Joy Belle Whaley, 80
LAUREL - Joy Belle Whaley of Laurel, formerly of Woodbury, N.J., died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, in the home of her son in Laurel. She was 80.
Mrs. Whaley was born in Gibbstown, N.J., daughter of the late Benjamin and Cecil Givens Nicely.
She was a homemaker and was always very devoted to her husband, children and grandchildren. She told everyone how proud she was of her children.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Norris L. Whaley, in 1994; and two sisters.
She is survived by two sons, Terry L. Whaley of Laurel and Robert B. Whaley of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; two daughters, Nana J. Hirsch of Laurel and Nola L. Connell of Piles Grove, N.J.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Centenary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 230, Laurel, DE 19956.
Arrangements by Short Funeral Home, Laurel.
Glen E. Serman, 46
DOVER - Glen E. Serman of Dover died Friday, Jan. 17, 2003. He was 46.
Mr. Serman was born March 24, 1956, in Salisbury, Md., son of Roland Serman of Dover and Elma B. (Jones) Serman Allen of Virginia.
He attended Dover High School.
He served in the Army National Guard and worked at C.F. Schwartz Motor Co. in Dover. He also worked for Lee F. Slaughter.
Mr. Serman enjoyed fishing. He was a man of integrity who was a great husband, father and friend to many.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 25 years and his high school sweetheart, Kay Anne Serman of Dover; three sons, Roland Serman of Indiana and Harry D. Cain and Charles L. Cain, both of Dover; a daughter, Glenda Kay Serman of Dover; his stepmother, Marian Serman of Dover; two stepbrothers, Michael Cote and Richard Cote, both of Dover; two sisters, Cindy Tacka and Jackie Taylor, both of Maryland; three stepsisters, Judy Haughton of Dover, Mary Lou Crupper of Hartly and Annette Smith of Dover; and his grandchildren, Patrick, Garrett, Morgan, Caitlyn, Charles Jr., Dillon, Danny P. and Julie Anne.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 tonight in Trader Funeral Home, Dover.
Remembrance services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Orianna Dore Bessette, 94
DOVER - Orianna Dore Bessette of Dover died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, in Westminster Village. She was 94.
Mrs. Bessette was born Feb. 26, 1908, in Moosup, Conn., daughter of the late Emelien Dore and Zelia Dalbec Dore. She moved from Connecticut to Dover in 1997.
She was a homemaker and her heart never left Beach Pond, Voluntown, Conn., where she loved being with her friends and family at picnics.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred Bessette; and a sister, Annette Dore Bonnin.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Maria Bessette of Dover; a granddaughter, Dawn Bessette of Dover; two step-grandsons, Todd Ramsey of Smyrna and Eric Ramsey of Wilmington, N.C.; a brother, Laurent Dore of Moosup, Conn.; three stepgreat-grandchildren, four nephews; six nieces; and numerous grandnephews and grandnieces.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Dougherty Brothers Funeral Home, Plainfield, Conn.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in All Hallows Church, Moosup, Conn.
Burial will be in All Hallows Church Cemetery, Moosup.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to either Holy Cross Parish, 631 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901 or All Hallows Parish Church, Moosup, CT.
Local arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
John E. 'Jack' Brittingham, 85
LAUREL - John E. 'Jack' Brittingham of Laurel died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, in Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. He was 85.
Mr. Brittingham was born in Laurel, son of the late Lawrence C. and Eva C. Brittingham.
He was a partner with O'Neal Brothers Inc. of Laurel since 1953, retiring in 1982.
He was an honorable man. He was also a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Mr. Brittingham was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees for several terms, a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, Laurel, and was also a member of the Men's Sunday School Class of Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Olen Brittingham and two sisters, Margaret Lowe and Mary Gordy.
He is survived by his wife, Lillie B. Brittingham of Laurel; a daughter and son-in-law, Jean B. Pearce and J. Floyd Layton of Milford; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry C. and Linda Brittingham of Fairfax, Va.; four grandchildren, Alan and Gregory Pearce, and Carmela and Dane Brittingham; six great-grandchildren, Michael Alan, Aaron, Brandon and Jonathan Pearce, and Meaghan and Shannon Pearce; two stepgrandchildren, Debra Layton and her husband, E. Thomas Harvey III and Jeffrey Layton; four stepgreat-grandchildren, John, Ned, Will and Caitlyn Harvey; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, where friends may call one hour earlier. The Rev. Kevin E. English, Pastor Jerry Denton and the Rev. John Irwin will officiate.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.
Contributions may be made to the Centenary United Methodist Church, PO Box 230, Laurel, DE 19956.
Arrangements by Short Funeral Home, Laurel.
Joseph M. Calvert, 79
HARRINGTON - Joseph M. Calvert of Harrington died, after a long illness, Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, in Capital Healthcare, Dover. He was 79.
