Enoch R. ‘Sonny’ Gale III, 81

Enoch R. “Sonny” Gale III, 81, of Ocean View, Del., passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at home, surrounded by his family and friends. He retired from Sun Oil Transport in 1982, after traveling all over the world as a navigational officer for 32 years.

Gale was preceded in death by his parents, Enoch R. and Ruth Gale II; a brother, Bobby Gale; and a daughter, Laurie Lynne Gale. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Carol A. Gale, a son, Stanley Gale of West Chester, Pa.; seven daughters, Anna Lynne Mummert of Hagerstown, Md., Carole Becker of Wilmington, Del., Nancy Marshall of Woodlyn, Pa., Donna Hitch of Frankford, Del., Sandra Mudry of Ocean View, Cheri Anderson of Cambridge, Md., and Lisa Autry of Mascoutah, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Jane Dodge; and three brothers, Tommy, Albert and Bill Gale.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at noon at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services, West Avenue, Ocean View, where friends may call after 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.