Obituaries

Thomas S. ‘Tommy’ Brown, 68

Thomas S. “Tommy” Brown, 68, passed away peacefully at his home in Ocean View, Del., on Dec. 18, 2019, after a long illness. His wife of more than 27 years, Patti, was with him. He was born on Jan. 25, 1951, in Little Falls, N.Y., but grew up mainly in the Rockville, Md., area.

Brown was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served his country with two tours in Vietnam. The Browns owned a custom storage company in Ocean View for years.

He loved the beach and surf-fishing, the veterans of this world and the wonderful dogs he had in this life. But mostly he loved his family.

Brown is survived by his daughters, Tracy Ricks and her husband, Donnell, of Rockville, and Tiffany Moliere and her family, of Cowen, W.Va.; his son, Jim David and his wife, Kim, of Middletown, Del.; his beloved grandchildren, Steven Beard, Maddy David and Jimmy David; his brother, Mike Brown of Westminster, Md.; and his sister, Pauline Panzone in Frederick, Md.

A celebration of Brown’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, from 1 to 4 p.m. at VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to the VFW, the Tunnell Cancer Center in Rehoboth Beach, Del., or Delaware Hospice. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Betty J. Donohue, 84

Betty J. Donohue, 84, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Claymont, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at the Kutz Senior Living Campus in Wilmington, Del. She was born in Linwood, Pa., on Nov. 21, 1935, daughter of the late Francis James Meeley Jr. and the late Margaret V. (Fuller) Meeley.

Donohue worked in various restaurants in the Wilmington area before moving to Millsboro in 1975. After moving to Sussex County, Donohue also worked in several restaurants and the Dollar General in Long Neck from 2007 to 2017, until her illness required her to retire.

Donohue had a strong work ethic and a great joy for what she did. She also had a love for old black-and-white movies and was a huge fan of Elvis, which led to her extensive collection. Donohue will be fondly remembered by her family as a great dancer. Her biggest joy was time spent with her family and spoiling her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Donohue was preceded in death by her husband, John R. “Jack” Donohue Jr., in 2005; a son, John R. Donohue III, in 2019; a brother, Francis J. “Buddy” Meeley III; and two sisters, Margaret “Sis” Maillie and Evelyn “Eveleen” C. Della Camera. She is survived by three daughters, Betty Jane Huizing and her husband, Pierre, of Claymont, Del., Kelly Ann Marvel and her husband, Patrick, of Claymont, Del., and Allison P. Donohue of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; four granddaughters, Jessica Marvel, Allie Marvel, Rachel Huizing and Kylie Mischler; and a great-granddaughter, Athena.

The family extended their deepest appreciation to the nurses and staff at the Kutz Home, who provided loving and compassionate care to Donohue for the last year.

A prayer service was scheduled for Jan. 7, 2020, at the Long Neck chapel of Melson Funeral Services in Millsboro, Del. Interment was to follow, at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Kutz Senior Living Campus; 704 River Rd.; Wilmington, DE 19809. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Carlos Tyrone Griffin, 48

Carlos Tyrone Griffin, 48, passed away and gained his wings on Dec. 18, 2019. He was born on Nov. 30, 1971, in Milton, Del., to Marylean Griffin and Anthony Badger.

Griffin attended Laurel (Del.) Senior High School and continued his education at Keystone Job Corps. He graduated with his construction certification. He loved being a comedian and being around his family and friends. He was very outgoing and always gave to others. (He was even known to give you his last, if you needed it.)

Griffin is survived by four children, Ciara Smack of Milford, Del., Ty’Junea Griffin of Seaford, Del., K.J. Rogers of Seaford and Kiera Rogers of Seaford; his mother, Marylean Griffin and her husband, Floyd, of Millsboro, Del.; his father, Anthony Badger of Ellendale, Del.; his sister, Sharee Dunlap and her husband, Demont, of Portsmouth, Va.; a brother, Anthony Griffin of Millsboro; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

A funeral service and celebration of Griffin’s life were to be held Jan. 4, 2020, at the Seaford Community Church of God, Seaford, Del., officiated by the Elder Thornton Pitts. Interment was to follow at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

 

Richard Irvin ‘Dick’ Hemphill Sr., 77

Richard Irvin “Dick” Hemphill Sr., 77, passed peacefully on Dec. 26 at Bay Health Hospital in Milford, Del. He was born and raised in Baltimore, Md., son of the late John F. Hemphill and Marietta Hemphill. He resided in Severn, Md., for 35 years before retiring to West Bay Park in Lewes, Del.

