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2012 OBITUARIES

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Oscar Dwight Gray

AVON -- Oscar Dwight Gray Sr., 90, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at The Outer Banks Hospital. Born in Avon, he was the son of the late Clemson and Esta Meekins Gray. He was a retired Chief Machinist Mate for the U.S. Coast Guard and a member of Cape Hatteras Lodge No. 698 AF and AM in Buxton.

Mr. Gray is survived by his wife, Jannette Gray Gray of the residence; a daughter, Diana G. Saunders of Chesapeake, Va.; three sons, Oscar D. Gray, Jr. of Whitsett, N.C., Daniel Bruce Gray of South Mills, N.C., and Tilman Ray Gray of Avon; two sisters, Blanche Williams of Beaufort, N.C. and Rena Dawson of Richmond, Va.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at the Avon Worship Center on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Bryan Gray officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church on Friday from 6 until 7 p.m. In lieu flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Avon Worship Center Youth Group.

Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.twifordfh.com.


David ‘Robin’ Powell

BUXTON -- Robin Powell, 59, died Dec. 10, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; sister, Kathryn "Kappy" Prosch, and her husband, Col. Geoff Prosch of Arlington, Va.; niece, Kathryn  Cooper (Jon) of San Francisco, Calif.; nephew, C.W. "Bo" Prosch (Caroline) of Washington, D.C.; two stepchildren, four step-grandchildren, and many loving relatives and friends.

A longtime resident of Hatteras Island, Robin was previously self-employed as a carpenter and contractor for Robin Powell Construction & Repairs. A kind and gentle soul, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.



Janie C. Hooper

SALVO -- Janie C. Hooper, 93, of Salvo, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Rodanthe.  Mrs. Hooper was born in Frisco and worked for 35 years for Hatteras Island Resort and was a member of Clarkes-Bethel United Methodist Church in Salvo.

She was predeceased by her parents, Gertrude and Courtney W. Barnett, and her husband, Floyd W. Hooper.

Surviving are her daughters, Dean H. Bruce and Donna D. Hooper both of Salvo; her brother, Jackie Barnett of Frisco; two granddaughters, Shirley Kornegay and Loretta Lynn Bruce, and two great-grandchildren, Floyd Kornegay and Ethan Kornegay. Also surviving is her niece, Elsie Hooper of Salvo. 

A celebration of life will be in Little Grove United Methodist Church in Frisco on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. by Rev. Roger Barnett and Rev. Dwight Burrus. Burial will follow in the Barnett Family Cemetery in Frisco.  Friends may join the family at Little Grove United Methodist Church Friday from 7 until 9 p.m.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.



Gloria June Bentley

AVON -- Gloria June Bentley (Glo), 64, passed away on Nov. 26.  Glo was born Sept. 19, 1948, daughter of the late Edith and Roy Bentley, Sr. in Williamson, W.Va.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Geneva Adams, Augie Beaulieu, and Martha Ann Bentley and four brothers, Roy, Richard, Bill and Charles Bentley.  She is survived by two sisters, Peggy Smith of Vienna, W.Va., and Brenda Sitz of Avon and one brother, John Bentley of Winchester, Va.  She leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews.  Special to her were Mandy Sitz, Sally Helms, Pamela Sabol, Cecelia Woods, Judi Jones, James Jones, and her extended family, Robin Crump, Jomi & Danny Price, Andy Throne, Kim Robke, Marcie Shoemaker, and John Sitz.

Glo loved the beach and working at the Mad Crabber.  She was a beloved sister, aunt, and friend and left us with wonderful memories to treasure.  She taught us to love and laugh, the greatest gift of all.

A memorial will be held at a later date.  Donations may be made to Children’s Hospital of The King Daughters, Diabetes Program, P.O. Box 2156, Norfolk, Va., 23501-2156.




Mary Farrow Curles

HATTERAS -- Mary Farrow Curles, 76 went to be with the Lord on Dec. 1, 2012 at the Currituck House. Ms. Curles, a Hatteras native, was born on Nov. 4, 1936, to the late Lester B. Farrow Sr. and the late Salina Gaskins Farrow. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Janet Farrow Foster and Jean Bunting, and two brothers, Buster Farrow and Johnny Farrow.

Surviving Mary Curles are her four sons, Velton Austin Jr. and wife, Sharon; Alphe Austin and wife, Debbie; Richard Austin and wife, Rebecca, and James Kelley II and wife, Trena.  Ms. Curles is also survived by her brother, Dick Farrow, and her sisters, Carolyn Parker and Barbara Bunting. Also left to cherish her memory are her nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at Cape Hatteras Baptist Church on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. Viewing will be one hour prior. The Rev. Russell Howard will officiate. A private burial will be held at the Farrow Family Cemetery in Frisco.

The family extends special thanks to Ms. Curles’ hospice nurse, Amber Lane, and the staff of the Currituck House. The family suggests that memorial donations in honor of Mary Curles be made to the Currituck House, 141 Moyock Landing Drive, Moyock, NC  27958 and/or to Community Healthcare and Hospice, 1601 N. Road Street Suite B,  Elizabeth City, NC  27909.

Condolences to the family may be expressed via the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.



Glenn Dodenhoff
 

BUXTON -- Glenn Dodenhoff, 76, died at his home on Nov. 8. The Covina, Calif., native was born Nov. 9, 1936 to Sarah Irene Glenn and Herbert C. Dodenhoff.

A lifelong artist, Dodenhoff studied at the Art Center School in Los Angeles. He worked in the commercial art departments of Northrop Grumman and McDonnell Douglas. An award-winning painter, Dodenhoff was showing in Los Angeles galleries in the late 1950s and early 1960s during the height of the Abstract Expressionism movement. While equally adept at realism, he painted a masterful abstract language of color and form until his death. His art has been shown in exhibitions nationwide and is in the government, private, and corporate collections worldwide, including the Dare County Municipal Center in Manteo and the private collection of Norway's royal family.

His art hung side-by-side with paintings by his wife of 39 years, Lisa Cooper, at the Tides Restaurant in Buxton. He opened the Catfish Gallery on Hatteras Island with Cooper and beloved friend, Edith Camp. The gallery displayed paintings and also clay caricature mugs created by the three artists.

Dodenhoff moved to Hatteras Island in 1974 where he fished, tended garden, played guitar and sang, and entertained and enlightened friends and family with his humor, keen intellect and thirst for truth.
 
Dodenoff was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Dodenoff, and his daughter, Cindy Dodenhoff Houghton. He is survived by his wife Lisa Cooper of the home, brother Dennis Dodenhoff of California; daughter Kathy Barnett of Dent, Va.; sons Jeffrey Dodenhoff of El Segundo, Calif., and Timothy Dodenhoff of  Concord, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial celebration for Glenn will be announced in the spring.




Catherine Ann Jones

RODANTHE -- Catherine Ann Jones, 54, died Oct. 10, 2012, at Gilchrist Hospice in Columbia, after a short battle with cancer, surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born Nov. 6, 1957 to William Calvin and Patricia Ann (Glass) Jones Sr.

She lived her early life in Frederick, moving to Baltimore when she was 7. After she finished junior high school, the family moved to Ellicott City. In her late 20s, she settled in Solomons, where she managed the St. Mary’s College bookstore and later established her own specialty boutique, Sugar Magnolia’s. She also developed a love of the sport of windsurfing. This hobby eventually prompted her to move to Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the late 1990s.

