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Obituaries for the week of June 19

06/20/2017 10:00AM ● By J. Chambless


Darrell Scott Mullins, 37, of West Grove,passed away on June 11 at his residence.
He was the son of Darrell and Debra Hall Mullins of West Grove. Darrell loved to draw, enjoyed computer games, surfing the Web, going out to eat, and training his dog, Pixar.
In addition to his mother and father, he is survived by one brother, Joel Mullins of East Earl, Pa. His service and burial were held privately. Online condolences may be made by visiting


George (Bo) O. McMillan, Jr., 56, passed away peacefully on June 10, surrounded by his family.

Born in 1960 at Jennersville Hospital, Bo was the son of George O. McMillan, Sr., and the late Jean M. McMillan of Oxford. Bo attended Oxford Area High school before he enlisted in the United States Army in 1979. He was stationed in California and later in Korea, where he received an honorable discharge in 1981. After working various jobs, he went on to earn his CDL license and found passion in long-haul trucking. He was an avid Eagles fan and enjoyed music, puzzles and technology. He had a passion for cars and spending time with his family.

Hs is survived by his father, George, Sr.; three daughters, Tamika Twyman of Lancaster, Amber Peyton of Philadelphia and Jennifer Peyton of Pottstown; seven grandchildren; four sisters, Sheila Yamini of West Chester, Lalietia (Felix) Kennedy of Cartersville, Ga., Juanita (Wayne) Dyer of Oxford, and Sonja McMillan of Pottstown; one brother, Gregory (Kristie) McMillan of Newark, Del.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A service was held June 16. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. To offer condolences, visit


Clifford P. Hemphill, 66, of Kennett Square, passed away on June 8 at his home.

He is survived by his mother, Pauline Blake; and three siblings, Mark, Michael, and Dorian Lelli. Clifford grew up in, Kennett Square, and attended, Kennett High School. After graduating in, 1968, he went to West Chester University, where he left after his junior year. Cliff lived in, Miami Beach, Fla., in the late, 1970s and then moved to, Malibu, Calif., and lived there for a couple of years, before moving to Venice Beach, Calif. He eventually returned to Kennett Square in 1985.

Cliff enjoyed music, and had a great appreciation for nature, where he felt the happiest and at peace. He also enjoyed the beach, and loved swimming in the ocean. During Cliff's high school years, he played, soccer, basketball, and baseball, and was very good at all three sports. In college, he played soccer. Cliff was fortunate to have many friends and was well liked, and he had a great sense of humor. He had a successful painting business for 16 years, and had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects. Cliff was an avid reader of esoteric books. His favorite author was, Zecharia Sitchin. He was an extremely giving person, and would do anything for people without expecting something in return. Cliff was a very spiritual person. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

There will be a mass on June 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square).   Burial will be private. Immediately following the mass, there will be a gathering to celebrate Cliff's life. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Mary Clarke Arnold, 86, of West Chester, died on June 5 at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was the wife of Thomas J. Arnold, with whom she shared 66 years of marriage. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Robert and the late Dorothy (Burrell) Clarke.

Survivors include two sons, Clarke S. Arnold of West Chester, and Stephen Arnold of Portland Ore.; one brother, Christopher Clarke of South Bend, Ind.; and four grandchildren, Michael, Mary Catherine (“Molly”), Catherine (“Katie”) and Megan.

Mary earned her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in 1953 and a master’s in education from Syracuse University in 1958. She was an elementary school teacher for 29 ½ years. She taught in New York and Pennsylvania. She was also an avid watercolor painter. She took up painting after retiring and has sold more than 60 of her works. Many friends have received copies of her paintings as Christmas cards. Mary loved to travel and saw much of the world … Life did not pass her by.

A memorial service celebrating Mary’s life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek (579 Polly Drummond Hill Rd., Newark, Del.) on June 29 at 3 p.m. Interment will be held privately. Instead of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester, 501 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19382. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Dolores Ann Meginley, 78, of Avondale, passed away on June 15 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Dolores was the wife of Warren F. Meginley, Sr., who predeceased her in 2001. Warren and Dolores shared 47 years of marriage. Born in 1939 in Catlettsburg, Ky., she was a daughter of late Benjamin C. Friley and late Ella Mae Woods. After her father’s passing at a young age, Dolores was raised by her mother and her late stepfather, Donald Roten.

