Catherine (Dunlap) Timney, of Townsend, passed away April 18, 2004. She was 53.
Catherine's love for animals was evident with her numerous cats and dogs.
Catherine is survived by her husband, Joseph, of Townsend; her children, Heather R. Timney of Asheville, N.C., Matthew S. Timney of Bangor, Maine and Katy R. Timney of Townsend; two brothers, Thomas Dunlap of Indiana and Steve Dunlap of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Paddy Tighe of Newport and Peggy Vankavelaar of Wilmington.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, April 22, in the McCrery Memorial Funeral Chapel. Interment will be held privately.
Francis W. Mizelle
Francis W. Mizelle, of Townsend, passed away Monday, April 19, 2004. He was 67.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jo Carol of Middletown; four children, Lori Hall and her husband, Ed, of Middletown, Paul D. Palmer and his wife, Cherie, of Middletown, Md., Krystal Collins and her husband, Pat, of Clear Spring, Md., and Renee Taylor of Middletown; six grandchildren, Ashil and Brandon Hall, Brittani and Staci Taylor, all of Middletown, and Kyle and Sean Collins of Clear Spring, Md.
He will be buried in North Carolina.
Franklin D. Darone, Sr.
Franklin D. Darone, Sr., of Newport, a native of Chester County, Pa., passed away Saturday, April 16, 2005. He was 85.
Frank was a longtime employee of Delmarva Power & Light Company, where he was a line foreman. He served in the Army during World War II, during which time he received two Bronze Stars. Frank was a life member of Minquas Fire Company in Newport, and was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, New Castle Lodge. He enjoyed the outdoors.
Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth C. Darone, who passed away in 2004. Survivors include his children, F. David Darone Jr. and his wife, Andrea, of Middletown, Deborah D. Lockerman, of Wilmington, and Tom A. Darone, of Cecilton, Md; sisters and brother, Alvena LeBrun, of Oakland, Calif., Nathaniel Darone, of Pritchard, Ala., and Hazel Smith, of Kennett Square, Pa; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on April 23 at the Nichols-Gilmore Funeral Home, Newport. Burial was in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle.
Charles S. Clay
Charles S. Clay, of Meherrin, Va., passed away April 13, 2005, in Lynchburg, Va., after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was 75.
Charles was born in Beckley, W.V. on November 10, 1929. He lived most of his life in Wilmington and retired from Sears & Roebuck in 1986 after 34 years. After his retirement, he moved to Meherrin, Va. He enjoyed semi-farming and taking extended walks around the family farm with his loving wife and faithful dog, Cati. He enjoyed life to the fullest after his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his brother, James Clay, and his sister, Geneva Carter. Charles is survived by his wife of 54 years, Irene E. Clay; his children, Michael Clay, and his wife, Alta, of Surprised, Ariz., Deborah White-Boone, and her husband, Dan, of Drexel Hill, Pa, George Clay, and his wife, Lynd, of Middletown; his brother, Harry Clay, and his wife, Catherine, of Homosassa, Fla.; his sisters, Barbara Bagley, of Medina, Ohio, and Georgia Mae Kennard, of Wilmington; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on April 22 at the McCrery Memorial Chapel.
Kathleen G. Smith
Kathleen G. Smith, of Odessa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 21, 2005, after a brief stay in Arbors at New Castle. She was 87.
Mrs. Smith was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Jack E. Smith, and by her brother, Donald Patteson, of Kerrville, Texas. She is survived by her son, Michael W. Smith, and his wife, Judy E. Smith, of Odessa; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The service and burial will be held in San Antonio, Texas at a later date.
Charles T. Hobbs, Jr.
Charles T. “Ted” Hobbs, Jr., of Middletown, formerly of Salisbury, Md., died at his home, Tuesday, April 19, 2005. He was 59.
Born in Salisbury, he was the son of the late Charles T. Hobbs Sr. and Kenney and Elizabeth Moore. Ted, a USAF Special Forces veteran, served two tours in Vietnam and was a longtime member of the VFW. He was active in youth baseball and football his whole adult life.
He is survived by his wife, Kimberly B. Hobbs, of Middletown; children, Brantley Hobbs, C. Jeffrey Hobbs, Teresa Cantwell and Tracey Santiago; his sister, Betty Bounds, and her husband, of Siloam, Md.; brother, Kenney Moore, and his wife, Evelyn, of Salisbury; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on April 22 at Holloway Funeral Home. Interment was in Springhill Memory Gardens near Hebron.
