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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. Janicki of Wilmington, Evelyn M. Spencer of Milton, Linda E. Hickman of Rock Hall, Md., and Janice L. Spencer of Lewes; three sisters, Esther Scaggs of Dover, and Marjorie Pettit and Dorothy Sammons, both of Georgetown; two granddaughters, Michelle Price of Oxford, Pa., and Buffy Janicki of Wilmington; two grandsons, Vincent McCrackin of Felton and Anthony Figurelli III of Florida; 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. today 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.

 

Ann Layton Newton Mears, 64
SEAFORD - Ann Layton Newton Mears of Seaford died of cancer Monday, April 13, 1998, in her home. She was 64.

Mrs. Mears was born in Bridgeville, daughter of the late William J. and Ella Virginia Layton Newton.

She was a graduate of Goldey Beacom College, Wilmington.

Mrs. Mears was employed as a secretary with the Seaford School District for 21 years, retiring in 1991.

She was a member of St. John's U.M. Church.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Jack E. Mears; two daughters, Laura M. Sears and Jinny M. Bird, both of Seaford; and three grandchildren, Angela Monaco, Brian Bird and Jessica Bird.

Memorial service will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the St. John's U.M. Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford. The Rev. Kari K. Jones will officiate.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.

The family suggests contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 91 Rivers End Drive, Seaford, DE 19973.

Arrangements by the Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Inc., Front & King streets, Seaford.

 

John Wesley Banks Jr., 80
EAST NEW MARKET, Md. - John Wesley Banks Jr. of East New Market died Friday, April 10, 1998, in his home. He was 80.

Mr. Banks was born in Secretary, son of the late John Wesley Banks Sr. and Martha Wilson Banks.

He attended school in Dorchester County.

Mr. Banks was employed with the Phillips Packing Company, Cambridge, for 10 years; thereafter, he purchased land and began farming in the summer and fall and during the winter he worked as a waterman. After retiring as a waterman, he and his wife continued to farm until their death.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Emily Frazier Banks, last year; two brothers, Charles Banks and Leonard Banks; four sisters, Daisy Stewart, Margaret ''Maggie'' Frazier, Lillie Fisher and Mary Banks Slacum.

He is survived by four daughters, Margaret Linthicum of Washington, D.C., Rosemary Banks of Forestville, Brenda Ransom of LaPlata and Martha Teresa Banks Travers of East New Market; a stepdaughter, Lorraine Frazier Adams of Preston; three brothers, Wallace Banks of Pennsylvania, George Banks of Cambridge, and James Banks of Spanaway, Wash.; a half-brother, Thomas Jolley of Hurlock; three sisters, Lucy LaVere of Pennsylvania, Mabel Paige of Pennsylvania and Rose Lee Wilson of Dover, Del.; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; several nephews, nieces, and cousins; a granddaughter, Michelle Banks, whom he raised; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and a host of friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Zion U.M. Church, East New Market, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Burial will be in the East New Market Cemetery.

Arrangements by the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Hurlock.

 

Ethel W. Ackerman, 97
MILFORD - Ethel W. Ackerman of Milford, died Sunday, April 12, 1998, in the Milford Center. She was 97.

Mrs. Ackerman was employed as a secretary with L. D. Caulk Company, Milford, and then with T. C. Collins Insurance, Milford, for several years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William H., in 1983.

No immediate survivors.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 1998 in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.

Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 611 Forest St., Dover, DE 19904.

Arrangements by the Rogers Funeral Home, Lakeview Avenue, Milford.

 

Edith Mae Pringle, 78
MILFORD - Edith Mae Pringle of Milford died of heart failure Sunday, April 12, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 78.

Mrs. Pringle was born in Latrobe, Pa.

She was employed as a supervisor of central supply services with Milford Memorial Hospital for 18 years, retiring in 1981.

Mrs. Pringle enjoyed doing crafts and giving them to friends and making candies and selling them as ''Chocolates by Pringle.''

She was a dedicated member of the Cornerstone Church of the Assemblies of God, Milford.

Mrs. Pringle was a devoted mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Roy, in 1975.

She is survived by two daughters, Joanna M. Davis of Milford and Delores J. ''Dee'' Walls and her husband, Ed, with whom she lived since 1994; a grandson, Scott Walls of Milford; and a granddaughter, Meghan Dougherty of Frederick, Md.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Cornerstone Church of the Assemblies of God, South Walnut Street, Milford.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the Cornerstone Church Building Fund.

