Obituaries


Alma Elise "Connie" Taylor, 79

Alma Elise “Connie” Taylor, 79, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at the Northwest Hospital Hospice Unit in Baltimore, Md. Taylor was the supervisor of nursing for the Maricopa County Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., for 20...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 7:04am

Joan G. Holloway, 75

Joan G. Holloway, 75, of Selbyville, Del., passed away on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She had been a school teacher for 25 years and taught home economics in the Indian River School District at...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 7:03am

Edward Bunting Savage, 89

Edward Bunting Savage, 89, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at the Berlin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Berlin, Md. Savage worked at the hatchery of Cargill Inc. in Dagsboro for 26 years, retiring in 1987. He was...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 7:02am

Robert L. Hickman, 75

Robert L. Hickman, 75, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. He was a retired farmer.

Hickman was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Alma Calhoun Hickman and brother...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 7:02am

Maurice D. Brandner, 84

Maurice D. Brandner, 84, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at the Atlantic Shores Nursing Center in Millsboro. Maurice worked in the maintenance department of Mountaire of Delmarva Inc. in Selbyville, retiring in 1989...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 7:01am

Margaret ‘Elsie’ Hastings, 82

Margaret “Elsie” Hastings, 82, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, at home. Hastings enjoyed camping, reading, watching TV and working crossword puzzles. She had been a waitress at Doyle’s Restaurant in Selbyville for...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 7:00am

Avis Marie Williamson, 91

Avis Marie Williamson, 91, of Oak Orchard, Del., formerly of Boothwyn, Pa., passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at the Atlantic Shores Nursing Center, Millsboro, Del. She was a department manager with Strawbridge Clothier in Wilmington, Del.,...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:43am

Virginia E. Muller, 85

Virginia E. Muller, 85, of Clarksville, Del., formerly of Collingdale, Pa., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, at the home of her granddaughter in Dennisville, N.J. A resident of Delaware for 28 years, she was an active member of St. Ann’s...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:43am

Frederick Lowndes

Frederick Lowndes, of Millsboro, Del., passed away at his home after a brave struggle with lung cancer. He retired from Baltimore, Md., and Pasco County, Fla., and started his own successful consulting corporation. He also worked for the planning...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:42am

Edward Mark Lowe Sr., 59

Edward Mark Lowe Sr., 59, of South Bethany, Del., passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, at home, surrounded by friends and family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a teacher of many subjects with the State of Delaware, retiring after...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:41am

Emma I. Long, 77

Emma I. Long, 77, of Frankford, Del., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. She enjoyed working at the Candy Kitchen in Fenwick Island, Del., and most recently in Bethany Beach, Del. She was a member of Blackwater Fellowship...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:40am

The Rev. George W. Kelser, 73

The Rev. George W. Kelser, 73, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at his home. He was a retired priest and member of Trinity Cathedral, Berlin, Md. He was also retired from the United States Army, having served for 45 years...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:40am

John E. Irvin, 49

John E. Irvin, 49, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Cook Township, Pa. He was a truck driver for Old Dominion Trucking Co. He served in the United States Army. An...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:39am

Ida A. Hazel, 95

Ida A. Hazel, 95, of Roxana, Del., passed away at her home on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. She worked for Selbyville Cleaners for 12 years and Selbyville Food Rite for nine years. She was a charter member of the Roxana Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:38am

Andrea K.Powell Harrison, 41

Andrea K. Powell Harrison, 41, of Lake Worth, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, at her parents’ home in Frankford, Del. She was a 1985 graduate of Indian River High School and 1989 graduate of Salisbury University. She attended St....

