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Dr. Robert H. Parker, 86
GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Dr. Robert H. Parker of Gaithersburg died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998, in Wilson Health Care Center, Asbury Methodist Village. He was 86.
Dr. Parker was born in 1912 in Cumberland.
He was a graduate of the American University and the Drew Theological Seminary.
The honorary degree Doctor of Divinity was granted to him by Western Maryland College in 1953.
The honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters was also granted to him by both the American University, in 1962, and Wesley College, in 1985.
Dr. Parker served churches in Cumberland.
He was pastor of the Northwood-Appold Methodist Church in Baltimore for 14 years.
He then served as superintendent of the Baltimore South District of his church until 1960.
Dr. Parker then became president of Wesley College in Dover, resulting in new buildings and a dramatic growth in faculty, student body, gifts and endowments.
He retired from the ministry of the Baltimore Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1975.
He then moved to the Asbury Methodist Village, where he became director of development.
Dr. Parker retired in 1983.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Meredith Snowden Parker.
He is survived by his wife, Eloise B. Ensor Parker of Sykesville; two daughters, Sylvia M. Bowles of Wilmington, N.C., and Sharon L. Mitchell of Warwick; a brother, Wilbur R. Parker; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 3 p.m. today in Hillcrest Burial Park, Cumberland.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Parker Hall at the Apartment Center of Asbury Methodist Village.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Robert and Meredith Parker Scholarship Fund, Wesley College, Dover, DE 19901; or to The Asbury Village Foundation, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.
Arrangements by De Vol Funeral Home, Gaithersburg.
Milton A. Brice, 61
EASTON, Md. - Milton A. Brice of Easton died Friday, Sept. 18, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 61.
Mr. Brice was born in 1937 in Easton, the son of the late Milton Brice and Maize Brice.
He was a 1955 graduate of Robert Russell Moton High School.
He was retired from the St. Peter and St. Paul School.
Mr. Brice had been a self-employed barber most recently.
He is survived by three sons, Larry Carnel Brice, and his wife, Shelia, both of Moreno Valley, Calif., and Bruce A. Brice and Shawn B. Brice, both of Easton; two brothers, Vernon Brice of Washington, D.C., and Ezzard Brice of Annapolis; and three sisters, Betty Pfeffer and Ann Downes, both of Philadelphia, and Azalia Camper of Pasadena, Md.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Greater Mount Zion Pentecostal Church in Bethlehem, where friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Burial will be in Mount Zion Memorial Cemetery, Bethlehem.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Charles L. Panciroli Sr., 92
WARWICK, Md. - Charles L. Panciroli Sr. of Warwick died Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, in his home. He was 92.
Mr. Panciroli was born on Long Island, N.Y.
He moved to Maryland in the 1950s.
Mr. Panciroli farmed vegetables for 20 years, retiring in 1973.
He served on the school board in Plainview, N.Y.
Mr. Panciroli was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Middletown, Del., a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a lifetime member of the Plainview Fire Dept. and a member of the Delaware Potato Growers Assoc.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances J. Panciroli, in 1990.
He is survived by a son, Charles L. Panciroli Jr. of Elkton; a daughter, Mary E. Mulvihill of Middletown; a sister, Eva Petrucci of Plainview; two brothers, William Panciroli of Plainview and Primo Panciroli of Warwick; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Old Bohemia Catholic Church, Warwick.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mamie Ruth Foskey Wilson, 93
BLADES - Mamie Ruth Foskey Wilson of Blades died Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. She was 93.
Mrs. Wilson was born in Millsboro, the daughter of the late Greensbury Foskey and Anna Mariner Foskey.
She was a machine operator at Walker's Garment Co. in Blades for 30 years, retiring in 1978.
She was the oldest resident of Blades, known around town as Mom-Mom.
Mrs. Wilson was a member of the Blades United Methodist Church, Blades.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Norman Wilson, in 1970.
She is survived by a daughter, Irene M. Wilson of Blades; a grandson, Terry A. Wilson; and two great-granddaughters, Michelle Ann Wilson and Megan Amie Wilson.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Watson-Yates Funeral Home in Seaford, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Burial will be in Blades Cemetery, Blades.
Howard W. Dill, 78
HARRINGTON - Howard W. Dill of Harrington died Saturday, Sept. 19, in Milford Memorial Hospital of heart failure. He was 78.
Mr. Dill was born in Felton, the son of the late Elmer and Elizabeth Dill.
He was a graduate of Felton High School.
During World War II, Mr. Dill served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 15th Air Force, 31st Fighter Group, 306th Fighter Wing, in campaigns in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He received the Malta George Cross from the president of Malta for bravery.
