Ephraim O’Neal

HATTERAS -- Ephraim Norwood O’Neal, 97, a native of Hatteras, died Friday, February 17, 2017 at his daughter’s home in Florida. He was the son of the late Norwood and Alethia Austin O’Neal and the widower of Daisy Stowe O’Neal.

He was a member and deacon of the Hatteras Assembly of God, a commercial fisherman, and a retired magistrate. Ephraim served on the Waterway commission and many other committees and was a veteran having served his country honorably during World War II in the U.S. Army.

Ephraim is survived by his three children: Wayne O’Neal and Judy, of Piedmont, AL; Peggy Braddock and Samuel, of Bonifay, FL; and Alethia Joy Willis and Durwood, of Hatteras, NC. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Wayne O’Neal, Jr. and Kelly, Lori O’Neal, Kenny McArthur and Lisa, Brian McArthur and Olga, Woody Willis and Karla, and Natasha Farrow and Lester. He was also a very proud Granddaddy to seven and a half great-grandchildren: Cameron O’Neal, Cody McArthur, Aleah McArthur, Ezekiel Willis, Adalyn Willis, Lester Farrow V (Quin), Aleck Farrow, and Reagan Farrow (on the way).

A funeral service with military honors will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Hatteras United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and following the funeral at the home, 57993 Highway 12, Hatteras, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hatteras Assembly of God for repairs from Hurricane Matthew, P. O. Box 245, Hatteras, NC 27943.

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

Arthur Gordon Hammond-Tooke
October 6, 1938-February 15, 2017

Arthur Hammond-Tooke 78, passed away on February 15, 2017.  Arthur was born and raised in South Africa and kept his English accent all his life, to the amusement of many friends.  He came to the USA in 1986 and worked as an Economist.  Arthur retired with his wife Mary to Hatteras in 2000.  They built a home for windsurfers on the sound in Frisco.  Arthur and Mary ran the windsurfing school at “Windsurfing Hatteras” from 2001 to 2005.  Arthur loved to explain the physics of windsurfing, to the delight of the engineering types and to the consternation of the ladies who really did not care how the fin worked!

Arthur truly never met a stranger.  He was called the “Mayor of Frisco” by locals and visitors alike.  He walked with his dog, first Katie and then Bella, both black Labrador Retrievers, every day and greeted everyone he encountered.  He was always ready to help or offer the use of his canoe, screwdriver or whatever.

When Mary wanted to learn to kiteboard, he bought a waverunner and patiently followed her while she struggled to learn.  He was also the lifeguard for Frisco soundside and mounted many rescues of kiters and windsurfers.

Arthur could recite yards of poetry, tell outrageous stories and make people cringe with his puns.  He was known for his killer “Gin and Tonics”, that resulted in many an unplanned overnight guest.

Arthur was very active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  He loved the people and the missions when the Coast Guard planes would practice dropping rescue equipment to CGA boats.

He was missed when he could no longer take the minutes at meetings.

Arthur had a wonderful bass voice and sang in the choir at Our Lady of the Seas for many years.

Arthur is survived by his wife Mary, his daughter Anne and his two grandchildren Lillian and Elliott.  He was step-father to Mary’s four children and 13 grandchildren and he will be missed

by them.  He was always doing something interesting which kids love, and he taught several grandchildren to shoot a bow and arrow.

Arthur wished to have his ashes returned to South Africa to be with his brother.  There is no celebration of life planned in Hatteras.  His many relatives in South Africa will have a Memorial Service there.

Edwin Ernest Ochs

FRISCO -- Edwin Ernest Ochs, 59 died February 14, 2017 at his home after battling throat cancer. Edwin was a restaurant manger for many years. He was also an avid fisherman. He loved his fishing team- the Sand Fiddlers.

Edwin was predeceased by his father, Russell G. Ochs. Survivors include his devoted friend, Juanita, his brother, John, and his mother, Gina.

The memorial mass will be held at Our Lady By the Sea Church on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 1 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Edwin's name may be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation or the Hatteras Island Methodist Men.

Gallop Funeral Services was entrusted with arrangements. Please express your condolences at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.

Patricia Ann Patchel

FRISCO -- Patricia Ann Patchel (Patsy), 84, peacefully went to be with Jesus surrounded by family January 27,2017. She was living at  Spring Arbor of the Outer Banks, N.C.

Patricia was born April 18,1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1953, she married Roger F. Patchel Jr. and they lived in Ocean City, New Jersey for 35 years. Patsy and Roger retired to St. Augustine, Florida in 1993. Roger died February 15, 2005.

Patsy enjoyed playing games with the seniors at St. Augustine Baptist Church.  She also played the bass fiddle while her husband, Roger played rhythm guitar for The Blue Sky Riders - a western style band. Patsy spent many years as care giver for family and friends. Always with a sparkle in her eye, Patsy loved to talk with people about Jesus.

