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Donnie J. Dagostino...  ...1967..-2007
. 26 Dec 2007.

Donnie J. Dagostino., 40, of Laurel Lake, died suddenly and unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at his residence. Born in Bridgeton on Feb. 20, 1967, he was the son of Benjamin Dagostino. and Beverly Diana (nee Smith) Banfield..

Donnie attended the Bridgeton Public School Systems and was formerly employed with Easter Seals of New Jersey in Millville before his health started to fail. He loved to work with computers and he also enjoyed Freestyle Club Music. When he was younger, he enjoyed skating.

Surviving him are his father, Benjamin Dagostino., of Fairton.; his mother and stepfather, Beverly Diana and Robert Banfield., of Laurel Lake; two sisters, Bonnie Barker and Michelle Schavelin., both of Fairton.; and several relatives and friends.   .He was predeceased by one brother, Philip Dagostino..

Family and friends are invited to attend funeral services on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. at the Sray-Webster Funeral Home, 62 Landis Ave., at Carll¹s. Corner,. Upper Deerfield Township The Rev. Paul D. Sprouse. will conduct funeral services. The interment will be in Centerton.Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery, in Centerton.. Relatives and friends serving as pallbearers are Robert Banfield., Steven Schavelin., Ronnie Clifford, Anthony Bonualas., Anthony Ridgway and Gary Ridgway.   .Friends may call on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the services. Written condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home Web site, .


Ronald A. Damoth .1923-2007.
(Descendant of Debrix Miller b 1781 i n Delaware).

Ronald A. Damoth, (grandson of Clara Grinage), age 84, of Winter Haven, Florida and a Veteran of World War II, passed away July 12, 2007. He was born one of twins on May 14, 1923 to John and Edith (Ayers) Damoth in Al legan, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother, Donald A. Damoth; brothers, John Harold, Charles Edward, and Max Andrew. He is survived by a sister, Marjorie Haan. Ronald served in the Air Force as a Sergeant during World War II along with his twin brother. He then worked for Continental Can Co. in Chicago for 38 years before retiring to Florida..


Alfred Daniels 1902-1999

Alfred Daniels of Dover died of cardiac arrest Tuesday, July 13, 1999, in Bay Health Medical Center, Dover. He was 97.  Mr. Daniels was born on March 7, 1902, in Clayton. He was raised by Mr. Will and Ella Loper.

He had been a retired truck driver. In his younger years he drove a chicken truck from Delaware to New York, and later drove a truck for a concrete pipe company of Bear for more than 25 years.  After retiring, he did yard work for several people in the Dover area. Mr. Daniels loved sitting on his porch talking to his many friends and neighbors. He was affectionately called ''Al'' or ''Al Loper.''

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Daniels; his daughter, Lydia Daniels; and his uncle, Isaac Daniels.   He is survived by six daughters, Grace Hansley, Blanch Brown, Margaret Demby, Barbara Daniels and Frances Short, all of Dover, and Corrine Simms of Pemberton, N.J.; two sons, Isaac Daniels of Pleasantville, N.J., and Alfred Daniels, Jr. of Pennsauken, N.J.; four sons-in-law, Stanford Hansley, James Brown, and Charles Demby, all off Dover, and James Simms of Pemberton; a daughter-in-law, Ivy Daniels of Pennsauken; a loving cousin, Marie H. Daniels; 19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren and many friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion AME Church, Queen Street and Fulton Street in Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to service.  Burial will be in Whatcoat Cemetery, Dover.  Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home.  



William Dantzler 1926-2010
20 Dec 2010

William Dantzler, 84, of Bridgeton, passed away early Thursday morning, Dec. 16, 2010 in Burlington Woods Nursing Home, Burlington, after a seven day stay. Although he had been in failing health, his death was sudden and unexpected. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John and Lular (nee Shuler) Dantzler and the husband of the late Jane E. (nee Gould) Dantzler.

Mr. Dantzler was a longtime resident of the Bridgeton area, but had grown up in the Philadelphia area. William had worked as a supervising attendant at Ancora State Psychiatric Hospital for 27 years until his retirement in 1985. He also served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged. He loved baseball when he was young and had played on several local teams. William also enjoyed playing pool, going to the casinos and traveling with his late wife and finding new places to eat. His children said he knew every eatery from here to the West Coast. He loved his family and enjoyed his time with his grandchildren.

Surviving him are his two daughters, Lydia V. Moore and her husband, Gary, of Alloway, and Marilyn Braxton of Bridgeton; one sister, Annabelle Dantzler Gordon of Michigan; and Paul Dantzler of Philadelphia; his five grandchildren, Stefanie Nutter and Lamont Sr., Quincy Braxton and his wife, Heather, Jeffrey Braxton, Marcus Moore, Candace Morris and her husband, Derrick; seven great-grandchildren, Lacee Nutter, Lamont Loper, Omar Noah Braxton, Cali Morris, Ricki Morris, Daron Summiel, Malcolmn Moore; his two great-great-grandchildren, Alana Brent and Anthony Robinson Jr.; one brother-in-law, Charles Gould and his wife, Lillian, of Bridgeton. He was predeceased by four brothers, Abraham, Alonzo, David, and George Dantzler; three sisters, Geneva Dantzler, Wilhelmina Dantzler, Alberta Dantzle;, and his son-in-law, Omar Braxton.

Family and friends are invited to attend funeral services on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at noon from Trinity A.M.E. Church, Route 49, Gouldtown. The Rev. Dr. Michael Keen will officiate. The interment will be in Gouldtown Memorial Park. Friends may call on Wednesday morning at the church from 10 a.m. to noon, prior to the services.Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Sray-Webster Funeral Home, Upper Deerfield Township. Written condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home website at

William Raymond Dantzler ~1955-2013
7 Nov 2013

William Raymond Dantzler 58, son of Ruth Loatman and the late Raymond Dantzler departed this life on Tuesday November 5th. Mr. Dantzler was born in Bridgeton and has resided in Mullica Hill for several years.

He was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and employed by Callibaut Chocolate.

He leaves to cherish his memory his mother Ruth Loatman, wife Nancy (Nixon) Dantzler, his children Elexis, Martisha and Antwuan, 6 siblings and 7 grandchildren.

Services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church 42 High Street Mullica Hill, where friends may attend a viewing at 10 a.m. Interment Mount Calvary cemetery.


Helen Juanita Johnson Day 1921-2003
Contributed by Stacey Bliss Ricketts 16 July 2003

Helen Juanita Johnson Day of Lewes died Friday, Feb 7, 2003, in Christiana Hospital of Christiana Care, Newark. She was 81. Mrs. Day was born Dec. 9, 1921, in the Lewes area, daughter of the late Rosa Mae Morris and George B. Johnson.

