Donald Elwood Hitchens Jr., 81


Donald Elwood Hitchens Jr., 81, was born on May 20, 1937 in Millsboro, Del. He was the son of the late Donald Hitchens Sr. and Isabelle Hitchens. In the warmth of his home, surrounded by family, he departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.

He received his early education in Millsboro. Hitchens retired in 2000 from work as a farmer with the farming division of Townsends Inc., after 49 years of service.

Affectionately known as “Duckman,” as he loved spending his free time outdoors, and loved tinkering on broken equipment, buying junk from people who needed money when they fell on hard times, riding to get his coffee and lottery tickets, watching Westerns, playing his guitar and listening to music. Years ago, he had heard Fats Domino sing at Rosedale Beach, currently Gull Point in Long Neck, Del. His favorite song was “Blueberry Hill.”

Hitchens attended the Pentecostal Church of God in Millsboro, occasionally with his daughters. When he couldn’t attend church, he would listen to preachers on the television. He loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Hitchens was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Isabelle Hitchens; a brother, Leroy Hitchens; four sisters, Mildred Norwood, Betty Peacock, Jennie Hargett and Catherine Soil; and a grandchild, Kiwanis Burton. He is survived by his six children, Avery Harmon and his fiancé, Paula Mosley, of Harrington, Del., Valarie Wright and he husband, Ricky, of Seaford, Del., Titus Burton of Lewes, Del., Donna Reid and her husband, James, of Millsboro, Gina Burton of Millsboro and Anthony Burton of Comstock, N.Y.; a sister, Corrine Sammons of Millsboro; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the Pentecostal Church of God, 27071 Bethesda Road, Millsboro, Del., where friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon for viewing and visitation. Burial will follow privately at Milford (Del.) Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to the American Lung Association; P.O. Box 7000; Albert Lea, MN 56007-8001. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.