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2013 OBITUARIES
 
Patricia Kay O’Neal

BUXTON -- Patricia Kay O’Neal, 61, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 at her residence.   She was born in Buxton and was the daughter of the late Roland Ross O’Neal and Virginia Williams O’Neal.

Sissy was a very special lady, not just to her family, but to every person she met.  Everyone was her friend.  She always left a smile on your face and a warm place in your heart.  A lady so much like Jesus because she loved everyone.

Ms. O’Neal is survived by three sisters, Mary Pendleton and husband, Larry, Barbara Gray and husband, Michael, and Debra O’Neal; her aunt and caregiver, Netta June Williams; two nephews, seven nieces, three great-nieces and two great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Lighthouse Assembly of God, Buxton on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 1 p.m. with Rev. David Stowe officiating.  Burial will be in the Quidley Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church from noon until 1 p.m. prior to the service.  Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to Hatteras Island Meals, Inc., P.O. Box 854, Buxton, NC 27920

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



Jack Stewart Gray

BUXTON -- Jack Stewart Gray, 86, crossed the bar Dec. 10, 2013, at Sentara Nursing Center in Barco, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Aug. 4, 1927, to Charles Poole Gray and Odessa Jennette Gray in Buxton.  Jack was married to the late Mary Louise Ballance for 60 years. He often called that his greatest achievement. As a young man, he served in the United States Coast Guard. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from East Carolina University and his master's in education administration from the University of Virginia.

He was a teacher and principal at Graham Park in Dumfries, Va.  When he moved back home in 1971, he took ownership of the Tower Circle Motel.  Over the next 40 years, he was an active member of the island community. He was a board member of the RBC bank, and a board member of the Cape Hatteras Electric Company. He served on the Dare County School Board, was a lifetime member, lay leader, and choir member at the Buxton Methodist Church. Mr. Jack was a member of the Lion's club in Virginia, a member of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, a volunteer fireman, a Shriner, and a member of the Masonic Lodge for 59 years.

He is survived by his daughters, Jaki L. Gray, and her son, Jackson Troy Whitley, and Mary S. Gray McAnally, her husband, Michael, and their daughter, Brittany; his sister Janet Finnegan, and his brother Tommy Gray. He is predeceased by his sisters, Iva McAden and Eleanor Gray and his brothers, Curtis Gray, Fatio Gray, and Wallace Gray.

Funeral services will be held at the Buxton Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. Committal services with Masonic Rites will be held at the Quidley family cemetery following the service. A visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Carolina Alzheimer’s Association at www.alznc.org.

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



BETH GRAY QUIDLEY

BUXTON -- Beth Gray Quidley, 84, died on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 in a Nags Head nursing home.  Mrs. Quidley was the daughter of the late William Andrew and Cora Quidley Gray and was the widow of the late Amasa Jones Quidley, Jr.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Buxton.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Allen Quidley, and a grandson, Mace “Aaron” Quidley.

Mrs. Quidley is survived by three sons, Mace Quidley of Camden, Jeffrey Quidley and David Quidley, both of Buxton; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Lighthouse Assembly of God on Saturday, Dec.14, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Bryan Gray and Pastor Roger Barnett officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church on Friday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Burial will be in the Quidley Cemetery.

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




Herbert Allan Haines

SALVO -- Herbert Allan Haines, 67, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at his home. He was born to Archie L. Haines and Frances Bray in Washington, D.C., on July 7, 1946, and was the husband to Elaine Lilly Haines.

He was a United States Marine and served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1968. Herbert worked for AT&T as a technician, and attended Stillwaters Baptist Church in Nags Head.
 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Andrew and his wife, Mellisa, of Statesville, N.C., and their children, Brayden and Lilly; Mark, and his wife, Terah, of Charlotte, N.C., and their son Cade; Adam, and his wife, Laurel, of Charlotte, N.C., and their children, Wyatt and Levi, and Luke, and his wife, Sarah, of Charlottesville, Va., and their children, Griffin, Kaleigh, and Tanner. He is also survived by his brothers, Donald and Kenny. He is predeceased by his sister, Joan Jordan.

Services were held at Stillwaters Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 7. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Stillwaters Baptist Church Christmas Offering by visiting www.stillwatersbaptist.org, or send mail to Stillwaters Baptist Church, PO Box 148, Nags Head, NC 27949.

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




Georgia Gray

BUXTON -- Georgia Barnett Perry Gray, 84, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 at Spring Arbor of the Outer Banks. Georgia was born Aug. 1, 1929 in Buxton. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Martha Swain Barnett and was a member of the Buxton United Methodist Church.

Georgia is survived by her son, Bryan Perry, and wife, Susie, and a daughter, Nancy Scarborough, and husband, Eddie, and grandchildren Natalie Kavanagh (Jay), Kyle Perry (Jessica), Jack Scarborough (Michelle), great-grandchildren Joe, Thomas, and Patrick Kavanagh and Bodey Perry.

Following the death of her husband Vernon Lee Perry, she married Charles Fatio Gray of Buxton, now deceased. She was predeceased by six sisters and three brothers and a great-grandson.

Services were on Dec. 6 at the Buxton Methodist Church in Buxton by the Rev. Dwight Burrus and Danny Couch. Burial was at Cedarwood Cemetery in Hertford, N.C. on Dec. 9.

Memorial donations may be made to Hatteras Island Meals on Wheels at PO Box 854, Buxton, NC 27920. The family would like to thank the Spring Arbor staff for the loving care for sweet Georgia.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC assisted the family with arrangements.



William Bryan Hooper

SALVO -- William Bryan Hooper, 83, of Salvo, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Nags Head.  Mr. Hooper was born in Salvo and was retired from the N.C. Shipyard in Manns Harbor Security Department.  Mr. Hooper was a member of Clarks Bethel United Methodist Church and was a Mason.

He was predeceased by his parents, Garland A. and Maria Hooper Hooper, his brother and dearest friend, Edward A. Hooper; brothers, Floyd Hooper and Leslie Hooper; sister, Myrtle H. Barnett, and sister-in-law Janie Hooper.

Surviving are his sister-in-law, Elsie Hooper of Salvo, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be in Twiford Colony Chapel, Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. by Rev. Chris Noble. Burial will be in Manteo Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, 930 A Wellness Drive, Greenville, N.C. 27834.




Mark Dane Dough

KITTY HAWK -- Mark Dane Dough, 57, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Oct. 26 while camping with his wife, Cyd, in Buxton where they enjoyed many weekends fishing on the beach. Mark and Cyd had just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.

The youngest son of McDonald and Myrtle Meekins Dough, both deceased, Mark was raised in Colington and helped at the store owned by his parents, the Stop and Shop in Kill Devil Hills.

He grew up surfing and fishing and had a great love of the outdoors and the Outer Banks.


Although Mark earned a degree in Environmental Health at East Carolina University, he enjoyed cooking and worked in numerous local restaurants, eventually in 1991 becoming manager and then part owner of Frisco’s Restaurant in Kitty Hawk. After selling the restaurant in 2000, Mark started a landscape business which he operated until the present.


He was the grandson of the late William Lewis and Ida Haywood Meekins and the late Samuel Clifford Basnight Sr. and Zorada Tillett Basnight.  His great-grandfather was William S. Dough, one of the five witnesses of the first controlled powered flight of the Wright Brothers.


In addition to his wife Cyd, he is survived by the families of his brothers, William Michael “Mike” Dough and his wife Jane, nephew Michael Craig Dough of Gloucester, and niece Kimberly A. Burns of Virginia Beach, sister-in-law Linda Mann Dough of Kill Devil Hills, and nephews, Allen Dough of Poplar Branch and Keith Dough of Colington.  Mark was predeceased by his
brother Rodney Kent Dough.


A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. at Twiford’s Funeral Home located at 500 Budleigh Street in Manteo.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Dare County ASPCA.


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



Ervin Miller Farrow

AVON -- Ervin Miller Farrow, 71 years of age, born Nov. 11, 1941, passed away Oct. 22, at his residence.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Audrey O'Neal Farrow; three sons, Ervin Farrow Jr, Kermit Farrow, and Matthew Farrow, and wife Brittany, all of Avon; one daughter, Tabitha Farrow, of Kill Devil Hills; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Leroy Farrow, and wife Barbara, and one sister, Mary Jane Scarborough, and husband Curtis, all of Avon. He has many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by a grandson, Gabriel Farrow; his father Ervin Farrow; mother, Mable Meekins; stepfather, Regenal Meekins, and a brother, Charles Farrow.

Mr. Farrow is retired from the U.S Coast Guard as an E-9 Master Chief. While serving, he traveled to the North Pole, South Pole, and around the world. He was also a deputy sheriff of Dare County, co-owner of Farrow Brothers auto shop, retired as shift manager of the N.C. Ferry Division at Hatteras, and was on the Board of Directors at Cape Hatteras Electric for many years. He was a beloved church leader and did great work at St. John's U.M.C in Avon NC. He was loved and respected by all that knew him. He is now gone to be with his Lord and Savior. He would say to you today, "Hope to see you soon, partner."

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m., at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Avon. A visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, at the church, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
 www.twifordfh.com.



