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Joseph A. Conway, 76

LAUREL - Joseph A. Conway of Laurel died of renal failure Sunday, April 26, 1998, in the Veterans Administration Hospital, Elsmere. He was 76.

Mr. Conway was born in Lewes.

He was a truck driver for Perdue Inc. in Salisbury, Md., retiring in 1987.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margeret Mayme Brown Conway, in 1987.

He has no immediate survivors.

Graveside service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery, County Road 306-A, Millsboro. 

Friends may call from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at Watson Funeral home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro. The Rev. Ervin Williams will officiate.


Edith Ann Jenkins, 93

FEDERALSBURG - Edith Ann Jenkins of Federalsburg died Saturday, April 25, 1998, in Mallard Bay Nursing Home, Cambridge. She was 93.

Mrs. Jenkins was born 1904, in Williamsburg, Dorchester County, the daughter of the late Eugene August and Annie Eliza McGlotten Holliday.

She attended elementary school at Skinners Run, Near Willamsburg and she graduated from the National School of Nursing. She also graduated from the Academy of Millinery Design Located in Little Fall, N.J., in 1940. 

She was a cook for A B C Day Care in Federalsburg for 22 years.

Mrs. Jenkins joined Solomon's A.U.M.P. Church at an early age, where for the past 20 years, she taught the Adult Bible Class, was a member of the Senior Choir, a delegate of the A.U.M.P. Church Conference and Mother of the A.U.M.P. Conference. During her life, she lived in Thorofare, Atlantic City, N.J., and Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, she was a member of Abysinninian Baptist Church. In 1950, she moved to Federalsburg and joined the Zion United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the usher board, Sunday school teacher, chairperson of the pastor aide and adult choir. She was also a member and secretary of the United Methodist Women. She was one of the originators and past president of the Community Civic League in Federalsburg. She was also a member of the Denton Senior Center, a past president of its site committee and was a charter member of the Federalsburg extension homemakers. Wherever she lived, she was active in churches and other civic organizations.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawence Jenkins.

She is survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Frampton Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home in Federalsburg, where The Most Reverend Dr. Delbart L. Jackson, presiding bishop of the African Union Methodist Protestant Church and Connection, and the Rev. William Briggs will officiate.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Federal Hill Cemetery.


Claudia K. 'Connie' Schmidt, 84

MAGNOLIA - Claudia K. ''Connie'' Schmidt of Magnolia died Thursday, April 23, 1998, in Capital Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dover. She was 84.

Mrs. Schmidt was born 1913, in Hughesville, Pa., the daughter of the late John and Lillie Collins Crossley.

She attended Bucknell University and graduated from Mansfield State College in Mansfield, Pa.

She lived in the Magnolia area for nearly 60 years.

Mrs. Schmidt worked for the state of Delaware as a public assistance administrator for the Division of Social Services, retiring in 1978 after 25 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, G. Hayes Keller, in 1955, her second husband, Richard Schmidt, in 1980, two brothers John and Jesse Crossley; and two sisters Pearl Crossley and Carmen Green.

She is survived by a sister-in-law Mary G. Crossley of Upper Black Eddy, Pa.; five nieces and a nephew.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed and Bradford streets, Dover, where the Rev. Ron Wuest will offciate.

Burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Boalsburg Cemetery, Boalsburg, Pa.


Howard F. Smith, 75

GREENWOOD - Howard F. Smith of Greenwood died of cancer Sunday, April 26, 1998, in his home. He was 75.

Mr. Smith retired from farming in 1997.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Mr. Smith had been a member of Todd's United Methodist Church, Greenwood.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene A. Smith, in 1992.

He is survived by a son, David B. Smith of Greenwood; a daughter, Nancy K. Smith of Greenwood; and two grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hardesty Funeral Home, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville.

Burial will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice, 600 Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.


William S. White Jr., 85

DOVER - William S. White Jr. of Dover and formerly of Frederica died Monday, April 27, 1998, in the Capital Health Care Center, Dover. He was 85.

Mr. White was born 1912, in Philadelphia, the son of the late William S. White Sr. and Ella Mosley White.

He was an Army captain during World War II.

After leaving the military, Mr. White was employed by Holland's Restaurant and Catering in Philadelphia. When in Delaware, he worked for Sears & Roebuck, where he was a serviceman, warehouse manager and a salesman in the furniture department.

