Obituaries


Bruce Edward McCabe, 48

Bruce Edward McCabe, 48, of Millville, died suddenly on Saturday, March 24, 2007. He was a graduate of Indian River High School and was employed with Delmarva Power and Light, where he worked as a lineman for the past 25 years. He was a member of the Masonic, Moose and Elks lodges, as well as the Delaware Mobile Surf Fisherman Association. McCabe was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends going to the beach, out on his boat and going to Virginia Landing.

McCabe was preceded in death by his mother, Ada McCabe. He is survived by his wife, Sue McCabe; his daughter, Helen McCabe; step-daughters, Marsha White and her husband Chris, Michele Murphy and her husband Greg; his father, Calvin A. McCabe; sister, Christine and her husband Wayne; nephew, Kenny Hickman and his wife Janet; five grandchildren; and many close friends.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 1, 2007, at 1 p.m. at the Bethany Chapel of Melson Funeral Services on West Avenue in Ocean View, where family and friends may call after 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Bruce’s memory to the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Bethany Beach, DE 19930; or the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, Millville, DE 19967.

Elwood H. Johnson, 90

Elwood H. Johnson, 90, of rural Frankford, formerly of Wilmington, died at his home on Thursday, March 22, 2007. He was born in Houston, Del., to the late Dorsey and Anna Johnson. He attended the Dagsboro Church of Christ. Johnson was a retired hardware salesman. He loved being outdoors, splitting wood and taking care of lawns.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret J. Johnson; and two grandsons, Harvey B. Longacre III and Robert Longacre. He is survived by three children, Margaret Louise Longacre, Ronald E. Johnson Sr. and Nancy M. Orledge; 12 grandchildren, Margaret Dianne Longacre, Charles Longacre, Paul Longacre, Rebecca Jones, Anna Catherine Hood, Patricia Sooy, Ronald E. Johnson Jr., Richard Johnson, Virginia Johnson, Wendy Sullivan, Annette Gordon, Tamara Robbins; 31 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren; and close family friend Dean Hall.

A graveside service was scheduled for Monday, March 26, 2007. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Johnson’s memory to Compassionate Care Hospice, 201B W. DuPont Hwy., Millsboro, DE 19966.

William Lynn ‘Bill’ Harper, 75

William Lynn “Bill” Harper, 75, of Selbyville, formerly of Dundalk, Md., died on Monday, March 19, 2007, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. Harper had been a maintenance supervisor at Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point for many years. He was a Mason and past Master of Patapsco Lodge in Dundalk, a member of VFW Post 6506 in Rossville, Md., a member and past president of the Swann Keys Association and a member of the Swann Keys Sports Club.

Harper was preceded in death by his parents, Lynn and Metca “Mildred” Schuster Harper. He is survived by his wife, Carol L. Harper; daughters, Sharon Rzepiennik of Bel Air, Md., and Karen Lynn Andrejczuk of Dundalk, Md.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at 11:30 a.m., with interment in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Patapsco Masonic Lodge No. 183, 2 Trading Place, Dundalk, MD 21222 or The American Lung Association, 209 E. Market St., Salisbury, MD 21801.

Cherry Elizabeth Baker, 57

Cherry Elizabeth Baker, 57, of Bishopville, Md., passed away Sunday, March 25, 2007, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake, Salisbury, Md. She was a secretary for Brasure’s Pest Control in Selbyville.

Baker was preceded in death by her parents, James and Winnie Pusey Young. She is survived by her husband, Robert F. Baker; three sons, Gary J. Solomon and his wife Laura, Robert F. Baker III and his wife Kristal, and Jason K. Markley; two brothers, Jerry Young and William Young; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, 2007. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Autistic Children’s Support Group, P.O. Box 1322, Ocean Pines, MD 21811.

Carol A. McComb, 70

Carol A. McComb, 70, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2007. She was a member of the 1st Seventh Day Adventist Church of Millsboro, the Rehoboth Senior Center and the Cancer Survivors Group of the Wellness Community. She loved to crochet, do ceramics, square dance, listen to gospel music, drive her trucks and her ’84 Caddy convertible, and go pistol shooting.

Services are scheduled for Friday, March 30, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the 1st Seventh Day Adventist Church, Millsboro, where friends may call two hours prior. Interment will be in the 1st Seventh Day Adventist Church Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Delaware Hospice Southern Division, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947; or The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803.

James ‘Lee’ Hitchens, 86

James ‘Lee’ Hitchens, 86, of Millsboro, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2007, at his residence. Hitchens retired from Thoro-good’s Concrete Company in Millsboro after many years of dedicated service as a truck driver, which he really enjoyed.

Hitchens was preceded in death by his parents, Diana Johnson and Willie Wright; his brothers, Clinton and Ronnie Johnson; and sister, Eleanor Johnson. He is survived by a lifelong friend, Ellen Marie “Doll” Wright of Millsboro; a brother, George Wright of Millsboro; a nephew, Lamont Clark of Boothwyn, Penn.; and a niece, Diane Taylor of Harrington. Also, he leaves behind an extended family and friends.

Services were scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2007, with interment in Friendship U.M. Church Cemetery, Millsboro.

Dorothy J. Bonser, 87

Dorothy J. Bonser, 87, of Long Neck, died on Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of the late Edward and Natalie Soltner.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Bonser; a daughter, Dorothy Thompson; and a son, George. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Steer and her husband, Daniel, of Millsboro; son-in-law, Ronald Thompson of Long Neck; a brother, Frank Soltner; sister, Natalie Alloway; three grandchildren, George Thompson and his wife Tammy, Jeffrey and Kimberly Steer; and four great-grandchildren, Nathan and Brett Thompson, Cheyenne Dally and Rylee Hart.

Funeral services were private.

David Robert Littleton, 37

David Robert Littleton, 37, of Laurel, son of Robert and Winifred Littleton of North Port, Fla., died on Monday, March 5, 2007, as a result of an automobile accident.

Evalyn B. Hickman, 86

Evalyn B. Hickman, 86, of Seaford, formerly of Bayard, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford, where she lived for the last eight years and had many close friends.

She was born on Dec. 21, 1920, daughter of the late Edna Elizabeth and James Frank Johnson.

She retired from the Indian River School District in December 1978 with 32 years of service as a school administrator. She was president of Hickman Beach Plaza LLC in Bethany Beach at the time of her death.

She was an active woman, who liked to travel and belonged to many professional and social organizations. She was a long time member of the Roxana United Methodist Church, the Frankford Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma honor sorority, and American Association of University Women.

Her recent affiliations included serving on the financial board at the Methodist Manor House, and membership in the Women’s Auxiliary Roxana Volunteer Fire Company and the Red Hat Kats chapter of the Red Hat Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Lemuel H. Hickman, in 1993.

She is survived by her daughter, Dianne H. Archut; son-in-law Russell W. Archut; and grandson Brenton H. Archut.

An Order of Eastern Star service will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services on Thatcher Street in Frankford, where a funeral service will follow. Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Prince George’s Cemetery in Dagsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Methodist Manor House Employee Appreciation Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd, Seaford, DE. 19973, or Delaware Hospice Inc. 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE. 19947.