James N. 'Puggy' Culley, 82
ROCK HALL, Md. - James N. "Puggy" Culley of Rock Hall died of natural causes Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, in Magnolia Hall Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown. He was 82.
Mr. Culley was born Dec. 3, 1920, on East Neck Island, Rock Hall, son of the late James N. Culley and Marva Etta Goodman Culley Freeman.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged.
Mr. Culley worked his entire lifetime, except during naval service, as a waterman in Rock Hall. After the war, he returned to Rock Hall, where he operated his boat "Go Girl" until November of this year. He was the oldest working waterman in Rock Hall.
He enjoyed bowling, shooting, playing pool and cards and dancing.
Mr. Culley was a member of Sgt. Preston Ashley American Legion Post 228 in Rock Hall.
He is survived by his wife, whom he married Nov. 24, 1948, Annie May Jordan Culley of Rock Hall; a son, James Nelson Culley Jr. of Rock Hall; a daughter, Edith Ann Culley Elbourn of Chestertown; three grandchildren, James Jordan Elbourn and Nicole Elizabeth Elbourn, both of Chestertown, and Samantha Joanne Elbourn Seago, now stationed in Chicago; and a great-grandson, Donald Willard Seago III, also of Chicago.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home, Rock Hall, where relatives and friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Those serving as pallbearers will be John "Booty" Elburn, James "Buddy" Elburn, Louis "Happy" Porter, Joshua Burton Elbourn, James Jordan Elbourn and Tim Moore.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home, Rock Hall.
Robert C. Guldin, 55
SMYRNA - Robert C. Guldin of Smyrna died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, in Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He was 55.
Mr. Guldin was born in Philadelphia, son of the late William and Catherine Guldin.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, having served from 1964-1968. He was awarded two Bronze Stars.
Mr. Guldin was employed as a carpenter for many years with Scott Co. Construction of Wilmington. He most recently had worked as a delivery driver for DiBiaso's Florist in Middletown.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah A. Powers-Guldin of Smyrna; two sons, Robbie of New Jersey and Eliott of Ohio; two daughters, Dawn of Philadelphia and Louise Ann of New Jersey; a brother, Mark Guldin of Philadelphia; a sister, Kathy Macklin of Philadelphia; two stepsons, Jason and Dillon, with whom he lived; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday in First Presbyterian Church, 118 W. Commerce St., Smyrna.
Burial will be 2 p.m. Friday in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Newark.
Instead of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent to help defray funeral expenses. Contributions may be sent to Deborah Powers-Guldin c/o Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, DE 19977.
Mary Louise Hughes, 89
HOCKESSIN - Mary Louise Hughes of Hockessin died Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, in Cokesbury Village, Hockessin. She was 89.
Miss Hughes was born Oct. 9, 1913, in Kenton, daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth Cooper Hughes.
She was a homemaker.
She was an accomplished artist, gardener and caregiver.
Miss Hughes was a member of Kenton United Methodist Church and of P.E.O. Chapter E in Wilmington.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, David Hughes; and a sister, Claire Conly.
She is survived by two brothers, Edward L. Hughes of Kenton and Richard Hughes of Wilmington; a sister, Elizabeth Arnold of Kennett Square, Pa.; 15 nieces and nephews; several great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces and great-great-nephews; and a great-great-great-niece.
Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Du Pont Highway, Smyrna.
Memorial services will be in Cokesbury Village at a later date.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Kenton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 188, Kenton DE 19955.
Arrangements by Faries Funeral Directors Inc., Smyrna.
Richard F. Komorowski, 68
GREENWOOD - Richard F. Komorowski of Greenwood died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, in his daughter's home in Greenwood. He was 68.
Mr. Komorowski was born Nov. 8, 1934, in Baltimore, son of the late Florian (Joe) and Helen Paquette Komorowski. He lived most of his life in Delaware.
He was a 1952 graduate of Greenwood High School.
He served in the Delaware Army National Guard.
He worked for Tilcon Delaware Inc. of Dover for 41 years, retiring as equipment superintendent in 1991.
After retiring, he and his wife, Clara W., traveled in their R.V., visiting the 49 continental United States and several Canadian provinces. During their travels, Mr. Komorowski met many wonderful people and enjoyed volunteering for the National Forest Service and several state campgrounds. He also "hosted" an Idaho visitor center and an Arizona "ghost town." He volunteered for the Salvation Army in three states. He was an avid NASCAR fan (Fords!) and was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Harrington Lodge 534. Mr. Komorowski returned to Delaware in 2002.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Janice Faye Komorowski; and an infant granddaughter, Caroline Komorowski.
