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Charles W. Felty, 44

WILMINGTON - Charles W. Felty of Wilmington died Sunday, June 20, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 44.

Mr. Felty was born on July 3, 1954, the son of Raymond and Nelly Gray Felty.

He graduated from Dover High School in 1973.

He worked for Independent Living Inc. in Wilmington for many years.

He was a big sports fan of football, basketball, and hockey; and loved all Philadelphia teams.

Mr. Felty did volunteer work for Catholic Services in the Wilmington area.

He is survived by his father, Raymond Felty of Smyrna, his mother and stepfather, Nelly Dawson and Victor Dawson, of Magnolia; a sister, Deborah Vigil, and her husband, Clarence, of Orlando, Fla., Tammy St. Clair, and her husband, Melvin, of Bowers Beach; a nephew, Anthony Garner, and his wife, Sherry, of Orlando, Fla.; a niece, Ki Ki Diaz of Magnolia; two grandnieces and a grandnephew.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Trader Funeral Home in Dover, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. tonight.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Camden.

John H. Cuje Sr., 74

DOVER - John H. Cuje Sr. of Dover died Sunday, June 20, 1999, in Kent General Hospital in Dover. He was 74.

Mr. Cuje was born on Feb. 6, 1925, the son of the late John and Minnie Major Cuje.

He loved sports.

He worked for General Foods, retiring in 1986, after 31 years of service.

Mr. Cuje was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dover, where he served as usher and church trustee, was on the First Baptist Church Bowling Team, and a member of General Foods Retiree Group.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Cuje of Dover; a son, John Cuje, and his wife, Donna, of Lakeland, Fla.; a grandson, Bryan Cuje of Lakeland, Fla.; a daughter, Theresa Malone, and her husband, Kevin, of Dover; a stepmother, Martha Cuje of New Jersey; three stepbrothers, Floyd Dwight of Germany, Wallace Dwight of Washingtonville, N.Y., and Harvey Cuje of Virginia; three stepsisters, Barbara Leavey of Massachusetts, Georgianne Tstuis of Jackson, N.J., and Gail Hudak of Linden, N.J. ; two brothers-in-law, Raymond Masullo of New Jersey and Robert Madison of New York; and a number of nephews and nieces.

Service will be 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church, 301 Walker Road in Dover.

Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park in Dover.

Dennis James Warren, 39

SLAUGHTER NECK - Dennis James Warren of Slaughter Neck died of injuries sustained in an accident, Saturday, June 18, 1999, in Cambridge Dorchester General Hospital. He was 39.

Mr. Warren was born on March 29, 1960, in Milford, the son of the late David Warren and Rachel Warren of Slaughter Neck.

He graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 1978.

Mr. Warren worked for Perdue as a chicken catcher.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Dennis J. Trotter and Darrell E. Trotter, both of Slaughter Neck; four sisters, Blanche Causey of Houston, Emma Powell of Lincoln, Rev. Thelma McClain of Milford, and Barbara Maddox of Lewes; a brother, David M. Warren of Redden; three grandchildren; three brothers-in-law; and lots of nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Enon Church in Milford, where friends may call two hours prior to service.

Burial will be in Old Hickory Cemetery in Slaughter Neck.

Arrangements by Young Funeral Home in Milford.

George Washington Bockius, 86

DOVER - George Washington Bockius of Dover died Tuesday, June 22, 1999, in Capital Health Care Center in Dover. He was 86 years old.

Mr. Bockius was born Feb. 26, 1913, in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, the son of the late Charles H. and Martha A. Murray Bockius.

He graduated from Germantown High School and attended the Pennsylavania Museum School of Industrial Art. He later trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and privately with Charles Gardner, Paul Gorka, H. Theodore Hallman Sr., and Louise Stahl. He exhibited at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Woodmere Art Gallery and Ursinus College.

Mr. Bockius played the French Horn with the Red Hill Band for many years.

He was a member and director of the Perkiomen Art League for many years. He taught at Perkiomen and Souderton night schools. He was a member of the Dover Art League, and in his last years of teaching, gave personal fine arts lessons at his home in Dover.

Mr. Bockius was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sumneytown, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna B. Bockius, on June 10, 1999.

He is survived by a son, Lt. Col. George W. Bockius Jr. of Dover; a daughter, Susan Bockius of Washington D.C.; four grandchildren, Rebecca and Adam Blum and Troy and Alyssa Bockius; and three great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Joshua and Emma Blum.

Service will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wyoming United Methodist Church, Broad Street, Wyoming, where friends may call one-half hour prior to service.