She was a home-care provider for homebound geriatric patients in the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach area. Mrs. Day was a member of the Nanticoke Indian Association of Oak Orchard, near Millsboro.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melchia B. Day. She is survived by two daughters, Lida V. "Jimmy" Seymour of Wilmington and Rosa Lee "Patty" Johnson of Greenville, S.C.; two sisters, Sarah Patsy Harmon and Gladys Street, both of Lewes; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Israel United Methodist Church, Plantation Road, Lewes. Services will be noon Saturday in the church, where friends also may call two hours earlier. The Rev. Timothy A. Duffield Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Christ's Church Cemetery, Harbeson. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Service, Milford.


Allert DeMann 1904-1976
KalamazooGazette Sun 20 Jun 1976

Mr. Allert DeMann - 1718 8th St., Martin, passed away suddenly Sat. (19 June 1976) morning at the Pipp Community Hospital. He was born April 22, 1904 in Paris Twp., Mich. He was a retired farmer and was a member of the East Martin Christian Reformed Church.

June 14, 1928 in Martin he married the former Myrtle Grinage who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters, Joan and Myron Knight of Martin, Bonnie and David Colvin of Kalamazoo; 1 son, Ronald and Sharon DeMann of Martin; 8 grandchildren, 3 sisters, Mrs. Lucille Tuimstra (sic) and Mrs. Jeanette VanderMullen, both of Martin, Mrs. Cornelia Grevenstuck of Shelbyville; 4 brothers, William of Grand Rapids, Clarance (sic) of Upland, Calif., Arnold and Foster, both of Martin. Several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Marshal-Gren chapel, Plainwell until Tues. morning. Services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 from the East Mart in Christian Reformed Church. Pastor John Witvliet officiating. Interment in East Martin Cemetery.


William Robert Denby 1926-2007
1 Dec 2007

William R. Denby 82, was born October 22, 1926 in Bridgeton, N.J. to the late Joseph and Ethel (Pierce) Denby. He departed this life on November 27, 2007 at the S.J. Regional Medical Center to go home to be with the Lord.

William attended school in Quinton Township, of Cumberland County. He also served our country in the United States Army during World War II. He received a WWII Victory Medal and an Army of Occupational Medal in Japan and was honorably discharged in 1947. William was employed by the Local #30 Roofers Union and he retired after twenty years of service. He enjoyed fishing, making people laugh by telling jokes or sharing his life stories. He was married and had two children from this union one son William "Butch" Denby, and a daughter Lillian Denby. He married his sweetheart of thirty eight years Gertrude W. Smith on March 4, 2006. He attended Living Manna Ministries International Inc. since 1993. He faithfully came to hear the Word of God taught and preached by Dr. Yvonne McKnight. Who since became his Pastor. In 2002 while a patient in the Veteran¹s Hospital of De., William received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. In the same year he received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and became a member of Living Manna Ministries International Inc.

In addition to his children William leaves to cherish his memories his loving and devoted Wife Gertrude W. Denby, one sister Mary Wright, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. William was preceded in death by three sisters Essie Harris, Martha Stewart, and Julia Green, five brothers Charles Brown, Elmer Brown, and Joseph Denby Jr., David Denby, and Walter Denby.

Services will be held Monday, December 3, 2007 at the Living Manna Ministries International Inc. 25 South East Ave, Vineland, N.J. at 11 am where friends may view 2 hours prior to services. Interment will be held at the Cumberland Co. Veterans Cemetery, Hopewell Township, N.J. immediately following services. Written condolences and expressions can be sent to the family through the funeral homes Web site at Services are entrusted to EDWARDS & SON FUNERAL HOMES, INC. Bridgeton & Salem, N.J.


Kathryn Elizabeth Mosley Dixon 1929-1990
Contributed by James & Ellen (Mosley) Scarborough 9 Sep 2000

In Loving Memory of Kathryn E. Dixon, Friday, April 20, 1990, 1:00 P.M., John Wesley A.M.E. Church, Milford Neck, Delaware. Rev. Ethelbert Maddox, Pastor, Rev. John E. Bagley, Jr., Officiating. Interment John Wesley Cemetery, September 5, 1929 - April 16, 1990.

Kathryn Elizabeth Dixon, born on September 5, 1929, daughter of Millard Mosley, Sr. and the late Anna E. Mosley, departed this life Monday, April 16, 1990 at Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford, Delaware after a long illness.

Kathryn was born in Milford, Delaware and raised in Frederica, Delaware. She attended local schools there, Booker T. Washington, and Delaware State College (High School) in Dover, Delaware.

Kathryn was employed for 11 years in housekeeping at Dover Air Force Base and later worked 15 years in the same capacity at the Delaware Home and Hospital For The Chronically Ill in Smyrna, Delaware.

She was a past member of Local Chapter #936 of AFSME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employee’s Union) and served as its Treasurer for 4½ years. She also loved baseball and attended gJames whenever she could.

She leaves to mourn her death two daughters, Joyce Dixon of Wilmington, and Joan Ellerbe of Dover; her father, Millard Mosley, Sr. of Felton; her brother, Millard Mosley, Jr. of Felton; a son-in-law, William J. Ellerbe, Sr.; two grandchildren, Erica J., and William J. Ellerbe, Jr., and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers: Milton Carney, Wendell Watson, Anthony Watson, Paul Quail, Theodore Quail, Ronald Mosley. Flower Bearers: Friends of the Family. Professional Services by Minus Funeral Home, Dover, Delaware.


Fredrick Douglas (1889-1974)
11 Mar 1974
Contributed by Paul Johnson 24 Sep 2003

Fredrick S. Douglas, 84, of RD 7, Shoemaker Lane, died Friday in the Bridgeton Nursing Home, following a long illness. He was born in Salem County, the son of the late Joshua and Alice Douglas.  The husband of the late Hannah Pierce Douglas, he was a retired carpenter.

Surviving are one son, Albert Douglas, at home; two daughters, Clara Gould, Bridgeton, and Alice Loatman, RD 7; one brother Edwin Gibson, Woodbury; 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock from Mount Vernon Holiness Church, Bridgeton-Salem Pike at Halfway House.  Friends may call after 11am Wednesday, the Rev. Matthew Brown will officiate.


Hannah Douglas (1891-1966)
Contributed by Paul Johnson 24 Sep 2003

Mrs. Hannah Pierce Douglas, 74, of RD 7, died in Bridgeton Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born in Salem County, she was the daughter of the late Enoch and Eliza Pierce.

Surviving are her husband, Fred Douglas; two daughters, Mrs. Clara Gould and Mrs. James Loatman, and a son, Albert Douglas; 14 grandchildren, five great - grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Clara Bose of Philadelphia and Mrs. Elsie Viole of Bridgeton; also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2pm from the Wesley Funeral Home, 17 South Burlington Avenue.

The eulogy will be given by the Rev. William Johnson of the Bethany Christian Church.  Friends may call Thursday evening from 7 to 8.  Interment will be in the Gouldtown Cemetery.


