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Emmanuel Strand, 9
BRIDGEVILLE - Emmanuel Strand of Bridgeville died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident Saturday, July 11, 1998. He was 9.
Emmanuel was a student at Woodbridge Elementary School in Greenwood, and he was a participant in the Dinosaur Program in this school. He would have been entering the fourth grade in September.
He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bridgeville, where he loved to sing. His favorite songs were: ''I'll Fly Away,'' ''The Blood Of Jesus,'' ''Do Not Pass Me By,'' and ''I've Got To Clean Up What I Messed Up.'' Emmanuel was known for singing even when he was playing.
Emmanuel was a very active child. He loved to play football, kickball, jump rope, sing, watch movies, and riding his bicycle. He was known for his ability to make friends, and for helping others. He never met a stranger.
He is survived by his parents, Lawrence Edward and Diana Parker Strand of Bridgeville; six brothers, Darnell Strand of Laurel, Xavier and Uriah Parker of Bridgeville, Vladimir, Isaih, and Joshua Strand of Bridgeville; a sister, Kimberly Dixon of Georgetown; maternal grandparents, Diana and Lonnie Brown of Bridgeville, William Pitts of Laurel; great-grandmother, Elsie Charleston of Bridgeville; great-great-grandmother, Carrie Frisby of Bridgeville; paternal grandparents, Beatrice Wescott of Seaford, Levy Strand of N.Y. and an adopted grandmother, Gwendolyn Fountain of Milford.
Service will be at 1 p.m. today at Mount Olive Baptist Church, First Street, Bridgeville, where the Rev. Evans will officiate and the Rev. Horsey will eulogize.
Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Middleford.
Arrangements by Deborah E. Harris Funeral Services, Bridgeville.
Ralph M. McGinnis, 65
SARASOTA, Fla. - Ralph M. McGinnis of Sarasota d Wednesday, July 8, 1998. He was 65.
Mr. McGinnis was born in 1933, in Dover, the son of Catherine McGinnis of Smyrna.
He served in the Navy during the Korean War.
Mr. McGinnis was a stockbroker.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Patrick McGinnis of Sarasota and Michael McGinnis of Smyrna; a brother, Walter McGinnis Jr. of Smyrna, and four grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at a later date.
Arrangements by Hawkins Funeral Home, Fla.
Gladys Soper Cluley, 82
WYOMING - Gladys Soper Cluley of Wyoming, formerly of California, died Friday, July 17, 1998, in the home of her daughter. She was 82.
Ms. Cluley was born in 1915, in Magnolia, the daughter of the late Jacob and Mae Huesman Soper.
She attended Wesley College and also attended the Delaware Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington.
Ms. Cluley worked for Dr. Robert Zurkow, in Dover, for several years before moving to California in 1960. While in California, she continued working in the dental field. She was also a tour guide at Knotts Berry Farm.
She was an avid bridge player and golfer, and played at several clubs including the Indian Palms Country Club, the Indian Wells Country Club and the LaQuinta Club. She moved back to Delaware in February of 1998, with her daughter.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Cluley Leone and her husband, Dr. John A. Leone of Wyoming, and Mary Ann Dantinne of Frederica; two sisters, Frances Mayerberg of Bartlesville, Okla., and Barbara Ann Harman of Bemus Point, N.Y.; eight grandchildren, Major Troy L. Nellans and his wife, Laurie, Terri Nellins Brown and her husband, Scott, John A. Leone Jr., Jason T. Leone, Melissa A. Kauffman, Valerie L. Brown, Donna M. Dantinne and Donald M. Dantinne; and nine great-grandchildren.
Service and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, Central Division, 911 S. Du Pont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Charles C. Pritchett, 77
BETHANY BEACH - Charles C. Pritchett of Bethany Beach, formerly of Norristown, Pa., died of respiratory failure Thursday, July 16, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 77.
Mr. Pritchett was born in Claymont, the son of the late Oscar Pritchett and Audrey Webb Pritchett.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
Mr. Pritchett was a retired sergeant of the Norristown Police Force.