The great friendships she formed in southern Maryland continued after she moved away. She loved living on Hatteras. She became part of a close-knit community of friends that she considered to be her second family and loved spending time with them, especially during the quieter off-season on the island. She was a self-professed lover of food and art and a friend to animals of all kinds. She worked a number of diverse jobs while on Hatteras. She spent time as a research assistant for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, worked at a marine repair shop and thrift store and was a caretaker of multiple rental properties. She also did stints as a waitress, bartender, and census taker.

She had a passion to help the less fortunate or those in need. She spent countless hours helping both people and animals in her community. Over the years, she developed shelter for the homeless animals that lived on the island, providing food and veterinary services for them. She was always on the lookout for good homes for the animals in her care. She took great pride in her community and was especially proud of the way they all came together to help one another in the arduous cleanup from Hurricane Irene in 2011. She loved her family, especially her nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her parents, William and Patricia Jones of Ellicott City; brothers, William Jones and his wife, Susanne Ogaitis-Jones, of Catonsville, Md., and Christopher Jones and his wife, Julie Oaks Jones, of Columbia, Md.; and nieces and nephews, William and Adele Jones, Kyle, Kate, and Evan Jones.

Family received friends Oct. 15 at Slack Funeral Home in Ellicott City.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Interment was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943, or online at www.hicf.org.




Timothy Earl Jennette

BUXTON -- Timothy Earl Jennette, 53, of Buxton, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 at his residence.  Tim was the owner of Jennette Construction.  He was a skilled, hands-on craftsman who loved the challenge of completing ambitious projects.  He was the grandson of the last principal keeper of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.  He was proud of his island heritage and loved the company of his family and friends.  Tim loved high adventure.  He was an accomplished surfer and standout wrestler at Cape Hatteras High School.

Left to cherish his memory are his sister, Terry Jennette Ponton, and husband, John, of Avon and beloved nieces, Sarah Ponton of San Diego, Calif., and Susan Ponton of Portland, Ore.

Tim was predeceased by his parents, Rany Brooks Jennette and Josephine Miller Jennette, and a younger brother, Kil Lee Jennette.  He will be dearly missed by his many friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at Buxton United Methodist Church on Friday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ken Davenport officiating.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Buxton United Methodist Church Building/Memorial Fund, POB 672, Buxton, NC 27920.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.



Bradford Taylor Swain Sr.

FRISCO -- Bradford Taylor Swain Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 13, 2012.  He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of over 39 years, Donna Tolson Swain of Frisco; a daughter, Bonnie S. Trout of Nitro, W.Va., and husband Brooks Trout; a son, B.J. Swain Jr.  and wife Mary of Ocracoke; and five grandchildren, Zoee Trout, Haden Trout, and Taylor Brickhouse, all of Nitro, and Brayden Swain and Morgan Swain, both of Ocracoke.

Special people in his life include his adopted daughter Leeann Canning of Hatteras and her children whom he adored and thought of as his own, Jasmine Quidley, John Canning, III and Kayleigh Canning of Hatteras and his nieces, Leagh Swain and Leann Swain.

Mr. Swain was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma O’Neal, and his brother, Leon Swain, and sister, Anna Swain. Brad leaves behind many friends and family. He will be missed for his laughter, love, and kindness to others. He would give anything to anyone.

“Fly with the angels, Daddy. In God’s arms you are now resting, your laughter is still ringing loud and clear in our hearts and ears. See you soon in the by and by.”

A celebration of life will be in Lighthouse Assembly of God on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dwight Burrus and Rev. Eric Hinson. Burial will be in the family cemetery in Frisco. Friends may join the family at Lighthouse Assembly of God on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. or at their home at 51247 Lullaby Lane in Frisco from 4 to 6 p.m.

Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.twifordfh.com.





William Dorsett Ward

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- William Dorsett Ward, 57, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, after a two-year battle against cancer.  He fought the disease with determination, dignity, and wit and with love and support of his family, close friends and, most of all, faith in his Lord.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be private.

Dorsett, named after his beloved great uncle, William Simon Moye Jr., and grandfather, Eli Dorsett Larkins, attended Greenville public schools and East Carolina University, where he was a loyal and faithful member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

A master fisherman, he loved the outdoors and for the past 30 years made his living as a commercial and charter boat fisherman while living and working in the fishing villages of Hatteras and Gloucester, Mass.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Harvey Ward, Jr.

He is survived by his mother, Barbara Ann Ward; brother, Jim Ward and wife, Katie; sister, Lisa Ward Hilliard; five nephews; one niece, and a great niece.

Dorsett’s family would like to give special heartfelt thanks to his primary physician, Dr. Heather White, and her staff, Vidant Hospice, and everyone that through their prayers, calls, cards and visits made this journey a little more bearable.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the James Harvey Ward, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o St. James United Methodist Church, 2000 E. 6th St., Greenville, NC or Vidant Health Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice, P.O. Box 8489, Greenville, NC 27835-8489.

Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com



Daniel Robert Moore

Daniel Robert Moore, 75, of Sewell, N.J., passed away on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. He died sitting in his chair on the beach on Hatteras Island with his fishing line in the water. He had been a resident of Sewell since 1962.

Mr. Moore graduated from Glassboro State College and served in the United States Marine Corps. Devoted husband of Marian (nee Myers), he is also survived by loving daughter Judy (Thomas) Ghirardelli, adoring grandchildren, Marianna and Joey, two sisters Ruth (Robert) Gray, Pixie (John) Senior, his in-laws, William (Claire) Myers, Janet (Dave) Koehler, and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Moore was predeceased by daughter, Susan Ann Moore.

Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Smith Funeral Home, 47 Main St., Mantua, N.J., where funeral services will be held at noon. Cremation will be private. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club - Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 145, Buxton, NC 27920. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com.




Bobby Durr

Greenville – Mr. Bobby Durr, 44, passed away Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at his home.

A memorial service will be held at a later date on Hatteras Island.

Bobby was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., lived on Hatteras Island for a number of years, and lived in Greenville for the past 20 years.  He worked for UPS for 10 years and most recently with Health Services as a contract courier.

He is survived by his father, Bob Durr of Frisco; sister, Kimberly Durr of Buxton; daughter, Haley Craven of South Carolina, and niece and nephew, Brittny and Ivey Austin.

Arrangements are by Smith Funeral & Cremation Services, Greenville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.smithfcs.com.


Alvin Daniel “Danny” Willis

Alvin Daniel “Danny” Willis, 64, of Elizabeth City, N.C., entered into eternal rest on Sept. 10, 2012.  Danny was born Sept. 24, 1947 in Washington, N.C., to Daniel C. Willis and Mildred Stowe Willis.

Danny was a graduate of Great Bridge High School Class of 1965.  He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in piano from Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music.  He went on to teach piano, which was one of his greatest passions.  He loved working in various churches as a pianist.  Anyone fortunate enough to have heard him perform will never forget his beautiful music. Danny was loved by all those who knew him. His music will forever be in our hearts.

Danny is survived by his loving parents, Daniel and Mildred Willis of Hatteras; two brothers, Norman Willis and Robert (Darlene) Willis; one sister, Marlene (Allen) Burrus; three nephews, Bobby Willis, Joshua Burrus, and Jonathan Burrus; three nieces, Dori (John) Slaughter, Michelle (Michael) Summerlin, and Jennifer (Zachary) Hackley; and many great nephews and great nieces.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Faye Willis, and his sister in law, Johnnie Belinda Willis.