Valerie Frances Pierce Dower 1972-2013
12 Oct 2013

Valerie Frances Pierce Dower, 41, of Fairfield Twp., unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 7, 2013. Born in Bridgeton on April 2, 1972 to Edith Goldsboro Pierce and the late Eugene Pierce, Sr., she was the wife of the Derrick J. Dower. Valerie had been a Gouldtown resident most of her life.

She had been currently employed as an LPN at the Cumberland Manor in Hopewell Twp. She had also been employed as an LPN at the Vineland Developmental Center for 15 years and South Jersey Extended Care in Bridgeton for two years. She had been a member of Trinity AME Church in Gouldtown. She loved to sing Karaoke and was passionate about trying different foods. She loved her patients and continued to ca re for them even after they had been discharged. She also worked with the YPD youth program, served as a missionary and was a past leader of the Young Women's Forum at Trinity AME. Cole and Winter were her heart.

Besides her husband, she is survived by; her mother, Edith Goldsboro Pierce of Fairfield Twp.; her daughter, Aspen Pierce of Fairfield Twp.; a granddaughter, Winter Angel Pierce; a sister, Angeline Pierce of Fairfield Twp.; her son, Charles Cole; a step-son, Nyshawn Bryson; a nephew, James Pierce-Johnson; her mother-in-law, Janice Watson; her sister-in-law, Ieshia Clark; her brother-in-law, James Johnson; two god-children, Jeremiah Childers and Darryion Hubert and a host of aunts, uncles and other family members. She was preceded in death by; her father, Eugene Pier ce, Sr.; her brother, Eugene Pierce, Jr.; her maternal grandparents; Jerome and Angeline Goldsboro and her paternal grandparents, Morris Willard and Ruth Money.

Funeral services will be held at Trinity AME Church, 1107 Bridgeton-Millville Pike, Bridgeton on Monday, October 14th at 1 PM. Friends will be received at the church from 11 AM to 1 PM prior to the services. Written condolences can be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

Clara Beatrice Wright 'Speedy' Downes ~1939-2001

Clara Beatrice Wright "Speedy" Downes of Millington died after a short illness Saturday, July 21, 2001, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown. She was 62. Mrs. Downes was born in Wilmington, Del., daughter of the late Raymond Wright Sr. and Lucy Wright-Gale.

She received her education in Kent County public schools. After high school, she went to work for Campbell Soup Co., where she was employed for 30 years. After retiring from Campbell Soup she went to work at Heron Point. Mrs. Downes had taken on the task of caring for her younger sister, Romona Gale, and her two children, Kaniya Jeff and Laron Jeff, to whom she became a mother. She was very fond of and devoted to these children.

She enjoyed gardening and flowers and always provided for others in their times of need.

Mrs. Downes was a member of Graves Chapel U.A.M.E Church, where she served as an usher. At an early age under the Rev. John E. Harris, she gave her life to Christ, but in her later age she rededicated her life to Christ. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 27 and her favorite hymn was "I Love To Praise Him " and "It's Me Oh Lord."

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, William Gale; her twin children; a sister, Yvonne Downing; and a brother, Edward "Ghost" Wright.

She is survived by five sisters, Gladys Wilkerson of Millington, Lucy Wright-Johnson and Alice Mae Gibbs, both of Wilmington, Del., Rev. Joyce Ann Phillips and Romona Gale, both of Millington; three brothers, Raymond Wright Jr. of Wilmington, Calvin Gale of Rex, Ga., and Michael Gale of Centreville; three stepbrothers, William Gale Jr. of Newark, N.J., Preston Gale of Wilmington and Carl Gale of New Castle, Del.; three stepsisters, Clara Gale and Margaret Gale, both of Wilmington, and Grace Gale of Boston; four godchildren, Dwayne Phillips, Amber Jones, Tonya Wright and Donnisa Hinson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many beloved friends.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Graves Chapel U.A.M.E. Church, Millington. Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the church, where friends may also call two hours earlier. Burial will follow services at the church cemetery. Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to Graves Chapel U.A.M.E. Church, P.O. Box 415, Millington, MD 21651. Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Millington.


Dorothy Downs 1902-1997

Funeral Program: Homegoing Services for Dorothy Downs Sunrise September 1, 1902 Sunset June 27, 1997
Memorial Service Tuesday, July 8, 1997. Family Hour 10:00 a.m. Service 11:00 a.m. Harold C. Palmer Funeral Home 16 North 53rd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Reverend Michael Mitchell, Officiating, Elmwood Community Methodist Church.

Dorothy Downs was born in Media, Pennsylvania on September 1, 1902. She was the third of eight children born to the late George and Evelyn Greenage. She attended school in Dover, Delaware where she met her husband, Raymond Thompson. They moved to Chester County, Pennsylvania where three children were born from this union. They resided in Yeadon and Darby, Pennsylvania until the death of her husband in 1944.

In 1953, Dorothy married Oscar Downs and moved to Philadelphia where she resided for thirty-four years. She was a member of the Greater St. Matthews Church and the Maryland Club. Oscar preceded her in death in 1969.

Because of her frail health, she moved to Michigan in 1987 to be near her daughter. On June 27, 1997 she died from congestive heart failure at the Charter House Convalescent Center of Farmington Hills where she had resided for the past three years.

She is survived by her daughter, Rita T. Drew; son-in-law, John E. Drew of West Bloomfield, Michigan; daughter-in-law, Florine Thompson of Yeadon, Pennsylvania; two brothers-in-law: Kermit Downs and Herbert Pressley of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren: Sharon Sampson of Anchorage, Alaska, Charles Davis III of Detroit, Michigan and Raymond Charles Thompson of Yeadon, Pennsylvania; five great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.


Joseph C. Drain ~1926-1999

Joseph C. Drain, 73, of rural Millsboro died Saturday. Feb. 6, 1999, at University ofMaryland Medical Center.

Mr. Drain owned a radio and television repair business during the 1950s and 1960s and operated his farm in the Millsboro area for 48 years. He recently co-owned and operated a family strawberry farm in the Long Neck area. He was a former Sunday School superintendent and secretary of the administrative board ofIsrael United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Mary I. Drain; a stepson, Daryl Jackson of Millsboro; a stepdaughter, Paulette Brunswick of Ashburn, Va.; a niece, Nancy M. Waters of Millsboro; three nephews. Gregory Drain of Millsboro, Albert C. Waters II of Marietta, Ga., and Charles I. Waters of Mount Joy, Pa., four nieces, Deborah Maull of Lewes, Tina Vanbrackle of Harrisburg, Pa., Barbara Ashe and Lillian Luciano, both of Castleberry, Fla., and Emily Duca of Manahawkin, N.J.; several grandnieces and nephews, step-grandchildren and a step great-grandchild.

A private graveside service was held


Mary I. Harmon Drain  1927-2012
Jan 04, 2012

Mary I. Harmon Drain, 84, of Millsboro, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. Mrs. Drain was born May 12, 1927, in Camden, N.J., to the late Joseph and Isabelle Street Harmon.

