James Edward Hitchens(1920 - 2013)

James Edward Hitchens

SEAFORD—James Edward Hitchens, 93, passed away quietly Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. He was born on Feb. 25, 1920, in Seaford to the late William J. and Sarah Phillips Hitchens.

Jimmie graduated from Seaford schools and went to work at the DuPont Co. in Seaford on the second day it was in operation. He met the love of his life, Ruth Isaacs, at the DuPont plant and they married in 1944. Jimmie enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served until 1945, being stationed in Valley Forge, Pa., and Fort Miles, Lewes. After returning from the service, he took a one-year leave of absence from the DuPont Co. to attend Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington, where he majored in sales and advertising. Jimmie was a born salesman and left the DuPont Co. to work at O.A. Newton in Bridgeville, followed by Brown & Bigelow in Virginia, in sales. As he grew weary of the traveling, he took a sales position with the Prudential Insurance Co. in Salisbury. In 1958, Jimmie was recognized as the only Prudential salesman in the area to have sold more than a half-million dollars worth of insurance; he was very proud of this. He worked full time for 30 years until his retirement in 1981.

Jimmie was active in many organizations that were dear to his heart. He was a member of American Legion Nanticoke Post 6 for 68 years, BPOE Elks Lodge 2458 for 50 years, Hiram Lodge No. 21, AF&AM for 55 years, and the Disabled American Veterans, where he was a post commander. He joined St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford in 1952 and was an active member until his death volunteering in many capacities.

Jimmie's favorite pastime was spending weekends with Ruth at their summer home in Ocean City. He enjoyed fishing, crabbing and boating. He was always smiling, never met a stranger and had a joke ready for everyone he met. Jimmie prided himself on his appearance and was always dressed to the nines. He liked to keep busy in his yard and maintaining his home. Jimmie also enjoyed participating with the ROMEO group (Retired Old Men Eating Out) by going out to dinner regularly.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Health Center at the Methodist Manor House and at Seasons Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of Uncle Jimmie during the last six weeks.

He was married to Ruth Isaacs Hitchens for 61 years prior to her passing in 2006. He was also preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Frances Allen, in 2001; his brother-in-law, Granville Allen, in 1990; and a nephew, Howard Layton, in 2009.

He is survived by his nephew, Ronald Allen and wife, Joyce, of Seaford; his nieces, Judy Pfeiffer and Bonnie Atkins and husband, Ray, of Georgetown. Also surviving are two great-nephews and a great-niece.

A visitation for friends and family will be held Tuesday, April 30, from 6-8 p.m. at the Cranston Funeral Home, 300 North Shipley St.t, Seaford. There will be an Elks service at 7 p.m., followed by a Masonic service. A funeral service will be held at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford on Wednesday, May 1, at 11 a.m., where friends may call one hour before the service. Burial will follow at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to St. Johns United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar Streets, P.O. Box 299, Seaford, Del. 19973.

Published in The Daily Times on Apr. 28, 2013