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Charles J. Walsh, 74

DOVER - Charles J. Walsh of Dover died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, in his home. He was 74.

Mr. Walsh was born in Newark, N.J., the son of the late Thomas and Margaret Conlon Walsh.

He received his master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

He was a veteran of World War II and the Korea and Vietnam conflicts, where he was a pilot flying B-29s, B-47s and C-133s. He retired from the U. S. Air Force in 1968 as a lieutenant colonel.

Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Walsh took a position as a stock broker with Janney, Montgomery & Scott. He started his second retirement when the brokerage firm left Dover to move into Philadelphia, at which time Mr. Welch elected to remain in Dover.

Mr. Walsh was active in community affairs; he had served as Kent County coordinator for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly, a program sponsored by A.A.R.P. He was a member of the Camden-Wyoming Moose Lodge, The American Legion (Walter L. Fox Post) and the B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge 1903, where he had served as a past exalted ruler. He was a longtime member of Holy Cross Church, where he served on numerous committees throughout the years.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Olive Ryan Walsh of Dover; a daughter, Diane W. Bateman of Charlottesville, Va; four sons, Kevin M. Walsh of Boulder, Colo., William T. Walsh of Pueblo, Colo., Stephen R. Walsh of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Thomas B. Walsh of Burke, Va; two brothers, Thomas Walsh and Richard Walsh, both of New Jersey; and four grandchildren.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in Holy Cross Catholic Church, South State Street, Dover. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Home, 1175 South State Street, Dover.

Burial with full military Honors will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to The Shepherd Place, South Governors Avenue and Webbs Lane, Dover, DE 19904; or to The Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Philip M. Brooks Jr., 81

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Phililp M. Brooks Jr. of Chestertown died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton, Easton. He was 81.

Mr. Brooks was born July 13, 1917, the son of the late Philip M. Brooks Sr. and Rose Vickers Brooks.

He graduated from McDonough High School with the class of 1937.

Mr. Brooks attended the University of Maryland for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1942. He served in the Navy for the duration of Word War II, and was honorabley discharged as a captain LSM-311 in 1946.

Upon his return to Chestertown, he built P.M. Brooks Jr. Inc. He also ran P.M. Brooks Feed Mill in Chestertown.

Mr. Brooks served as mayor of Chestertown, 1967-1977.

He was a life member of Chestertown Volunteer Fire Dept.; a charter member of Kent Ruritan Club; and a member of Chestertown Elks Lodge 2474, Frank M. Jarman American Legion Post 36, Chestertown, and VFW Post 10063, Fairlee. He served as a trustee for Chester Cemetery Association, as chairman for I.U. Family Association and as a board member of Kent Museum.

Mr. Brooks enjoyed boating, woodworking and reminiscing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Josephine Redman, whom he married in 1954, in 1970; and by his second wife, Eleanor Davidson Freeman, in 1976.

He is survived by three daughters, Josephine Hamblin of Salisbury and Phyllis Keen and Patricia Trinks, both of Chestertown; four stepchildren; a sister, Jane Sprinkle of Chestertown; three grandchildren, Robin Keen, B.J. Trinks and Philip Trinks, all of Chestertown; and a special friend, Ethel Everett of Chestertown.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at I.U. Church, Worton.

Friends may call 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown.

Burial will be in I.U. Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Chestertown Vol. Fire Dept., PO Box 296, Chestertown, MD 21620; I.U. Family Association, PO Box 161, Worton, MD 21678; or to Chester Cemetery, c/o Thomas Eliason, David Drive, Byford Heights, Chestertown, MD 21620.

Charles Jeffrey 'Jeff' Cannon, 46

ROANOKE, Va. - Charles Jeffrey ''Jeff'' Cannon of Roanoke, and formerly of Delaware, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, in Halifax Regional Hospital, South Boston, Va. He was 46.

Mr. Cannon was the captain of the University of Delaware football team in 1973. While in Delaware, he had been captain of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol and commander of his chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity.

He had played professional football for the Jacksonville Sharks and the Philadelphia Eagles. He had coached football at Oberlin College, Springfield College, Delaware State College (now University), Swarthmore College and James Madison University.

At the time of his death, he was a regional publishing representative for Jostens Inc.

Mr. Cannon was a Cub Scout leader and was involved with the Cave Spring Booster Club, Roanoke.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Charles J. Cannon, in 1996.

He is survived by his mother, Grace Ruth Cannon of Milton, Del.; his wife of 21 years, Martina Clifford Cannon of Roanoke; a son, Colin Jeffrey Cannon of Roanoke; two daughters, Lindsay Elizabeth Cannon and Maggie Boland Cannon, both of Roanoke; three brothers, Robert Michael Cannon of Manasquan, N.J., and Thomas Patrick Cannon and Kelly Francis Cannon, both of Milton; and a sister, Ruth Anne Hudson of Cokesbury, Del.

MAss of Christian burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Edmond's Catholic Church, King Charles and Laurel streets, Rehboth Beach, Del.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, Federal Street, Milton.

