Celier S. Richards, 63
SMYRNA - Celier S. Richards died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 63.
Ms. Richards was born Oct. 20, 1937, in Smyrna, the daughter of the late Charles and Seretha Richards.
She received her education in the Smyrna School District.
She was a domestic worker for several families in the area until her health failed.
Ms. Richards was a member of Holy Bible Temple in Dover.
She enjoyed talking about the goodness of the Lord to all she came in contact with. She also enjoyed outings with family and friends. She was a great inspiration to a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Charles "Chuckles" Richards.
She is survived by a granddaughter, Tonya Davis, of New Castle; three great-grandchildren, Tonyea, Billy and Quanzaus, all of New Castle; a sister, Helen Todd, of Smyrna; a brother-in-law, Solomon Todd, of Smyrna; two sisters-in-law, Sarah Richards, of Dover, and Louise Richards, of Philadelphia; a devoted niece, Darlene Stevenson of Smyrna; a nephew, Ernest Todd, of Smyrna; a very devoted and caring friend, Faye Gardley, of Smyrna; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olive Pentecostal Church in Smyrna, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
Sarah E. Smith, 94
BRIDGEVILLE - Sarah E. Smith, of Bridgeville, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 94.
Mrs. Smith was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Smith, in 1969.
She is survived by a son, David F. Smith, of Bridgeville; a daughter, Marjorie O'Day, of Bridgeville; a sister, Rea Dunham, of Georgetown; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Hardesty Funeral Home, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may one hour before service.
Burial will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.
Donald Richard Arthur, 78
WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. - Donald Richard Arthur, of West Melbourne, formerly of Ocean View, Del., died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2001, in Holmes Medical Center, West Melbourne. He was 78.
Mr. Arthur was born Sept. 10, 1922, in Allentown, Pa., the son of the late Chester and Edith Arthur.
He was a World War II veteran, he served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army and spent most of his duty in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes.
Mr. Arthur received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Towson State College in Towson, Md.
He was a teacher in the Baltimore school system and a guidance counselor in North East, Md., school system for many years. Prior to his retirement in 1987, he served as a guidance counselor for three years and principal for 15 years for the Sussex County Vocational Technical Center in Georgetown.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Lynn Vogel, on Dec. 15, 1994.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia Arthur, of West Melbourne; three sons, David Arthur, of Williamsville, Del., Kevin Arthur and his wife, Brenda, of Laurel, and Michael Arthur and his partner, Vince Gabrielly, of Yonkers, N.Y.; a sister, Dorothy Smith, of Allentown, Pa.; a brother, Bruce Patton, of Jarretsville, Md.; three grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Sussex Technical School District Vocational Foundation/Library Fund, District Office, P.O. Box 351, Georgetown, DE 19947. Attn: Carol Schrefler.
Marian Alice Becker, 83
LEWES - Marian Alice Becker, of Lewes, formerly of Kennett Square, Pa., Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in Harbor Healthcare Rehabilitation Center, Lewes. She was 83.
Mrs. Becker co-operated the Coffee Center at Eleutherian Mills, Hagley Foundation, for 19 years.
She was loved by the staff and her friends while she was a resident at Harbor Healthcare Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Emerson Becker, in 1993; and by two brothers, Parke Neal and Bud Neal.
She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Becker, of Lewes, and Ralph E. Becker Jr., of Wilmington; a daughter, Carolyn Palmatary, of Chadds Ford, Pa.; four brothers, Ralph Neal, of Elkton, Md., Earl Neal of Manheim, Pa., Lloyd Neal of Coatesville, Pa., and Clair Neal of Parksburg, Pa.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be 8 p.m. Wednesday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, friends may call one hour prior to service. The Rev. Douglas Albert officiated.
Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday in Union Hill Cemetery, Kennett Square, Pa.
Family suggests memorial contributions to: Alzheimer's Association, 2306 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 18805.
Alice Mae Beddle, 90
GOLDSBORO, Md. - Alice Mae Beddle, of Goldsboro, died of natural cause Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Caroline Nursing Home, Denton. She was 90.
