Obituaries


Muriel T. Smith, 89

What she said the family was allowed to say: Muriel Smith died today.

What the family would have said, if they had been allowed to: Muriel T. Smith died on Jan. 11, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. She lived a long and interesting...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 3:54am

Harvey Lee Atkins

Harvey Lee Atkins departed this life on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, peacefully, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Atkins moved to Delaware, with his mother and sister, to live with his uncle at a young age. He attended George Washington...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:16am

Robert H. Bertram, 91

Robert H. “Bob” Bertram, 91, of West Fenwick, Del., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, from advanced Alzheimer’s disease, which he had been struggling with for several years. He was born on March 24, 1925, in Marshallberg, N.C., to Frederick...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:14am

Anita Paige Briddell, 83

Anita Paige Briddell, 83, known to many as “Bitsy or Mom-Bitsy,” of Dagsboro, Del., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del., surrounded by her loved ones. She was born...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:13am

Steven V. Brummell, 63

Steven V. Brummell, 63, of Millsboro, Del., passed away at Atlantic Shores Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Jan. 16, 2017. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 14, 1953.

Brummell had worked as a chef at the Rehoboth Beach...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:10am

Joyce Elaine Dravk, 73

Joyce Elaine Dravk, 73, of Frankford, Del., passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in her home. She was born April 8, 1943, in York, Pa., a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Householder Krafft.

Dravk is survived by her husband, Stephen E...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:08am

Kevin R. Fisher, 58

Kevin R. Fisher, 58, of Millsboro, Del., passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 10, 2017. He was born Sept. 5, 1958, in Lewes, Del., to the late Oliver R. and Nettie Carey Fisher.

Fisher was married to Cheryl Downs in 1984, and together they...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:06am

Shirley A. Gabriel, 80

Shirley A. Gabriel, 80, of Millington, Md., formerly of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Autumn Lake Healthcare in Chestertown, Md. She was born in New Jersey on May 4, 1936, daughter of the late Oscar Thomas Faucett...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:05am

James Allen Giles, 66

James Allen Giles, 66, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in his home. He was born Nov. 20, 1950, in Chester, Pa. He lived in Claymont, Del., for most his life and was a dedicated steelworker until his retirement in 2013.

He was a...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:04am

David Joseph Hall

David Joseph Hall passed away peacefully in Lake City, Minn., with his parents by his side.

He loved his family and church. Hall enjoyed listening to Elton John’s music and watching the Vikings football team. He lived in Minnesota, a place...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:02am

Allan Joseph Richmond, 81

Allan Joseph Richmond, 81, of Millsboro, Del., passed away at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del., on Jan. 13, 2017. Richmond was born in Becket, Mass. on Sept. 19, 1935, to the late Allan J. Richmond and Leona C. Thompson Richmond.

Richmond...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 7:27am

Viola Mae Atkins, 93

Viola Mae Atkins, 93, of Millsboro, Del., passed away in the care of Harrison House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Georgetown, Del., on Jan. 2, 2017. She was born June 17, 1923, in Millville, Del., to the late Carl and Leona Morgan.

...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:38am

William Orville Bailey Sr., 84

William Orville Bailey Sr., 84, of Frankford, Del., passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1932, in Saxis Island, Va., a son of the late Herman Bailey Sr. and Ella Blanche (Linton) Bailey.

He was a waterman...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:36am

David K. Conrad, 87

David K. Conrad, 87, formerly of New Cumberland, Pa., passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. He passed peacefully at his home, with his loving wife of 67 years, Donna Fetrow Conrad, at his side. He was born in Harrisburg, Pa., on March 10, 1929, to...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:34am

Richard Vernon Custin, 71

Richard Vernon Custin, 71, of Felton, Del., passed away on Jan. 2, 2017.

Custin was a heavy-equipment operator.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Willen Custin; two daughters, Brenda Hopkins and Renee Furgeson; four stepsons,...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:33am

Diane Joan DiTolvo, 66

Diane Joan DiTolvo, 66, of Millsboro, Del., joined her loved ones in heaven on Jan. 1, 2017, passing away after fighting acute myeloid leukemia for the past year. She was born Jan. 30, 1950, in Perth Amboy, N.J., to Frank Skibinski and Helen (...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:30am

William D. ‘Bill’ King, 84

William D. “Bill” King, 84, of Lewes, Del., passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

After 22 years at Paramount Poultry, King went to work for Bell Atlantic, from which he later retired, after 23...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:30am

Mary Grace Pacen, 80

Mary Grace Pacen, 80, of Bishopville, Md., died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. Pacen was born in Washington, D.C., and was the daughter of the late Robert Merson and Ethel (Geiger) Merson.

