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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 U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service and also retired from the Delaware Correctional Center as a lieutenant.
Mr. Watkins was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Dover; 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; 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; a sister, Florence ''Tot'' Carr of Chicago; a daughter-in-law, Gail Spencer of Chicago; mother and father-in-law, Isaac and Mary Carter, of Dover.
Service will be 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.
The family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, Dover, DE.
Harry W. Skinner
LEWES - Harry W. Skinner of Lewes died of natural causes Sunday, July 5, 1998.
Mr. Skinner served 14 years for his country in the Army and Air Force and was awarded four service medals.
He was a retired educator. He taught at Stanton Junior High School for most of his career, where he also coached the girls basketball team to unprecedented success.
Mr. Skinner was a kind and loving husband, father, friend and a man in the true sense of the word. We will all miss him very much.
Service will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, 1998, in Ellenwood, Ga., with full military honors.
He is survived by his five children, Susan Gula of Corona, Calif., Jan Skinner of Ellenwood, Barbara Crask of Asheville, N.C., Harry W. Skinner of Marietta, Ga., and Mary Skinner of Ellenwood.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.
Audrey Yvonne Fletcher, 43
SMYRNA - 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 Beanie 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.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frank J. Ford, in 1997.
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 E. Mount 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.
Evelyn Ditto Gordon, 93
MILFORD - Evelyn Ditto Gordon of Milford died Wednesday, July 8, 1998, in the Country Rest Home, Greenwood, where she was a guest. She was 93.
Mrs. Gordon was the daughter of the late Clarence and Della Ditto of Hagerstown, Md.
She graduated from Hood College in 1926, with a degree in education.
Mrs. Gordon taught school at Brunswick High School, Brunswick, Md.
She and her husband owned and operated the Ben Franklin 5 & 10 Variety Store on Walnut Street in Milford. In the 1960s, she was assistant librarian in the Milford Elementary School.
Mrs. Gordon dearly loved her association with The First Presbyterian Church in Milford, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school class. She was a member of Presbyterian Woman's Association.
She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and playing the piano. She helped quite a few children learn to play piano.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Gordon in 1986.
She is survived by a son, William H. Gordon of Milford; a niece, Catherine D. Haynes, a nephew, Charles Ditto Jr. and a sister-in-law, all of Hagerstown.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday 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 Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to The First Presbyterian Church, Walnut and S.E. Front St., Milford, DE 19963.
Mabel Lee West Bradley, 71
ANNANDALE, Va. - Mabel Lee West Bradley of Annandale died Thursday, July 9, 1998, in Inova Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Va. She was 71.
Mrs. Bradley was born in Seaford, the daughter of the late Victor Elwood and Helen Elizabeth Handy West.
She was an executive corporate secretary for Dynamac, a research company in Rockville, Md., for 23 years, retiring in 1994.
Mrs. Bradley was a member of Annandale United Methodist Church, Annandale.
She is survived by a son, Malcolm J. Bradley Jr. of Worcester, Mass.; a daughter, Karen E. Larsen of Sterling, Va.; a sister, Shirley W. Holden of Seaford; four grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Sunday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford, where the Rev. Earle N. Baker will officiate.
Friends may call from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.
Ferdinand Fueller Sr., 86
MARYDEL, Md. - Ferdinand Fueller Sr. of Marydel died of natural causes Thursday, July 9, 1998, in his home. He was 86.
Mr. Fueller was born July 30, 1911, in Austria, the son of the late Anton and Julianna Fuller.
He was a farmer and wagon-maker in his native country, where he also built roads through the mountains. He moved to America in 1956 and became a naturalized citizen. He was a machine operator.
Mr. Fueller was loved by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Maria Pscheniza Fueller in 1995, and a son, Joe, in 1987.
He is survived by two sons, John Fueller and Ferdinand Fueller Jr., both of Marydel; two daughters, Theresa Hinebaugh and Elizabeth Dick, both of Marydel; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Anton Fuller of Austria.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Marydel, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Templeville Cemetery, Templeville, Md.
Arrangements by Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, Greensboro, Md.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Immaculate Conception Church, P.O. Box 339, Marydel, MD 21649.
Bernice Legg Bailey, 98
CLAYTON - Bernice Legg Bailey of Clayton died Thursday, July 9, 1998, in her home. She was 98.
Mrs. Bailey was a homemaker.
She was a member of Delany Methodist Church.
Mrs. Bailey enjoyed crocheting and country music.
She is survived by five sons, Russell C. Bailey Sr. of Smyrna, Harold Bailey of Townsend, Ralph W. Bailey of Millsboro, Willis L. Bailey of Kenton and Wesley R. Bailey of Clayton; four grandchildren, whom she raised and lived with, Ruth Ann Iverson, Edna Truax, Russell Bailey Jr. and Margaret Chambers, and 22 additional grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
Burial will be in Massey Cemetery, Massey, Md.