Burial will be in Odd Fellow Cemetery, Milton.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Cannon Fmaily College Fund, c/o Mike Cannon, 1356 Old Farm Road, Manasquan, N.J. 08736.

Roy F. Clark, 73

CLAYTON - Roy F. Clark of Clayton died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, in his home. He was 73.

Mr. Clark was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Philadelphia, son of the late Roy E. and Mary Staerk Clark.

He was a plant manager for many years before retiring, first with Rapid Forms and later for S.L. Graves Printing, both in Bellmawr, N.J. He enjoyed gardening.

Mr. Clark was a volunteer and honorary board member of Mamie A. Warren Senior Center, Clayton.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward W. Clark.

He is survived by his wife, Leola Smith Clark; a son, Roy F. Clark Jr. of Stafford, Va.; a daughter, Diane E. Clendenning of Erial, N.J.; three sisters, Helen Kline of Dover, Alma Musicant of Pennsauken, N.J., and Marie Neal of Bellmawr, N.J.; and four grandchildren.

Mass of Christian burial will be offered 10 a.m. Friday at St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church, Lindenwold, N.J.

Friends may call 7-9 Thursday in the Danks-Hinski Funeral Home, 125 Whitehorse Pike, Lindenwold.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 911 South Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901; or to Mamie A. Warren Senior Center, P.O. Box 42, Kenton, DE 19955.

Local arrangements by Faries Funeral Directors Inc., Smyrna.

Charles William Doane, 68

WESTOVER, Md. - Charles William Doane of Westover died Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, in Genesis ElderCare Nursing Home, Salisbury. She was 68.

Mr. Doane was born in Westover, the son of the late Samuel and Adrena Doane.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alphonso Ballard and Lester Doane; and a sister Dorothy Cheatham.

He is survived by five children and their spouses, Portia and Manwell Cottman, Anthony and Patricia Fontaine of Salisbury, Sharon and Arthur Maddox of Westover, Peggy and Wayne Johnson, and William Boynton of Princess Anne; a brother, Samuel H. Doane of Westover; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at St. James U.M. Church, Westover, with the Rev. Carol Fields Burke officiating.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the church.

Burial will be at John Wesley Cemetery, Cottage Grove.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Pocomoke City.

Homer A. Gibbs Sr., 76

MARYDEL, Md. - Homer A. Gibbs Sr. of Marydel died after a short illness Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, in Washington Medical Center, Washington, D.C. He was 76.

Mr. Gibbs was born May 7, 1922, in Marydel, the son of the late Walter and Emma Gibbs.

He was a high school graduate.

Mr. Gibbs worked as a bus driver for Pinkett Motor Tours for 42 years.

He was a member and trustee of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Marydel.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Marie Gibbs of Marydel; a son, Homer Gibbs Jr. of Marydel; a daughter, Gloria J. Johns of Marydel; a brother, Ralph Gibbs of Atlantic City, N.J.; six sisters, Jessie Lake of California, Gladys Seals of Barclay, Merna Williams of Wilmington, Del., Lillian Seals of Barclay, Joyce Seals of New Castle, Del., and Virginia Johnson of Wilmington; and five grandchildren.

Service will be noon Saturday at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Marydel, with the Rev. Marjorie Burns officiating.

Friends may call at the church two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in Mount Zion Church Cemetery.

Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home, Dover, Del.

John W. Layton Sr., 68

MILLSBORO - John W. Layton Sr. of Millsboro died of cancer Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 68.

Mr. Layton was born in Frankford, son of the late Harvey W. and Elsie Dukes Layton.

He was a machine operator for Parker Block Co., Millsboro for 22 years. He retired in 1996.

He is survived by fiancee, Bonnie Lou Custins of Millsboro, two sons, John W. Layton, Jr. of Cape Coral, Fla. and Michael Lee Layton of Millsboro; two daughters, Colleen Henderson of Boca Raton and Barbara Lee Carmine of Millsboro; a stepson, John M. Custins of Laurel; and four grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m., Friday at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call two hours prior to the service. The Rev. Phyllis Walton will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Suite 107, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Anna Vasquez, 71

DOVER - Anna Vasquez of Dover died of cancer Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, in her home. She was 71.

Mrs. Vasquez was born in Manhattan, N.Y., on May 12, 1927, daughter of the late Rose and Joseph Neveja.

She was a resident of New York City for many years. She moved to Dover in 1989, where she became an active member in the community. She was an active, devoted Catholic. In 1996, she appeared in the local newspaper photo taken at the Modern Maturity Center, to which she belonged, winning an award in a competition for having the most grandchildren. She has many loving children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Vasquez excelled best when in the company of her large, loving family, preparing meals, especially during holidays. Her children, family, and friends experienced first hand the meaning of true love, patience, generosity and compassion. She would always find the time for the little ones, spoiling them, her greatest admired asset. Volumes can be written about this great lady's achievements and contributions. 

Mom, always loving always caring and sharing, filled her daily life with Christianity and prayers for others. Above and beyond all else, Mom advocated love for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Now among the angels, we will never forget you and will always love and miss you.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gamaliel Vasquez of Wolcott, N.Y., in 1995.

