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Charlotte Anderson Barrett, 90

SMYRNA - Charlotte Anderson Barrett of Smyrna died Monday, May 4, 1998, in the Integrated Health Services Facility. She was 90.

Mrs. Barrett was born in 1907, in Smyrna, the daughter of the late Florence and George Anderson.

She was known by many as ''Aunt Charlotte.'' She accepted Christ and joined Bethel A.M.E. Church at an early age. She served her church faithfully until her health prevented her from being active. She was a past member of the Bethel Trustee Board; the Lookout Club and served as treasurer of the Union Cemetery Society. She loved her church and worked for many years in numerous ways to help support the activities of her beloved Bethel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Howard Barrett in 1988.

She is survived by three grandchildren, Valerie Hazelton Gregory and her husband, Carlton Gregory, Ralph ''Rusty'' Hazelton and his wife Vivian Hazelton and Ronald Hazelton; two great-granddaughters, Jewel Ashsley and Jasmine Hazelton Gregory; daughter-in-law, Anne Hazelton; her devoted friend and cousin, Lola Swiggett and her good friend, Louise Potts; nieces and nephews, Gladys Smith, Hiram Brown, Emma Simmons, Roselyn Harvey, Clarence Harvey, Naomi Griffin and Evelyn Harvey, and a host of great-nieces and nephews, and caring friends.

Service will be at noon Saturday at Bethal A.M.E. Church, where the Rev. Walter E. Dixon will officiate.

Friends may call at the church two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Mt. Friendship A.M.E. Church Cemetery, Friendship.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Dr. John B. Baker, 93

MILFORD - Dr. John B. Baker of Milford died of heart failure Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 93.

Dr. Baker was a 1922 graduate of William & Mary College, in Williamsburg, Va., with a bacherlors of science degree in 1926. He then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1930 as a medical doctor specializing in pediatrics. He served his internship at Misricordia Hospital in Philadelphia.

He was a major in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Dr. Baker moved to Milford in 1932, and set up his pediatric practice. He was the first pediatrician in Milford and served on the staff at the Milford Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. Dr. Baker served 53 years in pediatrics in Milford. During that time, he was chief of pediatrics at Milford Memorial Hospital. He and other doctors helped to design and build the Main Building of Milford Memorial Hospital.

He was a member of the American Medical Association; the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Medicine. He was past president of the Delaware Academy of Pediatrics. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, where he served as a past Senior Warden; and a member of the Milford Historical Society and a former member of the Milford V.F.W. Blue Hen Post 6483.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Subers Baker in 1990.

He is survived by a son, John B. Baker Jr. at home; a daughter, Loretta B. Houston of Milford; two grandchildren, Beverly Messick of Milford and Jeffrey Houston of Pleasanton, Calif.; and five great-grandchildren, Matthew and Bryan Messick, and Thomas, Jordan and Danielle Houston.

Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Christ Episcopal Church, 200 Church St., Milford.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave., Milford.

Burial will be in the adjoining churchyard.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 191, Milford, DE 19963.

 

Florence Barbara Brown, 64

FELTON - Florence Barbara Brown of Felton died of pneumonia Sunday, May 3, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center. She was 64.

Mrs. Brown was born in 1933, in Woodside, the daughter of Emory and Gertrude Berry.

She received her education in the Delaware school system.

Mrs. Brown was employed at Playtex in Dover.

She was a member of Greater Life Christian Church, Star Hill.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Richard C. Brown of Felton; one daughter, Lois Brown of Felton; three sons, Douglas Berry of Almere, Netherlands, Larry Brown of Newark, and Lorenzo Brown of Dover; a stepson, Roy Patton of Newark; two sisters, Helen Berry of New York and Amanda Selth of New Castle; a devoted niece, like a sister, Joan Hunter of Wilmington; three brothers and sister-in-laws, Emory Berry Jr. of New Castle, Charles and Jean Berry, both of Wilmington, Irving and Bernice Berry, both of Felton, and Phylis Scott of Dover; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Greater Life Christian Church, Star Hill, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Bishop James Ashley will officiate.

Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Delaware Veteran's Memorial Cemetery.

Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Howard P. Daniels, 88

GOLTS, Md. - Howard P. Daniels of Golts died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in his home. He was 88.

Mr. Daniels worked for N.V.F. in Yorklyn and Newark, retiring in 1974.

He farmed near his home in Sassafras in his spare time.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise in 1957; his second wife, Margaret in 1997, and his daughter, Pauline Louise Meyers, April 27th.

He is survived by one son, Howard A. ''Bud'' Daniels of Crestview, Fla.; a son-in-law, John Henry Meyers of Worton; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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

Burial will be in the Townsend Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions be made to Kent County Hospice, Chestertown, Md.

 

Theodore John Wildberger, 86

GREENSBORO, Md. - Theodore John Wildberger of Greensboro, formerly of Glen Burnie, died of natural causes Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in the Easton Memorial Hospital. He was 86.

Mr. Wildberger was born in 1911, in Baltimore, the son of the late William and Louise Kahler Wildberger.

