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Obituaries for the week of March 7

03/08/2022 12:32AM ● By Steven Hoffman


John James Plummer, 79, of Pocopson Township,  passed away on Feb. 25 at his residence. He was the husband of Gloria Marie Plummer, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.

Born in Chester, Pa., he was the son of the late John G. Plummer and the late Kathryn Kunkel Plummer.

Jack, as he liked to be called, was a machine shop manager at The Boeing Co. in Ridley Park, Pa.  He retired in 2005 after 40 years of service.

He was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kennett Square.

Jack was a talented carpenter, and he loved making stained glass. He also loved the outdoors and was an animal lover. He was a fan of all sports, but in particular Chelsea Soccer, NASCAR, and his beloved Philadelphia sports teams. What was most important to him however, was spending quality time with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, John J. Plummer, Jr. (and his wife Diane) of Kennett Square; one daughter, Melanie D’Antonio (and her husband Anthony) of Kennett Square; one sister, Catherine Blackburn of New Holland, Pa.;  eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren

Jack was predeceased by one daughter, Cindy A. Farley.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 at the Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square. His Memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the  American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.

To view Jack’s online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Nancy Lee Salinas Alvarez

Nancy Lee Salinas Alvarez, age 52, of Avondale,  a beautiful mother and wife,  gained her wings on March 1. She passed at her residence in Avondale while surrounded by loved ones. She is now at peace in the warmth and comfort of loved ones passed to protect  her and guide her on her new and beautiful journey. 

Nancy was born on a beautiful, sunny day in Yadkinsville, NC on Sept. 16, 1969. She was the daughter of Enoch ll South and Joyce Ward.

She was the youngest of four and her siblings included a brother, Enoch III South and two sisters, Tina Bernal and Sarah Czyz. The family later gained a half-sister, Jeannie South.

Since she was little, Nancy loved to be free and barefoot, and she loved to dance. She was always a free spirit. She loved to put the pedal to the metal and was always on the go. She lived life in the moment .Cleaning was her favorite thing to do. She did it for many years.

Nancy was a mother to three beautiful children: Joshua, age 36, Brittany, age 33, and Alyssa, age 31. The children gave Nancy 9 beautiful grandchildren who she adored.


She lived for her family and loved them all tremendously. In her free time, she enjoyed spending time with her husband, Leopoldo Salinas Alvarez. They shared 19 years together and he was the love of her life.

They loved going to Delaware Park and playing the horse tracks. She knew about every horse and jockey. She will always be remembered for her love of the color purple, for her love of sunflowers, and for just loving everyone unconditionally. She was the person to give you the shirt off her back and enjoyed the simple things in life. She will be sorely missed and loved forever by family and friends.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Leopoldo Salinas Alvarez of Avondale; her three children, Joshua Zavala of Del., .Brittany (Marvin) Tyler of Dover Del., and  Alyssa (Luis) Diaz of Kirkwood. 

She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and by a sister, Tina Bernal of Smyrna Del., a brother-in- law, Moses Bernal,.and numerous nieces and nephews and aunts and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Enoch ll South and Joyce Ward; a brother, Enoch lll South and a sister, Sarah Czyz; two nephews, Ayden Foster and Enoch lV South; and numerous other loved ones.

Her funeral will be private just family and friends. 

The view her online tribute ad to share a memory with her family ,please visit

Dorothy M. (Dubbs) Fike

Dorothy M. “Dottie” (Dubbs) Fike, 90, formerly of Dover, Pa., passed away on March 1 after a long illness at Lakeland Healthcare Center, Elkhorn, WI, where she has resided for the past four years.

She was born on Dec. 1,1931 in York, Pa. to the late Harvey C. and Ellen M. (Brenneman) Dubbs, 

She was the wife of the late Robert E. Fike.

Services were held on March 5 at Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors Inc, 863 S. George Street, York, Pa.  Burial will be at Salem Union Cemetery, in Jacobus, Pa.

Dottie and her husband were longtime residents of both Aston, and Oxford. She was active in the Ladies Auxiliary for the Oxford Fire Department, the XYZ Group of Oxford, and Southern Chester Senior Circle, as well as a member of the Strinestown United Brethren Church of Manchester, Pa.

Dottie is survived by her daughter, Donna M. (Arthur) Mahanna; a son, Bryan E. Fike; her grandsons, Nicholas A. Mahanna, and Jason A. (Samantha) Cebulski; one great-granddaughter, Charlotte; a brother, Ronald J. Dubbs (and his wife Waynetta (Sipe) Dubbs); and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her brothers, Richard “Dick” Dubbs, Harvey “Harve” Dubbs Jr., Ken Dubbs, and her friend and companion late in life, Ronald Reyburn.


William P. McLimans, Sr.,  age 92, of Oxford, passed away on March 3 at his residence. 

