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Obituaries for March 15

03/15/2021 04:11PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Madeline Brison
Madeline Brison, 90, of Toughkenamon, went home to be with the Lord on March 5. 
She was the wife of the late James Irving Brison, who died in 1999, and with whom she shared 54 years of marriage. 
Born in London Grove, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Bowman and Eleanor Davis Bowman. She received her education in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. 
Madeline was a domestic engineer for several private families.  She also worked in several local drinking establishments as a barmaid/manager, with her tenure at Sam’s Inn being the longest one.  She retired from The Country Butcher where she was able to flourish with her self-taught cooking skills, ultimately acquiring the name “The Potato Salad Lady.”
She excelled in handmade crafts, participating in craft shows, then eventually having in-home shows and weekly yard sales.  Madeline was a member of the Wednesday Night Mixed Bowling League.  She enjoyed the great sounds of B.B. King, Aaron Neville, smooth Jazz, and various gospel artists.
She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters; Joyce M. Bladen (Dennis) of Newark, Del, Joan M. Thomas and companion (Joe) of Parkesburg, Joanne M. Carter at home; two sons, Robin J. “Bubby” (Robin) of Elkton, Md., Richard C. (Nydia) of Lincoln University; four sisters, Mary Clayburn of Las Vegas, NV, Ernestine Garner of Gap, Pa., Roberta Bowman of Avondale, Harriett Shockley of Coatesville; 10 grandchildren, two of whom she reared, Robert S. Brison (Jacqueline) of Kennett Square, Michael J. Brison and partner (Jason) of Chestertown, Md., and 14 great-grandchildren who she adored.  
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sons, Robert J. and Ronald I. and her fur baby, Roxie.
You are invited to visit with Madeline’s family and friends on Saturday, March 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church of Avondale, 218 Ellicott Road, Avondale, PA 19311.  
Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks are required and social distancing will be followed.  
Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square.  Contributions in her memory may be made to Active Day of Kennett Square, 500 Old Forge Lane Suite 503, Kennett Square, PA 19348.
Arrangements are being handled by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (1-800-FUNERAL). 
To view her online tribute, please visit
Eugene Powell
Eugene “Scott” Powell, Jr., a resident of Narberth, Pa. who formerly lived in Unionville, passed away on March 10.  He was 72. 
Born in West Chester on Aug. 28, 1948, he was the son of the late Eugene “Scotty” Powell, Sr. and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Powell.  
Surviving is his sister Sally and brother-in-law Dan, his nephews Dan, Jr. and Michael, and his grand-nephew Evan and grand-niece Amelia, all of Deerfield Beach, FL.
Scott grew up in the Unionville area and, like his father before him, played basketball while attending Unionville High School. He graduated in the class of 1966.  He attended West Chester State and graduated with a degree in physical education.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1970 and was honorably discharged in 1976.  A career salesman, he worked for Pipe Express, and made many contacts throughout the tri-state area.
Many summers were spent with his friends in Avalon and the Jersey Shore.  He liked taking winter trips to South Florida and South Beach, in particular.  A long time art and music fan, he lived close to the Main Line so he could frequent the many art galleries and jazz clubs from West Chester to Philadelphia.
Interment will be private at Unionville Cemetery.  
Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home.
Please visit Scott’s online memorial by going to

Mary Emma Payne
Mary Emma Payne, 81, of Lincoln University, passed away March 9 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
She was the wife of the late Edward Payne.
Born in Lincoln University, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Viola Palmer Jones.
Mary was employed with People’s Bank in West Grove as a bank teller. She was formerly employed as a sales auditor at LIT Brothers Department Store in Philadelphia. 
She was a member of the Enon Missionary Baptist Church in West Grove where she was a deaconess and a missionary.
Mary enjoyed crocheting, cooking and word-search puzzles.
She is survived by two brothers, Monroe William Jones of West Chester and Franklin Jones of Kennett Square; one sister, Edith Jones of Lincoln University; two nieces who were her caregivers, Barbara Johnson of Christiana and Marcia Caldwell of Oxford; sister-in-law, Sondra Jones; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert Palmer, Ralph Jones, Lewis Jones and George Jones; and four sisters, Florence Wise, Shirley Tackett, Brenda Boddy and Patsy Smith.
Friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17, at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. at 86 Pine St. in Oxford. 
Services are private.
Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

