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Walter 'Pete' Mason, 88
DOVER - Walter ''Pete'' Mason of Dover died of natural causes Friday, Dec. 25, 1998, in Westminster Retirement Community Health Center, Dover. He was 88.
Mr. Mason was born Nov. 10, 1910, in Sudlersville, Md., the son of the late Julie Mason.
He served in the U.S. Army in 1942.
He worked as a landscaper, construction worker and on various farms.
In addition to his mother, he is preceded in death by a brother, Robert ''Bob'' Mason.
He is survived by three cousins, Pearl Gambino and Elnetta Mason, both of Montclair, N.J., and Gloria L. Chappell of Dover, a devoted cousin; a host of family and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 717 West Division St., Dover, with Elder Paul Cauldwell officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be 9:00 a.m. Thursday in Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.
Shobert Adams, 82
SEAFORD - Shobert Adams of Seaford died of heart failure Sunday, Dec. 27, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 82.
Mr. Adams was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, the son of the late Oliver Gogin and Mable Shobert Adams.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II who worked on the Manhattan Project.
Mr. Adams worked at the DuPont Co.'s Savannah River Plant in Aiken, S.C., from 1950-1965; and was a maintenance supervisor of Works Engineering at the DuPont Co. plant in Seaford from 1965-1980, when he retired.
He was a member of the Mount Olivet Methodist Church, Seaford, and a charter member of the Seaford Clam Chowder Marching Society, a group of men retired from the DuPont plant. He read and reviewed books for the Seaford Public Library, and was an avid organic gardener.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Elizabeth Edmondson Adams, in 1982.
He is survived by a son, James S. Adams of Seaford; two daughters, Linda C. Mondoux of Farmington, Mich., and Mary E. Adams of Annapolis, Md.; and seven grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday in Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, with the Rev. Earle N. Baker officiating.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Botsford Continuing Care Corp. (operators of the Botsford Continuing Health Center), 21450 Archwood Circle, Farmington Hills, MI 48336.
Thomas B. Athey Jr., 93
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Thomas B. Athey Jr. of Chestertown died Friday, Dec. 25, 1998, in the Health Care Center of Heron Point, Chestertown. He was 93.
Mr. Athey was born March 26, 1905, in Baltimore, the son of the late Thomas B. Athey Sr. and Avarilla A. Edwards Athey.
He was a graduate of the University of Maryland.
Mr. Athey worked as a salesman of industrial bags.
He was a 50-year member of the Fertilizer Industry Roundtable and a member of its board, and was honored by the organization as its ''Mr. Hospitality.'' He was responsible for setting up meetings and arranging for entertainment, even after his retirement.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Florence Athey, in 1993.
He is survived by a son, Eric Carter Athey, of Aynor, S.C.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be private at a later date.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown.
Geneva Branch, 89
MIDDLETOWN - Geneva Branch of Middletown died Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, in Riverside Care Center, Wilmington. She was 89.
Ms. Branch was born in Suffolk, Va., the daughter of the late Alfred and Rosa Branch.
She was the owner of a restaurant.
Ms. Branch was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Middletown.
She is survived by a daughter, Almatha Porter of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall, Middletown.
Burial will be private.
Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home.
Wade W. Blankenship Sr., 62
HARRINGTON - Wade W. Blankenship Sr. of Harrington died Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 62.
Mr. Blankenship was born in Woodman, Ky., the son of the late Arnold and Eva Mae Blankenship.
He worked as a poultry farmer for Allen Foods for many years.
Mr. Blankenship was a former member of Lighthouse Christian Center.
In his spare time, he liked to hunt and fish.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Nancy Blankenship of Harrington; two sons, Wade Blankenship Jr. of Georgetown and Larry D. Blankenship of Harrington; a daughter, Eva A. Dalious of Farmington; three brothers, Arnold Blankenship Jr. of Seaford and Larry Blankenship and Godfrey Blankenship, both of Auburn, Mich.; and three sisters, Dolly Young and Rosalee Holly, both of Auburn, and Darlene Tice of Columbus, Ohio.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 S. Du Pont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952, with the Rev. Paul W. Stauffer of the Farmington Church of the Brethren officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions to defray funeral expenses be made to the funeral home.
