Rachel Margaret Taylor, 81
DOVER - Rachel Margaret Taylor of Dover died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 81.
Mrs. Taylor was born June 13, 1921, in Philadelphia, daughter of the late John Samuel and Nora Mae Smith Taylor. She moved to Dover from Maryland in 1968.
She was a geriatric nurse's aide and retired in the early 1980s after 15 years of service.
Mrs. Taylor was a Methodist and enjoyed Irish music, reading (especially Zane Grey), painting portraits and poetry.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Nelson Davis; two brothers, Joseph and John Taylor; and three sisters, Ruth Taylor, Elma Kramer and Mabel Fedderoff.
She is survived by a son, James Davis of Dover; four daughters, Margaret McClain of Oklahoma, Nancy Blanc of Baltimore, and Lois Corey and Betty Chapman, both of Crookston, Minn.; a brother, William Taylor of Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters, Edith Callahan of Dover and Helen Cannon of Chestertown, Md.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday in Church Hill (Md.) Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family requests donations to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapels, Dover.
Mary E. Adkins, 45
DOVER - Mary E. Adkins of Dover died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover. She was 45.
Ms. Adkins was born Aug. 4, 1957, daughter of Edith Adkins of Dover and the late Elmer Adkins.
She received her education at Dover High School and she later graduated from James H. Groves High School. She proceeded to major in human services at Delaware Technical & Community College.
Ms. Adkins worked for Ken-Crest Services Inc., where her time was dedicated to improving the quality of life for the mentally handicapped residents.
She enjoyed most spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, laughing and conversing with friends, gardening, cooking, getting her hair and nails done and most of all, making sure everyone else was happy.
Ms. Adkins was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to her mother she is survived by four sisters, Vivian I. Adkins, Emma R. Adkins, Janell L. Adkins all of Dover, and Sharon D. Cannon of Frederica; a brother, Oscar W. Adkins of Wilmington; five daughters, Cherita D. Adkins, Shantae' L. Adkins, Latoya E.T. Adkins, Thaimesha D. Adkins and Tamika L. Brinkley, all of Dover; a son, George T. Brokenbrough of Wilmington; three grandchildren, Kamiah A.J. Adkins, Khahiem N. Lewis and Jhakir T.N. Brinkley, all of Dover; two godchildren, Tighmesha Cruz-Ortiz of Smyrna and Lajune Tull of Dover; four best friends, Bessie Scott of Smyrna, Vanessa Campbell of Middleton, Beverly Dean of Dover and Faye Lewis of Felton; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Services will be noon Tuesday in Union Missionary Baptist Church, Dover, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Sharon Hill in Dover.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Thomas I. Baker Jr., 68
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Thomas I. Baker, Jr. of Chestertown died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown. He was 68.
Mr. Baker was born Sept. 2, 1934 in Christiana, Del., son of the late Thomas I. Sr. and Elizabeth Moore Baker.
He was a 1952 graduate of Newark High School in Newark, Del.
He worked for DuPont for a few years. He was married to Mary Lou Strickland for 17 years and then to Patricia Racine July 17, 1970.
Mr. Baker worked as a carpenter from 1960 until 1980.
After moving to Rock Hall and later Chestertown, he worked as a waterman, crabbing and fishing eel pots, retiring in 1995.
He enjoyed baseball, football, and John Wayne movies, as well as hunting and fishing. He was a devoted family man.
Mr. Baker was a member of the Maryland Waterman's Association, the Kent County Waterman's Association, M.T.H. Train Club in Columbia and the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Co. Auxiliary.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Tom Baker, III of Dover, Del.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Laurie and William R. Munion of New Castle, Del., Julie Rawding of Wilmington, Del., and Kristine B. and Todd McGinnis of Chestertown, Md.; two sisters, Barbara B. Clugston of Elkton, Md. and Betty B. Greer of Creston, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday in Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, Md., where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Chesapeake City, Md.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to the Maryland Waterman's Association, 1805A Virginia Ave., Annapolis, Md. 21401 or the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 711 Chestertown, Md. 21620.
Reuben Walter Carey, 80
LAUREL - Reuben Walter Carey of Laurel died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, in the home of his companion in Delmar. He was 80.
Mr. Carey was born in Laurel, son of the late Zora and Blanche Boyce Carey.
In 1981, he retired as a machine operator from DuPont in Seaford, where he also held numerous other positions.
Mr. Carey was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel and the Laurel American Legion, Post 19.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes White Carey in 1989; and a brother, Everett Carey.
