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Obituaries for the week of May 23

05/24/2016 09:54AM ● By J. Chambless

ROBERT M. STEWART, SR.

Robert McIntire Stewart, Sr., 83, of Oxford, passed away on May 15 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Born in Oxford, he was the son of the late Norman and Elizabeth Jamison Stewart. Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He was employed with the U.S. Postal Service in Oxford as a mail carrier, and retired in 1991 after 32 years of service. He was a member of Nottingham Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the American Legion No. 535 in Oxford, Union Fire Co. No. 1 in Oxford, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 2666 in Oxford, and past Sachem of the Ocklokonee Tribe No. 212 I.O.R.M. in Oxford. Robert enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his son, Robert M. Stewart, Jr. (Regina) of Oxford; daughter, Sandra Poole of Oxford; three grandchildren, Megan Elizabeth Stewart, and Amanda Lee Poole and Jessica Lynn Stewart; sister, Barbara Benson of Oxford; and his former wife, Helen Donache Stewart.

Funeral services were held May 19. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to American Legion Roy W. Gibson Post 535, PO Box 569, Nottingham, PA 19362. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

JAMES W. HAMPTON

James W. Hampton, 75, of Oxford, passed away on May 16 at Seasons Hospice in Christiana Hospital.

He was the husband of Linda Roberts Hampton, with whom he shared 14 years of marriage. Born in Shouns, Tenn., he was the son of the late James W. Hampton and Ada Plummer Hampton. James worked in the maintenance department at General Motors in Wilmington, Del., for over 30 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of the UAW Local No. 435. He was a nature lover, and enjoyed fishing, playing horseshoes, and being with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Donna Hampton of Windsor, Pa., Lenna M. Pierson and her husband Mark of Landenberg, and Crystal Alexander and her husband Tim of West Grove; two brothers, W. James Hampton of Mountain City, Tenn., and Diesel Hampton of West Jefferson, N.C.; 12 grandchildren, Jeremy, Josh, Andrea, Amanda, Samantha, Michael, David, Heather, Daniel, Alexis, Brayden and Kaylee; two great-grandchildren, Jaxson and Addie; and his faithful companion, Cuddles, Jr. James was predeceased by one son, James R. Hampton; seven brothers; and one granddaughter, Rachel Hampton.

A funeral was held May 20. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.

RUDISILL ALSTON, SR.

Rudisill “Rudy”Alston, Sr., 80, of Coatesville, passed away on May 14 at the Brandywine Hospital.

He was the husband of Dorlene Brown Alston, with whom he shared 10 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late David K. Alston, Sr., and Ida Belle Eggleston Alston. Rudy was a maintenance engineer at the Coatesville VA Hospital for over 35 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Coatesville. He enjoyed dancing, fishing, traveling, teaching games to his grandchildren, and being with his family and friends. He was a people person.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Rudisill Alston, Jr., and Sultan McGibboney, both of Coatesville; four daughters, Ellylanna Tippins of Phoenixville, Charmain Thompson, Darlene Alston and Pamela Alston, all of Coatesville; six stepchildren, Timothy Brown of Coatesville, Sergio Perez (Joy) of Coatesville, Andrea Perez (Stevie) of Coatesville, Noelia Perez of Coatesville, Mona Perez of Modena, and Carmen Perez of Coatesville; three brothers, Willie Alston of Coatesville, Amos Alston of Delaware, and James Alston of Harrisburg; four sisters, Helen Cody of Coatesville, Ida Mae Calloway of Plymouth Meeting, Irene Robinson of Coatesville, and Phyllis D. Alston of Coatesville; his mother-in-law, Viola Brown of Coatesville; his aunt, Annabelle Eggleston of Coatesville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held May 21. Burial was in the Church of Christ Cemetery in Coatesville. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.

ANNA M. CONTE DIANGELIS

Anna M. Conte DiAngelis, 91, of Avondale, died on May 16 at her home.

She was the wife of the late Thomas J. DiAngelis, who died in 1980, and with whom she shared 29 years of marriage. Anna was born in Boothwyn. She was a daughter of the late Emilio Conte and the late Libera DiCrosta Conte. In her early years, Anna owned and operated her own beauty salon in Boothwyn, where she lived for many years before marriage. For many years, she worked in the cafeteria at Kennett High School. She enjoyed sewing and knitting, and was an outstanding Italian cook.

Survivors include one daughter and two sons, Maria DiAngelis of Manhattan, N.Y., Thomas J. DiAngelis Jr., of Avondale, and Paul M. DiAngelis and his wife Diana of Seaville, N.J.; and two grandchildren, Paul David and Allison. She was predeceased by nine brothers and two sisters.

A funeral was held May 23. Interment was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in her memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV), PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301; or Willow Tree Hospice, 616 East Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.

