2015 OBITUARIES

Mabel Ann O'Reilly

AVON – Mabel Ann O’Reilly, 56, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Born in Elizabeth City, N.C., she was the daughter of Mary Jane Scarborough and the late Curtis Scarborough.  She is survived by her daughter, Lindsey Nicole O’Reilly; longtime companion, Steve Sanford; sisters Juanita Scarborough and husband Hal, Patty Scarborough, and Esther Scarborough;  her niece, Kimberly Brinson and husband Rodney Brinson of Buxton, and nephew Hallas Carl Scarborough and Stephanie Doshier of Nags Head.  She also leaves behind a number of great-nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and family.

Mabel will be forever missed by the many who loved her.  Her laugh, smile, and beauty are just a few qualities that many would remember her most by.

A funeral service will be held at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Avon on Thursday, July 30, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Benjamin Wolf officiating. A reception will immediately follow the service. A private burial will take place in the family cemetery in Avon.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gallop Funeral Services, Nags Head, to assist the family with the funeral costs.

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



Jeffrey L. Mueller

Jeffrey L. Mueller, age 55, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., died Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Ministry St. Joseph Hospital, Marshfield, Wis. Even in death, Jeff gave life to three people through organ donation.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Jammers in Wisconsin Rapids on Sunday, July 26,  starting at 1 p.m. Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids is assisting the family.

Jeff was born January 6, 1960 in Milwaukee, Wis., to Elmer and Patricia E.A. (Barrington) Mueller. He was a graduate from Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, where he owned and operated Cape Framing Construction.

Jeff is survived by his son, Jeffrey F. Mueller of Kill Devils Hills; parents, Patricia and Franklin Meyer of Wisconsin Rapids and Elmer Mueller of Milwaukee; brother, Troy Meyer of Wisconsin Rapids; three sisters, Christa (Steve) Panzer of Wisconsin Rapids, Marty (Gilbert) Olivarez of Arpin, Wis., and Cathy (fiancÚ- Jeff) Meyer of Eau Claire, Wis.; ex-wife, Bonnie (Woody) Rowe, many loving nieces and nephews.

Jeff was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and great nephew, Jacob Waupoose.


John Gilbert Kepler

John Gilbert Kepler (“Jack”), 84, of Emporium, Pa., passed from this life into heaven on July 10, 2015.  He was born on Sept. 20, 1930 in Detroit, Mich., and came to Emporium in 1948 and lived there most of his life.  In his early years, he loved playing golf at the Emporium Country Club, and in his later years, he spent much of his time at Cape Hatteras.  When he wasn’t travelling in an RV with his wife, Shirley, you could find him surf fishing or just hanging out on the beach.  He served in the United States Navy for four years during the Korean War as a hospital corpsman.

Mr. Kepler is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley; and two sons and their spouses, Gregory and Crystal Kepler of Willow Street, Pa., and Christopher and Aimee Kepler of Cary, N.C.; and two grandsons Bradley and Nicolas, sons of Gregory and Crystal.  Also surviving Mr. Kepler are two sisters, Patricia and Kathryn, as well as one brother, Kenneth.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium, Pa., on Aug. 8, at 11 a.m., with a private burial immediately following in St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, next to his son, Matthew, who preceded him in death in 1964.  A reception of life will be held immediately after in the Church Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or any local food bank.




Faye Ballance Foster

HATTERAS -- Faye Ballance Foster, 57,  died on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. Born in Memphis, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Lester Bascom Ballance and Emilia Ann O’Buch Ballance. Faye began battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1999. She never gave up on God, and by His grace, she beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but would succumb to acute myeloid leukemia. Faye loved life, her community, her family and left an impact on everyone she met.

Faye is survived by her high school sweetheart and husband of 35 years, Desmond “Buddy” Roderic Foster, Jr.; a daughter, Krystal Foster, of Hatteras; a son, Marshall Foster, and wife, Ashleigh, of Hatteras, and a brother, Victor Ballance.