Juanita L. Morris
Juanita L. Morris, known to her friends as "Nita", of Wilmington, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 19, 2005. She was 82.
Nita was born to George and Lillie Metcalf in Anawalt, W.V. Prior to her marriage, she worked for the Board of Education, as well as the DuPont Company in West Virginia and worked in the payroll department for Triumph Industries, Elkton, Md. She married her beloved husband of 54 years, the late Robert I. Morris, and together they lived in Texas, California, Korea, and Sassafras, Md., until settling in Delaware, where she worked as a sales auditor for JC Penney's department store. Nita joined Bethany Baptist Church, Newport, in 1957, and took on many active roles within the church including teaching Sunday and Bible school, delivering for Meals On Wheels, as well as many others.
Nita was preceded in death in 2000 by her husband, Robert. Her parents, three brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death. She is survived by four sons and their spouses, Robert I., Jr., and Un Pok, of Appalachin, N.Y., Richard L., and Carol, of Townsend, John J., and Janis Stephens, of Hockessin, and David L., and Lucy Stephens, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; her sister, June Plumley of Charleston, W.V.; her grandchildren, Kimberly, and her husband, Glenn David, Brian, and his wife, Megen, Scott, Sean, and Erin; and her great grandchildren, David, Courtney, and Jessica.
A funeral service was held on April 25 at the McCrery Memorial Chapel. Interment was in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720; or to Bethany Baptist Church, 410 Denver Rd., Newport, DE 19804.
Adelaide "Nana" Francis Heckman, of Middletown, passed peacefully on Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at the Silver Lake Center in Dover. She was 97.
Mrs. Heckman was born and raised at "The Liston's" of Taylors Bridge, was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church and also attended the Bethesda United Methodist Church in Middletown. She was the oldest living member of Bethesda, and was referred to as the "Icon of the Church" by the Rev. Isabel Gardner.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira A. Heckman, in 1983. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth S. Sheats, of Lewes; three grandsons, Leland Sheats, of Clayton, Law J. Sheats, and his wife, Katie, of Millville, and Julian J. "Chip" Sheats, and his wife, Joanna, of Warwick; and seven great-grandchildren, Zachary, Daniel, Lauren, Michael, Calley, Morgan and Savannah.
A funeral service was held on April 23 at the Bethesda United Methodist Church. Interment was private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Bethesda United Methodist Church, 116 E. Main St., Middletown, DE 19709.
Marilyn Rita McGovern
Marilyn Rita McGovern, of Bear, formerly of Middletown, peacefully passed away with family by her side on April 23, 2005, after a five-year battle with cancer. She was 71.
Marilyn was born in New York City, N.Y., where she attended grade school. After WWII, she moved with her family to Hicksville, N.Y. She graduated from Hicksville High School, where she met her husband Robert McGovern. In 1984, she moved to Middletown after her husband’s retirement. For a number of years, Marilyn worked as a crossing guard in Middletown.
Marilyn is predeceased by her husband, Robert. She is also predeceased by her brother, Allan Giannielli. She is survived by her mother, Margaret Giannelli, of Amityville, N.Y.; her daughters, Denise Smith, of Bear, Michelle Calandra, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Jacqueline Tumey, of Bear, and Corinne McGovern, of Berwyn, Pa; seven grandchildren who knew her as “Amma”; and her sister, Rita Grell, of Massapequa, N.Y.
Mass of Christian Burial was offered April 27 at St. Francis Xavier Shrine “Old Bohemia” near Warwick. Interment was in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
George Luther Caley
George Luther Caley, of Smyrna, died at home on Tuesday, April 19, 2005. He was 82.
Mr. Caley was born on April 4, 1923, in Columbia, Pa., son of the late John Martin Caley, and Miriam Price Caley.
Mr. Caley was a 1940 graduate of Columbia (Pa.) High School, and entered Millersville State Teachers College in 1941. In 1943, he was called to service in the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the 42nd Cavalry Squadron of the 3rd Army. He served in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. After his discharge, he returned to Millersville State, and graduated in 1948.