Mr. Dill was postmaster in Harrington for 31 years, and retired in 1985.
Mr. Dill was a member of the Harrington post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Harrington Volunteer Fire Co. and the American Legion. He was a former member of the Harrington Lions Club, the National Association of Postmasters, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 3rd District from 1962-1965 and the Harrington Chamber of Commerce. A street in Harrington was named in his honor May 10, 1995, to show appreciation for his service on the Harrington City Council, the Annexation Committee and the Planning and Zoning Committee from 1990-1996.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma P. Dill; a son and daughter-in-law, William L. Dill and Rita Dill of Harrington; and two stepgrandchildren, Wayne A. Rickrode Jr. and Roy A. Rickrode, both of Felton.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the McKnatt Funeral Home, 50 Commerce St., Harrington, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. today.
Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.
Janet E. Stauffer, 65
NEW CASTLE - Janet E. Stauffer of New Castle died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998, in her home. She was 65.
Ms. Stauffer had worked in the communications department at the Sears Department Stores, at both the Penny Hill and Kirkwood Highway locations, for 43 years, retiring in 1995.
Ms. Stauffer was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
She is survived by a brother, Edward L. Primaldi of New Castle; a nephew, Philip Williams of Newark; and two nieces, Deborah Williams of Richmond, Va., and Michelle Andreoli of New Castle.
Service will be 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park in Minquadale, where viewing will be from 11-11:45 a.m. prior to the service.
Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice, 256 Chapman Road, Suite 201A, Newark, DE 19702.
Donald Lee Roof, 60
GRASONVILLE, Md. - Donald Lee Roof of Grasonville died Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, in the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 60.
Mr. Roof was born Feb. 14, 1938, in Mason County, Ill., the son of the late Otis and Hazel Bell Shawgo Roof.
He attended school in Baltimore and in Maui, Hawaii.
He married Virginia Lee Capel April 18, 1964.
Mr. Roof was drafted into the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. He began a career as a mechanic, working in the Baltimore area for American Standard, Levitz Furniture Co. and Tech Alloy with heavy-machinery maintenance until becoming disabled and retiring.
Mr. Roof was a member of the Bay Country Moose Lodge in Queenstown and an associate member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grasonville Volunteer Fire Dept.
He enjoyed fishing.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Eileen Robbins.
He is survived by his wife, of Grasonville; a son, Randal Roof of Grasonville; a daughter, Kimberly Roof of Grasonville; two brothers, Hugh Roof of Unger, W.Va., and Lyle Roof of Lady Lake, Fla.; a sister, Bessie Sevier of South Pekin, Ill.; and five grandchildren.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Grasonville Volunteer Fire Dept. station.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Grasonville Volunteer Fire Dept., c/o Ladies Auxiliary, P.O. Box 463, Grasonville, MD 21638.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam
Funeral Home P.A., Chester.
Joyce Ann Anderson, 37
DOVER - Joyce Ann Anderson of Dover died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998, at Christiana Hospital, Newark, after a long illness. She was 37.
Miss Anderson was born Jan. 24, 1961, in Miami, the daughter of Retha and Albert Lee Anderson. She attended public school in Milford, and later graduated from the Job Corps.
Miss Anderson was employed by Sea Watch, Con-Agra, Playtex Products and the Sheraton Dover Hotel.
Miss Anderson confessed Christ in her life July 6, 1998, and was baptized July 12, 1998, in the Solid Rock Baptist Church, Dover. She had a zeal about her Christian walk and attended church services as her health permitted.
Miss Anderson was a kind and considerate person who would make sacrifices for others. She was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who enjoyed life.
She was preceded in death by her only brother, Albert Anderson Jr.; and an uncle, Richard, in August.
She is survived by her fiance, Pierre Marcelin; four sons, Charles, Joshua, Alphonso and Christopher Anderson, all of Dover; three daughters, Joshinia, Angela and Christina Anderson, all of Dover; a daughter-in-law, Lakischa Anderson of Dover; her mother, Retha Jones of Selma, Ala.; her father, Albert Lee Anderson of Florida City, Fla.; her stepfather, Charles Jones of Selma; four sisters, Dorothy McGahee of Clearwater, Fla.; Yvonne McCracken of Mobile, Ala., Iletha Pitts of Clearwater and Vertina Anderson of Felton; four brothers-in-law, Michael Pitts of Milford, Leslie King of Clearwater, Hardy McCracken of Mobile and Lawrence Pitts of Clearwater; a sister-in-law, Cassandra Pitts; her adopted mother, Lenora Elzey of Felton; her grandmother, Cloyte Jones of Pennsylvania; two adopted sisters, Yvonne Elzey of Felton, and Linda Summers of Felton; an adopted brother, Ernest Elzey of Felton; a niece, Takisha Pitts; a grandson, Jay'Qwan Anderson; and a granddaughter, Tykeirah Ireland; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Solid Rock Baptist Church, Dover, where friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Gibbs Memorial Gardens, Woodside.
Arrangments by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Karl McClements, 56
HARTLY - Karl McClements of Hartly died Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilmington. He was 56.
Mr. McClements served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era and was a gas-station attendant for the old Hess station in Dover many years ago.
Mr. McClements was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Post 1, the American Legion Walter L. Fox Post 2, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 612, Camden.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Jane Gill McClements, in 1992.
He is survived by three sons, Glenn McClements of Smyrna and Carl McClements and Floy M. McClements, both of Hartly; a brother, Donald McClements of Galena, Md.; four sisters, Marion Bower and Laura Ross, both of Smyrna, Margery Pearson of Beverly, Mass., and Joann Ortis, also of Massachusetts; and several grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, where friends may call from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Burial will be at the veterans cemetery.
Arrangements by Trader Funeral Home, Dover.
Roger Edward 'Roegena' McClements, 64
MARYDEL - Roger Edward ''Roegena'' McClements of Marydel died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998, at Kent General Hospital, Dover, of a massive stroke. He was 64.
Mr. McClements was the son of the late James Lester and Ada Mace Goslin McClements.
Mr. McClements graduated from Dover High School in 1954. He worked at Scott Paper Corp.; at Sears, Roebuck; as a meter reader for the city of Dover; as a cab driver; and for Lynch Construction as a sign worker and sign maker. Also, for five years, he was caretaker for First Baptist Church of Dover, then on Division Street.
Mr. McClements was a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts for nine years.
He was preceded in death by a son, Roger E. McClements.
He is survived by three sons, Robin McClements of Chestertown, Md., Benjamin McClements of Henderson, Md., and Randy McClements of Seaford; three daughters, Ada Marie McClements of Hartly and Joyce Rawls and Amy McClements, both of Decatur, Ga.; a special friend, Patty Skinnerof of Henderson; and close friends, Karl F. Kleefeld, Sally Bunce and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Woodlind, all of Marydel.
Memorial service will be 6 p.m. Saturday in the New Beginning Church of God, 3341 Mahan Corner Road, Marydel.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association, 110 S. French St., Suite 400, Wilmington, DE 19801.
Arrangements by Trader Funeral Home, Dover.
Glonna Marie Finger, 78
DOVER - Glonna Marie Finger of Dover died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998, in Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 78.
Mrs. Finger was born Feb. 9, 1920, in St. Francis, Mo. She moved to Delaware in 1984.
Mrs. Finger was a homemaker and enjoyed crafts.
She had attended the First Church of God.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William G. Finger Sr., April 2, 1994; and by a daughter, Joanne Finger, in 1995.
She is survived by a son, William G. Finger of Houston; two brothers; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
David Madison Brinkley, 43
STEVENSVILLE, Md. - David Madison Brinkley of Stevensville, Md., died suddenly Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, in Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md. He was 43.
Mr. Brinkley was born Dec. 3, 1954, in Baltimore, the son of Wilbur Brinkley and the late Margaret Dorner Brinkley.
Mr. Brinkley graduated from Queen Anne's County High School and later began a career with the state of Maryland as a traffic control supervisor.
He married Barbara Kulikowski of Stevensville March 11, 1989.
Mr. Brinkley was a member, past president and chief of United Communities Volunteer Fire Dept. in Stevensville, and an active volunteer with Grateful Paws Animal Rescue, also in Stevensville.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Brinkley of Stevensville; his father, Wilbur Brinkley of Stevensville; three brothers, Dennis Brinkley of Stevensville, Wayne Brinkley of Dundalk and James Dorner of New Orleans; and two sisters, Sharon Brinkley of Stevensville and Rosa L. Politowicz.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home P.A., Chester, where family and friends may call 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday and 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Grateful Paws, 103 Washington Road, Stevensville, MD 21666.
Eleanore Bevan Rigby, 83
MILLINGTON, Md. - Eleanore Bevan Rigby of Millington, formerly of Galena, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, in Corsica Hills Nursing Center as a result of complications of diabetes. She was 83.
Mrs. Rigby was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Henry Paul Bevan Sr. and Liza Bostock Bevan. She and her husband, G. Francis Rigby, lived in Havertown, Pa., before establishing residence in Kent County in 1976.
A homemaker for the majority of her life, Mrs. Rigby enjoyed family activities, and particularly enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren. In her spare time, she loved to do handcrafts, ceramics, needlepoint and cross-stictching.
Mrs. Rigby was very active in the Galena Senior Center and The Buzzy Bees, and volunteered her time in the Galena Library for a number of years.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Edwin Rigby, Aug. 3, 1998.
In addition to her husband of 62 years, she is survived by three sons, Thomas Walter Rigby of Betterton, Donathan George Rigby of Hudson, Ohio, and Jon Henry Rigby of Wilmington, Del.; and 10 grandchildren.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chestertown, with the Rev. Daniel Flower officiating.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions made in her name to the American Diabetes Association in one's local area.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Millington.
Joseph 'Marvin' Kemp, 56
GOLDSBORO, Md. - Joseph ''Marvin'' Kemp of Goldsboro died Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, in Christiana Hospital, Newark, Del., of natural causes. He was 56.
Mr. Kemp was born Jan. 30, 1942, in Goldsboro, the son of the late John Kemp Sr. and Birtie Hutson Kemp, and lived in Goldsboro his entire life.
Mr. Kemp was employed by Waterworld as a swimming-pool technician.
Mr. Kemp was a member of Camden-Wyoming (Del.) Moose Lodge 760.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Ann Kemp, June 5, 1993; and a son, Joseph M. Kemp Jr., in 1964.
He is survived by three daughters, Bonnie Kelley and Marlene Glaeser, both of Goldsboro, and Eva Wright, and her husband, Michael Wright, of Preston; three brothers, John ''Buddy'' Kemp Jr. and Charles ''Butch'' Kemp, both of Goldsboro, and James ''Jimmy'' Kemp of Camden, Del.; a sister, Betty Brown of Goldsboro; and three grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.
Medford P. Cannon, 89
BRIDGEVILLE - Medford P. Cannon of Bridgeville died Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, in the home of a niece, Mrs. Patricia H. Kuhns of Dover, of heart failure. he was 89.
Mr. Cannon was well-known for the homes he built in the Bridgeville area, as well as his community service. He retired in 1971.
Mr. Cannon was loved by many, who called him ''Uncle Med.''
Mr. Cannon was a 55-year member and a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Bridgeville; a 50-year member and lodge examiner of the Hiram Lodge 21, A.F. &A.M., Seaford, Delaware Consistory, Valley of Wilmington; a member of Nur Temple Shrine, Wilmington; a member of the Kent-Sussex Scottish Rite Club; a member of Local Union 2012, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Seaford; and an active member of Union United Methodist Church, Bridgeville.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Dortha Hill Cannon, in 1991.
He is survived by two brothers, Virgil A. Cannon of Bridgeville and Norman H. Cannon of Greenwood; two sisters, Hulda C. Jones of Hurlock, Md., and Elnora C. Wheatley of Ridley Park, Pa.; a nephew, Roschen C. Hill, and his wife, Rose Mary, of Delmar; a niece, Patricia H. Kuhns of Dover; and many nephews and other nieces.
A Masonic service will be 2 p.m. Friday, followed by a funeral service, in Hardesty Funeral Home, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Bridgeville Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Union United Methodist Church, 2 Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933.
James Andrew Hall, 64
FRANKFORD - James Andrew Hall of Frankford died Monday, Sept. 20, 1998, in Lewes Convalescent Center, Lewes. He was 64.
Mr. Hall was born March 1, 1934, in Bishopville, Md., the son of the late Thomas Hall and Esther Hall.
He is survived by hise, Frances Hall of Frankford; four sons, James Johnson of Williamsville, Larry Johnson of Millsboro, Graylin Hall of Millville and Dwight Williams of Salisbury, Md.; a stepson, Vincent Mumford of Alexandria, Va.; a daughter, Sharon Rogers of Millsboro; a stepdaughter, Evangeline Keaton of Frankford; two brothers, Edward Hall of Frankford and Harrison Hall of San Diego; and a sister, Edna Hall of Frankford.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Calvary Pentecostal Church, Bishopville, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Curtis Cemetery, Bishopville.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Milford.
Adam T. Koper, 69
MIDDLETOWN - Adam T. Koper of Middletown died Monday in Christiana Hospital, Newark. He was 69.
Mr. Koper was an Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a sergeant with the 11th Airborne Division. He worked for the General Motors Corp. in the Body Shop Department, retiring in 1982 after 30 years of service. Upon retiring, he moved to Middletown and began farming and raising livestock.
Mr. Koper was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and of the United Auto Workers Local 435.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Theresa J. Koper; and a son, Adam T. Koper Jr. of Wilmington.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, West Cochran Street, Middletown.
Friends may call 10:00-10:45 a.m. at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown.
Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Summit.
Instead of flowers, the family suggest contributions made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.