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Gerald "Beannie" Martin Cordrey Jr.

February 3, 1959 ~ January 25, 2019 (age 59)

Obituary of Gerald Martin Cordrey, Jr.



Gerald Martin Cordrey, Jr., “Beannie” to almost everyone, passed away at his home in the care of his family and Seasons Hospice on January 25, 2019.  He was 59 years old.  He was born in Lewes, DE on February 3, 1959 to the late Gerald Martin Cordrey, Sr. and to Mary Lou Marvel Grill, who survives him. Beannie was preceded in death by a step-father, Mark Wells and is survived by his step-mother Carol Cordrey.  He was a 1977 graduate of Sussex Central High School. In 1980 he married Tillie Bowden, and they raised a daughter together.  He worked first for Baker’s Hardware, and then joined the staff of Sussex Correctional Institute.  He retired as a Lieutenant, and was a firearms instructor at SCI.  He loved sports, and was an All American wrestler, loved golf and tennis. Softball was everything when his daughter played.  He coached little league, and was a very active community member.  He adored his family and was very devoted to them.  He loved animals, and doted on his “four legged daughter Maggie” and also loved Bernie, his “grand-dog.”


In addition to his mother, Mary Lou Grill and step-mother, Carol Cordrey, he is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years, Tillie Cordrey of Millsboro, DE; a daughter, Amanda Cordrey and her wife Jenna Sinnamon of Millsboro, DE; four sisters, Crystal Lambert (Randy) of Parsonsburg, MD; Tammy Mattei (Rod) of Snow Hill, MD; Sandy Humes (Tom) of Milford, DE; Karen Pennell of Frankford, DE; and one brother, Michael Cordrey (Angie Willman) of Millsboro.  He is also survived by an “adopted step-daughter” Shanette White of Millsboro, DE; six nephews, Ryan Lambert (Kerri), Joe Mattei (Brittney Travers), Quinn Humes, Jacob McCabe, Jared McCabe and Justin McCabe, along with one niece, Anna Humes.  Beannie also leaves behind numerous extended family members and friends.


A funeral service and celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, Febraury 1, 2019 at the Millsboro Fire Hall, 109 E. State St., Millsboro, DE  19966, where friends may call from 11 AM to 1 PM for viewing and visitation.  Burial will be private.


In lieu of flowers  a scholarship fund is being established.  More info to follow.

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