A funeral Service was held on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Hatteras Assembly of God Church in Hatteras. Burial will be in the family cemetery.

Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras, is assisting the family with arrangements. 



Kelly Jean Gray

AVON -- Kelly Jean Gray, 42, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in her residence.  Kelly was born in Chesapeake, VA., and was a retired restaurant owner and manager.

She was the daughter of Osborne Gibb Gray of Avon and the late Alta Jean Holloway Gray.

Besides her father, surviving are her daughters, Savannah Eden Jean Mulder of Buxton and Kalee Shay Barnett of Frisco; one sister, Susie Marie Williams of Avon; four brothers, Brian James of Buxton, Shawn James of Chesapeake, Va., Mitchell James, and stepbrother Ozzie Gray of Jarvisburg, N.C.;  Kelly is also survived by many nieces and nephews and friends on Hatteras Island. Her favorite nieces and nephews whom she was a mother to are Rachel, Nathan, P.J., and Jason Williams.  Kelly was predeceased by her daughter Samantha Foster.

A service of remembrance will be in Saint John’s United Methodist Church on Monday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. by Rev. Dwight Burrus.  A time of fellowship with the family will be in the fellowship hall of the church immediately following the service. Memorials may be made to the family to help with expenses at P.O. Box 113, Avon, NC 27915.


Ralph Walter Coward

AVON -- Ralph Walter Coward, 82, died on June 7 at his residence. He was born in Union Beach, N.J., and raised in Cliffwood, N.J.

Coward was the son of the late Ralph K. Coward and Dorothy Head Coward.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Kahlert, and survived by his brother, Joseph E. Coward of Keansburg, N.J.

He was a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving his country in the Korean and Vietnam wars. After retiring from the service, he owned and operated Coward Construction in Avon until his passing.


Franklin Dewey O’Neal

LEVITTOWN, Pa. -- Franklin Dewey O’Neal, 43, of Levittown and Ocracoke died Monday July 9, 2012, in his residence. Mr. O’Neal was a native of Ocracoke and was a Certified Public Accountant with American Architecture.  He was a graduate of Ocracoke High School and attended UNC Greensboro and was a member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church.

He was the son of Carlton B. O’Neal and wife Bonnie of Ocracoke and the late Edith McCook O’Neal.

Also surviving are two brothers, Charles L. O’Neal and wife Anne Stuart O’Neal of Washington, N.C., and Lewis E. O’Neal of Ocracoke.

A service of remembrance will be in Ocracoke United Methodist Church, Friday July 13, at 1 p.m. by Rev. Laura Stern. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ocracoke Fire Protection Association, P.O. Box 332, Ocracoke, NC 27960 or Hope For The Animals.org.

Twiford Funeral Home, Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.


Herbert Augustus ‘H.A.’ Creef Jr.

MANTEO -- Herbert Augustus “H.A.” Creef Jr. died Friday July 6, 2012, in Norfolk, Va.  H.A. was a “native son,” born in Manteo and was owner/operator of The Pioneer Theatre and The Duke of Dare Motor Lodge in Manteo.  

He was a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church.  H.A. was a former commissioner of the Town of Manteo and an avid supporter of the revitalization, promoting and preserving of downtown Manteo.  He was a former member of the Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department, Manteo Masonic Lodge #521 AF&AM, a Scottish Rite Mason, and a graduate of East Carolina University where he was a Letterman and a proud member of the Pirates Club. He also showed interest in Dare County’s youth. He was a former volunteer coach for the Manteo High School Redskins and a member of the Tidewater Council Soap Box Derby.  H.A. taught multiple youth in Dare County “theater etiquette” and was labeled by some as the “cheapest babysitter in town.” H.A. served his country honorably in the Korean War with the U.S. Air Force.

He was the son of the late Herbert A. Creef Sr. and Ann Burrus Creef and husband of Elizabeth Hill Creef.

Besides his wife, surviving are his daughter, Liz Ann Meekins and husband Lish of Manteo; two sons, Tim Creef and wife Denise of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Buddy Creef  and wife Kate of Manteo; one sister, Ruby Eves of Newport News, Va., and five grandchildren, Will Creef, Davis Creef, Sara Creef,  Elyssa Creef  and Alex Creef.  In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his sisters, Carita Parker and Margaret Ann Gray, and his brother George Creef.

A celebration of life will be in Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Tuesday July 10, at 11 a.m. by Rev. Jerry Cribb and Rev. Dr. Jerome Smith.  Burial will be in Manteo Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, at 135 Meekins Drive in Manteo, Monday from 4 until 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the ECU Educational Foundation, Ward Sports Medicine Building Suite 304, Greenville NC 27858-4353. 

Twiford Funeral Home, Colony Chapel, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.


James Earl Thompson
 
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -- James Earl Thompson (Jim), 78, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in the loving embrace of his wife.  After a courageous and dignified five-year battle with cancer, he passed from this life peacefully and with dignity into the loving arms of our Lord.
 
He was born on October 24, 1933 in Carroll County, Virginia, to the late James Henry Thompson and Ethel Lummie Spence.
 
Jim graduated from Guilford College in 1957 and was a veteran of the United States Navy. Jim met and married his soul mate and “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Janet Taylor. They married November 14, 1959, “the happiest day of my life.” Jim retired in 1988 after a successful career in the oil business. Jim and Janet moved to Hendersonville in 1997 and both became active members of St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church.
 
He was a loving and loyal husband who cherished his wife.  He was a caring and nurturing father who loved his children unconditionally. To his 16 grandchildren (and an expected great-grandchild), who adored him, he was fondly and lovingly known as “Paupaw.”  He placed family above all else and lived everyday of his life that way.
 
To his family, “adopted families,” and friends who enriched Jim's life, he loved you all. You made his time here a blessing, and he was grateful to have shared his journey with you.
 
He is survived by his wife, Janet Taylor Thompson, and his four children, James Earl Thompson Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., wife Cindy and children Lauren Sargent and husband David and Cameron and Emlyn; Jennifer Eileen Thompson of Winston-Salem, N.C., and husband Frank and children Morgan, Brittany, and Blake; Joseph Ellis Thompson of Frisco, wife Tami and children Ellisa and Elijah, and Janet Thompson Barnard of Alpharetta, Ga., and husband Andrew and children Joshua, Jordan, Justin, James, Jessica, Jennifer, Jaxon, and Jason.
 
A memorial service in celebration of his life will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 6, at St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church (1905 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, N.C.) with Rev. John A. Morton, Rev. H. Alexander Viola and Deacon Joyce Beschta officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at a reception in the Parish Hall.
 
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to two charities that were close to Jim’s heart.  They are: Children and Family Resource Center Scholarship Fund (828-698-0674 or www.childrenandfamily.org/support-us/) and Four Seasons Compassion for Life (828-692-6178 or www.fourseasonscfl.org/donate/).
 
A register book is available online for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com.
 
Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangement.



William Avner Midgett Sr.

WAVES -- William Avner Midgett Sr., 75, died Tuesday June 13, 2012 in Norfolk, Va.  Mr. Midgett was born in Waves and was retired from the U.S. Coast Guard where he served his country honorably in Vietnam and was an expert rifleman. He recently retired from the N.C. State Division of Ferries and was a commercial fisherman. 

He was the son of the late William Alston and Sarah Louise Midgett Midgett and the husband of Sylvia Gray Midgett of the home. 

