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Edward H. Slaughter, 82

SMYRNA - Edward H. Slaughter of Smyrna died Thursday, July 2, 1998, in Courtland Manor Nursing Home. He was 82.

Mr. Slaughter was head of the Right-of-Way Division of the Highway Department for 25 years, retiring in 1982; past president of the Department Federal Credit Union; a member of the Standardbred Owners Association and the Cloverleaf Association.

He enjoyed standardbred racing.

He is survived by two sons, Edward H. Slaughter Jr. of Middletown and John C. Slaughter of Downs Chapel; three daughters, Jane Slaughter of Wilmington, Helen Borkholder of Middletown, Ohio, and Roberta Hollowman of Powder Springs, Ga.; a brother, Robert Slaughter of Milford; 12 grandchildren and two step-grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.

 

Della Wolf Seymour, 84

LEWES - Della Wolf Seymour of Lewes died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. She was 84.

Mrs. Seymour was born in 1914, in Lewes, the daughter of the late Marguerite and Clarence Burton.

She grew up in Lewes and spent her entire adult life working for many families.

Mrs. Seymour was a member of the Lewes CHEER and Senior Center.

She was a quiet and unassuming person.

She is survived by a cousin, Ruth Johnson of Las Vegas, Nev.

Service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, West 4th Street, Lewes, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in People's Memorial Park, Lewes.

Arrangements by Miller Funeral Service, Millsboro.

 

Patricia M. Schaeffer

DOVER - Patricia M. Schaeffer of Dover died Thursday, July 2, 1998.

Mrs. Schaeffer was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Elwood and Helen Mulhern Williamson.

She graduated from Easton Catholic High School in 1953, and was valedictorian of her class. She graduated from the Misereacordia Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, in 1955.

Mrs. Schaeffer moved with her family to Delaware in 1959. They lived in Newark, Odessa and, from 1952 to present, Dover.

She was twice president of the Dover Century Club. For five consecutive years, she wrote and performed in historical playets presented at the Century Club on Dover Days. She was active in civic affairs and was largely responsible for the enforcement of ordinances requiring the placement of sidewalks in Dover.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Dr. Peter K. Schaeffer; three sons, Peter K. Schaeffer, Esq., Mark G. Shaeffer and Eric K. Schaeffer; three grandsons, Mark Jr., Clay, and Hunter Schaeffer; a granddaughter, Hannah Schaeffer.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Episcopal Church, State and Water streets, Dover.

Burial will be in Pleasanton Abbey, 1548 Persimmontree Lane, Dover.

Arrangements by Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc., Dover.

 

Helen S. Maculley, 91

WYOMING - Helen S. Maculley of Wyoming died Friday, July 3, 1998, in Silver Lake Center, Dover. She was 91.

Mrs. Maculley was born in 1907, the daughter of the late Addie Noble and William Frank Stuart.

She was employed at Hickman Real Estate Company, Wilmington, as a stenographer/secretary, retiring at age 67.

Mrs. Maculley enjoyed the hobby of crochetting.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Maculley in 1972; a son, Richard Maculley in 1992 and a grandson, Tom Maculley in 1976.

She is survived by a daughter, Dolores Sherank of Whyoming; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle.

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

 

Morris L. Haynes, 37

TRAPPE, Md. - Morris L. Haynes of Trappe died of natural causes Wednesday, July 1, 1998, in Easton Memorial Hospital. He was 37.

Mr. Haynes was born in 1961, in Kent/Queen Anne Hospital, son of the late Mary Handy Haynes and Leon Haynes of Centreville, Md.

He attended Queen Anne's County High School.

Mr. Haynes was employed for five years at Golden Corral, Easton.

He was a member of Apostle True Foundation Church in Preston, Md.

In addition to his father, he is survived by seven sisters, Sandra Haynes and Joyce Haynes, both of Philadelphia, Pa., Deborah Stanford of Trappe, Rita, Linda, Wendy and Wanda Haynes, all of Centreville; three brothers, Maurice Haynes of Centreville, Muriel and Marvin Haynes, both of Easton; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Apostle True Foundation Church, 166 Main St., Preston, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
 

Helen S. Maculley, 91

WYOMING - Helen S. Maculley of Wyoming died Friday, July 3, 1998, in Silver Lake Center, Dover. She was 91.

Mrs. Maculley was born in 1907, the daughter of the late Addie Noble and William Frank Stuart.

She was employed at Hickman Real Estate Company, Wilmington, as a stenographer/secretary, retiring at age 67.