A funeral service will be held at Hatteras United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 11,  at 2 p. m. with the Rev. Ken Davenport officiating. Burial will take place at the Foster family cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hatteras United Methodist Church, PO Box 310, Hatteras, NC 27943 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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




Leon Harry Reasor

BUXTON -- Leon Harry Reasor, “Pretz,” 70, formerly of Lucerne Mines, Pa., was taken home to be with our Lord on July 2, 2015 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born on May 4, 1945 in Lucerne Mines, Pa., he was the son of the late Walter Lee and Helen Pauline Reasor. He was a troop leader for Troop #24 in Homer City, Pa., and a troop leader for a Boy Scout Troop in Penn Run, Pa. Leon was a volunteer softball coach for several years for the Homer City Summer League, and also a coach for a women’s summer softball league in Buxton. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, hunting, and especially, fishing. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

Leon is survived by his wife of 44 years, Noreen Laura Thayer Reasor; three daughters, Michele Fletcher and husband, Todd, of Brush Valley, Pa., Tracey Spritzer and hu
sband, Rocky, of Walters, Okla., and Stacy Markey of Havelock, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, Zachary, Kennedy, Kassidy, Ricky, Michael, Nichole, Bobby, Melissa, Nathan and Sammy; and several great-grandchildren. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Walter L. “Bud” Reasor Jr. and two brothers, Walter “Sonny” Reasor and Harold “John” Reasor.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 7, at Heritage of Faith Family Church in Frisco at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David Stowe officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives on Monday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Twiford Funeral Home in Hatteras. A memorial service will be held in Pennsylvania at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Men, PO Box 310, Hatteras, NC 27943.

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




William P. Barley

CHESAPEAKE- William “Bill” Preston Barley, 86, of the Deep Creek Community, went home to be with his Lord on June 30, 2015.  Born in Buchanan, Va., on January 24, 1929, he was preceded in death by his parents, Olin V. and Ann Camper Barley, and his wife of 64 years, Merle Culpepper Barley.  Bill was a 1947 graduate of Harrisonburg High School and a 1951 graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.  He was band director for 30 years in North Hampton County, the City of Hampton, and retired from the City of Portsmouth Schools.  He was a long time member of Deep Creek Baptist Church, choir director there for several years, and a member of the Ed Cuthriell Bible Class.  During school vacations and upon retirement, Bill worked the family farm on what is now known as Culpepper Landing.

He is survived by two sons, William Vernon Barley and wife Sarah, and James Preston Barley; three grandsons, Preston Ross Barley and partner Andrea Quidley, Waylon Vernon Barley and wife Carrie, and James Brett Barley and wife Casey; two great-granddaughters, Laya and Malia; one great-grandson Masen, all of Buxton; sister, Beverly Ann Cronebaugh and husband Charles of Apopka, Fla.; sister-in-law, Betty Sue Spencer and husband Harvey of Deep Creek; and several nieces and nephews.  The family wishes to acknowledge Debbie and Paul Wing of Great Bridge, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Langley, Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Lankford, and Lorraine Davis of Deep Creek for their unwavering love, help, and support.  A special thank you to Kathleen O’Brien, our God-sent hospice nurse from Kindred at Home.

Bill held his family as close as his faith and was a part-time resident of Avon and Buxton for over 40 years.  He and Merle attended and supported the Cape Hatteras Baptist Church and were avid supporters and members of the Cape Hatteras High School Booster Club. They attended countless sporting events in which their grandchildren participated.  He especially loved spending time with his family on the island.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 3, at 12 noon at Deep Creek Baptist Church, 250 Mill Creek Pkwy., Chesapeake.  Family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.  Burial will follow at the Culpepper Family Cemetery, 3300 block of Old Mill Road, Chesapeake.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Haven Children’s Home, 3000 North Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA  23456.  Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel is handling arrangements.  www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com



Chester Brantley Britt Jr.

Chester Brantley Britt Jr., “Runt”, 85, of Hatteras Island, died Sunday, June, 28, 2015 at his home. He was born in Durham, N.C., to the late Chester Britt Sr. and Rosa Leslie Britt and was the widower of the late Wanda Rosiello Britt. Chester retired from the Navy, ran a tackle shop (Island Tackle), was active in the Masons, Order of the Eastern Star, Beach Buggy Association, and Cape Hatteras Anglers Club. He was very involved with the children of the community.

He is su
rvived by his pride and joy, grandniece, Tiffany (Chris) Bock, and great- grandniece, Kalynn Bock; brother, Bobby Britt, and family, of Alabama; nieces, Rose (Gary) Weigel and Belinda Taylor; nephews, John (Darlene) Ochs, Eddie (Juanita) Ochs, and Jimmy (Deborah) Bigham; grandnieces, Cindie Bigham, Sarah Bigham, Samantha Taylor, and Rosa Taylor; great-grandniece, Hannah Bigham; great-grandnephew Kaiden Taylor; sister-in-law, Gina Ochs; and special friend, Jo Holloman, and family.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 1, at 1 p.m. at Cape Hatteras Baptist Church, with Reverend Russ Howard officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be on Tuesday, June 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church. He will be entombed in the Roanoke Island Memory Garden mausoleum. In lieu of flowers and food, please make donations to the Cape Hatteras Booster Club or Hatteras Island Education Foundation.

