Miriam S. Doughty, 78
SEAFORD - Miriam S. Doughty of Seaford died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. She was 78.
Mrs. Doughty was born Feb. 19, 1924 in Townsend, Va., daughter of the late Clay and Elizabeth Skidmore.
Mrs. Doughty retired from Chesapeake Utilities in 1984.
She loved traveling and camping.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Daniel C. Doughty in 1997.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Francis M. Doughty; a daughter, Deborah D. Williams of Seaford; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane D. and Larry Windsor of Laurel; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be noon Saturday in the Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, DE 19973.
Gladys E. Ingram, 83
MILFORD - Gladys E. Ingram of Milford died Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003, in her daughter's Rehoboth Beach residence. She was 83.
Mrs. Ingram was born in Maryland, daughter of the late James and Jennie Truitt Davis.
Mrs. Ingram was a homemaker and owned and operated Ingram's Boats for 30 years in the Slaughter Neck area.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Ingram in 2001; and several brothers and sisters.
She is survived by a daughter, Shirley Bennett of Milford; a son, Charles E. Ingram of Milford; and a brother, Earl Davis of Milton.
Services will be noon Saturday in Berry-Short Funeral Home, NW Front Street, Milford, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Slaughter Neck Cemetery, Milford.
Katherine Wessel Minch, 94
GRASONVILLE, Md. - Katherine Wessel Minch of Grasonville died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, in Magnolia Hall Nursing Home, Chestertown.
Mrs. Minch was born June 22, 1908 and raised in Church Hill, daughter of the late William and Beatrice Thrift Bland.
Mrs. Minch owned a small farm in the Pomona-Quaker Neck area of Kent County. During this time, she operated several restaurants in Chestertown during the 1940s and 50s including the Cozy Corner and Home Restaurants, and most recently managed Foxley Motel.
Following the death of her first husband, Spencer Wessel in 1966, she married John "Pete" Minch and retired with him to Grasonville. Pete died in 1993.
She loved to cook.
Mrs. Minch was a member of St. Peter's R.C. Church in Queenstown.
In addition to her parents and her husbands, she was preceded in death by her son, Eugene Wessel in 1979; and two sisters, Lillian Wessel and Helen Bland.
She is survived by a brother, Eugene Bland of Merritt Island, Fla.; three grandchildren, Kathy Palmer of Friendswood, Texas and Gary and Eugene Wessel, both of Grasonville; six great-grandchildren; and a devoted niece, Dorothy Sinclair of Elkton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday in St. Peter's R.C. Church, Queenstown, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in adjoining cemetery.
Arrangements by Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, Galena.
Maxine R. Riley, 77
LEWES - Maxine R. Riley of Lewes died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, in Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Lewes. She was 77.
Mrs. Riley was born in Swanton, Md., daughter of the late John Quincy Adams Gaster and Elsie Broadwater Gaster.
She was formerly employed by the Social Security Administration in Baltimore as a manager.
Mrs. Riley was a member of Lewes Presbyterian Church the Lewes Senior Center and the Woodlawn Chapter 101, O.E.S. in Woodlawn, Pa.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James B. Riley, Sr. in 1984; and two sisters, Anna Ruby and Ethel Smith, of Pittsburgh.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Koch of Sugarloaf, Pa.; a stepson, James B. Riley, Jr. of Columbia, Md.; four sisters, Freda Wilson of Bakersfield, Calif., Virgie Nicoletos of Lewes, Dorcas Louie and Betty J. Louie, both of Oakland, Md.; a brother, John Q. Gaster of Plainfield, N.J.; two granddaughters, Beckie Hazzard and Karen Gibbons; three stepgrandsons; and two great-grandsons.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes. The Rev. Harry Hughes will officiate.
Instead of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Lewes Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 612, Lewes, DE or to Delaware Hospice Southern Division, 600 N. DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947
Joseph J. Traylor, 74
MILLSBORO - Joseph J. Traylor of Millsboro, formerly of Baltimore. died as a result of an automobile accident Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 74.
