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Gerald Aldridge, 53

HURLOCK, Md. - Gerald Aldridge of Hurlock died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, in Dorchester General Hospital, Cambridge, Md. He was 53.

Mr. Aldridge was born May 7, 1947, in Dorchester County, the son of the late Ollie Junior Smith and Lillian A. Aldridge,

He started his education at Hurlock Elementary School and graduated in the class of 1965 from Mace's Lane High School. His entire life was spent in Hurlock, Md.

Mr. Aldridge started in 1977, he was employed for Acme Markets in Hurlock until the closing of the factory. His last employment was B & G Foods of Hurlock

At a young age, he started his Christian education with his grandmother, Myra Aldridge, at Mt. Carmen Church. Later he continued his education at Union Grove U.M. Church. He gave God his all, time, talent, his everything. Singing was his greatest joy. Gerald had great vision for the progress of the church. He belonged to several organizations. The first group that he organized was the Golden Stars in 1965. He was the president of Methodist Men, and manager of The Spiritual Vessels, which was organized under the leadership of the late Rev. Otho Waters.

Mr. Aldridge was a member of the Hurlock UM Church administrative council, trustees, usher board, finance committee, male choir and Hurlock UM choir. He also belonged to Hurlock 4-H Club, The Boy Scouts, and he was the president of the Independent Club for the annual family reunion. Gerald's love of life was for the church and its community. To know him was to love him.

He wag a great believer in family, which led to a host of gatherings at his home.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Carter.

He is survived by a sister, Odessa Carter of Hurlock; a brother, James Carter of Hurlock; two aunts, Margaret Aldridge of Philadelphia and Doreen Washington of Hurlock; sister-in-law, Melvina Carter; three nephews, Verdontray Carter, James Carter Jr., and Douglas Dobson Jr.; a close companion, Lavern Mason; three children whom he raised and loved as his own, Oletha Aldridge, Andra Barham and Tameka Barham; three grandchildren, Sytira Barham, Javonte' Holland and Andre' Barham Jr.; four cousins raised together like brothers and sisters, Isadora Aldridge, Donald Aldridge, Doretha Collins and Barbara Collins; several stepsisters and stepbrothers, and a host of cousins and friends.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m., today at Hurlock UM Church, Hurlock, Md.

Service will be noon Saturday at the church.

Burial will be in Petersburg Cemetery, Hurlock, Md.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Hurlock Md.

Leora Margaret Anderson (Nine), 75

HARRINGTON - Leora Margaret Anderson (Nine) of Harrington died of heart failure Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford. She was 75.

Mrs. Anderson retired as the assistant director of the Harrington Senior Center.

She was a foster grandparent who was very active in the Harrington community.

Mrs. Anderson was a devoted member of the St. Paul AME Church in Harrington for well over 30 years, where she served in the following capacities: missionary member, steward, trustee, member of the senior and the mass choirs, the Ministry of Help Organization and the financial committee. She was also one of the church's secretaries.

She is survived by a son, Carl Anderson of Wilmington; a daughter, Barbara Jean Benson of Wilmington; two nephews, John W. and Terrence A. Thomas of Wilmington; a niece, whom she raised, Cathy E. Thomas; three sisters, Emma Brewington of Seaford, and Cora M. Bailey and Angeline Smith, both of Bridgeville; a brother, Theodore Benson of Bridgeville; an aunt, Betty Williams of Darby, Pa.; special friends and caregivers, Ralph and Agnes Taylor, Sara Tinsley and Wilson Collins, all of Harrington; two grandchildren, Antonio Schockley of Wilmington and Janelle Anderson of Akron, Ohio; and a great-grandchild.

Service will be 1 p.m., Saturday at Mt. Zion AME Church, Queen and Fulton streets in Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in the Williamsville Cemetery, Williamsville.

Phyllis June Baltz, 67

MILLVILLE - Phyllis June Baltz of Millville, formerly of Lancaster, Pa. died after a lengthy illness Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, in her home surrounded by her family and friends. She was 67.