She is survived by a faithful companion, Henry Gottlieb; five sons, Richard Vasquez of Bayside, N.Y., Gamaliel Vasquez Jr. of Dover, Michael Vasquez of Islip, N.Y., Robert Vasquez of Dover and Samuel Vasquez of Camden; five daughters, Rachel Buechele of Franklyn Square, N.Y., Patricia Albertelli of Dover, Maria Giulini of Closter, N.J., Donna Caulfied of Dover and Frances Papenhausen of Camden; two sisters, Margaret Fazio of Fla., and Violet Neveja of Boston, Mass.; a brother, Joseph Neveja of Florida.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. today in the Holy Cross Catholic Church, State Street, Dover.

Burial will be in Sharon Hill Cemetery.

Maria E. Medima Roman, 87

GRASONVILLE, Md. - Marie E. Medima Roman of Grasonville died in her home in The Mink Hill Asssisted Living. She was 87.

Mrs. Roman was born May 10, 1911, in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, the daughter of the late Juan and Juana Vera Medima.

She attended school in Puerto Rico.

Mrs. Roman met Manuel Roman of Isabela, Puerto Rico, and married him in 1934. They resided in Isabela, where Mrs. Roma was a homemaker.

Following her husband's death in 1972, she moved to Grasonville to live with her daughter and family.

Mrs. Roman was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grasonville.

She is survived by a son, Manuel Roman of Grasonville; two daughter, Carmen L. Horney of Grasonville and Eva H. Delgado of Nebraska; five brothers, John Medima of Puerto Rico, Marin Medima of Puerto Rico, Herminio Medima of New York, Guadalupe Medima of New Jersey and Julio Medima of Puerto Rico; three sisters, Blanca Christhis of New Jersey, Ines Rios of New Jersey and Maria C. Medima of Puerto Rico; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Service will be in Puerto Rico. A memorial service will be held locally at a later date.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Queen Anne's Inc., 300 Del Rhodes Ave., Queenstown, MD 21658; or to Grasonville Vol. Fire Dept., PO Box 554, Grasonville, MD 21638.

Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home P.A., Chester.

Abigayle E. Truitt, 52

REHOBOTH BEACH - Abigayle E. Truitt of Rehoboth Beach died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 52.

Ms. Truitt was born April 14, 1946, in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret Truitt.

She had taught school for three years with the Cape Henlopen and Indian River school districts. She then had worked for the Justice of the Peace Courts for 19 years, in both Court 2 and Court 3.

Ms. Truitt was chairperson for the last two years for the Basic Legal Education Program for Justice of the Peace Courts.

She volunteered with the American Cancer Society for many years.

She is survived by cousins.

Memorial service will be announced at a later date.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, New Castle, DE 19720; to the National Wildlife Federation; or to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by Atkins-Lodge Chapel of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.

Claudia H. Wicks, 82

MIDDLETOWN - Cluadia H. Wicks of Middletown died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, in her home. She was 82.

Mrs. Wicks moved to Delaware in 1962 from Long Island, N.Y.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Wicks was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Newark. She worked as a volunteer providing for the homeless and also was involved with the Middletown Pony Club.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Fred Wicks; two sons, David G. Wicks of Middletown and Fred G. Wicks of North Port, L.I.; two daughters, Claudia J. Copper of Hatfield, Mass., and Joan R. Wicks of Frederick, Md.; five grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and nine step-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 3 p.m. Friday at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Old St. Anne's Cemetery, Middletown.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 10 Johnson Road, Newark, DE 19713-1808.

Christopher A. Zaferis, 69

MILFORD - Christopher A. Zaferis of Milford died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998 in Bayhealth/ Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 69.

Mr. Zaferis attended Radio Electronics Institute in Philadelphia, Florida Southern College and Centenary College.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1967 as a technical sergeant. While in the service, he attended Barksdale Air Force Base's 2nd Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Academy. He graduated second out of 400 airmen.

He worked with his father in Clifton Heights, Pa. After retiring, he was employed by the federal Civil Service at the Dover Air Force Base in logistics.

He was executive secretary of Local 1709, American Federation of Government Employees; commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 6 in Milford; a member of American Legion Walter Fox Post 2 in Dover; and member of Christ Episcopal Church in Milford.

He is survived by his wife, Norma M.; four sons, Steven D. Zaferis of Tulsa, Okla., Mark C. Zaferis of Chandler, Ariz., Diamond Ace Zaferis of Singapore and Joseph L. Zaferis of San Diego, Calif.; a daughter, Sandra M. Wassalik of Tulsa; a brother, Milton A. Zaferis of Tampa, Fla.; two sisters, Athens E. Zaferis and Eunice M. Oppeltz, both of Clifton Heights, Pa.; 18 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church, North Church Street, Milford.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Rogers Funeral Home, 301 Lakeview Ave., Milford.

Burial will be in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Instead of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to Christ Episcopal Church, PO Box 191, Milford, DE 19963.

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