2016 OBITUARIES

Valerie F. Delsignore

On Sunday, April 24, 2016, our Heavenly Father did suddenly and unexpectedly call home one of his angels, Valerie Flynn Delsignore, beloved wife of Philip Joseph Delsignore and daughter of Lillian Belter and Melvin John Belter.

Silently passing on to her next life, she was a native of Norfolk and a graduate of Maury High School, who also attended ODU. She was deeply loved by all who knew her. 

Valerie's second home was on the Outer Banks, where she lived for six years.  She worked at Food Lion, for the Ferry Division, and at the Bistro in Avon.  She made an impact on everyone she met and leaves behind many friends on the Outer Banks. 

She leaves behind to cherish her memory: her daughter, Chrissy Flynn; son, Michael Flynn; and step-son, Philip M. Delsignore; and granddaughter, Adriana. She was greatly loved by her mother, sisters, brothers and family, Debbie Belter Affeldt and husband Bobby, Billy and Liz Belter, and Melvin and Jennifer Belter; in-laws, Denise and Bill Keys, Michelle and Ralph Piefer; along with numerous nieces and nephews; as well as her lifelong best friend, Kim Mitchmen and many old friends.

The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, In Virginia Beach on Thursday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. A graveside service will be conducted Friday, April 29, at Rosewood Memorial Park at 11a.m. by Pastor Rick Goeres. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.




Charlie William Phelps Sr.

FRISCO -- Charlie William Phelps Sr. left this world to be with the lord on April 25, 2016.  "Charlie Bill," as he was known in his younger days, was born to Goratha and William T. Phelps on Feb. 23, 1945, who preceded him in death as well as his sister, Doreen P. Warren.

He served in the Army National Guard in the 1960s and was honorably discharged in 1969. He worked for the N.C. Department of Transportation for more than 20 years and retired as a maintenance supervisor in Dare County. 

He is survived by his wife, Catherine T. Phelps, of Frisco; his daughter, Charlene Phelps, of Merry Hill, N.C., and son, Billy Phelps, as well as various nephews, nieces and cousins.

A memorial service in his honor will be held on Friday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at the Cape Hatteras Baptist Church in Frisco with a visitation with the family immediately afterwards in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice is appreciated.

Expressions of sympathy are welcome on the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.




Margaret Lenore Halminski

Margaret Lenore Halminski passed away peacefully on April 12 surrounded by her loving children. She was a resident of Leisure World in Leesburg,  Va., since 1999, when she moved there with Sid, her husband of 59 years. Known as Maggie to her friends, she volunteered for numerous activities during her life.

Born Margaret Lenore Polk on Dec. 30,1923 in Los Angeles, Calif., Maggie married her sweetheart, a career Navy officer, and began raising a family and traveling the world. Tours included Japan, Newfoundland and Guam, as well as, a number of stateside destinations. All seven children were born in various places and raised in the Catholic faith.

Maggie was a friend to everyone she met and had a wonderful sense of humor, even in her final days. She was predeceased by her loving husband and is survived by all her children -- four girls and three boys, as well as 11 gra
ndchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

We thank Capital Caring Hospice and the team of professionals who pitched in to make her last days tranquil and comfortable.



Thomas Francis Smigiel

RODANTHE -- Thomas Francis Smigiel, age 81, of Rodanthe and formerly of Richmond, Va., died on Monday, April 11, 2016 in Nags Head.  He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 6, 1934 to the late Thomas Martin and Mary Bubeck Smigiel.  

Tom was an electrician for many years at  Defense Supply Center Richmond and retired from civil service in September 1994.  After Tom retired, he followed his dream of living on the OBX full-time, where he made many wonderful friends who became his second family.  Tom lived the life he wanted, and he lived it well.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Valenta Smigiel, and his sister Jean S. Steinninger.

Tom is survived by his children, Karen S. Harris (Douglas) of Colonial Heights, Va., Kenneth M. Smigiel (Teresa) of Sutherland Va., and Kerri S. Gideons (Adam) of Fort Riley Kansas, as well as seven grandchildren, Thomas Smigiel, Matthew Harris (Jordan), Lynnsie S. Peet (Brandon), Austin Harris, Erika Hess, Tye Gideons, Ella Gideons, and one great-granddaughter, Dani Peet, his sister, Janet Crosley of Homosassa Springs, Fla., three nieces and one nephew.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 15, 1 p.m., at Gallop Funeral Services, Inc.  6917 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head.
       
