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Sherman G. Stevenson Sr., 69
FELTON - Sherman G. Stevenson Sr. of near Felton died Thursday, May 14, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 69.
Mr. Stevenson was executive vice president of the Delaware Farm Bureau and a lobbyist. He retired in 1991 after 20 years. After retiring he continued to lobby for local governments.
He was in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and Korea.
Mr. Stevenson was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Frederica, and past member of Felton United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Delaware State Game and Fish Commission, State FFA adviser in 1991-'92, the American Legion, Walter L. Fox Post No. 2, Dover, and past commander and county commander of the W.A. Cortright Jr. Post No. 115, N.J. He was also a member of the Harvest Years Senior Center, Dover.
He is survived by his wife of six years, Charlotte; a son Sherman G. Stevenson Jr. of Middletown; five stepsons, Lawrence Shea of Japan, Daniel Shea, Scott Shea, both of Seaford, Michael Shea of Bridgeville, Joseph Shea of Houston; a daughter, Tammy Scheffer of Dover; three stepdaughters, Kathleen Harring and Linda Shea, both of Greenwood, and Jo Anne Myer of Bridgeville; three grandchildren, 15 stepgrandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Rogers Funeral Home, 301 Lakeview Ave., Milford.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Barratts Chapel Cemetery, near Frederica.
Jacquelyn D. 'Jackie' Collick Christmas, 55
SMYRNA - Jacquelyn D. ''Jackie'' Collick Christmas of Smyrna and formely of Lewes died Wednesday, May 13, 1998.
Mrs. Christmas was born Feb. 24, 1943, in Lewes, the daughter of the late Martin ''Pete'' Gouch and Sarah Collick.
She attended Lewes Junior High School, and later graduated from the William C. Jason High School, Georgetown.
She was employed for the last 19 years at the Smyrna Home and Hospital as a nursing assistant, retiring earlier this year.
Mrs. Christmas was member of St. Paul U.A.M.E. Church where she served on the senior church and kitchen committees.
She is survived by her husband, Dilland W. Christmas; two sons, Gregory Christmas and Dewayne Christmas of Smyrna; a daughter, Cynthia D. ''Cindy'' Christmas of Smyrna; five grandchildren; four sisters, Carolyn J. Malone of Imperial Beach, Calif., Barbara A. Collick, Emily B. Faye Collick, both of Lewes, Sylvia L. Callick Brown of San Diego; a brother, Martin Downing of Farmington.
Service will be noon Saturday at St. Paul U.A.M.E. Church, Smyrna, where friends may call two hours prior to the service. Friends may also call 4-5 p.m. Saturday at the church, West Fourth Street, Lewes.
Burial will be in People's Memorial Park, Lewes.
Rhoda L. Timmons, 72
MILFORD - Rhoda L. Timmons of Milford died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 72.
Mrs. Timmons worked at Reagan's Pharmacy for serveral years. She was also a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Raymond William Timmons Sr.; two sons, Raymond W. Timmons Jr. of Lansdale, Pa., Charles E. Timmons of Milford; seven sisters, Margaret Rauch of Williamsport, Pa., Dorothy Whitman of Security, Colo., Edith Augnst of Audubon, N.J., Carol Lein of Adelphia, Md., Amy McNeil, Gladys Wycoff, both of Exter, Pa., Sharon August of New Jersey; three brothers, Chester Dreyer of Blacksburg, Va., Harry Dreyer of Newark, and Charles Dreyer of Prospect Park, Pa.; a devoted sister-in-law, Pauline Sullivan of Milford; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 N.W. Front St., Milford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, Mainsail Drive, Milton, DE 19968.
Ralph W. Curtis Sr., 77
LEWES - Ralph W. Curtis Sr. of Lewes died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. He was 77.
Mr. Curtis retired in 1985 after many years as a communication specialist for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.
He served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.
Mr. Curtis was a 32nd degree Mason and Past Master of the William L. Daniels Lodge, #269, Bergenfield, N.J., and the Knights Templers District of Columbia Branch. He was the secretary of the Lewes Lions Club, All Saints Episcopal Church, Rehoboth Beach, and the Brotherhood of St. Andrews. He was also a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Club, and was the chief trainer of instructors for the Defensive Driving Program for the state of Delaware and the American Association of Retired Persons.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Glenna E. Curtis, 1994.