Mr. Traylor was a veteran of Korea, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He was a retired ironworker for Local 16 in Baltimore.
Mr. Traylor was a member of the American Legion Post 24 of Dagsboro and Delaware AmVets.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Jean Traylor; two sons, Joseph and John; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy T. and Patrick Murphy and Deanna L. and Donald McKeldin; three brothers, Richard, Raymond and John; three sisters, Regis, Mary Jane and Patricia; and seven grandchildren, Shaun, Kevin, Matt, Danny Jordan, Megan and Tasha.
Services will be noon Saturday in the chapel of Melson Funeral Services on Long Neck Road in Millsboro.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to South East Infants and Toddlers Program, 7801 East Collingham Drive, Baltimore, MD 21222.
James F. Campbell Sr., 89
DELMAR, Md. - James F. Campbell Sr., a longtime resident of Delmar and an active community member, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in Chancellor Care Center in Delmar, Del. He had been a short-time resident there, after he had sustained a fall Nov. 9, 2002, that left him unable to continue his active lifestyle and the community service that he loved so much. He was 89.
Mr. Campbell was born Feb. 17, 1913, in Cleveland, Tenn.
He and his wife, Virginia B. Campbell, settled in Delmar, Md., in 1968, and have lived there since.
He had many friends, and was well-known throughout the community. He also was an avid Citizens Band radio enthusiast and was known to his CB friends as "Mule Skinner."
Mr. Campbell attended several local churches. His belief was: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but will have eternal life." John 3:16.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by six children, James C. Campbell of Cleveland, Tenn., James F. Campbell Jr. of Mechanicsville, Md., Janice Fearer of Houston, Texas, Mary Jowett and Delaine Campbell, both of Alexandria, Va., and Sarah Alese of St. James, N.Y.; a sister, Mamie Bishop of Harrison, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Memorial service is being planned for February.
The family suggests memorial contributions to The Gideons International Memorial Bible Program In Memory of James F. Campbell Sr., P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.
Arrangements by Short Funeral Homes, Delmar, Del.
Birdie May Durleen Carpenter, 82
HARRINGTON - Birdie May Durleen Carpenter of Harrington died of natural causes Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, in Silver Lake Center, Dover. She was 82.
Ms. Carpenter was born March 22, 1920, in Pelzer, S.C., daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson and Lilly Gertrude (Head) Scroggs.
She was a homemaker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Zanford Clarence John Carpenter Sr.; five brothers, William Ennis Scroggs, Clarence Robert Scroggs, John Lewis Scroggs, Arman Scroggs and Tilmon Scroggs; three sisters, Mary Leanna Scroggs, Thelma Scroggs and Stella Scroggs; and a daughter-in-law, Carolyn M. Johnson.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews; six grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today in Fleegle-Helfenbein Funeral Home P.A., 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro, Md.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Denton Cemetery, Denton.
Peggy Maria Brooks-Ukpabi, 52
WASHINGTON - Peggy Maria Brooks-Ukpabi died Thursday, April 17, 2003, after a short illness. She was 52.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Benson, and Leona Hawkins.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Ignatius Ukpabi; two daughters, Nneka and Amechi Ukpabi, both of Washington; a son, Kelechi Ukpabi of Washington; her stepfather, Augustine Hawkins of Dover, Del.; three brothers, Ronald and Francis Brooks, both of Dover, and Samuel Brooks of North Carolina; four sisters, Gloria Griffin and Beverly Hawkins, both of Smyrna, Del., Janet Hawkins and Ernestine Abrams, both of Dover; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
Services will be 10 a.m. today in Purity Baptist Church, 1325 Maryland Ave. N.E, Washington.
Arrangements by J. B. Jenkins, Washington.
Jesse Warren Sowers, 69
GEORGETOWN - Jesse Warren Sowers of Georgetown died Saturday, April 21, 2001, in Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. He was 69.
