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Stacie Leigh Almquist

HATTERAS -- Stacie Leigh Almquist, 50, formerly of Afton (Nelson County), Va., passed away on Saturday March 15, 2014 in Norfolk General Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Nathan Miller and Donna Hinkley.

She was a wonderful, loving mother of four, Melissa Dawson, 26, who resides in Shanghai, China, with her husband Aaron and son Oscar, Daniel Almquist, 20, Michelle Almquist, 17, and Thomas Almquist, 12, all of Hatteras.

She is also survived by her two sisters, Wendy Wyant and her husband Mark of Afton, Va., and Carrie Fisher and her husband Marty of Tennessee.

Stacie was employed with Midgett Realty where she worked in reservations for eight years.  She left behind several close friends and her Midgett Realty family that loved her and will greatly miss her smiling face.

A Celebration of Life was held on April 5 on the beach near Ramp 55, which was one of her favorite places to walk, and rose petals were thrown into the ocean by all in attendance to show their love and say their goodbyes.

A benefit fund has been setup for her children, so please send any donations to Benefit of Almquist Children, c/o Vantage South Bank, P.O. Box 279, Hatteras, NC 27943. Reference account #328062109.

Cathy J. Satterfield

Cathy Jane Midgett Satterfield, 59, of Pasquotank County, N.C, and formerly of Hatteras Island, died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at her home, surrounded by family and friends following a short illness.  Born in Norfolk, Va., she was the daughter of the late Richard W. and Lennie M. Midgett and was the wife of Lamar Satterfield.  Mrs. Satterfield was a member of Fair Haven United Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband, she leaves to cherish her memories two sons, Courtland W. O’Neal and Jeremy L. Midgett and wife Jennifer; a daughter, Kala M. Ballance and boyfriend Austin Caldwell; a sister, Patricia M. Conklin; two aunts, Alice Bundy and Jeanette Williams; her dog, Missy Midgett; and many, many friends and loved ones.  Along with her parents, Mrs. Satterfield was preceded in death by her siblings, Aubrey Midgett, Irita Covey, Boyd Midgett, Rowan Midgett and June Midgett.

A celebration of life will be held Monday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at the Rodanthe Community Center.  Memorial donations may be made to Albemarle Hospice, P.O. Box 189, Elizabeth City, NC 27907, or the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Pasquotank County, 930-B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834.  Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City is assisting the Satterfield family.  Condolences may be sent to the family at

Joseph J. Gallagher

AVON -- Joseph J. Gallagher passed away peacefully Friday, March 28, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in  Wilmington, N.C. His wife, Susan Gallagher, was by his side. He was 67.
Joseph served in the U.S. Navy as a photographer before spending 25 years helping others as a firefighter in Camden, N.J. He retired in 1999 as a battalion chief. He served with the Avon Volunteer Fire Department for much of his retirement, including time as president. He was a member of and photographer for the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club.

 In 2008 he successfully battled severe throat cancer. Joe was a member of the Buxton United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife Susan, his sons, Sean Gallagher and Phillip Langman and his  daughter Kimberly Barton and five grandchildren.
 Joe lived life to the fullest and never met a stranger. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter at or the Buxton United Methodist Church at, PO Box 672, Buxton NC, 27920.

A service will be held May 10 at 11 a.m. at Buxton United Methodist Church.

Carlton Boyce O’Neal

ELIZABETH CITY -- Carlton Boyce O’Neal, 72, of 110 Letitia Drive, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the Albemarle Hospital.  Mr. O’Neal, a native of Ocracoke, was the son of the late Harry Walton O’Neal and Essie Parson O’Neal and the husband of Bonnie Phillips Wilmore O’Neal of the residence.  He was a retired Master Chief Quartermaster from the U.S. Coast Guard and a retired captain from the N.C. Ferry Division and a member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Charles O’Neal and wife Anne Stuart of Washington, N.C., and Lewis O’Neal of Ocracoke; six brothers, George O’Neal and wife Catherine of Mesic, N.C., Richard O’Neal and wife Ginger of Hertford, N.C., Reginald O’Neal and wife Elva of Ocracoke, Walton “Cotton” O’Neal and wife Sue of Ocracoke, Rex O’Neal and wife Miggy of Ocracoke, and Herbert O’Neal and wife Karen of Mesic, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Carol O’Neal and Helen O’Neal both of Elizabeth City a step-grandson, Davis Lane Rumley, and many of nieces and nephews.  He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Edith McCook O’Neal; a son, Franklin O’Neal; and four brothers, James “Sam” O’Neal, Jimmy O’Neal, Harry F. O’Neal, and Bruce O’Neal.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 6, at 2:00 p.m. at Ocracoke United Methodist Church.  Memorial donations may be made to the Ocracoke Fire and Preservation Association, PO Box 332, Ocracoke, NC 27960.  Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, is assisting the O’Neal family.  You may express condolences to the family by visiting