Mrs. Beddle was born May 1, 1910, in Ingleside, the daughter of the late Charles and Mabel Walls Draper.
She attended Ingleside School.
Mrs. Beddle was owner/operator of Beddle's Store in Goldsboro from 1950-83.
She enjoyed gardening.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Beddle Sr. on April 11, 1979.
She is survived by a son, William Beddle Jr. of Felton, Del.; two granddaughters, Lisa Beddle, of Camden, Del., and Carol Morris of Felton, Del., and a brother, Charles Draper, of Greensboro.
Family may call 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Fleegle-Helfenbein Funeral Home P.A., 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery Greensboro.
William Lee Cash, 79
SEAFORD - William Lee Cash, of Seaford, died of heart failure Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. He was 79.
Mr. Cash was born in Anniston, Ala., son of the late Clyde William and Eula Moses Cash.
He was a Navy veteran in World War II.
He worked for DuPont Co. as an accountant Seaford for 30 years,retiring in 1980.
Mr. Cash was a member of the Nanticoke Post 6 American Legion of Seaford; a member of Seaford Lions Club; a former member of Seaford Kiwanis Club; a member of Hiram Lodge 21 AF&AM (32nd Degree mason); and Scottish Rites. He a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, served on the Seaford City Council for 15 years, where he was the Police Commissioner. He was lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Police, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and an honorary captain of the Newark Police Department. He also served as a former member of the board of director of the Seaford Senior Center.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son William Lee "Billy" Cash Jr., died in 1968, and a brother, Clyde Cash.
He is survived by his wife, Alvah Mae France Cash; two brothers, Truman Ray Cash and John Lewis Cash, both of Anniston, Ala.; two sisters, Lorraine Davis and Mary Christine Jones, both of Anniston; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford.
Masonic service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at John's United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford, where friends may also call one hour prior to service. The Rev. George Godfrey and the Rev. Rick Vance will officiate.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.
Family suggests memorial contributions to: St. John's United Methodist Church, Memorial Fund, Pine and Poplar Streets, Seaford, DE 19973.
Marion Charles Ewing, 84
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Marion Charles Ewing, of Chestertown, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Corsica Hills Nursing Home, Centerville. He was 84.
Mr. Ewing was born Dec. 28, 1916, in Centerville, the son of the late Lawrence Sr. and Bertie Draper Ewing.
He was a manager of Warsaw Manor Farms in Cecilton for four years. He and his wife then owned and operated a dairy and grain farm for 45 years.
He enjoyed all sorts of hunting and crabbing in his later years. His devotion was his rabbit beagles.
Mr. Ewing was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Chestertown, the Farm Bureau, the Chesapeake Beagle Club, and The Delaware Beagle Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Marion Ewing, on Dec. 13,1964.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth Eloise Ewing; a son and his wife, Donnie and Toni Ewing, of Galena; two daughters, Joyce Shaver, of Huntington, W.Va., and Beth Sampson and her husband, Roger, of Felton, Del.: two sisters, Gertrude Richardson, of Clayton, Del., and Virginia Lee Fleming ,of Denton; a brother, Lawrence Ewing Jr., of Easton; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 9:30 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 130 Speer Road, Chestertown.
Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Chestertown.
Burial will be in Chester Cemetery, Chestertown.
Memorial Contributions can be made to: the Hospital Foundation, Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital, 100 Brown St., Chestertown, MD 21620.
Ruth Fershtman, 85
DOVER - Ruth Fershtman of Dover died after a lengthy illness, Saturday, March 31, 2001, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 85.
Mrs. Fershtman was born in Newark, N.J., daughter of the late Samuel and Rose Millman.
She owned and operated a summer camp in Hunter, N.Y., until her retirement in 1986.
In 1990, she moved to Dover from Irvington, N.J.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Fershtman and a daughter, Carol Heller.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Cooney of Dover; four grandchildren, Gerry Bonanni of Dover, Sheri Bonanni Mark of Fresno, Calif., and Toby Feller and Rose Heller Savoy, both of New Jersey; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Beth David Cemetery, Kenilworth, N J.
Arrangements by Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director Inc. Dover.
