Bessie Gears Williamson,
retired restaurant hostess
Bessie Gears McKinney Williamson, 90, died Monday, May 9, 2005, at Hockessin Hills.
A Bridgeville native, she was a homemaker and for a period of time worked at various retail stores. She was also a restaurant hostess at the Sheraton Inn. She loved working in her garden and was a lifelong member of the Peninsula-McCabe United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence “Cy” Gears, in 1972; her second husband, J. Emory Williamson, in 2003; a brother, Arthur McKinney; and a sister, Sarah Hill.
She is survived by two children, Charles C. Gears Sr. and his wife, Mary, of Lafayette, Ind.; a daughter, Barbara G. Robinson and her husband, William C., of Wilmington four grandsons; two great-granddaughters; two brothers, Charles McKinney of Dewey Beach and Clarence McKinney of Dover; and three sisters, Grace Hill of Punta Gorda, Fla., Lulu Black of Williston, S.C. and Agnes Stevenson of Rehoboth Beach. She is also survived by four stepchildren and their spouses, Kenneth and Carol Williamson of Georgetown, Paul and Rosemary Williamson of Milford, John Williamson of Dayton, Oh. and Nancy and Ronald Bennett of Wilmington eight stepgrandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; and four step-great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held at McCrery Memorial Chapel, Wilmington, with burial in Odd Fellows cemetery, Smyrna.
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd., Wilmington DE 19810; or the Division for the Visually Impaired, 1902 DuPont Hwy., Biggs Bldg., New Castle DE 19720 Attn: Cynthia Lovell, Dir.
Henry M. Donovan Jr.,
Henry M. Donovan Jr., 64, of Lewes, lost a swift but courageous battle with cancer Wednesday, July 27, 2005, surrounded by his loving family at his home.
He was born in Lewes, the son of the late H. Miller and Irma Beideman Donovan. He worked as an equipment operator for Melvin L. Joseph Construction of Georgetown and was previously employed with the city of Rehoboth water department, city of Lewes water department and various other construction companies.
He was a lifetime member of the Lewes Fire Department, a member of the Lewes-Rehoboth Moose Lodge 646 and a member of the Deputies Chauffeur Club.
Henry was active in Scouting, Little League and Indian Guides when his sons were involved. His favorite pastime was riding in the countryside and the state park, looking for deer.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard E. Donovan.
He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Phyllis A. Donovan; two sons, Richard E. Donovan II and his wife, Stacy L. Martin-Donovan, and Kevin Hunter Donovan and his wife, Linda Noble-Donovan; three grandsons, Patrick H. Donovan, Gordon D. Holmes and Russell L. Noble and his fiance, Toni-Lyn; a great-grandson, Symon Lee Nobles; a sister, KaArin Schayer; two brothers, Robert Lee Donovan and his wife, Lynn, and Daniel D. Donovan and his wife, Dawn; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 30, in the chapel of Melson Funeral Services on Long Neck Road. Internnment will be private.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lewes Fire Department or Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 N. DuPont hwy., Georgetown DE 19947.
Theodore W. Richards,
Theodore W. “Jake” Richards, 76, a lifelong Milton resident, passed away Wednesday, July 27m 2005, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.
Mr. Richards was born in Milton, the son of the late Jacob H. and Beatrice Reynolds Richards. Having worked with his father on the family farm, he continued that tradition and remained a farmer in the Milton area for many years. In the 1960s, he had Jake’s Service Station in Milford and during the winter months he later worked part-time for NCR and Sussex Trust.
An avid outdoorsman and hunter, he was a member and past president of the Delaware State Trap Shooters Association where in 1973 he was the Trap Shooting Singles Champion and was a member of the Broadkill Sportsman’s Club where he was also past president.
He also enjoyed sports and never met a stranger. He was a member of Whites Chapel Church and attended Grace Church in Milton. He was a former member of the Redmen.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Orna Lowe.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy McCabe Richards; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Harrison Richardson and Dorothy and David Dodd, all of Milton; five nieces, Gail Mansoory, Kathy Short, Sharon Slater, Susan Attalla and Jeanne Dodd-Blakeslee; three nephews, James R. Price, Kelly Price and David Dodd; and seven great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call after noon. Burial will be in White’s Chapel cemetery, Milton.
Contributions are suggested to a charity of choice.