He is survived by his wife Ellen L. Baird Curtis; a daughter, Kathleen A. Augustine of St. Leonard, Md.; four sons, Ralph W. Curtis Jr. of Norfolk, Mass., Richard K. Curtis of Denver, Thomas W. Curtis of Arnold, Md., Donald P. Curtis of Kalispell, Mont.; two stepdaughters, Lymda Miller of Woodbridge, Va., Patricia Shaughnessy of Toronto; and eight grandchildren.
Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at All Saint's Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. today at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, where a Masonic service will be 7:30 p.m.
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery.
Instead of flowers contributions are suggested to the All Saint's Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19973.
Mamie E. Reese, 80
LEWES - Mamie E. Reese of Lewes died of heart failure Saturday, May 2, 1998, in her home. She was 80.
Mrs. Reese was born in Philiadelphia, the daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Peirson.
She was a homemaker. She was also owner and president of R & H Filter Co., Georgetown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Reese, 1987.
She is survived by a brother, David Peirson of Newark and a sister, Millicent Shult of Charleston, S.C.
There will be a graveside service 1 p.m. today at St. Peter's Episcopal Cemetery, Pilottown Road, Lewes.
Instead of flowers the famiy suggests contributions be made to the local Humane Society.
Arangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Road
William C. Collings, 42
VENTURA, Calif. - William C. Collings of Ventura and formerly of Wilmington died after being accidently struck by a train when he was chasing his dog that he had been walking Monday, May 11, 1998, in Ventura. He was 42.
Mr. Collings was born in Wilmington, the son of W. Clifford Collings of Jacksonville, Fla., and Janal P. Brady of Milsboro.
He was a 1974 graduate of Concord High School and later attended the University of Delaware.
Mr. Collings was a carpenter.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a stepfather, Joseph J. Brady of Millsboro; a daughter, Heather A. Collings of Claymont; two sisters, Patricia M. Vilson of Virginia Beach, Va., and Julia B. Brady of Wilmington.
Service will be noon Saturday at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. James Van Der will officiate.
Burial will be in Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro.
Intead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Grace United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 566, Millsboro, DE 19966.
Clara Mae Parker, 49
LINCOLN - Clara Mae Parker of Lincoln died of cancer Monday, May 11, 1998, in her home. She was 49.
Ms. Parker was born in 1948 in Dawson, Ga.
She was a factory and domestic worker.
Ms. Parker was a member of Temple Faith in Ellendale and a member of the Usher Board.
She is survived by a son, Robert Parker of Atlantic City, N.J.; three daughters, Victoria Parker of Atlantic City, Tracy Parker, Tress Parker, both of Detroit; three sisters, Lizzie Mae Johnson of Shellman, Ga., Emma Reynolds of Atlantic City, Elizabeth Dukes of Ellendale; and seven grandchildren.
Service will be in Shellman.
Friends may call noon Sunday at Wesley Chapel, Lincoln.
Maurice P. Harrington, 79
HARRINGTON - Maurice P. Harrington died of respiratory failure Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 79.
Mr. Harrington was supervisor at Caulk-Dentspy, Milford for 40 years, retiring in 1981.
He was a World War II veteran.
Mr. Harrington was a lifetime member of Harrington Fire Co.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Delema A. Harrington; a daughter, Marsha P. Potenzano and her husband, Joseph of Lockport, Ill.; two granddaughters, Giavanna and Ashley Potenzano, both of Lockport.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the McKnatt Funeral Home, 50 Commerce St., Harrington, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.
Newman Hicks, 79
HARRINGTON - Newman Hicks of Harrington died of cancer Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in his home. He was 79.
Mr. Hicks was born 1918 in Harrington, the son of the late Newman Hicks, Sr. and Gertrude Hicks.
He a driver for D & R Trailer Sales for 17 years, and later was a horse groomer for several local stables. He last worked for Tom Clarke Stables, near Felton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Claria Hicks, 1980.
