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Emma Florice Griffin Bowie, 89

DOVER - Emma Florice Griffin Bowie of Dover died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 89.

Mrs. Bowie was born May 8, 1909, in Ford, Dinwiddie County, Va., the daughter of the late Martha Farley and Henry Valley Griffin. She was a longtime resident of New York City. Five years ago, she moved to Harrington, and was recently a resident of Capitol Health Care Services' nursing facility, Dover.

She was educated in the public schools of Dinwiddie County and at Blackstone Training School, and attended Virginia State College in Petersburg, Va.

Early in her life, Mrs. Bowie taught in the Prince George County (Va.) school system.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Edmond Bowie Sr.

She is survived by a son, Abdullah Muhammed of New York; two daughters, Anita Nesbit of Harrington and Dorothy Goodman of Texas City, Texas; a son-in-law, Edward Nesbit of Harrington; two daughters-in-law, Janie Muhammed and Bertha Bowie, both of New York; a sister and brother-in-law, Jessie and Walter Harris, both of Petersburg; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 717 W. Division St., Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in Old Hickory Cemetery, Lincoln.

Richard J. Chapman Jr., 31

CLAYTON - Richard J. Chapman Jr. of Clayton died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998. He was 31.

Mr. Chapman was born Aug. 11, 1967, the son of Linda Mercer Chapman of Townsend and the late Richard J. Chapman Sr.

He served in the U.S. Army. He had been a correctional officer for the last five years at Gander Hill Prison in Wilmington, and, most recently, had been working for Metal Masters in Clayton.

Mr. Chapman enjoyed fishing.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ted Chapman, in 1989.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Iselle Chapman; a son, Alex Chapman, at home; a stepdaughter, Jessica, at home; a brother, Steven Chapman of Smyrna; three sisters, Pam Pearce, Tina Chapman and Kimberly Smith, all of Clayton; three nephews; and three nieces.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Smyrna.

William Waddell Edmond, 86

REHOBOTH BEACH - William Waddell Edmond of Rehoboth Beach died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 86.

Mr. Edmond was born Oct. 4, 1912, in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of the late James L. Edmond and Janet C. Waddell.

He served in the Royal Air Force. Later, he worked as a landscaper.

Mr. Edmond was a member of the Cape Henlopen Elks and of the Sussex Pines Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Lilian Morrissey Edmond of Rehoboth Beach; a daughter and son-in-law, Saundra E. O'Leary and Daniel F. O'Leary, both of Washington, D.C.; and a granddaughter, Stephanie A. O'Leary, also of Washington.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Epworth United Methodist Church, 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, with the Rev. Ann Pruitt-Barnett officiating.

Burial will be private.

Flowers are acceptable.

Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

Joseph E. 'Joe' Rogers, 83

MILFORD - Joesph E. ''Joe'' Rogers of Milford died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998, in the Milford Center, Milford. He was 83.

Mr. Rogers as a lifelong carpenter, working with his father and brother. He had also worked several years for the Carpenters and Millwrights Local Union 2012 in Seaford, retiring in 1980.

He was a life member of the Calvary United Methodist Church and had been a member for more than 30 years. He was a 30-year member of the Milford Elks Lodge 2401, where he had been honored with the Elk of the Year Award in 1978-1979 and had been chairman of the House Committee. He was an honorary member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Milford for his service during World War II building ships for the war at the Vinyard Shipyard in Milford.

Mr. Rogers enjoyed nice cars and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn H. Rogers, in 1988; by a son, Joseph Donald Rogers in 1937; and by two grandchildren, Linda Rogers Johnson and L. Kevin Rogers in 1983.

He is survived by three sons, Mayor Joseph Ronnie Rogers, Lewis Wayne Rogers and Joseph Eddie Rogers, all of Milford; two daughters, Joyce K. Cline and Barbara Jo Moore, both of Lincoln; a sister, Sarah Marie Rogers of Elsmere; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 N.W. Front St., Milford, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Sunday.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.

Marlene L. Slater, 57

DOVER - Marlene L. Slater of Dover, and formerly of Wilmington, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998, in her home. She was 57.

Ms. Slater was a homemaker.

