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2017 OBITUARIES

Evan Michael Maurice Quidley
January 13, 2013 – October 8, 2017

WILSON -- Evan Michael Maurice Quidley, 4, of Wilson, NC died Sunday, October 8, 2017.

Evan is survived by his parents, Alex Quidley and Colette Vanderbilt; foster mother, Vivian Davis; paternal grandmothers, Jennifer Sherwood, Donna-Marie Quidley, and Jasmine Quidley; maternal grandmother, Sandy Vanderbilt; paternal great-grandparents, Grayson Hooper, and Maurice and Sandra Quidley; paternal great-great-grandmother, Ann Beckham; uncle, Hunter Hill; aunt, Ashlyne Quidley; great-uncles, Jamie (Monica) Hooper, Benji Quidley, Nathan (Maegan) Quidley, and Jeremey Quidley; great-aunt, Veronica Dent; and cousins, Abigail and Samuel Dent, Brock Quidley, Ella Quidley, Sienna Quidley, Nora Quidley, and Debbie Hooper.

Evan was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Maurice L. Quidley, Jr.; and paternal great-grandmother, Debbie Hooper.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, October 16, 2017, at the Vernesoni/Quidley Family Cemetery in Buxton.

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




William Thomas Midgett
November 1, 1949 – October 4, 2017

OCRACOKE -- William Thomas Midgett, 67, of Ocracoke, NC died Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at his home. Born in Morehead City, he was the son of the late Betty Louise Williams Midgett and Ralph Midgett.

A United States Army Veteran, William served his country honorably during the Vietnam War. He then retired from the NCDOT – Ferry Division and also worked for the National Park Service. William was a Mason and loved fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.

William is survived by his wife, Pamela Scarborough Midgett; three daughters, Kimberly Midgett O’Neal (Reginald O’Neal, Jr.), Merrian Elizabeth Midgett (Christopher Howarth), and Erin Michelle O’Neal (Chad O’Neal) all of Ocracoke; a son, Shanon Patrick Eiben (Suzanne Francis Eiben) of Frisco; four grandchildren, Cody Pinter, Payce Howarth, Carter O’Neal, and William Ross Francis; and a brother, Gerald Edward Midgett of Ocracoke.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Ocracoke United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Bryant officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made 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.



Robert Gray Schwartz, Sr.
November 16, 1949 – September 29, 2017


BUXTON -- Robert Gray Schwartz, Sr., 67, of Buxton, NC died Friday, September 29, 2017, at Peak Resources – Outer Banks. Born in Norfolk, VA on November 16, 1949, he was the son of the late Iris Johnson Schwartz and Robert Lee Schwartz.

A resident of Hatteras Island since 1970, Robert was a former commercial fisherman and retired as a brick mason.

Robert is survived by his wife, Melodi Gray Schwartz; four children, Robert Gray Schwartz, Jr. and wife Elke, Stefan Gray Schwartz, Lacey Iris Schwartz all of Buxton, NC and Justin Cole Davis and wife Sara of Portland, OR; and three grandchildren, Haven, Keith, and Lauren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017, at Hatteras United Methodist Church with Rev. Toni Wood and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. A reception will follow at the Hatteras Village Community Building.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hatteras United Methodist Church, PO Box 310, Hatteras, NC 27943 or Dare Hospice, PO Box 669, Manteo, NC 27954

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



Fletcher R. Medlin

BUXTON -- Fletcher R. Medlin died at his home in Buxton, NC on Friday, September 22, 2017 at the age of 92.

He formerly lived in Norfolk, VA and retired from the Norfolk Naval Station. Also, having lived in Henderson, NC, Fletcher served his country honorably in the United States Navy during World War II.

At his home in Buxton, Fletcher was well loved by his many friends and neighbors. He enjoyed gardening and would often share his fruits and vegetables with others.

Fletcher is survived by his wife, Katie Christine; a son, Dennis and wife, Penny; three grandchildren, Amanda O’Connell and husband, Jack, Austin, and Ashley; and one great-grandson, Graham.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at Elmwood Cemetery in Henderson, NC. A memorial service will be held in Buxton at a later date.

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





Robert Max Gray, Jr.
July 6, 1956 – September 18, 2017


AVON -- Robert Max Gray, Jr., 61, of Avon, NC died Monday, September 18, 2017, at his home. A native of Dare County, he was the son of Esta Gray and Robert Max “Bobby” Gray, Sr.

A commercial fisherman, Bobby, Jr. had a family affiliation with Faith Life Worship Center.

In addition to his parents, Bobby, Jr. is survived by a sister, Rhonda Gray; a brother, Virgil Gray and wife Dorothy all of Cape May, NJ; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Steven Douglas Gray.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017, at Faith Life Worship Center with Rev. Bryan Gray officiating. Burial will take place at the Gray family cemetery in Buxton. The family will receive friends and relatives on Thursday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the church.

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






Donna Kay Gray Midgett
August 4, 1944 – September 18, 2017

WAVES -- Donna Gray Midgett, 73, of Waves, NC passed away Monday, September 18, 2017, in her home surrounded by family. She was born in Avon, NC and graduated from Cape Hatteras School. Donna loved everyone and was loved by everyone.

Donna is survived by her husband of 54 years, Carroll H. Midgett, Sr.; son, Carroll H. Midgett, Jr. (Dawn); daughter, Angelia M. Jackson (Kenny); brother, James I. Gray (Joy); five grandchildren, Cristopher Scarborough (Katherine), Amber Distel, Shannon Williams (Thom), Jeffrey DelMonte (Erin), and Angie Gaskill (Todd); eight great-grandchildren, Kristiana Distel, Brayden Harper, Kayla Scarborough, Claire Scarborough, Luke Williams, Mason Williams, Emma DelMonte, and Cullen Gaskill; four nephews, James Gray, Troy Gray, Abby Midgett, Jr., and Terry Midgett; and six nieces, Roberta Midgett, Joyce Waters, Karen Jakob, Carolyn Benton, Helen Harris, and Amelia Midgett.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lonie Gray; and her sister, Wanda Dokken.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Faith Life Worship Center in Avon with Rev. Bryan Gray and Rev. David Stowe officiating. Burial will take place at the Midgett Family Cemetery in Waves. The family will receive friends and relatives Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dare Hospice, PO Box 669, Manteo, NC 27954.

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




Chauva Miguel Donnelly

AVON -- Chauva Miguel Donnelly, 42, passed away at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

He joins his beloved mother Margie, and leaves behind his brother, Frankie Carmello Hopkins, his wife, Beth Hayes Donnelly and her children Ayden, Alastar, and Maya Damitio, his aunt and uncle Linda and Steve Watkins, his cousins Eric and Andrea Watkins & nephews Oakley and Branson, his niece Layla, his grandmother Helen Himmel, and his and hundreds of friends on Hatteras Island.

Chauva’s mark on everyone he met was undeniable. He was a kind-hearted and generous soul who would give a friend the shirt off his back, but who hesitated to ever ask for help in return.

A Pasadena Maryland native but a Kinnakeeter at his core, Chauva was a true individual with no equal when it came to his unapologetic free spirit, his open heart, and his deviously infectious sense of humor. Everyone who met him would walk away with an unforgettable impression and usually a crazy story or two, and he was known for accepting and charming everyone he knew, without judgement, and with a contagious smile.

Chauva was a masterful carpenter, an unparalleled storyteller, an unabashed adventurer, an eloquent surfer, a ridiculously smooth talker, a sly poker player, a beloved uncle, a competitive fishermen, an originator of catch phrases, a charismatic ladies’ man, and above all else, an exceptional and unselfish friend.

Collectively, he leaves behind thousands of memories and a community that will never forget him. An extraordinary individual who could never be replicated, Chauva will remain legendary and loved by anyone who was lucky enough to have him drift into their life.

A memorial paddle-out to celebrate Chauva is being planned for October 21, 2017. A community gathering was also held on Thursday at Turner’s High Moon Bar with dozens of his close friends.

Some people become part of your bones like saltwater in the sea, and are always with you. We carry you, Chauva, in the waves of our hearts.




Pastor Delia Faye Ballance
September 7, 1931 - September 5, 2017

Pastor Delia “Faye” Ballance of Dover, Delaware went home to be with her Lord at home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.  Faye was born September 7, 1931, in the town of Avon, NC to the late Eugene and Lovie Gray.

At the age of seventeen, she married the love of her life Ruffus “Linwood” Ballance on November 30, 1948 in Elizabeth City, NC.  A year later she and Linwood moved to Staten Island, NY.  It was there that they embraced the adventure of their new city lives.

In New York, she also became a mom, who truly adored her children.  She made every provision for them and made sure they had a relationship with Jesus Christ.

For a simpler life they moved to Dover, Delaware in 1968.  When her children became teenagers she decided to further her education.  She enrolled and later graduated second in her class from Delaware State University.  Faye later found employment in the Capital School District where she taught 7th and 8th graders.