He is survived by a stepson and a stepdaughter-in-law, Alan and Barbara C. Glover of Seaford; four stepgranddaughters, Kelley Boyce, Karla Mears, Gwen DiCarlo and Cyndy Glover; four stepgreat-grandsons, Michael DiCarlo, Jason Boyce, Kyle Boyce and Justin Mears; a faithful companion and caretaker for many years, Madge Thomas; a brother, Ted Carey of San Diego; and two sisters, Blanche Culver of Laurel and Nanette Corey of Bridgeville.
Friends may call from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday in Short Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday in Short Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Delaware Hospice, 600 N. DuPont Highway, Suite 107 Georgetown, DE 19947.
William Calvin Richmond, 65
DOVER - William Calvin Richmond of Dover died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 65.
Mr. Richmond was born June 8, 1937, in Covington, Va., son of the late Amos C. Richmond and Mabel Viola Davis Richmond.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He retired in 1978 after 23 years of active duty and 15 years of civil service.
Mr. Richmond enjoyed bowling and NASCAR.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Renate Keim Richmond of Dover; three daughters and three sons-in-law, Evelyn and Thom McFarland of Ashland, Ky., Katherine and Mark Homewood, and Natalie and Glen Miller, all of Dover; a brother, Samuel P. Richmond of Hot Springs, Va.; a sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Scott Dee of Georgia; a nephew, Kevin Lilly of Georgia; three grandchildren; and a stepgrandson.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, Dover.
Services and burial will be 11 a.m. Monday in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.
Marjorie 'Marge' Chidester, 83
DOVER - Marjorie "Marge" Chidester of Dover died of natural causes Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, in Genesis Eldercare-Silver Lake Center, Dover. She was 83.
Mrs. Chidester was born May 7, 1919, in Little Falls, N.Y., daughter of the late Frank V. Ray and Anna Weakley.
She retired as a floral designer.
She enjoyed crafts, especially crocheting. She loved to travel with her husband in the Air Force.
Mrs. Chidester was a member of the Gray Ladies of the Red Cross and the Noncommissioned Officers Wives Club. She also was a Girl Scout leader and a member of Victory Chapter 15, Order of the Eastern Star, in Dover.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell W. Chidester, in 1970; two brothers; and a sister.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, David L. and Paula Chidester of Camden; two daughters, Carol A. Bundschuh and Linda R. Chidester, both of Dover; two brothers, Richard Ray and Donald Ray, both of Ilion, N.Y.; a sister, Barbara Fineout of Herkimer, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Torbert Funeral Chapel, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, Dover, where an Eastern Star service will be held during the calling hours.
Services will be in Fenner Funeral Home in Herkimer.
Burial will be in Mountain View Memorial Park, Herkimer.
Mary Ellen Hall, 77
SMYRNA - Mary Ellen Hall of Smyrna died of natural causes Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, in her home. She was 77.
Mrs. Hall was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, daughter of the late Harriett and William King and sister of Maurice King.
She moved in 1963 to Delaware, where she raised seven children and worked most of her life as a waitress. She worked more than 40 years at the Hollywood Diner in Dover and the Smyrna Diner.
She was a devoted mother and cherished her children above all, and she also loved the outdoors, photography and animals.
Mrs. Hall was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Smyrna Ward, and she enjoyed frequent visits with the missionaries of the church who would come to her home.
She is survived by four daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Hall, Evelyn and John Griffin and Patricia Hall, all of Clayton, and Barbara Pearson of Dover; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Philip and RoseAnn Hall of Roseburg, Ore., William Hall of Ervinville, La., and John Hall of Bridgeport, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Smyrna Ward, 310 Clark Farm Road, near Smyrna, where friends may call from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Burial will be in the Townsend Cemetery, Townsend.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, c/o Bishop Estep, 404 Bedding Lane, Middletown, DE 19709.
Arrangements by the Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Helen Elaine Parlett, 71
STEVENSVILLE, Md. - Helen Elaine Parlett of Stevensville died Monday, June 7, 2004, in The Pines Genesis Healthcare. She was 71.
Mrs. Parlett was born April 7, 1933, in Pleasant Valley, W. Va., daughter of the late Harry Walter Eby and Opal Ann Carpenter. She grew up in West Virginia and married Lindsay Earl Parlett. They moved to Prince George's County and in 1973 they moved to Stevensville.
She was a school bus driver and homemaker in Prince George's County and served as a handicap bus driver for about seven years in Queen Anne's County. She would then reside with her daughter in Georgetown, Del., and help her with her craft business, Almost Real, for seven years before moving back to Stevensville.