EMILY S. STAUFFER SCHNEIDER

Emily S. Stauffer Schneider, 98, of Kennett Square, died on May 14 at Kendal At Longwood retirement community.

She was the wife of the late Walther F. Schneider, who died in 1999, and with whom she shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Lansdale, she was the daughter of the late Oliver S. and the late Lillian (Cressman) Stauffer. Before moving to Kendal in 1985, she and her husband lived in Wawa, Pa., where she was a longtime member of the Media Presbyterian Church. Before marriage, she was an executive secretary, working for Sunoco and retiring in 1940. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, sewing and camping.

Survivors include two sons, W. Bartz Schneider and his wife Bernadette of San Francisco, Calif., and Glenn D. Schneider and his wife Andrea of Diablo, Calif.; and one daughter, Carol Schneider Schifferling of Kennett Square. She has five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service and interment will be held privately at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.

JAMES W. GRAYBEAL

James W. Graybeal, 74, of Coatesville, passed away on May 19 at Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook.

Born in Lincoln University, he was the son of the late H. Wayne and Catherine Ashton Graybeal. He is survived by three children, Michael Graybeal (Darin), Michelle Graybeal and Christine O’Malley (Joseph); three grandchildren, Sean Graybeal, Dylan Graybeal and Madison O’Malley; one sister, Janet Kirkley; two brothers, Albert Graybeal and Philip Graybeal; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

James served honorably in the U.S. Army and had multiple tours to Greenland and Alaska as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Beulah Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Skerrett Lodge No. 343 F&AM, Cochranville, and was employed by PECO for more than 35 years. James enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at Beulah Baptist Church (3815 Newark Rd., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment with full military honors will be in the adjoining cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

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GARY V. TAYLOR

Gary V. Taylor, 61, of West Grove, passed away on May 19 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital.

He was the husband of Pamela McWilliams Taylor, with whom he shared 30 year of marriage. Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of William Frank and Adele Willey Taylor of Claymont, Del. Gary was employed by Genesis Health Care in Kennett Square for the past 14 years. He was the supervisor of the data center. He was a former Eagle Scout of Troop 62, a former volunteer firefighter at the Claymont Fire Company, and a former member of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He enjoyed fishing, turkey hunting, gardening, cooking, eating crabs, and being with his family, dogs and friends.

In addition to his wife and parents, Gary is survived by two sons, Chad Taylor of Kennett Square, and Scott Taylor of West Grove; one brother, Jeffrey Taylor (Lorraine) of White Haven, Pa.; one sister, Diane Poplos of Newark, Del.; and three pups, Shawn, Cooper and Stella.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 25 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His service and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Chester County SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380; or to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Online condolences maybe made by visiting www.griecocares.com.

HELEN LOUISE VAUGHAN

Helen Louise (Pinky) Vaughan, 78, of Oxford, passed away on May 21 at Calvert Manor Healthcare Center in Rising Sun, Md.

She was the wife of Edward C. Vaughan, Sr., with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late William and Lona Miller Keys. Helen was a member of the Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband; three sons, Edward C. Vaughan, Jr. (Wendy) of Oxford, James W. Vaughan (Brenda) of Peach Bottom, and Theodore Vaughan (Kathy) of North East, Md.; two daughters, Sandra Shephard (Joe) of Rising Sun, Md., and Betty Portwood (James) of Coconut Creek, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Keys and J. Earl Keys, both of Nottingham, and Vernon Keys of Colora, Md.; and three sisters, Opal Goad of Rising Sun, Md., Patricia Temple of Nottingham, and Dorothy Van Dyke of Rising Sun, Md. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jimbo Portwood; one brother, Joseph Keys; and four sisters, Zola Tharp, Ruth Fogleman, Villa McCardell and Tressie Wilson.

Funeral services were held May 24 at the Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church. Interment was in the adjoining church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church, 303 West Christine Rd., Nottingham, PA 19362. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

 LOIS S. GRIFFITH

Lois S. Griffith, 81, of West Grove, passed away on May 20 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.

She was the wife of the late Roger L. Griffith. Born in Green Mountain, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Bill and Rhoda Street Sturgill. Lois retired from the mushroom industry in Kennett Square. She attended Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed shopping. Lois was a loving person and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

She is survived by two sons, Steven R. Dimiris of Wilmington, Del., and Randy C. Griffith of Knoxville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Alyssa Dimiris, Alexa Dimiris, Nicole Dimiris, Zachery Dimiris and Amanda; one brother, Burly Sturgill (Maxie) of Johnson City, Tenn.; two sisters, Betty Miller (Cecil, Sr.) of Newport News, Va., and Grace Canfield (Vic) of Gloucester, Va.; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 13 siblings.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.  

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