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



Leon Edgar Jennette, Jr.

BUXTON -- Leon Edgar Jennette, Jr., 45, died on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Born in Norfolk, Va., he was the son of Connie Basnett Fox of Southern Shores and the late Leon Edgar Jennette Sr. Leon attended Fork Union Military Academy, where he was the lacrosse captain and his senior year was the captain of the football team. He was a true “Hatterasman” who loved fishing, his boat, and the island people.

Along with his mother, Leon is survived by his wife, Nicole Gaulin Jennette; a son, Leon “Trey” Edgar Jennette III; two sisters, Rossie J. Jackson and husband, Kevin, of Buxton and LeAnne J. Woods and husband, Lonnie, of Branson, Mo.; nieces and nephews, KD, Kristen, Hunter, Anna Faith, Sophie, Taylor, Dallas, and Tripp; three great-nieces and one great-nephew.

A memorial service
will be held at Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church on Saturday, June 27, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. John Tyson and the Rev. David Stowe officiating. A reception will follow at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Life Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a college fund for Leon’s son, Trey, at Yadkin Bank, PO Box 770, Avon, NC 27915.

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



Robert (Bob) Walkowicz

FRISCO -- Robert (Bob) Walkowicz, 76, passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Born in Somerset Co., N.J., he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Walkowicz. He worked many years for a New Jersey newspaper. He and his wife, Phyllis, moved to Hatteras in 1987 where he worked a few jobs, his favorite being the last.

Besides his wife of 52 years, he leaves behind three sons, Bobby Jr. and wife, Liz; Darryl and wife; Desiree, and Keith and daughter-in-law, Laura, all of New Jersey, as well as six grandchildren and many friends. His sense of humor will be missed by all.

A gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate in his name to The Cancer Outreach Services thru the Outer Banks Hospital, 4800 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC 27959 or the Outer Banks SPCA, PO Box 2477, Manteo, NC 27954.

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



Minnie Gillikin Ballance

Minnie Gillikin Ballance, age 76, died Sunday, May 31, 2015 in Greenville, N.C.  A native of Hatteras, she was born on January 18, 1939 to the late Leonard and Neva Gillikin.

She is survived by her children, Bruce Ballance and Angela Dawn Ballance of Hatteras; a sister, Sandra Phillips (Ken) of Swansboro, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Adrian Ballance, Bryant Ballance, Tori Ballance, Asa Ballance, Devin Daniels, Gunnar Daniels and Cassidy Cooper.
The family would like to thank family and friends for their support, prayers and love during Minnie’s illness.

A celebration of life will be held at the Hatteras United Methodist Church in Hatteras on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. with a reception to immediately follow in the chu
rch Fellowship Hall.





Mac Lee Morrow

BUXTON -- Mac Lee Morrow, 62, died on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Born May 3, 1953 in Aliquippa, Pa., Mac chose Buxton  as his home as an adult after spending many childhood summers here. He loved Hatteras Island and would tell you his best job ever was at the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Buxton, where he made lasting friendships.

Mac is survived by his mother, Dolly Maxine Morrow of Colony Ridge, Nags Head; sisters, Judy Morrow and Cindy Morrow, both of Buxton ; sister of his heart, Gee Gee Rosell of Frisco; nephews, Michael Karayiannis and Alexander Karayiannis; cousins, Ray and Sandy Crissman, and their children of New Jersey; Dan Crissman of New York; Deb Russo of New Jersey, and many friends near and far.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date at Colony Ridge in Nags Head. 

As a farewell to all who knew and loved him, we imagine Mac is singing “Oops, There Goes Another Rubber Tree Plant.”

UPDATE: Service set for Mac Lee Morrow

A service for Mac Lee Morrow, 62, who died on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, is planned for Thursday, June 4, at 11 a.m. in the Activity Room of Colony Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Nags Head.