Condolences to the family may be expressed via the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services Inc were entrusted with arrangements.





Howard Kyle Smithwick

BUXTON -- Howard Kyle Smithwick, 50, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at his daughter’s home, surrounded by his children. He was the son of the late Barbara Midgett Smithwick. Kyle worked with the NCDOT-Ferry Division from 1988 until 2016. He was a loving father and grandfather and will be truly missed.

Mr. Smithwick is survived by his children, Christan Lanae Stowe and husband, Michael, Megan Diane Lyerly and husband, Josh, and Howard Kyle Smithwick II; and five grandchildren, Ariana Faith Stowe, Maddix Michael Stowe, Chloe Renae Stowe, Kaya Diane Lyerly and Julius David Lyerly. Also surviving are three aunts, Debra Midgett Hooper and husband, Elvin, Licia Midgett Kee and husband, Stan, and Judy Midgett; one uncle, Joe Smithwick and wife, Nancy; and eight cousins, Stanley James Kee II, Shanna Leigh Kee, Kristina Ann Hooper, Charlotte Midgett Lewis, Luke Midgett III, Stanley James Kee III, Charles Weatherby and Brad Weatherby. Kyle also leaves behind a best friend whom he loved as a brother, David Gentry, and wife, Holly.

Along with his m
other, Mr. Smithwick was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Bryan Midgett; and an uncle, Luke Bradshaw Midgett Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Lighthouse Assembly of God with Rev. Steve Danser officiating. A reception will follow the service at the Family Life Center. The family will receive friends and relatives Friday evening from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, PO Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943 or online at www.hicf.org.

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



Christine 'Chrissie' G. Norrell

AVON -- On March 23, 2016, Christine “Chrissie” G. Norrell, left this world to be with the love of her life, Billy Norrell.  She had been dealing with suffering issues the last few months and is now free of those sufferings, wrapped in God’s embrace.  She was born on December 25, 1933, which made her an extraordinary person, as she shared the same birth date with Jesus.  She touched so many lives during her time here on earth and everyone who came in contact with her will tell you so. 

Chrissie is survived by her daughters, Donna Heuneman and husband, Joe Heuneman, of Kill Devil Hills, Sharon Angelillo, of Thontosassa, Fla., and Sandra Bray and husband, Don Bray, of Clearwater, Fla.  She was known as “Grandmommy” to five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren, one of which is on the way; and one great-great-grandchild on the way.  Her family was her life’s ambition and upon your knowledge of each of them, you can see that it lives on in them, passing that trait on down the line.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 4, at 1 p.m. at the Avon Fishing Pier, followed by the family celebration with food and drink at the Norrell house located at 40191 Avlona Drive in Avon.

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



Patricia M. Conley

We all have a smile.

I am going to choose now to hold onto all the smiles. My mom had one of the most beautiful smiles I have ever seen.

On Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 Patricia M. Conley took her last breath. She was surrounded by the love of her family and left us with a smile that let us know that she is no longer in pain. Our hearts are so heavy with her leaving, and if there is one thing there is never enough of, I would have to say it is time.

Patricia is preceded in death by her husband, Kenn Conley, my father, whom I am sure was there to hold her hand as she moved on. I believe she was greeted on the other side by her parents,  Gloria and Richard Reisinger, whom she hadn’t seen in years. She is survived by her son, Chad Conley, and wife Sharon and grandson Evan of Haddon Township N.J., her brother, Rick Reisinger, and wife Diane of Marysville, Pa., and sister Nancy Wilson of Sarasota, Fla.

A graduate of Cumberland Valley High School, she served as an AAA title clerk until her retirement to Avon NC.  Awarded for her community service in Avon, she volunteered at the Graveyard of the Atlantic museum, was certified to help during storms and was deeply involved in the Hatteras Meals on Wheels program. 

We all have a story.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful little girl born into a family, that family was full of so many personalities. Sometimes within those families, the light we all have fades, but with some people the light only becomes stronger. Becoming so bright and full of life it is impossible not to be seen. At this point, I feel we have become who we truly are. No longer seeking or searching but embracing ourselves for who we are. Life should be filled. Every moment, with love, mistakes, joy and sorrow. 

My mom was one of these lights.

We all have adventures and experiences that mean so much to make us who we are. There have been so many beautiful memories made for us all to hold onto with my mom. Let us all look back and think on whatever smiles she helped create. I want to not see this as a loss but as a chance to give back so much of what she shared.

