Kenneth F. Poore, 62
DOVER - Kenneth F. Poore of Dover died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover, surrounded by his family. He was 62.
Mr. Poore was born July 15, 1940, in Smyrna, son of the late Elizabeth Mayberrie Poore and William Poore. He attended Smyrna High School.
He was a self-employed produce salesman and did some wholesaling in the Delaware and Maryland area for most of his life.
Mr. Poore enjoyed watching old movies, playing cards and dinners out with his friends and family. Mr. Poore enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors and going to flea markets to find that perfect and special something. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Mr. Poore is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Lee and Charles Todd, of Dover; and a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Ruth Poore, of Harrington.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Harry Thomas Ware Jr., 88
MILLSBORO - Harry Thomas Ware Jr., of Millsboro, formerly of Wilmington, died of complications of cancer Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, in the Milford Center, Milford. He was 88.
Mr. Ware was born in Wilmington, son of the late Harry T. Ware Sr. and Elizabeth A. Umphries Ware.
He was a manager at Allied Kid in Wilmington, retiring in 1972 after 47 years.
He enjoyed traveling, his retirement in Sussex County and his family and friends.
Mr. Ware was a member of Christiana Masonic Lodge 35 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Newark, the Brandywine Forest 20 of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and the Delaware Consistory of the Scottish Rite in Wilmington.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma Mueller Ware; a daughter, Amy Jo Ware; a brother, Paul Ware; and a sister, Ruth Wilson.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Betty Cordrey Ware; three stepsons, Dennis Carmean of Laurel, Fred White of Portland, Ore., and Harry White of Millsboro; three stepdaughters, Carol Timbs of Dover, Mary Holloway of Georgetown and Joyce Hume of Wilmington; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Masonic services, followed immediately by funeral services, will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where family and friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in the Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro.
Bishop Benjamin L. Washington, 94
DOVER - Bishop Benjamin L. Washington of Dover, the State Presiding Prelate of the Delaware Diocese of the Church of the Living God, died of natural causes Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, in Silver Lake Nursing Home, Dover. He was 94.
Bishop Washington was born in Seaford, son of the late Walter and Bessie Washington.
He received his early education in the public schools of Salisbury, Md., and Mardela, Md., and during his service in the ministry, he received various credentials and awards for his progressive work in the ministry.
Bishop Washington began his calling into the ministry as a young minister in the Church of the Living God organization, evangelizing and building and establishing numerous churches. He held various official positions as an executive board member of the Board of Bishops and National Finance Committee and was a prominent figure in key leadership roles in the Church of the Living God. He remained active as the Diocesan Bishop of Delaware and Pastor of the Moount Carmel Church of the Living God until his health declined. In addition to his work in the ministry, he was also a master carpenter and retired from the then-Delaware State College in 1974 as a supervisor in the carpentry department. Although he retired from his job, his work in the ministry continued. He leaves a legacy of devotion and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Priscilla Ryder Washington; two brothers, the Rev. Clifford Washington and the Rev. Walter Washington; and a sister, Ruby Washington Ward.
He is survived by his very devoted and faithful wife, Anna L. Washington; his son, Curtis Washington; a brother, Elder Winfield Washington; two sisters-in-law, Blanche Washington and Beatrice Anderson; a brother-in-law, William Anderson; a nephew, Edward Ward; four nieces, Mildred Davis, Ana Easley, Lillian Marcus and Marilyn Purnell; and a host of other friends and loved ones.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Mount Carmel Church of the Living God, 117 West St., Dover.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday in the Bibleway Church of God in Christ, Kirkwood Street, Dover.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Walter Edward Anderson, 83
HARRINGTON - Walter Edward Anderson of Harrington died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at the Milford Center. He was 83.
Mr. Anderson was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II.
He was a fireman for Bethlehem Steel for 291/2 years, retiring in 1981.
