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2018 OBITUARIES

Randell Eugene “Joe” Holmes
December 12, 1932 – August 16, 2018

MANTEO -- Randell Eugene “Joe” Holmes, 85, of Manteo, NC passed away peacefully Thursday, August 16, 2018, surrounded by his family.  A native of East Lake, he was the son of the late Effie Creef Holmes and Elmer Lawrence Holmes.

He graduated from Manteo High School. He then earned his bachelor’s degree at East Carolina College where he continued his love for football and track.

Having served his country honorably in the United States Army, he then returned to teaching and coaching. “Coach” Holmes taught and coached for 20 plus years and was respected and admired by his students and players.

Randell Holmes was active in the Masonic Fraternity. He was made a Master Mason in April 1957 and was recognized with 50 years of service in 2017. He served as Master of both Manteo and Cape Hatteras lodges. He served as District Deputy Grand Master in 2002. Randell was a 33o Scottish Rite Mason, Inspector General.

Randell was dedicated to his family and friends and had a great love for his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Rice Holmes; three children, Randell Joe Holmes of Williamsburg, NC, Vicki Lynn Holmes of Manteo, NC, and Wendy Holmes Wright of Raleigh, NC; and four grandchildren, Noah Randall Holmes, Luke Thomas Holmes, Brent McCallum Wright, Jr. and Lillian Gray Wright.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Norman Lawrence Holmes.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service. Private burial with Masonic rites will take place at East Lake United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565 or online at www.mhc-oxford.org.

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




Minnie Bernice Farrow Williams
June 1, 1934 – August 13, 2018

BUXTON -- Minnie Bernice Farrow Williams, 84, of Buxton, NC died Monday, August 13, 2018, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.

A native of Frisco, she was born June 1, 1934, to the late Mary Ellen Midgett and Perley Linwood Farrow, Sr.

Minnie was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother who spent her life loving and providing for others. She was a member of Lighthouse Assembly of God.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elliott Jasper Williams, Sr.; a son, Perley Jennings William, Sr.; a granddaughter, Sarah Fisher; and two brothers, P.L. Farrow, Jr. and Donnie Farrow.

Minnie is survived by three daughters, Sarah B. Fisher (Alan) of Illinois, Grace E. Berry of Newport, NC, and Sally A. Wright (Wayne) of Buxton, NC; three sons, Elliott Jasper Williams (Lynn) of Texas, William “Eddie” Williams (Linda) of Buxton, NC, and Jonathan Emanuel Williams (Julie) of Buxton, NC; seventeen grandchildren; Casey Shorter (Shawn), Christina Newan (Jay), Eddie Williams (Jessica), Teresa Neil, Perley Williams, Jr. (Heather), Jason Williams, Rachel Williams, Nathan Williams, Matthew Fisher, Brittany Fisher, Kayla Palmerton (Chris), Joshua Berry (Tiffany), Seirra Berry (Justin), Brandon Powell (Eliza), Krystle Williams (Nik), Tyler Williams (Jill), and Dylan Williams (Azaria); and twenty-seven great-grandchildren, Sophia, Max, Hunter, Savannah, McKenna, Levi, Ross, Abby, Olivia, Koy, Lydia, Sara, Dawson, Madison, Emily, Auston, Alexi, Angel, Teagan, Malachi, Emmett, Akari, Elijah, Elliott, Eastman, Preston, and Kyndle. Also, surviving is a sister, Annette Farrow of Wilmington, NC; and two brothers, Norman Farrow of Wilmington, NC and Everette Farrow of Avon, NC. 

A visitation will be held Friday evening from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Lighthouse Assembly of God.  The funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Lighthouse Assembly of God with Rev. Eric Hinson and Rev. Raymond Hoggard, Jr. officiating. Private burial will take place at the Williams family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives immediately following the service at the Family Life Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lighthouse Assembly of God Building Fund, PO Box 459, Buxton, NC 27920.

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




Jane Cohoon Rhodes
January 24, 1934 - August 3, 2018

Jane Cohoon Rhodes, 84, longtime resident of Forest Road in Chesapeake, VA, passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Spring Arbor Assisted Living in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Mrs. Rhodes was born in Gum Neck, North Carolina on Jan. 24, 1934 to the late Otis B. Cohoon and Alma Jones Cohoon.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gene A. Rhodes; brother, Horace Cohoon; and sister, Inez Beck.

Jane graduated from Columbia High School in 1952, where she excelled in basketball and made many lifelong friends with her outgoing personality. Her Senior quote of "Happy go lucky, fancy free, nothing ever bothers me" sums up the way she approached her life; she was always positive and chose to see the best in everyone. She was retired from the Physical Therapy Department of Chesapeake General Hospital. She attended Centerville Baptist Church for many years and was still a member of Gum Neck Freewill Baptist church in her home town.

Left to cherish her memory are her son Jeff Rhodes (Lisa); daughter, Reverend Gina Miller (Bruce); grandchildren Jordan Rhodes, Carly Miller, and Matthew Miller (Chloe); sister, Grace Combs; sister-in-law, Nanette Cohoon, along with many nieces and nephews that she loved as her own.

Miss Jane will be remembered as a strong, independent woman who loved to laugh and as someone that never met a stranger. She was true to her faith and had an unwavering devotion to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her. The family would like to offer sincere gratitude to the many caregivers that treated Jane with respect and kindness during her struggle with dementia.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. Burial will follow at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends with a reception at the Funeral Home following the graveside service.



Ellen Orban
September 16, 1922 - August 4, 2018

BARCO -- Ellen (Eileen) Orban, 95, formerly of Buxton, NC and Akron, OH, died Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Sentara Nursing Center – Currituck.

Born in Waterford, Ireland on September 16, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Mary Anthony and William Hearne.

A World War II bride, Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, John Orban, as well as a granddaughter, Colleen Duke; and a daughter-in-law, Ruth Orban.

She is survived by a daughter, Sharon Lofland (Jerry) of Manteo, NC; a son, Kenneth Orban of Gettysburg, PA; grandchildren, Michael Duke, Meghan Ketchum (Kris), and Kelly McCroskey (Dan); six great-grandchildren; and a brother, William Hearne.

In keeping with Ellen’s wishes, there will be no service at this time. A Mass will be said in her memory at a later date.

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




July A. Wilkinson
May 1, 1943 - July 12, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Judy A. Wilkinson, born on May 1, 1943 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, died peacefully in her sleep at age 75 on July 12, 2018 in Virginia Beach, Va.

After more than twenty years with Sentara Virginia Beach, Leigh, and Norfolk, she retired as Director of Environmental Services at Sentara Virginia Beach General. She also taught Hospitality Management, Occupational Safety, and Food Services at TCC for numerous years until recently. Judy was the Executive Housekeeper at Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center where she was bestowed the exalted title of Registered Executive Housekeeper; the highest honor from the National Housekeeper Association. She was the only person at that time to attain this title in Hampton Roads. Judy found pride and joy in her career while walking through the halls of the establishments she managed seeing the cleanliness. She also took pride seeing the success of her former students. Judy was active Country Gardeners Guild Garden Club, AARP, and Nifty Fifty lunch bunch.

Judy was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and dedicated her life to them. She is survived by her sons, John Pieno III, Michael Pieno, Gregory Pieno; daughter, Nicole Fairbanks; sister, Joy Burke and eleven grandchildren. Judy also leaves behind her adored dog, Minnie.

Donations in her honor can be made at www.ovarianawareness.org to support Duke Ovarian Cancer Research Program at Duke University Medical Center. Friends and family are welcome to attend the celebration of life service on Friday, August 3 at 12 p.m. at Lynnhaven Presbyterian 136 South Lynnhaven Road Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452 and a memorial service will be held at Hatteras United Methodist Church on August 19, 2018 at 1 p.m.





Nancy Margaret Austin

Nancy Margaret Austin, 86, went home Friday, July 20, 2018. The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Grimesland Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Austin was a native of Hatteras, NC. She later moved to Grimesland to be near her daughters. She was a member of the Grimesland Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Mrs. Austin was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Allen Austin; daughter, Sherry Peele; and grandchild, Michael E. Peele. She is survived by her: daughters, Nancy Marie Austin of Greenville and Cynthia A. Searles of Grimesland; son-in-laws, Henry Searles and Michael Peele; grandchildren, Hannah and Aaron Searles; and 5 loving great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home. Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com






Kathy M. Pittman

KILL DEVIL HILLS  -- Miss Kathy M. Pittman, 65, of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Peak Resources, Nags Head, N.C. surrounded by loved ones. Kathy was born in Broad Top, PA. on October 7, 1952, the daughter of the late Roy R. Weaverling and Winifred V. Weaverling.

She was preceded in death by her sisters Sandra and Suzanne Weaverling and, Delores Lantz. and Brother in law Daniel Feight.

She is survived by her companion, John Belanga of Kill Devil Hills, NC; daughters, Stacy Hershberger and Iaian Kerber of Frisco NC, and Kelly McDaniel and Kenny of Bedford, PA; brother, Roy I. Weaverling and Lynne of Florida; brother Eric Weaverling and Gina of Fishertown, PA; sister, Deborah Feight and Michael Riggs of Kill Devil Hills, N.C; and sister, Cindy Weaverling of Johnstown, PA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Tyler Nicodemus, Madison Kobylinski (Ryan), Makenzie Hershberger, Cory McDaniel, Kevin McDaniel, Keith McDaniel and Kirsten McDaniel; great grandaughter Hadley Rose Kobylinski; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Kathy attended Everett Area High School. She was previously employed by Kennamental Inc. in Bedford, PA and, Staples in Nags head, NC. She loved the beach, fishing, gardening and watching football. Her favorite activity was spending time with her family and friends. She was also an active loyal member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4506.

