Howard Anthony Kerr, 70, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Blackwood, N.J., passed away at home on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, surrounded by the loving care of his family. Born Aug. 14, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Florence McKissick and Harry Kerr.
Kerr was a retired auctioneer for the Department of Defense and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Kerr was a member of Mary Mother of Peace Roman Catholic Church. He loved, and was devoted to, his wife and children, singing and playing the banjo and guitar. He loved to travel, dance and “do the stroll.” He loved his cousins and hosted many get-togethers and family reunions. He played in the Fralinger String Band and Back Bay Strummers and was a member of American Legion Post 28.
Kerr is survived by his wife, Ivana Maggi Kerr; and his children, Adrianne Kerr of Millsboro, Tonia Prate and her husband, Rocco, of Moorestown, N.J., Noelle Borgesi of Georgetown, Del., and Jason Kerr of Millsboro; eight grandchildren, Blake and Lauren Karrick, Isabella Prate and Rocco Prate Jr., Vincent and Anthony Borgesi, and Joshua and Victoria Kerr; a sister, Elaine Sala of Millsboro; and numerous extended family members and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Ken.
A celebration of Kerr’s life was scheduled for March 24, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., with private interment. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Patricia E. Kirby, 70, of Georgetown, Del., completed her work on Earth and went to her eternal home on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
Kirby was born to D. Roscoe and Mary Hudson Fisher on Aug. 6, 1942. She was a 1960 graduate of Millsboro High School in Millsboro, Del. In 1961, she married her one and only true love, Lloyd “Jay” Kirby. In 1968, she joined Acme Markets in Millsboro, where she worked for more than 25 years. She enjoyed her work and the people of the community that she met through her job as a checker, customer service representative, office girl and traveling computer instructor.
Kirby leaves behind her husband, Jay; their children, Treasa Lednum and her husband, Ken, of Hurlock, Md., and Martin L. Kirby and his wife, Wendy, of Millsboro; her mother, Mary Fisher of Millsboro; three brothers, John Fisher of Dagsboro, Del., David Fisher and Bruce Fisher of Millsboro; and a sister, Lisa Myers of Lewes, Del. She was a loving grandmother to Shenika Kirby of Lincoln, Rebecca Wales of Midway, Ky., Martin L. Kirby Jr., Justin and Dustin Timmons of Millsboro, and three great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was to be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street, Millsboro Del., where friends may call after 10 a.m. The Rev. James Burton will officiate. Burial was to follow at the Dagsboro Redmens Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that memorial donations be made to Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Melvin J. Mast, 82, of Georgetown, Del., passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del., surrounded by his loving family. He would have celebrated his 83rd birthday on March 24, 2013.
Mast was born in Clarence Center, N.Y., on March 24, 1930, the fourth-eldest of 15 children, to the late Levi E. and Mary (Miller) Mast. He spent his early years in Clarence Center, N.Y., and came to Delaware in his youth. He finished schooling at the Greenwood Mennonite School and worked on the Swartzentruber farm.
Mast learned the electrical trade from his father. He was part of the 1-W group that worked at the Delaware State Hospital from 1952 to 1954. Mast became a barber in the late 1950s and lent his talent to many shops in Wilmington, Del., before setting up his own shop in Lewes, Del. He retired in 1992.
Mast was known to be able to fix anything. He built his own house in Harbeson, Del., in 1984 and continued to use his carpentry expertise for a time, working with Habitat for Humanity. In his retirement, he was a passionate deliverer of Meals on Wheels, a dedicated worker at All Saints’ Thrift Shop and a devoted parishioner of St. George’s Chapel. He was a founder of the Meet Loaf Club, where he worked on crossword and Sudoku puzzles every morning at the Lemon Tree in Lewes, Del.
Mast was a dedicated member of the Lewes Lions Club, where he received his 35-year pin. He also loved being surrounded by the joyous chaos of family gatherings. Mast enjoyed traveling far and wide, especially to the western national parks.
