Virgil R. Owens, 86
DOVER - Virgil R. Owens of Dover died Sunday, March 2, 2003, in Bayhealth/Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 86.
Mr. Owens was born in Alvy, W.Va., son of the late Samuel and Ethel Owens.
Mr. Owens served 24 years to his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired at rank of technical sergeant in 1966 from Dover Air Force Base, where he was an aircraft mechanic.
He was employed with Reichld Chemical Co. for 15 years and retired in 1982 at age 65.
He was dear to his family and enjoyed the special times with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid fisherman and gardener.
Mr. Owens was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association and the Dover Modern Maturity Center.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Waltraud E. Wille Owens; three daughters and a son-in-law, Ruth A. and Elmer Thomas of Plain City, Ohio, Mary Lou Massengill and Heide M. Owens, both of Dover; a brother, John Owens of Berlin, Ohio; three sisters, Goldia Ruple of Fort Wayne, Ind., Lucy Fulton of Verona, Pa., and Orpha Layfield of Berlin; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home of Michael J. Amburso, 1175 S. State St., Dover, where friends may call two hours earlier.
Burial with military honors will be 10 a.m. Thurday in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Chesapeake City Road, Bear.
Bertie Bryan Pepper, 97
MILTON - Bertie Bryan Pepper of Milton died Saturday, March 1, 2003, in Bayhealth/Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford. She was 97.
Mrs. Pepper was born in Angola, daughater of the late Howard and Viola Moore Bryan.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Pepper enjoyed her garden and watching her flowers bloom in the spring. She always looked forward to visits from her family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death her husband, Kline Gooden Pepper; a sister, Florence Travers; two brothers, George Bryan and Ransford Bryan; and a son-in-law, Joseph R. Brown.
She is survived by four daughters and three sons-in-law, Winfred and Eugene Pierce of Ellicott City, Md., Elizabeth Mallet and George Prevots of Newark, Patricia Brown of Milton and Mary Ellen and Ralph Knotts of Magnolia; a son and daughter-in-law, Ransford Bryan and Ruth Pepper of Lewes; a sister, Beulah Reed of Milford; a sister-in-law, Geneva Pepper Morris of Maple Grove, Minn.; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be noon Thursday in Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Collspring Presbyterian Church, Coolspring.
Contributions may be made to Coolspring Presbyertian Church, P.O. Box 36, Harbeson, DE 19951.
Jean Lynn Scott Trader, 84
POCOMOKE CITY, Md. - Jean Lynn Scott Trader of Pocomoke City died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, Del. She was 84.
Mrs. Trader was born in Lanaconing, daughter of the late Mary McIntyre Scott and John Scott.
She graduated from Central High School in Lanaconing, and received a bachelor of arts degree from the Western Maryland College in Westminster in 1940.
Following graduation, and during World War II, she was a teacher in the Maryland high school system.
Mrs. Trader was a lifelong member of Bethany United Methodist Church and a member of the Pocomoke River Garden Club in Pocomoke City.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Charles W. Trader; and a son, Charles W. Trader Jr.
She is survived by a daughter, Donna Jean Hartnett of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; a son, John Scott Trader of Hagerstown; a brother, Allan A. Scott of Pittsburgh; three grandsons, J. Scott Trader Jr., David E. Trader and Charles W. Trader III; and a granddaughter, Kelly Lynn Hartnett.
Graveside services were held in Bethany Methodist Cemetery, Third Street, Pocomoke City. The Rev. Russell Lehman officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to Beebe Medical Center, 902 Savannah Road, Lewes DE 19958; or to the American Heart Association, 800 E Main St., Salisbury, MD 21804
Arrangements by Holloway Melson Funeral Home, Pocomoke City.
Eloise W. 'Mrs. Ellie' Virdin, 76
DOVER - Eloise W. "Mrs. Ellie" Virdin of Dover died Sunday, March 2, 2003, in Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 76.
Mrs. Virdin was born Sept. 30, 1926 in Glenolden, Pa., daughter of the late Ralph and Anna Williams.
She was a hostess at Kirby & Holloway Family Restaurant from 1986 until 1999.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Olin "Buck" Virdin Jr.; and two sisters, Janet Virden and Madeline Nicholau.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Virdin Hastings and Albert Hastings of Camden; two sisters, Jacqueline Thomas and Dorothy Galbreath, both of Dover; and two grandchildren, Kristopher H. Grier and Amanda M. Grier, both of Camden.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Trader Funeral Home in Dover.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Sharon Hill Memorial Park, Dover.
Caroline M. Allaband, 88
DENTON, Md. - Caroline M. Allaband died Saturday, March 3, 2001, in her home. She was 88.
