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Introduction to Congo Funeral Home

Congo Funeral Home, located in Wilmington, DE, has been a pillar of support for families in their time of need. With a commitment to providing compassionate and personalized funeral services, Congo Funeral Home has established itself as a trusted name in the community. In this article, we will delve into the history, services, and values that make Congo Funeral Home stand out.

A Brief History of Congo Funeral Home

Congo Funeral Home has a rich history that dates back several decades. Founded on the principles of dignity, respect, and compassion, the funeral home has remained family-owned and operated, ensuring that every family receives the personalized attention they deserve. Over the years, Congo Funeral Home has built a reputation for excellence, earning the trust of generations of families in Wilmington and beyond.

Congo Funeral Home

Address: 2904 W. 2nd Street, Wilmington, DE, 19805
Phone Number: 13022188632
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Congo Funeral Home

Address: P.O. Box 2593, Wilmington, DE, 19805
Phone Number: 302.652.8887
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Gwendolyn Evans-Taylor - June 30, 1935 - April 16, 2024

Departed: 04/16/2024 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Gwendolyn Evans-Taylor, age 88, departed this life April 16, 2024.
Her funeral services will take place 11AM, Mon., April 29, 2024 at Congo Legacy Center, 501 W. 28th Street, Wilmington, DE 19802. There will be a public viewing from 9:00am until 10:45am only. She will be laid to rest in Gracelawn Memorial Park.
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Beatrice M. Anderson - December 01, 1930 - July 25, 2023

Departed: 07/25/2023 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Beatrice M. Anderson, daughter of the late Raymond and Olie M. Anderson, began her journey of life on December 1, 1930 in Locust Grove, MD.
She received her education through the public school system in New Castle County DE. She worked as an aide for Stubbs Elementary School and also worked at the City County building. Beatrice enjoyed music, watching TD Jakes and her favorite football team, the Pittsburg Steelers. She faithfully read the newspaper to keep abreast of all current affairs and was an excellent cook. We will definitely miss her white potato pie, cod fish and pancakes.  She was one of the neighborhood moms and will be missed by those that knew her as Miss Bea.
Beatrice loved her Family dearly.
She leaves to cherish her memory her children: Henry (Poncho) Anderson, Gerald Anderson(Bridget), Pamela Anderson and Tye Anderson(Evenlyn) (preceded in death) Brenda, Andre, Larry, Marsha, Leslie and Valerie Anderson. Also, left to cherish her memory is her dear sister Anna Washington of Dover DE, her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The scripture Beatrice cherished most was Psalm 23:
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me,
your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Amen
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Ethel B Brown - February 15, 1955 - July 19, 2023

Departed: 07/19/2023 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Ethel Bernice Brown, daughter of Ethel Lean Wayne & Clarence Edward Austin, was born February 15, 1955 in Charlottesville, VA. She departed this life on July 19, 2023 at home.
Her early education began in the public schools of Buckingham, VA where she graduated from Buckingham High School.
In 1978, she was united in Holy Matrimony to Ronald Brown whom she met on a blind date. Little did they know that this date would blossom into 45 years of marriage. From this union came Lisa and Ronnie to whom she was a devoted Mom choosing to stay at home in their initial years.
Bernice worked for many years at the K-mart in Bear, Delaware before retiring. Her work ethic was always admired due to her meticulous attention to detail. When home, she spent her time tending to her roses, shopping, and her most favorite past time of all -- spoiling her five grandchildren.
At an early age, she gave her life to the Lord and became a lifelong member of Warminster Baptist Church in Buckingham, VA. However, during her illness, she would often be found on Sunday mornings attending multiple church services virtually.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Ethel Austin, her older brother, “Butch”, and her younger sister, Linda.
She leaves to cherish her memory: her loving husband, Ronald; her children, Lisa Phillips (Andrew) and Ronnie Brown (Ashley); her grandchildren, Nathan, Olivia, Joy, Trinity and Sydney; her sister, Delphine Najeeullah (Ronald); and her nephew, Anthony Austin; along with many friends and family. A Tribute by her Husband You Walked This Journey by Ronald Brown You walked this journey with me through wind, through rain On cloudy days you made the sun In the Sun you were the shade Sometimes the hills too steep Sometimes the valley way too low Yet you walked with me On long dusty roads Through the mud after the storm we rest by road cooled under rustling leaves on lonely trees You made Sweet wine from life's bitter fruit Thank you for walking this journey with me
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Celes Lynch - October 14, 1945 - July 02, 2023

