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Janet Denise Hayward, 31

MILFORD - Janet Denise Hayward of Milford died Thursday, March 26, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 31.

Miss Hayward worked as a CNA at Harrison House of Georgetown and was also a senior at Delaware State University, majoring in business education.

She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, Bridgeville.

She is survived by her parents, Dale and Vivian Turner of Bridgeville; two sons, Clyde J. Young Jr. of Dover and My'chael L. Hotten of Laurel; one daughter, Nikkeia L. D. Young of Bridgeville; three brothers, Edward Knowles of Bridgeville, Joseph Knowles and Dale Turner Jr., both of Seaford; one sister, Julia Turner of Seaford; three godchildren, Tinisha Williams, Juan Williams and Tre'Shaun Turner; four aunts; five uncles; five nephews; seven nieces and a host of cousins and friends.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 108 First St., Bridgeville, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in Middleford Cemetery.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Helen M. Johnson, 97

DELMAR - Helen M. Johnson of Delmar died Thursday March 26, 1998, in the Chancellor Health Care Center in Delmar. She was 97.

Mrs. Johnson was born in 1900, in Mount Nebo, Sussex County, Del., the daughter of the late James and Lizzie Brown.

She was a member of Mount Nebo United Methodist Church in Columbia, where she served as organist; a member of the Ladies Aide and the former Busy Bees and Sunshine clubs. She was a former midwife of the Mount Nebo community for 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Norman Stewart and Calvin Johnson; one son, James Brown Jr. and adopted son, Charles B. Peters Jr.

She is survived by the children she raised as her own; Faustina Gattis, Sylvania Peters, Verlon Peters, Tyrecia Peters and DaVon Dale Peters, all of Mount Nebo; a sister, Pauline Wallace of Nanticoke, Md.; a great-niece, Imogene Smith, of Mount Nebo; grandchildren, Percy Brown of Salisbury, Md., Mario Peters, Ron Peters, Marcella Bullock, Sharon Peters, all of Newport News, Va., Terezia White of Rowlett, Texas; nine stepgrandchildren, Allen Gattis, Preston Gattis, both of Wilmington, Phyllis Gattis of Denver, Marilyn Gattis of Brooklyn, N.Y., Joy Farrare of Sharptown, Md., Anna M. Moses of Staten Island, N.Y., Monuel Gattis, Mona Lisa Price, both of Salisbury, and Juanita Jenkins of Atlanta; a daughter-in-law, Martha Peters of Newport News.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Nebo United Methodist Church, Columbia, Del., where the Rev. Gertrude Brown will officiate.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

Burial will be in Mount Nebo Cemetery.

Arrangements by Framptom-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home, Federalsburg, Md.

 

Doris Mae 'Daisy' Snelling, 74

HARTLY - Doris Mae ''Daisy'' Snelling of Hartly died Thursday, March 26, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 74.

Mrs. Snelling was a corporal in the Army of the United States-Women's Air Force (WAF), at the New Castle Army Air Base, Wilmington, as a link trainer instructor who taught pilots the technique of instrument flying using flight simulators. She received the Good Conduct Medal, American Service Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

She worked at J.C. Penney as the manager of the children's department; an Avon representative; and an antique dealer (Mom's Kitchen Collectibles).

Mrs. Snelling was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Marydel; a member of Fraziers Friends Club and the Harrington Senior Center.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, antiquing and ceramics.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Todd Deering.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Forrest William Snelling; a son and daughter-in-law, George Richard Deering and Cheryl L. Deering, both of Camden; a daughter and son-in-law, Dale Sampson Levin and Eliot Levin, both of Arden; two granchildren, Megan Elizabeth Deering and Mathew William Levin.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Sharon Hill Memorial Park, Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Harrington Senior Center, 102 Fleming St., Harrington, DE 19952. 

 

Janet H. Moore, 59

WILMINGTON - Janet H. Moore of Wilmington, formerly of Elkton and Cecilton, Md., died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover, as a result of an inflammation of the pancreas. She was 59.

Mrs. Moore was born in Halifax County, Va., the daughter of Exie Verta Johnson and the late James Daniel Johnson.

She worked as a waitress for a number of years in local restaurants such as the Granary Restaurant in Georgetown, the Tap Room and Schaefers, both in Chesapeake City, and the Sizzler Steak House in Elkton, Md.

Mrs. Moore enjoyed her home and family. She was very family-oriented and just loved family activities. She particularly enjoyed her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, George W. Moore Jr. of Clayton; five sons, James Winfield Seither of New Castle, Leonard Winfield Seither III of Chesapeake City, Md., David Allan Lovins of New Castle, George William Moore III and Billy Joe Moore, both of Newport; her mother, Exie Verta Johnson of Newport; two brothers, Leon Johnson of Bear, and Dennis Johnson of West Chester, Pa.; a sister, Phyllis Johnson of Newport; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Service will be held noon Monday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 226 E. Main St., Cecilton, Md., where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

The Rev. Harry Congo will officiate.

