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Obituaries for the week of June 10

06/11/2019 10:46AM ● By J. Chambless

Mary Townsend Haney, 94, of Oxford, passed away on June 3 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.

She was the wife of the late J. Colson Haney. She farmed in Elk Township with her sons for 50 years. Mary was a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. She loved cats and her family.

She is survived by her three sons, Michael P. Haney, James C. Haney III, and Stephen D. Haney, all of Oxford; and two sisters, Barbara Tucci of St. Paul, Minn., and Eleanor Laird of Texas.

A funeral was held June 7. Interment was in Faggs Manor Cemetery, Cochranville. Online condolences may be made at



Roy Benjamin Fite, 46, of Lancaster, formerly of Oxford, passed away on June 1 at Lancaster General Hospital.

He was the husband of Rebecca Benedict Fite, and father of Matilda Mae Fite. Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of Nancy Lee Powers Fite of Oxford and the late James W. Fite, Sr. Roy graduated from Oxford Area High School class of 1990. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was employed as an accountant with Herr Foods since 2010. Roy attended Crossway Church of Lancaster and Andrews Bridge Christian Fellowship, Christiana. He served as treasurer for Onesimus Ministries in Oxford. Roy enjoyed spending time with his wife, daughter and family. He also enjoyed reading God’s word and being outside.

He is survived by his wife; mother; one daughter, Matilda Mae Fite; one sister, Rebecca Conner (Mark) of Lincoln University; two brothers, James W. Fite, Jr. (Karen) of Dallas, Ga., and Bruce Fite (Devon) of Nottingham; and nieces and nephews.

A funeral was held June 8. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been established for Roy’s daughter, Matilda, in c/o Andrews Bridge Christian Fellowship, 1873 Georgetown Rd., Christiana, PA 17509. Visit



Elmer “Butch” Clifford Gray, Jr., 81, of Nottingham, passed away on June 7 at his home.

Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Elmer C., Sr. and Sara McCann Gray.  Elmer was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, for six years. He retired from ICI and SPI after 30 years of service. He was a member of the VFW Post 6027 in North East, Md., Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2666 in Oxford, and was a lifetime member of the Moose Club. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, collecting NASCAR memorabilia, and drag racing his car, a 1956 Chevy Coupe, at Cecil County Speedway and Atco New Jersey.

He is survived by two sons, Jimmy Gray (Lisa) of Lewes, Del., and Raymond Gray (Maggie) of Millsboro, Del.; one daughter, Tammy Kuczynski (Walter); five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and his companion of 21 years, Mary (Libby) Guy.

A funeral was held June 11. Interment was in Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa. Visit


Eva “Bootie” Butler Frampton Gallagher, 96, of Oxford passed away on June 10 at the home of her daughter.

Born in Cochranville, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Eva Temple Butler. She was the wife of the late Roy Frampton and the late Freeland Gallagher. Eva was employed for many years at the National 5 & 10 in Oxford and the Nottingham School cafeteria. She enjoyed reading, doing Sudoku puzzles and taking bus trips.

Eva is survived by one daughter, Nancy Chack (Louis) of Oxford; two sons, Edward Frampton (Lisa) of Gettysburg and James Frampton of Florida; one stepdaughter, Netta Chapman (Joe) of Cochranville; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; eight step-great grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Eva was preceded in death by five brothers, Fred, Howard, Ernest, Everett and Mancil; two sisters, Bessie and Jennie; and one stepson.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. June 14 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 in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at


Peter Bocouli Lee was born in 1938 to late George B. Lee and Reba L. Enos. He was married in  1958 in New York to Margaret (Peggy) Eckert and shared 60 years together. He is survived by three children, Peter Daniel Lee, Dawn Marie Jackson and Rachel Lynn Cusamano; and his longtime childhood friend, Raymond Wilson. He was predeceased by five sisters, Iris Lee, Cledith Moore, Priscilla Goodson, Winona Crampton, Rebecca Fillie; and four brothers, Freddy, George, Ward and Daniel (Danny) Lee. 

Peter was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witness in 1971 and served as a faithful servant for over 40 years at both the West Chester and Kennett Square congregations. He loved being outdoors and worked as a grounds caretaker for over 40 years both in West Chester and Unionville, retiring from his last job at Pocopson Nursing home. He enjoyed playing the guitar, fishing (with his brother Danny), listening to the blues (Stone Crazy and Members Only), hunting, making wine from dandelions to hot peppers and of course the “Best Roast on the East Coast.” Peter will be remembered for his genuine kindness, his quiet demeanor and overall peaceful nature.

His memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 29 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses (3470 Gap Newport Pike, West Grove). (Chatham) To view his online tribute and to share  a memory with his family, visit



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