Clarence E. Ramsey, Jr.
Clarence Edward “Eddie” Ramsey, Jr., of Smyrna, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at his residence. He was 62.
Eddie had worked construction and also for Asplundh Tree Service. He enjoyed fixing electronic equipment and loved to play the guitar. He also volunteered at the Sunday Breakfast Mission in Wilmington.
Eddie was predeceased by his wife Nancy, and his stepfather, Harold Figgatt.
He is survived by his mother, Ruby Figgatt, with whom he lived, one son Clarence, III, and one daughter Gail Ramsey; two brothers, Wayne Ramsey of Smyrna and Jan Wade Ramsey both of Smyrna; and one sister Linda Sue Scott and her companion Glenn Willoughby, of Townsend, and several nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services were held on Friday, June 11, in the Chapel at Gracelawn Memorial Park, in Minquadale. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
William C. Henry
William C. “Bill” Henry, of Dover, died on Monday June 7, 2004 at Silver Lake Center, Dover. He was 77.
He was born in Bridgeport, Conn., the son of the late James and Dorothy Cadman Henry.
Mr. Henry was a Navy veteran of World War II, and was a graduate of Brown University with a degree in engineering.
He was a resident of Delaware for more than 50 years, and served in various positions in the field of engineering. He served as the Director of Public Works in Wilmington for 19 years; and also served as the Sussex County and Kent County engineer for several years. He was currently employed as an engineer for the Del. Division of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Mr. Henry was a longtime member of Christ Episcopal Church, Dover. In addition, he was a past president of the Kent and Sussex Co. Chapter for the Del. Society for Professional Engineers, and was a member of the Water Pollution Control Federation, the American Waterworks Assoc., and the American Public Works Assoc.
He enjoyed traveling, motorcycling, and most especially, spending time with his family. Bill was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be remembered for his love and caring, and his creative sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Adams Henry in 1974; and a daughter, Nancy Maher, in 1997.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jeanne M. Henry; six daughters, Kathleen Turcotte, of Fla.; Karen Kennedy, of Federalsburg, Md.; Sandra Ploskon, of Bear; Suzanne Monath, of Georgetown; and Ann Maher-Flood, of Milton; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Saturday June 12, at Christ Episcopal Church, State and Water Sts., Dover, with burial followed in the adjoining churchyard.
Memorial contributions may be sent to The Shepard Place, 1362 S. Governors Ave., Dover, DE, 19904.
Franklin B. Biggs
Franklin B. Biggs, of Middletown, passed away on June 9, 2004 at home. He was 87.
Mr. Biggs was born in Middletown on August 26, 1916, son of the late J. Frank and Emma L. Biggs. He attended the Middletown Academy, The Mercersberg Academy in Pa., and graduated from the Wilmington Friends School in 1935 and the University of Virginia's School of Commerce in 1940.
He worked for the Hercules Powder Co. during WWII and then took up real estate and farming, mainly raising beef cattle. Mr. Biggs enjoyed collecting American paintings and antiques. In later years, he owned and managed commercial real estate properties in Florida's panhandle region. He suffered a massive stroke on January 26, 2002 but recovered amazingly well with strong determination and a positive spirit. He will be remembered as a man of wit and humor.
Mr. Biggs was a member of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Middletown.
His Brother, Sewell C. Biggs died on January 16, 2003.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Alice B. Biggs.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 18, at 11 a.m. in Old St. Anne’s Episcopal Church located on South Broad Street (Del. 71) and St. Anne’s Church Rd. in Middletown. The Interment will be held privately.
Contributions in Mr. Biggs memory may be made to Old St. Anne's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 421, Middletown, DE. 19709.
Jessica Marie Wilson
Jessica Marie Wilson, of Newark, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2004, in the Christiana Hospital. She was 16.
Jessica was a sophomore at Christiana High School. She was a member of the ROTC and had volunteered at Friendship Baptist Church in Newark.
Jessica was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather Jim Wilson and a baby cousin, Dalton Turner.
