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Blanche M. Miller Tankard 1924-2004
12 Mar 2004

Blanche Mae Miller Tankard, 79, ofRehoboth Beach, DE, died after a lengthy illness Monday,  March 1, 2004,  at home, surrounded by her loving family.  Mrs. Tankard was born March 13, 1924 in Reboboth Beach, daughter of the late William  A. and Virginia Long Miller.

She spent her early childhood in Rehoboth Beach and later moved to Wilmington, where she graduated from Howard High School. She returned toRehoboth Beach and started working at an early age at the Avenue Restaurant under the ownership of the Alvin Simpler family.  She was also a baker for several restaurants, in cluding the Gem Restaurant and the Avenue Restaurant. She later became employed at the Rehoboth Colored School No. 200, retiring in 1981 as cafeteria manager after 21 1/2 years of service.  She was a member ofMount Pleasant United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, served as communion stewardess, was on the United Methodist Senior Choir and the United Methodist Women, and served as secretary-treasurer of the building fund under Rev. William T. Wallace

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Henry “Buster” Tankard Jr. in 1957.  She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Walter Harmon ofRehoboth Beach; five nephews. Oliver E. Allen of Dayton, Ohio, Carlton R. Allen and his fiancé Jessica Venzendy of Newark, Johnny L. Allen and his wife Michelle of Wilmington, Steven D. Allen of Smyrna and Orlando B. Allen and his wife Debbie of Oxford, Pa.; five nieces, Mary M. DeShields and her husband Freddie of Camden, N.J., Bernadette A. Allen, Linda A. Ray and her husband William R. Ray III, and Melinda K. and her fiancé, William R. Yeates II, all of Rehoboth Beach, and Sharon D. Allen of Milford; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Albert and Judy Tankard of Milton and James and Amelia Tankard of Millville, N.J.; four sisters-in-law, Virginia T. Parkham of Baltimore, Lillian T. Davis of Cambridge, Md., Janie T. Giddeon of Hill, Md., and Sadie T. Harmon of Exmore, Va.; three grandchildren, Brandon Allen, who was Mom-Mom Blanche’s heart, of Winston-Salem, NC., and Tyra Lee Yeates and William R. Yeates III, both of Rehoboth Beach; two cousins, Henrietta Pierson and Margaret Jones, both of Rehoboth Beach; and many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; cousins and friends.

Services were held at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church,Rehoboth Beach.



Cynthia Norwood-Taylor 1920-2001
17 Aug 2991

Cynthia R. Norwood-Taylor, 80, of Belltown, near Lewes, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001, in Beebe Medical Center.

Mrs. Taylor moved toPhiladelphia were she worked as a librarian for Philadelphia Free Library.  She moved back toDelaware after retiring in 1983.

She was a member ofIsrael United Methodist Church, serving as workshop leader for the United Methodist Women and in the senior choir, on the trustee board and the nominations and personnel committees, as a public relations person and as chairperson of the Church & Society committee. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 10683 and of the Lewes Senior Center, and was aBeebe Medical Center volunteer.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John N. “Johnny” and Brenda Moore of Philadelphia; three grandchildren, Johnny Moore Jr. of New York City, Michelle Gilbert Owens of Philadelphia, and Angelic Edward of Atlanta; six great-grand­children; a sister-in-law, Eva Norwood of Lewes; five nieces, Deborah Y. Norwood and Marian Norwood, both of Dover; Betty J. Street of Milton, Trudy N. Jackson of Millsboro, and Judy Cannon of Lewes; and two nephews, Thomas E. Norwood of Lewes and William V. Street of Milton.

Services were held at Israel United Methodist Church; with burial in Israel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to theIsrael United Methodist Church building fund.


Helen H. Pierce Taylor 1940-2005
29 May 2005

Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape and friends send their condolences to the family of Helen H. Taylor (nee Pierce), daughter of Dorothy May Miller and James H. Pierce, who was born Feb. 22, 1940 in Bridgeton, and departed this life May 3 after an extended illness at the South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Vineland.

Helen worked at the McGuire Air Force Base and the Millville Motor Inn until her retirement. Her early years were spent in Woodbury where she reared her 8 children. Helen was an active member of the Shiloh Baptist Church where she served the Lord in their ministries. She attended church until her last bout with illness and always demonstrated her faith through her kindness towards others.

Helen leaves to cherish her memory: her husband Preston V. Taylor; sons, Charles W. Holloway, Mark A. Pierce, Leo M. Holloway and Van O. Holloway; daughters, Linda E. Pierce, Karen M. Stewart, Pam V. Taylor and Ginger Taylor; 14 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sisters, Jeanette Pierce, Dor-othy Scott, Nellie Pierce Joyce Carter, Elaine Pierce, Sadie Pierce and Carol Fountain; brothers, James Pierce, Herbert Pierce, William Pierce and Leroy Pierce. She was predeceased by her brother, Nathaniel, and two sisters, Mabel Scott and Sarah Pierce and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and church family.

Services were May 7 at Shiloh Baptist Church, Port Norris. Funeral services were conducted by Edwards & Son Funeral Home, Bridgeton.

Marie Edna Taylor 1917-2009
23 Oct 2009

Marie Edna Taylor, 91, of Millsboro, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake,Salisbury, Md. Born in Georgetown, Nov. 22, 1917, she was the daughter of the late John Harmon and Ethel Bell Ricketts Harmon. Her husband, Shelton Taylor Sr. died in 1983. She was a member ofDickerson Chapel AME Church where she served as a missionary, stewardess, layperson and senior choir member. Prior to retiring, she was employed at Collins & Ryan Gas Company, Millsboro Furniture Store, and the Sussex County Board of Education as a bus driver. Mrs. Taylor was also a member of the Order of the Golden Circle 81 PHA.

Loving memories will remain with two sons, Edward (Margaret A.) Taylor ofSomerdale, N.J., and Mervin M. (Herles S.) Taylor of Galloway, NJ.; two daughters, Jean L. Parson of Millsboro and Audrey Jones of Wilmington; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, in -laws and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she has been preceded in death by one son, Shelton Taylor Jr.; two daughters, Blanche Beckett and Catherine Taylor Marshall; three brothers, Floyd Harmon, Joseph Harmon and John Harmon; and five sisters, Mary Catherine Harmon Sammons, Jean Harmon Bundy, Rachel Harmon Coston, Helen Harmon Harrison and Mildred Harmon Cottman.

Mrs. Taylor will lie in state from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday Oct. 23, at Dickerson Chapel AME Church in Millsboro, DE. The funeral service will begin at noon. The Rev. Richard H. Worthy is the officiating pastor. Interment will be in Old Field Cemetery on Route 24 in Millsboro, DE. A ministry of comfort and dignity is being provided by the Lewis N. Watson Funeral Home in Salisbury.


Betty Davis Terry 1930-2011

Betty Davis Terry, 81, a retired elementary school teacher in Prince George's County, died Feb. 21 at her home in Beltsville after an illness of eight years, surrounded by her family.