Pacen was a...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:28am

Thomas J. Parsons Sr., 81

Thomas J. Parsons Sr., 81, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Mantua, N.J., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at his home. He was born in Kingston, Pa., on Nov. 6, 1935.

Parsons proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:27am

Cynthia ‘Cindy’ (Truitt) Robinson, 60

Cynthia “Cindy” (Truitt) Robinson, 60, passed away in the loving care of her family and the staff of the Delaware Hospice Center, in Milford, Del., on Jan. 5, 2017. Born in Lewes, Del., on Oct. 5, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Arthur C....

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:23am

Ruth T. (Riley) Schrider, 85

Ruth T. (Riley) Schrider, 85, of Silver Spring, Md., died Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. She was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and was the daughter of the late James Riley and Rose (McCarthy) Riley.

Schrider...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:20am

Robert B. ‘Bruce’ Smith, 78

Robert B. “Bruce” Smith, 78, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was born in Upper Darby, Pa., on June 27, 1938, son of the late Joseph Knox...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:20am

Jerry Lee Taylor, 70

Jerry Lee Taylor, 70, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Jan. 8, 2017.

Taylor was born in Chincoteague, Va., on Oct. 14, 1946, to the late John Taylor and Emma Thorton Taylor.

Taylor was a self-employed cabinetmaker and a veteran of...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:19am

Rebecca Stinedurf, 58

Rebecca Stinedurf, 58, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Jan. 6, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del., surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 2, 1958, the only child of Florence June Berry and James Franklin Berry....

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:16am

Doris M. Truitt, 86

Doris M. Truitt, 86, of Gumboro, Del., died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at home. She was born in Berlin, Md., daughter of the late Harley J. Baker and Minnie (Joseph) Baker.

She had been a seamstress with the former Berlin Shirt Factory and...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:15am

Katherine E. (Fleetwood) Vickery, 92

Katherine E. (Fleetwood) Vickery, 92, passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Cadia Rehabilitation Renaissance in Millsboro, Del. She was born in Seaford, Del., to the late Charles C. Fleetwood and Mary (...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:13am

Richard C. White, 91

Richard C. White, 91, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. He was born Sept. 22, 1925, in Amherst, Mass., to the late Ralph H. White Sr. and Mildred Ames White.

Even as a youth,...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:13am

Richard C. White, 91

Richard C. White of Millsboro, Del. passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, January 2, 2017. He was 91 years old.

White was born on September 22, 1925 in Amherst, Mass. to the late Ralph H. White Sr. and Mildred Ames...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:59am

Nancy J. Bentley, 73

Nancy J. Bentley, 73, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of Burke, Va., passed away in her sleep on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at her home. She was born Jan. 10, 1943, in Washington, D.C., daughter of the late Edward Johnson and Catherine (Maloney)...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:56am

Thelma Blaxall, 86

Thelma Blaxall, 86, passed away at her home on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. Born on Jan. 7, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Clyde Barlow and Eulah Atwell.

Blaxall was a person full of compassion. She was very kind, respectful and would...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:47am

Andrew F. Cogar, 36

Andrew F. Cogar, 36, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Dec. 22, 2016, in his home. He was born April 22, 1980, in Malvern, Pa., son of Aaron Cogar and Agnes Tomlinson Cogar.

He worked as a cook at Smitty McGee’s.

Cogar was preceded...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:46am

Albert John Daisey, 95

Albert John Daisey, 95, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at his home surrounded by family. He was born in Bayard, Del., son of the late Irving J. and Carrie E. Daisey.

Daisey was a farmer, well-driller and school...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:45am

Edward D. Kuhns, 93

Edward Douglas Kuhns, 93, passed away on the morning of Dec. 13, 2016. He was in death, as he consistently showed in life, a fighter to the end.