Besides his wife surviving are three daughters,  Joyce M. Waters and husband Randy of Rodanthe, Roberta Midgett and husband Larry of Salvo, and Karen Jakob and husband Frank of Buxton; one son, William A. Midgett Jr. and wife Sharon of Bridgeville, Del.; one sister, Anna Pendleton of Elizabeth City, and two brothers, Carroll H. Midgett Sr. of Waves and Leland Midgett of Hertford, N.C.; Grandchildren, Eric Midgett, Christen Waters, Crystal Waters, Michael Jakob, Kimberly Jakob, Johnathan Jakob, Tonya Midgett, Keela Midgett, Nicholas Midgett, and Zachary Midgett, and  great-grandchildren, Kameron Midgett, Simone Midgett, Autumn Midgett, Mason Bocks, Daeson Jakob, Riley Jakob, Destyn Jakob, Taylor Jarvis and Juanita Wage.  Mr. Midgett was predeceased by his great-grandson, Kobie Jakob.

A celebration of life will be in Clarkes-Bethel United Methodist Church, Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m. by Rev. Bryan Gray. Burial with military honors by the U.S. Coast Guard will be in the family cemetery on Highway12 in Waves.  Friends may join the family at Clarkes-Bethel United Methodist Church on Friday from 6 until 8 p.m.

Twiford Funeral Home, Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
www.twifordfh.com.


Janet Farrow Foster

MANTEO -- Janet Farrow Foster, 73, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at her residence, peacefully in her sleep.  A Hatteras native, Mrs. Foster was the daughter of the late Lester Farrow and the late Salina Gaskins Farrow.  She is also preceded in death by her husband, Desmond Roderick Foster, Sr., her sister, Jean Bunting, and two brothers, Buster and Johnny Farrow.

Mrs. Foster faithfully attended Churches in the area, including Hatteras United Methodist, Frisco Assembly, the Church of God of Prophecy in Manteo, and others.  She loved working, enjoyed staying busy, and will be deeply missed.

Mrs. Foster is survived by her son, Desmond R. “Buddy” Foster Jr. and wife Faye of Hatteras; her daughters, Carolyn F. Austin and husband Tate of Virginia Beach and Linda Foster of Tarboro, N.C.; her sisters, Barbara Bunting, Carolyn Parker, Mary Curles, and her brother, Dick Farrow.  Also left to cherish her memory are her seven grandchildren, Aren Austin, Lacy Schmidt, Desmond Harrison, Matthew Harrison, Heather Harrison, Marshall Foster, Krystal Foster, and her three great-grandchildren, Sean Doyle, Zander Harrison, and Kendall Harrison.

The Funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 11, at the Hatteras United Methodist Church with Rev. Cory Oliver and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating.  Visitation will be on Sunday, from 6 – 8 p.m., also at the church.  Burial will be in the Foster Family Cemetery in Hatteras. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation, 1220 B East Joppa Rd. Suite 332, Baltimore, MD 21286 or the Hatteras United Methodist Church Bereavement Community.

A sincere “thank you” to family and friends for your many expressions of love and support in the loss our loved one.  Also a special thanks to Ms. Irene for being such a wonderful friend to our mother.  Everyone is invited to continue celebrating the life of our wonderful mother and grandmother by attending the reception at the home of Buddy and Faye Foster in Hatteras village.

Twiford Funeral Home, Island Chapel, Hatteras, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.


John David Quidley

AVON -- John David Quidley Jr., 69, son of the late John D. Quidley Sr. and Mrs. Retta W. Quidley of Avon, passed away Tuesday, June 5, at the Veteran's Medical Center in Durham, N.C. John suffered from lung cancer and died very peacefully.

John was born on Nov. 29, 1942 in Norfolk, Va. He graduated from Cape Hatteras High School and was very active in sports, especially basketball. He attended Chowan College at Murfreesboro, N.C., and later joined the Coast Guard in 1962. He was stationed at Freeport Lifeboat Station, Freeport, Tex., and later transferred to Pacific Coast Guard Command, home-based on the supply ship Kukui, out of Honolulu, Hawaii.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother Maurice L. Quidley Sr. and wife Sandra L. of Avon. He is preceded in death by his nephew, Maurice L. Quidley Jr. Maurice Jr.'s children are Alexander Evans and Ashlyne Marie Quidley.

John is also survived by his nephew, Benjamin B. Quidley, and son, Benjamin B Quidley II, nephews, Nathanael J. Quidley of Melbourne, Fla., and Jeremey J. Quidley of Kill Devil Hills, and niece Veronica D. Dent and her husband, Donald Dent, of Virginia. Their children are Abigail M. and Samuel D. Dent.

Also surviving is his sister, Karen, and husband Phillip R. Vernesoni. Their children are Phillip R. Vernesoni, Jonothan D. Vernesoni and wife Lenora, and their children, Jonothan D. Jr. and Grace C. Vernesoni. John is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins, which he truly loved and cherished through his life.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m., on Sunday, June 10, at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Avon with Rev. Roger Dill and Rev. Bryan Gray officiating. Visitation will be Saturday evening, from 6 – 8 p.m., also at the church. Burial will immediately follow the church service at the family cemetery on the Buxton Back Road at M. Quidley Lane.

Twiford Funeral Home, Island Chapel, Hatteras, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.



Opal Foster Scarborough

BUXTON -- Opal Foster Scarborough, 79, died Friday, June 1, 2012 in Nags Head. Born in Hatteras, she was the daughter of the late Hallas and Rosa Burrus Foster. She was a member of the Hatteras United Methodist Church and a homemaker.

Mrs. Scarborough is survived by her husband of 61 years, Raymond Wilbur Scarborough; two daughters, Karla Jarvis and husband, Roger, of Hatteras and Rosa Scarborough and significant other, Cooper Linton, of Cary; five sons, Ray Scarborough and wife, Janet, of Corapeake, Hal Scarborough and wife, Juanita, of Avon, Mark Scarborough and wife, Suzi, of West Palm Beach, Fla., Kerry Scarborough and wife, Monica, of Buxton, and Dale Scarborough and wife, Becki, of Snow Hill; a grandson who was raised in the house, Cristopher Scarborough, and wife, Katie, of Wilmington; one brother, Raymond "Bernie" Foster and wife, Cecilia, of Hatteras; 12 other grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Virgil Wayne Scarborough, and a brother, Desmond Foster.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 5, at 1 p.m. at Hatteras United Methodist Church by the Rev. Cory Oliver and the Rev. Dwight Burrus. Burial will be in the Scarborough Cemetery in Avon. The family will receive friends and relatives at Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras on Monday from 6 until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hatteras Community Preschool, c/o Hatteras United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Hatteras, NC 27943.

Twiford Funeral Home, Island Chapel, Hatteras, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
www.twifordfh.com.


Mary Louise Ballance Gray

BUXTON -- Mary Louise Ballance Gray, 79, native of Hatteras Island, was drawn into the waiting arms of the Lord on May 21, 2012. 

She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Jack Stewart Gray, her two daughters, Jaki Gray and Mary Gray McAnally, a grandson, Jackson Whitley, and her sister, Grace Peele. She is predeceased by her parents, Eliva and Ellsworth Ballance, and her brothers and sister: Thurman Ballance, Gamaiel Ballance, Wheeler Ballance, E.B. Ballance, and Myrtis Austin.

