Edward “Sykes” Cropper, 87, of Bishopville, Md., passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, peacefully at home with his family by his side. He was born in Salisbury, Md., son of the late Edwin S. and Nellie (Selby) Cropper.
He retired from Worcester County Government as the fire marshal/director of Emergency Services. In 1966, Cropper became the first fulltime fire marshal for Worcester County, where he served for 30 years. He was a 60-year member of the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department; a 61-year member of Sinepuxtent American Legion Post #166; past president of Worcester County Fireman’s Association; and member of Fire Marshals Association of North America. He was the chairman of the committee for building the Worcester County Fire Training Center. Cropper was a member of Wilson United Methodist Church and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Bunting Cropper; one daughter, Sherry C. Harrington and her husband, K.C., of Bishopville; daughter-in-law, Ellen Cropper of Selbyville, Del.; two grandchildren, Dale Cropper and wife, Brittany, and Blakelyn Harrington and fiancé, Ethan Davis; step-granddaughter, Delilah; and several nieces.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Eddie D. Cropper; brother, Benjamin Cropper; and a sister, Fleda Campbell.
Special thanks to his caregivers Darlene and Vaun-Tae.
The funeral was scheduled for April 19, 2017, at Wilson United Methodist Church, Bishopville, Md., with the Rev. Paul Sherwood officiating and interment in Bishopville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bishopville Volunteer Fire Dept.; PO Box 350; Bishopville, MD 21813, or to Wilson U.M. Church; PO Box 375; Bishopville, MD 21813.
Condolences may be sent online at www.bishophastingsfh.com.