Miscellaneous Sussex County, Delaware Obituaries

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Lillian Mae Shelton, 96

SUDLERSVILLE, Md. - Lillian Mae Shelton of Sudlersville died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, in the Corsica Hills Nursing Home, Centreville. She was 96.

Mrs. Shelton was born in Petersburg, Del., the daughter of the late Nathaniel and Ida Mae (Bell) Barrett.

She was raised in the Petersburg and Magnolia areas of Delaware.

She married Marvin H. Shelton in 1932, and they moved to Sudlersville. Together they worked a farm outside of town and later moved into the town of Sudlersville.

Mrs. Shelton opened a daycare in her home, which she ran for many years. She took care of James E. Schelts for many years. From the relationship she formed with James she was fondly referred to as "Mom-Mom."

In addition to her husband who died in 1979, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harry N. Barrett Sr., in 1980.

She is survived by a sister Mary B. Walls of Dover; two nieces, Jane C. Golder of Magnolia and Harriett B. Chambers of Dover, Del.; two nephews, Norman W. and Harry N. Barrett Jr., both of Dover and several great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 370 Cypress St., Millington, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Sudlersville Cemetery, Sudlersville.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in her name to the: Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Dept., Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 61, Sudlersville, MD 21665.

Eleanor Elizabeth Brewington Gaines, 72

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - Eleanor Elizabeth Brewington Gaines died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, in Chester County Hospital, West Chester. She was 72.

Mrs. Gaines was born April 13, 1928, in Greenwood, the daughter of the late Norman Johnson and Harriett Potter Tilghman.

She graduated 12th grade from Delaware State College.

She had been an employee of Chester County Hospital and at the Denney Reyburn Tag Co.

She loved to cook, crochet Afghans, and hook rugs.

Mrs. Gaines was a member of Rice's Temple AUMP Church of West Chester where she served as president of the stewardess board and on the missionary board.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Edward F. Gaines, and her daughter, Eldora Ailleen Higgins.

She is survived by three sons, Wayne Brewington of Hartley, Stanley Higgins Jr. of Philadelphia and Terry L. Higgins of Portland, Ore.; six daughters, Rita Higgins of West Chester, Colleen Higgins of Coatesville, Karen V. Higgins of Bowie, Md., Christine E. Higgins and H. Estella Hines, both of Wilmington, and Jacqueline Ashford of Ft. Washington, Md.; three step-sons, Edward Gaines Jr. of West Chester, James Gaines of Georgia and Gary Boatwright of High Point, N.C.; two stepdaughters, Frances Boney of New Castle, and Sandra Gray of Coatesville; a brother, Nelson Brewington of Greenwood; a sister Elizabeth Days of Philadelphia: a step-brother, Charles Gibbs of Bridgeville; 19 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Highway Gospel Community Temple, 418 E. Miner St., West Chester, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Delaware State Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.

Arrangements by DeBaptiste Funeral Homes, Inc., of West Chester and Bryn Mawr.

Pearl G. Hurley, 81

LITTLE CREEK - Pearl G. Hurley died due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, in St. Petersburg, Fla. She was 81.

Mrs. Hurley was born Feb. 16, 1919, in Sussex County, the daughter of the late Ben and Kate Marvel.

She worked at their family business, "Corkey's Market" in Little Creek, She was a former Postmistress for the Little Creek Post Office. She also worked for the Capitol School District as a Foster Grandparent, as a cafeteria worker, and she used to make wedding cakes.

She loved working in her flower garden, shopping at the grocery store, cooking for her family, and decorating cakes.

Mrs. Hurley was a member of the Little Creek United Methodist Church, the Little Creek Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin L. "Corkey" Hurley Sr.; two sons, Franklin "Poochie" Hurley Jr., and Dennis "Mousie" Hurley; a daughter, Evelyn Virdin; and two brothers, John Marvel and Ben Marvel.

She is survived by four sons, Dave and Dan Hurley of Florida, and Jeff "Buck" and Ken "Tweet" Hurley of Little Creek; five daughters, Frances Allison of Dover, Joanne Sullivan of Little Creek, Sandra Bartsch and Hope Ale of Dover, and Karen Hurley of Florida; four brothers, Jim, Harry, Bill, and Raymond Marvel, all of Little Creek; a sister, Betty McRobie of Pasadena, Md.; 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service, also with the Rev. Charlene Evans officiating.

Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.

Instead of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to either the Little Creek Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 327, Little Creek, DE 19961, or Little Creek U.M. Church, P.O. Box 476, Little Creek, DE 19961.

Joseph Morris Kemp Jr., 29

FELTON - Joseph Morris Kemp Jr. of Felton died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001. He was 29.

Mr. Kemp was a truck driver for the Lehigh Valley Dairy Co.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and liked to go hiking in the mountains.

Mr. Kemp was a member of the First Independent Baptist Church of Milford, Harrington Moose Lodge 534 and the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph M. Kemp Sr.; maternal grandparents, Lemuel Edward Reed and Mary Lillian Reed; and paternal grandparents, Carl Kemp Jr. and Elizabeth Marie Kemp.

He is survived by his mother, Betty Ann Kemp-Walker of Marydel, Md.; his wife, Tammy Butler-Kemp of Felton; a daughter, Stephanie Michelle Kemp of Harrington; and his best friend, John Boyer.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Tim Isley from Calvary Wesleyan Church, Harrington, will officiate.

Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery.

H. Therl Long, 91

FENWICK ISLAND - H. Therl Long of Fenwick Island and Selbyville died of heart failure Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, in Arbor's Rehabilitation Center in New Castle. He was 91.

Mr. Long was born in Selbyville the son of the late, Harley and Mary Ellen Long.

He graduated from Selbyville High School, Class of 1926 and graduated from Beacom College in 1928.

He was a retired accountant.

Mr. Long was the oldest living Past Master of Doric Masonic Lodge 30, Millville, a charter member of Frankford Volunteer Fire Co., a past Deputy Grand Master of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Past President of Town Council of Frankford, and a past president of Selbyville Rotary Club. A member of the Salem United Methodists Church in Selbyville for 50 years, and an associate member of St. Matthews by the sea in Fenwick Island.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Grace D. Long; two daughters, Connie L. Parker and Nancy L. Kushela both of Odessa; and two grandchildren, Keith Louis and Karen Lynn Kushela.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Frankford Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, where friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Monday, and Masonic service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Burial will be in the Carey's Cemetery in Frankford.

Instead of Flowers, family suggests contributions to: St. Matthews by the Sea United Methodists Church, Dagsboro St. and Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, DE 19944

Arthur Jackson McGinty, 88

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., - Arthur Jackson McGinty of Virginia Beach died Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, in Virginia Beach General Hospital. He was 88.

Mr. McGinty was born Dec. 6, 1912, in Huntsville, Ala. the son of the late Maude and Luther McGinty.

He was a graduate of North Carolina State University in engineering and entered the textile fibers division of the DuPont Company in Richmond, Va. He was Plant Manager for DuPont in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Seaford, and in Martinsville, Va.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Bingham Owen McGinty and their son Arthur Jackson McGinty Jr.

He is survived by their children, Trudy Mizell of Virginia Beach, Melissa McGinty of Dover, and Frank McGinty of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Nell Petersen of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Wallace McGinty of Belmont, N.C.; and many grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be 3 p.m. today at Lynnhaven United Methodist in Virginia Beach. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Oddfellows Cemetary in Seaford.

He will be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Bingham and son Jack.

The family will receive visitors at the Seaford Country Club following the graveside service.

Instead of flowers, family suggests contributions to: a favorite charity.

Thomas 'Tommy' McGrail, 21

FELTON - Thomas "Tommy" McGrail of Felton, formerly Eatontown, N.J., died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, in CentraState Medical Center, Freehold, N.J. He was 21.

Mr. McGrail was born Nov. 24, 1979, in Long Branch, N.J., the son of Clair Schanck Reader and the late Thomas McGrail.

He lived in Middletown, N.J., Atlantic Highlands, N.J., and Eatontown, N.J., before moving to Delaware seven years ago.

Mr. McGrail attended Polytech High School in Woodside.

He worked in construction in both New Jersey and Delaware.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Dylan McGrail of Felton; two sisters, Raevyn Reader and Renee Reader, both of Felton; a step-father, William D. Reader; his maternal grandmother, Joan Schanck of Felton; and many aunts, uncles and cousins in New Jersey and Delaware.

Service was held Thursday, Jan. 4 at Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals, 233 Carr Ave., Keansburg, N.J.

Burial was in Bayview Cemetery, Leonardo, Middletown, N.J.

Sandra Marie Wilkerson Riggs, 64

TOWNSEND - Sandra Marie Wilkerson Riggs of Townsend died Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, in her home.

Mrs. Riggs was born July 31, 1936, in Wilmington the daughter of the late, Robert F. Wilkerson and Margaret Lee Robinson Wilkerson Tassi.

She was a lifetime resident of New Castle County.

Mrs. Riggs had worked 13 years as an operator for Bell Telephone until her health failed.

She enjoyed puzzles, reading, cooking, family, friends and making people laugh.

She volunteered for the American Red Cross, noting her month stay in Puerto Rico, to assist following Hurricane Hugo.

Mrs. Riggs was a past member of Fairwinds Baptist Church, Bear.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 43 years, James Edward Riggs Sr.; four devoted children, Joy Lee Jones of Kearney, Miss., Jill Louise Lopes of Felton, James Edward Riggs II of Middletown and Jason Evan Riggs of Wilmington; two brothers, Franklin Wilkerson of New Castle, and Douglas Wilkerson of Salisbury, Md.; two sisters Joy Mumford of New Castle and Patricia Desmond of Wilmington; and 6 grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech 118 W. Cross St. Galena, Md.

Service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fairwinds Baptist Church, 801 Seymour Road Bear, with the Rev. Everett L. Britton officiating.

Burial will be in Old Drawyers Church Yard, Odessa.

Instead of flowers family suggest memorial contributions to: the American Diabetes Association 100 W. 10 St. Wilmington, DE 19801.

Margaret 'Peg' Mantle Gerard, 80

SEAFORD - Margaret "Peg" Mantle Gerard of Seaford died of heart failure, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. She was 80.

She was a retired social worker for the Division of Social Services and for Child Protective Services.

Mrs. Gerard was a longtime member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Seaford, where she was active in the Women's Auxiliary. She was the former state president of Business Professional Women and a volunteer for a mentoring program for children. She also was a member of the Soroptimist Club and the Acorn Club. She was active in Nanticoke Senior Center's Meals on Wheels, the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was former Girl Scout leader in Wilmington, and an avid bridge player.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Gerard, who died in 1970.

A service will be 10:15 a.m. Sunday at St Luke's Episcopal Church, North Street, Seaford.

Burial will be in the church's cemetery.

There also will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Methodist Manor House, 901 Middleford Road, Seaford.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St Luke's Episcopal Church, 202 North St., Seaford, DE 19973; or to the Methodist Manor House's Benevolent Fund, 901 Middleford Road, Seaford, DE 19973.

Arrangements by the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.

Evelyn L. Hutchison, 81

DELAWARE CITY - Evelyn L. Hutchison of Delaware City died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, in Christiana Hospital. She was 81.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hutchison, who died in 1982.

She is survived by three children, Robert W. Hutchison of Delaware City, Elizabeth A. Sheats of New Castle, and Ronald L. Hutchison of Ocala, Fla.; three brothers, James Waldridge of Newark, Elwood "Leon" Waldridge of Seaford, and Robert Waldridge of Newark; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She will be surely missed and eternally loved.

A service will be 11 a.m. today at Mealey Funeral Home, Limestone and Milltown roads, Wilmington, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be at St. Georges Cemetery.

Pierce Worrall Johnston Sr., 92

MILLSBORO - Pierce Worrall Johnston Sr. of Millsboro died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, in Millsboro Nursing Home. He was 92.

Mr. Johnston was the owner/operator of Mac's Texaco Service Station on Union Street in Wilmington for 50 years, retiring in 1979.

He lived in Millsboro for the past 10 years.

Mr. Johnston was a past member of the Delaware Orchid Society, where he won several awards for his orchid collection. He also was a past member of the Wilmington Power Squadron and the Long Neck AARP (Chapter 4903).

He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Jean (Griffith) Johnston, in 1990.

He is survived by a daughter and her husband, Eva Lou and Donald Rhoads of Millsboro; a son and his wife, Pierce W. and Jane Johnston Jr. of Hockessin; a grandson and his wife, Ronald and Patricia Kalmbacher of Wilmington; and two great-granddaughters, Leah and Melissa Kalmbacher.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. John's Cemetery, Lewisville, Pa.

Raymond McVaugh, 84

ODESSA - Raymond McVaugh of Odessa died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, in Veterans Affairs Hospital, Elsmere.

Mr. McVaugh was an Army veteran of World War II.

He retired in 1976 from Clark Equipment where he worked in the service and parts department.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Lynn Poad, Anita Miller, and Claude and Allen Kumpel, all of Wilmington.

A service will be 10 p.m. Thursday at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, where friends may call a half hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.

Instead of flowers, the family suggest contributions to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Odessa.

Clarence C. 'Dutch' Stull, 84

FEDERALSBURG, Md. - Clarence C. "Dutch" Stull of Federalsburg died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, in Easton Memorial Hospital. He was 84.

Mr. Stull was born June 17, 1916, in Brackenridge, Pa., the son of the late Sanford F. and Minnie Maude Wolfe Stall.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Philippines.

He moved to Federalsburg with his family in 1972 and had a career in sales, first at M&L GMC, Federalsburg, and later at Chesapeake Publishing, Easton. He served on Federalsburg Town Council from 1977 to 1979. He served as mayor of Federalsburg from 1979 to 1984, and then as a circuit rider for the Maryland Rural Development Corp., serving many local area towns. He retired from this position in 1996.

Mr. Stull was a member of Nanticoke Lodge 172 A.F.&A.M. in Federalsburg. He also was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star 64, Federalsburg. He was a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 35, both in Federalsburg. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5246, Federalsburg.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, David Stull and James Stull; and a sister, Betty Teichman.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean E. McIntire Stull whom he married on June 9, 1950; three daughters, Karen S. Gustin of Upper Marlboro, Md., Janet E. Brown of Georgetown, Del., and Laurie A. Schmidt of Federalsburg; two sons, C. Curtis Stull of Milford, Del., and Mark O. Stull of Alexandria, Va.; and five grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Framptom-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home P.A., Federalsburg.

A services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Heistand officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will members of the Federalsburg VFW 5246.

Burial will be in Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery, Beulah.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Union United Methodist Church, 301 N. Main St., Federalsburg.

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