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Charles LeRoy 'Chuck' Hurd, 63

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Charles LeRoy ''Chuck'' Hurd of Chestertown died Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital. He was 63.

Mr. Hurd was born in Jackson, Mich., the son of the late Vincent S. and Rose Ellen Morris Hurd.

He attended the University of Maryland, where he received an associate of arts degree in business administration.

Mr. Hurd served his country in the U.S. Army 3rd Armored Division, receiving an honorable discharge in 1963.

He lived for a number of years in New Jersey, California and Maryland.

He worked for C&P Telephone Co., when they split he went with AT&T Corp., working in its marketing systems division until retiring in 1989.

Mr. Hurd loved his music and was an active member of the SPEBSQSA (Barbershop Quartette), a member of the Chapter 111 of Holiday Ramblers Recreational Vehicle Club.

He was very active in his church, served on the administrative board and in several other capacities, He was past president of Congregation of Middletown at the Christ Reform Church, where he served as the youth director.

Mr. Hurd was a family-oriented man with a deep-rooted love for his children and grandchildren. In his spare time he liked to fish, camp and sing. He was also an avid football and basketball fan.

He is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Marjorie Beth Russell; a son, Russell Vincent Hurd and his wife, Melody of New Market; a daughter, Beth Ann Hurd Cayer and her husband, Jon of Fort Meade; a brother, Vincent Hurd on Manteca, Calif., and two grandchildren.

Service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Chestertown. The Rev. Jerry Devine will officiate.

Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home. Chestertown, Maryland.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital, Intermediate Care Unit, 100 Brown Street, Chestertown, MD 21620 or 1st United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 227, Chestertown, MD 21620. 

 

Mildred M. Berger, 82

REHOBOTH BEACH - Mildred M. Berger of Rehoboth Beach died Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, in Beebe Medical Center. She was 82.

Mrs. Berger was born on Sept. 23, 1916, in Baltimore, the daughter of the late Thomas Birmingham and Madeline Casey.

She served in the Coast Guard Auxiliary from 1941 to 1945, during World War II.

She was a homemaker, she also worked at Miller Brothers Restaurant in Baltimore City until their closure.

Mrs. Berger was a member of St. Edmonds Catholic Church, King and Laurel streets, Rehoboth Beach and a member of Cape Henlopen Senior Citizen Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur J. Berger in 1988.

She is survived by a son, Adrian Berger of Severna Park, Md., and two daughters, Jean M. Vaeth of Columbia, Md., and Jacqueline I. McQuaide of Lewes.

Service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Edmonds Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach. Father Philip Sheekey will officiate.

Friends may call 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at Parsell Funeral Home & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to your favorite charity.

 

Arlene J. Moyer, 61

DOVER - Arlene J. Moyer of Dover died Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, in Kent General Hospital. She was 61.

Mrs. Moyer was born on Oct. 11, 1937, in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Franklin and Althea McQuay.

She was raised in the Philadelphia area, moving to Dover in 1977.

Mrs. Moyer was a homemaker.

She made and collected porcelain dolls.

Mrs. Moyer was a member of the N.C.O. Wives Club and did volunteer work for them and for Family Services at each Air Force Base her husband was assigned.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, John H. Moyer Sr; two sons, John H. Moyer Jr. and his wife, Debra and Anthony Moyer and his wife, Eve Marie all of Harrington; two daughters, Karen Moyer of Dover and Pandora ''Pam'' Moyer of Portland, Maine; two sisters, Joan Cloutio of Chipley, Fla. and Shirley McQuay of Newark; and five grandchildren, Jonathan, Amber Marie, Lauren, Jennifer, and Trish, all of Harrington.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Torbert Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Burial will be in Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, New Jersey.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.

 

Dorothy C. Yearsley, 69

DOVER - Dorothy C. Yearsley of Dover died Sunday, Jan. 24, 1999, in Kent General Hospital. She was 69.

Mrs. Yearsley was the daughter of Frank B. Clough and Viola Crist.

She worked for Playtex Corp. of Dover in the shipping department.

