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Ronald Jay Francis, 31

DOVER - Ronald Jay Francis of Dover died Sunday, Aug. 9, 1998, on the grounds of Silver Lake Park. He was 31.

He is survived by loving parents, Marvin L. & Anita L. Francis; two brothers, Carlton L. Francis and Phillip B. Francis, both of Dover; two sisters, Leslie Ponder of Tulsa, Okla., and ReShelia Caliman of Gresham, Ore.; a grandmother, Ernestine W. Smith of San Antonio, Texas; a sister-in-law, Saundra Francis; a great-uncle, Alvin Harris of Virginia Beach, Va.; three uncles, Lavarne Francis of Dover, Burton I. Smith Jr. of Houston, Texas, and Bobby T. Smith Sr. of San Antonio; five aunts, Rose Dennis of Tulsa, Diane Hollins of Templeville, Md., Mary Francis of Fort Washington, Md., Shirley Francis of Dover, and Juanita Smith of Houston; a nephew, Joshua White of Dover; two nieces, Kesha R. Francis and Symone A. Francis, both of Dover; 13 cousins, Dr. Jean Wigglesworth of Virginia Beach, Va., Barbara Payton of Oakland, Calif., Collette Carr of St. Mary's, Ga., Michael Francis of Germany, Charles Hollins of Templeville, Jamal Wigglesworth of Germany, Curtis Francis of Fort Washington, Derrick Hollins of Templeville, Sherel Ott of Dover, Debra Johnson of Dover, Pamela Kennedy of Portsmouth, Va., Leslie Seward of St. Mary's, and Nina N. Jackson of Houston; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 717 W. Division Street, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Whatcoat Cemetery, Dover.

 

Barbara Farra, 56

GEORGETOWN - Barbara Farra of Georgetown died of heart failure related to kidney failure, Sunday, Aug. 9, 1998, in the Stockley Center, Georgetown. She was 56.

Miss Farra was born in 1942 in Wilmington.

She is survived by her mother, Alice Farra of Smyrna; a sister, Ingrid Forsyth of North Carolina; and her Stockley Center Family of Georgetown.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at All Faiths Chapel, Stockley Center, Georgetown, where friends may call one-half hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Stockley Center Cemetery, Georgetown.

Arrangements by Young's Funeral Homes, Milford.

 

Robert Irving Elbaz, 58

REHOBOTH BEACH - Robert Irving Elbaz of Rehoboth Beach died of complications from cancer, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1998, in his home. He was 58.

Mr. Elbaz was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Sally Elbaz and the late Morris Elbaz.

He moved to Rehoboth Beach in the mid-1970s to help his mother operate Little Things Jewelry Store. He and his wife, Concepcion Reyes, have operated the jewelry store together since 1991. During his years in San Francisco, he worked as a journalist and honed his skills as a poet.

Mr. Elbaz was passionate about and had a deep love for all forms of music. He was also an avid reader and an astute observer and student of political science and religion. He traveled and spent his winters in Key West, Europe, the Philippines and other exotic places.

He is survived by his wife, Concepcion Reyes Elbaz of Rehoboth; his mother, Sally Elbaz; a sister, Lisa Shrem; five brothers, Stevie and Michael Elbaz, both of Brooklyn, Victor Elbaz of Rehoboth Beach, Eddie Elbaz of Florida and David of California.

Burial was private and took place in Staten Island.

There will be a memorial service for friends and relatives at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Edmond's Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Casa San Francisco in Milton.

 

Katherine 'Kitty' S. McCoy, 87

MILFORD - Katherine ''Kitty'' S. McCoy of Milford, formerly of Easton, Md., died in an automobile accident near Preston, Md., Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998.

Mrs. McCoy was the secretary for St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Easton for 25 years, after which she was a homemaker.

She was a charter member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Easton, and also a member of Avenue United Methodist Church in Miford.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas F. Shockley Sr., in 1974.

She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Paul M. McCoy, who is retired; a son, Thomas ''Tim'' F. Shockley Jr. of Easton; and two stepdaughters, Paula Jernigan of Pittsboro, N.C., and Tammy Thomas of Virginia Beach, Va.