Born and raised on Hatteras Island, Mary Louise was an avid fisherman, a supportive and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, as well as a renowned cook. Such was her prowess in the kitchen that many a friend or relative was known to show up “for a visit” just at dinner time.

For many years, Mary was an active member of the Buxton Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the Eastern Star, and the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club.

Mary Louise was a true lady in every sense. She took great care to make everyone she met feel at ease, and she loved to entertain. She will be greatly missed.

A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at the Buxton Methodist Church on Thursday, May 24, at 11 a.m. with the Revs. Cory Oliver and Charles Moseley officiating

Twiford Funeral Home, Island Chapel, Hatteras, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
www.twifordfh.com.



Bonnie Jean Farkas

BUXTON-- Bonnie Jean Farkas (nee Gray), 68, passed away at the Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head on Thursday, May 17, 2012 with her family by her side.  She was the daughter of the late Mack Thompson Gray and the late Lucy Mae Gray and is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Alan Farkas of Buxton.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her brother, Donald M. Gray.

Bonnie was a member of Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Buxton, where she served for many years as Christ Ambassadors youth group leader, Sunday school teacher, Women’s Missionaries secretary/treasurer and was instrumental in then making beautiful, chocolate-covered Easter eggs.  She also had a love for craft work, making dolls, clothing, Christmas ornaments, and tree skirts.  Her works were admired and loved by many locals and tourists alike.

In addition to her husband, Alan, she is survived by her daughter, Irma Vale Hostetter and husband Michael, her son Alan Matthew Farkas and fiancÚ Natasha Raquel Tolson, and her sister Janet Gaskins and husband Eldon, all of Buxton.  Also left to cherish her memory are her two grandchildren, Daryl Montra Hostetter and Sierra Vale Hostetter, and her great-grandson, Christopher Michael Bruner and Montra’s fiancÚ Christopher Paul Bruner.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, at Lighthouse Assembly of God in Buxton with Elmo “Popeye” Daniels officiating.   Visitation will be held on Monday evening from 6 – 8, also at the Church.  At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of Janet Gaskins, 48527 Highway 12, Buxton, and Alan’s home at 48518 Highway 12, Buxton.  Following the funeral service, in accordance with her wishes, Ms. Farkas will be cremated.

Twiford Funeral Home, Island Chapel, Hatteras, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
www.twifordfh.com.



Retta Meekins Gray

AVON -- Retta Meekins Gray, 91, passed into eternity on April 25, 2012. She was born to Calvin and Maggie Meekins on Dec. 20, 1920. She was an active member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Avon, where she served as a trustee, treasurer, past president of the United Methodist Women, taught Sunday School and served in the choir for many years. She was past Worthy Matron of the Cape Hatteras Eastern Star.

She was predeceased by her husband, Elwood C. Gray; her stepmother, Dorcas Meekins; her grandson, Kelly Lee Willis; her son-in-law, Otis Willis Jr., and her brother, Archie Meekins.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Brenda Willis, Carol Riggs (and husband Mack), and E. Crouse Gray Jr. (and wife Juanita); grandchildren, Brenda Jo VanOverberghe (husband Gary), Roger Scott Riggs, and Jennifer Allen; great-grandchildren, Cristi VanOverberghe, Samantha VanOverberghe, Desarae Allen, Samantha Allen, Amanda Allen, Raymond Allen IV, and Jaden Bailey her brothers and sisters, Alston Meekins, Rex Meekins (wife Joanne), June Jeannette, and Mary Douglas; special niece and nephew, Gail, Jim, and Shane Coleman; adopted great-grandchildren, Aaron Daniel, Megan Daniel, Cory Daniel, Kyler Bailey, Daelyn Bailey, Carly Bailey, and Patrick Bailey, and many relatives and friends.

Visitation will be at her home, 40296 McMullen Road in Avon from 5 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2. The graveside service will be held at the Gray Cemetery in Buxton (next to Conner’s Supermarket) at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 3. Funeral services will be at a later date when St. John’s UMC renovations are completed. Pastor Roger Dill will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 129, Avon, NC 27915.

The family would like to thank the staff at Outer Banks Hospital, especially the ER staff and the staff on POD A 2nd floor for their kindness. She will be forever loved and missed. 

Twiford Funeral Home, Island Chapel, Hatteras, is assisting the family with arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed by visiting 
www.twifordfh.com.



Jean Tennent Meyer

AVON -- Jean Tennent Meyer, a resident of Avon, formerly of Poughkeepsie and New Windsor, N.Y., passed away on April 20th with her family by her side. She was in her 82nd year. Jean was born in Chappaqua, N.Y., on Aug 14, 1929 to the late Alice Dring Tennent and John Tennent and attended Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, N.Y., where she was captain of the cheerleading team.

Upon graduating from Plattsburg State College with a degree in home economics, Jean began a career of professional excellence. She was employed at Central Hudson, where she became one of the first women to hold a management position. In 1978, The Evening News described Jean as “a vivacious, outgoing” young woman and praised her for encouraging women to assume leadership positions within the company.

Jean’s community contributions began with the Zonta Club of Newburgh, N.Y., where she served as president. After retiring from Central Hudson, Jean and her husband, Howard, moved to Cape Hatteras. She was president of the Avon Property Owners Association, an active member of the Republican Party, and a member of St. John’s Methodist Church. In 2000, she was awarded the Governor’s Volunteer Award by Governor James Hunt, Jr. for her tireless volunteer efforts at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
 
Jean is survived by her husband, Howard Meyer, of Avon, and her daughter and son-in-law, Marcia Rood O’Neill and Thomas J. O’Neill, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She had three grandchildren, Emily O’Neill, Andrew O’Neill, and Alicia Farquhar, and a great-granddaughter, Ashley Bowman. She is also survived by her stepson, Geoffrey Meyer, his wife Mary, and their son Trevor of Gardener, N.Y. She was predeceased by her daughter, Drucilla Rood, and her sister, Lois Adams.

Jean loved photography, her yearly trip to the island of St. Maarten, and her rescue dog, Angel. Her greatest and most obvious pleasure, however, was spending time with her family, who will miss her always.
 
Donations, if so desired, may be made in her memory to the Friends of Felines— Cape Hatteras Island, Box 310, Avon, NC 27915.  A memorial service for Jean Tennent Meyer of Avon will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church in Avon.


Twiford Funeral Home, Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.



Charlotte Darlene Breeden

FRISCO -- Charlotte Darlene Breeden (nee Hollenback), 51, passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Monday, April 17, 2012.  Born in Newfoundland, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Patrick Matthew Hollenback and the late Tonia Sadie Belle Hollenback (nee Palmer).  She is also preceded in death her husband, Jimmy Breeden.  Charlotte attended Little Grove United Methodist Church in Frisco.

Mrs. Breeden is survived by her daughter, Jasmine Cherise Hollenback of Raleigh, N.C., her two sisters, Lauren and Tina Hollenback, brother, Patrick Hollenback, close friend, Catherine Breeden, and her nephew, Will Breeden.  Also left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren, Tonia Yvonne Myles, Anthony O’Ryan Hollenback, and Noha Mackenzie Myles.

In accordance with her wishes, Ms. Breeden was cremated and her cremated remains will be scattered by the family at a date and time yet to be determined.

Twiford Funeral Home, Island Chapel, Hatteras, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at
www.twifordfh.com.



