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Dorothy Eileen Clough, 80
CHESTER, Md. - Dorothy Eileen Clough of Chester died Tuesday July 7, 1998, in Genesis Elder Care-Meridian of Corsica Hills Nursing Home in Centreville, Md. She was 80.
Mrs. Clough was born in 1917, in Grasonville, Md., the daughter of the late Frank and Leola Saddler Clevenger.
She attended Grasonville School and Stevensville High School.
Mrs. Clough was a waitress at the Circle Restaurant in Chester for many years. She helped her husband, who served as Sheriff of Queen Anne's County, as a cook at the Queen Anne's County Jail.
She attended Grasonville Church of God and was a member of the Ladies Aides Society of the Kent Island Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Walter Edward Clough in 1992; two brothers, William and Winfred ''Buddy'' Clevenger.
She is survived by two sons, George Edward Clough and Walter Junior Clough, both of Chester; three daughters, Elinor ''Sissy'' Elbourn of Vienna, Md., Jean McCombs of Centreville, Md., and Bonnie Pierson of Chester; a brother, Marlin Saddler Clevenger of Grasonville; two sisters, Fredia Thomas of Grasonville and Shirley O'Donnell of Centreville; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Grasonville United Methodist Church, in Grasonville.
Friends may call at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., Chester, Md. from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today.
The family suggests contributions be made to the Kent Island Volunteer Ambulance Fund at P.O. Box 27, Stevensville, MD 21666, or the Queen Anne's Hospice at 300 Del Rhodes Avenue, Queenstown, MD 21658.
Clifford 'Cliff' Revel, 71
MILLSBORO - Clifford ''Cliff'' Revel died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday, July 7, 1998, in his home. He was 71.
Mr. Revel was born in Millsboro, the son of the late Charles A. and Millie Ward Revel.
He served in the Army Air Corp in World War II.
Mr. Revel was a farm manager at the Sussex Correctional Institution, Georgetown, for 26 years, retiring in 1991.
He was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church, Gumboro, where he served as treasurer for the past 12 years.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Evelyn Collins Revel of Millsboro; two sons, Clifford Bruce Revel of Rockville, Md., and Jeffrey Alan Revel of Millsboro; a sister, Doretta Joseph of Lewes; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington Street, Millsboro, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.
The Rev. Carol Loy will officiate.
Burial will be in Carey's Cemetery, Millsboro.
The family suggests contributions be made to the Bethel United Methodist Church, c/o Doris Lacurts, R.D. 3, Box W10-A, Millsboro, DE 19966.
Calvin 'Gator' Robinson, 48
FRANKFORD - Calvin ''Gator'' Robinson of Frankford died of heart failure Saturday, July 4, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was 48.
Mr. Robinson was born in Belle Glade, Fla.
He moved to Delaware in the late 1960s. He resided in Pepperridge Mobil Home Park, where he took care of the late Emerson Showell. Then staying in the mobile home, making it his home.
Mr. Robinson worked for many years as an industrial poultry worker until his health wouldn't allow him to work any longer.
He enjoyed watching television and calling many of his friends, in his spare time. He especially loved to eat! If you were having a gathering, he was known for asking, ''Can you bring me a plate!''
He was preceded in death by a sister, Valerie McCall.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lofland-Robinson; three sisters, Jannie Smith of Dagsboro, Jonnie Williams of Millsboro and Bessie McCall of Belle Glade; two children, Kungkya Ford and Devon Middleton, both of Frankford; a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Service will be at noon Saturday at Calary Pentecostal Church, Bishopville, Md., where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Milford.
Patrick D. Flamer Sr., 46
SEAFORD - Patrick D. Flamer of Seaford also of Ridgely, died of a heart attack Tuesday, July 7, 1998, in Nanticoke Hospital Emergency Room. He was 46.
Mr. Flamer was born in 1951, in Easton, Md., the son of the late Christopher C. Flamer and Anna Flamer of Ridgely, Md.