He is survived by a son, Milton Benson and his wife Melinda Benson of Harrington, and two brother, Quinton Smith of Houston, Alfred Smith of Rosecroft, Md.; a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, a host of nieces and nephews and a close friend, Mable Harmon.
There will be a graveside service 1 p.m. Monday in Williamsville Cememtery, near Houston.
Arrangement by McKnatt Funeral Home.
Matthew Willis Harrison, 6 months
STEVENSVILLE, Md. - Matthew Willis Harrison of Stevensville died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis.
Matthew was born Nov. 25, 1997, in Annapolis, the son of Gregory Neil and Nancy Elainc Glasgow Harrison of Stevensville, Md.
He is survived by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Louis Glasgow Jr. of Chester, and paternal grandparents, Mr. Richard Harrison of Chester, and Mrs. Sally Ashton of Laurel Springs, N.J.; his maternal great-grandparents, Mrs. June Glasgow of Stevensville, Mrs. Ruth Martens of College Park, Md. and his paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David Ashton of West Hartford, Conn.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church, Stevensville.
Burial will be in Stevensville Cemetery, Stevensville.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department P.O. Box 27, Stevensville MD 21666.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., Chester.
Ian Walden Denny, 6 months
STEVENSVILLE, Md. - Ian Walden Denny of Stevensville died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis.
Ian was born Nov. 16, 1997, in Annapolis, son of Richard Carvel and Dawn Marie Walden Denny of Stevensville.
In addition to his parents he is survived by a sister, Rheanne Denny of Stevensville; paternal grandparents, Walter T. and Anne Tolson Denny of Stevensville; maternal grandparents, Robert Short and stepmaternal grandmother, Ginny Short of Catonsville; a grandmother, Verona Walden Biller of Glen Burnie, paternal great-grandmother, Alice Marie Gabler of Conover, N.C., and maternal great-grandmother Ruth Walden of Baltimore.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Kent Island United Methodist Church, Chester.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m today at Fellows, Helfembein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., Chester.
Burial will be in the Denny family Cemetery, Stevensville.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Anne Arundel Medical Center Human Relations Department c/o N.I.C.U. 51 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD 21401.
Samuel E. Booker III, 52
SALISBURY, Md. - Samuel E. Booker III of Salisbury died Sunday, May 10, 1998, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury. He was 52.
Mr. Booker was born in Fizgerald, Ga., the son of the late Samuel E. Booker Jr. and Ethel West Booker.
He was an employee of the Landis & Staefa Co. of Baltimore as a computer engineer.
Mr. Booker was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and the Fellowship of Reconciliation, a worldwide peace organization.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Mae Bartholomew Booker of Salisbury; three children, Liesel Booker, Dacey Booker and Jason Booker, all of Salisbury; and a sister, Glenda Wallace of Macon, Ga.
Service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salisbury, where friends may call a half-hour prior to the service. The Rev. Mark W. Henry will officiate.
Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Spinnerstown, Pa.
Arrangements by Hooloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury.
William R. Owens, 57
KITTS HUMMOCK - William R. Owens of Kitts Hummock died Thursday, May 14, 1998, in his home. He was 57.
Mr. Owens was born in 1941 in Dover, the son of the late Fraces and Edith Owens.
He was a mechanic for Schaefer Lincoln-Mercury for 10 years. He also worked for Winner Ford for 10 years.
Mr. Owens was a veteran of the Navy.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman who went after big game in trips to Quebec and Ontario, Canada.
Mr. Owens was an honorary member of the Fraternal Order of Police, a member of the National Rifle Association and American Hunters.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Marie Owens of Kiits Hummock; six children, Tina Marie Owens of Georgia, Billy Owens Jr. of Florida, Michelle Burkholden of Indiana, Michael Boyer, Keren Sprow and Heffery Boyer, all of Pennsylvania; three sisters, Barbara Lee Mitchell of Ocean View, Vicki Sue Osborne of Dover and Cathy Seely of Florida; a brother, Ricky Owens of Dover; an aunt, Alice ''Aunt Al'' Keiser, as well as nine grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, Bradford and Reed streets, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Instead of flowers the family suggests donations in memory of William ''Billy'' Owens to Compassionate Care Hospice, 266 Chapman Road, Suite 21-A, Newark, DE 19702.