Mast was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia, in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Sue; his daughters, Helen Wolf of Townsend and Linda Marine and her husband, Larry, of Hebron, Md.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren, plus two on the way.
A celebration of Mast’s life is to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 6, 2013, at St. George’s Chapel, 20274 Beaver Dam Road, Harbeson, Del., where friends and family may call after 10 a.m. Interment was to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to St. George’s Chapel; 18 Olive Ave.; Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, or to Meals on Wheels c/o CHEER, Inc.; 546 S. Bedford St.; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
James A. “Jim” Means Jr., 71, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, surrounded by his loving family.
Means was born July 30, 1941, in Washington, D.C., son of the late James A. and Margaret (Jollett) Means Sr. He was self-employed in the construction field. After his retirement, Means owned and operated Pop’s Produce for the last four years at the intersection of West and Parker House roads in Ocean View. He was a member of the East Sussex Moose Lodge #2542 in Roxana and also a Moose Lodge in Florida.
Means is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Carol Lou (Burns) Means; three children, James R. Means and his wife, Karen, of Olney, Md., Joseph H. Means and his wife, Jennifer, and Zina M. Means of Frankford; a sister, Barbara Murphy, also of Frankford; five grandchildren, Jamie and Brig Means, J.C. and Elizabeth Woodring, and Aimee Ellian; and two great-grandchildren, Landon and Shane Woodring.
A visitation will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2013, at the Ocean View Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road Ocean View, Del., with a memorial service at 2 p.m. Interment was to be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society Sussex County Unit; P.O. Box 163; Salisbury, MD 21805. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Joy A. Moore, 80, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Moore was born July 27, 1932, in Harrisburg, Pa., to the late George S. and Mabel E. Brown Martin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald T. Moore Sr.; a son, Michael G. Moore; two brothers, Edwin Martin and Eugene Martin; and two sisters, Thelma Danner and Edna Kelley.
Moore worked as the office manager for Long Neck Carpet for more than 15 years. She was a member of Long Neck United Methodist Church, past president of Post 28 Ladies Auxiliary and a charter member of AMVETS Post 2 Ladies Auxiliary. She loved the water and enjoyed spending time on the boat. She was remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother who will be missed dearly.
Moore is survived by four children and their spouses, John C. and Kathy Moore of Millsboro, Donald T. Moore Jr. and Debra Moore of Wilmington, Del., Lynne M. and Lloyd Harris of Stilwell, Okla., and Cheryl K. and Albert West of Wilmington; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services and burial were to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Glenn D. Nathan, 59, of Lewes, Del., passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 25, 2013, following a courageous battle against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with his loving family by his side. He was born Oct. 13, 1953, in Acushnet, Mass., son of Dr. Ralph and Helen (Polonsky) Nathan of Delray Beach, Fla.
Nathan grew up in Leominster, Mass., and graduated Leominster High School in 1971 and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1975. He moved to Delaware in 1981 and retired in 2007 from the Social Security Administration after 32 years of service. He was a lifelong Red Sox fan and therefore had the patience of a saint. He also enjoyed Patriot victories and the Celtic dynasty.
In addition to his parents, Nathan is survived by his loving wife of more than 35 years, Terri; his son, Jeff Nathan and his wife, Jillian, of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; two grandsons, Myles and Dominic; his brother, Brian Nathan and his wife, Donna, of Shrewsbury, Mass.; his sister, Ivy Nathan of Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews; and his loving cats, Bentley and Irving, who will sorely miss him.
Memorial services will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, where friends may visit beginning at 9:30 a.m., with private interment at St. Peter’s Cemetery, both in Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Special Olympics of DE; 619 South College Ave.; Newark, DE 19716, or to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Dean Scott Phillips, 64, of Bethany Beach, Del., a local business owner, property manager with ResortQuest and former town manager, succumbed to complications of long-term Parkinson’s disease on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Phillips was born in Delmar, Del., son of Percy E. Phillips, the town barber, and Gladys (Hudson) Phillips, a schoolteacher. He graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and, immediately after, went on to achieve his master’s degree in business administration.