She was born January 15, 1930 to Grace Wilson Davis and named Bessie Glendora Wilson, but subsequently became known as Betty. She was later adopted by her mother's husband, Wilson Seville Davis..

Betty Glendora Davis was a native of Cheswold, DE, and a 1954 graduate of Antioch College in Ohio. She received a master's degree in education from Wittenberg University in Ohio in 1962. While teaching in Hawaii 1962 to 1964, she met and married Raymond J. Terry, and moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1964. She received a certification in special education from the University of Maryland in 1983.

Mrs. Terry taught at Antioch, Ohio, Elementary School for 7 years; Burns Park Elementary School, Ann Arbor, MI, for 1 year; University Elementary School, Honolulu, HI for 2 years; Thomas Stone Elementary School, Mt. Rainier, MD for 1 year; Holly Park Elementary School Special Ed program, College Park, MD for 1 year; and at Glenarden Woods Elementary School, Glenarden, MD for 12 years before retiring in 1995.

She loved Hawaii and spent the last 6 years of her life reliving her salad days in Honolulu with her husband and son before her deteriorating health forced her to return to Maryland.

Mrs. Terry was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), attending congregations in the Silver Spring MD Stake, and in the Honolulu HI Stake. She taught in the Sunday School and in the young women's program and served as a leader of the women's organization. She, her husband and son, David, served as church missionaries for 2 years and in other missionary capacities.

She was the co-founder of the website, which is an exploration of her mixed-race roots. She was a member of the Lenape tribe of Cheswold, DE.

Her marriage in 1954 to Robert Parker ended in divorce.

Betty was a person possessed of a rare combination of compassion, intellect, honesty, inner and outer beauty and loyalty. She is missed by her survivors: her husband of 47 years, Raymond J. Terry of Beltsville; five children, Elizabeth Terry (Michael Stoler) of Oakland, Calif., William Terry (Laurel) of Cedar Hills, Utah, Frances Meyerson (George) of Columbia, MD, Ellen Holder (Jess) and David Terry, both of Beltsville; an aunt, Mae Collins of near Cheswold, DE; a cousin, Allen Reed of Cheswold; and eight grandchildren, Zachary, Aaron and Seth Terry of Cedar Hills, UT; Thomas and Meghan Phillips of Columbia, MD; Lauren, Abigail and Quinn Reichard of Beltsville, MD.

A memorial service was held at the LDS Church, College Park, MD, Feb. 26, 2011. A memorial web site has been created by her children,

Adam A. Teti ~1977-1999
Contributed by Lorraine Johnson-Gregg 5/19/2000, who notes ‘Jan 20, 1999. Donna Coombs dau of George & Irma Durham Coombs. Irma dau of Norman & Irene Pierce Durham.”

Adam A. Teti, 22, of Fairfield Township died Wednesday at home. Born in Bridgeton, the son of Louis A. “Buddy” Teti of Fairfield, and Donna Coombs Teti of Bridgeton, he was a lifelong area resident, and a 1994 graduate of Bridgeton High School.

He had worked since September 1997 as a communications officer for South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, and had also worked as a member of the Fairfield Ambulance Service. Active in Fairton Fire Co. 1, he was one of its first junior firefighters and was certified as a firefighter in 1994. He was named the fire company’s safety officer in 1994, and became a lieutenant safety officer in 1996. He was promoted to first lieutenant in 1998. He had attended Pearl Street Baptist Church in Bridgeton, and enjoyed golfing and movies.

Also surviving are a sister, Tammy L., of Vineland; a brother, Louis A., of Williamstown, and several nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Ronald L. Dixon will officiate at services at 11 a.m., Saturday at the Freitag Funeral Home, where friends may call after 9 a.m. Burial will be in Fernwood Memorial Park, Hopewell Township. Contributions can be sent to the Fairton Fire Company 1, P.O. Box 66, Fairton, N.J. 08320.

Albert L. Thomas Jr   ~1968-2006
9 Jun 2006

Albert L. Thomas Jr., 38, of Vineland died peacefully Wednesday morning June 7, 2006 at home following an eighteen month illness. The husband of Noelle Thomas (nee Carney), he was born in Bridgeton and was the son of Albert L. Thomas Sr. of Florida and Joyce Ann Thomas of Vineland. He was a 1985 graduate of Cumberland Regional High School and a lifetime area resident.

He attended the Cumberland County Technical Education Center, where he became a licensed electrician and later he earned his Journeyman-Wireman license. Early in his career, he worked several years for Coleman Electric in Pittsgrove and later joined the I.B.E.W. Local 351 in Hammonton where he worked as a union Journeyman for the last six years. Mr. Thomas loved to read and play video games. He enjoyed bowling and competing in the Mixed Social League at Pike Lanes. He was fiercely loyal and devoted to his sons. He was loved and will be deeply missed by his family.

In addition to his wife of eight years and his parents, he is survived by two sons, Lucas Albert Thomas and Connor Liam Thomas both at home, one brother, Michael C. Thomas of Millville, one sister Ann Thomas Moody and her husband Ed of Hopewell Township, nieces and nephews, Blake Horner, Courtnie Moody, Dillon Moody and Quinn Moody and by several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will take place Saturday morning June 10th at 11 o’clock at the Freitag Funeral Home, 137 W. Commerce St., Bridgeton with Pastor Michael Pangburn of the Calvary Bible Church officiating. The interment will take place at Greenwich Baptist Cemetery in Greenwich. Friends will be received Saturday morning at the funeral home between 9 and 11. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Thomas’ memory to Holy Redeemer Hospice, PO Box 250, Runnemede, NJ 08078.

Anna Louise Grinnage Thomas 1903-1995

Anna Louise Grinnage Thomas, 91, of South Hills Convalescent Center, formerly of Clover Hill, died Tuesday, March 28, 1995, in the center. She was born Sept. 28, 1903, in Holbrook, a daughter of the late William and Cassie McHenry Grinnage Clark.

A member of Grace United Methodist Church, she resided most of her life in Clover Hill, where she was a housekeeper for several families.

Survivors include one daughter, Josephine Smith of Charleroi; one granddaughthr, Ruth Ellen Smith; three grandsons, Samuel P. and Clifton E. McGill and William P. Thomas; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Thomas; one son, William Thomas; one daughter, Betty McGill; three sisters, Oliver Elizabeth Posey, Henrietta Johnson and Mildred Ellen Daniels; and three brothers, Alpheus Herman Grinnage, William Henry Grinnage and George (Ted) Grinnage.

Friends will be received in the Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania 15314, phone: (724) 239-2191, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday until 11 am.


Elijah DeSoto Thomas 1887-1977

1.  Death Announcement:  914 S. 17th Street.   I regret to inform you of the passing of my father Elijah D. Thomas on Saturday, October 8, 1977.  Viewing -- Friday evening, October 14, 5 to 8 o’clock at the First African Baptist Church, 16th and Christian Streets.  Funeral Services 8 p.m. Friday at the Church.  Interment, Cheswold, Del.  Sorrowfully, Ralph Thomas.  Robert C. Ivory, Funeral Director, 1210 North 59th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2.  Funeral Program: Service for Elijah DeSoto Thomas, Friday, October 14, 1977, 8:00 p.m.,  First African Baptist Church, 16th and Christian Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rev. Randall E. McCaskill, Pastor.