Sarah Alfred Owens

Sarah Alford Owens passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 24, 2015.  She was born in Manteo on February 19, 1937.  Sarah is survived by her husband, Bobby Owens; her son, RV Owens III and wife, Julie; grandchildren, Shannon Owens, Bo Owens, Chase Hooper and Avery Hooper; son-in-law, Buddy Hooper; sisters, Dotty Fry, Sally Scarborough and husband, Phil, and Della Basnight; brothers, Saint Basnight Jr. and wife, Bea, and Marc Basnight; sister-in-law, Clara Mae Shannon, and husband, Lionel; nieces, Caroline Basnight, Vicki Basnight, Peaches Eckhardt, Claudia Harrington, Kathy Urich, and Sarah Wise;  nephews,  Eddie Alford, Hannon Fry, and Fields Scarborough; as well as many other cherished nieces, nephews, and family.

Sarah was preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa Owens Hooper; her brother, E J Alford; her sister-in-law, Sandy Basnight; and her parents, Cora Mae Basnight and Edwin Joseph Alford.

Sarah truly loved Dare County. She worked beside Aycock Brown in the early years to promote The Outer Banks and continued to greet hundreds of locals and tourists with her ready smile at Owens Restaurant.  Sarah loved her hometown of Manteo and spent many hours driving its beautiful streets.  She had a lifelong love of The Lost Colony and Dare County history.  Dare County has lost one of its greatest historians with the passing of Sarah Owens.

A service will be held at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 11 a.m.  Burial will follow at Manteo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, PO Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943.

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




Bonney Ford Strawhand

KNOTTS ISLAND -- Bonney Ford Strawhand, 74, of 413 Southend Road,  died Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.  He was born May 19, 1940 to the late Angus Matthew Strawhand and Mildred Rowe White.   He was a retired office supplies sales representative.  He was a member of Knotts Island Methodist Church.

Mr. Strawhand is survived by a daughter, Debbie Kaye Strawhand of FORIDA; two sons, William Glen Strawhand of Knotts Island and Michael Lathrop Strawhand of Virginia Beach, VA.; four grandchildren, Christy Myrick, Sean Strawhand, Daryl Strawhand, Olivia Coley and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 20, at 2 p.m. at Knotts Island Cemetery officiated by Pastor Diane Johnson.  Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, Suite 1100, New York, NY, 10016.   The Strawhand family is served by Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, N.C.  Online memorial condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.




Ann Dixon Edgerton Dunstan

Anna Dixon Edgerton Dunstan peacefully relocated to heaven at 5:47 p.m. on May 12, 2015, surrounded by love at Spring Arbor in Kill Devil Hills.

Born on Sept. 11, 1924, Ann was raised in Goldsboro, N.C. as the middle child of Cedric Errol Edgerton and Grace Slaughter Edgerton.  After graduating from Goldsboro High School, she continued her education at UNC-Greensboro where she received her degree in elementary education. She then traveled several states before settling in Elizabeth City, where she met, married, and shared life with the late Garland Herrington Dunstan.  Her love of children was evident by her long career of teaching elementary school. Later she enjoyed teaching kindergarten and pre-K at Ding-Dong School.

Ann was very active in the First United Methodist Church, Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution, and many other volunteer groups.  Her favorite pastime was bridge, which she loved playing in several clubs and groups.

She is survived by her sister Jean E. Winch of New Jersey; her three sons,  Garland H. “Gary”  Dunstan Jr. in Nags Head, Cedric Edgerton Dunstan in Elizabeth City, and John Forrest Dunstan in Kill Devil Hills;  five grandchildren,  Amanda Dunstan, Suzi Dunstan Aycock, Jennifer Dunstan, Forrest Dunstan, and Sydney Dunstan,  and four great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her brother, John Slaughter Edgerton.

A celebration of life will be held at First United Methodist Church on the corner of Road and Church Streets in Elizabeth City on Friday, May 15, at 2 p.m., with a reception immediately following.  The family will also receive guests from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday evening at the home of John Dunstan, 212 Tower Lane in Kill Devil Hills.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be shared with the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) or the Elizabeth City First United Methodist Church (ecfumc.org).

The Dunstan family is served by Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC.  Online memorial condolences may be expressed to the family at 
 www.twifordfh.com.



Ronald E. Price

AVON -- After a long battle with cancer, Ronald E. Price passed away on May 10, 2015 at home with his loving wife of 43 years, the Reverend Anitra Price. 

Born on May 16, 1943 to the late Irvin Price and Ernestine Brandis, Ronnie is survived by a brother, Danny Price, and wife, Jomi of Avon; two aunts, Louise Peele of Virginia Beach, Va., and Bonnie Lister of Chesapeake, Va. , along with many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 442, Hatteras NC 27943.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Avon.

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




Warren Gaskins Jr.