Mr. Calvert was born in Mishawaka, Ind., son of the late Marley Calvert and Anne C. Calvert.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy as a young man, and was stationed in Hawaii.
He was a lifelong farmer. He also worked at the Dover Air Force Base in Civil Service for 30 years, retiring in 1985. He worked in maintenance and in the sheet-metal shop, and helped maintain the airplanes and buildings.
Mr. Calvert was a hard-working man, whether on the farm or on the base. He believed in hard work and taking care of his family. He will be remembered as a loving, kind and considerate husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anna Mae Calvert of Harrington; a son, John Marley Calvert of Harrington; four daughters, Barbara Clendaniel, Linda Calvert, Joann Baker and Amy Welsh, all of Harrington; a brother, Harold T. Calvert of Greenwood; a sister, Charlotte Kenton of Dover; six grandchildren, David M. Calvert, Aaron C. Clendaniel, Lisa A. Clendaniel, Christina M. Welsh, Tameron J. Calvert and Renee L. Baker; and two great-grandchildren, Victoria A. Clendaniel and Sydney R. Clendaniel.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 S. Du Pont Highway, Harrington, where friends may call one hour earlier. The Rev. Thomas Protack will officiate.
Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Saint Bernadette Catholic Church, 109 Dixon St., Harrington, DE 19952.
John Roland 'Sonny' Carter, 65
DOVER - John Roland "Sonny" Carter of Dover died, after a courageous seven-month battle with lung cancer, Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, in his home. He was 65.
Mr. Carter was born Feb. 9, 1937, in Dover, son of the late Roland and Virgie Carter.
He retired from Chesapeake Utilities Corp. in September 1993 after working for 25 years as a service technician. Prior to his employment with Chesapeake, he drove an oil-delivery truck, and worked as a mechanic at Scotten's Service Station.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR races and country music, and having pool parties when he had a swimming pool. He was a very witty man. He could always come up with a quip in any situation to make people laugh. He was a man with many talents: he built houses and garages, could do plumbing and electrical work and was a master of anything he did, which was only the best. He did not settle for "good enough."
Friends and family often called upon him for his opinion about how to do something. He gave generously of his time, and if needed, even money. He never overcharged for anything he did for anyone. He liked to do woodworking and made several beautiful gun cabinets, furniture, a desk for Chesapeake Utilities and a storage cabinet for the Delaware State Archives.
He spent many happy hours in his shop, working with his stepgranddaughter making things. He enjoyed teaching her how to use his tools and equipment.
After retiring from Chesapeake, he started a lawn-mowing service. He gave up the business in July after starting chemotherapy. He and his wife took care of his parents and his father-in-law until their passing. He had some disappointments in his life, but didn't dwell on them. His creed was "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Mr. Carter was a lifetime member of the Robbins Hose Co., Dover's volunteer fire department.
He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Marcine; a stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Victoria and Martin Williams of Hartly; a stepgranddaughter, Michelle Williams, as well as Ms. Williams' fiancÚ, Scott Kauffman, both of Magnolia; a sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Arthur Paquette of Greenville, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Frieda Redman of Felton; many loving nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors; his pet rabbit, Bandit; and his dog and best pal, Inky.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contribution to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720; or to the American Lung Society.
Cynthia Ann Courtney, 37
DOVER - Cynthia Ann Courtney of Dover died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, in her home. She was 37.
Ms. Courtney was born March 12, 1965, in Dover, daughter of Julian A. Courtney and the late Linda Elaine Courtney. She lived in Dover all her life.
In addition to her father, she is survived by a son, John A. Courtney of Dover; two brothers, Dwayne A. Courtney of Camden and Andrew J. Courtney of Felton; two sisters, Julia L. Stone of Hawaii and Christina L. Courtney of Felton; two nieces, Jasmine Stone and Caitlyn Courtney; and two nephews, Christopher Stone and Joshua Courtney.
Services will be private.
Elmar T. Wells, 93
GALENA, Md. - Elmar T. Wells of Galena died of natrual causes Friday, April 20, 2001, in Union Hospital, Elkton. She was 93.
Mrs. Wells was born Aug. 19, 1907, daughter of the late John Raymond and Ida McIntire Thornley.
She was raised in Sassafras.
Mrs. Wells graduated from Goldey College in Wilmington, Del., and moved to Philadelphia, remaining there until three years ago, when she returned to Galena.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, Harry Wells, in 1987.
She is survived by two sisters, Alice T. Cox and Mary T. Coursey, both of Galena; and a nephew, Donald Othoson of Galena.
Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, 118 W. Cross St., Galena, with the Rev. Thomas Hughes of Shrewsbury Parish Church officiating.
Burial will be private.
Annabelle Bennett, 77
MILFORD - Annabelle Bennett of Milford died Sunday, April 20, 2003, at Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 77.
