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Arthur S. "Bud" Hanby Sr.
memorial
slated for June 16
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 16, for Arthur S. "Bud" Hanby Sr., at Christian Tabernacle in Lincoln.
Mr. Hanby, 81, a retired vice president and general construction estimator for John L. Briggs & Co. in Georgetown and consultant to the University of Delaware's College of Marine Studies in Lewes for the construction of the wind/wave tank, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla.
An active member of the Gideons International in Sussex County South Camp in Delaware and the Marion County South Camp in Florida. He was a member of Christian Tabernacle, Lincoln.
A sailing enthusiast for years, he was also an avid golfer and a charter member of the Sussex Pines Country Club, Georgetown. He taught industrial arts at Georgetown High School and then raised broilers for several years before joining the contracting firm of John L. Briggs & Co. He was formerly an Explorer Advisor of Post 1 and Scoutmaster of Troop 1 in Lewes; a recipient of the Order of the Arrow and the Order of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America; a Rotarian; a member of the Cape Henlopen School Board in Lewes; president of the Sussex County Men's Garden Club - his specialty was growing roses; and served in various positions at Bethel Methodist Church.
He was born in Wilmington, graduated from Millersville State College, Pa., was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps; and wintered in Marion Oaks since 1982.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Louise Vaughn Hanby; his son, Arthur S. Jr. of Detroit; daughters Barbara H. Meade of Waynesboro, Va. and Mary Ginter of Cluj-Napoca, Romania; his sister, Dorothy H. Sturges of Destin, Fla. and Bethany Beach; and six grandchildren, Eileen and Robin Hanby of Coral Springs, Fla.; William Arthur and Timothy Meade of Waynesboro; and Jessica and David Ginter of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 

Cora Bowers
retired from DuPont
Cora Bowers, 94, of Lewes and formerly of New Castle, died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at home.
Miss Bowers had worked in the sewing department of the Textile Research Lab at Dupont, Chestnut Run site, retiring in 1972 after 20 years. She was a member of the Minquadale United Methodist Church.
She was beloved by her family and known to all as an independent, talented and caring person. She was a gifted seamstress and cook and enjoyed baking and crocheting. She devoted much of her life to caring for her parents and family, including her nieces and nephews and their families.
She is survived by her niece, Carolyn A. Alexander and her husband Paul, with whom she had lived for several years; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Bowers of Lewes; and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great-nephews and great-great nieces and great-great-nephews.
Services willbe held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, Wilmington Manor, with burial in Silverbrook Cemetery, Wilmington.
Contributions are suggested to Minquadale United Methodist Church, 220 Minquadale Blvd., New Castle DE 19720. 

Ernest Joseph Lewis
shipping receiver
Ernest Joseph Lewis, 72, of Ocean View, and formerly of Washington, D.C., died Friday, June 1, 2001, at home.
Mr. Lewis was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a shipping receiver for Safeway Corp. in Lanham, Md., for 40 years. He was of a kind spirit and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Lewis was a member of St. George's United Methodist Church in Clarksville and of the church choir and was a member of the Lewes Senior Center and the SeaSide Entertainers.
He is survived by his wife, Hilary J. Lewis; and a daughter, Alice Marie of Colorado Springs, Colo.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, at St. George's United Methodist Church, Clarksville, with burial private.
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, 600 N. DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947. 

Mabel E. Preston Dyer,
active Republican
Mabel Emily Preston Dyer, 97, of Milford, and formerly of Georgetown, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at Carolyne Nursing Home, Denton.
Mrs. Dyer was a longtime member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Milford and the Milford New Century Club. She was well known in Sussex County as an active member of the Republican Party, having served as a committeewoman and as an attaché in the state legislature. She was the first female Clerk of Peace for Sussex County. Her husband, Albert D. Dyer, died in 1957.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Preston Latchum and Ann Dyer of Rehoboth Beach; a sister and brother-in-law, Marian and Claude Hudson of Millsboro; a niece, Cathy Gorman; a grandson and his wife, Preston Lynch and Debra Dyer of Ocean View; and three great-grandsons, Trip, Mason and Madison Dyer.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 8, in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Walnut Street, Milford. Contributions are suggested to Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 S.E. Front St., Milford DE 19963. 