Sherman L. Morrow, 81
SMYRNA - Sherman L. Morrow of Smyrna died Thursday, May 14, 1998 in Christiana Medical Center. He was 81.
Mr. Morrow was born in 1916 in Delaware City, the son of the late Herbert J. and Nellie Davidson Morrow.
He was a carpenter for Williams Construction Co., Newport, for two years and for Sun Ship Building Co. in Chester, Pa., for seven years. He later became a truck mechanic, working for Brockway Trucking for five years, Harold Singer for six years, and for Calotex in Middletown for 17 years.
Mr. Morrow was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He enjoyed gardening.
He is survived by three sons, Wayne Morrow of Dover, Bruce Morrow of Lewes and Herbie Morrow of Rehoboth Beach; two daughters, Alice Marie Riley of Smyrna, Sherri Vornholt of Seymour, Ind.; two brothers, Raymond Morrow of Bear, Robert Morrow of Glasgow; a sister Mary Rothrock of Bath, Va.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St. Smyrna, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Port Penn.
Mary Victoria D. Walley-Nickerson, 83
STILL POND, Md. - Mary Victoria D. Walley-Nickerson of Still Pond died Friday, May 8, 1998, in Magnolia Hall Nursing Home, Chestertown. She was 83.
Mrs. Nickerson was born Dec. 4, 1914, in Big Woods, the daughter of the late Raymond Duckery and Areba Ray Hackett.
She received her education in the Kent County School System.
She lived and worked on Pines Farm for several years. For 15 years she worked as a domestic worker for Mrs. Hilda Subers and family, Betterton, and several other families in the county.
Mrs. Nickerson loved to sing, cook, and sew. She was fondly called ''Mollie'' and ''Duck'' by some of her family and friends.
She joined Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Still Pond, at an early age. She held many offices at the church, including president and member of Women's Society of Christian Service, communion steward, chairperson for committee of mission and served as an usher. She was the originator of Days Work Rally which started the fellowship with Ringgold Chapel. She was a choir member and member of the old Mount Zion Gospel Singers. She attended Ringgold Chapel, Armstrong, was she was a member of the United Methodist Women and also became a certified lay speaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Walley, 1976 and two daughters, Isaac Nickerson and Mary F. Wilson, 1992.
She is survived by her mother and son-in-law Mary F. Willson and Lewis Wilson, both of Still Pond; a sister, Edna Gleeves of Dutchtown; four brothers, Hope Cotton of Big Woods, Victor Walley of Belvidere, Alice Steward and Guy Jones, both of Coleman; three great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law, Fred Gleaves of Dutchtown, Willie Parks of Wilmington, and Louis Walley of Pittsburgh; two sisters-in-law, Eunice Walley of Dutchtown and Rose Walley of Pittsburgh.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the New Christian Chapel of Love Church Still Pond, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. today and two hours prior to the service. The Rev. Barbara Johnson will officiate.
Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.
Arrangements by Walley Funeral Home, Chestertown.
Albert Edward Sheldon, 78
DOVER - Albert Edward Sheldon of Dover died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 78.
Mr. Sheldon was born in West Union, W.Va., the son of the late Albert and Ethel Hodge Sheldon.
He graduated from Norristown (Pa.) High School in 1938.
Mr. Sheldon was employed by the Kraft Food Co. in the Philadelphia area and later worked for Sears in St. Davids, Pa.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Adjutant General Office Company.
He was a member of the Presbyterian Church as an elder. He was also a member of Dover Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. He also served in New Castle County Presbytery.
He was preceded in death by his brother, William F. Sheldon.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Louise Watson Sheldon of Dover; two sons, Donald Sheldon of Sewell, N.J., Richard Sheldon of Atlantic City, N.J.; two daughters, Barbara Wood of St. Davids, Linda Shaver of Chester, Pa.; a brother Ralph Sheldon of Norristown; and seven grandchildren.
Service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Dover Presbyterian Church, State and Reed streets, Dover.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover.
Burial will be in George Washington Memorial Park, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Contributions can be made to the Dover Presbyterian Church.