Hazen Haile Fairbank Totton

FRISCO -- Hazen Haile Fairbank Totton, 84, died on Wednesday Oct. 16, 2013 at Norfolk General Hospital from complications of a chronic disease.  Hazen was born March 15, 1929 in Charleston, W.Va, to Charles William Fairbank and Hazen Haile Fairbank, and grew up in Pelham, N. Y.  She was married on Oct. 21, 1950 in Pelham, N.Y., to the late Stephen Malcolm Totton of Larchmont, N.Y.

Hazen graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and worked as a secretary and administrative assistant throughout her lifetime.   After living in Levittown, N.Y., Coral Gables, Fla., Pikesville, Md., Upper St. Clair, Pa., and Downers Grove, Ill., Hazen and her husband fulfilled a life-long dream of retiring to Hatteras Island in 1987 and shortly after, purchased the Cape Pines Motel in Buxton.  She was co-owner and manager of the motel for about 10 years.  One of Hazen’s proudest achievements was to be a co-founder of the Hatteras Island Business Association, of which she was president for several years.  She was also the original proponent of a bike path on Hatteras Island for which she worked tirelessly.  Upon retiring from the motel, she was known to many residents for her warm, friendly greeting from the front office at Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, where she worked for many years.

Hazen is survived by daughters, Diane Andre (Keith) of Frisco, Day Smith (Frank) of Buxton, and son Frank Totton (Donna) of Hanna City, Ill.  She has five grandchildren, Jason Andre (Jada), Matt Smith (Adrienne), Danielle Skeen (Randy), Keli Totton, and Kyle Totton.  She is pre-deceased by husband Stephen Totton and by daughter Nancy Cecelia Totton.   Hazen is also pre-deceased by a brother, Charles William Fairbank Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held at Little Grove Church in Frisco on Sunday Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. and will be officiated by Rev. Dwight Burrus.  A reception will be held at Hazen’s home in Frisco after the service.

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



Ormond White Fuller

BUXTON -- Ormond White Fuller, 90, passed away at home surrounded by her three daughters and family on Oct. 8, 2013.  She is survived by daughters, Rauna Fuller, Marla Whitehead and husband, Corky, Mary Ormond Morgan and husband, Tim, all of Buxton.  She is also survived by her sister, Carol White Dillon of Buxton.  She adored her grandchildren, Courtney Whitehead, III, Maude Whitehead Kaiser, Shanley Morgan, and Bryce Morgan.  She was especially proud of her grandchild and namesake, Kala Ormond Whitehead.  She loved and enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren, Jacob, Nathan, and Ruby Whitehead and Hannah and Reid Kaiser.

Ormond was born on Dec. 20, 1922 to Estus P. White and Maude Miller White in Columbia, N.C.  She was a 1940 graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh and taught in public schools in Raleigh, Wilmington, and finally in her hometown of  Buxton.  With her husband, George R. Fuller Jr., she owned and operated the first motel on Buxton beach known as Cape Hatteras Court and opened Ormond’s Clothing Store in 1948, which she owned and operated until her retirement in 1998.  Ormond loved to fish and was a founding and lifetime member of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, where she served as president, secretary, and on the board of directors.  She also fished for many years with the record winning Hatteras Gulls Fishing Team.

Ormond was an active member of the Order of Eastern Star for 60 years and was a founding charter member of the former Cape Hatteras Chapter 303, where she served as Worthy Matron numerous times.  She was a lifetime member at the time of her death of the Coinjock Chapter 218.

She had a great respect for Hatteras Island and the people who live on the island.  She had a passion for the study of the history of the island and spent a great amount of time collecting genealogical information on many of the local island families.  Her research is well known and respected and has served as the basis for several publications.  She was involved in community efforts and served on the board of directors to establish the Fessenden Center in Buxton.

She is loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.  She leaves a wonderful example and legacy for each of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to live up to and has earned the respect of all who are privileged to have known and loved her.

Funeral services will be conducted by Twiford Funeral Home and held on Friday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. at the Buxton United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Davenport officiating.  Burial will follow at Miller Family Cemetery in Buxton.  Viewing will be at the church on Thursday from 5 until 7 p.m.  The family will receive friends and relatives from 7 until 7 p.m. at 50114 Highway 12 in Buxton following the viewing.

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



Robin Gerald

SALVO -- William Robert Gerald, Robin to all who crossed his path, passed away Sept. 14, 2013 with his faithful feline companion, Mouse, at his side.

Robin lived life on his own terms. A voracious reader, stubborn yet articulate, he was quick with a story, some of them true, and one of the best friends you could ever have.

Born in Wilmington, Del., in 1949, he was the son of the late William Robert Gerald III and Katherine Irwin Gerald. He was an avid surfer and outdoorsman. After high school and some college, he moved to Rehoboth Beach, Del., to surf, collecting friends and stories along the way as he did all his life.

In 1974 he moved to Hatteras Island where he became a fixture in the Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo community. As he would say, he worked to buy his time back, so he could do all the things he loved: surfing, exploring, hunting, fishing, traveling (especially to Pavones, Costa Rica) and hanging out at the beach.

In 1992, Robin found true love with Carey LeSieur, who predeceased him in 2007.

Special thanks to Joyce Atchison for helping Robin in his final days. Her services were invaluable to him and to those around him.

Robin suffered in his last years from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a rare neurodegenerative disease.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CurePSP.org. A "Paddle Out"/beach celebration of Robin's life is planned for Saturday, Oct. 5, at noon, at the Rodanthe Pier.




LT. COL. RALPH CHRISTY "CHRIS" KELLUM, USAF Ret.

Lt. Col. Ralph Christy “Chris” Kellum, 72, of Kokomo, and a former resident of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Hatteras, N.C., died at 7:42 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital. He was born in Kokomo, Sept. 28, 1940, the son of Ralph Claude and Doris (Christy) Kellum. He married Mitzi Oden on Nov. 24, 1965, and she preceded him in death on May 28, 2009. He married Joan Bowman April 30, 2011, at First Congregational Christian Church, and she survives.

Chris was a 1958 graduate of Kokomo High School. He earned his Eagle Scout Award during his high school years. He earned his bachelor’s and master's degree in electrical engineering from Perdue University, graduating in 1976. He was an Air Force veteran, having served 23 years in the service, retiring as a lieutenant-colonel. He loved flying and was a fighter pilot who flew the F-100. During the Vietnam War, he was a member of the elite flying squad known as the Mistys. Following his military career, he resided in Fort Wayne and worked at ITT for 14 years, until July 1997 when he moved to Hatteras, N.C.

His memberships included the Hatteras United Methodist Church, the Early Risers Rotary Club of Kokomo, The Thursday Night Bridge Club, and The Kokomo Country Club where he was serving as secretary at the time of his death. He was also a member of the Purdue Alumni Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi. Wherever Chris lived, he made an effort to be actively involved in the community. He was an avid reader, a man of faith, and a student of the Bible. He was best known as, "A lover, a fighter, a ballroom dancer, and a Sunday night drinker, retired."
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Joanie of Kokomo, are two daughters, Paula Hughes (Christopher) and Christy Kellum; one grandson, Beale Kellum Hughes, all of Fort Wayne; one brother, Stewart Kellum (Verna) of Kernersville, N.C.; one sister, Kay Puckett of Longsville, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Frank Puckett.

A Celebration of Life Service is 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at First Congregational Christian Church, 505 W. Mulberry St., Kokomo, Ind. Pastor Jon Tice officiating. Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, Lincoln Road Chapel, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo, Ind. Military honors will follow the service, provided by the U.S. Air Force and the VFW Military Rites Team. Private burial will take place at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Congregational Christian Church and/or the Hatteras United Methodist Church, 57665 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras, N.C. 27943, and/or the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be submitted at www.shirleyandstout.com.






Damon Meekins Gray Jr.

HATTERAS -- Damon Meekins Gray Jr., 89, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in his residence.  Mr. Gray was born in Hatteras and was retired from the National Weather Service as a weather specialist. He was member of Hatteras United Methodist Church, one of the founders of Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department, a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and served in numerous civic activities. Mr. Gray served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was awarded four Bronze Stars and the Silver Star and received a commendation from the French service.

He was predeceased by his parents, Damon Meekins Gray Sr. and Rosa Dean Gaskins Gray and his first wife, Alice Austin Gray.

Surviving are his wife, Nola Fletcher Martin Gray; three daughters, Debbie G. Hodge and husband Cliff, Rosa Alice Mayo, and Analee Bibbey and husband Tom, all of Hatteras; one son, Damon Meekins Gray “D.M.”,III and wife, Kristin, of Hatteras; two stepdaughters, Robin Boots of New Hampshire and Diane Martin Kelly of Redway, Calif.; one stepson, Robert Everard Martin of  Harrogate, England; two brothers, Ray Gray Sr. and wife Vandetta of Buxton and Hal Gray and wife Mary Lou of Hatteras; his daughter-in-law, Peggy Gray;  11 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren , seven great-grandchildren, and one step-grandchild. Besides his first wife, Mr. Gray is predeceased by his son, Harold Lawrence Gray, and his son-in-law, Gene Mayo.