Rachel W. Westbrook,
longtime waitress
Rachel Patricia Cox Wilson Westbrook, 65, of Greenville, S.C., died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at home.
Mrs. Westbrook worked as a waitress for 42 years and her hobies included reading and painting.
She is survived by three sons, Fred G. Wilson Jr. of Greenville, Carl D. Wilson Sr. and his wife Tammy of Sandtown, and Jasper C. Westbrook Jr. and his wife Denise of Lewes; two daughters, Alice Archer of Sandtown and Deanne Quinn of Menlo Park, Calif.; her grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and special friends.
Services were held in her home. 

Francies M. Goodman,
credit union auditor
Francies M. Goodman, 80, of Lewes, died suddenly Thursday, June 7, 2001, in Christiana Hospital in Newark, surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Goodman married her husband John D. Goodman in 1947. They lived in Drumright, Okla. until 1958 when the family moved to Delaware City, where they lived until Mr. and Mrs. Goodman moved to Lewes in 1992. Mrs. Goodman retired from Gemco Credit Union and them worked as a self-employed credit auditor.
She was a member of the Ebenezer U.M. Church in Delaware City, the Delaware City Lions Club, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Delaware City and the Wilmington City Council's Zeta chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. An avid sports fan, Mrs. Goodman was a former member of the Blackbird Racing Club and enjoyed watching football and NASCAR. She was an avid collector and enjoyed arts and crafts.
She is survived by her husband; two children, James P. and his wife D. Corrine Goodman of St. Georges, and Janelle D. Cornwell of Delaware City; a sister, Louise Hudson of Broken Arrow, Okla.; four grandchildren, Brian J. Goodman and his wife Lorraine of Bear, R. Keith Goodman, John B. Cornwell and James P. Cornwell of Delaware City; four great-grandchildren, Matthew J., Ryan J., Bradley P. and Randi Lynn; four nephews and three nieces.
Services willbe held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Word of Life Christian Center, Newark, with burial in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle.
Contributions are suggested to Delaware City Lions Club, P.O. Box 338, Delaware City, DE 19706; Special Olympics, c/o president of City Council, Sherri Smith, 5 Point Ave., West Branch, Newark, DE 19971, or Meals on Wheels, Route 9, Box 135, Lewes, DE 19958. 

James Goss Ferneyhough III,
taught at-risk youth
James Goss Ferneyhough III, 38, of Milton, died Friday, June 8, 2001 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.
For the past 10 years, Mr. Ferneyhough was an instructor of at-risk youth, most recently with the PEAK program at the Terry campus at Delaware Tech. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years, during which time he received an Admiral's Letter of Commendation for the rescue of 17 Venezuelans and their cat from their sinking vessel. He was a graduate of E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Va. and graduated with honors in philosophy and Spanish from Ferrum College, Ferrum, Va. He later received his masters in education from Wilmington College. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church where he worked with church youth. He enjoyed hiking, bicycling and kayaking.
He is survived by his loving wife, Janice Anderson Ferneyhough; his son, James "Goss" Ferneyhough IV; his mother, Linda Tyler Ferneyhough of Washington, D.C. and Lynchburg, Va.; his father, James Goss Ferneyhough II and his stepmother, Helen of Monroe, Va.; his stepbrother, Zane Harvey Jr. and his wife Betty Lou, and their three children Daniel, Kyle and Kevin of Madison Heights, Va.; his father and mother-in-law, Donald and Betty Anderson of Lewes; his sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Kim Brown of Milton; and his friend Jeff Abernathy of Ruther Glen, Va.
Services willbe held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Bethel United Methodist Church, Lewes, with burial in Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Lewes.
Contributions are suggested to Bethel United Methodist Church, West 4th Street, Lewes, DE 19958 or to the Wellness Community of Delmarva (a cancer support group), P.O. Box 2501, Salisbury, MD 21802.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