In addition to his wife of 25 years, he is survived by four daughters, Suann Seymore and Patricia Komorowski, both of Seaford, Debra Komorowski of Greenwood and Shelley Komorowski of Smithville, Md.; a son, Richard F. Komorowski II of Laurel; a stepdaughter, Linda Campbell of Seaford; three stepsons, Randall Miller and David Miller, both of Greenwood, and Steven Miller of Margate, Fla.; a brother, Edmund Komorowski of Wilmington; a sister, Sandra Messick of Florida; 14 grandchildren; and his best friends, Henry and Wanda Webb of Greenwood.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Bethany Church of the Brethren, 133 School St., Farmington. Pastors Paul Dodd and Everett Isaacs will officiate.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be given to Bethany Church of the Brethren, 133 School St., Farmington, DE 19950.
Arrangements by Lofland Funeral Home, Milford.
Ramona Collison McCord, 70
FEDERALSBURG, Md. - Ramona Collison McCord of Federalsburg died Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, in Caroline Nursing Home, Denton. She was 70.
Mrs. McCord was born Nov. 3, 1932, near Denton, daughter of the late John and Elva Jones Reed.
She was a graduate of North Caroline High School, class of 1949.
She had worked for the former Caroline Poultry, Eshams Poultry in Parsonsburg and Allens Hatchery in Seaford, retiring in 1978 as a settlement clerk.
Mrs. McCord was a member of Ladies Oriental Shrine in Sun City, Fla., VFW Auxiliary Post 5118 in Easton, Order of the Eastern Star Caroline Chapter 62 in Denton and St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Denton, and had attended Christ United Methodist Church in Federalsburg.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Galen Collison Sr., on June 28, 1974; and her second husband, Charles W. McCord, on Sept. 6, 2002.
She is survived by a son, Galen Collison Jr. of Harrington, Del.; a daughter, Tammy Kay Willey of East New Market; a daughter-in-law and special caregiver, Norma Lee Lloyd of Federalsburg; three grandchildren, Galen Collison III of Federalsburg, C.J. Willey of Houston, Texas, and Melissa Willey of East New Market; three great-grandchildren, Rachel Collison of Seaford, Jason Collison of Federalsburg and Brent McCord Willey of Houston, Texas; a brother, Fred Reed of Denton; a sister-in-law, Sue Grongier of Denton; several nieces and nephews; and two brothers and a sister, James Lemuel Reed, Kenneth "Buckwheat" Reed and Loleta "Peaches" Stafford.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Framptom-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home, P.A., Federalsburg.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
Burial will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery, Federalsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society Caroline Co. Unit, c/o Ellen Behlke, P.O. Box 505, Denton, MD 21629; or to the Caroline Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 362, Denton, MD 21629.
William J. Mitchell, 83
LONG NECK - William J. Mitchell of Long Neck, formerly of Aston, Pa., died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002. He was 83.
Mr. Mitchell was a retired chief petty officer with the U.S. Navy and a veteran of World War II and Korea.
He was a member of Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, Oak Orchard, and a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion, in 1992.
He was survived by a son, William J. Mitchell Jr.; a stepson, William E. Reynolds; a daughter and son-in-law, Elaine M. and Gerard Brady; a stepdaughter, Lois P. Demetriou; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Mitchell, and her children, Judy, Jane and Janice; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
Mass of Christian Burial will be noon Thursday in Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park Cemetery, near Milton.
Instead of flowers, the family suggest contributions may be made to the Mary Mother of Peach Catholic Church, Oak Orchard.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck.
Thelma M. Reed, 69
DOVER - Thelma M. Reed of Dover died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, in Bayhealth/Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 69.
Mrs. Reed was born Aug. 21, 1933, in Dover.
She worked at Playtex for 33 years.
Mrs. Reed was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by a son, Dale; and a sister, Catherine Coleman.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Herbie D. Reed of Dover; a son, Benjamin Reed of Dover; two daughters and a son-in-law, Sharon Lewis of Virginia and Rosalind and Dennis Quick of Magnolia; two brothers, William and Barney Jenkins; a sister, Irene Baugh of Tennessee; five grandchildren, Kyle, Bryce, Shannon Lewis, Sherri and Angelgue Gray; and two great-grandchildren, Drew Bowers and Morgan Johnson.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Trader Funeral Home, Dover.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.
William Malcolm Murphy Jr., 75
DOVER - William Malcolm Murphy Jr. of Dover died Thursday, May 29, 2003, in St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington. He was 75.
Mr. Murphy was born Dec. 18, 1927, in Americus, Ga., son of the late William M. and Gussie D. Murphy.
