Perdue truck driver
Billy Hall, 53, of near Bridgeville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at his home.
Billy was born on Dec. 31, 1953, in Whaleyville, Md. He was preceded in death by his father, John Hall, in 2006.
Mr. Hall was a long-distance truck driver for Perdue Inc.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1971-74 and was honorably discharged as a corporal. Billy attended Grace U.M. Church in Georgetown. He loved watching “Animal Planet,” was a Philadelphia Eagles fan, loved cooking, loved to sing, was a devoted, loving father and a good husband. He was all about family and loved his family very, very much and loved to spend time with his children and do the “crooked leg.”
Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, Josephine Dickson Hall; his mother, Magdalene Hall; his mother-in-law, Blanche Hughes; two sons, Billy Hall Jr. and his friend Thao Giang of Bishopville, Md., and Phillip Hall and his wife Angie of Selbyville; two daughters, Teresa Blake of Bishopville, and Hillary Blake and friend Kevin Harmon of Frankford; three brothers, John Hall Jr. and his wife Cathy of Frankford, Michael Hall and wife Toni of Bridgeville, and Paris Hall of Dagsboro; three sisters, Georgeanna Purnell and her husband James of Frankford, Tyanna Collick and her husband Webster of Frankford, and Tammy Parker and her husband Gregory of Newark; two grandchildren, Kevon Harmon and Mia Hall; two uncles, John Dyers of Bishop, Md., and Monroe McCall and his wife Peggy of Berlin, Md.; three aunts, Isabelle Jackson of Philadelphia, Mildred Owens of Frankford, and Gail McCall of Millsboro; his best friends, John and Denise Showell, Louise and Jackie Hall, Gilbert Houston, Lawyer Hicks; and many nieces and nephews.Continued from page 14
Services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26, at the Calvary Pentecostal Church, Route 113, Bishopville, where friends may call at noon.
Interment will be in Zoar Golden Acres U.M. Church cemetery, Bishopville.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to the American Lung Association, 102 Gilpin Ave., Suite 202, Wilmington, DE 19806-3280.
William Arthur Wright,
William Arthur “George” Wright, 79, of Newark, formerly of Georgetown, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, in the Brandywine Rehabilitation Center, Wilmington, surrounded by his loving family.
George, the son of the late William A. and Mamie Wright, was born Nov. 30, 1928, in Lewes. He received his early childhood education at Rabbits Ferry School, Lewes. George worked for many years cutting timber in the local area and doing yard work before retiring due to ill health. After retirement, he devoted much of his time to working in his garden and visiting family and friends to share with them the produce from his garden.
George was a very hard worker in life and often told stories of how he, his father and brothers would work from sunup until sundown on the family farm just to make ends meet.
He accepted Christ as his personal savior and was baptized later in life and attended church as his health permitted.
George was a very caring and giving father, grandfather and a friend to many.
He leaves a loving family and many friends to cherish his precious memories and was particularly grateful for the many visits to the nursing home by Edna and Charlie Harmon.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob Wright and Buster Wright; and two sisters, Margaret Wright and Annette Johnson.
He is survived by his five children, Pamela O. Clark of Newark and her husband Daniel, Sheree T. McQuate of Charlotte, N.C., and her husband Larry, Caroline V. Thompson of Millsboro, James L. Johnson of Millsboro and his companion Donna Carney, and William A. “Gil” Johnson of Wilmington and his partner Eric Walters; one sister, Ruth Allen of Dover and her husband Willie; a brother-in-law, Walter Johnson of Lewes and Bertheda Wright of Redden; seven grandchildren, Daniel H. Clark Jr. and his fiancee Angie Butz, Nicki Clark, Jeremy Clark and his fiancee Lisa Robino, Nicole Lamz, Brandon Coursey, Krissy Johnson, and Mark Thompson Jr.; three great-grandchildren, Kalyn, Elijah and Brianna; his companion for more than 40 years, Sarah Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 22, in Harmony United Methodist Church, Millsboro, with interment at the Indian Mission Church cemetery, Millsboro.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Townsend’s truck driver
Lawrence Predeoux, 60, of Princess Anne, Md., died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, in his home.
Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Marjorie Giles Predeoux of Millsboro and the late Herbert Predeoux.
Mr. Predeoux attended Grace Fellowship Church, Snow Hill, Md.
