Miscellaneous Kent County, Delaware Obituaries


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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 Philadelphia, 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.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in St. Peter's Episcopal Cemetery, Pilottown Road, Lewes.

Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the local Humane Society.

Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Road

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; two brothers, Quinton Smith of Houston and 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.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday in Williamsville Cememtery, near Houston.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in his memory to the McKnatt Funeral Home in Harrington.

Arrangements by McKnatt Funeral Home.

William 'Billy' R. Owens, 57

KITTS HUMMOCK - William ''Billy'' R. Owens of Kitts Hummock died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in his home. He was 57.

Mr. Owens was born in 1941 in Dover, the son of the late Frances 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 on 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 Kitts Hummock; six children, Tina Marie Owens of Georgia, Billy Owens Jr. of Florida, Michelle Burkholden of Indiana, and Michael Boyer, Karen Sprow and Jeffery 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, and 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 be made in memory of William ''Billy'' Owens to Compassionate Care Hospice, 266 Chapman Road, Suite 21-A, Newark, DE 19702.

Christian D. Dunham, 1 day

DOVER - Christian D. Dunham of Dover died Thursday, May 14, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was one day old. 

Christian was the son of David and Jane Dunham of Dover.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Devan A. Dunham of Dover; maternal grandparents, Calvin and Zenaida Culp of Mildenhall R.A.F., U.K. and Olympio Ignas of Manilla, Phillipines; paternal grandparents, Donald and Bernadette Medlin of North Carolina; paternal great-grandmother, Mildred Bialy of Circleville, Ohio; and nine uncles, Daniel Dunham and his wife, Holly, of Richmond, Va., Shawn Dunham and his wife, Michelle, of Roanoke, Va., Jeff Dunham of Goldsboro, N.C.; Patrick Dunham of Sedona Ariz., Lee Ignas of Sacaramento, Calif. and Calvin Culp Jr of Mildenhall R.A.F.

Service will be noon Saturday at Dover Air Force Base Chapel 2, Lebanon Road.

Paul L. Coverdale, 82

FREDERICA - Paul L. Coverdale of Frederica died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in Christiana Hospital. He was 82.

Mr. Coverdale was the son of the late Henry B. and Anna Maag Coverdale.

He was a long time auto mechanic in the Dover area working for Bolan Motors, Coverdale's Auto Air Conditioning and Delaware Auto Sales. 

Mr. Coverdale was in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, two Bronze Stars with arrowhead, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He enjoyed fishing in his spare time.

He was a member of the Clayton V.F.W. and the American Legion Walter L. Fox Post 2 in Dover. Mr. Coverdale was also a member of the Smyrna Masonic Lodge. 

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sarah Stevens Coverdale of Frederica; a son, Edmond B. Coverdale of Elkton, Md.; a sister, Paulena C. O'Neal of Clayton; and a brother, Harry Coverdale of Stockley. 

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to service. 

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford. 

Family suggest contributions made to Christiana Heart Center in Care of Christiana Hospital, Newark.

Rebecca Boyd 'Beck' O'Grady, 65

GALENA Md. - Rebecca Boyd ''Beck'' O'Grady of Galena, died Friday, May 15, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington. She was 65.

Mrs. O'Grady was born 1932, Galena, the daughter of the late John and Evelyn Spencer Boyd.

She worked as a waitress for the Granary Restaurant and the Kitty Knight House in Georgetown, Md. She retired in 1991.

Mrs. O'Grady enjoyed crocheting.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bernard O'Grady Jr.; a daughter, Phyllis Ann Guessford; and a sister, Shirley Boyd Biggs.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Bernard F. O'Grady; two sons, Robert O'Grady of Wilmington, Del., and John Rajchel of Crumpton; a daughter, Deborah Melson of Galena; a brother, George Boyd of Galena; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Webb of Betterton, Barbara Jefferson of Bel Air; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, 118 W. Cross St., Galena, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Pastor Thomas Peterman will officiate.

Burial will be in Galena Cemetery.

Minister Sarah C. Paul, 77

BREWTON, Ala. - Minister Sarah C. Paul of Brewton died Monday, May 4, 1998 in a Pensacola Hospital, Fla. She was 77.

Mrs. Paul was born 1920, the daughter of the late Leslie and Georgia Jones.