Hemphill retired in 2005 from work for the Baltimore Air Coil Company. He thoroughly enjoyed a long, dedicated career serving as parts manager at the facility in Jessup, Md.

He immensely enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He especially embraced his role as “Grandad” and cherished every moment he had with all of them. Whether surrounded by family and friends in person, or receiving a new photo by text or Facebook update, his family truly became his most prized hobby and filled his days with great joy and pride. He was an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens and the Virginia Tech Hokies. He also enjoyed reading, listening to music, advancing his tech-savvy skills and watching television.

Hemphill is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Rita Melinda (Sanders) Hemphill; his sister, Karen Stickles, and her husband, Jeff; seven children, Rick Hemphill Jr. and his wife, Diane, Chris Boyer and her husband, Dale, John Hemphill, Cindy Branscom and her husband, Mike, Brian Hemphill, Amy Timer and her husband, Jeff, Sarah Rampley and her husband, John; his nine grandchildren, Shawna, Robbie, John, Chad, Charlotte, Anne-Marie, Jackson, Aubrey and Camden; and eight great-grandchildren, Hannah, Julie, Campbell, Yuri, Alec, Connor, Wyatt and Eliza.

Funeral arrangements were to be private. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; P.O. Box 1893; Memphis, TN 38101-9950, online at https://www.stjude.org/donate/thanks-and-giving.html, or by phone to 1-800-478-5833. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Stella Mae Hickman, 82

Stella Mae Hickman, 82, departed this life on Dec. 29, 2019, at Select Specialty Hospital in Wilmington, Del. She was born Jan. 25, 1937, in Accomack, Va., to the late John Bailey and Rosie Bagwell.

Hickman attended the Accomack Public School District. She was united in marriage to Lester Hickman Jr. on Aug. 11, 1952.

In her many years of employment, Hickman was a domestic housekeeper for Randall and Betty Godwin at Nomad Village in Bethany Beach, Del., for more than 30 years. Her duties also included being a nanny to the Godwins’ children, Marty and Mandy.

She was a dedicated mother and wife, first and foremost, making her the pillar of the Hickman household. She loved to express her love for people, regardless who they were. Hickman was filled with kindness, generosity and compassion, which led her to raising children who were not her own. Her doors were open to anyone not having a place to lay their head. She is remembered as a “Legendary Queen.”

For all who knew her, it was no secret that she had a passion for hosting yard sales, preparing Christmas gifts and fixing Easter baskets for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and anyone else who showed up on her doorstep during those two holidays. She loved to cook, and her specialty was sweet potato pie.

Hickman’s gift from God was praying for those in need, reassuring those in doubt of the love of God. She was a very powerful woman of God. She fought a courageous battle with her sickness but, nevertheless, she completed her task here on earth and now rests in the bosom of her Heavenly Father. She was a matriarch, wife and friend who is gone, but never to be forgotten.

Hickman was preceded in death by her sisters, Essie Bailey and Romance Toppings; brothers, David Bailey, Robert Toppings, Francis Bailey, Roosevelt Bailey, Milton Toppings and George Toppings; her daughter, Regina Bailey; and a son, George W. Hickman. Left to cherish her loving memories are her husband, Lester “Junior” Hickman Jr. of Dagsboro, Del.; her children, Lester Hickman Jr. of Dagsboro, Cleveland Hickman of Dover, Del., Stevie Hickman of Millsboro, Del., Ricky Hickman of Millsboro, Rosetta Jones of Dover, Joyce Ann Dale of Frankford, Del., Gloria Hickman of Millsboro, Carolyn Phillips of Millsboro, Sheryl Hickman of Dover, and Sandra Hickman-Foreman of Frankford; a godson, Marty Godwin of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and friends.

A funeral service and celebration of Hickman’s life will be held at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at Delmarva Evangelistic Church, 407 Gordy Road, Salisbury, Md. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

 

Gertrude M. ‘Lib’ Hudson, 91

Gertrude M. “Lib” Hudson, 91, of Laurel, Del., formerly of Frankford, Del., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at the Seaford Center in Seaford, Del. She was born in Pittsville, Md., on May 1, 1928, daughter of the late Oscar Webb and the late Jannie (Baker) Webb.

Hudson worked as a seamstress in a sewing factory in Selbyville, Del., and Sharptown, Md., before moving to Dagsboro, Del., to tend to chickens on Vines Creek Road.

