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Robert Simmons, 76

REHOBOTH BEACH - Robert Simmons of Rehoboth Beach died at his residence Saturday, April 11, 1998. He was 76.

Mr. Simmons joined the 773rd Amphibious Tractor Battalion attached to the Army and served in the Pacific Theater of War in 1943.

He began his work at Electric Hose & Rubber Co. in Wilmington as a lab technician. He was foreman and department manager in steel mandrel braiding, loom hose and finishing areas and plastics division, flexible mandrel, lead press division and other areas of the plant. In 1972, he became plant manager of the first satellite plant for Electric Hose in Alliance, Neb. In 1979, he was transferred as plant manager to Dover, N.J., for Dayco Corp., and in 1981, became assistant to the vice president of manufacturing at their plant in Ocala, Fla., retiring in 1983. After retiring to Rehoboth Beach, he took part-time jobs at Delmarva Power & Light, Millsboro, and McDonald's in Rehoboth Beach, and the Rehoboth Beach Post Office.

Mr. Simmons was a lifetime member and 32nd Degree Mason with St. John's Lodge 2, AF & AM, New Castle; a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7447, Rehoboth Beach; a member of the American Legion Post 5, Rehoboth Beach; a member of the Newark Anglers Association, Newark; a member of the Board of Directors of Alliance National Bank, Alliance, Neb., and a city councilman of Alliance from 1974-1978; also, he was included in the 1977 Bicentennial Edition of Who's Who in Nebraska.

Mr. Simmons received numerous awards as a fisherman and knew every lake, pond and spillway in Delaware. He and his wife were advisers to the Senior Methodist Youth Fellowship at Asbury Methodist Church, Wilmington Manor, for many years. He was a director and counselor for Junior Achievement of Delaware and was a counselor for De Molay of St. John's Lodge in New Castle.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruth Lord Simmons; one daughter, Betty J. Simmons of New Castle; two sisters, Frances Leonhardt of Fond du Lac, Wis., and Jean Gawinski of Wilmington; and one brother, George Simmons of Lyndhurst, Ohio.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bethel United Methodist Church, West 4th Street, Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Masonic service will be at 1:45 p.m.

Burial will be private at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 N. Du pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947, or to the Tunnell Cancer Center, c/o Beebe Medical Center, Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.


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 Musetta and Karl Hausler of Felton and the late Charles R. Cox.

She was employed as a town clerk for the town of Felton, with the William Moore Insurance Agency, Felton, and most recently as 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, crocheting 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 Amarillo, 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 7-9 p.m. tonight. The Rev. Bruce Tribbitt of Manship Chapel will officiate.

Burial will be in the Barratt's Chapel Cemetery.

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


Doris Vivian Bemiller Talhelm, 77

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Doris Vivian Bemiller Talhelm of Greencastle died of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Greencastle, Sunday, April 12, 1998. She was 77.

Mrs. Talhelm was born in 1921, in Hanover, the daughter of the late Oscar Roy and Edith Edna Atland Bemiller.

She attended the Hanover schools.

Mrs. Talhelm was employed as a nursing assistant at the South Mountain Restoration Center, South Mountain, from 1971-1983, retiring in 1983, with 12 years of service. Prior to that, she was a homemaker.

She attended the Salem Ridge Mennonite Church of Greencastle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Talhelm, in 1981; a daughter, Marian L. Talhelm, in 1990; and two sisters, Billie M. Knouse in 1989, and Mary Helen Gordon in 1997.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara J. (Mrs. Marvin R.) Harsh of Greencastle, and Jill S. (Mrs. Jerry L.) Noll of Columbia, S.C.; five sons, Harold E. Talhelm Jr. of Chambersburg, Gerald E. Talhelm of Greencastle, John R. Talhelm of Chambersburg, Franklin W. Talhelm of Mercersburg and Gregory M. Talhelm of Chambersburg; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one stepgrandson; two sisters, Geraldine E. (Mrs. Robert) Flahart of Wilmington, Del., and Edith J. (Mrs. Clarence F.) Miller of Lancaster; and a number of nephews and nieces.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Salem Ridge Mennonite Church, 441 Pensinger Road, Greencastle, with pastor G. Joseph Martin officiating.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in the Miller-Grove Funeral Home, 521 South Washington Street, Greencastle. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.

The family requests the omission of flowers.


Dorothy Mae Bordley, 82

PHILADELPHIA - Dorothy Mae Bordley of Philadelphia died of natural causes Monday. April 13, 1998. She was 82.

Mrs. Bordley was born in 1916, in Marydel, Del., the daughter of the late William Norman and Harriet Roberts Williams.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bordley; and by twin daughters, Doris Elizabeth Williamson and Dorothy Mae Bordley.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Natalie Murphy of Philadelphia; three sons, John Wilmer Bordley of Marydel, Paul Leon Bordley of Philadelphia and James Richard Bordley of Dover, Del.; three sisters, Marian Thelma Durant of Dover and Elizabeth Doris Gowens and Myra Barnita Williams, both of Philadelphia; one brother, Donald Lycurtis Williams; nine grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Julian Hawkins Funeral Chapel, 5306 Haverford Avenue, West Philadelphia, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in White's Chapel Cemetery in Pennsylvania.


Thomas Andrew 'Ander' Wright, 83

DENTON, Md. - Thomas Andrew ''Ander'' Wright of Denton, died Thursday, April 9, 1998, in the Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Denton. He was 83.

Mr. Wright was born in Denton, the son of the late Charles and Lena Wright.

He was employed at Caroline County Public Works, at Caroline Poultry Plant and as a farm laborer, retiring from Saulsbury Brothers in Ridgely in 1977.

