James Edward Shockley, 70
MILTON - James Edward Shockley of Milton died after a lengthy illness Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, in Veterans Affairs Medical Center Wilmington, near Elsmere. He was 70.
Mr. Shockley was born Aug. 5, 1932, son of Mable Novella Johnson Shockley and the late Lester Reginald Shockley.
He attended elementary school in Snow Hill, Md., until third grade and attended elementary school in Milton until eighth grade and attended Richard Allen School in Georgetown in the 10th grade.
Mr. Shockley enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951, serving at Fort Richie in Maryland and Fort Meade, completing his enlistment in Alaska in 1954 with an honorable discharge.
He was a truck driver for 47 years in various areas before retiring.
Mr. Shockley was an intelligent, giving, humorous and kindhearted friend to all.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Willie Arthur Shockley; two sisters, Myrtle Aretha Shockley Lee and Martha Ellen Shockley; and an aunt, Bertha Lee Johnson Hanzer.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Alan Savage and Amilee Gibbs; his wife, Gail; grandchildren, Dully, Michael, Wykeisha, Darteg, Killita, Allison, Tyler, Latesha, Chris, Patrick, Alex, Sabrina, and Terry; a faithful companion of 22 years, Elizabeth Harmon; a brother, Samuel L. Shockley; two aunts, Beulah Shockley of Philadelphia and Arelia Mills and her husband, George of Baltimore; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Services will be noon today in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Millsboro, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, near Georgetown.
Arrangements by Young's Funeral Homes Inc., Milford.
Louise Mixon Skeliche, 79
BLADES - Louise Mixon Skeliche of Blades died of heart failure Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, in Milford Center, Genesis Elder Care, Milford. She was 79.
Mrs. Skeliche was born in Yemassee, S.C., son of the late Lloyd and Edna Smith Mixon.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Skeliche was a member of the Church of God, Seaford.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Tony Brown Skeliche in 2001.
She is survived by a daughter, Anna L. Parker of Blades; two sisters, Margie Guisto of Atlanta and Marsha Gail Wickett of Beaufort, S.C.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.
Arrangement by Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.
John Miller Whiting, 85
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - John Miller Whiting of Cambridge died of natural causes Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, in his home. He was 85.
Mr. Whiting was born June 17, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Miller E. and Anita Harris Whiting.
He owned and operated Howard Furniture and later at Ethan Allen in Dover. He previously owned Kessler & Whiting appliance store in Ridgely.
He was very active in the early years of establishing Sutton Park in Ridgely.
Mr. Whiting held various offices in the Dover Lions Club, Dover Chamber of Commerce and the Ridgely Volunteer Fire Department.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen "Kitty" Whiting on Nov. 4, 1996.
He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Johnson and her husband, Gordy of North East and Barbara Heape of Marydel, Del.; a brother, Van R. Whiting of Towson; three grandchildren, Tami Weidlein of Dover, Del., Lori Miller of Dover, Del., and Jon Cain of Leola, Pa.; five great-grandchildren; and a devoted companion, Ida Davis of Ridgely.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, Greensboro, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Ridgely Cemetery, Ridgely.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ridgely United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 220, Ridgely, MD 21660.
Elton P. Woodall, 85
CAMDEN - Elton P. Woodall died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2002, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 85.
Mr. Woodall was born March 23, 1917, in Delaware, son of the late Perry H. Woodall and Anna B. Woodall.
He received his early education at Star Hill and Booker T. Washington schools. He then furthered his education at Delaware State College.
He worked in Philadelphia for many years at Penn Walt before retiring in 1979. He also was a bus driver for the Head Start Program until his health began to fail.
Mr. Woodall was united in holy matrimony to the former Florence Allen. They were devoted companions for 63 years.
He was always there for his daughter, Naomi, and three grandchildren, Tanesha, Tracy and Tria, along with his great-granddaughter, Brianna Williams; a son-in-law, Gregory Ruffin; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call two hours earlier.
Burial will be in the Gibbs Memorial Cemetery, Woodside.
Flossie A. Conley, 94
INGLESIDE, Md. - Flossie A. Conley of Ingleside died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, in the Chestertown Hospital. She was 94.
Ms. Conley was born March 21, 1908, in Caroline County, daughter of the late Samuel Pippin Conley and Augusta Walls Conley.
