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The Rev. Bessie V. Avant
A funeral service for the Rev. Bessie V. Avant, 66, of Dover, will be held on Thursday, June 25 at Calvary Baptist Church, Del. 8 West, Forrest Avenue, Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
The Rev. Avant died Friday, June 19, 1998 in Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.
The Rev. Avant was born in 1932 in Rectortown, Va., the daughter of the late Edwin and Corrine Ross.
She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at the age of 5 and was an active member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Rectortown.
She was educated in the public school system in Rectortown and attended Manassas High School in Manassas, Va. She graduated in 1949.
On Oct. 5, 1974, she was united in holy matrimony to the Rev. Dr. Richard M. Avant.
The Rev. Avant became a licensed evangelist in 1985 and in 1990 was ordained a minister at Calvary Baptist Church, where she was pastor of women.
She initiated the church's Women's Conference; was instrumental in the reorganization and training of deaconesses; was the founder of the 12 Tribes of Israel concept for the women of the church; started the "All Families Day"; and instituted the Wednesday night Intercessory Prayer Group.
She was a member of End Time Handmaidens and the International Association of Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows of Dover and Vicinity.
Earlier this year, she received a master's degree in Biblical Counseling from Friends International Christian University in Merced, Calif.
The Rev. Avant was preceded in death by her brothers, Cornilus Ross, Webster Ross and Franklin Ross.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, George Nathan Penn Jr. and his wife Belinda of Wilmington, and Richard M. Avant III of Philadelphia; four daughters, Deborah Lewis and her husband, Hollis, of DeSoto, Texas, Tonya Penn-Harper and her husband, Eric of Hazel Crest, Ill. Saundra Thomas and her husband, Hilton of Sicklerville, N.J., and Lydia Hayes of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; three sisters, Burnice Turner and her husband, John of Harrisburg, Pa., Elinor Peters and her husband, Alvin of Dover, and Jacqueline Ross-Webb of Harrisburg, Pa.; an adopted sister, Lenise Pemberton of Harrisburg, Pa.; five brothers, James, Walter, Duran, Charlton and Douglas Ross, all of Harrisburg, Pa.; in-laws, Albert Avant Sr. and his wife, Jean of Philadelphia, Beulah James of Philadelphia, James Avant and his wife, Sandra of Sharon Hill, Pa.; an aunt, Grace Carpenter of Emporia, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and friends.
Friends may also call from 6 to 9 p.m. this evening at Calvary Baptist Church, De. 8 West, Forrest Ave., Dover.
Arrangements are by Minus Funeral Home, Dover.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Gardens, Dover.

Catherine M. Outten
A funeral service for Catherine M. Outten, 74, of Delmar, will be held at 11 a.m. today Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar. Mrs. Outten died Saturday, June 20, 1998 in the Penninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.
Mrs. Outten was born in Baltimore, Md., the daughter of the late John W. and Rose E. Myers.
She was a retired seamstress with Delmar Sportswear.
Mrs. Outten had been a member of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in Delmar and St. Stephen's United Methodist Women in Delmar.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lewis Outten, in 1996.
Mrs. Outten is survived by three sons, Calvin Ray Ervin Jr. of Alexandria, Va., John Robert Ervin of Baltimore, and C. Terry Outten and his wife, Ede, of Dover; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and John Murrell of Salisbury, Md.; a brother, Donald Myers of Glen Burnie, Md.; three sisters, Eileen Dahlke of Balitmore, Ruth Kier of Nowata, Okla., and Louise Outten of Owings Mills, Md.; a daughter-in-law, Deloris Jones of Delmar; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Burial will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Delmar.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 5703, Wilmington, DE 19806-5703.

James Wyatt 'Poopie' Delaney
A funeral service for James Wyatt "Poopie" Delaney, 42, of Dover, will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 at Whatcoat United Methodist Church, Saulsbury Rd., Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Mr. Delaney died Sunday, June 21, 1998 in Kent General Hospital, Dover.
Mr. Delaney was born in Dover in 1956, the son of the late Rebecca Delaney Jones of Dover.
He attended Dover public schools.
Mr. Delaney worked various jobs in the Dover area until he became ill.
He is survived by two daughters, Tamira D. Baker and Jamie A. Baker, both of Dover; two sisters, Mary Ann Mosley and Deborah Evans, both of Dover; a grandson, Michael R. Baker of Dover; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Arrangements are by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Burial will be in Whatcoat Cemetery, Dover.