Mr. Sowers was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He retired in 1999 after 39 years as the owner and operator of Sowers Excavating of Laurel and Lusby, Md.
Mr. Sowers was especially known for his restored collection of nine International Harvester farm tractors, which he personally restored.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dorothy R. Sowers of Georgetown; and a brother, L.A. Sowers of Virginia.
A service was held at Delaware Veterans Cemetery Chapel, near Georgetown. Pastor Charlie Arnold officiated.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 92, Nassau, DE 19969.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Dodd-Carey Chapel, Georgetown.
William 'Barry' Smedley, 56
ATLANTA - William "Barry" Smedley of Atlanta died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, in his home. He was 56.
Mr. Smedley was born in Chester. Pa., son of Mortimore Smedley Sr. of Bridgeville, Del., and the late Bessie Smedley.
He retired as a U.S. Postal Service worker after 34 years.
In addition to his father, he is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Smedley of Federalsburg, Md.; a son, Kevin Smedley of Greenwood, Del.; two sisters, Georganna MacFarland of Greenwood and Seann Carey of Seaford, Del.; a brother, Mortimore Smedley Jr. of Sebastian, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Dru and Jeffrey Moore Jr. of Federalsburg.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 N.W. Front St., Milford, where friends may call two hours prior to the ceremony.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Milford Public Library, 11 S.E. Front St., Milford, DE 19963.
Maria B. Smith
DOVER - Maria B. Smith of Dover died Thursday, April 19, 2001, in her birthplace, Amelia, Va.
Mrs. Smith received her early education at Big Oak School in Amelia, her secondary education at Ingleside-Fee Memorial Institute, Burkeville, Va., and her post-secondary education at St. Paul's Normal and Industrial School of Virginia State College and at Delaware State College, Dover.
She had been an active businesswoman in the Dover community since 1960, when she moved there. She also founded and operated the Maria Fan-Rebe Beauty Salon.
In addition to her leadership as a cosmetologist, Mrs. Smith was an educator and mentor. Early in her life she taught in the Virginia public-school system and was later employed as dean of women at Delaware State College. She also was an instructor of cosmetology students.
She was multitalented, energetic, vibrant and pursued many interests. Her hobbies included sewing, needlework, crafts, cooking, canning and preserving. She liked to fish, bowl and cycle when she was younger, and had a gift for raising houseplants and ornamental flowers and shrubs. She traveled extensively with her professional and civic association to visit friends and family, and for the pure sense of adventure. Her passing marks another phase of life lived with dedication, enthusiasm and the quest for the improvement of self and other. The family thanks God for her and for the love she shared with them.
Mrs. Smith was a member of Electra Chapter 6; PHA; the Professional Black Women's Association; the W.C. Handy Music Club of Whatcoat United Methodist Church; and the Women's Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Although her business was in Dover, she maintained her membership and served on the executive board of the Virginia State Beautician's Association and was president of Juliette's A&N State Registered Beautician Chapter.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Bernard M. Smith of Dover; a brother, Maxwell Branch; three sisters, Ethel B. Jones, Shuefeldt B. Dobson and MaryAnn B. Hawkes; a brother-in-law, Maceo Jones; two sisters-in-law, Lillie Mae Branch and Nancy W. Branch; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and associates.
A service and burial will be held at 1 p.m. today at Zion Hill United Presbyterian Church, Amelia.
Arrangements by V.T. Scott Funeral Home, Amelia.
Geraldine Marcie 'Tight' Bagwell, 72
POCOMOKE CITY, Md. - Geraldine Marcie "Tight" Bagwell died from an extended illness Monday, April 23, 2001, in her home. She was 72.
Mrs. Bagwell was born Sept. 20, 1928, daughter of the late Wilson Collins and Madora Collins Long.
She was educated in the public schools of Worcester County.
For many years, she was employed at the former Campbell Soup Co., Pocomoke City.