Edmond Clark, 75
SEAFORD - Edmond Clark of Seaford died Thursday, Dec. 24, 1998, in Life Care at Lofland Park, Seaford. He was 75.
Mr. Clark was born March 7, 1923, in Oklahoma.
He has no known survivors.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill Cemetery, 100 Sunnyside Road, Smyrna.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Louis Edward Copper, 87
CORDOVA, Md. - Louis Edward Copper of Cordova died Thursday, Dec. 24, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton, Easton. He was 87.
Mr. Copper was born Feb. 11, 1911, in Talbot County, where he was raised.
He worked on Skipton Farm for 47 years.
He is survived by two sons, Joseph Copper and Nelson Copper, both of Easton; a daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Walter Harris of Florida; six grandsons; two granddaughters, Diane and Doris; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Pisgah Church of God, Port Street, Easton, with Elder Agnes Claggett, pastor, officiating.
Friend may call at the church two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery, Trappe.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Alwine S. Cox, 89
SEAFORD - Alwine S. Cox of Seaford died of congestive heart failure Sunday, Dec. 27, 1998, in Seaford Retirement and Rehabilitation Center of Genesis ElderCare, where she was a resident for the last five years. She was 89.
Mrs. Cox was a homemaker and a poultry grower in the Rhodesdale, Md., area for 20 years.
She was a member of Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Reliance, near Seaford.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Cox, in 1993.
She is survived by a son, S. Eric Cox of Seaford; a foster son, Terry C. Thomas of Rhodesdale; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hardesty Funeral Home, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Bridgeville Cemetery.
Catherine C. 'Cee' Coxe, 80
CECILTON, Md. - Catherine C. ''Cee'' Coxe of Cecilton died of an unidentified viral lung disease Sunday, Dec. 27, 1998, in Union Hospital, Elkton. She was 80.
Mrs. Coxe was born in Earleville, the daughter of the late Marion E. and Leona Yates Pearce Sr.
She received all her formal education in Cecil County.
She worked for the Board of Education in the food-service department for 37 years. Her dedication to those she worked with prompted efforts to secure benefits for the personnel who worked in the school system.
She loved to work in her garden.
Mrs. Coxe was an honorary member of the Cecilton Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, an active member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Earleville, and a member of the Cecilton Homemakers Club and of a host of other organizations in her area.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Heston Coxe, in 1966.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Etta Coxe Jackson of Marietta, Ga.; three sisters, Anna Louise O'Neal and Leona Lum, both of Earleville, and Margaret Bramble of North East; a grandson, David T. Jackson; a great-granddaughter; Anna L. DuPont of Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 226 East Main St., Cecilton.
''An Occasion of Condolence'' will be held 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Chester Cemetery, Chertertown, following the service.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the to The American Heart Association, 711 Washington Ave. No. 29-174, Chestertown, MD 21620; or to the American Lung Association of Maryland, 207 East Market St., Salisbury, MD 21801
Catherine Sample Drummond, 91
MILLSBORO - Catherine Sample Drummond of Millsboro died of a massive stroke Thursday, Dec. 24, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 91.
Mrs. Drummond was born March 23, 1907, in Pungoteague, Va.
She was a domestic worker and a homemaker.
Mrs. Drummond was a steward with the Union Wesley Methodist Church in Clarksville, and was an active member of St. Paul's A.M.E. Church, Pungoteague, prior to coming to Delaware.
She is survived by a daughter, Lelia Drummond of Millsboro; a sister, Annie Upshur of Georgetown; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. today at Union Wesley United Church, Sussex 365, Clarksville, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by Young's Funeral Homes, Milford.
Frank Gruwell, 94
LEWES - Frank Gruwell of Lewes, formerly of Springfield, Pa., died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1998, in his home. He was 94.
Mr. Gruwell was born Oct. 4, 1904, in Felton, the son of the late Harry Gruwell and Elizabeth Gruwell.
