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Bonnie L. Raines ~1941-2008
22 Jan 2008

Bonnie L. Raines, aged 66, of Upper Deerfield Township, died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2008, at her home. She had been in declining health for the past two years. Born in Greenwich, the daughter of the late Leroy K. Durham Sr. and Bertha Durham, she had lived in Upper Deerfield Township for 37 years, moving there from Shiloh.

Prior to her retirement, Bonnie had been employed with the Memorial Hospital of Salem County for 28 years. She had also been employed at the Mater Dei Nursing Center for 20 years. An active member of the Fairton United Methodist Church, she enjoyed shopping, trips to the beach, cruises and quilting. She was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Surviving are a son, Robert E. Durham Jr., of Upper Deerfield Township; two sisters, Jackie Briggs, of Pilesgrove, and Peggy Mosley, of Milford, Del.; brother and sister-in-law, Phyllis and Jack Raines, of Hopewell Township; several nieces, nephews and cousins including niece, Amy Jupin, of Madison, Ala.; and cousins Beth Burrell, of Falls Church, Va., and Sandy Bordley, of Bridgeton; and two aunts, Marian Carter, of Dover, Del. and Jean Okonski, of Merritt Island, Fla. She was predeceased by a brother, Leroy K. Durham Jr.; nephew, Terry Raines; aunt, Dorothy Burrell; and several other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Friday morning, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Fairton United Methodist Church, 20 Main St., Fairton. Cremation and inurnment will follow the services at Laurel Lawn Crematory, in Upper Deerfield Township. Friends may call Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Padgett Funeral Home, 1107 State Highway 77, Upper Deerfield Township. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Bonnie?s memory be made the Fairton United Methodist Church, 20 Main St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302. Written condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home Web site at.

Stephanie Street-Rexroad
27 Sep 2004
Stephanie Street-Rexroad, 33, Evergreen Dr., Dover, passed away Monday, September 27, 2004. She was born on June 19, 1971, in Bad Windshiem, Germany to Michael and Gerda Held Street.  She was a homemaker, loving mother that enjoyed being with her family. Stephanie touched many lives.

She is survived by Son, James Rexroad of Dover, DE. Daughter, Emilie Weiss of Dover, DE. Daughter, Christina Weiss of Dover, DE. Daughter, Katrina Weiss of Dover, DE. Brother, Michael Street Jr., Milford, DE. Sister, Jasmin Street of Dover, DE. Paternal Grand Parents, Sherman & Doris Street of Dover, DE. Paternal Grand Parent, Irma Jackson of Frederica, DE.

Remembrance Services will be held Friday 10/01/2004 01:00 PM at Trader Funeral Home in Dover, DE Burial will be at the Sharon Hill memorial Park Dover, DE.   Letters of condolences may be sent to or

Lillian M. Rhoades ~1915-2000

Lillian M. Rhoades, of Newport, died Monday, April 17, 2000, in Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 85.

Mrs. Rhoades retired from Alfred I. duPont Institute for Children in 1980. She traveled extensively after retirement, visiting nearly all the U.S. states and many countries of the world. Mrs. Rhoades faithfully attended the Calvary Baptist Church, Clayton. She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Rhoades, in 1976.

She is survived by her sons, James H. Faulkner Jr., and his wife, Barbara, of Townsend, Gene A. Faulkner and his wife, Brenda, of Hacks Point, Md., Marvin Sammons and his wife, Mary Lou, of Fort Pierce, Fla.; her sisters, Lois Sanders and her husband, Russell, of Brack-Ex, and Eleanor "Sammy" Crocker and her husband, Fred, of Newport; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Nichols-Gilmore Funeral Home, 212 E. Justis St., Newport, where friends may call one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Chesapeake City, Md. Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Calvary Baptist Church, 300 Bassett Ave., P.O. Box 1070, Clayton, DE 19938.

Joyce M Pierce-Richardson 1947-2014
3 Oct 2014

Joyce Mary Pierce Richardson, age 67, of Pennsgrove, NJ passed away after a long illness on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. Joyce is the daughter of the late Charles Pierce and Garland Rowlett Pierce. Born in Salem, NJ, March 12, 1947, she was raised in Pennsgrove, NJ where she remained a resident until her death.

