Patricia Gail Skinker Mann
ANNAPOLIS — Patricia Gail Skinker Mann, of Annapolis, died peacefully at home with her family by her side, on Thursday, March 27, 2014, after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 58.
Born in Bethesda, MD, on June 11, 1955, Patty grew up in Chevy Chase and Potomac, Md., graduating from Winston Churchill High School in 1973. Patty worked for GEICO, STSC and National News Agency before moving to Ocean City in the mid-1980s, where she worked in sales for the Maryland Coast Dispatch, Cablechannels Magazine and Comcast. In 2009, she relocated to Annapolis, where she worked for the Waterway Guide.
Patty held a passion for cake decorating, flower gardening and artwork, which was most often lovingly presented to family and friends. Christmastime was particularly special to her as she created her classic, charming holiday trimmings right down to the wrappings. Her quick wit and humor were other signature aspects of her love and zest for life, as was her lifelong devotion to the Washington Redskins.
She cherished deeply her family and friends, and she loved spending time on the beaches of Ocean City, Assateague Island, Destin, Abaco and others. Her love of animals, particularly dogs, was evident, as she was never known to live without one.
Her marriages to Jack Worthington and Buck Mann ended in divorce, but Patty remained close friends with them both.
Patty is survived by three loving brothers, John, Joe and Buck Skinker, and two sisters, Nori Morton and Dede Sprague, as well as a brother-in-law, Jim Sprague. She held dearly her niece and nephews, Ben, Luke and Emma Skinker and Scott, Doug and Jeff Morton, as well as many extended family members.
A remembrance celebration is planned for friends and family at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave., Annapolis, Md. 21401.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, supporting Ocean City’s House by the Sea. Go to www.believeintomorrow.org and click Donate Now, in Memory of Patty Skinker Mann. Please include the following confirmation email when asked: firstname.lastname@example.org
Darrell Wayne Hitchens
SELBYVILLE — Darrell Wayne Hitchens “Boogie”, 75, of Selbyville, Del. went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, March 29, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on April 29, 1938 son of the late Ollie Lowe and Laura Evelyn Hitchens. Boogie got his first start in the trucking business at Morris Poultry owned by Harold Morris. He bought his first truck and started Hitchens Brothers Construction Company with his brother Oliver in 1966. Presently, he owned Shelby Construction and Trucking Company in Selbyville, Del.
His love of stock car racing began with his first 55 Chevrolet race car. Oliver and Boogie started racing in Little Lincoln, Delaware in the 1970’s. Over the years, Boogie became widely known as the Bandit #80, which was also part of the #680 and #880 racing teams.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife Ollie Ann Hitchens; his in-laws, Olie Daniel and Frances Howey Baker; and a brother, Donald M. Hitchens.
Boogie is survived by his loving daughter, Lisa Lynn Gray and her husband, Robert Timothy Gray, Jr.; two loving grandchildren, Shelby Lynn and Christopher Jacob Gray; seven brothers, Oliver Hitchens and his wife Grace, Cashar Hitchens and his wife Inge, Wilmer Leroy Hitchens and his wife, Shirley, Billy Hitchens and his wife Grace, Ollie Hitchens, Jr., Jim Hitchens and his wife Nancy and Richard Hitchens and his wife Pam; and two sisters, Dorothy Warren and Marie Savage. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Mary Lee Givens and her husband David; two aunts, Sara Cullen and Mable Layton; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and a large community of friends, business associates, employees, racing family and good friend and attorney, Eugene Bayard.
Boogie will be remembered as an ornery man who loved a good laugh “wheelin and dealin” to make a good business deal but was also willing to help those in need. He will be forever cherished as a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend. Boogie will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
A visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Ocean View Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Rd., Ocean View, Del., where the funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Interment followed at Bishopville Cemetery in Bishopville.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in “Boogie’s” name to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, Del. 19963 or Bishopville Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 350, Bishopville, Md. 21813.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com