AVON -- Warren Gaskins Jr., 61, passed away while at home with his family on May 5, 2015.  He was born May 26, 1953, in Buxton to Warren Gaskins Sr. and the late Elizabeth Gaskins.  As a Coast Guard family, they moved often before settling in Chesapeake, Va.  Warren graduated from Deep Creek High School in 1971 and met Denise Dorsett whom he married in November of 1973.  They began their family in Chesapeake before returning to Hatteras Island.
 
Warren founded his heating and air conditioning business, Hatteras Island Air, in 1985.  Through years of tireless work and dedication, he built a business with an excellent reputation for quality, honesty, and service.  Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Hatteras Island Air is a legacy which Warren was proud to place in the capable hands of his son, Tater.  Through example, he instilled his strong work ethic and the courage to pursue one’s dreams in his children.  He was generous man, always willing to help those in need.
   
Warren is survived by his wife, Denise Gaskins; son, Warren “Tater” Gaskins III and wife Jennifer; daughter Antoinette Mattingly and husband Bryan; daughter Amanda Tucker and husband Jeremy; grandchildren, Olivia, Foster, Sumner, Jackie Lynn, Libby Ann, Cheyanne, Jane Louise, and Ellis.  He is also survived by his father, Warren O. Gaskins Sr.; sister, Sheila Crowe, and husband Ron, and a large extended family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St John United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 129, Avon, NC 27915.

A funeral service will be held in St. Johns United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m.  Visitation will be held for friends and family at St. Johns from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday evening.  Warren will be buried privately in the Ellis A. Gray Family Burial Ground.

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




Douglas Edward Dorris

FRISCO -- Douglas Edward Dorris Sr., 72, died on April 30, 2015 at the Outer Banks Hospital. A native of Hatteras, he was the son of the late Walter E. Moscardini and Zilphia Gaskins Moscardini. Douglas was a tug boat captain and a member of Little Grove United Methodist Church and Cape Hatteras Masonic Lodge #698 AF&AM.

Douglas is survived by a daughter, Donna Williams, and husband, Jarvis, of Buxton; two sons, Douglas Dorris Jr. and wife, Teri, of Frisco and Wally Dorris of Frisco; three grandchildren, Annette, Petie and Ji, and a great-grandson, Braylon.

A funeral service will be held at Little Grove United Methodist Church on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ken Davenport and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. Burial will take place at the family cemetery in Hatteras. The family will receive friends and relatives Sunday evening from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the church.

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



Edward 'Woody' Jones

AVON -- Edward “Woody” Jones, 70, died Friday, April 17, at his home. He was born to the late Charles B. Jones and Eunice Landrum Jones, in Wilson, N.C. Woody joined the United States Marine Corps, and after his time in the service, he was a supervisor for Firestone Tire Company. Woody enjoyed fishing and loved his cat “Lucky.”

He is survived by his loving companion, Teresa Ann Townsend, of Avon; his son, Tommy Jones of Wilson, and his brother, Charles B. Jones Jr., of Lynn Haven, Fla. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Jo Ann Jones.

A private family service is being planned for a later date.

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




James L. 'Gig' Gerhard

BUXTON -- James L. (Gig) Gerhard, 77, died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Shaun, of the home; two stepchildren, Beth Reilly of Wilton, Conn., and Michael Allen (Euza) of Jacksonville, Fla., and three grandchildren, Julianne, Evan, and Emma Reilly.

Gig earned his undergraduate degree from Bridgewater College and his master’s in education from the University of Virginia.  He spent his career teaching, coaching, and as an administrator in Woodbridge, Va. He was past president of the Lions Club of Aquia Harbour and a long-time member of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club. After retiring, he substituted, taught drivers education, and drove the activity bus at Cape Hatteras School.  

A memorial service will held on Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at the Old Lighthouse Site in Buxton.

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



Curtis Escott Scarborough

AVON -- Curtis Escott Scarborough, 81, died peacefully in his sleep at his residence on April 19, 2015. Born in Avon, he was the son of the late John and Annie Scarborough.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Jane Scarborough; daughters, Juanita Scarborough and husband, Hallas, of Avon, Mabel O’Reilly and significant other, Steve Sanford, of Avon, Patricia Scarborough of Avon and Esther Scarborough of Avon; grandchildren, Hallas Scarborough Jr. and Stephanie of Nags Head, Kimberly Brinson and husband, Rodney, of Buxton and Lindsey O’Reilly of Avon; great-grandchildren, Hallas “Tristan” Scarborough III, Rodney “Austin” Brinson III, Charlie Brinson, Ashley Brinson and Madison Brinson. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Madison and Tom Scarborough, and two sisters, Esther Whitlock and Irene Miller.

