Bayard Earle Sweetman, 91, of Clayton, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009.

    Friends of the late Bayard Earle Sweetman, 91, of Clayton, may call on the family at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus Ave., Dover, where funeral services will be held by the Rev. Ron Wuest at 10 :30 a.m.

    Mr. Sweetman died Monday Aug. 24, 2009, at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford

    Born Sept. 16, 1917, in Golts, Md., he was the son of the late Bayard R. Sweetman and Lillie May Sullivan Sweetman.

    Mr. Sweetman worked in research laboratories for the state of Delaware.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Lawson Sweetman on May 21, 2007; his four brothers, Allen Johnson, Carroll Johnson, William Johnson and George Sweetman; and three sisters, Rose Johnson, Elsie Buckingham, Etta Johnson and Evelyn Brown.

    Mr. Sweetman is survived by two sons and their wives, Gary and Beverly Sweetman of Smyrna, Bayard D. and Sherry Sweetman of Rochester, Minn.; two sisters, Ruth Frazier of Dover and Catherine Marvel of Camden; three grandsons and their wives, Dwayne and Elaine Sweetman of Charlottesville, Va., Mark and Anna Sweetman of Dover and Derek and Sarah Sweetman of Centreville, Va.; a granddaughter and her husband, Danika and Mike Stagemeyer of Rochester, and two great-granddaughters, Miranda Sweetman and Sofia Sweetman.

    Interment will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mr. Sweetman’s name may be made to the Delaware Hospice, 911 Lotus Plaza, Dover, DE 19901.

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