“Ever has it been that love knows not its depth until the point of separation.”  
-- Kahlil Gibran


A Celebration of her life will be held April 9 at 11 a.m. at the Collingswood Community Center Ballroom,  30 W. Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108. Phone: 856-854-4440. Luncheon to follow at the same location. 

A future celebration of life will be held in Avon on the beach this spring.  In place of flowers, the family request donations be made to Hatteras Island Meals, PO Box 854, Buxton, NC 27920. PayPal - use our email address: [email protected].





Robert Earl Penfield

BUXTON -- Robert Earl Penfield, 59, died on April 1, 2016 at his home. Born in Robeson County, North Carolina, he was the son of Mabel Parnell Penfield of St. Pauls, N.C., and the late Marshall Penfield. Robert worked as a deck hand with the NCDOT – Ferry Division and attended Hatteras Island Christian Fellowship.

Along with his mother, Robert is survived by his wife, Donna Farrow Penfield; one sister, Rose Lewis; and three brothers, Tommy, Danny Ray and Joe Penfield.

In keeping with Robert’s wishes, there will be no services at his time.

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







William 'Billy' Bigley

BUXTON – William “Billy” Bigley, 68, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Billy was born  on May 22, 1947 in Richmond, Va.  He was the son of the late Grace Bigley and is survived by his father, William Bigley; his wife, Cynthia Hord Bigley, whom he met at the age of 15 and to whom he was married for 49 years; his son, William Troy Bigley, daughter, Tracy Renee Bigley, and grandson, Austin Troy Bigley, all of Buxton.  He is also survived by Angel, his shih tzu whom he dearly loved.
 
He held a
special place in his heart for his sister-in law, Linda McClary, who he called “honey” and his brother-in-law, Eddie McClary.  He particularly enjoyed visits from his niece, Donna Grant, her husband, Tommy, and their daughters, Kelsey and Haley, and blessed them with many fond memories of their time together.
 
Billy’s life was full of excitement. He served in the Navy and relocated from Virginia to Cape Hatteras in 1987 where he owned his own business, Bigley Electric, as an electrical contractor.  He loved living on the island.
 
He had a love of life, laughter, and people.  He will be remembered for his Christmas light displays and thoroughly enjoyed getting the home ready for his friends and neighbors to enjoy each season.  He loved his Lionel trains and passed that love onto his grandson.
 
Though Billy will be missed by many, memories of his smile, laughter, and unique way of telling jokes will continue to live on in our memories.



Jeanne Mero Privett

CHESAPEAKE -- Jeanne Mero Privett, 94, passed away March 23, 2016 with her daughter by her side. She was the youngest child of the late Russell Harold Mero and Mary Perry Mero.

Jeanne was predeceased by her brothers Harold Mero and Robert Mero; her sisters, Edna Keith, Marjorie Porter, Sybil Bulloch, and Gertrude Gompf; her loving husband of 66 years, Henry Lee Privett Jr.; her son, Russell Lee Privett Sr., and her great-grandson, Noah Lee Robinson.

She is survived by a son, H. Vaughan Privett of Norfolk; and a daughter, Linda Privett Robinson and husband, James Robinson, of Chesapeake. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Melissa McCormick and husband, John, of Norfolk; Russell Lee Privett Jr. and wife, Anne, of Durham, N.C.; Barry Privett of Norfolk; LeeAnn Privett of Hickory, N.C.; Shari Robinson of Chesapeake; Elizabeth Culpepper and husband, Wayne, of Portsmouth; Adam Robinson and wife, Ashley, of Portsmouth, and Kevin Robinson of Durham, N.C.; eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Jeanne was born and raised on the water in Portsmouth, which sparked her passion for fishing, boating and beach activities in later life. She graduated Woodrow Wilson High School and entered Parrish Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. After receiving her R.N., she went on to teach the first class at Maryview Hospital School of Nursing and coached their basketball team. She soon married and left nursing for a short period of time to raise her family. Jeanne then re-entered nursing as the only night R.N. on the maternity floor at Portsmouth General Hospital, where she worked for 25 years.

She and her husband retired to Hatteras Island with their son, Russell, and his family, where she was able to indulge in her passion for beach life. She spent countless hours fishing and people-watching on the beach in Salvo. She became a local icon, and everyone looked for Jeanne’s beach buggy to ask her for fishing advice. She was an active member of the NCBBA and the Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvo Volunteer Fire Department. She was also a volunteer for the National Wildlife Refuge Turtle Patrol. Jeanne and her husband returned to the Portsmouth area in 2006 where they spent their remaining years with family.

