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George P. Durney, 74
DOVER - George P. Durney of Dover died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, in a boating accident on Silver Lake. He was 74.
Mr. Durney was born in 1923 in Union City, N.J., the son of the late Mary B. Biter and Francis P. Durney. His stepfather was the late Edward D. Biter Sr.
He was a graduate of Dover High School, class of 1941, and immediately entered the U.S. Army Air Forces as a pilot. He flew tours in P-39 fighters and B-17 bombers. He was shot down by enemy aircraft over Austria on Feb.24, 1944, and was a POW for 14 months. He received several decorations for his service, including the Purple Heart.
After World War II, he worked with his stepfather at the Biter family car dealership in Dover. For a brief period, he crop-dusted in California, where he also took college courses.
In 1957, he began his 36-year career at ILC, Dover. During this time, he was a key designer of the Apollo space suits, and eventually became affectionately known as ''father of the space suit.'' He was also the product manager of the Inflatable Products Division of ILC, and then became ILC's chief engineer.
In 1993, he was awarded NASA's prestigious Silver Snoopy Award. In 1994, he received the NASA Public Service Award for excellent contributions to the NASA mission.
Mr. Durney's hobbies included golf, fishing and radio-controlled model airplane construction and flying, and was a member of Kent Aeromodelers Association. He was past president of the East Coast Soaring Society and the National Soaring Society. He was an accomplished woodworking craftsman.
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Dover and served two terms on the church vestry.
He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Anne Craver of Pennsylvania.
His is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lucy Durney of Dover; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Rebecca Durney of Dover; daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and James Cronin of Townsend; two brothers, Edward D. Bite, Jr. of Dover and Cleon J. Biter of Colorado; a sister, Isabel Gonya of Pennsylvania; and four grandchildren, Alyssa and Catherine Durney and Patrick and Shane Cronin.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church, State and Water streets, Dover, where friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Christ Episcopal Church cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contribution can be made to the George P. Durney Memorial Fund at Christ Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 1374, Dover, DE 19903.
Arrangements are by Trader Funeral Home, Dover.
Bernice ''Angel'' Lamb-Nelson, 57
DOVER - Bernice ''Angel'' Lamb-Nelson, formerly of Dover, died Tuesday, April 14, 1998, in New York. She was 57.
Mrs. Lamb-Nelson was born Jan. 31, 1941, in Magnolia, the daughter of Mrs. Ethel Moore and Mr. Charles Petit.
She received her early-childhood education at Booker T. Washington School and graduated from William Henry Comprehensive High School in Dover.
She moved to New York in 1960 and remained there until her death.
She is survived by her mother, Ethel Moore of Dover; a daughter, Sonsera Alford of Yonkers, N.Y.; four sisters, Louise Reed and Dorothy Handy, both of Parksley, Va., and Violet Blackman and Elizabeth Petit, both of Baltimore; three brothers, Leroy Robinson of Newark, N.J., Charles Lamb of Dover and Robert Lamb of Chesapeake, Va.; loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Burial will be in Sharon Hill Memorial Park, Dover.
Lisa Carol Goodnight, 40
SEDALIA, Mo. - Lisa Carol Goodnight of Sedalia, formerly of Dover, Del., died of cancer Sunday, April 19, 1998, in her home. She was 40.
Mrs. Goodnight was born in Woodstock, Va., the daughter of the late Vermont and Dorothy Kelly.
She graduated from Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Del.
Mrs. Goodnight enjoyed reading, traveling and music. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending quality time with her children and grandchildren. Ms.Goodnight frequently visited her family in Dover and Virginia.
She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Ricky D. Goodnight.
She is survived by her husband, Carl David Goodnight of Dover; two daughters, Amanda Hill and Christina Goodnight, both of Sedalia; three grandchildren, Cheyenne, Cherokee and Raven of Sedalia; one brother, Jerry Kelly of Dover; two sisters; Joyce Ridgley of Edinburg, Va., and Bobby Costello of Dover; four nephews, Christopher Gearhart, Jason Goodnight, Michael L. Costello and Michael Ruff of Dover; and in-laws, Lavern and Al Brown of Dover, Carl Goodnight of Dover, Mr. and Mrs. Diane Ruff of Felton, Del., and Linda C. Goodnight of Dover.
Service will be today at Heckart and Gillespie Funeral Home in Sedalia.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in her memory to Amanda Hill, 403 W. Hurley Road, Sedalia, MO, 65301.
Doris Finn, 58
DOVER - Doris Finn of Dover died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, in the Christiana Hospital. She was 58.
Mrs. Finn was a homemaker. She and her husband had owned and operated D&E Crafts in Dover 10 years ago.
She loved bingo, needlepoint, cross-stitch, any art and crafts and any volunteer work to do with either the Sunshine Foundation or any chronically or terminally ill children.
