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Michael Dean Adams, Dover, Delaware, died Sunday, September 10, 2006 at Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 56.

Mr. Adams was born December 10, 1949 in Binghamton, New York to Lynn Harding Adams and the late Thelma Price Adams.

Mr. Adams was Human Resource Director for Chesapeake Utilities for the last 10 years. Prior to Chesapeake Utilities he worked five years for Kent County as the Human Resource Director, for Adams & Associates, MidDel Employment Agency, and started in Delaware with the Cloverleaf Standardbred Harness Horsemen’s Owners Association. He was a member of the Colonial Rotary in Dover, past president and board member of the Capital School District, and past president of Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Adams is survived by his wife of 31 years, Barbara Brumbaugh Adams, Dover; his son, Dean Adams, Chicago, IL; daughter, Meghan Adams, Dover; his father, Lynn Harding Adams and his wife, Monna Lou, Harford, PA; two brothers, Don Adams and his wife, Betty, Oregon, and Lynn Hollis Adams and his wife, Paulette, Harford, PA; and sister, Donna Leigh Weida and her husband, Rob, Harford, PA.

A Memorial Service was held on Friday September 15, in Torbert Funeral Chapel South, Dover.

The family requests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 100 W. 10th Street, Suite 1002, Wilmington, DE 19801; or American Heart Association, 1151 Walker Road, Suite 202, Dover, DE 19904.

Letters of condolence may be sent, and guestbook signed at


Kenneth J. Sparks, Jr., 64, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna, after a long-term illness.

He was born in Jackson Township, PA, the son of the late Kenneth J. and Harriette (Dean) Sparks, Sr.

He was predeceased by two stepmothers, Marguerite and Julia Sparks; one brother, Martin Jennings; one sister, Mildred Gummore; one niece, Beth Ann (Sparks) Croasdale; and one grandson, William Thomas Sparks.

Kenneth is survived by his loving wife, Alice L. Sparks; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Kathy and Rich Estabrook, Debra and Michael Norton, Christina M. Sparks, Paula J. and Darwin R. Greene; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Kenneth J. Sparks III, Toby L. and Sarah Sparks; one brother and sister-in-law, Lewis V. and Dolores Sparks; one sister, Mabel Fenton; one sister-in-law, Wilda Jennings; one brother-in-law, Gerald Gummore; eleven grandchildren, Susan Greene, Katie Greene, Ronald Welch, Toby L. Sparks, Paul-James Sparks, Jeffrey Zick, Daniel Zick, Amber Zick, Michael Norton, Robert Norton, James Norton; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was a self-employed mechanic for many years and also loved to plow snow in the winter. His favorite hobby was stock car racing, which he made a family hobby. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and son-in-law, Darwin R. Greene. Kenneth was a devoted and loving husband, father, and friend. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and loved him.

The funeral service was held on Sunday, September 17 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Pastor Alex Vosburgh officiating. Burial, North Jackson Cemetery, North Jackson, PA.


Eva R. Preston, 99, Oakland, PA, passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF, Susquehanna, PA, after an illness. She was born in Oakland, the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Regan.

She was predeceased by her husband, Glenn W. Preston; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Ray and Marie Regan, Louis Regan; sister, Margaret Lanning; stepson, Robert Preston; son-in-law, C. Roy Hall; granddaughter-in-law, June Hall.

She is survived by a daughter, Jean E. (Glidden) Hall; two grandsons, Ronald Hall, Robert and Tina Hall; step-grandson, Kelvin and Sandy Preston; step-granddaughter, Marcia and Robert Hoag; two great-grandsons, Craig Hall, Ryan Hall; two step-great-grandchildren, Robert Allmindger, Kelly Maye Allmindger; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Eva was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Binghamton. She worked for many years at Fowler’s Dept. Store in Binghamton before her retirement. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

The funeral service was held on Monday, September 18 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Rev. Kenneth Bitler officiating. Burial, McKune Cemetery, Oakland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna Fire Dept., P.O. Box 175; or Barnes-Kasson Hospital, 400 Turnpike St., Susquehanna, PA 18847.

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