catherine Burton Bailey -- Catherine Burton Bailey, 83, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. She was born on Sept. 26, 1934 in Georgetown, the daughter of the late Howard S. Brittingham and Leva Brittingham. She was a loving wife and mother of two children. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. She was employed at Gant Shirtmakers in Seaford in the early 1970s and later was employed at Airpax in Cambridge, Md., as a production worker. She was married for 53 years to Phillip Bailey, whom she married on Dec. 24, 1955. He preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 2009. She is survived by her children, Karen Bailey of Federalsburg, Md. and Wayne Bailey (Donna) of Federalsburg; six grandchildren, Melissa Gay, Michael Willin, Nicole Boone (Jordan), Angela Bozman (Rob), Rachael Bailey, and Christopher Bailey; and six great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Gay, Katherine Willin, BrookLynn Willin, Ayden Boone, and Lillian Boone. She is also survived by her brother, Raymond Brittingham, and a sister, Mary Hausle. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, where friends may call from 1 to 2. The Rev. Foard will officiate. Serving as pallbearers will be Christopher Bailey, Tommy Lankford, Mark Robbins, Rob Bozman, Michael Willin, and Jordan Boone. Share memories with the family at ww.framptom.com.


Joseph J. Shelko -- Joseph J. Shelko, 79, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Joseph retired from the Washington DC Metro Police Department as a sergeant. He then retired from the Prince Georges County School District where he was head of security. He was an accomplished accordion player and had his own band. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean Shelko; three sons, Joseph Shelko (Sarah), Daniel Shelko (fiancée Kelly) and John Shelko (Sokanya); five grandchildren, Joseph Shelko, Franz Shelko, Kimberly Shelko, Sovanna Shelko and Johnny Shelko; brother, Leo Shelko and a sister, Victoria Navalaney. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, March 16 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice, 30265 Commerce Dr., Ste. 202, Millsboro, DE 19966. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Jerald ‘Jerry’ Sheppard Smith Sr. -- Jerald Sheppard Smith Sr., 81, of Seaford, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born April 29, 1936, he was the first child of the late Catherine (nee Bowden) and John Sheppard Smith. Jerry was a graduate of Seaford High School, Class of 1954, where he was a member of the football team. After graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Socha. They were married for 40 years, and became parents to four children. Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served four years as a military policeman. He intended to become a Delaware State Police officer, but was an inch short of the imposed six feet height restriction at that time. Jerry worked briefly for a New Jersey shipyard, using knowledge learned from his grandfather, who had owned a Seaford shipyard. He then worked for a short time at DuPont, and then for Comfort Heating and Air, Inc. in Bridgeville. After completing several advanced courses and classes in Wilmington, he became a certified licensed HVAC technician. In 1976, he established his own business, Jerry Smith Refrigeration, serving commercial and industrial facilities, as well as residential customers for over 40 years. He was a long-standing member of the Refrigeration Service and Engineers Society of the Eastern Shore, where he once served as president. Jerry held the rank of Eagle Scout, and later served as a Cub Scout Master. He was a coach with the Nanticoke Little League, and a member of the Seaford Lions Club, where he served one year as president. He had been a member of a Thursday night men’s bowling league. Jerry was a member of Blades United Methodist Church, where he had been active and served on the board of trustees. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Smith, of Florida, in 2009 and a brother, Kenneth Smith, of Pennsylvania, in 2017. He is survived by two sons, Jerald S. Smith Jr. and his wife Rhonda of Martinsburg, W.V. and David C. Smith of Laurel; one daughter, Beth Moyer of Seaford; his former wife and friend, Dorothy Smith Groves of Seaford; two sisters, Sandy S. Madwar and husband David of Columbus, Ohio and Cindy Lyons Taylor and husband Jeff of Seaford; a sister-in-law, Nancy Smith of Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren, Dean Smith of West Virginia, Jason Smith of FLorida, Jesse Smith of Florida, CJ Smith of Georgetown, Chelsea Clifton of Milford, Mitchell Moyer of Seaford, and Ethan Grimes of Seaford; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services will be held on Saturday, March 17. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m., with a memorial ceremony immediately following at 1, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Norma Hamstead O’Bier -- Norma Hamstead O’Bier passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at her home on Rivers End Drive, Seaford. After a brief illness, she went willingly to her maker. She was the daughter of Ami and Joy Hamstead of Greenwood. Norma retired from the State of Delaware education system as a special education teacher in Laurel after having taught in several locations due to relocating for her husband’s job. In addition to her duties at home, Norma was interested in crafts and sewing and even created some of her husband’s clothes including his ties. She also carried on her mother’s attempt to complete a “family tree” of the Hamstead’s and published a book on that subject which led her to Germany in search of her roots. Norma is survived by her husband of 64 years, William Francis O’Bier; daughters, Sharon Marie Myers of Seaford and Martha Ellen Carmine of Bridgeville; two sisters, Lucille McDaniel and Edith Andrews; two grandchildren, Jordan Crocket and Greg Wheatley; and two great-grandchildren, Ella Marie Crocket and Wyatt Crocket. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Oak Grove. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, from noon to 1. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Bethel United Methodist Cemetery Association, c/o Glen Lovelace, 29449 Oak Grove Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Paul V. West -- Paul V. West, 87, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Life Care at Lofland Park. He was born in Gumboro on July 3, 1930, son of the late Eldwood and Mildred (Bailey) West. Mr. West retired from the DuPont Company where he worked as an operator for many years. He was very involved at the Nanticoke Senior Center in Seaford where he was known as the “Ambassador,” volunteered with Meals on Wheels and was an athletic director. Mr. West was preceded in death by his wife, Doris H. West in 1975. He is survived by his siblings, Lee West, Melvin West, Norris West, and Helen Adkins, all of Laurel and Rosalie Toomey of Bethany Beach; his niece, June West of Georgetown; and his nephews, Gregory Adkins and Kevin West of Laurel and Burton Toomey of Ocean City, Md. He will be missed by all of his loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home & Crematorium, 609 E. King St., Seaford, where friends may visit from 1 to 2. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. West’s name to the Nanticoke Senior Center, PO Box 406, Seaford, DE 19973. Please visit Mr. West’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Shirley J. Cordrey -- Early in the morning on Friday, March 9, 2018, Shirley J. Cordrey, 84, of Delmar, Del., was met by the love of her life, Edward, at Heaven’s gate. Shirley was born in Wilmington, a daughter of the late Millard C. Johnson Sr. and Maude L. Johnson. Shirley was a homemaker and had helped on the family chicken farm. She was known to have great faith in the Lord and was a member of St. Georges United Methodist Church in Delmar. Family was her life; she could be counted to create great holidays and celebrations. She loved her gardens, growing flowers and vegetables. She enjoyed surf fishing and camping with her family, especially at the beach. Shirley is survived by her daughters, Phyllis Ann Gross (David) and Jessie Hudson (Lemuel), all of Laurel; her brothers, Millard C. Johnson Jr. of Laurel and Lyndsey Johnson of Pennsylvania; her sisters, Jennette Daniels of Pennsylvania and Jackie Davis of Laurel; and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Cordrey. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Cordrey; a son, David Cordrey and a daughter, Connie Sue Cordrey. A funeral service will be held at St. Georges United Methodist Church in Delmar, on Wednesday, March 14 at 3 p.m. A viewing will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. The Rev. John Rogers will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Shirley J. Cordrey -- Early in the morning on Friday, March 9, 2018, Shirley J. Cordrey, 84, of Delmar, Del., was met by the love of her life, Edward, at Heaven’s gate. Shirley was born in Wilmington, a daughter of the late Millard C. Johnson Sr. and Maude L. Johnson. Shirley was a homemaker and had helped on the family chicken farm. She was known to have great faith in the Lord and was a member of St. Georges United Methodist Church in Delmar. Family was her life; she could be counted to create great holidays and celebrations. She loved her gardens, growing flowers and vegetables. She enjoyed surf fishing and camping with her family, especially at the beach. Shirley is survived by her daughters, Phyllis Ann Gross (David) and Jessie Hudson (Lemuel), all of Laurel; her brothers, Millard C. Johnson Jr. of Laurel and Lyndsey Johnson of Pennsylvania; her sisters, Jennette Daniels of Pennsylvania and Jackie Davis of Laurel; and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Cordrey. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Cordrey; a son, David Cordrey and a daughter, Connie Sue Cordrey. A funeral service will be held at St. Georges United Methodist Church in Delmar, on Wednesday, March 14 at 3 p.m. A viewing will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. The Rev. John Rogers will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Philip Van Rensselaer Livingston -- Doing what he really loved, being on the water, Philip V.R. Livingston, the “best dad ever,” left us far too soon. If life is the dash between the two dates on one’s headstone, the dash cannot be large enough to capture Phil’s 89 years. Phil was born in Hewlett, N.Y. He attended Mepham High School, Bellmore, N.Y. and graduated with the Class of 1947. While at Mepham, Phil set an AAU backstroke record that stood for five decades. He also started flying, first soloing in a seaplane and earning a private pilot license, both land and sea. Phil was an active member of Merrick Fire Department Truck Company No. 1. He honed his mechanical skills at Gus’ Esso (and later Texaco) on Sunrise Highway, Merrick; but probably, one of Phil’s most favorite past-times was sailing and just being on the water. On New Year’s Eve 1948, Phil and his beloved Phillys were wed at The Church of the Redeemer in Merrick. They did what they would do many times in their 69 years of marriage, they moved — this time to Tuscaloosa, Ala. where Phil attended the University of Alabama. Later he would enroll at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y. He earned his bachelor of science in business. Shortly after graduation, Phil began what was to be a long career in sales, as a salesman for Shell Oil covering Long Island and Connecticut. Phil’s sales career was placed on hold when he was offered the opportunity to serve our country and began FBI Special Agent training. He became fluent in Russian. His specialty would be counter espionage. Back in the early days, he took his kids on counter espionage assignments – just to make it appear he was a dad out with his boys. Future FBI assignments moved his family to Cincinnati, Ohio, Hammond, Ind. and Chicago, Ill. Phil left the Bureau while in Chicago, packed up again, moved the family to New Orleans and became a salesman for Sanford Ink Company, Bellwood, Ill. He had such a wonderful way with people. Have you ever heard of the “Sharpie” felt-tipped pen or “Mr. Sketch” markers with flavored scents? Phil was with Sanford when the Sharpie was invented. He sold more Sharpies than anyone in the company. The Mr. Sketch scents were developed in his kitchen sink with the help of his local pharmacist. For Sanford he covered Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and parts of five other states. He drove the entire territory, often two weeks at a time – unless he was flying his territory. In the summer he’d take one of his kids with him for a two week trip. It was a terrific, memorable time! Best of all, while in New Orleans, he bought a Lightning sloop. Actually, he bought a slip in a marina and in that slip was a run down, half sunk Lightning. It took a while, but he and the boys rebuilt that boat from the keel up. When finished, three ribs and the hull planks were all that remained of the original boat. The effort was a tremendous carpentry and boat-building experience for his kids. They spent many hours on Lake Pontchartrain sailing “We Five.” Sanford moved Phil and the family (and “We Five”) back “home” to Long Island. He would later leave Sanford to become an independent sales representative. Phil was well-known at art and school supply conventions. For several years he chaired the School Art Supply Association. The family probably spent thousands of hours plying the waters of the Long Island Sound. Phil’s boys grew and he encouraged them to sail “We Five” solo. Eventually, “We Five” was replaced by “Trinity,” a six-meter sloop. Such wonderful fun! About 30 years ago, Phil and his beloved Phillys packed up for the last (and 14th) time and settled in Blades Harbour – with a dock right outside their door on the Nanticoke River. Pretty close to Heaven! The family now included grandkids, who loved to spend time on the river, particularly with their Dad Dad. The only thing more important than his family and sailing was Phil’s faith in God. Virtually a life-long Lutheran, for many years Phil was president of the national Lutheran Layman’s League. He and Phillys always remained very active in their church. Phil became a free-lance photographer and writer for the Seaford Star because he had photos and information he wanted to share. He was always everywhere around town anyway and seemed to be in the “right” place with the “right” photos. Phil and Phillys were active founders of the Woodland Ferry Festival. For many years they grew and expanded the Festival into an event attended by folks from states away. Immediately after moving to Seaford, Phil identified a significant community need – there was no boat marina. Soon, he was a founding member of the Blades Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO) and was the driving force behind BEDCO eventually opening the Nanticoke River Marine Park. Phil spent more than five years as a Nanticoke River Yacht Club officer, retiring as Commodore. Phil wanted to share his love of the arts, so he organized the Community Concert series at the Seaford High School. The series drew 1,200 people to a wide variety of concerts and performances enjoyed by the entire community. The Marine Park, Woodland Festival, free-lancing at Seaford Star, Community Concerts were all big deals, but no deal was bigger than substitute teaching. For more than 25 years he was a substitute teacher at Seaford High School and the Woodbridge School District. To say he was loved by his students and the staff would be a huge understatement. In 2011, Phil’s students voted him to present the graduation commencement address and he was selected Substitute Teacher of the Year. More recently, the Seaford Board of Education awarded Phil the Friends of the Board of Education Award. Better than the “Friends Award” was that “Grandfather Blue Jay’s” students always referred to themselves as his “troops.” Any one of them can tell you about the bear on Seaford Mountain or the missing teacher riding down the Nanticoke with his thumbs stuck in the alligator’s ears who was last seen headed to Portugal or the absent teacher flying over Canada dropping corn to the geese. Raise your hand if you’re talking. Together, Phil and Phillys created a wonderful home, reared their three boys and welcomed their three daughters-in-love. Dad and Mom were always there for their kids (who always felt terrifically supported) and they modeled an unbelievably loving relationship – and constantly seemed to be holding hands. More than anything, Phil enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dad Dad and Mom Mom always attended their activities – sporting events, theatrical productions and ceremonies. They made family vacations fun. Relishing time together, he loved and was loved deeply by his wife, children and grandchildren. All of this, and more, made Phil’s dash huge. Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Thaddeus Anderson and Grace Etta (née Finch). Left to celebrate his life and legacy are his loving wife, Phyllis Rae (née Clas); his twin brother, Robert DeWitt; his children: Thaddeus Ancram (Katherine), Philip Finch (Karen) and Keith Richard (Katherine); his grandchildren: Caroline Grace Herrera (Hector), Thaddeus Andrew (Erica), Jean Louise, Schuyler Van Rensselaer, Philip Lyman and Robert Anderson; and his great-grandchildren: Steele Ancram Herrera and Armando Jaymes Herrera. Friends may call Friday, March 9, between 4 and 8 p.m., at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Phil’s life will be celebrated at Seaford High School Auditorium at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phil’s name to Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Barbara Parker (Whipple) Robertson -- Barbara Parker (Whipple) Robertson of Delmar, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, her 94th birthday. She was a resident at Lakeside at Mallard Landing in Salisbury. She was born on Feb. 28, 1924 in Ramsey, N.J., a daughter of the late Raymond and Adelaide (Bellows) Whipple. Barbara was a longtime active member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Delmar, having served as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, president of The Episcopal Church Women, and Alter Guild director. She was also a longtime co-owner, with her husband, of Charlie’s Print Shop in Salisbury and a talented artist, in particular remembered for her reproduction antique dolls and miniature creations. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte Lynn and Thomas L. Trice IV of Salisbury; grandchildren, Thomas Charles Trice (Kerri) of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Douglas Gray Trice of Delmar, and Andrew Michael Trice (Marta) of Salisbury; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Cassidy, Matthew, Sarah, Rebekah, Olivia, Maxwell, Natalie, and Zachary Trice; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Vernon Robertson; a son, Raymond Gray Robertson; and sisters, Marian Luckhurst and Edith Jones. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, at All Saints Episcopal Church on 10th and Grove St., Delmar. A visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Kenneth Athey will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to All Saints Episcopal Church, PO Box 88, Delmar, DE 19940 or the Delmar Fire Department, PO Box 143, Delmar, DE 19940.


William W. Ryder -- William W. Ryder, 56, of Georgetown, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. He was born in Phoenixville, Pa., on Saturday, April 8, 1961, son of Harry and Patricia (Rhoads) Ryder. Bill grew up in Collegeville, Pa. He graduated from Spring-Fold Senior High School in Royersfield, Pa. and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He worked as an HVAC technician for 30 years, most recently with Service Energy. Bill liked working with his hands, target shooting and collecting model cars. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Georgetown for the past 10 years where he served as a trustee. In addition to his parents, Bill is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Teresa L. Ryder; his daughter, Amber L. Ryder of Georgetown; his brother, Allan Ryder and his wife Melanie; his nephew, Luke of Smyrna; his brother and sister-in-law, Brian Hill Sr. and Laura Hill of Seaford; his brother, Barry and his wife Donna Hill of Harrington; his nephew, Brian Hill II and his wife Amanda Hill; and a great-nephew, Jacob Hill of Seaford. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at The First Baptist Church of Georgetown, 20304 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s name to the First Baptist Church to the address listed above. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford, a Parsell Family Funeral Home. Please visit Mr. Ryder’s life memorial webpage and sign the online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Benjamin Elliott Whitelock -- Benjamin Elliott Whitelock, 72, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. He was born in Ewell, Md., on June 2, 1945, son of the late Captain Benjamin E. and Maude (Somers) Whitelock. Mr. Whitelock dedicated a lifelong career to his country serving in the Maryland National Guard for several years and later for the United States Army Reserve. He retired from the Army Reserves as a Sergeant 1st Class after more than 25 years. During this time, Mr. Whitelock also worked protecting his community as a Delaware State Trooper from 1969 to 1979. He also worked as a tug boat captain with Dann Marine in Chesapeake City, Md. for many years. Mr. Whitelock was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Crisfield, Md., the Crisfield-Smith Island Cultural Alliance, the International Order of Odd Fellows in Laurel, the American Legion Post 6 of Seaford and St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford. In his spare time, Mr. Whitelock enjoyed vacationing on Smith Island, being on the water, cutting grass and hunting. His favorite time of all was the time spent with his family and grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and dear friend who will be missed by all who knew him. Mr. Whitelock is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Olive Virginia (Spriggs) Whitelock; his two sons, Benjamin Eric Whitelock and his wife Mary Lou of Seaford and Jonathan Howard Whitelock and his wife Lisa of Frederica; his daughter, Candace Leigh Whitelock of Seaford; his five grandchildren, Benjamin E. Whitelock Jr., Mason Deane Whitelock, Christian Lloyd Whitelock, Katharine Elizabeth Whitelock and Jensen Elias Whitelock; his beloved granddog, Apollo Whitelock the golden retriever; his sister, Eloise Whitelock Tyler of Salisbury, Md.; his nephews and his niece. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 2, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford, where friends may visit from 10 to 11. Interment will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Memorial contributions may be made to Smith Island UMC, 20851 Caleb Jones Rd., Ewell, MD 21824 or St. Johns UMC at the address listed above. Please visit Mr. Whitelock’s life memorial webpage and sign the online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Emma Ann Wingate -- Emma Ann Wingate, 89, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at Seaford Center Nursing Home in Seaford. She was born on June 20, 1928 in Blades, daughter of the late Percy and Hattie (Wheatley) Bowers. Mrs. Wingate was a graduate of Seaford High School, Class of 1948. She worked as a seamstress, dedicating many years to the Blades Shirt Factory. Mrs. Wingate enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Above all, she cherished time spent with her treasured family and friends. She was a loving and devoted wife, sister, aunt, and friend, and she will be deeply missed by everyone who was blessed to know her. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wingate was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Clarence Wingate; her brother, Alton Bowers; and her sisters, Charlene Tubbs, Marguerite Whitlock, and Jane Phillips. She is survived by her nephews, Roger Tubbs of Seaford, Fred Ellingsworth of Laurel, Alan Tubbs of Clarksburg, N.J., Vernon Ellingsworth of Millsboro, and Danny Phillips of Virginia; her nieces, Kathy Poff and Sandy Phillips, both of Virginia; and her lifelong friend, Eva Shockley of Laurel. A graveside service will be held at noon on Friday, March 2, at Laurel Hill Cemetery, 9th & Maple Sts., Laurel. Casual attire is requested. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a Parsell Family Funeral Home, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mrs. Wingate’s memory to Woodland United Methodist Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Please visit Mrs. Wingate’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Thomas Arney -- Thomas Arney, 64, of Seaford, departed this life on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at home surrounded by his family. A viewing will be held on Thursday, March 1 where family and friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 274 N. Front St., Seaford. Donations may be sent to Vitas Health Care, 302-65 Commerce Dr., Ste. 2, Millsboro, DE 19966. To offer words of comfort or sign the online guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Milford.


Maurice Edward Zimmerman -- Maurice Edward Zimmerman, 89, of Laurel, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was born on Aug. 30, 1928 in Frederick, Md., a son of the late Maurice Hoffman Zimmerman and Margaret Carpenter Zimmerman. Maurice proudly served his country in the US Army and retired as a Master Sergeant after 21 years of service. After retirement he worked for Two Guys Hardware in Glen Burnie, then relocated to the Eastern Shore and worked for Easton Wholesale and Bridgeville Hardware. Maurice made friends wherever he went and will be remembered for his wonderful smile and sense of humor. He was a gifted writer who penned many poems and songs that he loved to share with family and friends. He also loved gardening and yardwork. He is survived by his children, Helen Bean (Ernie), Nancy Huson (Robert), Maurice E. Zimmerman Jr. (Sandy), Vicki Hodgins (Raymond), June Yerkey (Dan), Kenneth W. Zimmerman, Carla Hall (David), Richard C. Tawney and David S. Brown (Bambi); many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of over 50 years, Ruth May “Kitty” Zimmerman, who passed Friday, Feb. 9, 2018; a son, Donald; a daughter, Shirley; and a sister, Margaret Zimmerman. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at the Eastern Shore Memorial Veterans Cemetery near Hurlock.


Norris L. Kinnikin -- Norris L. Kinnikin, 78, of Laurel, passed away at Christiana Hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, surrounded by his family. Born in Laurel, he was the son of the late Raymond and Viola Kinnikin. Norris proudly served his country in the United States Navy on the USS Lexington. After his honorable discharge, he began his career at the DuPont Company and retired after 29 years as a mechanic. He was a member of the Ruritans. Norris enjoyed antique cars and owned a 1951 Chevy. He loved retirement, spending time with his grandkids, traveling, attending local dirt track races and watching NASCAR, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. He maintained a beautiful garden every year. He had a servant’s heart and enjoyed helping others and volunteering at the Good Samaritan Shop in Laurel. Norris is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte of Laurel; his sons, Mark (Anita), Richard (Maurica) and David (Nancy); brothers, Raymond and Paul; and sisters, Grace Gardner, Mary Sauers and Doris Weins. Six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Kinnikin. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St. Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2. Pastor Dave Seymore will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Shop or Laurel Nazarene Church.


Vance Russell Kesler -- Vance Kesler, 95, a resident of the Manor House in Seaford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was born in Salisbury, N.C. on March 31, 1922, to the late Lewis Alexander and Mary Jane Kesler. He was the youngest of 11 siblings, all who predeceased him. His early education included eight years in a one-room schoolhouse across the road from his home, which was appropriately called the Kesler School. The teacher was always boarded at his house. He entered the Army Air Force in WWII after graduating from high school and served in a bomber squadron ground crew in Guam, earning three battle stars. After his honorable discharge, he attended NC State University where he met his future wife, Phyllis Kesler, at Meredith College. They were married in 1950 for 40 years until her death in 1990. Vance had a long, successful career in sales with Pure Oil and Union Oil of CA, which took him and his family to Norfolk and Chesapeake, Va. and Seaford, where he retired in 1984. An avid golfer, his retirement years were spent with many hours on the golf course and as an active member of Seaford Kiwanis. He was a faithful member of St. John’s UMC and after marrying his second wife, Marian Schamus, they made it a Sunday ritual to attend her church, Midway Baptist in Lewes, on Sunday as well. After 25 years of marriage, Marian predeceased him in 2016. He is survived by his children, Jane LaJohn (Mark) of Jackson, Wyo., Penny Short of Seaford, and Russ Kesler (Joanne) of Durham, N.C.; stepchildren, Laurie Phoebus (Mike) and Ray Schamus (Sharleen); 11 grandchildren, Jessica Rhodes (Nick), Erin Ricker (Kyle) Steven LaJohn, Daniel LaJohn, Amie Kesler, Kari Kesler, Brad Kesler, Corey Phoebus (Heather), Caitlyn Phoebus, Morgan Schamus and Michael Schamus; and three great-grandchildren, Ryan Ricker, Dilan and Porter Rhodes and a fourth on the way. Vance was known as a gentle, kind and patient person with a great sense of humor and passion for life. He touched many in his 95 years and was a true inspiration to his family and friends. His strong faith was a constant through his journey of life. A graveside service will be held at Providence United Methodist Church in Salisbury, N.C. on Monday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Seaford, on his birthday, Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. The family will receive visitors at the church from 1 to 2. Special thanks to the staff at the Manor House for their care and compassion to Vance and Marian during the past several years. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Vance to the Manor House Benevolence Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973; Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, Newark, DE 19711 (www.delawarehospice.org/donate-now/) or St. Johns UMC, 300 Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Curtis Paul Byington -- Curtis Paul Byington, 54, of Seaford, died at his home on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Born in Baltimore, Md. on July 9, 1963, he was the son of the late George and Ola Mae Byington. He grew up in Talbot County and graduated from St. Michaels High School, Class of 1981. Curtis worked in the automotive industry, most recently as manager of Mr. Tire in Seaford. In his spare time, he enjoyed entering his 1996 Corvette Collector’s Edition in car shows. He was an honorary member of the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company in memory of his daughter, Brittany Byington, to whom Curtis was deeply devoted. He is survived by his siblings, James Byington (Linda) of Delaware, Luther Byington (Denise) of Tunis Mills, Md., Bernice King (Howard) of Tennessee and Diane Linkins (Paul) of Owings, Md.; a stepdaughter, Samantha Delgado (Tyler) of Seaford; and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, George and Ola Byington, Curtis was preceded in death by his children, Christopher Byington and Brittany Byington. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. in Centreville, Md., where friends and family may visit from 11 a.m. to 1. Burial will follow in Chesterfield Cemetery, Centreville. In lieu of flowers, Curtis’ family requests donations to the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 61, Sudlersville, MD 21668 to benefit the Brittany Byington EMT Training Fund. To send condolences online, please visit www.fhnfuneralhome.com.


Thomas ‘Tommy’ Jones --- Thomas “Tommy” Jones, 57, of Greenwood, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at Christiana Hospital. Mr. Jones was born in Milford, the son of Arthur and F. Elaine Jones. Tommy worked at E. I. DuPont in Seaford for 25 years and owned and operated Tom Jones Lawn Service. After retiring from DuPont in 2006, he took over the family business, Jones Boys Septic Service and also continued to operate Tom Jones Lawn Service and the family farm. Tommy had a deep love for his family and would do anything for them and he also loved helping people and his community. His first love was the fire company. The fire service was his second home where he spent much of his time helping and mentoring others in the fire service and seeing fellow firefighters succeed. His true love was his wife of 35 years and family, especially his children and granddaughter. He taught them just a little bit of everything, as he was a jack of all trades. He would help anyone and everyone in need and gave selflessly of himself to help or improve the lives of others. Tommy will be sadly missed by all. Tommy belonged to the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company #1 INC where he was a member for 41 years, Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association, Sussex County Fire Chief’s Association, and Delaware State Fire Chief’s Association. Through the years, he held several positions at the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Co., where the longest position he held was fire chief. He was a member of the Greenwood Lions Club and he was a faithful member of Living Life Fellowship Church. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Robert and Betty Jory. He is survived by his wife, Robin Jones; sons, Chad (Cassi) Jones and Zach (Jennifer) Jones; his mother, F. Elaine Jones; his sister, Susanne (Cliff) Foskey; and granddaughter, Aubrey Jones. Services will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company, 12611 Fire Hall Ave., Greenwood, with visitation from 10 a.m. to 1. Interment will be at St. Johnstown Cemetery in Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to an organization or charity of your choice in honor of Tommy Jones. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Brannon Wilson Mariner -- Brannon Wilson Mariner, 41, of Laurel, died on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at his home in Laurel. He was born on Dec. 4, 1976 in Seaford, a son of Lisa E. Wilson and her companion, Dylan Hopkins, of Delmar and Mark E. Mariner and his wife, Teresa, of Laurel. Brannon graduated from Laurel High School. He was employed by Tucker Mechanical Service in Laurel. An avid outdoorsman, Brannon had an adventurous spirit and was happiest when kayaking, fishing, camping or spending time with his children. He loved all types of music, a passion he shared with his father. He will be sorely missed and remembered as a loving father, son, brother, companion and friend to many. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Teigan and Cohen Mariner; his companion, Jenn Cropper; a brother, Jason Mariner; a stepbrother, Matthew Hoster; and grandparents, Eschol Mariner and his companion, Barbara Berkeley and John and Shirley Cocron. He is also survived by both maternal and paternal aunts and uncles, who dearly loved him. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Effie Mariner; and maternal grandfather, Bill Wilson. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Christian Church of Seaford, 22581 Sussex Hwy., Seaford. A tribute to Brannon’s life will begin at 3.


Gerald Dale Bragdon -- Gerald Dale Bragdon, 78, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at his home. He was born in Presque Isle, Maine, the son of the late James Roy Bragdon and Euda (Grass) Bragdon. Dale was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He served our country in the Navy and later in the Army. Dale was a very quiet but very special man. He is survived by a brother, Carroll of Seaford; a sister, Linda Short Yoder and husband Ronald of Greenwood; a brother, Jim and wife Joan of Laurel; and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Emily C. Black -- Emily C. Black, 89, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Life Care at Loftland Park in Seaford. Emily was born in Lincoln, the daughter of the late Lester E. and Viola (Maull) Clendaniel. Emily grew up in Milton from the time she was very young. She graduated college from State Teacher’s College in West Chester, Pa., and taught health and physical education at John Dickinson High School near Newark for most of her career, retiring in 1984 to Broadkill Beach. Emily was a past president of the Milton Century Club and enjoyed many years of tennis and golf. Throughout her life she also enjoyed playing bridge, crossword puzzles, gardening, calligraphy, candle making, candy making, and spending summers at Broadkill Beach. She was a member of Goshen U.M. Church in Milton for many years but worshipped at St. John’s U.M. Church after moving to Seaford in 1999. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herman F. Black in 2011 and her brother, Lester Clendaniel Jr. She is survived by her son, Christopher Black and his wife Suzanne of Seaford; three grandchildren, Nathaniel Black, Sean Hubbard, and Emily Hubbard; and three sisters, Wanda King of Milton, Martha Fisher of Claymont, and Caroline Donovan of Milton. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call from noon to 1. Interment will be in Goshen Cemetery, Milton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John’s UMC, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973 or Goshen UMC, 103 Mulberry St., Milton, DE 19968.


Annie I. Becker -- Annie I. Becker, 90, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. She was the daughter of the late John and Stella Gray. Her husband, Harry S. Becker died in 2008. Annie retired from Western Electric in Reading, Pa. She and her husband Harry moved to Delaware 16 years ago. She is survived by a daughter, Susan M. Becker; two grandsons, John Hutzulak (Robyn) and Michael Brisan (Janet); a granddaughter, Michele Becker; four great-grandchildren, Brenden Hutzulak, Chris Brisan, Mason Brisan and Cameron Dunkelburger; two brothers, Jim Gray and Charles Gray and a sister, Linda Fall. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Auman Funeral Home, 390 W. Neversink Rd., Reading, where friends may call from noon to 1. There will be a viewing at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reading. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Bonnie King Savage -- Bonnie King Savage, 67, of Laurel, passed away in the early hours of Friday morning, Feb. 16, 2018, at the Seaford Retirement and Rehab Facility in Seaford. Bonnie was born on Aug. 23, 1950, to the late Ruth and Elmer King of the Redden Forrest area in Sussex County. She is survived by her significant other, Oscar “Peanut” Dunston of Laurel; daughters, Bonnie Wyatt of Delmar and Wendy and Robin Savage of Laurel; one son, Robert Jones of Zebulon, Ga.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She leaves her dogs, Daffy and Buddy to grieve for her. A Life Well Celebrated Service to honor her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, at Bounds Funeral Home, 705 E. Main St., Salisbury, Md., where friends and family may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Linda Lane will officiate. Burial will follow at Springhill Memory Gardens, Hebron, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Bonnie to the Delaware SPCA, 22918 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.boundsfuneralhome.com.


Rebecca ‘Becky’ Bennett Adshead -- Rebecca “Becky” Bennett Adshead, 74, passed away peacefully at her home in Sharptown, Md., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, surrounded by her beloved family. She was born on July 16, 1943 in Sharptown, a daughter of the late Fred Howard Bennett and Erline Miller Bailey. Becky graduated from Mardela High School with the class of 1961. She married her high school sweetheart, Cary, on Nov. 4, 1961, and they enjoyed over 56 years of marriage in quiet little Sharptown. She had an aesthetic personality, which could best be seen through her knack for decorating and taking care of their home. Becky loved music and art, and was an avid reader who relished time relaxing at the beach. She also loved to travel and enjoyed visiting southern cities. Williamsburg, Savannah, and especially Charleston, were among her favorites. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to many. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church in Sharptown and had recently been attending Bayview Baptist Church in Laurel. She was also a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 113. She is survived by her husband, W. Cary Adshead; a daughter, Sharon Adshead Bramble and her husband James of Newport News, Va.; grandsons, Nicklaus Cary Doyle and Jacob Bennett Bramble, both of Newport News; sisters, Shirley Milligan and her husband Roland, and Joanne Jones; and a brother, David Bennett. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Lynn Adshead, Sharon’s twin sister, in 1993. A public graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Fireman’s Cemetery in Sharptown. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Shriners Hospitals for Children. The family extends their gratitude to those at Coastal Hospice that helped care for Becky during her illness.


Edward Thomas Ryan -- Edward Thomas Ryan, 79, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born on Nov. 4, 1938 near Seaford, “Skip” as he was known to many, was the son of the late John Lee and Nora Emma Donovan Ryan. A gifted craftsman, Mr. Ryan worked his entire career as a carpenter. In 2005, he retired from the Dukes Lumber Co. construction division. Skip is survived by his wife, the former Marian Wilkerson, whom he married in August 1961; three sons, John (Jennifer), Mark (Chrissy) and Michael (Darlene) Ryan; a brother, Robert Ryan; seven sisters, Mary Bull, Ida Bratten, Doris Calloway, Virginia Jenkins, Anabelle Lambert, Joyce Ryan and Catherine Ryan-Monk; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Chandler and a sister, Nora Lee Caudill. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10 to 11. Pastor Dave Kiser will officiate. Interment will be at Springhill Memory Gardens, Hebron, Md. Condolences may be sent online to the Ryan family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Ronald V. LaValley -- Ronald V. LaValley, 84, passed away at home on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, while in the care of his family and Delaware Hospice after suffering a stroke on Feb. 1. He was born in Saginaw, Mich., one of six children born to the late Floyd and Alma LaValley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally in 2010. He was also preceded in death by his brother, two sisters, and his youngest son. During his career he was in charge of maintenance at the state hospital in Northville, Mich. He was skilled in the plumbing, electrical, HVAC and carpentry trades. He had many hobbies including gardening, landscaping, home remodeling, and keeping up with American politics. Mr. LaValley saw service with the US Navy during the Korean War. He was assigned to a destroyer which made multiple voyages to Korea and Japan. He was especially moved by the suffering of American military frostbite victims in Korea. Mr. LaValley is survived by a son and a daughter; three stepdaughters and one stepson; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Norman James LeCates -- Norman James LeCates, 93, of Seaford, and formerly of Laurel, was called home to Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Methodist Manor House in Seaford, where he had resided the past few years. He was born on Dec. 18, 1924 in Laurel, a son of the late Oscar J. and Minnie Florence (Niblett) LeCates. Norman grew up on the family farm and, at a young age, left school to help on the farm after the unexpected passing of his father. He farmed almost his whole life and dreamt of owning his own farm one day. After retirement his farming continued, but only on a smaller scale. He had a green thumb and could grow the best tomatoes and other vegetables. On July 4, 1945, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Lee Wagner, and shortly thereafter, his dreams of owning his own farm came true, as they bought a farm and raised a family. He was a longtime member of King’s United Methodist Church in Laurel where he sang in the King’s Church Quartet. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing for the King’s Church league softball team and bowling in the Laurel Men’s Bowling League. Fishing and family camping trips to Assateague, Chincoteague and their summer home in Crisfield were always fun for the whole family. Norman and his wife also enjoyed spending many winters in Florida. He will be remembered as a kind hearted man with a great sense of humor and someone who always put the needs of others before his own. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mary Lee (Wagner) LeCates; daughter, Shirley Figgs, son, Jim LeCates and wife Fran, and daughter, Diane Brubaker, all of Laurel; grandchildren, Troy Travatello, Timmy Travatello, Teresa Travatello, Jamie LeCates and his wife Jenn, and Tara Lynch Banks and her husband Jeffrey; great-grandchildren, Alex, Benjamin, Josh, Daniel and Caroline; and sisters, Arvalene E. Moore of Laurel and Mildred R. Hitchens of Delmar. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey Lee LeCates and a son-in-law, William Dale Brubaker. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar where visitation will be held from 1 to 2. Pastor John Rogers will officiate. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to King’s United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Karen Perry, 34591 Gordy Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.


Betty Mears -- Betty Mears, 87, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Betty worked for Diamond State Telephone (later known as Bell Atlantic), for 37 years, retiring in 2000. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and a volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Her husband, William E. Mears died in 2015. She is survived by a son, William F. Mears (Jerri); four grandchildren, William D. Mears, Emily A. Carlin, Ashley Acosta and Justin Mears; five great-grandchildren and a sister, Helen Price. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Dr., Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Roland ‘Dink’ E. Conaway -- Roland “Dink” E. Conaway, 84, of Milton, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in Seaford, he was the son of the late Andrew and Catherine Conaway. Dink proudly served his country in the United States Army and was retired from the USDA as a food inspector. He was a member of Central Worship Center. Dink enjoyed the outdoors and loved to hunt and fish. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Conaway of Milton; his son, Duane Conaway and his wife Diane; grandchildren, Chris Conaway, Kevin Conaway, Cherie Bradley, and Andrew Ockles and his wife Chrissy; five great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Madeline Hudson, Andrew Conaway (Josephine), Ronald Conaway (Doris), Darlene Tapman (Bryan) and Joanne Mitchell (Donald), all of Laurel and Seaford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his children, Darrell Conaway and Cheryl Ockels and a brother-in-law. Services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Ruth May Zimmerman -- Ruth May Zimmerman, 90, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was born on May 17, 1926 in Baltimore, Md., a daughter of the late William Henry Jockel and Helen Frances (Kennedy) Jockel. In her younger days she was an accomplished ice skater. For over 60 years Ruth worked as a waitress in various restaurants in the Glen Burnie and Brooklyn Park area. She was a people person who truly loved her co-workers and cherished the friendships she made with her customers. She always put the needs of others before hers and would help anyone in need. She is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Maurice E. Zimmerman; children, Richard C. Tawney, David S. Brown (Bambi), Carla Hall (David), Helen Bean (Ernie), Maurice E. Zimmerman Jr. (Sandy), June Werkey (Dan), Nancy Huson (Robert), Vicky Hodgins (Raymond) and Kenny Zimmerman; 16 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Donald and a daughter, Shirley. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will follow at the Eastern Shore Memorial Veterans Cemetery near Hurlock, Md.


Doris Mullin -- Doris Mullin of Blades went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. Doris was a secretary for the Seaford School District for 41 years, starting right after graduating from high school. She was an active member of Blades United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Secretaries Association for the State of Delaware. Doris enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert Mullin; a sister, Mary Hastings of Blades; two sons, James Mullin of Blades and Steven Mullin (Tammi) of Seaford; four grandchildren, Robbie Mullin (Sarah) of Magnolia, Derek Mullin of Seaford, Tara Phillips (Jake) of Seaford and Tyler Mullin of Seaford; and three great-grandchildren, Christian Mullin, Devon Mullin and Jeremy Mullin of Magnolia. There will be a time to visit with the family on Friday, Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a celebration of life for Doris at noon on Saturday, Feb. 10. Services will be held at Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Verdie Page Burris -- Verdie Page Burris, 77, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Church of God & Saints of Christ, 10016 Concord Rd., Seaford, with a viewing one hour prior. To offer words of comfort and sign the guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Mary Gray-Carey -- Mary Gray-Carey, 69, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at home surrounded by family. Mary was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Grady and Margaret Franklin. Mary graduated from Wicomico High School in Salisbury, Md. She was a 20 year employee of Walmart and a 19 year member of Post 19 Auxiliary, Laurel American Legion. She is survived by her husband, Barry; daughter, Margaret Hassman and husband Jack of Dover; her son, Richard Gray and fiancé Vicki of Seaford; and her grandchildren, Brianne, Emily, Alex, Hunter and Jon. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. A special thank you to the great people at Compassionate Care Hospice. Contributions in her memory may be made to DuPont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington.


Louise Smack Allen -- Louise Smack Allen, 95, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at Transitions LifeCare Hospice in Raleigh, N.C. Louise was born on a farm near Pocomoke City, Md. on Dec. 31, 1922, the youngest of three children born to Lola (Ennis) and Harvey Smack. She graduated from Pocomoke City High School and subsequently held various clerical and retail positions. After moving to Salisbury, Md., she worked as a jewelry buyer for Benjamin’s department store, relishing the New York City buying trips to make the season’s selections. Her love affair with jewelry persisted throughout her life. She enjoyed collecting jewelry and never removed the many special bracelets and rings gifted by her husband. In the 1940s, Louise worked at the DuPont Company in Seaford, where she met the love of her life, Virgil Allen. They were married on Aug. 31, 1946 and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2016, just two weeks after Virgil’s 100th birthday. Louise was a charter member of the First Baptist Church in Seaford, teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School for many years. She spent most of her life as a homemaker, caring for her family and enjoying dear friendships - some of which lasted for over 50 years. She never met a stranger, and in her own easy, comfortable way, she would reach out and start a conversation with any person standing nearby. Louise is survived by a loving daughter, Vicki Allen; grandson, Dr. Todd Allen Pepper; nephew, Robert Wayne Bennett; and cousin, Tadd Pruitt. In addition to her parents, Lola Ennis Pruitt and Harvey Smack and her husband, Virgil C. Allen, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Preston Smack and sister, Dorothy Bennett. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, 609 E. King St., Seaford, where the family will greet friends from 1 to 2. The Rev. Jon Sutton will officiate. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Atlanta Road Christian Missionary Alliance, 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, or Transitions LifeCare Hospice, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607. Please visit Louise’s life memorial webpage and sign the online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Sabina Calabro -- Sabina Calabro, 88, of Laurel, passed away at home on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. Sabina was born in New York City, a daughter of the late Louis and Rose DeCandia. Sabina graduated from the Pratt Institute in New York. She was a homemaker and an accomplished artist who enjoyed painting, sculpture and ceramics. She also volunteered in Florida for Alzheimer’s care and grief care. Sabina is survived by her son, Vincent Calabro of Laurel; her daughters, Diane Franciosa and Lois Calabro; a brother, Nicholas DeCandia; her grandchildren, Claudia Farnciosa and Dianna Calabro; and two great-grandchildren. All services were held privately. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Robert Clarence Sutton -- Robert Clarence Sutton, 78, of Wilmington, N.C., our hero and our rock, passed from the arms of his beloved wife Babs and son Bo into the arms of our Heavenly Father on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, with peace, grace and dignity. He was at home surrounded by the love and joy of his favorite season, Christmas. Born in Pinehurst, N.C. on March 20, 1939 to the late Ralph Waddell Sutton and Frances Margaret Weadon Sutton, Bobby grew up in Sanford, N.C. With a physical speed, competitive attitude and fearless personality, he began participating in all sports at a young age. Sanford Central High School found him contributing to the basketball team, football team, and many clubs, while still finding time to lifeguard at Carolina Beach during the summers. Upon graduation in 1957, a football scholarship to UNC with Coach Jim Tatum, as well as running track, taught Bobby the difference between high school and university sports. Academics became foremost. Graduation from Atlantic Christian College in 1962 with a BS degree in history and physical education led to head football coach/teaching positions at West Stanley High School, Cherryville High School and North Hampton High School. Bob embraced his career as an educator. His charisma, unconventional approach, steadfast commitment and love of simply having fun endeared him to students, staff and community members. Upon his father’s death, he again realized academics as top priority. An MA degree from Appalachian State University in 1968 led to teacher, coach, dean of men and athletic director positions at Mount Olive Junior College. Earning his PhD from the University of Maryland in 1979 was one of his greatest personal accomplishments. Bob’s nearly 40-year beloved career as an educator culminated at the Woodbridge School District in Delaware after serving as administrative assistant, high school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent from 1973 until retirement in 2000. Bob loved the challenges. He perfected the skill of listening, and “coaching” each individual; whether student, teacher, or fellow administrator, to grow, to learn, to dream and to be better than they thought they could be even if the process made them uncomfortable. A Gifted and Talented program, Basics Plus School, Wellness Center, Sussex County Alternative School, successful referendums, building renovations and recognition of the contributions of district/community members were all accomplished while maintaining quality personnel and sound fiscal management. Bob always stepped back to give the credit to others. Consistent growth in the district to provide the very best educational opportunities for all students was first and foremost throughout his tenure. Upon retirement, he and wife Babs, returned to Wilmington to care for aging parents, enjoy son Bo’s endeavors and accomplish their “bucket list.” Planning and taking trips to Europe, Canada and cruises to everywhere the ships would take them became their new “career.” Their favorite venture was a leisurely road trip across the USA and back in a two seater convertible. Having fun, always the driving force! After quenching the travel bug, they rediscovered the beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains in their own backyard and found the perfect mountain top for a second home. Favorite books, old LP’s, a lifetime of photographs, career/family memorabilia, ACC football/basketball games, working out, old/new friends, card games, checker games (always the winner!), writing notes/cards/stories, reunions, family members and shared memories all commandeered the Sutton’s life. The Sutton’s were always planning their next adventure, being grateful for each day and embracing the truth in Believing. Bob and Babs found the sheer joy of “growing old together” as well as the joy in always being able to “hear the bell.” A small family gathering was Bob’s request so we are asking each of you to stop today and on June 18, to take a moment to recall how Bob touched your life. We love you Coach, Mr., Dr. Bob Sutton and deeply miss you. We know, however, that now you are good, truth, beauty and love.


Dorothy O. O’Neal -- Dorothy O. O’Neal, 95, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Seaford. Dorothy was born in Seaford, a daughter of the late Sydney O’Bier and Bernice O’Bier. Dorothy retired as a librarian for the Laurel School District, and had previously taught Sunday school at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel where she was a longtime member. She was an avid Orioles fan. She is survived by her sons, Alan O’Neal (Judy) of Seaford, Keith O’Neal (Cheryl) of Princess Anne, Md., and Michael O’Neal (Kathy) of Shaker Heights, Ohio; a brother, William Frances O’Bier (Norma) of Seaford; grandchildren, Patrick O’Neal, Stephen O’Neal (Dawn), Rhiannon O’Neal, Rhys O’Neal (Valerie), Tara Krick (Tim), and Katie O’Neal; and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Francis O’Neal in 1995; her siblings, Elizabeth Dickerson and Kemp O’Bier as well as her special friends, Helen Turner and Lynette Lowe. A private graveside service will be held. Contributions may be made in Mrs. O’Neal’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Jacqueline Shirley ‘Jackie’ Elliott -- Jacqueline Shirley “Jackie” Elliott, 84, of Hebron, Md., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at her home surrounded by the love of her family. Born on April 12, 1933 in Columbia, Del., she was a daughter of the late Sherman T. and Beula E. (Bradley) Cooper. Jackie was a 1952 graduate of Delmar High School. She continued to be a proud supporter of the Delmar Wildcats throughout her life. Spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was what Jackie enjoyed the most, and she loved being the matriarch of her family. She was blessed with an amazing memory and enjoyed telling detailed stories from her childhood and throughout her life. She particularly enjoyed stories and information pertaining to family history and genealogy, and passed down a wealth of information to her children. Jackie will be remembered for her quick wit, her sense of humor, and her love for animals – particularly cats. She enjoyed her weekly visits to Kellie’s Hair Place and was grateful for the friendships there – particularly with Kellie Bergen and Margaret Ware. She was also grateful for the friendship of Judy Lebron who always took special care of her when she shopped at the Hebron Food Rite and had become a dear friend. Mrs. Elliott was a nursing assistant who worked as a private duty sitter for several prominent area families. In later years, she worked for the State of Maryland as a personal care provider, providing home-based care to the elderly. In addition to her parents, Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan Elliott Sr.; a son, Benjamin C. Coleman; her sister, Margaret Holston; a nephew, Mark Holston; and a special cousin, Ellen Kerley, who was her closest friend and confidante. A brother, Philmore Cooper, died in infancy. Jackie was a lifelong member of Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church in Columbia – a church that was built by her great-grandfather. She was also a member of Double Mills, Inc., and was active in the restoration of the Double Mills Grist Mill in Mardela Springs, Md., where her father had been the miller in years past. She is survived by five children, Heidi Glasgow (Joe) of Salisbury, Md., Lydia Passwaters (Ronnie) of Delmar, Kevin Coleman (Lisa) of Hebron, Md., Shelley McKinney (Chuck) of Salisbury, and Stephanie Elliott (Wayne) of Delmar and three stepchildren, Fran Todd (Denny) of Eldorado, Md.; Dawn Thompson (Bobby) of Sharptown; and Harlan Elliott Jr. of Delmar. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Amber Whaley, Jasmine Carroll, Grayson Gordy, Mark Passwaters, Kevin Coleman Jr., Christina Heath, Kelly Shiles, Lacey Coleman, India Elliott, and Bradley Elliott; and 15 great-grandchildren. Additionally, she is survived by her nephew, Byron Holston of Plain, Wis. She also leaves behind three cats whom she adored, Mouse, Mindy Elizabeth, and Anna Lisa. A viewing will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at Short Funeral Home, where friends may call one hour before the service. The Rev. David Bennett will officiate. Interment will follow in Melson’s Cemetery, Delmar. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Mrs. Elliott to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) at secure.aspca.org/donate/memorial or by calling 1-800-628-0028; or Double Mills, Inc., PO Box 120, Mardela Springs, MD 21837.


Hollis G. Luffman II -- Hollis G. Luffman II, 66, of Delmar, died on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at his home. He was born on Jan. 15, 1952 in Salisbury, Md., a son of the late Hollis G. Luffman and Daisy Elizabeth (Godwin) Luffman. Hollis proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After returning home from the war, he had a long and productive career as a supervisor at Bayliner Boats in Salisbury. In his younger years he loved the outdoors and hunting was a favorite hobby. Before his health began to fail, he was an active member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Delmar. His true passion was music and designing and building electric guitars. He opened Pop-Pop’s Guitars in his home in Delmar and when not building and repairing guitars, he taught guitar lessons. He is survived by his soulmate and wife of over 45 years, Mary Delorse (Beauchamp) Luffman; a half brother, Steven of Frederick, Md.; half-sisters, Violet of Florida and Patricia of Sharptown, Md.; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his pride and joy, his daughter, Holly Jean Luffman, in 1991. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, at Riverton United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pastor Mike Phillips will officiate.


Richard Lee ‘Rick’ Cullen -- Richard Lee “Rick” Cullen, 74, of Delmar, died on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at his home in Delmar. He was born on Sept. 2, 1943 in Salisbury, Md., a son of the late Charles M. Cullen and Marguerite Pusey Cullen. Rick lived in Delmar for the majority of his life. He graduated from Delmar High School with the class of 1961, where he was a proud member of the Delmar Wildcats football team and the championship team of 1959. After attending Missouri Valley College, he returned to Delmar. He landed a job at the Salisbury Times in the sports department where he worked for two years before proudly serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Two years later, he returned to Delmar and to the Daily Times as a beat reporter. In 1972, he was promoted to sports editor, a career he thoroughly enjoyed until his retirement in 1996. In 1999, he went to work for Morning Star Publications as an advertising consultant and still held that position at the time of his death. Rick was a member of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Delmar for many years. He was an avid golfer who loved playing at Hooper’s Landing in Seaford and was a past member of Seaford Golf and Country Club and Sussex Pines. Rick will be remembered as a faithful fan of the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Ravens. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Judith Long Cullen; a daughter, Lee R. Cullen of Delmar; sons, David Frey (Teresa) of Delmar, Matthew Frey of Springfield, Va. and Jonathan Frey of Laurel; seven grandchildren, Cristina Frey, Caitlin Stiegler, Bailey Frey, Lauren Frey, Cameron Frey, Mason Frey and Benn Frey; two great-grandchildren; and a nephew, Eric Cullen of New Jersey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles M. Cullen and a special uncle and aunt, Richard and Mabs Cullen. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1. The Rev. Phyllis Walton will officiate. Contributions may be made in his memory to St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940 or Delmar High School, Delmar Football Team, c/o David Hearn, 200 N. 8th St., Delmar, DE 19940.


Richard Lee ‘Rick’ Cullen -- Richard Lee “Rick” Cullen, 74, of Delmar, died on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at his home in Delmar. He was born on Sept. 2, 1943 in Salisbury, Md., a son of the late Charles M. Cullen and Marguerite Pusey Cullen. Rick lived in Delmar for the majority of his life. He graduated from Delmar High School with the class of 1961, where he was a proud member of the Delmar Wildcats football team and the championship team of 1959. After attending Missouri Valley College, he returned to Delmar. He landed a job at the Salisbury Times in the sports department where he worked for two years before proudly serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Two years later, he returned to Delmar and to the Daily Times as a beat reporter. In 1972, he was promoted to sports editor, a career he thoroughly enjoyed until his retirement in 1996. In 1999, he went to work for Morning Star Publications as an advertising consultant and still held that position at the time of his death. Rick was a member of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Delmar for many years. He was an avid golfer who loved playing at Hooper’s Landing in Seaford and was a past member of Seaford Golf and Country Club and Sussex Pines. Rick will be remembered as a faithful fan of the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Ravens. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Judith Long Cullen; a daughter, Lee R. Cullen of Delmar; sons, David Frey (Teresa) of Delmar, Matthew Frey of Springfield, Va. and Jonathan Frey of Laurel; seven grandchildren, Cristina Frey, Caitlin Stiegler, Bailey Frey, Lauren Frey, Cameron Frey, Mason Frey and Benn Frey; two great-grandchildren; and a nephew, Eric Cullen of New Jersey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles M. Cullen and a special uncle and aunt, Richard and Mabs Cullen. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1. The Rev. Phyllis Walton will officiate. Contributions may be made in his memory to St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940 or Delmar High School, Delmar Football Team, c/o David Hearn, 200 N. 8th St., Delmar, DE 19940.


Norma Jean Pollard- Norma Jean Pollard, 75, of Seaford passed away on Jan. 26 at home surrounded by her family. Norma was born in Ridgley, Maryland, She is the daughter of the late Lawrence Hill and Mary Louise Chance. She was a loving homemaker. Norma collected owls, and enjoyed bird watching, especially the hummingbirds in her yard. Norma is survived by her children, Dale Pollard of Federalsburg, Duane Pollard of Seaford, and Donna Pollard of Seaford; a sister Joyce Middleton of Centerville, MD; grandchildren, Leslie and Laura Pollard of Easton; and great grandson Logan Pollard of Easton. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband William Henry Pollard, and her brother, Richard Hill. All services will be held privately.


Mary Lee Givens -- Mary Lee Givens, 74, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Mary was born in Milford, a daughter of the late Olie and Frances Baker. Mary retired from Arrow Safety in Georgetown and she also helped on the family farm raising chickens. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel. Mary is survived by her husband of 52 years, David Linwood Givens of Laurel; her son, Michael Givens (Laura) of Laurel; a daughter, Michelle Farlow (Michael) of Snow Hill, Md.; grandchildren, Faith Givens and Ruby Mae Farlow and a step-granddaughter, Victoria Libertini. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Laurel Hill Cemetery. James Ruark, CLM will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of tHannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Thomas ‘Moneyman’ Caudill -- Thomas “Moneyman” Caudill, 65, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. He was born in Hays, N.C. on Sunday, July 6, 1952, son of the late J. Robert and Carrie (Perry) Caudill. Mr. Caudill was a plumber, electrician, and farmer. He enjoyed going to flea markets, fishing, and telling jokes, but more than anything, he cherished time spent with his wonderful family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed by everyone who had the opportunity to know him. In addition to his parents, Mr. Caudill was preceded in death by his brothers, James Quincey Caudill, George Luther Caudill, and Johnny Caudill and his sisters, Pauline Ballard, Bonnie Wagner, Fannie Hawkins, and Annie Caudill. He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Joyce A. Caudill; his son, Richard Caudill (Tracie); his daughter, Brenda Huffman and her husband Ray; his grandchildren, Cameron Porter, Shelby Bragdon, and Raelynn Huffman; his brothers, Franklin Caudill, Billy Ray Caudill, and Lonnie Caudill; his sisters, Betty Mae Royal, Verna Roberts, and Mary Lou Perry; his mother-in-law, MaryJane Watkins; and his two beloved fur babies, Lucy and Jo-Jo. All services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a member of the Parsell Funeral Family, Seaford. Please visit Mr. Caudill’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Kenneth R. Kaufmann, 65, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Kenneth was a retired chicken farmer. He was an active member of Woodland United Methodist Church where he operated the sound system. He was also a member of the Seaford Senior Center, a member of the NRA and a Life member of the North American Hunting Club. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cynthia Yoder Kaufmann; two sons, David Kaufmann (Miriah) and Donall Kaufmann (Johanna); five grandchildren, Katelynn, Jeanette, Laura, Nodyn and Samantha; four brothers, Barry Stichter, Pete Auman, Robert Auman and Richard Kaufmann; and two sisters, Rebecca Rothenberger and Robin Jafolla. Memorial services were held on Friday, Jan. 26, at Woodland United Methodist Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford, De


Carolyn H. Wright -- Carolyn H. Wright, 86, of Laurel, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at Huntington Senior Living in Waterloo, N.Y. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Elon and Jennie Hitch. Carolyn earned her practical nursing certificate at Delaware Technical & Community College in 1975. She went on to earn her bachelor of arts degree in English/sociology in 1978 from the University of Delaware. She then furthered her education at Salisbury State University (now Salisbury University), earning a bachelor of arts in leisure studies. Before retiring, Carolyn was the director of activity therapy at Deer’s Head Hospital in Salisbury. She was a member of Laurel Wesleyan Church, Broad Creek Grange, and the Delaware Agricultural Museum. She is survived by her children, Lynda Wright of Laurel; daughter-in-law, Ellen Wright of Philadelphia; her children, Nancy and Marcel Plante of Raleigh, N.C., Jenny and Michael Cogan of Little Rock, Ark., Bonny and Bruce Borsa of Geneva, N.Y., Becky and Stephen Miller of Hanover, Md., and Ben and Christopher Franson-Wright of Newark; her grandchildren, Sarah and Miles Olsen, Jonathan Mastel, Jeremy Wright, James Wright, Marcel and Jen Plante, Nicole Cogan, Josh and Micah Cogan, Jesse Miller, and Peter Miller; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Tessa, Tyler, Amanda, Pierce, Marcel Jr., Elise, and Jonathan; and great-great-grandchildren, Alexander and Dakota. She is also survived by her sister, Emily Womach of Gaithersburg, Md.; her sister-in-law, Caroline Hitch of Milford; and nine nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence F. Wright; her son, C. Fred Wright; her granddaughter, Maria Plante; her two great-great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Leonard Hitch and Doris Culver. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St. Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10 to 11. Pastors Scott Conn and Ron Wyatt will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


George ‘Freddy’ F. Quailes -- George “Freddy” F. Quailes, 87, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at New Birth Christian Center, 100 Addix Ave., Greenwood. To offer words of comfort or sign the guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Allison Marie McCarthy -- Allison Marie McCarthy, 55, of Blades, passed away on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She was born in Fort Belvoir, Va., on Nov. 23, 1962, the daughter of John C. Polanichka. Mrs. McCarthy graduated from Holy Cross in Dover. As the daughter of an Air Force veteran, she lived in many places around the world throughout her lifetime. Mrs. McCarthy liked boating, camping and the ocean but what she loved most was caring for her four grandchildren. In addition to her father and father-in-law, Mrs. McCarthy was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Kara McCarthy. She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, James F. McCarthy; her daughter, Jaimie Lynn McCarthy Sammons and her husband R. Elliott Sammons; her four grandchildren, Madisen Rae, Gideon James, Silas Patrick and Maeve Elliott; her brother, Stephen Polanichka of Pennsylvania; her mother-in-law, Estelle McCarthy of Seaford; her brothers-in-law, Daniel McCarthy of Seaford and Jeff McCarthy of Virginia; her sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Braun of Germany, Kathleen Campfield of Pennsylvania and Tricia McCarthy of Pennsylvania; her many nieces and nephews; and her beloved dachshund, Hugo. A celebration of life gathering will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, 609 East King St., Seaford. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. McCarthy’s name to the Delaware SPCA, 455 Stanton Christiana Rd., Newark, DE 19713. Please visit Mrs. McCarthy’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Paul Lee Jarrett -- Paul Lee Jarrett, 69, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Paul was a retired construction worker and a Vietnam veteran. He loved Harley Davidson motorcycles and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Paul is survived by his wife of 38 years, Linda Jarrett; children, Leigh M. McKinney, Jan E. Hayden, Starla A. Jarrett, Mathew A. Jarrett and Daniel W. Jarrett; his parents, Paul and Ruth Jarrett; and sisters, Diane Smith and Polly Ward (Russell). He was preceded in death by a brother, Frederick Jarrett. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517 or supportwoundedproject.org. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Ernest Lee Holder -- Ernest Lee Holder, 78, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at his home in Laurel, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 19, 1939 in Washington, D.C., a son of the late James Lee Holder and Martha Mae Holder Hester. Ernest proudly served in the US Navy in his early years. He retired from Potomac Electric Power Company in Washington, D.C., after 20 years of service. He went on to work for Homeworks in Ocean City, Md., for 17 years. He was a member of Liberty Church of Christ in Salisbury. He loved motorcycles, and he and his wife traveled all over the country with several clubs through the years. He also enjoyed being a member of the Delmar Railroad Club. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sylvia A. Holder; a daughter, Leann Owens (Bill) of Gumboro; two sons, James R. Holder (Robin) of Ridgely, Md. and John R. Holder (Doris) of Edgewater, Md.; grandchildren, Nicole Holder, Cody Holder, Cavin Holder, Corey Holder, Heather Salway (Matt), Amanda Owens, and Danielle Owens; a brother-in-law, Brantley Cumbee of South Carolina; and a sister-in-law, Octavia Fort of South Carolina. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Liberty Church of Christ, 1313 Old Ocean City Rd., Salisbury. The Rev. Phillip Lee will officiate. In memory of Mr. Holder, contributions may be sent to Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Dr., Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713 or Liberty Church of Christ, 1313 Old Ocean City Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804.


