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William Edward Berry, 80
BARCLAY, Md. - William Edward Berry of Barclay died Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 80.
Mr. Berry was born in 1917 in Barclay, the son of the late William Berry and Mary Berry.
He spent his life around the Barclay area, working as a farmer's helper until he retired.
He enjoyed being around his family.
Mr. Berry especially looked forward to the family cookout.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Frances Elliott, Leona Banks, Virginia Saddler and Shirley Commodore.
He is survived by three brothers, James Dickerson of Barclay, Marvin Dickerson of Marydel and John Banks of Goldsboro; two sisters, Catherine Piller of Dover and Geneva Wilson of Barclay; three sisters-in-law, Bessie Dickerson, Louise Dickerson and Joyce Bell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service will be noon Saturday at Community Baptist Church in Barclay, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in St. Daniel's Cemetery, Barclay.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Sabrina Rose Butler, infant
DOVER - Sabrina Rose Butler of Dover died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, in Christiana Hospital, Newark.
She was the daughter of Robert Butler and Lorie Shriver Butler, both of Dover Air Force Base.
She is survived by a sister, Caitlin Skye Butler, at home; her maternal grandmother, Peggy Mabry of Columbus, Ohio; her maternal grandfather, William Shriver, and his wife, Frances, of Clyde, Ohio; her paternal grandparents, Doug and Paula Mettler, both of Hickory, N.C.; an uncle, Andre Phelan of Watertown, N.Y.; three aunts, Jodie Smith of Columbus, Lisa Shriver of Evansville, Ind., and Tina Butler of Syracuse, N.Y.; and two great-grandmothers.
There will be no formal services.
Arrangements by Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Directors Inc., Dover.
Verna Brittingham, 78
LEWES - Verna Brittingham of Philadelphia and formerly of Belltown, died Monday, Sept. 14, 1998, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, after a lengthy illness. She was 78.
She was born Oct. 29, 1919, to the late Oliver S. and Reba L. Brittingham. She grew up in Belltown and attended Nassau 198 Elementary School. She relocated to Philadelphia in her early 20s and remained there until illness prevented her from living alone.
Early in her career, Ms. Brittingham did some domestic work. When she was financially able, she went to school and received training through Pennsylvania Hospital, which enabled her to become a home health care provider. After many years of service, Ms. Brittingham was unable to drive to various homes, but she still offered her services to those in need.
She is survived by a daughter, Marion ''Tina'' Brittingham of Philadelphia; three sisters, Gertrude Harmon and Amelia Brittingham, both of Belltown, and Esther B. Givens of Georgetown; two grandsons, George ''Pinker'' and Daniel ''Danny'' of Philadelphia; six great-grandchildren; three aunts, Pearl Carter and Elsie Brittingham, both of Belltown, and Claudia Cates of Philadelphia; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including several devoted friends, Robert Ayers, Claudia Brown, Florence Delgado and Lillian ''Hite'' Kennedy, who were there for her during her years of illness.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Belltown, with the Rev. Timothy Duffield officiating, where friends may call one hour before the service.
Burial will be in Peoples Memorial Park, Midway.
Nora Elizabeth Hastings, 85
DOVER - Nora Elizabeth Hastings died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, at Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 85.
She was born in Delran, N.J., to the late Walter James Webb and Ella Sullivan Griffith Webb.
Mrs. Hastings lived in Luther Towers in Dover, where she was among the original residents. She worked for General Foods for 13 years and retired in 1977.
She was a Philadelphia Phillies baseball fan. In her spare time, she enjoyed doing puzzles, reading and spending time with her family.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hastings was preceded in death by her husband, Lester George Hastings Sr., in 1969.
She is survived by three sons and three daughters-in-law, James and Lucy Webb of Smyrna, and Harvey and Louise Hastings and Lester Hastings Jr. and Billie Hastings, all of Milford; three daughters and three sons-in-law, Shirley and Danny Mobley of McKinney, Texas, Thelma and George Jefferson of Milford and Gail and Woody Postle of Dover; seven grandsons, Randy Webb of Hartly, Steve Hastings of Milford, Woody Postle III and Greg Postle, both of Dover, and Chris Mobley, Mark Mobley and Scott Mobley, all of Texas; and five granddaughters, Lynn Campbell of Texas, Sherry Redlich of Milford, Shawn Callahan of Frederica and Robin Jefferson and Renee Jefferson, both of Milford.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the Trader Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Sunshine Foundation, c/o Kent and Sussex Foundation, 400 N.E. Front St., Milford, DE 19963.