Ann Courtney Perkins Privett

SALVO -- Ann Courtney Perkins Privett, 68, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 20, 2014 in Hickory, N.C. Born in Portsmouth, Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles Bertram and Evelyn Shackleford Perkins and was the widow of Russell Lee Privett Sr. She was a former owner/operator of The Fishin' Hole, a former public school teacher in Virginia, a graduate of East Carolina University, and a member of Clarks Bethel United Methodist Church and Bethlehem Baptist Church.  She was also an active member of The Rebekahs, United Methodist women’s organization, SALT of Bethlehem Baptist Church, and over the years various other community and charity organizations.

Mrs. Privett is survived by a daughter, LeeAnn Privett and significant other Gary Coonse of Taylorsville, N.C.; a son, Russell Privett Jr. and fiancée, Anne Sutton, of Durham, N.C.; and two brothers, Robert Perkins and wife Nancy of Portsmouth, Va., and Glenn Perkins and wife Judy of The Villages, Fla. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, cousins, and other family members, whom she loved dearly, as well as her dog, Kandy, and many granddogs.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Perkins.

Mrs. Privett loved the beach, working in the Fishin’ Hole, teaching individuals how to fish, and playing the piano.  Her hobbies included repairing reels, wrapping rods, gardening, and canning.  She loved oysters (especially when someone else shucked them!) and eating at Top Dog and Nino’s Pizza. 

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 26, at 10 a.m. at Clarks Bethel United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jim Bliss. Burial will be at 4 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake, Va. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church on Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please send support to Mrs. Privett’s special nephew, Noah, and his parents, Adam and Ashley Robinson, at

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

Larry Cullen Jr.

FRISCO -- Larry Cullen Jr., 67, went to be with the Lord on March 13, 2014 at the Outer Banks Hospital.

Larry has touched the lives and hearts of many young people during his 40-plus years of teaching experience both in the U.S. and in Holland, including five years in the Outer Banks. He served as a soccer coach and received many awards of service and of appreciation for his work with the New Jersey and North Carolina schools. Even after his retirement, he continued to dedicate his time to the youth through teaching Sunday School and volunteering for vacation bible school.

A celebration of Larry's life will be held at The Cape Hatteras Baptist Church in Frisco on Wednesday, March 19, at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Russ Howard officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cape Hatteras Baptist Church.

Charles L. Brown

HATTERAS -- Captain Charles L. Brown sailed his final journey on Friday, March 14, 2014.  He was born on April 17, 1945 in Morehead City, N.C.  He will join his father, Roy Shavender Brown, and mother, Hilda Wood Brown.

He is survived by his family, of which he was most proud -- his wife, Diane Waldrep Brown; his only son, Christopher Heath Brown and daughter-in-law, Jessica Brown, of Jupiter, Fla., and his two daughters, Annie Laura Brown and Savannah Catherine Brown of Hatteras.

He attended Cape Hatteras School and continued on to UNC Chapel Hill, before serving his country in the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles.  He was a devoted captain of the sea, starting his first charter job at the age of 10 and receiving his captain’s license at age 19.

A Memorial Service will be held in his honor on Wednesday, March 19,2014 at 5:00 pm at the Hatteras United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Davenport officiating and Rev. Dwight Burrus assisting.  A reception will follow at the Hatteras Community Center.  Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943.

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

Roy L. Gray Jr.

ETOWAH, Tenn. -- Roy L. Gray Jr., age 74, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at his residence, after a long valiant fight with brain cancer and the complications resulting from treatments.

