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Wilroy Justice, 77

MILLSBORO - Wilroy Justice of Millsboro died Monday, April 6, 1998, in his home. He was 77.

Mr. Justice was born in Mappsville, Va., son of the late Will and Carrie Justice.

He was employed with Millsboro Poultry for many years and also at H & H Poultry.

Mr. Justice was a member of The Dickerson Chapel AME Church, Millsboro for over 45 years, where he served on the trustee board; member of the lay organization; male chorus; senior choir and the gospel choir.

He enjoyed baseball and horse shoes. His greatest joy was singing for the Lord; he always sang ''Old Time Religion.''

He was preceded in death by his wife, Henrietta, in 1989.

He is survived by 10 sons, William of Seaford, Clarence of Harbeson, Harold of Millsboro, Wilbur of Dover, John of Asbury Park, N.J., Henry of Millsboro, James Stanley of Trenton, N.J., Lester of Salisbury, Md., Anthony of Newark, Emanuel of New Castle; six daughters, Connie of Millsboro, Charlotte of Georgetown, Judy of Rehoboth, Rebecca of Millsboro, Iris of New Castle and Yvette of Preston, Md.; three sisters, Beulah Davis of Mappsville, Va., Flora Camphor and Josephine Davis, both of New York; five sons-in-law; eight daughters-in-law; 30 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Dickerson Chapel AME Church, Millsboro, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m Friday.

Burial will be in Mappsville, Va.

Arrangements by the Minus Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Martha A. Spicer, 93

SEAFORD - Martha A. Spicer of Seaford died of heart failure Monday, April 6, 1998, in the Seaford Center. She was 93.

Mrs. Spicer was born in Sussex County, daughter of the late James M. & Willie Tull O'Day.

She attended Tull's School.

Mrs. Spicer was employed by Tibbitt's Dress Shop, Silco and Dollar General Store, all of Seaford, for many years, retiring in the early 1980's.

She was a member of the Reliance Homemakers Club and of the Woodland U.M. Church, Woodland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, M. Rora Spicer, in 1958; and two grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Ann Collins and Hazel Wilson, both of Seaford; a sister, Elizabeth Tull of Seaford; and four grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Stein Highway, Seaford. The Rev. Earle Baker will officiate.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice, Inc. 600 DuPont Highway, Georgetown DE 19947.

Arrangements by the Williamson Funeral Home, S. Main Street, Federalsburg, Md.

 

Gary Lynn Houpt, 61

DOVER - Gary Lynn Houpt of Dover died Monday, April 6, 1998, in the Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 62.

Mr. Houpt was born in Hagerstown, Md., son of the late Earl and Ruth Houpt.

He received his doctorate degree in education in 1977. 

Mr. Houpt was employed with the State of Delaware for 30 years in the Department of Education, retiring in 1991.

He was a member of the Delaware State Education Association, Delaware Teachers of English Language Association, the Delaware Association of School Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa, the National Education Association and he was past president of the Kent County S.P.C.A.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Gail of Dover; a daughter, Gwyn Houpt of Dover; a sister, Lois Balcer of Baltimore, Md.; and a brother, Charles Houpt of New York.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Trader Funeral Home, Lotus Street, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

 

Robert Hunter Regester, 70

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Robert Hunter Regester of Chestertown died Monday, April 6, 1998, in the Christiana Hospital, Christiana, Del. He was 70.

Mr. Regester was born in Philadelphia, Pa., son of Frederick T. and Sydney Hunter Regester.

He was a graduate from West Philadelphia High School, class of 1943 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel Universityin 1952.

Mr. Regester served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1946 at Fort Belvoir, where he taught mapping.

He was employed with Philadelphia Electric Company as an electric distribution engineer, also, he was senior engineer of Gas Utilization and superintendent of Gas Methods and training, retiring in 1990.

Mr. Regester was a member of the American Gas Association; of the Gas Utilization Committee and Foreign Assessment Technology Committee; chairman of the American Gas Association Customer Service Committee; was awarded the bronze and silver awards of merit for technical papers; was the national president of the American Society of Gas Engineers; also, was chairman of Pennsylvania Gas Association customer service committee and the Metropolitan Philadelphia Gas Utilization council. 

Mr. Regester was also a boy scout leader for 20 years and president of the Player's Club of Swarthmore Community Theatre, where he was also technical director for many years as well as a stage actor. The new wing of the Theatre was designated ''The Roger Regester Wing,'' honoring his design of the addition. Mr. Regester was a member of the Md. Ornithological Society, Kent County chapter, where he was treasurer. He was also a member of the Chester River Yacht and Country Club, the Kentmore Park Sailing Club, the Frank M. Jarman American Legion Post No. 36 and of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chestertown.