Mildred Beaman McCabe

AVON -- Mildred Beaman McCabe, 88, died Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Colony Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center. Born in Avon, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Catherine Williams Scarborough and was the widow of Russell Ira McCabe. She was also preceded in death by a son, Earl Beaman.

Mildred is survived by a daughter, Brenda Morgan, and husband Robert of Buxton; a brother, Ray Scarborough, and wife Opal of Buxton; two grandsons, Robert Morgan, III and girlfriend Nikki of Buxton and John Morgan and wife Stacey of Charlotte, and two great grandchildren, Hannah and Ian Morgan.

A funeral service will be held at Avon Worship Center on Monday, April 23, at 2 p.m. with Pastors Bryan Gray and Roger Dill officiating.  Burial will be in the Scarborough Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church on Monday from noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
www.twifordfh.com.



Kathleen Karr Butcher

FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Kathleen Karr Butcher, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, April 12, 2012, at her home, two weeks short of her 90th birthday.

Kitty was born in Davis Run, Tyler County, West Virginia, was raised in Dents Run, attended high school in Mannington graduating in 1941, graduated as a registered nurse from Fairmont General Hospital, class of 1946.  Kitty was OR supervising nurse at Fairmont General Hospital and later worked for many years as office nurse for first Dr. John Coogle and later for Drs. Jenkins, Lindsay and Miller.  She retired in 1991.  In retirement, she read thousands of books, spent winters at the beach with her daughter, attended monthly luncheons with her former classmates, was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, and provided a loving home for her beloved Siamese cats. 

Kitty was married to George W. Butcher, Jr. for nearly 50 years before his death in 1998.  She and George took great pleasure in their yard on Ridgewood Road in Fairmont, which was filled with beautiful spring flowers at the time of her passing. She is survived by her son, George W. Butcher III, and his beloved Connie Thompson, who together cared for “Miss Kitty” for the last 15 years.   She is also survived by her daughters Gee Gee Rosell of Buxton and Lynanne Wescott of Philadelphia, Pa., her granddaughter, Mesia Wescott Godfrey, and husband Jason Godfrey and two great-grandsons, Austin Thomas and Colin Ryan Godfrey.  She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.   She was preceded in death by her parents Ivan and Mary Karr of Middlebourne, W. Va., her brother Robert Karr of Seattle, Wash., and her sister Virginia (Corky) Robinson of Mannington, W.Va. 

Her family and friends will gather at the home Saturday afternoon, April 14, to celebrate her life and Gee Gee’s birthday.  In lieu of flowers, Kitty requested donations to the Marion County Animal Shelter.


Bernice James Ballance

BUXTON -- Bernice James Ballance, 65, died on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Avon Medical Center.  Mr. Ballance, born in Elizabeth City, N.C., was a charter boat captain and a lifelong fisherman. He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army, including two tours in Vietnam.  He was the son of the late Loran H. and Lucy Gray Ballance and the grandson of the late Capt. Bernice R. and Buena Midgett Ballance.

Mr. Ballance is survived by a daughter, Kala Marie Ballance of Buxton; a sister, Carolyn Ballance of Manteo; a nephew, Brent Brewer of New Bern; and a niece, Kristen Brewer of Morehead City.  He is also survived by a long-time friend, Laura Severson.

A memorial service will be held at Mr. Ballance’s home in Buxton on Wednesday, April 11, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the NC Watermen’s Association, P.O. Box 536, Hatteras, NC 27943.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.




Steven R. (Sam) Bell

AVON -- Steven R. Bell, 56, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home in Mystic, Conn., on March 20, 2012.

Steven (Sam) was born in Bemidji, Minn., on July 4, 1955 to Clyde and Laverne Bell.

After graduating from high school in 1973, Sam joined the U. S. Navy, and served 20 years as a Seabee builder.  During his years of active duty, he was stationed at Cape Hatteras Naval Facility, Argentina, and Newfoundland. He was also an instructor at the Seabee training center in Gulfport, Miss.  Sam then went on to spend four years with the State Department, posted at embassies in Geneva, Switzerland; Moscow, Russia, and Lahore, Pakistan. During his last two years of active duty, Sam was posted at the American Embassy in Athens, Greece, with his family and from there traveled extensively to embassies in southern Europe, the Middle East, and the Arabic States.  After the State Department tour, Sam was stationed in Groton, Conn., where he retired in 1993. Sam then made Avon his home. He earned his captain’s license and enjoyed his time spent operating charter boats out of Hatteras Inlet.

Sam is survived by his son, Sammy Bell, and daughter-in-law, Jennifer, of Avon, and his daughters, Mary Robertson, and son-in-law, Jeff, of Mystic, Conn., and Truly Clark of Groton, Conn. Sam is also survived by two grandchildren, Nathan and Megan, of Mystic, his ex-wife, Starr Bell, of Groton and sisters, Pam Bell and Sandra Reberg, and brothers, Alan Bell and Jeff Bell, and their families, all of Minnesota.

Private services will be held on Hatteras Island at a later date.



Beverly Slate Pierce

AYLETT, Va. -- Beverly Slate Pierce, 72, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 2, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Darnell; three children, Michael R. Pierce and wife, Jeri, Vicki P. Beach and husband, Jimmy, and Jeffrey H. Pierce and wife, Judy; six grandchildren, Courtney, Brian, Michael, Richard, Matt and Miles; two great-grandchildren, Sophia and Katelyn, as well as one brother, William K. Slate II and wife, Debi, of Charlotte, N.C.

Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., but raised in Richmond, Dr. Pierce received her Doctor of Divinity in May 1989 from the North Florida Baptist Theological Seminary for her contributions to missions. She and her husband lived on Hatteras Island for a time, and she worked at Midgett Realty.

Services were held on Monday, March 5, in Mechanicsville with burial in the church cemetery of Petsworth Baptist Church in Gloucester, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the building fund of Anchor Baptist Church, 7291 Atlee Rd., Mechanicsville, Va. 23111.




Raymond Stewart Couch

BUXTON – Raymond Stewart Couch, 61, passed suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, on the eve of Ash Wednesday, near Rivas, Nicaragua while vacationing with friends.

Stewart Couch was the owner of Hatteras Realty.  He was a gifted businessman and a pioneer and trendsetter in the vacation rental industry, having built the company from a fledgling operation in 1982 to a nationally-known vacation rental property management company, managing nearly 600 homes and employing almost 200 people during the height of the vacation season.

Stewart was a world traveler, having spent more than 40 years traveling to the far reaches of the globe to experience the world’s renowned surf breaks. These excursions and the knowledge gained from them fortified his love for Hatteras Island and its people. His passion and respect for the heritage and recreational beauty of Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks through his travels reinforce the Cape Hatteras National Seashore as a world-class vacation resort. He was a ninth generation North Carolinian and an outspoken advocate for Hatteras Island’s residents, visitors, and friends.

He will be remembered for his zany sense of humor, which added an invaluable element to his communication skills in business and in life.

He was born on July 20, 1950 at Fort Belvoir, Va., the first child of Ray and Nita Couch. He was a proud alumnus of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C,, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1973.

Stewart’s professional accomplishments on the Outer Banks include: Founding Director of the North Carolina Vacation Rental Managers Association (NCVRMA); National Director, VRMA; State Director, North Carolina Assn. of Realtors; 2004 President, Outer Banks Association of Realtors, and past Director, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. He carried 17 professional designations and licenses in the real estate industry.

