Sewell C. Biggs
Sewell C. Biggs passed away Thursday, January 16, 2003 in the St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, N.J.
Sewell C. Biggs was born in Middletown, Nov. 2, 1914, the son of the late J. Frank and Emma L. Biggs. He graduated from Wilmington Friends School, the University of Delaware and the University of Virginia Law School. He was a member of the Virginia Bar Association. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Mr. Biggs took an active interest in art conservation and preservation. He instigated and chaired the building committee for a major restoration of Old St. Anne's Church in Middletown to its original 1768 appearance.
Mr. Biggs had served on the boards of the Historical Society of Delaware, the Delaware Art Museum, the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion, the Wilmington Grand Opera House during the time of its restoration, the State Arts Council, the State Building and Grounds Committee and as a vestryman and warden of St. Anne's Church in Middletown.
In 1979, Governor Pierre duPont awarded him "The Order of the First State" in recognition of "meritorious service.” In 1995, the Art Educators of Delaware prescribed him with their "Certificate of Excellence and Support of Education in the Visual Arts.” In 1998, Mr. Biggs established the Sewell C. Biggs Chair in American Art History at the University of Delaware.
In 1989, through the guidance of Elise W. duPont and Senator Nancy Cook, an agreement was signed between Mr. Biggs and the State of Delaware creating the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover to house Mr. Biggs’ collection of Delaware and Delaware Valley fine and decorative arts. The Biggs Museum opened to the public in September 1998 and now exhibits approximately 500 works.
Tens of thousands of young people and adults have enjoyed and learned from the collection and from the museum's special exhibitions and programs. The two-volume book, The Sewell C. Biggs Collection: A Catalogue was published last month and illustrates the paintings, sculpture, furniture, silver and other antique objects acquired by Mr. Biggs in more than 60 years of collecting.
In November 2002, the Kent County Convention and Visitor's Bureau gave Mr. Biggs its annual Tourism Award, which recognized his leadership for the museum in attracting visitors to the area. At the time of his death, he was on his way to the antique shows and Americana auctions in New York to search for appropriate objects to add to his collection.
Mr. Biggs’ closest surviving relative is his brother, Franklin B. Biggs, of Odessa.
A memorial service was held at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Greenville on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Preservation Delaware, the Historical Society of Delaware, Christ Church Christiana Hundred, or to the Sewell C. Biggs Museum.
Stewart Ponder of Massey, Md., passed away on January 20, 2003 at home. He was 85.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years Mary Sullivan Ponder; two daughters, Patricia Ann Rossiter of Georgetown, and Sara England of Townsend; one brother, Fred Ponder of Orangeburg, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Donald L. Spiden, Debbie Morrison of Milton, Kelly Rossiter and Terry Donovan, both of New Castle, Gordon Rossiter of Georgetown, James and Thomas England, both of Townsend; and six great-grandchildren.
Service was private.
Memorials may be made to Northern Chesapeake Hospice foundation, P.O. Box 2332, Elkton, Md., 21922.
Betty Jarman Newman Heinold
Betty Jarman Newman Heinold, of near Smyrna, died on Tuesday January 14 at her home. She was 69.
She was born in Smyrna, the daughter of the late Thomas Ward Jarman and the late Clara Belle Jarman.
Mrs. Heinold was a 1951 graduate of John Bassett Moore High School, Smyrna. She had been employed as an administrative assistant to the medical director at the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna, for 25 years. She retired in 1994.
Following her retirement, she volunteered at the Clayton Elementary School library and returned to the Delaware Hospital, Smyrna, to work part time in the medical records department. She had been honored by being the recipient of the employee of the year and the employee of the month awards during her time at the hospital.
Mrs. Heinold was a member of the Smyrna High School Alumni Assoc., and the Smyrna-Clayton Heritage Assoc. She was an active member and former treasurer and editor for the Historical Vintage Car Club of Delaware, where she had been awarded the club’s great person award. She enjoyed attending car shows and parades with the club. In addition, she enjoyed tending to her roses in her yard.