He was employed as a truck driver for Townsend’s Inc., Millsboro.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Herbert Predeoux; and one sister, Shirley Gillis.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Predeoux is survived by his wife, Shirley Mae Predeoux of Lincoln; three sons, Lorenzo and his wife LaKia Predeoux of Fruitland, Md., Ronnie and his wife Hazel of Louisville, Ga., and Jamie and his wife Jenni of Princess Anne; two brothers, Bruce Predeoux, and Jake and his wife Tory Predeoux, all of Salisbury, Md.; three sisters, Barbara Ann Predeoux of Baltimore, Md., May and her husband George Harmon of Frankford, and Ernestine Miller of Millsboro; 12 grandchildren; and a host of nephews, cousins, other relatives, in-laws and friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 23, at Lewis N. Watson Funeral Home, Salisbury.
Interment will be private.
Lurline V. Scrimshaw,
Lurline Virginia “Lolly” Scrimshaw, 82, of Millsboro, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at Green Valley Terrace in Millsboro.
Lolly was born in Renovo, Pa., daughter of the late Edward and Rachael (Clark) Schnars.
She was a homemaker. Lolly attended Georgetown Presbyterian Church, was a member of the Adult Plus program at Del Tech and was an avid walker. She was also a seamstress and enjoyed making clothes.
She was a Coast Guard veteran, serving from July 22, 1944, to March 25, 1946.
In addition to her parents, Lurline is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Scrimshaw, in 2002; and a sister, Jane Boyer.
Her survivors include four children, Tom R. Scrimshaw and wife Colleen, Jeff C. Scrimshaw of Millsboro, Lucinda J. Donley and husband Robert of Quentin, Pa., and Robbin D. Townsend and husband Paul, also of Millsboro; four grandchildren, Erin A. Scrimshaw, Jon T. Scrimshaw, Casie R. Isaacs and Kyle R. Isaacs; and a brother, Tom Schnars and wife Sara of Renovo.
At Lolly’s request, services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Oak Orchard/Riverdale American Legion Post 28, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro, DE 19966.
Evelyn L. Wright Abrams,
Evelyn L. Wright Abrams, 74, of New Castle, formerly of Smyrna and Lewes, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Christiana Medical Center in Christiana.
She was born Jan. 3, 1933, in Newark, daughter of the late Harvey Lee Wright and Edith May Reynolds Wright.
She enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing bingo. Her main devotion was to her grand- and great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Arthur M. Abrams, died in February 2007. She is survived by five daughters, Linda Jean Allen of New Castle, Jacquelyn Williams of Smyrna, Terri Sue Miller of Marydel, Md., Debra Marie Honaker of Smyrna, and Dawn Lynnette Sullivan of Manchester, N.H.; two sons, Arthur Melvin Abrams Jr. of New Castle, and Mark Allen Abrams of Newark; two sisters, Kathryn Jacobs of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Thelma Mills of Federalsburg, Md.; two brothers, Thomas Wright of Bear, and Harvey L. Wright of Old Farm, Mo.; 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Donna Lee Abrams and Sue Abrams; and a beloved grandson, Aaron Abrams in 2004.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, at Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 West Commerce St., Smyrna.
Services performed under the direction of Parsell Funeral Enterprises Inc., Lewes.
Regina Agnes Merritt,
Regina Agnes Merritt, 65, of Lincoln died at home Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007.
Mrs. Merritt was born March 9, 1942, in Wilmington, daughter of the late Alphonsus J. and Marguerite G. Moroney.
For many years she worked at Wal-Mart in Georgetown as a sales manager. Before that she retired from Kmart in Portland, Ore.
She graduated from St. Peter’s High School, New Castle, in 1960.
Mrs. Merritt graduated in 1968 from Pacific College, San Diego, Calif., with a dental surgery assistant degree.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Lawrence A. Moroney Sr.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ronald M. Merritt of Lincoln; three sons, Sean J. Merritt and his wife Julie of Westborough, Mass., Mark E. Merritt of Stafford Springs, Conn., and Ronald A. Merritt of San Francisco, Calif.; three grandsons, Cian, Adain and Declan; her sister, Rita Guajardo of Wilmington; her sister-in-law, Joan Moroney of Wilmington; two nieces, Theresa Gavinia of Wilmington and Marguerite Price of Felton; three nephews, Charles and Theodore Guajardo of Rehoboth Beach, and Lawrence A. Moroney Jr. of Newport; and a host of other great-nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, in St. Elizabeth R. C. Church, Oak and Clayton streets, Wilmington.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21, in Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home, 1400 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington.