He was a native of Hatteras. He was a retiree of J.M. Huber Corporation in Etowah and was employed by the Sundry Stores, Inc. for the past several years.  To his employers and co-workers he displayed a work ethic second to none.  He was committed to his work, always a team player, and always willing to go beyond the call of duty.  He was a mentor, example, and deep personal friend to many of the young men who were his co-workers.  His jovial personality brought much fun and laughter to those with whom he was privileged to work.

He followed the tradition of his family by joining the U.S. Coast Guard as a young man and serving his county for 11 years. He was a member of the Cleveland Cycle Club and rode throughout the United States on his Honda Goldwing.  He was a very active member of North Etowah Baptist Church.  His love for his lord, his church, and his fellowman was often displayed by his desire to help those in need. As a representative of his church and many times at his own expense, he and several others made numerous trips to Mexico to help build houses for those in poverty and to share the hope that is in Christ.  He was a member of a Disaster Relief team, helping after Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters.  Through his church he was involved in many mission activities both locally and in surrounding states.  There was an incredible bond formed between those he served with on mission projects.  As many as three of his friends at a time would go with him for his treatments, both for support and because they enjoyed the fun and fellowship of being together.  Together they traveled thousands of miles and they were surrounding him and his family as he made his final journey for his eternal reward.

His life was a success. He gave more to life than he received, and he brought fun and laughter to all who came in contact with him.

Roy is the son of the late Roy Linvil Gray Sr. and Clarice Gray.  He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Jimmy Cox.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Johnson Gray of Etowah; son, Gregory B. Gray of Etowah; daughter and son-in-law Stephanie and George Yoder of Etowah and the absolute joy of his life, granddaughter, Reagan Yoder of Etowah; one sister and brother-in-law; Jeannie and Bill Crook of North Carolina; aunt, Aldeana Midgett of North Carolina, and other extended family members.

A private burial will be held on Tuesday, March 18. The family will have a Memorial Celebration of Life Service at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, at North Etowah Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. prior to the service.    Brother Mark Wade and former pastor and dear, dear, friend Dr. Gerald Atkins will officiate.  Elwyn Vincent, Bobby Jones, Steve Goodner, James Janes, Linford Bull and Dale West will serve as active pallbearers. Sol Reagan, Jim Ferguson, Justin Morgan, Robin Hayes, J. Harold Smith, and Phil Waycaster will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial contributions can be made to North Etowah Baptist Church, 231 Pennsylvania Ave, Etowah, TN 37331 or Gideons International P.O. Box 4, Athens, TN 37371, or the American Cancer Society c/o Faye Forgety, 120 County Rd 447, Athens, TN 37303.

The family wishes to thank his medical doctors and their staff for the wonderful services they provided -- Dr. Donald Watters of Etowah, Dr. Katherine Peters, Robert Tish Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, and Dr. Russell Devore and James Wolfenbarger ( his assistant) at Tennessee Cancer Specialists.   

Joseph ‘JT’ Toner

FRISCO -- Joseph “JT” Toner passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the age of 54. He was well liked by all. JT was born to Catherine and Frank E. Toner on July 18, 1959 in Ventnor City, N.J. Upon finishing high school, JT lived for a period of time in California and then Texas prior to moving to Hatteras Island.

A gifted athlete with a deep love for the ocean, he excelled in a number of watersports, including surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, as well as fishing. He also was an avid golfer and snowboarder. JT loved to play music, namely guitar, and would often host friends for “jam sessions.”

A contractor by trade, JT owned a business, Joseph Toner Construction. During his 27 years on Hatteras Island, he built numerous custom homes.

JT is predeceased by his father, Frank E. Toner, and his brother, Francis “Bootem” Toner.

He is survived by his mother Catherine; two brothers, Michael Toner (Ellen) of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., and John Toner (Brenda) of Round Rock, Texas; one sister, Lori Toner (Bruce) of Doylestown, Pa.; numerous nieces and nephews, and best friend Claudette Lemonde-Gray and her family.

A memorial “paddle out” service for everyone whose lives were touched by JT will be held on Hatteras Island on Saturday, May 24. For more information, please email

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

Wayne Teeter Jr.

OCRACOKE -- Wayne Teeter,Jr., 69, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Carteret General Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Smyrna Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev. Ivey Belch and Rev. Ricky Nelms offciating. A funeral service will also be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Assembly of God in Ocracoke with Rev. Ivey Belch officiating. Interment will follow at Ocracoke Community Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Ada Teeter of the home; two step-daughters; sister, Linda Garrish of Ocracoke; brother, Carl "Toad" Teeter of Port St. John, Fl.; two step-grandchildren, a niece and several nephews, also several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Belinda Styron Teeter, and his parents, Frank Teeter Sr. and Iona Williams Teeter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Smyrna Pentecostal Holiness Church, 85 Hwy 70 E, Smyrna, NC 28579 or Assembly of God, PO Box 68, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

Stacey McKenney Cunningham

HATTERAS -- Stacey McKenney Cunningham,  46, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Born in Portsmouth, Va., on July 31, 1967, she was the daughter of Hunter Ray McKenney and Hilary Rossow McKenney of Red Oak. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Eric Christopher “Chris” McKenney and Michael Ray McKenney.

A loving wife, mother, daughter and sister, she was a friend to all. She found the good in every situation, never judgmental or critical of others. Stacey dedicated her life to the nurturing of others and it was reflected daily in every word and deed. The desire of her heart was to teach children and working with her students at the Hatteras United Methodist Church preschool was a rewarding part of her life. Stacey was the glue that held everyone together, and she will be truly missed by those who loved her.

Along with her parents, she leaves behind her loving husband, Tommy Cunningham; three sons, George Thomas “Trey” Cunningham III, Derek Ray Cunningham and Micah Riley Cunningham; sister, Erin Jefferson and husband Roy of Red Oak; and sister-in-law, Brenda Boswell McKenney. She is also survived by nieces, Brianne McKenney, Hilary McKenney, Jenna McKenney, Leah McKenney, Marleen Jefferson and Ashley Phillips; and nephews, Mason Jefferson and Chris Jefferson.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home. A service to remember Stacey will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Roger Barnett officiating.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Hatteras United Methodist Church Preschool, 57665 Highway 12, Hatteras NC 27943.

Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount NC 27804.

Danni Jo Long Hedrick

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Danni Jo Long Hedrick of Columbus, formerly of Charleston, W. Va., died Feb. 20, 2014 at the Kobacker House in Columbus after an incredibly courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Danni is survived by her son, Gage; her "son of a different mother," Greg Miller; sisters, Donna Peele of Hatteras, Diana Long and Denise Burgess (Mike); father, Richard Long; forever friend, Mike Hedrick; stepson, Brandon Hedrick (Candace); nephews, Brian Ellison (Kristin), Nathan Moynahan, Aaron Burgess (Courtney), Drew Burgess, and Phil Browning; and niece, Sarah Hacker. She was preceded in death by her mother Rita Long.

She leaves behind an incredible support system of friends, too numerous to count. Danni's professional passion was in her work as an adoption social worker for 27 years. In that time she helped create more than 400 families through placement of infants and children with adoptive parents. She had tremendous compassion for the many birth moms with which she worked, ensuring that their selfless gift was honored through the dignity and compassion with which she delivered their care. The House of New Hope recently paid tribute to Danni's efforts by renaming its adoption program The Danni Hedrick Adoption Services, a gift that touched her greatly. Danni chose to give one additional gift by donating her body to the Ohio State University School of Medicine to support the medical education of their students. She said it was another way to say "Go Bucks!"

Danni's love of life was palpable to anyone who came into her presence. Her family and friends were always her priority. All who knew her will attest to how her smile would light up every room. She loved her fantasy football teams and March Madness.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mary Beth Butcher, Dr. Christopher George, Lisa Smith and Kathy Campbell with Riverside Hospital's Community Medicine Center, Kim with the Infusion Center at Riverside Hospital, Dr. Keith Nichols, the staff of Riverside Hospital and Dr. Mark Taylor and all of the incomparable staff of the Kobacker House. All of these individuals aided Danni during her courageous battle against this disease the past three years.