Mrs. Parlett was known for helping Palmer Andrew establish the Benedict A. Andrew American Legion Post 296 in Queenstown. She ran it for many years and was a member of its Ladies Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Grace Fern Sullivan; and a daughter, Linda Harris, Dec. 4, 2002.
She is survived by four sons, Patrick Parlett of Mayo, Joseph Parlett of Tennessee, Hamilton Parlett of Wye Mills and David Parlett of Stevensville; a sister, Arlene Wagner of Amarillo, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P. A., Chester.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Stevensville Cemetery, Stevensville.
Contributions may be made to The Pines Genesis Eldercare, 610 Dutchman's Lane, Easton, MD 21601.
Margaret A. Sapp, 89
DOVER - Margaret A. Sapp of Dover died Sunday, June 6, 2004, in Silver Lake Center, Dover. She was 89.
Mrs. Sapp was born Aug. 14, 1914, in Dover, daughter of the late Joseph H. and Lottie Deats Willis.
She lived in Stanton for a short time in the 1960s. She was employed by the Division of Motor Vehicles in the licensing section for 24 years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Foster M. Sapp, in 1969; two sisters, Kitty Austin and Lib McMullen; a brother, Joe Willis; a grandson, Rick Hayes; and a son-in-law, Donald Hayes.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Jane Sapp of Milford; a daughter, Pat Hayes of Dover; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Betty Willis of Dover; three grandchildren, Judy Gregg of Dover, Robert Sapp of Milford and Joy Paquette of Grand Isle, La.; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.
Arrangements by the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Charles Thomas Straughn II, 70
CAMDEN - Charles Thomas Straughn II of Camden died, after a long illness, Saturday, June 5, 2004, in his home, surrounded by family and close friends. He was 70.
Mr. Straughn was born July 19, 1933, in Wilmington, son of the late William and Nelly Straughn. He spent most of his childhood in Dover.
He was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary Prep School in Pennsylvania and Parsons College in Iowa.
Mr. Straughn moved to Middletown, N.J., in 1963 and lived there with his wife for 31 years. He served as leading international private-high-school college counselor for Lovejoy's College Guide and was the editor of the first-published college guide for learning-disabled students.
He returned to Dover in 1995 and moved to Camden in 1997, where he worked for Scholastic Book Fairs as a field representative.
Mr. Straughn, an active member of the community, was a member of Wild Quail Country Club and a volunteer with the Blue and Gold Delaware Foundation for Retarded Children, raising money through golf outings. He was a longtime member of both the Rotary Club and the Masonic Lodge of Red Bank, N.J. He served on the board of directors for the Women's Center, a shelter for abused women in Monmouth County, N.J., and on the board of trustees for Elmira College in New York.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbarasue Lovejoy Straughn; a daughter, Amy-Beth Lovejoy Roy of Ashburn, Va.; a son, Jeffrey Lovejoy Straughn of Easton, Conn.; a brother, William Straughn Jr. of Baltimore; a son-in-law, Kevin Roy; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Appert Straughn; a sister-in-law, Joan Lovejoy Aylor; a brother-in-law, Bruce Aylor; and four grandchildren, Tyler Joseph Roy, Hunter Lovejoy Roy, Cole Jacob Straughn and Abigail Lovejoy Straughn.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, for a time of sharing and remembrance.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Christ Episcopal Church, 501 S. State St., Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720; or to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901; or to Christ Episcopal Church, PO Box 1374, Dover, DE 19903.
Elizabeth D. Style, 88
DENTON, Md. - Elizabeth D. Style of Denton, formerly of Pasadena, died Thursday, June 3, 2004, in Ruxton Health in Denton. She was 88.
Mrs. Style was born in Uniontown, Pa., daughter of the late George Dunay and Susan Baran Dunay.
She was a devoted mother and homemaker.
She loved gardening, children and helping others.
Mrs. Style was a member of St. Jane Francis Church in Riviera Beach.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. Style, Dec. 16, 1999; four brothers, Martin Dunay, George Dunay, Albert Dunay and Joseph Dunay; and four sisters, Pauline Faris, Catherine Dunay, Evelyn Dunay and Susan Dunay.
She is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Elizabeth A. Style and Robert Cavalier of Pittsburgh and Catherine S. and Steven Bishop of Denton; three sisters, Anne Dunay and Helen Yanick, both of Uniontown, and Agnes Dunay of Baltimore; a brother, Paul Dunay of Uniontown; and two grandchildren, Rachel and Paul Harris.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday in Moore Funeral Home, P.A., 12 S. Second St., Denton, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be 1 p.m. in Crownsville Veterans Cemetery, 1122 Sunrise Beach Road in Crownsville.