Doris Herlihy,
community volunteer
Doris Herlihy, 76, of Lewes, and formerly of Silver Spring, Md., died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.
Mrs. Herlihy graduated from high school and then attended Hobart Flying School in East Stroudsburg, Pa. where she earned her private pilot's license on June 22, 1944. She relocated to the Rockville/Silver Spring area where she worked at Congressional Airport. After five children and many years as a homemaker, she began working part time for Potomac Temporaries, a personnel placement agency, and eventually became manager of the Maryland division until her retirement in the mid-1970s.
Mrs. Herlihy was married to her husband Tom on July 4, 1987 and they relocated from Silver Spring to Lewes. She was a longtime volunteer at Beebe Medical Center; a dedicated member of the Altar Society of St. Jude's; a former member of the Zwaanendael Historical Society; a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 28; a member of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality of St. Judes/St. Edmond's Catholic Parish; and a longtime dedicated volunteer at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Gallagher; her son, Brian Gallagher; and her second husband Alfred Shorb.
She is survived by her beloved and devoted husband Thomas Herlihy; her children, Michael Gallagher of Silver Spring, Md.; Patricia Beard and her husband Carroll of Golden Beach, Md.; Neil Shorb and his wife Amy and James Shorb and his wife Betsy, all of Germantown, Md.; three grandchildren, Sean Gallagher and his wife Pamela, and Allison and Emily Shorb.
Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Jude's Catholic Church; with graveside services at Delaware Veterans Cemetery, near Georgetown.
Contributions are suggested to the St. Jude's Building Fund, P.O. Box 646, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

Gerald S. Roberts,
retail salesman
Gerald S. Roberts, 77, of Lewes, died Friday, June 8, 2001, at Beebe Medical Center.
Mr. Roberts was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the Pacific Fleet during World War II as an aerial radio operator. He had served in retail sales all his life, retiring in 1985 and moving from his home in Tiverton, R.I. to Lewes in 1981.
He is survived by his wife, Oetta Frank Roberts of Lewes; his daughter Ellen Ewell and her husband Paul of Lewes; his granddaughter Catherine Miller and her husband Richard; his grandson Aaron Adams and his wife Jennifer; and his great-grandchildren Caitlin and Abigail Miller; his stepgrandchildren Paul, Perry, Pamela and Paige Ewell; and step great-grandchildren Paul, Patrick and Eric.
Services were held at Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Parsell Funeral Homes, Lewes, with burial in St. Peter's Cemetery, Pilottown Road, Lewes.
Contributions are suggested to the Lewes Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 612, Lewes, DE 19958.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

George T. Wickersham,
GM process engineer
George T. Wickersham, 82, of Mountain Home, Ariz., and formerly of Wilmington and a yearly visitor to Cocoa Beach, Fla, died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Cape Canaveral Hospital.
Mr. Wickersham was a process engineer for General Motors in Wilmington for 25 years until retiring in 1972.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Margaret E. Wickersham, in 1990.
He is survived by three children, Harvey B. Williams of Brighton, Mich., Lois J. Wallrath of Mountain Home, Ariz. and Carl Williams of Rehoboth; 11 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. He was well loved by his family and will be missed.
Services were held at Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810. 

William H. Gardiner,
former mayor
William H. Gardiner, 75, of Lewes and formerly of Linwood, Pa., died Monday, June 11, 2001, at Beebe Medical Center.
Mr. Gardiner was a resident of Linwood his entire life until moving to Lewes five years ago. He was a senior quality control planner for the Boeing Vertol Corporation for 36 years, retiring in 1988. A U.S. Army veteran, he served during WWII and the Korean Conflict and was the mayor of Norwood from 1959 to 1960.
His son, John Gardiner, died in 1976.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn G. Gardiner; five sons, Paul Gardiner of Mount Holly, N.J., William and Steve Gardiner of Norwood, Pa.; Glenn Gardiner of Boothwyn, Pa. and Chris Gardiner of Lewes; a daughter, Donna Gardiner of California; a brother, Richard Gardiner of Sewell, N.J.; two sisters, Catherine Archdeacon of Twin Oaks, Pa. and Barbara White of Sharon Hill, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 15, at Ward Funeral Home, 1459 Market St., Linwood, with burial in Lawn Croft Cemetery, Lower Chichester, Pa. 