Graveside service will be noon Friday in Freidens Union Cemetery in Sumneytown, Pa., where friends may also call.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Red Hill Band, P.O. Box 403, Red Hill Pa., or to Dover Art League, 21 West Loockerman St., Dover, DE 19904.

Phil L. Bryant, 72

HARRINGTON - Phil L. Bryant of Harrington died Sunday, June 20, 1999, in Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford. He was 72.

Mr. Bryant was born on June 3, 1927, in Mt. Holly, N.J., the son of the late Rev. Lace and Elise Bryant.

He was a chemistry teacher who taught math at Middletown High School, and a self-employed carpenter.

Mr. Bryant was a member of the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Dover.

He is survived by two brothers, Marcellus Bryant Sr. of Townsend and Arblee Allison Bryant of Aiken, S.C.; and two sisters, Gloria Bryant of Smyrna and Helena Wooders of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Middletown. The Rev. Luther L. Walker Jr. will officiate.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. tonight at Minus Funeral Home in Dover.

Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear.

Mabel Mae Glessner, 92

FEDERALSBURG, Md. - Mabel Mae Glessner of Federalsburg died Tuesday, June 1, 1999, in Caroline Nursing Home in Denton, Md. She was 92.

Mrs. Glessner was born on Sept. 9, 1906, in Buffalo Mills, Pa., the daughter of the late John and Elsie Coughenmour.

She moved to the Federalsburg area with her family in 1929.

Mrs. Glessner owned and operated Mae's Place on Liberty Road in Federalsburg from 1940 to 1966.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Glessner, on April 15, 1986; a son, Ray Glessner Sr.; and three brothers, Blair, Albert, and Cliff Coughenour.

She is survived by a son, Jack Glessner; two daughters, Wjuanita Passwaters and Helen Garone; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a great great-grandchild.

Mrs. Glessner donated her body to the Maryland State Medical Board for research.

Frank E. 'Ed' Massey, 70

MIDDLETOWN - Frank E. ''Ed'' Massey of Middletown died Monday, June 21, 1999, in his home. He was 70.

Mr. Massey had worked in the Auto industry with General Motors Corp., for nine years, and the Chrysler Corp., for 28 years. He also worked for the Baker Farms near Middletown for 32 years.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Anna M. Massey; two sons, John R. Massey Sr. and Bernard L. Massey, both of Middletown; two daughters, Sharon E. Stover of Clayton and Donna E. Price of Middletown; a brother, Willard Massey of Smyrna; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Daniels & Hutchinson Funeral Home, 212 North Broad St., Middletown, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery near Chesapeake City,.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Summit Bridge United Methodist Church, 547 Old Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, DE 19709, or to the New Castle County Delaware Hospice.

Charles Henry Purnell Jr., 63

BISHOPVILLE, Md. - Charles Henry Purnell Jr. of Bishopville died of cancer, Monday, June 21, 1999, in his home. He was 63.

Mr. Purnell was born in Salisbury, the son of the late Charles Henry Sr. and Eliza Smith Purnell.

He worked for B.F.I. Waste Systems in Delmar.

Mr. Purnell was a member of the Curtis United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee.

He is survived by his wife, Bessie Mae Purnell of Bishopville; a son, Allen Lee Purnell of Bishopville; two stepsons, Oliver McKinney and Jerry McKinney, both of Cambridge; three stepdaughters, Emma A. McKinney Fooks of Berlin, Louise McKinney of Bishopville and Bessie McKinney of Cambridge; two sisters, Mary Phillip of Millsboro, Del., and Alice Williams of Georgetown, Del.; seven grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Curtis United Methodist Church in Bishopville, where friends may call 7-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to service. The Rev. Gail Lockwood will officiate.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Arrangements by Lewis N. Watson Funeral Home in Salibury.

H. Reese Wilson, 75

GEORGETOWN - H. Reese Wilson of Georgetown died Tuesday, June 22, 1999, in his home. He was 75.

Mr. Wilson was a farmer for many years in the Georgetown area, retiring in 1983.

He enjoyed gardening and auctions.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Hilda Hall Wilson; a son, Kenneth R. Wilson, and his wife, Jacqueline, of Georgetown; two sisters, Freda Hudson of Lewes and Vietta Banning of Georgetown; and a grandson, Kenny Wilson Jr.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Delaware Hospice, 600 Du Pont Hwy., Suite 107, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Helen Parker Cockin, 87

SEAFORD - Helen Parker Cockin of Life Care at Lofland Park in Seaford, formerly of Georgetown, died Thursday, June 17, 1999, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was 87.

Mrs. Cockin was born in Beaver Harbour, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of the late Cecil Beaumont Cross and Anne Parker Cross.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Cockin was one of the founding members of the Milford Chapter #3134, American Association of Retired Persons, Inc.