He was a graduate of North Caroline High School.
Mr. Flamer served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, and received an honerable discharge.
He is survived by his mother, Anna Flamer of Ridgely; six children, Chanella Flamer and Patrice Flamer, both of Ridgely, Keith Jones of Federalsburg, Patrick Flamer Jr. of Seaford, Jessica Nichols of Cambridge, Md., and LaToya Watkins of Denton, Md.; four brothers, William Flamer of Ridgely, Cecil Flamer of Baltimore, Md., Edwin Flamer of Ridgely and Melvin Dobson of Wilmington; a sister, Sylvia Miller of Denton; eight aunts; three uncles; nieces, nephews, cousins and four sisters-in-law and a host of other friends.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Trinity AME Church, Ridgely, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Asst. Pastor Norris Smith will officiate.
Burial will be in Sandtown Cemetery, Hillsboro, Md.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
H. Elwood 'Pete' Hancock, 82
DAGSBORO - H. Elwood ''Pete'' Hancock of Dagsboro died of respiratory failure Tuesday, July 7, 1998, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was 82.
Mr. Hancock was born in Frankford, the son of the late William V. Hancock and Edith Hudson.
He was co-owner of the Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro for 24 years.
Mr. Hancock was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church of Dagsboro.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marian C. Hancock in 1978, and a great-grandchild.
He is survived by his present wife, Dorothy Hancock; three daughters, Elisabeth H. Bunting of Bishopville, Md, R. Jane McComrick and Cassandra H. Gerken, both of Dagsboro; a step-son, Gerald L. Hickman of Port Charlotte, Fla.; two step-daughters, Janet H. Dutton and Ginger H. Steverson, both of Millsboro; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Prince George's Cemetery, Dagsboro.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Building Fund of the Bethel United Methodist Church, Dagsboro, DE 19939.
Helen G. Presley, 76
LINCOLN - Helen G. Presley of Lincoln, formerly of Cedars in Wilmington, died Tuesday, July 7, 1998, after a long illness. She was 76.
Mrs. Presley was a baker for Mister Donut for 35 years before retiring in 1985.
She enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother to 10 children.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Bessie Ann Presley in 1974 and a son, Orba L. Presley in 1992.
She is survived by her husband, Orba L. of Lincoln; Children, Jean Wileman of New Castle, Nancy Burton of Milton, Ruth Segletes of Lincoln, Thomas Presley of Wilmington, Josh Presley of Wilmington, Patricia Seward of Newark, Richard Presley of New Castle and Rosemary Reichelt of Lincoln; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lorraine Anderson of Clayton.
Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Mealey Funeral Home, Limestone & Milltown Rd., Wilmington, where friends may call two and a half hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery, Wilmington.
Alfred George, 52
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alfred George of Washington, D.C. died Saturday, July 4, 1998, in George Washington University Hospital. He was 52.
Mr. George was born in 1946, in Easton, Md., the son of the late Alberta and James George Sr.
He was employed as a concierge by the John Akridge Companies in Washington.
He is survived by three sisters, Elizabeth Polk of Seaford, Estelle Nichols of Preston, Md., and Pastor Martha Russ of Baltimore, Md.; seven brothers, Dr. Allen George Sr. ''the twin'' of Richmond, Va., John George of Preston, Bishop Lester George of Dover, Thomas George and Oscar Lee George, both of Cambridge, Md., James George Jr. of Federalsburg, and David George of Easton; a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Refuge Temple Revival Center, 455 North Front St., Seaford, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Preston.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Alfred L. 'Joe' Bailey, 31
BRIDGEVILLE - Alfred L. ''Joe'' Bailey of Bridgeville died of an accidental drowning, Thursday, July 2, 1998. He was 31.
Mr. Bailey was in born 1966, in Seaford, the son of Howard Bailey Sr. and Cora Bailey of Bridgeville.