She worked as a housekeeper for the Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth Beach. She was a member of Indian Mission United Methodist Church and a graduate of Riverside High School in New Jersey. She loved line dancing, reading, collecting stuffed animals, watching TV, photography and crochet.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her first husband, Preston Jackson and her second husband Joseph Drain; daughter-in-law Barbara Jackson; sisters Fedora Harmon and Thelma Muntz; and brothers, Joseph and Marvel Harmon. She is survived by a daughter, Paulette Brunswick and her husband Anthony of Ashburn,Va.; a son, Daryl Jackson of Millsboro; sister-in-law Nancy Waters; four grandchildren, Todd Dickerson, Katie Brunswick, and Brett and Cory Jackson; and two great-grandchildren, Lauren Dickerson and Maeha Ridgeway.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call after 2 p.m.  Pastor Karen Mumford will officiate. Burial will be private.


Cora E. Draine ~1905-1983

Cora E. Draine of 123 Engle St., Chester, Pa., died Thursday, Oct. 27, 1983, at Crozer Chester Medical Center of respiratory failure. She was 78. Her husband, Salomon, died in l963. Mrs. Draine was a member of Forest Grove Seventh Day Adventist Church, Dover.

She is survived by three sons, Donald Draine, Wilmington, Gordon Draine, Philadelphia, Pa., Gerald Draine, Chester, Pa., three daughters, Janice Draine, East Windsor, Conn., Geraldine Jology, Chester, Pa., Brenda Mickniewicz, Clearwater, Fla; one brother, Franklin Sammons, Bridgeton, N.J., numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Monday at Forest Grove Seventh Day Adventist Church, Dover. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery. Arrangements made by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.


Donald Draine, Sr. ~1927-2001

Donald Draine, Sr. age 74 of 2921 North Market Street died February 17, 2001 in Milford, CT.

He was a retired supervisor for Amtrak and a Navy veteran of WW II and Korean War. He was a member of the Nanticoke-Leni-Lenape Tribe of NJ. He is the son of the late Sol and Cora Draine.

He is survived by his wife, Bessie H. Draine; daughter, Alesia Pratcher; son, Donald Draine, Jr.; brothers, Gerald and Gordon, Jr.; sisters, Brenda Michmiewicc and Geraldine Draine; step-sons, Eugene and Gary Hughes; 6 grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be 1-3 pm, Sunday, February 25, 2001 at the SCHOENBERG MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 519 Philadelphia Pike with a service at 2:40 pm. Interment will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, 1096 Churchmans Road, Newark, DE 19713.


Edward Wilson Draine Jr. 1932-2007
29 Dec 2007
Contributed by Celeste Marshall 5 Jan 2008

Edward Wilson Draine Jr., 75, of 1016 Lockett Drive, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at his residence. He had been in declining health for the past month. Born Oct. 22, 1932, in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Edward Wilson Draine Sr. and the late Millie Durham Draine.

Mr. Draine had lived in Virginia Beach prior to moving to Danville in 1989. He had retired from the Pepsi Cola Company, where he worked as both a route driver and a mechanic; after his retirement he worked as a driver for the Peneske Company. He was of the Methodist faith. Mr. Draine was a member of the native Americans, Nanticoke Association. He was first married to the late Loretta C. Carney, who died in 2001. He married Victoria "Vickie" Lee Bohannon Draine on Oct. 5, 2001.

In addition to his wife, of the residence, he is survived by two daughters, Jamie Renshaw of Edenton, N.C. and Jackie Morris of Cape Carteret, N.C.; two sons, Orville Carney of Magnolia, Del. and Mike Pope of New Castle, Del.; two stepsons, Andrew Hodnett of Buffalo, N.Y. and Robert Hodnett of Danville; two brothers, Eugene Draine of Lewes, Del. and Phillip Draine of Lancaster, Calif.; three sisters, Nancy Seeney of Lewes, Del., Grace Jackson and Linda Wright, both of Millsboro, Del.; eight grandchildren, Shauni and J.D. Renshaw, Kristopher and Kristian Morris, Tanisha and Eddie Pope, Andrew Jr. and Andre Hodnett; and one great-granddaughter, Rylee Morris.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30, at Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel with the Rev. Daryl Joyce officiating. Entombment will follow at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Rosewood Memorial Park in Virginia Beach. The family received friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, at Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel; at other times they will be at the residence, 1016 Lockett Drive. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Hospice Support Services Inc., P.O. Box 2713, Danville, VA 24541. Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Gregory M. Drain ~1956-2004
2 Apr 2004
Contributed by Celeste Marshall

Gregory M. Drain of Harbeson died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, in his home. He was 48. Mr. Drain was born in Delaware, son of the late Jesse B. Drain and Thelma M. Drain.

He grew up in the Lewes area. He graduated from Cape Henlopen High School. Mr. Drain was employed for the past 10 years by Sherman Heating Oils Inc. as a propane-truck driver and backhoe operator. He also owned and operated Strawberry Land on Route 5 with his family. He enjoyed farming, restoring antique tractors, woodworking, and spending time with family and friends on his farm. He was well known through out the community for his kind heart, generous spirit, and many friends. He will be sadly missed. Mr. Drain was a member of the Nanticoke Indian Association, a past Nanticoke Tribal Council Member, a past Nanticoke tribal drummer, a former Sussex Technical High School Advisory member, and an honorary member of the Indian River Volunteer Fire Co.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several uncles, including the late Joseph Drain of Millsboro. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Sharon L. Drain; his beloved daughter, Cherish A. Drain, at home; a sister and brother-in-law, Deborah D. and Edgar F. Maull of Lewes; a niece, Alexis Paige Maull of Lewes; two aunts, Nancy Waters and Mary Drain, both of Millsboro; and a host of cousins, fellow tribal members and special friends.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour earlier. Burial will be private. Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Nanticoke Indian Scholarship Fund, Attn: Tran Norwood, RR 13 Box 107A, Millsboro, DE 19966 or the Indian River Volunteer Fire Co., RR 4, Millsboro, DE 19966.

Herschel Drain ~1900-1984
Contributed by Henrietta Carey Johnson 19 May 2001

Funeral Home program: Herschel Drain Age 84 Funeral Services At Short Funeral Home Milton, Delaware Sunday, June 24, 1984 at 2:00 p.m. Masonic Service Interment Congregational Cemetery Milton, Del.


Jack H. Drain ~1934-2011 

Jack H. Drain, age 77, of Deerfield Township died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the South Jersey Health Care Hospice Care Unit in Bridgeton following a brief illness.  Jack was born in Bridgeton on August 17, 1933 to the late Harry Lee Drain and Anna Long Drain.  

Before his retirement he had been employed with Wheaton Injection Molding in Millville for over 20 years. 

He was predeceased by two wives, Lillian Mulkey Drain and Patricia Garrett Drain. He had lived in Deerfield Township for 40 years and had resided in Bridgeton prior to that. Jack had previously served as a volunteer fireman and on the rescue squad in Bridgeton. A former member of the Deerfield Order of the Elks, he also had been a member of the Millville Order of the Moose. He enjoyed being with his friends and was an avid CB Radio operator using the handle “Skinny Dugan.”   Surviving are a daughter, Joanna Dolson of Bridgeton; two sons, Patrick Garrett and Jack K. Drain and his wife Suzette, all of Deerfield Township; a sister, Gertrude Wilgus of Bridgeton and three grandchildren, Paul and Michele Dolson and Ashley Drain. 

Private memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family. Cremation and inurnment took place at Laurel Lawn Crematory in Upper Deerfield Township. Arrangements are under the direction of the PADGETT FUNERAL HOME, Upper Deerfield Township.  Written condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at


Loretta Carney Draine 1938-2001
Contributed by Sherren Mosley Johnson

Loretta Carney Draine of Danville, VA, formerly of Chesapeake, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, in Danville. She was 62. Mrs. Draine was born Sept. 1, 1938, in Delaware, the daughter of the late James Robert Jr. and Ethel L. Sammons Carney.

She and her husband and daughters had lived in Delaware before moving to Chesapeake about 20 years ago. Mrs. Draine liked to travel and visit her family and friends. She loved to visit her two daughters' homes. Collecting teapots was also a

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Carney. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Edward Draine of Danville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jamie and Eddie Renshaw and Jackie and Scooter Morris; two sons, Orville Arden "Tootie" Carney and Mike Pope; six sisters, Agnes Durham of Bridgeton, N.J., Harriett Street of Georgetown, Del., Emma Seeney, Leona Mae Alvino of Seaford, Del., and Janet Scotton and Frances Minner, both of Dover, Del.; six brothers, Melvin Carney of Texas, Donald Carney, Isaac Carney, Larry Carney, Ronald Carney and Roland Oscar Carney, all of Dover; a nephew who was raised with her, Reginald Carney; an uncle, Roland Carney of Dover; an aunt, Martha Carney Durham of Dover; four grandchildren, J.D. and Shauni Renshaw and Kristopher and Kristian Morris; and a host of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A service was held Jan. 13 at the H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Chesapeake. Burial was in Rosewood Cemetery, Virginia Beach.


Mary E. Draine 1910-1978
Contributed by James & Ellen (Mosley) Scarborough 9 Sep 2000

Funeral Home program: In Loving Memory of Mary E. Draine, Who Entered Into Rest Tuesday, November 21, 1978. Services: Saturday, November 25, 1978 1:00 P. M. From Martin Luther King Student Center Delaware State College Dover, Delaware. Officiating Rev. Calvin Price, Rev. A. J. Foreman. Interment John Wesley Cemetery. Professional Services Howard C. Stevenson, Mortician, Dover, Delaware


Minnie V. Drain ~1898-1993

Minnie V. Drain of Milton died of heart failure Thursday, Sept. 23, 1993. In Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 95.

Mrs. Drain was a member of First Congregational Church in Milton, and was a domestic worker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herschel Drain, in 1984. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, Federal Street, Milton, where friends and family may call one hour before the services. Burial will follow immediately in Congregational Cemetery in Milton. Arrangements are by Short Funeral Services. Milton.


Robert N. Draine ~1915-1999

Robert N. Draine of Millsboro died Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, in Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 84.
Mr. Draine was born in Lewes, the son of the late Nelson and Margaret Morris  Draine.

He was a retired farmer and carpenter.  Mr. Draine was a member of the Harmony United Methodist Church, Millsboro.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice M. Harmon Draine, in 1992.  He is survived by two sons, Chauncey S. Draine of Millsboro and Robert G. Draine Sr. of Baltimore; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Harmony United Methodist Church, Del. 24,  east of Millsboro. The Rev. Victor Harrison will officiate.  Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro.  Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Millsboro.

Thelma Meredith Street Draine 1923-2004
19 Nov 2004

Thelma Meredith Street Draine of Millsboro died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, in her home surrounded by her family. She was 81.  .Mrs. Draine was born Aug. 12, 1923, in Millsboro, daughter of the late Harry and Mary Thompson Street.

She had spent her entire life in Millsboro. She and her husband, Richard Draine, owned and operated Richard's Pure Service Station on Del. 5 in Harbeson for more than 24 years. She closed the station after the death of her husband.  .Mrs. Ford was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Millsboro, and the Nanticoke Indian Association.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Draine, in 1982.  .She is survived by a son, William Draine of Millsboro; a brother, Clinton Street of Millsboro; a sister, Beatrice Johnson of Millsboro; a niece, Linda Johnson of Los Angeles; and many cousins and friends.

Friends may call Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  .Graveside services will be 1:30 Sunday in Indian Mission United Methodist Church...

Anne Rigg Dreibelbis 1927-1998
SSDI: 25 Apr 1927 - 10 Sep 1998

(Note by Joseph A. Romeo: The subject of the obituary was descended from Elisha Durham (1794-1864). ...The subject's mother was Catherine Durham, b. ca. 1895, the daughter of Elijah Durham (1851-1903) and Elizabeth Young (1857-1927); this Elijah Durham, the son of Elijah Durham (ca. 1824-1859) and Lydia Ann LeCount (1829-1899); this Elijah the son of Elisha Durham (1794-1864) and Hester Concealor.)

Anne Rigg Dreibelbis, of Chestertown, and formerly of Merion, Pa., died Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998, in Corsica Hills Nursing Center, Centreville. She was 71.

Mrs. Dreibelbis was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Worrell A. Rigg and Catherine Durham Rigg. She was a 1945 graduate of Lower Merion High School.

She married Charles B. Dreibelbis Sr. in 1946. Mrs. Dreibelbis and her husband made their home in Merion, Pa. She worked as a telephone operator with Main Line Medical from 1955-'70. She then worked as a central station manager with Piquet Security, from 1970-'83. Mrs. Dreibelbis also worked as a central station manager with Electronic Security, retiring in 1992.

She was very active as a Scout Leader with the Girl Scouts of America while in Pennsylvania. She moved to Rolphs Wharf, in Chestertown, to live with her son after her retirement. Mrs. Dreibelbis enjoyed reading.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Dreibelbis Sr., in 1991. She is survived by two sons, Charles B. Dreibelbis Jr., of Chestertown, and Dale W. Dreibelbis of Narberth, Pa.; two daughters, Anne C. Dreibelbis of Chester County, Pa., and Gayle E. Dreibelbis of Narberth; and a granddaughter, Lindsey Anne Dreibelbis of Narberth.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Chadwick and McKinney Funeral Home in Ardmore, Pa., where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Westminster Cemetery. The family suggests that contributions be made to the Diabetes Association, 1660 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Local arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown.

Carroll W. Driggett 1917-1981

Carroll W. Driggett, 63, Paradise BayTrailer Park, Bradonton, died Wednesday (March 18, 1981) at BlakeMemorial Hospital

Born in Detroit, Michigan, he moved to the area four months ago from Grand Blanc, Mich. He was owner of wholesale hardware company, a member of the Methodist church. the Masons and an Army veteran of World War II.

He leaves his wife. Marion Driggett,  a daughter, Mrs. Robert Jean of Michigan, two sons, Rodney Driggett and Douglas Driggett, both of Michigan, two sisters, Ellsworth DuShane of St. Petersburg and Betty Gatlin of Flint, Mich. and a brother, Glen Driggett ot Michigan.

The body will then be transferred to Grand Blanc, MI,  to the Hill Funeral Home for services Saturday. Griffith-Cline is in charge of arrangements.


Harry Ralph Driggus 1951-2014

Harry Ralph "Skeeter" Driggus, was born to the late Dorothy-Thelma Cooper-Driggus and Harry Driggus, Sr. on July 6, 1951 by a Midwife on Fulton Street in Dover, DE. On Saturday, December 6, 2014 Ralph departed this life to be with his heavenly Father for eternal rest. He attended Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Dover, DE. He attended William Henry High School and when the new high school was completed, he transferred and graduated from Dover High School in 1970. He excelled at track and field while attending Dover High, winning state championships and Penn relays. He obtained his auto mechanic certification from Poly tech, Camden, DE

Ralph was an avid car enthusiast, owning and building several modified Hot Rods, Chevy Powered automobiles. He was a history buff and antique collector. Ralph worked for Kraft General Foods, prior to moving to Bowie, MD, where he worked for UPS Metro D.C , Laurel MD as a Driver of a Double Tractor Trailer for 38 years. Ralph was an easy going person with a level head, dapper dresser, spit polished shoes, loved fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, in his youth he was a camp counselor for Benny George Summer camp. He loved horseback riding, running track and field.

He was very proud of his daughter, Tonya and granddaughter, Cierra and he spoke highly of his nieces and nephews and their accomplishments. Ralph is preceded by his late wife Hortensia Tillery- Driggus and leaves to mourn his daughter Tonya Driggus- Shaw, his granddaughter Cierra, Son-in-law Tony Shaw, one brother Jerry Cooper-Driggus, three sisters: Anne D. White (Steve White), Doris A. Cooper, Dorothy Thelma Driggus. Aunts: Dorothy Brady Cooper, Florence Driggus-Brown, Harriett Driggus-Gilmore. Uncle Nelson (Jean) Driggus, great niece, Romana Love-Brown, who was residing with him while pursuing Graduate degree. Three Sister-in-laws: Shirley Lomax, Sandra Stevens, Helen Tillery Ricks (Edward Ricks), nephews Michael Ricks and Phillip Lomax; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service will be Friday, December 12, 2014, 12:00 pm, Mt. Zion AME Church, 101 N. Queen Street Dover, DE. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, 8000 Woodyard Rd, Clinton, MD


Hortensia Driggus 1951-2013
17 Nov 2013

Hortensia Driggus died Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the Washington Adventist Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was a teacher for D.C. Public Schools until her illness in 2010. She is survived by her husband Harry Ralph Driggus; and a host of other relatives and friends. Viewing will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 19, 2013 followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. at J. B. Jenkins Funeral Home, Inc., 7474 Landover Rd., Hyattsville, MD 20785. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton, MD.

James Driggus  1930-2012
22 Aug 2012 

James Driggus departed this life peacefully on Saturday, August 18, 2012, comforted by his wife at his bedside. He was born on February 1, 1930 in Camden, Delaware to Florence (Pennewell) and John Driggus. 

As a lifelong resident, James worked at Townsend Brothers Chevrolet of Dover, DE for over 10 years in the Automotive Department.  Later, James secured a position at the Dover Air Force Base in civil service for over 33 years.  He was well known for his mechanical attributes and the ability to complete any task put in front of him.  James was awarded recognition for his years of federal service with the 436 Airport Squadron Dover Air Force Base Division.  James strived to be the best in everything he put his mind towards.  He was a quick learner in his trade and received various awards for his ability and work ethic. In the early 1980's, James gave his life to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a member in good standing of Bibleway Temple Institutional COGIC and served as a member of the Trustee Board for many years.  He was affectionately known as a "Mr. Fix It" especially around the church.  His talents included plumbing, electrical, roofing, carpentry, HVAC, and automotive repair and much more. He could fix anything. A gifted handyman, "getting the job done" was a phrase James would warmly say with a smile on his face to anyone who needed assistance. Often, you could find him working around his home, lending a hand to local churches, fixing on things for neighbors and family members while he hummed his favorite song, "Blessed Assurance".  His favorite pastime was maintaining his '57 Chevy pickup truck to pristine condition. James relished family time, church gatherings, and his taste buds went bunkers for pie and homemade ice cream. His favorite phrase of encouragement was to always "keep smiling".

James was preceded in death by a son, James E. Driggus; a daughter, Joyce M. Green; and four brothers, Walter Driggus, John Driggus, Harry Driggus, and Robert Driggus. James is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Phyllis E. (Browne) Driggus of Camden, DE; a daughter, Jacklyn Driggus of Camden, DE and an adopted daughter, Jeana Bell of Smyrna, DE; a son-in-law, William Green of Camden, DE; a brother, Nelson Driggus of Dover, DE ; two sisters, Florence Brown and Harriet Gilmore of Dover, DE; six (6) grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six (6) great-great grandchildren; and a "special" daughter Dorothy Bryant; and many aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. 

Funeral services Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 11 am in the Bible Way Temple Church of God in Christ 56 S. Kirkwood St., Dover. Viewing 9 to 11 am.  Burial will follow in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice 911 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover. Funeral Home:  Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave, Camden-Wyoming, DE 19934, 302-697-7002

James Edward 'Jake' Driggus ~1955-1998

James Edward ''Jake'' Driggus of Camden died Saturday, July 4, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 43. Mr. Driggus was born in 1954, the son of Phyllis and James Driggus.

He served in the United States Army.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sons, James Edward Driggus and Steven James Roco, both of Dover; two sisters, Joyce Green and Jacklynne Driggus, both of Camden; an adopted sister, Jeana Bell of Camden; a brother-in-law, William Green of Camden; his grandmother, Melvina Browne of Smyrna; six aunts, two uncles, four nieces, two nephews, four great-nieces, three great-nephews, and a host of friends and other relatives.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Bibleway C.O.G.I.C., Kirkwood Street in Dover. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church.  Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.  Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

Mary E. Pierce Driggus ~1921-1992
Contributed by Lorraine Johnson-Gregg 5/19/2000, who notes, “The Driggus families over here in N.J. were all from Delaware.”

1. Death Notice: Of Piercetown Road, R.D. 1, Millville N.J., on Saturday, Dec 19, 1992. Mary Pierce Driggus wife of the late Clarence J. Driggus Jr., mother of Clarence J. Driggus 3rd and Irving E. Driggus, aged 71 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services without further notice from the Padgett Funeral Home, State Highway 77, Bridgeton, on Tuesday morning, Dec. 22nd at 11 o’clock. Interment at Fordville Memorial Park, Fordville. Friends may call Tuesday morning between 10 and 11 o’clock prior to services at the funeral home.

2. Obituary: Mary E. Driggus, 71, of Piercetown Road, R.D. 1, Millville., died Saturday at the Vineland Nursing Center where she was a patient for two months after being in failing health three years. Born in Bridgeton, she was the daughter of the late Ace and Nancy Pierce and the wife of Clarence J. Driggus who died Nov. 28. She resided at her present address 40 years and was a lifetime resident of the Bridgeton area. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by two sons, Clarence J. 3rd of Millville and Irving E. of Elmer; and a brother, Frank Lloyd of Gouldtown.

Services will be 11 a.m. .Tuesday from the Padgett Funeral Home, State Highway 77, Bridgeton, with the Rev. Francis E. Champion of the Fortescue Chapel officiating. Interment will be in Fordville Memorial Park, Fordville. Friends may call Tuesday morning one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Thelma Lucille Driggus 1926-2006
13 May 2006

1. Thelma Lucille Driggus of Dover died peacefully Thursday, May 11, 2006, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 79. Mrs. Driggus was born Sept. 11, 1926, in Hobbs, Md., daughter of the late Hoyt and Daisy Beulah.

She worked more than 30 years as a licensed practical nurse and instrument technician at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. Mrs. Driggus was an inspiration to all who knew her and did not let her physical limitations prevent her from being a servant of the Lord.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Driggus; two sisters; and six brothers. She is survived by a daughter, Lisa (Driggus) Brokenbrough; four grandchildren; two brothers; three sisters; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church of Cheswold, 291 Rose Bowl Road, Dover, where friends may call two hours earlier and from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

2. Contributed by Joseph Romeo 7 Oct 2007

Funeral services for Thelma Lucille Driggus, 79, of Dover, will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at the First Baptist Church of Cheswold, 291 Rose Bowl Road, Dover, where friends may call two hours earlier. Mrs. Driggus died Thursday May 11, 2006, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. Mrs. Driggus was born Sept. 11, 1926, in Hobbs, Md., daughter of the late Hoyt and Daisy Beulah.

She worked for more than 30 years as a licensed practical nurse and instrument technician at Bayhealth-Kent General. Mrs. Driggus was an inspiration to all who knew her and did not let her physical limitations prevent her from being a servant of God.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Driggus; two sisters; and six brothers. Mrs. Driggus is survived by a daughter, Lisa Driggus Brokenbrough; four grandchildren; two brothers; three sisters; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Walter L. Driggus ~1925-1994
Contributed by Lorraine Johnson-Gregg 5/19/2000, who notes ‘Nov 21, 1992.”

Walter L. Driggus, 67, of RD 7 Reeves Road, Bridgeton, died Saturday at his home. Born in Millville, he was the son of the late Clarence and Blanche (Pierce) Driggus and was an area resident all his life.

He is survived by two sisters Mary Hughes, with whom he resided, and Cynthia Pierce of Millville; a brother, Clarence Jr. of Millville; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday from the Russell C. Sheppard Funeral Home, 40 East Ave., Bridgeton. Interment will be in Fordville Cemetery, Fordville. Friends may call Tuesday morning one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Betty M. Loatman Dunham ~1926-2014
20 July 2014

Betty M. Loatman Dunham of Elmer passed away on July 8, 2014. Born in Hopewell Twp., Betty was the daughter of the late Eli, Jr. & Anna Loatman.

She had been employed for seventeen years at the Elmer Community Hospital and then went on to work for the Elmer National Bank for several years thereafter. Both Betty and her husband, Walter, were very much involved with the Elmer Fire Department over the years. She served with the Women's Auxiliary for many a year and was a Past President. She enjoyed trips to the casino and hosting holiday dinners and parties, especially the Annual Christmas Eve buffet dinner, which she held for family, and friends who joined together at her home following the Christmas Eve Church Service.

She is survived her devoted husband of sixty-two years, Walter M. Dunham, her daughter, LuAnn and her husband Dr. Mark Doty of Chicago, grand-daughter, Caitlin Doty, nephews, Charles "Scooter" Morris, Frank (Dee) Morris, Brent Morris, Alan Morris, and Dennis Morris, several great nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family members as well as Ms. Lydia Jane Keller, a life long and dear friend, much loved by the whole family-whose commitment and devotion to the Dunham/Doty families was greatly appreciated during this most difficult time. In addition to her parents, a sister, Marion Morris predeceased her.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the ADAMS FUNERAL HOME, 111, S. Main St., Elmer, NJ 08318. Walt and LuAnn will be available starting at 6 PM to greet anyone who wishes to stop by and pay their respects with the service following at 7:30 PM. On Friday, August 1st, the interment will take place at 1 PM at Finn's Point National Cemetery in Pennsville. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to the Elmer Ambulance Corps in her memory. Also, for those who knew Betty, you knew she had quite the sweet tooth, always having candy dishes filled with chocolates, hard candies, fresh baked goods, or a box of saltwater taffy that she loved to share. Therefore, to honor her memory and request, for those attending the memorial service, the family will be providing a basket for donations of candy and treats, which the family will be taking to the New Jersey Memorial Veterans Home in Vineland afterwards.

Fondella Marion Burton Dunmore 1930-2010
14 July 2010

Fondella Marion Burton Dunmore slipped away into eternity on July 7, 2010, at Cardia Rehabilitation in Dover where she been a patient for almost a month. Fondella was born July 25, 1930, in Harbeson to Idella M. Burton and Edward W. Draine.

At the age of six she became the foster daughter of her maternal uncle and his wife, Thomas E. and B. Inez Burton in Millsboro. She married Francis Jean Dunmore on Nov. 11, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pa. They spent 56 happy years together until his passing on March 18, 2006. Their union produced two children, Angela J. Dunmore and Thomas J. Dunmore. Their son and daughter-in-law, Donna Dunmore, gave them two grandchildren, Thomas J. Dunmore II and Amanda J. Dunmore. Fondella and Jean lived in the Philadelphia area until they relocated to Fondella's childhood home in Millsboro in 1988.

