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James F. 'Jim' Gallagher, 48
LONG NECK - James F. ''Jim'' Gallagher of Long Neck, and formerly of Bethlehem, Pa., died of heart failure Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 48.
Mr. Gallagher was born in Bethlehem, the son of Margaret Cook Gallagher and the late Bernard Gallagher.
He was a manager for Luv Homes of Millsboro.
He is survived by his wife, Nikki Gallagher of Long Neck; two daughters, Colleen Gallagher and Megan Gallagher, both at home; his mother, Margaret Gallagher; a sister, Kathleen Gallagher; and four brothers, Bernie Gallagher, Bobby Gallagher, Michael Gallagher, and Patrick Gallagher, all of Bethlehem.
Service will be 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services in Long Neck, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions by made to A.I. Du pont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington DE.
Mildred Turner, 63
WILMINGTON - Mildred Turner of Wilmington died Thursday, Aug. 27, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 63.
Mrs. Turner was born in Bryon, Ga., the daughter of the late Andy and Alberta Burdette.
She received her education in the school systems in Waterbury, Conn.
Mrs. Turner was a gospel recording artist who sang with the Heavenly Echoes Gospel Singers of Waterbury.
She moved to Wilmington in 1980.
She was a gospel commentator with TV Channel 28 along with the late Rev. Gus Hill for many years.
Mrs. Turner was a member of Pentecostal Assembly of The World in Waterbury, and a member of the Revival Fellowship Church, Wilmington.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Davison R. Turner in 1993.
She is survived by three sons, Johnny E. Jones Jr., William A. Burdette, and Gregory L. Burdette, all of Waterbury; a daughter, Debra J. Harris of Leominster, Mass.; an aunt, Reatha Lucky of Fitzgerald, Ga.; a son-in-law, Ricky Harris; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Timothy Turner of Preston, Md.; two sisters-in-law, Chocolate Wright of Wilmington, and Ruby Turner of Denton, Md.; three adopted children, Walter Maddrey and Martha Maddrey, both of Wilmington, and Kathleen Headen of New Castle; and a host of nieces, nephews, stepchildren, other relatives and friends.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Greater St. John Baptist Church, Wilmington, where friends may call two hours prior to service.
Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Denton.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
C. Frederick Sturgis, 69
MILTON - C. Frederick Sturgis died of heart failure Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 69.
Mr. Sturgis was born in Lititz, Pa., the son of the late Clarence Sturgis and Helen Grube Sturgis.
He was a 1947 graduate of Lititz High School.
He attended the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Sturgis served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant First Class.
Mr. Sturgis was the owner of Steamboat Landing Campground and Marina, near Milton.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Nancy Lee Sturgis, in 1997.
He is survived by a daughter, Linda Sturgis Pride and her husband, Lester A., both of Milton; a sister, June Buch of Lititz; his mother-in-law, Louise Futcher Vaughn of Silver Spring, Md., and Milton; a sister-in-law, Janice W. Vaughn of Silver Spring; a granddaughter, Tara Lee Pride of Milton; and four nieces from Lititz.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services in Long Neck, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Midway Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Midway.
Bernice Loretta Cornish, 70
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Bernice Loretta Cornish of Cambridge died Thursday, Aug. 27, 1998, in her home. She was 70.
Mrs. Cornish was born in 1928, the daughter of the late James Henry Cornish and Mattire Cornish.
She attended both public school and St. Claire High School in Cambridge.
She was employed by the Bogash Garment Factory, Eastern Shore Garment Factory, and later retired from the Coldwater Seafood Co.
Mrs. Cornish was a faithful member of Greater Mount Olive F.G. Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Corp. James H. Cornish Sr.; a sister, Valerie Cornish; and a nephew, Gary A. Cornish.
She is survived by two sons, William Cornish and Larrell Cornish, both of Cambridge; three daughters, Sharon Killette, Carolyn Cornish, and Terri Cornish, all of Cambridge; a brother, Leroy Cornish of Cambridge; a sister, Lois J. Christian of Philadelphia; a very special friend, Purnell McCready; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church, Cambridge, where friends may call from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Cambridge.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Cambridge.
Alberta Derrell, 84
MILFORD - Alberta Derrell of Milford died of respiratory complications Thursday, Aug. 27, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 84.
Mrs. Derrell was born in 1914 in Lincoln.
She was a domestic worker.
Mrs. Derrell attended Berean Baptist Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wyoming Derrell.
She is survived by a brother, Alex Baynard of Harrington; a sister, Luvenia Tingle of Milford; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friends.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Youngs Funeral Home, 309 North St., Milford, where friends may call two hours prior to service.
Burial will be in Old Hickory Cemetery, Lincoln.
Roberta E. Benson, 71
HARRINGTON - Roberta E. Benson of Harrington died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, Dover She was 71.
Mrs. Benson was born in 1927 in Ellendale.
She attended school in the Lincoln area.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Benson attended Mount Moriah Church, Harrington.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Benson Sr.
She is survived by two sons, Edmund Benson of Harrington and Francis Benson Jr. of Woodside; three daughters, Mary Garner of Bowie, Md., Jacqueline Williams of Cleveland, and Ada Watson of Georgetown; a brother, Nathaniel Powell of Lincoln; 26 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; four sisters-in-law; 10 brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Harrington, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Old Hickory Cemetery, Slaughter Neck.
Arrangements by Young's Funeral Homes, Milford.
Edith Aline Fisher, 73
LEWES - Edith Aline Fisher of Lewes died Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, in her daughter's home. She was 73.
Mrs. Fisher was born in 1925, in Bridgeville, the daughter of the late William Elwood Stuart and Mary Stuart.
She was a cook for Cape Henlopen High School for 23 years, retiring in 1993.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. Fisher Sr., in 1994; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Ann Fisher.
She is survived by two sons, Robert B. Fisher Jr. and his wife, Susan, both of Lewes, and Michael L. Fisher and his wife, Loretta, both of Rehoboth Beach; a daughter, Teresa A. Edwards and her husband, Dale, both of Lewes; two sisters, Amanda Layton of Seaford, and Jean Adams of Chestertown, Md.; three brothers, Ronald Stuart of Maryland, Richard Stuart of Georgetown, and William Stuart of Oklahoma; five granddaughters, Tracy Fisher and Regina Fisher, both of Florida, and Tamra Sneller and her husband, Steve, Sandra Edwards, and Cynthia Marsh and her husband, Steve, all of Lewes; a grandson, Raymond Edwards of Lewes; and a great-grandson, Derek Wayne Fisher of Florida.
Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton.
In memory of Edith Aline Fisher, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, North Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Herbert Mabrey, 90
SUDLERSVILLE, Md. - Herbert Mabrey of Sudlersville died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998, in Corsica Hills Nursing Center, Centreville. He was 90.
Mr. Mabrey was born in 1907, in Queen Anne's County, the son of the late James A. Mabrey and Susie Scuse Mabrey.
He lived the majority of his adult life with Nelson and Marie Mabrey.
Mr. Mabrey worked on the family farm for the majority of his life.
He worked for the Queen Anne's County Roads Department for a short time.
Mr. Mabrey loved hunting, especially rabbit, dove, and deer.
He also enjoyed gardening.
Mr. Mabrey was a member of Holdens Chapel Church.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, James Mabrey, John Mabrey and William Mabrey; and two sisters, Anne Johnson and Mary Forbes.
He is survived by three brothers, Edward Mabrey of Crumpton, Eugene Mabrey of Kennedyville, and LeRoy Mabrey of Millington; and a sister, Isabel Everett of Chestertown.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Millington, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Crumpton Cemetery, Crumpton.
Birtha Irene Presgraves, 82
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Birtha Irene Presgraves of Chestertown died Sunday, August 30, 1998, in Magnolia Hall Nursing Center. She was 82.
Mrs. Presgraves was born in 1916 in Virginia, the daughter of the late James Arthur Newlin and Ivay R. Newlin.
She was a homemaker, who raised both her siblings and her own children.
She moved from Annapolis to Maryland's Eastern Shore to be closer with her family in 1987.
Mrs. Presgraves enjoyed sewing, canning and baking.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Presgraves.
She is survived by three sons, Denny E. Nutter of Annapolis, Robert Edward Nutter of Ohio, and James Lee Nutter of Okeechobee, Fla.; six daughters, Josephine Anna Paden of Colorado, Helen Louise Baynes of Vienna, Va., Barbara Jean Spalding of St. Mary's County, Diana May Harris of Arizona, Alice Fay Lenox of Chestertown, and Joy Marie Hoag of Betterton; a sister, Mary Virginia Martin of Front Royal, Va.; over 50 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Burial will be in Chester Cemetery, Chestertown.
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