She is survived by her husband, John Vivien Cockin of Seaford; a son, Peter A. Wallace of Nevada; and three grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Life Care at Lofland Park, 715 E. King St., Seaford.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Delaware Hospice, 600 Du Pont Hwy., Suite 107, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Isabelle K. Wilhelm, 87

DOVER - Isabelle K. Wilhelm of Dover, formerly of Fanwood, N.J., died Monday, June 21, 1999, in Courtland Manor in Dover, where she had lived for seven years. She was 87.

Mrs. Wilhelm was born on August 30, 1911, in Andover, Ill., the daughter of the late Albert and Ida Almquist Rodell.

She moved to Dover from Fanwood, N.J., in 1967.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Wilhelm was a member of Whatcoat United Methodist Church in Camden and the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Beecher E. Wilhelm, in 1974.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Bryson of Dover; two grandchildren, Dawn Clark of Wilton, Conn., and Brian Smith of Camden; and three great-grandchildren, Evan Clark and Allison Clark, both of Wilton, and Shawn Smith of Camden.

Graveside Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Sharon Hills Memorial Park in Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Delaware Chapter Alzheimer Association, 321 E. 11th St., Wilmington, DE 19801.

Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel in Dover.

Mary E. Kush, 68

MILTON - Mary E. Kush of Milton, formerly of Newark, died Tuesday, June 22, 1999, in her home. She was 68.

Mrs. Kush retired from Mellon Bank in Newark after 14 years of service in 1986.

She was an avid lover of the beach.

Mrs. Kush was a member of St. Edmond's Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Thaddeus Kush; a son, Thad Kush of Landenberg, Pa.; two daughters, Terry Christian of Wilmington and Karen Higgins of Seaford; a brother, Robert E. Hill of Spencer, Mass.; and five grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be noon Friday at St. Edmonds Catholic Church, King Charles and Laurel Streets, Rehoboth Beach.

Friends may call 7-9 Thursday at Parsell Funeral Home & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Hwy., in Lewes.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Milton.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 Du Pont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.

Barbara L. Fuller, 49

DOVER - Barbara L. Fuller of Dover died Monday, June 21, 1999, in her home. She was 49.

Ms. Fuller was born on August 29, 1949, the daughter of the late Lane and Ida Wilson Fuller.

She worked at Harry Louie Laundry in Dover.

Ms. Fuller loved bingo, playing cards, and enjoyed her family. She was an avid bowler, who bowled with the Chesapeake Traveling League for 20 years, and also with Brunswick Doverama.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Butterworth, in 1998, with whom she lived, and Gloria Tedder, this year.

She is survived by a son, Robert Fuller of Dover; seven brothers, Lane Fuller, Ronnie Fuller, and William Fuller, all of Dover, Clyde Fuller of Bristol, Pa., Robert Fuller of Lititz, Pa., James Fuller of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Frank Fuller of Laurel; seven sisters, Marlene Basiago, Janie Stewart, Vickie Fuller Moran, and Shirley Carr, all of Dover, Betty Rench of Muncie, Ind., Darlene Edwards of Magnolia, and Linda Robbins of Millington, Md.; and a grandson, Robert MacDonald of Dover.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Trader Funeral Home, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Camden.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contibutions to: Barbara L. Fuller Fund, c/o Trader Funeral Home Inc., 12 Lotus St., Dover, DE 19901.

Michaela Lynne Jester, infant

ROCK HALL, Md. - Michaela Lynne Jester of Rock Hall died Friday, June 18, 1999, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital.

Michaela was the infant daughter of John and Melissa Jester of Rock Hall.

She is survived by her paternal grandparents, Dolores Jester and Herbert Jester; paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Atkinson; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kennard and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Boulter; maternal great-grandparents, Mr. James T. Creighton and Mrs. Thelma Boulter; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Service was held Monday, June 21, 1999, at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Memorial Fund for the Family of Michaela Jester, C/O Peoples Bank, P.O. Box 96, Rock Hall, MD 21661.

Harold B. Short, 75

LONG NECK - Harold B. Short of Long Neck died from complications of Parkinson's Disease Monday, June 21, 1999, in Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 75.

Mr. Short was born in Georgetown, the son of the late Linden and Elsie Wildon Short.

He retired from Diamond State Telephone Company in 1979, after 39 years of service. He started as a linesman's helper and later rose to district plant superintendent.

He helped his father establish Short's Marine in 1949 and devoted himself full-time to the venture after his retirement.