Arrangements by the Lofland Funeral Home, Lakeview Avenue, Milford.

 

Mildred P. Naudain, 90
CLAYTON - Mildred P. Naudain of Clayton died of heart failure Friday, April 10, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 90.

Mrs. Naudain was born in Denton, Md., daughter of the late T. Wilton and Sadie C.Porter.

She was a graduate of Goldey Beacom College.

Mrs. Naudain was employed with the YWCA, Wilmington, with the Fred Klair Sheriff's Office, Wilmington, as a secretary with Holloway Brothers Tools, Hockessin & Wilmington, and was a homemaker of the family farm, Little Baltimore, Newark.

She was a member of the Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church for 60-70 years, where she sang in the choir; of the Harmony Grange of Wilmington, where she wrote, directed and sang in their minstrel shows for seven years; of the Pamona Grange of New Castle; of the Delaware State Grange; of the National Grange, where she was past delegate and held most of the offices; of the D.A.R.; of the Waverley Club of Hockessin; she sang in the Lions Club Hockessin/Yorklyn minstrel shows and also wrote and directed a rose drill for the Delaware State Grange which was adopted by the National Grange and is used all over the country today.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William H.

She is survived by a son, William W. Naudain of Clayton; a brother, Richard Porter of Newport Richie, Fla.; four sisters, Mabel Narvel of Wilmington, Rachel Rambo of New Castle, Vivian Ball of Hockessin and Twila Parker of Painesville, Ohio; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, where friends may call an hour and a half prior to the service. The Rev. Pat Singleton will officiate.

Burial will be in the Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Wilmington.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, c/o Robert T. Jones and the Foard Funeral Home, 122 W. Main St., Newark, DE 19711.

Arrangements by the Robert T. Jones and Foard Funeral Home, West Main Street, Newark.

 

Clayton W. ''Pop'' Foley Sr., 76
GALENA, Md. - Clayton W. ''Pop'' Foley Sr. of Galena died of heart failure Sunday, April 12, 1998, in his home. He was 76.

Mr. Foley was born in Hartford, Conn., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Foley.

He was a Navy veteran during World War II and served aboard the USS Alabama from 1944-1945 and then on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945, receiving an honorable discharge.

Mr. Foley was employed in construction for 45 years, beginning when he was 15. After retiring from construction, he was employed as a security guard for five years, retiring in 1985.

He moved to Kent County in 1985, where he resided with his family for the past 12 years.

Mr. Foley was a lifelong member of the Millington V.F.W. Post 652.

He was an avid fisherman, while in Florida he fished the ocean and in Kent County fished the rivers and the bay.

Mr. Foley was family oriented and loved to be around his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Etta Hilton Foley.

He is survived by a daughter, Ilma ''Marge'' Browning of Galena; two sons, Jimmy Foley of Alaska and Donnie Foley of New York; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, Cypress Street, Millington, where family and friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, Kent County Unit, P.O. Box 711, Chestertown, MD 21620 or to the charity of your choice.

 

Patricia L. Rawding, 54
FELTON - Patricia L. Rawding of Felton died of cancer Sunday, April 12, 1998, in her home. She was 54.

Mrs. Rawding was born in Dover, daughter of the late Charles R. Cox and Musetta and Karl Hausler of Felton.

She was employed as a town clerk for the town of Felton, with the William Moore Insurance Agency, Felton, and most recently was a desk clerk for Comfort Inn.

Mrs. Rawding was a member of the Felton High School Alumni.

She enjoyed playing cards, going camping and canoeing, crochet and needlepoint and was especially fond of working in her flower garden, tending to her yellow roses and lilacs.

She was preceded in death by a stepsister, Suzanne Kovatch.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, George Rawding Jr.; three daughters, Dianne M. Rager of Frederica, Annette L. Rose of Seaford and Roni L. Rawding of Earleville, Md.; a brother, Charles R. Cox of Milford; three sisters, Jan Mitchell of Milford, Shirley Brewington of Amirillo, Texas and Barlynn Boone of Viola; a stepsister, Karlene Noble of Pensacola, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Tereasa, Eric, Keith and Josh.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Melvin Funeral Home, South Du Pont Highway, Harrington, where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Bruce Tribbitt of Manship U.M. Church will officiate.

