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Walter Joseph Bradley, 68

DOVER - Walter Joseph Bradley of Dover died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, in Kent General Bayhealth Center, Dover. He was 68.

Mr. Bradley was born May 23, 1930, in Cresson, Pa., the son of the late Wilfred J. Bradley and Alma Stevens.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served in the Strategic Air Command in weaponry for 17 years at air bases in Texas; England; Lincoln, Neb.; Wichita, Kan.; and Canada.

Mr. Bradley came to Dover with his family in 1968.

He retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service. He received many commendations, the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

After his retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Bradley worked for Teal Construction for 10 years as a heavy-equipment operator.

Mr. Bradley was a member of the Walter L. Fox Post 2, American Legion, of Dover, where he served on their holding corporation, and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Dover.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joan Callan Bradley of Dover; three sons, Kevin J. Bradley of Wilmington, Jon ''Tucker'' Bradley of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Brian A. Bradley of Bear; two daughters, Debora A. Mohler of Midland, N.C., and Cynthia M. Spittler of Mentor, Ohio; a brother, Arthur Bradley of Citra, Fla.; two sisters, Helen Callan and Laverne Steffe, both of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and over 100 nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Church, Dover.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus Street, Dover.

Burial will be in Sharon Hill Memorial Park, Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1977, Dover, DE 19903.

Donald A. Goetz, 58

MILLSBORO - Donald A. Goetz of Millsboro died of cancer Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 58.

Mr. Goetz was born in Baltimore, the son of Helen McNally Goetz of Baltimore and the late Benjamin Goetz.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a service manager for Conectiv Services, formerly known as Clarke Mechanical, in Georgetown for 21 years.

Mr. Goetz attended the Gumboro Fellowship Church.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Bonnie Esham Goetz; a son, Michael A. Goetz of Claymont; a daughter, Julie Goetz, at home; and a sister, Eileen Higdon, of Baltimore.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, with pastor Jeff Hudson officiating.

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

Burial will be in Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to the Gumboro Fellowship Church, Route 3 Box 217, Millsboro, DE 19966.

Wanda Lee Walker, 70

SEAFORD - Wanda Lee Walker died in her home in Seaford Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998. She was 70.

Mrs. Walker was born Aug. 11, 1928, in Spencer, W.Va., the daughter of Mazie Miller Hensley Mahr of Seaford and the late Roscoe Hensley.

She had retired after working for 22 years as an admissions clerk at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alva Warren Walker, in January 1990.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by five children, John Warren Walker of Laurel, E. Jean Bailey of Georgetown, and Phillip Beauchamp, Phyllis Murphy and Nancy Myer, all of Bridgeville; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Carl Mahr of Arnold, Md., Chris Mahr of North Olmsted, Ohio, and Bruce Mahr and Bill Mahr, both of Seaford; two sisters, Betty Bowdle of Federalsburg, Md., and Victoria Pfeifles of Georgetown; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Frampton-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home, Federalsburg, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will follow in Bloomery Cemetery near Smithville.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Delaware Hospice Foundation, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Walter Alfred Cooper, 36

ROCK HALL, Md. - Walter Alfred Cooper of Rock Hall died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998. He was 36.

Mr. Cooper was born July 7, 1962, the son of Walter A. Cooper Jr. and Eleanor M. Harmon.

He attended Kent County High School, Worton. He married Bonita Jones Cooper in 1981.

Mr. Cooper was employed at Thrift Family Center in Wilmington, Del.

He attended the Gospel Church of God in Wilmington.

Mr. Cooper was a very hard worker and a very generous person. He always had a smile on his face and loved to have a good time. He touched many lives, especially those of his family.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Emily Cooper.