Mr. Anderson was a former member of the American Legion, Harrington; a former member of the Milford Veterans of Foreign Wars; and a former member of the Harrington Moore Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Parker Anderson; two sons, Walter A. Anderson of Baltimore and Ronald L. Anderson of Milford; and a granddaughter, Jill Chlan.
Services will be private.
Arrangements by Berry-Short Funeral Home, Milford.
Harry C. Banning, 87
MILFORD - Harry C. Banning of Milford and formerly of Bridgeville died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at Heritage at Milford. He was 87.
Mr. Banning was born March 11, 1915, in Bridgeville, son of the late Harry E. and Lizzie McCauley Banning.
He served in the U.S. Army with the 747 Tank Battalion. He was stationed in Europe from March 1942 until November 1945.
He owned and operated the Banning Esso station, Bridgeville, for many years, retiring in 1984.
Mr. Banning was a member of the Bridgeville Kiwanis. He was a Legion of Honor member for 57 years. During that time, he was chairman of most of their committees and was instrumental in bringing in more than 100 new members and in getting the Christmas lights for the town of Bridgeville. He had perfect attendance, served on the board of directors for more than 40 years and served as president in 1959, 1975 and 1976. He started a Kiwanis night at the Harrington Raceway, and in recent years, they would have a night at the races in his honor. He was honored with the George F. Hixon Fellow Award in 1999 for outstanding commitment and service to the club and the community.
He raised, trained and drove racehorses for 40 years.
Mr. Banning was an honorary member of American Legion Post 26, Bridgeville, until it disbanded. Then, he joined Post 6, Seaford. He was a member of Union United Methodist Church, Bridgeville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, J. Hildred Spence Banning; and two sisters, Leona Wheatley and Alma Tarpley.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Dorothy Rust Banning; two daughters and sons-in-law, Alma Jean and Wilmer T. Wilson of Greenwood and Kathy and Richard Carlisle of Bridgeville; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Geneva Spence of Milford; and a brother, Thurman Banning of Milford.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Union United Methodist Church, Bridgeville, where friends may call two hours earlier.
Burial will be in Bridgeville Cemetery.
Arrangements by Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.
Anthony Leo 'Andy' Blann Sr., 56
SEAFORD - Anthony Leo "Andy" Blann Sr. of Seaford died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 56.
Mr. Blann was born Nov. 26, 1946, in Easton, Md., son of the late Roland Arthur Blann Sr. and Anna Mildren Sayers Blann.
He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, receiving the Purple Heart medal and serving in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1971.
He had previously worked at Tidewater Building and Supply, Easton Shell for 15 years and Gede Supply.
He was a member of Walter L. Fox American Legion Post 2, Dover, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5118, Easton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Gerald Blann, Roland Blann Jr., Robert Blann and John Blann.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah Marie Masten Blann; six children, John Blann of Greensboro, Md., Anthony Blann Jr., of Cambridge, Md., Dawn Cheezum of Preston, Md., Timothy Blann of Lebanon, Ind., Crystal Ostermann of Seaford and Dale Ostermann of Felton; 12 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a brother, Ronald Blann of Cambridge; three sisters, Barbara Wooters of Easton, Rosalie Dean of Hurlock, Md., and Rebecca Bishop of Georgetown; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Framptom-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home, Federalsburg, where friends may call one hour earlier. The Rev. Steven Booth will officiate.
Burial will follow in Oxford (Md.) Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to the Framptom-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home, 216 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632 to help with funeral expenses.
Bessie W. Parker Boggs, 89
DOVER - Bessie W. Parker Boggs of Dover died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, at Silver Lake Nursing Center, Dover. She was 89.
Mrs. Boggs was born June 15, 1913, near Woodside, daughter of the late Ernest and Bessie (Morris) Wilcutts.
She had retired in 1974 as a license examiner with the Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles in Kent County. She also worked as a waitress at the Village Inn, Little Creek, during the 1950s.