Curtis was a lifelong resident of Kinnakeet, who, after serving 20 years with the United States Coast Guard and having been stationed in numerous places, returned home to raise his family.  He was best known by many locals as a talented chef working in the family-owned restaurant for many years.  He enjoyed his retirement years by spending time with family, cheering on the Atlanta Braves baseball team, and watching boxing. Curtis was also a veteran of the Vietnam War during his service with the U.S. Coast Guard. 

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 22, at 2 p.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Avon with a reception to immediately follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place at the family cemetery in Avon. The family will receive friends and relatives for a viewing at the church on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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



Mary Lou Barnett Gray

HATTERAS -- Mary Lou Barnett Gray, 81, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at The Outer Banks Hospital. Born in Suffolk County, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Ellis A. and Caroline Rowland Gray. She retired from quality control with General Electric and also from the Buxton ABC store and was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Avon.

Mary Lou is survived by her husband, Robert Hal Gray of the residence; two sons, Elton R. Barnett Jr. and wife, Beth, of Bradenton, Fla., and Timothy D. Barnett and wife, Renee, of Buxton; two granddaughters, Ashley and Krista Barnett; one great-granddaughter, Kinsley Barnett; two brothers, Ellis A. Gray Jr. and John D. Gray; a sister, Cheryl Gray McDonald; two stepdaughters, Margaret Easley and Melodi Schwartz; seven step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mary Lou was preceded in death by a husband, Elton R. Barnett, and a sister, Elizabeth Gaskins.

A viewing will be held on Friday, April 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hatteras United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 4, at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Ken Davenport and the Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating with a luncheon to immediately follow. Burial will be at Ellis A. Gray Sr. Family Burial Ground in Avon.

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



Netta 'Nena' June Williams

BUXTON -- Netta “Nena” June Williams, born on Nov. 28, 1932, went to be with the Lord on March 14, 2015. A native of Buxton, she was the daughter of the late Delmer and Fannie Williams. She was the caregiver for her niece, Patricia O’Neal, for many years.

Netta is survived by her brother, Laymon Williams, and his wife, Clara; five nieces, Mary Pendleton, Pam Rak, Barbara Gray, Debbie O’Neal and Carolyn Kiefer and their families. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Virginia O’Neal; a niece, Patricia O’Neal, and great-niece, Dori Reyes.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at Lighthouse Assembly of God with the Rev. David Stowe officiating. The family with receive friends and relatives at the church on Monday evening from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Burial will take place at Quidley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hatteras Island Meals on Wheels, PO Box 854, Buxton, NC 27920.

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



Jeanette 'Janet' Gray Finnegan

BUXTON -- Jeanette “Janet” Gray Finnegan, 102, died on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at her home. A native of Buxton, she was the daughter of the late Charles Poole Gray and Odessa Scarborough Gray. Janet attended East Carolina University, received her undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University and her master’s degree from William and Mary. She then served as the principal for Suburbon Park School, Little Creek Elementary and Sewells Point Elementary. She also worked as the assistant personnel director of Norfolk City Schools.

Janet is survived by a daughter, Jeanette Gray Finnegan Torok; a son, Michael Phillip Finnegan; a brother, Thomas Benjamin Gray; five grandchildren, and 13 great -grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Peter Finnegan; a son, William Peter Finnegan, Jr.; two sisters, Eleanor Wilson Gray and Iva Odessa Gray McAden; four brothers, Charles Fatio Gray, Wallace Roosevelt Gray, Herbert Curtis Gray and Jack Stewart Gray.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at Buxton United Methodist Church with Drew Pullen officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church at 6 p.m. Friday evening. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Janet Gray Finnegan Scholarship Fund, c/o Yadkin Bank, PO Box 770, Avon, NC 27915.

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



Lester Bascom Ballance

HATTERAS -- Lester Bascom Ballance, 92, died on Feb. 24, 2015 at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. A native of Hatteras, he was the son of the late Victor L. Ballance and Rachel Gray Ballance. Lester retired from the United States Navy as a Boatswain’s Mate Second Class (BM2) and was a survivor of Pearl Harbor. He returned to Hatteras after retiring and worked as a mate on charter boats for several years. He later went to work with the National Park Service for several years. He then crabbed until he was 76 years old on board his boat named the Old Garland, and crabbed for over 25 years. Mr. Ballance is predeceased by his wife, Emilia Ann O’Buch Ballance, and two sisters, Delma B. Miller and husband, E.J., and Ermany B. Robinson and husband, Marvin.

