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Melody Joan Abrams Williams, 38
TAMPA, Fla. - Melody Joan Abrams Williams of Tampa died Feb. 27, 1998, in the Community University Hospital in Tampa. She was 38.
Ms. Williams was born in 1959, in Star Hill, Del., the daughter of John Barber Sr. and Dorothy Byrant.
She graduated from Caesar Rodney High School.
Ms. Williams worked at Montgomery Ward.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Valarie Abrams.
She is survived by two daughters, Dominique Abrams and Kelli Williams, both of Tampa; three sisters, Faye Yelvaton of Star Hill, and Gwendolyn Barber and Denise Barber of Hattesburg, Miss.; four brothers, Reynolds Abrams and Ronald Abrams of Dover, Del., and John Barber Jr. and Michael Barber of Mississippi; three God-children, Yolanda Anderson, Arthur Butler and Maya Holmes; one brother-in-law, Wilford Yelverton of Star Hill; very devoted grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Kelley Williams of Tampa; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial Service was held at Keerey Church, Tampa, on Wednesday. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Beacon Light House Church, Dinah Road, Pearson Corner, Del., where friends may call two hours prior to service.
Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Garden in Dover.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home in Dover.
Sara J. George, 64
DOVER - Sara J. George of Dover died Tuesday, March 3, 1998, in the Kent General Hospital. She was 64.
Mrs. George was the daughter of the late Clarence and Elizabeth Gray.
She received her education in Dover schools.
Mrs. George was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, in 1988.
She is survived by two sons, James McClements of Smyrna and Earl R. Jr. of Dover; a daughter-in-law; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a host of friends.
Service will be at noon today at the Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Delaneys Church Cemetery, near Clayton.
Opha Elizabeth Calhoun Rhodes, 73
SMYRNA - Opha Elizabeth Calhoun Rhodes of Smyrna died Wednesday, March 4, 1998, in the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna. She was 73.
Mrs. Rhodes was born in Little Horse Creek, N.C., daughter of the late Claude and Pearl Barr Calhoun.
She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James W., in 1981; and a daughter, Wilma Jean Malafronti, in 1996.
She is survived by a daughter, Janice C. Mannering of Frederica; a stepmother, Lottie Calhoun of Jefferson, N.C.; a brother, Bernard Calhoun of Lansing, N.C.; five sisters, Paris Lewis of Warrensville, N.C., Katherine Miller of West Grove, Pa., Geraldine McNeil of Creston, N.C., Imojean Ham of Lansing, Maxine Bragg of North Olmstead, Ohio; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11:45 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of the Gracelawn Memorial Park, DuPont Parkway, New Castle.
Friends may call 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna.
Burial will be in the Gracelawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Barbara Ann Smith-Jones, 62
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Barbara Ann Smith-Jones of Chestertown died Tuesday, March 3, 1998, in the Kent/Queen Anne's Hospital. She was 62.
Mrs. Jones received her elementary and high school education through the Kent County Public Schools. She continued her education at Bowie State University, where she received her bachelor of science's degree in elementary education. She loved teaching and did her post-graduate studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Trinity University in Washington, D.C., and the University of Delaware in Newark.
She started her teaching career in a one-room school at Worton Point. She later was transferred to Garnett in Chestertown, then to Rock Hall Elementary School and she finished her teaching career after 34 years at Worton Elementary School.
Mrs. Jones retired and received pleasure working with the young people at the Carter Youth Facility in Chestertown.
She became an active and faithful member of Janes Methodist Church at an early age. She served on many church committees and was involved in may church activities.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Elijah Smith Jr.
She is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Aldotha ''Took'' Jones of Washington Park; one daughter, Barbara ''Babs'' Jones of Silver Springs; one sister, Nancy Smith Finlay of Culpeper, Va.; one brother, James Smith of Atlantic City, N.J.; eight sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Janes United Methodist Church, Cross and Cannon streets, Chestertown.
Friends may call 7-8 p.m. today at the church and two hours prior to the service Saturday.
Burial will be at Janes United Methodist Cemetery.
The Rev. Gonzalee Mathews will officiate.
Arrangements by Walley Funeral Home, Chestertown, Md.
Lester Ernest Wangus, 76
HURLOCK, Md. - Lester Ernest Wangus of Hurlock died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1998, in the Easton Memorial Hospital. He was 76.
Mr. Wangus was born in 1921, in Vienna, the son of the late Layfield Wangus and Lula Robinson Wangus.
He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1946.
Mr. Wangus was employed and retired from the Acme Markets Cannery in Hurlock.
He is survived by one daughter, Brenda Wangus; one son, Sylvester Wangus, both of Hurlock; five grandchildren, DeWayne W. of Cambridge, Lakeshia W. and DeVere W., both of Baltimore, Sylvester W. Jr. of Hurlock and Darren Cephas of Hurlock; and six great-grandchildren.
Service will be at noon Saturday at the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Hurlock, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Beula, Md.
Martin 'Hap' Seddon, 93
DOVER - Martin ''Hap'' Seddon of Dover died Wednesday, March 4, 1998 in Kent General Hospital. He was 93.
