Thomas Carroll “Tommy” Long, 78, of Millville, Del., and formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away peacefully, at home, on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, with his longtime partner, Connie Bond, and his two dogs, Penny and Sandy, at his bedside.
Long was born in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 4, 1935, son of the late Reuby Long and Mildred DeWalt Long. While growing up in Northeast D.C., he had many interests. As an Eagle Scout, he took younger scouts on camping trips to the Shenandoah Mountains. He raised and raced homing pigeons, built and raced speedboats on the Potomac River, and gained local fame when he skied slalom, in an unbroken run, from Washington to Colonial Beach, Va.
Later, Long was president and owner of Anacostia Marina Inc., the only full-service boat-repair yard in the metropolitan D.C. area. He and his crew hauled, repaired and maintained the pleasure, tour, police and other vessels of the upper Potomac River. Through the years, Long’s boatyard took in dozens of abandoned or lost dogs and nursed them back to health.
In the December 1978 issue of Motorboat magazine, Smithsonian curator Benjamin Lawless, one of Long’s boat owners, wrote, “Tommy was never happier than when he was seated behind the levers of the yard bulldozer, scraping the object of some poor wretch’s love into the leaping flames of his infamous burn pile. As I got to know him better, Tommy was no exception to the general rule that marina owners and operators are pretty nice people. But, like most people who run businesses, he had a short fuse when it came to dealing with idlers and dreamers whose notion of reality was often askew.”
Long was a member of the Naval Reserves, the Masonic Lodge and Almas Shriners and honorary member of both Capital Yacht Club and Seafarer’s Boat Club. He received numerous certificates of appreciation from the Alexandria, Va., Red Cross for providing on-water support for that organization’s popular annual waterfront festival.
Long is survived by Constance Bond; his son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Jill Long of Manassas, Va.; his daughter and son-in-law, Karen Long White and Paul White of Woodbine, Ga.; his sister Elaine May and her husband, Allen, of Cambridge, Md.; his sister, Rosalie Falcone and her husband, Bob, of Marco Island, Fla.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A service celebrating Long’s life will be held in January of 2014. Memorial donations may be made to Millville Volunteer Fire Dept.; P.O. Box 64; Millville, DE 19970; or to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
John B. “Jack” Wright, 80, of Frankford, Del., passed away Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.
Wright was born Nov. 10, 1933, in Chester, Pa., to John B. and Sarah H. Wright. After attending Chester High School, he went on to Drexel University, where he obtained a degree in mechanical engineering. He was employed as a registered professional engineer by General Chemical in Claymont, Del., for his entire career, although the company changed its name several times during his tenure.
Wright married Florence Alexander on Nov. 17, 1956, and they resided in Brookhaven, Pa., until their move to Delaware in 2003. They had two children, Donald A. Wright and Ruth Ann Dey. During his life, he was very active in his churches, Eddystone United Methodist in Pennsylvania and Millville United Methodist Church in Delaware. He served in many positions in both churches during his life. Wright will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his two children; four grandchildren, Jacqueline, Nicholas, Amanda and Kaitlyn; a great-grandchild, Austin; and a brother, Richard W. Wright.
A visitation was to be held Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, Del. A funeral service was to be held Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Millville United Methodist Church on Club House Road, Millville, Del., where friends and family may call after 10 a.m. Interment was to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Millville United Methodist Church Building Fund; 36405 Club House Rd.; Millville, DE 19967-6972. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Harry A. Twilley, 66, of Angola, Del., passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del. He was born Oct. 27, 1947, in Wilmington, Del., son of the late Harry A. and Lillian Ella “Dorothy” (Gillespie) Twilley.
Twilley was born and raised in Delaware, spending several years living in Wilmington, Dover and Frederica. Following his graduation from DeLaWarr High School in 1965, he immediately entered the U.S. Army, proudly serving his country during the Vietnam War. After being honorably discharged, Twilley worked for several years in the shipping and loading department at DuPont Company in Wilmington.
Later, he would work driving for Oriel Chemical Carriers LLC in New Castle, Del. However, entrepreneurship was in Twilley’s DNA, and he was part owner of a speed shop, a salvage yard and several automobile sales lots.