Joyce graduated from Pennsgrove Regional High School in Pennsgrove, NJ and upon graduation went to work for DuPont, Chambers Works, Deepwater, NJ where she worked for over 20 years. Joyce served as a Veteranette serving on many committees during her employment. After retiring from DuPont, Joyce started a second career and worked as a licensed Real Estate Agent for Cardinal Real Estate Agency, Woodbury, NJ. Joyce was an active member of the NAACP of Salem County, a member of the Barber Avenue School Association and a contributor to any organization that helped people in any way. Joyce was also VEMMA Associate. She was a member of Friends of Education whose mission is to provide assistance to high school graduates in the continuation of their education after high school. Joyce became a member of Mt. Olivet U.A.M.E. Church in Pennsgrove, NJ at a very early age. Joyce was dedicated to her church, family and friends and was a member of the Union Baptist Temple Church in Bridgeton, NJ. She became a member under the pastorate of Pastor Albert Morgan. Joyce had a passion for yard sales, baking, collectibles and antiques. She enjoyed skiing, sewing and knitting during her early years but remained enthusiastic about yard sales and collectibles. Joyce loved her friends and enjoyed dining out.

Joyce is survived by her former husband and life-long friend, John R. Richardson of Woodstown, NJ, her brother, Marvin Pierce and wife Charlotte Pierce of Wilhelmina, Oregon, John Pierce and wife, Dreama Pierce of Melbourne, Fl., sisters, Tammie Brown and husband Terry Brown of Bridgeton, NJ Jean Brantley and husband Mike Brantley Sr. of Bridgeton, NJ brothers, Charles S. Pierce and wife Danita Pierce of Sicklerville, NJ and Timmy Pierce and wife Cheryl of Vineland NJ. She is also survived by many relatives and close friends in Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and Florida.

Memorial Services will be held Monday, October 6. 2014 at 11am at Union Baptist Temple 30 Martin L. King, Jr. with Pastor Albert L. Morgan, officiating.


Martha L. Richardson ~1929-1999

Martha L. Richardson of Federalsburg, Md., died of heart failure Wednesday, July 28, 1999, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, Del. She was 70.  Mrs. Richardson was born in Vienna, the daughter of the late Mace and Virgie Morris LeCompte.

She was a graduate of Hurlock High School, Class of 1946.  Mrs. Richardson was a part-owner of Hurlock Tastee-Freez from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. After selling the business, she worked for Poole's Shoe Store, Federalsburg, until 1986.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Richardson, Oct. 26, 1985; a brother, Claude LeCompte; a sister, Maude Pennypacker; and a grandson, Zachary Richardson.  She is survived by two sons, William Richardson of Bridgeville, Del., and Brian Richardson of Federalsburg; two daughters, Linda R. Johnson of Seaford and Faye R. Layton of Denton; a brother, Vernon LeCompte of Fort Myers, Fla.; two sisters, her twin, Dortha LeCompte Hallowell of Federalsburg and Alice L. Collins of Aiken, S.C.; six grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Framptom-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home P.A., Federalsburg, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday.  The family suggests memorial contributions to: The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 162 Prince George St., Annapolis, MD 21401; or to the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 99, Federalsburg, MD 21632.


James Lester Rickards ~1926-1996
26 Jul 1996

James Lester “Abe” Rickards, age 70, of Millsboro, died Thursday, July 18, 1996 of congestive heart failure atBeebe Medical Center.  He had been a patient at Harbor Health Care Center,Lewes, DE.

Mr. Rickards retired in 1976 from Townsend Farms, Lewes.  His wife, Annie M. Garrison Rickards, died in 1986.

He is survived by a son, Ronald Hopkins of Rehoboth Beach; a daughter, Sandra Rickards Green of Ellendale; two brothers, William E. Jr. and Sylvester M., both of Millsboro; two sisters, Marie Harmon of Chester, Pa. and Sarah Harmon of Rehoboth Beach; and two grandchildren.

Services were held at Friendship United Methodist Church, Millsboro, DE, with burial in Friendship Church Cemetery.

Eva Pierce Ricketts 1862-1936
Birth: Mar., 1862; Death: Feb. 15, 1936
Wife of: Joseph A. Ricketts
Contributed by Debbie Pierce via John C. Carter

RICKETTS - In Bridgeton, N.J., on February 15, 1936, Eva P. Ricketts, wife of Joseph A. Ricketts, Sr.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral on Wednesday afternoon, February 19, at 1:30, from her late residence, 304 Spruce street, Bridgeton, N.J. Service at 2 o'clock from Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. Interment at Gouldtown Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 7 to 9.