Mrs. Finn was a member of the Harrington Women of the Moose Chapter, American Legion Chapter and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 14 in Smyrna, and was vice president of the We Care Chapter of the Sunshine Foundation. She was the past president of the Air Force Sergeants Association Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, Ernest H. Finn; and two sisters, Mariana Bartowski and Leana Hockbine, both of Krefeld, Germany.
Service will be private.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Bradford and Reed streets in Dover.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the We Care Chapter of the Sunshine Foundation, P.O. Box 1056, Clayton, DE 19938.
Samuel M. Jenkins Jr., 65
CLAYTON - Samuel M. Jenkins Jr. of Clayton died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, in Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 65.
Mr. Jenkins was born and raised in Wilmington.
He graduated from Delaware State College (now University) in 1982. He obtained a master's degree from Central Michigan University in 1983. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years and retired in 1974 with the rank of master sergeant. After his retirement from the Air Force, he was employed as a vocational teacher. He taught at several schools over a 12-year period, and retired from the Ferris School for Boys, Wilmington, in 1986.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kay S. ''Sandy'' Jenkins; two sons, Samuel M. Jenkins III of Clayton and John M. Jenkins of Philadelphia; two daughters, Margaret A. Jenkins of Smyrna and Rose Kobielnik of Philadelphia; a brother, Norman Jenkins of Painter, Va.; and 12 grandchildren.
Services will be noon Friday at the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Del. 896 near Summit Bridge.
Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contribution be made to the American Cancer Society, 625 S. State St., P.O. Box 7, Dover, DE 19903, or to the American Legion Post 14 Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 345, Smyrna, DE 19977.
Arrangements are by Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home.
Edward ''Duckie'' Gourley, 67
FELTON - Edward ''Duckie'' Gourley of Felton died of heart failure Tuesday, April 21, 1998, in his home. He was 67.
Mr. Gourley was born in Frederica, the son of the late David K. and Alice Gourley.
He worked as a machine operator for Playtex, retiring, in 1992, from Plant 3 after 44 years.
Mr. Gourley loved to go camping and fishing, and being close to nature and animals, especially squirrels. He was an avid NASCAR fan, with Dale Earnhart being his favorite driver. He was a loving father and husband who enjoyed being with his children and playing with his grandchildren. He was an easygoing individual who had lots of friends.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Margaret Gourley of Felton; a daughter, Janet Shaw of Felton, and her husband, Matt; two sons, Dennis L. Gourley of Dover, and his wife, Loretta, and Kenneth Gourley of Milford and his wife, Cindy; and five grandchildren, Tracie, Yvonne, Katie, Kenneth Jr. and Jason.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 South Du Pont Highway, Harrington, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetary in Frederica.
Katheryne B. Burch, 88
CHURCH HILL, Md. - Kathryne B. Burch of Church Hill died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, at Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital, Chestertown. She was 88.
Mrs. Burch was born Dec. 3, 1909, in Centreville, the daughter of the late Earl and Gladys Jester Bishop.
She was a graduate of Centreville High School and Goldey Becom College. She worked in retail sales for 25 years, retiring in 1960 from Hutzlers Brothers Downtown Store in Baltimore. She lived in Woodbine, Carroll County, for a number of years with her husband. She was an active member of Morgan Chapel, Woodbine. She moved to Church Hill 1995.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, in 1991, and by a grandson, Keith Knotts.
She is survived by a son, William H. Knotts Sr. of Church Hill, with whom she lived; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Lake View Memorial Park, 2724 Liberty Road, Sykesville, with the Rev. Leander Anske Jr. of Morgan Chapel officiating.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Ronald McDonald House, c/o Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, P.O. Box 235, Galenda, MD 21635.
Stacie E. Cline, 65
LEWES - Stacie E. Cline of Angola By-the-Bay, Lewes, formerly of Hockessin, died of heart failure Friday, April 17, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 65.
Mrs. Cline was born in Modena, Pa., the daughter of the late Heber and Iva Reynolds Rhoades.
She was a homemaker. She was a 1950 graduate of Claymont High School, Claymont, and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Hockessin Fire Co., and the Ladies Club of Angola-by-the-Bay.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Edward L. Cline Sr.; a son, Edward L. Cline Jr. of Middletown; four daughters, Deborah Sarley of Lewes, Lois Lawson of Smyrna, Cynthia Dobson of Port Deposit, Md., and Iva Soja of Hartly; a sister, Marjorie Taggert of Ocean View; 11 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour before.
Burial will be in the Chester-Bethel Cemetery, Foulk Road, Claymont.
The family suggests contributions can be made to the Delaware Heart Association, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Nettie Louise Enss, 76
MARYDEL - Nettie Louise Enss of Marydel died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, in Bayheath Medical Center/Kent General Hospital. She was 76.
