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Bonnie Elizabeth Gregory, 43

SEAFORD - Minister Bonnie Elizabeth Gregory of Seaford died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, in Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 43.

Minister Gregory was a faithful employee of the Delaware Court of Chancery in Georgetown, where she served as chief deputy.

As a devoted member of the United Deliverance Bible Center, Minister Gregory served in numerous capacities.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Rosena E. Matthews; and an elder brother, Larry Gaines.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Elder Winford Gregory Jr.; a daughter, Christel Matthews of Dover; a son, Michael Sample of Slaughter Neck; her adopted adoptive? father, Bradford White; three brothers, Donald Gaines of Newark, Warren Gaines Sr. of Phoenix, Ariz., and Gary Gaines of Seaford; an adopted brother, Brock Owens; three sisters, Jamasine Matthews of Seaford, Monica Perkins of Seaford and Mary Helen Jenkins of Baltimore; an adopted sister, Gwendolyn Collins of Seaford; four aunts; two great-aunts; two uncles; nine sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the United Deliverance Bible Center, Laurel, with Bishop Catherine A. Camper, pastor, officiating.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Sunday for a memorial celebration.

Burial will be in Macedonia A.M.E. Church Cemetery.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

A. Evelyn Garton, 83

DOVER - A. Evelyn Garton of Dover died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998 in IHS of Delaware. She was 83.

Mrs. Garton was born in Henderson, Md., March 26, 1915, the daughter of the late John E. and Helen M. Walls.

She had worked as a clerk working with Addressagraph machines for the Farmers Bank and its successors, Girard Bank and Mellon Bank, retiring about 1979. She had also worked for a short time as a line worker for Playtex.

Mrs. Garton was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Dover.

Seh was preceded in death by her husband, Alden Garton; and her first husband, Paul A. Chambers.

She is survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720; or to Wesley United Methodist Church, 209 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901.

John S. Griffin III, 72

NEWARK - John S. Griffin III of Newark died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, in his residence after a lengthy illness. He was 72.

Born and raised in Smyrna, Mr. Griffin was the son of the late John S. and Emma Pratt Griffin.

A World War II Army Veteran, Mr. Griffin was with the 28th Infantry Division and had served in the Battle of the Bulge.

He moved from the Smyrna area to Dover in 1957 and later moved to Newark. He worked in automobile sales for over 40 years and, at the time of his death, he was with Porter Chevrolet, where he had served for the past 12 years.

Mr. Griffin was a longtime member of the Citizens' Hose Co. Band, associated with Smyrna's volunteer fire company, where he had played trumpet. He is also remembered for playing trumpet with several area orchestras throughout the years.

He was a past member of the BPO Elks Lodge of Dover and was a member of the Newark Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. He was a member of Asbury Methodist Church, Smyrna.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Camilla LePore Griffin of Newark; a son, John L. Griffin of Newark; two daughters, Constance C. Holland of Dover and Cathy Cauffman of Wilmington; two sisters, Elva Tarburton of Dover and Betty Harrington of Smyrna; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Funeral Home of Michael J. Ambruso, 1175 S. State St., Dover, with the Rev. Wilbur Bubb of Wesley United Methodist Church officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.

The family suggests donations in Mr. Griffin's memory be sent to the Fox Chase Cancer Center, 7701 Burhulme Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.

Nellie Mildred Hairgrove, 86

NEW CASTLE - Nellie Mildred Hairgrove of New Castle died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, in Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmington. She was 86.

Mrs. Hairgrove was born in Dover, the daughter of the late Roland and Elizabeth Willis Boyer. She married Thomas K. Hairgrove in 1942 and lived in Dover for many years, later moved to Delaware City and, in 1945, moved to New Castle.

She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Scuse, in 1995.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas K. Hairgrove of New Castle; three daughters, Peggy Knightly of Leavenworth, Kan., and Pat Newton and Betty Jamison, both of New Castle; a sister, Delsie Davis of New Castle; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.

Betty Jean Mayo, 54

RIDGELY, Md. - Betty Jean Mayo of Ridgely died Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998, in her home of natural causes. She was 54.