She was a spiritual leader of the Spiritual True Holiness Church of God, Brewton. She was called into the ministry on Easter Sunday in 1952. She retired from D.W. McMilliam Hospital after 19 years of service.

Mrs. Paul was very active in many community activities, including the Brewton Nutrition Center, where she was selected community volunteer of the year, the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a volunteer reading teacher with the adult program at Jefferson Davis Jr. College, treasurer of the Oak Grove Cemetery Committee Bible Study Organization, a volunteer at the hospital from which she retired, and a paster and overseer of the Spiritual True Holiness Church of God.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, Robert Paul of Brewton; eight children, Edith Coleman and her husband, James, of St. Louis, Winifred Colman and her husband, Fred, of St. Louis,Brunettte Manning of Albany, Ga., James Paul and his wife, Dalmecia, of Los Angeles, Broncile Deere of Brewton, John Paul and his wife, Dorothy, of Brewton, Joyce Buie of Ivrngton, N.J., and Doreen Watson and her husband, Keith, of Dover, Del.; 19 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; five sisters, three brothers, an aunt and a host of in-laws, cousins and other relatives also a community and surrounding communities of lives that she touched in some way.

Service was held on Saturday, May 9, at the Spiritual True Holiness Church of God.

Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Brewton.

Arrangements by Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors, Brewton.

Kathleen D. 'Tookie' Johnson, 53

ADELPHI, Md. - Kathleen D. ''Tookie'' Johnson of Adelphi, died Monday, May 11, 1998, in her home. She was 53.

Ms. Johnson was born Oct. 18, 1944 in Newark, N.J., the daughter of the late Theodore E., Sr. and Ruth Johnson.

She received her bachelor's degree in business and secretarial related subjects from Delaware State University in 1976, then her master's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee, 1984, where she was also employed.

She was a word processor specialist who provided assistance to various law firms in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., areas. She was also a word processor secretary for the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Johnson was a member of the Phi Gamma Rho Business Organization, she was a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Reginald Trent, and two sisters, Gloria and Patricia Johnson.

She is survived by her sister, Audrey O. Daniels and a devoted brother-in-law, Jeff Daniels of Dover; two brothers, Curtis Eugene Trent of Newark, N.J., and Theodore E. Johnson Jr. of Dover; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and friends.

Service will be 8 p.m. Monday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call two hour prior to service.

Burial will be private.

Christine M. Sharp, 58

SMYRNA - Christine M. Sharp of Smyrna died Wenesday, May 13, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 58.

Miss Sharp was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Charles M. Sharp and Elsie M. Kozempel Sharp.

She was a 1958 graduate of John Bassett Moore High School, Smyrna.

Miss Sharp was employed at the Dover Branch of Wilmington Trust bank and later she was promoted to head teller and moved to the Smyrna branch when it opened.

She is survived by a sister, Charlotte M. Fico, of Rochester, N.Y.; a nephew Dominic V. Fico of Rochester, N.Y.; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Polycarp's Catholic Church, Ranson Lane and South Street, Smyrna.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Sunday and 10-10:45 a.m. Monday at Mathew-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association of Delaware, Kent County Division, P.O. Box 1977, Dover, DE 19903 or the American Diabetes Association, 110 S. French St., Wilmington, DE 19801.

Jennifer M. Wright, 38

FEDERALSBURG, Md. - Jennifer M. Wright of Federalsburg, died Thursday, May 14, 1998, in Easton. She was 38.

Mrs. Wright was born in Easton, the daughter of Jack J. Anthony Jr. of Greensboro and the late Grace Ellen Walters Anthony.

She was an assistant manager at the High's Store in Denton.

She was preceded in death by her mother in 1983 and her brother, Howard Jennings Anthony III in 1995.

In adition to her father she is survived by her husband, Gordon L. Wright of Federalsburg; a daughter, Trisha Wright of Federalsburg; a son, Gordan L. Wright Jr. of Federalsburg; four sisters, Sandra Peterson of Weathford, Texas, Jacquelyn Anders of Ridgely, Beverly McNeal of Hillsboro, Pamela Poe of Weathford, and Edith Cockell of Denton.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., 12 S. Second St., Denton, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday.

Burial will be in Bloomery Cemetery near Federalsburg.

Instead of flowers memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital, 3441 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140.

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