Obituaries

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.

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.

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 the late John L. Conrad and Helene M. Conrad.

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, Lucky Taylor, John Taylor Jr., Clark Payne and Mickey Payne; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a stepson, Billy Taylor.

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 (Ciejak) Skibinski.

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.

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.

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.

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. Truitt and Helen M. Truitt.

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 retired from work as a bookkeeper with Transit Union and was a member of Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City, Md.

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 Smith and Louise (Muir) Smith.

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.

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. She now joins her father in heaven.

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.

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 (Watson) Fleetwood.

Vickery enjoyed reading, and especially writing. She loved writing about experiences she had growing up in Fleetwood Pond.

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.

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.

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) Johnson.

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.

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 in death by his mother, Agnes Cogar. He is survived by his father, Aaron Cogar, and his son, Dylan.

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.

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 paralyzed, to go on to lead a superior life of education and achievement. He was a gifted writer and storyteller.

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 family farm in Bridgeville, Del., with the assistance of Mrs. Short.

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.

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.

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.

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 of the late Arthur Callaway and Elsie (Bailey) Callaway.

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, playing bingo and going to the casinos. She supported area fundraising events and was a member of First Baptist Church in Berlin.

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 the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and had been a grain operator for Townsend and Perdue.

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.

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