G. Robert Dickerson -- G. Robert Dickerson, 92, of Laurel, died on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Wicomico Nursing Home in Salisbury, Md. He was born in Laurel, a son of the late Albert and Katie (Cordrey) Dickerson. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Joe Dickerson, and sisters, Lillian Campbell and Pearl Northam. Robert worked most of his life as a farmer and loved being outdoors. Along with planting and harvesting soybeans and corn, Robert also found solace working in his garden and sharing sweet potatoes, butter beans, squash, watermelons and other produce he grew with family and friends. He retired from the DuPont Co. in Seaford after 41 years of service. He was a longtime member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Laurel. In his free time he could be found searching local flea markets for bargains, watching football games and listening to gospel music. He is survived by Judy Meyers of Delmar, who was like a daughter to him, and her children, Aaron, Craig and Cheryl Meyers; and a special niece, Pam Dunn and her husband David of Delmar. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, Jan. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, followed by a funeral service at 1. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in his memory to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, c/o Shelly Givens, Treasurer, 8947 Woodland Ferry Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.


Rita B. Ryle -- Rita Bialk Ryle, 91, of Galestown, Md., died on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, at home with mama cat at her side. Born on April 1, 1926 in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Hoyt Jacob Calloway and Rosa Larrimore Calloway. She graduated from Goldey Beacom College in 1944 and worked in sales for J.C. Penney for many years. She later worked at the North Dorchester Middle School cafeteria. She was a member of Widowed Persons Service in Seaford, member and past president of Galestown Community House Committee, member of Galestown United Methodist Church, member and past president of Dor Wic American Legion Post 218 Ladies Auxiliary, member of Hurlock American Legion Post 243 Ladies Auxiliary and honorary member of Galestown Ruritan Club. She was a past mayor of Galestown and, at the time of her death, was the oldest living resident. She is survived by two daughters, Connie Seitz of Ocala, Fla. and Dawn E. Bialk of Galestown; a stepdaughter, Shirley Ryle and husband Jay Reichart of Big Springs, Texas; two granddaughters, Leah Lewis of Laurel and Sharon Down of Clyde, Ohio; four grandsons, Thomas H. Bialk Jr. of East New Market, Md., Thomas H. Johnson of Castorland, N.Y., Joseph H. Bialk of Cambridge, Md., and Gregory Bowling of Delmar; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and a longtime friend, George Gale. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas J. Bialk Jr.; her second husband, Edgar A. Ryle; a son, Thomas H. Bialk Sr., a great-grandson, Carver R. Bialk and a stepson, Terry Ryle. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, at Galestown United Methodist Church in Galestown where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Pastor Donald Mulholland and the Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate. Interment will follow in Galestown Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Galestown Community House Committee, 5620 Galestown-Newhart Mill Rd., Seaford, DE 19973, or Galestown United Methodist Church, 5541 Galestown-Newhart Mill Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Zeller Funeral Home in East New Market.


Sarah Catherine Griffith -- Sarah Catherine Griffith, 94, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. She was born in Millsboro on April 11, 1923, daughter of the late Joseph Henry and Cornelia V. Tingle. Mrs. Griffith was a member of the Seaford Country Club where she was a golf champion multiple times. She also enjoyed playing bridge, so much so that she was a member of three different bridge clubs. Mrs. Griffith was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be dearly missed. Mrs. Griffith was preceded in death by her loving husband, William J. Griffith in 1998. She is survived by her son, Herb Griffith of Waynesboro, Va.; her grandchildren, Ginny Harris (Tom) of Waynesboro and Scott Griffith (Sarah) of Juneau, Alaska; and her great-grandchildren, Ben and Maddie Harris and William and Sophie Griffith. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Methodist Manor House Benevolent Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a Parsell Family Funeral Home, Seaford. Please visit Mrs. Griffith’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Roland ‘Buddy’ Allen Jones -- Roland “Buddy” Allen Jones, 65, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. A celebration of life service will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Refuge Temple Revival Center, 455 N. Front St., Seaford, where a viewing will be held two hours prior. To offer words of comfort and sign the guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford


Doris E. Baker -- Doris E. Baker, 95, of Seaford died on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at her home. Born on October 10, 1922 in Salisbury, she was the daughter of the late William Littleton and Vergie Parker Littleton. In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Everett S. Baker; a daughter, Wanda L. Cropper and a brother, Calvin Littleton. Doris is survived by her daughter Denise B. Jackson and her husband Keith of Seaford; a son-in-law Pastor Courtland Cropper and his wife Betty of Salisbury; two grandchildren, Cynthia Causey and her husband Kevin and Courtnie Jones and her husband Aaron; six great-grandchildren, Ryan, Kasie (Andrew), Jordan (Margaret), Jacob, Erin and Candice; four great-great grandchildren, Kayleigh, Landon, Kelley and Jaxson, several nieces and nephews, special neighbors, Robert and Brenda Wood and Jim and Evie Mitchell and her special church family. She was a former member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pittsville and later became a member of Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Seaford. Doris was very active member of Gethsemane and was involved in the United Methodist Women. For 18 years she worked as a Teacher’s Assistant at Pittsville Elementary and Middle School. She was also a member of the Pittsville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, Pittsville Lions Club Ladies Auxiliary, Pittsville PTA and the Sussex County Grange. She was an avid Baltimore Orioles fan and was famous for her cakes and macaroni and cheese. She enjoyed feeding the birds and cats. A funeral service was held on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at Holloway Funeral Home with a viewing held from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 as well as one hour prior to the service. Burial was in Wicomico Memorial Park, Salisbury. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 2701 Stein Highway, Seaford, DE 19973 or Seasons Hospice, 30265 Commerce Drive, Unit 205, Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.hollowayfh.com.


Kenneth R. Kaufmann -- Kenneth R. Kaufmann, 65, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Kenneth was a retired chicken farmer. He was an active member of Woodland United Methodist Church where he operated the sound system. He was also a member of the Seaford Senior Center. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cynthia Yoder Kaufmann; two sons, David Kaufmann (Mirah) and Donell Kaufmann (Joanna); five grandchildren, Katelyn, Jeanette, Laura, Nodya and Samantha; four brothers, Barry Strichter, Pete Auman, Robert Auman and Richard Kaufmann; and two sisters, Rebecca Rothenberger and Robin Jafola. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, at Woodland United Methodist Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Woodland United Methodist Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Dakota Andrew Price -- Dakota Andrew Price, 25, of Laurel, lost his battle with his addiction to heroin on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Dakota was born in Lewes on May 2, 1992 to Diane Micolucci and Patrick Price. He attended Laurel High School. He was a practical joker with a huge heart and always had a smile to share. Dakota loved food, was great with kids and always thought of others. His jokes and happy smile will certainly be missed by all who loved him. He is survived by his mother, Diane Micolucci and his father, Patrick Price and his stepmother Lori, all of Laurel; his girlfriend, Maggie O’Neal of Laurel; maternal grandparents, Richard and Flossie Micolucci of Aston, Pa.; paternal grandparents, Earl and Venetta Price of Rehoboth Beach; and three brothers, Richard Ianieri (Ashley) of Coatesville, Pa.; and Patrick B. Price and Jonathan Price, both of Greencove, Va. He is also survived by four nephews, Ceaser Ianieri, Nathan Ianieri, Dylan Price and Owen Price and one niece, Aoi Ianieri. Dakota also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Also, we cannot forget his two feline friends, Loki and Shadow. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to help offset funeral expenses. Donations may be made online at www.gofundme.com/50nnatc, or make checks payable to Diane Micolucci and mail to 4920 Pennell Rd., Ste. 163, Aston, PA 19014. Letters of condolence may be emailed via www.watsonfh.com.


Linda K. Jones -- Linda K. Jones, 59, of Delmar, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Dec. 30, 1958 in Arlington, Texas, a daughter of James F. Poole of Delmar and the late Peggy Sims Poole. Linda attended Wicomico High School. She had a 34 year career in banking and worked her way up to executive vice president at M&T Bank. She was very active in the Delmar community where she served as past president of the Delmar Chamber of Commerce, was an honorary member of the Delmar Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and a proud recipient of the Delmar Citizen of the Year honor. Linda loved the outdoors and when not working or serving the community could be found reading on the beach, camping, cooking or exploring. She will be missed as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend to many. She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Manson Jones, whom she married on Oct. 25, 1997; children, Michelle Edwards (Blake) of Reedville, Va., Joey Hastings (Robin Parenteau) of Emmaus, Pa. and Manda Ruark (Jason) of Salisbury, Md.; grandchildren, Amber Kirby, Jordan Woody and Cameron Ruark; great-grandchild, Rilynn Banning; brothers, Jim Poole (Marcia) of Phoenix, Ariz. and Matthew Poole of Willards; and a niece, Stephanie Ferraro (Danny) of Salisbury. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, Jan. 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. at Forest Grove Cemetery in Parsonsburg, Md. Linda’s brother, Jim Poole, will officiate.


Mae Shockley -- Mae Shockley, 79, of Laurel, passed away at her home on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. She was born on Jan. 14, 1939 in Salisbury, Md., a daughter of the late James George Shockley and Gertrude Margaret Shockley. Aunt Mae was a mother and friend to countless people over the years. She was a familiar face in the halls of Peninsula Regional Medical Center for over 40 years, beginning her career in the women’s ward in 1959. Many knew Ms. Shockley simply as Aunt Mae. In her career, she was cherished by patients and patients’ families as proven in many patient surveys. When you were cared for by her generous soul, you knew her hands and spirit would always be there to heal and guide. She was described as a true team player and would be known to make everything sparkling clean, especially on 5 East, PRMC. She would have her uniform as crisp and perfect as each bed she prepared for her patients. Aunt Mae was loved and treasured by her nieces, nephews and several lifelong friends that made her feel like family. Aunt Mae never forgot a single person. She did not miss a birthday, sympathy, wedding or anniversary card. She always had a roll of coins for a surprised child. So many have been touched by the true, generous and thoughtful friendship that was Ms. Laura Mae Shockley. She has been given the greatest promotion that one can receive. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her three beloved brothers, James Howard Shockley, 54, of Laurel, James Dewitt Shockley, 73, and his wife, Louise Schevel Shockley, 60, of Salisbury, Md., and James George Shockley, 64, of Mardela, Md. She is survived by two adored sisters, Catherine Shockley Sutton, 81, of Clyde, N.C. and Maryanne Shockley Tracey, 77, and her husband Major John T. Tracey, 75, of Florence, S.C. and sisters-in-law, Beverly Oliphant Shockley, 72, of Laurel and Vickie Parks Shockley, 65, of Mardela. To make a donation in memory of Ms. Shockley, call J.R. Shockley at 443-235-3002. A memorial service will be held at noon on Thursday, Jan. 18, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar. Major John Tracey will officiate. Interment will be private.


Joanne W. Bradley -- Joanne W. Bradley, 85, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was born on Nov. 27, 1932 in Laurel, the daughter of the late Claude Weatherly and Mildred W. Weatherly. She graduated from Laurel High School and started her career as a bookkeeper with A.I. DuPont in Seaford. During her service there, she met Norman R. Bradley. They were married in September of 1956 and made their home in Federalsburg. After her time with DuPont, she continued her career at the Bank of America in Federalsburg. She later worked for Federal Paper in Federalsburg and retired after 27 years of service. Over the years, she enjoyed traveling with her husband and friends. She loved her extended family and many nieces and nephews. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Norman R. Bradley of Federalsburg; one brother, Bill Weatherly of Baltimore, Md.; two sisters, Ronnie Lee of Laurel and Vicky Story of Milford; one special nephew, Shane Phillips of Laurel and many nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, at Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg with her nephew, Shane Phillips officiating. Services are in the care of Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


James W. Adams -- James W. Adams, 91, of Laurel, passed away at home on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, while in the care of his family and Delaware Hospice. He was born in Georgetown on July 3, 1926, to the late Ira and Carrie Wilson Adams. His wife, Virginia Adams preceded him in death in 2013. He was also preceded in death by three sisters and one brother. He was an active, self-taught man who was a farmer and a carpenter. He also worked in plumbing, electrical and bulk heading. He enjoyed working in his workshop, gardening and attending various steam shows. He loved a good joke and helping others. Most of all, he was a big family man. He is survived by his only daughter, Gail Stevenson and her husband Robert of Laurel. He is also survived by a granddaughter, Tracy Ellsworth and her husband Allen of Seaford; two great-grandchildren, Matthew Adams (Raelyn) and Justin Ellsworth (Maranda); one great-great-grandson, Jaxzen Ellsworth; four sisters, Sally Wharton (James), Lois Truitt (Jake), Eva and Gertrude; two brothers, Al (Sandy) and Nelson (Barbara); many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and his two beloved granddogs, Shiloh and Comet. A funeral service and celebration of his life will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Pastor Jeff Hudson will officiate. Interment will follow in Carney’s Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. To send condolences, visit www.watsonfh.com.


Richard J. Jamison Sr. -- Richard J. Jamison Sr., 82, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Born in Glen Cove, N.Y., he was the son of the late Lyman Harris Jamison and Mildred Smith Jamison. In his earlier years, Richard operated several service stations in the Seaford area during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was a talented millwright, working for the Carpenters and Millrights Union Local 2012 for over 25 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was a talented woodworker and mechanic. Richard had his private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying with his wife to many wonderful destinations. While flying, he captured the beauty of the land by taking aerial pictures from his sky. He was a very active member and chaplain for the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Georgetown. He was very proud of his great-grandfather Gus Jamison and his service during the Civil War. Richard is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Cee Jamison of Seaford; his son, Richard Jamison II and his wife Dawn and their children Justin and Jordan; his daughter, Millie Hudson and her husband Wayne and their children Zach and Tyler; his daughter, Jerolyn Kelley and her husband Michael and their children Dusty and Stacey; his daughter, Cindy Blackburn and her husband that preceded her, Dwayne and their daughter McKenzie; his daughter, Christine Smith and her husband Dean and their children Nikkole, Kaylee and Ashley and her son Grant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Hastings and his brother, Lyman “Jim” Jamison. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, at Woodland United Methodist Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford, where visitation will be held from 2 to 3. The Rev. Tim Dukes will officiate. Interment will be held privately. Contributions may be made in Mr. Jamison’s memory to: “Delaware Grays,” Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 2068, ? John Zoch, Treasurer, 9455 Airport Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Theresa Hammond Vickers -- Theresa Hammond Vickers, 94, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at her home near Bridgeville. She was born on the family farm east of Bridgeville on April 12, 1923, daughter of the late Harry and Bessie (Snowberger) Russell. Mrs. Vickers attended Bridgeville High School and graduated as salutatorian of the Class of 1941. After graduation, she entered the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington. Mrs. Vickers left the nursing program in 1943 and married her fellow high school classmate, Harry A. Hammond. Following World War II, they opened Hammond’s News Stand on Market Street in Bridgeville and operated it for many years, when small towns in Sussex County had “Mom & Pop” stores. Eventually, they closed the store and Mrs. Vickers went to work at Milford Hospital for 13 years. She was proud to be one of the nurses assigned to the first Intensive Care Unit at Milford Hospital. After the death of her first husband in 1977, Mrs. Vickers married Brad Vickers of Cambridge, Md., in 1980. They spent happy years traveling between their homes in Georgetown and Cambridge until his death in 1998. In 2006, Mrs. Vickers moved to a new home built on land she had owned since 1967 at Collins Pond, with her daughter and son-in-law. Mrs. Vickers is survived by her daughter, Carol Williamson and her husband Kenneth of Collins Pond; her brother, Gary Russell and his wife Judy of Bridgeville; her sisters, Evelyn Baker of Seaford and Carolyn Green of Georgetown; her stepson, Steve Vickers and his wife Phyllis of Grasonville, Md.; her stepdaughter, Barbara Jarrell and her husband Fred of Easton, Md.; her step-granddaughter, Sharon Dunston and her husband Frank of Seaford; her step-grandson, Christopher Williamson and his wife Sandra of Greenwood; her special great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends from 10 to 11. Burial will follow at Bridgeville Cemetery, Market & Laws Streets, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mrs. Vickers’ memory to The Bridgeville Historical Society, 102 Williams St., Bridgeville, DE 19933, or the Bridgeville Lions Club, PO Box 414, Bridgeville, DE 19933. Please visit Mrs. Vickers’ life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Mildred Ellen Collins Windsor -- Mildred Ellen Collins Windsor, 98, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood where she had been a resident for four and a half years. She was born in Seaford on Sept. 1, 1919, daughter of the late Ray E. and Mary Ward Collins. In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Preston L. Windsor in 2011; a sister, Gladys Marine; and a brother, Floyd Collins. She is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn Elliott (John) of Seaford and Mary Linda Thomas (Ted) of Federalsburg, Md.; her three grandsons, David and Darren Elliott of Seaford and Jeffrey Elliott of Berlin, Md.; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Inurnment for Mildred and Preston will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a Parsell Family Funeral Home, Seaford. Please visit Mildred’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Richard Urban -- Richard Urban, Chief Master Sergeant, Retired, 77, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at home, near Laurel. He was the son of the late Stanley and Irene Urban of Loraine, Ohio. “Chief,” as he was known to his local friends, was stationed at the former Lewes Naval Facility from 1977 to 1980 and was proud to have served his country for 30 years, retiring to near Laurel in 1987. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Alicia and a brother, Leslie. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Marge; two daughters, Diane and husband David Vance of Olmstead Falls, Ohio and Christy Urban of Royalton, Ohio; two step-children, Wendy Harpster of Milton and Ric Harpster, also of Milton; one brother, Mark and his wife Linda Urban of Akron, Ohio; and a step-nephew, Walt and his wife Kathy Stettler of Bloomsbury, N.J. He is also survived by six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A service will be held at a later date. A special thank you to Vitas Hospice of Millsboro. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Services, Georgetown.


Gail Darlene Billings Jewell -- Gail Darlene Billings Jewell, 67, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, with her husband Wayne Jewell by her side. She leaves behind her mother, Margaret of Blades; a brother, Alan and his wife Sandy of Seaford; a sister, Rhonda Williamson of Blades; and numerous other family members and friends. Gail enjoyed shopping and will be missed by many. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Betty Ellen Pedersen -- Betty Ellen Pedersen, 81, of Delmar, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was born on Nov. 5, 1936 in Delmar, Md., a daughter of the late Thomas and Lillian Nichols. Betty and her husband Richard were married for 62 years. They truly were best friends. Their entire married life was spent living on one street, and they loved watching the world go by from their front porch. Betty and Richard loved taking bus trips and visiting new places. Together, they traveled to Florida many times as well as New York, Lancaster, Niagara Falls, Branson, “mystery tours,” and more. When Richard was selected Delmar Citizen of the Year, Betty was at his side, having quietly made it all possible. When Richard began working with the Delmarva Shorebirds, Betty would always be close by. Rarely would you see one without the other. They were true life partners. While their children, Pete and Susan, were students at Delmar High School, Betty and Richard were active members of the Delmar Booster Club and regulars in the Friday night football concession stand. She spent many years working at the concession stand at the Delmar Little League fields. She was a supporter of her granddaughters’ - Megan and Mollie’s - activities: dance recitals, piano recitals, softball and soccer games, chorus concerts, plays and performances. She was indeed a kind-hearted woman. Christmas was her favorite holiday and she loved sending cards, decorating their house, and sharing her famous fruitcake. She was a country cook of great talent. Also, she loved animals, especially dogs and cats. She never met a stray cat she wouldn’t adopt, and many were abandoned at her door. She enjoyed her time spent at the weekly ladies duck pin bowling league and won numerous awards and trophies. Betty worked as a USPS rural mail carrier in Delmar for 30 years, retiring in 2003. She also worked as a grocery clerk at Caldwell’s Market. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Richard Pedersen; a daughter, Susan and her husband Harold Upole; granddaughters, Megan and Mollie; a son, Richard Pedersen Jr. and his wife Penny; granddaughter, Sarah Vargas; nieces, Karyl Tyler, Sherry Cummins, and Chandra Lucksho; and a nephew, Bill Nichols. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Claude, George, Howard, and Jack Nichols. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, where visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Delmar.


Diane Brooks- On Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, Diane Brooks of Silver Spring, Md. died suddenly at her home in Seaford. She was the beloved wife of Steve Brooks, loving mother of Michael Brooks (Kristie), Douglas Brooks (Amy), Melissa Pope (Michael) and Jason Brooks; cherished grandmother of Samantha and Tyler Pope, Avery, Emory and Trevor Brooks, Nima and Norlha Brooks, Laura Brooks, Kayla Ruppert and Phillip (PJ) Chantiles; dear sister to Judy Burdine, Patricia Giacalone and Robert and Michael Tarbett. Her celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


Paige Lorraine Mayhew Carson -- Paige Lorraine Mayhew Carson, 90, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Paige was born in Annapolis, Md., the daughter of the late Marty and Mary Mayhew. She lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware most of her adult life and was living in Laurel at the time of her death. She owned and operated Carson’s Greenhouse in Seaford. She enjoyed fishing, crabbing, camping, cooking, baking, sewing, working in the garden planting flowers, casino slots, card games, dice, bingo, pictures, big family gatherings and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved dogs for companionship. She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Carson Jr. She is survived by four sons, Timothy Alan Carson (Linda), George Washington Carson IV, Jeffrey Lee Carson and William Kit Carson (Linda), 13 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Concord United Methodist Church, 7112 Dion Rd., Federalsburg, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Vision India, c/o Mark Yoder, Country Rest Home, 12046 Sunset Ln., Greenwood, DE 19950. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Jon Norman Elzey -- Jon Norman Elzey, 83, of Charlottesville, Va., died on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. He was born on Dec. 1, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of William J. and Frances C. Elzey of Seaford. They returned to Seaford, his father’s birthplace, in 1941. His father was a descendent of the Elzey and Cannon families who settled on the Eastern Shore in the seventeenth century. He was a graduate of Seaford High School, class of 1952, and he served an Air Force enlistment from 1954 to 1957 in Oslo, Norway and Bitburg, Germany. He graduated from Harvard in 1961 with an A.B. in German and Stevens Institute of Technology with an M.S. in computer science. He worked for TWA, Western Union, and ITT while living in northern New Jersey. At ITT, he wrote software for the Block IIR procurement of GPS satellites. After retirement, he moved to Charlottesville in 2008. He was a lifelong lover of early music from the first concerts he heard in Cambridge to countless more in New York City and Europe. He is survived by cousins in California, Tennessee, and the Carolinas, and, in Charlottesville, by his close friend of 55 years, Angelika S. Powell, and her children, Emily, Martin, and Justin. Donations in his name may be made to the Tuesday Evening Concert Series, 108 Fifth St. SE #208, Charlottesville, VA 22902 (tecs.org).


Joseph Burton Hill III -- Joseph Burton Hill III, 77, of Clifton Forge, Va., died on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville, Va. He was born on May 5, 1940 in Seaford, to the late Joseph Burton Hill Jr. and Dorothy May Hitch Hill. He graduated from Seaford High School, class of 1958 and served in the United States Navy. He was a general superintendent for PreCast Erectors and a member of Longdale United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Hill. He is survived by his wife, Linda Linkswiler Hill of Clifton Forge; three sons, David Hill of Arlington, Texas, Kyle Hill of Hurst, Texas, and Tracy Hill of Saginaw, Texas; a stepson, Brett Thompson of Clifton Forge; a sister, Linda Whaley and two brothers, Brian Whaley and Kim Whaley, all of Delaware; five grandchildren, Kellan Hill, Aidan Hill, Brogan Hill, Peyton Hill, and Katelyn Hill; and a host of nieces and nephews. In keeping with his wishes, his body was cremated. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Longdale United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Bearden officiating. Arrangements are in the care of Nicely Funeral Home in Clifton Forge. The family suggests memorial contributions to Longdale United Methodist Church, 121 Church Rd., Clifton Forge, VA 24422.


Norma C. Givens -- Norma C. “Pinky” Givens, 88, of Vero Beach, Fla., and formerly of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. Pinky was the daughter of the late Ernest and Golda Collins of Sharptown, Md. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Minos Givens; her son, Bret Givens and his wife Dawn Givens; a granddaughter and four great-grandchildren. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to HALO RESCUE, 710 Jackson St., Sebastian, FL 32958.


Roy F. Nichols Jr. -- Roy F. Nichols Jr., 90, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Roy was born and raised in Newark. He graduated from the University of Delaware and retired from General Electric in Coshocton, Ohio. Roy developed several patents with GE. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and the Kiwanis Club in Seaford and Coshocton. He was a Navy veteran of WWII. In his later years, he had a coin and stamp store in Laurel. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Margaret Nichols; two daughters, Elizabeth Nichols and Melissa Rump (Greg); and four grandchildren, Brandon, Joshua, Tremohni and Garrison Rump. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, at Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, where friends may call from 10:30 to 11:30. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Millard Kirk Daugherty- Millard Kirk Daugherty of Salisbury and formerly of Bridgeville and Crisfield, Md., 75, passed away from a heart attack Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Born in Baltimore, Md June 6, 1942, he was a son of Millard Lee Daugherty who died Jan. 8, 2012 and Josephine “Jo” Matthews Daugherty who died Dec. 26, 2015. He graduated in 1960 from Bridgeville High School and in 1962 from Johns Hopkins School of X-Ray Technology. He started his career as an X-Ray Technologist at McCready Hospital in Crisfield from September 1962 until June 30, 1963. He then entered the Maryland State Police Academy and served in the Maryland State Police until June 1, 1989, obtaining the rank of First Sergeant. During his tenure with MSP, he was detached to the Maryland General Assembly during the Legislative Session for 11 years, 10 of which he was appointed Sgt-At-Arms of the Maryland Senate. He served as President of the Maryland Troopers Association from 1985 to 1989, and again from 2003 to 2017. He was appointed Chief Deputy of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office in July 1989 and served until June of 2000. In September of 2000 he was employed by Perdue Farms as personal assistant to Mr. Frank Perdue, and served until Mr. Perdue’s passing in 2005. Finally, on July 28, 2007, he was appointed Chief of Police for The Town of Snow Hill, Md. and served until his retirement on May 5, 2015. Very active in the communities he served, he held numerous memberships including Trinity United Methodist Church in Salisbury, Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Moose, Lions and Elks Clubs, and was recently appointed to the Wicomico County Personnel Board. He enjoyed boating, cooking, golfing, splitting and burning wood, and was an avid Baltimore Ravens and Orioles fan. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Susan Daugherty of Salisbury; son, Michael Daugherty of Princess Anne, Md.; daughter, Lois Burkett of Girdletree, Md.; step-children, Jan Danner of Pocomoke City, Md., Paxton Dulany (Lauren) of Hebron, Md., and Brittany Dulany of Ocean City, Md.; his brother, Steve Daugherty and fiancé Robin Taylor of Greenwood; his sister, Kaye Hoge and husband Terry of Greenwood; nieces and nephews, Kyle Daugherty and wife Sheila of Greenwood, Kelli Duncan and husband William of Georgetown, Amy Morris of Delmar, Md., Lindsay Taylor and husband Josh of Delmar, Del., and Katelyn Casey and husband Kyle of Seaford; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and eight great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services officiated by the Rev. George Patterson will be held Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Trinity U. M. Church, 112 High Street, Salisbury, where a viewing will be held Thursday evening from 6-9. Entombment will follow the funeral service at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron, Md. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to be sent to Maryland Troopers Foundation, 1300 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208. Arrangements are in the care of Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home in Crisfield. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.bradshawandsonsfuneralhome.com


Mary Hastings James- Mary “Evelyn” Hastings James, 84, went to her heavenly home on Dec. 28, 2017 while at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.  Evelyn was born Oct. 10, 1933 in Easton, Me. to the late Harry E. Hastings and Myra E. (Lankford) Hastings. She was a lifelong resident of Seaford, living near Reliance as a child and spending most of her adult life on Tharp Road prior to moving to Homestead at Lofland Park Center in recent months. As a young adult, Evelyn worked as a receptionist at Nanticoke Hospital and, later, the Manor House, which is where she met her husband Gene Francis James, whom she married Sept. 9, 1967. Together they delighted in traveling domestically and internationally, with their trip to the Holy Land being the highlight.  After her husband’s passing in 1995, Evelyn enjoyed day trips by bus with Delaware Tech. Most notably, her greatest life passion was her relationship with her Lord, Jesus Christ, which inspired her generosity to individuals in need and various ministries dedicated to spreading the Gospel. She was a regular churchgoer, worshipping with many different local congregations over the years. In her latter years, loving her precious cats and feeding the ducks behind her home brought her daily joy.  In addition to her husband and parents, Evelyn was predeceased by three brothers Howard, Harry T., and J. Webster Hastings, one sister, Louise H. Pittard, and one nephew, Vernon Hastings.  She is survived by three nieces—Linda P. Carter of Millsboro, Elaine P. Betts of Dover, and Debra P. (Daniel) Bryan of Georgetown, as well as four great-nephews and one great-niece. Services will be private To leave a condolence visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Richard John Mahetta- Richard (Rich) John Mahetta of Seaford, 54, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, surrounded by his loving wife and daughters in the home he built for his family. Rich was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on Feb. 13, 1963 to Lorraine (Lori) Mahetta and the late John Mahetta.  He met Christine A. Revelle on Oct. 10, 1985. They fell in love and married on May 18, 1991, and together they had two beautiful daughters, Megan and Lauren. Rich is survived by his wife, partner, soulmate, and best friend, Christine, and their daughters Megan, 21 and Lauren, 18; his mother, Lori; his brother Michael (Lori); nephew Michael; and niece Katie. Family and friends are welcome to Rich’s memorial service 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 at Cranston Funeral Home¸ 300 N. Shipley Street, Seaford. At the request of the family, internment will be held privately. To leave a condolence visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Charles T. Feeney- Charles T. Feeney of Laurel, 82, passed away on Dec. 27, 2017 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Salisbury, he is the son of the late Leo Feeney and Thelma Hill Feeney. Early in his career he worked for Wayne Pump, and for Mary Cordrey’s Grocery Store in Laurel. Lastly, he worked and retired from Delmarva Power as a draftsman. Charles enjoyed bowling, playing softball, and avidly hunting with his bird dogs. He was one of the original co-founder’s of the Laurel Little League Football Organization, and also was a baseball umpire for many different leagues. Charles was a past member of the Laurel Lions Club, and past member of the Laurel Town Council. He was a member of SAL Post #19 of Laurel, and Centenary United Methodist Church. Charles is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Ruth Feeney; his s son, Charles “Chuck” Feeney (Nicki) of Pottsville, PA; his sister Joan Reynolds of Eden, Md., and his brother Patrick Feeney of Salisbury; grandsons; Daniel Feeney (Andi) of Pine Grove, Pa.., Ryan Feeney and his partner Michael Barros of Philadelphia Pa.., and Matthew Feeney of Hermosa Beach, Ca.; and a great granddaughter, Lilah Feeney of Pine Grove, Pa.. He is also survived by many special nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Douglas Feeney and Lorraine Biron. A Funeral Service will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 West Market Street, Laurel on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. A viewing will be held from 1-2 p.m. at the church. The Rev. Dean Perdue will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Mr. Feeney’s memory to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 West Market Street, Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home Laurel. Online condolences can be made by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Wilson Brown- Wilson G. Brown of Seaford, 93, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 22, 2017. Wilson was born in Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University Temple University.  He was an Army Veteran of WW II.  He moved to Seaford in 1967. He retired from Vlasic Pickles in Millsboro in 1999. After retirement Wilson worked for the Dutch Market in Laurel. Wilson is survived by his wife of 53 years, Alice Brower Brown, a son, Wilson G. Brown Jr., a daughter Lura Rebecca Brown, step-children, Jeffrey L. Burns and Michael G. Burns, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a step-son, Rick L. Burns. There will be a Celebration of Wilson’s life on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church,22625 Atlanta Road, Seaford. Burial will be on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. at Ranck’s United Methodist Church Cemetery, 700 Ranck Rd, New Holland, PA. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made to the Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd, Seaford, DE 19973. To leave a condolence visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Dolly Bastian- After a four-year battle with cancer, Mrs. Dolly Bastian of Delmar, 81, wife of Dr. Wayne Bastian, passed away Dec. 24, 2017 on their 62nd wedding anniversary. Dolly and her family moved to Delmar in 1962 when her husband began a teaching and administrative career at the Delmar School District. Dolly was born on Aug. 9, 1936, in Lock Haven, Penn. Her parents, who preceded her in death, were Mahlon and Louise Winder. She is survived by her sisters, Lois Wertman and Elinor Hallabuk, and brother, James Winder. Another brother, Thomas Winder, preceded her in death. She is also survived by brother-in-law, Paul Wertman, and sister-in-law, Gisela Winder. A Brother-in-law, Joseph Hallabuk, passed away Dec. 15, 2017. Dolly and Wayne were married on Dec. 24, 1955, during Wayne’s 10-day leave from the U.S. Marine Corps. They had two children, Louise B. Cloninger (husband, John Cloninger), from Crownsville, Maryland, and Joseph W. Bastian, who resides in Greely, Colorado. Dolly loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The grandchildren are Nicole Fischer and husband, Brian; Adam Cloninger and wife, Meagan; Dr. Tracy Readnour and husband, Mark; Alexander Cloninger and wife, Natalie; and Taylor and Kathryn Bastian.  Great grandchildren are Erich and Elise Fischer, Gabriel Readnour, and Evie, Myla and Duke Cloninger. Dolly worked as a bank teller in Pennsylvania, and after moving to Delmar, she served as an instructional reading aide at Delmar Junior Senior High School. She was always actively involved in the Delmar community. She served four years on the Delmar Town Council and 15 years as treasurer of the Delmar Parks and Recreation Commission. During this time she had plans drawn up, solicited donations, and worked with the Delmar Town Manager, Roberta Ernest, to develop the State Street Park and Tot Lot. She also spent many hours working in the Delmar Parks and Recreation concession stand at Gordy Field. Other community activities included being a girl and boy scout leader, a chaperone for student field trips, and volunteering  at the Delmar Public Library. Dolly also taught youth Sunday School classes at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, and served on numerous church committees. She was an avid reader and loved to travel. Her travels included North America, South America, Central America, Europe, the British Isles, and the Caribbean. She and her husband loved to drive across the United States to visit their son and grandchildren in Colorado. They visited all 50 states, and because Dolly was a member of the National Parks Association, they also toured 150+ National Parks and Monuments. She loved to knit and crochet afghans, sweaters and caps for infants at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. She also knitted 150 liner caps for military personnel serving in South Korea and Afghanistan. The funeral, per Dolly’s wishes, will be a graveside service at St. Stephen’s Cemetery, State Street, Delmar, Delaware. The service will be conducted on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Dolly and her family request memorial contributions to either of the following organizations:  Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963; or St. Stephen’s United  Methodist Church, 101 E. State Street, Delmar, DE  19940.  Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visitingwww.shortfh.com.


Charles J. McCabe -- Charles J. McCabe, 81, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. He was the son of the late Russell and Agnes McCabe and brother of the late Mildred Pusey. Charles graduated from Georgetown High School in 1954. He served in the Army National Guard and was a previous member of the Seaford Lions Club and Automobile Dealers of Delaware. He owned Cannon Motors in Blades and later retired from DuPont. Charles was an avid sports fan and big supporter of his grandchildren’s athletic teams at Cape Henlopen High School, Sussex Technical High School, University of Delaware, and Winthrop University. Charles is survived by daughters, Jennie McCabe-Severs and husband Don and Tracey McCabe Yeager and husband Steve; grandson, Hunter Severs; granddaughters, Katie and Allie Yeager; brothers, Harold McCabe and wife Louise and T.J. McCabe; several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Molly, who brought him so much unconditional love and joy. Memorial services will be held on Friday, Jan. 5 at 11 a.m., at St. George’s Episcopal Chapel, 20274 Beaver Dam Rd., Harbeson, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Interment will be private. With deepest gratitude, the family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Delaware Hospice Center for all of the compassionate care given to Charles. Memorial contributions may be sent to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Services, Georgetown.


Carroll R. ‘Mickey’ McDonnell Jr. -- Carroll R. “Mickey” McDonnell Jr., 86, of Seaford, and formerly of Elverson, Pa., died on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. He was the son of the late Carroll R. and Virginia (Herd) McDonnell. Mickey served proudly in the Navy, attended Penn State University and ultimately chose carpentry as his vocation. He was hard working and stubborn with a wicked sense of humor and an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener. His grandchildren loved him fiercely. Mickey is survived by his wife, Barbara L. (Leibold); a sister, Jean Kee of Great River, N.Y. (husband Doug); his daughters, Elizabeth Graves of Wilmington, Lauren Lush of Mohnton, Pa. (husband Tom) and Christine Greenawalt of Trinity, Fla.; his son, Daniel of Belleville, Ill.; 11 grandchildren: Eric, Marcus, Katie, Hannah, Jacob, Kenneth, Josh, Ryan, Becky, Alyssa and Missy; two great-granddaughters, Emilie and Rory; and three nieces. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, John E. (Jody) and a grandson, Jody Michael. Services will be private at Mickey’s request. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford, a Parsell Family Funeral Home. Please visit Mickey’s life memorial webpage and sign the online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Rose Mary Hill -- Rose Mary Hill, 81, of Delmar, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., surrounded by her family. She was born on Nov. 6, 1936 in Pocomoke, Md., a daughter of the late Duke and Grace Weidema. Mrs. Hill was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Laurel for over 20 years. She and her husband spent many years raising chickens and received “Grower of the Year” on four separate occasions. Most importantly, she loved spending time with her family. Sundays were always reserved for church followed by “dinner at Mom Mom’s.” She was happiest when the entire family was “on the farm.” Rosemary and “Hilly” would spend their winters in Florida, but always made it home to spend Christmas with the family. She is survived by her husband, Roschen “Hilly” Hill; a daughter, Chris Carmine and her husband Paul; a son, William Taylor; grandchildren, Mikie Adkins, his wife Anna and their children, Hannah, Jacob, and Gracie; Ashley Carmine; Samantha Mitchell and her fiancé Robbie Moore; stepdaughters, Cathi Morrison and Chris Suriner and her husband Steve; several step-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and her best friend, Carol Murray. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Teresa T. Mitchell and Anna “Muffy” Adkins; sisters, Joan Dashiell and Libby Vaughn; and brothers, Dickie Laird and Morgan Laird. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, where a visitation for family and friends will be held one hour before the service. Interment will follow in Bridgeville Cemetery. In memory of Mrs. Hill, contributions may be sent to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 32827 Old Stage Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.


Marianne (Fratelli) Neal -- Marianne (Fratelli) Neal, 60, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Marianne was born on June 18, 1957 in Warsaw, N.Y. She lived in Perry, N.Y. until the age of 7 when her family moved to Dover. Marianne graduated from high school in 1975 in Dover. She attended college and graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree as a medical laboratory technician. Marianne worked for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital from 1979 until 2012. Marianne enjoyed playing tennis in high school and following the sport in her adult life. She was a great mother to her two children and a great friend to all she met. She enjoyed camping with family and friends. The Camping Biddies event each year was one of her most cherished times. Marianne enjoyed playing guitar and all kinds of music. She would entertain friends with lyrics and songs about them. She was known to shake a leg. She enjoyed watching her children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren participate in all kinds of sports and other activities. She enjoyed taking photos of family and friends at gatherings plus rides in the country to photograph scenery and wildlife. No year was complete without a return visit to Letchworth State Park in Portageville, N.Y. She loved her family reunions in New York where laugh-a-thons were held with aunts, uncles and cousins. Marianne will be missed by her family which includes husband, Russ; daughter, Monica and family Jimmy and Camden; son, Kirk and family Lauren, Brayden and Hailey; mother and father, Monica and Alfonse; and brother, Jim and family Lauren. Numerous brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends will also miss Marianne’s giant smile and heart. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. followed by the funeral at 1, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marianne’s memory to the Transplant House in Philadelphia at Clyde F. Barker Transplant House, 3940 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.


Charles William Cordrey -- Charles William Cordrey, 99, a lifelong resident of Delmar, passed away peacefully at the Seaford Center on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. Charles was born on Feb. 13, 1918 in Delmar, one of two children born to the late Arthur and Nellie (Kenney) Cordrey. He graduated from Delmar High School and then secured a job at the newly opened DuPont Co. in Seaford where he worked until his retirement. He married Norma Jane Adkins and they had two sons, Brian and Jeffrey. Norma Jane preceded him in death in 2007. Charles had many interests - number one on his list was golf, which he played into his 90’s. He also loved photography and left his family with many beautiful pictures to treasure. One of his favorites made the cover of the Delaware Small Wonders calendar of 1984. Fishing was also a favorite passion, as typical of many Eastern Shore natives. Charles had a deep religious faith and read his Bible daily. He was a very active member over the years at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Delmar. He is survived by sons, Brian Cordrey of Delmar and Jeffrey Cordrey and wife Susan of Seaford; a host of friends from DuPont and his St. Stephen’s family. In addition to his parents and his wife, Charles was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Beach. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, followed by a funeral service at 2. The Rev. Phyllis Walton will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Delmar. Contributions may be made in his memory to St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940.


Richard Dale Meding -- Richard Dale Meding, 80, of Laurel, went to be at peace with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at his home. Richard was born in Harrington, a son of the late Walter and Laura Meding. Richard served his country in the Marines and later became the police chief in Blades. He was involved in many youth groups teaching gun safety. Richard is survived by his wife, Carrie Lee Meding; his sons, Scott Meding, Randy Meding and Bruce and Chris Porter; and his grandchildren, Alexus, Joshua and Zachary Meding and Jesse Sucharski (Porter). A funeral service will be held at noon at Christ Evangelistic Church, Camp Road, Laurel, on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. The Revs. Roland Tice and Leonard Sears will officiate. Interment will be held privately in Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Millsboro. Contributions may be made in his name to Young Marines, 17739 Main St., Ste. 250, Dumfries, VA 22026. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home.


Mildred Lorraine Graves -- Mildred Lorraine Graves, 93, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. She was born in Little Cohari, N.C. on Sept. 15, 1924, the daughter of the late Eugene and Mittie Tatum. She is survived by her daughter, Lynn M. (James) Carter; grandchildren, Jeffrenia Tatum, Darriel Cannon, LaMont Cannon II (Joy) and James Carter Jr.; great-grandson, LaMont Cannon III; and extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Graves and son, Wilfred (Jeffrenia) Tatum. Interment services were held at Beechwood Cemetery in Durham, N.C. A memorial service will be held in Delaware at a later date. Additional information is available online at www.pippinfuneralhome.com.


Karen Lynne Morris -- Karen Lynne Morris, 58, passed away at her home on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Seaford. Karen was the daughter of Charles Morris of Seaford and the late Joyce Morris. Karen had worked for the DuPont Company in Seaford and for Solo Cup in Federalsburg, Md. She was known for her kind heart and sense of humor. She loved to bowl, fish and played softball and watched football. She was an avid Florida Gator fan. She was also very patriotic. Karen is survived by her brothers, Steven Morris of Seaford and David Morris of Texas; her sisters, Nina Briggs of Bridgeville and Lisa Morris of Seaford; nieces and nephews, Amber Morris, Alison Hazeltine, Brooke Williamson and Dean Williamson; and great-nieces and nephews, Hannah, Leah, Travis and Tristen. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. The Rev. Willie Savage will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home.


Dorothy L. ‘Dot’ Hudson -- Dorothy L. “Dot” Hudson of Laurel, died in her sleep on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at her home with her son at her side. Mrs. Hudson was born in Georgetown, the daughter of the late Floyd T. and Mary E. Wilkins. Mrs. Hudson was a retiree of the DuPont Nylon Plant in Seaford, having started when the plant first opened. She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston J. ‘Pret’ Hudson. She is survived by her son, Preston J. ‘P.J.’ Hudson II of Laurel and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at noon on Thursday, Dec. 21, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call after 11 a.m. Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963, or the church or charity of your choice.


John Francis ‘Jack’ Morgan -- John Francis “Jack” Morgan, 79, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at home surrounded by family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jack was born on Dec. 5, 1937 in Manhattan, N.Y., the son of the late John Morgan and Catherine Kelley Morgan Waterbury. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy serving from 1954 to 1964. He was a hard-hat/salvage diver and first gunner’s mate. Jack served with the Stamford (Conn.) Police Department from 1964 to 1984. He was a motorcycle officer, pistol master and marine division. He also worked as a groundskeeper at the Country Club of New Canaan until his retirement in 2006. Jack was a Stamford resident for many years, moving to Norwalk in 1984. Upon retirement in 2006, Jack and Sandy moved to Seaford. He was a talented ship modeler, craftsman and historian. He was a lobsterman, spending hours on his boat, the “Jack Pot” and loved fishing on LI Sound. He loved to ski, paddle a canoe and kayak. He enjoyed playing pool, riding his motorcycle, pampering his pets and being out in nature. He adored his family and took pride in his home. He was a member of the VFW Post 4961 in Seaford and the American Legion Post 218 in Sharptown, Md. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by a grandson, John Michael Fitzsimmons. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Sandy; his children, John Morgan (Toni) of Stamford and Michele Fitzsimmons (Michael) of Elizabethtown, Ky.; his loving stepchildren, Frank Guthman (Martha) of Norwalk, Conn., Lori Miller of Norwalk, Wendy O’Connell (Kevin) of Patterson, N.Y., and Pam Landan (Bill) of Shelton, Conn.; 18 beautiful, talented and successful grandchildren and a growing number of adorable great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Vitas Hospice for their compassion and support. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice, 30265 Commerce Dr., Ste. 202, Millsboro, DE 19966. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Patsy Ellen Short -- Patsy Ellen Short, 75, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, surrounded by her family and loved ones. Pat was born in Laurel to Sirman Ferrell and Margie (Hastings) Ferrell on Friday, March 6, 1942. She married Robert “Bobby” Short on Thursday, Feb. 13, 1958 and they shared 59 years of marriage until his recent death on Nov. 21. Pat worked for numerous years at Acme Market as a cashier, followed by many years as a waitress at Dillards, Smith’s and Jimmy’s Grille Restaurant. She was an outstanding cook and was well-known for her homemade fudge, cakes and candy. Pat is survived by her children, Sheila Marine, Robert “Buddy” Short and his wife Laurie and Marsha Middleton, all of Laurel; three grandchildren, Jaime Marine, Rob Marine and Robert “Gator” Short Jr.; two great-grandsons, J.T. Moore and Waylon Short; two sisters, Ginny Whaley and Darlene Morgan; and one sister-in-law, Irene King. She also leaves to cherish her memory many nieces and nephews; a special friend, Connie Shockley and her beloved dog, Sadie. Services will be private. The family would like to extend their thanks to the medical staff at Christiana Hospital for their valiant efforts and compassion during her hospitalization. To offer words of comfort and sign the guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Flaudine C. Otwell -- Flaudine C. Otwell of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at home surrounded by her family. Flaudine was born in Philadelphia, Pa., a daughter of the late John and Catherine Cropper. Flaudine was a homemaker and had also worked as a beautician for Riggins Beauty Shop. She enjoyed camping and was past president of the Campers Association. She was also queen bee of the Red Hat Ladies and a charter member of the Laurel Alumni Association. She loved to play cards with her friends and family. She really liked to travel, especially cruises and she had been on more than 30 of them. Flaudine is survived by her sons, Richard B. Otwell (Susan) of Laurel and William C. Otwell (Jan) of Laurel; her daughters, Debbie Carter (Rusty) of Federalsburg, Md. and Bonita Lundberg of Laurel; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Richard Otwell in 1983, a daughter, Catherine Mae Otwell and her siblings, William B. Cropper and Jack Cropper Jr. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Dean Perdue will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Centenary UM 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 by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Mary Stuart -- Mary Elizabeth Hall Stuart, 80, passed away peacefully in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, surrounded by her family. Mary Stuart lived exactly how she wanted and died exactly the way she wanted - quickly and without pain - so to that end celebration is in order and not sadness. These were Mary’s wishes. Mary Stuart was a vibrant, energy-infused, fearless woman. Above all, she loved family, friends and was loved by so many. Her greatest virtue was loyalty. She radiated a positive, fun and warm spirit. Mary was compassionate, generous, loving and, most of all, lived a life of pure service often subordinating her own interests for others. She gave and thought of others until her end. Mary was successful in every area of her life - in marriage, as a daughter, as a mother, and as a businesswoman. She was private and quiet about much including her faith. She was a believer and lived by example practicing unconditional love, forgiveness, and service to family, friends and fellow mankind. Mary loved to entertain and throw a party. As a skilled entertainer and dexterous cook, Mary could simultaneously transition an impromptu cocktail party of 20 into a sumptuous sit-down dinner in a matter of a few hours. Mary was born in Cambridge, Md. on Dec. 8, 1936, the younger of two children of the late Ernest R. Hall and Anna P. Hall. She grew up in the community of Atlanta just outside Bridgeville. She went on to live in Oak Orchard, Houston, Texas and Portland. Mary was raised in her grandfather’s country store, her bassinet on the counter and later grew up working in the store with her father, mother and older brother. Tragically, Mary lost her older brother Billy to a car accident when she was 14. She attended Bridgeville Elementary and Bridgeville High School where she made lifelong friends. She also attended an elocution and finishing school as a gift from her beloved Aunt Pauline Tresnak Satterfield. Mary was precocious and fearless as a child. At the age of 13, she was refused entrance to a summer dance at the beach and returned only to throw an overripe watermelon onto the dance floor. Raised in the country store, she tended the cash register, pumped gas and cut meat and whatever else was needed. She learned people skills and communication very early on which served her well as she continued honing these skills throughout her life. As Mary matured, she transformed into a striking natural beauty, not so much the girl next door, but an exotic looking woman. Being dark-complected, Mary was later compared to Elizabeth Taylor. Her beauty earned her the title of Miss Bridgeville Greenwood. Mary met Bob Stuart who was a Delaware State policeman at the time, and the two immediately fell in love. Two weeks later the two married, became best friends and never parted company until Bob’s death in 2009, 54 years later. As they always declared, “We became a team.” Mary and Bob’s exemplary union was blessed with four children - Larry, Betsy, Susan, and Bill. Mary quickly became the proverbial woman behind the man. She loved, supported and cared for Bob in every manner. They laughed together, loved, socialized, and entertained so many and so often. At any given gathering or when just a few were present one could often catch Mary and Bob in a room dancing cheek to cheek without any music. Mary’s beauty was at the time matched only by her quick wit, her boldness and her ability to speak to anyone on their level. In each case, she treated everyone the same - whether a friend, fellow officer’s wife, politician or dignitary. In every case, she did so with zero trepidation without stammering or faltering. Mary helped Bob grow to great heights throughout his career with the State Police, and other state held executive jobs, and they attended many statewide police and political functions all over the United States. However, in one instance early on, Mary who was perhaps a little overzealous to help, soaked, washed and hand polished Bob’s ammunition before a scheduled uniform inspection. Of course, the ammo was ruined and had to be paid for personally and replaced which was nothing compared to the ribbing Bob received for the remainder of his career by his fellow officers. Mary and Bob eventually bought the Country Store from her parents and Mary operated it for years, eventually relinquishing it to raise her children. There were tough economic times off and on in the rural area of Atlanta during her ownership of the store, and like her mother, Mary would often gift food and meats to people in need - gratis - saying she could not sell them due to the expiration date which was intended to diminish the receiver’s reluctance of accepting charity. She had a huge heart often giving many wandering workers chores for money and food when there were no chores that really needed to be done. Never one to miss an event, Mary, when she was ailing and down with a bad back, insisted on attending a very celebrated annual party thrown in upstate Delaware by a well-known businessman and crop-duster. Bob Stuart, a friend, and his friend’s wife loaded Mary up on a stretcher, and she went to the annual party and circulated the party on a stretcher. Mary was loyal to her friends and family no matter what. She was a lifelong Republican and became a Republican statewide committeewoman. She loved politics and standing up for what she believed and spent many hours in service to the party. In 1972, a very good social friend of Mary’s and classmate of Bob’s had announced his candidacy for State Senate as a Democratic candidate. Mary refused to support her Republican party’s candidate. This scenario went on to fester, and Mary resigned her committeewoman position. She then immediately held the Democratic senatorial candidate’s first fundraising dinner in her home. Mary’s greatest love after Bob by far was her family. She loved her family and cared for them tirelessly. At 24 years of age, Mary came home from the hospital with her youngest newborn and, on that very day, her mother-in-law May Stuart moved in, needing lodging and care. At the time her mother-in-law was blind and suffering with other severe conditions as a complication of diabetes. Mary cared for May Stuart until the time of her death. For the vast majority of her adult life, Mary cared for both of her parents as they grew older in addition to several great-aunts, uncles, and cousins. She oversaw all of their affairs, healthcare needs and anything else that needed doing. When her children grew older and her youngest went to school, Mary got a job delivering newspapers for The Seaford Leader in Seaford. Over the course of 20 years, Mary worked her way up to composition editor of two newspapers, The Seaford Leader and The Laurel Register. When Mary’s uncle John T. Satterfield asked her to assist him with the running of a fledgling water utility in Oak Orchard, Mary left The Seaford Leader to assist John in building the company where she focused on the role of operations manager and eventually became president. When her uncle died, the company had many thousands of customers, however, the corporate taxes were so onerous that the company was on the brink of a fire sale which would lead to financial ruin and a catastrophic outcome. All of the local banks said no to new loans because they said they were neither sophisticated enough or were not suited to finance such a recapitalization. Unfazed and unafraid, Mary searched diligently throughout the United States for a specialty lender. She found a specialized utility lender in Atlanta, Ga., just in time, and the bank recapitalized the company allowing Mary to operate, and supply the capital to grow. Four years later Mary was able to sell the utility at a premium to a publicly traded company. The shareholders prospered greatly, and Mary allocated some of her own monies from her own distribution to elderly relatives so they might have a secured retirement. After the sale of the water company, Mary and Bob moved to Houston, Texas and later to Portland. They split their time between Houston and Portland. In retirement, Mary and Bob spent their time traveling the world but, most importantly, they made the rounds visiting their children, grandchildren and new great-grandchildren around the United States. After Bob’s death in 2009, Mary moved to Spring Ridge at Charbonneau, Ore., a senior living community and, of course, not long after was elected to the board of advisors. She loved the community and made many new friends, and they all enjoyed laughing and socializing in grand fashion. She enjoyed many great friends there. Among those family members who survive Mary are her son, Larry and his wife Sheri Stuart of Denver, Colo.; daughter, Betsy and her husband Ron Chaney of Washington, DC; daughter Susan and her husband Bob Masin of Portland; and son, Bill and his wife Michelle of Houston, Texas. Mary had and was loved by 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband Bob, Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Anna and Ernest and brother, Billy Hall. The family would like to sincerely thank Susie Stuart Masin and her family for tirelessly taking care of Mary in her final years. Susie did so unceasingly and diligently, and the entire family is grateful. It seems in Susie’s case the apple didnot fall far from the tree. Memorial services on the West and East Coast will be announced.


Donna Lou Cummings -- Donna Lou Cummings, 59, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Jesse and Laura Parsons. Donna was a cook at Sam’s Restaurant in Millsboro years ago and Dillard’s Restaurant and English’s Restaurant for over 20 years. She also worked in the Seaford School District Cafeteria. She was a member of Seaford Nazarene Church where she participated in Bible study. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, H. Danny Cummings; a son, Brian Cummings; a daughter, Jessica Harris; a granddaughter, Elisa Harris; a brother, Chris Parsons (Diane); and her mother and father-in-law, Herbert and Doris Cummings. Funeral services were held at noon on Monday, Dec. 11, at Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Martha Emily Warren -- Martha Emily Warren, 76, of Vero Beach, Fla. and formerly of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, after a lengthy battle with kidney disease. Emily was born in Athens, Ala., the daughter of the late Carlyle Richard and Martha Lucille (Christensen) Carter. She met her husband of 54 years, James O. Warren, in the fall of 1960, while studying at Freed Hardeman College in Henderson, Tenn. She ultimately graduated from Athens College in Athens with a degree in art studies which was her lifelong passion. Emily was gifted by God with talents in many areas of artistic expression. She worked with lead, charcoal, oils and paints. She was particularly fond of working with ceramics where she would freeform her own creations from a raw block of clay. Additionally, she spent many years learning the art of wood duck carving, having entered competitions in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1990s. She loved working with her art and enjoyed the time she spent learning from and helping others with their skills. She was an active member of Vero Beach Church of Christ and was very proud of being part of the group that designed and painted the Bible themed rooms for the children’s ministry. In addition to her parents, Emily was preceded in death by a newborn son, Matthew Richard Warren and her brother, William Ellis Carter. She is survived by her husband, James O. Warren; son, Jeffrey Graham (Rebecca) Warren of Raleigh, N.C.; daughter, Susan Carter (Michael) McGee; four incredible grandchildren of whom she was very proud: Lindsey, Paige McGee, Carson Reid Warren, Ty Garrett Warren, and Landon Carter Warren; and two nephews, William Edward Carter and Hugh Joel Carter. Emily and her family are very thankful to the anonymous donor and their surviving family whose gracious organ donation in August of 2005, enabled Emily to have a much needed kidney transplant. This allowed Emily to live a healthy life for an additional 12 years. In recognition of this gift, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her name be made to: National Kidney Foundation of Florida, 1040 Woodcock Rd., Ste. 119, Orlando, FL 32803 or www.kidney.org/donate.


Lois Grace Cypher -- Lois Grace Cypher, 96, formerly of Bedford, Pa., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at the Manor House in Seaford. She was born on April 14, 1921 in Bedford, a daughter of the late Joseph A. Beegle and Grace Rebecca (Hunt) Beegle. Lois grew up on the family farm and graduated from Bedford High School in 1939. On Aug. 19, 1939, in Colerain Township, Pa., Lois married Guy Nesbitt Cypher. Lois and Guy moved to Baltimore, Md. in 1942, where she worked at McCormick & Company, retiring from there in the 1970’s as an executive secretary. In retirement, she and Guy moved to Seaford, the home of daughter Joanne and son-in-law Galen, in 1980. There she volunteered at Nanticoke Hospital for many years. Lois was a skilled and accomplished dressmaker and quilt maker, designing and sewing numerous quilts as gifts for her daughters and her grandchildren. Some of those she made with her daughter Marjorie. She was also a skilled designer and sewer of doll clothing for the ceramic dolls cast by daughter Joanne. Lois took great joy and pride in her artistic creations and loved to share them with those she loved. In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her husband Guy on June 17, 1984 and four siblings: Ada Konhaus, Allan Beegle, Karl Beegle, and Ruth Williams. She is survived by two daughters, Joanne Brosius and husband Galen of Seaford and Marjorie Hart and husband Gordon of Shrewsbury, Mass.; four grandchildren: Kimberly (Brosius) Brebner, David Brosius, Sharon Hart, and Christopher Hart; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Ellen Land of Bedford. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, at St. Mark’s Church in Friends Cove. Pastor Paul Claycomb will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends will be received on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 6-8 p.m., at Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home in Bedford. The online guest book is available at www.berkebilefuneralhome.com.


Rev. Clifford H. Tazelaar -- The Right Rev. Clifford H. Tazelaar, 91, joined his heavenly father on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at home, surrounded by his wife and family. The earth shook around Dover as a host of angels came to usher God’s faithful servant into his presence. Rev. Tazelaar was born on March 24, 1926, at home on the “muck” farm in Barry County, Hastings, Mich. He was one of six children born to Edward Adrian Tazelaar and Mary Adalaide Priest Tazelaar. Rev. Tazelaar served his country during World War II as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. After the war he returned to the States and entered East Nazarene College (now University) to begin his ministerial studies. Upon leaving ENC, he attended Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla., where he received an AB in religion and psychology as well as a master’s in theology. Upon graduation from SNU, he completed his formal education at Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Mo., where he was awarded a master’s in divinity. He also received a teaching certificate from Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa. Rev. Tazelaar never quit learning. He completed educational studies throughout his life to assist him in working with others. While attending ENC, he met the “love of his life,” Iva Laura Tyson from Waco, Texas. Her southern drawl and dimpled smile won his heart at first sight. They were married on Dec. 27, 1948 in Prescott, Ark. From this union four children were born, two sons, James and John and two daughters, Mary and Leah. Rev. Tazelaar dedicated his life to serving God and his fellow man all over the world. One of his many passions was the World and Witness program through the Church of the Nazarene. He spent many hours preparing and then accompanying teams of volunteers to other countries where he built and rebuilt schools, medical clinics, hospitals, churches and whatever was needed. He was a member of Rotary International where he was instrumental in the Camden/Wyoming Club’s building of a school and clinic in memory of Dr. James Gallagher. He also organized contributions from local doctors and surgeons to outfit a hospital in Ecuador, which was quite an undertaking as equipment had to be transported via the United States Air Force. Many hours were spent gaining the necessary clearances. He was active as chaplain, colonel, and commander of the Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, Dover Air Force Base. While serving he completed many search and rescue missions as a pilot of his private plane. He was a volunteer mediator for the Center of Community Justice Program with the State of Delaware. Every Saturday morning he could be found at Bob Evans Restaurant for Bible study with his “Promise Keepers” group. His work afforded he and his wife the opportunity to serve in 52 countries. In order to support their love of serving others, he owned and operated Tazelaar Roofing Service until his retirement in 1998. Rev. Tazelaar was a member of and attended Cross Nazarene Church of Dover. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Russell Edward Tazelaar, Thomas Elroy Tazelaar, Richard Nelson Tazelaar and Donald David Harrison Tazelaar; one sister, Dorothy Ellen Tazelaar Brock; oldest son, James Harold Tazelaar (Karen); and grandson, Mark Harold Tazelaar. He is survived by his wife, Iva; his children and their spouses: son, John Edward Tazelaar (Sharon) of Camden and daughters, Mary Avonel Tazelaar Morris (Arthur) of Dover and Leah Brack Tazelaar (Lonny) of Milford; grandchildren, Christopher Allen Tazelaar, Elisabeth Ann Tazelaar, Adam Joseph Tazelaar, Addison John Tazelaar, Jason Edward Boller and Laura Brack Boller; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 1145 E. Lebanon Rd., Dover, where a viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1. Interment will follow at Sharon Hills Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Church of the Nazarene World Missions, 1818 N. Little Creek Rd., Dover, DE 19901 or VITAS Healthcare, 100 Commerce Dr., Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713. Letters of condolence and the guestbook may be signed at Torbertfuneral.com.