A celebration of life will be in Hatteras United Methodist Church on Monday Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. by the Rev. Ken Davenport and the Rev. Dwight Burrus. Burial will be in the family cemetery in Hatteras. Friends may join the family at Twiford Funeral Home Hatteras on Sunday from 6 until 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Hatteras United Methodist Church Building Fund, Bereavement Fund, or United Methodist Men, P.O. Box 310, Hatteras, N.C. 27943.

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



Emory Dawson Dillon

FRISCO -- Captain Emory Dawson “Damn” Dillon, 87, died at his home on Saturday afternoon, May 11, 2013. He was born June 10, 1925, in Fairfax County, Va., the son of the late Emory Dawson Dillon Sr. and the late Della Miller Dillon. He was preceded in death by his son, John Dillon.

During World War II Emory served with the U.S. Army in a tank unit, in the European Theatre, including the occupation of Germany. By 1945, when the left the service, he had attained the rank of Technical Sergeant.

After military service, Emory worked in agriculture in the Farmville, Va., area. He excelled in the development and marketing of a superior strain of clover seed. He ended up with several farms as a result of his success. Long after he gave up this vocation, he exhibited his “green thumb” with a great vegetable garden that included an advanced hydrophonic tomato bed.

The sea was calling Emory and he moved to Frisco in the early 1960s. He started a successful “drive-in” restaurant in front of his home, but found that his heart was with the big fish off Hatteras. By the mid-1960s he partnered with Bob Smirnow of “Fishing Stuff” and began running the “Early Bird” out of Hatteras from spring through fall and in the Florida Keys in the winter. During this period of time there were many bigger and faster boats, but none more popular, nor one that produced more fish.

Emory was a master with the early “Loran A” and fathometers of the time. He could find a spot and, more importantly, he could stay on it! He was the “Mayor of the Rock Pile.” This combined with the ability to teach absolute economy of movement for an efficient cockpit and to coach maximum performance from his mates made sure the “Early Bird” Team was always in the game. Emory purchased the 44-foot that Sheldon Midgett built, “Stormy Duchess”, in 1977 and this became the “Early Bird” until Emory’s retirement from fishing in the 1990s.

Fishing with Emory was a pleasure whether as a mate or party. He was a philosopher as well as a technician, stressing the beauty of all that surrounds the pursuit of offshore fish. Almost all of his parties were annual repeats .He insisted on going the extra mile to give his people the best fishing day possible. He had no patience with captains who did not try as hard and considered them “shysters,” He set high standards for his mates, but in such a positive manner that they all wanted to please Emory, therefore doing the best possible job. No man who fished with Emory is not the better for it. The success of Emory’s mates, in whatever endeavor they pursued, is his greatest legacy. Every time one of his alumni looks back at the markers astern, to determine drift, as well as the markers ahead they will see his face and hear his voice.

It should be said that Emory was a good private airplane pilot and a master of the chess board.  Any friend was welcome to drinks, supper, and a bed at Emory’s house anytime. He had a great knowledge of many subjects, great common sense, a dry sense of humor and in conversation hours passed like minutes. He called a spade a spade!  His face and word will be in the hearts and his name on the lips of all who had the pleasure of his company. He has been loved and he will be missed.

Emory is survived by his son, Mark D. Dillon, of Farmville, Va., three grandchildren, Nicholas Dillon, Christopher Dillon, and Koren N. Hunt, and four great- grandchildren. He leaves behind, in the home, Vicki Collins, his companion of many years.

Any memorial donations may be made to the “Dare County Home Health and Hospice,” which, along with Vicki, made Emory’s final days more comfortable.
As per Emory’s instruction, there will be no funeral service. He requested that a small group of his friends spread his ashes on his beloved “Rock Pile,” which is located 22 miles south-southeast of the Hatteras Inlet.

This will be done on Saturday, Sept. 28, aboard the Miss Hatteras, owned by Spurgeon Stowe, who kindly offered his boat to be used for a celebration of Emory’s life. The Miss Hatteras will leave Oden’s Dock at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7:30 p.m.

So, in the mean time please raise a glass and say his name. Emory would like that.

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



Mary Havard

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Mary Joyce Havard, 86, passed away at home on Aug. 25, 2013, surrounded by her family. Raised in West Pittston, PA., Mary moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1950 with her husband and began working for the director of the Medical Society of Washington D,C. Mary later worked as a research assistant for the editor of The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, a personal secretary for the former President of NBC and Cabinet Secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson, and an executive assistant to the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and she was a member of Barbara Bush's personal White House staff.

Mary is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, Harris William Havard; daughter Joyce of Annapolis, son David (and wife Sherry Bell) of Hatteras, N.C., son Donald (and wife Joy) of Crofton, Md., and daughter Stephanie of Annapolis. Mary was the proud and loving grandmother to David Jr., Kyle, Justin, Jamie, Calvin, Haley, and Conor and great-grandmother to Dominic. Her niece, Jane, and her nephews, James, Joseph, Paul and Robert, also survive her.

Mary will be laid to rest in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery later this year. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis. A celebration of her life will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Hwy., Pasadena, MD 21122. Online condolences may be made at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com.



Dewey J. Parr III

BUXTON -- Dewey Joseph Parr III, 59, of Buxton died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Buxton. Dewey was born in Portsmouth, Va., and was a construction superintendent for SAGA Construction Company. Dewey served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy.

He was the son of Dewey J. Parr Jr. and Mary Evelyn Breesawitz Parr of Buxton.

Also surviving are his son, Michael Lee Parr of Avon, and his sister, Marilyn Boyd of Charlotte, N.C.  Dewey is also survived by his companion, Joan Adkins.

An informal service of remembrance will be at The Old Gray House on Light Plant Road in Buxton on Sunday Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. by the Rev. Paul  Flythe.  Parking will be available at the Cape Hatteras Electric Corp. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dewey J. Parr III Memorial  Fund for the purchase of AED defibrillators to go in all law enforcement vehicles ,c/o SAGA Construction and Development, P.O. Box 90, Kill Devil Hills, N.C. 27948.

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



Carol Derbin

FRISCO -- Carol “Dee” Bourne Derbin, 72, died Aug. 31, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Frisco. Born in Walterboro, S.C., on Jan. 24, 1941, she was the daughter of the late James Blease Bourne and Ruby Towles Bourne. Dee was a graduate of Conway High School, in Conway, S.C., and the University of South Carolina School of Business. She was employed by the Horry County School District for many years. Dee was a former member of First Baptist Church, Conway, S.C.

Surviving are her daughter, Tracy Derbin, and husband, Mark; granddaughters, Kylee Towles Newton and Sally Morgan Newton of the home; sister, Ann B. Melton, of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; brothers Tom and Jon Bourne of Conway, S.C.; niece Julie Todd, and great-nieces Kate and Madi Evans.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date in North Carolina.

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



Barbara T. Lassiter

EDENTON -- Barbara T. Lassiter died peacefully Monday Aug. 19, 2013 in Edenton. She was born Oct. 3, 1917 and was a graduate of Northwestern University. She was married to John Hanes Lassiter from November of 1950 until his death in December of 1973. She is survived by her son, Wesley Lassiter of Frisco, and her grandsons, Christopher Lassiter of Kill Devil Hills and Austin Lassiter of Frisco.

Barbara will be remembered for her deep love of Hatteras Island and her giving nature to islanders in need back in the 1960s and ‘70s. A couple prominent businesses today on Hatteras Island were given a start with funding from Hanes and Barbara. Barbara loved to hunt and fish and could out-shoot most any of her counterparts. She loved bluegrass music and was the best joke teller anyone could ever have known. She was an incredible mother to her sons, David and Wes.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date when her ashes will be spread on Pamlico Sound and she will be surrounded by family and friends and we will all tell stories about her as she would liked us to celebrate her life. It was a life to celebrate. She will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Hatteras Island Meals, P.O. Box 854, Buxton, NC 27920.



Elmore Ross Gray

BUXTON -- Elmore Ross Gray, Sr., 89, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 at his residence. Born in Avon, he was the son of the late Elmore Gray (deceased at Elmore’s third month of life) and Annie Gray Midgett and was the widower of Charlotte R. Gray. He was raised by his mother, Annie, and his beloved father, Warren R. Midgett.

Mr. Gray was a retired chief petty officer with the U.S. Coast Guard, having served his country honorably for 20 years and was a retired superintendent with the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s  Ferry Division. He was a member of the Buxton United Methodist Church, a lifetime Member the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, a life member of the Coinjock Chapter No. 218 Order of Eastern Star, a 63-year member of the Cape Hatteras  Masonic Lodge 698, and a member of the Shrine.  He served as Past Worthy Patron in the Eastern Star.  He was the Past Master in 1976 and 1987 of the Cape Hatteras Lodge and District Deputy for the third Masonic District of North Carolina.

Mr. Gray is survived by a daughter, Karen Benton and husband, Tom, of Buxton; a son,  Sonny Gray, and wife, Melody, of Midlothian, Va.; two sisters, Grace Jennette and Mildred Burrus and husband, Calvin, all of Buxton; two grandchildren, Ross Thomas Benton and Michelle Milstead and husband, John; and two great-grandchildren, Jack and Annie Milstead.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Buxton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ken Davenport officiating. Burial was in the Gray Family Cemetery.
Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
www.twifordfh.com.