After teaching for a year in Pennsylvania, he moved to Delaware. He taught at schools in Kenton and Smyrna from 1949-1962. He later worked for Leeds Travelware, Clayton, Tyler Refrigeration, Smyrna and the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, where he worked for a time at the State Archives, and then as a museum guide, retiring in 1988.
George had a lifelong interest in history and genealogy, and was considered the foremost authority on the history of the Smyrna-Clayton area and its residents. He was a founding member of the Duck Creek Historical Society, and a longtime president and secretary of the group. He authored four books: Duck Creek Crossroads-Smyrna, Del. 1768-1968; Postcards of Yesteryear – Del. and Elsewhere; History of Asbury U.M. Church; and Footprints of the Past. In addition, he held memberships in many other historical organizations in Del., Pa., and Md.
He was also a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Smyrna, where he served for many years in various capacities, including: junior choir director, Sunday school teacher for 37 years, lay speaker for 35 years, and lengthy terms on the administrative board and as church historian. Mr. Caley was also active for many years in various historical organizations within the Peninsula – Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Mr. Caley was a member of VFW Post 8801, Clayton, where he served as Chaplain from 1970 to the present day. He also served as the State VFW Chaplain for two years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Irene Moffitt Caley; and a sister, Josephine C. Avila, of Costa Mesa, Calif.
Services were held on April 25 at Asbury United Methodist Church, Smyrna. Interment was in Glenwood Cemetery, Smyrna.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to either the Duck Creek Historical Society, P.O. Box 335, Smyrna, DE 19977 or to Glenwood Cemetery, c/o Asbury United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 330, Smyrna, DE 19977.
Raymond Roy Greer
Raymond Roy “Ray” Greer, of Elkton, Md., formerly of Newark, died on Thursday, April 21, 2005 in Elkton. He was 38.
Mr. Greer was employed as an auto mechanic for both Midas and Meineke in Elkton and Newark. He enjoyed drag racing, cars and his family.
He was predeceased by his brother, Allan Giannielli. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Tracey A. Greer, of Elkton; sons, Matthew W. Lawhorn, of Elkton, and Benjamin R. Woodman, of Newark; daughter, Amanda Rae Greer, of Elkton; sisters, Chris Reed, of Middletown, Ida Mae Barlow, of Golts, Md., and Robin Schilling, of Jersey City, N.J. brother, Wayne Bunting; parents, Patty Sue and Donald H. Kloeppner; father-in-law, Cliff Lawhorn, of New Castle; sisters-in-law, Donna Carr, of Elkton, and Tammy Cason, of New Castle; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, James R. Greer; and his mother-in-law, Frances Lawhorn.
A funeral service was held on April 27, at Gee Funeral Home, Elkton. Interment was in Nottingham Missionary Baptist Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Helen B. Graham Cancer Center, in memory of Raymond Greer, c/o the funeral home.
David J. Morris, Jr.
David J. "Buddy" Morris, Jr., of Townsend, died Sunday, April 24, 2005, at the Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover. He was 63.
Buddy had retired from the Appoquinimink School District after 17 years as a custodian. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid NASCAR Fan.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Lula Belle and three brothers, George and Dwight Morris and Francis Reed. Mr. Morris is survived by his wife of 30 years, Bessie J. Morris; two daughters and son-in-laws, Crystal Morris, and Thomas Selheimer, with whom he lived in Townsend, Teena and Ralph Heverin of Dover, and a son and daughter-in-law, John and Tammy Morris, of Felton; six grandchildren, Heather, Kristina, Catherine, David , John, Melanie, two brothers, Willard Morris of Kenton and James Morris of Pickering Beach; five sisters, Ruth Drews of Smyrna, Olabelle Coppoch and Virginia Crouse, both of Felton, Hilda Ronocker, of Rock Hall, and Phyllis Vincent, of Georgia; and a special sister-in-law, Ethel Reed, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 28, at 1 p.m. in the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, where friends may call one hour before the services. Interment will be in the Townsend Cemetery.
Nancy Lee Wallace Lewis, of Colonial Beach, Va., formerly of Middletown, passed away suddenly April 21, 2005, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va. She was 53.