Mr. Short was a member of the Long Neck Business Association, Delaware Marine Trade Association, Telephone Pioneer's Association, Long Neck United Methodist Church, and National Marine Retailer's Association.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lyle M. Short; two sons, Harold B. Short Jr., and his wife, Patricia, of Davidson, N.C., and Donald Short and his wife, Dianne, of Millsboro; and four grandchildren, David Darren, Juli, and Mike Short.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services in Long Neck, where friends may call one hour prior to service. The Rev. Karen Booth will officiate.

Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Georgetown.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Long Neck United Methodist Church, Long Neck Road, Millsboro, or American Parkinson Disease Association, Delmarva Chapter, 4049 Oakland School Road, Salisbury, MD 21804.
 

Deborah Ann Heverin, 37

DOVER - Deborah Ann Heverin of Dover died Sunday, June 21, 1998, in the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna. She was 37.

Ms. Heverin was born in 1961, the daughter of Robert and the late Diane Heverin.

She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Sylvia May Heverin.

In addition to her father, she is survived by two sons, Robert W. Heverin of Dover, and Major Stubbs of Greensboro, Md.; two daughters, Sue Ellen Harper and Shanna Stubbs, both of Greensboro; four brothers, Donald and Ronald Heverin, both of Dover, Gary Heverin of Townsend and Richard Middleton of Smyrna; and a sister-in-law, Carlea Cahall of Dover.

Service will be 2 p.m. doday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St. in Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Ellsworth Woodruff will officiate.

Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.

 

Elizabeth I. Ellis, 67

DOVER - Elizabeth I. Ellis of Dover died Tuesday, June 23, 1998, in Integrated Health Services of Delaware, Kent Nursing Home, Smyrna. She was 67.

Mrs. Ellis was born in 1931 in Salem, N.J., the daughter of the late John H. and Emma Wilson McWilliams.

She worked as a packer for Anchor Hocken Glass in Salem for eight years before moving to Dover and working as a short order cook at the Wagon Wheel restaurant in Smyrna for 18 years, retiring in 1988.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel R. Ellis Sr., in 1996.

She is survived by four sons, Samuel R. Ellis Jr., Robert W. Ellis and Joseph H. Ellis, all of Dover, and John H. Ellis of Smyrna; two daughters, Irene E. Smith and Carol M. McCain, both of Smyrna; two brothers, Arthur B. McWilliams of Rhode Island and Alfred E. McWilliams of Henderson, Md.; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Glenwood Cemetery, Glenwood Avenue, Smyrna.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice.

Arrangements by Faries Funeral Directors, Smyrna.

 

Elmer L. Henry, 84

CHESWOLD - Elmer L. Henry of Cheswold died Monday, June 22, 1998, in the Kent General Hospital. He was 84.

Mr. Henry was born in 1914 in Townsend, son of the late Joseph and Gertrude Jefferson Henry.

He was formerly employed by the Brandywine Construction Co., New Castle. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Gibbs Henry in 1991.

He is survived by a son, Tyrone Henry and his wife, Joyce, both of Cheswold; two daughters, Charlotte and Doris Henry, both of Wilmington; two brothers, Issac Henry of Townsend and Joseph Henry of Wilmington; three sisters, Carrie Heath and Pearl Henry, both of Townsend and Dorothy Henry of Wilmington; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Service will be privately held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed and Bradford streets, Dover.

 

Willard N. 'Blackie' Millman, 58

GEORGETOWN - Willard N. ''Blackie'' Millman of Georgetown died Monday, June 22, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. He was 58.

Mr. Millman was a mechanic for the state highway department for 30 years, retiring in 1987.

He is survived by two daughters, Renee Knowles of Seaford and Lisa Rogers of Georgetown; a sister, Betty Lou Evans of Laurel; three grandchildren, Lauren Knowles of Seaford, and Justin Dempsey and Robert Rogers IV, both of Georgetown.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, 600 E. Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Georgetown.

 

Robert McKinley Wheeler, 99

DENTON, Md. - Robert McKinley Wheeler of Denton died Saturday, June 20, 1998, in the Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge, Md. He was 99.

Mr. Wheeler was born in 1899, in Queen Anne's County, Md.

He worked as a farmer until he retired about 35 years ago and after that he did odd jobs with his tractor in and around Denton.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Camilla in the mid to late 40s and his second wife, Ida Miles in 1978.

He is survived by a devoted step-son, William ''Jackie'' Miles of Wilmington; a step-daughter-in-law, Darlene Miles of Wilmington; a nephew and niece-in-law, Robert and Gaynor Grinnage of Atlanta; a niece, Mildred Johnson of Chester, Pa., and a host of grand-nieces, nephews and friends.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home Easton, Md., where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Spring Grove Cemetery, Denton.


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