Willie Collins, 77
FELTON - Willie Collins of Felton died Saturday, March 10, 2001, in his home. He was 77.
Mr. Collins was born June 30,1923, in Indiana, the son of the late Lilly Mae and Grady Collins, later moving to Atlanta, Ga., at an early age.
In 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy and retired in 1946.
Mr. Collins then moved to Detroit, where he worked for the Chrysler Corporation. After just two years, he transferred to the Newark plant where he retired after 43 years of service due to illness.
In September of 1995, he met Sharon Thompson and in September of 1998, they were married.
Somewhere in his travels he became known as "Cadillac Bill," "Big Daddy" and "Pop-pop."
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Collins of Felton; two sons, Shawn Thompson of Dover and Darryl Thompson of South Mills, N.C.; two stepdaughters, Robin and Debbie of Wilmington; two aunts, Catherine Donaldson of Milford and Francis Smith of Harrington; an uncle, Willie Donaldson of Milford; three godchildren, Albert and Shirley Stevens of Felton and Warren Wayne of Wilmington; two daughters-in-law, Lori Robinson of Dover and Melinda Thompson of South Mills, N.C.; a mother-in-law, Edna Clark of Milford; three sisters-in-law, Joan Clark of Washington, D.C., Joyce Clark of Newark and Estell Clark of Houston; two brothers-in-1aw, Joseph Clark of Newark and Rodney Clark of Houston; six grandchildren; a special friend, Selma Anderson of Harrington; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Delaware Veteran's Cemetery in Bear.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home in Dover.
Olive Vorhees Cordeaux, 76
DOVER - Olive Vorhees Cordeaux of Dover died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, in her home. She was 76.
Mrs. Cordeaux was born June 3, 1924, in Manhattan, N.Y., the daughter of the late Ormond W. and Jane Vorhees McClave.
Mrs. Cordeaux worked for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources, where she issued well permits and did field work until her retirement in 1986.
She enjoyed reading and loved her dog "Buddy."
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Cordeaux in 1985.
She is survived by five sons, Larry Cordeaux of Ocean View, Alfred Cordeaux of Dover, Richard Cordeaux of Newark, Michael Cordeaux of Ocean View and John Cordeaux of Millville; a daughter, Margaret Campoli of Ada, Ohio; nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Service will be private at the convenience of the family.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the South Coastal Library Fund of Bethany Beach, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach, DE 19930.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Evelyn E. Downey, 74
MILLSBORO - Evelyn E. Downey of Millsboro died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at the Millsboro Nursing Home. She was 74.
Mrs. Downey was born in Selbyville, the daughter of the late James and Ida Lewis.
Until retiring, she was a cafeteria worker at Phillip Showell Elementary School in Selbyville and a hostess for McDonald's in Millsboro.
She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Selbyville and United Methodist Women.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin in 1970.
She is survived by a son, James Calvin Downey of Dagsboro; a daughter, Peggy Lee Baker of Selbyville; a sister, Rosalie Werenecke of Alexandria, Va.; two grandsons, Richard L. Venables Jr. of Selbyville and Brian J. Downey of Dagsboro and two great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Thatcher Street in Frankford, where friends may call after 12:30 p.m.
Burial will be in the Roxana Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 410, Selbyville, DE 19975.
Robert Joe Miller, 60
MAGNOLIA - Robert Joe Miller of Magnolia, formerly of North East, Md., died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 60.
Mr. Miller was born April 8, 1940, in Zenith, W.Va., the son of the late James Patrick Miller and Daisie Miller.
He was a drywall hanger, retiring due to disability.
Mr. Miller was a member of Moose Lodge 203 in Camden-Wyoming.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Madeline Carol Miller of Magnolia; four siblings, James E. Miller of North East, William R. Miller and Toga Edwards, both of Greenville, N.C., and Jewell Clark of Union, W.V.; nine nieces and nephews, Michael Miller, Kevin Miller, Thomas Miller, Luanne Lonabaugh and Mark Miller, all of North East, Deborah Miller of Perryville, Md., Patrick Clark of Union, W.Va., and Brian Edwards and Dana Horne, both of Charlotte, N.C.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Crouch Funeral Home, 127 S. Main St., North East, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Dean Wyatt, State Line Baptist Church, Rising Sun, will officiate.