Doreen Jarrell, 82
DENTON, Md. - Doreen Jarrell of Denton, and formerly of Cornwall, England, and Scranton, Pa., died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, in the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, of an aneurysm. She was 82.
Mrs. Jarrell was born in Cornwall, the daughter of the late Harry Oscar Rule and Clara Cornelius Rule.
She and her family came to the United States when she was six years old and lived in Scranton. They returned to England when Mrs. Jarrell was 13. During World War II, she worked in a knitting factory in England. After the war, she became an insurance agent.
She returned to the United States and was a bookkeeper for Cooper Furniture in Denton, which later became Caroline Galleries. She retired in 1976 after 28 years of service.
Mrs. Jarrell was a volunteer for the Caroline Chapter of the American Heart Association for 15 years until the 1990s; a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Denton, and its chapter of United Methodist Church Women; a member of the Caroline Country Club, Denton; a member of the Caroline and Talbot County American Association of Retired Persons; a member of the Edge Creek Boat Club, Talbot County; and a volunteer for the Samaritan House, Denton. She loved to travel, play bridge and knit.
She is survived by her husbnad, J.B. Jarrell Jr. of Denton; a daughter, Isabel Tomer of Mentor, Ohio; a brother, the Rev. Jack Rule of Blakeslee, Pa.; a sister, Iris Schramm of Palm Coast, Fla.; a granddaughter, Doreen S. Mattson; and two great-grandchildren, Andrea D. and Erik Mattson, both at home.
Service will be 11 o'clock Saturday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Fifth and Franklin streets, Denton, where friends may call one hour before the service.
Burial will be noon Monday at the Maryland Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery near Hurlock.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Caroline Chapter of the American Heart Association, c/o Mary Meredith, 218 Greenridge Road, Federalsburg, MD 21632.
Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home P.A., Denton.
Thelma Fay Sale, 84
DOVER - Thelma Fay Sale of Dover died Tuesday in Westminster Village Health Center, Dover, of heart failure. She was 84.
Miss Sale was a teacher for over 30 years in the Caesar Rodney and Smyrna school districts, and was the first principal at Dover Air Force Base Elementary School.
She is survived by a brother, Frank Sale of Lansdowne, Pa.; and two sisters, Iva Willis of West Chester, Pa., and Pauline Hovis of Greensboro, N.C.
Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Sharon Memorial Park, Dover.
Ina L. Hughes, 90
HARRINGTON - Ina L. Hughes of Harrington died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 90.
She was born in Frederica to the late Calvin and Lena Langrell.
Upon graduating from the University of Delaware, Mrs. Hughes began her teaching career at Caesar Rodney, where she taught for two years. She then taught at the Felton School for over 41 years, teaching fourth-graders. Her greatest teaching accomplishment was that she only missed one day of school in those 41 years. Mrs. Hughes retired in 1970 from the Felton school but remained for several years as a substitute teacher.
She played the organ for the Felton United Methodist Church for many years. She was a member of the Felton Avon Club and also a lifetime member of the Community Fire Co. of Felton, of whose ladies auxiliary she was an active member. Mrs. Hughes was also active in the Harrington and Frederica senior centers, where she played the organ for them on many occasions.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hughes was preceded in death by her son, Harry Lee Hughes.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years, E. Reed Hughes of Seaford; three grandsons, Jeff Hughes of Concordville, Pa., David Hughes of Bear and William Hughes of Georgetown; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 South Du Pont Highway, Harrington. The Rev. Phillip Lawton of the Felton United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
John Benjamin Speas, 27
GREENSBORO, Md. - John Benjamin Speas of Greensboro died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, in Federalsburg as the result of an accident. He was 27.
Mr. Speas was born Nov. 9, 1970, in Annapolis, the son of William Henry Speas Sr. and Irene Koc Speas of Greensboro. He was a 1989 graduate of North Caroline High School, Denton. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of EN3, he graduated from the Diesel Automotive Engine College of Nashville, Tenn. He was employed by Elliott Wilson as a refrigeration mechanic.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, John Benjamin Speas Jr. of Denton; a brother, William H. Speas Jr. of Greensboro; and a sister, Shirley Wright of Greensboro.
Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home P.A., 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today and from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.
Stanley M. Skwarlo, 77
GEORGETOWN - Stanley M. Skwarlo of Georgetown died Saturday, Sept. 12, 1998, in his home of a heart attack. He was 77.
