John S. 'Jack' Walls, 63
MILFORD - John S. "Jack" Walls of Milford died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, in his home surrounded by his family. He was 63.
Mr. Walls was born March 18, 1939 in Milford, son of Hilda Scott Walls of Georgetown and the late Edwin B. Walls.
He started farming in the early 1960s, which provided a background in the agricultural community for his future endeavors and positions held during his lifetime.
Mr. Walls became the area agriculture manager of Vlasic Foods in Millsboro in 1973 and remained there for 21 years. He left the company in 1993 to accept the position of state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program, for which he was nominated by Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del.
In 2001, Jack became the president and chief executive officer of the board of directors of Harrington Raceway, one of the state's two harness racing tracks. He held this position until his recent illness.
Mr. Walls was a standardbred owner and breeder himself, and was a member of the board of directors of the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association, the Harness Tracks of America and the U.S. Trotting Association. He was also a member of the Delaware State Fair board.
He was active in politics as well, serving on the Democratic Committee, and from 1982-86 as a commissioner for Kent County Levy Court.
He served as president of the Polytech High School board, and was past president of the Milford school board and the Delaware School Board Association. He was a 50-year member of Avenue United Methodist Church, Milford, where he was active on several committees.
Jack's special interests were his horses and fox hunting, and his favorite pastime was with family and especially his grandchildren.
He was loved and respected by people in many walks of life for his good nature, sense of humor and dedication to church, family and the job at hand.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandra E. Walls; three daughters and sons-in-law, Tracy Walls-Pulling and Richard of Middletown, Kris and Steve Shockley of Milford and Joy and Donnie Short of Ellendale; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert E. and Bonnie Walls of Milford; a sister-in-law and her husband, Donna E. and Robert Wheelock of Chester, Md.; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church St., Milford.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church.
Burial will take place in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hershey Medical Center, Brain Cancer Research, Division of Neurosurgery, Office of University Development, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, PA, 17033; or to Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church St., Milford, DE, 19963.
Arrangements by Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.
Cynthia E. Bloth, 73
WYOMING - Cynthia E. Bloth of Wyoming died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 73.
Mrs. Bloth worked in the snack bar at the Harrington Theater in her younger years. She also worked at Playtex in Dover for 5 years. After she married her husband, she helped on the family farm and was always a hard worker.
She enjoyed crossword puzzles and loved to cook, and will be remembered as always having a good meal on the family table. The legacy she leaves will be as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Mrs. Bloth was a member of the American Legion and the Delaware Farm Bureau.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Bloth Jr., on Dec. 6, 2000; her parents, Thomas J. Grant and Lydia S. Grant; and her brothers, William, Nelson, and Paul Henry Grant.
She is survived by a son, Ronald Jay Bloth of Wyoming; a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah A. and Glen Bell of Wyoming; a brother, Charles Grant of Ocean View; three sisters, Corinne Fitz of Dover, Grace Elwanger of Denton, Md. and Jean Motter of Ridgely, Md.; a sister-in-law, Grace Grant; and two grandchildren, Josh and Aaron Bell.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 South DuPont Highway in Harrington, where friends may call one hour prior to service. The Rev. Milton Kemp will officiate.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Doris M. Campbell, 67
DOVER - Doris M. Campbell of Dover died Thursday, March 1, 2001, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 67.
Mrs. Campbell was born March 5, 1933, in Alexander, N.H, the daughter of the late Custer and Dorothy (Chard) Chase.
She was a U.S. Army veteran.
Mrs. Campbell was a homemaker and enjoyed her family.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Johnathan L. Campbell of Dover; two son, Mitchel T. Campbell of Seaford and Kenneth L. and his wife, Tina Campbell of Dover; a daughter, Joanna M. Campbell of Magnolia; two brothers, William Chase and Edward Chase, both of N.H.; two granddaughters, two grandsons, a great-grandson.
Service and burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Joseph A. 'Aussie' Chas, 75
MIDDLETOWN - Joseph A. "Aussie" Chas of Middletown died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, in his home. He was 75.
Mr. Chas was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater and participated in the D-Day invasion.
He enjoyed traveling and one of his precious joys were his grandchildren.