Mrs. Yearsley was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Yearsley, in 1986.

She is survived by three sons, Larry Yearsley and Frank Yearsley, both of Dover, and Billy Yearsley of Felton; three daughters, Janice Hamilton of Camden, Phyllis Ferringer of Dover and Bonnie Gehrmann of Woodside; two brothers; a sister; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Service and burial will be private.

Arrangements by Trader Funeral Home, Dover.

 

J. Francis Turpin, 84

FEDERALSBURG, Md. - J. Francis Turpin of Federalsburg died Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was 84.

Mr. Turpin was born on April 11, 1914, in Hurlock in Dorchester County, the son of the late John F. Turpin Sr. and Mattie Stephens Turpin. 

He was a graduate of Hurlock High School's class of 1931.

Mr. Turpin was a poultry and grain farmer his entire life. He also worked for the Federalsburg Post Office as a postal clerk for 30 years.

He was a very prominent member of the Methodist Lay Ministry, filling in for many area churches, whenever he was needed. He was an active member of his community, was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School for over 50 years, served as lay leader and participated in the Christian Endeavor and the United Methodist Men. He was also a member of the Carolina County Farm Bureau, the Federalsburg Senior Center and the Federalsburg Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice White Turpin, on June 23, 1994.

He is survived by four daughters and their spouses, Faye and Richard Coulburn, Marie and Wayne Coulborne, all of Federalsburg, Ruth and Bill Tull of Laurel, Del., and Jannette and David Wundrow of Bowie; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Louise Willen of Milford, Del. and a special friend, Hazel Jones of Federalsburg.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Christ United Methodist Church, 201 S. Main St., Federalsburg, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Glenn Lyburn will officiate.

Friends may also call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Frampton-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home.

Serving as pall bearers will be Micheal Tull, Scott Murphy, Alan Murphy, Jeff Murphy, Eddie Colbourn and Andrew Mandela.

Burial will be in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Oak Grove, near Federalsburg.

 

Walter K. McDowell, 68

CLAYTON - Walter K. McDowell Sr. of Clayton died of heart failure Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, in his home. He was 68.

Mr. McDowell retired from Chrysler Corp. in 1989 after 34 years of service. He also worked as a bricklayer for over 50 years for various companies, including his father's business, McDowell & Sons.

He was an active member of the Jehovah's Witness for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Shirley Ruth McDowell; three sons, Steve McDowell of Middletown, Walter McDowell of Newark and Jeffery McDowell of Townsend; two daughters, Freda McClain of Elkton, Md., and Kelly Pile of Townsend; six sisters, Elaine Smith of Newark, Freda Dowd of North Carolina, Wilma O'Neil of Smyrna, Mary Lou Grimm of Maine, Edith Lum of Newark and Erma Thomas of North Carolina; a brother, Jimmy McDowell of Ohio, and he enjoyed his 10 grandchildren and crabbing and fishing.

Memorial service will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Newark Congregation of Jehovah's Witness, 40 Old Newark Road, Newark.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Smyrna Congregation of Jehovah's Witness, C/o William Whitmore, 265 Saw Mill Branch Road, Townsend, DE 19734.

Arrangements by Daniels & Hutchinson Funeral Home, Middletown.

 

William J. Anderson, 52

RIVERDALE - William J. Anderson Jr. of Riverdale, near Millsboro, and formerly of Wilmington, died of heart failure Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 52.

Mr. Anderson was born in Wilmington, the son of Mildred L. Anderson of Wilmington and the late William J. Anderson.

He was a lift truck mechanic, employed by Townsend's Inc. of Millsboro for the last 10 years.

He was a former member of Holloway Terrace Volunteer Fire Co. prior to his move to Sussex County.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Lynn M. Anderson of Riverdale; a son, William J. Anderson III of Millsboro; a daughter, Christine A. Oliphant of Millsboro; two sisters, Carol L. Henry of Wilmington and Ina M. Grant of Millsboro; three grandchildren and nine nieces.

Service will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Road and Del. 24, Long Neck, where friends may call one half hour prior to the service. The Rev. Alan Miller will officiate.