Burial will be in Cecilton Zion Cemetery, Cecilton.
 

Betty R. Watson, 79

CHURCHMANS VILLAGE - Betty R. Watson of Churchmans Village, formerly of Glasgow and Middletown, died Saturday, March 28, 1998, in the Christiana Hospital. She was 79.

Mrs. Watson had retired from Delaware Trust after 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George P. Watson, in 1993.

She is survived by two sons, Dr. P. Eugene Watson of Rutherfordton, N.C., and George M. Watson of Columbus, Ga.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services and burial will be private.

The family suggests contributions to the Diabetes Association, 110 S. French St., Wilmington, DE 19801.

Arrangements by the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.

 

Elmer Ward, 78

SASSAFRAS, Md. - Elmer Ward of Sassafras died Thursday, March 26, 1998, in the Medpoint Continuing Care Facility, Elkton. He was 78.

Mr. Ward was born in Millington.

He was a lifelong resident of Kent County.

Mr. Ward was employed on various farms in the Kent County area and was also employed as a janitor.

He attended the John Wesley U.M. Church, where he did maintenance work.

Mr. Ward enjoyed people and helping his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by two stepsons, Arthur E. Brown Jr. and Marvin Brown.

He is survived by a devoted friend of 30 years, Elnora A. Brown, with whom he lived; five stepchildren, Phyllis Johnson, Elnora Y. Brown, Charlotte Jones, DeLois Brown and Linwood Brown, all of Sassafras; two brothers, Clarence Lake of Dover, Del., and Richard Lake of Jackson, Miss.; a sister, Shirley Thorn of Hanover; a brother-in-law, Sgt. Maj. James Thorn; and 14 grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the John Wesley U.M. Church, Sassafras, where friends may call two hours prior to the service. The Rev. Alice Hutchins of John Wesley U.M. Church will officiate.

Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.

Arrangements by the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, Galena.

 

Vera Ellen Nichols-Dickerson, 49

WILMINGTON - Vera Ellen Nichols-Dickerson of Wilmington died of cancer Thursday, March 26, 1998, in the Arbors Nursing Home, New Castle. She was 49.

Ms. Nichols-Dickerson was born in Seaford, the daughter of Dorothy Nichols and the late Leon Cannon.

She was educated in the public schools of Sussex County and pursued her nursing degree at the Goldey Beacom School of Nursing.

She was employed with the Seaford Manor House as a CNA and was later a domestic worker.

She is survived by her ex-husband, Earl E. Dickerson of Wilmington, whom she was married to for 23 years; her mother, Dorothy Nichols; four daughters, Salemi Nichols Mason, Faith Nichols, Portia Dickerson and LaTanya Dickerson, all of Wilmington; two brothers, William Nichols of Seaford and Leon Roach of Dover; a sister, Keli Nichols of Seaford; two sisters-in-law, Constance Nichols of Seaford and Renee Roach of Dover; a son-in-law, Arlan Mason of Wilmington; 11 grandchildren and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. T'uesday at the Cathedral of Faith Churc, Concord, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Middleford Cemetery.

Arrangements by the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Hurlock, Md.

 

Vernon W. Layton, 79

SEAFORD - Vernon W. Layton of Seaford died of an asbestos-based cancer Saturday, March 28, 1998, in the Life Care of Lofland Park. He was 79.

Mr. Layton was an Army veteran of World War II and served with the 593rd EB and SR Company C.

He was employed as an electrician with the DuPont Company, Seaford, for 40 years, retiring in 1980.

Mr. Layton was a past commander of the VFW Post, Seaford; was a member of the American Legion, Seaford; and an active member of St. John's U.M. Church, of the AARP and of the Friendly Seniors.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Phillips Layton, in 1993, and his son, Ivan G. Layton, in 1990.

He is survived by a daughter, Daryl L. Berryman of Seaford; two sons, Gary V. of Sterling, Va., and Phillip K. of Salisbury, Md., and four grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the St. John's U.M. Church, Pine and Third streets, Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Carys Church Cemetery, Millsboro.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 228-C N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947 or to the Delaware Hospice, Inc., 600 Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Arrangements by the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.

 

William ''Joe'' Griffith, 77

SEAFORD - Wm. ''Joe'' Griffith of Seaford died of heart failure Saturday, March 28, 1998, in the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 77.

