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26 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 Obituaries Continued from page 25 Walter H. Gray, operated Gray's Grocery Walter H. Gray, 76, of Re- hoboth Beach, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, of cancer at home. Mr, Gray was a sales and service- man for HVAC in Re- hoboth Beach. Prior to that, he and his wife owned and operated GRAY Gray's Gro- cery on Bayard Avenue in Re- hoboth Beach from 1945 to 1960. Mr. Gray served in the 261st Division of the U.S. Army from 1939 to 1945. He was a member of Jefferson Lodge 15 in Lewes, a member of VF3V Post 4774 in Re- hoboth Beach, and past Noble Grand Odd Fellows, Oceanview. He was a member of Westmin- ster Presbyterian Church, Re- hoboth Beach. He is survived by his wife, Thelma; a son, Ronald of Bear; two grandsons, Ronnie and Ryan of Bear, a granddaughter, Dawn Gray of Bear; and a great-grand- daughter, Jennifer Gray, of Bear. Services were held in the Atkins-Lodge Chapel of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes, with burial in Oceanview Presbyterian Cemetery, Ocean- view. Arrangements by Parsell Funer- al Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. Charles John Burke, former police captain Charles John Burke, 58, of Wilmington, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at home. Mr. Burke joined the Wilming- ton Police Department in 1966, and was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the detective division. He was named lieutenant in 1978, and was promoted to captain of detectives in 1982. After retiring in 1985, Mr. Burke, a graduate of the FBI Academy and a U.S. Navy veter- an, became a special investigator for the state Attorney General's office and the state Department of Correction. In 1989, he estab- lished Burke's Investigation Ser- vices. He is survived by his wife, Martha Jane Donovan-Burke; a son, Patrick of Wilmington; four daughters, Betty Novack, Christi- na Hynson and Mary Godwin, all of Newark, and Karl Lemaire of Rehoboth Beach; a brother, Larry Conte of Lancaster, Pa.; three sis- ters, Elizabeth Ann Burke of Philadelphia, Joann Mantegna of West Chester, Pa., and Toni Hughes of Las Vegas; and eight grandchildren. Services were held at McCrery Memorial Chapel, Marshallton, with burial in All Saints Ceme- tery, Wilmington. Contributions are suggested to Ronald McDono aid House of Delaware, Wilming- ton, DE 19803, or Children's Beach House, Lewes, DE 19958. William N. Legates Sr., truck driver .William N. Legates Sr., 82, of Milton, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at home. Mr. Legates was a track driver for several years for King Cole Canning Co., retiring in 1978. He also was a truck driver for Car- penter Farms. He was a member of Grace Church, Milton, and en- joyed hunting and gardening. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by a son, William N. Jr., in 1972. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anna; a daughter, Elizabeth L. Pepper of Gravel Hill; two sons, Clement S. "Clem" and John W., both of Milton; two sisters, Thelma Marvel of Camden- Wyoming and Bessie Watson of Philadelphia; three brothers, Harley E. of Feasterville, Pa., and John E. and Harry, both of Vanri- co, Fla.; five grandchildren, Shelly Brown of Huntington, Pa., David Legates of Lewes, Kim Beard of Seaford, Thomas Pepper III of Milton and William N. Pep- per of Georgetown; and five great-grandchildren. Services were held in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, Milton, with burial in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton. Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice Inc., 600 N. Du Pont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947. Harold R. Beeson Sr., horticulturist Harold Richard Beeson Sr., 77, of New Castle, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, in Arbors at New Castle. Mr. Beeson, a self-employed .horticulturist, owned Beeson Green Forest Nursery in Townsend for six years. He is sur- vived by his wife, Regina Taylor Beeson; two sons, Harold Jr. of Bear and Robert of Dunkirk, Md.; two daughters, Pamela Whary of New Castle and Sally Reed of Re- hoboth Beach; a sister, Lillian Treut of Newark; a brother, Roland of Wilmington; and 10 grandchildren. Services were held at New Cas- tle United Methodist Church, New Castle, with burial in Gracelawn Memorial Park, Minquadale. Con- tributions are suggested to New Castle United Methodist Church, 510 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720 or Alzheimer's Associa- tion, Wilmington, DE 19801. ltilda R. Hennicke, Beebe auxiliary member Hilda R. Hennicke, 85, of Clay- mont, formerly of Aston, Pa., and Lewes, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, in Wilmington Hospital. Mrs. Hennicke was a homemak- er. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Mil- ford. Mrs. Hennicke lived in Lewes for about 20 years, moving to Claymont in 1996. She served on Beebe Hospital Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest P., in 1983. She is survived by six daugh- ters, Hilda M. Scarborough of Chincoteague, Va., Barbara A. Bartholomew of Lancaster, Pa., Elinor Umbrecht of Chester, Pa., Janet Martin of Trainer, Pa., Gin- ger Conard of Milford, and Mar- cia L. Spirk of Collingdale, Pa.; a son, Paul D. of Valrico, Fla.; a brother, Douglas M. Robins of Media, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held at Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton. Contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association, Delaware chapter, 625. S. State St., Dover, DE 19901. Elizabeth J. Gable, J.C. Penny Co. secretary Elizabeth J. Gable, 78, of Long Neck and formerly of Norristown, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, of heart failure at home. Mrs. Gable was a retired secre- tary for J.C. Penny Co., in King of Prussia, Pa. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Oaks, Pa., a member of the Histor- ical Society in Trappe, Pa., and a member of the Order of the East- em Star in Norristown and later of Chapter 9 in Georgetown. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert H., in 1996. She is surviVed by a son, Calvin U. of New Castle; a daughter, Janet Gable of Norristown; and a grandson. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m., from the Chapel of Melson Funeral Ser- vices, Long Neck. Burial will be private. Contributions are sug- gested to local chapters of the Or- . der of the Eastern Star. Elizabeth M. Barr, homemaker Elizabeth M. Barr, 84, died Monday, Jan. 26, 1998, at her res- idence in Luther Towers I, Wilm- ington. Mrs: Barr, a homemaker, was a member of the Church of Sts. An- drews and Matthew, Wilmington. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony G., in 1984. She is survived by a son, Richard J. of Wilmington; a daughter, Mary Ann Barr of Wilmington; a brother, Walter Slavin of Rehoboth Beach; five grandchildren; and a great-grand- daughter. Service was Thursday, Jan. 29, at the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, Minquadale, with burialin the adjoining memorial park. Contributions are suggested to Andrew's Place, Church of Sts. Andrew and Matthew, Wilming- ton, DE 19801. Rex A. Dickerson, Served in National Guard Rex A. Dickerson, 38, of Fayet- teville, Ark., died Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998, at Fort Chaffee, Fort Smith. Mr. Dickerson served in the Arkansas National Guard. He is survived by his wife, Tamara L. Hendrix Dickerson; two daughters, Johnelle McNeil- Dickerson at home and Michelle Dickerson of Laurel; his father and stepmother, Ralph and Sharon Dickerson of Milford; and a sister, Reina Dickerson of Milton. Graveside service with military honors was held Jan. 29, at the National Cemetery, Fayetteville. 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