Mr. Seddon was born in Philadelphia, the son of the late Ernest and Hanna Grace Seddon.
He was a Coast Guard veteran.
Mr. Seddon worked for Greyhound Bus for 33 years, retiring as a dispatcher.
He was a member of the Masonic Order, Scottish Rite ''32'' Valley of Pittsburgh and was a shriner; also a member of the Elks in Dover.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Luella Fox Seddon; three cousins, Byron Knight of Kennet Square, Pa., Elsie M. Hickman of Milford, and L. Florence Masten of Dover; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be at 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 Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica, Del.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Kent County SPCA, Horsepond Road, Dover, DE 19901.
Samuel P. Smith, 72
BOOTHWYN, Pa. - Samuel P. Smith of Boothwyn died Thursday, March 5, 1998, in the Veterans Hospital, Elsmere, Del. He was 72.
Mr. Smith was born in Philadelphia, the son of the late Matilda Rose and William Smith.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was assigned to Patton's 3rd Armored Division as a combat engiuneer.
Mr. Smith was an accountant for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn. Central, and finally with ConRail before retiring in 1987, with over 37 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Anne Hazzard Smith.
He is survived by his sons, Eric S. Smith of Dover, Del., and Gregory S. Smith of Boothwyn; two daughters, Jennifer A. Fitzsimmons of Dover and Laurie MacArthur of Niagra, N.D.; a brother, William E. Smith of Ardmore; four sisters, Thelma E. Smith of Lansdowne, Jean Scott and Ethel Kolb, both of Philadelphia, and Grace Scott of Doylestown, and 10 grandchildren.
Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Del., where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Conleys Chapel Cemetery, Angola, Del.
Raymond Allen Cannon Sr., 64
CHURCH HILL, Md. - Raymond Allen Cannon Sr. of Church Hill died Thursday, March 5, 1998, of heart failure in Kent/Queen Anne's Hospital. He was 64.
Mr. Cannon was born in Baltimore, the son of the late Robert W. and Nola Willis Cannon.
He received his education in the Queen Anne's County school system.
Mr. Cannon worked on the family farm with his parents as a young man. In 1967, he worked for Queen Anne's County Road Board, where he was employed for 25 years as an equipment operator. He retired in 1992. He and his wife also owned and operated the Cannon Ambulance Service from 1990-1994.
He was very family oriented, and most of his activities centered around family activities. In his spare time, he was an avid coon and fox hunter.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sara ''Betty'' Cannon of Church Hill; two daughters, Louise Dove of Church Hill, and Lynn Foster of Wye Mills; two sons, Raymond A. Cannon Jr. and Richard A. Cannon, both of Church Hill; three sisters, Helen Headle of Baltimore, and Beartrice Burris and Rebecca Rahr, both of Chestertown; two brothers, William Cannon of Hartly, Del., and James Cannon of Denton; and two granddaughters whom he was very proud of, Roxanne and Michelle Dove, both of Church Hill.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 370 Cypress Street, Millington, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Saturday.
Burial will be in Sudlersville Cemetery following the service.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions
be made to the Queen Anne's Hospice, P.O. Box 179, Centreville, MD, 21617.
Kathlyn Virginia Hastings Marvel, 77
SEAFORD - Kathlyn Virginia Hastings Marvel of Seaford died of cancer Friday, March 6, 1998, in Life Care at Lofland Park. She was 77.
Mrs. Marvel was born in Seaford, the daughter of the late Charles and Iva Cole Hastings.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Marvel was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church and Seaford High Alumni Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherwood Henry Marvel, in 1995, and a son, Charles H., in 1977.
She is survived by two sons, Ronald H. and Richard H., both of Seaford; three grandchildren, Heather Craig, Kelly Croll and Joel Marvel; and one great-grandchild, Katie Craig.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John's United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar Streets, Seaford, where the Rev. Kari K. Jones will officiate.
Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice Inc., Southern Division, Suite 107, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947, or to St. John's United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Pine & Poplar Streets, Seaford, DE 19973, or to Seaford Alumni Association, Seaford, DE 19973.
Clarence Melvin Williams Sr., 75
SELBYVILLE - Clarence Melvin Williams Sr. of Selbyville died of cardiac arrest Wednesday, March 4, 1998, in Christiana Hospital. He was 75.
Mr. Williams was born in Roxana, the son of the late James and Sallie Williams.
He was employed at Mountaire Poultry Plant in Selbyville.
He was preceded in death by a son, Clarence M. Williams Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Ella Mae Williams of Selbyville; four sons, Ronnie Hall of Clarksville, Melvin Williams of Rialto, Calif., Stanford Williams of Berlin, Md., and John Williams of Selbyville; seven daughters, Alice Price and Navada Tingle, both of Berlin, Ernestine Tindal of Millsboro, Sallie Showell of Newark, Gloria Johnson and Marcella Williams, both of Selbyville, and Ella Blount of Long Neck; one brother, James Williams of Chester, Pa.; four sons-in-law; one daughter-in-law; 38 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Thessalonia Baptist Church, Clendaniel Avenue, Selbyville, where friends may call after 11 a.m.