Burial will be in Barrett's Chapel Cemetery, near Frederica.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to MidSussex Resque Squad of Indian River Volunteer Fire Co. Station 80.

Estella B. Clifton, 83

LEWES - Estella B. Clifton of Lewes died Sunday, Jan. 24, 1999, in Harbor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. She was 83.

Mrs. Clifton was born on March 9, 1915 in Lewes, the daughter of the late Harvey Baker and Lillie K. Lowe Baker.

She was an accountant; she formerly owned and operated with her husband Clifton's News Stand for 25 years until it burned in the great fire of Lewes.

Mrs. Clifton was a member of the Soroptomist Club and a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church, 4th and Market, Lewes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William P. Clifton, in 1979.

She is survived by a nephew, Fred Clifton of Lewes, a sister-in-law, Mabel Clifton of Bridgeville; and three cousins, William E. Lowe of Lewes, Lucy B. Durant of Lawton, Okla., and Jean L. Geary of Edgemont, Pa.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. in Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Lewes. The Rev. Charles Moyer will officiate.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Bethel United Methodist Church, West 4th Street, Lewes, DE 19958 or the American Heart Association, 600 North DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.

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

 

Thomas M. Platt III, 21

CHADDS FORD, Pa. - Thomas M. Platt III of Chadds Ford died Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, in his home. He was 21.

Mr. Platt was a self employed cable technician.

He is survived by his parents, Thomas M. Platt Jr. of Chester and Deborah Yeatman of Newark, Del.; his maternal grandparents, Vince Bartholf of Chadds Ford and June Cole of Farmington, Del.; a brother, Jason Yeatman, and a half sister, Amanda Platt of Chester.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Faries Funeral Home, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Port Penn, Del.

 

Walter 'Izzy' Ronald Isaac Sr., 52

MADISON, Md. - Walter ''Izzy'' Ronald Isaac of Madison died Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, at his daughter's home, Centreville. He was 52.

Mr. Isaac was born July 30, 1946 in Baltimore, the son of the late Walter and Dorothy Isaac.

He graduated from Glen Burnie High School, the class of 1965.

Mr. Isaac began his career with the Anne Arundel Fire Co. volunteer when he was 16. He worked full time in Lithicuim for Company 32. He retired after 30 years of service to the community, he than pursued a career as a waterman on the ''Carrie Ellen'' as 1st Mate. He worked for High Tech Plastic in Cambridge in 1997.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Cambridge.

He is survived by two sons, Walter Ronald Isaac Jr. of Hanover and Travis Hobert Isaac of Pasadena; three daughters. Lisa E. Konrad of Centreville, Heather May Isaac of Glen Burnie and Melody Kriewald of Pasadena; and four grandchildren.

Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Centreville, where friends may call 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Burial will be in Gethsemane Churchyard, Cambridge, Maryland.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Queen Anne's Inc., 300 Del Rhodes Avenue, Queenstown, MD 21658-1365.

 

J. Raughley Wyatt, 78

DENTON, Md. - J. Raughley Wyatt of Denton died Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, in University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore. He was 78.

Mr. Wyatt was born in Caroline County, the son of the late Thomas H. Wyatt and Hester L. Raughley Wyatt.

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

He was a farmer and also worked as a welder for E.I. DuPont, Seaford, Del., retiring in 1976 after 37 years.

Mr. Wyatt was a member of the Greensboro VFW Memorial Post 7937 and the Caroline American Legion Post 29.

He is survived by a brother, W. Burnley Wyatt of Federalsburg; a sister, Marianne W. Schaub of Salisbury; and six nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Moore Funeral Home, 12 S. Second St., Denton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Denton Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Caroline County Humane Society P.O. Box 4, Denton, MD 21629.
 

Florence Elizabeth Cannon, 83

GREENWOOD - Florence Elizabeth Cannon of Greenwood, formerly of Media, Pa., died Friday, Jan, 29, 1999, in Country Rest Home, Greenwood. She was 83.

Mrs. Cannon was born on May 14, 1915, in Greenwood, Del., the daughter of Leonard and Mary O'bier Zott.