Conrad F. Riley died 1948

July 27, 1948. In profound sorrow we announce the death of Conrad J. Riley who departed this life Tuesday, Jul 27, 1948. Funeral on Saturday, July 31. Perry A. Reese, Funeral services, 410 Church Ave. Service at Bethel A.M.E. Church.


Conrad F. Riley Jr. 1934-1999

Rev. Conrad F. Riley of Dover died Sunday, May 23, 1999, in his home. He was 65. Rev. Riley was born on April 13, 1934, in Smyrna.

He retired from the Smyrna School District as a teacher, with 35 years of service. Rev. Riley was an assistant pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Smyrna, formal pastor of Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church in Magnolia, Mt. Plymouth A.M.E. Church in Felton, and Graham A.M.E. Church in Greenwood. He was the president of the Afro-American Hall of Fame, founder of the First State Achievers and the author of two books: ''Profiles of Black Leaders in Delaware'' and ''Who's Who in Delaware.''

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Riley, two sons, Conrad F. Riley III and his wife, Rebecca of Louisville, Ky., and Dallas L. Riley of Dover; two daughters, Kimberly Riley of Dover, and Darlene Miller and her husband, Ray of Wahiawa, Hawaii; two brothers, Harvey Riley and his wife, Shirley Riley of Dover, and James Riley and his wife, Vivian Riley of Junction City, Kan.; a sister, Barbara Williams and her husband, Rev. Melvin Williams of Magnolia; three brothers-in-law, George Creighton, Dallas Creighton and David Creighton; two sisters-in-law, Janice Creighton and Barbara Creighton; four godchildren, Krystelle Winter, Darrick Roberson, Sherry Johnson, and Decarlo Young Chandler; four aunts, five grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Smyrna, where friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Walter Dixon will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Smyrna. Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home in Dover.  


Estella Riley ~1910-2002

Estella Cynthia Riley, 92 of Bridgeton died Sunday morning in the South Jersey Hospital-Bridgeton. Mrs. Riley was a life long resident of Bridgeton. She was the daughter of the late Russell & Bertha Cuff Webster and widow of Oscar Riley, who predeceased her in 1980.

Mrs. Riley was a member of the Trinity AME Church where she was a stewardess, usher, senior choir member & member of the Women's Chorus and an independent aide. She was a seamstress for many years and retired from Fairfield Middle School as a dietician.

She leaves to cherish her memory, a devoted and loving daughter, Cordelia A. Wynder Lane; and a son, Thomas C. Lane, IV of Bridgeton; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins and other relatives and friends.

Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Trinity AME Church, Bridgeton-Millville Pike, Gouldtown, with Pastor Alvin Stokes officiating. Interment Gouldtown Memorial Park. Friends may call at the church after 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity AME Church Gouldtown Scholarship Fund, 1107 Bridgeton-Millville Pike, Bridgeton, NJ 08302. Arrangements Edwards and Son Funeral Home, Inc., Bridgeton & Salem.

Laura Mae Clark Counceller Ripperger 1911-2007
Contributed by Charles Counceller

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Bertha Loatman Rivera ~1921-2007
24Jan 2007.

Bertha Rivera, 85 of Hopewell Twp. died early Saturday morning Jan. 20, 2007 at her home surrounded by her family. She was under the care of Hospice, and had been in failing health for the past 12 years. Born in Greenwich, she was the daughter of the late Leon Sr. and Myrtie (Pierce) Loatman, and the wife of Samuel “Sammy” Rivera.

She and her husband Sammy have been residents of the Hopewell area for the past 50 years, and they recently celebrated her 85th birthday on Jan. 9. Mrs. Rivera was formerly employed at the Cumberland Manor as a kitchen aid. She enjoyed cooking, and loved spending time with her many children, family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all.

Surviving to cherish her memory, besides her husband Samuel of 44 years are three sons, Ernest Ronald Cuff and his wife Caroline of Hopewell Twp., Carlos Antonio “Tony” Rivera and his wife Myra Jane of Hopewell Twp., and Michael Rivera of Fairfield Twp.; 8 daughters, Sheila Marie Timmons and her husband Terry of Harrington Del., Sharon Mosley of Milford Del., Gloria “Jeanne” Rivera of Bridgeton, Maria Ridgway and her husband David Jr., of Fairfield Twp., Vickie Lynn Rivera of Millville, Carla Jill Pierce and her husband Michael Clifford Pierce of Germany, Carmen Rae Moore and her husband Jeremiah Durham Moore of Fairfield Twp., and Angela Joan Rivera Zera of Bridgeton; two sisters, Elsie May Webster and her husband Edward of Upper Deerfield Twp. and Florence Seeney and her husband Ronald of Salem; 38 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews, and cousins. Bertha was predeceased by two children; her son, Larry Wayne Cuff, and her daughter Denise Rivera Loatman; one son -in-law, Larry Mosley; two brothers Raymond Loatman and Leon Loatman Jr., and one sister Edith Williams.

