Obituaries
04/23/14

Ellen M. Cooper, 80 - Ellen M. Cooper, of Wyoming, Del., went home to be with the Lord, on Sunday, April 6, 2014.ᅠShe was 80. Ellen was born, February 17, 1934, in Milford, to the Late, John W. and Mary Ann (Chambers) Webb. After her graduation from Milford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Ellen had a career as a registered nurse which lasted over 30 years. She had worked for Dr. John C. Rawlins in Seaford for over 15 years, as well as Nanticoke Hospital and the Methodist Manor House. She later served as a volunteer for Delaware Hospice , and was also a 4-H leader and volunteer. Ellen also enjoyed gardening and cooking. In addition to her parents, Ellen was preceded in death by a son, Steve Cooper, and a brother , Jack Webb. Ellen is survived by her husband of 57 years, Edgar M. Cooper;ᅠtwo children, Sue Ellen Sutton and her husband, Bob, of Seaford; and Robert K. Cooper, of Athens, Georgia; a sister, Betty Palmer of Wyoming; two grandchildrenᅠand three great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Pippin Funeral Home, Inc., 119 West Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming; where family and friends may view from 11:30 a.m. ᅠto 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901 or Delaware 4-H Foundation, 113 Townsend Hall, 531 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19716.


Janet Doris Wilson -- Janet Doris Wilson, 66, of Delmar, died on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, after a brief illness. She was born on Feb. 4, 1948, in Seaford, a daughter of the late Preston Wheatley and Doris Evangeline Brown. In her younger days, Janet worked as a seamstress for several garment factories in Delmar. After the demise of the many garment factories in the area, she enjoyed working as a short order cook at the Railroad Caf← in Delmar. In her earlier days, she loved to entertain and bring everyone together by hosting dinner parties and cook-outs. She loved to crochet and left her family and friends with many handmade keepsakes to remember her by. She was an avid reader, used her green thumb to plant and garden and enjoyed crabbing. She is survived by a daughter, with whom she lived, Alice M. Parkin; two sons, John M. Taylor and his wife Rachel of Delmar and Cory Wilson and his wife, Cindy of San Jose, Calif.; grandchildren, Ryan Parkin, Zachary Jones, Brett Taylor, Alexis Taylor, Jessica Hawkins, Justin Hawkins, Julia Wilson and Jacob Wilson; two great-grandchildren, Skylar and Mason Parkin; two sisters, Karen Greene of Fruitland, Md. and Lynne Butler of Seaford; and two brothers, Michael Brown of Delmar and Perry Brown of Crisfield. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Janets life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 10 to 11. Interment will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Margaret E. O'Neal -- Margaret E. O'Neal, 87, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Seaford Center. Born in Vanwood, W.V., she was the daughter of the late Garland and Marie Sisk. Margaret was a loving homemaker. She enjoyed to shop and her family said that she could shop until she dropped. She loved the Lord and attended Christian Life Church. She is survived by her son, Raymond O'Neal of Florida; her brothers, Roy Sisk and his wife Mary and Ray Sisk and his wife Patty, all of Laurel; a stepsister, Margaret Stafferd of West Virginia; two grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James "Tinker" O'Neal who passed away in 1991; her brothers, Garland Sisk, Gideon Sisk and Willus Sisk; her sisters, Lilly Green, Bernice Carter and Julia Ford and stepbrothers and sisters, Frankie Ball, Billy Ball, Rose Marie Ball and Nancy Quick. A funeral service was held on Friday, March 28, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Pastor Jeffery Bryant officiated. Interment was in Spring Hill Memory Gardens in Hebron, Md.


George W. Bramble -- George W. Bramble, 83, of Seaford, passed away at the Hospice Center in Milford, on Saturday, April 5, 2014, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on the family farm near Galestown to the late Otis and Derotha Dunn Bramble. George worked at the DuPont Plant from 1949 to 1989 and retired as an electrician. He served in the Navy from 1951 to 1955, during the Korean Conflict aboard destroyers. His favorite ship was the USS Willard Keith, where he kept the ship's payroll and dispersed the pay to the sailors aboard the ship. Georges favorite pastime was bowling. He loved the game and was a very good bowler until his illness prevented him from participating. He also played golf and was a member of the Seaford Golf Club until its closing. He was the president of the Club 50 Bowling League until he resigned a few months ago because of his health. He was also a member of the American Legion in Seaford. He loved birds and squirrels and he kept them well fed. Gardening and yard work was a favorite thing for him to do and he kept the yard and garden in beautiful condition. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley LeCates Bramble and two daughters, Carlene Bramble of Seaford and Joye Bramble of North Wales, Pa. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Joe Bramble, William Bramble and Gerald Bramble and one sister, Anna Collison. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Rd., Laurel, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Pastor Roland Tice will officiate. Graveside services will be held at Odd Fellows Cemetery and Pastor Joe LeCates will officiate. Pallbearers will be Burt Wheedleton, Walt Lee Travers, Otis Bramble, Jerry LeCates, Anthony LeCates and Dan LeCates. George will sorely missed by his family and friends. He was a good man, good husband and a good father. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Gayle P. Kittila -- Gayle P. Kittila, 74, of Seaford died at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Gayle was born in St. Paul, Minn., to Alfred M. and Parme V. Kittila on Nov. 5, 1939. After growing up in the Twin Cities, Gayle studied nursing, graduating from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla., in 1960. Gayle became a registered nurse, working in hospitals in Santa Monica, Calif., and then back in the Twin Cities, where she became head nurse in the ICU at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn. From there, Gayle pursued further studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson, before returning again to the Twin Cities, where she traveled throughout the Upper Midwest as a nursing educator until 2000. Gayle moved to Seaford thereafter to be closer to her family, taking a position at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, until her retirement in 2011. Gayles pride and joy was her family, including her nine grandnieces and grandnephews, and her cats. She loved her movies, her music and watching sports, and she was skilled hobbyist. Gayle was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Dr. Allan B. Kittila of Seaford. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Karen C. Kittila of Seaford and her nephews and nieces, Dr. Christopher A. and Brenda M. Kittila of Milton, Ga. and family; Theodore A. (Esq.) and Anne-Laure P. Kittila of Greenville and family; Jason W. and Kathleen K. Beaulieu of Durham, N.C. and family; and Timothy A. and Erin P. Kittila of Victoria, Minn. and family. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 7 at Grace Baptist Church in Seaford.


Sara T. 'Nita' Linton -- Sara T. Nita Linton, 82, of Seaford, died on Friday, April 4, 2014. Nita worked in customer service at the M & T Center in Millsboro. She is survived by two sons, Dale Linton (Mamie) and Dana Linton (Donna); four grandchildren, Anthony Linton, James Palmer, Steven Palmer and Christoper Palmer; two brothers, James Taylor (Virginia) and Robert Taylor and a sister, Margaret Smith. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Sara T. Nita Linton -- Sara T. Nita Linton, 82, of Seaford, died on Friday, April 4, 2014. Nita worked in customer service at the M & T Center in Millsboro. She is survived by two sons, Dale Linton (Mamie) and Dana Linton (Donna); four grandchildren, Anthony Linton, James Palmer, Steven Palmer and Christoper Palmer; two brothers, James Taylor (Virginia) and Robert Taylor and a sister, Margaret Smith. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Dana Theodore Schubert Jr. -- Dana Theodore Schubert Jr., 78, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Dana was born in Des Plaines, Ill., on Jan. 4, 1936. He was the son of the late Dana Theodore Schubert Sr. and Georgia (Gewecke) Schubert. Dana and his wife of 50 years moved to Seaford in 2004 from Arnold, Md., where they had lived for 36 years in the community of Shore Acres on the Magothy River. Dana was an active and vital part of the community association. He loved motor boating, sailing, camping and fishing, and was a member of the Anne Arundel Fish and Game Association. He was a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla #18, Magothy River. He served for many years, taught Safe Boating classes, earned several awards and was Flotilla commander for 2 years. He looked forward to his Monday and Wednesday Bridge games. Dana graduated from the University of Illinois in 1957 with a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts and sciences. He served in the US Army for two years and was employed with Montgomery Ward and Co. as assistant manager for the Chicago Catalog House. He was later transferred to Baltimore, Md., as the manager of the Baltimore Catalog House. In March of 2002, Dana retired after 20 years as fund manager for IBEW Local #26 Joint Trust Funds in Lanham, Md. Dana is survived by his wife, Molly (McLendon) Schubert; daughter, Georgia Lightfoot and husband Paul; sons, Sean and Ross of Arnold, Md.; daughter, Julie Kay Jellig and husband Jerry and their children Conor, Maria, Donald and Patrick of Haddonfield, N.J.; one brother, Stuart Schubert and wife Janet of Inverness, Ill.; two sisters, Diane Fletcher and husband Quigley of Palatine, Ill. and Karen Anderson and husband Tom of Minnetonka, Minn. and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at Parsell Funeral Home, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may begin visiting at 12:30. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Seaford Public Library, 600 N. Market St. Ext., Seaford, DE 19973, or the Nanticoke Senior Center, 1001 W. Locust St., Seaford, DE 19973. Visit Mr. Schubert's Life Memorial web page and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Ruth Margaret Blades Taylor -- Ruth Margaret Blades Taylor, 86, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born to Charles and Minnie Blades of Bethlehem, Md., on Aug. 24, 1927. Following graduation from high school, Ruth attended the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Easton, Md. After her marriage to Wilson Tait Taylor and raising her young children, she became the cafeteria manager at Seaford Middle School for 22 years, retiring in 1987 to devote her time to caring for her beloved grandchildren. She was a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford. Her husband preceded her in death in 1979. She is survived by two sons, Robert Taylor of Florida and Jeffrey T. Taylor and wife Cindy of Seaford; one daughter, Tracy Taylor Morris and husband Doug of Seaford; three granddaughters, Sarah Taylor Wills (Jeremy) of South Carolina, Claire Taylor Haas (Seb) of Philadelphia and Caitlin Morris White (Todd) of Seaford; two grandsons, Shane Taylor (Jocelyn) of Laurel and Matthew Taylor Morris of Virginia Beach; and one very special great-granddaughter, Penelope Ruth Wills. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 7, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Beatrice A. Bryan -- Beatrice A. Bryan, 89, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Seaford Center. Born in Laurel on April 7, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Olan Ray Culver and Eva Hitchens Culver. In her earlier years, she was a circulator for Webb Printers, and was a wonderful homemaker. Beatrice was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be remembered for hosting her delicious Sunday and holiday dinners. Beatrice always looked forward to seeing her family and blessing them with her wonderful cooking such as her famous homemade dumplings. She enjoyed listening to country music and gospel music and faithfully attending church. Beatrice leaves a living legacy to her family by showing them God's love in everything she set out to accomplish. She showed love, grace and kindness in her daily life and always saw the good in everyone. Beatrice is survived by her children, Patty Justice and her husband Homer, Robby Bryan and his wife Mary, Pete Bryan and his wife Lee-Ellen and Dennis Bryan and his wife Sandy; 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Bryan; her grandson, Robbie Bryan Jr. and her brother and sisters, Minos Culver, Emory Culver, Alton Culver and Madeline Miarlette. The family would like to express their many thanks to the staff at Seaford Center for all their love, support and wonderful care given to Mrs. Bryan. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 4, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2, at the funeral home. The Rev. Thomas Clagg will officiate. Interment will be held at Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery in Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Harvey Alford Warrington -- Harvey Alford Warrington, 75, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Lifecare at Lofland Park in Seaford. Mr. Warrington was born and raised in Georgetown to the late Cordia and Edna (Foskey) Warrington. He was a lifelong resident of Sussex County and his proudest accomplishment was his family. He retired as a painter of 30 years, was business owner of Redden Sporting Goods and Redden Deli and was also a poultry farmer. His first passion was building and racing stock cars with his nephew Cordia. His second passion was turning his Honda Goldwing into a trike and going on bike trips to West Virginia and Ohio, and riding his trike in Florida at his vacation home. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Frank, Cordia, Harold, Elizabeth (Betty) Tice and Majorie Hitchens. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Ann (Morgan); children, Catherine (Jimmy) Lewis, Cynthia ODay, Carol (Isaac) Dize and Marshall (Rena) Warrington; grandchildren, Scott Bryan, Brian and Adam Spencer, Jessica (Kevin) Gravenor, Calvin ODay, Morgan, Miranda and Rebekah Warrington, Kellie and McKensie Lewis; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Sydney Bryan, Scylar Spencer and Logan Gravenor; as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Interment will follow in McColleys Cemetery, Georgetown.


Anna Belle Pusey -- Anna Belle Pusey, 88, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Lifecare at Lofland Park in Seaford. She was born on Dec. 22, 1925 in Seaford, a daughter of the late Oliver and Carrie Jester. Anna was a member of the Laurel American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She worked many years as a seamstress at the garment company in Blades. She enjoyed cooking for her family, canning and crocheting. She is survived by her children, Wayne Pusey and his wife Sharon, Jeffery Pusey and his wife Brenda and Craig Pusey and his wife Christina, all of Laurel; a son-in-law, Larry Cooper of Delmar; eight grandchildren, Ronald Cooper, Michael Cooper, Linda Birney, John Pusey, Wade Pusey, Shannon Pusey, Benjamin Pusey, Owen Pusey and Meghan Pusey; seven great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, Aaron Solway and Rayne Lawrence; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Pusey; her children, John Pusey, Diane Cooper and Richard Pusey; a brother, Oliver Jester and a sister, Doris Haines. Contributions may be sent to Lofland Park Center in remembrance of Anna Belle Pusey, 715 King St., Seaford, DE 19973. A graveside memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 4, at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. 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 'Cyndie' Lee (Vogus) LaPrad -- Cynthia Cyndie Lee (Vogus) LaPrad, 67, of Georgetown, died unexpectedly on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Siloam Springs, Ark. She was the eldest child of William Dexter Vogus and Ardelia Aaronette Vogus (nee Benson) in Mahnomen, Minn., on Feb. 13, 1947. Cyndie spent her first few years living in Minnesota before moving to California with her family, where she grew up. She was a 1965 graduate of Port Hueneme High School, Calif. Cyndie joined the Air Force working as a top secret decrypter during the Vietnam War and served for a few years before getting married and starting a family. In 1970, Cyndie relocated with her family to Seaford, where she raised her two daughters, Susan and Leigh. Cyndie was a longtime resident of Seaford and a member of Christ Lutheran Church. Cyndie spent many years in the banking industry and was very prominent in the local art community. She moved to Ocean Pines, Md., in 2003, living there for several years before moving to Georgetown with her husband Larry Crabill in July 2013. Together, they spent several winters in Arizona. Cyndie was a very vivacious, witty, spunky and creative woman. She was always full of life and passionate about the things she loved. She was an avid traveler, an incredible artist and a creative jewelry designer. Never letting the setbacks of life keep her down, she was always ready to take on the world and explore. She was always eager to share her many stories and hilarious experiences with her friends and family. Cyndie lit up any room she walked into, her spirit and outgoing personality were impossible to ignore. She used her many talents to better her community as she became older including teaching art lessons at the Indian River Senior Center. She was an incredible mother, sister, wife and grandmother, adored and cherished for being the funniest member in the family. She always knew how to put a smile on anyones face and was the rock in her family through tough times. Her infectious laugh and zest for life will be greatly missed. Cyndie is survived by her husband, Larry Crabill of Georgetown; daughters, Susan Calhoun and son-in-law Daryl of Millsboro and Leigh Argo and son-in-law Kenny of Millsboro; stepsons, Cory Crabill (Kristal) of Severna Park, Md. and Brian Crabill of College Park, Md.; granddaughters, Haley and Ashlyn Calhoun and grandsons, Grant and Wyatt Argo, all of Millsboro; three step-grandchildren, Kailyn, Emily and Luke Crabill, all of Severna Park; brothers Richard (Marie) Vogus of Siloam Springs and Dean (Cindy) Vogus of Simi Valley, Calif; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sybil Vogus and first husband, Bob LaPrad of Seaford. A celebration of life for Cyndie will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the Indian River Senior Center, 214 Irons Ave., Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345) or the Arthritis Foundation (1-800-283-7800) in honor of Cyndie LaPrad.


Wayne Thomas Tiger Litchford -- Wayne Thomas Tiger Litchford, 75, of Delmar, died on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, surrounded by his loving family. Wayne was born on Jan. 26, 1939 in Richmond, Va., a son of the late John Herbert Litchford Sr. and Grace Elizabeth (Venable) Litchford. Tiger, as he was known to all who loved him, graduated from Seaford High School with the class of 1957. He proudly served his country in the Delaware National Guard for five years during the 1950s. He retired in 1995 from Delmarva Power as a system operator with 35 years of service. Following retirement, he worked as a courier for Peninsula Cardiology and, for several years, worked as the manager and caretaker for St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. He was an active and vital part of the Delmar community. He served on the Delmar Town Council for a number of years and was past president of the Delmar Little League where he held various positions. Memberships include St. Stephens United Methodist Church, the Salisbury Elks Lodge, the Delmar VFW Post 8276 Mens Auxiliary and the Delmar Kiwanis. He was a past member of the Delmar Lions Club. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer, card player and Sudoku player. He was also an avid bowler and shuffleboard player. He enjoyed the friendships and camaraderie with his local card group and was a self-proclaimed CARD-iologist. He enjoyed the outdoors, working in his yard, gardening and loving the hummingbirds. Most important to him were his faith, his family and his friends. He is survived by his wife, Diane E. Litchford, to whom he married in 1989; a daughter, Allyson M. Grinnan (David) of Berlin; 3 sons, Stephen Michael Litchford (Dawn) of Delmar, James G. Lewis and Brett C. Lewis, both of Elkridge; 2 granddaughters, Grace Delaney Grinnan and Madelyn Virginia Grinnan; a grandson expected to be born this summer, Jase Thomas Litchford; and 2 brothers, John Herbert Herbie Litchford Jr. of Seaford and James Anderson Litchford of Goodlettsville, Tenn. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Frances Smith and a brother, Harold Edward Litchford. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, at St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 4, followed by a memorial service which begins at 11. The Rev. Phyllis A. Walton will officiate. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Delmar Fire Department, P.O. Box 143, Delmar, DE 19940, the St. Stephens Cemetery Trust, 101 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Frank Joseph 'Big Frank' Sapienza, 59 -- Frank Joseph Big Frank Sapienza passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital following sudden heart complications. Frank was born in Queens, N.Y. on Dec. 5, 1954, son of Rose (LoMonaco) Sapienza, of Drakes Branch, Va. and the late Joseph Frank Sapienza. Frank was a professionally trained chef with strong Italian influences that he learned from his family. His culinary talents were displayed for 20 years at the Villa Rosa and Villa Paradiso Restaurants. Frank was a union Longshoreman in New York City for 7 years. He tended to his rental properties for 15 years. Frank's final passion was enjoyed with his companion each weekend at the Laurel Flea Market, popping homemade kettle corn where his grandchildren would watch him make their favorite snack. Frank was a Mopar enthusiast and enjoyed drag racing his Dodge Chargers. He was a decorated high school wrestler and Lionel train collector. He was a well-rounded handyman and enjoyed his construction projects and renovations. Big Frank was well known for his unusual attributes, humor and for his big hug and slap on the back signature hug. In addition to his father, Frank was preceded in death by a son, Frank Joseph Sapienza Jr., in 2011. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his companion, Carolyn Dowling; three children, Malissa Emerick and husband Shawn, Joseph Sapienza and wife Jennifer, all of Georgetown, and Jessica Walker and husband Sam, of Ellendale; and their mother, Renee Sapienza, of Georgetown; seven grandchildren, Shaila Walker, Samuel Walker, Juliana Thomas, Braiden Emerick, Annabella Sapienza, Brea Emerick and Sophia Walker; three sisters, Debbie Piazza and husband Mike, of Drakes Branch, Lisa Bevilacqua and husband John, of Slingerland, N.Y. and Roxanne Sapienza, of New York; uncle, Vincent Sapienza, of Long Neck; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. A memorial service was held privately. Arrangements in the care of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, DE 19947, where, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to defray expenses.


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


Robert Bob Pilsch Arnold -- Robert Bob Pilsch Arnold, 82, of Ocean Pines, Berlin, Md., died at home on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Bob was born in Baltimore on Nov. 8, 1931, the third of four children to the late Elizabeth Eva (nee Pilsch) Arnold and late John Martin Arnold. He graduated from City High School and became a master electrician. Bob was a lifetime member and past president of IBEW Local 24, in Baltimore and was employed as a master electrician. For most of his career, he was employed by Riggs Distler and retired to Ocean Pines where he was often found on the golf course or in service to others such as cooking dinner in the church kitchen, serving on the Vestry of his church, or volunteering his time to the Worcester County Democratic Club or Kiwanis Club. A man of faith, he was a lifelong Episcopalian, a member of Evergreen Masonic Lodge, the Boumi Temple and Shriners of Baltimore and Ocean City. His favorite activities were in providing for his beloved wife and daughters, caring for his granddaughters and laughing and playing with his great-grandsons. He was also preceded in death by his wife and high school sweetheart, Joan Marie (nee Lawrence). He was a devoted father to his three daughters, Debra, Judith and Patricia. He was also devoted to his three granddaughters, Katie Lynn (nee Rinehart) Pusey, Mary Elizabeth and Rory Sarah Johanna Rensel and two great grandsons, Maxx Lawrence and Parks Robert Pusey. He is also survived by two sisters and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive visitors at Masonic Lodge #153, 109-111 North Main St., Berlin, Md. at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 28. A Masonic Memorial will follow at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, March 29, a memorial and celebration of Bobs life and legacy will be held at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 3 Church St., Berlin, at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Pauls Episcopal Church for the Bob and Joan Arnold Memorial Garden Fund. Donations may be sent to St. Pauls Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 429, Berlin, MD 21811. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com.


William Frazer Callaway -- William Frazer Callaway, 91, of Federalsburg, Md., died on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born on Aug. 10, 1922 on a farm near Bridgeville, he was the son of the late William Treat Callaway and Agnes Mowbray Callaway. After high school, he attended Goldey Beacom College until World War II started and he enlisted in the Marines. Bill married Anne Garthe on Aug. 14, 1943, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was a WWII Marine Corp veteran serving with the 2nd Marine Air Wing in the Pacific Theatre as staff sergeant. He retired in 1985 from E.I.Dupont after 39 years of service. While employed at Dupont in Seaford he achieved the title of machine design specialist and earned his A.A. degree in mechanical engineering. Bill is survived by his wife Anne of 70 years; daughter, Roberta Jung and her husband Paul of Bel Air; son, William G. Callaway and his wife, Nalinda of Federalsburg; daughter, Carol Callaway of Chestertown, Md.; grandson, Jason Callaway and his wife Holly of Atlanta; granddaughter, Karen Callaway of Federalsburg and great-grandson, Trevor William Callaway. Bill is also survived by his brother, Charles Callaway and nephew, Clifford Callaway, both of Atlanta, and niece, Diane Wheatley and her husband Michael of Cockeysville, Md. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Callaway; sister-in-law, Pauline Callaway; a niece, Kathy McCumbers; two brothers-in-law, Will and Ed Garthe and their wives, Leila and Blanche. Bill was a devoted member of Union United Methodist Church and could be called on at any time until he was not able and served as a member of the church choir, the board of trustees, the finance committee and treasurer. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, at Union United Methodist Church where the family will receive friends at the church from 2:30 to 3. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Union United Methodist Church, 301 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632 or to the National Parkinson Foundation Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Marion Klett Shockley -- Marion Klett Shockley, 89, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, March 20, 2014, after an extended illness. She was born on Feb. 1, 1925 in Wilmington, to the late Klett Shockley and Marion Benson Hornung. Her stepfather, Herman Hornung, also preceded her in death. Marion worked at the DuPont Company in Seaford from 1941 until 1985. She was known for her passion for orchids and her tender heart for birds, wildlife and all animals. Services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, DE 19973, or to your local Humane Society. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


James K. Lamberton Jr. -- James K. Lamberton Jr., 95, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Mr. Lamberton was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1919, a son of James and Ada (Dover) Lamberton. He attended and graduated from Jamaica High School in Queens, N.Y. in 1936. After graduation, he worked in various positions in the New York City area including a short time as a management trainee in a bank. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps-Air Force during WWII as a code clerk both in London and elsewhere in Europe, and was discharged in 1945 as a staff sergeant. He then resumed his career in the banking industry, specializing in bank operations especially computer systems and consumer credit cards at a senior level with banks on Long Island, N.Y. and in New Jersey until he retired in 1985. He attended Hofstra College and received a banking management certificate from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in 1952. Mr. Lamberton also was active in church work, serving on the boards of several congregations wherever he lived. A lifelong photographer, his pictures are a vital part of his familys history. He remained loyal to two New York pro teams, the Mets and the Jets and was also an avid golfer, who continued to play until he was over 90. Mr. Lamberton was married to Alma Farr of Queens Village, N.Y. for almost 65 years, prior to her death in 2007. He is survived by his son, Roy and his wife Kathryn Lamberton of Seaford; 4 grandsons, Edward Lamberton and his wife Tabitha of Gaithersburg, Md., David Lamberton and his wife Catherine in Winsett, N.C., Andrew Lamberton and his wife Katherine in Burlington, N.C. and Alex Lamberton of Albany, N.Y.; and 3 great-grandsons. Another son, Thomas, also preceded him in death. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, at Mt. Olivet UMC in Seaford. He will join his wife Alma in the Mt. Olivet Prayer Garden at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Rebecca Ann Tiley -- Rebecca Ann Tiley, 83, of Seaford, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Rebecca was born in Federalsburg, Md., the daughter of the late Ralph and Martha Bradley Sr. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Ralph Bradley Jr. She was raised in Federalsburg, graduated from Federalsburg High School and attended Towson State College. She was a licensed beautician in Maryland and styled hair in Federalsburg before she moved to Seaford and was employed at the West Seaford Elementary School Library where she worked until 1964. She was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church where she was active in the Mary Martha Circle and, in earlier years, taught Sunday school. She read to children during story time at the Seaford Public Library and she loved playing bridge, reading, going to church and spending time with her family. Rebecca always put her family first. Rebecca is survived by her husband of almost 65 years, William M. Tiley; son, Mark Tiley and his wife Paige; daughters, Billie Ann Shaffer and her husband Richard and Tracy Gillespie and her fianc←e 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. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Seaford School District for the West Seaford Elementary School Library, 390 N. Market St., Seaford, DE 19973, Attn: Business Office or St. Johns United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Leon Charles 'Leo' Mastronardi -- Leon Charles "Leo" Mastronardi of Rhodesdale, Md., died recently. Leo was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of Patricia and John Mastronardi. He was raised in Dorchester County on the family farm and attended catholic and public schools until graduating from North Dorchester High School in 1971. He started his employment career with Bayshore Foods in Easton, working in the poultry business for over 27 years. He enjoyed his relationships with many farmers across the Eastern Shore. Leo attended the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania to continue his education in animal science. After his career in the poultry industry, Leo started Executive Protection Services until his illness prevented him from continuing that field. Leo was a gentle man with a huge heart. He volunteered at numerous organizations and fundraisers including American Cancer Society Relay For Life, Concerns of Police Survivors and St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and Church. He loved cooking dinners for the school and helping out when needed. On the social side, Leo was a member of the North Dorchester Jaycees, Sons of the American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus in Salisbury. Leo had a love for nature both on land and the bay. He enjoyed fishing, crabbing and the beach. He is survived by his siblings, Jeannie Mastronardi, John Mastronardi, Mary Dukes and Patrick Mastronardi and their children, Mark Mowbray, Jamie Mastronardi, SFC John Mastronardi, Joe Mastronardi, Victoria Milhollan, Laura Wheeley and Patrick Mastronardi Jr. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Nathan Mowbray and Richard Dukes. A Christian burial and service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Salisbury. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 26, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg from 4 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 8. Interment will be in Galestown Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Building Fund Campaign of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 514 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Robert R. 'Bobby' Witzke -- Robert R. Bobby Witzke, 85, of Bridgeville, died on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Robert was born on Aug. 3, 1928 in Bridgeville to the late Albert and Natalie Witzke. He worked at the DuPont plant in Seaford for 32 years, and at the State of Delaware Solid Waste Authority in Millsboro for 10 years. Robert was a member of Chaplins Chapel Church in Bridgeville, and he was a former member of Harrington Moose Lodge #534. He loved going to his grandchildrens ballgames, working around his yard and gardening. Bobby was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ethel Witzke. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 wonderful years, Ruby; his three children, Robert E. Witzke of Bridgeville, Susan Webb of Greenwood and Judy Maddox of Seaford; five grandchildren, Ray Webb, Angela Taylor, Lori Witzke, Jeremy Maddox and James Maddox Jr.; six great grandchildren; one sister, Edna Witzke of Georgetown and extended family. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 24, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood, where friends may call one hour before the service. Interment will be held at Bridgeville Cemetery in Bridgeville.


Brittany Elizabeth Byington -- Brittany Elizabeth Byington, 19, of Centreville, Md., gained her wings on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Born on Jan. 15, 1995, she was the daughter of Curtis P. Byington and Kelli M. Krewson Miles. Brittany was a 2013 graduate of Queen Annes County High School. She was a member of the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company and had recently earned her EMT certification. Brittany was employed as a patient care technician at Chester River Hospital and attended Chesapeake College in pursuit of her nursing degree. Brittany enjoyed life and her charismatic charm lit up a room. Brittany loved to hunt and fish. Brittany was a very loyal and sentimental young woman and nothing was more important to her than her family and friends. She is survived by her parents, Kelli Miles and her husband Stevon of Centreville and Curtis Byington of Seaford; her stepsisters, Heather Nash of Trappe, Md. and Samantha Yale of Seaford; her maternal grandmother, Ellen Bailey of Seaford; her paternal grandmother, Ola Mae Byington of Easton, Md.; her stepgrandmother, Evelyn Miles of Centreville; her boyfriend, Gregory Harris of Sudlersville, Md., and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Lawrence Krewson; her paternal grandfather, George Byington; and her stepgrandfather, Paul W. Miles. A celebration of Brittanys life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. in Centreville, where friends and family may visit on Tuesday, March 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will follow in Chesterfield Cemetery, Centreville. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to The Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 61, Sudlersville, MD 21688, to benefit the Brittany Byington EMT Training Fund. To send online condolences, visit www.fhnfuneralhome.com.


Terry L. Layton -- Terry L. Layton, 62, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at her home in Laurel. Terry was born in Salisbury, Md., a daughter of the late Harold Webb Sr. and Shirley Booth Allen. She was raised by her father, Ernie Allen of Laurel. Terry worked for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in the Emergency Department, Dr. Villasenors office, Laurel Adult Day Care and Anchor Enterprises in Blades. She was a member of the Laurel American Legion Auxiliary Post #19 and the Peninsula Bluegrass Association. She enjoyed helping on the family farm, listening to bluegrass music, camping, and caring for any animal that came her way. She will be remembered for her kind heart and supporting friends and family was always her passion. She would help whomever was in need. Terry is survived by her husband, Richard Layton Jr. of Laurel; her children, Steven Layton and Sandy Vrabec; her siblings, Jeff Allen (Jan), Scott Allen (Andrea), Mike Allen (Christy), Jack Webb (Sharon), Harold Webb Jr. (Missy), Kathy Mariner (Rob), Karen Raldy (Steve) and Sam Webb and a granddaughter, Emily Skye Vrabec. Several nieces and nephews also survive her. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 Market St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 9 to 11. The Rev. Joseph Burris will officiate. Contributions may be made in Terrys name to the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 49, Annandale, VA 22003 or Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 Market St., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


John M. Russell Jr. -- John M. Russell Jr., 81, of Bridgeville, died on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Mr. Russell was an iron worker for Local 456 before retiring. He served in the Navy Seabees in in the Korean War and he was past commander of the American Legion Post 6 in Seaford and past president of Delaware Boys State. His wife, Bette died in 2009. He was also preceded in death by a son, Steven Russell and a grandson, Robert K. Russell. John is survived by 3 sons, John M. Russell III, Robert K. Russell (Linda) and Mark O. Russell (Robin); 4 grandchildren, Jason Russell, Josh Russell, Rachael Russell and Raquell Mahardy; a brother, Vaughn Russell (Helen); a sister, Marilee Bradley and 6 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his prize dog, Charlie. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Wednesday evening, March 5, from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the charity of your choice in Johns name.