A celebration of Danni's life will be held at Saint Mark's United Methodist Church in Charleston on March 1 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Monty Brown as celebrant. A reception will follow at Berry Hills Country Club. A celebration will also be held on March 8 at 2 p.m. at Berwick Manor, 2350 Refugee Rd., Columbus, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, Danni asked that contributions be made to the following organizations: Riverside Hospital's Community Medicine Center, Hospice of OH, the Kobacker House, the Danni Hedrick Adoption Services program at House of New Hope or St. Mark's United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home of Charleston, W.Va., has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Grace Maybelle Ballance Peele

BUXTON -- Grace Maybelle Ballance Peele, 86, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in a Nags Head hospital.   She was born May 22, 1927 to Ellsworth Burrus Ballance and Eliva Christian Rollinson Ballance in Frisco.  She was the last of a great generation, being preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her six siblings, Thurman Ballance, Myrtis B. Austin, Wheeler Ballance, Gamaiel Ballance, Mary B. Gray and E.B. Ballance. 

Grace married Mahlon Boyd Peele on September 1, 1946 in South Carolina.  They moved to Norfolk, Va., where she worked for the telephone company and Boyd worked on a tug boat for many years.  Later they moved back to Hatteras Island and opened Captain Peele’s Restaurant.  After several years in the restaurant business, she lost her beloved Boyd.  She then worked at the Tower Circle Motel as head of housekeeping, then from there to the Frisco Native American Museum, where she worked another 15 years.  During this time she moved to Buxton, where she spent her last years.

Grace was a loving wife, beloved sister, doting aunt and loyal friend to many.  She loved fishing and was a founding member of the “Fishin’ Pelicans Surf Fishing Team.”  She was an excellent caregiver, pending many hours caring for her extended family.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews and their children.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Twiford’s Island Chapel, Hatteras, with Rev. Roger Barnett and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating.  A celebration of her life followed at the Hatteras Civic Center.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, POB 442, Hatteras, NC 27943.

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

Marian Burrus Austin   

HATTERAS -- Mrs. Marian Burrus Austin, 87, died peacefully on Feb. 21, 2014 surrounded by her loving children.  A native of Hatteras, Mrs. Austin was born April 18, 1926 to the late Adolphus Burrus Sr. and Lucy Stowe Burrus.  She was a member of Hatteras United Methodist Church and a former member of The Daughters of the American Revolution.  Mrs. Marian was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who devoted her life to her family.  She loved to cook and was known for her molasses cookies and her generous nature.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Bruce N. Austin Sr.

Mrs. Austin is survived by two daughters, Harriet A. Fisher and husband John of Jarvisburg, N.C., and Theresa D. Williams of Frisco, and one son, Bruce N. Austin Jr. and wife Dr. Amanda Austin of Manteo.  In addition to her children she is survived by five grandchildren:  Amy D. Kelly (Tim) of Kill Devil Hills, Ryan F. White (Jennifer) of Huntersville, N.C., Dr. Phillip A. Austin (Kelley) of Manteo, Matthew R. Austin of Kill Devil Hills, and Joseph A. Austin (Yessenia) of Chesapeake, Va;  and 11 great-grandchildren: Katherine Reilly, Colin and Michaela Kelly of  Kill Devil Hills; Austin, Jay, Grady, and Mason White of Huntersville; Sophie and Silas Austin of Manteo and Adrian and Daniella Austin of Chesapeake, Va. Mrs. Austin was also preceded in death by two sisters, Grace  Bland and Lucy Allen Maurice and three brothers, Alonzo “Lonnie” Burrus Sr., Adolphus Burrus Jr., and William “Bill” Burrus.

Services will be held at Hatteras United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. by Pastors Ken Davenport and Dwight Burrus. Private burial will be held at Quidley Cemetery, Buxton.

We, the family, would like to express our gratitude to Spring Arbor and the Cottage staff, Dare County Home Health Care & Hospice, Dr. Ann Sumners and staff  for the loving care they provided our loved one during her struggle with Alzheimer’s. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hatteras United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Hatteras, NC 27943; Dare Co. Home Health Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 1000, 109 Exeter Street, Manteo, NC 2795; Hatteras Island Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 854, Buxton, NC 27920 or the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina, 3739 National Drive, Suite 11, Raleigh NC, 27612.

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

Diane Doyle

HATTERAS -- Diane Doyle died on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Colony Ridge Nursing Home in Nags Head.  Born in Plainfield, N.J., she received a degree at Rutgers University.  Diane then went on to teach at Consumer Credit Counseling Services in Rochester, N.Y., for 20 years.  She then moved to Hatteras to run a bed and breakfast. 