William Thomas Owens -- William Thomas Owens, 80, of Georgetown, died on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. He was born on April 27, 1937 in Delmar, a son of the late Russell and Helen (Robinson) Owens. Bill grew up on the family farm and considered farming his greatest love for most of his life. One of his fondest memories of his youth was at the age of 14, showing a pony on stage at the Delaware State Fair. In his later years he also drove trucks and worked as a heavy equipment operator. He attended Joshua House Ministries in Gumboro for many years before recently joining the Delmar Church of God of Prophecy. Bill was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, horseback riding and camping. He was an accomplished skeet shooter and a two-time Delaware state champion. He was a member of the Salisbury Gun Club and the RV Shanty-Shakers Club and he was one of the original founders of the Laurel Saddle Club. He loved teaching children to shoot and about gun safety. Bill will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Janice P. Foskey Owens, to whom he was married on July 27, 1996; sons, John Wesley Owens and wife Patricia of Laurel and James Lewis Owens and wife Bridget of Delmar; stepchildren, Cindy Adkins and husband Ace and Jeffrey Foskey and wife Tina; grandchildren, Janice Hoffman (Willie), Kim Russell (Greg), Billy Owens (Lindsey), Krystle Owens, Jonathan Balas and Lauren Balas; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Will Jr., Allie, Emily, Maddie, Blake, Cameron and Logan; and a sister, Shirley Ann McDaniel of Delmar. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Virginia Pepper; brother-in-law, Steven Pepper; sisters-in-law, Martha Callaway and Donna Rogers; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Louise Thompson Owens in 1994; and a son, William “Billy” Thomas Owens Jr. in 1982. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from noon to 1. The Revs. Michael Phillips and Chuck Reynolds will officiate. Interment will follow at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron, Md. Contributions may be made in his memory to the church of your choice or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Inez Elester Stewart Palmer -- Inez Elester Stewart Palmer, 89, of Seaford, departed this life on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Lofland Park in Seaford. Inez was born on May 10, 1928, to the late Bailey Stewart and Annie Savage Stewart in Nassawadox, Va. She was the second born of six children. Her siblings, Dorothy Stewart, Virginia Stewart, Willie Stewart, Mildred Rowley, and Edward Stewart, all preceded her in death. Inez received her formal education in Northampton County, Virginia through eighth grade. Inez moved to Delaware in 1951 and met Vernon Cook, with whom she had her first child, Carol Ann Stewart Cook in 1954. While in Delaware, she met and eventually married Henry L. Palmer Sr. on April 2, 1964. From that union they conceived one son, Henry L. Palmer Jr. They were happily married until her death. In the late ‘70s, Inez gave her life to Christ and became a faithful servant of God and a faithful member of the Clarence Street Church of God. Inez served in the church as a choir member, usher, deaconess, praise dancer (Women of Judah) and cook. Her favorite song was “One Day at a Time” and she loved to march in the ladies choir. Sister Inez loved to dress for church and, through her bargain shopping, she would dress others as well. Inez called Clarence Street her home for over 40 years, up until her transition to her heavenly home. Although Inez did not have to work outside of the home and took pride in being a wife and homemaker, she chose to spend her working years cooking at different establishments around Seaford. Most notably was Seaford Head Start, The Dairy Bar and J & J Restaurant in Concord. Inez was a superb cook who cooked without recipes. She was famous for her fried chicken, dumplings and those good old yeast rolls! Sister Inez would cook and deliver dinner to many of her Clarence Street brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as cook and sell dinners to raise money for various reasons, usually to benefit the church. On Saturday mornings, she could be found at one of three places - a yard sale, Rt. 13 Flea Market, and her second home, the Nellie B. Allen Curiosity Shop. She would faithfully visit these places to find bargains for herself and bargains to share with others. She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband of 53 years, Henry L. Palmer Sr.; her children, Carol Kellam (Jennings) and Henry L. Palmer Jr. (Wende); her grandchildren, Chandra, whom she raised for eight years, Deshaun, Brittany, Inez, Zoe, Jada, Clevon, Kecia, and Sheryl; and 14 great-grandchildren including Maya, who became her grandmother’s personal manicurist. Inez also leaves two sisters-in-law, Antha Stewart of New York and Miriam Stewart of North Carolina; one brother-in-law, Robert Rowley of Virginia and seven special stepdaughters, Nita, Loretta, Barbara, Peaches, Vera, Theresa and Laverne. Inez adopted several children and called them her godchildren. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. To offer words of comfort, or sign the guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Robert Henry Short -- Robert Henry Short, 82, of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at his home with his family by his side. Robert was born in Laurel, the son of Frank Short and Gertrude (Horne) Short. He served honorably in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957. Bobby married Patsy Ferrell on Feb. 13, 1958 and they shared 59 years of marriage. Bobby was a lifelong farmer and Standardbred horse owner and trainer. He was especially proud of “Embassy Effort,” who was named Horse of the Year in New York in 1981. Bobby was preceded in death by three brothers, Herman Short, Fred Short and Horace Short and two sisters, Jennie Clayton and Madeline Williams. Bobby is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patsy Short; three children, Sheila Marine, Robert (Buddy) Short and his wife Laurie and Marsha Middleton, all of Laurel; three grandchildren, Jaime Marine, Rob Marine and Robert (Gator) Short Jr.; two great-grandsons, J. T. Moore and Waylon Short; and one sister, Irene King of Seaford. Also left to cherish his memory are many special nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to thank Compassionate Care Hospice for their dedication and commitment during this time. Burial will be private. To offer words of comfort and sign the guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Jennifer ‘Jenny’ Towers -- Jennifer “Jenny” Towers, 51, of Sanford, Fla. and formerly of Bridgeville, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, with her family at her side, at Florida Hospital Altamonte in Altamonte Springs, Fla., from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). She was born in Milford on June 10, 1966, daughter of the late Charles Walton Smith Jr., and Marjorie Wingate Smith. Jenny graduated from Woodbridge Junior-Senior High School, Class of 1984. She graduated in 1987 from MacQueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing in Easton, Md. She was the mother of three grown children: Andrew (Ajani), Jessica, and Ryan (Bonnie); sister to Tom (Bonnie), Susan Hayes (Bob), Charles (Lynn), and twin brother Matt (Sherri); and aunt to numerous nephews and nieces. She also leaves behind her companion and friend, Steve Koka. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, at Parsell Funeral Home & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will follow at Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to The Delaware 4-H Foundation, 113 Townsend Hall, 531 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19716.


Addie Gillis Haddock -- Addie Gillis Haddock, 98, recently from Laurel, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Christiana Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born in Delmar, Del., on March 20, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Josiah and Clara Gillis. Addie worked at the DuPont Plant in Seaford with her husband Charles for many years. They both retired in 1979 with a combined service record of 72 years. The DuPont Company was a career but her main passions were her family, home, community service and her church. Addie and Charles were members of Centenary United Methodist Church since 1953 and she served on the board of trustees as well as at many functions and on many committees over the years. In addition to church activities, she was a member of the New Century Club and served as its president. After WWII, she also served as the first president of the American Legion Post 19 Ladies Auxiliary. She worked for the Good Samaritan Thrift Shop in Laurel in later years. Addie loved socializing with her many friends, gardening, entertaining, as well as golfing at the Seaford Golf and Country Club. Addie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles in 2012 and two brothers, Irving and Dallas. She is survived by a son, Robert Haddock, his wife Diane and granddaughter Stacey Haddock Schiller, all of Wilmington. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews as well as a sister-in-law, Margaret Davis of Salisbury. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, at noon on Saturday, Dec. 9, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Dean Perdue will officiate. Interment will be held privately at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Condolences may be made onlineby visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Ruth L. Robinson -- Ruth L. Robinson, 87, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Ruth was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Feb. 2, 1930, the daughter of the late Luther and Irma Messick. She worked at the candy counter at Woolworth in Seaford. She also was a seamstress at Walker’s Shirt Factory in Blades. Mrs. Robinson enjoyed playing Pinochle, Bingo and Aggravation as well as doing word finds and sewing. An accomplished seamstress, she made clothes for herself and her daughter, Linda, including Linda’s prom and wedding dresses. She enjoyed making pillows and bedspreads for others. Throughout her life she helped many people including a family from the Norfolk Naval Base, who had a car accident. Mrs. Robinson will be remembered as a beloved wife and caregiver to her husband of 66 years, Alton Robinson who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Harry Messick and sister, Eileen Messick. She is survived by a daughter, Linda Steinbiss; a son, Michael Robinson (Lisa); seven grandchildren, Luther Steinbiss and his fiancée Linda Ward, Kathi Christiano, Michael Christopher Robinson, Trevor Robinson and his fiancée Madison, Chelsea Ballou (Nate), Isibella Robinson, and Morgan Robinson; four great-granddaughters, Alexa and Anna Christiano and Olivia and Kinsley Ballou. She was lovingly known as Mom Mom. She will also be missed by her sister, Dorothy Farner (Carl), her aunt, Emma Collins (Leon) as well as many nieces and nephews and friends a plenty, especially Helen Cameron and Fred Burke who were with Ruth and her daughter Linda, grandson Luther and his fiancée Linda Ward at Ruth’s passing. Memorial services will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Bridgeville Cemetery. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


John David Damen -- John David Damen, 70, of Seaford passed away in Las Vegas, NV. He was born on March 17, 1947 in New York City to the late Joseph and Estelle L. (Kirk) Damen. John volunteered and served in the U.S. Army from 1965-1968. Whie in action at Dak To, John was wounded on Hill 875 and was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. A crew chief and gunner, he was with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. John was a member and past commander of the American Legion in Seaford, a member and past commander of the VFW in Federalsburg, and a member of the American Legion in Millington, Md. He is survived by his two daughters, June and Jennifer of California; a brother, Joseph “Gene” Damen (Maria) of Laurel, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother, Carl H. Gray and his sister, Karen (Damen) Meekins. The service was held at the Millsboro Veterans Cemetery on Nov. 30.


John Patrick ‘Pat’ Murphy -- John Patrick “Pat” Murphy, 74, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at his home. Pat was the son of the late John T. Murphy and Dorothy H. Murphy. He served in the National Guard in Ft. Knox, Ky. Pat retired from the DuPont Company with 33 years of service. He served as vice president of Morning Star Publications, where he worked with Bryant and Carol Richardson and helped establish the Laurel Star. Over the years, Pat volunteered at the Family Court of the State of Delaware in the Probation Department. He served as past president of the Laurel Little League and was a charter member of the Laurel Historical Society. He was a member of Charity Lodge #27, serving as past Noble Grand. In February of 2002, Pat was duly elected to office of member emeritus of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. In 2001, he was awarded Outstanding Citizen of the Year in Laurel and, in 2012, he was inducted into the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame as a sports writer. Pat was an avid Phillies fan. He started the group, Friends of Baseball, from 1993 to 2014, and owned Shibe Park Collectables in Laurel. Pat was very proud of his Irish heritage. Pat is survived by his wife, Kay Murphy. They celebrated their 54th anniversary on Nov. 18. He is also survived by his sons, Chris Murphy, Michael Murphy (Sheila), Greg Murphy (Teresa) and Brian Murphy (Jill); a brother, Jerry Murphy (Marsha); grandchildren, Brittany Moore (Dustin), Caitlin Murphy, Shelby Murphy, Caleb Murphy, Christian Murphy, Kylie Murphy, Hannah Kay Murphy, Eli Murphy, Luke Murphy, Sierra Murphy, Molly Murphy, and Jude Murphy; two great-grandchildren, Ace and Brayden Moore; and 12 nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Pat was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Erin Heather Murphy. A funeral service will be held at the Laurel Volunteer Fire Dept., 205 West 10th St., Laurel, at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, where visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1. The Rev. Wayne Mathis will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Laurel Volunteer Fire Dept., 205 West 10th St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Donald C. Mitchell -- Donald C. Mitchell, 90, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. Donald was born in Chester, Pa. and grew up in Laurel. He was a retired mobile home park manager, a Navy veteran of WWII and a member of the Seaford Elks Lodge. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ruth Riddle Mitchell; three children, Patricia Mitchell, D. Boyd Mitchell and Linda Eskridge (Gordon); four granddaughters, Shelly Thomas (Rick), Sloan McAfee (Brian), Shannon Cathcart (Tom) and Laura Johnson (Keith); eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Hearn and a niece, Pam Isaacs. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 25, at Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. Burial was in Blades Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Delaware Veterans Home, 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd., Milford, DE 19963 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Jean E. White, age 85, of Bridgeville passed away Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was born on July 23, 1932, daughter of the late George and Fannie (Lowe) Whaley. Mrs. White worked as a telephone operator but the job she most excelled in was being a home maker. Her family always came first in her life. We appreciate everything she has done for us. She will truly be missed. Mrs. White was a military wife. She leaves behind a Military husband, Marion Burton White. They were married for 69 years. She is survived by her son, Ronald B. White of Easton, Md.; a daughter, Susan G. White of Bridgeville; her grandchildren, Richard T. White and his wife Monica of St. Michaels, Md., Ryan Richards and his wife Mandy of Denton, Md., Theresa Edwards, James Reaves, Brooke Reaves and Nicholas Richards and his wife Nicki; and her three great grandchildren: Madison A. White, Benjamin T. White and Cameron Richards. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two sons, Eddy L. White in 1978 and Barry T. White in 2014; her sister, JoAnne White; and her brother, Richard C. Whaley. Interment will be private at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Please visit Mrs. White’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Betty M. Pentoney -- Betty M. Pentoney, wrapped in the wings of an angel, arrived at the gates of heaven on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. She left this world in the arms of her beloved husband, Edward, at home together in peace. Betty was born in Gumboro, grew up in Laurel and graduated from Laurel High School. She raised five children with her husband of 63 years. She was a retired school bus driver for Fleetwood Bus Service. She was also the first woman rural mail carrier in Seaford and retired from the United States Postal Service, Betty was active in the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware and served as Sunday School Superintendent for many years at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seaford. As a member of the Seaford Golf and Country Club, she was an avid golfer. She loved swimming, biking, gardening and being with her family and friends. Betty is survived by her husband, Edward, and children Donna Thomas, James and his wife Cecilia, Randy and his wife Diane, Teresa and Karen; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Front St., Seaford. Visitation is at noon in the Parish Hall followed by the service in the church sanctuary at 1 p.m. Interment will be in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 or online @ michaeljfox.org or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriot’s Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are by the Hannigan,Short,Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made to the Pentoney Family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com


Mina Frances Bennett -- Mina Frances Bennett, 103, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Mina retired in 1979 from William M. Bennett Accounting where she was an accountant. She was a member of Seaford Presbyterian Church. Her husband, William M. Bennett died in 1979. She is survived by two nieces, Marleen Burton and Pamela Jarrett. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Cranston Funeral Home where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Leslie Jane Purnell Ritter Brown -- Leslie Jane Purnell Ritter Brown, 69, of Delmar, Del., passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at her home after a battle with lung cancer. Born on Jan. 14, 1948 at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md., she was the only child of George T. Purnell and Mary Elizabeth Cox Purnell. She graduated in 1966 from North East High School in Philadelphia, Pa. After graduation she attended the Pierce Business School in Philadelphia. She worked for a short time in the cosmetics department at Benjamin’s in Salisbury, Md. Leslie was a past member of the Laurel Lioness Club, a past member of the Delaware Board of Tourism, and a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. She worked many years at The Shore’s Largest Flea Market, an outdoor and indoor flea market structure and restaurant complex that her father and her stepmother, Helen M. Croke Purnell, started in 1978, also known as Bargain Bill’s Flea Market. Upon her father’s death in 1988, she became owner of the complex, which was sold in 2009. Her family was her greatest pleasure and blessing and she was so proud of their many achievements. She was a caring, giving friend to many. Leslie loved the Peninsula’s beaches from Ocean City to Rehoboth Beach, where she spent many hours enjoying family and friends. Reading was always a favorite activity. Leslie is survived by her husband of 42 years, William Lenard Brown of Delmar. She is also survived by her children, daughter Stephanie Ritter Ruddo and husband John of Berlin, Md. and son William Purnell Brown and wife Christy of Delmar; and four grandchildren, Jonathan Chase Ruddo, Chloe Elizabeth Ruddo, Jordan Purnell Brown and Elizabeth Jane Brown. A celebration of her life will be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Howard Backus will officiate. Interment will be private.


Mary Ellen Tull -- Mary Ellen Tull, 77, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, doing what she loved - traveling. Mary Ellen’s last adventure took her through the Great Rivers of Europe. Mary Ellen graduated from Seaford Senior High School. She retired from General Mills. She was an avid adventurer, traveling throughout the world, experiencing different cultures. She enjoyed sky diving and was involved in many clubs and community organizations including the VFW, American Legion, Elks Club, Moose Club, Historical Society, Senior Center Meals on Wheels, Nanticoke River Yacht Club, Spade & Trowel Club and the Garden Club. Mary Ellen leaves behind two daughters, Julia Tull and Kimberly McCane; four grandchildren, Stefanie Tull, Brittany Stewart, Veronica Garcia and Jasmine McCane; seven great-grandchildren, Jeremy Love, Briana and Nathen Tull, Aaron, Andrew, Melanie and Christopher Garcia; two ex-husbands, W. F. Haines Tull and Robert Hough; and numerous nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Love; two grandsons, Jeremy Love and Robert Clinton Seymore Jr.; her mother, Dora Lee Jester Passwaters and father Branch Albert Passwaters; two brothers, Alton and Lawrence Passwaters; and four sisters, Dora Lee Zsedney, Margaret Jewell, Bessie Green and Virginia Sammons. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m., at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1. Following the service the family will continue the celebration of Mary Ellen’s life at the Seaford VFW, 9767 Middleford Rd. Mary Ellen had a selfless concern for the welfare of others. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Humane Society, St. Jude’s, Wounded Warriors, Meals on Wheels or the VFW. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Deborah L. O’Bier Debbie Meredith O’Bier, 68, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. Debbie was born on Sept. 13, 1949 in Cambridge, Md., the daughter of the late John Monroe and Clara Meredith. She was a 1967 graduate of South Dorchester High School, and recently celebrated her 50th class reunion. She worked for the State of Delaware at the Shipley State Service Center in Seaford for over 20 years. She enjoyed shopping excursions with her friends and spending time with her family. She was also well-known for her delicious kitchen creations. Debbie was also very active in the community with organizations such as the Acorn Club, was a past member of the Seaford Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and enjoyed helping wherever she saw a need. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Randall O’Bier of Seaford; mother-in-law, Lois O’Bier of Seaford; daughter, Kathi Adams and her husband Glen of Seaford; son, Jeff O’Bier and his wife Lana of Manassas, Va.; brother, John M. Meredith Jr. of Worton, Md.; sister-in-law, Diane Meredith of Easton, Md.; sister-in-law, Elaine Noland and husband Mike of Anderson, S.C.; brother-in-law, Mark O’Bier and wife Chris of Seaford; grandchildren, Derek and Logan Adams of Seaford and Jesse and Lily O’Bier of Manassas; her beloved canine companion, Belle; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues. She never hesitated to help others, and will always be remembered as selfless, kind and never missing an opportunity to make others smile. Friends and family may call on Friday, Nov. 17 from 6-8 p.m., at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford. Visitation will also be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 2–3 p.m., followed by the Celebration of Life Service at 3, at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 2701 Woodland Ferry Rd., Seaford. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Delaware SPCA at 455 Stanton Christiana Rd., Newark, DE 19713 or by calling 302-998-2281.


Faye L. (Hitch) Littleton -- Faye L. (Hitch) Littleton, 75, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. She was born on July 5, 1942 in Salisbury, Md., the daughter of the late Talbot Larmore and Lillian Green Larmore Hope and her stepfather William Hope. Mrs. Littleton worked at Delmarva Power and Light and later at Careys Towing as an office manager before retiring in 1985. She was a member of Laurel Nazarene Church where she loved her church family, especially the children who knew Ms. Faye always had candy for them. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and loved playing cards and dominoes with her friends and family. She was a dedicated and loving mother and a doting grandmother. Mrs. Littleton is survived by her three children, Mark Hitch (Joelle), Kathy Hitch Kunkowski (Brian), and Michael Littleton (Annie), and five grandchildren, Heather Spicer, Scott Kunkowski, and Corey, Jordan, and Jaycie Hitch. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Sheldon and Sara Belle Larmore of Salisbury as well as her step-children, Ed Littleton (Linda), Rita Powell (Don), Joann Blades (Dick), and Dixie Baker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Eugene Hitch and her husband Wm. Lee Littleton. Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hannigan-Short-Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A service celebrating her life and her homecoming with her Lord will be held at Laurel Nazarene Church, 100 Walnut Dr., Laurel, on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the David Larmore Memorial Fund, an organization named in memory of a beloved nephew that supports and aids handicapped children. Donations may be sent to: David Larmore Memorial Fund, c/o Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, 1324 Belmont Ave., Ste. 401, Salisbury, MD 21804. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Barbara Lee Smith -- Barbara Lee Smith, 85, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood. Barbara was born in Baltimore, Md. She retired as assistant vice president of Baltimore Life Company. Barbara was a Christian lady and attended the Baptist Church of Laurel. She also loved to travel and enjoyed spending time in Florida. Barbara is survived by her husband of 61 years, William Don Smith of Laurel. All services will be held privately by her family.


Patricia Ann Paynter -- Patricia Ann Paynter of Millsboro, passed away at her home on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Born at Beebe Hospital, she always called herself the “Beebe Baby.” She was the daughter of the late John “Jack” Robinson Buchanan Lawton and Catherine Ingram Lawton. In her earlier years, she was a bank teller at Sussex Trust Bank in Lewes. She gave her life to Christ in 1972. Patricia founded Cape Henlopen Christian Fellowship in Rehoboth. She loved Jesus with all her heart, mind, soul and money. She organized trips to crusades, prayer in Washington, marches, and even housed and mentored hurting people over her lifetime. Patricia took short term missionary endeavors to China, Egypt, Russia, Jamaica, Africa, Panama, Sussex County, and even to Israel 10 times. When you left her presence, you always felt extremely loved, accepted and filled with the hope that you would have a good purpose and a great future ahead. She had a direct line with Heaven and could change the weather with her prayers. If you couldn’t conceive a baby, she had an anointing to pray and people would conceive. She had a heart for children’s ministry, taught Sunday school for over 47 years, taught drama class, and designed costumes for many biblical plays. She and her dearest friend Miss Betty Walker would pray around the clock and had many ministry adventures together. Her giving heart would prompt her to clean out her refrigerator and freezer at least once a month to help someone in need. She and her husband were a great team, he would do all the heavy lifting, hauling, building, and pouring of concrete and brick laying to help a needy family. Together they touched thousands of people everywhere they went. They had their 50th wedding anniversary in Israel, where Pastor John Hobbs remarried them in the Upper Room. Her legacy will live on as an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother whose shoes we will never be able to fill. As this larger than life woman passed in our presence with the family gathered around her bed, all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren witnessed her passing so peacefully as she took her last breath. We asked God to allow the mantle of anointing she had to love people would fall on all of us so that we may carry on in her footsteps. Mom and Dad’s legacy is to do a “generational turn around” so that everyone in our family would live for Jesus, live a blessed life, serve the Lord with passion, and meet them in Heaven. Our dad will be the strength of the family, and the guard on watch of the generations. He will continue to encourage us to hold fast to our faith and be the rock for us to carry on the good works they started together many years ago. She is survived by her loving husband, Samuel Lockner Paynter Sr.; her children, Catherine “Cami” Dukes and her husband Pastor Barry Dukes, Samuel Paynter Jr., and Jacqueline “Jackie” Engle and her husband Mark Engle; sisters, Elizabeth Lawton Baker (Mickey) and Catherine Lawton Travis (Jackie); grandchildren, Barry “Bo” Dukes II and wife Katie, Heather Holloway and husband Pastor Kyle Holloway, Samuel Cole Paynter, Samantha Heath and husband Derek, Trevor McMunn and wife Carly, Kelsey McMunn, Mark Engle II and wife Haley, Jessie Engle, Mike Wilkerson and wife Amy, and Chase Sams; great-grandchildren, Layni Dukes, Rowan Dukes, Reid Dukes, Rory Dukes, Caleb Holloway, Addison Holloway, Jake Holloway, Erin Kuster, Skip Kuster, Brelle Wilkerson, Brook Wilkerson, and two babies on the way, one in February and one in May. A visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Connection Church, 30048 Sussex Hwy., Laurel, where a funeral service will be held at 1. Interment will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, at Delaware Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Millsboro. Mom dearly loved flowers, but enjoyed watching people grow in the Lord even more. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in her memory to her home church, Connection Church, PO Box 60, Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Herbert E. Collins -- Herbert E. Collins, 75, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Herbert was a certified public accountant with PKS Accounting in Salisbury, Md., before retirement. A graduate of Laurel High School, he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Seaford Kiwanis Club where he served as treasurer for many years. He was also an active member of the Laurel Alumni Association for many years and served as president from 2008 to 2009. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Faye Moore Collins; a daughter, Susan Collins; a son, Keith Collins; a granddaughter, Addison Collins; and a brother, George Collins. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to USO Delaware, 500 Purple Heart Way, Dover AFB, DE 19902. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Ruth Ann Layfield Hoover -- Ruth Ann Layfield Hoover, 80, of Laurel, died on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born and raised in Delmar, a daughter of the late William R. Layfield and Lillie Agnes (Miller) Layfield. Ruth Ann graduated from Delmar High School with the class of 1955. In her younger days, she worked at Sears and Roebuck in Seaford before going back to school to fulfill her dreams of becoming a nurse. After earning her degree as an RN, she worked many years at Deer’s Head Center until her retirement. She attended Faith Baptist Church in Delmar. She loved to travel and, with her husband, Don they were fortunate enough to visit all 50 states. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Donald F. Hoover; a daughter, Dawn Ryan and husband Mark of Laurel; stepdaughters, Donna Hungerford and husband Bobby of Dover and Micki Taylor and husband Steve of Seaford; grandchildren, Adam Ryan, Jacob Ryan, Shawn Heller, Jeffrey Taylor and Brian Taylor; great-grandchildren, Emily, Kayla and Brandon; brothers, William Layfield and Clark Layfield and wife Karen, all of Delmar; and a sister, Agnes Truitt of Seaford. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Winters; a sister-in-law, Virginia Layfield; and brothers-in-law, John Winters and Bruce Truitt. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Faith Baptist Church, 1207 E. State St., Delmar. The Rev. Ken Johnson will officiate. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Ruth Ann to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963, or Faith Baptist Church, 1207 E. State St., Delmar, MD 21875.


Rebecca ‘Becky’ Catesby Schellenger -- Rebecca “Becky” Catesby Schellenger, 59, of Georgetown, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Becky is survived by her father, W. Allen “AJ” Jones; her brother, W. Allen “Skip” Jones Jr.; her sister-in-law, Carol Custer Jones; her nephew, Ross Allen Jones; and her niece, Meghan Marie Fishman. Becky was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Allen Schellenger in 2003 and her mother, Ann Walker Jones in 2016. Becky was born in Bridgeville and grew up at 113 Delaware Ave., just down the street from her grandparents, Bill and Rebecca Ferguson. She graduated from Woodbridge High School in 1975 and attended Wesley College in Dover. Becky then spent a year working in Florida before returning to the Rehoboth-Lewes area, eventually building a home on Johnson Road near Indian Mission where she met her late husband, Harry Schellenger of Lewes. Becky and Harry were married at St. George’s Chapel in 1994. Over the years Becky worked in the restaurant industry; as a florist; in insurance sales; and eventually found her calling caring for dogs. In 2006, she started and managed an instantly popular cageless boarding facility at her home known as The Good Dog Inn. The business continues to be successful today under the ownership and direction of Becky’s longtime friend, Crystal Choplick. As a teenager Becky loved horses. She and close friends, Molly Lewis and Kim Ray spent countless hours riding their horses along the ditch banks and field edges just west of Bridgeville. Becky’s experience working in restaurant kitchens made her home a delicious place to dine. She loved cooking from scratch and entertaining. According to her niece, Becky’s fresh ground coffee was the best on the east coast. Undoubtedly, Becky’s favorite place on earth was Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas, which is evident from the bumper stickers on her cars to the pictures throughout her home, but most of all, in Becky’s choice of her final resting place. Becky was loved by many and will be sorely missed by all of her family and friends. God bless you and Godspeed Becky. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 2 N. Williams St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Interment will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Please visit Becky’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


James A. ‘Jim’ Wage -- James A. “Jim” Wage, 87, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at Coastal Hospice in Salisbury, Md. Jim was born in Greenbackville, Va. on April 19, 1930, the son of the late Anders M. Wage and Lillian Mae Whitlock Wage. Jim graduated from Selbyville High School in 1947. In his early years, he worked at Bunting Auto Supply and the Diamond Theater, both in Selbyville. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1972. Jim spent the majority of his career working for GMAC in Maryland, Florida, Colorado and Tennessee. He later worked at First American Bank in Tennessee. Throughout his life, Jim always had a project going. He built or rebuilt homes, cars, campers, lawnmowers, and telescopes. In retirement he designed and built a house in Adolphus, Ky., from the ground up with no detail left untouched by his hand. He often used his talents and volunteered his time to help relatives, friends, and others. Mr. Wage is survived by his wife of 50 years, Virginia Wage; his daughter, Kathleen Wage of Springfield, Va. and his son, David Wage and wife Pam of Simpsonville, S.C. He is also survived by his sisters, Blanche Hitchens of Laurel and Ida Ponton of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his brother-in-law, Frank Wolf of Stockton, Md.; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Elizabeth Phillips, Mary Quesenberry, and Agnes Wolf and his brother, William Wage. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Delaware Food Bank, the American Red Cross, or Toys for Tots. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


James A. ‘Jim’ Wage -- James A. “Jim” Wage, 87, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at Coastal Hospice in Salisbury, Md. Jim was born in Greenbackville, Va. on April 19, 1930, the son of the late Anders M. Wage and Lillian Mae Whitlock Wage. Jim graduated from Selbyville High School in 1947. In his early years, he worked at Bunting Auto Supply and the Diamond Theater, both in Selbyville. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1972. Jim spent the majority of his career working for GMAC in Maryland, Florida, Colorado and Tennessee. He later worked at First American Bank in Tennessee. Throughout his life, Jim always had a project going. He built or rebuilt homes, cars, campers, lawnmowers, and telescopes. In retirement he designed and built a house in Adolphus, Ky., from the ground up with no detail left untouched by his hand. He often used his talents and volunteered his time to help relatives, friends, and others. Mr. Wage is survived by his wife of 50 years, Virginia Wage; his daughter, Kathleen Wage of Springfield, Va. and his son, David Wage and wife Pam of Simpsonville, S.C. He is also survived by his sisters, Blanche Hitchens of Laurel and Ida Ponton of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his brother-in-law, Frank Wolf of Stockton, Md.; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Elizabeth Phillips, Mary Quesenberry, and Agnes Wolf and his brother, William Wage. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Delaware Food Bank, the American Red Cross, or Toys for Tots. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


John James Deiter -- John James Deiter, 75, of Georgetown, passed away peacefully at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md., on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. John was born in Newton, N.J., to the late Sidney and Dorothy (Rassbach) Deiter. He was a contractor and owned Deiter Inc. He was also a member of the Hackettstown (N.J.) Moose Lodge #816. John loved hunting, camping, fishing, traveling, and enjoyed playing poker at the Poker Club. He was a family man who was known for picnics, reunions, or whatever excuse for getting the family together. He was also known by his motto, ‘work hard, play hard.’ In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Joan Basenese and Dorothy Ann Duff. He is survived by his wife, Gretchen Deiter; children, John J. (Sherry) Deiter Jr., Marie (Jeff) Gordy, Joseph S. (Kimberly) Deiter, Jessica J. (Daron) Lewis, and Megan A. Deiter; sister, Mary D. Noel; brother, Sidney B. Deiter Jr.; grandchildren, Joseph, Anthony, Ashley, Courtney, Johnny III, Brendan, Haley, Cameron, Juliana, and Baby Lewis; two great-grandsons, Braden and Devin; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other children that recognized him as ‘PePa’. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel.


Wayne F. Hitchens -- Wayne F. Hitchens, 76, of Millsboro, and formerly of Clarksville and Seaford, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. He was born in Choptank, Md. on May 26, 1941, son of the late Jesse Hitchens and Phyllis (McDonald) Hitchens. Wayne proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1961-1965 during the Vietnam War. Wayne retired from the Dupont Company in Seaford with 15 years of service. He then opened several stores selling coins, jewelry, stamps and sports memorabilia. He also became a pastor and evangelist ministering in local churches, prisons and various teen challenge centers throughout Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Wayne would witness to anyone that would listen (and to some that refused) about Jesus Christ and helped lead hundreds and hundreds of people to the Lord. He was a member of the Father’s House church in Frankford. Wayne enjoyed food period! He loved to cook but he also loved to dine out; it didn’t really matter as long as the food tasted good...and if it didn’t, believe me he would tell you! He was an avid Baltimore Orioles fan…he LOVED baseball! Wayne was an avid collector of many things but his favorite item was rare coins. He would sit in his comfy chair for hours with his glasses slid down to the tip of his nose just looking through old coins, stamps and sports cards. He loved spending time with family and friends. Wayne was a loving father and great friend. He will be greatly missed. Wayne is survived by his daughter, Stacey Howell and her husband John of Bridgeville; two grandsons, Jaden and Kohlden Howell; a brother, Pete Hitchens and his wife Mary of Harrington; and a sister, Anita Willoughby and her husband Richard of Choptank, Md. Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, at the Frankford Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 43 Thatcher St., Frankford, followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. Interment will be held at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Wayne’s name to the Father’s House, 30752 Omar Rd., Frankford, DE 19945. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.


Kay Dickerson Mills -- Kay Dickerson Mills, 77, of Seaford (formerly of Laurel), wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to be with her Lord Jesus on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at home surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with cancer. Born on Nov. 21, 1939 in Sharptown, Md., she was the daughter of the late William James Dickerson and Mattie Elizabeth Dickerson. She will be remembered for her kind heart, selfless giving, and her undying love for her husband and family. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Seaford. Kay also loved to travel and was a member of the Laurel Alumni Association. She leaves behind her husband of 58 years, Howard F. Mills; two daughters, Terri Heath and husband Arlie of Honeybrooke Pa. and Susan Messick and husband Kirk of Seaford; six grandchildren, Jessica Jones, Ashley Dengler, Sarah Jones, Emily Messick, Shauna McAllister and David Jones; eight great-grandchildren, Brooke Jones, Taylor Jones, Sophie Jones, Caleb Howard Dengler, Jayden McAllister, Noah, Madelyn and Brody McAllister; one sister, Carol D. Heimpel and husband Michael; and one nephew, David Lowe and wife Jennifer. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Pastor Beth Elzey will officiate and burial will be private. Following the service there will be a time of food and fellowship at Wesley United Methodist Church in Seaford.


Shirley Clark -- Shirley Clark, 72, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her family whom she loved dearly. Shirley was born in Milford, daughter of the late Winston W. “Wood” and Virginia (Emory) Ingram. Shirley was a major part of the family’s business, Clark’s Swimming Pools, in Seaford, for over 40 years. She always showed her kindness to each and everyone who patronized them since 1972. Of all her joys, her happiest times were those spent with her family. She loved family togetherness, singing karaoke at their picnics and listening to classic country music. Shirley will be greatly missed by her family, friends and community. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Edward Clark; three children, Wade Clark and wife Wynn of Palm Coast, Fla., Chad Clark and wife Jennifer, and Annette Clark, all of Seaford; and her brothers, Barry Ingram and wife Elaine, and Gary Ingram and wife Lisa. Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Shirley’s memory to the SPCA, 22918 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947.


Ardella Virginia West Giles -- Ardella Virginia West Giles, lovingly known as “Mumsie,” 102, departed this life on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at home, in Philadelphia, Pa. She was born on Oct. 8, 1915, the daughter of the late Thomas West and Ola Richards-West. She is survived by her daughter, Ola Jones, and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. In addition to her parents, Ardella was preceded in death by a son, Robert West and a daughter, Elizabeth Marada Giles. A memorial service celebrating her long life will be held at St. John (Ross Point) A.M.E. Zion Church, 31034 E. Trap Pond Rd., Laurel, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. The Rev. Ida Y. Ositelu, will officiate. Interment of ashes will be in her beloved “Ross Point” of Laurel.


Michael de Armond -- Michael de Armond passed away on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. After serving in the U.S. Air Force in Germany as a Russian linguist, Mike worked in construction supply and went on to build a successful business, Delmarva Rigging & Supply in Seaford. He greatly enjoyed the business relationships he cultivated over many years and loved his work. Mike enjoyed bowling, fishing, golf and running the business he built. He had a great sense of humor and a warmth and passion for life that drew people to him. Even after he was diagnosed with cancer, he would often say, “I’m the luckiest man I ever knew.” He lived with no regrets and had a very full life. Mike is survived by his daughter, Jessie Kennedy; son-in-law, Scott Kennedy; grandson, Brodie de Armond; brother, David de Armond; and many cousins and nieces and nephews. In addition to his family, he had many close friendships that he cherished. As per his wishes, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. If you would like to be included in the celebration, please send an email with your contact info to mcdee48@comcast.net. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage, PO Box 86, Easton, MD 21601. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Rebecca C. Smith -- Rebecca C. Smith, 70, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Rebecca was born in Milford, a daughter of the late W. Harold Hearn and Edna Hearn. Rebecca retired from Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she worked in the accounts payable department. She was a member of Crossroad Community Church. She loved to read, shop and babysit her great-grandchildren. She enjoyed caring for family members. Rebecca is survived by her son, Tim Chambers (Donna); her sisters, Mary Lord and Peggy Bratten; her granddaughter whom she raised as a daughter, Jamie Musser (Landis); a granddaughter, Taylor Chambers; great-grandchildren, Keegan, Carter and Austin; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jeffery Smith. A viewing will be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 1-1:30 p.m. A graveside service will follow at 1:45 p.m. in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Pastor Marvin Jones will officiate.


Eva Ann Parsons -- Eva Ann Parsons, 77, of Delmar, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Henry Edward Hall and Lottie Marie Parsons Hall. Eva Ann was a loving homemaker and was very devoted to her family. She and her late husband Ronald Parsons Sr. owned and operated Parson’s Insulation for many years. She had also worked for Don-Lee Margin. Eva Ann enjoyed going to auctions to find treasures, listening to country music, and attending church at Bethel Worship Center. She is survived by her sons, James Parsons, Manford Michael Parsons and his wife Lynn, and Ronald Parsons Jr. and his wife Candy, all of Laurel; a daughter, Rita Wyatt of Delmar; her brother, Gary Hall and his wife Robin of Georgetown; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ronald Parsons Sr. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2. Pastor Joe LeCates will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Lillian M. Saddler -- Lillian M. Saddler, 74, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Lillian was born in Crisfield, Md., the daughter of the late Harry and Gladys Burton-Wilkins. She grew up in Marion Station, Md. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Carey Saddler; children, Lisa Culver (Paul), Larry G. Hurley Jr., Brandie Campbell (Jason), and Brant Saddler (Gena); grandchildren, Staci Owens (David), Justin Culver (Kristin), Hailey Fretz, Isaac Campbell, Meredith Campbell, Cameron Saddler and Dustin Hurley; a sister, Linda Crockett; and her brother-in-law, David Saddler and his wife Jean. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Ste. 800, Miami, FL 33131 or the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Dr., Ste. 900, Arlington, VA 22202. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Susan Elwood Atkins -- Susan Elwood Atkins, 63, of Georgetown, passed away on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at The Country Rest Home in Greenwood, after a long illness. Born in Salisbury, Md., she was the daughter of the late Richard J. Elwood and Evelyn H. Elwood, and sister of the late Richard J. Elwood Jr. She attended Brevard College in Brevard, N.C. and graduated from Salisbury State College (Salisbury University) in 1975. She was previously employed by Integra Corp of Seaford. She enjoyed Bible study at Atlanta Road Alliance Church and Crossroads Church, both in Seaford. She is survived by her son, Lt. Richard T. Atkins of Ft. Benning, Ga.; brothers, Jim Elwood and wife Sheri of Southern Shores, N.C. and Paul Elwood and wife Vickie of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Peggy Elwood of Salisbury. A celebration of life service will be held in Seaford at Atlanta Road Alliance Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, with visitation from 10 to 11. The family suggests donations to Atlanta Road Alliance Church, PO Box 756, Seaford, DE 19973, in lieu of flowers.


Daniel ‘Danny’ DeFelice -- Daniel “Danny” DeFelice, 68, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Seaford, he was the son of Paul and the late Mary Kathleen DeFelice. Danny graduated from Delmar High School and was an exceptionally talented athlete during his high school career. After high school, he proudly joined the Army National Guard. Danny was retired from the E. I. Dupont Company in Seaford, where he was a supervisor for over 30 years. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and being with his family. He was a wonderful father, devoted husband, and his father Paul was a man that he truly loved and respected. Danny was a former member of Seaford Golf & Country Club, and enjoyed working part-time in the pro-shop. Danny is survived by his wife, Nancy Moore DeFelice of Laurel; his son, Scott DeFelice and his wife Vanessa; stepdaughter, Sondra Lathbury; grandchildren, Danielle DeFelice, Jayden DeFelice, Jewell DeFelice, and Sophia DeFelice; brothers, Darren DeFelice and his wife Kristin and Rick DeFelice and his wife Gail; brothers-in-law, Walter Moore and his wife JoAnn and Raymond Moore and his wife Barbara; and his sister-in-law, Doris Ross. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 6-8 p.m. at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the funeral home, where a viewing will also be held one hour prior to the service. Pastor Wayne Parsons will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Daniel DeFelice’s memory to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3 International Dr., Ste. 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573. 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.


Ruth M. Foskey -- Ruth M. Foskey, 97, of Bridgeville, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Ruth was a homemaker and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Seaford. Her husband of 64 years, Clifton J. Foskey died in 2003. She was also preceded in death by her son, Jay Foskey in 1999; her brother, Manning Waller; and a sister, Patricia Ward. Ruth is survived by two daughters, Judy Beckert Jones and Joanna Ryder (Ken); a son-in-law, Gene Oleson; seven grandchildren, Johnathan Beckert (Nikki), J. Wesley Withrow, Andrew Beckert (Kristi), Abigail Hansen (Mike), Clifton Porter (Megan), P. Alexander Jones and J. Zachary Jones; eight great-grandchildren, Destiney Hansen, Lilyana Porter, Alexis Hansen, Aiden Beckert, Jax Beckert, M. Rhatt Hansen, Dominic Porter and Caliope Porter; and her caregiver and dear friend, Donna McCabe. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Friday evening, Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 and at the church on Saturday from 2 to 3. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Tessie Gail Northrup -- Tessie Gail Northrup, 92, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born on Nov. 25, 1924 in Elkins, W.V., to H. Strader Phares and Lena Meadows Phares, Tessie was the eldest of six children. Tessie graduated from Fairmont (W.V.) High School in 1942. After the family moved back to Elkins, she attended Davis & Elkins College for a year and volunteered at the U.S. Army Mountain Training Center near Elkins. It was here that she met her future husband, Gene, who was training for deployment into WWII and an eventual D-day landing in Normandy. Tessie and Gene were married on March 10, 1944, at Ft. Dix, N.J. After the war they settled in Seaford and joined Mt. Olivet Methodist Church where she was a longtime member of the church choir. Tessie worked alongside Gene at the Diamond State Telephone Company for several years and then became a mainstay at the Sears Roebuck Store in Seaford for almost 20 years. She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts, a faithful supporter of the Boy Scouts, and a guiding influence to both of her sons becoming Eagle Scouts. Tessie supported all of Seaford High School’s sports teams and student activities through the years. She was a longtime member of the Acorn Club and the Wilmar Village Knitting Circle. She also enjoyed needlepoint, travel and classical music. In her later years, Tessie was an avid TV follower of PBS shows like “Masterpiece, Doc Martin and the Britcoms.” Most of all, Tessie cherished her extended family, maintaining contact as best she could with even distant relatives across the USA. Tessie was a good friend to all with a smile and a cheerful greeting for anyone she met. She will be dearly missed and remembered by her loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Eugene Gilford Northrup; her parents; three sisters, Fara Beth Phares, Joan James, and Charlene Kaye Wilmoth; and two brothers, K. Marc Phares and Strader W. Phares. Tessie is survived by sons, Kevin Lee Northrup of Randallstown, Md. and Bruce Alan Northrup and his wife Roberta Saltzberg of Arlington, Mass. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews across the country. A memorial service will be held at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, followed by a reception in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Mt. Olivet UMC or any of the Puerto Rico relief funds. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Nancy Ann Chandler -- Nancy Ann Chandler, 54, of Laurel, died on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at her home in Laurel. She was born on Nov. 11, 1962, in Seaford, a daughter of Edward and Marian (Wilkerson) Ryan of Laurel. Nancy graduated from Laurel High School with the class of 1980. She worked the past 16 years as an assistant line manager at Hardee’s in Delmar. She loved her work and had many friends who will remember her great smile and warm heart. She enjoyed trips to Ocean City to walk on the beach and could never leave without getting Thrasher’s fries. She appreciated nature and loved walks with her companion, Patrick, to admire their flowers and trees. She also loved football and would root for the Redskins, Ravens or whomever her family and friends rooted for. Animals held a special place in her heart and she adored her dog, “Slugger” and cat “Spooks.” She is survived by a son, Rob Chandler and girlfriend Robyn of Laurel; her longtime companion, Patrick Layton of Delmar; brothers, John Ryan and wife Jennifer of Georgetown, Mark Ryan and wife Chrissy of Millsboro and Michael Ryan and wife Darlene of Georgetown; and several nieces and nephews.


Brandon Wellington Rittenhouse, 28 Brandon Wellington Rittenhouse died on Friday morning, Oct. 13, 2017, and entered into the presence of his graceful friend, and his Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born on Oct. 1, 1989, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, the son of John and Lynnae Rittenhouse of Seaford. The youngest of three siblings, Brandon is survived by his incredible son, Zander Lee Rittenhouse of Seaford, who was his constant hope and greatest joy. In addition to his parents, Brandon is survived by John F. Rittenhouse Jr. of Seaford, the eldest son, loving brother and cherished mentor; and Ashley B. Warfield of Delmar, his sister, childhood playmate and honest friend. Brandon is further survived by many family members and friends including his brother-in-law, Daniel Warfield, Ashley’s spouse, and their daughter, Zoe Warfield; maternal grandparents, George and Sue Bramhall of Seaford; and paternal grandfather, John L. Rittenhouse of Morgantown, W.V. Uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends also survive his brief living this side of heaven. Brandon worked for James Thomson and Company of Greenwood, was active in the Mac’s House program of Seaford, and was building a positive path to his future as father, son, brother and friend. He concluded a seven year battle with opiate addiction, and desired helping others escape the epidemic nightmare that has ravaged the nation. He loved deep, fought well and always hoped for a fulfilled tomorrow — until the very final moments of life. Brandon’s passions included music, skiing (both water and snow), family gatherings and good friends. He was an avid drummer, guitarist, bassist and played about any instrument he could get his hands on. He had his own Christian rock band, formerly played with the Harvest Worship Band and just loved sitting around making music with his Dad, his brother and others on the back porch, in his Jeep, or anywhere possible. He was agile, playful and always the goofy friend who made you laugh, faithful friend who held you when hurting, and the deep thinker of faith and philosophy. Services will be held at 3-C USA Worship Center, 38238 Old Stage Rd., Delmar, on Friday, Oct. 20, at 11:30 a.m. for an open viewing and 1 p.m. a celebration of life service. Relatives and friends are welcome at 3 p.m. for the memorial reception, also held at 3-C Church to enjoy a meal, refreshments and visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made by check to “Zander Lee Rittenhouse, UTMA/UGMA.” The account is held at Edward Jones Investments, 559 N. Hall St., Seaford, DE 19973, and can be mailed to this location for processing and receipt. Funds contributed are legally protected completed gifts to the exclusive ownership of Zander. His paternal grandfather, John F. Rittenhouse, is custodian of these holdings.


Donald Davis Tull -- Donald Davis Tull, 82, a true Seafordian, died on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Truitt and Ruth Tull; one sister, Shirley Ann; and his grandson, Garett Colona, son of his daughter Tracy. Donald was born on Jan. 2, 1935. He grew up on Fourth Street with a neighborhood full of children where he formed lifelong friendships. He graduated from Seaford High School in 1952 and was president of his class. He then graduated from Goldey Beacom College and started working for John Willey Sr. at Peninsula Oil Company in 1956, where he remained for 42 years until his retirement. When Uncle Sam drafted Donald into the Army in 1957, he served stateside for two years at Fort Jackson, S.C., coming home long enough to marry the love of his life, Leona Beard, on Sept. 14, 1957. They settled into making a life in Seaford where Donald devoted his time to serving the community. He was a member of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years, and was made president emeritus. He made 4,100 ambulance runs in those 40 years. After his retirement, he volunteered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for 14 years. Donald also served six years as a city councilman like his father. They are the only father and son pictured on the wall in City Hall. He served in the Lions Club for 10 years, and served his church, Christ Lutheran for over 50 years. He donated blood until he was 70-years-old, often giving for friends who couldn’t donate. Donald earned the John A. Moore Award for Service along with Dr. William Cooper in 1989. Donald is survived by his wife of 60 years, Leona Beard Tull; his three daughters, Tracy Neilson (Kevin), Melissa Cooper (James), and Kimberly Tull (Stephen), four granddaughters, Bethany Hurlock (Lee), Hilary Cooper, and Katherina and Rosalie Geist; and one great-grandson, Mason Lee Hurlock. In lieu of flowers, Donald asked for contributions to be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, Newark, DE 19711 or www.delawarehospice.org/donate-now/; Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973; or the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 87, Seaford, DE 19973 or www.seaford87.com/page/donations. A memorial service will be held to honor Donald at Christ Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. (doors will open at 1), with a reception to follow at the Seaford Fire Hall. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Leighton Andrew ‘Andy’ Parezo -- Leighton Andrew “Andy” Parezo, 96, of Hurlock, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at the Chesapeake Woods Center in Cambridge, Md. Andy was born on July 30, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Ernest Sloane Parezo and Lilas (Dolly) Peck Parezo of Cleveland and Washington, D.C. He was educated in the Washington, D.C. school system and graduated from McKinley Technical High School where he later served as electric shop teacher. He attended Wilson Teacher’s College and George Washington University. He was honorably discharged from the Army Air Corp. in 1943 and worked for 16 years at IBM in Washington, D.C. Further employment with Laboratory for Electronics, Anelex Corp., and Foxboro Corp. took him to Berryville, Va. and Abington, Mass. He returned to Maryland in 1975 to work for the Airpax Corp., from which he retired in 1987. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America for over 53 years, including service as scout master of two Boy Scout troops and cub master of a Cub Scout pack. He also served scouting in many other volunteer positions. He held the Silver Beaver Award in scouting and Vigil Honor in scouting’s Order of the Arrow. He was a past master councilor of Robert Le Bruce Chapter, Order of DeMolay, Washington, D.C. He was also an honorary life member and a past trustee of Cambridge Lodge 1272, of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was preceded in death by his sweetheart, Julia (Judy) Osmer Parezo who died on March 13, 2000. Leighton and Judy were married on Oct. 2, 1942 and had over 57 great years together. Following Judy’s death, Andy worked as a community volunteer making home visits and providing grief counseling including children’s bereavement camps with Coastal Hospice, Queen Anne’s Hospice and Delaware Hospice. He was associated with the Dorchester Heritage Museum and the Dorchester County Historical Society. Andy is survived by three sons, Chris Parezo (Donna) of Kingston, Mass., Ken Parezo (Justine) of Baltimore, Md. and Gary Parezo (Cindy) of Hurlock; his daughter, Ellen Brown of Port Orchard, Wash.; eight grandchildren, Jamin Parezo (Courtney) of Baltimore, Enan Parezo (Jennifer) of Charleston, S.C., Allison Nice (Jesse) of Connecticut, Michelle Parezo of Kingston, Nicole Miorle (Marco) of Canton, Mass., Jesse Brown of Tacoma, Wash., and Joseph and John Maio of Washington. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, at Dorchester Memorial Park, Cambridge, Md. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg, Md., from 5 to 8 p.m. To share memories with the family, please visit www.framptom.com.


Destiny N. Crum -- Destiny N. Crum, 19, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, surrounded by family and friends at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Destiny attended Seaford High School and enjoyed hanging around with friends and family. She is survived by her mother, Jennifer Orris; her father, Jason Crum (Brandy); sister, Ashley Williams; brothers, Jayden Palmer, Gianni Giuliano, Brandon Lane, Jason Crum and Cody Crum; and her grandmother, Jean Smith. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Bridgeville Cemetery. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Nathan D. ‘Bunky’ Truitt -- Nathan D.”Bunky” Truitt, 70, of Delmar, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Delmar, a son of the late William and Laura (Kennerly) Truitt. Bunky proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in the late ‘60s. During his lifetime he worked several places, and for the past 10 years worked in security for Credit Plus in Salisbury. Bunky’s true passion was music. His most recent band was called “The Revelation Band.” He could pick up a guitar wherever he was and instantly make lots of friends. He was a longtime George Jones fan and truly enjoyed singing his songs. He will be remembered as a wonderful and loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Patricia “Patty,” whom he married on Dec. 17, 1999; his daughters, Melissa Meadows (Cameron), Jennifer Palmer (Troy) and TSgt Angela Layton who is stationed at Langley Air Force Base; granddaughters, Brook Bishop, Lori Meadows and Izzy Wilkerson; a grandson, Robert Elliott (Tommi) and family of Salisbury; and a special nephew, Bill Truitt of Mardela Springs, Md. Bunky is also survived by a brother, William Truitt (LouAnn), of Rhodesdale, Md.; a sister, Patricia Hammond of Salisbury; a sister-in-law, Linda Truitt, also of Salisbury; a special friend who was like a brother, Joe White of Salisbury; many nieces and nephews across the states; and last, but not least, his beloved beagle, “Susie.” In addition to his parents, Bunky was preceded in death by his brothers, Wayne Truitt (Gloria) and Richard Truitt; and a sister, Shirley Schirling. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, followed by a funeral service at 2. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the American Lung Association, 1021 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington, DE 19806 or the American Diabetes Foundation, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.shortfh.com.


Ralph ‘Rick’ E. Day Jr. -- Ralph “Rick” E. Day Jr., 65 of Bridgeville, previously of Westminster, Md., passed away peacefully after a long illness, with his wife by his side, on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at his home. He was born in Battle Creek, Mich., on Sunday, Dec. 2, 1951, son of the late Rev. Ralph E. Sr. and Margie E. Day. Mr. Day graduated from James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury, Md. and attended both Salisbury and Lee universities. He had a passion for joining people together in love and officiated many marriage ceremonies. In his spare time, Mr. Day enjoyed casting a line and catching a fish or two. Above all, however, he cherished the time spent with his treasured family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, and he will be genuinely missed by everyone who knew him. Mr. Day is survived by his beloved wife, MaryBeth Day; his son, Jason Day (Dawn) of Anderson, S.C.; his daughters, Emily Tew (William) of Wilson, N.C., Elizabeth Shedwick (Brad) of Baltimore, Md., and Katharine Grieco of Baltimore; his grandchildren, Natalie Day, Hayden Shedwick, Benjamin Shedwick, and Owen Shedwick; his brother, Randy Day (Debbie) of Salisbury; his sister, Stephanie Merritt (J.P.) of Salisbury; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends from 6 to 7. Please visit Mr. Day’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Evelyn Teresa Batson - Evelyn Teresa Batson, formerly Evelyn Teresa Brumble, age 87 of Seaford passed away Oct. 2, 2017. Evelyn was born July 24, 1930 in Seaford. She is preceded in death by her husband’s James Brumble and Otha Batson. She is survived by her children, Janet Knowles (Edward), James Brumble, Jr. (Katrina), Donald Gibbs & Ira Gibbs; 8 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and her sisters, Audrey Fooks & Gaynell Abbott. Funeral Service Sunday, October 8, 2017, 3 p.m. at Clarence Street Church of God, Seaford. Viewing at church beginning at 2 p.m.. Interment 10 am Monday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. See full obituary at www.pippinfuneralhome.com.


Dorothy F. Rogers, age 89, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017 at her home. Dot was born in Seaford on July 24, 1928, daughter of the late Paul and Elsie (Massey) Fleetwood. She was a graduate of Seaford High School and a member of the Seaford Alumni Association. Before raising her children, Dot worked as a teller at the Sussex Trust Bank. In 1977, she returned to work at the bank. In September 1986, she was named Clerk of the Quarter at Sussex Trust; and was recognized for her pleasing personality, her keen sense of humor, her assistance to her co-workers, and her dependability in doing her job accurately, with little supervision. Dot was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church near Hardscrabble, where she served as past Sunday school teacher and Communion Steward. Dot thoroughly enjoyed sewing and making crafts. She had the interior decorating skills and vision to accomplish a beautiful room. Dot loved traveling and spending time with her best friend and companion, Mr. Edwin Elliott. In addition to her parents, Dot was preceded in death by her husband, Martin in 1976; her brother Albert Fleetwood and his wife Irene; her brother Everett Fleetwood and his wife Mae; her brother in law and sister in law, Steve and Ruth Rogers; and her sister in law and brother in law, Theodosia and Charles Gordy. Dot is survived by her four children, Lora Brittingham (Burton) of Laurel; Marty Rogers (Elaine) of Whaleyville; Sue Rogers Uszak (Jon) of Laurel; and Tim Rogers (Lindy) of Salisbury. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jenny Hastings (Phillip); Abby Whaley (David); Amanda Brittingham; and Kenzie Hearne; great grandchildren, Austin, Kendyl, and Callen; and several nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 6-8:00 pm at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home 700 West Street Laurel, Delaware. A Funeral Service will also be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Pastor Kevin Wells and Reverend Jack Savage will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions can be made in Mrs. Dorothy Rogers memory to; Asbury United Methodist Church, c/o Marcia Anderson, 26146 Asbury Road, Seaford, DE. 19973; or Compassionate Care Hospice 20165 Office Circle Georgetown, DE 19947; or The Alzheimers Association, 108 N. Bedford Street, Georgetown, DE 19947.


Mary H. Phillips -- Mary H. Phillips, 96, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born in Campbelltown, Md., the daughter of the late Orlando and Lina Hastings. She was a graduate of Western Maryland College and had worked as a teacher. After raising her children, she managed the business office of Phillips Men’s Shop. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Harold Phillips and three brothers, Clifton, William and Herman Hastings. She is survived by son, H. Donovan Jr. of Laurel and son, David O. and wife Nancy of Salisbury, Md.; four grandchildren, Laura Owens (Glenn), Abby Schultz (Teague), Mark Phillips (Olivia) and Casey Phillips (Raúl); and four great-grandchildren with another great-grandson due this year. Services were held at Hannigan-Short-Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel on Monday, Oct. 2, with Pastor Dean Perdue of Centenary UMC, Laurel, officiating. Contributions in Mrs. Phillips’ name may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 510 Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956, and will exclusively support flood and storm relief through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).


Michael Larry Rose -- Michael Larry Rose, 75, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Michael was born in Roanoke, Va., on April 7, 1942, to Odessa and Leslie Rose. As a child, Michael was very involved in the Boy Scouts of America, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in his teens. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Roanoke College, Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Ohio State University, and remained a lifelong Buckeyes fan. He worked for DuPont for more than 20 years before taking an early retirement to obtain his master’s degree in social work from Delaware State University. Michael was a talented gardener and had an extensive collection of orchids and bonsai trees. He loved to travel, especially to visit his grandchildren and be surrounded by his entire family. Michael was an avid bridge player but enjoyed all types of games. Michael was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Rose. He is survived by his wife, Linda Rose; children, Julie Rose and Devin Jumper, Nathan Rose and Steven Holmes, Matthew and Sarah Rose, Glenn and Amy Stover; grandchildren, Arianna and Josalyn Rose, Greyson Stover; and brother, Reginald Rose. Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 1, on Thursday, Sept. 28, at Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford. A reception will follow at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford. In lieu of flowers, Michael’s family has requested donations to Compassionate Care Hospice of Delaware and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The family extends their sincere thanks to the staff of Lofland Park Center for their many acts of loving kindness.


Ethel Mae Griffin -- Ethel Mae Griffin, 89, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at her home in Laurel. She was the daughter of the late William Anderson Stewart and Louise Shelton Stewart. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Citadel of Hope in Laurel, with visitation from 10 a.m. to noon. Share memories at www.framptom.com


Daisey T. Monaco Massaro -- Daisey T. Monaco Massaro, 96, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. Daisey retired from the Seaford School District cafeteria after 15 years. She also owned and operated Daisey’s Kiddie Card Shop and worked for her father at Monaco’s during the war. She was a member of VFW Auxiliary Post 4961 in Seaford. Her husband, Andy Massaro died in 1990 and her daughter, Joann Massaro Herlihy died in 2016. She was also preceded in death by four brothers and a sister. She is survived by her son, Joseph “Joe” Massaro (Sandi); four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and 17 nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, Oct. 2, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., 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 Vitas Hospice, 30265 Commerce Dr., Ste. 202, Millsboro, DE 19966. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


James Wade Cecil Sr. -- James Wade Cecil Sr., 55, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at home. He was born in Heidelberg, Germany on Saturday, Dec. 30, 1961, son of Jim and Janice Cecil. Mr. Cecil was a self-employed roofer most of his life. He loved cooking and took pride in working on his yard. Mr. Cecil was preceded in death by his sister, Charmaine Culver Bradford. In addition to his parents, Mr. Cecil is survived by his wife, Mary E. Cecil of Laurel; his son, Wade Cecil of North Carolina; two daughters, Jamie Cecil and Logan Abbott-Cecil, both of Laurel; and five grandchildren, Shianne, Cody Wade, Brooklyn, Xander and Kathleen. Private interment and services were held at Laurel Hill Cemetery and officiated by Pastor Marie Coulbourne. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a Parsell Family Funeral Home, Seaford. Please visit Mr. Cecil’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Janet ‘Jan’ Lee Waller, 80 Janet “Jan” Lee Waller of Belfair Plantation in Bluffton, S.C., went home to be with her Savior on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, surrounded by her loving husband and family. Jan was born in Milford hospital on June 22, 1937, daughter of the late Louise Ralph Keller and Harold Heckman Keller. Jan’s early years were spent in Laurel. She graduated from Laurel High School in 1955, as salutatorian where she was interested in sports, music and current government events. She then attended the University of Delaware where she graduated with honors in English and education in 1959. While there, she was editor of the yearbook, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and active in student government affairs. After graduation, she married a consulting engineer, Frank S. Waller, also a University of Delaware graduate, and they moved to the Baltimore, Md. area. While there, she taught 10th and 12th grade language arts at Glen Burnie High School and she enjoyed her interaction with her students on a personal and educational level. In 1962, she moved to the Glen Mills-Thornton, Pa., areas where she lived for 30 years. While raising their three active children there, she took leadership roles in her children’s various school activities and ultimately was elected to the West Chester Area School Board, serving for 10 years. During those 10 years, she served on all the board’s standing committees, but her primary interest was in curricular matters. She also was appointed to the Chester County Intermediate Unit Board which oversaw the education programs for the county’s special needs children. During most of her time in Pennsylvania, she was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Thornton, Pa., where she helped organize church outreach programs and served in several administrative capacities. She attended in-depth Bible studies which led to her strong foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. In 1992, her husband became chairman of his company, a large international engineering company headquartered in Denver, and Jan and Frank moved to The Preserve in Greenwood Village, Colo. While in Colorado, she served on various community committees and also developed an interest in landscaping. Jan’s gardens became much admired by members of the community. After her husband’s retirement in 1999, they decided to search for a home in the Hilton Head, S.C., area where they had vacationed for years. They settled in Belfair Golf Plantation where Jan immediately became active in golf and bridge. They attended Lowcountry Presbyterian Church where she served as liturgist for some of the early morning services. Over the years, Jan enjoyed following the activities and interests of her children and grandchildren and was very proud of their many accomplishments. She was also always active in sports. She was an avid tennis player, playing competitively for 25 years on several USTA teams in both Delaware and Chester counties, Pennsylvania, until her aching knees restricted her ability to run. She played golf most of her adult life, and in recent years at Belfair she was chairperson for numerous golf tournaments. She developed a love for bridge, competing in various ACBL tournaments, and recently started playing mah jongg. She enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the US and abroad with her husband. All her life she was a social leader, as she loved to plan and organize charitable and social activities for each community in which she lived, jokingly earning her the “Pearl Mesta” title from some of her friends. She was also known for clearly stating her position on any topic, even when it was not the most popular position, and defending her position with “gusto.” She is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Frank Sirman Waller; sons, Bradley Harold Waller of Philadelphia, Pa. and Gregory Ralph Waller and his wife Dr. Wynne Pomeroy Waller of Downingtown, Pa.; daughter, Pamela Waller Bonney and husband Dr. W. Kent Bonney of Burlington, N.C.; sisters, Jean Smith and brother-in-law Jerry Smith of Seaford and Mary Jane Weldin of Newark; granddaughters, Lauren Bonney, Kaitlin Bonney, Megan Waller, Alison Waller and Sarah Waller; grandson, Nathaniel Bonney; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church in Bluffton, where the family will be present to greet friends starting at 9 a.m. Immediately after the memorial service, everyone is invited to come to the Waller’s home at 6 Lexington Drive in Belfair and celebrate the life of this outstanding lady, wife and mother. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Lowcountry, PO Box 3827, Bluffton, SC 29910; Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, 10 Simmonsville Rd., Bluffton, SC 29910, Attn: Missions-Family Promise; or Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 4 Westtown Rd., Thornton, PA 19373, Attn: Good Works.