Mrs. Maculley enjoyed the hobby of crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Maculley in 1972; a son, Richard Maculley in 1992 and a grandson, Tom Maculley in 1976.

She is survived by a daughter, Dolores Sheranko of Wyoming; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle.

Arrangements by Pippin Funeral Home.

 

Fannie T. Clayville, 82

DOVER - Fannie T. Clayville of Dover died after a lengthy illness Saturday, July 4, 1998, which is her mother's birthday, in Kent General Hospital. She was 82.

Mrs. Clayville was born in 1915, in Seaford, the daughter of the late Guy and Fannie Thompson. She moved to the Dover area in 1927.

She was a homemaker and an Avon Representative.

Mrs. Clayville was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Dover.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Clayville, in 1968 and a grandchild, Ronny Clayville, in 1992.

She is survived by two sons, Ronny Clayville of Dover and Jerry Clayville of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two daughters, Henrietta Harbert of Camden and Esther Trice of Magnolia; a brother, Frank Thompson of Pennsville, N.J.; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed and Bradford Streets in Dover.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., today at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

 

Catherine R. Nellis, 75

ARCADIA, Fla. - Catherine R. Nellis of Arcadia, Fla., died Friday, June 5, 1998, in Port Charlotte, Fla. She was 75.

Mrs. Nellis was born in 1923, in Milford, Del.

She worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart for 10 years in Arcadia and prior to that, she was an office manager for various GM dealers in Michigan and New Jersey for 38 years before retiring to Florida.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Richard Edwin Nellis; a sister, Edna Mae Warren of Milford; a brother, Frank Vadakin of Dover; and several nieces and nephews in Delaware.

Graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln, Del.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 22107 Elmira Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952.

 

Victor L. Harris, 29

MILFORD - Victor L. Harris of Milford died Friday, July 3, 1998, in Bay Health Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 29.

Mr. Harris was born in 1969, in Milford, the son of Kathryn (Libby) E. Harris of Milford.

He was a 1988 graduate of Milford High School and a 1998 graduate of Delaware State University, where he majored in Food & Nutrition. While at the university, he was a student Ambassador, (President) Council of Independent Organizations, (President) Student Dietetic Association, Student Faculty Judicial Council and was very active with the Aids and Cancer Society of Washington, D.C., March of Dimes and Special Olympics in Delaware and Pennsylvania. He also modeled in various shows presented by Jackson Productions Of Delaware State University.

Mr. Harris was a member of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Milford, and the Grove Phi Grove Fraternity, Inc.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas Harris Sr.

In addition to his loving mother, he is survived by a sister, April Y. Church of Dover; a brother-in-law, Kirby Church of Dover; four aunts, Minnie H. Gill, Janice M. Daniels and Deborah P. White, all of Dover, and Gwendolyn C. Harris of Harrisonburg, Va.; five uncles, Eugene F. Harris of Milton, Clarence F. Harris of Milford; George T. Harris Jr. and Phillip L. Harris, both of Harrington, and Austine W. Harris of Felton; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Service will be noon Wednesday at the Mt. Enon Baptist Church in Milford, where friends may call two hours prior to service.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the St. Paul's United Methodist Church building fund in memory of Victor's grandparents.

Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home, Dover.

 

John Keller, 88

MILFORD - John Keller of Milford died Monday, July 6, 1998, in Bayhealth/Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 88.

Mr. Keller was a salesman for Vineland Oliver Farm Machinery for 20 years. He also raised poultry from 1950 to 1970 near Milford and from 1958 to 1960 he was a Delaware Representative for the 36th District.

He was a director for the former Farmers Bank for 6 years and a member of the Board of Assessment for Sussex County for 6 years. He was also a member of the Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth M. Keller, in 1990.

He is survived by a brother, Philip Keller of Milford; and a sister, Ann Lingo of Wilmington.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday in the Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Savannah Road in Lewes.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church St., Milford, DE 19963.

Arrangements by Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.

 

Clarence Edmund 'Big C.' VanPelt, Jr., 68

FELTON - Clarence Edmund ''Big C.'' VanPelt, Jr. of Felton and formerly of East Windsor, N.J., died Sunday, July, 5, 1998, in Bay Health Center at Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 68.

Mr. VanPelt was the senior procedure analyst for the State of New Jersey's Attorney General's Office in Trenton for 15 years and was with the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles for 25 years. He retired and moved to Delaware in 1989.

