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Philip Cole, 57
SUDLERSVILLE, Md. - Philip ''Roger'' Cole of Sudlersville died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover, Del. He was 57.
Mr. Cole was born in Trappe, the son of the late Frank E. Cole and Bertha Jackson Cole.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school.
Mr. Cole worked for several metal aviation companies. He then went to work as a dairy farmer in the Sudlersville area, where he worked for 12 years. Leaving the farming industry, he then went to work for Star Enterprises in Delaware City, Del., where he worked for 10 years as a millwright with the GSO.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bluegrass music.
Mr. Cole was a member of the local Chester River Joint Venture Hunting Club.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harvey Jackson Cole and Hynson E. Cole.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Dorothy Wilson Cole; two daughters, Brenda Hobson, and her husband, Bill, of Marydel, and Maggie Coursey, and her husband, Chris, of Church Hill; four brothers, Francis E. Cole of Easton, Frank E. Cole and Evans C. Cole, both of Rhode Island, and Ronald Wayne Cole of Pomona, Mo.; four sisters, Ortha Bickling of Fitzgerald, Ga., Julia Butler of Stevensville, and Lois Stanton and Joyce O'Neal, both of Sudlersville; two granddaughters, Samantha Hobson and Sydney Hobson; and one grandson, Cole Coursey.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 370 W. Cypress St., Millington, where friends and family may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Sudlersville Cemetery, Sudlersville.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Queen Anne's County Chapter, P.O. Box 132, Queenstown, MD 21658.
John P. Davis Jr., 83
DOVER - John P. Davis Jr. of Dover died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 83.
Mr. Davis was born in 1915, in Lansford, Pa., the son of the late John P. Davis Sr. and Margaret Thomas Davis.
He married Gladys ''Peg'' Geary on Feb. 11, 1939.
Mr. Davis was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, where he served in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
He was employed in management with Playtex in Dover and Puerto Rico, and with General Foods in Dover as a traffic manager, retiring in 1979.
He served as the treasurer of the YMCA in Dover and received the YMCA Outstanding Citizen Award in 1985.
Mr. Davis was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dover for nearly 50 years, where he taught adult Sunday school class, served on the board of deacons, and served as the church treasurer.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ted Davis, Robert Davis and Tom Davis.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gladys ''Peg'' Davis of Dover; a daughter, Barbara Susan Davis of Magnolia; a son, the Rev. Dr. John P. Davis III, and his wife, Lois, of Painesville, Ohio; a granddaughter, Meghan Wilson, and her husband, Eric, of Painesville; and a grandson, Douglas R. Davis of Chicago.
Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Walker Road, Dover.
Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Association for the Rights of Citizens with Mental Retardation, P.O. Box 562, Dover, DE 19903; or to the Memorial Fund of the First Baptist Church of Dover, 301 Walker Road, Dover, DE 19904.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Gerald C. King, 49
GEORGETOWN - Gerald C. ''Jerry'' King of Georgetown died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. He was 49.
Mr. King worked at Atlantic Industrial Optics Inc., manufacturing quartz underwater lenses.
He was a Boy Scout leader and a past president of both the Jaycees and the Girls Softball Little League.
Mr. King coached Boys Softball Little League in Georgetown. He enjoyed collecting baseball cards and was knowledgeable about baseball statistics.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Wanda Willey King; a daughter, Mindy Eskridge, and her husband, Shawn, of Georgetown; a brother, Alan S. King of Oak Orchard; and three grandchildren, Alan Eskridge, Haley Eskridge and Tyra Jo Eskridge, all of Georgetown.
Service will be noon Saturday at Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown.
Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Georgetown.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Georgetown Little League, Parsons Lane, Georgetown.
Holly Lynn Callahan, 18
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. - Holly Lynn Callahan of Middleburg, and formerly of Lincoln, Del., died after suffering a seizure Monday, July 20, 1998, in her home. She was 18.
Ms. Callahan attended Milford High School as a member of the Class of 1997. She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Milford, Del., where she was active with the softball team and an aide with the summer youth program.
She is survived by her daughter, Caitlin N. Callahan, at home; her father, Herman Callahan Sr. of Queen Anne, Md.; her mother, Patricia Introcaso, and her mother's husband, Mark, of Middleburg; her maternal grandmother, Marlyn Fuhr of Harrington, Del.; her paternal grandmother, Roberta Jean Callahan of Queen Anne; a brother, Junior Callahan of Queen Anne; a sister, Stacey Callahan of Lincoln; two aunts, Janet E. Macklin, and Ms. Macklin's husband, John, of Lincoln, and Sharon Lynn Groff of Harrington; and two nephews.