Departed: 07/02/2023 (Wilmington)
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Celes Lynch, 77, was born in St. Ann Parish in Jamaica on October 14, 1945 to William David and Beatrice Johnson. She earned her Heavenly Wings on July 2, 2023, after watching Pastor Stanley Hearst, II preach about justice and hope, two characteristics that epitomize her life.
She is the 3rd eldest of seven children who were taught to love, respect and care for one another. She was born with a “Green Thumb,” for she could bring any plant back to life. This would serve as a metaphor for her God-ordained mission and purpose.
Upon moving to the United States from Jamaica, she lived in Pennsylvania for a short period of time, before making Delaware her home. In Wilmington, Delaware, Celes would find joy in caring for others at Governor Bacon, where she worked for the State of Delaware for 30 years. In 1971, she married Herman Lynch and from this union they birthed a son, Patrick L. Lynch. She attended Haven United Methodist Church and sang on the Gospel Choir. One could see her in the front singing with the Sopranos belting out “Hallelujah, Salvation and Glory,” with her son Patrick and the man with whom she would share her life until his untimely demise, Clarence W. Dorsey, Jr. “Uncle Bubby.”
Celes was a Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Auntie, Friend and Caregiver. Celes loved traveling to England to see family or cruising the Atlantic Ocean. She enjoyed living everyday to the fullest. She, Alice, Gwen, Mae and her dear friend, June Pettie, would travel the world together and bring back such uplifting pictures of their journeys.
Celes loved gardening and in 2004 she won the Wilmington City Garden Contest. Her home on West 2nd Street was recognizable because the front was filled with beautiful flowers, uniquely placed to bring tranquility to anyone who came near her property. As well, her backyard was the best-looking garden in the city and she was proud of that.
Celes was actively engaged in the West Side community. She faithfully attended the 7th District Civic Association and 7th District Neighborhood Planning Council meetings making great contributions to the city she loved. She instilled these values in her family too.
She also worked at the Rosehill Plantery in New Castle. Visiting her there, would bring immediate joy to anyone present. Moreover, throughout her life, she rendered care to Ms. Hilda Mowatt, Ms. Ella James, Ms. Constance Johnson and Bubby.
She enjoyed being a Grandmother. She would assist with getting Patrick, Jr, Megan and Morgan from school and she helped with their care, when they were small. She was the Grandmother who never charged for her services. One of the most precious moments to witness was Celes reading and coloring with her Grandchildren. For her last birthday, each grandchild wrote special messages to her about how much she means to them.
Also, a scripture she quoted often is “ My God will supply your every need according to His riches and glory.” She was correct, for in her time of need, she could rely upon her Son, Patrick and her Niece, Rep Sherry Dorsey Walker, to provide care for her. She often shared how grateful she was to have them in her life. They expressed the same sentiment regarding her.
Additionally, she enjoyed her lunches, conversations and cups of tea with her sister, Betty J. Dorsey. They would “get the basement together” and take breaks, while also planting flowers in the backyard. One of the most entertaining moments with them involved watching “Family Feud,” sharing their thoughts about the answers, while rejoicing for the winners.
Celes had an infectious smile and a hearty laugh that could transform a room. Her mission was to leave a place better than she found it. This is exactly what she did with her life. Celes’ spirit will forever dwell in her family. Having her in the world made a difference in the lives of others.
She leaves to cherish her memory, Son/Caregiver, Patrick, Grandchildren, Patrick, Jr. Megan and Morgan, Siblings Alice Johnson, Gwen Johnson, Abraham “Stanley” Johnson, Jephart “Jeff” Johnson, James Johnson, Laurel “Mae” Johnson and Betty J. Dorsey, her Niece/Caregiver Rep Sherry Dorsey Walker and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Loving Submitted by the Family
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Patricia A. Boyer - December 14, 1950 - May 30, 2023

Departed: 05/30/2023 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Reverend Patricia A. Boyer, daughter of Haywood Henry and Laura Brothers, was born on December 14, 1950, in New York, New York. She was called home to be with the Lord on the 30th day of May 2023 in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
She received her early education in catholic schools in Harlem, New York, and graduated from Fletcher Brown High School in 1969 and attended Delaware Technical Community College in Wilmington, Delaware. At an early age, she received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. She was a member of the House of God Church, the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth without controversy Inc., Keith Dominion 1 Timothy 3:15-16. She was ordained to the ministry in June of 2008. She was known as the neighborhood mother. Whenever someone was in need, she always tried to help. She was a social worker by trade with a big heart. Her main focus was helping the younger generation; even in her later years, it went from teens and young adults to older people.
Reverend Boyer was a loving and adoring mother of seven children, who loved her dearly, Ronny Young (Dawn), Shawnda Jones, Tasha Jones, Ronnette McIntosh (Irvin), Lakisha Boyer, Sharita Boyer, and Marcus E. Boyer. She was the grandmother of twenty-five grand and 15 great-grandchildren. She admired and adored them. One God-daughter Beverly Davis, and a host of nieces and nephews. Her two brothers, Norris Bothers and Malcolm Frazier. She also leaves to cherish her confidants Selma Sanders, Francis, Joyce Ravenel, and Eunice Williams-Wardell.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Haywood Henry and Laura Brothers, and her sister and brother, Noreen and Leon Brothers. Her daughter Shawnda Jones and her granddaughter De’Andre Jones. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
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Angelo Jerome Lloyd - September 02, 1965 - April 20, 2023

Departed: 04/20/2023 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Angelo Jerome Lloyd affectionately known as "Chip" departed on April 20, 2023 at the age of 57.  Angelo was born in Wilmington, DE September 2, 1965 to the late Paula Mae Lloyd and Stanley King.  Angelo was predeceased by his Wife Vanessa Lloyd.
Angelo's way and energy was engaging, dynamic and universal.  He was a father, brother, friend, comedian and flirt.  To know Angelo was truly to love him.  He was a God fearing man, kind and gentle soul with an infectious smile and personality that would light up any room.  Angelo was a jack of all trades most of all a Master Chef.  Angelo loved cooking and sharing recipes.  It was his way of comforting ones soul through food and laughter.  Angelo loved his family and his family adored him.
Angelo leaves to cherish his memory: 2 sons, Angelo Caceres and Anthony Lloyd, 2 grandchildren Kadience Irons and Angelo Caceres Jr., 4 sisters Stacy Ponzo-Owens(Prentiss), Marsha Harris, Jeri Lloyd and Kenyetta Marr(Charles), and a host of nieces and nephews. We will always love you Angelo!
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Jonathan "Joe" Henry - September 06, 1948 - December 31, 2022

