Obituaries

Franklin D. Bunting Jr., 57

Franklin D. “Frankie” Bunting Jr., 57, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Berlin, Md., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. Bunting was born Jan. 9, 1958, in Lewes to Franklin D. Bunting Sr. and Barbara (Bryant) Bunting.

William Davidson, 78

William Davidson of Blades, Del., 78, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. He was born March 22, 1936, in Dagsboro, Del., to the late Charles Hill Davidson and Margaret Ann Gray Davidson.

John Robert Gunderman Sr., 82

John Robert Gunderman Sr., 82, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Lykens, Pa., passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. He was born in Lykens, Pa., to the late John Frank and Maude Rebecca Woods Gunderman, on July 9, 1932.

Clarence Edward ‘Canky’ Hall Jr.

Clarence Edward “Canky” Hall Jr. departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. He was born Aug. 26, 1945, to the late Clarence Edward Sr. and Anna Bell Baker Hall in Whaleyville, Md.

He was a hard-working man, who served as a line technician at H&H Poultry. He loved listening to music, riding bicycles and playing cards. He was very flirtatious and loved to be around women.

Ernest S. Littleton Sr., 83

Ernest S. Littleton Sr., 83, of Laurel, Del., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

Littleton was born in Willards, Md., on Aug. 28, 1931, to the late Arlie S. and Elsie E. Tyre Littleton.

Michael John Murphy, 68

Michael John Murphy, 68, affectionately known as “Murph,” a former Marine, Baltimore City police officer, business and restaurant owner, and much-loved bartender, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in his residence at Mallard Lakes, Del. He was born to William and May Murphy in Baltimore, Md.

George M. Ritchie, 90

George M. Ritchie, 90, of Millville, Del., passed away peacefully at his home Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Ritchie was born Dec. 9, 1924, in Concord, N.C., to Turner Ritchie and Rachel (White) Ritchie.

Edward C. ‘Eddie’ Creadick, 84

Edward C. “Eddie” Creadick, 84, of Lewes, Del., passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Brandywine Assisted Living in Rehoboth Beach, Del. He was born in Lewes on April 15, 1930, son of the late Harold Creadick and Elizabeth (Phillips) Creadick.

Laura B. Hickman, 99

Laura B. Hickman, 99, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015.

Hickman was born Aug. 31, 1915, in Dagsboro, to the late Herbert Chamberlain and Mary Ann Steele Chamberlain.

Virgil Monroe ‘Pluck’ Clark

Virgil Monroe Clark, known to so many by his nickname, “Pluck,” more than his given name, passed away gently, surrounded by his loving family, on Valentine’s Day 2015, with his loving wife of 47 years, Mayola, at his side.

Halton J. Murray, 89

Halton J. Murray, 89, of Selbyville, Del., died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. He was born in Bishopville, Md., son of the late James F. Murray and Lila E. (Hudson) Murray.

Ruth R. Rayne, 67

Ruth R. Rayne, 67, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, with her family by her side. She was born Sept. 7, 1947, in Williamsville, Del., to the late Harrison Smith and Sarah Holland Smith.

John F. ‘Bud’ Sheridan Jr., 89

John F. “Bud” Sheridan Jr., 89, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Baltimore City, Baltimore and Carroll County, Md., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. He was born Sept. 25, 1925, in Baltimore, Md., to the late John F. Sheridan Sr. and Goreita E. Justice Sheridan.

James Stillman, 103

James “Jimmy” Stillman, 103, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown, Del., the son of the late Morris and Rose Panchnski Stillman of New York City.

Giselle ‘Mimi’ Wilkes Verlaque, 85

Giselle “Mimi” Wilkes Verlaque, 85, formerly of Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island, Del., died at home on Sunday Jan. 25, 2015. Born Sept. 4, 1929, in Reading, Pa., Verlaque was one of five children of Gilbert and Rose Wilkes and took pride in being a member of the Wilkes family, a seminal name in American history.

Joseph Willis Sr., 96

Joseph Willis Sr., 96, formerly of Canton, Md., died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Dagsboro, Del.

A retired Bethlehem Steel worker and World War II veteran, devoted husband of the late Thelma (Rose) Willis, Willis enjoyed time spent outdoors with pets and gardening and remained an avid poker player.

Davis B. Bartlett, 83

Davis B. Bartlett, 83, of Millsboro, Del., died at home on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. He was born in Smyrna, Del, son of the late Davis L. Bartlett and Izella Bradley Bartlett of Smryna.

Jeanette M. Brittingham, 53

Jeanette M. Brittingham, 53, of Georgetown, Del., passed away Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. She was born Nov. 29, 1961, in Ft. Knox, Ky., daughter of the late Merrill A. Rogers and Elfriede (Schmolka) Rogers.

Joyce Howard Black, 85

Joyce Howard Black, 85, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Savage, Md., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Black was born Aug. 25, 1929, in Clifton Forge, Va., to the late Robert G. Howard and Virginia Young Howard.

William C. ‘Willy’ Cannon, 57

William C. “Willy” Cannon, 57, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of New Castle, Del., passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, after a five-year battle with ALS.

Audrey E. Cooper, 96

Audrey E. Cooper, 96, of Williamsville, Del., died on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md.

Mary Ann DeMent, 72

Mary Ann DeMent, 72, of Frankford, Del., formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. She was born on April 18, 1942, in Washington, D.C., daughter of the late Joseph Benvenuto and Louise (Sapienza) Benvenuto. She retired from work a secretary with the Physics Department at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

William A. Farrow Sr., 81

William A. Farrow Sr., 81, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.

A memorial service was to be held Feb. 10, 2015, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro, Del. Interment was to be private. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

Daniel E. Freed, 68

Daniel E. “Dan” Freed, 68, of Ocean Pines, Md., joined Jesus in Heaven on Feb. 5, 2015. He passed away peacefully, with his wife, Gail, at his side. Freed fought a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer for a year and five months.

Frankie A. George, 47

Frankie A. George, 47, of Millsboro, Del., passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 1, 2015, at Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital. He was born April 18, 1967, in Dover, Del., to the late Robert and Virginia Perkins Thorn.

Willie F. Harper, 93

Willie F. “Lawn Mower Man” Harper, 93, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2105.

Harper retired from Melvin Joseph Construction, where he worked as a machinery operator. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II.

Marion Louise (Rand) Hatch, 75

Marion Louise (Rand) Hatch, 75, of Lewes, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 7, 1939, in Bangor, Maine, daughter of the late Francis Rand and Eleanor (McAlpine) Rand.

Brenda A. Horton, 65

Brenda A. Horton, 65, of Selbyville, Del., passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at her home. She was born in Selbyville on May 30, 1949, daughter of Henry M. Robbins Jr. and Hilda M. (Littleton) Robbins.

Horton was an avid reader and enjoyed going to the slots. She will be forever remembered as a loving daughter, mother, grandmother and sister.

Horace Johnson, 81

Horace Johnson, 81, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at the Delaware Hospice Center. He was born March 11, 1933, in Selbyville, Del., to the late Annanias David and Dollie Lynch Johnson.

Charles Johnston, 77

Charles Johnston, 77, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.

Johnston was born Jan. 7, 1938, in Beaver Falls, Pa., to the late Earl R. and Hallie Radcliffe Johnston.

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