Kathy's life will be celebrated in a private ceremony by her family and close friends on the Outer Banks and Bedford, PA.

Express your condolences www.gallopfuneralservices.com.Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.




Sharon Ann Flowers
January 15, 1952 – July 14, 2018

SALVO -- Sharon Ann Camp Flowers, 66, of Salvo, NC died Saturday, July 14, 2018, at her home. Born in Montgomery, MD on January 15, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Martha Colie Waite and Fred Archer Camp.

After over 30 years of teaching, Sharon retired from the Norfolk Public School System where she influenced generations of students. She was active in the SPCA and animal rescues. A great cook, Sharon loved the beach, music and traveling. She was a member of the Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild and also enjoyed fishing and horseback riding.

Sharon is survived by a son, Giles O. Flowers IV and wife Mindy; many friends and relatives; and her beloved dog, Emma.

A gathering of friends and family will be held from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018, Metropolitan Funeral Home in Norfolk, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sharon’s name may be made to the Outer Banks SPCA, PO Box 2477, Manteo, NC 27954 or online at www.obxspca.org.

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




Ronald Steven Johnson
February 19, 1962 – July 9, 2018

WAVES -- Ronald Steven Johnson, 56, of Waves, NC died Monday, July 9, 2018, at his home.

Born in Norfolk, VA on February 19, 1962, he was the son of Martha Alice Midgett Bundy of Rodanthe, NC and the late Norman L. Johnson.

Along with his mother, Ronald is survived by a daughter, Nina Morgan Johnson Burkes (Ryan); three grandchildren; two sisters, Loya Locklear and Jennifer Bundy Eckard (Skye); one brother, Roger Johnson; and his longtime girlfriend, Pamela Kelly.

Ronald was preceded in death by a sister, V. Lynn Hardy, in addition to his father.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Monday, July 16, 2018, at Fair Haven United Methodist Church with Rev. Timothy Fitch officiating. Private burial took place at Manteo Cemetery.

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




Charlies "Charlie" Gordon Zeeman

FRISCO -- Charles “Charlie” Gordon Zeeman, 88, went to be with the Lord on June 25, 2018 in Greenville, NC.
  
Charlie leaves many to cherish his memory including his daughter Priscillia Sawyer and husband Larry of Pittsburgh, PA; daughter Margaret Powers and husband Patrick of Richmond, Va.; son Douglas Guerrant and wife Martha of Reno, NV; daughter Diana Jenkins and husband Paul of Fairfax, Va.; daughter Ginny Sconiers and husband Bill of Winterville, NC; daughter Lisa Zeeman and Gregg Weiss of Frisco, NC; brother John Zeeman and wife Patti of Tequesta, FL; and 10 grandchildren.
 
Born on January 6, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY, Charlie was a born athlete and excelled at sports.  He graduated from Duke University where he was a part of the basketball program until an injury left him unable to compete.  Charlie went on to a career in retail management and eventually moved on to commercial real estate and to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After retirement Charlie developed the very familiar HI brand of stickers and souvenirs and provided many local retailers with custom designed products.  He deeply loved Hatteras Island and the people that live there.  Charlie was an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed the Avon Fishing Pier.  
 
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Cape Hatteras Baptist Church.  A celebration of life will be held at the Cape Hatteras Baptist Church on August 4 at 4 p.m.

 


Sonia W. Byrum

AVON -- Sonia West Byrum, 83 of Avon, NC passed away in Nags Head, NC Sunday, July 8, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Emment and Polly McKenzie and the mother of the late George West, Jr.

Sonia was born in Norfolk, VA and married her childhood sweetheart George West, Sr. The two raised their family in the Portsmouth, VA area.

Sonia’s survivors include her three daughters, Ida (Mike) Kasper of the Avon residence, Joyce (Lew) Byrd of Standardsville, VA, and Linda (Bert) Nurney of Smithfield, VA; and one son, Butch (Freida) West of Manteo, NC as well as other loving relatives.

The family will hold a memorial service at St. John’s Methodist Church in Avon, NC Thursday July 12, 2018 at 11 am. Pastor Gina Miller will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sonia’s name may be made to St. John’s Methodist Church in Avon.

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




Asa Hamilton Gray III
September 2, 1957 – July 5, 2018

WAVES -- Asa Hamilton Gray III, 60, of Waves, NC passed away peacefully Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC.

A native of Waves, Asa was born September 2, 1957, to the late Mary Elizabeth Midgett Gray and Asa Hamilton Gray, Jr.

Asa grew up attending Fair Haven United Methodist Church. With a passion for sports, he was an avid UNC - Chapel Hill basketball fan, often coaching many youth teams. The owner and operator of Cedar Hammock Campground in Waves, he was also a lifelong commercial fisherman and loved being on the water.

Asa is survived by three daughters, Cassie Gray of Hatteras, Caitlyn Gray of Greenville, and Caroline Gray of Waves; a brother, Rudy Gray (Bette) of Waves; and his former wife and close friend, Susan Gray.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Asa H. Gray IV.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Fair Haven United Methodist Church with Rev. Timothy Fitch and Rev. Dr. Susanna Fitch-Slater officiating. A graveside committal will follow in the family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives Wednesday evening at the church from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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



Roger P. Meekins

Roger Preston Meekins died on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He was born on September 2, 1930, in his homeplace, known as Meekins’ Anchorage, on the north end of Roanoke Island, the first child of D. Victor Meekins and Catherine Deaton Meekins. Burial service with military honors will take place at the Meekins Family Cemetery, adjacent to the homeplace, on the north end of Roanoke Island, on Monday, July 2, 2018, at 11 am.

At an early age, Roger developed a love of travel, going to new places, seeing different things, being exposed to diverse experiences, and meeting new people-and this inclination remained with him all his life. During his pre-teen years, he traveled alone on the train from Elizabeth City to Mooresville, NC, to visit his maternal grandparents, Harry Preston Deaton and Blanche McNeely Deaton.

He acquired a deep interest in flying, and also at an early age built and flew model airplanes. At the age of 15, he started learning to fly an airplane, under the tutelage of Dave Driskill and Bill Newton at the Manteo airport, just at the end of WWII, soloing at the age of 16 and qualifying for his private pilot’s license at age 17. Thereafter he was flying his father, up-and-down the Outer Banks, landing on the ocean beach, on the sand flats, or in a cow pasture, saving time, avoiding the ferry crossing and the arduous journey by auto on the sandy trails in existence at the time.

He worked on the Dare County Times (later named The Coastland Times), learning the responsibilities from writing news stories, taking photographs (including aerial photography), composing and selling advertising, to all the mechanical tasks in the production of the newspaper.

In 1948 Roger graduated from Manteo High School. After one year of continuing to work on the newspaper, he entered North Carolina State College, later transferring to UNC-Chapel Hill, where he graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Having been in Air Force ROTC, he soon was called to active duty with USAF, where he spent the next 20 years, fulfilling his passion for travel, flying, and exploring new, educational and adventurous experiences.

A large part of his USAF career was spent flying the air refueling (tanker) aircraft in the Strategic Air Command, but at times flew other types of aircraft as well. He flew the T-34, T28, 8-25, KC-97, KC-135, UC123K, and VC-47 during his active career, acting alternatively as co-pilot, pilot, aircraft commander and instructor pilot. For one year he was assigned duties in Vietnam, where he flew 401 combat sorties, during which time his aircraft took 38 hits from enemy ground fire, causing battle damage and sometimes emergencies aboard the aircraft-but always returned the aircraft and crew safely back to base.

During his military career he attended the following schools: primary pilot training, and multi-engine pilot training; Air Base Defense School; Combat Crew Training Courses; General Survival and Escape and Evasion School; Jungle Survival School; Portuguese Basic Language Course; Squadron Officer School; Staff and Command Course; Defense Intelligence School, Military Attaché Course.

Approaching the end of his Air Force career Roger spent five years in the field of intelligence and was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency. For three years he was attached to the State Department and diplomatically accredited as the Assistant Air Force Attaché on the staff of the US Embassy in Manila, Philippines. In this environment his interest in international affairs received supplementary nourishment, leading to other adventures later in life.

In 1974 he was discharged from USAF and returned to his homeplace in Manteo, retiring in the grade of lieutenant colonel. During his service career, he was three times awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, seven times the Air Medal, plus 37 other decorations and recognitions. These included the unusual distinction of having been awarded a command pilot rating in the air forces of three nations-the United States, The Republic of Vietnam, and The Republic of the Philippines.

After retiring from USAF, he organized and operated a woodworking business, The Four Winds and the Seven Seas, Inc., building predominantly outdoor furniture. He also worked with other owners of the Mirlo Investment Co., Inc., which developed Mirlo Beach at Rodanthe. Later he organized another business, Ventures Oceanic, Inc., to manage real estate investments.

Sensing the need for further education, at age 50 Roger returned to North Carolina State University and entered a graduate program, which culminated in 1983 with an interdisciplinary degree, the Master of Technology for International Development [MTID] (with a core technical area in wood technology). As a part of this program he attended an intensive Spanish language course for three months at the Academia Hispanio Americana in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico; and also spent one semester doing graduate research in the Philippines, in drying of tropical wood species; and in Southeast Asian refugee resettlement.