Brian Bishop,
tavern operator
Brian Bishop, 48, of Lewes and formerly of Tremont, Pa., died of natural causes Saturday, June 9, 2001, at Beebe Medical Center.
Mr. Bishop, the son of Kenneth and Lillian Bishop of Lewes, served in the U.S. Army. While in Tremont he owned and operated Bishop's Tavern for six years and was formerly employed for Sylvan Pools in Vineland as a tile setter. He enjoyed surf fishing and being at the beach.
In addition to his parents he is survived by a son, Tyler Bishop of Tremont; a daughter, Stephanie Bishop of Tremont; two brothers, Edward Cantoni of Millville, N.J. and John Cantoni of Somers Point, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 15, at Rone Funeral Services, 1110 East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland, where friends may call two hours earlier. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery, Landisville, N.J. 

Margaret Torbert
nursing aide
Margaret Torbert, 68, of Greensboro, Md., died Sunday, June 10, 2001, of natural causes in Blue Heron Assisted Living in Greensboro.
Ms. Torbert had worked at Playtex, Crescent Farm and as a nursing aide for Milford Manor, Milford.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Truax, and a brother, Walter Truax.
She is survived by a son, Mark Thompson of Lewes; a daughter and her husband, Marlene and Steve Loomis of Felton; three sisters, Myrtle Givens of Smyrna, Avis Reese and her husband Slim, of Smyrna and Helen Spence of Louisiana; and a grandson, Tyler Loomis.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 17, at the Beacon-Metropolitan Community Church, 21 Midway Shopping Center, Rehoboth Beach.
Contributions are suggested to Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Delaware, 2500 W. Fourth Street, Suite 5, Wilmington, DE 19805. 
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E. Lorraine Hudson,
devoted to family
E. Lorraine Hudson, 75, of Smyrna, died Monday, June 11, 2001 in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital.
Mrs. Hudson was a homemaker and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond S. Hudson; two daughters, Robin R. Colevas of Niskiyana, N.Y. and April Hudson of Rehoboth Beach; a sister Helen Schofielld of Newark; a great aunt, Elizabeth Moor of Chesapeake City, Md.; and three grandchildren, Stephanie, Paul and Alexandra Colevas.
Services were held at Faries Funeral Chapel, Smyrna, with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna. 

Alexander H. Anderson
retired educator
Alexander H. Anderson, 86, of Rehoboth Beach, died Sunday, June 10, 2001, at Lewes Convalescent Center. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and came to the United States in 1922. He resided in West Orange, N.J. and graduated from West Orange High School.
He served as a teacher and assistant principal for Arlington County, Va. schools for 25 years. After retiring in 1976, he and his wife moved to Rehoboth Beach, where he was a member of the Rehoboth Beach Country Club. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed walking and reading and he loved to travel.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marion E. Camburn Anderson, Rehoboth Beach.
Services and burial were private.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