Robert Raymond Hastings III, 38
GREENWOOD - Robert Raymond Hastings III of Greenwood died Saturday, March 31, 2001, in his home. He was 38.
Mr. Hastings was born Aug. 1, 1962, in Seaford, son of Robert R. Hastings of Puckum, Md., and Cherie R. Mitchell of Greenwood.
He worked as a carpenter until his illness.
Mr. Hastings was an avid hunter, fisherman and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast.
He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Cynthia M. Hastings.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Karen Ann Hastings of Greenwood; two daughters, Bobbi Sue Hastings and Beth Ann Hastings, both of Greenwood; a granddaughter, Desiree Elisabeth Ray of Greenwood; three brothers, Aaron Richard Hastings of Denton, Md., Charles W. Hastings of Seaford and Robert Mitchell II of Greenwood; his stepfather, Robert Mitchell of Greenwood; a stepsister, Michelle Lynn Kukta of Puckum; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Zeller Funeral Home in East Market, where friends may call one prior to the service. The Rev. Lloyd R. Foard will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Richard Hastings, Charles Hastings, Robert Mitchell II, Danny Johnson, Mike Lednum and Toby Dunn. Honorary pallbearers are Wayne Ray, Robert Mitchell and Walt Osborne.
Burial will follow in Eldorado Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice, 600 North DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Henry W. Heller, 71
FELTON - Henry W. Heller of Felton died Monday, April 2, 2001, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 71.
Mr. Heller was born June 2, 1929, in New York City, son of the late Walter and Minna Heller.
He entered the service in 1951, retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a chief master sergeant in 1972, having served 22 years on active duty. In addition to his diversified continental United States assignments were two tours of North Africa with the Military Air Transport Command and the Air Rescue and Recovery Service. He also had an assignment with the 56th Special Operations Wing in Southeast Asia in 1969 and 1970, where he was superintendent of several engine shops, maintaining power plants for approximately seven types of aircraft, including the famous A-1 Skyraider Fighter Bomber used in attack, ground support and rescue missions.
Following his return to the U.S., he functioned as a propulsion branch chief with the 96th Bombardment Wing of the Strategic Air Command at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas. While stationed in Delaware, he was responsible for engines on the B-52 Bomber and KC-135 Tanker aircraft.
Among his many decorations were the Bronze Star, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, several Presidential Unit Citations and the Vietnam Service Medal.
In 1973, he entered employment as an officer with the Delaware Department of Correction at the Delaware Correctional Center and ultimately retired as a captain from the Morris Correctional Institution in Dover in 1991. For the past eight years he functioned as a member of the Governor's Council on Corrections, providing input and suggestions, including the recent prison expansion program within the state.
Mr. Heller held many offices within military service organizations including junior vice, senior vice, and ultimately commander of the VFW Post 11111 in Dover; junior vice and senior vice commander of VFW Post 6921 in Harrington; judge advocate, junior vice, senior vice, and commander of VFW District 3 covering seven posts within Kent County; and commander of his most beloved organization, PupTent 2, Military Order of the Cootie, the honor degree of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Camden.
He also functioned as the hospital chairman of this unit, coordinating visits to veterans in various hospitals and nursing homes. In 2000, he was appointed assistant inspector general of the National VFW organization. He was a life member of VFW Post 3238 in Camden.
He was also very active within the community. He was a member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Dover. He had also held positions as secretary, vice chairman and four years as chairman of the 30th District Democratic Representative Committee. During his tenure, his peers honored him as the 30th District Democrat of the Year.
He enjoyed gardening and yard work. He was also an avid fan of NASCAR Winston Cup racing with his favorite driver being Bill Elliott.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, "Billie" Heller; a son, Walter Heller of Georgetown; four daughters, Hannelore Garner of New Castle, Linda Goodnight of Dover, Irmgard Jones of Newark, and Nancy Price of Media, Pa.; three grandchildren, Jason Goodnight, Anastasia Jones, and Aleshia Price; and a great grandchild, Mekenna Goodnight.
Service will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, Dover, where friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Thursday evening with a MOC and VFW service at 7 p.m.