The family would like to thank the staff of Senior Corps, with a special thanks to Crystal, Amy, and Beverly, for their care and compassion through very difficult times.

There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 28, at Foster Funeral Home in Portsmouth and a celebration of her life on Tuesday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at Foster Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.

To sign the guest book, go to http://www.bwfosterfuneralhome.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/14992/id/3639692



Lila Mae Waterfield

BUXTON -- Lila Mae Waterfield, 102, died on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Peak Resources – Outer Banks. Born Oct. 26, 1913 in Morehead City, she was the daughter of the late William Henry Daniels and Dora Louise Powers Daniels. A member of the Lighthouse Assembly of God in Buxton, Lila was very active within the church and involved with many church functions. She was the widow of Wilbur Eris Waterfield Sr.

Lila is survived by two daughters, Cora Louise Ballance of Hatteras and Rose Marie Ballance of Buxton; a son, Wilbur Eris Waterfield Jr. of Buxton; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Dora Louise Worley of Chesapeake, Va. Along with her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two sons, Kenneth Nile Waterfield and David Leigh Waterfield; a grandson, Frankie Lee Gaskill; a brother, Wilbur Daniels, and a sister, Wilma Daniels Perry.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 26,  at Lighthouse Assembly of God in Buxton with Rev. Bryan Gray, Rev. David Waterfield, and Rev. Steve Danser officiating. A reception will follow at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Family Life Center. A private burial will take place at the Powells Point Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday evening from 6:30 pm until 8 p.m. at the church and all other times at the home of Rose Marie Ballance, 47170 Rocky Rollinson Road, Buxton.

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




DORIS HISSEY

Doris Hissey, 91, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Chesapeake Hospital. She was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with and R.N. degree and was also and an Army nurse in World War II. She was a devoted wife and mother and leaves behind many family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory are sons Steve and wife, Connie, and Dave and partner, Julie, and daughter Susan Alasandro; granddaughters, Sara and Kristen Alasandro, and grandson, Eric Hissey, and wife, Jessica; two great-grandchildren, Avery and Tyler, and many other extended family members.

Her good humor and laughter will be greatly missed. A service will be held at a later date in Florida.




Rebecca Gwyn Rollinson

BUXTON -- Rebecca Gwyn Rollinson, 49, died on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Born in Portsmouth, Va., she was the daughter of Betty Rollinson and the late Jack Rollinson.

Along with her mother, Becky is survived by two sisters, Robin Altimari and Gina Scarborough and husband, Sumner; and one brother, Chris Rollinson and partner, Mike Loh. She also leaves behind her beloved nieces and nephews, Frank Altimari, Meredith Altimari, Emily Scarborough Russ and husband, Toby, and daughter, Rhett; Laura Scarborough and Christopher Scarborough. She loved her uncles, Hilton Rollinson and Frank Williams and wife, Gladys; and cousins, Phil Rollinson, Sarah Williams, Jeffrey Williams, Mark Gamiel, Elizabeth Daniels, Emily Gamiel, and Paul Gamiel.

Becky was a graduate of East Carolina University and had worked as a photographic model and social worker. She was a volunteer at the Hotline Thrift Store in Buxton. She also supported the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men in their community outreach and gifts to them would be fitting tributes to her memory.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 22, at 11 a.m. at Buxton United Methodist Church.

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



Joanne Austin

FRISCO -- Joanne Austin, 70, of Frisco died on Monday, March 7, 2016 at her home. A native of Hatteras Island, she was the daughter of the late Ivey B. Austin Jr. and Betty Elizabeth Austin. Joanne was employed with the North Carolina DOT Ferry Division.

Joanne is survived by a son, Barry Peele Jr. and fiancée, Laura Young, of Hatteras; a daughter, Stacey Sparks and fiancé, Benjamin Taylor, of Harkers Island, N.C.; and two granddaughters, Molly and Hannah Sparks. Also surviving is a brother, Tracy S. Austin, and wife, Chyrel, of Hatteras; two nephews, Tracy Austin Jr. and Royce Austin, and a niece, Maggie Austin.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 11, at Hatteras United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Davenport and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Outer Banks Preservation Association, P.O. Box 1355, Buxton, NC 27920, or online at www.obpa.org.

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




Raymond J. Langlois Jr.