She was preceded in death by her father, George C. Wallace, Sr. and a nephew, Paul G. Zeitler, Jr. Nancy is survived by her daughters, Lisa Bullins and her husband, Jimmy, of Newark, Diana Dunn, and her husband, Tim, of Virginia, and Cheyenne Martin, of Virginia; her companion, Ronnie J. Martin; her mother, Lillian M. Wallace, of Middletown; and five grandchildren, Jamie, Crystal and Courtney Bullins, all of Newark, and Ashley Norman and Katlyn Smith, both of Virginia. Other survivors include four sisters, Sarah Zeitler, of Middletown, Betty Roth, of Smyrna, Mary Frazer, of Galena, Md., and Donna Wallace, of Middletown; two brothers, George Wallace, Jr., of Townsend, and Larry Wallace, of Middletown; and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend Nancy's committal service in Glenwood Cemetery of Asbury United Methodist Church in Smyrna on Saturday, April 30, 2005, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to help defray the cost of the funeral, c/o Beeson Memorial Service, 2053 Pulaski Hwy., Newark, DE 19702-3503.
Dorothy P. Peoples Yearsley, of Port Penn, died Friday, April 22, 2005, at Wilmington Hospital. She was 84.
Mrs. Yearsley was born in Hockessin on December 4, 1920, to William M. and Florence A. Hobson Peoples. She was a graduate of Conrad High School and then Beacom College. She married McCoy A. "Mac" Yearsley in 1942. Mrs. Yearsley had been a secretary for Continental Life Insurance Company, Delaware Hardware and Tidewater/Getty/Texaco. She was a member of the Port Penn Presbyterian Church, Port Penn Area Historical Society, Chuck's Travel Club, Texaco (Premcor) Retiree's Association and the Robert Taylor American Legion Auxiliary Post #13.
Mrs. Yearsley was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1990. She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Y., and her husband, Dr. T. Gregory Lynch, of Bear; a brother, William Alfred Peoples, and his wife, Charlotte, of Cambridge, Md; and three grandchildren, Colleen E., Lauren A., and Thomas M. Lynch. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor P. Jester.
A funeral service was held on April 26, 2005, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home. Interment was in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Port Penn.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Port Penn Presbyterian Church, 8 W. Market St., Port Penn, DE 19731.
Billy Thomas Hall
Billy Thomas Hall of Newark went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 22, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was 74.
Mr. Hall was born on Aug. 12, 1932, in Pittsville, Md., son of the late Eddie and Pauline (Donaway) Hall.
He served his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea.
Mr. Hall worked and devoted his entire life to thoroughbred horse racetracks. In 2001, he retired from the Maryland Racing Association. For nine years, he worked for Mrs. R.D. DuPont at Bohemia Stables.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Elizabeth Mumford and Peggy Hall.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Dorothy “Dottie” Thompson Hall; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Tom Hall and his girlfriend, K.C. Crosby, and Eddie and Lori Hall; four grandchildren, Brandon Hall, Ashli Hall, Ashley VanGilder and Megan Watson; three great-grandchildren, Bryce Hall, Ashton Watson and Jaaron Watson; and six siblings, Ray Hall of Willards, Md., Hilda Foskey and Betty White, both of Pittsville, Md., Doris Quillen of Ocean City, Md., Jean Coffin of Selbyville and Dot Mumford of Georgetown.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, 212 N. Broad Street, Middletown, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial with military honors will be held at Delaware Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Living Waters Church of God, 498 E. Chestnut Hill Road, Newark, DE 19713.
Kathleen A. ‘Kathy’ (Grove) Douglas
Kathleen A. “Kathy” (Grove) Douglas of Middletown passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2007, at Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 63.
Mrs. Douglas worked as a New Castle County crossing guard for the past 12 years. She enjoyed her job and made sure the children crossed safely to their destination.
She especially enjoyed playing bingo on Thursday evenings with all of her bingo ladies at the VFW. She loved working in the yard and having friends and family admire her flowers.
Mrs. Douglas was a charter member of the Volunteer Hose Ladies Auxiliary in Middletown, where she served as vice president and was a member of the Caesar Rodney Chapter No. 8 Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert M. Jr. and Anna S. Grove; and a brother, Robert “Bobby” Grove III.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Alan Douglas; a daughter and a son-in-law, Donna and Billy Joe Smith of Felton; three grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, Billy Joe Jr. and Amanda Smith of Dover, Timothy L. Smith and his girlfriend, Krystle Lewicki, and Nicholas J. Smith, all of Felton; a sister, Barbara “Bonnie” Taylor of Millville, N.J.; a brother and a sister-in-law, John “Jack” and Carol Grove of Smyrna; her mother-in-law, Margaret Douglas; a brother-in-law, Dave Douglas and his wife, Patricia, of Newport; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and three very special “furry” friends, D.J., Momma Kitty and Baby.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown.