Mrs. Baltz was born in Denver, Pa., the daughter of the late Fannie and Howard Stoltz.

She was a wonderful homemaker and occasionally worked outside the home throughout her many years. Additionally, Mrs. Baltz was an entrepreneur of sorts, making homemade candies, collecting antiques and children's collectibles. Of special interest was Mickey Mouse memorabilia.

Despite the difficulties of the past year, she managed to keep her spirits high and her smile large.

Mrs. Baltz had a special place in her heart for children and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She loved spending time beside her water garden in quiet reflection and, in contrast, making regular trips to the casinos and playing cards with a multitude of friends. Although unable to fish in recent years, she was an avid fisherwoman, seen regularly at Indian River Inlet during the changing tides in search of tautog.

She had many friends that will deeply miss her, but will always remember her grand spirit and laugh.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy and three brothers, Howard, Fred, and Luther.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Richard S. Baltz; a daughter and her husband, Susan and Ralph Galbreath of Dagsboro; a son, R. Scott Baltz of Mount Desert Island, Maine; a brother, Bobby Stoltz of Denver; three sisters, Elizabeth Sayer of Ephrata, Pa, Anna Short of Denver and Imogene Gorton of Lititz, Pa.; and her grandchildren, Chelsea, Tyler and Logan.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan, 21 at the Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church, Ocean View.

Burial was private.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Delaware Hospice/Southern Division, 600 N. DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Ocean View.

James 'Gary' Brown, 51

EARLEVILLE, Md. - James "Gary" Brown, of Earleville died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, in Union Hospital. He was 51.

Mr. Brown was born Nov. 4, 1949, the son of Diane Wiederspahn Brown and the late James Nelson Brown.

He was a 1968 graduate of Bohemia High School.

Mr. Brown served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1973.

He was a machinist/welder by trade working for Erectrix in Wilmington, Del., for the past 10 years.

Mr. Brown enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Tim Dougherty of Middletown, Del.; a brother, Barry Brown of Rising Sun; a sister, Cheryl Banks of Middletown and companion, Paula Raech of Earleville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Dennis Roman Catholic Church, Galena, Md.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, 118 W. Cross St., Galena.

Burial will be in Galena Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions may be made to: Cecilton Volunteer Fire Co. and Ambulance Fund, Box 565, Cecilton, MD 21913.

Paul P.J. Chiprowski, 62

FELTON - Paul P.J. Chiprowski of Felton died Tuesday Jan. 9, 2001, in his home. He was 62.

Mr. Chiprowshi was born in Yonkers, N.Y., the son of the late Peter and Sophie Mytych Chiprowski.

He had served in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years. He retired in 1981 with the rank of senior master sergeant.

He had served as a communications systems manager for public safety for 15 years, retiring in 1999.

Active in community affairs, Mr. Chiprowski was a longtime member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Dover, where he had been involved in youth activities and was an active member of the Alliance of the Two Hearts in Dover.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Petra Chiprowski; two sons, Thomas P. Chiprowski of Ft. Belvoir, Va., and Michael P. Chiprowski of Wilmington, N.C.; a sister, Patricia Hartwell of Indiana, Pa.; and two grandchildren, Thomas P. Chiprowski, Jr. of Ft. Belvoir, and Austin M. Chiprowski of Wilmington, N.C.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the Funeral Home of Michael J. Ambruso, 1175 S. State St. Dover.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Church, 631 S. State St., Dover.

Burial with military honors will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dover.

The family suggests contributions in his memory to: Oblate Apostles of the Two Hearts - OATH, donation for the formation center, 76 Sackarackin Ave., Dover, DE 19901.

Mabel Roberts Deakyne, 94

SEAFORD - Mabel Roberts Deakyne of Seaford died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, in Seaford Center Genesis Elder Care, Seaford. She was 94.

Mrs. Deakyne was born in Faber, Va., the daughter of the late John Watson and Nellie Dawson Roberts.

She was a bookkeeper for the city of Seaford, retiring in 1971 after 34 years of service. Prior to that she worked for Eastern Shore Public Service and taught school in Seaford in a one-room schoolhouse.