She enjoyed sewing and collecting lamps and ceramic chickens. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

In addition to her parents, Hudson was preceded in death by her husband, Walter H. Hudson, in 2013; a brother, William Webb; and three sisters, Alma Jones, Mazie Pruitt and Dollie Hickman. She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Peters of Laurel, Del., and Connie Huffman of Seaford; five grandchildren, Sherry Bryant Disharoon, Melisse Dupré, Sandi Vincent Moxley, Steve Huffman and Mark Huffman; 13 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., with visitation starting at 1 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at Melson Funeral Services, 43 Thatcher Street, Frankford, Del. Interment will follow at Carey’s Cemetery in Frankford. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Thomas Littleton, 67

Thomas Littleton, 67, passed away on Dec. 31, 2019, in Seaford, Del.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Jack Littleton; mother, Elizabeth Fisher; sister, Mary Robinson; and daughter, Samantha Littleton. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Pamela Littleton; daughters Heidi Meekins and her husband, Casey, and Sheila Trader and her husband, Butch, Tommi Elliott and her husband, Rob, Virginia Littleton and her husband, Randel; a son, Logan Littleton; a brother, William Littleton and his wife, Cindy; sister, Margret Ann Lowe; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of Littleton’s life on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Gumboro Community Center, 36849 Millsboro Highway, Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Barbara Rice Lombel, 83

Barbara Rice Lombel, 83, of Ocean View, Del., passed away on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville, Md. She was born Jan. 19, 1936, in Pottsville, Pa., daughter of the late John and Isabel (Lawson) Rice.

Lombel was an avid Major League Baseball fan, always rooting for her favorite teams, the Orioles, Nationals and Phillies. She also enjoyed bowling; watching Maryland basketball and game shows; and playing cards and slots at the casinos. A devout Catholic, Lombel was a member of Holy Redeemer Church in College Park, Md., St. Hughes Church in Greenbelt, Md., and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Frankford, Del. Above all, Lombel was known as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, Lombel was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Rice, and her sisters, Rita Troutman, Isabel Adelizzi, Jean Kovich and Elizabeth Orlowsky. She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Robert Lombel of Ocean View; her sons, Stephen Lombel and his wife, Debbie, of Simpsonville, S.C., and Brian Lombel and his wife, Alison, of Millersville, Md.; her daughters, Joanne Olsufka and her husband, Ed, and Lynn Baker and her husband, John, all of Sykesville; her grandchildren, Colleen DeClue and her husband, Steve, of Elkridge, Md., Josh Olsufka of Sykesville, Nick Lombel, Kaleigh Lombel and Tommy Steelman, all of Millersville, Md., Troy Baker and Danielle Baker, both of Sykesville, and John Lombel, Drew Lombel and Kate Lombel, all of Simpsonville, S.C.; her great-grandchildren, Adriana DeClue and Chase DeClue, both of Elkridge; and her sister, Joan Wellner and her husband, Donald, of Bethlehem, Pa.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 10 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Clarksville Chapel, 34874 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View, Del. Interment will follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to St. Jude Research Hospital for Children; 501 St. Jude Place; Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.

 

Chester Allen Mitchell, 90

Chester Allen Mitchell, 90, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born on Oct. 28, 1929, son of the late John Mitchell and the late Della (Melson) Mitchell.

Mitchell owned and operated Chester A. Mitchell Contractor/Builder for more than 60 years, building homes throughout Sussex County. He enjoyed gardening and sold potted plants as a side hobby until the last few years. He was a hard worker and always wanted to stay busy. He also had the musical ability to play almost any stringed instrument by ear.

In addition to his parents, Mitchell was preceded in death by his loving wife of almost 70 years, Marguerite “Maggie” Mitchell, in 2018; a brother, Raymond “Fuzzy” Mitchell; and a sister, Della Mae Jones. He is survived by a son, Leroy Mitchell of Frankford; two grandsons, David Mitchell and his wife, Michelle, and Jerry Mitchell and his wife, Laura, all of Dagsboro, Del.; three great-grandchildren in Dagsboro, Desmond Mitchell and his wife, Sara, Dillon Mitchell of and Kase Mitchell; a sister, Louise Merritt; and a close cousin, Harvey Melson of Clarksville, Del.