Wendy T. Besche,
artist, writer, gardener
Mrs. Wendy Townsend Besche, 41, of Georgetown, died Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford.
She was born Oct. 25, 1963, in Wilmington, daughter of Robert Scott Townsend of Chadds Ford, Pa. and Betsy Brink Townsend of Paoli, Pa.
Mrs. Besche was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Georgetown, where she sang in the church choir. She enjoyed story telling, working as an artist, gardening, writing poetry and other writings. She was a graduate of Alexis I. Dupont High School and the Delaware Technical and Community College of Georgetown.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Michael C. Besche of Georgetown; one sister, Dr. Patricia Townsend Mako of Kotzebue, Alaska; three brothers, Sean C. Townsend, Robert M. Townsend and Laird S. Townsend, all of Wilmington; and her step-mother, Sally Townsend of Chadds Ford.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 30, at 11 a.m., at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 102 East Laurel Street, Georgetown, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to the Wesley United Methodist Church, Georgetown, DE.
Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Dodd-Carey Chapel, Georgetown.
Fannie Elloise Johnson,
school bus driver
Fannie Elloise Johnson, 86, of Millsboro, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Millsboro, the daughter of the late Ephraim Lincoln and Elizabeth Patience Wright Harman.
She was a school bus driver for the Indian River School District for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Indian Mission United Methodist Church, Millsboro. She was also a former tribal council member of the Nanticoke Indian Association, Millsboro.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Clarence “Gib” Johnson; one son, Troy Johnson of Millsboro; a sister, Joan A. “Frank” Norwood of Millsboro; four grandchildren, Kelvin Harmon, Keenan Harmon, Katrina Harmon and Karen Harmon-Overton; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, at the Indian Mission United Methodist Church, Indian Mission Road, Millsboro, where friends may call one hour prior to the service and also from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington Street, Millsboro. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
Richard J. Coyne,
Richard J. Coyne, 64, of Lewes, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.
Mr. Coyne was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late John J. and Marian E. Dermody Coyne. He had formerly lived in Bayshore, N.Y. and had been employed as a carpenter in residential construction. Mr. Coyne had served in the U.S. Air Force. He was an avid sport fisherman and was always in pursuit of the “one that got away”. He was a loving husband and father.
He is survived by his wife, Micheale A. “Mickey” Gallagher-Coyne; a son, Richard S. Coyne of Centereach, N.Y; two sisters, Virginia Croce of Bridgeville and Maureen DiGilio of Brightwaters, N.Y.; three brothers, John Coyne of Bayshore, N.Y, Kevin Coyne of East Moriches, N.Y. and Tommy Coyne of Brightwaters, N.Y.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 29 at St. Jude the Apostle Church, Route 1, Lewes. Burial will follow at Delaware Veterans cemetery
South near Millsboro.
Contributions are suggested to the Center for the Inland Bays, 16529 Coastal Highway, Lewes DE 19958.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
Joseph K. Adkins,
retired farmer, bus driver
Joseph K. Adkins, 94, of Bayard, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Mr. Adkins was a retired farmer and school bus driver. He enjoyed working in his garden and sharing his vegetables with family and friends. He will be remembered and missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Armenia Adkins, in 1986.
He is survived by his daughter, Nelda McLaughlin and her husband Mark; a son, Norris Adkins and his wife Kittie Faye; three granddaughters, Jennifer Troublefield and her husband Tom, Tammy Bunting and her husband Robert and Celeste Cathall and her husband Darrin; a grandson, Norris Jr. and his wife Laura; and six great-grandchildren.
Services and burial were private.
Diane B. Canavan,
Diane Gray Burroughs Canavan passed away Monday, July 25, 2005, at home after a short illness.
She was the daughter of the late Francis and Hilda Gray. She graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1967, and later attended reflexology school. She was most recently employed by Bev’s Hairways in Ocean Pines and Historic Relocations, and previously worked for Farlow’s Pharmacy, United States Postal Service, Best Answering Service, and RJ Lock. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and playing cards, and was an avid NASCAR fan.
She is survived by her husband Thomas; a sister, Helen Lathbury Conley and her husband Eddie of Seaford; a brother, Meloy Gray Sr. and his wife, Linda, of Titusville, Fla.; a son, Barry Burroughs, and his wife, Julie, of Titusville; a daughter, Amber Burroughs of Two Rivers, Wisc.; and numerous aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews.
