Obituaries


Doris E. Carmean, 83

Doris E. Carmean, 83, of Millsboro, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2007. She was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church at Springfield Crossroads and enjoyed cooking and taking care of her family.

Carmean was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Lida Mae Wooten Parker; and two husbands, Reynolds Esham in 1953 and Delbert Carmean in 1991.

She is survived by her children, Wayne Carmean and wife Nancy of Millsboro, Allan Carmean and wife Deanna of Millsboro, Gene Esham and wife Mildred of Millsboro, Jackie Hamilton and husband Russell of Charleston, S.C., Kerry Carmean and wife Karless of Millsboro; brother, Dale Parker of Ormond Beach, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour prior. Interment will be in Millsboro Cemetery.

Lynwood Evans, 82

Lynwood Evans, 82, of Selbyville, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at home. He was an insurance agent for United Insurance Company, retiring in 1989. Evans was a member and past master of Doric Lodge #30, Millville; a member of the Scottish Rite, Delaware Consistory; a Shriner and a member of Nur Temple and the Lower Delaware Shrine Club; a member of the Selbyville Elks Lodge #2173 and a member of the American Legion Post 24, Dagsboro. He was an avid hunter who enjoyed bird and turkey hunting. He was a World War II Army Air Force veteran.

Evans was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Anna Baker Evans. He is survived by his wife, Rena Hickman Evans; his sister, Joanna E. McCabe of Charleston, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 2007, with interment in Bishopville Cemetery, Bishopville, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice, 600 DuPont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.

Mildred Ellsworth, 81

Mildred Ellsworth, 81, of Lewes, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at Genesis Healthcare Seaford Center in Seaford, Del. She was a loving mother and homemaker.

Ellsworth was the daughter of the late Vernon and Nellie McCarter of Cambridge, Md. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William W. Ellsworth Jr., and a son, William W. Ellsworth III. She is survived by two daughters, Kathy McCarty of Vineland, N.J. and Jo Ann Giles and husband Ray of Pawleys Island, S.C.; two sons, Robert W. Ellsworth of Georgetown and Joseph L. Ellsworth and wife Christine of Wilmington; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2007. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in her name to the Harbor Lights Cheer Center, 546 South Bedford St., Georgetown DE 19947, Attn: Florence Mason.

Helen Mears Parsons, 92

Helen Mears Parsons, 92, of Millsboro, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2007. She was a retired seamstress and a member of the Hickory Hill United Methodist Church in Millsboro.

Parsons was preceded in death by her parents, Elijah and Stella Mae Revel Lowe; two sons, Truman Mears and Robert Mears; and her sister, Hazel Hudson. She is survived by eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, 2007, with interment in Millsboro Cemetery.

Chester T. Kimble Jr., 78

Chester T. Kimble Jr., 78, of Fenwick Island, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2007, at the St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, after a year-long battle to recover from injuries sustained while felling a tree. He was the son of Chester T. Kimble Sr. and Mary Irene Eshleman of Port Deposit, Md.

After graduating from the Jacob Tome School and Johns Hopkins University, he spent his entire career working in the finance department of the DuPont Co. An Air Force reservist during the Korean War, he also taught business at the University of Delaware for more than 20 years. Throughout his life he was active in the YMCA, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Stanton, numerous animal conservation organizations and groups supporting the U.S. Armed Forces. He was a kind and loving husband, father, brother and uncle who will be remembered and loved always, family members said.

Kimble was preceded in death by his first wife, Dawna Jean Brown of Baltimore, Md. He is survived by his wife, Millicent E. Kimble; son, Gregory Tome Kimble of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughter, Cheryl Ann K. Fine and husband Ron of Killingworth, Conn.; sister, Dorothy K. Ryan of Salisbury, Md.; nieces, D. Frances Ryan of Reston, Va., and Carol Tilghman and husband Philip of Salisbury, Md.; numerous grand-nieces and -nephews in the Salisbury area.

A service was scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, 2007, with interment on Wednesday, April 4, 2007, in the cemetery adjacent to the Hopewell Methodist Church, 290 Adams Road in Port Deposit, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 07078.

Susan J. Ward, 64

Susan J. Ward, 64, of Bishopville, Md., passed away on Monday, April 2, 2007, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. She was co-owner and secretary of Mid-Central Electronics in Bishopville, Md.

Ward was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Eleanor Michalak Rogala. She is survived by her husband, James E. Ward; step-sons, Matthew Ward of Plainfield, Ill., John Ward of Mendota, Ill. and Michael Ward of Sheridan, Ill.; step-daughter, Susan Ward of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; brother, Tom Rogala of LaGrange, Ill.; sister, Judith Rogala of Murrita, Cal.; two nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2007, at 5 p.m. at Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville, Del., where friends may call from 4 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Joanne Rockwell Memorial House, 1910 E. Jefferson St., Baltimore, MD 21205.

Anna DiMattia Matz

Anna DiMattia Matz, of Millsboro, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2007. She was born in Abruzzi Province in Italy before moving to Delaware, where she worked for the Clairton, Pa., Magistrate’s Office. She retired from the M & T Bank in Millsboro. Matz attended Long Neck United Methodist Church in Long Neck. She enjoyed shopping, painting ceramics and her family.

