James Franklin Moss, 72

Construction worker, chauffeur for du Pont family

March 02, 2007

James Franklin Moss, a retired Eastern Shore construction worker, died of cancer Feb. 22 at Christiana Hospital in Wilmington, Del. The longtime Chestertown resident was 72.

Mr. Moss was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, and raised in Valley Stream, N.Y., and Newport, Del. After graduating from high school, he was an agricultural and construction worker.

In 1953, he married Elease Cotton, and during the 1960s the couple worked as housekeeper and chauffeur for members of the du Pont family in Greenville, Del.

Mr. Moss took a job in the early 1970s with Ernest DiSabatino & Sons Co., an Eastern Shore construction company. He retired in 1997 as cement finishing foreman.

He enjoyed working in his gardens and raising poultry.

He was a member and trustee of Joshua Chapel United Methodist Church.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Belvedere, Del.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Yvonne L. Dashiell of Charlotte, N.C.; a stepson, Enos Brooks of Coleman, Kent County; two brothers, Clyde Moss and Robert Simmons Jr., both of Wilmington; two sisters, Mary Edwards of Wilmington and Thelma Moss of Springfield, Mass.; and a grandson.

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