Departed: 12/31/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Jonathan “Joe” Henry, son of Reuben and Eliza Henry of Stockton, AL, was born on September 6, 1948. He received his early education in Bay Minette, Alabama and graduated from Douglasville High in 1966. After graduating from high school, he joined the Army where he served for 2 years.
In 1970, he was united in Holy Matrimony to Helen Henry, his childhood sweetheart.  From this union, after moving to Delaware, Ta-Tanisha and Jonta were born. Joe and Helen met in first grade (6 years old), were high school sweethearts, were married in 1970 and celebrated 50 years of marriage before Helen passed away in 2020.
Joe was a devoted member of Macedonia Baptist Church and served in the following duties: Transportation Ministry, Male Chorus Ministry and Security Ministry.
He was the co-owner of H & J Beauty and Barber Salon and retired from Chrysler Corporation in 2005. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.  He was full of jokes and brought joy and laughter to those around him.
Joe departed this life surrounded by family on December 31, 2022, allowing him to be reunited in heaven and dance into the New Year with his late wife and love of his life, Helen.  Joe was always the life of the party and will be deeply missed.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his dear daughters, Ta Tanisha of Columbia, SC and Jonta Henry of Union City, NJ; four grandchildren, Michael Johnson-Henry, of Newark, DE, Nondie Custis-Henry, Alaysia McNeely and Cheyenne McNeely; one great grandchild Aiden Custis, all of Columbia, SC; two sisters: Bernice Boykin of Bay Minette, AL and Patricia Byrd of Houston, TX; two brothers, Floyd, of Newark, DE and Clyde (Margaret), of Keller, TX; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife Helen Henry, parents Reuben and Eliza Henry and his brothers Calvin and Reuben “Doc” Henry.
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James Theodore Word - April 25, 1944 - December 24, 2022

Departed: 12/24/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: An obituary will be posted at a later date.
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Jon Gibson - October 07, 1960 - December 23, 2022

Departed: 12/23/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Jon,
You will forever be loved and missed. Always, Your Loving Family
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William Alvin Hall - September 01, 1937 - October 28, 2022

Departed: 10/28/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: William Alvin Hall was born on September 1, 1937, in Newark, DE. to William S. Hall and Mary Hall.
Alvin’s early education started at New London Ave. School for Colored Children, and he attended Howard High School, graduating with a General Education Diploma. Alvin attended Delaware State College for two years.
Sports were a big part of Alvin’s life. Having played on Championship Teams, he was a High School and Community Standout! Alvin’s accomplishments were many – selected in 1956 as the First North Black All Star Player to play in the University of Delaware Blue Gold Football Game. He was mentioned in both the Blue/Gold 25th Anniversary Celebration and Sports Illustrated Magazine concerning his integration problems in 1956. The Wilmington News Journal featured Alvin’s picture and awards earned as a High School Football Player in their coverage of the 25th Anniversary.
In high school Alvin played Baseball and Football on Championship Teams. He was a High School and Community stand out! In 1956, he was selected as a North Black All Star Player, played in the “FIRST” Blue/Gold Football Game at the University of Delaware. He was mentioned in their 25th Anniversary Celebration and Sports Illustrated Magazine published an article regarding his integration problems. The Wilmington News Journal Newspaper also featured Alvin’s picture and awards earned as a High School football player in their coverage of the 25th Anniversary.
Alvin served in the Military and received an Honorable Discharge, he also served in the Army Reserves. He married his Sweetheart, Betty Nalls, and they recently celebrated their 58th Wedding Anniversary.
Alvin was the first African American employee to integrate Avon Products in Newark, DE., where he received an Award for 11 Years Perfect Attendance and retired after 30 years.
Alvin played Softball with Kingswood Men’s Club, (received the Judy Johnson Player of the Year Award). He also played on other teams in Delaware and Pennsylvania. For many years, Alvin coached Little League Baseball, Flag and Tackle Football. Until recently, you could find Alvin at the Bowling Alley.
Alvin in recent years, attended Pilgrim Baptist Church with his wife Betty. He frequently helped the Culinary Ministry and gave a helping hand where needed.
Alvin is survived by his Wife Betty, one Son, Michael, three Grandsons: Michael, Keenen and Ryan; and Great-Grandson Noah; Brother, Arthur Wright (Charlene); Sister-in-law Maurita Hall; Brothers-in-law Donald Comegys, William Reed; devoted Niece, Lauren Comegys, and other Nieces and Nephews.
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Debra Thompson - December 31, 1954 - October 20, 2022

Departed: 10/20/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Debra J. Thompson Gunter went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 20. She was born in Cocoa Beach, Florida on December 31, 1954 and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She left Philadelphia to move to Los Angeles, CA in 1980 where she met then married U.S. Marine, Dana Wood. They moved to Oahu, Hawaii in 1985 where daughter Danielle Wood was born in 1986. The military relocated them to Jacksonville, NC and finally to Wilmington Delaware in 1989 where daughter Danay Wood was born in 1991. Debra resided in Delaware for over 30 years.
Debra’s pride and joy and her greatest life achievement were her two daughters. She used to tell her daughters that if someone lined up all the daughters in the world and told her that she could pick out any two daughters that she wanted, she would pick, “that one,” and “that one” Danielle and Danay, all over again.
In 2013 Debra met her future husband, Brian G. Gunter. They were united in holy matrimony in St. Lucia, US Virgin Islands in 2018. Debra often said that Brian was the love of her life and her best friend. Debra loved the life she lived with her husband Brian and said often that they were some of the best years of her life.
Debra received a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Wilmington College and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University. She worked in Administration at the Port of Wilmington for 22 years. She was an avid jogger for many years, raising funds for numerous charities over the years. She has run the Broad Street Run five times; the Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon, once; the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Run three times and numerous 5ks and 10ks. She also ran with BGR (Black Girls Run) for several years. Debra enjoyed working in the community and had served on the board of the Wilmington Senior Center and the Ministry of Caring’s Mother Teresa House for several years. She also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and “Shoes to Share.”
She loved to travel and had planned to spend her final years visiting places on her “Bucket List.” Debra loved to entertain and there is little she enjoyed more than hosting her family and friends.
Debra is survived by her husband Brian G. Gunter; her daughters Danielle M. Wood and Danay J. Wood; her sister Valerie A. Thompson; her niece Cabriel K. Thompson; great nephew Lyric Gray; and a host of family and friends.
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Tre D Gould - December 27, 1992 - October 20, 2022

