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10/08/2014 01:59AM ● By Lev


Fred L. Boyd, 78, of Houston, Texas, left this world and peacefully entered into God’s glory on March 24 at Conroe Regional Hospital, surrounded by his loving wife, Drusilla and children, Eric and Wendi. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Nottingham Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. A time of visitation will follow at The Post House in Oxford.
Fred was the son of the late Fred and Angie Boyd of Oxford. He grew up on a farm in Oxford, where he nurtured a natural talent for music and sports, and graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1954. Serving in the United States Air Force brought Fred to Lubbock, Texas, where he met his bride of 55 years, Drusilla Hobbs. They moved to Florida, where Fred graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical Institute in 1961 to pursue his passion and career in aviation as a pilot and authorized inspector. He led Methodist Church revivals and welcomed any opportunity to sing in the tenor section of multiple choirs. He especially enjoyed the Clear Lake United Methodist Church Choir. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and champion of anyone who needed extra encouragement in challenging circumstances.
He is survived by his wife, Drusilla; son Eric; daughter and son-in-law Wendi and Bryan Threlkeld; grandchildren Justin, Dillon and Michaela Boyd, Nicholas and Nathan Threlkeld, Megan Fishman; great-grandchildren Harley, Zoey and, Kristopher; sister Yvonne Herr; sister-in-law and husband, Elaine and Nick Fry; nephew Michael Feeney; and niece Karen Feeney.
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CSM Ret. Charles C. “Pigeon” White, 74 of Ocean View, N.J., departed this earthly life on Sept. 25 following a brief illness.

Born in West Grove, he was the oldest of seven children born to the late Charles R. White and Dorothy Porter White. He graduated Avon Grove High School in 1958 and attended Lincoln University prior to joining the United States Army.  During his 30 years in the military, he did two tours in Vietnam, completed officer’s candidate school and was a commissioned officer, retiring as Command Sergeant Major, the highest enlisted rank.  Following his military career, he was employed with Caesars Atlantic City for 18 years.  He was also a Mason and a Shriner.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Peggy; daughters Charlene (Gary) White Williams of Ardmore, Pa., and Angela White of Ocean View, N.J.; his mother; four grandchildren; three sisters; and two brothers. 

Service were held Oct. 3. Interment was in the Union Hill Cemetery, Kennett Square. Visit


Charles H. Taylor, 87, of Nottingham, formerly of Oxford, passed away on Sept. 25 at his home.

He was the husband of Lois Hartman Taylor, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Oxford, he was the son of the late James Lawrence and Olga Hansen Taylor. He  was a graduate of Oxford High School. He was a dairy farmer for half of his working life, and later a mushroom grower. He was also employed as a grower for South Mill Mushroom for 16 years until he retired at 82. He was a birthright member of the Religious Society of Friends, member of Oxford Friends Meeting and Oxford Lodge No. 353 F.&A.M., where he was Grandmaster at the age of 25, Tall Cedars of Lebanon and Oxford Gun Club. He was an avid hunter and trapper from childhood on up. His greatest pleasure was duck hunting and deer hunting. He loved farming and worked very hard all his life.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Dana Melrath and her husband Dennis Melrath; two sons, Wayde L. “Chuck” Taylor, Christopher W. Taylor and his wife Susie Taylor; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Lawrence Taylor, V.M.D.; and a sister, Christine Yaw.

Funeral services were held Oct. 1. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Charles H. Taylor may be made to the Upper Bay Museum, P.O. Box 275, North East, MD 21901. Online condolences may be made at


Raymond H. Ayers, 79, of Exton, formerly of Coatesville, passed away on Oct. 1 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.

He was the husband of Peggy Ann Moulder Ayers, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage. Born in Oxford, he was the son of the late Howard L. and Elsie Chapman Ayers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Germany from 1958 to 1960. He was employed at Lukens Steel for 36 years in the sales department.

He is survived by his wife; one son, David B. Ayers of Parkesburg; two grandchildren, Kayleigh Ayers and Jason Ayers; and the following nieces and nephew -- William A. Ayers, Marcia Powers, Barbara Steel, and Nancy Swope. He was preceded in death by a brother, Willard L. Ayers; and a sister, Edith A. Newell.

A graveside service was held Oct. 6 at the Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Main Line Animal Rescue, 1149 Pike Springs Rd., Phoenixville, PA 19425; or to Central Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Uwchlan Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335. Online condolences may be made at



Marcus Caedmon Armstrong Macaluso passed away on Oct. 3 at 42, just 10 days shy of his birthday. He had suffered a severe heart attack on Sept. 26. It became more complicated with brain damage and the discovery of liver cancer.

He is survived by his parents, Brenda and Tom Macaluso; sister, Maura Macaluso; son, 

Marcus’s life has been filled with adventure and helping others. He became a reiki healer at age 11.
  He hiked not only the entire Appalachian Trail, but much of the West. After the 1992 Rainbow Gathering in Florida, he and others started Everybody’s Kitchen.  They traveled around the country in a bus, feeding the homeless. After reading the “Bhagavad Gita” on a flight to Hawaii, he encountered some Hare Krishnas while hiking on Maui.  They invited him to come to their ashram.  He lived there, cooked for them and planted a kitchen garden. He lived with the Navajo, planted indigenous trees for them, and was adopted as a nephew by the elder.  Marcus did much landscaping and stone work in the area.  He dedicated most of his life in recent years to the loving care of those in need nearby.  Three local AA groups that welcome young people are a legacy of his. Ministry to the infirmed and elderly was also his calling.  Thomas; Thomas’s mother, Jessica Peterson; and many other loved ones.

Please respect the family’s need for privacy --  no phone calls, visits, food or flowers.  They will reach out as needed.  Perform acts of kindness in Marcus’s memory.  A memorial meeting for worship will be held in his honor at 2 p.m. on Oct. 25 at London Grove Friends Meeting (500 W. Street Rd., Kennett Square).  Contributions may be made in Marcus’s name to Kacie’s Cause, 232 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348; and Kennett Area Community Service, P.O. Box 1025, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and share a memory with his family, visit

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