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Phyllis Loretta White, 56
HARRINGTON - Phyllis Loretta White of Harrington died after a long illness Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999, in Accord Health Services, Wilmington. She was 56.
Miss White was born June 24, 1942, in Harrington, the daughter of the late Homer and Elizabeth White.
She was educated in Delaware and attended Pierre S. duPont and William Henry high schools.
Miss White was employed by Scott Paper Co. for four years.
She loved attending church and praising the Lord, drawing, playing bingo and just being around her family, especially her loving daughter, Sheila White.
Miss White was a fun-loving, kind and caring person who would do almost anything for people. Many people in the community were touched by her joy, lighthearted humor and sincerity. She brought happiness and joy into the lives of those she touched.
She was a faithful, lifetime member of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Harrington. Her favorite scriptures were Psalm 23 and John 3:16.
She is survived by her daughter, Sheila White of Newark; four brothers, Phillip White of Baltimore, Frank White of Houston, James White of Harrington and Nathan Bryant of Ellendale; three sisters, Teresa Bowers of Dover and Frances Daniels and Beatrice Harris, both of Harrington; two stepbrothers, Wayne Bryant of California and Don Bryant of Chicago; three sisters-in-law, Terri White, Dellian White and Leola Bryant; two brothers-in-law, Phillip Harris and Florzell Daniels; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Service will be today at noon at St. Paul AME Church, 103 W. Mispillion St., Harrington, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Marjorie H. Bakke, 73
LEWES - Marjorie H. Bakke of Lewes died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, in her home. She was 73.
Mrs. Bakke was born June 15, 1925, in Ridley Park, Pa., the daughter of the late Samuel C. Howarth and Millie L. Shorb.
She had moved from Ridley Park to the Lewes area in 1967.
Mrs. Bakke was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 17.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl F. Bakke Sr., in 1987; a son, Earl F. Bakke Jr., in 1998; and a grandson, Matthew J. DiNatale, in 1994.
She is survived by three sons, Linde D. Bakke of Berlin, Md., Jeffery I. Bakke of Townsend and J. Troy Bakke of Lewes; five daughters, Terri R. Glesmann of Delray Beach, Fla., and Wendy J. Martin, Midge A. DiNatale, Kristen J. Pennypacker and Samuela J. Wray, all of Lewes; two brothers, Samuel C. Howarth of Killen, Texas, and Clifford M. Howarth of Seaford; two sisters, Beverly J. McCarty and Sharon L. Walsh, both of Lewes; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Lewes, with the Rev. Douglas Culton officiating.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Monday at Atkins-Lodge Chapel of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Pilottown, Lewes.
The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 2nd Street, Lewes, DE 19958.
Nancy A. Booz
VIOLA - Nancy A. Booz of Viola died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999.
She had worked in banking in New Jersey for more than 40 years.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence M. Booz of Viola; and two sons, Wayne K. Booz of Odessa and Neil D. Booz of Ocala, Fla.
Graveside service for the family only will be at a later date.
Burial will be in the Eglington Cemetery in Clarksboro, N.J.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Lupus Foundation of Delaware, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 1015, Wilmington, DE 19801.
Local arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Wilbur W. Fox Jr., 80
NEW CASTLE - Wilbur W. Fox Jr. of New Castle died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, in his home. He was 80.
Mr. Fox was a machinist by trade and worked at F.F. Slocum Machine Shop in Wilmington for more than 30 years before retiring in 1980.
He was a semi-pro baseball player; a member of the original Bull Hill Boat Yard Gang; and a member of Moose Lodge 1578.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Marie Fox, in 1978.
He is survived by his wife, Norma J. Fox of New Castle; four sons, James A. Fox of Hartly, Charles Fox of Townsend, Wilson Fox of Clayton and Randy Hutchison of Newark; four daughters, Mildred Jarman of Felton, Ruth Rose of San Antonio, Texas, and Robin Wilson and Mildred Flanagan, both of New Castle; a brother, John Fox of Ocala, Fla.; a sister, Jane Banks of New Castle; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Gebhart Funeral Home, 531 Delaware St., New Castle, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Glebe Cemetery, New Castle.
