George E. Cooper
George E. Cooper, of Townsend, died peacefully at Kent General Hospital on Sunday, January 26, 2003. He was 81.
Born on July 19, 1921, George lived a full life as a beloved father and grandfather. He proudly served in the 11th Armored Division of the U.S. Army during World War II where he was awarded a bronze star for heroic achievement of service. Upon his return from the war, he worked at Clifton Park Manor Apartments until his retirement 35 years later. He was an avid collector of dye cast cars, American Indian memorabilia, model tractors, and marbles. He enjoyed weekend trips to Washington, D.C., especially to visit the Smithsonian Institute, and trips to local flea markets, where many of his treasures were found.
George was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Pat.
He is survived by his loving daughter and caretaker, Pamela, His grandchildren Mark, Elaina, Gordon, Paige, Jordanna and Joel; six great grandchildren, his brothers Robert and Jackie, and his dog Doby. His endearing sense of humor still makes his family chuckle and will always be remembered.
A private military service was held at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear.
Myrtle A. Daniels
Myrtle A. Daniels, of Smyrna, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003 in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital. She was 80.
Mrs. Daniels was the daughter of the late Harvey and Elva Biddle.
Mrs. Daniels was a homemaker and enjoyed collecting porcelain dolls and spending time with her family, who all loved her very much.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Austin J. Daniels in 1973.
She is survived by six daughters and five sons-in-law, Margaret and William McFadden of Woodside, Ethel and Lewis Morris of Clayton, Anna and Dennis Hoebee of Smyrna, Mary and Tom Say of Cheswold, Barbara and Rick McLamb of Smyrna and Jenny Daniels, also of Smyrna; four sons and three daughter-in-law, Lee and Fran Biddle of Clayton, James and Sharon Daniels of Smyrna, Robert and Brenda Daniels of Smyrna, and her devoted son who cared for her and with whom she lived with, Richard Daniels of Smyrna; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday, Feb. 22, in Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
James N. Gill, Sr.
James N. Gill Sr., of Smyrna, died on Saturday, February 21, 2004 at Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover. He was 72.
He was born on Sept. 5, 1931 in Middleberg, Pa. Mr. Gill was a Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years, retiring as a Tech. Sergeant in 1971.
He also retired from American Mirrex, Delaware City, in 1992. Mr. Gill enjoyed helping his friends Patty and Norm for many years at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Smyrna.
He was preceded in death by his wife, RuthAnna “Peaches” Gill, in 1988.
He is survived by two daughters, Marlene Griffin, of E. St. Louis, Ill.; Lynne Rose, of Clayton; a son, James Gill, Jr., of Smyrna; three stepdaughters, Kathleen Sanchez, of Clayton; Ellen Ellis and Brenda Thompson, both of Smyrna; a stepson, Thomas McNabb, of Felton; three sisters, Helen Groner, of Sunbury, Pa.; Vina Bowersox, of McVeightown, Pa.; and Mary Walters, of Selingsgrove, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews; and a close friend, Ruby Figgatt, of Smyrna.
Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., in Smyrna. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Smyrna-Clayton Veteran’s Memorial Fund, c/o Pratt Insurance, 4 Village Square, Smyrna, DE, 19977.
Nancy Knapp Allen
Nancy Knapp Allen, of Lewes, died at her home on Friday, February 20, 2004. She was 79.
Nancy was born on July 22, 1924 to Leslie G. and Maude H. Knapp in Nassau. She graduated from Lewes High School in 1942 and from Cornell University in 1946. She was employed in Wilmington, as a social worker for the State Board of Welfare. She married Olin S. Allen, II in 1949 and eventually settled in the Wilmington area. She lived there for 40 years before moving back to her beloved hometown of Lewes. She was an active member in the Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma and attended St. Albans Episcopal Church.
She and her family enjoyed their summer home at Bayview Beach, where she served on the community's Board of Directors. In addition, Nancy was a homemaker and an avid reader.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1991.
She is survived by a son, Olin Allen III, and his wife Becky of Middletown, two daughters, Nancy Allen Murray and husband Michael of Washington Crossing, Pa. and Ann H. Allen and husband Ron Athey of Cumberland, Md. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Melissa and Christina Murray, and a brother, Halsey G. Knapp, and his wife Joan.
A visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Parsell Funeral Home & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Lewes Presbyterian Church, 133 Kings Highway, Lewes. Interment will be held on Monday, March 1, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Silver Brook Cemetery, in Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lewes Presbyterian Church.
Matthew Graham, Jr.
Matthew Graham, Jr., of Townsend, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2004, in the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Wilmington. He was 61.
Mr. Graham was a plant manager for RCP Corp. in New Castle. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Bay of Pigs Invasion and was also a life member of the Middletown VFW Post 3792, Masonic Lodge #19 AF&AM in New Castle, and served as captain of two pool teams, the Silverbullets and the Eliminators. He enjoyed working in his garden, loved his dogs, and was an avid NASCAR Fan.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Katherine; a stepson, Malcom McAlpin of Kenton; three brothers, Brady of Oklahoma City, Bill of Blue Ridge, Va., and Lloyd of Midway, W.Va.; a sister, Nancy Crutcher, also of Midway; three grandchildren, Samantha, Malcom, and Robert.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, at noon, at the Middletown Fire Hall, located at 15 West Green Street, Middletown. Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Bear.
In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Matthew Graham Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 41, Townsend, DE, 19734.
Brittany Marie Lafferty
Brittany Marie Lafferty, of West Grove, Pa., died Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at the Christiana Hospital in Newark. She was 16.
Born in Newport News, Va., daughter of William and Sherry Matson Lafferty of West Grove, Brittany was a junior at Avon Grove High School.
She was very enthusiastic about school sports and especially fond of the new Avon Grove football program. She attended the New London Presbyterian Youth Fellowship program. Her joys in life included shopping, swimming, driving her Mustang and especially her special group of friends, the "Hillbillies."
In addition to her parents, survivors include her grandparents, Hugh and Charlet Lafferty of Odessa, Thelma and Donald Farmer of Shallotte, N.C., Donna Matson of Chadds Ford, Howard Morris, Jr. of Cochranville; and great grandmother, Nancy Williams of Jennersville. Also surviving are three brothers, Billy Jr. and Joey, both at home, Carl Vanheckle of Middletown; a nephew; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the New London Presbyterian Church, 1986 Newark Rd. (Del. 896) in New London.
Interment followed in the adjoining cemetery.
Contributions may be made to "Ground Zero," a youth fellowship program, at P.O. Box 269, New London, PA 19360.
Emma V. Weaver
Emma V. Weaver, of Warwick, died Thursday, February 19, 2004. She was 63.
Mrs. Weaver was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Weaver.
Survivors include her children, Billy Weaver, Middletown, Robin Lockerman and Penny Harper, both of Townsend; siblings, Mary Hanna, Lancaster, Pa., Dwight Griest, Denver, Pa., and Cathy Heaton, Peach Bottom, Pa.; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held, Monday, Feb. 23, at Hicks Home For Funerals, in Elkton.
Jozlyn Faye Brown
Jozlyn Faye Brown, of Middletown, ended her work on Earth Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at Christiana Hospital. She was 17.
Jozlyn Faye Brown
Jozlyn was a junior at Middletown High School, maintaining a GPA of 4.0 and ranked 38th in a class of 318 students.
She was a member of the Pop Warner M.O.T. Championship Dance Squad in middle school and traveled to Orlando, Fla. to compete in the national competition.
Since entering high school, she was a member of the Blue & Gold Special Olympics Program, Student Council, Art Club, Environmental Club, Freshman Field Hockey Team, Interact Club, Powerline Youth Ministries, Girls Only Bible Study, and was recently inducted into the National Honor Society.
She was recognized for the Governors School of Excellence in Visual Arts and achieved a distinguished score on DSTP Science. Jozlyn was an active member of the Praise Assembly of God Church in Newark.
Born in Danbury, Conn. February 16, 1987, Jozlyn is survived by her mother, Shelly Brown, Shelly’s life partner Mary Zuvic; her brother, Ryan Zuvic; her longtime boyfriend, Wesley Tribbit, of Newark; her father, Tim Currier and Dawne of Wilmington; and sisters, Shelly Allen and her husband, Michael, of Oxford, Conn., and Shannon Hartnett. Her grandmother, Jo Ann Brown; aunts, Stephanie Cypher and her husband, Philip, of Danbury, Conn., Meredith McDermott and her fiancé, Douglas Ingraham, of Ridgefield, Conn., and Lynne Begany; cousins, Jason and Matthew Begany and Daniel Kelleher; great uncles, Kevin Brown of Dale, N.Y., twins Ronald and Douglas Brown of Lubbock, Texas, Gordon Brown of California; and great aunt, Jo Ann Wurt of Dale, N.Y. also survive her.
The funeral service was held on Sunday, Feb. 22.
A scholarship has been established in her name at Middletown High School. Donations may be made to the Jozlyn Faye Brown Memorial Scholarship, c/o Middletown High School, 120 Silver Lake Rd., Middletown, DE, 19709.
H. Clayton Brittingham
H. Clayton Brittingham, passed away Monday, February 16, 2004, at Forwood Manor. He was 98.
Born in Goldsboro, Md. in 1905 to the late Gillis and Annie Brittingham, Mr. Brittingham came to Wilmington in 1924 and started with the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1926, working until his retirement in 1969. He was a member of Oriental Lodge #27 AF&AM and Moose Lodge #1578, both for more than 50 years, and he was a member of the Durney Post American Legion. Mr. Brittingham had a home in Stevensville, Md., where he would go boating and fishing. He also loved gardening.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine Brittingham, in 1975; and his brother, Clark Brittingham of Felton, who was buried on Wednesday of last week.
Survivors include his wife, Martha R. Brittingham; son, C. Wayne Brittingham and his wife, Vivien, of Delaware City; and two sisters, Pearl Woodring of Naples, Fla. and Doris Dagnatts of Felton. His grandchildren, B. Barry and R. Alan Brittingham and Valerie Edwards, all of Middletown; six great grandchildren; and three stepchildren also survive him.
A funeral service was held Feb. 20, at the Gracelawn Memorial Park Chapel. Burial was in the adjoining park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Community Fellowship Church, 200 Armstrong Ave., Wilmington, DE 19805.
Edward C. Froelich, Sr.
Edward C. Froelich, Sr., of Philadelphia, died Saturday, February 21, 2004 at Jeanes Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 82.
Edward served in the Army and U.S. Marines during WWII and part of Korea. He was a member of the Lodenslager Legion Post #366.
He was preceded in death by his wife Gertrude M. (Deeny) in 1998.
He is survived by his son Edward C. Jr. and his wife Marlene of Bensalem, Pa. and his son Robert E. and his wife, Doris of Middletown; grandchildren Kimberly and her husband, Michael, Amanda and Kevin; great grandson Ryan; brother John and his wife, sister Helen and the late Daniel, Edwina and Eve; and his good friend Mary Wilk.
Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 24. The Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Cecilia's Church (Fox Chase). Interment followed in Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in his name to Burholme First Aid Corps, 830 Bleigh St., Philadelphia, PA 19111.
Richard Wayne Russ
Richard Wayne Russ, of Bath, N.Y., formerly of Middletown, passed away on February 13, 2004. He was 54.
Rick was born to the late Samuel and Verna Russ in Delaware on January 4, 1950.
Rick entered the Army in 1969, served his country in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1971 at the rank of SP-4.
Rick is survived by one daughter, Angela Russ of Georgetown; one son, Kevin Russ, also of Georgetown; three sisters, Dawn Rittler of Chesapeake City, Md., Becky Carman and her husband, Richard of Northeast, Md., and Julie Alexander and her husband, Joe, of Middletown, and one brother, David Russ of Middletown. Two grandsons; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, also survive.
A committal service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Chesapeake City Road, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Edith “Edie” Priestley Knotts, of Smyrna, passed away February 22, 2004 at Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover. She was 69.
She was born in Flushing, N.Y. on October 27, 1934, the daughter of the late Albert and Gertrude Priestley. She was the oldest of three children. She moved with her family to Delaware in 1948, when her parents established the Suburban Gas Co. in Glasgow.
In 1949, she met the man who was to become her husband. Kenneth and Edie Knotts married at Newark Methodist Church on December 17, 1955.
Edie served as an elementary school teacher for the Newark Special School District, and later the Smyrna School District for a combined 27 years. She retired from teaching in 1991, but continued to work until 1997 for the Dover District Office of the United Methodist Church as a Secretary to the Superintendent. She was active all of her life in the church and her community.
Edie was a faithful member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Smyrna, and was involved inside and outside the church in outreach for Christ. She loved the Lord Jesus and she loved people. She was always ready to offer encouragement and support to others. She will be missed greatly but we know that she is home now and forever.
In addition to her husband Kenneth, she is survived by a son, David, of Harrington; three daughters, Karen Swartz, and Jill Walters, both of Smyrna; and Kathy Pepper, of Lewes; two brothers, Howard Priestley, of Dover; and Everett Priestley, of Lewisville, Pa.; 10 grandchildren, Amy Walters; Andy Swartz; Angel Swartz; Jeff Still; Rebecca Pepper; Hannah Pepper; Jen Pepper; Tara Stewart; Laverne Jerread; and Meghan Knotts; and two great-grandchildren; Marc and Jacob Stewart.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday Feb. 26 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 20-24 W. Mt. Vernon St., Smyrna, where friends may call at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Barratts Chapel Cemetery, near Frederica.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in her memory to Asbury United Methodist Church, PO Box 330, Smyrna, De. 19977, or to the Smyrna Boys and Girls Club, 240 E. Commerce St., Smyrna, De. 19977 (Please note on the check memo “Smyrna-Clayton Unit”)