Deborah Ann Heverin
A funeral service for Deborah Ann Heverin, 37, of Dover, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover. Ms. Heverin died Sunday, June 21, 1998 in the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna.
Ms. Heverin was born in 1961, the daughter of Robert and the late Diane Heverin.
She was preceded in death by her step-mother, Sylvia May Heverin.
In addition to her father, she is survived by two sons, Robert W. Heverin of Dover, and Major Stubbs of Greensboro, Md.; two daughters, Sue Ellen Harper and Shanna Stubbs, both of Greensboro; four brothers, Donald and Ronald Heverin, both of Dover, Gary Heverin of Townsend and Richard Middleton of Smyrna; and a sister-in-law, Carlea Cahall of Dover.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.

Mildred Elizabeth Beck
A funeral service for Mildred Elizabeth Beck, 87, of Dover, will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 Bradford St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Mrs. Beck died after a prolonged illness on Sunday, June 21, 1998 in the Westminster Village Health Care Center, Dover.
Mrs. Beck was born in 1910, the daughter of the late Nettie and Henry Manny.
She was raised in the Williamsport, Pa., area, and lived there until 1984. She then moved to Dover.
Mrs. Beck had worked as a clerk, nurse's aide and flower designer.
She had been a past matron of Eastern Star-Williamsport Chapter. She was also a member of the Grace Presbyterian Church of Dover.
Mrs. Beck was preceded in death by her first husband, Arch Paulhamus, in 1973.
She is survived by a daughter, Shirley Leitzinger of Dover; a brother, Raymond Manny of Williamsport, Pa.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Burial will be in the Monotoursville Cemetery, Williamsport, Pa.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Grace Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 350 McKee Rd., Dover, DE 19904.

Elwood D. Erwin
A memorial service for Elwood D. Erwin, 82, of Smyrna, will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 at the Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna. Mr. Erwin died Saturday, June 20, 1998 at Integrated Health Services of Delaware at Kent Nursing Home, Smyrna.
Mr. Erwin was born in 1915 in Lehighton, Pa., the son of the late Thomas and Gertrude Steigerwalt Erwin.
He worked in the maintenance division of the Delaware State Highway Department for several years, retiring in 1978.
Mr. Erwin was a past president of the Smyrna Lions Club and a 50-year member of the Order of Odd Fellows.
He is survived by his wife, Miriam Fowler Erwin; a son, Dee C. Erwin and his wife, Sharon, of Dover; a daughter, Patricia E. Owens and her husband, John, of Coatsville, Pa.; a brother, Edwin F. Erwin of Milton; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Lung Association of Delaware, 1021 Gilpin Ave., Suite 202, Wilmington, DE 19806.

William A. Smallenburg
William A. Smallenburg, 87, of Milford, and formerly of Buffalo, N.Y., died of cancer Sunday, June 21, 1998, in his home.
Mr. Smallenburg was born in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of the late Harry and Mary Smallenburg.
He graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1936.
Mr. Smallenburg was an industrial engineer, employed by Bethlehem Steel's Lackawana, N.Y. plant. He was a chief rate setter, and retired after 39 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Janet "Naida" Smallenburg; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard E. and Kathleen Smallenburg of Albreightsville, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret M. and Jerry Breyer of Marlton, N.J.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.
Arrangements are by Melson Funeral Services.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a charity of choice.

Joshua Fein
A memorial service for Joshua Fein, 46, of Milford, will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 1998 at Reformation Lutheran Church, 613 Lakeview Ave., Milford.
Mr. Fein, formerly of West Hartford, Conn., and Kent, Ohio, died of cancer on Sunday, June 14, 1998 in his home.
Mr. Fein was Director of Social Services for People's Place II, a social services resource center in Milford, from September of 1995 until May of 1997. Earlier, he was director of a group home for mentally disabled adults in Cleveland and developed an instrument called "R-Scan" for the state of Ohio that allowed funding to follow the client.
After leaving the center in Milford, he started a photography business in Milford.
He had played trombone with several Philadelphia big bands and with a brass group at Temple University. He acted and sang with the Possum Point Players in Georgetown and acted with the Second Street Players in Milford.
He was involved with the Governor's Committee on Volunteerism.
Mr. Fein was a founder and treasurer of the Unitarian Universalist of Southern Delaware Church, Lewes, where he was chairman of the Worship Committee.
He received a doctorate from Brandeis University's School of Social Welfare, Waltham, Mass.
He was a former member of the Milford Rotary and was a long-distance runner.
He is survived by his wife of nine and a half years, Sheryl Winsby; three daughters, Elizabeth and Carolyn Fein of Kent, Ohio, and Jill Winsby- Fein, at home; a step-son, Jeff R. Barnett of Lawrence, Kan.; his mother, Edith Fein of West Hartford; two sisters, Ann Slater of Calif., and Lisa Siegel of West Hartford; and a brother, Jeremy Fein of South Bend, Ind.
Arrangements are by Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Delaware Valley Transplant Program, 2000 Hamilton St., Ste. 201, Philadelphia, PA, or Delaware Hospice, Kent County, 911 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901.

