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Mother Ethel Celeste Watkins, 61
DOVER - Mother Ethel Celeste Watkins died Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998. She was 61.
She was born Jan. 22, 1937, the fifth child of the late Rev. Hardin T. Watkins and the late Lonnie E. Watkins.
Mother Watkins attended the public schools of Bluefield, W.Va. During her early life, she accepted Christ as her Savior and joined Mount Zion Baptist Church. She married her husband, Franklin, March 3, 1957. In 1961, she relocated to New York City and became a member of Trinity Baptist Church, where she served on various committees and auxiliaries. In December 1992, she and her husband relocated to Dover, where she became a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church. She was a member of the Mothers' Board, the nurses' unit and the culinary committee.
Mother Watkins' humble demeanor and loving disposition were unique. Her ever-present smile left no doubt of her warmth, gentleness and compassion for her love of God, family and friends. She gave whatever she had to every life she touched. Of her many gifts, her ability to give was one of her greatest attributes.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Salem W. Watkins.
Mother Watkins is survived by her husband, Franklin Watkins; a son, Jeffrey F. Watkins; a loving granddaughter whom she adored, Jessica Celeste Watkins; three brothers, Hardin T. Watkins, and his wife, Gladys, of Dover, John D. Watkins of Bluefield, and Joseph Wendell Watkins, and his wife, Essie, of Bronx, N.Y.; two sisters, Gracie C. Thompson of Bluefield and Jacqueline Elliott, and Mrs. Elliott's husband, James, of Mount Vernon, New York; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service will be at 11 a.m. today at Union Missionary Baptist Church, 883 Lincoln St., Dover, where friends may call two hours before the service.
Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home.
Herschel L. Simmons, 55
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Herschel L. Simmons of Chestertown died Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998, in the Kent General Hospital. He was 55.
Mr. Simmons was born in 1943, in Dutchtown, the son of the late Clifton and Mary Simmons.
He was educated in the public schools, Coleman's Elementary and graduated from Garnett High School. He furthered his education at the Opportunity Center Inc., in Wilmington.
Mr. Simmons, at age 14, had a love for woodwork, and later developed an interest in drawing and reading blueprints with Richard Murphy. He became an avid detail carpenter in the states from New York to Virginia. He was a self-employed carpenter for over 35 years. He worked for the Appoquinimink School District for over 19 years.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lavone Brown of Dover; a granddaughter, Adriya Brown of Dover; four sisters, Mrs. Sydney M. Caulk and Alpane Pearson of Wilmington, Paula Williams of New Castle, and Darnelle Green of Philadelphia; two brothers, Winston R. Simmons of New Castle and George Simmons of Philadelphia; a son-in-law, Nelson Brown of Dover; five aunts; four uncles; three brothers-in-law; a sister-in-law, and many, many nephews, nieces, cousins, club members, The Appoquinimink School District, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at New Christian Chapel of Love, Mount Zion Site, Still Pond.
Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. today at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 717 W. Division St., Dover.
Burial will be in Mount Zion Church Cemetery, Still Pond.
Mary E. Bull, 75
SMYRNA - Mary E. Bull of the Delaware Home & Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna, died due to a long illness, Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998. She was 75.
Ms. Bull was born in 1923, in Craddocksville, Va., the daughter of Susie Savage and the late Isaiah Savage.
She was a member of Bibleway Temple Church Of God in Christ, Dover, where she served in the past as choir president, church pianist, and on the missionary board.
In addition to her mother of Dagsboro, she is survived by three sons, David I. Bull of Dover, Crosby L. Bull of Harrington and Barry T. Bull of Milton; a daughter, Linda S. Bordley of Marydel; three daughters-in-law, Deneen Bull, Stephanie Bull and Hattie Bull; a son-in-law, David W. Bordley; a sister, Emma Hall of Bronx, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; two godsons, Lawrence Green and Roger Burris; her church family at Bibleway Temple C.O.G.I.C., and Crossroad Christian Church.
Service will be at noon today at Calvary Baptist Church at Queen & Fulton streets, Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
The Rev. Anthony Wallace will officiate.
Burial will be in Sharon Hill Memorial Park, Dover.
Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home, Dover.
Hattie Ann Virginia Poole, 81
MILFORD - Hattie Ann Virginia Poole of Milford died Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 81.
Mrs. Poole was born in 1916, in Elizabeth City, N.C., the daughter of the late William Henry Poole and Lizzie Poole.
She was educated in Shillington, N.C.
Mrs. Poole attended church on a regular basis. She was a loving aunt, a great friend and a mother to many.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Simms.
She is survived by a brother, Walter Lee Poole Sr. of Elizabeth City, N.C.; four nephews, Noah Poole Jr. of Elizabeth City, andrew Poole of Bronx, N.Y., and Walter Lee Poole Jr. of Elizabeth City; seven nieces, Helen Bowers of Chantilly, Va., Linda Figgs of Centreville, Va., Doris Spence of Elizabeth City, Edith Satterfield of Edenton, N.C., Charlotte Nicholls of Chantilly, Janice Davis of Centreville, and Hattie Poole of Manassas, Va.; a host of great -nieces and nephews.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Young's Funeral Homes, Milford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Old Hickory Cemetery, Slaughter Neck.
Donna Lee Krauser, 50
INGLESIDE, Md. - Donna Lee Krauser of Ingleside died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998, in Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore. She was 50.