Mary JoAnn Grant, 54
GOLDSBORO, Md. - Mary JoAnn Grant of Goldsboro died Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital, Chestertown. She was 54.
Mrs. Grant was born July 27, 1944, in Greensboro, the daughter of Joseph Andrew Faber Sr. and Mildred Virginia Usilton Faber of Chestertown.
She graduated from Kent County High School in 1962. Then, she attended Baltimore Business School to study accounting and Chesapeake College for certification as a nurse's assistant.
Mrs. Grant worked for Business Forms in Chestertown for a number of years. She also worked at Corsica Hills Nursing Home and did private-duty nursing. Additionally, she worked at Mid-Shore Counseling, dealing with family violence, for six years.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tina Marie Ratliff, in 1996.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a son, Jerry McCarthy of Wilmington, Del.; a daughter, Tonya L. Carpenter of Goldsboro; two brothers, Joseph Andrew Faber Jr. of Millington, and James E. Usilton of Worton; a sister, Theresa Cleveland of Chestertown; and seven grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, where relatives and friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Church Hill Cemetery, Church Hill.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 672, Abingdon, MD 21009.
Jack Lewis, 68
REHOBOTH BEACH - Jack Lewis of Rehoboth Beach died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, in his home. He was 68.
Mr. Lewis was born Jan. 25, 1931, in Elmira, N.Y., the son of the late Frank Norton and Gladys Lewis.
He had served in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Lewis had lived in the Rehoboth Beach area for four years; he previously lived in Bradford, N.Y.
He was a member of Oak Orchard Post 28, American Legion, and of the Ocean View post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by a son, Steven M. Lewis of Sayre, Pa.; three daughters, Victoria M. Scalia and Carol J. Allard, both of Elmira, and Tina L. Sine of Lordsville, Ga.; a brother, William Fulkerson of Kalamazoo, Mich.; a sister, Carol Bailey of Spring Hill, Fla.; and six grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Atkins-Lodge Chapel of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Dr. Charles Poukish will officiate.
Burial will be private.
Flowers are acceptable.
Wallace Beck Long Sr., 85
SMYRNA - Wallace Beck Long Sr. of Smyrna, and formerly of Felton and Middletown, died of heart failure Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999, in the Delaware Home and Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna. He was 85.
Mr. Long was born in Kent County, Md., the son of the late William and Minnie Long.
In his early years, he worked for the Maryland State Highway Administration. In the 1950s, he went to work as a butcher for Acme Markets, and retired in the mid-1970s.
Mr. Long was an avid woodworker and enjoyed making and creating many things. He loved to fish and garden and, in his early years, enjoyed bowling. In his retirement, he enjoyed camping.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Elizabeth Long, in 1989; and a son, Wallace B. Long Jr., in 1997.
He is survived by a daughter, Lydia Bailey of Earleville, Md.; two brothers, Robert Long of El Paso, Texas, and Walter Long of Florida; a sister, Minnie Lutheringer of Earleville; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Earleville, where friends and family may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the adjoining churchyard cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 29, Earleville, MD 21919.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home P.A., Cecilton, Md.
Muriel E. Lowin, 83
ELLENDALE - Muriel E. Lowin of Ellendale died Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford. She was 83.
Mrs. Lowin was born June 29, 1915, in Newark, N.J., the daughter of the late Leslie Stark and Sara Van Gieson.
She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, George Lowin of Ellendale; a son, George W. Lowin of Bridgeville; two daughters, Joyce M. Smilek and Bonnie J. Maehr, both of Jackson, N.J.; a sister, Regina Gotty of Tobyhanna, Pa.; and six grandchildren.
Service and burial were private.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947; or to the American Diabetes Association, 110 S. French St., Wilmington, DE 19803.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
Walter Russell 'Boob' Matthews, 65
SEAFORD - Walter Russell ''Boob'' Matthews of Seaford died of heart failure Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 65.
Mr. Matthews was born Jan. 29, 1934, in Bridgeville.
He had served in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Matthews had been a truck driver, and was retired.