Elijah DeSoto Thomas, son of the late Lillie and Daniel Thomas, was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on November 2, 1887.

He attended the local public schools in the city of his birth.

He came north to Atlantic City, New Jersey with his father and worked as a bell boy at the Breakers Hotel where he was employed for two years.

At age eighteen, he came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and resided with his cousin. He found employment as a messenger and delivery boy at Detweiler’s Bakery, 1913 Pine Street where he earned twelve dollars weekly.  Being very ambitious he learned the trade under Mr. Detweiler’s instructions end stayed under his employ until Detweiler’s death. Applying for the position of head baker at Thomon’s Bakery, he was challenged to show his ability which he did with the creation of  a unique recipe which later received a patent under Mr. Thomon’s name. This recipe was called ‘The Japanese Sponge Cake” and was the birth of the unique expertise that was his alone.

In 1927 he established his own business at his residence on South Seventeenth Street where he remained in business until his retirement.

On November 12, 1912 the bond of love was sealed in the union of marriage with the late Bessie J. Jackson of Seaford, Delaware. To this union was born one son, Ralph Carter.

Having joined the Old Cherry Street Memorial Church in 1906, he served with Christian dedication until his death on Saturday, October 8, 1977.

He became a member of the Board of Deacons and later became chairman. He served in this capacity for twenty-three years.  With deep love and humble devotion he served on the Benevolent Board and the Usher Board.  He was proud in the knowledge of being Reverend Charles S. Lee’s Water Father.

With his quiet and demur personality he graced all who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Being there whenever he was needed, whether to lighten a burden or give vintaged advice, he kept his cheery smile and pleasant manner even with the onset of his illness that began with a heart attack on Palm Sunday, 1977.

With precious memories,  heavy hearts and a deep gratitude to Our Father for having had him in our midst for so many years, he leaves to mourn one son, Ralph, daughter-in-law, Catherine, two grandchildren, Camille Thomas Butler and Duette Agnes and a multitude of loving friends.


Katherine Emma Newlin Thomas 5/18/2011 

Katherine Emma Newlin Thomas, 82, of Fredericksburg passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011, at her residence.

Katherine was a member of the Nanticoke and Lenni Lenape tribes; she was extremely proud of her Native American heritage. She was a multi-business owner in Philadelphia and was proud to be a sixth-generation native of South Philadelphia. Katherine was the family historian and known as a wonderful cook. She loved family and had a heart of gold, often taking folks in need into her home on a temporary basis. She had a fun and youthful personality and brought joy to all around her. 

She is survived by her two daughters, Camille Butler and Duette "Deedy" Thomas-Herring; and her five grandchildren, Dr. Paris Butler, Briana Gilchrist, Jared Butler, Proteus Herring and Simeon Katherine Herring. 

A service will be held in Cheswold, Del., at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407; or to the American Indian College Fund, 8333 Greenwood Blvd., Denver, Colo. 80221.  Online guest book is at


Ralph Carter Thomas 1914-1995

In Loving Memory of Ralph Carter Thomas: Sunrise April 22, 1914; Sunset December 4, 1995.

Ralph Carter Thomas, son of the late Elijah DeSoto Thomas of Charlottesville, VA and Bessie Jackson Thomas of Seaford, DE was born April 22, 1914 in Philadelphia, PA.

He attended the local schools and was a graduate of Central High School for boys. He was Christened by the late Rev. Dr. Wm. Harrod at the Old Cherry St. Baptist Church and was later Baptized there as well. He was ordained a Deacon and served as vice-chairman of that board.

In 1953 he was joined in marriage with Katherine Newlin. To this union two daughters were born, Camille Butler of Springfield, VA and Duette Thomas-Herring of West Cape May, NJ.

Ralph had a deep love for horses and spent many years working with them in various locations along the east coast. He trained race horses for the late Daniel Kelly, uncle of the late Serene Highness Grace Kelly. Ralph was always a horseman, but having been trained as a baker by his dad, he joined the family business, Thomas’ Bakery in South Philadelphia. The business was subsequently expanded to include a luncheonette and he ran the business with his wife, Katherine.

In 1965 he decided to once again pursue his love of horses and became employed by the mounted police department of the city of Philadelphia as a hostler foreman. He retired in 1983. For over 30 years Ralph vacationed in West Cape May, N.J. and moved there in 1993. This move brought great joy to Ralph as he loved the outdoors and was, at last, free to spend his days planting his garden, enjoying the birds and all the friendly conversations with his West Cape May neighbors and friends.

Ralph was a 32° Mason and a Shriner. He was a member of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians of New Jersey, Inc. He was proud of his native American heritage and embraced all the teachings and beliefs. Ralph was truly a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a man’s man—rough on the outside but so tender and loving on the inside.

He was always willing to help anyone in need; if he could help you out, he would. His sudden illness and rapid demise has shocked many. We wonder what we’ll do without him. How could someone so strong so quickly steal away? He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife Katherine, daughters Camille and Duette, sons-in-law Rickey and Terrell, grandchildren Paris, Briana, Jared, Proteus and Simeon, sister-in-law Clara, Constance and Syrethia, brothers-in-law Feliciano and Clyde and a host of relatives and friends.


Robert Thomas 1911-1999

Robert Thomas of Harrington died of cancer Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 88.  Mr. Thomas was born Jan. 30, 1911, in Easton, Md.

He was a veteran of World War II.  Mr. Thomas worked as a laborer.

He is survived by four sons, Robert Thomas Jr. of New York, Phillip Thomas of Bear, Perry Thomas of Seaford and Charles Thomas of Killeen, Texas; two daughters, Geraldine Thomas of New York and Roberta Shine of Dover; a stepson, William Franklin Mosley of New York; a stepdaughter, Hilda Mosley Flowers of Silver Spring, Md.; a sister, Frances Stanford of Pinetown, Md.; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a devoted family friend, Chris Farrington; and a host of in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins and other loved ones.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Young's Funeral Home, 309 North St., Milford, where friends may call two hours prior to service. Burial will be in Old Hickory Cemetery, Slaughter Neck.  


Rolanda Aquanetta Thomas 1953-1999

Rolanda Aquanetta Thomas of Magnolia died after a lengthy illness Thursday, Nov. 26, 1999, in Christiana Hospital, Newark. Mrs. Thomas was born on March 10, 1953, in Milford, the daughter of the late Roland Ridgeway and Barbara Ridgeway of Dover.

She attended schools in Kent and Sussex counties, graduating from James Grove High School. She possessed a quiet sweet spirit that almost instantly won anyone over who came in contact with her.