Burial with military honors will be 11 a.m. Friday in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Georgetown.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to MOC, c/o Bruce Krumm, 3895 Fire Tower Road, Felton, DE 19943.
Frank Albert King, 74
SEAFORD - Frank Albert King of Seaford died Sunday, April 1, 2001, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 74.
Mr. King was born in Georgetown, son of the late Elmer and Annabell Willey King.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He worked as a forklift operator for DuPont nylon plant for 26 years retiring in 1981.
Mr. King was a member of the American Legion Post 6.
He is survived by his wife, Roselene Willing King; three daughters, Jane King Phillips of Seaford, Ethel Bennett of Lincoln and Carol Harris of Seaford; six sisters, Ethel Murphy of Redden, Pearl Hawkins of Milford, Florence Headley of Laurel, Dorothy Bell of Cambridge, Alice Baker of Milford, and Charlotte King of Laurel.
Burial will be in McColley's Cemetery, Georgetown.
The family suggests contributions to the Delaware Lung Association, 1021 Gilpin Ave. Wilmington, DE.
Albert J. 'James' Lowman Jr., 76
LEIPSIC - Albert J. "James" Lowman Jr. of Leipsic died Sunday, April 1, 2001, in the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna. He was 76.
Mr. Lowman was born July 1, 1924, in Clayton, son of the late Albert J. and Katie Tarbutton Lowman.
He was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He worked as a boiler engineer for the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, later for Dover Air Force Base and then for Hanneman Hospital in Philadelphia.
Mr. Lowman was an avid gardener.
He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas A. and Barbara Lowman of Smyrna; and a sister, Alberta Owens of Powells Point, N.C.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 South Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call one prior to the service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
James J. Martin, III, 40
LAUREL - James J. Martin III of Laurel died Thursday, March 29, 2001, in his home. He was 40.
Mr. Martin was disabled while serving in the U.S. Air Force.
He was a former resident of Fort Collins, Colo.
He was predeceased by his mother, Joan Ellen Martin in Oct. of 1998, and his maternal grandmother, Elsie Quinn in May of 1999.
He is survived by his father, James J. Martin Jr.; a son, Timothy Martin of Fort Collins, Colo.; a stepson, Dominic Montoya of Fort Collins, Colo.; three sisters, Marian J. Kramer of Scottsdale, Ariz., Ellen V. Martin of Rehoboth Beach and Kelly J. Martin of Newark; two brothers, Michael R. Martin of Lewes and Craig A. Martin of Annapolis, Md., and his former wife, Judy Martin of Fort Collins.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Mass of Christian Burial will 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Edmond's Catholic Church, King Charles and Laurel streets, Rehoboth Beach. Father Raymond Forester with officiate.
Burial will be in Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Lewes.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Jean and Joan Fund, 15 The Market Place, Suite 134, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
John Henry Milbourne, 80
WESTOVER, Md. - John Henry Milbourne of Westover died Friday, March 30, 2001, in the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was 80.
Mr. Melbourne was born Dec. 16, 1920, in Somerset County, son of the late John and Mary Hester Milbourne.
He was educated in the public schools of Somerset County..
Mr. Melbourne worked for many years as a cement contractor throughout Maryland and Virginia.
He embraced the Apostolic faith and became a baptized believer in the United Church in 1954. He attended church regularly and served as custodian for 10 years. His most loved hymn was "Better Day Is Coming By and By."
Mr. Melbourne enjoyed babysitting his great-granddaughter, Kelia because she was the "apple of his eye."
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Annie, Arintha and Sarah; four brothers, Ballard, Alonzo, Allan and John.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Annie Mae; a son and daughter-in-law, Timmie and Elaine of Roslyn, Pa.; a granddaughter, Wanda Belin of Baltimore; a great granddaughter, Kelia Belin of Baltimore; a sister, Marian E. Collins of Westover; three sisters-in-law and their spouses, Maria and Jams Maddox of Fairmount, Jeanette and Alvin Hutchins of Baltimore, Evelyn Maddox of Princess Anne and Ernest Maddox of Fairmount and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at United Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith in Westover.
Service will be noon Thursday at the church.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Salisbury.