Then, still imbued with a spirit of adventure, he volunteered his services to an organization known as the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), dedicated to helping the management of small industries in the developing countries improve their operation, production techniques (i.e., assembly line), upgrade machinery, product improvement, etc., to become more of a viable modern-day business, rather than age-old cottage industry. The thrust of this program was to help them improve efficiency, quality control, production, generate jobs and provide more income to individuals, helping the country to become more self-sufficient and therefore less dependent of foreign aid. Some funding for the IESC was provided through the U. S. Agency for International Development. This organization sent him on projects to Colombo, Sri Lanka; Santiago and Constitution, Chile; Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Castries, St. Lucia, Caribbean; Blantyre, Malawi; Lusaka and Livingstone, Zambia; Dniepropetrovsk, in the ethnic Russian eastern Ukraine; and Brasov, in the Carpathian mountain region of Romania. His wife, Celia accompanied him on one project to Zambia, and while there she contributed to our international relations by teaching kindergarten class in the Queen Victoria Primary School in Livingstone.

After retirement from the Air Force, Roger never fully severed his ties with the active military establishment. He enjoyed attending events at the bases, particularly at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, NC. He fully utilized his retirement benefits, traveling often as a “space available” passenger aboard the military aircraft. He and his wife, Celia, traveled aboard Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps aircraft to some far-flung spots on the globe. Twice, he circumnavigated the glove, once eastbound and once westbound-stopping to visit friends in foreign lands. He and Celia have had friends in many nations and have shared exchange visits with each over a period of many years.

During his lifetime, Roger was affiliated with or had been a member of the following organizations: the Order of Daedalians; Forest Products Society; Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Manteo; Outer Banks Community Foundation; Outer Banks History Center; American Foreign Service Association; Air Force Association; First Flight Society; Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shrine; The American Legion; Roanoke Island Historical Association; Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired; International Executive Service Corps; Marines Memorial Association in San Francisco; UNC Alumni Association; NCSU Alumni Association; Military Officers Association of America; Foreign Armed Forces Attaché Corps. He was a founding member of the American Air Museum, located at RAF Duxford (Britain’s center for historic aviation), near Cambridge, England.

In early years he published many articles in newspapers and other periodicals, and several in military publications during active duty years. He gave military-themed talks to Rotary, Kiwanis clubs, and other organizations. Other papers which he produced are: Wheatwings in the Cold War (thesis on the use of aerospace resources for better humanitarian influence in the Third World), Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL 1960. Cross-Cultural Transfer of Technology (study of fan-air drying of tropical wood species in the Philippines). Comparative Weathering of Outdoor Furniture Wood (conducting wood sample accelerated weathering tests using weatherometer at NCSU). Philippine Sources for Dimension Stock (study of available sources for dimension stock for the US furniture industries). Asian Accommodation of Humanitarian Conscience (processing of Southeast Asian Refugees for immigration and resettlement). Expectations and Pitfalls of Cooperative International Ventures in the Philippines (thesis equivalent for the requirement of the MTID degree, based on foreign field experience-a sociological perspective). Mist, Myth, Mysticism and Moros (historical study of the Muslim Philippinos). Shadow of the Cross on the Crescent of Moroland (study of the politics of Philippine Muslim separatism).

A few years ago he donated all of his photographic collection and negatives (mostly 1940s and 1950s) to the Outer Banks History Center, and the collection is available for public perusal and research.

In addition to his parents and grandparents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Larisa Gail Meekins; a brother, Francis W. Meekins; aunts, Estelle Meekins and Mary Moore Meekins; and paternal grandparents, Rowena H. and Daniel Meekins.

He is survived by his wife, Celia Rollinson Meekins of the home; and a sister, Mary Blanche Meekins Harwell and her husband Boyce.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Sudan Shrine Temple, 403 E. Front Street, New Bern, NC 28560.

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




Joseph Ferrell Brunson

FRISCO -- On June 30, 2018 at approximately 3:10 a.m., Mr. Joseph F. Brunson “Joey", 62, passed away from an extended illness, quietly and comfortably in his home with his wife, Kelly Brunson.  Mr. Brunson was an avid golfer and Mow Master.  Joey was preceded in death by his mother, Annette Brunson.

Those left behind include his wife, Kelly; his children, Dusty and Michael Cooper, Mary and Pat Krawchuk and Abe Thomas; his father, Mr. Ed Brunson; his brother and sisters, Terry and Doug Dorris, Tammy and Allen, Eddie Lee and Gail; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lynda Martin, Douglas and Kim Martin, Wiley Martin and Eileen and David Botello.  Joey is also survived by 8 grandchildren, Katlin, Coby, Maranda, Stella, Violet, Jeremiah, Bane and Isiah; and, 4 great grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed by those who loved him.  Thank you for all your prayers.

A memorial service will be held 2pm, Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Little Grove Methodist Church in Frisco.  Douglas Martin and Tillman Gray officiating.

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


Marcia Hamilton Lacks
April 10, 1942 – June 27, 2018

OCRACOKE -- Marcia Hamilton Lacks, 76, of Ocracoke, NC died Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. Born April 10, 1942, in Richmond, VA, she was the daughter of the late Elenore Williams Hamilton and Marion Norton Hamilton.

Marcia is survived by two sons, Benny Lee Lacks III and wife Debbie of Orlando, FL and Christopher Hamilton Lacks of Ocracoke, NC; three grandchildren, Justin, Cameron and Peyton Lacks all of Orlando, FL; and a sister, Gail Thomas Hamilton of Ocracoke, NC.

On February 10, 1964, our mother delivered Benny Lee Lacks III into this world. Six years later, on May 2, 1970, Christopher Hamilton Lacks was born. On June 27, 2018, at 3:25 a.m., we both said our last goodbye to our mother and best friend, Marcia Hamilton Lacks.

Marcia was a veterinarian assistant and school teacher. She loved children, animals, and plants with unlimited compassion. She was the most giving, loving, caring, forgiving and unselfish mother anyone could ask for. It is so painful to say goodbye to your best friend and mother, that it physically hurts. We find comfort in knowing that her love for the Lord and passion for Christ has taken her to a place where she is pain free. She is now the angel that she has always shown to be. Until we are together again, mama we love you! Although we mourn our tragic loss of you, we know that you are no longer hurting. That is where we can find peace. Marcia, thank you for being such an amazing person, we were so lucky to call you our mother. Marcia's favorite phrase was, "YOU MAY BE ONLY ONE PERSON IN THE WORLD, BUT YOU MAY ALSO BE THE WORLD TO ONE PERSON!" May the grace of God test your soul. All of our love, your family and friends, you will be missed! Love your sons, Benny and Chris, and sister Gail

In keeping with Marcia's wishes, there will be no service at this time.

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



Bertie Dixon III
March 15, 1944 – June 23, 2018

FRISCO -- Bertie Dixon III, 74, of Frisco, NC died Saturday, June 23, 2018. Born in Buxton, NC on March 15, 1944, he was the only son of Bertie Dixon, Jr. and Elise Peele Dixon.

He is survived by his two sons, Bertie Dixon IV and wife, Jessica of Chesapeake, VA and Andrew Lee Dixon and wife, Heather of Lynchburg, VA; and seven grandchildren, Austin Hanson Reno and wife, Rebekah, Caroline Rae Dixon, Hunter Austin Dixon, Isaac Ali Dixon, Jackson Douglas Dixon, Elijah Chase Dixon, and Alexander Lee Dixon.

Bert graduated from Frederick Military Academy in 1963. He then enlisted and served four years with the United States Coast Guard. After leaving the Coast Guard, he worked at the Newport News shipyard and for Hughes Aircraft Company before becoming a civil servant working as a satellite and electronic systems specialist for the Navy until he retired in 1998. After retirement, he moved back to Frisco and has resided there since.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, June 29, 2018, at Little Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Toni Wood and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating.

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




Jonathan Patrick Hurd
August 18, 1981 – May 26, 2018

RICHMOND -- On Saturday, May 26, 2018, Jonathan Patrick Hurd died unexpectedly in Avon, North Carolina at the age of 36.  Jon will be forever remembered by his parents, Patrick and Betsi Hurd; his brother and sister in law, Matthew and Lynn Hurd; his brother Andrew Hurd; his nephew, Kaden; and nieces, Ava and Madalynn. He will also be forever remembered by many cousins and his aunts and uncles, David and Sharon Forton; Glenna and Jeff Gerard; and Polly and Denny Helmig.  He is preceded in death by his uncle, Michael Hurd, and grandparents Stanley and Billie Hurd and Gordon and Rosemary Forton. 

Jon was born on August 18, 1981 in Manassas, Virginia.  He graduated from Osbourn High School in 2000. He was working as a Project Manager at Serene Construction in Richmond, VA.

A Celebration of Life Reception will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 2-4 pm at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church at 4401 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jon’s life.  Memorial donations can be made to www.gofundme.com/jon-hurd-impact-foundation.

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





Elizabeth Longley Hanrahan
July 25, 1944 – May 20, 2018

OCRACOKE -- Elizabeth Longley Hanrahan, 73, of Ocracoke, NC died Sunday, May 20, 2018, at her home. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 25, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Madge Longley, RN and L. Philip Longley, MD.

Having earned degrees from Marjorie Webster, Jr. College, Washington, DC, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, NY, and Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, Elizabeth continued her education by earning her graduate degree at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

She was an educator having taught at Brenau College and Johnson High School in Gainesville, GA, New Bern High School in New Bern, NC and Ocracoke School in Ocracoke, NC.

Elizabeth was raised Catholic and saw wildlife and environmental care as her mission. She never sought recognition or awards though she received many.