Mrs. Deakyne was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Soroptomist Club, Businesswomen's Association, Ladies Auxiliary of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Dept., an avid bridge player and a Baltimore Oriole baseball fan.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Theodore A. Gleason, who died in 1935 and her second husband, J. Frank Deakyne, who died in 1952.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. Charlton of Hurricane, W. Va., and Shirley G. MacArthur of Seaford; a sister, Worth Dofflemayer of Faber, Va.; five grandchildren, Eric Kraemer of Herndon, Va., John Kraemer of Chesapeake, Va., Judy Ann Briggs of Charlston, S.C., Mary Jane MacArthur of Melbourne, Fla., and Ron MacArthur of Seaford; and seven great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John's United Methodist Church, Pine & Poplar streets, Seaford, with the Rev. R. Jervis Cooke officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.

Instead of flowers, family suggests contributions to St. John's United Methodists Church, Pine & Poplar streets, Seaford.

George Kenneth Gerard Sr., 53

MILLSBORO - George Kenneth Gerard Sr. of Millsboro died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 53.

Mr. Gerard was born in Wilmington, the son of the late Henry and Bertha Broadbent Gerard.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was a probation officer at the Office of Probation and Parole in Georgetown from 1991-1998, retiring due to illness.

Mr. Gerard was a member of the American Legion Post 28 in Oak Orchard/Riverdale.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Janice Vickers Gerard of Millsboro; a son, George Kenneth Gerard Jr. of Millsboro; two brothers, Gerald Gerard of Dersingham, England and Richard Gerard of Wilmington; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour prior to service. The Rev. Dr. James C. Vander Wall will officiate.

Bishop James E. Hanzer, 78

GEORGETOWN - Bishop James E. Hanzer of Georgetown died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 78.

Bishop Hanzer was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Ellendale.

He graduated from Ellendale High School.

Bishop Hanzer did farm work, and truck driving for L.D. Caulk Co., retiring after 22 years. In the 1960s, he built St. Mary Holiness Church in Georgetown, and in the 1970s, he became vice bishop for Welcome Full Gospel Holiness Church in Slaughter Neck. He later became bishop for St. Mary Holiness Church and the Welcome Full Gospel Holiness Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Rosemarie Williams; two brothers and a sister.

He is survived by his wife, Oader L. Hanzer of Georgetown; four sons, Timothy Hanzer of Millsboro, James Hanzer of Felton, Paul Hanzer of Seaford and Bernard Hanzer of Richmond, Va.; four daughters, Mary Hanzer of Columbia. S.C., Gladys Johnson of Dover, Lorraine Harris of Dover and Barbara Hanzer of Seaford; two sisters and their husbands, Marguerite and Bermis Duffy of Milton and Betty and Coley Winstead of Boston, Mass.; a sister-in-law, Chattie Sabb of Georgetown; 31 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the St. Mary Holiness Church in Georgetown and at 7:30 p.m. at the Welcome Full Gospel Holiness Church in Slaughter Neck.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Welcome Full Gospel Holiness Church in Slaughter Neck.

Burial will be in People Memorial Park, Lewes.

Ronald Jones, 47

CLAYTON - Ronald Jones of Clayton, formerly of New Castle, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, in his home. He was 47.

Mr. Jones was employed as a painter for 20 years with various companies. He was also employed by Cassidy Painting in New Castle for the last five years. Prior to his painting he was an ironworker with his father, the late David Jones.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Francis Jones of Clayton; two daughters, Valerie Jones of New Castle and Amanda Jones of Clayton; his mother, Anna Mae Poe of Elkton, Md.; two brothers, David Jones of Delaware City and Thomas Jones of Newark; five sisters, Betty Aguilera, Linda Jones and Karen Ramirez, all of Elkton and Shelly O'Dell and Penny Jones both of Newark; his stepmother, Shirley Jones of Newark; two granddaughters, Annalise and Jessalyn Stilwell, both of New Castle; and 19 nieces and nephews.

