Phillip C. Jones
Phillip C. Jones, 72, a resident of the Captain’s Deck in Claymont, passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, from complications of emphysema.
He was born in Wilmington, Dec. 15, 1932. Phil was a practicing artist most of his life, working with oils, pen and ink, watercolors, incisings and pottery. He studied with Ed Loper and later Henry Peacock, well known area artists. He began exhibiting his work in 1962 at the Wilmington Clothesline. He exhibited in many shows at the Ware Gallery in Arden, in juried shows at the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Delaware, at the Jewish Community Center, the New Castle Historical Society, the Chester County Art Association in West Chester, Pa. and many other venues.
He joined the Philadelphia Sketch Club at their invitation and participated in shows there. He also participated in the Brandywine Arts Festival regularly in the 70s and 80s, and in 1985 was named as the artist to whom the festival was dedicated. Phil was one of the originators of the Gallery at the Wilmington Drama League, which gives exhibition opportunities to emerging artists. He exhibited there many times since its inception in the 1970s. A memorial exhibit of his work is being planned at the WDL Gallery. Phil’s friend, Bill Pickhardt, was a prominent member of the deaf community of Delaware. Phil was his devoted assistant in bringing the arts, visual and performing, to that community. Volunteering at the Mancus Foundation was also a commitment which began in the mid 50s and continued most of his life. In his later years, Phil shared his talent as an art teacher for senior citizens with classes at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Sellers Senior Center, the Arden YMCA an the Jewish Community Center.
He also taught art to emotionally and physically challenged children under the auspices of the Mancus Foundation and New Castle County programs. In addition to his love of the arts, Phil loved animals and along with Bill, shared their home with some very lucky pets. They strongly supported the Delaware Humane Association.
He is survived by his nieces, Charlene Green and Barbara of Chesapeake City, Md., Susan Ashby of Lewes, Melanie Sekora of Tampa, Fla.; his nephews, Bernie Reed of Daytona, Fla. and Kenny Reed of Newark; and several great nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, Bessie V. Jones; a sister, Marian Cooling; a brother, H.C. Stanley; a nephew, Charles W. Cooling; and his friend and companion for 45 years, William P. Pickhardt.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Doherty Funeral Home, 1900 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, where friends may call after noon. Burial will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 3, in Gracelawn Memorial Park, Dupont Hwy., New Castle.
Donations may be made in Phil’s memory to Heartland Hospice, 261 Chapman Rd., Newark, DE 19713; or to the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A St., Wilmington, DE 19801.
David W. Pepper
retired grocery manager
David W. Pepper, 50, of Millsboro, formerly of Roxana, died Monday, September 26, 2005 after a 5?-month battle with a brain tumor, at his home.
He was born in Lewes, to Gerald W. and Fran Fisher Pepper of Fenwick. David was a 1973 graduate of Indian River High School and a 2002 graduate of Delaware Technical and Community College with a degree in human services. He had a long career with Acme Markets, Inc. in Selbyville and Millsboro, as a grocery manager, with 31 years of service. After retiring, he served as a paraprofessional with the Indian River School District.
He served two years at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts and two years at the Sussex Central Middle School. David was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee and was treasurer of the men’s group. He had a very distinguished career in the fire service, serving 18 years in the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company as an assistant chief. He served for four years in the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company, and for the last 13 years served in the Millsboro Fire Company, where he held the office of vice president and was a member of the board of directors. He was always willing to serve and to do for others.
In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Carisa Hall Pepper; son, Justin William Pepper of Millsboro; and brother, Richard Pepper of Dunn Loring, Va.
A viewing will be held from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro. The Rev. Edward Wilkins, the Rev. Fred Duncan and the Rev. Robert Hudson will conduct the memorial service at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Millsboro Fire Company Station, State St., Millsboro. Interment will be held privately.
Donations may be made to the Justin Pepper Fund, c/o the Delaware National Bank, PO Box 368, Millsboro, DE 19966; to Zoar United Methodist Church, 24463 Gravel Hill Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966; or to the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 83, Millsboro, DE 19966.
