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John J. 'Pan Am John' Walcott Jr., 63

MILTON - John J. ''Pan Am John'' Walcott Jr. of Milton and formerly of Long Island, N.Y., died Monday, May 11, 1998 in his home. He was 63.

Mr. Walcott was an aviation mechanic for Pan American World Airlines, New York, for 31 years before retiring.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Walcott was a member of the American Legion Post 28, Oak Orchard, he was also a member of the VFW 6984, Milton.

He is survived by his wife of threeyears, Gail Walcott; two sons, John J. Walcott III of Bay Shore, N.Y., and Jim J. Walcott of Madera, Calif.; and two step-daughters, Donna Manchin of East Meadow, N.Y., and Debi Pulitano of Bay Shore, N.Y.

Service will be private.

Friends may call 3 p.m. Thursday at the Milton V.F.W. 6984.

Burial will be private.

Arrangements by Short Funeral Service, Milton.


Barbara Louise Perkins, 60

SELBYVILLE - Barbara Louise Perkins of Selbyville died of a brain hemorrage Sunday, May 10, 1998, in Chiristina Hospital. She was 60.

Mrs. Perkins was born in 1938 in Reliana, Md. the daughter of Martian L. Batson and George Batson.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Perkins was loved by many and would do anything she could to help someone and she would do it from the heart. She was a fun-loving person.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Perkins.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by four sons, Rufus Bolden of Virginia, Milton Bolden of Florida, Robert Bolden of Smyrna, Roy Perkins of Princess Anne, Md.; three daughters, Slyvia Fennell of Florida, Darlene Bolden of Bridgeville, and Deborah Perkins of Selbyville; 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; two brothers, George Edward Batson and Monroe Quails, both of Hurlock, Md.; eight sisters, Anne Batson of Bridgeville, Ruth Savage, Adrey Batson, Carolyn Simms all of Federalsburg, Md., Rose Johnson and Maine Quails, both of Washington, D.C., Alfreda Cephas of Seaford, and Brenda Quails of Bridgeville; a aunt, Catherine Lewis of Finchbille, Md.; a uncle, Franklin Bolden of Seaford; two great-aunts, Florence Evans of Finchbille, Md., Mrytle Welch of Washington, D.C.; a great-uncle, Booker Evans of Finchbille; a sister-in-law, Marey Farrow of Hurlock; a brother-in-law, William Savage of Seaford; two special friends, Joyce Santiago of Milton and Mary Forman of Selbyville; and a host of neices, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends may call 11 a.m. Friday at the Young's Funeral Home, Seaford.


Preston Wise Jr., 56

POCOMOKE, Md. - Preston Wise Jr. of Pocomoke died Saturday, May 9, 1998, in the Hartley Hall Nursing Home, Pocomoke. He was 56.

Mr. Wise was born in 1942, the son of the late Preston Wise and Virginia Tull.

He attended public schools in Worcester County.

Mr. Wise was employed by Cropper Brothers Lumber Co. for 17 years, then later he worked for a construction company, Chincoteague, Va., unitl his health began to fail.

He was a devoted person to his family and home.

Mr. Wise was a member of the New Macedonia Baptist Church, Pocomoke.

He was preceded in death by his aunt, Florence Hutt and uncle, Arch Hutt.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Soredo Wise of Pocomoke; two daughters, Stephanie Wise of Hurlock and Malinda Johnson of Pocomoke; two sons, Ethan Kenny Wise of Pocomoke and Archie Wise of Salisbury; two sisters, Mary Kellam and Elnora Wise, both of Pocomoke; a mother-in-law, Marry Marsha of Berlin; four sisters-in-laws, Denise Dennis and Priscilla Dennis, both of Berlin, and Elaine Ward and Hazel Tull, both of Pocomoke; a brother, James Albert Tull of Pocomoke; a special friend, Queen Ann Shockley of Pocomoke; seven grandchildren, several nices, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the New Macedonia Baptist Church, Young Street, Pocomoke.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Fourth Street, Pocomoke.

Burial will be in Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery, Pocomoke.


James 'Nick' Henry, 86

DENTON, Md. - James ''Nick'' Henry of Denton died of heart failure Wednesday, May 13, 1998 in the Pines Nursing Center, Easton. He was 86.

Mr. Henry was born near Denton, the son of the late Cleveland H. Henry and Maude Belle Towers Henry.

He worked on road construction for George and Lynch before retiring many years ago.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Nelson Henry, R. Edwards and G. Gonman and a sister, Julietta Sewell.

He is survived by a sister, Elsie Mae Wise of Denton; two nieces, Janice Hobbs of Easton and Etta Todd of Preston; two nephews. Larry Sewell of Easton and Wayne Wise of Seaford, Del.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., 12 S. Second St., Denton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.


Helen Fedor, 83

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Helen Fedor of Chestertown died of natural causes Monday, May 11, 1998, in the Chestertown Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was 83.

Mrs. Fedor was born in 1915, in Henderson, the daughter of the late Fred and Marie Vavrick Zlock.

She was a hair stylist in New York City.