Service will be noon Saturday at Matthew-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St. in Smyrna, where friends may call two hours prior to service.

Dawson W. Liden, 82

SEAFORD - Dawson W. Liden of Seaford died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, in Chancellor Care Center of Delmar. He was 82.

Mr. Liden was born in Caroline County, Md., the son of the late William M. Liden and Bessie Scott Liden.

He was a graduate of Carolina High School in Denton, class of 1934.

Mr. Liden was a self-employed farmer.

In 1973, he moved to Delaware from Caroline County and in 1992, he moved to Seaford.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Betton Liden of Seaford; two daughters, Beverly A. Wright and Barbara Ewing, both of Seaford; a sister, Louise Parsons of Federalsburg, Md., and two grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., 12 S. Second St. in Denton, Md., where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Concord Cemetery, near Denton, Md.

Pauline J. Manlove, 83

MOUNT PLEASANT - Pauline J. Manlove of Mount Pleasant, near Middletown, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, in Union Hospital, Elkton Md. She was 83.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark E. Manlove Sr., in 1989, and two daughters, Ellen M. Cole in 1998, and Jeanette, who was an infant.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Wayne and Barbara Lynn Manlove and Mark E. Manlove Jr., all of Middletown; a brother, Harvey Voshell of Summit Bridge; a sister, Barbara Mannering of Mount Pleasant; 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown.

Services will be 11 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Warwick Cemetery, Warwick, Md.

Virginia Mullen, 52

ELLENDALE - Virginia Mullen of Ellendale died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford. She was 52.

Ms. Mullen was born Aug. 27, 1948, in Elizabeth City, N.C., the daughter of Julius Gordon of Elizabeth City and Beatrice Butler of Ellendale.

She was shy and quiet growing up. As a child, she attended Camden County schools in South Mills, N.C., and received her GED from Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown.

She was a woman who catered to her children and her family. She was the perfect mother and wife.

Mrs. Mullen attended the Pentecostal Church of God in Lincoln, when her health allowed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleophas Mullen Sr., whom she married April 28, 1963.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by seven sons, Cleophas Jr., of Georgetown, Jerome of Milford, Marcus and Shawn, both of Ellendale, Samuel of Newark, Joseph of Millsboro, and Julius of Seaford; three daughters, Gloria and Judy of Ellendale and Wanda of Bridgeville; three sisters, Connie Butler of Ellendale, Ellamae McDonald of Dover and Clara Gordon of Elizabeth City; five brothers, James Brinkley and Ronnie Butler, both of Ellendale, and Terry, Jerry and Waverly Gordon, all of Elizabeth City; a sweet goddaughter, Gina Sivels; a son-in-law; five daughters-in-law; 10 sisters-in-law; nine brothers-in-law; 22 grandchildren' three great-grandchildren; and a host of aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today at the Pentecostal Church of God in Lincoln.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the church.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Milford.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

William M. Parrish, 80

PHILADELPHIA - William M. Parrish of Philadelphia died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, in his home. He was 80.

Mr. Parrish was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He was a retired pipe fitter with SKF Industries in Philadelphia.

He was preceded in death by his son, William H. Parrish, in 1992.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marion L. Parrish; a daughter, Marian A. Keebler of Bristol; his mother-in-law, Alberta Pritchett of Dover, Del.; a daughter-in-law, Ada Parrish of Dover; seven grandchildren, James Keebler of Coatesville, Daniel Keebler of Maple Shade, N.J., Michelle Garman of Philadelphia, Ada Johnson of Dover, William Parrish of Camden, Del., Marian Coker of Dover, and Karen Ptak of Hartly, Del.; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St. in Smyrna, where friends may call two hours prior to service.

Burial will be in Immanuel Union Church Cemetery, Cheswold, Del.

James Aldoria Reeves, 91

LEWES - James Aldoria Reeves of Lewes died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, in Harbor Healthcare Center, Lewes. He was 91.

Mr. Reeves served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He also served in Hawaii, Wheeling, W. Va., Fort Knox, Ky., and Fort Benning, Ga.

He was a graduate of Abbington, (Pa.) High School and attended the University of Delaware.

Mr. Reeves was a radio announcer/newsman in New Orleans, Chicago, WCAU and WPEN in Philadelphia, WPWA in Chester, Pa., and WDEL in Wilmington where he will be remembered as the host of the talk show "Voice Of The People." After retiring from WDEL, Mr. Reeves moved to Sussex County and was press representative for the legislature in Dover.

Mr. Reeves was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for about 40 years. He worked arduously to promote AA and was instrumental in organizing Dry Dock 1212 of Rehoboth Beach. He was also a Master Mason and member of Masonic Lodge 603, Vine Grove, Ky.

He is survived by four daughters, Allys Jo Anselmi of Raleigh Durham, N.C., Maryellen Wample of New Castle, Annabeth Williams of Columbus, Ohio, and Ruth Hollars of West Grove, Pa.; a sister, Ruth Fassett of Newberg, Ind.; a brother, Warren Reeves of Florida; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, with Pastor Charlie Arnold officiating.

Burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, family suggests contributions to the local Chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous, P.O. Box 137, Ocean View, DE 19970.

Joan May Sewell, 45

HARRINGTON - Joan May Sewell of Harrington, and formerly of New York City and Hyattsville, Md., died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, in the Washington Adventist Hospital, Hyattsville. She was 45.

Ms. Sewell was born Aug. 26, 1955, in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.

She migrated to the United States on July 4, 1974, where she continued her education at William Howard Taft High School in Bronx, N.Y.

She was very well loved and was known to make a difference in the lives of all who came in contact with her.

Ms. Sewell enjoyed her time with the women at the Calvary Wesleyan Church.

She is survived by her dearly beloved, Ewart Cruickshank; a son, Barrington Fowler; two daughters, Shante and Makeda Sewell; her mother, Mable Sewell; four brothers, Lincoln, Alfred, Michael and Donovan; a sister, Veronica; four sisters-in-law, Maria, Oradelle, Angela and Claudette; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home in Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.

Annie Mae Taylor, 87

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Annie Mae Taylor of Cambridge died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, in Mallard Bay Nursing Home, Cambridge. She was 87.

Mrs. Taylor was born April 3, 1913, in Chester, Md.

She received her education in the public schools in Centreville, Md.

Mrs. Taylor worked at Coastal Foods, Tuna and Clayton Crab House in Cambridge.

She was preceded in death by two children, Arnold Smith and Betty Windsor.

She is survived by her four children, Clarance Smith of Grasonville, Frances (Taylor), Lula (Mack) Wongus, and Diane (Mack) Farrara, all of Cambridge; Alonza Mack, Jr. of Casselberry, Fla; 27 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m., today at Bennie Smith Funeral Home in Cambridge.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

John R. 'Jack' Townsend Sr., 73

TOWNSEND - John R. "Jack" Townsend Sr. of Wilmington died from complications of diabetes Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, in Christiana Hospital, Newark. He was 73.

Mr. Townsend graduated from the Goldey Beacon Business College in Wilmington. He then began his career as an accountant for Bunting's Nursery in Selbyville, Murray's Feed Service in Frankford, Masten Transportation in Milford and retired from the Delaware Division of Child Support Enforcement Agency in 1992.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George P. and Georgie E. Townsend; one brother, William S. Townsend; and a sister, Blanche L. Temple.

He is survived by a brother, George H. Townsend; three sons, John R. Jr., and his wife Susan of Dagsboro, Donald C. and his wife, Alicia of Downingtown, Pa., and Roy G. of Selbyville; a brother, G. Victor Townsend of Vancouver, Wash.; and four grandchildren, Michelle Nicole, James Russell "Rusty", Nicole Frances and Michael Arthur.

Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at St. George's United Methodist Church in Clarksville.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to American Diabetes Assoc., 110 S. French St., Wilmington, DE 19805.

Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Frankford.


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