Mrs. Enss was born the daughter of the late Olin and Martha Schweitzer Burris.
She was a homemaker and, in her spare time, she enjoyed working in the garden.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Theodore A. Enss Jr., of Marydel; two sons, Theodore Enss of Hartly and Donald Enss of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a brother, Gilbert O. Burris of Hartly; a sister, Dorothy Pearson of Hartly; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover, where friends may call one hour before.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.
Corine Palmer Fisher, 60
DOVER - Corine Palmer Fisher of Dover died in Bayhealth Kent General Hospital Saturday, April 18, 1998. She was 60.
Mrs. Fisher was born June 17, 1937, in Woodside, the daughter of Horace Tribbett and the late Catherine Tribbett.
She was raised in Woodside. She attended school at Booker T. Washington and William Henry schools. She worked for General Foods Corp. for 25 years, retiring March 31, 1997.
She is survived by a son, John B. Tribbett of Dover; two daughters, Gloria Smith Robinson of Goldsboro, Md., and Carol Tribbett of Dover; three brothers, June Harris of Magnolia, John Tribbett of Smyrna and Russell Tribbett of Dover; six sisters, Ruth Burris of Magnolia, Louise Dickerson of Camden, N.J., Lillian Quail of Felton, Frances Lamb and Maude Young, both of Dover, and Mildred Harris of Woodside; 10 grandchildren, Edward Tribbett of Rehoboth Beach, Lamont Smith, Lanay Smith, Catherine Smith and Henry Smith, all of Felton, David Tribbett and Lamar Tribbett, both of Dover, Keisha Justice and Neshell Justice, both of Accomac, Va., and Demetiris Baynard of Wilmington; four great-grandchildren; her devoted friend, Albert Jones; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be noon Saturday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 717 W. Division St., Dover, where friends may call two hours before the service.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Gardens, Dover.
Paul Dennis, 72
FRANKFORD - Paul Dennis of Frankford died of pneumonia Friday, April 17, 1998. He was 72.
Mr. Dennis was born Sept. 15, 1926, in Wilson, N.C.
He was a poultry worker at Mountaire Farms.
He is survived by three sons, Richard Dale Showell of Baltimore, Cluetus Hoskins of Washington, D.C., Kenny of California; a sister, Geneva Kearny of Wilson; a grandson, Julian Lipscomb of Berlin, Md.; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Calvary Pentecostal Church, Bishopville, Md., where friends may call two hours before the service.
Burial will be in Calvary Pentecostal Church cemetary in Bishopville, Md.
Arrangements are by Young's Funeral Homes, 309 North St., Milford.
Layman Sylvester Kilgo Sr., 66
SEAFORD - Layman Sylvester ''Sonny'' Kilgo Sr. of Seaford died of heart failure Sunday, April 19, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was 66.
Mr. Kilgo was born Feb. 29, 1932, in Seaford.
He served in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Kilgo was a member of the United Assembly of Christ, Bridgeville, and he sang with the Westinairs Group.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Kilgo of Seaford; two sons, Nathaniel Beulah of Minneapolis and Layman Sylvester Kilgo Jr. of Seaford; seven daughters, Iris Cannon, Melissa Smith, Theresa Bracey and Sonya Whitney, all of Seaford, Karen Doakes of Bridgeville, Dawn Cannon of Fort Meade, Md., and Kimberly Gibbs of Harrington; four stepsons, Carlton Hughes Sr. of Seaford, Thomas Hughes of Milton, Kevin Gibbs of Ellendale and Adrian Gibbs of Bridgeville; four brothers, Frank Kilgo, James Kilgo, Fred Kilgo and Harry Kilgo, all of Seaford; three sisters, Alice Blockson of Seaford, Sherlene Mason of Chicago, and Mary Taylor of Boston; 33 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 11 brothers-in-law; seven sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be noon Saturday at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Seaford, where friends may call from 7-8 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Concord.
James Clark Jr., 58
BRIDGEVILLE - James Clark Jr. of Bridgeville died of a stroke Monday, April 20, 1998 in Bayhealth Kent General Hospital. He was 58.
Mr. Clark was born July 11, 1940, in Jackson, N.C.
He was employed by Townsends Inc., Millsboro.
He is survived by his mother, Mozzellar White of Bridgeville; his stepfather, Stanford White, also of Bridgeville; five brothers, Lee Marvin Clemons of North Carolina, Mack Lane Matthews of Indiana, and Temecorie Matthews, Andrew Matthews and Redell Matthews, all of Bridgeville; three sisters, Barbara Jean Boone, Pattie Matthews of Bridgeville and Violet Broughton of Seaford; three brothers-in-law; five sisters-in-law; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bridgeville. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Young's Funeral Home, 308 N. Front Street, Seaford.
Burial will be in Middleford Cemetery.