Wayne F. Hitchens, pastor, evangelist

October 31, 2017

Wayne F. Hitchens, 76, of Millsboro, formerly of Clarksville and Seaford, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.

He was born in Choptank, Md., May 26, 1941, son of the late Jesse Hitchens and the late Phyllis (McDonald) Hitchens. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-65 during the Vietnam War.

Wayne retired from the Dupont Company in Seaford, with 15 years of service. He then opened several stores selling coins, jewelry, stamps and sports memorabilia. He also became a pastor and evangelist ministering in local churches, prisons and various teen challenge centers throughout Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Wayne would witness to anyone who would listen (and to some who refused) about Jesus Christ and helped lead hundreds and hundreds of people to the Lord. He was a member of the Father's House church in Frankford.

Wayne enjoyed food, period! He loved to cook but he also loved to dine out; it didn't really matter as long as the food tasted good ... and if it didn't, believe me he would tell you!

He was an avid Baltimore Orioles fan......he loved baseball! Wayne was an avid collector of many things, but his favorite item was rare coins. He would sit in his comfy chair for hours with his glasses slid down to the tip of his nose just looking through old coins, stamps and sports cards.

He loved spending time with family and friends. Wayne was a loving father and great friend. He will be greatly missed.

Wayne is survived by his daughter, Stacey Howell and her husband John of Bridgeville; two grandsons, Jaden and Kohlden Howell; a brother, Pete Hitchens and his wife Mary of Harrington; and a sister, Anita Willoughby and her husband Richard of Choptank.

A visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 6, at the Frankford Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 43 Thatcher St., Frankford, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Wayne's name to the Father's House, 30752 Omar Road, Frankford, DE 19945.

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