Interment will be in Cathedral cemetery.
Francis J. Fabrizio,
owned Henlopen Hotel
Rear Admiral Francis J. Fabrizio, a third-generation Washingtonian, passed away Dec. 19, 2007, as a result of complications arising from a series of strokes. Admiral Fabrizio, who was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Ryan Fabrizio, was 96.
In his long and distinguished military and professional career, Admiral Fabrizio was a nationally recognized periodontist who maintained an office in Washington, D.C. until his retirement in the early 1960s. He was a clinical professor at the Georgetown University Dental School for decades, where as a dental student he founded the nation’s first Naval Dental Corps that served as both a scholarship opportunity for dental students and a prolific source of naval dentists. The corps’ success at Georgetown led to the establishment of similar Naval Dental Corps at dental schools throughout the country. Admiral Fabrizio received commendations from the U.S. Navy both for the establishment of the Dental Corps and for his creation of a residency program for periodontics at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
A veteran of World War II, Admiral Fabrizio remained active in the Naval Reserve, ultimately achieving the flag rank of rear admiral. He served terms as president of the District of Columbia Dental Society and as national vice president of the American Dental Association. He was a fellow of the International College of Dentists, a fellow of the American College of Dentists and a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology. He was the recipient of an honorary degree from the American College of Dentists and a member of both the Foundation Dentare Internationale and the Pan American Odontological Society. He also served as a consultant to the surgeon general of the United States, the U.S. Defense Department, Walter Reed Army Hospital and the National Institutes of Health.
He attended George Washington University as an undergraduate, received his dental degree from Georgetown University and did postgraduate work at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. Admiral Fabrizio founded the Georgetown Club of Washington, serving as its second president. A confidante of many Georgetown University presidents, he served terms as vice president of Georgetown’s national alumni association, from which he received its Distinguished Service Award. A well-known Washingtonian, Admiral Fabrizio was a director of General Services Life Insurance Co. and served as an officer and board member of multiple business, civic and charitable organizations. He was a member of the Metropolitan Club and a former member of Congressional Country Club and the Rehoboth Beach Country Club.
Among his many business interests, Admiral Fabrizio and his brother, Michael, owned and operated the Henlopen Hotel in Rehoboth Beach for many years. In its day, the hotel hosted guests that included so many members of Congress and the administration that it is credited with having given rise to Rehoboth being known as the “Nation’s Summer Capital.”
A longtime resident and civic activist in Rehoboth Beach, Admiral Fabrizio maintained close ties with both the business and residential communities. He was actively involved in Rehoboth civic and philanthropic activities, serving for a time as president of the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners’ Association.
Admiral Fabrizio is survived by his daughter, Carol Ann Knoll, and son, Francis J. Fabrizio Jr., both of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, all of whom were an important part of his life.
Funeral services will be held at noon, Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Church of the Little Flower, 5601 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, Md.Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Casa San Francisco, 127 Broad St., Milton, DE 19968.
Alvin J. Hitchens
farmer, poultry grower
Alvin J. Hitchens, 90, from Laurel passed away peacefully at home Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007.
He was born in Millsboro to the late John H. and Eva L. Hitchens. Mr. Hitchens for over 60 years was an avid farmer and poultry grower. He served as the wagon master for the Delaware Wonderers camping group. He also was a member of the Sussex County Farm Bureau, serving as a delegate and as director from 1985-1994.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Mary Ellen; his brothers, James and Oliver Hitchens; his sisters, Dorothy and Madaline Hitchens and Mildred Wooters.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years, the former Ruth Joseph; his sons, Roland Hitchens and wife Joan of Georgetown, and Marvin Hitchens and wife Jean Ellen of Laurel; his daughters, Phyllis Layton and husband Byard of Seaford, Doris Dukes and her companion Bill Mewshaw of Frankford and Linda Wintjen and her husband Gary of Laurel; 12 grandchildren; and his 20 great-grandchildren.
Alvin took great pleasure in traveling and camping throughout the United States, never meeting a stranger. Along with attending farm machinery sales he took special delight in showing the numerous photos of his great-grandchildren he kept tucked in his shirt pocket.
The family would like to pay a special thank you to the care-givers Barbara Carter and Gloria West for the excellent care they gave their father and continue to give their mother.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Laurel. where friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows cemetery, Laurel.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice Southern Division, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947 or Trinity United Methodist Church, 17249 Phillips Hill Road Laurel, DE 19956.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home Millsboro.