Lewis E. Slater
A funeral service for Lewis E. Slater, 59, of Harrington, was held on Friday, June 19 at Independent Bible Fellowship Church, Harrington.
Mr. Slater died of cancer on Monday, June 15, 1998 in his home.
Mr. Slater was born in 1939 in Harrington, the son of George and Ida Slater.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1959, and was stationed on the USS Iowa.
Mr. Slater was a truck driver. He owned and operated Slater Trucking for 35 years, retiring in 1992 due to his health.
He was a member of Moose 534, Harrington, and GWRRA, Delaware Chapter B.
Mr. Slater was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Mary Ann Slater, in 1994; and his daughter, Debra Ann Slater, in 1986.
He is survived by three sons, Lewis E. Slater Jr. of Milford, R. Wayne Slater of Harrington and George D. Slater of Greenwood; a daughter, Karen Gallo of Greenwood; two brothers, George Slater of Felton and Frank Slater of Farmington; two sisters, Amy Watkins of Houston and Mary Welch of Woodside; and 11 grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.
Burial was in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.

Helena Elizabeth Hill Messick
A funeral service for Helena Elizabeth Hill Messick, 78, of Oxford, Pa., was held on Wednesday, June 17 at Oxford United Methodist Church in Oxford, Pa.
Mrs. Messick, formerly of Laurel, died Sunday, June 14, 1998 in Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford, Pa.
Mrs. Messick had worked for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Before that, she worked at Allied Kid Co. and Security Storage.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Oxford, where she served on the Official Board and the United Methodist Women. She was also treasurer and past president of the Winner's Class.
Mrs. Messick was president of the Oxford Ladies Service League and the Oxford East Precinct Board of Elections and was a volunteer at the Southern Chester County Medical Center.
She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Octorara Chapter 463.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, John W. Messick Jr., in 1991; and her brother, Oliver E. Hill, in April of this year.
Mrs. Messick is survived by two sons, John W. Messick III of Dover, and Wayne H. Messick of Oxford, Pa.; a sister, Marie Jane Hastings of Colonial Heights, Va.; and one granddaughter.
Burial was in Oxford Cemetery in Pennsylvania.

Ethel Catherine Bowman
A funeral service for Ethel Catherine Bowman, 97, of Dover, was held on Saturday, June 20 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Mendham, N.J. Mrs. Bowman died Monday, June 15, 1998 in Silver Lake Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Bowman was born in 1900 in New York, N.Y., the daughter of the late Ludwig and Christine Anderson.
She worked as a secretary in New York for the Treasure of Baptist Missionary.
Mrs. Bowman volunteered for the Red Cross in the 1950s.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Bowman, in 1964, and a son, Joseph Bowman.
Mrs. Bowman is survived by her son, Thomas Bowman of Mendham, N.J.; a daughter, Joan Coker of Dover; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
There was also a graveside service on Saturday, June 20 at Mendham Hilltop Cemetery in N.J.
Local arrangements were by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.

Lulu A. Poore
A private funeral service was held for Lula A. Poore, 95, of Smyrna. Mrs. Poore died Monday, June 15, 1998 in the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill.
Mrs. Poore was born in 1903 in Milford, the daughter of the late Alfred B. and Emma Wilson Davidson.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Poore enjoyed reading, cooking and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Poore, in 1983.
Mrs. Poore is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John E. and Ila Poore of Smyrna; two daughters, Doris P. Moore of Smyrna, and Sandra Lee Poore of Millsboro; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Faries Funeral Directors, Inc., Smyrna.
Burial was private.

Agnes H. Twilley
A funeral service for Agnes H. Twilley, 84, of Delmar, was held on Friday, June 19 at Short Funeral Home, Delmar. Mrs. Twilley died Tuesday, June 16, 1998 in Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.
Mrs. Twilley was born in Delmar, the daughter of the late Elmer and Edith Hastings.
She was retired from the former W.R. Wilson Pant Factory in Delmar.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Madeline Ann Swift, in 1983.
Mrs. Twilley is survived by a son, William R. Twilley of Wyoming; a brother, William L. Hastings of Seaford; a sister, Majoyce C. Legates of Salisbury; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Burial was in St. Stephen's Cemetery in Delmar.