Departed: 10/20/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Tre’ Deshawn Gould was born on December 27, 1992 in Newark, Delaware to Tricia Watson and Kevin Darden. He passed away suddenly on October 21, 2022 at his home.
Tre’ graduated from Christiana High School and attended Delaware State University. Tre’ was employed by U-Group as a forklift operator.
Tre’ loved spending time with his daughters. They meant everything to him. Tre’ would facetime them every day and enjoyed playing Roblox’s with them. Tre’ loved playing basketball, skating, bowling and enjoyed playing oldies but goodies music that was before his time. Tre’ loved hanging out with his cousins and enjoyed all the family gatherings. Tre’ would always tell his loved ones “I Love you”.
Tre’ is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather William Gould Jr., paternal grandfather Frank Oxendine and godfather Gerald Holmes.
Tre is survived by his mother Tricia Watson (Anthony), Father Kevin Darden, dad who raised him Eugene Wallace (Ivy). His Maternal grandmother Joyce Gould and Paternal grandmother Dorothy Darden. His daughters Ta’Riyah Gould, S’Nala Gould and Makenzi Benson. His siblings Craig Gould, Dakiesha Watson, Kierre Smith, Darrell Wallace, Miranda Darden, Kevin Darden, Demira Wallace and Skylar Darden. Aunts and Uncles; Nancy Stanley (Craig Sr.), Kevin Gould (Doris), Regina Sudler and Melissa Nixon (Darrius). First cousins: Kyle Terry, Mark Wright, Kacia Terry, Craig Stanley Jr., Tyler Stanley, Ja’Nae Sudler and Travis Sudler II. Honorary Aunts; Janel Floyd, Charita Lum, Benita Jones, Tosha Mays, his companion Amber Carter and a host of family and friends.
Although Tre’ is no longer with us we’ll always carry him in our hearts. He is loved and will truly be missed.
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Sarah K Williams - October 13, 1923 - October 17, 2022

Departed: 10/17/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Sarah Katherine Williams, age 99 departed this life on October 17, 2022 in Coral Springs Nursing Home.
Sarah is the wife of the late Alfred Williams. Sarah is the mother of Earl Seeney and raised Chestine Batson (niece) as her daughter from the age of 2 years old. Sarah is the daughter of the late Lillian Mae and Elwood Davis.
Sarah was a faithful member of Mt. Pisgah UAME Church in Middletown DE.
All Services will be held at Mt. Pisgah UAME Church, 516 Old Summit Bridge Road, Middletown DE 19709, on Saturday, October 29, 2022. Public Viewing 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM, Funeral Service at 11:00 AM, burial to follow services.
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Helen Logan - June 09, 1941 - October 06, 2022

Departed: 10/06/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: “Puddin” as she was affectionately known, was born Helen Lucille Kilson, in Centreville, MD on June 9, 1941, to the late Martha Fenwick Reese and Lloyd P. Kilson, Sr. departed this world on October 6, 2022, in Hockessin, Delaware.
Helen was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Thomas “Sonny” Kilson, Lloyd Kilson, Jr., and Tyrone E. Reese.
As a child, Helen was smart but very quiet and shy. She received her education in the Queen Anne County school system. Although Helen tended to be a loner, she had a best friend named Berdie Anne, who remained her friend throughout her life. She spent most of her adolescent years babysitting various children of the neighborhood as well as family members. One of her fondest memories as a teen was being so excited for her first date, she ran into her stepfather’s truck mirror and knocked herself out. Her date waited for her to heal and ended up being her first husband and the father of her first 3 children.
In the 1970’s, she moved to Camden, NJ, where she met Cloyd. They married and had a daughter together. While in NJ, Helen’s daughter, Marsha, entered a pageant, Little Miss Broadway, in which Helen wrote the winning poem. She loved to share that story at every holiday or family get together.
Helen worked hard, sometimes holding 2 or three jobs at once. She held various jobs during her working career, including a small catering company and retired in 2007 from the Foulk Manor North (retirement homes) where she worked as a cook.
Helen enjoyed spending time with her family, she was known to always have a joke or 2 waiting and she loved to laugh. She would spend hours watching all types of sports and news programs.
Helen leaves to cherish loving memories, spouse, Cloyd Edwards of Camden NJ, one (1) son, Shawn (LaToya) Deaton of New Castle, DE, three (3) daughters, Roxanne (Thomas) Johnson of Middletown, DE, Marshalette (Morris) Bell of Oakley, CA, Tamika Moulden of Townsend, DE; four (4) sisters, Yvonne (Herve) Thomas of Philadelphia, PA, Arlene Reese of Chestertown, MD, Reba Reese of Church Hill, MD, and Myra (Terrance) Wilson of Church Hill, MD; one (1) aunt, Karen Boyer of Cambridge MD; eight (8) grandchildren, eleven (11) great-grandchildren, one (1) great-great grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Loving submitted by, The Family
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Kevin "aka Michael Jackson" Munce - January 19, 1957 - October 06, 2022

Departed: 10/06/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Kevin Munce age 65 departed this life on October 6, 2022 in Christiana Hospital.  Kevin is the son of the late Mildred and William Munce. Kevin was fun and loving and enjoyed music; especially, Michael Jackson and Barry Manilow. Kevin loved to make you laugh and when you saw him, he would do the "Moon Walk.”
Kevin is preceded death by his parents, Mildred and William Munce; his brothers William, Jeffrey, Melvin, Kirk and Calvin.
Kevin leaves to cherish his memories; his sisters Cheryl Mayfield, Betty Aikens (Norman), Katherine Hynson (Leon) and Annette Munce.
Kevin will also be missed by a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.  The family thanks Ms. Paula and Lawrence, Kevin's nurse and caregiver for their care of Kevin.
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Mary E Williams - June 29, 1924 - October 04, 2022