Miss Mayo was born July 19, 1944, in Surgoinsville, Tenn., the daughter of the late Lloyd B. and Annie F. Stafford Mayo. She later lived in Annapolis, and moved to Ridgely in 1994.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Mayo, Dec. 7, 1994.

She is survived by six brothers, Lloyd Mayo of Silver Spring, John Mayo of Ridgely, Hugh F. Mayo and Thomas Mayo, both of Holly Hill, Fla., Kenneth Mayo of Phoenix, Ariz., and Howard Mayo of Arnold; a sister, Virginia M. Jordan of Glen Burnie; and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home P.A., 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. today.

Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro, following the service.

Jeanette S. Outten, 70

FRANKFORD - Jeanette S. Outten of Frankford died in Millsboro Nursing Home Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998, of kidney failure. She was 70.

Mrs. Outten was born in Frankford, the daughter of the late Irey Long and Sarah West Long.

Mrs. Outten was retired after 25 years as an attendant at the Stockley Center, Georgetown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. Outten, in 1987; and by a son, Dennis Outten, in 1983.

She is survived by two sons, Edward L. Outten Jr. of Frankford and Bryan E. Outten of Millsboro; three brothers, Elton Long of Schenectady, N.Y., and Clifton Long and Monroe Long, both of Millsboro; a sister, Virginia Cortright of Woodland, Texas; and two grandchildren, Shawn Outten and Hunter Outten, both of Frankford.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, with the Rev. William H. Hudson officiating.

Friends may call at the chapel one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Dagsboro Redmen's Cemetery, Dagsboro.

James Edward Peterson Sr.

GREENWOOD - James Edward Peterson Sr. of Greenwood died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital of cancer.

Mr. Peterson was born in Rich Square, N.C., to the late Lou-Ella Peterson.

He was a laborer.

Mr. Peterson was a member of Mount Enon Baptist Church in Milford, where he was an usher and choir member. His favorite song was ''One Day at a Time.''

In addition to his mother, Mr. Peterson was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Peterson.

He is survived by two sons, James E. Peterson of Norfolk, Va., and Raymond Tingle of Georgetown; a foster son, James Thomas Peterson of Hampton, Va.; three daughters, Geraldine Peterson and Julia Peterson Tingle, both of Lincoln, and Regina Peterson of Portsmouth, Va.; a sister, Doris Clayton of Seaford; a daughter-in-law, Regina Whaley of Milton; a son-in-law, Joseph Tingle of Cool Spring; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. today at Mount Enon Baptist Church, Milford, where friends may call two hours before the service.

Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Middleford.

Arrangements by Young's Funeral Homes, Milford.

Carl Edward 'Pop' Smith, 59

FREDERICA - Carl Edward ''Pop'' Smith of Frederica died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 59.

Mr. Smith was born June 17, 1939, in Littlestown, Pa., the son of the late Carl and Grace Smith.

He was a woodsman, cutting trees as an occupation.

Mr. Smith enjoyed fishing and crabbing with friends. He also enjoyed enjoyed sitting under trees with friends.

He is survived by three sons, Edward Smith of Felton and Randy Smith and Paul Smith, both of Harrington; three daughters, Margaret Luckenbough of Pennsylvania and Alena Spalding and Paula Poore, both of Harrington; a brother, Donald Smith of New Oxford, Pa.; a sister, Darlene Sadler of Westminster, Md.' four grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; his best friends, Bruce and Linda Glanden of Frederica; and many friends from Bowers Beach.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 S. Du Pont Highway, Harrington, with the Rev. Matthew Wright, pastor of Mount Enon Baptist Church, Milford, officiating.

Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.

David M. Snead, 62

CLARKSVILLE - David M. Snead of Clarksville died Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, of pneumonia. He was 62.

Mr. Snead was born in Exmore, Va., the son of the late James and Leola Chisum Snead.

He was employed by Bob's Marine Service, Clarksville, prior to his illness.

He is survived by three brothers, James Snead and Ross Snead, both of Millsboro, and Joseph Snead of Spring Valley, N.Y.; a sister, Evelyn L. Hall of Clarksville, with whom he lived; and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, with Mr. Leroy Snead officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Zoar Golden Acres Cemetery, Bishopville, Md.