Mr. Chas was a member of the Millwrights and Machinery Erectors Local 1545 for over 45 years. He was a past Master of Union Lodge 5, A.F.&A.M., a past Grand Officer of the Grand Lodge of Delaware, Past Thrice Potent Master of the Delaware Consistory, and past Patron of Esther Chapter 17 O.E.S. in Middletown. He was also a member of Summit United Methodist Church, Flying A. Square Club, M.O.T. Senior Center, Delaware Retirement Group, Ducks Unlimited, and the Model T Ford Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Kathryn Chas, and a sister, Jessie Grady, in 1991.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Edith; a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph A. and Kathy Chas II of Middletown; a granddaughter, Amanda Chas; a grandson, Drew Chas; a brother, Thomas of Florida; a cousin, who was raised as a brother, Thomas Hutchison of Wilmington; two sisters, Bette Chas Ellingsworth of Newark and Edna Chas Alfree of Blackbird.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St. in Middletown, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Summit United Methodist Church, 554 Old Summit Bridge Road, Middletown
Burial with Military Honors will be in the Townsend Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions to Summit United Methodist Church, 554 Old Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, DE. 19709.
Esther Conner, 98
POCOMOKE CITY, Md. - Esther Conner of Pocomoke died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, in Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. She was 98.
Mrs. Conner was born Feb. 21, 1903, the daughter of the late George Henry Cropper and Clarcie Savage Cropper.
She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Edward Lee Conner on April 9, 1920, and to this union was born seven children, three of whom have preceded her in death.
She was a kind and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother.
Mrs. Conner dedicated her life to God at an early age; she became a member of Friendship UM Church, where she continued to support her church.
She is survived by two daughters, Lena Mae Miller of Wattsville Va., and Elizabeth Harmon of Millsboro, Del.; a son, Edward Conner of Wattsville; a sister, Lillian Dickerson of Atlantic, Va.; 19 grandchildren and many many great- and great-great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Blanche Conner and Hilda Conner; a son-in-law, Herman Miller and a host of other relatives and friends.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Friendship UM Church in Wattsville, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Pocomoke.
Alice P. Fletcher, 86
BEAR - Alice P. Fletcher of Bear, formerly of Elsmere, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, in her home. She was 86.
Mrs. Fletcher was a homemaker.
She was a member of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester W. Fletcher, in 1994; and two children, Herbert Fletcher and Shirley A. Finch.
She is survived by three children, Edward Fletcher of Smyrna, Nancy F. Bradley of Perryville, Md., and Carrie M. Hall of Bear; a sister, Florence Calrmino of Dunmore, Pa.; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson.
Service and burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 901 New Road, Wilmington, DE 19805
Arrangements made by Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes,
Ruth Sarah (Chandler) Gum, 69
FRANKFORD - Ruth Sarah (Chandler) Gum of Frankford died of cancer Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, in Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. She was 69.
Mrs. Gum was born in Bishop, Md., the daughter of the late, Bennie and Catherine Chandler.
She was a homemaker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Preston Chandler.
She is survived by her husband, Jack; four children, Barbara Carmean of Laurel, Terry Fleming of Georgetown, Jerry Hudson and Tommy Hudson, both of Gumboro; six step-children, Jeanne Dyer of Georgetown, David Moore of Nassau, Wayne Moore of Burlington, N.C., John Nelson of Olathe, Kan., William Nelson of Osawatomie, Kan., and Larissa Taylor of Kingman, Ariz.; two brothers, George Chandler of Millsboro and Roland and Virgil Chandler, both of Frankford; four sisters, Joyce Tubbs of Dagsboro, Jean Robinson of Frankford, Joan Jenkins of Millsboro ad Carolyn Moore of Georgetown, two grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren and nine step great-grandchildren.
Service will be noon Saturday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Thatcher Street in Frankford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Dagsboro Redmens Memorial Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.
Lula Mae Morris Massey, 80
CHURCH HILL, Md. - Lula Mae Morris Massey of Church Hill died Thursday, March 1, 2001, in her home. She was 80.
Mrs. Massey was born Sept. 17, 1920, the daughter of the late Clark and Anna Morris.
She graduated from Church Hill High School in 1938.
In addition to being a loving housewife, mother, and grandmother, she was employed as cafeteria staff and school bus contractor by the Queen Anne's County Board of Education. She also owned standard bred race horses with her husband.
Mrs. Massey was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church in Price, the Price Homemakers Club and the Price Community Club.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Isabell Kimbles and Virginia Kimbles.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, whom she married on Nov. 24, 1945, Leon Massey; a son, Morris "Butch" Massey of Worton; a daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Butch Coursey of Church Hill; a sister, Betty Morris Kanouse of Dover, Del.; six grandchildren, Wendy Massey Riley, Tammie Massey Elms, Jason Ernest Massey Stubbs, Justin Edgar Stubbs, Courtney Lynn Massey and Brittney Michelle Massey; and four great-grandchildren, Amanda Stoltz, Ashley Stoltz, Jean Ann Riley and Taylor Elms.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home in Centreville.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Bethany United Methodist Church in Price.
Burial will be in the Church Hill Cemetery, Church Hill.
Contributions may be made to the Bethany United Methodist Church, c/o Barbara Boone, 701 Granny Branch Road, Church Hill, MD 21623.