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Howard Clifton Stevenson, 74
DOVER - Howard Clifton Stevenson of Dover died Saturday March 28, 1998, in the Silver Lake Nursing Home in Dover. He was 74.
Mr. Stevenson was born in 1923 in Dover, the son of the late William and Susie Stevenson.
He received his education in this community at Booker T. Washington Elementary and at Delaware State College, now called Delaware State University, where he completed the four-year high school curriculum and Eckel's College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia.
Mr. Stevenson entered the U.S. Army early in life and served his country well.
He was the owner of the Stevenson Funeral Chapel of this city and also Smyrna for 53 years.
Mr. Stevenson was past president of the Delaware Professional Licensing Board of Funeral Directors; a member of Lambda Zeta Mu Honorary Scholastic Fraternity of Eckel's College; member of Alpha chapter of Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity of Morticians and past president of Kent County Alumni Club of Delaware State College and TReasurer of Delaware State College Gerneral Alumni Association; a 32nd degree mason; he was a past patron of Electa chapter 6, order of Eastern Star and served as a member of Pride of Dover Lodge 1125 I.B.P.O. Elks of the World; served as chairman of the Administrative Board and Secretary of Board of Trustees of Whatcoat United Methodist Church of the Dover district; as a citizen of dover, he was a former member of the board of directors of Kent General Hospital.
He is survived by his brother, William W. Stevenson; a sister, Marion S. Winder; one aunt, Helen Tilghman of Dover; one sister-in-law, Courtney W. STevenson; one brother-in-law, George Sorden; four nieces, Georgette S. Stafford of Columbia, Md., Octavia Grippon of Dover, Amelia Dudley of Dover Geraldine Durant of Dover and Elizabell Massey of Dover; six nephews, Thomas D. Stafford of Columbia, Charles A. Massey of Dover, William Massey of Dover, Harold Massey of Dover, Dennis Ryder of Florida, and Jamie Durant of Dover; a friend, Minnie Whatley of Akron, Ohio; care-giver, Marion L. Harris, and a host of relatives and friends.
Service will be at noon Saturday at Whatcoat United Methodist Church where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday and from 10-noon Saturday.
Burial will be in Sunset Garden Cemetery, State College Road.
Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home, Dover.
Sara Ellen Breasure, 62
GEORGETOWN - Sara Ellen Breasure of Georgetown died of a heart attack Thursday, March 26, 1998, in her home. She was 62.
Ms. Breasure was born in 1935 in Georgetown, the daughter of John Ward Breasure and Effle Mae Breasure, both of Georgetown.
She graduated from Georgetown High School in 1953, and from Milford Memorial Hospital School for Nursing in 1956 as a registered nurse, then earned a bachelor of science degree from Wilmington College.
Ms. Breasure began her nursing career at Milford Memorial Hospital as an operating room nurse. She later worked for Dr. Oliver A. James as a private surgical and office nurse. She also worked as a health assistant teacher at Sussex Vo-Tech School in Georgetown. Since 1984, she had worked as a nurse at the Stokley Center, Georgetown.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by three sisters, Margaret ''Peggy'' Breasure and Joan Herick, both of Georgetown , and Joyce Breasure of Wyoming; one brother-in-law, Dan Herick of Wyoming; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Burial was in Union Cemetery, Georgetown.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Stokley Center Fund, R.D. 1, Box 1000, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Goldie A. Wilson, 83
GEORGETOWN - Goldie A. Wilson of Georgetown died of heart failure Saturday March 28, 1998, in her home. She was 83.
Mrs. Wilson was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Milton Wesleyan Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene H. Wilson in 1984.
She is survived by a daughter, Ann Conley; a son, Howard Wilson; two grandchildren, and one sister, Josephine Hawes, all of Georgetown.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, Federal Street, Milton, where friends may call from 7:30-9 p.m. today.
Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Georgetown.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Milton Wesleyan Church, Union Street, Milton, DE 19968.
Charlotte Mae Whiting Woodyard
DOVER - Charlotte Mae Whiting Woodyard, formerly of Westminster, Md., and a resident of Westminister Village Health Center, Dover, died Friday March 27, 1998, in Kent General Hospital.
Mrs. Woodyard was born in Hagerstown, Md., the daughter of the late Harley and Maude Whiting.