Mrs. Krauser was born in 1947, in Lansdowne, the daughter of the late Carl E. McCade Sr. and Shirley McCade of Lansdowne.
She graduated from Lansdowne Senior High School.
Mrs. Krauser worked as a paralegal for Whitford, Preston & Taylor law firm in Baltimore, and as an office manager for Odenton Medical Group in Odenton.
She and her husband, Raymond G. Krauser, were involved with Little League and she was known for her kindness and compassion for others.
In addition to her mother and husband, she is survived by a son, Anthony M. Gossage of Glen Burnie; a stepson, Erik J. Krauser of Mocanaqua, Pa.; three stepdaughters, Daria Lynn Bennett of Queenstown, Donna Lee Krauser of St. '**********Hardwaredata overu*********Petersburg, Fla., and Tracy Ann Hart of Chestertown; a broth Carl E. McCade Jr. of Lansdowne; two nephews, Shawn and Eric, both of Lansdowne; three grandchildren, Anna Marie Gossage of Glen Burnie and Courtney Lynn Bennett and Madison Lynn Bennett, both of Queenstown.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown, where friends and family may call from 7-9 p.m. today and Friday.
Burial will be in Sudlersville Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions be made to Kent County Hospice, 118 S. Lynchburg St., Chestertown, MD 21620.
Theresa A. Ottey, 93
GREENWOOD - Theresa A. Ottey of Greenwood died Monday, Aug. 24, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford. She was 93.
Mrs. Ottey was born in 1905, in Milford.
She was a graduate of Milford High school.
Mrs. Ottey was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albin Ottey in 1974.
She is survived by a daughter, Shirley A. Clark of Mount Holly, N.J.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 48 W. Market St., Greenwood, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery, Philadelphia.
Julia Dodd King, 74
NEWARK - Julia Dodd King of Newark died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1998, in Christiana Medical Center. She was 74.
Mrs. King was born in 1924, in Morris Mill, the daughter of the late Frederick Lewis Dodd and Florence Anna Truitt Dodd.
She was a foreman for Arrow Safety Device for 25 years.
Mrs. King loved to knit and sew. She also loved to garden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Joseph King in 1981.
She is survived by a daughter, Kay King Sobolewski of Newark; a sister, Jessie Dodd Wilkins of Milford; a brother, Ronald F. Dodd of Georgetown and a granddaughter, Kent Sabolewski of Marietta, Ga.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Dodd-Carey Chapel, 307 N. Bedford St., Georgetown.
The Rev. Sam McWilliams will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Johns Cemetery, Springfield Crossroads, Georgetown.
The family suggests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 228C N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Thomas W. Staiger, 87
LINCOLN - Thomas W. Staiger of Lincoln, formerly of Milford, died due to complications following surgery Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 87.
Mr. Staiger was born in 1911, in Coatesville, Pa., the son of the late Frederick A. and Martha Staiger.
He was in the National Guard for many years.
Mr. Staiger worked for 27 years as a mechanic at I.G. Burton & Co., Milford, retiring in 1976.
He enjoyed bowling, fishing and working crossword puzzles.
Mr. Staiger was a member of Milford Elks Lodge for 22 years and had been the Elk of the Year.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Irene Staiger in 1960.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Doris ''Dolly'' Staiger; a son, Robert Staiger of Lincoln; a daughter, Jean Staiger Birdsong of Memphis, Tenn.; a stepson, Leon Hipkins of New York; a stepdaughter Betty Wisseman of Lincoln; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ann Annett and a brother Fred P. Staiger, both of Sebring, Fla.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 N.W. Front St., Milford, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Sunshine Foundation, Milford, DE 19963.
Andrew 'Kiah' Carter, 81
DOVER - Andrew Carter, affectionately known as ''Kiah'' and ''Dover,'' died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He ws 81.
Mr. Carter was born in 1917, in Chester, Pa., son of the late Ella Carter and Daniel Holiday.
He obtained his early education at Booker T. Washington School in Dover.
Mr. Carter had been ill for many years, however, he always seemed to enjoy being around his family at our many picnics and barbecues. When Andrew's health began to deteriorate, he was admitted to the Millsboro Nursing Home in Millsboro, Dec. 1994. He received lots of loving care from the doctors, nursing staff, and caregivers at the home.
He is survived by five nieces and nephews, Jane E. Logan, Barbara J. Goode, Hiram Carter Jr. and Charles Carter Sr. of Dover, and James Carter Sr. of Philadelphia, Pa., as well as numerous great-nieces and nephews and cousins.
Service and burial will be Friday in Whatcoat Cemetery, Dover, but are private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Building Fund, Whatcoat United Methodist Church, 341 Saulsbury Road, Dover, DE 19904.
Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home, Dover.
Ellen Manlove Cole, 61
ODESSA - Ellen Manlove Cole of Odessa died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998, in Christiana Hospital. She was 61.
Mrs. Cole was a homemaker, and had worked at Smith's Liquors, Townsend.
She is survived by her mother, Pauline Manlove of Middletown; two sons, Francis Mark Cole of Townsend and Eric Greer Cole of Odessa; three daughters, June Cole Evans of Avon Park, Fla., Kendal Cole Scott of Elkton, Md., and Barbara Cole Howell of Newark; two brothers, Wayne and Mark, both of Middletown; six grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Pauls United Methodist Church, Main Street, Odessa.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.