He was the husband of Reba Miles McLimans, who passed away in 2020, and with whom he shared 65 years of marriage.

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late S. Pusey McLimans and the late Florence Myers McLimans.

He was the foreman of the carpenter shop at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, retiring in 1990 after 28 years of service. He was veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean conflict.

William was a master woodworker. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, fishing, reading, traveling, watching the Phillies on TV, and being with his family and friends.

He was a lifelong member of the West Grove Presbyterian Church, where he served several terms on the Board of Trustees, including serving as board president, and also served on two Pastoral Nominating Committees.

He is survived by one daughter, Kimberly A. McLimans of Oxford; two sons, William P. McLimans Jr. of Nottingham and James R. McLimans (and his wife Kathy) of West Grove; and four grandchildren, Shannon McLimans, Katelyn McLimans, Christopher McLimans and Michael McLimans.

He was predeceased by one sister, Mary Moore and four brothers, Harry McLimans (who died in infancy),  John “Jack” McLimans, Robert McLimans and James McLimans.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday morning, March 11 at the West Grove Presbyterian Church, 139 West Evergreen Street in West Grove. His funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. 

Burial will be in the New London Presbyterian Cemetery on Route 896 in New London.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the West Grove Presbyterian Church, 139 West Evergreen Street, West Grove, PA 19390.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Richard Southard

Richard "Dick" Southard, a retired farmer, avid horseman and lifelong resident of Willowdale, passed away on Feb. 25 while at home with his family. He was 80.

Dick is survived by his wife, Lua; his sons, Kenneth Charles Southard, Sr. (Marie) of Centreville, Md. and Kevin Oas Southard, of Millington MD.; his grandsons, Kenneth C. Southard, Jr. (Morganne), of Centreville, Md. and Paul D. Southard of Salisbury, Md.; his granddaughters, Misty D. Amarena (Joe) of Glastonbury, CT, Jacquelyn and Jennifer Southard of Millington, Md., and four great-grandchildren, Julia, Landon and Alyvia Southard and Theodore Amarena.

He is also survived by brothers, Thomas Southard of Rural Retreat, VA and Frank Southard of Elsmere, Del., and his sisters, Mary Burton and Marla Lewis, both of West Grove. 

Dick was predeceased by his mother and father, a sister, Lydie Laub and a grandson, James R. Southard.

Dick was born on Dec. 8, 1941, to Thomas Southard, Sr. and Laura Hale Southard. He lived 72 years of his life within one mile of Willowdale where he grew up from the age of three.  He lived and worked as the farm manager on Mr. Truman Welling's Scarlett Thicket Farm for over 55 years. The farm raised crops, cattle and horses. 

On September 23, 1961, Dick married his high school sweetheart, Lua Oas, whose career was based in the equine industry.  On March 15, 1962 and October 10, 1964, respectively, he welcomed his two sons into this world.

Dick was a devoted father and husband. He would light up a party with his sense of humor, enjoyed making furniture, coaching recreational youth soccer, traveling, karate, the great outdoors, and his own brand of storytelling.  He was also a firefighter at the Unionville Fire Company for many years.

He "bled" John Deere green and yellow. Most of his equipment on the farm was John Deere.  Dick also had a collection of antique John Deere "putt-putts" and a huge collection of John Deere memorabilia.

A private memorial for immediate family was held on March 5 at Ware Retirement Village, in Oxford. You are invited to Dick's Celebration of Life ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 at Scarlett Thicket Farm, 284 W Street Road in Kennett Square. 

Please wear your favorite John Deere hat and dress is casual attire. Contributions in his memory may be made to Stroud Water Research Center, a not-for-profit organization performing freshwater research, environmental education and watershed restoration, at 970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311 or online at

Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory of Kennett Square (484-734-8100). 

To view his online tribute, please visit

Roger L. Cason

Roger L. Cason passed away on Feb. 28.  

He was the beloved husband of June Macnabb Cason, with whom he shared more than 69 years of marriage.  

He was a devoted father to a son, David A. Cason and daughter-in-law Donna Cason of Stone Ridge, NY; a daughter, Diane C. Blankenship and son-in-law Calvin Blankenship of Frostburg, Md.; and a daughter, Nancy L. Cason of Cary, NC. He was a loving grandfather of Brett Cason, Kaete Cason Bonagura, Graham Cason, Brice Blankenship, and Callie Collins, and great-grandfather of Finley Cason and Hayes Bonagura.  He is also survived by his sister Jean C. Strickholm of Demarest, NJ.

Roger was a 1951 mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Rochester, with membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi. He eventually earned three master’s degrees in mechanical engineering, business administration and liberal studies and was a registered professional engineer in West Virginia, Texas, and Delaware. 

