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Obituaries for the week of June 13

06/14/2016 10:39AM ● By J. Chambless


Isaac James Walton, Jr., 53, of Oxford, passed away on June 4 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.

He was the husband of Beverly A. Kirkner Walton, with whom he shared 12 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of Carol Astheimer Patterson of Oxford and the late Isaac James Walton, Sr. He was employed with Tipton Trucking Company in Oxford as a mechanic. Isaac enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his wife; mother; two daughters, Jamie Lynn Coy of Honey Brook and Sarabeth Martin of Ephrata; three stepdaughters, Renee Kirkner and Jessica Kirkner, both of Nottingham, and Melissa Kirkner of Delaware; one stepson, Robert Kirkner of Honey Brook; four granddaughters; three grandsons; four sisters, Bobby Jo Walton of Quarryville, Lori Walton of Oxford, Paula Willoughby of Allentown and Wanda Patterson of Oxford; and two brothers, Carl Walton of Lincoln University and Jesse Walton of Nottingham. A memorial service was held on June 8. Online condolences may be made at


Donna L. Brown, 74, of Landenberg, passed away on May 30 at the Christiana hospital.

She was the spouse of Virginia Noblit, with whom she shared two years of marriage, after 37 years together. Born in York, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Luther and Dorothy Smith Brown. Donna was an elementary music teacher for the Cecil County Board of Education, retiring in 2000 after 34 years of service. She was the secretary of the Board of Directors of Cecil County School Employees FCU for may years. She was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church, Delaware Mineralogical Society, a life member of the West Grove Fire Company, a cat breeder and a member of several cat clubs. She also played in several local community bands, including the Newark Community Band.

In addition to her spouse, she is survived by three stepbrothers, Harry Conaway, Bill Conaway, and Bill Swartz, and their wives and children.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. June 25 at St. Michael Lutheran Church (109 E. Doe Run Rd., Unionville). Her memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. A donation in Donna’s memory may be made to the Winn Feline Foundation, 637 Wyckoff Avenue, Suite 336, Wyckoff, NJ 07481, or visit Online condolences may be made by visiting


Harl Gene Wilson, 70, of Lancaster, passed away on June 8 at his home.

Born in Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Lester Berry and Zora Marrow Irving Wilson. Gene enjoyed playing the lottery and watching “NCIS” and the Jimmy Swaggart Television Ministry.

He is survived by five children, Gene Harl Wilson, Jr. (Joe Ellen Wysocki) of New Providence, Tammy Darlene Wilson of Lancaster, Stacy Morrow Lovill (Chris) of Pot Nets, Del., Stephanie Calzada of Lancaster, and Lester Barry Wilson (Betsy Crespo) of Willow Street; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Louise Williams of Apex, N.C.; and former wife, Darlene Chapman Wilson of Lancaster. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Leo Wilson, Clyde Wilson and Clifford Wilson.

Funeral services were held June 11. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church, 303 W. Christine Rd., Nottingham, PA, 19362. Visit


James “Jim” H. Jennings, Sr., 95, of Sharon Hill, Pa., died on June 9 at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

He was the husband of Catherine T. Jennings (nee Glavin), with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was s son of the late James J. and the late Sarah (McMonagle) Jennings. He proudly served our country in the Army during World War II. He was stationed in the European Theatre and the Pacific. He was a longtime member of Holy Spirit Parish in Sharon Hill, where he was an usher for many years. For most of his career, he was a foreman in the leather tanning industry in Philadelphia and Wilmington. He then retired from the retail industry at the age of 75. He loved maintaining his vegetable garden and fruit trees, and was a talented handyman. He was proud of his first computer at age 80, and then upgraded to a better one at age 90. He loved all animals, especially the family dog Duke, reading newspapers and books, and eating candy, but most of all he enjoyed family time with his sons, daughter, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He attended all their events whenever possible. Jim was known for his beautiful blue eyes and smile, was a gentlemen at all times and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include, in addition to his wife, two sons, James Jennings, Jr. and his wife Marianne of Kennett Square, and Joseph Jennings and his wife Trish of Glen Mills; one daughter, Catherine McGarrigle and her husband Mike of Havertown; one brother, Joseph Jennings of Swarthmore; one sister, Peggy Boston of Drexel Hill; eight grandchildren, James III, Christopher, Patrick, Kerrin, Grace, Caitlin, Kelly and Ryan; and one great-granddaughter, Violet. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Lauren; two sisters, Mary and Sally; and one brother, Harry.

A funeral was held June 14. Interment was in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Gary Lee Green, 77, of Landenberg, passed away peacefully on June 9 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in 1938 in Upland, Pa., he was the son of the late George E. and Mildred (Howells) Green. Gary was the proud owner of Green’s County Store in Mendenhall from 1977 to 2000. He also worked at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. He was an avid coin collector, and he was a lover of the outdoors. Gary cherished his property and was a truly happy man.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Green; five children, William Green, Paul Green and his wife Shaila, Cindy Green, Jennifer Green and her husband Fraser Gutteridge, and Gary W. Green; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, George Green.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 16, at R.T. Foard and Jones, Inc. (122 W. Main St., Newark, Del.), where family and friends may visit beginning at 10 a.m. To send condolences, visit


Nancy Ann Martin, a kind and beautiful soul, departed this life too soon at the age of 54.

Born in 1961 in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of Hazel C. Martin (deceased) and Donnan Martin of Kennett Square. She was a graduate of Tower Hill School, Tulane University in New Orleans, and Penn State University.

She is survived by her sisters, Marilyn M. McGee of Las Cruces, N.M., and Suzanna DeGood of Columbus, N.J.; niece Charlotte M. of Las Cruces, N.M.; nephews Scott and Eric of Columbus, N.J. She was preceded in death by one sister, Judith E. Martin.

Nancy loved animals, drawing, singing, and was gifted with a perfect pitch. She loved nature, the beach and birds singing. She was a talented musician, artist and singer. She was very passionate about horses, dogs, and loved all animals. She touched the lives of many many people and was always kind, friendly and welcoming to others. She will be greeted in Heaven by her beloved dog, Layla, and dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Her service and burial will be private. Online condolences may be made by visiting


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