Dolores was a 1957 graduate of Octorara High School, although she spent most of her high school career attending West Chester Henderson. Throughout the years she loved attending the West Chester Henderson High School reunions. After completing her education, she went on to hold various jobs throughout the community. She most notably was a school bus driver for the Unionville School District during the 1970s and 1980s. After leaving Unionville, she went on to work in accounting at Electronics Boutique and Tri-M Group until her retirement. During her retirement, she also worked at Wal-Mart.

When she wasn’t working, Dolores loved to be outside. She greatly enjoyed flower gardening, swimming and traveling (mainly to Las Vegas with her sisters). She was also an avid reader and loved going to Delaware Park to play the slots. Aside from all of the memories of spending time with family and friends, Dolores’s loved ones will always remember her positive attitude and sense of humor.

Dolores is survived by her sons, Curtis Meginley of Avondale, Warren F. Meginley, Jr. (Michele) of Quarryville; her daughters, Robbin Rice (Michael) of Pylesville, Md., Noble Underwood (Jim) of Avondale; her brothers, Steven Roten (Stephanie) of St. Clairesville, Ohio, James Friley (Sue) of West Jefferson, N.C., William Roten (Pamela) of Williamsburg, Pa., Warren Roten (Pauline) of Christiana, Pa.; her sisters, Carol Hamilton and Ellen Roten, both of Kennett Square; her six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held June 20. Interment was held privately at Union Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at


Shirley Nash Owens, 92, passed away after a short illness on June 10 at home in New London Township.

She was born in Camden, N.J., in 1925. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alan W. Nash and Ruth F. Nash of New London; and her sister, Eleanor Nash Fretz, of Oxford. She is survived by her husband, Clifford B. Owens of New London; daughter, Barbara O. Ledezma of Rockwall, Texas; and grandson, Vincent A. Ledezma of Seneca, S.C.

Shirley attended business school after graduating from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 1942 and went on to work in the insurance business before her marriage to Clifford B. Owens. She and her sister Eleanor were the owners of Shirley’s Clothes Line, a ladies apparel shop, at 1 S. Third Street in Oxford during the 1980s. Shirley was the friendly face behind the counter who knew the customers and stocked styles best suited for her clientele. She was a homemaker with a wide range of interests -- quilting, painting, handicrafts, woodworking, flowers, piano jazz and collecting antiques.

Her ashes will be scattered in the ocean off the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Any donations in her memory can be made to Willow Tree Hospice in Kennett Square.


Jean H. Mazzoni Huffman, 95, of Kennett Square, died on June 16 at Linden Hall nursing facility in Kennett Square.

She was the wife of the late Clarence T. Huffman, who died in 2001, and with whom she shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Kennett Square, she was a daughter of the late Dominick and the late Domenica (DiFilippo) Mazzoni. Jean lived her entire life in the Kennett borough and was endeared to the close-knit Kennett community. She was employed at NVF Company in Kennett, where she met her husband. After their marriage in December 1949, she enjoyed being a full-time homemaker and was meticulous about maintaining her home. She loved working outdoors and was often seen raking in the summer and fall, and even enjoyed shoveling snow in the winter. She loved reading, especially the local newspapers, which she read from cover to cover. She enjoyed music and would often sing along when her daughter played songs on the piano. Jean was an avid animal lover, especially cats, dogs, and horses. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, providing an ample amount of love and support for them.

Survivors include her daughter Jeanne Huffman of Kennett Square; her son, Lawrence Huffman of West Chester; five grandchildren, Susie Huffman of New Castle, Del., Joe Huffman of Newark, Del., Shannon Huffman of Wilmington, Del., Lewis Huffman of Middletown, Del., and Tony Rapone of Middletown, Del.; four great-grandchildren, Angela, Jessie, Jack and Joshua; two great-great-grandchildren, Kason and Aria; two sisters, Mary Tomasovich of Coatesville, and Elizabeth Troyan of Kennett Square; and two brothers, Jimmy and Johnny Mazzoni of Kennett Square.