He was a member of American Legion Post 37.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Matthews of Seaford; four sons, Virgil Matthews, Derrick Matthews and Tyrone Matthews, all of Seaford, and Russell L. Matthews of Philadelphia; two daughters, Constance Matthews of Seaford and Michelle Matthews of Baltimore; four sisters, Madeline Roach of Milford, Ruth Matthews of Bridgeville and Thelma Nichols and Myrtle Banks, both of Seaford; a brother-in-law, Clifford Banks of Seaford; his mother-in-law, Mattie Batson of Seaford; seven brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Mount Calvary A.M.E. Church, Concord, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Friends also may call from 6-7 p.m. Sunday at Young's Funeral Home, 308 N. Front St., Seaford.
Ruth E. Werner, 69
RIDGELY, Md. - Ruth E. Werner of Ridgely died of complications of a stroke Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, in Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Denton. She was 69.
Mrs. Werner was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late James Raymond Nichols and Bessie Nichols.
In 1941, she moved to Caroline County.
Mrs. Werner was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, J. Allen Werner Sr. of Ridgely; a son, Joseph A. Werner Jr. of Ridgely; two daughters, Shirley W. Newcomb of Lewes, Del., and Sandra L. Werner of Birmingham, Ala.; a brother, Clarence ''Dick'' Nichols of Felton, Del.; four sisters, Thelma Messick of Stanton, Del., Blanche Steele and Ethel Wheatley, both of Bethel, Del., and Doris Jenkins of Harrington, Del.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Moore Funeral Home, 12 S. 2nd St., Denton, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
Burial will be in Denton Cemetery, Denton.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Arthritis Foundation, 1505 Emerson Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801.
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James Fred Evins Jr., 76
PETERSBURG, Tenn - James Fred Evins Jr. of Petersburg, formerly of Dover died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, in Lincoln Regional Hospital, Fayetteville. He was 76.
Mr. Evins was born on May 27, 1924, in Elora, the son of the late James Fred Evins and Margaret Pauline Bingham .
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1941-1947 and was recognized for his dedicated service as a Seaman First Class. He served on eight ships, three of which were sunk by enemy fire.
Mr. Evins spent most of his life working as a movie theater projectionist and in the heating and air conditioning profession as an oil burner mechanic, retiring in 1988 to Petersburg.
He spent his later years making clocks and visiting flea markets.
Mr. Evins was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Marie Hines in 1988 and a brother Bingham Evins
He is survived by by three sons, James Fred Evins III of Marydel, Del., Samuel Edward Evins of Kansas and Daniel Russell Evins of Bowers Beach, Del.; four daughters, Norma Jean Anderson of Wisconsin, Joyce Faye Melvin of Dover, Del., Theressia May Moore of Wyoming, Del., and Lucinda Marie Boyer of Felton, Del.; three sisters, Mildred Russell and Evelyn Lowery of Tennessee and Eula Gubernalt of New Jersey; 24 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A Memorial service was held Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, at Petersburg Church of Christ, Petersburg.
An additional service will be 2 p.m. today in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington, at the grave of his wife, Alma Marie Hines. Jackson Brown, a family friend will officiate.
Arrangements by McCauley Funeral Home, Fayetteville.
Catherine Wise Maguire, 78
FREDERICA - Catherine Wise Maguire of Frederica, formerly of Chester, Pa., died Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, in Silver Lake Nursing Home, Dover. She was 78.
Mrs. Maguire had worked for the Methodist Book Store in Philadelphia for 15 years. She had worked as a administrative assistant with the Salvation Army in Chester, inaugurating the Good Friday prayer breakfast which served between 450 to 500 people, through donations she solicited from businesses in Chester. She retired in 1988, moving to Frederica.
She was well-known for her dinner parties and had one of the most beautiful gardens in Delaware. She was a very kind and gracious person who was dearly loved.
She was a member of both the Frederica Adult Center and the Milford Senior Center, attending Trinity United Methodist Church, Frederica.
She is survived by a sister, Elizabeth M. Denny of Sarasota, Fla.
Service will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements by Rogers Funeral Home, 301 Lakeview Ave., Milford.
George T. Baxter, 86
DELAWARE CITY - George T. Baxter of Delaware City died Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, in Gov. Bacon Health Center, Delaware City. He was 86.