Burial will be in the Barratts Chapel Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reeds Way, New Castle, DE 19720 or to the Delaware Hospice.

 

Denny Taylor, 94
GREENSBORO, Md. - Denny Taylor of Greensboro died from natural causes Monday, April 13, 1998, in the Caroline Nursing Home, Denton. He was 94.

Mr. Taylor was born in Henderson, son of the late Theodore and Florence Stockley Taylor.

He owned and operated several service stations, the Greensboro area, operated a used car dealership, operated a feed store, Greensboro and a Purina Feed store, Harrington, and also operated a taxi service in Greensboro.

Mr. Taylor was a former mayor of Greensboro.

He was a member of the Greensboro Lions Club and served as a Democratic Central Committee delegate.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Myrtle Hickman Taylor, in 1976, and his second wife, Ann Viola Taylor, in 1998.

He is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Kemp-Bespitch and Deanna Wyatt, both of Greensboro, and Betty Taylor Wheatley of Largo, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Phyliss Towers and Fran Baynard, both of Denton; a brother, Roland Taylor of Greensboro; four grandchildren; and five great-granchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fleegle-Helfenbein Funeral Home, Sunset Avenue, Greensboro, where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Burial will be in the Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.

The family suggests contributions may be made to the Caroline Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 362, Denton, MD 21629.

 

Catherine Edna Miller Grampp, 79
DOVER - Catherine Edna Miller Grampp of Dover died Monday, April 13, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 79.

Mrs. Grampp was a housewife and a partner in the family farm for most of her life.

She lived in Luther Towers, from its opening in 1981 until last August, when she moved to Capitol Nursing Home, Dover.

Mrs. Grampp was a dedicated 4-H leader for more than 15 years, a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church, serving as president of the Ladies Aide Society, was active in the PTA at East Dover Elementary School and served as leader of the Homeroom Mothers, and was active with the Republican Party for many years.

She enjoyed serving as a hostess in the Governor's Mansion during the Peterson administration.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Chris, in 1972; a brother, Gilbert Miller; and two sisters, Violet Warren and Mary Mende.

She is survived by three sons, C. Fred Grampp and his wife, Karen of Austin, Texas, John M. Grampp of Kitts Hummock and George C. Grampp and his wife, Patricia of Spotsylvania, Va.; two daughters, Helen Van Blarcom and her husband, David of Midland Park, N.J., and Mary Brown and her husband, Richard, of Dover; two sisters, Jane Stinchcomb of Severn, Md., and Helen Poole of Zephyrhills, Fla.; four brothers, Melvin Miller of Denton, Md., John Miller of Evergreen, Ala., George Miller of Baltimore, Md., and Charles Miller of Linthicum, Md.; seven grandchildren, Kristen Flipse, Heidi Grampp, Kathy Hatt, Andrew Van Blarcom, Susan Van Blarcom, Erin Grampp, and Meredith Brown; and three great-grandchildren, Megan Flipse, Ryan Flipse, and Skylar Van Blarcom.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 1998, at the St. John's Lutheran Church.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church, Dover, DE or to the Peace Lutheran Church, Smyrna, DE or to the Kent County 4-H Cooperative Extension Service.

Arrangements by the Trader Funeral Home, Dover.

 

William Thomas Simpler, 72
MILTON - William Thomas Simpler of Milton died of acute respiratory distress syndrome Sunday, April 12, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. He was 72.

Mr. Simpler was born in Delmar, Md.

He was employed as a lineman and serviceman with the Delmarva Power Company for 20 years, retiring in 1977.

Mr. Simpler was a 32 degree Mason and past Master of Jefferson Lodge No. 15, Lewes, was a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Response Team, and of the Delaware Bee Keepers Association, Sussex County.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary Jane of Milton; five sons, Michael D. Simpler of Milton, William F.A. ''Andy'' Simpler of Rehoboth Beach, Frank Secksinski of Bethany Beach; Thomas I. Simpler of New Castle and James E. Simpler of Felton; three daughters, Ethel S. Davidson of Felton, Deborah S. Priddy of Rehoboth Beach and Lora S. Wagner of Milton; a sister, Mary E. Spicer of Laurel; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Sunday.

Memorial reception at the Rehoboth Beach Fire Hall, Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach.

Burial is private.