Departed: 10/04/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Mary Elizabeth Williams-Lolley, affectionately called “Nana”, was a native to Historic New Castle, Delaware and was born on Cherry Street, the 29th of June 1924.
On October 4, 2022, she answered the call of her Heavenly Father and departed this earthly life. Mary was preceded in death by her mother and father, Charles and Georgiana Bungy (Miller), her brothers Jack, Donald, Linwood, Roger and sisters, Yvonne, Eleanor, sons, Irvin and Carl and two grandsons, Jan Phillip and Johnny. At the tender age of 4 following the death of her mother, she was reared by her grandmother Ollie Miller along with her brother Jack and sister Eleanor.
Mary was a dedicated life member of her beloved Bethany UAME Church in Historic New Castle, Delaware and proudly served as a steward, stewardess, sisterhood society member, sick committee member, class leader and member of the senior choir for many years. Her favorite hymn was “He Is The Joy of My Salvation”.
Mary attended, Booker T. Washington elementary and junior high school in Historic New Castle, Delaware and Howard High School, in Wilmington, Delaware.
After graduating from high school, she worked for Triumph Explosive Plant in Elkton, Maryland assembling munition during World War II but left after an explosion injured many and killed 15 people including two of her friends. Other employment opportunities include Colonial School District, and she worked many years for two prominent doctors in Historic New Castle, Delaware; Dr. Paul Koether and Dr. Thomas McGuire until they retired.
Mary was a cook at the DeLaWarr Soup Kitchen, cooking meals for the homeless and needy families until she broke her leg and could no longer work.
Life offered many joys and blessings, taking pride amongst them was joining George Arthur Williams in the Bonds of Holy Matrimony and their ten children, Andrew, Gregory, Irvin, Carl, Earl, Brian, Arthur, M. Loretta, Joyce and Eunice, whose lives blessed that union.
Widowed in 1979, Wilbert Lolley in 1995, asked her children for her hand in marriage. They enjoyed several years of marriage and companionship. Wilbert preceded her in death in 2001.
With a zest for living, a devotion to family and deep and ever abiding faith, Mary touched and enriched numerous lives along her way, perhaps more than she realized.
Adding delight to her years were sons and daughters of her heart, Marvin, James, Leona, Agatha, Ruthi, Tammy, her cousin Charlotte, Alvin, Vicki, Elliott and Mina, her Bethany Church family, best friends Doreatha Lewis and Althea Matthews. Mary loved spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed cooking, shopping with her daughters and friends, and eating at restaurants. She loved the Golden Girls TV show. The show mostly reminded her of the days she, Ms. Dooney Brown, Ms. Caroline Emory, and Ms. Pearline Laws formed a girls support club, where they would
meet monthly in each other’s homes enjoying the best meals. Her absolute favorite TV shows were General Hospital, Judge Judy and the Family Feud. She had everyone watching General Hospital including the men.
Mary had a heart of gold, LOVED everyone and everyone loved her. She was affectionately known as Nana by all who knew her. Her children, grand, great and great great grandchildren, daughters and sons- in- law loved her immensely. She always took time to laugh, play, talk, listen and give advice. God Blessed Mom 98 years and has called her home to rest! She leaves to cherish her memory her children: Dr. Andrew A. Williams (Helen), Gregory Williams (Susan), Earl Williams (Shelia), Brian Williams (Violet), and Arthur Parker (Jacqueline),
M. Loretta Snow, Joyce E. W. Mixon, Eunice M. Wardell (Tim). A beloved, devoted grandson she called son Michael Williams (Alise).
Her loving devoted brother Charles Bungy (Gloria), twenty-six beloved grandchildren, Carla, Lisa, Andrew Jr, John L, Jeanine, Michael, Melvin Jr, Tracy, David, Angela, Stacey, Shannon, Thomasina, Shineka, Shavon, Jennifer, Erik, Sade, little John, Jermaine, Tyshee, Kayla, Madi, James, and Arthur. Forty beloved great grandchildren, and sixteen beloved great great grandchildren.
She was abundantly blessed having a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Beloved Mary Elizabeth Williams-Lolley, until we meet again!!!!
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Julia Harris - May 31, 1941 - October 01, 2022

Departed: 10/01/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Sister Harris received Christ at an early age and continued in her faith as a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in New Castle Delaware as a Deaconess and she also was devoted to her husband in becoming a minister at Metropolitan Baptist Church, where she was considered "The First Lady".  She resumed her duties as a servant to the Lord during her time at Solid Rock Baptist Church in New Castle, DE.
She graduated from Douglasville High School in Bay Minette, Alabama, in May of 1961.  On April 20, 1962, she was united in marriage with the late Reverend George N. Harris Sr., and to this union three children were born.  Sister Harris was a devoted wife and mother.
Sister Harris was preceded in death by two sisters, Pearlie and Eula Mae Means, three brothers; John Henry Means, Wesley Means, and Leroy "Tic" Frye; two sisters-in-law, Ola Mae Baker Means, and Vera Van Means. Sister Harris leaves to cherish her memories: three sons, George Byron Harris and Eric Tyrone Harris of Newark, Delaware and Bartholomew Jerome (Kim) Harris of Montgomery, Alabama, and 4 great granddaughters, Julia, Jamesha, and Keara Harris of Montgomery, Alabama, and 4 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lemuel (Catha Lene) Means of Bay Minette, Alabama and Paris (the late Ola Mae Baker) Means of Hurricane, Alabama; a devoted nephew, John S. (Deniece) Means of Bel-Air, Maryland; a host of other relatives and friends,
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Kenneth Waters - May 18, 1960 - October 01, 2022

Departed: 10/01/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Kenneth Grant Waters
Age 62 departed this life October 1, 2022. Kenneth Grant Waters was born May 8, 1960 to Addie and Alonzo Waters Jr. of Middletown, Delaware. Kenneth graduated from Middletown High School. Kenneth loved talking to people. He was a devoted caregiver to his mother. He was a dedicated Acme worker for over 20 years. An Avid Dallas Cowboys fan
He was preceded in death by his parents Addie and Alonzo Waters Jr, and brother Nelson Waters. He is survived by his daughter Dayna Givens, brothers Michael (Teresa), and Glenn (Beverly) Waters. Nephews and nieces Onaris Waters, Tyair Waters, Orlando Ringgold Sr and Charles (Lahnee) Ringgold Sr., Rashean (Shawn) Webster, Karyn (Melvin) Paul and Jordan (Marie) Gatling, A host great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral 11:00AM Friday, October 21, 2022 at Trinity AME Church, 27 E Lockwood Street Middletown, De 19709. Viewing from 9:00 – 10:45 AM. Burial Pinetree Cemetery.
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Dwight Phares - April 23, 1976 - September 27, 2022