Jerry Andrew Mullins -- Jerry Andrew Mullins, 71, of Georgetown, passed away on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Newport News, Va., he was the son of the late Lewis Carson Mullins and Lena Jane Clifton Mullins Kersey. Jerry proudly served his country in the United States Army. He retired from Wilmington Trust Company. During his lifetime, he enjoyed boating, fishing, racing cars, and golfing. He also enjoyed playing tennis and riding motorcycles. Because of his love of tennis and riding motorcycles, he became an instructor of the game of tennis and an instructor with the State of Delaware Motorcycle Safety Program. He will also be remembered for communicating on his Ham radio with his special call name “KB3TXP.” He is survived by his loving wife, Cindy Gordy Mullins of Georgetown; his daughters, Tricia Whaley Dorofee and her husband J.D., and their son Josh Dorofee, and Charity Whaley Swain and her daughter Emmalyn Swain; a brother, Timothy E. Mullins and his wife Helene; a brother-in-law, Phil Gordy and sister-in-law, Peggy Williams, and Judy Goff and her husband Steve. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Mullins. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Cheer Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Rd., Georgetown. Burial was held privately in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Mullin’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963, or Tunnell Cancer Center, 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home of Laurel.


Eunice Marine Wheatley -- Eunice Marine Wheatley, 94, of Reliance, Md., passed away on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at the Manor House in Seaford. Born on Aug. 29, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Edna Marine Wheatley. Eunice grew up on the family farm on State Line Road in Reliance. She was educated in a one room school house thru 7th grade, and graduated from Seaford High School, Class of 1940. In 1949, she graduated from State Teachers College (Salisbury University) in Salisbury, Md. After graduation, Eunice was a teacher in Delaware for 36 years. She began teaching in Selbyville, then transferred after one year to the Seaford School District, where she taught primarily 5th grade throughout her career. Eunice was a dedicated lifelong member of Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Reliance, where she attended services regularly until she moved to the Manor House in 2010. She was an outgoing person with a perpetually good spirit, an upbeat demeanor, and a fun sense of humor. During WWII, she helped the cause by serving as an aircraft warning service observer. Eunice was always ready to do extra to help a student, and she was a tireless volunteer for the church and other community causes. She gave tremendously of herself over the years to help sick friends and family members, and was a great comfort to those whom she assisted in this way. Socially, she enjoyed many years with her bowling league in Seaford, and also loved to travel in retirement, with her most memorable trip being to Australia from which she brought back many stories and souvenirs for family and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Hazel Wheatley and Iva Lord of Seaford and Cora Parsons of Ocean City, Md.; nieces, Linda Parsons and Kathy Lord; and nephew, Dennis Gerraughty. She is survived by one sister, June Gerraughty of Bella Vista, Ark.; nieces, Susan Brindley and Barbara Parsons; nephews, David Gerraughty, Andrew Gerraughty, Matthew Gerraughty, Samuel Gerraughty, Michael Parsons, and James Parsons; and many great-nieces and nephews. The family extends special thanks to the professional and caring staff at Manor House and VITAS Hospice Care. Well done. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Interment will follow at Cokesbury Cemetery, Cokesbury Road, Rhodesdale, Md. A reception will be held at the Manor House in Seaford at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Eunice’s memory to the American Cancer Society. Letters of condolence may be sent to Cranston Funeral Home. To leave a condolence, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Lauraleen Norgan -- Lauraleen Norgan, 97, of Rising Sun, Md., and formerly of Newark and Laurel, died peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, after a short illness. Lauraleen was born on Feb. 27, l920, to the late Elwood and Margaret Sirman of Bethel. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Linwood Sirman and one sister, Jane Disharoon. Her first husband of 25 years, Cecil Gordy Hastings, passed in l964 and Ponder Norgan, her second husband of 30 years, in 1997. After many years as an Acme Market employee, Lauraleen retired in 1976. While at Acme, she reconnected with Ponder whom she had known as a friend of her brother Linwood. A favorite at home activity in Laurel for the two of them was the monthly card club and weekend dining forays with their circle of friends. Lauraleen and Ponder enjoyed summers at their retreat on the Delaware Bay and trips to Singer Island, Fla., in the winter. Some of the children’s and grandchildren’s fondest memories were of Lauraleen’s elaborate Thanksgiving dinners in Laurel and summers fishing, crabbing, bike riding, and sailing with their parents/grandparents. After Ponder’s passing, Lauraleen moved to Newark to be closer to her family. During the next 20 years, she had the good fortune to see five of her six great-grandchildren born. Lauraleen is survived by one daughter, Margaret Juhl and husband Ralph of Newark; one son, Douglas Hastings and wife Elizabeth of Wilmington; four grandchildren, Otto J. Juhl III and wife Lisa of Newark, Erika Hawley and husband William of Rising Sun, Md., Amy Kempista and husband Dave of Townsend, Katie Hastings of Wilmington and six great-grandchildren. Private graveside services and burial were at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. She was buried next to Gordy, her first husband and the father of her children. Donations in Lauraleen’s memory may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, PO Box 230, Market and Poplar Streets, Laurel, DE 19956, where she and Ponder were both members. Funeral arrangements were handled by Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home of Laurel.


Mary Louise ‘ML’ (Evans-Lombe) Elliott -- Mary Louise “ML” (Evans-Lombe) Elliott, 88, of Laurel, and a resident of the Methodist Manor House, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Cisco, Texas on Sept. 30, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Sadie Mae and Arthur Glen Evans-Lombe. The family moved to Fort Worth, Texas when she was an infant, and lived there until her junior high school years, when her father’s work in the oil industry took them to Coffeyville, Kan., for two years, then to Parkersburg, W.Va. She completed high school in Parkersburg, and then attended the Lindenwood College for Women in St. Charles, Mo., from 1945 to 1947. She transferred to the University of West Virginia at Morgantown, W.Va., where she graduated with a B.A. in psychology in 1949. While living in Parkersburg, she met her future husband, Dr. Joseph A. Elliott. They were married in June of 1950 and moved to Laurel, where they joined his father in the family medical practice. During their 54 years of marriage she was active in numerous organizations. She served as president of the Laurel New Century Club, the Sussex County Medical Auxiliary, the Delaware Medical Society Auxiliary, the trustees of Christ United Methodist Church, and the Laurel Saddle Friends. She owned two long-lived horses and enjoyed riding with her friends her whole life. They raised three sons, Joseph A. Elliott Jr., a retired pharmaceutical executive; John David Elliott, a practicing graphic artist, and Mark Jeffery Elliott, a high school chemistry teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joseph Elliott, and two brothers, W.R. Dick Evans-Lombe and A. G. Bill Evans-Lombe Jr. She is survived by her son, Joe and his wife Cindy and his son and daughter, Justin and Lauren; son, David; and son, Mark and his wife Rose and his sons, Ian and Ryan. She is also survived by a great-niece, Elaine Evans-Lombe. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at noon on Thursday, Sept. 21. Interment will be private. The Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Patricia Ann Justice -- Patricia Ann Justice, 74, of Laurel, passed away at home on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Patricia was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late Bryce Bryan and Beatrice Culver Bryan. Patricia was a caretaker of the family, she helped raise her grandchildren and was always ready to prepare meals for family and friends. Her cooking skills were also used in many local restaurants. Patricia had a kind heart and never met a stranger. Patricia is survived by her sons, Michael Justice (Tia) of Laurel and Gary Justice (Wendy) of Laurel; two stepdaughters, Joanne LeCates and Collene Justice; her brothers, Robert Bryant (Mary), Pete Bryan (Lea) and Dennis Bryan (Sandy); grandchildren, Christian, Jordn and Josh; and several nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Thomas Clagg will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


Dorothy H. Roberts -- Dorothy H. Roberts, 82, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Dorothy was born in Westville, Fla., a daughter of the late Buddy Holley and Nancy Thomas Holley. Dorothy worked at the Flagship Restaurant for over 22 years in Seaford and Dunkin Donuts. She could also be found at the Dairy Bar, eating with friends and family and enjoying the fellowship of their clients. She was a member of New Rock Church of Seaford and enjoyed watching horse racing and eating out with her family. Dorothy is survived by her sons, Franklin Roberts and David Roberts (Denise), both of Seaford; her daughters, Stella Mariner (Kenneth) of Seaford, Donna Messick (Steve) of Laurel, Mary Ann Robinson (Jamie) of Laurel, and Sue Smith (Dave) of Willards, Md.; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews, along with many other extended family members also survive her. Services were held on Friday, Sept. 2, at New Rock Church of Seaford in Laurel. The Rev. Corinne Collins-Spiller officiated. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Roberts; her granddaughter, Amy Windsor; and her sisters, Nora Lee Curry and Thelda Davidson. Contributions may made in Mrs. Roberts’ memory to New Rock Church of Seaford Youth Program, 30320 Seaford Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.


Beverly B Ammann -- Beverly B. Ammann, 90, of Ocean Pines, Md., died on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at Catered Living in Ocean Pines where she resided for the past 22 months. Born in Portland, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Helen (Bradbury) Barnett. A social worker, she worked in numerous settings, retiring from Egenolf Early Childhood Center in Elizabeth, N.J. She was a member of Community Church at Ocean Pines, United Methodist Women, Westfield (New Jersey) Music Club, Williamsburg (Virginia) Music Club and played cello in various groups in Virginia, Maine, New Jersey and Maryland. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Charles Ammann; a son, Charles B. Ammann and wife Laurie of Yarmouth, Maine; two daughters, Julie A. Barton and husband Philip of Selbyville and Laurie A. Drank and husband Aloysius of Sewell, N.J.; five granddaughters and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Community Church at Ocean Pines in Berlin, where friends may call one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Community Church at Ocean Pines Music Fund or United Methodist Women, 11227 Racetrack Rd., Berlin, MD 21811. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com.


Elizabeth L. Brown -- Elizabeth Leona Brown, 104, of Millsboro, and formerly of Alloway, N.J., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept 7, 2017. Elizabeth was born in Penns Grove, N.J., on Dec 19, 1912. After graduating from Penns Grove High School, she worked for E I DuPont. She married Andy Banford and moved to Alloway where she raised her family. In 1964, Elizabeth married Albert Brown. After he passed away in 1980, she moved to Millsboro to be next door to her daughter and son-in-law, Susan Allen Hodges and Bob Hodges. In Millsboro, Betty was active in the Sussex Pines Country Club playing golf and bridge with the many friends she made there. The secret of her long life can be summed up in her own words, A Short Philosophy of Life: “I have learned in whatever state I am, therein to be content. I have seen yesterday; I do not fear tomorrow; I love today.” Her last years were spent with her wonderful caregivers at Atlantic Shores. The family would like to thank her dear friends and neighbors, Bill McFarland and Emily Peterson, for the many hours they spent providing her loving care. Betty will long be remembered for her sharp wit, her fun-loving spirit and love of family. She is survived by her son, Andy Banford (Karen) of Lake Tahoe, Nev.; her niece, Margie Goodier (John) of Odessa; and their children, Shawn, Matthew and Kelley as well as her son-in-law, Bob Hodges. Elizabeth’s daughter, Susan, preceded her in death. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 108 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at watsonfh.com.


Ronald L. Fleetwood -- Ronald L. Fleetwood, 75, of Bridgeville, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at Christiana Care Health Systems in Newark. He was born in Seaford on June 26, 1942, son of late Everett and Mae (Whaley) Fleetwood. Ron was a graduate of Seaford High School and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1966. After 39 dedicated years, Ron retired from R & D with the DuPont Company in Seaford. Following his retirement, he was a much loved and respected member of the Parsell Funeral Family for 10 years, working as a funeral home associate. Ron was a member of Union United Methodist Church, where he served as Sunday school superintendent and in other offices at the church. He was also a member of the Bridgeville Lions Club for over 30 years, serving as president and treasurer. He enjoyed participating in their annual variety show and delivered some memorable performances, most notably as the character “Ophelia.” Ron served as a Lioness liason of Lions District 22D for the State of Delaware and was treasurer for the Bridgeville Apple-Scrapple Festival for 17 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 6 in Seaford and the Seaford Alumni Association. Above all, Ron treasured time spent with his adored family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be genuinely and deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Ron is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Alma (Knowles) Fleetwood of Bridgeville; his daughter, Carole A. Baker and her husband Chris of Rehoboth Beach; his granddaughters, Elizabeth “Betsy” Baker Hoadley and her husband Kenny of Monterey Bay, Calif., and Erin T. Baker of Rehoboth Beach; his sister, Darlene F. Steele and her husband Ken of Seaford; his sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Tull of Bridgeville; his many nieces and nephews; and his beloved Yorkie, Gia. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from 1:30 to 3. Burial with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, at Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Millsboro. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933. Please visit Ron’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


John Corbin Mason -- John Corbin Mason, 76, of Delmar, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on Oct. 16, 1940 in Blades, a son of the late Corbin and Mildred Mason. John was a US Navy veteran, serving aboard the USS Wasp CV518 from 1958 to 1961. He was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He worked as a mechanical engineer for Baltimore Gas and Electric Company for 30 years and for the federal government in Washington, D.C. for 10 years. His hobbies included gardening, woodworking, and doing crosswords and sudoku. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Pauline J. Mason; daughters, Trisha Ryan (Dennis) of Millersville and Denise Ratliff (Bug) of Pasadena; stepchildren, David Riggin (Pam) of Sykesville, Carolyn Folger (Mike) of Hanover, and Debra Witt (Ken) of Pasadena; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Riggin of Pasadena; and grandchildren, Lauren Ryan, Mary Ann Morrow, Brian Ratliff, Erin Riggin, Jennifer Folger, Amanda Cook, Kenny Witt, Conor Riggin, and Sarah Riggin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Steven Riggin; and siblings, Donald Mason, Charlotte Griffin, Fay Alascia, and Gail Finch. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, where visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. Pastor Gordon Nock will officiate. Interment will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Trinity Garden of Memories in Newark, Md.


Carol Rementer -- Carol Rementer, 76, of Georgetown, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. The oldest of eight children, Carol was born on June 30, 1941 in Akron, Ohio. After attending Villa Maria boarding school, she graduated from Stow High School in 1959, and studied at Akron University in Ohio. On a trip to the beach with her daughter, Becky, Carol’s car broke down and thus began her great love with Jimmy Rementer, her car mechanic and knight in shining armor. They were married on Sept. 12, 1973 and spent many happy years taking trips to the beach and fishing. After volunteering at the American Red Cross office in Georgetown, she went to work at Farmers Bank and served her customers at various locations in Sussex and Kent counties. Through name changes to Girard, Melon and Citizens Banks, she was always happy to help people with financial concerns and loved helping people realize dreams of becoming homeowners. In retirement, Carol most loved being with family. She kept the farmhouse warm and welcoming, and all her family saw it as the best place and person to be with to calm your soul. Carol is survived by her daughter, Becky King, and grandsons Brian, Joshua, and Jeremiah; her sisters, Beth Zedney and Joan Weiser; brothers, Harry Cummings and Chris Cummings; and several dozen nieces, nephews, and cousins, who enjoyed her hospitality and warm company. Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Roland James Rementer Jr.; her parents, Fred and Nell Cummings; her Aunt Mary Costello; and her sisters, Catherine Cummings, Maryellen Armbruster, and Rosemary Figgs. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Sunday evening, Sept. 10 from 6 to 8. Burial will be at Asbury Methodist Church near Hardscrabble. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Mark F. Williams -- Mark F. Williams, 66, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at home. Mark was born on July 13, 1951, in Milford Hospital, to the late Harold P. and Roberta Messick Williams. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, H. P. Williams. He graduated from Bridgeville High School in 1969. He worked for Penco/Kenco for 41 years before retiring. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Laurel. Mark is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kathleen Gum Williams; his sister-in-law, Ginny Williams; his niece, Heather Griffith (Mike); his brother-in-law, Jack Gum (Sara); and sisters-in-law, Janet Moore and Peggy Gum. He is also survived by his special friend and cousin, Craig Banks and many nephews, nieces and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, at Christ Lutheran Church, 315 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 St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 32827 Old Stage Rd., Laurel, DE 19956 or the Tunnel Cancer Center, 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Mary D. Gibbons -- Mary D. Gibbons, 83, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at her home in Delmar. She was born on Feb. 6, 1934, in Laurel, the daughter of the late Herman E. Dulis and Minnie Thomas Dulis. Throughout her life, she worked various jobs and had an excellent work ethic. She worked as a seamstress at Laurel Manufacturing, then moved to Drug Fair, then she worked at Grumman in manufacturing. In her later years she worked at Shore Stop in Laurel. When her health was good, she attended Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury. She was a wonderful baker and enjoyed feeding family and friends. Her family will miss her corn pone, pizzelle, rum balls and other specialties. She was an avid New York Yankees fan, loved flowers, playing board games and bingo at the VFW with her family and had a special place in her heart for animals. She will be remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and sister. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia J. Moore and her husband Kenneth Sr. and Deborah L. Caputo and her companion Jeffery Cormier, daughter-in-law, Teri M. Collins, all of Delmar; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a brother, John Dulis and his wife Ann of Laurel; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Dulis of Laurel. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Michael L. Collins and Ted W. Collins; former husband and father of her children, William O. Collins, who passed in 2010 and her second husband, Charles Gibbons, who passed in 1986; and two brothers, C. Angelo Dulis and Anthony Dulis. Graveside services will be private. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Delaware SPCA, 22918 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947.


William L. ‘Bill’ Hastings -- William L. “Bill” Hastings, 86, of Seaford, died peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was born on Jan. 7, 1931, in Salisbury, Md. Mr. Hastings was employed as a guard for DuPont for more than 36 years. He enjoyed fishing, traveling and, most of all, spending time with his family. Bill is survived by his wife, Louise Hastings; three daughters, Teresa Webb, Deborah Hastings, and Cathy Foskey; Louise’s children, Mark Walls, Neal Walls, Lee Walls and Louanne; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his son, Daniel L. Hastings; two brothers, Smiley Hastings and Harry Hastings and two sisters, Joyce Legates and Agnes Hastings. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Pastor Phyllis Walton will officiate. 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.


Donald A. Callaway -- Donald A. Callaway, 75, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at Seaford Center. Born in Laurel, he was the son of the late William S. Callaway and Huldah V. Callaway. He was a retired plumber doing residential work for Bruce Farrelly Plumbing Services. Donald loved to bowl and socialize with friends at Bryan’s Bowling Alley. He could also be found enjoying a cup of coffee at Royal Farms in Seaford. He was a wonderful gardener and caretaker to his mother. Donald is survived by his sister, Jacqueline J. Smart of Laurel and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William F. Callaway. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where visitation will be held from noon to 1. Pastor Dave Kiser will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Gregory Lane Bedsworth -- Gregory Lane Bedsworth, 63, of Delmar, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 12, 1954 in Salisbury, Md., the son of the late William Henry Bedsworth and Gladys Catherine (Bozman) Bedsworth, fondly known as “Tootsie.” Greg was raised in Dames Quarter and attended school on Deal Island. He graduated from Washington High School with the class of 1972. After graduation he started a lifelong career as an accomplished electrician in the poultry industry and worked for Perdue, Townsend’s and Mountaire. In later years, he and a partner formed Dawson and Bedsworth Electric out of Georgetown, and he retired there from 2012. He loved his work and took great pride in providing for his family. He also loved the outdoors and fishing, especially the “rock” seasons on the bay, cutting grass and riding his tractor. Greg had a special place in his heart for animals and especially loved his dog, “Pepper,” and his horses and goats. He will be sorely missed as a loving husband, father, brother, Pop-Pop, father-in-law, friend and employer. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna Bedsworth; daughters, Heather Lynn Adkins (David) and Heidi Lane Payne (Woody), all of Delmar; grandchildren, Jade Leigh Payne, Luke Hackett and Summer Lane Payne; and a sister, Terrie Wallace (Barry) of Salisbury. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7, from noon to 2 p.m., at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, followed by a funeral service at 2. The Rev. David Webster, a lifelong friend, will officiate. Contributions may be made in Greg’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriot’s Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Somerset United Methodist Church, ? Debbie Jacobson, 11150 Messick Rd., Dames Quarter, MD 21821. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Wilma B. Kimbrough -- Wilma B. Kimbrough, 92, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, surrounded by her husband and children on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. She was the daughter of the late Percy and Alma Binford from Birmingham, Ala. Wilma and Harvey and their three young children moved to Seaford in 1966. She became a founding member of the Seaford Federal Credit Union. She loved raising her children. She remained very active in her church and community. She found time to mentor students in the Seaford School District. Wilma had a loving heart that showed through her service in many church based groups and community organizations such as Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, church and community thrift stores, Delaware Meals on Wheels, breast cancer awareness, just to name a few. Wilma took pride in being a longtime member of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization). She was always ready for a game of Bridge, Hand and Foot, or a new favorite, Five Crowns. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Harvey P. Kimbrough Jr.; three children, Harvey “Phil” Kimbrough III and his wife Penny of Seaford, Marguerite Kimbrough Carper and her husband James “Chip” of Hebron, Md., and Terry Kimbrough Fibelkorn and her husband James “Jim” of Harrington; a sister, Olivet Dial; a brother, Harry Binford; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Wilma was preceded in death by her sister, Marguerite Summers. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, at St. John’s Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 2 to 3, in the Wesley Lounge. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Manor House Benevolence Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 and/or St. John’s United Methodist Church. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Avery W. Smith -- Avery W. Smith, 84, of Delmar, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at Christiana Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 7, 1933, the son of William C. and Mary M. Smith of Tylerton, Md. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Delmar for over 10 years. He loved everyone there and they loved him, particularly Pastor Ken. His favorite verse in the Bible was Psalms 34:19. Avery worked as a waterman, and at Koontz Dairy, Carvel Hall, Eastern Shore Oil, Mrs. Ihrie’s Potato Chips, and K&S & Dutton Bus Service. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Elsie in their motor home to various campgrounds. His favorite sports teams were the Orioles and Ravens. He loved watching his TV and DVD’s. He always enjoyed keeping up with friends and family on Facebook while on his laptop. Perry Como was his favorite artist and he collected all of his songs. He always enjoyed a good meal and was particularly fond of Thanksgiving dinners at home surrounded by all of his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Wright Smith and his wife Abigail and a sister, Lydia Marsh. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elsie; two sons, Frank Smith and his wife Judy of Georgetown and Bob Smith of Salisbury, Md.; five grandchildren, Corey (Lisa) Johnson, Shaun Smith, Lolita Hopkins, Tammy Johnson and Frank (Phyllicia) Smith Jr.; and nine great-grandchildren. A going home service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at First Baptist Church, 20304 N. Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Ken Johnson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Faith Baptist Church, 107 E. State St.,Delmar, MD 21875. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Robert Lee ‘Rob’ Reed Jr. -- Robert Lee “Rob” Reed Jr., 47, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, after several years of battling cancer. Rob worked as a foreman for New River Electric for 15 years. He enjoyed dirt racing at local tracks, NASCAR, fishing, camping trips, and weekend bonfires surrounded by family and friends. He also enjoyed working in the garage, building and fabricating many intricate projects while jamming to Grateful Dead. He will be greatly missed and forever loved by many. He is survived by his wife, Frances (Frannie); son, Cole; daughter, Amanda Moss; grandchildren, Gabriel and McKenna Moss of Bridgeville; mother, Sharon Reed; father, Robert Lee Reed Sr. and stepmother Stella Reed; grandparents, Lee and Delores Reed, and Frank and Laura Betts, all of whom reside in Greenwood; brother, Shelby Reed of Denton, Md.; sisters, Michelle Messick of Felton and Sherry Feltz of Milton; and beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, at Jimmy’s Grille Banquet Hall at 6 p.m. A bonfire will follow in the comfort of their home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and/or Delaware Hospice. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Pasqual Benjamin DeCarlo Sr. -- Pasqual Benjamin DeCarlo Sr., 78, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was born in Coatesville, Pa., on Sunday, July 16, 1939, son of the late Samuel and Mildred DeCarlo. Mr. DeCarlo retired from Gulf Stream Aerospace Management in 2004, after a lifelong career. In his retirement, he owned “Seats by Pat” and designed and completed custom motorcycle seats for Rommel Harley-Davidson of Seaford. He also did consignment work for The Sewing Outlet in Federalsburg, Md. Mr. DeCarlo was a member of the Knights of Columbus, was VP of Knights on Bikes, and a member of the Delmarva Harley Owners Group #3406. He loved motorcycling, hunting, fishing, boating, shooting firearms, golfing, and bowling. In the 1970s, Mr. DeCarlo enjoyed managing several Fairborn Little League baseball teams and PeeWee football teams. More than anything, however, Mr. DeCarlo treasured the time he spent with his cherished family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. In addition to his parents, Mr. DeCarlo was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy (Adkins) DeCarlo; his son, Pasqual B. DeCarlo Jr.; his son-in-law, Nolan Wilcutts; his brother, Leonard DeCarlo; and his sister, Eleanor Stevens. He is survived by his daughters, Rebecca Wilcutts and Victoria Laub and her husband Steve; his grandchildren, Christopher DeCarlo, Courtney Hedrick, Abigail DeCarlo, and Wesley Laub; his great-grandchildren, Kaylynn DeCarlo and Bryson Laub; his brother, James DeCarlo and his wife Linda; his sister, Dotty Cook and her husband Ed; his sister-in-law, Louise DeCarlo; and his many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium-Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from 2 to 3. Please visit Mr. DeCarlo’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Kenneth Perry Wilson -- Kenneth Perry Wilson died on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Susan Wilson (nee Greenspon); cherished father of Matthew Wilson, Kathleen (John) Henkel,and Charles (Nelvia) Wilson; devoted brother of Carol (Jim) Cottman; adored son of the late Mildred and George Wilson; and loving grandfather of Lilliana, Izabella, Joshua and Damian. He is also survived by many close friends and relatives. Funeral services will be held at Temple Oseh Shalom, 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel, Md., on Sunday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to the charity of your choice. In mourning at 7307 Musical Way, Severn, MD 21144, Sunday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 4, with services at 7 p.m. Arrangements are in the care of Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc.


Steven M. Collins -- Steven M. Collins, 62, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. Steven was a diesel mechanic. He was a life member of the Blades Volunteer Fire Company. He dedicated many years to the fire company. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Linda Brohawn Collins; two sons, Mark Collins and Shane Collins; two daughters, Patricia Dukes (Chris) and Heather Hall; eight grandchildren, Cameron Dukes, Ashley Dukes, Madison Dukes, Peyton Dukes, Taylor Collins, Alyssa Collins, McKenzie Hall and Kylie Hall; a brother, Richard Collins; and a sister, Gail Kahn. A fireman’s funeral will be held at noon on Friday, Sept. 1, 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 the Steven M. Collins Memorial Fund, c/o PNC Bank, 1200 Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Jo Ann Coulborn -- Jo Ann Coulborn, 64, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at her home. She was born on Monday, Aug. 10, 1953, daughter of the late John A. and Doris E. (Littleton) Morris. Born and raised in Seaford, Jo spent most of her 64 years there. A woman with a strong work ethic, Jo’s most recent years were spent working at Johnny Janosik in Laurel. Prior to her employment there, she dedicated 20 years at Hecht’s/Macy’s department stores in Salisbury, Md. In addition, Jo spent many years with Safeway. Jo loved gardening and tinkering around her yard. She was an amazing cook and was known for her food by both her family and co-workers. On many occasions, Jo said her greatest accomplishments were her children. She was always sharing stories and her home was a giant camera, filled with photos of her beloved family. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Depression is a silent killer. Many people can mask their demons with a simple smile and can tell everyone they are fine, when in reality they are not. Our mother was deeply loved, and she will be greatly missed. In addition to her parents, Jo was preceded in death by her daughter, Maureen Allison, formerly of U.S. Virgin Islands. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Charles “Chuck” Coulborn of Seaford; her daughters, Kimberly Allison of Seaford and Kristen Allison-Dzwonek and her husband Jesiah of Los Angeles, Calif.; her grandchildren, Brian Lane Jr., Cassie Lane, and Zachary Flynn; her great-grandson, Kayden; her brother, John Morris and his wife Stacey of Laurel; and her beagles that were like children to her, Bubba, Smokey, and Boomer. Friends may visit on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Watson-Yates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 609 E. King St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Jo’s memory to The Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd St. NW, Washington, DC 20037, or www.humanesociety.org. Please visit Mrs. Coulborn’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Richard Franklin Littleton -- Richard Franklin Littleton, 74, of Seaford, passed away on Friday Aug. 25, 2017, at his residence. He was born on Friday, April 9, 1943, in Willards, Md., the son of the late John Franklin Littleton and Mary (Davis) Littleton. Richard graduated from Pittsville High School with the class of 1961. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967. In 1997, he married Clara Belle Prettyman, with whom he shared almost 20 years of marriage. In 2001, he retired from DuPont in Seaford as a machine operator, after 33 years of service. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, collecting farm toys and was a skilled artist. In addition to his wife, survivors include in-laws, Esther Hastings and her husband Clarke, Robert Prettyman and his wife Joyce, Samuel Prettyman and his wife Shirley and Fred Prettyman and his wife Shirley; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A graveside service will be held at noon on Tuesday, Aug 29, at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Delmar. Services will be officiated by Pastor John Rogers. Donations may be made in his memory to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 220 Continental Dr., Ste. 407, Newark, DE 19713. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Harry M. Koch -- Harry M. Koch, 69, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at his home. He was born on Oct. 13, 1947 in Greensboro, Md., son of the late Harry and Dorthea (Frase) Koch. Mr. Koch graduated from Chesapeake College in 1973, after which he worked for the DuPont Chemical Company as a lab technician. He loved the great outdoors, and his favorite pastimes included hunting, crabbing, fishing, and shrimping. His most cherished moments, however, were those spent with his wonderful family, in particular, his adored grandchildren. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, nephew, and friend. He will be genuinely missed by all who knew him. Mr. Koch is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Fran Koch of Seaford; his sons, Jay Koch of Seaford, Michael Koch and his wife Donna of Dover, and Matthew Koch and his wife Emily of Alexandria, Va.; his grandchildren, Matthew Koch and Tanner Koch, both of Lynchburg, Va., Jorja Koch of Dover, and Benjamin Koch, Ysabel Koch, and Michael Koch, all of Alexandria; and his uncle, John Koch of Laurel. All services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a Parsell Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers or donations, Mr. Koch has requested that friends go fishing with a loved one instead, or have a beer in his memory. Please visit Mr. Koch’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Kenneth C. Messick -- Kenneth C. Messick, 81, of Millsboro, formerly of Bridgeville, passed away at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Kenneth was born in Seaford, a son of the late Linwood and Cecil Messick. Kenneth was a farmer and truck driver. In his early years he served in the National Guard in construction. He loved hunting, horses and cows. Kenneth is survived by his children, Charles L. Messick of Lancaster, Pa., Frank W. Messick of Laurel and David Messick of Laurel; a daughter, Brenda Lowe of Laurel; a brother, Floyd Messick of Bridgeville; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Messick. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will follow in Bloomery Cemetery at Smithville near Federalsburg, Md.


Edward W. Smullen -- Edward (Ed) Smullen, 63, of Laurel, passed away at his home on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. He was born in Seaford on Oct. 1, 1953, the son of the late Irene (Smullen) Hastings and Norman Smullen of Laurel. Ed graduated from Laurel High School in 1971, where he participated in the high school band and received art training by the Laurel artist and teacher Henry M. Progar. After graduating, Ed moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked at Georgetown Leather as a master leather craftsman through the ‘70s and played drums for a time with Four Out Of Five Doctors, a well-known D.C. rock band. Upon moving back to Laurel, he was employed for many years at Conaway Processing in Seaford and then worked at Vernon Powell Shoe Company in Salisbury, Md. He played drums and sang in many local rock bands including the Cherry Bombs and, most recently, Too Much Stuff. He was also known locally for his artwork using the technique of stippling, with his works hanging in homes and businesses in Delaware and Maryland. He had a one-artist show at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover showcasing his drawings of local agricultural scenes. Ed is survived by his wife, Barbara of Delmar, Md. and his sister, Norma Lee Saunders of Secretary, Md. As Ed loved the many dogs he cared for throughout his life, his family suggests donations to the Humane Society of Wicomico County, 5130 Citation Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804 or www.wicomicohumane.org, in his memory.


Leslie Dale Brinson- Leslie Dale Brinson of Seaford passed away at the DE Hospice Center, Milford, on Saturday, August 19, 2017. She is survived by her husband, M. Thomas “Tom” Brinson, whom she married in February 1980; two sons Christopher D., and Shane C. (Katelin); a brother - Sterling W. “Duke” Dale, Jr.(Suzanne); a niece, Anna Leigh Dale, and her pet dogs, Bailey and Lilly. Memorial services will be held at the Centenary U.M. Church, 200 West Market St., Laurel on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m.. Pastor Dean Perdue will officiate. A visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Memorial donations in Mrs. Brinson’s name may be made to DE Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Centenary U.M. Church, 200 West Market St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, DE 19956. On line condolences may be made by visiting hsdfuneralhome.com


James Ford Richardson -- James Ford Richardson, 67, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017. He was born in Danielson, Conn., on July 4, 1949, the son of the late James and Mary M. Richardson. He was from a military family having lived in Japan and France. Jim was a 1968 graduate of Seaford Senior High School. He received a BA in chemistry from Barrington College, in Barrington, R.I. and an MBA in business administration from Wilmington College in Wilmington. Jim worked as an environmental engineer for Townsends, Inc. and as a liaison with State DNRC, EPA and environmental groups responsible for the RCRA hazardous waste program. He was an Eagle Scout and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, a licensed amateur radio operator, and a lifetime member of the Blades Volunteer Fire Company having served as president, treasurer, fire police and ambulance attendant. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Mayflower Society. Graveside services will be held in Blades Cemetery on Friday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Blades Volunteer Fire Company, 200 E. 5th St., Blades, DE 19973 or Boy Scouts of America, 1325 W. Walnut Hill Ln., Irving, TX 75015. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Dorothy Holland Thumser -- Dorothy Holland Thumser, 94, of Bridgeville, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She was born in Denton, Md., on Sunday, Oct. 8, 1922, daughter of the late Frank and Emma Howard. For six years, Mrs. Holland attended Mt. Harmony Elementary School. In seventh grade she began schooling at Caroline High School in Denton, from which she graduated in 1939. After graduation, she came to Bridgeville and worked in a restaurant for Tillie and George Lord. Mrs. Holland met the love of her life, Leroy Holland, and they married in 1940. She started working at A.I. duPont before World War II began and Leroy was drafted in 1943. In 1946, Leroy was discharged, and she resigned from her job so they could begin their family. They had two daughters, Dorothy Lee and Sally Ann. When Sally started school, Dorothy asked Leroy if he would mind if she went back to work. He was agreeable as long as she was home when the children went to school and home when they returned. She worked as a cafeteria employee and later, a manager, for Woodbridge School District for 29 years. This allowed her to work and be at home with her children. She continued her work there until retiring in 1985. Leroy passed away on Oct. 3, 1983. Later, she met a gentleman named Louis Thumser, and they married in 1997. They lived in Florida for 10 years until he passed away in 2007. She then returned to her home in Bridgeville. Mrs. Holland became a member of Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville in 1946, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, was on the administrative board, a trustee, and a member of the United Methodist Women for many years. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, word puzzles, traveling and collecting antiques. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Holland was preceded in death by her first husband of 43 years, Leroy Holland; her second husband of 10 years, Louis F. Thumser and her grandson, Daniel Daisey. She is survived by her daughters, Dorothy L. Marine of Salisbury, Md. and Sally A. Daisey (Harry) of Seaford; her four grandchildren: Robert (Theresa) Richey, Adam Richey, Dennis Daisey (Matthew), and Leah Bounds; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Louise Williamson of Seaford. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, at Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will follow at Bridgeville Cemetery, Market & Laws Streets, Bridgeville. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Please visit Mrs. Holland’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Thelma C. Hill -- Thelma C. Hill, 89, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Thelma was a farm wife and then worked at All About Crafts. Her husband of 33 years, Dennard B. Hill died in 1982. She is survived by two sons, Dennard Hill (Elaine) and Floyd Hill; two grandchildren, Stephen Majchrzak and Christine English; four great-grandchildren, Patricia English, Ashley Majchrzak Tyler Majchrzak and Erica Willing; two brothers, Haines Tull and Steve Tull (Terry); and a sister, Jeanne Conner (Jack). Graveside services were held on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice, 30265 Commerce Dr., Ste. 202, Millsboro, DE 19966. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Philip Keith Layton -- Philip Keith Layton, 62, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, after months of battling with metastatic melanoma. His devoted girlfriend and caregiver, Catherine (Candy) Jennings, was at his side. Philip was born on Jan. 6, 1955, the son of the late Vernon and Ruth Layton of Seaford. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ivan. After graduation from Seaford High School in 1973, Phil enlisted in the United States Navy. He spoke frequently of his favorite Navy assignment on Grand Turk Island where he learned to spearfish and snorkel. He continued to support veterans and activities for veterans after discharge and was a member of the American Legion post in Hurlock, Md. He enjoyed get-togethers with classmates/friends. Phil and Candy attended Crossroads Community Church. Phil was an avid lover of the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting with his black-powder musket and bow. He also loved to fish and kayak. He particularly enjoyed having Candy hunting, fishing and kayaking with him. He was entertained by the hummingbirds and squirrels he could see from his window during his illness. He loved his yard overlooking the pond where he learned to fish as a very young boy. Riding his Harley provided Phil with hours of enjoyment. Finding beautiful spots where he and Candy could set up a rustic camp was a favorite pastime. Phil was employed by J.G. Parks & Son, Mardela Springs, Md., where he was delighted to work with his employer, Gary Parks, and co-workers. Phil greatly appreciated the visits, calls and support during his illness from Gary and his co-workers, as well as visits from friends and family. Phil is survived by his loving companion, Candy Jennings of Seaford and her children; and his daughter, Angela Marie Layton, of Hampton, Va. (USAF, Joint Base Langley-Eustis). He is also survived by his stepdaughter, Nicole Abbate of Laurel; sister, Daryl Layton Berryman (Mark) of Taneytown, Md.; brother, Gary (Tommy Lynn) of Ashburn, Va.; and many other family members. Phil’s loved ones would like to express their appreciation to Delaware Hospice. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Rd., Georgetown, where friends may call from 10:30 to 11. Burial will be in Carey’s Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Cranston Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


George Vincent Carey Jr. -- George Vincent Carey Jr., 61, of Selbyville, died on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in Salisbury, Md., he was the son of the late George V. Carey Sr. and the late Ada (Truitt) Carey. He was a sheet metal worker and a pipe fitter for many years. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Dale Cemetery, Rt. 610 and Sheppards Crossing Road in Whaleyville, Md. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com.


Julia Smith -- Julia Smith, 85, of Laurel, an ordinary woman, died on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Julia was born to Edward and Pearl LeCates of Delmar, a beloved only child. She was the light of their lives and, in their later years, Julia cared for them just as tenderly as they had cared for her. Julia was married briefly to James Richard Leether and had a son, Ed Leether, before marrying Charles Smith Jr. and taking on the impossible task of raising his five children, Phil, Donna, Mike and twin girls, Pat and Pam. How she managed to work a full-time job and run a household, all the while never losing her famous smile, is still a mystery. Julia brightened up any room she was in and if you heard laughter, chances are it was her with an admiring group of listeners surrounding her. Her grandchildren, Jim, Kristy, Scott, Sara, Jonathan, Tyler, Mark, Julie, Joe, and great-grandchildren, Autumn and Logan, will remember a woman who always had an open mind and an open heart, and her adored Maltese, Sophie, will miss her nighttime snuggling. You won’t read about Julia in your history books. You won’t hear about her on the local news. To the world she was an ordinary woman. But to everyone who knew her and loved her? She was extraordinary. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, at Holloway Funeral Home, Salisbury, where visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Wicomico Memorial Park. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury. To send condolences to the family, visit www.hollowayfh.com.


Linda M. Heim-- Linda M. Heim, 59, of Greenwood, died at home on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, surrounded by her family. Linda was born on Jan. 15, 1958, in Camden, N.J., the daughter of Marie Jacobs of Seaford and the late George Black. She dearly loved her late husband Norman, her family, and especially playing with her grandchildren. Linda enjoyed watching NASCAR, murder mysteries, and horror shows, talking on the phone, homecooked meals, and drinking coffee while sitting on her deck. She also had a great sense of humor and would give a helping hand to anybody. In addition to her father and her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Dana Heim; two sisters, Dallasee Palverento and Sherry Burden; and a brother, Darryll Wallace. In addition to her mother, she is survived by two daughters, Desa Heim (Harold) and Stephanie Torres; a son, Norman Heim Jr. (Tammy); five grandchildren, Dominick, Shyanne, Joshua, Ryan and Hunter; a brother, Mike Gormely; a sister, Desiree Black (Brian); a niece, Kenzie Palverento (Pete) and her daughter, Gabi Lou; many other nieces and nephews; her favorite caregiver, Natasha Welch; and her coffee buddy, Tara Willey and kids. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Abundant Life Church, 28714 Seaford Rd., Laurel. Interment will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Janice Lynch -- Janice Lynch, 71, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. Janice worked for J. Baker Shoes in sales, retiring in 1995. She was a volunteer for Good Samaritan. Her husband of over 50 years, Jack W. Lynch died in 2016. She is survived by her sister, Kay White (Sonny); brother, Douglas Morgan (Nancy); step-children, David Lynch and Denise Jones (David); granddaughters, Jennifer Brittingham, Andy Jones and Amanda Jones; nieces, Christina Voss and Dianna Kelley; great-nephew, Connor Voss; and her godson, Todd Ruark (Heather). Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Sally Ann Morris -- Sally Ann Morris, 89, of Bridgeville, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Delaware Hospice in Milford. She was born in St. Louis, Mo., on July 29, 1928, the daughter of the late Max and Helen Grothman. Sally graduated from Southwest High School in St. Louis in 1946, where she participated in the Glee Club. After graduation, she moved to Seattle, Wash., where she lived with her maternal grandparents and worked at The Doctors Hospital for three years. After returning to St. Louis, she became engaged to the love of her life, Walther Morris. They married in 1951 and moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., and had three children. The family also lived in Martinsville, Va., Wilmington and Seaford. They settled in Bridgeville in 2005. Over the course of her life, Sally enjoyed her bridge clubs, bowling leagues, playing golf, and boating. She was a member of the Nanticoke River Yacht Club. She volunteered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Her primary goal in life was to love and support her family. Sally is survived by her three children, Cathy (Rocky) Kelman, Pamela (Carl) Stroud, and William (Pam) Morris; four grandchildren and their spouses; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Yvonne Brandt of St. Louis and Patricia (Bob) Wichmann of Atlanta, Ga.; and nieces and nephews she loved dearly. A memorial service will be held at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Seaford, where she was a member for 46 years, on Friday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company Inc., PO Box 727, Bridgeville, DE 19933. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Richard E. Smith -- Richard E. Smith, 92, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at Seaford Genesis. Born in Whitesville, he was the son of the late Clarence and Blanche Smith. Richard proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He retired from C.C. Oliphant where he worked in the sheet metal department for over 40 years. He was a member of Line United Methodist Church, past commander of the American Legion Post #19, member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Laurel, past member of the Salisbury Moose Lodge Post #654, and past Laurel Citizen of the Year. He is survived by his son, Doug Smith of Laurel; son-in-law, Ralph “Buster” Richardson III of Georgetown; sister, Ruth Ann Tingle and her husband Maurice of Whitesville; grandchildren, Sallie Davis, Ralph “Bo” Richardson IV, John Richardson, Stacy Toomey, and Dough Smith Jr.; 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Smith and siblings, Loran Smith, Waldon Smith, William Smith, Isabelle Meeker, and Betty Jean Tice. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m., at American Legion Post #19, 12168 Laurel Rd., Laurel. Pastor Joe LeCates will officiate. Interment will be held privately. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Condolences may be sent online to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Hilda Mae Klatt -- Hilda Mae Klatt, 94, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at Country Rest Home in Greenwood. Hilda was born in Dagsboro, a daughter of the late Roy and Blanche Brasure. Hilda was a homemaker and helped on the family farm. She really enjoyed her garden and growing flowers. She had attended Asbury Church and was a member of the choir. Hilda is survived by her son, Alan Klatt and his wife Monte Rae of Laurel; her sisters, Beatrice Brasure and Nancy Scorah (Wayne); her nieces and nephews; and her cat “Kitty Cat.” In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bryant Klatt in 2012; and her siblings, Leroy, Margaret, Irene, Marion and Betty. A funeral service will be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2306 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19805.


Bert M. West -- Bert M. West, 75, of Kalamazoo, Mich., and formerly of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, after a short battle with brain cancer. He was born in Laurel on Dec. 1, 1941, the son of the late I. Lee and Sara (McGee) West. Bert was a building contractor for many years, however, his greatest calling in life was as the ‘Tract Man,’ giving out his homemade tracts (pamphlets) about God’s love and plan for salvation to anyone who would receive it. Bert taught Sunday school for 27 years at Kings United Methodist Church in Laurel. He was also a longtime member of The Gideons International, an organization that places Bibles in hotel rooms and distributes them around the world. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his three brothers, Otwell, Ben and Ken and his sister, Karen Joseph. He is survived by his four children, Wanda (David) West of Laurel, Melissa (Ron) Culver of Dagsboro, Michael (Vanessa) West of Kalamazoo and Matthew West of Galveston, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Ryan, Rachel, Jenna, Jason, Aaron, Tyler, Veronica, Lauren, Mikaela and Ethan; his brother, Jack West; his sister, Roslyn West and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13, at Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, where visitation will be held from 2:30 to 3:30. Pastor Joe LeCates will officiate. Interment will follow in Kings United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to The Gideons International in memory of Bert. Family and friends may share condolences with the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Estella Mae English -- Estella Mae English, 88, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Estella was born in Laurel on Dec. 7, 1928, Pearl Harbor Day, to the late Roy Albert Massey and Edna Lizzie Massey. She retired from Hurlock Sportswear after 20 years. She was also a loyal employee of Woolworth and Ames until they closed their doors and then Roses. She also worked at Burpee’s for seven years until the business closed. Estella loved spending time with her family above all else. She especially loved to cook for them, making sure nobody left her house with an empty stomach. Along with being an avid Phillies fan and reader, Estella enjoyed watching old western movies, Nascar and professional wrestling. She also had a passion for Native Americans, stray pets and lighthouses. Estella is survived by her children, James Windsor and his wife Star, Wanda Windsor, Karen Bowden and her husband Wayne, and William T. Windsor III; her grandchildren, Joanna Adams (Todd), Dianne Baldini (Jodie), Valerie Bridgeham, David Elliott Jr. (Lainie), Roy Parsons, Nicole Leer (Dustin), Candice Windsor, Matthew Windsor and Zachary Windsor; 20 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Estella was preceded in death by her husband, Earl English; a daughter, Janet Parsons; her sisters, Martha Keith and Margaret Greenly; her brothers, Jennings Massey and Raymond Massey Sr.; and three special sisters-in-law, Doris Williams, Alice Parks and Frances Sheridan. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a Parsell Family Funeral Home, 609 E. King St., Seaford, where friends may visit from 10 to 11. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in memory of Estella English to Brandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947. Please visit Estella’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


David Wayne Pauley -- David Wayne Pauley, 49, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017, at his home. David was born on July 26, 1967 in Portsmouth, Va., to the late Thomas Pauley Sr., and Sarah Harris Pauley of Seaford. He loved his family, enjoyed listening to rock music, and would help anybody that had a need. David worked for several years at Delaware Elevator Co. in Salisbury, Md. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Mindy Hicks and a brother, Thomas Pauley Jr. He is survived by his mother; two daughters, Roxanna Robinson of Cambridge, Md. and Stephanie Pauley of Seaford; and three grandchildren, Jaden and Laniah Hicks, and Amirra Exume. Services will be private.


Wayne ‘Billy Wayne’ Webb -- Wayne “Billy Wayne” Webb, 89, of Christiansburg, Va., left this world on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, to continue his woodworking in heaven. He also loved eating onions so we know they have planted an onion patch just for him in heaven. Wayne was born in Coalwood, W.V. on March 20, 1928, the son of the late Montague “Monty” Ford and Zada Webb of Hillsville, Va. Over the years, Wayne worked at Hillsville Hosiery Mill, Sears, The Truck Stop and Guynn’s Furniture Store in Hillsville. He later worked at Guynn’s Department Store in Blacksburg, Va., as well as Leggett department stores in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, Va., and Seaford. Wayne enjoyed square dancing, woodworking and coin collecting. He was an active member of Blacksburg Christian Church where he used his woodworking skills to provide presents for Mother’s Day and Christmas gifts for the children. The Christmas gifts sometimes included money from his coin collection with a history of the coins. He and his wife, Helen, also provided candy filled Easter eggs for the children. They became known to the children of the congregation as “Him” and “Her.” Wedding and baby shower honorees received a basket made by Wayne filled with a hand knit wash cloth and strawberry/rhubarb jam homemade by Helen along with a gift card. For 14 years Wayne also shared his woodworking abilities with RSVP by donating a quilt rack each year for auction for student scholarships. Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Helen Hall Webb of Christiansburg; son and daughter-in-law, Teddy Wayne Webb and Hettie of Radford; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki Robinson and Albert of Daleville, Va.; three grandchildren, Sidna Allen Hopkins and Melissa of Canada, Krista Robinson of Daleville, Miranda Webb Livermore and Art of Charleston, S.C.; and six beloved great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, at Blacksburg Christian Church, 240 Watson Ave., Blacksburg. Following the service, there will be a meal and a time of fellowship at the church. A private burial will be held at Monte Vista Memorial Gardens in Galax, Va., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blacksburg Christian Church, 240 Watson Ave., Blacksburg, VA 24060. Services are in the care of McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.


Betty M. A. Lewis -- Betty M. A. Lewis, 70, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at home. Betty was the wife of the late Steven L. Lewis Sr. and mother of Teresa (Jack) Back, Crystal Adkins, Michelle (Tim) Johnson and Steven II (Kelli) Lewis. She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and was looking forward to two additional great-grandchildren in December. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Concord United Methodist Church Community Hall, 25332 Church Rd., Seaford. Visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com to offer words of comfort.


Jack LaMenza -- Jack LaMenza, 86, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Life Care at Lofland Park. He was born in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday, Sept. 25, 1930, son of the late Joseph and Edna (Guall) LaMenza. Mr. LaMenza worked for Shoreman Food Technologies as a CEO for 20 years. More recently he worked for Del-Agra Foods in Bridgeville from which he retired. In his spare time, Mr. LaMenza enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking. He will be greatly missed by his “little puppy,” Maggie, the golden retriever he loved dearly. In addition to his parents, Mr. LaMenza was preceded in death by his brother, Richard LaMenza. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Carole (Hood) LaMenza of Seaford; his sons, Patrick Pitts and his wife Wendy of East New Market, Md., Jeffery Pitts and his wife Melodye of St. Mary, Ga., Michael Pitts and his wife Jane of Hampshire, England and Joseph LaMenza of Seaford; his grandchildren, Nicholas, Matthew, Ashley, Stephen, Jessica, Jonathan, Lauren, Bradley and Dominique; and his great-grandchildren, Dylan, Noah, Lilly, Vincent, Logan, Wyatt, Peyton and Greyson. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a Parsell Family Funeral Home, 609 E. King St., Seaford, where friends may visit from 1 to 2. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware SPCA, PO Box 398, Georgetown, DE 19947 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803. Please visit Mr. LaMenza’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Frances Elizabeth Windsor -- Frances Elizabeth Windsor, 82, of Marion Station, Md., passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, surrounded by her five children and other family members, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Crisfield, Md. on Feb. 7, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Stanford Harvey and Lelia Elizabeth Daugherty Thomas. Her husband, Thomas Aaron Windsor preceded her in death on April 24, 2001. A graduate of Crisfield High School Class of 1953, she was a homemaker and caregiver to her family. In her earlier years, she wrapped crabs with her best friend, the late Pat Diggs, at the former Diggs Seafood. She enjoyed traveling, eating and having fun. She loved cooking Sunday dinners and being with her family. Her life was devoted to her home and her children. She is survived by her children, Thomas A. Windsor Jr. of Fairfax, Va., Tony E. Windsor and fiancé Shelly Lowe of Seaford, Jeffrey T. Windsor and special friend Tonya Sterling of Marion Station, Robert S. Windsor and wife Elizabeth of Allen, Md. and Carol W. Pankratz and husband Christopher of Marion Station; grandchildren, Aaron T. Windsor, Elizabeth A. “Beth” Pruitt, Hannah N. Windsor, Brandon A. Windsor, Colin M. Windsor, Dylan X.T. Pankratz and Abigail M. Pankratz; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Ann Thomas and a brother, Stanford Thomas. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 21, at Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home in Crisfield. The Rev. Harvey Tyler officiated. Interment was in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.bradshawandsonsfuneralhome.com.


Katherine Anna Krewatch Quillen -- Katherine Anna Krewatch Quillen, 87, of Seaford, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, July 21, 2017. Kathy was born on July 13, 1930 in Delmar, to Edward and Hattie Krewatch. She attended Delmar High School and continued her education at Iowa State College and the University of Delaware. Kathy pursued a career in teaching home economics for the Seaford School District. She married the love of her life, George in 1952 and was married for 63 years. Kathy enjoyed reading, sewing, and listening to music. Her Christian faith was strong and so was her love for her family. She was a loving sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her siblings, Thelma Hastings, Robert Krewatch, and Diane Carmean; her son, Stephen and his wife Ali Reed Quillen and her son, David and his wife Debra Gaskin Quillen. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Ian Quillen, Eryn Quillen, Haley Fascelli and her husband Tony, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her sweet smile and kind soul will forever be remembered. A memorial service will be held at Grace Baptist Church in Seaford on Thursday, July 27 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Martin A. Stankiewicz -- Master Sergeant Martin A. Stankiewicz, 79, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017. Martin served in the Army National Guard for 36 years retiring in 1994. He also retired as a navel engineer after his years in the National Guard. His wife, Janice died in 2013. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Valerie Stankiewicz and a son, Robert Stankiewicz. He is survived by two daughters, Tamara Meagher and Shirley Long; a son, Henry Horn IV; grandchildren, Shawna, Mikayla, Christine, Fred and Michael; and great-grandchildren, Donna, Eric, Evan, and Moddy. Services will be held at a later date. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Bruce Ellis Eaton -- Bruce Ellis Eaton, 67, of Baltimore, Md., passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at his home. Born in Salisbury, Md., he was the son of Carrie Wright Eaton of Hebron, Md. and the late Arthur Wood Eaton Jr. Bruce was a graduate of Mardela High School and also attended Salisbury University and Chesapeake College for several years. He was a US Navy veteran. He really loved tennis and motorcycles and enjoyed being involved in a gun club. He worked as an IT for WJZTV in Baltimore for many years, retiring in 2014. Bruce is survived by a wife, Patricia Eaton of Perry Hall, Md.; three children, Stephanie Knife (David) of Baltimore, Brandon Eaton and Scott Eaton of Perry Hall; a grandson, Wyatt Knife; a sister, Kathleen Eaton Naugle (Martin) of Laurel; a brother, Eric Wright Eaton (Angela) of Salisbury; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, at Nelson’s United Methodist Church in Hebron with the Rev. James Riley officiating. Contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803. 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.


Raymond Earl Muller -- Raymond Earl Muller of Emmitsburg, Md., formerly of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at his home. Ray is survived by his two daughters, Angela Delozier (John) of Hollywood, Md. and Kristinia Hardy of Rolla, Mo., and his sister, Betty L. Mechan (William) of Emittsburg. He is also survived by a nephew, Michael Bolton of Inwood, W.V.; two nieces, Kimberly Kirkpatrick of Myersville, Md. and Jennifer Unitt of Gettysburg, Pa.; and three grandchildren.


Karen Jalot Starr -- Karen Jalot Starr, 45, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at home, in the arms of her loving mother after a courageous fight with cancer, on Friday, July 14, 2017. Karen was born in Seaford to Fred and Jenny (Terry) Jalot Jr. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Seaford. Previously, before her illness, she was an outpatient coordinator at Nanticoke Hospital, a receptionist at Nanticoke Homes, and also worked for Christiana Hospital. In addition to her parents, Karen is survived by her children, Joseph James Montebell and James Michael Montebell, both of Seaford; and one brother, Fred Jalot III of Wilmington. A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 20, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973, where friends may call after 10. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the 529 College Savings Funds set up for her two sons: Joseph, go.fidelity.com/xpjr3, and Michael, go.fidelity.com/e7ydf. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Services, Georgetown.


Michael Daniel Dawson -- Michael Daniel Dawson, 27, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Mike worked construction with an electric company. He loved boating, fishing and four-wheeling. He is survived by his mother and father, Jeanne Marie Dawson-Arteaga and Loreto Arteaga; a sister, Tayler Dawson; a niece; and several cousins. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 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. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Richard A. Knarich Sr. -- Richard A. Knarich Sr., “Gramps,” 77, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. Richard was born on May 16, 1940 in Nyack, N.Y., the son of the late Herman (Buddy) Knarich Jr. and Constance Evans. Richard served his country proudly from 1960 to 1965 in the U.S. Army. His passion for racing began at the age of 20 and continued for 57 years, racing boats and cars, winning first place at the age of 76 in “Gramp’s Toy.” His laughter was infectious and would fill a room. He was a friend to all and was always there to lend a hand. Richard is survived by his wife, Margaret (Peggy Hallion) Knarich; a daughter, Genine Rose (Denny Martin); a son, Richard Knarich (Kim); a grandson, James Rose; a granddaughter, Ashley Knarich; a sister, Connie (Charlie) Carlsen; brothers, Martin, Arthur and Paul Moore; brothers-in-law, Ken and James Hallion; a sister-in-law, Kathy Hallion; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends from the drag racing and boat racing communities. A celebration of his life will be announced in September. Donations may be made in Richard’s memory to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Betty Massey -- Betty Massey, 68, went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 14, 2017, after a long illness. Betty was born in Laurel on Feb. 24, 1949. She graduated from Laurel High School in 1968. She worked at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for many years prior to her illness. She was a gentle, loving person who always put others before herself and loved all animals. Betty was preceded in death by her father and mother, Roger and Florabelle Hawkins. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Preston Massey; a daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Rick Cook; two grandchildren she loved dearly, Caitlin Cook and Coleman Cook; two sisters, Linda Johnson and Kay Culley; and one brother, William “Bud” Hawkins. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Curtis Smith, Dr. Stephen Carey and the doctors and nurses at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for the many years of loving care they gave her. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 19 at 2 p.m. at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Daniel R. Hancock Jr. -- Daniel R. Hancock Jr., 71, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Edgemere, Md., he was the son of the late Daniel R. Hancock Sr. of Edgemere and Lorna Jean Hunt Brewer of Essex, Md. Daniel proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1965 to 1972. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and school bus driver for R&M Buses in Bridgeville. Daniel is survived by his loving wife, Jean Slemaker Hancock of Laurel; daughters, Lorna L. Orick and her husband Timothy J. of Forest Hill, Md. and Lisa M. Wilson and her husband Michael H. of Crofton, Md.; a brother, Dennis Robert Hancock and his wife Karen of Dewey; a sister, Robin Anello and former brother-in-law Tom Anello of Essex; brother-in-law, John Slemaker (who was like a brother to him) of Hanover, Pa.; his grandchildren, Rebecca Orick and her fiancé Kevin Kroupa of Abingdon, Md., Olivia Arias and her fiancé Thomas Hartlove of Dundalk, Md., Tessa Marie and her companion Corey Johnson of Laurel, Luke M. Wilson and Harry J. Wilson of Crofton, Md.; a great-grandson, Glenn Daniel Hartlove of Dundalk; many nieces and nephews; friends at R&M Buses and H.T. Ennis School; and special friends, Jake Brookhart and Jay Bailey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Danielle Renee; brother, David Ryan Hancock; and special friend, Roland Harbeson. A viewing will be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, on Thursday, July 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 7:30. Pastor Larry Lewis will officiate. Interment will be held privately. Contributions may be made in Mr. Hancock’s memory to The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


R. Thomas Vincent Sr. -- R. Thomas Vincent Sr., 83, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017, at his home surrounded by family. Tom was born in Laurel on May 9, 1934, the son of the late James Clayton Vincent and Evelyn McGee Vincent. Tom graduated from Laurel High School in 1952 and was the proprietor of Vincent’s Cabinet Shop from 1952 to 1966. From 1966 to 1991, he managed the Chestertown, Md., branch of E.S. Adkins & Company. From 1991 to 1995, he served as the president of Bow Mar Millwork Corporation of Mardela Springs, Md. Upon retirement in 1995, he devoted his full-time efforts to serving as president of Vincent Farms, Inc., the family business he founded with his wife and children in 1978. Tom’s two priorities in life were God and family. He enjoyed hosting gatherings for family and friends and was very proud of his children and grandchildren. His passions in life were woodworking, construction and farming. He was a very active member of the Mar-Del Watermelon Association and the National Watermelon Association and served on boards of both organizations. Tom and his wife Carole received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mar-Del Watermelon Association in 2012 for their contributions to the industry. In 2004, they were awarded Farm Family of the Year by the Sussex County Farm Bureau. Tom attended the Uprising Church at St. Paul’s Church in Hebron, Md. and was also a member of St. Paul’s Church in Laurel. He strongly supported the Delaware 4-H program and was a charter member of the Laurel Jaycees. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Vincent Plouffe and Diane Vincent. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Carole D. Vincent; his sister, Peggy Vincent Carey (Mickey); his cousin, Franklin R. Hastings (Georgia); his children, Clayton J. Vincent (Cheryl), Anne Vincent Wood (Tom) and Raymond T. Vincent Jr. (Teresa); his grandchildren, Connor, Paige, Joshua, Noah, Jonah, Nathaniel, Erin (Don), Haley, Samantha, Thomas (Corissa), Elizabeth (Jeremy), and Shannon (Robbie); his great-grandchildren, Ella, Tommy, Anderson, Jack, Christopher and Alanna; and numerous nieces and nephews who were also very special to him. Tom was also especially fond of his cousins in the McGee and Hastings families in Laurel and considered them part of his immediate family. A viewing will be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, on Tuesday evening, July 18 from 6 to 9. A viewing will also be held at the Uprising Church, 204 E. Walnut St., Hebron, on Wednesday, July 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11. The Revs. Bill Cropper and Richard Blades will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mr. Vincent’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Harvest Ministries, 305 N. Bi-State Blvd., Delmar, DE 19940 or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Arnold Littleton Smith Sr. -- Arnold Littleton Smith, 86, entered the presence of his Savior on Monday, July 10, 2017. He was born on April 23, 1931 in Seaford, to Fred and Hilda Smith and lived most of his life in Georgetown. He was a faithful and loving husband to his wife, Evelyn, for 61 years, until her passing in 2011. During his life, he worked for Pure-Oil Company for 27 years, owned and operated a farm, drove a long haul tractor-trailer and also owned and operated two local businesses, Smith’s Used Cars and Smith’s Family Restaurant, before retiring. He received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1961. During his lifetime, he was an active member at First Baptist Church in Seaford and First Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church of Georgetown. At the time of his passing he was a member of Sussex County Bible Church in Harbeson. He loved Jesus and he loved to tell others about Him. Arnold’s greatest joys were spending time with his family and friends, traveling the country via motorhome with his wife and friends, and eating homemade meals prepared by his wife. He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn; his parents, Fred and Hilda Smith; his sisters, Betty Brown and Virginia Higgins; his daughters, Hilda Marie and Kathy Jane; and his son-in-law, Lloyd Burke Jr. He is survived by his brothers, Fred Jr. and Wayne; his three sons, Arnold Jr. (Chick) and his wife Darlene, Arlen (Willie) and his wife Patricia, and James and his wife Denise; as well as three daughters, Marilyn Hastings and her husband Harry, Shirley Burke, and Irene O’Day and her husband Frank. He was also the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren and great-grandfather to 36 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, and from noon to 1 p.m. followed by the funeral service on Monday, July 17, at Calvary Baptist Church, 22860 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery in Georgetown. Services will be officiated by Arnold’s grandson, Pastor Duane Smith of Sussex County Bible Church in Harbeson.