Mrs. Thomas was committed to family, and although she had her hands full caring for six children, was always able to offer her help in any way she could. She will be greatly missed by all who came in contact with her, regardless of whether the relationship was short or long.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin "Ben" Thomas, in 1996; and a brother, Cedric Ridgeway, in 1996.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by three daughters, Princess Ridgeway of Woodside, Carol Thomas and Nichole Thomas, both of Dover; three sons, Andre Thomas, Jermaine Thomas and Tremayne Thomas, all of Magnolia; four brothers, Roland Ridgeway of Wilmington, Robert Ridgeway of Bear, William Pennewell and Arthur Pennewell, both of Milford; a sister, Valerie Payton of Camden; seven grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 717 W. Division St., Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service. Burial will be Gibbs Memorial, Woodside.


Alice Marie Thompson ~1936-2002
13 Aug 2002

Alice Marie Thompson, of Dover, Del., went home to be with the Lord on Friday at the Kent General Hospital in Dover where she had been a patient for two weeks. Her death was unexpected. She was 66. Born in Fairfield Township, she was the daughter of the late Jeremiah and Martha Pierce Thompson. She had been a Dover resident for 15 years and prior to that had resided in Fairfield Twp. most of her life.

Before her retirement two years ago, Ms. Thompson had been a teacher at both the Cumberland County Vocational Technical Center and at the Sussex County Vocational School in Delaware and had also been a caregiver to the elderly in her area of residence. She had also formerly owned and operated Alice's Beauty Shop in Fairfield Township. She was a member of the Bridgeton High School Class of 1955, the Lions Club and Modern Maturity Club of Dover and enjoyed crafts, cooking, gardening and traveling.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 20 years, Donald Fisher Sr. She was a devoted mother and leaves to mourn a son, Donald Fisher, Jr. of Fairfield Twp.; five sisters, Roseila Thompson of Bridgeton, Linda Loatman of Hopewell Twp., Flora Fisher, Mary Rice and Irene Hoover all if Fairfield Twp.; two brothers, Jeremiah Thompson, Jr. and Charles Thompson both of Fairfield Twp.; a grandson, Donald Fisher, III of Fairfield Twp. along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services will be held at the Padgett Funeral Home, 1107 State Highway 77, Upper Deerfield Twp., on Wednesday at 11a.m. Burial will be made at Gouldtown Memorial Park in Fairfield Twp. Friends may call on Wednesday morning one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.


Bertha Mae Thompson 1930-2009
5 Dec 2009

Bertha Mae Clark Thompson, 79, of Millsboro, passed aw ay Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at home. Mrs. Thompson was born May 21, 1930, in Millsboro to the late Joseph and Elsie Clark.

She attended school in Lewes and Millsboro. She worked for many years for Mrs. Bertha Lasher of Millsboro. She was a member of the Dickerson Chapel A.M.E. Church in Millsboro where she was a member of the senior choir. She enjoyed watching TV and had a wonderful sense of humor; she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Mrs. Thompson is survived by a daughter, Mildred Harmon and husband George of Lewes; two sons, George Jr. and Bruce Thompson, both of Millsboro; one sister, Mildred Harmon of Millsboro; one brother, Raymond Clark of Chesilhurst, N.J.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, five nieces; and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Thompson; and two sons, Ronnie and Sylvester Thompson. Services were held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Dickerson Chapel A.M.E. Church, south of Millsboro. The Rev. Richard Worthy officiated the service. Interment was at Old Field Church Cemetery near Millsboro.


Eleanor N. Hughes Thompson ~1922-2012
9 Jan 2012

Eleanor N. Hughes Thompson, 90 of Atlanta, Ga., formerly ofBridgeton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

Mrs. Thompson was the daughter of the late John R. Sr., and Ariana (nee Gould) Hughes and the wife of the late Rueben Thompson Sr. She is survived by her son, Rueben Thompson Jr. and his wife, Barbara of Atlanta; one sister, Rachel Green of Fairfield Twp.; one sister-in-law, Margaret Hughes ofDelaware; one grandson; and a number of great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her son, Arthur W. Thompson Sr. and his wife, Rosemary; a grandson Arthur W. Thompson Jr.; and her brother, John R. Hughes Jr.

Family and friends are in vited to attend funeral services on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at 2 p.m. from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses 691 Irving Ave., Bridgeton, NJ. The in terment will take place in Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Hopewell Twp. Friends may call on Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to services at the Hall. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Sray-Webster Funeral Home,

62 Landis Ave., Carll's Corner, Upper Deerfield Twp.


Elsie L.Durham Thompson 1949-2007
8 Oct 2007

Elsie L. Thompson, 58, of Morton, died Oct. 5 in Ridley Park.  Born in Springfield, she attended school in theSpringfield School District. 

Mrs. Thompson was security maneger for BJ’s Wholesale.  She was devoted to her daughter and grandchildren. 

She was the widow of Andre Thompson, who died in 2002. Her father, Addison Durham, her brother, William Durham, and sisters Sally Ferguson and Joan E. Derry, also predeceased her.  Survivors in clude daughter,  Wendy L. Dawson of Crum Lynn; mother, Mary J. Harmon Durham; brothers, Elisha Durham of Las Vegas, Nev.; James Durham of Springfield; John Durham of Cheater; sisters, Rose Mosley of Chichester; Martha Martin of Painesville, Ohio; Barbara Ferguson of Springfield; Eizabeth Jennifer of Upland; and three grandchildren.

Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hunt Irving Funeral Home, 2500 Concord Rd., Chester Township. Burial will be private.  Arrangements by Hunt Irving Funeral Home,Chester Township and Media.  Condolences may be sent to  


Jeremiah Thompson ~1913-1998
(Note: "paper 6/22/98")

1.  Obituary: Jeremiah Thompson, 85, of Bridgeton, died Saturday in South Jersey  Hospital — Bridgeton. Born in Millsboro, Del., the son of the later John and Mary Streets Thompson, he was a longtime resident of Bridgeton.  Prior to retirement 19 years ago, he had been employed for 45 years with the Joseph E. Toye Company.

Surviving  are two sons, Jeremiah J. L. and Charles, both of Bridgeton;  six daughters, Rosella, Flora E. Fischer, Linda Loatman, Mary Rice and Irene Hoover, all of Bridgeton, and Alice of Rehoboth, Del., 24 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren:

He was predeceased by his wife, Martha E.;  a brother, Charles, and three sisters, Sarah, Dorothy Harris,  and Amanda Wynder.  Services will be held at noon Wednesday, from the Padgett Funeral Home, 1107 State Highway 77, Carlls Corner, where friends may call after 11 a.m. Burial will be in Gouldtown Memorial Park, Fairfield Township.

2.  Death Notice: THOMPSON, JEREMIAH of Bridgeton, NJ on Saturday, June 20, 1998. Aged 85 years.  Husband of the late Martha E. Thompson.  Father of Jeremiah J. L. Thompson and Charles Thompson, Rosella P. Thompson, Flora E. Fisher, Alice Thompson, Linda Loatman, Mary Rice and Irene Hoover.

Relatives and friends ore invited to attend the funeral services without further notice from the PADGETT FUNERAL HOME, 1107 STATE HIGHWAY #77 BRIDGETON on Wednesday, June 24th at 12:00 o’clock noon.  Interment will be made at Gouldtown Memorial  Park.  Friends may call on Wednesday morning one hour prior to the Services at the funeral home..