In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by three sons, Richard Slater and John Foraker, both of Dover, and Dave Foraker of Felton; two daughters, Benalee Foraker of Felton and Michelle Martin of Dover; and three grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to John Foraker in loving memory of their mother.

Miriam C. Wagner, 95

WILMINGTON - Miriam C. Wagner of Wilmington, and formerly of Dover, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998, in Kentmere Nursing Care Center, Wilmington. She was 95.

Mrs. Wagner was born in Hartly.

She had worked for the George M. Schwartz Theaters in Dover, and then, for seven years as a secretary at Wesley College, Dover, retiring in 1972.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis G. Wagner.

She is survived by two daughters, Frances L. Johnson of Pilot Mountain, N.C., and Dorothy L. Williams of Edgewater, Fla.; two stepsons, Leroy Wagner of Wilmington and Richard Wagner of Media, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Joan Gamel of Wilmington; a brother, John E. Clark of Smyrna; 10 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna, with burial to follow.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, New Castle.

David M. Ward, 68

DOVER - David M. Ward of Dover, and formerly of Hillsborough, N.J., died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1998, in Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Md. He was 68.

Mr. Ward was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. He lived in New Jersey for more than 30 years before moving to Dover 15 years ago.

He was a graduate of the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., and attended Pratt Institute of Technology, Brooklyn.

Mr. Ward was an Army veteran, serving with the occupation forces in Japan after World War II, and in Korea. In his civilian career, he was a self-employed photographer and journalist, specializing in wedding photography.

He was a life member and past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2290, Manville, N.J.

He is survived by his wife, MaryLee Clayton Ward of Dover; two sons, Christopher Ward of New Milford, Pa., and Peter Ward of Harmony, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

A military service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Arrangements by Chambers Funeral Home, Silver Springs, Md.
 

Mary A. Emert, 77

DOVER - Mary A. Emert of Dover died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 77.

Mrs. Emert was born Aug. 11, 1921, the daughter of the late Ed and Lonie Walls.

She had worked for Playtex for 21 years, retiring in 1976.

She enjoyed wallpapering with her daughters and going to yard sales.

Mrs. Emert had been a member of Victory church since the beginning of the church. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Emert.

Mrs. Emert is survived by two sons, John Richard Gilbert of Hartly and Woodrow Wilson Gilbert of Dover; four daughters, Sophia Ebright of Smyrna, Loretta Edith Wright of Dover, Leona Cravens of Dover, and Eleanor F. Turner of Woodside; 20 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1998, at Victory Church, 2736 Forest Ave., Dover. 

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday in Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover.

Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Sandtown.

 

John Fragomele,73

SEAFORD - John Fragomele of Seaford died of heart failure Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1998, in the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 73.

Mr. Fragomele was born Sept. 1, 1925, in Wilmington. 

He retired from McOuavs Market in Rehoboth.

He is survived by brother, Ralph Minchini of Newark.

Service will be Monday, 11 a.m. at Mary Mother of Peace Church, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Epworth Cemetary in Rehoboth.

Arrangements by Youngs Funeral Homes, 309 North St. Milford.

 

Phyllis Marlene Howell Milbourne, 48

BELLEVUE, Md. - Phyllis Marlene Howell Milbourne of Bellevue died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998, in her home. She was 48.

Mrs. Milbourne was born Aug. 4, 1950, in Easton, the daughter of the late Doris M. Howell of Oxford and the late Donald W. Howell. 

She was a graduate from St. Micheal's High School.

Mrs. Milbourne worked as a pediatric aide for more than ten years at the Memorial Hospital in Easton.

On July 31, 1998, she married Russell Millbourne of Bellevue and made her home there. 

In addition to her mother and husband, Mrs. Milbourne is survived by a daughter, Donna H. Brummell of Royal Oak; a stepdaughter, Anita Gibson of Easton; two sisters, Betty Smith of Philadelphia and June Dickerson of Lampasas, Texas; two brothers, Donald Scott of Killeen, Texas, and Kevin Howell of Waldorf; two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke U.M. Church, Bellevue.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Burial will be in Royal Cemetery, Royal Oak.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.

 

William Dennis Myer, 55

CENTREVILLE, Md. - William Dennis Myer of Centreville died Oct. 15, 1998, in the University Hospital, Baltimore, Md. He was 55.