Burial will be in North East Methodist Cemetery, North East.
Edison Ford Riddle, 70
DELAWARE CITY - Edison Ford Riddle of Delaware City, formerly of Smithport, N.C., died Monday, March 12, 2001, in his home. He was 70.
He is survived by a son, William R. "Reds" Riddle Sr. of Middletown; three daughters, Barbara Willett and Norma Jean Riddle, both of Delaware City, and Patricia Ann Riddle of LaBe11e, Fla.; two brothers, John T. Riddle of Elkton and Marvin D. Riddle of West Jefferson, N.C.; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad Street, Middletown, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Cherry Hi11 Methodist Cemetery, Elkton.
Linwood Joseph Rogers, 86
MILTON - Linwood Joseph Rogers of Milton died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford. He was 86.
Mr. Rogers was born in Laurel, the son of the late Ira B. and Mary Hastings Rogers.
He was an U.S. Army veteran.
He had been an appliance repairman for Fishers Appliance for 34 years.
Mr. Rogers was a member of the Milton Vol. Fire Co. for 65 years, serving as treasurer for 41 years. He was also a member of the Delmarva Fireman's Historical Hall of Fame and the Delaware Volunteer Fireman's Hall of Fame. He was also a member of Goshen U.M. Church in Milton, American Legion Post 20, and VFW Post 6984.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Allen Rogers and a sister, Pauline Dukes.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Minner Rogers; three children, Lynn and his wife, Linda Rogers of Milton; Susan Beauchamp of Harrington; and Kathleen and her husband, Wilson Shockley of Milford; six grandchildren, Eileen Reynolds, Gary Shockley, Heather Beauchamp, Clay Beauchamp, Amber Rogers, and Blair Rogers; and two great-grandchildren.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, Federal Street, Milton.
Service will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton.
The family suggests contributions may be made to the Milton Volunteer Fire Company, 116 Front St., Milton, DE 19968 or Goshen U.M. Church, 103 Mulberry St., Milton, DE 19968.
Thomas William Stevenson, 60
GIRDLETREE, Md. - Thomas William Stevenson of Girdletree died Saturday, March 10, 2001, in Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. He was 60.
Mr. Stevenson was born March 7, 1941, the son of the late Ira and Blanche Stevenson.
He was educated in the Worcester County School System. He attended the Delmarva Evangelistic School of Practical Theology where he received his certification.
Mr. Stevenson was a hard working family man. Some of his employers include Golden Pride Plywood Factory and AG Chem. In 1991, he began his own painting business called Stevenson Enterprise.
He was united in holy matrimony to his high school sweetheart, Kassie Smith on Feb. 2, 1962. This union produced nine children (Tom's Softball Team).
Mr. Stevenson gave his heart to the Lord in 1969 under the leadership of the Rev. Leon Williams of Seaford Del. He was a faithful member of Refuge Temple 2 in Stockton for 25 years under the leadership of the Rev. Clara Tull. In 1996, he became the pastor of We Care Ministries in Girdletree.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Victoria Stevenson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Kassie Stevenson; four daughters, Mellony James, Mary Mumford, Sherry Stevenson and Annie Stevenson; four sons, Thomas Jr., Patrick, Tim and Jerry Stevenson; two sons-in-law: Tim James and Ira Mumford; three sisters, Rosa Milbourne (who he considered to be his mother), Annie Copes and Nettie Smith; a brother, Randolph Stevenson; Alice and Sherwood Stevenson, whom he considered to be his siblings; four brothers-in-law, Zack Milbourne, Thomas Copes, McKinley Smith and Smitty Williams; a sister-in-law, Anna Stevenson; an aunt, Hattie Taylor, an uncle, Wilson Hayward; 11 grandchildren, three nieces, six nephews and a host of other family and friends.
Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Ebenezer U.M. Church in Snow Hill.
Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the church.
Burial will be in Coolspring Cemetery in Girdletree.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Salisbury.