Martha Ann Whatley, 66
DOVER - Martha Ann Whatley of Dover went to heaven peacefully Thursday, June 3, 2004, surrounded by her husband and daughter in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 66.
Mrs. Whatley was born June 20, 1937, in Fayetteville, Tenn., daughter of the late Verner G. and Sadie Lillian Burton. She traveled extensively as a military family and had been a resident of Dover, which she loved, for 33 years.
She was a homemaker and had worked at K-Mart and Towers before becoming ill.
Mrs. Whatley was an avid animal lover, especially cats, and enjoyed spoiling her Siamese cat and toy poodle. She also loved to shop at thrift shops.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey S. Dickey; and her sister, Linda Burton.
She is survived by her husband, Henry C. Whatley of Dover; a daughter, Tammy G. Boyd of Dover; a son, Michael Dickey of Georgia; and a brother, Vernese Burton of Tennessee.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 717 W. Division St., Dover.
Margaret 'Edna' White, 86
HENDERSON, Md. - Margaret "Edna" White of Henderson died Monday, June 7, 2004, of complications from a stroke, in her home. She was 86.
Mrs. White was born Dec. 7, 1917, in Virginia, daughter of the late Charles and Delsia (Newman) Sherman.
She married Marvin W. White, then of Missouri, in 1949, and then settled in Maryland. She was employed by Eastman Kodak, but left to be a devoted wife and mother.
She loved animals, feeding the birds, Bible study, her family and helping others.
Mrs. White was a volunteer for St. Martin's Barn in Ridgely and for the Modern Maturity Center, Dover, Del.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband in 1990.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Ricky Dove of Denton; a sister, Belle Elizabeth Padgett of Culpeper, Va.; a granddaughter, Jessica Dove of Denton; a niece, Shirley Liming of Rockville; and a nephew, Charles Padgett of Catlett, Va.
Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro.
Burial will be private.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Caroline Hospice Foundation, PO Box 362, Denton, MD 21629; or to the Caroline County Humane Society, 407 W. Bell St., Ridgely, MD 21660.
Earl J. 'Boompa' Dyal, 79
LEWES - Earl J. "Boompa" Dyal of Lewes, formerly of Newark, died Tuesday, May 18, 2004. He was 79.
Committal service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery South, 100 Patriots Way, Millsboro.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Delaware Kidney Fund, c/o FMC Rehoboth Beach, 3712 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Charles Ernest Allen, 85
MILTON - Charles Ernest Allen of Milton died Thursday, June 3, 2004, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 85.
Mr. Allen was born June 29, 1918, in Jimtown, near Lewes, son of the late Hannah Paynter and Albert Allen Sr.
He served with the U.S. Army.
Mr. Allen retired in 1983 after more than 26 years service with the State Highway Department (now Delaware Department of Transportation).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Susie; a daughter, Margaret; and his granddaughter, Katherine Allen.
He is survived by a daughter and her husband, Mary and Roy Parker of Milton; a sister, Bertha A. Turner of Jimtown; seven grandchildren, Roy A. Parker, Jerome K. Parker, Gwendolyn Allen, Charles Ernest Allen III, Stephanie Thomspon and her husband Theodore, Jeffery Allen and Evelyn Allen Burton; nine great-grandchildren; a great great-grandchild; two sisters-in-law; and a brother-in-law.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Bethel AME Church, Mulberry Street, Milton, where friends may call two hours earlier.
Arrangements by Miller Funeral Services, Milford.
George Henry Bratton, 57
DOVER - George Henry Bratton of Dover died Saturday, June 5, 2004, in his daughter's home in Clayton surrounded by his family. He was 57.
Mr. Bratton was born Sept. 3, 1946, in Smyrna, son of the late Abraham and Mildred (Gonce) Bratton.
He attended the John Bassett Moore School in Smyrna.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Mr. Bratton had worked in maintenance for Outten Brothers Furniture, Dover, for the past six years. Prior to Outten Brothers he had worked for Metal Masters in Smyrna, James Rivers and Aamco Chemical, both in Delaware City.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Mildred Landen, in 1963
He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Christy and William J. Ulmer III of Clayton and Carrie Bratton of Smyrna; a sister, Mary Etta Wolff of Smyrna; a brother, William M. Bratton of Junction City, Kan.; a granddaughter, Chelcey Tyre of Clayton; several nieces and nephews; and two former wives, Brenda Jean Sammons (Beers) of Mont Clair, Va., and Deborah Bratton of Newark.
Services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday in Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery South, 100 Patriots Way, Millsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International, Central Delaware Camp, PO Box 622, Dover, DE 19903.