She was ordained as a minister in 1978.  Later in that year, she was instrumental in founding Liberty Church and served several decades as Senior Pastor.  She was still preaching until being called home to be with her Lord and Savior.

Pastor Faye’s greatest passion was her service to the church.  She was especially excited to perform baptisms and guided many people through her ministry.  She was a pastor to pastors and a mother to many.

Love was the foundation of everything she pursued.  Her presence was extraordinary wherever she went.  The Light that shined so brightly through her beamed the Glory of God to all who saw it.

Her soul mission was to have an intimate relationship with the Lord and to share that same intimacy with the entire world.  She was the Lion and the Lamb- the gentlest soul with the might to give great direction.  Pastor Faye never said too much or too little and always waited on the Lord’s consideration for each step she took.  She represented a taste of heaven to the earth.  Her witness of God’s strength and comfort during times of trouble was amazing.

Psalm 23 meant so much to her.  Having full knowledge that lying down in green pastures was a restful surrender to God’s plan that only leads to one place - THE RESTORATION OF OUR SOUL.  She modeled it daily for us.

Pastor Faye was a great mother, pastor, teacher and friend.  We celebrate her, her illuminating teachings, and her legacy to live and do all for God’s Glory.  

She is survived by her son Gregory Ballance (Debra); her daughter,  Diana Hegeman (Scott); six grandchildren, Tiffany Price, Jacqueline Ferger, Samantha Hemphill,  Jason Ballance, Devin Miller & Jason Hegeman; great grandchildren, Caleb, Ethan, Savannah, & Addison; and her sister, Lillian Bennett.  To the many that Pastor Faye mothered in so many ways, especially Liberty Church, may you always know that she affectionately loved you dearly.

A viewing will take place Saturday. September 9, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Avenue., Wyoming, DE.  Her Celebration of Life and Home Going Service will take place Sunday, September 10, 2017, 4 p.m. at Liberty Church, 1150 College Road, Dover, DE.  Friends may begin calling at 3pm.  Minister Debbie Brinkley, officiating.  Interment and committal service, Thursday, September 14, 2017, 11 am at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.  

Memorials may be made to the church.  Share a memory at www.pippinfuneralhome.com



Rose Marie Waterfield Ballance
October 18, 1943 – September 3, 2017

BUXTON -- Rose Marie Waterfield Ballance, 73, of Buxton, NC died Sunday, September 3, 2017, at her home. Born October 18, 1943, in Powells Point, she was the daughter of the late Lila Mae Daniels Waterfield and Wilbur Eris Waterfield.

In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Millard F. “Tex” Ballance; a son, Frankie Lee Gaskill; and two brothers, Kenneth Nile Waterfield, Sr. and David Lee Waterfield.

Rose is survived by her children, Donna Lynn Williams (Jarvis) of Buxton, Douglas E. Dorris, Jr. (Teri), Walter Eris Dorris both of Frisco and her beloved, “Sassy”; three grandchildren, Annette M. Dorris, Pete A. Dorris (Shelly), and Jarvis Williams, Jr. (Logan); and two great-grandchildren, Braylon Dorris and Saylor Williams. Also, surviving is a sister, Cora L. Ballance of Hatteras; a brother, Wilbur Eris Waterfield (Gilda) of Buxton; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held at 12:00 pm on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Family Life Center (across from Cape Hatteras High School) with a reception to follow. Burial will take place at the Ballance family cemetery in Buxton. The family will receive friends and relatives Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at the Family Life Center.

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.




James Robert Nelson Morton
November 18, 1919 – August 26, 2017

FRISCO -- James Robert Nelson Morton, 97, of Frisco, NC died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Saturday, August 26, 2017. Born in Canada, he was the son of the late Robert Francis Morton and Lille Jane Dean and the widower of Winnie DuChene Morton.

James served his country honorably in the United States Army.

In keeping with Mr. Morton’s wishes, there will be no services at this time.

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




Rosa Isabel Aburto Valencia

BUXTON -- Rosa Isabel Aburto Valencia departed this life suddenly in Currituck, NC Thursday, August 24, 2017. Rosa was nine years old. Among the numerous heartbroken and devastated family she leaves behind are her parents, Roberto Carlos Aburto Sanchez and Santa Adriana Valencia-Hernandez of Buxton and her brothers and sister, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins as well as her extended family members, teachers, and friends.

The funeral service will be held at Our Lady by the Sea Catholic Church in Buxton, NC Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. The burial will follow the service at the Williams Family Cemetery in Buxton. Pastor Billy Rutledge will officiate with Ivan Castillo translating.

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







Annette Yvonne Brunson

BUXTON and HUNTINGTON -- Mrs. Annette Yvonne Brunson, 81 went to be with the Lord in the peace and tranquility of her son’s home Tuesday August 22, 2017.  Annette was the daughter of the late Pluma and John Ransbottom and the grandmother of the late Justin Gray.

Annette was a member of Olive Baptist Church in Barboursville, West Virginia.  She also enjoyed 18 years of employment with the Yellow Taxi Company of Huntington where she worked as a dispatcher. In recent years, Annette found much joy in sharing her life with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving Annette Brunson is her husband of 63 years, Eddie F. Brunson; four children Eddie Lee (Gail) of Buxton, NC, Joey (Kelly) of Frisco, NC, Tami (Allen) of Olive Hill, KY and Teri (Douglis) also of Frisco, NC; seven grandchildren, Dusty, Petie, Tonya, Nora, Eddie Boi, Annette and Trenta; and 13 great-grandchildren Caydence, Peyton, Braylen, Kaitlin, Cobi, Dot, Piper, Jaxon, Jayden, Emeri, Nyah, Landon, and Kensley.  Also surviving are Annette’s three sisters, two brothers, and Sam. 

The funeral will be held in WV at Olive Baptist Church Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 11 a.m.  Friends and family may view Monday, August 28, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at church.  Burial at Spring Hill Cemetery will be private. Pastor Gordon Rutherford will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Annette’s name may be made to Dare Home Health and Hospice. The family extends its special gratitude to Annette’s in-home nursing team.

Local care was entrusted to Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. Wallace Funeral Home of Barboursville, WV will be in charge of funeral services. Condolences may be expressed at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.




Ian Danial Holder
February 26, 1982 – August 16, 2017

MANTEO -- Ian Danial Holder, 35, of Manteo, NC died Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

Ian was a kind, gentle soul that spoke volumes with measured and sparse words. He was a private person that did not want to worry others with his concerns. He loved art, music, reading, caring for stray animals, cooking, country ham and eastern NC barbeque, traveling, friends and family.  He grew up in the North Carolina mountains and in Raleigh.  In his travels as a young adult, Ian worked and lived all over the country, with the greatest time spent in Alaska.  He loved the rugged natural beauty of Alaska and particularly the Northern Lights. Ian grew to love the ocean and boats of all kinds from summers spent in Ocracoke with his grandparents as a child. He was a very skilled hard worker, working on commercial ships as a deck hand as well as performing maintenance on a variety of vessels. More recently, Ian wished to be closer to his family, which brought him back to North Carolina to work as a marine welder for the NCDOT Ferry Division.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, Bud and Nellie Holder and his cousin Christopher Holder. Ian is survived by his mother Gaynelle Knight and stepfather Vance, his aunt Sharon (Lin) Shehdan, cousin Meredith Shehdan, uncle Gene Holder, great-uncle Hank Toothman, cousin Nadine Overby (Don), Carmane Honeycutt and many other cousins and friends. 

To commemorate Ian’s life, visitation will be held at 1:00 pm and a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at the JC Raulston Arboretum Education Center adjacent to NCSU.  A private graveside service afterwards will be held at Hanks Chapel Church in Pittsboro.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ian’s name to Wake County SPCA, JC Raulston Arboretum or to the Unity Church of Raleigh playground fund.

Ian left this life with an unwavering knowledge that his family loved him deeply and was very proud of him.

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





Louise Oden Graham

MOORESVILLE Mrs. Louise Oden Graham, 91, of Mooresville, passed away Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at her home following a two year diagnosis of multiple myeloma. Louise was born Sept. 20, 1925, in Hatteras. She was the daughter of the late Dan Queen and Alice Gray Peele Oden.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Carlos Oden and Donald Oden; and sisters, Selma Hershman, and Melba Eure.

After graduating from Louisburg College, Louise attended East Carolina Teachers College. She was married 69 years to her loving husband, John Robert Graham Sr., Dec. 21, 1947, who survives her in death. She worked at the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill, before starting a family of five children and six grandchildren. Louise was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family, church, community and friends and served them all faithfully during her lifetime. She was a wonderful homemaker and volunteer. She especially enjoyed traveling the world. As a devout Christian woman, Louise was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and loved her Sunday school class. The Lake Norman Seedlings was the focus of her community involvement.