Fondella attended elementary school at Warwick 203C in Millsboro, Georgetown Junior High School, Delaware State for the 11th grade and she completed high school at Germantown High School in Philadelphia. She also attended Pennsylvania School of Business where she completed a secretarial course in 1948. She was employed at Bell Telephone as operator, at Penn Fruit as a cashier, on Jeweler's Row in Philadelphia as a clerical worker, and late back at Bell Tel as a data entry clerk and a manager in the marketing department.   Fonnie's religious foundation began at Israel United Methodist Church in Lewes. After marriage she and her family worshipped at St. Monica's Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pa., and St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Willow Grove, Pa. When she and Jean returned to Delaware, they again attended Israel United Methodist Church.   Fondella was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen both in Philadelphia and Delaware chapters, Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W., in which she held many offices, and the United Methodist Women of Israel U.M. Church, where she served at the local and conference level, and the Women's choir at church. As a retired Volunteer with R.S.V.P. she chose to work with the children in Harbor Health Nursing Home and became so well known for her reading that she was often asked to read for the annual winter party.

She leaves to mourn her loss, two children, Angela and Thomas Dunmore; two grandchildren, Thomas II and Amanda Dunmore; a daughter-in-law, Donna K. Dunmore; half-siblings with whom she established a loving relationship after returning to Delaware, sisters, Nancy Seeney, Grace Jackson and husband Warren, and Linda Wright, brothers, Eugene A. Drain and wife Libby, and Phillip Draine; three aunts, Helen Cook and husband Archie, Effie DeShields and husband William, and Bertha Jones; an uncle, John R. Burton and wife Ethelda; two foster aunts, Sylvia Pinkett, and Doris Price and husband Cyril; and foster uncle, William Davis; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and some wonderful in-laws from the Dunmore family.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, July 19, 2010, at 11 a.m., at Israel United Methodist Church on Plantation Road in Lewes. Interment will follow at the V.A. Cemetery, Millsboro. Funeral services are provided by Miller Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donation to be sent in Fondella B. Dunmore's name to either Israel U.M. Church, 20254 Plantation Road, Lewes, DE 19958; or the , Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2117.


Francis "Jean" Dunmore 1920-2006
24 Mar 2006

Francis "Jean" Dunmore of Millsboro died Saturday, March 18, 2006, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was 85. He was born Sept. 2, 1920, in Georgetown, S.C., son of the late Charles J. and Georgia Dunmore. He later moved to Philadelphia, where he met and married his wife.

Mr. Dunmore attended Dolan College of Embalming in Philadelphia, graduating in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant during World War II, receiving a Good Conduct Medal, an European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars, and a World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Dunmore retired from the U.S. Postal Service of Elkins Park, Pa., in 1984, after 39 years of service. He enjoyed traveling with his wife to visit family and friends, and traveling the globe to meet people and see the beauty of the world. He especially enjoyed the sound of music from big band performers and musicians. Mr. Dunmore had been a past Boy Scout leader. While in Pennsylvania, he was a member of St. Ann's Episcopal Church and a Vestry Youth Group leader. Upon moving to Delaware in 1989, he became a member of Israel United Methodist Church. He was also a past member of the Tuskegee Airmen of Philadelphia, a member of the John H. Porter Chapter of Dover, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10638 of Millsboro. In addition, he was part of the Public Relations Department of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Fondella Burton Dunmore; a son, Thomas J. Dunmore of Bensalem, Pa.; a daughter, Angela J. Dunmore of Millsboro; a grandson, Thomas J. Dunmore II; a granddaughter, Amanda J. Dunmore; two brothers, Herbert J. Dunmore of Elverson, Pa., and George J. Dunmore of Olathe, Kan.; and two sisters, Charlotte J. Dunmore of Pittsburgh, and F. Julia Dunmore of Philadelphia.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday in Israel UM Church, Lewes. The Rev. Thomas Johnson will officiate. Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Israel UM Church, 20254 Plantation Road, Lewes, DE 19958; or the National Kidney Foundation, 400 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. Please indicate that the donation is for Francis J. Dunmore, 31792 Indian Mission Road, Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Services, Lewes.


Preston Morris Dunn 1922-2014
25 Nov 2014

Preston Morris Dunn, 92 son of the late Nathan Dunn Sr., and Elizabeth Burrell passed away peacefully at his home on November 19, 2014 in Salem NJ, Mannington Township. Preston was born in Salem, NJ on April 13, 1922.

He married the late Annie Mae Dunn (Phinx ) on October 8, 1960. He is predeceased by 2 sons Van Dunn Sr. & James Dunn Sr, along with 6 sisters, Mabel Summuel, Rebecca Hawkins, Lillian Dunn, Alice Dunn, Gertrude Burrell, Margaret Washington, and 3 brothers Carl " Chink " Burrell, Nathan Dunn Jr, and Bernard Dunn. He is survived by sons Gary Dunn and Franklin Sphinx with Jan Sphinx (daughter-in-law). Also daughter Peggy Dickson-Ray, along with many other relatives and close friends.

Flowers and cards can be sent to: Gary Dunn - 33 Cedar Lane, Pilesgrove NJ, 08098. Earl & Arlene Maiden - 305 Keasby St, Salem, NJ 08079. Franklin Sphinx -7012 Emerson St. Hyattsvile, MD 20784 Written condolences may be submitted via the funeral home web site at www. Edwards & Son Funeral Home 208 Commerce St. E. Bridgeton, NJ 08302 856-453-1960


Christopher H. Dunning ~1900-1981
Contributed by James & Ellen (Mosley) Scarborough 9 Sep 2000

1. Obituary: Christopher H. Dunning, of near Milford, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1981, in Milford Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was 81.

Mr. Dunning was a self-employed horse harness repairman at Delaware and Maryland race tracks for many years. His wife, Mary E., died many years ago. He is survived by a sister, Pearl Shockley of Detroit.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at John Wesley A.M.E. Church near Milford, where friends may call two hours earlier. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery. Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Mary E. Drain Memorial Fund of John Wesley A.M.E. Church, Milford, 19963.

2. Funeral Home program: Age 81. Funeral Services At John Wesley A. M. E. Church, Milford, Delaware Saturday, November 7, 1981 At 1:00 P.M. Officiating Rev. Ethelbert L. Maddox. Interment Church Cemetery. Arrangements By Miller Funeral Service, Millsboro, Delaware, 945-9406


Cornelia Beatrice Street-Duplessis 1914-2003
Funeral Home obituary

Born in Philadelphia, Pa. on Aug. 10, 1914. Departed on Jun. 28, 2003 and resided in Philadelphia, PA. Visitation: Saturday Jul. 5, 2003. Service: Saturday Jul. 5, 2003. Cemetery: Indian Mission Church Cemetery.

Cornelia was the daughter of Augustus Wright and Naomi L. Brown. Raised and educated in Philadelphia. Moreover, she was employed by the Federal Government in the Aviation Supply Office for thirty years.

Affectionately known as "Sis" or "Connie" to her friends and family, she loved good food, intelligent conversation, sports, politics and animals.She was a member of the United Indians of Delaware Valley, Inc. and the Nanticoke Indian Association. She was a proud person who loved her Native American heritage. She made the transition on Saturday morning at 4:30 a.m. at Mercy Hospital in Philadelphia. She is survived by several cousins, some friends and her beloved Pekingese dog-person Shownie.


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