Miscellaneous Sussex County, Delaware Obituaries
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Alice Mae Beddle, 90
GOLDSBORO, Md. - Alice Mae Beddle, of Goldsboro, died of natural cause
Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Caroline Nursing Home, Denton. She was 90.
Mrs. Beddle was born May 1, 1910, in Ingleside, the daughter of the
late Charles and Mabel Walls Draper.
She attended Ingleside School.
Mrs. Beddle was owner/operator of Beddle's Store in Goldsboro from 1950-83.
She enjoyed gardening.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Beddle Sr., on April
She is survived by a son, William Beddle Jr., of Felton, Del.; two granddaughters,
Lisa Beddle, of Camden, Del., and Carol Morris, of Felton, Del., and a
brother, Charles Draper, of Greensboro.
Friends may call 1-2 p.m. Friday at Fleegle-Helfenbein Funeral Home
P.A., 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery Greensboro.
Orville Blane 'Toby' Bragg, 71
YORK, Pa. - Orville Blane "Toby" Bragg died from complications of Alzheimer's
disease, Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in York. He was 71.
Mr. Bragg was born Feb. 5, 1929, in Fayette, W.Va., the son of the late
Ira J. and Mary I. (Cox) Bragg.
He served in the U.S. Navy as an airman radioman.
Mr. Bragg was a machinist and supervisor with Westinghouse Electric
Corp., Oceanic Division, Annapolis, Md., retiring with 23 years of service.
He will be best remembered for "building and fixing" everything, always
helping other people, telling jokes and performing magic tricks for the
Mr. Bragg was the president of the Belvedere Community Association,
community special police, a Boy Scout scoutmaster leader and a coach for
several Little League baseball teams.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of
50 years, Barbara Ellen (Meyers) Bragg; two sons, Toby L. Bragg and Frederick
R. Bragg; and five brothers, Milford M. Bragg, William H. Bragg, Robert
G. Bragg, Arlie W. Bragg and Adrian J. Bragg.
He is survived by two sons, Richard B. Bragg of Henderson, Md., and
William E. Bragg, of Salisbury, Md.; a daughter, Linda E Anderson, of York;
five grandchildren, Jennifer, Jamie, Jason, Tricia and Julia; a brother,
Ceibert C. Bragg, of Greenwood, Del.; and a sister, Ruth Ross of Tallahassee,
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral
Home, 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro, Md.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Mr. Bragg's
nephew, Thomas Bragg, officiating.
Following the service on Saturday, there will be a gathering at Moose
Lodge 2332 in Caroline County, 3 miles from the funeral home.
Paul Marvin Cronshaw, 71
PERRYVILLE, Md. - Paul Marvin Cronshaw, of Owens Landing, Perryville,
and formerly of Wilmington, Del., where he and his wife lived for 44 years,
died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, in his home. He was 71.
Mr. Cronshaw was born March 26, 1929, in Price, son of the late James
Henry Cronshaw and Rosa Lee Morris Cronshaw.
He attended Centreville High School and played on its soccer team that
won the Maryland State Championship for two consecutive years.
He was retired from General Motors, Newport, Del., where he was employed
for 30 years as an assembly line worker.
Mr. Cronshaw was a member of First Baptist Church of Perryville, where
he was the head usher, a co-founder of the Seniors Ministry and a greeter.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter,
Diane Elizabeth Cronshaw, in 1957; two brothers, Kennard Cronshaw and Roy
Cronshaw; and a sister, Marie Holland.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bessie Ida Cronshaw of Perryville;
a special aunt, Minnie Cronshaw of Chestertown; two sons, Paul Frederick
Cronshaw, of Landenberg, Pa., and Mark James Cronshaw, of Chicago; a daughter,
Linda Lee Gauger, of Perryville; three sisters, Mildred Rice and Betty
Dulling, both of Dover, Del., and Evelynn Palmotory, of Church Hill; and
Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Perryville.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Burial will be in Sudlersville Cemetery, Sudlersville.