There will be a memorial service at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Easton at a later date.

Arrangements by Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.

 

Deborah O. McCoy, 96

MILLSBORO - Deborah O. McCoy of Millsboro, formerly of Shoemakersville, Pa., died Tuesday, August 11, 1998. She was 96.

Mrs. McCoy was born in Pleasantville, Pa., the daughter of the late Robert D. Hartline and Alice S. Shollenberger.

She was last employed in the Food Preparation Department of the Reading (Pa.) Hospital and Medical Center for 10 years, retiring in 1971.

Mrs. McCoy was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Shoemakersville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel H. McCoy, in 1987.

She is survived by a daughter, Sylvia L., wife of Donald R. Leinbach of Millsboro; three sons, Richard D. McCoy, and wife Marian, of Reading, Pa., Eugene E. McCoy, and wife Marlene, of Lewes, and Terrence H. McCoy, and wife Joyce, of Birdsboro, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Lutz Funeral Home Inc. in Reading.

Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton, Pa.

 

Sean N. Hewitt, 15

CAMDEN - Sean N. Hewitt of Camden died Monday, Aug. 10, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 15.

Sean was born in 1983 in Grand Rapids, Mich., the son of Arthur L. and Helen Jean Nelson Newitt of Camden.

He enjoyed video movies and games, working on his computer, reading and writing.

Sean was a member of the Special Olympics, in which he played in thier games. He was a member of the 4-H Club, and he was a member of Christ Memorial Baptist Church in Dover.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandmother, Wilma Hewitt of Indiana; and a brother, Chad O. Hewitt, and a sister, Cindi R. Hewitt, both of Camden.

Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus Street, Dover, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in Sharon Hill Memorial Cemetery, Dover.

 

George Gordon Cockburn, 64

DOVER - George Gordon Cockburn of Dover died Monday, Aug. 10, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 64.

Mr. Cockburn served in the U.S. Army.

He was the owner and operator of Cobel's Hobby Shop in Dover for 35 years, retiring in 1992.

Mr. Cockburn attended Christ Episcopal Church in Dover.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Betty A. Miller Cockburn of Dover; two sons, G. Gordon Cockburn III of Paxton, Ill., and Steven D. Cockburn of Dover; a sister, Emmy Lou Feris of Vancouver, Wash.; and two grandchildren.

Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Christ Episcopal Church, State & Water streets, Dover.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Arrangements by Trader Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Isabel G. Pepper, 85

GEORGETOWN - Isabel G. Pepper of Georgetown died Monday, Aug. 10, 1998, in her home. She was 85.

Mrs. Pepper was born in 1913 in Georgetown, the daughter of the late Joseph Green and Lizzie Phillips.

She was employed as a secretary at Delmarva Easter Seals Society in Georgetown for 25 years, retiring in 1978.

Mrs. Pepper was one of the oldest members of Wesley United Methodist Church in Georgetown; a member of Georgetown Historical Society; a member of the Women's Republican Club in Georgetown; and a member of New Century Club, Georgetown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Paul Pepper, in 1987.

She is survived by a son, Charles B. Pepper of Newark; a grandson, Barry Pepper; two grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and nieces and nephews, who loved her dearly.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Race Street, Georgetown, where the Rev. Richard Vance will officiate.

 

Roland Frederick Cartwright, 97

GOLDSBORO, Md. - Roland Frederick Cartwright of Goldsboro died of natural causes Monday, Aug. 10, 1998, in the home of his grandson, Keith Spiering, and his wife, Patty Spiering, who cared for him. He was 97.

Mr. Cartwright was born in 1901 in Henderson, Md., son of the late Devolson and Virginia Montague Cartwright. He lived his entire life in Goldsboro until six months ago.

He was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad for 50 years. In addition to the railroad, he began preparing income taxes in 1937, and continued to do so until his eyesight failed him two years ago.

Mr. Cartwright was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Goldsboro.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Palmatary Cartwright, in 1996, and a daughter, Jacquelyn ''Jackie'' Spiering, also in 1996.