Mrs. Boggs was a charter member of the Leipsic Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies' Auxiliary and Roby United Methodist Church, Leipsic.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James "Jimmy" Parker in 1964; her second husband, J. Paul Boggs in 1974; four brothers, Nolan Wilcutts, Walter Wilcutts, Ernest Wilcutts and Roy Wilcutts; and a sister, Anna Neiwoit.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, James W. Parker of Bowers Beach and Charles E. and Connie Parker of Odessa; a daughter and son-in-law, Maureen and Ronald Reb of Dover, with whom she lived; two grandsons and the wife of one, Kevin W. and Kelly M. Reb of Smyrna and Robert A. Reb of Smyrna; three great-grandchildren, Jerald T., Rocklin N. and Magdalyn Reb; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Clara W. and George Russell of Milford and Jessie W. Walls of Dover; and a devoted companion, John Webb.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Trader Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call two hours earlier.
Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica, where friends may call two hours earlier.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Roby United Methodist Church, Leipsic, and/or Leipsic Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies' Auxiliary.
Virginia Frances (Haire) Flatley, 90
MILFORD - Virginia Frances (Haire) Flatley of Milford, formerly of Upper Marlboro, Md., died Sunday, April 13, 2003, in her home. She was 90.
Mrs. Flatley was born in Duluth, Minn., daughter of the late Robert and Helen B. (Sargent) Haire.
She was a secretary for the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for 30 years before retiring in 1972.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Flatley in 1947.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert John and Carol Ann Flatley of Bethany Beach; a daughter, Kathleen Flatley Poston of Milford; a granddaughter and her husband, Dana Lynn and Ronald Francis Stevens of Lincoln; and two great-grandchildren, Stacy Lynn and Robert Thomas Stevens, both of Lincoln.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family in Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Md.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice, Kent County Office, 911 South DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Arrangements by Lofland Funeral Home, Milford.
William H. 'Fordie' Ford, 67
GREENWOOD - William H. "Fordie" Ford of Greenwood died April 10, 2003, in Green Valley Pavilion, Smyrna. He was 67.
Mr. Ford was a member of the first class to graduate from Louis L. Redding High School in Middletown. He continued on to Delaware State College for two years where he majored in accounting. His strong determination to attend college was overwhelming because he did not have transportation to get there, so he hitchhiked every day and even held down a part-time job in the evening at the Dinner Bell Inn in Dover.
Following that, he managed and operated a small eatery in Dover called the Starlight Grill. After leaving that he became employed at Kent-Sussex Industries where he was made assistant manager and held that position until his departure from there. William also sold cars for awhile as well as Amway products, which he sold for many years. At one time, his employment also included chauffeuring and being the accountant for Ben Smith Masonry Contractors. He also had a thrift store in Greenwood called Brits Whatnot Shoppe. He gave it up to care for his goats, a pastime in which he found great pleasure until he became unable to continue doing so.
Mr. Ford was a member of The Bridgeville Church of God and enjoyed attending services. He loved the Lord.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James A. Ford, in 1982; and his father, William L. Ford in 1992.
He is survived by his mother, Ada Ford of Dover; seven sisters, Mary Blackson, Gloria Wisher, Virginia Ford, Jeannette and husband Joe Twitty, Sarah and husband Angelo Albarran all of Dover, Rose and husband Sylvester Wilson of Hartly, and Dorothy and husband Melvin Watson of Townsend; 21 nieces and nephews; 37 great-nieces and great-nephews; four great-great nieces and great-great-nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call two hours earlier. Upon completion of services, a brief gathering will be held for the family only.
Burial will be in Lockwood Cemetery.
Dorothy Almeda Harris, 81
DOVER - Dorothy Almeda Harris of Dover died Wednesday April 9, 2003. She was 81.
Mrs. Harris was born Nov. 24, 1921, daughter of the late Ralph Caldwell and Annabell Peterson Caldwell.
She attended Paul Lawrence Dunbar and Delaware State College.
Mrs. Harris was employed by the Hub Restaurant, the Dinner Bell Inn and by the governor of the State of Delaware for many years.
