Obituaries for the week of May 18
● By J. Chambless
RICHARD E. PRICE, SR.
Richard Earl Price, Sr., died on May 10 at his home in Oxford, surrounded by many loved ones.
Richard ("Rich" "Moose") was born in 1955 in Chester, Pa., to Richard H. Price and Anna L. "Ewart" Price. Rich loved life! He had many different journeys he took. He loved sharing his stories and memories with everyone he ever met. He served in the Army from 1974 to 1977 as a Sergeant. He was honorably discharged twice. He was a lifetime member at Woodlyn Fire Company and Volclane Fire Company. He loved the days he spent working for American Ambulance. Rich's most loved career was driving OTR for Hirshbac. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, driving a truck, playing cards, bingo, and making everyone laugh and smile.
Rich is survived by his wife of 31 years, Shirley M "Reeder" Price, who he loved dearly with all of his heart; six children, Martin L. Lewis and wife Jennifer Lewis of Texas, Theresa A. Reeder and husband Kenneth C Herrera Sr. of Oxford, Samantha M. Price of Oxford, Richard Earl Price Jr of Oxford, George H. Price of Oxford, and Robert Lauer and wife Christina Lauer of New Jersey; 10 grandchildren, Martin L. Lewis Jr., Joshua W. Lewis, Hunter D. Lewis, Kenneth C. Herrera Jr., Genisus M. Herrera, Manuel A. Herrera, Leona M. Warren, Logan X. Murphy, Mathew J. Lauer, and Joseph R. Lauer; one brother, Charles Price; two sisters, Sandy Trosino and Donna Klum; and many other loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles, and many other family and friends.
A funeral was held May 19. Interment was in the New London Presbyterian Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.ruffenachfuneralhome.com.
WOODY SHIRLEY DEINISH
Woody Shirley Deinish, 85, of Kennett Square, formerly of Bozman, Md., and Plandome, N.Y., died peacefully on May 9, with her loving family by her side.
Woody was born in Glen Dale, W.Va., in 1930, and retained an abiding love for West Virginia and for her extended close-knit Hinerman and Fauley families. Her door was always open, and she welcomed and fêted newcomers and old friends alike. She married James Armistead Shirley, Jr., in 1957, and spent 25 happy years in Plandome, N.Y., raising their three children, Jim Shirley III, Margaret Shirley Hein (Rick), and Nancy Shirley Imbalzano (John). After her husband died in 1982, Woody moved to Bozman, Md., and became a dedicated hospice volunteer. In 1986, Woody was again lucky in love, and met the second love of her life, Bob Deinish. They were married in 1988, and spent the next 10 happy years in Maryland. They were both devoted grandparents to their nine grandchildren, Jim IV, Kyle, and Katherine Shirley; Andrew and Robert Imbalzano; William, Elizabeth, and Lauren Hein; and Scott Deinish. In 2004, Woody and Bob moved to Kennett Square.
In addition to her first husband, Woody was predeceased by her beloved sister, Nancy Fauley Mitchell; brother-in-law Lloyd Mitchell; and nephews Bill and Peter Mitchell. She is survived by her loving second husband of 25 years, Bob Deinish; her son, Jim Shirley; and two daughters, Margaret Shirley Hein (Rick) and Nancy Shirley Imbalzano (John); her step-sons Jim Deinish, Gary (Donna) Deinish, and Bruce (Michelle) Deinish; and her nine grandchildren.
Her memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square on June 6 at 1 p.m. (401 N. Union St., Kennett Square). In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations in memory of Woody Shirley Deinish be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 400 East Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380 (www.nvnacc.com). To leave an online condolence, visit www.griecocares.com.
James "JJ" Boyd, 72, of West Grove, died on May 9 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
He was the husband of Rosemarie Morini Boyd, with whom he shared 29 years of marriage. Born in Darby, Pa., he was a son of the late Albert and the late Marie (Booth) Boyd. He served our country in the Army. He was a Pennsylvania State Trooper for over 25 years and most recently Deputy Sheriff in Chester County, retiring in 2004. He was a member of Assumption BVM Church in West Grove. He enjoyed woodworking and was known to build just about anything. He was a model tank enthusiast, which was likely a result of driving them in the Army. He wrote many books based on local history, including Penn Township and Clifton Heights. In recent years, he was the groundskeeper at Penn Township Park.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife, three sons, Kenneth Boyd (Paige) of Downingtown, Jason Boyd (Kristi) of Lancaster, and Vince Zacchei (Sandra) of Glen Mills; one brother, Albert Boyd (Bette) of Aston; one sister, Nancy Tasseff of Rapid City S.D.; and nine grandchildren.
A funeral was held May 19. Inurnment was in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa. Contributions in his memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 East Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
KATHRYN L. ESHELMAN
Kathryn L. Eshelman, 75, of Quarryville, passed away on May 12 at her home.