The family suggests contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, 1973 Bay Road, Milford, DE or to the Rehoboth Little League, P.O. Box 909, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.

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

 

James Henry Ryan, 85
LAUREL - James Henry Ryan of Laurel died of congestive heart failure Sunday, April 12, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 85.

Mr. Ryan was born in Laurel, son of the late John King and Bessie Noise Ryan.

He was self-employed as a general laborer, retiring in 1993.

He is survived by a brother, Johnny Lee Ryan of Laurel; three sisters, Elizabeth Davidson of Laurel, Sally A. Drenning of Three Springs, Pa., and Rose Gladen of Frederica.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. James Langrall will officiate.

Burial will be in the Blades Cemetery, Blades.

 

Lester Ray Brown, 90
LEWES - Lester Ray Brown of Lewes, formerly of Pilot Mountain, N.C., died of an extended illness Monday, April 13, 1998, in the Harbor Health Care, Lewes. He was 90.

Mr. Brown was born in Pilot Mountain, N.C., son of the late Samuel B. and Mary Venable Brown.

He was a pioneer in the poultry industry in America.

Mr. Brown was elected to the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame by the Poultry Federation of North Carolina State University, was a long-time director and vice president of the Bank of Pilot Mountain and also was a charter member of the Pilot Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Kay Bunn Brown.

He is survived by a son, Samuel Ray Brown of Rehoboth Beach; and a special nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Shelton Jr. of North Wilksboro, N.C.

Service will be 9 a.m. today at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed and Bradford streets, Dover. The Rev. Robert McKim will officiate.

Friends may call one hour prior to the graveside services at the Cox-Needham Funeral Home, Pilot Mountain.

Graveside service will be Wednesday in the Pilot Mountain Cemetery, Pilot Mountain, N.C. The Rev. F. Eugene Sherrill, former business associate, Charles R. Fulton and John Dalton will all officiate.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Pilot Mountain Volunteer Fire Department or to your local volunteer fire department.

 

Joseph C. Walker III, 66
REHOBOTH BEACH - Joseph C. Walker III of Rehoboth Beach died of heart failure Saturday, April 11, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 66.

Mr. Walker was born in Ocean View, son of the late Joseph C. Walker II and Lillian Cannon Walker.

He was a veteran for over 29 years with the U.S. Coast Guard, where he was a master chief boatswain's mate.

He is survived by his wife, Betty McComrick; a son, Lt. Anthony E. Walker of Stafford, Va.; a daughter, Lisa Walker Vaughan of Millsboro; a brother, Wayne D. Walker of Millsboro; a sister, Barbara Ewing of Rehoboth Beach; and five grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Georgetown Church of God, Primary Street, Georgetown, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Chesapeake City Road, near Summit.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the Georgetown Church of God, 201 Primary St., Georgetown.

Arrangements by the Melson Funeral Services.

 

Glenn P. Morris, 41
SUISUN CITY, Calif. - Glenn P. Morris of Suisun City died Tuesday, April 7, 1998, in Kaiser Hospital, San Francisco. He was 41.

Mr. Morris was born in Selbyville, Del., son of Charles and Harriet Morris of Selbyville.

He served in the U.S. Marines.

Mr. Morris was employed as a stationary engineer with the county of Solano for eight years.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie of Suisun; a daughter, Amanda Morris of Suisun; a son, Ryan Morris of Suisun; two brothers, Charles Morris Jr. of Pocomoke, Md., and Michael Morris of Lewes, Del.; and a granddaughter, Aiyana Morris of Fairfield.

Service with military honors will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Rockville Chapel, Suisun Valley Road, Suisun. A U.S. Marine chaplain will officiate.

Burial will be in the Rockville Cemetery.

Arrangements by the Fairfield Funeral Home, Pennsylvania Avenue, Fairfield, Calif.

 

Knox twins sons
REHOBOTH BEACH - The Knox twin sons of Rehoboth Beach died Friday, April 10, 1998, in the Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.

They were born to Robert and Angelita Knox.

They are survived by their parents of Rehoboth Beach; two brothers, Malik Jarvis at home; and R'Moni Knox of Dover; maternal grandparents, Doris and Aubrey Jarvis of Dover; paternal grandparents, Juanita and Andrew Knox of Harbeson.

Burial will be private.

Arrangements by the Miller Funeral Service, Millsboro.


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