Mrs. Allaband was born in Federalsburg, the daughter of the late Orson Gilbert Martino and Mary Edith Framptom Martino.
She graduated in 1929 from Federalsburg High School. She was a graduate of Hood College and had lived in Denton since 1942.
She taught school in Federalsburg for nine years and in Denton for one year. She then taught at North Caroline High School for six years, retiring in 1965.
Mrs. Allaband was a member of the St. Luke's United Methodist Church where she played in the bell choir. She was also a member of AARP Chapter 915, the Denton Women's Club, and the Memorial Hospital Junior Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, J. Franklin Lane, in 1965, and by her second husband, Allee Allaband, in 1985.
She is survived by a son, James F. Lane of Bakersfield, Calif.; a daughter, Sarah L. Howell of Santa Cruz, Calif.; a grandson, Benjamin Howell of Scott's Valley, Calif.; four granddaughters, Suzanne Parks of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Heather L. Olson of Durham, N.C., Carrie Lane of New Haven, Conn., and Tawny Lane of Grinnell, Iowa, and her pet cat, Samantha.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Fifth Avenue and Franklin Street, in Denton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the St. Luke's United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir, P.O. Box 66 Denton, MD 21629.
Theodore Ernest Bagwell, 75
FRANKFORD - Theodore Ernest Bagwell of Frankford died March 2, 2001, in his home after a long illness. He was 75.
Mr. Bagwell was born May 8, 1925, in Savageville, Va., the son of the late Julius and Mary Bagwell
He received his education in Savageville.
He worked as a laborer until his illness.
Mr. Bagwell moved from Savageville to the Frankford area 60 years ago and was known to many as "Boobie."
He was preceded in death by two wives, Hester Beckett and Dorothy Bracey, and seven brothers.
He is survived by a daughter, Bertie Shirley Bagwell of Morrisville, Pa.; a grandson, Michael Bagwell of Morrisville; two sisters, Marian Mitchell of New York, and Gladys of Exmore, Va.; six great-grandchildren, all of New Jersey; his companion, Betty Bailey; a dear friend, Anthony Bailey; and a host of nieces nephews, other relatives and friends.
Service will be 11 am. Tuesday at St. John's AME Church, Bishopville, Md., where friends may call two hours prior to service.
Burial will be in Curtis Church Cemetery, Bishopville.
Viola Mae Frazier, 75
REHOBOTH BEACH - Viola Mae Frazier of Rehoboth Beach died Friday, March 2, 2001, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 75.
Mrs. Frazier was born in Harbeson, the daughter of the late Otis and Sarah Burton Harmon.
She was associated with the Jehovah's Witnesses Georgetown Congregation.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elton Leroy Frazier, in 1959.
She is survived by six sons, Elton Leroy Frazier, Earl Frazier, Rodney Frazier and James Frazier, all of Rehoboth Beach, Nathaniel Frazier of Bridgeville and Isaac Frazier of Lewes; six daughters, Barbara Frazier, Laurette Janice Frazier, and Patricia Frazier, all of Rehoboth Beach, Bernedette Frazier of Lewes, Lutricia Holmes of Millsboro and Siretta Y. Jarmon of Frankford; four brothers, James W. Harmon and Morris E. Harmon, both Ellendale, Otis Harmon Jr. of Lewes and Albert Burton of St. Albans, N.J.; five sisters, Bernice Johnson and Flossie Greene of Ellendale, Iona Highland of Silver Spring, Md., Annie Payne of Milford and Nora Steele of Freehold, N.J.; 30 grandchildren, and 38 great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Millsboro.
Janette M. Henry, 86
DOVER - Janette M. Henry of Dover died suddenly Thursday, March 1, 2001, in her home. She was 86.
Mrs. Henry was born Jan. 18, 1915, in Secretary, Md., the daughter of the late William and Bessie Hayward.
She had been married to F. Everett Meredith for 55 years and to William Henry for five years. She was preceded in death by her husbands several years ago.
Mrs. Henry was a lifelong member of Bethesda United Methodist Church, Middletown and an active member of both the Middletown Lions Club and the Dover Lioness Club. She worked for a number of years as chairman of Lions Leader Dogs for the Blind and served the Lions of District 22D in several leadership capacities. She was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship, one of the Lions' Highest awards.
She is survived by two daughters, Patsy Warner of Middletown and Janet Miller of Odessa; two sons, William Meredith of Wilmington and John Meredith of Seaford; 10 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Memorial service will be 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bethesda United Methodist Church, 116 East Main St., Middletown.
Burial will be private and at a later date.
Arrangements by Daniels & Hutchinson Funeral Homes, Middletown.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to Leader Dogs for The Blind, P.O. Box 5000, Rochester, MI 48307-3115.