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Obituaries for the week of July 30

07/31/2018 10:13AM ● By J. Chambless


Evelyn C. (Ebby) Twyman, 66, of Oxford, passed away on July 21 at Christiana Hospital in Newark Del.

She was the wife of Ronald C. Twyman, with whom she shared 36 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Lula Carter Jackson. Evelyn was a caring, loving person who was full of sass. She enjoyed trips to Delaware Park, puzzles and especially spending time with her family.

She leaves her legacy to be cherished by her husband; three sons, Randy Twyman (Charisse) of Johnstown, Todd Jackson, Sr. (Rebecca) of Oxford, and Timothy Faber (Felicia) of Oxford; three daughters, Connie Lopez of Johnstown, Eboni Jackson of Oxford, and Shylene Jackson of Oxford; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Twyman; daughter, Joyce E. Miller; brother, John Jackson; nephew, Kristopher (Kris) L. Jackson; and niece, Madeline K. Poe.

A service was held July 28. Online condolences may be made at


Donna Marie Messina, 58, of Glen Mills, passed away on July 21.

She was the wife of Michael Messina, with whom she shared 25 years of marriage. Born in Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y., she was the daughter of Bartholomew and Eileen Mayer Mammolito. Donna was a homemaker and she enjoyed cooking, baking, and being with her family and friends.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Louis Scheiner of Michigan; two daughters, Jennifer Monroe of Michigan, and Denise Marie Christmas and her husband Charles of California; one sister, Michele Condron of Florida; six grandchildren; four stepchildren; and six step-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one son, Phillip Degnan; and a sister, Denise Mammolito. 

Services and burial will be private. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Kenneth Brian Meeder, Sr., 52, of Drumore, Pa., passed away on June 13 at home.

He was the husband of Julie Draper Meeder, with whom he shared 23 years of marriage. Born in Chester, he was the son of the late Glenn and Jeannette Grueninger Meeder. Kenneth was employed with London Grove Industries in Jennersville as a cabinet maker. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and riding his motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Taylor Meeder, at home; one granddaughter; one brother, Glenn Meeder, Jr., of Glen Mills; and two sisters, Donna Lamonica of Wilmington, Del., and Charlene Mazepink of Nottingham. He was preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Meeder, Jr.; and brother, Michael Meeder.

Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, PA 19363, to offset the funeral cost. Online condolences may be made at


J. Robert Baily, 69, of Frankford, Del., passed away peacefully on July 25 at Bebee Memorial Hospital in Lewes, Del.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Debbie Ruggieri Baily; and his parents, Joseph S. and Marjorie MacCloskey Baily. He is survived by his daughters, Mary Lou (Nick) Coutts and Alison Beth Baily; his sister, Betsy Mackenzie; and his two grandsons. He is further survived by numerous lifelong friends and extended family.

Bob, or Baily as he was affectionately known, grew up in Kennett Square. He was a 1966 graduate of Kennett High School, where he played soccer. Bob attended Goldy Beacom College, graduating with a degree in business. He was a well-known bartender at the Anvil Inn and other popular night spots in and around Kennett Square. He married the love of his life, Debbie, and became a vice president in the banking industry, where he remained for 25-plus years. After the untimely early passing of his wife, he focused on raising his two daughters and devoting his life to them. Baily always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. He was a lifelong Philadelphia sports enthusiast. His favorite spot was sitting on his beach chair at the Outer Banks.

A memorial meeting for worship will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Kennett Friends Meeting House (125 W. Sickle St., Kennett Square). Burial will be held privately at the Old Kennett Friends Cemetery.

Bob was the fortunate recipient of an organ donation in 2009. His family is grateful for the additional years that they had with him as a result. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends and loved ones become an organ donor or contribute to The Gift of Life in his name ( To view his online tribute and to share a memory with Bob’s family, visit


Shirley Ann Shivery McAllister met her Heavenly Father in a glorious reunion on July 29.

Shirley was born in 1935 to the late Harold Morton Shivery, Sr., and Evelyn Bertha Hardy Shivery, of Russelville, Pa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Allen McAllister; daughter, Richele Anne McAllister; granddaughter, Rebecca Anne MacKnight; sister, Jane Winifred Shivery Hackman Beyer of Factoryville, Pa.; and sister, Evelyn Dorine Shivery Butler of Oxford. She is survived by her sister, Brenda Lea Shivery Campbell of Nottingham; brother, Harold Morton Shivery Jr., of Oxford; daughter, DeAnna Marie McAllister MacKnight; son-in-law, Allen James MacKnight; granddaughter, Rachael Elizabeth MacKnight; grandson, Jack Allen MacKnight of Havre de Grace, Md.; along with many nieces and nephews.

Pastor Chuck Vuolo will be officiating a private graveside service to be held 11 a.m. Aug. 3 at Beulah Baptist Church in Russelville. In lieu of flowers, please share the Word of Jesus Christ by giving someone a Bible.


Stella May (Steele) Pierce, 87, of Oxford, passed away peacefully on July 29 at Twin Pines Health Care Center.

She was the beloved wife of the late Ernie Stanley Pierce, Sr., who passed away in 1995, and with whom she shared 44 years of marriage. Born in Oxford, Stella was the daughter of the late Emma Marian and Horace Millard Steele. She graduated from Oxford High School. She was a faithful member of the Oxford United Methodist Church. Stella had varied jobs throughout her lifetime in support of her family, including work at Howery’s Restaurant, Cash’s Grocery, The 5 and 10, and working with her husband, Ernie, in his kitchen cabinet business. She settled in to work at the Oxford Manor Nursing Home, where she spent over 20 years as a nurse’s aide. Stella touched many people throughout her lifetime – taking care of her husband and her daughter, Betty, during their illnesses. Her joy was to care for those around her, especially her family.

Stella is survived by two children, Beverly Bove (Chris) of Landenberg, and Laura Lindsey (Bruce) of Oxford; and a daughter-in-law, Marlene, of Ohio. She also has 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Stella is also survived by a sister, Betty Wilson of Quarryville; a brother, Jack Steele (Violet) of Oxford; and a brother, Ralph Steele (Joyce) of Oxford. Stella was predeceased by her husband, Ernie; two of her children, Ernie Jr. and Betty Jane Lloyd; and a granddaughter, Stacey Bove.

Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing and services to be held on Aug. 3. A viewing begins at 9 a.m., with a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Oxford United Methodist Church (18 Addison St., Oxford). Interment will be at the Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Stella’s memory to The Oxford United Methodist Church, 18 Addison Street, Oxford, PA 19363; or to Twin Pines Health Care Center, 315 East London Grove Road, West Grove, PA 19390. Online condolences may be made at


Anna Maria Owens Blackburn, 61, of Mountain City, Tenn., passed away on July 26 at her home, surrounded by family and friends.

She was born in 1957 in West Chester to the late Roy Owens and Virgie Proffitt Owens. In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Blackburn, and sister, Betty Lou Garman. Marie loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and will truly be missed.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Eric Blackburn, Kelly Vaughn and Carrie Hampton; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Kathy Ward; brothers, Lonnie Owens, Phil Owens and Franky Owens; special sister-in-law, Barbara Blackburn; and special brother-in-law, Rick Blackburn; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral will be held on Aug. 1 in Mountain City, Tenn. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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