Jordan A. Elliott,
Jordan A. Elliott, 26 of Lewes, formerly of Penn Acres in New Castle, died suddenly Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, in an automobile accident.
Born on Aug. 31, 1979 in Seaford, Jordan graduated from William Penn High School in 1997, where he was a two-time state champion and high school All American in wrestling. He served as assistant wrestling coach at Delcastle High School for two years, working with Coach Jeff Hughes. Jordan was currently attending Wilmington College, completing a degree in communications and web page design. He was employed as an independent contractor doing house construction and home improvement.
Jordan is survived by his parents, Jerry A. Elliott and Janice L. Tingle Elliott of Lewes; brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Sheila Elliott of Bear; sister and brother-in-law, Jamie and Donovan Delaney of Middletown; niece, Jenna; two nephews, Alec and Donovan, Jr.; girlfriend, Kim Thorpe and her daughter, Tori Thorpe; maternal grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many close friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers, twins Justin and Jason; and two nephews, twins Georgie and Justin Delaney.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Red Lion Evangelical Free Church, 1400 Red Lion Road, Bear. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jordan’s memory may be made to the William Penn High School Wrestling Boosters, 713 E. Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720.
John D. Allen,
Marine Corp veteran
John D. Allen, 77, of Millsboro, passed away at his home Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of the late Leonard and Margaret McAlpine Allen.
John served with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and also retired from the USMC with 21 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Ingling Allen.
Services will be private and arranged by Melson Funeral Services of Long Neck.
Eileen E. Gardner,
retired bank employee
Eileen E. O’Neill Gardner, 91, of Milton, passed away at Beebe Medical Center Friday, Sept. 23, 2005.
Born in Wilmington, Mrs. Gardner was the daughter of the late John and Sabina (Morley) O’Neill. During World War II, she served her country working for the Department of the U.S. Navy. She worked for Wilmington Trust Company as a night auditor. A member of the Democratic Party, she was an election worker in the 11th Ward.
She was predeceased her husband, Joseph “Hook” Gardner; her son, John; her brothers, John, Thomas and William O’Neill; and her sisters, Sabina McMahon and Nora Suchta. She will be dearly missed by her sons, Joseph and his wife, Mary, of Milton, Lawrence and his wife, Sandi, of Elsmere, and Robert and his partner, Gary Norman, of Edgewood, Md.; five grandchildren, Teresa, John, Shannon, Crystal and Matthew; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.,Tuesday, Sept. 27, at St. Elizabeth Church, Cedar and Clayton streets, Wilmington, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Cathedral cemetery, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Elizabeth Building Fund, 809 S. Broom St., Wilmington, DE 19805.
James Lank Short,
James Lank Short, 78, of Lewes died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Mr. Short was born July 17, 1927, in Lewes, son of the late Herman C. and Elizabeth Lank Short.
He graduated from Lewes High School, served in the U.S. Navy, then graduated from the University of Delaware as a chemical engineer.
Mr. Short worked in the Philadelphia, Chicago and northern New Jersey areas. He returned to Delaware, where he retired from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Maull Short; a daughter and a son-in-law, Shellace Ann and Todd A. Williams; a grandson, Charles A. Williams of Frankford; a sister, Ann Short; a brother and a sister-in-law, Robert C. and Carol Short; many nieces and nephews throughout San Francisco, New York and New Castle; and cousins in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Sept. 28, in Bethel Methodist cemetery, Lewes.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Coolspring Presbyterian Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 36, Harbeson, DE 19951.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Lewes.
Walter J. “Jim” Davis,
Walter James “Jim” Davis, 78, of Dover, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, Dover.
Jim was born in Wilmington to the late Howard Benjamin and Anna-Margaret Walker Davis.
He moved to Dover in 1978 from the Newark-Wilmington area.
His decorated military career spanned World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He entered the Air Force Jan. 25, 1946, serving as a teletype operator until Dec. 22, 1946. Upon honorary discharge, he was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He reenlisted and served a second term as staff sergeant and, upon his second discharge, was awarded two more service medals and a ribbon. He enlisted in the Air Force Reserves where he served as tech sergeant, staff sergeant and master sergeant, the rank he had at his honorable discharge in 1975. He had been awarded numerous military achievement medals, ribbons and clusters.