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:38am

Johnny William George, 77

Johnny William George, 77, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, Del. In the early years he had diesel fuel running through his veins for years on end. His nickname was “Foxxy Brown,” known to all...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:37am

John H. Davis, 95

John H. Davis, 95, of Whaleyville, Md., passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. He worked at Salisbury University for many years in the custodial and maintenance department. A member of the singing...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:36am

Gilbert J. ‘Skip’ Davis, 93

Gilbert J. “Skip” Davis, 93, of Frankford, Del., passed away at his home on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008. He was a retired tugboat engineer. He was a long-time member of the Lord Baltimore Lions Club of Ocean View, Del., the Roxana United Methodist...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:35am

Douglas Cuthill, 84

Douglas Cuthill, 84, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Selbyville, Del., and Scotland, passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at the Atlantic Shores Nursing Center in Millsboro. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Royal Air Force as a...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:34am

Edward H. Shadel Jr., 85

Edward H. Shadel Jr., 85, of Millville, Del., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at his home in Rogers Haven. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946 in the South Pacific Transportation Corps....

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 5:58am

Elsie Mariah Powell, 101

Elsie Mariah Powell, 101, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, after a short illness. She lived in the Muddy Neck and Ocean View, Del., area for most of her life, attending Muddy Neck School and graduating from the...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 5:57am

James Richard Oliver, 79

James Richard Oliver, 79, of Bridgeville, Del., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at Christiana Hospital, Newark, Del. He was formerly employed as a printer with the Philadelphia Enquirer and the TV Guide. He was a sweet, outgoing guy who loved...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 5:57am

James Richard Oliver, 79

James Richard Oliver, 79, of Bridgeville, Del., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at Christiana Hospital, Newark, Del. He was formerly employed as a printer with the Philadelphia Enquirer and the TV Guide. He was a sweet, outgoing guy who loved...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 5:57am

Samuel Ray ‘Sam’ Hopkins, 66

Samuel Ray “Sam” Hopkins, 66, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He served four years in the United States Air Force. He was a retired electrician, serving the area for over 40...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 5:54am

Kevin L. Hitchens, 45

Kevin L. Hitchens, 45, of Gumboro, Del., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008. He enjoyed gardening and landscaping, especially working with flowers. He was also known for his drawings and was a great lover of animals.

Hitchens was preceded...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 5:54am

Robert J. Gaydos, 76

Robert J. Gaydos, 76, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Eagleville, Pa., passed away quietly at his home on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, with his wife at his side. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the United States Air Force. He worked...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 5:53am

Carol H. Ferguson, 52

Carol H. Ferguson, 52, of Long Neck, Del., formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving friends and family, on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008, at her home. She was a home consultant for New Dimension Homes in the Pot-Nets...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 5:52am

Oral Robert Donovan, 43

Oral Robert Donovan, 43, of Long Neck, near Millsboro, Del., passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, in Georgetown, Del., as the result of an automobile accident. He worked at Hardee’s in Millsboro. He had formerly been employed as a poultry worker...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 5:52am

Mary Nell Warrington, 70

Mary Nell Warrington, 70, of Milford, Del., formerly of Georgetown, Del., entered eternal life on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, at the Delaware Hospice Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:05am

Edwin King Tilghman, 86

Edwin King Tilghman, 86, of Delmar, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord on Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, at his home. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, he went into the insurance business, and then went on to own and operate...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:05am

Elizabeth Ann Shoemaker, 18

Elizabeth Ann Shoemaker, 18, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of Ellicott City, Md., passed away Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a six-year battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma. She was a student at Indian River High School, where...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:04am

Richard ‘Dick’ Nelson Rollings, 81

Richard “Dick” Nelson Rollings, 81, of Dagsboro, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at his home. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving as aircrewman on PBY’s. His distinguished qualities...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:03am

Charles Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Reitzel, 62

Charles Kenneth “Kenny” Reitzel, 62, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Laurel, Md., passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at his home. He retired as a maintenance mechanic for the Federal Communications Commission after 20 years of service. He loved...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:02am

Bettie L. Oates

Bettie L. Oates, of Ocean View, Del., passed away Monday, July 7, 2008, at her Frankford, Del., home. She retired from Microbiological Associates in Bethesda, Md., in 1980.

Oates was preceded in death by her husband, Horace (Jon) Oates....