Mr. Baxter was a farmer in the Delaware City and Middletown areas for 40 years, retiring in 1978.
He was a member of St. Georges Central Grange and an active member of the State Grange. He attended St. Georges United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Beulah S. Baxter; two sons, Richard H. Baxter of Newark and Raymond G. Baxter of Delaware City, with whom he lived; a daughter, Jane B. Ritter of Wauchula, Fla.; two sisters, Dorothy B. Gleason of Kansas City, Mo., and Patricia Haase of Washington, Pa.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Daniels & Hutchinson Funeral Home, Middletown, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday.
Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, near Port Penn.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Central Grange or to St. Georges United Methodist Church.
Rena Elnora Ringgold, 73
REISTERSTOWN, Md - Rena Elnora Ringgold pf Reisterstown, formerly of Chester, died Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, in Cherrywood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 73.
Mrs. Ringgold was born on May 29, 1925, in Chester, the daughter of the late John A. and Lillian Twigg Ringgold.
She graduated from Stevensville High School in 1942.
Mrs. Ringgold married Thomas Ringgold on Sept. 14, 1945. They ran a general store in Chester.
After raising her family, she returned to work at various sales positions, most recently as a telemarketer for L.L. Rose Co.
Mr. Ringgold was a past member of Kingsley United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 10, 1989.
She is survived by three sons, Joey Ringgold of Virginia Beach, Va., Larry Ringgold of Chesapeake Beach, Md., and Butch Ringgold of Fort Ashby, W.Va.; a daughter, Cindy Ringgold-Goble of Westminster; two brothers, George Walters and Newman Walters, both of Chester; a sister, Alice Walters Ringgold of Stevensville, and three grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Monday in Stevensville Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road, Westminster, MD 21157 or Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 27, Stevensville, MD 21666.
William David Duvall, 85
CENTREVILLE, Md. - William David Duvall of Centreville died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, in Memorial Hospital, Easton. He was 85.
Mr. Duvall was born Sept. 25, 1913, in Washington, D.C., the son of the late Charles R. and Carrie Opie Duvall.
He graduated from Eastern High School in 1931 and attended the University of Maryland.
Mr. Duvall served with the U.S. Army during World War II stationed in the Philippines.
He started his career with the federal government as a Coastal Geodetic in 1935, later with the Defense Construction Supply Center as a budget analysis.
Mr. Duvall married Rosalie Connally of Centreville on Dec. 27, 1945, residing in Baltimore, returning to Centreville after his retirement in 1971.
He was a member of the Centreville American Legion, Jeff Davis Post 18, serving as past secretary and treasurer.
Mr. Duvall was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles F. Duvall, Lindsey O. Duvall and Raymond O. Duvall and a sister, Virginia D. Coleman.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalie C. Duvall of Centreville; two sons, W. David Duvall Jr. of New York, N.Y., and Charles Edward Duvall of Columbus, Ohio; a daughter, Charlotte Creamer of Warnock, Ohio; a brother, Edwin L. Duvall of Westminster; and five grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 408 S. Liberty St., Greensboro.
Friends may call 3-5 p.m. today.
Burial will be in Chesterfield Cemetery, Centreville.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company Inc., 212 Broadway, Centreville, MD 21617.
Richard 'Rich' Ellis Lister, 38
GOLDSBORO, Md. - Richard ''Rich'' Ellis Lister of Goldsboro died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, in Wyoming, Del. He was 38.
Mr. Lister was born on July 12, 1960, in Easton, the son of Jack and Lois Neall Lister of Goldsboro, Maryland.
He was employed by Saulsbury Bros. as a foreman for over 20 years.
Mr. Lister enjoyed old cars and landscaping work.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, JoAnne Lister; maternal grandmother, Elva Neall of Henderson, a stepson, J.R. Clough Jr. of Harrington, Del.; four brothers, Harry Lister of Harrington, Walter Lister of Ingleside, Jimmy Lister of Goldsboro and John Lister of New York; two sisters, Doris Porter and Betty Lister, both of Goldsboro; a sister-in-law, Cecile ''Dee'' Bryant of Marlton, N.J.. and one stepgrandchild.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery.