Vernon J. Hitchens, retired carpenter

May 15, 2019

Mr. Vernon J. Hitchens, 81, of Millsboro passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019. 

Mr. Hitchens was born March 5, 1938, to the late James H. and Jerdie E. Oliphant Hitchens.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Hitchens; and brother-in-law, James Robinson.

Vernon retired from the Local 2012 Carpenters Union where he worked for 30 years.  He was a member of the Delaware National Guard for four years and the U.S. National Reserves for two years,  Burnt Swamp Sportmans Club,  Free Mason #37  in Dagsboro and the Scottish Rite Freemasonry #32 in Wilmington.  He was also a member of the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen Inc. for 40 years.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Grace Ann Mitchell Hitchens of Millsboro; five  children, Richard Hitchens (Donie) of Gumboro, Michael Hitchens (Pamela) of Millsboro, Mark Hitchens (Peggy) of Millsboro, Steven Hitchens of Dagsboro and Beverly Truitt of Frankford.  He also is survived by  six siblings, Thelma Banks (Sherman) of Gumboro, Barbara Scott (Alton) of Georgetown, Janice Robinson of Frankford, Deborah Cordrey (Denny) of Millsboro, Bonnie Abbott of Millsboro and Paul Hitchens (Norma Lee) of Ocean View; brothers-in-law, Don Mitchell (Beverly), Van Mitchell (Neva Lee) and Chad Mitchell (Tami); and a sisters-in-law, Joan Tribbitt and Linda Hitchens. He also leaves to cherish his memories, seven grandchildren, Hillary Graves, Beth Evans, Heidi Hitchens, Heather Hall, Hannah  Hitchens, Travis Truitt and Blakelyn Truitt; as well as five great-grandchildren, Allie, Lilly, Caroline, Charlotte and Abel.  Vernon is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Funeral service will be held at noon, Saturday, May 18, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon for viewing and visitation.   Burial will follow in Carey’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Vernon’s memory to either Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE  19963, or Carey’s Cemetery, c/o Don Ward, 25051 Ward Farm Lane, Millsboro, DE  19966.

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