In his lifetime, Phillips successfully navigated a long career as both a public servant and an entrepreneur. He initially worked for the State of Delaware under Gov. Russell Peterson and later held a position in the Division of Economic Development. From there, he served as assistant city manager of Smyrna for three years.
Perhaps his most notable professional achievement was his time served as town manager of Bethany Beach from 1982 to 1996. His passion for Bethany was evident throughout his tenure. He made various improvements to the town, playing a prominent role in several beach replenishment projects, water system and treatment plant enhancements, as well as modifications to Route 26, Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue. He also was one of the driving forces behind the financial campaign to establish the larger and more advanced South Coastal Library.
During those years, he also founded and operated the Resort Real Estate Guide, plus the Delaware and Ocean City Beach Guide magazines. He spent his last 10 years before retirement serving as property manager with ResortQuest for the Bear Trap Dunes and King’s Grant communities.
Although his professional life was extensive, he said his greatest accomplishment was raising two daughters with his wife of 36 years, Cathy. His love for the little town of Bethany also continued to the end. He walked down by the beach every night possible, even as movement became more difficult for him, and he was always repeating, “I would not want to live anywhere but Bethany Beach.”
Phillips is survived by his wife, Catherine Connor Phillips; two daughters, Caitlin Lightbourn and her husband, Ryan, and Amanda Phillips; his brother, Bruce Phillips and his wife, Faye; and their children and grandchildren.
No formal services were planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research; Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777; New York, NY 10163, or at www.michaeljfox.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Shirley L. Nicholson, 85, of Bishopville, Md., passed away at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., on Sunday, March 24, 2013. She had been a resident of Delmar Assisted Living since Jan. 14, 2103.
Nicholson was born Feb. 16, 1928, in Selbyville, Del., to the late Lester James and Pearl Cullen Wells. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Norman E. Nicholson, on Oct. 26, 2002; two sisters, Madeline Warrington and Neva Pugh; and a brother, Lester Wells.
Nicholson was a homemaker and one of the first women farmers. She was a foster mother of more than 20 children.
She is survived by two children, Harry R. Smith and his wife, Janet, and Sandra Birch, all of Bishopville, Md.; four grandchildren, Tina Jarvis, Roger Birch, Mary Webb and Michelle Mears; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Wells and Robert Wells; and two sisters, Donna Walker and Linda Milliner.
A funeral service was scheduled for March 28, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., with interment at Bishopville Cemetery. The Rev. Bob Hudson was to officiate. Flowers are welcome. Arrangements are by Burbage Funeral Home of Berlin, Md., and Watson Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Marie E. Poole, 73, of Frankford, Del., passed away on March 19, 2013.
She was born June 25, 1939, in Frankford to the late David and Radie Jarman Bethards. She was also preceded in death by three siblings, Robert Sturgis, Gary Bethards and Anita Brittingham. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Fredrick Poole of Frankford; two sons, Fredrick Poole Jr. and his wife, Toni, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Rodney Poole of Georgia; a daughter, Tonya Poole of Rochester, N.Y.; her brother-in-law, Sylvester Brittingham; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family members and friends.
A memorial service was scheduled for March 25, 2013, at the Antioch AME Church in Frankford, Del., with the Rev. James Foster officiating.
Rebecca A. “Becky” Hudson Prettyman, 77, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Prettyman was born March 28, 1935, in Millsboro, Del., to the late John Layton and Sally Elizabeth Short Hudson. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, John C. Hudson in 1990 and Preston L. Hudson in 2006.
She was a graduate of Millsboro High School and earned an associate’s degree from Delaware Technical Community College. Prettyman retired from the Indian River School District as an administrative secretary in 1991. She was a member of the Hickory Hill United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and antiquing. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
Poole is survived by her husband of 56 years, William H. “Bill” Prettyman; two daughters and their spouses, Mary Beth and Jack Burton, and Suzanne and Steve Timmons; one brother, Edgar Hudson and his spouse, Dale, all of Millsboro; a brother-in-law, Ralph Prettyman and his wife, Betty, of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; two grandchildren, Stephanie Timmons and Will Burton; two step-grandchildren, Ryan Timmons and Jessica Short; three step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends across the area.
