Clarence “Monroe” Hitchens, 68, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Jan. 5, 2019, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was born in Milford on Sept. 24, 1950, son of the late William T. “Bill” Hitchens and Anna P. Purnell Hitchens.
“Monroe,” as he was affectionately known, attended Milton High School in Milton, Del., and graduated from William C. Jason High School in Georgetown, Del., where he was also a competitive track star. After graduating, Hitchens joined the U.S. Air Force, honorably serving his country for three years. Hitchens was employed by the Perdue Poultry Processing Division in Milford for 10 years before retiring due to illness.
On June 14, 2002, he was united in marriage in Georgetown to Jennie Harmon. Hitchens loved attending the Millsboro Campus of New Dimensions Family Ministries, where Elder Frank W. Gibbs Jr. is the pastor. Some of his favorite pastimes were spent listening to gospel music, which he loved!
In spite of his circumstances, Hitchens was one who never complained. He was a kind-spirited and loving person who enjoyed spending time with his family and gathering with friends. He would always welcome and greet people with a smile and an extended handshake, or even a hug. His demonstration of love and compassion for others will always remain in our hearts. He will be greatly missed, but always loved.
In addition to his parents, Hitchens was preceded in death by seven siblings, Patricia Purnell, Evelyn Hitchens, Catherine Hitchens, Dorretta M. DeShields, Norma Pennewell, Lawrence Hitchens and William Hitchens. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 16 years, Jennie Hitchens; his son, Damian M. Hitchens; two brothers, Melvin Hitchens and his wife, Martha, of Magnolia, Del., and Ralph Winbush of Long Island, N.Y.; two sisters, Elva Hitchens of Milford and Sheena Hitchens of Long Island; an aunt, Juanita Hitchens of Atlanta, Ga.; six grandchildren; his feline friends; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends.
A funeral service and celebration of were to be held Jan. 12, 2019, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., officiated by the Elder Frank Gibbs Jr. Interment with military honors was to follow, at Harmony United Methodist Cemetery in Millsboro. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.