Paula Juanita Fulcher Peele

Paula Juanita Fulcher Peele, 82, of Hatteras, died July 27, 2013. She was born Oct. 24, 1930, to the late Paula Virginia and Edward Hayes Fulcher. She was born in Fort Henry, Va., and lived in New York until the age of 15. Juanita and her family moved to Buxton in 1946, where she met and married the late William Maxton Peele Sr. She was the last founding member of Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church. She is best known for managing the KFC in Buxton and as hostess at the Channel Bass, passing her love of food to all her children. Her family was her greatest love and crowning glory.

She is survived by four children, William Maxton Peele Jr. and his children, Michelle and husband Tony, Catherine, and William Maxton Peele III; Paula Patricia Peele and her children, Jennifer Scarborough and I G, Kelsey and Keith, Ryan, AND Amy R. Goodman; Michael Oden Peele and wife Claudia; Sharon Peele Kennedy and children Eva, Carrie, and Stan. Jeffery William Kennedy, Lily Auna Kennedy, Wesley Hordell, Wyatt Hayes. She is also survived by her sisters, Agnes and Carol, and many nieces and nephews and family friend, Pat Deffons.
She is predeceased by grandson Michael Peele, an infant granddaughter, and her brother Edwary.

There was a celebration of Juanita’s life on Wednesday, July 31, at the Hatteras Civic Center. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the America Cancer Society, https://donate.cancer.org/.

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



Martha Lee Kraus

FRISCO -- Martha Lee Kraus, 80, passed away in Nags Head on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 after a brief illness following a stroke.  Martha was born on May 5, 1933 in Lakewood, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Harvey Hudson and Mabel Hudson. 
 
Martha had a lifelong interest in equestrian activities and animal rescue.  An avid rider and professional horsewoman, she enjoyed competing in hunter jumper and open jump. A resident of Dare County for the past 20 years, she supported a variety of wildlife programs.  Martha’s career as a pediatric and later psychiatric registered nurse was devoted to helping others.
 
Martha is survived by her husband, Laurence Kraus; daughter, Melanie; son, Lawrence; and granddaughters, Jessica and Christina.  She leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends.
 
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 23, on the south side of Frisco Pier.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Humane Society of the United States. 
 
Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. of Nags Head was entrusted with arrangements. Condolences to the family may be expressed via the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.




James R. Quinerly

FRISCO -- James R. Quinerly passed away Wednesday, July 17, at the Samaritan Hospice in Mt. Holly. He was 80.

 Born in Whiteville, N.C., he was a long-time resident of Florham Park, N.J., before moving to Frisco in 2008.

 James was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War. He worked many years for the U.S. Postal Service, serving the people in the Morristown, Summit, and Florham Park areas of New Jersey.

 He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and taking photographs of different species of birds.

 James is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Scott Quinerly (Patricia) of Chesterfield, N.J.; four grandchildren, Reed Quinerly, Ryan Quinerly, Jennifer Dootson and Joshua Hogan, and one great-grandchild, Kayla.

Burial will be private. Arrangements are by the Tilghman Funeral Home, 52 Main St., New Egypt, N.J. 08533.  (www.tilghmanfh.com).




Daisy Stowe O’Neal

HATTERAS -- Daisy Stowe O’Neal, 89, went to her heavenly home, July 8, 2013. She was born in Hatteras on March 16, 1924 to Walter and Nora Stowe. She is survived by Ephraim O’Neal, her husband of 69 years. She was a faithful wife, mother, and Granny. Called Mrs. Daisy by the many people who knew her, she was well known for her sweet smile and quiet ways. Her kitchen was a place that was always open, and the quote is that “There is always plenty in the pot.” Many visitors have been blessed to eat her cooking.

She is survived by her three children: Wayne O’Neal and Judy, of Piedmont, Ala.; Peggy Braddock and Samuel, of Bonifay, Fla., and Alethia Joy Willis and Durwood of Hatteras. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Wayne O’Neal Jr. and Kelly, Lori O’Neal, Kenny McArthur, Brian McArthur and Olga, Woody Willis and Karla, Natasha Farrow and Lester.  She was also a very proud Granny to six great-grandchildren: Cody McArthur, Aleah McArthur, Ezekiel Willis, Adalyn Willis, Lester Farrow V (Quin), Cameron O’Neal.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 11, at Hatteras Assembly of God with Pastor Jeyakumar officiating.

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



Peggy Spencer O’Neal

Peggy Spencer O’Neal, 81, of Ocracoke died Thursday July 4, 2013 in Norfolk, Va.  Mrs. O’Neal was born in Ocracoke and was the daughter of the late Robert Washington “Washie” and Minerva “Minnie” Alwater Spencer and the wife of the late David Farrow O’Neal.

 She was a member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church and was formerly employed with Pony Island Restaurant, Island Inn and North Carolina Department of Transportation. She also was a homemaker who raised her family.

Surviving are one daughter Sharon O’Neal Justice of Ocracoke; David Farrow O’Neal Jr.  and Richard Vincent O’Neal both of Ocracoke; two sisters: Audrey Buskirk of Morehead City and Mary Gray of Live Oak, Fla.; grandchildren: Robert Lewis, Fletcher O’Neal, Rachel O’Neal, Katie O’Neal, Carson O’Neal, Noah O’Neal and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be in Ocracoke United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 7, at 1:30 p.m. by Rev. Laura K.W. Stern and Rev. Ivey Belch. Burial will be in the Community Cemetery. Friends may join the family at Ocracoke United Methodist Church on Saturday from 6 until 8 p.m.

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




Barbara Midgett Smithwick

BUXTON -- Barbara Midgett Smithwick, 76, died Friday May 31, 2013, in Elizabeth City.  Mrs. Smithwick was a retired health care worker and a member of Fair Haven United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, Luke Bradshaw and Ann Mades Midgett, her son, Bryan Midgett, and her brother, L.B. Midgett.

Surviving are a son, Kyle Smithwick of Buxton; two sisters, Debra Hooper and husband Elvin of Buxton and Licia Kee and husband Stan; grandchildren: Christian Stowe and husband Michael, Megan Lyerly and husband Josh, and Kyle Smithwick II; great-grandchildren: Ariana Stowe, Maddix Stowe, Kaya Lyerly and Julius Lyerly; nieces: Kristina, Shanna, and Charlotte, and nephews: Stan Kee II, Luke Midgett II, Brad and Charles.
Mrs. Smithwick is also survived by her sister-in-law, Judy, of Beaufort, N.C.


A service of remembrance will be in Fair Haven United Methodist Church, which is meeting at the Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo Community Center on Friday, June 7, at 2 p.m. by Rev. Jim Bliss. In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to Fair Haven United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 177, Rodanthe, NC 27968.

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



Christopher Michael Wynn

KILL DEVIL HILLS -- Christopher Michael Wynn, 44, died Monday, May 27, 2013 in Nags Head.   Christopher was born in Columbus, Ohio, was a commercial fisherman, and had a passion for hunting, fishing, surfing, and cooking. Christopher loved to cook and enjoyed the company of his friends.  He was a former basketball coach for Ocracoke School, where he was also an instructor of hunting safety.

He was the son of William J. Wynn, III and Carolyn Luckhaupt Wynn and the husband of Kelley Midgette Wynn.

Christopher is also survived by his four sons: Christopher J. Wynn, Joseph C. Koerperich, Michael J. Koerperich and David J. Koerperich; one sister, Gina Najem, and husband, Lawrence; maternal grandmother, Mary Luckhaupt; two nieces, Nicole and Emily, and one nephew, John. Christopher loved animals and was also survived by his Boston terrier, Reagan. 

A celebration of life will be held at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo, on Saturday, June 1, at 2 p.m. by Rev. Steve Siegrist.

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



Cindy L.C. Peele

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Cindy Louise Collins Peele, 50, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013. She was born in Portsmouth and was the daughter of the late Charles Collins. She was active in BSA Troop #1691.

She is survived by her loving husband, William Maxton Peele Jr.; her mother, Flora Collins; a daughter, Michelle P. Willis and husband Tony; a son, William M. Peele, III; two sisters, Joyce Sobey and Pamela Larry; three brothers, Steve Collins, Larry Leonard and Tommy Collins; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel is handling arrangements.
www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com



Carol Cole Cruikshank

HATTERAS -- Carol Cole Cruikshank, 70, passed away on May 12, 2013, in her home, after her second battle with cancer. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, teacher, and friend.

Carol was born Jan. 16, 1943 in South Charleston, W. Va., to A.E. (Bud) and Imogene Cole. She graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in business administration, and later received an elementary education degree from Shepherd University.

Carol was a 42-year resident of Martinsburg, W. Va., where she was an active member of both Trinity Episcopal Church and the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. She was a past president and director of Berkeley County United Way. For 12 years, she was a devoted fifth grade teacher at Rosemont Elementary and Orchard View Elementary. She cared greatly for her students, who enjoyed her caring nature as much as her sense of humor. In Martinsburg, she was also passionate about photography and gardening.