Roger Keith Mallery, 31

CAMDEN - Roger Keith Mallery of Camden died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, in his home. He was 31.

Mr. Mallery was born March 25, 1967, in Fort Benning, Ga., the son of Lawrence and Virginia Mallery of Dover.

He had worked as a painter for 15 years, most recently for G.T. Painting of Dover.

Mr. Mallery enjoyed fishing, country music and dancing.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, Roger K. Mallery Jr.; a brother, Larry Mallery of Frederica; a sister, Michelle Spaulding of Hockessin; his paternal grandmother, Helen L. Mallery of Cumberland, Md.; three nieces; four nephews; and a loving companion, Karen Smith of Camden.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at 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.
 

Alphonso J. 'Georgia Peach' Garmon, 67

DOVER - Alphonso J. ''Georgia Peach'' Garmon of Dover died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, in Bayhealth, Kent General Hospital. He was 67.

Mr. Garmon was born in Fort Valley, Ga., in 1931, the son of the late Willie F. Woolford. 

He drove trucks for several years, worked for Con-Agra in Milford and the Independent Newspapers Inc. in Dover.

He loved fishing and watching baseball. 

Mr. Garmon was a member of the Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church of Dover.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie M. Garmon, on Aug. 30, 1991.

He is survived by four daughters, Eva D. Small of Magnolia, Sheryl M. Garmon of Pompano Beach, Fla., Patricia Haggins of Dearfield Beach, Fla. and Beverly Martin of Chicago; a son-in-law, Jimmy Smalls of Magnolia; his stepfather, Brooks Woolford of Dover; a sister-in-law, Sallie Stubbs of Deerfield Beach; a brother-in-law, Carroll Stubbs of Deerfield Beach; a grandson-in-law, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Service will be noon Wednesday at Mt. Zion AME Church, Queen Street, Dover. The Rev. Coleman will officiate.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 717 W. Division St., Dover. 

Burial will be in Gibbs Memorial Cemetery, Woodside.

 

Frank Joseph Willey, 95

HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Frank Joseph Willey of Hilton Head, formerly of Bridgeville, Del., died of congestive heart failure, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, in Hilton Head Medical Center. He was 95. 

Mr. Willey was a lifelong resident of Bridgeville. 

He made his home with his daughter for the past several years. 

He served in the U.S. Railway Mail Service and later the Rural Delivery Service for 44 years, retiring in 1972.

Mr. Willey was past president of the Delaware Rural Letter Carriers Association. He was former president and former fire chief of the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Co. and was also past president of the Sussex County Firemen's Association. Mr. Willey served as a junior and senior warden of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Bridgeville and was first vice president and superintendent of the Bridgeville Cemetery Association. He also served as a director and secretary/treasurer of the Bridgeville Building and Loan Association for 50 years. He was a member of the Bridgeville Kiwanis Club and the Hiram Lodge 21, A.F. and A.M. in Seaford. Mr. Willey was an active member of the Sussex County Democratic Party and served as a Bridgeville area committeeman.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Kathryn Hurlock in 1979.

He is survived by his daughter, Jayne W. Smith of Hilton Head; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, William Street, Bridgeville.

Friends may call 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hardesty Funeral Home, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions made to the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 727, Bridgeville, DE 19933.

 

Delema Warren Banning, 93

S. CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Delema Warren Banning of S. Charleston, formerly of Milford, Del., died after a long illness Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998, in the Valley Health Village in West Virginia. She was 93.

She was preceded in death by a son, Forrest F. Banning, formerly of Milford.

She is survived by two grandsons, Wayne Banning of Scott Depot, W.V., and Gary Banning of Steilacoom, Wash.; two great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, N.W. Front Street, Milford.

 

Charles Ross Donovan Sr., 83

WILMINGTON - Charles Ross Donovan Sr. of Wilmington died Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998, in Riverside Extended Care, Wilmington. He was 83.

Mr. Donovan was born in Lincoln, the son of the late Wilford B. and Emma Ross Donovan.