Matz was preceded in death by her father, Emilio DiMattia; husband, John Franklin Matz; and sister, Pina Scarseua. She is survived by her mother, Ada Ginestra DiMattia; daughter, Shannon Marie Matz of Millsboro; step-sons, John E. Matz of Latrobe, Pa., Gary F. Matz of Rosslyn Farms, Pa., Douglas F. Matz of Philadelphia, Pa.; sisters, Dea Bonaccita of Clairton, Pa., Ida Ward of Clairton, Pa.; brother, Dominic DiMattia.

Local services were scheduled for Monday, April 2, 2007, and out-of-town services were scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2007, with interment in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice Southern Division, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Bonnie Lou Oliphant, 53

Bonnie Lou Oliphant, 53, of Frankford, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2007, after a prolonged illness. She was a wonderful, caring and loving person. She was a member of the Gumboro Wesleyan Church in Gumboro.

Oliphant was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin Milton and Nettie Olive Revel Baker; and sister, Doris Fisher. She is survived by her husband, Doug Oliphant; daughter, Lourie Murray and husband Kevin of Millsboro; brothers, George Baker and wife Kumja of Whitesville, Del., Charles Baker and wife Linda of Laurel, and Elson Baker of Pa.; sisters, Ruth Foskey of Delmar, Md., Marilyn Tyndall and husband James of Pittsville, Md., Linda Gravenor and husband David of Salisbury, Md., Brenda Perdue Collins and husband Allan of Delmar, Del., Beverly Emos of Delmar, Del., Mary Morris and husband Tommy of Snow Hill, Md.; granddaughter, Mallory Lou Ann Murray; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2007, with interment in Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to Gumboro Wesleyan Church, 36842 Millsboro Hwy., Millsboro, DE 19966.

Virginia L. Mitchell, 83

Virginia L. Mitchell, 83, of Dagsboro, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2007, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake, Salisbury, Md. She was a retired principal with the Stockley Center School, retiring with 34 years of service.

Mitchell was preceded in death by her parents, William and Marie Ellensworth Layton; husband, George T. Mitchell; brother, Vernon Layton; and sister, Margaret Revel. She is survived by her sons, Tilghman B. Mitchell of Millsboro, Steven A. and wife Sharon Mitchell of Georgetown; daughter, April M. Powell and husband Glenn of Dagsboro; brother, Wallace Layton of Georgetown; sisters, Jeanette Hall of Millsboro, Carolyn Timmons of Millsboro; five granddaughters; one grandson; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and special friend and caregiver Virginia Hickman.

Services were scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2007, with interment in Carey’s Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 625, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Harry N. Leizear, 74

Harry N. Leizear, 74, of Selbyville, formerly of Media, Pa., passed away on Monday, April 2, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He had been a comptroller for many years and was a Boy Scout leader for 25 years in Montgomery County, Md. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Ocean View VFW.

Leizear was preceded in death by his parents, Harry W. and Mary F. Skinner Leizear. He is survived by his wife, Dee Leizear; sons, David B. Leizear of Willards, Md. and Dennis B. Leizear of Wilmington, Del.; daughter, Donna J. Reilly of Annapolis, Md.; brother, Lewis Leizear of Riverton, W. Va.; sister, Debra Rector of Culpepper, Va.; two grandsons; one great-grandson.

A memorial service is scheduled for Monday, April 9, 2007, at 12:30 p.m. at Hastings Funeral Home, Selbyville, where friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interment will be in Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Millsboro, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to Ocean City Reef Foundation, P.O. Box 1072, Ocean City, MD 21843.

Adele Mumford, 70

Adele Mumford, 70, of Frankford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, surrounded by her loved ones. She attended Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ and the House of Prayer, both in Selbyville. She worked numerous years as a housekeeper and housewife. Her hobbies and pleasurable pastimes included shopping, yard sales, cooking and decorating.

Mumford was preceded in death by her mother, Anna Clara Chandler: step-father, Samuel Chandler; son, Terry Mumford, brothers, Henry C. Lillard and James Keith; son-in-law, Kenton Williams. She is survived by sons, Jerry Mumford of Selbyville, Roland Mumford Jr. of Frankford, Earlest Mumford of Lincoln, Walter Mumford of Laurel, William Handy and wife Tory of Millsboro; daughters, Mary Hallet of Salisbury, Md., Deborah Morris and husband Harry of Millsboro, Stephanie Mumford of Long Neck, Janice Williams, Barbara Mumford, Samantha Smith and husband Donnie, all of Frankford; brothers, Ulysses Lillard of Selbyville, Charles Lillard and wife Diane of Frankford, Edward Keith of Jacksonville, Fla., Samuel Chandler Jr. of Long Neck, Cleveland Chandler and wife Juanita of Bridgeville, Michael Chandler and wife Annie of Frankford; sisters, Mary Alice and husband Bishop James Johnson of Selbyville, Patricia Sykes of Dover, Sandra Sturgis and husband Pearlis of Havelock, N.C.; uncle, Louis Thomas of Iowa; aunt, Francis Dismuke of Salisbury, Md.; special friend, Herman Jernigan of Millsboro; lifelong friends, Gladys Mason of Selbyville, and Shirley Taylor of Berlin, Md.; 30 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services were scheduled for Monday, April 2, 2007. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions may be made to Delaware Kidney Fund, 1100 Lovering Ave., Suite 10-B, Wilmington DE 19806.

The family said they would like to extend a special thank-you to Renal Care Center staff, Home Health R.N. Bob Bacon, outstanding caring staff of Frankford, Dagsboro Volunteer Ambulance Service, Roxana Cheer Center, the staff of Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Kent General Hospital, Milford Memorial Hospital and Rehabilitation Center and Beebe Medical Center.