Daughter of the late Malcom and Helen Doyle, Diane is survived by two daughters, Kendra Hegstrom and Kathryn Phoenix, one granddaughter, Makenna Roach, and two brothers, William Doyle and David Doyle.

A private family service will be held in Three Springs, Pa.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 442, Hatteras, N.C. 27943.

Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family

Barbara Lee “Bobbie” Nuchols

BUXTON -- Barbara Lee "Bobbie" McCarthy, age 75, was born in Richmond, Va., on Sept. 16, 1938, and went to be with her Lord on Feb. 10, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Allen McCarthy and Iola B. Hollins. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Leonard Nuchols; three daughters, Diana Bernier (Charlie), Sheila McVey (Joe) and Glenda Lovette-Manuel (Reggie); two sons, Bruce Williams (Linda) and Wayne Lovette; three stepchildren, Lori Moore, Ricky and Eric (Tanya) Nuchols; 18 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters, Betty Lou Maher and Patricia Hirsch of Connecticut and Marion "AKA Cookie" of Richmond, Va. She was always an avid cat lover and liked to play Bingo, walk the beach and collect shells, work puzzles, and enjoyed living in Buxton near the beach for many years. Funeral services were held in Richmond on Feb. 12.

Joyce Midgett Rucker

FRISCO -- Joyce Midgett Rucker, 81, passed away on Feb. 14, 2014 at Colony Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Joyce was born in Norfolk, Va., to the late Theodore and Ersie Midgett. She was a member of the Buxton United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Beside her parents, Joyce is predeceased by her husband, George Howard Rucker, Jr., and two brothers, Harold Midgett Sr. and Anderson Midgett. She is survived by a daughter, Allison Rucker of Kill Devil Hills; two sons, Keith Rucker and wife, Janet, of Tampa, Fla., and Roger Rucker of Frisco; a brother, Stockton Midgett and wife, Libby, of Hatteras; a sister-in-law, Aldena Midgett of Mooresville, N.C.;  three grandchildren, Jodee, Jameson and Chad, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Buxton United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. Funeral services will immediately follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ken Davenport officiating. There will be a reception at the church following the service.  Burial will take place at the Midgett Family Cemetery in Rodanthe.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Buxton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Hatteras, NC 27943.

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

Joseph Fagley

MANNS HARBOR -- Joseph Fagley, 75, of Shipyard Road, Manns Harbor, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at his residence. Born in Harris, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph Francis Fagley and Minerva Jane Tolson Fagley. He was a marine electronics engineer, a member of Manteo First Assembly of God, and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Fagley is survived by his wife, Sucellia Hassell Fagley; four daughters, Kimberly Kaye Fagley of Greenville, N.C.,  Martha Jo Fagley and Charlena Brennett Fagley, both of Manns Harbor, and Shannon Massie Ferguson of Belton, Texas; two sons, Joseph Randolph Fagley of Hatteras and Frederick A. Massie of Manns Harbor; one sister, Ruby Cresson; three brothers, Waverly Allen Fagley and Larry and Larris Tolson, and nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Allison Anne Fagley, and a brother, Curtis Tolson.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. at Manteo First Assembly of God by Pastor Steve Smith and Pastor Ron Denham. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be in East Lake United Methodist Church Cemetery on Wednesday at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made the Manteo First Assembly of God Roofing Fund, 812 Wingina Street, Manteo, NC 27954.

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

David Allyn Goodwin

BUXTON- David Allyn Goodwin, 66, passed away Oct. 30, 2013 at his residence.

He is survived by his daughter, Laura Michelle Goodwin and son Scott Hancock Goodwin and his wife, Jennifer, and their twin sons, Tyler and Caleb, whom David loved dearly, all of Wilmington N.C.
He was the son of the late Charles Russell Goodwin and Dorothy Jones Goodwin of Raleigh N.C. Charles and Dorothy owned property on Hatteras and David spent a great deal of his childhood on Hatteras Island. He was a veteran who served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
“DAG,” as he was known to many, relocated to Hatteras Island permanently after the death of his father, in the late 1990s. He served his community by volunteering with various organizations. He was a staunch supporter of beach access. He devoted a great deal of his time volunteering and serving on the board of directors of the Outer Banks Preservation Association and then the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association. David also served as member of the federal negotiated rulemaking committee tasked with writing the final rule for the ORV Management Plan for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
David expanded his love of animals and spent much of his time caring for, rehabilitating, transporting, and loving Hatteras Island's many stray and feral cats, especially after Hurricane Irene. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made in his honor to Hatteras Island Friends of Felines, PO Box 310, Avon, NC 27915.

