Terry F. Hearn, retired state trooper

July 28, 2020

Terry F. Hearn, 73, of Dagsboro departed this life for his heavenly home Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md.

He was born in Salisbury, Md., Aug. 23, 1946,  son of the late Grover W. Hearn and the late Frances Mae (Timmons) Hearn. Terry graduated from Laurel High School class of 1964, and was raised in Laurel. Terry’s professional career was in public service. He proudly served his community as a Delaware State Police Officer, retiring Jan. 1, 1991, with a rank of lieutenant after 20 years of service. After his retirement from the state police, Terry worked as the parts manager at Baker’s Hardware in Millsboro until 1999 when he took the position of chief bailiff at the Superior Court in Georgetown until his retirement in 2010.  

In Terry’s early years, he enjoyed woodworking, and was considered a master carpenter as he built his own home. He also enjoyed spending time on the water, boating, reading, golfing and biking. His greatest enjoyment was time spent with his grandson, Gage, never missing any of his baseball or basketball games. Terry also had a love of animals, and was always willing to take in a stray cat. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Laurel and later attended Bethel United Methodist Church in Dagsboro.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Iris Stuart. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Lucinda (Campbell) Hearn; a daughter, Jennifer Spinks and her husband Richard of Millsboro; a grandson, Gage Spinks of Millsboro; a granddaughter, Allyson Spinks of West Virginia; two brothers, Lonnie Hearn of Elkton, Md., and Gary Hearn and his wife Linda of Pittsburgh, Pa.; his aunt, Helen Ruth Senkbeil of Salisbury, Md.; and his five furbabies, Muffin, Bitsy, Noel, Kiki and Gracie.

A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Frankford Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 43 Thatcher St., Frankford. A private graveside service will follow at Prince George’s Cemetery in Dagsboro. Social distancing protocols will be observed and masks are required for those in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Terry’s name to the Delaware State Police Museum, PO Box 430, Dover, DE 19903; Coastal Cats Rescue, PO Box 1125, Bethany Beach, DE 19930; or Bethel United Methodist Church Improvement Fund, PO Box 147, Dagsboro, DE 19939.

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