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Eleanor and George R. Kent of Dover; a son, John R. Woodyard of Pennsylvania, three daughters, Irene W. Brown of Westminster; Eugenia W. Gilbert of Roosevelt, N.Y.; and Angalean and her husband Isaac Costley III of Westminster; a sister, Irene W. Lee of Frederick, Md.; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Woodyard in 1969; five brothers, Gilmore, Calvin, Charles, Elmer and Raymond Whiting and sisters, Mary Whiting and Anna Mae Smallwood Ferguson.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Street United Methodist Church, 22 Union St., Westminster, Md.
The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Whatcoat United Methodist Church, 341 Saulsbury Road, Dover.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Union Street United Methodist Church in Westminster.
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Frederick, Md.
Arrangements by Miller Funeral Service, Dover.
George B. Graham, 58
MILFORD - George B. Graham of Milford died of cancer Sunday, March 29, 1998, in his home. He was 58.
Mr. Graham was a shipping and receiving clerk for O.A. Newton in Bridgeville for 17 years.
He was a veteran of the Coast Guard.
Mr. Graham was a former member and president of Milford Jaycees, and a member of First State Coon Hunters Club.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Betty Hearn Graham; a son, Greg A. Graham of Lewes; three sisters, Helen Gehrmann of Dover, Mary Zimmer of Texarkana, Ark., and Shirley Henderlong of Milford; a brother, Kenneth Graham of Seaford; an adopted daughter, Denise Williams of Lincoln; and two grandsons, Ryan Graham and Shane Graham, both of Milford.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 N.W. Front St., Milford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Betty Anne Connolley, 58
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Betty Anne Connolley of Chestertown died of cancer Sunday March 29, 1998, in Kent/Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown. She was 58.
Ms. Connolley was born in Chestertown, the daughter of the late Walter ''Leo'' Hicks and Catherine ''Libby'' Elizabeth Faulkner Hicks.
She worked for Washington College in Chestertown as the mailroom supervisor for the past 40 years. She retired from there in September of 1997 due to health reasons.
Ms. Connolley received her associate's degree from Chesapeake College in Wye Mills. In December 1997, the Kent/Queen Ann's Chapter made her an Honorary Alumnus of Washington College.
She has been the heart and soul of her community. She was the founder of the Old Chestertown Neighborhood Association and worked tirelessly in publishing, printing and hand delivering their newsletter, The Neighbor, and was the Block Captain for her block. She was chair of the Old Chestertown Neighborhood Assiciation Saturday morning community meetings and arranged guest speakers for those meetings. She organized the Chestertown Citizen's Crime Watch, co-founded Citizens On Patrol and was a charter member of the Chestertown's Mediation Board. She recently designed and completed the Hot Spots Grant to fund activities for the Old Chestertown Neighborhood Associations annual block party. March 16, 1998, Chestertown Mayor Margo G. Bailey presented her with the Town of Chestertown Proclamation thanking her for all of her wonderful acts which profoundly touched her community and proclaimed that day as Betty Anne Connolley Day in Chestertown. The new park to be built at the corner of Mill and Cannon Streets in Chestertown will be named in her honor. She was also awarded the key to the city. She was an active member of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Chestertown.
In addition to her mother, 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.
A funeral liturgy will be at 10:30 a.m Thursday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Chestertown.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 130 Speer Road, Chestertown.
Burial will be in Busick's Cemetery in Barclay.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in her memory to the Old Chestertown Neighborhood Association, P.O.Box 72, Chestertown, MD 21620.
Beatrice E. Stewart, 96
MAGNOLIA - Beatrice E. Stewart of Magnolia, formerly of Henderson, Md., died of cancer, Tuesday March 31, 1998, in the Kent General Hospital. She was 96.
Mrs. Stewart was born in 1901, in Henderson, the daughter of the late daniel and Julia Butler.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Stewart was a member of the Magnolia United Methodist Church, Magnolia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Kemp Stewart.
She is survived by a daughter, Gloria L. Morris of Dover; a nephew, whom she raised, Charles W. Bloom of Magnolia; two grandchildren, Sheri Antonik of Lincoln and Robert W. Morris of Little Creek; and three great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Nicholas and Paige.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed & Bradford streets, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Magnolia United Methodist Church, Main Street, Magnolia, DE 19962.
Nora Kay Stanley, 82
NEW YORK CITY - Nora Kay Stanley of New York died Thursday March 26, 1998. She was 82.