A funeral service was scheduled for March 23, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home, with interment at Millsboro Cemetery, both in Millsboro, Del. The Revs. Robert Hudson and Thomas Starnes were to officiate. The family offered its special thanks to the staff of Gull House in Rehoboth and also Delaware Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hickory Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Roy Rogers; 28209 Walt Carmean Ln.; Millsboro, DE 19966, or to The Gull House; 38149 Terrace Rd.; Rehoboth, DE 19971, or to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Mary Audrey Willett Sebastian, 80, a longtime resident of Frankford, Del., passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at home.
Sebastian was born June 2, 1932, to William and Clara Willett of Haverstraw, N.Y. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and puzzles with her family and friends. She spent her mornings and evenings in prayer. Sebastian loved her garden, her musical clocks and Sunday Communion. She will be remembered for her kindness, her generosity and her cookery.
Sebastian was preceded in death by her husband, John, in October 2002. She is survived by her daughters, Joan Connolly and Claire Gannon; one son, William Willett Sebastian; sons-in-law Philip and Brian; and several grandchildren, Billy, Jean, Sean, Brian, Stephen and Alison; many nieces and nephews; her sisters, Rita Raywid and Joan McBride; and her caregivers, Alice, Cinda, Marge and Mary. Sebastian was in the care of Delaware Hospice her final days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial donations to Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963, or to St. Ann’s Catholic Church; 691 Garfield Rd.; Bethany Beach, DE 19930. Sebastian was to be buried with her husband, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Joshua Everett Stevens, 80, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del.
Stevens attended Selbyville School before enlisting in the U.S. Army in March of 1950. After completing the Airborne Battalion Infantry, he served with the 187th Regimental Combat in Korea. In May of 1951, Stevens was shot. He recovered at the Naval Air Force Hospital in Tokyo, Japan. He returned to Fort Meade, Md., where he received an Honorable Discharge, along with a Purple Heart, on June 17, 1952.
In 1953, Stevens started working for Roland Scott Inc., in Selbyville, Del., working full time for 51 years, while remaining part-time until the store’s closure. Stevens was a member of the Delaware Lodge #37, a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of NUR Temple, Selbyville Elks Lodge and the American Legion of Dagsboro.
He joined the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company in 1953. As a lifetime member, he served in many offices, received many awards, was recognized in the Delaware Fire Fighters Hall of Fame and was an active with the fire police until his death. He was the oldest active member of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company.
Stevens was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Melissa Stevens; a sister, Margaret Hudson; and a nephew, Bill Hudson. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Marguerite Marvel Stevens; son, Donald E. Stevens and his wife, Lorie C. Stevens, and their son, Kyle Stevens; a daughter, Beverly S. Rickwood and her husband, George A. Rickwood III, and their sons Chris and Brandon Rickwood, all of Dagsboro; and nieces Barbara Hudson and her husband, Clarence, of Bishopville, Md., and Naomi Hudson of Selbyville.
A funeral service was scheduled for March 28, 2013, at Melson Funeral Services in Frankford, Del., with interment at Dagsboro Redmens Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Building Fund of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company; P.O. Box 128; Dagsboro, DE 19939. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Margaret “Marge” H. Ball, 84, of Baltimore, Md., passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson, Md. Ball was born Dec. 16, 1928, on Hamilton Avenue in Baltimore, daughter of the late Talbott and Sara (Findler) Mann.
Ball lived a life dedicated to her sons, their families and her 5-year-old pug Fenwick. She loved having lunch out with her friends, texting her grandchildren and reading her Kindle. After leaving Baker Watts in 1987, Ball started her business, Service with a Smile, and was delighted to drive elders to doctors, grocery stores and hair salons. Later in life, she opened her home to boarders from Towson University, and as one-time boarder Palani Annamalai of Madras, India, wrote, “Marge treated all her boarders with the same compassion and warmth, which made 2512 a home for all.”