He is survived by a daughter, Virginia C. Barnes of Wilmington, Del.; a brother, LeRoy Cartwright of Goldsboro; six grandsons; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Goldsboro, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.

The family suggests contributions be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 153, Goldsboro, MD 21636.

 

Leon C. Conner, 75

FREDERICA - Leon C. Conner of Frederica died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 75.

Mr. Conner was born in 1922, in Greensboro, Md., the son of the late E. Claude and Helen M. Conner.

He graduated from Greensboro High School in 1939, and from Salisbury State Teachers College in 1951.

Mr. Conner was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He taught history, English, and driver's education during his tenure as a teacher. He had taught for two years at Snow Hill High School and for 29 years in Caroline County, Md., schools, retiring in 1982.

Mr. Conner enjoyed bowling, traveling and reading.

He was a member of the Baptist church in Greensboro.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Elbert Conner, in 1993.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Vera O. Conner of Frederica; his mother-in-law, Irene Opdyke of Dover; a sister-in-law, Emily Conner of Seaford, and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica.

The family suggests contributions be made to your favorite charity.
 

Sean N. Hewitt, 15

CAMDEN - Sean N. Hewitt of Camden died Monday, Aug. 10, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 15.

Sean was born in 1983 in Grand Rapids, Mich., the son of Arthur L. and Helen Jean Nelson Newitt of Camden.

He enjoyed video movies and games, working on his computer, reading and writing.

Sean was a member of the Special Olympics, in which he played in their games. He was a member of the 4-H Club, and he was a member of Christ Memorial Baptist Church in Dover.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandmother, Wilma Hewitt of Indiana; and a brother, Chad O. Hewitt, and a sister, Cindi R. Hewitt, both of Camden.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus Street, Dover, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today.

Burial will be in Sharon Hill Memorial Cemetery, Dover.

 

Charles D. Todd Sr., 86

DENTON, Md. - Charles D. Todd Sr. of Denton died of heart failure Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998, in Caroline Nursing Home in Denton. He was 86.

Mr. Todd was born near Preston, the son of the late Ollie Dennis Todd and Julia Veronica Scott Todd.

He was a carpenter in the maintenance department of Latex in Dover, Del., retiring in 1977.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Florence Krabill Todd, in 1985.

He is survived by a son, C. Dennis Todd Jr. of Largo, Ind.; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Todd Johnson of Greenville, S.C.; a brother, Carlton O. Todd of Easton; and four grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Friday in Denton Cemetery in Denton.

Friends may call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., 12 South Second Street, Denton.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Denton Ambulance Squad, P.O. Box 262, Denton, MD 21629.

 

Eddie Nesmith, 84

ELLENDALE - Eddie Nesmith of Ellendale died of cancer Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center in Milford. He was 84.

Mr. Nesmith was born in 1914 in South Carolina.

He was a factory worker.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Nesmith; a son, Cleveland Nesmith, and a daughter, Mary Ann Kelly.

He is survived by a son, Freddie Nesmith of Ellendale; two daughters, Betty Ann Davis and Dorothy Bynes, both of Ellendale; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Philadelphia Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ellendale.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Young's Funeral Home in Milford.

Burial will be in Siloam Cemetery in Slaughter Neck.

 

Nathaniel Evans Jackson, infant

DOVER - Nathaniel Evans Jackson of Dover died Friday, Aug. 7, 1998, in Kent General Hospital during birth. He was an infant.

Nathaniel was the son of Jaywanna Claretta Jackson of Dover.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his grandmothers, Juanita Jackson of Dover and Marie Ambrosie of Dover; a great-grandmother, Margaret Ford of Dover; a great-grandfather, Henry Ford of Dover; a devoted friend, Alex Odom of Dover; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. today at Whatcoat Cemetery, Dover.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Carolyn Weatherly, 31

FELTON - Carolyn Weatherly of Felton died as a result of a hit-and-run accident Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998, in Lewes. She was 31.

Mrs. Weatherly was born in 1966, in Lewes.

She was a domestic worker.