Carol was a three-year resident of Hatteras village, where she quickly made many friends throughout the community. She tutored students at Cape Hatteras Elementary, volunteered for the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, was a regular fixture at the weekly Hatteras village fish fry, and made scrapbooks and quilts in anticipation of visits from her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.

Carol is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Dr. Edward C. Cruikshank; by her brother, Gary Cole, and sister-in-law, Nancy Cole, of Charlotte, N.C.; by her daughter, Sarah Cruikshank Ockman, and son-in-law, Howard Ockman, of Belgrade, Serbia; by her son, Alex M. Cruikshank, and daughter-in-law, Jillan Lindstrom Cruikshank, of Black Rock, Conn., and by her four wonderful grandchildren, Caleb Ockman, Anabel Ockman, Reuben Ockman and Jack Cruikshank. She is predeceased by her second brother, David Cole, of Macon, Ga.

The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 20, at Hatteras United Methodist Church, in Hatteras village with the Rev. Anne Kersting West presiding. After the service, family and friends are invited to the Cruikshank home for a reception. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Dare County Hospice.

The committal service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Martinsburg, W.Va., where her ashes will be placed in the columbarium, with the Rev. Julie Harris presiding.

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




Winnie Wilkinson Gray

BUXTON -- Winnie Wilkinson Gray passed away at her home in the early hours of May 7, 2013 at the age of 94.

Winnie is predeceased by her parents, Lloyd and Winnie Wilkinson, three sisters, Bessie Taylor and husband Paul, Edna Watson and husband Jim, and Mae Turner and husband Bob; two aunts Vivian Godwin and Mae Youngblood, and two granddaughters, Carol Gray and Jenny Gray.

She is survived by her loving husband of more than 70 years, Thomas B. Gray, Sr.

Winnie is lovingly remembered by her children, Thomas B. Gray Jr. and wife Nancy of Buxton and Charles Gray and wife Vivian of North Fort Meyers, Fla.; her grandchildren, Amy Gray, Jack Gray and wife Tina, Heather Jennette and husband Leo, and TC Gray and Amanda Smith; great-grandchildren, Travis Robins, Graham Robins, Owen Gray, Caden Gray and another soon to arrive; nieces Betty Hunter and EdnaMae Perkins, and special family friend, Mary Robinson.

Winnie was born in Gastonia, N.C., in 1919.  After high school she went on to earn her teaching degree at Western Carolina University.  She began her teaching career at Cape Hatteras.  She then moved to Norfolk, Va., to teach and eventually became the head of the science department for the city school system. After more than 20 years of teaching, she attempted to retire back to Cape Hatteras but was coaxed into teaching another 10 years there.

Winnie was an active member of the Buxton United Methodist Church where she taught the adult Sunday school class for many years and was a member of the Methodist Women.  She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, teaching others, traveling, boating and was an avid sports fan.

Official visitation will be held at Buxton United Methodist Church on Friday, May 10, from 7 until 9 p.m., and friends are welcome to come by the home in the days preceding.

The funeral service will be held at Buxton United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Ken Davenport officiating.  A graveside service will follow immediately thereafter at Quidley Cemetery in Buxton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Buxton United Methodist Men, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.

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




Helen Warden Black

Helen Warden “Sis” Black passed away peacefully with family members at her side on April 4, 2013 in Annapolis, Md. She was 89 years old. She was born in St. Johnsbury, Vt., on Dec. 18, 1923, the daughter of the late David Royal and Hazel Ramage Warden. She was raised in Bluefield, W. Va., and graduated from Beaver High School, where she was an excellent academic student, class leader, and athlete.  During this time she attained the title of the National Drum Majorette Champion in Chicago for the Bluefield Drum and Bugle Corps, where they won first place at the American Legion National Convention.

Upon graduation, Sis attended Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va., and the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., until 1943. She then entered the Army Air Corps to “help win the war.” Her initial assignment as an aerial photographer was to Stewart Field, N.Y. After marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Joseph Sanders Black, in April 1944, she was reassigned to Victoria, Tex., as a link trainer.

After the war, Sis obtained her degree in education from the University of Virginia in May of 1948. During her marriage she resided in Mullins, W.Va.; Waynesboro, Va.; Camden, S.C.; Ashland, Ky.; Chester, Va., and Virginia Beach.  Many wonderful years were spent in teaching with her later years spent in special education. During this time Sis’s athleticism and enthusiasm lead to coaching successful basketball and swimming teams.

Above all, Sis’s devotion to her family was her main priority in life. To rear children that were good Christians and Americans was her main objective. Time with family at her beach cottage in Buxton was heavenly to her.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Joseph Sanders, on May 17, 2002 and her brother, Stacey Blair Warden. Sis is survived by four devoted children: David (Louise), Bethea, Montine (Bert), and Sandy (Rhonda); 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dr. David Royal Warden, and two sisters, Marion Warden Loesch and Susan Warden Neal.
Throughout her life, Sis had a close affiliation with the Presbyterian Church. She was also a loyal member of the Fairbanks Family Association.

 A memorial service will be held on June 8 at 11a.m. with family and friends in Bluefield, W.Va. at the Christ Episcopal Church with the committal in the Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 639, Buxton, N. C.  27920.  The family would like to express its deep gratitude to all of the nursing staff for their loving care and compassion.



Edward Agustus Hooper

SALVO -- Edward Agustus Hooper, 91, died Monday April 22, 2013 in Nags Head.  Mr. Hooper was born in Salvo and was the son of the late Garland A. and Maria Hooper Hooper. He worked for over 20 years as postmaster of the United States Post Office in Salvo and was a member of Clarks Bethel United Methodist Church. 

Surviving are his brother and dearest friend, William Bryan Hooper of Salvo, and numerous nieces, nephews, and their children and many friends. Mr. Hooper was also predeceased by his sister, Myrtle H. Barnett, and his brothers, Floyd Hooper and Leslie Hooper.

A celebration of life was held in Twiford Colony Chapel Manteo on Wednesday, April 24, at 3 p.m. by Rev. Chris Noble. Burial will be in Manteo Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 3131 RDU Center Suite 100, Morrisville, NC 27560 or American Cancer Society, 930-A Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834.

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



Edward Goldberg
 
Edward Goldberg passed away quietly in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 23, 2013 at the age of 81. Ed was a well-known innovator of real estate, construction, and hospitality practices on Hatteras Island for many years. He retired to Palm Beach Gardens some time ago.
 
He was a loving father to two sons, Mitchell (Brenda) and Jeffrey (Teri) of Charlottesville Va., and daughter Leslie Goldberg Painter ( Jack) of Hatteras Island. His wife, Jeanne, preceded him home in 1997. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Jessica, Jennifer, Aaron, and Megan Goldberg, and Kevin Painter, and three great-grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by his brother George Goldberg (Harriett) and nieces Sherry ( Ken) Fardie, and Marcie Goldberg, and several grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
 
A memorial service was held at Star of David of the Palm Beaches on April 26 at 9:30 a.m. An interment service will also be held on Wednesday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Norfolk, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center are requested. (www.pbgmc.com)




Francis V. Godlesky

RODANTHE -- Francis V. Godlesky, 68, died Monday, April 15, 2013 at his home. Fran is survived by his wife, Suzan Forsythe, daughters Jody, Erin, and Erika, and eight grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, April 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Camp Hatteras Soundside Reception Hall.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lifeboat Community Church Food Pantry, P.O. Box 94, Salvo, NC 27972 or Rodanthe Hotline Thrift Store, P.O. Box 87, Rodanthe, NC 27968. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
www.twifordfh.com.






Billy E. Norell

AVON -- Billy E. Norrell, 82, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk, Va. He was born on Nov. 16, 1930 in South Carolina.

Billy joined the United States Navy in 1949 and served for 30 years, serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars and was a highly decorated officer in electronic warfare. He retired in 1979, achieving the rank of Commander.

Billy’s greatest loves other than his wife and family were fishing, bowling, and being Granddaddy.

Billy is survived by his lifetime and loving wife, Christine, of Avon; his three daughters, Donna (Joe) Heuneman, Sharon (Danny) Angelillo, Sandra (Don) Bray, and five very special grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Twiford Funeral Home, 500 Budleigh Street, Manteo, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Make A Wish Foundation in honor of cancer survivor Joshua Heuneman, his great-grandson.

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





Evelyn Gard Hedrick

BUXTON -- Evelyn Gard Hedrick, 78, mother of three, Nannie to many, died in Elizabeth City on April 1, 2013 after a valiant battle with numerous health obstacles. Her last days were spent planning a celebration with her family. Greeting her in heaven are her parents, Herbert A. and Agnes Hooker Gard, brother Herbert A. Gard Jr., and grandson, Ehan Hooper.

Evelyn attended school in Norfolk, Va. She prided herself in being the best Virginian -Pilot delivery person. Evelyn enjoyed nothing more than celebrating occasions with her family and playing card games with her friends.

While in Elizabeth City, she attended Freedom Baptist Ministries and considered the members her church family. In lieu of flowers, she would be honored to have memorial contributions made to the church's building fund at PO BOX 1668, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

Left to cherish her memory are Tracey Hooper and John, their daughters Amber (Brett and daughter Paizley), Laura, and Abby; Kenneth L. Jennette and Jodi, and their children Kane, Lanie, Olivia, and Caroline; Stacey Jennette-Meiggs and her son, Matthew. Also cherishing their lives together are her sister, Geraldine Stamper, and her sons, Michael and Douglas and their families, and her sister-in-law, Mary Gard and her son, Robin.
Evelyn became very close with all those involved in her medical care over the last decade and considered them all her family. Her family would like to thank each of them for their care and love.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 3, at 2 p.m. at Freedom Baptist Ministries in Elizabeth City. A celebration of her life will follow the service.

Entombment will take place at a later date beside her deceased husband, Bernard L. Jennette, in Buxton.

Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online registry at www.gallopfuneralservices.com . Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.




Noah Hearst Price Jr.

AVON -- Noah Hearst Price Jr., 52, died Saturday, March 23, 2013. Born in Buxton, he was the son of the late Noah Hearst Price Sr. and the late Rose O'Neal Price and was a proud graduate of East Carolina University.

Mr. Price is survived by his pride and joy, his daughter, Brianna Michelle Price of Frisco, and a brother, Doug Price of Cary, N.C. His loving cousins, Carol Paul of Avon and Pat O’Neal of Camden, close friends, Ronnie Slater of Avon and Bruce Kitchens of Indianapolis, Ind., also survive him. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Vincent Price.

Noah will be missed by the many who adored him. He was a loving, caring, and giving man who would give the shirt off his back for anyone. He will forever be remembered for the joyous, enduring love he had for his daughter and his compassion for God.

The family will receive friends and relatives at 40380 Highway 12 in Avon (behind Ketch 55 restaurant) on Thursday,  March 28, from 6-8 p.m.. A memorial service will be held at St. Johns United Methodist Church on Friday, March 29, at 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the St. Johns United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 129, Avon, NC 27915.

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




John Patrick Workman

John Patrick Workman, 54, of Pearce, Ariz., died Monday, March 25, 2013 on Hatteras Island.  He was born May 18, 1958 in Elyria, Ohio, to Charles B. and Meta O. Kirkpatrick Workman.  John spent his winters in Pearse and worked for the National Park Service on the Outer Banks.
He loved his work with the Park Service at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and on the beach and the Arizona desert.

Besides his mother, John is survived by three brothers, Todd Workman and wife, Ann, of Columbia, N.C.,  Eric Workman and wife, Melanie, of Louisville, Ky., and Dennis Workman of Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Susan Workman Metz of North Ridge, Ohio,  and Robin Workman of Elizabeth City, N.C. His children are Jesse Weiland of Las Vegas, Nev., John Zuchowski and children, Madison and Hailey, of Greenfield, Ind., and Nicole Smith Thomerson and children, Garrett, Savannah, and Brenden of Litchfield, Ohio. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and many other family and friends.  John was preceded in death by his father, Charles B. Workman, daughter, Nicole Smith Thomerson, and a sister-in-law, Billie Workman.

John’s family and friends will miss him very much, including his dog, Hairy.

A memorial service will be held at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Joe Pierce officiating.  Friends may join the family for visitation and viewing time from 1 until 3 p.m.

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





Anna Katherine Watson Blair

CHAPEL HILL -- Anna Katherine Watson Blair died peacefully on Friday March 22, 2013, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She was at her home surrounded by her family. Anna was the beloved daughter of Harvey Langill Watson and Elizabeth Martin Watson and was born on Nov. 7, 1958 in Kinston, N.C.

Anna attended Durham High School, where she was valedictorian in 1977. She was a James M. Johnston Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a nursing degree in 1981. She was a registered nurse for more than 30 years and served with steadfast dedication on pediatric units, in family practice centers, and in rheumatology clinics at Pitt Memorial Hospital, Hatteras Medical Center, and UNC Hospitals. 

She is survived by three children, Anna Elizabeth Blair, Katherine Blakeney Blair, James Seaborn Blair IV, and their father, James Seaborn Blair III. Anna is survived by sister Amy Watson Briceņo; brother Harvey Langill Watson Jr. and his wife Ginger Love Watson; brother Arthur David Watson and his wife Jane Goellner Watson; five nieces, Virginia Blair Watson, Katherine Elizabeth Watson, Koehler Amalia Briceņo, Sara Kiley Watson, and Kathryn Langill Watson; and two nephews, James Harvey Watson and Cristopher Alexander Briceņo. 

Anna's most treasured role was being a mother to her three children. She was a spirited and avid soccer mom, Boy Scout mom, and Girl Scout mom. Her happiest times were with her family at their cottage on the sandy banks of the Neuse River and being a camper, counselor, and staff nurse at Camp Don Lee; one of her favorite sessions was Camp Rainbow that served children with cancer. She was a vibrant member of many United Methodist Churches throughout her life, particularly Hatteras United Methodist and University United Methodist in Chapel Hill. Anna had a deeply ingrained love of music that she shared for many years in children's music ministry. In addition to being a devoted Tarheel, Anna loved dancing, cooking, bridge, reading, sailing, and simply being by the water.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to all of the caregivers from the Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Duke Hospice, Cornucopia House, and Anna's village of friends for their dedication and care to Anna during this incredibly challenging period in her life.

A funeral service will be held at University United Methodist Church, 150 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC, on Easter Monday, April 1 at 11 a.m.

The family will receive visitors after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Camp Don Lee Health Center, 315 Camp Don Lee Road, Arapahoe, NC, 28510, Attention: Rev. John Farmer.





Dale Ellsworth Wegner II

Dale Ellsworth Wegner II, 62, of Harrisonburg, Va., passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

Dale was born on Jan. 18, 1951, in Roswell, New Mexico. He is son of Dale and Neta Wegner of Harrisonburg and they survive.

He lived in Dowagiac, Mich., until 1958. He attended the Augusta Military Academy in Augusta County. He continued his education in Harrisonburg public schools. He also attended Blue Ridge Community College and an Art School in Charlottesville. Dale moved to Cape Hatteras and lived there for 26 years. He was a professional fisherman and an accomplished chef and worked in many of the Cape Hatteras restaurants. He also owned and operated Sun Waves Construction.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his first wife, Sherri Jefferson, and his second wife, Joy Pague, who remain friends to this day.

  He is also survived by his children, Matthew Knicely, Nicholas Wegner, and Alexandra Wegner and very special friends, Fay Baugher and Winnie Meekins.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 27, at the Harrisonburg Chapel of Kyger Funeral Homes with Pastor Larris Tolson of Hatteras Island officiating. A time of visitation will follow the service.

 Memorial contributions may be made, in Dale’s memory, to the SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA 22803 or the American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Avenue, Suite 210, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kygers.com



Basil Hanson Hooper Sr.

AVON -- Basil Hanson Hooper Sr., beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Born in Avon in 1931 to Ulysses and Arkansas Scarborough Hooper, he was the youngest son of eight children. He was a dedicated serviceman, retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard after 26 years of service. He was also employed by the N.C. Department of Transportation for 15 years. He will be remembered for his kindness, helpfulness, and joy of life. His comical spirit and humor will be missed by all. He was well respected by everyone for his dedication to work and, most of all, his devotion to family.

Left to cherish many memories are his wife, Yvonne Gray Hooper, and his three children, Sharon (Marc) Hooper Williams of Evergreen, Ala., Basil (Linda) Hooper Jr. of Avon, and Ken (Diane) Hooper of Cary, N.C. He was the loving "Pop" to six grandchildren, Amanda Hooper, Joel and Josh Williams, and Emily, Matthew, and Sarah Hooper. One sister, Roxie Hooper Alcorn of Orlando, Fla., joins numerous other family members and friends to remember his life. He was proud to be a "Kinnakeeter."

He attended Avon Worship Center where a visitation will be held on Friday, March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Gray Family Cemetery in Buxton.

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



Mary E. Bisantz

Mary E. Bisantz died on March 10, 2013. She was born on Sept. 5, 1944 in Buffalo, N.Y. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy in 1962 and was subsequently awarded the Grey Nuns Distinguished Alumnae Award. A 1966 graduate of D’Youville College, Mary received the Ann Lum Distinguished Alumna Award in 2006. In 1969, Mary was awarded the Juris Doctor Degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. During her senior year, she had the distinction of being the first female editor of SUNY Buffalo Law Review.

She was admitted to the practice of law in New York in 1970 and practiced with Brown-Kelly from 1970 to 1972. She was an assistant district attorney and worked in The Commission on Judicial Conduct in Albany, N.Y., in 1975. Mary then worked as an assistant attorney general of New York in Albany until she was appointed as the United States administrative law judge in Raleigh, N.C., in 1994. In 1995, she was promoted to the position of hearing office chief judge. In 1999 she was promoted to the position of acting regional chief judge in Seattle, Wash. Later that year, Mary was appointed to the position of deputy chief judge in Falls Church, Va., serving until 2003, the year she returned to Raleigh.

Mary retired at the end of 2006, spending much of her time in Rodanthe, where she owned Homeport Gifts on Hatteras Island.