He was a member of Lodge 31 of the Norristown Fraternal Order of Police; American Legion Post 24 of Dagsboro; Mason-Dixon Post 7234 of Veterans of Foreign Wars at Quillen's Point in Ocean View, and the Norris Hose Volunteer Fire Co. of Norristown.
Mr. Pritchett was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed boating and working with stained glass.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy Lock Pritchett; a son, Charles O. Pritchett of Berwyn, Pa.; a daughter, Sharon L. Kuznick of Exton, Pa.; a niece that he raised as a daughter, Mildred H. Mazy; and four grandchildren, Liane and Lauren Kuznick, both of Exton, Chad and Riley Pritchett, both of Berwyn.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday at the Millville United Methodist Church in Millville, where friends may call a half hour prior to the service.
The Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate.
Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans' Memorial Cemetery at a later date.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to The Memorial Fund of the Millville United Methodist Church, Millville, DE.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Ocean View.
Wilda B. Gilroy, 77
BERWYN, Pa. - Wilda B. Gilroy of Berwyn died while visiting with her daughter in Lincoln, Friday, July 17, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 77.
Ms. Gilroy retired in 1987, from Royer Graves School for the Blind, where she was a secretary for a short time. Prior to that, she worked as a secretary for William P. Carson General Contracting in Devon.
Ms. Gilroy was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Berwyn for 55 years. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
She was a lifelong resident of Berwyn, where she was loved by everyone.
She is survived by a son, Leonard R. of Terrytown, La.; a daughter, Jean A. Hardican of Lincoln, and eight grandchildren, Karen L. Gilroy, Brian S. Gilroy, Heather M. Gilroy, Christina J. Gilroy, David M. Hardican, Steven B. Hardican, Paul R. Hardican and Kimberley J. Bushey.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Berwyn & Main avenues, Berwyn, where friends may call from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the church.
Burial will be in Birmingham Lafayette Cemetery, near West Chester, Pa.
The family suggests contributions be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Berwyn & Main avenues, Berwyn, PA 19312.
Arrangements by Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.
Edna May Ridgway, 83
SMRYNA - Edna May Ridgway of Smyrna, formerly of Trenton, N.J., and Luther Towers in Dover, died Thursday, July 16, 1998, in the IHS of Delaware. She was 83.
Mrs. Ridgway worked in several department stores in the Trenton area including Litbrothers and Yard department stores, retiring in 1976.
She was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Dover. She was also a member of the Dover Modern Maturity Center.
Mrs. Ridgway enjoyed arts and crafts while in the nursing home.
She is survived by a son, Ronald Ridgway of Dover; a daughter, Janice Bloom of Dover; a sister, Gladis Walton of Burlington, N.J.; two granddaughters, Michele Donze and Deidre Gleason, both of Smyrna; nine great-grandchildren, Howard, Michael, David, Thomas Donze, and Philip, Renee, and Heather Gleason, and German and Erica Pizairo, all of Smyrna.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Faries Funeral Home, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Burlington, N.J.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Calvary Assembly of God Church, 1141 E. Lebanon Road, Dover, DE 19901.
Rosie Mary Isabell, 56
DOVER - Rosie Mary Isabell of Dover died Thursday, July 16, 1998. She was 56.
Mrs. Isabell was born in 1941, in Marion, Ark.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Isabell was preceded in death by her husband, James Madison Isabell in 1980.
She is survived by four loving sons, Theodore Turner of Toledo, Ohio, James Isabell of Marion, Ark., Edward Isabell of Newark and Demetrius Isabell of Dover; three devoted daughters, Shirley Henry of Dover, Gwendolyn Isabell and Dorothy Walker, both of Marion, Ark.; 12 grandchildren; a great-granchild; a special friend, Larry Houston of Dover and a host of relatives and friends.
Service and burial will be conducted Thursday by Anthony's Funeral Home, 113 S. 164 St., West Memphis, Ark.