Virginia Lee Larrimore -- Virginia Lee Larrimore, 61, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at her home. Virginia enjoyed stock car races, car shows, and motorcycles. She drove school buses in the Wilmington and Seaford areas for many years. She worked previously at Shed City, Walmart, and Valvoline. One of Virginia’s proudest moments was going back to school when she was in her 40’s, to receive her high school diploma. Virginia loved the Lord, her family, and her church. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. She is survived by her son, Derek Drydan; her granddaughters, Layla and Ariella; her father, Charles Larrimore III (Doris); and her brothers, Charles Larrimore IV (Amy) and Jeffery Larrimore (Lucy). She is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, Edwina Hegener. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, July 12, at Christ Evangelistic Church, Laurel. The Rev. Roland Tice officiated. Interment was held privately.


Doris J. Boyce -- Doris J. Boyce, 100, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the Seaford Center. Doris was born in Lowes Crossroads near Laurel on March 6, 1917, the daughter of the late Edgar F. Jones and Estella Taylor Jones. Doris graduated from Laurel High School in the class of 1935. She was the co-owner of B and W Market and retired as the head cafeteria cashier at the DuPont company in Seaford. In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow D. Boyce; a daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Ronald Lynch; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Boyce; and a brother, E. Marvin Jones. Doris is survived by her three sons, W. Douglas Boyce (Diane) of Dover, David T. Boyce (Anna) of Laurel, and Brent J. Boyce of Laurel; her brother, Kendal T. Jones of Laurel; 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, July 14, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her memory to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956.


William ‘Bill’ Leslie Pedersen -- William “Bill” Leslie Pedersen, 88, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at the Delmar Manor in Delmar, Md. Bill was born on Jan. 25, 1929 in Massachusetts to the late Andrew and Marjorie Pedersen. Bill left Delmar High School to join the Air Force where he fought in the Korean War. He served as a radio operator on the B-29 Super Fortress. He spoke Spanish and worked at the embassy in Quito, Ecuador, and later, was an electronic warfare systems technician for the B-52 Bombers. After retiring from the military, Bill went back to school, earning his master’s degree, and was a teacher at Delmar High School (the same school he quit). After retiring from Delmar High School, Bill and his wife traveled and camped extensively. He was an amateur radio operator (K3KAE), who built his own radios and test equipment. Bill was an avid reader, especially history books, but always read them with a critical eye, because he often said “History was written by the victor!” He also enjoyed woodworking and was a very skilled carpenter. Bill was physically fit and very active until dementia and Alzheimer’s took his life. He is survived by his children, Joyce Collins and her husband Sam and Bobby Pedersen and his wife Sandy; brothers, Richard Pedersen and John Pedersen; five grandchildren, Dawn Parker, Holly McCracken, Lee Collins and Jeremy Pedersen; 11 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Upham Pedersen in 2008; his brother, Everett Pedersen; and his grandson, Jason Pedersen. Bill was laid to rest beside his wife in Portsville Cemetery. All services were held privately. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Vera Pauline Paulson -- Vera Pauline Paulson, most recently of Atco, N.J., passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017. Pauline met her husband, Paul, in New York City, and they were married on Feb. 20, 1954 in Bayside, N.Y. Paul and Pauline raised a family in Bridgehampton, N.Y., from 1963 to 1993, spent some time traveling throughout the United States, and thereafter retired to Laurel. Pauline was an avid bird watcher, a collector of kaleidoscopes, and a voracious reader. She was also an excellent cook, and many friends and family members have her needlework displayed on their walls. Her true passion, though, was the deep and abiding friendships she nurtured over afternoon coffee. Every afternoon at 3:30, in Bridgehampton and in Laurel, her friends always knew that the door would be open, the coffee fresh and hot, and the conversation lively. We will miss her. She is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, Paul Henry Paulson, also of Atco; her son, Gordon Victor and granddaughter Kirsten Erika of New York City; her son, Peter Edward and his wife Melanie of Nashville, Tenn.; and her son, Paul Henry Jr., his wife Kristi, and grandchildren Amelia Ruth and Elliot Andrew of Cherry Hill, N.J. Funeral arrangements will be private. Condolences may be sent to the Paulson family at: 1200 Wayne Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 300 Harper Dr., Moorestown, NJ 08057.


David Boyd Jr. -- David Boyd Jr., 75, of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Bridgeville on Monday, March 2, 1942, son of the late David and Sara (Stuart) Boyd. Mr. Boyd was a graduate of Centreville High School in Centreville, Md. and a proud US Air Force veteran. He eloped with the love of his life, Helen Crew, and married at the home of the Rev. John Troder. He was a master diesel mechanic who was self employed for many years. At the time of his passing, he was a maintenance manager for Onsite Construction, Inc. Mr. Boyd’s interests included antique trucks and trucking history, and he was an avid reader of Wheels of Time. He loved the road less traveled and exploring the countryside. Since he could fix anything, he always had many projects in progress. Mr. Boyd thrived on helping family and friends, and time spent with them were his most cherished moments. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin, and uncle, and he will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to know him. In addition to his parents, Mr. Boyd was preceded in death by his grandson, Michael (Mikey) Smith. He is survived by his beloved wife, Helen (Crew) Boyd; his son, David Boyd III and his wife Maria of Seaford; his daughters, Joan Neal and her husband Barry of Seaford and Shelley Boyd of Bridgeville; his grandchildren, Megan Neal of Seaford, Trevor Neal of Reisterstown, Md., Hailey Penuel of Bridgeville, and Skye Lester and her husband Sam of Louisiana; his brother, Robert Boyd and his wife Kathy of Seaford; his sisters, Anita Booth and her husband David of Eads, Tenn. and Wanda Davis and her husband Brud of Bridgeville; and his many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 14, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from noon to 2. Burial will follow in Bridgeville Cemetery, Market & Laws Streets, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mr. Boyd’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963, or the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center, 613 High St., Seaford, DE 19973. Please visit Mr. Boyd’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Cheryl Lynn Gravenor Cain -- Cheryl Lynn Gravenor Cain, 66, of Seaford, and formerly of Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at her home. Born in Lewes, she was the daughter of the late Roger and Eleanor Justice. She was a graduate of Bridgeville High School. Cheryl was retired from C&M Farm Toys, where she loved to build and paint farm toys. She had also worked for Seaford Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant from 1998 to 2014. Cheryl loved all animals and adored her pets over the years. She also enjoyed planting flowers and working in her garden. Cheryl is survived by her loving husband of 14 years, Gene T. Cain and her brothers and sisters, Bruce Justice, Chris Justice, Patricia Roser, and Susan Donovan. She is also survived by her stepchildren; her special friends, Jaime Ober and Cathy Buck from Ridgely, Md.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Laurence Gravenor. Contributions may be made in Cheryl’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriot’s Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Eleanor Shipley Willin -- Eleanor Shipley Willin, 90, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Kennesaw Place in Kennesaw, Ga. Mrs. Willin was born on Nov. 20, 1926 in Laurel. She was a longtime resident of Bridgeville. Mrs Willin was an avid bridge player, golfer, and a member of the Seaford Golf and Country Club. Eleanor was preceded in death by her sisters, Jean Durham, MaryAnne Bohm and Frances Wagamon; her son, David Willin and husband of 64 years, Charles Willin. Eleanor is survived by her daughter, Shelley Elder and husband William Elder and her son, Courtland Willin and his wife Diane Mazzagatti Willin. Eleanor is also survived by a grandchild, Stephen Crane; step-grandchildren, Charles Marvil, Caitlin Gatchell, and Lisa Davis; and great-grandchildren, Pierce Crane, Matthew Crane, Charlie Marvil, Phipps Marvil, Emma Marvil, Andrew Gatchell, Caroline Gatchell, Aaron Davis and Brian Davis. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday July 20, at the Bridgeville Cemetery, Bridgeville. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home. Sign the online guestbook at www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Gene McVey Sr. -- Gene McVey Sr., 80, passed away peacefully at his home in Delaware on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Gene was born in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1936. He graduated from LaSalle College and worked in medical sales for many years. Gene enjoyed sports, travel, history, reading, watching the Phillies, and spending time with his family. Gene is lovingly remembered by his wife, MariAlice; his four sons, Kevin McVey and his wife Tjede, Christopher McVey, Patrick McVey and his wife Jenny, and Gene McVey Jr. and his wife Jennifer; his four grandchildren, Andrew, Kiran, Brennan and Ryan; his nieces; and the rest of his family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 22. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Delaware Hospice, Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children or Wounded Warriors.


Maxine Jane Leach -- Maxine Jane Leach, 90, formerly of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Leslie A. Leach; devoted mother of Karen Sue Sura and the late Vickie Lynn Leach; loving grandmother of Dawn A. Rosenthal and Eric C. Sura; and great-grandmother of Alex C. Rosenthal, Jack W. Sura, and Logan C. Sura. Contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Ste. 1509, New York, NY 10018. Condolences may be left online on the guestbook at mccomasfuneralhome.com.


Ricky Scott Stone -- Ricky Scott Stone, 72, of Millsboro, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017, at his home surrounded by family. Ricky moved from West Virginia to Laurel when he was eight. He attended Laurel High School. He was a retired member of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters LU#782. He owned and operated Rick’s Plumbing and Repair Service in Millsboro for over 25 years until he retired in May of 2016. He was a member of Delaware Mobile Surf Fisherman for over 30 years. He was an avid fisherman and loved hosting gatherings for family and friends. He was a loving husband to Anita Louise Stone for 38 years and a wonderful father to his children, Quintin Stone of Laurel, Kim Hall (Mickey) of Princess Anne, Md., Dee Weitzel of Salisbury, Md. and Terri Jensen (Chris) of Lewes. He is also survived by his three sisters, Netta Jane Lind of Willards, Md., Andrea Burgess of Laurel and Jennifer Myers (Michael) of Laurel; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilma Irene and Andrew Scott Stone; sister, Judy Carmean and daughter, Kim Drayton. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, at The Georgia House Restaurant, 119 Main St., Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Maryland or Delaware Coastal Hospice.


George Emerson Keim -- George Emerson Keim, 57, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was born in Staytonville on Saturday, May 21, 1960, son of the late Emerson and Ann Keim. Mr. Keim was a graduate of Seaford High School. From 2012 until his passing, he was employed by AP Croll. Mr. Keim was a member and prior commander of the Sons of the American Legion. He was also a member of the American Legion Riders and a past member of the Seaford Loyal Order of Moose Lodge. Mr. Keim enjoyed volunteering for the Ride for Autism, and being in charge of the chicken barbeque at the Legion. He loved riding his motorcycle at every opportunity afforded. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his treasured family and his grandchildren, who were the apples of his eye. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, son-in-law, and friend, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Mr. Keim is survived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Rebecca Keim; his three children, Jason Keim of Glen Burnie, Md., Cassi Bradley and her husband Nick of Laurel, and Sean Langley and his wife Debbie of Fredericksburg, Va.; his six grandchildren; his sister, Diane Harris and her husband Roger of Seaford; his five brothers, Charles Keim and his wife Paula of Salisbury, Md., James Keim of Seaford, Robert Keim of Seaford, and John Keim of Florida; and his favorite mother and father-in-law, Dee and Gilbert Hare. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, 609 East King St., Seaford, where friends may visit from 10 to 11. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mr. Keim’s memory to The Ride for Autism, 16609 Sand Hill Rd.; Bridgeville, DE 19933, or American Legion Post 6, 230 N. Front St.; Seaford, DE 19973. Please visit Mr. Keim’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Diana M. Hendrix -- Diana M. Hendrix, 68, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017. She was the daughter of the late George and Doris Hendrix. Diana retired from Wilmington Trust Bank (now M&T Bank) after over 40 years of service. She was an avid animal lover. She is survived by her brother, Gregory Hendrix (Margaret); nieces, Ericka Hendrix-Cote and Kristen Hendrix; a nephew, Austin Hendrix and a cousin, Marybeth Santoro. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 7, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Frank ‘Snubby’ Marvin Anderson -- Frank “Snubby” Marvin Anderson, 82, of Raleigh, N.C., passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 29, 2017, with family by his side. He was born in Chester, Pa., on June 20, 1935, to the late Dr. Frank Anderson Sr. and Margaret Sapovits Anderson Nichols. He grew up in Federalsburg, Md., graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy, and studied at Franklin and Marshall College. He pursued a career in sales, which took his family from New York to Seattle. After settling in Virginia Beach, he then returned to the Eastern Shore to work at Maryland Plastics and later, Professional Leasing, where he worked until his health declined. In 2011, he moved to Raleigh to be with his family. Snubby will be remembered for his wit and charming personality, and a generous spirit he shared with family, friends, and the community. In 2008, Nanticoke Hospital honored him with the “Leadership in Philanthropy” award. He had a passion for flying, piloting flights to Nova Scotia, Aruba, and Amsterdam, and was proud of the small airplane he built. He enjoyed traveling, woodworking, and loved animals. He will always be remembered as “Mr. Wonderful” and will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Anderson Blair and husband Eddie; brother, Dr. Richard Anderson and wife Audrey; grandchildren, Brittany Blair Brearley and husband Matt, James Anderson Blair, and Kirsten, Nicole, and Allison Anderson; great-grandchildren, Joie Anderson, and Marilyn and Hudson Brearley; niece, Debbie Anderson Seabold; and nephew, Richie Anderson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Allen D. Anderson and Frank “Andy” M. Anderson III and brother, William O. Anderson. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 12:30 to 2. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Christopher Nelson Palmer -- Christopher Nelson Palmer, 25, of Wilmington, passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Christopher was born in Milford on Oct. 10, 1991. Christopher had worked as a welder and, most recently, for EL Diablo Burritos. He really enjoyed cars, online gaming and spending time with his family and friends. He had a kind and gentle soul, appreciated anything and everyone, and liked to make you laugh. Christopher was preceded in death by his stepfather who raised him, Eric Benton and his great-grandparents, Earl and Betty Clark. Christopher is survived by his mother, Pam Benton of Canada; his grandparents, Pat and Brian Shannon and Jerry and Carolyn Palmer; a brother, Eric Benton; a sister, Samantha Benton; his stepmother, Caroline Desjardins; his stepbrother, Gabriel Lam; his girlfriend, Elizabeth Bailey; and his loving and faithful dog, Balto. He is also survived by many extended family members and friends. A funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, July 3, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Diane Melson will officiate. Interment will follow in Ellendale Cemetery in Ellendale.


Donald A. Spicer -- Donald A. Spicer, 55, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at his home. He was born on April 18, 1962 in Seaford, son of Patsy (Massey) and the late Donald Spicer. Mr. Spicer made a career in construction and, for many years, owned and operated Spicer Home Improvement. He was an active hunter and fisherman, enjoying all the outdoors had to offer, and was an avid New England Patriots football fan. Mr. Spicer was also a member of the Moose Lodge in Seaford. More than anything, however, he treasured time spent with his beloved family and friends. He was a loving and devoted son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, companion, and friend. He was loved by many and will be missed by all. In addition to his father, Mr. Spicer was preceded in death by his nephew, Gary Scott Spicer Jr. In addition to his mother, Patsy Spicer, he is survived by his son, Donald A. Spicer Jr. of Seaford; his companion, Barbara Webb of Seaford; his grandson, Gavin Spicer of Sharptown, Md.; his brothers, Mark Spicer (Marlene), Barry Spicer, and Gary Spicer, all of Laurel; his sister, Kathy Hawkins of Laurel; his many nieces and nephews; and his loyal, canine pride and joy, Mandy. A memorial service officiated by the Rev. Roland Tice will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 2, at the Moose Lodge, 22759 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, where friends may visit from 1 to 2. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Mr. Spicer’s memory to Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, 22759 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a division of the Parsell Funeral Family, Seaford. Please visit Mr. Spicer’s life memorial tribute page and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Donald G. Miller -- Donald G. Miller, 78, of Seaford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, June 23, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was born on Jan. 21, 1939 in Lewes, son of the late Stanley J. Miller and Marie Waller Perrone. After graduating from Lewes High School, Mr. Miller served his country honorably in the United States Army. Following his service, he attended the University of Florida. He then returned to Delaware and started working for DuPont. Never one to sit idle, he also started his own company providing drafting, monogramming, and silk screening services. Mr. Miller enjoyed painting, gardening, making wine, carpentry, and spending time with his family. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do if he set his mind to it. His love of flying afforded his family numerous adventures and endless memories up and down the east coast. Mr. Miller was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and dear friend who will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to his parents, Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Patricia; his parents; his stepmother, Evelyn Miller; and his brother, Sonny Miller. He is survived by his daughter, Dawn N. Stanley of Pocomoke City, Md.; his two granddaughters to whom he was like a father, Kallia R. Stanley and Paige N. Stanley, both of Pocomoke City; and his stepbrother, Jack Coverdale and his wife Darlene of Florida. Mr. Miller loved all animals and never met one who didn’t love him. He is also survived by his best friends, Corky and Lilly and two cats, Whiskey and Sherry, whom he rescued. All services are private. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. Memorial contributions may be made to the Georgetown SPCA, 22918 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947. Please visit Mr. Miller’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Roberta M. 'Bobbie' Leonard -- Roberta M. “Bobbie” Leonard, 93, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Bobbie was a longtime resident of Seaford and a charter member of the Nanticoke River Yacht Club in Blades. Her husband, Robert Leonard died in 2005. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Linnane; two sons, Phillip Leonard and Tom Leonard; five grandchildren, James Gardner, Richard Monaco, Sarah Monaco, Anthony Leonard and Jennifer Kidder; three great-grandchildren and her twin sister, Rowena Tyrell. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Grace A. Phillips -- Grace A. Phillips, 89, of Laurel, passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, June 23, 2017. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Daniel LeCates and Sadie Maddox LeCates. Grace was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a wonderful homemaker who enjoyed cooking delicious meals for her family. Grace loved gardening, music, and entertaining her family at their pool. She was a lifetime member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. She sang in the church choir, played the piano, and helped organize and cook many church dinners. Grace was a graduate of Laurel High School, class of 1947, and a former Laurel Alumni member. She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, William Phillips of Laurel; her children, Trudy Parker of Bethel, Kevin Phillips of Bethel, and Scott Phillips of Laurel; grandchildren, Brooke Fleetwood, Jonathan Fleetwood, Shane Phillips, Shelby Phillips, and Matthew Parker and great-grandchildren, Hayden Bagwell, Josiah Phillips, Camden Phillips, and Amiya Phillips. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Edward LeCates, Harry LeCates, Emma LeCates Carmean, Oscar LeCates, Madge LeCates Moore, Bertha LeCates Brittingham, Elsie LeCates Messick, Retha LeCates, Sallie LeCates Moore, Catherine LeCates James, Reba Pusey Messick, Helen Pusey Marine, Franklin LeCates, and Roscoe LeCates. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 28315 Seaford Rd., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2. The Rev. Bill Nack will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Phillips’ memory to: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, c/o 24015 Jamore Dr., Seaford, DE 19973 or Vitas Hospice, 20773 Professional Park Blvd., #200, Georgetown, DE 19947. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


George Edward ‘Ed’ Hipps -- George Edward “Ed” Hipps, 81, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017. Ed was a son of the late George Russel Hipps and Blanche Lieb Hipps. He grew up in Carrolltown, Pa. and attended St. Vincent High School and St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pa. He earned his undergraduate degree from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa. and a PhD in chemistry from Carnegie Melon in Pittsburgh, Pa. Ed began his career with the DuPont Company as a research chemist, working in Waynesboro, Va., for seven years. He transferred to the Seaford plant in 1970 and remained there until his retirement. He then became a consultant for BP Environmental in Seaford. Ed and his wife, Dallee, moved to Williamsburg, Va., where they have lived for the past 14 years. They enjoyed being members of St. Bede’s Catholic Church, and Ed especially enjoyed his meetings with the Emerson Society. Nothing was more important to Ed than his family, and he loved nothing more than family visits, especially with his grandchildren. He leaves many dear friends in all the places he lived, and his devotion to those he loved was unwavering. He is survived by his wife, Dallee (Cymbor) of 58 years; his four children, Mark (Cathy) of Cary, N.C., and their children Kate, Brendan, and Leanna; Jeannine Nielson (Mark) of Seaford, and their children Luke (Lindsey), Maria LeCates (Josh), and Emily; Lynn Reed (Woody) of Smyrna, Tenn., and their children Isaac, Jackson, Cameron, and Alec; and Alan (Gina) of Greensburg, Pa., and their children Grant, Reed, and Domenic. Ed also leaves to cherish his memory three great-grandchildren, Colton and Sawyer LeCates, and Caroline Nielson, and a brother, Norman Hipps, O.S.B. (Bill) of Latrobe. Donations may be made in Ed’s honor to the Williamsburg House of Mercy, 10 Harrison Ave., Williamsburg, VA 23185.


William Taylor French Jr. -- William Taylor French Jr., 80, died peacefully on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at home surrounded by his family in Ormond Beach, Fla. Bill was born on Nov. 3, 1936 in Washington D.C., to Bill French Sr. and Carol French. He graduated from the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Md., with a degree in business administration. During the Korean Conflict, he was called to active duty in the U.S. Army. After honorable discharge in 1961, Bill accepted a position as a salesman at Sealtest Foods in Georgetown, Washington D.C., where he worked for more than 10 years. He and his wife purchased a supermarket in Laurel in 1975, named it French’s Food Rite and enjoyed serving Laurel and surrounding areas for 13 years. He retired in October 1988, and moved to Ormond Beach, Fla. in 1993, to be closer to three of his children and the other two followed several years later. He was a great family man and a loving father. Bill was an active man who loved RVing, coin collecting, cruising and trimming our 21 palm trees until he was 79-years-old. His passion for old bluegrass music stayed with him for his entire life and he loved going to “pick-in’s” in Cassia, Fla. He could be found at his computer many nights with the sounds of Bill Monroe or Wilma Lee and Stoney blasting throughout our home. Bill is survived by his wife, Marilyn and five children, Barbara Lee French of Boca Raton, Fla., William III of Ormond Beach, Michael T. of DeLeon Springs, Fla., Juli Anne Lank of Ormond Beach, and Corynne C. Feaster of Ormond Beach; 11 grandchildren; 7-3/4 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nancianne Olson and Sharon Dauenhauer; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, William T. French Sr. of Darien, Conn.; his mother, Carol French Hershey of Massapequa, N.Y.; and his brother, Steve Hershey of Ormond Beach. A celebration of his life (with bluegrass music) and reception will be held at our home on Saturday, June 24 from noon to 4 p.m. to wish Bill well on his new journey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity or simply take your loved ones to dinner and cherish them. Many thanks to Bill’s doctors, Halifax Hospice and Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home.


Richard L. ‘Dick’ Stone -- Richard L. “Dick” Stone, 95, left this earth to enter a much better place on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. He was born on July 4, 1921 in Sharon, W.V., to Elmer Elsworth and Odessa Blizzard Stone. He was in the United States Navy during WWII and served on the USS New Jersey as a Radioman 3/CO. He was Sussex County’s Democrat chairman for four years and elected mayor of Laurel three different times. He received the Alexis I. DuPont Bayard award for Delaware Democrat of the year two times. He taught welding at Sussex Vo-Tech in Georgetown for 22 years. He was married for 75 years to Juanita Powell Stone and helped raise six children, Sandra Lea McWhirter, Gregory Powell Stone (Mo), Stephen Albert Stone (Brenda), Bonnie Elaine Fischer (Jim), Ellen Drake Hearn (Ricky) and Richard Lee Stone II (Cindi). A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, June 24, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Tim Dukes will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Stone’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Mt. Pleasant UM Church, c/o Ellen Hearn, Treasurer, 36197 Susan Beach Rd., Delmar, DE 19940.


Arthur W. ‘Bill’ Cameron -- Arthur W. “Bill” Cameron, 63, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Bill retired from the Salisbury Zoo. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Corinne “Cory” Cameron; sons, Dalton Cameron and Landon Cameron and a daughter, Ria Bunch. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 23, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Barbara L. Shenton -- Barbara L. Shenton, 92, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Barbara was a lifelong resident of Seaford. She worked in the maternity ward at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and at the Manor House in Seaford. She was an active member of The Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Shenton, her son, J. Wayne Shenton and her daughter, Jean S. Adkins. Barbara is survived by her son-in-law, Stephen Michael Adkins, her granddaughter, Martha Farrow and her husband, Mark and her great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Farrow. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 26, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford. There will be an Eastern Star Service prior to the Service. Friends may call at the church from noon to 1. Burial will be in Cokesbury Cemetery in Reliance. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Rev. Dr. Raymond Jervis Cooke -- The Rev. Dr. Raymond Jervis Cooke died peacefully on Friday, June 16, 2017, with his two daughters by his side. He had been living in the Health Center at the Manor House in Seaford for about a month after 24 years of residence there. He would have been 97 in July. Born in Wilmington on July 28, 1920 to Raymond Ward Cooke and Ethel Jervis Cooke, he was raised in Baltimore, Md., and graduated from Baltimore City College in 1937. He graduated cum laude from Washington College in Chestertown, Md. in 1941, and received his Master of Divinity from Drew University School and Theology in 1944. In 1977, (then) Western Maryland College in Westminster, Md., granted him an honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology. He began preaching while in college in 1939, became a member of the Peninsula Conference (now Peninsula-Delaware United Methodist) in 1941, and was ordained an elder in 1943. At the most recent Annual Conference last month, he was recognized for 76 years of service. On Oct. 11, 1944, he married the former Mary Frances Roe of Cordova, Md., who received permission from the Delaware School of Nursing to marry him, as they had been going together since he had served her church in Cordova while he was on a brief leave from the US Navy, prior to beginning his service in WWII. They were happily married until her death in 2009. Dr. Cooke eventually served all five branches of the US Military as a chaplain, beginning with training at the Marine Base in Fort LeJeune, then in southern California with the Navy (where his wife joined him, until he sailed for the Philippines.) As a chaplain, he continued in the Reserves after the war, eventually serving the Coast Guard and the Army, before retiring as a Lt. Col. in the US Air Force after 28 years of service. Conference appointments included Trappe, Md., Epworth in Centreville, St. John’s in Seaford, Trinity in Salisbury, superintendent of the Wilmington District, Newark, and director of the Conference Council on Ministries in Dover. In 1977, he was elected president of Wesley College in Dover, which moved from a junior college to an accredited four-year college during his tenure. He also served as the first chaplain for both the Dover Police and Fire departments. He served on many boards and agencies, both within the church and in the communities in which he lived. After official retirement, he served a number of churches within driving distance from their homes, first in Dover, and then at the Manor House in Seaford. Dr. Cooke’s wife of 64 years, Mary Frances Cooke passed away in 2009. He is survived by his children, Joanne Cooke (Don Gowins) of Galestown, Md., the Rev. Dr. Bruce Cooke (Gail) of Easton, Md., Linda Chantler of Milton, Gary Cooke (Elena) of Milton, and Steve Cooke (Shannon Lang) of Harrisonburg, Va.; 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and dozens of nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at noon on Friday, June 23, at St. John’s UM Church in Seaford. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that gifts be made to the Benevolence Fund, the Employee Appreciation Fund, or to ACTS Legacy Foundation at the Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Steven Sylvester Oney -- Steven Sylvester Oney departed this life on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. He was born on Jan. 28, 1957 in Laurel, the son of the late Joseph Howard Oney and Emma Jane Deshields-Oney. He was affectionately known as “Stevey” to his family and his dear friends. Steven attended Laurel High School and graduated with the class of 1975. From there he went to serve his country for a brief time in the United States Army and was discharged on May 24, 1978. He had many jobs one of which he worked for nine years with Leroy Collins at the Saw Mill, but his most prideful moment was working 11 years with Hitchen’s Farm tending chickens. He attended St. John’s A.M.E. Zion Church near Ross Point. He loved his longtime faithful friend he called “Lucky,” who was his straggly little dog. Steven had a very compassionate heart and a great love for his family and friends. He adored each and every one of his nieces, nephews, and cousins. He had a special bond with his cousin Donald West who became like a big brother to him. Steven “Stevey” is survived by his stepmother, Lizzie Oney; four sisters, Ellen Thompson, Wilma Oney, and Cornelia Oney, all of Salisbury, Md. and Frances Oney of Georgetown; two stepsisters, Diane Collins of Millsboro and Shelia Collins of Laurel; and two stepbrothers, David Collins of Georgetown and John Collins of Laurel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandmother, Cleona Oney; a brother, Joseph Howard Oney Jr.; two sisters, Sharon Ones and Shaundell Oney; an uncle, Ronald Oney; stepmother, Sylvia Oney; a stepbrother, Thurron Hitchens; and two nephews, Terrance Tull and Titus Oney. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 23, at St. John A.M.E. Zion Church near Laurel. The Rev. Ida Ositelu will officiate. A visitation with the family will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the church. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Frank W. Rhodes -- Frank W. Rhodes, 80, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford. He was born on Aug. 13, 1936 in Laurel, a son of the late Wilson and Kathryn Rhodes. Frank retired in 2001 from Pepsi in Salisbury, Md., after 31 years of service. He was a longtime member of St. Georges United Methodist Church in Delmar. He loved riding his bicycle around the neighborhood, and kayaking and canoeing. Frank especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and watching them play baseball. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Pope Rhodes; daughters, Janet Rhodes and Carol Porter (Chuck); grandson, Chad Porter; granddaughter, Stephanie Ruark; great-grandchildren, Lauren, Justin, and Marley Ruark; brothers, Wilson “Jack” Rhodes, Ronald Rhodes (Beverly); sister, Carrie Whaley (Burt); sister-in-law, Shirley Rhodes; aunts, Ruth Murray and Dot Dickerson; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Marshall Rhodes. Visitations for family and friends will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 19, and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Pastors John Rogers and Paul Owens will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. In memory of Mr. Rhodes, contributions may be made to St. Georges United Methodist Church, c/o Rick Culver, 8905 Jackson Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.


Freddy Franklin Shockley -- Freddy Franklin Shockley, 86, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Frank was born on June 1, 1931, one of six children of the late Elijah and Mary Elizabeth (Jones) Shockley. Frank worked for the DuPont Company in Seaford for 35 years, retiring in 1985. He was an active member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. He was gentle, selfless, caring and devoted. He genuinely enjoyed doing for others, often helping in times of need - great or small - never looking for anything in return. He loved to spend time riding his horse, “Sue,” square dancing with Emma Jean, playing golf and listening to country music, often playing his guitar with friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark Shockley and daughter-in-law, Kim Shockley; two brothers, William Shockley and Thomas Shockley and sister, Helen Jenkins. He is survived by his wife, Emma Jean (Mumford) Shockley; sons, Michael Shockley (Nancy) and Brent Shockley; daughter, Brenda Cantrell; grandchildren, Karis Shockley, Zachary Shockley, Michael Shockley, Ryan Shockley, Kyle Shockley, Crystal Cantrell and Eli Cantrell; brother, Henry Shockley; sister, Norma Lee Temple (Allan); brother-in-law, Preston Mumford; sister-in-law, Beatrice Shockley and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 16, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 28315 Seaford Rd., Laurel, where friends may call from 6 to 7. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, c/o 24015 Jamore Dr., Seaford, DE 19973 or Vitas Hospice, 20773 Professional Park Blvd., #200, Georgetown, DE 19947. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Jason W. Campfort -- Jason W. Campfort, 14, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. He was the son of Jacquotte and the brother of Hundra. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club, 310 Virginia Ave., Seaford. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m., at Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. To offer words of comfort and sign the guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Marsha P. Wheatley -- Marsha P. Wheatley, 70, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Marsha was born in Dover on Feb. 4, 1947, the daughter of the late Eleanor and Marshall Pugh. She had various jobs during her adult life. She was an avid bowler and, later in life, loved making quilts on her sewing machine. She resided with her husband, Dan Wheatley and Dan’s daughter and son-in-law, Rena and Marshall Warrington in Seaford. Marsha is survived by her husband of 25 years, Dan Wheatley; daughter, Rena Warrington (Marshall); son, Dan Wheatley II (Melinda); five grandchildren, Morgan Warrington, Miranda Warrington Lee (Josh), Rebekah Warrington, Daniel Wheatley III and Stephanie Wheatley, all of Seaford; and two sisters, Elizabeth Christopher of Seaford and Gale Anthony of Dover. Funeral services and burial will be private. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Bernard Franklin Laughlin -- Bernard Franklin Laughlin, 76, departed this life on Thursday, June 8, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Saturday, Sept. 14, 1940 in Corning, N.Y., to Bernard F. and Stella Campbell Laughlin, the oldest of six children. He was lovingly known as Bernie, Reds or Pappy. Bernie was educated in the New York Public School System. He joined the United States Marines in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1960. In 1975, Bernie relocated to Pennsylvania where he started driving a truck, a skill he learned in the military. On May 26, 1979, Bernie and June were married and since they loved the area, they moved to Laurel. He worked as a truck driver for Kaye Construction in Seaford, Chambers Motors in Bridgeville, Kroger’s Salvage in Laurel, and, most recently, Melvin Joseph in Millsboro. Bernie enjoyed fishing, crabbing, shooting pool and relaxing, drinking a beer and rooting for the Buffalo Bills football team. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister and one grandson, Matthew. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 38 years, June; five children, David (Gail) Peterman of Benton, Pa., Linda (John) Danner of Benton, Vicki (Tim) Swank of Laurel, Chris Bradley (Jeff Absher) of Laurel, and Mike (Lisa) Peterman of Delmar; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Bob (Mary Lou) Laughlin of Corning, N.Y. and Danny, Sandy and Debbie, all of New York. Services will be private. To offer words of comfort and to sign the guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Jack J. Booze -- Jack J. Booze, 84, of Bethel, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Manor House in Seaford, surrounded by his loving family. Born at Church Creek in Dorchester County, Md., he was the son of the late Oscar and Lydia McGee Booze. A few years after high school graduation, Jack joined the U.S. Navy and served his country during the Korean War. He then served in the U.S. Naval Reserve retiring in 1960. Mr. Booze worked in field maintenance as a mechanic at the Seaford DuPont plant for 38 years retiring in 1993. An avid singer, he sang in the choir at Sailor’s Bethel United Methodist Church where he attended. An artist and craftsman, Jack enjoyed doing freehand artwork, painting and woodworking, having made the collection of Noah’s Ark animals by hand. He also loved doing jigsaw puzzles, gardening, camping with family and volunteering at the Good Samaritan Shop in Laurel. He was a tremendous caregiver to his wife, Judy. In addition to his wife, Judy, whom he married in 1976, Jack is survived by two daughters, Jacqui Moreno of Alamogordo, N.M. and Lesley Yarmola of Millsboro; two stepsons, Harold Meyers of New York and Peter Meyers of Lincoln; a brother, Leslie Booze of Cambridge, Md; four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Oscar, Frederick and Dwight Booze and a sister, Rebecca Booze. Funeral services will be held at Sailor’s Bethel U.M. Church, Bethel, on Wednesday, June 14 at 1 p.m. Pastor Bill Nack will officiate. A viewing will be held at the church on Wednesday from noon to 1. Interment will be in Bethel Community Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sailor’s Bethel U.M. Church, PO Box 187, Bethel, DE 19931. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Euneta Butler Farrelly -- Euneta Butler Farrelly, 94, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. Euneta was born in Snow Hill, Md. on April 5, 1923, a daughter of the late Clayton Purnell Butler and Gertrude Emily Butler. Euneta married Bruce J. Farrelly on Dec. 8, 1940 in Delmar, Md. and moved to Laurel shortly thereafter. As a young woman, Euneta worked diligently to support Bruce in establishing the family business, Bruce J. Farrelly Plumbing and Heating and Laurel Petroleum. She was a dedicated wife, mother and friend. She was an avid reader and loved playing bridge, being a member of several bridge clubs through the years. She also enjoyed sewing and crafting. Euneta was a talented artist and was honored to have a showing of her paintings in the Cook House during the 2008 art and history tour which was part of the Strawberry Festival. She loved the serenity of setting up her easel in outdoor locations such as Trussums Pond, Old Christ Church, and the Laurel Flour Mill. She also created paintings recalling happy times sailing with Bruce and Phoebe, the boat docks of Laurel and Ocean City, and the trees of Vermont. In retirement, she and Bruce sailed the Chesapeake Bay, the East Coast, the Intracoastal Waterway, and to Bermuda. They made numerous trips in their RV to visit family in Tennessee, Idaho, and Nevada and participated in several Elder Hostel tours. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Mary Vining Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution and League of Women Voters. The family is so very proud of her accomplishments and the woman she was. Euneta is survived by her son, Rick and wife Martha; daughter, Ann Petterson and husband Van; daughter, Phoebe Bird and husband Jeff; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Farrelly Allen; seven grandchildren, Sharon, Frank, Ian, Jennifer, Laura, Seth and Meghan; nine great-grandchildren, Patrick, Sean, Ryan, Aaron, Alyssa, Avery, Bradley, Austin and Gavin; and a niece, Jeanne Butler Moore. In addition to her parents and her husband Bruce, she was preceded in death by her sons, Mark and Kit; a brother, Clayton Butler; and a sister, Thelma Butler. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.


Ronald J. Williams -- Ronald J. Williams, 71, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at his residence on Sunday, June 4, 2017, surrounded by his family. Born in Wilmington, Ron was the son of the late Leslie and Marie (Lenza) Williams. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army Special Forces and later attended the University of Delaware. By 1969, he was a full-time reporter for the News Journal, earning a spot as chief of the Sussex County Bureau. He left and followed other endeavors but decided Delaware was his home and returned to the News Journal as a editor and columnist. He was known for his candid and sometimes biting demeanor but was consistently fair. He also had a keen knowledge of Delaware history and politics. He worked until his retirement in 2011. Ron also earned a Coast Guard Auxiliary captain’s license and he and Peggy enjoyed many years of boating on the Chesapeake Bay as members of the Sassafras River Yacht Club. He is survived by his wife, Peggy (Gordy) Williams and his son, Erik. He is also survived by his brother, Glenn (Carol); sisters-in-law, Cindy (Jerry) Mullins and Judy (Steve) Goff; brother-in-law, Phil Gordy and many beloved nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins. A committal service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 12, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd., Bear. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Ron to Heartland Hospice, 256 Chapman Rd., Oxford Bldg. #102, Newark, DE 19702 or the American Legion Post #19, 12168 Laurel Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Send condolences by visiting MealeyFuneralHomes.com.


Patricia Mary Holloway Curlett -- Patricia Mary Holloway Curlett, 93, of Bridgeville, passed peacefully into the arms of her heavenly father on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Lofland Park in Seaford. She was born in Richmond, Va. on Dec. 3, 1923, daughter of the late Sam and Maude Holloway. Patricia moved to Delaware as a teen and met the love of her life. She married David Curlett and together they served the Lord faithfully and raised their family. Family was precious to her and she often cooked favorite meals and desserts for them. She also enjoyed playing games with family and cherished friends. In the summer she could often be found engaging in a backyard game of croquet. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, David Porter Curlett in 2006; her brother, Vernon Holloway and her sister, Jean Esham. She is survived by her children, Lawrence (Marie) of Bridgeville, Bruce (Sue) of South Carolina, Raymond (Debby) of Bridgeville and Carol (Paul) of New Hampshire; a daughter-in-law, Laura of Annapolis, Md.; grandchildren, Eddie (Heather) of Annapolis, David of North Carolina, Karen Vailliencourt (Allen) of South Carolina, Diane Vance (Titus) of South Carolina, Michael (Crystal) of Bridgeville, Mark (Laura) of Newark, Aimee Cournoyer of New Hampshire, and Megan Cournoyer of New Hampshire; and 14 great-grandchildren, Will, Ryan, Victoria, Christian, Josiah, Gabe, Shiloh, Moriah, Silas, Nate, Nick, Jake, Hannah and Sarah. She is also survived by nephews, Bryan (Tissel) Esham of East New Market, Md. and Vernon (Dottie) Esham of Salisbury, Md. Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, June 9, at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Interment will follow services at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Calvary Baptist Church, 22860 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947. Please visit Mrs. Curlett’s life memorial webpage at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Anne Dickerson Calloway -- Anne Dickerson Calloway, 92, of Delmar, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Salisbury Nursing Home after a brief stay. She was born on April 9, 1925, on the family farm between Laurel and Sharptown, the daughter of the late Norman O. Dickerson and Fannie Hearne Dickerson. She attended the Ellis Grove School, a one-room country school for the first six years. She graduated from Laurel High School with the class of 1943. She went to work at the Bank of Delmarva shortly after graduation and worked there for several years. Anne married William C. Calloway in 1949 and together they owned and operated the Bi-State Printing Company where they published the “Bi-State Weekly,” a weekly newspaper. In 1966, the business was sold and Anne went to work as an aide at Delmar Elementary School for many years. There she found her calling, working with children. She will be remembered for her loving smile, big heart and always having a cheerful attitude. She was a longtime member of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Delmar and the Laurel Alumni Association. She is survived by two daughters, Cathy Wettlaufer and husband Paul and Norma Faye Hudson and husband David; five grandchildren, Paul Hudson, Daniel Hudson (Christine), Kyle Wettlaufer, Dr. Cara Wettlaufer Doyle (John) and David Hudson (Lauren); and three great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Harper and Kian. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, William C. Calloway, who passed in 2010; and a brother, John O. Dickerson. A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, June 10, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Phyllis Walton will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Delmar. Contributions may be made in her memory to St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940 or the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 143, Delmar, DE 19940. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.shortfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar.


Racey Darin Pusey -- Racey Darin Pusey, 46, of Laurel, died on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at his home. He was born on July 30, 1970 in Seaford, a son of Freddie T. Pusey and Kay Parks Pusey of Laurel. Racey graduated from Laurel High School with the class of 1988. He started working at Jackson’s Welding in Delmar at the age of 18 and knew right away that he was destined to become a talented contractor and builder. He went on to study architecture at Del-Tech and the University of Delaware. After college he started Pusey’s Racey Construction and quickly became a proficient and dependable contractor who could build or fix anything. Racey was a member of First Baptist Church of Laurel. He loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting. Most of all, Racey loved his family and cherished the memories made with his parents, siblings, daughters and granddaughter. In addition to his parents, he is survived by daughters, Mara Renee` Pusey of Seaford and Madeline Anne Pusey (fiancé, Brandon Scott) of Laurel; granddaughter, Leilani Marie Scott; brothers, Garret T. Pusey of Laurel, Forrest Baker Pusey of Atlanta, Ga. and Jamie Wilkins (Tracey) of Hebron, Md.; a sister, Dawn Lucas (Russ) of Delmar; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A visitation for family and friends will be held Monday, June 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Laurel, and Tuesday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a funeral service at noon. Pastor Richard Blades will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Laurel. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.shortfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar.


Alan Wheatley -- Alan Wheatley, 80, died peacefully on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 15, 1936 and grew up in Seaford. He attended Wesley College in Dover where he met his wife, Barbara Hanson. He served in the US Air Force and, upon discharge, married Barbara and resided in Cranford, N.J., for the past 53 years. Dear to him through the years were his mother and father, Helen and Floyd (Buck) Wheatley; sisters, Peggy Coulbourn and Nancy Adams; his wife, Barbara and their children, Gregg and Allison and their families, Suzanne, Sean, Erin and Katy Wheatley and Daniel Towse and his daughter, Caroline; boyhood friends in Seaford and all those he enjoyed during his lifetime. Golf was a joy to him both at the beginning and at the end of his working days, first hand mowing the greens at the Seaford Golf and Country Club and, upon retirement, 12 years as a starter at the Hyatt Hills Golf Course. He worked for a variety of companies in his lifetime - Hankins Container, Schaefer Brewing Company and PNC Bank. Alan was a man of enduring truth and decency with the ability to lighten our lives with his humor. These strengths, his kindness and his integrity will be missed. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9, at Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Ave., Westfield. A funeral will be held on Friday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Alan’s name would be greatly appreciated to Center for Hope Hospice, 1900 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.


Katherine Ann Exline -- Katherine Ann Exline, 54, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Katherine worked at Royal Farms in Greenwood. Her husband, Warren E. Exline died in 2011. She is survived by a son, Jason Exline (Erin); a daughter, Kayla Exline; five grandchildren, London Exline, Jordyn Duncan, Janelle Duncan, Brian Duncan Jr. and Maci Duncan; a brother, Jack Hudson and a sister, Crystal Baker. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at Old Paths Church of Christ, 18295 Redden Rd., Georgetown. Burial will be in Old Paths Church of Christ Cemetery. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Anthony Richard ‘Andy’ Mara -- Andy Mara, 76, died of leukemia on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at home in Seaford with his family by his side. Andy grew up in Kearny and Norwood, N.J., graduating from Northern Valley Regional High School (1958) and The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (1964). He worked in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, first in sales and the stock market and later in government contracting. He retired to Seaford in 2011. In 1971, he married his wife Gaye and dove headfirst into fatherhood to her two daughters, Nora and Erin. He loved all three dearly and was a proud and opinionated champion of their educational, professional, and athletic pursuits. Andy loved basketball and played full court in North Jersey and Philadelphia into his thirties. He then took up tennis, playing on the courts in Northern Virginia until his late sixties. After retirement he took up fishing in the ponds around Seaford and working out at the local Powerhouse Gym. Andy leaves behind his wife Gaye Mara; daughters, Nora Mara and Erin Mara; Erin’s partner, Jesica Lindgren; grandsons, Sam Huffman and Ned Huffman; Sam’s partner, Carrie Yarnell; great-grandson, Oliver Huffman; sister, Jeanne Mara and her partner Steve Legensky; and his beloved old Lab, Max. All of them will miss his booming voice, his smile, and his warm, loving presence. His body has been cremated, at his request. A gathering of family and friends in his memory will be held at his Seaford home on Sunday, July 9. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Seaford District Library, 600 N. Market St. Ext., Seaford, DE 19973, of which Andy was a regular and appreciative patron.


Frances Arney -- Frances Arney, 84, of Bridgeville, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mike and Elsie Amalfitano; her husband, John Arney; and a sister, Loretta Pritchett. John and Frances owned and operated a small farm. Frances loved being on the farm. She always had a large garden and liked sharing the produce. She also raised chickens for 32 years. She is survived by three children, Kenny Arney (Janice), Tom Arney, and Linda Ellis (Marvin Bell); five grandchildren, Brent Arney, Brandi Lemley, Matthew Ellis, Elizabeth Walker, and Christopher Wright; six great-grandchildren, Austin Arney, Kaitlyn Lemley, Jacob and Luke Ellis, Brianna and Autumn Walker; two sisters, Marie Carroll and Doris Griffin; and a brother, Joe Malfitano. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, at Bloomery Cemetery in Federalsburg, Md. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Donald Franklin Booth Sr. -- Donald Franklin Booth Sr., 90, of Seaford, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 27, 2017, surrounded by two of his daughters. Donald was born in Salisbury, Md. on Jan. 21, 1927, the son of Ethel L. Johnson and Franklin T. Booth. He moved to Seaford in September 1941, where his stepfather, John Q. Johnson was employed by DuPont. Donald attended Seaford High School where he excelled in baseball and football. During his senior year, he left school to attend The Army Specialized Training Reserve Program at the University of Delaware as a prelude to attending flight training with the Army Air Corps. Due to an abundance of surplus pilots, he was discharged and re-enlisted in the Air Corps and classified as a Tail Gunner on B-29’s. Upon completion of training he was sent to Europe and then to North Africa, ending up as a crew chief on 6-17’s and assigned to a special project called “Casey Jones.” Receiving his commission in the Delaware National Guard, he was later made Battery Commander of H Q Battery in the 945th AAA Battalion. When he returned from service the following year, he lived in Salisbury and worked for his brother, DeAlton Booth in the glass business. In 1949, he moved back to Seaford and worked for Southern States and Chesapeake Airways. In March of 1950, he started his own business, Booth Glass Company, with $350, which eventually expanded with branches in Salisbury and Wilmington. His business served a large area from Atlantic City, N.J. to Virginia Beach, Va., and Ocean City, Md. to Washington, Baltimore and West Virginia. He also began importing glass from France, Belgium, West Germany and Holland after which he started his own trucking company to ship glass all over the U.S. Later, he also initiated other companies including Quik-Rail that manufactured and installed aluminum railing with sales on the East Coast. In 1961, he moved his family from Woodside Manor to a farm he purchased on the corner of Rt. 13 and Old Furnace Road in Seaford, which he named “Twin Oak Farm.” He became well-known throughout the country for the breeding and showing of his Arabian horses and Angus cattle. Later, he changed the farm name to “Heritage Farm” after a stallion that he had owned. Donald was an avid wildfowl carver, having won several “Best of Show” awards for his carvings, some of which were sold outside of the U.S. Some of his carvings are still on display at the Seaford Historical Society Museum in Seaford. Although he had numerous hobbies throughout the years, he most enjoyed his boat, airplanes, carving and painting and his animals. He was a member of St. John’s Methodist Church in Seaford since 1941 and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 194 in Salisbury. In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his sister, Rosalyn Booth; his brother, DeAlton Booth and his granddaughter, Tracey Dobson (Phillip). He is survived by six children, Donald F. Booth Jr. of Idaho; Robert Q. Booth (Michelle) of Seaford; Shelly B. Wolfe of Seaford; Terri L. Schwartz (Steve) of Georgia; Pamela Bauerlein (Mike) of Arizona and Michael Meibaum (Mali) of Lewes; his stepson, David Myers of Florida; 10 grandchildren, Stephen Wolfe (Laura), Trisha Newcomer (Keith), Brittany Rose (Doug), Rob Booth (Alex), Tiffany Reed (Tyler), “CJ” Jerron Faison, Savannah, Ciara and Jack Bauerlein and Ilean Meibaum; and three great-grandchildren, Ashleigh Wolfe and Jack and Lily Dobson. He is also survived by his two loving dogs, Dobie and Idgit. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 9, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 Pine St., Seaford, where friends may visit from 3 to 4. Interment with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, at Parson’s Cemetery, 912 N. Division St., Salisbury. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home & Crematorium, a Parsell Family Funeral Home. Donald’s family requests that attendees wear red, white and blue in honor of their father’s proud military history. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donald’s name to the Georgetown SPCA, PO Box 398, Georgetown, DE 19947. Please visit Mr. Booth’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Naomi Wheatley -- Naomi Wheatley, 74, of Laurel, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at her home. Naomi was born in Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Robert and Bertha Hartman. Naomi owned and operated Wheatley Insurance Company in Laurel. She was an active member of the Seaford Moose Lodge in Seaford and the American Legion. She loved helping in the community, country line dancing, riding a motorcycle and camping. She was loved by everyone she knew. Naomi was a great mother to her children, Linda Rogers of Laurel, Coleman Wheatley of Seaford and Lance Wheatley of Laurel. She is also survived by a brother, John Hartman of Georgia; a sister, B. Ann Hunterberger of Laurel; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Wheatley in 1997 and her siblings, Harold Hartman and Pauline Smith. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 2, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. Memorial contributions may be made to help with funeral/medical expenses to: Lance Wheatley, PO Box 118, Laurel, DE 19956.


Joanne Morel -- Joanne Morel, 90, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at her home in Seaford. Joanne was born in High Wycombe, England, a daughter of the late George and Edith Stanners. Joanne was a professional model and worked with her husband at their clothing boutique, Jose D’Anjoa, in Washington, DC. She loved her garden and antique shopping. Joanne also volunteered for the American Red Cross, leader’s division of Camp Fire Council of New York, and worked for Model’s model guild of New York and D.C. Joanne is survived by her husband, Louis Morel of almost 60 years; her children, Steven Cannavaro of South Carolina and Anita (Doug) of Warrenton, Va.; two sisters, Betty Corcoran of England and Rose Collier of England; grandchildren, Thomas, Lara, Kathleen, Colin, Shaina (Corey), Sarah (Gary) and Asia; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She is also survived by numerous extended family members in England, Austria, South Africa and New Zealand. A celebration of her life will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at 32842 Ocean Reach Dr., Lewes. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Morel’s memory to Vitas Hospice or Delaware SPCA. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Mary Josephine ‘Jo’ Ferguson Kugler -- Mary Josephine “Jo” Ferguson Kugler, 97, known as “Jo” to friends, passed from this life on Thursday, May 25, 2017. She was preceded in this journey by her two loving husbands. After losing her first husband, Carleton H. Joseph of Georgetown, to polio in January, 1952, she was married to Frank S. Kugler of Salem, N.J., until his death in 2004. Jo was a proud graduate of the Norton Infirmary School of Nursing in Louisville, Ky., and practiced industrial nursing for the E. I. duPont Company for many years. Jo was a past president of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and logged over 10,000 volunteer hours at the hospital. Jo and Frank were charter members of Seaford Presbyterian Church and Jo was also a charter member of PEO Chapter J in Seaford. Jo is survived by three children, Charlotte Kingston of Parsonsburg, Md., Carleton Joseph of Kitty Hawk, N.C. and Frank Kugler of Seaford. She also leaves behind two grandchildren, Mary Stoltzfus of Whaleyville, Md. and William Kingston of Parsonsburg, and one great-grandson, Zach Stoltzfus of Whaleyville. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Walter E. Hearn Jr. -- Walter E. Hearn Jr., 54, of Laurel, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Walter was born in Seaford, a son of Walter Hearn Sr. and the late Gayle Passwaters. He was also preceded in death by his loving stepmother, Vickie Hearn. Walter was a Conservationist III for the Delaware Department of Fish and Wildlife with 33 years of service. He was an active member of the American Legion Post #19 in Laurel. Walter enjoyed fishing and golfing and was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies. In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Lisa Key Hearn of Laurel; a son, Ryan Hearn of Laurel; a daughter, Maile Scott of Laurel; a stepbrother, Jeff Evans (Tracy); a sister, Wanda Layton; two grandchildren, Brandon Scott and Leilani Harding; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and extended family. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 22, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St. Laurel, where a visitation will be held from noon to 2. The Revs. Dean Perdue and Bruce Smart will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mr. Hearn’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Send condolences online at www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Bessie W. ‘Betty’ Veazey -- Bessie W. “Betty” Veazey, 95, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017. Betty, as she was affectionately known, was born and raised in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Charles W. and Florence Wood. After high school, she graduated from Beacom Business College (now Goldey-Beacom College) in Wilmington. Betty moved to Seaford in 1941 with her husband, John. She was a homemaker who, as her children grew older, worked for a time in the office of St. John’s United Methodist Church and at the Methodist Manor House. She spent time knitting, sewing, reading and doing crossword puzzles. She enjoyed playing all games, especially bridge and Scrabble. She and her husband enjoyed many years traveling all over the United States. Her husband, John S. Veazey Jr. died in 1996. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, John E. Veazey. Betty is survived by a daughter, Jean Marvel (Art); a son, John R. Veazey (Judy); grandchildren, Pam Campbell (David), Steve Marvel (Denise) and Brenda Pusey (Jeff); great-grandchildren, Lance Marvel (Lauren), Shane Marvel (Cassidy), Jordan Marvel, Zachary Campbell, Megan Campbell, Hunter Veazey and Cameron Veazey; and great-great-grandchildren, Kenzleigh Marvel and Kendall Marvel. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, at the Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973 or the Manor House Acts Legacy Foundation, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Richard Byron Kirkendall II -- Richard Byron Kirkendall II, 57, of Barnesville, Ga., passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Mr. Kirkendall, the son of the late Richard Byron Kirkendall and Margaret Elizabeth Parks Kirkendall was born on Oct. 15, 1959, in Seaford. His brother, Michael Phillip Kirkendall preceded him in death. He was a retired truck driver and a veteran of the United States Marines. Survivors include his wife, Nicole Kirkendall of Barnesville; daughter, Amber Kirkendall of Marietta, Ga.; brother, Tim Kirkendall of Millersville, Md.; sister, Tammy Kay Kirkendall of Salisbury, Md.; and three grandchildren. A viewing will be held on Thursday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to noon, at the First Baptist Church of Laurel, 32632 Bi-State Blvd., Laurel, followed by a funeral service at noon. The Rev. John MacKall will officiate. Interment will follow in Blades Cemetery, Blades. The family requests no flowers and suggests donations to the Wounded Warrier Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 758517. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, DE 19956.