She was better known as Aunt Floss to all that loved her.
She was the Ingleside post-master for 48 years.
Ms. Conley was a lifetime member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Ingleside. She served as a board member of the church, as treasurer, and a Sunday school teacher for 36 years.
She is survived by nieces and nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. She lived with and helped in raising Irene Moore of Golts, Alice Tribbett of Ingleside, Dickie Conley of Kennedyville and Charlie Conley of Ingleside.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight in Fleegle-Helfenbein Funeral Home, P.A., Greensboro.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Templeville Cemetery, Templeville.
Contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Ingleside, P.O. Box 202, Sudlersville, MD 21668-0202.
Dorothy Beaver, 92
DOVER - Dorothy Beaver of Dover died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital. She was 92.
Miss Beaver was born Sept. 3, 1909, in Farnworth, Lancaster, England, daughter of the late John Beaver and Eleanor Mosley Beaver. She had moved from England to Wilmington as a baby.
She had been a clerk in her sister's stationery store in Wilmington until it closed in 1972, when they moved to Dover.
Miss Beaver enjoyed pets, doing crossword puzzles and dancing. She also had a fascination with trains and had traveled cross-country by train.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ellen Joyce, in 1989.
Services will be private.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
George J. Frebert, 73
SMYRNA - George J. Frebert, founder of the Dover Litho Printing Co., aviation historian and author, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, in his home in Smyrna. He was 73.
Mr. Frebert was born Aug. 15, 1929. A native of College Park, Md., his childhood interests included building and flying model airplanes. He worked weekends washing airplanes in exchange for flying lessons, and soloed on his 16th birthday, which was also VJ Day.
Following four years of service in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, he moved to Dover and founded Dover Litho Printing in 1957. His success in business prompted him to return to personal flying, and he obtained his private, commercial and multi-engine ratings at Delaware Airpark.
Following his retirement from Dover Litho in 1991, he wrote "Delaware Aviation History," a project which took him more than three years to complete, and which was published by the company he founded. The book documents aviation events in Delaware from the dawn of aviation through the 1990s. His most prized possession in aviation was induction as a member of the QB's in the ILG Hanger, Wilmington.
He enjoyed working on airplanes and restored four. He was also very interested in cars, specifically Mercedes-Benz; he owned and restored five of his own and was active in the Mercedes Club of America.
He was involved in many civic activities and served as president of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce in 1968-69, and was selected as Small Business Man of the Year in 1986. He made a hole-in-one on tee No. 16 at Maple Dale Country Club in 1992.
He was preceded in death by a brother, John Frebert.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Frebert; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Michael and Diane Frebert of Dover, Michael and Dayna Cramer of Atlanta and Kenneth Cramer of El Paso, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen Frebert and Robert Szymczak of Midlothian, Va.; a sister, Tillie McCray of Englewood, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial services will be noon Saturday in Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 East Lebanon Road, Dover, where friends may call two hours earlier.
Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Joan Elaine Lichtley, 43
MILTON - Joan Elaine Lichtley of Milton died of complications of cancer Wednesday, May 14, 2003, in her home. She was 43.
Ms. Lichtley was born Oct. 22, 1959, in Pottstown, Pa. She lived there before moving to Milton more than 15 years ago.
She had been employed as a cashier for Food Lion in Rehoboth Beach for a while, before becoming ill two years ago. Prior to that, she had worked for the Super G in Rehoboth Beach, and while living in Pottstown, she was employed by Spring City Knitting.
She enjoyed her family, especially her grandson, Tyler, who was the "apple of her eye." She also liked to crochet.
Ms. Lichtley had been a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Birdsboro, Pa., and had attended the Wesleyan Church in Milton for a brief while.
She is survived by her parents, George and Lorraine (Koenig) Lichtley of Milton; a son, Joseph Dice of Milton; a daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Joseph Bradford of Milton; a sister and brother-in-law, Rhonda and Kelly Weldon of Milton; a grandson, Tyler A. Bradford of Milton; her fiance, Henry Stout of Milton; and her caregivers, Chrissie Saurman and Kenny and Jasmine Dutton.
Services will be noon Friday in Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call two hours earlier. The Rev. James Bertoti will officiate.
Burial will be in Zion United Methodist Cemetery, Milton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the funeral home, to help defray expenses.