Burial will be in Crittenden Memorial Cemetery in Marion.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Joseph VanLeer, 81
DOVER - Joseph VanLeer of Dover died Thursday, July 16, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 81.
Mr. VanLeer was a sergeant first class in the United States Army in World War II.
He worked as a theater manager for the Savaar Corporation for over 30 years, and the State of N.J. Division of Motor Vehicles for 20 years, retiring in 1982.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline Kelderer in 1986.
He is survived by two sons, Michael VanLeer of Dover and Joseph VanLeer Jr. of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; a granddaughter, Danielle VanLeer of Dover.
There will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. Monday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.
The family suggests contributions be made to the American Lung Association, 1021 Gilpin Ave., Suite 202, Wilmington, DE 19806-3280.
Arrangements by Faries Funeral Directors Inc., Dover.
Philip Perry, 71
ROCK HALL, Md. - Philip Perry of Rock Hall died Thursday, July 16, 1998, in his home. He was 71.
Mr. Perry was born in 1927, in Kent County, Md., the son of the late Edward and Ida Mae Middleton Perry.
He began his lifelong career as a self-employed waterman at a young age. He harvested seafood seasonally on the Chesapeake Bay for the majority of his life. He retired in 1997, after harvesting clams in his later years.
Mr. Perry was a member of Sgt. William Preston Ashley American Legion Post 228 in Rock Hall; a life member of the VFW in Fairlee, Md.; the Kent County Waterman's Association; Maryland Waterman's Association and the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries.
He enjoyed gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty Jane Jacob Perry; a son, Sam Perry of Rock Hall; a daughter, Judy Hickman of Chestertown; two brothers, Frank Perry of Baltimore and Allen Perry of Rock Hall; two sisters, Ada Parsons of Baltimore and Betty Mae Beck of Rock Hall; five grandchildren, Todd Hickman of Rock Hall, Tamy Hickman and Camy Bennett, both of Chestertown, and Philip and Brad Perry, both of Rock Hall; and two great-grandchildren, Mac and Celia.
There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery, where the Rev. Albert Burton will officiate.
Friends are welcome to attend the graveside service.
The family suggests contributions be made to Kent County Hospice Foundation, 118 S. Lynchburg St., Chestertown, MD 21620, or Rock Hall Ambulance Fund, c/o Rock Hall Fire Department, P.O. Box 577 Rock Hall, MD 21661.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Rock Hall.
Jack A. Baull Jr., 37
MILLSBORO - Jack A. Baull Jr. of Millsboro died of cardiac arrest Thursday, July 16, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. He was 37.
Mr. Baull was born in Lewes, the son of Jack A. Baull Sr. and Janet Johnson Baull.
He was a prep cook for local restaurants and a volunteer worker for the Atlantic Community Thrift Shop in Clarksville.
He is survived by a son, Jack A. Baull III, at home; his mother, Janet Baull Dettbarn of Frankford; maternal grandmother, Marie D. Johnson of Frankford; a sister, Nancy Smith of Frankford; three brothers, Mark Baull of Dagsboro, Steven Baull of Selbyville and Brian Baull of Frankford.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday.
Burial will be in Mariner's Bethel Cemetery, Ocean View.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Atlantic Community Thrift Shop, Clarksville.
Helen Louise Berwald, 67
FREDERICA - Helen Louise Berwald of Frederica died of kidney failure Friday July 17, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 67.
Mrs. Berwald was born in 1930 in Wheeling, W. Va., the daughter of the late Charles and Isabel Elliott Lewis.
She was a homemaker.
She was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, where she worked in weather control for the flight line.
Mrs. Berwald will be remembered for her unsurpassable strength and sense of humor. She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Roy Berwald in 1997.
She is survived by a son, Douglas R. Berwald of Delaware City; two daughters, Debra Diaz and her husband, Gerardo of Frederica, and Barbara Santiago and her husband, Michael, of Dover; a brother, Erwin Lewis of Wheeling, W. Va., seven grandchildren, Jimmy, Amy, Glenda, Daniel, Michael, Anthony and Gerardo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday.
Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery,
John Robert Dillon Sr., 75
REHOBOTH BEACH - John Robert Dillon Sr. of Rehoboth Beach died Thursday, July 16, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. He was 75.
Mr. Dillon was born in 1923, in Olney, Md., the son of the late John William Dillon Jr. and Mary Helen Soper.
He served in the Army Air Corp in World War II from 1943-1946.
He owned Dillon Trucking for 20 years, retiring three years ago, then served as a regional manager of family-owned Quik Lube Franchise until his death.
Mr. Dillon was a member of St. Edmonds Catholic Church; served as eucharist at St. Jude's Church, Lewes; a member of B.O.P.E. Lodge 2540, Lewes; a member of Henlopen Senior Center; American Legion and Delta Nu Alpha.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Zimmerman Dillon in May of 1997.
He is survived by three sons, John Robert Dillon Jr. of Stevensville, Md., John William Dillon of Laurel, and Thomas Preston Dillon of Annapolis, Md.; two sisters, Mary Jane Weiger of Cape Coral, Fla., and Catherine E. ''Betty'' Leizear of Rockville; a sister-in-law, Joan Grawler of Rehoboth Beach; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Edmonds Catholic Church, King Charles & Laurel streets, Rehoboth Beach, where Father Philip Sheekey will officiate.
Burial will be private.
The family suggests contributions be made to Diabetes Association, 4 Mainsail Drive, Milton, DE 19968.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Home & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
Horatio Allison, 70
DAGSBORO - Horatio Allison of Dagsboro and Orlando, Fla., formerly of Rockville, Md., died Friday, July 7, 1998, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.
Mr. Allison was born in Tacoma Park, Md., the son of the late Leroy M. Allison and Bessie Zellers Allison.
He was a self employed structural engineer with the firms of Allison & Meyer and later Allison, McCormack & Nicholaus in Rockville.
Mr. Allison was graduated from the George Washington University School of Engineering, Class of 1951.
He served on many technical committees of the American Society of Civil Engineering and the American Institute of Steel Construction.
Mr. Allison was a member of Sigma Tau Honorary Engineering Society, Columbia Country Club of Chevy Chase, Maryland and a founding member of Cripple Creek Country Club of Millville.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy Lemay Allison; a son, James F. Allison of Williamsville; a daughter, Jennifer A. Craig of Orlando; a brother, Leroy M. Allison Jr. of Damascus, Md., and a granddaughter, Margaret Lemay Allison.
Service will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, West Ave., Ocean View, where friends may call after 11 a.m. The Rev. William H. Hudson will officiate.
Burial will be in St. George's Cemetery, Clarksville.
Andrew Kelly, 85
GEORGETOWN - Andrew Kelly of Georgetown died of pneumonia Thursday, July 16, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 85.
Mr. Kelly was born July 16, 1913.
He was affiliated with All Faith Stockley Chapel in Georgetown.
He is survived by a nephew, Jack Ireland of New Castle; two nieces, Jean Biehn of Wilmington and Patricia Dougherty of South Thomaston, Maine.
Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at All Faith Chapel Stockley, Georgetown, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Stockley Cemetery, Georgetown.
Arrangements by Youngs Funeral Home, Milford.
Isabel L. Heath, 86
MILLINGTON, Md. - Isabel L. Heath of Millington died of heart failure Saturday, July 18, 1998, in Corsica Hills Nursing Home, Centreville. She was 86.
Mrs. Heath was born in South Burlington, Vt., the daughter of the late Charles Laundry.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Heath enjoyed quilting and sewing. She was known as an excellent cook and loved gardening.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter B. Heath in 1979.
She is survived by two sons, Vernon W. Heath of Millington and Gordon R. Heath of Corpus Christy, Texas; two daughters, Helen Bolgart of California and Ora Brown of Hinesburg, Vt.; a sister, Susan Tearing of Hinesburg; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Service will be private.
