Rodger Dean Franklin, 61
HARTLY - Rodger Dean Franklin of Hartly died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 61.
Mr. Franklin was born Feb. 20, 1941, in Decatur, Ill., son of the late Skyler and Leona (Seitz) Franklin.
He served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1978 from Dover Air Force Base with the rank of master sergeant.
He was employed, at the time of his death, with the Dover Post Office as a caser/sorter with 23 years' service.
Mr. Franklin was a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Esther Franklin; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Paul Franklin of Raleigh, N.C., and Jeffery and Pamela Franklin of Wake Forest, N.C.; a daughter, Jo Franklin of Dover; a brother, Donald Franklin of San Antonio; two sisters, Delores Spellbring and Shirley Wombacker, both of Decatur; four grandchildren, Justin Franklin, Hannah Franklin, Brandon Franklin and Ryan Franklin, all of Wake Forest; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
Burial with full military honors will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Ida Bell Baker, 81
LEWES - Ida Bell Baker of Lewes, and formerly of Lambertville, N.J., died of congestive heart failure Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 81.
Mrs. Baker was born in Trenton, N.J., daughter of the late Elmer Jones and Lydia Wall Jones.
Before retirement, she was a supervisor for the Belmont Forwarders in Lambertville.
She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Mrs. Baker was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lambertville, the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 28 of Oak Orchard/Riverdale and the Lewes Senior Center.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer; and a sister, Alice.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn and Robert Holbert of Warrington, Pa.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be private.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services of Long Neck.
Gary Tyrone Downs, 44
NEW YORK CITY - Gary Tyrone Downs of New York City, formerly of Millsboro, Del., died Sunday, July 21, 2002, in his home. He was 44.
Mr. Downs was born in New York, son of Florence W. Downs of Millsboro and the late Asa Downs Sr.
He was a self-employed computer programmer.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Asa Downs Jr. of Millsboro.
Services were in the Chapel in Springhill Memory Gardens, Hebron, Md. Dr. Alfred R. Jones officiated.
Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
Levesta Durphy, 85
ELKTON, Md. - Levesta Durphy of Elkton, formerly of Middletown, Del., died of natural causes Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, in Laurelwood Nursing Center, Elkton. She was 85.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Rehoboth Church of God in Christ Jesus, Apostolic, 209 Lake St., Middletown.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the church, where friends also may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Summit, Del.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Cecilton.
Grace Holden Faust, 89
SUDLERSVILLE, Md. - Grace Holden Faust of Sudlersville died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, in Silver Lake Center, Dover. She was 89.
Mrs. Faust was born in Barclay, Md., daughter of the late Lewis B. and Bessie B. Comegys Holden.
She was a homemaker.
She loved to do crossword puzzles, find-a-word and cooking. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, yard sales and flea markets.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Faust Sr., in 1978; a daughter, Mary Lou; two sons, William H. Faust Jr. and Robert L. Faust; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Seward and Margaret A. Burris; three brothers, William A. Holden, James F. Holden and Sonny Comegys.
She is survived by a son, Malcolm E. Faust Sr. of Sudlersville; a sister, Josephine Kenton of Templeville; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Services were private.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Co., Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 61, Sudlersville, MD 21651.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 370 W. Cypress St., Millington, MD 21651.
MAGNOLIA - Charlotte Kyle of Magnolia, formerly of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2002, in her home.
Mrs. Kyle is survived by her husband, Robert I. Kyle; a daughter, Roberta Coley; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner's Hospital, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140.
Arrangements by Pippin Funeral Home, Wyoming.
Marina Virginia Pitts, 69
GEORGETOWN - Marina Virginia Pitts of Georgetown, formerly of Selbyville, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, in Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin, Md. She was 69.
Mrs. Pitts was born in Selbyville, daughter of the late Thomas and Eva Davis Wolford.
She worked at Mountaineer of Delmarva in Selbyville for 36 years retiring in 1988.
Mrs. Pitts was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church, Selbyville, for many years, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, secretary and treasurer, a lay speaker, and was a member of the usher board and the United Methodist Women of Zoar Church.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Frankie J. Pitts of Georgetown; three daughters, Joan Perkins of Frankford, Marie Taylor of Clarksville, and Sansan Chandler of Chicago; a son, Wendell Postley of Philadelphia; a cousin and very close friend, Bessie Mae Williams of Philadelphia; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the Zoar U.M. Church, Roxana Road, Selbyville, where friends may call two hours earlier. The Rev. Lehman R. Tomlin will officiate.