The family suggests memorial contributions to: Building Fund of the
First Baptist Church of Perryville, c/o Lee A. Patterson and Son Funeral
Home P.A., PO Box 766, Perryville, MD 21903-0766.
Frances Adelaide Ferguson, 78
REHOBOTH BEACH - Frances Adelaide Ferguson, of Rehoboth Beach, died
Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 78.
She was preceded by her husband, James C. Ferguson in 1985.
She is survived by a daughter, Frances Ruth Hurley, of Rehoboth Beach;
a son, Timothy W. Ferguson, of Rockville, Md.; a sister, Esther L. Viar
of Lanham, Md.; two grandchildren.
Service will be 4 p.m. Friday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium,
Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes. Friends may call one hour
prior to service. The Rev. Michael Hurley officiated.
Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton.
Family suggests memorial contributions to: Delaware Hospice, Southern
Division, 600 N. DuPont Hwy. Georgetown, DE 19947.
Herman Monroe 'Pop' Henry, 99
GEORGETOWN, Md. - Herman Monroe "Pop" Henry, of Georgetown, died Saturday,
Jan. 13, 2001, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown. He was
Mr. Henry was born Sept. 15, 1901, in Baltimore, the son of the late
Issac and Catherine Elizabeth Brookens Henry.
He attended school in Kent County Public School.
He was employed by the Vital Foods Inc., Aberdeen Proving Grounds, as
a bus driver for Kent County Public Schools, and held various other jobs.
Mr. Henry was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Georgetown.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Goldie Elizabeth Wicks; a daughter,
Jeanette Henry; and a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth "Betty" Henry.
He is survived by a wife and best friend of more than 75 years, Henrietta
Grinnell Henry; two daughters, Martha C. Henry, of Georgetown, and Doris
Henry Robinson, of Pondtown; three sons, Herman R. Henry, of Colemans Corner,
Lycurgus R. Henry, of Georgetown, and Oliver Monroe Henry, of Newark, Del.;
a brother-in-law, Oscar Grinnell; two daughters-in-law, Anna Mae Henry
and Vanessa Wilbon-Henry; 20 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 10
great-great-grandchildren; and Orvin B. Elliott, whom he thought of as
Service will be l p.m. Wednesday at Asbury United Methodist Church,
Georgetown, where friends may call two hours prior to service. The Rev.
Carol Hopkins will officiate.
Burial will be in Asbury United Methodist Cemetery.
Arrangements by Walley Funeral Service, Chestertown, Md.
Doris M. Horner, 76
MILLSBORO - Doris M. Horner, of Millsboro, formerly of Fernhook, New
Castle, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in her home. She was 76.
Mrs. Horner had been as adjudicator at the Veterans Administration Hospital,
Elsmere, retiring in 1983 after 30 years.
She enjoyed travelling through the country and bird watching,
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Howard M. Horner, five children,
William H. Morrow Jr., of Newark, Ronnie J. Morrow, of Hagerstown, Md.;
Howard M. Homer Jr., of New Castle; Norma L. Nachtigal, of Virginia Beach,
Va., and Margaret Conti, of Harrisburg, Pa.; 10 grandchildren and seven
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Gracelawn
Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, Minquadale, New Castle.
Burial will follow in the adjoining memorial park.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to
Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE,
Arrangements by Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes.
Benita Spry Hyland, 58
WORTON, Md. - Benita Spry Hyland, of Worton, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001,
in her home. She was 58.
Mrs. Hyland was born Oct. 20,1942, in Chestertown, the daughter of John
B. Jr. and June Maslin Spry of Chestertown.
She was a 1960 graduate of Chestertown High School.
Mrs. Hyland worked in local retail stores.
On August 10, 1975 she married William Edward Hyland, Sr. In 1977, they
moved to New York and later in 1987 moved back to the area where she owned
and operated an antique store, "Classy Close" in Chestertown, and later
the "Cobweb" in Rock Hall, where she worked until the time of her retirement
in 1998 due to her health.