He is survived by his beloved daughter, Elizabeth Nicole “Nikki” Couch of Kill Devil Hills; his brothers, John Couch and Danny Couch and wife, Sherry, all of Buxton; niece Jenny Couch Clark and husband, Jeff, and their children, Alaina and Nate, all of Cary, N.C.; niece Rae Couch and nephews Gideon Couch and Griffin Couch, all of Buxton, and a beloved, extensive family of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends in his mother’s native Kansas.

His family is indebted to the community of realtors, homebuilders, residents, and friends of the Outer Banks and beyond for their love and support during this time. We are dearly indebted to his traveling companions on his last expedition, friends Steve Magliano and Jody Stowe of Hatteras Island; the consul and staff at the American Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua; Sen. Richard Burr’s office in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Washington, D.C.; U.S. Rep. Walter Jones’ offices in Greenville, N.C., and Washington, D.C.; Nikki’s mother, Ms. Jackie Ricks-Sample of Kill Devil Hills; Mr. David Twiford, Jr., of Kitty Hawk, and Mr. Roberto Cardenal of Managua, Nicaragua.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Outer Banks Association of Realtors (OBAR) Scholarship Fund, 201 W. Eighth St., Nags Head, NC 27959 or the Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance (CHAPA), PO Box 1355, Buxton, NC 27920.

A family/viewing evening will be held Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Buxton United Methodist Church on Highway 12 in Buxton. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, with Rev. Cory Oliver and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. A reception will follow at Hatteras Realty in Avon

Twiford Funeral Homes is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
www.twifordfh.com.



Rhondal Lewis ‘Ronnie’ Midgett

JARVISBURG, N.C. -- Rhondal Lewis “Ronnie” Midgett, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Elizabeth City. Born March 1, 1943, Mr.Midgett was a native of Manteo and the son of the late George Lewis Midgett and Beatrice M. Midgett.

Ronnie served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy and later became a minister serving churches in Ocracoke, Frisco, Currituck, and Manteo. He served as the first pastor of Manteo Faith Baptist Church where he retired and was named Pastor Emeritus.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Debbie M. Jernigan and husband Clift of Southern Shores and Cindy B. Grosskopf and husband Randy of Creedmoor, two sons, Ronnie Midgett and Kevin Midgett and wife Holly both of Kill Devil Hills; six sisters, Carolyn M. Johnson, Laura M. Jones and Beatrice M. Robbins all of Manteo; Janet Tillett of Manns Harbor, Martha Ann M. Beasley of Wanchese and Betty M. Duncan of Melfa, Va.; two brothers, Claude Midgett of Waterlily and Isaac “Ike” Midgett of Nixonton; 10 grandchildren, Omie and Jonathan Gallop, Joey and Jeremy Salter, Aaron Grosskopf, Elyse and Jack Midgett, and Emily, Ric, and Caitlyn Jernigan.

A celebration of life will be held in the Grandy Assembly of God Church, Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. by Rev. Bradley Hargett and Rev. Tom Oliver. A private burial will follow. Friends may join the family at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo on Saturday from 6 until 8:30 p.m. In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to the church or charity of one’s choice.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.




Harry S. Gaskill

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Harry Gaskill, 83, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.  Harry was born on Hatteras Island and retired as a longshoreman in Norfolk, Va.

After retirement, he returned to Hatteras Island, which he always called home.  There he and his wife, Inez, began an adventure filled with restaurant ownership, commercial fishing, and other small businesses.  His main hobby was finding a way to make a dollar.  His generous heart and unique sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Harry is survived by his siblings:  brother, Weldon Gaskill and sister, Sallie Gaskill; children:  Debi Phillips, Rhonda McKenzie, Cindy Brown and her husband Bill, Donna Midgett and her husband Jason, Jettie Miller and her husband John; grandchildren:  Erik Phillips and his wife Liz, Meghan Phillips and her fiancÚ Nolan Mullins, Sean Phillips and his wife Shayna, Eddie Williams Jr., Teresa Neill and her husband Rob, Matthew Midgett and his fiancÚ Emerald Upright, Daniel Midgett and his wife Kellie, Rebekah Midgett, and Blake Miller, and great-grandchildren:  Austyn Phillips, Hunter Williams, Ross Neill, Rai’Onna Ortiz, Preston Midgett, Emma Carpenter, Waylan Midgett, Caleb Midgett, and Ember Rose Midgett.

Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel is assisting the Gaskill family.

Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.



Nellie Midgett Farrow

WAVES -
Nellie Midgett Farrow, 99, of Waves, NC, died on Monday, February 20, 2012 in a Nags Head nursing home.  Mrs. Farrow was a native of Waves and a homemaker.  She was the daughter of the late Zion S. and Lucretia Midgett, and was also preceded in death by five older brothers.  She was a member of the Fair Haven United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, a member of the democratic party, a long-time election judge, and an avid crossword puzzle worker.

Mrs. Farrow is survived by a daughter, Jackie F. Wenberg and husband, Ken of Waves; two grandchildren, Karen Wenberg and husband, Vince Murray of Frankfort, IL, and Kenyon Wenberg and wife, Carrie of St. Louis, MO; three great-grandchildren, Chloe Murray, Gavin  Murray and Eleanor Rose Wenberg; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building in Rodanthe on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 11:00 am with Rev. Jim Bliss officiating.  Burial will be in the Waves Community Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo on Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Fair Haven United Methodist Church, POB 177, Rodanthe, NC 27968.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
www.twifordfh.com.



William Howard Rooney, Jr.

HATTERAS- William Howard Rooney, Jr., 76, died Feb. 16, 2012 at his home. He was the son of William Howard and Jean Stephenson Rooney of Alexandria, Va. Howard, as he was know by family and friends, graduated from St. Stephen's Episcopal School in 1953 and Virginia Tech in 1957.
 
Howard is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Charlotte Barlow Rooney, and daughter Karen Rooney Noonan, son-in-law John Noonan, and granddaughter Eve Noonan of Virginia Beach, Va.
 
He worked on the family wheat farm in the summers. Howard served honorably in the U.S. Army in Germany after college. He enjoyed reconstructing a '39 four-door Ford convertible in his teens and enjoyed managing an auto-related business and a bicycle business in married life. After retirement, he relocated to Hatteras where he served The Anglers Club as treasurer for nine years, enjoyed the loving friendships from the Hatteras United Methodist Church, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 1604 from its inception until his death.
 
A memorial service will be held at the United Hatteras Methodist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hatteras United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 310, Hatteras, NC  27943 or to the Salvation Army, PO Box 1967, Elizabeth City, NC  27909.
 
Condolences to the family may be expressed via the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.



Theresa Virginia Wilcox

Theresa “Terry” Virginia (Nilsen) Wilcox , 64, of Wimauma, Fla., passed from this world into eternal rest on Feb. 3, 2012 in Sun City Center surrounded by family. Theresa was born in Providence, R.I., on Oct. 10, 1947. She resided in Rodanthe for several years where she worked at Waterfall Park.  

Theresa was predeceased by her parents Martin Nilsen, Peter Marshall (stepfather), and Hope Brooks; two brothers, Roland Nilsen and Kenneth Nilsen; her husband, Richard Norman Wilcox, and grandson, SPFC Nicolas P. Bernier.