He enjoyed sailing, golfing and building.

He is survived by his wife, Gail; a son, Gary Regester of Parkesburg, Pa.; a daughter, Julia Marie Rudolph of Swarthmore, Pa.; a brother, Richard Regester of Hockessin, Del.; four step-children, Constance Worth of Chestertown, Carolyn Stellwagen of Drexel Hill, Pa., Cynthia Alleger of Rock Hall and Michael Worth of Worton; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chestertown. The Rev. Dr. Gregory Straub will officiate.

Burial will be in the Shrewsbury Cemetery, Kennedyville, Md.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the Robert Regester memorial fund to benefit the Players Club of Swarthmore, PO Box 236, Swarthmore, PA 19081 or to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Roof Fund, Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.

Arrangements by the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown.

 

Ann Carolyn Stokley, 58

MILLSBORO - Ann Carolyn Stokley of Millsboro died of heart failure Saturday, April 4, 1998, in the Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 58.

Mrs. Stokley was born in Elizabeth City, N.C., daughter of the Late Robert and Flora Lee Williams Wilson.

She was employed in housekeeping with the Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.

Mrs. Stokley was a member of the New Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ, Millsboro.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Thaddeus Stokley of Millsboro; a daughter, Diane Simmons Laar of Rockland, Mass.; two sons, Bernard Simmons of Millsboro and Henry Wilson of New Britain, Conn.; and eight grandchildren.

Service will be noon Saturday at the New Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ, First Street, Millsboro, where friends may call at 10 a.m. Bishop L. T. Blackshear will officiate.

Burial will be in the Henlopen Memorial Park, near Milton.

Arrangements by the Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
 

Albert K. Daniels Sr., 72

TOWNSEND - Albert K. Daniels Sr. of Townsend died Wednesday April 1, 1998, in the Christiana Hospital of an apparent heart attack. He was 72.

Mr. Daniels retired from Smith & Douglas Fertilizer Co. in Clayton.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth; four sons, Albert K. Jr. of Townsend, John of Dover, Nick of Clayton, and Jeff of Crumpton, Md.; five daughters, May Holleger of Felton, Rebecca Ross of Georgetown, Sally E. Missimer of Elkton, Md., Ida Simmons of Clayton, and Margie Meekins of Chestertown, Md.; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Burial was in the Sharon Hills Cemetery, West Dover.

 

Robert Newton Ellis II, 65

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Robert Newton Ellis II of Chestertown died Tuesday, April 7, 1998, in his home. He was 65.

Mr. Ellis was born in Betterton, son of the late Robert N., Sr. and Florence Ester Willis Ellis.

He was a graduate of Chestertown High School, class of 1949.

Mr. Ellis served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged.

He was employed as an electronic engineer.

Mr. Ellis was a very active member of the Encinitas Moose Lodge, Encinitas, Calif., and of the Betterton American Legion Post 246.

He enjoyed fishing, crabbing, gardening and conversation.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecilia Y. Orozco, in 1976; and a brother, Paul Ellis, in 1961.

He is survived by five sons, Robert N. Ellis III of Canoga Park, Calif., Patrick A. Ellis of Twin Falls, Idaho, Paul F. Ellis of Canyon County, Calif., Jeffrey T. Ellis of Westminister, Calif., and Anthony S.J. Ellis of Carlsbad, Calif; a daughter, Cynthia A. Davis of Dover, Del.; a brother, Harry Francis Ellis of Milford, Del.; four sisters, Anne W. Ellis of Alexandria, Va., Miriam E. Mahowald of Ellicott City, Jane E. Biggs of Wilmington, Del. and Alice E. Oberender of Joppa; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and a loving companion, Linda Strong of Chestertown.

Graveside memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Chester Cemetery, Chestertown. The Rev. William Plummer, retired, will officiate.

Arrangements by the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown.

 

Nettie MacDougall, 71

FELTON - Nettie MacDougall of Felton died of cancer Tuesday, April 7, 1998, in her home. She was 71.

Mrs. MacDougall was born in Hazlettville, daughter of the late Benjamin and Lottie Reed.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. MacDougall was a member of the First Baptist Church, Frederica.

She loved reading and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney Lee, in 1994.

She is survived by two sons, Rodney L. MacDougall Jr. of Dover and Martin L. MacDougall of Frederica; three daughters, Sandy Knauer of Middletown, Cassie Rowley of Sandtown and Annette S. McClaine of Frederica; a brother, Herbie Reed of Hazlettville; and nine grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Bradford and Reed streets, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

 

Eleanora M. Simms, 83

FEDERALSBURG, Md. - Eleanora M. Simms of Federalsburg died Tuesday, April 7, 1998, in the Caroline Nursing Home, Denton. She was 83.