Departed: 09/27/2022 (Wilmington)
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Florence T Gaines - September 11, 1932 - September 25, 2022

Departed: 09/25/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Florence Terry Gaines, the fourth of seven children, born to Carl and Esther Terry, was born on September 11, 1932 in Pittsburgh, PA. Florence received her early education in Pittsburgh public schools and graduated from Schenley High School. After graduating from high school, she attended Clarion State Teachers College (now University), in Clarion, PA, where she was the first African American female to live on the campus. While at Clarion, Florence was active in the House Council, Women’s Athletic Association and the Student Christian Association and received a Bachelor of Science in Library Science with a minor in English in 1955. In 2021, Florence returned to Clarion University, and served as the grand-marshal of the homecoming parade, honored for her impact on Clarion’s history.
Florence knew that she did not want to stay in Clarion upon graduating and through Bryant Teachers Agency, found employment with Wilmington Public Schools as librarian at Howard High School, replacing the retiring Pauline A. Young. In Pittsburgh, Mrs. Gaines always attended integrated schools. Therefore, it was quite an eye opener for her to be on the staff of an all-African American school. It was an experience that she would never forget. The student body was bright, intelligent, and friendly. The staff was supportive and willing to help everyone in any way possible.
Very early she became active at Howard, serving on various committees, Class sponsor, coaching girls’ basketball, sponsor of Library Club and year-book sponsor. Florence worked at Howard High School until the end of the 1975 school year, at that time, Florence weeded-out, sorted and packed all the books in the library for the move to the New Howard Career Center which opened in 1976. With the coming of the desegregation of the New Castle County Vo-Tech Schools, Florence was transferred to Delcastle Technical High School in 1979. This is discussed in the video “A Separate Place: The Schools That DuPont Built.”. Mrs. Gaines retired from Delcastle in 1996 after working 38 years.
In the community, Florence was a member of Community Presbyterian Church, where she has served as an Elder, Clerk of Session, Presbyterian Women’s Association, taught Vacation Bible School and coordinated Student Recognition Sunday, at the church. For 65 years Florence was a member of Zeta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, where she was known for working with high school seniors in preparation for the Sorority’s Annual Debutante Ball. She was honored in 2008, at the Sorority’s 100th year celebration, along with other members, for 50 continuous years of service and again in 2022 when she reached the 65-year milestone. She is a charter member of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., New Castle County Chapter and Neighborhood volunteer for the American Cancer Society.
Over the years, Florence has been a volunteer at the Layton Home Gift Shop, Delaware State Hospital, Emmanuel Dining Hall and the Delaware Contemporary Art Museum on Wilmington’s Riverfront. Additionally, she was a member of the Friends of the Delaware Library but, Florence is most proud of her service with Friends of the North Wilmington Branch Library where she is a past President. During her leadership the library located on 34th & Market Streets was erected, she was featured in the Wilmington News Journal (Crossroads Section) for this accomplishment.
In 1958 Florence was united in Holy Matrimony to LeRoy Wesley Gaines, Sr. and from this union, LeRoy, Jr. of Wilmington, DE; Carl Leonard, who preceded Florence in death; and Terry Renee’ of Nashville, TN.
She departed this life on Sunday, September 25, 2022, peacefully at her home in Brandywine Hills. She leaves to cherish her memory two children LeRoy Wesley, Jr. (Angelie) and Terry Renee’; three grandchildren, Dominique (Jasmine) of Washington, DC; Hakeem and Jalani Gaines of Wilmington, DE; two great-grandchildren, Emory Davis and Ra Iman Gaines; two sisters: Carolyn Terry Stinson of Philadelphia, PA and JoLinda Terry of Pittsburgh, PA and close friend and neighbor Retha S. Fisher and many, many devoted Sorority sisters and former students.
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Diana L Hansley - November 28, 1953 - September 21, 2022

Departed: 09/21/2022 (Wilmington)
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Jamar L McGriff - October 08, 1993 - September 21, 2022

Departed: 09/21/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Jamar LaMont McGriff was born in Newark, Delaware on October 9, 1993.  Jamar departed this life on September 21, 2022.  He attended Keene Elementary School, Gauger Middle School and graduated from Newark High school in June 2013.
Jamar was an avid basketball player and enjoyed watching basketball and football during his free time.  Jamar loved spending time with his family; and enjoyed family gatherings and loved cooking out.  Jamar was EVERYBODY'S boss and expected you to listen to him.
Jamar enjoyed working as a cook for Appleby's Restaurant, where he was employed for eight years. Jamar recently started a construction job.
Jamar was preceded in death by his brother Dashawn Darnell McGriff, his maternal grandfather Zachary McGriff and his paternal grandparents Laura Mae Stewart and James Franklin Stewart.
Jamar leaves to cherish is memories: his mother Dawn McGriff, his father James Stewart, his brother Wayne McGriff, his sister Daisha McGriff; his maternal grandmother Shirley McGriff; two nephews Wayne McGriff Jr., and Rashawn McGriff; one niece Aamyiah McGriff, one Godson Isiro-Malcolm-Zuko-Patrick and one Goddaughter Amorah Zoie Truitt; his Godmother Sandy Marrow (aka Auntie) and a hosts of uncles, aunts and cousins.
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Theodore "Candy Man" Edwards Sr. - December 21, 1942 - September 19, 2022

