Obituaries


Joe Carroll Browning, 87

Joe Carroll Browning, 87, of South Bethany, formerly of Oakland, Md., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he came home to farm family land. He worked at Southern States in Oakland, Md., for 23 years, until his retirement. A local breeder of Tennessee Walkers for many years, he loved horses.

Browning is survived by his three sisters, Velma Schenk and Elinore Browning of Bethany Beach and Norma Bolding of Oakland, Md.; and a myriad of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews, who identify him as their favorite uncle.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, at 10 a.m. at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Second St. and Liberty Street in Oakland, Md. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in his name to the American Cancer Society, Sussex County Unit, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21805; or to the Ruth Enlow Library, 6 North Second St., Oakland, MD 21550.

Vernon B. Cordrey, 79

Vernon B. Cordrey, 79, of Millsboro, passed away at home on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007. He retired from the State of Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) after 36 years of service. He was a member of Hickory Hill U.M. Church in Millsboro and the Millsboro Lions Club, where he served as past president. He served on the Board of Directors of Millsboro Little League and was recently a member of the grounds crew. He loved to watch his grandchildren play baseball and other sports, and he was part of the Millsboro McDonald’s morning crew.

Cordrey was preceded in death by his parents, Alton B. and Essie Esham Cordrey; and his wife of 45 years, Pauline Shockley Cordrey. He is survived by three sons, Gary A. Cordrey and his wife Bertha Mae of Dagsboro, Dennis V. and his wife Debbie of Millsboro and Mark H. and his wife Virginia of Millsboro; a brother, Richard E. Cordrey of Newark; a sister, Irene E. Lowe of Millsboro; and six grandchildren, Keith and his wife Rebecca, Kevin and his wife Jennifer, Brian and his wife Crystal, Brooke, Bradley and his wife Mallori, and Brett.

Services were scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, with interment in Millsboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Hickory Hill U.M. Church, c/o Roy Rogers, Treasurer, 28209 Walt Carmen Lane, Millsboro, DE 19966; or to the Millsboro Little League, P.O. Box 674, Millsboro, DE 19966.

Leonard T. Detlor, 95

Leonard T. Detlor, 95, of Bethany Beach, formerly of Roselle Park, N.J., passed away on Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at Green Valley Terrace in Millsboro. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and also served in the Army Reserve. He had been a mechanical engineer for Exxon-Mobile for many years.

Detlor was a Mason, a member of the Roselle Park Community United Methodist Church in Roselle Park, N.J., a member of the American Society for Testing Materials, a member of the American Welding Society, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member and fellow of the American Society for Non-Destructive Testing, as well as an amateur radio operator for more than 30 years.

Detlor was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur W. and Anna Day Detlor. He is survived by his wife, Ann E. Detlor; a son, Leonard G. Detlor of New York City, N.Y.; three daughters, Suzanne M. Lemons of Bethany Beach, Jeanne P. Detlor of Sammamish, Wash. and Sally L. Grace of Fayetteville, Ark.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach.

Sarah B. Parfitt, 75

Sarah B. Parfitt, 75, of Ocean View, formerly of Plum Boro, Pa., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at the Harbor Healthcare Center in Lewes. She had been a beautician in Cincinnati for 10 years and started, as well as directed, a Meals-on-Wheels program in Plum Boro, Pa., for 10 years. She enjoyed quilting and was an amazing seamstress.

Parfitt was preceded in death by her parents, Addison and Mary (Sioti) Bradshaw; and 14 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Vaughn R. Parfitt; a son, David and his wife Dana of Rochester, N.Y.; a daughter, Amy Stumme and her husband Ron of Baltimore, Md.; and four grandchildren, Lauren and Kevin Stumme and Maggie and Evie Parfitt.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at the Ocean View Chapel of Melson Funeral Services on West Avenue in Ocean View. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, 600 N. DuPont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947; or to Cheers Meals on Wheels, 546 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947.