Mrs. Simms was born in Pinetown, near Harmony, Caroline County, daughter of the late Benjamin Haynes and Anna Truxon Haynes.

She was employed for a time with the Maryland Plastics, Federalsburg; did some domestic work and last worked as cafeteria manager with the former Caroline Poultry, Federalsburg.

Mrs. Simms was a member of the Zion U.M. Church, Federalsburg.

She was preceded in death by a son, James Shelton Simms, in 1991; four sisters, Rita Haynes, Ella Louise Prattis, Audrey Jones and Roberta Palmer; and two brothers, Dorsey Haynes and Benjamin Haynes Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Noble L.; four daughters, Shirley Woolford of Federalsburg, Barbara Stevens of Dover, Del., Sylvia Ross of Camden, Del., and Brenda Simms of Wilmington, Del.; five sons, Morris L. Simms Sr. of Wilmington, Claude Simms of Hurlock, Alonzo Simms of Apopka, Fla., Russell Simms of Seaford, Del., and Virgil Simms of Hurlock; two sisters, Bessie Ricketts and Emma Jones, both of Federalsburg; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; 71 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Zion U.M. Church, Federalsburg. The Rev. Vanessa Lee will officiate.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Frampton-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home, P.A., North Main Street, Federalsburg and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Beulah.

 

Brenda Barnes, 37

REHOBOTH - Brenda Barnes of Rehoboth died of heart failure Sunday, April 5, 1998, in the Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 37.

Ms. Barnes was born in Wilson, N.C.

She was employed as a domestic worker.

Ms. Barnes was a member of the Soul Saving Station, Rehoboth.

She is survived by a son, Tyquan Foster; two daughters, Letanya Foster of Wilson, N.C., and Cynthia Barnes of Coolspring; her mother, Ada M. Barnes of Rehoboth; four brothers, Jasper L. Barnes of Brooklyn N.Y., Tony Melvin of Wilson, N.C. Douglas Poole of Kinston, N.C., Douglas Simmons of N.C.; three sisters, Faye Woodard, Cheryl Barnes, and Cynthia Artis, all of Wilson; a maternal grandparent, Adeline Hardy of Lewes; two grandchildren; two aunts; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and uncles.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Philadelphia Pentecostal Church, Ellendale, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Lewes.

Arrangements by the Youngs Funeral Homes, North Street, Milford.

 

Melvin W. Kellenbenz, 70

RIDGELY, Md. - Melvin W. Kellenbenz of Ridgely died of heart failure Tuesday, April 7, 1998, in the Memorial Hospital, Easton. He was 70.

Mr. Kellenbenz was born in Annapolis, son of the late John Elmer and Lucinda Douglas Kellenbenz.

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

Mr. Kellenbenz retired as a supervisor at Southern Concrete, Annapolis.

He was a member of the VFW Post 5118, Easton.

He is survived by his wife, Anna H. Kellenbenz of Ridgely; three sons, George M. Kellenbenz of Annapolis, Roger A. Kellenbenz Sr. of Ridgely and J. Dana Kellenbenz of Denton; a daughter, Mary C. deSousa of Denton; a brother, Elmer C. Kellenbenz of Summerton, S.C.; two sisters, Bertha Crutchley of Annapolis, and Gloria Donaldson of Lothian; seven grandchildren; and a great grandchild.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., South Second Street, Denton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Maryland Eastern Shore Veterans' Cemetery, Beulah, near Hurlock, at a later date.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

 

Edward Joseph Paslawski, 73

MILLSBORO - Edward Joseph Paslawski of Millsboro, formerly of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, April 7, 1998. He was 73.

Mr. Paslawski was born in Philadelphia.

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

Mr. Paslawski was employed as a pressman with Container Corporation of America.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rose T.; two sons, Edward and Jim; a daughter, Eva Jefferies of Lewes; and five grandchildren.

Services will be private.

Arrangements by the Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck.

 

Betty Ann Seth Brown, 56

DENTON, Md. - Betty Ann Seth Brown of Denton died Monday, April 6, 1998, in the Memorial Hospital, Easton. She was 56.

Mrs. Brown was born in Denton, daughter of the late Sherman and Mildred Seth.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Helen Brown Edwards and Alan of Chester, Pa.; three sons, Alfred Maurice and Calvin Maurice, both of Denton, and Vincent Gregory of Atlanta; four grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth Seth and Leomia Dallam, both of Chester, Pa.; two brothers, Melvin Seth of Boothwyn, Pa. and Dallas Seth of Chester, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Angelina Thomas; a uncle; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service will be noon Saturday at the Union Bethel A.M.E. Church, Lincoln Street, Denton, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Spring Grove Cemetery, Denton.