Catherine I. McVaugh
A graveside service for Catherine I. McVaugh, 90, of Smyrna, was held on Thursday, June 18 in Lawncroft Cemetery, Linwood. Mrs. McVaugh died Monday, June 15, 1998 in Integrated Health Services of Delaware at Kent Nursing Home in Smyrna.
Mrs. McVaugh was born in 1908 in Clayton, the daughter of the late Elmer and Mabel Tribbitt Foraker.
She was a nurses aide for Fairview Nursing Home in Linwood, Pa., before working for Boeing Aircraft, also of Linwood, for several years. She retired in 1980.
Mrs. McVaugh was preceded in death by her husband, William McVaugh, in 1984.
She is survived by her sister, Virginia Dash of Doylestown, Pa., and her caregiver, Doris Stubbs of Smyrna.
Arrangements were by Faries Funeral Directors, Inc., Smyrna.

William J. Leonard
A funeral service for William J. Leonard, 85, of Dover, was held on Monday, June 22 in Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover. Mr. Leonard died Tuesday, June 16, 1998 in his home.
Mr. Leonard was born in Easton, Md. in 1912, son of the late William Clyde and Ella Malinda Cryer Leonard.
He was employed by Delaware Farm Credit of Dover as Secretary and Treasurer and retired in 1975 after 30 years of service.
Mr. Leonard was a member of the Frederica Methodist Church and the Frederica Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Marjorie F. Leonard, in 1997, and a brother, Francis Leonard.
Mr. Leonard is survived by three sons, Gene F. Leonard of Ardmore, Pa., John W. Leonard of Luray, Va., and Robert F. Leonard of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Burial was in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery in Frederica.

Leo Franklin Johnson Sr.
A funeral service for Leo Franklin Johnson Sr., 72, of Felton, was held on Monday, June 22 at Trader Funeral Home, Dover. Mr. Johnson died Wednesday, June 17, 1998 in Kent General Hospital, Dover.
Mr. Johnson was the son of the late William Madison and Anna Julian Mabrey Johnson.
He was a truck driver for Teal Construction Co. in Dover for over 20 years.
He enjoyed working outdoors and in his garden.
Mr. Johnson was a member of Camden-Wyoming Moose Lodge #203, and an associate member of V.F.W. #652 in Millington, Md.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lillian Connors Johnson, in 1993; a brother, Clifton R. Johnson, in 1996; and a sister, Anna E. Garrett, in 1972.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Pearl Austin Johnson of Felton; a son, Leo F. Johnson Jr. of Middletown; a daughter, L. Marie "Sue" Condron of Clayton; a stepson, Raymond Reed of Zephyrhills, Fla.; two step-daughters, Elva Blendt of Woodland Beach and Barbara Lowman of Smyrna; four brothers, James M. Johnson of Dover, William B. Johnson, John T. Johnson and Lester E. Johnson, all of Clayton; two sisters, Minnie Pryatt and Hazel Hamilton, both of Clayton; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.

Joan Frances Cromer
A funeral service for Joan Frances Cromer, 58, of Houston, was held on Saturday, June 20 at Pippin Funeral Home, Wyoming. Mrs. Cromer died after a brave fight with lung cancer on Thursday, June 18, 1998 in her daughter's home.
Mrs. Cromer was born on Jan. 14, 1940, in Flushing, N.Y., the daughter of the late Wilhelm and Agnes Kral.
She worked briefly for the FBI as a secretary.
Mrs. Cromer enjoyed many things in life, but above all else, watching the success of her children.
She also loved to read, listen to music (especially Yanni), watch television, and spend time with her grandchildren.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and all-around good person, who always thought of others before herself.
Mrs. Cromer was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Emily, in 1996.
She is survived by her husband, Leon L. Cromer; two daughters, Pamela A. Mosier and her husband, Daniel of Bellville, Ohio, Kimberly A. Megonigal and her husband, Jeffrey of Houston; two sons, Christopher L. Cromer and Dean A. Cromer, both of Dover; five grandchildren, Andrew, Keith, Amanda, Matthew and Joseph; and three sisters, Marie Fleisher of Palm Springs, Calif., Arlene Smith of Oconto, Wisc., and Evelyn Renkewitz of East Northport, N.Y.
Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