He was a former student of Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville, where he excelled in the sports of wrestling and track.
Mr. Bailey was a machine operator with the Pillsbury Co. of Federalsburg, Md., and on the weekends, he worked part-time at Jeff's Myers Market in Bridgeville.
He loved to fish, draw and sketch. He also enjoyed cooking and experimenting with food, and clowning around with his sister and brothers. He loved to quote his favorite sayings to all who knew him, ''Bring Out the Spring'', ''I'm Trying To Tell You Sissy'' and ''Now Listen to Me.''
He is survived by two sons, Alfred Leon Satchell and Kevora Brown of Bridgeville; a daughter, Denise Satchell of Bridgeville; his mother, Cora Benson Bailey of Bridgeville; his father and step-mother, Howard T. ''Pete'' Bailey Sr. and Maggie Bailey of Seaford; a sister, Felicia A. ''Sissy'' Bailey of Blades; six brothers, Howard T. ''Petey'' and Elmer H., Howard ''Petey'' Neal, Albert Lee ''Bunk-Bunk'' (his twin), all of Bridgeville, Anthony E. of Milton, and Edward ''Eddie'' Neal of Wilmington; four sisters-in-law, Dela, Theresa, Mary Bailey and Coretta Neal; a special friend, Lois Everet and a host of other relatives and friends.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cathedral of Faith Church, Concord, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Friends may also call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Middleford Cemetery, Middleford.
Linden L. 'Renzo' Summers Jr., 53
DOVER - Linden L. ''Renzo'' Summers Jr. of Dover died of natural causes Tuesday, July 7, 1998, in his home. He was 52.
Mr. Summers was born in 1945, in Kenton, the son of the late Linden L. Sr. and Ruth Summers.
He attended William Henry High School.
Mr. Summers worked as a laborer.
He is survived by a son, Linden L. III; two daughters, Denise Summers and Sonya Hannah, both of Dover; two brothers, James Summers of Chestertown, Md., and Timothy Summers of Dover; three sisters, Carolyn Summers, Gail Henry and Doris Summers, all of Dover; an adopted daughter, Serena Renea Harris of Dover; 14 grandchildren.
Service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Emanuel AME Church, Hartly, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
The Rev. William Ward Jr. will officiate.
Burial will be in Lockwood Cemetery, Hartly.
Loretta M. Bourke
WILMINGTON - Loretta M. Bourke of Wilmington died of cancer Tuesday, July 7, 1998, in her son Barry's home in Newark.
Mrs. Bourke was a homemaker and formerly worked for 19 years as a sales clerk at Strawbridge and Clothier, in the Merchandise Mart.
She was a member of You're Not Alone; Parents Without Partners; the Wellness Group and the St. Helena's Catholic Church of Wilmington.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Bourke Jr., in 1990.
She is survived by two sons, Barry P. Williams of Newark and Chuck Williams of Hillcrest; a sister, Dolores Kredatus of N.J.; step-son, Ricky Bourke of Wilmington; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Rick Miller, both of Fla.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Helena's Catholic Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Bellefonte.
Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the Mealey Funeral Home, Limstone and Milltown roads, Wilmington.
Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to either Delaware Hospice or Opportunity Center, Inc., 3030 Bowers Street, P.O. Box 254, Wilmington, DE 19899.
Frank John Walla, 67
HARTLY - Frank John Walla of Hartly died Saturday, July 4, 1998, in the Kent General Hospital. He was 67.
Mr. Walla was a Korean War Army veteran. After leaving the Army, he was employed by the Civil Service at the Dover Air Force Base, where he retired.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen M. Walla in 1998; a brother, John Walla; two sisters, Mary Lloyd and Francis Comegys.
He is survived by a son, Joseph Walla of Dallas, Texas and a daughter, Lisa Marie Welch of Aulstin, Texas.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed & Bradford streets, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Esperanza Burgos Oreste, 74
DOVER - Esperanza Burgos Oreste of Dover died Tuesday, July 7, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 74.