Betty A. Koester -- Betty A. Koester, 87, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born on Oct. 11, 1926 in Rehoboth Beach, she was the daughter of the late Howard Haddock and Hilda Greene Haddock. Betty was an Army wife for over 25 years. She was a very intelligent woman that had the foresight to spearhead many new ideas in town government and in business. She was the former Mayor of Blades. During her term as Mayor, she was able to strongly advise and actively assist with the economic and development of the Town of Blades. She also served as a councilwoman for the Town of Blades. Betty had worked for Torbert Monuments as a design and sales consultant. She is survived by her sons, Douglas O. Koester of Laurel and Donald O. Koester of Chesapeake City; her daughter, Deborah Brittingham of Laurel; grandchildren, Dwayne Koester, Kevin Koester, Mark Koester, Aaron Koester, Robert Brittingham III, Mitchell Brittingham and great grandchildren, Dylan S. Brittingham, Elizabeth A. Brittingham, Kaegen B. Brittingham and Masen T. Brittingham. Services were held privately for Mrs. Koester. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Eugene "Gene" Ray Marvel -- Eugene "Gene" Ray Marvel, 83, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Lofland Park Center, Seaford. Born on Feb. 25, 1931, he was the son of the late Ray M. and Mildred F. Jenkins Marvel. Upon graduation from Seaford High School in 1949, Gene began his career with the DuPont Company retiring in April 1985. Gene was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War serving from 1951 to 1953. He was a member of the American Legion, Nanticoke Post 6, Seaford. On Sept. 6, 1957, he married the former Eva May Arney of Bridgeville and they made their home in Seaford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife who passed away on Feb. 4, 2010 and their three pet Siberian Huskies, "Snoopy," "King" and "Wolf." Gene enjoyed taking their Huskies for rides through town in his car. Gene is survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews, two sister-in-laws and his close friends and caregivers, Joyce and Ronald Fluharty of Seaford. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 7, in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Pastor Ken Deusa will officiate. Members of Nanticoke Post 6 will serve as pallbearers. Memorial contributions may be made to SPCA Sussex County, Delaware Chapter, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Ethel B. Jones -- Ethel B. Jones, 85, of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 3, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Laurel. She was born in Lewes on May 13, 1928, a daughter of the late Marshall David and Cynthia Mae (Moore) Morgan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joshua James Jones in 1979. Mrs. Jones had worked for many years as a meat wrapper and weigher for the Safeway Food Stores. She was a life member of the Blades Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing Bingo, going to the beach and was an avid NASCAR fan with her favorite driver being Dale Earnhardt Jr. She is survived by her eight children, Janet B. Tyndall and husband Russell of Georgetown, James D. Jones and wife Ethel of Millsboro, Sandra L. McGeehan-Dekker and significant other Gary A. Malletz of Laurel, R. Jay Jones of Allentown, Pa., Debby Riddle of Laurel, Patti Wilson and husband Bob of Georgetown, Dawn Benton of Laurel and Guy A. Jones and significant other Sue Frawley of Delmar, Md.; two sisters, Edith Nobles of Laurel and Betty Warrington and husband Harvey of Redden; 21 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Dodd-Carey Chapel, 307 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, where friends may call on Friday evening from 6 to 8, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blades Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, 200 E. Fifth St., Blades, DE 19973. Visit Mrs. Jones life memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


John R. Hancock -- John R. Hancock, 82, of Seaford, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 2, 2014. He was born in Altoona, Pa., the son of the late John S. and Virginia Hancock. Rev. Hancock was the pastor of First Baptist Church, Seaford, for 36 years. He was also the founder of Seaford Christian Academy in 1973, serving as superintendent until 2002. He is survived by two sons, Timothy Hancock and his wife Susan of Oxford, Pa. and Stephen Hancock and his wife Sue of Seaford; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by Evelyn, his wife of 58 years. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the First Baptist Church of Laurel, 9931 Wolfe St., Laurel, DE 19956.


Joseph J. Ewald Jr. -- Joseph J. Ewald Jr., 72, of Bridgeville, formerly of Newark, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Mr. Ewald worked for St. Joe Container Corp. in New Castle and Green Bay Packaging Co. in Hunt Valley, Md. before retiring. He was an avid golfer, loved to travel and documented his travel through his hobby for photography. He was a University of Delaware football season ticket holder since 1976, a passionate sports fan who was torn between Philadelphia and Baltimore teams. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph J. Ewald Sr. and Anna Ewald. He is survived by 2 daughters, Kathleen A. Shinault and her husband Stephen and Jo Ann Ewald and her husband Kenneth Sharp; grandchildren, Kristen Shinault, Lauren Shinault, Michael Shinault and Melissa Sharp; his partner and companion, Cynthia McDevitt and her children and grandchildren; his ex-wife, Kathleen F. Ewald and his brother, Donald Ewald and his wife Eleanor of Philadelphia, Pa. A Memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association, 100 W. 10th St. #1002, Wilmington, DE 19801. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Mary Viola York -- Mary Viola York, 84, of Harrington and formerly of the Poconos, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at Nanticoke Hospital, Seaford. She was preceded in death by all of her 11 siblings, two sons, John Joseph and Robert Dominic Falcone and her late husband, Vinton E. York, who passed in 2004. She was born in Chester, Pa., a daughter of the late Arthur George Hunter and Mary Hoops. She was a homemaker. Mrs. York moved to Delaware in 1986 and was a member of St. Bernadettes Church in Harrington. She loved her family and enjoyed attending any sporting events her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participated in. She is survived by three children, Philomena Rumford of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Angela and Donald Wall Jr. of Harrington and Kevin York of Harrington. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Lisa Kolowsky, Danielle Passamonti, Regina Coward, John Falcone Jr., Gary Speed Jr., Sean Speed Sr. and Robert Falcone; great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at noon on Friday, Nov. 11, at St. Bernadettes Church, Dixon Street, Harrington, where friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon. Interment will be at Milford Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, P.O. Box 625, Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements are in the care of Berry-Short Funeral Home.


Dennis 'Danny' A. Warner -- Dennis Danny A. Warner, 64, of Delmar, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was born on Sept. 8, 1947 in Easton, Md., a son of Ruth A. (Smith) Warner of Riverton and the late Russell Leroy Warner. Danny proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1967 and worked as a truck driver for various companies including Peninsula Press and Wheatleys. He was an avid animal lover. In addition to his mother, Danny leaves behind his loving and caring wife of 41 years, Susan Sue Foskey Warner; a brother, John Warner (Diane) of Florida; a sister, Edith Sibley (Larry) of Georgia; and an aunt, Grace Schavelin of New Jersey. Danny is also survived and dearly loved by his in-laws and extended family, Lina Foskey of Delmar, Phyllis Townsend (Ed Jr.) of Willards, Carolyn Campbell (Frank) of Berlin, John Foskey (Michelle) and Marty Foskey (Peggy), all of Laurel, Victor Foskey of Delmar, Judy Elliott (David) of Seaford, Mary Jane Horseman of Delmar, Roger Foskey (Kara) of Seaford. Danny is also survived by many nieces and nephews who will miss him, including very special nieces, Angel Horseman and Penny Carr. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Neal Warner; father-in-law, Roland H. Foskey; and brothers-in-law, Phillip H. Foskey and Gary Horseman Jr. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call one hour before the service. The Rev. Edward Townsend Jr. will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at Melsons Cemetery in Delmar. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home, Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


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


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


Donna 'Kay' (Robinson) Bennett -- Donna Kay (Robinson) Bennett, 79, of Seaford, passed away Sunday evening, Nov. 6, 2011, at Cadia Renaissance Rehabilitation in Long Neck, following a long battle with Alzheimers disease. Kay was the wife of the late Lt. Col. John H. Bennett Jr. (1977), and the daughter of the late David G. and Erma (Spicer) Robinson. She attended Seaford High School, Class of 1950, and worked many happy and productive years at the Capitol Pharmacy in Seaford. In 1990, she and her father opened and operated Hot Diggity Dog and Kays Cosmetics at the Laurel Flea Market where they worked until 2003. Mrs. Bennett was crowned Junior Miss Delaware in 1949 and went on to represent Delaware in the Miss America pageant. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her youngest son, Michael Bennett (2009), her sister, Jane (Robinson) Clendaniel and a grandson. She is survived by her children, Catherine Warner (Harry) of Mason, Mich., John Bennett (Debbie) of Chantilly, Va. and Judith Scott (Jeff) of Seaford. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Julie Downes Brown (Andy), Beth Downes Dizel (Brian), John H. Bennett, Kimberly Bennett, Steven Bennett and David Bennett; and 4 great-grandchildren. At Mrs. Bennetts long-standing request, there will be no funeral. Her immediate family will gather for a private tribute in the near future. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Vitas-Innovative Hospice Care, 100 Commerce Dr., Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home, Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Francis William Kelley Jr. -- Francis William Kelley Jr., 67, of Laurel, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in Cambridge, Md., the son of the late Anna Jean Keene and Francis W. Kelley Sr., he was a garment cutter for Fed Sportswear in Federalsburg, Md., before retiring. He was a member of Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Ann Bunting Kelley; a son, Martin D. Kelley of Texas; a stepson, Robert J. Mitchell of Laurel and a daughter, Joyce Ann Kelley of Massachusetts. Also surviving are 2 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, at Christ Evangelistic Church, Camp Road, Laurel, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. The Rev. Roland E. Tice will officiate. Burial will be in Carey's Cemetery, Millsboro. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Margaret M. Koster -- Margaret M. Koster, 89, of Laurel, passed away on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at Seaford Genesis Healthcare. Margaret was the daughter of the late Greene and Maggie Mumford. Mrs. Koster, along with her husband, were co-owners of the Laurel House Hotel. She enjoyed working in the restaurant with her husband. She was a lifelong member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel and Past Lady Noble Grande. Margaret dearly loved her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed every holiday, especially Christmas and Halloween, and will always be remembered for making the holidays so special and memorable. Margaret is survived by her son, Milton Mickey Koster Jr. and his wife Mary of Seaford; her daughter, Janan McElroy of Laurel; grandchildren and great grandchildren: Ryan Walls, Shanna Walls, Michelle Booth, Monique Maggnan, Melinda Belamy, Logan Walls, Blake Johnson, Tate Walls, Tracy Dotson, Robbie Booth, Tiffany Booth, Jesse Davis, Heather LeMont, Billy LeMont, Angela Heck, Bobby LeMont and John Absher. Several nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Edgar Koster; a granddaughter, Melissa Davis; brothers, James Mumford, Harold Mumford, Dale Mumford, Horace Mumford; and a sister, Phoebe Mitchell. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. A viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Rev. Joseph Burris will officiate. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the Koster family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Henrietta Rose Koch -- Henrietta Rose Koch, 77, of Laurel, passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. She was born in Queens, N.Y., a daughter of the late Dietrich and Matilda Brunjes. She was a homemaker and had worked at the Good Samaritan Shop in Laurel for over 30 years as a loving and caring volunteer. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school at the Bible School for Special People and was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford. Her greatest gift was touching people's lives with her kindness and generosity. In her spare time she loved to collect chickens. At the age of 12, Henrietta met the love of her life, John Koch, and at the age of 18, she married her best friend. They were married for 60 years. She is survived by her husband, John Koch; two daughters, Marian Koch Vine and her husband Bill and Carol Whaley and her fiancee David Cordrey; two granddaughters, Cami Whaley and Katie McCreary and her husband James; three grandsons, John Johnson, Dennis Johnson and his wife Dana and Richard Bailey II; eight great grandchildren, Brandon, Matthew, Cole, Chaz, Robbie, Madelyn, Trinity and Emily. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and leaves behind many loving friends and co-workers at the Good Samaritan Shop. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, B.J. Whaley and a sister, Adele C. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Pastor Andrew Watkins will officiate. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Koch's memory to the Good Samaritan Shop, 115 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19965; Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford; or Season's Hospice, 220 Continental Dr., Ste. 101, Newark, DE


Howard S. Davis -- Howard S. Davis, 84, of Seaford, died on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. Mr. Davis owned his own trucking business for over 50 years. His hobbies were stock car racing, Nascar and wood crafting. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Joyce; daughters, Brenda Tucker and her husband Butch, Karen Hastings and her husband Kelly; daughter-in-law, Joann Davis; 6 grandchildren, Sami Jo Davis, Donnie Grant and wife Sharon, Kara Ann Short and husband, Timothy, Jennifer Rose West, Cody West, J. J. West; 5 great grandchildren, Rodney, Crystal, Evan Breann and Dawson; 5 step children, Larry Gray, Steve Gray, Gail Dunn and husband, Bob, Cindy Leonard and her husband Bill and David Gray and his wife Crystal; 14 step-grandchildren and 8 step-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Beatrice Humphreys and 2 nephews. Howard was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Davis; a son, Sammy Davis and his parents, Larry and Jenny Davis. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to the Church of Nazarene, 25668 Faith Lane, Seaford, DE 19973.


David Ray Owens -- David Ray Owens, 52, of Seaford, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Baltimore, Md., the son of the late June Owens Ward and Layton Ward of Houston, he was a millwright for Fluoro-Daniels in Seaford. David was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Seaford. In addition to his father, he is survived by his companion, Penny L. Atkins of Seaford; his sister, Pam and brother-in-law Pete Fraley and nephew Dustin Fraley of Houston and special friends, Bill and Charlotte Graham of Seaford and their sons. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Wesley United Methodist Church, Atlanta Road, Seaford. The Rev. Joseph Kelley will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gift of Life, 401 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Kathleen Searcey -- Kathleen Searcey, 85, of Delmar, died peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at Delmar Manor Assisted Living in Delmar, Md. She was born on Nov. 10, 1926, in Delmar, a daughter of the late William J. Elliott Sr. and Catherine Elliott. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She attended Laurel Wesleyan Church and had a strong, personal relationship with God. Her faith helped her face her illness and in the last days she looked forward to God calling her home. She is survived by a family who loved her dearly, her son, Jimmy Searcey and his wife Nancy of Delmar; a grandson, Robert Searcey and his wife Marilyn of Delmar; a granddaughter, Kimberly vanVulpen and her husband Gaby of Laurel; and 5 great grandchildren, Ryan, Luke and Hannah Searcey and Alex and Amanda vanVulpen. She is also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Jake Searcey; 3 brothers, Buck Elliott, William Elliott and Frank Wilson; and 2 sisters, Ruth Martin and Louise Jewell. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. The Rev. Kenneth Deusa will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Memorial contributions may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Dorothy Elizabeth Griffin Hollis -- Dorothy Elizabeth Griffin Hollis, 91, of Seaford, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at the Methodist Manor House, Seaford. Born in Berlin, Md., the daughter of the late Anna B. Parsons and Francis L. Griffin, she was an administrative assistant at the Seaford Golf & Country Club. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, The Acorn Club of Seaford, The United Methodist Women, Ladies Auxilary Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Ladies Auxilary Seaford Volunteer Fire Department and Republican Councilwoman 39th Representative District. She is survived by sons, Charles M. Hollis III and wife DeLourdes of Rehoboth Beach and John F. Hollis and wife Linda of Seaford; daughter, Mary Ann Ruley and husband Earl of Nashville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, John C. Hollis and wife Melissa of Greenwood, Jennifer Speace and husband Brandon of Eldersburg, Md., Anna White and husband Courtney of Berwyn, Pa., and Daniel Ruley of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two step great granddaughters; three great grandsons; and a close family friend, Clementine Parker of Seaford. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1. The Rev. George Godfrey will officiate. Burial will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Boys and Girls Club at Hollis Park, Virginia Avenue, Seaford, DE 19973; Alzheimer's Association; Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106; or the Methodist Manor House, Bethany Wing, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Laurel J. Tapman Jr. -- Laurel J. Tapman Jr., 87, of Millsboro, died peacefully surrounded by his family at his sons home in Laurel on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. Born in Bullbeger, Va. on March 13, 1924, he was the son of the late Laurel James Sr. and Anna Taylor Tapman. He spent his entire life on the Eastern Shore, except for his service in the US Army overseas. He earned a good conduct medal, WW II Victory medal, and was decorated for Asiatic Pacific Service and American Theater Service. In 1947, he married his wife, Kathleen Joseph Tapman, and had 52 years with her until her passing in 1999. Laurel worked for 45 years in the poultry business at Townsends, Inc. He is survived by his son, Bryan Tapman, and his wife Darlene, of Laurel; his daughter, Zella Andrie and husband Bill of Millsboro; a son-in-law, Skip Ulrich of Georgetown. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Ulrich. He is also survived by his siblings, William Tapman and his wife Elizabeth, Shirley Moore and Glenna Layton; and a sister-in-law, Sarah Tapman. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Richard Tapman. He has six grandchildren, Chris Tapman, Jennifer Bloodsworth, Ronnie Andrie and wife Tammy, Mike Andrie and wife Stacey, Dawn Drew and husband Stewart and Holly Ferebee and husband John. He also has a step grandson, Stacey Lowe and his wife Brooke; 15 great-grandchildren, Ashley Tapman, Donna Tapman, Kayla Tapman, Lee Bloodsworth, Christian Bloodsworth, RonRon Andrie, Brandon Andrie, Tiffany Andrie, Dalton Andrie, Jordan Drew, Lanay Drew, Cherie Ferebee, Heather Ferebee, Nicki Ferebee and Morgan Lowe; and two great-great grandchildren. A funeral service and celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour before the service. Pastor Robert Hudson will officiate. Interment will follow at Careys Cemetery with conferring of military honors.


Alexis Brielle Mulford -- Alexis Brielle Mulford, 16, of Seaford, went to be with her mother on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. Brielle was an 11th grade honor student at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown. She enjoyed carpentry work and was a member of the Spanish Honor Society. Prior to Sussex Tech she went to Seaford Middle School and Worcester Preparatory School. Brielle was full of life and loved by many friends. She loved her job at Seaford Pizza King. Her mother, Ellen Sue Fields Mulford died in 2007. She is survived by her father, Nils C. Mulford; a brother, Skyler Mulford; her paternal grandmother, Ruth Mulford; her maternal grandmother, Ann Fields; many aunts and uncles, Kristi & James King, Eph & Donna Mulford, Siri Mulford, Hans & Marcy Mulford, Lars & Michele Mulford, Kari & John Thompson, Sharon Mulford Esterson, Pam Passwaters and Joann Fields; and many cousins, JL & David King, Kelsey Mulford, Erik & Ethan Mulford, Kathryn & Rachel Mulford, Erica, Johnny & Caroline Thompson. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Laurel Wesleyan Church, 30186 Seaford Rd., Laurel. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, on Friday evening, Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.


Clarence Leonard Wingate -- Clarence Leonard Wingate, 86, of Seaford, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Laurel, the son of the late Wila Mae Wilkerson and William Wingate, he was a machine operator at Dupont Company in Seaford before retiring. He was an Army Veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Emma Ann Bowers Wingate; five nephews, Roger Tubbs of Seaford, Alan Tubbs of Clarksburg, N.J., Fred Ellingsworth of Laurel, Vernon Ellingsworth of Millsboro and Danny Phillips of Farmville, Va; and two nieces, Kathy and Sandy Phillips of Farmville, Va. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Delaware Chapter, Wilmington, DE 19801.


Eugene Russo -- Eugene Russo, 72, of Seaford, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Mr. Russo was a self employed electrician. He was a US Army veteran, a member of the American Legion and the Moose Lodge. He is survived by 2 daughters, Carolee Beard and her husband Glenn, Jean Marie Carroll and her husband Terry; 5 grandchildren, Jesse Knight, Shane Beard, Kenny Pursley, Brian Carroll and Nina Carroll; a sister, Teresa Bruscia and his companion Linda Smith. He was preceded in death by his son, Lawrence Russo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at Our lady of the Fields Catholic Church, 1070 Cecil Ave., Millersville, MD 21108.


George W. Wingate Jr. -- George W. Wingate Jr., 62, of Laurel, spirit soared to join his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the quiet of his home with the love of his life by his side, his wife of 27 years, Sylvia Wingate. After a four year and four month courageous battle, he fought hard and lost against esophageal cancer. He is at peace without any suffering or pain and celebrates with the saints that have gone on before him. A devoted husband and father, George leaves behind many loving memories for his son, Tyler W. Wingate of Laurel. Preceding him in death were his parents, George and Hilda Wingate of Laurel; beloved mother-in-law, Donna Elaine Hall of Laurel; sister-in-law, Terry Cox of Windsor, Maine; half brother, Woodrow Woodie Hurlock of Florida and Uncle Clarence Wingate of Seaford. George is survived by a brother, Scott Wingate and wife Brenda of Laurel; half sister, Rita Jacobs and half brother, James Hurlock, both of Florida. Sadly missed by the beloved family, he leaves behind his father-in-law, Edward T. Hall, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, Steve and Carolyn French of Laurel, Jack and Gale Daugherty of Fruitland, Md.; brother-in-laws, Tim Carson and Rick Neves of Sharpsburg, Pa.; nephews, Seth Wingate and wife Wendy of Laurel, Thomas Hill and wife Lindsey of Easton, Md., Leon Hastings and wife Lyndsay of Windsor; and nieces, Rachel Driscoll and husband Matt of Scarborough, Maine; and The Baby Taylor French of Laurel. A sports enthusiast, the love of the game evolved from playing years of basketball and softball leagues in Laurel and Seaford, to coaching his son in Laurel Youth Basketball and through many years of baseball in Laurel Little League. Georges most treasured memory was playing softball for Bethel Worship Center at age 57 with his son, Tyler and nephew, Thomas. Mr. Wingate was a decorated Vietnam War Veteran. He served his country from 1968-1970 as a United States Army 91B20 Med Corpsman, Company First Battalion 16 infantry, receiving Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Metal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, The Purple Heart, Purple Heart First Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Bronze Star First Oak Leaf Cluster and M14 expert. George retired from Seaford DuPont Co. after 37 years of service and transitioning to Invista for four more years. A private funeral service was held at his request at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where interment followed in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph Medical Center Cancer Institute, 7501 Oster Dr., Ste. 102, Towson, MD 21204 or Delaware Hospice, Inc., 911 South DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901.


Mildred B. Pusey -- Mildred B. Pusey, 82, passed away peacefully at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Mildred was born on March 5, 1929 in Bridgeville, to the late Harvey and Delema Short. She lived in Bridgeville her entire life before moving to Heritage Assisted Living in Milford in 2006. In addition to being a wonderful homemaker, she was employed at the Bridgeville Pharmacy for many years before being employed as a secretary and then treasurer for the town of Bridgeville, retiring after 25 years of service. She was truly a people person and loved the opportunity to get to know so many of the town residents through her job at town hall. Mildred was also a dedicated member of Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville and always took pleasure in helping others. Mildred was the beloved wife of the late Charles Pusey and the devoted mother of Gary Pusey of Bridgeville, and Lynn Wajda and husband Michael of Milton. She adored her grandchildren, Jennifer McPherson and husband Kevin, Colby Pusey and Megan Brittingham, Lori Fowler and husband Craig, Ashley Ellingsworth and Brian Daube, and John Wajda and wife Amy. Nothing brought her more pleasure than being GG to her great-grandchildren Aubrey, Austin, Finn, Mitchell and Zachery. In addition to her parents and husband, Mildred was predeceased by her sister, Lucille Blanchard and brother, Cleveland Short, son-in-law, Phil Ellingsworth, and brothers-in-law: Ted Blanchard, Robert Smith Jr., Frank Waller and Jennings Pusey. She will be sadly missed by her sister, Jeannette Smith, sisters-in-law: Beatrice Short, Josephine Waller, Doris Jane Conaway and husband Ronald, and Eleanor Pusey, as well as many nieces, nephews, her extended family at Heritage, and a multitude of friends. The family extends their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Delaware Hospice Center for their compassionate care of Mildred during the last days of her life. A special thanks to the wonderful nurses and staff of Heritage who took such good care of her the past five years. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, at Union United Methodist Church, 2 North Laws St., Bridgeville, with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Bridgeville Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Mildreds memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933. Visit Mrs. Puseys Life Memorial webpage to sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Julia Bertha Brown Smith Nicholson -- Julia Bertha Brown Smith Nicholson, 87, of Dover, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 In addition to her parents, Bert is predeceased by two husbands, Harry James Smith and Worth Nicholson. She is reunited in Heaven with her first born daughter, Beryl Jean Calloway. In addition, there will be a heavenly reunion of brothers: Marvin, Roy and Jim Brown as well as sisters, Ginny Kane, Ruth Ann Brown and Emily Kohot. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vicky and Jim Quirk; grandchildren and spouses: Gregory Calloway Sr. (Rhonda), Carrie Calloway (Duane), David Banks, Michael Quirk (Kathy), and Jamie Quirk. Great grandchildren include Hope Schneider (Kevin), Greg Calloway Jr., Jenna Calloway, Rachel Calloway, Charles Kenneth Calloway, Isabella "Bella" Banks, Dylan Quirk and Liam Quirk. Great great grandchildren are Morgan Cappachino, Brandon Schneider and Britney Schneider. Surviving siblings are Harley "Bud" Brown, Flora "Sis" Rust, Ola Ray (husband Ernest), Edward "Pete" Brown (wife Kay) and Beulah Eskridge (husband Edward). Services will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover. Visitation will be held before the service from 4 to 6 p.m. Burial will be Friday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m., at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Flowers are welcome or you may make a donation, in her name, to a favorite charity.


Margarete R. Cosgrove -- Margarete R. Cosgrove, 88, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Lifecare at Lofland Park. ᅠ She was born in Keil, Germany, a daughter of the late Otto Rahn and Bell Rahn. Margarete was a homemaker and a member of the Rehoboth Art League. She enjoyed painting, needlepoint and fine arts. She started the first Girl Scout troop in Rehoboth Beach. She was a graduate of Ethica High School in New York and Cornell University. Mrs. Cosgrove is survived by her sons, Andrew E. Cosgrove of Kansas, Thomas R. Cosgrove of Seaford and Anthony Albert Cosgrove of Seaford; a daughter, Rebecca C. Spence of Bethel; a sister, Marie Wohlmann of Germany; grandchildren, Shawn E. Cosgrove, Brian Cosgrove, Benjamin Cosgrove, Brandon Spence, Patrick Spence, Erin Wennberg, Dustin Cosgrove and Megan Cosgrove; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Albert Cosgrove and a brother, Dr. Herman Rahn. Services were held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the Cosgrove family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Paul R. Porter -- Paul R. Porter, 85, of Seaford, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Mr. Porter retired from AT&T in 1983 after 33 years of service. He was a Navy veteran of WWII, a member of the NRA, the Pioneer Club and the Archeological Society. His wife, Mary Ellen Porter died in 2004. He is survived by his son, Kim Porter and his wife Kathy of Delmar; 2 daughters, Karen Reichelt and her husband Paul of Hartley and Teresa Kennard and her husband, John of Reading, Pa.; a sister, Jacqueline Burtelle of Seaford; 9 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. ᅠ Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2.ᅠ In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G. St., Ste. 700, Washington, DC 20005.


Dorothy Lucille Vannoy -- Dorothy Lucille Vannoy, 97, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at Champion Nursing Home in Wilmington, N.C. Mrs. Vannoy was born on Sept. 30, 1914, in Richwood, W.V., to the late Dorsey and Nora Isner. Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn Coulbourne, Frances Wheatley and Charlotte Ferguson; 2 sons-in-law; 7 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren. Services are private.


Wayne Keith Henry -- Wayne Keith Henry, 49, of Parsonsburg, Md., died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Wayne was born on March 27, 1962 in Seaford, to Harold Ronald Henry and the late Shirley Timmons Henry. Wayne was the owner of H & H Drywall, Inc. He enjoyed garden railroading and was an avid camper. In addition to his father he is survived by his wife, Lori Ann Henry of Parsonsburg; one son, Brooks Henry and his wife Erica, of Salisbury; 2 sisters, Rhonda and Gary Donaway and Brenda and Robert Matthews, both of Laurel; 2 brothers, Gregory Henry, also of Laurel, and Douglas Henry and his longtime partner Lisa Miltenburger of Bridgeville; and several nieces and nephews and their families. A funeral service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Holloway Funeral Home where friends may call from 3:30 to 5:30. Pastor Chuck Reynolds will officiate. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Wayne may be directed to support the research efforts in the laboratory of Dr. Hetty Carraway for her research efforts on Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Gifts may be mailed with a memo indicating that this gift is in memory of Wayne Henry and for Dr. Hetty Carraway at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Mailing address is: Attn: Michael Hibler, 100 N. Charles St., Ste. 234, Baltimore, MD 21201. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, Salisbury. To send condolences to the family, visit www.hollowayfh.com.


Travis G. Sirman -- Travis G. Sirman, 70, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. She was raised in Melson, Md., a daughter of the late Charles and Edith Shockley. Travis retired from the Sussex County Department of Libraries in Georgetown after 24 years of service. She also had worked at the Laurel Action Block during seasonal harvests. She was a proud member of the Women of the Moose Lodge #1384 of Seaford where she earned her Academy of Friendship Degree and served on numerous committees. She enjoyed camping and bowling and was inducted into the Lower Delaware Womens Bowling Association Hall of Fame. Above all her accomplishments, she mostly enjoyed spending time with her wonderful family. A loving mother and wife, she is survived by her husband of 53 years, David I. Sirman Sr. of Laurel; their son, David Bunky Sirman and wife Ruthann of Laurel; a daughter, Donna Adkins and husband Greg of Laurel; a brother, Lee Allan Shockley and wife Cindy of Salisbury; and a sister, Iris A. Shockley of Baltimore. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Brock Adkins of Laurel and his fiance Rachael States of Seaford; David Sirman III and Kaitie Sirman. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Hilda Pusey of Laurel and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Chuck Shockley and sister, Linda Baldridge. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The Women of the Moose Lodge will conduct a service at 1:45 p.m. The Rev. John Van Tine will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Womens Moose Lodge #1384, P.O. Box 268, Seaford, DE 19973 or St. Judes Childrens Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Online condolences may be made to the Sirman family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Darryll G. Wallace -- Darryll George Wallace, 46, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Bradford, Pa. Born Nov. 18, 1965 in Camden, N.J., he was the son of Marie Jordan Jacobs of Seaford and the late George Punkie Wallace. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Hearn Wallace of Bradford; five children, Nicole Francesco of New Jersey, Joseph Wallace and Jacqueline Francesco of Delaware and Noah Wallace and Kirra Wallace of Pennsylvania; two stepsons, Kyle Conway and Nicholas Conway, both of Pennsylvania; a brother, Mike Gormley of Pennsylvania; four sisters, Linda Heim of Delaware, Sherry Jacobs of New Jersey and Dallasee Palverento and Desiree Black, both of Delaware; three grandchildren, Miley Matthews, Joseph Wallace Jr. and Victoria Wallace, all of Delaware; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Framptom Funeral Home, P.A. in Federalsburg, Md. with the Rev. Phil Sutton officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Geneva Victoria Boyce -- Geneva Victoria Boyce, 102, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Genesis Seaford Center in Seaford. Born in Milford, Mrs. Boyce was the daughter of the late Edward Russell, a ferryboat captain. Before completing 8th grade, she moved to Philadelphia, lived in a boarding house and became a proud employee of AT&T as a telephone switchboard operator. One day on a blind date she met a Philadelphia trolley car conductor named Dawson Boyce from Laurel. They married and lived in Philadelphia until the birth of their first child, Russell Stockley Boyce, in 1938 after which they moved to Laurel and built a home. Their daughter, Charlotte Rebecca Boyce, was born in 1942. Shortly after building their home, the young wife and mother of two entered the chicken business. Starting with a single chicken house in 1940, raising chickens became a 30 year business of running and maintaining 5 chicken houses with three to four flocks a year. It was hard manual work caring for the chickens morning and night. Geneva did much of the work and this probably helped her live to the ripe old age of 102. With a great talent for math, Geneva would frequently out-calculate the tellers at the bank who were using adding machines. Until a week before her death, every birthday, anniversary or other significant date was instantly available from her quick memory. She was thrifty, didnt want anything from anyone, but loved giving to others. Geneva was an active member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. Following her husbands death in 1975, she became involved in activities at the Laurel Senior Center. Fortunate to have her loving daughter Charlotte and son-in-law Raymond nearby, she was able to live independently for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dawson Boyce, and her daughter Charlotte Whaley (Raymond). Geneva is survived by her son, Russell Boyce and his wife Victoria; grandson, Christopher Boyce and his wife Jill; granddaughters, Linda Boyce and Victoria Torey Kajmowicz and her husband Tom; and great-grandchildren, Jacob Boyce, Sarah Boyce, Alexandra Reckinger, Elaina Reckinger, Dawson Forga, and Charles Kajmowicz, all of Arizona. She is also survived by son-in-law, Raymond Whaley and his wife Dale, and granddaughter, Virginia Whaley and her companion Biff Lee of Laurel. The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the caring staff at Genesis Seaford Center who made a loving home for Geneva in her final years. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel. The Rev. Joe Burris will officiate. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Genevas honor 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. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visitingᅠhsdfuneralhome.com.


