Elizabeth B. Meeker,
Elizabeth Bradley Meeker of Henlopen Acres died surrounded by her family after a long illness Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.
Mrs. Meeker, a former teacher at Washington Episcopal Day School in Maryland and Epworth Preschool in Rehoboth Beach, was a member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, King’s Creek Country Club, the Rehoboth Art League and the Friends of the Rehoboth Library. She resided in Washington, D.C. before retiring to Rehoboth Beach in 1997.
Born in Wilmington, Mrs. Meeker was a graduate of Wilmington Friends School class of 1954 and Mount Holyoke College class of 1958. Mrs. Meeker was a former member of the Wilmington and New York City junior leagues and the Wilmington Country Club.
Her husband, Jerome D. Meeker, a Washington attorney, died in 1974.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth “Libby” Meeker Crangle and Robert Crangle of Ashburn, Va., and her son and daughter-in-law, Bradley D. Meeker and Jennifer Meeker of Swarthmore, Pa. She also is survived by her five granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Ave. in Rehoboth. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to All Saints’ Church in her memory.
Brenda Carol Smith,
Brenda Carol Lewis Smith, 51, departed this life suddenly Friday, Sept. 14, 2007, at Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 24, 1956, in Accomac, Va., to Minnie Hallett and the late John Olden Lewis.
Brenda received her education in the Indian River School District.
She was employed by Hardee’s in Georgetown.
In addition to her family, Brenda was loved by many friends.
Her favorite word, often used, was “spontaneous,” and her favorite pastime was sharing her love with her family and grandchildren.
Brenda leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Minnie Hallett of Millsboro; a special friend of 13 years, Donnell Cornish of Georgetown; five children, Vincent Lewis Jr. of Millsboro, Patricia Lewis of Selbyville, Craig Lewis (Melissa) of Felton, and Marvin Smith Jr. and Latricia Smith, both of Georgetown; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; four sisters, Brenette Lewis Rich of Delmar, Annette Hallett Bailey of Georgetown, Diane Lewis of Salisbury, Md., and Geraldine Lewis of South Carolina; five brothers, Brantley (Juanita) Lewis of Georgetown, George Hallett of Millsboro, William Lewis and John Lewis, both of Salisbury, and Danny Lewis of Wilmington; two uncles, John Hallett of Bishopville, Md., and Ernest Hallett of Frankford; three aunts, Gloria Hallett of Brooklyn, N.Y., Audrey Hallett of Bishopville, and Alberta Harp of Milford; a special cousin, Sylvester Dixon of South Carolina; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Mary Camp.
The family would like to express their appreciation and thanks to everyone for their prayers, support of visitation, phone calls, contributions and all other acts of kindness shown during their time of bereavement.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Calvary Pentecostal Church, Bishopville, where friends may call one hour earlier. Pastor Rosie M. Hall will officiate.
Noah B. Smith,
retired deputy warden
Noah B. Smith, 91, of Georgetown, passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at Harrison Senior Living, Georgetown.
Noah was born in Milton, son of the late James W. and Lela Bryan Smith.
He was a deputy warden at the Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown for many years, retiring in 1984.
Noah was a member of the Coolspring Presbyterian Church and past member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Milton.
Noah was involved with the Georgetown Little League and girls softball, and enjoyed woodworking, rabbit hunting and farming.
In addition to his parents and siblings, Noah was preceded in death by his wife, Florence V. Martin Smith, in 1995; and a son, Donald Smith.
Noah is survived by three children, Jo Ellen Tracy and her husband Bill of Georgetown, Robert N. Smith of Georgetown and Anthony M. Smith and his wife Ann of Lincoln; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
A funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call one hour prior.
Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton.
Contributions in Noah’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Regional Office, 2306 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805.
John Richard Clayville,
John Richard Clayville, 52, of Greenwood, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at his residence.
Born in Milford, the son of the late Cora E. Green and Raymond W. Clayville, he was a truck driver for National Concrete Co. of Greenwood. He was a graduate of Seaford High School; he liked old tractors and attended a lot of auctions.