Elizabeth Gray Gaskins

AVON -- Elizabeth Gray Gaskins, “Libby,” 81, of Avon passed away on Feb. 1, 2014.  Born March 13, 1932 in Patchogue, N.Y., to the late Ellis A Gray Sr. and Caroline Rowland Gray, she moved with her family at the age of 2 to her father’s home, Kinnakeet.   Libby graduated as Valedictorian of her class from the Avon School in 1949.  She was married to Hatteras native, Warren O. Gaskins Sr., in June of the following year.  As a Coast Guard family, they moved often, finally settling for three decades in Chesapeake, Va., before moving back to Kinnakeet in 1995.

Libby held the integral position of matriarch of the Gaskins Family and performed her duties as such with strength and grace.  She was an active member of St. Johns United Methodist Church and was co-founder and manager of The Gaskins Gallery and Hair by the Sea from 1992 until 2013.  Throughout her life, Libby enjoyed few things more than a good day shopping.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Warren O. Gaskins, Sr.; daughter, Sheila Crowe and husband Ronald Crowe; son, Warren O. Gaskins, Jr. and daughter in-law, Denise Gaskins; grandchildren, Carrie and husband Don Dilworth, Warren (Tater) and wife Jennifer Gaskins, Ryan and wife Tiffany Meekins, Antoinette and husband Bryan Mattingly, and Amanda and husband Jeremy Tucker.  She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren, Olivia, Foster, Sumner, Liam, Ruby, Jack, Cheyanne, Jane, Jackie Lynn, Libby Ann, Thomas and Taylor; brothers and sisters, Mary Lou Gray; Ellis A. Gray, Sr.; John D. Gray; and Cheryl Gray McDonald; lifelong best-friend June Jeanette and a large extended family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Johns United Methodist Church. P.O. Box 129, Avon NC 27915.

A funeral service will be held in St. Johns United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.  Visitation will be held for friends and family from 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday evening at the church.  Elizabeth will be laid to rest in the Ellis A. Gray Family Burial Ground.

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

Reba Willis Midgett

FRISCO -- Reba Willis Midgett, 79, went to be with Jesus on Jan. 29.  Reba was born Aug. 8, 1934 in Hatteras.  She was the daughter of the late Harlon C. and Nellie T. Willis and the wife of Ellery Clark Midgett II her loving husband of 60 years.  Also surviving are her daughters, Joni Midgett of Wilmington, N.C., and Jodie Midgett of Frisco; sons, Jeff Midgett and wife Jody of Frisco and Jonathan Midgett and wife Suzanne of Wilmington, N.C.; sister, Darlene Ochs and husband John of Frisco; brother, Harlon C. Willis Jr and wife Erlene of Frisco; grandchildren, Jeffery, Brandon and wife Angela Midgett ,and Kelsey; great-grandchildren, Trinity, Neveah, and Austin, her uncles, Adrian Tolson of Norfolk, Va., and Leslie Tolson of Conroe, Texas; her very special niece Karen and grand-nephews and grand-nieces; dear family member Ruth Arnold, and her “little pal Mirlo.” In addition to her parents Mrs. Midgett was predeceased by her nephew, Keith Willis.

Reba’s strong will, strength, and compassion will always be a lesson for each of us.  There was always an endless supply of stories filled with laughter and smiles to brighten each day.  Her sweet nature will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched.  Her spirit will be with us until we meet again on that beautiful shore.

A service of remembrance will be in Little Grove United Methodist Church, Sunday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. by Rev. Kenneth Davenport and Rev. Roger Barnett. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Buxton United Methodist Men, P.O. Box 310, Hatteras, N.C. 27943.

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

Patricia Mae O’Neal Montalvo

BUXTON -- Patricia Mae O’Neal Montalvo, 52, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She was born in Sea Isle, N.J. She loved to cook,  worked as a chef, had a great sense of humor, and was well known in her community.