Family and friends are invited to attend funeral services on Wednesday Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. from the Sray-Webster Funeral Home 62 Landis Ave. at Carll¹s Corner, Upper Deerfield Twp. The Rev. Tony Cuellar, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Vineland will officiate. The interment will be in Fernwood Memorial Park, Hopewell Twp. Friends may call on Tuesday evening at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the services.


Gladys Marie Ingram Rivera 1933-2012
Jul 01, 2012 

Gladys Marie Ingram Rivera, of Milford, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Seaford.  Mrs. Rivera was the daughter of the late Leonzo Vernon and Sadie Gladys (Harmon) Ingram. Mrs. Rivera was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. She worked at General Foods in Dover for many years. Gladys was a Jehovah's Witness and a member of Kingdom Hall, Milford. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence Ingram and Leonzo Ingram; and two sisters, Thelma Ingram and Charlotte (Ingram) Jackson. She is survived by seven sons, Michael K. Ingram, Brian A. Ingram, Edward Lee Thacker, Paul Rivera, Leonzo Rivera, Luis Rivera and Antonio Rivera; one daughter, Gladys Marie Ross; two sisters, Silvia Norwood and Jenny Ingram; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 2, at Bethel A.M.E. Church Cemetery, Rt. 16 and Country Road, Milton. Arrangements by Lofland Funeral Home, Milford.


William Rivera 1945-1994

William Rivera, 49, of County Seat Gardens, Georgetown, died Wednesday. March 16, 1994 in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, after suffering a heart attack at work.

Mr. Rivera worked at Allen Family Foods, Inc. in Harbeson since 1988. He was born in Puerto Rico and came to the United States and became a citizen.

He is survived by his wife, Virgie Hitchens Rivera; a daughter, Carmen Rivera at home; five step-sons, Edwin Hitchens of Camden, NJ., Dennis Thompson and Lyndon Hitchens, both at home; Gordon Bacon of Lusby, MD and Mark Hitchens of Georgetown; four stepdaughters, Peggy Lares of Milton, Evelyn Harmon of Millsboro, Myra Wright of Camden and Donna Wright of Chesterfield, Michigan; a brother, Luis Cosme of Lincoln; a grandson; 24 step-grandchildren and 10 step great-grandchildren

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 19, at Friendship United Methodist Church near Millsboro with burial in Friendship Cemetery.


Vickie Lynn Rivera 1960-2007
19 Nov 2007

Vickie Lynn Rivera, 47, of Millville, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, in Thomas Jefferson University, after a brief and sudden illness. Her death was unexpected. Vickie was born in Bridgeton on July 14, 1960, to Samuel Rivera and the late Bertha (nee Loatman) Rivera, and had grown up in Hopewell Township.

She attended Hopewell Township School and Cumberland Regional High School. She was employed with Let¹s Do Linens, in Bridgeton, and had previously worked at Hopewell Custard. She loved to play cards, especially poker, with family and friends. She also loved caring for her many houseplants and attending parties where there was music and dancing. She was a devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother, who will be missed by all.

Surviving her, besides her father, Samuel, are her two daughters, Erica L. Rivera, of Millville, and Tiffiney D. Carney, of Fairfield Township; three brothers, Ernest Ronald Cuff and his wife, Caroline, of Hopewell Township, Carlos Antonio "Tony" Rivera and his wife, Myra Jane, of Hopewell Township, Michael Rivera and his wife, Heather, of Fairfield Township; 7 sisters, Sheila Marie Timmons and her husband, Terry, of Harrington, Del., Sharon M. Mosley, of Milford, Del., Gloria "Jeanne" Rivera, of Bridgeton, Maria Ridgway and her husband, David Jr., of Fairfield Township, Carla Jill Pierce and her husband, Michael Clifford Pierce, of Germany, Carmen Rae Moore and her husband, Jeremiah Durham Moore, of Fairfield Township, and Angela Joan Rivera Zera, of Bridgeton; 3 grandchildren, Alexia Willis, Maryah Jones and Ramon Soto; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased, besides her mother, in January, by one sister, Denise Rivera; and one brother, Larry Cuff.