Eleanor R. Adkins,
retired executive secretary
Eleanor V. Ritter Adkins, 96, of Rehoboth Beach, died Thursday, June 7, 2001, of old age at her daughter's home.
Mrs. Ritter worked during and after the 1929 Depression for the Safe Deposit and Trust Co., now Mercantile Bank, in the stock transfer division, and after raising her children, worked as an executive secretary for the Maryland Pharmaceutical Association and the Maryland Automobile Trade Association in Baltimore until retiring in 1970. Her husband, J. Edward Adkins Jr. Esq., died in 1984 and two of three of her children, Gloria V. Adkins and Jeanne V. Adkins Ware Perez, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara-Cherrix O'Leary and son-in-law, Jeremiah O'Leary Jr.; two grandchildren, Teresa M. Ware of Denver and Elizabeth Mame Scott Ware of Newark; a cousin, Doris Ingram Miller of Lutherville, Md.; and a cousin by marriage, Marianna R. Holloway of Salisbury, Md.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Holloway Funeral Home of Salisbury and Mitchell-Wiedfeld Funeral Home of Baltimore, where services were held. Contributions are suggested to Garrison Forest School, Garrison MD 21117. 

Col. Vivian D. Smith,
retired from U.S. Army
Col. Vivian D. Smith, 93, of Lewes and Atlantic City, NJ, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, of natural causes at Milford Memorial Hospital. "Smitty" was born in Atlantic City on July 4, 1907, the son of Vivian B. and Ells Dawson Smith, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Staunton Military Academy in Virginia and studied structural design at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University in New York.
Col. Smith first entered military service by enlisting in the New Jersey National guard in 1936. Six months later, he was commissioned a second lieutenant of field artillery. He rose to the grade of major and was ordered to active military service in September 1940.
During World War II he served as a Division Anti-Aircraft officer, a Tank Destroyer Battalion Commander and an Operations and Training Officer. He concluded his wartime service as a Field Artillery Battalion Commander in the Asiatic-Pacific theater and reverted to National Guard status in May 1946. He transferred to the United States Army Reserve from which he retired as a colonel in 1967.
For several years following the war, he and his father operated an architectural firm in Atlantic City. They designed numerous civic buildings in New Jersey and are credited with the design of many Coast Guard stations along the Atlantic coast.
He later moved to Hopatcong, NJ, where he served 11 years as a town councilman, 25 years as a planning board member and 20 years as chaplain of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10101.
His first wife, Jane Virginia Young, died in 1984 and shortly thereafter he moved to Rehoboth Beach. When his second wife, Dorothy Dyer, died in 1987, Col. Smith moved to the Plantations in Lewes where he resided until moving to Brandywine Assisted Living at Seaside Pointe, Rehoboth Beach.
Col. Smith is survived by his two sisters, Judith C. Green of Rutland, Vt. and Jean S. Richardson of Austin, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.
Burial will be in Pleasantville, NJ. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, at Brandywine Assisted Living at Seaside Point. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National World War II Memorial Fund, c/o the Robert T. Jones & Foard Funeral Home, 122 West Main St., Newark, Del. 19711. 

Col. Vivian D. Smith,
retired from U.S. Army
Col. Vivian D. Smith, 93, of Lewes and Atlantic City, NJ, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, of natural causes at Milford Memorial Hospital. "Smitty" was born in Atlantic City on July 4, 1907, the son of Vivian B. and Ells Dawson Smith, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Staunton Military Academy in Virginia and studied structural design at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University in New York.
Col. Smith first entered military service by enlisting in the New Jersey National guard in 1936. Six months later, he was commissioned a second lieutenant of field artillery. He rose to the grade of major and was ordered to active military service in September 1940.
During World War II he served as a Division Anti-Aircraft officer, a Tank Destroyer Battalion Commander and an Operations and Training Officer. He concluded his wartime service as a Field Artillery Battalion Commander in the Asiatic-Pacific theater and reverted to National Guard status in May 1946. He transferred to the United States Army Reserve from which he retired as a colonel in 1967.
For several years following the war, he and his father operated an architectural firm in Atlantic City. They designed numerous civic buildings in New Jersey and are credited with the design of many Coast Guard stations along the Atlantic coast.
He later moved to Hopatcong, NJ, where he served 11 years as a town councilman, 25 years as a planning board member and 20 years as chaplain of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10101.
His first wife, Jane Virginia Young, died in 1984 and shortly thereafter he moved to Rehoboth Beach. When his second wife, Dorothy Dyer, died in 1987, Col. Smith moved to the Plantations in Lewes where he resided until moving to Brandywine Assisted Living at Seaside Pointe, Rehoboth Beach.
Col. Smith is survived by his two sisters, Judith C. Green of Rutland, Vt. and Jean S. Richardson of Austin, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.
Burial will be in Pleasantville, N.J. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, at Brandywine Assisted Living at Seaside Point. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National World War II Memorial Fund, c/o the Robert T. Jones & Foard Funeral Home, 122 West Main St., Newark, Del. 19711. 