Patricia is survived by two sons; Gary Roger (Susan) Patchel of Frisco, NC and  Steven Howard (Angela) Patchel of Cape May Court House, N.J.; four grandchildren and eleven great-grand children.

Her urn will be buried beside her husband Roger in Camden, N.J. at a future time.

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

Jordan David Bartholomew

BUXTON -- Jordan David Bartholomew, 32, drowned on January 21, 2017 while surfing in Buxton, NC on the Outer Banks.

He was born on Easter Sunday, April 22, 1984 in Warren, Ohio the son of Marlin and Johanne (Mrus) Bartholomew.

Jordan graduated from Howland High School in 2003 and received his Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Youngstown State University in 2009. He also attended Mt. Vernon Nazarene College in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

Jordan was always drawn to the ocean and permanently moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 2009. He was employed with the Dare County School District and worked with autistic and special needs children. But, due to ongoing health issues (Crohn's Disease, Epilepsy, Asperger's, Depression) he was unable to continue working.

He was a prime example of staying true through the struggle and being a self-less giver of love to all he encountered. He never had a problem just straight up telling a stranger that they were beautiful or giving random people compliments that secretly made their day. God gave him a special gift with reaching out to children, especially those with special needs. Most of all, he loved to make and see people laugh.

Jordan loved adventure and was never afraid to try anything new. He became an accomplished surfer. He loved the ocean, photography, music, nature, and playing the guitar and harmonica. His zest to live life to the fullest was an inspiration to all who came in contact with him. His strength and perseverance helped him in telling others about Jesus Christ.

Jordan will be sadly missed by his parents; sister, Jennifer (Douglas) Dadisman; brother, Jared (Ashley) Bartholomew; nephew, Zechariah Dadisman; nieces, Gabrielle and Isabella Dadisman; uncles and aunts, Allan (Janice) Bartholomew, James and Marilyn Marshall, Dennis (Judy) Bartholomew, Jon Mrus, and Tatiana Jarosova-Mrus; God daughter, Ella Bartholomew; Maryann Fontanarosa who was his second mother, and numerous cousins. He will also be deeply missed by his special angel.

Jordan was preceded in death by his brother, Joshua; paternal grandparents, Warren and Julia Bartholomew; maternal grandparents, John and Anne Mrus; uncle, James Mrus and a cousin, Susan Mrus Dolgae.

A celebration of Jordan's life will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at North Mar Church, 3855 East Market Street, Warren, Ohio, at 12 p.m. with Pastor Paul Armitage and Greg Marshall officiating.

Family and friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church and on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Roberts Clark Chapel, 180 Garfield Drive NE, Warren, Ohio, from 5 to 8 p.m.

A paddle out memorial service is tentatively scheduled on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Hatteras National Seashore. See Facebook or contact the family for more details closer to the scheduled date.

In lieu of flowers, material contributions can be made to Dare County Social Services Adult Fund, 107 Exeter Street, P.O. Box 669, Manteo, NC, 27954 or Outer Banks Surfing for Autism, P.O. Box 1184, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949.

Glenda Austin Van Hook
January 3, 1938 – January 22, 2017

Glenda Austin Van Hook, 79, a native of Hatteras, died on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Glenda was a graduate of the North Carolina School for the Deaf, Morganton, N.C. and worked as a seamstress in Norfolk, Va., for many years.

Glenda is survived by a very close niece, Donna O’Neal, whom she referred to as “her baby.” Donna along with her husband, Jimmy of Middlesex, N.C., cared for and looked after her for many years. She is also survived by a host of additional nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents, Moody Chappel Austin and Ruth Roberts Austin; sister, Elsie Carol Webster; brother, Ulysses Crowder Austin; and niece, Glenda Ruth Stafford.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at Heritage of Faith Family Church with the Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. A private family burial will take place at the Austin family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church on Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 4450 Falls Neuse Road Suite 650, Raleigh, NC 27609.

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

William Leonard Whedbee
December 23, 1939 – January 18, 2017

FRISCO -- William Leonard Whedbee, 77, a native of Frisco, died on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. He was the son of the late Zach Harrison Whedbee and Linda Fulcher Whedbee. W.L. retired from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and was a member of Little Grove United Methodist Church.

W.L. is survived by his sister, Delores “Dee” Jennette and husband, Wayland, of Buxton; and a nephew, Wayland Jennette Jr., wife Cena and their children, Audrey and Curren Jennette, whom he loved as his own.  Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Zach Whedbee.

A funeral will be held at 2 pm on Monday, Jan. 23,  at Little Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Toni Wood and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. Burial will take place at the Fulcher family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives Sunday evening at the church from 6:30 until 8 p.m.

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

Randy D. Crump

BUXTON -- Randy Daryl Crump, 68, died peacefully at his home on Jan. 9, 2017. Randy bravely battled lung cancer.  He was born in Pennsylvania.

A talented contractor and estimator, Randy worked in the Hampton Roads area for many years. After meeting his wife, Robin, he settled in Buxton, where he hoped to spend his retirement.