BUXTON -- Raymond J. Langlois Jr., 66, died on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at his home. Born in Providence, R.I., he was the son of the late Raymond J. Langlois Sr. and Bernice Hastings Packer. A United States Navy veteran, Raymond served his country honorably in the Vietnam War and was a devout Catholic throughout his life.

Raymond is survived by a daughter, Ashlyn Langlois Bragg, of Buxton; a grandson, Lavin Raymond Bragg; along with two sisters, two brothers, and many, many friends throughout Hatteras Island.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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




Debra May O’Neal

BUXTON -- Debra May O’Neal, 54, passed at her home on Feb. 24, 2016 surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Born May 6, 1961 and raised in Buxton, she was the daughter of the late Roland O’Neal and Virginia Williams O’Neal. Debra loved her home and family. She worked for the Conner family for 30 years at Conner’s Supermarket in Buxton. Having made many friends in their store, she loved the Conner family and her job dearly.

Debra was a devoted mother to her two daughters, Jessica Dawn Reyes of Buxton and Monica Hooper and husband, James, of Avon; and their father, Roberto Reyes of Buxton; two granddaughters, Jasmine Leilani Quidley and Victoria Nicole Reyes, who she loved to the moon; and two sisters, Barbara Gray and husband, Michael, and family of Buxton and Mary Pendleton and husband, Larry, and family of Virginia. She is also survived by a lifelong dear friend, Laura Chandler of Buxton and her beloved dog, Tucker.

Along with her parents, Debra was preceded in death by a daughter, Dori Patricia Reyes; a sister, Patricia Kay O’Neal; and a special aunt, Netta June Williams.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29, at Lighthouse Assembly of God with Rev. David Stowe officiating. A private burial will take place at the Williams Cemetery in Buxton. The family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the church.

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



Caleb 'Pop'  Stowe Sr.

ELIZABETH CITY -- Caleb “Pop” Ballance Stowe Sr., 84, of 105 Travis Drive died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at his residence.  He was born July 31, 1931 in Hatteras to the late Melvin Randolph Stowe and Nellie Odin Stowe and was the widower of Cynthia Temple Stowe.  He was a retired recruiter from the U. S. Amy, having served in Korea and Vietnam, and was a lifetime member of the William Clarence Jackson VFW Post #6060.

He is survived by four daughters, Shirley Chambers (Charles) and Melissa Anderson (Tommy), all of Elizabeth City, Nellie Stowe of Manteo, and Sharlene Cahoon of Virginia Beach, Va.; a son, Caleb B. Stowe, Jr. (Olivia) of Providence Forge, Va.; a step-son, Jeff Lane of Hertford, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, Michelle Whitehead, Emma Martin, Kirk Saunders, Kristin Compher, Lily Stowe, Amber Belangia, Clifton “Buddy” Ballance, Jr., Steve Twine, Jr., Peyton Anderson, and Cynthia Lane; and 18 great- grandchildren.  He was pre-deceased by a daughter, Elizabeth Twine.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. at Twiford Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Bryan Pease officiating.  Burial will follow in West Lawn Cemetery with full military honors rendered by the William Clarence Jackson VFW Post #6060.  The family will receive friends Friday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home and at other times at the residence.  Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Eliza
beth City, is serving the Stowe family.  You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.twifordfh.com.



Susan Lynn Wheeler

BUXTON -- On Feb. 14, 2016, Susan “Sue” Lynn Wheeler, 65, went home to be with her Lord.  Sue grew up in Barberton, OHIO, where she graduated from Barberton High School and received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Akron.  She devoted her life to the things she loved most:  her faith, her family, and her students.

Sue is survived by her husband, Dale; two loving daughters, Amanda (Tony) Windham and Jennifer Wheeler;  sisters, Kathy Gerrick and Merrie (Eddie) Heinrich; brother-in-law Edward (Marsha) Wheeler; nieces, Chandra (Tom) Kahl and Tandi Wheeler, and many other loving relatives and friends.
   
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations of new children’s books (kindergarten through fifth grade).  Sue, as a teacher’s aide, loved reading books to children for them to dream and let their imaginations fly.  We will be donating the books to Cape Hatteras Elementary School.  All books should be mailed to Jenn Wheeler, P.O. Box 907, Buxton, NC 27920.  To donate money to the family fund, you can go to any LGFCU or SECU and ask for Amanda Windham’s special account.

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



Richard Baran

Richard Baran, 46, of Hatteras Island went out on a hunting trip Jan. 23, 2016 , but did not return home.      
 
Richard was raised in Mantoloking, N.J., but relocated to Hatteras Island. His love of the water and outdoors began as a young child.  He was an avid surfer, fisherman, and hunter.  An experienced Captain and Guide,  Rich lived and worked his passion. He owned and operated Rich Baran's Guide Service for many years.

Rich was predeceased by his father, Richard Baran.  He is survived by his mother, Roxianna Baran, of Wall, N.J., and his sister Robin Stowe, her husband, Robert, and their children, Joseph, Bobby, and Melissa all of Point Pleasant, N. J.

Richard's family would like to thank everyone who participated in the search  to find Rich, and we would also like to thank everyone who shared in his "Celebration of Life."
           
   
Donations can be made to the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 639, Buxton,  NC 27920, or Hatteras Island Target Shooters, P.O. Box 753, Buxton, NC 27920.




William Curtis 'Curt' Hudson

TARBORO -- William Curtis “Curt” Hudson, 69, passed away on Monday, Jan. 18.

A funeral service was held at Carlisle Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 21, with the Rev. Bobby Tyson officiating. Burial followed in Edgecombe Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daisy and Bud Hudson, and a brother, Barry Hudson.

Curt i
s survived by a loving family which includes his wife, Helen Mills Hudson; brothers, Jesse N. Hudson, Dennis Hudson and wife, Patsy; sister-in-law, Bobbie Lou Hudson; several loving nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews that will miss him dearly.

Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc. of Tarboro. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.carlislefuneralhome.com



Larry McCoy Ballance Sr.

WANCHESE -- Larry McCoy Ballance Sr. of passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at 85 years old.  He was born on May 19, 1930 in Hatteras village to the late Walter and Juanita Ballance. Larry was a retired waterman, carpenter, and heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Wanchese. Larry loved old western movies, children, and working in his garden. He was a kind, gentle man, and was loved by all who knew him.

Larry is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Dorita Ballance; five children, Becky Beacham (Carl), Betsy Midgette (Wayne), Larry Ballance Jr. (Carletta), Rev. William “Bill” Ballance (Mary Ann), and Cathy Daniels (Mark); sister, Jean Daniels (Elmo); 11 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by both of his parents and his siblings, Anna Utley, Tommy Ballance, and Wayne Ballance.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Bethany United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Ballance, Rev. Mark Daniels, Rev. Elmo Daniels and Rev. Terry Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Tillett Cemetery in Wanchese. The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church Building 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.



Frances Joyce Kapp Huggett

WAVES -- Frances Joyce Kapp Huggett, 86, died on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at her home. A native of Charleston, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Edward R. Kapp and Frances Marguerite Wehrle. Joy was very active in the Hot Line Thrift Shop of Waves for many years.

Joy is survived by daughters, Karen Caldwell of Birmingham, Ala., and Susan Williams of Cary, N.C.; sons, John Doyle of Atlanta, Ga., and Robert Huggett of Waves, and granddaughter, Helen, of Birmingham. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edgar Huggett.

In keeping with Joy’s wishes, there will be no memorial service at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of Felines -- Cape Hatteras Island, PO Box 310, Avon, NC 27915.

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




Elizabeth Parsons

OCRACOKE -- Elizabeth Parsons, 81, died on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Elizabeth was the daughter of the late James and Elizabeth Williams. She was the owner of the Pamlico Gift Shop for more than 30 years and was a successful painter of folk art in her later years. Elizabeth was a lifelong member of the Ocracoke Assembly of God, where she taught Sunday School for many years.

Elizabeth is survived by a daughter, Edna McKelvey; sons, Leonard and Roger Parsons; five grandchildren, Beverly, Matthew, Leslie, Christian and Amanda; four great-grandchildren, Bella, Dessire, Gage and Autumn; a sister, Della Gaskill; and two nephews, Monroe and Parker Gaskill. Along with her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Parsons, and a son, Jim Parsons.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Ocracoke Island Assembly of God with Pastor Ivey Belch officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives following the service in the fellowship hall. Food will be received at the Ocracoke Island Assembly of God fellowship hall beginning at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ocracoke Island Assembly of God, PO Box 68, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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




Donald Clarke Casey

BUXTON -- Donald Clarke Casey, 77, died in his home on Friday evening, Jan. 29, 2016.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Louise (Holbert) Casey and his four children: Jean-Louise (Casey) Dixon and her husband, David, of Buxton; John D. Casey and his wife, Kimberly, of Carlsbad, Calif.; Michael C. Casey and his wife, Ansley, of Manteo, and Ellyn Clare Casey of Kill Devil Hills.

