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Paul Andrew Bratten, 72
MILTON - Paul Andrew Bratten of Milton died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, in the Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 72.
Mr. Bratten was born in Girdletree, Md., son of the late Rev. Lawrence Bratten and Pearline Finney Bratten.
He was employed by the Wagamon Brothers-Beacon Feed Mill in Milton; he retired from Paramount (Cargill Poultry), Harbeson in 1988; and for the past five years was employed with Pep-Up.
Mr. Bratten was a member of the Mt. Zion Holy Church, Milton for 50 years, where he served as Trustee for the past 27 years, served as a PTA officer and member of the Board of Trustee, Milton School 196-C until 1966.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Myanna Laverne Bratten; a brother, Lawrence Bratten; and a sister, Mary Finney.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Evangelist Viola Bratten; 11 children, Rachel A. Bratten of Milton, Amos L. Bratten of Harbeson, Elder Elmer A. Bratten of Dover, Arlene O. Young of Pittsburgh, Lola M. Phillips of Dover, Rosemary J. Waples of Philadelphia, Timothy O. Bratten of Hanover, Md., Elvira R. Briscoe of Philadelphia, Alice D. Mullen of Millsboro, Isabelle L. Davis of Wilmington, and Gerald L. Bratten of Dover; five sisters, Elsie Frazier Yasin of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Beulah Bratten, Grace Wise, Mabel Johnson and Catherine Bishop, all of Pocomoke; four brothers, Charles Bratten and Edward Bratten, both of Snow Hill, Md., William Bratten of Berlin and Jessie Bratten of Selbyville; three daughter-in-laws, Georganne Bratten of Harbeson, Peggy Ann Bratten of Dover and Mitzi Bratten of Dover; five son-in-laws, Winfred Young of Pittsburgh, Larry Waples of Philadelphia, Michael Briscoe of Philadelphia, Anthony Mullen of Millsboro and William Davis of Wilmington; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be noon Saturday at the Mt. Zion Holy Church, Milton.
Friends may call 1 -3:30 p.m. Friday at the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, West Division Street, Dover, and 7-9 p.m. at the Mt. Zion Holy Church, Front Street, Milton.
Burial will be in the Siloam Cemetery, Slaughter Neck.
Richard Earl Pearson, 50
MILFORD - Richard Earl Pearson of Milford died Sunday, Feb. 22, 1998, in the Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 50.
Mr. Pearson was disabled, but was previously employed with Schaffer.
He was a member of the Love Temple Church of God in Christ in Dover, and superintendent of the adult Sunday School and attended Bible study classes.
He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin Pearson Sr.; and a brother, William Pearson.
He is survived by his wife, Bernadette Taylor Pearson; a daughter, Tamika Pearson Sutten of Baltimore; his mother, Alice Pearson Hawkins of Newark; three sisters, Helen Carson of New Castle, Alice Woodard of Glen Mills, Pa., and Carol Woodard of Newark; three brothers, Donald Pearson of Newark, Benjamin Pearson of Laurel and Joseph F. Pearson of Wilmington; four aunts; two uncles; seven step-children; seven sister-in-laws; a brother-in-law and devoted friend, Emory Woodard; many nieces and nephews; a mother-in-law, Georgie Taylor of Painter, Va.; and many relatives and friends.
Service will be noon Friday at the Congo Funeral Home, 201 N. Gray Ave., Wilmington, where friends may call two hours prior to service.
Burial will be in the Gracelawn Memorial Park.
Frances Catherine Leitch, 77
CAMDEN-WYOMING - Frances Catherine Leitch of Camden-Wyoming died of natural causes Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, in the Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 77.
Mrs. Leitch was born in Baltimore.
She resided in Davidsonville, Md., for the last nine months and at Heritage Harbor for three years.
Mrs. Leitch was a homemaker and mother.
She was a member of the Women of the Moose and the AA County Farm Bureau.
Mrs. Leitch enjoyed bowling, car racing, country music and comedy movies.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Charles D. Leitch, in 1987; a son, Michael S. Leitch; and a sister, Rosalind Brown.
She is survived by two sons, Harry O. Leitch and his wife, Betsy, of Lost Creek, W. Va., and Stephen D. Leitch and his wife, Janet, of Frederica; a daughter, Catherine Hansen and her husband, Jeff, of Henderson, Md.; two brothers, Kenneth Rogers of Stuart, Fla., and Robert Rogers of Annapolis, Md.; two sisters, Marian O'Neale of Stantonsubrg, N.C., and Elizabeth A. Stickell of Hemingway, S.C.; her grandchildren, Tyson Leitch of Edgewatrer, Md., Shawn Dephew and April Perry of Bowers Beach, Brian Letich of Waldorf, Md., Angela Ehst of Camden, Jason and Navonne Owen of Henderson and Johnathan Mark Leitch of Baltimore; and her great-grandchildren, Brandon Leitch of Waldorf, Md., Dylan Ehst of Camden, Christain Leitch of Baltimore and Sarah Sperry of Baltimore.
Service will be noon Friday at the Hardesty Funeral Home, PA, where friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., today and one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Davidsonville U.M.C. Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to M.A.D.D.
Evelyn L. Brown, 63
MILTON - Evelyn L. Brown of Milton died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Millsboro, Monday, Feb. 23, 1998. She was 63.
