Robert L. Hitchens, 77

Robert L. Hitchens, 77, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Snow Hill, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at home on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. He was born in Frankford, Del., on Jan. 22, 1942, son of the late Orn Hitchens and the late Elizabeth (Rogers) Furbush.

Hitchens proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis from 1960 to 1962. He worked as a poultry grower for 20 years before working for the Worcester County (Md.) Landfill for a little over 12 years. After working for the County, he worked for Ellis Farms until retirement.

In addition to his parents, Hitchens was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta M. Hitchens, in March of 2019; two brothers, Ira “Junior” Donaway Jr. and James “Buddy” Donaway; and a sister, Patsy Callaway. He is survived by his son, J.D. Hitchens and his wife, Brandy, of Millsboro; three grandchildren, Landon Johnson, Madison Hitchens and Payton Hitchens; a special niece, Tina Litten and her husband, Gabe, of Newark, Md.; three nephews, Randy West and his wife, Gwen, of Berlin, Md., Dean Long and his significant other, Dawn, of Whaleyville, Md., and C.C. Long of Milford, Del.; and his beloved Ellis Farms family.

A funeral service was to be held Dec. 5, 2019, at Melson Funeral Services, with interment following at Carey’s Cemetery, both in Frankford, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to help defray funeral expenses, to Melson Funeral Services; P.O. Box 100; Frankford, DE 19945. Condolences may be sent online at