Mildred (Bucky) Green Thompson ~1923-1991/2
Contributed by Lorraine Johnson-Gregg 5/19/2000, who notes, “Nov 92 or 91. Mildred only dau of Isaac James Green & Isabelle Gould Green.”

Mildred (Bucky) Green Thompson, 58, of North Pearl Street, Bridgeton died Thursday at the South Jersey. Hospital System’s Bridgeton Division where she had been a patient for six weeks. She had in failing health for the past three years.

Mrs. Thompson was born in Bridgeton and was the daughter of the late James and Isabelle Gould Green. She had lived at her present address for 18 months and had been a lifetime resident of Bridgeton. She had been employed in the finishing department at Seibel & Stern, Co. for several years.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by a daughter Dawn L. Green of Bridgeton; three sons, Wesley J. Green of West Virginia; John E. Green of Bridgeton and Larry G. Green of Bridgeton; five grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. from the Padgett Funeral Home, Highway 77 in Bridgeton with the Rev. Franklin Stanley, pastor of the Bridgeton . Assembly of God Church, officiating. Friends may call Monday evening after 7 p.m. at the funeral home.


Otis Thompson Sr. 1928-2008
30 Jul 2009

Otis Thompson Sr., 80, of Fairfield Township, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 26, 2009, at South Jersey Healthcare-Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. Otis was born Dec. 15, 1928, in Lunenburg/Charlotte County, Va., to the late James and Marion Thompson.

Otis was an area resident of Bridgeton for 49 years. Otis attended John Wesley United Methodist Church, in Bridgeton, when his health permitted. Mr. Thompson was a dedicated employee for 25 years with National Freight Trucking Inc., of Vineland, N.J., until he retired and opened a self-employed auto and truck repair shop named Otis Thompson and Sons. 

Otis leaves to cherish his memory four sons, Otis Jr. (Mins. Barbara) Thompson, of Vineland, Sylvester Sr. (Barbara) Thompson, of Millville, Duncan and Daniel, of Bridgeton; one daughter, Marilyn (Gerald Sr.) Durham, of Bridgeton; son-in-law, Linwood Mosley Sr., of Deptford; two sisters, Corine Hurt and Mary Helen (Willie) Hicks, of Keysville, Va.; one sister-in-law, Christine Goodwin, of Millville; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; three godsons, Robert, and Eric Cannon, and Bryant Milbourne; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, family and friends. Otis also was preceded by his wife, Lillie Bell Thompson; one daughter, Shirley A. Mosley; four brothers, James, Emmit, John and David; and three sisters, Elizabeth Marshall, Estell Arvin, and Dorothy Lawrence. 

Services will be held at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 90 Baltimore Ave., Bridgeton, on Monday, Aug. 3, at noon. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing from 10 a.m. to noon. Interment will be at the Gouldtown Memorial Cemetery. Written condolences and tributes may be sent via the funeral home Web site Services entrusted to Edwards and Son Funeral Home, Inc., Bridgeton and Salem, N.J.

Sylvester Elwood Thompson Sr. ~1955-2012
10 May 2012

Vineland. Born in Keysville, Va. to the late Otis Thompson Sr. and Lillie B. (Staples) Thompson, he was a Diesel Mechanic for Nardelli Farms, Cedarville, NJ. Sylvester enjoyed fishing, Bar-B-Qs, and spending time with his friends and family.

Sylvester leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 10 years, Barbara Thompson; six sons, Sylvester Thompson Jr., Ivory Bonner, Rodney Allen Butler, Tyrone Butler, Tarvis Bonner, and Aaron Butler; one daughter, Barbara A. Butler; three brothers, Otis Thompson Jr., Duncan Eric Thompson, and Daniel Thompson; one sister, Marilyn A. Durham, 18 grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Sylvester was preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Mosley.

Services will be held Saturday, May 12, at the John Wesley United Methodist Church, 90 Baltimore Ave., Bridgeton, at noon where friends may view one hour prior to services. Interment will be held at the Fordville Cemetery, Fairfield Twp. immediately following services. Friends and family may send condolences to the family through the funeral home's website Services are entrusted to Edwards & Son Funeral Homes, Inc. Bridgeton & Salem, NJ.


Wesley S. Thompson Sr. 1933-2007
27 Sep 2007

Wesley S. Thompson Sr., 74, of Millville, died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning, Sept. 25, 2007, at his home. Born in Cedarville, Lawrence Twp., he was the son of the late Howard Cuff Sr. and Amanda Thompson, and the husband of Joan L. (nee Hayman) Thompson. He had been a resident of Millville for most of his life.

Wesley was formerly employed as a mechanic for the City of Millville until his retirement. He also previously worked in the plumbing and heating field for several area companies including, Bailey Fuel Co., Tirell¹s Plumbing and Heating, and Woodruff Oil Co. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a member of the Nanticoke Lenni Lenape Indian Tribe, of Bridgeton. He enjoyed gardening and loved spending time with his family.

Surviving him besides his wife of 52 years are, his 7 children, Wesley Greene, of Ohio, Gilbert Thompson and his wife, Sherry, of Vineland, Wesley Thompson Jr., of Millville, Jeffrey Thompson and his wife, Kellie, of Vineland, Beverly Steward and her husband, Emerson, of Millville, Linda Mosley and her husband, Oscar, of Felton, Del., and Angela Lopez and her husband, Javier, of Vineland; one brother Howard Cuff Jr. and his wife, Diane, of Stow Creek; 22 grandchildren Gilbert Thompson Jr., Stephanie Steward, Melissa "Lisa" Steward, Emerson Steward Jr., Steven Steward, Daniel Wesley Steward, Jennifer Banks, Wesley Thompson III, Damaso Thompson, Adrianna Mosley, Robert Mosley, Christopher Mosley, Jazmine Mosley, Amanda Mosley, Lisa Burke, Michael Mosley, Karen Stubbs, Javier Lopez Jr., Rebekah Lopez, Anjali Lopez, Jordan Thompson, Seth Thompson; and 8 great-grandchildren. Besides his mother and father, he was predeceased by two sisters, MargariteYoung, and Arlene Clark; and one brother-in-law, Hiram Young.

Family and friends are invited to attend funeral services on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at 1 p.m. from the First Assembly of God Church, 1700 Wheaton Ave., Millville, N.J. The Rev. Gerritt Kenyon, pastor of the church, will officiate. The interment will be at Gouldtown Memorial Park, Fairfield Twp. Friends may call on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m., at the church and again Saturday from noon to 1 p.m., prior to the services. Written condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home Web site at Arrangements are under the direction of the Sray Webster Funeral Home, 62 Landis Ave., at Carll¹s Corner, Upper Deerfield Twp.


Etta Durham Thorpe 1917-1990

1. Church program, contributed by Henrietta Carey Johnson 19 May 2001:  Etta Durham Thorpe, wife of the late James Thorpe and daughter of the late Enoch and Lola Durham was born July 24, 1917 in Kenton, Delaware. She departed this life on Sunday, December 23, 1990 in her home in Queen Manor, Dover, Delaware.

