Gerald Martin ‘Beannie’ Cordrey Jr., 59

Gerald Martin “Beannie” Cordrey Jr., 59, passed away at his home, in the care of his family and Seasons Hospice, on Jan. 25, 2019. He was born Feb. 3, 1959, in Lewes, Del., to the late Gerald Martin Cordrey Sr. and to Mary Lou Marvel Grill, who survives him.

Cordrey was a 1977 graduate of Sussex Central High School. In 1980 he married Tillie Bowden, and they raised a daughter together. He worked first for Baker’s Hardware and then joined the staff of Sussex Correctional Institution, where he retired as a lieutenant and was a firearms instructor.

He loved sports, golf and tennis and was an All-American wrestler. Softball became everything when his daughter played. He coached Little League and was a very active community member. He adored his family and was very devoted to them. He loved animals, doting on his “four-legged daughter,” Maggie, and his “grand-dog,” Bernie.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Mark Wells. In addition to his mother and his stepmother, Carol Cordrey, Cordrey is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years, Tillie Cordrey of Millsboro; a daughter, Amanda Cordrey and her wife, Jenna Sinnamon, also of Millsboro; four sisters, Crystal Lambert and her husband, Randy, of Parsonsburg, Md., Tammy Mattei and her husband, Rod, of Snow Hill, Md., Sandy Humes and her husband, Tom, of Milford, Del., and Karen Pennell of Frankford, Del.; a brother, Michael Cordrey and his wife, Angie Willman, of Millsboro; an “adopted stepdaughter,” Shanette White of Millsboro; six nephews, Ryan Lambert and his wife, Kerri, Joe Mattei and his wife, Brittney Travers, Quinn Humes, Jacob McCabe, Jared McCabe and Justin McCabe; a niece, Anna Humes; and numerous extended family members and friends.

A funeral service and celebration of Cordrey’s life were to be held Feb. 1, 2019, at Millsboro (Del.) Fire Hall. Burial was to be private. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund is being established, and information on that will be forthcoming. Condolences may be sent online at