He attended Merchantville High School in Merchantville, N.J. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army, serving from 1946 through 1948. After his discharge, he attended George Washington University, Corcoran School of Fine Arts and Ford Market Institute in New York.
Mr. Murphy was vice president and assistant manager of Murphy's Hardware and a sales associate for Alpha Realty. At the time of his death, he was employed by Conch Construction Products as a manufacturer's representative.
Woodcarving, photographing wildlife, building furniture, his flower garden and making beach plum jelly, all to give to friends, were some of his hobbies.
Mr. Murphy was a former Delaware state senator for the 18th District from 1973 through 1985. He served as chairman on the banking and insurance committee from 1975 through 1985, on the Public Safety Commission 1981 through 1985, as a member of its executive committee and the Conference on Insurance Legislation and as vice chairman of the Delaware Workmen's Compensation Commission.
He was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1964 and 1968. He was founder of the 31st District Democratic Club and its president for 1968 and 1969. Aside from politics, he was president of Kennersey Marina and Yacht Club and a life member of Bowers Volunteer Fire Co. An artist, he was chairman of the Delaware Art Loan Commission from 1974 through 1982.
He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Wilber Smith of Dover; two nephews, the wife of one and the fiancée of the other, David and Carolyn Smith of Felton, and Mark Smith and Tami Harthen, both of Dover; two great-nephews, Michael Smith and Nicholas Smith, both of Felton; and a great-niece, Brittany Smith of Dover.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the People's United Church of Christ in Dover, where family and friends may gather in the fellowship room adjacent to the sanctuary immediately following the service.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the People's Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 46 S. Bradford St., Dover, DE 19904.
Arrangements by Trader Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Kathryn A. Bonsall, 69
LONG NECK - Kathryn A. Bonsall of Long Neck, formerly of Blackwood, N.J., died of cancer Friday, May 30, 2003, in her home. She was 69.
Ms. Bonsall was employed by First State Community action Agency in Georgetown.
She is survived by a son, John Hammond; four daughters, Carol Edel, Thelma Bonsall, Kathryn Lorie Ackley and Jennie Vehec; two brothers, John and Harry Lawrence; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Long Neck chapel of Melson Funeral Services, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Compassionate Animal Network, c/o Lorie Ackley, Long Neck Road, Box 278, Millsboro, DE 19966 or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 800-378-8423.
Julia Ann Eckman, 52
GALENA, Md. - Julia Ann Eckman of Galena died Sunday, June 1, 2003, in her home. She was 52.
Mrs. Eckman was born Oct. 24, 1950, in Coatesville, Pa., daughter of Charlotte Hatt Murvin of Parkesburg, Pa. and the late James Murvin.
She and her husband lived in Pennsylvania until moving to Galena in 1983, where she was a homemaker.
She enjoyed flower gardening, painting and her pets.
Mrs. Eckman was a member of the Galena Volunteer Fire Co. and Oliver Methodist Church, Galena.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jan Eckman and a sister, Lorrie Thomas.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 29 years, John Eckman; two daughters, Jennifer Eckman of Massey, Md. and Jill Licata of Dover; a sister, Sue Acker of Coatesville, Pa. and a granddaughter, Mackenzie Edwards of Dover.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, 118 W. Cross St., Galena.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Galena Cemetery, Galena.
Bernice M. Gilbert, 93
MILLSBORO - Bernice M. Gilbert of Millsboro died Saturday, May 31, 2003, in Green Valley Terrace, Millsboro. She was 93.
Mrs. Gilbert was born May 31, 1910, daughter of the late William J. and Margaret May Rafferty Jones.
She worked in the office of DeLong, Hook & Eye Co. in Philadelphia, for 12 years before retiring.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan Case Gilbert in 1992 and a granddaughter, Kimberly Sue Sammons.
She is survived by a daughter, Virginia M. Baker of Millsboro; a brother, William Jones of Independence, Mo.; a sister, Irma J. Olmstead of Haddon Heights, N.J.; two grandchildren, Steven Sammons and Cindy Hill; five great-grandchildren, Adam Sammons, Amber May Sammons, Tyler Hill, Shawn Hill and Benjamin Hill.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, where friends may call one hour earlier. The Rev. Phyllis Walton will officiate.
Burial will be in Carey's Cemetery, Millsboro.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Hickory Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Roy Rogers, RD 12, Box 424D, Millsboro, DE 19966.
William Elliott Hazzard, 91
SEAFORD - William Elliott Hazzard of Seaford died of an aortic aneurysm Friday, May 30, 2003, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 91.