Antione L. Adams
A memorial service for Antione L. Adams, 18, of Dover, was held on Saturday, June 20 at Mount Zion AME Church, Dover. Mr. Adams died Saturday, June 13, 1998 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Mr. Adams was born on Jan. 7, 1980, in Easton, Md., the son of Gail Adams Peoples and Edward A. Hutchins of Dover, and the stepson of Karl E. Peoples of Easton.
He began his education in the public schools of Caroline County, Md., and after moving to Dover, he attended the public schools of Kent County. He graduated from Caesar Rodney High School on June 6 and was preparing to attend Delaware State University in the fall.
Antoine was employed at Lone Star Steakhouse in Dover as a prep cook.
He attended Mount Zion AME Church of Dover occasionally with his grandparents. He also attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Dover with his mother.
In addition to his parents and stepfather, he is survived by two daughters, Akilah L. Adams and Aja Johnson, both of Dover; his grandparents, Edward and Aletha Hutchins, both of Dover, and Elsie Homes of Federalsburg, Md.; two sisters, Kayla Peoples and LeAnn F. of Dover; a brother, Earl E. Peoples of Annapolis, Md.; three uncles, Charles Adams, Keenan Hutchins and Dwayne Holmes, all of Dover; three aunts, Eugenia Smith of Cambridge, Md., Angela Holmes of Federalsburg, and Malica Dunnock of Columbia, Md.; three close cousins, Keenan Hutchins Jr. of Dover, and Glenda and Christi Camper of Cambridge, Md.; a devoted friend, Carla M. Sanders of Dover; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.

Frances L. Freeman
A funeral service for Frances L. Freeman, 56, of Dover, was held on Saturday, June 20 at First Pilgrim Baptist Church, Camden. Mrs. Freeman died of cardiac arrest on Monday, June 15, 1998 in Kent General Hospital.
Mrs. Freeman was born in 1942 in Milford, the daughter of the late Dawson and Audrey Hudson.
She was a high school graduate.
Mrs. Freeman was an employee at Kent General Hospital for 18 years.
She was a member of the First Pilgrim Baptist Church, Camden, where she was the church treasurer.
Mrs. Freeman was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Freeman.
She is survived by a son, Guy Freeman of Dover; two daughters, Audrey Singletary and Joann Burton, both of Dover; two sisters, Gail Ridgeway of Dover and Linda McCain of Germany; five brothers, Earl Hudson, Edward Hudson, Alvin Hudson, Aurbery Hudson, and Donald Hudson, all of Dover; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Harold Joseph Shea
A Mass of Christian Burial for Harold Joseph Shea, 70, of Hartly, was held on Tuesday, June 23 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Marydel. Mr. Shea died Wednesday, June 17, 1998 in Kent General Hospital, Dover.
Mr. Shea was a millwright at Kraft Foods. He retired in 1985.
He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II.
He enjoyed traveling in his motor home in his spare time.
Mr. Shea was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Marydel. He was also a life member of the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Co.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Harriet Matthews Shea of Hartly; two sons, Ricky T. Shea of Wilmington, N.C. and Michael J. Shea of Green Bay, Wisc.; three daughters, Donna L. Shea of Kure Beach, N.C., Cindy B. Walker of Hartly and Christine A. Philyaw of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; a brother, Lawerence J. Shea of Greenwood; three sisters, Arlene Williams of Prairie Du Chien, Wisc., Maxine Green of Newport, N.J. and Dolly Mancus of Bridgeton, N.J.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Trader Funeral Home, Dover.
Burial was in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear.

Arthur A. Biloon
A graveside service for Arthur A. Biloon, 84, of Dover, was held on Friday, June 19 at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear. Mr. Biloon died Wednesday, June 17, 1998 in Kent General Hospital.
Mr. Biloon owned and operated Biloon Electric for 30 years, retiring in 1975.
He served in the U.S. Army and Delaware Army National Guard for 23 years, retiring in 1957.
Mr. Biloon was a member of Congregation Beth Emeth, Wilmington; Jefferson Lodge #15 A.F. & A.M., Lewes; a volunteer at the Dover Air Force Base; a member of Delaware Consistory, Nur Temple Shrine; past commander of Lawrence Robert American Legion Post #21; past president of Masonic Club of Delaware; president emeritus of Wilmington West Kiwanis; a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars; Delaware National Guard Association, 198th Coastal Artillery; First State Model Railroad Club, Camden-Wyoming; life member of the National Rifle Association and the Air Force Association.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Biloon; a son, Millard L. Biloon of Savanah, Ga.; two daughters, Deborah S. Butter of Annapolis, Md., and Ellice K. Biloon of Newark; a sister, Marian Kreshtool of Long Boat Key, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Ronnie G. Hironimus
A memorial service for Ronnie G. Hironimus, 51, of Smyrna, was held on Saturday at the Modern Maturity Center, Dover.
Mr. Hironimus was found dead in a house fire in the 200 block of American Ave., Dover, on Tuesday, June 16, 1998, authorities said.
Mr. Hironimus was born in Lyons, N.Y. in 1947, the son of the late Phil C. and Mildred DeRue Hironimus.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Albright College in Reading, Pa., and his M.F.A. from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He was working on his doctorate degree in curriculum and development at the University of Delaware.
Mr. Hironimus was a school teacher for the last 23 years, most recently with Capital School District, where he was named the Teacher of the Year for the 1996-97 school year.
He loved the theater and was the drama teacher at Dover High School. He enjoyed traveling extensively.
Mr. Hironimus is survived by his wife, Bonnie Schlagel Hironimus; a brother, Larry Hironimus of Marion, N.Y.; and a sister, Dawn Bothell of Smyrna.
Arrangements were by Faries Funeral Directors Inc., Smyrna.
Burial was private.