Mrs. Bennett was born in Houston, daughter of the late Walter and Ada (Willis) Passwaters. She lived in the Milford and Houston areas her entire life. For the past three years, she was a resident of the Milford Center.
She worked for Lewes Poultry for many years and for Playtex, before retiring.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Richard Layton; and four brothers, Eddie Passwaters, Artie Passwaters, Albert Passwaters and Walter Passwaters.
She is survived by her husband of more than 50 years, Earl J. Bennett Jr. of Milford; two sisters, Betty Gonzales of Houston and Ella Mae King of Lincoln; a sister-in-law and her husband, who cared for her, Alice and Willis Wood; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 N.W. Front St., Milford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in the chapel.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Vivian Kirby Cuneo, 75
GLASSBORO, N.J. - Vivian Kirby Cuneo of Glassboro died Friday, April 18, 2003, at Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Blackwood. She was 75.
Mrs. Cuneo was born Aug. 20, 1927, in Chestertown, Md., daughter of the late Charles and Stella Town-send Kirby Sr. In 1946, she moved to Bloomfield, in 1953, to Montclair, and to Glassboro in 1987.
She was an active member of the New Jersey Tenants Association in the 1970s, helping to establish a statewide rent-control program.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Antonio G. Cuneo, in 1955; three brothers, James, John and Randolph Kirby; and two sisters, Goldey Pinter and Livinia Kirby.
She is survived by two children, Stella Cuneo and Anthony Cuneo, both of Glassboro; two sisters, Louise Cornwell of Chestertown and Alice Perkowski of Belleville; and a brother, Charles Kirby of Cliff City, Md.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Bond Chapel, Quaker Neck, where friends may call one hour earlier. The Rev. Charles Wright and the Rev. Benjamin Sutton will officiate.
Burial will be in Chester Cemetery, Chestertown.
Arrangements by the Galena (Md.) Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech.
Michael A. Davidson Sr., 52
FRANKFORD - Michael A. Davidson Sr. of Frankford died Friday, April 18, 2003. He was 52.
Mr. Davidson was a lifelong resident of Frankford.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Until his illness, he was the Sussex County supervisor for Tidewater Utilities, Odessa.
Mr. Davidson attended Delmarva Evangelistic Church, Salisbury, Md.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tasker and Irene Davidson.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Jois M. Davidson; his mother, Virginia Brown of Millsboro; four children and their spouses, Alan W. and Jamie Davidson of Georgetown, Michael A. Jr. and Vanessa Da-vidson of Millsboro, Karen and Klaus Braun of Girdletree, Md., and Linda and Paris Johnson of Salis-bury; 11 grandchildren, Helena, Brian, Raymond, Matthew, Kristen, Bre, Amber, Courtney, Tasker, Noah and Kristen; three sisters, Nancy Marvel of Dagsboro, Pam Littleton of Delmar and Julie Scheaffer of Georgetown; and four brothers, Andrew McKirby of Parsonsburg, Md., Alan McKirby of Caldwell, N.J., David McKirby of Georgetown and James McKirby of Laurel.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today in the Frankford Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, where friends may call one hour earlier. Pastor Ray Chamberlain and the Rev. James Langrall will officiate.
Burial will be in Carey's Cemetery, Frankford.
Daniel J. Dougherty, 64
FELTON - Daniel J. Dougherty of Felton died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 64.
Mr. Dougherty was born April 13, 1939, in Darby, Pa., son of the late Daniel and Elizabeth (Maloney) Dougherty.
He was a baker until his wife, Marlene, became incapacitated with multiple sclerosis. He devoted the next 20 years caring for her, providing comfort and caring until her passing in 2000. During this time, they stayed with her mother and father, Richard and Esther Pepper, who opened their home and their hearts to them.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Johnny, who died in childhood.
In addition to his father-in-law and mother-in-law, he is survived by three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Philip and Jeanette Dougherty of Felton, James and Antoinette Dougherty of Magnolia, and Thomas Dougherty of North Carolina; a sister, Elizabeth Dougherty of New Jersey; and a nephew, Michael Dough-erty of Felton.
Graveside services and burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.
The family requests memorial contributions to Gideons International, P.O. Box 56, Harrington, DE 19952.
Charles Daniel Hawk, 68
ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Charles Daniel Hawk of Rockaway Township died Monday, April 21, 2003, at Compassionate Care Hospice, Dover, N.J. He was 68.
Mr. Hawk was born in Wilmington, Del.
He attended the University of Delaware, Newark, and graduated in 1960 with a bachelor of arts degree.
Mr. Hawk served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1956.
He worked as a salesman for the National Vulcanized Fiber Co. in the New York-New Jersey area for 40 years.
He and his wife had a summer home in Dewey Beach, Del.