Marie A. Smith -- Marie A. Smith, 90, of Seaford, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Smith retired from the Seaford School District where she worked in the cafeteria. She was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church. Her husband, William J. Smith died in 1984.ᅠ She is survived by 3 daughters, Peggy Smith of Cary, N.C., Rebecca Kitz Miller and her husband Ronald of Valdosta, Ga. and Patricia Cannon and her husband James of Harrington; 5 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Lois W. Adkins -- Lois W. Adkins, 86, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Lois was born in Salisbury, a daughter of the late Francis A. Woerner and Mary Ellis Woerner. Lois retired as a secretary for the Laurel School District with over 30 years of service. She was a 1943 graduate of Laurel High School and a member of the Laurel Alumni Association. She was a member of American Legion Post #19 Ladies Auxiliary. Mrs. Adkins is survived by her daughter, Sue Hart of Laurel; a nephew, James A. Ritchie and wife Bebeth of Laurel; two granddaughters and three grandsons along with several nieces and nephews.ᅠ In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband and father of her children, Ernest Adkins; a sister, Doris Downes and son, William Butch Adkins. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Pastor Everett Isaac will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Adkins' memory to the Laurel Alumni Association, P.O. Box 382, Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made to the Adkins family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.ᅠ


Michael James Dunn -- Michael James Dunn, 57, of Laurel, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.ᅠ Born in Milford, he was the son of the late Meril Sr. and Madeline Arnold Dunn.ᅠ Michael had worked in sign repair and installation for many years. He had worked for Phillips Sign Company in Seaford, First State Sign in Dover, John Victor Sign Company in Mobile, Ala., and Solo Cup in Federalsburg, Md.ᅠ He is survived by his sister, Madeline E. Dunn of Laurel; a niece, Madeline Forrest of Dover; two nephews, Ian Flemming Dunn and Andrew Flemming Dunn of Maryland; and great nephew, Michael Austin Dunn of Dover. Mike is also survived by his special friend, Thomas Fasold, Wayne Cherrix, and his two dogs, Lady and Dakota.ᅠ All services were held privately. The family requests donations be made in Michaels honor to Old Christ Church League, 600 South Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Mark Christopher Hastings -- Mark Christopher Hastings, 56, of Laurel, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at his home. He is the son of the late Leon and Grace Hastings. Mark was a 1973 graduate of Laurel High School. He became a talented welder and fabricator, and had worked with his brother in H & H Maintance and Fabrication. In his free time he loved to ride Triumph motorcycles, go to car shows and collect antiques. Among his favorites were antique toys, cars and furniture. Mark was a loving father, husband, brother and grandfather. He is survived by his daughter, Renee Lynn Hastings of Seaford; his former wife and good friend, Vicky Hastings Higgins; three brothers, Leon Hastings Jr. of Delmar, William Hastings Sr. and his wife Jean of Laurel and Paul Hastings of Seaford; one sister, Donna Hill of Seaford; a grandson, Jaden Savage of Seaford; one special niece, Kelly Lewis and several other nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mark was preceded in death by his brother, David Hastings; his niece, Jeri Hastings and his beloved dog Snoop. A memorial service will be held at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Seaford, where a visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Julie Lewis will officiate. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. Online condolences may be sent by visiting hsdfuneralhome.com.


Marie S. Morgan -- Marie S. Morgan, 90, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at the Seaford Center. Marie was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late George Ferrel and Sadie Ferrel. Mrs. Morgan was a homemaker and a member of Sailors Bethel United Methodist Church. Marie is survived by her son, Douglas Morgan and wife Nancy of Laurel; her daughter, Janice Lynch and husband Jack of Laurel and daughter, Kay White and husband James of Seaford; her sister Jacqueline Harold of Laurel; grandchildren, Christina Voss and Diana Luff; three great grandchildren, Connor Voss, Kaydence Luff and Helena Luff; and two step grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Kendall Morgan; four sisters and three brothers. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Laurel Hill Cemetery on Ninth Street. The Rev. Dr. Carl Vincent will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Eleanor Justice, 77 Eleanor L. Justice of Seaford died Dec. 20, 2011. Eleanor was born in Wilmington a daughter of the late Clarence Brittingham and Pearl Whaley Brittingham. Eleanor had worked at the Methodist Manor House as a CNA for 12 years. She was a member of Blades VFD Ladies Auxillary, loved to travel, and go camping. She had a special affection for her dogs and birds. A loving homemaker, she is survived by her sons, Bruce Justice and wife Janice of Seaford and Christopher Justice and wife Debbie of Georgetown. Her daughters, Cheryl Cain and husband Gene of Seaford, Pat Roser and husband Mike of New Castle and Susan Donovan and husband Wayne of Kansas. Eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her previous husband Roger Justice. A funeral service was held at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home on Dec. 23. Contributions can be made to Lifecare at Lofland Park 715 E. King St.Seaford, DE 19973 in memory of Eleanor Justice. Online condolences can be made to the Justice family by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Dorothy Dot Ann Rush Dorothy Dot Ann Rush, 79, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Lifecare at Lofland Park. Dot was born in Easton, Pa., a daughter of the late Erwin and Elizabeth Lehr. Mrs. Rush retired from Salisbury Communications as a dispatcher. She also volunteered for Nanticoke Health Services and the Mears Center. She led an active lifestyle at Lifecare where she was a member of the Welcoming Committee, Wii bowling team and could be seen with the welcoming cart around the halls. She loved to do ceramics, beading and paint. She was a member of the Cross Pointe Church of Nazarene in Salisbury and a Sunday school teacher. She loved dogs and many would visit her while at Lifecare. Dot is survived by her sons, Richard Rush and wife Toni of Seaford and Ronald Rush and wife Sandy of Georgia and her daughters, Roberta Iverson and Robin Rush both of Salisbury. Nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren along with nieces and nephews also survive her. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Lehr. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held Thursday evening, Dec. 29, at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Rev. Howard Travers will officiate. Interment will follow in Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Rushs memory to Lifecare at Lofland Park, c/o Serenity Garden Project, 715 E. King St., Seaford, DE 19973. Online condolences may be made to the Rush family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Norman H. Prothe -- Norman H. Prothe, 83, of Seaford, passed away on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Norman was born in Paola, Kan., a son of the late Frank J. and Laura Hoda Prothe. Mr. Prothe was the owner operator of five Dunkin Donut locations in Pennsylvania. He was a proud member of the Laurel Lions Club with over 50 years of membership receiving the Melvin Jones Award. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford. Norman enjoyed boating, fishing and camping. Norman is survived by his wife, Freda Prothe of Seaford; his daughters, Joan Ruth Prothe of Hebron, Md., Janice E. Bull of Phoenix, Teresa K. Prothe of Hazelville, Tenn. and Vickie Lynn Nester of Hebron; his stepchildren, John W. Hensley of Seaford, Lonnie Hensley of Seaford, Richard Davis of Milton, Daniel Davis of Georgetown and Colleen Dean of Dover; and his sisters, Wilma Browning of Paola and Laverta Alvis of Lake Placid, Fla. Ten grandchildren, one great grandchild, sixteen step grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, Norman was preceded in death by his first wife, Ida Lucille Prothe. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, at Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where a viewing will also be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Pastor Andrew Watkins will officiate. Interment will follow in Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the Prothe family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Margaret Givens -- Margaret Givens, 96, of Laurel, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at the Delaware Hospice Center. Margaret was born in Seaford, a daughter of the late Olen and Florence ODay. Mrs. Givens was a loving homemaker and a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. She is survived by her son, David Givens and wife Mary Lee of Laurel; a daughter-in-law, Iris Givens of Laurel; a sister, Phyllis Palmer of Seaford; grandchildren, Michael Givens, Michelle Givens, Mark Givens and Monica Whaley and great grandchildren, Faith Givens, Brandon Givens, Justin Givens and Joseph Givens. She was preceded in death by her husband, Linwood Givens; a son, James F. Givens; a great grandson, Eric Givens; and her siblings, William, Frank, Ralph O'day, Sue Pritchett and Hazel MacKerith. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Laurel Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Billy Nack and Doris Whaley will officiate. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Givens' memory to Mt. Zion UM Church, 28315 Seaford Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the Givens family by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Hilda Mae Littleton, 90 Hilda Mae Littleton of Millsboro passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown. She was born in Laurel, the daughter of the late Edward C. and Lena (Conaway) Morris. ᅠᅠ She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Georgetown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Granville Morris. She is survived by her children, Dixie Baker of San Antonio, Texas, Jo Ann Blades and her husband Pastor Richard Blades of Georgetown, Rita Powell and her husband Dr. Don Powell of Oakhill, Va. and Ed Littleton and his wife Linda Littleton of Seaford; 6 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 2, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, Georgetown. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 22860 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947.


Doris Lee Coffin Spicer -- Doris Lee Coffin Spicer, 79, of Laurel, passed away peacefully with her sons at her side on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, after a prolonged illness. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, James Jim Dyson Spicer. She was the daughter of Paul A. and Helen Harris Coffin of Laurel, who also preceded her in death. Doris graduated from Laurel High School in 1950. Following graduation, she was employed by the DuPont Company. She then went on to work at Conaway Motors for more than 20 years as a bookkeeper. After retiring, she worked at the Delaware State Senate and the Department of Elections. Doris was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother who always found time to attend any events in which her grandchildren participated. She will be remembered as a lady that always carried herself with dignity and entertained others with her infectious laughter. Doris was a great friend to all. Mrs. Spicer is survived by her two sons, James B. "Brad" Spicer and wife Joy, and Kenneth "Ken" B. Spicer and wife Matia; six adoring grandchildren, Blair and wife Brittany, Jordan, Summer, Sierra, Kody and Rebecca; and a great granddaughter, Brooke Spicer. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus will officiate. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel followed by a luncheon at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Delaware Hospice Center at 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Online condolences may be made to the Spicer family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Donald M. Weaver -- Donald M. Weaver, 81, of Seaford, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Mr. Weaver retired from the Dupont Company in Seaford in 1992 after 30 years of service. He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War, a member of the VFW, the Seaford Historical Society, the Order of Odd Fellows, and the Historical Car Club of Delaware. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Louise Weaver; a son, Kenneth Weaver and his wife Maria of Hebron, Md.; a daughter, Monica Ogel and her husband Joe of Seaford; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. ᅠ He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Scott Weaver in 2010. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Thursday evening from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association, 100 W. 10th St., Wilmington, DE 19801 or Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Howard L. Wood -- Howard L. Wood, 95, of Seaford, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at home. Mr. Wood retired from the Dupont Company in Seaford in 1981 after 32 years of service. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Grace Baptist Church for 45 years. His first wife, Jean McCurry Wood died in 1977. He is survived by his second wife of 32 years, Shirley Blades Wood; sons, Randy Wood and his wife Debbie of Coral Springs, Fla. and John Ray Wood and his wife Debbie of Dumfries, Va.; daughters, Judy Georges and her husband Jim of Phoenix, Md. and Jan Brinck and her husband Scott of Delmar, Md.; stepdaughter, Kathy Pully and her husband Henry of Charlotte, N.C.; 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Karen George Faucette. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., 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 Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Juanita Spring Manning Truitt -- Juanita Spring Manning Truitt, 87, of Seaford, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. She was the daughter of the late Elsie Youngblood Spring Sharon and Irvin A. Spring and stepdaughter of Joseph W. Sharon of Berkley Springs, W.V. Mrs. Truitt attended Strayer College in Washington, D.C. She worked at the Alexandria Gazette newspaper, Horning Loan Co. and lastly for the Department of Defense, retiring as a budget analyst after 23 ᄑ years of service. While in Alexandria she was an active member of the Lincolnia United Methodist Church, Oakwood Womens Club and several square dance clubs. After retiring, Mrs. Truitt divided her time between Florida and Virginia or Delaware. She belonged to the Elizabeth Circle at Mt. Olivet U. M. Church, AARP, NARF, the Acorn Club, the Historical Society, the Red Hats, Nanticoke River Yacht Club, several bridge clubs and volunteered at the Methodist Manor House Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Homer L. Manning; her second husband, Randall E. Truitt and her foster son, J. William Peck. She is survived by her son, Randy A. Manning and wife Judy of Newport News, Va.; stepdaughter, Deborah Truitt Parker and her husband Clay of Mililani, Hawaii; foster daughter-in-law, Carol Peck of Niles, Mich.; 2 grandchildren; five step grandchildren; 2 foster grandchildren, and her good friend, Jimmy Hitchens. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, followed by a memorial service at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Burial will be held at a later date in Newport News. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Mt. Olivet U. M. Church, 315 High St., Seaford, DE 19973 or the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Raymond J. Kadash -- Raymond J. Kadash, 82, of Laurel, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. Mr. Kadash retired from the United States Marine Corp and Mobil Oil Company. He was a member of the Marine Corp League. ᅠ He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Audrey Kadash; 2 sons, David Kadash and his wife Marjorie and Gary Kadash and his wife Kamela; 9 grandchildren; 1 great grandson and 2 brothers, John and William Kadash. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Kadash. ᅠᅠ Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford.ᅠ Burial will be at a later date at the General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, N.J.


William Erwin Evans -- William Erwin Evans, 81, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Born on March 1, 1930 in Baltimore, Md., Bill was the son of the late Erwin William and Gertrude Proff Evans. He was a graduate of Kenwood High School in Baltimore. Later, Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and afterwards went into the Marine Reserves. Their motto - "Once a Marine, Always a Marine" fit him perfectly. Bills lifelong career was as a liason engineer in manufacturing with Lockheed Martin (Martin Co. - Martin Marietta) for 43 years, retiring in 1992. During that career, he worked in Baltimore for 15 years and Denver, Colo., for 28 years. When Bill officially retired, he and his wife, the former Carol J. Perry, moved to Spring Hill, Fla., where they resided for 10 years before moving to Seaford. Having been raised on a farm, Bill was an avid gardener and loved growing vegetables. He gave them to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, oftentimes taking bags full into work. Bill was a true animal lover, having had his dogs and in later years his cats. He strongly supported the SPCA and Humane Societies throughout the years. Survivors include his wife, Carol, whom he married in 1960; a brother, Robert L. Evans Sr. (Mary) of Baltimore and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, of the Baltimore area. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Gertrude and Henry Sohl. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Christ Lutheran Church, Shipley St., Seaford. Pastor Andrew Watkins will officiate. Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. A second memorial service will be held at First Lutheran Church, Gray Manor, Md. (Dundalk), at a later date. At the familys request, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to your favorite SPCA, Animal Humane Society or other pet related charity in his honor. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the Evans family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Millard Lee Daugherty -- Millard Lee Daugherty, 93, of Greenwood, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.ᅠ He was born on Jan. 13, 1918 in Crisfield, Md., a son of the late Archie K. and Mildred (Ward) Daugherty. Mr. Daugherty spent his early years in Crisfield and finally settled in Bridgeville in 1949. He dedicated 29 years of his life to Home Beneficial Life Insurance Company of Seaford from which he retired in 1980 as a life underwriter. After retiring, he relocated to Ajo, Ariz., returning to Bridgeville in 2004.ᅠ Mr. Daugherty was a former member of the Bridgeville Kiwanis Club and a charter member of The Full Gospel Fellowship Church in Ajo. He was also a charter member, former Sunday school teacher, superintendent and pastoral council member of Lifeway Church of God, Bridgeville. Mr. Daugherty enjoyed gardening, fishing, listening to gospel music and singing in a quartet that traveled across the Northeast performing. He had a passion for traveling and visited 47 states. He also loved watching and drawing pictures of Mallard ducks. Most of all, Mr. Daugherty loved spending time with his family; he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and dear friend who will be missed by so many. In addition to his parents, Mr. Daugherty was preceded in death by his stepmother, Edna (Laird) Daugherty and his brother, Lawson Daugherty.ᅠ He is survived by his wife of 71 ᄑ years, Josephine Jo (Matthews) Daugherty; 2 sons, Kirk Daugherty and his wife Susan of Salisbury, Md. and Steve Daugherty and his fianc←e Robin Taylor of Greenwood; daughter, Kaye Hoge and her husband Terry of Greenwood; 6 grandchildren, Michael Daugherty of Princess Anne, Md., Kyle Daugherty of Greenwood, Kelli Duncan and her husband William of Georgetown, Amy Morris of Delmar, Md., Lindsay Taylor and her husband Josh of Delmar and Katelyn Hoge of Greenwood; 4 step grandchildren, Paxton Dulany, Brittany Dulany, Jan Danner and Anna Hoge; and 8 great grandchildren. A celebration of Mr. Daughertys life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, at Lifeway Church of God, 7046 Seashore Hwy., Bridgeville, where friends may visit at 10 a.m. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville. Interment will immediately follow funeral services at Bridgeville Cemetery, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Lifeway Church of God Mortgage Fund, 7046 Seashore Hwy., Bridgeville, DE 19933 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Visit Mr. Daughertys Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guest book at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Doris M. Saddler Hill -- Doris M. Saddler Hill, 90, of Seaford, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Mrs. Hill was the daughter of the late George and Hazel Hitchens Fridel. ᅠ She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Gil Saddler and Edward Hill.ᅠ She is survived by 2 sons, Carey Saddler and his wife Lillian and David Saddler and his wife, Susan; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Jr. Fridel and a sister, Laura.ᅠ Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Sherre Lynn Price -- Sherre Lynn Price, 46, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. She was surrounded by her husband and kids who loved her very much. She was born in Seaford to Donald E. Steen and the late Dawn H. Steen. Sherre was a housewife who loved to decorate and take care of her family.ᅠ She was a loving wife to her husband Alan of 28 years and a great mother to her two kids, Taylor Lynne Price and Hunter Luke Price. She is also survived by two sisters, Shelly A. Pusey and her husband Mike and Angela D. Warrington and her husband Matt; a brother-in-law, Blaine Hitchens and many nieces and nephews.ᅠ She was also preceded in death by a sister, Donna Hitchens.ᅠ Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Messiahs Vineyard, 30048 Sussex Hwy., Laurel, where friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Dr. Carl Vincent and the Rev. Barry Dukes will be officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. ᅠ Memorial donations may be made to Messiahs Vineyard Church, P.O. Box 60, Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the Price family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


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


Nannie Hill -- Nannie Hill, 73, formerly Nannie Hrynko, Nannie Mae Morris, of Seaford, has gone to be with her family on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Nannie was born on Oct. 8, 1938 in Wilmington, the daughter of John Morris and Dorthy Morris, one child of many.ᅠ She is survived by three sisters; two sons, Michael Hrynko and his wife Linda and Peter Hrynko; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Nannie was preceded in death by two husbands, Michael Hrykno and Burton J. Hill and one daughter, Jessica Hrynko. Nannie spent her life being a good wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all. She retired from plant work in Federalsburg, Md. and lived a good and joyful life. We thank all for their kindness and warm thoughts. The family has asked that instead of flowers please make a donation to help a child. Nannie said the things that made her the happiest were when her grandfather pulled her in her wagon in Wilmington as a child, when her parents took her to see Hank Williams sing in the park, when her brother Tim and his wife Betty took her to see the movie The Big Trailer with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and her children. As her son I feel that we as children were put in a pretty good group, not often that you are mentioned in the same breath as Hank Williams. We love you mom now and always. Take care until we meet again.


Stephen Edward 'Ted' Schwartz Jr. -- Stephen Edward "Ted" Schwartz, Jr., 16, of Seaford, died at Nemours Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, after an almost 8 year battle with leukemia. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Stephen and Judy Schwartz and his older sister and best friend Alexandra (Ali) Schwartz of Seaford. His maternal grandparents are Shelley and Mary Lou Spicer of Seaford. He is also survived by several aunts and uncles: Linda Spicer of Rockville, Md., Carol Spicer Nair and her husband Douglas of Germantown, Md., Elisabeth Schwartz of Woodland Hills, Calif., Peter Schwartz and his wife Marion of Canandaigua, N.Y. and Thomas Schwartz and his wife Martha Jo of Canandaigua; as well as numerous cousins, great aunts and great uncles. Ted was a good student and enjoyed books and music. A 10th grader at Sussex Technical High School, Ted was involved in several school activities including the Key Club, and he volunteered with the Seaford District Library. He was very appreciative of his supportive teachers at Sussex Tech, the Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences and at Blades Elementary School; despite missing over three years of attendance because of his cancer treatments, his teachers facilitated his keeping up with his studies. Ted was well supported in his final weeks by the very caring nurses, doctors and staff of the BBMT unit at A I DuPont Hospital where he had received both stem cell and bone marrow transplants. He was a passionate supporter of several environmental causes, especially saving the Harp Seals on the ice floes at Iles de la Madeleine in Canada which he had visited via Make-A-Wish. Further, he was an avid champion of the downtrodden, the underdogs and the needy. Teds life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. A luncheon reception will follow. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, DE. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Nemours Fund for Childrens Health, A I DuPont Hospital for Children Capital Campaign, Shands House, 1600 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803 or to the Delaware Leukemia Lymphoma Society at 100 W. 10th Street, Ste. 209, Wilmington, DE 19801. Please visit Teds Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com. ᅠ


Alma Jane Phillips Friedel -- Alma Jane Phillips Friedel, 90, of Seaford, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Life Care at Lofland Park, Seaford. Born in Sharptown, Md., the daughter of the late Julia Windsor and Berkley Phillips, she was a sales clerk at the former Woolworth Department Store in Seaford before retiring. She attended St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford. Alma is survived by her husband, Calvin H. Friedel; 2 sons, Lonnie P. and Jeffrey S. Friedel of Seaford; 3 daughters, Sandra F. Hill of Seaford, Judy A. Timmons of Laurel and Susan F. Branam of Chesterfield, Va.; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jan H. Friedel and a daughter, Nancy L. Webb. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford, with the Rev. Barbara Wilson officiating. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Hazel E. Beebe -- Hazel E. Beebe, 97, of Seaford, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Mrs. Beebe and her husband Gilbert owned and operated the Flying A Services Station in Seaford for many years. Her husband Gilbert Beebe died in 1963. She is survived by nieces Ann Layton and Gail Yeager. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Bridgeville Cemetery.


Paul S. Davis Sr. -- Paul S. Davis Sr., 75, of Laurel passed away surrounded by his loving family on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at Delaware Hospice Center.ᅠ Paul was born in Chester, Pa., a son of the late Frank and Ada Davis.ᅠ Mr. Davis retired from the Delaware Department of Transportation in both the Seaford and Laurel yards after 26 years of service. He had proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the American Legion in Sharptown. He enjoyed fishing, long rides in the countryside and watching westerns shows. Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Judith Ann Davis, of Laurel; his sons, Paul S. Davis Jr. and wife, Deborah, of Laurel and Brian K. Davis and his companion, Kelly Hare; his daughters, Lenora Martin and husband, Wayne, of Felton and Christine Wilson and her companion, Steve Bankard, of Salisbury; and his siblings, Melvin Davis of Kentucky, John Davis of Sharptown and Irma Smith of Oxford, Pa. Eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive him.ᅠ In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his siblings, Frank Davis Jr., Donald Davis, Anna Lee Williams and Lenora Davis.ᅠ A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Pastor Ken Deusa will officiate. Interment will follow with military honors in Portsville Cemetery in Portsville.ᅠ Online condolences may be made to the Davis family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Mary Sydney Martin Baker -- Mary Sydney Martin Baker, 85, of Cannon, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at her residence. Born in Salisbury, Md., the daughter of the late Catherine Livingston and William S. Martin, she was a physical therapist at Easton Memorial Hospital in Easton, Md., before retiring. Mary was a member of Cannon United Methodist Church in Cannon and the Ladies Auxiliary Nanticoke Post 6 American Legion in Seaford. She is survived by a daughter, Rosemary B. Everton and her husband Michael Sr.; a brother, William J. Martin and wife Sue of Salisbury, Md.; 6 grandchildren, Robert David LaPrad, Matthew T. LaPrad, Theresa A. Pulyer, Michael R. Everton Jr., Elizabeth R. Barzak, Philip W. F. Everton and 8 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Fenton Baker Sr.; a son, David F. Baker Jr. and a daughter, Catherine Lee LaPrad. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. The Rev. Martha Callaway will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Leon Arnette Goslee Jr. -- Leon Arnette Goslee, Jr., 83, of Seaford, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Life Care at Lofland Park, Seaford.ᅠ Born in Laurel, the son of the late Edna Evans and Leon A. Goslee Sr., he was a mechanic at the DuPont Company in Seaford for 38 years before retiring. He was a member of the Nanticoke Sportsman Club, and the National Rifle Association, and an Army veteran of the Korean War. Leon is survived by his wife, Ellen Topfer Goslee; 2 sons, Daniel Goslee of Seaford and John Goslee of Rehoboth Beach; and a daughter, Cathy L. Massey of Horsham, Pa. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. The Rev. Roland E. Tice will officiate. Burial will be in Portsville Cemetery, Portsville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606.


Orville Lee Nick/Ike Nichols Sr. -- Orville Lee Nick/Ike Nichols Sr., 78, of Laurel, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Nov. 12, 1933 in Salisbury, a son of the late Earl T. Nichols and Lillian Parker Nichols. Nick proudly served his country in the US Army. He was a member of the Delmar VFW, Post 8276. After fulfilling his duties in the Army, he went to work for Kraft Foods in Dover, a job he held for 32 years. He served as chief steward for the union for many years. He was a lover of country music and sports. He was instrumental in starting the Delmar Senior Baseball League and was one of the first coaches. He truly enjoyed supporting the activities of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and never missed a game or practice. He also loved the beach and cherished memories made traveling with his family. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 56 years, Janet Marie Nichols; two sons, Orville Lee Nichols Jr. of Delmar and Michael Earl Nichols and his wife Cindy of Parsonsburg, Md.; a daughter, Anita Marie Nichols and her fianc←, Donald Freitas of Rotunda West, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Penny Nichols of Delmar; three grandchildren, Alecia Nicole Nichols of Delmar, Travis Allen Nichols of Delmar and Darren Tyler Nichols of Parsonsburg; a great grandson, Damon Isaiah Nichols; an uncle, Merrill Nichols of Marion, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles W. Nichols and two sisters, Frances Hudson and Sylvia Adkins. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Family and friends may call one hour before the service. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Norma Lee Ruark Bowen -- Norma Lee Ruark Bowen, 73, of Seaford died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Life Care at Lofland Park, Seaford.ᅠ Born in Federalsburg, Md. the daughter of the late Olivia Murphy and Joseph G. Ruark, she was a homemaker. She is survived by a brother, Joseph Ruark of Lewes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Avery Bowen in 2008. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. The Rev. Rick Wessell will oficiate. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.ᅠ


Thelma M. Smith -- Thelma M. Smith, 96, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at the home of her daughter. Thelma was born in Mt. Vernon, Ill., a daughter of the late Lewis A. Harlow and Anna S. Harlow. Thelma was a homemaker and she loved to quilt ever since she was three-years-old. She was a member of Luisville Baptist Church in Illinois where she was the musical director for many years, and blessed the church with her beautiful singing voice. She attended the Laurel Senior Center. Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughters, Colleen Spies, Sondra Darmohray, both of Laurel and Kay Walker of Maryland. She is also survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, her siblings, her grandchildren, Shaun Sullivan, William G. Means Jr., Bradley Quinn Means and Michael Spies and a great grandson Mitchell Means. Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Quinn H. Smith in 1994.ᅠ All services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. ᅠᅠ


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


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


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


Norma Lee Thawley Messick -- Norma Lee Thawley Messick, 87, of Seaford, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Genesis Elder Care, Seaford. Born in Federalsburg, Md., the daughter of the late Sallie S. Johnson and Clifford E. Thawley, she was a homemaker. Norma Lee was a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, the Ladies Auxiliary of Virgil Wilson Post 4961 Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Ladies Auxiliary of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She is survived by four granddaughters, Kimberly Cummings of Selbyville, Kerri Cummings of Dusseldorf Germany, Linsey M. Elliott of Laurel and Amy Lee Hartnett of Marydel, 9 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Milton Messick; her son, Ronald M. Messick and her daughter, Janice M. Sanders. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Friends may call from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and Kings streets, Seaford.


Nancy L. Belk -- Nancy L. Belk, 83, of Seaford, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. Mrs. Belk was born in Brevard, N.C. and attended Wake Forest University and Delaware Technical & Community College. She was an avid doll collector and loved to travel. She is survived by her son, Robert Belk; daughter, Betty Truitt and her husband Wayne; 2 grandchildren, Brian Truitt and Tara Truitt and 4 great-grandchildren, Noah, Kaley, Branden and Natalie Truitt. She is also survived by a brother, George Loftis. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, P.O. Box 87, Seaford, DE 19973 or Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Ann Filer, 93 Ann Filer, 93, passed away February 14, 2012. A long-time resident of Seaford, she was born and grew up in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania. After marrying William Heiser Filer, they moved to Delaware, where he was employed with the DuPont Company. Ann and Bill were Charter Members of the Seaford Golf and Country Club where both were avid golfers. She was also very active in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Sussex County Chapter of the Republican Party. She was an ardent Penn State fan. Following retirement, she and Bill enjoyed travelling. Ann is predeceased by her husband of 56 years who died in 1996, two brothers and one sister, all of Pennsylvania. She is survived by a son, William D. Filer, of Newark, and a daughter, Judith Filer Brawner, of Bald Head Island, North Carolina. Also surviving are her five grandchildren; Matthew Brawner and wife Anna of Raleigh, North Carolina, William Filer, Jr., of McLean, Va., Melissa Brawner-Reis and husband Lio of Richmond, Virginia, Whitney Brawner of Bald Head Island, Robert Filer of Newark, and great-grandchildren Hayes and Zachary Brawner of Raleigh and Olivia Reis of Richmond. Memorials may be made to VITAS Charitable Fund, 100 Commerce Drive, Suite 302, Newark, DE. 19713. A service in celebration of her life will be held at a later date.


Virginia 'Ruth' Starnes -- Virginia Ruth Starnes, 85, of Seaford, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. Ruth was the daughter of the Late Grady and Lucille Starnes. She was preceded in death by her brother, Grady Benton and sisters, Elizabeth Andrews, Lucille Boyce and Florine Chappelle Moore. She graduated from Laurel High School. She was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church where she was active with the church choir and a member of the Mary Martha Circle of the United Methodist Women. She was past president of the General Federation of Womens Clubs and past president of the Acorn Club and a member of the Soroptomist Club, the Seaford Historical Society and the Sussex County Women Democrat's Club. She retired from the State Insurance Commissioner's Office. Ruth is survived by a son, Craig Slatcher and his wife Diane; 2 daughters, Jennifer Linton and Maribeth Toumberlin and her husband Ed; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 brothers, Thomas Starnes and Luther Starnes and sister, Jane Meyers. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, #205, New Castle, DE 19720. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Daniel C. Powell Sr. -- Daniel Cameron Powell Sr., 81, of Federalsburg, Md., formerly of Baltimore County, departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at his home with his loving wife, Ann C. Powell at his side. Born Oct. 15, 1930 in Rosedale, Md., he was the son of the late Ralph and Anna Seabore Powell. He was a member of Hurlock Sons of the American Legion and Federalsburg VFW Post 5246. He recently received his sixty year pin from Jephthah Lodge 222 AF & AM where he served as Worshipful Master in 1959. He was a member of Nanticoke Lodge 172 AF & AM where he served as Worshipful Master in 1996 and 1997. He also served as Grand Inspector and Deputy Grand Lecturer for the Grand Lodge of Maryland AF & AM. Besides his wife, Ann C. Powell, he is survived by a daughter, Karen Nicholson and her husband, John; a son, Daniel C. Powell Jr. and his wife Karen; 4 grandchildren, Sara and Catherine Nicholson, Cassie and Cameron Powell III; 2 stepchildren, Betsey Zelenski and her husband Mark, and Gary Swope; 2 step grandchildren, Matthew Zelenski and Heather Almony and her husband Bradley and 3 step great grandchildren, Owen, Blaze and Juliet Almony. A Masonic service followed by a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, with the Rev. Walter F. Burgess officiating. Private inurnment will be held at Mt. Joy Lutheran Church Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa.ᅠ In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Caroline Hospice Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 362, Denton, MD 21629.