Mr. Griffith was born in Milford, son of the late Herbert and Elizabeth Wroten Griffith.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Griffith was employed as a supervisor with the DuPont Company, Seaford, for 38 years, retiring in 1978.

He was a member of the Seaford Golf and Country Club.

Mr. Griffith enjoyed sports as a participant and spectator.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kitty Tingle Griffith; a son, Herb J. of Waynesboro, Va.; four sisters, Jeannette Betts, Irene Yourgal and Betty Lou Williams, all of Milford, and Hazel Roberts of New York City; and two grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King streets, Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. David B. Humphrey will officiate.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.

The family suggests contributions may be made to the St. John's U.M. Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford, DE 19973 or to the Delaware Lung Association, 1021 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington, DE 19801.

 

Ross A. Allen Sr., 76

HILLSBORO, Md. - Ross A. Allen Sr. of Hillsboro died of lung cancer Saturday, March 28, 1998, in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Baltimore. He was 76.

Mr. Allen was born in Baltimore, son of the late Thomas Bernard Allen and Sarah Ann Allard Allen.

He was raised in Wye Mills and attended school in Centreville.

Mr. Allen was a Navy veteran of World War II and was in Hiroshima after the bomb.

He was employed in construction and carpentry all of his life, retiring from Harry W. Heinsohn, Inc., in Easton in 1987. Also, he worked as a part-time caretaker at Maple Village, Greensboro, until his death.

Mr. Allen was an avid sports fan. He coached the Kane-Miller Canner's women's softball team during the late 1970s.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, L. Mae George Allen of Hillsboro; twin sons, Ross A. Allen Jr. of Queen Anne and Roland Francis Allen of Clearwater, Fla.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda A. and Willis E. Johnson III of Lewes, Del., and Kimberley A. and Lee T. Blades Jr. of Denton; his twin brother, Thomas Bernard Allen of Randallstown; a sister, Mary A. Fleming of Easton; six grandchildren, Karen Matthews of Laurel, Del., Melissa Mueller of Easton, Gwen Allen of California, Joshua Allen Blades and Jordan Bryan Blades, both of Denton, and Michael Allen of Florida; three great-grandchildren, Conor Matthews, Jacob Mueller and Zachary Mueller; and a niece, Jean Cooper of Easton.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., 12 S. Second St., Denton, where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Burial will be in the Greenmount Cemetery, Hillsboro.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests any memorial contributions may be made to the Hillsboro-Queen Anne U.M. Church, P.O. Box 267, Hillsboro, MD 21641.

 

Irene Kirby Benton, 97

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Irene Kirby Benton of Chestertown died Sunday, March 29, 1998, in the Kent and Queen Annes Hospital. She was 97.

Mrs. Benton was born in Chestertown, daughter of the late James W. and Annie Fisher Kirby.

She and her husband resided in Baltimore for 40 years before moving back to Chestertown, upon his retirement, in 1963.

Mrs. Benton was employed part time at the Hutzlers Department Store.

She was a member of the Christ U.M. Church, Chestertown, and member of the United Methodist Women.

Mrs. Benton enjoyed cooking and was a great homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Denver C., in 1973.

She is survived by a daughter, Peggy B. Smith of Chestertown; a brother, Ray Kirby of Towson; two grandchildren, Lawson Smith and Bonnie Smith, both of Chestertown; and three great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Kirby and Christopher.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Christ U.M. Church. The Rev. Eleanor Laws will officiate.

Friends and relatives may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown.

Burial will be in the Chester Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Christ U.M. Church, High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.

 

Isabelle L. Murray, 76

PRESTON, Md. - Isabelle L. Murray of Preston died from natural causes Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in Genesis Eldercare, Easton. She was 76.

Ms. Murray was born in Preston, daughter of the late William C. Murray and Bessie Sophia Webb Murray.

She attended the Marsh Creek Elementary School, Preston and graduated from Lockerman High School, Denton. She went to Philadelphia to get her nurse's training.

Ms. Murray, after returning home, was employed at the Rio Vista Nursing Home, St. Michaels, for many years.

She is survived by a sister, Edna Ricketts of Federalsburg; a brother, Thomas ''Sonny'' Murray of Preston; a special niece, Virginia Sharp of Preston; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mount Calvary U.M. Church, Preston, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Arrangements by the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
 

Betty Anne Connolley, 58

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Betty Anne Connolley of Chestertown died of cancerSunday, March 29, 1998, in the Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital. She was58.

Mrs. Connolley was born in Chestertown, daughter of the late Walter ''Leo''Hicks and Catherine ''Libby'' Elizabeth Faulkner Hicks.

She was employed for Washington College, Chestertown, as the mail roomsupervisor for the past 40 years, retiring in 1997 due to health reasons.