Theresa Ann Kubiak -- Theresa Ann Kubiak, 56, of Claymont, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Christiana Hospital, Christiana. Theresa was born on Sept. 25, 1960, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, the daughter of Hobert Milam and the late Donna Fay Truitt Milam. Everyone called her Terry. She enjoyed being Little Miss Seaford in 1964. Terry grew up in Georgetown and was a graduate of Sussex Central High School. While in school she was an honor roll student, band member, cheerleader and received a scholarship to Goldey Beacom College. She was employed by E. I. DuPont in Wilmington for 23 years. After a career at DuPont she went to work for the Brandywine School District in Claymont for the past 11 years. She enjoyed going to Philadelphia Eagles football games with her four sons, her whole family were Eagles fans. She also enjoyed watching the Penn State Nittany Lions where her two youngest sons graduated from college. Terry’s other hobbies were going downstate to the beaches, camping, gardening, going to the state fair, cooking and all the holidays. She also enjoyed shopping at the Rehoboth outlets. Theresa is survived by her first husband, Thomas Bonnes; two sons, Thomas Bonnes and his wife Kelley and Matthew Bonnes and his fiancée Victoria; her second husband, Greg Kubiak and their two sons, Alexander Kubiak and Daniel Kubiak and his companion Kaleigh. She also leaves behind a brother, Michael Milam; her father, Hobert Milam; and her companion of the last 16 years, Kevin Meck. From Theresa: to all of my other family members and friends, “I love you and goodbye for now.” Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, at Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Rd., Laurel, where friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Edna Kay Turner -- Edna Kay Turner, 68, passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at her home in Seaford. She was born on May 8, 1949 in Easton, Md., the daughter of the late William J. O’Day and Mildred Catherine Massey O’Day. Edna was a graduate of Seaford High School, class of 1967, and later graduated from the University of Delaware with a teaching degree. She worked as a teacher for the Seaford School District and Woodbridge Jr.- Sr. High School with 34 years of service. She received the prestigious award of “Teacher of the Year” for the Woodbridge School District in 1993. She was a member of Woodland United Methodist Church where she served in the choir, and also served as treasurer for many decades for the Methodist Women’s Group. She was also a member of the Delaware State Education Association, Woodbridge Education Association, the Delaware Geographic Alliance, the Grange of Reliance #58, and the Homemakers Twilight Club. Edna enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, and being a member of a weekly bowling league that would meet at Seaford Bowling Lanes with the team, “The Strikers.” During the summer and weekends she would work for her brother at O’Day Farms. Edna adored the time she spent with Jim at their Virginia home and a favorite spot for them was the Island Creamery. She is survived by her husband of almost 46 years, James Robert Turner whom she married May 29, 1971; her two children, Kristin Barrall and her husband Wayne of Seaford and Andrew Turner and his wife Tiffany of Seaford; her seven grandchildren, Lindsie Barrall, Logan Barrall, Benjamin Pusey, Owen Pusey, Meghan Pusey, Ava Turner, and Kayla Turner; a brother, William A. O’Day Sr. and his wife Donna of Seaford; Patricia A. Wheedleton and her husband Harry of Seaford; her mother-in-law, Ruth Ann Turner of Seaford; a brother-in-law, John M. Turner and his wife Carla of Lewes; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, at Woodland United Methodist Church with the Revs. Linda Birch and Diane Melson officiating. A visitation will be held on Wednesday May 24, from 6-8 p.m. at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, Md. and Thursday, May 25, from 1-2 p.m., at the church. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Woodland United Methodist Church, 5099 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Joshua E. ‘Josh’ Littleton -- Joshua E. “Josh” Littleton, 37, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Josh was in charge of the Code Department at the City of Seaford. He graduated from Seaford High School in 1997 and then Wilmington College. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Julie Whitman Littleton; two daughters, Sophia Louise Littleton and Olivia Faith Littleton; his parents, Edward and Linda Littleton; a brother, Daniel E. Littleton; his maternal grandmother, Ann Merritt and his paternal grandmother, Faye Littleton. He is also survived by his mother and father-in-law, Tammy and Bud Whitman and two brothers-in-law, Tyler and Hunter Whitman. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the education fund for his daughters, Sophia and Olivia, c/o Tidemark Federal Credit Union, PO Box 1600, Seaford, DE 19973. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Captain William M. Tiley -- Captain William M. Tiley, 86, retired Delaware State Police, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Captain Tiley retired from the Delaware State Police in 1976, after 20 years of service. When he retired he was the field force commander for the Southern Division and staff captain supervisor of section and head of detectives, stationed at State Police Headquarters in Dover. After retiring he worked for the Penco Corporation in Seaford and Easton, Md., then for Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford and with his son, Mark at Tiley Sandblasting. He was a past master of Hiram Lodge #21, AF & AM in Seaford and also served on the Grand Lodge staff for the State of Delaware. He was a past member of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department and a basketball referee. Bill’s beloved wife of 65 years, Rebecca Ann Tiley passed away on March 20, 2014. He is survived by his son, Mark Tiley and his wife Paige; daughters, Billie Ann Shaffer and her husband Richard and Tracy Gillespie and her fiancée the Rev. Scott Harter; grandchildren, Dustin Tiley, Jesslyn Karns, Bradley Gillespie and Christopher Shaffer; a great-granddaughter, Tyleigh Karns; a niece, Suzanne Matzeit; and a nephew, Steven Bradley. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He always put family first in his life. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Delaware State Police, ? Camp Barnes, PO Box 430, Dover, DE 19903-0430 or St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Donald Shifflett -- Donald Schifflett, 74, the wonderful husband of Virginia Shifflett, died on Sunday, April 23, 2017. They were married for 50 years. He was born in Ellicott City on March 14, 1943, a son of Fred and Mable Shifflett. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three sons: Donald Shifflett Jr., Jeffrey Shifflett, and Mark Shifflett; and his grandchildren: Amber, Allison, Erin, Julie, Jeffrey, and Jaycee (Shifflett). He will also be missed by his four brothers and three sisters: Fred Shifflett (deceased), Carl Shifflett, Richard Shifflett, Tony Shifflett, Barbara Saville, Patricia Lutz, and Judy Hall. Donald coached all of his sons in Little League at the Elvaton Association. One of his greatest enjoyments were the years spent in Chincoteague camping with his family. His grandchildren were the loves of his life, and he shared as much time with them as possible. He worked at Northrop Grumman in Linthicum, Md., as a manufacturing supervisor. He spent 40 years there and retired in 2005. He enjoyed driving to the ice cream store in his 1985 Mercedes convertible. He was a soft-hearted and loving man, and one of his joys in life was his little companion, Chloe, who he took walks with every day. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Per the family’s request, please do not send flowers. Contributions in Mr. Shifflett’s memory may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Please visit Mr. Shifflett’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Molly Anne Chupp Lauck -- Molly Anne Chupp Lauck, 75, of Greenwood, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 4, 2017, surrounded by her family at the Hospice Center in Milford. She was born on Oct. 2, 1941 in Kinzers, Pa., to the late Andy Chupp and Eva Byler Chupp. She married James Lauck Jr. on Jan. 3, 1969 and together they had one daughter, Melody Rose. Mrs. Lauck worked at Milford Stitching until her marriage. She then became a homemaker who started her own sewing business and provided childcare while raising her daughter. She was a founding member of Gateway Fellowship (Cannon Mennonite Church), where she faithfully attended until the time of her illness. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, James; her daughter, Melody Kimbler (Rob); her grandchildren, John, Chelsea (friend Will), Erin and Ryan, all of Seaford; and her siblings, Menno Chupp (Dorothy), Evalina Kopp (Bob), Andy Chupp (Kathy), Lydia Trice (Richard), Carl Chupp (Sue) and Steve Chupp (Marcia), all of Delaware. Services were held Saturday, May 13, at Gateway Fellowship, Bridgeville.


Ila Marie Whaley -- Ila Marie Whaley, 84, of Seaford, passed away at Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford, on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Marie, as she was known fondly, was born in St. Stevens Church, Va., a daughter of the late Leonard and Nellie Whaley. Marie was a devoted homemaker and loved her family with all her heart. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Seaford. Marie is survived by her only child, Shirley Mitchell and husband Merriel of Ellendale; her grandchildren, Garrett Mitchell (Kacia) and Christopher Mitchell; and her great-grandchildren, Jordan, Tristan, Rowan and Logan Mitchell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, McCradey H. Whaley Jr., in 2013. All services will be held privately. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Stephen Elliott Saveikis -- Stephen Elliott Saveikis, 34, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford with his loving family at his side. Stephen was born in Seaford on Feb. 27, 1983. He graduated from Seaford High School in 2001, where he played soccer and scored Seaford High School’s historic first goal in a state soccer tournament. He graduated from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., in 2005, with a bachelor of science in agronomy and environmental science. Stephen was employed as an agronomist with M. Davis Farms of Georgetown. Stephen had a passion for and excelled at farming, specializing in pest management and precision agriculture technology. He was an avid angler, hunter and boater, always in search of and finding adventure. He had a huge heart, always helping family and friends and had a special sense of humor that provided endless smiles and laughter. His beloved and faithful yellow Labrador retriever, Shell, was ever at his side. Stephen was an organ donor, and his generosity lives on through his selfless gifts of life to others. Stephen is survived by his mother and father, Nancy (Clark) and David Saveikis of Seaford; a sister, Lauren; paternal grandparents, Pranas and Evelyn Saveikis of Hebron, Md.; maternal grandmother, Edwina (Taylor) Davis and step-grandfather Richard Davis of Powellville, Md.; a paternal aunt, Lisa Burrow and her husband Robert and cousins Aaron and Andrew of Jessup, Md.; a maternal aunt, Cathy Clark of Parsonsburg, Md.; and a cousin, Sarah Myer of Frederick, Md. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Robert L. Clark. Services will be held on Tuesday, May 16 at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, with public visitation from 3-5 p.m. and the service beginning at 5. A private interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Stephen Saveikis Nanticoke Wildlife Area Habitat Fund, c/o PNC Bank, 1200 Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Richard Thomas ‘Tom’ Eger -- Richard Thomas “Tom” Eger, 77, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017. He was born in 1939 in Chicago, Ill., to the late Edmond and Miriam Eger. Richard graduated from Purdue University in 1962 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He worked for four years as a research operations engineer at NASA’s Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, then returned to school at the University of Michigan, receiving his M.S. in mechanical engineering in 1967. He worked briefly as a research scientist at Union Carbide’s Parma Technical Center in Parma, Ohio, before joining the DuPont Co. in 1969, moving to Madison, Tenn., with his new bride to work at the Spunbondeds Laboratory. He was transferred to the Seaford plant in 1977, where he researched to improve nylon spinning processes. In his career at DuPont, he advanced to the position of research associate and was the holder of two patents assigned to DuPont. Richard had a long and abiding interest in space travel and aviation history, accumulating massive amounts of research on the ME-262, for which he was viewed as an expert. He was a 50 plus year member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the National Air and Space Society of the National Air and Space Museum. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Stanley) Wielosik of Brookhaven, Pa.; his son, David of Burlingame, Calif., and his six grandchildren: Zacchaeus, Kris, Caitlyn, Stanley Jr., Joshua, and Stephanie. He is also survived by his siblings, Ted, Larry, Julie, Laurie and Cathy; his former wife, Kathleen, and close friend and companion, Jane Hiddleson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret, and sisters, Conni and Suzanne. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Pastor Joel Beiler will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Raymond E. ‘Ray’ Harding -- Raymond E. “Ray” Harding, 74, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Ray was the son of the late William Lloyd Harding and Evelyn Fox Harding. He retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford in 1993, after over 31 years of service. He then worked at the site as a contractor. Ray was an active member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Seaford where he served as an usher, a trustee and was active in the Methodist Men Group. He loved riding his motorcycle, gardening, camping and antique tractor shows. Ray is survived by his wife of 54 years, Paulette Wright Harding; son, Scott E. Harding (Lisa); daughter, Melinda Mullen (David); four grandchildren, Brittney Stewart (Ashlee), Michael Harding (Aimee), Evan Mullen, and Kyle Mullen; three great-grandchildren, Jayse, Noah and Emma; a brother, Bill Harding; and a sister, Pat Wright (Richard). In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donnie Harding. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Friday evening, May 12, from 6 to 8, and at the church on Saturday morning from 10 to 11. Burial will be in the Junior Order Cemetery, Preston, Md., at 2 p.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Charles Edward Graves -- Charles Edward Graves, 89, of Millsboro, and formerly of Wilmington and Florida, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, May 5, 2017. Charles was born in Ashland on Feb. 3, 1928, to the late Lemuel and Viola Edler Graves. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Marion C. Graves on Jan. 16, 2017, and five siblings. Charles retired from Hercules Research Center as grounds foreman in 1983 after 30 years of service. He was a WWII Army veteran. Charles was a member of Bethany Community Church in Laurel and a past member of the Elsmere Fire Co. in Elsmere, Masons, Lions Club, and Master of Independent Order of the Odd Fellows. He enjoyed model trains, cooking, fishing, boating, camping and spending time with his family. The boy left the farm, however, the farm never left him; he enjoyed riding on his John Deere tractor cutting his grass. He also liked solving the world’s problems with his good friend Jack from Buffalo, N.Y. Charles is survived by his two sisters, Mildred Beeson of Smyrna and Betty Graves of Magnolia; his five children, Sandra L. Graves of Millsboro, Janice M. Vickers and her husband William H. III of Millsboro, Charles L. Graves and his wife Beverly of Georgetown, Marion “Patty” Graves and her partner John Woznicki of Wilmington and Deborah A. Hoover and her husband Robert T. Jr. of Wilmington; 10 grandchildren, Billy, Tina, Kate, Lenny, Kirtis, John, Michael, Jesse, Bobby and Amber; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild on the way. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for visitation with the family. Inurnment with military honors will follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Bethany Community Church, c/o Janice Vickers, 19930 Lowes Crossing Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966 or Seasons Hospice, 220 Continental Dr., Ste. 407, Newark, DE 19713. Condolences may be made at www.watsonfh.com.


Sandra Littleton -- Sandra Littleton, 78, of Laurel, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at her home. Sandra was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late James and Wilma Faulkner. She and Gene Littleton were married for nearly 50 years and resided in Laurel the majority of that time. Sandy was a retired dental hygienist with 42 years of service, and was past president of the Delaware Dental Hygienist Association. She was a devoted member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Sandy was also a member of the Laurel Historical Society, Friends of the Library, the Red Hat Society, and many bridge clubs. Sandy especially loved to travel, and had explored the world over. Sandy is survived by her two daughters, Joy Littleton of Wilmington and Gina Edness of Eldersburg, Md.; her beloved grandson, Cameron Logan Edness; two sisters, Julie Taylor of Laurel and Muriel Miller of Newark; and brother, Ralph Juhl of Newark. A visitation will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, followed by a memorial service at 2. The Rev. Dean Perdue will officiate. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, Sandy requested contributions be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, c/o Centenary Choir. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Margaret Ellen Kozich -- Margaret Ellen Kozich, 98, died on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. She had made her home in Salisbury with her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Ann “Peggy” and Alan Selser for the past 12 years. She would have celebrated her 99th birthday on May 28. She was born on May 28, 1918 in Federalsburg, Md. Her birth parents were Laura Baker and Albert F. Lyons. Her biological parents died when she was a child, and she was raised by George and Edith Johnson of Federalsburg whom she called “Mom and Pop.” She married Charles E. Kozich on Dec. 4, 1942, and they built their home on Morris Avenue in Federalsburg where they resided until Mr. Kozich’s passing in September of 2000 and Mrs. Kozich’s move to Salisbury in 2005. Their only child was Margaret Ann “Peggy” Kozich Selser. During her husband’s service in the US Army during WWII, Ellen was employed by Excelsior Pearl Works in Federalsburg. Following Mr. Kozich’s discharge from the Army and the birth of their daughter in 1945, she became a stay-at-home mom and caregiver to Mrs. Johnson (her mom) who lived with Charles, Ellen and Peggy, and to Mr. Charles Kozich, her husband’s father. She was an immaculate housekeeper and a wonderful cook; she enjoyed preserving vegetables from her husband’s garden. She played piano and liked reading to her daughter. Later in life, she became an avid reader herself, sometimes reading at least four books a week even at the age of 95. She also liked keeping in touch with friends and relatives by practicing the almost lost art of letter writing. She always loved cats and became “grandma” to Peggy and Alan’s cats, Marshall, Bisque, and Zak. She made sure her daughter had a religious upbringing, took piano and organ lessons, and received a good education. Ellen was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Federalsburg and the Federalsburg Branch of the Caroline County Library. In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, she is survived by a niece and her husband, Diane and Don Grimm and their three children; a nephew, Hayward “Bunk” Lyons and a step-grandson, Alan Selser Jr. and his family. In addition to her parents and her husband Charles, she was preceded in death by sister-in-law, Ella Hackett and her husband Harry; her sister and brother-in-law, Hilda and Earl Cary; her brother and sister-in-law, Hayward and Yvonne Lyons and other relatives and dear friends. Visitation with the family will begin at noon on Monday, May 8, at Framptom Funeral Home followed by a service at 1 p.m. The officiant will be Bill Sterling, visitation pastor, Asbury United Methodist Church, Salisbury. Interment will be private at Hillcrest Cemetery in Federalsburg where Ellen will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband Charles. Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802 or Christ United Methodist Church, PO Box 234, Federalsburg, MD 21632. The family would like to express its gratitude to the exceptional caregivers at Coastal Hospice who compassionately and lovingly cared for her at her home, especially Jennifer and Angie. Arrangements are in the care of Framptom Funeral Home, PA, Federalsburg.


Bernadette Elizabeth Geoghan-Egan -- Bernadette Elizabeth Geoghan-Egan, 85, received her angel wings on Monday, May 1, 2017, surrounded by her family and friends. Bernadette was born on 1931 in Newark, N.J., a daughter of the late John and Pearl Geoghan. Formerly of Edison, N.J., she moved to Delaware in 1997, and lived in Seaford until her passing. Bernadette loved spending time doing crossword puzzles and being with her family. She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Sobczak and her husband Mark of Seaford; her son, Stanley Krzewski Jr. of Georgetown; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Bernadette was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley J. Krzewski Sr. and her sisters, Lorey and Mary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The family wishes to thank Seasons Hospice and their staff for their care and support. Condolences may be sent via www.pippinfuneralhome.com.


Roger L. Johnson Jr. -- Roger L. Johnson Jr., 42, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017. Roger was a construction worker. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Janie and Harold McTeer; his father, Robert L. Johnson Sr.; his daughter, Carley Ann Johnson; his sister, Tracy Aeschlimann (Bill); stepbrothers, Harold S. McTeer III, James A. McTeer and John F. McTeer; stepsisters, Bonnie Johnson and Jeannie Maloney; and many other family members. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to benefit Carley Ann Johnson at M & T Bank. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Gene Walter Dunn -- Gene Walter “Mr. Gene” Dunn, 71, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017, at Seaford Center Nursing Home. He was born in Laurel on Sunday, July 29, 1945, the son of the late Clifford H. Dunn and Eva (Wroten) Dunn. Mr. Dunn graduated from North Dorchester High School and worked for most of his life as a truck driver. He loved racing go-karts and playing baseball when he was younger. After retirement, he enjoyed drinking coffee at the Laurel Truck Stop where he socialized with friends and truck drivers who came through town. Mr. Dunn was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Carmean and his brothers, Raymond, Lester, Ross, Cliff Jr. and William Dunn. He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Jean Dunn-Walker (Harvey); his granddaughter, Jamie Stivers; two great-grandsons, Chris and Nathan Stivers; several nieces and nephews; and his longtime caregiver, Donna Andrew. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on May 6, at The Christian Church of Seaford, 22581 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, where friends may visit from 12:30 to 1. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a Parsell Family Funeral Home, Seaford. Please visit Mr. Dunn’s life memorial webpage and sign the online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


John Arlie Bullock -- John Arlie Bullock, 76, of Easton, Md., passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Envoy at Denton. He was born on April 15, 1941 in Greensboro, Md., a son of the late Claudell N. Bullock and Pearl Knotts Bullock. John graduated from North Dorchester High School, class of 1959. After graduation, he entered the United States Army, serving from 1959 to 1962. Upon his discharge from the Army in 1962, John was employed at A.I. DuPont in Seaford, where he held numerous positions until his retirement on July 31, 1998. He was an avid NASCAR and Baltimore Orioles fan and often attended the annual spring training. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, and loved antique classic cars, especially his Mustang. John was a member of the Farm Bureau and Thawley’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Ridgely where he served as a trustee. He was a past member of Gethesmane United Methodist Church in Seaford. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Bullock of Easton; one son, Stewart Neil Bullock and his wife Billie Jo of Seaford; two daughters, April Dawn Betton and her husband Bill of Denton and Amy Nicole Bullock of Seaford; four grandchildren, Megan A. Ward, Johnathan R. Barnett, Cody M. Barnett, and Maddison Newnam; two stepsons, David Rodney Wood Jr. of Cordova and Lawrence Edward Wood and his wife Jayme of Virginia; two step-grandchildren, J. Charles Wood and Evangeline Victoria Callahan Wood; two sisters, Betty Jean Davis and her husband Byard of Florida and Louise Bishop and her husband Dave of Easton; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Joanne Dew Bullock in 1987. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 5, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg with Pastors Joe Smith and John Alan officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Federalsburg. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in John’s honor to Thawley’s Chapel, PO Box 424, Ridgely, MD 21660.


Virginia Brohawn Vincent -- Virginia Brohawn Vincent, 97, of Denton, Md., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Homestead Manor in Denton, Md., where she had resided for 14 years. She was born on June 23, 1919. In 1939, she married James Brohawn and together they raised three daughters. Mr. Brohawn passed away on April 24, 1963. In 1967, she married Paul Vincent and moved to Lewes. He passed away in 1994. She and Mr. Vincent were devout Christians in the Wesleyan faith. Together, they served in various positions within the church. She is survived by three daughters, Jaye Donaway (Richard), Jayne McQuade, both of Seaford and Sylvia Brohawn of East New Market, Md.; five grandchildren, Jacqui Moreno of New Mexico, Leslie Yarmoll, Lonny Groton (Billy) and Jolene Collins (Doug), all of Delaware and Rob Hughes (Cara) of East New Market; many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews whom she thought the world of. In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by an infant son; a grandson, Jamie Hughes in 2012; two sisters, Margaret Tyler and Katherine Ross; and a brother, Benny Mills. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Homestead Manor Activities Dept., 410 Colonial Drive, Denton, MD 21629, or Denton Wesleyan Camp, Bill Arnold, 424 East Wesley Circle, Denton, MD 21629.


Rosemary Cummings Gabel Figgs -- Rosemary Cummings Gabel Figgs, 59, of Georgetown, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Milford Memorial Hospital. The youngest of eight children, Rosemary was the beloved “baby” of the family. She grew up in Stow, Ohio and graduated from Our Lady of the Elms High School in Akron, Ohio in 1975. She then moved to Delaware, earned degrees from Del Tech and Wilmington College and worked as a nurse at Milford Memorial Hospital until she retired due to illness. In Delaware, she enjoyed spending her days gardening and caring for all of God’s creatures. Most of all she enjoyed being with her family and was deeply invested in their lives. Rosemary is survived by her husband of 24 years, Jerry Figgs; her son, Christopher Gabel and his wife Amber Banks Gabel; grandchildren, Landon and Kimber; her sisters, Carol Rementer, Beth Zedney and Joan Weiser; brothers, Harry Cummings and Christopher Cummings; and several dozen nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews who adoringly called her their Great Aunt Rose. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert F. “Fred” and Nellie C. Cummings; her aunt, Mary Castello and her sisters, Catherine Cummings and Maryellen Armbruster. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Monday evening from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2 Mill Rd., Ste. 106, Wilmington, DE 19806 or the ASPCA Memorial Fund at www.aspca.org or PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929. To send condolences, visit www.crasntonfuneralhome.com.


Gary Walton Johnson -- Gary Walton Johnson, 66, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Gary was born on March 18, 1951 at Easton Memorial Hospital, the son of the late Dorothy and Harry Johnson. His parents brought him home to Federalsburg, Md. He graduated from Colonel Richardson High School in 1969 and joined the National Guard. Gary worked for the Seaford Post Office, retiring in 2004 after 32 years of service. He leaves his children, Brad and Shanna Johnson; his companion for many years, Norma Lee Reed; and his sister, June Shockley and her husband John of Bridgeville. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Johnson in 1965 and his mother, Dorothy Johnson Slacum in 2007. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


June Christine Stopf Cummings -- June Christine Stopf Cummings, 92, of Seaford and Cambridge, Md., passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Hospital in Cambridge. Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Dec. 30, 1924, she was the youngest daughter of the late Ernest F. and Minnie Hoffman Stopf. As a young girl, she traveled with her family from New York to Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Texas as they looked for work during the Depression. She remembered picking blueberries and cotton in her travels. She married the love of her life, Samuel C. Cummings Jr. on Jan. 1, 1943, in Raleigh, N.C., while he was in the service. They were married for 62 years when he passed away on Nov. 5, 2005. They made their home in Seaford where they raised their family. She was a Den Mother with the Cub Scouts and she helped her husband with his business, S. C. Cummings & Son. In the 1970s, she became the manager of the Flagship Restaurant for about 10 years. She is survived by her children, Barbara Robinson (Herb) of Cambridge, Ronald Cummings (Jill) of Seaford, and Carol Sapna (George) of Seaford; a daughter-in-law, Cynthia Cummings of Seaford; grandchildren, George Robinson IV of Cambridge, Debra Powell (Jeff) of Salisbury, Md., Gwen Wallace of Harrisburg, N.C., CW4 Christopher Cummings (Jamie) of Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Kenneth Cummings (Michelle) of Seaford, George Sapna III (Justina) of Seaford, Scott Sapna (Shannon) of Lewes, Brian Cummings (Amber) of Seaford, Kathleen Owens (Jay) of Georgetown, Del., and Derrick Cummings of New Hampshire; and step-grandchildren, Steve Wisniewski (Tiffany) of Darlington, Md. and Lauri Slone of Seaford. She is also survived by 22 great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Powell, Chase Powell, Jonathan Powell, Caroline Powell, Sarah Robinson, Megan Wallace, Will Wallace, Mackenzie Cummings, Sam Cummings, Carter Cummings, Cole Cummings, Lane Cummings, Ty Cummings, Trent Sapna, Macy Sapna, Isabella Sapna, George Sapna IV, Jack Owens III, Olivia Owens, and Julia Owens and step-great-grandchildren, Wesley Wisniewski and Addyson Wisniewski. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel C. Cummings Jr. in 2005; sons, Samuel C. Cummings III in 1955, and Lawrence L. Cummings in 1993; her brother, Ernest F. Stopf Jr.; and her sisters, Anna L. Wade, Virginia Uplinger, Victoria Clawson and Rose Milligan. Services were held on Saturday, April 29, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Seaford. Interment followed at Odd Follows Cemetery, Seaford. Pallbearers were her grandsons, George Robinson IV, Jeff Powell, Kenneth Cummings, CW4 Christopher Cummings, Steve Wisniewski, George Sapna III, Jay Owens, Scott Sapna, Brian Cummings, and Derrick Cummings. Arrangements are in the care of Watson & Yates Funeral Home, a division of the Parsell Funeral Family. Please visit Mrs. Cummings’ life memorial webpage at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


James C. Walton Sr. -- James Christian “Johnny” Walton Sr., 53, of Seaford, passed away at his home on Friday, April 21, 2017. Johnny was born in Augsburg, Germany on Dec. 5, 1963, to the late James (Jimmy) Clarence Walton and his surviving mother, Annelies Eules. Johnny had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone. He was a hard working man who worked no matter how bad he felt. His family was his whole life and he loved them to the fullest! Johnny was enlisted in the Army for four years. He returned home and furthered his career in construction. He became well known for his ability and knowledge in this field. He had been working in this field for 29 years and was currently employed at David G. Horsey and Son. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Wanda Walton; three children, James (Monkey) Walton Jr., Meggan Walton and Jacob Walton, all of Seaford; a son by his first marriage, James Tyler Walton of Florida; stepmother, Brenda Walton; brothers, Richie Walton of Delmar, Ricky Walton of Delmar and Michael Walton (Amy) of Seaford; sisters, Marianne Walton (Rich) Mitchell of Delmar, Melissa (Missy) Graham of Alabama and Angela Sims of Delmar; a grandaughter, Miariah Walton and her mom Jessica Peterson of Seaford; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins that he loved and cherished dearly. He helped raise a few nieces and a nephew - Crissy Andrews, Angel Lauer, Margaret Faircloth, and Woody Faircloth - who he loved as his own. A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Rd., Laurel, where family and friends may visit one hour prior to the service. To offer words of comfort or sign the guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Bonnie Sue Kern -- Bonnie Sue Kern, 64, of Georgetown, departed this life on Friday, April 21, 2017, at PRMC in Salisbury, Md. Visitation will be held on Friday evening, April 28, at Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, and 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29, followed by a memorial service at noon. To offer words of comfort, or sign the guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Edward E. Morgan -- Edward E. Morgan, 89, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Ed was born in Seaford on Oct. 11, 1927, the son of the late LeRoy and Mae Morgan. After Ed graduated from Seaford High School and Goldey Business College, he enlisted in the Army on Oct. 11, 1948. He spent his enlistment in the Far East Command. He then worked for the DuPont Company in Seaford until he retired. Ed had no enemies, he loved to fish and could catch a fish in a mud puddle. He was an avid bowler and loved the game and friendship. He always had a smile and a joke. He is survived by wife of 53 years, Carolyn Wands Morgan; three sons, Edward Scott Morgan (Debbie), Christopher L. Morgan (JoAnn) and David Morgan (Janet); two daughters, Melissa James (David) and Barbara Hudson (Ben); a sister, Dorothy Dew; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 1, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 9:30 to 10. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Morgan Memorial Youth Bowling Fund, PO Box 1800, Seaford, DE 19973. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Dolores M. Grantham Allen -- Dolores M. Grantham Allen, 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Dee was a resident of the Manor House in Seaford since 2014. She had an extensive career in the food industry business followed by a career in furniture retail. Dee loved making artificial floral arrangements as her primary hobby. A member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Dee loved her church family. During her lifetime Dee instilled Christian belief and values in her children and always emphasized the importance of prayer. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lawrence Grantham in 1987 and her second husband, Howard E. Allen Jr. in 2011. Dee is survived by her four children, Linda M. Crescenzo (Jim) of Seaford, Larry M. Grantham (Sandy) of Seaford, Joan D. Joseph (Phil) of Wilmington and Beth A. Muscolino (Thom) of Millsboro; stepdaughter, Kim L. Craven (Tom) of York, Pa.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. A catered lunch will follow in Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Howard Alan Schweitzer -- Howard Alan Schweitzer, 62, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident near Georgetown. Alan, as he was known by all, was born in Angola, Ind. He was the son of Howard I. Schweitzer and Rachel Williams of Lancaster, Pa. Alan graduated in 1977 from Delaware State College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management. He then worked for the Delaware Sussex County Council as a staff accountant and was a tax auditor for the Delaware Dept. of Labor. He later opened his own accounting firm, H. Alan Schweitzer, Inc. in Laurel. Alan served multiple terms on City Council for Ward 3, in Laurel. He was also a decorated firefighter and paramedic for both the Ocean City Fire Department and Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. He was a 27 year member with the Laurel Fire Department where he served in a variety of positions and mentored many of the new and younger members. Alan was also a lieutenant for the Sussex County Technical Rescue Team. Alan had a kind heart and a gentle soul. As a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel, he served as head of finance/treasurer, on the Vestry and as Lay reader. He also led a youth group. Alan loved hunting, fishing, camping and NASCAR and rode his Harley Davidson every opportunity he could. While in high school and college, he was a member of multiple rock bands, and could play many instruments. He was a home brew enthusiast, which he enjoyed sharing with friends and family. Alan is survived by his wife of almost 39 years, Jennifer Foskey Schweitzer; a daughter, Beth Tyler (Chris), and the apple of his eye, his grandson, Toby Tyler; his sister, Cindy Salmon (John) of Avondale, Pa. and his niece Kate Salmon; and his mother-in-law, Jane Foskey of Laurel. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by father-in-law, Toby Foskey and sister-in-law, Cathy Hastings. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel, where visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. A celebration of life with full fireman honors will also be held at the Laurel Volunteer Fire Dept., 205 W. 10th St., Laurel, immediately following the church service at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


LeRoy M. Moran -- LeRoy M. Moran, 84, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at his home. He was born in Bethesda, Md. on Tuesday, April 4, 1933, the son of the late Irving M. and Ada M. (Testerman) Moran. Mr. Moran was a proud US Air Force veteran, retiring after 21 years of committed service. He continued to work for 20 years at Bank of America following his service to our country. He also worked at Woodland National Golf Park after his second retirement. Mr. Moran was a Life Member of VFW Virgil Wilson Post #4962, Amvets, Seaford Post #1694 and the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #6 and Moose Lodge #1728, both in Seaford. In his spare time, Mr. Moran enjoyed fishing and playing golf. His most cherished moments, however, were those spent with his adored family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend; he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. In addition to his parents, Mr. Moran was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles Moran, Frank Moran, and Joseph Moran; and his sisters, Sadie Miller and Mildred Thorpe. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Betty J. (Garber) Moran; his sons, Kevin W. Moran and his wife Carol of Hebron, Md., and Jeffrey A. Moran and his wife Deborah of Hurlock, Md.; his grandchildren, Dylan B. Moran of Baltimore, Md., Jason A. Moran of Lewes, Sarah McClain and her husband Peter of Knoxville, Tenn., and Heather Torbert and her husband Todd of Ijamsville, Md.; his great-grandchildren, Mason A. Torbert and Grace R. Torbert of Ijamsville; his brother, James Moran of Las Cruces, N.M.; his sister, Marian Toms of Sacramento, Calif.; and his loyal canine companion, Shelby. A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 21, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a division of the Parsell Funeral Family, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mr. Moran’s memory to American Legion Post #6, 230 N. Front St., Seaford, DE 19973; Moose Lodge #1728, 22759 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973; or Compassionate Care Hospice, 201 E. DuPont Blvd., Millsboro, DE 19973. Please visit Mr. Moran’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Cornelia I. Sholette -- Cornelia I. Sholette, 78, of Laurel, and formerly of Havertown, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Cornelia was a homemaker and a member of the WBCCI Airstream Club. She and her late husband enjoyed traveling. Her husband, Stanley M. Sholette passed away in 2013. She is survived by five children, Ann Humphrey, Patricia Oliver (Herb), Stanley Sholette (Kathryn), Gilbert Sholette (Karen) and William Sholette (Pam); two brothers, James and George Timberlake; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon on Thursday, April 20, 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, April 19 from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Seasons Hospice, 200 Continental Dr., Ste. 407, Newark, DE 19713 or Our Lady of Lourdes Building Fund, PO Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Ruth Ann Workman Wilcox -- Ruth Ann Workman Wilcox, 82, of Greenwood, and formerly of Middleford, departed this world to be with her Lord on Friday, April 14, 2017. She loved to fish on the Nanticoke River where she spent many hours with her brothers and friends up until her health declined. Ruth attended Seaford Nazarene Church. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all of her heart. Ruth loved to visit the nursing home with her brothers and church friends; her prayers were sincere and out of love and concern. Ruth was in active prayer to the Lord even after her very large stroke, praying not for herself but for her family and friends and their salvation. There is no doubt that God received her with open arms, saying well done my good and faithful servant. May she rest in sweet peace. She was preceded in death by her father, James C. Workman; mother, Georgia Anna Ryan Smart; three brothers, David, James and Howard Workman; and three sons, Wayne Shelp, George and Richard Wilcox. Ruth is survived by her two brothers, Charles Workman and his wife Tyla and Norris Workman; her daughter, Laura Lynn and her husband James Compton; three grandchildren; three bonus grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; seven nieces; and five nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, where a viewing will be held from noon to 1. Interment will be held at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.


Barbara J. Beard -- Barbara J. Beard, 78, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Barbara retired from Montgomery General Hospital. She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church and the Seaford Elks Lodge #2458. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norris Beard in 2008 and her son, Bill Beard in 2016. She is survived by her children, Chris Beard, Kevin Beard (Maura) and Glenn Beard (Carolee); nine grandchildren, Megan, Alexandra, Robert, Jesse, Shane, Alena, Kyle, Devon and Riley; two great-grandchildren, Jayde and Wyatt; and her siblings, Kay, Tim, Jeanne, Marsha, Robert, Jeff, Julie, Sharon, Kris and Judy. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 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 donations to the Blades Volunteer Fire Dept., 200 E. 5th St., Blades, DE 19973. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Elmore G. ‘EJ’ Crenshaw -- Elmore G. “EJ” Crenshaw, 79, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. EJ retired from Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and then worked as a carpenter. He was an active member of the Christian Church of Seaford for over 40 years. He was also a veteran of the US Army. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirley Tuck Crenshaw; four children, Joy Marvel (Michael), Dwayne Crenshaw (fiancée, Angie), Rhonda Polaski (Ted) and Eric Crenshaw (Dawn); six grandchildren, Sage Marvel, Evan Crenshaw, Eli Kefauver, Kalynn Crenshaw, Natalie Crenshaw and Riley Heck; and two sisters, Jeanette Paulett (William) and Diane Bayne. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 17, at the Christian Church of Seaford. Burial was in Old Paths Church of Christ Cemetery, Georgetown. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Ruth G. Dickerson, 90- Ruth G. Dickerson, formerly of Sharptown, Md., and later of Parsonsburg, Md., passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Salisbury, Md. She was born on July 24, 1926 in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of the late Edgar Wilfred Skirrow and Elsie Irene Cadmon Mellors Skirrow. She worked for many years at Cope’s Candy Company and Fooks Concrete. Ruth was a longtime active member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Sharptown where she volunteered with numerous ministries in addition to serving as a Sunday school teacher. In her early years, Ruth enjoyed traveling to Florida with her husband and children. She was a talented singer, studied opera, and possessed a great love for music. She was a member of the Cambridge Coin Club and enjoyed cooking and baking in her spare time. Most importantly, she treasured the times spent with her children and their families. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Thomas Dickerson. She is survived by her children, Allen Neil Dickerson (Linda) of Quantico, Md. and their daughter Danielle Marie Vaughn, Glenn Robert Dickerson (Corrine) of Seaford and their children James Tyler Fleetwood and Mary Catherine Fleetwood, and Holly Jean Trice (Gary) of Parsonsburg and their children Tracy Lynn Lewis, Brad Michael Trice and Heather Lynn Duma; 13 great-grandchildren, Noah Trice, Charleigh Melson, James Duma, Chase Fleetwood, Carson Deater, Lily Fleetwood, Candlyn Melson, J.T. Fleetwood, Liam Trice, Landen Trice, Tristine Fleetwood, Cory Lewis, and Brittney Daye; two special sisters-in-law, Dorothy Dickerson of Mardela Springs, Md. and Ruth Murray of Salisbury; and several dear nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 610 Main St., Sharptown, where visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Terri Bernard will officiate. Interment will follow at Firemen’s Cemetery in Sharptown. In memory of Mrs. Dickerson, contributions may be sent to Asbury United Methodist Church, PO Box 585, Sharptown, MD 21861. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Charles Earl ‘Pete’ Dukes Jr. -- Pete Dukes, 84, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Genesis Senior Health Center in Seaford. He was born on Oct. 27, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of the late Charles E. Dukes and Agnes G. Douglas Dukes. Pete was a forever employee of E.I. Dupont in Seaford for over 40 years. He started working for them when he was 18-years-old. He took a break for his service in the United States Air Force and served his country in the Korean War. After his return home, he was welcomed back to Dupont, where he remained until his retirement. But retirement wasn’t for him; he became a jack-of-all-trades in jobs: water inspector, fuel delivery, flower delivery, and even tried his hand in produce, which led to helping raise chickens with a very close friend. In his early years, in his spare time, he loved to go fishing with his dad. When his wife had a stroke, he then became her caregiver for 11 years. Then his own health took a turn and he spent the last two years in Genesis Senior Center dealing with dementia, early stage Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Pete, or “Pedro” as he was also known to many, was always a people person. He liked being in a crowd. We all have our faults and Pete was no exception. You may have wanted to cuss him bad but he could and would always make you laugh! He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Dukes (of Genesis Senior Center in Seaford), one son, three stepsons, 10 grandchildren, a brother and sisters, many nieces and nephews, all in the surrounding area, and the many friends of the doctors, nurses, and aides he made while a resident at the Center. Thank you all so much for the loving care you gave him and for all you did for him. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a former wife and son, grandson, niece and sisters.


Mary Alice Walker -- Mary Alice Walker, 88, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford where she had resided for the past few years. She was born on Oct. 24, 1928 in Gumboro, a daughter of the late Wilbur and Beatrice (Wilkerson) Collins. Mary left school at a young age to help on the family farm. Later in life, while raising kids and starting a family, she bravely decided to go back to school and not only earn her diploma but to also to earn her degree in nursing and to become an LPN. She worked at the former Massey Nursing Home, Chancellor Care Nursing Home, both in Delmar, and spent the last 20 years of her nursing career at the Salisbury Nursing Home. She was an active member of Bethel Worship Center in Seaford and was dedicated to reading her Bible. Music was her gift and she enjoyed visiting local nursing homes to sing to the residents. She was also a talented guitar player and played in her family’s bluegrass band for many years. She will be remembered as a devoted and soft-hearted mother, grandmother, sister and friend who was always willing to lend a hand to those in need. She is survived by children, Vickie A. Wilkerson (Albert) of Laurel, Cindy J. Reynolds (Mike) of Laurel, George A. Walker (Cindy) of Parsonsburg, Md. and David Walker (Wendy) of Seaford; grandchildren, Brent, Sharon, Aaron, Mary, Peter, Adam, Darryl, Dawn, Brian, Jennifer, Tessa and Bryan; 26 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George B. Walker; a sister, Nettie Littleton; and a brother, Bill Collins. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, where family and friends may call from noon to 1. Pastor Joe Lecates and Ron Wyatt will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Delmar. Contributions may be made in her memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Julie Crane-Tyndall -- Julie (Bean) Crane-Tyndall, 53, of Ottawa, Ill., went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday morning, April 12, 2017, at her home. Julie was born Sept. 19, 1963 in Danville, Ill., the daughter of John and Jackie (Myers) Bean. She married Gary Tyndall on Oct. 26, 1996 in Seaford. Julie was a member of Ottawa Lighthouse Church. She was very strong in her faith. God was first and foremost in her life, followed by her husband and sons who were her life. Julie served as office manager for Grieves Real Estate for several years. She was a volunteer at the Illinois Cancer Center in Ottawa. Julie fought her own battle with cancer with courage, strength and grace, and was an inspiration to everyone she came across. Her infectious smile will be missed by all. Surviving are her husband, Gary, of Ottawa; two sons, Benjamin Crane of Florida and Seth Tyndall of Ottawa; one brother, Ralph Bean of Spring Valley, Ill.; two sisters, Nancy (Dave) Wallace of Marshall, Ill. and Sue (R.C.) Vandervort of Ottawa; one special nephew, Nicholas Vandervort; and an aunt, uncle, and four cousins in Indiana. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Ottawa Lighthouse Church, 200 E. Campbell St., with the Rev. Glenn Townsell officiating. Celebration of Life will be held from 5 to 7 Wednesday evening at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Julie Tyndall Memorial Fund in care of Financial Plus Credit Union. Arrangements are in the care of Gladfelter Funeral Home. To share a memory or sign the guestbook, please visit www.gladfelterfuneralhome.com or Gladfelter Funeral Home on Facebook.


Pearl M. Hassett -- Pearl M. Hassett, 74, of Bridgeville, went home to be with Jesus on Monday, April 10, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. Pearl was born in Traphill, N.C., on Dec. 10, 1942, the daughter of the late William Tyra Absher and Laura Hattie (Billings) Absher. She was also preceded in death by two grandsons and 10 siblings. Mrs. Hassett moved to Delaware with her parents when she was only three weeks old. It was in Delaware she met her husband, James G. Hassett, the love of her life, to whom she was married for 60 years this past Tuesday, April 4. She was a warm and loving person and was devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren and family. Her home in Absherville was open to all and was always full of family and friends that she loved dearly. She was like a mother to many of her nieces and will always be remembered as a sweet loving lady who loved Jesus and everyone around her. A memory remembered by many is if she heard someone say a bad word you were sure to get your hair pulled. In her latter years she was especially appreciative of the tender loving care provided by her granddaughter, Michele Piela and her niece, Candi Davis. In addition to her husband, she is survived by six children, Sherry Jessee Brown (Joe) of Bridgeville, Belinda Bauer (Randy) of Harrington, Penny Toomey (Dale) of Laurel, James “Jake” Hassett (Marcie) of Seaford, William “Steve” Hassett of Bridgeville, and Rick Huffman (Dee) of Seaford; two brothers, Mack Absher and James Absher (Gail), both of Bridgeville; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may visit one hour prior. Burial will follow at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. Please visit Mrs. Hassett’s life memorial page and sign the online guest registry at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


David Whaley- David Whaley, 74, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., surrounded by his loving family. Born in Laurel, he was the son of the late Wilford and Anna Whaley. David graduated from Laurel High School, class of 1962. During his high school career he played football for the Laurel Bulldogs, earning team jersey #46. His love for the sport and his school showed to this day. After high school, he attended DeVry Electrical College in Chicago where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. When he returned home from college, he worked for PBX Telephone, dedicating 35 years of service. David was a lifetime member of Trinity United Methodist Church, a member of the Laurel Civic Club, and a member of the Pioneers. He dearly enjoyed fishing, rabbit and deer hunting, golf, and football. His beagles, Sam and Jake will miss him greatly. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janice B. Whaley of Laurel; his son, Bryan Whaley and his wife Monica of Laurel; grandson, Joseph Whaley of Laurel; brothers and sisters, Raymond Whaley (Dale), Edna Mae Marvil (Doug), Joyce Sadler (Clive), Betting Harding (Bobby), and June Dwyer (Joe); and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a baby brother, Ralph Whaley. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 3. The Revs. Bill Nack and Jim Scott will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Mr. Whaley’s honor to Elliott Worship Center, c/o Barbara Adams, 17249 Phillips Hill Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


William Cody Robertson Jr. -- William Cody Robertson Jr., 76, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 3, 2017. Bill was the son of the late William Cody Robertson and Wilda Claris Breeden Robertson. He was born in Elkton, Va., while his father was working as a surveyor during construction of the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. Bill was an exceptional athlete throughout his life and led his high school basketball team to an undefeated state championship his junior year. Following high school, he received multiple scholarship offers for both football and basketball and decided to play football for the Virginia Tech Hokies. He graduated in 1962 with a degree in business and accepted a position with DuPont in Seaford. Over the next 10 years, Bill worked for DuPont in Seaford and Charlotte, N.C., before settling permanently in Seaford where he enjoyed a fulfilling career with Penco Corporation for 31 years, serving as president for many years until his retirement in 2003. Bill was a pillar in the community, serving on many boards, organizations and committees including Wilmington Trust and Liberty Mutual. He was a lifelong supporter and donor of Virginia Tech, the University of Delaware, and the Seaford Golf and Country Club. He was an active member of St. John’s United Methodist Church where he was beloved by his congregation. Bill was an astute businessman and was admired and respected by colleagues. He was also an avid golfer and spent quality time with his friends on golf trips around the country and at all the local courses. Most of all, Bill was a family man. He and his wife traveled extensively, and he always made an effort to attend his grandkids’ sporting events. He faithfully called his mother every single week after he left home until her death in her 70s. Bill will be dearly missed by so many people who will remember his fantastic smile, his “fair, firm, and consistent” mantra, and his genuine, humorous and friendly demeanor. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Linda Brohawn Robertson of Bridgeville; his brother, Gary Wayne Robertson of Richmond, Va.; his son, William Gregory Robertson of Kennett Square, Pa.; his daughter, Gale Robertson Vantrease and son-in-law Bob Vantrease of Newark; and stepson, Johnnie Rossy III of Cambridge, Md. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Cody, Andraya and Austin Vantrease, and Corteney, Cameron, Hadley and Quinn Robertson, and his great-grandson, Landon Vantrease. Visitation will be held at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford, on Saturday, April 15 from noon to 1 p.m., with a service to follow from 1 to 2. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s Church, www.stjohnsseaford.com. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Rev. Daniel Linton -- Rev. Daniel Linton, 80, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. He retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford and Nanticoke Cleaners in Seaford. He was also a retired minister from the Living Miracle Church. Daniel is survived by a stepdaughter, JoAnn Hammond; granddaughter, Jennie Hammond; great-grandchildren, Addison and Caleb; grandson, Codey Hammond and daughter-in-law, Susan Hammond; and his beloved cat “Buttons.” He is also survived by four daughters, Renee, Sandy, Sara and Susie; sister-in-law, Ada Linton; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be private. Please contact Jennie at 628-6953 for details. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Patricia Jester -- Patricia Jester, 58, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Delaware Hospice in Milford. Patricia was born on Sept. 4, 1958 in Salisbury, Md., at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. She attended North Salisbury School and graduated from Wicomico High School in 1976. She also attended Pillsbury Baptist College in Owatonna, Minn., from 1979 to 1982. She moved back to Salisbury and began her career in print media and sales. She loved working and was successful in her endeavors. She worked for the Salisbury News and Advertiser, Gannett and, most recently, Local 360 Media. She was often the top sales representative receiving many awards for exceeding expectations. She married Pete Jester in 1990 and, combined, the couple had six children. Pete and Patricia were together for 29 years. Patricia was witty, energetic, full of life and courageous. In November of 2016, Patricia was diagnosed with stage IV anaplastic thyroid cancer and despite its extremely aggressive and rare nature, she fought hard to have more time with her family. She battled through 36 radiation treatments, eight chemo sessions, four blood transfusions and two surgeries. Patricia was a very outgoing and personable woman who deeply loved spending her summers with her grandchildren. She will always be remembered as an amazing grandmother and a loving mother and wife. Patricia is survived by her husband, Pete Jester; her children, David Jester and wife Trish Melvin, Matthew West and wife Jaculin West, Rachel Norris, Kenneth Jester and Phillip Jester and wife Elizabeth Jester; her grandchildren, Alex Jester and wife Connie Jester, Kenneth Jester Jr., Ariana Jester, Logan Jester and Kingston Jester; and her great-grandchildren, Alex Michael Jester and Olivia Jester. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Angela Norris and her sister, Debbie Wilkerson. Two memorial services will be held: Tuesday, April 11, noon, Old Christ Church, located on the corner of Christ Church Rd and Chapman’s Pond Rd in Laurel (please note this location is an historical landmark and there is no running water or electricity) and Tuesday, April 11, 8 p.m., Hoboken Grace Community Church located at 301 Garden St., Hoboken, N.J. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Patricia’s life. The family would like to thank Patricia’s friends and family, her caring nurses, Local 360 Media and Hoboken Grace Community Church for their continued support over the past seven months. Flowers may be sent directly to Old Christ Church in Laurel on the day of the service from 9 to 11 a.m. The service will start promptly at noon.


Elwood C. Massey -- Elwood C. Massey, 88, of Delmar, and formerly of Laurel, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 16, 1928 in Monmouth, N.J., a son of the late John and Helen Massey. After graduating from high school he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. After his discharge from the Army he spent many years as a proofreader for the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 19 in Laurel. Elwood will be remembered as a kind-hearted and fun-loving father, grandfather and friend to many and never met a stranger. He was a jokester and even up until his final days would do anything to make people laugh. His smile was infectious and he was always there for family and friends, whatever their need. He enjoyed walking and for many years walked three miles a day, five days a week. Elwood also had a fondness for casinos and his Chic-fil-A group of friends, who were like his second family. Mr. Massey will be sorely missed. He is survived by his children, Joan Koshkin (Bruce) of Georgia, Sue Nero (Richard) of Florida, Jimmy Massey (Maggie) of Seaford and Debbie Massey of Virginia; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters and his friend and companion, Jerry Hudson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where a visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Pastor George Smith will officiate. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel.


Linda Rivera -- Linda Rivera, 63, of Seaford, passed away at her home on Monday, April 3, 2017, of natural causes. She was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on Thursday, June 18, 1953, daughter of the late Minor A. and Peggy A. (Mason) Haney. Linda held a master’s degree and was a certified government contracts manager. She was also a program administrator, supplying aircraft carrier support for Engineering Services Network, Inc. She married the love of her life, Robert Rivera, on April 11, 2006, and for the past decade enjoyed fishing with him. Linda also liked to spend her time browsing flea markets, and making and selling jewelry and crafts. Her most cherished moments, however, were those shared with family and friends. Linda is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 11 years, Robert Rivera of Seaford; her son, Shane Warren Gift and his wife Robin; her grandsons, Anthony, Ashton, and Alex; her granddaughters, Delilah and Josie; her stepson, James Rivera; and her sister, Sherry Scribe of Baltimore, Md. A viewing will be held on Thursday, April 6, from 7-9 p.m. at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Linda’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Please visit Linda’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Charles C. Callaway -- Charles C. Callaway, 86, of Bridgeville, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Charles was born on July 22, 1930 near Bridgeville, the son of the late William Treat Callaway and Agnes Mowbray Callaway. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Pauline Gray Callaway on March 20, 2013. Mr. Callaway was a farmer all of his life, retiring in 2008. He was a member of the Delmarva Poultry Industry. Charles was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Oak Grove, Seaford, and had served on a number of committees and board council. He loved music, especially the old hymns, and sang in the Bethel Church Choir for many years. He was also vice president and director of the Bethel Cemetery Association, Inc., Oak Grove, Seaford. Mr. Callaway enjoyed family gatherings, crab feasts, old tractors, and in his later years, sitting on his deck watching the corn and soybeans grow. He is survived by his son, Clifford C. Callaway and his fiancée Donna K. Johnson; son-in-law, Michael D. McCumbers; a sister-in-law, Anne G. Callaway; and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Kathryn C. McCumbers; a brother, William F. “Bill” Callaway; and a sister, Mary K. Callaway. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, Md., where visitation with the family will be held two hours prior from 1 to 3. The Rev. Carol Price will officiate. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery, Oak Grove, Seaford. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Cemetery Association, c/o Freda Lovelace, 29424 North Oak Grove, Seaford, DE 19973. A special thank you to Christine Welfley, his caretaker for the past eight months, and the staff of Seasons Hospice and Delaware Hospice. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Raymond Samuel Smith -- Raymond Samuel Smith, 76, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Raymond retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford. After retirement he worked for Lab Corp. He enjoyed golfing, race horses, his family and his church, The Ark - Young at Heart Group. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia and his parents, Waldon E. and Hilda T. (Wootten) Smith. Raymond is survived by his children, Richie Smith (Jill) and Roxanne Lee (Daniel); stepchildren, Ricky Taylor (Denise), Terri Evans (Sherman) and Grace Fuller; siblings, Wayne Smith (Barbara), Gary Smith (Linda), Sharon Smith, Debbie Wilkerson (Robert), Trudy Smith and Robin Smith; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at the Ark Wesleyan Church, 26630 Sussex Hwy., Seaford. Fellowship will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Young At Heart Group, The Ark, 26630 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


David Eichenmiller -- David Eichenmiller, 62, a loving and devoted husband of 34 years, caring father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully at his home in Seaford, on Sunday, March 19, 2017. David worked for Total Restoration many years in construction and was praised by his bosses, John and Joe for his work and management skills. He was preceded in death by his parents, Watson and Adelaide Eichenmiller; brother, John Eichenmiller; father-in-law, Joseph R. Spry and his wife Berniece B. Spry; and grandson’s father, Wade C. White. David is survived by his wife, Joanna M. Eichenmiller; daughter, Melinda Eichenmiller, her son Hunter White, fiance Michael Ford and his son Dylan; son, Ronnie Littleton, wife Kay Littleton and their children, Madisyn, Lucy, Ronnie, Megan, and Harleigh Jo; brother and sister-in-law, Gene Eichenmiller and Mirram (Montalvo) Eichenmiller and their children Eric, Michael, and Andrea; sister-in-law by the late John Eichenmiller, Yin Eichenmiller and their child Alice; sister-in-law, Darnell and her husband Keith Murray; niece, Jennifer, her husband David Peterson, their child, great-niece Katherine, her husband Larry Coulbourn Jr. and their children Melanie, Tommy, and Albrie; and many great neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Private services will be held by the family.


James N. Demas -- James N. Demas, 89, of Seaford, passed away at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Friday, March 24, 2017. He was born in Shamokin, Pa., the son of the late Marie and Nicholas Demas. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Liberty. Jim’s life was filled with varied work experiences. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland where he majored in economics and was a Merchant Marine and Navy veteran. As a Navy corpsman during the Korean War, he was part of a helicopter rescue team. In his middle years he had restaurants in Rehoboth and Ocean City. At the time of his death he was employed as a realtor with Home Team Realty in Seaford. Jim enjoyed the beach, loved dancing at the Rusty Rudder and loved the spring growth of flowers and trees. He loved the arts and plays. He and June spent many hours doing things together they both enjoyed. He is survived by a daughter, Shannon Marie Holder; a brother, William Demas; and his love for 26 years, June R. Foster. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Heart Association. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Allison Brooke Austin -- Allison Brooke Austin, 22, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford surrounded by her loving family. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of Angela Renee Brittingham and her stepfather Brent of Laurel and David Austin and her stepmother Tonya of Hebron, Md. Allison was a loving mother to her son Blake. She enjoyed going to the beach, eating out, and shopping. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Blake Austin of Laurel; her brothers, Corey Austin and Brett Austin, both of Laurel; maternal grandparents, Don Groton and Linda Groton of Laurel; and paternal grandparents, Wilbur “Al” Austin and Priscilla Austin of Delmar. Services were held on Saturday, March 25, at Christ Evangelistic Church, Laurel. The Rev. Roland Tice officiated. Interment was private. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Mable Laura (McClements) O’Neal -- Mable Laura (McClements) O’Neal, 94, of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Seaford Center following a short illness. She was born at home on Feb. 17, 1923, the second child and oldest daughter of the late Joseph and Laura Drake McClements of Smyrna. She began her florist career at the age of 18 at Vane’s Florist in Dover, located on the property now occupied by Dover Downs Speedway. She also worked for Cook and Smith Florist in Dover in the 1950s. On Dec. 7, 1952, she married Andrew Cless O’Neal of Laurel and the two opened their own business, O’Neals Florist in Laurel in 1960. Her husband died in 1966 and she continued to operate the business until she retired in 2006 at the age of 83. Mrs. O’Neal was very active in the Capital Grange in Dover and Broad Creek Grange in Laurel. She and her husband began the Delaware State Fair Grange Booth in the early 1960s. She was part of many degree installation teams and produced several state Grange prince and princess contests. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Joseph McClements Jr. and Gilbert McClements, both of Smryna, Albert McClements of Dover and baby Edward McClements, and two sisters, Mildred Evans of Wilmington and a baby sister. She is survived by a son, Joseph C. O’Neal and wife Annelle of Laurel; a daughter, Carolyn, with whom she lived; two grandsons, Andrew J. O’Neal and wife Crystal of Bethel and Randall E. O’Neal and wife Laurie of Seaford; five great-grandchildren, Isaac, Samuel, Paige, Ava and Henry; one brother, Laurence McClements of Kenton; and a sister, Mary Evans of Elkton, Md. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 3, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Pastor Fern Kester will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


James ‘Allen’ Morgan -- James “Allen” Morgan, 91, of Tampa, Fla., passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017, after a brief stay at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Mr. Morgan was born on Nov. 19, 1925, a son of the late Helen and Walter Morgan. After graduating from Seaford High School in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He then trained as a student pilot but the program was terminated due to the end of WWII before he was fully qualified. He continued to serve in the (now) U.S. Air Force for 26 years with a myriad of assignments highlighted by participation in the Korean War, duty at a remote site in Alaska, four years in Wiesbaden, Germany and finally Strategic Air Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, where he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer in 1970. His transition to civilian life was quick and smooth as he joined the Hillsborough Community College staff as the Director of Logistics activity. On April 20, 1946 he married Inez Spicer of Seaford, who passed in 1995. He met and married Ann Husckaa in 1996 and they enjoyed many years traveling in their numerous RVs. He is survived by his wife, Ann Morgan and her children, Nick, Cindy, Rick, Rob, Kelly and Roy; his daughter, Janice Annette Morgan Ray and her husband Robert; grandchildren, Christian and Wendy; a great-granddaughter, Kylie; and a brother, Donald Morgan. Memorial services with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, 609 King St., Seaford. Burial will be private at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 100 W. 10th St., Wilmington, DE 19801.


Betty Jane Brittingham -- Betty Jane Brittingham, 86, of Delmar, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was born on Feb. 1, 1931 in Laurel, a daughter of the late Prettyman and Elizabeth (Timmons) Jones. Betty loved the outdoors, working in her flowers and watching the birds. She enjoyed afternoons fishing with her husband and going to yard sales. She also loved her cats. She is survived by her children, Robert Brittingham Jr. (Deborah) of Seaford, James P. Brittingham (Judy) of Delmar, Anna M. Parsons of Mardela Springs, Md., Betty L. Hudson (William) of Mardela Springs, and Margaret J. Short of Seaford; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a niece, Virginia Dryden; and nephews, Norman and Melvin Jones. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert W. Brittingham Sr. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar. A visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. Apostle Sarah E. Cannon will officiate. Interment will follow in Line Cemetery in Delmar. In memory of Mrs. Brittingham, contributions may be sent to The Joseph House, PO Box 1755, Salisbury, MD 21802 or the Bi-State Ruritan Club, c/o Mr. Gerald Workman, 15030 Pepperbox Rd., Delmar, DE 19940.


Charles L. Saunders -- Charles L. Saunders, 87, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017, at his home. Charles was born in Pensacola, Fla., a son of the late Oscar Sr. and Leola Saunders. Charles was a graduate of Texas A&M University and then served his country as an officer in the United States Army. He worked for Westinghouse for 45 years. Charles was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. He was an accomplished furniture refinisher and always willing to lend a hand to those in need. Charles is survived by his wife, Colletta Saunders; their children, Mark Ciarapica (Daniella) of Virginia, Lisa S. Stevens (Scott) of Texas, Susan S. Lundy of California, Diane Frederick of Florida and Teresa Thompson of Arizona; a brother, Joseph Saunders (Frances) of Texas; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his children, Dorothy Dadds and Debbie Saunders, and a brother, Oscar Saunders Jr. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel. The Rev. Dean Purdue will officiate. Interment will be held privately. Contributions may be made in his 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 by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


John ‘Jack’ Cordrey -- John “Jack” Cordrey, 88, of Portsville, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Laurel, he was the son of the late Glen Elijah Cordrey and Elizabeth Boyce Cordrey. Jack graduated from Laurel High School in the Class of 1946. During his high school career, he served as class president and was a talented left handed pitcher for the Laurel Bulldog’s baseball team. After graduation, he served his country in the United States Navy from 1946 to 1948. When he returned home from the Navy, he was accepted into the University of Delaware where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 1952, he managed “Broad Creek Estates” poultry and turkey farm until his retirement. He also had an orchard and was a beekeeper. Jack’s first love and most important treasure in life was his family - his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and loved hunting with his beagles. Jack is survived by his loving wife, Lois Cordrey; his children, Glen Cordrey, Joyce Cofield, and Jan James and her husband Kevin; his sister, Joyce Kershaw and her husband William; grandchildren, Rod Cofield (Sara), Paige Cofield, Jackie Magagnotti (Cole), and Melanie James. He was anticipating the arrival of his new great-grandson, Clark Cofield this year. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandchildren, John Cofield and Eric Cofield, and his brother, Kenney Cordrey. A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, April 1, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Dean Perdue will officiate. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made in Mr. Cordrey’s memory to the Laurel Alumni Association, Inc., PO Box 382, Laurel, DE 19956.


Eleanor M. Paradee -- Eleanor M. Paradee, age 91, of Laurel passed away on March 25, 2017 at the Genesis Milford Center. Eleanor was born in Laurel on May 26,1925, a daughter of the late Carmel and Sallie Moore. Preceding Eleanor in death is her husband, the love of her life, Paul B. Paradee, to whom she was married to for 51 years, and a brother Robert Moore, and his son Michael Moore. Eleanor was a 1943 graduate of Laurel High School and later graduated from the University of Delaware in 1947. She was a second-grade teacher for the Laurel School District for 34 years, retiring in 1980. Eleanor continued to be very active in her retired years. She volunteered and mentored children at the school with the HOST program. She also volunteered at the Good Samaritan Shop in Laurel. Eleanor was a charter member of the Laurel Lioness Club for over 30 years, being very active until her health declined. On March 8, 2008, she received the Delaware Lions Foundation Ralph Helm Award for humanitarian service. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church for over 70 years, serving as a circle leader of the UMW, assisting with Vacation Bible School, and teaching Sunday School. She also served on the Care Team, whom visited shut ins. She was a member the Laurel Lunch Bunch, along with the Red Hat Society, enjoying many fun events. She was also very actively involved in the Laurel New Century Club, and the Delaware Federation of Womens Club, serving in many roles over the years. Eleanor touched many lives, through teaching, mentoring, and serving wherever needed. She enjoyed sending cards to family and friends, sending words of encouragement on a daily basis, this was her ministry. Her greatest love was her family. Eleanor is survived by her three children, Paula Hardt (Mark), Ben Paradee (Mandy) and Sally Irwin (Andy). Her grandchildren, Lindsay Hardt, Seth Irwin, Sean Irwin, Paul Paradee , Rebecca Paradee Meyers , Melissa Paradee Lesher, Michelle Paradee, and Jeffery Paradee, as well as many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Bruce Moore (Christine) and his children, Matt Moore and Meredith Moore, and her late brother Robert’s son, Chris Sammelwitz. Eleanor lived the last 20 years of her life without her beloved husband Paul, staying busy with her family and friends, and always on the go until the last few years, in which she was slowed by Alzheimers. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Genesis Milford Center for their love and care of Eleanor the last 2 years of her life. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday March, 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home Laurel, DE. A visitation will also be held from 11-1:00pm. The Rev. John Van Tine will officiate. Interment will be private. All are welcome to join the family at Centenary United Methodist Church immediately following the service for a time of food and fellowship. Contributions can be made in her memory to Centenary United Methodist Church 200 W Market St. Laurel, DE 19956, or to the Alzteimers Association.