Mrs. Brown was employed as a floor lady with the Milton Sewing Factory and worked many years, retiring in 1985.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Forrest Moorhead; in 1996, and her mother, Sara Ann Wilson Moorhead, in 1994.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, William J. Brown; a brother, Benjamin J. Moorhead of Milford; a sister, Anna Mae Long of Dagsboro; and a stepbrother, George D. Wyatt of Milford.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lofland Funeral Home, Lakeview Avenue, Milford, where friends may call after noon.
Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Dorothy May Fleming-Bumbrey, 63
SMYRNA - Dorothy May Fleming-Bumbrey of Smyrna died Saturday, February 21, 1998 in Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna. She was 63.
Ms. Fleming-Bumbrey was born May 2, 1934, in Camden, N.J., where she was raised.
She attended Camden schools through her primary and secondary years.
Ms. Fleming-Bumbrey enjoyed being around friends and family and was a loving person.
She is survived by four sons, Robert Bumbrey of Salisbury, Md., Ricardo Bumbrey of Pensauken, N.J., Cloteal Bumbrey of Smyrna, and Keith Bumbrey of Camden, N.J.; three daughters, Robin Daniels of Felton, Louis Bumbrey of Dover and Ursula Jackson of Salisbury; two sons-in-laws, Spencer Daniels and Eugene Richardson; four daughters-in-law, Cassandra Bumbrey, Darlene Bumbrey, Flourence Bumbrey and Teresa Bumbrey; two brothers, Allen Flemings of Philadelphia and William Flemings of Camden; two sisters, Mildred Flemings of Camden and Audrey Jackson of Camden; 22 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a very special friend, Harry H. Jackson of Bridgeville; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Service will be noon Saturday at the Center of Faith Church of God In Christ, Loockerman Street, Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to service.
Burial will be in Whatcoat Cemetery, Dover.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Albert Novin, 73
SMYRNA - Albert Novin of Smyrna died Monday, February 23, 1998 in the Hospital for the Chronically Ill. He was 73.
Mr. Novin was born in Philadelphia, son of the late Benjamin F. Novin and Rose Novin.
He served during WWII in Normandy and France for the U.S. Army. He received the Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze stars as a staff sergeant in the Army.
He is survived by two sons, Frederick Novin and Charles Novin, both of Pennsylvania.
Service and burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Bear with the Rev. Ted Wood officiating.
Samuel V. Oddo, 64
LONG NECK - Samuel V. Oddo of Long Neck died of cerebral vascular accident Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury. He was 64.
Mr. Oddo was born in Wilmington, son of the late Josephine Labrauno and Guiseppe Oddo.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict.
Mr. Oddo was employed as a railroad conductor with Amtrak, with 41 years of service, retiring in 1994.
He was a member of 41 years of the United Transportation Union 1378, the VFW Post 7447, Rehoboth Beach, the American Legion Post 28, Riverdale & Oak Orchard, and the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Hockessin.
Mr. Oddo was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley A. Oddo; two sons, David W. and Vincent, both of Millsboro; three daughters, Marcella Oddo of Harbeson, Antionette O. Tikiob of Lewes and Josephine Roark of Middletown; a brother, James Oddo of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Grace McKinley and Mildred DeStafney, both of Wilmington; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mass will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, Del. 24, near Oak Orchard.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday at the chapel of the Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Road & Delaware 24, Long Neck.
Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at the chapel in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, near Summit.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to your favorite charity.
Margaret Rush, 72
REHOBOTH BEACH - Margaret Rush of Rehoboth Beach died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at the Beebe Medical Center. She was 72.
Mrs. Rush was born in 1925, in Denver, the daughter of the late Carl Anderson and Jean Harrower.
Mrs. Rush was employed with a law firm and the U.S. military.
She had served as secretary of the SeaBreeze Home Owners Association for 10 years, and was a volunteer at the Rehoboth Beach Library.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Edward L. Rush of Rehoboth Beach; a nephew, Jimmie Perkins of Seattle; and a niece, Peggy Kochevar of Bakersfield, Calif.
Service and burial will be private.
Donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Shirley V. Pinkett, 65
FAIRLEE, Md. - Shirley V. Pinkett of Fairlee died Sunday, Feb. 22, 1998, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital. She was 65.
Mrs. Pinkett was the daughter of the late Owen and Daisy-Weedon Towson of Melitota.
She was employed by the Campbell Soup Company for several years till the late '70s, in the 1980s, she became a domestic worker, retiring in 1995.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Brown of Fairlee and Mary V. Pinkett of Wilmington, Del.; a son, Perry Freeman of New York; three sisters, Mary Black of Melitota, Grace E. Towson of Fairlee and Bertie Towson of Georgia; a brother, Joseph Towson of Butlertown; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several sister-in-laws; and a brother-in-law.
Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mt. Pisgah Church, Melitota. The Rev. Carol S. Hopkins will officiate.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday at the church and two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery.
Arrangements by the Walley Funeral Home, Chestertown.
Margaret D. M. Gromis, 65
LEWES - Margaret D. M. Gromis of Lewes died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, in the Beebe Medical Center. She was 65.
Mrs. Gromis was born in Lebanon, Pa., the daughter of the late James and Margaret Roof.
She is survived by two daughters, Vonita Mills of Lewes and Kim M. Gromis of Frederica; a son, James A. Gromis of Nassau; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel in Lewes where Father Roman Stadmuller will officiate.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Rehoboth Presbyterian Church of Midway Cemetery, Lewes.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Casa San Francisco Center, 127 Broad Street, Milton, DE 19968, or Meals-on-Wheels of Lewes.