Family and friends are invited to attend funeral services on Friday, Nov. 23, at noon at the SRAY-WEBSTER FUNERAL HOME, 62 Landis Ave., Carll¹s Corner, Upper Deerfield Township. The interment will be in Fernwood Memorial Park, Hopewell Township. Friends may call on Friday morning from 10 to noon at the funeral home prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to the funeral home to help with expenses. Written condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home Web site at

Sarah Emily Pierce Harmon Roberts  1866-1936
Birth: Oct., 1866; Death: Nov. 19, 1936
Daughter of: Thomas Pierce & Mary Elizabeth (Jacobs/James) Pierce
Wife of: 1. George W. Harmon 2. Richard S. Roberts
Contributed by Debbie Pierce via John C. Carter

ROBERTS - In Bridgeton, N.J., on Nov. 19, 1936, Sarah E. Roberts, wife of Richard S. Roberts.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral on Monday afternoon, Nov. 23, 1936, from her late residence, 164 Vine St., Bridgeton, at 2 p.m. Interment in Gouldtown Cemetery. Friends may call


Albert B. Robinson 1913-1997
Contributed by Lorraine Johnson-Gregg 5/19/2000, who says, ”Albert B. Robinson son of John H. Robinson & Isabella H. Driggus, m to Evelyn nee Pierce."

In Memory Of Albert B. Robinson Who Resided At 235 Fairton-Gouldtown Rd., Fairfield Twp., N.J. Date Of Birth October 22, 1913. Date Of Death May 10, 1997. Place And Time Of Services Wednesday May 14, 1997 11:00 a.m. Padgett Funeral Home Bridgeton, N.J. Clergymen Officiating Rev. Francis E. Champion Rev. F. A. Shockley. Interment Fordville Methodist Cemetery Fordville, N.J. Arrangements By Padgett Funeral Home, Bridgeton, New Jersey.



Edna B.Robinson 1922-1943
Birth: 1922; Death: Aug. 24, 1943
Headstone: middle initial J; Obituary middle initial B.
Contributed by Debbie Pierce via John C. Carter

ROBINSON - In Bridgeton, N.J., on Aug. 24, 1943, Edna B. Robinson, wife of John Robinson, aged 21 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral on Friday afternoon, Aug. 27, at 1:30 o'clock from her late residence in Gouldtown. Services at 2 o'clock in Trinity A. M. E. Church. Interment in Gouldtown Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday evening from 7 to 9.

Evelyn Pierce Robinson ~1912-1990
Contributed by Lorraine Johnson-Gregg 5/19/2000

1. Obiruary: Evelyn P. Robinson, 78, of the Fairton-Gouldtown Road, Fairfield Township, died in her home Monday morning. She had been in declining health since January.

Born in Elk Township, she was the daughter of the late Wilbert and Rosella (nee Pierce) Pierce, and was the wife of Albert B. Robinson. A lifetime area resident, she lived at her present address 38 years. Prior to her retirement in 1974, she was a seamstress at the Seibel and Stern Co. for more than 40 years. She was a member of the St. John United Methodist Church in Fordville, she belonged to the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians.

In addition to her husband, surviving are two daughters, Evelyn Louis Pierce, Carol E. Green, both of Fairfield Township; two sisters, Margaret Pierce, Rachel Lee, both of Fairfield Township; two brothers, Wilbert Pierce of Greenwich, Paul Pierce of Bridgeton; four grandchildren, and five great- grandchildren. She was predeceased by four sisters, Clara Pierce, Maryanna Pierce, Ada Sammons, and Maude Gould; two brothers, Clifford Pierce and Earl Pierce.

Services will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. in the St. John United Methodist Church in Fordville, with the Rev. Nyada Clarke, pastor officiating. Interment will be made in the St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery. Friends will be received Friday from noon to 1 p.m. prior to the services in the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Carll-Peterson-Ilacqua Funeral Home, 208 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton.

2. Death Notice: Of the Fairton-Gouldtown Road, Fairfield Twp. N.J., on Monday, May 14, 1990. Evelyn (nee Pierce) Robinson, wife of Albert B. Robinson, mother of Evelyn Louise Pierce and Carol E. Green, aged 78 years. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services with out further notice from the St. John United Methodist Church in Fordville on Friday, May 18 at 1 p.m. Interment will be made in the St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery. Friends may call Friday afternoon from 12 noon to 1 p.m. prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Carll-Peterson- Ilacqua Funeral Home, 208 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton.

