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Rev. Delores Arlene Holmes, 57
DOVER - The Rev. Delores Arlene Holmes of Dover died after a lengthy illness Thursday, Aug. 6, 1998, in her home. She was 57.
The Rev. Holmes was born in 1941, in Easton, Md., the daughter of the late Otis Wilson Sr. and the late Arlene Wilson.
She graduated from Kennard High School in Queen Anne's County, Md., in 1959.
She furthered her Christian studies in the Interdenominational Bible Institute in Camden.
She worked as a machine operator at Playtex in Dover, for 29 years.
She married Ronald Holmes June 30, 1984.
The Rev. Holmes was licensed as a minister to preach the Gospel Dec. 31, 1991, and was ordained July 30, 1995.
She was a soft-spoken, serious, faith-filled, devoted, sincere and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, niece, cousin and friend, who exemplified the love of Christ in her daily life.
The Rev. Holmes indeed was a true Christian example to everyone who had the opportunity and privilege to know her.
She dearly loved her children and grandchildren and Pebbles, her pet poodle.
She was an avid reader of the Bible, and she received a great deal of joy and happiness from shopping, conversing and restaurant-hopping.
The Rev. Holmes was a dedicated member of the Voices of Calvary and the Combined Choir and an active and committed member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Dover, where she served as a Bible study teacher, chaplain of the Building Fund Commitee and co-chairwoman of the Nursing Home Ministry.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald Holmes of Dover; a daughter, Crystal Flamer of Dover; a son, William F. Smith II of Dover; a stepson, Evan Holmes, and his wife, Vonda, both of Bear; two brothers, Otis Wilson Jr. of St. Michaels, Md., and James Wilson, and his wife, Grace, both of Chester, Pa.; a sister, Miranda Wilson of Wilmington; a cousin who was like a sister, Alfreda Ryans, and her husband, Alfred, both of Queen Anne's County, Md.; four grandchildren, Donald Burris Jr., Keith Sterling, Wendell Flamer Jr. and Nathaniel Smith; two aunts, Zora Gordon and Victoria Jenkins; an uncle, Douglas Wilson; two brothers-in-law, William Holmes and Alvin Holmes, and Alvin's wife, Gloria; three sisters-in-law, Joyce Coursey, and her husband, Thomas, Marlene Nichols, and her husband, Edward, and Vilese Stanford; three very special friends, the Rev. Rebecca Batson, the Rev. Mary Elsbery and Mrs. Gloria Harrison; extended family, ''Pop'' Roger Wilson and ''Mom'' Jean Wilson; a daughter, Donya Hall; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church, Dover.
Friends may call two hours prior to the service or from 6-8 p.m. today at the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Eugene Burton Payne, 93
HENDERSON, Md. - Eugene Burton Payne of Henderson died of natural causes Friday, August 7, 1998, in Kent General Hospital in Dover. He was 93.
Mr. Payne was born in 1904, in Danville, Ohio, the son of the late Eugene E. Payne and the late Rose Stull Payne.
He worked as a lineman for Blumethal of Baltimore, retiring in 1961.
Mr. Payne had been a resident of Henderson since 1968.
He enjoyed playing shuffleboard and dining out.
Mr. Payne was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 57 and a member of the Camden-Wyoming Moose Lodge 760.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Francis Emerick Payne, in 1993; a sister, Farol Ferenbaugh; and four brothers, Clarence Payne, Donald Payne, Jack Payne, and Dwight Payne.
He is survived by a sister, Evelyn Chandler of Safety Harbor, Fla.; a special friend, Mabel Faulkner of Hartly; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Ridgely Cemetery, Ridgely.
Arrangements by Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, P.A., Greensboro.
Mary I. Langrell, 78
DOVER - Mary I. Langrell of Dover died Friday, August 7, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 78.
Mrs. Langrell was born in New York City.
She was a volunteer worker for the State Department of Health and Social Services for many years.