In addition to her husband, Louise is survived by sons, John Robert Graham Jr., Richard Eugene Graham, Charles Edward Graham and wife, Debbie of Mooresville, David Lynn Graham of Hickory; daughter, Emily Graham Lutz and husband, John of Forest City; grandchildren, Kristen McKenzie Graham and Carly McCrea Graham of Mooresville, David Clark Graham of Hickory, Jonathan Lane Lutz, Hunter Graham Lutz and Jack Holden Lutz of Forest City.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Trinity Baptist Church with the Revs. Dr. Brad Harrison and Dr. Robert Jackson officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hatteras United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Hatteras, NC; Trinity Baptist Church, 221 Ervin Rd., Mooresville, NC 28117; Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625; or American Cancer Society, Multiple Melanoma Research, 1901 Brunswick Ave., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207-1897. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Graham family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.




Mildred Mae Midgett
August 27, 1938 – August 18, 2017

RODANTHE -- Mildred Mae Midgett, 78, died Friday, August 18, 2017 at The Outer Banks Hospital. A native of Rodanthe, she was the daughter of the late Carethia Midgett and David B. Midgett. Mildred was a member of Fair Haven United Methodist Church.

Mildred is survived by two children, Linda M. Midgett and Joseph David Midgett and wife, Kit all of Rodanthe; three grandchildren, Kayleigh Mae, Andrew Moore, and Emma Joy; a great-grandson, Kaiden Wade Early; a sister, Maggie Smith and companion Mack Hairr of Chesapeake; along with several nieces, nephews, and numerous other family members.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert K. Midgett, Jr.; two sons, Gary Wade Midgett and H.K. Midgett III; and two brothers, David B. Midgett, Jr. and Joseph “Mac” Midgett.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at Fair Haven United Methodist Church with Pastor Stephen Wescott officiating. Graveside committal and burial will be private in the Midgett family cemetery.

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



Dr. Edward C. Cruikshank
February 18, 1943 - August 9, 2017


Edward Clark Cruikshank, D.D.S., 74, of Hatteras Village, NC, passed away unexpectedly on August 9, 2017. He was a devoted and loving husband to Carol, father to Sarah and Alex, and grandfather, brother and friend.

Ed was born February 18, 1943 in Ivydale, West Virginia to John Curns (J.C.) and Rose Hamrick Cruikshank. He attended high school at the Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV, graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and received his D.D.S. from WVU’s School of Dentistry.

Ed was a 42 year resident of Martinsburg, WV, where he built a successful dentistry practice. He was a longtime member of the West Virginia Dental Association, and at one point he was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Dentistry.  Nine years ago, he retired with his beloved Carol to Hatteras, North Carolina, where he had long spent good fishing years.

Ed grew up hunting and fishing in Ivydale and surrounding areas. He continued to hunt until his mid thirties -- including several trips out west. He fished throughout his life, preferring the salt waters of the Atlantic in increasingly larger sport fishing boats. He was an active member of the Hatteras Marlin Club, and participated in many billfish tournaments with friends.

Ed was also an avid skier. He taught his kids to ski at Snowshoe Mountain in WV. He was a 40 year visitor to Vail, Colorado, where - in retirement - he enjoyed extended ski trips. He was also a tireless reader, with a passion for knowledge.

Ed is survived by his sister, Doris Cruikshank Bauer, of West Palm Beach, FL; by his brother, John (Jay) Curns Cruikshank Jr., of North Palm Beach, FL; by his brother, Telford Cruikshank, of Lake Okeechobee, FL; by his daughter, Sarah Cruikshank Ockman, and son-in-law Howard Ockman, of Nairobi, Kenya; by his son, Alex M. Cruikshank, of Sarasota, FL; and by his four wonderful grandchildren, Caleb Ockman, Anabel Ockman, Reuben Ockman and Jack Cruikshank. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 46 years, Carol Cole Cruikshank, who passed away on May 12, 2013.

The memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Martinsburg, WV, where his ashes will be placed in the columbarium, with the Rev. Julie Harris presiding. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Trinity Episcopal Church or the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department.





Walter M. Wells
June 12, 1930 - August 7, 2017


SALISBURY, Md. -- Walter M. Wells, 87, passed peacefully at home, surrounded by family, August 7, 2017.  Born in Oklahoma City, Ok, June 12 1930, he departed in the midst of an unexpected tornado. He is survived by wife, Peggy, son, Robert, daughters Betty and Mary, son-in-law Stephen, grandchildren Joseph and Tara and sister Mary Ellen.


Walt and Peggy vacationed in Hatteras for all of their 40 years together, most recently in June. Many thanks to all of their friends who helped them have a truly memorable final vacation.








Wanda Kay Gray O’Neal
January 10, 1948 – August 10, 2017

AVON -- Wanda Kay Gray O’Neal, 69, of Avon, NC died Thursday, August 10, 2017, at her home. Born in Cumberland County, NC on January 10, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Alma Scarborough Gray and Arthur Lupton Gray. She was a homemaker and member of St. John United Methodist Church.

Wanda is survived by her husband, Loran Pierce O’Neal, Jr.; five children, Mary Elizabeth O’Neal, Loran “Buddy” O’Neal III, Ethel Ann O’Neal, Pamela S. O’Neal, and Clifton O’Neal; ten grandchildren, Melanie, Sarah, Ida, Ursi, David, Loran IV, Brian, Cody, Nick, and Xana; and eight great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, Wanda was preceded in death by two daughters, Patricia Mae Montalvo and Angela Dawn Touchet.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 13, 2017, at St. John United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gina Miller officiating. A reception will be held immediately following the service in the fellowship hall. Burial will take place at the Miller family cemetery in Avon. The family will receive friends and relatives Saturday evening at the church from 6 until 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John United Methodist Church, PO Box 129, Avon, NC 27915.

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



Jackie L. Goldman

SALVO -- Jackie Lee Goldman, 84 of Salvo, NC passed away on Thursday August 10, 2017 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Mr. Goldman is survived by his wife of 63 years, Beatrice M. Goldman; his daughter Ann M. Liston of Hertford, NC; his sons, Jeffery Curtis Goldman also of Salvo, NC and Paul Lee Goldman of Buxton, NC; two granddaughters, Amy DeYoung of Newport News, VA and Kimberly Liston of Hertford, NC. Also surviving are many extended family members.
The family will hold a memorial service at a future date.

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




Velton Jones Austin, Jr.

FRISCO -- Velton Jones Austin, Jr., 62 of Frisco died unexpectedly Friday, July 29, 2017. Velton Jr. is  predeceased by his parents, Velton Austin, Sr. and Mary Austin Curles, and his former wife, Sharon Austin.

Surviving Velton Jr. are his three children, Joshua Austin, Shasi Austin and Jacob Austin; three  brothers, Alphe (Debbie) Austin, Richard (Rebecca) Austin and James Kelley. Also left to cherish his memory is one very special grandson Toby Austin and close family friends Clide Perkins and Cameron Brown, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held August 7, 2017 at Cape Hatteras Baptist Church Frisco,  at 2 p.m., with a reception following in the church fellowship hall.

The family would like to thank Hatteras Island Rescue Squad and Dare County EMS for their quick response and Gallop Funeral Services for their personal attention and care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.

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




Audrey Mae Allman Brewer
June 20, 1957 – July 30, 2017

MANTEO -- Audrey Mae Allman Brewer, 60, of Manteo, NC died Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Vidant Inpatient Hospice in Greenville, NC. Born in Chesapeake, Va. on June 20, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Olive Mae Carpenter Allman and Judson Caroll Allman.

A teacher’s aide at Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Audrey was also a bus driver for Dare County.

Audrey is survived by her husband, Charles Richard Brewer II; daughter, Samantha Jo Wade of Bedford, Va; son, Jeremiah Caleb Brewer of Manteo, NC; and two grandchildren, Elisabeth Ann Wade and Austin Dakota Wade.

In keeping with Audrey’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.



Lynne Grace Murray

FRISCO -- Lynne Grace Murray, 73, of Frisco went to the Lord on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

She moved to the Outer Banks in 1990 from Pittsburgh Pa., after falling in love with the area in the mid 1980s. She was a retired Police Officer from the Hill District in Pittsburgh.  Lynne also was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and a member of the Outer Banks Gun Club.

Lynne is survived by her brother, Tim Murray, sister-in-law Sharon and nephews, Neal and Seth Murray; and by her Aunt Lee Sullivan.  She is also survived by many close and dear friends she made over the 27 years she lived on the Outer Banks.

No services are planned at this time.  The family suggests that memorial love offerings may be made to Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men, PO Box 1591,  Buxton, NC 27920.

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




Cora Austin Simmons
December 22, 1942 – July 17, 2017

FRISCO -- Cora Austin Simmons, 74, of Frisco, NC died Monday, July 17, 2017, at Peak Resources – Outer Banks. A native of Hatteras, she was the daughter of the late Irma Midgett Austin and Fred B. Austin II and the widow of Alva Arnold Simmons, Sr.

