Ollie L. Hitchens Jr., 72

Ollie L. Hitchens Jr., 72, of Dagsboro, Del. formerly of Bishopville, Md., passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. He was born in Bishopville on Aug. 15, 1947, son of the late Ollie L. Hitchens Sr. and the late Laura E. (Hudson) Hitchens.

He graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin, Md., and then proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Hitchens retired as a staff sergeant in the Army in 1984, after 20 years of service. With the Army, he served in the military police, including as a guard during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s funeral. Hitchens also had the privilege of escorting several of his lost comrades back to the United States after they gave their lives for their country.

After retiring from the Army, Hitchens worked as a constable for Sussex County and also for Rice Pest Control and Western Pest Control in Salisbury, Md., before completely retiring.

Hitchens was a member of American Legion Post 24 in Dagsboro, Del., and a frequent member of the coffee group at the Selbyville and Millsboro McDonald’s, where he would catch up on all the local news. His true love was for his family. He was devoted to his mom and proud of all of his children’s accomplishments.

Hitchens will be missed by his grandchildren, as he would faithfully eat lunch with them a couple days every week at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville, Del. His fun-loving and joking spirit will be missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Hitchens was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Hitchens and Boogie Hitchens, and a sister, Dorothy Warren. He is survived by his three children, Christopher Hitchens and his wife, Sylwia, Ollie L. Hitchens III, and Laura Hitchens and her companion, Kyle Hudson; the mother of his children, Dorothy Hitchens; 10 grandchildren, Katelyn, Morgan, Ethan, Konnor, Olivia, Macie, Kamryn, Mason, Cohen and Dylan; six brothers, Oliver Hitchens, Cashar Hitchens, Wilmer Leroy Hitchens, Billy Hitchens, Jim Hitchens and Richard Hitchens; a sister, Marie Savage; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A funeral service was to be held Jan. 11, 2020, at Melson Funeral Services, Ocean View, Del. Interment with military honors was to follow, at Bishopville (Md.) Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Ronald McDonald House of DE; 1901 Rockland Rd.; Wilmington, DE 19803. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.