Services and interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 104 West Chestnut Street, Salisbury, MD 21801.
Acknowledgements may be sent to Amber Burroughs, 904 Bellevue Place, Apt. D, Two Rivers, WI 54241 and Barry Burroughs, 4345 Mt. Vernon Ave., Titusville, FL 32780.
Arrangements are being handled by the Burbage Funeral home in Berlin.
Jean W. Bartlett,
Jean W. Bartlett, 75, of Frankford and formerly of Bethany Beach, died suddenly Tuesday, July 265, 2005, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
She was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of the late William Irvin and Hilda Elizabeth Bayles Weaver,. She was a graduate of Eastern High School and worked as a secretary at the Pentagon until 1953, when she became a mother and a homemaker.
Jean was a treasurer of the Bethany Beach Fourth of July Committee for several years; a member of the Bethany Women’s Club; supporter of the South Coastal Library and St. Ann’s Bazaar.
She enjoyed traveling, reading and crocheting.
She is survived by her beloved husband, former Bethany Beach Mayor Charles J. Bartlett; her mother-in-law, Margaret Bartlett of Annapolis, Md.; a brother-in-law, Don Krippene of North Carolina; a daughter, Katharine Hilbert and her husband, Stephen, of Annapolis; a son, Steven Bartlett and his wife, Carolyn, of Berlin, Md.; a son, Charles F. Bartlett of Frankford; a daughter, Patricia Johnson and her husband, Duane, of Dover; a daughter, Mary Dayball and her husband, Tom, of Pasadena, Md.; 10 grandchildren, William and Jennifer Hilbert, Jamie, Kim, Steven and Caitlin Barlett, Bryan and Chris Johnson, and Tommy and Nikki Dayball. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jacquelin Krippene.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 29, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach. Burial will be in the Gates of Heaven cemetery, Dagsboro. Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Ocean View.
Frederick A. Hoppes,
retired sales rep
Frederick A. Hoppes, 87, of Long Neck and formerly of New Castle and Palm Bay, Fla., died Thursday, July 21, 2005, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Fred had retired after working 38 years for Lehigh Safety shoe Co., Emmaus, Pa., as a sales representative. He thoroughly enjoyed working his territory of six states, providing safety toed shoes to industries.
Fred served as an Army staff sergeant during World War II and was decorated with numerous awards, including a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. While residing in New Castle, he was a member of the Nur Lodge Temple Shrine, a lifetime member of the Delaware City Masonic Lodge, as well as a member of Asbury Methodist Church, where he was quite active.
After retiring, he became a member of American Legion Post 28, Oak Orchard/Riverdale, and the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge. Prior to his long illness, he enjoyed fishing, golfing and traveling.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Hoppes; two daughters, Diane Pratt and her husband, Thom, of Long Neck, and Linda Loyd of Waycross, Ga.; two grandchildren, Tommy Loyd and is wife, Lori, of Picayune, Miss., and Brenda Richardson and her husband, Ryan, of Statesboro, Ga. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Toby.
As per his wishes, services will be private for immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19140. Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services of Long Neck.
Wesley L. Kling,
meat market owner
Wesley L. Kling, 82, of Camden-Wyoming died Friday, July 22, 2005, in Ruxton Health Nursing Home, Denton, Md.
Mr. Kling was born March 17, 1923, in Stanford, Conn., son of the late Joseph and Catherine Walls Kling.
He owned and operated Kling’s Meat Market in Willow Grove for 40 years. He was a loving, husband, father and grandfather. His many hobbies included golfing, hunting and horseracing.
Mr. Kling was a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church and the Masonic Union Lodge in Dover.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Madeline Kling; two sons, John Wesley Kling of Wyoming and Donald Kling of Dover; a daughter, Linda Kling of Bangor, Maine; a brother, Joseph Kling of Lewes; a sister, Genevieve Irwin of Royal Oak, Mich.; three grandchildren, John Wesley Kling of Wyoming, Jennifer Scott of Felton and Leslie Kling of Newark; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, in the Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, where a Masonic service will be observed.
Services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 27, in the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeside cemetery, Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Wyoming United Methodist Church Building Fund, 112 Broad St., Wyoming DE 19934.