George E. 'Skidrow' Robinson Jr. 1925-1999

George E. ''Skidrow'' Robinson Jr. of Cambridge, Md., died Wednesday, April 8, 1999, in Mallard Bay Care Center, Cambridge. He was 73. Mr. Robinson was born June 9, 1925, in Baltimore, the son of the late George E. Robinson Sr. and Maggie Bailey Robinson.

He attended school in Virginia. Mr. Robinson was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946. He worked for Delmarva Power, now Conectiv, in Vienna, Md., and retired. Then, he worked at the Adult Day Care, Cambridge, until his health failed, and he retired from there in December 1998.

Mr. Robinson married Frances Gaines Robinson Dec. 24, 1983; they resided in Cambridge. He joined the church at an early age in Treanville, Va.; then, later, joined Bethel A.M.E. Church in Cambridge. Mr. Robinson was a member of American Legion Post 87, Cambridge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Jackson. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, George E. Robinson III of Baltimore, Jerome E. Tilghman Sr. and Edward Jackson, both of Cambridge; a daughter, Phyllis D. Dickerson of Easton; two stepsons, Lionel Jackson and Melvin Nichols, both of Mardela Springs; a stepdaughter, Sylvia Fisher of Newark, Del.; three daughters-in-law,
Eveline Robinson of Baltimore, Linda Wilson Tilghman of Cambridge and Vinette Jackson of Hastings, N.Y.; a foster daughter, Janice Wilson Westler, and her husband, George Westler; a sister, Dorothy Reed of Matchapongo, Va.; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Waugh United Methodist Church, Cambridge, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Wallace L. Greene Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Beulah. Arrangements by the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Cambridge.


Hattie M. Robinson 1935-2003
19 Jan 2003

Hattie M. Robinson of Dover died of complications of cancer Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, in the University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore. She was 67. Mrs. Robinson was born April 30, 1935, in Middleford, near Seaford, daughter of the late Horace and Susie Carrey Clark.

She worked in the Smyrna area as a professional seamstress for many years and most recently worked as a food demonstrator for Sam's Club in Dover. Mrs. Robinson enjoyed selling Mary Kay products, camping and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Durham. She is survived by her husband, Gene Robinson; two sons, Ronald A. Durham of Smyrna and David Durham of Kenton; a daughter, April Durham of New Castle; two sisters, Doris Williams of Leesburg, Fla., and Erma Jackson of Frederica; five grandchildren, Jeffrey Durham, Brian Wolfe, Ashley Wolfe, Madison Durham and Tiffany Gott; and a great-grandson, Adam.

Services will be noon Wednesday in the Smyrna Wesleyan Church, 433 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Smyrna. Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, PO Box 799044, Dallas TX 75379-9044. Arrangements by Faries Funeral Directors Inc., Smyrna. Letters of condolence may be made at


Hunter Lee Robinson 1998-1999

Hunter Lee Robinson of Seaford died Friday, April 21, 2000, in A. I. DuPont Children's Hospital, near Wilmington. He was nine months.

Hunter was born on July 13, 1999, in Seaford, the son of Michael and Tegra Norwood Robinson of Seaford.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Michael A. Mann of Lewes and Jordan A. Graham, at home; a sister, Porscha M. Robinson of Fredericksburg, Md.; paternal grandparents, Peggy A. Robinson of Ellendale and Leroy C. Robinson of Baltimore; a maternal grandfather, Earl S. Norwood of Millsboro; paternal great-grandmother, Roxie Allen of Ellendale; maternal great-grandmother, Kate L. Jenkins of Dover; and aunts and uncles.

Service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the United Deliverance Bible Center, W. Seventh St., Laurel, where the Rev. Arthur Doakes Jr., whose pastor is Bishop Catherine Camper, will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.


Isabella H. Robinson died 1970
Contributed by Lorraine Johnson-Gregg 5/19/2000, who notes, “Isabella, dau of John Driggus & Eliza J. Thompson, m John Henry Robinson, son of John Clayton Robinson & Pricilla Johnson.”

In Memorium, Isabella H. Robinson. Services Wednesday, October 21, 1970, 1 p.m. Saint John Methodist Church, R.D. 7, Fordville Road, Bridgeton, N.J. Rev. A. A. Berry, Minister.

Isabella H. Driggus Robinson, wife of the late John H. Robinson passed away at the Bridgeton Nursing Home, on Manheim Avenue, Bridgeton, New Jersey, on Saturday morning, October 17. She had been in ill health for about a year.