Mr. Myer was born Jan. 29, 1943, in Clarksburg, W.Va., the son of the late James O. and Wanda Collins Myer.

He was a graduate of Brooklyn Park High School and a graduate of University of Maryland Collage Park with a bachelor of science in business administration.

Mr. Myer worked for American Airlines for 12 years at BWI and Dallas.

He then returned to Maryland and was a self-employed shoe repairman; and also Zips Ice Cream and Orange Bowl until retiring in 1992.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Myer; a son, William ''Billy'' Myer Jr. of Hanover, Pa.; four daughters, Teresa Wanda-Ester of Centreville, Heather Ann Warren of Centreville, Connie Myer of Columbia and Amy Myer of Franklin, Tenn.; two brothers, Robert Myer of Woodbine and James Myer of Arnold; and four grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 408 S. Liberty St., Centreville.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Easton. 

Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home.

 

George Burton Coverdale Jr.,70

MILFORD - George Burton Coverdale Jr. of Milford died Oct. 16, 1998. He was 70.

Mr. Coverdale was the son of the late Marian Hester Fleetwood Coverdale and George Burton Coverdale.

He was preceded in death by William Martin Coverdale.

He is survived by two nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Kenner Funeral Home Of L.A. Muhleisen & Son, 2607 Williams Blvd., where friends may call after 12:30 p.m.

Friend may also call 6-8 p.m. today.

Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.

 

Howard W. Davidson,73

NASSAU - Howard W. Davidson of Nassau died Oct. 16, 1998, at Beebe Medical Center. He was 73.

Mr. Davidson was a clerk for many years at Thos. Best Ace Hardware in Lewes.

He was a U.S. Marine veteran, serving in World War II.

He enjoyed wood working in spare time.

Mr. Davidson was a member of the American Legion Post 0017 and also a member of White's Chapel U.M. Church.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Thelma Reed Davidson; a sister, Pearl Argo, Milton; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, Federal Street, Milton, where friends may call after noon. 

Burial will be in White Chapel Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family suggest contributions made to Sussex Elementary Consortium, C/O Cape Henlopen High School, 1270 Kings Highway, Lewes, or Whites Chapel U.M. Church.

 

Leonia L.'Joan' Guessford, 73

FELTON - Leonia L.''Joan'' Guessford died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 73.

Mrs. Guessford was a seamstress for the Sportscraft Factory in Lewes, retiring several years ago.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Norman Guessford; two sons, Thomas R. Frank of Fort Worth, Texas, and Larry Guessford of Newark; three sisters, Betty Davis and Dora Short, both of Georgetown, Evelyn Brooks of Mcintosh, New Mexico; and four grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Bear.

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

Burial will be in the Veterans cemetery.

 

Joseph E. 'Joe' Rogers, 83

MILFORD - Joseph E. 'Joe' Rogers of Milford died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998, in Milford Center. He was 83.

Mr. Rogers was a resident of the Milford Center for the past five years.

He was a lifelong carpenter working with his father and brothers. He had also worked several years for the Carpenters and Millrights Union 2012 in Seaford, retiring in 1980.

Mr. Rogers was an honorary member of the V.F.W. in Milford for his service during World War II building ships for the war at the Vinyard Shipyard in Milford.

He enjoyed nice cars and spending time with his family.

Mr. Rogers was a 30-year member of the Milford Elks Lodge 2401, where he had been honored with the Elk of the Year Award in 1978-1979 and has been chairman of the house committee. He was a life member of the Calvary U.M. Church and had been a member for more than 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn H. Rogers in 1988; a son, Joseph Donald Rogers in 1937 and two grandchildren, Linda Rogers Johnson and L. Kevin Rogers in 1983.

He is survived by three sons, Milford Mayor Joseph ''Ronnie'' Rogers, Lewis Wayne Rogers and Joseph Eddie Rogers, all of Milford; two daughters, Joyce K. Cline and Barbara Jo Moore, both of Lincoln; a sister, Sara Marie Rogers of Elsmere; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, N.W. Front Street, Milford, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. today.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.

Contributions may be made to the Calvary U.M. Church, Milford.


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