She is survived by her loving husband, Fred W. Weatherly III; a son, Fred W. Weatherly IV; godparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Spellman; mother-in-law, Mrs. Willie M. Weatherly of Georgetown; father-in-law, Fred Weatherly of Crisfield, Md.; a devoted family friend, Mr. Otha Sample; 11 sisters-in-law, Lorraine Jones, the Rev. Martha A. Tankard of Lewes, Dorothy Coles of Atlanta, Ga., Anita Weatherly, Joyce Bright, Margarette Weatherly of Georgetown, Linda P. Miller, Angenette Brittingham of Rehoboth Beach, Nancy Weatherly of Bear, Sheila Weatherly of Newport News, Va., and Frances Walters of Dagsboro; six brothers-in-law, Rodney Weatherly of Bear, Earnest Weatherly of Newport News, Deacon George Tankard of Lewes, Parnell Brittingham and Alphonso K. Miller Sr. of Rehoboth Beach and Roy Walters of Dagsboro; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Service will be at noon Friday at Christ Church in Angola, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Arrangements by Young's Funeral Homes, Milford.

Burial will be in Connelly Chapel, Angola.

 

Mildred Catherine Massey O'Day, 85

SEAFORD - Mildred Catherine Massey O'Day of Seaford died Tuesday, Aug.11, 1998, in Life Care at Lofland Park. She was 85.

Mrs. O'Day was born in Seaford, the daughter of the late Arthur Mathias and Edna Frances Wheatly Massey.

She was a school bus contractor for the Seaford School District for 25 years, retiring in 1977.

Mrs. O'Day was a member of Woodland United Methodist Church in Woodland, where she was past president of the United Methodist Women; she was past Worthy Matron, Chapter 7, Order of the Eastern Star; a member of Reliance Grange 58, Reliance Homemakers Club and the Woodland Ferry Association; a former 4-H leader, State Line 4-H Club; and a member of the Seaford School Bus Contractors Association and the Ladies Auxiliary, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William James O'Day, in 1980; and two sisters, Evelyn Stogden and Betty Jane Massey.

She is survived by a son, William A. of Seaford; two daughters, Patricia A. Wheedleton and Edna Kay Turner, both of Seaford; a sister, Hazel Mears of Georgetown; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front & King Streets, Seaford, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.

The Rev. Robert D. Robinson will officiate.

The family suggests contributions be made to Woodland United Methodist Church, c/o Calvin Ellis, Rt. 3, Box 289, Seaford, DE 19973.

 

Fred Douglas Drummond, 84

ELLENDALE - Fred Douglas Drummond of Ellendale died of heart failure Sunday, Aug. 9, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 84.

Mr. Drummond was born in 1914, in Whitesville, Va.

He was a Senior Citizen Program worker at First State Community Action.

Mr. Drummond was a member of Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, where he was an usher and a pastor's steward, on the finance committee and a church host; a member of the Travel Club; and a member of the board of New Hope Recreation and of the Developmental Center Advisory Board of First State Community Action.

He was preceded in death by Jessie ''Jack'' Drummond, S.T. Drummond, Fletcher Drummond, Blanche Strand, Preston Drummond and Helen Clover.

He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Drummond of Ellendale; two daughters, Jessee ''Jackye'' Fountain and Doryea Perry Fountain of Elkton, Md.; two sons, Hayes Fountain III of Connecticut and Dwayne E. Fountain of Newport News, Va.; two brothers, Charles Drummond of Atlantic City, N.J., and Thomas Drummond of Ellendale; a sister, Leona Beatty; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Ellendale, where friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Burial will be in Mount Zion A.M.E. Church Cemetery, Ellendale.

Arrangements by Young's Funeral Homes, Milford.

 

Dorothy Quarles Dick, 89

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Dorothy Quarles Dick of Heron Point, Chestertown, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998, in her home. She was 89.

Mrs. Dick was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Curtis B. Quarles.

She worked as a registrar/ dean for a private day school in the Philadelphia area, after receiving a bachelor's degree from Hollins College and a master's degree in diplomatic history from Radcliffe College.