Mrs. Connolley was the founder of the Old Chestertown Neighborhood Associationand worked tirelessly in publishing, printing and hand-delivering theirnewsletter, ''The Neighbor,'' and was the block captain for her block. Also,she was chairwoman of the Old Chestertown Neighborhood Association Saturdaymorning community meetings and arranged guest speakers for those meetings,organized the Chestertown Citizens' Crime Watch, co-founded Citizens onPatrol and was a charter member of the Chestertown's Mediation Board. Sherecently designed and completed the Hot Spots grant to fund activities forthe Old Chestertown Neighborhood Association. A builder of community spirit,she organized large spring clean-ups and coordinated the Old ChestertownNeighborhood Association's annual block party. In 1993, she received herAssociate of Arts degree from Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, in 1997,the Kent & Queen Anne's Alumni Chapter made her an honorary alumnusof Washington College, in 1998, Chestertown Mayor Margo G. Bailey presentedher with the Town of Chestertown Proclamation, thanking her for all of herwonderful acts which profoundly touched her community and proclaimed thatday as Betty Anne Connolley Day, Chestertown. The new park to be built inChestertown will be named in her honor. She was also awarded the key tothe city.

She was an active member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Chestertown.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary E. Connolley and Donna L. Connolley,both of Chestertown; two sisters, Kathryn ''Joan'' Hall of Spotsylvania,Va., and Nancy Faebus of Chestertown.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church,Chestertown.

Friends and family may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Fellows, Helfenbein& Newnam Funeral Home. P.A., Speer Road, Chestertown.

Burial will be in Busick's Cemetery, Barclay.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may bemade, in her memory, to the Old Chestertown Neighborhood Association, P.O.Box 72, Chestertown, MD 21620.

 

Charlotte Wilkins Spicer, 86

GEORGETOWN - Charlotte Wilkins Spicer of Georgetown died of heart failureSaturday, March 28, 1998, in Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. She was86.

Mrs. Spicer was a graduate and class valedictorian of Georgetown HighSchool, class of 1930.

She owned and operated the Nancy Lee Shops, Bridgeville and Georgetown,for over 30 years. Also, she was a partner in several businesses with herhusband, including the Mason Dixon Mobile Park, Fenwick Island, Harvey'sMens Store, Georgetown and the Harrison House Nursing Home, Georgetown.

Mrs. Spicer was active in the Delaware Republican Party with her husbandfrom 1950-1970, when he served as mayor of Georgetown for 12 years, andas Delaware state senator and representative for Sussex County and as motorvehicle commissioner of Delaware. She and her husband were founding membersof the Sussex Pines Country Club and lifelong members of the Grace U.M.Church, Georgetown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey, in 1996; her parents,Frank W. and Olivia Short Wilkins; and a daughter, Charlotte Ann Spicer,in 1945.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Spicer Reilly of McLean, Va; twosisters, Ruth Wilkins of Georgetown, and Gladys Scott of Bridgeville; abrother, Frank Wilkins of Scituate, Mass.; a granddaughter, Ann S. Reillyof Middleburg, Va.; three grandsons, Michael C. Reilly of Ashburn, Va.,Timothy J. Reilly of Raleigh, N.C., and Thomas H. Reilly of McLean, Va.;and 12 great-grandchildren, Meaghan, Ann, Abigail, Deborah, Maura, Nancy,Michael, Margaret, Kathrynn, Conor, Brian and Erin Reilly.

Service will be noon Wednesday at the Grace United Methodist Church,East Market Street, Georgetown.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the Parsell Funeral Homes, Dodd-CareyChapel, North Bedford Street, Georgetown.

The family suggests contributions may be made to the Grace U.M. Church,7 S. King St., Georgetown, DE 19947.

 

Bertha Mae Purnell, 76

SEAFORD - Bertha Mae Purnell of Seaford died of heart failure Thursday,March 26, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She was 76.

Mrs. Purnell was born in Bridgeville.

She was employed as a domestic worker.

Mrs. Purnell was a member of the John Wesley U.M. Church, Seaford, memberof the Usher Board, member of the United Methodist Women, and member ofthe Building Finance Committee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred.

She is survived by a brother, Scott Williams; a sister-in-law, SlenaWilliams of Seaford; two second families, the Harpers and Lloyds; a devotedfriend, Mrs. Mattie Batson of Seaford; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the John Wesley U.M. Church, Seaford,where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Macedonia Cemetery, Seaford.

Arrangements by the Youngs Funeral Homes, 308 N. Front St., Seaford.

 

Howard Thomas Smith, 55

NEW CASTLE - Howard Thomas Smith of New Castle died from injuries sustainedin a fall at home Saturday, March 28, 1998. He was 55.