She was the wife of Gerald Eshelman, with whom she shared 57 years of marriage. Born in Nottingham, she was the daughter of the late Clarence F. and Mary L. Sheer Frick. She was a member of Oxford United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Tracy Groff (Kenneth) of New Providence, Pa.; two brothers, Clarence Robert Coates of Kirkwood and Charles Coates of Rising Sun, Md.; and one sister, Florence Combs. Services were private. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JEAN H. ANDRESS
Jean H. Andress, 94, of Oxford, passed away on May 11 at her home.
She was the wife of the late Spencer L. Andress, with whom she shared 34 years of marriage. Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late John Pennock and Ida DeSilva Holton. She graduated from Oxford High School in 1938. Jean lived in the service of her Lord. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Oxford, where she faithfully shared her musical talent as piano accompanist, organist and Sunday school teacher. She faithfully lifted up others in prayer and through a prolific card ministry. Jean was a member of a local women’s prayer group for nearly 50 years, leaving behind dear friends Connie Winchester and Dorothea Murray. She was a volunteer pianist for the Monday morning service held in the Ware Presbyterian Chapel for its residents. Jean was a volunteer for the Oxford Red Cross blood drives and was a Meals-on-Wheels delivery person. For a number of years, she was employed by Bell Telephone Company as an operator in the Oxford office.
She is survived by two sons, Spencer J. Andress and his wife Jan, and Jay L. Andress and his wife Karen, all of Oxford; nine grandchildren, Dennis L. Walters Jr, Marcia W. Griffith, Lisa Gwen Beideman, Scott J. Andress, Joshua R. Andress, Tyler J. Andress, Jacob S. Andress, Susanna E. Andress and Sandrena Trowers; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by children, Janet H.Walters, Dennis L. Walters Sr., and Jeffrey P. Andress; two brothers, Pennock Holton and Robert Holton; and two sisters, Helen Hasseltine and Edna M. ‘Peg” Holton; and a host of nieces and nephews. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Sue Andress of Smyrna, Del., and Nancy Andress of Oxford.
Funeral services were held May 18. Interment was in Fremont Cemetery in Nottingham.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to First Baptist Church of Oxford, 552 Market Street, Oxford, PA 19363; or the Lighthouse Youth Center, P.O. Box 38, Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
DOROTHY E. NESBITT BULLOCK
Dorothy E. Nesbitt Bullock, 82, of Elkton Md., formerly of West Grove, died on May 15 at Laurelwood Care Center in Elkton.
She was the wife of the late Howard Ulysses Bullock Jr., who died in 2014, and with whom she shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Port Deposit, Md., she was a daughter of the late Howard and the late Violet Krauss Nesbitt. In her earlier years, she loved watching her husband play steel guitar in the band Shorty Nesbitt & The Wranglers. She was a custodian at the University of Delaware for many years. In recent years, she enjoyed singing at the nursing home.
Survivors include one sister, Margaret Devonshire of Maryland, and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on May 20 at the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (200 Rose Hill Rd., West Grove). Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in New London Presbyterian Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Jennersville Church of the Brethren (653 West Baltimore Pike, West Grove, PA 19390). To share a memory with the family, visit www.griecocares.com.
Connie Copeland, 53, of Kennett Square, passed away on May 17 at her residence.
She was the wife of John R. Copeland, with whom she shared 32 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of Richard M. Lau of Wilmington, and the late Gwendolyn Brown Lau. Connie was a dedicated mother and grandmother. She enjoyed being with her family and friends. She was a faithful member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square, and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by one daughter, Lauren Falini and her husband Dave of Kennett Square; one son, John R. Copeland of West Grove; two brothers, Richard Lau of Wilmington, Del., and David Lau and his wife Judy of Wilmington, Del.; one sister, Pamela Rutherford of Ft. Myers, Fla.; her mother-in-law, Eileen Copeland of Wilmington, Del.; and four grandchildren, David, Logan, Vera and Josie. She was predeceased by one sister, Lisa Hamilton.
A memorial service will be held May 23 at 11 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Advent, 401 N. Union St. (Union and Fairthorn streets), Kennett Square. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 201 Crestline Drive, Kennett Square, PA; or to the Delaware Cancer Support Community, 4810 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
JOHN V. REYNOLDS, JR.
John V. Reyholds, Jr., 62, of Avondale, passed away on May 15 at his residence.
Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John V. Reynolds, Sr., and Anne Kennedy Reynolds. He was a self-employed gardener.
He is survived by three brothers, Thomas Reynolds of Anchorage, Ak., Richard Reynolds of Tucson, Ariz., and Stephen Reynolds of Landenberg; three sisters, JoAnne Katrowski of Wilmington, Del., Maureen Alston of Newark, Del., and Karen Wells of Unionville. His service and burial were private. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.