Her humor and wit were her trademarks. She was plainspoken and never hesitated to tell you what was on her mind. Her pleasant personality and fun-loving nature made it a joy to be in her company.
In her spare time, she derived great joy serving as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10048.
Prior to her home going, she confessed Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. She recognized the importance of having a right relationship with God.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis; and two brothers, Wilson and Clifton.
She is survived by a sister, Shirley Ballard of Pocomoke City; a sister-in-law, Margie Collins of Pocomoke City; two devoted and loving cousins, Keith and Jerome Winslow of Pocomoke City; and several nieces, nephews, many other loving friends and relatives.
Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Pocomoke City.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Burial will be in Trinity Church Cemetery, Pocomoke City.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Pocomoke City.
Richard Ressler Bell Sr., 78
FEDERALSBURG, Md. - Richard Ressler Bell Sr. of Federalsburg died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, Del. He was 78.
Mr. Bell was born in Pennsylvania, son of the late Albert Z. and Bertha Cox Bell.
He was the owner of the 3 Bells Market, Georgetown, Del., retiring in 1985.
He was an avid baseball fan of the Baltimore Orioles, Little League and the AAU League.
Mr. Bell was a member of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church and the American Legion Post 8 for 37 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Lee Bell, in 1987.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Aline Givens Bell; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Denese Bell of Georgetown; a sister, Mildred Ament of Washingtonboro, Pa.; and two grandchildren, Trey Bell and C.J. Bell, both of Georgetown.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Short Funeral Services, 609 Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call two hours prior to the ceremony.
Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Georgetown.
The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, 600 DuPont Highway, Suite 104, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Carol A. Brown, 65
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Carol A Brown of Chestertown died after a brief but courageous battle with an illness Wednesday, April 25, 2001. She was 65.
Mrs. Brown was born Aug. 11, 1935, in New York, daughter of Albert and Anna Ruempler.
She was a homemaker while her children were young and worked as a secretary for the admissions office at Washington College, Chestertown. She most recently spent her semi-retirement working in the pharmacy at Rite Aid until her illness stopped her.
She was an equestrian, enjoying horseback riding and teaching riding. She enjoyed being outdoors and bird watching, especially for her favorite bird, the cardinal. She also enjoyed reading, but her favorite pastime was spoiling her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Brown, in July 1991.
She is survived by a son, Christopher A. Brown of the Delaware shore; two daughters, Pam Preskenis of Knoxville, Tenn., and Sharon Rhodes of Church Hill; two son-in-laws, Chris and Bob; a daughter-in-law, Beth; 10 grandchildren, about whom she often bragged; and many friends, whose friendships she cherished over the years.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bethany United Methodist Church, Price, where the Rev. W. Stanton Leonard will officiate.
Burial will be private.
Arrangements by the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech.
Agnes E. Hodges, 87
DENTON, Md. - Agnes E. Hodges of Denton died Monday, April 23. 2001, in Homestead Manor, Denton. She was 87.
Mrs. Hodges was born in Paducah, Ky., daughter of the late Nicholas Hill and Jennie Hill.
She was a homemaker and had lived in Denton for two years, coming from Sanford, Fla.
Mrs. Hodges was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Sanford.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Morris G. Hodges, in August 1981.
She is survived by two sons, Glynn Hodges and his wife, Judy L., of Denton, and Roger Hodges of Sanford; a sister, Loice Rosalick of Dearborn, Mich.; three brothers, Paul Alsman of Royal Oak, Mich., Morris Alsman of Las Vegas, Nev., and Nick Hill of North Smithfield, R.I.; two grandchildren, Kerry O'Neill of Washington, D.C., and Allyn Hodges Sr. of Sparta, Tenn.; and a great-grandchild, Allyn Hodges Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Baldwin-Fairchild-Oaklawn Park Cemetery, 5000 County Road 46A, Sanford, where friends may call two hour prior to the ceremony.
Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home P.A., Denton.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Homestead Manor, 410 Colonial Drive, Denton, MD 21629.