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24 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 17 - January 23, 1997 Obituaries Johnny Earl Eubanks, Sr., Vineland city worker Johnny Earl Eubanks, Sr., age 70, of Dover, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997 of heart failure in Kent General Hospital. Mr. Eubanks retired from the City of Vineland, N.J., with the electric department after 30 years of service. He served eight years in the. U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant in 1953. Following his retirement, he moved to Jones, La., before mov- ing to Delaware four years ago. While in Louisiana, Mr. Eubanks vas a member of Bonita Baptist Church, and a member of the Hol- ly Ridge Boys Gospel Group. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella M. Eubanks, on June 2, 1996. He is survived by five sons, John E., Jr. of Sarasota, Fla., Charles of Columbus, Ga., Staff Sgt. Douglas of Dover, Otis of Milton and Tech. Sgt. James of Dover; a daughter, Patty Eubanks of Vineland, N.J; three sisters, Gail Ott of Millville, N.J.; Dorothy Distazio and Sally Schooley, both of Florida; 16 grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. Services were held at Delaware Veteran Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Bear. Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, Lotus Plaza, 911. S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901. William A. Thompson, AT & T supervisor William A. Thompson, age 73, of Dover, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997 of heart failure at Kent Gen- eral Hospital. Mr. Thompson worked as a su- pervisor with AT & T for 40 years until his retirement in 1980. He was a member and past pres- ident of the Camden-Wyoming Lions Club, a member and past president of the Pioneers Point Bridge Life Member Club, mem- ber and past president of AARP Chapter 721, member and past president of CR Pioneer and CR Life Member Club, Modern Matu- rity Center RSVP, where he vol- unteered with Meals-on-Wheels Program, a member of Whatcoat United Methodist Church, Cam- den and a member of the Men's Thursday Morning Prayer Break- fast, Wyoming. He was preceded in death by a brother, James R., in 1995. He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Iva; three sons, William of Carlisle, Pa., Jer- ry of Newark, and Kenyon of Dover; a sister, Peggy Hudson of Dover; a grandson, Keith E. Thompson of Richmond, Va.; and two granddaughters, Michele Re- nee Thompson and Lauron Nicole Thompson, both of Newark. Services were held at Whatcoat United Methodist Church with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden. Contributions are suggested to Camden-Wyoming Lions Club, W. Reilly Brown Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 246, Camden- Wyoming, DE 19934. Thomas J. Tennefoss, Jr., retired farmer Thomas J. Tennefoss, Jr., age 73, of Greenwood, died Wednes- day, Jan. 8, 1997 of complications of mastocytosis at home. Mr. Tennefoss was a farmer and also worked his own sawmill. He enjoyed his grandchildren, a love for people, birds and playing jokes. He was a member of Tressler Mennonite Church in Greenwood. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sara Troyer Tennefross, in 1954; and by an infant daugh- ter, Mildred Dorothy Tennefoss. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Cora Schrock Tennefoss; six sons, David L. of Shreve, Ohio, James E., Joseph E., and Thomas I. III, all of Greenwood, Stephen H. of Prospect, Va., and Michael L. of Harrington; three daughters, Janice Schrock, Linda Schrock and Cindy Green, all of Greenwood; foster children, Pen- ny Sharp of Greenwood, Chris- tinia Blizzard and Betsy Schnei- der, both of Milford; Randy Wil- Icy of Bridgeville, William Porter of Lewes, Russell Porter of Wash- ington, D.C. and Christopher Porter of Harrington; a brother, James R., of Amelia, Va.; three sisters, Ruth Burgess of Norfolk, Va., Dolly Sehlabach of Green- wood and Pauline Miller of Chesapeake, Va.; 29 grandchil- dren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Tressler Mennonite Church in Greenwood, with burial in the church ceme- tery. Roland W. Carroll, III, retired electrician Roland W. "Rody" Carroll, IH, age 61, of Broadkill Beach, and formerly of Newark, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997 of cancer in Milford Memorial Hospital. Mr. Carroll was an electrician with Union Local 313 I.B.E.W. for 25 years until his retirement in 1990. He was a member of Elks Lodge #2540, a social member of V.F.W. #7447, a charter member of the U.S. Marine Corps Re- serves' 16th Rifle Co., and a Little League Pony coach for five years in Newark. Mr. Carroll is survived by his wife, Joan Parlier Carroll; his mother, Pauline L. Brown, of Claymont; five sons, Daniel W., of Dagsboro, Jeffrey L. of Japan, Kenneth J., of Baltimore, Steven L. of Broadkill Beach, and Roland IV, of Fruitland, Md.; a daughter, Debra J. McGinnis of Milton; four brothers, Dennis Brown, and Ken- neth Brown, both of Wilmington, David Carroll of Baltimore and Jon Carroll of Wilmington; three sisters, Terry Burk of Wilming- ton, Joan Harrington of Texas, and Judy Ward of Claymont; his step-mother, Anges L. Aubrey of Tuscon, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Services were held at Atkins- Lodge Chapel of the Parsell Fu- neral Home, with burial private. Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, Southern DE Chapter, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Charles C. Keiser, electrician Charles C. Keiser, age 71, of rural Frankford, and formerly of Northampton, Pa., died Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997 of heart failure at Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin, Md. Mr. Keiser was a turbine opera- tor and electrician with Universal Atlas Cement Company of Northampton until his retirement. During WorldWar II, he served as a pilot and was a second lieu- tenant with the 2138th Army Air Force Base Unit. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marvel M. Keiser; two sons, Charles C. II, of Northamp- ton and Carvei C. of Frankford; four daughters, Amell R. Lukman of Northampton, Gladys Eilers, Esq. of Pennsylvania, Cindy Keis- er of Millsboro and Crystal Keiser at home; two brothers, Harold of Northampton and Clarence of Weaversville, Pa.; two sisters, Walma Schaller of Catasauqua, Pa. and Fay Sounders of Allen- town, Pa; and seven grandchil- dren. Services and burial were pri- vate. Robert T. Lynch, Acme manager Robert T. Lynch, age 86, of Re- hoboth Beach, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 1997 of cardiopulmonary arrest at Beebe Hospital, Lewes. Mr. Lynch was the store manag- er of the Acme Market in Mid- way. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a life member of V.F.W. Post 7447, Rehoboth Beach. Mr. Lynch was a member of the Rehoboth Beach American Legion Post, a life member and past president of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Depart- ment, where he was a member for over 50 years. He was also a charter member and past president of Dewey Beach Lions Club, where he was a Melvin Jones Fellow and a Ralph Helm Fellow. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edda G. Lynch, in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Em- ma M. Lynch; a daughter, Sally Read of Annapolis, Md.; a sister, Helen Bunting of Angola; a broth- er, Dale Lynch of Milford; a step- son, D. Thomas Mills, of Milton; and two step-daughters, Marijane Copes of Smyrna and Joanne L. Mills of Long Neck; five step- grandchildren; and four step great-grandchildren. Services were held at Atkins- Lodge Chapel, Parsell Funeral Home, with burial in All Saints Cemetery, Angola. Contributions are suggested to the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Gertrude R. Betyeman, volunteer Gertrude R. Betyeman, age 88, of Dover, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1997 at Silver Lake Convalescent & Rehabilitation Center, Dover. Mrs. Betyeman was a member of Holy Cross Church, where she was a past prefect of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality. She was a past president of the Kent General Hospital Junior Board, and had served as Kent County coordina- tor for the Reach to Recovery Pro- gram for the American Cancer So- ciety. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, in 1990. She is survived by a daughter, Karen Nickerson of Dover; two sons, Charles F. of Lewes and Walter R. of Mountainside, N.J.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Dover, with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to Kent County Unit, American Can- cer Society, 625 S. State Street, Dover, DE 19903. Mary Elizabeth T. White, practical nurse Mary Elizabeth White, age 88, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 1997 of heart failure at the home of her family, Alan and Doris Lehman in Rehoboth Beach. Mrs. White was born in Seattle, Wash., and moved to Greenville, Texas as a small child. She worked as a practical nurse at the Ford Clinic in Dallas for 10 years. She and her late husband, Jack Spencer White, owned and operat- ed White's Wholesale Company in Salisbury, Md., for 20 years be- fore moving to Delmar, Md. where they continued the business until Mr. White's death in 1986. Mrs. White then moved to Re- hoboth Beach to be close to her grandchildren. She was active in the Lutheran Church of Our Savior. In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. White is sur- vived by three grandsons, Eddie Adkins of Rehoboth Beach, Jack Adkins of Little Rock, Ark., and Chris Lehman of Rehoboth Beach; a granddaughter, Alysia D'Ambrogi of Lewes; and two great-grandchildren, Spencer and Elizabeth Caroline Adkins of Lit- : tie Rock, Ark. , Services were private. The fam- ily asks that flowers be omitted. The family also sends its thanks for all the prayers and kindness shown by the minister and congre- gation of Lutheran Church of Our Savior. Contributions are suggested to Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 7 Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Mitchell Robert Gannon, retired farmer Mitchell Robert Gannon, age 87, of rural Millsboro, died Sun- day, Jan. 12, 1997 of heart failure at Millsboro Nursing Home. Mr. Gannon was a farmer and a caretaker. He is survived by a son, Mitchell R., Jr.; and a daughter Louise Gannon, both of Long Neck; a sister, Caroline Wheatley of Easton, Md; and five step- grandchildren. Services were held at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services with burial in Conley's Chapel Ceme- tery in Angola. Harold Irvan Trahan, retired foreman Harold Irvan Trahan, age 73, of Lewes, died Monday, Dec. 23, 1996 of respiratory arrest at Beebe Medical Center. Mr. Trahan was a foreman in Mobile Home Manufacturing in Florida. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Trahan is survived by three sons, Arthur L., Harold A., and James A., all of Palmetto, Fla.; three daughters, Beverly Con- traus, of Palmetto, Fla., Theresa Loggie of Naples, Fla. and Diane Smith of Bradenton, Fla.; four sis- ters, Gertrude Gregory, of Liberty, Texas, Beatrice Hymal and Martha Mac Turicchi, both of De- vers, Texas, and Mary Louise Smith of Saraland, Ala.; and a brother, John D. Trahan, Sr.; and a companion, Irene Milford of Lewes. Services and burial were pri- vate. Aloha G. Wheeler, retired bookkeeper Aloha G. Wheeler, age 77, of Millsboro and formerly of Penn- sylvania and Wilmington, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, of car- diopulmonary arrest at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. Mrs. Wheeler graduated from Lemoyne High School in Pennsyl- vania and moved to north Wilm- ington in 1962, retiring to Mills- boro in 1974. She worked as a bookkeeper for Delaware Motor Sales for a num- ber of years and worked at Story Printing Company, retiring in 1974. She was active as a Girl Scout leader in West Fairview, Pa. and was a member of Indian River Power Squadron for 20 years. She was also past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Indian River Yacht Club. Her husband of 54 years, Joshua E. Wheeler, died in 1995. She is survived by a daughter, Kelcia W. Jordan of Millsboro; a sister, Jane Boyd of Dayton, Oh.; and two grandchildren in Middletown. Service and burial will be pri- vate. Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, Southern Di- vision, Suite 107, Georgetown Professional Park, 600 DuPont Hwy., Georgetown DE 19947.