She was preceded in death by two brothers; Thomas Noble Jarman, and Clinton Jarman, and a sister; Dorcas Peet.
She is survived by her husband, Gerald K. Heinold Sr.; three sons, Lloyd Newman and his wife Lea, of Billings, Montana; Gerald K. Heinold Jr., of Norfolk, Va.; and Jeffrey S. Heinold and his wife Carla, of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; four daughters, Anita Bullock and her husband Rod, of Smyrna; Violet Newman, of Smyrna; Susie Coleman and her husband Mark, of Clayton; and Brenda Callahan and her husband Tom, of Smyrna; four brothers, Walter Jarman, of Kenton; Bill Jarman, of Dover; Bernie Jarman, of Salisbury, Md.; and Kline Jarman, of Hartly; two sisters, Edith Rash, of Dover; and Myrtle McClements, of Kenton; and 15 grandchildren.
Services were held Jan. 19 at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, Smyrna. Interment was in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Smyrna.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be sent to one of the following: the Ladies Auxiliary of the Del. Hosp. f/t Chron. Ill, 100 Sunnyside Rd., Smyrna, De. 19977; Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, De. 19901; or to Asbury United Methodist Church, PO Box 330, Smyrna, De. 19977.
Marie B. Dowd
Marie B. Dowd, of Smyrna, formerly of Philadelphia and Newark, died on Friday, October 4, 2002. She was 96.
Mrs. Dowd was a homemaker and a member of Holy Family Parish in Newark.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Dowd, Sr., in 1966.
She is survived by two sons, Paul J. Dowd, Jr. of Elkton, and Gerard W. Dowd of Woodside, Calif.; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass was offered Saturday, January 18, 2003, at Holy Family Parish, E. Chestnut Hill & Gender Roads, Newark. Interment followed in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, Pa.
Blanche T. Clark
Blanche T. Clark, of Smyrna, died January 13, 2003 in Capitol Nursing Center. She was 91.
Services were Friday, Jan. 17 at Smyrna Wesleyan Church, Smyrna. There was no visitation.
Annie Mae Adkins
Annie Mae (McGuire) Adkins, formerly of Chesapeake City, Md., died Thursday, January 13, 2005, at her home in Smyrna, after a long, hard fought battle with cancer. She was 78.
Annie was born June 10,1926 in Radford, Va., to the late Harry and Lottie McGuire.
Annie derived a lot of enjoyment from her grandchildren and great grandchildren, collecting family photos, and researching her family's history. She was an avid movie buff, and especially loved old Westerns.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James Roberts, who was killed in France during WWII, her second husband of 51 years, Erna F. Adkins, and two sons, Ernie Wayne and Neal Adkins. Also preceding her were four brothers, Thomas Lindbergh McGuire, Howard McGuire, Edward McGuire, and Harrison Delaney McGuire, all of Va., and a sister, Margaret Weddle of Winston-Salem, NC.
She is survived by her daughter, with whom she lived, Brenda (Roberts) Steller, of Smyrna; two sons, Gary Crowder of Port Richey, Fla., and Ernie L. Adkins of Albany, Ga.; six sisters, Laura James, Dorothy Roberts, and Virginia Atkinson, all of Christiansburg, Va., Evelyn Showalter of Roanoke, Va., Judy King of Radford, Va. and Donna Taylor of Dublin, Va., nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
Friends may call Saturday evening, Jan. 15, from 7-9 p.m. at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown. Interment will be held in Radford, Va. on Tuesday.
Jannie G. O’Brien
Jannie G. O’Brien, of Smyrna, formerly of Clayton, died on Thursday January 13, 2005, at Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover. She was 85.
Jane, as she was known to her friends, was a remarkable woman, much loved by her devoted husband, Rollie. They met during the big war and corresponded for years; when he returned to the States, she got on a bus in Lincoln, Ala. and rode all the way to San Francisco to make sure he meant business. They spent the next 40 years together. They raised two sons, David and John, and saw a raft of grandchildren populate their world. Jane loved her parents and never forgot her humble beginnings. She was the peacekeeper and great communicator among her siblings and forgave them all their minor flaws. She had the largest ability to love others most people have ever seen.