Mrs. Stanley was born in 1915, in Williamsburg, Md., the daughter of the late George E. and Lillie K. Stanley.
She attended public school at Trinity in Bridgeville, Del..
Mrs. Stanley was employed as a seamstress.
She was a member of the Greater Baptist Church in New York.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles ''Buck'' Stanley.
She is survived by two daughters, Hazel Castillo and Ann Wilson; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four brothers, Walter Stanley of Laurel, Del., Issac Stanley and Carl Stanley of Philadelphia, and Louis Stanley of New York City; three sisters, Myrtle Sudler of Symrna, Del., Minnie Smith of Parsonsburg, Md., and Bernice Fooks of Laurel; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be at noon Thursday at Frampton-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home, Federalsburg, Md., where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
The Rev. William Johnson will officiate.
Burial will be in Federal Hill Cemetery, Federalsburg.
Viola Carter Pinkard, 93
CENTREVILLE, Md. - Viola Carter Pinkard of Centreville, Md. died Sunday March 29, 1998, in her home. She was 93.
Mrs. Pinkard was born in 1904, in Baltimore, the daughter of the late Thomas Carter and Bessie Hutchinson Carter.
She worked in Brooklyn N.Y. for may years, retiring in 1966, then moved back to Centerville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernie Pickard.
She is survived by a sister, Lillian Ricketts of West Chester, Pa.; a brother, Walter Carter, and a host of nephews and nieces.
Service will be at noon Friday at Charles Wesley United Methodist Church, Centreville, where friends may call 112 hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Chesterfield Cemetery .
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton, Md.
Mary Louise Williams Wilmer, 78
CORDOVA, Md. - Mary Louise William Wilmer of Cordova died Sunday March 29, 1998, in the Easton Memorial Hospital. She was 78.
Mrs. Wilmer was born in 1919, in St. Michaels, Md., the daughter of the late Mary Whitney Williams and Noah Washington Williams.
She was educated in Talbot County public schools.
Mrs. Wilmer worked at poultry processing plants in Cordova and Hurlock, retiring after 28 years of service.
She was a devoted member of New Zion United Methodist Church in Newtown, where she held several offices. She was also a member of the Womens National Evangelistic and Missionary, Inc. Eastern Shore Maryland Branch.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, John Wesley Wilmer Jr.
She is survived by two sons, Leroy Williams of Newark, Del., and John O. Wilmer of Newtown; an adopted son, James Hynson of Centreville; four daughters, Geraldine Wilson of Dover, Del., Doretha Cook of Newtown, Argerine Wilmer Jackson of Wilmington, Del., and Helene Rookard of Easton; an adopted daughter, Flora Fletcher of Federalsburg; a granddaughter she raised, Tyra ''Muffie'' Wilmer of Easton; 21 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; one sister, Josphine Williams of Easton; three brothers, James E. Williams of Easton, Milton R. Williams of Washington, D.C., and Richard Williams of Easton; one daughter-in-law; three sons-in-law; five sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; a devoted companion, Howard Gassaway of Centreville, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Zion United Methodist Church in Newtown, Md., where friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Newtown Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Jacob Oscar Wright Sr., 84
CENTREVILLE, Md. - Jacob Oscar Wright Sr. of Centreville died Saturday March 28, 1998, in the Easton Memorial Hospital. He was 84.
Mr. Wright was born in 1913, in Centreville, the son of the late Jacob Wright and Ida Barryman.
He was educated in the Centreville public school system.
Mr. Wright worked at various jobs, retiring from Saulsbury Brothers Canning House.
He loved to fish and play baseball, and Jake, as he was known, will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by three sons, Jacob Wright Jr., Joseph Wright Sr. and Cleveland Boyce Sr., and one daughter, Delores Bowick.
He is survived by his wife, Lillie; five children, Ruth Carter of Salem, N.J., Shirley Winrow of Vineland, N.J., and Wallace Wright, Edwin Wright, Geraldine Wright, all of Salem, N.J.; two stepchildren, Alethia Robinson of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Dorethea Sanders of Tuskegee, Ala.; 33 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law; three daughters-in-law; two sons-in-law, and a host of cousins and friends.
Service will be at noon Saturday at the House of Prayer Church, Corsica Neck, Md., where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial wil be in Sandtown Cemetery, Hillsboro, Md.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton, Md.