Mr. Hazzard was born in Prospect Park, Pa., son of the late William E. and Jeanette Gardner Hazzard.
He worked in the engineering department at Du Pont Co., Seaford for 35 years, retiring in 1974.
Mr. Hazzard was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, Seaford. He was a 50-year member of Hiram Lodge 21 AF & AM, Seaford. He was also a former officer of the Indian River Power Squadron, past president of the Seaford Lions Club and an active volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital up until his death. He received the Volunteer of the Year Award at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in 1999-2000.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mildred Taylor Hazzard in 1992 and a sister, Helen Lamey.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, John W. Hazzard of Seaford and Dr. James T. and Norma Hazzard of Tucson, Ariz.; a grandson, Jamie H. Hazzard; a brother, Donald Hazzard of Chester, Pa.; a sister, Jeanette Brodsky of Cherry Hill, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.
Masonic service will be 12:45 p.m. and memorial services will be 1 p.m. Thursday in Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and Kings streets, Seaford, where friends may call one hour earlier. The Rev. David B. Humphrey will officiate.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the St. John's United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973 or the Delaware Hospice Inc., Southern Division, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Suite 107, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Pearl Duncan Horne, 95
SEAFORD - Pearl Duncan Horne of Seaford died of heart failure Friday, May 30, 2003, in Seaford Center Genesis Elder Care. She was 95.
Mrs. Horne was born in Greenville, Tenn., daughter of the late Joseph and Mattie Tane Duncan.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Horne was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy, Seaford.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Troy William Horne in 1955; three brothers, Joseph, John and Henry Duncan; and two sisters, Jessie Wheatley and Florence Massey.
She is survived by five sons, Harold E. Horne, Troy W. Horne Jr. and Carl A. Horne, all of Laurel, Charles W. Horne of Eastman, Calif., and James F. Horne of Seaford; three daughters, Florence Donovan and Helen L. June, both of Seaford and Virginia R. Adams of Greenwood; a brother, Woodrow Duncan of Greenville, Tenn.; a sister, Elizabeth Seaton of Greenville; 23 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and Kings streets, Seaford.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Blades Cemetery, Blades.
J. Irven States, 77
GREENSBORO, Md. - J. Irven States of Greensboro died Sunday, June 1, 2003, in his home, surrounded by his family. He was 77.
Mr. States was born June 6, 1925, in Hillsboro, son of the late Ida McMullen and John Henry States Sr.
He was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. States delivered milk for Sealtest Milk, Skipton Plant, for 25 years and worked for Wilmer Mitchell for five years and Boaters World, Denton, for three years.
He enjoyed crabbing, NASCAR racing and spending time with his family and pet, Sophie.
Mr. States was a member of the Bay Country Moose in Queenstown.
In addition to her parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Baker; a son, Charles Hobbs; three brothers, Carlton States, Earl States and Francis States; and a sister, Mary States.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joyce States; six children, James Leslie States and Wynette Martin, both of Marydel, Del., Frances Kostkowski of Ridgely, Jay Hobbs of Greensboro, Violet Gillan of Chestertown and Merry Donaway of Ridgely; a stepson, Joseph Frank of Upper Marlboro; eight siblings, John Henry States Jr. of Henderson, Eva Grey of Dover, Del., Wilson States, Margaret Jump and Gladys Saulsbury, all of Easton, Marie Schaeffer of Denton, Dawson States of Tucson, Ariz. and Audrey Schmitt of Denton; a sister-in-law, Jane States of Denton; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Ridgely Cemetery, Ridgely.
The family suggests contributions to the Caroline Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 362, Denton, MD 21629.
Ellen Jane Haddaway Bennington, 77
GREENSBORO, Md. - Ellen Jane Haddaway Bennington of Greensboro died of natural causes Saturday, May 3, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital at Easton. She was 77.
Mrs. Bennington was born Jan. 18, 1926, daughter of the late William Raymond and Mary Audrey Shields Bennett.
She was a 1943 graduate of Greensboro High School.
Mrs. Bennington, a homemaker, moved to Wilmington, Del., in 1944, and moved back to Greensboro in 1994.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Daniel W. Haddaway, in 1972; and her second husband, Paul Bennington, in 1978.
She is survived by three sons, Shannon Haddaway of Sunbury, Ohio, Daniel L. Haddaway of New Castle, Del., and Brett Haddaway of Doylestown, Pa.; a brother, William R. Bennett of Marydel, Del.; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Jopp and Betty Lee Bayne, both of Greensboro; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro, where friends may call two hours earlier.
Burial will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Still Pond Cemetery.