Jan Holly Callaway -- Jan Holly Callaway, 57, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born and raised in Bridgeville, the daughter of Warren H. Callaway and Jannetta Callis Callaway. Miss Callaway was a 1972 graduate of Woodbridge High School, received her LPN from Del Tech Community College, and continued on to Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, S.C., where she received her BA in culinary arts. Following graduation, Miss Callaway took a position as a chef professor at Johnson and Wales for several years. While in Charleston, she also worked as an artist and painter, utilizing her talents in the historic homes of Charleston. In 2007, she returned to Bridgeville to be with her parents. Her many hobbies included collage art, writing poetry, and custom Barbie doll dress design. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister, Sina H. Callaway-Rosales and her husband, Abel Rosales of Preston, Md.; her brother, Eric H. Callaway and his wife Kathy Kiernan Callaway of Seaford; two nephews, Phillip Callaway and Gregory Callaway and a niece, Bethany Callaway, all of Seaford. Respects may be paid to the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel. Interment will be in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery at Oak Grove. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice of the Delmarva Peninsula, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Suite 6, Millsboro, DE 19966 or to Sanctuary House Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 143, Upper Fairmount, MD 21867. Visit Miss Callaways life memorial web page and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


George H. McDaniel -- George H. McDaniel, 84, of Bridgeville, passed away on Friday, Feb. 24. 2012, at Capitol Health Care Services, Dover. Mr. McDaniel was born in Patchague, N.Y., on Jan. 9, 1928, a son of the late Samuel A. and Evolyn Howell McDaniel. Mr. McDaniel retired in 1998 as the owner of the News Print Shop in Bridgeville after 47 years of service. He was a member of St. Marys Episcopal Church in Bridgeville and the Bridgeville Lions Club. He was a past member of the Bridgeville Vol. Fire Co. He was a private pilot for 30 years and enjoyed woodworking and traveling. His wife, Joyce Mayer McDaniel preceded him in death in 2005. He is survived by one son, the Rev. Kenneth G. McDaniel and wife Cindy of Lexington, Ky.; two daughters, Sandie J. Rementer and husband Chuck and Sharon A. Workman and husband Slaye, both of Bridgeville; two brothers, Alton McDaniel of Virginia and Arthur McDaniel of Maine; one sister, Shirley Rogers of Indiana; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour before the services. Burial will be private at Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the National Parkinsons Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741. Visit Mr. McDaniel's life memorial and sign the online guest book at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Reginald R. Rick Lizotte -- Reginald R. Rick Lizotte, 55, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born in May 20, 1956 in Houton, Maine, a son of the late Lawrence Long and Pauline Levesque Bealieau. Rick proudly served his country in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was currently working as a maintenance supervisor at Harrison Hall Hotel in Ocean City. He loved working for the Harrison Group as a trusted and valuable employee over the past 3 years. Prior to working for the Harrison Group, Rick owned Lizotte Construction for over 13 years and for 3 years enjoyed his work for Dukes Lumber Company. Rick loved hard work and was a talented carpenter and woodworker. He loved to travel and spend fun times with his family. His children and grandchildren were a great source of pleasure for him. He was proud to live in Delmar where he previously served on the Delmar (Delaware) Town Council and the Delmar Town Police Commission. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Linda (Williams) Lizotte; a daughter, Kim Henry and her husband, Bob of Laurel; a son, B.J. Dryden of Laurel; a daughter, Audrey Hammond and her husband, J.R. of Ohio; 7 grandchildren, Lauren Smith and her husband, Billy of Bridgeville, Kaitlyn Henry of Laurel, Trey Henry of Laurel, Drew Dryden, Brad Dryden and Olivia Dryden, all of Laurel, and Aubrey Hammond of Ohio; and sisters and brothers, Karen Mriss and her husband, Joe of Milford, Jeff Trombley and his wife, Cindy, Steve Trombley, David Bubar, all of Caribou, Maine, Douglas Bubar and his wife, Elaine of Barron, Wis., Judy Theriault of Caribou and Brian Long of Birmingham, England. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar and also Wednesday, Feb. 29 from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service which begins at 1. Pastor Tim Dukes will officiate. Interment with military honors will be held at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.shortfh.com.


Gladys E. Willey -- Gladys E. Willey, 95, and a 71 year resident of 302 Laws St., Bridgeville, passed away Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. She had been a resident of Genesis Seaford Center since July 2011.ᅠ Gladys was born March 19, 1916, in a ditch, and abandoned there. She was adopted by Sarah Johnson of Greenwood, an angel in Gladys time of need. Gladys married Earl C. Willey of Greenwood, on July 31, 1932, in Greensboro, Md. They were married for 75 years.ᅠ Gladys was employed as a cashier at James Market in Bridgeville for many years. She was also later employed at Sol Klein of Bridgeville.ᅠ Gladys loved to read, Pearl Buck was one of her favorite authors. She also read the Bible many times as well as devotional books daily throughout her life. Gladys loved traveling and dining out. She liked being in the company of people and her family in particular. She was a longtime member of Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville. A big disappointment for Gladys for many years of her life was that she did not know her real parents. Gladys was a happy and fun loving person who never found fault with any person. Her devout religious beliefs sustained her through many trials. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband Earl C. Willey. She is survived by her son, Harry E. Willey Sr., his wife Rose; daughter, Anna Mae Hanby; son, Jon Michael Willey, his wife Ursula; and son, Lester H. Willey and his wife Carol. Gladys is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Feb. 9, at Union United Methodist Church, Bridgeville. Interment was in Bridgeville Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Visit Mrs. Willeys Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Brian Keith Collins -- Brian Keith Collins, 32, of Georgetown passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, after a sudden illness. He is the son of Rudy D. Collins and Robin Holland Collins.ᅠ A 1998 graduate of Sussex Tech, Brian worked as a retail sales clerk. He loved to make jewelry and was good working with his hands. Brian loved to make people laugh. He also loved reading and making things. ᅠ He is survived by his parents; his maternal grandmother, Margaret Holland; his stepmother, Bonnie L. Collins; a sister, Michelle West of Georgetown; a stepbrother, Billy Moore Jr. of Laurel; a stepsister, Barbara Nicole Moore of Delmar, Md.; close special friend, Judy Fisher; nephews, Jacob Holland and Joshua Fletcher and niece, Samantha Fletcher. ᅠA graveside service will be held on Friday, March 2, at the Millsboro Cemetery in Millsboro. Pastor Robert Hudson will officiate.


Joyce Elaine (Henson) Zoch -- Joyce Elaine (Henson) Zoch, 53, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.ᅠ Joyce was born on Nov. 1, 1958, in Watersedge, Baltimore, Md., the daughter of the late John Elbert Henson and Betty Rose (Hammonds) Stimmell of Seaford. ᅠᅠ Joyce was a loyal housewife and owner operator of the family farm, Dixie Line Farm, Inc., in Seaford. She was a special person, a southern lady, and was liked and loved by many and will be greatly missed by all. Joyce attended Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford.ᅠ Joyce loved genealogy and helping others discover their family heritage. Joyce was the proud founder and first president of Delawares Caleb Ross, United Daughters of The Confederacy, Chapter #2635 in Seaford. Joyce was instrumental in researching and erecting Delawares only confederate monument, in memory of Delawareans who served the south, which is now standing at the Marvel Museum in Georgetown. Joyce enjoyed family travels to many American Civil War battlefields where she participated in several parades and reenactments. Joyce was a member of Seafords Mary Vining Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter #216, where she lately served as Delawares state registrar. Joyce was a member of the First Families of Mississippi tracing her ancestors back prior to the American Revolution. Joyce was a member of The Mayflower Society of Delaware, through her ancestor George Soules, who signed the Mayflower Compact. She loved American history and her heritage. Joyce was proceeded in death by three siblings, Wanda Jean Henson of North Carolina in 1953, Deborah Irene (Henson) Miller of Delaware in 2004, and Richard Thomas Henson of Florida in 1994. Joyce is survived by her husband, John Jacob Zoch Sr. of Seaford; a daughter, Jessica Lynn Zoch and son, John Jacob Zoch Jr., both living at home, and Jamie Mayers of Delaware; three stepdaughters, April Marie and Derik Paul Callaway of Seaford, Rayna Fay and Kevin John McGill of Milton and Mallory Renee and Joshua Stephen Read of Seaford; two brothers, Gregory Keith Henson and wife Darlene (Gilley), of Hartford County, Md., and William Samuel Henson Sr. and wife Delores (Buckaloo) of nearby Cannon; and two sisters, Loretta Cheryl Birchfield and husband Jerry Wayne Birchfield of Dundalk, Md., and Joann Henson and partner Mark Jacob Wheatley of Bridgeville. Funeral services will be held at Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford where friends and family may call on Thursday, March 1. The Christian viewing will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. and the service from 5 to 6 p.m. An after ceremony reception will be held at Christ Lutheran Church on Shipley Street in Seaford from 6 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in the Hammonds Family Cemetery at the Western Prong Baptist Church, Whiteville, N.C. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Delaware Confederate Monument Fund, 9455 Airport Rd., Seaford, DE 19973, or the American Cancer Societys Baltimore Hope Lodge, in memory of Joyce Zoch, 636 West Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201.


Bertha Murphy Messick -- Bertha Murphy Messick, a proud 100 years of age, passed away at Delmar Nursing Home on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. Bertha was born in Pocomoke, Md., a daughter of the late Charles and Ociola Savage. Mrs. Messick retired from Graves Manufacturing in Milton after many years as a seamstress.ᅠ Her husband, William G. Murphy Sr. preceded her in death in 1987. Mrs. Messick is survived by her son, Robert Murphy and wife Phyllis of Laurel; sisters, Madeline Coffin of Seaford and Gladys Maloney and husband Tom of Milford; daughter-in-law, Nancy Murphy of Laurel and sons-in-law, Marvin Tunnel of Federalsburg, Bobby Marine of Federalsburg and Donald Tucker of Florida. Several nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great and great great grandchildren also survive her. In addition to her first husband she was preceded in death by sons, William Murphy Jr. and Ernest Murphy and daughters, Grace Wiseman, Helen Marine and Phyllis Tunnel. A private graveside was held. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Robert M. Bob West -- Robert M. Bob West, 80, of Seaford, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. Bob retired from Lord Brothers & Higgins in Seaford in 1995 after 43 years. He was a Past Master and a 50 year member of Gethsemane Masonic Lodge in Reliance. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bette Mae Adams West; a son, Steven R. West and his wife Nancy; a daughter, Nancy Bost and her husband Brent; 5 grandchildren, Melissa Bradley and her husband Frank, Katie West, Jordan Bost, Shelby Bost and Tyler Bost and 2 great-grandchildren, Britney Mohr and Zaine Bradley. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 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 Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Grace Catherine Gracie Phillips -- Grace Catherine Gracie Phillips, 8 week old daughter of David and April Phillips of Delmar, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at A.I. DuPont Childrens Hospital in Wilmington. Gracie was born on Dec. 30, 2011, at Christiana Hospital in Newark. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her 2-year-old sister, Abigail Rose Phillips; grandparents, Reverend Michael and Tina Marie Phillips and Bruce and Rosalee Mauser, all of Delmar; great grandparents, Catherine Phillips Lane of Gumboro, Jim and Rachel Wallace of Salisbury, Albert Mauser Sr. of Berrysburg, Pa. and Norman and Shirley Shaw of Eden; aunts and uncles, Mike and Ashley Phillips, Jason and Bethany Copeland, all of Laurel and Paul and Alessandra Mauser of Delmar; and cousins, Trey and Derek Copeland and Nate and Hope Phillips. She was preceded in death by great grandparents, Audrey Mauser and L. Kenneth Phillips. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at Delmar Church of God of Prophecy, where family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pastor Michael Phillips will officiate. Interment will follow at Melsons Cemetery in Delmar. Memorial contributions may be made to the Delmar Church of God of Prophecy, 16222 Arvey Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.shortfh.com.


George Edward 'Ted' Clark III -- George Edward Ted Clark III, 68, of Laurel, died Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. He was born Sept. 19, 1943 in Chester, Pa., a son of Doris Wilson Clark of Wallingford, Pa. and the late George Edward Clark Jr. Ted proudly served his country in the US Army from 1961 to 1964, where he was stationed in Germany. He loved to cook and following his return from the service he graduated from the Culinary Institute in New Haven, Conn. He taught culinary courses for many years in Pennsylvania at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit and Delaware County Community College. After retirement, Ted moved to Laurel where he became a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church. He also enjoyed memberships in the Laurel Lions Club, the Nanticoke Sportsmen Club and the NRA. He loved the peacefulness of his Laurel home in the woods and enjoyed feeding the squirrels, deer and birds. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Leigh; a daughter, Michelle Clark of Media, Pa.; a sister, Beth Warren of Wallingford, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Michele Drivon of Asheville, N.C.; and a stepson, Phillipe Drivon of Pocono Pines, Pa. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Christina Lynn Colameco. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Laurel, where family and friends may call from 10 to 11. The Rev. Dr. Howard G. Backus will officiate. Inurnment in the church columbarium will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Philips Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.shortfh.com.


Ruth Anna Clements -- Ruth Anna Clements, 84, of Seaford, passed away on Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Methodist Manor House. She was born in 1927 in Chester County, Pa., the daughter of the late Paul and Florence Morton. Her husband, Martin S. Clements died in 2003. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Paul Morton Jr. and her sister, Elizabeth Thorne and her husband John. Ruth Anna is survived by her sister-in-law, Helen Morton; her niece, Ellen Morton; her nephew, Thomas Morton and his wife, Carol and their daughter, Victoria; her niece, Pamela Brenneman and her husband, Thomas and their sons, Andrew and Matthew; and her nephew, Paul Throne. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Methodist Manor House Benevolence Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Eleanor Ruth Nichols Horne -- Eleanor Ruth Nichols Horne, 80, of Bethel, died Monday, March 5, 2012, at her residence. Born in Milford, the daughter of the late Annabelle Vickers and Harry C. Nichols, she owned and operated the Video Den in Seaford before retiring. Eleanor attended the Church of God of Prophecy in Seaford and was a member of the Women of the Moose in Seaford where she served as secretary and senior regent. She is survived by 2 granddaughters, Terri Hayes and husband Richard of Greenwood and Alina Caudell and husband Joe of Greenwood; 2 grandsons, Harold Bo Horne III of Blades and Andrew B. Horne and wife Gina of Broadview, Ohio; a sister, Virginia Austin of Milford; a niece, Lisa Nichols, 8 great grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Horne Sr.; a son, Harold Eddie Horne Jr. and a brother, Tommy C. Nichols. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 9, in the Church of God of Prophecy, Bridgeville Highway, Seaford. Friends may call at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. Burial will be in Portsville Cemetery, Portsville. Contributions may be made to the Church of God of Prophecy, 22699 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973.


Michael A. Smith Jr. -- Michael A. Smith Jr., 20, of Bridgeville, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Michael was born Sept. 24, 1991 in Seaford. He graduated from Seaford High School in 2010, where he was an all-state wrestler in his senior year. Michael enjoyed going fishing, camping, playing video games, and being around his family. He was his familys Gentle Giant. He is survived by his father, Michael A. Smith Sr. of Bridgeville, his mother, Maria Martinez Boyd and stepfather David Boyd of Seaford; three sisters, including his twin sister Skye Smith, Summer Toomey, and Krysten Toomey, all of Bridgeville; a brother, Christian Smith of Greenwood; paternal grandparents, Cynthia and Doug Willis of New Castle; maternal grandmother, Peggy Martinez of Seaford; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood. Burial will be private. Donations may be made to Fleischauer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 502, Greenwood, DE 19950, to help defray funeral costs.


Henry Pete James -- Henry Pete James, 90, of Havertown, Pa., passed away at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Pete is the son of the late Avery H. and Violet Littleton James. Mr. James proudly served his country in the Army during WWII. He retired from Bell Telephone Co. after many years of service around Philadelphia and the Eastern Shore. He also worked on the telephone station on Delaware Avenue. He avidly instructed, and was instrumental in providing the installation of telephone service for the Town of Laurel. Pete is survived by his sons, Stephen Steve James and wife Patty of Sparta, N.J. and Michael Mike James and his wife Donna of Drexel Hill, Pa. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kathleen James-Thitchener and her husband David, Christopher James and his wife Robin, Maureen James, Kimberly James, Chris James, and Eric James; a sister, Peggy James-Sink; four nephews, Mike King and his wife Linda, Bill King and his wife Joan, Jim Gaull and his wife Inez, and Bill Gaull and his wife Jessica; and many great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Henderson James and his sister, Lillian James King. A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, March 9, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery where Pete will receive military honors. Contributions may be made in Petes memory to the Jefferson Univ. Hospital c/o Nephrology Department, 111 South 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Betty R. Stimmell -- Betty R. Stimmell, 80, of Seaford, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Betty was a member of the American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, both in Seaford. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Elbert Henson and children, Deborah Irene Miller, Richard Thomas Henson, Joyce Elaine Henson Zoch and Wanda Jean Henson. She is survived by her husband of 13 years, Thomas E. Stimmell; 2 sons, Greg Henson and wife Darlene, William Henson Sr. and his wife Dolores; 2 daughters, Loretta Birtchfield and her husband Jerry and Joann Henson and her partner Mark Wheatley; 13 grandchildren, Jamie Myers, who she raised, Wanda Miller, Richie Miller, Johnny Millers, Justin Henson, Jayson Henson, Billy Henson, Bobby Henson, Jerry Birtchfield, Jenny Birtchfield, Heather Weinkan, Jessica Zoch and Jacob Zoch and 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral services and burial will be private.


William M. Nancarrow -- William M. Nancarrow, 85, of West Virginia, formerly of Seaford, died on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Mr. Nancarrow retired from the Dupont Company in Seaford after 41 years of service. He was an Army veteran of WW II and was in the Philippines Scout Division. He was a member of Hiram Lodge #21 A F & A M. He is survived by his son, William Nancarrow and his wife Cheryl; a daughter, Susan Nancarrow and a grandson, Alex Nancarrow. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 12, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. Services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Boy Scout Troup 182, c/o Mt. Olivet U. M. Church, 315 High St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Alice Rebecca Collins Bennett -- Alice R. Bennett, 85, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2012, in Seaford. She was born on Jan. 1, 1927 in Federalsburg, Md., the daughter of the late Harry J. Collins and Myrtle Iva Fluharty Collins. She graduated from Federalsburg High School, class of 1943. After graduation, she married James F. Bennett who preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 1982. She had worked at Western Auto for many years as a bookkeeper, and later worked as a secretary at Maryland Plastics in Federalsburg. She was a lifetime member of Christ United Methodist Church where she served in the Philatha Circle, a former member of the Noble Grand Lodge, an Auxiliary member of the VFW Post #5246 in Federalsburg, and a member of the Federalsburg Senior Center and Senior Serenaders. She is survived by one son, Richard A. Bennett Sr. of Hurlock; daughter-in-law and caretaker with whom she lived, Connie Bennett Cummings of Seaford and four grandchildren, Steven Bennett of Stephens City, Va., Pamela Flick of Clermont, Fla., Richard A. Bennett Jr. of Preston and Craig A. Bennett of Cambridge; 11 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild and four step-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, James F. Bennett Jr. and five siblings, Lester Collins, Lillie White, Woodrow Collins, Roland Collins and Hazel Murphy. Services will be private. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her name to Vitas Hospice by visiting www.vitascharityfunds.org. or 100 Commerce Dr., Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Winifred Margaret Vickers Wright -- Winifred Margaret Vickers Wright, 96, of Seaford, died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Genesis Elder Care in Seaford. Born in Portsville, she was the daughter of the late Annie Dean and Charles Vickers. She was a homemaker and a member of Portsville United Methodist Church. She is survived by 4 daughters, Rita Marvel of Laurel, Joanne W. Veazey and Joyce L. Aguillon of Seaford and Dianne W. Calloway of Fort Meyers, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Wilson Wright in 2001; a daughter, Carolyn O'Neal in 1980, and a grandson, John E. Veazey in 2005. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery, Blades.


Ross Marvel Smith -- Ross Marvel Smith, 90, of Delmar, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. He was born on April 8, 1921 in Georgetown, a son of the late Rodney A. and Mary A. (Powell) Smith. Ross was born and raised on the family farm where he learned the value of hard work and found his love of the outdoors. After high school he proudly served his country in the US Air Force where he learned to be a bombardier navigator.ᅠ He was a long time, active member and lay leader of the former Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Delmar, which later merged with St. Stephens United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Delmar Masonic Lodge 201, AF&AM, where he served as past worshipful master, the Order of the Eastern Star, Adah Chapter, where he served as past worthy patron and the NUR Temple in Wilmington.ᅠ After returning from the Air Force he went to work for John Hitchens at Delmarva Asphalt, where he worked a number of years. In 1967 he purchased the company with a friend and renamed it Delmarva Paving and worked until his retirement in 1984. ᅠ He is survived by his wife of 70 years, whom he married Jan. 23, 1942, Alma Lee (Hearn) Smith; a daughter, Mary Jo Moore of Delmar; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Frances Anne Frannie Smith, who passed in 2005; two sisters, Harriet T. Smith and Frances Smith; and a brother, Hugh P. Smith. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. The Rev. Lori Twilley will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Memorial contributions may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.shortfh.com.


Molly 'Vicky' Laughery -- Molly Vicky Laughery, 80, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, surrounded by her family. ᅠ She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church and the church sodality. She lived in Seaford since the early 1950's. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, David F. Laughery Sr.; a son, David R. Jr. and his wife Sharon of Bethlehem, Pa.; a daughter, Sheila Laughery of Seaford; 8 grandchildren, Kelly Bartholomew, Rusty Bartholomew, Annette Bartholomew, Jenna Laughery, Rebecca Laughery, Gehret Laughery, Kathryn Laughery and Bridgett Laughery; a brother, Carl Johnson and his wife Esther and a sister, Chris Houseman. Molly was preceded in death by her daughter, Vickie Messick in 2004 and her sister, Olga Marie Clendaniel in 2002. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Stein Hwy., Seaford. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home of Seaford.


Richard M. 'Dick' Sellers -- Richard M. Dick Sellers, 85, of Seaford, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Mr. Sellers was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of the late George and Grace (McGuire) Sellers. He graduated from Fairview High School in 1944, Otterbein College with a BS in 1950 and Western Reserve University with an MS and PhD in 1954. He served in the U.S. Navy in WWII in the Pacific Theater. He worked for the Dupont Company from 1953 until he retired in 1985 in Wilmington, Old Hickory, Tenn. and Seaford. His wife, Joanne D. Jody Sellers died in 2002. ᅠ He is survived by 3 children, Nancy Wilkerson, Thomas Sellers and Patricia Mindrup and her companion, Randy Hall; six grandchildren, Amy Shultie and her husband, James, Angela Pope, Shana Wheatley and her husband Nick, Bryan Wilkerson, Jennifer Hackett and her husband Joseph and Joseph Mindrup; and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, DE 19973 or the Seaford Public Library, 2234 Jackson Ave., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Dale V. Shaffer Sr. -- Dale V. Shaffer Sr., 87, of Seaford, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Dale was born in Hyndman, Pa. and graduated from Hyndman High School. He retired from the Dupont Company in Seaford in 1984 after 30 years of service. He was a member of Victory Tabernacle Church of God. His first wife, Virginia died in 2001. He is survived by his second wife, Catherine O. Shaffer; a son, Dale V. Shaffer Jr. and his wife Diane; his niece/step-daughter, Brenda Hyman and her husband Rev. J. D. Hyman; a brother, Eston Shaffer and his wife Jane; 10 sisters-in-law; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Ronald E. ONeal -- Ronald E. ONeal, 82, of Seaford died Friday, March 16, 2012. Ronnie retired from W. O. Covey Inc. He is survived by a sister, Marlene Lewis; a brother, Michael Clady; 2 nephews, Keith Eric Lewis and Paul Lewis and 2 nieces, Dawn Brown and Lela Clady.ᅠ He was preceded in death by a nephew, David Lewis. Funeral services were Saturday, March 24, at Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Ray V. Lauber -- Ray V. Lauber, 82, of Wicomico Church, Va., died peacefully on Sunday, March 25, 2012. Born in Mobile, Ala. in 1929, Ray graduated from Auburn University in 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering and remained a lifelong Auburn Tiger fan. He enjoyed a 36-year career with E.I. DuPont, working in Waynesboro, Va., Wilmington and Seaford. Ray and his family have enjoyed the Northern Neck since 1961. For the last 26 years, he and his wife have made their home on the water. An avid fisherman, Ray passed on his love of the Chesapeake Bay to his family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Ashley Williams. Ray is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sally Lauber; three daughters, Annette Lauber, Raleigh, N.C., Suzette Lauber Doepke (Greg), Midlothian, Va., Laura Lauber Williams (Billy), Montgomery, Ala.; three grandchildren, Kristin Doepke Forthofer (Gregory), Auburn, Ala., Brooke Doepke Coyle (Chris), Franklin, Tenn., Ben Williams, Montgomery; seven great-grandchildren, Gabe, Sarah Ashley, and Graham Forthofer and Andrew, David, Adam and John Coyle; and numerous family and friends. A memorial mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church, Church Street, Kilmarnock, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis, MD 21408 or the charity of your choice.


Francis Arthur 'Hap' Bramble -- Francis Arthur "Hap" Bramble, 86, of Penn Laird, Va., died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, in Harrisonburg, Va. Mr. Bramble was the son of the late Frank and Helen Moore Bramble. Hap served proudly in the United States Army as a WWII veteran traveling to Germany for combat. At re-enlistment he was recognized by a General there and promoted to Staff Sgt. in charge of troop movements, handling all records and supervising 17 men, until the end of the war. Shortly after, he met the love of his life, Janet Hastings Bramble. Upon completion of her training as a registered nurse, they married on Sept. 1, 1951, in Hurlock, Md. Many may still remember the family-owned grocery store they ran with his father-in-law, Malcom Hastings. During those years Hap was active in the American Legion Post 243, and held numerous positions in the Lions Club, both mainstays of the community. During his varied career he was, for many years, a life insurance representative, making many true and lasting friends, whom he cherished. After retiring he accepted a job providing security and parking direction at the old RMH Hospital. Many will remember him from the little house on the Maple Lot, especially. He loved his job and the great group of guys and gals he worked with only retiring to the home to care for his wife, whose health was beginning to fail. He is survived by a daughter, Deborah L. Smith, of Singers Glen, Va.; a son, Robert C. Bramble, of Hurlock, and his wife Trudy; a sister, Becky Kohlerman, her husband Charles, and a brother, Charlie Bramble, and wife Kay, all of Pennsylvania. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Bramble, and a grandson, Jesse Smith, who passed away at age 15. Hap will be deeply missed and was dearly loved by family and friends alike. He was well respected and admired for his unfailing positive attitude in the midst of all circumstances. His support and kindness was a true blessing to all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at McGaheysville United Methodist Church in McGaheysville, Va., with the Rev. David Lagerveld officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the Bramble family by visiting www.kygers.com. Memorial gifts may be made to the Elkton Rescue Squad, McGaheysville Substation, P.O. Box 152, Elkton, VA 22827. Arrangements are in the care of Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.


Louise J. Parsons -- Louise J. Parsons, 69, of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Christiana Care Hospital. Louise was born in Bridgeville, a daughter of the late Bill and Gertrude Bailey. Mrs. Parsons retired from Life Care at Lofland Park in Seaford working in housekeeping. She had also worked at the Shirt Factory in Delmar.ᅠ She could always be found working in the kitchen of Union Methodist Church in Bridgeville supporting their dinners. She enjoyed cooking and reading romance novels. Louise truly loved her family and greatly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Parsons is survived by her husband of 54 years, Allen Parsons Sr. of Seaford; two sons, Allen Parsons Jr. and his fianc← Lisa Cosbey of Bridgeville and Brian Parsons and wife Amy of Laurel; brothers, Billy Bailey of Bridgeville, Donald Wilkerson, Granville Wilkerson and Robert Wilkerson, all of Laurel; sisters, Loretta, Marlene and Kay Taylor, all of Salisbury; her grandchildren, Bruce Parsons, Leslie Taylor, Michael Parsons, Heather Davidson, Noah Parsons, Brianna Parsons, Paige Parsons and Aiden Parsons; great grandchildren, Josh, Caleb and Haley Parsons; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 30, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held on Thursday, March 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Dale Brown will officiate. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the Parsons family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.ᅠ


Ruth Benton King -- Ruth Benton King, 87, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Ruth was born in Buffalo, N.Y., a daughter of the late Ernest L. and Ruth Markem Benton. Mrs. King was a loving homemaker and devoted woman of the church. She was a Sunday school teacher for over 60 years at Kings United Methodist Church. While at the church she was known for her knowledge of the Bible and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She especially enjoyed sharing her knowledge with the younger members of the church and was a mentor to many in the Laurel elementary schools. She was also a member of the Martha Rebekka Lodge of Laurel. Ruth is survived by her son, Thomas King and wife Julie of Laurel; her two daughters, Kathy Smardon and husband Jeff of Jericho, Vt. and Connie Mears and husband Arthur Lee of Georgetown; a brother, Duane Benton of Hockessin; sisters, Ethel Spaulding of Hamburg, N.Y., Bessie Babcock of DePue, N.Y. and Evelyn Rogers of E. Aurora, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Anna Belle King; her grandchildren, Clint Smardon, Jeremy and Liz Smardon, Lee and Erika Mears, Stacie and Garon Warner; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. King was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur T. King in 1997 and a brother, Lloyd Benton. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. The Revs. Mark Perry and Dr. Everett Isaacs will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Ruths memory to Kings United Methodist Church, c/o Karen Perry, 34591 Gordy Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Online condolences may be made to the King family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Margaret R. Carter -- Margaret R. Carter, 87, of Seaford, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, March 26, 2012. She was born in Mardela Springs, Md., the daughter of John Wagner and Rhiney Ryan Wagner.ᅠ She was in the first graduating class of Mardela High School in 1941. Margaret retired from Pizza King in Seaford in 2010.ᅠ Her husband, Joseph Carter died in 1989. ᅠ She is survived by 3 sons, George P. Wroten Jr., Ronald W. Wroten and his wife Connie and John A. Wroten and his wife Cathy; stepchildren, Nancy Watson, Sharleen Bunting and Jay Carter; 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. ᅠ She was also preceded in death by her first husband, George P. Wroten; a son, Danny Lee Wroten and daughter, Vickie Lynn Cronk. A celebration of Margarets life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at Christ Evangelistic Church, 9802 Camp Rd., Laurel, where friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. The Rev. Steve Wagner and Pastor Roland Tice will preside. Burial will be in Spring Hill Memory Gardens, Salisbury, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Edith M. von Thenen -- Edith M. von Thenen, 77, of Seaford, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Hinrich von Thenen; 3 sons, Charles von Thenen and his wife Anne, Peter von Thenen and Michael von Thenen; 2 daughters, Mary Bonnie von Thenen and Mary Rose von Thenen and her husband Charlie; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Eugene Gene Tedley -- Eugene Gene Tedley, 74, of Seaford, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Milford Genesis Center. Gene was born in Mt. Holly, N.J., a son of the late Thomas and Sarah Clouse Tedley. Mr. Tedley retired from RAPA in the shipping and receiving department. He loved woodworking and yard work. He also served his country in the United States Air Force. Gene is survived by his wife, Shirley Morgan Tedley of Seaford; a son, Thomas Tedley and fianc← Cheryl West of Seaford; his daughters, Gena Miller of Laurel, Lori Rice and fianc← Terry Meisenhalder of Bridgeville; his grandchildren, Tracy Kefauver and companion Paul Quillen, Devon Budd and husband Jay, Sarah Hudson and husband Ben, Matthew Rice and Elizabeth Tedley; and great grandchildren, Eli, Kalynn, Natalie, Alyana, Ryder, Amaya and Gabriel Gabe. He is also survived by his beloved chihuahua, Pearl. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Thomas Eugene Tedley; and his siblings, Thomas Tedley, Harry Tedley, Sara Reagers and Mary Imlay. A funeral service was held on March 29, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Interment with military honors was in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Pastor Ken Deusa officiated. Online condolences may be made to the Tedley family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Marie E. White -- Marie E. White, 79, of Delmar, died Monday, April 1, 2012, at Peninsula Reginal Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. Marie was born on April 11, 1932, in Laurel, to the late Charles and Elma Adkins Stockley. She was a member of St. George's United Methodist Church in Laurel. Marie was a homemaker. She enjoyed being at home, listening to Christian music. She also liked going out to eat at restaurants and attended the Laurel Senior Center. Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel L. White and a stepdaughter, Betty Chernock. She is survived by a son and his wife, Charles L. and Debbie White and a stepdaughter, Mary Boyce all of Laurel; three grandchildren, Matthew and Jason White and Donna Lynn Boyce; and many cousins and friends. Funeral services will held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, at St. George's United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Laurel Hills Cemetery, Laurel. Arrangements are in the care of Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


June LeTell Baker Rawlins -- June LeTell Baker Rawlins, 89, of Seaford, a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who also shared her time with the community, died Thursday, April 5, 2012. June was a graduate of Meredith College, a second grade teacher, a Cub Scout den mother for years, past president of the Seaford Little League, charter member of the Better Homes of Seaford, past president of the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Womens Auxiliary, past chairperson for the Hospital Dance, past president of the St. Johns Womens circle and past chairperson for the St. Johns Seaford House Tour. She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, John C. Rawlins, M.D.; sons, John C. Rawlins Jr., Ronald B. Rawlins and his wife Barbara, William K. Rawlins and his wife Sandy, Terry B. Rawlins and his wife Elena; 11 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; a brother, Fred H. Baker and many other friends and relatives. Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, April 9, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, 901 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Margaret B. Ross -- Margaret B. Ross, 83, of Fairfax, Va., and formerly of Delmar, died Friday, April 6, 2012. She was born on Aug. 26, 1928 in Laurel. She was a resident of Delmar for most of her life, retiring in St. Pete Beach, Fla. with her husband and living her final years in Fairfax. She was a retired State of Delaware employee. She is survived by her son, Stephen A. Ross, and his three children, Andy, Katie and Tami; son, Martin L. Ross and his wife, Chris, and their son, Michael; and daughter, Mary R. Hacker and her husband, Daniel, and their sons, Raymond and Kevin; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dominick; her mother, Elva Walson; and stepfather, George Walson; and a sister, Irene Wheatley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Joseph House, Little Sisters of Jesus and Mary, P.O. Box 1755, Salisbury, MD 21802. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Delmar. Interment will be at St. Stephens Cemetery Park in Delmar after the service. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Margaret Morrone -- Margaret "Marge" Morrone passed away peacefully surrounded by her children and husband on Saturday, April 7, 2012. She shared 84 years with us - filled with love and kindness. Marge was born in Clare, Mich. She was a Navy veteran, a Navy wife of 21 years and our Mom. She was very active with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Sodality and Seaford Red Hats prior to her move to Sunrise Assisted Living with her husband. We will all miss her in body but know she is with us forever - her smile, her heart, and her giving. She is fondly remembered by her husband, George, whom she was married to for 57 years; daughter, Vicki Morrone and her partner Sieglinde; son, Anthony Morrone and his wife Colleen; and 5 grandchildren, Victoria and Laly Sorrone, and Katherine, Joseph and Brynn Morrone. Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 16, at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 7 Sharpley Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803. Interment will follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. For online condolences, visit www.chandlerfuneralhome.com.


