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Obituaries for the week of Nov. 5

11/06/2018 10:37AM ● By J. Chambless

LAWRENCE A. WALTMAN

Lawrence A. Waltman, 100, of West Grove, passed away on Oct. 29 at home.

He was the husband of the late Hazel Flannery Waltman. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late G. Roy and Laura Quimby Waltman.

Lawrence, with his family and father, helped to build and operate Sunset Park in Jennersville for 56 years. He also owned and operated a dairy farm in Jennersville. Lawrence was a charter member and first president of Oxford Hunt Club, charter member and president of Home and Farm Home Antique Association, charter member of John Deere Waterloo Boys, president of Avon Grove Alumni Association, president of Chester County Dairymen Co-op, member of Country Music Association and Country and Bluegrass Music Association, and was a member of the Oxford Lodge No. 353 F. & A. M. for over 50 years. He served as Penn Township school director, Avon-Grove School Board and president, Board of Governors of West Grove Community Hospital, and chairman of Penn Township Planning Commission. In 1988, Lawrence received the Lions Annual Service Award.

He is survived by one daughter, Anita Hoopes Carr of West Grove; two sons, Larry Waltman (Phyllis) of West Grove, and Donald Waltman (Donna) of Quarryville; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Smedley Waltman, Willard Waltman and H. Brinton Waltman.

A Masonic service will be held 11 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Oxford Masonic Lodge (245 N. 3rd St., Oxford). Friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Oxford Masonic Lodge and Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford). Interment will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Avon Grove Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 266, West Grove, PA 19390. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.


JOHN H. CAMERON, JR.

John H. Cameron, Jr., 55, of Kennett Square, died suddenly at home on Oct. 28.

He was the beloved husband of Karen Kayatta Cameron, with whom he shared 20 years of marriage. He was the son of Marilyn "Bunny" Murphy Cameron of Oxford, and John H. Cameron, Sr., and his wife, Glenda, of Palm City, Fla.

John was a 1981 graduate of Unionville High School. He served our country as a submariner in the U.S. Navy from 1983 to 1987 on the USS Skate and the USS Swordfish. As a young boy, John started working in his family’s heating and air conditioning business, John H. Cameron and Sons. He worked in the company in different capacities until he found his true calling, sales. After his father sold their family business, John went on to work for Conectiv Services in Wilmington, and then Service Experts in Danbury, Conn. From 2000 to 2009 he was a salesman for Oliver Heating and Cooling in Morton, Pa. Since 2009, he was the sales manager at Horizon Services. John was a key member of Horizon’s executive management team, leading their expansion in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. John was well known and respected in the HVAC industry throughout the United States.

John was a cherished friend to all who were fortunate enough to know him. His charm, hard work ethic, and unique ability to inspire others will be his legacy. He was a diehard Eagles and Phillies fanatic, a classic car enthusiast, and a Rolling Stones fan. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Shrine Noble, and past member of St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia. John was a proud past member of the Longwood Rotary Club, and would have liked to have remained an active member if not for the increasing demands of his job. While John was committed to many things, it was clear to everyone who knew him that there was nothing more important than his wife, Karen, and his daughters, Madeleine Ava and Holly Grace.

In addition to Karen, Madeleine and Holly, John is survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dr. Jerome and Mary Grace Kayatta; his sister-in-law and brother-in law, Lynne and Dominic Kayatta; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Kristen and Gary Pierce; his brother Drew and his partner Kim Nashed; his sister Heather and husband Rick Treml; and seven nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Ron in 2006.

A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at the Mendenhall Inn (323 Kennett Pike, Mendenhall). During the visitation, we invite you to share a brief memory of John which will be video recorded. A memorial service in celebration of John’s life, with full military honors, will follow at 11 a.m. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Madeleine & Holly Cameron Education Fund (https://paypal.me/pools/c/89eiY0w3pQ). Online condolences may be made at www.griecocares.com.


MARK ALAN CAMPBELL

Mark Alan Campbell, 62, of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 30 at Heartland Hospice in Wilmington, Del.

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of Hilma McCoury Campbell of Cochranville and the late Robert L. Campbell.

He is survived by his mother; one brother, Larry (Kathy) Campbell of Lancaster; one sister, Darlene Nelson of Oxford; one nephew, Kurt Nelson of Oxford; one niece, Jennifer (Michael) Holbrook of Oxford; and one great-niece, Hannah Holbrook.

A service was held Nov. 2 at the Cochranville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.


CHARLES C. NELSON

Charles C. Nelson, 86, lifetime resident of Oxford, passed away on Nov. 2 at home.

He was the husband of Anna Mae Schofield Nelson, with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Lewis and Mary Carroll Nelson. Charles graduated from Oxford Area High School, Class of 1948, and from Stevens Trade School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army Third Calvary Seventh Armored Division in the Korean War from 1954-1955, achieving the rank of Corporal. He was employed as an auto and diesel mechanic.