He was a self-employed grocer. He operated a grocery store for 50 years before moving to Delaware. He formerly operated a roadside produce market and a wholesale egg business in Springfield.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Grace Donovan Gruwell; three sons, C. Frank Gruwell of Lewes, Norman Gruwell of Wallingford, Pa., and John Gruwell of San Francisco; and a daughter, Barbara Washburn of Birmingham, Ala.
Service will be 11:00 a.m. today at Parsell Funeral Home & Crematorium, Atkins Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.
Flowers are acceptable.
Isabel Chandler Gum, 84
DAGSBORO - Isabel Chandler Gum of Dagsboro, formerly of Frankford, died of pulmonary failure Friday, Dec. 25, 1998, in Genesis Salisbury Center nursing home, Salisbury, Md. She was 84.
Mrs. Gum was the store manager for Smith's Apparel clothing store in Fenwick Island, until her retirement.
She was a member of the Frankford Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis M. ''Babe'' Gum III, in 1995.
She is survived by a son, Frank M. Gum of Delmar; a daughter, Carol G. Chapman of Winchester Va. and four grandchildren, Lisa Chapman, Andrew Chapman, Rachael Gum and Rebecca Gum.
Service was Monday at The Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Frankford. The Rev. Kerry Shull officiated.
Burial was in Col. Armwell Long Cemetery, near Frankford.
The family suggest contributions to: the Col. Armwell Long Cemetery Association, c/o Frank Gum, Rt. 2 Box 46, Delmar, DE 19940.
Jean Harris, 79
LONG NECK - Jean Harris of Long Neck, formerly of Long Island, N.Y., died of heart failure Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 79.
Mrs. Harris was born in Birkenhead, England.
She was a retired aide at Boces Vocational School in Long Island.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, William G. Harris; two daughters, Lynne Bauer of Burke, Va., and Wendy Joan Ascenzo of Haskell, N.J.; and four grandchildren.
Service was held Sunday, Dec. 27, 1998, at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck.
Burial was private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The American Heart Association.
Anna Lee McCusker, 53
DOVER - Anna Lee McCusker of Dover died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998, in Pennsylvania. She was 53.
Ms. McCusker was born April 25, 1945, the daughter of Wendell E. Swain of Hagerstown, Md., and the late Florence Leader Swain.
She was a homemaker.
Ms. McCusker was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Dover and the Delaware Choral Society. She also did volunteer work for the Dover Air Force Base pharmacy.
In addition to her father, she is survived by her stepmother, Maxine Swain of Hagerstown; two sons, Michael McCusker of Felton and Kevin McCusker of Dover; a daughter, Teresa McCusker of Glen Allen, Va.; two brothers, E. Eugene Swain of Hagerstown and David Swain of Greencastle, Pa.; and a sister, Janet K. Golden of Cumberland, Md.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Presbyterian Church of Dover, 54 S. State St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Old Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Dover.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, 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.
Emory H. Miles, 74
CENTREVILLE, Md. - Emory H. Miles of Centreville died, after a long illness, Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998, in his home. He was 74.
Mr. Miles was born on May 8, 1924, in Centreville, son of the late George Frank and Hatty McMullen Miles.
He graduated from the Centreville High School.
He farmed in the Queen Anne's County. He then began a career as a truck driver for the Queen Anne's Road Board until retiring.
In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Richard G. Bauer; and two sisters, Hilda Hawkins and Naomi Stevenson.
In addition to his second wife of 27 years, he is survived by a son, Jack Miles of Centreville; a daughter, Angie Robertson of Elkton; two stepsons, Frederick J. Bauer of Easton and Thomas D. Bauer of Centreville; a stepdaughter, Jaclyn Horney of Easton; a brother, Paul Miles of Centreville; three grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. today at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 408 South Liberty St., Centreville, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Easton.
The family suggest memorial contributions be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arthur P. Moore, 77
GEORGETOWN - Arthur P. Moore of Georgetown died Sunday, Dec. 27, 1998, in his home. He was 77.