Service will be today in Middleburg.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Holly Lynn Callahan Memorial Fund, 1867 Mackenzie Court South, Middleburg, FL 32068.
Arrangements by Lofland Funeral Home, Milford.
Franklin H. Everitt, 79
BARCLAY, Md. - Franklin H. Everitt of Barclay died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital, Chestertown. He was 79.
Mr. Everitt was born in 1918, in Bucks County, Pa., the son of the late Samuel Everitt and Nellie Everitt of Levittown, Pa.
He was a farmer near Barclay for the past 45 years.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Florence Elizabeth ''Betty'' Everitt; two daughters, Teresa Collier of Barclay and Dee Crouse of Sudlersville; five grandchildren, Misdee Stallings of Dover, Del., Kristina Reeser of Barclay, Justin Collier of Barclay, Sarah Crouse of Sudlersville and Molly Crouse of Sudlersville; a brother, Joseph Everitt of Jenkintown, Pa.; and a sister, Florence Everitt of Levittown.
Service and burial will be private.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
John Joseph Czurley, 71
MILTON - John Joseph Czurley of Milton died of heart failure Tuesday, July 21, 1998, in his home. He was 71.
Mr. Czurley was born in Wilmington, the son of the late John J. Czurley and Mary Maluczewski Czurley.
He served as a U.S. Navy Seabee during World War II.
He was a retired sausage maker and meat cutter.
Mr. Czurley was a member of the American Legion Post 28 of Oak Orchard in Millsboro, a member of the Falcons Nest 20 of Wilmington and a lifetime member of the Polish American VFW Post 3257 of Wilmington.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille E. Czurley; three stepdaughters, Ruth Ann Hart of Houston, Texas, and Susan L. Maedler and Rebecca Donovan, both of Lewes; a stepson, Charles L. Hart III of Ocean View; two sisters, Helen Sarnocinski of Rehoboth Beach and Dorothy Legenski of Wilmington; a sister-in-law, Anna Czurley of New Castle; 10 stepgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, near Summit, where friends may call from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Ruthanna Baynard Smith, 73
GOLDSBORO, Md. - Ruthanna Baynard Smith of Goldsboro died Wednesday, July 22, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton. She was 73.
Mrs. Smith was born in 1924 in Greensboro, the daughter of the late William Baynard and Mary Walls Baynard.
She was a graduate of Greensboro High School.
She was employed by Playtex of Dover, Del., as a sales clerk for 20 years.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the Ladies Moose Lodge of Easton and a member of the Trinity Methodist Church of Goldsboro.
She was preceded in death by her husband, M. Glenn Smith, in 1992.
She is survived by a son, William N. ''Bill'' Smith of Goldsboro; a daughter, Donna Lee Darling of Dover; a brother, Robert Baynard of Greensboro; a sister, Pauline Pippin of Greensboro; and four grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, Greensboro, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.
Margaret Hicks Wilmer, 81
CORSICA NECK, Md. - Margaret Hicks Wilmer of Corsica Neck died Saturday, July 18, 1998, in & Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown. She was 81.
Mrs. Wilmer was born in 1916, in Brownsville, the daughter of the late James Henry Hicks and Hency Morris Hicks-Brown.
She was educated in the public schools of Queen Anne's County.
Upon graduation, she worked for many years as a domestic and was employed by the Queen Anne's County Board of Education until retirement.
Mrs. Wilmer was joined in marriage to Raymond Coker Wilmer on April 2, 1954.
She was a faithful and active member of Earl's Chapel United Methodist Church, and a dedicated supporter of the Women's Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years in 1994.
She is survived by a son, William O. Boyer; a sister, Henrietta Hicks Jones; a brother, James Henry Hicks Jr.; a sister-in-law, Blanche Hicks; four nephews, Harry Demby, Elbert Hicks, Isaac Hicks and Leroy Boyce; three nieces, Rosalee H. Purine, Mary Ellen Stewart and Bertha H. Stanford; a grandson, William O. Boyer III; two stepbrothers, David Brown and James Brown; a devoted and attentive cousin, Earl T. Wilmer Sr.; and a host of relatives and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. today at Earl's Chapel United Methodist Church of Corsica Neck, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Chesterfield Cemetery, Centreville.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Helen M. Dutton, 92
LEWES - Helen M. Dutton of Lewes died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, in the Beebe Medical Center. She was 92.
Mrs. Dutton was born in 1906, in Woodside, the daughter of the late Arthur R. Martin and Annie P. Martin.
She worked for the Lewes School District as a cafeteria worker for 14 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Frederick Dutton, in 1984.
She is survived by a daughter, Dolly Banks of Georgetown; a sister, Ruth Kaiser of Milford; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorian Atkins-Lodge Chapel in Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Lewes.