He is survived by his wife, Bonita Cooper, a son, Lamar Cooper, and stepdaughter, Keyvia, all of Colemans, Md.; his father, Walter A. Cooper Jr., and stepmother, Dorothy Cooper, both of Rock Hall; his mother, Eleanor Harmon, and stepfather, Rayfield Harmon, both of Belvedere, Del.; three sisters, Joyce A. Cooper of Chestertown, Charlotte Cooper Hall of Ridgely and Cathy Cooper Wilson of New Castle, Del.; a brother, Vern A. Cooper of Wilmington; three stepsisters, Annette Hynson of Rock Hall, Sheila Wilson of Chestertown and Samantha Harmon of Worton; three stepbrothers, Clarence Beck of Queen Anne's County, Cornelius Beck of California and Rayfield Harmon of Philadelphia; a sister-in-law, Shantell Cooper; three brothers-in-law, Tyrone Moody, Will Hall Sr. and Tony Wilson; several aunts, pastor Sarah Thomas Payne, Susie Seney and Martha Cooper; an uncle, Robert Thomas; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Earls Chapel Church, Brownesville, near Centreville.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Worton.

Burial will be in Earls Chapel Church Cemetery.

Beulah Mae Cheers, 88

CENTREVILLE, Md. - Beulah Mae Cheers of Centreville died Sept. 27, 1998, in Corsica Hills Nursing Home, Centreville. She was 88.

Mrs. Cheers was born in Oct. 24, 1909, in Burrisville. She was educated in Queen Anne's County public schools.

She was a member of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Burrisville, was past president of its usher board, and had participated in the church's United Methodist Women and choir until her health failed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Cheers; three sons, Franklin Cheers, Milton Cheers and Robert Cheers; and a daughter, Elmira Cheers.

She is survived by three daughters, Katie Hall of Clearwater, Fla., Betty Sudler of Browns Corner and Maceo Cheers of Wye Mills; three sons, Edward Cheers of Centreville, Eugene Cheers of Wilmington, Del., and George Cheers of Corsica Neck; a sister, Nettie Starkey of Wilmington; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Burrisville, where friends may call 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in the Male and Female Beneficial Lodge Cemetery.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.

Hayward Lee Risper, 49

BRIDGEVILLE - Hayward Lee Risper of Bridgeville died of cancer Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 49.

Mr. Risper was born June 5, 1949, in Portsmouth, Va.

He was a safety manager at King Cole.

Mr. Risper was a member of Trinity Holiness Church, Frankford.

He is survived by his wife, Learonia Risper; a son, Hayward Risper Jr. of Bridgeville; two daughters, Aretha Lowther and Christine Risper, both of Bridgeville; three grandchildren; two brothers, Andrew Risper of Seaford and MacArthur Risper of Bridgeville; a sister, Corilee Short of Frankford; two sisters-in-law, Brenda Risper of Seaford and Joanne Lowther of Milton; and three brothers-in-law, David Lowther of Milton, Charlie Lowther of Roper, N.C., and Elder James Short of Frankford.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Holiness Church, Frankford.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Young's Funeral Home, 308 North Front St., Seaford.

Burial will be at Mount Calvary Church Cemetery, Middleford.

Barbara A. Walizer, 48

GEORGETOWN - Barbara A. Walizer of rural Georgetown, and formerly of Philadelphia, died of cancer Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in her home. She was 42.

Miss Walizer was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of Richard E. Walizer and Barbara McColpin Walizer.

She was a school bus driver for K & S Bus Service of Bridgeville.

In addition to her parents, with whom she lived, she is survived by a son, Mark A. Walizer of Millsboro; three brothers, Richard Walizer of Ellendale, and Leonard Walizer and Ezra Walizer, both of Philadelphia; two uncles, Raymond and Francis McColpin; and an aunt, Kathryn Paulk of Georgia.

Service and burial will be private.

Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck.

Charles Crossy Williamson Jr., 77

GREEENSBORO, Md. - Charles Crossy Williamson Jr. of Greensboro died of natural causes Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton.

Mr. Williamson was born Sept. 26, 1921, in Greensboro, the son of the late Charles C. Williamson Sr. and Eva Elizabeth Edwards Williamson. He was a resident of Greensboro his entire life.

He was a graduate of Greensboro High School.

Mr. Williamson served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring at the rank of senior master sergeant and as the chief of maintenance. After retirement, he worked in the Dover Air Force Base Air Repair Squadron, Dover, Del., for 25 years.