Left to cherish Randy's memory is his wife Robin of Buxton; three daughters, Stacey Penniman (Jason) of Massachusetts, Robin Dion (Geoff) of Florida, and Missy Richards (J.P.) of Connecticut; one son, Chris Crump (Heather) also of Massachusetts, and his 10 grandchildren.

 No services are planned. The family gratefully suggests that those wishing to  honor Randy's memory do so with a donation to Dare County Home Health and Hospice in Manteo.

Expressions of sympathy are welcome at  www.gallopfuneralservices.com.  Gallop Funeral Services, inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Gail Barclay Quidley
August 26, 1935 – January 6, 2017

FRISCO -- Gail Barclay Quidley, 81, passed away on Jan. 6, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Orlando J. and Emma K. Barclay. Gail was a member of Little Grove United Methodist Church. She was retired from the Southeastern Virginia Training Center. Her love of gardening touched many.

Along with her parents, Gail was preceded in death by an infant son, John Russell; her husband, John Russell Quidley; and sister, Alice Bontrager.

Gail is survived by two daughters, Kathy Q. Kiddy and husband Russ of Buxton and Jo Ann Q. Baum and husband Wayne of Frisco; two brothers, David Barclay and wife Christine and James Barclay and wife Barbara of Somerset, Pa.; five grandchildren, Christy Kiddy Oberbeck and husband Doug, Rusty Kiddy, Nick Baum and wife Amy, Stella and Sara Baum; and six great-grandchildren, Alissa, Brooke, and Rylee Gail Oberbeck, Finn Kiddy, and Claire and Jack Baum.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Gail's wishes were that a memorial fund be set up for flood victims at First South Bank of Buxton in her memory.

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

Shirley Jean Farrow
July 1, 1943 – January 6, 2017

BUXTON -- Shirley Jean Farrow, 73, died on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Born in Norfolk, Va., she was the daughter of the late Roland Bass and Dessie Elizabeth Phelps Bass. Shirley was a homemaker, member of Lighthouse Assembly of God, and attended Heritage of Faith Family Church.

Shirley is survived by two children, Donna Jean Penfield and Donnie L. Farrow Jr. and wife Melissa, all of Buxton; two grandsons, Jessie Lewis Farrow and Donnie Lee Farrow; two sisters, Alma Holland and husband Dennis, and Marion Shepard; brother, Jimmy Bass and wife Brenda; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Donnie L. Farrow Sr.; son-in-law, Robert Earl Penfield; sisters, Irma Jane Bass and Margaret Flanders; and two brothers-in-law, Ed Flanders and Don Shepard.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11,  at Heritage of Faith Family Church with Pastor David Stowe officiating. Burial will take place at the Farrow family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives Tuesday evening at the church from 6 until 8 p.m.

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

Berle Willard Wilson

ELIZABETH CITY -- Berle Willard Wilson, formerly of Frisco, 77, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. He is rejoicing with God, fishing with Jesus, and singing in that heavenly choir.

Berle lived and experienced life; he just didn’t exist. He traveled the East Coast for 16 years selling and managing large-scale irrigation systems, water works equipment, sewage and water pump manufacturing equipment, and water treatment products. He spent time in Saudi Arabia teaching citizens how to grow food in sandy conditions with irrigation.

Captain Berle’s passion was fishing the Gulf Stream waters off Hatteras as a charter boat captain for 25 years. He was a long-time member of the Hatteras Harbor Charter Boat Association and was named Captain of the Year in 2001. He provided his customers with years of memorable experiences and plenty of fish tales.

He fished with various mates over the years, but his best mate of all was his first Boykin Spaniel, Bridgette, who climbed the ladder to the bridge of the boat and fished with him daily. Bridgette was the best weather forecaster ever. If she sat in the marina parking lot and refused to board the boat, you knew it was going to be a rough day at sea!

He loved duck hunting, dove hunting, doing anything outdoors and just being around God’s gift of Nature. He also loved music, singing, theater productions, wood carving, and painting. He was a trusting soul, took joy in his surroundings, and loved his family and friends dearly.  He was a proud Eagle Scout, member of Order of the Arrow, and served his country/state through the Virginia Army National Guard.

Joining him in Heaven one day will be his wife, Cathy; son, David of Frisco; grandchildren, Andrea and Simon, and his beloved Boykins, Molly and Gracie. His extended family includes stepsons, Coby Jones of Bracey and Ben Jones of Williamsburg, and stepdaughter Jenny Rebecca Jones of Harrisonburg and their families.

He was a member of Evangelical Methodist Church.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. in the EMC Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the EMC Music Ministry, 820 Okisko Road, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

Following his wishes, his ashes will be scattered over the Gulf Stream at a later date.

A special Thank You to Debbie Anderson, Fran Haskett, InterCounty Volunteer Fire Department, Pasquotank/Camden EMS and Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department. Twiford’s Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, is assisting the family.

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