Mr. Skwarlo was the retired owner and operator of his own trucking business.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by a sister, Adele Mengle of Clementon, N.J., and several nieces and nephews.
Service and burial will be noon Friday at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.
Arrangements by the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.
Stephen Licata, 72
OCEAN VIEW - Stephen Licata of Ocean View died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, at his residence. He was 72.
Mr. Licata was a cabinetmaker by trade and worked independently and for the state of Maryland, retiring in 1987 after 35 years. He was an Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Grace Pica Licata; two sons, Victor, and his wife, Elaine, and Robert, and his wife, Linda, all of Baltimore; three brothers; four sisters; six grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a dear aunt, Frances Ratta of Massachusetts.
Funeral Mass will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Del. 26, Bethany Beach, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes, Clarksville
Roy Ivory, 81
TOWNSEND - Roy Ivory of Townsend died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 81.
Mr. Ivory was a World War II veteran, serving with the 290th Combat Engineers in Europe.
He worked for the Parks and Recreation Department of New Castle County for 17 years, retiring in 1979.
Mr. Ivory was a member of the Middletown VFW Post 3792, a member of the Smyrna American Legion Post 14, a member of the Camden Wyoming Moose Lodge 203, and a lifetime member of the Townsend Fire Co.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret Minker Ivory; two daughters, Jane Ginn of Newport, and Louise McClain of Dover; a sister, Myrtle Tush of Smyrna; two granddaughters, Robin Mills and Kelly Kaiser; and five great grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home in Townsend, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Friends may also call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Townsend Cemetery, Townsend.
Sarah Catherine Murray Butler, 77
DENTON, Md. - Sarah Catherine Murray Butler of Denton died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, in The Memorial Hospital in Easton. She was 77.
Ms. Butler was born in 1921, the daughter of the late John Murray and Nicey Green Murray.
She was educated in the Caroline County Public School System in Denton.
Ms. Butler was employed at the Caroline County Poultry Plant and the Harris Nellie Cannery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Murray; a son, William Wesley Butler; and a daughter, Alice Butler.
She is survived by six daughters, Mary Newbill of Hillsboro, Doris Brown of Ridgely, Sharon Butler and Darlene Butler, both of Denton, and Elizabeth Humphrey of Annapolis, and Velma Wright of North Carolina; 16 grandchildren, Chris Newbill, Greg Newbill, Nita Newbill, Gaye Newbill, Kevin Newbill, George Butler Jr., Melissa Butler, Jensen Butler, Jerome Butler, Leroy Boyce, Pamela Boyce, Donald Butler, Reginald Butler, John Wesley, Roman Wright, and Tara Butler; 48 great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Allen A.M.E. Church in Hillsboro, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Denton.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
William C. West Jr., 51
GEORGETOWN - William C. West Jr. of Georgetown died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 51.
Mr. West had been a resident of the Stockley Center for 45 years.
He is survived by his mother, Verdie B. West of Frankford; a sister, Emily W. Hocker of Ocean View; three nieces; and two nephews.
Service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services in Frankford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in St. George's Cemetery, Clarksville.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to The Memorial Fund of St. George's United Methodist Church.
D. Melson Carey, 83
MILTON - D. Melson Carey of Milton died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. He was 83.
Mr. Carey was a veteran of the Army Air Corps, serving in World War II with the Occupation Force in Germany.
He worked as a powerhouse mechanic at the DuPont Nylon Plant in Seaford for 36 years, retiring in 1980.
Mr. Carey was a member of Endeavor Lodge 17, A.F. & A.M., in Milton; a member of the 32nd Degree Scottish Rite; and a member of Grace Church in Milton, where he served as financial secretary, Sunday school teacher and as an usher for 30 years, and served on the board.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Pettyjohn Carey, in 1997.
He is survived by two sons, James M. Carey of Wilmington and Donald E. Carey of Milton; and five grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Grace Church in Milton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milton.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to Grace Church, 514 Union St., Milton, DE 19968.
Arrangements by Short Funeral Services Inc., Milton.
Emma E. Thompson, 87
MILFORD - Emma E. Thompson of Milford died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 87.
Mrs. Thompson was born in 1910, the daughter of the late Theodore Enss Sr. and Rose E. Enss.
She and her husband owned and operated the Carroll L. Thompson School Bus Service, from 1936-71.
Mrs. Thompson was a member of Capital Grange No. 18 in Dover, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 20 years, a member of Victory Chapter 15 in Dover, and a member of the People's Church in Dover.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll L. Thompson Sr., in 1996; and a sister, Ella E. Benson.