Beverly S. Phillips -- Beverly S. Phillips, 60, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 6, 2012. Beverly retired from the Seaford School District where she worked in the Orthopedic Center. She was active at the Seaford Golf and Country Club for many years.ᅠ She dedicated her life to loving and caring for her family and all of Gods creatures. Beverly was the daughter of the late Franklin and Louise Shufelt. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Frederick L. Rick Phillips Jr.; her son, Matt Phillips and his wife Mandy and her father-in-law, Frederick L. Phillips Sr. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Federalsburg Senior Center, 118 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632 or the Sussex County Orthopedic Center, c/o the Seaford School District, 390 N. Market St., Seaford, DE 19973.


Anthony 'Tony' Shufelt -- Anthony Tony Shufelt of Essex, Md., 59, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2012, at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Baltimore, Md. He was born on Nov. 27, 1952 in Seaford, the son of the late Lennon and Janet Lee Hudson Shufelt. ᅠ He was a graduate of Seaford High School, Class of 1971. He was a mason by trade and retired from BWI Airport. He was the former owner of Bel Air Trash in Bel Air, Md. ᅠ Tony enjoyed hunting, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and using his incredible skills to build beautiful stone and brick structures. He is survived by his wife, Colleen Mueller Shufelt; stepmother, Gladys Shufelt of Stevensville, Md.; two daughters, Tracy L. Garretson and her husband Chad of Phoenix, Ariz. and Kendra R. Kearney and her husband David of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a son, Robert A. Shufelt of Street, Md.; a stepdaughter, Michelle N. Mitchell and her husband Robert of Parkville, Md.; seven grandchildren; a brother, Len Shufelt and his wife Dianna of Conowingo, Md.; a sister, Teresa Lindell and her husband Pierce of Seaford; stepbrother, Keith Cockey and his wife Lourdes of Boyds, Md.; ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠstepsister, Lynn Nissen and her husband Richard of Stevensville; and a beloved Uncle Freddie Hudson of Essex. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, Md. with the Rev. Dan Gedman officiating. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 10 ᅠfrom 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Condolences may be made online at www.framptom.com.


Samuel 'Pop Sam' Hearn -- Samuel Pop Sam Hearn, 73, of Laurel, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Monday, April 2, 2012. Sam was born in Delmar, Md., a son of the late Marion H. Hearn and Mary Taylor Hearn. Mr. Hearn retired as a talented carpenter, working with his son at Liberty Contracting LLC.ᅠ He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Hearn of Laurel; a son, Samuel H. Hearn Jr. and Ilene of Laurel; a daughter, Mary Catherine Hearn of Seaford; a brother, Calvin Hearn and wife Leatrice of Laurel; his best friend, Bruce Willey and wife Nancy of Laurel; grandchildren, Kristopher Gum, Brooke Fairbank and Brandon Hearn; step grandchildren, Tina Brittingham and R.J. Griffith; great grandchildren, Braxton Wood, Kamron Gum and Damion Gum; and step great grandchildren, Taylor Murphy, Mackenzie Murphy, Gavin Passieu, Brock Griffith and Tyler Hare. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, James and John Hearn. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, at the Bethel Worship Center, 26648 Sussex Hwy., Seaford. Pastor Joe LeCates and the Rev. Roland Tice will officiate. Interment will be held at a later date. A dinner will immediately follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Hearns memory to Seasons Hospice, 220 Continental Dr., Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. To send condolences online, visit www.hsdfuneralhome.com.ᅠ


William Bill Irvin Adkins Sr. -- William Bill Irvin Adkins Sr., known as Snakeye and The Fish Doctor, 63, tied his last rig and went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born on Nov. 27, 1948, a son of the late Grover C. Adkins and Pauline Adkins Nichols. He attended Delmar High School. Bill was a Honorary Member of Delmar Volunteer Fire Department, and was also a chief driver. He was also a past member of the Delmar VFW. Bill was an employee of J.Wm. Gordy Fuel Co., for over 30 years and, at the time of his illness, was employed by Amick Farms of Delmar. He was the owner of the Fish Doctor Tackle Shop. His favorite pastime was spending time with his grandchildren and tying rigs in his tackle shop. He enjoyed playing softball, going fishing and was an avid Yankees fan. He will be most remembered by children as PopPop Candyman for sharing his pocket candy with them. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Mary Jane Insley Adkins; a daughter, Terra Moore and her husband Shane of LaGrange, Ga.; his sons, Billy Adkins and his wife Stacey of Delmar, J.R. Adkins and his fiance Heather Ellis of Delmar; grandchildren, who are the apple of his eye, Billy, Kayla, Jimmy Adkins, Joseph, Noah, Elijah Ellis and Ryan Williams; brothers, Gomer Adkins and his wife Debbie of Delmar, Larry Adkins and his wife Shirley of Salisbury, Freddie Adkins and his wife Suzanne of Delmar; and sisters, Geraldine Bradford and her husband George of Parsonsburg and Jeannie Wootten and her husband Gary of Delmar. He was also loved by several brothers and sisters-in-law, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is also survived by his namesake, an uncle, William J. Murray and his wife Betty of Wilmington, Del and an aunt, Rosetta Adkins of Salisbury, Md. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his nephew, Donald Lee Adkins. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Delmar, where friends may call one hour before the service. A celebration of his life with family and friends will be held after the service at the Delmar Fire Department. The family would like to thank friends and Delaware Hospice for all of their loving support during his illness. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Delaware Hospice, Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 and Delmar Fire Department, P.O. Box 143, Delmar, DE 19940.


Hilda Elizabeth Tull Wilkerson -- Hilda Elizabeth Tull Wilkerson, 83, of Seaford, departed this life peacefully on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the Delmar Rehab Center with her daughter by her side. She was born on June 16, 1928, the daughter of the late Gilbert and Mabel Tull. Hilda was always busy. Whatever she did, she did well. She was an awesome cook and loved doing it.ᅠ She had many careers - helping her husband on their farm, cashier at Reliance Market, Hopkins Drug Store, Dave Morris grocery store - until she found her joy, caring for seniors in their homes. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 66 years, Arthur L. Wilkerson; daughter, Brenda D. Anthony and her husband Jay; granddaughter, Heather D. Gallaway and her husband Jason; great-granddaughter, Aundonia Nason; sister, Peggy Clayville and her husband Alan; and brother, Stanley Tull. Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her precious great granddaughter, Marissa Gallaway; sisters, Erma Massey, Ruth Hill and Mary Pusey; and her brother, Harry K. Tull. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 16, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Pastor Charles Stacey Johnson of Victory Tabernacle Church of God will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimers Association, 909 Progress Circle, Ste. 400, Salisbury, MD 21804.


Donald R. Marine -- Donald R. Marine, 63, of Delmar, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Donald was born in Easton, Md., a son of the late Edwin Marine and Hazel Kelly.ᅠ He lived on the Western Shore for many years. Donald proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.ᅠ He was a member of the Sharptown American Legion and VFW post in Delmar and Seaford. When Donald retired from the Army, he made his career as an electrician. Left behind to cherish his memory is his longtime partner, Vickie Short; daughter, Amanda Short; son, Chris Gibbons and his wife Teri; three grandchildren, Michael Twilley, Katie Twilley and Ryan Twilley; stepmother, Clara Marine; brothers, Tommy Marine and wife Peggy, Billy Marine and wife Paulene; stepsister, Linda Thomas and husband Bill; and st epsister, Laura Baker.ᅠ He was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Dietrich. Services with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. Pastor Bill Thomas will officiate. Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the Marine family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Michael Anthony Lowe -- Michael Anthony Lowe, 48, of Delmar went to be with the Lord on Easter morning, Sunday, April 8, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Michael was born in Seaford, a son of the late Donald E. Lowe and Doris M. Lowe of Seaford. Mr. Lowe was a talented building contractor for Fluor Daniel. He was a past member of the Ruritan Club and member of Laurel Wesleyan Church. He always saw the good in everyone and will be remembered as a perfectionist. Michael loved hunting and fishing and was the founder of the hunting club Split Hooves in Delmar. A very talented builder, he never slept past 6 a.m. and was honored as a builder in 2011. He could pinch a penny and get change back. His favorite saying was Now thats what Im talking about. In addition to his mother, Mike is survived by his wife, Marian Wilkinson; his children, Michael A. Lowe Jr. and Heather Lowe; three sisters, Donna Liammaty and husband, John, Mary Ann McAllister and husband, Larry, and Dawn Bounds and husband, Doug. He is also survived by four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, April 20, at Laurel Wesleyan Church, 30186 Seaford Rd., Laurel, where a viewing will also be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Pastor Ken Deusa will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Mr. Lowes memory to Laurel Wesleyan Church, 30186 Seaford Rd., Laurel, DE 19956; or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, 3962 S. Delaware St., Englewood, CO 80110. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Russell Francis Milligan -- Russell Francis Milligan, 81, of Laurel, died Friday, April 13, 2012, at Christiana Hospital in Wilmington. Born in Seaford, the son of the late Frances Smith and Russell C. Milligan, he worked for the City of Seaford Public Works Department before retiring. Russell is survived by his wife, Roberta Bennett Milligan; a son, Ronald E. Milligan and wife Florie of Harrington; 2 daughters, Christina J. Milligan of Seaford and Susan L. Scott and husband Roy of Seaford; a brother, Donald Milligan of Seaford; 8 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Ann Milligan in 1981 and a brother, Paul Smith in 2011. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.


Mary J. Martin -- Mary J. Martin, 84, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at Christiana Hospital on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mary was the daughter of the late Frank and Carrie (Ferguson) Fischesser.ᅠ She was a graduate of Our Lady of the Angels High School in Cincinnati. ᅠShe worked as a logistics coordinator for Merrell-Dow until moving to Delaware in 1951. An active member of the Seaford community for over 55 years, Mrs. Martin was a Cub Scout leader, a member of the Whirl-A-Ways square dance club, an active parishioner including the Pastoral Care Ministry at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, and a member of the local Red Hat Society. She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard L. Ben Martin, in 2006, and son, Louis B. Martin in 1956.ᅠ She will be dearly missed by her sons and daughters-in-law, Carl J. and Jane of Bethlehem, Pa., Paul F. and Nancy of Landenberg, Pa. and Eric N. and Suzanne of Greenville. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Lynette, Leslie, Jacob, Zachary, Michael, Olivia, Emily, Danielle, and Andrew; her step-grandchildren, Michael and Lindsey Jankiewicz; her great granddaughter, Shea Valbrun; and her sister, Ruth Abrams of Santa Maria, Calif. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Our Lady of Lourdes Church or the Nanticoke Senior Center, Seaford.


Ralph H. Riggleman -- Ralph H. Riggleman, 83, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 13, 2012.ᅠ Ralph was born in Bass, W.V., the son of the late Harvey and Viola (Heare) Riggleman.ᅠ Ralph was known and respected throughout the poultry industry as perhaps one of the best, most experienced and most knowledgeable technical and maintenance engineers in the industrys history. Whether for Barker, LINCO Food Systems, Conaway Processing Equipment Company, Food Craft or many others, Ralph Riggleman literally traveled the world installing new systems and maintaining older ones. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janie Riggleman; four children; Michael Riggleman and his wife Linda of Seaford, Leslie Riggleman and his wife Denise of Seaford, Mark Riggleman and his wife Angus of Katy, Texas and Karen (Riggleman) Handy and her husband Chris of Seaford; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Orval Riggleman of Slanesville, W.V. ᅠ Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 2701 Woodland Ferry Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Glenwood Evans -- Glenwood Evans, 77, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born on Ewell, Smith Island on July 4, 1934, he was a son of the late Raymond B. Evans and Annie Diehl Evans. Glen graduated from Crisfield High School, Class of 1952, and went on to earn his bachelor of science degree in education from Salisbury State College, now Salisbury University. He taught school in Anne Arundel County for 3 years after which he joined Nationwide Insurance Co., located in Annapolis, Md. Later, he transferred to the Nationwide Home Office in Columbus, Ohio. After earning his CPCU certification, he attended his Confirmation Ceremony in Hawaii. He was then asked to accept a Nationwide Sales Agency in Laurel and did so for a short time until declining health mandated his return to Nationwide Home Office. He then retired after 35 years of service with Nationwide. Regardless of where his home was, he always was sure to be a faithful member of the many United Methodist churches to which he belonged. His service included serving on administrative boards, teaching Sunday school, routinely serving as an usher, and in other areas where he loved to help. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. Being a Christian man he lived by the Golden Rule and led a Christian way of life. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Geraldine Sneade Evans; his children, Glenn Evans and his wife Christina, and Cathy LaMaster; grandchildren, Amanda LaMaster, Heather, Joshua, and Zachary Evans; and a great granddaughter, Bryanna Evans. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Webster Web Evans. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 16, at Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home in Crisfield. The Rev. Rick Edmund officiated. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Memorial donations may be sent to VITAS Hospice Charitable Fund Foundation, 100 Commerce Dr., Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713. To send condolences to the family, visit www.bradshawandsonsfuneralhome.com.


Ulysses W. Mills -- Ulysses W. Mills, 78, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Monday, April 16, 2012, at his home after a long battle with failing health. He was born on Feb. 15, 1934 in Seaford, the son of the late Ulysses H. and Effie Johnson Mills. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Mills retired from E. I. DuPont in Seaford as a sheet metal worker after 31 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Post 243 in Hurlock and was also a member of Wesley United Methodist Church at Finchville. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Cora Josephine Cohee Mills whom he married on Sept. 24, 1955; two daughters, Marcia Mills Milligan of Federalsburg and Sandra L. Mills of Seaford; a son, Timothy W. Mills of Federalsburg; 5 grandchildren, Thomas Lee Trice II, Jason A. Brittingham, Christopher E. Milligan, Katlin N. Mills, and Timothy M. Mills; 4 great grandchildren, Jason L. Brittingham, Karmyn M. Brittingham, Taylor Brooke Trice, and Brandon M. Trice; 2 sisters-in-law Pauline Mills and Lucille Slacum, both of Seaford, Martha Mills of Federalsburg and Joyce McWilliams of East New Market; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Della Weiss and Elizabeth Sammons; 2 brothers, Houston J. Mills and Ralph T. Mills; and an infant granddaughter, Karin L. Trice. Funeral services will be held at Framptom Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 20, with the Revs. Glen Lyburn and Ruth Tull officiating. Interment will follow with military honors at Eldorado Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eldorado-Brookview Volunteer Fire Co., 5752 Rhodesdale-Eldorado Rd., Rhodesdale, MD 21659 or to Wesley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 298, Hurlock, MD 21643. To share memories with the family, visit www.framptom.com.


Robert D. English -- Robert Daniel Bob English, 82, of Seaford passed away on Monday, April 16, 2012, at home with his family at his side.ᅠ He was born July 1, 1929 at Graterford, Pa., the son of the late Howard M. and Brooksie Thomas English. Bob was former owner of Ellis Concrete Works of Federalsburg, Md., where he had worked for 39 years. He was a member of the Delmarva Poultry Franciers Club where he and his son Greg had shown show chickens since Greg was in 4-H. They had national Rock Chickens and had shown show chickens from Florida to Ohio. He was a member of Woodland United Methodist Church where he held several offices, including a former Sunday school teacher, superintendent of Sunday school, chairman of the board, and he spearheaded the building of the Sunday school rooms and fellowship hall, and served as treasurer of the Building Committee. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Reba Imlay English, whom he married July 10, 1948; three children, Gregory B. English and his wife Renee, Kevin D. English and his wife Jonna, and a daughter Sheila M. Tull and her husband Ray A. Tull, all of Seaford; 4 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; a great granddaughter, Ella Elizabeth Tull of Rehoboth; and several nieces and nephews. ᅠ In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Thomas English, Howard M. English, and Melvin English. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 20, at Woodland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Linda Eshelman officiating. ᅠInterment will follow at the Galestown Cemetery. Friends may call at Framptom Funeral Home, P.A. in Federalsburg on Thursday, April 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Woodland United Methodist Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or Seasons Hospice & Paliative Care, 556 S. DuPont Hwy., Ste. 1, Milford, DE 19963. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com.


Mary Ilean Schwall Meibaum Woodard -- Mary Ilean Schwall Meibaum Woodard, 96, died Monday, April 16, 2012, at her home in Lewes, surrounded by her family. She was born on Aug. 17, 1915, in Ty Ty, Ga., to Haywood Brookins and Willie Lee Schwall (nee Mills). Raised in Havana, Fla., she graduated from high school in the Class of 1933. In her junior and senior years she was voted best dressed in her class. She continued to strive to always be in the latest fashion. After graduation she moved to Miami Beach to live with her sister and attend business college and art school. While living in Miami Beach she met and married her first husband Preston Edward Meibaum. They moved from Miami Beach to Georgetown where they operated a business, Gas Oil Products located in the now Brick Hotel. Ironically she and the present owner, Ed Lester were in the same real estate licensing class. After the death of her first husband, she moved to Rehoboth Beach and worked at Sea Air for several years. While there she met her second husband Lt. Col. Charles "Bill" W. Woodard. Together they traveled to all the lower 48 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean. They lived in Lewes during the summer and Melbourne Beach, Fla., in the winter. Mary Ilean loved to travel, shop and do more shopping, crafts, collect sea shells, garden and her family. She loved to talk about the south and was a true southern lady. She was preceded in death by her parents, Haywood Brookins and Willie Lee Schwall; husbands, Preston E. Meibaum and Lt. Col. Charles W. Woodard; eight brothers, Laurie, Marvin, George, Oris, Haywood, Herbert, Bernard and Donald; four sisters, Ollie Bell, Ruby Dell, Nettie Maude, Hazel; and her stepdaughter, Gertrude Meibaum Rogge. She leaves behind to mourn her, daughter, Priscilla A. "Pam" Meibaum-Smith and husband Michael Smith of Seaford; grandson, Michael R. Meibaum of Seaford; stepson, Charles W. Woodard Jr. of Riverdale, Md.; stepdaughters, Susan Crompton-Maddox of Darnestown, Md. and Sandy Campbell of Berkley Springs, W.V.; and step granddaughter, Sandy Long of Silver Springs, Md. She is also survived by Terry Warrington, a faithful lady (she was like a granddaughter) who called her every day to check on her through the years. The family would like to thank VITAS Hospice, the devoted nurses, chaplin, and social worker and her aide for the past two years, Bert Jackson who helped her daughter to allow Mom to remain at home. Mary Ilean was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes with Pastor Fred Duncan officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Mom was a bright and colorful person who refused to dress in black if possible. She always wore bright colors so if you would like to wear bright colors to her service please feel free to do so. She is probably singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow at this moment slightly off key. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 W. 4th St., Lewes, DE 19958 or VITAS Hospice, 1016 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963. Visit Mrs. Woodard's Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Laurence Allen Workman -- Laurence Allen Workman Sr., 90, of Blades, died Monday April 23, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Born in Seaford, the son of the late Ella Allen and Arthur J. Workman, he was a self employed farmer. He is survived by a son, Laurence A. Workman Jr. of Bridgeville; 2 daughters, Joyce W. Wheatley and husband David of Seaford, and Deborah A. Kessel and husband Alan of Seaford; 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Workman. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.


Kathryn 'Kathy' Callaway McCumbers -- Kathryn "Kathy" Callaway McCumbers, 60, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, on Sunday, April 22, 2012. She was born in Bridgeville, a daughter of Charles Clifford and Pauline (Gray) Callaway of Bridgeville. Kathy was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Oak Grove, Seaford. She was a 1969 graduate of Bridgeville High School and a 1978 graduate of Delaware Technical and Community College, Georgetown, where she earned an associates degree in human services. Kathy was employed by the State of Delaware for many years as a social worker in Georgetown and at the Edward W. Pyle Service Center in Roxana. At the time of her passing, she had been employed for 10 years at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Kathy and her husband Mike lived on their farm and thoroughly enjoyed their animals. Kathy especially enjoyed the many stray and injured cats that she took into her home, feeding, loving and nurturing them. Besides her feline family, she also enjoyed her precious goat, "Patches" and beagle dog "Willey." Yard sales, reading, crab feasts and family gatherings were high on her list for entertainment. She always looked forward to the football season and was a fan of the Minnesota Vikings. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her loving husband of 16 years, Michael D. McCumbers; a brother, Clifford C. Callaway; several aunts and uncles; numerous cousins; and special friends. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery at Oak Grove, Seaford. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, April 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Georgetown SPCA, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803. Please visit Kathys Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Mary E. Spicer -- Mary E. Spicer, 80, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2012, at University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. Mary was born in Delmar, a daughter of the late David and Ethel Simpler. Mrs. Spicer had worked at the Days Inn in Salisbury, Md. She was a past member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel, Eastern Star member, and the Laurel Sportsman and Beagle Club. She loved to travel around town and especially enjoyed her children and grandchildren. Mary was a very good cook, and taught all of her family how to prepare a delicious meal. Mary also enjoyed watching NASCAR and supporting her favorite driver Kyle Busch. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Carlton James Spicer II and wife Susie of Seaford, Russell Rusty Spicer of Laurel and John Robbie Spicer and wife Stacie of Seaford, Elizabeth Becky Hastings and husband Ricky of Laurel and Beverly Dickerson and husband Scott of Delmar; grandchildren, Chad and Heather Hastings, CJ Spicer, Brock Spicer, Jordan Spicer, Joseph Dickerson, Cole Dickerson, and Caroline Spicer; and great grandchildren, Dominic and Jetta Hastings. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Carlton Jimmy Spicer. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, where a viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The Rev. Ron Wyatt will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the Spicer family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Michael 'Mike' Evans -- Michael Mike Evans, 47, of Laurel, passed away at his home on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Mike was born in Seaford, a son of the late Victoria Vicky Hearn and P. Gary Ward of Florida. In addition to his father, he is survived by his stepfather, Walt Hearn of Laurel. Mr. Evans was a property assessor for Sussex County. He loved to go hunting, fishing and being outdoors. He was an avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens, Orioles and was also a truck racing fan. Mike loved growing produce and was well known for his produce markets in Long Neck at Bay City and in Laurel. Mike will be remembered for his kind and loving disposition, and many will remember him for his funny jokes, great sense of humor, and telling a wonderful story. Mike is survived by his companion, Susan Walls and her daughter Sarah Wing; his brothers, Jeff Evans and wife Tracy, Walter Hearn and wife Lisa; his sisters, Wanda Layton and husband Levin and Kim Parker and husband Reese; nieces and nephews whom he adored, Brooke Evans, Jessica Evan, Abbie Rose Evans, Joel Layton, Kevin Layton, Ryan Hearn, Nicole Paugh, and Caiden Paugh; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at Central Worship Center on Sycamore Road in Laurel. A viewing will also be held on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Another viewing will be held one hour before the service at Central Worship Center. Pastor Tim Dukes will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Laurel Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the Evans family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Diane Lynn Dukes Trice -- Diane Lynn Dukes Trice, 58, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was born in Easton, Md., on Oct. 22, 1953, the daughter of the late Charles Earl Dukes and Agnes Gunning Douglas Dukes. She was a graduate of Colonel Richardson High School, Class of 1971. She worked for several different businesses including Maryland Plastics, Uncle Willies, Peninsula Oil Co. and, for the last 9 years, she worked for Cato Oil Co. in Salisbury as the price book coordinator. She enjoyed scrapbooking, spending time with family and friends and watching her favorite shows on TV. She is survived by her daughter, Sherrie L. Trice Upton of Frankford, Del.; a grandson, Tyler David Upton; three sisters, Marie West and her husband Bill of Georgetown, Marty Smith and her husband Bob of Federalsburg and Mary Collins and her husband Allen of Hurlock; two brothers, Pete Dukes and his wife Myrtle of Seaford and Jim Dukes of Federalsburg; and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Esther Wheatley preceded her in death in 2000. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at Framptom Funeral Home, P. A. in Federalsburg with the Rev. Denzil Cheek officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Federalsburg. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday evening, April 30, from 6 to 8. Memorial contributions may be made to Framptom Funeral Home, P.A., 216 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632, to defray funeral costs. For more information or to send condolences, visit www.framptom.com.


Elizabeth DeTemple Hendershot -- Elizabeth DeTemple Hendershot, 98, of Seaford, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. Born in Benwood, W.Va., the daughter of the late Mary Kelley and Francis DeTemple, she was a lock insulator at General Electric in Baltimore, Md., before retiring. Elizabeth was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Seaford and the Red Hats Senior Citizens. She is survived by 2 sons, Willard T. Hendershot of Seaford and Ralph P. Hendershot of Flowery Branch, Ga.; a brother, Edward DeTemple of New Florence, Pa.; a granddaughter, Elizabeth C. Owens of Seaford; 6 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Alcorn Hendershot in 1991. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 4, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Stein Highway, Seaford. Friends may call on Thursday evening, May 3, from 7 to 9, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King streets, Seaford. Burial will be in New Cathedral Cemetery, 4300 Old Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228.


Arthur F. Morgan -- Arthur F. Morgan, 80, of Seaford, died Saturday, April 28, 2012. Mr. Morgan retired from James Thompson & Company Inc., Textile Finishing Company in Greenwood. He is survived by his wife, Dianne Morgan; 4 children, Doris Jester and her husband Pete of Ocean Springs, Miss., Shirley Foreman and her husband Jim of Salisbury, Md., Christine Speddon and her husband Bob of Hartley and Karen Maske and her husband Tom of Seaford; 5 grandchildren, John Jester, Michael Baker, Chastity Harvey, Jared Maske and Jacob Maske; and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Charlon 'Mac' Hall McElroy -- Charlon "Mac" Hall McElroy, 84, of Seaford, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 30, 2012, at her residence with her loving family by her side. She was a resident of Seaford since 1951. She was born in Salisbury, Md., on Oct. 9, 1927, daughter of the late Parley and Audrey (Cooper) Hall. Mrs. McElroy was a graduate of Bridgeville High School, Class of 1945 and a member of St. John's United Methodist Church of Seaford. She retired from Nanticoke Hospital as a unit secretary and then continued her service as a volunteer. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and Widow and Widowers of Seaford; she enjoyed the many day trips she took with her fellow members and friends. Through the years, she was a member of the J. C. Pool, Nanticoke Little League and den mother of Cub and Boy Scout Troop #182 at Mt. Olivet Church of Seaford. Mrs. McElroy also enjoyed sharing in progressive luncheons and dinners with her many friends, attending cultural events, traveling with her family and, most of all, just being a wonderful mom and grandmother to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Charles H. McElroy Sr. in 1985. She is survived by her four children, Charles H. McElroy II and his wife Sharon of Bridgeville, Craig H. McElroy and wife Suzan of Berlin, Md., Carla H. Johnson and husband Greg N. of Laurel and Caroline H. Milligan and husband Jay of Seaford; seven grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 4, at St. John's United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford, with the Revs. Richard Evans and George Godfrey co-officiating. Friends may call at the church in the Wesley Lounge at noon. Interment will follow the service at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Stein Highway and Market Street, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Nanticoke Health Services Foundation, Cardiac Cath Lab, 801 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Bridgeville. Please visit Mrs. McElroy's Life Memorial web page and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Emma Jean Adkins -- Emma Jean Adkins, 73, of Seaford, and formerly of Laurel, died Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born Nov. 30, 1938 in Laurel, she was a daughter of the late Leon David Wilkerson and Martha Elizabeth Wilkerson Oliphant. Emma Jean was very talented working with her hands and worked as a seamstress for many years. She worked for various garment companies through the years that included Laurel Manufacturing and Fed Sportswear in Federalsburg, from where she retired.ᅠ She was a faithful member of Laurel Wesleyan Church and also attended Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Willards occasionally.ᅠ Her life revolved around her family. She took great pleasure in spending time with her children and grandchildren and was proud of each one. She enjoyed going to auctions, shopping, playing cards and playing on her computer.ᅠ Those that knew her will remember her knack for keeping everything in its place and keeping an immaculate and well-organized home. Country music was her favorite and she had a special fondness for George Strait. She is survived by 6 children, Robert Franklin Adkins and his wife Jo of Laurel, Keith L. Adkins and his companion James Marvel of Laurel, Mark S. Adkins and his wife Gayle of Seaford, Belinda Sparks and her husband Richard of Fruitland, Ralph E. Adkins and his wife Jana Ledd of Laurel and Teresa L. Adkins and her companion Angie Damen of Laurel; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; a sister, Martha May King and her husband Ed of Seaford; and a half-sister, Crystal Messick and her husband Alvin of Gumboro. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Robert Bobby Lee Adkins, in 2002; and her faithful companion for the past 5 years, Goolie Dennis, and a sister, Patricia Billings, who passed in 1990. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9. Pastor Ken Deusa will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Laurel Wesleyan Church, P.O. Box 68, 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.