Pepper Lee Rust,
Bob Evans employee
Pepper Lee Rust, 35, of Lewes, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C., following a motorcycle accident.
Mr. Rust was a senior server at Bob Evans Restaurant, Midway. He was a devoted husband, father and son.
He is survived by his wife, April Maria Rust; a daughter, Savannah May Rust, both of Lewes; mother and stepfather, Sandra L. and Mike Kelly of Dagsboro; his father, Donald G. Rust of Lewes; a sister, Penny Leigh Atkins and her daughter, Camil Morgan of Seaford; maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Pepper of Millsboro; mother-in-law, Karen Fiorentino of Claymont; father-in-law, Dave Veith of Claymont; brother-in-law, John Veith of Dover; brother-in-law Dave Veith of Claymont; brother-in-law Anthony Fiorentino of Milton; brother-in-law Michael Fiorentino of Milton; and nephew John Veith Jr. of Dover.
Services will be held at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, at 11 a.m., Monday, June 18, with the Rev. Tom Bunting officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home an hour before the service. Burial will be private.
Contributions may be made to a charity of choice or to the Savannah M. Rust Trust Fund, c/o County Bank, Karen L. Mumford, Accounting Representative, 4299 Highway One, Suite A-1, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. 

Master Sgt. Maurice Edward Ballard (Ret.),
Bronze Star recipient
Master Sgt. Maurice Edward Ballard (Ret.), 67, of Dover, died Thursday, June 7, 2001, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover.
Master Sgt. Ballard was born in 1934 in La Follette, Tenn. His first official self obtained job was as an iceman in 1945 in Baltimore. At age 11, he was an enterprising boy delivering a 40-lb. block of ice to even a third floor apartment. He then worked at a local butcher's shop. He entered the United States military at age 18. A master sergeant and a 1st sergeant in the U.S. Air Force at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., he retired after 21 years of service.
During his military career, he was presented with 22 medals, including the Bronze Star, which he was awarded in the presence of his family at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., for heroism in Vietnam. 
He then began a second career, accepting a position with the Delaware State Department of Labor. During his tenure, his accomplishments were recognized by Gov. Michael Castle. In 1991, he retired from the State of Delaware. 
Although starting as a hobby in 1972, his retirement allowed him to dedicate his full time to his third career, which was real estate. He really enjoyed refurbishing houses. As a true pastime, he also enjoyed winning at poker games and fishing.
During this time, he was also active in both state and local politics. He ran for Dover City Council and helped with many political campaigns. 
He was a member of Toastmasters International, Air Force Sergeants Association, 20th MAS Alumni Association, the Elks Club, the Merry Mates of Wesley Church, Board of Adjustment of Kent County, Antique Car Club of Delaware and was the founder of the Weather Vane Investments Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, June Crisp, and a son, Joseph.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Eleanor Ballard; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Theresa Ballard of Dover; two daughters, Julie and her husband James Johnstone of Washington D.C.; Christine Clayton and future son-in-law Frederick Gsell; three granddaughters, Noelle, Riley and Jennifer Ballard; two grandsons, Austin and Garrett Heller; two sisters, Louise Ballard and Anne Harris of Felton; a sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Thomas Williford of Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Claire Ballard of Walkersville, Md. and Harry and Arlene Ballard of Lewes; and nieces and nephews.
Services were private.
Contributions are suggested to the Home of the Brave, Shelter for Homeless Veterans, RD 1, Box 149, Lincoln, DE 19960.


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