C. Erle Miller, 72
SEAFORD - C. Erle Miller of Seaford, formerly of Dagsboro, died Sunday, May 4, 2003, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 72.
Mr. Miller was born in Westover, Md., into the Mennonite Community.
He attended Holly Grove School and Church.
Mr. Miller served in the U.S. Army for nine years.
He was a gifted mechanic and heavy equipment operator and a skilled welder.
In his spare time, Mr. Miller loved to watch NASCAR and tend to his garden.
He is survived by his daughter, Paula F. Spencer of Dover; his companion, Mary Kersey of Seaford; two nieces, Joey M. Sterling and Cathy Kurtz, both of Westover; three nephews, George Malin III and Joseph Malin, both of Westover, and Stanley D. Miller of Ohio; and many cousins in Fairview, Mich.
Burial will be held privately in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Alice M. O'Neal, 87
LAUREL - Alice M. O'Neal of Laurel died Monday, May 12, 2003, in Barclay Friends, West Chester, Pa. She was 87.
Mrs. O'Neal was born in Delmar, Md., daughter of the late Walter and Mary Insley. She spent most of her life in Laurel and for the past 30 years spent winters in Punta Gorda, Fla.
She was a homemaker and a talented seamstress who made drapery and upholstery for many people in the Delmarva area.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and will be remembered for her sense of humor as well as her kind heart.
Mrs. O'Neal became an avid golfer during the past 30 years and was a member of the Seaford and Punta Gorda golf clubs. She was a player on the golf team at both clubs and participated in many team and individual events and earned many prizes.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Milton L. O'Neal.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Janet O. and Martin Renninger of West Chester and Carol O. and Myers Hammond of Prescott, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Beth R. Mulhern of West Chester and Laura A. Carsley of Coatesville, Pa.; a sister, Evelyn Bean of Gaithersburg, Md.; a great-granddaughter; three great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be 2 p.m. today in Centenary United Methodist Church, Market and Poplar streets in Laurel, where friends may call after 12:30 p.m.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in her memory to the Window Restoration Fund at Centenary United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Short Funeral Home, Laurel.
Evander R. Oswell, 77
DOVER -Evander R. Oswell of Dover died Tuesday May 13, 2003, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 77.
Mr. Oswell was born Nov. 28, 1925, in Memphis, Tenn., son of the late Evander R. Oswell Sr. and Selma Oliver Oswell.
He served in the U.S. Navy, the Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force before retiring in 1973 after 30 years of service. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
After retiring from the service, he worked at Mid State Office Equipment in Dover.
He enjoyed playing golf.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Randall Alan Oswell, in 1989.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gloria Oswell; three sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Diana Oswell of Dover, Timothy and Monika Oswell of Magnolia and Brent and Marlene Oswell of Felton; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Thomas Dutrow of Frederick, Md.; a brother, William Oswell of Atlanta; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Torbert Funeral Chapel, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, Dover, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware, Inc., 3249 Midstate Road, Felton, DE 19943.
Carlton H. Sylvester, 79
HARTLY - Carlton H. Sylvester of near Hartly passed away, after a long illness, Tuesday, May 13, 2003, in his home with family and friends present. He was 79.
Mr. Sylvester was born Nov. 30, 1923, in Henderson, Md., to the late Morris and Mildred (Quillen) Sylvester.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, with service in Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland.
He started Advance Construction Co. in 1965 and retired in 1990.
Mr. Sylvester attended Bridge to Life Christian Church.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert C. and Judy Sylvester of Camden-Wyoming; a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah J. and Michael Rinehart of Little Creek; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Donald and Susan Sylvester of Hartly and Robert and Patsy Sylvester of Texas; a sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Earl Bilbrough of Hartly; a special friend, Virginia Hartnett of Dover; four grandchildren, Dina Nay, Troy Sylvester, Christopher Marrero and Nathan Marrero; and three great-grandchildren, Cameron Nay, Kaleigh Nay and Sierra Sylvester.
Celebration of life services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Bridge to Life Christian Church, 11 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in the Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro, Md.
The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901; and/or to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.
Louis Harry 'Abe' Stewart Jr., 69
BRIDGEVILLE - Louis Harry "Abe" Stewart Jr. was born Oct. 24, 1933, to the late Louis H. Stewart Sr. and Helena B. Parker. He went home to be with the Lord Saturday, May 10, 2003, in his home in Bridgeville at the age of 69.