A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. June 22 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A funeral celebrating her life will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Longwood Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to Faithful Friends Animal Society, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Bobby Joe Roberts, 66, of Nottingham, passed away on June 16 in Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, Bel Air, Md.

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Elijah and Ruby Edwards Roberts. Bobby was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from PennDOT and was formerly employed with Chester County Beverage in Honey Brook. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by one brother, Glenn Roberts of Linwood; and two sisters, Katherine Wood of Weaverville, N.C., and Linda Hampton of Oxford. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Jean Ann Price, Geraldine Barker and Rosalie Hoosier.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. June 22 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends may visit from 6 to 7 p.m. Interment is private. Online condolences may be made at


Bertha M. Moore, 85, of Oxford, passed away on June 15 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.

Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Anna Gallagher Moore. Bertha was employed with the U.S. Naval Center in Bainbridge, Md., as an accountant, retiring in 1969. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford.

She is survived by one daughter, Anna M. Gardner and her husband Charles of Perryville, Md.; and two granddaughters, Andrea and Kristyn Garner. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Moore, Jr., and William Moore; and four sisters, Katherine Thompson, Rose Gwaltney, Doris Strall and Elizabeth Lamborn.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. June 24 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends may visit from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sacred Heart Church, 203 Church Rd., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at


Elwood “Woody” Wilson Atley, 90, of Kennett Square, passed on June 13.

Born in 1927 in Lamberton, Pa., he was the son of the late Mable and Paul Atley. He attended Avondale Elementary School and Avon Grove High School. For 25 years, he was employed as an assembly line worker for Chrysler Motor Corporation, retiring in 1989. He served in the U.S. Air Force and Army. Elwood attended Second Baptist Church of Kennett Square, where he served on the breakfast team and choir. He received 70 service awards for his dedication. He was a member of the Counts Social Club of Kennett Square, softball team, Chrysler Retiree Breakfast Club and former member of Carter-Miller Johnson. He loved deep-sea fishing and was featured in fishing magazines.

Surviving to cherish loving memories are his children, Gene Atley (Marie) of Wilmington, Del., John Atley (Maryanne) of San Antonio, Texas, Mary Cannon of New Castle, Del., and Robin Atley of West Chester; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; significant other Eunice Carter; and a host of relatives and friends. His daughter, June “Patsy” Atley, preceded him in death.

A service will be held June 23 at 11a.m. at the Second Baptist Church (132 S. Willow St., Kennett Square) with a viewing from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Rolling Green Memorial Park in West Chester. Visit


Frank “Le” LePatourel Powell, of West Grove, passed away on June 17 at Brandywine Hall.

Born in West Chester, he was the son of J. Lewis and Elizabeth LePatourel Powell of West Grove. He was a member of the London Grove Friends Meeting. Le enjoyed animals, the outdoors and planting trees.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Jeremiah and William Powell, both of West Grove; and one sister, Flere Bomba of Strasburg, Pa.

A graveside servicewill be held at 3 p.m. July 14 at the London Grove Friends Cemetery (Route 926 and Newark Road, Kennett Square). In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Canine Partners for Life, P.O. Box 170, Cochranville, PA 19330. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Albert S. Pitts (a.k.a Big Al, Sonny, Pittsy), 82, of West Grove, died on June 19 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.  

He was the husband of Marian Szymanski Pitts, with whom he shared 63 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the adopted son of the late Christine Dodd Pitts. Albert was an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. His companies included Executive Design Investments, a financial planning company; American Technology Resources, an interactive video company; and Interactive Video Solutions. He was a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Springfield, Delaware County. He was on the board of directors for Villanova University, and founder of the Folcroft swim club in Folcroft. He was a financial report newscaster at noon for WTAF-TV channel 29. He was also a board member of the International Association of Financial Planners. Al enjoyed participating during Sunday Mass as a lector and cantor at St Gabriel’s Church in Norwood, Pa. 

Survivors include, in addition to his wife Marian, one daughter, Christine Broderick and her husband Daniel of Glen Mills; three sons, James Pitts and his wife Debra of West Chester, Thomas Pitts and his wife Loretta of Swedesboro, N.J., and Kenneth Pitts and his wife Brenda of New London; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. June 26 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). His mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to Heartland Memorial Fund, 5 Christy Drive, Suite 103, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit