Obituaries for the week of Oct. 22
● By J. Chambless
EDGAR LEON WILLIS
Edgar Leon Willis, 94, of West Chester, formerly of West Grove, passed away on Oct. 20 at the Pocopson Home.
He was the husband of Carol McCleary Willis, who passed away in 2003, and with whom he shared 20 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Water Willis and the late Frances Bryan Willis. He was a machine operator at Hewlett-Packard in Avondale for over 25 years, retiring in 1997. After his retirement, he worked as a security guard at several places, including the Pocopson Home. He was also a part time police officer in the boroughs of West Grove and Avondale.
He was a graduate of Avon Grove High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, with the 3940th Q.M. gasoline company stationed in Germany, France, England and Normandy, as a gas tank/truck operator. He was a lifetime member and a past Assistant Chief at the West Grove Fire Company (75 years), where he was the oldest living member, and also a lifetime member of the Avondale Fire Company. He was a member of the Chester County Fireman’s Association, where he served as the treasurer for many years; and a charter member of the VFW Post 5467 in Kennett Square.
He enjoyed family picnics/dinners and picking on everyone, including the staff at Pocopson Home.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Pocopson Home for all they did for him. They were his adopted family.
He is survived by one son, Charles L. Willis; one daughter, Betty Kramer (Glenn Quillin) of Oxford; one stepson, Richard Eller (Rose )of New Castle, Del.; one sister, Helen Carlin of West Grove; ten grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one brother and two sisters.
A visitation will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral service will follow at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the West Grove, Fire Co., P.O. Box 201, West Grove, PA 19390. To view his online tribute or to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
Jeffrey Riggs, 52, of Kennett Square, passed away on Oct. 4.
He was the son of Judith E. Miller Pratt and the late Douglas E. Riggs. He is survived by a sister, Sharon Eggers (Steve); half siblings, Jenny Riggs, Ronnie Riggs (Rebecca), David Riggs and Joseph Coover; stepsisters, Susan Pratt Murphy (Kevin), Sandra Pratt and Martie Shepherd. He is also survived by a stepmother, Rachel McDaniel and stepfather, Joseph Coover; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by a stepfather, William D. Pratt, earlier this year.
Services and burial will be private. In memory of Jeff, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202 (800-342-2383). To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
SANDRA M. URBAN
The family and friends of Sandy Urban, nee Hamilton, regretfully and sadly announce her passing on Oct. 15 at the age of 56.
She was born in 1962 to James and Geraldine Hamilton, both predeceased. Sandy was raised in Prospect Park and Chadds Ford, graduated from Interboro High School in 1980, and previously worked for the Franklin Mint and, most recently, at Anholt Technologies.
She is survived by her loving daughters, Jaclyn Timberman DiIenno (Robert) of Avondale, and Shawn Timberman of Manayunk; and brothers James Hamilton of Philadelphia and Richard Hamilton (Anne Marie) of Kennett Square. She was also the cherished aunt of Ryan, Andrea and Ashleigh.
Sandy's love of nature and animals can be observed by kindly supporting the ASPCA or Philadelphia Metro Wildlife Center. A celebration of Sandy's life will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Mendenhall Inn. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
JAMES S. VINES
James Scott Vines, 73, of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 15 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.
He was the husband of Rebecca King Vines, with whom he shared 37 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Herman and Lorraine Cullen Vines. Scott was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Delaware Air National Guard. He served during the Vietnam War. Scott and his wife, Rebecca, owned and operated Nottingham Antiques. He was a member of Oxford Presbyterian Church.
He enjoyed model trains, and was a great Eagles and Phillies fan.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Jeremy Scott Vines and his wife Nicole of Wilmington, Del., and Andrew Shaun Vines of Nottingham; one granddaughter; and two sisters, Gail Burcham of Havre de Grace, Md., and Pam Golden of Woodbury, Minn.
A funeral was held Oct. 19. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., for the education fund of his grandchildren. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
THEODORE CLARKE, JR.
Theodore Clarke, Jr., 62, of Wilmington, Del., formerly of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 15 at the Elsmere Veterans Administration Hospital in Wilmington.
Born in Savannah, Ga., he was the son of the late Theodore Clarke, Sr., and Bertha Mae Cooper Clarke.
