Obituaries


James Hollingsworth Jr., 83

James Hollingsworth Jr. of Millsboro, Del., passed away at the Wilmington VA Hospital on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007.

He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the State of Delaware. As a veteran of World War II and the Korean War with the U.S. Army, he received numerous awards, including the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star, the World War II Victory Medal and the Korean Service Medal.

He was a member of the Camp Knox Masonic Lodge No. 919.

A stepdaughter, Yvonne Timmons of New Castle, and numerous nieces and nephews survive him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Jane (Athy) Hollingsworth.

Funeral services were scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, at the Frankford Chapel of Melson Funeral Services. Burial will be in Dagsboro Redman’s Memorial Cemetery.

Margaret E. Layfield, 78

Margaret E. Layfield, 78, of Frankford, passed away at her home on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007.

She was a homemaker and poultry grower.

She was a member of Frankford Chapter No. 12 of the Order of the Eastern Star for more than 50 years and attended St. Matthew’s by the Sea United Methodist Church.

Layfield was survived by aunts LuLu Daisey, Nellie Brasure, Rebecca Moore, Ollie Tharp, Martha McCabe; cousins Ollie Ann Hitchens, Ruth Ann Evans and Caroline Tosti; an uncle, Clinton Evans; and her special friends, Donna Tingle and Bob Bryan.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, W. Kenneth Layfield, in 2002.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Disabled Children’s Fund in care of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church; Fenwick Island, DE 19944.

Sherry Ann Dukes, 44

Sherry Ann Dukes, 44, of Millsboro, passed away Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.

She was a retail manager.

She was survived her father, Wilmer Dukes of Frankford; her best friend, Loretta A. Karpin and her two sons, Patrick and Robert Karpin; daughter Kelly Baker of Millsboro; brother Joe Dukes of Frankford; two sisters, Angel and Terry Wilkerson, both of Gumboro; and several nieces and nephews.

Her mother, Dorothy Dukes, preceded her in death.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, at noon at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services on Long Neck Road in Millsboro, where friends may call after 11 a.m. Interment will be in Carey’s Cemetery in Frankford.

Joseph J. Campbell Sr., 82

Joseph J. Campbell Sr., 82 passed away on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, at the Washington, D.C., Armed Forces Retirement Home.

He was owner and operator of J.J. Campbell Inc. for 25 years.

Campbell was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and was a Seabee. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7447, in Rehoboth Beach.

He is survived by four sons: Joseph J. Campbell Jr. of Williamstown, N.J., William Francis Campbell of Thoroughfare, N.J., Robert Campbell of Williamstown, N.J., and Timothy Campbell of Pensacola, Fla.; four daughters: Ellie A. Fairchild of Utica, Ohio, Barbara Gertrude Kullman of Charlotte, N.C., Marie Evans of Chatteroy, Wash., Regina Marciano of Franklinville, N.J.; one brother, Edward Campbell of Mt. Ephraim, N.J.; two sisters: Evelyn DiNardo of Thoroughfare, N.J., and Gertrude Bunting of Brooklawn, N.J.; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Jessie, in 1967.

Services were scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Interment was set for Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Chapter; 321 East 11th St.; Wilmington, DE 19801.

Clifton E.‘Speed’ Holland Jr., 80

Clifton E. “Speed” Holland Jr., 80, passed away on Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at the Harbor Health Care & Rehabilitation in Lewes.

He was a past commander of the Mason Dixon VFW Post No. 7234, Ocean View, past president and life member of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company, member of the Burnt Swamp Sportsman Association in Gumboro, and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was survived by his son, Clifton E. “Buddy” Holland; daughters, Sue E. Bonaventure of Laurel, Barbara Jo Hudson of Millsboro, Sandie K. Swafford of Lewes; brother, Joseph Holland of Denton, Md.; sister, Janice Minnick of Easton, Md.; grandchildren, Dwayne Swafford, Wade Swafford, Holly Webster, Carrie Hellens, Pam Wisniewski, Kim Pettyjohn, Allen Hazzard, Hunter Holland, David Olds, Perry Hudson Jr., Polly O’Day; great-grandchildren, Ashley Amanda, Amy, Derek, Cameron, Lily, Miranda, Mason, Olivia and Cash.

Holland was preceded in death by his parents, Clifton E. and Clara Huggerth Holland Sr.; wife, Pearl Baker Holland; son-in-law, Harold Swafford; and sisters Vera Parsons and Edith Riggleman.

Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington Street, Millsboro, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will be at Dagsboro Redman’s Cemetery, Dagsboro.

S. Preston English, 81

S. Preston English, 81, passed away on Monday, Jan. 15, 2007.

English owned S.P. English Well Drilling, and farmed. He loved his animals, his cows and dairy operation. He was devoted to his family; especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sara Twitchell English; sons, Robert A. English of Snow Hill, Md., John English of Centerville, Md., Kenneth Vigue of Hallsville, Ky.; daughters, Carla Willey of Laurel, Martha Stevenson of Georgetown; and 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stansbury Philip and Dabra Cathryn Mears English; and sister Clara Belle Messick.

Services will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Patriots Way, Millsboro. Interment will be at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.

Catherine ‘Ms. Kitty’ Hargett, 77

Catherine “Ms. Kitty” Hargett, 77, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007.

She was retired from Mountaire, and enjoyed socializing with her friends and neighbors.

She is survived by sons Raymond Sample, Edward Ames and John Lee Hargett; daughters, Mary Nelson, Doris Showell, Catherine Davis, Anna Ames, Louise Clark and Yvonne Morris; 28 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Paul and Tom Sample; sister, Elizabeth Jubilee; daughter Rose Sample; and grandsons Christopher Ames and Deric Taylor.

Home-going celebration services will be held Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, at 11 a.m. at St. Johns 2nd Baptist Church, Mt. Joy, near Millsboro, where friends may call one hour prior.

Dr. Reed M. Stewart, 66

Dr. Reed M. Stewart, 66, passed away at his home in West Fenwick Island on Dec. 27, 2006.

He served as chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke for the National Prayer Breakfast of the U.S. Air Force and the Dover Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, was recipient of the Buchanan Award in Dover in 1994 for outstanding community service, was named in 1998 Sagamore of the Wabash as an outstanding citizen from Indiana by Gov. O’Bannon, was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, recipient of outstanding service awards from President Clinton, the Delaware legislature, the City of Dover.

He served in six United Methodist churches in Indiana, was president of Wesley College in Dover, and was elected president emeritus by Wesley’s Board of Trustees in 1997.

He is survived by his mother, Ruby M. Stewart of Manhattan, Kansas; his best friend and wife of 45 years, Beverly; son, Reed Stewart Jr., daughter Elaine; grandchildren Lucas and Alexandra; brother G. Kent Stewart; nieces Kenna, Jill and Kimberly; and nephew Paul.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert B. Stewart.

Reed’s funeral services were at French’s Funeral Home in Brazil, Ind. Memorial services will be held at Frankford United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, in Frankford.

Rather than flowers, memorial contributions would be appreciated for Frankford United Methodist Church; P.. Box 37; Frankford, DE 19945; or InterFaith Mission of Sussex Co.; 31131 White’s Neck Drive; Ocean View, DE 19970.