She grew up in Delaware, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1933.

She was the kind of person who wanted things in order. In her later years she enjoyed traveling with her husband and moved back to Greenwood in 1995.

Mrs. Cannon was an active member of The First United Methodist Church of Media, and of the Women's Circle. She volunteered her time with the Red Cross and Meals on Wheels in Media.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Wilson ''Bill'' Cannon; a son, Glenn Cannon and his wife Jean of Lancaster, Pa.; two grandchildren, Seth and Elyse Cannon; and a niece, Vicki Bruno of New Castle.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 48 W. Market St., Greenwood, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.

 

Gloria R. Covinton, 66

CLAYTON - Gloria R. Covington of Clayton died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, in her home. She was 66.

Mrs. Covington was born on October 29, 1932, in Dover, the daughter of the late Raymond and Melfa Marker Wright.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Covinton was preceded in death by three sons, Edwin Covington Jr. in 1955, baby boy Covington in 1956, and William ''Billy'' Covington in 1976.

She is survived by her husband, Edwin P. Covington; three daughters, Karen Ward of Dover, Shirley Hudson of Peach Bottom, Pa., and Patty Covington of Dover; two granddaughters, Khristey Hudson of Peach Bottom, Pa., and Jennifer Biddle of Dover and three grandsons, Briin and Justin Hudson, both of Peach Bottom, and Kevin Ward of Dover.

Service and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Compassionate Care Hospice, 256 Chapman Road, Suite 101-A, Newark, DE 19720.

Arrangements by Faries Funeral Directors, Inc., 29 S. Main St., Smyrna.

 

Gladys W. Schirmer, 79

GEORGETOWN - Gladys W. Schirmer of rural Georgetown, formerly of Milton, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, in her home. She was 79.

Mrs. Schirmer was born in Milton, the daughter of the late Joseph S. and Lillian Nailor Wells.

She was a homemaker, and enjoyed her family.

Mrs. Schirmer was a member of the Holiday Ramblers and the Easter Shore Sea Gulls camping clubs. She also attended the Wesley U.M. Church in Georgetown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold A. ''Pappy'' Schirmer, in 1986; a great-granddaughter, Megan Schirmer, in 1986; and a sister, Ethel Hudson, in 1939.

She is survived by three sons, L. Wayne Schirmer of Jacksonville, Fla., Carl J. Schirmer Sr. of Milton and Dennis A. Schirmer of Georgetown; three daughters, Josephine S. Massey of Georgetown, Nancy S. Williamson of Millsboro and Debra S. Weaver of Georgetown; two brothers, J. Nailor Wells of Goldsboro, Md., and J. Carlton Wells of Milton; a sister, Madalene W. Moore of Harrington; 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Shorts Funeral Services, Federal Street, Milton, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milton.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice, 600 N. DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE or Geriatric Services, 205 E. Market St., Georgetown, DE.

 

Bert Edward O'Leary, 86

DOVER - Bert Edward O'Leary of Dover died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, in Country Rest Home, Greenwood. He was 86.

Mr. O'Leary was born on July 23, 1912, in Lima, Ohio, the son of the late Cory and Beretha Abbott O'Leary.

He was a foreman for Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation in Ohio with over 30 years of services.

Mr. O'Leary was a member of the First Baptist Church, Modern Maturity Center and a volunteer with the Agricultural Museum, moving to Dover in 1978.

He was preceded in death by his wife Grace Loescher in 1985.

He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Harmon, and her husband, Janson, of Dover, and two grandchildren, Jeffrey and Deborah Harmon of Dover.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Walker Road, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.

Arrangements by Trader Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Patricia Phyllis Griffith, 66

HARRINGTON - Patricia Phyllis Griffith died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, in her home. She was 66.

Mrs. Griffith was born in Harrington, Del., the daughter of the late Carl Pearson and Lillian Pearson.

She was a graduate of Harrington High School and Goldey-Beacom College.

Mrs. Griffith worked as a secretary for Grover Brown as well as John McDowell, former Secretary of the State of Delaware, and also as a real estate agent.