She is survived by two sons, Carroll L. Thompson Jr. of Dover, and Gerald W. Thompson of Milford; a daughter, Carolyn E. Dill of Milford; a brother, Theodore Enss Jr. of Marydel; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Trader Funeral Home in Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.
Ethel D. Hill, 91
LEWES - Ethel D. Hill of Lewes died of heart failure Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. She was 91.
Mrs. Hill was born in Rehoboth Beach, the daughter of the late William C. Dorman and Mary Elizabeth Burton.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Hill was a member of Conley's United Methodist Church in Angola, a member of Conley's U.M. Women, and a member of the Lewes Senior Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Raymond Hill, in 1950; a daughter, Edna Baker; and a son and daughter-in-law, Roland Hill Sr. and Phyllis Hill.
She is survived by a sister, Catherine Carpenter of Lewes; a son-in-law, Charles L. Baker and his wife, Joan, both of Lewes; a grandson, R. Roland Hill Jr., of Lewes; a granddaughter, Kathy House of Berlin, Md.; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services in Long Neck, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Conley's Chapel Cemetery, Angola.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Cemetery Fund of Conley's Chapel U.M. Church.
Kenneth F. Hemmig, 71
DOVER - Kenneth F. Hemmig of Dover died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center. He was 71.
Mr. Hemmig served in the U.S. Army, the U.S Navy and the U.S. Air Force for a total of 22 years, retiring as a staff sergeant in 1966.
He then worked as a mechanic for Hammond Cadillac of Milford and for Kent County Motors of Dover, retiring in 1991.
Mr. Hemmig was a member of the American Legion, Walter L. Fox Post 2, of Dover, and a member of The Modern Maturity Center in Dover, where he enjoyed playing pool.
He is survived by his wife, Agnes Hemmig of Dover; two sons, Kenneth Hemmig and David Hemmig, both of Dover; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the Faries Funeral Home, Dover.
Margaret Elizabeth Thomas, 85
BALTIMORE - Margaret Elizabeth Thomas of Baltimore died Monday, Sept. 14, 1998, in Green Hill Nursing Home. She was 85.
Ms. Thomas was born in 1913, in Trappe, the daughter of the late Samuel Gibson and Harriett Gibson.
She attended the Talbot County Public School System.
She worked as a cook for the Pasadena Inn in Royal Oak, and the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford.
Ms. Thomas also worked as a domestic and did home care for the elderly.
She will be remembered as a very cordial and giving person.
She loved to cook and often entertained her family.
Visiting her apartment meant being seated at a beautifully set table, served by a gracious host, and entertained by a ornery sense of humor.
No one ever left her home empty handed.
She loved children and showered them with gifts of clothes, toys, and money.
Ms. Thomas was always willing to help wherever she was needed.
She is survived by three sisters, Mary Chase of Trappe, Eliza Aye of Baltimore, and Frances Barnes of Washington D.C.; two brothers, Samuel Gibson of Philadelphia, and Douglas Gibson of Milford; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Service will be noon Saturday at Scott's U.M. Church in Trappe, where friends may call two hours prior to service.
Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery, Trappe.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Curtis Kirk Schell, 72
GALENA, Md. - Curtis Kirk Schell of Shorewood Estates, Galena, Md., died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998, in the home of his daughter near Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 72.
Mr. Schell was born June 17, 1926, in Wilmington, Del., to the late Jacob and Grace Kirk Schell. Formerly of Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Del., he and his wife have been residents of Shorewood Estates, near Galena, for the past 14 years.
Mr. Schell, for 42 years, was a Delaware River and Bay pilot with the Pilots' Association for the Bay and River Delaware, retiring in 1985.
He was an avid golfer.
Mr. Schell was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Earleville, and a director for the Galena Lions Club.
He is survived by his stepmother, Sue Preston of Vero Beach, Fla.; his wife of 48 years, Betty Ford Schell; a son, Bradford Schell of Rehoboth Beach; four daughters, Sally Baker and Martha Soots, both of Winston-Salem, Kirsten Dillon of Pike Creek, Del., and Ann Lehman of Middletown, Del.; two brothers, Bill Schell of Angola, Del., and Charles Schell of Palm Coast, Fla.; two stepbrothers, Joseph and Marshall Schell; a stepsister, Susan Simmons; and eight grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 10 Gleber Road, Earleville.
Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.
The family suggests that contributions be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church or to the Galena Lions Club, c/o Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, Box 235, Galena, MD 21635.