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Virginia Monroe Dennis, 78
DOVER - Virginia Monroe Dennis of Dover died Thursday, April 9, 1998 in Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 78.

Mrs. Dennis was born in 1919, in Huntington, W.V., daughter of the late Lee Monroe and Carrie Stokes Monroe.

She graduated from Hampton Institute, in Hampton, Va.; she earned a master's degree in physical education from New York University.

Mrs. Dennis was a longtime educator and civic leader. She began her career of teaching in Maryland at the then-Maryland State College in Princess Anne, Md. She taught physical education at the then-Delaware State College. She later taught at Central Middle School before retiring in 1981 from the Capital School District. In 1983, she was appointed Delaware State Elections Commissioner by Gov. Pete DuPont.

She was a member of the Kent General Hospital's Board of Directors; the University of Delaware's Board of Trustees; the Dover Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; the Archousae of the Beta Eta Boule' of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and many other charitable and civic organizations. She was an organizer of the Delaware contingent to the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, where the late Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his now famous, ''I Have a Dream'' speech.

She was preceded in death by her sister, LaVerna Monroe Mitchell.

She is survived by her husband, Edward S. Dennis Sr., M.D.; four children, Edward S.G. Dennis Jr., Esq., of Media, Pa., Carolee Dennis Simmons of Silverspring, Md., James I. Dennis of Dover, Lee M. Dennis, M.D., of Dover; four grandchildren, Jole' Simmons, Edward Brookfield Dennis, Tiffany Dennis and Timothy Dennis; one niece, Lynne Mitchell Heaggans; one nephew, William Horatio Jones III; one son-in-law, Earl F. Simmons; two daughters-in-law, Lois J.Y. Dennis and Janette Dennis, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Whatcoat United Methodist Church, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Friends may also call from 6-7 p.m. today at the church.

Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

Flowers are acceptable. Those individuals who want to make a charitable gift may contribute to the Ed and Virginia Dennis Scholarship Fund, Delaware State University, Dover, DE 19901.

 

Gertrude James, 67
MILFORD - Gertrude James of Milford died Friday, April 10, 1998, in the Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 67.

Miss James was born in Camden, Ala., daughter of the late Jessie James Sr. and Mary McCall James.

She attended Vreden Burgh Junior High School, Vreden Burgh, Ala.

Miss James was employed for approximately 25 years by Draper King Cole, Milton.

She was a member of the Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witness, Milford.

She is survived by a brother, Jessie James Jr. of Rockville Center, N.Y.; three sisters, Ora Lee Johnson of New Orleans, Idell Taylor of Mobile, Ala., and Dee Dee Coleman of Magnolia; and a host of relatives and friends.

Service and burial will be private.

Arrangements by the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Anna D. Hicks, 63
LEWES - Anna D. Hicks of Lewes died of heart failure Thursday, April 9, 1998, in the Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 63.

Mrs. Hicks was born in Philadelphia, to the late Mary Elizabeth Holden.

Shortly after birth, she moved to Millsboro, where she was raised by her grandparents - Beshore and Lenora Holden.

Mrs. Hicks was a loving and wonderful mother of four children.

She was employed many years as a substitute secretary for Bridgeville and Millsboro school districts and then with the Doxee Food Corp. in Lewes for 14 years. When Doxee closed, she enjoyed domestic life.

Mrs. Hicks and her husband ventured throughout the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico.

She was a member of the Burtons Chapel AME Church, Milton, the Golden Circle and a honorary member of Eastside Baptist Church, Tacoma, Wash.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Wellington ''Buddy'' O. Hicks Jr.; four children, Denise Hicks Barnes and Trudy M. Mifflin, both of Dover, Wellington O. Hicks III of Milton, and Charlene R. Moore of Hampton, Va.; three sons-in-law, Carl T. Barnes, Brian T. Mifflin and William Moore; a mother-in-law, Georgie G. Hicks; eight grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Slaughter Neck.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at Youngs Funeral Homes, Milford.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.

 

Alfred E. Anderson, 65
DOVER - Alfred E. Anderson of Dover died of an apparent heart attack, Thursday April 9, 1998, in the Kent General Hospital. He was 65.

