Click the link above for this week's central Sussex obituaries: Johnny William George, Catherine Mae Blizzard Briggs, Frederick Lowndes, Emma I. Long, John H. Davis, Jean Marie Carpenter Lowe, Robert Lloyd Creeden, Sr., Margaret E. 'Elsie' Hastings (nee Schuyler), Cornelius S. Stephens, Robert Alan Reed and Donna J. Pavusa.


Johnny William George began his earthly life on April 24, 1931, in Painter, Virginia to Martha Floyd and Willie George; his eternal life began on Friday, August 22, 2008 at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.

In the early years George had diesel fuel running through his veins for years on end.  His nickname was “Foxxy Brown”, known to all.  He loved to laugh and to make others laugh with his crazy antics.  He enjoyed spending time with his children and his family.

He was a devoted and loyal member of St. John 2nd Baptist Church, 30 plus years, and an active member of the Usher board.  He was also a member of the We Care Truck and Bus Drivers Organization. George was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

George is survived by his  wife of 39 years Annie George; one sister Helen and her husband Linwood Wise of Millsboro; one brother Harry Benny George of Bronx, N.Y.;  his children,  Johnny and his wife Tina Buck Hovington, Daniel and his wife Mary George, Cherlene and her husband Lans Owen, Shelia Fosque, Janet and her husband Walter Hopkins, Chezelle George; his step children, Patsy Drayton, Gerald Davis, Anthony and his wife Althea Davis; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were held Friday, August 29, 2008 at the St. John 2nd Baptist Church, near Millsboro. Pastor Annie Jane Custis officiated the service.

Interment at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. John 2nd Baptist Church, P.O. Box 116, Millsboro, Delaware, 19966.
     Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro. Letters of condolence may be emailed via

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Catherine Mae Blizzard Briggs, 82, of Georgetown passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 24, 2008. 

She was born on January 6, 1926.  She graduated from Milton High School. She enjoyed serving in the Midland Grange and Grace U.M. Church with her husband.
Briggs was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, George Briggs.
She was a devoted mother and homemaker.  Since 2001 she has made her home in Georgetown with her daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Stanley King and their sons, Jared and Justin.  

She is also survived by two sons and their wives, Elmer and Bonnie Briggs and Lewis (II) and Lisa Briggs all of Georgetown; she felt blessed to have eight grandchildren including: Charles, Mark, Michelle, Lewis (III), and Michael Briggs, Jared and Justin King, and Jill Guerrazzi; one of her greatest enjoyments was spending time with Taylor Lynn, Michael Allen, Riley, Lewis (IV), Madison, Logan, Kalee and Kasee her great-grandchildren.  She was looking forward to the birth of Gabriella her next great-grandbaby.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 28, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, Georgetown.

Interment in Union Cemetery, Georgetown.

Contributions may be made to:  Grace U.M. Church, 7 S. King St., Georgetown, DE 19947.

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Frederick Lowndes, of Millsboro, passed away at his home, after a brave struggle with Lung Cancer.

Lowndes retired from Baltimore, Md., Pasco County, Fla, and started his own successful consulting corporation. He also worked for planning in the city of Palm Springs, Ca.
Lowndes loved working in Pasco County and the wonderful people he worked with and friends he would come to know as family. He requested his memorial service to be held in Florida.

He is survived by his life partner of 18 love filled years, Troy Reynolds.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 6 at 4:00 p.m. at Dobies Funeral Home, Congress Blvd, New Port Richey, Fla.

Lowndes will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

We love you Fred.

Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services of Long Neck/Millsboro.

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Emma I. Long, 77, of Frankford, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday August 24, 2008.

She was born in Selbyville daughter of the late, Robert and Minerva (Derrickson) Gray.

Long enjoyed working at the Candy Kitchen in Fenwick Island and most recently Bethany Beach.

She was a member of Blackwater Fellowship Church in Frankford and enjoyed serving others. Emma was also a long time  member of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by a grandson, Roddie Hudson.

She is survived by her loving husband, Orville Long; three daughters, Mary Jane Bennett, Bonnie Lou Hudson, Beverly Irene Sammons; step son, Richard Long;  four grandchildren, Brian Hudson, Lisa Bennett Ashman, John Sammons, Wendy Sammons; five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday August 28 at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services in Frankford.

