Obituaries

Paul Kendall “Ken” Sharp Jr., 78

Paul Kendall “Ken” Sharp Jr., 78, of Dagsboro, Del., formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown, Del.

He was born in Wilmington on March 11, 1939, son of the late Paul Kendall Sharp Sr. and Frances (Ferguson) Sharp. He retired from DuPont Company and DuPont Merck with over 30 years of service.

Leslie C. Shields, 44

Leslie C. Shields, 44, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Shields was born in Cheverly, Md., on May 14, 1972, to John Ridley Shields Jr. and Beverly Shields-Mahaffey. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, John Ridley Shields Sr.

Denver Lee Wootten, 85

Denver Lee Wootten, 85, of Milsboro, Del., passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in the comfort of his home an his family.

He was born in Whitesville, Del., on Aug. 2, 1931 to the late Herman and Carrie Scott Wootten. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Linford Wootten, and a sister, Hilda Smith.

Denver Lee Wootten, 85

Denver Lee Wootten, 85, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in the comfort of his home and his family.

He was born in Whitesville, Del., on Aug. 2, 1931, to the late Herman and Carrie Scott Wootten. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Linford Wootten, and a sister, Hilda Smith.

Thomas M. Atkins, 75

Thomas M. Atkins, 75, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at his home on Sunday, April 9, 2017. He was born in Millsboro on July 18, 1941, son of the late Jacob Atkins and Emma (Hitchens) Atkins. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

Gracie P. Bailey, 78

Gracie P. Bailey, 78, of Frankford, Del., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017. Jesus had her come home on a beautiful sunny day to spend Easter with Him and her loving husband, Orville. Bailey was born in Deep Creek, Va., on Feb. 24, 1939, daughter of the late William Parks and Merle (Johnson) Parks.

Hazel M. Baker, 87

Hazel M. Baker, 87, of Gumboro, Del., passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. She was born in Millsboro, Del., on May 1, 1929, to the late George W. and Ruth Bowden Dorey.

Mark John Sienkiewicz, 80

Mark John Sienkiewicz, 80, of Bear, Del., died on March 31, 2017, of complications from dementia and a broken hip.

Charles Bowden, 63

Charles Eugene Bowden, 63, of Frankford, Del., passed away at his residence on April 1, 2017, in the care of his family and the nurses of Compassionate Care Hospice. He was born on Oct. 4, 1953, in Salisbury, Md., to the late Charles L. Bowden and Rada B. Donaway Bowden.

Betty Jo Collins, 86

Betty Jo Collins, 86, of Millsboro, Del., went to be with her loved ones on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Ben and Cora Dorey.

She was a secretary, homemaker and his wife, which filled her life with joy. She retired from the Sussex County Tax Department. She lived all of her life surrounded by family on Zoar Road in Millsboro.

Raymond ‘Ray’ Frank Cubbler, 88

Raymond ‘Ray’
Frank Cubbler, 88

Raymond “Ray” Frank Cubbler, 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford, Del. He was born Dec. 28, 1928, in Montgomery County, Pa., and had previously resided in Pennsauken, N.J., and Frankford, Del.

Phyllis Long Donaway, 72

Phyllis Long Donaway, 72, of Frankford, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at her home. She was born in Dagsboro, Del., on July 21, 1944, daughter of the late Everett Lewis Gray Sr. and Lettie (Timmons) Gray.

George D. Doxzen Jr., 67

George D. Doxzen Jr., 67, of Dagsboro, Del., died Monday, March 27, 2017, at home. He was born in Baltimore, Md., son of the late George D. Doxzen Sr. and Violet R. (Brooks) Doxzen.

Marie R. Fulton, 79

Marie R. Fulton, 79, of Dagsboro, Del., formerly of Ridley Township, Pa., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, Del.

Elizabeth R. ‘Bette’ (Bamburger) Brosnahan Hartman, 86

Elizabeth R. “Bette” (Bamburger) Brosnahan Hartman, 86, of Ocean View, Del., passed away peacefully on April 1, 2017. She was born Sept. 12, 1930, in Wilmington, Del., daughter of the late Maximilian Bamburger and Ruth Viola (Vinyard) Bamburger.