In every city she lived, Elizabeth served on various community and civic boards. Staring in 1985, Elizabeth served as a Wildlife Rehabilitator and Educator as well as an Environmental Educator. She served as President of the North Carolina Wildlife Rehabilitators for two terms, and a board member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators. While living in Gainesville, GA, she served as President of the Humane Society, President of the League of Women Voters, and President of Theater Wings. She was a lifetime member of the Ocracoke Historical Society and after moving to Ocracoke, NC, she became a member of the Ocracoke Foundation.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Calvin Hanrahan of Ocracoke, NC; two sons, Brian Hanrahan of Indiana and Hahn Hanrahan of China; and one grandson, Avery.

A celebration of Elizabeth’s life will be held at a later date.

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




Robert Louis Willis, Sr.

NEWPORT NEWS  - Robert Louis Willis, Sr. passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2018 at the age of 65.  He was a native of Hatteras, NC and a resident of Newport News for the past 12 years.  Robert was a mechanic and worked for Cool Wave Car Wash the last 10 years of his life and was retired as Chief for the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department with 20 years of service.  Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel C. Willis and Mildred Stowe Willis; brother, Alvin “Danny” Willis; son, David Carl Willis; sister, Judy Faye Willis; and sister-in-law, Johnnie Hill Willis.

Robert is survived by his wife of 47 years, Maranda Darlene Scarborough Willis; daughter, Michelle (Michael) Summerlin; son, Robert Louis Willis, Jr.; sister, Marlene (Allen) Burrus; brother, Normal Carl Willis; 11 grandchildren, Robbie, Alyssa, Ryan, Mikey, Matthew, Marcus, Max, Madelyn, Mason, Koty and Mia; and 4 nieces and nephews, Dori (Johnnie) Slater, Joshua Burrus, Jonathan Burrus, and Jennifer (Zach) Hackley.

A gathering for the family and friends will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, May 17, at 2 p.m.  Burial will be at a later date.
 
 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) or Wounded Warrior Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate).




Gelon S. “Trip” Hobbs III
August 16, 1957 – May 7, 2018

KILL DEVIL HILLS -- Gelon S. “Trip” Hobbs III passed away on May 7, 2018 in Chapel Hill, NC. Born in Suffolk, VA on August 16, 1957, Trip graduated in 1975 from Suffolk High School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and tennis. In 1979, Trip graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a B.A. in English. There, he was elected captain of the rugby team and received The Garnet Poetry Prize. In 1991, Trip earned a Master’s in Education from Old Dominion University.

From 1979-1997, Trip taught Honors English and coached football, golf, basketball, tennis, lacrosse, and cross country at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.  He also served as Upper School Director of Admissions. Trip established The Spectrum, the school’s first literary magazine. In 1997, the senior class dedicated its yearbook to him, and his colleagues voted him teacher of the year.

Trip moved to the Outer Banks in 1997, where he worked at Dare County Schools. He was assistant principal of Manteo High School for four years. As principal of Cape Hatteras Secondary School for five years, he oversaw the transformation of the school into the Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies. In 2003, he was named the Dare County Schools principal of the year, and in 2004, the northeast region winner of principal of the year from Cape Hatteras Secondary School.  In 2005, he won the NSPRA’s Outstanding Communicator Award. From 2006-2014, he served as Director of Personnel and Staff Development for Dare County Schools. In 2014, he was named Director of Human Resources and Secondary Instruction, and in 2016 until the present, he served as the school system’s Chief Operations Officer.

Trip loved surfing and fishing at the beach.  He always had an ongoing project around the house, and he took pride in fixing anything that needed repair.

Trip was predeceased by his mother Sarah Crocker Hobbs and his aunt Martha Crocker Spivey. Left to cherish his memory are his father G.S. Hobbs Jr., his wife Diana Whitford Hobbs, his sisters Katherine Cottingham Hobbs (Mark Grochmal) and Elizabeth “Betsy” Leigh  Hobbs; his nieces Meredith Prince Harris (Brandon), Martha Caitlin Prince Antinori (Brett),  and Sarah Rebecca Hoffman; his uncle Dr. Robert Atwood Spivey, and his great-nephew Finley Keith Harris. Trip was step-father to Beth Kight (Tim), Jason Miller (Alicia), Matthew Miller, and James Miller (Christine), 17 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

The family is grateful to Dr. Paul Armistead and his team of doctors, nurses, and staff at the Bone Marrow Transplant unit at UNC.

Contributions may be made to Feline Hope, 843 Herbert Perry Road, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 or the Dare County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 1000, Manteo, NC 27954.

A memorial service will be held on June 3, 2018, at 1 p.m. at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

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




LTC Mahlon Pierce Williams, Jr., USA, Retired
October 20, 1944 – May 1, 2018

The Villages, FL -- Lieutenant Colonel Mahlon Pierce Williams, Jr., USA, Retired, born October 20, 1944, went to be with the Lord on May 1, 2018. He was the son of the late Blanche Gray Williams and Mahlon Pierce Williams of Avon, NC.

Mahlon served his country honorably for 28 years in the United States Army, was in civil service for 10 years, and worked in Homeland Security for the NCDOT - Ferry Division. When he finally retired, he and his wife of 52 years, Brenda Crawford Williams from Havelock, NC, moved to The Villages, FL.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Williams; a sister, Jill Smith of Wilmington, NC; two sons, Mahlon P. Williams III and wife Maxine and Shawn E.  Williams and wife Belinda; two grandsons, Christopher Williams and Dylan Williams; as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held on May 19, 2018, at 1 p.m. at New Covenant United Methodist Church Summerhill.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to NCUMC Lake Deaton building fund, 3470 Woodridge Drive, The Villages, FL 32162.

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



Lela Quidley Winslow

FRISCO-- Lela Quidley Winslow, 82, of Frisco passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018. Mrs. Winslow was a long time member of Frisco Assembly of God and a
former member of Hatteras United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her three daughters, Linda Darlene Austin and husband, Travis of Beaufort; Vivian Denise Dean and husband, Tommy of New Bern; Margaret Alice
Shropshire and husband, Lynn of Wilson; son, Norman Lynn of Wilson; son, Norman Clarence Winslow and wife, Leigh Anne of Frisco; eight grandchildren, Charity Michelle Godette and husband, OJ of Beaufort; Jenny Leia Austin of Morehead City; William Allen Marriner and fiancé, Amber Vargo of Elizabeth City; Ashley Marie Marriner of Virginia Beach; Brittni Nicole Shropshire of Wilson; Caleb Thomas Shropshire and fiancé, Kendra Otey of Bristol, TN; Christopher Aaron Shropshire of Wilson; Tyler Lee Winslow of Frisco; ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Margaret Quidley; husband, Clarence Vivian Winslow; brother, Deryl Thomas Quidley; grandson, Timothy James Shropshire.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Heritage Faith Family Church of Frisco with Pastor Dwight Burrus officiating.




Laura Blanche Howard Jolliff
December 8, 1919 – April 26, 2018

OCRACOKE -- Laura Blanche Howard Jolliff, 98, of Ocracoke, NC died Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Spring Arbor of the Outer Banks. A native of Ocracoke Island, she was born December 8, 1919, to the late Elizabeth Ballance Howard and Stacy Howard.

A lifelong member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church, Blanche worked as a clerk for the United States Postal Service.

Blanche is survived by three nephews, Frankie Garrish, Wilson Garrish, and Perry Wahab; and numerous great and great-great-nieces and nephews. Along with parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Guthrie Jolliff; sisters, Lela Grafton Howard, Lois Ann Howard Wahab, and Etta Mae Howard Garrish; a brother, Kenneth Lawrence Howard; a niece, Virginia Wahab Daulton; and a nephew, Roy Wahab.

A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Ocracoke United Methodist Church with Pastor Richard Bryant officiating. Burial will follow at the Howard Family Cemetery.

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




George Milton Easley
June 11, 1950 – April 24, 2018

HATTERAS -- George Milton Easley, 67, of Hatteras, NC passed peacefully Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital surrounded by his wife and children.

Born in High Point, NC on June 11, 1950, George was the son of the late Henry and Carrie Easley. His early childhood years were spent in Thomasville, NC before relocating as a young teen to Cocoa Beach, FL. Here he found his passion for surfing and the water which led him to Hatteras Island where he worked at Natural Art and then as a commercial fisherman.

George is survived by his wife, Margie Gray Easley; his children, Carrie Barley (Waylon), Hali Easley, Maggie Easley (Ben), and Robbie Easley; three grandchildren, Laya Barley, Banx Nelson, and Adina Nelson; a brother, Henry Livingston Easley; nephew, Lance Easley and children; father-in-law, Hal Gray; mother-in-law, Winona Burroughs; sister-in-law, Melodi Schwartz and children; along with many friends.

George, along with his parents, was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Robbie Gray.

A celebration of George’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Hatteras United Methodist Church with Rev. Toni Wood officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Surfing for Autism at www.surfingforautism.org, or Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, PO Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943, www.hicf.org.

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



Barney Joe Barber
October 21, 1974 - April 14, 2018

Barney Joe Barber, 43, a native of Plymouth, NC and a resident of Kitty Hawk, NC passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018.  Barney was born on October 21, 1974 in Martin County, NC. 


Surviving include his father Bill Barber of Williamston; his mother Andrea “Andy” Bert Bauler Barber of Plymouth; his girlfriend Austin Allen of Kitty Hawk, his half brother Michael Brandon Barber of Mt. Olive, his half sister Heather Lynn Barber, and many extended family members. 

A Celebration of Mr. Barber’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018 at The Shadow of the Cross Church, 1161 Grey Farm Road in Jamesville, NC with Rev. Johnny Barber officiating.  Friends may send online condolences by visiting www.jimmysawyerfdl.com.  Sawyer Funeral Home is serving the Barber family. 