After sanctifying her life in Christ, she served as a faithful mother of Beacon Lighthouse Church under the pastorate of Elder Dr. Myrtle Scott.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Arville Harris Sr.; a son, Elder Emmett Harris; two sisters, Beulah Adams and Clara Matthews; and a granddaughter, Debbie Scott.
She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Brother William and Larriane Harris, Elder John and Virginia Harris and Brother Norman Harris; four daughters and sons-in-law, Sister Annabell and Arnold Sanders, Elder Dr. Myrtle and Paul Scott, Evangelist Doretha and Ben Quail and Sister Willa Moore and Eugene Harris; two special ladies she raised as her children, Reba "Niecy" Johns and Dorothy Brian; two sisters, Frances Dorsey and Arvetta Hines of Chester, Pa.; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and a very close friend, Sadie Wright.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Services will be noon Wednesday in Bibleway in Dover, where friends may also call two hours earlier.
Burial will be at Sharon Hill Cemetery.
Lt. Col. Henry Lewis 'Lew' Jones, 77
DOVER - Lt. Col. Henry Lewis "Lew" Jones of Dover died after a long illness Sunday, April 13, 2003, in his home surrounded by his wife and family. He was 77.
Lt. Col. Jones was born May 28, 1928 in Spartanburg, S.C., son of the late Carletta Broome Jones and Henry Lewis Jones Sr.
He grew up in South Carolina and Virginia, graduating from Howard College in Birmingham, Ala. in 1949, with a bachelor of science degree in physics.
He served in the Air Force for 26 years as a pilot and commander. He was awarded the Army's Bronze Star while serving with the Air Force in Vietnam in 1968-1969. He achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel and retired at Dover Air Force Base in 1975. During his career he piloted airplanes for 38 years, from 1943 to 1981.
After his retirement in 1975, he worked for Ron Frazier Auto Body for five years and for C&W Auto Parts for two years. Mr. Jones also was a flight instructor for Delaware Technical & Community College and Delaware Air Park. He also worked as a private jet pilot for Showell Farms in Salisbury, Md. After 1981 he tuned and rebuilt fine pianos until 2002.
Mr. Jones was a member of the Elks, QB's, VFW, American Legion, AOPA, Piano Technicians Guild, and Order of Daedalions.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Foshee Jones of Dover; a daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and John Bruno of Richmond, Va.; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and John Walker of New York; a son and daughter-in-law, H. Lewis and Janelle Jones of Nokesville, Va., a son, Chris Jones of Dover; a son and daughter-in-law, Gerry Jones and Teresa Schultz of Medway, Mass.; a daughter, Lynn Manners of Dover, a daughter, Patricia Castle of Dover; two brothers, Dr. Douglas O. Jones and his wife Ruth of Rock Hill, S.C. and Carl M. Jones of Greer, S.C.; a sister, Jessie Godshall and her husband, Wayne, of Greenville, S.C.; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Holy Cross Catholic Church, South State Street, Dover.
Burial with full military honors will be 11 a.m. May 7, 2003, in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to American Heart Association, 1151 Walker Road, Suite 202, Dover, DE 19904.
Mary Lou McCray, 49
FRANKFORD - Mary Lou McCray of Frankford died of cardiac arrest Thursday, April 10, 2003, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 49.
Mrs. McCray was born in Bishopville, Md., daughter of the late Robert Mumford Jr. and Juanita Henry Mumford.
She was employed as a vaccinator at Perdue Hatchery in Selbyville.
Mrs. McCray was a member of Antioch A. M. E. Church in Frankford where she served as a member of the adult choir and Christian education ministry.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert McCray, in 1992.