Theodore was a truck driver, a warehouse worker and a great handyman. He enjoyed basketball and cowboy movies.
He is survived by two sons, Andre Griffin (Chimere) of Wilmington, and Tony Fountain of Kennett Square; six grandchildren; one brother, Mervyn Clarke and his wife Susan of Lancaster, Pa.; five sisters, Ardrell Clarke-Weaver and her husband Curtis L. of Wilmington, Elveria Hayman (Jerome) of Lydia, S.C., Theodora Clarke-Chatman of Deerfield Beach, Fla., Kimberly Clarke (Charles) and Jennifer Clarke (Cordell) of Miami, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Clark, Sr.; his mother, Bertha Mae Cooper Clarke; his brother, Ira Clarke; and his nephew, Miles Clarke.
A service was held Oct. 20. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., to help with funeral expenses (www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com).
BRENDA RUTH COMPTON
Brenda Ruth Compton, 74, of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 20 at her home.
She was the wife of the late Comas R. Compton. Born in Ashe County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Edward and Gladys Keys Wyatt. Brenda attended State Line Baptist Church in Rising Sun, Md.
She is survived by three sons, David R. Compton of Oxford, Jason S. Compton and his wife Heather of Peach Bottom, and Jeffrey A. Compton and his wife Casey of North East, Md.; one daughter, Tracy D. Compton of Nottingham; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Wyatt of Atglen; and one sister, Joyce Way of Lansing, N.C.
A funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
KEYRA DAWN MILLBURN BRYANT
Keyra Dawn Milburn Bryant, 42, of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 20 at Jennersville Hospital in West Grove.
She was the wife of Jarvis L. Bryant, Sr. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of Kenneth Hardy of Oxford and Diane Lorraine Milburn Miller of Coatesville. Keyra graduated from Oxford Area High School Class of 1994. She was employed as a receptionist for IMM in West Chester, Octorara School District as a teacher’s aide, and Mom’s Cleaning in Avondale. Keyra was a member of Shiloh Presbyterian Church in Oxford. She enjoyed crocheting, especially baby blankets, craftwork, and creating gift baskets. She was a fan of the Eagles, Phillies and 76ers. Keyra especially loved her children and family.
She is survived by her husband; parents; stepfather, Jerry Miller; stepmother, Laurie Hardy; two sons, Jarvis Landis Bryant, Jr., and Javon Kenneth Lee Bryant, both of Oxford; one daughter, Jamirra L. Dawn Bryant of Oxford; two sisters, Diaria Rambert of Oxford and Ashley Rambert Lee of Media; two brothers, Richard Shirk of Strasburg and Robert Shirk of Philadelphia; maternal grandmother, Elsie Twyman of Oxford; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
A service will be held at noon on Oct. 26 at Shiloh Presbyterian Church (42 S. Fifth St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bryant family in care of Shiloh Presbyterian Church, 42 S. Fifth St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
MICHAEL D. PYLE II
Michael David Pyle II, 28, of Delaware County, formerly of Nottingham, passed away on Oct. 20 at Chester Crozier Medical Center in Chester.
Born in Media, he was the son of Michael David Pyle of Nottingham and Ann DiDomizio of Swarthmore. Michael was an electrician by trade.
He is survived by his parents; stepmother, Kelly Pyle; one sister, Kellianne Pyle of Philadelphia; one stepbrother, Gary Hodge, Jr., of Nottingham; one stepsister, Cheri Yaple of Oxford; paternal grandmother, Susan Pyle of Collegeville; maternal grandfather, Joseph DiDomizio of Oxford; and paternal great-grandmother, Eleanor Hall of New Castle, Del;.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Union Fire Company No. 1 EMS, 315 Market St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
NANCY ELAINE LYNCH
Nancy Elaine Lynch, 79, of Nottingham, passed away on Oct. 21 at home.
Born in Berrysburg, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Hattie Lanker Schlegel. Nancy enjoyed crocheting, arts and crafts, yardwork, and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her three sons, Steven S. Lynch (Sherry) of Cameron, N.C., Gary E. Lynch (Beth) of Pottstown, and Curt Schmeck (Kim) of Charleston, W. Va.; two daughters, Katrina (Tina) L. Zuzek of Parkside, and Karen Ciampa of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Phyllis Weaver and Janet Schmeck.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.