She loved to cross-stitch, paint and travel. She will be remembered as a very special and beautiful person who was thought of well by many people and as an inspiration to all that knew her. She loved her family and the Lord and led many people to the Lord through her devotion.

Mrs. Griffith was a member of Calvary Wesleyan Church of Harrington.

She is survived by her husband of over 46 years, William S. Griffith of Harrington; a son, William M. Griffith of Boca Raton, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia M. Vaughn of Harrington and seven grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington. Pastors Tim Isley and Ted Woods will officiate.

Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

 

Francis P. 'Frank' Sherer, 83

MILFORD - Francis P. ''Frank'' Sherer of Milford died of heart failure Thursday, Jan. 28, 1999, in Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 83.

Mr. Sherer was a chief warrant officer in the United States Navy before retiring in 1960 after 30 years of service.

He owned and operated the Rental Hub in Santee, Calif., for many years and moved to Milford in 1990.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia D. Sherer, in 1973; and a daughter, Jacqueline Ann Sherer, in 1952.

He is survived by two sons, Richard R. Sherer, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and Robert Sherer of San Diego, Calif.; a daughter, Mary L. Olthoff of Wildomar, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Seabury Avenue and School Place, Milford.

Burial will be with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Ararangements by Lofland Funeral Home, Milford.

 

Edith W. Reynolds, 81

REHOBOTH BEACH - Edith W. Reynolds of Rehoboth Beach, formerly of Louisville, Ky., died Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 81.

Mrs. Reynolds was born in Indianapolis, Ind., the daughter of the late Guy George Barnes-West and Mary Edith Hoadley West.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Reynolds was preceded in death by her husband, Jack J. Reynolds, in 1991.

She is survived by a daughter, Edith A. Reynolds of Rehoboth Beach; three sons, Guy Reynolds of Versailles, Ky., Jay Reynolds of Richmond, Ind., and Todd Reynolds of Louisville, Ky., and six grandchildren, Ashley West Reynolds, Blake Anderson Reynolds, Jason Joshua Reynolds, Megan Alyssa Reynolds, Carson Willett Reynolds and Jordan West Reynolds. Service will be held 7 p.m. today at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be private at Lewes Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Salvation Army of Rehoboth Beach or the Rehoboth Beach library.

 

William M. Flook Jr., 77

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - William M. Flook of Chestertown died of pancreatic cancer Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, in Heron Point, Chestertown. He was 77.

Mr. Flook was born in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., the son of the late William M. Flook Sr. and Helen Stuart Harris.

He received his bachelor's degree in electical engineering from Harvard University in 1944, and a doctorate in physics from Brown University in 1951.

Mr. Flook served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, seeing action in the Pacific Ocean aboard the escort carrier U.S.S. Savo Island.

He worked for DuPont in Wilmington from 1952-1965 and operated Peltron Laboratory. He was an accomplished electrical engineer, spending his career developing instuments for specialized measurements in industrial plants. He was awarded 13 U.S. patents during his lifetime, 10 while with DuPont Experimental Station, three while operating Peltron and acting as an independent consultant to the textile industry.

Mr. Flook married Marion ''Marnie'' Montgomery in 1945 and they have resided in Greenville for the last 25 years.

He had a lifelong interest in photography, producing several award-winning photographs over the years; other interests included watercolor painting, fly-fishing, woodworking and boating. He loved to cruise the Chesapeake Bay from the time he bought his first boat in 1952 until his death. He enjoyed traveling with his wife to remote locations like Antarctica, Alaska, and the Canadian Rockies; but loved his home in Langford Creek the best. He will be remembered with great love.

Mr. Flook was known as a creative problem solver, who could fix virtually anything. He belonged to three scientific organizations, The Optical Society of America, Sigma XI and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by five children, William Flook III of Crownsville, Md, Margaret Lisberger of Santa Monica, Calif., David Flook of Rumson, N.J., Robert Flook of Raleigh, N.C., and Virginia Kendall of Harvard, Mass., and nine grandchildren.