Virginia Benson, 72
HARRINGTON - Virginia Benson of Harrington died of natural causes Sunday March 29, 1998. She was 72.
Mrs. Benson was born in 1925, in Greenwood, the daughter of the late Arlie and Lovina Taylor.
She was educated at Abraham Lincoln in Greenwood and later attended Phyllis Wheatly in Bridgeville; she also attended Paul Lawerence Dunbar in Laurel.
Mrs. Benson worked for the state of Delaware and Ace Dress Factory.
She was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Harrington. She enjoyed worshipping with other churches.
She is survived by one daughter, Josephine M. Lee of Shalimar, Fla.; two sons, Joseph Benson Jr. of Huntsville, Ala., and Demerris Benson of Dover; four sisters, Cathelene Hughes of Greenwood, and Dorothy Scott, Ethel Byrd, and Mary Ann Scott, all of Harrington; two brothers, Raymond E. Taylor of Bridgeville and George E. Taylor of Star Hill; one daughter-in-law, Rachel E. Benson of Dover; one son-in-law, Ernest Lee of Shalimar; six brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; five grandchildren, Stephanie, Joseph, Desi, Tristal, and Demettra; a god-child, Kinte Tolson; three great-grandchildren; a very close friend, John Taylor of Harrington; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Mispillion Street, Harrington, where the Rev. Frances Benson will officiate.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Minus Funeral Home, Dover. Friends may also call two hours prior to the service Friday.
Burial will be in Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.
Harold E. Harley,79
LEWES - Harold E. Harley of Lewes died Saturday March 28, 1998, in the Beebe Medical Center. He was 79.
Mr. Harley was born in 1918, in Magnolia, N.J., the son of the late Josiah G. Harley and Emma V. Wolohan.
He was a World War II Army Veteran serving from 1942-1946.
Mr. Harley worked as a repair technician for radio/TV communications for 40 years and retired in 1984.
He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of Endeavor Masonic Lodge 17, Milton; a member of Post 28 American Legion, Oak Orchard; also member of 40 & 8, Seaford, where he was National Activity Director for Voiture Activities; former volunteer for police, fire and safety for community of Magnolia, N.J. He loved people.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys H. Harley of Lewes; a son, Donald L. Harley of Stafford, Va., and a grandson, Justin E. Harley, also of Stafford.
Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.
The Rev. John Gains will officiate.
Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear at 1:30 p.m. Friday with military honors.
Viola M. Thoroughgood, 85
MILLSBORO - Viola M. Thoroughgood of Millsboro died of heart failure Monday March 30, 1998, in Seaford Health Care Center. She was 85.
Mrs. Thoroughgood was born near Stockley, the daughter of the late Charles J. Marvel and Catherine Green.
She was employed at Delaware Power & Light Co., now Delmarva Power, in the Millsboro office as a clerk for 43 years and retired.
Mrs. Thoroughgood was a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Millsboro, and a member of the DP&L Twenty-five year Plus Club, Vingt Sinq Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Layton C. Thoroughgood in 1990.
She is survived by a sister, Margaret K. Peterson of Millsboro; two brothers, John G. Marvel of Elizabethtown, Pa., and George W.R. Marvel of Selbyville, and several nephews and nieces.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Road and Del. 24, Long Neck, where friends may call after noon.
Burial will be in the Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Grace United Methodist Church of Millsboro.
Estelle M. Dukes, 80
MILLSBORO - Estelle M. Dukes of Millsboro died Monday March 30, 1998, in her home. She was 80.
Mrs. Dukes was born in Wilson, N.C., the daughter of the late Wiley and Mamie Hayes Matthews.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Dukes was a member of the Dagsboro Church of God, Dagsboro.
She was preceded in death by her husband Irvin Dukes in 1992.
She is survived by two sons, Ronnie E. and Wiley ''Pete'', both of Millsboro; two brothers, J.G. Matthews and Wiley H. Matthews, both of Wison, N.C.; six sisters, Jean Bunn, Doris Dale, Margaret Davis, Isabelle Holland, and Ruth Summerlin, all of Wilson, and Daisy Tarr of Baltimore; two grandchildren, Stephany and Douglas Dukes.
Service will be at noon Friday at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Pastor Donald Syvertsen will offficiate.
Burial will be in Cary's Cemetery, Millsboro.