Mark A. Foote
Mark A Foote, 59, of Perryville Md., passed away on March 8.
He was born and raised in Oxford. He was the son of the late Marie Kirk Foote Ham, and stepfather Nathan Ham. 
He was the husband of Susan Gotschall Foote, who passed away Sept. 25, 2017.
Mark graduated from Oxford Area High School as part of the class of 1980. 
He was employed by Commodore Computers in West Chester, EB Investment Corp, and Acme Markets in Oxford. 
He enjoyed going to Wesley Church every week, playing video games, and getting some fresh air down by the water. 
He is survived by his sister, Paula Foote Henderson of FT Myers FL; and many nieces and nephews. 
A private interment will be at Oxford cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.
Online condolences may be made at

Evelyn P. Cubbage
Evelyn P. Cubbage, a resident of Lincoln University, Pa., passed on Feb. 27 at her home. She was 80.
She was the wife of William Cubbage.
Born in Avondale, she was the daughter of the late Adnell and Sara Watson Lee.
She was a member of the Enon Missionary Baptist Church in West Grove.
She is survived by her husband; and four sons, Kevin Havelow, Matthew Havelow, George Havelow, III and Greggory Havelow; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Edith Neal of Del. and Marion Minor of FL.
She was preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey W. Havelow; three sisters, Dorothy Murray, Ida Wilson, Kathleena Warren; and four brothers, Oliver Lee, Adnell Lee Jr., Robert Lee and Lewis Lee.
Services are private due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Interment will be in Rolling Green Memorial Park in West Chester.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

James Knox Reynolds
James Knox Reynolds, known to friends as Jim, passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on Jan. 27 while surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for, and loved. The Scottsdale, AZ resident was a beloved husband and best friend of Betty (McMann) Reynolds. 
He was predeceased by his five brothers, Stanley Gilbert Reynolds, Newell Taylor Reynolds, Francis Wayland Reynolds, John Oxenbridge Reynolds, and Harold Youmans Reynolds Jr. He was also predeceased by his parents Harold and Elizabeth.
James was born in San Diego but spent most of his childhood living in Redlands, CA. Following his four older brothers' Naval service during World War II, James served in the U.S. Navy after his high school graduation. He completed his degree in agronomy at the University of California, Davis, where he played football and was an Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity member. It was at UC Davis where he met the love of his life, Betty.
After marrying, James commenced his career, working for Del Monte for four years on Molokai, HI. He then pursued a lengthy career with DuPont, which resulted in his family residing on both coasts in the U.S. He also took his family along when DuPont transferred him to Tokyo, Japan, and Geneva, Switzerland. After a 29-year worldwide career with DuPont, James retired and started his own consulting business, Agriventures, Inc. This second career lasted for over 20 years. He enjoyed advising various global enterprises that benefited from his recognized negotiation skills and sales/marketing experience—notably, Gowan Co, I.Pi.Ci. SPA, MESEI & Company, Ltd., and PHT International Inc. He retired, for the most part, in 2008.  
Jim's witty humor and positive influence was appreciated wherever he traveled. He enjoyed sing-alongs and playing the ukulele, guitar, and piano. He loved a good nap, often. Watching football was a favorite pastime. There are also many adventures on the golf course that family and friends will recall. 
Jim will be forever remembered by his wife of 65 years and his children, Marcia (Michael), Robert (Patrice), and Nina (Jeffrey). Papa Jimmy also leaves behind eight precious grandchildren, Forrest (Lindsey), Grace (Berkeley), Waverly, Robbie, Faith, Marlena, Mackie, and Owen, and the following great-grandchildren Emily, Allison, and Robin.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff and community at Maravilla (Scottsdale) and Hospice of the Valley. The family is incredibly grateful for Barbara Koss, who served as Jim’s private caregiver. The devotion shown by all who cared for Jim is a heartwarming blessing, and the family thanks God for the gift of Jim's life and the time they spent with him.
A private family memorial service will be held honoring James, with a Celebration of Life announced in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Maravilla Education Fund in c/o James K. Reynolds (Arizona Community Foundation, MEF, 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 4058, Phoenix, AZ 85016), or a charity of personal choice.