He attended the former Baltimore College of Commerce (now University of Baltimore).

Mr. Wildberger was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran.

He was employed by Levinson & Klein Furniture Store in Baltimore, for 30 years as a Comptroller, C.P.A.

Mr. Wildberger was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Glen Burnie.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Matilda Grieb Wildberger in 1980, and one grandchild.

He is survived by two sons, David J. Wildberger of Eldersburg and Theodore F. Wildberger of Berkley Springs, W.Va.; one daughter, Georgeanna Hignutt of Greensboro, Md.; one brother, Leonard Wildberger of Baltimore; a sister, Florence Danielson of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. today in the Glen Haven Cemetery, Glen Burnie.

Burial will be in Glen Haven Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions be made to Holy Trinity Children's Mass, 126 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21061.

 

Pearl Bailey Groce, 95

DENTON, Md. - Pearl Bailey Groce of Denton died Sunday, May 3, 1998, after a short stay in the Easton Memorial Hospital. She was 95.

Mrs. Groce was the daughter of the late Perry Bailey and Myrtle Pritchett.

She attended school in Ridgely, Md.

Mrs. Groce was a domestic worker for many years.

She was a member and Mother of The Full Gospel Holiness Church in Denton for 14 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Harry Groce in 1982; two daughters; one son, and three grandsons.

''Mama'', as she was called by manym is survived by one daughter, ''Bobbie'' Violet Groce of Denton; three sons, James Groce of Denton, Jesse Groce of Easton and Roger Groce of Cordova, Md.; two daughter-in-laws, Hilda Groce of Easton and Aleta Groce of Cordova; two sister-in-laws, Frances Jones of Seaford and Adline Jenkins of Cordova; two special cousins, Minner White and Wilson Downes; 43 grandchildren; 114 great-grandchildren; 70 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Full Gospel Holiness Church, Third Street, Denton, where friends may call two hours prior to the service. Friends may also call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.

Bishop Charles Cephus will officiate.

Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Denton.

 

Isadore Redlus, 76

CLAYMONT - Isadore Redlus of Claymont died Sunday, May 3, 1998, in Kutz Home for the Aged. He was 76.

Mr. Redlus owned and operated Swanky Frank Restaurant in Dover for many years.

He was a member of Montefiore Mutual Benefit Society.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Grace E. Redlus; a son, Jacob Redlus of Wilmington; two daughters, Carolyn Kraftsow of Fisher Island, Fla., and Jill Landing of Wyoming; a brother, Jack Redlus of Bellefonte, and six grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Monday in the Montefiore Section of the Jewish Community Cemetery on Foulk Road.

Shiva will be observed Monday at the residence of Mrs. Grace E. Redlus, 7520 Society Drive.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Heart Association.

 

David J. Prettyman, 64

DOVER - David J. Prettyman of Dover, formerly of Laurel, died Monday, May 4, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 64.

Mr. Prettyman was the son of the late Claude and Olga Prettyman.

He was a 1951 gratuate of Laurel High School. He attended West Chester State Teachers College, Pa. He received a bachelor's of science degree in Music Education in 1955.

Mr. Prettyman entered the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Korea with the 24th Infantry Division Band.

He began his teaching career in Perry County, Pa., where he was band director at Susquenita High School. In 1961, he began teaching instrumental and general music at Dover Air Force Base High School. In 1972, he transferred to teach instrumental music in the Caeser Rodney Elementary Schools, retiring in 1987.

Mr. Prettyman was always active in music outside of the school systems. He began playing in dance bands when he was 13 years old and had his own dance band his last two years in high school. He played concert bands in Ocean City, Md., Salisbury, Md., Harrisburg, Pa., the Milford Community Band, and in orchestras for the Dover Community Singers shows. He had been a church choir director in Marysville, Pa., and in Camden. He was most active, however, in numerous dance bands and combos where he played trumpet, flugelhorn, and valve trombone. He has been a member of the Bob Wagner Band since 1961.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; two daughters, Shirley Scrafford of Lakenheath Air Force Base, England, and Linda Sams of Gilbertsville, Pa.; a son, Craig Prettyman of Newark; two brothers, Claude Prettyman Jr. of Villa Park, Calif., and Richard Prettyman of Suffield, Conn.; a sister, Olga Kretz of Wilmington; and five grandchildren, Shaun, Kathryn and Christopher Scrafford, and Melissa and Michelle Sams.

There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Friday at the Whatcoat United Methodist Church of Camden, 16 N. Main St., Camden.

Burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Whatcoat United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Drawer L, Camden, DE 19934.

Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.

 

Betty Ann Cephas-Stinson, 44

DOVER - Betty Ann Cephas-Stinson of Dover died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in her home. She was 44.

