Vernon J. Hitchens, 81

Vernon J. Hitchens, 81, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

He was born March 5, 1938, to the late James H. and Jerdie E. Oliphant Hitchens. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Hitchens, and brother-in-law, James Robinson.

Hitchens retired from the Local 2012 Carpenters Union where he worked for 30 years. He was a member of the Delaware National Guard for four years and the U.S. National Reserves for two years, Burnt Swamp Sportman’s Club, Free Mason Lodge 37 in Dagsboro, Del., and the Scottish Rite Freemasonry Lodge 32 in Wilmington. He was also a member of the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen Inc. for 40 years.

Hitchens is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Grace Ann Mitchell Hitchens of Millsboro; five children, Richard Hitchens and spouse, Donie, of Gumboro, Del., Michael Hitchens and spouse, Pamela, of Millsboro, Mark Hitchens and wife, Peggy, of Millsboro, Steven Hitchens of Dagsboro and Beverly Truitt of Frankford, Del.; six siblings, Thelma Banks and her husband, Sherman, of Gumboro, Barbara Scott and her husband, Alton, of Georgetown, Del., Janice Robinson of Frankford, Deborah Cordrey and her husband, Denny, of Millsboro, Bonnie Abbott of Millsboro and Paul Hitchens and his wife, Norma Lee, of Ocean View, Del.; brothers-in-law, Don Mitchell and his wife, Beverly, Van Mitchell and his wife, Neva Lee, and Chad Mitchell and his wife, Tami; sisters-in-law, Joan Tribbitt and Linda Hitchens; seven grandchildren, Hillary Graves, Beth Evans, Heidi Hitchens, Heather Hall, Hannah Hitchens, Travis Truitt and Blakelyn Truitt; five great-grandchildren, Allie, Lilly, Caroline, Charlotte and Abel; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service was held May 18, 2019, at Watson Funeral Home, with burial at Carey’s Cemetery, both in Millsboro, Del.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to either Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963, or to Carey’s Cemetery, c/o Don Ward; 25051 Ward Farm Ln.; Millsboro, DE 19966.

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