Davis Howell
Davis “PopPop” Howell, 79, passed peacefully at his Avondale home while surrounded by his loving and caring family on March 10. 
He was the husband of Doris “Dottie” Howell, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage.
Davis was born in Bel Air, Md. and grew up in Avondale. He was the son of the late Derwood Howell and the late Ethel Cox Howell.
He was a truck driver for Republic Refuse Company for over 40 years, retiring in 2007.
Davis was a life time member of the Avondale Fire Company.  He served as a firefighter for more than 50 years, and was presented with a service award for reaching that milestone in 2020.  
Davis has helped to protect and save multi-millions of dollars worth of property damage by fighting fires over the years and saved countless lives while on the ambulance. He also delivered three babies during his time. He has also served as the longtime assistant engineer, trustee and director on the board.  He loved working with the junior members to keep them safe. Avondale’s Tanker 23 was his favorite piece of equipment to operate.  He took great pride in mowing the acres of grass at the new firehouse on Gap-Newport Pike. 
In addition to his wife, Dottie, he is survived by his daughter,  Angeline Teoli and her husband John Teoli III of Lincoln University, a granddaughter, Kimberly Teoli and her husband Bill Gordon of Wilmington Del., and a grandson, John Teoli IV of Philadelphia.  
Davis was so proud of his family and loved to brag about the accomplishments of his family members.  He is also survived by three sisters, Jean Marrs of Avondale, Anita Mertz and Joan Colbert and one brother, Richard Howell from the Boyertown, Pa. area and a sister-in-law, Ester from Bally, Pa., and many nephews and nieces.  He was also “PopPop” to many others, especially Ron Cogdill and Andrew Cogdill and their families.
He was proceeded in death by his brothers, James Howell, Frank Howell, and his twin brother Dean Howell.
Family and friends are invited to his graveside service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 20 at the New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery along Route 896 in New London Township.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Avondale Home Town Heroes Wall Fund, 110 Pomeroy Avenue, P.O. Box 247, Avondale, PA 19311or to the Avondale Fire Company, 23 Firehouse Way, Avondale, PA 19311.
To view the online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit
Arrangements are being handled by the Folk Funeral Home in West Grove.

Pearl G. Cochran
Pearl G. Cochran, 86, of Peach Bottom, entered into rest on March 11. Born in North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Claude C. and Nancy M. (Greer) Osborne.
Pearl was a loving daughter, wife, mother, mom-mom, and great-mom-mom, and her family was the most important thing in her life. 
She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, and helping others.
She is survived by three daughters, Cindy Harnish of Willow Street; Cathy Zimmerman of Dupont, Pa.; and Jennifer Cochran of Peach Bottom. 
Also surviving are four grandchildren, Callie Cash, Christopher Harnish, Johnathan Zimmerman, and Anthony Zimmerman; two great-granddaughters, Gwendolyn Cash and Emelia Harnish; and one great-grandson, Brendon Zimmerman. 
She was preceded in death by Robert S. Cochran, her husband of 59 years, and three brothers, Cordus Osborne, Herbert Osborne, and Raymond Greer.
The arrangements are being handled by Dewald Funeral & Cremation Services, 227 West 4th Street, Quarryville, PA. 
A private interment will be at the discretion of the family.
Instead of flowers, please consider a contribution to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604, or a charity of your choice.
To leave an online condolence, please visit  

Mildred C. Boyd 
Mildred C. Boyd died peacefully with her family by her side on March 10. She was 99.
She was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 13, 1921 to William S. and Helen Regina (Young) Cox.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Lawrence J. Boyd, Sr., and her cherished daughter Joan Marie Boyd Davis. 
She is survived by her sister, Doris C. Strasser of Dania Beach, FL; her loving sons, Lawrence J. Boyd, Jr. of Chula Vista, CA and John Stephen Boyd (Eleanor) of Avondale; and her adoring grandchildren,  granddaughters Stephanie Davis Andrew (Daniel) of Forest Hill, MD and Cathleen Davis Luce (John) of Middleburg, VA; great-grandchildren Jacob Davis Andrew, Benjamin Ross Andrew, Alexander Lawrence Andrew, and Julia Davis Luce; and great-great-granddaughter Nova Sky Andrew.
Mildred grew up in Philadelphia and then Oxford, which is where she met the love of her life, Lawrence J. Boyd, Sr.  
They married on Valentine’s Day in 1942. They went on to build a warm, loving family and shared 47 wonderful years together.  
She worked at National Vulcanized Fiber and Pensupreme.  She enjoyed day trips shopping and sightseeing, visiting family out of state, the beach, and the mountains. 
She was kind, charitable, wise, and had a sharp mind full of information and life experience. She nurtured, loved, and supported her family every day, and the family members are all so grateful to have had her in their lives for so many years.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Oliver H. Bair Co. Funeral Home at 8500 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA 19082. 
The services and burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to The American Cancer Society at