Laurabelle Phillips Horsey -- Laurabelle Phillips Horsey of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 4, 2012.ᅠ Born in Bethel, she was the daughter of R. Judd and Agnes M. Phillips. Her husband, Walter E. Horsey Jr., died in 2001. Mrs. Horsey was a graduate of Laurel High School, Class of 1936 and Beacom Business School, which later became Goldey Beacom College. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and a proud member of the Laurel Alumni Association. She is survived by her children: Anne Inman of Arlington, Va., Nancy Linton (David) of Garnet Valley, Pa., and Robert Horsey (Donna) of Laurel; three grandchildren, Stacey Schiller (Joel) of Wilmington, Chris Horsey (Allison) of Laurel, and Brett Horsey (Jennifer) of Raleigh, N.C.; and one great grandchild, John, of Laurel. The family wishes to thank the staff of Courtland Manor in Dover for their loving compassionate care during her residence there. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.


Grace E. (Hopkins) Hitch -- Grace E. Hitch, 91, of the Methodist Manor House, Seaford, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2012, surrounded by family. She was born on Jan. 1, 1921, in Lewes, the daughter of the late Alden S. Hopkins Sr. and Margaret L. Hopkins of Lewes. Grace was a graduate of Lewes High School and Goldey College. She retired in 1982 from the Sussex Trust Company. She was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach and an associate member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford. Mrs. Hitch was past president of DeVries Business & Professional Women, past state president of the Delaware Association of Bank Women, treasurer of the Rehoboth Day Care Center for 30 years and helped organize the Rehoboth Beach service unit of the Salvation Army and organized the kettle program. She was the first woman to be elected to the Board of Trustees of Epworth United Methodist Church and was treasurer of Epworth United Methodist Church for 10 years. Grace was also the president of United Methodist Women, lay leader and a member of the Finance Committee. She served as a volunteer worker at the Manor House Gift Shop, chairperson of the Manor House Reception Committee, member of the Manor House Council & Finance Committee and member of the Manor House Altar Guild. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Spencer P. Hitch; brothers, William N. Hopkins and Alden S. Hopkins Jr., all of Lewes, and a sister, Gladys H. Phillips of Seaford. She is survived by a brother, George W. Hopkins of Lewes; stepsons, William S. Hitch Sr. and wife Nancy and John W. Hitch Sr. and wife Ginger, all of Seaford; step grandchildren, Debra K. Hitch of Milton, William S. Hitch Jr. and wife Wendy and John W. Hitch Jr. and wife Beverly, all of Seaford; six step great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The family offers special thanks for her caregivers from Delaware Hospice, Visiting Angels of Sussex and the Assisted Living staff of the Manor House and the Rev. Barbara Wilson, Manor House chaplain and the Rev. Diane Melson, her niece. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 10, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Rd., Millsboro, where a visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow the services at Barratts Chapel Cemetery. The Rev. Johnathan Baker will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Methodist Manor House Benevolent Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.


Francis B. PT Trivits -- Francis B. PT Trivits, 91, of Seaford, died Friday, May 4, 2012. Mr. Trivits was a self employed carpenter and was also a carpenter for Bennett Construction Co. in Seaford. His wife, Jeanette died in 2005. He is survived by a daughter, Judith Morris and her husband Frank; a grandson, David Allen; 2 great grandchildren and a brother, Ray Trivits and his wife Gloria. He was preceded in death by 10 brothers, Leon, Edgar, Oscar, Ralph, Webster, Robert, George, Lewis, Richard and Alfred and sisters, Marble Farrow, Emma Alford, Catherine Conaway, Gladys Draper, Violet Hare and Nancy Marie Roxburgh. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Delaware SPCA, 22918 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947.


Hazel Jeanette Brumbley -- Hazel Jeanette Brumbley, 89, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at her home. Hazel was born in Laurel, a daughter of the late McCready and Birdie Whaley. Mrs. Brumbley retired from the Glen Martin Company in Baltimore as a Rosie Riveter during WWII. She also had been a talented seamstress. She was the oldest, and lifetime member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Laurel. Hazel was a member of the Homemakers Club, the Delaware Dairy Goat Association, Gideons Auxiliary and rasied many chickens. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed serving her delicious meals to her family. Hazel could find no fault in anyone and always had the most wonderful smile. Mrs. Brumbley was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Donald Brumbley; her sons, Timothy Hastings, Steven Hastings, Mark Hastings and wife Lora, all of Laurel; her daughters, Beth Workman and husband Chuck of Georgetown and Donna Faye Mercer of Salisbury; a daughter-in-law, Gene Brumbley; her brothers, McCready Whaley Jr. of Seaford and Ronny Whaley of Laurel; 13 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Clark Brumbley and David Hastings. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at Trinity United Methodist Church on Phillips Hill Road in Laurel, where a viewing will also be held from 1 to 2 p.m. The Rev. Julie Lewis will officiate. Interment will follow in Trinity Cemetery. Donations may be made in Mrs. Brumbleys memory to Trinity U.M. Church, c/o Barbara Adams, 17249 Phillips Hill Rd., Laurel, DE 19956, The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 372140800 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. 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.


Linda Lee Mears -- Linda Lee Mears of Laurel, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.ᅠ She was born in Salisbury, Md., a daughter of the late William and Jean Copeland.ᅠ Linda was a Certified Nursing Assistant for over 30 years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She adored her family, and will be remembered for having a loving and kind heart.ᅠ She is survived by her loving husband, Joel Buddy Mears; her son, Bill Champlin and his wife Faith; her daughter, Debbie Smith and her husband Scott; four grandchildren, George Champlin, Logan Champlin, Morgan Champlin, and Skyler Smith; her siblings, Tommy Copeland, Donna Thorne, Bonnie Phippin, Brenda Burich, Cindy Mitchell, Barbara Anderson, Janet Medeiors, Gloria Lee; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Joe Copeland.ᅠ A celebration of life was held on May 3, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. The Rev. Charles Greene officiated. Contributions may be made to help defray funeral costs to Mr. Joel Buddy Mears, 32861 Champlin Five Lane, Laurel, DE 19956.


Richard 'Rick' Wayne Layfield -- Richard Rick Wayne Layfield, 57, of Delmar, died Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born on May 30, 1954 in Salisbury, a son of Mardella Gertrude (Bolen) Lawrence of Mardela Springs and the late Richard Lee Layfield and his wife, Patsy Jean Layfield. Rick worked for 19 years as an electrician for Day Electric in Salisbury before starting his own electrical company. He was very talented working with his hands and was always willing to help a friend or family member who had something that needed repairing. He was a past member of the Redman Lodge in Fruitland and a past social member of the Delmar VFW Post 8276. He enjoyed life, especially riding his motorcycle and camping. He loved children and, for a number of years, took in foster children. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Nancy Jean (Mowery) Layfield; 8 stepchildren, Steven Dietz, Jeannie Wilson, Jennifer Wheatley, Reagan Morgan, Trista Mowery, Stephanie Downing, Matthew Parsons and Jessica Parsons; several step grandchildren; a sister, Sylvia Lee Bullion of Delmar; a stepbrother, Levin John Hitchens of Mardela Springs; and an aunt, Rosalie Virginia Brittingham of Laurel. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his father and stepmother, he was preceded in death by a son, Richard William Layfield; and 2 brothers, Samuel Thomas Layfield and Royce William Layfield. A celebration of life service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, at the Delmar VFW, Post 8276, 200 W. State St., Delmar, Md.ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Lawrence D. Golden -- Lawrence D. Golden, 78, of Bridgeville, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Lawrence was born in Warfordsburg, Pa., a son of the late Ralph W. Golden and Vivian Hess Golden. A distinguished banker, Mr. Golden retired after 38 years of service as vice president of Corporate Loans for Rigs National/PNC Bank in Washington, D.C. He had also served in the United States Army as a speed radar operator. Lawrence enjoyed classical music and appreciated fine arts. Mr. Golden is survived by his partner of 47 years, Richard Whaley of Bridgeville; a sister, Ileen Golden of Maryland; and two nieces and their spouses, three nephews, three great nephews and three great nieces, all of Hagerstown, Md. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will also be held from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The Rev. Tim Dukes will officiate. Donations may be made in Mr. Goldens memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or The National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016. Online condolences may be made to the Golden family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Geraldine Mae Dickerson Williams -- Geraldine Mae Dickerson Williams, 88, of Delmar, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. She was born in Salisbury on May 21, 1923. She lived in Delmar her entire life. She was the only child of the late William Baines White and Alice Mae Welch White. She was a graduate of Delmar High School. Following graduation she worked as a bookkeeper and retired in 1986 from C&P Hardware after many years of service.ᅠ She was a longtime member of Faith Baptist Church in Delmar and most recently attended the First Baptist Church of Delmar. Other memberships were the American Legion Auxiliary, Delmar High School Alumni Association and Peninsula Partners.ᅠ In the past, she was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking and collecting cookbooks and salt and pepper shakers. Geraldine was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Carlos Dickerson in 1961 and her second husband, Lamont Wailes Williams in 2000; one great grandchild, Joshua Robert Dickerson; and one great grandchild by a blended marriage, Dustin Todd Ellis. She is survived by three sons, twins Ronald J. Dickerson (Eleanor) of Delmar and Donald W. Dickerson (Sandra) of Raphine, Va.; and Robert L. Dickerson (Sandy) of Delmar; and two stepdaughters, Isabelle Stottlemyer (Stan) of Clear Spring, Md. and Teresa Hammerbacher of Salisbury. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Gene Dickerson of Salisbury, Scott Dickerson of Delmar, Robert Dickerson of Baltimore, Md., Marla Dickerson of Laurel and Ellen Schwinn of Pittsville; 10 great grandchildren; two grandsons, Ricky and Todd Hawkins; and three great grandchildren from a blended marriage. Surviving step grandchildren are Corey and Brian Stottlemyer and Karl and Zack Hammerbacker, and three step great grandchildren. Geraldine was a resident at Delmar Manor Assisted Living for the past year. Her family would like to thank all of the staff for the loving and compassionate care that she received. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar where friends and family may call one hour before the service. Pastor Lee Hughart from First Baptist Church and Pastor John Merritt of Light House Baptist Church of Cambridge will officiate. Burial will follow the service at St. Stephens Cemetery, Delmar. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church of Delmar, P.O. Box 200, Delmar, DE 19940 or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Ryan Andrew Russell -- Ryan Andrew Russell, 26, of Bridgeville, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. He was born on July 4, 1985, in Seaford, son of Ronald Lee and Sonya Zoch Russell of Bridgeville. Ryan enjoyed farming his entire working life. He enjoyed working with the Woodbridge Little League Program, being a supportive fan of the Dallas Cowboys, FFA and riding his Harley. However, his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his son, Cody. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Niki Marie Hollis Russell; his son, Cody Russell; a brother, Joshua Miller and wife Lina of Milford; his maternal grandmother, Louise Vannicola of Milford; his maternal grandfather, John Richard Zoch of South Carolina; a nephew, Caden Miller of Milford; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was also preceded in death by his maternal great grandmother, Emily Vannicola; a paternal grandmother, Gertrude Russell; and two uncles, Robert and William Russell. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Burial will follow the services at Bridgeville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the SPCA, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947. Please visit Ryans Life Memorial page and sign his online guest registry at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Clara D. Workman -- Clara D. Workman, 68, of Bridgeville, died Friday, May 17, 2012, at her residence.ᅠ Born in Greenbackville, Va., the daughter of the late Elva Mae Dryden and Wallace Paxton Bailey, she was a preschool teacher at Shell Day Care in Harrington. She was also the former manager-baker at Mr. Donut in Seaford and Georgetown and worked at the Laurel Head Start.ᅠ The joys in her life were teaching children, spending time with her family and camping. Clara is survived by her husband, Kenneth F. Workman; sons, Raymond W. Workman of Lincoln, Michael P. Workman of Georgetown and Kenneth J. Workman of Charlotte, N.C.; daughters, Cynthia R. Little of Laurel and Jody Yvonne Smith of Siler City, N.C.; a brother, George R. Bailey of Laurel; a sister, Crystal E. Campbell of Harrisburg, Va.; a sister-in-law, Nancy Bailey; 12 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Paxton L. Bailey. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 21, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King streets, Seaford. The Rev. Donnie Bailey will officiate. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 20. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Pennsylvania Delaware Affiliate, 625 West Ridge Pike, Ste. A 100, Conshahocken, PA 19428-0860.


Margaret Rank Simmington -- Margaret Rank Simmington, 85, of Seaford, died Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Genesis Elder Care in Seaford.ᅠ Born in Philadelphia, Pa. the daughter of the late Margaret Jobson and John W. Rank, she was a bank teller before retiring. She is survived by her daughter, Dawn S. Carey of Salisbury, Md.; 2 grandsons, Tyler and Brooks Carey; 2 nieces; and a lifelong friend, Marion Lungren of Magnolia. Services and burial will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Barbara M. Ward -- Barbara M. Ward, 64, of Seaford, died at home after a 6 year long illness on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Barbara was born on April 13, 1948, one of three children born to her parents, Levin and Edna Whayland.ᅠ She worked first after high school at Grants Department Store and then Mack Trucks in accounting, after which she left to raise her family. At the same time she did the book work and accounting for Wards Auto Truck Repair and Wards Exxon, for which she was half owner. As her children got older she worked for Seaford Burton Chevy/Olds and then for Fisher Auto Parts (Manlove Auto Parts) until Nov. 1, 2006. At that time she was forced to retire due to her illness.ᅠ She was preceded in death by both of her parents; an older sister, Susanna Ellwanger; a younger brother, Jimmy Whayland; a nephew, Randy Ellwanger and an uncle, Ed Voshell of Dover who was like a second father to her.ᅠ She is survived by her loving husband, Daniel L. Ward Sr.; two daughters, Tammy Lecates and her husband Bert Lecates and Kathryn Johnson and her husband Ricky Johnson II; a son, Daniel Ward Jr. and his fianc←e Lisa Smith; and her five grandchildren who simply were the love of her live. She is also survived by an aunt, Elma Voshell, who was like a second mother to her; her sisters-in-law, Terry Miller and her husband John Miller and family, Polly Ward and her husband Russell W. Ward and family, Roberta Jones and her husband Gary Jones and family; as well as her brother-in-law, John Bud Ellwanger and his wife Jean. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


John Deweese Todd -- John Deweese Todd, 76, of Bridgeville, died at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. John was born May 5, 1936 in Hickman, Md., the son of the late Charles and Bessie Todd. He worked at the DuPont plant in Seaford, retiring in 1992 after 35 years of service. John enjoyed gardening and woodworking, and helping people in need. He was a good husband and father. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by two grandchildren and nine siblings. John is survived by his wife, Carol Friedel Todd of 55 wonderful years of marriage; four children and their spouses, Curtis and Deborah Todd of Greenwood, Michael and Lisa Todd of Frankford, Linda and Nelson Milam of Bridgeville, Beverly and Duane Jones of Seaford; five grandchildren, Travis, Laura, Jason, John, and Stephanie; and two sisters, Doretta Quillen of Federalsburg, Md. and Rosalie Kirby of Belair, Md. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 16 W. Market St., Greenwood. Viewing will be held one hour before the funeral services. Interment will be held at Bloomery Cemetery, Federalsburg, Md.


Junior Edwin Armiger -- Junior Edwin Armiger, 80, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at his home in Seaford, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Nov. 29, 1931, in Mount Vernon, Md., to the late Edwin and Rachel Windsor Armiger. He was a graduate of Washington High School, Class of 49, in Princess Anne, Md. He was a veteran of the Army being drafted during the Korean Conflict. He was one of the four visionaries for the Nanticoke River Marina, founder of Armigers Auto Center and developer of Hill-n-Dale and Walkers Mill Mobile Home Park. He was a charter member of Blades Economic Development (BEDCO), charter member of Seaford Elks Lodge 2458, charter member of Nanticoke River Yacht Club, past member of Wicomico Yacht Club and Cambridge Yacht Club and member of St. Johns United Methodist Church. He was an avid boater who enjoyed cruising on his yacht Graysea and spending the winters in his house in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Grace, of 60 years; daughter, Gaye Martin and husband James; son, Jay Armiger and wife Judy; son, Jed Armiger and wife Lynne; son, Jared Armiger; grandchildren, Genae Atkins, Jessica Schroeder, Justin Martin, Jason Armiger, Jillian Armiger, Miranda Armiger, Dylan Armiger; and great grandchild, Jaden Burton. He is also survived by a brother, Thomas Armiger of Clermont, Fla.; sisters, Gertrude Carey of Salisbury, Md., Amy Hayman of Shad Point, Md., Rachel Horsman of Allen, Md.; cousins, Cora Widdowson of Princess Anne, Md. and Albert Mason of Harrington; and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Armiger. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford, where a viewing will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made to St. Johns United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriot Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Monroe N. Monnie Warren -- Monroe N. Monnie Warren, 62, of Seaford, died Monday, May 21, 2012. Mr. Warren worked at Kent Sussex Industries. He had also worked at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and Methodist Manor House. He was the son of the late Horace and Marian Warren. He was also preceded in death by his grandson, Tyler Allen Warren. He is survived by his longtime companion, Brenda Massey; a son, Mark Warren and his wife Kathleen; his aunt and uncle, Blanche and John Gundry and many cousins. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Wednesday, May 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery.


Lois C. Hamblin-McDaniel -- Lois C. Hamblin-McDaniel, 99, of Laurel, passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Seaford Genesis. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Amanda Daisey. Lois was a nursing assistant for the Pine Bluff Sanitarium for many years. She was a member of Kings United Methodist Church and St. Pauls United Methodist Church in Laurel. Lois is survived by her daughter, Betty EliasDownes and her husband Bill. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Stuart Hamblin, Sharon Hamblin, Phyllis Novotny, Joan Pinson and Robin Truitt; and many great and great-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her late husband, William Louis Hamblin, who passed in 1991; her son, William H. Hamblin Sr.; a grandson, William H. Hamblin Jr. and 11 siblings. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where a viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Ken Deusa will officiate. Interment will follow in Pittsville Cemetery, Pittsville, Md. Contributions may be made in Loiss honor to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Lisa Todd Szewczyk -- Lisa Todd Szewczyk, 52, of Delmar, died in Jeffersonville, Ind., on Thursday, May 24, 2012, as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. She was born on Dec. 25, 1959, the daughter of Betty Joiner Ballas of Greensboro and the late Ivins Ike Knotts Todd of Harmony, stepdaughter of Etta Todd of Harmony and the late George Ballas of Federalsburg, Md. She was a graduate of Colonel Richardson High School in 1977. In 1993, she took an early retirement from the DuPont Seaford Nylon Plant to pursue her dream of going to college. She graduated with the distinction of Outstanding Student from the Chesapeake College Surgical Technology Program in 1995. She then completed her A.A. degree in allied health in 2000. Lisa spent her career as a surgical technologist working in the OR at Memorial Hospital at Easton, the Delmarva HealthSouth Surgery Center of Easton and finally as the program director for the Chesapeake College Surgical Technology Program for 12 years. Always an avid student, Lisa returned to school and in 2009 received her associates degree in nursing from Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown. She was presently working as a Certified Operating Room nurse at Milford Memorial Hospital. Along with her husband Edward, she owned and operated poultry farms in both Maryland and Delaware for the past 13 years. Lisa was outgoing and adventurous with many varied interests. She loved horseback trail riding, motorcycling, hiking and kayaking. She enjoyed traveling and taking trips especially to experience the natural beauty of places like West Virginia and Tennessee. She was a devoted, supportive and loving mother, wife, daughter, sister and grandmother. She will always be remembered by family and friends for her humor and quick wit. In addition to her husband, Edward M. Szewczyk; she is survived by two daughters, Rachael M. Cartwright, her husband Gregory and their daughter Abigail of Seaford and Kendall M. Szewczyk of Delmar; her sister, Pamela J. Wise and her husband Randy of Richmond, Va.; two brothers, Scott R. Todd and his wife Cathie Jo of Alloway, N.J. and Steve A. Ballas and his wife Wanda of Federalsburg; three stepdaughters, Amanda, Ashley and Hilary Szewczyk of Salisbury, Md.; and two nephews, Jason A. Wise of Richmond and Jesse R. Wise of East Stroudsburg, Pa. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at Framptom Funeral Home, P.A., 216 N. Main St., Federalsburg, with the Rev. Dan Gedman officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. The family has requested that donations be made in her memory to: Changing Fates Equine Rescue of Delaware, 29573 West Elliotts Dam Rd., Laurel, DE 19956 or The Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, Inc., 726 Route 202 South, Suite 320-140, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. For more information or to leave condolences, visit www.framptom.com.


Lutie Darby Culp -- Lutie Darby Culp, 95, died at the Methodist Manor House on Friday, May 18, 2012, with family at her side. Born and raised in Poolesville, Md., she was the daughter of Joseph Newton Darby and Mary Chiswell Darby. She was married for 69 years to Clyde E. Culp Jr. who passed away June 10, 2010. Lutie is survived by her children, a son, Clyde E. Culp III and wife MaryEllen; a daughter, Cynthia Heflin and husband Don; six grandchildren: Kelly Lovett, Suzanne Harrison, Darby Culp, Matthew Fad, Regan Fad and Rebecca McElwee; six great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Lutie was a graduate of Poolesville High School and Strayer Business College in Washington, D.C. She worked for American Cyanamid Co. in Washington until she and her husband moved to Blue Point, N.Y. There she spent 23 years raising her children and being active in many civic and charitable organizations. Lutie and Clyde retired to New Bern, N.C. in 1979 where she volunteered in the community soup kitchen and was active in the First Presbyterian Church. In 1999 they moved to the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. A memorial service will be held at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to the Methodist Manor House Benevolence Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Durwood Harlan Davis -- Durwood Harlan Davis, 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 21, 2012, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born Jan. 31, 1925 in Varysburg, N.Y., he was the first of three children of Marion Johnson Davis and Dexter Davis. As a child of the Depression, he was raised by his grandmother, Bertha Briggs Davis, a school teacher, who saw that he was a bright student. After winning a New York State scholarship, he joined the Navys ROTC program and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Harvard, and then graduated from Cornell with a degree in industrial engineering. After college he served aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Bristol as a lieutenant. In 1949 he joined DuPont where he enjoyed a 36 year career at the Seaford Nylon Plant. Active in St. Johns United Methodist Church, he liked square dancing, traveling, golf, and the water. He was a successful speaker with Toastmasters, and the 1953 SGCC Board of Governors golf tournament winner. When he first arrived in Seaford by train, he described Delmarva as Gods country. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Nelson; his son, Steven Brent Davis; and his first wife, Carol Hasty Gourley. He is survived by his wife, Annabelle Fooks Davis; his sister Wilma (Don) Anderson of Olean, N.Y.; daughter, Susan (James) Jones of Winter Haven, Fla.; son, William (Andrea) Davis of Seaford; grandchildren, Shannon Jones of Castle Rock, Colo., Erin (Chris) Euverard and Megan Evans of Winter Haven, and Cohen Davis of Seaford; and great grandchildren, Cassie and Carson Euverard and Liam Davis Evans of Winter Haven and Emilee Moore of Strongsville, Ohio. Services were held Friday, May 25, at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford with internment at the Veterans Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Johns United Methodist Church or Delaware Hospice. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Bonnie M. Waldridge, 81 Bonnie M. Waldridge of Seaford, died on Sunday, May 28, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 543 Stein Highway, Seaford.ᅠ Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Arrangements by the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Jennifer Paysse Rosen - Jennifer Paysse Rosen, 43, of Delmar, formerly of Laurel, died Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was born Nov. 24, 1968 in Austin, Texas, a daughter of Shirley B. Spagnolo of Delmar and the late Glennon H. Paysse Jr. Jennifer graduated from Montour High School in Pittsburgh with the class of 1987. She earned her masters degree in education and instruction from the University of Delaware. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She used her education to teach science at Laurel High School for 16 years. Her true passion was her family and children and she was always very supportive of their activities such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Little League. She will be missed and remembered as a wonderful wife, mother and daughter. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Freddie E. Rosen Jr.; her two children, Cory Robert Rosen and Cara Marie Rosen; a sister, Laurie Werner (David) of Pittsburgh; 2 nieces, Lena and Lorna Werner; and her mother-in-law, Karen J. Rosen of Delmar. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Freddie E. Rosen Sr. and stepfather, Stephen T. Spagnolo of Pittsburgh, Pa. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 1, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, 312 E. Main St., Fruitland, Md., where family and friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. The Rev. Paul Sherwood will officiate. Directions to the church: Take Rt. 13 South to Fruitland, left on East Main St., church at 312 E. Main St. on right; parking across street. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jennifers memory to: The Jennifer Rosen Memorial Fund, c/o Shirley Spagnolo, 9038 Executive Club Dr., Delmar, MD 21875. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Mary Anne Nichols -- Mary Anne Nichols, 77, formerly of Seneca Falls, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in Milford. Mary Anne was born on May 10, 1935 in Dover. She moved nearly 30 times in her lifetime, including her relocation from Seneca Falls to Seaford in 2005. She was the daughter of Daniel Francis Sullivan and Mary Hazel (Robinson) Sullivan, both of Dover. Her fathers legacy, as it is immortalized at the Delaware State Police museum in Dover, was among her most treasured possessions. She graduated from Dover High School in 1953, where she first discovered her performing and writing skills. She was voted class clown by her peers, an honor she relished throughout her lifetime. She married Eugene Davenport Nichols Sr. of Dover, following high school, and was the mother of four children, Eden, Danny, Maggie and Katie. Her professional career included reporter and columnist for The Geneva Times newspaper, writer and editor for The Reville newspaper, and court clerk in the New York State Court System; although, she will be most remembered for her more than 20 years as a stand up comedienne. She gave herself the moniker The National Poster Girl for Menopause, until she moved to Delaware. She traded that stage name for what came to be her most notable and comedic attribute, her (dyed) blue hair. She was once described as the female version of Rodney Dangerfield, because of her self-deprecating style of humor. She traveled extensively to perform her comedy routines, including trips to Canada and the Bahamas. Prior to her death, she organized her comedy memorabilia, filling two large albums with pictures of entertainers with whom she shared the stage, as well as clippings and signage from hundreds of gigs and venues. Mary Anne was an avid reader, writer, and cook. She had a keen interest in nutrition, vitamins, and organic food. She worked tirelessly at local politics, and served as chairman of the 39th District Democrats. In 2010, she published a book about the first 18 years of her life. The book, A Nichols Worth&Growing up in Delaware, provides a rare glimpse into her imaginative, creative, and spirited persona. Mary Anne was a devoted friend and mentor to people from all walks of life. Find her on You Tube. She would love that. She was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Francis Sullivan Jr. and her son, Daniel Francis Danny Nichols. She is survived by her son, Eugene Davenport Eden (Patricia) Nichols Jr. of Brockport, N.Y.; her daughter, Margaret Ann Maggie (Steven) Minardi of Ohio; her daughter, Mary Katherine Katie (John) Harmke of Maryland; three grandsons, Eugene Davenport Eden Nichols III, Michael Austin Mike Nichols, and Joseph L. Joe Minardi; and two granddaughters, Andrea Lee (Ernie) Brewer and Alyssa Rae Harmke. At her request, there will be no services. Contributions may be made to the Daniel F. Nichols Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Seneca Falls Savings Bank, 19 Cayuga St., Seneca Falls, NY 13148.


Dianne W. Maddux -- Dianne W. Maddux, 75, of Seaford, died Friday, June 1, 2012. Dianne retired from the Seaford School District where she worked in the school cafeteria. Her husband, Richard E. Maddux Sr., died in 2003. She is survived by 3 sons, Steve Maddux and his wife Ann, Mike Lambert and his wife Cara and Richard E. Maddux Jr. and his wife Teresa; 1 daughter, Rhonda Catlin; a sister, Vivian Sink; and many grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Stella Elizabeth Wilson -- Stella Elizabeth Wilson, 96, of Seaford, died Saturday, June 2, 2012, at home. Stella was born in Baltimore, Md., on Feb. 16, 1916, daughter of the late Frank and Agnes (nee Kaniecki) Lewandowski. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin T. Wilson in 1988; a son, Franklin T. Wilson in 2009; a grandson, George Kuerner Jr. in 1996; son-in-law James McLaurin in 2010; and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by 3 daughters, Agnes Kathleen Wilson-Sypniewski of Ventnor City, N.J., Cynthia M. Kuerner and her husband George of Magnolia and Kathleen McLaurin of Gaithersburg, Md.; 2 sons, Michael J. David-Wilson and his wife Dottie of Bolivia, N.C. and David P. Wilson who lived with her and was her caregiver for many years; daughter-in-law Ellen Wilson of Columbus, Ohio; 9 grandchildren, Laura Wilson Warden, Christopher Wilson, Lisa and Michael Kuerner, James, David, and Matthew McLaurin, Stasha McLaurin Nicholson, Dottie Krista David-Wilson; 18 great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jillian, Ryan, Cynthia, Jordan, Kelsey, Benjamin, Christiana, Brooke, Savannah, Sashanna, Heaven, James, David, Jaden, Jaiyana, Aiden, David; and 2 great-great-grandchildren, Bryleigh and Alexis. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford from 6 to 8 on Tuesday evening, June 5. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, P.O. Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973.


Bonnie Mae Kuhns Waldridge -- Bonnie M. Waldridge, 81, of Seaford passed away on Monday, May 28, 2012.ᅠ She was born on Sept. 3, 1930 in Wilmington. Bonnie worked at Ocean Downs as the mutual manager for 20 years. She loved horse racing and especially loved Clearwater Beach.ᅠ Bonnie is survived by her husband, Elwood of 65 years and five of their children, Dyanna Waldridge, Karol Compello and her husband Joseph, Erin DuBosq, Lois Whaley-Harman and her husband David, Jason Waldridge and his wife Leslie. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as a close family friend, James Mumford.ᅠ She was preceded in death by two of her sons, Shawn and Lee Waldridge.ᅠ A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford on Thursday, May 31. Bonnie was laid to rest at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Blades.