Mrs. Langrell was a member of the Dover Modern Maturity Center in Dover.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Langrell, in 1989.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Trader Funeral Home in Dover, where friends may call a half of an hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Barrett's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica.
Lydia Christine Garner Bray, 81
ROCK HALL, Md. - Lydia Christine Garner Bray of Rock Hall died from Alzheimer's Friday, August 7, 1998, in Corsica Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 81.
Mrs. Bray was born in Tateville, Ky., the daughter of the late Charles H. Vaughn and the late Eva Lewes Vaughn.
She came from a large family and was the last of 11 children.
She was family oriented and loved to participate in family gatherings and activities.
Mrs. Bray was a homemaker most of her life.
She loved her home and enjoyed cooking.
She particularly enjoyed her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Bray also enjoyed reading in her spare time.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl S. Garner, in 1972; her second husband, Samuel Bray, in 1997; and her brothers and sisters.
She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Polonkey of Rock Hall, and Joyce Alford of North Little Rock, Ark.; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Cedar Hill Memorial Cemetery in Allentown, Pa., where Pastor James Grimes will officiate.
Burial will follow the service.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Rock Hall.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the National Alzheimer's Foundation, 100 North Brand Blvd., Suite 200, Glen Dale, CA 91203.
Cindy Kay Stever, 28
MILFORD - Cindy Kay Stever of Milford, formerly of Binghamton, N.Y., died Saturday, August 8, 1998, in the home of her devoted friend, Mark Hatfield. She was 28.
Ms. Stever graduated from Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton in 1987.
She continued her education, graduating from Broome Community College in Binghamton in 1989, and from Wilmington College in 1995.
Ms. Stever moved to Milford, where she was a fifth-grade teacher of Math and Science at Milford Middle School for the last three years.
She is survived by her mother, Ruth Stever of Binghamton; her father, Lowell Stever of Binghamton; her devoted friends, Mark Hatfield, Sue Hatfield, and Charles Hatfield, all of Milford; and a brother, Dennis B. Stever of Wake Forest, N.C.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Rogers Funeral Home in Milford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Cindy Kay Stever Memorial Fund, c/o Milford Middle School, Lakeview Ave., Milford, DE 19963.
Mary M. Lofland, 76
MILFORD - Mary M. Lofland of Milford died Saturday, August 8, 1998, in Bay Health Medical Center in Milford. She was 76.
Mrs. Lofland was born in Milford, the daughter of the late Sherry Masten Sr. and the late Josephine Jester Masten.
She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James P. Lofland, in 1981.
She is survived by a son, James A. Lofland of Milford; two daughters, Joann West of Georgetown and Shirley Lofland of North Cape May, N.J.; two sisters, Betty Phillips and Ruth Benton, both of Milford; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Berry-Short Funeral Home in Milford, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Mary H. Rich, 73
WASHINGTON D.C. - Mary H. Rich of Washington D.C. died Friday, August 7, 1998, in Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Denton, Md. She was 73.
Mrs. Rich was born in Oxford, Mass., the daughter of the late Clifton A. Rich Jr. and the late Mary Chabot Rich.
She was a legal secretary for Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering law firm in Washington D.C., retiring in 1987.
She is survived by a goddaughter, Sharon Fountain of Denton; and a godson, Dan Borsch of Bowie, Md.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Denton Cemetery in Denton.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Caroline Chapter of the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 505, Denton, MD 21529; or to the American Diabetes Association, 407 Central Ave., Reisterstown, MD 21136.
Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, P.A., Denton.
William H. Burns Jr., 72
BRIDGEVILLE - William H. Burns Jr. of Bridgeville died of heart failure Thursday, August 6, 1998, in Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford. He was 72.
Mr. Burns was a bookkeeper with Mrs. Schlorer's Foods in Philadelphia, retiring in 1978.
Mr. Burns was a member of Our Lady Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford.
He is survived by a daughter, Dr. Roberta F. Burns of Bridgeville; and two granddaughters.
Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Seaford.
Burial will be in Delaware Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Bear.
Arrangements by H.E. Hardesty & Sons Funeral Home, Bridgeville.
John V. 'Jack' Ashton, 75
SEAFORD - John V. ''Jack'' Ashton of Seaford died of heart failure Sunday, August 9, 1998, in Life Care at Lofland Park. He was 75.
Mr. Aston was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II.
He was a self-employed brick mason for over 40 years, retiring in 1962.
Mr. Aston was a member of the VFW Post in Bensalem, Pa., and a member of Tuckerton Lodge 4 F & AM.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mae Paulsworth Ashton of Seaford; a son, John V. Ashton III of Manahawkin, N.J.; two brothers, Louis Ashton and George Ashton, both of Bensalem; two sisters, Elizabeth Price of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mary Trapp of Bensalem; and two grandchildren.
Service and burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Delaware Hospice Inc., 600 DuPont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements by Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.
Norman Windsor Brady Sr., 82
MILFORD - Norman Windsor Brady Sr. of Milford died Thursday, August 6, 1998, in his home. He was 82.
Mr. Brady was born in 1915, the son of the late John Brady Jr. and the late Eva Swiggett Brady.
He graduated from Milford School 3 in Milford, which is now known as the Benjamin Banneker Elementary School.
He was reared by his grandparents, the late John Brady Sr. and the late Eleanor Brady.
He married Anna Rye Coverdale on February 12, 1938, in Milford.
Mr. Brady's first job was with Torch's Trucking Co.
He also worked with Kirby Trucking Co., Masten's Trucking Co., Tidewater Trucking Co., and the Red Star Trucking Co.
He spent a total of 49 years in the trucking business, retiring in 1978.
Mr. Brady was a hard worker, who devoted his time and his life to his family, friends, church and community.
He was a generous and giving person who loved people and always helped others in whatever way he could.
He contributed to and adopted two children from the Feed the Children Program.
At Thanksgiving and Christmas, he would contribute baskets of food and deliver them to the needy.
Mr. Brady willingly transported the sick to and from the doctor's office.
He also spearheaded the clean-up of the Levy Cemetery.
In addition to loving his wife, he dearly cherished his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was loved by all who knew him because of his kind, jovial and loving nature for people of all ages.
The young and old in the community affectionately called him ''Pop Pop'' and ''Uncle Norman.''
Mr. Brady was one of the founders and a member of the local Teamsters Union, a member and one of the founders of the Levy Club, and a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church, where he served on the Trustee Board, sang in the church choir, and served on the Building Fund Committee.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Brady, in 1987.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Brady of Milford; three sons, Frederick Coverdale and his wife Chestine, both of Bayport, N.Y., Norman W. Brady Jr. and his wife Ellen, both of Milford, and Reginald Brady and his wife Mary, both of Felton; three daughters, Teresa M. Johnson and her husband William, both of Milford, Betty A. Henry and her husband Charles Sr., both of Montclair, N.J., and Eleanor M. Hamm and her husband Curtis Sr., both of Williamsville, N.Y.; a sister, Dorothy Brady Cooper and her husband Charles, both of Dover; an aunt, Hattie Brady of Wilmington; a former daughter-in-law, Willa Brady of Star Hill; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Friends may also call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Burial will be in Odd Fellow Cemetery, Milford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the St. Paul United Methodist Church Building Fund, Wilmington Trust Co., Front and Walnut streets, Milford, DE 19963.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Milford.
Todd E. McCloskey, 15
EARLEVILLE, Md.- Todd E. McCloskey of Earleville died from injuries sustained in a two car accident Saturday, August 8, 1998, in the University Hospital in Baltimore. He was 15.
Todd was born in 1983, in Easton, the son of Arthur McCloskey and Macey Ann McCloskey.
He was entering 10th grade at Bohemia Manor High School, where he was very active in sports.
He lettered in wrestling and track.
