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Willard J. Fitzgerald, 81
REHOBOTH BEACH - Willard J. Fitzgerald of Rehoboth Beach died Sunday, May 17, 1998, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. He was 81.
Mr. Fitzgerald was born July 13, 1916, in Claymont, the son of the late Floyd Fitzgerald and Annie Bunch.
He attended Philadelphia College of the Bible.
Mr. Fitzgerald worked for Sun Oil Co. as a lab technician for 33 years.
He was a World War II veteran in the Army Air Corps, he served in the Grand Support in 412 Fighter Squad, he served as a staff sergeant in the Army Air Force Ground Support in European Theatre.
Mr. Fitzgerald was a member of Brandywine Masonic Lodge 43, Wilmington, a former member of Rehoboth Beach Kiwanis Club. He was a past president and member of the Rehoboth Historical Society. He taught art classes at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center for many years and was also editorial cartoonist for the Delaware Coast Press for many years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice G. Miller Fitzgerald, 1996.
He is survived by a son, Keith F. Fitzgerald and his wife, Gayle P. Fitzgerald of Rehoboth Beach; a sister, Bethel Stern of Media, Pa.; three grandaughters, Lee, Stacy and Paige Fitzgerald, all of Rehoboth Beach; and a sister-in-law, JoAn Miller of Rehoboth Beach.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. May 27, 1998, at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Bay Vista, Rehoboth Beach.
Burial will be at noon today in Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.
Instead of flowers. the family suggest contibution to be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Home and Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Joseph L. Wright, 72
MILFORD - Joseph L. Wright of Milford died of complications of leukemia Sunday, May 17, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 72.
Mr. Wright attended the General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich.
He was founder and past president of Wright's Auto Parts in Milford and Bridgeville for 26 years, retiring in 1988. Before entering the NAPA Auto Parts business, he and his father, John L. Wright, owned and operated Wright's Pontiac in Milford for many years.
He was a U.S. Navy electrician 2nd class during World War II.
Mr. Wright enjoyed camping with his family and playing golf in the M.I.S.G.A. Golf Association.
He served on the Milford School Board and was involved in the construction of the Polytech Vocational School, Woodside, where he served as an original school board member. He was a charter member of Shawnee Country Club in Milford; a member of the Holiday Ramblers Travel Club; a member and past president of the Diamond State Twirlers Square Dancing Club; and a member of Milford VFW Blue Hen Post 6483.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Steward Wright, in 1998.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gladys S. Wright; a son, Curtis S. Wright and his wife, Vera F. of Lewes; a daughter, Deborah L. Dixon and her husband, Dennis O. Dixon of Felton; and a step-grandaughter Amy Dixon of Wyoming.
Service will be at 1 p.m. today at Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave., Milford.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 S.E. Front St., Milford, DE 19963 or the Leukemia Society of America, Delaware Chapter, 100 W. 10th St., Wilmington, DE 19801.
William 'Billy Ray' Lockerman, 59
DENTON, Md. - William ''Billy Ray'' Lockerman of Denton, Md. died as a result of injuries in a truck accident, Tuesday, May 19, 1998. He was 59.
Mr. Lockerman was born in Easton, Md., the son of Anna Elmira Stevens Lockerman of Denton and the late William Thomas Lockerman.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Mr. Lockerman was a self-employed certified welder and truck driver.
He was an avid sailor.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Wendell Lockerman in 1963.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by one son, W. Lance Lockerman of Denton; one daughter, Kerry Cooney of Denton; one brother, T. Alan Lockerman of Denton, and three grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., 12 South Second Street, Denton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be private.
Elizabeth E. Walters, 91
BRIDGEVILLE - Elizabeth E. Walters of Bridgeville died of heart failure Friday, May 15, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She was 91.
Mrs. Walters was born in 1907, in Bridgeville.
She was a domestic worker.
Mrs. Walters was a member of Mt. Calvary United Methdist Church in Bridgeville, where she was a communion steward and mother of the church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James B. Walters in 1993.