He was a member of the Greensboro Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7937; the American Legion Post 29; the Caroline County Moose Lodge, Greensboro; and the Masonic Temple Lodge 128 of Denton.

He is survived by his wife, Marion L. Williamson; a son, Jay T. Williamson of Cambridge; two daughters, Charlotte Maier of San Antonio, Texas, and Nancy Barber of Dallas; a sister, Sylvia Lee Fleming of Greensboro; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Service will be private.

Burial will be in Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Hurlock.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society, Caroline County Unit, P.O. Box 505, Denton, MD 21629.

Arrangements by Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home P.A., Greensboro.

Josephine R. Ross, 81

DOVER - Josephine R. Ross of Dover died of coronary arterial disease after a short illness, Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 81.

Mrs. Ross was born March 13, 1917, in Marydel, Md., the daughter of the late William and Mattie Patton.

She was a supervisor at Vineland State School, Vineland, N.J., for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ross.

She is survived by a son, Ontry Patton, and a stepson, Charles Griffin, both of Dover; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Parker's Chapel, Marydel, Del., with Bishop Dorine Miles officiating.

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

Burial will be in Parker's Chapel Cemetery following the service.

Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home, Dover.

Victor Russell Epolito Sr., 79

GEORGETOWN - Victor Russell Epolito Sr. died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in his home. He was 79.

Mr. Epolito was born Oct. 14, 1918, in Fredonia, N.Y., the son of the late Archie and Mary Epolito.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 511th Airborne unit and was among a group of 49 soldiers who parachuted into New Guinea.

Mr. Epolito was a former manager of Georgetown Gas Co., retiring in 1983.

He was a former member of Grace United Methodist Church, Georgetown; a member and past president of the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce; a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club; and a member of the Delmarva Gas Association. He also was active in the American Legion, a Moose lodge, the Georgetown Historical Society, the Midland Grange, the Sussex County Association of Towns and the Delaware League of Local Governments. He also was a member of the Improved Order of Redmen, Nassau, and past president of the Nanticoke Tribe of Georgetown and the state Order of Redmen.

He is survived by his wife, Blanche Rust Epolito of Georgetown; a son, Victor Russell Epolito Jr. of Milton; two daughters, Pat Joseph of Seaford and Sharon Moore of Georgetown; three brothers, John Epolito and Peter Epolito, both of Fredonia, and Guy Epolito of Dunkirk, N.Y.; two grandsons, Merrill Moore Jr. of Georgetown and Anthony Joseph of Seaford; and a granddaughter, Jill Litten of Georgetown.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Dodd Carey Chapel of Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 307 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, with the Rev. Roland Tice officiating.

Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Georgetown.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Mayretta M. Bailey, 68

MILLSBORO - Mayretta M. Bailey of Millsboro, and formerly of Smyrna, died Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.

Mrs. Bailey was the daughter of the late Carroll and Almeda Morris.

She was employed by Pratt Insurance, Smyrna, for 26 years, and later by Hardesty Insurance, Dover, for 12 years, retiring in 1988.

Mrs. Bailey enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed dancing, country music and camping.

She was a member of Ewell's-St. Paul United Methodist Church, Clayton.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Ralph W. Bailey, at home; a son, R. Bryan Bailey, and his wife, Laura, of Harrington; two daughters, Mary Spicer, and her husband, Tom, of Middletown, and Belinda J. Kahoe, and her husband, James, of Millsboro; two brothers, Carroll O. Morris of Bowden, Ga., and Donald H. Morris of Smyrna; a sister, Pearl E. Cole of Clayton; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Edna Truax of Smyrna.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
 

Thelma Virginia Seabrooks, 67

DOVER - Thelma Virginia Seabrooks of Dover died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 67.

Ms. Seabrooks was born in 1931, the daughter of Blanch Poole Sylvester and the late Paul Sylvester.

She was born and raised, and attended school, in Elizabeth City, N.C.