Born and raised in Johnson, Neb., the son of D. Clarke Casey and Lois (Carle) Casey, he was a long-time resident of Alexandria, Va., until his retirement to Buxton in 2006.

Mr. Casey attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1961 with a degree in chemical engineering.  In 1964, he earned his law degree from the University of Nebraska as well.  He earned his LLM in patent law from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1966.  He met his wife, Louise, in Lincoln, where they were married.  In 1964, he joined the JAG Corps of the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge in 1969 as a captain.  He served in the Pentagon for his entire military career.

Mr. Casey practiced patent law in Washington, D. C., and Alexandria, Va., for his entire career.  He was active in local politics, serving on the Alexandria City Council for three terms from 1977 to 1986.  He retired from private practice in 2006.  He was a member of the Beverly Hills United Methodist Church in Alexandria.

During his later years, Mr. Casey’s two passions were his gardening and his grandchildren.  Mr. Casey is survived by 11 grandchildren:  Jacob, Noah and Jonah Dixon of Buxton; Connor and Nora Casey of Carlsbad, Calif.; Fletcher, Wallace and Bryson Casey of Manteo, and Hayden Harper and Oliver and Elliott Barker of Kill Devil Hills.

He volunteered at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.  He was also active in the Cape Hatteras Masonic Lodge 698, serving as Master of the chapter at the time of his death.

A memorial will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Avon.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund at P.O. Box 750, Avon, NC 27915.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Gallop Funeral Services in Nags Head and expressions of condolences are welcome at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.



David William Herrick

FRISCO -- Dedicated husband, loving father, and true friend, David William Herrick, passed away peacefully in his home Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at the age of 74. A former naval chief, David spent his retirement on Hatteras Island commercial fishing, which proved to be his passion.

He is survived by his wife, Bernadette Herrick; brother, Robert Herrick and sister-in-law of Saint Petersburg, Fla.; four daughters, Cheryl and Shelley Herrick, who reside in Tampa, Fla., and Elke Schwartz and husband and Lori Scarborough and husband, from Hatteras Island; and one son, John Harting and wife of Crystal River, Fla.  He will also be deeply missed by his five granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

David was an honorable man and will be long remembered by the many people he touched during his life.

There will be a memorial service at Frisco Pier on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to OBPA, PO Box 1355, Buxton, NC 27920 or the charity of your choice.

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



Lorenzo Jackson 'Jack' Allen

RALEIGH -- Lorenzo Jackson “Jack” Allen, 84, passed away at Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head on Jan. 25, 2016 after a very brief illness. Jack had resided at the Spring Arbor assisted living facility in Kill Devil Hills since October of 2012.

Jack was predeceased by parents, Lafayette David Allen and Mamie Meadows Allen; his wife, Melba Jean Joyner Allen; brothers: Carlyle E. Allen, L. D. Allen Jr., Louis M. Allen, and Adrian V. Allen; sister, Katherene Allen Patterson, and niece, Olivia Garrett Allen. He is survived by brother, Billy T. Allen; stepson, Trent Liter; and nephews: Scott Allen, Kent Allen, Brad Allen, Greg Allen, Preston Massey Jr., Allen Massey, and a niece, Mary Allen Brown.

Jack graduated from Millbrook High School in Raleigh in 1950. As a young man, he served on the U.S. Navy carrier ship Wasp. When he returned to his home in Raleigh, he worked in the real estate business. Having grown up on a fam
ily farm, he later worked for the U.S. and N.C. Agriculture Departments, collecting crop data in eastern North Carolina. Jack was known by family, friends, and associates as a kind and generous man with a light heart and good sense of humor that touched many lives. He always brought a smile to those around him and will be missed by all that knew him.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545. The family will visit immediately following the service.

Any memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
       
Condolences to the family may be sent to poolefuneral.com under Obituaries.



Joan Annette Hooper O'Neal

SALVO -- Joan Annette Hooper O’Neal, 76,  died on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Born in Rodanthe, she was the daughter of Zenovah Catherine O’Neal Hooper of Salvo and the late Edward Burgess Hooper. Annette worked as the innkeeper for the Salvo Inn Motel. She was a member of the Fairhaven United Methodist Church and the Rebekah Lodge.

