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Obituaries for the week of May 20

05/21/2019 08:09AM ● By J. Chambless


William Marion White, “Billy,” 66, of Rising Sun, Md., passed away on May 8.

He was born in West Grove in 1952 to Evelyn B. White and the late Rodney L. White. For most of his professional career, Billy delivered flowers for Floral Plant Growers in Rising Sun, Md. He was a sociable man who never met a stranger. Billy was an avid fan of all sports, starting at the very young age of 4. Later in life, he enjoyed cheering for his favorite teams, the Baltimore Ravens and the Orioles. He was a devoted father and attended all of his son’s sporting events. Billy enjoyed tending to his flower gardens, barbecuing and eating crabs. He also liked taking his family on vacations.

 Billy is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Lynda White; son, Billy White; daughter-in-law, Victoria White; mother, Evelyn White; two sisters, Susan Montgomery and Juanita White; sister-in-law Mary White; brother-in-law, Harold Montgomery; nephew, Jimmy Montgomery; great-nephew, Cody Coale; cousins, Debbie Harris-Lambert, Lynn Harris and Lenny Goodie; his dog, Jacky; and many other extended family members. In addition to his father, Billy was preceded in death by his brother, Rodney Wayne White; mother-in-law, Carole Anne McCoy; niece, Melissa Montgomery-Coale; and aunt, Madolyn Harris.

A funeral was held May 20. To send online condolences, visit



Donald F. Lewis, 80, of West Grove, formerly of Kennett Square, passed away on May 14 at Jenner’s Pond.  

He was the husband of Elsie May Lewis, who passed away April 30, 2019, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Rev. Willis Lewis and the late Mildred Fritz Lewis. He was an insurance agent and broker, and owned and operated Don Lewis Agency in Kennett Square. He retired in 2000 after 40-plus years in business. Prior to becoming an insurance agent, he raised turkeys and was a machinist. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed hunting, rocking in his rocking chair, bird watching, raising chickens, vacationing on  Hilton Head Island and Florida, especially going to Disney World.

He is survived by one son, Donald F. Lewis, Jr. (Beverly) of Avondale;  four daughters, Teresa L. Ledezma (Juan) of Kennett Square, Diane L. Plummer (John) of Kennett Square, Kathy J. Trautman (Daniel) of Lincoln University, and Millie L. Tyler (John) of Harleysville; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

His service and burial were held privately. To view his online tribute and to leave a memory with his family, visit



Ronald M. Detwiler, 74, of Quarryville, died on May 9 at Lancaster General Hospital.

He and his wife, Barbara R. Jackson Detwiler, celebrated 48 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Walter and Edna Mininger Detwiler. Ron was a member of Beulah Baptist Church in Oxford. He enjoyed giving to charities, vegetable and flower gardening, traveling, and being a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. He was an avid weather-watcher. Ron was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He had worked in the mushroom industry, and then as a quality controller for Fiber Metal Manufacturing.

Surviving beside his wife Barbara are three children, Malinda Davis, Ronald Allen (April) Detwiler, Tonya (Michael Carey, Sr.; six grandchildren; two brothers, Lowell Detwiler, Marlin Detwiler; and a sister, Rhoda Detwiler.

A memorial service was held May 14. Contributions may be made in Ron’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To send an online note of condolence, visit



Sharon G. Nunez, 69, of Avondale, passed away on May 12 at her residence.

She was the wife of Agustin Alvarez Nunez, with whom she shared 20 years of marriage. Born in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Earl McCarty and the late Anna Catherine Brown McCarty. Sharon was a mushroom packer at Basciani Foods in Avondale for 20 years, retiring in 2016. She enjoyed going to Delaware Park.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Charles Baker of Avondale; and one brother, Daniel McCarty of Baltimore, Md.

A funeral was held May 16. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. To view her online tribute and to leave a memory with her family, visit



Richard Francis Marra, Sr., 78, of Nottingham, passed away peacefully at home on May 12.

He was the husband of Rita Vivanco Marra, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Francis E. Marra and the late Margaret Burns Marra. He was a graduate of John Bartram High School and a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired from PennDOT after more than ten years of service, having previously worked for several decades as a draftsman for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Newport News Shipbuilding. He was a member of the American Legion, Roy W. Gibson Post No. 535, Oxford.  He previously served as adjutant and was currently serving as chaplain.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved son, Richard Francis Marra, Jr. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Deborah A. Rumbold, and her husband John of Thornton; two grandsons; one brother, David G. Marra and his wife Mary Ellen of Exton; and several nieces and a nephew.

A prayer service was held May 20. Interment with full military honors was held in Oxford Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Sacred Heart Church, 203 Church Road, Oxford, PA 19363; or Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E. Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Visit



Ramona P. Waltz, 90, of Kennett Square, passed away on May 13 at the Pocopson Home.

She was the wife Herbert Waltz, who passed away in 1993, and with whom she shared 43 years of marriage. Born in Kennett Square, she was the daughter of the late Newton Parsons and the late Ruth Loller Parsons. She was a school nurse for the Kennett Consolidated School District, retiring in 1988, after 25 year of service. She was a 1946 graduate of the Unionville High School, and a 1949 graduate of the Chester County School of Nursing. She was a member of the YAG club and the Chatham United Methodist Church. Mrs. Waltz was an avid bridge player, and enjoyed going to Topsail Island, N.C., with her family.

She is survived by two sons, Timothy M. Waltz of Kennett Square, and Theodore P. Waltz and his wife Deborah of Apex, N.C.; one daughter, Susan C. Hartman and her husband Albert of Pottstown: six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sisters, Nan Parsons and Joanne Barker.

Her services and burial were held privately. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in the memory of Nan Lorraine Parsons may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit



John Guy Morrison, 89, of Kirkwood, passed away on May 15 at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, Quarryville.

He was the husband of Mary E. Greer Traina. Born in Oxford, he was the son of the late William and Catherine McHugh Morrison. Jack formerly owned and operated Morrison & Witman Enterprises, Barnsley. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Oxford. Jack enjoyed auctions and sales.

He is survived by his wife; one stepdaughter, Lori M. Kelley of Oxford; three stepsons, Carl Traina of Rising Sun, Md., James Sampson of Rising Sun, Md., and Donald Sampson of Oxford; five step-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy Morrison of Nottingham and Mary Pierson of West Grove.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 21. Interment was in Union Cemetery in Kirkwood. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 ( Visit


Kayla M. Brown, 28, of Holtwood, and formerly of Delaware, passed away on April 30.

Born in 1990 in Jennersville to Thomas V. Brown, Sr., husband of Rebecca of Holtwood, and Sandra (Boothe) Brown of Delaware. She was preceded in death by her son, Nathan Leppo; and her sister, Heather Brown, both of Delaware. Kayla is survived by her siblings, Timmy Brown of Holtwood, Thomas Brown Jr., Kyle Brown, both of Delaware, Brandy and Manny; her grandparents, Ruth Taylor of Pennsylvania, Harold Brown of North Carolina, and Joanna and Donald Boothe; and may aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Kayla enjoyed dyeing her hair, doing her nails, and loved to draw and color.  She lives on, for she was an organ donor and saved four lives. Kayla will be missed by so many. To send the family a condolence, visit Kayla’s memorial page,

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