Former treasurer of the Democratic Women’s Part, Cora worked as a loan officer and teller with East Carolina Bank. She was a former member of Kiwanis, and VFW Women’s Auxiliary, as well as a member of Hatteras United Methodist Church.

Cora is survived by three sons, Anthony Simmons of Greenville, Kerry Simmons, and Kevin Simmons, both of Frisco; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Fred B. “Barry” Austin III and wife, Sarah of Hatteras.

A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 21, 2017, at Hatteras United Methodist Church with Rev. Toni Wood and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. Burial will take place at the Ballance Cemetery in Buxton, NC. The family will receive friends and relatives Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920 or Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, PO Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943 (online at www.hicf.org).

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



George Jones Spence, Jr.

KILL DEVIL HILLS -- George Jones Spence, Jr., age 89, of Kill Devil Hills, NC died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Spence, a native of Elizabeth City, NC, was the son of the late George J. Spence and Pearl Kellam Spence and the husband of Stephanie Pitts Spence.

He was a retired college professor, actor, director, author, and Dare County employee. He will be remembered for his love of the local area and its famous outdoor drama, “The Lost Colony.”

Mr. Spence is survived by his wife, Stephanie; his son, George “Jamie” Spence, and daughter-in-law, Nam Sayavong; his daughter, Shannon Dudley, and son-in-law, Rolfe Dudley; and grandchildren, Ryder Dudley, Stephanie Dudley, Takumi Spence, and Tyler Spence, all of Kill Devil Hills. He is also survived by his nephews, Al Hargrove of Raleigh and Richard Hargrove of Virginia Beach, Va; his sister-in-law, Pam Goodwin, niece, Laura Walter and their families of Coinjock, NC. He was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Ann Hargrove.

Mr. Spence earned a B.A. degree from Wake Forest College in 1951, attended the University of North Carolina where he majored in theatre in 1953 and attended Florida State University to gain his master’s degree in 1958-1960. He taught and served as chairman of the Theatre Department at Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, NC in 1964. In 1965, he became associate professor of drama at East Tennessee University in Johnson City, Tennessee until 1968.

His summers were spent working in dinner theatre and outdoor dramas. He worked with “The Lost Colony” playing Simon Fernando (1949-1954), Father Martin (1970-1972), and later Governor White (2000-2001). He appeared in other outdoor dramas, “Horn in the West” (1956), “Home Is The Hunter” (1964), “Cross and Sword” (1972-1973), and co-starred with his wife in “Trails of Tears” (1969). He also performed with Theatre of Dare for over 10 years.

His most exciting opportunities were working on “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1965, “Matlock” in 1989, Ricardo Mantalban on “American Experience” and producing a production of “Dog in the Manger” with Richard Boone, directing a production of “The Merchant of Venice” with John Carradine in the role of Shylock.

His life took a different turn in 1974 when he became employed by Dare County. He helped create a Public Information office from 1974-1980. In 1980, he was asked by the county manager to set up an Emergency Medical Services program, followed by an Emergency Management program. He served as Director on and off from 1980-1992. He was also a volunteer Dare County Sheriff’s Deputy.

He belonged to many organizations over the years including Southeastern Theatre Conference, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Screen Actors Guild, and North Carolina Civil Preparedness. He was an EMT and a certified Emergency Management Coordinator III.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church with the Rev. Betsy Haas officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to The Lost Colony, 1409 National park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954.

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




Gregory Erb Paul
 
Gregory Erb Paul (Greg), age 63, died on May 7, 2017, at the Greenville, NC, Medical Center, after a short illness. He was born February 27, 1954 and grew up in Scottdale, Pa.
 
Greg took some courses at Goshen College in Indiana in the mid-1970’s, and then graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va, around 1991. After years of writing and publishing crossword puzzles (some for the New York Times), he went to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, AZ, graduating in January 2009. From there he moved to Buxton, N.C., where he practiced Classical Homeopathy in his local community.
 
Greg is survived by his mother, Winifred Paul, his siblings: Philip Paul (Susan Rothmann), Barbara Miller (John), Roger Herr-Paul (Marianne), and Alta Dezort (William), and many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Charles Milford Paul.
 
He is remembered by all as someone with a great laugh, his big dog Bagel, walking the beach, and a passion for cooking and health.



Josephine Austin Oden

HATTERAS - Josephine Austin Oden born January 25, 1921, to the late Andrew Shanklin Austin and Inez Daniels Austin of Hatteras went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 3, 2017.

After attending Greensboro College and later UNC - Chapel Hill and graduating with a degree in journalism, she briefly worked for The Daily Advance in Elizabeth City before marrying Carlos Desmond Oden of Hatteras and starting a family.

This union created two offspring, Kenny, and Jeff as well as one grandchild, Marci. Josephine and her husband built the Sea Gull Motel in 1955 which they managed for many years before they retired.

Upon retiring from the business, dust never had a chance to settle on her shoulders as she chose to travel extensively. When not on the move she was very active and supportive in community affairs as well as her church.

In her later years, she volunteered in everything from Meals on Wheels to being a receptionist at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum into her 90’s. In fact, there is a 1922 photo displayed in the museum of a large picnic held by Brigadier General Billy Mitchell to show his appreciation to the villagers for their support to his historical efforts whereby Jo can be seen clinging to her mama as a 1-year-old.

Preceded in death by her son, Kenny; husband, Carlos; and granddaughter, Marci; she is survived by her son, Jeff and his wife, Katie Oden of Hatteras; and a sister, Sybil Skakle of Chapel Hill; and many extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Hatteras United Methodist Church with Rev. Toni Wood officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the HUMC Capital Improvement Fund, PO Box 310, Hatteras, NC 27943 or the Outer Banks Community Foundation, 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949.

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


James Barrie Gaskill

OCRACOKE - James Barrie Gaskill, 74, of Ocracoke, NC died on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Born in Carteret County on April 20, 1943, he was the son of the late Daisy Styron Gaskill and James Lumley Gaskill, Jr.
 
After graduating from the College of the Albemarle, James Barrie received his Bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University. He was a teacher at Ocracoke School and later became its principal. A commercial fisherman on the Pamlico Sound, he also served as a board member for the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association. In 2013, James Barrie and Gene Ballance shared the NCCF Pelican Award for leadership in restoring coastal habitat.
 
James Barrie is survived by his wife, Ellen Gaskill; two children, Candy and Morton Gaskill; sister-in-law, Linda Gaskill all of Ocracoke; and a nephew, Joseph Gaskill and wife Stephanie of St. Mary’s, GA. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph W. Gaskill.
 
In keeping with James Barrie’s wishes, there will be no service at this time.
 
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the North Carolina Coastal Federation, 3609 NC Hwy 24, Newport, NC 28570, or the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association, PO Box 1165, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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





Lois Kliefoth

FRISCO -  Mrs. Lois Kliefoth was taken home with Jesus June 7, 2017. She was 91. Lois was the daughter of the late Frank and Susan Saksek.  Her four brothers, and one sister preceded her in death as did her son, Timothy Charles Westlund and  her grandson, Derek Westlund.

Lois married Rodney Charles Westlund July 7, 1947 in Cloquet, Minn. Their union produced five children, four grandchildren, and one-great-grandchild. They were divorced in May of 1975. Rodney Westlund died Sept. of 1989.

Lois went on to create a successful career with Color Bright, Inc. of  Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota as a bookkeeper.  Eventually, God blessed her with a second marraige.  She met and married Walter Kliefoth on May 13, 1978. Walter Kliefoth  died in January of 1992.

Lois moved to Sienna Garden in Panama City, Fl. She lived there until 2016. At that time she moved to live with her daughter and son-in-law Gary in Frisco, NC.

Locally, Lois was an avid BINGO player and spent many happy hours quilting with her daughter Sue.  She also loved worshiping God with her Cape Hatteras Baptist Church family.

Lois Kliefoth is survived by her daughter Susan Patchel (Gary) of Frisco; three sons, Curtis Paul Westlund (Edith) of  Marlton, N.J.; Frederick Kim Westlund of Westhampton, N.J.; and Ted John Westlund (Gail) of Greenwood , Ind.; three grandchildren, Clare L. Westlund, Owen R.C. Patchel, and Samuel Westlund; and one great-grandson Asher Nole Patchel. 

The family will honor Mrs. Kliefoth's wishes for cremation and for her remains to rest in the family cemetery in Hummelstown, Pa.  No local services are planned. Condolences to the family may be expressed via the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.



Dolly Maxine McDaniel Morrow

BUXTON - Dolly Maxine McDaniel Morrow, 89, of Buxton, NC, died on June 11, 2017, at Peak Resources in Nags Head, NC.

She was born in Shenandoah, VA, to the late Claude and Mary (Monger) McDaniel, and was the wife of the late J. Morgan Morrow of Aliquippa, PA.  Dolly was a member of the New Bethlehem United Presbyterian Church and The Order of Eastern Star when she resided in Aliquippa, PA, and a member of the Buxton United Methodist Church and The Order of Eastern Star when she resided on the Outer Banks.