Manson Ellis Meekins

AVON -- Manson Ellis Meekins, age 102, crossed the bar peacefully into heaven on April 20, 2018 after a short stay at Bay Lake Assisted Living, Virginia Beach, VA. He was born in Avon, North Carolina on February 18, 1916 to Leona Sabra (Miss Omie) and George Harrison Meekins. At the time of his birth, World War I was raging in Europe. The first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, opened and the hamburger bun was invented by a co-owner of White Castle. Far removed from those events, on the remote barrier island of Cape Hatteras, there were no roads, no electricity and access to the island was only by ferry. As a result of his childhood on sand and sea, he was revered for his depth of knowledge about waterfowl hunting, net and line fishing and navigation of every square inch of the Pamlico Sound. The salt water that flowed through his veins nourished within him a deep love of nature and conservation. He graduated from high school in Elizabeth City, NC and later from the US Coast Guard Officer Candidate School. During his 37 years in the Coast Guard, he served as small arms instructor for secret service officers and White House staff in Washington D.C., in WW II in the Pacific as a gunnery officer on the USS Samuel Chase and as coach and competitor on the Coast Guard pistol and rifle team. Other stations included Hawaii, New York City, Norfolk, and Detroit in the capacities of Marine Investigation and Legal Officer.

After retiring from the Coast Guard, he commercial fished until the age of 95.

A gentle man of faith, integrity, honor and dry wit, he was an accomplished artist, working decoy craftsman, and mentor to many. As he grew into elder status he became a sought-after speaker on island history. Community activities he enjoyed included active membership at St John United Methodist Church as trustee, usher, bell ringer and member of United Methodist Men. He also taught children in Vacation Bible School how to mend nets. He was a lifetime member of the Cape Hatteras Anglers’ Club and served on the Outer Banks Water Board. He was a member of Cape Hatteras Masonic Lodge #698.

In April of 2013 he was awarded membership into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor bestowed by the governor of North Carolina in recognition of “significant contributions to the state and community through exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments.”

He is survived by his beloved wife of 75 years, Vera Williams Meekins of Virginia Beach; two daughters who loved him deeply, Kathy Case (John) and Kristy DiGeronimo (Joe); a sister, Leona Williams (97) of Elizabeth City; a throng of grandchildren, Brent, Christian, Megahn, Alex, Camille, Kate and Mary; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him dearly until they see him again. Among his many relatives and friends who welcomed him to heaven are his son, Leslie Manson Meekins and three sisters, Ruby Moser, Georgia Russell and Mary Gray.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at St. John United Methodist Church in Avon, NC on Saturday, April 28th at 11am. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St John United Methodist Church, Avon, NC 27915.

Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Meekins family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at 
www.TwifordFH.com.




Frances Byrd Roberts
August 22, 1928 - February 26, 2018

HATTERAS AND RICHMOND -- Fran passed away quietly in the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Hatteras, N.C., where she had been lovingly cared for these last 10 years. She is survived by her four children, John Stephen Roberts Sr., Ellen Roberts Abbott, Mary Kathryn Aiken, Sydnee Marie Slaughter; and by nine grandchildren, Steve Jr., Elaine, Molly, Arthur, Hannah, Sam, Charlotte, Oliver and Abbott; and two great-grandchildren, Eloise and Owen.

A memorial service will be held on May 26, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Great Hall of the Wren Building at the College of William and Mary.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any donations or remembrances be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 442, Hatteras, N.C. 27943.









Donna Dail Hooper
August 10, 1952 – April 16, 2018

SALVO -- Donna Dail Hooper, 65, of Salvo, NC died Monday, April 16, 2018, at her home after a long illness. A native of Dare County, she was the daughter of the late Janie C. Hooper and Floyd W. Hooper.

Donna is survived by a sister, Dean Bruce of the home; two nieces, Loretta Bruce of Salvo, NC and Shirley Kornegay (Doyle) of Newport, NC; two nephews, Floyd Kornegay and Ethan Kornegay both of Boone, NC; two aunts, Elise Hooper of Salvo, NC and Amelia Barnett of Frisco, NC; and many cousins.

For twelve years, Donna enjoyed working at Roses in Nags Head, NC. She also spent many years working at the Oceanaire Motel.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center.

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




Carl Alonzo Beacham, Sr.
July 13, 1923 – April 15, 2018

COLINGTON -- Carl Alonzo “Pa Pa” Beacham, Sr., 94, of Colington, NC died Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born in Norfolk, VA on July 13, 1923, he was the son of the late Bertha Smith Beacham and Clarence L. Beacham, Sr. and the loving husband of 59 years to the late Braunda “Peanut” Rogers Beacham.

Carl served his country honorably in the United States Navy during World War II. He later retired as a brick mason and commercial fisherman. He was a member of the Ark Church and a loving father and “Pa Pa”.

Carl is survived by his children, Peggy Phelps (Kermit), Ann Johnson (Ivey), Millie Byrum (Wayne), Linda Williams (Eddie), Bet Hines (Steve), Carl A. Beacham, Jr. (Becky), and Buddy Beacham (Melanie); twenty grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Also, surviving is a sister, Margaret Beacham Beir.

Along with his parents and wife, Carl was preceded in death by a daughter, Sylvia Beacham.

The family will receive friends and relatives Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo. A funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Ark Church with Rev. James Lewis officiating. A graveside committal will follow at Hilltop Cemetery in Colington.

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



Beverly Richard Midgett
July 27, 1936 – April 15, 2018

WAVES -- Beverly Richard Midgett, 81, of Waves, NC went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 5:20 pm.  Beverly was born July 27, 1936, in Englewood, CO to the late Charles and Phyllis Richard. She married the love of her life, the late David Lance Midgett on January 20, 1956. A homemaker in Portsmouth, VA, she was active with St. Andrews United Methodist Church, a Room Mother, Den Mother, and taxi driver for the families in her neighborhood on Hopi Court.  Being involved with her children in their many activities, she was a friend to many, young and old. 
 
When her husband retired, they built their cottage and moved to Waves where she became involved in the community.  At Fair Haven United Methodist Church, she was in the choir, helped with bible school, was assistant treasurer and outreach to seasonal visitors.  She was an enthusiastic member of Prime Timers. 

Beverly enjoyed preparing buffet style meals for family and friends and admiring cardinals.  She and Lance enjoyed traveling to visit friends all over the US and Canada, as well as their anniversary trips to Yorktown and her annual brothers and sisters reunion.  She will forever be remembered by her smile that illuminated sunshine.

Beverly was preceded in death by her sisters, Dorathy Daviet and Phyllis Folsom; and brothers, George “Buster” Richard and John Paul “Dewey” Richard.

She is survived by one sister, Shirley Lord of Canyon City, CO; two daughters, Debra Stanley (Glen) of Mocksville, NC, and Susan Keene of Portsmouth, VA; two sons, Tony Midgett (Connie) of Elizabeth City, NC, and Ronald Midgett, Sr. (Rene) of Waves, NC.  Beverly enjoyed 10 grandchildren, Lisa (Aaron) Prillaman, Tomme (Dusti) Connelley, Ronald (Heather) Midgett, Jr., Nikki (Brad) Cowhig, Jessie Bracken, Stephanie Keene, Traci (Frankie) Caldeyro, Glen “Sonny” (Jaimie) Stanley, III, Starr Catrone, and David L Midgett, II.; twenty-one great-grandchildren, Nicole Eddleman,  Ellie, Russell and Phillip Prillaman, Jorja and Jacob Connelley, Hunter Jones, Madison and Ashlyn Midgett, Will Ellsworth, Harley and Ashley Bryson, Julia and Nora Bracken, Tiana Jordan, Drayden, Jayden and Landen Caldeyro, Jarek and Kayson Stanley, and  Angel Green; with a great-great-grandchild on the way. 

Just as Beverly cared for her mother-in-law, she taught her family the same warmth and compassion.  She would often say she was blessed and thankful for all those who cared for her, allowing her to remain in the home; Susan, Stephanie, Connie, Rene, Debra, Nikki, Starr, Jessie, and Dare Hospice.

A funeral service will take place at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Fair Haven United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Bliss officiating. Private burial will take place at the Midgett Cemetery. The family will receive loved ones at the church Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations 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 at www.TwifordFH.com.





Gaynelle Spencer Tillett

OCRACOKE - Gaynelle Spencer Tillett, 81, died Friday, April 13, 2018, at her home. A native of Ocracoke, Gaynelle was the daughter of the late Herman B. and Flora Burrus Spencer. She retired from the NCDOT – Ferry Division and attended the Ocracoke Assembly of God.

Gaynelle is survived by a son, Ricky D. Tillett and his wife, Cindy; a sister, Louelle S. Midgett; eight grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, six nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Ocracoke Assembly of God with Pastor Ivey Belch officiating. Burial will be private at Ocracoke Community Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ocracoke Assembly of God, P.O. Box 68, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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




Dr. David Glenn Hall
January 25, 1954 – April 1, 2018

Dr. David Glenn Hall, DVM, 64, of Emeline Place in Morehead City, passed away suddenly on Easter Sunday at his home. 

The funeral service will be on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Munden Funeral Home and Crematory at 2112 Arendell St., Morehead City.   Dr. Hall's ashes will be interred with his parents in a private observance at Bayview Cemetery in Morehead City. 

Dr. Hall was the son of Braxton Bragg Hall Sr., a former jet engine mechanic at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, NC, and Edith Cavel Davis Hall, a registered nurse at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, who predeceased him. 

David graduated from West Carteret High School in Morehead City in 1972 and attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington before graduating from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. On June 9, 1981 he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama.  He honed his craft by practicing veterinary medicine with Needham Animal Hospitals in Wilmington and Raleigh before returning home to open Mitchell Village Animal Hospital in 1989, with his friend and partner, Dr. Roxanne Taylor.   

