Obituaries

William James ‘Bill’ Baughman, 80

William James “Bill” Baughman, 80, of Milford, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at the Milford Center-Genesis in Milford. He was born in Youngwood, Pa., son of the late Jacob Baughman and Margaret (Silamen) Baughman.

Elton T. Caraway, 83

Elton T. Caraway, 83, passed away peacefully in his sleep, at home, with his loving family by his side.

Patrick M. McAvoy, 43

Patrick M. McAvoy, 43, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. McAvoy was born in Cherry Hill, N.J., and was serving his 21st year with the United States Coast Guard.

He is survived by his parents, Edward and Helene McAvoy; his brother, Ed McAvoy and his wife, Jane; his nephew and godson, Finn; his godmother, Linda McNally; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Elizabeth A. ‘Liz’ Molinaro, 54

Elizabeth A. “Liz” Molinaro, 54, of Dagsboro, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at her home.

Kathryn F. Moore, 75

Kathryn F. Moore, 75, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at home. She was born in Millville, Del., to the late Alvin E. and Agnes K. Melson. She was a homemaker.

Millard F. ‘Mitt’ Murray III, 87

Millard F. “Mitt” Murray III, 87, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.

Janie Bernice Norwood, 96

Janie Bernice Norwood, 96, of Millsboro, Del., departed this life on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Norwood was born April 16, 1918, in Millsboro, to the late Fred Harmon and Fannie Johnson Harmon.

Virginia Ann ‘Gin’ Ray, 67

Virginia Ann “Gin” Ray, 67, of Frankford, Del., and formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md., after years fighting complications related to Parkinson’s disease. She was born May 21, 1947, daughter of the late Richard R. Ray and Virginia (Burdette) Ray, in Washington, D.C.

D. Eugene ‘Gene’ Wilgus, 83

D. Eugene “Gene” Wilgus, 83, of Selbyville, Del., died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He was born in Selbyville and was the son of the late James E. Wilgus Sr. and Jennie H. (Hudson) Wilgus.

Florence F. Atkins, 93

Florence F. Atkins, 93, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Atlantic Shores Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Millsboro, Del. She was born Dec. 2, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of the late Marvel Hopkins and Jennie (Lynch) Hopkins.

Atkins was a caregiver who loved Jesus and enjoyed helping to feed the poor.

Joseph Agula ‘Joe’ Becker, 85

Joseph Agula “Joe” Becker, 85, of Lewes, Del., passed away Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Harbor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Lewes, Del. He was born Saturday, Oct. 12, 1929, in Washington, D.C., son of the late Elich Becker and Anna (Agula) Becker.

William Harvey ‘Bill’ Beckett Sr., 94

William Harvey “Bill” Beckett Sr., 94, of Frankford, Del., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Beckett was born April 15, 1920, in Frankford, to the late Henry Houston Sr. and Lola Beckett. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Charles and Agnes Beckett of Frankford.

Marian A. Burton, 84

Marian A. Burton, 84, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Renaissance Health Care in Millsboro. Burton was born Sept. 4, 1930, in Georgetown, Del., to the late Harley and Essie Sturgis. She was a poultry production worker for Perdue Farms in Georgetown and retired at the age of 65.

Alton Cordrey, 88

Alton Cordrey, 88, of Delmar, Del., went peacefully to be with the Lord, while surrounded by and in the loving care of his family, on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. He was born Jan. 13, 1926, to the late Harry J. and Lida Ward Cordrey, in Gumboro, Del.

Alice V. Davidson, 89,

Alice V. Davidson, 89, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at the Salisbury Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Salisbury, Md.

Patricia P. Durham, 74

Patricia P. Durham, 74, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at the Harrison House of Georgetown, Del. Durham was born Jan. 28, 1940, to the late Elwood and Lily Poore Clark. She worked as a bar manager for Stinger’s in Georgetown.

Mervyn C. ‘Merv’ Fullmer, 93

Mervyn C. “Merv” Fullmer, 93, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Springfield, Delaware County, Pa., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.

Lucien Lenhart, 101

Lucien Lenhart, 101, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. Lenhart was born in 1913 in Essington, Pa., to the late Mahlon Thomas and Tevillia Hunsicker Lenhart.

Richard Wesley Wright, 75

Richard Wesley Wright, 75, of Ocean View, Del., passed away Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. Wright was born in 1939 in Chester, Pa. He graduated from Girard College of Philadelphia in 1957 and attended Drexel Institute of Technology for two years. Wright also served two years in the U.S. Army.

Jack Lee Yarish, 77

Jack Lee Yarish, 77, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Carmichaels, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Beebe Healthcare, Lewes, Del. He was born Oct. 30, 1936, in Crucible, Pa., a son of the late Stephen J. Yarish and Anna (Olschesky) Yarish.

Peggy Ann Johnson, 85

Peggy Ann Johnson, 85, of Roxana, Del., passed away at her home, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.

Joyce Mae Murray, 81

Joyce Mae Murray, 81, of Millsboro, Del., passed away in the loving care of her family Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. She was born in Millsboro on April 3, 1933, to the late Wilbur S. and Effie Phillips Hitchens. She was retired from the Indian River School District.

Conwell Showell, 83

Conwell Showell, 83, of Selbyville, Del., departed this life on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at Delaware Hospice Center, Milford. He was born Oct. 16, 1931, in Bishopville, Md., to the late William Showell and Mildred Walters Showell.

David Nicholas Vucinich, 87

David Nicholas Vucinich, 87, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Harbor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Lewes, Del. He was born Dec. 8, 1926, in San Francisco, Calif., son of the late Obren and Marie (Angelich) Vucinich.

William B. “Bill” Warden Sr., 67

William B. “Bill” Warden Sr., 67, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.

Warden was born Aug. 23, 1947, to the late Violet and George Warden. He was a truck driver for Mountaire Farms and Perdue Farms. Warden served in the Marines. He loved to hunt and riding the four-wheeler.

Jack Rector Weller, 83

Jack Rector Weller, 83, of Dagsboro, Del., formerly of Hyattsville and Damascus, Md. passed away Thursday, Oct. 28, 2014, at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford.

Weller was born July 29, 1931, in Washington, D.C., living his childhood in University Park, Md., son of the late Samuel Clifford and Frances (Rector) Weller. He was a Korean War-era veteran of the United States Army.

Virgil West, 73

Virgil West, 73, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Frankford, Del., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at Atlantic Shores Nursing and Rehabilitation Home in Millsboro.

West was born in Frankford, son of the late Handy and Sadie West. Before his illness, Virgil worked for Peninsula Nurseries in Selbyville.

He is survived by his sister, Louise West Stone.

Darryl E. Wharton, 67

Darryl E. Wharton, 67, of Roxana, Del., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.

He was born in Milford, Del., son of the late J. Kendall and Dorothy (Hickman) Wharton. Wharton has lived on his family’s 1892 Century Farm since birth. He worked for Napa Auto Parts in Selbyville, retiring after 29 years of service.

Joseph Albert Williams, 70

Joseph Albert Williams, 70, of Dagsboro, Del., formerly of New Castle, Del., after a year of battling lung cancer, spent his final hours surrounded by loved ones at his home on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

“Joe” was born in Wilmington, Del., son of the late Robert and Ann (McCaffery) Williams.

Ellen L. Banks, 63

Ellen L. Banks, 63, of Ocean City, Md., formerly of Ocean View, Del., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md.

Banks was the daughter of the late George Moore and Gladys (Derrickson) Moore. She was a 1969 graduate of John M. Clayton High School.

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