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Obituaries for the week of Oct. 14

10/15/2019 11:41AM ● By J. Chambless


Samuel H. Jackson, Sr., 82, of Elkton, Md., formerly of Cochranville, passed away peacefully on Oct. 4 at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore.

He was the husband of Mary Anna Anderson Jackson. Born in Cochranville, he was the son of the late A. Samuel and Josephine D. Cochran Jackson. Samuel, also known as “Homeville Flash,” was formerly employed as manager of Mallet Hill Polo in Cochranville for 34 years, and retired in 2015 from CNC Compost in Avondale as a truck driver. He enjoyed horses, polo, trucks, fishing and vacationing in Ocean City, Md.

He is survived by his wife; four children, Alice Martin (Douglas) of Elkton, Md., Samuel H. Jackson, Jr. (Judy) of Cochranville, Frank Creshine (Tracy L.) of Quarryville, and Helen McGinnis (Andy Kauffman) of Paradise; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Harry Jackson of Quarryville.

A memorial service was held Oct. 10. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made at Online condolences may be made at


James D. Harne, 74, of Kennett Square, passed away on Oct. 11 at Penn Medicine Hospice. 

He was the husband of Sallyann Hannahs Harne, with whom he shared 46 years of marriage. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Denver B. Harne and the late Dorothy Barr Harne. He was a school librarian at the Kennett Consolidated School District, retiring in 2005 after 30 years of service. He loved children’s literature and being an elementary school librarian.

He was a 1963 graduate of Penn Manor High School in Millersville, Pa. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. He was an active member of the Kennett Education Association. He volunteered as a poll worker for the local board of elections.  He enjoyed being with family and friends, riding his motorcycle, and traveling, achieving his goal of visiting all 50 states.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Christopher Harne of Kennett Square; one daughter, Catherine Snell and her husband Karl of West Chester; and one grandson. He was predeceased by two sisters, Geraldine Stauffer and Loretta Colosimo.

A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Kuzo Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral Service will follow at 11 a.m. His burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004; or to the American Cancer Association, 1818 Market Street, Suite 2820, Philadelphia, PA 19103. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Terry Linwood Matthews, 56, of Norfolk, Va., passed away on Sept. 26 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

Born in Portsmouth, Va., he was the son of Margaret Jones Gemberling of Norfolk, Va., and the late Linwood Hardy. Terry enjoyed spending time with his family and watching the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

He is survived by his mother; one son, Taylor Matthews of Oxford; one brother, Bo Matthews of Norfolk, Va.; and four grandchildren. A graveside service was held Oct. 11 at Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at


Donald Walter Robinson, Jr., 65, a devoted husband and father, passed away at Penn Medicine Hospice on Sept. 28.

He was the husband of Lizett Robinson, with whom he shared 29 years of marriage. He was born in Bangor, Maine, a son of Donald and Eleanor Williams Robinson, and stepson to Wilma Robinson. He loved travel and new life experiences, and his life took him to many places across the United States and a few beyond.  He resided in the Exton area, where he is currently survived by his wife and three sons, Donald W. III, Ian, and Hawk.

He had a master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  His professional passions were public health, epidemiology and treatment effectiveness, and he authored multiple publications on these topics.  He was a health outcomes researcher and health economist within the Janssen division of Johnson & Johnson, until his retirement in 2019, after 17 years of service.

Don believed that actions speak louder than words, and lived his life in a way that made his passion for his family, friends, human rights and Mother Nature clearly evident.

A memorial service will be held on Nov. 2 at Calvary Chapel Chester Springs in Exton.  Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., with a service to follow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Don’s request was that donations be made to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital to support lung cancer care. Donations should be made payable to the “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania” and sent to Penn Medicine Development, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Include a note that the donation should be directed towards lung cancer care and treatment at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in memory of Donald W. Robinson.  To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Douglas Reid Small, Jr., suffered an injury while mountain biking with his dog in Fair Hill, and died peacefully on Oct. 11, surrounded by his wife, four daughters, several grandchildren, and his dog, Otis, laying on the bed with him.

He was the husband of Lori Small, with whom he shared 31 years of marriage. Born in Champagne, Ill., in 1943, Doug was the son of the late Douglas Reid Small and the late Jane Watters Small. Doug was a man of many talents. He studied and became a master naturalist, culminating his lifelong love and passion for all living things. He was an avid fly fisherman, bee keeper, artist, gardener, mountain biker, dog trainer, wood worker, reader, and tinkerer. He was a steeplechase jockey for many great trainers including his father-in-law, Burley Cocks, and uncle, Sidney Watters. When Doug left the racing world, he recreated himself as an architect and builder of custom post and beam and historic reproduction homes.

Doug is survived by his wife, Lori; his daughters, Susannah Small, Micaela Raine, Jessica Moutenot-Small, and Mandy Morgan; and his seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Stephen Small, Sass Merryman, Jacqueline Parashar, and Alistair Small. Doug was preceded in death by his brother, Richard ‘Dickie’ Small.

His family will be having a private celebration of his life and request that you visit the guestbook at  to share your memories and stories. His family is eager to collect and preserve them. To make a donation in honor of Doug’s stewardship of nature, visit


Roland M. “Ron” Elliott, 84, of Lincoln University, passed away on Oct. 7 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

He was the husband of Dorothy Mullen Elliott. Born in Ridley Park, he was the son of the late John D. and Frances Peters Elliott. He was a member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Landenberg. Ron was employed with AT&T and retired after 34 years of service. After retirement, he was employed with Ringler’s Appliance Store and Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., both in Oxford. He loved gardening and raised over1,000 Christmas trees on his property. Ron was a true gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife; two children, John D. Elliott (Debbie) of Aston and Linda Elliott (Dave Strommer) of West Chester; one stepson, Robert Johns (Mona) of Bonita, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two stepsons, Rick Johns and William Johns; two sisters, Ruth Humphries and June Duffy; and one brother, Jack Elliott.

A funeral was held Oct. 12. Interment was in New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 109 Gypsy Hill Rd., Landenberg, PA 19350, to benefit the church’s youth program. Online condolences may be made at


Edward Francis Carroll,74, of Oxford, formerly of Collingdale, passed away on Oct. 11 at home.

He was the husband of Mary Jane Sweney Carroll. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John and Marie Sheehan Carroll. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. He was employed with Ace/Chubb, Wilmington, Del., as an insurance claims manager, retiring in 2010. Edward was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford. He enjoyed donating his time driving a van for Disabled American Veterans.

He is survived by his wife; three children, Michael Sweney (Maureen) of Denver, Pa., Christine  (Carroll) Graff (Jim) of Lincoln University, and Steven Carroll of Oxford; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Raymond Carroll of Florida. He was preceded in death by one brother, John Carroll; and one sister, Cass Gephart.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Oct. 19 at Sacred Heart Church (203 Church St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Sacred Heart Church. Online condolences may be made at

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