Mary is predeceased by her parents, two brothers, and a sister. She is survived by her loving sister, Patricia Caldiero, and many devoted nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations to D’Youville College or the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart are welcome. A memorial service will be held in Buffalo at a later date. Arrangements by Renaissance Funeral Home www.rfhr.com.



Lori A. Younce

Lori A Younce passed away to her heavenly home on Monday, March 4, in Washington. N.C.  A native of Dare County, she was born on Feb. 29, 1964 and is survived by her best friend, confidant, and husband Earl S. Younce Jr., her heart and soul, daughter Amber L. Younce and son Earl S. Younce III, (Trey). She is also survived by her parents, Maxton and Rose Scarborough, and her sisters, Karen Midgette of Buxton, Marilyn Bernauer of Beaufort, Amy Scarborough of Avon, and Candice Quidley of Buxton.  She also leaves a number of nieces, nephews, friends and family.

Lori will be forever missed by the many who loved her. Her laugh, smile, beauty and compassion are surpassed only by the everlasting love and care she had for her husband and children. She will always remain an indispensible and powerful part of everyone she loved and everyone who loved her.

The family will receive friends and family at the Avon Worship Center, 40082 Harbor Road in Avon, on March 7, from 6-8 p.m..  A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at the Avon Worship Center, officiated by Bryan Gray. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, the Younce family has requested all monetary gifts to be donated to Kings Daughter’s Hospital.  Checks should be made out to Kings Daughters in care of the Avon Worship Center, PO box 130, Avon NC 27915.

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



Clarice Ballance Gray

FRISCO -- Clarice Ballance Gray, 91, died Saturday March 2, 2013 in Currituck.  Mrs. Gray was born in Hatteras and was a homemaker and faithful member of Hatteras United Methodist Church where she served in the choir and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She also was a member of the Cape Hatteras Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. Clarice was a “wonderful mother, grandmother and friend.”
She was the daughter of the late Reuben and Charlotte Odin Ballance and wife of the late Roy L. Gray.

Surviving is her daughter, Jeannie G. Crook and husband, Bill, of Buxton and son, Roy Gray Jr. and wife, Mary, of Etowah, Tenn.; her sister, Aldena B. Midgett of Mooresville, N.C.; grandchildren, Dara and husband, Matthew, Paula and husband, Chad, Matthew and wife, Marcella, Stephanie and Greg; and great grandchildren, Mareena, Lindsay, Charlotte, Trevor and Reagan.

A service to celebrate the life of Clarice will be at Hatteras United Methodist Church, Tuesday, March 5, at 11 a.m. by Rev. Dwight Burrus and Rev. Ken Davenport. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Memorials may be made to Hatteras United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Hatteras, NC 27943.

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



Maxine Lee Williams Mason

OCRACOKE -- Maxine Lee Williams Mason passed away peacefully at her home on Feb. 25, 2013 with her family and best friend by her side.  Maxine was born on Aug. 8, 1935, to the late Leonard Mac Williams and the late Mary Elizabeth Gaskins.  For close to 50 years she was happily married to the late Charles Romaine Mason Sr.  Maxine graduated from Ocracoke School in 1953 and worked her entire life.  She retired from the N.C. Ferry Division in March 2003 after 30-PLUS years of service.

Maxine was a generous and caring woman.  She had a wonderful, hearty laugh that was never mistaken and unforgettable. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.  She will be dearly missed by all.

Left to cherish her memories are two sons, Charles R. Mason Jr. and Rodney W. Mason and wife Rhonda; four grandchildren, Jenny, Shane, Carla and Chante Mason; great -grandson Dallas Mason; three sisters, Linda Gaskill, Judy Garrish, and the late Louise O’Neal and one brother, Lewis Tolleson.

A celebration of life will be held at Ocracoke Assembly of God, Friday March 1,  at 2 p.m. by Rev. Ivey Belch. Burial will follow in Community Cemetery.  There will be food and refreshments at the fellowship Hall of the Ocracoke Assembly of God following the service. Friends may join the family at the church Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m. for a time of visitation. We all love our “A.”

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



D. Edward Starnes, Jr.

 
HUNTSVILLE, Ala -- Ed Starnes Jr., 79, passed away Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9, 2013 at home beside Rae, the love of his life, and surrounded by family. D. Edward Starnes, Jr. and Jane Ramelle Hylton wed Sept. 24, 1955, and from their marriage rose a family that they both considered their greatest blessing and most lasting legacy.

Ed and Rae's children and spouses include Ed III and Lynne Starnes, Kathryn and Bill Stem, Bill and Christine Starnes, and David and Lisa Starnes. Ed and Rae's grandchildren and spouses include Emily and Steve Connelly, Whitney and Caleb Meriwether, Tyler Stem, Loren Starnes, Chase Starnes, Allie Starnes, Justin Starnes, Anna Starnes, and Daniel Starnes. Ed and Rae's great grand-children include Vee Connelly, John Connelly, and Lochlan Connelly.
 
Ed and Rae, both graduates of the University of North Carolina, loved to visit Tar Heel country, and many of Ed's paintings reflect their travels across the state. Ocracoke, a barrier island on the Carolina coast, became a second home for Ed and Rae during summers, where they rode bikes, walked the beach, prepared elaborate feasts, and collaborated about Ed's art.
 
Ed also believed in community, and he dedicated much of his life to serving Huntsville and Alabama as an education advocate and public servant. Rae shared in those sacrifices, and the two of them worked side by side to build their family, their church, and their community.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Church of the Nativity. A celebration of Ed's life will follow in adjacent Ridley Hall from 3 to 5 p.m.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Ed Starnes Memorial Fund at the Arts Council, 700 Monroe St., Suite 2, Huntsville, AL 35801, or the Church of the Nativity, 208 Eustis Ave., Huntsville, AL 35801. (www.laughlinservice.com)


Rev. Robert A. Brown

A memorial Mass for the Rev. Robert A. Brown will be celebrated on Tuesday evening, Feb. 12,  at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Seas on Highway 12 in Buxton.

“Father Bob,” as most folks called him, died on Dec. 27, 2012,  from complications of pneumonia.

He served as pastor of Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Parish in Buxton from 2006 until the time of his death.

He was a priest with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales for 45 years.

“Father Brown was a remarkable priest, known for his commitment to those who were poor and marginalized and for his gentle approach to anyone he served,” Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS, provincial said. “I think that people appreciated his big-hearted approach to everything, from building a new church to counseling someone in need.”

Father Brown, son of the late and Anne R. (Cannon) and James F. Brown, Sr., was born in Allentown, Pa., in 1934 and was the youngest of eight children. He graduated from St. Catherine of Siena Grade School and then Allentown Central Catholic High School in 1952. He attended Muhlenberg College and graduated from Niagara University in 1961 and received an ROTC commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Infantry. In 1961, he entered the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, making his first profession of vows in 1963. He continued his theological studies at De Sales Hall School of Theology, Hyattsville, Md., and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Gerald McDevitt, on Oct. 21, 1967, at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Additionally, Father Brown completed graduate degrees at The Catholic University of America and Temple University in politics and social work, respectively.

Father Brown’s teaching assignments included Father Judge High School, Philadelphia, Pa., and Salesianum School, Wilmington, Del. From 1969 – 1972, Father Brown also served as an inner-city counselor for Glen Mills Schools. While in the Philadelphia area, he founded and directed three group homes for troubled teens. In 1972, he was the founding director of Some Other Place, Inc. for court-committed youth, serving in that capacity until 1983.

As a parish priest, Father Brown served as parochial vicar at St. Cecilia Parish, Fort Myers, Fla., (1984-1986) and later as pastor (1986-1991), during which time he directed the expansion of the church. In 1991, he became pastor of St. John Neumann Parish, Reston, Va., and served until 2005. While pastor of the Reston community, he managed the completion of a new church and religious education facility for 1,400 children. During that time, the parish grew from 1,700 to 3,600 families. From 2005-2006, he was parochial vicar at Blessed Pope John XXIII Parish in Fort Myers, Fla.

His last assignment was here in Buxton. Father Bob loved the beach and shared it with his favorite canine, Molly, his boxer. He had many other interests . He liked to fish, hunt and go boating. Because of his love of the water, he joined the local Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

In addition to the members of his Oblate religious community, Father Brown is survived by his sister, Susan Reinhold of Covington, La., and many nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by his brothers, James and Hugh, and sisters, Kathleen and Grace Brown, Mary Moleseed, and Anne Lobst.




Mildred Garrish O’Neal

OCRACOKE – Mildred Garrish O’Neal, 80, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in an Elizabeth City hospital.  Mrs. O’Neal was born in Ocracoke and was the daughter of the late Charlie Warren and Rosa O’Neal Garrish, and the widow of  Ronald T. “Conch” O’Neal.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church.

Mrs. O’Neal is survived by three sons, Ronald T. O’Neal, Jr.,  Robert Benjamin O’Neal, and Michael Warren O’Neal, all of Ocracoke; several grandchildren and numerous other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at the Ocracoke United Methodist Church on Saturday, Feb. 9,  at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Laura Stern and the Rev. Ivey Belch officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ocracoke United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 278, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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



Ernest Samuel Herring

AVON – Ernest Samuel Herring, 57,  died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 in his residence. Mr. Herring was born in Harrisonburg, Va., and was a carpenter for 36 years.  He attended St. Johns United Methodist Church and was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins and the NFL.  He loved beach life with his family, boating, fishing and enjoying the surf as well as being a fan of NASCAR racing.

Mr. Herring was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Samuel Herring, Sr. and his mother Margaret Brown Herring, and was the husband of Renee Warlitner Herring of the home.
Besides his wife surviving are two daughters, Kimberly Herring and Brittany H. Farrow and husband, Matthew, both of Avon; one son, Dustin Herring, also of Avon; one sister, Brenda Royston and husband, “Lou,” of Timberville, Va.; four grandchildren, Kaylie Farrow, Amerika Farrow, Matthew Farrow and Gavin Herring; a special nephew, “Bubby” Royston, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be in the private residence of “Lou” and Brenda Royston in Timberville, Va., on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 1 p.m. until.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Johns United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 129, Avon, NC 27915.

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




Stanley Everrett Meekins

BUXTON -- Stanley Everrett Meekins, 62, died on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at the Outer Banks Hospital, Nags Head.  Mr. Meekins was a convenience store manager and served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. 

He was the son of the late Luther Hall and Ila Lee Miller Meekins and the husband of the late Virginia O’Neal Meekins.

Surviving are two daughters, Stacy M. Davis and husband Timmy of King William, Va., and Crystal Meekins of Buxton; three sisters, Shirley Silver of Avon, Mary Wilson of Water Town, Tenn., and Rita Mcpherson of Homosassa, Fla.; two brothers, Luther Meekins Jr. and Winifred Meekins both of Buxton; three grandchildren, Christian Meekins, Ivey Austin, and Brittny Austin, and special friends George and Ann O’Neal. Mr. Meekins was also preceded in death by his sister, Rhoda Ann Gray.

A service of remembrance will be Monday, Jan. 28, in St. Johns United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. by Rev. Roger Barnett and Rev. Roger Dill.

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



Mamie Williams

FRISCO -- Mamie Williams, 66, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at her residence. A lifelong resident of Hatteras Island, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Daisy Gaskins and spouse of Donnie Williams Sr. She was a very loving mother to her three children.

Including her husband, she is survived by her son, Donnie Williams Jr. and wife Susan of Cary, N.C.; her daughters, Vanniesa Jones and husband Ricky of Frisco and Lynette Williams of Frisco; her sister, Jane Rollinson and husband Gerald of Elizabeth City; her grandchildren, Aaron Williams, Kayleeann Jones, Austin Jones, and her great-granddaughter Harley.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Little Grove United Methodist Church in Frisco with the Reverends Dwight Burrus and Ken Davenport officiating. Burial will follow at the Barnett cemetery.

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



Linda Elizabeth Nunn

KILL DEVIL HILLS -- Linda Elizabeth Nunn passed away on Jan. 10, 2013, following a brief illness.  Ms. Nunn, 63, is survived by her daughters, Barbra Stonerock and Bear Monita of Dayton, Ohio, and Bridgett and Don Buckman, of Clayton, N.C.; special friend Paul Russell; brothers, Thomas Nunn, Peter Nunn, and Dennis Nunn, and several nieces and nephews.  Ms. Nunn was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Madeline Nunn.  Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and later a resident of Dayton, Ohio, she moved to the Outer Banks in 1988.  A writer and artist, she loved the Outer Banks and embraced it as her home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Kill Devil Hills Library, 400 Mustian Street, Kill Devil Hills, NC, 27948.  A celebration of Ms. Nunn’s life will be held at a later date in Kill Devil Hills.

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


Velma Mae Williams Barnette

Avon -- Velma Mae Williams Barnette, 93, formerly of Avon and Chesapeake, Va., died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 in Elizabeth City, N.C. Born in Avon, she was the daughter of the late Charles T. and Iantha O'Neal Williams and the widow of Harold K. Barnette Sr. She retired as the U.S. Postmaster of Avon.

Mrs. Barnette is survived by a son, Harold K. Barnette Jr. and wife, Ola, of Chesapeake, Va.; three sisters, Retta Quidley, Vera Meekins, and Gloria O'Neal, all of Avon; three grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Gerald Williams.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church by the Revs. Maurice Quidley, Roger Dill and Bryan Gray. Burial will be in the Quidley Family Cemetery in Buxton. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church on Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m.
Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 
www.twifordfh.com.



Betty Anne Todd

Betty Anne Chapman Todd, 65, resident of 506 West Kirksey Drive in Greenwood, S.C., died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.

Born in Greenwood on Aug. 27, 1947, she was a daughter of the late Allen Otis and Elizabeth Lewis Todd.  Betty Anne received a bachelor’s degree in English from Lander College and later received her master’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Formerly of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Hampton, Betty Anne moved back to Greenwood after retiring from Tri County Library where she was Regional Library Director for Allendale, Jasper and Hampton counties.  She was responsible for proposing to Congress the need to receive grants to move forward from the Dewey Decimal System to the Automated/Online Library System in South Carolina.  Throughout her career she always made time for her three children whom she enjoyed catering to as they enjoyed extracurricular activities growing up.

Formerly a member of South Main Street Baptist Church, Ms. Todd was a member of First Baptist Church in Hampton.

Surviving are a daughter, Ruth Todd Morgan of Hatteras Island; sons, Chad Todd and wife Jennifer of Greenwood and Andrew Chapman Todd and wife Heather of Hodges; grandchildren, Victoria Elizabeth Gonce and husband Nick, Ashely Nicole Bateman, Christopher James Bateman, Andrew Allen Paul Bateman, Lewis Wilburn Todd, Alexus Paige Harris, DeeAnne Morgan, Lewis Thomas Morgan, Madison Hope Harris, Catherine Anne Todd, Matthew Allen Todd and Aiden Charles Todd; great grandson, Brayden Gonce; sisters, Barbara C. Hamby of Greenwood, Mary C. Hare of Greer and Rebecca C. Wilburn of Newark, Del.; special cousin, Jimmie Mae of Laurens; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m. from the Blyth Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Terry Carpenter officiating.

The family is at the home of her son Chad Todd, 309 Marietta Drive, where they will receive friends Friday from 5-7 p.m.  The family will also receive friends immediately following the service Saturday at the funeral home.     

Those desiring may make memorials to Greenwood County Library, Children’s Literacy Program, 600 South Main Street, Greenwood, SC 29646.

The family would like to thank and honor their heroic angel Paige Harris for her bravery.

For online condolences please visit www.blythfuneralhome.com.

Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Todd family.




John F. Alwine

BUXTON -- John F. Alwine, 79, passed away peacefully on Jan. 2, 2013. 

He is survived by two daughters, Robin of Avon and Diana of Virginia Beach, Va., and his son-in-law and dear friend, Robert Schwingel of Avon.  He is also survived by his sisters, Mary of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Marilyn of Spring Hill, Tenn., and brothers, Jim of Peru, Ind., and Marvin of Fort Wayne, Ind.  He will be fondly remembered by many friends and neighbors on Hatteras Island and his faithful companion, Chloe, which he adopted from the SPCA.

John was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, retired from Rea Construction in Norfolk, Va., and founder of Village Locksmith, now located in Avon.  He was active in the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club and the Buxton Volunteer Fire Department.  His passions were gardening and a good hamburger, which he enjoyed until the last weeks of his life.

A memorial service will be held at a later date for both John and his wife, Flora, who passed away in 2006.

Donations in his honor may be made to Hatteras Island Meals, Inc. POB 854, Buxton, NC 27920.

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



Barbara Foster

HATTERAS -- Barbara McDowell Foster, 69, went to be in the arms of the Lord at home on Dec. 31, 2012, just before the new year. She was surrounded by her beloved grandchildren, her family, and friends.

Barbara was born May 12, 1943, in Michigan and grew up in Fort Pierce, Fla. She received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of Florida in 1964. She married William "Big Bill" Foster that same year, and moved to Raleigh, so that Bill could attend graduate school at North Carolina State University, while she worked as a microbiologist in the school's cancer research laboratories.

Barbara moved to Hatteras in 1970. She worked for several years as the secretary/bookkeeper of the Hatteras Marlin Club. She was one of the few people in North Carolina to take and pass all of the parts of the CPA exam on the first attempt without an accounting degree. Barbara was a founding partner of Foster and Parsons CPAs.

In 2005, Barbara was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She battled the cancer courageously and with few complaints throughout many cycles of chemotherapy and radiation for nearly eight years.

Barbara is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Foster Johnson, and husband, Dan, and their children, Chris, Avery, and Delaney, all of Hatteras; a son, Paul Foster of Wanchese; a sister and her closest friend, Pauline Carden of Chesapeake; a niece, Caroline (Carrie) Carden Geldreich and husband, Randy, and their son, Tyler, and daughter that's due in March, all of Richmond; a nephew, David Carden of Virginia Beach; and a former husband, William "Big Bill" Foster of Hatteras. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Hazel McDowell.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Hatteras United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dwight Burrus and the Rev. Ken Davenport officiating. Private burial will be held in the Hatteras Community Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Hatteras Community Center immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation or to the Hatteras United Methodist Church Bereavement Committee.

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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