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:02am

Ethel Merchlinski, 94

Ethel Merchlinski, 94, of Bishopville, Md., passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, at Newark Manor Nursing Home, Newark, Del. She was a homemaker.

Merchlinski was preceded in death by her parents, Jonathan and Angie Murray Savage; her husband...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:01am

Gail S. Mears, 58

Gail S. Mears, 58, of near Georgetown, Del., passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, at home. A homemaker, she loved to read, craft ceramics and spend time being close with her family.

Mears was preceded in death by her father, Calvin Littleton...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:01am

Joseph H. Lantz, 79

Joseph H. Lantz, 79, of Harbeson, Del., formerly of Media, Pa., passed away Saturday, July 26, 2008, at his home. He served during World War II as a corporal in the United States Army, stationed in Germany. A graduate of Widener University, he...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:00am

Cynthia Denise Johnson, 51

Cynthia Denise Johnson, 51, of Bishopville, Md., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. She was a retail store clerk for many years, as well as a homemaker. She loved crossword puzzles...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:00am

Diane Gibson, 50

Diane Gibson, 50, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Ridley Park, Pa., passed away Thursday, July 31, 2008, at her home. She had previously worked for U.S. Air out of the Philadelphia, Pa., airport and also was a nursing aid at Green Valley Terrace...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 6:59am

Robert Kent Dryden, 66

Robert Kent Dryden, 66, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, Del. He was retired from Crown Cork and Seal Inc. with 37 years of service and was also a member of the United Steel Workers of America...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 6:59am

Roland L. Derrickson, 82

Roland L. Derrickson, 82, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific as a United States Marine. After attending Goldey Beacom Business College, he returned to Sussex County, Del...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 6:58am

Walter T. DeMent, 67

Walter T. DeMent, 67, of Frankford, Del., formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired as a painter and glazer supervisor for the D.C. government after 28 years of service...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 6:57am

Esther Margaret Cuffee, 78

Esther Margaret Cuffee, 78, of Greenwood, Del., formerly of Dover, Del., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at home. She was a certified nursing assistant for many years. A member of Love Temple Community Outreach Center in Dover, she was an...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 6:56am

Robin Dorothy Carson, 45

Robin Dorothy Carson, formerly O’Donnell, 45, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, in her home. She was employed at the Georgetown, Del., Wal-Mart since its opening. A devoted mother, wife, daughter, sister and, most of all,...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 6:55am

Loretta Martin Shackle, 83

Loretta Martin Shackle, 83, of Millville, Del., beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully at her home after a brief illness from pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. Her parents emigrated from Austria through Ellis Island, N.Y., in...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 6:02am

Palma Ann “Pam” Quillen, 57

Palma Ann “Pam” Quillen, 57, of Frankford, Del., passed away Saturday, July 26, 2008, at home. She was a homemaker and a partner in Kenneth Copeland Ministries. She attended Beth’El Tabernacle Church of God in Clarksville, Del.

Quillen was...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 6:00am

Miriam R. Mundorf, 82

Miriam R. Mundorf, 82, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2008, at home. She was a teacher’s aide at East Millsboro Elementary School, in Millsboro. She attended Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro. She loved lighthouses...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 5:59am

Edith Mae Holston, 99

Edith Mae Holston, born Edith Mae West, 99, passed away peacefully at the Seaford Retirement and Rehabilitation Center on Monday, July 21, 2008. An avid lover of music, she enjoyed singing and playing the piano, organ and other musical...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 5:59am

Orin Dale ‘Sonny’ Womack, 48

Orin Dale “Sonny” Womack, 48, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Kutztown, Pa., passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, July 21, 2008. He was currently employed by the City of Rehoboth Beach as part of the Building and Grounds crew. He was...

Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 6:32am

Blonnie Vera (Sammons) McCall, 83

Blonnie Vera (Sammons) McCall, 83, of Lewes, Del., passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

McCall was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents; her husband, John McCall; one daughter, Sandra Kaye Sammons; one sister and three...

Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 6:32am