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Carl Kemp, 81

DOVER - Carl Kemp of Dover died of respiratory failure Monday, June 29, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 81.

Mr. Kemp was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was a U.S.D.A. poultry inspector for several years, retiring in 1976.

Mr. Kemp was a lifetime member of the Felton V.F.W.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Killen Kemp, in 1992; and two children, Jenny Kemp and Morris Kemp.

He is survived by two daughters, Eleanor Hall of Dover and Debbie Baker of Harrington; eight sons, Frank and Robert, both of Felton, Walter of Dover, Tim of Millsboro, Wayne of Felton, Eddie of Harrington, Ernest of Felton and Douglas of Harrington; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Bessie Sherwood McCracken of Milford.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, Main Street, Felton, where friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.

George G. Grace, 77

SMYRNA - George G. Grace of Smyrna, formerly of Townsend, died of an apparent heart attack Monday, June 29, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 77.

Mr. Grace was employed by Delaware Brick as a truck driver, retiring in 1978.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Grace; a son, Kenneth G. Grace of Franklin, Tenn.; a daughter, Wanda Durham of Pennsville, N.J.; a sister, Hazel Parag of Wilmington; four granddaughters; five great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Main Street, Townsend, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in the Townsend Cemetery, Townsend.

James George Devlin, 73

DOVER - James George Devlin of Dover died Monday, June 29, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 73.

Mr. Devlin was the son of the late George Washington and Martha Brooks Devlin.

He was drafted in March 1943 to serve with the U.S. Air Force, and was assigned to Miami Beach, Fla., for basic training. In February 1945, he graduated as a navigator in Bergstrom AFB, Texas.

He served in the Korean Conflict and was assigned to the B-26 Aircraft and K-9 Base. He did 41 combat missions and had 480 hours behind enemy lines. While at Dover Air Force Base, he was on the ferrying squadron, a navigator, and instructor navigator, flight exam navigator, and chief navigator from 1953-1964. In Texas, he was a flight facilities squadron commander from 1964-1965. In Korea, he was chief of flight facilities for a group in 1967-1968, and in Westover, Mass., he was chief of flight facilities from 1968-1970. He retired with the rank of major serving with over 27 years with the U.S. Air Force. His awards include: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Cluster, Military Merit, National Defense, Good Conduct, Korea Services, and United States Service Medal.

Mr. Devlin was a Realtor in the Dover area for several years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nora M. Duggan Devlin, in 1989.

He is survived by a son, Gregory J. Devlin of Rochester, N.Y.; four daughters, Ellen M. Fitzpatrick of North Plainfield, N.J., Christine P. Feely of Culver City, Calif., Nancy D. Roberts of New Castle and Kathleen M. Latourette of Dover; a brother, William Butler of N.J.; seven grandchildren, Jeanette A. Fitzpatrick, Bridget L. Feely, Alyssa C. Feely, Kimberly M. Latourette, Katelyn M. Latourette, Brittany M. Devlin and Brendon G. Devlin.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Friday in Sharon Hill Memorial Park, Dover.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to T.R.O.A., c/o Dover Air Force Base, Dover, DE 19902, or to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.

Robert B. Stott, 81

LEWES - Robert B. Stott of Lewes died Monday, June 29, 1998, in Millsboro Nursing Home. He was 81.

Mr. Stott was born in 1916, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of the late Harry B. Stott and Blanche Collins.

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Mr. Stott was a member of the V.F.W. in Rehoboth Beach; the American Legion, Lewes, and a member of the Community Church of Oak Orchard.

He is survived by his wife, Hilda B. Stott of Lewes; a daughter, Tammy J. Stott of Lewes; a sister, Betty Gorder of Aberdeen, South Dakota and a stepdaughter, Silvia L. Stange of Huntingtown, Md.; a stepson, Meail L. Crabill of Keller, Texas; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Hwy., Lewes, where the Rev. Allen Miller will officiate.

The family suggests contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 321 E. 11 St., Wilmington, DE 19801.

James O. Carr, 80

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - James O. Carr of Cambridge died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in Dorchester General Hospital. He was 80.

Mr. Carr was the son of the late Joseph and Martha Ennals Carr.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Glory Edwards.