Grace M. Tirabassi
A Mass of Christian Burial for Grace M. Tirabassi, 82, of Woodbridge, N.J., was held on Friday, June 19 at St. Polycarp's Roman Catholic Church in Smyrna.
Mrs. Tirabassi, formerly of Jersey City, N.J. and Smyrna, died on Tuesday, June 16, 1998 in her home.
Mrs. Tirabassi was born in Hoboken, N.J.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Tirabassi was a former communicant of St. Polycarp's Roman Catholic Church in Smyrna and a member of the Altar-Rosary Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Tirabassi, in 1986.
Mrs. Tirabassi is survived by her son, John A. Tirabassi of Hartly; a daughter, Joanne Casablanca of Woodbridge, N.J.; a brother, Andrew Kerrigan of Woodbridge, N.J.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by the Faries Funeral Chapel, Smyrna.
Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.

Shirley Lucille Thorn
A funeral service for Shirley Lucille Thorn, 63, of Kenton, will be held at noon today at Chapel Center, Fort Meade, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Mrs. Thorn died Tuesday, June 16, 1998 in North Arundel Hospital.
Mrs. Thorn was born on Oct. 18, 1934 in Kenton, the daughter of the late Eliza and Raymond Lake.
She received her education in the Delaware public school system.
Mrs. Thorn was a devoted wife and mother and spent countless hours praising her family. She had a passion for the outdoors and loved working in her yard and with her flowers.
For entertainment, she loved traveling, listening to music, dancing, attending plays and fashion shows. She had a passion for shopping and dressing fashionably. Her places to shop were Nordstrom's and Macy's, where she was known by many for her "exquisite style."
She was a real people person. She could converse with anyone and everyone about anything. She always left a lasting impression. She was a very outgoing person and was always in good spirits. She touched the lives of many.
Her hobbies were collecting figurines such as "All God's Children," "All That Jazz", and "Native Craft Ltd."
Mrs. Thorn's Christian experience began as a young girl at Blanco AME Church in Kenton. She was a member of the Usher Board, Missionary Society and choir. After moving to Fort Meade, Md., in 1981, she attended Calvary Chapel.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Vivian Jackson-Demby, and two brothers, Roland James Lake and Elmer Lake.
Mrs. Thorn is survived by her husband, James Thorn; a daughter, Karen M. Thorn of Hanover, Md.; four sons, Anthony B. Thorn and Maurice F. Thorn, both of Severn, Md., Gordon P. Thorn of Glen Burnie, Md., and Randall J. Thorn of Augusta, Ga.; two daughters-in-law, Lisa Thorn of Glen Burnie, Md. and Marilynn Thorn of Augusta, Ga.; five grandchildren, Tanisha, Antione, Christian, Geromy and Jude; two brothers, Clarence Lake of Smyrna and Richard Lake of Jackson, Miss.; a goddaughter, Faith Lively of Middletown and special godchildren, John Slade of East Orange, N.J., Julia Fowlkes of Catonsville, Md., Cotina King of Hanover, Md., and Roslyn Scott of Millersville, Md.; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; a special cousin, Audrey King; and special friends, Alpain and Marshall Wilson, Jimmy and Edna King, James and Mary McClurkin, Rosa Redd and Lulu Raines.
Arrangements are by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Walter J. Bartlett
A funeral service for Walter J. Bartlett, 75, of Milford, was held on Tuesday, June 23 at the First Presbyterian Church of Milford. Mr. Barlett died Friday, June 19, 1998 in The Milford Center, Genesis Eldercare.
Mr. Bartlett graduated in 1954 from the Philadelphia College of Textile and Science.
He was a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific as an A-20 Bomber pilot during WW II.
He worked as a marketing manager and salesman in the textile industry for 45 years, working for Continental Mills in Philadelphia for 20 years and then for American Cyanamid in New York City for 25 years. He retired in 1984.
Mr. Bartlett was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Milford, where he served as a trustee; the Milford Rotary Club, where he was past president, and in 1991 was a group study tour leader to Australia.
He was also a member of Shawnee Country Club in Milford, where on Monday nights he enjoyed getting together with his group to play bridge. He was a member of AARP Chapter 3134; American Legion Post #3 in Milford; and was active in the 312th Bomb Group annual reunions.
He was serving on the Board of the Visiting Nurses Association of Delaware.
He will be remembered for enjoying a good time and a good joke.
Mr. Bartlett is survived by his wife of 53 years, Natalie Bartlett; three daughters and their families, Barbara Bartlett Bellack and her husband, Alan of Annapolis, Md., Nancy Runowicz and her husband, Alexander of Lawrenceville, N.J., and Kathy Bogdziewicz of Pennington, N.J.; a sister, Jean Tarlton of Pottsville, Pa.; five grandchildren, Jonathan B. and Adam W. Bellack, Kathy Rogers, Laura N. and David J. Bogdziewicz.
Arrangements were by Lofland Funeral Home, Milford.
Burial will be today in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Limekiln Pike (Rt. 152), Prospectville, Pa.