Along with her mother, Annette is survived by three grandsons, Christopher Bruner of Salvo, Charles Bragg of Salvo, and Shane Bruner of Oklahoma.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, at Clarks Bethel United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Bliss officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives prior to the service, beginning at 12 noon. Private burial will take place at the Hooper Family Cemetery.

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



Lorena Ballance O'Neal


OCRACOKE -- Lorena Ballance O’Neal, 91, NC died on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at her home. A native of Ocracoke, she was the daughter of the late Elisha Ballance and Emma Gaskins. Lorena was a homemaker and a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church and the Ocracoke Methodist Women’s Society. She volunteered for the local school and church for many years.  She enjoyed spending time with her three grandsons, whom she loved with all her heart.

Lorena is survived by a daughter, Lisa Caswell and her husband, Bill, and three grandchildren, Aaron, Evin and Liam. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Morris O’Neal, and eight siblings, Elsie Garrish, William Ballance, Elisha Ballance, Henry Ballance, Lawrence Ballance, Maurice Ballance, Reginald Ballance and Clare Ballance.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Ocracoke United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Bryant officiating. Private burial will take place at the Ballance family cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ocracoke United Methodist Church, Box 278, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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



Victor Lemoine Rollinson Sr.

WANCHESE -- Victor Lemoine Rollinson Sr., 76, died on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 at his home. Born May 7, 1939 in Buxton, he was the son of the late Robert Crisp Rollinson and Patricia Williams Rollinson Herbert. Vic served his country honorably for 20 years with the United States Coast Guard and retired as a Chief Boatswain’s Mate. He was a charter member of Manteo Faith Baptist Church.

Vic is survived by his wife of 55 years, Deanna Beavers Rollinson; two sons, Victor L. Rollinson Jr. and wife, Allison, and Jamie D. Rollinson and wife, Polly, all of Wanchese; five grandchildren, Victor Rollinson III, Kasey Rollinson, Austin Rollinson, Savanah Rollinson and Riley Rollinson; and three sisters, Audrey Rollinson of Buxton, Bette Gray and husband, Rudy, of Rodanthe and Celia Marie Meekins and husband, Roger, of Manteo. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Peggy Gilbert and Shirley O’Neal; and two brothers, Bobby Rollinson and John Boyd Rollinson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Manteo Faith Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Dennis officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Manteo Faith Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Manteo, NC 27954 or online at www.manteofbc.org.

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



Dorothy Virginia Robinson

FRISCO -- Dorothy Virginia Robinson (née Pettitt) passed away unexpectedly at her home on Jan. 9, 2016 at the age of 86.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Margie Randall, and husband, Clint; Grandsons Ken Randall and wife, Shannah,  and Tom Randall, and wife, Alicia; and great-granddaughters, Lauren James, and husband, Dustin, Taylor Randall, Erin Randall, and Madison Randall. The newest love of her life was her great great-granddaughter Rilee James. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, son Stanley Jr., and her siblings, Robert, Leonard, Hazel, and Jimmy.

Dorothy was born on Jan. 17, 1929 in Fairfax, Va., to Guy and May Pettitt. She spent most of her lengthy career as a comptroller for various businesses in Virginia and then Hatteras Island. She had many fond memories of her co-workers and employers that she liked to share. She was extremely active in the Winchester, Va., chapter of the Moose Lodge. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, John, and acquired many dear friends during this time. After John’s passing in 1989, she moved to Hatteras Island to be close to her daughter and family. She joined the Cape Hatteras Baptist Church shortly after settling in Frisco, where she quickly made numerous friends that she dearly loved and cherished throughout the years.
 
She was the perfect embodiment of a dignified, beautiful Southern lady. She had a generous spirit and was quick to offer praise and a hug in times of accomplishment or when anyone needed a little comfort. She loved spending time with family and friends and was always proud and boastful of her four great-granddaughters, not only for their achievements but for their character. Her love of life, quick wit, determination, and the sparkle in her eye will never be forgotten but will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and truly loved her.

The family would like to thank Dare County EMS and all the first responders for their efforts and compassion exhibited during a very emotional and heartbreaking moment. We would also like to thank the members of Cape Hatteras Baptist
Church and the entire Hatteras Island community for their condolences and support. The amount of love that has been displayed for Miss Dottie has helped ease the tremendous pain of our loss.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Cape Hatteras Baptist Church in Frisco with a reception to follow at the church. Pastor Russ Howard will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate  Dorothy’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Cape Hatteras Baptist Church at PO Box 156, Frisco, NC 27936.

Please express your condolences to the family via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.



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