Todd was both a defensive end and a tight end on the Bohemia Manor Eagles football team.
He placed third in the State of Maryland with 500 service learning hours.
Todd received the Outstanding Community Service Award for volunteering many hours to the elderly at the Medpoint Continuing Care Facility in Elkton, and he received the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for his community service.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He loved his duck and geese, which he raised, and his dog.
Todd enjoyed the ocean and riding his four wheeler.
He is survived by his mother, Macey Ann McCloskey of Earleville; his father, Arthur ''Artie'' McCloskey Sr. of Earleville; a brother, Arthur ''Artie'' McCloskey Jr. of Earleville; his paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Smith of Hallwood, Va.; his paternal grandfather, Arthur Smith of Hallwood; his maternal grandmother, Macey E. Bristow of Earleville; and his maternal grandfather, Wesley A. Bristow of Earleville.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech in Galena, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Friends may also call from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Earleville.
In memory of Todd E. McCloskey, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Bo Manor Booster Club, c/o Cindy Warfield, 40 Kent Ave., Earleville, MD 21919.
Lewis Samuel Burbage, 81
GREENSBORO, Md. - Lewis Samuel Burbage of Greensboro died of natural causes Monday, August 10, 1998, in the Caroline Nursing Home. He was 81.
Mr. Burbage was born in 1916, in Snow Hill, the son of the late Samuel Burbage and the late Dorothy Wentling Burbage.
He was a food inspector for the Department of Agriculture for 39 years.
Mr. Burbage was a member of the Greensboro Lions Club and a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Greensboro, where he once served on the Usher's Board.
He was preceded in death by a son, Emerson Burbage, in 1998; and his mother-in-law, Ella ''Mama'' Johnson in 1998.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mildred Burbage of Greensboro; a grandson, Aaron E. Burbage of Hebron; two granddaughters, Teresa Faye Bloodsworth and Eva Marie Clifton, both of Salisbury; a stepmother, Thelma Burbage of Pocomoke; and many great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.
Arrangements by Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, P.A., Greensboro.
Ronald A. Grant, 63
ODESSA - Ronald A. Grant of Odessa died Sunday, August 9, 1998, in the Union Hospital in Elkton, Md. He was 63.
Mr. Grant had served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1961.
He worked for Columbia Gas and Hercules Corporation.
Mr. Grant also worked for Spence Security in Wilmington, retiring in 1995.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Fall Grant, in 1997, and a son, Steven C. Grant, in 1991.
He is survived by a son, Gregg Grant of Palo Alto, Calif.; a daughter, Marjorie Pagan of Queens, N.Y.; his mother, Sadie B. Grant of Wilmington; a brother, Gary C. Grant of Radford, Va.; two sisters, Barbara G. Woodard and Letty G. Willis, both of Wilmington; a stepson, Samuel Houchins and his wife Margaret, both of Odessa; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Leticia Maria Holcomb, 32
MARYDEL, Md. - Leticia Maria Holcomb of Marydel died from injuries sustained in an auto accident Saturday, August 8, 1998, in Kent General Hospital in Dover, Del. She was 32.
Mrs. Holcomb was born in 1966 in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of the late Paul Chavez and Rosa Montubalo Chavez.
She had worked as a packer and shipper at Hanover Foods in Clayton.
She is survived by her husband of five years, Walter Owen Holcomb Sr. of Dover, Del.; a son, Walter O. Holcomb Jr. of Dover; a daughter, Alexis Henry of Marydel; her mother, Rosa Montubalo Chavez of Dallas; six brothers, Robert Chavez, Arturo Chavez, Charlie Chavez, Joseph Saldana, Jessie Saldana, and Paul Chavez, all of Dallas; and three sisters, Sarah Chavez, Victoria Rocha, and Jihan Saldana, all of Dallas.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Torbert Funeral Chapel in Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
William 'Ed' Foxwell, 95
HARRINGTON - William ''Ed'' Foxwell of Harrington died of heart failure Sunday, August 9, 1998, in Newport Richey, Fla. He was 95.