Service will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at Wesley Hall in Heron Point, Chestertown, and at a later date in Wilmington.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 162 Prince George St., Annapolis, MD 21401.

Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown.

 

Dale C. Harding,38

BRIDGEVILLE - Dale C. Harding of Bridgeville died of cystic fibrosis Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, in University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia. He was 38.

Mr. Harding was employed at Pillsbury Foods in Federalsburg, Md., as a receiving clerk.

He was an avid bowler, a member of the Night Owl Bowling League in Seaford and a fan of NASCAR stock-car racing.

He is survived by his wife, Ruthann Wenk Harding of Bridgeville; parents, Edna and Medford Donovan of Seaford; paternal grandfather, Darrell Wheatley of Federalsburg; parents-in-law, Charles E. and Bessie H. Wenk of Bridgeville; four sisters, Charlotte Donovan of Seaford, Tina Van Wagoner of Salt Lake City, Utah, Tammy Donovan of Seaford and Bobbi Donovan of Salisbury, Md.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church, 804 Atlanta Road, Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Eldorado Cemetery, Eldorado, Md.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Delaware Valley Transplant Program, 2401 Walnut St., Suite 404, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

 

Helen May Smart Massey, 76

LAUREL - Helen May Smart Massey of Laurel died of cancer Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, in her home. She was 76.

Mrs. Massey was born in Blades, Del., the daughter of the late Fred and Martha Mesick Smart.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Massey was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Thomas Massey, in 1989.

She is survived by two sons, Preston Massey of Laurel and Richard Massey of Seaford; four daughters, Anna Mae Rumbley of Seaford, Madeline Mae Richardson of Salisbury, Md., Phyllis Ann Truitt of Seaford and Mary Jane Littleton of Laurel; a brother, Sam Smart of Delmar; a sister, Mildred Chambers of Bridgeville; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Streets, Seaford, where family may call two hours prior to the service and friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Blades Cemetery, Blades.

 

Elizabeth Phillips Ruff, 70

BLADES - Elizabeth Phillips Ruff of Blades died after a long illness Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, in Life Care at Lofland Park, Seaford. She was 70.

Mrs. Ruff was born in Marydel, Md., the daughter of the late Clarence James and May Elizabeth Smith Phillips.

She was a writer of Seaford-Blades socials for 13 years at the Leader and State Register, retiring in 1994. Prior to this, she worked for the Farmers Bank of Delaware in Dover for 4 years.

Mrs. Ruff was a member of Blades United Methodist Church, where she was past president of the Count on Me Circle Society. She was instrumental in placing the historical markers at the church in 1994 and the placing of the cross atop the steeple in the 1960s. She was the authur of a book and several articles on the town of Blades and Blades United Methodist Church, winning an award in 1993 in the State Local Church Historical contest. She was also a member of the Historical Society of Barratt's Chapel.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence J. Phillips Jr., in 1990 and Edward S. Phillips in 1998.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, George Ruff; two sons, George L. Ruff and wife Helen of Seaford, and David L. Ruff and wife Cheryl of Blades and five grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. at Blades United Methodist Church, Market Street, Blades.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford.

Burial will be in Blades Cemetery, Blades.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Blades United Methodist Church, 300 S. Market St., Blades, DE or Blades Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 683, Blades, DE 19973.

 

Mary Frances Kennedy, 65

NEWARK - Mary Frances Kennedy of New Castle died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, in Christiana Hospital. She was 65.

Mrs. Kennedy was born on Oct. 13, 1933 in Laurel, the daughter of the late Harlan Thawley and Edna Marine Thawley.

She was a graduate of Laurel High School, and the Milford Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Kennedy worked as a registered nurse for St. Francis Hospital for several years.

She was a member of the Laurel Alumni Association.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, John E. Kennedy; a son, Burt Timmons of Milford; three daughters, Denise Andrews of Newark, Helen Sauer of Lancaster, Pa., and Robyn Craighton of New Castle, and 12 grandchildren.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.

Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Laurel Alumni Association, P.O. Box 382, Laurel, DE 19956-0382


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