Loukas P. Nafpaktitis,
Loukas P. Nafpaktitis, 67, of Ocean View, formerly of Olney, Md., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born July 22, 1940 in Greece and moved to the United States in 1967.
He was a building engineer for CSN Management in Kensington, Md., retiring after 25 years of service. Loukas attended St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean City, Md.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Fane P. (Tzotze) Nafpaktitis; two children, Martha King and her husband Chris of Frederick, Md. and Peter Nafpaktitis and his wife Jill of Gaithersburg, Md.; a sister, Georgia Hliopoulous and her husband George of Greece; and two grandchildren, Alexa King and Loukas Nafpaktitis. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday Dec. 22, 2007, at St. George Orthodox Church in Ocean City, Md.
Friends and family may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21, at the Bethany Chapel of Melson Funeral Services on West Avenue in Ocean View. Interment will be in St. George’s cemetery in Clarksville.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to St. George Orthodox Church, 8805 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD. 21842.
John Lewis Brown,
John Lewis Brown, 89, of Milton, formerly of Rehoboth Beach, died peacefully Sunday Dec. 16, 2007 at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. Mr. Brown was born in Clayton, son of the late John Lewis Stanley Brown and Jessie Cannon Brown. He was a member of the Rehoboth Lions Club having joined in 1972; member of the Delaware Assoc.iation of Nurserymen since 1987; member of the Rehoboth Chamber of Commerce since 1975; and member of the Rehoboth Beach Kiwanis Club since 1990. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Ellen Moore Brown; daughter Barbara Dennis, son-in-law Woodrow Dennis and granddaughter Dawn E. Crouch all of Milton; two sisters Eleanor Semans and friend Frank Rothermel and Doris Townsend and husband John all of Milford. Funeral services with full fireman honors will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 21, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to services and from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20. Masonic rites will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Epworth Methodist cemetery, Rehoboth Beach, with military honors. Contributions are suggested to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140. A full obituary will appear in the Dec. 21 edition.
Edward Joshua Bennett,
former state politician
Edward Joshua Bennett, 70, of Dover and Rehoboth Beach, died peacefully at home on Monday, Dec. 17, 2007.
Ed Bennett, son of Joshua and Pauline Moore Bennett, was born in Dover on Oct. 28, 1937. He graduated from Dover High School and the University of Delaware and also served in the U.S. Army.
Ed was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and was the captain of the University of Delaware lacrosse team. Later in life, Ed could always be found cheering on the Delaware Blue Hens at both home and away football games. Ed served as assistant administrator at Milford Memorial Hospital from 1960-72.
In 1965, he became president of the family business, Bennett Security Services. At the time, the company was the first privately owned security company working on the Delmarva Peninsula. Ed had a long career in government and community service.
From 1976 until 1994, Ed served in the Delaware House of Representatives in the 32nd District, where he was chairman of the following committees: House Education Committee, School Finance Study Committee, Vo-Tech “2+2” Articulation Committee, Delaware Teacher Recruitment and Retention Committee, Bond Bill Committee and the Joint Finance Committee. He served as a member of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council, the state’s official revenue forecasting body.
In 1994, Gov. Carper appointed him to the position of chairman of the Delaware Health Care Commission. Ed had a record of Continued from page 5
deep community involvement. He served on the Board of Trustees at the University of Delaware from 1995-2000, and on the boards of Wesley College and Christiana Care Hospital.
Ed served on the board of the Better Business Bureau and from 1995-2001, he served on the board of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. He was a commissioner of the Delaware River and Bay Authority from 1997-2003.
Ed was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Friends of Wesley College, Greater Dover Committee and Delaware Veterans Inc.
He also served on the Kent General Hospital Building Fund, St. Jones River Improvement Association and the Silver Lake Commission.
Ed was honored with the Alexis De Tocqueville Society of Delaware Humanitarian Award in 1998.
That same year, he was inducted into the University of Delaware Alumni Wall of Fame in recognition of his professional and public service achievements.
After his retirement, Ed enjoyed traveling, hunting and golfing in Rehoboth Beach and Bonita Springs, Fla. with family and friends.