Mrs. Dick and her husband made their home at Maiden Lot Farm outside Chestertown from 1949 to 1992, when they moved to Heron Point.

She was an avid sportswoman, and was a founder of the Women's Peninsula Golf Association. She was also an accomplished bowler and tennis player and continued to play tennis until the age of 85.

Mrs. Dick held several leadership positions in Emmanuel Episcopal Church, where she served on the Altar Guild, the vestry and the Women of Emmanuel. She was also a member of the Children's Aid Society. She was a member of Chester River Yacht & Country Club, where, for 13 years, she was the women's 18 Hole Club champion. The country club holds an event every summer in her honor, on Dorothy Dick Day.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. A.C. Dick, in 1994.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy M. Dick of Chestertown; two sons, Alexander C. Dick of Syosset, N.Y., and Macdonald Dick II of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and four grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chestertown, where the Rev. Gregory Straub will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Kent Hospice Foundation, 118 S. Lynchburg Street, Chestertown, MD 21620; or to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 875, Chestertown, MD 21620.

Arrangements by Marvin V. Williams Jr., Funeral Director.

 

Helen Elizabeth Jackson, 70

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Helen Elizabeth Jackson of Cambridge died after a long illness Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown. She was 70.

Mrs. Jackson was born in 1927, the daughter of the late Mildred Young Height and Levi Height Sr. of Indian Bone Road, Cambridge.

She received her education in the Dorchester County and Philadelphia school systems.

Mrs. Jackson was a homemaker for most of her life. She worked at various canneries on a seasonal basis from time to time. 

She was a participant in the Adult Day Care Program. She was affiliated with Christ United Methodist Church of Cambridge.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Willis Height and Herman Height; and two sisters, Evelyn Pinder and Thelma Height.

In addition to her father, she is survived by a stepmother, Blanche Height; five brothers, Edward Height, Levi Height Jr. of Cambridge, Timothy Height of Beulah, Md., Wayne Wilson of Cambridge, and Jerry Wilson of San Jose, Calif.; four sisters, Athedia Wilson of Hurlock, Deborah Height of Cambridge, Angela Wing of Hyattsville and Bernadette Woolford of Baltimore; an aunt, Evelyn Moore of Chester, Pa.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and two very special friends, Rhoda Evelyn Jones and Brenda Cornish Fields.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church, Aireys Road, Cambridge, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

The Rev. Harvey Chase will officiate.

Burial will be in Christ United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cambridge.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Cambridge.

 

Ruth Lankford Lynham Smith, 80

LAUREL - Ruth Lankford Lynham Smith of Laurel died of heart failure Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998, in her home. She was 80.

Mrs. Smith was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of the late Bessie Lanford Lynham.

She was a librarian for the Library of Congress for 22 years, retiring in 1958.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodford Harlan Smith Sr., in 1957.

She is survived by a son, Woodford H. Jr. of Frederick, Md.; two daughters, Suszanne Arnold and Nancy H. Russell, with whom she lived; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Service and burial will be at a later date.

Burial will be in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

 

James C. 'Pete' Mervine Sr., 65

HARRINGTON - James C. ''Pete'' Mervine Sr. of Harrington died Monday, Aug. 10, 1998, in his home. He was 65.

Mr. Mervine was born in Greenwood, the son of the late William Harold and Mary Mervine.

He received a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

Pete loved to be on the water and especially liked to go crabbing. He also enjoyed playing golf and working with his hands, a talent which proved that he could build anything. He was a deeply spiritual person who loved God and his fellow man. He was a positive influence on all that knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Mervine of Harrington; a son and daughter-in-law, James C. Mervine Jr. and Helen Gardner of London, England; a daughter, Kathleen Mervine of Allentown, Pa.; two brothers, John Mervine of Easton, Md., and Paul Mervine of Felton; six sisters, Mary Melvin and JoAnn Collins, both of Greenwood, Awilda Reed of Newnan, Ga., Betty Snyder of Lewes, Catherine Isaacs of Bishopville, Md., and Lou Hatfield of Hollywood, Fla.; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other close family members as well as loving and dedicated friends.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the St. Johnstown Cemetery in Greenwood.