In addition to her parents, Ball was also preceded in death by her son Steven Gene Ball and her sister and best friend, Helen Bafford. Ball is survived by her two sons and their wives, Bob and Peggie Ball of West Fenwick, Del., and David and Debi Ball of Baltimore; three grandchildren, Steve Ball and his wife, Maureen, of West Fenwick, and Ashley Ball and Colby Ball of Baltimore; and three great-grandchildren, Ava and Lila Ball of West Fenwick and Kennleigh Parrott of Baltimore; nieces, nephews and many friends, especially Renee Abbey. Although divorced, she and Bob Ball Sr. were frequent lunch and dinner companions.
A memorial service will be held in Baltimore, Md., on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Avenue, Baltimore, Md. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gilchrist Hospice Center; 555 W. Towsontown Blvd.; Towson, MD 21204.
Marjorie Louise Cook, 71, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del.
Cook was born in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late Charles William and Dorothy Louise (Lomax) Hutchins. She had been a bartender for many years.
Cook was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Cook, and her sons, Richard Powers and Louis Powers.
Services were to be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Joseph A. “Captain Joe” Corcoran, 65, of Milton, Del., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Milford Center, with his loving wife by his side. He was born Aug. 5, 1947, in Philadelphia, Pa., son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Bean) Corcoran.
Corcoran started an early career working for the SSA office of the federal government. In his free time, he would also work as a charter boat captain. Following his retirement and after moving to the beach, he became a fulltime charter boat captain in Lewes on his boat the Summer Place. He was known around the docks as “Captain Joe” and could often be heard on talk-radio with radio stations WGMD, Froggy and Eagle. When he could find time, Corcoran worked as a DJ for many local restaurants, including the Lighthouse in Lewes, Del.
He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and loved to watch and follow all types of sports, especially fishing. He loved animals and spending time with his three Labradors, Eli, Bailey and Casey. He will be remembered for his outgoing personality and bright smile that could fill a room. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Corcoran is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Linda Corcoran of Milton; stepdaughter, Cary Knight and her husband, Matt, of Camden, Del.; mother-in-law, Jacqueline Miller of Dover; two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Belinda and Jim Bahder of Milford, Del., and Janet Donovan and Mitchell of Ellicott City, Md.; three grandchildren, Luke and Blake Knight and Aydrya Webb; and nieces and nephews Brian Bahder and his wife, Luz, Jaime Bahder, Michelle Bahder, Mitchell Donovan and Preston Donovan.
Memorial services were scheduled for March 19, 2013, at Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church; 129 W. 4th Street; Lewes, DE 19958, or to SPCA; 22918 DuPont Blvd.; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Nellie Daisey, 95, passed away peacefully at Seasons Hospice in Christiana Hospital on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. After a long and fulfilling life, she was prepared to join her loved-ones in Heaven. Born in Harrington, Del., she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Nettie Turner.
A stay at-home-mother when her children were young, she later worked for Cappeau’s Drugstore. She was a member of the Eastern Star and enjoyed reading and playing bridge.
Daisey was preceded in death by her husband of more than 40 years, James; a daughter, Frances of Vernal, Utah; granddaughter, Dana of Vernal, Utah; sisters Irene of Lewes, Del., Bette of Columbia, Md., and Doris of Wilmington, Del. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Norton of Newark, Del., and Betty Jean Daisey-Moses her husband, Francis, of Wilmington; grandchildren Joanna Crouch and her husband, Dale, of North East, Md., Bill Bedell and his wife, Donna, of West Valley City, Utah, and Frank and Bruce Atwood of Vernal, Utah; nephews, H. Edward Maull and his wife, Peggy, of Lewes, and their daughters, and William Warren of Bear; nieces Judy Warren of Wilmington and her son, and Sharon Hoeflinger and her husband, David, of Bear and their daughter and sons.
Funeral services and internment were to be private. Arrangements were being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Newark United Methodist Church; 69 East Main St.; Newark, DE 19711.
Roscoe L. Davenport, 82, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del.