She is survived by her daughters, Judith Ann Morrow and Cindy Sue Morrow Karayiannis; her grandchildren, Michael Stelios Karayiannis and Alexander Morgan Karayiannis; her nephew and his wife, Harold Ray and Sandie Crissman and their children, Deb Russo and Dan Crissman.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her son, Mac Lee Morrow.  She will be laid to rest at Coraopolis Cemetery, Coraopolis, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dare Home Health and Dare Hospice, PO Box 669, Manteo, NC 27954.

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




Michael Wayne Keller

MANTEO -- Michael Wayne Keller, 73, of Manteo NC, died June 9, 2017 at his home.  A native of Kitty Hawk Village, Mike was the son of Earl and Belinda Keller.  Mike was employed with Atlantic Richfield Company after graduating from East Carolina University.  In 1976, he returned home and started “The Rope Shop” which became a leading supplier of commercial fishing supplies for the East Coast.  With the help of his family and dedicated employees, he operated this business for 40 years.

Mike was full of life, right up until his death.  All through his life he enjoyed exploring new places, whether it be for the naval reserves, buying trips for his shop, vacationing with his family, or mission trips in developing countries.  Mike will be remembered for his love of family and friends, his business aptitude, and his appreciation for boats and time on the water.

Mike is survived by his daughters, Toni Perrone and Belinda Sukeena, his sister, Sandra Sawyer, and his grandchildren, Kane, Sam, Zeke Gabby, and Danya.  He was predeceased by his son Michael, and his sister Violet.

Visitation will be held at Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo on Sunday, June 11th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, June 12th at Bethany United Methodist Church and followed by a graveside service at 4:00 pm at Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 or to North Carolina Waterman United, PO Box 536, Hatteras, NC 27943.

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



Mildred Stowe Willis
November 3, 1927 – June 5, 2017


HATTERAS -- Mildred Stowe Willis, 89, of Hatteras, NC entered into Eternal Rest on Monday, June 5, 2017. Mildred was born November 3, 1927, to the late Fred Angel Stowe and Fannie Peele Stowe.

Mildred loved God and her family. She was a member of the Hatteras Assembly of God Church in which she was very instrumental in its early formation. She served as an adult Sunday School teacher and musician for many years. Her faith in God was unwavering. Mildred was known for her beautiful singing. “I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy” and “Above the Bright Blue” were among her favorites.

Along with her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, Daniel Carl Willis; son, Alvin Daniel “Danny” Willis; daughter, Judy Faye Willis; daughter-in-law, Johnnie H. Willis; grandson, David Carl Willis; and great-grandson, Jacob E. Scott.

Mildred is survived by two sons, Norman C. Willis and Robert L. Willis (Darlene); one daughter, Marlene Burrus (Allen); and her grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Robert Willis, Jr., Dori Slater (John), Michelle Summerlin (Michael), Joshua Burrus, Jonathan Burrus, and Jennifer Hackley (Zachary). Also, thirteen (and one-half) great-great-grandchildren, Robbie, Alysa, Ryan, Allison, Elaina, Mikey, Matthew, Marcus, Maxwell, Madelyn, Mason, Koty, and Mia. She loved her family very much.

A celebration of Mildred’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Hatteras Assembly of God with the Rev. David Daniels officiating. Burial will take place at the Willis family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives immediately following the service at the home of Marlene and Allen Burrus, 57187 Pricilla Curve Road, Hatteras, NC.

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





Earl W. O'Neal, Jr.

OCRACOKE -- Earl W. O'Neal, Jr., 87, passed away May 26, 2017. Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Earl led a long and impactful life. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for four years, retired from the U.S. Army, and is a Korean War Veteran. In between his service, he participated in nuclear power research, held a career in engineering, and ran his own business. He and his late wife, Delores Collins, retired on Ocracoke Island, NC where he served on 10+ different committees, wrote 25+ books and articles, and received more than five awards for his genealogy and historical research of the Outer Banks. He is survived by two children, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.

A service will be held on Ocracoke Island June 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. For more information or to send condolences, please email [email protected] - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsobserver/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=185694704#sthash.xggHqTxC.dpuf







Brian Gilbert Oliver
May 11, 1961 – May 23, 2017

AVON -- Brian Oliver, 56, of Avon, NC passed away May 23, 2017, at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC. He was born May 11, 1961, in Baltimore, MD and relocated to Avon in the mid-80’s. Brian worked at RAM for 15 years and was a very talented craftsman on many levels. He had been a caretaker for his mother for the past two years.

Brian was the son of Helen Wise Oliver of Avon, NC and the late Warren G. Oliver. Along with his mother, he is survived by a son, Mike; brother, Warren; sister, Karen; sister-in-law, Brenda; and former wife, Karen. As well as nephews, Keith, Dan, Josh, and Tony; nieces, Dea, Chris, and Melodie; great-nephews, David, Chad, Kevin, and Kyler; great-nieces, Jordyn, Ayva, and Lilly; and three grandchildren, Justice, Shelby, and Carter.

He was loved by all and will be deeply missed.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at St. John United Methodist Church with a reception to follow.

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



Clyde Sherrill Austin
April 10, 1926 – May 18, 21017

OCRACOKE -- Clyde Sherrill Austin, 91, of Ocracoke, NC died at his home on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Born in Hatteras on April 10, 1926, he was the son of the late Ivey Austin and Ida Peele Austin.

Clyde was one of the four original crew members who started the Hatteras Inlet Ferry Service in the 1950’s. In 1986, he retired after 30 years of service with the NCDOT Ferry Division. Clyde then worked as a maintenance man at the Island Inn for years and was a caretaker of several properties on Portsmouth Island.

Clyde is survived by two daughters, Tammy Tolson and Trudy Austin; a grandson, Casey Tolson; and son-in-law, David Tolson.

Along with his parents, Clyde was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Howard Austin, who he married in 1959; brothers, Ivey Austin, Jr. and Clifton Austin; and a sister, Lucy Kathrine Ballance.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Ocracoke United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Bryant officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 332, Ocracoke, NC 27960 and Ocracoke United Methodist Church, 71 School Road, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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



Sara Burrus Shoemaker
August 14, 1939 – May 3, 2017

BUXTON - Sara Ethelbert Burrus Shoemaker, 77, of Buxton, NC passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Spring Arbor of The Outer Banks in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Her unwavering faith in God and the love and prayers of family, friends and church family carried her through the last few years in her battle with Alzheimer’s. 

Born in Hatteras, NC on August 14, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Maurice Lennon Burrus, owner of Burrus Oil Company, and Rebecca Stevens Burrus of Hatteras Village, NC.  Sara attended the Hatteras Village School and would graduate from the Hatteras Island Consolidated School in Buxton, NC.  Though always modest and somewhat shy, Sara was one of the young island beauties who was photographed by Hugh Morton in the 1950's and graced postcards and promotional brochures of the new Cape Hatteras National Seashore for many years after.

She followed in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, Emma Gilbert Stevens, and attended Chowan College in Murfreesboro, NC.  During this time, on a visit home from college, she met and would eventually marry her husband, William "Bill" Shoemaker, a young Coast Guardsman.  They were married for 59 years. 

Sara and her husband decided to make the Coast Guard a career and together they raised their two children before retiring to Buxton.  One of her favorite duty stations was St. Croix Light Station, a semi-isolated island where her love of music was rekindled.  Frequent parties with music and dancing were attended by many!  She was also an avid gardener and was known for her green thumb in the neighborhood.  She was always making sure the tree or garden she planted was in the perfect position.  If she decided, after something was planted, it wasn't in the "right" spot she would dig it up and move it to another spot! 

Her love of family history was instilled by her parents over Sunday dinners and during great storms or hurricanes where most notably her father would tell sea stories of family members; great-grandfather, Bateman Williams was a Lighthouse Keeper at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, grandfather, Ethelbert D. Burrus was also a Lighthouse Keeper and later a sea captain of a supply ship.  And of course, her father would talk about his days playing baseball in the major leagues.  Her mother would not be outdone, being a descendent of the Daughters of the Revolution and the Confederacy.  Sara would never forget the sharing during these times and the outpouring of love. 

Along with her husband, Bill, Sara is survived by a daughter, Deborah Shoemaker Blackmon and husband Doug; and a son, William "Bud" Shoemaker, Jr. and wife Marcie all of Buxton, NC. Her loving grandchildren are Matthew Nuckles and Zebediah, Rubie, and Grace Shoemaker.  She is also survived by her sisters, Dixie Burrus Browing and Mary Burrus Williams and their families.  Sara was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Gilbert Stevens Burrus.

A memorial service will be held at Lighthouse Assembly of God in Buxton, NC on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Hatteras Island Food Pantry c/o Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC, 27920.