Born in Camden, Delaware, near Dover, Mrs. Robinson came to this area 44 years ago and resided on Fairton-Gouldtown Road for 39 years. The past two years she resided with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Steward at 119 Burlington Avenue, Bridgeton.

She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Women’s Society of Christian Service and of the Parsonage Aide Committee.

She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Edna Sye of Millville, Mrs. Mary Ridgeway, Mrs. Lillian Reed, and Mrs. Isabella Louise Steward all of Bridgeton; one son, Albert B. Robinson also of Bridgeton; a granddaughter, Mrs. Dorothy Edwards of Millville; eleven other grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, at 1 p m. from the St. John’s United Methodist Church, Fordville. Interment will be in Fordville Memorial Park. Friends may call Tuesday evening at the church from 7 to 9 p. m.

Active Pallbearers: Edward Reed, Robert Reed, John Reed, Manford Ridgeway, Charles Ridgeway, Jeffery Steward. Honorary Pallbearers: Larry Ridgeway, Leslie Pierce, Alphonso L. Grigsby, Anthony Edwards, Arrangements By Lively Funeral Home


Jane H. Robinson ~1922-1998

Jane H. Robinson of Seaford, and formerly of Georgetown, died of a long illness Saturday, May 16, 1998 in her home. She was 76. Mrs. Robinson was born in 1921, in Georgetown. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Robinson was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Georgetown, and she was also a member of the Seaford Senior Center.

She was preceded by her husband, George W. Robinson Jr., in 1975. She is survived by two daughters, Sally R. Carney of Bethany Beach and Mary Jane Hudson of Seaford; six grandsons and seven great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Parsell Funeral Homes, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Doug Albert will officiate. Contributions can be made to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, Georgetown.


Marcella B. Pierce Robinson

Marcella B. Pierce Robinson, 55, of Hancocks Bridge, died Wednesday in The Memorial Hospital of Salem County. The daughter of the late Belle Pierce, she was a homemaker. A native of Bridgeton, she attended Seabrook schools.

Surviving are her husband, Virgil, at home; two daughters, Tina of Hancocks Bridge and Louise of Wilmington, Del; three sons, Virgil of Carneys Point, Joseph of Bruceville, Ind. and Curtis of Hancocks Bridge; two sisters, Arnetta Cox and Darlene Pierce, both of Detroit, Mich; two brothers, Arnold and Casper Pierce, both of Bridgeton; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Monday at Wesley Funeral Home, Burlington Road, Bridgeton. Burial will be in Gouldtown Memorial Cemetery.


Thomas Robinson died 1965
(Note: SSDI lists a Thomas Robinson as follows: THOMAS ROBINSON SSN 180-05-8285 Born 10 Apr 1884 Died Mar 1965 Issued: PA.)

In profound sorrow we announce the death of Thomas Robinson, 1512 7th St., which occurred on Sun., March 21, 1965. Funeral services to be held March 25, 1965, interment Green Lawn Cemetery. Hunt's Funeral Home, 1424 W. Third St., Chester, PA. Very sorrowfully, Rebecca Robinson Carney & Families


Charles M. Rochford Sr. ~1923-1977

Charles M. Rochford Sr., 54, of Chapelcroft, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1977, at Kent General Hospital, Dover, after a short illness. For the past four years he had been employed at the Camden and Dover Post Offices, and prior to that he had been employed at ILC Industries for 20 years.

Mr. Rochford was a member of the Dover Elks Post No. 1903 and the Camden Post VFW which he had served as commander. In World War II he was in the Marine Corps. He was born in New York City and moved to Delaware in 1953.

Survivors are his wife, Cordelia; two daughters, Joan Leist, Magnolia, and Lisa, at home; a son, Charles, Jr.; two stepsons, Norman Carney, Jr., and Gregory Carney, and a step-daughter, Dinita Ridgway, all of Dover; nine brothers, James, John, Joseph, Eugene, Gilbert, Kenneth, Robert, William and Donald, and three sisters, Josephine Rindas, Ann Wright and Marie Knover, all of New York City; and one grandchild.

Services will be Saturday at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Cheswold. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

(Manship listing: ROCHFORD, CHARLES M. 1922-1977 "PFC US MARINE CORPS WW II")


Cordelia Marie Carney Rochford 1931- 2011

Cordelia Marie Carney Rochford of Dover died Tuesday April 19, 2011 at Kent General Hospital. She was 79. She was born September 19, 1931 in Dover, DE to the late Return Carney and Ola E. Beckett Carney.