Burial will be in Zoar Golden Acres Cemetery, Selbyville.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
Nelson J. Forney Jr., 86
DOVER - Nelson J. Forney Jr. of Dover died Tuesday, May 22, in his home. He was 86.
Mr. Forney was a graduate of Dover High School in 1932. He continued his vocational education at Bowman School of Watchmaking and Engraving in Lancaster, Pa.
He married Wanda L. Monroe in 1936 and together they operated jewelry stores in Georgetown, Easton, Md., and Chestertown, Md., before taking over the jewelry business founded by his parents, Nelson J. Forney and Nellie Lankford Forney, now known as Forney's Jewelers. This store has been in downtown Dover on Loockermann Street since 1921.
Mr. Forney was an active member of First Baptist Church of Dover for many years, singing in men's quartets and the Senior Choir and serving as a deacon, trustee and on numerous other committees.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Lankford Forney.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Spicer Leaming of Dover; three granddaughters, Jennifer Wadman, Amanda Leaming and Katherine Baker, 11 great-grandchildren, 13 nephews and nieces.
A Celebration of Life service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Dover, Walker Road, where friends may call one hour prior to the service or immediately following the service.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Children's Ministry of the Baptist Church of Dover and/or Main Street Dover.
James Alvin Miliner Jr., 63
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - James Alvin Miliner Jr. of Chestertown died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, in Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital. He was 63.
Mr. Miliner was born in Elkridge, the son the late James Alvin Sr. and Mildred Julia Coughlin Miliner.
He was a 1957 graduate of Howard High School in Howard County.
Mr. Miliner owned and operated Chesapeake Motel in Grasonville, as well as White Elk Motel and Econo Lodge, both in Elkridge. He retired in the early 1980s and worked as a commercial fisherman in Florida for 10 years before moving to Chestertown in 1991. While in Chestertown, he operated a shuttle service, Country Sedan, and also drove for Washington College until his illness.
He enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Pindell, in 2000.
He is survived by a son, James A. Miliner III of Baltimore; and a sister, Joan Byrne of Hedgesville, W.Va.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 tonight at Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 130 Speer Road in Chestertown.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Stevensville Cemetery, Stevensville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital, 100 Brown Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.
Kenneth A. Moten, 57
SALISBURY, Md. - Kenneth A. Moten of Salisbury died Thursday, May 17, 2001, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was 57.
Service was held at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Salisbury.
Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery, Salisbury.
Cartier Ashaun Peete, 4 months
DOVER - Cartier Ashaun Peete of Dover died Monday, May 21, 2001, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 4 months old.
Cartier was born Dec. 28, 2000, son of David and Angelia Peete.
He was a child born with a bright spirit and a fighting heart. A special and loving little boy, he brought so much joy to everyone who met him.
In his four months of life, Cartier filled many lives with love and happiness and made an imprint on our lives that will last forever and always.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his big brother, Chaz Armon; maternal grandmother, Minette Simms of Dover; maternal grandfather, Gilven Simms of Dover; paternal grandparents, Annjanette Thompson of Wilmington, and Antonio and Cheryl Rogers of Washington, D.C.; four uncles, Garfield Simms of Newark, Anthony Saunders of Dover, Nakia Peete of Landover, Md. and Antonio Rogers Jr. of Washington, D.C.; four aunts, Donna Saunders of Dover, Teresa Simms of Newark, Nakita Peete of Landover, Md. and Constance Rogers of Washington, D.C.; eight cousins, Garfield Simms III and Brandon Simms, both of Newark, Tyler Saunders and Micah Saunders, both of Dover, Maiya Henderson, Destini Leftridge, Derrick Leftridge and Michel Peete, all of Landover, Md., and a host of other caring family and friends.
Service will be noon Friday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 717 West Division St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Sharon Hill Cemetery immediately following the service.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Cartier Ashaun Peete Trust, Dover Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 02009, Dover AFB, DE 19902.
Elwood W. Pinder, 86
MAGNOLIA - Elwood W. Pinder of Magnolia died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover. He was 86.