She was survived by twin daughters, Abbygale Seabrooks and Abbydale Finney, both of Dover; a son, Herbert Seabrooks of Dover; a stepdaughter, Bertha Winslett of Brookville, Fla.; a son-in-law, Jimmy L. Finney of Dover; two sisters, Johnetta Atkins of Dover and Onella Etheridge; five brothers, Melvin Sylvester of Elizabeth City, Roland Morning and Harry Lee Morning, both of Pittsburg, Calif., Paul Sylvester of Charlotte, N.C., and James Morning of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two devoted friends, George Johnson and Ernestine Johnson, both of Smyrna; five sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; eight grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service will be noon Saturday at Bibleway Temple COGIC in Dover, where friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

Edward Alfred Clerval, 82

DOVER - Edward Alfred Clerval of Dover died Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 82.

Mr. Clerval was born Feb. 22, 1916, in Philadelphia.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Clerval worked as a maintenance pipefitter for Chrysler for 29 years, retiring in 1980.

He moved from Clayton to Dover in 1988.

Mr. Clerval was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a former member of the Moose Lodge in New Castle and a member of the Merchant Marine.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Shirley V. Clerval of Dover; three sons, Edward H. Clerval of Clayton, Dennis M. Clerval of California and David W. Clerval of Somers Point, N.J.; two daughters, Jean Ann Pino of Wye Mills, Md., and Sandra Lee Anders of Clayton; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Dover.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Pa.

Walzo Lee Smith, 46

MILLSBORO - Walzo Lee Smith of Millsboro died Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 46.

Mr. Smith was born in Pungoteague, Va., the son of Henry T. Smith Sr. and the late Hilda L. Collins Smith.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Smith was a self-employed auto mechanic.

He is survived by a son, Michael Lamont Smith of Baltimore; his father, Henry T. Smith Sr. of Millsboro; two brothers, Levi Smith of Millsboro and Henry T. Smith Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colo.; four sisters, Sarah Mifflin, Shirley West and Ethel Finney, all of Millsboro, and Edna Smith of Georgetown; a great-aunt; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at St. John's Baptist Church in Millsboro, where friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Millsboro.

Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.

Andrea F. Deklerow, 45

MILLSBORO - Andrea F. Deklerow of Millsboro died Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, in her home. She was 45.

Ms. Deklerow was born in Wilmington, the daughter of Doris Blake Ring and the late Howard Ring.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by a fiance, Harvey R. Battersby of Millsboro; a stepdaughter, Celeste M. Price of Oxford, Pa.; her mother, Doris Ring of Wilmington; a brother, Blake Ring of Hawaii; and a sister, Julie Robertson of Richland, Wash.

Service and burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.

Catherine Frances Warner, 89

GRASONVILLE, Md. - Catherine Frances Warner of Grasonville died Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton. She was 89.

Ms. Warner was born in 1909 in Baltimore, the daughter of the late John C. Hoffman and Catherine A. Byrnes Hoffman.

She attended St. John's Parochial School in Baltimore.

Ms. Warner married Norman E. Dorrell on Jan. 16, 1925.

She was a foster mother to 11 children while living in Grasonville.

Ms. Warner was a member of the Ladies of the Moose Lodge 169 in Queenstown, and a member of St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Chester.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Norman Dorrell, in 1969; and her second husband, Raymond R. Warner, in 1984.

She is survived by a brother, Thomas J. Hoffman of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home P.A., Chester, where friends may call from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Easton.

In memory of Catherine Frances Warner, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 601 Maiden Choice Lane, Baltimore, MD 21228; or the Hospice of Queen Anne's Inc., 300 Del Rhodes Ave., Queenstown, MD 21658; or the Grasonville Vol. Fire Dept., P.O. Box 554, Grasonville, MD 21628.

Hannah R. Brinsfield, 79

SEAFORD - Hannah R. Brinsfield of Seaford died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998, in her home. She was 79.

Mrs. Brinsfield and her husband owned and operated Glennco Mary Carter Paint Store in Seaford for over 20 years, retiring in 1978.