Ed is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judy Lynn Johnson Bennett; his children, E. Bradford Bennett of Dover and Terri Bennett Reilly of Newark; and his grandchildren, Caroline and Josh Bennett and Alexandra and Meghan Reilly.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 21, at Christ Episcopal Church on South State and Water streets, Dover.
Friends may call at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, 1145 East Lebanon Road, Dover, 6-9 p.m., Thursday evening, Dec. 20. Interment will follow the funeral service at the Lakeside M.E. cemetery on North State Street, Dover.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Edward J. Bennett Lacrosse Scholarship Fund, University of Delaware Development Office, 5 West Main St., Newark, DE 19716; or Delaware Hospice, 911 South DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Earl T. Thomas Jr.,
Earl Thornton Thomas Jr., 46, of Lynchburg, Va., died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, in Lynchburg. He was born January 15, 1961. He had been fighting intestinal cancer valiantly for several years prior to succumbing to complications. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathryn Elizabeth Simmers, and is survived by his father, Earl Thornton Thomas Sr., and his stepfather, Cecil Ray Martin.
Earl was born and raised in Lynchburg and moved to Delaware with his wife Lori and son Ryan in 1989. They resided in Millsboro before building in Lewes 12 years ago. Earl had designed the Lewes house with Lori and had overseen all facets of building their dream home. Earl had worked for WBOC for a short time prior to starting his own business, Thomas Painting. He was a talented painter and contractor who worked hard to satisfy his customers and provide what they needed in reasonable time. His illness resulted in the end of his business although his customers were always trying to get him to come back to work for them. His work can be seen throughout Sussex County. His enthusiasm for building things and making his home look great was also evident in a house he constructed on their family property in Concord, Va.
Earl and Lori started with a dilapidated trailer full of mice and built, as time and money allowed, a livable and comfortable house. Sons Ryan and Chad, both of Lewes, enjoy the property for hunting and fishing. Earl enjoyed conversing with all types of people and was never shy around new people. He found something to like in everyone and they always found Earl enjoyable to be around. Earl was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting and four-wheeling with his friends and family. He spent the last few years on his land in Concord enjoying the outdoors and the Virginia he loved although he missed his children and the life he had in Delaware. He loved any kind of outdoor activity and would attempt anything, including scuba diving in the local quarry. He taught his niece to ski, taught his boys to hunt and fish and taught us all to appreciate the simple things in life like a walk in the woods or a dip in a mountain stream.
Earl is survived by his sons, Ryan Adam Thomas, 20, and Chad Austin Thomas, 15, and their mother, Lori Thomas, all of Lewes, all of whom will truly miss him; sisters, Judy Thomas and friend Carl Wilson, Betty Dickerson and husband James, Teresa Qualls and friend William Casey Jr., and Sara Gilbert and friend Gary Mays, all of Madison Heights, Va. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews including Kim Driskill, Robby Gilbert, James Allen Keesee, Sherry Gilbert, Meagan Qualls, Jeffrey Dickerson, Virginia Dickerson, Stacy Mays and Katherine Mays; special friends.
A funeral service was conducted at Whitten Monelison Chapel, Madison Heights, which is assisting the family.
Ronald L. Hickman.
Ronald L. Hickman, 70, of Dagsboro, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center after a short battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Mr. Hickman was born in Selbyville to the late Theodore and Misoura Hickman.
He was a self-employed electrical contractor. Ronald was a proud member of the Selbyville Elks Lodge, the Delaware Masonic Lodge 37, and a lifetime member of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company. He enjoyed yard sales and collecting antiques.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Bonnie; a sister: Coleda Hudson of Clermont, Fla,; and three married daughters, Dawn Jones and her husband the Rev. Dr. Bruce Jones of Derwood, Md., Jane Tribbitt and her husband Keith Tribbitt of Dagsboro and Debbie Layton and her husband Kevin Layton of Dagsboro. He is survived by five grandchildren, Jennifer Tribbitt Hitchens and her husband Brian Hitchens; Tiffany Tribbitt, Kyle Tribbitt, Alex Layton and Courtney Jones. He also had one great-grandchild, Luke Hitchens. He was deeply loved and will be missed.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Frankford Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Thatcher Street, Frankford, where friends and family may call after noon. Interment will follow at St. George’s cemetery in Clarksville.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 99, 7 Main St. Frankford, DE 19945; or The Beebe Medical Center Building Fund, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.