Mr. Smith was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, serving aboard Flotilla1-3.

He moved to New Castle from Salisbury, Md., in 1970 and was employedas a pharmaceutical representative for Roche Laboratories. Also, for thelast 15 years, he was a mathematics and health education teacher at CharlesM. Patton Middle School, Unionville, Pa. Earlier, he taught in elementaryschools in Salisbury.

Mr. Smith coached soccer, basketball and baseball there and formerlywas varsity baseball coach at Unionville High School. He was a former coachand manager of boys baseball teams and girls softball teams in SuburbanLittle League, New Castle, and was a former team leader and math team coordinatorat Patton Middle School.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Nancy Gibbons Smith; a son, BruceE.; and a daughter, Angela Marie Smith, both at home; a brother, PhilipC. ''Chuck'' of DeBary, Fla.

Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton CatholicChurch, Bear-Christiana Road, Bear.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesdayat the Doherty Funeral Home, Limestone Road, Pike Creek.

Burial will be in the Greensboro Cemetery, Maryland.

The family suggests contributions may be made to the Howard T. SmithMemorial Fund, Charles M. Patton Middle School, Unionville, PA 19348.

 

James Arthur Mason, 85

HARRINGTON - James Arthur Mason of Harrington died Friday, March 27,1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 85.

Mr. Mason was born in Maryland, son of the late Andrew Mason and EssieBrown Mason.

He attended school in the Blanco, Clayton area.

Mr. Mason was a farmer in his early adult life; later, he was employedfor years with the George Lynch Construction Company. He retired from theLake Forest School District. Also, he had a lawn mower service and cut grassin the Felton and Harrington areas for many years.

He was a well-known and well-liked person in the community; seems likehe knew everybody and everybody knew him.

Mr. Mason was a faithful and loyal member of the Metropolitan U.M. Church,serving at one time on the finance committee, trustee board and the usherboard and member of the State Ushers Unit.

He enjoyed working in his church, especially in the kitchen with theladies. He worked faithfully until he became ill.

He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Murphy of Philadelphia; two granddaughters,Myra and her husband, John F. Fulton of Blackwood, N.J.; their two children,Darryl and Dishema X. Fulton; and Stephanie Murphy and her three children,Jeffrey, Tiffany and Matthew; a son, Paul Scott and his two children, KhansaBurbage and Darrell Hovington; three brothers, Harry Dixon and Philip Dixon,both of Dover and The Rev. Walter E. Dixon of Smyrna; three sisters, JuliaL. Watson of Dover, Charlotte M. Tull of Harrington and Bertha Green ofWillingboro, N.J.; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; many, many cousins,nieces and nephews; his Metropolitan family; and a host of other relativesand friends.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Metropolitan U.M. Church, Harrington,where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and two hours prior to theservice on Wednesday.

Burial will be in the John Wesley United Church Cemetery, Milford Neck.

Arrangements by the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Bessie Lee Wade McDowell, 78

DOVER - Bessie Lee Wade McDowell of Dover died Saturday, March 28, 1998,in the Silver Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dover. She was 78.

Mrs. McDowell was born in Culp, Ill., daughter of the late Johnson andMaggie Burns Wade.

She received her early education in Illinois and was a graduate of GarnettHigh School, Charleston, W. Va. She received a Bachelor of Science in businesseducation from West Virginia State College Institute in 1941.

Mrs. McDowell then went to Fayetteville State Teachers College in NorthCarolina and was employed as an administrative assistant in the registrar'soffice. She stayed there until she decided to study for her master's degreeat New York University, New York City, N.Y., in 1944, where she worked atthe YMCA while studying. She did further study at the University of Buffaloand the University of Delaware in vocational guidance and education. 

Also, she worked as a business education teacher at Russ College, Mississippi,and at St. Paul's College, Lawrenceville, Va. In 1952, the family movedto Dover and in 1953 she worked as the business department chairperson atWilliam C. Jason Comprehensive High School, Georgetown, where she taughtfor eight years and then moved to William Henry Comprehensive High School,Dover.

In 1966, upon the closing of William Henry, she worked at the Dover AirForce Base High School as a business teacher for two years. She then workedat Caesar Rodney High School, where she was the business department chairperson,as well as the guidance department chairperson for four years, retiringin 1978.

She was a loving, devoted, hard-working mother who was always there forher family. She was a servant of God in all areas of her life. She spentcountless hours helping students, co-workers and friends.

