Ollie D. Mitchell, 93
MILLSBORO - Ollie D. Mitchell, of Millsboro, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 93.
Mr. Mitchell was born in Millsboro, son of the late Samuel and Annie Jones Mitchell.
He was a poultry grower for Townsend's Inc., Millsboro, and was later employed by the Delaware Department of Transportation in Gravel Hill for 15 years, retiring in 1974.
Mr. Mitchell was a member of the Blackwater Fellowship Church in Roxana.
He is survived by his granddaughter, Sharon Faulkner, of Millsboro, whom he made his home with; three daughters, Doris Calvanea, of Greenwood, Pauline Esham and Barbara Lee Mumford, both of Millsboro; eight other grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour earlier. Barry L. Townsend will officiate.
Burial will be in Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 600 Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Harry Richard Plum, 73
GEORGETOWN - Harry Richard Plum, of Georgetown, died peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, in Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Lewes. He was 73.
Mr. Plum was born Nov. 18, 1929, in Masontown, W.Va.
He graduated from the Massachusetts Radio and Telegraph School in Boston.
He joined the U.S. Army Special Services, Motion Picture Division, in 1948 and served in the Korean War. He was stationed in Tokyo, where he was manager of the Ernie Pyle Theater. He was discharged in 1952.
Mr. Plum later worked for the Philco Corp. and taught electronics and radar theory for the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, Texas. He retired from the Bendix Field Engineering Corp. as a senior spacecraft systems analyst. He was a contractor for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. He retired in 1983 and moved to Georgetown.
He was preceded in death by his father, James B. Plum; and a brother, James Plum.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Plum; his wife, Shirley Plum; two brothers, Robert Plum and Kenneth Plum; a sister, Iretta Richardson; three children, Ronald Lynds, David Plum and Dorothy Darden; six grandchildren, Jennifer Lynds, Shannon Lynds, Crystal Lynds, Harmony Plum, Bonnie Plum and David R. Plum; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Georgetown.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 602, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck.
Clarence Anderson, 68
LAUREL - Clarence Anderson of Laurel, formerly of Baltimore, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, in his home. He was 68.
Mr. Anderson was born in Pikesville, Ky., son of the late Alexander and Mary Thacker Anderson.
He was a painter retiring in 1989 due to his disability.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy York Anderson; four sons, Junior, Gary, Chad and Robert Anderson; two daughters, Callie Barr and Desiree Anderson Fox, all of Laurel; a brother, Bobby Anderson of Westminster, Md.; 11 grandchildren, JJ, Peggy, Lori, Destiny, Adam, Maria, Zachary, Harry, Logan, Askley and Blake.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour earlier. The Rev. Dan Shothern will officiate.
Burial will be private.
Shirley Austin, 34
WILMINGTON - Shirley Austin of Wilmington died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, in her home. She was 34.
Ms. Austin was born Oct. 22, 1969 in Horntown, Va., daughter of Esther Austin and Jerry Johnson.
In addition to her parents she is survived by two sons, Robert and Raheem Austin; a daughter, Shanya Austin; three sisters, Leslie, Nancy and Roshida Austin; and three brothers, Jimmy, David and Carlos Austin; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the House of Hope in Wilmington.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Dea's Chapel, Horntown, Va.
Burial will be in Dea's Chapel Cemetery in Virginia.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
George Riddick 'Jake' Brown, 80
LINCOLIN - George Riddick 'Jake' Brown of Lincolin died after a long illness Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 80.
Mr. Brown was born March 27, 1922 in Edgecombe County, N.C., son of the late George and Naomi Brown.
He spent his early years singing in gospel quartets in North Carolina and moved to Delaware in the 1940s.
He worked for the Draper Canning Co. and Burris Processing Co., retiring in the late 1970s.
Mr. Brown was a member of the Union Baptist Church, Lincoln, where he served as a deacon for more than 40 years. He also served as a member of the Missionary Society, Trustee Board and treasurer of the Sunday School.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Melvin, James, Willie and Ray; and two sisters, Elizabeth Bunch and Betty Joyce Brown.