Arrangements by the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.

 

William Howard Davidson, 77

OCEAN VIEW - William Howard Davidson of Ocean View died of cancer Tuesday, April 7, 1998, in his home. He was 77.

Mr. Davidson was born in Dagsboro, son of the late William B. and Helen Long Davidson.

He was employed as a poultry farmer and was owner and operator of a corn grinding and feed mill operation.

Mr. Davidson was a member of the St. George's U.M. Church, Clarksville.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth Marie Davidson; a son, Douglas O. Davidson of Lewes; a daughter, Gail A. Biddle of Glenn Dale, Md.; three sisters, Amelia Lynch and Margaret Morris, both of Dagsboro and Marian Quillen of Frankford; a brother, Eugene Davidson of Dagsboro; three grandsons; and a granddaughter.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate.

Burial will be in the St. George's Cemetery, Clarksville.

Flowers are acceptable.

 

Robert E. Beck, 79

REHOBOTH BEACH - Robert E. Beck of Rehoboth Beach died of chronic obstructive lung disease Sunday, April 5, 1998, in the Lewes Convelescent Center. He was 79.

Mr. Beck was born in Jersey City, N.J.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as staff sargent.

Mr. Beck was employed as a carpenter in New Jersey and as superintendent of construction in home building; as a stable manager in Basking Ridge, N.J., and was with the Sommerset County Park Commission for about 14 years.

He was a member of the N.J. Professional Horsemans Association.

He is survived by his wife, Helen J. of Rehoboth Beach.

Service will be 3 p.m. Monday at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.

 

Earl R. Fenton, 64

ANDOVER, Ohio - Earl R. Fenton of Andover, formerly of Wilmington, Del., died Wednesday, April 8, 1998, in his home. He was 64.

Mr. Fenton was born in Bloomfield, son of the late Thomas and Amelia Fenton.

He was an Army veteran in Germany during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Fenton was employed with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks for over seven years and with the Delaware State Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Parks for over 29 years, retiring in 1991.

He was a member of the First U.M. Church , Andover, and of the Fort Delaware Society, Wilmington, Del.

Mr. Fenton enjoyed fishing, gardening and nurturing all species of birds.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie E. Fenton of Andover; two daughters, Gail L. Cochoof of Bainbridge and Donna L. Neff of Quarryville, Pa.; a sister, Marguerite Pitzer of New Castle, Pa.; a half brother, Ronald Spate of Copperas Cove, Texas; a half sister, Jean Drivere of Middlesex, Pa.; two granddaughters, Katrina Cochoff of Bainbridge and Haley Neff of Quarryville, Pa.; and a grandson, Christopher Cochoff.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Baumgardner Funeral Home, Andover. The Rev. Jeffrey W. Stoll will officiate.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service.

 

Myrtle J. Harman, 94

MARYDEL - Myrtle J. Harman of Marydel died Wednesday, April 8, 1998, in her home. She was 94.

Mrs. Harman was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Almina E. Farrow.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Harman was a member of the Victory Chapter 15 Order of the Eastern Star, Dover, charter member of the Marydel Vol. Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, member of the Marydel Civic Club of the W.S.C.S., of the Calvary Methodist church and of the Homemaker Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, U. Lee Harman, in 1989; and a grandson, Eddie Harman, in 1978.

She is survived by her three sons and their wives, Edgar and Gerry Harman, Lee R. ''Dutch'' and Jean Harman, both of Marydel and Jason R. and Carolyn Harman of Dover; two sisters, Ella Ennis of Dover, Hilda Kerr of Milford; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Service will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Calvary Methodist Church, Marydel, Md., where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Arrangements by the Trader Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Robert T. 'Bob' Coffin, 64

SELBYVILLE - Robert T. ''Bob'' Coffin of Selbyville died Wednesday April 8, 1998, in his home. He was 64.

Mr. Coffin was born in Willards, Md., son of the late Calvin Joseph and Catherine Gordy Coffin.

He was an U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Coffin was employed as a manager of Selbyville Food Rite, Selbyville for over 30 years, retiring in 1996.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Selbyville; two sons, David B. of Lewes and Kenneth T. of Selbyville; a daughter, Patrcia Ann Sheppard of Selbyville; a brother, Frank E. of Willards, Md.; a sister, Rosalie C. Littleton of Gumboro; two grandsons, Michael and Matthew Coffin.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hastings Funeral Home, South Main Street, Selbyville, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Richard D. Lort will officiate. 

Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery, Willards, Md.

The family suggests contribtuions to the Delaware Hospice, 600 Dupont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.


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