She is survived by a son, Jujuan McCray of Frankford; a daughter, Juanita Mumford of Frankford; a paternal grandfather, Robert Mumford Sr. of Selbyville; four brothers, Calvin Johnson of Fruitland, Md., Robert Mumford, III and Richard Mumford, both of Selbyville and David Mumford of Bishopville, Md.; two sisters, Edna Mae McCray of Frankford and Annette Marie Mumford of Bishopville, Md.; two foster brothers, Willie Paul Mumford of Delmar, Md. and Wayne Mumford of Ocean City, Md.; a foster sister, Patricia Mumford of Berlin; four brothers-in-law; seven sisters-in-law; a special aunt, Rose Artis of Washington, D.C.; an uncle; other aunts; a special friend, Viola Cuffee of Selbyville; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Calvary Pentecostal Church in Bishopville, where friends may call two hours earlier. The Rev. Terry Hassell and Rev. Calvin Price will officiate. Burial will be in Antioch A.M.E. Cemetery in Frankford.
A ministry of comfort and dignity is being provided by the Lewis N. Watson Funeral Home in Salisbury.
Margaret Howard McEvoy, 83
SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. - Margaret Howard McEvoy of Safety Harbor, Fla. died Saturday April 12, 2003, in her home. She was 83.
Mrs. McEvoy was born in Canada and came to Florida in 1981 from Aberdeen, Md.
She was an artist and a registered clown, performing under the name Shu Shu.
She was active in the Florida Miniature Art Society, the Florida Watercolor Society and was past president of the Florida Chapter of National Ledge of American Penwomen. She was a member of Northwood Presbyterian Church in Clearwater, Fla., where she was active in the Stephen's Ministries, and the International PEO Sisterhood.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert W. "Bob"; a son, Michael W. of Port Deposit, Md.; Marianne Abrams of Dover, Del.; two sisters, Connie Rubin of Arizona and Thelma Schultes of Albuquerque, N.M.; and five grandchildren.
Services will be at the convenience of the family.
Robert R. Sheridan, 92
SEAFORD - Robert R. Sheridan of Seaford died Friday, April 11, 2003, in his home. He was 92.
After high school, he attended college in Deep Springs, Calif. and then graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. in 1935.
Mr. Sheridan retired in 1972 from Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y. after 37 years. He was an engineering supervisor.
After retiring in 1972 he and his wife moved to Dorset, Vt. until 1983 when they moved to Richmond, Va., then to Seaford in 1992.
Mr. Sheridan was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Concrete Institute.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marguerite Stephens Sheridan; a son, Richard D. Sheridan of Lusby, Md.; two daughters, Susan Burgess of Lusby, Md. and Frances S. Bushee of Danby, Vt.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services and burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society, 1138 Parsons Rd, Salisbury, MD 21803.
Arrangements by Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.
Pearl Spector, 93
MONTCLAIR, N.J. - Pearl Spector of Montclair, formerly of Dover, Del., died Sunday, April 13, 2003, in Mountainside Hospital, Gleenridge. She was 93.
Mrs. Spector and her late husband, Abram, were the proprietors of "The Vogue Shoe Shoppe" in Dover, Del. for 40 years prior to their retirement in 1984.
She was past president of the congregation Beth Shalom sisterhood.
She is survived by two children, Sheldon and Lynda Spector of Granada Hills, Calif. and Sharon and William Dorsey of Essex Fells, N.J.; five grandchildren, Susan, Brian, William, Michael and Robert; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be noon today in Mt. Sharon Cemetery, Springfield, Pa.
Arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman, 68 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, N.J.
Audrey Matilda (Elliott) Spicer, 95
LAUREL - Audrey Matilda (Elliott) Spicer of Laurel died Friday, April 11, 2003, in the home of her daughter in Seaford.
Mrs. Spicer was born in Laurel, daughter of the late Vernon and Beulah (Carey) Elliott.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Spicer enjoyed gardening.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, James E. Spicer and Richard V. and Ann E. Spicer of Laurel; a daughter and son-in-law, Grace S. and Ben A. Peterson of Seaford; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emory Spicer, in 1973; a daughter-in-law, Jama L. Spicer, in 1999; and three brothers and a sister.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St, Seaford, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in the Laurel Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Instead of flowers the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice Inc, 600 S. DuPont Hwy, Suite 107, Georgetown, DE 19947.