Mr. Hawk was a member of the Newton Country Club and was a coach for the Rockaway Township Little League.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mary Stuart (Outten) Hawk of Rockaway Township, originally of Dover, Del.; a brother-in-law, E. Stuart Outten Jr. of Dover, Del.; and a sister-in-law, Leslie Azmar of Do-ver, Del.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Norman Dean Home for Services, 16 Righter Ave., Denville.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Norman Dean Home, where friends also may call one hour earlier.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the A.L.C.A.S.E. Alliance for Lung Can-cer, 500 W. Eighth St., Suite 3240, Vancouver, WA 98660.
Virginia I. Jubenville, 87
GEORGETOWN - Virginia I. Jubenville of Shortly, near Georgetown, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, in her home. She was 87.
Mrs. Jubenville was born in Wolcott, N.Y., daughter of the late James and Cecelia Rich Isaac.
She graduated from The Brockport Normal School with a college degree.
She taught developmentally disabled children in New Jersey, Illinois and Delaware for many years.
Mrs. Jubenville enjoyed many activities, including reading, cooking, traveling, sewing, gardening, playing cards, helping others and spending time with her family. She was a very special person, and her family and friends will greatly miss her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Dr. Charles P. Jubenville Sr.; and a daughter, Janice Lynn Jubenville Dorey.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Charles P. Jubenville Jr. and Louise Jubenville of New Castle; four grandchildren, Marie Jubenville Nelson of Littleton, Colo., Mark Dorey of Charleston, S.C., Brad Dorey of Millville and Nicole Dorey Scott of Shortly, with whom she resided; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Esther Gordon of North East, Md., and Arlene Porter of Nags Head, N.C.; two brothers, James Isaac of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Gerald Isaac of Wolcott; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. May 3 at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Wills Eye Hospital Development Of-fice, 160 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107-5109; or to Delaware Hospice, 600 N. DuPont Highway, Suite 107, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Richard Edward 'Dick' Lloyd, 79
DELMAR, Md. - Richard Edward "Dick" Lloyd of Delmar died peacefully Easter Sunday, April 20, 2003, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was 79.
Mr. Lloyd was born in Baltimore, son of the late Elsie Mae Lloyd.
He was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army's 45th Division as a combat engineer.
He worked for the Delmarva Power & Light Co. as a lead lineman for 35 years before retiring in 198l.
He particularly enjoyed family gatherings, camping trips and reminiscing about life's special moments. He will always be remembered for his dedication to his family, his lighthearted personality and for pro-viding assistance to those in need.
Mr. Lloyd was Past Master of Delmar Lodge 201 of the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons; Past Patron of Adah Chapter 5, Delmar; and Past Associate Guardian of Bethel 6 of the International Order of Job's Daughters. He was also a member of the Past Master's Association of Wicomico County A.F. & A.M.; a member of Nur Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S., Wilmington, Del.; a member of the Lodge Council Chapter Consistory Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Wilmington; a member of the Kent-Sussex Scottish Rite Club; a mem-ber of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8276, Delmar; a member of American Legion Post 15, Delmar; and a member of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, Delmar. He was a dedicated and loyal Mason and Eastern Star member, serving both in many capacities.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Vincent; and three siblings, Leonard Lloyd, Gene Lloyd and Marian Pitcher.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty A. Lloyd of Delmar; two daughters and sons-in-law, Ann Lloyd and Robert Street of Princess Ann, and Lisa Lloyd and Randy Ellis of Delmar; a son and daughter-in-law, John F. and Grace Lloyd of Bacliff, Texas; three grandchildren, Kelli Lynn Morris of Coral Gables, Fla., and Jenna Lloyd and Myles Lloyd of Bacliff; a brother, Dene Lloyd of Fawn Grove, Pa.; three sisters, Ethel Reynolds of West Palm Beach, Fla., Audrey Osbourne of Rising Sun and Mary Kerr of Cardiff; several nieces and nephews; and a devoted neighbor and friend, Joyce A.J. Mitchell.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, where friends may call two hours earlier. A Masonic service will be held before the services. The Rev. Dr. John T. Randolph will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Delmar.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, 101-5 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940.
Josephine A. Rash, 69
FELTON - Josephine A. Rash of Felton died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospi-tal, Dover. She was 69.
Mrs. Rash was born March 5, 1934, in Dover, daughter of the late Victor and Myrtle (Walls) Arrington.
She was a secretary at Air Base Carpet Mart, Dover.
She was very active in the C&W Little League and enjoyed shopping for antiques, collectibles, auctions and bingo.
Mrs. Rash attended New Life Wesleyan Church, Greensboro, Md.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald I. Rash Sr.
She is survived by four sons, Donald I. Rash Jr. of Laurel, Victor R. Rash of New York. and Michael G. Rash and Perry Rash, both of Dover; a brother, Victor L. Arrington of Kingsport, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Remembrance services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Trader Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call two hours earlier.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.