Mr. Foxwell was born in Princess Anne, Md., the son of the late George Albert Foxwell and the late Ida Mae Trice Foxwell.
He was a United States Navy veteran of World War I.
He was a torpedo man on one of the Navy's first submarines to cross the Equator.
Mr. Foxwell was a welder and a pipe fitter for Local Union 74 Pipefitters and Welders Union in Wilmington.
He had lived in Harrington since 1967.
Mr. Foxwell was a member of Temple Lodge 128 A.F. & A.M. in Denton, a lifetime member of the Choptank River Yacht Club in Denton, a past member of the Moose Lodge in Harrington, and a past member of the AFL-CIO.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret E. Flynn Foxwell, in 1995, and a son, Charles ''Duffy'' Foxwell.
He is survived by a son, Robert G. Foxwell of Newport Richey; a daughter, Jean Marie Jesse of West Warwick, R.I.; a half-sister, Mable Berry of Wilmington; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Denton Cemetery, Denton.
Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, P.A., in Denton.
Joseph Medford 'Med' Benney Jr.,69
CENTREVILLE, Md. - Joseph Medford ''Med'' Benney Jr. of Centreville died Sunday, August 9, 1998, at the Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown. He was 69.
Mr. Benney was born in 1929, in Centreville, the son of the late Joseph M. Benney Sr. and the late Lillie Faulkner Benney.
He graduated from Centreville High School in 1948.
He served as a Para-trooper in the 11th Airborne for the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Benny married Norma C. Horney on June 2, 1951.
He received an honorable discharge in 1952.
He worked for five years at the Centreville Lumber Yard.
He then worked as a delivery person for Cox-Hudson Oil Co. for 29 years, retiring in 1991.
Mr. Benney was a member and Past-Commander of the American Legion in Centreville, a past-member of the Lions Club in Centreville, and a past-member of the Sportsman's Club in Centreville.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Norma C. Benney of Centreville; two sons, Mark W. Benney of Henderson, and David J. Benney of Wye Mills; a daughter, Robin C. Brown of Littleton, Colo.; a brother, Marvin L. Benney of Centreville; a sister, Frances Stevens of Centreville; and two granddaughters, Carrie Benney and Megan Brown; and two grandsons, Bryan Benney and Ryan Brown.
Service will be noon Wednesday at the Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., in Centreville, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Friends may also call from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Chesterfield Cemetery, Centreville.
In memory of Joseph Medford ''Med'' Benney Jr., the family suggests that contributions be made to the Goodwill Fire Co., Inc., 212 Broadway, Centreville, MD 21617.
Emma W. Jefferson, 82
MILTON - Emma W. Jefferson of Milton died Monday, August 10, 1998 in Bay Health Medical Center, Milford Memorial Division in Milford. She was 82.
Mrs. Jefferson was born in Harrington, the daughter of the late John C. Wyatt and the late Bertha Hammond Wyatt.
She was a registered nurse.
She also worked as a bookkeeper for Southern States for 13 years.
She was a teller at Sussex Trust Bank, retiring several years ago.
Mrs. Jefferson was a member of the Milton Century Club, a member of the Sussex Gardeners Club, a member of the Harrington Alumni Assoc., and a member of Zion United Methodist Church, where she served as a communion stewart for 22 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Layton P. Jefferson, in 1984.
She is survived by two daughters, Fay Gagnon of Manchester, Conn., and Emmy Lou Joyce of Milton; a son, John L. Jefferson of Bellevue, Neb.; three sisters, Ruth Dill of Milton, Cora Harris of Harrington, and Jeanette Faulkner of Fullerton, Calif.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Short Funeral Services in Milton, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Burial will be in Zion U.M. Cemetery.
In memory of Emma W. Jefferson, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Milton Century Club, c/o Pat Ridler, RD2 4 Banger Lane, Milton, DE 19968.