Mrs. Rochford worked for 10 years at Capitol Cleaners Uniform Rental before working as a Dietary Technician at Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna. She had raced ponies in her early 50's and belonged to the Pony Association of Delaware. Mrs. Rochford enjoyed playing cards and working in her garden but especially spending time with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Charles Rochford in 1977. She is survived by her sons, Norman Carney, Jr. and his wife Patricia of Dover, Gregory Carney and his wife Barbara of Smyrna and Charles Rochford, Jr. "Marty" and his wife Kim of Dover; her daughters, Joan Silberski of Kansas, Dinita Ridgway and her husband Floyd "Perky" of Dover and Lisa Rochford of Newark, DE; her brother, Willis Carney of Dover; her sisters, Mary Etta Carter of Dover, Betty Seeney of Clayton, Shirley Ann Seeney of Dover and Gloria Attix of Dover; her grandchildren, Renee Khiat, Steven Silberski, Erin Carney, Sandi Carney, Jason Carney, Adam Hill, Jackie Pleasonton, Harvey Seeney, Clayton Gilman, Kimberly Gilman, Heather Ridgway, Danielle Ridgway, Joshua Fosmire, Chandler Rochford, Alexandra Rochford, Shannon Rochford, Kristina Rochford, Michelle Shockley and a host of great grandchildren

Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, April 22, 2011 at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, (Rt.10), Dover. Friends may call from 11-1. Interment will be in the Immanuel Union United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cheswold. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice Center, 911 S. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901. Viewing Friday April 22, 2011, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Torbert Funeral Chapels. Funeral Service Friday April 22, 2011, 1:00 PM at Torbert Funeral Chapels. Interment Friday April 22, 2011 at Immanual United Methodist Church and Cemetery.


Claud Russell 1898-1987
Lansing State Journal; Lansing, MI; Wed, May 20-1987, page 2-B.
(A descendant of James & Dena Dea n; Deborix & Sarah Miller; Warner Perkins - all of Delaware)

Claud Russell, age 88, died May 18, 1987 at a local hospital. Mr. Russell was a resident of Lansing since 1928 coming from Detroit. He was a retiree of Oldsmobile after serving 47 years, retiring as a supervisor. He was a graduate of U. of M., builder, writer, gardener, traveler during his younger years, avid Detroit Tigers fan, and lover of pets, birds, cats, dogs.

Surviving are 2 sons, Duane R. and wife JoAnn Russell of Lansing, Bruce A. and wife J ean Russell of Midland; 3 step-daughters, Pat Woodham of Mecosta, Mary Ann Swan son of San Antonio, TX and Marjorie Laity of Lansing; step-son, Dan Weber of Id aho; 19 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Dorothy Miller of Tecum seh and Helen Reddeway and brother, Leslie Russell, both of Ypsilanti. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday in the Tiffany Funeral Home with Rev. R oger Pohl, of Pilgrim Congregational Church, officiating. Interment will be in .St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive their friends Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Fune ral Home.

Note: Claud's first wife was Myrtle (Geisenhaver) Russell, who died in 1994.


Eliza Wilson Clark 1916-1994
September 12, 1916 - August 19, 1994

Eliza Wilson Clark was born to the late Robert Wilson of Cheswold, Delaware, and Mabel Wilson of Ridgely, Maryland. Eliza was the sixth child of a family of thirteen children. On August 19, 1994 Eliza, 77, peacefully departed this life to be with her Lord and Savior.

Eliza Was educated in the public schools of Maryland and New Jersey. She was the devoted wife of the late Russell Clark Sr. of Maryland. From their union came a son, Russell Clark Jr. Eliza was a sweet caring mother and wife. She loved her home and attended church when she was able. She was especially fond of her grandson. Eliza's health began to fail in 1992 and she was not able to attend church or perform her services on the Usher Board because of the health problems. She also could not visit her sister as she would have liked,

Eliza leaves to mourn, one sister, Frances K. Williams of Delair, New Jersey, One brother Ford Wilson of Salem, New Jersey, A son Russell Clark Jr. of Wilmington, Delaware, one grandson, one sister-in law, Mabel Wilson of Salem, New Jersey and a host of family members and friends.

Services held at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Claysville, Salem, New Jersey, Pastor Thomas T. Moon, Officiating. Tunsil Funeral Home, Palmyra and Camden, New Jersey





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