Departed: 09/19/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Theodore F. “Candy Man” Edwards, Sr. was born the fifth child of John and Jane Ellen Edwards in Wilmington, Delaware on December 21, 1942. He departed this life on September 19, 2022 in Salem, New Jersey.
“Candy Man” as he was affectionately known, lived in the Cedar Heights area of Wilmington throughout his life. He attended Absalom Jones in his early years and graduated from Brown Vocational School.
He was a community staple; every one knew The Candy Man! He had a dynamic personality that showed up waaaay before you’d see him. He was the OG “there goes that man”! His early morning walks were a daily routine; he’d often stop by a neighbor’s house, sit on the porch and shoot the breeze.
One of his prized accomplishments was his yard and the cul de sac, affectionately known as “the circle”. He and his wife, Martha made every effort to keep up the beautification by planting trees and flowers and even building a wooden fence! Strangers would ride by and compliment them on its beauty.
Candy loved hosting cookouts in his back yard; you could hear the R&B soul boogying out of 333 Clyde Street! If you found yourself wandering down by “the circle”, you’d have an invite to the festivities. A real showman, he would grill and dance at the same time and he made sure your belly was full. He loved football, basketball, horse racing- all sports! In true sports fanatic fashion; he was closely involved in Man and Cheryl’s games throughout their schooling. Oftentimes, he was THE go-to videographer for the various high school teams; he wouldn’t miss a thing. He was so present, we all thought he may suit up, dash out on the field and run plays! Candy Man had various gifts and talents; he was a mentor, motivator, professional horse enthusiast, barber, coach, small business owner and life-long entrepreneur. Candy was a Master barber and his skills were passed down through three generations of his family; from his son, Man, who taught Alvin Wiggins, Jr., who taught Teddy Patton. What a legacy!
He loved his family and showed his love by visiting, cooking, and bringing his lively energy into the room. He had a never-ending positive psychology and imparted his “can-do”philosophy on the younger generation. Being present was important to him.
Candy did it his way. There will never be another who did it like him.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha B. Edwards. Candy Man is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Graham, son-in-love Kirk Graham, his son Ty Livingston, grandson Tyrell Livingston, sister, Apostle Marian Rudd, brother Alvin Wiggins, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
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Marion Spencer - January 22, 1963 - September 19, 2022

Departed: 09/19/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Marion F. (FeeFee) Spencer was born in Wilmington, DE on January 22, 1963 to the late Marion Clifton and Bernard Spencer. She departed this life suddenly on September 19, 2022.
Marion received her early education in the Wilmington Public Schools. Fee Fee was a member of Canaan Baptist Church in New Castle, DE.
Fee Fee loved shopping, going out to eat and eating her crabs. She was a die hard Dallas Cowboys fan; and would help anyone in need.
In addition to her parents Marion was preceded in death by 3 Brothers Peyton Spencer, Avon Matthews and Eugene Matthews, Sr. She leaves to cherish her memories; her children Shuron, Shunette and Lateefah Spencer. 7 Grandchildren Tahlia, Destinee, Rashad, Shawn, Lennox, Kamora and Zayne. 2 Great Grandsons Zion and Zhaki. Her her long time devoted lover and friend Reginald "Jamie " Wilson, 3 Brothers Craig, Martin and Brian and 1 Sister Bernadette.  A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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Chaka Williams - November 28, 1971 - September 17, 2022

Departed: 09/17/2022 (Wilmington)
Obituary Preview: Chaka (King) Kamau (Quiet Warrior) Williams was born in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands on November 28, 1971, to parents Cecelia Ernestine Knowles and Gerald Alexander Williams. Chaka was a loving son, husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. His mom called him a “man among men” and always told him that he was the “epitome” of a son. Many can testify to his love and character and all that he has meant to them. Chaka’s parents moved to the sister island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands when Chaka was one year old. During his early childhood years in St. Croix, Chaka attended Good Hope Elementary School and St. Patrick Middle School. Upon promotion, he attended St. Joseph High School where he graduated in 1989. During his elementary and high school years, Chaka was a star athlete. He played Little League baseball for the St. Patrick Shamrocks and softball with his father for the Make Softball Fun (MSF) Softball League, hitting the run that brought his father home to win one of the games in St. Thomas. In high school, Chaka also played for the St. Joseph Saints Basketball team. He won the championship game for his team when he sank the three-point shot from half-court at the buzzer. To this day, his high school coaches and teammates still talk about that game!
In 1989, Chaka left his Caribbean home to attend college at the University of Delaware. His sister Kisha was inconsolable because her friend and “lymin buddy” was leaving her. The resulting scene was quite dramatic. Chaka majored in accounting and earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree in 1993. Chaka was always interested in computers and Information Technology and worked in the computer lab at UD for many of his college years. He began his career in Information Technology in 1993 and spent the last 7 years as Vice President/IT Project Manager at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Even through his illness, Chaka continued to excel as he recently studied for and gained his certification in AWS.
In the Fall of 1990, Chaka became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Through this organization, Chaka built lifelong friendships and embodied the values of brotherhood, scholarship, and service. Chaka served as chapter President for two terms in 2011 and 2012. He was also instrumental in launching his chapter’s annual scholarship golf tournament and in establishing his chapter’s Sigma Beta mentorship program. Chaka was presented with the Leadership Award in 2013 in recognition of his years of service in this capacity.
Chaka met his wife-to-be, Devon Hargis, on the campus of the University of Delaware in 1991. As they were both accounting majors, they shared many of the same classes and spent countless hours together studying and preparing for exams. What initially started as a friendship grew over the years, and on July 31, 1999, the two were married. God hand-picked them for each other and their bond and union is evident until this day. Out of this beautiful union came two amazing children: Jordan Rashaad and Mekhi Alexander born in 2000 and 2003, respectively. Chaka cherished his roles as both husband and father. He was an active and hands-on father. Weekends, when the kids were young, were spent at the local zoo, aquarium, hiking trail, park, or fishing pond. Once the kids began playing sports, Chaka was there for every practice and every game, eventually taking on the role of Team Dad for multiple years. He was also an exceptional uncle-father to his niece, Sanaà, whom he referred to as “Niecy Pooh” and shared a special bond.
Chaka was a life-long learner and was constantly exploring various interests and hobbies. From drone-flying, baking, and video gaming to deejaying, golfing, photography and grilling, he was constantly active and excited about a new pursuit. As a friend or family member of Chaka’s, you always knew what he was currently excited about. If he had just bought a new drone, he was going to call you, bring his drone over, and encourage you to get one too. Chaka was also a die-hard Eagles fan and celebrated their Super Bowl win at the parade in Philadelphia. He made sure his children knew the Eagles' fight song and had them singing it, with enthusiasm, as toddlers.
Chaka will be dearly missed by all who had the opportunity to know him. He was preceded in death by: Maternal Grandmother: Evelyn Petersen- Knowles (deceased) and Maternal Grandfather: Lois Jackson (deceased) Paternal Grandmother: Hyacinth Williams(deceased) and Paternal Grandfather: George Alexander Williams(deceased)
Uncles: Glenn Williams (deceased), Jerome Jackson (deceased). He leaves to cherish his memory: Wife: Devon Williams Children: Jordan Williams and Mekhi Williams Mother: Cecelia Ernestine Knowles Father: Gerald Alexander Williams Mother-in-Law: Carolyn Hargis Father-in-Law: Wayne Adams Sisters: Kisha A Williams, Jayme Colbert-Williams, Jesse Colbert-Williams Niece: Sanaà A Burke Aunts: Geraldine Benjamin, Eleanor Berg, Maureen Williams Uncles: Antonio Petersen, Octave Williams, Oscar Williams, Leo Petersen Special Cousins: Debora, Dale and Michael Benjamin, Kyra Travis, Basil Rodriguez, Franklin McFarlande, Khadijah and Khalid Matthew, Senator Kenneth Gittens Special Friends: Dave Griffith, Sheldon Rennie, Mark Hamilton Godparents: Mabel Melchoir, Adel Petersen, David Davis, Vernon Richards
The Petersen, Jackson, and Hargis families and other close family members and life-long friends too numerous to mention.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and other biographical information. It may also include details about their life, accomplishments, and surviving family members.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to share the news of a loved one's passing with friends, family, and community. They provide an opportunity to honor and celebrate the person's life, and offer a sense of closure for those who are grieving.