Twilley was a car enthusiast, spending countless hours rebuilding and racing cars in local demolition derbies. He also enjoyed riding and rebuilding old Yamaha motorcycles, which he had for many years. He was a jokester at heart, telling stories like no one else ever could. His sense of humor and storytelling capabilities were with him to the end. Twilley will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to everyone that knew him.
In addition to his parents, Twilley was preceded in death by his brother, Robert R. “Bob” Twilley. He is survived by his two sons, Harry Andrew Twilley and his wife, Gidget, of Jefferson, N.C., and Tom Twilley of Frederica, Del.; his four daughters, Kimberly Shoun and her husband, John, of Smyrna, Del., Angel M. Twilley-Harrison, and her husband, Tom, of Millsboro, Del.; Michele Twilley and her fiancé, Tom, of Georgetown, Del., and Crystal Twilley and her fiancé, Stephen Jackson, of Milford, Del.; his six grandchildren, Brittany Shoun, Angel Noel Twilley, Bridget Twilley, Keith Shoun, Tony Harrison and Abby Harrison; two sisters, Susan L. Stabley and her husband, Steve, of Bear, Del., and Alice Boulden of Wilmington; a nephew, Steve Stabley Jr.; nieces Stephanie L. Stabley, Alice Lang, Saraphine Neidig and Erin Neidig, and many other nephews and nieces; his beloved chocolate Lab, Mason, and his “chubby luvvy” pit mix, Nyla.
A funeral service was scheduled for Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at 11:30 a.m., at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 307 N. Bedford Street, Georgetown, Del., where friends could call starting at 10:30 a.m.
Immediately following, Twilley was to take one last motorcycle ride, in a motorcycle hearse, while in procession to interment with military honors at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro, Del. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project; P.O. Box 758517; Topeka, KS 66675. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Patricia Ann Levis, 53, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away at home on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
Born Feb. 12, 1960, in Lewes, Del., she was the daughter of the late Emory B. Wright Sr. and Norma Virginia Melson Wright.
Levis was a 1977 graduate of Indian River High School. She married the love of her life, Joseph Micheal Levis Sr., in 1988 in Georgetown. She was employed at Harbor Health Care, where she worked for more than 25 years. She loved lighthouses, and her No. 1 hobby was “yard sailing.” She was loving, and devoted to her grandbabies— devoted to her whole family. She was definitely a family person.
In addition to her husband, Joseph, she is survived by four children, Virginia McKirby and her husband, James, of Millsboro, Del., and Samantha Lewis, Charity Lewis and Joseph Levis Jr. and his wife, Christina, all of Dagsboro; two sisters, Norma Steele and Georganna Davidson; four brothers, Chester Wright, Emory Wright Jr., Donald Wright and Jessie Wright; nine grandchildren, (with one more on the way); and one great-grandchild.
A time for viewing and visitation was to be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street, Millsboro, Del. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, a funeral service and celebration of life are set for 1 p.m., and friends may call one hour prior for visitation. The Rev. Bob Hudson was to officiate, and interment was to follow at the Millsboro Cemetery. Floral tributes are welcomed, as she loved flowers. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Ralph E. Jones, 70, of Frankford, Del., formerly of Burke, Va., passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at his home.
Jones was born May 24, 1943, in Washington, D.C., son of James Jones and Gertrude (Sutherland) Jones. He was a veteran of Vietnam, having served in the United States Air Force. Jones retired as an information officer with the Association of the U.S. Army after 30 years of service. He loved traveling, photography and doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles. His family will always remember him as a doting grandfather and a loving husband and father.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Vera R. (Godwin) Jones; his mother, Gertrude Jones; two children, Jeffrey Jones and his wife, Veronica, and Teresa Pellicano and her husband, Anthony; a brother, James W. Jones Jr.; three sisters, Barbara Atkinson, Bertha Pappas and Brenda Schlegel; and three grandchildren, Alyssa and Alexander Jones and Isabella Pellicano.
A memorial service was to be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, Del., where friends and family could call after 2 p.m. Interment was to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, by visiting www.cff.org, or the National Organization of Rare Disorders, at www.rarediseases.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.