Denny Layton, 70

Denny Lee Layton, 70, of Georgetown, Del., passed away in the care of his long-time companion, Clara Wootten, and the Delaware Hospice, at his home. He was born on Dec. 2, 1946, to the late Jacob Layton and Florence Ellen Jones Layton.

Layton was a truck driver for Mountaire Farms before retiring and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served for six years in both Korea and Vietnam.

Ondera Jerome ‘O.J.’ Johnson Jr., 32

Ondera Jerome “O.J.” Johnson Jr., 32, was born on Sept. 12, 1984, to Tammy Maddox and Ondera Johnson Sr. He peacefully entered into eternal rest on March 28, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del.

Margaret Ellen Massey, 85

Margaret Ellen Massey, also known as “Sis,” departed her life on March 24, 2017, at the age of 85, in her home in Frankford, Del.

In her younger days, Massey did a lot of fieldwork, working for Bob Gray and Ellen McGee. She was also employed at Bunting’s Nursery, Budget Inn and Hampton Inn until she retired at 65 in 1997.

Frank Preston Marshall, 93

Frank Preston Marshall, 93, son of the late Emory C. Marshall and Mary Bell (Murphy) Richardson, was born on Jan. 29, 1924, in Pollocksville, N.C. He departed this life on March 25, 2017.

Helen M. Murray, 95

Helen Ilona Magyari Murray, 95, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, March 31, 2017. She was born Dec. 19, 1921, in Yorkville, Ohio, to Hungarian parents Mary Bogas Magyari and Alex (Sandor) Magyari. The family originated from the Transylvanian region of Hungary, now part of modern Romania.

Michaelina ‘Mickey’ Price, 80

Michaelina “Mickey” Price, 80, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2017, at her home in Lewes, Del., surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 9, 1936, to the late Michael Bachle and Julia (Spanier) Bachle.

Nomeersar Singh, 81

Nomeersar Singh, 81, of Millsboro, Del., passed away, surrounded by his loved ones, on Monday, March 27, 2017. He was born in Georgetown, Guyana, on Sept. 4, 1935, to the late Mahase and Sookrajie Singh.

Margaret J. (Jones) Steele, 89

Margaret J. (Jones) Steele, 89, of Milton, Del., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 27, 2017.

She was a member of East Gate Presbyterian Church, PCA, Long Neck, Del., where she was Sunday-school treasurer from 1994 to 2006; was member of the choir; and held an Encouragement Ministry in her home from 1994 to 1998, for the widows of the church.

Terry L. Stumbaugh, 69

Terry L. Stumbaugh, 69, of Millsboro, Del., died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at home. He was born in Washington, D.C., son of the late Seibert Stumbaugh and Phyllis (Ensminger) Stumbaugh.

He was a retired auto mechanic and teacher, and had served in the U.S. Army.

Veccy E. Sharp Warrington, 87

Veccy E. Sharp Warrington, 87, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2017, and went to be with the Lord and her son, Robert F. Succarotte.

Jay Wayne Bestpitch, 72

Jay Wayne Bestpitch, 72, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Newark, Del., passed away, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, March 24, 2017, at his home. He was born in Wilmington, Del., on Jan. 7, 1945, son of the late Charles Bestpitch and Anna (Cole) Bestpitch. He retired from the DuPont Company as an industrial hygiene specialist with 31 years of service.

Susan A. Chadwick, 66

Susan Ann Chadwick, 66, of Millville, Del., passed away at home on Friday, March 17, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Columbus, Ohio, on March 17, 1951, to the late William C. Bond and Rose E. (Wallen) Bond.

Dianne E. Custance, 76

Dianne E. Custance, 76, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare, in Lewes, Del. She was born Friday, Jan. 31, 1941, in Manhattan, N.Y., daughter of the late William LeRoy Hedley and Kate Elizabeth (Bodnar) Hedley.

Sonja F. Damico, 71

Sonja F. Damico, 71, of Ocean City, Md., and Ocean View, Del., formerly of Ellicott City, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del.

Rebecca J. Everett, 79

Rebecca J. Everett, 79, of Laurel, Del., passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, March 20, 2017. She was born in Wilmington, Del., on July 2, 1937, to the late Harry Neave and Annie E. Fulton Neave.

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