William Merle ‘Bill’ Hitchens Sr., 70

William Merle “Bill” Hitchens Sr., 70, of Millsboro, Del., peacefully passed away on June 12, 2018, at home, with his wife, Marabella Hitchens, at his side. He was born on Oct. 14, 1947, in Milford, Del., to the late William T. “Bill” Hitchens and Anna P. Purnell Hitchens.

Hitchens worked for 37 years at Townsend’s Inc. and the Mountaire Farms poultry plant. In 2009, he retired from Mountaire as a jockey driver. He attended William Henry High School in Dover and William C. Jason High School in Georgetown, completing the 11th grade. On Dec. 31, 1970, he married the love of his life, Marabella Hall. From that union, they had a son, William M. Hitchens Jr.

He enjoyed fishing, playing the guitar, singing and spending time with his family.

Hitchens was preceded in death by his parents, William T. Hitchens and Anna P. Purnell Hitchens; his sisters Patricia Purnell, Evelyn Hitchens, Catherine Hitchens, Dorretta M. DeShields and Norma Pennewell; a brother, Lawrence Hitchens; and a special friend Lester Sunkett.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Marabella (Hall) Hitchens; his son, William M. Hitchens Jr. and his wife, Luann; his brothers Melvin Hitchens and his wife, Martha, of Magnolia, Del., Clarence Monroe Hitchens and his wife, Jennie, and Ralph Winbush of Long Island, N.Y.; his sisters Elva Hitchens of Milford, Del., and Sheena Hitchens of Long Island; his granddaughters, Brittany Thomas of Georgetown, Alexa Hitchens of Savannah, Ga., and Emoni Hitchens of Arkansas; his mother-in-law, Betty Hall; his brothers-in-law, Glendon Hall and his wife, Bonnie, of Millsboro, and Everett L. Hall Jr. and his wife, Haven, of Delair, N.J.; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends Jesse Murphy, Henry Stokes and Larry Miller; and “man’s best friend,” Chico.

A funeral service was to be held June 20, 2018, at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, Del. Burial was to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to VITAS Hospice; 30265 Commerce Dr., Ste. 202; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.