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



Barbara Taylor Satterthwaite
January 30, 1943 – April 30, 2017

FRISCO - Barbara Taylor Satterthwaite, 74, of Frisco, NC and formerly of Newtown, Pennsylvania died Sunday, April 30, 2017. Born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania on January 30, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Dorothea Mae Taylor Satterthwaite and William Satterthwaite. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, John “Jack” M. Hebenstreit.

Barbara was a graduate of Council Rock High School, Newtown, PA and Peirce School of Business, Philadelphia, PA. Having spent her career in the publishing industry, she worked as the office manager for The Island Breeze, Hatteras island’s monthly news publication.

She was a member of Little Grove United Methodist Church and Cape Hatteras Angler’s Club. Barbara was very involved in the church and occasionally wrote and gave sermons. Her many hobbies included fishing, golfing, snow skiing, bowling, reading, and working on jigsaw puzzles.

Barbara is survived by six step-children and their extended families; sisters, Nancy S. Cassel and husband, Carl, and Charlotte C. Detwiler and husband, John; niece, Karen C. Boye and husband, Jay; and nephew, Carl F. Cassel, Jr. and wife, Kimberly.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Little Grove United Methodist Church in Frisco, NC.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dare Hospice, PO Box 669, Manteo, NC 27954 or Disaster Relief, in care of Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920

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




Myrtle Ruth Price
October 27, 1927 - April 25, 2017

Myrtle Ruth Price, 89, of the 800 block of High Point Ave., passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family on April 25, 2017. Born October 27, 1927, in Avon, N.C., she was a lifetime resident of the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Ruth was a graduate of Oceana High school and active member of its Alumni, London Bridge Baptist Church and Echoes Senior Choir. She received her Accounting certificate from Princess Anne Business College. She and her husband started and grew A.M. Price Oil Company which served the local community for over 20 years. Ruth was the daughter of the late Charles E. Gray, Sr. and Bertha Flowers Gray. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Alvin M. Price; her sisters, Gracie Gray, Lucy Knowles; brothers, Robert Gray, Norman Gray, and Charlie Gray, Jr; and 9 year old daughter, Cathy.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Gary Price and wife Carol; her daughters, Patricia Tolson and husband Buddy, and Cindy Cowie and husband Bob; five grandchildren, Jessica Holmes and husband Eric, Jennifer Price, Les Tolson and wife Kathleen, Chris O’Gorman and Sarah, and Ashton O’Gorman; eight great grandchildren, Finni, Teddy, Hazel, Sophie,Olive, Kira, Kaitlin, and Joseph.

Ruth was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend. She was a strong, beautiful soul who touched the lives of all who knew her through her humor, resilience, and sass. She had a passion for cooking, writing poetry, and dressing to the ‘nines.’ Throughout her life, she brought joy and offered love to everyone she met. She will be greatly missed. A special thanks to her loving niece Diane Payne who she cherished, Sister-in-laws Carolyn Gray and Helen Gray.

There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, April 29th at 11 a.m. in Princess Anne Memorial Park in Virginia Beach. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad. Please visit www.AltmeyerFH.com to offer a note of condolence to the family.




Sonja Oden Doran
March 13, 1938 –April 1, 2017

Sonja passed away in her sleep on April 1, at her home in Mount Vernon WA, after battling cancer for several years.

Sonja is survived by her husband of 58 years Stephen G Doran, brother Herbert Lynwood Oden Jr, sister Molly Stewart, daughter Denise Price, son Stephen R Doran and wife Jennifer, grandchildren Rebecca Kamena and Jason Kalles, and great grandchildren Clive, Audrey, Victoria, and Calvin.

Sonja was the oldest child of Herbert Lynwood Oden and Achsah Oden and was born on Hatteras Island, North Carolina. She was a 60 year member of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Methodist church. She married Steve on December 22,1958 and became a Navy wife. She traveled to many places as a Navy wife but her heart always remained at Hatteras. She loved the warmth, sunshine, the people and the white sandy beaches of her Hatteras Island and she never lost her southern hospitality.

According to her wishes there will be no service, a marker of her remembrance will be placed in the family cemetery in Hatteras.



William Thomas Marra

COLINGTON - After a long hard fight with cancer, William Thomas Marra, known to most as Tom or Tommy has left for his heavenly journey on Friday, April 14, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Beatrice Gwilliam Marra and William Marra, Sr.

With his passing he leaves behind a loving wife, Karyn Schweiker-Marra and seven children between them. They include his son John Thomas “JT” Marra and wife Melanie Marra their two children Carson and Madden; his daughter Mary Beth Marra with her two children Alec and Sarah; daughter by marriage, Sabrina Rodriguez and husband Shannon Strickland with their four children; Brandon, Raven, Alex and Zander; his son by marriage, Davin Watne, his wife Diana and their two children Aliya and Adira; another son by marriage Carol “Alyosha” Schweiker and companion Sharon Brescoach. In addition, there are two daughters by marriage, Kyra Schlosser with husband Jeff Schlosser and their kids Zoe and Max, and Heather Mullens, her husband Jay Mullens and their two kids Seth and Conner and his brother, John Marra.

Tom was the most loving and caring father as well as grandfather.  He always was ready to provide an arm for snuggling, a beard to do “mush-mush” with the young grandchildren and always, had a smile on his face. Tom believed that you must readily have something cooking in the kitchen to make sure every belly was full and readily available in case you were hungry. While you were eating, he had plenty of stories to tell you, whether they were true or not, was your guess.

Tom was an elementary school teacher for physical education and science for 30 years.  He also managed to earn his pilot’s license and served his church through numerous offices.  Compassionate and caring, Tom started a soup kitchen, coached pee wee baseball, and founded a Jolly Gymnastics team for youth in his home town of Morgantown, WV. He retired here on the Outer Banks but still taught at COA, and became an Auxiliary Chef at the Oregon Inlet station.  He greatly enjoyed feeding and socializing with the Coast Guard.

He was a kind, patient and generous husband, always ready for any and all honey-do lists. Whether it be a goat, a cat, or a necklace, Tom always had a surprise for his bride. As the patriarch of his family, he will be missed dearly, but his family is thankful that his fight is over and he is at peace in heaven now.

Tom’s celebration of life will be held at on 11 a.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Saint Andrews By the Sea in Nags Head, NC. 

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




Arvin Alexander Midgett
May 1, 1937 – April 14, 2017

MANTEO - Arvin Alexander Midgett, 79, of Manteo, NC passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 at Tyrrell House in Columbia, NC.

A native of Dare County, he was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret "Blackie" Meekins Midgett; his father, Leonard Wilson Midgett; and a brother, Ephraim "Bud" Midgett.

Arvin is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lynda Fayssoux Midgett; daughter, Allison Arlene Snapp of Manteo; granddaughters, Nicole Snapp Granger of Manteo, Katlin Fayssoux Snapp of Washington, NC, and Caroline Jane Snapp of Manteo; great-granddaughter, Kinslee Grace Davis of Washington, NC; sister, Nancy Pearl Midgett Walker; and brother, Charles Francoise Midgett both of Manteo.

As a young man, he attended North Carolina State University and then joined the United States Navy. When he returned to Manteo, Arvin worked as a printer under the guidance of Victor and Francis Meekins. He was a lifelong member of Roanoke Island Baptist Church, former member of the Manteo Lions Club, and one of the original members of the Dare County Waterways Commission and the Dare County Game and Wildlife Commission.

Arvin was a true Outer Banker and made his living as a charter boat captain on the "Miss Boo.” He worked many years at the Off Island Hunting Club taking duck hunting charters, and was known for his original design of the Arvin "Porky" Midgett Skiff; along with his unique sense of humor and his love for his girls; Lynda, Allison, Nikki, Kate, Caroline, and Kinslee.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, located on Ananias Dare Street in Manteo, NC. Burial will take place in Manteo Cemetery. The family will receive friends for a visitation Monday night from 5:00 until 7:00 pm at Twiford Colony Chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to Mount Olivet Pre-School, PO Box 787, Manteo, NC 27954 or Dare County Boat Builders Foundation Scholarship, PO Box 1473, Manteo, NC 27954.

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



William "Billy" Potter Garrish, Jr.

OCRACOKE - William “Billy” Potter Garrish, Jr., 74, of Ocracoke, NC died on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Peak Resources – Outer Banks in Nags Head. A native of Ocracoke Island, he was the son of the late Doris Lee Howard Garrish and William P. Garrish, Sr.

After graduating from Ocracoke School, Billy enlisted with the United States Coast Guard serving his country honorably in Viet Nam before retiring. He would later retire from his second career with the National Park Service.

Billy was a member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church, Ocracoke Lodge #747 AF&AM, Scottish Rite, and the Sudan Temple.