Upon his retirement, after 28 years of service to the Air Force, he was commander of VFW Broadkiln Post 6984 in Milton for 10 years and service officer for four years. He was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association and American Legion Post 28 in Long Neck.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister, and a stepson, Jack Masterson.
He is survived by two brothers, Donald Davis of Dover and Gregory Davis of Wilmington; two sisters, Margaret Martin of Milton and Carole J. Davis of Newark; a stepson, Francis Masterson of New Jersey; a stepgrandchild; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Memorial services will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call after 5 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National cemetery.
Contributions are suggested to the American Red Cross, Katrina Relief Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.
Arrangements by Short Funeral Services, Milton.
Chester C. Clifton,
owned barber shop
Chester Courtland Clifton, 82, of Milton, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at home.
Mr. Clifton was born June 10, 1923, in Angola, the son of the late John E. and Jennie P. Wells Clifton.
He was a barber for 61 years and operated Clifton’s Barber Shop on Broadkill Road for 53 and a half years. He also enjoyed farming.
He was an Army veteran of World War II and had served in the 461st Bomb Squadron.
He attended Milton Wesleyan Church.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking and gardening,
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Howard, John David, Norman and Dale Clifton, and by his sisters Hattie Moore, Mamie Clifton, Nellie Wilson and Laura Rust.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty L. White Clifton; a son and daughter-in-law, C. Ray and Lynda Clifton of Lewes; a daughter, Jennie L. Clifton; a sister, Dessie C. Carey of Milton; a sister-in-law, Retta W. Clifton of Milton; three granddaughters, Christine Rockwell and her husband Raymond of Lewes, Amanda Archambault and her husband Ryan of Lewes and Meg Clifton of Philadelphia; two great-granddaughters, Landon Rockwell and Haley Archambault; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal Street, Milton, with burial in Odd Fellows cemetery, Milton.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Pastor Larry M. Pritchett and Delaware Hospice for their loving care and support.
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, 600 DuPont Highway, Georgetown DE 19947.
Arrangements by Short Funeral Services, Milton.
John Ford Parker,
John Ford Parker, 96, of near Millsboro, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, at the Seaford Center, Seaford.
Mr. Parker was born Feb. 8, 1909, in Georgetown, to the late Carl E. and Jennie Lee Givens Parker.
He was a retired farmer and a longtime member of the Hickory Hill United Methodist Church, Millsboro.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Armenia Steel Parker in 1967 and his second wife, Myrtle E. Parker, Sept. 10, 2002.
He is survived by two sons, John H. Parker Sr. and Merrill J. Parker, both of Millsboro; two daughters, Minnie F. Parker of Milton and Linda J. Dykes of Laurel; a brother, J. Alfred Parker of Georgetown; three sisters, Helen Baker of Harbeson, Margaret Wootten of Millsboro and Vetta Millman of Milton; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Services were held at the Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, with burial in Millsboro cemetery.
Blanche Jones Clemmer,
Blanche J. Clemmer, 82, of Arlington, Va., died Monday, Sept. 19, 2005 at Wexford House in Kingsport, Tenn..
Mrs. Clemmer was born on March 18, 1923 in Orange, Va., the daughter of the late Alice Pannill Jones and Charles Rosser Jones of Culpepper, Va.
Mrs. Clemmer was the widow of Louis Morton Clemmer, retired Army officer who died in 1970.
She retired from the Mid-Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company in 1995, where she had been in charge of employee benefits. Previously she had been an administrative assistant with the Association of Secondary School Principals-National Education Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Morton Clemmer, retired Army officer, who died in 1970.
Her three children, R. Michael Clemmer of Lewes, Gerald Rosser Clemmer of Waynesboro, Va. and Lucinda Morton Carter of Kingsport Tenn.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren survive Mrs. Clemmer. Also surviving is Delia Pannill Mitchell of Lewes, her beloved cousin.
Contributions are suggested to the Delaware Valley Alzheimer’s Association, 2306 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805 or to a favorite charity.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Arlington National cemetery.
Arrangements by the Arlington Funeral Home, Arlington, VA.