After serving three years in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, Roger had a 38-year career with DuPont as a mechanical engineer, financial analyst, and financial manager.  He authored 14 articles in technical or management periodicals.

Following retirement from DuPont, he served as a consultant to thirteen nonprofit organizations and was an adjunct instructor for microeconomics at Rosemont College and at Delaware Technical and Community College.  Roger also served on the international Executive Service Corps in Romania, consulting on the chemical industry.  He then stayed in Romania where he was asked to teach new and vitally important finance concepts in post-communist Romania. He served twice as the commander of the Wilmington Power Squadron and was a Senior Navigator.  He also served as the Mid-Eastern Regional President of the National Model Railroad Association and was a Master Model Railroader. 

His hobby interests included traveling, model railroading, sailing, and duplicate bridge.

He was recognized by inclusion in Who’s Who in the East as well as Marquis Who’s Who as a Distinguished Humanitarian. 

A memorial service will take place Tuesday, March 22 at 1 p.m. at Jenner’s Pond Retirement community in the Alison Building located at 2000 Greenbriar Lane, West Grove, PA 19390.  A reception will immediately follow at the same location. 

In lieu flowers, the Cason family asks that donations be made to Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community with a memo stating, “Scholarship Fund in honor of Roger Cason,” and sent to the mailing address of 2000 Greenbriar Lane, West Grove, PA 19390.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove.


Dr. Russell Gordon Doyle, M.D. 

Dr. Russell Gordon Doyle, M.D., of Oxford, passed away on March 3 after a heart attack and a brief stay at Chester County Hospital – Penn Medicine.

Dr. Doyle was born to the late Russell William and Rheubena L. L. Williams Doyle on Nov. 12, 1928 in Beccaria Township, Pa. 

He graduated from high school in 1946 in Beccaria Township, Pa., and in 1950, from Grove City College with a bachelor of in chemistry.  He attended Temple University Medical Schoo, in Philadelphia, earning an M.D. degree in 1954, followed by a medical internship at Altoona Hospital, Altoona, Pa. 

In 1954, Dr. Russell Doyle married Dr. Faye Robinson, M.D. at the Oxford Presbyterian Church. Their four children Hoyt, Alma, Lela and Elsa were born in 1955, 1956, 1958 and 1960, respectively.

Dr. Doyle served in the U.S. Army at Fort Riley, KS, in active duty from 1955 to 1957. In 1961, he joined the 166th Tactical Clinic in the Delaware Air National Guard (DANG) in New Castle, Del. He was a flight surgeon and the Commanding Officer of the DANG Medical Clinic. He eventually became the State Air Surgeon. During 1990 and 1991, he served at Myrtle Beach AFB during Operation Desert Shield and at Andrews AFB during Operation Desert Storm. He retired from the Air National Guard as a Colonel in 1992.

Dr. Doyle practiced in an Oxford family medical practice for 31 years, with his wife and father-in-law, the late Dr. Fount B. Robinson M.D. Drs. Doyle helped found Southern Chester County Medical Center in Jennersville. He served as chief of active medical staff at the hospital in Jennersville for many years.  He was the 113th President of the Chester County Medical Society, and served as the Chester County Coroner for several years. Dr. Doyle retired from the family medicine practice in October of 1988.

Dr. Doyle further participated in the local community by serving on the Oxford Borough Council for multiple terms. 

His hobbies were woodworking, skiing, bike riding, canoeing, hiking and pistol marksmanship.  In 1965, he was the Expert category Pistol Champion for the U.S. Reserve Forces and then stepped up a level and attained Distinguished Master Marksman.  He received many pistol marksmanship trophies, medals and awards. 

He is survived by: his wife, Dr. Faye Doyle; one son, Hoyt (the late Sharon) Doyle; three daughters, Alma Doyle Barton, Lela (Mark Graber) Doyle and Elsa Doyle (Karl) Honma; five grandchildren, Joanna Doyle (Tom) Wolf, Nada Honma, Russell Honma, Sara Graber (Patrick) Vaughn and Bill Graber; three great-grandchildren, Rowan Wolf, Patrick Wolf and Robyn Vaughn; brother-in-law Carl (Joan) Robinson; nephews Carl Robinson Jr. and Dennis (Robin) Robinson and children, and children of his late niece, Dawn (Bill) Smiley.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on  Saturday, March 12 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St. in Oxford, where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Interment with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Mason-Dixon Post #194, Rising Sun, Md. will be held in Oxford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Doyle’s memory may be made to: Union Fire Co. No. 1, Ambulance Division, 315 Market St., Oxford, PA 19363; Oxford Neighborhood Service Center, 35 N. 3rd St., Oxford, PA 19363; Oxford Education Foundation, PO Box 142, Oxford, PA 19363; or the American Heart Association, on-line at

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. 

Online condolences may be made at

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