Mr. Pinder was born Feb. 13, 1915, in Maryland, son of the late James Albert Pinder and Grace Jane Jackson Pinder.
He was employed as a construction worker for a firm which erected the DuPont nylon plant in Seaford and General Foods in Dover.
He lived his life doing the things that he loved the most, which included being the first African-American man to cut buttons in the state of Delaware. He was also an active member for 35 years with the Laborers International Union of North America, Local 847.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ella Jolly, and Verge Pinder; five brothers, Douglas Pinder, Elzie Pinder, Edward Pinder, Earnest Pinder and Albert J. Pinder.
He is survived by a beautiful, loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Mary J. Pinder; six children, Darlene Bolden, Susan Joyner, Lee Ross, Ronald Wright, Donald Wright and Harry Sturgis, all of Delaware; a nephew, Isaac J.. Cannon Jr. of Virginia; two sisters, Millecent Cannon and Grethel Townsend, both of Wilmington; a brother, Hansel Pinder of Houston, and a host of nieces, nephews and close friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Calvary Methodist Church, 28 Church St., Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Federal Hill Cemetery, Federalsburg, Md.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home in Dover.
Victoria Rickards, 48
LINCOLN - Victoria Rickards of Lincoln died of cancer Sunday, May 20, 2001, in her home. She was 48.
Mrs. Rickards was born Nov. 11, 1952, in Milford, the daughter of Queen Williams of Lincoln.
She was a dietitian with Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Rickards was a member of the Philadelphia Pentecostal Church in Ellendale.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Anthony Rickards Sr. of Lincoln; two sons, Anthony Jr. and Jamaur both at home; two daughters, Annette Downing of Lewes and Christina Rickards of Lincoln; four brothers, William Herring of Elizabeth City, N.C., and Theodore Williams, Boyd Williams and Franklin Williams, all of Lincoln; five sisters, Rose Mary McQueen and Audrey Harris both of South Mills, N.C., Melva Whaley of Millsboro, and Delilah Waters and Alice Gibbs both of Lincoln; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Philadelphia Pentecostal Church, Old State Road in Ellendale, where friends may call two hours prior to service.
Burial will be in Old Hickory Cemetery, Slaughter Neck.
Freddie B. Thomas, 63
SEAFORD - Freddie B. Thomas of Seaford died Sunday, May 20, 2001, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was 63.
Mr. Thomas was born Dec. 12, 1937, in Cuthbert, Ga., son of the late Paul and Mozzelle Thomas.
He moved to Seaford in 1967, and received his formal education in the Benevolence School District, Randolph County, Ga.
Mr. Thomas was employed at King Cole Cannery in Milton, and also worked for Jim Hill Construction in Seaford and various other jobs in New Jersey.
He was a devoted husband, and father. He was always a joy and full of laughter.
Mr. Thomas was a member of Holy Ghost Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Laurel.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John L. and Samuel Thomas and a sister, Betty.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Thomas; four biological children, Willie and Joseph Thomas of New Jersey, Henry Thomas of Providence, R.I., and Freddie Thomas Jr. of Miami; three stepsons, Nathaniel Cephas of Seaford, Vincent Cephas of Delmar, Md., and George Cephas of Germany; three stepdaughters, Valarie Cephas, Lavern Cephas and Brenda Cephas, all of Seaford; a daughter-in-law, Dianne Thomas; three stepdaughters-in-law; Betty Cephas, Alfreda Cephas and Maria Cephas Ebner; five sisters, Vera Edwards of Brooklyn, N.Y., Dorothy Batts and Christine Thomas of Newark, N.J., and Essie and Margaret Thomas of Irvington, N.J.; four brothers, Charlie Thomas and Paul Thomas Jr. of Elizabeth City, N.J., Curtis Thomas of Bronx, N.Y., and Morris Thomas of Irvington, N.J.; four aunts, Carabelle Grey and Ruth Marks of Elizabeth City, N.J., Minnie Hogan of Cuthbert, Ga., and Thelma Smith of Peohokee, Fla.; an uncle, J.C. Wilson of Rockaway, N.Y., 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Stein Highway Church of God in Christ, Seaford.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Church of God, Stein Highway. and Arch Street in Seaford.
Burial will be held in Macedonia Cemetery in Seaford.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home in Seaford.
Richard T. Yates, 92
REHOBOTH BEACH - Richard T. Yates of Rehoboth Beach died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 92.
Mr. Yates worked for Hercules Co. in Campbell, N.J., and was then transferred to Wilmington, working at the headquarters from the spring of 1930 until the fall of 1970, at which time he retired after 41 years.
He was a member of Hercules Country Club in Wilmington, former member of the Wilmington Country Club, Delaware Society of Sons of the American Revolution, Eureka Lodge 423 AF&AM in Wilmington and the A.A.R.F. He was also a member and former vestryman of All-Saints Episcopal Church and a member of the board and former vice president of the Rehoboth Beach Art League.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Lyons Yates, in 1995.
He is survived by a son, Richard N. Yates of Newark; a daughter, Helen Y. Heron of Lititz, Pa.; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Service and burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes, Lewes.
Enrico Thomas 'Ric' Palomba, 89
MILFORD - Enrico Thomas "Ric" Palomba of Milford died Monday, May 19, 2003, at the Milford Center of Genesis ElderCare. He was 89.
Mr. Palomba was born April 14, 1914, in Orange, N.J., son of the late Felix and Maria (Freda) Palomba.
At age 3, he moved to Helmetta, N.J., and attended grammar school, graduating in 1927. He attended South River High School, where he played on the varsity football and baseball teams. He was the first in his town to attend high school. He graduated in 1931 and received a scholarship to Ursinus College, where he played football and baseball. He was awarded one of the governor's annual scholarships to Rutgers University. He majored in chemistry and natural sciences, and played on the varsity baseball team. He was an honor student, was elected to Kappa Phi Kappa and graduated in 1935.
He was a teacher for two years and in the second year, married his high-school sweetheart, Anne Juchnowicz, and they moved to Old Bridge, N.J., near the large Anheuser-Busch yeast plant.
In 1937, he accepted a summer job at the yeast plant and remained there for the next 42 years. He started as a chemist and progressed to chief chemist, technical manager and general manager for 25 years.
Mr. Palomba was a 50-year member of the Boy Scouts of America. In 1927, he was a charter member of the new troop in Helmetta. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout while in high school and earned 100 merit badges while in college. He later served 10 years as a Scoutmaster and 20 years as a Scouting commissioner of southern Middlesex County, N.J. He was a member of the American Association of Cereal Chemists for 40 years and was president of the New York section in 1953 and 1954. He was a member of the American Chemical Society for 35 years and was an officer of the Mid-Jersey section. He was a commissioner of Middlesex County Sewage Authority for 25 years and was chairman of engraving and technology. He was a member of the board of education and served as president for seven years, from 1948 to 1955.
In 1980, he retired and moved to Milford to be closer to his family. In this area, he was an active volunteer at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Milford, the Milford Library board, hospitals and schools. He was a member of the Milford Rotary Club and AARP, and had served on the Delaware State Board of Examiners in Psychology.
In addition to his wife of 67 years, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn P. and Frank Draper of Slaughter Beach; two grandchildren, Laura Draper Carter and Margaret Draper McDaniel; and three great-grandsons, Jed Bell, Alex Bell and Frank S. Carter IV.
Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. May 31 at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 506 Seabury Ave., Milford.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. John the Apostle Catholic Church Building Fund, 506 Seabury Ave., Milford, DE 19963.
Arrangements by Lofland Funeral Home, Milford.
Joseph Leonard Alexander Jr., 66
WARWICK, Md. - Joseph Leonard Alexander Jr. of Warwick died Friday, May 23, 2003, in his home. He was 66.
Mr. Alexander was born in Golts, son of the late Joseph Leonard Sr. and Myrtle Rausch Alexander.
He worked for Island Arabian Inc., Warwick. He was a horseman.
Mr. Alexander loved to garden, loved tractors and horses, and loved his dog, Megan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian G. Alexander, on Dec. 15, 2002.
He is survived by three sons, Joseph E. Alexander of St. Georges, Del., Norman L. Alexander of Golts and Rocky Alexander of St. Georges; two daughters, Rosemary Mosley of Dover, Del., and Lynn Husfelt of Warwick; two brothers, Norman A. Alexander of Townsend, Del., and Robert H. Alexander of Warwick; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home PA, Millington.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Dulaney Chapel Cemetery, Clayton, Del.