Kuhns overcame great odds after a life-changing accident left him disabled, with his left hand...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:44am

Charles Herbert ‘Charlie’ McKinney, 91

Charles Herbert “Charlie” McKinney, 91, of Dewey Beach, Del., passed away at home on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Born to the late Charles McKinney and Matilda (Witzke) McKinney on Nov. 28, 1924, family lore was that he was born in a cornfield on the...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:43am

Chris Megee, 62

Chris Megee, 62, of Selbyville, Del., passed away on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at her home following an extended illness. Born in Salisbury, Md., she was the daughter of the late Hilby Landing and Betty (Tingle) Landing of Onancock, Va.

Megee...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:40am

Jerry T. Miller, 73

Jerry T. Miller, 73, of Lewes, Del., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes. He was born on Sunday, Oct. 31, 1943, in Frederick, Md., son of the late John Miller and Hattie (Zimmerman) Miller.

Miller was a...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:38am

Robert Ray ‘Stump’ Rogers

Robert Ray Rogers, 74, known to his friends as “Stump,” passed away at his home on Dec. 26, 2016. Born in Frankford, Del., on Dec. 27, 1941, he was the son of the late Joshua Elwood Rogers and Elma Frances Brasure Rogers.

Rogers was...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:36am

Ruth Ann Shaner, 81

Ruth Ann Shaner, 81, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Dover, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. She was born July 21, 1935, in Harrington, Del., daughter...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:35am

Patricia L. Shepherd, 69

Patricia L. “Pat” Shepherd, 69, of Showell, Md., died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at home. She was born in Berlin, Md., daughter of the late George W. Cathell and Mary (Mullen) Cathell.

Shepherd enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren,...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:33am

John E. Sparpaglione, 74

John E. Sparpaglione, 74, of Dagsboro, Del., died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born in Frankford, Del., son of the late Eddie C. Sparpaglione and Margaret E. (Donovan) Sparpaglione.

Sparpaglione served in...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:32am

Harriett J. Williams, 83

Harriett J. Williams, 83, of Selbyville, Del., passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2016. She was born July 24, 1933, daughter of the late Lonnie Ray Jennings and Lillie Belle Jennings of Elizabeth City, N.C.

Williams was a homemaker while...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 8:58am

William F. Wood, 95

William F. Wood, 95, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Kensington, Md., passed away on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at his home. He was born in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 6, 1921, son of the late John S. Wood and Nonie (Davis) Wood. He proudly served...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 8:56am

Jane H. Thompson, 85

Jane H. Thompson, 85, of Ocean View, Del., and formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away suddenly on Dec. 29, 2016, at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 15, 1931, daughter of the late Layton Gray and...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 8:54am

Gary P. Bickford, 69

Gary P. Bickford, 69, of Frankford, Del., died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, at his home.

He began his career in the Vietnam War era as a radio intercept analysis specialist for the U.S. Air Force. He was successful in his many employment paths...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 5:26am

Nicholas James Kalonturos, 90

Nicholas James “Nick” Kalonturos, 90, of Ocean View, Del., passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. He was born Dec. 8, 1926, in Washington, D.C., the firstborn of James and Georgia Kalonturos, followed by his sisters,...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 5:24am

Almetia J. Murray, 85

Almetia J. Murray, 85, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family and feeling the love of her many friends.

She was born to Madge and Winford Brittingham in the living room of that...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 5:19am

Doris T. Powell, 85

Doris T. Powell, 85, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Beebe Healthcare, Lewes, Del.

She was born Nov. 22, 1931, in Frankford, Del., a daughter of the late Joseph and Recie Littletown Townsend.

Powell was...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 5:10am

Richard J. Weinacht, 85

Richard J. Weinacht, 85, of Bethany Beach, Del., and Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community, West Grove, Pa., passed away after a long illness on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Weinacht received a bachelor’s degree in...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 5:08am

Marianne Radcliffe Worley, 80

Marianne Radcliffe Worley, 80, of Millsboro, Del., passed away gently in the care of Renaissance Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Millsboro.

Born in Lancaster, Pa., on March 13, 1936, to the late Earl M. and Dorothy D. Kachel, she...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 5:03am

Kenneth Lee Whitehead, 74

Kenneth Lee Whitehead, 74, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Arlington, Va., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del.

He was born in Greensburg, Pa., on Jan. 20, 1942, son of the late George...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 5:02am