She is survived by her parents, Keith and Angelica Wilson; two brothers, Kristopher and Daniel, all of Newark; her maternal grandparents, Robert and Virginia Turner of New Castle; her paternal grandmother, Joy E. Wilson of Newark; her paternal great grandmother, Thelma Lester of Newark; aunts and uncles, Elisha Turner, Robert and Michele Turner, Ronald and Yvonne Smith and Tim Wilson, cousins, Joshua and Amanda Smith, and Matthew Turner.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 14, in the Friendship Baptist Church, in Newark.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Jessica M. Wilson Memorial Fund, c/o The Wilson family, 112 Musket Rd., Newark, DE. 19713.
Margaret Adams, of Middletown, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 11, 2004, at home. She had celebrated her 94th birthday with family several days prior to her death.
Mrs. Adams was born in Northern Ireland on June 8, 1910. She moved to New York City in the late 1920s and later lived in New Jersey and Philadelphia before moving to Delaware 19 years ago to be near her son James R. Adams and his family. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
She is survived by James and his wife Karen of Townsend, grandchildren Matthew, Melissa and Laura; daughter in law Tam-Ra, and great grandson Donovan. In addition, Mrs. Adams is survived by a sister, Sadie Wilson, of Philadelphia, a niece, Elizabeth Shultz and her husband Robert of Philadelphia and numerous relatives living in Northern Ireland. She is also survived by a son, John Adams of Connecticut, and a daughter Joan Schwartz of New Jersey, and grandchildren Lorrain, Richard and Sandra.
Visitation was held Tuesday June 15, at Old Bohemia Church in Warwick, Maryland. Burial followed at Old Bohemia.
Wade C. Ickes, Sr.
Wade C. Ickes, Sr., of Smyrna, died on Wednesday June 9, 2004. He was 92.
He was born in McKees Rocks, Pa., the son of the late Herbert and Loretta Ickes.
An army veteran of World War II, Mr. Ickes served in Normandy, Northern France, and the Rhineland. He was awarded four Bronze Stars.
Mr. Ickes had been employed in various capacities, including working for the Pennsylvania Railroad prior to the war, and later in the Pittsburgh steel mills. He retired in 1975.
The son of a family of nine, he was proud to note that his ancestors were the founding family of the Township of Ickesburg, Pa.
Mr. Ickes enjoyed working as a mechanic in his spare time, and greatly loved his dogs.
He is survived by five sons; Wade C. Jr., of W. Hyattsville, Md.; James E., of N. Plainfield, N.J.; Theodore, of Stowe Township, Pa.; David, L., of Upper St. Claire, Pa.; and Kenneth R. Ickes, of Mckees Rocks, Pa.; a daughter, Vicki Mesick-Miller, of Townsend; three brothers: Harry, Herbert, and Hubert Ickes; a sister, Rozella Ickes; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Services and burial were held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, in McKees Rocks, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be sent to: the Kent County SPCA, 32 Shelter Circle, Camden, DE, 19934.
Philip Michael Collier
Philip Michael Collier, of Smyrna, died on Friday June 11, 2004, after a long illness. He was 38.
During his school years, he received the Billy Mitchell Award given by the Civil Air Patrol for outstanding leadership abilities. In addition, he was honored with the David Livingston Award from Smyrna Wesleyan Church.
He was a 1984 graduate of Smyrna High School, and also a member of the first graduating class of the Kent Vocational and Technical School in 1984.
He was an Army veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and served for a total of seven years with the rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged.
Philip was employed by DelDOT for the last three years as an equipment operator. He was chosen to take part in a cooperative effort with several state agencies in the Newport Marsh Reconstruction Project.
He was a member of Smyrna Wesleyan Church, the VFW, and the American Legion.
Philip enjoyed hunting, canoeing, camping, and especially spending time with his children.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, M. Ernestine Archer; his paternal-grandparents, Frank L. and Louise Collier; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bonnie and Andrew Elardi; and his uncle, Kenneth Foster.