He was a Marine Corps Veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. VanPelt had been a member of the Milford Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 2401 and Past District Deputy of the N.E. District of the Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia Elks Association. He was also a Past Exalted Ruler of Princeton, New Jersey Elks Lodge 2129 and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 534 in Harrington.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Viola C. VanPelt; seven sons, Clarence and James VanPelt, both of Trenton, N.J., Michael VanPelt of Hillsboro, N.J., Dennis McNulty of Trenton, Thomas McNulty of Spotswood, N.J., James McNulty of Piscataway, N.J., and Edward McNulty of Jackson, Tenn.; 10 daughters, Kathleen Burr of Neptune, N.J., Patricia VanPelt of Trenton, Eileen Wright of Seaside Park, N.J., Susan Trammel of Bordentown, N.J., Cindy Anderson and Sharon Darling, both of Allentown, N.J., Debbie Conover of Browns Mills, N.J., Michele Barone of West Windsor, N.J., Patricia Manning of Morrisville, Pa. and Belinda Pazdan of Mountain Home, Ark.; 36 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Service will be 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave. in Milford. There will be a Milford Elks Memorial Service held at 7:30 p.m.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be 12 noon Thursday in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Trenton, N.J.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Elks National Foundation c/o Milford Elks Lodge, P.O. Box 63, Milford, DE 19963.

 

John J. 'Johnnie' Short Sr., 77

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - John ''Johnnie'' J. Short Sr. of Asheville, N.C., and formerly of Dover, Del., died Sunday, July 5, 1998, in his home. He was 77.

Mr. Short was born in Dover, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lester Short.

He was an Army Veteran.

Mr. Short owned and operated Cathey's Kitchen Restaurant in Asheville. He was previously a representative with Home Beneficial Life Insurance Co.

He played bass fiddle and trombone for several bands in Asheville, Sapphire Valley and years ago in Dover.

Mr. Short had been a past Gand Knight of the St. Lawrence Council Knights of Columbus. He was a life member with 53 years of service in the American Legion and a life member of the DAV. He had been a charter member of both Catholic War Veterans and the Ancient Hibernians. He was an ongoing volunteer at the VA Medical Center with 15,739 hours and served as the DAV VAVS Deputy Representative through volunteer services at the VAMC. He was also a member of the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Swannanoa. Mr. Short was nominated four times for the national DAV Award for Outstanding Volunteerism and received Honorable Mention three times. He was also a four-time recipient of the George H. Seal Memorial Award.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ellen M. Short, in 1964 and his second wife, Catherine H. Short, in 1997.

He is survived by three daughters, Debra Pritchard of Black Mountain, Sherry Miller of Arden and Penny Bright of Hendersonville; four sons, Daniel Short of Oklahoma City, Ok., John Short Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., Larry Short and Steven Short, both of Asheville; 22 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Sawannanoa, N.C., where Father Andy Latsko will officiate. Honor guards will be provided by the Buncombe County Sheriff Department.

Father Latsko will also conduct a prayer service 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Groce Funeral Home in Asheville, after which the family will receive friends until 8:30. Honor guards will be provided by DAV Chapter 57 in Burnsville.

Burial will be in the WNC State Veterans Cemetery with military rites provided by the Buncombe County Veterans Council Memorial Team.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, P.O. Box 99, Swannanoa, N.C. 28778.

 

Ellen Mae Lewis, 30

EASTON Md. - Ellen Mae Lewis of Easton died Saturday, July 4, 1998, in her home. She was 30.

Ms. Lewis received her education at Easton High School.

She had worked at Yale Sports Wear and several other jobs.

Ms. Lewis was always willing to help her relatives and friends and give her all without hesitation. She possessed a special love of writing poetry and drawing in her spare time.

She is survived by a special friend, Larry ''Pease'' Potter of Easton; her mother, Ellinor Jackson of Harrington, Del.; her father and step-mother, Marley C. and Diane G. Lewis of Easton; two sisters, Anika Jackson of Ridgely and Danique M. Lewis of Easton; two brothers, Sean P. Lewis of Forestville and Darrell Jackson of Wilmington, Del.; her step-grandmother, Betty Jean Cromwell of Easton; her grandfather, Leonard Flamer of Newcastle, Del.; her step-grandfather, William Johns of Royal Oak; five aunts, Bessie Jackson of Denton, Rebecca Benson of Harrington, Barbara Rich of Denton, Hilda Wilson of Easton and Mary Wilson of Ridgely; four uncles, William Lewis of Ridgely, Gary Lewis of Easton, Herbert Jackson and Charles Johns, both of Royal Oak; two nephews and a host of cousins and friends.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Asbury United Methodist Church, Higgins Street in Easton.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.

Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Denton.

 

Marie E. Bullock, 80

HARRINGTON - Marie E. Bullock of Harrington died Sunday, July 5, 1998, in her home. She was 80.

Mrs. Bullock, along with her husband, owned and operated the Wonder-R Restaurant several years ago in Harrington.

She was a member of the Harrington V.F.C., Kent County Ladies Auxilliaries, American Legion C.K.R.T. Post 7 in Harrington and the Democrat Committee Women for several years. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose, Harrington Moose Lodge and the Independence Bible Fellowship Church in Harrington.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John ''Henry'' Bullock IV, in 1997, two brothers, Preston and Clifton Dill, and a sister Doris Frazier.

She is survived by a sister, Janette Fritz of Georgetown; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Independence Bible Fellowship Church, Milford -Harrington Highway in Harrington, where friends may call two hours prior to service.

Burial will be in the Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Independent Bible Fellowship Church Construction Fund, Milford-Harrington Highway, Harrington, DE 19952.

Arrangements by the Berry-Short Funeral Home, Felton.

 

James Edward 'Jake' Driggus, 43

CAMDEN - James Edward ''Jake'' Driggus of Camden died Saturday, July 4, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 43.

Mr. Driggus was born in 1954, the son of Phyllis and James Driggus.

He served in the United States Army.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sons, James Edward Driggus and Steven James Roco, both of Dover; two sisters, Joyce Green and Jacklynne Driggus, both of Camden; an adopted sister, Jeana Bell of Camden; a brother-in-law, William Green of Camden; his grandmother, Melvina Browne of Smyrna; six aunts, two uncles, four nieces, two nephews, four great-nieces, three great-nephews, and a host of friends and other relatives.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Bibleway C.O.G.I.C., Kirkwood Street in Dover.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Sophelia Hynson, 72

PONDTOWN, Md. - Sophelia Hynson of Pondtown died Friday, July 3, 1998, in Union Memorial Hospital, Elkton. She was 72.

Ms. Hynson was born in 1926, the daughter of the late Romie and Rosie Kilson Hynson.

She received her education in Queen Anne's County.

She had been a domestic worker working for Mr. and Mrs. John George Sr. and Jr., and the Goodhand Families of Sudlersville for over 40 years. Until her health failed, she was currently working for Mr. Walter Kirby of Chestertown.

Ms. Hynson was a member of Graves Chapel UAME Church in her early year in Rileys Neck, under the pastorate of the late Rev. Paul Ruffin. She had been a faithful member.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Violetta L. Hutchins and Anna F. Hynson, a brother, Kennard S. Hynson, and a devoted nephew, Lawrence Demby.

She is survived by a nephew, whom she raised as her own son, Nelson Demby and his wife Connie, and children, John, Cory and Carl; a devoted friend of over 50 years, John L. Johnson Jr. of Millington; three sisters, Lillian Hynson of Millington, Dorothy Demby and Jean Jeter, both of Pondtown; two sister-in-laws, one brother-in-law, nine nieces, 12 nephews, and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Pleasant United Methosdist Church in Pondtown, where friends may call two hours prior to service.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.

 

Ruth Van Pelt Beebe, 77

LEWES - Ruth Van Pelt Beebe of Lewes died Sunday, July 5, 1998, in her home. She was 77.

Ms. Beebe was born in 1921, in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Ernest Van Pelt and Lula A. Lewis.

She graduated from Rodney High School and the Beebe Hospital School of Nursing in 1942.

Ms. Beebe was a former Miss Rehoboth in 1936.

She had been a registered nurse, formerly working at the Beebe Medical Center.

Ms. Beebe was very active with the Rehoboth Beach Country Club Junior Golf Program.

She is survived by two sons, Richard L. Beebe and J. Kirkland Beebe, both of Lewes; a daughter, Nina Beebe Hazzard of Rehoboth Beach; a brother, J. Robert Van Pelt of Lewes; her former husband, James Beebe Jr. of Rehoboth Beach; six grandsons, Craig Beebe, Ryan Beebe, Matthew Beebe, Patrick Beebe and Chris Beebe, all of Lewes, and Brandon Hazzard of Rehoboth Beach; and a granddaughter, Leeanne Hazzard of Rehoboth Beach.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway in Lewes, where friends may call two hours prior to service.

Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Pilottown, Lewes.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, North DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.


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