He is survived by a son, Carey A. White of West Simsbury, Conn.; two daughters, Sidney W. Bacon of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Jean Harrison of Philadelphia; a brother, Horace White of Milford; a nephew, Horace White Jr. of New Hope, Pa.; and two granddaughters, Linden and Merrin.

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

Burial will be in John Wesley A.M.E. Church Cemetery, Thompsonville.


Bayard 'Frank' Watts, 71

MILLSBORO - Bayard ''Frank'' Watts of Millsboro died of cardiac arrest Sunday, April 26, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 71.

Mr. Watts was born 1926, in Smyrna, the son of the late Vernon and Hannah Watts.

He was a World War II veteran, joining the U.S. Navy in 1944. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with a Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, and a Victory Medal.

Mr. Watts was a master carpenter. He and his brother Ralph started the Watts Brothers Construction Co. in Middletown, and later the Watco Inc. in Newark, where he worked until 1988. He recently worked for Tunnell Communities part time.

He loved to fish, garden, and watch car races, old movies and Phillies baseball games on TV. He also took good care of his wife of 51 years, Annie Blanche Watts.

Mr. Watts was a former member of the American Legion and the VFW.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John Franklin Watts Sr. of Marydel; a daughter, Deborah A. Thompson of Millsboro; two brothers, Ralph V. Watts of Newark and Harold B. Watts of Middletown; two grandsons, John Franklin Watts Jr. of Marydel and Brian Michael Watts of Wyoming; and a granddaughter, Kimberly Ann Eck of Wyoming.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 48 W. Market St., Greenwood, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. There will also be a graveside service at 1:30 p.m.

Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.


Pauline 'Polly' Myers, 59

WORTON, Md. - Pauline ''Polly'' Myers of Worton died of cancer Monday, April 27, 1998, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital, Chestertown, Md. She was 59.

Mrs. Myers was born in New Castle, the daughter of Howard Daniels of Sassafras and the late Louise Anderson Daniels.

She was a seamstress for many years, specializing in custom draperies and appointments.

She enjoyed roller skating, bowling, sewing, needlepoint, quilting, gardening, canning, collecting antique glassware and ceramics. She also enjoyed spending time at the beach and with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Myers was currently serving as treasurer for the Smithville Homemakers, where she had served as president, vice president and secretary. She was also a past president of the Kent County Chapter of Homemakers, past president of the Maryland State Homemakers, and a past member of the Sunday Night Mixed Ten Pin League and Monday Night Ten Pin League. She had also served as open-class chairman for the 4-H Fair. She served on the advisory board at Southern States for three terms and was currently a member of the Monday Night Duck Pin League.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband of 42 years, John Henry Myers Sr.; a daughter, Debra Louise Davidson of Worton; a son, John H. Myers Jr. of Worton; a brother, Howard ''Bud'' Daniels of Pensacola, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Christopher Lee Davidson and Katie Louise Davidson both of Worton.

Service will be noon Friday at St. James United Methodist Church, Worton.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 130 Speer Road, Chestertown.

Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery at St. James.

The family suggest contributions be made in her memory to the St. James United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 156, Worton, MD 21678.


Milton F. Saulsbury, 60

CENTREVILLE, Md. - Milton Foster Saulsbury of Centreville died Sunday, April 26, 1998, in his home. He was 60.

Mr. Saulsbury was born in 1937, in Easton, the son of Gertrude Blades Squires and the late Earl Saulsbury.

He graduated from Baltimore PolyTechnic High School in Baltimore in 1955. In 1961, he graduated from Towson State Teachers College in Baltimore, where he received a bachelor of science degree. After college he applied for and received a teaching fellowship in East Africa. He earned a master's degree in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins in 1974.

Mr. Saulsbury returned to the states in 1963, and he taught eighth-grade math at Catonsville Junior High School in Catonsville, Md. In 1964, he began working for Harper and Roe Publishers in Morristown, N.J., as a textbook sales representative. In 1966, he began his career with the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. as a management trainee in Baltimore. During his career with the telephone company, he held a number of directory positions and concluded his long, successful career as director of sales for the Yellow Pages Division, retiring after 29 years in 1995.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather; a member of St. Paul's Episopal Church in Centreville, and an active member of the Pioneer Point Farm Community Association, serving on its board of directors.

