2012 In Memoriam

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

John W. Hopkins, known fondly as "Hoppy" and "Bo," age 76, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.

A native Delawarean, Mr. Hopkins was born in Wilmington on March 5, 1936, son of the late William J. Hopkins and Carrie Kovoleski Hopkins. He was 1954 graduate of William Penn High School, where he starred on the varsity football team as one of William Penn's famed "4Js" and was named an All-State running back. A truly gifted multi-sport athlete, he was also a standout on the basketball, baseball, and track teams. In later years, he played semi-pro football with the former Wilmington Clippers. He also continued to support his high school alma mater as a member of the sideline crew for William Penn home football games from 1974 to 2011.

Mr. Hopkins would go on to attend the Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, VA, and the West Chester State Teachers College, before establishing Hopkins Trucking, Inc. in New Castle, a highly-successful local company he owned and operated for the past 45 years. Active in the community, he was a longtime member of the New Castle Presbyterian Church and the Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company, and a Life Member and past president of the Wilmington Manor Lions Club. He was also a member of St. John's Lodge #2, AF&AM, the Delaware Consistory, and the Nur Temple Shrine.

Mr. Hopkins remained committed to the importance of athletics throughout his life, sponsoring (and playing on) the Hopkins Trucking teams in local softball and baseball leagues. He also participated in softball events in the Delaware Senior Olympics. Other favorite hobbies included playing cards with friends, watching horseracing, vacationing and boating at his beach home in Bethany, and fishing each winter in the Florida Keys aboard "The Marathon Lady."

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Joanne Murray Hopkins; sons, William John Hopkins (Susan) of Bear, Nelson James Hopkins (Cheryl) of Middletown, Mark Edward Hopkins (Karen) of Middletown, and Matthew Thomas Hopkins (Kathryn Belczyk) of Park City, UT; sisters, Joan Smith of New Castle, Florence Charlton-McKenna (Mike) of Landenberg, PA, and Sonia Latina (Bob) of Ocala, FL; brother-in-law, Chuck Smith of Millsboro; grandchildren, William J., Brian, Heather Lynn, Benjamin Nelson, Nathan T., Ryan T., and Sydney E. Hopkins; and great granddaughter, Hayley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy Hopkins and Tommy Hopkins.

The family extends their gratitude to the nurses and staff of Delaware Hospice for their outstanding care of Mr. Hopkins during his illness.

Published in The News Journal from October 26 to October 27, 2012

Andrea C. Winward, of Milford, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. She was 71. Andrea was born on June 10, 1940, in Philadelphia, daughter of the late Andrew and Emily (Zolteck) Alfonse. Mrs. Winward was employed as a secretary for 20 years with Avaya, formerly AT&T, retiring in 1999. Her favorite pastimes were painting, baking, tending to her horses and trips to the beach but she treasured most the special times spent with her family and grandchildren. She attended Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford and was very involved with many of their activities. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Winward in 2006. She is survived by three sons, John Winward of Milford, Dean Winward of Boston, Mass., and Jim Winward of York, Pa.; two daughters, Linda W. Roller of Ivyland, Pa., and Laurie Winward of Chicago, Ill.; three brothers, Joe Alfonse of Rehoboth, Michael Alfonse and John Alfonse, both of Philadelphia, Pa.; a sister, Pat Graff of Merina, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Paul Roller, Heather Roller, Patty Winward, Chrissy Winward, and Valerie Winward. Andrea was a new member of the Easy Striders SGC team. Condolences may be e-mailed at www.delmarvaobits.com/rogers.

Clarence E. "Army" Armstrong Jr. Age 87, of Townsend, DE died Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at home surrounded by his loved ones.

Army and his wife Norma participated in DSO bowling a couple years back. They won a gold medal in their age bracket!


Merle Maxwell Cash, 85, passed away Thursday, December 1st at the Methodist Country House located in Wilmington, Delaware. Born April 24, 1926 in Azalea, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Homer Raymond Maxwell and Camilla Webb Maxwell. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Frank Leslie Cash, Jr.

Merle was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was a homemaker and an avid gardener, friendly and welcoming to those who knew her. She enjoyed reading, watching her grandchildren play, and gathering with family and friends in the midst of the Smokey Mountains in her childhood home in Asheville NC.

She is survived by three daughters Elaine Cash Nolen and husband Dennis of Glen Burnie, Maryland; Janet Cash Green and husband Russell of Newark, Delaware; and Mary Jean Cash and husband Mark Wichmann of Wilmington, Delaware; brother John Wayne Maxwell of Asheville, North Carolina; sister-in-law Mildred Shrewsbury Cash of Wilmington, Delaware; and six grandchildren, David Alexander Nolen and wife Anina Velsdman Nolen, Elizabeth Camilla Nolen, Jesse Connor and Russell Spencer Green, and Mia Lian and Celia Mei Xian Wichmann.