Mr. Anderson was born in Taylors Bridge, the son of the late Alfred and Catherine Anderson.

He retired in 1989 from Civil Service after 37 years of service in the Department of the Air Force at Dover Air Force Base, where he was an electronics engineering technician specializing in advanced radar and navigational computer systems.

Mr. Anderson was a Korean War veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1949-52.

He was an avid reader and his main hobby was cabinetmaking.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ann Anderson of Dover; a daughter, Kelly C. Anderson of Groton, Conn.; two sons, Scott E. of Bear and Kent B. of Rehoboth Beach; one sister, Thelma McGinnis of Dover; one granddaughter.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Townsend Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901 or to the American Heart Association, 1096 Old Churchmans Road, Newark, DE 19713.

 

Sarah Miley 'Sally' McMahon, 85
FREDERICA - Sarah Miley ''Sally'' McMahon of Frederica died Friday April 10, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 85.

Mrs. McMahon was born in Chester, Pa., the daughter of the late Samuel and Mabel Carpenter Miley.

She worked as a waitress at the Welsh Restaurant and Laura's Restaurant in Chester; then came to Dover to work in the food department at Scott Paper. She retired 23 years ago, in 1975.

Mrs. McMahon was blessed with good neighbors and many wonderful friends during her retirement, and in her spare time, she enjoyed playing cards and reading.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Clarence M. McMahon Sr. in 1995.

She is survived by one son, Clarence M. McMahon Jr of Kirkwood, Pa.; two daughters, Patricia DiCave of Brookhaven, Pa., and Maureen Cresta of West Chester, Pa.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Service will be noon Wednesday at the Trader Funerel Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Delaware Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Chesapeake City Road, Bear.

 

Emma E. Coverdale, 90
MILFORD - Emma E. Coverdale of Milford and Fort Myers Fla. died of a heart attack Friday April 10, 1998, in Atlantic General Hospital, in Berlin, Md. She was 90.

Mrs. Coverdale worked for many years at the L.D. Caulk Co. in Milford, and later for W.T. Grant Co. in Milford until it closed in 1966.

She was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Milford, and a member of the Milford Senior Center.

Mrs. Coverdale enjoyed spending winters in Ft. Myers, Fla., since 1956.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Coverdale in 1976.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James E. and Lynn L. Coverdale of Lakeland, Fla., and Charles R. and Rosemary T. Coverdale of Milford; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchldren.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Seabury Avenue and School Place, Milford.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave., Milford.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the St. John's Building Fund, Seabury Avenue and School Place, Milford, DE 19963.

 

Rebecca Blades Chambers, 77
CENTREVILLE, Md. - Rebecca Blades Chambers of Centreville died Friday April 10, 1998, in the Kent/Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown. She was 77.

Mrs. Chambers was born in 1920, in Preston, the daughter of the late Elmer Baird and Mamie Trice Blades.

She graduated from Preston High School and went on to the secretary school at Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington, Del.

Mrs. Chambers began working at Marvel Package Co., Laurel, Del., as a secretary. She later returned to Preston to care for her mother and began working with Luke & Amota Brokerage as a secretary. After she married, she later began working with Queen Anne's County as an administrative assistant with the Department of Elections. She was later transferred to Agriculture Extension Service, then to the County Roads Board. She retired from the Queen Anne's County Public Library in Centreville in 1983.

She was a member of the Centreville United Methodist Church, Senior Women's Club of Centreville, ''Tuesday Girls'', and American Legion Jeff Davis Post 18 Ladies Auxilary.

She was preceded in death by a son, Carlton Douglas (C.D.) in 1969.

She is survived by her husband, Marion H. Chambers of Centreville; two daughters, Rebecca Jane Crouch of Warrenton, Va., and Carol C. Rowley of Uncasville, Conn.; a sister, Henrietta Blades Eaton of Denton; four grandchildren, David Rowley of LaJolla, Calif., Jennifer Harring of Virginia Beach, Va., Caroline Crouch of Roanoke, Va., and Emily Crouch of The Woodlands, Texas; and one great-grandson, Vince Harring.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Centreville United Methodist Church, Centreville.