Mrs. Brinsfield was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Acorn Club, a member of the Seaford Golf and Country Club and a member of the Republican Women's Club, where she was a committeewoman for them for over 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A. Glenn Brinsfield, in 1992.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan Messick of Seaford and Glenda B. Small of Merced, Calif.; a sister, Dorothy Miller of Seaford; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Eldorado United Methodist Church Cemetery, Eldorado, Md.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the St. John's U.M. Church General Fund, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973; or the Delaware Hospice Inc., 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Ethel McMahon Redefer, 99

REHOBOTH BEACH - Ethel McMahon Redefer of Rehoboth Beach died Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, in Harbor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. She was 99.

Mrs. Redefer was born in 1899 in Wilmington, the daughter of the late George A. McMahon and Margaret Flynn McMahon.

She was director and treasurer of the Rehoboth By the Sea Realty Co., from 1958-88, at which point she became a member emerita of the board, serving as assistant secretary and treasurer until her death.

Mrs. Redefer also was treasurer for the old Wilmington General Hospital.

She was a lifelong resident of Wilmington, with a summer residence in Dewey Beach.

Mrs. Redefer was a member of St. Edmond's Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, and a member of St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Redefer, in 1984; and by a daughter, Janet Judge, in 1995.

She is survived by a son, John E. Redefer Jr. of Rehoboth Beach; a daughter, Margo Vaughn of Rehoboth Beach; a sister, Ann Kerrigan of Wilmington; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Edmond's Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach, with the Rev. Philip Sheekey officiating.

Burial will be private.

In memory of Ethel McMahon Redefer, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Casa San Francisco Center, P.O. Box 38, Milton, DE 19968.

Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.

Josephine R. Ross, 81

DOVER - Josephine R. Ross of Dover died of coronary arterial disease after a short illness, Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 81.

Mrs. Ross was born March 13, 1917, in Marydel, Md., the daughter of the late William and Mattie Patton.

She was a supervisor at Vineland State School, Vineland, N.J., for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ross.

She is survived by a son, Ontry Patton, and a stepson, Charles Griffin, both of Dover; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Minus Funeral Home, Dover, with Bishop Dorine Miles officiating.

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

Burial will be in Parker's Chapel Cemetery following the service.

Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home, Dover.

George D. Wright, 73

SMYRNA - George D. Wright of Smyrna died Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 73.

Mr. Wright was born July 29, 1925, in Smyrna, the son of the late G. Harvey and Lillian Hart Wright.

Mr. Wright graduated from Smyrna High School, where he played basketball and ran track, in 1943. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and received basic training at Parris Island, S.C., and Camp Lejeune, N.C. He had served on Gudalcanal and Guam, and later in the Okinawa invasion, during World War II. Mr. Wright spent several months at the Marine Barracks at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, and at Camp Pendleton, Calif. After his military service, Mr. Wright attended Goldey-Beacom School of Business from 1952-1953.

Mr. Wright had formerly worked at the Fruit Growers National Bank and Trust Co. before it became the Farmers Bank and Trust Co. He sold real estate in Smyrna for 50 years.

In his younger years, he enjoyed tennis and golf. He later trained and showed Tennessee Walking Horses, and enjoyed watching all sports on TV, especially golf, tennis, auto races, baseball and football.

Mr. Wright was a past member and president of the Smyrna School Board from 1965-1970; a past member of Smyrna/Clayton Jaycees, president of the Kent County Board of Realtors in 1959; director of the Delaware State Board of Realtors in 1959; director of the Delaware State Board of Realtors from 1960-1964; a member of American Legion Post 14, Smyrna; and a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Smyrna.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Eleanor Norris Wright, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Bryan H. and Judith V. Wright, of Smyrna; a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Dr. Mario P. DiSabatino, of Smyrna; two sisters, Mary Hart Stinson and Sarah E. Wright, both of Vero Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Taryn and Matt DiSbatino, and Justin and Candace Wright, all of Smyrna; and a niece and nephew.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, where friends may call one and one-half hours before the service.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be sent to Asbury United Methodist Church, PO Box 330, Smyrna, DE 19977; or to the Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Chapter, 321 E. 11th St., Wilmington, DE 19801.


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