Mrs. McDowell was a member of the Quettes of Psi Iota Chapter, OmegaPsi Phi Fraternity, Inc., past Basileus of Alpha Pi Chapter, Phi Delta Kappa,Inc., American Personnel Guidance Association, National Education Associationfor Retirees, Delaware State Education Association Retirees, Delaware BusinessEducational Association, National Business Education Association and shewas a member of Whatcoat U.M. Church, Dover, where she started a scholarshipfund for graduating seniors going to college, which is now known as theBessie W. McDowell Scholarship Fund.

She had a major love for music and she could be seen singing and dancingto any and all music during her year-and-a-half at Silver Lake. She especiallyloved gospel and the familiar Methodist hymns.

She is survived by her husband, Maren F. McDowell of Dover; two daughters,Anita L. McDowell Boyer and Sheila L. McDowell Griffin, both of Dover; ason, Orlando James McDowell of Templeville Md.; two brothers, Johnson Wadeof Columbus, Ohio and Isaac Wade of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a brother and sister-in-law,David and Beatrice McDowell of Philadelphia; two sisters-in-law, Alice Wadeof Pittsburgh and Alberta Wade of Columbus, Ohio; two grandsons, EdwardGregory Knight and Richard Jamar Boyer, both of Dover; two granddaughters,Keisha Charmaine McDowell and Sheila Nicole ''Nikki'' McDowell; a devotedfriend and ''adopted'' sister, Susan Y. Brown of Dover; and many nieces,nephews, relatives and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Whatcoat U.M. Church, SaulsburyRoad, Dover, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Burial will be in the Sharon Hill Cemetery, Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made tothe Modern Maturity Center Building Fund, 1121 Forest St., Dover, DE 19904.

Arrangements by the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Herbert James Coverdale, 82

SEAFORD - Herbert James Coverdale of Seaford died of heart failure Friday,March 27, 1998, in his home. He was 82.

Mr. Coverdale was born in Greenwood, son of the late Bertha Coverdale.

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

Mr. Coverdale was employed as a clothes presser.

He was a member of the John Wesley U.M. Church, Seaford.

He is survived by a son, Maurice Coverdale of Wilmington; two daughters,Barbara Blackshear of N.J. and Sarah Coverdale of Wilmington; 14 grandchildren;25 great-grandchildren; and several cousins.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Youngs Funeral Home, where friendsmay call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary AME Church, Concord.

 

James W. Havelow, 82

FELTON - James W. Havelow of Felton died Monday, March 30, 1998, in theIntegrated Health Services, Smyrna. He was 82.

Mr. Havelow was the son of the late James Wingate and Sarah Havelow.

He was employed as an auto mechanic for the Delaware State Police Troop5, Bridgeville, retiring in 1978 after almost 17 years and also with JohnnySteward's Garage for 23 years.

Mr. Havelow was a 50-year member and a lifetime member of the FeltonCommunity Fire Company, of the Masonic Temple Lodge No. 9 A.F. & A.M.,Tall Cedars of Lebanon and the Lower Delaware Shield and Square Club, ofthe Harrington Senior Center.

He enjoyed antique car shows, being around old steam engines, trainsand antique cars.

Mr. Havelow will be remembered and missed greatly by the Felton neighborhoodyoungsters who loved to ride on his miniature train in his yard.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Havelow, in 1993.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Havelow of Felton; a daughter, BettyAnn Havelow of Felton; four grandsons, Richard and wife, Joanne Havelowof Felton, Robin Havelow of Florida, Randall Havelow of Port Penn, and RonaldHavelow of Felton; three granddaughters, Kathy Conoway of Houston, LisaAnn Havelow of Felton and Linda Miller of Milford; a daughter-in-law, EmilyAnn Havelow of Felton; 11 grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Melvin Funeral Home, S. Du PontHighway , Harrington, where friends may call one hour and a half prior tothe service. The Rev. Philip Lawton will officiate.

Burial will be in the Barratts Chapel, Frederica.

 

Katherine J. Lomas, 35

REHOBOTH BEACH - Katherine J. Lomas of Rehoboth Beach died of lymphomaSaturday, March 28, 1998, in the University of Maryland Hospital. She was35.

Mrs. Lomas was born in Neptune, N.J.

She was a graduate of Toms River High School North.

Mrs. Lomas was a self-taught businesswoman and was the owner of ImagesSwim & Sportswear, Rehoboth Avenue, for several years. Most recently,she managed several California Sunshine Shops. She and her husband wereowners of the Atlantic Liquors, Rehoboth and they built the Crosswinds Motel,which will open this season in Rehoboth Beach.

She will be most remembered for her love of life, compassion for allpeople, children and animals. She cherished every moment and enjoyed playingwith her nephews and nieces. She worked hard, played hard and gave her bestto everything.