She was educated in the Kenton Schools. After leaving the Kenton area she resided in Dover. On May 10,1941 she was united in Holy Matrimony with James Thorpe, who departed this life on July 16, 1967. Etta was employed by the State of Delaware in the Communication Center. After retiring she became a member of the Foster Grand Parent program until her death. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Cheswold, and sang in the Senior Choir until her health began to fail. Occasionally she would worship with Union Baptist Church, Dover. Etta was easy going and was deeply concerned about the welfare of her children. She has made a wide circle of friends by whom she shall be missed. Her winning smile and personality will be remembered by all who knew her. Some of her favorite hymns were I Don’t Know About Tomorrow, If I Could Help Somebody, and When I See Jesus.

She leaves to cherish loving memories, two sons - Clinton Durham, Cheswold, Delaware; Ronald Thorpe, Dover, Delaware; two daughters, Sandra Stevenson, Felton, Delaware; Ester Brown, Dover, Delaware; one son-in-law Paul A. Brown, Dover, Delaware; two daughter-in-laws, Ardella Durham, Cheswold, Delaware and Mary Thorpe, Dover, Delaware; three sister-in-laws, Gladys Morris, Dover, Delaware; Mamie Thorpe, Atlanta, GA and Thelma Durham, Dover. Delaware; 18 grandchildren. 28 great-grandchildren, and a large number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Home Going Services for Etta Durham Thorpe, Saturday, December 29, 1990, 12:00 noon, Union Baptist Church, Lincoln and Gibbs Drive, Dover, Delaware, Viewing 10:00 a.m. til 12:00 noon, Rev. Yvonne Bronson Officiating, Rev. Dr. William H. Ridgeway, Eulogy Pallbearers: Joseph Morris, Richard Durham, George Mosley, James Mosley Jr., John Tribbett, Aquilla Mosley Flower Bearers: Carolyn Carney, Corrine Fisher, Sherren Mosley, Ruth Harris Professional Service by Minus Funeral Home, 222 North Queen Street, Dover, Delaware 19901
Interment Emmanuel U. M. Cemetery, Cheswold, Delaware

2. Obituary: Funeral services for Etta Durham Thorpe, 73. of Dover, were held Saturday in Union Baptist Church, Dover. Mrs. Thorpe died of an apparent heart attack in Kent General on Sunday, Dec. 23.

Mrs. Thorpe was a retired state employee who had worked for the communications department. She had worked for the Foster Grandparent Program for Retired Senior Citizens for nine years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cheswold and sang in the senior choir.

Her husband, James, died in 1967. She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Stevenson of Felton and Ester Brown of Dover; two sons, Clinton Durham of Cheswold and Ronald of Dover; one brother, Leroy Durham of Dover; 18 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

Interment was in Immanuel Cemetery, Cheswold. Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home.


Clarice V. Jackson Tomasso ~1924-2006
29 Oct 2006

Clarice V. Jackson Tomasso of Cherry Hill, formerly of Millsboro, Del., died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, in Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Stratford Division, Stratford, N.J. She was 82.

Mrs. Tomasso, a Millsboro native, was a loving mother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Tomasso; and a sister, Cathleen Wright. She is survived by a daughter and a son-in-law, Cassandra and Joseph Anlage of Laurel Springs; three sisters, Minverva Street, Joan Martin, and Vera Morris; four brothers, Winfield Jackson, the Rev. Carl Jackson, Isaac Jackson and Emory Jackson, two grandsons and their wives, Charles and Stacey Finney, and Mark and Cindy Rivers; three great-grandchildren, Marissa Rivers, Michael Rivers and Marcus Rivers; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Schetter Funeral Home, 304 W. Route 70, Cherry Hill, where friends may call two hours earlier. Burial will be in Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill.


Carolyn Jackson Treherne   April 27, 1944 - June 22, 2013

26 Jun 2013

Carolyn Jackson Treherne, 69 of BridgetonHopewell Township), passed away peacefully at her home on June 22, 2013 when God called her to Heaven after a brief illness.

Carolyn was the daughter of the late Wilbert and Carolyn (Wells) Jackson. She was a graduate of Bridgeton High School and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from Delaware State University, where she was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She worked for the State of New Jersey as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for over 35 years until her retirement in 2002. During her years working as a counselor, she helped and enabled numerous disabled adults and teens gain employment and further their educational goals, which allowed them to have a much brighter future.

She is survived by her loving daughter Danielle (Dave) Caracciolo, precious grandson Gavin Caracciolo, caring sister Janet (Joyce) Jackson; nephews Maynard (Diedre) Pierce, Brian Johnson and Donald Jackson Jr.; nieces Valerie (Sherwood) Brown and Pamela Jackson. She is also survived by a host of other special relatives and close friends. Carolyn was pre-deceased by her brother Donald Jackson, sisters Betty (Jackson) Pierce and Andrea (A viewing will be held on Saturday, June 29 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Sray-Webster Funeral Home located at 62 Landis Avenue in Bridgeton, NJ, followed by a Private Graveside Service and Interment.


Conrad Tamlin Trent 1926-2012

Conrad "Connie" Tamlin Trent, age 85, of Milford, CT, passed away on January 3, 2012 at the West Haven Veterans Administration Hospital.

Devoted husband of Catherine Panozzo Trent for the past 60 years. He is also survived by his brother Kenneth Trent of NJ and was predeceased by his sisters Norma Harrison and Mila Carpenter.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, son of the late Samuel and Elsa Morgan Trent. Connie was a Captain in the US Army, serving in WWII and the Korean War. After his career in the Army, Connie worked for many companies, whether it was importing and exporting of food and beverages, International Sales, or creating and publishing "The Trent Report", a marketing analysis guide for firms that do business with the U.S. Government. One of his last positions, was as CEO and Chairman of PPE Associates, Inc., a company which offered ground and flight training for corporate flight departments operating jet aircraft. He was also a long time board member at Casewell Cove.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Gabriel's Church, Milford on January 24, 2012 at 11am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Connecticut Chapter, 2075 Silas Dean Hwy, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT. 06067.


Elizabeth 'Libby' Cooper Tribbett 1929-2001

Elizabeth 'Libby' Cooper Tribbett of Dover died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, in her home. She was 72. Mrs. Tribbett was born Feb. 7, 1929, the sixth child of the late Oliver and Anna Mosley Cooper.

She retired from the housekeeping department of Wesley College in 1989.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Joyce, in 1974. She is survived by her children, Thomas III, Theo Braunskill, Bridget Avant, Clarence, Charles, Karen and Bradford; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Services will be noon Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church, Queen Street, Dover, where friends may call one hour earlier. Burial will be in Whatcoat Cemetery. Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home, Dover.


Dorothy Sammons Tudos ~1928-2001

Dorothy Sammons Tudos, 73 of Bridgeton died Tuesday at the home of her sister following a lengthy illness. Born in Fairton, she was the daughter of the late Mabel Carney and John Sammons, and sister of Agnes (Sammons) Greene.

She was employed as a bank teller for over 35 years in Cumberland County banks. After retiring she worked as a volunteer at South Jersey Hospital-Bridgeton.

