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Obituaries Michael lee Dirks, master electrician Michael Lee Dirks, age 47, of Lockport, N.Y. and formerly of Lewes, died at home of cancer on Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996. Mr. Dirks was born in Lewes, the son of the late Thomas and Lillie Dirks. He was a self-em- ployed master electrician and served with the U.S. Air Force. He was a 1968 graduate of Lewes High School. He is survived by his wife, Louella Dirks of Rehoboth Beach; a son, Donald Dirks of Rehoboth Beach; three daughters, Stacy Dirks and Kimberly Dirks, both of Rehoboth Beach, and Danielle Dirks of Lockport; five brothers, Thomas of Stewart, Va., Hugo of Newark, Pete and Timothy, both of Lewes, and Larry of Harbeson; four sisters, Rena Johnson of Washington State, Clara Ebert of Roanoke, Va., Isabelle Mayfield of Lewes, and June Strohman of Franklin, Oh.; and four grandchil- dren. A memorial service was held at Groome United Methodist Church, Lewes, with burial pri- vate. Arrangements were made by Melson Funeral Services. Marriage Licenses AliceJ. Felsburg, professional cook Alice J. Felsburg age 74, of Millsboro and formerly of Wilm- ington, died of heart failure Satur- day, Sept. 7, 1996, at Millsboro Nursing Homo. The daughter of Clarence Bis- coe and Lucy Gagnon, Mrs. Fels- burg was a cook at Townsend's, Inc. of Millsboro and for the State of Delaware for the Division of the Visually Impaired. She en- joyed playing bingo, She is survived by a son, The Rev. David F. Felsburg of Billeri- ca, Mass.; a daughter, Florence A. Ferris of Millsboro; two brothers, Clarence P. Biscoe and Robert P. Biscoe, both of Wilmington; two sisters, Cora A. Williamson of Bear and Margaret Dickerson of Milton; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck, with burial private. Contri- butions are suggested to American Cancer Society, 228 C, N. DuPont Hwy., Georgetown DE 19947. James c. Townsend Jr., retired builder James Covington Townsend Jr., age 86, of Selbyville, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1996, of complications from an aneurysm in Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. Mr. Townsend, a builder and ar- chitect, co-owned Selbyville Manufacturing Co. for many years. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and a former member of the Selbyville Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Catherine Tpwnsend; a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Sunder- land of Rehoboth Beach; two grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren. Services were held at Salem United Methodist Church, Sel- byville, with burial in Redmen's Cemetery, Selbyville. Contribu- tions are suggested to the window or chapel funds of Salem United Methodist Church, Box 301, Sel- byville, DE 19975. JohnJ. S. Waples, construction worker John "Jacky" Sherrod Waples, age 32, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died of a gunshot wound Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, in Fort Laud- erdale. Mr. Waples worked in construction and attended United Deliverance Bible Center, Laurel. He was preceded in death by his feathers, Michael Waples Sr. and Louis Hitchens Sr. He was sur- vived by a son, John S. Waples Jr. of Fort Lauderdale; a stepdaugh- ter, Sharon Johnson of Suffolk, Va.; his mother, Margo E. Hitchens of Laurel; a sister, Gar- vena U. Hyland of Ellendale; four brothers, Michael "Mickey" Waples Jr. of Laurel, V.O. LePege "Pege" Waples of Milton, Travis "Tony" A. West Sr. of Seaford and Louis "Bruiser" C. Hitchens Jr. of Laurel; paternal grandmoth- ers Beatrice Waples-Guy and Al- berta Hitchens; maternal grand- mothers, Ethel C. Mason and EI- ma Walker; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousin. Services were held at United Deliverance Bible Center, Laurel, with burial in Mount Olive Ceme- tery, Laurel. Arrangements were made by Young's Funeral Home, Seaford. Julia C. Pass, office clerk Julia C. Pass, age 84, of Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Lewes and formerly of Elsmere, died Aug. 28, 1996. Mrs. Pass was an office clerk with Capitol Bakers of Wilming- ton for many years. Her husband, Norman R. Pass, died 30 years ago. She is survived by a son, Charles N. Pass of Danville, Ca.; and one daughter, Elizabeth A. Reardon of Milton. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at St. Jude's Roman Catholic Church, Rt. 1, north of Five Points, Lewes. Contributions are suggested to Casa San Francisco, 127 Broad St., Milton DE 19968. Nelson R. King, retired butcher Nelson Randall King, age 68, of Fox Point, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, of a heart attack in Wilm- ington Hospital. Mr. King, a butcher, worked for Super Fresh Food Market in Wilmington for 30 years, retiring in 1990. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Corinthia Masonic Lodge 20. His CAPE GAZETI, Friday, September 13 - September 19,1996 - 31 wife, Mabel C. King, died in 1993. He is survived by a daughter, Debbi L. Palmer of Wilmington; a brother, J. Clifton King of Georgetown; two sisters, Angela Novotny of Milton and Nancy Willis of New Castle; and one grandson. Services were held at Beeson Memorial Services, Wilmington, with burial in Gracelawn Memori- al Park, Minquadale. Knoulton Brown Jr., auto supply owner Knoulton "Junior" Brown Jr., age 58, of Milton, died of heart failure, Monday, Sept. 9, 1996, at home. Mr. Brown worked for Sherman Heating Oil for the past five years. He owned and operated Brown's Auto Supply Store for many years. He was involved with Wil- son's Auto Auction for 15 years. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 534, Har- rington, and an avid NASCAR fan. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mona Brown; a son and daughter-in-law, Dwayne A. and Pauline Brown of Milton; a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Richard B. Smith of Milton; four brothers, William Sherman, Raymond Brown, Richard Brown and George Brown, all of Milton; two sisters, Diana Holloway of Georgetown and Brenda Gooner of Milton; and two grandchildren. Services were held at Short Fu- neral Services, with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milton. Con- tributions are suggested to Eagles Nest Fellowship Church, Milton. Frank G. Ellis, retired from DuPont Frank George Ellis, age 86, of Seaford and formerly of Laurel, died Friday, Sept. 6, 1996, of pneumonia at Methodist Manor House, Seaford. Mr. Ellis retired in 1971 from the DuPont Company's nylon plant in Seaford after 30 years. He was a member of Seaford and Re- hoboth Beach country clubs, the Laurel Historical Society and Laurel Lions Club. He graduated from Laurel High School in 1931, recognized as the school's best athlete. His wife, Helen Kirk Deputy Ellis, died in 1993. He is survived by a sister-in- law, Mary Ellen Fowler of Hockessin; nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Sept. 13) at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Laurel, with burial private. Contributions are suggested to the Laurel High School Alumni Scholarship Fund, Box 382, Laurel DE 19956. after 28 years. He was a member of the Lewes Church of Christ, the Masonic Lodge and Ionic Lodge for 43 years. He was a life member of the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge, where he was bingo chair- man for 15 years; a mem- ber of VFW SIMPERS Post 7447 Re- hoboth Beach, where he was past commander and quartermaster. He was noted for the pin collec- tion he wore on his hat. He also served in the U.S. Army and 33 years in the National Guard, retir- ing as chief warrant officer in 1974. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary E. Simpers; a son, Buck Simpers of Wilmington; two daughters, Shirley Stewart of Wilmington and Clara Simpers Marra of Newark; a sister, Lera Wolf of Van Nuyes, Calif.; a brother, Reginald Simpers of Rid- ley Park, Pa.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Parsell Funeral Homes and Cre- Brian J. McMullen, Seaford, and Melissa M. Mumford, Viola. Wayne G. Foskey, Hartfield, Va., and Sandra M. Wearn, Hart- field, Va. Antonio P. Espinoza, Blades, and Fondelle V. Bowden, Lewes. Randall L. Butler, Georgetown, and Joi-Ann Schmidt, George- town. Joseph W. Ross Jr., Elkton, Md., and Victoria S. Kirby, Elk- ton, Md. Mark E. Williamson, Seaford, and Rhonda L. Tavolario, Seaford. James D. Short, Bridgeville, and Cora L. Dukes, Frankford. Richard P. McLaughlin, Philadelphia, Pa., and June M. Casper, Bridgeville. David R. Frantz, Harbeson, and Cameron W. Simpers, chemical operator Cameron W. Simpers, age 82, of Rehoboth Beach, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 1996 of lung cancer in Wilmington. Mr. Simpers was a chemical op- erator for the DuPont Company Edgemoor Yard, retiring in 1974 matorium, Lewes, with burial in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton. Contributionsare suggested to Lewes Church of Christ, Rt. 1, Milton DE 19968, or Casa San Francisco, Milton, DE. Emma G. Dampman, Lewes homemaker Emma G. Dampman, age 69, of Lewes, died Friday, Sept. 6, 1996, of cancer at home. Mrs. Dampman was a home- maker who moved to Lewes from Pottstown, Pa., in 1986. Her hus- band, Harry Dampman, died in 1982. She is survived by two daugh- ters, Christine Arters of California and Debra K. Chadwell of Tempe, Az.; a son, Edward D. Dampman of Boyertown, Pa.; two sisters, Betty Lightcap of Lincoln and Beatrice Seregely of North Coventry, Pa.; a brother, Leroy Gehris of Riverview, Fl.; and four grandchildren. Funeral services and burial were private. Arrangements were made by Parsell Funeral Home and Cre- matorium. Contributions are sug- gested to the American Cancer Society, 228-C N. DuPont Hwy., Georgetown DE 19947. Stacey J. Jennings, Harbeson. Randall W. Wagner, Bridgeville, and Noreen O. Mooney, Bridgeville. Barry A. Benton, Milford, and Tara N. Mumford, Milford. Jeffrie L. Smith Jr., Milford, and Kathleen A. Lewis, Milford. Keith A. Hennessy, Milton, and Paula M. Dirks, Milton. Rodney D. Jenkins, Laurel, and Marie A. Custis, Laurel. Gerald D. Riddle, Delmar, and Angela N. Steele, Millsboro. Jessie J. Wright, Seaford, and Nora O. Cooper, Seaford. LeRoy Anstett, Lewes, and EI- ma M. Hooker, Lewes. Stuart N. White, Salisbury, Md., and Susan T. Collins, Salisbury, Md. Kevin C. Craughon, Lewes, and Teresa M. Burns, Lewes. Christopher A. Batdorf, Lebanon, Pa., and Lori A. McMinn, Lebanon, Pa. SILK&SANDS FLORIST I Lewes STARTIlX