She is survived by her husband, Dale J.; loving parents, Eugene P., Sr.and Hazel Shumaker of Charleston S.C.; two brothers, Thomas Shumaker ofToms River, N.J. and Eugene P. Jr. and wife, Gail of Charleston, S.C.; asister, Patricia Blanchette and her husband, Bobby, of Bayville, N.J.; andfive nieces and nephews.

Service will be noon Thursday at the St. Peters Episcopal Church, SecondStreet, Lewes.

A reception will follow at the St. Peter's Parish Hall, Lewes.

Burial will be in the St. Peter's Cemetery, Pilottown Road.

The family suggests contributions may be made to the Katherine J. LomasYouth Ministry Fund, c/o St. Peter's Church. This fund is to benefit thegrowth of youth through community action and spirituality.

Arrangements by the Paresell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Kings Highway,Lewes.

 

Ralph D. Niblick, 72

LEWES - Ralph D. Niblick of Lewes died of heart failure Sunday, March29, 1998, in the Harbor Health Care Nursing Home, Lewes. He was 72.

Mr. Niblick was a U.S. Navy veteran serving 24 years and during WorldWar II, as a chief petty officer. He received many decorations and citationsincluding, for serving in the liberation of the Philippines, World War IIvictory medal, china service, and the asiatic pacific campaign.

He was employed as a computer field engineer for Unisys Corporation,retiring in 1987. 

Mr. Niblick was a member of the American Legion Post NO. 28, Riverdale/OakOrchard, of the V.F.W. Post No. 7447, Rehoboth Beach

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dolores R. Niblick; a son, RalphD. Niblick, Jr. of Dillsburgh, Pa; a daughter, Stephanie N. Marsch of Lewes;five grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Service with military honors will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the DelawareVeterans Memorial Cemetery, near Summitt.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel of MelsonFuneral Services, Long Neck Road and Del. 24, Long Neck.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made tothe children's charity of their choice.

 

Hazel Corrine Hein, 100

MARYDEL, Md. - Hazel Corrine Hein of Marydel died Sunday, March 29, 1998,in the Corsica Hills Nursing Center, Centreville. She was 100.

Mrs. Hein was born in Norristown, Pa., daughter of the late Charles E.and Laura Bonter Rotzell.

She lived most of her life in Norristown prior to moving to Marydel andeventually became a resident of Corsica Hills Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen M.; and two daughters.

She is survived by a son, Allen M. Hein, Jr. of Marydel; a daughter,Edith Sweet of Doylestown, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Judy Blackard of Semora,N.C., Holly Garman of Crownsville, Heather Hein of Centreville, DouglasHoward of Virginia Beach, Va., Robert Howard of Danville, Va., Thomas Howardof Danville, Va. and Linda Walker of Apex, N.C.; and seven great-grandchildren.

Service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Fellows, Helfenbein and NewnamFuneral Home, Speer Road, Chestertown, where relatives and friends may callone hour prior to the service.

Burial will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Riverside Cemetery, Norristown,Pa.

 

Ethel P. Kriesher Kij, 66

MIDDLETOWN - Ethel P. Kriesher Kij of Middletown, formerly of Warminster,Pa., died Monday, March 30, 1998, in the Christiana Hospital. She was 66.

Mrs. Kij was a homemaker.

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

She is survived by two daughters, Dawn Dahling of Middletown, with whomshe lived and Doreen Kij-McCann of Harrington; three brothers, George Kriesher,Morris Kriesher and William Kriesher, all of Pa.; three sisters, Hazel Kiefferof Quakertown, Pa., Madeline Anderson and Marjorie Essick, both of Warminster,Pa.; and four grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Daniels & Hutchison FuneralHome, N. Broad Street, Middletown, where friends may call one hour priorto the service.

Burial will be in the Whitemarsh Cemetery, Ambler, Pa.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made toa Door of Hope, 2884 Summit Bridge Road, Bear, DE 19701.

 

William Abe West, 67

FRANKFORD - William Abe West of Frankford died of heart failure Sunday,March 29, 1998, in the Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury. Hewas 67.

Mr. West was a Frankford native, son of the late Handy B. West and SadieJane West.

He was a veteran of Korea, serving in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. West was employed with the DuPont Company, Nylon Plant Seaford, retiringin 1988 after 40 years of service.

He was a member of the loyal order of moose and the Legionaires of Mooseof Lodge 654, Salisbury of the Selbyville Elks Lodge 2173, Selbyville, ahonorary member of the Frankford Fire Company, of the Fraternal Order ofPolice, of the Roxana U.M. Church and a member of the Delaware Masonic LodgeNo. 37 A.F. and A.M., Dagsboro.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pauline in 1984.