Burial in Roxana Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in Emma’s memory to the Memorial Fund of Blackwater Fellowship Church, 34478 Roxana Rd, Frankford, DE. 19945.

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John H. Davis, 95, of Whaleyville, Md., passed away on Friday, August 22, 2008 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. 

He was born on November 6, 1912 in Accomack County, Va. to the late John James Davis and Daisy Teagle Davis. 

Davis worked at Salisbury University for many years in the custodial and maintenance department. He was a member of the singing group the “Fruitland Harmonizers” and he hosted a Sunday morning broadcast on WJDY many years ago playing spiritual and gospel music.  Also, he loved gardening, selling and giving away his homegrown fruits and vegetables.

Davis is survived by three daughters, B. Agnes Mumford and husband Preston of Frankford, Jeanette Hilth and husband Leithan of Salisbury, Md., and Joyce Davis of Salisbury; and a host of grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his wife Maude Jones Davis in 1995. Services were held Tuesday, September 2, at the Whaleysville Cemetery, Whaleyville, Md.

Pastor James Johnson officiated the service.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that offerings be made to the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, PO BOX 559, Selbyville, DE 19975 in memory of John Davis. Letters of condolence may be emailed via

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Jean Marie Carpenter Lowe, 46, of Trappe, Md., and formerly of Milton, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, August 23, 2008.

Lowe was born on June 5, 1962 in Milford. Raised on a family farm outside of Milton, Jeannie, as she was affectionately known, graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 1980. She realized her childhood dream of becoming a nurse when she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Salisbury State College in 1985. She was employed at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, before becoming a nursing instructor at Beebe School of Nursing, a position she held from 1986 to 1993. During her tenure at Beebe, she married in 1987 and moved to Easton, Md. Following the birth of her daughter in 1993, she took a sabbatical from nursing education to devote herself as a wife and mother and to her calling as Associate Pastor of Talbot Evangelistic Church in Trappe, Md. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Christian Life College of Theology and earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Wesley College. She was employed at Chesapeake College as an assistant professor of nursing and will be remembered for her compassionate servant’s heart and her love for family.

Her memory will be cherished by her husband of 21 years, Rev. Derwin B. Lowe; her daughter Sarah Elizabeth of Trappe; her parents James and Lina Carpenter of Milton; her sisters Gail Betts and her husband Patrick of Georgetown, Kay Dukes and her husband Jeff of Milton; her brother James Carpenter, Jr. and his wife Tammy of Milton; nephews Allen Betts, Andrew Betts, Aaron Betts, James Carpenter, III, Justin Carpenter, Jeremy Carpenter, and Philip Dukes; and nieces Jessica Carpenter and Katie Dukes.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 30 at Talbot Evangelistic Church, Trappe.

Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sarah E. Lowe Trust Fund, c/o Talbot Evangelistic Church, 6099 Ocean Gateway, Trappe, Md. 21673.

Arrangements are by Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., Easton, Md.

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Robert Lloyd Creeden, Sr. 66, of Greenwood, died Thursday, August 28, 2008 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Creeden was born in Goshen, NY the son of the late Russell and Lucy (DeWitt) Creeden. He joined the U.S. Navy  in 1960 and was an electronics technician serving for 20 years before retiring  in 1980.  After his retiring, Bob and his family bought a farm in Greenwood, where they raised chickens for 10 years. He went to work as a correctional officer for the Delaware Department of Corrections at S.C.I. in Georgetown for 13 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He loved fishing and going out every so often in his boat. Robert loved watching television and was a big trivia buff. He was also an avid reader of westerns and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. He was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Milford.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Margaret J. Creeden; three brothers Russell, Ernest and Donald Creeden; and his brother-in-law Allen Minich.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Marie Creeden;  a son Robert L. Creeden, Jr. and his wife Donna, of Houston; two daughters Peggy Baker of Greenwood and Jessica Baker and her husband Wayne, of Felton; one brother Eugene Creeden and his wife Lillian, of Schenectady, NY; two sisters Julia Kowal and her husband Walter of Pine Island, NY and Lucy Minich, of Seaford; three sisters-in-law Marie Creeden, of Middletown, NY, Gloria Creeden, of Cincinnatus, NY and Lou Ann Creeden, Laurelville, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his three dogs Cricket, Cheeks and Puddles.

Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Milford.

Burial with Military Honors in Milford Community Cemetery, Milford.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to either St. John’s Building Fund, 506 Seabury Avenue, Milford, DE  19963 or to Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Drive, Suite 302, Newark, DE 19713.

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Margaret E. Hastings “Elsie” nee, Schuyler, 82, of Millsboro, passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at home. 

She enjoyed  camping, reading, watching TV, and working crossword puzzles.  She had been a waitress at Doyles Restaurant in Selbyville, for many years. 

Schuyler is preceded in death by her parents Samuel and Margaret A. Stubbs Schuyler; and her husband Granville Hastings who passed away in 1988. 

She is survived by her children, Brenda J. and Richard Kleber of Andover NJ, Patricia A Johnson of Milton, Kenneth E. and Sharon Mulholland of Millsboro, Donald R. and Dee Mulholland of Dagsboro, Barbara J. and Steve Marsh of Seaford, Richard D. and Eileen Mulholland of Milford, Kathy L. and Greg Thompson of Milford; one brother, Paul and Peggy Schuyler of Dover; one sister-in-law, Grace Schuyler of Shenandoah Pa., 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.      Services were Saturday, August 30, 2008 at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.    

Pastor Allen Miller officiated.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Indian River Fire Company, Station 80, 32628 Oak Orchard Rd., Millsboro, Delaware 19966. 

Burial in Millsboro Cemetery Millsboro.

Arrangement by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro. Letters of condolence may be emailed to: Watson  Funeral Home, or

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Cornelius S. Stephens, 78, formerly lived in Philadelphia, and Maryland, before moving to Georgetown, died of a brain tumor at home surrounded by his loving family, Thursday, August 28, 2008.

He retired as a physical education teacher and Greyhound bus driver.  He enjoyed traveling, singing in the choir at Grace United Methodist Church, Georgetown, as well as the Cheerful Notes Glee Club of Georgetown. He enjoyed taking pictures, making posters and cards, as well as creating layouts for his model trains.  He was a member of the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club, Inc. and treasurer of PASR – Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. Mr. Stephens was a U. S. Army Veteran

He is preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius and Emma Lee (Cox) Stephens; one brother , John Ralph Stephens; and one sister, Ersula Stephens Moore.   

He is survived by a loving and devoted wife, Edith  (Williams) Stephens; three daughters, Adell Jenkins, of  Philadelphia, Pa., Ivetta Stephens, of Wilmington, Celeste Harris and her husband Charles of Dover;  a brother Harold Stephens and his wife Mary of Upper Marlboro, Md.; and one brother–in–law, Howard Williams Jr. of Durham, N.C.;  five grandchildren; and  six great-grandchildren; several  nieces , nephews , and cousins and the  family  dog “ Friskey “
A memorial service was held Saturday, August 30, 2008 at Grace United Methodist Church, Georgetown.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church , 7 South King Street, Georgetown, Delaware 19947

Arrangement by Short Funeral Services, Georgetown.

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Donna J. Pavusa, of Georgetown, passed away Thursday August 21, 2008, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.  

She was born in Silver Spring, Md., the daughter of the late Lewis and Dorothy (Griffin) Ball.      She was a Homemaker

She is survived by her companion Kelvin Wyatt  of Georgetown;  two daughters , Debra Ball of Millsboro and Christina Ball, of Ellendale; two brothers, William Deagro of Charlestown, W.V. and Alfred Deagro of Louisiana; two grandchildren, Caleb Ball and Leia Ball .

Funeral services were held Friday, August 29, 2008 in the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, Georgetown. 

Interment in Henlopen Memorial Park , Milton. 

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Robert Alan Reed, 51, formerly of Georgetown passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2008, in Gainesville, Fla. 

He was employed at Atlantic Industrial Optics and R & H Filter in Georgetown, before moving to Florida. 

He was preceded in death by his father Wilmer Reed; and sister Gloria Reed Sterling. 

He is survived by his mother, Kay Reed, two sisters, Linda Sauers and Pat Reed; two nephews Matthew and Jeffrey Sauers, all of Georgetown; also, a dear friend Gloria Haines of Florida.      Services were held in Florida.