Mrs. Oreste was born in 1923, in Oras Samar, Philippines, the son of the late Pedro Burgos and Valentina Lobederio Burgos.
She received her education in the public school system in Oras Samar.
Mrs. Oreste was a member of Holy Cross Parish in Dover.
She loved the Lord and enjoyed attending prayer vigils and prayer meetings. She was a devoted wife and mother. Everyone loved her.
She is survived by her husband, Manuel Oreste; six daughters, Teresita Castillo and her husband, Carlos, of Frederica, Marissa Johnson and her husband, Joel, of Milford, Josie Oreste of Angeles City, Philippines, Ava Cortez of Angeles City, Carina Umpar of Manila, Sonia Zamora and husband Noel of Bulacan, Philippines, Mary Grace Gopez and her husband, Jun of Angeles City; a son, Manuel Oreste Jr. of Angeles City; a sister, Iping Arteche and her husband, Idong; a brother, Sator Burgos and his wife Rose, both of Tacloban City, Philippines; 19 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service will be from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Angeles City, Philippines.
Naomi Virginia Pearson, 78
GREENSBORO, Md. - Naomi Virginia Pearson of Greensboro died of complications from cancer Thursday, July 9, 1998, in Shore Nursing & Rehab Center, Denton, Md. She was 78.
Mrs. Pearson was born in 1919, in Harrington, the daughter of the late William E. and Elizabeth Arterbridge West.
She graduated from Harrington High School in 1937, and from Beacom College, Northern Branch, Wilmington, in 1939.
Mrs. Pearson was a teacher's aide for the Caroline County Board of Education.
She was a member of the Town and Country Club of Greensboro; the Maryland Retired Teachers Association; the Harrington High School Alumni Association, Class of 1937, and the Veterans Employees Association of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
She was a former secretary for the St. Paul's U.M. Church in Greensboro. After retirement, she did volunteer work at the church and the Caroline County Public Library.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence A. Pearson, in 1970; a son, William Isacc Pearson; a brother, Willard West and a sister, Helena Booth.
She is survived by two sons, Michael D. Pearson of Smyrna and Larry A. Pearson of Meterie, La.; a brother, William E. West Jr. of Paso Robles, Calif.; a sister, Alberta Singer of Lebanon, Pa.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a large circle of loving friends.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Greensboro, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.
The family suggests contributions be made in her memory to the St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 300 Sunset Avenue, Greensboro, MD 21639.
Jonas C. 'Jay' Walker Jr., 66
MILLSBORO - Jonas C. ''Jay'' Walker Jr. of Millsboro, formerly of Baltimore, Md., died of cancer Wednesday, July 8, 1998, in his home. He was 66.
Mr. Walker was born in Gastonia, N.C., the son of the late Jonas C. Walker and Edith Taylor.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Walker was a retired certified welder for the General Motors Assembly plant in Baltimore, Md.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Eloise Walker; a son, Jonas C. Walker III of Baltimore; a daughter, Pamela Meier of Long Neck; two brothers, Leo and Winfred; two sisters, Wilma and Jean, all of Kings Mountain N.C.; four grandsons, Eric, Paul and Patrick Ewell, all of Lewes, and Jason of Baltimore; a granddaughter, Carrie Meier and a great-granddaughter, Cassidy, both of Ocean View.
Service and burial will be private.
The family suggests contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 N. DuPont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Helen B. Cooper, 76
DAGSBORO - Helen B. Cooper of Dagsboro died of heart failure Thursday, July 9, 1998, in Millsboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Millsboro. She was 76.
Mrs. Cooper was born in Williamsville, the daughter of the late William G. and Blanche Hudson Ennis.
She was employed by Townsen's, Inc., retiring in 1980. She was previously employed at the Stockley Center, near Millsboro.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester ''Buster'' Cooper in 1976.