In addition to her sister she is survived by a daughter, Donna Lindsey, three grandchildren, Daryl, Anthony and Carmen, many great grandchildren, a sister-in-law Terry Sammons, nieces, nephews and friends. Two brothers, Edward and Jack Sammons predeceased her.

Services will be held Friday noon at the Trinity A.M.E. Church in Gouldtown. Interment will be in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Bridgeton. Friends will be received Friday morning one hour prior to the services. Arrangements Edwards and Son Funeral Home, Inc., Bridgeton, N.J.


Lillian Reed Turner 1914-2000

1. Lillian R. Turner of Dover died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, in the Yoder Care Center, Milford. She was 86. Mrs. Turner was born June 24, 1914, in Cheswold, the daughter of the late James Leslie and Mary Esther Reed.

She was a schoolteacher in the Indian River School District, Frankford, and in Baltimore. Mrs. Turner enjoyed sewing and crafts. She was a member of the Busy Bobbins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Bruce Turner, in 1992; a brother, Walter Reed; and two sisters, Edna R. Carney and Virginia Lee Carney. She is survived by three nieces, Betty Ann Carter, Joyce Lucader and Peggy Carney, all of Dover; and several great-great-nieces and nephews.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, Dover, where friends may call at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Immanuel Union United Methodist Church cemetery, Cheswold.

2. Lillian R. Turner 1914-2000
Contributed by Henrietta Carey Johnson 19 May 2001

Funeral Home program: Lillian R. Turner Born June 24, 1914 Died: December 6, 2000 Funeral Service Torbert Funeral Chapel 1145 E. Lebanon Road Dover, Delaware December 9, 2000 10 a.m. Interment Immanuel Union U. M. Church Cemetery Cheswold, Delaware


Naomi L. Turner ~1912-1999

Naomi L. Turner of Chatham, , Mass., on Cape Cod, and formerly of Smyrna, Del., died of respiratory failure Monday, July 26, 1999, at Liberty Commons in Chatham. She was 87.

The former Naomi Louise Bishop was born in Malden, and grew up in Readfield, Maine. She spent much of her life on Cape Cod; in Kennebunkport, Maine; and in upstate New York, Delaware and Florida.

Mrs. Turner, a self-made businesswoman and entrepreneur, was the founder of many candy stores. She started in the candy business in the 1920s with her uncle at Witherell's Candies in West Roxbury. Two years later she moved to Hyannis and opened Cape Cod Candies. She owned and operated Turner's Candies in Provincetown. She began Candy Manor Candy Stores at many locations on Cape Cod, in Delaware, in Kennebunkport and in Florida. She later bought Jimmie's Candies in Dania, Fla. She retired in 1988.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, David T. Johnson of Barnstable and Col. Harrison F. Turner of Dover, Del. She is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, David and Rosemary Johnson of Key Largo, Fla., and Norman ''Butch'' and Bonnie Johnson of Dover; a daughter and son-in-law, Naomi M. Turner and David Veach of Chatham; a sister, Olive Smith of Readfield; five grandchildren and the spouses of two, Eric Johnson and Ann Johnson, both of Merrill, Wis., S. Randall Johnson of Dover, Troy Johnson and Michelle Johnson, both of Milford, Del., Mark Johnson and Dirk Johnson, both of Key Largo, Fla.; and two great-granddaughters, Karli Ann Johnson of Merrill and McKenzie Danielle Johnson of Milford.

Burial will be private in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.  


Beulah Elizabeth Harmon Tyson ~1917-2001

Beulah Elizabeth Harmon Tyson of Smyrna died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2001, in Westminster Village in Dover. She was 88. Mrs. Tyson was born Dec. 18, 1912, daughter of the late Fred and Susie Harmon.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Tyson, on Jan. 22, 1999. She is survived by a stepdaughter, Alice Tyson Worth, and her husband, James; a stepgranddaughter, Patricia Vinson and her husband, Thomas; a stepgrandson, Roddie Tyson, and his wife, Karen; seven stepgrandchildren; a great-grandchild; a cousin, Virginia Hill, and her husband, Leonard Hill; two goddaughters, Diana Brown of Orlando, Fla., and Beulah Hill of Wilmington; and many other cherished and devoted friends and family.

Friends may call 11 a.m. Saturday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover. Graveside services will be noon Saturday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.


Dorothy Upshur ~1916-2002
21 Oct 2002

Dorothy H. Upshur, age 86, of Fairfield Township, died Saturday afternoon at the ManorCare Center in Wilmington, DE. She had been in declining health for the past nine years. Born in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Alphonso & Dora Pierce Hughes, she was the wife of the late Charles G. Upshur. She had been a Fairfield Township resident for the past 46 years coming to the area from Philadelphia.

Before her retirement in 1982, she had been a teacher and guidance counselor with the Philadelphia Public School System for 30 years. Prior to that she had taught school in the Merchantville, N.J. area. Mrs. Upshur was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Bridgeton where she served as a member of the church choir. She was also a member of American Legion Shoemaker Post #95, Bridgeton.

She is survived by a daughter, Judith C. Upshur of New Castle, DE and a brother, J.R. Hughes of Vineland, also several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Alphonso R. Hughes.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10:00am at the Padgett Funeral Home, 1107 State Highway #77, Upper Deerfield Township. Burial will take place at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Cedarville. Friends may call on Wednesday evening from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Mrs. Upshur's memory be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Research, PO Box 1950 Clarksburg, MD 20871. 1940.


Clara Ruth Newlin Valdera ~1927-2003
6 Aug 2003

Clara R. Valdera, of Berwyn, PA, age 76, departed this life on Wed., July 30, 2003, lovingly and peacefully after a lengthy illness at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Leaves to mourn their loss 3 devoted children, Sharon Nelson, Trummell Valdera and Feliciano Valdera, III, one sister Katherine E. Thomas of Cape May, NJ and many other loving relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service in her honor will be held on Sat., Aug. 9 at 12 Noon at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 36 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore, PA. Fellowship and Repast immediately following. Tributes in lieu of flowers to one of the following organizations: American Assoc. of Kidney Patients, 3505 E. Frontage Rd., Suite 315, Tampa, FL 33607; American Diabetes Assoc.-Always and Forever Memorial and Honor Program, attn: ADA Web, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720; or the Unity School of Christianity/Daily Word Memorial, 1901 N.W. Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065. Special thanks to the Nurses and Medical Staff of Bryn Mawr and Paoli Hospitals. Arr. BRUCE R. HAWKINS FUNERAL HOME, 6828 Old York Rd. Published in the.

From John Carter: It is with sadness that I pass along the news of the passing of Clara Ruth Newlin Valdera last Wednesday, July 30th. She was my father's first cousin, and the daughter of Aubrey Raymond Newlin, Sr. and Agnes Letitia Carter Newlin. (Agnes, in turn, was the daughter of Hopewell Umphrey Carter, Sr. and Sarah Catherine Ridgeway Carter). (Aubrey was the son of Robert VanJoy Newlin and Clara Preston Morris Newlin).