Billy is survived by his wife, Agnes Marie Garrish; sister, Merian G. Hoggard; nephew, Van O’Neal and wife, Julie; niece, Kathy O’Neal and husband, David; great-nephews, Fletcher O’Neal, Eric Williams, and Ronnie O’Neal III; great-niece, Rachel O’Neal; and seven great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Ocracoke United Methodist Church with Pastor Richard Bryant officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ocracoke United Methodist Church, PO Box 278, Ocracoke, NC 27960 or the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 332, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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





H
erscal P. Williams, Sr.

ELIZABETH CITY - Herscal Peele Williams, Sr., 99, of 626 Forest Hill Circle, Elizabeth City, NC went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. He was born on January 27, 1918 in the village of Avon, NC to the late Andrew and Minerva Gray Williams and was the husband of Leona Meekins Williams.

Herscal grew up in the village of Avon, and in 1936 was in the second high school graduating class. He enlisted in the Civil Conservation Corps which was referred to as the CCC Camp and was stationed in Beaufort, NC. After two years, he joined the US Navy, and after three years and eleven months achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He retired as an Aviation Ordnance Chief after serving twenty-one years, seven months, and twenty-five days. Upon retirement, he worked for the local telephone company and retired again, this time after twenty-one and one half years.

A member of City Road United Methodist Church since the fifties, Herscal was its oldest living member and served as Superintendent of the Sunday School, Sunday School Teacher, and was a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church for forty years. He was once heard to say that he was privileged to speak in twenty-two churches in the Elizabeth City District of the United Methodist Church. As a charter member of the Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, (renamed Herscal P. Williams Men’s Fellowship Breakfast), he served as the president since its beginning April 8, 1978 and also wrote a monthly article for the church newsletter (The Cross and the Flame). His many joys included playing the guitar and singing, fishing in the Pamlico Sound and Little River with gill nets and sharing his abundant harvest of vegetables from his large garden. He has been a Master Mason since January 1998 and was presently a member of Eureka Lodge #317 AP & AM.

In addition to his wife, Herscal is survived by two daughters, Kaye Bean and Andrea Cook (Robert); two sons, H. P. Williams, Jr. (Sybil) and Harry Williams (Dewanna); eleven grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Alton Williams and four sisters, Helen Scarborough, Evelyn O’Neal, Mildred Austin, and Jeanne Williams.

The Williams family would like to thank Elizabeth City Health and Rehabilitation and staff, Albemarle Hospice, and Dr. Michael Sutton for their loving care and concern.

A funeral service with Military Honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at City Road United Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Charles McKenzie. The family will greet friends immediately following the service at a reception in the fellowship hall or at other times at the residence. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to City Road United Methodist Church, 511 North Road Street, Elizabeth City, NC, 27909 or to St. John United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 129, Avon, NC, 27915. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Williams family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at
www.TwifordFH.com.




Arvella Willis Peele
August 8, 1927 – April 3, 2017

KILL DEVIL HILLS - Arvella Willis Peele, 89, formerly of Frisco and last resided in Kill Devil Hills, died Monday, April 3, 2017 at Spring Arbor of The Outer Banks. A native of Hatteras, she was the daughter of the late Hobson Willis and Martha Farrow Willis. Arvella was a former member of Frisco Assembly of God.

Along with her parents, Arvella was preceded in death by her husband, William Elisha Peele, Sr.; great-grandson, Daniel; five brothers, Hobson Willis, Jr., David Ellis Willis, Otis Desmond Willis, Harrie Willis, and Perley Willis; and a sister, Myrna Willis Daniels.

Arvella is survived by two children, William “Bill” Peele, Jr. and wife, Carolyn, and Malcolm Peele, both of Buxton; grandchildren, Corrina Wescott, Crystal Ambrose (Jeff), Debbie Austin (George), Dana Waterfield, and Michele Quidley; great-grandchildren, Noah, Ben, Hannah, Josh (Colby), John, Hannah (Justin), Justin (Jessea), Spencer, Carley, and Taj; and great-great-grandchildren, Faylor, Ella, Every, and Kacey. Also surviving are two siblings, Sylvia Sawyer and Delmer Willis and wife, Margaret.

A funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo with Pastor Steve Smith officiating. Burial will take place at Cudworth cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

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



Josephine Marie Kelly
December 16, 1954 – April 3, 2017

FRISCO - Josephine Marie Kelly, 62, of Frisco, NC died Monday, April 3, 2017, at Chesapeake General Hospital. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 16, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Josephine Yankowski and Phillip Kelly.

Having previously owned Rocco’s Pizza in Hatteras, Josephine also ran the Frisco Pier from 1977 until 1985. She was instrumental in raising funds to support the Outer Banks Preservation Association and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association. Through these experiences, Josephine gained many fishing friends. 

Josephine is survived by her son, Keith “Tater” Wilson of Frisco, NC; a brother, Phillip Kelly of California; and friend of forty years and partner of twenty years, Ken Wilson.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no services at this time.

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




Frank James Lorenzo, Jr.
May 21, 1949 ~ March 15, 2017

SALVO - Frank James Lorenzo, Jr., 67, of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Salvo, N.C. took a trip to heaven after fighting numerous cancers.  He left behind his wife, Debbie, his adoring daughter Terese; sisters, Teresa and Jacqueline; and brother, Joseph; nieces, nephew, in-laws, cousins and friends.  He was a Navy vet stationed in Eleuthera, Bahamas and Buxton, N.C.  A drummer and lover of all music.  He worked at Colony Realty, KOA Campground, Cape Escape Realty, Home Depot, the fantastic Ace Hardware and lastly Frank's OBX Dog House.  A friend said he was the definition of what a man should be.  His daughter said he was like a marshmallow, hard and crusty on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside.  When his loved ones hurt, he hurt and if they rejoiced, he also did. A fair man, a handshake was his contract. We said years ago....."Till death do us part" but it will be longer than that.  I am a better woman for having loved him and I am honored to have had him for my life's partner.  So, together with our daughter, please send up prayers that our awesome man is at peace.  May you rest well, our SUPERMAN.....We love you!

A Celebration of Life will be set at a later date.




Sylvia Willis

Celebration of Life will be help for Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Rodanthe Waves Salvo Community Building.  All invited.  BBQ and fixin's provided.  SIde dish and dessert donations welcomed.



Ann Rose Mason Drain

WAVES - Ann Rose Mason Drain, 86, of Waves, NC, passed away on March 10, 2017, at home, surrounded by family. Daughter of Gladys Imogene Davis and John Robert Mason, Ann grew up in Baltimore, MD, spending summers with her Davis relatives in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Ann graduated Mount Saint Agnes High School in Baltimore, then received her nursing degree from Mercy School of Nursing and became an RN in 1954.

She married the love of her life, Donald P. Drain, the same year. They eventually settled in Calvert County, MD. She worked for many years at Calvert Memorial Hospital, and was later recruited to build the staff of the new county jail in the 1970s. She had great stories from both places; she thoroughly enjoyed her nursing career.

Several years after she and Don retired, they built a house, ‘Brigadune,’ in the Outer Banks of NC. Ann was known for speaking her mind, drinking manhattans, and helping her community in a variety of roles. She helped establish a recycling program and volunteered for over 20 years at the Hotline Thrift Shop in Rodanthe. She loved solving the daily crossword puzzle in ink, planting flowers, catching and eating crabs, fishing, and collecting shells. Her favorite pastime was reading. She loved life, especially life on the beach! A perfect day was filled with family, sunshine, breakfast with blueberries, and crabs and beer for dinner! Ocean Annie was a force to be reckoned with, whether indoors playing scrabble or cards, or outside playing corn hole. She delighted in winning, and loved playing games with her grandchildren. It was rare to be victorious against Grand Ann! She had an irreverent sense of humor and an indefatigable spirit. She was proud of her two cross-country trips with a camper that she never backed up. Her six-week exploration of New Zealand was a dream fulfilled. She was blessed with many great friends, some of whom called her every day.

She is survived by daughters Dona Ross (Richard, d.), Robin Duguid, Peggy Irvine, Katie Bryant (Dave), and Christine Meinhardt (Henry), 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Her loving husband and daughter Jean preceded her in death.

She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. An Oceanside Celebration of Ann’s life will be held June 25th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Outer Banks Hotline, 24293 NC 12, Rodanthe, NC 27968 or Dare County Hospice, P.O. Box 669, Manteo, NC 27954.



William Aubrey Harris
March 2, 1937 – March 18, 2017

KITTY HAWK  -
William Aubrey “Bill” Harris, 80, of Kitty Hawk, passed away peacefully at Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, Saturday, March 18, 2017. A native of Kitty Hawk, he was the son of the late Aubrey Alonzo Harris and Edna Baum Harris. He graduated from Elizabeth City High School, and Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. He served 8 years in the United States Coast Guard and USCG Reserves.