Pastor Steven Lee Booth -- Pastor Steven Lee Booth, 70, of Laurel, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at his home. He was born on Dec. 6, 1946 on Chincoteague Island, Va., a son of the late Roy L. Booth Sr. and Evelyn Smothers Booth. He graduated from Chincoteague High School with the class of 1965 before proudly serving his country in the Army Reserves for six years. Steve worked as a shift supervisor at DuPont in Seaford for 28 years. After leaving Dupont, Steve found a love for woodworking and handcrafted many treasured keepsakes for his family and friends. He loved the outdoors, enjoyed fishing and boating and had a special place in his heart for all dogs. His true passion was helping others and served as pastor of the Laurel Baptist Church for 16 years. Pastor Steve will be remembered as someone who was always there to help when someone had a need and faithfully visited family, friends and church members when they were sick or in the hospital. He absolutely loved being a Pop-Pop and always had a pocket full of candy to share with the kids. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Brenda Booth, whom he married on Aug. 8, 1964; daughters, Krista Hall and husband Chad and Stephanie Edwards and husband Nathaniel, all of Laurel; grandchildren, Megan Pete and husband Mike, Andrew Parlier, Morgan Edwards, Seth Edwards, Nicholas Edwards and Steven Edwards; great-grandchildren, Madison, Colby, Cameron and Carter; brothers, Roy L. Booth Jr. of Virginia, Jerry Booth and wife Carmen of Texas, Tommy Booth of Virginia and Harry Booth of Virginia; sisters, Delores Willis and husband Mike of Florida and Joyce; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Booth. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 31, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Joseph Delatte, a close friend, will officiate. Interment will be private in a family cemetery in Virginia. Contributions may be made in his memory to Faith Baptist Church of Delmar, 1207 E. State St., Delmar, MD 21875.


Roy Edward Bell -- Roy Edward Bell, 72, of Seaford, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, March 24, 2017. He was born on Nov. 22, 1944 in Cambridge, Md., the son of the late Merritt Bell and Lillian Haglund Bell. Roy graduated from North Dorchester High School with the class of 1963. He worked faithfully for E.I. DuPont in Seaford for 30 years, retiring at the age of 49. He was a true outdoorsman and loved to hunt and do gardening around his home. Other hobbies included farming, bowling, working on cars in his garage, dancing at the Seaford Moose, and eating out. He is survived by his wife, Deborah A. Bell; three children, Curtis E. Bell (Maggie) of Seaford, David S. Bell (Shirley) of Edgewood, Md., and Cynthia A. Williams (Chris) of Seaford; two stepchildren, Brian C. Taylor of Cambridge, Md. and Carrie B. Rhem (Charles) of Charlotte, N.C.; five grandchildren, Nicole L. Hastings, April E. Gerstner, Stephanie A. Williams, Zachary R. Bell and Shelby N. Williams; three step-grandchildren, Cayla M. Rhem, Kara N. Dozier and Jayden C. Taylor; four siblings, Norman Bell of Cambridge, Bonnie Willey of Bethel, Robert Bell of Delmar and Nancy Harrold of Seaford; and a host of friends and other family members. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Bell. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, April 8, at Harvest Christian Church in Seaford. Chaplain Troy Dennis and Pastor Tom Birowski will officiate. Interment will be private. Following the service, a time of food and fellowship will be held at Harvest Christian Fellowship Hall and the family requests that each family bring a covered dish. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harvest Christian Church, 8697 Ockels Rd., Seaford, DE 19973; Compassionate Care Hospice, 20165 Office Circle, Ste. 2, Georgetown, DE 19947; or American Parkinson Disease Association, 110 S. Paca St., 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201. Arrangements are in the care of Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg, Md.


Donald M. Dennis Jr. -- Donald M. Dennis Jr., 68, of Milford, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at his home. He was the son of the late Donald M. Dennis Sr. and R. Louise Dennis Stubbs. Donnie graduated from Seaford High School and then served in the U.S. Marine Corp, going to Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. He was a retired carpenter. Donnie is survived by his son, Craig Lewis and a grandson, Ian Lewis, both of Florida; a brother, Ronald N. Elliott of Milford; a sister, Carol A. Dennis Willey and her husband Lester Willey of Greenwood; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service and interment with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Bette ‘Doris’ Abbott Jones -- Bette “Doris” Abbott Jones of Fort Myers, Fla. and Seaford, died peacefully on her 90th birthday on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at Lee Memorial Health Park Medical Center in Fort Myers. She received excellent care from the whole staff during her stay. Doris was born in Oxford, Md. on Feb. 28, 1927, daughter of the late Howard T. Abbott and Pearl Haddaway Abbott. She graduated from Oxford High School and worked in Baltimore as a Teletype operator during WWII. She married Woodrow “Woody” Jones in 1945 and moved to Charleston, W.V. They moved to Seaford in 1947. Doris worked at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital as a medical records librarian in the 1950s. During the 1970s, she worked at Peebles Department Store. She was an avid sports fan and proudly watched her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports. Her favorite professional athlete was Peyton Manning. She followed all of his games on television and cut out articles about him from the newspapers. She could quote his stats to anyone who would listen. She also predicted the Chicago Cubs’ World Series championship win. Doris and Woody enjoyed traveling with their children, grandchildren and especially loved going across country in her sister Ann’s motor home. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Woody Jones; brothers, Epps Abbott and Douglas Abbott; sisters, Goldie Abbott, Mary Abbott, Pearl Abbott, and Ann Abbott Kelly; a grandson, Steve Trivits; and a great-grandson, Brandon Ashby. Doris is survived by her three children, Roxanne Palmer (Mike) of Laurel, Woodrow “Sonny” Jones (Anna) of Fort Myers, and Bonnie Jones of Seaford. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Danny Trivits, Keith Trivits, Nicolle Ashby, Sonja Gearhead, Vanessa Jones and Daniel Jones, 19 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. Many thanks to her kind, helpful, dependable next door neighbor, Denny, who was always there for her. Also, we want to express our heartfelt thanks to the Kelly family who have done so much for our family. Burial will be held at Oxford Cemetery in Oxford, Md. on Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Delmarva Teen Challenge, PO Box 1271, Seaford, DE 19973 or Teen Challenge Southwest Florida, 15631 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907.


Adam Christopher Connelly -- Adam Christopher Connelly, 20, died on Monday, March 20, 2017. Born in Seaford on March 20, 1997, Adam was a 2015 graduate of Seaford Senior High School. He will always be remembered for his humor and his smile. Adam is survived by his mother, Laina Betts; his father, Eric Connelly; a son, Aiden Connelly and fiancé, Lauren McCray; maternal grandparents, Donnie and Linda Betts; paternal grandparents, Patti and Greg Cropper; sisters, Savannah Massey and Brittany Connelly; brothers, Logan Smith and Cameren Connelly; and a great-grandmother, Ruth Johnson. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members. With the many epidemics facing our youth today, depression is at the forefront. Parents, please talk to your children and ask tough questions. Depression can hide behind smiles and jokes. Kids, there is no problem or past mistake so great worth taking your own life. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at Abundant Life Christian Church, 28714 Seaford Rd., Laurel. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the family for funeral expenses made directly to Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Sambra Marlene Beacham -- Sambra Marlene Beacham, 64, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Marlene was born on Nov. 26, 1952 in North Carolina to the late Marvin and Alice Beacham. She was a dialysis nurse for 30 plus years and was working at PRMC in Salisbury, Md. and Fresenius Medical Care in Georgetown. Her time was devoted to her work where she loved helping others and her family. Her needs always came second to her parents, children, and grandchildren. She loved to cross stitch and read, and her monthly trips back home to Virginia Beach, Va. where she grew up. Marlene is survived by her two sons, Marc Beacham of Virginia Beach and Steven Correll and wife Jessica of Laurel and grandchildren, Taylor, Kennedy, and Richard Correll, all of Laurel. Marlene will be greatly missed by many family and friends as she left footprints on a lot of hearts. We love you to the moon and back Gran. Watch over us Mom. Memorial services will be held at the family’s discretion at a later date.


Barbara P. Melvin -- Barbara P. Melvin, 78, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the Milford Center in Milford. Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late Clifton E. Phillips and Margaret Brittingham Phillips. She was a loving homemaker who enjoyed cooking and baking. She will be remembered for her delicious peanut butter fudge. Above all, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren meant the world to her. You would always see her doting over their accomplishments or just simply showing them her expressions of love. Barbara enjoyed eating dinner at Britt’s. She was also very civic minded, and was a member of the Red Hat Society, Martha Rebecca Lodge, Centenary United Methodist Church, past United Methodist Women Circle leader, and was the head of the sweets booth at the Centenary United Methodist Church dinners. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret “Moggie” O’Neal and her husband Joseph of Laurel; her son, Richard Melvin and his wife Myrna of Laurel; her brothers, Fred Phillips of Laurel and Richard “Pete” Phillips of Laurel; grandchildren, Maggie O’Neal, Megan Benner, Richard Melvin Jr. and Kara Melvin; great-grandchildren, Christian Price and Colton O’Neal; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Melvin who passed away in 2014. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 24, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 1. The Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the entire staff at the Milford Center for the loving and compassionate care their mother received during the past year in their care. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


James J. Moore -- James J. Moore, 38, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Corsica Hills Center in Centreville, Md. A celebration of life service will be held at noon on Friday, March 24, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. To offer words of comfort or sign the online guest book, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Wilmer Clyde Cason -- Wilmer Clyde - Wil or Casey as his friends knew him - Cason, 97, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. Casey was born on Sept. 6, 1919 in Clayton, N.M., a son of the late William Garner Cason and Opal Gertrude Womble Cason. Casey and his family moved to a farm in Milton (near the Sandhill area), when he was a young child. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Ethel Mae Warren Cason. Casey graduated from Milton High School in 1931. He always enjoyed arranging his class reunions for his 12 classmates. During World War II, Casey served in the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1945 with the 2nd Infantry Division. The Division landed in Normandy on D-Day+1 at Omaha Beach, continued its way across northern France, Belgium and the German Rhineland, and was actively engaged in the Battle of the Bulge. At the time of his discharge, Casey had attained the rank of 1LT and had been awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the European Theater of Operations Ribbon with four bronze service stars. Casey worked for Dupont for 40 years and five months, retiring on April 1, 1982. Casey was very active in the community serving on the boards for Delaware State Labor, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, and Seaford Golf and Country Club. He was an active member with the Seaford Kiwanis, serving a term as secretary. He was a member of the Seaford Golf and Country Club, where he loved playing golf. Casey was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Wilmington Valley Scottish Right. He was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, where he was proud to serve as an usher for many years. Casey enjoyed playing bridge with his wife, Ethel Mae, in their couples bridge club. In March of 2015, Casey moved to the Seaford Manor House where he lived until his death. He was very happy at the Manor House in his apartment overlooking the courtyard, surrounded by his friends and close to his family. A memorial service will be held at the Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


David ‘Ratchet’ Hynson -- David “Ratchet” Hynson, 74, of Georgetown, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at his home. He was the son of the late Ralph and Esther Spence Hynson. He was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Emma Minner Hynson; his brother, Joseph Hynson; and his stepsister, Phyllis Hynson. David was honorably discharged from the US Navy. He then worked at E. I. DuPont in Seaford for 38 years. He loved to be outdoors fishing and hunting, and was a member of Nanticoke Sportsman Club, NRA, and the North American Hunting Club. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Violet Willey Hynson; a stepddaughter, Deanna Wise; two granddaughters, Ashley and Jacqulyn; a great-granddaughter, Sophia; a brother, Donald and his wife Mildred; two nieces; two nephews; and numerous cousins both locally and across the U.S. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.


Elisabeth C. ‘Ellen’ Tassone, CMF, BOC -- Elisabeth C. “Ellen” Tassone, CMF, BOC, 70, passed away peacefully early on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at her home in Bridgeville, surrounded by her loving family - her devoted husband, Lawrence (Tazz), sons, Marco and Lorenzo, daughter-in-law, Angela, sister, Irma Troost, nieces, Wendy and Conny Troost, sister-in-law, Eunice Tassone and grandson, Francoise Tassone. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 26, at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may visit from 10 to 11. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, May 5, at 2 p.m. Family and friends are requested to arrive promptly to the Administration Building at the cemetery at 1:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Tassone’s name, with notation made for the benefit of residents of Sussex County, DE, to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3 International Dr., Ste. 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573. Please visit Mrs. Tassone’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Stephen Paul Rubino -- Stephen Paul Rubino, 57, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. Born on Oct. 16, 1959 in Seaford, he was the son of the late Martin A. and Loretta Mitchell Rubino. Mr. Rubino lived a number of years in the Georgetown/Rehoboth Beach area when he was working as a waste water operator for Sussex County based in Dewey Beach. In April 1989, he married the former Lillian M. Moyer making their home in Laurel and raising their family. Mr. and Mrs. Rubino also formed and operated their own domestic cleaning business. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Rubino, in 2008. He is survived by his wife, Lillian “Lil” Rubino, Laurel; four children, Anthony C. “Tony,” Joshua M., Shaughn M. and Breanna E. Rubino, all of Laurel; two brothers, Mark S. Rubino, Laurel and Dean R. Rubino, Georgetown; two sisters, Teresa Cline, Bethel and Donna Willin, Laurel; a sister-in-law, Maureen Rubino, Laurel; two grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. Pastors Beth Elzey and Barbara Wilson will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Firemen’s Cemetery, Sharptown, Md. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Kenneth K. West -- Kenneth K. West, 76, of Millsboro, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Born in Laurel, Ken was the son of the late I. Lee West and Sara McGee West. Ken was a member of the 1959 Blue Gold football team, received an agricultural education degree from the University of Delaware, and served on the Sussex County Soil Conservation Board. He had a passion for farming and land preservation. He enjoyed the beauty of a rural landscape and the peacefulness of living and working in the country. Ken is survived by his daughter, Kenda West; sons, Kevin West, Kent West, and Klay West (Wendy); grandsons, Tyler West (Kelsi) and Kyle West; and granddaughters, Tristin West and Sarra Tavakoli. He is also survived by his brothers, Bert West and Jack West, and sister, Roslyn West. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Otwell West, Ben West, and Karen E. Joseph. The family extends special thanks to Delaware Hospice of Milford and Roslyn West and Alice Bailes for their extraordinary care and compassion. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in honor of Ken West to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriot’s Way, Milford, DE 19963 or the Gumboro Volunteer Fire Department, 37030 Millsboro Hwy., Millsboro, DE 19966.


Mary J. McCauley -- Mary Jane McCauley, 79, of Laurel, passed away at her home on Sunday, March 12, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Born on Aug. 5, 1937 in Aspen, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John Paul and Niva L. Sheaffer Weimer. A longtime resident of Pasadena, Md., Mrs. McCauley and her husband, Roosevelt, moved to Laurel in June 2003. Mr. McCauley passed away in December 2003. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford where she was president of the Legion of Mary. Active in the Rosary Ministry, she formed the Rosary Guild, Our Lady’s Tears, where she was instrumental in making and shipping over 20,000 Rosaries a year within America and abroad. Mrs. McCauley was a homemaker caring for her family and also worked for Jamesway Department Store in Pasadena. An accomplished seamstress, she also did crocheting. Survivors include her children: two sons, Michael, of Pasadena and James “Tony,” of Laurel and three daughters, Elizabeth Redmond, of Pasadena, Angela Knight, of Berkeley Springs, W.V. and Veronica “Sue” Morton, of Dagsboro; a brother, James Weimer, of Mobile, Ala.; a sister, Joanne Pugh, of Pasadena; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 20, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. A viewing will be held at Hannnigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, on Sunday, March 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., with a Rosary recitation at 3:30 p.m. by the Legion of Mary. Burial will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at Glen Haven Memorial Park, Glen Burnie, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady’s Tears, c/o Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, PO Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Francis J. Hudson -- Mr. Francis J. Hudson, 91, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017, at Genesis Health Care in Seaford. Francis was born in Millsboro on April 20, 1925, to the late Ollie and Amelia Lowe Hudson. He was a US Navy veteran who served during WWII and the Atlantic Theater, LST Crew. Francis was a truck driver for Penco, retiring in 1988. He enjoyed horseshoes, dirt track racing, camping, dancing, and playing tricks and teasing. He was devoted to his family and was a very friendly person who would do anything for you. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Virginia Hudson, who passed in July of 2015, as well as two brothers, Alton Hudson and Vernon Hudson and two sisters, Virginia Adams and Josephine Morio. Francis is survived by six children, Lorraine Neal (Tom) of Hartly, Mary Young (Bob) of Laurel, Joe Hudson of Laurel, Penny West (Tim) of Laurel, Jane Ortiz (Eduardo) of Georgetown, and Dean Hudson (Karen) of Millsboro; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by special in-laws, brother-in-law, Jim Adams; sister-in-law, Madeline Hudson; brother-in-law and “Good Buddy” Albert Baker and wife Ilene; as well as extended family and friends. A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, March 18, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon, for visitation and viewing. Burial will follow at Carey’s Cemetery in Millsboro. Condolences may be sent at www.watsonfh.com.


Wayne A. Fuller -- Wayne A. Fuller, 84, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Wayne was born in Baltimore, Md., the son of the late Allen K. and Helen E. Fuller. He graduated from Baltimore Polytech and then enlisted in the Navy for four years. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1961. He was a loss control engineer for Liberty Mutual for several years in the Washington, DC area. He then worked as loss control manager for Maryland Casualty Insurance Company from the Kensington office. Later, he transferred to the new office for Zurich Insurance in the Baltimore area. While in the DC area he became president of the American Society of Safety Engineers for the DC, Virginia area for one year. In 1993, he retired from Zurich Insurance Co. and moved to their new home in Bethany Beach. At that time he joined the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and was honored as Life Member in 2013. He also served in several capacities and was a fire policeman for over 15 years. Wayne also served on several Town of Bethany committees then served as a town councilman for 10 years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sue; daughters, Marcia Fuller-Fenlon and husband Gregory and Lisa Longeiret and husband Francois; five grandsons, Christopher and wife Katie, Andrew, Pierre, Samuel and Marc and two great-grandchildren, Natalie and Nolan. He is also survived by his nieces and their husbands, nephews and cousin, and sisters-in-law, Jean Snyder and Beverly Reinhardt (Bob). He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Lou Appel and Nancy McDade. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Bethany Beach Fire Department, 215 Hollywood St., Bethany Beach, DE 19930. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Harry L. Carter -- Harry L. Carter, 85, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Born in Landenburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Frank S. Carter and Addie May Cox Carter. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force where he received a National Defense Service Medal. After serving, he was employed with the Federal Civil Service Division until retirement. Harry is survived by his children, Melinda C. Ashman and Matthew F. Carter of San Antonio; granddaughter, Emily A. Sanchez; great-grandchildren, Tabitha B. Sanchez, Mason A. Solis, and Oliver A. Ashman, all of San Antonio; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Carter; his two brothers and his sister. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 17, at Sailor’s Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Bethel. Pastor Bill Nack will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Carl Edward Truitt Jr. -- Carl Edward Truitt Jr., 81, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at the home he built, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. He was born on Nov. 25, 1935 in Reliance, Md., son of the late Carl Edward Sr. and Charlotte (Glime) Truitt. Carl graduated from Seaford High School in 1954 and married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Kraft, the same year. He grew up on the family farm in Seaford and worked at Southern States before proudly serving his country in Germany as a member of the US Army. After his return from service, Carl joined Local Union 2012 as a millwright and served as union president. On the job, Carl was known as a teacher and served as foreman for many jobs. Carl served his community through his participation in the Boy Scout program and several years as a Little League baseball coach. He really enjoyed teaching the kids and always felt like a winner when the kids tried their best. Little League season always ended with a pool party and barbeque at the house. He even went so far as to build a regulation pitcher’s mound and backstop in the backyard to help his children hone their skills. Many a Saturday game was played there. Carl enjoyed farming, fishing, Nascar (a diehard Bill Elliott fan, or anyone else driving a Ford), reading and studying the Bible. When the farm became too much to handle, he simply made the garden bigger and would spend his time working the garden and delivering produce to friends and family. He received so much joy in sharing with others that delivering a watermelon could become a half day event. Carl attended adult Bible study at St. John’s United Methodist Church and became an eager student. In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Wayne Kraft. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Barbara (Kraft) Truitt; his children, Kevin, Keith and his wife Sandy, and Tracy and his wife Bobbi, all of Seaford and living on the family farm; and his grandchildren, Tyler, Zac (Kelsie), and Jessica. Spending time with his grandchildren was precious to “Pa” and it was amazing to see his face light up when he was with them. He is also survived by several cousins, nieces, and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 Pine St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a Parsell Family Funeral Home, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Carl’s memory to St. John’s United Methodist Church, or Season’s Hospice, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Rd., Newark, DE 19973. Please visit Carl’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Ellen Coates Palmer -- Ellen Coates Palmer, 60, died on Monday, March 6, 2017. Formerly of Delaware and Maryland, she lived in Baxley, Ga., for the past six years. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Dale Palmer Sr. Survivors include one son, Mark McCluskey of Timberlake, N.C.; two daughters, Leslie McCluskey-Essing and husband Chris of Maine and Krissy McCluskey of Seaford; mother, Barbara Bartholomy of Baxley; four grandchildren, Lillie McCluskey, Lindsay McCluskey, Brad Lamenza and Shawn Chartin; one sister, Betsy Smith of Westgrove, Pa.; and one brother, R. Dale Palmer Jr. and wife Lisa of Denton, Md. Interment, in the care of Moore Funeral Home in Denton, Md., will take place at a later date. Friends and family may sign the online guest book at milesnobles.com. Arrangements are in the care of Miles~Nobles Funeral Home and Crematory, Baxley.


Helen ‘Etta’ Morris -- Helen “Etta” Morris, 84, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Seaford Center, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Whaleyville, Md., she was the daughter of the late William I. Lewis and Helen Vickers Lewis. A retired seamstress, Helen worked for the Laurel Manufacturing Company for over 30 years. She also worked part-time for the Laurel Senior Center. Helen will be remembered for being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a wonderful homemaker. She enjoyed reading, attending Laurel Wesleyan Church, and, most importantly, babysitting the great-grandchildren. Helen is survived by her daughter, Joyce Williams (Ed); her son, Edward Morris (Kathy); grandchildren, Christopher Williams (Marietta), Lisa Taylor (Chris), Amber Moseley (Joe), Joshua Morris, Gary Brittingham (Jamie), and Greg Brittingham; great-grandchildren, Sean, Anika, and Elliot Williams, Madison, Silas, Isabella, and Emerson Taylor, Lily Moseley, Austin, Michael Brittingham and Ryan Brittingham; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Collia Morris and her son, James Morris. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Morris Lewis, Elmer Lewis, Robert Lewis, Tom Lewis, and Dale Lewis. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 10, at Hannigan, Short , Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, at Laurel Wesleyan Church, 30186 Seaford Rd., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Charles ‘Chuck’ Clifton Prophet Jr. -- Charles “Chuck” Clifton Prophet Jr., 61, died on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones. Born on Aug. 6, 1955 in Annapolis, Md., he was the son of Rosemary Prophet and the late Charles Clifton Prophet Sr. Chuck was one of 10 children and grew up in Harmans, Md. He attended various Catholic grade schools and Arundel Middle School, and graduated from Arundel High School in 1972. Chuck worked as a shipping supervisor before starting his own trucking and shipping business in 1978. He switched careers in 1999 to become a network administrator starting with Alpha Engineering in Annapolis, Md. He went on to work for Columbia Bank of Columbia, Md. and finally Provident State Bank of Preston, Md. Chuck was married in October of 1981 to Laura Ann Taylor. Together, they raised three wonderful children. He loved music and played the guitar and the piano. He enjoyed golfing with his childhood friends from Harmans. He enjoyed the company of his friends, family, brothers and sisters who all came together to comfort him during his illness from cancer. His love of ice hockey and the successful season for the Washington Capitals were a comfort to Chuck, filling his imagination with Stanley Cup possibilities. Chuck was a beautiful, kind soul. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rick Prophet. His beautiful life will be forever cherished through the lives of his children, Robert, Joshua and Jessica Prophet, and his wife, Laura. Chuck’s devoted family members of whom he is also survived are his mother, Rosemary Prophet; sisters, Peggy Grimes, Cindy Stanley, Susan Prophet and Jennifer Adams; his brothers, John Walt, Tommy and Jeff Prophet; as well as a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Edna M. Hearn -- Edna M. Hearn, 86, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017. Edna was born in Seaford, a daughter of the late John Hastings and Haddie Hastings. Edna was a homemaker and enjoyed working on the family farm. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and always had a “wise word.” Edna is survived by her children, Rebecca C. Smith, Mary F. Lord and Peggy Bratten (Keith). She also raised her great-grandchildren, Tim Chambers (Donna) and Jamie Bennett (Landis Musser). Additional survivors include her siblings, Harvey Williams “Buddy” and Gladys Crockett; a sister-in-law, Ruth Lewis; a brother-in-law, Ross Hearn; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Hearn. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, in Laurel Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Tim Dukes will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Ste. 205, New Castle, DE 19720. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Edith Marie Baker -- Edith Marie Baker, 84, of Blades, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Edith was a foster grandparent. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter H. Baker. She is survived by two children, Michael Baker (Erma) and Lisa Hernandez; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Rosemary Dukes -- Rosemary Dukes, 72, of Laurel, passed away at her home in Laurel on xxx. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Rose Passwaters Rosemary was a retired poultry farmer, a loving homemaker, and a wonderful cook. She dearly loved her family and her cats, especially “Gizmo.” Her hobbies included bird watching, feeding her hummingbird, and coloring detailed books with colored pencils. She is survived by her daughter, Holly Timmons and her husband Billy of Laurel; her granddaughter, Heather Timmons of Laurel; her sisters, Bonnie Hearn and her husband Bill of Laurel and Candy Mears of Vienna, Md.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eric “Froggy” Dukes, and her sisters, Penny Elliott and Gail Taylor. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Tim Dukes will officiate. Interment will follow in Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery in Georgetown.


Darrin C. Shockley -- Darrin C. Shockley, 46, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Darrin was a truck driver for Stroman Bread Co. He loved fishing and the Denver Broncos and was an avid Jeff Gordon fan. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Nancy and Gene Lyons; a son, Darrin ‘DJ’ Shockley Jr.; a daughter, Rhyanne Shockley and a brother, David Shockley (Kathy). A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, at First Baptist Church of Laurel, 32631 Bi-state Blvd., Laurel. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Luetta A. Berg -- Luetta A. Berg, 96, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Luetta was a nurse for many years. She then worked as a foster grandparent for Blades Elementary School, which she loved for 15 years until she retired. She was also a former member of the Seaford Moose Lodge. She is survived by a son, Irving Bennett; two daughters, Diane Duvall and Nancy Niblett (Roger); two sisters, Betty Harrison and Joan Crosby; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren and her beloved cat, Miss Kitty. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 6, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Portsville Cemetery. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Leo ‘Mick’ E. Singer -- Leo “Mick” E. Singer, 87, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at home in Bridgeville after a lengthy illness. He was born on Feb. 11, 1930 in Philadelphia, and also lived in Bensalem, Pa. and Pennsburg, Pa. Mick enjoyed going to church on Sundays and visiting friends, shooting pool, playing cards until his eyesight failed and going to the casinos. He is survived by his wife, Carol Rodney Green; daughter, Karen Schwenk and her husband Michael of Greenville, Pa.; son, Michael of Chicago; two brothers, Bob and John; two sisters, Mary and Ruth; and three stepdaughters, Lori Ferguson, Lisa Stiim and Leigh Cooper. He also leaves behind four grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-step-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Nickle; daughter, Leslie; brothers, Ed and Jerry; and sisters, Anna, Catherine and Florence. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at St. Matthews By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, 1000 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, DE 19944. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Matthews By-The-Sea or VITAS, Georgetown Professional Park, S Bldg., 20773 Professional Park Blvd., Ste. 200, Georgetown, DE 19947. To offer words of comfort or sign the guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Professional services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Eric Shane Todd -- Eric Shane Todd, 41, of Hallwood, Va., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at his home. Shane was born on Aug. 10, 1975 in Seaford. He attended Seaford Christian Academy and graduated from Woodbridge High School in 1993. He was employed at Tyson Foods in Temperanceville, Va. He was a master welder/fabricator and mentored many young apprentices. He taught his brother Nick the trade and work ethic but, most importantly, he was a father figure to his “little brother” always. We are touched and grateful for his Tyson family - Marvin, Cameron, Pony and Bill. Shane found his forever job because of them. Left to cherish his memories are Autumn Todd, Daddy’s girl who was his heart, and her mother, Michelle Seeney Todd; his mother, Karen E. Todd; his brother, Nicholas R. Todd and wife Lindsey Todd and their children Riley and Gavin Todd; his father, Rickie L. Todd; his paternal grandmother, Ann Todd; his uncle, Michael Elliott; his uncle, David Todd; his aunt, Barbara Todd Scott; and respected friend, Rick Culver. He was preceded in death by his beloved, “Granny,” Pauline Elliott Alsop; his step-grandfather, Sgt. Major Irving R. Alsop Jr.; his maternal grandfather, Vaughn R. Elliott; his paternal grandfather, Charles H. Todd Jr.; and his uncles, Bruce Todd and Steven Todd. A memorial service will be held at a future date.


Russell Lee Sullivan Sr. -- Russell Lee Sullivan Sr., 79, of Delmar, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was born on Aug. 29, 1937 in Salisbury, a son of the late Edwin and Pauline Sullivan. Russell worked for E.I. Dupont Company in Seaford as a textile engineer for over 30 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Delmar. He had a love for baseball and enjoyed playing for the Dupont team for many years. He was also an avid fan of the Orioles and the Redskins. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Sullivan; son, Russell L. Sullivan Jr.; daughter, Gail Revel and her husband Matt; grandson, Brandon Breasure; sister, Irene Hernandez and her husband Mike, all of Delmar; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Lankford. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar. A graveside service will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery Park at 3:30 p.m. Pastor Tim Coffey will officiate. A time of fellowship will follow the service at First Baptist Church in Delmar.


Norman E. Spicer -- Norman E. Spicer, 74, of Georgetown, passed away at home on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, surrounded by his family and friends. Norman was born in Georgetown, son of the late Norman E. and Susie (Jefferson) Spicer. Norman served in the National Guard and worked with Jim Chandler on a Rendering truck years ago. In his early years he was a carpenter for John L. Briggs and later owned and operated Norman Spicer Building Contractor, retiring in 2001. He was a member of the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company and a former member of Local Union #2012 Carpenters. He enjoyed deer hunting with Richard Lankford and Cordia Warrington. He was preceded in death by his son, Chad Spicer; brothers, Donald and James Spicer; and a sister, Patricia Littleton. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ruth Ann (Johnson) Spicer; children, Bruce Spicer of Georgetown, Lisa Etienne of Laurel and Michelle Spicer of Georgetown; grandchildren, Aubrey Spicer, Stephanie Lynch, Brandon Lauer, Taylor Littleton and Lacy Reed; and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 3, at Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Rd., Georgetown, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interment will be in Cokesbury Cemetery, Georgetown. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Georgetown Vol. Fire Co., PO Box 77, Georgetown, DE 19947; Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Rd., Georgetown, DE 19947; or Compassionate Care Hospice, 20165 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Services, Georgetown.


Wilma Shepard Caraway -- Wilma Shepard Caraway, 82, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, with her loving family by her side. She was born in Marshall, Texas on Aug. 11, 1934. Wilma married Elton T. Caraway in the Tabernacle Baptist parsonage on Dec. 19, 1953. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Seaford. She was an educator and lifetime member of the Texas Parent and Teacher Association. While living in Germany, Wilma served as vice president of Bad Kreuznach American School’s PTA. Wilma was a secretary, teacher, and amateur photographer. She went back to college late in life. While a student at Delaware Tech, she won the 1983 college seal contest. Later, she earned her bachelor of science degree from Delaware State University. An avid writer, Wilma was an active member of Delmarva Christian Writers Fellowship, Kingdom Writers Fellowship, and a member of the planning committee for the Vine and Vessels Christian Writers Conference. She compiled quotes and wrote articles, poems, and children’s stories. She created a September 11th Memory Chain and Story Kit that has been used annually in classrooms and by homeschoolers around the nation. Her book, 101 Surprises! Sayings with Scriptures You Didn’t See Coming, won the 2014 Christian Small Publishers Association’s Gift Book of the Year. Her second book, Kids’ Talk: Priceless! was released in January 2017. Wilma was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Elton; her dad, Arvel Shepard; her mother and stepdad, Aurie and James Worden; two sisters, Bertha Brown, and Mary Morgan; and a brother, Jerry Shepard. She is survived by her daughter, Jenna and her son Gerald and wife Roseann and their children Amber and Travis of Georgetown. Other survivors include her brother, Arvel Shepard and his wife Louise of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; her sister, Rilla Woodruff of Marshall; her brother-in-law, Ruel and his wife Carol of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; her uncle, John Holloway of Lake Wales, Fla.; her uncle, Jesse Green of Arnold, Mo.; and a special cousin, Margie Hendry of Marshall. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. A funeral service in celebration of Wilma’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, at Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. for viewing and visitation. A reception will follow at Wesley United Methodist Church, 102 N. Laurel St., Georgetown. Interment will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 6, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Blood Bank of Delmarva, 100 Hygeia Dr., Newark, DE 19713; Season’s Hospice Palliative Care, 556 S. DuPont Blvd., Ste. 101, Milford, DE 19963; or a charity of your choice.


Geraldine Culver- Geraldine Culver of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. Geraldine was born in Baltimore, Md., a daughter of the late William McCurdy and Hallie McCurdy Bryan and stepfather, George Bryan. Geraldine retired from W.B. Venables and Sons, as the office manager. She was a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel and a longtime member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Her greatest joy was her family, especially supporting her grandchildren. Geraldine also loved to read and go camping. She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Culver in 2014. Geraldine is survived by her children, Susan Eudy of Laurel, Janice Kee and husband David of Laurel, and Dean Culver and his wife Laurie of Laurel; grandchildren, Meghan Eudy and her fiancé Anthony Zarrello, Erin Eudy, Shawn Kee and his wife Laura, Abby Wilkerson and husband Levi, Gaby Culver, and Natalie Culver; and great-grandchildren, Brayden, Landon, Christopher, Kaedyn, Hallie, William, Savannah, Mason, and Lillian. Services were held on Wednesday, March 1, at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus officiated. Interment was in Laurel Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bardet-Biedl Syndrome Foundation at www.bardetbiedl.org/donate/. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Lewis H. Pusey -- Lewis H. Pusey, 94, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Laurel, he was the son of the late Clifford and Emma Pusey. Lewis proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a veteran of World War II. He was a retired equipment operator for Earth Movers. Lewis was a member of the American Legion Post #19. Some of his hobbies included gardening, planting beautiful flowers, and taking care of his immaculate pond. His favorite pastimes were dancing at the Laurel Junction, visiting flea markets, and antique shopping with his beloved wife. Lewis is survived by his children, Nancy Reading and her husband Doug of Princess Anne, Md. and Barbara Wainwright and her husband Clayton of Salisbury, Md.; his sister, Imogene Joseph of Salisbury; his brother, David Pusey of Laurel; grandchildren, Quintin Stone, Kim Hall and husband Mickey, Dee Weitzel, and Joe Reading; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Pusey and his brother, James Pusey. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Lem Hudson will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. The family suggests contributions in Lewis Pusey’s memory to Coastal Hospice at the Lake, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.


Mary Jane Brummell -- Mary Jane Brummell, 80, of Bridgeville, passed away on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. A Celebration of Life service will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, with a viewing two hours prior. To offer condolences or sign the guestbook, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Arthur James Bassett Jr. -- Arthur James Bassett Jr. of Princess Anne, Md., passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, after collapsing suddenly on Christmas morning. Mr. Bassett was preceded in death by his loving wife of 44 years, Jane Muir Bassett in 1999. Born in Farmount, Md., he was the son of the late Arthur James Bassett Sr. and Lula Beauchamp Bassett of Princess Anne. He grew up in Princess Anne where he attended Washington High School. Mr. Bassett was a retired staff sergeant with the United Stated Air Force and veteran of the Korean War. After retiring from military service, he was employed as an accountant for many years at Pete’s Body Shop in Princess Anne and also by his late father and mother-in-law, Jennings and Madelyn Muir, at their country store on Deal Island Road in Princess Anne. Mr. Bassett was a very patriotic man and was most proud of his military service and his country. He was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 194, the American Legion Post 94, DAV Life Member Chapter 19, Paralyzed Veterans of America Life Member, and a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association. He is a charter sponsor of the United States Air Force Memorial and his name is listed on display in the Airman’s Chapel in Arlington, Va. Mr. Bassett was a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was nicknamed “Great Daddy” by his young great-grandson, Nathan. He was a happy go lucky person who loved telling jokes to make people laugh and he always made friends wherever he went. He was a dear close friend to all his neighbors who were like an extended family to him. He prided himself on keeping in good physical shape by walking. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and crabbing and camping at the beach. He loved passing the time playing cards and dominoes with his family and friends. He enjoyed traveling and collecting coins, antiques and all things nautical, especially lighthouses, a hobby started by his late wife Jane. He was a Yankees baseball fan and enjoyed watching football. He loved animals and had many pets in his lifetime, which he spoiled dearly. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Ann Kagey and her husband Robert E. Kagey of Blades; three grandchildren and one great-grandson: granddaughter, Danielle Land, her husband Christopher, and their son Nathan, of Wilmington; granddaughter, Mia Kagey of Blades and grandson, Trey Robert Arthur Kagey and his wife Rachel of Seaford; his brother, Joseph Charles Bassett and his wife Priscilla of Florida; a nephew, Michael Bassett and wife Denise and their three sons; a niece, Bonnie Walker, husband Mark and her son; a niece, Brenda Barrett and husband Ray and her two daughters, of Maryland; a nephew, Steven Muir and his two sons, of Florida; and a niece, Julie Muir of Maryland and her son, Stephen Christopher Dozier, his wife Erin and three children, of Pennsylvania. He was also preceded in death by his beloved brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jennings Leroy and Josephyne Muir and their daughter Jayne Muir, of Maryland. Services will be held at Hinman Funeral Home in Princess Anne, Md. Family and friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 and 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, with Chaplain David Duitscher from the American Legion, Post 64 in Salisbury, Md. officiating. A private burial will be held immediately following the memorial ceremony. Mr. Bassett will be laid to rest beside his late wife Jane at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oriole, Md. Family and friends are welcome to attend a celebration of life dinner honoring Mr. Bassett after Saturday’s services, at Pizza King Restaurant’s banquet room in Seaford, at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Heart or Lung Associations, the Humane Society of Somerset County, Maryland, or the Sussex County Animal Association/Whimsical Animal Rescue (SCAA, PO Box 1697) of Seaford.


Robert C. McBride Sr. -- Robert C. McBride Sr., 84, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in Hudson, N.Y., at the home of his daughter Terri. He was born in Goshen, N.Y., on Feb. 5, 1932, son of the late Hulet and Irene McBride. Mr. McBride was a proud Navy veteran serving his country during the Korean War era. Bob was a paid-up-for-life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion. He was a service officer for the State of Delaware working at the VA Hospital in Elsmire for over 12 years. This was Bob’s passion, getting much needed compensation for countless veterans with service connected disabilities. He was a veterans veteran! Mr. McBride retired from AT&T prior to relocating to Delaware from Connecticut. In addition to his parents, Mr. McBride was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Nicole D. Sheriff Freshour. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Ruth N. McBride; daughters, Cynthia A. Richards (Tom) of Philmont, N.Y., Sharon E. Sheriff (Pat) of Bridgeville and Terri M. Jornov (Craig) of Hudson; a son, Robert C. McBride Jr. (Sherry) of Brewster, N.Y.; a brother, Hulet McBride of Panama City, Fla.; a sister, KayAnn Berg (Joe) of Lake Placid, Fla.; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date in New York and Seaford. The family wants to thank the awesome staff at the Pines in Catskill, N.Y. and the staff of Columbia-Greene Hospice for the wonderful loving care provided to Mr. McBride.


William M. Sauers- William M. Sauers, 72, of Millsboro, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Beebe Medical Center. William was born in Reading, Pa., a son of the late Sarah Hickman Sauers. William retired as a plumber with many years of service. He served in the Delaware National Guard for six years in the Artillery 198 Battalion. He was an avid painter, hunter and computer gamer. He also enjoyed playing his guitar. William is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Sauers of Millsboro; their children, Teresa Lynn Dukes (Ron) of Millsboro and Lisa Ann Zielinski (Mike) of Seaford; his brothers, Herbert Sauers and Barry Sauers (Cindy); his sisters, Bessie Esposito (Nick) and Simeon Houch (Ron); grandchildren, Austin Lee Dukes (Elizabeth) and Arron Lee Dukes; great-grandson, Jordan Lee Dukes; special nieces, Ann Marie, JoJo, Lori and Sara, along with numerous other nieces and nephews; and his dog and companion, Kandi. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his sons, William M. Sauers II and Robert W. Sauers and his sister, Jeanette Cook. A funeral service will be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Bill Nack will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Hilda G. Breasure -- Hilda G. Breasure, 102, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Born and raised in Puckum, Md., Hilda moved with her parents, John and Lattie Handy to Seaford in 1933. She resided in Seaford for 84 years and was employed at the Watson then Gant Company. She married Wilson R. Breasure of Georgetown. They were married for 63 years. Her father and uncle built their home in Seaford in 1938 and she resided there until entering Genesis in September of 2016. Hilda was an avid gardener of flowers and produce. She enjoyed freezing and canning much of what she grew. She was also a quilter. Hilda and Wilson spent time camping at campgrounds in Florida, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Virginia. Her husband Wilson passed away in 2001. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Louise Darby and a dear nephew, Vernon Hastings. She will be dearly missed by her two daughters, Ginny of Surfside, S.C. and Seaford and Kathryn Botdorf (John) of Seaford; three grandchildren, Dan Botdorf (Kim) of Virginia Beach, Lisa Mason (Pat) of Hilton Head, S.C. and Jeff Botdorf (Tina); and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 87, Seaford, DE 19973. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Sharon Louise Dawson -- Sharon Louise Dawson, 70, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at her home in Seaford. She was born on Sept. 27, 1946 in Wilmington, a daughter of the late Edgar and Melba Russell of Delmar. She was a graduate of Seaford High School and a retiree of Walmart in Seaford. She was also a member of the Crossroad Community Church in Georgetown where she enjoyed attending weekly services. She and her husband, Milton, were married for 53 years and together raised four children. She really loved her family. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, Kevin, Troy, Victoria and Mia. She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed preparing holiday meals for her family. Some of her favorite ways to spend a day included working in her flower garden, watching the birds at her many bird feeders and spending time with their beloved pets, especially their dog Abby. She is survived by her husband, Milton R. Dawson of Seaford; children, Judy Forse and her husband Wayne of Delmar, Angela Ryan and her husband Nick of Selbyville, Christopher Dawson of Blades, and Scott Dawson and his wife Jessica of New York; grandchildren, Kevin Forse of Charleston, S.C., Troy Forse of Delmar, Victoria and Mia Dawson of New York; brothers, Charles David Russell (Sissy) of Delmar, Bob Walls (Jeannie) of Magnolia and Mike Walls of Seaford; sisters, Cynthia Moyer (Michael) of Laurel, Cyndi Martin (Pat) of Lewes and Judi Hammond (John) of Lewes; sister-in-law, Donna Grimes of Bridgeville; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Russell and sister, Victoria Parks (Wesley). A memorial service will be held at Crossroad Community Church on Friday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. In memory of Mrs. Dawson, contributions may be sent to Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Rd., Georgetown, DE 19947.


Kathleen Flatley Poston -- Kathleen Flatley Poston of Milford, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her daughter, Dana Stevens and her husband Ronny; her grandson, Robby Stevens and his girlfriend ReBecka Gosch; and her brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Carol Flatley. Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Virginia Flatley; her aunt, Edna Haire; her husband, Thomas Poston; and her granddaughter, Stacy Stevens. Memorial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. John’s Catholic Church of Milford or that a Catholic Mass be said in Kathleen’s memory. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Dorothy ‘Dot’ Loockerman -- Dorothy “Dot” Loockerman, 85, of Bridgeville, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford. She was born in Bridgeville on Wednesday, July 15, 1931, daughter of the late H. C. “Dutch” and Mary (Tucker) Priestley. Mrs. Loockerman married L. William, the love of her life, on Jan. 15, 1949. Together, they built a life that included five children. They were farmers together, raising poultry and planting and sowing grain throughout their lives. Mrs. Loockerman was also caregiver to her husband for almost 20 years before his passing. She was a caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and she will be genuinely missed by everyone who was blessed to know her. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Loockerman was preceded in death by her beloved husband, L. William Loockerman; her son, David William Loockerman; and her daughter, Kathy Louise Loockerman. She is survived by her son, Earl Loockerman and his wife Wanda of Bridgeville; her daughters, Carol Johnson of Bridgeville and Robin Wroten and her husband Randy of Greenwood; her 11 grandchildren; and her 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Interment will follow in Bridgeville Cemetery, Market & Laws Streets, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mrs. Loockerman’s memory to Greenwood United Methodist Church, 101 West Market St., Greenwood, DE 19950 or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2 Mill Rd., Ste. 106, Wilmington, DE 19806. Visit Mrs. Loockerman’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Margaret ‘Peggy’ S. Hasenei -- Margaret “Peggy” S. Hasenei, 92, of Seaford, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Born in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late J. Marshall and Margaret Stewart. Her husband, Duane, preceded her in death in 1999. Peggy retired as an insurance underwriter in Towson, Md., and moved to the Manor House in Seaford in 2000. She was an active church member her entire life and was known as an encourager and prayer warrior. She is survived by her daughter, Carol O’Day and husband Jim of Seaford and three grandchildren, Christine Thomas (Mark), Janice Griffith (Jonathan) and Brian O’Day (Kelli). She took great pride in them and her 10 great-grandchildren. Peggy is also survived by four sisters, Kris Garrick, Jeanne Underwood, Joanne Hall and Hope Murphy and a brother, Marshall Stewart Jr. Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Manor House Benevolence Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or Atlanta Road Alliance Church, PO Box 756, Seaford, DE 19973. To send condolences, please visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Kathleen M. Cooper -- Kathleen M. Cooper, 72, of Delmar, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center after a long battle with cancer. Kathleen was born in Millsboro, the daughter of the late John “Sam” Chandler Sr. and Betty Knepp Chandler. She is survived by her children, Karen Wilson (Richard Jr.) and Terry Cooper; grandchildren, Dan Zaweurcha, Richard “Richie” Wilson III (Lindsay), and Ashley Wilson (fiancée Matt); brother, Bill Chandler (Deb); sister, Pattie Farrell (Cliff); and sister-in-law, Pat. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Chandler Jr. in January 2017 and her daughter, Bonnie Kaye in 1986. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 3 to 4. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Laurel Wesleyan Church, 30186 Seaford Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Colleen M. Wells -- Colleen M. Wells, 52, of Galestown, Md., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on Sept. 27, 1964 in Seaford, the daughter of the late Hubert G. Wells and Betty Roden. On Oct. 30, 2014, she married her lifelong partner and soulmate, Christina Wilcox. Colleen graduated from North Dorchester High School, class of 1982. After graduation, she attended Sussex Tech where she earned her certificate. Colleen was employed as a packing operator/maintenance mechanic at Dart (Solo Cup). She enjoyed cars, especially fast ones, which showed in her beloved blue and red Chevrolet Camaro(s). Colleen also had a passion for animals and loved her rescue pets as if they were her children. She is survived by her wife, Christina “Tina” Wilcox of Galestown; two sisters, Constance Collins of Hurlock, Md. and Deborah McKinney (Robert) of Laurel; one sister-in-law, Valorie Hailey (Stephen) of Dover; one brother-in-law, David Wilcox (Lisa) of Bloxom, Va.; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jerome Wells. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, Md., with Chaplain Pam Wulff officiating. Interment will follow at Galestown Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the funeral home.


Casey Edward Zitvogel -- Casey Edward Zitvogel, 23, of Bridgeville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Casey was born in Seaford on Nov. 23, 1993. He attended Greenwood Mennonite School and Delmarva Christian High School. He was employed as a plumber’s assistant with Oldham Plumbing in Silver Springs, Md. Casey was an excellent baseball player, serving as pitcher and second baseman. He was an avid skateboard enthusiast and loved to read his morning and evening devotionals. He also enjoyed journaling. Known for his kind heart and gentle spirit, Casey’s smile was contagious and he had a way of radiating light to all those around him. Left to cherish Casey’s memory are his father and stepmother, Edward J. Zitvogel II and Tonya; his mother and stepfather, Susan E. and Terry Oldham Jr.; his sister, Allie Zitvogel and his three brothers, Jacob Zitvogel, Ralph K. Sutton, Jr. and Schuyler Sutton; his paternal grandparents, Ed and Phyllis Zitvogel; his maternal grandmother, Barbara Short and her husband Richard; and his maternal grandfather, Andrew Richardson Jr. Casey also leaves behind his extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Moriah Sutton. A celebration of Casey’s life will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Rd., Georgetown. Burial in Bridgeville Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Casey’s memory to Delmarva Teen Challenge, 611 3rd St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Lofland Funeral Home, Milford. Condolences may be sent and shared with the family at www.loflandandmcknatt.com.


Linda Diane Usilton -- Linda Diane Usilton, 55, of Centreville, Md., passed away on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center in Easton, Md. Born on Jan. 25, 1962 in Easton, she was the daughter of Robert M. Fisch of Seaford and the late Maria Schulze Fisch. Linda grew up in the Federalsburg area and graduated from Colonel Richardson High School, class of 1980. She began working with various convenience stores including Uncle Willies and then GPM Investments (Shore Stop), where she was a district supervisor. Linda enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, the outdoors, vacationing and collecting antiques. Linda is survived by her husband, David L. Usilton of Centreville, Md.; son, Logan Lewis of Chestertown, Md.; stepson, David W. Usilton (Michelle) of Milford; stepdaughter, Mary Lee Usilton of Dover; three grandchildren, Josh, Erin and Evan; one great-grandchild; father, Robert Fisch (Lori) of Seaford; brother, Mike Fisch (Deb) of California; sister, Melissa Patchett (Sammy) of Preston, Md.; sister, Trisha Delgado (Bobby) of Seaford; a niece; numerous nephews and her beloved dog, Cinnamon. A visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., Centreville, where a service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Church Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her name to the Price Community Center, 1121 Price Station Rd., Church Hill, MD 21623. Send condolences online at www.fhnfuneralhome.com.


Sally R. Carney -- Sally R. Carney, 73, of Bethany Beach and formerly of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at home. She was born in Lewes on Tuesday, July 20, 1943, a daughter of the late George and Jane Robinson. Mrs. Carney was employed by the DuPont Company for 27 1/2 years, retiring in August 2001. She was a long term member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 4961. Her loving family, the beach, her flowers and yard were her fulfillment in life. Mrs. Carney is survived by three sons, Aurthur E. Carney and his wife Terri of Tyler, Texas, Steven A. Carney of Seaford and David J. Carney and his wife Kim of Seaford; five grandchildren, Steven Jr., August, Sebastian, Justin and Katy; and six great-grandchildren. Services were private. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Clarkesville Chapel, Ocean View. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Carney’s name to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 60011 Dupont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947. Visit Mrs. Carney’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Rod Cofield -- Rod Cofield, 73, of Salisbury, died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center surrounded by family. Born on Nov. 19, 1943 in Roxboro, N.C., he was the son of the late Walter and Lillie Cofield. He was the husband of Joyce Cordrey Cofield. Rod lived life to the fullest in spite of what was at times debilitating chronic pain. He always had a smile and was more concerned about others. His family meant the most to him and was the joy of his life. He brought smiles to many children, giving them matchbox cars. The army and his sales career allowed him to travel the world and he leaves many friends across the country. He leaves behind a legacy that will not be forgotten and was in the process of writing a book about his relationship with God, entitled “On Bended Knee.” In addition to his loving wife of 42 years, Joyce, Rod is survived by son, Roderick Cofield and his wife Sara; daughter, Paige Cofield; in-laws, Jack and Lois Cordrey, Jan and Kevin James and Glen Cordrey; sister, Betty Lou Ward and her husband Bill; brother, Sterling W. Cofield and his wife Lori; several nieces and nephews; his beloved service dog, Kayla; and his family in England, daughter, Samantha Willington and grandson, Jake Broughton. In addition to his parents, Rod was preceded in death by sons, Dale, John and Eric Cofield; brother, Joseph H. Cofield and sister, Edna Rue Chalkley. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Nelsons Memorial United Methodist Church, Hebron, Md. The Rev. James W. Riley officiated. Visitation and celebration of life was held after the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rod’s memory to Warrior Canine Connection which provides free service dogs to veterans in need. Checks may be sent to 14934 Schaeffer Rd., Boyds, MD 20841 or DAV Chapter 34, Room 211, 106 Circle Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801. We rejoice that Rod is now pain free and whole, enjoying a reunion with Jesus, family and friends. To send condolences to the family, visit www.hollowayfh.com.


William E. (Buddy) Howeth Jr. -- William E. (Buddy) Howeth Jr., 56, passed away at his home in Lodi, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. A native of Salisbury, Md., Buddy was born on Dec. 18, 1960, the son of the late William E. Howeth and Sarah Peyton (Hickman) Howeth. He graduated from Wicomico Senior High School in 1979. Before moving to California, Buddy was employed by Campbell Soup in Salisbury. At the time of his passing, he was employed by Pacific Coast Producers in Lodi as a computer technician. Buddy volunteered at the Salvation Army, enjoyed Taekwondo, played piano when he was younger and loved his cats. He is survived by his sisters, Elsie J. Howeth of Salisbury and Billie R. Wheatley (Frank) of Seaford; nephews, Frank Wheatley Jr. (Teresa) of Salisbury and Rick Wheatley (Trudy) and his children Taylor and Gage Wheatley, all of Seaford; and several cousins.


Nellie M. Johnson -- Nellie M. Johnson, 95, of Bridgeville, passed away on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, Feb. 17, at Clarence Street Church of God in Seaford, where visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Interment will follow at Federal Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Framptom Funeral Home.


Mildred I. Leger -- Mildred I. Leger, 90, of Bridgeville, passed away on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at Country Rest Home in Greenwood. She was born in Staten Island, N.Y., on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1927. Mrs. Leger was preceded in death by her first husband, Leslie Boyer; her son, Lee Boyer; and her daughter, Lynn Tocci. She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Frederick Pershing Leger of Bridgeville and her two grandchildren, Tony Colegrande and Tracy Tocci. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will follow at Bridgeville Cemetery, Market & Laws streets, Bridgeville. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Leger’s name to the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Please visit Mrs. Leger’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Stanley Gordon Moum -- Stanley Gordon Moum, 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Midlothian, Va. He was born on Oct. 14, 1927 in Stanley, Wis., to the late Erick O. Moum and Karen (Aas) Moum, both of whom emigrated from Norway. Dr. Moum achieved many goals during his lifetime. He served in the Navy at the end of WWII. After meeting and marrying his wife, Patricia, he decided to become a veterinarian. He attended Iowa State University, graduating from veterinary school in 1964. He helped establish The Veterinary Class of 1964 scholarship fund which provides several annual veterinary scholarships. He worked as an industrial veterinarian throughout the rest of his career for Swift & Co., Vineland Poultry Laboratory, Merck, and Hoffman LaRoche Pharmaceuticals. He traveled worldwide as a poultry veterinarian, and stateside in small animal research. Dr. Moum retired to Seaford where he became an avid birdwatcher. Dr. Moum was a devoted husband and father and proud of his Norwegian heritage. He is remembered by all who knew him as a learned and generous man. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia (Ledebur) Moum; and five sisters and four brothers, having been the youngest of 10 children. Surviving are four children, Barbara Moum (Chuck McKenna) of Columbus, Ohio; Eric (Patty) Moum of DelRay Beach, Florida; Paul (Francesca) Moum of Westfield, N.J.; and Peter Moum of Midlothian, Va.; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Dr. Moum’s life will be announced at a later date. The immediate family will attend his interment in Stanley. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in his name to the Class of ‘64 Scholarship Fund, c/o Amy Kruzich, ISU Foundation, 2253 Veterinary Medicine, 1800 Christensen Dr., Ames, Iowa 50010-1134. The family wishes to thank Ascend Hospice and the staff at Brandermill Woods in Midlothian for their compassionate care.


Martha ‘Jane’ White Horn -- Martha “Jane” White Horn, 89, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at Lifecare at Lofland Park, Seaford. The oldest of three children, Jane was born in Linwood, Pa., to the late Russell J. and Sara M. White on Nov 4, 1927. She graduated from Notre Dame High School and was in nurses training when she met and married Frank Gather Horn on Oct. 19, 1946. Jane worked many years at Nanticoke Finance in Seaford. She also worked alongside Frank with the businesses they owned: Horn Electric, Horn’s Mobile Village, and Electrical-Maintenance & Construction. Jane was a born leader and was involved in The Sussex Women’s Democrat Club, Nanticoke Hospital Auxiliary, Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery and Pastoral Care Coordinator. She was especially proud of the “Medal of Merit” Award from the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. Jane and Frank enjoyed traveling the United States in their “Winnebago” and the many trips and cruises they went on. She is survived by her two children, Maryrose Horn Dubinski and her husband Don and Frank “Buddy” Horn Jr. and his wife Valerie. She is also survived by her brother and sister, Harry J. White and Phyllis M. Pini, both of Claymont. She found true enjoyment in her grandsons and granddaughter, Frank E. Dubinski, Patrick D. Dubinski (wife Melinda Obier Dubinski), Jacob A. Dubinski (fiancée, Chelsea Wharton) and Emily McPherson. She was also blessed with four great-grandchildren, Leah Rose Dubinski, Paige Madelyn Dubinski, Owen Patrick Dubinski and Callum Jacob Dubinski. Jane had several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Jeanne Potter. Jane enjoyed the many visits from friends and family while she was homebound. The family would like to thank Norma McPherson and Bonnie Willing because without their help they could not have kept her home so long - “Team Horn.” Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on Sunday evening, Feb. 12 from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, PO Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Wendy Jean Chaffinch -- Wendy Jean Chaffinch, 47, of Seaford, passed away at home on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. She was born in Wilmington on Tuesday, July 22, 1969, daughter of the late Joseph and Doris (McBride) Lewis. Mrs. Chaffinch graduated from Woodbridge High School, Class of 1988. She worked a lifelong career for Penn Fibre in Greenwood for 23 years. She was an active member of Christ Evangelist Church in Laurel which she loved to attend. In her spare time she liked to collect hummingbird memorabilia. She loved spending time with her family, her four cats and her husband, John, her soulmate. Mrs. Chaffinch is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, John Randall Chaffinch; her brothers, Joe Lewis and his wife Bobbie of Seaford and Tim Lewis and his wife Melissa of Seaford; her sister, Judy Murphy and her fiancé Brian Murray of Greenwood; her two nieces, Amber Mae Wilson and Autumn Brooke Lewis; her three nephews, Joshua Lewis, Nicholas Murphy and Garrett Murphy; and her beloved cats, Salem, Whiskers, Rusty and Charlie. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Rd., Laurel, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. When services conclude, light refreshments will be served at the church where services were held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Watson-Yates Funeral Home, 609 E. King St., Seaford, DE 19973, to assist with funeral expenses. Please visit Mrs. Chaffinch’s life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Douglas ‘Dougie’ A. Kubert -- Douglas “Dougie” A. Kubert, 67, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. He was born in Rahway, N.J. on Saturday, May 7, 1949, son of the late Alfred and Jane (Seipp) Kubert. Mr. Kubert was a proud veteran, having served in the US Army. He made a career as a longshoreman in Elizabeth, N.J., before relocating to Seaford in 2001. Mr. Kubert was a member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion, VFW, and Elks, all in Seaford. He liked to work with his hands, and his expertly crafted furniture and garden of beautiful flowers and roses attest to that. He enjoyed playing pool and fishing, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, and friend, and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Mr. Kubert was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly Kubert. He is survived by his beloved wife, Christina (Daly) Kubert of Seaford; his son, Douglas A. Kubert Jr. of Virginia; his daughter, Suzanne Kubert of Lakewood, N.J.; his brothers, George Braden and Dennis Kubert, both of Florida, and Alfred Braden of North Carolina; his sister, Jane Hennessey of Barnegat, N.J.; and his companion dog, Lady Beagle. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, at the Moose Lodge, 22759 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mr. Kubert’s memory to Moose Charities, 155 South International Dr., Mooseheart, IL 60539, or request@moosecharities.org, c/o Douglas A. Kubert. Please visit Mr. Kubert’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Benjamin Burton Ben BB Ewing II -- Benjamin Burton Ben BB Ewing II, 61, of Georgetown, passed away on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Ben retired from Sussex Tech in September, 2016 after 30 years. He was a veteran of the US Marines, a member of the Marine Corps League, Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville and past director of Delmarva HOG. He was a former gun safety instructor for DNREC. BB loved shooting and riding his Harley. He was the son of the late J. Benjamin Ewing Jr. and Patricia Lowe Ewing. Ben is survived by his wife of 39 years, Lois Baker Ewing; two children, Derek Benjamin Ewing and Kaylin Patricia Ewing; a brother, Richard Rick Lowe Ewing (Kim); a sister, Penny Morgan Ewing Pritchett; several nieces and nephews, and his beloved cat, Scooter Harley. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Union United Methodist Church, 201 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from noon to 2. Burial will be in Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 222 Riverside Dr., Ste. 1500, Chicago, IL 60606 or Home of the Brave Foundation, 6630 Sharps Rd., Milford, DE 19963. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Joseph A. Patchett Jr. -- Joseph A. Patchett Jr., 88, passed away quietly at his home in Laurel on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, following a brief illness. He was the son of the late Joseph A. and Isabell Patchett of Bethlehem, Md. Joe was a dedicated DuPont employee for 20 years. Upon retirement he became an independent truck driver and enjoyed this career for 40 years. He was an avid bowler who relished fishing and gardening. He also took pleasure in working on carpentry projects. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his first wife of 39 years, Harriett V. Schultz Patchett and his second wife of 21 years, Beatrice V. Zook Patchett. He was also preceded in death by great-grandson, Christopher E. Patchett III and daughter-in-law, Karen A. Patchett. Joe leaves five children, Joseph A. (Teresa) Patchett III; Richard I. Patchett; Terrance I. Patchett; Christopher E. (Diane) Patchett; Laura (Eric) James; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at the Jr. Order Cemetery in Preston, Md. The Rev. Roland Tice will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Fund, PO Box 7262, Hillsborough, NJ 0884-7262, in honor of Joseph A. Patchett Jr. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Carol L. Hockins -- Carol L. Hockins, 68, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Irvington, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Catherine Gras. Carol retired as a liquor clerk at Reeses Store in Laurel. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed both quilting and sewing. Carol is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, William Hockins of Laurel; sons, Sean Quilty and Patrick Quilty, both of Texas; stepdaughters, Samantha Hockins of South Carolina and Victoria Hockins of New Jersey; her brother, William Gras of New Jersey; and her grandchildren, Rowan Quilty, Mila Quilty, and Wolfgar Hockins. All services were held privately. Contributions may be made in Carols memory to Nanticoke Health Services Foundation, Cancer Center, 121 Front St., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Doris Donovan Beach Owens -- Doris Donovan Beach Owens, 101, passed away peacefully at the Manor House in Seaford on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Born on April 19, 1915 in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late Victor Waters Beach and Alda Carolyn Phillips Beach. Doris graduated from Delmar High School in 1933 and Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing in 1938. On April 9, 1939, she married Avery W. Owens. They made their home in Sharptown, Md. Mrs. Owens was a lifelong member of the Mt. Hermon - Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Charge and served in various volunteer capacities. She provided nursing care for the community and family members. She enjoyed cooking sumptuous meals for her family, as well as reading, gardening and fishing. For the past 14 years she was a resident at the Manor House in Seaford. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Owens was preceded in death by her sister, Edith Beach; her brother, Ralph Beach; her stepmother, Blanch Robinson Beach; her husband of 57 years, Avery White Owens; her son, Samuel Victor Owens; her sister-in-law, Frances Owens Kerman; and a great-grandson, Nathaniel Thomas Owens. Mrs. Owens is survived by her son, George Edward Owens and wife Jan; daughter-in-law, Helen Price; and four grandchildren, George Kevin Owens and wife Dawn; Michael Sean Owens and wife Kabrena; Samuel Paul Owens and wife Sara; and Rebecca Owens Bannon and husband Christopher. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren, Kevin Owens, Kelsi West and husband Tyler, Staci Owens, Samantha Smith and husband Jamie, Sydney Klebon and husband Chris, Everly Owens and husband CJ Ash, Laura Owens, Andrew Owens, Benjamin Owens, Zachary Owens, Daniel Owens, Shiloh Bannon, Madeline Bannon and Abel Bannon; seven great-great-grandchildren, Noah Owens, Avery Smith, Evan Smith, Max Klebon, Riley Klebon, Owen Klebon and Charleigh Klebon; four nieces, Alda Beach Abbott, Dr. Carolyn Beach Daul, Deborah Kerman Kirwan and Ellen Kerman Tracey; and several great-nieces and nephews. Her extended family also includes many descendants of the Phillips family. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Manor House Chapel, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, where visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10. Manor House Chaplain Paul Rosa will officiate. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made by check to Acts Legacy FoundationManor House Benevolence Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973, or Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, PO Box 203, Sharptown, MD 21861.