He is survived by his wife of seven and a half years, Arlene E.; a son, Alek; and a daughter, Martie; all of Smyrna; his father and mother, Larry and Joyce Collier, of Smyrna; a brother and his wife, Mark and Michelle Collier, of Magnolia; his maternal grandfather, Benjamin Archer, of Smyrna; a sister-in-law, Darlene Herritt, of Trevose, Pa.; his father-in-law; Arlan “James” Zettlemoyer; three nephews, Bobby and Nicky Herritt, and Nicholas Collier; a niece, Piper Collier; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Services will be held 11 a.m., Friday June 18, at the Wesleyan Church, 433 W. Commerce St., Smyrna.
Friends may call Thursday evening from 6 p.m. 9 p.m. at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna.
Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to: The children of Philip Collier, c/o Arlene Collier, 1364 Twin Willows Rd., Smyrna, DE. 19977.
Pauline Kline, of Smyrna, died Monday, June 14, 2004 at home. She was 76.
Mrs. Kline was a homemaker, and worked for the Hotel DuPont and Strawbridge & Clothier. She was a loving mother to eight children.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years Edward W. Kline; her sons: John Kline of Bear, Edward Kline of Hartly, Thomas Kline of Glasgow, Francis Kline if Townsend, William Kline of Middletown, and Kurt Kline of Smyrna, her daughter Linda Forgione of Christiana, and Karen Suppi of Bear, her brother James Harrision of Atco, N.J., her sisters Shirley Diodato of Acto, N.J., and Dorothy Capodici of Earial, N.J.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Angels Church, 82 Possum Park Rd., Newark, on Thursday morning June 17, at 10 a.m. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery.
Mae Faw Miller
Mae Faw “Granny” Miller, of Middletown, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2004. She was 86.
Born in Glendale Springs, N.C., on April 14, 1918, she was the daughter of the late James and Mary Lou Faw Barnes.
Mrs. Miller was a homemaker and had previously worked for the Ash County Public School System.
She was an honorary member of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Club and enjoyed traveling, quilt making, and puzzles.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Spencer Miller; two grandchildren; and five step grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Helen L. Sullins and husband, James, Middletown; Richard G. Faw and wife, Penny, Newark; and Judy C. Long and husband, Ricky, Conowingo, Md.; sister, Velma, Eccles, W.V.; six grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; and stepmother, Gertie Barnes, Eccles, W.V.
A graveside service was held on, Tuesday, June 15, 2004, in West Nottingham Presbyterian Cemetery, Colora, Md.
Mitchell R. Fawcett, Sr.
Mitchell R. “Reds” Fawcett, Sr., of Newark, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at home. He was 77.
Mr. Fawcett retired in 1986 from AT&T, formerly Bell Telephone, formerly Diamond State Telephone, after 38 years of service. He then worked for OSU Telephone for seven years and then for the DuPont Company from 1993 until the present.
He was a member of the Brandywine Springs Club, the Telephone Pioneer Club, and was past Grand Master of Odd Fellows, Jefferson Lodge. He was a Navy veteran of WWII.
Born and raised in Wilmington, he was the son of the late Clyde and Angelina Fawcett.
He was predeceased by his daughters, Michele and Debra; sister, Bea Allen; brothers, Charles and William Fawcett; and two great grandchildren, Nicholas and Lillian.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Erma J. Fawcett; and his sons, Mitchell Fawcett, Jr. and his wife, Beverly, of Middletown, David Fawcett and his wife, Deborah, of Newark, Scott Fawcett and his wife, Sharon, of Long Neck.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, David Fawcett, Jr. and Jeffrey Fawcett, both of Newark, Katie Carotenuto of Bear, Rebecca and Michael Fawcett, both of Newark, Bradford Fawcett of Middletown; his step granddaughter, Tracy Burns; his great grandchildren, Jimmy Riefsnyder, Madelyn Burns and Leah Burns; his brother, Clyde Fawcett of Wilmington; and his sisters, Barbara Melin of Oklahoma and Mary Burns of Hockessin.
A funeral service was held on Friday, June 11, 2004, at St. James Episcopal Church.
Burial was in Silverbrook Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Heartland Hospice, 261 Chapman Rd., Suite 100, Newark, DE 19702.