Upon graduation, he joined the National Park Service and became a Historian at Wright Brothers National Memorial Cape Hatteras National Seashore Park, Ft. McHenry National Park (MD), Mt. Rushmore (SD), and was promoted to Superintendent of Custer Battlefield (MT), Ft. Moultrie and Ft. Sumter (SC), Cape Hatteras National Seashore (NC), Cumberland Island (GA), and Cape Lookout (NC).  He was then a special assistant in the Atlanta Regional Office before returning to Cape Hatteras National Seashore where he retired after 38 years with the National Park Service. 

After retirement, he returned to his roots in Kitty Hawk where he served on the Town Council as mayor 2001-2005.  His love of Kitty Hawk drove this native to many years of extensive research and recording history of the families, events, and community. He recently completed the script for his proposed book about the Village of Kitty Hawk and its people. His hobby became photography of nature and local landmarks and he built an extensive collection.
 
He was a Lifetime Member of the First Flight Society, serving for many years on its board and as its chairman.  He had a special love of The Wright Brothers’ story due to his early family ties. He was a member of the Manteo Lodge #521 AF&AM, Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, active in local genealogy associations, and he was involved on various community committees over the years.

Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and family man. His love and devotion to family connected him to many individuals in the community and he never met a stranger and could find a family relationship in his daily contacts. 

Along with his parents, Bill was predeceased by his brother, Roy Clavis Harris.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Judith Harris Fearing (Craig), and her mother, Frances Williams Harris; sister, Geneva Perry-Ward (Alvah); and grandchildren, Jillian, Chandler and Lindsea Fearing. He is also survived by nephews, Mike Harrell (DeDee), and Clay Harris (Lisa); nieces, Cathy Elwang, Melanie H. Michael (Greg), and Allison H. Hope (Jeff); great-nieces, Randi H. Skaggs (Jerry), Tricia H. Tawes (David), and Chelsea E. Schoonmaker (Ray); great-nephews,  Josh Elwang, and Scott Hope; great-great-nephew, Tucker Skaggs; great-great-nieces, Kesleigh and Samantha Harris,  Julia and Anna Tawes, and Macy Skaggs; special cousins, Lorna S. Clark (family) and Matilda B. Zuhars (family); and many many cousins and extended family.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church to be officiated by Reverend Jonathan Mills. Friends are invited to visit the family at Bill’s home in Kitty Hawk.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The First Flight Society, PO Box 1903, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949, or Kitty Hawk Fire Dept., PO Box 549, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. 

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




Monica M. Hutson

Monica M. Hutson
, 44, went home to be with the Lord on March 12, 2017. She was born in Williamsburg, Va. on January 4, 1973.

She was currently living in Richmond with her companion, Jacob. She was an R.N. at Bon Secours, but was currently working, alongside her family dogs, Hope and Marley, in the family business.

She was predeceased by her brother, John "Matt" Hutson. She is survived by her mother, Debbie Jenkins Gibson of Rockville, Va.; her father, John M. Hutson of Mathews, Va. but currently living in Buxton, N.C.; her son, Landon Nixon, stationed in La. with the Army and his wife, Taylor; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Woody Funeral Home, Parham Chapel on Sunday March 19, 2017, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. A service will follow in the chapel at 4 p.m. Interment will be private. Condolences may be made at www.woodyfuneralhomeparham.com. Donations may be made to either Our Lady of the Seas, PO.BOX 399, Buxton, N.C. 27920 or Faith Landmarks Ministries, 8491 Chamberlayne Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227.




Kevin
"Pappy" Lee Benfield

MOYOCK - Kevin Lee Benfield or "Pappy" as he was known by his loved ones, was 53 years young when he passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 6, 2017.

Pappy was an amazing and loving free spirit who gave you a hard time but always made you laugh. After retiring from over 20 years in the Automotive Paint and Body business, pappy loved spending time with his family and learning about antiques of all types.

Pappy faithfully enjoyed watching Judge Judy and Cops.  As he would say "I might not know a lot, but I know a little about everything."

Pappy is survived by his daughter, Jennifer and husband Cory; his son, Robert and wife Brittany; five grandsons, Colin, Jadan, Iahn, and Bryce; and two granddaughters, Briana and Elizabeth.

The family recently held a private memorial service. Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register www.gallopfuneralservices.com

Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.




Irene Clare Nolan
October 2, 1946 – March 3, 2017

FRISCO - Irene Clare Nolan, 70, of Frisco, N.C. passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia after a respiratory illness.

Irene was the Editor and Co-Owner of The Island Free Press, an online newspaper that covers Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.

After moving to Hatteras Island in 1991, she married C.A. Boxley of Frisco, who preceded her in death. Irene became the Editor of The Island Breeze, a new monthly publication on the islands. For 16 years, she helped build the paper into a popular community publication, focused on local news and activities.

In 2007, she and her business partner, Donna Barnett of Hatteras, launched The Island Free Press, the first and only online newspaper to cover the southern Outer Banks. The newspaper quickly became an important community resource for residents and visitors.

Irene had many friends on the island, and she has served as a volunteer for numerous community organizations and non-profits, including the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.  She was a good humored, generous woman who always maintained her journalism principles and never held a grudge. She respected people, and they respected her.

Irene was a graduate of the Indiana University School of Journalism, where she also majored in Spanish.  She worked as a journalist her entire adult life.

In 1969, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., hired her as a clerk in the women’s department. She quickly moved up the ranks, working as a features writer and eventually becoming one of the first female newspaper managing editors in the country. In that position, she oversaw a staff of more than 200 and managed a $13 million news department budget.

It was under her direction in 1989 that The Courier-Journal staff was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s highest honor, for the newspaper’s coverage of a tragic school bus crash that claimed 27 lives.

Irene regularly broke ground as a female journalist during her career. She was a news junkie to the core, always on top of breaking news stories and the drama of politics.   

Irene was born on October 2, 1946 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and she was the daughter of the late Raymond Jerome Clare Jr. and Jean Rodriguez Clare.

Irene is survived by her two children, Kathleen (Fred) Andres of Louisville, Ky. and J. Christopher Nolan of Lexington, Ky.; and nine grandchildren, Clare, Molly, Parker, Matthew, Caroline and Lilly Andres, and Emma, Abby and Jack Nolan. Also surviving are her siblings, Ray Clare of Carmel, Ind. and Kathy (Grayson) Winterling of Easton, Md; nieces and nephews, Angela (Gabe) Revell, Emily Clare, Bryan Dee and Megan (Kevin) Fisher; and several great nieces and nephews.

She also dearly loved her best friends, Charlie and Daisy, her loyal dogs who kept her company in her later years.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017 at Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church in Buxton, N.C., with the Rev. Toni Wood and the Rev. Pam Stoffel officiating.  A Celebration of Life will also be held in Louisville, Ky. (details pending).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, PO Box 442, Hatteras, N.C. 27943, www.hicf.org.

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


Click here to view an additional obituary from the Courier Journal in Louisville, Ky.


Antonietta Ochs

FRISCO - Antonietta Ochs or "Gina" as she was lovingly known, of Frisco, NC  passed away in Nags Head, NC Thursday March 2, 2017.  She was predeceased by her husband and very recently by her son, Edwin Ochs of Frisco, NC.

Gina was born in Naples, Italy.  After much hard work she eventually owned and managed the Quarterdeck Restaurant in Frisco, for many years.

Gina's survivors include; her son, John Ochs (Darlene) of Frisco; her daughter-in-law, Juanita Ochs of Frisco; her special niece, Tiffany Bock also of Frisco; and many other loving nieces and nephews.

The memorial mass for Mrs. Antonietta Ochs of Frisco, will be held at Our Lady of the Sea Catholic Church in Buxton Monday March 13, 2017 at 1 p.m.

Memorial donations in Gina's memory can be made to The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation and/or the Hatteras Island United Methodist Men.

Expressions of condolence are welcome via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.

Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.





John "JOHNNY" Andrew Hancock

HATTERAS - John A. Hancock passed away quietly on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, in Nags Head, NC.  John was a wonderful, fun loving, happy guy.  He lived in Hatteras, NC for over 40 years. 

John was born in Richmond, VA on January 19, 1946.  He lived in Richmond and Williamsburg during his young adult life. John was a graduate of Hermitage High School in Richmond.

While in the Outer Banks, John worked many years for Colony Realty and the Channel Bass Restaurant.  He was loved and greatly respected by all in the community, and he quietly helped so many people.  He was a wonderful cook.  You could always talk to him and receive assurance that everything is in God's hands.

John was the son of the late John Ernest and Elvera Hancock, of Mathews County, VA and the brother of the late Wanda Bethea. 

He is survived by his sister, Marilyn Holleman, and his brother, Tom T. Hancock.  He was a loving uncle to Susan Holleman and David Holleman; his great-nephew, Yates Holleman; and his great-grandnephew, Carter Holleman.  Also surviving John is his longtime friend, George Becker of Hatteras.

No services are planned at this time. Donations of remembrance may be sent to Hatteras Island Meals.

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




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
www.twifordfh.com.



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
www.twifordfh.com.




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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