Dr. David was known as a caring, compassionate and kind professional who really loved the animals he treated. He served as president of the North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine and was a passionate supporter of pet rescue programs across North Carolina. His many admirers, both human and non, are unanimous in their praise for Dr. David's gentlemanly demeanor, his quick wit and his uncompromising integrity and professionalism. His family knew him to be unpretentious, benevolent, loyal and always willing to help. 

Dr. Hall was active in the community he loved and was a member of the Morehead City Rotary Club from 1988 until his passing.  He served as president of the evening Rotary in 1996-1997 and was the club treasurer for over fifteen years. He was a founding member of the Emergency Pet Hospital of Craven- Carteret in Havelock, NC and served as treasurer of that practice for many years.   Dr. Hall was a member of the First Baptist Church of Morehead City, and donated much money and time to a plethora of charitable causes, often anonymously. David was an Eagle Scout, loved the beach and was an avid boating enthusiast and a passionate thespian, having attended over 300 shows on Broadway in New York City. 

Dr. Hall is survived by his brother, Braxton Bragg Hall Jr., of Cape Hatteras, NC, and by his loving cousins Doug and Diane Willis, and Danny and Sally Boyd, of Morehead City, and Robert and Martha O'Brien of Sherrill's Ford, NC.  He was especially devoted to Reid O'Brien of Charlotte, NC and to Pete Weber and Roger Shriffler of Raleigh. The late Bobby Howard of Morehead City was David's best friend for many years.  Dottie Grisham, of Emeline Place in Morehead City was David's "second mother" and he loved her for over 50 years. Dr. Hall's staff at Mitchell Village Animal Hospital was among his great joys, and he was incalculably appreciative for the many years of service of Rachelle Tommasone, RVT, and Ann Cowan.  He loved his furry clients and their less furry owners as much as they loved him. 

Visitation with family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Munden Funeral Home and Crematory at 2112 Arendell St., Morehead City. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pet Adoption and Welfare Society of Carteret (PAWS), 5042 Mattie St., Morehead City, NC 28557 or to the Morehead City Rotary Club, 900 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 28557.

 


John R. Henley
February 15, 1965 – March 27, 2018

AVON-- John R. Henley, a resident of Avon, North Carolina died peacefully on March 27, 2018, after battling a long-term illness.  John was born in Boston, MA February 15, 1965.  He was the son of the late Robert and Joan (Fitzgerald) Henley. 

Prior to his moving to North Carolina, John was a long-time resident of Colchester, Connecticut.  John worked as a systems analyst for various insurance companies in Connecticut for his career.  He loved more his time away from work, especially when on one of his boats or enjoying the many dogs he owned over the years.  John held a passion for the environment, as evidenced by his being a founding member of the Colchester Land Trust.  He was also a gifted photographer.  Throughout the years he produced a collection of photographs that capture the beauty of the outdoors, with images from the woods of New England, the Cape, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  An avid storyteller he was always in search of an audience and possessed a lengthy repertoire of corny jokes.  

Most of all, John loved his children and was so very proud of each of them.  He always looked forward to time spent with his children and would plan their days together fishing, boating, and working with tools.

John leaves his three children: Connor, Brenna, and Quintin, all of Colchester.  John also leaves his former wife, Amy, of Colchester, his siblings:  Karen Lidman of Barrington, RI, Anne Cain of Lafayette, CA, and Joe Henley of Longmeadow, MA.

It was John’s wish to not have any service or memorial, but the family requests you join them in remembering John in the in the fondest of ways.

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



Michael John Rosell
July 18, 1952 – March 14, 2018

Eastport, ME – Mike passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Warrenton, Va. surrounded by family.  A brilliant, humble and sweet man he was born in Fort Benning, Ga. to Ret. Colonel Thomas Gerald Rosell and Caroline Latini Rosell.  He spent his childhood traveling the world as an Army Brat.  This was how his love of travel and history began.  He was an avid reader and could discuss battles from Ancient Rome thru World War II.

Mike was always drawn to the sea.  He was a true waterman pulling crab pots or gill nets in Hatteras, NC to lobster pots in Eastport, ME.  He had salt air in his blood and was happiest near the sea.  His family and friends have many fond memories of spending days on the Frisco Pier with him.  He always had a warm smile and welcoming hello for old and new friends.

Mike has a large family stretching from the East to West Coast that will miss the twinkle in his eye, radiating smile and his big bear hugs greatly.  A gathering will be held in Hatteras, NC to share Mike stories on June 23, 2018.  The time and location to be determined but all are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, PO Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943 or online atwww.hicf.org.




Howard Martin Meyer
November 17, 1924 – March 19, 2018

AVON -- Howard Martin Meyer, 93, of Avon, NC died Monday, March 19, 2018, at Peak Resources – Outer Banks. Born in New Jersey, he was the son of the late Elsie Suiss Meyer and Martin Meyer.

Howard served his country honorably in the United States Army during World War II where he fought in the ETO. Also serving 27 years with the New York State National Guard, he retired as a First Sergeant of the 156th Artillery Battalion. Howard also retired from Central Hudson Gas and Electric Company in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was an avid fisherman and golfer.

Howard is survived by a son, Geoffrey Meyer (Mary); grandson, Trevor G. Meyer; stepdaughter, Marcia O’Neill (Tom); and two step-grandchildren, Emily and Andrew O’Neill.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Maclin Meyer; his second wife, Jean Tennent Meyer; a grandson, Devin G. Meyer; and two sisters, Gloria Vanderhoof and Lorraine Schryver.

A private remembrance service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of Felines Cape Hatteras Island, PO Box 310, Avon, NC 27915, online at www.fofhi.org.

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



Olive Patrick

RODANTHE -- Olive Patrick, 92, of Rodanthe, NC, peacefully passed away in her home surrounded by her family on Monday, March 19, 2018. She was born and raised in Rodanthe by her parents, the late Fred and Beulah O’Neal.  She was one of nine children. Olive was preceded in death by her twin brother, Oscar; two sisters, Helen and Cynthia; and her brothers, Fred, Arval, and Jimmy.

Olive and her husband, Jesse “Pat” Patrick (deceased) lived in Norfolk, VA, where they raised three children. Upon Pat’s retirement, they moved back to Rodanthe.  Olive is survived by two daughters, Judith Blue (Mahlon, deceased) of Rodanthe and Amy Midgett (Jamie) of Avon; a son, Alan B. Patrick of Rodanthe; six grandchildren, Colleen Blue  (Lance), Mahlon Jesse Blue (Ashley), Meagan Blue (Tyler), Olivia Gray (Karl), Tonya Gray (Gabe) and Jadon Midgett; three great-grandchildren, Karina, Michael, and Mahlon C.; two sisters, Zenovah Hooper and Lovie Midgett; two sisters-in-law, Sadie Haislip and Jazania O’Neal; and many nieces and nephews.

Olive was a lifetime member of Fair Haven United Methodist Church in Rodanthe. She spent her life in service to her Lord by making herself available in any capacity she could to serve Him. She served as Church Treasurer, Sunday School teacher, and she was an active member of the United Methodist Women. She also enjoyed being part of the Outer Banks Rebekah Lodge for over 40 years.

 She loved being with her family, taking trips with her sisters, and dancing at Old Christmas.

Olive was a classy lady, who always strived to see the beauty in life.  A true beauty herself, her joyful attitude was contagious, and her compassion towards others was notorious. She will be sorely missed.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Fair Haven United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Bliss officiating. A graveside committal will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk, VA beginning at 3:00 pm. The family will receive friends and relatives Friday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the church. Preceding and following the viewing, the family will also receive visitors at the home of Lovie Midgett (at the end of Sea Sound Road).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fair Haven United Methodist Church, PO Box 378, Rodanthe, NC 27968 or Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.

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




Suzanne C. Glass

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - Suzanne C. Glass, 70, of Virginia Beach, Va. and formerly of Buxton, NC passed away on March 13, 2018. 

Sue enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved fishing, bowling, quilting, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Sue is survived by her daughters Paula, Jenny, PJ and Carrie.  Her brother and wife Skip and Snookie; her sister Kathy; her brother Donald; and her sister and husband Pat and Howie. Sue also had many nieces, nephews, great nieces-nephews and cousins. Sue was preceeded in death by her husband Lewis B. Glass Jr (Bookie), her mother Mary L. Coleman, stepfather Donald L Coleman Sr. and father Wylie Rhea.

As per Sue's request there is no service planned at this time.











Linda Jennette Midgette
May 15, 1954 – March 15, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- Linda Jennette Midgette, 63, of Virginia Beach, VA died Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Sentara Hospice House. A native of Hatteras, NC, Linda was born May 15, 1954, to the late Linda J. Burrus Midgette and Edward B. Midgette.

Linda is survived by her brother, Wayne Midgette and wife, Betsy of Buxton; a niece, Monica Midgette of Kitty Hawk; a nephew, Scott Midgette and wife, Tarra of Kitty Hawk; one great-niece; and three great-nephews.

Along with her parents, Linda was preceded in death by a daughter, Marcy Oden; and a brother, Michael Boyd Midgette.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo with Rev. Ken Davenport officiating. Burial will take place at Manteo Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dare Challenge, PO Box 123, Wanchese, NC 27981 or online at www.outerbanksdarechallenge.org.

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




James Flora Midgett

MANTEO -- James Flora Midgett, 76, of Manteo, passed away Friday, February 23, 2018 after a brief illness. He was born March 29, 1941 in Rodanthe, NC to Margaret  Frances Cuthrell  (Midgett)  of Washington, NC and Warren Jerome Midgett of Salvo, NC.  James was an active member of Manteo Faith Baptist Church. 

 In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Edward Jerome (E.J.) Midgett, Larry Lee Midgett and sisters, Elaine Midgett Daniels and Linda Midgett Bright. 

James is survived by a son, Steven Midgett of New York state, and brothers Donald Midgett (Dianne) of Rocky Mount and Anthony Welch Midgett (Carol) of Fredericksburg, Va., as well as many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

James spent most of his career as a carpenter and truck driver for several construction companies in North Carolina and Virginia and retired home to Dare County in 2007 to enjoy his real passion of fishing.  He was an enthusiastic participant of the Dare County Center senior programs in Manteo.

James will be remembered as a gentle man with a big heart, always ready with a smile and a joke to brighten your day.   He leaves behind his extended family,  cousins Cedric Grgurich and Joey Grgurich and wife Louise of Manteo and treasured friends Joyce Bell,  Dolly Rush, Sandy  Scarborough,  Officer Doug Moore, and others too numerous to be acknowledged here. 

An informal memorial service will be held Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, Burnside Rd., Manteo. Pastor Steve Rhodes will officiate.  All are invited to join James’ family in the Fellowship Hall for a casual gathering over light refreshments. 

Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. of Nags Head, NC is entrusted with arrangements for cremation. Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.





Nancy A. Faircloth

FRISCO - Nancy A. Faircloth, age 73 passed peacefully in her home in Frisco, NC on February 19, 2018.  She is survived by a husband, John B. Faircloth.  Nancy was a retired teacher from the Virginia Beach Public School system.

No service is planned at this time.

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









John Roger Cantwell, Jr.

FRISCO -- John Roger Cantwell, Jr., 64, passed away peacefully at home in Frisco, NC on February 9, 2018.

He was the son of the late John R. Cantwell, Sr. and Virginia G. Cantwell of Chesapeake, VA.  He was preceded in death by his father, and brothers Kevin and Stephen.

Roger was retired from the U.S. Navy and served aboard the minesweeper U.S.S. Guardian MCM-5 in the Gulf War. While aboard the warship, Roger became one of the first independent duty corpsman to qualify to stand as OOD (Officer of the Deck). After retirement from the Navy, he graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School, and later retired as a Physician’s Assistant (PA-C).

He is survived by his wife Chris, his mother, his sister Julie and brother Michael, and many nieces and nephews who hold many wonderful memories of their uncle.

A memorial service will be held at the family home (3749 Farnsworth Dr., Chesapeake VA) on Wednesday, February 21 at 4 p.m. Friends are welcome to attend or visit with the family until 6 p.m. A second service, a celebration of Roger's life, will be held on Friday, February 23 at 5 p.m. at the home of Roger & Chris (50498 Timber Trail, Frisco, NC). As part of the celebration, a brief military honors ceremony will commence at 5:50 p.m. Friends, family, and loved ones are all welcome to attend.

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




Alvin I. Porter
November 1, 1949 – January 21, 2018

HATTERAS -- Alvin Irvin Porter, 69, of Hatteras, NC died Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

Alvin was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rose; his parents, William and Eunice Porter; his brother, Jack Porter; and sisters, Janice Blevins and Vanessa Hinkley.

He is survived by a daughter, Cathy Porter; a step-daughter, Angel Billhimer; a step-son, Ronald Billhimer Jr.; sisters, Navata Brinks, Janet Gardner, and Annie Grimm; step-grandchildren, Jacqueline Sullivan (Robert), Julie Clark, and Jasmine Roller; and five step-great-grandchildren.

He was a decorated Vietnam War Veteran and was receiving disability from the V.A. after being diagnosed with heart disease due to Agent Orange.

Alvin was a retired truck driver with Reliable Contracting. In recent years, he could be found at Ballance Oil Company where he would delight in helping and talking with everyone.

He was a member of the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department where he also worked the Cook Shack for the weekly fish fry dinners.

Alvin loved to fish especially from the boat, squealing his tires and blowing his air horn. He also dearly loved living in Hatteras Village.

There will be a Memorial Celebration of Alvin’s life at 4:00 pm on March 24, 2018, at Hatteras United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Toni Wood. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department at P.O. Box 251, Hatteras NC, 27943.

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



Gloria Lavern Cella Platt
September 18, 1925 – February 13, 2018

FRISCO -- Gloria Lavern Cella Platt, 92, of Frisco, NC died Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Spring Arbor of the Outer Banks. Born in Bellevue, PA on September 18, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Pearl Violet Macker Cella and George Frank Cella, Sr.

A registered nurse, Gloria retired from Barberton Citizens Hospital in Ohio. Full of determination and feistiness, she lived life on her terms. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Gloria is survived by a daughter, Carla Marie Meekins of Avon, NC; a son, Terrence Lee Platt of Ravenna, OH; three grandchildren, Sheryl Meekins O’Neal, Theresa Platt Hawkins, and Carl Jacob Platt; and two great-grandchildren, Jordan Christopher Varamo and Joslyn Hawkins.

Along with parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence M. Platt, Jr.; and a brother, George Frank Cella, Jr.

No service is planned at this time. Burial will take place at Quantico National Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of Spring Arbor of the Outer Banks for treating Gloria like family.

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



Louise V. Rossiter
September 20, 1929 – February 11, 2018

BUXTON -- Louise V. Rossiter, 88, of Buxton, NC died on Sunday, February 11, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 20, 1929, to the late Riley J. Massey and Sarah E. Massey. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband William X. Rossiter.

She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie R. Ballantyne of Branford, CT and Anne M. Rossiter (Kirk Brining) of Buxton, NC; her “third” daughter, Donna Strachan-Ledbetter of Lewes, DE; three grandchildren, Amy Louise Baum (Nick), Katherine Margaret Sarkozy (Steve), and Fred James Ballantyne III (Sarah); and four great-grandchildren, Claire Baum, Jack Baum, Kirsten Sarkozy, and Natalie Sarkozy.

Louise was the valedictorian of her high school class and received an associate’s degree from Goldey Beacom College. She was the registrar at Quinnipiac College until retiring to care for her grandchildren. She moved to Buxton in 1984 and became a pillar of the community there. She served on the Fessenden Board of Directors, volunteered at Hotline, started the Prayer Shawl Ministry, and served as the treasurer of the Buxton UMC for over 25 years. She was an avid reader, a beachcomber, but most often you would find her knitting and crocheting gifts for the extended island family she so loved.

Mom, Gram, Weezie, Miss Louise - your presence lit up a room, your quick wit and humor kept everyone on their toes, and your kindness and generosity were unmatched. To know you was to love you.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, February 17, 2018, at 11:00 am at Buxton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Toni Wood officiating. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Buxton UMC Building Fund, PO Box 672, Buxton, NC 27920.

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




Jamie Jann Farrow   

AVON – Jamie Jann Farrow of Avon, NC passed peacefully in Greenville, NC February 4, 2018. Jamie was 44.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Jennifer and her mother, Sharon.

Born in Niagra County, New York and raised in Slidell, LA Jamie completed high school and enjoyed a life full of fun, friendship, and family. Jamie met and married her husband Leroy, and worked in the Hatteras restaurant industry.  She became a popular waitress, working at the Open Water Grill and also at many other local eateries.  Jamie’s greatest fulfillment, however, came from nurturing the happiness of her family.

Jamie is survived by her husband Leroy T. Farrow, Jr. of the Avon residence; her son, Leroy T. “Trey” Farrow, III of Avon; her father, Louis P. Jann of Slidell, LA; and her brother Edward P. Jann also of Slidell.  Also left to celebrate Jamie’s memory are her father-in-law, Leroy Farrow, Sr. (Barbara) of Avon, NC; her mother-in-law Mona Farrow of Elizabeth City, NC; her sister-in-law Angela “Sissy” Farrow also of Avon, and her niece and nephew, Jasmine Jann and Patrick Jann both of Slidell, LA as well as many extended family members, her St. John’s Church family, and a host of dear friends.

A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Methodist Church in Avon Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 1 p.m.  Pastor Gina Miller will officiate.   

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




Peggy Louise Martin
February 1, 1927- January 22, 2018

FRISCO -- Peggy Louise (Gowen) Martin, age 90, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018 due to complications of the flu.

Peggy was born February 1, 1927 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to Ira Lennis Gowen and Pearl Mae Jenkins Gowen. She married her true love, Wash Martin, on February 16, 1956.

Peggy loved music and she loved to dance. In her younger years she loved to jitterbug, do the Charleston, swing, and square dance, among others. In later years, she would start moving her feet anytime music played.

Peggy was hard-working and kind. She called the kitchen her “office,” and in her younger years was always whipping up excellent meals for her family. She loved and served her family well and prayed for her children. She defended her kids like a mama bear. 

Her talents were many. She painted with oils and sewed many clothes for her kids. She was proud of her “Scotch blood” and her ability to stretch a dollar. She was industrious, cleaning houses on the weekends and putting her pay away for a “rainy day” or to help out one of her kids. She called it her “hidey-spot money.”

Peggy loved Jesus with all of her heart. And she loved wisdom. She encouraged her children to seek wisdom and to read one Proverb every day. Peggy was a shining example of the Proverbs 31 woman and she reflected the light of Jesus to those around her.

Peggy would look and find God‘s favor to her in things big and small. If a stranger opened the door for her or showed her respect she saw it as the favor of God. And she showed God’s grace to those around her, giving the best hugs to everyone, being loving and welcoming to those she knew and those she didn’t. Peggy knew how to make people feel special. But watch out! Her bear-hugs could break a rib!

In the days to come, her family will be left with a big void. Those left behind include her husband, Wash Martin, daughter Lynda Doggett, daughter Kelly (Joey) Brunson, son Douglas (Kimberly) Martin, son Wiley Martin, and daughter Eileen (David) Botello. Also, grandchildren, including LeAnn Kirkland, Bryan Clarke, Mary Krawchuck, Abe Thomas, Nikki Martin, Whitney Austin, Carley Martin, Evan Botello, Eric Botello, and Douglas Botello. Along with multiple great-grandchildren.

Peggy is now in the arms of Jesus and has joined her son, David “Bucky” Martin, on that beautiful shore. We anxiously await that time when we will join them there.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  - Romans 8:38-39

A visitation will be held 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 25 at the Lighthouse Assembly Family Life Center. The funeral will be 4 p.m. on Friday, January 26 at the Lighthouse Assembly Family Life Center.  Burial will be private.

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





Rose Tillett Davenport
October 27, 1953 – January 17, 2018

WANCHESE -- Rose Tillett Davenport, 64, died peacefully at her home in Wanchese. She fought a hard battle with brain cancer and lost that battle at 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Born in Currituck County on October 17, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Nellie Swain Tillett and Herbert White Tillett.

Rosie is survived by her husband of 43 years, Pastor Ken Davenport; two sons, Kenneth “Lee” Davenport, Jr. (Stephanie) and Herbert Conrade Davenport (Jessica); four, soon-to-be five, grandchildren, Luke, Henry Lee, Colby, Landen, and Joanna Rose; two sisters, Cheryl Daniels (Kenny) and Shelia Young (Chip); and many cousins.

A funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Bethany United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Mann officiating. Burial will follow at Tillett Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bethany United Methodist Church General Fund, PO Box 239, Wanchese, NC 27981.

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



Mark Allan Rankin

FRISCO --  Mark Allan Rankin died January 12, 2018 in Nags Head, NC.  He was 53 years old. Mark was born in Robeson County, NC. He worked as a digital designer in the family surveying business based in Frisco, NC.

Survivors include his parents Doris and Freddy Rankin of Frisco and many other loving family members.

A graveside service will be held at the Rankin Family Cemetery at 50232 South Buccaneer Dr. in Frisco at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2017.

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




Janet Burrus Hughes
February 3, 1935 – January 13, 2018

FRISCO -- Janet Burrus Hughes, 82, of Frisco, NC died Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born in Patchogue, NY, she was the daughter of the late Goldie Dallas Stowe and Adolphus Burrus, Jr.

Janet retired from East Carolina Bank and later worked at the Sea Gull Motel and Breakwater Inn. She was a member of Hatteras United Methodist Church.

Janet is survived by a daughter, Suzy Miller of Frisco; Damen Hughes of Frisco; a granddaughter, Doris Bailey of Avon; great-grandson, Dawson Williams; a nephew, Denny Ransom (Kristian) of Frisco; and a special lifelong friend, Roberta Midgett of Salvo, NC.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Hatteras United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home, 52230 Hughes Lane, Frisco, NC 27936.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to OBX SPCA, PO Box 2477, Manteo, NC 27954 or online at www.obxspca.org.

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



Garreld Ardell Mathews “Pete” Covey
July 17, 1932 – January 11, 2018

RODANTHE - Garreld A.M. “Pete” Covey quietly left this world Thursday, January 11, 2018, after a long courageous battle against a relentless foe.  Pete was a Great Depression era baby born on July 17, 1932, the second of five children to Peter and Pearl Covey.  He was known by many and to many by several different names.  Raised as Bill but known to his friends as Wild Bill.  Perhaps because of his remarkable prowess firearms, or maybe due to him receiving a speeding ticket on his hometown’s main street whilst driving a Sherman tank for the local Unit of the U.S. National Guard.

Pete was Willy to his youngest brother, Gary Covey, married to Linda, of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  However, his shipmates in the U.S. Navy knew him simply as Covey.  His service started and ended on surface ships; the USS MT OLYMPUS and USS ORION, respectively.  But Covey’s true love was the navy’s submarines, or silent service.  His Cold War era duty on subs began on the USS REQUIN, a diesel – electric boat.  It is now a museum exhibit on Pittsburgh’s waterfront.  Next was time in Groton overseeing welding done in production of his next assignment, the USS NATHAN HALE.

Covey’s Navy career took him far and wide.  His sea time took him through the Bering Straits to above the Arctic Circle, to the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, to the North Atlantic and to Central America during turbulent years.  His REQUIN duty experience visits from Prince Ranier and Grace Kelly while in port at Monaco, and also from President JFK.  His next submarine assignment, the USS NATHAN HALE was commissioned the very next day after JFK’s assassination.

After submarines came a role as an instructor at sub school in Groton, Connecticut, and then finishing as a career counselor. However, those on the East coast knew the retired sailor as Pete, who moved to his wife’s hometown Rodanthe, where he has resided ever since. In 1972, he began Covey’s Construction which he owned and operated for 45 years. He was married to Irita Midgett for 45 years and delivered him two sons, Melvin Covey and Robert Covey.  Mel is father to Sarah Covey Blount, married to Thomas Jordan Blount at Tarboro, NC. They have two small children Thomas Blount, Jr. (Jordy) and John Covey Blount.  Mel’s other child is Nathan Joshua P. Covey married to Tatiana, of Buxton, NC. Irita passed in 1996.

Robbie and his wife Trisha of Rodanthe.  Robbie has two children, a son Daniel Covey and wife Gina of Salvo.  They have two children Dylan Robert Thomas and Chloe Elizabeth.  His Daughter Erika Covey and Nick Eggert of Ashville, NC.  Sister-in-law Patricia Midgett Conklin and Husband Dale Conklin of Nauvoo, IL.

Pete is also survived by his wife of 18 years, Bonnie Sasser Cahoon Covey and four step-children.  Thomas Cahoon and wife Melinda of Waverly, VA, Scott Cahoon of Rodanthe, David N. Cahoon and Teresa of Wanchese, NC, and Natasha Willis Klomp and Husband Andrew of Raleigh, NC.  Thirteen step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sister Beverly Nobel and husband Joe Nobel of Eugene Oregon, and a brother Gary Covey and wife Linda of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Pete was also preceded in death by his parents Peter and Pearl Covey of Oxford, Nebraska, his older brother Darrel and wife Hazel Covey of Portland, Oregon, an infant sister Naomi and his beloved Uncle Mel, brother to his father, and a step-daughter Alisa Bryan.

Pete was an avid volunteer with a strong work ethic who had a compelling desire to see Dare County prosper.  He was the founding father of Chicamacomico’s Volunteer Fire Department (Badge No. 1 was his.) and served many years on the County’s Planning Board, and the County’s early efforts to jetty Oregon Inlet. Among several other endeavors, he served as president of the Sound and Sea Fisherman’s Cooperative in Dare County.

To say Pete will be missed is a huge understatement. A celebration of life will be held and the RWS Community Building on Sunday, January 21, 2018, beginning at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pete’s name may be made to the Chicamacomico Banks Fire and Rescue, PO Box 125, Rodanthe, NC 27968 or a charity of one’s choice.

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



Betsy Anna O’Neal Midgette
December 25, 1947 – January 14, 2018

OCRACOKE -- Betsy Anna O'Neal Midgette passed away on the morning of Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the age of 70.

Betsy was a lifelong resident of Ocracoke Island, NC, although due to declining health she lived with her son, Brad, in Bath, NC for the last two years. Betsy was known and loved by many, and her laughter will be missed. Betsy worked at the Island Inn most of her working life, and through those many years made some lifelong friends and touched many lives.  She was a member of The Ocracoke United Methodist Church.

Betsy was preceded in death by her mother and father, Edward Carlson O'Neal, Sr and Edna Styron O'Neal. She leaves behind her son, Bradford Earl Midgette, Jr., her granddaughter, Allyson Maye Midgette, and great-granddaughter, Makenzie Spruill, her grandsons, Thomas Midgette and Garrett Midgette. Also, surviving is her brother, Edward Carlson O'Neal, Jr and wife, Stella Spencer O'Neal, along with her nephews, Edward O'Neal, III, Andy O'Neal and Albert O'Neal and niece, Stephanie O'Neal and their families.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Ocracoke United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Betsy to Ocracoke United Methodist Church, PO Box 278, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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





David Eris Waterfield
February 18, 1958 – January 5, 2018


BUXTON -- David Eris Waterfield, 59, of Buxton, NC died Friday, January 5, 2018, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family. A native of Buxton, NC he was the son of Gilda Ellen Quidley Waterfield and Wilbur Eris Waterfield of Buxton, NC.

Along with his parents, David is survived by his wife, Dana Marie Quidley Waterfield; a daughter, Hannah Waterfield of Nashville, TN; a son, Justin Waterfield (Jessea) of Buxton, NC; four grandchildren, Ella Grace and Everly Marie of Nashville, TN and Jacey Lee and Josiah Lannon of Buxton, NC; four siblings, Gail Brunson (Eddie), Dawn Midgett (Carroll), Timmy Waterfield (Susan), and Steve Waterfield (Jennifer) all of Buxton, NC; and eleven nieces and nephews.

David was a servant of the Lord. He dedicated his life to the ministry that was placed in his care. He has received his heavenly reward for his faithfulness to the call of God on his life.

A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Family Life Center (across from Cape Hatteras High School) with Rev. David Daniels and Rev. Raymond Hoggard, Jr. officiating. A private burial will take place. The family will receive friends and relatives Monday evening from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at the Family Life Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Assemblies of God World Missions, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, MO 65802, online at www.giving.ag.org.

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