Louis received his early schooling at Lewes Jr./Sr. High School. He attended William Jason High School in Georgetown. He would then further his education Delaware State College (now University). While attending, Louis became a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the Delaware State Education Association. "Abe" would then receive his bachelor's in education. He began his first year of teaching at the Indian Mission, Lewes, and Phyllis Wheatley School in Bridgeville. He was gainfully employed with the Woodbridge School District and one of its predecessors, the Bridgeville School District, for 39 years until his retirement in 1994.
He married Patricia Carney June 22, 1963. This union would bring two lovely daughters.
Two brothers, Paul and Gilbert Sr., preceded Louis in death.
Louis leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Patricia Y. Stewart of Bridgeville; two daughters, Thayer Stewart of Milford and Natasha Stewart of Bridgeville; two sons, Leonard Maull of Dover and Keith Wylie of Lewes; three grandsons, Vernon Brown Jr. and Brian Wylie, both of Milford, and Brandon Wylie of Lewes; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Kenyan and Novis Parker of Frederick, Md., and Granville Stewart of Lewes; three sisters, Sarah Stewart, Iona Stewart and Antoinette Handy, all of Lewes; an uncle and an aunt by marriage, Clarence and Pauline Stewart of Lewes; two sisters-in-law and their respective husbands, Helena Fields and Earl Fields Sr. of Lincoln and Virginia and Clyde Parker of Milford; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; one special cousin, Katherine "Kitty" Perry of Dover; and three special friends, Clifford Jackson of Bridgeville, Nelson Brewington of Greenwood and George Benson of Seaford.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Woodbridge Elementary School, Greenwood, where friends may call two hours earlier.
Interment will be private.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Seaford.
Adelaide W. Bradley, 87
DOVER - Adelaide W. Bradley of Dover died Saturday, May 12, 2001, in Westminster Village Dover. She was 87.
Mrs. Bradley was born Aug. 5, 1913, in St. Louis, Mo., daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Brown) Buerk.
She also lived in New York and Florida. She enjoyed her volunteer work and her fund-raising activities for local hospitals. She enjoyed making crafts and giving them out as presents.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Bradley and a son, Dennis K. Bradley.
She is survived by a daughter, Maureen E. Fletcher of North Stanford, Conn.; three sons, Dr. Michael J. Bradley of Felton, Judge William C. Bradley of Townsend and Edward J. Bradley of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a brother, Joe Buerk of St. Louis; three sisters, Clara Stricker and Annamae Parker, both of St. Louis and Rose Church of Pompano Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday the Trader Funeral Home in Dover.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Dover, with the Rev. Hanley officiating.
Burial will be at the Old Drawyers Cemetery. Odessa.
The family suggests memorial contributions to United Way of Delaware Inc.
Freda B. Carey, 81
DOVER - Freda B. Carey of Dover died Tuesday, May 15, 2001 in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 81,
Mrs. Carey was born April 2, 1920, in Cheswold, daughter of the late Willard E. Sr. and Elizabeth Barcus.
She married Paul R. Carey May 15, 1937 and lived to celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary.
She was a homemaker.
She also enjoyed playing cards and bingo.
Mrs. Carey was formerly a member of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Dover and the Home Demonstration Club.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Willard Barcus, 36 hours prior to her death.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, P. Donald Carey and his wife, Carol M. and Carleton E. Carey and his wife, Blanche A., all of Dover; a daughter, Jeanette C. Kossman and her husband James of Magnolia; six grandchildren, Donna J. Kishel and her husband, Jerry, Michael D. Carey, Carleton Carey Jr. and his wife, Donna, David C. Carey and his wife, Shannon, Keith E. Vautard and his wife, Karen, and Scott D. Vautard and his wife, Nicole; six great-grandchildren, Matthew Carey, Eric Carey, Jessica Vautard, Heather Vautard, and Logan and Colton Vautard; a sister-in-law, Betty Barcus of Dover; an uncle, Philip Cirrigione of Dover; a nephew, Craig A. Barcus of Stafford, Va., and a niece, Linda Kellum of Hollister, Mo.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Rd., Dover.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Diabetes in Delaware, P.O. Box 1395, Dover, DE 19903.