Theresa was well loved by all who knew her and always had a positive word about everyone. She loved to travel and to camp and always wanted to learn more. She leaves behind four loved children, Heather Wilcox of Forks, Wash., Tod Wilcox and Peter Wilcox, both of Wimauma, Fla., and Tina Clements of Hanover, Mass.; two grandsons Bradley and Christopher Bernier of East Kingston, N.H.; four sisters, Gladys Brayton and Sally Hicks, both of Foster, R.I, Margaret Sasse of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Mary Pecheco of Massachusetts; a brother, Peter Nilsen of Dayville, Conn., and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Theresa’s name are requested to the COPD Foundation (1-866-316-2673) or the Fungal Research Trust.



Mahlon Masling Blue

RODANTHE – Mahlon Masling Blue passed away on Jan. 30, 2012.  Born in 1956, he was the loving husband of Judith Blue; wonderful father of Colleen (Lance) of Chapel Hill, N.C., Mahlon Jesse (Amanda) of Norfolk, Va., and Meagan (Tyler) of Rodanthe; adoring grandfather of Karina and Michael; and caring brother of A.C., Joe and Danny Blue.

Mahlon spent most of his childhood in Manitoba, Canada, Fayetteville, N.C., and Norfolk. At 18, he joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War where he made lifelong friends and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. In Norfolk, he raised three children and worked at the Naval Base for more than 20 years. The lead singer of the Sunnyland Blues Band and Louisiana Mudbugs, Mahlon was a founding member of the Natchel’ Blues Network. He retired and moved to Rodanthe to be close to his beloved mother-n-law, Olive O’Neal Patrick. In Rodanthe, he enjoyed living at the beach, working, reading, and playing guitar with the Frisco Jubilee. Mahlon had a deep passion for all music, and loved his family and friends dearly. He will be sorely missed by all.

A memorial service will be held at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center at 23186 Myrna Peters Road in Rodanthe on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to Fair Haven United Methodist Church or Duke Cancer Institute for esophageal cancer research.



Linda Lee Carolan

FRISCO -- Linda Lee Carolan (nee Grosse), 65, beloved wife of James “Jim” Michael Carolan, daughter of the late Gustav “George” Grosse and the late Mary Grosse (nee Hocker), passed away at her residence on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012.  Born in Bay Shore, N.Y., she has resided on the Outer Banks for the past 33 years, serving as office manager for the family business, Bay Shore Construction.  She was also a faithful member of Cape Hatteras Baptist Church, where she served as treasurer.  She will be remembered as a friend to all who met her, always visiting the sick and offering words of encouragement. 

In addition to her husband of 39 years, Jim, she is survived by her daughters, Kathleen of Hatteras and Mary of Frisco and her son, Michael, and her daughter-in-law, Jackie, also of Frisco.  Also surviving are her two sisters, Elizabeth Dee Jensen of Frisco and Kathy Benton, and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at Cape Hatteras Baptist Church in Frisco with Pastor Russ Howard officiating.  In accordance with her wishes, Mrs. Carolan will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hatteras Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.

Twiford Funeral Home, Island Chapel, Hatteras, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
 www.twifordfh.com.



Frank Eldon McDowell

FRISCO -- Frank Eldon McDowell, 40, died Jan. 1, 2012 in Bradenton, Fla.  Born in Scottsbluff, Neb., he is the son of the late Connie Huerta McDowell.  He was very active as a volunteer coach for the Dare County Parks and Recreation Department, a fourth generation shrimper in Brunswick, Ga., and loved his family and friends.

He is survived by his father Frank Eldon McDowell of Frisco; one daughter, Precious Ella McDowell; one stepdaughter, Brandi Ann O’Neal; two sons, Christian Grey McDowell and Francis Woodrow Alexzander McDowell; one stepson, Nicholas Lee O’Neal and wife Sheryl and their son Jordon all of Frisco; three sisters, Maria Ryals of San Antonio, Tex., Melissa Clever and husband Carl of Buxton, and Gina Williams and husband Ronnie of Frisco; one brother, Ramon Galvan and wife Sandra of McAllen, Tex., and 13 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Heritage of Faith Family Church on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. David Stowe officiating.

Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
www.twifordfh.com.



Mary L. Tolson

Mary L. Tolson, 86, formerly of Frisco and Norfolk, Va., passed away Jan. 13, 2012 at Colony Ridge Nursing Home in Nags Head.  She was preceded in death by her husband Jesse B. Tolson of Frisco and first husband Fred R. Reid, Sr. She is survived by children Fred R. Reid, Jr., Phyllis Peele, Mary M. Midgett and Lisa R. Tolson; six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. Western Union, Wilmark Services ,and Wyeth Laboratories were her employers.  Mary was a passionate gardener and was originally from New Orleans, La. A family celebration of her life was held in Chesapeake, Va.  She will be greatly missed.



Robert Drane Harkey

BUXTON -- Robert Drane Harkey, “Bob,” 71, formerly of Charlotte, N.C., died on Dec. 13, 2011 at his home after an extended illness.

Mr. Harkey was born April 29, 1940 to S. Drane Harkey and Lois Brown Harkey.  He graduated from East Mecklenburg High School and then went on to serve four years in the United States Navy.  After an honorable discharge, he returned to Charlotte to work alongside his father at Harkey’s Nursery.  He later owned and operated Harkey’s Garden Center on Monroe Road in Charlotte.  Mr. Harkey was an avid fisherman and loved living on Hatteras Island. 

Mr. Harkey is survived by one daughter, Susan Harkey Simpson, and husband George of Mint Hill, N.C.; one grandson, Tyler Haney of Mint Hill; one sister, Jean H. Harkey of Asheville, and his former wife, Barbara P. Campbell of Charlotte.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Twiford Funeral Home, Island Chapel, on Kohler Drive, in Hatteras, with the Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association at 222 A.S. Church Street, Suite 336M, Charlotte, NC 28202 or to Mulberry Presbyterian Church at 5600 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208.


Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
www.twifordfh.com.



Anderson Midgett


BUXTON – Anderson Midgett, 88, of Buxton died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 in Norfolk, Va. Born in Dare County, he was the son of the late Theodore Stockton Midgett and Ersie Midgett.

Anderson was an owner/operator of Midgett Realty. He was also instrumental in developing tourism on Hatteras Island. In 1938 he, along with his brothers, began the Manteo to Hatteras Bus Line. He was a founding member of what is now known as the Outer Banks Association of Realtors.

Anderson was involved in the Outer Banks Masonic Lodges, Shriners and Eastern Star, the consolidation of Hatteras Island schools, the Oregon Inlet Bridge, the Pirate Jamboree, Dare County Tourism Board, Hatteras Marlin Club, the Hatteras Island Medical Center, and the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as the first chief.

Anderson is survived by five daughters, JoAnne Woodbury (Max) of Wilmington, N.C., Susie Austin of Buxton,  MaryDawn Judy of Chocowinity, N.C., Andrea Kobylinski (Jim) of Hatteras, and Debby Willis (Amos) of Fredericksburg, Va.; one sister, Joyce Rucker of Buxton; one brother, Stockton Midgett of Hatteras; seven grandchildren, Kellie Woodbury, Max Woodbury, II (Tali), Lisa Fletcher (Anthony), Andy Judy (Jackie), Ryan Kobylinski, Charity Gray, and Malachi Gray; and five great-grandchildren, Noah Woodbury, Levi Woodbury, Opal Woodbury, Anna Fletcher, and Kennedy Hawkins. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Harold Midgett, Sr.

A funeral service will be held at the Buxton United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Moseley and the Rev. Cory Oliver officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church on Monday from 6 until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hatteras Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.hh

Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.



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