He is survived by a daughter; a son-in-law; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five nephews; two nieces; three brothers; one sister; one sister-in-law; and a devoted friend.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bells Chapel A.M.E. Church, Denton, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.


Robert Leroy Cameron, 82

DOVER - Robert Leroy Cameron of Dover, formerly of Marydel, died Tuesday April 14, 1998, in Westminster Village Health Care Center, Dover. He was 82.

Mr. Cameron was the son of the late Joseph W. Cameron Sr. and Rachel E. Rittenhouse Cameron.

He was a lifelong member of the Marydel Volunteer Fire Co. and a former member of the Delaware State Fire Police.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen B. Stade Cameron of Dover; a daughter, Susan Emily Wright of Shrewsbury, Mass.; four grandchildren, Bruce Wright, Janine Wright and Wesley Wright, all of Shrewsbury, and Leighanne Wright of Florida.

Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trader Funeral Home Inc., 12 Lotus Street, Dover, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Sandtown.


Kathryn R. Eveland, 88

HILLSBORO, Md. - Kathryn R. Eveland of Hillsboro died of heart failure Monday, April 13, 1998, in Caroline Nursing Home, Denton. She was 88.

Mrs. Eveland was born in Queenstown, the daughter of the late Daniel Webster Woolford and Mary Frances Briscoe Woolford.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Eveland was a member of the Caroline County Farm Bureau and their discussion groups and a member of the Hillsboro-Queen Anne United Methodist Church in Hillsboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Watkins Eveland, in 1987; a son, Donald Lee Eveland, in 1953; and a daughter, Mary E. Winstead, in 1994.

She is survived by one son, Jack Eveland of Cordova; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Hillsboro-Queen Anne Methodist Church, Hillsboro.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. at the Moore Funeral Home, 12 South Second Street, Denton.

Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Hillsboro.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 2233, Salisbury, MD 21802-2233.


George Franklin Brown III, 47

REHOBOTH BEACH - George Franklin Brown III of Rehoboth Beach died Saturday April 11, 1998, in his home. He was 47.

Mr. Brown was born in 1950 in Lewes, the son of the late George Franklin Brown Jr. and Sophie Kyle Brown.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Brown worked as a dredge operator for Chaney Enterprises, Waldorf, Md., for 8 years. He owned Brown's Seafood in Rehoboth Beach, a family business since 1979. He most recently worked for Hurley Lawn Services.

He is survived by one brother, Larry Brown of Wilmington, and one sister, Betty Roe of Bowie, Md.

Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be private.


Virgie M. Pinder, 80

WILMINGTON - Virgie M. Pinder of Wilmington, formerly of Bridgeville, died Sunday, April 12, 1998, in her home. She was 80.

Miss Pinder was a self-employed restaurant owner, first in the 600 block of North Madison Street and finally at 2400 N. Market Street.

She was a member of Mother of Faith Memorial Baptist Church and was president of the Missionary Board.

Miss Pinder enjoyed cooking and volunteering to feed the homeless.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary D. Hill, in 1990.

She is survived by two children, Lycurgus Bacon and Elzey Pinder, both of Wilmington; four brothers, Elwood Pinder of Bridgeville, Hansel Pinder of Houston, Douglas Pinder of Greenwood and Albert Pinder of Clearwater, Calif.; two sisters, Grethel Townsend and Millicent Cannon, both of Wilmington; nine grandchildren, Robert Pinder, Vondlear Jackson, Sharon Hill, Troy Hill, Tussia Hill, William Hill Jr., Lycurgus Hammond, Grant Bacon and Lycressa Bacon; and three sisters-in-law, Alberta Pinder of Greenwood, Mary Pinder of Bridgeville and Rose Pinder of Houston.

Service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Harriett Tubman United Methodist Church, 22nd & Market streets, Wilmington, where friends may call at the church from 4-7 p.m.

Burial will be in the Federal Hill Cemetery, Federalsburg, Md.


Thelma Louise Hartman King, 70

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Thelma Louise Hartman King of Alexandria died Saturday, April 11, 1998, in Alexandria Hospital. She was 70.

Mrs. King was born in 1927, in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late David J. Hartman and Eve Cloman.

She worked as an accountant with Jackson-Hewitt in Alexandria for several years, and retired in 1992.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Larmen King Jr., many years ago.

She is survived by four daughters, Iris Christine Lovelady of Springfield, Eve Michelle Ellison and Cindy Lou King, both of Washington, D.C., and Susan Marie King of Arlington; one brother, James Hartman of Laurel, Del.; and two grandchildren.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del.

Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Pilottown, Lewes.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y., or ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease Foundation.


William W. Larrimore Jr., 61

WOODINVILLE, Wash. - William W. Larrimore Jr. of Woodinville died Sunday, April 12, 1998. He was 61.

Mr. Larrimore was born in 1936 in the French Hospital in New York City.

He was raised in Delaware and graduated from Caesar Rodney High School in 1954.

Mr. Larrimore served in the U.S. Navy for four years and in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for 12 years. While in the Navy, he served aboard the U.S. Lexington.

He retired after 23 years from GTE, where he was a project manager for the Alderwood Mall in 1977.

Mr. Larrimore was an avid sportsman. He loved camping, hunting, fishing and scuba diving. He was a world traveler and enjoyed restoring classic cars.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three children, Holly Ann Osborn, William W. Larrimore III and James Hawk Larrimore; a sister, Sally Hammond of Dover, Del.; a brother, Joseph K. Larrimore of Milton, Del., with whom he shared many travel adventures; his former wife, Phyllis J. Larrimore of Oklahoma; seven stepchildren; 18 grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Evergreen Funeral Home Chapel, Everett.

Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 3876 Bridge Way N., No. 300, Seattle, WA 98103.

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