He is survived by two brothers and their wives, Edward R. and JoAnn Clayville and Alan and Peggy Clayville of Seaford; a niece and nephew, Teresa Clayville and Alan Clayville Jr. of Laurel; and an uncle, Rodney Green of Lewes.
A graveside service was held Thursday, Sept. 20, in Conley’s United Methodist Church Cemetery, followed by interment in the cemetery.
Arrangements by Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.
Elizabeth Kilby Deeds,
active in civic clubs
Elizabeth Kilby Deeds, 97, of Manassas, Va., and formerly of Rehoboth Beach, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, at Prince William Hospital in Manassas.
Elizabeth and her husband, Jack Deeds, lived in Country Club Estates, Rehoboth, from 1980 to 2004, when they moved to an assisted living apartment in Manassas to be close to their family.
While in Rehoboth, she was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, and she and her husband were active in the Rehoboth Beach Elks Club, Lions Club, Senior Center and TOPS Weight Club.
Elizabeth brought joy and smiles to all who knew her and her joy of life will be missed.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Melvin O. Kilby.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jack F. Deeds Jr. of Manassas; her two daughters and their husbands, Janet and Waldo O’Hara of Fairfax Station, Va., and Betty and Larry Cleghorn of Woodbridge, Va.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Pierce Funeral Home in Manassas, with interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Md.
Cards of condolence may be forwarded to Jack Deeds at 9201 Portner Ave., Apt. 129, Manassas, VA 20110.
George C. Hicks,
retired police officer
George C. Hicks, 75, of Lititz, Pa., formerly of Angola Neck, passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at Landis Homes, Lititz.
Born in Maytown, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles and May Rettew Hicks, and was the husband of the late Edythe L. Edwards Hicks, who passed away in December 1999.
A graduate of Donegal High School, he went into service with the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955, having served on the USS San Pablo. After his service, he attended Millersville State College. In February 1957, George began his career with the Lititz Police Department, and in March 1961 was promoted to chief of police in Lititz. He retired Dec. 31, 1965.
In 1969, he graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Chiefs of Police Association. He was also the first elected president of the Lancaster County Police Chiefs Association on Jan. 8, 1975. He enjoyed fishing, reading, woodworking and doing crossword puzzles.
George is survived by his sons, Scott W. Hicks of Oakland, Calif., Ross B. Hicks, husband of Mary Ann Hicks of Milford, and Charles C. Hicks, husband of Angela L. Hicks of Wrightsville, Pa.; three grandchildren, Ross B. II, Samantha and Cameron; and two sisters, Louise, wife of Harry Schuster of Warminster, Pa. and Margaret, wife of David Schaeffer of Rocky Hill, N.J.
A life celebration service was held at West Bethany Chapel of Landis Homes, Lititz. Interment was held in the Reformed Church Cemetery in Maytown.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in George’s memory to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA, 17604-4125.
Lester Thomas Jr.,
auto body shop owner
Lester “Buster” Thomas Jr., 54, passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2007, at JFK Medical Center, Atlantis, Fla., after a short battle with cancer.
Mr. Thomas was born Oct. 22, 1952, in Milford, son of Doris Thomas and the late Lester Thomas Sr.
He lived in Ellendale before moving to Lake Worth, Fla. While in Delaware, Mr. Thomas enjoyed crabbing and fishing. He was self-employed where he operated an auto body shop.
Mr. Thomas enjoyed fixing and restoring cars.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his devoted companion of 27 years, Nancy Noblett; a son, Lester Thomas III of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Montana Thomas of Lake Worth; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Steven and Dawn Thomas of Milton, and Kevin and Linda Thomas of Bethel; a sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Benjamin Beckett of Felton; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be private.
Arrangements by Neptune Society Crematorium, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Mary G. Murray,
Mary G. Murray, of Newark, died suddenly Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007.
Miss Murray was a daughter of the late George W. Murray and Gertrude Fader Murray, born Aug. 18, 1924, in Newark at her family’s home on Barksdale Road where she would continue to live until 2000.
