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Obituaries Emory B. Brittingham Emery B. Brittingham, former Lewes magistrate Emery B. Brittingham, 82, of Lewes, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998, at Lewes Convalescent Center. Mr. Brittingham was born on Nov. 4, 1915, in rural Lewes. When he was 4, his family moved to the foot of Pilottown Road and established the dairy business, known as E. B. Brittingham &amp; Son, which became the forerunner of Lewes Dairy, Inc. Following graduation from Lewes High School, Mr. Britting- ham enlisted inthe U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in what was then the territory of Hawaii. He was promoted to sergeant of the headquarters and military police company. While there, he was al- so assigned to guard Amelia Earhart's airplane and was al- lowed to inspect its interior to ac- commodate her planned flight around the world• Except for self-employment as owner-operator of Lewes Restau- rant (known as "Britt's") follow- ing his discharge from the Army, all of Mr. Brittingham's employ- ment, both military and civilian, was devoted to law enforcement. He was chief of the auxiliary to the military police at Fort Miles in Lewes and held a similar position with the DuPont Nylon Plant, Seaford. He was twice recalled to active duty from reserve status, with his last service in the Philip- pines where he was assigned as an investigator in the harbor patrol in Manila. Mr. Brittingham was dis- charged from the Army in 1946 with the rank of operations sergeant• While serving as a commisSion- er of the City of Lewes in 1956, Mr. Brittingham resigned to ac- cept a job with the Lewes Police Department. He was among the initial group of police officers to graduate from the Delaware State Police Academy. As a police lieutenant, Mr. Brit- tingham was instrumental in de- signing new uniforms for the force and in adopting the seal of Lewes, England, as the official lo- go for the department. He became Chief of Police in 1965 and served three years until his appointment as a state magistrate in 1968. He retired from that position in 1983. Mr. Brittingham had an early interest in aeronautics and earned a pilot's license. As a commis- sioned officer in the Civil Air Pa- trol, he used his own small plane for patroland search missions. Skilled in carpentry, he built his own home on Herring Creek and constructed docks and piers. Mr. Brittingham raised ducks at his Herring Creek property and took great delight in feeding them and talking to them when they came with great clatter to his feeding calls. A member of Groome United Methodist Church, Mr. Britting- ham took a pride in his later years in the appearance of the church grounds and in the summer could often be seen cutting the grass us- ing a riding lawn mower with a push mower attached for greater efficiency• He was always more than happy to pause from his work to talk with passersby and explain the contraption that typified the inventiveness he brought to many tasks. Mr. Brittingham enjoyed working and relaxing outdoors. Many people in the Herring Land- ing called him the unofficial may- or because of his paternal attitude toward using his custom-made road scraper to keep the dirt roads of the community smooth. He was a past president and life member of Sussex County Lodge No. 2, Fraternal Order of Police. He was preceded in death by his son, Emery B. III. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Hazel Downs Brittingham; a son, Alan Kim of Lewes; six grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. Services were held at the Atldns-Lodge Chapel, Parsell Fu- neral Homes, Lewes, with burial in Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Lewes• Contributions are suggest- ed to Youth Activities Fund, Lewes Police Department, Lewes, DE 19958. Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crema- torium, Lewes. Audrey B. Holloway, executive secretary Audrey B. Holloway, 74, of Frederica and Rehoboth Beach, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, of heart failure in Washington, D.C., Heart Center. Mrs. Holloway was an execu- tive secretary for years for the Delaware Oilmen's Association. She also worked for many years at the Young Avenue Children's Shop in Rehoboth Beach. She was past president of the Junior Board at Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Jr., on Nov. 11, 1997. She is survived by a son, C.J., of Milford; a daughter, Carol Holloway of Fred erica; and two grandchildren. Services and burial were pri- vate. Contributions are suggested to the American Heart Associa- tion, Box 1977, Dover, DE 19903- 1977. M. Comell Sammons, automotive manager M. Cornell Sammons, 82, of CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 - 23 Smyrna, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, at Kent General Hospital in Dover. Mr. Sammons had been an auto- motive parts manager at Burton's in Georgetown and had worked at Kersey's in Millsboro, retiring several years ago. He was a veter- Continued on page 25 POWER OUTAGE? ICE STORM? ...No Problem! We have a Solar Powered Pellet Stove When the Power Goes Out • ..The AVENT Stays On! SUSSEX STOVE, CO. Jim Seibert, Owner 645-7808 641 Hwy. 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