Mrs. Fedor was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chestertown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Fedor in 1991.

She is survived by one brother, Carl Zlock of Henderson; one sister, Mary Mullholland of Milford; several nieces and nephews; and two sister-in-laws, Lula Zlock of Henderson and Gloria Brecht of New York City.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, Greensboro, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

There will be a memorial service conducted by the Order of the Eastern Star at 10:30 a.m.

Burial will be in the Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.


George Richard Gunby, 85

LAUREL - George Richard Gunby of Laurel died Tuesday, May 12, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 85.

Mr. Gunby was born in Marion Station, Md., the son of the late James and Arinthia Ann Brown Gunby.

He was employed with Harvey Holland Jr. as a plumbing assistant. He was previously employed by the former Phillips Cannery as a supervisor for several years and also George Collins Farms and Martin Johnson Farms.

Mr. Gunby was a former member of Morning Star Lodge 10, F&AM of Laurel.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Clementine Brown Carr.

He is survived by a son, Charles L. Gunby of Columbus, Ga.; a daughter, Barbara A. Hill of South Carolina; 19 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law Ruth Gunby; a devoted companion, Armelia Knox of Laurel; four foster children, Vandola Green, Eugene Green, Robert Knox and Vaughn Knox and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at New Zion U.M. Church in Laurel, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church.

Burial will be in St. Matthews Baptist Cemetery, Laurel.

Arrangements by Jolley Memorial Chapels, Salisbury.


Frances Wilson Truitt, 74

LEWES - Frances Wilson Truitt of Lewes died Monday, May 11, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. She was 74.

Mrs. Truitt graduated from Bellwood Antis High School in 1931. 

She lived in Levittown, Pa., for 29 years before moving to Lewes in 1983.

Mrs. Truitt was an avid gardener, enjoyed cooking, reading and had a true love for life. She was known for her unwavering support and unconditional love to those around her.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, James L. Truitt Jr.; nine children, James Truitt III of Redway, Calif., Michael Truitt of Georgetown, John Truitt of Santa Rosa, Calif., Leah Hoyt of Huntington, Pa., Mary Hensor of Petersburg, Pa., Emma Donovan of Milford, Margie Mattly of Santa Ynez, Calif., and Peter Truitt and Georgia Truitt, both of Lewes; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 

Memorial mass will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Jude's Catholic Church, Lewes. 

An entument will follow in Henlopen Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made to Delaware Kidney Fund.

Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE 19958.


Kathryn Elaine Lesher, 58

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Kathryn Elaine Lesher of Chestertown died of cancer Tuesday, May 12, 1998, in Chestertown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 58.

Ms. Lesher was born in Lebanon, Pa., the daughter of the late Edward C. and Margaret Linkswiler Lesher. 

She lived all her formative years in Lebanon and was a graduate of the Kenwood High School, class of 1957. Ms. Lesher attended the Chesapeake Nursing School of Ohio and trained at R & R, Hospital in Clifton Fordge, Va. and graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville as a registered nurse. She received a degree in administration from John's Hopkins in Baltimore and University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus.

Ms. Lesher began her nursing administration career with Roger Liptiz in the mid-1960s and then with Stan Savitz for the past 30 years at various long-term care facilities in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Her last position was as the director of nursing at the Chestertown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown.

She was in the National Guard at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore and in Easton. 

She is survived by a brother, Edward C. Lesher of Chestertown; an aunt and uncle, Michael and Ethel Trinic of Lebanon, Pa.; a niece and nephew, nine cousins and a dear friend, Stanley Savitz of Reisterstown.

Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown. 

Friends may call 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Ebenizer Cemetery, Lebonon, Pa.

Instead of flowers, the family suggest contributions in her memory made to Chestertown Nursing and Rehabilitation Activity Program, 415 Morgnec Road, Chestertown, MD 21620.


Oliver Edward Briscoe, 73

FAIRLEE, Md. - Oliver Edward Briscoe of Fairlee died Sunday, May 10, 1998, in Memorial Hospital in Easton. He was 73.

Mr. Briscoe was born in 1925, the son of the late Oliver and Elsie Hamilton Briscoe.

He was educated in the Kent County public schools. After graduating from high school, he went to Delaware State College, where he recived his bachelor's of science.

Mr. Briscoe was employed by Maryland State Highway Administration for 28 years, retiring in 1991.

He loved all people and was always willing to help.

Mr. Briscoe grew up in Bethel A.M.E. Church, where he was a very active member, he held many positions and various organizations at Bethel, he had numerous civic involvements, he demostrated leadership in many organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Solistine; two daughters, Sharon and Kim; three sisters, Christine, Isabella and Margaret; a god-child, Bonita; four grandchildren, Stepanie, Ryan, Kendall, and Imani; 10 great-grandchildren, and a great-aunt, Irene.

Service will be 7 p.m. Friday at Bethal A.M.E. Church, Chestertown, where friends may call seven hours prior to the service, the Rev. Fredrick W. Jones will officiate..

Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Emmanuel United Methodist Cemetery, Pomona. 

Arrangements by the Walley Funeral Home, Chestertown.

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