The Rev. Hazel Purnell will officiate.
Burial will be in the Curtis United Methodist Church Cemetery, Bishopville.
Arrangements by the Lewis N. Watson Funeral Home, Salisbury, Md.
John C. Trout, 39
LAUREL - John C. Trout of Laurel died of cancer Thursday, March 5, 1998, in his home. He was 39.
Mr. Trout was born in Somers Point, N.J., son of Robert Trout of Milford and Hazel Hudson and stepfather George Hudson of Laurel.
He worked for the E.I. DuPont Co. in Seaford for more than 20 years, as an essential materials handler.
Mr. Trout was a former member of the Lions Club, and a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel.
He is survived by his wife, Gina J. Trout of Laurel; one son, Gary C. Trout, and one daughter, Katie A. Trout, both of Laurel; a brother, Robert Trout Jr., also of Laurel; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, where the Rev. Kevin English will officiate.
Friends may call from 7-8 p.m. today at the Short Funeral Home in Laurel.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Wilmington Trust, c/o Nancy Hearn, P.O. Box 617, Laurel, DE 19956, as a memorial fund for the family.
Barbara Culver Garner
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Barbara Culver Garner of Clearwater, formerly of Millsboro, Del., died after a long illness, congestive heart failure.
Ms. Garner was the owner and operator of the Shape & Style Beauty Salon in Millsboro during the '60s and early '70s.
She was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church, in Clearwater, where she taught a Sunday school class to preschoolers.
Ms. Garner was active in civic affairs during the '60s and 70's. She enjoyed helping with the annual christmas parades and in numerous Ladies Auxiliary functions.
She is survived by a son, Edward Corbett of Seaford, Del.; three daughters, Margaret Porter of Lewes, Del., Cathy Poulus of Thornton, Pa., and Penny Slavin of Clearwater; and a sister, Bonnie Newson of Georgetown, Del.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at Friendship United Methodist Church in Clearwater.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Friendship United Methodist Church, for the preschool, in Clearwater.
Florence Ann Cornell, 45
HARBESON - Florence Ann Cornell of Harbeson died of cancer Friday, March 6, 1998, in her home. She was 45.
Mrs. Cornell was born in 1952 in Wilmington, daughter of the late John Norman Yeatman and Mary Jajewski.
She worked as a territory sales manager covering the state of Alaska for a food brokerage company, based in California.
Mrs. Cornell was involved with programs of improving life for disabled children.
She enjoyed the hobby of crafts.
She is survived by her husband, Craig L. Cornell of Harbeson; two sons, Brian Cornell and Christopher Cornell, both at home; and four brothers, John Yeatman and Thomas Yeatman, both of Wilmington, Edward Yeatman of Claymont and William Yeatman of New Castle.
Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Parsell's Funeral Home, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call at 6 p.m.
Burial will be private.
Frances P. Callahan, 70
QUEENSTOWN, Md. - Frances P. ''Emmy'' Callahan of Queenstown died Thursday, March 5, 1998, in her home. She was 70.
Mrs. Callahan was born in 1927 in Queenstown, daughter of the late Thomas Frank and Linda Boone Patchett.
She graduated from Centreville High School in 1944, then attended McQueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing, where she received her nursing degree in 1947. She then worked at Memorial Hospital at Easton as a nurse and supervisor. After receiving her master's degree, she began a teaching career at Queen Anne's County High School in 1967, where she was instrumental in starting a nursing program. She retired in 1987.
Mrs. Callahan was a member of Wye of Carmichael United Methodist Church, a former 4-H All Star and a former member of the National League of Nursing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles C. Callahan, in 1995, and three brothers, Thomas F. Patchett III, Robert O. Patchett and Roland ''Happy'' Patchett.
She is survived by daughter Linda Benton and her husband, Curtis Benton Jr., of Centreville, daughter Marty Dawkins of Chestertown, daughter Lora Collier and her husband, Robert E. Collier Jr., of Queenstown, daughter Lisa C. Palmatary and her husband, Jack Palmatary, of Ingleside; two sisters, Linda Rosser of Federalsburg and Joan Chaffey of Salisbury; a brother, Dorsey Patchett Sr. of Church Hill; eight grandchildren, Brian Radcliff of Queenstown, Jenna Joiner and her husband, Jimmy Joiner, of Chestertown, Calley Dawkins and his wife, Linda, of Centreville, Kristin Dawkins of Chestertown, Leslie Collier of Queenstown, Kimberly Collier of Queenstown, Amy Palmatary of Ingleside and Ashley Palmatary of Ingleside; and three great-grandchildren, Candace and Jimmy Joiner of Chestertown and Colleen Dawkins of Centreville.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Wye of Carmichael United Methodist Church.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 408 S. Liberty Street, Centreville.
Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Easton.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Queenstown Charge of the United Methodist Church Children's Educational Fund, P.O. Box 7, Queenstown, MD 21658, or Hospice of Queen Anne's, P.O. Box 179, Centreville, MD 21617.