He is surved by his wife of 36 years, Jane Chiles Saulsbury of Centreville; his mother, Gertrude Blades Squires of White Marsh; a son, Steven Milton Saulsbury of Sudlersville; two daughters, Suzanne Jane Swensen of Freeland and Laura Beth Covey of Easton; three brothers, Richard Saulsbury and Robert Squires, both of Baltimore and Thomas Squires of Arlington, Va.; two sisters, Doris Cronan of White Marsh and Florence Tarleton of Baltimore, and five grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 302 S. Liberty St., Centreville.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Queen Anne's Chapter, 300 Hope Road, Centreville, MD 21617, or Hospice of Queen Anne's Inc., 300 Del Rhodes Ave., Queenstown, MD 21658.


Albert W. 'Jim' Campbell Jr., 69

MILLINGTON, Md. - Albert W. ''Jim'' Campbell Jr. of Millington died after a long illness, Sunday, April 26, 1998, in his residence. He was 69.

Mr. Campbell was born in 1928, in Richardson Park, the son of the late Albert W. and Alma Parks Campbell.

He was a veteran of World War II. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Maritime Service, U.S. Merchant Marines and the U.S. Air Force. He was one of an elite group that was awarded victory medals from both the U.S. Merchant Marines and the U.S. Air Force, in addition to other campaign ribbons. He was also awarded the Willis Wells Memorial Trophy during the Gulf War.

Mr. Campbell worked for General Cable Corp. in Elkton as a machine operator, where he received a disability retirement in 1974.

He enjoyed gardening, raising rabbits and metal detecting. He was also an avid coin collector.

Mr. Campbell was a past president of the Millington Volunteer Fire Co. and was a member of the Millington Lions Club, where he served as director. He was also a member of the Millington VFW Post 652 in Millington, and the Kent County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He served as director and was a chairman to the service to the Armed Forces and military families and veterans.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Murrell of New Castle.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Albert J. Campbell of Carneys Point, N.J., John Alan Campbell and Timothy M. Campbell, both of Millington, and Robert F. Campbell of Barclay; three daughters, Gloria Hicks of Middletown, Kathleen Campbell of Montgomery, Ala., and Rhonda Browning of Mobile, Ala.; three stepsons, William Cannon and Steve Cannon, both of Newark, and Richard Cannon of Florida; one brother, Paul F. Campbell of Newark; two sisters, Doris Langshaw of PotNets, Millsboro, and Carolyn Miller of Hockessin; 24 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Fellows Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 370 W. Cypress St., Millington, where friends and family may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery, Millington.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in his memory to the Kent Hospice Foundation, 118A S. Lynchburg St., Chestertown, MD 21620.


Cesar 'Skip' Coalla, 76

DENTON, Md. - Cesar ''Skip'' Coalla of Denton died Monday, April 27, 1998, in Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 76.

Mr. Coalla was born in Oviedo, Spain, the son of the late Cesar Coalla Sr. and Carmen Fernandez Coalla.

He came to the United States when he was a year-and-a-half old and settled with his family in New Jersey. They moved to Newburgh, N.Y., and he came to Maryland after World War II. He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific and European Theaters.

Mr. Coalla was in charge of the general ledger desk for the state of Maryland, retiring in 1983.

He was a member of the Caroline American Legion Post 29 in Denton, and a member of the Disabled Veterans' Association.

Mr. Coalla was interested in radio controlled airplanes, golf and bowling.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anne B. Coalla; one son, Richard Coalla of Revell Downs; one daughter, Diane C. Brabetz of Santa Rosa, Calif.; one brother, Andrew Coalla of Newburgh; one sister, Blanche Armstrong of Camp Hill, Pa.; six grandchildren, Missy Sjoblan and her husband, Par, Mandy Brabetz, Richard D. Coalla, Robert Coalla and Caroline Coalla.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., 12 S. Second St., Denton, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Burial will be in the Maryland Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Beulah, near Hurlock.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, 550 N. Broadway, Suite 801, Baltimore, MD 21205, or the Cardiology Development Center, Funds for Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2218 Reed Hall East, 1620 McElderry St., Baltimore, MD 21205.

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