Catherine Macey Valdez 1917-1990

Funeral Program: In loving memory of Catherine Valdez, Thursday, January 25, 1990, 7:00 p.m. Cobbs Funeral Home. Friday, January 26, 1990, 1:00 p.m. Immanuel U. M. Church, Cheswold Delaware, Dr. William H. Ridgway, officiating.

Catherine Valdez, wife of the late Eugene Valdez, daughter of the late Harry Macey, Sr. and Fannie Moodie, was born on March 31, 1917 near Smryna, Delaware. She departed this life on Sunday, January 21, 1990 at the age of 72 years in the New York University Hospital after a long illness.

Her early life was spent in Delaware, where she attended the elementary schools. After moving to New York, she continued her education. After finishing her nursing courses, she worked at Bellevue hospital in New York City, as a licensed practical nurse until her retirement in 1982.

She was married to the late Eugene Valdez in 1935. Into this union was born one son and one daughter. In 1962 she and her husband renewed their vows in the Catholic faith and became members of St. Gabriel Parish of East Elmhurst. She remained active in various church activities until her health began to fail.

She was a devoted mother and friend because of her winning smile and pleasant personality. Because of this she will be greatly missed by those who knew her. She has left her foot prints on the sands of time.

She leaves to mourn their loss, one daughter, Kathleen Sanchez, at home; three sons, Gene Valdez, Bronx, N.Y., James Valdez and Charles Valdez, both of Las Vegas, Nevada, one step-daughter, Theresa Anderson, Anchorage, Alaska; 11 grandchildren, one brother, Harry Macey, Wildwood, N.J., her step-father, William Moodie, New York City, N.Y., one brother-in-law, Arthur Valdez, New York City, N.Y., one uncle, Rev. Dr. Wm. Ridgeway, Dover, DE; special mention of a devoted niece and nephew, Charles H. Carey, Dover, DE and Audrey R. Gibson, Dover, DE; other nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Pallbearers: Charles Valdez, George Wade, Charlton Palmer, Walter Ridgway, Gene Valdez III, Alex Gibson. Interment Immanuel U. M. Church Cemetery. Professional services by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover, Delaware.


Robert L. Valentine 1920-2014
15 Aug 2014

Robert L. Valentine, 94, of Bridgeton died on August 9, 2014 at the Cumberland Manor in Hopewell Twp. Born in Bridgeton, and a lifetime Bridgeton resident, he was the husband of the late Ethel Williams Valentine.

Prior to his retirement Mr. Valentine had been employed by Smith and Richards Lumber Co. in Bridgeton for 30 years. He was an active member of the Centerton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses for many years.

He is survived by his son, Perry W. Valentine of Bridgeton his daughter, Beverly Pierce of Fairfield Twp. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert L. Valentine. Jr.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 16th at the Centerton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, 26 Husted Station Rd., Bridgeton at 1 pm. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Padgett Funeral Home, Upper Deerfield Twp. Written condolences can be sent to the family through the funeral home website at


Antonio Vazquez ~1935-2002
16 Jul 2002

Antonio Vazquez, 67, of Deerfield Township, died Monday morning at his home. He had been in failing health for the past three years. Mr. Vazquez was born in Puerto Rico and was the son of the late Francisco Vasquez-Rodriguez and Petrona Ortiz-Rivera. He had lived at his present address for 34 years. and prior to that had resided in Greenwich.

Retired for the past three years, he had formerly been employed as a chef with Venice Maid Foods, Inc. in Vineland, for 34 years. He was a member of Union Local 56 in Pennsauken.

Survivors include: his wife, Isabelle Pierce Vazquez; three daughters, Deborah Inez Chakery, New York City, Antoinette Vazquez and Diane Vazquez, both of Deerfield Township; four sons, Anthony McQuaid, Pittsgrove Township, Manuel Vazquez, Deerfield Township, Matthew Chakery, West Deptford and Malcom Chakery, McAllen, Texas; five sisters; ten brothers; seven grandchildren and one great grandson.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Padgett Funeral Home, 1107 State Highway 77, Upper Deerfield Township. Burial will be in Fernwood Memorial Park, Hopewell Township. Friends will be received Thursday afternoon one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.


Ethel Valentine ~1925-1997
21 Jan 1997
Contributed by Paul Johnson 8 May 2003

Ethel Valentine, 72, of Bridgeton died Friday in the South Jersey Hospital - Bridgeton where she was a patient for five days. She had been in failing health for nine months and seriously ill since her admission to the hospital. Born in Seabrook, daughter of the late William and Reba Williams Gould, the lifetime Bridgeton area resident was a member of the Centerton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Surviving are her husband, Robert; a son Perry of Bridgeton; a daughter Beverly Pierce of Fairfield Township; a brother William Ridgeway of Shiloh; two sisters, Vernetta Murray of Fairfield Township and Dorothy Keen of Bridgeton; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by a son, Robert Valentine.

Services will be 11am Wednesday in the Centerton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, Husted Station Road, Upper Deerfield Township, where friends may call after 10am. Burial will be in the Overlook Cemetery, Bridgeton. Arrangements are by the Padgett Funeral Home, Bridgeton.


Gladys G. Valentine 1905-1995
Contributed by Henrietta Carey Johnson 19 May 2001

Funeral Home program: In Memory Of Gladys G. Valentine Born October 1, 1905 Passed Away August 10, 1995 Aged 89 Years Services Tuesday August 15, 1995 11:00 A.M. Officiating Rev. Howard L. Cassaday Interment East View Cemetery Arrangements By Russell C. Sheppard.

Pauline Pricilla Pierce Gould Valentine
25 August 2004

Pauline Pricilla Gould Valentine (nee Pierce), 88, died Monday afternoon at the Salem County Nursing Home, where she had been a patient for several years. Born in Bridgeton, daughter of the late Armstead and Carrie B. Cuff Pierce, she was the wife of the late Elmer Valentine, who died in 1989. She was also the wife of the late Jerry Gould.

Mrs. Valentine assisted her husband on their family farm. She was also a seamstress for many years in the Vineland area and later became employed by the Lower Alloway Creek Welfare Office for 10 years, retiring in 1990. Mrs. Valentine enjoyed traveling with her late husband and also collected antiques. She was a member of the Harmersville Senior Club.

Surviving are three sisters, Anna Braxton, Oleta Pierce and Eleanor Caesar; and her husband, William, all of Bridgeton; one grandson, Brian Dale Gould; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by one son, Warren Gould; two brothers, Henry A. Sr. and Oscar E. Pierce; one sister, Mary Coward; and a longtime dear friend, Brodie Gould. Mrs. Valentine was a member of the Hancock’s Bridge United Methodist Church, and her pastor, the Rev. Donald Stevens, will conduct the funeral services on Saturday, August 28 at 11 a.m. from the SRAY~WEBSTER FUNERAL HOME, 62 Landis Ave., Carll’s Corner, Upper Deerfield twp., N.J. Interment in Gouldtown Memorial Park, Gouldtown, N.J.

For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Valentine’s memory to the Hancock’s Bridge United Methodist church, Main St., Hancock’s Bridge, N.J 08038.



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