Robert Fogwell Walters
A funeral service for Robert Fogwell Walters, 66, of Dover, was held on Tuesday, June 23 at Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, Galena.
Mr. Walters, formerly of Millington, Md., died Friday, June 19, 1998 in his home.
Mr. Walters was born in Galena, Md., in 1932, the son of the late Samuel C. and Anna Fogwell Walters.
He retired in 1992 from Acme Markets after 38 years of service as a meat and district manager of numerous stores on Delmarva.
Mr. Walters was the immediate past president of Dover Lions Club; member and past treasurer of Millington Volunteer Fire Co.; member of Harrington Moose Lodge; Asbury United Methodist Church, Millington; and former member of Chester Masonic Lodge AF & AM.
He enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, hunting, and was a devoted country music fan.
Mr. Walters was preceded in death by his first wife of 35 years, Esther Walters; and six brothers and sisters, Mary A., Benjamin P., Samuel C., Anna Louise, Jean and Edward C. Walters.
He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Jean Gourley Walters; two sons, Robert A. of Centrevile, Md., and Warren S. Walters of Galena, Md.; three daughters, Deborah L. Meredith of Moreno Valley, Calif., Pamela W. Boyles of Sudlersville, Md., and Deborah E. Schelts of Galena, Md.; a sister, Katherine W. "Kitty" Robinson of Millington; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Burial was in Galena Cemetery in Galena, Md.

Thomas J. McHale Jr.
A funeral service for Thomas J. McHale Jr., 78, of Dover, was held on Monday, June 22 at Delaware Veterans Chapel of Honor, Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
Mr. McHale died after a lengthy illness on Thursday, June 18, 1998 in Kent General Hospital.
Mr. McHale was born in Stoneham, Mass., the son of the late Thomas J. and Mary McHale.
He served in the U.S. Army in WW II.
Mr. McHale was employed by Baker's Chocolate. He then went to work for General Foods in Dover in 1964, where he served as a power house engineer. He retired in 1979.
Mr. McHale was a member of Holy Cross Church in Dover, where he had served as an usher and was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4182.
He was also a volunteer at the Dover Modern Maturity Center, where he was involved with the Meals On Wheels program.
Mr. McHale is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gertrude Cronin McHale of Dover; a son, Richard T. McHale of Dover; a daughter, Tech Sgt. Mary Ellen McHale, USAF of Lakenheath, England; two grandchildren, Clint Thomas McHale and Chelsey Ann McHale, both of Chandler, Ariz.; four sisters, Barbara Aiesi, Patricia McLaughlin, and Marion O'Connell, all of Boston, Mass., and Dorothy Keneavy of Dedham, Mass.
Arrangements were by the Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Home, Dover.

Tessa Brooke Delaney Slover-Niblett
A funeral service for Tessa Brooke Delaney Slover-Niblett, 1 month old, of Camden, was held on Tuesday, June 23 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Camden.
Tessa died Wednesday, June 17, 1998 in A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington.
Tessa was born on May 17, 1998 in Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, Dover, the daughter of Claudia A. Slover-Niblett of Camden and Douglas S. Niblett of Dover.
Her mother was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Camden.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Maxwell A. Slover of Camden; three sisters, Lindsey M. Slover of Camden, and Amanda R. and Kristina A. Niblett, both of Dover; her maternal grandmother, Nancy L. Rollings of Kenton; a special great-aunt, Pat A. Pearson of Joliet, Ill.; and numerous aunts and cousins.
Arrangements were by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

Harry George 'Sarge' Greenly
A funeral service for Harry George "Sarge" Greenly, 82, of Milford, was held on Monday, June 22 at Rogers Funeral Home, Milford. Mr. Greenly died Thursday, June 18, 1998 in Bayhealth Medical Center/Milford Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Greenly retired as a chief master sergeant in 1967 from Dover Air Force Base after more than 30 years of service.
Following retirement, he worked for I.G. Burton Inc. for 10 years, retiring in 1977.
He was a member of Lincoln United Methodist Church and several military organizations in Delaware.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janis C. Greenly, in 1987.
Mr. Greenly is survived by his son, Harry G. Greenly Jr. of Milford; a daughter, Jan Sentman of Lewes; a sister, Esther Rothermel of Canton, Ohio; and three grandchildren.
Burial with full military honors was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.