What is the purpose of an obituary?

The primary purpose of an obituary is to announce the death of a person and provide information about their life and funeral or memorial services. It also serves as a way to pay tribute to the deceased and provide comfort to those who are mourning.

Who writes an obituary?

Typically, an obituary is written by a family member or close friend of the deceased. Funeral homes or mortuaries may also assist in writing an obituary, or provide guidance on how to write one.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, hobbies, achievements, and surviving family members. It may also include information about funeral or memorial services.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication or online platform. Generally, it should be concise and to the point, ranging from a few sentences to a few paragraphs.

Can I include photos in an obituary?

Yes, many publications and online platforms allow you to include photos with an obituary. This can be a meaningful way to personalize the tribute and help readers remember the person.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper?

Contact the newspaper's obituary department directly to inquire about their submission process and guidelines. Some newspapers may have online submission forms or email addresses where you can send the obituary.

Can I publish an obituary online?

Yes, there are many online platforms that allow you to publish an obituary, such as,, or social media sites like Facebook. These platforms often provide templates and guidance on how to write an obituary.

Is there a cost associated with publishing an obituary?

The cost of publishing an obituary varies depending on the publication or online platform. Some newspapers may charge a fee based on the length of the obituary or the number of lines used. Online platforms may offer free or paid options.

How long does it take for an obituary to be published?

The timeframe for publishing an obituary can vary depending on the publication or online platform. Newspapers may have deadlines for submission, while online platforms may publish immediately or within a few hours.

Can I make changes to an obituary after it's been published?

Sometimes it's possible to make changes to an obituary after it's been published, but this may depend on the publication or online platform. It's best to check with them directly for their policies on corrections or updates.

What if I want to keep the obituary private?

If you want to keep the obituary private, you can choose not to publish it publicly. Instead, you can share it with family and friends through personal communication channels like email or social media direct messages.

Can I write my own obituary in advance?

Yes, some people choose to write their own obituary in advance as a way to reflect on their life and legacy. This can also be a helpful tool for family members who may struggle with writing one after your passing.

What is the difference between an obituary and a eulogy?

An obituary is a written notice that announces a person's death and provides biographical information. A eulogy is a speech or written tribute that celebrates the person's life and is often delivered at a funeral or memorial service.

Can I include humor in an obituary?

Yes, humor can be an appropriate way to celebrate someone's life and personality in an obituary. However, it's essential to consider the tone and audience when deciding what type of humor to include.

How do I handle sensitive information in an obituary?

If there are sensitive issues or conflicts surrounding the person's death or life, it's best to approach these topics with tact and discretion in the obituary. You may want to consult with family members or friends before including certain information.

Can I include charitable donations in lieu of flowers in an obituary?

Yes, many families choose to include information about charitable donations in lieu of flowers in an obituary. This can be a meaningful way to honor the person's memory and support a cause they cared about.

How do I proofread an obituary for errors?

Carefully review the obituary for spelling, grammar, and factual errors before submitting it for publication. It's also helpful to have multiple people review it for accuracy and clarity.

Can I use social media to share an obituary?

Yes, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter can be effective ways to share an obituary with friends and family. You can also create a memorial page or group on these platforms to share memories and condolences.

How long will an online obituary remain available?

The length of time an online obituary remains available varies depending on the platform or website. Some may keep them archived indefinitely, while others may remove them after a certain period.

Can I add updates or corrections to an online obituary?

Sometimes it's possible to update or correct an online obituary after it's been published. Check with the platform or website directly for their policies on making changes.

What if I need help writing an obituary?

If you're struggling to write an obituary, consider reaching out to a funeral home or mortuary for guidance. They often have experience writing obituaries and can provide valuable assistance.

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Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.