He is survived by two children, Betty Roberson of Durham, N.C., and Jamerson Carr of Cambridge; a sister, Lillie Carr of Mallard Bay Center in Cambridge; two brothers, Olin Carr of Cambridge and Arthur Carr of Baltimore, Md.; six grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Cambridge, where friends may call from 7-8 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Beulah, Md. on Monday.

Karl F. 'Butch' Dickerson, 43

LEWES - Karl F. ''Butch'' Dickerson of Lewes died Monday, June 29, 1998, in his home. He was 43.

Mr. Dickerson was a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School.

He was a cosmetologist for several years and had previously worked at salons at the Henlopen Hotel and the Carousel Hotel, which he owned.

He is survived by his parents, Carl and Irene Short Dickerson, of Lewes; a sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and William Chasanov, of Milford; an uncle, Wayne Short of Tampa, Fla.; two nephews, William M. and Matthew A. Chasanov; and a niece, Shae Chasanov.

There will be a memorial service at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton.

David H. Pearson, 72

CLAYTON - David H. Pearson of Clayton died of congestive heart failure Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in his daughter's home in Dover. He was 72.

Mr. Pearson was born in 1925, in Sudlersville, Md., the son of the late Lucy M. Yeager.

He attended school in Sudlersville.

Mr. Pearson worked on his family's farm until he was drafted into the Army near the end of World War II.

He was employed by Chrysler Corp., Wilmington, for about 10 years when they produced army tanks. He was later employed as a carpenter with Carpenters Local 626, Wilmington, for about 25 years, retiring in 1988.

Mr. Pearson enjoyed gardening.

He is survived by a daughter, Charlotte A. Powell of Dover; five brothers, Raymond Yeager of Sudlersville, William Yeager of Maryland, Henry Yeager of Sudlersville, and John and Robert Yeager, both of Millington, Md.; three sisters, Doris Gross of Fla., Marian Embert of Sudlersville and Shirley Ennis of Smyrna; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, where friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.

H. Dawson Shulties, 80

WILLOW GROVE - H. Dawson Shulties of Willow Grove died Sunday, June 28, 1998, in the Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 80. 

Mr. Shulties was born in and lived his entire life in Willow Grove.

His early working career began in the Wyoming Hosiery Mill, Wyoming. He later worked for Hartnett Lumber in Dover as a cabinetmaker. He also owned and operated a barber shop in Willow Grove and, from 1973 until 1989, he owned and operated Shulties' General Store in Willow Grove.

He enjoyed the sport of golf. He will best be remembered by family and friends not only for his busy and productive career, but for his love and dedication to his wife, mother, children, family and church.

Mr. Shulties served in the House of Representatives of Delaware from 1960 to 1966. For many years until present, he served on the Board of Elections. He was a Gideon, and was an active member in his church, The Willow Grove Church of God; he was a true testimony to his faith.

He was preceded in death by his nephew, Danny Carey, in May 1995.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Doris M.; his mother, Anna Mae Dodd Kemp of Willow Grove; three daughters, Christine Septer of Ocala, Fla., Beverly J. Mitchell of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lisa L. Shulties of Willow Grove; a sister, Evelyn Voshell of Dover; a brother, Jack Carey of Willow Grove, two grandchildren, Donna Maley of Mass. and Scot Septer of Smyrna, and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Willow Grove Church of God, Honeysuckle Road in Willow Grove.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to The Gideon Memorial Bible Chairman, The Gideon International, P.O. Box 56, Harrington, DE, 19952, or to the Willow Grove Church of God, 90 Honeysuckle Road, Camden-Wyoming, DE 19934.
 

Burton Davidson Willis, 81

MILFORD - Burton Davidson Willis of Milford died Wednesday, July 1, 1998, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was 81.

Mr. Willis was born in 1917, in Lincoln, the son of Jonathan S. and Huldah Davidson.

He graduated from Milford High School in 1935.

Mr. Willis was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was a livestock dealer in the Milford area for 60 years and he was well-known for auctioneering for 40 years. He also raised and trained standard breed horses.

Mr. Willis was past president of the Milford Alumni Association, Milford Southern States Co-op, member of the Milford Lions Club, past election commissioner for the state of Delaware, member of the Clover Leaf Association, and the Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, where he was a member of the Methodist Men. 