Burial will be in Chesterfield Cemetery, Centreville.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road, Centreville, MD 21617.
 

Marian S. Spencer, 80

LEWES - Marian S. Spencer of Lewes, and also of Milton, died Friday, April 10, 1998, in the Lewes Convalescent Center. She was 80.

Mrs. Spencer was born in Georgetown, daughter of the late Grover and Madalyn Sammons.

She was employed as a nurse assistant with the Wilmington General Hospital in 1962, until she became ill. She was also a homemaker.

Mrs. Spencer's wish was to see her great-grandchildren and granddaughter graduate from college to become a nurse, which was accomplished before her passing.

She was preceded in death by, in addition to her parents, her husband, Lloyd C. Spencer, and a grandson, John Allen.

She is survived by two sons, Robert L. Spencer of Wilmington and Steven D. Spencer of Oak Orchard; four daughters, Elizabeth A. Jenicki of Wilmington, Evelyn M. Spencer of Milton, Linda E. Spencer of Rock Hall, Md., and Janice L. Spencer of Lewes; three sisters, Esther Scaggs of Dover, and Marjie Pettit and Dorothy Sammons, both of Georgetown; two granddaughters, Michelle Price of Oxford, Pa., and Buffy Janicki of Wilmington; a grandson, Vincent McCrackin of Felton; a great-grandson, Vincent McCrackin Jr. of Felton; three great-granddaughters, Kalee Figurelli of Jacksonville, Fla., and Christina Price and Taylor Price, both of Oxford, Pa.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Kings Highway, Lewes. The Rev. Randy Booth will officiate.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Bethel U.M. Cemetery, Lewes.

The family suggests contributions may be made to the Wishing Well Center, in honor of Vincent McCrackin Jr., 885-C S. Governors Ave., Dover, DE 19901.

 

Frederick Booth Borden, 80

KENNEDYVILLE, Md. - Frederick Booth Borden, a 47-year resident of Kentmore Park, Kennedyville, died Friday, April 10, 1998, in his home. He was 80.

Mr. Borden was born in Swarthmore, Pa., son of the late Howard and Amanda Jones Borden.

In 1948 he opened and operated Borden-Van-Alen, Inc., a home heating and air conditioning firm in Morton, Pa., which he operated until retirement in 1973.

Mr. Borden was a charter member of the Swarthmore Volunteer Fire Co., Knights of Pythias, in Morton, a member of the Kentmore Park Improvement Association, a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and an assistant for Galena Boy Scout Troop No. 253.

He enjoyed boating, community activities and home improvements.

He was preceded in death by a son, Charles R. Borden, and two grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth Stauffer Borden, a son, Frederick S. Borden of Ridley Township, Pa.; a daughter, Sandra J. Moore of Laurel Springs, N.J.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, 118 W. Cross St., Galena, Md. The Rev. Thomas Engelke of the Kennedyville U.M. Church will officiate.

The family suggests contributions may be made, in his memory, to the Kent Hospice Foundation, Inc., 118 Lynchburg St., Chestertown, MD 21620 or to the Kennedyville Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 98, Kennedyville, MD 21645.

 

Lucille Phillips, 81

BRIDGEVILLE - Lucille Phillips of Bridgeville died Thursday, April 9, 1998, in the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. She was 81.

Ms. Phillips was born in Jones County, N.C., daughter of the late Clyde E. Phillips and Bernice Newbern.

She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, where she served on the Mother Board, was president of the senior choir, was a pastor's aide, a past member of the Kitchen Committee and a member of the Seven Sisters, where she served faithfully until her health failed.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Phillips.

She is survived by three sons, Ernest Tillman of Landover, Md., and Clyde Parker and Larry Parker, both of Bridgeville; three daughters, Christine Wright and Selena Spencer, both of Milwaukee, Wis., and Bernette Evans of Bridgeville; a daughter-in-law, Lila Tillman of Landover, Md.; a son-in-law, the Rev. Woodrow Evans of Bridgeville; three brothers, Nate Phillips and Leo Phillips, both of Kingston, N.C., and Troy Phillips of Bridgeville; two sisters-in-law, Gloria Phillips of Bridgeville and Dora Lee Phillips of Washington, D.C.; a brother-in-law, Neil Robinson of Kingston, N.C.; a sister, Margaret Robinson of Kingston, N.C.; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Olive Baptist Church, First Street, Bridgeville.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Burial will be in the Middleford Cemetery, Seaford.