She is survived by one son, James L. Walters of Bridgeville; two nieces, whom she raised, Estella Hopkins of Bridgeville and Mildred Hopkins of Greenwood; one sister, Estella Johnson of Bridgeton, N.J.; one sister-in-law, Martha Banks of Bridgeville; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church in Bridgeville, where friends may call from 7-8 p.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Middleford.
Arrangements by Young's Funeral Homes, Milford.
Gordon H. 'Sandwich' Hurley, 76
LEESBURG, N.J. - Gordon H. ''Sandwich'' Hurley of Leesburg, N.J. died of Alzheimer's Tuesday, April 28, 1998. He was 76.
Mr. Hurley was born in 1922, in Little Creek, the son of the late Norris and Ida Hurley.
He was a World War II Army veteran. He saw action at the Battle of the Bulge, fought throughout Europe and served in the occupation forces in Japan.
Mr. Hurley was an oysterman and fisherman in Little Creek until 1959. He retired from Wheaton General Machine in Millville. After his retirement, he was a house painter.
He is survived by a son, Roy A. Hurley of Leesburg; two daughters, Sandra Ruth Montemarano of Newfield, N.J. and Mary Kimura of Brigantine, N.J.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
There was a private graveside service in the Leesburg Cemetery. A heartwarming eulogy was delivered by Anna May Hoffman.
The family suggests contributions be made in his memory to the Alzheimer's Foundation or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements were by Hoffman Funeral Homes, Leesburg.
John M. Goode, 71
ELLENDALE - John M. Goode of Ellendale died Monday, May 18, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 71.
Mr. Goode was born in 1927, in Ducktown, Tenn., the son of the late Charles Goode and Lula Mealer.
He was a former machine worker at the Tool & Dye Company.
He is survived by his wife, Marion L. Pratt Goode of Ellendale; one son, George M. Goode of Milton; one daughter, Vicki L. Petrone of Ellendale, and four grandchildren.
Service and burial will be private.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Georgetown.
Rosalie Dixon, 75
HOUSTON - Rosalie Dixon of Houston, formerly of Philadelphia, died of cancer Saturday, May 16, 1998, in her home. She was 75.
Mrs. Dixon was born in Greenville, N.C., the daughter of the late Mitchell and Carrie Brown Scott.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Salisbury, Md.
She is survived by her husband, Harvey Dixon of Houston; one son, Richard Calvin Scott of Minneapolis; three daughters, Carrie Ann Lewis and Theresa Ann Scott, both of Philadelphia, and Ava Patricia Burnett of Brandywine, Md.; two brothers, Clarence Scott and Ernest Scott, both of Philadelphia; three sisters, Ernestine Scott and Brenda Scott, both of Philadelphia, and Gwendolyn Reavis of Darby, Pa.; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.
Service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, corner of Delaware Avenue and Booth Street, Salisbury, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
The Rev. Lewis N. Watson will officiate.
There will be another service at 10 a.m. Friday at the Bethany Baptist Church, 58th Street and Warrington Avenue, Philadelphia, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
The Rev. Alpheus Bright will officiate.
Burial will be in Greenmont Cemetery, 4301 N. Front Street, Philadelphia.
Arrangements by Lewis N. Watson Funeral Home, Salisbury.
William Henry Skinner, 79
RIDGELY, Md. - William Henry Skinner of Ridgely died Saturday, May 16, 1998, in Easton Memorial Hospital. He was 79.
Mr. Skinner was born in 1918, in Talbot County, the son of the late Roy Skinner and the late Helen Logan.
He was a farm laborer most of his life.
Mr. Skinner attended Scott's United Methodist Church in Trappe, and several other churches, as he was able.
He is survived by one sister, Eva White of Trappe; one brother, Roy Skinner of Easton, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service will be at noon Friday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be private.