She is survived by her father, Loran P. O’Neal Jr., and wife Wanda Gray of Avon; her mother, Lorraine Bisket of Rogersville, Tenn.; her children, Ursinio Mendez O’Neal of Pittston, Pa., David Celso O’Neal of South Ampton, N.J., and Ida Luisa Montalvo of Folsom, N.J.; siblings, Loran P. O’Neal III (Buddy) of Avon, Ethel Ann O’Neal of Fulton, N.Y., Pamela Sue O’Neal of Buena, N.J., Clifton F.L. O’Neal of Chester, Va., Mary Elizabeth O’Neal of Avon; three grandchildren, McKayla, Jaiden, and Chase; and her spouse, Bryon Nail of Buxton. She is predeceased by a sister, Angela Dawn Touchet.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m., at St. Johns United Methodist Church, in Avon. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Heart Association,

Lewis B. Glass

Buxton -- Lewis B. (Bookie) Glass Jr., 65, died Jan. 14 at his residence. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Suzanne; his daughter, Paula, and a sister, Terry DeCatur. Bookie was a longshoreman for the ILA for 33 years. At Bookie’s request there will be no services.

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

Doris Lee Jennette

BUXTON -- Doris Lee Jennette, 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. She was born in Cordova, Md., to the late Edgar and Margaret Whitby Sard. It was in Maryland that she met Nasa Jennette Jr. and moved to Hatteras Island soon after. They were married for 35 years. Doris was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an exceptional baker and knew how to share. Her cookies will be remembered and missed by everyone who enjoyed them. She lived a Christian life and loved the beach and the lighthouses along the Outer Banks.

She is survived by her husband, Nasa F. Jennette Jr.; her daughter, Juanita Long and her husband, Wade, of Mardela Springs, Md.; her sons, Timothy Jennette and wife Cindy of Buxton, Nasa F. Jennette III and wife Janice, also of Buxton, Grant Jennette and wife Linda of Virginia Beach, Va.; her sister, Barbara Pangburn and husband, Ken, of Lakeland, Fla.; her brother Billy Sard and wife, Mary, of Camden, Del.; grandchildren, Desmond Brown and wife Cindy, Jason Brown and wife Laura, Ryan Jennette, and Lauren Jennette; great grandchildren, Elijah, Jason, Desmond, and Ava. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her brother, Buddy Sard.

A funeral service will be held at Buxton United Methodist Church on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. A visitation will be held at the church starting at 1 p.m. until the start of the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hatteras Island Meals, PO Box 854, Buxton, NC 27920.

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

Carol ‘Nena’ Malina

BUXTON -- Carol “Nena” Malina, passed away peacefully on Jan. 4, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her beloved family, pets, and books at the age of 86.

She was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on April 1, 1927, to Dr. Carlos Padilla and his wife, Esther Vidaurre. She lived in Chiavari, Italy, from 1932 to 1942, where her father served as a member of the Guatemalan Diplomatic Corps. Following the outbreak of the war, Carol and her family immigrated to New York City. She finished her schooling in San Francisco and upon returning to New York, met Charles Robert Malina and was married in 1948. They settled down in Washington, D.C., where they had five children. Carol worked for many years at Equitable Life Assurance, W.A.E.P.A., Bloomingdale’s, and was an active member of Saint Ann’s Catholic Parish. She retired to Cape Hatteras in the early ‘90s, which was her lifelong dream. There she continued her life of faith at Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Parish.

She is survived by her five children: Charles Malina, John Malina, Karen Scroggin, Cathy Tankersley, and Debra Malina; her 12 grandchildren: Kimberly, Ashley, Jenna, Erik, Mandie, Tiffany, Emily, Teddi, Cody, Tony, Kristina, and Kara; and six great-grandchildren; her brothers Roberto and George, her sister Maria, and dozens of nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by Charles R. Malina and her brothers Carlos and Oscar.

Devoted to her family, her community, and her faith, Carol touched many lives and was greatly loved. Her legacy will live on with the people who knew her, and her spirit will continue to inspire them forever.

A memorial mass will be held at Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Parish in Buxton on Jan. 8, 2014 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Feline Hope of Hatteras Island and to the Humane Society of America. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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