Mrs. Stinson was born in 1954, the daughter of Mrs. Delores Jones of Wildwood, N.J., and Cliford ''Dicky Bird'' Cephas of Cambridge, Md., stepfather, William Jones of Wildwood and a devoted daughter, April L. Stinson, also of Dover.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. Stinson and her grandmother, Willie Mae Cephas

In addition to her daughter and parents, she is survived by four grandchildren, Tomaya, Roger, Tiana and Amerie Tucker of Dover; two sisters, Valerie Jones of Wildwood, and Vanessa White of Los Angeles; four brothers, Wilmont and William Jones, both of Wildwood, Raymond Chase of Dover; parental grandparent, Mrs. Evelyn Askins of Grasonville, Md.; a devoted mother-in-law, Elois Martin of Cambridge and grandmother, Bernice Cornish of Cambridge; five sister-in-laws, Patricia Hughes of Hurlock, Md., Lois Stinson of Cambridge, Tina Jones of Wildwood, and Patricia Lee and JoAnne Chase, both of Cambridge, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, stepbrothers, stepsisters, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, at Refuge Temple in Cambridge, where the Rev. Hatti Stanley will offiate.

Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Waugh Church Cemetery, Cambridge.

 

Thomas Lee Johnson, 70

NEWARK - Thomas Lee Johnson of Chestnut Hill Estates, Newark, died of heart failure Wednesday, May 6, 1998, in his home. He was 70.

Mr. Johnson was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He was an independent truck driver and retired in 1993, he leased to George Transfer.

Mr. Johnson enjoyed racing stock cars throughout the state during the 1940s and 1950s.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lena ''Lee'' Argoe Johnson; one son, Thomas L. Johnson of Georgetown; three daughters, Tina Louise Jones of Port Orchard, Wash., Tonya Lyn Johnson of Seattle, and Judith Reynolds of Georgetown; three brothers, James A. Johnson of Dover, Robert Johnson of Clayton and C. Lee Johnson of Smyrna; one sister, Etta J. Winters of Staatsburg, N.Y., and several grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

There will be a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday from the Chapel at the Delaware Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Chesapeake City Rd., Summit.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Heart Association, Delaware Chapter.

Arrangements by Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.

 

Kathryn M. Burrows, 65

PRESTON, Md. - Kathryn M. Burrows of Preston died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, in her home. She was 65.

Mrs. Burrows was born in Trappe, in Talbot County, the daughter of the late William Bradford Pippin and Mildred Marie Carroll Pippin.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Burrows was a former member of the Easton Moose.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Ralph Jones, George E. Jones, Herbert Jones and Theodore M. Jones and a sister, Betty Post.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, William J. Burrows; two sons, William James Burrows Jr. of Preston and Bruce Wayne Burrows of Billings, Mont.; a daughter, Donna Rae Burrows of Federalsburg, Md.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ray Eugene Faulkner and William Jones, both of Easton and Raymond Jones of Federalsburg; two sisters, Dorothy Gardner of Grasonville, Md., and Myrtle Schlotzhauer of Rehoboth Beach, and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Frampton-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home in Federalsburg, with the Rev. Glenn Staehli officiating.

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

 

Donald J. Shope, 65

MILLVILLE - Donald J. Shope of Bethany Bay in Millville, formerly of Kent, Ohio, died of cancer Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in the Beebe Medical Center. He was 65.

Mr. Shope served in the U.S. Army.

He was vice president and general manager of Residential and Commercial Services for Davey Tree Company of Kent, Ohio.

Mr. Shope was a member of the United Methodist Church of Kent; a member of the National Arborist Assiciation and International Society of Arborist.

He enjoyed flying and surf fishing, fly tying, sailing golf and astronomy.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy C. Shope; a son, Donald J. shope of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Natalie J. Shope of Columbus, Ohio, and two grandsons.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be private.

The Rev. Joseph Burris will officiate.

Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Frankford.

 

James 'Jay' Judson White III, 58

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - James ''Jay'' Judson White III of Chestertown died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in his home. He was 58.

Mr. White was born in 1939, in Wilmington, the son of the late James J. Jr. and Catherine Dudley Urie White.

He grew up in Kennedyville, Md. and graduated from Chestertown High School. He served in the Maryland National guard as PFC in Company G the 115th Infantry Regiment 29th Division. He was honorably discharged on October 24, 1958. He then attended University of Baltimore School of Law and graduated in the Class of 1963.

Mr. White opened his private practice Law firm in Chestertown, where he was an attorney for 32 years.

He was a member of Kennedyville United Methodist Church and the Chestertown Elks Lodge 2474.

Mr. White enjoyed skeet shooting and was a past state champion for several years. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter; he loved to garden.

He is survived by two sons, James ''Jay'' Judson White IV of Chestertown and Justin Lankford White of Worton, Md.; a brother, William White of Millington, Md.; a sister, Delia anne Clendaniel of Washington State; a dear companion, Jacqueline M. Huffman of Chestertown.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown, where relatives and friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.

There will be an Elks Service at 8 p.m. also at the funeral home.

The Rev. Dale Brown will officiate.

Burial will be in Still Pond Cemetery, Still Pond, Md.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Kent County Hospice, 118 S. Lynchburg Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.


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