Elizabeth A. Davis, 87
HARBESON, Del. - Elizabeth A. Davis of Harbeson died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, in her home. She was 87.
Mrs. Davis was born in 1910 in Lincoln, the daughter of the late Charles Capehart and Mildred Capehart.
For many years, she was a seamstress, and sewed aircraft wings for Blanco Aircraft in Wilmington.
Mrs. Davis worked for Wilmington Dry Goods as a clerk in the domestic section, retiring in the mid-1960s.
She was preceded in death by her husband, T. Kenneth Davis, in 1988.
She is survived by two sisters, Anna Robbins of Ellendale and Josephine Gill of Hialeah, Fla.; a brother, John Capehart of Tennessee; three grandchildren, Phillip Bowman Jr. of Dover, Kenneth Bowman of Angola and Jane B. Cox of Harbeson; and five great-grandchildren.
Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Angola.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Cape Henlopen Senior Center, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Earl Thomas Garrett Sr., 78
MILLINGTON, Md. - Earl Thomas Garrett Sr. of Millington died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, in his home. He was 78.
Mr. Garrett was born in Toano, Va., the son of the late Charles and Pearl Garrett.
He farmed for many years, beginning near Fairlee, then, moving near Millington.
He worked for the Chrysler Corp. assembly plant in Newark, Del., for several years. Then, he worked for the Equitable Life Assurance Society as a sales agent, retiring in 1981.
Mr. Garrett was an avid harness-racing fan. He enjoyed spending his time with people, dancing, socializing and making new friends. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and crabbing in his spare time.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Josephine M. Garrett; two daughters, Joanne G. Mulford of Galena and Barbara L. Carter of Dover, Del.; three sons, Earl T. Garrett Jr. of Sudlersville, Burton E. Garrett of Millington, and Mark C. Garrett of Smyrna, Del.; a sister, Ruth Mousely of Wilmington, Del.; a brother, Franklin Garrett of Harrington. Del.; eight gandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a stepgranddaughter; and two step-great-granddaughters.
Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 370 W. Cypress St., Millington, where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday before the service.
Burial will be in the Chester Cemetery, Chestertown.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be made to the Kent Hospice Foundation, 118 S. Lynchburg St., Chestertown, MD 21620.
Edison W. Blevins, 79
WILMINGTON - Edison W. Blevins of Wilmington died of heart failure Tuesday, July 21, 1998, in the New Castle Subacute and Rehabilitation Center, New Castle. He was 79.
Mr. Blevins was born in Helton, N.C.
He was an educator, teaching for over 40 years. Most notably, he was the supervising principal of the Milton School District from 1952-56, and a principal of the A.I. du Pont School District from 1956-79.
He enjoyed gardening and being with his family.
Mr. Blevins was a member of the Delaware State Education Association and a member of the Hillcrest Bellefonte Church, where he taught Sunday school.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Gladys L. Blevins, in 1980.
He is survived by three daughters, Janet Postles of Milford and Carol Viel and Cathy Peterson, both of Wilmington; three brothers, Elmer Blevins of Jasper, Ga., and Dale Blevins and Robert Blevins, both of Quarryville, Pa.; and seven grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Beeson Memorial Services of North Wilmington, Wilmington.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 110 S. French St., Wilmington, DE 19801.
Audrey Scopelliti, 64
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Audrey Scopelliti of New Brunswick died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, in St. Peter's Hospital, New Brunswick. She was 64.
Mrs. Scopelliti was born in 1934 in Metuchen, the daughter of the late Emmett and Henrietta Venett.
She graduated from Metuchen High School, where she was a drum major.
She attended the Katherine Gibbs School of New York and the Middlesex County College, Edison.
Mrs. Scopelliti worked as an assistant in the law offices of Abe Rosenblum and the legal and purchasing departments of Johnson and Johnson.
Since 1987, she had worked as an advertising assistant in the East Brunswick office of J. Walter Thompson.
She is survived by her husband, Andrew Scopelliti of Spotswood; two daughters, Denise Lynn Scopelliti of San Diego, and Dawn Harvey of Phoenix; a son, Drew Scopelliti of Chicago; two grandchildren, Drew Allyse Harvey and Daniel Harvey of Phoenix; a sister, Claire Venett of Metuchen; a brother, Col. Emmet Venett Jr., and his wife, Patricia, of Milford, Del.; a niece, Stacy Venett of Wilmington, Del.; and a nephew, Steven Venett of Milford.
Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at the M. David Demarco Funeral Home, 205 Rhode Hall Road, Monroe, where friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today prior to the service.
Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Metuchen.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.