Jane knew how to extract the best out of life; she counted no strangers in her world. She talked to everyone as if they were in on her big secret and left them smiling and a bit better than the way she found them. She was as generous as the great outdoors; she gave to and of herself freely, and she was just as happy giving to everyone else. How she could laugh. And talk. A born storyteller, she wasn’t afraid to stretch the truth when it needed to be done.
She was a master tailor, a seamstress, a craftsman, a creator. Whether she was making clothes or overcoats, crocheting a baby blanket, growing her African violets or her enormous purple irises, or hand painting a ceramic dish, her concentration was fierce and her results unique. Mistakes were to laugh at and to start over with. There was always something yummy brewing on her stove. Her life was filled with lots of homemade teddy bears. Everything she made was made with love.
Jane lived for many years with her family in Philadelphia before moving to Clayton, where she spent the last years of her life. She had been active in her church and in the Mamie Warren Senior Center and discovered the joys of Delaware and its wonderful people. She left the world considerably richer for having been here.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rollie O’Brien, and a son, David O’Brien.
She is survived by a son, John O’Brien, of Philadelphia; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Monday, Jan. 17, at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, Smyrna.
Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Smyrna.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 118 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, DE 19977.
Richard C. Davis, Sr.
Richard C. "Rick" Davis, Sr., of Townsend, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2005 at his home. He was 80.
Mr. Davis was a Millwright and had worked at Purina in Wilmington for 34 years and Motor Wheel in Newark for 14. He was a Navy Veteran of WWII and a member of VFW Post 3792 in Middletown. He loved to hunt and trap the marshes of Delaware and was a member of the National Trappers Association and the NRA.
Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor, two sons, Terrance R. and Richard C., Jr., a daughter, Brenda L. Duff, and his parents George A. and Mary Daisy Davis.
He is survived by a daughter, Deborah Davis of Oxford, Pa.; a son John R. "Jack" Davis of West Grove, Pa.; a brother Eugene Davis of Aston, Pa.; a sister Marie Sisto of Marcus Hook, Pa.; three stepdaughters, Patricia Anderson of Bayview, Yvonne Winters of West Grove, Pa., and Annette Peary of New Castle; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. in the Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Friends may call Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the Townsend Cemetery.
Judith Reed Jones
Judith Reed Jones, of Middletown, died Wednesday, January 12, 2005, at Christiana Hospital after a brief illness. She was 55.
Judy was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was a graduate of Indiana State University of Pennsylvania. She earned an MBA at the University of Detroit and worked in the computer industry for 18 years with Chrysler Corporation in Michigan. Judy was an avid gardener and a proud member of a 12-step program for over 17 years.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Melvin Jones; and two brothers, Robert of Greensboro, N.C. and David of Orinda, Calif.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown. Friends may call one hour before the service.
Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a charity of your choice.
Margaret A. Newill
Margaret A. Newill, of rural Millsboro, and formerly of Claymont, passed away Monday, January 10, 2005, at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was 81.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 55 years, Albert F. Newill, in 2000.
Survivors include her son, Albert F. Newill, Jr. and his wife, Wanda, of Elkton, Md.; and three daughters, Barbara Morris of Towson, Md., Ruth Sova and her husband, Dan, of Tacoma, Wash., and Wendy Pyle and her husband, Ron, of Townsend.
Other survivors include 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Road and Del. 24, Millsboro, where family and friends may call after 10 a.m.
Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday in Chester Rural Cemetery in Chester, Pa.
Edna Mae Scott
Edna Mae Scott, of Elkton, Md., died Tuesday, January 11, 2005 in the Union Hospital of Cecil County, Elkton, Md. She was 73.
Survived by her children, Lisa Kay Lyall, of Middletown, Charlotte Walsh, of Newark, Jeannie Hess and Loretta Lynn Gruber, both of North East, Md.
Funeral services were held, Friday, Jan. 14, at Crouch Funeral Home, North East, Md.
Interment followed the service in North East Methodist Cemetery.