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Obituaries for the week for October 11th

Francis William Briley
Francis William "Frickey" Briley, of West Grove, passed away in West Chester on Sept. 26, 2023. He was 95.

He was the husband of Betty Prange Briley. They had 67 years of happy married life.

Francis was born and raised in Kennett Square. He went on to proudly serve his country as a U.S. Marine during World War II. He then went and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he was awarded the Bronze Star. After his years in the service, he returned home and worked as a furniture salesman in Kennett Square.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, of West Grove, sister-in-law, Julia Powers of Rising Sun, Md., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services were held on Oct. 6 at Faggs Manor Cemetery, 508 Street Road in  Cochranville. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg. Online condolences may be posted at

Angela L. McMahan
Angela L. McMahan, of Rogersville, Tenn., passed away Sept. 28,2023 at her home. She was 57.

She was the wife of the late James McMahan.

Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Kermit and Jessie Lucille Yates Doss.

Angie was a graduate of Avon Grove High School.

She worked for over 20 years for Acme Markets where she enjoyed helping people and made many good friends over the years. 

Angie loved cooking, cleaning, and family get-togethers which always included food and pitching horseshoes if the weather was nice.

Her smile was genuine, and her heart was full of love. Her beauty was inside and out. She could make you laugh till you cried.

Eating crabs was a must with Angie, especially on her birthday when she was surrounded by family.

Her banana pudding and deviled eggs were enjoyed at each holiday get-together.

Another special memory her family has is getting ready for Black Friday shopping.

Angie is survived by her two daughters, Rachel Werkman (Matthew) of IL and Devyn McMahan (Kayden) of Colora, Md.; one granddaughter, Harper; two brothers, Donald Owens of Charlestown, Md. and Ronald Owens of Chester, Pa.; and two sisters, Jetta Pierce of Nottingham and Robin Honaker of Baltimore, Md.

She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Shannon Owens of North East, Md., April Owens of Port Deposit, Md., Frank Pierce, Jr. of Nottingham, David Karnes (Amanda) of Fla., Zac Owens (Nikki) of Paradise, Amanda Lawson (Dustin) of Nottingham, Kevin Karnes (Savannah) of Tenn., Roger Honaker of Tenn., Ryan Honaker of Tenn., Randy Honaker (Olivia & Rosie), Jared Owens of Parkside, Jenna Owens of Parkside, and many great nieces and Nephews that she loved dearly, and they loved her.

She was preceded in death by her brother, David Karnes and two baby sisters, Rachel and Yvonne.

A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 21 at Christ Church at the Grove, 1772 New London Road in Landenberg, where friends and family may visit from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  A luncheon will follow at the church.

Interment will be private.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at  

Ella E. Fulton
Ella E. Fulton, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, went home to be with her Lord on Sept. 29, 2023. She was 95.

She was the wife of the late William T. Fulton, Jr., with whom she shared 73 years of marriage.

Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Mary Jamison Melrath.

She worked various jobs throughout her life—including as a food service worker for the Oxford Area School District, babysitting and housekeeping.

She lived at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.

She enjoyed reading her Bible, cooking, baking, gardening, canning, playing cards, watching the Phillies, her church family and being a mighty prayer warrior. She especially loved playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

To cherish her memory, Ella leaves her four children, Joan Baker, Ronald Fulton (Tammy), Sandra Hall (David), and Bethany Freeman (John). She will be missed by 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She is survived by a sister Janet Abrams of Elkton, Md. and a sister-in-law Virginia Melrath of Oxford.

She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Ronald Baker.

Services were held at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. on Oct. 6.

Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the First Baptist Church of Oxford, 552 Market St, Oxford, PA 19363.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at  

Lawrence E. Moore
Lawrence E. Moore, age 66, passed away peacefully on Oct. 2, 2023 at his residence. He was the husband of Debra Steinbaecher Moore, with whom he shared 25 years of marriage. 

He was born July 22, 1957 in West Grove. He was the son of the late Lemuel Moore, III and the late Grace Smith Moore. He grew up on a dairy farm and attended Avon Grove High School, Class of 1975. 

Larry ran the Soils Division of Modern Mushroom Farms where he worked for over 40 years.  He was a man of many talents and had an incredible work ethic. In addition to his full-time job, he ran a towing business and moonlighted as a mechanic.  He enjoyed buying and selling used cars, trucks motorcycles, and just about anything powered by an engine.  

He was an avid Harley rider, passionate about gardening and he was a true dog lover. His mother, Grace Moore, who passed only two years ago, bred, raised and showed champion Doberman Pinchers. Having been raised in this environment, Larry often claimed to be “part Doberman” himself. 

Larry was constantly helping others.  He was an active and accomplished member of Alcoholics Anonymous.  He not only achieved 31 years of sobriety, but he continued to speak at meetings and sponsored countless others in the program.  He held deep wisdom and empathy that drew people to him seeking his invaluable council.   

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jesse Richter and his partner, Laura Capraro of Lansdale, Pa. and Dustin Moore and his wife Sarah of Oxford and three daughters, Katina Elville and her husband Gary of Conowingo, Md. and Alyssa Riley of Wellsboro, Pa. and Chamellia Lewis and her husband Steven Giummo of Florida. Also surviving are two brothers, Wesley Moore and Lemuel Moore IV, both of Pennsylvania, one sister, Tami Dilley of Kirkwood, Pa., and ten grandchildren. 

He was predeceased by one sister, June Stewart. 

A celebration of life took place at The Carriage House in Port Deposit, Md. on Oct 15.

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

Ronald E. Cook
Ronald E. Cook, of Oxford, passed away while at home on Oct. 6, 2023. He was 78.

He was the husband Joyce Ann Gill Cook, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. 

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Howard E. and Ruth M. McAllister Cook.

Ronald retired in 1995 from Chrysler in Newark, Del. He worked as a body shop assembler for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, a grandson, Jordan Windle, a brother, Darrell C. Cook of Russellville, a sister, Diane S. Wolleyhan of Chesapeake City, Md. and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving pet, Emmy.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. on  Wednesday, October 11 at the Oxford Cemetery, 220 N. Third St. in Oxford.

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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