He was the retired owner of C.R. Donovan Crawford Door Sales Company.

Mr. Donovan was acting secretary of the Wilmington Lions Club for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Hazel Taylor Donovan; two sons, C. Ross Donovan Jr. of Wilmington and G. Eugene Donovan of Shewsbury, Pa.; a sister, Charlotte Donovan Peoples of Cambridge, Md., and two grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the McCrery Memorial Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, where friends may call one hour prior to service. 

Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery, Wilmington.

Contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association, 321 East 14th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

 

Albert Preston Simmons Sr., 89

WORTON, MD. - Albert Preston Simmons Sr. of Worton, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, in Easton Memorial Hospital. He was 89.

Mr. Simmons was born April 3, 1909, in Chester, Pa., the son of the late John L. and Mabel A. Simmons. 

He attended Chester City Schools, but had to quit after the 11th grade to help support his family. 

Mr. Simmons spent his youth and working years in Chester. 

He married Edith Yvonne Bertha Brown on December 31, 1935. They were blessed with four children.

Mr. Simmons worked for American Viscose Company in Wilmington, Del., for 20 years and St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Springfield, Pa.. for 20 years.

Mr. Simmons and his wife moved to Worton in 1975. 

He managed a baseball club, the Chester Monarchs, which was in the Tri-State League. He loved fishing, praying, singing and hearing a good sermon. He enjoyed family and friends at the picnics he gave along with his wife. He was a kind, devoted and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He was loved by his neighbors and friends. 

As a young man, Mr. Simmons attended Asbury A.M.E. and later joined the church, where he was a member for nearly 50 years. He was the church secretary, a member of the Steward Board, former president of the Trustee Aide, and a member of the senior choir and male chorus. Mr. Simmons was class leader of Class 2 and head of the Young People's Department. When he moved to Worton, Mr. Simmons transferred his membership from Asbury to Fountain U.M.E., where he continued to be active in the church, working with the youth and the men of the church, especially on Men's Day. He organized and taught Bible class for a number of years. He was also a member of the John A. Watts Lodge of Elks 224 and a member of Franklin Lodge 58. 

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1996.

He is survived by two sons, Albert Preston Simmons Jr. of Kennett Square, Pa., and Vernon Simmons of Homestead, Fla.; a daughter, Linda Simmons Wesley of Worton; four sisters, Harriet Furness, Ethel Carroll, Louise Benson and Margaret Simmons, all of Chester; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many good friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Fountain U.M. Church, Big Woods, Md., where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday.

Burial will be in Big Woods Cemetery, Big Woods, Md.

Arrangements my Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Worton.

 

Ethel A. Rash, 78

HARRINGTON - Ethel A. Rash of Harrington died of heart failure Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 78.

Mrs. Rash retired in 1978 from D. and R. Trailer Sales, a family-owned business.

She was a member of the Harrington Senior Center and the American Legion Auxillary of Harrington.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson, in 1987.

She is survived by a brother, Wilson H. Morris of Milford; a sister, Evelyn J. Smith of Harrington; a brother-in-law, Elmer Minner of Harrington; five nephews, Mark Newcomer, Roger Morris and Donald Morris, all of Milford, Jason Hill and Trinity Thompson, both of Harrington; and six nieces, Judy Sard of Milford, Carol Neville of Lincoln, Teresa Thompson of Harrington, Deborah Hoff of Felton, and Julie Hill and Katrina Thompson both of Harrington.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Price Funeral Home, 6 Dorman St. in Harrington, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery.

 

James Franklin Marine Sr., 79

NEWARK - James Franklin Marine Sr. of Newark died of cancer Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, in his home. He was 79.

Mr. Marine retired in 1978 from the DuPont Company Louviers Site, where he worked as an accountant for 36 years.

He was a member of the DuPont Country Club.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mildred Ennis Marine; two sons, James F. Marine Jr. of Wilmington and Jack D. Marine of Burke, Va.; and four grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St. in Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.

Instead of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to Kingswood United Methodist Church, 300 Marrows Road, Newark, DE 19713.


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