The Rev. Tim Isley will officiate.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Calvary Wesleyan Church, In Memory of Pete Mervine, 240 Delaware Ave., Harrington, DE 19952.

Arrangements by Melvin Funeral Home, Harrington.

 

Armando Guzman R., 46

GREENSBORO, Md. - Armando Guzman R. of Greensboro died of natural causes Monday, Aug. 10, 1998, in his home. He was 46.

Mr. Guzman R. was born in 1952 in Puerto Rico, the son of Manuel Guzman of Camden, N.J., and the late Ramona Guzman.

He was employed as a construction worker for Chris Lee of Cordova.

In addition to his wife, Lydia Novarro Ortiz, and his father, he is survived by five brothers, Confesor Guzman of Philadelphia, Emiliano Guzman, Angel Guzman and Eriberto Guzman, all of Puerto Rico, and Rafael Guzman of New Jersey; three sisters, Rosa Gusman of Puerto Rico and Ana Hidalgo and Miryan Guzman, both of New Jersey; three sons, Hector Guzman and Armando Guzman Jr., both of Greensboro, and Papote Guzman of Puerto Rico; three daughters, Brenda Guzman, Shina Guzman and Olga Guzman, all of Puerto Rico; a stepson, Miguel Marrero of Greensboro; and three stepdaughters, Wanda Maldonado, Maria Marrero and Sandre Navarro, all of Greensboro.

There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. today in Greensboro Cemetery, in Greensboro.

Friends may call in their home in Greensboro prior to the service.

Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery.

 

Harold C. Gramlich, 85

DOVER - Harold C. Gramlich of Dover died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998, in Westminster Village Health Center. He was 85.

Mr. Gramlich was born in 1913 in Philadelphia, the son of the late William H. and Mary Gramlich.

He was an Eagle Scout and worked at Woolworth's while getting his education.

Mr. Gramlich began his career working for RCA and then worked as a mechanical engineer for Philco, which was later bought by Ford Motor Co., retiring 20 years ago.

He moved to Dover five years ago from Richmond, Ind., where he and his wife lived for 28 years. He enjoyed woodworking and crafting furniture.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Winifred Gramlich of Dover; a son, Harold Robert Gramlich of Toledo, Ohio; two daughters, Loretta Grimes, and her husband, Charlie, of Dover and Pamela Williams, and her husband, William, of Richmond, Ind.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford Street, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Westminster Village Health Center, c/o Wendy Nerad, 1175 McKee Road, Dover, DE 19904.

 

Melvin H. Bunch Jr., 77

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Melvin H. Bunch Jr., of New Port Richey since 1985, formerly of Gregg Neck, near Galena, Md., died while visiting his family Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998, in Gregg Neck. He was 77.

Mr. Bunch was born in 1921 in Huntsville, Ala., the son of the late Melvin H. Bunch Sr. and Mariam Patterson Bunch.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Bunch was a graduate of the Philadelphia College of the Bible.

He worked as an operator for Sun Oil in Marcus Hook, Pa., for 43 years, retiring in 1980. For three additional years, he was a consultant for Pennzoil in Shreveport, La.

Mr. Bunch enjoyed boating and fishing.

He was a deacon at the Sun Coast Baptist Church in New Port Richey, where he also taught Sunday school.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, LaNell Baldridge Bunch; two sons, Herbert Bunch of Fort Worth, Texas, and Robert Bunch of Felton, Del.; three daughters, Frances (Franny) Bunch of Chestertown, Md., Joanne Bunch of Selma, Ala., and Judy Bunch of Gregg Neck; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday 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. Dr. Mel Brindley will officiate.

Burial will be in Galena Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Chestertown Baptist Church, 401 Morgnec Road, Chestertown, MD 21620.

 

Mary Naomi Campbell, 69

DOVER - Mary Naomi Campbell of Dover died Monday, Aug. 10, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover. She was 69.

Mrs. Campbell was born in 1929 in Frederica, the second child of Haywood and Madeline Warren Campbell.