Charles was active in his community, belonging to numerous organizations. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church; honorary active member of Union Fire Company No. 1 for 68 years, serving as Lieutenant and Chief Engineer for numerous years; lifetime member of Westwood Fire Company, Coatesville; lifetime member of Ocklokonee Tribe No. 212 Improved Order of Redmen; and an honorary life member of Parkesburg Fire Company No. 1. He also served as Scout Master for Troop 13 and Pack Master for Cub Scout Troop 213, both of Oxford. Charles enjoyed camping, the outdoors, serving his community, and especially enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by three sons, Jerry Nelson (Bonnie), Michael Nelson (Laurie) and David Nelson (Barbara), all of Oxford; five grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Rice of Philadelphia; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Nelson; and sister, Elizabeth Wallace.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at Sacred Heart Church (203 Church Rd., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Union Fire Company No. 1, 315 Market St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.


RICHARD B. MCCUMMINGS

Richard B. McCummings, 65, of Rising Sun, Md., passed away peacefully on Nov. 2 at his home. 

Born in 1953 in West Grove, Richard was the son of the late Joseph and Edith (Pyle) McCummings. He was an avid sports enthusiast. He was known for staying up to date with all sports standings, including the local high school and college sports teams. Some of his favorite teams were the Ravens, Orioles, Blue Rocks and the Iron Birds. He especially enjoyed following his daughter’s sporting events. He was her biggest fan and most enthusiastic supporter. Richard was an active member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post 194. He was a social man who loved to mingle with his friends and family, making sure everyone was having a good time. No matter where Richard went on his travels he always crossed paths with someone he knew. He enjoyed being outdoors, gardening and working in his yard, ensuring that his lawn was in pristine order. His greatest joy was his time spent with his daughter, Autumn.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Autumn J. McCummings of Elkton, Md.; two brothers: Joseph L. McCummings of Groveland, Fla., and Barry D. McCummings and his wife Janice of Dallas, N.C.; two sisters, Margaret Slota and her husband Ray of Forked River, N.J., and Joyce Zachry and her husband Paul of Zion, Md.; and his former spouse, Jane A. McCummings of Elkton, Md.

A family-directed celebration of Richard’s life will be held from 2 to  p.m. Nov. 11 at the American Legion, Post 194 (338 E. Main St., Rising Sun, Md.). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to the “Multiple Sclerosis Foundation” and sent in care of R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.O. Box 248, Rising Sun, MD 21911. To send online condolences, visit www.rtfoard.com


CHARLES C. NELSON

Charles C. Nelson, 86, a lifetime resident of Oxford, passed away on Nov. 2 at home.

He was the husband of Anna Mae Schofield Nelson, with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Lewis and Mary Carroll Nelson. Charles graduated from Oxford Area High School, Class of 1948, and from Stevens Trade School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army 3rd Calvary 7th Armored Division in the Korean War from 1954-1955, achieving the rank of Corporal. He was employed as an auto and diesel mechanic.

Charles was active in his community, belonging to numerous organizations. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, honorary active member of Union Fire Company No. 1 for 68 years, serving as Lieutenant and Chief Engineer for numerous years, a lifetime member of Westwood Fire Company in Coatesville, a lifetime member of Ocklokonee Tribe No. 212 Improved Order of Redmen, and an honorary life member of Parkesburg Fire Company Number 1. He also served as Scoutmaster for Troop 13 and Packmaster for Cub Scout Troop 213, both of Oxford. Charles enjoyed camping, the outdoors, serving his community, and especially enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by three sons, Jerry Nelson (Bonnie), Michael Nelson (Laurie) and David Nelson (Barbara), all of Oxford; five grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Rice of Philadelphia; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Nelson; and sister, Elizabeth Wallace.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at Sacred Heart Church (203 Church Rd., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Union Fire Company No. 1, 315 Market St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

PASKEL ELLER

Paskel “Pat” Eller, 77, of Toughkenamon, passed away on Nov. 5 at his residence.

He was the husband of Fay Roberts Eller, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. Born in Ashe County, N.C., he was the son of the late Paul Eller and the late Hester Osborne Eller. Pat was a supervisor at Agilent Technologies (Hewlett-Packard), retiring in 2003 after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Newark Baptist Church and the New London Masonic Lodge. Pat enjoyed camping, traveling, cookouts, his home at Buttonwood Beach, and being with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, James Brian Eller and his wife Lisa of New Castle, Del.; one daughter, Kathleen VanNostrand of Toughkenamon; one sister, Wanza McMillan and her husband Swanson of Gainesville, Pa.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one nephew, Alan McMillan and his wife Kelli; and one niece, Karen Hall and her husband Greg.

A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Hydrocephalus Association, Development Office, 4340 East West Highway #905, Bethesda, MD 20814-4447. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.


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