Services will be 10 a.m. on Friday, April 27 at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Delaware Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 381, Middletown, DE 19709.
Harold Gene Boulden
Harold Gene Boulden of Cecilton, Md., died Sunday, April 22, 2007, at his home. He was 80.
Mr. Boulden was born on Sept. 8, 1926, in Fredericktown, Md., son of the late Harry and Mayme Burris Boulden.
As a young man he played semi-pro baseball in Cecil County, Md., and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a 31-year employee with the State of Maryland, 21 years with the State Police assigned to the North East and Centreville Barracks, retiring with the rank of sergeant in 1974. From 1976 to 2002, he was the Chief Court Bailiff for Cecil County.
Mr. Boulden was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the Retired Troopers Association, Cecilton Lions Club, where he had serve two terms as president, an associate member of Cecilton Volunteer Fire Company, and the M.O.T. Seniors. He was a master mason with the Masonic Lodge No. 125 and a life member of VFW Post 7687, both of Chesapeake City, Md.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Ann Boulden; an infant grandson; and great-grandson.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Joyce Davis Boulden; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Gale B. and Gary Warren of Middletown and Kimberly B. and Larry Dixon of Cecilton; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Robert G. and Pamela Boulden of Cecilton, Md., and Samuel A. and JoAnn Craig of Elkton, Md.; a sister, Jane B. Laws of Camden; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Sarah Sanders of Earleville, Md.
Services will be held on Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 10 Glebe Road, Earleville, Md.
Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Cecilton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice, 133 N. Bridge St., Elkton, MD 21921; or St. Stephen’s Cemetery Fund, 10 Glebe Road, Earleville, MD 21919.
Howard B. ‘Butch’ Carter III
Howard B. “Butch” Carter III of Middletown went to rest after a courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at his home, with his loving family at his side. He was 61.
Mr. Carter was born in Camden, N.J., son of the late Howard and Viola (Bates) Carter.
Raised in Middletown, he was a graduate of Middletown High School.
Mr. Carter worked for Adel Construction. Following his retirement from Adel, he went to work for the Town of Middletown as an equipment operator, where he worked until his illness.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter and a son-in-law, Ann and Billy Kaiser of Middletown; a son, Howard B. Carter IV and his girlfriend, Cricket Neall, of Middletown; two grandchildren, who were the love of his life, Makenzi and Kolin of Middletown; a brother and a sister-in-law, Charles and Suzanne Carter of Townsend; and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ella Patterson of New Jersey and Betty and George Piser of Middletown; and his caregivers and nieces, Phyllis Wallis and Jennifer Hackney.
Services were held on April 24 at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, Middletown.
Burial was in Forest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Pancreatic Cancer Headquarters, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Sequnda, CA 90245; or to the M.O.T. Jean Birch Senior Center, 300 S. Scott St., Middletown, DE 19709.
Elizabeth P. Keen
Elizabeth P. Keen passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2007, at Harbour Health Care Center in Lewes. She was 90.
Mrs. Keen was born on Jan. 30, 1917, on a farm near Middletown, daughter of the late John Elmer and Ethel (Cochran) Price.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton C. Keen, in 1968.
She is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law, Diane and Carey Hutchison of Brentwood, Calif., and Debbie and Leonard Marsch of Lewes; a son and a daughter-in-law, Laurence L. and Sharon Keen of West Grove, Pa.; a sister, Anna Ray Price of Middletown; a granddaughter, Beth Ann Hutchison-Lopez and her husband, Ed, of Brentwood; seven grandsons, Don Hutchison of Mundelein, Ill., Laurence Hutchison of Cloverdale, Calif., Dan Keen of Lothian, Md., David Keen of Cochranville, Pa., L. Lee Keen of Shadyside, Md., and Chatham Marsch and Richard Marsch, both of Lewes; six great-grandsons; and four great-granddaughters.
Services were held on April 21 at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, Middletown.
Burial was in Old St. Anne’s Cemetery, Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Delaware Hospice, Inc., 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.