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Hazel H.; two daughters, Connie and her husband, Duane Fox of Milford, and Susan and her husband, Robert Harvell of Gumsprings, Va.; a brother, J. Spencer Willis of Milford; five grandchildren and four great-grandsons.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church St., Milford.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Rogers Funeral Home, 301 Lakeview Ave., Milford.

Burial will be in Barratts Chapel Cemetery, near Frederica.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to American Heart Association, 600 Du Pont Hwy., Suite 201-A, Georgetown, DE 19947 or American Cancer Society, 228-C N. Du Pont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.

 

Grace E. Postles, 84

SEAFORD - Grace E. Postles of Seaford died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She was 84.

Mrs. Postles was born in Laurel. She was the daughter of the late William H. and Bertha M. Calloway.

She was retired from Leeds Luggage Co. as a supervisor in Smyrna.

Mrs. Postles was a member of Epworth Church in Laurel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emory G. Postles.

She is survived by two daughters, Florence V. VanHorn, of Dover, and Loretta S. Collins, of Fort Charlotte, Fla.; a sister, Blanche Williams of Seaford; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be at 2 p.m. today at Short Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

The Rev. Roland Tice will officiate.

Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel.

 

Audrey R. Elzey, 89

DENTON, Md. - Audrey R. Elzey of Denton died of heart failure Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton. She was 89.

Mrs. Elzey was born in 1908, in Hoopers Island, Md., the daughter of the late Dolby and Susie Simmons Aaron.

She worked in the Shirt Factory in Secretary, early in her life. She later worked with her husband, a well-known Federalsburg businessman, at Ellis Concrete Works in Federalsburg.

Mrs. Elzey was a member of the Cambridge Wesleyan Church in Cambridge

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jesse D. Ellis, in 1975, and her second husband, Emerson M. Elzey, in 1998; a brother, Charles Aaron; a sister, Madelene Parker and two grandchildren, Michael Elzey and Paul Eric Elzey.

She is survived by two sons, Paul E. Elzey of Federalsburg and Richard B. Elzey of East New Market; a sister, Agnes Kirwin of Cambridge; four grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Williamson Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Federalsburg, where friends may call from 7-8 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg.

The Rev. Harold Pitsenbarger will officiate.

The family suggests contributions be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, c/o Kitchen Fund, P.O. Box 39, Preston, MD 21655.

 

Alice Ethel Reynolds, 90

GLASSBORO, N.J. - Alice Ethel Reynolds of Glassboro died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Washington Township. She was 90.

Mrs. Reynolds was born in Delaware, the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Annabelle Bearman Marker.

She worked as a secretary for Episcopal Academy, a private boy's school near Philadelphia, for seven years. Following her retirement from there, she and her husband moved from Havertown, Pa., to Kentmore Park in Kennedyville, Md., where she resided for 22 years. She then moved to Glassboro to be closer to her son and his family.

Mrs. Reynolds enjoyed spending time with her family and loved to sew.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Arthur Reynolds, in 1979; a sister, Jeanette M. Ebur in 1997.

She is survived by a son, Barry Arthur Reynolds and his wife, Oneida, both of Glassboro; a brother, Charles E. Marker Jr. of Galena, Md.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 370 W. Cypress St., Millington, Md., where friends and family may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Galena Cemetery, Galena.

 

James Theron Phifer, 82

SEAFORD - James Theron Phifer of Seaford died of pneumonia Wednesday, July 1, 1998, in Seaford Center Genesis Elder Care. He was 82.

Mr. Phifer was born in Marshville, N.C., the son of the late Hugh and Atha Mills Phifer.

He was a self-employed truck driver, working for Preston Trucking, Preston, Md., retiring in 1981, after 31 years as a driver.

Mr. Phifer attended First Baptist Church of Seaford and was a member of Eastern Shore Teamsters.

He is survived by his wife, Josephine Smith Phifer; two sons, Larry W. of Newbury Park, Calif., and John D. of Seaford; two daughters, Phyllis E. Smith of Houston, Texas, and Linda C. Ballance of New York, N.Y.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King streets, Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Pastor John R. Hancock will officiate.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.

The family suggests contributions be made to Seaford Christian Academy, Holly Street, Seaford, DE 19973.

 

Karl F. 'Butch' Dickerson, 43

LEWES - Karl F. ''Butch'' Dickerson of Lewes died Monday, June 29, 1998, in his home. He was 43.

Mr. Dickerson was a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School.

He was a cosmetologist for several years and had previously worked at salons at the Henlopen Hotel and the Carousel Hotel, which he owned.

He is survived by his parents, Carl and Irene Short Dickerson, of Lewes; a sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and William Chasanov, of Milford; four uncles, Wayne Short of Tampa, Fla., Ralph Short of Dagsboro, Emory Short Sr. of Georgetown and Norman B. Short of Georgetown; two aunts, Joyce Hayes of Milford and Vicky Johnson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two nephews, William M. and Matthew A. Chasanov; a niece, Shae Chasanov, and several cousins.

There will be a memorial service at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton.

 

James F. Bird, 74

SEAFORD - James F. Bird of Seaford died of heart failure Wednesday, July 1, 1998, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was 74.

Mr. Bird was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He retired in 1986 from Con Edison in New York City as a draftsman designer.

Mr. Bird was active in the Boy Scouts of America from age 11 until he was 70 years old. He was an active member of the Seaford Moose Lodge, and a volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and the Nanticoke Senior Center.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Irma Helen Hancock Bird, in 1987.

He is survived by his second wife, Ruth Dunn Bird; a son, Thomas W. Bird of Seaford; a sister, Alice Bell of Lakewood, N.J., and two granddaughters.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Road, Seaford.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Road, Seaford, DE 19973.

 

Harold Thomas Karns, 91

DOVER - Harold Thomas Karns of Dover, formerly of Altoona, Pa., died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in the Silver Lake Nursing Home, Dover. He was 91.

Mr. Karns was born in Cresaptown, Md., the son of the late Lester and Mary Grubb Karns.

He was a graduate of Bedford High School, and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in pharmacy.

Mr. Karns was in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a Pharmacist's Mate First Class in the Pacific Theatre.

He was a salesman of Upjohn Co. for over 35 years.

Mr. Karns was a member of Llyswen United Methodist Church in Altoona, where he was treasurer for may years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Steele Karns in 1994.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Tom Brooks of Dover.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Good Funeral Home Inc., Altoona Reste Park, Altoona, Pa., where friends may call one-half hour prior to the service.

The Rev. Baughman will officiate.

Burial will be in Altoona Reste Park.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Llyswen United Methodist Church, 308 Colridge Ave., Altoona, PA 19602.

Arrangements by Trader Funeral Home, Dover.

 

James George Devlin, 73

DOVER - James George Devlin of Dover died Monday, June 29, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 73.

Mr. Devlin was the son of the late George Washington and Martha Brooks Devlin.

He was drafted in March 1943 to serve with the U.S. Air Force, and was assigned to Miami Beach, Fla., for basic training. In February 1945, he graduated as a navigator in Bergstrom AFB, Texas.

He served in the Korean Conflict and was assigned to the B-26 Aircraft and K-9 Base. He did 41 combat missions and had 480 hours behind enemy lines. While at Dover Air Force Base, he was on the ferrying squadron, a navigator, and instructor navigator, flight exam navigator, and chief navigator from 1953-1964. In Texas, he was a flight facilities squadron commander from 1964-1965. In Korea, he was chief of flight facilities for a group in 1967-1968, and in Westover, Mass., he was chief of flight facilities from 1968-1970. He retired with the rank of major, serving over 27 years with the U.S. Air Force. His awards include: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Cluster, Military Merit, National Defense, Good Conduct, Korea Services, and United States Service Medal.

Mr. Devlin was a Realtor in the Dover area for several years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nora M. Duggan Devlin, in 1989.

He is survived by a son, Gregory J. Devlin of Rochester, N.Y.; four daughters, Ellen M. Fitzpatrick of North Plainfield, N.J., Christine P. Feely of Culver City, Calif., Nancy D. Roberts of New Castle and Kathleen M. Latourette of Dover; two brothers, William Butler of N.J., and John Butler of Colorado; seven grandchildren, Jeanette A. Fitzpatrick, Bridget L. Feely, Alyssa C. Feely, Kimberly M. Latourette, Katelyn M. Latourette, Brittany M. Devlin and Brendon G. Devlin; and his special friend, Ramona Powell of Dover.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Friday in Sharon Hill Memorial Park, Dover.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today at the Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to T.R.O.A., c/o Dover Air Force Base, Dover, DE 19902, or to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.


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