Norma Leigh Kohlenberg -- Norma Leigh Kohlenberg, 89, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at the Seaford Center. Born in Salisbury, Md., she was the daughter of the late Herbie and Margie Disharoon. In her earlier years, she was a talented buyer and retail manager for specialty clothing boutiques. She was also a retired nursing staff scheduler for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Norma enjoyed playing bridge with her friends and was a member of the Senior Center in Seaford. Norma is survived by her son, C.M. Kohlenberg and his wife Judy of Seaford; grandchildren, Charles Kohlenberg and his wife Ana and Kim Turman and her husband Danny; great-grandchildren, Bradley Kohlenberg, Brett Hill (Damian), Josh Kohlenberg, Brittney MacDougall (Danny), Lauren Turman, Alex Kohlenberg, Olivia Turman, and Emma Turman; and great-great-grandson, Hunter Kohlenberg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles C. Kohlenberg III; her sister, Jean Carey and brother-in-law Laurence Carey; and her great-grandson, Daniel Turman. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon at St. Johns United Methodist Church, 300 Pine St., Seaford, where a memorial service will follow at noon. The Rev. Rich Evans will officiate. Interment will be private.


Rose A. Vizthum -- Rose A. Vizthum, 83, formerly of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at Seaford Center nursing home. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Friday, July 28, 1933, daughter of the late Nicole and Dorotea (Filardo) Mendolia. Mrs. Vizthum was a seamstress for over 20 years. She retired in 1977 when she married her love, Howard, and together they enjoyed the pleasures of retirement. They traveled as far north as upstate Pennsylvania and as far south as the Florida Keys, camping in their pop-up trailer. Together, they liked exploring weekend yard sales and taking rides on the local ferry. Always a creative woman, Mrs. Vizthum loved to make holiday crafts and sold them at craft fairs around the area. She was an avid gardener, working in her backyard garden, and she found great joy in barbecueing and cooking big meals for her husband. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she enjoyed socializing with the other members, and loved her involvement with Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church and her Bible study group. A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, she will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Vizthum was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Howard Vizthum. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Dennis (Pete Lala); her grandson, Everett Dennis III; her stepson, Howard Vizthum Jr. (Robin); her stepdaughters, Laurel Silva, Wendy Vizthum, and Anita Vizthum; and her grandchildren and great-grandbabies. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 33088 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mrs. Vizthums memory to Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, 220 Continental Dr., Ste. 407, Newark, DE 19713, or www.seasons.org. Please visit Mrs. Vizthums life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Willard James Wallace -- Willard James Wallace, 56, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at his home. Willard was born in Salisbury, Md., a son of the late Willard G. Wallace and Anna Mae Wallace of Laurel. William graduated from James M. Bennett High School and later served his country in the United States Army in the Dental Care Clinic. He also worked for Mail Movers in Salisbury. He attended Bayside Church in Fenwick Island. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sons, Willard G. Wallace II of Laurel, Kevin S. Wallace of Laurel and Corey L. Wallace of Georgetown. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Vicki W. Butler in 1995. A service will be held in the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3. Pastors Marvin Jones and Ronny Wyatt will officiate. Contributions may be made in his memory to Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Rd., Georgetown, DE 19947 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Leona Willey Prillart -- The beautiful spirit of Leona Willey Prillhart, 85, of Seaford, soared into the clouds of painless peace on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at home after a brief illness. She reunites with her parents, Adrian and Alice; her brother, Robert; her husband, Bobby; and her second eldest son, Allen. Leona and her family moved to Florida in 1958 where she worked for Sun Bank until 1986, when she retired and returned to Delaware to care for her recently widowed mother until her death. Leonas mother was joined two years later by Leonas husband, Bobby. Leona was a wonderful wife, mother, country cook and seamstress and general homemaker even while juggling her work schedule and playing in the local softball league. She loved her cats and nature in general, as much as she did her 5:30 a.m. exercise regimen three mornings a week. She was known as the Power-Lifting Granny years ago after winning a local weightlifting competition. She will be deeply missed by her Atlanta Road Alliance Church family and too many distant relatives, friends and acquaintances to list. She is survived by her sons, Doug and Steve and his wife Tam of Seaford; her granddaughter, Angela Hardin and husband Mike of Tennessee; granddaughter, Cassie of South Carolina; grandson, Timmy and wife Jenny of Florida; grandson, Joshua and wife Tonianne of Florida; nieces, Jill Cummings and husband Ronnie, Sue Joseph and husband Billy, and Stephanie Smith and husband Stan; great-granddaughters, Ambria, Avery and Addison of Tennessee; great-grandson, Evan and his sister Grace of Florida; and a special cousin, Arsie Burton of Bridgeville. A celebration of life service will be observed at Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6. Reception to follow. To sign the guestbook and leave words of comfort, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com.


Elbert Frederick Turner Jr. -- Elbert Frederick Turner Jr., 81, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Delaware Hospice Center. He was born in Federalsburg, Md., on Sunday, March 24, 1935, son of the late Elbert F. and Louise (Wilson) Turner. Mr. Turner proudly served our country as a United States Marine during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He continued his service until his retirement from the USMC in 1973, after 21 years. He was a loyal employee of the DuPont Company, retiring in 1995 after 20 years of service. Mr. Turner was a past commandant of the Department of Delaware Marine Corps, a member of the League of Devil Dogs #780, and a past commander of VFW, Seaford. He was also a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge. Mr. Turner was an avid pool player and a member of the APA League. His varied interests included archery, bowling, and fishing. More than any of these, however, Mr. Turner cherished time spent with his family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, and he will be genuinely missed by everyone who had the opportunity to know him. Mr. Turner is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Tomiko Turner; his sons, Elbert Turner III of Seaford and James Turner (Jennifer Ayres) of Poland, Ohio; his daughter, Wanda McCracken (Skip); his brother, Loran Turner of Florida; his sisters, Eleanor Faulkenberry of Florida and Rachel Hill of Delaware; his grandsons, James McCracken (Brittany) of Preston, Md., Ryan McCracken (Holly) of Seaford, Kyle McCracken (Angie) of Salisbury, Md., and Eric Turner (Naomi Harding) of Poland, Ohio; his granddaughters, Nicole Turner and Raven Turner, both of Pennsylvania; and his six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, 609 E. King St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Interment will follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a Parsell Family Funeral Home.


John Wheaton Vaughn Jr. -- John Wheaton Vaughn Jr., of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md., after a short illness. John was born in Rockville Centre, N.Y., the son of the late John W. and Loraine (Mahon) Vaughn Sr. He graduated from Penn State University with an associate degree in horticulture and landscaping. He owned and operated Vaughns Florist in Milford from 1970 to 1977. After leaving the floral industry, John worked as a salesman until he retired. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Laurel, and a member of the NRA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Victoria Lorraine Vaughn in 1972; his son, Joshua Wesley Vaughn in 2016; and his brother, James Wyatt Vaughn. He is survived by his sons, John W. Vaughn III and Jason W. Vaughn and his fiancee Christina Medford; two grandchildren, Jason W. Vaughn Jr. and Jordan W Vaughn; his former wife, Charlotte Vaughn; three brothers, Craven Vaughn, Vaughn Vaughn and Wayne Vaughn; and two sisters, Joyce Ringgold and Jill Vaughn. A viewing will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at McKnatt, Carpenter & Baker Funeral Home, 50 Commerce St., Harrington, where a funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.


Elisabeth C. (Ellen) Tassone, CMF, BOC -- Elisabeth C. (Ellen) Tassone, CMF, BOC, 70, passed away peacefully early on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at her home in Bridgeville, surrounded by her loving family: her devoted husband, Lawrence (Tazz); sons, Marco and Lorenzo; daughter-in-law, Angela; sister, Irma Troost; nieces, Wendy and Conny Troost; sister-in-law, Eunice Tassone; and grandson, Francoise Tassone. Born on Dec. 29, 1946 in Rotterdam, Holland, Ellen was the oldest daughter of Dirk and Rosalia (de Bree) Vogel. She was born and raised in Rotterdam graduating from Lyceum (High School) in 1962 and subsequently a two year hotel/motel and secretarial course. She began her career as a front desk clerk at the Rijn Hotel in Rotterdam. Speaking Dutch, German, English and French, she became a certified travel agent and moved to Stuttgart, Germany to improve her language abilities and further her tourism career. While there, she met and married Air Force Staff Sergeant Lawrence H. (Tazz) Tassone of North Adams, Mass., on July 3 and 5, 1969, in Rotterdam. In 1971, they were transferred to Dayton, Ohio, where she worked as a travel agent and then returned to her family in Holland when her husband was posted to Vietnam later that year. Returning to the US in 1972 to Tampa, Fla., she became the lead agent in the AAA Travel Department. In 1974, she accompanied her husband to Andrews AFB, Maryland, and was employed by the main AAA headquarters as a travel agent. After six months she became general manager of Mailtech, a mailing service in Arlington, Va. One year later she moved on to become the general manager of the new Tinkers restaurant near Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. Upon her husbands retirement from the USAF in 1977, they moved to San Jose, Calif., where they became co-owners of the Village Woodshed, a small retail store in the El Paseo de Saratoga Shopping Center that grew into a three store chain. In 1985, the family, now with two sons, Marco and Lorenzo, moved to Waldorf, Md., where Tazz assumed new duties as a director at the Air Force Sergeants Association. Ellen became a homemaker until 1992, when she became owner of Frans Nu Image Mastectomy Salon in Waldorf. She eventually became a Certified Mastectomy Fitter with one of the largest clientele of any single managed salon in the eastern U.S. It was during this period that Ellen, in a joint effort with the American Breast Cancer Company, conceived of and became a co-patent holder of their newest mastectomy product, the ABC Massage form, a highly innovative and successful form for ABC to this day. In 2009, following sale of the salon, Ellen and Tazz retired to Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, where she participated in many of the communitys activities along with traveling, cruising and continued the family tradition of traveling back to Rotterdam at least annually to maintain close contacts with her family. She remained a proud Dutch citizen until her passing. Ellen, as the true center of her family, genuinely enjoyed life and her family to the fullest. On Jan. 14, Ellen was reunited with her beloved father, Dirk and mother, Rosalia Vogel. She will be sorely missed by her husband of 48 years and her legacy will be cherished by her children, Marco (Jennifer) and Lorenzo (Angela) Tassone of Maricopa, Ariz. and Chicago, Ill., respectively; her two grandsons, Francoise and Bruno Tassone; her sister, Irma Troost and nieces, Wendy and Conny Troost who reside in Holland; Sr. Eunice Tassone of North Adams, Mass.; Susan Daugherty of Cheshire, Mass.; nephew, Bruce Tassone of Boston, Mass., along with many uncles, aunts and cousins in the Netherlands and a host of friends in both Delaware and the Netherlands. The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Mohammed Siddique and the caring staff at Nanticoke Hospital Cancer Center, Seaford; Dr. Ephraim Fuchs of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baltimore and the wonderful staff at Milford Rehabilitation Hospital, all of whom made valiant efforts on her behalf while maintaining the most sensitive and sympathetic attitudes that anyone could expect. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 26, at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may visit from 10 to 11. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Tassones name, with notation made for the benefit of residents of Sussex County, DE, to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at 3 International Dr., Ste. 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573. Please visit Mrs. Tassones life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Vincent J. Bonowicz -- Vincent J. Bonowicz, 75, of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was born on Sept. 17, 1941 in Jersey City, N.J., son of the late Vincent and Mae (Wisniewska) Bonowicz. Mr. Bonowicz had a lifelong career on the railroad, retiring as a conductor for NJ Transit Rail, before relocating to southern Delaware. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed gardening. More than anything, however, he cherished time spent with the family he loved. He was a caring and devoted husband, father, brother, and friend, and he will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bonowicz was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gladys Bonowicz in 2012. He is survived by his sons, Jason Bonowicz and his wife Chrystal, and Paul Bonowicz and his wife Lisa; his daughter, Sharon Bonowicz; and his brother, John Bonowicz. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Rd., North Arlington, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mr. Bonowiczs memory to the MRSA Foundation, PO Box 61744, Irvine, CA 92602. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a Parsell Family Funeral Home, Seaford. Please visit Mr. Bonowiczs life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Mary Monaco Maturo -- Mary Monaco Maturo, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Atlantic Shores Nursing and Rehabilitative Center, Millsboro. Mary was born on Nov. 6, 1926, to the late Modesto and Antonette Polligreenie Monaco in New York, N.Y. In her youth, the family relocated to Seaford. Mary attended the Seaford Public Schools, graduating from Seaford High School. She spent many years working in her parents and family restaurant, Monaco Restaurant, also located in Seaford. While Mary had no biological children, she enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews. Joanne and Joseph Massaro were very dear to her. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Modesto and Antonette Monaco; and four brothers, Frank, Dommie, James and Tony Monaco. She leaves to cherish her loving memories, one sister, Daisey Monaco Massaro; several nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be private.


Jose R. Gontang, MD -- Jose R. Gontang, MD, 83, of Seaford, died on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, with his loving family by his side. He was born to the late Macario and Isabel Gontang in Naga, Philippines. Dr. Gontang grew up in Naga, graduating high school from Ateneo de Naga. He went to the University of the Philippines in Manila where he received his bachelors degree. Dr. Gontang then attended the University of the Philippines College of Medicine where he received his medical degree in 1961. After graduating medical school, he emigrated to the United States to complete his medical training in anesthesiology. He married the love of his life, Felicitas, and upon completing his training, they moved to Seaford where he became an anesthesiologist at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gontang dedicated his life to the care and well-being of others. He served as a doctor to the hospital and the community of Seaford for 32 years before retiring in 2002. During his time at the hospital, Dr. Gontang served as a president of the hospitals medical staff organization and was later inducted into the hospitals Physician Hall of Fame on Nov. 3, 2011. Dr. Gontang was a devout Catholic and an active member of his church, Our Lady of Lourdes. Of his many hobbies, his true love was gardening, and he used the grounds of his home as a canvas for his creativity. Dr. Gontang is survived by his wife of 50 years, Felicitas; his children, Ally Gontang-Highfield and her husband Craig of Annapolis, Md. and Richard Gontang of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by his two wonderful grandchildren, Zeke and Seneca. Dr. Gontangs Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford, at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10 to 11. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963; Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, 801 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973; or Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Margaret Helen Cook -- Margaret Helen Cook, 97, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at Nanticoke Health Services, Seaford. She was born in Wilmington on Sept. 15, 1919, daughter of the late Allen Hearn and Helen (Lawrence) Hearn. She was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Cook in 1999, and siblings, Harry Hearn and Betty Smarte. Mrs. Cook worked for over 35 years in the banking industry in Seaford, first with Seaford Building and Loan and later with WSFS where she retired as bank manager. She was a charter and life member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 4961. While tending to her yard and garden brought her great joy, she valued most importantly the time spent with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by two sons, Tom Cook of Seaford and Buddy Cook (Judy) of Bridgeville; two daughters, Ann Adams and Debbie Absher (Brooks) of Seaford; five grandchildren, Lori, Rich, Bettie, Lindsey and Hunter; two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Matthew; one great-great-granddaughter; and her niece, Jean Fuller (Loren) and nephew, Larry Hearn (Karen). Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, 609 E. King St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post Auxiliary 4961, PO Box 496, Seaford, DE 19973. Please visit Mrs. Cooks life memorial page and sign her online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Lori E. Brown -- Lori E. Brown, 51, of Georgetown, died on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, surrounded by her family. Born in Camden, N.J., she was the daughter of Carl E. Hoffer and his wife Kem of Cornwall, Pa., and the late Barbara J. Hoffer. Lori worked as a school teacher in the Delaware Public School System and received Teacher of the Year for the 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 school years at Blades Elementary School. She was also a finalist for District Teacher of the Year in the Seaford School District in the 2009-2010 school year. Lori was involved in several fundraisers for breast cancer awareness. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. In addition to her father and his wife, she is survived by her husband, David Brown; children, Bradford J. Dalton and his wife Jill of Laurel, Jordan N. Dalton of Georgetown, Chris L.Z. Jones of Salisbury, Md., Cody N. Dalton of Seaford and Victoria Dalton of Georgetown; stepchildren, Dana Zachry and her husband Andrew of Fort Worth, Texas, Kyle Brown of Salisbury and Kodi Brown of Laurel; and four grandchildren, Brynnlee Dalton, Westyn Dalton, Avery Melvin-Jones and Declan Zachry. She is also survived by a sister, Lisa G. Beck and her husband Gregory of Sellersville, Pa.; sister-in-law, Karen Blades of Parsonsburg, Md.; two nieces, Amber and Morgan Beck and a nephew, Logan Beck. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Central Worship Center, 14545 Sycamore Rd., Laurel, where visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The Rev. Tim Dukes will officiate. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Loris memory to the Lori E. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Bank of Delmarva, 200 E Market St.. Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to send condolences to the family.


Ronald A. Harris -- Ronald A. Harris, 72, of Delmar, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. He was born on Jan. 18, 1945 in Salisbury, Md., a son of the late Roscoe and Evelyn Gambrill Harris. Ron proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Salisbury. He worked as a security guard for the Indian River Power Plant in Dagsboro, and he enjoyed fishing and family get-togethers. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Judy Anne Harris; son, Wyatt Harris (Melissa); daughter, Dawn King (Ron); stepsons, Joseph Wilbraham (Melba) and Christopher Wilbraham; grandchild, Dakota King; step-grandchildren, Joe, Emma, Jacob and Phillip; brothers, Morris Harris (Nancy) and Dale Harris (Nancy); and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Immanuel Baptist Church, 1514 Old Ocean City Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804.


Jean Ross Robertson -- Jean Ross Robertson, 73, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington. She was born on Nov. 11, 1943 in Salisbury, Md., daughter of the late George and Janet (Paterson) Ross. Ms. Robertson was a lifelong resident of Seaford. She worked as a bookkeeper for DuPont, Don Lee Margin and Nanticoke Concrete. She was a member of Reliance Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Seaford. Ms. Robertson enjoyed line dancing and reading but most of all, spending time with her grandchildren. Ms. Robertson is survived by her son, Christopher Robertson (Maja) of Williamsburg, Va.; her daughter, Jean M Munoz (Anthony R. Jr.) of Seaford; her grandchildren, Athena Sammons, Asher Munoz and Ayden Munoz; and her granddaughter on the way, Savannah Rachel Robertson. All services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford, a Parsell Family Funeral Home. Please visit Ms. Robertsons life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.


Branson Scott Scotty Smith -- Branson Scott Scotty Smith, 87, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Christiana Hospital in Newark. He was the beloved husband of Beverly Helene Smith for 36 years; devoted father of Gary Byrd, William Smith, Steven Smith, Annalisa Smith, Bruce Smith, and Brian Smith; loving brother of his only sister Thelma Porter; and beloved human of his cat Eglinton and his dog Yippy. A viewing and service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Smith family church, Good Hope Union United Methodist Church, 14680 Good Hope Rd., Silver Spring, Md. Pastor Tori Butler will preside. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local SPCA in Branson S. Smiths name.


Barbara (Bobbie) Smith MacMinn -- Barbara (Bobbie) Smith MacMinn of St. Petersburg, Fla., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. She was the youngest daughter of the late Captain John Sheppard Smith and Alice Pearl Mooney Smith of Seaford. Bobbie was a graduate of Seaford High School and Philadelphia Episcopal School of Nursing where she met the love of her life, William K. MacMinn. They celebrated 68 years of marriage. She was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Barbara, of Florida; twin brothers, John (Jack) Smith, of Seaford and Richard Smith, of Florida; and sisters, Doris Marvel, Louise Miles, and Irma Dryden, all of Seaford. Bobbie passed away three days before her nephew, Kenneth E. Smith, of Pennsylvania. She is survived by her husband, William MacMinn, of Florida; daughters, Cheryl MacMinn and Pat Frey, of Florida; sons, William, of North Carolina and Greg, of Florida; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Bobbie is also survived by nephew, Jerry S. Smith, of Seaford; and nieces, Mary Lou Miles DiMaio, of Wilmington, Janice Hopkins, of Virginia and Florida, Sandy Madwar, of Ohio, and Cindy Lyons Taylor, of Seaford. Services were held on Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Albans Episcopal Church, St. Pete Beach, Fla.


Dale F. Ferrell -- Dale F. Ferrell, 64, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Dale is survived by a sister, Cathy (Douglas) Downes and four brothers, Joseph (Evelyn) Ferrell, Thomas J. Ferrell, Lewis Eddie Ferrell and Bobby (Sandy) Ferrell. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, with a dinner to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Bennie Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 691, Dover, DE 19903. To sign the guestbook and leave condolences, visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Services are in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.


Marion C. Graves -- Marion C. Graves, 88, of Millsboro, and formerly of Wilmington and Florida, passed away on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Marion was born in Newark on Aug. 9, 1928, to the late Frank and Elizabeth Higgins Morris. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by seven siblings. She was a member of Bethany Community Church in Laurel; the Elsmere Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary in Elsmere; and Eastern Star. She loved to play cards and spend time with her family and friends. She was a sweet lady who would do anything for anybody. She always had a kind word and a gentle soul. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Charles E. Graves of Millsboro; five children, Sandra L. Graves of Millsboro, Janice M. Vickers and her husband William H. III of Millsboro, Charles L. Graves and his wife Beverly of Georgetown, Marion Patty Graves of Millsboro and Deborah A. Hoover and her husband Robert T. Jr. of Wilmington; 10 grandchildren, Billy, Tina, Kate, Lenny, Kirtis, John, Michael, Jesse, Bobby and Amber; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild on the way. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Bethany Community Church, c/o Janice Vickers, 19930 Lowes Crossing Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.


Alton Dutch Ralph Brubaker Jr. -- Alton Dutch Ralph Brubaker Jr., 88, also known as Sonny by his immediate family, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at Aurora Senior Living of Manokin in Princess Anne, Md. He was born on June 14, 1928 in Denton, Md., a son of the late Alton Ralph Brubaker Sr. and Mary Schreiber Brubaker. He was a lifelong truck driver for many local companies including Victor Lynn, Hess, Crown Cork and Seal, Tri-County Gas and retired from Mountaire Farms. He was also an avid competitive skeet and trap shooter and past president of the Salisbury Gun Club. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting with his son and friends in Pocomoke, Md., watching Orioles baseball and NASCAR, especially #24. He was a very kind, helpful and good friend and never met a stranger. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Satchell Brubaker, sharing 53 years of marriage; children, Gwen Brubaker Shedaker and husband Phil of Laurel, David Downing and wife Phyllis of Laurel, Donna Thomas and husband Larry of Princess Anne and Debbie Culver and husband Rick of Felton; grandchildren, Missy, Aaron, Julie, Christina, Andy, Katie, Tami, Bobby, Leigh, Amber, Matthew and Lance; and great-grandchildren, Payton, Olivia, Gunnar, Parker, Alex, JD, Jeremy, Brianna, Wyatt, Riley, Lilliana, Emma, Skylar, Kherington, London, Karyn and Trent. He is also survived by a niece, Maryann Palmer and a nephew, Mike Porter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Eleanor Richards and Kathleen Porter and a son, William Dale Brubaker. Friends may call on family at his son Davids home, 35811 Traci Drive, Laurel, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Alzheimers Association, 909 Progress Circle, Ste. 400, Salisbury, MD 21804.


Franklin R. Spicer -- Franklin R. Spicer, 80, of Seaford, passed away at Christiana Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Franklin was born in Seaford, a son of the late Millard and Flossie Spicer. He retired from CC Oliphant as a roofer. He was a member of American Legion Post #19 in Laurel. Franklin loved fishing and hunting. He really enjoyed children, as he had such a kind and gentle soul. Never meeting a stranger, Franklin leaves behind many friends and family members. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Spicer of Seaford; sons, Gregory Spicer of Seaford and David Spicer (Leah) of Cape Coral, Fla.; daughter, Christina Adkins (J.R.) of Sharptown, Md.; stepchildren, Connie Justice, Joann LeCates and Tammy Leggs; grandchildren, Amanda Spicer, Cindy Crandell, Courtney Abbott, Tori Givens and Elise Adkins; numerous great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


T. Alan Glover -- T. Alan Glover, 78, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, after a five year illness. Alan was a 1956 graduate of Seaford High School and a 1961 graduate of Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington. He was employed by Litton Industries for 14 years, Home Beneficial Life Insurance for 19 years and worked part-time for Kaye Construction for 15 years. He was a member of the Delaware National Guard for seven years and a member of Concord United Methodist Church. Alan is survived by his wife of 45+ years, Barbara Collins Glover; four daughters, Cyndy Glover of Salisbury, Md., Gwen DiCarlo (Tony) of Seaford, Kelley Boyce (Blair) of Laurel and Karla Mears of Georgetown; four grandsons, Jason Boyce (Amber), Michael DiCarlo (Allison), Kyle Boyce (Stephanie) and Justin Mears; eight great-grandchildren, Tatum Otwell, Caleb Boyce, Colbie Boyce, Jillian Watson, Mariyah DiCarlo, Willow Boyce, Haley and Cameron Deiter; and his aunt, Hester White. He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip Glover and Agnes Carey; stepfather, Reuben Carey; and aunt and uncle, Joshua and Mabel Hastings. Alans family is most grateful for all of the kindness shown to Alan and for the care provided by the medical staff at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Life Care at Lofland Park, Compassionate Care Hospice and from his aide from Generations Home Care, Ngozi Ononuju. Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, Jan. 23, 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 Concord United Methodist Church, c/o Marvin Lloyd, Treasurer, 12560 Concord Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or Seaford District Library, 600 N. Market St., Ext., Seaford, DE 19973. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


George William Bill Hoffman -- Bill Hoffman passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, after a short fight with esophageal cancer. He now resides with his Heavenly Father. Bill is survived by his wife, Joan; her sister, Norma and husband Larry Krum; plus several cousins. Bill and his wife Joan were hosts for 11 trips to the Holy Lands of Israel, Jordan and Egypt. They acquired an adopted son in Jordan, by the name of Ibrahim Ishaq. An active gardener, Bill grew vegetables, fruits and built carved trellises for Joans roses. Their garden was once featured on Travels with Charlie. Bill worked as a cameraman at WBOC for 20 years and was co-owner of Hoffmans Countryhouse Photography for 32 years. He was also an ordained minister, serving as a chaplain at ECI, Somerset Detention and Wicomico Sheriffs Dept. As one last service to others, his body was donated to the Maryland Anatomy Board. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford.


Kenneth E. Smith -- Kenneth E. Smith, 79, of Strasburg Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa. Born in Seaford, he was a son of the late John and Catherine Bowden Smith. He was a 1956 graduate of Seaford High School. Ken retired as a signalman for the PA Railroad, Penn Central Railroad, and Conrail after 42 years of service. He was the husband of Nancy Rigby Smith. They celebrated 58 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, Nancy, he is survived by three children, Carmen Roth, Palmyra, Pa., Candy Friedhofer (Dave), Smithville, Pa., and Kenneth Smith II (Terri), Lititz, Pa.; grandchildren, Justin and Kyrie Friedhofer, Anna Roth and Kenny III; siblings, Jerry Smith, Seaford, Sandy Madwar (David), Columbus, Ohio, and Cindy Taylor (Jeff), Seaford; brothers-in-law, Tom Rigby, Toms River, N.J., and Jack Rigby (Lucy), Seaford; and his entire Bird-In-Hand Restaurant family. Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in the care of Reynolds Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., Quarryville, Pa., www.reynoldsfuneralhome.net.


Kathy Lee Roddey -- Kathy Lee Roddey, 60, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Shirley Roddey. Kathy was a nurse at Seaford Center Nursing Home. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Barry L. Buster Kingsbury in 2007 and her daughter, Audra Kingsbury in 2014. She is survived by her sister, Marjorie Margie Willey and her husband Kirk; nephews, Brandon Willey and Chad Willey (Emily Whitaker); great-nephew, Cason Willey; and many cousins. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Thursday evening, Jan. 19, from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Delaware SPCA Georgetown, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947. To leave condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Margie E. Wells -- Margie E. Wells, 93, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Hazel Elliott. Margie graduated from Laurel High School in the class of 1940, and was a talented violinist in the high school orchestra. She retired from Wilmington Dry Goods as a cashier with over 22 years of service. She is survived by her daughters, Adrienne Wheeler of Wilmington, Susan M. Elliott of Laurel, and June Atwood of Wilmington; grandchildren, Robert Kelley and Andrew Kelley; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Margie was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Ralph Wells in 1978, and her son, George Barry Kelley in 1991. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, with visitation from 1 to 2. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.


John Litchford, Jr.- John H. Litchford, Jr., Herbie, age 84 of Seaford passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Herbie left this world on a beautiful crisp winter afternoon worthy of his first day in heaven, returning home to his savior and his wife of nearly fifty years, Bonnie. Born on Nov. 1, 1932 near Nashville, Tennessee, Herbie was raised in Seaford, where he made his home and spent the rest of his life. A 1951 graduate of Seaford High, Herbie enjoyed a career working in DuPonts nylon plant alongside his father and brothers until 1987. Unsettled by retirement and seeking a challenge, Herbie opened a successful crabbing business  the Blue Claw  that quickly became a neighborhood hangout. Always involved with his beloved Seaford, Herb gave back to his community by faithfully serving in the National Guard and participating as a freesmason in the Gethsemane Lodge No. 28. A man of many talents, Herbie will be most remember as an avid outdoorsman whose hunting and fishing skills were rivaled only by his renowned ability as a collector. As described by a close friend, Herbies honesty, integrity, loyalty, and strong character were unmatched. A lifelong friend to many, Herbie had endless wit, a creative mind, and a generous soul that brought a smile to everyones face. Known in his later years as Poppy, Herb was a loving and involved father and grandfather who spent countless hours reading, playing rummy, and joking with his grandchildren, Jessica, Cydney, and Dylan. His spirit will be carried on by his daughter Terri and husband Tim, granddaughter Jessica and husband Ryan, granddaughter Cydney and boyfriend Adrian, his number one grandson and main man Dylan, and his younger brother Jimmy of Tennessee. Herbie will be reunited with his high school sweetheart and loving wife Bonnie, parents John and Grace Litchford, sister Mary Smith, and brothers Harold and Wayne. He will be deeply missed by family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched over the years. A viewing and visitation will be held at on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cranston Funeral Home,300 N. Shipley Street, Seaford, Delaware 19973. A service in commemoration of his life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at 11 a.m., service to begin at noon, at the Wesley United Method Church, 22025 Atlanta Road, Seaford, Delaware 19973. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.


George A. Todd -- George A. Todd, 60, of Georgetown and Laurel, completed his journey to heaven on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center surrounded by his family, friends, and faith. Born on Jan. 21, 1956, George faced a lifetime filled with physical challenges but always found ways to overcome them with his positive, I can do it, attitude, his kind and loving spirit, and his joy-filled, winsome smile. Georges exemplary work ethic was noted as he worked for many years at Kent Sussex Industries in Milford, and later at Easter Seals in Georgetown. His home and caregivers from the Salvation Army Developmental Disabilities Program became his lifelong friends whom George lovingly called his adopted brothers and sisters. As a boy and young man, George went through the ranks of Boy Scouts, concluding by earning his Eagle Scout Award, which was presented by then Senator Joe Biden. Very near and dear to Georges heart were his friends and gym teachers from Special Olympics of DE, where he participated on the Sussex Riptides bocce team. George celebrated his faith at Christ and Centenary United Methodist churches. George shared a lifetime of love with his family. George was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Dolores Todd. He leaves behind his brother, Robin Todd of Seaford and his brother and sister Ralph and Jill Todd of Laurel. George also had a very special 20 year relationship with his girlfriend, Mary Lou Voies of Dover. Each and every link in the family circle was an opportunity for George to spread his love and joy as he built more relationships. Two special other sisters, eight nieces and nephews, six great-nieces and nephews, and six dear cousins as well as many friends were all very important in Georges life. A celebration of life will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, on Sunday, Jan. 22 - Georges birthday weekend - at 2 p.m., with a viewing from 1 to 2. The Rev. Dean Purdue will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Please remember George by the legacy of his joy-filled smiles, and pass on one of your own smiles in his memory, especially to a person who seems to need it most. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated by the Salvation Army Developmental Disabilities Program, Special Olympics of DE, or Centenary United Methodist Church. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Kenneth Elwood Calloway -- Kenneth Elwood Calloway, 70, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, surrounded by his loving family at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in Laurel, he was the son of the late James Carlton Callaway and Helen Hastings Callaway. Ken proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was retired from the Department of Corrections as a corrections officer. He is survived by his children, Brian Calloway and his wife Diane and Beth Hastings and her companion Patrick Parillon; the mother of his children, Carol Calloway; brothers, William Callaway and Charles Callaway; grandchildren, Gabrielle Gabby Parillon, Aleida Calloway, Kathryn Calloway, and Evelyn Calloway; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his siblings, James Callaway, Robert Callaway, Thelma Hutcheson, Betty Grazela, and Doris Fry. A memorial service was held on Friday, Jan. 6, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus officiated. The family suggests memorial contributions to Delaware Special Olympics, 619 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19716. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Thomas P. Crockett -- Thomas P. Pop Pop Crockett, 68, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer surrounded by his loving family and some of the kids he thought of as his own on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. During the four months of dealing with this awful disease, he battled and fought many setbacks to spend as much time as he could with his family. Tom grew up in Crisfield, graduating from Crisfield High School in 1966, where he was a standout soccer and basketball player. He had many cherished memories with his buddies, Muggsy, Manzy, Chalky and Sterling. They were a special group of friends that were always able to reconnect and pick up right where they left off. Tom retired from DuPont in Seaford after 36 years of service and realized he just wasnt ready for retirement. He then worked for the State of Delaware, Division of Soil and Water Conservation as a planner for 11 years. For the past three years, he helped at his grandsons produce stand, Marvelous Produce in Seaford. He coached his son in Little League Football and Nanticoke Little League. He was an avid Phillies fan and spent many Sundays at the Vet. He was also a past member of the Blades and Seaford volunteer fire departments. In his younger years, he played softball and basketball in various leagues and pick-up games. His hobbies were deer hunting and his family. Tom created many special friendships through the years but none greater than those with the kids who played sports with his children and grandsons and worked with him at the produce stand. He was Pop-Pop to everyone. Toms greatest joy was watching his children and grandsons play sports. He rarely missed a game, regardless of where it was. Many vacations and weekends were spent watching them play and making lasting friendships with many. He was known to step in a time or two as a coach to his boys. His smile and hugs reached many. The last couple of years, he found his next greatest hobby - his princesses - and nothing was more special than having lunch at Donalds. He could also be found Monday through Friday at his coffee breaks at the Dairy Bar in Seaford with his firemen friends trying to solve many a problem. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Margaret Maggie; his son, Ed (Tammy) Crockett; daughter, Denise (Steve) Marvel; grandsons, Lance (Lauren) Marvel, Shane (Cassidy) Marvel and Jordan Marvel; his great-granddaughters, brown eyed princess Kenzleigh and blue eyed princess Kendall; and the one that was like a son, Brice Smart, all of Seaford. He is also survived by his sisters, Jeanne and Theresa of Crisfield and Princess Anne, Md. The family doesnt stop there. He leaves behind many kids and grandkids that he treated as his own. The list is long and those who could made his last days so very special for everyone with visits filled with laughs, handshakes, hugs and kisses. In Toms style and way, he made many friends during his cancer battle. We would be remiss in not thanking Nanticoke Cancer Care, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, and Compassionate Care Hospice. We would like to especially thank Brittany Becker, Nanticoke ICU, and Kelly Hovatter, RN, Compassionate Care, in providing him with extra special care during his last days. There is one more special person in his life, who spent many a day visiting at the hospital and when he was having treatments - his best friend, Al Melson. Toms wish is not for flowers but donations to a scholarship fund in his memory. He would like for a Sussex Tech student athlete to do what he could not - further their education. He wishes for everyone to set aside their views and realize that this is for and about the kids. Please make donations in his memory to Vocational Education Foundation, RE: Tom Crockett Memorial and mail to: Denise Marvel, 24200 Shufelt Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. His last wish is for everyone to take the time and watch a kids game. There is no greater joy than seeing a kid make a great tackle, catch, shot, kick, pitch or hit. It will make you smile just like Tom. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford on Saturday evening, Jan. 14, from 6 to 8 and at the church on Sunday from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Christina Marie Chambers -- Christina Marie Chambers, 24, of Millsboro, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of Mark Chambers of Laurel and Crystal and Norman Charnock of Millsboro. Christina was a graduate of Laurel High School, Class of 2011. She had attended Delaware State University for two years to study education. She loved to read and she loved children. This combination inspired her to study early childhood education in the hopes that one day she would become an elementary school teacher. Christina is survived by her parents, Mark Chambers, Crystal Charnock and Norman Charnock; her brother, Eric Shields; her sisters, Heather Chambers and Amber Chambers; her fiancé, Timothy Timmons, whom she was with for over three years; her maternal grandmother, Barbara Dennis; her niece, Nyia Lopez; her nephew, Eric Shields Jr.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Christina was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Robert Dennis and her paternal grandparents, Bill and Martha Chambers. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2. Pastor Tim Dukes will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to help defray funeral costs at - www.gofundme.com/christina-chamber-family - by Dominic Drummond.


Sarah C. Elliott -- Sarah C. Elliott, 97, of Bridgeville, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Country Rest Home. She was born in Camden, N.J., on Saturday, Dec. 27, 1919, daughter of the late William and Phoebe (Taylor) Conaway. Mrs. Elliott lived most of her life in the Bridgeville area. She spent her life on the farm and very much enjoyed being a farmers wife. She was a member of the homemakers club and the Cheer Center. In her spare time she enjoyed reading. She was known to be an excellent cook and she won many awards at the state fair for her crocheting. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, John T. Elliott Sr.; her brothers, William C. Conaway and Warren Emerson Conaway; and her sister, Hannah Bradley. She is survived by her sons, John Elliott Jr. and his wife Maria of Bridgeville and David Elliott of Magnolia; her daughters, Barbara Truitt of Georgetown and Janet Scarborough and her husband Lewis of Georgetown; her eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Seaford Church of God of Prophecy, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mrs. Elliotts memory to Church of God of Prophecy at www.cogop.org. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Please visit Mrs. Elliotts life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Robert William Allen -- Robert William Allen, 95, passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Born on Nov. 15, 1921 in Quincy, Mass., he was the son of the late Norman F. Allen and Mildred Allen. Bob graduated from Pocomoke High School in Pocomoke, Md. The following year he graduated from Laurel High School in Laurel. He was a World War II veteran and loved all sports. He officiated football for many years in Sussex County. He owned a heating, plumbing, and air conditioning company until his retirement in 1983. He loved fishing and spent many winters in Fort Myers, Fla., with his wife of 70 years, Betty, who preceded him in death. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Mildred (Mimi) Boyce and Marilyn DeWitt and brothers, Norman Allen and Earle Allen. He is survived by his daughter, Jaye Allen Kirby and son-in-law Danny; a grandson, Ryan Duncan; great-grandson, Cody Duncan; brothers, Ernest Allen, James Allen and Frederick Allen; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 10:30 to 11. The Rev. Dean Perdue will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mr. Allens memory to the Odd Fellows Lodge, PO Box 46, Laurel, DE 19956.


Doris Hill Bailey -- Doris Hill Bailey, 89, of Delmar, died on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at her home. She was born on May 6, 1927 in Delmar, a daughter of the late William and Mary Mitchell Hill. Mrs. Bailey attended Delmar High School. For several years she worked as a seamstress for Banks & Pusey Garment Factory, the W.R. Wilson Garment Factory and Rombo Brothers before becoming a school bus driver. She drove for Delmar Middle, Delmar High and Sussex Vo-Tech for 22 years until retirement. She also worked on the farm and in the garden that she loved. She enjoyed canning to save some of her homegrown produce for winter and to share with family and friends. She was a wonderful cook and loved inviting family over for big dinners. She will be especially remembered for her cornbread, cakes, cut greens - really everything she made. She attended Forest Grove Old School Baptist Church and Smith Mills Old School Baptist Church in Delmar and was a member of Peninsula Partners. Her and her late husband, Robert, never had any children of their own, however, she always referred to her nephew, Jim Hearne, as her son. In addition to her nephew Jim and his wife Georgia, she is survived by several nieces and nephews and their families and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Bailey in 1997; brothers, William Billy Hill, Robert Bobby Hill and Paul Hill; and a sister, Evelyn Hearne. A funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, Jan. 16, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Pastor E.M. Robbins will officiate. Contributions may be made in her memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Sarah C. Elliott -- Sarah C. Elliott, 97, of Bridgeville, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Country Rest Home. She was born in Camden, N.J., on Saturday, Dec. 27, 1919, daughter of the late William and Phoebe (Taylor) Conaway. Mrs. Elliott lived most of her life in the Bridgeville area. She spent her life on the farm and very much enjoyed being a farmers wife. She was a member of the homemakers club and the Cheer Center. In her spare time she enjoyed reading. She was known to be an excellent cook and she won many awards at the state fair for her crocheting. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, John T. Elliott Sr.; her brothers, William C. Conaway and Warren Emerson Conaway; and her sister, Hannah Bradley. She is survived by her sons, John Elliott Jr. and his wife Maria of Bridgeville and David Elliott of Magnolia; her daughters, Barbara Truitt of Georgetown and Janet Scarborough and her husband Lewis of Georgetown; her eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Seaford Church of God of Prophecy, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mrs. Elliotts memory to Church of God of Prophecy at www.cogop.org. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Please visit Mrs. Elliotts life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


John L. Chandler Jr. -- John L. Chandler Jr., 73, of Delmar, died on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at his home. He was born on June 16, 1943 in Millsboro, a son of the late John Sam Chandler Sr. and Betty (Knepp) Chandler. John proudly served his country in the Delaware National Guard. He was a gifted mechanic and started his career working for W.C. Littleton and Son in Laurel. He then went on to work for 14 years as an auto mechanic for Oliphant Chevrolet before leaving to open his own repair shop, Chandlers General Repairs, a career he loved for many years. He enjoyed tinkering on cars and was an avid John Deere enthusiast. He was a member of the Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Association, Eastern Shore Threshermen & Collectors Association, First State Antique Tractors Club, Waterloo Boys of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Association. He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Patricia Ann Chandler; children, Laurie Dickerson and husband John Paul of Laurel, Jennifer Reddy and husband Sudhakar of Love Park, Ill., Katie Gell and husband David of Stockton, Md. and John Skip Chandler III of Delmar; grandchildren, Matthew Dickerson (Toni), C.J. Dickerson, Zak Dickerson (Jenna), Devi Reddy, Shanta Reddy, Ethan Gell and Elizabeth Gell; a great-granddaughter, Parker Dickerson; siblings, Bill Chandler of Laurel, Patti Farrell of Laurel and Kay Cooper of Delmar; and his beloved dog and sidekick, Chloe, his beagle. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 1 to 2. Pastor John Oltman will officiate. Interment will follow at Melsons Cemetery. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Association, PO Box 9, Kinzers, PA 17535.


Jennie E. Smith -- Jennie E. Smith, 84, of Delmar, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was born on Jan. 21, 1932 in Laurel, a daughter of the late Marion and Fannie Ellis. Mrs. Smith worked for First Omni Bank in Millsboro for 19 years. She enjoyed her job there and took great pride in doing high quality, accurate work. She was a member of the Laurel Nazarene Church for many years. She enjoyed spending the day going to antique stores looking for treasures, especially glassware. Most importantly, she loved spending time with her family, cooking for them, and being together at family gatherings. She especially treasured the time spent with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is survived by her son, Mark Riggin (Lynn); daughters, Teri M. Collins (Jerry Davis) and Brenna Pizzaia (Terry), all of Laurel; grandchildren, Jodie Racine, Ted Collins Jr., Jessica Furbush, Tonya Cornish, Mariah Riggin, and Seth Riggin; six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Phil Ellis (Debbie) of Laurel; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Smith; a brother, Fred Ellis and his wife Irma; and a sister, Elizabeth Dickerson and her husband Joseph. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, where visitation for family and friends will be held from 7 to 8:30 on Wednesday evening, Jan. 11, and 10 to 11 a.m. the day of the service. The Rev. David Dunn will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. In memory of Mrs. Smith, contributions may be made to Laurel Nazarene Church, PO Box 705, 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.


Cynthia "Cindy" Truitt Robinson -- Cynthia 'Cindy' Truitt Robinson, 60, passed away in the loving care of her family and the staff of the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Born in Lewes on Oct. 5, 1956, Cindy was the daughter of Arthur C. and Helen M. Truitt, and the wife of Manaen S. Robinson III, her spouse of 24 years. She was an accomplished educator, earning both her bachelors and masters degree in education. She retired from the Seaford School District in 2004 after 27 years of service. Cindy was fun and outgoing, known for her infectious laugh and warm spirit. She was an active member of Careys United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She enjoyed crafts, Civil War reenacting, camping, entertaining friends and family, and spending time with Manaen and their dog, Sugar. In addition to her parents and her husband, Cindy is survived by two children, Manaen Robinson IV and his wife Cara of Dagsboro and Megan Moore of Dagsboro; four grandchildren, Brayden and Cole Robinson and Tyler and Kaylee Moore; her sister, Bonnie VanBuskirk of Frederick, Md., and her nephew and nieces, Joshua, Chelsea and Brianna VanBuskirk. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call from noon to 1. Pastor Dennis Derr will officiate. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Careys United Methodist Church, 22053 Careys Camp Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966; Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963; the SPCA, Sussex Chapter, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947; or your favorite charity. Condolences may be made online at www.watsonfh.com.


Steven Joseph Neithardt -- Steven Joseph Neithardt, 25, walked into the loving arms of his Lord, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Steven was born on Jan. 19, 1991 in Galloway Township, N.J., son of Charles Neithardt of Secaucus, N.J. and Donna (Jaggers) Neithardt of Vineland, N.J. While living in New Jersey, Steve attended Galloway Township Public Schools and after moving to Delaware, he attended Seaford High School. Steve was a lover of sports during his young life and played baseball, basketball, tennis, and fishing, and enjoyed skateboarding. He was a Minnesota Vikings fan. Steve was blessed to have numerous family vacations. He and his mother also traveled with classmates to Italy. His highlights of that trip were the Catacombs, the Colosseum in Rome, Venice and Pisa. Steven will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. He was the kind of young man that anyone would be proud to call son, grandson, uncle and friend. Steve was always willing to help anyone. He was funny, friendly and always had a smile on his face. In addition to his parents, Steve is survived by his three brothers, Christopher, Michael and James Neithardt; three nephews, Taylor, Dylan and Brody; two nieces, Hailey and Hayden; his dog Tank; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from 9 to 11. Burial will be private. Visit Steves life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Kathleen D. Peugh -- Kathleen D. Peugh, 72, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Kathleen was a nurse at West Seaford Elementary School for 24 years, retiring in 1999. She was active at the Methodist Manor House with the Pool Group. She is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Asa Peugh; a son, Mike Peugh (Dawn); a daughter, Debbie Fees (David); four grandchildren, Ryan Peugh, Kayley Peugh, Lizzie DeLacy and Colden Fees; a brother, Bob Downs; and a sister, Carol Taylor. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Nashville, TN 38105. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Louise W. Spencer -- Louise W. Spencer, 84, of Laurel and Seaford, passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, at the Methodist Manor House. Louise was born in Denton, Md., a daughter of the late James Medford Walls and Sarah Hazel Walls. Louise worked as a waitress for many years, and was a wonderful homemaker for her family. She was a member of Christ the Cornerstone Church of Laurel. She and her husband were snowbirds, enjoying many winters in Florida. Louise loved solving puzzles, playing cards and dominoes. Louise is survived by her son, Howard Spencer Jr. of Laurel; daughters, Josephine Adkins (Robert) of Laurel and Debra Benson (Clark) of Delmar; her sisters, Mary Ellen Breeding of Hickman, Md., Pauline Layton (George) of Denton, Christine Anthony (Stanley) of Camden Wyoming, and Barbara Salizzoni of Camden Wyoming; grandchildren, Snapper Adkins (Crissie), Dawn Litchford (Steve), Chris Adkins, Sara Walls (Travis), Tyler Benson (Amber), and Seth Benson; great-grandchildren, Angel and Kaitlyn Adkins, Kylee Adkins, Chase Litchford, Hanna and Zachary Walls and Cole Benson; her close friend, Donald Pepper of Denton, Md.; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Spencer Sr. in 2003 and her siblings, Medford Walls, Charles Walls, Tommy Walls, and Louis Walls (her twin). A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 1. Pastor John Rogers will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice, 20773 Professional Park Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947 or American Legion Post #19, 12168 Laurel Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.


Elaine Boyce Lynch -- Elaine Boyce Lynch, 79, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at Christiana Hospital in Newark. Born in Milford, she is the daughter of the late Woodrow Boyce, and Doris Jones Boyce of Laurel. Elaine worked as a teacher for the Laurel and Seaford school districts. During her years in education, she was principal of North Laurel Elementary School and Dunbar Elementary School. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, and enjoyed singing in the choir. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society, Laurel Lioness, Laurel Alumni, Laurel Historical Society, New Century Club, and the ADK Sorority. Elaine is survived by her children, Karen Tull and her husband Michael of Seaford, Kathy Shockley and her husband David of Laurel, and Kyle Lynch and his wife Marjorie of Laurel; brothers, Doug Boyce and his wife Diane, David Boyce and his wife Ann, and Brent Boyce; sister-in-law, Joyce Stewart; brother-in-law, Jack Lynch and his wife Carole; grandchildren, Katelin Brinson and her husband Shane, Mathew Tull, Jacob Tull, Kaden Shockley, Koby Shockley, Khloe Shockley, Logan Lynch, Vivienne Lynch, Asher Lynch, and Ronan Lynch; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her father, Elaine was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ronald L. Lynch, on July 5, 2015. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel. A viewing will also be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the church, where a funeral service will follow at 1. The Rev. Dean Perdue will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Lynchs memory to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, or Laurel Lioness, PO Box 10, Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


N. Jeanne Sullivan Hiller -- N. Jeanne Sullivan Hiller, 84, of Seaford, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. She was born to Ellis E. and Mildred Sours Sullivan in Cumberland, Md., on Dec. 19, 1932. She attended Berkley County schools and graduated from Martinsburg High School, Martinsburg, W.Va. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin L. Hiller. She is survived by five children, H. Vincent Mancus Jr., Sarah Elizabeth Heaton, Steven E. Heinz, Carol L. Heinz, and Parris S. Mancuso; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her favorite pastimes included church work, her family, friends, cooking and gardening, plus her many beloved pets. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an animal rescue organization and/or Samaritans Purse (Franklin Graham).


Martha Fletcher Windsor -- Martha Fletcher Windsor, 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown. Born in Laurel, she was the daughter of the late Mannie and Ida R. (Baker) Fletcher. A retired homemaker, Martha also worked for Wallers Junior Center. She loved playing pinochle, bowling, going to the beach, watching her favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys, and spending time with her family. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Martha was a lifetime member of Christ United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Daniel F. Windsor; twin sister, Mary Hammond; and brothers, Cecil W., Herbert M. and Harvey L. Fletcher. Martha is survived by her daughter, Dianne L. Morris (Charles); a son, Danny A. Windsor (Gaby); and grandchildren, Christy L. Zerhusen (Charles), Jonathan R. Colcord, J. D. Windsor (Kelly) and Jason Windsor (Audrey). She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1-2. The Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956.


Harriett J. Williams -- Harriett J. Williams, 83, of Selbyville, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. Born on July 24, 1933, Harriet was the daughter of the late Lonnie Ray and Lillie Belle Jennings of Elizabeth City, N.C. Harriett was a homemaker while her children were young and later enjoyed working at Seashell City for 36 years before retiring in 2013 at the age of 80. She enjoyed spending time with her extended Williams family especially at the beach and other family functions. In addition to her parents, Harriett was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth W. Roughton Sr. in 1959; her husband, John J. Williams in 1992; her daughter, Kathryn Townsend in 2013; and her brother, Lonnie Ray Jennings. She is survived by her brother, George Jennings; her sons, Kenneth W. Roughton Jr., Selbyville and Eric J. Williams, Fenwick Island; her daughters, Jan R. Turner, Wilmington, N.C. and Debby R. FLood (Gary), Laurel; her grandchildren, Emma and Hilary Roughton, Bethany and Davison Turner, Heather Ruark (Todd), Ashley, Erica, Phillip (Tara) and Perry Townsend; and great-grandchildren, Austin, Landon, Lauren, Jaelyn, Lance and Ellie. At Harrietts request, there will be no formal service. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.


Carolyn Sue Jewell -- Carolyn Sue Jewell, 67, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, surrounded by her loving family at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Concord, N.C., she was the daughter of the late James Kindley and Bonnie Kindley. In her working years, she was a school bus driver for R&M Buses for many years. She and her husband owned and operated Klassic Karaoke, and she was a member of the Moose Lodge in Seaford. Sue was a wonderful homemaker and had a tremendous love for God. She was blessed with a beautiful singing voice and one of her favorite experiences was getting the opportunity to sing with the Jones Boys. Sue is survived by her children, David Kinley and his wife Rhonda of New York, Donna Kinley and her companion Jim Mansfield of Seaford, Nicole Jewell and her husband Charles Twigg of Seaford, Keleigh Donovan and her husband Ryan of Seaford, and Kristi Thomas of Seaford; step-children, Kenneth Jewell of Georgetown, Wanda Loockerman and her husband Earl of Bridgeville, and Crystal Swift of Laurel; her brother, Larry Kindley of North Carolina; her sisters, Margie Hudson and her husband Ike, Nancy Hudson and her husband Joe, and Vicki Berry and her husband Don, all of North Carolina; her uncle, J.P. Isenhouer and his companion Betty Moss; and brother-in-law, James Hudson of North Carolina. She is also survived by over 20 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Gene Jewell who passed away on Dec. 2, 2016, and her sisters, Phyllis Hodges, Geraldine Hudson, and Frances Kindley. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, at Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, where visitation will be held from 10:30 to 11. Pastor Joe LeCates will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Alma Lee Smith -- Alma Lee Smith, 96, of Delmar, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was born on Sept. 5, 1920 in Delmar, a daughter of the late Doda and I. Pearl Hearn. Mrs. Smith grew up in Delmar, and, as a child, could be found playing marbles with her friends on Elizabeth Street. She married the love of her life, Ross Marvel Smith on Jan. 23, 1942. They were married for 74 years. She will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother and a wonderful cook. On Sunday mornings, the Smith family would walk to church together. She was a longtime, active member and Sunday school teacher at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Delmar, which later merged with St. Stephens United Methodist Church. She and her husband initiated a group in Wicomico County to offer education for special needs children. She was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Adah Chapter #5, where she served as past worthy matron. She worked as branch manager of the Bank of Delmar - Pine Knoll branch, and, after retirement, enjoyed traveling to Florida with her family. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jo Moore of Delmar; a niece, Pat Outten; and a nephew, Mike Gosnell and his wife Nancy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ross Marvel Smith; a daughter, Frances Anne Frannie Smith; sisters, Jean Livingston and Dolly Anne Brittingham; and brothers, Edward Hearn and Robert Hearn. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Lori Twilley will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Stephens Cemetery, Delmar. In memory of Mrs. Smith, contributions may be sent to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802 or the Order of the Eastern Star, Adah Chapter, c/o Mrs. Lisa Ellis, 11193 Line Rd., Delmar, DE 19940.


James Richard Roth -- James Richard Roth, 83, of Ocean Pines, Md., died on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. Born in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of the late Charles Roth and Catherine Hessey Roth. Mr. Roth was a graduate of Patterson High School where he was a proud member of the Vols Club which carried out community service projects. He served in the United States Coast Guard and later worked as an engineer for Bell Telephone (Verizon). After moving to Ocean Pines, he attended the Community Church at Ocean Pines. Besides spending time with his family, Jim enjoyed bowling, coin collecting, and playing cards, and was a golf enthusiast. He is survived by his beloved wife of 16 years, Bonnie Boyce Roth and sons, Greg Roth and his wife Cindy of Lincoln University, Pa., Mark Roth and his wife Leza of Rochey, Fla., Scott Roth and his wife Candi of Aston, Pa., Greg Holland and his wife Aida of Seaford, and Brad Holland and his wife Stefaney of Martinez, Calif. He was an adored grandfather to eight grandchildren, Alexis Hewitt (Rusty), Jen Roth, Justin Roth, Meghan Hill (Brian), Kaity Holland, (Anthony), Natalie Holland, Ariana Holland, and Juliana Holland; and five great-grandchildren, Leeland Hewitt, Roman Fiorentino, Zeke Fiorentino, Lizzie Hill, and Griffin Hill. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ron Roth. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Community Church at Ocean Pines in Berlin, Md., where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Boyd Etter and Pastor Bob Harris will officiate. Inurnment will follow in the Church Columbarium. A donation in his memory may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or The Community Church at Ocean Pines, 11227 Racetrack Rd., Berlin, MD 21811. Condolences may be sent online at www.burbagefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.


Sandra Lloyd Alloway -- Sandra Lloyd Alloway, 60, of Bethel, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at her home in Bethel. She was born in Seaford on Oct. 15, 1956, a daughter of the late Richard M. and Gertrude (Messick) Lloyd. Mrs. Alloway was a 1974 graduate of Seaford High School. She joined the Navy after graduating high school and moved to California. After her discharge, she moved to New York and then to Florida. She moved back to Seaford in 1991, and worked as a waitress at Woods Restaurant in Laurel and Bon Appetit in Seaford. She met her husband, Brian Alloway while working at Woods Restaurant in the summer of 1993 and they started dating that fall. Sandra and Brian were married at Bethel United Methodist Church on June 8, 1996. Mrs. Alloway started Instant Lawn during the fall of 1996 with her business partner, the late Sammuel Alloway II. Instant Lawn grew and prospered due to Sandes commitment to customer service and passion for unique landscape designs. She loved working outside and took great pride in her creative landscape designs. Instant Lawn was sold in the fall of 2006, due to Sandes health issues. Sande loved to dress to the 9s. It was not unusual for Sande to wear heals on a job site. She also loved music and art and was a professional singer while living in Florida. But, nothing surpassed the love of her many nieces and nephews, except for the love of her husband. While Sande did not have children of her own, she considered her nieces and nephews her children. Aunt Sande always tried to lend an ear or a helping hand. She believed everyone deserved a second chance. Sande is survived by her husband, Brian Alloway; brother, Ricky and sister-in-law Crystal Lloyd; mother and father-in-law, Jim and Beth Gooch; father and mother-in-law, Michael and Sherry Alloway; son and daughter, Ryan and Jen Lloyd; son and daughter, Daniel and Aimee Lloyd; daughter, Kirsten Marine; and many other nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Sande was preceded in death by her brother, Dicky and sister-in-law Helma Wood; and sister, Joan and brother-in-law Jack Messick. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Cranston Funeral Home, 200 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Pastor Scott Conn of Laurel Wesleyan Church officiated. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Beebe Healthcare Medical Foundation, www.beebemedicalfoundation.org, Beebe Medical Foundation, 902 Savannah Rd., Lewes, DE 19958, due to the excellent care Sande received at the Tunnell Cancer Center. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Robert Baker Krauss Jr. -- Robert Baker Krauss Jr., 90, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, surrounded by his family. Robert met the love of his life, Ethelene, while they were in high school. He lived his entire life in Claymont and spent his retirement years in Seaford with Ethelene, his loving wife of 69 years. They were married when Robert returned from serving his country in World War II. Robert was born in Coatsville, Pa., a son of the late Robert and Margaret Krauss. Robert was very proud of his service in the Armed Guard of the US Navy during WWII. Upon his discharge, he worked at Phoenix Steel as a mason foreman for 30 years. He then worked at Childrens Home in Claymont for 10 years. Robert enjoyed family gatherings of any kind, whether it be fishing trips in Canada with family and friends or the annual family crab feast that his family would travel far and wide to attend. But, what he enjoyed most in life was fishing with his grandchildren. Robert was a life member of Oriental Lodge No 27 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Consistory, Ruth Chapter No 19, OES, VFW  Hall Burke Post #54447. Robert is survived by his wife; son, Robert III and wife Jill; daughter, Linda Miller and husband Timothy Miller; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many special nephews and nieces; and many friends. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, with services at 2, at Concord United Methodist Church, 25332 Church Rd., Seaford. A luncheon will follow in the church social hall. In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial donation to Concord United Methodist Church (c/o Marvin Lloyd, church treasurer) or the charity of your choice. To send condolences, visit www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.


Madeline Watkins -- Madeline Watkins, 92, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 3