He was a member of the Pearl Harbor Association and a member of the Hatteras United Methodist Church.

Lester is survived by a daughter, Faye Ballance Foster and husband, Desmond “Buddy” R. Jr.; a son, Victor L. Ballance; grandchildren, Marshall B. Foster and wife, Ashleigh, and Krystal Ann Foster;  nieces, Elaine Miller, Lana Webb, Susie Freeman, Andrea Williams, and Vicky Casonshews; nephews, Wayne E. Miller and Charlie “Punk” Robinson and wife, Marion; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family would like to thank everyone for their support, prayers and love during “Pop’s” illness.

A funeral service will be held at Hatteras United Methodist Church on Thursday, Feb. 26,  at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dwight Burrus and Rev. Ken Davenport officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church prior to the service, from noon until 2 p.m. Burial will take place at the Ballance family cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to TREA (The Retired Enlisted Association), P.O. Box 1148, Havelock, NC 28532 or online at www.trea.org/donate.html, VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111 or online at www.vfw.org/contribute/, or the Hatteras United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Hatteras, NC 27943.

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



Julie Ann Riley Schauer-- UPDATED

A memorial service for Julie Ann Riley Schauer is planned for Saturday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church in Buxton. The family will host a coffee reception after the service in the church social hall.


Julie Ann Riley Schauer, known as “Tutu” to her grandchildren, passed away peacefully at home in Wilmington, N.C., on the morning of Jan. 26, 2015, four days shy of her 77th birthday.

Julie was born on Jan. 30, 1938 in Melbourne, Australia, and grew up on naval bases, moving to the United States when she was 8 years old.  She graduated from Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, “the same high school as Obama, but not the same year,” as she liked to point out.  After moving to Norfolk, Va., Julie graduated from Mary Washington College before undertaking graduate studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and went into social work.

Julie married Richard “Bubba” Schauer, who preceded her in death.  They had two daughters, Laura and Lisa Schauer, and moved to West Virginia to work on biodynamic organic farming for 14 years.  The family often vacationed in Cape Hatteras and moved there to open Bubba's BBQ, which they operated for 15 years.  Julie spent 30 years in Cape Hatteras where she continued organic farming and was heavily involved in the founding of Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church, where she met many lifelong friends.  Julie spent her winters in Wilmington, where she moved permanently two years ago to be closer to family.

Julie led a very active and adventurous life.  She was a certified scuba diver and loved swimming in the ocean with dolphins.  She was an avid traveler.  Among other destinations, Julie visited family in, and traveled across, Australia, explored Machu Picchu in Peru, met Ruth Chris founder Ruth Fertel in New Orleans, visited Jamaica and the Galapagos Islands and vacationed in Cozumel almost annually.

In addition to traveling, Julie loved food, gardening (she had an affinity for orchids) and wasn't afraid to admit she liked watching TV.

Julie leaves behind her brother, Philip Riley of Atlanta, Ga.; her daughter, Laura, and son-in-law Craig, their daughters Tristen and Torrie, and her other daughter, Lisa, and her son Arthur.  Julie was anticipating the arrival of her first great-grandchild, Sebastian.

The family will celebrate Julie's life with family and friends at home on Saturday, Jan. 31.  A memorial service is being planned for late February in Cape Hatteras as well.




Dorothy Midgett Brannan

GREENVILLE -- Mrs. Dorothy Midgett Brannan, 84, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.

The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. James United Methodist Church.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.  A private graveside will be held at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Brannan was the daughter of the late Nelson H. and Odessa M. Midgett.  A native of Waves, she received an associate degree from Louisburg College and graduated with a B.S. and a M.A. from East Carolina University.  She began a teaching career in Windsor, N.C., where she met her husband, who would become a professor at East Carolina University for 30 years.  Therefore, Mrs. Brannan made her home in Greenville, where she taught at J. H. Rose High School for 30 years.  She tried to instill in all students a love for history.  She thought if people understood history, they would be more productive and live a good life.

Mrs. Brannan maintained her membership in the Fair Haven United Methodist Church in Waves.  She attended St. James United Methodist Church in Greenville for many years and was a member of St. James United Methodist Women.  She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary teachers organization and was honored by the Civitan Club as the Citizen of the Year in Education.  She was also honored as the Daughters of the American Revolution N.C. History Teacher of the Year and honored by the City of Greenville and Pitt County as Teacher of the Year.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Brannan was also preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Oscar W. Brannan in 2003 and cousin, Asa Hamilton Gray, IV.