Albert Kelly, 75, departed this life due to natural causes on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, at Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital.
Albert was born on Feb. 11, 1932, in Henderson, N.C., to the late Cornelius and Annie Bell Kelly.
Albert was married to the late beloved Sue Pearl Kelly and from this union seven children were born.
Through the years Albert worked very hard to provide for his family. He was born to a family that was very talented in music and song. Albert became a member of The Caroline Echoes in Henderson, N.C. Singing and plucking the guitar was his passion. One of his most famous quotes was, “If the Lord’s will!”
He is preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Wilbert and Stanley Kelly, all of Henderson, N.C.
He leaves to cherish his memory his children, James Kelly of Wilmington, Raymond Kelly of Houston, Sharon Kelly of Millsboro, David Kelly of Georgetown, Rhonda Kelly of Georgetown, Yolonda Kelly of Selbyville and Barry (Martha) Kelly of Dover; four siblings. Helen Royster, Lillie Mae Peace, Arlene Melchor and Raymond Kelly, all of Henderson, N.C.; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a host of relatives and friends.
He will be dearly missed.
Funeral services were held at Welcome Full Gospel Holiness Church in Lincoln, with interment in the Old Hickory cemetery in Slaughter Neck.
Arrangements by Young & McPherson Funeral Home, Milford.
Ethan Robert Kennedy,
Ethan Robert Kennedy, of Alexandria, Va., died on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children. He was 4 months old.
He was born on Aug. 10, 2007, in Alexandria, the son of Robert and Jennifer Kennedy of Alexandria.
During the four months that he spent with us, his bright smile and sparkling eyes brought great joy to everyone who met him. He will always be loved and will live in our hearts forever.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Megan; his grandparents, Edward and Linda Kuhling of Bridgeville, Allen and Jane Greenly of Cumming, Ga., and Robert and Jan Kennedy of Lewes; his aunt, Allison Mensinger of San Diego; his uncles, James Kennedy of Wilmington, and Kyle Kuhling of San Diego; and his great-grandmothers, Octavia Turner of Milford, Miriam Kramer of Milton and Bettye Greenly of Harrington.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes. Friends and family may visit one hour prior to the service and interment will follow at Bethel Methodist cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042.
Kathleen Spicer Cherrix,
beauty shop owner
Kathleen “Kay” Spicer Cherrix, of Dover, died peacefully in her sleep at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family members on Friday, Dec. 14, 2007. She was 84 years young.
She was born on May 30, 1923, to the late Curtis M. and Clarabelle Spicer of Oak Orchard.
For many years Mrs. Cherrix was a self-employed beautician who owned and operated Kay’s Beauty Salon in Harrington and Milford.
Her favorite pastimes were shopping with her daughters and granddaughters and working in her yard. She had a green thumb with plants and loved growing African violets.
She also loved spending time with family pets Angus, Clancey, Peaches, Rocky, Freedom and Max.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jerry L. Cubbage; her significant other, Herbert Emerson Moore of Dover; and her beloved Pomeranian, Sugar Baby.
She leaves behind to cherish her memories two daughters, Jo Bergold and her husband Richard of Dover and Siggy Millman and her husband Don of Milton; one son, Barry Dodd and his wife Nancy of Georgetown; six granddaughters, Keri Mitchell and her husband Paris of Milton, Angelia Rosario and her husband Henry of Cambridge, Md., Erica Dodd of Georgetown, Lisa Cubbage of Selbyville and Melissa Knight and her husband Jay of Smyrna; five grandsons, Kenneth Thompson and his wife Tammy of Chattanooga, Tenn., Brett Millman of Milton, Jerry “D.J.” Cubbage of Selbyville, George Dodd of Georgetown and Chris Bergold and his wife Cheri of Smyrna; and eight great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Cherrix will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by many special friends and neighbors, especially George and Stephanie Kennedy and family for her great sense of humor and her matter-of-factness.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice, 911 Lotus Plaza, Dover, DE 19901.
To honor the wishes of Mrs. Cherrix, there will be no funeral service. Kay asked that her family and friends have a celebration of her release within their hearts to cherish forever.
Arrangements are by the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.