E. Dale Lynch
A funeral service for E. Dale Lynch, 74, of Milford, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Loftland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave., Milford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Mr. Lynch died of congestive heart failure on Saturday, June 20, l998 in the Milford Memorial Division of Bayhealth Medical Center.
Mr. Lynch was a truck driver for many years before retiring in 1988.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Lynch was a member of the Milford Elks Lodge 6483.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Isabelle Lankford Lynch, in 1983.
Mr. Lynch is survived by two daughters, Linda Budd of Frisco, Texas, and Barbara Morgan of Lincoln; a sister, Helen Bunting of Lewes; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a step-great-granddaughter.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, U.S. 113, Milford.

George E. Price
A funeral service for George E. Price, 68, of Milford, was held on Monday, June 22 at the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, Milford. Mr. Price died Thursday, June 18, 1998 in Milford Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Price was a chef for Mitchell's Market from 1976 to 1981. He was a chef at the Milford Diner and owned and operated Miss Elly's Restaurant in Milford from 1991 until retiring in 1997.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Mr. Price is survived by his wife of 28 years, Eleanor Price; a daughter, Lynne Scotto of Bohemia, N.Y.; two sons, Stephen P. Price of Milford and Kevin McNamee of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; two sisters, Emily Kolb of San Antonio and Marianne Towers of Whitestone, N.Y.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.

Gilbert S. McDonald Sr.
A graveside service for Gilbert S. McDonald Sr., 83, of Smyrna, will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 in Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, Pa.
Mr. McDonald died of pneumonia Saturday, June 13, 1998 in Kent General Hospital.
Mr. McDonald was born in 1915 in Chester, Pa., the son of the late Elmer and Mary Kline McDonald.
He worked at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Lester, Pa., for over 30 years as a welder and team leader.
Mr. McDonald was a lifelong Mason at the Prospect Park Masonic Lodge.
He loved to play checkers, watch "Seinfeld," and talk politics. All who knew him, loved him.
He was preceded in death by beloved wife, E. Elizabeth Bamberger McDonald, in 1990.
Mr. McDonald is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gilbert and Jean McDonald Jr. of Smyrna, with whom he lived for the past three years; a daughter, Linda Burke of Ridley Park, Pa.; and two grest-grandsons.
Arrangements were by Faries Funeral Directors Inc., Smyrna.

Paul Scotton
A funeral service for Paul Scotton, 92, of Dover, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 27 at Whatcoat United Methodist Church, 16 N. Main St., Camden.
Mr. Scotton died Saturday, June 20, 1998 at Integrated Health Services of Smyrna.
Mr. Scotton was born in Hartly in 1905.
He was a retired professional engineer from the Delaware State Highway Department, where he worked for 34 years. He was active when the late Mr. W.W. Mack was the chief engineer.
Mr. Scotton was a charter member of the Dover Lions Club and a Melvin Jones Fellow, which is the highest honor of the foundation.
He was also a member of the Capitol Grange of Dover; the Camden Whatcoat Methodist Church and a charter member of the Whatcoat Methodist Men's Organization. He had been a member of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows since 1934. He had been active in the Kent-Sussex Chapter of the Professional Engineers and served as their president. He also served on the board of the YMCA for seven years.
Mr. Scotton was a member of the Delaware Nature Society and was also an active member of the Republican Party. He served on the Dover School Board for four years.
He was one of the founders of the Dover Little League and assisted in the building of the first Little League Park in 1955. He was one of the organizers of the St. Jones River Watershed Association where he served as President in 1979 and was on the board for many years. "Scotton Landing," a crabbing and fishing pier on the St. Jones River, was named for him.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Elwood, Spencer and John; and three sisters, Sarah, Evelyn and Ruth.
Mr. Scotton is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eva Nailor Scotton; two sons, William Paul Scotton of Dover, and Lewis Nailor Scotton of Hingham, Mass; three granddaughters, Stephanie Anne and Alison Leslie Scotton, both of Dover, and Tara Ann Scotton Davis of Portland, Maine; one grandson, William Paul Scotton II of Dover; three sisters, Mary Scotton, Hazel Scotton Chapin and Emma Scotton Roe, all of Seaford.
Arrangements are by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Dover Little League, P.O. Box 995, Dover, DE 19903.


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