A professional secretary and accountant, she worked for the former Beadenkopf Leather Co. in Wilmington and later for the Hercules Corp., also in Wilmington, retiring in 1989.
Miss Murray was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newark, where she was a member of the Women’s Association and had served as a deacon. She enjoyed league bowling at the Blue Hen Lanes in Newark and had served as the league secretary.
An avid traveler, she visited Hawaii, Europe and many parts of the United States. She delighted in swimming throughout her life and looked forward to beach vacations at Wildwood, N.J., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Miss Murray also enjoyed reading and watching sports, especially University of Delaware football.
She is survived by four siblings, Dorothy M. Burris of Woodcrest, George W. Murray Jr. of Newark, Janet M. Ivins of Milton and Margery M. Kinnikin of York, Pa.; three nephews, George W. Murray III of Newark, David L. Murray of Newark and Richard C. Ivins of Milton; two nieces, Ann K. Parsons of Lewes and Bernice Scott of Elkton, Md.; nine great-nieces and great-nephews; and nine great-great-nieces and -nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Eugene H. Scott.
A funeral service was held at the First Presbyterian Church, Newark. Interment followed in Head of Christiana Cemetery, Nottingham Road, Newark.
Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 292 W. Main St., Newark, DE 19711.
owned accounting firm
Susan Grimble, 52, of Cape Coral, Fla., and formerly of Rehoboth Beach, passed away Sept. 3, 2007, in Cape Coral, two weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.
A longtime resident and owner of an accounting business in Rehoboth Beach, Susan moved to Cape Coral in March of 2001. She was the chief financial officer of AD Systems.
She is survived by her loving friend and partner, Ed Gsell of Cape Coral; two sisters, Carolyn Watt of Wilmington, and Sarah Bukowski also of Delaware; and her mother, Rose Roser of Wilmington.
Susan’s loving spirit and warm smile will be forever remembered in the hearts of her loved ones and friends.
She overcame many obstacles in her short life, but never let that deter her from living each day to the fullest. Our lives are richer and more joyous for having known Susan.
She was a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, a port in life’s sudden storms, a place a friend could feel safe, always lending a hand or a shoulder.
She was a great listener, communicator and loyal friend. Her gentle soul loved gardening and stargazing. She could sit for hours reading quietly and peacefully.
Susan’s love of angels is really quite ironic, because she is our angel.
A memorial service was held for Susan in Cape Coral on Saturday, Sept. 15. And for those who attended or sent their sympathies from afar, our common bond is that we will all deeply miss Susan forever.
Dorothy Fisher Morgan,
retired from UD
Dorothy Fisher Morgan, 82, of Fieldwood, Rehoboth Beach, formerly of Newark, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Green Valley Terrace Nursing Home in Millsboro. Mrs. Morgan was born February 16, 1925, in Wilmington, daughter of the late Herbert and Florence Fisher.
She was educated in the Wilmington Public Schools, graduating from Wilmington High School, class of 1943. She married her husband of 58 years, William “Bill” Morgan, on July 16, 1949.
In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by three daughters, Jeannie Moore and her husband Chaplain (Colonel) Gary of Easton, Md., Diane Conte and Faye Duffy, both of Newark; two grandsons, David Webster and Nicholas Conte; two granddaughters, Courtney Moore and Jillian Duffy; one great-grandson, David Webster Jr.; her sister, Virginia Rossiter and her husband Paul; one niece and two nephews.
Mrs. Morgan was employed by F.W. Woolworth, American Viscose, Atlas Powder and for 20 years by the University of Delaware, retiring in 1988.
She loved to attend the Nur Shrine conventions and U.S. Navy reunions with her husband.
She was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach, and an active participant of the Elizabeth Circle. Prior to moving to Sussex County, she was a 30-year member of Christiana United Methodist Church, where she sang in the church choir and taught Sunday School.
She also loved music and theatre, traveling and cruising, and she was a voracious reader; most of all she loved her family.
The family would like to thank Dorothy’s many caregivers from Delaware Hospice and Green Valley Terrace Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where the family will receive friends starting at 6 p.m.
Interment will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947 or to the charity of choice.