Joseph B. Fowler -- Joseph B. Fowler, 88, of Laurel, died Thursday, May 31, 2012, at his sister-in-laws home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Nov. 11, 1923 in Calvert County, Md., a son of the late Fayette and Lydia (Lottie) Fowler. Joe left school at a young age to help his parents on the family farm. He worked in the Washington, D.C. area as a mechanic for a number of years, including with Ourisman Chevrolet and managed franchises with Chevron and Sunoco. He also opened a dump truck company and for some time used his equipment and strong work ethic to help lay the foundation for the Washington Beltway. In 1964 he moved his family to the Eastern Shore where he bought a farm and raised chickens for several companies. In addition to raising chickens he worked as a mechanic at Cavanaugh Motors. Later he also owned a business constructing feed bins and chicken nests. After many years of hard work he retired to Florida where he lived several years before returning to Laurel. About 5 years ago he and his wife moved into their daughters home to share their remaining years together.ᅠ Joe had a kind, giving heart. He was one to always give to family and friends in their time of need. He loved all sports and particularly enjoyed following the Orioles. He also enjoyed collecting bells. He was an active, longtime member of Gods Missionary Church in Delmar. He is survived by a son, Ronald Fowler and his wife, Cynthia of Hedgesville, W.V.; daughters, Deborah Lynn Fowler of Laurel and Nancy Bjur and her husband, John of Ballwin, Mo.; six grandchildren, Jonathan Columna, Wenona Phillips, Ron Fowler Jr., Tashina Fowler, Nathan Bjur and Anna Bjur; eleven great grandchildren; and a brother, Raymond Fowler of Prince Frederick, Md. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Mary Wanda Fowler, who passed in 2011; and siblings, Kathleen Taylor, Wilfred Fowler, Wilson Fowler, Virgie Parman, Virginia Fowler, Marie Suite, Thelma Dresser, Mildred Lyon, Bertha Fowler, Fayette Fowler, Frances Swartze, Sadie Blake and Dorothy Morgan. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, June 4, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, and on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Gods Missionary Church, 29436 Connelly Mill Rd., Delmar, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastors Rob Dicken, John Walter and James Plank will officiate. Interment will follow at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron, Md. Contributions may be made in his memory to Gods Missionary Church, 29436 Connelly Mill Rd., Delmar, MD 21875, or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home, Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Dr. W. Pierce 'Doc' Ellis -- Dr. W. Pierce Doc Ellis, 94, of Laurel, passed away at home on Monday, June 4, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Dr. Ellis was born in Laurel, the oldest son of the late Wilbur and Elsie Ellis. He graduated from Laurel High Schools Class of 1935 and from Drexel University in 1940. Dr. Ellis graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1945 and also proudly served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1947. Dr. Ellis lifetime dedication to his fellow man, his strong community support, his leadership both in the local community and as a member of Centenary United Methodist Church (UMC) were extraordinary. His passion and lifes work as an excellent and caring physician serving Laurel and the surrounding communities from 1948-1993 was absolutely second to none. Dr. Ellis was a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of Delaware and the Sussex County Medical Society. He served as president of the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Staff from 1962-1963, was a 25-year member of the Laurel Lions Club, and was a member of Centenary UMC where he served as a trustee and financial chairman. He also served as a director for Sussex Trust and Wilmington Trust Banks, was a Laurel School Board member and a member of the Laurel Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding member of the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation and was the recipient of the Laurel Citizen of the Year Award in 1999. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Madelon Ellis of Laurel; son, Blair Ellis and his wife Mary of Yorktown, Va.; daughter Joan E. Smith and her husband Ronald of Collingswood, N.J.; and son-in-law, Robert Hellriegel of Las Vegas, Nev. Six grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann E. Hellriegel, who passed in 1993; a grandson, John Hellriegel; and his three brothers, Richard, Joseph, and Blair. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at Centenary UMC, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, where a visitation will be held one hour before the service at 1 p.m. A viewing will also be held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6. The Rev. Joseph G. Burris will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel and will end with a reception back at Centenary UMC. Contributions may be made in Dr. Ellis name to: Laurel Library, 101 E. 4th St., Laurel, DE 19956 or Nanticoke Health Services Foundation, 801 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Online condolences may be made to the Ellis family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Tracy Michelle Parks -- Tracy Michelle Parks, 40, of Delmar, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2012, at her home in Delmar. She was born on Feb. 25, 1972, in Baltimore, Md., to Delores Dori Parks and Wayne Parks of Delmar. Tracy graduated from Delmar High School with the class of 1990, and worked as an inventory control manager for Boscovs in Salisbury for 21 years. She attended Faith Community Church in Salisbury. She was a Girl Scout leader in Delmar for many years, and enjoyed crossword puzzles. Tracy was always very supportive of her children, they were her life. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her children, Joseph Parsons and Ashlee Parsons; fianc←, Donald H. Vanderslice of Seaford; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and her beloved Boscovs family. She is also survived by the father of her children, Ronald Parsons. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Family and friends may call two hours before the service. At Tracys request, casual attire is appropriate. Interment will follow in St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Tracy Parks Memorial Fund, payable at any Bank of Delmarva. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Rosalie Kefauver -- Rosalie Kefauver of Bridgeville, 87, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, with her family by her bedside in her home. Rosalie was born in Cambridge, Md. on Dec. 30, 1924, daughter of the late Howard and Maggie (Harding) Short.ᅠ She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 62, Delaware Grange, Atlanta Homemakers, Bridgeville Ladies Auxiliary and The Flower - Garden Association. She was a homemaker who worked on the family chicken farm and for the Greenwood Senior Center for 17 years. She is survived by her children, daughter Sandy Smith and son David Kefauver both of Bridgeville; grandchildren, Philip Lord Jr., Darlene McDonald, both of Bridgeville, Jessica Kefauver of Palm Coast, Fla. and Heather Collins of Federalsburg, Md.; three great-grandchildren; and a twin sister, Dorothy Lee Windsor of Cambridge, Md. ᅠ She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Nelson M. Kefauver; a son, Nelson H. Kefauver; a grandson, Duke Lord; and six brothers and seven sisters. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 22 at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. The Rev. Denzil Cheek officiated. Burial was in Bridgeville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Visit Mrs. Kefauver's Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Robert 'Bob' Farrington Rider -- Robert "Bob" Farrington Rider, 83, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loving family, Monday, June 4, 2012, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was born in Glens Falls, N.Y., on Oct. 14, 1928, son of the late Thomas Nelson and Phyllis (Peabody) Rider. Mr. Rider spent his early years in Glens Falls graduating from Glens Falls High School in 1946. He studied engineering at Clarkson College in Potsdam, N.Y. and business at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., graduating with a B.S. in business administration from Skidmore in 1950. Bob was inducted into the Army in 1950 and served in the Engineer Corp. While in the Army, Bob married Jane Newton of Bridgeville, and moved to Bridgeville after being discharged in 1952. He began working at O.A. Newton & Son Co., part of the Newton conglomerate of businesses that included poultry, retail appliances, materials handling systems design and manufacturing, sales of farm machinery, irrigation and other agricultural products. Through the years at O.A. Newton & Son Co., Bob served in various roles including: director, 1959-present; president, 1969-1984; chief executive officer, 1984-2011, and chairman, 1984-present. Bob was also general manager of Newton Farms Inc., a fruit and vegetable farm, which at present, grows wheat, corn and soy beans. Bob became a director of Newton Leasing and Finance Co. in 1970 and later served as president from 1977 until it was merged with Park Avenue Associates in 2006. Bob was involved with all the Newton Companies including Newton Chemical and Supply Co., Newton Realty, Inc., Newton Investment Co., Newton Foundation, and the trust that owns the farm. Bob served on numerous boards and committees subsuming various roles from chairman to president to secretary-treasurer to member. He was president of the Delaware State Fair from 1976-1998; director of the Chesapeake Utilities Corporation from 1976-2006; Baltimore Trust Co. director (now PNC Bank) from 1955-1984; a PNC Bank director from 1984-1998; a Blue Cross Blue Shield director from 1990-2011, a Bell-Atlantic Delaware director from 1979-1995; and a Burris Foods director from 1983-2000. He served as a director of the Delaware State Fair from 1966 on, and was a Trustee Emeritus at the University of Delaware where he was a trustee from 1985-2003. Non-profit directorships include Nanticoke Memorial Hospital from 1965-1983 and again from 1988-1993; Christiana Care Health Systems Inc. from 1984-2006; a member of the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Delaware from 1984-1988; chairman of the Council on State Planning of Delaware from 1971-1979; and Winterthur Corporate Council from 1989-1993. Bob was also a member of the Delaware Economic Roundtable from 1980-2006 and was chairman in 1983-1984. Bob was a governor of the United State Postal Service from 1995-2005 and served as vice chair from 1999-2001 and chairman of the Board of Governors from 2001-2003. Most recently, in January 2012, Bob was awarded the prestigious Josiah Marvel Cup, an award from the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce honoring a Delawarean who has made an outstanding contribution to the state, community and society. Mr. Rider always demonstrated exemplary stellar public stewardship in his public and business life. Bob's hobbies included snow skiing, big game hunting, and owning and operating a girls summer camp - Moss Lake Camp - in the Adirondacks near Eagle Bay, N.Y. He was a man of great humility who was gifted in many ways and who readily shared his talents for the benefit of others. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Jane Newton Rider (1979); his grandson, Lennan Hamilton; his stepdaughter, Cheryl Skinner (2011); and his brother, Thomas Nelson Rider II (2011). He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Barbara (Boyer) Rider; his son, Robert "Rob" F. Rider Jr. and wife Susan of Seaford; four daughters: Robin Taylor and fianc← Steve Daugherty of Greenwood, Beth Stone of Buffalo, N.Y., Wendy Heyd and husband Greg of Maui, Hawaii and Terry Zittel and husband Bill of Eden, N.Y.; stepdaughter, Candie Dunning and husband Jerry of Smyrna; 16 grandchildren: Wendy Stone, Kristen Stone, Vince Heyd, Nick Heyd and wife Brittany, Matt Heyd, Jason Zittel and wife Ellen, Kimberly Zittel, Michael Zittel, Kyle Zittel, Justin Rider, Nathan Rider, Emma Rider, Josh Dunning and wife Allison, Brandon Dunning, Michael Skinner and fianc← Tasha and Matt Skinner; one great-granddaughter, Molly Jane Zittel; and his beloved long hair Dachshund, "Schatzi." Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 8, at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach, with the Rev. Max Wolf officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Following the funeral services, the family invites you to join them for a Celebration of Bob's Life at 1 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club, 240 West Side Dr., Rehoboth Beach. Interment will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in the name of Robert Rider to All Saints' Episcopal Church at the above noted address or to the University of Delaware, 126 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716. Visit Mr. Rider's Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Charles Kirk Banks -- Charles Kirk Banks, 80, of Laurel, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the Delaware Hospice Center. Kirk was born in Salisbury, Md., a son of the late Charles and Sara Banks. Mr. Banks retired from the Wicomico County Roads as an engineer after 35 years of service. He was an avid golfer and active member of MISGA. He was a model boat builder, making many replicas of the ship his grandfather captained. These ships can be found on display at the Wicomico Salisbury Airport. Mr. Banks was also an aircraft pilot since the age of 16, who owned and reconditioned numerous planes for resale. He enjoyed playing poker in the resort poker league where he made numerous friends and became an accomplished top ten player. Mr. Banks was a graduate of the University of Delaware and proudly served his country in the United States Army as a 2nd Lt. in the 82nd paratrooper division. He was very instrumental in starting the Delmar Youth Center. A loving father and grandfather, he is survived by his sons, Kevin Banks and his wife Kim and Jeffrey Banks and his wife Joy; his daughters, Debra Kiser and her husband Dave and Holly Adkins and her husband Steve; a brother, William Banks of Delmar; and a companion of six years, Carlene Grant-Williams of Salisbury. Nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive him, along with several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Dukes Banks in 2003; a brother, Phillip Banks; and a grandson, Jason Kiser. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at Seaford Wesleyan Church, 26630 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, where a viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. A viewing will also be held at the church on Tuesday, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Rev. Dave Kiser will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Mr. Banks' memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, 3001 Old Gettysburg Rd., Camp Hill, PA 17011. 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.


Gail Covey Spearin -- Gail Covey Spearin, 62, of Delmar, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at her residence. Born in American Corners, Md., the daughter of the late Cleota Williamson and Gray Covey, she was manager of the former Jake's Tavern in Seaford. She was a member of the Woman of the Moose, Ladies Auxiliary Nanticoke Post 6 American Legion, and a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary Virgil Wilson Post 4961 Veterans of Foreign Wars, all in Seaford. Gail is survived by a son, Darren G. Wroten of East New Market, Md.; 2 brothers, Kenny Covey of Seaford and Eddie Covey of Hurlock, Md.; a granddaughter, Kayla Dawn Wroten; 2 great granddaughters, RiLynn Faith and Baily MacKenna; her companion, William Hicks; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen W. Spearin in December 2008. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 15, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King Streets, Seaford, where friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Nanticoke Post 6, American Legion, P.O. Box 781, Seaford, DE 19973.


Elizabeth Mary Marshall -- Ms. Elizabeth Mary Marshall, 99, of Seaford, and formerly of Millsboro, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.ᅠ Elizabeth was born on Nov. 5, 1912 in Philadelphia, Pa., to the late Thomas and Elizabeth Patton Marshall. ᅠ She worked in Philadelphia for the U.S. Army Civil Service as a private secretary for the Electronic Command, retiring in 1973 after 33 years of service. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford. She is survived by her niece, Carole Ward and her husband Richard of Millsboro; a great niece, Lisa McVey and her husband Bob of Georgetown; and a great nephew, Richard William Ward and his wife Tammy of Millsboro. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 18, at the Chapel of the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford. A graveside service will follow at 2:45 p.m. at the St. Denis Cemetery, 2401 St. Denis Lane, Havertown, PA 19083. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.


Cecil B. Tull -- Cecil B. Tull, 91, of Seaford, passed away peacefully at his home in Rivers End on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.ᅠ The son of Golda G. and Robert C. Tull, he was born on the family farm west of Seaford on Oct. 9, 1920. Following graduation from Seaford High School in 1938, he received a bachelor of science degree with honors in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia and subsequently pursued graduate studies at the University of Delaware.ᅠ Mr. Tull was a Naval veteran of WWII and served with the Seabees in South East Asia and the Pacific theater. Following his return to civilian life, he joined the family business, Sussex Farms and Tull Brothers Inc. and was instrumental in their establishment of an International Harvester/Case dealership for agriculture equipment. He served as chief executive officer and vice president as the family of businesses expanded into hardware, housewares, gift and garden retail operations. Under his leadership, the equipment dealership was recognized numerous times for outstanding sales and service to the agriculture community by International Harvester, Case, MTD, Cub Cadet and the North American Equipment Dealer Association of which he was a member. Mr. Tull served on the Seaford School Board and was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, Moose, and Elks Lodge, the University of Virginia Alumni Association and the Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Elizabeth (Abbey) Tull; a son, Benjamin Tull of Seaford; a daughter, Rebecca Deaton of Salisbury, Md.; four grandchildren, Brian Tull and Lauren Whaley of Seaford, Tyler Deaton of Washington, D.C. and Alexa Deaton of New York, N.Y.; and two great grandchildren, Avery Tull and Carter Whaley of Seaford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert J. Tull. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, June 16, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Tull to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


John Franklin 'Johnny' Lloyd -- John Franklin "Johnny" Lloyd, 59, died at his home in Kemah, Texas, on Friday, June 8, 2012, after a courageous battle with cholangiocarcinoma.ᅠ Born in Salisbury, Md. on his mothers birthday, May 20, 1953, he was the son of Betty A. (Baker) Lloyd and the late Richard E. Lloyd. Johnny graduated from Delmar High School, Class of 1971, where he was senior class president. He left the Delmar area in the late 1970s to work in Texas with friends and was employed the last 25 years in the cooling tower industry. Johnny was currently employed as a superintendent for SPX at the Exxon facility in Baytown, Texas.ᅠ He loved golfing, swimming, biking, yard sales, classic cars, going to the movies, watching western TV shows and spending time with family, grandchildren and friends. He is remembered for his quick wit and humor, always lending a helping hand to neighbors and those in need, being a great mentor to his workers, being a loving husband, son, brother, stepfather and as PaPa Johnny.ᅠ He was a member of the Clear Lake (Kemah) Elks Lodge #2322 and the Delmar VFW Post #8276 Mens Auxiliary. In addition to his mother, Betty, he is survived by his wife, Sharon Ladendorf Lloyd of Kemah; sisters, Ann L. Street (Robert) of Princess Anne, Md. and Lisa Lloyd Ellis (Randy) of Delmar; a stepdaughter, Katie Lauren Rupprath (Mike Hessler) of Kemah; a son, Myles Lloyd of Dickinson, Texas; a daughter, Jenna Lloyd of Alvin, Texas; grandchildren, Arianna Salcido and Dylan Hessler of Kemah; a niece, Kelli Street of New York, N.Y.; father-in-law, Ret. Lt. Col. Chuck Ladendorf USAF of Lakeland, Fla.; brothers-in-law, Ron Domel (Linda) of Texas City, Texas, Charles Domel (Kathy) of Bacliff, Texas, and Chip Ladendorf of Kemah; and sisters-in-law, Carolyn Davis (Bill) of Port Aransas, Texas and Judy Ladendorf of Oklahoma City, Okla. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and co-workers. In addition to his father, Richard E. Lloyd, who passed in 2003, he was preceded in death by an aunt, Emaline Dennis; an uncle, Gene Lloyd; maternal grandparents, Jewell and John Baker; paternal grandparents, Hattie and Frank Vincent and Elsie Lloyd; and a brother-in-law, Eric Ladendorf. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at St. Stephens United Methodist Church, Camelot Hall. ᅠ In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in his memory to the Richard E. Lloyd Chair Lift Memorial Fund. Donations should be made payable to Adah Chapter #5 OES, c/o Linda McCann, 1712 Upper Millstone Ln., Salisbury, MD 21801. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Ronald 'Shane' Frantz -- Ronald Shane Frantz, 25, of Laurel, passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Shane was a 2004 graduate of Laurel High School. After graduation he pursued a career in carpentry. His favorite hobbies included skateboarding, cooking, golfing, and making people laugh. Shane is survived by his mother, Lisa Marks; his father, Roger Frantz Jr. and his wife Brenda Frantz; brothers, Duane Frantz III and Liz Gruwell and Phillip Adams and Amanda Adkins; a sister, Stacy Frantz-Andrie and her husband Michael; paternal grandparents, Roger Frantz Sr. and Hettie DeRossett; maternal grandparents, Ronald and Dolores Morgan; a great grandmother, Doris Morgan; aunts and uncles, Richard & Tina Marine, Tammy & Scott Grant, and Kim & Steve Hettler; nieces and nephews, Dalton Andrie, Karisma Frantz, Nevaeh Adams, and Alivia Frantz-Andrie; his fiance, Crystal Abbott, and her children, Taylor, Caleb, Emilee and Kaiden. Shane is also survived by numerous cousins and extended family. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, June 16, at Central Worship Center, 14545 Sycamore Rd., Laurel, where a visitation will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Tim Dukes will officiate. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.


Evelyn Farrow Collison Hudson -- Evelyn Farrow Collison Hudson, 90, of Seaford, died Monday, June 11, 2012. Mrs. Hudson retired from the Dupont Co. in Seaford in 1980 after 29 years of service.ᅠ She was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, the Seaford Elks Club, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Seaford Golf and Country Club. Her first husband, Richard M. Collison died in 1972 and her second husband, Edward W. Hudson died in 1999.ᅠ She is survived by her son, Richard Dick Collison and his wife Shirley; her stepdaughter, Janie Patterson and her husband Ben; 3 grandsons, Richard Mark Collison (Joanne), Robert Michael Collison (Joanne) and Michael Edward Patterson (Becky); and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford, where friends may call from 10 to 11. Burial will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Johns United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


Jean Davis Russell -- Jean Davis Russell, 89, of Lewes, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012, at Harbor Healthcare in Lewes. She was born on April 22, 1923, to George E. Davis and Adelia Davis of Milford. Jean was a former employee of D.F. Quillen and Sons, W. K. & W. M. Cullum Electrical, Shore Building Supply, Maplewood Dental Associates and Heritage Antiques. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Randall Pierce Russell; her brother, Watson Davis; her brother, Cecil Davis; and her sister, Kathryn Goodrick. She was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, Rehoboth Beach. She is survived by her daughter, Linda R. Griffin and her husband Glenn (Bud) Griffin of Lewes; her grandson, Russell G. Griffin and his wife Jessica Griffin of Seaford; and her great-granddaughter, Harper Charlotte Griffin, also of Seaford. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call after 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Epworth U.M. Church, 19285 Holland Glade Rd., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 or in memory of Jean Russell to VITAS Hospice, 100 Commerce Dr., Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713.


Annabelle Lee King -- Annabelle Lee King, 95, of Laurel, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 17, 2012, at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford. Annabelle was born Sept. 25, 1916 in Laurel, the daughter of George Elmer King and Flora Ellen (Carmean) King. She was employed as a seamstress at local garment factories in the Laurel/Seaford area. Annabelle was an active member of Kings United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Womens group there. Annabelle also attended Providence United Methodist Church in Georgetown with her niece and family. Annabelle lived a quiet life and enjoyed family outings and being around people whether young or old. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Arthur Thomas King and sister-in-law, Ruth B. King. She is survived by her nieces, E. Kathy Smardon of Jericho, Vt. and Connie E. Mears of Georgetown, and nephew, E. Thomas King of Laurel. She is also survived by 3 great nephews and 1 great niece, 6 great, great nephews and 1 great, great niece. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at Kings U.M. Church, Gordy Road, Laurel, where friends may call at noon. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Donations may be made to Kings United Methodist Church, c/o Karen Perry, 34591 Gordy Rd., Laurel, DE 19956.


John Clendaniel -- John Clendaniel, 83, of Seaford, died Sunday, June 17, 2012, after battling acute lymphocytic leukemia. Born in Rehoboth Beach, he was the son of the late Harry and Laura Clendaniel. John graduated from Rehoboth High School in 1947. He worked for 37 years as a meat cutter for A&P Supermarket. After retiring from A&P, he joined Tull Brothers where he worked another 18 years. John was a gifted athlete and an avid sports fan, and he particularly enjoyed the Baltimore Orioles baseball and Ravens football teams. John also was an active member of St. Johns United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher and helped with fundraising events. In addition to his church activities, he was a member of Widow Person Services. He enjoyed many trips and gatherings with this group, and he developed many long time friendships that he cherished. John was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Jane Robinson Clendaniel; and two siblings, Helen Lingenselter and Bill Clendaniel. He is survived by two daughters, Jill Buchert and her husband David of Salisbury and Nancy Dix and her husband Charles, also of Salisbury; two grandchildren, Katharine Racicot and her husband Alexander of Germantown and Patrick Dix of Salisbury; two sisters, Marguerite Becker of Rehoboth Beach and Barbara Pettit of Milton; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, June 21, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Seaford, with a viewing from 11 a.m. to noon. Interment will be held at Odd Fellows Cemetery, and a celebration of Johns life will be held in St. Johns Fellowship Hall immediately following the interment. In lieu of flowers, and in appreciation for a group loved by John, donations should be made to WPS (Widow Person Services), 100 Meadow Dr., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson Yates Funeral Home.


Terry R. Cain -- Terry R. Cain, 56, of Greenwood, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was born in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 13, 1955, son of the late Claude H. and Beulah (Callis) Cain. Mr. Cain was a member of the 1973 graduating class at Woodbridge High School. After graduation he worked as a machinist for Seaford Machinery specializing in the administration of DuPont contracts. From 2006 to the present Mr. Cain was employed with ILC in Dover, a job he truly enjoyed. He was an accomplished machinist and held many patents in his name. Mr. Cain was a member of the NRA, Delmarva Hogs, and the Seaford Moose Lodge. He had a love for guns, knives, hunting, NASCAR, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, and most of all, his Bengal Cats. He had a quick wit and was a great storyteller. Mr. Cain was a loving father, grandfather, co-worker, and friend who will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Mr. Cain is survived by his son, Christopher Claude Cain of Washington, D.C.; his daughter, Jessica L. Cain of Easton, Md,; his grandson, Cowen Friend; his two cats, Trapper and Camo; and several aunts, uncles and dear friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call at 10 a.m. A viewing will also be held on Wednesday, June 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow funeral services at Bloomery Cemetery, Federalsburg, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the National Rifle Association (NRA), 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030, or Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary of Sussex County, P.O. Box 430, Nassau, DE 19969. Visit Mr. Cains Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Catherine Ann Russell -- Catherine Ann Russell, 69, of Seaford, died Friday, June 15, 2012, at her residence after a hard battle with cancer. Cathy is survived by her sister, Susan Mulroy; her aunt, Gail Beyen; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Russell in February 2010. Services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Seasons Hospice Foundation, 220 Continental Dr., Newark, DE 19713. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home.


Wayne Thomas Lowe -- Peacefully at home and surrounded by family, Wayne Thomas Lowe, 75, of Catonsville, Md., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 14, 2012. He fought a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. Wayne was born in Laurel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Helen Lowe and a sister, Debbie Lowe. Wayne married Nancy Morris Lowe in August 1962. Wayne was a graduate of Laurel High School. He went into the Army Reserves where he was honorably discharged in 1961. He worked at Wayne Pump in Delaware and then went to Giant Food where he retired after 37 years. Wayne loved to play golf with his buddies and his sons. He also loved attending church at Grace Bible Baptist and spending time with his family. He was a beloved husband of 50 years to Nancy Morris Lowe; devoted father of Dale and his wife Joan, Keith and his wife Kathy, Kenny and his wife Trina, Kevin and his wife Kim and Kyle and his wife Kim. A loving Pop Pop of Cole, Eliza Rose, Ava Marie, Katelyn Marie, Jessica Lynn, Kory Thomas, Kyle William, Jack Stewart and Wren Morris; loving brother to Joanne Moyer and Kay Murphy and her husband Pat; and several nieces and nephews. All are going to miss him dearly. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Sterling Ashton Schwab Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville on Monday, June 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 19, one hour before the service at church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at Grace Bible Baptist Church, 1518 N. Rolling Rd., Catonsville. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, at the Wicomico Cemetery in Salisbury, Md. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Bible Baptist Church,1518 North Rolling Rd., Baltimore, MD 21228 or Gilchrist Hospice Care, Inc., 11311 McCormick Rd., Ste. 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.


Mary Florence Brittingham Elliott -- Mary Florence Brittingham Elliott, 95, a resident of the Methodist Manor House of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2012. Mrs. Elliott was born on May 19, 1917, in Gumboro, to the late George C. and Maggie E. Lynch Brittingham. She worked as a lab technician for the DuPont Chemical Co. for 32 years. She was formerly active in the American Legion Auxiliary and the Laurel Senior Center. She was an Orioles fan who loved baseball statistics and facts. She enjoyed gardening, traveling with the senior center gang, crochet and cross stitch. She is survived by a son, George M. Elliott of Lewes; a daughter, Rachel Elliott Waller and her husband Ronald L. of Laurel; a sister, Edna Lewis of Willards, Md.; four grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren. She is also survived by extended family members and friends. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 25, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call at 10 a.m. Pastor Barbara Wilson will officiate. Burial will follow in the Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro. Flowers are welcome. Letters of condolences may be emailed via www.watsonfh.com.


E. Joyce Flannigan Tull -- E. Joyce Flannigan Tull, 68, of Seaford, died Monday, June 18, 2012. Joyce was born in Wilmington, the daughter of the late John and Lillian Flannigan. She worked for the Salvation Army for 26 years. She was a member of the Moose Lodge in Seaford and an avid bowler and gardener. Her husband, George Henry Tull died in 2006. She is survived by 3 daughters, Denise Chamberlain, Wanda Phillips and her husband Michael and Linda Taylor and her husband Jason; 4 grandchildren, Kelli Chamberlain, Brandy Tingle, Bobby Tingle and Alisha Taylor; and 3 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, John Flannigan, Beverly Flannigan, Valerie Flannigan Sutterlin, Patricia Flannigan Groves, David Flannigan and Paul Flannigan. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 25, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Virginia Sue Mangone -- Virginia Sue Mangone, 71, of Bridgeville, died Friday, June 22, 2012, at her residence. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of the late Verna Oettel and Harry Carter, she was the bookkeeper for Peninsula Cleaners in Seaford. She was a member of the Arabian Horse Association. Virginia is survived by her husband, Joseph V. Mangone; a son, Jeffrey Alloway of Seaford; a sister, Kathleen Powers of Ithaca, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Steven R. Skinner -- Steven R. Skinner, 65, of Seaford, formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away at his home from a long and courageous battle with cancer.ᅠ He was the son of the late Roscoe and Evelyn Skinner. Steven was a retired Railroad Department foreman for Koppers, now known as Kaydon Ring & Seal for over 43 years. He loved to be outdoors. You could find this outdoorsman enjoying, hunting, fishing, going to the beach, and traveling to many wonderful destinations with his wife. Steven enjoyed going to church and attended Laurel Wesleyan Church in Laurel. Steven was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, and will be missed by his family. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Lloyd Skinner; his son, Steven E. Skinner of Tampa, Fla.; his daughter, Tracey Musotto and her husband Michael of Seaford; and his grandchildren, Brock Skinner, Jenn Musotto, Kara Musotto, and Christopher Musotto. A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 16, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Pastor Ken Deusa officiated. Interment was private. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 Dupont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 720295, Oklahoma City, OK 73172-0295.


Hazel Anna Natale, 85 Hazel Anna Natale, formerly of Easton and Vera Beach, Fla., died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at the Envoy of Denton.ᅠ Mrs. Natale was born in Cordova on March 24, 1927. She was the daughter of the late Clarence W. Wooters and Anita D. Wooters. ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠᅠ Mrs. Natale was employed as an administrator for the United States Navy and Justice Department. She enjoyed sewing costumes for the Vera Beach theatre. She also loved golf and traveling. ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ She is survived by two sisters, Eleanor Plagge, and her husband Roger of Illinois, and Patricia Baker, and her husband Eugene of Greenwood; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Natale; and five brothers and sisters, Gladys Steward, Muriel Williams, Naomi LaBombard, Alfred Wooters, and Anita Bartholomy.ᅠ A funeral service was held on Saturday, June 16, at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Easton. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery.ᅠ Contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Natale to the Fairview Church of the Brethren, 11243 Chapel Rd., Cordova, MD 21625.


Homer Lee Disharoon Jr. -- Homer Lee Disharoon Jr., 92, of Laurel passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Life Care at Lofland Park, Seaford, surrounded by his loving family.ᅠ Born in Salisbury on Nov. 16, 1919, he was the son of the late Homer L. Sr. and Sallie Elliott Disharoon.ᅠ After graduating from Wicomico High School in 1937, he attended the now Salisbury University and Salisbury Business School and worked several years for Eastern Shore Public Service Company. At the outbreak of WWII, Homer entered the U.S. Army reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was a bomber pilot in its Air Force Division. During the war, Homer flew 50 bombing missions based out of Italy.ᅠ On Oct. 10, 1944, he married the former Verna Windsor of Laurel. Following the war, in 1946, Homer joined his father-in-law, Granville S. Windsor, in the operation of his funeral home in Laurel. After serving his apprenticeship, Homer attended and graduated in 1948 from the Eckels School of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia and returned to the business with his father-in-law. After the death of Mr. Windsor in 1960, Homer took over the full operation of the funeral home. He retired in 1989, after 43 years of continual service to Laurel and the surrounding area. After retirement, Homer pursued another interest, he earned his real estate license and for a number of years was an agent with Laurel Realty Company. Community oriented, Homers memberships and involvements were many. He was on the Board of Directors of the Laurel Senior Center, member and past president of the Laurel Lions Club, chairman of the Laurel Sesqui-Centennial in 1952, member of the Laurel Chamber of Commerce, had been chairman of the trustee board and a Sunday school teacher at Centenary U.M. Church where he had held membership since 1945, member of Hope Lodge #4 A.F.& A.M. from whom hed more recently received his 50 Year Pin and in 1992 the Town of Laurel honored him as Citizen of the Year.ᅠ Mr. Disharoon is survived by his wife, Verna W. Disharoon, Laurel; two daughters, Judith A. Gibson, Corvallis, Ore. and Janice A. ONeill, Wilmington; a sister, Jodie Grier, Salisbury; five grandchildren, Patrick Ziesing, Meaghan Farver, Sam Gibson, Staci Pittman and Whitney Sanders; and seven great grandchildren.ᅠ In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sue Ann Ellis in June 1985 and a great grandchild, Homer August Farver in October 2010.ᅠ Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel. Pastor Joseph G. Burris will officiate. A visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Private interment will be held in Laurel Odd Fellows Cemetery.ᅠ At the familys request, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Centenary U.M. Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.ᅠ Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhomecom.


Victoria Ann Hurley Manlove -- Victoria Ann Hurley Manlove, 92, of Seaford, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. Born in Seaford, the daughter of the late Annabel Jarman and Victor E. Hurley, she was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, Acorn Club of Seaford, Manor House Auxiliary, Lioness Club, and the Tops Club. Victoria is survived by a daughter, Patricia M. Alderfer and husband Merrill of Lansdale, Pa.; a brother, James Hurley of Millville, N.J.; a sister, Dorothy Hurley of Seaford; 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Manlove and her son, John Kenneth Manlove. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, at St John's United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. The Rev. Richard Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.