''Naomi'' was known to many who attended schools in the Milford School District. She was employed as a domestic worker, retiring in 1970.

Mrs. Campbell accepted Christ as her personal Savior. She was baptized at Union Baptist Church, Dover. In 1986, her spiritual growth continued, and she began fellowshipping with Mount Sinai Tabernacle and later became a member. She expressed her love for Christ, the pastor and her church family. Naomi was a devoted mother to her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Gaye Russ; two grandchildren, LeAndre and Shantrelle Russ; a brother, Sylvester Campbell; and two sisters, Agnes Campbell and Helen Short.

She is survived by her children, Judy Dromgoogle, and husband, Glen, of Dallas, Texas, Doris Campbell, Joelina Campbell of Harrington, Sylvester Campbell, and wife, Linda, of Lewes, Matretha Campbell, Valerie Russ, Gail Russ and Denice Russ of Milford, Jacqueline Russ of Smyrna, Mark Russ of Wilmington, Alfredia Russ of Harrington, Charles Russ, and wife, Janice, of Ellendale, Bernice Smith of Raeford, N.C., Cornethia Anderson and Joevon Russ of Dover, Diane Thompson, and husband, Wendell, of Willingboro, N.J., and Lorraine Russ of Philadelphia; two sisters, Iris Sauls of Milford and Margaret Evans of Smyrna; 41 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, and cousins, nieces and nephews.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Sinai Tabernacle Church, 113 N.W. Second St., Milford, where friends may call from 11-12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Rev. Elmer Bratten will officiate.

Burial will be in Williamsville Cemetery in Williamsville.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Milford.

 

Mary K. Ditta, 85

DENTON, Md. - Mary K. Ditta, of Denton since 1993, died of heart failure Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998, in Caroline Nursing Home. She was 85.

Mrs. Ditta was born in Monongahela, Pa., the daughter of the late Martin Lewis Podrosky and Susan Slebodnik Podrosky.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Ditta was a member of St. Elizabeth's/St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church in Denton, and a member of the St. Cajetan Roman Catholic Church in Monessen, Pa. She was a past member and officer of the St. Cajetan Mothers' Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph S. Ditta, in 1985; and two brothers, Joseph Podrosky and Andy Podrosky.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Jo Kline of Denton; two brothers, George Podrosky of Monongahela and Steve Podrosky of Scenery Hill, Pa.; a sister, Helen P. Bugar of Monongahela; and four grandchildren, Scott J. Kline, Jessica S. Kline, Suzanne M. Kline and Sara E. Kline, all at home in Denton.

A Mass of Christian burial will at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Monongahela.

Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela. Friends also may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Moore's Funeral Home P.A., 12 S. Second St., Denton.

Burial will be in the Monongahela Cemetery in Monongahela.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the St. Elizabeth's Roman Catholic Church, P.O. Box 459, Ridgely, MD 21660, or to the Benedictine School For Exceptional Children, 14299 Benedictine Lane, Ridgely, MD 21660.

 

Thomas J. Keller Sr., 84

DOVER - Thomas J. Keller Sr. of Dover died, following a long illness, Tuesday, Aug.11, 1998, in Silver Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 84.

Mr. Keller was born in 1913 in Rising Sun, the son of the late Conrad and Anna Petsch Keller.

He worked for the state of Delaware for 47 years.

Mr. Keller was a very devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He was a long-time member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Dover.

He was preceded in death by a son, William Conrad Keller.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Delsie Keller; two sons, Thomas J. Keller Jr., and his wife, Myrland, and James N. Keller, and his wife, Venetta; a daughter-in-law, Janet Keller; a brother, Theodore E. Keller, and his wife, Georgia; grandchildren, Laura K. Mestro, and her husband, Richard, Nicole Keller, Kathryn Keller, Keri Viegas and Bryan Olson; and two great-grandchildren, William Mestro III and Jessica Mestro.

Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, 113 Lotus Street, Dover.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus Street, Dover.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.

The family suggests contributions be made to St. John's Lutheran Church Building Fund, 113 Lotus Street, Dover, DE 19901.


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