Burial will be in Burlington, Vt.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Millington.
Joyce P. Butler, 68
BARCLAY, Md. - Joyce P. Butler of Barclay died of heart failure Saturday, July 18, 1998, in Kent & Queen Annes Hospital, Chestertown. She was 68.
Mrs. Butler was born in 1929, the daughter of the late Helmuth and Lillian Plugge.
She was a 1946 graduate of Easton High School.
She married Duncan G. Butler on Oct. 13, 1951, and lived in Goldsboro until 1955 when they moved to Barclay.
Mrs. Butler was a fan of NASCAR racing and enjoyed cooking and baking. She was very active in her grandchildrens 4-H projects.
In addition to her husband of nearly 48 years, she is survived by a son, Duncan Butler Jr. of Barclay; a daughter, Joyce Ann Butler Morris of Centreville; two grandchildren, Duncan Butler III and Jennifer Butler of Barclay; a sister, Dorcas Plugge Jenkins of Easton, Md., and a brother, Helmuth E. 'Teeter' Plugge Jr., of Easton.
Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Rd., Chestertown, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Burial will be in Sudlersville Cemetery, Sudlersville.
Olin W. 'Pete' Clough, 71
FELTON - Olin W. ''Pete'' Clough of Felton, formerly of Millington, Md., died of heart failure Saturday, July 18, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 71.
Mr. Clough was born near Marydel, Md., the son of the late Charles and Anna Clough.
He was involved in farming for a number of years and had Pete's Garage.
Mr. Clough owned Pete's Bar near Millington and ran it for several years.
He semi-retired and worked part-time as a grain tester for Showell Grains near Ingleside, Md.
Mr. Clough enjoyed fixing lawn and garden equipment.
He was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister.
He is survived by a son, Olin F. Clough of Felton; two daughters, Carol N. Cordrey of Millsboro and Faith Frank of Bowers Beach; two brothers, Oscar Clough of Millington and Floyd Clough of Templeville, Md.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 370 W. Cypress St., Millington, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Templeville Cemetery, Templeville.
Stanley Lee Mullins, 48
MILLSBORO - Stanley Lee Mullins of Millsboro died of cancer Wednesday, July 15, 1998, in his home. He was 48.
Mr. Mullins was born in Caples, West Virginia, the son of Susan Chapman Mullins of Millsboro and the late Harold J. Mullins .
He was a security guard at Townsend's Inc., Millsboro.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Paula K. Munson of Millsboro and a brother, Thomas I. Mullins of Trappe, Md.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at his residence, 18 Poplar Ave., Evergreen Acres, Millsboro. The Rev. Pete Bender will officiate.
Contributions may be made Delaware Hospice in Georgetown.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
Elijah E. Foreman Jr., 64
FRANKFORD - Elijah E. Foreman Jr. of Frankford died of a heart attack Saturday, July 18, 1998, in the Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin, Md. He was 64.
Mr. Foreman was born in Newark, the son of the late George E. Foreman Sr. and Annie Mae DeBerry Foreman.
He was a weighmaster for the Polia Poultry Co. in Selbyville for 35 years, retiring in 1996.
Mr. Foreman was a member of the St. John's Baptist Church, Millsboro.
He is survived by two sons, Gregory E. Foreman and Ronald L. Foreman, both of Frankford; six daughters, Linda L. Custis and Vanessa D. Foreman, both of Frankford, Marlene Purnell of Salisbury, Md., Vivian R. Purnell of Baltimore, Darlene Garrison of Delmar and Debra A. Wise of Georgetown; two brothers, Jake DeBerry of N.Y. and Richard Foreman of Berlin, Md.; three sisters, Mary L. Jarman of Frankford, Annie Mae Foreman and Pearl Williams, both of Berlin; 35 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandson.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Baptist Church, Mt. Joy, Millsboro, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. C.N. Sample will officiate.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.