Mr. Moore was born near Georgetown, the son of the late George T. and Ella Warrington Moore.
He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran.
He was a retired farmer.
Mr. Moore attended the Blackwater Fellowship in Roxana.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Myrtle Bowden Moore; two sons, Clinton D. Moore of Georgetown and Clifford R. Moore of Delmar; two brothers, Rowland Moore of Ellendale and Raymond Moore of Florida; five grandchildren: and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. James Langrall will officiate.
Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Georgetown
Jane Hollingsworth Voshell, 85
CENTREVILLE, Md. - Jane Hollingsworth Voshell of Centreville died Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, in Corsica Hills Center of Genesis Eldercare, Centreville. She was 85.
Mrs. Voshell was born May 4, 1913, in Centreville, the daughter of the late George and Margaret Moore Hollingsworth.
She attended school in Queen Anne's County.
Mrs. Voshell married Edward A. Voshell of Centreville in 1932. They continued to live in the Centreville area.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Voshell was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Church Hill.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband in the late 1960s; and by a son, Edward A. Voshell Jr., in 1976.
She is surived by two daughters, Kathryn V. Copoulos and Evelyn V. Kilmon, both of Wilmington, Del.; two sisters, Mary Cohey of Queenstown and Madge Behrens of Cordova; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Centreville.
Burial will be in Chesterfield Cemetery following the service.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, PO Box 38, Church Hill, MD 21623.
Margaret Lamontte Harmon Warrington, 85
NEWARK - Margaret Lamontte Harmon Warrington of Newark died of complications of a stroke Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, in Churchman Village. She was 85.
Mrs. Warrington was born on Aug. 12, 1913, in Frankford.
She was trained as a nurse and massage therapist at Rudemar College, Philadelphia.
She was a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution, Cooch's Bridge Chapter for 53 years, a member of the Women's Society of Newark United Methodist Church and Mrs. Wilson's Bible class, member of AARP and Retired Senior Volunteer Organization.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Warrington, in 1962; and a son, Richard M. Warrington, in 1995.
She is survived by a daughter, Francis W. Kaye of Newark; a daughter-in-law, Shirley P. Warrington of Newark; three grandchildren, John Theodore Kaye, Richard Warrington Jr., Tracey Warrington Sweetman; three great-grandchildren, Kyle, Kaitlyn and Courtney Sweetman; a niece, Jean Harmon of St. Georges; a nephew, Jack Harmon of St. Georges; best friends, Agnes Rahn and Sarah Stamatoff of Newark; and longtime friends Don and Dona Fieldhouse of North East, Md.
A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999, at Newark Methodist Church, 69 East Main St., Newark, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Clifford A. Armour will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Georges UMC Cemetery, Clarksville.
Instead of flowers, the family suggest contributions to: Daughters of the American Revolution or Newark United Methodist Church, c/o Robert T. Jones and Foard Funeral Home, 122 West Main Street, Newark, DE.
Irene 'Patsy' Watkins, 61
HOUSTON - Irene ''Patsy'' Watkins of Houston died Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford. She was 61.
Mrs. Watkins was born in Dry Fork, W.Va., daughter of the late Garnet W. and Susan M. Roy Wilfong.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Watkins enjoyed crocheting and making Christmas wreaths.
She was a giving, loving wife and mother, who enjoyed her family.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, James C. Watkins; three sons, James G. Watkins, Ricky C. Watkins and Robert D. Watkins, all of Houston; three daughters, Doris A. Warren, Christine Watkins and Pamela Watkins, all of Houston; four brothers, Harry ''Bus'' Wilfong of Lake City, Mich., Walter Wilfong of Bruceton, W.Va., and Richard Wilfong and Keith Wilfong, both of Harmon, W.Va.; three sisters, Geraldine Pennington of Dry Fork,Shirley Simmons of Salem, Ohio, and Violet Smith of Middle Bourne, W.Va.; 16 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 NW Front St., Milford.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Hopkins Cemetery, Felton.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to: Sunshine Foundation, 400 NE Front St., Milford, DE 19963.