He was born in Cambridge, Md., son of the late Elwood and Mary (Lewis) Davenport. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Davenport was a shift engineer at Delmarva Power, having retired after 41 years of service. He was a lifetime member of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company.
In addition to his parents, Davenport was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Davenport, in 2005. He is survived by his son, Russell, and a niece, Mary Ann Hill.
A funeral service was scheduled for March 18, 2013, at Melson Funeral Services in Frankford, Del., with interment at Dagsboro Redmens Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Tony Lee Davis, 62, of Georgetown, Del., passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013. He succumbed to lung cancer after a valiant fight.
Davis was born Aug. 14, 1950, son of Mary Francis Davis and the late Walter Davis Sr. He attended Millsboro Elementary School and the former William C. Jason Comprehensive High School in Georgetown.
Davis will be remembered as a very intelligent, good and kind person. Although he never married, he fathered one son, Tony Walston, and he loved him dearly. He mastered the game of checkers at a very young age, so there was never an opponent he did not beat, young or old. He welcomed all opponents and decided to broaden his horizon to a more difficult challenge, chess, which became his favorite pastime.
He would sit for hours with his buddy, Truman Mason, studying the game and laying out his strategies. At one point, he joined a community chess challenge. Davis was known as an avid reader who could master any task he put his mind to. He loved life and lived each day with expectancy.
Davis left to cherish his memory his mother, Mary F. Davis of Georgetown; a son, Tony Walston of Bridgeville, Del.; three grandchildren; four sisters, Marvella Davis of Bridgeville, Del., Sheila Boone and her husband, Joseph, of Greenville, N.C., Louise Jones and her husband, Johnny, of Bridgeville and Mona Showell and her husband, Kover, of Seaford, Del.; two brothers, George Davis and his wife, Angie, of Wilmington, Del., and Walter Davis Jr. of Georgetown; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members and friends.
A viewing was scheduled for March 16, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home, with interment at St. John 2nd Baptist Church Cemetery, both in Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Dennis Dale Gray, 60, of Georgetown, Del., passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, in the loving care of his family and the caregivers of Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. Born July 18, 1952, in Chester, Pa., he was the son of the late Paul and Elizabeth Alice Berger Gray.
Gray was a beloved figure in his family and a widower, having been preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rachel Whaley Gray, in 2004. He was a carpenter, working in construction with the John L. Briggs Company. He loved entertaining and dancing, so he was “internationally known on the dance floor” — at least according to him, as he’d laugh and be quick to tell everyone. His constant riding companion was Cow-Cow, a beloved canine friend.
Gray was preceded in death by four siblings, Sandra Finnerty, Richard Gray, David Gray and Robert “Hobbie” Gray. Gray is survived by two sisters and their husbands, Elizabeth and Jerry Grant of Philadelphia, Pa., and Kathy and Bob Deacon of New Jersey; a brother, Donald Gray Sr. of Bishopville, Md.; nephews Donald Gray Jr., Eugene Jarvis, Chris Jarvis, Dale Gray, Christopher Davis, Brian Davis, Tracy Flinn, Timothy Lindmeier and Thomas Finnerty; and many cousins, extended family members, friends and his special friends, Donald and Linda Mullen of Millsboro, Del.
Interment was scheduled for March 15, 2013, at Dagsboro Redmens Memorial Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Frances M. Kellerman, 83, of Bethany Beach, Del., and formerly of Lanham, Md., passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
She was born April 1, 1929, in Mildred, Pa., daughter of the late Francesco and Annunziata Manchisi. Kellerman retired as an office manager with Lucent Technologies (formerly Western Electric Company) after 37 years of service. She was also employed by Sea Crest Gift & Gallery in Bethany Beach for nearly 15 years.
Kellerman was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Gutosky of Lopez, Pa. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, George M. Kellerman; two sisters, Thomasina Setzer of Silver Spring, Md., and Rosie Decker of Dushore, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Joan Hansen of Laurel, Md.; numerous nieces and nephews, and other loving family members and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.