She was a member of the Rock Hall Church of God, the Chestertown Ladies
of the Elks and the Rock Hall American Legion Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is survived by four sons;
Richard Newsome Jr. and Gregory Todd Newsome, both of Worton, William Edward
Hyland Jr., of Tampa, Fla., and Michael Scott Hyland, of Worton; a daughter,
Debra Legg, of Still Pond; two brothers, Robert Spry, of Fredericksburg,
Va., and John Spry III, of Chestertown; two sisters, Linda Miller, of Dover,
Del., and Mary Beals, of Chestertown, and two grandchildren, Morgan Legg
and Spencer Legg, both of Still Pond.
Memorial service will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fellows, Helfenbein
& Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown.
Family suggests memorial contributions to the Kent Hospice Foundation,
103 Dixon Dr., Chestertown, MD 21620.
Irene Gladys Jones , 70
GEORGETOWN - Irene Gladys Jones, of Georgetown, formerly of Bridgeton,
N.J., died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Mrs. Jones lived in Florida, where she worked for the Jim Walter Corp.'s
Morrison's Cafeteria in Tampa for 12 years. She then returned to Bridgeton,
where she was employed as a crossing guard for eight years prior to moving
She is survived by her husband, Jerry W. Jones, of Georgetown; two sons,
Bob Pettit, of Georgetown, and Richard Pettit of Hopewell, N.J.; two daughters,
Karen Jones and Lisa Jones, both of Georgetown; three sisters, Dorothy
Williams and Laura Williams, both of Bridgeton, and Doris Galley, of Millville,
N.J.; a brother, Elmer Hutton, of Millville; two dear friends, Betty and
Bob O'Day, of Georgetown; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Parsell Funeral Homes, Dodd-Carey
Chapel, 907 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, where friends may call one hour
prior to the service.
Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery,
Family suggests memorial contributions to the Arthritis Foundation,
Delaware Chapter, 222 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19801, or to the
American Lung Association of Delaware, P.O. Box 1724, Dover, DE 19903.
Charles Richard Kappel, 73
SEAFORD - Charles Richard Kappel, of Seaford, died of heart failure
Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was
Mr. Kappel was born in Gloucester, Mass., the son of Charles and Julia
He was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
He was a veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Kappel worked in the sales department for Contenental Can in Baltimore,
retiring in 1984 after 33 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Knuutila Kappel; a son, Steven Kappel,
of Minneapolis; a grandson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front
and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be private.
Family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, Delaware
Affiliate Inc., 600 DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
George L. Klingman, 81
MILLINGTON, Md. - George L. Klingman, of Millington, died of heart failure
Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in the Corsica Hills Nursing Home, Centreville.
He was 81.
Mr. Klingman was born Sept. 8, 1919, in Cleveland, the son of the late
Louis and Mamie Brown Klingman.
He worked for the Chrysler Corp. in Newark on the production line, retiring
Mr. Klingman was a World War II veteran.
In his spare time and retirement, he enjoyed woodworking and could be
found throughout upper Kent and Queen Anne's counties collecting aluminum
cans from neighbors and friends.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Hinckley, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret E. Klingman; a daughter,
Lanora J. Wilhelm, of Westminster; a son and daughter-in-law, Elliot L.
and Barbara Klingman, of Chester; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Fellows Helfenbein &
Newnam Funeral Home, 370 W. Cypress St., Millington.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Sudlersville Cemetery, Sudlersville.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to
the American Cancer Society, 1358 Parsons Rd., Salisbury, MD 21801.
Robert Beachem Lange, 73
MIDDLETOWN - Robert Beachem Lange, of Middletown, died Tuesday, Jan.
16, 2001, in Newark Manor Nursing Home after a long illness. He was 73.
