David Lee Oney

September 6, 1952 ~ October 5, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old

David Oney Obituary

     David Lee Oney made his worldly entrance on September 6, 1952 to the late John Handy and Retta Mae Oney of Laurel, DE. God called his name to return to his final resting place on October 5, 2023 at the P.A.M. Rehabilitation Center in Dover, DE.

     In his younger years, David was brought up and attended school in the Laurel School District where he also was a graduate, class of 1970. While in high school he was a member of the track team where he excelled in the 400 meter race and was also on the football team.                                                           

      David was raised up in church and attended St. John A.M.E Zion Church, Ross Point in Laurel, DE. Later in his adult life, he became a member of Ross Point Freedom Church under the leadership of Pastor Shirley Caldwell. He had a strong faith in God and would let anybody know that he was reassured in his personal relationship with his Lord and Savior. His favorite scripture was the 91st Psalm.

     David relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in his early adult years, where he became a horse groomer which he found a life- long passion for. He later returned to his hometown of Laurel, DE to that same passion of horse grooming. He had an immense love for and could tell you all about horses. He was also employed at the Water Waste Facility in Ocean City, MD, Community Action in Georgetown, DE as well as Don L. Margin in Seaford, DE. However, his love for horses never diminished.

     David enjoyed watching sports on television, especially basketball and football. He believed the NFL revolved around his favorite team the Chicago Bears, and was confident that they were unstoppable. He surely didn’t mind talking about his interest for the game to whomever would listen. He loved to travel and was delighted in going to go see his friends. David loved to go shopping and could dress as sharp as a tac, which he inherited from his mother the late Retta Mae Oney. He also would take a liking to watching action movies. But his nearest and deepest love was for his family in which he enjoyed spending quality time with. He was known as his sister Janie’s baby.

     David is preceded in death by his parents John Handy and Retta Mae Oney, a brother, John E. Oney. as well as the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Diane Oney. 

      He leaves to treasure his memories his sisters: Marie Janie Stanley of Dover, DE, Doris Winder of Greenwood, DE and Hilda Oney of Laurel, MD: a brother Sylvester (Jane) Oney of Allentown, PA:  a special aunt, Margaret West of Laurel, DE; his favorite niece, Patrina Gardner, Magnolia, DE. his favorite great nephew, Rai-Shawn Johnson, Magnolia, DE; his favorite great-great niece, who he affectionately referred to as his girl, Key'mani Owens, Harrington, DE. He also leaves and felt great affection for a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, great neices and nephews, and friends to keep his memory alive.

      The family of David Lee Oney would like to send our sincerest gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at P.A.M Rehabilitation Center, Tidal Health Nanticoke Hospital, and anyone whom attended to him while in their care. We truly thank you all.

     A funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Citadel of Hope Deliverance Ministries, 25371 Honeysuckle Drive, Seaford, DE 19973 where there will be a viewing from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. Saturday.  Burial will follow in St. John AME Zion Church Cemetery, Laurel.  Online condolence may be made via 


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October 14, 2023

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Citadel of Hope Deliverance Ministries
25371 Honeysuckle Drive
Seaford, DE 19973

Funeral Service
October 14, 2023

11:00 AM
Citadel of Hope Deliverance Ministries
25371 Honeysuckle Drive
Seaford, DE 19973


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