He is survived by three brothers, John Henery of Newark, N.J., Jimmy Lee of Richmond, Va., and Joseph of Washington, D.C.; several nieces and nephews, Willie Bunch, Richard Brown and Mary Akins of Lincoln, Joanessa Bunch of Milford, Yvonne Bunch of Middletown, Donnie Bunch of Tampa, Fla., and Roy and Ethel Brown of Philadelphia; two devoted friends, Joanne and Gerald Burbage of Milford; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be 7 p.m. today in Union Baptist Church, Lincoln, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be Sunday in the Rest Haven Cemetery in Wilson, N.C.
Arrangements by Young Funeral Home, Milford.
Alexis Renee Conaway, infant
SEAFORD - Alexis Renee Conaway of Seaford was born and died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford.
Alexis is the daughter of David Lamont and Rose Marie Pusey Conaway of Seaford.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by nine sisters, Ashley, Jessica and Katelynn Pusey, Amanda and Brittany Adkins and Tiffany, Chelsea, Angel and Brittany Conaway; maternal grandparents, Robert and Rosemary Pusey of Seaford; great-grandparents, Paul and Charlotte Pusey of Laurel; and two uncles, Allen Pusey of Seaford and Dana Pusey of Laurel.
Services will be 7 p.m. Monday in Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford.
Sidney M. Graves, 52
DOVER - Sidney M. Graves of Dover died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Graves was born Nov. 24, 1950 in Charleston, S.C., son of Anna Bell Arnett and the late Earnest Miller.
He was educated in Charleston, S.C. and later moved to Delaware.
He is survived by his wife, Claretha Graves; mother, Ama Bell Arnett of Camden; two daughters, Patricia and Janie of King Street, S.C.; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Frances Hannah of Pahokee, Fla. and Evelyn Barr of Philadelphia; two aunts, Lillian Hope and Louise Graham of Florida; two uncles, David Graves of Boston, Mass. and Junior Mack of Pahokee, Fla.; a dear friend, Edward Scott; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be noon Saturday in Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Helen F. Herson, 72
Hockessin - Helen F. Herson of Hockessin died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, in Christiana Care, Stanton. She was 72.
Mrs. Herson was born June 22, 1930 in Bethel, daughter of the late Howard D. and Dora Mae Pritchard Furniss.
She was an office manager and secretary for 13 years with Jobs for Delaware Graduates in Wilmington. She was employed for six years as a secretary for ReMax Realty, also in Wilmington. She modeled for the Barbizon Modeling Agency in her youth in New York.
She loved working with computers and also enjoyed reading and needlepoint.
Mrs. Herson was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, F. David Herson; a daughter and son-in-law, Holly H. and John Joseph of Milford; a sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Roy Mitchell of Rehoboth Beach; a granddaughter, Kasey L. Barrow; and two nieces.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in Rogers Funeral Home, 301 Lakeview Ave., Milford, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Barratts Chapel Cemetery, Frederica.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE, 19720.
Suzanne W. Van Horn, 60
REHOBOTH BEACH - Suzanne W. Van Horn of Rehoboth Beach died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia. She was 60.
Mrs. Van Horn worked in marketing in the insurance industry, starting with National Liberty Insurance Co., where she worked for 20 years before retiring in 1997.
She enjoyed knitting and loved the beach.
Mrs. Van Horn was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, Rehoboth Beach, where she sang in the choir. Her life revolved around church and family. She was very dedicated to her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, David J. Van Horn; her father, William A. Widmer Jr. of Somers Point, N.J.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, R. Michael and Jeanette Jacobs of Coatsville, Pa., and Christopher R. Jage of Medford, N.J.; two stepdaughters, Robin Van Horn-Schwoyer of Philadelphia and Allison L. Dounoulis of Moline, Ill.; a brother, William A. Widmer III of Evanston, Ill; and six grandchildren, Rachael, Emma, Kevin, Erika, Steven and Evangelos.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in All Saints Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the All Saints Episcopal Church, The Music and Children's Fund, 18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes 7 Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.