Arrangements by the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Ethel Mae Weal, 65

BRIDGEVILLE - Ethel Mae Weal of Bridgeville died of liver disease Friday, April 10, 1998, in the Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 65.

Mrs. Weal was born in Milford, daughter of the late Willie and Hattie Teagle.

She was employed with H. P. Cannon, Bridgeville.

Mrs. Weal was a member of the Williams Chapel Holiness Church, Bridgeville, where she served as an evangelist, usher, steward, senior and mass choir member, pastor's aide and on the missionary board.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert S. Weal Sr., in 1992, a brother, William Teagle, and a sister, Fannie Teagle.

She is survived by four sons, Henry Teagle of Scranton, Pa., Robert Teagle Sr. of Buffalo, N.Y., John Teagle of Bridgeville and Kevin Teagle Sr. of Queens, N.Y.; two daughters, Alberta Smith of Bridgeville and Laverne Weal of Greenwood; three stepsons, Albert Weal Jr. of Laurel, Md., James Weal of Painter, Va., and Timothy Weal of Bridgeville; two stepdaughters, Joyce Weal of Virginia Beach, Va., and Mary Jane Brummell of Bridgeville; 32 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at the Williams Chapel Holiness Church, North Camden Street, Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Charles W. Smith will officiate.

Burial will be in the Middleford Cemetery, Middleford.

Arrangements by the Lewis N. Watson Funeral Home, Salisbury.

 

Martha Libis Hitchens, 68

LEWES - Martha Libis Hitchens of Lewes died Friday, April 10, 1998, in the Lewes Convalescent Center. She was 68.

Mrs. Hitchens was born in Painter, Va., daughter of the late Harold and Pearl Virginia Libis.

She was a graduate of Western Maryland College with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology.

Mrs. Hitchens was employed as a social worker with the state of Delaware Division of Social Services for 31 years, retiring in 1992. She was awarded Employee of the Year in 1990 by the state of Delaware.

She was chairperson of the Mission Task Force at Epworth United Methodist Church, overseeing 19 local projects; a board member of the Epilepsy Association of Delaware and she was a committee person for LEND A HAND.

Mrs. Hitchens was highly respected both in her church and professional field.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston W. Hitchens Sr., in 1978.

She is survived by two daughters, Katherine E. Hitchens, at home, and Ruth Ann Donges and grandson, Christopher, both of Lewes; a son, Preston W. Hitchens Jr. of Marlton, N.J.; a sister, Ellen Libis of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Claude Libis of Baltimore, Md.; a nephew, Kenny Libis of Westminster, Md.; and two nieces, Claudia Libis of Deerfield, N. H., and Louise Jarvis of R.I., and a host of friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Epworth U.M. Church, Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Kings Highway, Lewes.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milton.

The family suggests contributions may be made to the Epworth U.M. Church, Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.

 

Martha J. McCabe, 96

GEORGETOWN - Martha J. McCabe of Georgetown died from complications of a stroke, Sunday, April 12, 1998, in the Lewes Convalescent Center. She was 96.

Mrs. McCabe was born in Chatham, N.Y., daughter of the late George and Mollie Schufelt Wharton.

She was employed as an assistant manager of both the Georgetown and Milton Silco Stores and later operated a grocery store in Georgetown, retiring in the early 1960s.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest Hall, in 1927, and her second husband, Horace McKinley McCabe, in 1968.

She is survived by a son, Horace M. McCabe Jr. of Seaford; two daughters, Marian E. Phillips of Georgetown and Helen H. Maddox of Lewes; two sisters, Frances Dukes of Georgetown and Amy Shockley of Salisbury, Md.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-granchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Watson Funeral Home, Washington Street, Millsboro, where friends may call two hours prior to the service. The Rev. James Laugrall will officiate.

Burial will be in the Parsons Cemetery, Salisbury, Md.

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