He is survived by his wife, Irene; a son, W. Gregory West and daughter-in-law,Robin L. of Frankford; a stepdaughter and stepson in law, Durene and WilliamJ. Ennis of Millsboro; a brother, Virgil West; a sister, Louise Stone, bothof Millsboro; four grandchildren, Laurier Binet, Ashley Lynn Jones, JessicaAnn Ennis and Travis Lee Ennis.

Service will be 2 p.m Wednesday at the Roxana U.M., Roxana, friends maycall from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services,Frankford.

Burial will be in the Carey's Cemetery, Frankford.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contribtutions to the RoxanaU.M. Church.

Arrangements by the Melson Funeral Home.

 

Elizabeth ''Betty'' Holland, 70

DOVER - Elizabeth ''Betty'' Holland of died Monday, March 30, 1998. Shewas 70.

Mrs. Holland was born in Patchogue, Long Island, N.Y. daughter of thelate Paul and Elizabeth Schiel.

She worked in communications at the DAFB for 11 years.

Mrs. Holland was a faithful member of the Capitol Baptist Church for23 years and was teacher of the Precious Jewels Sunday School class foreight years.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Schiel and Margaret'Peggy'' Clifford.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, James ''Jim'' Holland; threesons, John Rowley and wife, Lynn of Dover , Mark Rowley and wife, Bettyof Dacula, Ga., Paul Rowley and wife, Linda of Townsend; two daughters,Sharon Schmittinger and husband, Steve, of Dover, and Gail HOlland, at home;a brother, Charles SChiel and Wife, Betty of Wyuoming; a brother-in-w, CharlesClifford of Dover; her dearest christian mother-in-law, Willy HOlland ofCrisfield, Md; 10 grandchldre, Lisa Thomson and Deborah Edwards, John, Joshua,Mark, Lke, Katelyn, Laura Rowley, Kimberly and Jennifer Zientarski; threegreat grandchildren, Johnny, Jared and Emily; a nephew, Charles SChiel andwife, Linda; two nieces, Betty Ann Van Vessen and husband, Bob and JoanieStewart; and two dear friends, Lee Brink and Dorothy Comegys.

Service will be 3 p.m Wednesday at the Capitol Baptist Ckhurch, KesselringAvenue, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. ThePastor Eldon Fowler will officate.

Burial will be in the Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contribtuions may be made tothe Capitol Baptist Church.

Arrangements by the Fleischauer Funeral Home. 

 

Shamir Hudson, 9

SALISBURY, Md. - Shamir Hudson of Salisbury died Tuesday, March 24, 1998.He was 9.

Shamir was the son of Jackie Nelson and Shane Goslee.

He attended Buckingham Elementary School in Berlin and Faith DeliveranceAcademy and Sunday School, Salisbury.

Shamir often said that he was going to be a preacher like Pastor Copeland.

He enjoyed reading and one of his favorite bible chapters was Psalm 1.

He is survived by his adoptive mother, Catherine Hudson of Berlin; hisadoptive sisters, Sharnae Hudson, Shamnale Hudson and Harriet Hudson ofBerlin; an adoptive brother, Herbert Hudson, of North East; an adoptivegrandmother, Leona Johnson of Berlin; parents, Jackie Nelson and Shane Gosleeof Salisbury; biological brothers and sister, Shane Johnson, Shawn Johnson,Shante Johnson, David Nelson, John Nelson, Tamino Nelson and Gerard Williamsof Salisbury; grandparents, Rev. George and Evangelist Mary Sawyer of Willingsboro,N.J.; and a great grandfather, John Duncan of Salisbury; and a host of otherrelatives and friends.

Memorial service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the United Faith Church ofDeliverance, Salisbury.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jehovah Tabernacle Holiness Church,Berlin, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Berlin.

Arrangements by the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Salisbury.

 

Franklin Roosevelt Jackson, 57

TOWNSEND - Franklin Roosevelt Jackson of Townsend died of heart failureWednesday, March 25, 1998, in the Union Hospital, Elkton, Md. He was 57.

Mr. Jackson was born in Cheswold/Dover area, son of the late Lawrenceand Mary Alice Ford Jackson.

He was employed as a mechanic with the Pine Tree Auto Parts, Townsenduntil illness caused his early retirement.

Mr. Jackson, when he wasn't at work, loved to fix and repair cars inhis spare tilme.

He was a private person who loved his family and particularly loved hisgrandchildren.

He is survived by his son, Franklin A. ''Frankie'' Moore, Sr., of Cecilton,Md.; two brothers, Lawrence E. Jackson of New Castle and Robert W. Jacksonof Woodstown, N.J.; a sister, Hanna M. Laton of Newark; and five grandchildren.

Services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A.,East Main Street, Cecilton.


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