Mr. Lange was born in Evanston, Ill., and raised in Delaware, the son
of the late Edward and Florence Beachem Lange.
Mr. Lange was a World War II veteran, serving in Germany.
He was a master machinist with DuPont Co. for 40 years. He retired in
1985 and moved from his home in Elkton, Md., to the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Due to illness, he moved to Middletown in 1997 to be closer to family.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Virginia Johnson Lange; a stepson,
Thomas O. Johnson and his wife, Lynn, of Ruffin, N.C.; a stepdaughter,
Betty J. Shallcross and her husband, Thomas, of Middletown; a brother,
Thomas Lange, of Wilmington, and two step-grandsons, Christopher N. Shallcross,
of Wilmington, and Michael J. Shallcross, of Middletown.
The family will receive visitors from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at his late residence,
107 East Park Place, Middletown.
Service and burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer's
Association of Delaware, 321 E. 11th St., Suite 210, Wilmington, DE 19801.
Arrangements by the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Helen Faye Lewicki, 62
GEORGETOWN - Helen Faye Lewicki, of Georgetown, died Tuesday Jan. 16,
2001, in her home. She was 62.
Mrs. Lewicki was born in Savannah, Ga., the daughter of the late Clarence
and Eunice Gribbs Foster.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Lewicki enjoyed crocheting.
She is survived by a husband of 34 years, Robert S. Lewicki; a daughter,
Debra J. Puckett, of Georgetown; a stepdaughter, Teri Rains, of Felton;
two stepsons, Michael Lewicki, of Pittsburgh, and Robert Lewicki, of Cleveland;
and 10 grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Shorts Funeral Home, 609 E. Market
St., Milton, where friends may call two hours prior to service.
Burial will be in the Veterans Cemetery, Millsboro.
Martin E. 'Eddie' Newsome, 79
CENTREVILLE, Md. - Martin E. "Eddie" Newsome, of Centreville, died of
cancer Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in his home. He was 79.
Mr. Newsome was born Dec. 3, 1921, near Chestertown, the son of the
late Lewis and Margaret Walker Newsome.
He was a World War II Army veteran.
Mr. Newsome was a PBX Installer and repairman for the C&P Telephone
Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1983.
He loved to shoot pool. He was an avid bowler with the phone company
and an avid NASCAR fan and loved to see Jeff Gordon drive. He also enjoyed
hunting and playing ball in his younger years.
Mr. Newsome was a member of Jeff Davis American Legion Post 18, Centreville,
and a member of the Telephone Pioneers.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Doris Elizabeth Thompson Newsome;
a son, William Edward "Eddie"' Newsome, of Crumpton; two brothers, Earl
Newsome, of Chestertown, and Frank S. Newsome Sr. of Worton; a sister,
Marian E. "Sis" Nicholson, of Chestertown; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth
Jewell Newsome, of Crumpton.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Fellows Helfenbein and Newnam
Funeral Home, 370 W. Cypress St., Millington.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Chester Cemetery, Chestertown.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the charity
of your choice.
Genevieve Rugh Palmer, 81
DENTON, Md. - Genevieve Rugh Palmer, of Denton, died Tuesday, Jan. 16,
2001, in Easton. She was 81.
Mrs. Palmer was born March 30, 1919, in Greensburg, Pa., the daughter
of the late Harry Rugh and Agnes Paul Rugh.
She attended school in Hempfield Township, Pa., and graduated from Greensburg-Salem
High School in 1937. She received a bachelor's degree from Indiana State
Teachers College (now Indiana University of Pennsylvania) in 1941, and
a master's degree from Columbia University in 1949.
Mrs. Palmer taught chorus and general music in the public schools in
the Greensburg area until 1947, when she moved to Denton to teach chorus,
general music and English in the Caroline County school system. She taught
full-time in that system until 1953, and served as a substitute teacher
In addition to her teaching, Mrs. Palmer served as accompanist for the
Caroline Choral Society. She sang in the adult choir at First Methodist
Church in Denton (now part of St. Luke's United Methodist Church) and later
was the organist and adult choir director at St. Luke's from the early
1960s until 1976. She continued to serve as a substitute organist there
Her other activities included membership on the Peninsula Conference
Music Committee and memberships in the Denton Women's Club and the Order
of the Eastern Star, Chapter 62, and membership in the Caroline County
American Association of Retired Persons Chapter 915 in Denton.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother,
Samuel Paul Rugh, in 1955.
In addition to her sons, she is survived by a brother and sister-in-law,
Louis and Connie Rugh, of Greensburg; a sister-in-law (Samuel Paul Rugh's
widow), Hazel Rugh, of Mount Pleasant, Pa.; two brothers-in-law and their
wives, John C. Palmer and Margaret Palmer and R. Dale Palmer Sr. and Ruth
Palmer, all of Denton; and 10 nieces and nephews and their families.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Moore Funeral Home P.A.,
12 S. Second St., Denton.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church,
Fifth and Franklin streets, Denton.
Order of the Eastern Star service will be 8 p.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in Denton Cemetery, Denton.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to: St.
Luke's United Methodist Church, PO Box 66, Denton, MD 21629.
Elizabeth Madelene Pond, 79b
GEORGETOWN - Elizabeth Madelene Pond, of Georgetown, formerly of Lewes,
died of heart failure Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital,
Seaford. She was 79.
Mrs. Pond was born May 13, 1921, in West Virginia.
She was a retired nurse's aide and homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a son, Paul Edward Lowe; a daughter, Frances
Marie Ritter; and a stepson, Richard Pond.
She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Pond Jr.; a son, Donald Eugene
Vaughn; a daughter, Roberta Faith Lituski; two stepsons, Jerry Pond and
Ralph Pond; two stepdaughters, Linda Thurman and Jeanette Newcomb; four
brothers, Beryl, Clyde, Robert and Cecil; five sisters, Mildred Skelton,
Eva Thompson, Frances Brewer, Ruth Steele, and Clara Hadox; 13 grandchildren,
and 17 great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral
Services, Del. 24 and Long Neck Road, Millsboro, where friends may call
one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in the Whites Chapel Cemetery, Milton.
Celier S. Richards, 63
SMYRNA - Celier S. Richards died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in Bayhealth-Kent
General Hospital, Dover. She was 63.
Ms. Richards was born Oct. 20, 1937, in Smyrna, the daughter of the
late Charles and Seretha Richards.
She received her education in the Smyrna School District.
She was a domestic worker for several families in the area until her
Ms. Richards was a member of Holy Bible Temple in Dover.
She enjoyed talking about the goodness of the Lord to all she came in
contact with. She also enjoyed outings with family and friends. She was
a great inspiration to a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Charles "Chuckles" Richards.
She is survived by a granddaughter, Tonya Davis, of New Castle; three
great-grandchildren, Tonyea, Billy and Quanzaus, all of New Castle; a sister,
Helen Todd, of Smyrna; a brother-in-law, Solomon Todd, of Smyrna; two sisters-in-law,
Sarah Richards, of Dover, and Louise Richards, of Philadelphia; a devoted
niece, Darlene Stevenson of Smyrna; a nephew, Ernest Todd, of Smyrna; a
very devoted and caring friend, Faye Gardley, of Smyrna; and a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olive Pentecostal Church in
Smyrna, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
Sarah E. Smith,
BRIDGEVILLE - Sarah E. Smith, of Bridgeville, died Monday, Jan. 15,
2001, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 94.
Mrs. Smith was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Smith, in 1969.
She is survived by a son, David F. Smith, of Bridgeville; a daughter,
Marjorie O'Day, of Bridgeville; a sister, Rea Dunham, of Georgetown; two
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Hardesty Funeral Home, 202 Laws
St., Bridgeville, where friends may one hour before service.
Burial will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.