She is survived by three sons, Dickie Cooper of Dagsboro, Larry and Mike Cooper, both of Laurel; a daughter, Joan Shockley of Roxana; a brother, Alton Ennis of Dagsboro; three sisters, Edna Stephens of Selbyville, Myrtle Lynch of Dagsboro and Arneta English of Mardela Springs, Md.; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
The Rev. Fred Duncan will officiate.
Burial will be in Bishpvile Cemetery, Bishopville, Md.
Julia Keats Porter, 87
LEWES - Julia Keats Porter of Harbor Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lewes, formerly of Ventnor, N.J., died Wednesday, July 8, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. She was 87.
Mrs. Porter was born in 1910 in Willards, Md.
She was a Navy veteran.
Mrs. Porter was a homemaker.
She was a former active volunteer at Shalom House.
She is survived by two granddaughters, Julia A. Quillen of Rehoboth Beach and Sharon Poore of Earleville, Md.; two grandsons, Tom Fisher of Newark and David Fisher of St. Michaels, Md.; nine great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Hwy., Lewes, where the Rev. Ann Pruitt-Barnett will officiate.
Burial will be private.
The family suggests contributions be made to Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Audrey Yvonne Fletcher, 43
DOVER - Audrey Yvonne Fletcher died of cancer Wednesday, July 8, 1998, in her home. She was 43.
Mrs. Fletcher graduated from Dover High School in 1972. A lifelong resident of Kent County, she resided in Northridge, on Garrisons Lake since 1989. She and her husband, Rodney, married and started the development of Northridge in the same year, 1986.
She worked for the Corporation Department for the State of Delaware where she developed many lifelong friendships. In early 1983, she was one of the first two couriers to be stationed by Federal Express in Dover. She continued in that capacity until cancer forced her to stop working in early 1988. To this day, people would recognize her and come up to her to say, I remember you - you're the Federal Express girl.
Since the onset of her disability, she has focused her support to her husband in the ongoing process of developing Northridge.
Her interest centered around her home and family. She loved flowers and collecting things she could use in decorating her home. Lately, she had joined in the national craze of collecting Beanine Babies with her two daughters. Her husband said her motto was ''a woman's place is in the mall.'' She was also a country music fan and would go to the fan fairs held annually in Nashville.
Her greatest contribution to society are her two daughters, Nicole, 20, and Hayley, 8. In addition to them, she is survived by her husband, Rodney; her mother, Phyllis Ford of Dover; a sister, Kathy Tatman of Hartly; her paternal grandmother, Bertha Ford of Dover and her maternal grandmother, Lucy Carney of Dover.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Asbury United Methodist Church, 22-24 East Mt. Vernon St., Smyrna, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to her memorial fund at Asbury United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 330, Smyrna, DE 19977.
Arrangements are by Faries Funeral Directors, Inc., Smyrna.
Herbert E. Watkins, 78
DOVER - Herbert E. Watkins of Dover died Wednesday, July 8, 1998, in his home. He was 78.
Mr. Watkins was born in 1919, in Lexington, Ga.
He retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service and also retired from the Delaware Correctional Center as a Lieutenant.
Mr. Watkins was a member of VFW Post 3238 in Camden and the Walter L. Fox Post 2 of the American Legion in Dover.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Jacqueline Watkins of Dover; a daughter, Lorna 'Lorrine of Chicago, Ill.; three sons, Eric ''Jimmy'' Spencer of Chicago, Herbert Watkins and Charles Campbell, both of Dover; four sons he raised as his own, George, Donald, James, and Michael Loper, all of Dover; four grandchildren, Willie Wilson of Dover, Eric A. Spencer, Kristopher and Javier Spencer, all of Chicago and Shakiyla Campbell of Dover.
Service will be aat 7 p.m. Sunday at Bennie Smith Funeral Chapel, 717 W. Division St., Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Delaware Veterans' Cemetery, Bear.