Joyce Richella Turner Landman, 58
BELLEVUE/ROYAL OAK, Md. - Joyce Richella Turner Landman of Bellevue/Royle Oak died in her home, Sunday, May 17, 1998. She was 58.
Mrs. Landman was born in 1939 in Bellevue, daughter of Howard Otis Turner and the late Harriett Louise Jackson Turner.
She graduated from Moton High School, Easton and attended Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Mrs. Landman was employed by the State of Maryland Comptroller of Treasury for 14 years.
She was an active and lifetime member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church of Bellevue. She also attended Refuge Temple Church of God in Cambridge.
In addition to her father, she is survived by one son, Alex. A. Green of Bellevue; two daughters, Harriette L. Ennels of Cambridge and Anita L. Gibson of Easton; six brothers, Gerald O. Turner of Bellevue, Maurice S. Turner of Lothina, Ga., Gene C. Turner of Upper Marlboro, Hilbert H. Turner of Royal Oak, Ronald C. Turner of Easton, and Warren P. Turner of Atlanta.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Bellevue, where friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in the Maryland Veteran's Cemetery, Beulah, Md.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Catherine B. Cantrell, 82
CENTREVILLE, Md. - Catherine B. Cantrell of Centreville, died Monday, May 18, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton. She was 82.
Mrs. Cantrell was born in 1915, in Carmichael, the daughter of the late C. Tilghman and Ethel Bartlett Bishop.
She gratuated from Centreville High School, Class of 1931; received her bachelor of science from Johns Hopkins University in 1935, and her masters from George Washington University in 1939.
Mrs. Cantrell taught junior, senior and vocational high schools in Harford County and Washington, D.C., from 1935-1950. She started with the Riggs National Bank of Washington in the Stenographic Pool in September 1950 on a full-time basis. She was elected an assistant cashier in 1963; appointed assistant secretary of the board in 1968; elected assistant vice-president in 1970, and a vice-president in 1975, retiring in 1976 as vice-president of Riggs National Bank.
She was a member of the Bank Women's Club; Capital Group, National Assoc. of Bank Women; The Zonta Club of Bethesda-Silver Spring; member and recording secretary to the Administrative Board of Chevy Chase United Methodist Church and held memberships in the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade; member and past president of the Women's Club of Centreville; secretary, Centreville High School Alumni Associaton; member, Queen Anne's County Senior Housing Association; President, Queen Anne's County Primary Health Care, Inc. since it was organized in May 1978; served as a member of Queen Anne's County Health Planning Committee, 1977-1979; Instrumental as president of Queen Anne's County Primary Health Care, Inc. in the establishment of the Queen Anne's Medical Center at Queenstown; member of Health Planning Council of the Eastern Shore and of its Plan Development and Executive Committees, 1977-1979. Life member of Queen Anne's County Historical Society and The James Smithson Society of the Smithsonian Institution; also a lifetime member of Wye of Carmichael United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Bishop Rittenhouse; two brothers, Virgil Bartlett Bishop and J. Tilghman Bishop.
She is survived by a stepson, Lawson J. Cantrell Jr. of Accomac, Va; a sister, Miriam Bishop Dean of Centreville; a sister-in-law, Helen H. Bishop of Queenstown; four step-grandchildren, Lucy Sanford Cantrell of Ashland, Va., L. James Cantrell III of Warrenton, Va., Mary Lewis Tellez of York, Pa., and Susan Tennessee Cantrell of Ashland; three nephews, Charles T. Rittenhouse of Vallejo, Calif., Charles T. (TIM) Bishop of Queenstown, and David B. Bishop of Easton, Md.; three nieces, Bonnie Dean Roschy of Centreville, Katheryn S. Bishop, and E. Ann Bishop, both of Easton; and eight great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Wye Carmichael United Methodist Church, Queenstown, where family and friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Chesterfield Cemetery, Centreville.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Wye of Carmichael United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 7, Queenstown, MD 21658.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Centreville.