Woodrow W. Bartlett, 75
GALENA, Md. - Woodrow W. Bartlett of Galena died Thursday, July 9, 1998, in Union Hospital, Elkton. He was 75.
Mr. Bartlett was born in 1923, in New Castle, Del., the son of the late Edward Smith and Susan Blansfield Bartlett.
He was a World War II veteran of the European Theater, serving as a Staff Sgt. in Gen. George Patton's 3rd Army 778 Tank Battalion.
Mr. Bartlett owned and operated Bartlett Electric Co. in Wilmington, Del., for 40 years, retiring in 1988. He then moved from the Hillcrest area of Wilmington to Galena.
He was a member of Cavaliers Country Club, Wilmington.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Constance Bearman Bartlett; a sister, Dorothy DuBosq of Newark and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, 118 W. Cross St., Galena, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
The Rev. Kim Gilson will officiate.
Burial will be private.
The family suggests contributions be made to American Heart Association, Kent County, 711 Washington Ave. #29-174, Chestertown, MD 21620.
Cornelius A. Tilghman Sr., 96
NEWARK - Cornelius A. Tilghman Sr. of Newark, formerly of Smyrna died Tuesday, July 7, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 96.
Mr. Tilghman was born in 1902, in Smyrna, the son of the late Alfred Tilghman and Emma Saxton.
In 1925, he graduated from the University of Delaware where he was editor in chief of The Review.
After graduation, he spent the summer writing for The Wilmington News Journal. At one time or another, Mr. Tilghman worked for all four Wilmington newspapers and the Newark Post.
Mr. Tilghman became a Rhodes Scholar in 1926. He studied English literature at Oxford University in England for three years and graduated in 1929.
He went on to teach English literature at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa. One of his classes wrote radio dramas and performed them for a Pittsburgh station.
In the summer of 1930, while visiting Delaware, Mr. Tilghman says he taught a freshman composition course at summer school. It was the same course which had inspired him to become a writer.
Later, he became interested in mental health work and was employed at the Delaware State Hospital, where he developed a therapy called ''remotivation training.'' He received a Service Award from Governor Russell Peterson of Delaware. He retired in 1973 from the state of Delaware.
In 1996, Mr. Tilghman donated $5,000 to the Smyrna Opera House. In addition to the donation, Mr. Tilghman offered historical accounts of the opera house to the Smyrna-Clayton Heritage Association.
He was also an avid University of Delaware football fan; a member of the Blue and Gold Club and a former member of the Board of Governors.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary-Louise M. Tilghman in 1995.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie J. Tilghman of Newark; two sons, Cornelius A. Tilghman Jr. of Dover and Blaine M. Tilghman of Elkton, Md.; four grandchildren, Cornelius A. Tilghman III. of Havre De Grace, Md., Mary-Louise G. Tilghman of Frankford, Germany, Douglas B. Tilghman and Melinda L. Barrick, both of Elkton; five great-grandchildren, Tyler G., Virginia L., Margo and Carlie Tilghman and Ryan L. Barrick, all at home.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Robert T. Jones & Foard Funeral Home, 122 W. Main St., Newark, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to University of Delaware, C.A. Tilghman Sr. Journalistic Awards, or Smyrna-Clayton Heritage Association, c/o Robert T. Jones & Foard Funeral Home, 122 W. Main St., Newark, DE 19711.
Jane Patrick Hearn Martin, 83
CHESTER, Md. - Jane Patrick Hearn Martin of Chester died Friday, July 10, 1998, in Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis. She was 83.
Mrs. Martin was born Jan 4, 1915, in Salisbury, the daughter of the late Dallas Holland and Lula Byrd Patrick Hearn.
She graduated from Western High School, class of 1933.
Mrs. Martin practiced cosmetology in West Baltimore. Her family moved to Sudlersville in 1944, where they farmed. She and her husband worked many carnivals on the Upper Eastern Shore selling popcorn, cotton candy and snow balls.
She was a member of Kent Island United Methodist Church; the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary; the Kent Island Ladies of the Elks; life member of The Chester Homemakers; Easton Women of the Moose; a life member of the Sudlersville PTA; a member of the Island Idlers and a member of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Grason Martin in February 1998.
She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Anne Davis of Sudlersville and Sandra Jane George of Chester; a sister, Elizabeth Anne Hensel of Snow Hill; five grandchildren, John L. Davis of Millersville, Douglas Davis of Sudlersville, Melinda Hammer of Millington, Kimberly L. George of Centreville, and Kevin George of Easton; three great-grandchildren, Lyle W. Hammer, Alex Davis and Molly R. Davis.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 106 Shamrock Road, Chester, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Friends may also call from 6-9 p.m. Sunday.
The family suggests contributions be made to Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 61, Sudlersville, MD 21668, or Kent Island Volunteer Department, P.O. Box 27, Stevensville, MD 21666, or Queen Anne's County Heart Association, 300 Hope Road, Centreville, MD 21617.