A funeral service was held Jan. 6, 2020, at Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, Del., with interment at St. George’s Cemetery in Clarksville, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Elizabeth K. ‘Betty’ Myers, 89

Elizabeth K. “Betty” Myers, 89, of Ocean View, Del., has completed her journey to be with her beloved husband, Willie, and daughter, Wendy. She passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, surrounded by the family she so adored: her grandson, Josh; granddaughter, Jennifer; her son, John and his companion, Connie; and most importantly, her constant companion, Rommer.

Myers was born in Baltimore in 1931 and lived a simple rural life, visiting the beach often. Some 20 years ago, she moved fulltime to the Bethany Beach area, where she lived out her final years.

Myers was remembered as a very special person and a wonderful mother. She will be truly missed.

Services and burial were to be private. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Wayne L. Schriver

Wayne L. Schriver of Bishopville, Md., passed away at home on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. He was the son of the late Charles and Claudia Schriver.

Schriver joined the U.S. Air Force after high school graduation, serving for 24 years, including tours of duty in Vietnam and in Thailand. After retiring from the Air Force, Schriver went to college and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. He then worked 15 years for the Internal Revenue Service, retiring in 1998.

For the next 20 years, Schriver prepared personal tax returns and did accounting work for individuals and small businesses. He joked about trying to decide what his next career was going to be.

Schriver was a member of Wilson United Methodist Church, serving as a Trustee Committee member, Finance Committee chairperson and Administrative Council chairperson for more than 15 years. He was a member of the Maryland Society of Accountants and served on the Friends of Bishopville Cemetery Committee.

He loved gardening and cutting grass. He was very talented in many ways and was a very generous man who not only served his country but served many people in many different ways. He was a man of his word, and anyone needing help could count on him. Jesus was his Savior, and he now resides with Him.

Schriver was preceded in death by his daughter, Terri Schriver Tabor, in 2008, and by four brothers and a sister. He is survived by his wife, Nancy E. (Hall) Schriver; two grandchildren, Cody W. Tabor and Lucas J. Tabor; several nieces and nephews; and many, many wonderful friends.

A funeral service was to be held Dec. 28, 2019, at Wilson United Methodist Church, Bishopville, Md., with burial at the Bishopville (Md.) Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Wilson U.M. Church; P.O. Box 375; Bishopville, MD 21813. Condolences may be sent online at www.bishophastingsfh.com.

 

Doris Jane Raughley Wagner, 95

Doris Jane Raughley Wagner, 95, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away at home on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, surrounded by her family, after a long illness. Born in Felton, Del., to the late Augustus S. Raughley Sr. and Ruth Ella Greenlee Raughley, she spent her early years in Harrington, Del.

Wagner was a proud graduate of Harrington High School, in the Class of 1942. She attended Goldey-Beacom College and worked for several years for REA in Greenwood, Del. She married Joseph William Wagner in 1948, and they were married for 58 years before his passing. Their marriage was blessed with four children.

Wagner worked part-time for the Diamond State Telephone company as a switch counter, but her fulltime job was as mother, wife and helpmate for Joe with his multiple hobbies, including raising rabbits, gardening and serving as “unofficial” secretary of the Georgetown Lions Club for more than 50 years.

Wagner was a Girl Scout leader, longtime volunteer for the Blood Bank of Delaware and a member of the Millsboro VFW Auxiliary. Most important to her was her membership at Grace United Methodist Church, where she attended faithfully for the past 67 years. She was a Sunday-school teacher, active in the United Methodist Women’s organizations and served in several other capacities within the church. Family was the center of her life.

Wagner was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her son-in-law, Wilbur Bradford. She is survived by her children, Susan Wagner Bradford, Charles Wagner and his wife, Judy, Gus Wagner and his wife, Debbie, and Laura Wagner Crum and her husband, Michael; nine grandchildren, Ellen Bradford Harlan and her husband, Gary, Brad Bradford and his wife, Amy, Thomas Crum and his wife, Jess, Matthew Wagner, Tyler Crum and his wife, Katherine, Nicole Wagner Hall and her husband, Troy, Kathryn Wagner, Jessica Wagner and Jeff Crum; four great-grandchildren, Alexis Harlan, Lauren Bradford, Seth Harlan and Peyton Bradford; and her brother, Augustus Raughley Jr.

For the last six years of her life, she was blessed to be cared for by several dedicated and compassionate caregivers, which enabled her to remain in her home, enjoying her beloved porch, birds and squirrels.

Funeral services will be held at noon, with viewing starting at 11 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro, Del. A viewing will also be held at Watson Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at the Delaware Veteran Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Grace U.M. Church; P.O. Box 566; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.