Arthur Art M. Savard, 73 Arthur Art M. Savard of Bridgeville passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, MD. He was born in Lowell, MA on July 15, 1938, son of the late Leo and Mary (Pelchat) Savard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Sheryl in 2002; his son Dennis J. Reardon in 1979; his infant daughter Marie Savard; his brother: Leo Savard, Jr.; and a sister Theresa Schagaon. Mr. Savard enjoyed a 20-year career in cryptology with the U.S. Air Force retiring in 1977. He lived in Severn, MD, Florida briefly and settled in Bridgeville in 1988. He had a knack for fixing electronics so he opened Arts TV in Severn and Sussex VCR Clinic in Bridgeville; he kept himself current and was very good with computers. More recently, his interests included antiques and thus Arts Antique Alley came into being and continues today. Mr. Savard was a member of the Seaford American Legion and APA Pool Association. He was a renaissance man of sorts who could shoot pool with the best of them, tell a great long tale, enjoyed a good round of golf, woodworking, playing the organ and cooking. He was an animal lover who cared for many pets over his lifetime. He was a loving husband, a great Dad, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be remembered by so many. Mr. Savard is survived by two sons: Donald E. Reardon and his wife Moraima of Bridgeville and Daniel F. Reardon of Los Angeles, CA; a daughter, Angela M. Reardon and her fiance Roger E. Murray of Seaford, DE; two sisters: Jeanne Connolly and her husband Paul of Lowell, MA and Annette Fatheree of Sacramento, CA; two grandchildren: Christopher J. Reardon and his wife Isabelle of Jacksonville, NC and Grace M. Reardon of Bridgeville; and a great-granddaughter, Dalila R. Reardon of North Carolina. The Savard Family invites you to join them in celebrating Arts life on Monday, July 2, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws Street, Bridgeville. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Arts name to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Drive, Suite 101, Newark, DE 19713. Please visit Arts Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com


Dorothy Grace (Crowson) Johnson -- Dorothy Grace (Crowson) Johnson, 86, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, July 2, 2012. Her son was by her side as she drifted off to be with the Lord. Dorothy was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Seminole, Pinellas County, Fla., to the Rev. E.H. and Mary (Kuhn) Crowson. She was christened into the Methodist Church at an early age and accompanied her parents on their missionary tenure in Calcutta, India during the late 1920s. As a young girl, it was readily apparent that Dorothy was a gifted musician and had a great curiosity that fueled a lifelong passion for learning. Dorothy graduated from Haines City (Fla.) High School in 1942. In 1948, she graduated from Maryville College in Tennessee with a B.A. She took her first teaching job in 1949 and then continued her post graduate work at the University of Florida, Gainsville, in education. She received her M.S. Ed in elementary education in 1962 from the State University of New York at Oswego on the shores of Lake Ontario. Hired in 1949 by the Haines City Consolidated Schools, she taught 4th and 5th grades at her own elementary school in Loughman, Fla. From 1954 to 1956 Dorothy taught in one of the last one-room school houses in upstate New York in Oswego - teaching all grades from 5th to 8th simultaneously. From 1959 to 1964 she taught in the Phoenix (N.Y.) Central School system and moved to the Mexico Academy and Central School in Mexico, N.Y. in 1965; retiring 20 years later in 1985. Dorothy was always active in the church blending her teaching skills in Sunday school and Vacation Bible School, and music skills at the piano and organ, and in voice, for services and events. She played violin in the Oswego City Orchestra. Dorothy sang with the North Country Music Society. She served for many years as an accompanist for music students of the Mexico school system in the New York State Soloist Competitions. In 1991, she moved to Salisbury, Md. to be close to family. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, an active supporter of Coastal Hospice, Christian Shelter and Habitat on Marylands Lower Shore. She regularly attended the concerts at Salisbury University, engaged her favorite pastimes in gardening, genealogy and theology. She was a board member of The India Mission Fund, Inc. (TIMFI). She was a member of the Jackson Military Road Chapter (in Natchez, Miss.) of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She took a small pleasure that in moving to the Eastern Shore she was completing a historical circle as her first Crowson ancestor to come to America arrived on Delmarva in 1690. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Rev. E.H. and Mary (Kuhn) Crowson; her eldest brother, Ellis H. Crowson of Loughman; her middle brother, David L. Crowson of Orlando; her daughter, Deborah Grace (Johnson) (Brown) Reed of Conroe, Texas; and her former husband, John G. Johnson Jr. of Scranton, Pa. She is survived by brothers, Dr. Henry L. and Betty Crowson of Potomac, Va. and Paul R. and Laurie Crowson of Hattiesburg, Miss.; her sister, Ruth (Crowson) Rishel of San Diego, Calif.; her sisters-in-law: Virginia (Snyder) Crowson of Orlando, Freida (Johnson) Lea of Scranton, Pa., and Edna (Johnson) Prestwood of Clarks Summit, Pa.; her son, John G. Johnson III and his wife, Diane of Laurel; and her four grandchildren, Katherine J. Johnson of Adelphi, Md., Margaret L. (Johnson) Belous of Newtown, Conn., Lauren (Brown) Hitzeman of West Haven, Conn. and Daniel A. Brown of Dallas, Texas. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives as well as friends of the family. All arrangements are being handled by Short Funeral Home of Delmar. Dorothy will be laid to rest in St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar with a small graveside memorial attended by family. Condolences may be forwarded in care of 33060 Gordy Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jackson Military Road NSDAR, 1015 Lake Estates Dr., Hattiesburg, MS 39402. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Elizabeth Jane Brooks -- Elizabeth Jane Brooks, 74, of Delmar, died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was born on July 20, 1937, in Amityville, N.Y., a daughter of the late William and Clarice Shipman Ward. Jane, as she was fondly known to her family and friends, graduated from Seaford Sr. High School with the class of 1956. She loved children and was the founder of the Lil Red Hen Nursery School in Delmar, from where she retired in 1999. She was a true caregiver to many throughout her life. She loved her garden and the many hours spent in it talking with the Lord. She attended Bay Shore Community Church in Gumboro. She is survived by 4 children: Carol Hill and husband Jim, Jeff Martin and wife Cheryl, Greg Martin and Melissa Malone and husband Richard; grandchildren: Alison, Freddy, Molly, Courtney, Tanner, Ryan and Jaimie; great grandchildren: Isabella and Aiden; brothers and sisters: William Ward Jr. and wife Pat, Carroll McKnatt and husband Donald, Robert Ward and Julia Novack and husband Ed; stepchildren: Brad Brooks, Glen Brooks, Barry Brooks, Chris Miller and husband Steve, Kaye Anstreicher and husband Chris and Gale Hoffman and a son-in-law, Dick Scott; and her former husband and father of her children, Donald Martin. She is also survived by many step grandchildren and great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Frank Bonsall and Harold Brooks; a stepdaughter, Joan Scott; and 2 brothers, Henry (Chap) Ward and Russell (Ted) Ward. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, at Bay Shore Community Church in Gumboro. Pastor Danny Tice will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. Contributions may be made in her memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Evelyn Dean Maser -- Evelyn Dean Maser, 88, of Trenton, Fla., formerly of Seaford, died Friday, July 6, 2012. Evelyn worked for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for 17 years in patient recovery, retiring in 1984. She was a member of Cannon United Methodist Church where she was active in the Womens Society. She was also a member of the Womens Republican Club in Seaford and a volunteer for Delaware Hospice and the Cancer Society. Her husband, Frederick William Maser died in 1986. She is survived by a son, William Maser and his wife Doris of Federalsburg, Md.; 2 daughters, Patricia May Long and her husband Vic of Trenton, Fla. and Ruth Hilda Rivera and her husband Darling of Lucedale, Miss.; a brother, Elwood C. Dean Jr.; 9 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, July 11, at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 to 12. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


Jeannette Hastings Rogers -- Jeannette Hastings Rogers, 90, departed this life on Friday, July 6, 2012.ᅠ Jeannette's life was filled with a love of her home, family, friends and her church. Born on the Hasting's farm in Seaford, she attended Seaford High School and graduated salutatorian of her class. She then attended Goldey College in Wilmington. Jeannette married her high school sweetheart, Hoyt F. Rogers. Shortly after their marriage, Hoyt was drafted into the Army and Jeannette traveled with him where they were stationed in Florida, California, Utah, and Texas. Hoyt and Jeannette never forgot the people they met or the beauty of their beloved country. After the war they returned home, where they worked side by side establishing a highly respected Nationwide Insurance Agency. In 1983 Hoyt passed away and Jeannette and her daughter, Susan continued in the insurance business. Jeannette was a member of the Insurance Women's Association of Sussex County and retired from the insurance business in 2001 at the age of 79. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years. She loved to play bridge and was an avid player for over 50 years. Jeannette was an active member of St. John's United Methodist Church for over 60 years serving in the past on the church's finance committee. She especially loved it when it was her turn to greet the members of the church as they entered the sanctuary. Jeannette is survived by her two daughters, Janice Cooper Konopka and her husband Ronald of Rehoboth Beach and Susan Rogers Cordrey and her husband Jeff of Seaford; and her granddaughter, Holly Louise Cooper of Seaford. Also surviving are two sisters, Mary Louise Spicer of Seaford and Barbara A. Hitman of Quakertown, Pa., as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 10, at St. John's United Methodist Church on Pine and Poplar streets with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. and the service at 11. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Compassionate Care Hospice, 28467 DuPont Blvd., Ste. 6, Millsboro, DE 19966 or St. John's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford. ᅠᅠ


Warren Emerson Conaway -- Warren Emerson Conaway, 83, of Bridgeville went to be with the Lord peacefully on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 4, 1929 in Georgetown, the son of the late William Raleigh Conaway and Phoebe Taylor Conaway. He retired from Sothern States Co-op after 30 years of service. While there he was considered a jack of all trades - electrician, plumber, millwright, etc. Emerson was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church since 1955, member of the National Rifle Association, a life member of the Nanticoke Sportsman Club, life member of the Marshyhope Rod and Gun Club, and member of Thousand Trails NACO and Leisure Time Resorts and the National Home Gardening Club. He enjoyed hunting, singing in the choir at Bethel Church, playing his guitar and being around people in general. His fondest memory was of teaching his daughter, Pamela Sue Crick how to safely shoot firearms. Besides his parents he was also preceded in death by a son, Richard Lee Conaway and a sister, Hannah Bradley. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nita Craft Conaway; his daughter, Pamela Sue Crick of Millsboro; 3 grandchildren, Amanda Prince Lemon of Seaford, Angela Prince of Georgia and Kimberly Conaway of Seaford; 2 sisters, Sarah Elliott of Bridgeville and Shelby Swain of Lincoln; a brother, William Conaway of Anderson, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Donald Craft (Eileen) of Bridgeville; a sister-in-law, Rita Craft Layton of Seaford and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services and a celebration of Warren Emerson Conaways life will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 2381 Neal School Rd., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Bethel United Methodist Church, 2381 Neal School Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.


John Calvin Rawlins, MD, 91 of Seaford passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, July 9, 2012. Jack was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, who also dedicated his life to the care of his patients and to the community. He graduated from Seaford High School in 1939 and was proud to return to his hometown to raise his family and share his talents. - He graduated from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), and the University of Maryland School of Medicine with a Pediatric Residency at Johns Hopkins University. - Captain, U.S. Army, Medical Corps - A Family Practice Physician who retired when he was seventy years old. - Recognized for fifty years of service to the citizens of Delaware by the Medical Society of Delaware. - One of the first inductees of the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Physicians Hall of Fame. - Past President of the Seaford School Board. - Member the Jaycees, Lions Club and Kiwanis Club - Past President of the local chapter of the Toastmasters. - Active in various capacities at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford. His wife, June Baker Rawlins died on April 5th of this year. Dr. Rawlins is survived by his four sons, John C. Rawlins, Jr., Ronald B. Rawlins and Barbara, William K. Rawlins and Sandy, Terry B. Rawlins and Elena; 11 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and many other friends and relatives. The Rawlins Family would like to thank Shank Sisters in Home Healthcare Services and Heather D. Bjorge, RN from Seasons Hospice for their loving support and care for our Father. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, July 14th at 11 AM at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 9:30 to 11. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital 801 Middleford Rd, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements by the CRANSTON FUNERAL HOME, Seaford.


Kathryn Klatt LeCates -- Kathryn Klatt LeCates, 90, of Laurel, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at home on Tuesday, June 10, 2012. Kathryn was born on Aug. 22, 1921 in Laurel to the late Rudolph Sr. and Nellie Gertrude Klatt. Mrs. LeCates graduated from Laurel High School, Class of 1938 and then from Goldy Business School in Wilmington. She was employed by the DuPont Company in Seaford, the Monsanto Company in Dayton, Ohio and retired from Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in 1983 after 23 years of service where she was the director of medical records. She was an accredited medical record technician. Kathryn was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church where she was a teacher in the youth department for 35 years. She also was superintendent of the youth department and served as a board member. Left to cherish her memory are her sons and their wives, David and Ellen LeCates of Laurel and Donald and Nancy LeCates of Bethel; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Monte Towers of Laurel; three grandchildren, Robert LeCates of Laurel, Tracy Towers Childs of Manassas, Va. and Troy Towers of Frederick, Md.; five great grandchildren, Robbie, Gregory and Erik LeCates of Elizabethton, Tenn. and Lily and Ashton of Frederick, Md.; and a brother and his wife, Bryant and Hilda Klatt of Laurel. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Franklin M. LeCates and her siblings, Frances Klatt and Rudolph Klatt Jr. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 13, in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. LeCates' name to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 28315 Seaford Rd., Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Online condolences may be made to the LeCates family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Isaac Howard Wingate Jr. -- Isaac Howard Wingate Jr., 87, died Thursday July 5, 2012. He was the son of the late I. Howard Wingate Sr. and Hazel Hitchens Wingate of Delmar, Md. He was married to the late Julia Hopkins Wingate for 56 years. Upon graduation from Delmar High School, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943. After basic training he eventually joined the 424 Seahorse Squadron in the same b25 bomber crew attached to Marine Bomber Squadron 423 Marine Air Group 24, First Marine Air Wing. He was a Top Turret gunner who flew over 60 combat missions. He was stationed in the Pacific during his service including Espiritu Santa, New Hebrides Islands; New Guinea; Admiralty Islands; Green Island; and Sydney, Australia. Because of the large number of Marines leaving service after the war many, including Howard, did not receive the medals they had earned. Fifty six years after the end of WWII he was presented with three Distinguished Flying Crosses and nine Air Medals in a special ceremony by the Snow Hill High School Marine Corps JROTC. He began his post-war career as advertising manager for R.E. Powell and Company and later for Benjamins. He was a sales representative for WBOC TV and WSBY radio for 20 years. He coached minor league baseball for the Optimist Club Tigers and the BlueJays girls softball team. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Irving S. Wingate of Delmar. Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Gore and her husband, Bill of Salisbury; two grandsons, Vincent Gore and his wife Angie of Salisbury and Robert Gore of New Orleans; and two great-grandchildren, Dylan Gore and Julia Gore of Salisbury. A celebration of Howards life will be held on his birthday, Friday, July 13, at Holloway Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment with military honors of his cremains will be held at Parsons Cemetery following the service. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.


Clinton S. Anderson -- Clinton S. Anderson, 87, of Laurel, passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Seaford Center.ᅠ He was born in Bridgeville on July 14, 1924, to the late McKenley and Ethel Anderson. Clinton was a talented musician and could play numerous instruments. Some of his favorites were the steel guitar, harmonica, and mandolin. He enjoyed reading his Bible everyday, and was a member of Laurel Wesleyan Church. Clinton is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Ruby Hastings Anderson. He is also survived by his sister, Florence Jones of Greenwood, and a sister-in-law, Mildred Parsons of Salisbury. In addition to his parents, Clinton was preceded in death by his brother, Herman Anderson; his sister, Dorothy Perdue; and his brother and sister-in-laws, Louis Hasting Jr., Florence Moore and Louise Hitch. A funeral service was held on Friday, July 13, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. The Rev. Howard Travers officiated and burial was in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com.


Arline L. Phillips -- Arline L. Phillips, 89, of Seaford, died Monday, July 16, 2012. Arline retired from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where she was a secretary and bookkeeper. She was a life member of Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (DAVA), where she held many state and national offices and a former member of the American Legion in New York. She was an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Her husband, William C. Phillips died on July 16, 2002. She is survived by 2 daughters, Leanne Phillip-Lowe and her husband Tony and Debi Thomas and her husband Richard; 2 granddaughters, Kateri Lambrose (David) and Trisha Newcomer (Keith); 3 great grandchildren, Troy Lambrose, Kyrsten Lambrose, and Alayna Lambrose; and a sister, Patricia Randazzo. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Joan Coutant. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Friends may call from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford. A rosary service will be held at 5:30 and vigil services will be held at 7:30. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, P.O. Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973 or Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, 801 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.


Pearl Guerrant Parker -- Pearl Parker, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at her home in Seaford. Pearl was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Joseph F. Parker Sr. on Sept. 21, 2010. She was a lifelong member of St. Lukes Episcopal Church. Born in Highland Springs, Va., Pearl dedicated her life to raising her children. She lived her life demonstrating the importance of unselfishly giving her talents beyond what was required or even expected. She befriended those without immediate family whenever she felt a need, or loneliness existed. She placed a high value on education and each of her five children graduated from college. She maintained an innocence and optimism that enabled her children to continue to evolve, since they always knew they were loved and supported. Pearl is survived by her five children, Joseph F. Parker Jr. and Nancy, Barbara P. Rawlins and Ron, Douglas L. Parker, William C. Parker and Rob, James W. Parker and Laura; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Curtis Pleasants and Henry Pleasants of Richmond, Va. and many friends and relatives. Visitation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home followed by the service at 2 p.m. at St. Lukes Episcopal Church. A reception will be held in St. Lukes Parish Hall after interment. The Parker Family would like to thank caretakers Dee Perez, Hazel Biggs-Burge and Heather D. Bjorge, RN from Seasons Hospice for their loving support and care for our mother. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 202 North St., Seaford, DE 19973 or the National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018.


Garett Robert Colona Garett Robert Colona, 23, of Rhodesdale, Md., unexpectedly departed this world on Thursday, July 19, 2012, while he was flying and doing what he loved. He was born in Seaford on June 9, 1989. He was the son of Robert Colona and Tracy Tull. Garett lived life to its fullest. He knew where he wanted to go, and never slowed down or allowed obstacles to prevent him from getting there. He packed a lot of living in his 23 short years. He graduated from North Dorchester High School in 2007 and attended college at West Virginia University. From 2010 to 2012, he attended flight training in Salisbury, Md., Kent Aviation in Virginia, and Flying Tigers Aviation in Louisiana. Upon completion, he obtained his private and commercial pilot licenses. Garett loved flying. He was a natural-born pilot. Garett had an extensive knowledge of wildlife and trapping. He started trapping at a very early age. He was associated with the Maryland Trappers Association and enjoyed teaching children and adults the art of trapping. Garett also started farming as a young boy and spent as much time as he could working on his best friend's farm. Garett was a very lovable and caring person, who was admired and loved by his extensive family and many friends. Garett is survived by his wife, Taylor Colona; his father, Robert C. Colona; his mother, Tracy A. Tull; his grandparents, Robert and Shirley Colona, and Donald and Leona Tull; his in-laws, Karen, Rick, Tyler, and Morgan Burns; and his many extended family members. Taylor, the love of his life, is in the Air Force. They were married April 8, 2011 and shared a home in Aviano, Italy, where she has been stationed since July 2011. Garett returned to the United States in April to begin his career as a pilot. He was working for Ocean Aerial Ads, Inc. and would have soon realized his goal of crop dusting. Garett's dream was to combine his passions for flying and farming. He would have rejoined his wife in Italy in September until he would come back to the States to fly again for the summer. Garett was beloved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. A gathering of family and friends will be held in Pemberton Park, 5561 Plantation Lane, Salisbury, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. A memorial worship service will also be held at Christ Lutheran Church, Shipley Street, Seaford at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Following the service on July 26, there will be a catered celebration at the Goslees Farm, 5436 Galestown Newhart Mill Rd., Sharptown MD 21861. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Maryland Fur Trappers Inc., 2919 Chestnut Grove, Keedyville, MD 21756. People making donations should make a note that its in memory of Garett Colona. Donations may also be made to Mercy Medical Airlift at www.Angelflightmidatlantic.org. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. To send condolences to the family, visit www.hollowayfh.com. The gathering of family and friends for Garett Robert Colona, that is scheduled for Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 4 pm, has been relocated from Pemberton Park to under a tent at the Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene at 27765 Nanticoke Rd, Salisbury, MD.


C.M. Skip Gardner, III, of Bridgeville, DE passed away at the age of 54 on Sunday, July 22 after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer. Born on August 31, 1957 in Parkersburg, WV he was the second son of Clarence M. Gardner, Jr. and Phyllis Snyder Gardner of Seaford, DE. After graduating in 1979 from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, Skip was the Superintendent of Newark Country Club in Newark, Delaware, Brantwood Golf Club in Elkton, Maryland and Garrisons Lake Golf Club in Smyrna, Delaware. His many years of experience in turf grass management encouraged Skip to embark upon his ultimate dream of his life- to design, build and manage his own public golf course so that families could learn and enjoy the game of golf at a reasonable cost. In 1993 along with his family and friends, Skip proudly opened the doors of the Woodland Golf Park outside of Seaford, his hometown. Skip worked countless hours maintaining the spectacular grounds and managing the business until his illness forced him to close the doors and retire in 2006. Skip loved the outdoors especially the beach and tinkering with classic sports cars. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the fraternity Phi Kappa Tau. Skip most enjoyed teaching his daughter, Glynis how to swim, play softball, ride a bike, and drive a golf cart. Glynis was the light in his life. In addition to his parents, Skip was preceded in death by his older brother, J. Bradford Gardner and his maternal and paternal grandparents. Skip is survived by his daughter, Glynis Paige and her mother, Ursula P. Gardner of Seaford, DE, along with his two younger sisters, Meg Bohmke and her husband David of Fredericksburg, Virginia and Nannette (Nan) Hathaway and her husband Douglas of Woodstown, New Jersey as well as his nieces and nephews Matthew, Greg and Natalie Bohmke, Caroline, Elizabeth and Hillary Hathaway. A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 30 at the Heritage Shores Club, One Heritage Shores Circle, Bridgeville. Family and friends may greet the family from 9  11 with a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Skips memory to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 381, C/O Debbie Wilson, 25359 Church Rd, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, Delaware Letters of condolences may be emailed via www watsonfh.com


Evelyn Bounds Twilley -- Evelyn Bounds Twilley, 82, of Delmar, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Delmar. She was born on Sept. 4, 1929 in Mardela Springs, a daughter of the late Harry and Nellie (Phillips) Bounds.ᅠ In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, G. Holland Twilley, who passed in 1994; a daughter, Linda Marie Twilley, who passed in 1975; a grandson, Phillip Lowe; and 2 brothers, Sydney and Edgar Bounds. Evelyn was the owner and operator of Evelyns Beauty Shop in Delmar, a job she loved for 30 years. She was a past member of Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church in Columbia and a recent member of Melson United Methodist Church in Delmar. She was also a past member of the Delmar Lioness Club.ᅠ She was an excellent cook and an outstanding homemaker. Evelyn will be remembered as a woman with a most kind and giving spirit who always made family and friends feel welcome. She loved her family with all of her heart and her strong faith in the Lord was an inspiration to her children. She is survived by a son, Dale H. Twilley of Delmar; a daughter, Lori Twilley Campbell and her husband, Robert of Delmar; 5 grandchildren, Ashley Campbell, Matthew Campbell, Roni Twilley, Caitlyn Twilley and Stephen Lowe; one step great granddaughter, Taylor Lowe; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday July 27, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. The Rev. Sam McWilliams will officiate. Interment will follow at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron. Contributions may be made in her memory to Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church, c/o Mary Lou Covington, 36271 Columbia Rd., Delmar, DE 19940 or Melsons United Methodist Church, c/o Amber Dorman, 33211 Melson Rd., Delmar, MD 21875. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Clifford M. Beach -- Clifford M. Beach, 77, of Delmar, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born on April 21, 1935 in Delmar, a son of the late Joseph I. and Lettie Melson (Goslee) Beach. Clifford graduated from Delmar High School with the class of 1953. He retired in 1995 after a 32 year career as an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance in Salisbury.ᅠ He was a 50 year member of the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department which he joined in 1960. He served as president in 1974, and was also past treasurer, building committee chairman for the new fire station, engineer and chief driver and served in various other capacities through the years.ᅠ He was a longtime member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Delmar.ᅠ Other memberships include the Delmar Lions Club, the Delmar Alumni Association, the Delmar Boosters Club and the Delmar VFW Post 8276 where he was a social member for many years. He also served on the Delmar Town Council for a number of years.ᅠ In his earlier days he enjoyed coaching in the Delmar Little League and Senior League. He loved sports and was an avid NASCAR fan, and lifelong Orioles and Baltimore Colts fan.ᅠ He was passionate about gardening and cooking and was a true animal lover. He anxiously awaited spring each year as he prepared his birdhouses for the arrival of the Purple Martins. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Phyllis Twilley Beach; 2 sons, Barry Clifford Beach and his wife, Donna of Oakton, Va. and Brent Craig Beach and his wife, Jada of Grasonville, Md.; 3 grandchildren, Payton, Gabrielle and Cambell; a sister, Peggy Beach Ward of Delmar; and a brother, Howard S. Beach and his wife, Jean of Selbyville. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Beach Brickhouse; and 3 brothers, Robert Bob S. Beach, Joseph Douglas Beach and an infant brother, James Donald Beach. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 27, at Short Funeral Home in Delmar and also on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St. in Delmar, where a firemans funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. The Rev. Phyllis Walton will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Delmar. Contributions may be made in his memory to St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940, or Delmar Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 243, Delmar, DE 19940 or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Delaware, 100 West 10th St., Ste. 209, Wilmington, DE 19801. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.


Raymond 'Ray' Rowan Moynihan -- Raymond Ray Rowan Moynihan, 61, of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Anchorage Rehabilitation Center in Salisbury, Md., after a courageous battle with several illnesses.ᅠ Ray was born on Aug. 29, 1950, the son of Helen Moynihan and the late Edward Moynihan. He lived his entire life in Seaford. He was a 1968 graduate of Seaford High School where he earned a certificate for perfect attendance and was a member of the band. His father, Edward J. Moynihan died in 1974. ᅠ He is survived by his mother, Helen Moynihan of Seaford; his brothers, Larry Moynihan and his wife Kaye of Seaford, Frank Moynihan and his wife Marcie of Austin, Texas and E. Michael Moynihan of Seaford; two nieces, Dr. Jennifer Tokarsky (Greg) of Columbia, Md. and Kelly Moynihan of Austin; two nephews, John Moynihan of Austin and Edward Moynihan (Molly Askin) of Washington, D.C.; and two great nephews, Gabriel and Theodore.ᅠ The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Anchorage Rehab Center for their caring and compassionate care of Ray during his long illness.ᅠ A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, P.O. Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.ᅠ


Deborah J. King -- Deborah J. King, 53, of Laurel, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at her residence. She was born in Milford on May 15, 1959, a daughter of the late Paul Shahan and Shirley Ingram Shahan who resides in Frederica. Mrs. King had been employed for 10 years as a CNA at the Milford Manor Nursing Home and later worked as a waitress for 29 years at the Golden Corral Restaurant in Seaford. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 35 years, David Justin King Sr.; her son, David Justin King Jr. and wife Stephanie Rae of Laurel; her daughter, Dina M. King of Laurel; a brother, Clint Shahan and wife Terri of Columbia, S.C.; a sister, Joann Keilbasa and husband Edward of Felton; and two grandchildren, Brina J. Lee and Kanaan David King. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Dodd Carey Chapel, 307 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, where friends may call two hour before the services. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, at Cokesbury Cemetery, Georgetown. Visit Mrs. King's life memorial and sign the online guest register at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.


Clinton J. Smith -- Clinton J. Smith, 84, of Palm Bay, Fla., and formerly of Seaford, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at Palm Bay Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Edwin L. Smith and Oleta Smith of Georgetown. He graduated from Georgetown High School in 1945, spent four years in the U.S. Navy and was employed at the E. I. DuPont plant in Seaford for 37 years. He gave to the community by serving as a hospice volunteer. He was a 32nd degree Mason with a 55 year membership between the Franklin Lodge No. 12, F. & A.M. in Georgetown and Harbor City Lodge No. 318 in Melbourne, Fla.; a member of the Evergreen Forest 49, Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He was an outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing and distributing bluebird boxes in Sussex County. He enjoyed singing with the Cannon United Methodist Church Choir in Delaware and GoodTime Singers in Holiday Park. Clinton was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (Peggy) Larson Smith of six years and his wife, Alice Dean Smith of 25 years. He is survived by his sister, Mildred Wells of Seaford, Margaret A. McWilliams of Fenwick Island, and Jean Beach and husband Howard of Fenwick Island and Palm Bay, Fla.; and several step children, nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at Sussex Pines Golf Club in Georgetown on Friday, Aug. 3. Friends and family may gather at 10:30 a.m. The service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be at 2 p.m. at Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Millsboro. Memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.


William H. Derrickson -- William H. Bill Derrickson, 84, of Seaford, died Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. He was born in Millville, the son of the late Handy and Ethelyn (Hudson) Derrickson. Bill retired after 40 years from the DuPont Co., Seaford plant as a production planner. He was a member of Millville United Methodist Church in Millville and an associate member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia H. Pat Derrickson of Seaford; two sons, Jody Derrickson of Clarksburg, W.Va. and Jed Derrickson and his wife Teresa of Millville; and two grandchildren, Alex Derrickson and his wife, Sommer and Tedi Derrickson. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Denise Derrickson and a daughter-in-law, Vanessa Derrickson. A graveside service was held on Monday, July 30, at St. Georges Cemetery in Clarksville with Pastor Donald Schell officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Millville United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 36405 Clubhouse Rd., Millville, DE 19967. Arrangements are in the care of Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.


Talitha W. Williamson -- Talitha W. Williamson, 86, of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Monday morning, July 23, 2012, peacefully, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., with her family by her side. Born in Cokesbury, Dorchester County, Md., on March 26, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Julia Dunn White. She attended and graduated from Hurlock High School, Class of 1943. She attended Goldie Beacon Business School in Wilmington. She was a longtime bank employee at First National Bank which then became known as the Bank of Delaware in Seaford. She was finally able to retire in 1970. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Federalsburg, Md. In addition to her husband of 67 years, Donald Brooks Williamson, whom she married on June 2, 1945, she is survived by 4 children, Diana Trice and her husband Bob of Seaford, Glen Williamson of Seaford, Lisa Callahan and her husband Kevin of Oxford, Md. and Marcia Meyer of Federalsburg, Md. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, Robert Trice and his wife of Canton, Ga., Chris Trice and his wife Sibel of Brooklyn, N.Y., Blaire W. Adams of Cambridge, Md., Blaine Williamson and his wife Tracey of East New Market, Md., J. Brooks Andrews and his wife Casey of Royal Oak, Md., Stephanie Andrews of Easton, Md., Nicholas Meyer of Federalsburg, Md. and Kyle Meyer of Federalsburg, Md.; and 4 great grandchildren, Ashton, Nash, Kirsten and Addison.ᅠ She was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren, Bridget Williamson and Brent Williamson. Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 28 at Williamson Funeral Home, Federalsburg. The Rev. Ruth Tull officiated and the Rev. Glenn Lyburn of Wesley United Methodist Church assisted. Interment was in Cokesbury Cemetery, Federalsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Baywater Animal Rescue, 4930 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge, MD 21613 or Wesley United Methodist Church, 6304 Eldorado Rd., Federalsburg, MD 21632. To send condolences, visit www.williamsonfunerals.com.


Raymond F. Henderson Jr. -- Raymond F. Henderson Jr., 68, of Rustburg, Va., passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. ᅠᅠ He was the loving husband of Karen W. Henderson for over 49 years. ᅠ Born in Lewes, he was the son of the late Ray F. Henderson Sr. and Marie Cooper Henderson. ᅠ Ray is survived by two sons, William Ray Henderson and wife, Kim of Smithfield, N.C. and Christopher Dean Henderson of Fincastle, Va.; four grandchildren, Ashley Brooke Powers, Alexander Ray Henderson, Nathanial Christopher Henderson, and Jeremiah David Henderson; a brother, Gary P. Henderson of Princess Anne, Md.; and two sisters, Patsy Jarvis of Seaford and Jane Smack of Laurel. Ray was retired from Areva after 34 years of service. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, camping, hunting, and will always be remembered for his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. Ray was a member of and held various offices in the Izaak Watson League of Lynchburg. He was a member of the Campbell County Triad and S.A.L.T. Counsel and enjoyed volunteer work with the Campbell County Sheriffs office, the Lynchburg Police Department and the Salvation Army. A memorial service will be held at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg, Va., at noon on Monday, Aug. 6. Visitation with friends and family will be held one hour before the service. ᅠ Memorials may be sent to the Salvation Army, 2215 Park Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24501-2730. Tharp Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be made at www.tharpfuneralhome.com.ᅠ


Lisa Marie Cooper -- Lisa Marie Cooper, 48, of Laurel, died Monday, July 30, 2012 at her residence. ᅠ Born in Seaford, she was the daughter of Sandra Thomas Weber and the late William F. Jackson Sr.ᅠ She was an ECHO cardiographer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and Nanticoke Cardiology in Seaford. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Seaford.ᅠ She is survived by her mother, Sandra Thomas Weber and stepfather Chris of Salisbury, Md.; a son, Philip D. Fields of Laurel; a daughter, Amanda K. Fields of Laurel; a sister, Terri L. Stafford of Seaford; a niece, Kristin M. Stafford; and nephews, Brad Stafford, Ryan Stafford and William E. Jackson.ᅠ In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, William F. Jackson Jr. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Watson Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m., before the service. Burial will be private. Contributions may be made to Lisa's children, c/o Sandra Weber, 30354 Dagsboro Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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