She is survived by cousins, Lennon Hooper and wife, Sharon, Rudolph Gray and wife, Bette, Asa H. Gray III and daughters, Cassie, Caitlyn, and Caroline Gray, and loving friend, Susan Gray.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Delta Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Grant-In-Aid, c/o Tara Parker, 2255 Cottondale Road, Greenville, NC 27834 or Fairhaven United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 177, Rodanthe, NC 27965.

Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory, Greenville. Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.




Gladys Charles Peele 

Gladys Charles Peele, 100, died on Feb. 9, 2015. She was born in Washington, N.C., on Feb. 8, 1915 to H.B. Charles and Gladys Chapman Charles and grew up in the Pitt County town of Grifton.  She received her music and education degrees from Atlantic Christian College in 1934, where she was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.

Gladys taught in the Elm City Schools until age 70, then taught Adult Basic Education at Wilson Community College until her retirement at 85.  She later lived in Reidsville, N.C., and Frisco before moving to Spring Arbor of the Outer Banks in Kill Devil Hills.

Predeceased by her husband, Edward Peele, a sister, Alleen Charles Mc Donald, and brother Harry B. Charles, she is survived by her son Charles Peele (Susan) of Frisco and two grandchildren, Allen Peele (Colby) of Arden, N.C., and Jennifer Pace (Joshua) of Denver, Colo.  She was blessed with three great-grandchildren -- Wyatt, Marin, and Elliott.

Gladys was an accomplished piano player, pastry chef, an avid card player, and a loyal Duke basketball fan.

A private family service will be held at a later date.  Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Dare County, P.O. Box 669, Manteo, NC  27954 or the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Brody School of Medicine, 600 Moye Blvd., Greenville, NC  27936.




Sandra Jean Herzing Etheridge

BUXTON -- Sandra Jean Herzing Etheridge, 64, Buxton died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at her residence. Born in Patuxent River, Md., she was the daughter of Arlene Donahue Williams of Avon and the late Robert C. Herzing and was the wife of Charles R. Etheridge of Buxton. She was a "good friend and known by all."

In addition to her husband and mother, Sandra is survived by a son, Ronnie F. Slater of Avon; a sister, Katherine Herzing of Kill Devil Hills; four brothers, Terry Herzing of Avon, Robert Herzing of Kill Devil Hills, Joseph Herzing of Waterville, Maine and Michael Herzing of Bon Secour, Ala.; a grandchild, Andy Scarborough of Wanchese; two stepsons, John and Anthony Etheridge both of Goose Creek, S.C., and their children, Rachael, Amber and Miranda; two nieces, Mary Jeannette Thompson of Kill Devil Hills and Cheyanne Gaskins of Avon. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Bartholomew and Janet Scarborough.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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



Delores Burrus Conner

HATTERAS and RALEIGH, N.C. -- Delores Burrus Conner, 90, of Hatteras and Raleigh, N.C., died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 in Avon. She was born on July 9, 1924 in Norfolk, Va.,  to  the late Earl Palmer and Belle Harris of Norfolk.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Earl Harris, Blanche Howle, Clara Snider, Jennette Haynie, and Clarence Harris.  She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Luther Dudley Burrus Jr., and her daughter, Reba Burrus Stokes.

Delores is survived by her husband of 21 years, H.T. “Rough” Conner;  Reba’s children, Dabni Shelton, Andrew Veal, and Courtni Rush;  son, Dwight Burrus, and wife, Debbie, and their children, Charlie Burrus and Jessica Felice; daughter, Bonnie Williams, and husband, Charles, and their children, Matthew Williams and Hannah Dunavant;  and son, L.D. “Buddy” Burrus and his children, Caleb Burrus and Jordan Burrus.

Delores was proud to have had 20 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Delores served the community of Hatteras as the Postmaster where she retired with 30 years of service.  She was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter for many years.  As a member of the Hatteras United Methodist Church she served as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent and choir member. Delores will be remembered for her alto voice.  She never met a stranger and will always be remembered for her laughter and love for people and entertainment. 

A memorial service will be held at Hatteras United Methodist Church on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. by the Rev. Ken Davenport and the Rev. Jim Huskins. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Hatteras United Methodist Church's Discretionary Fund or the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.

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


Bernice 'Bunny' Forbes Gaskins

OCRACOKE -- Bernice “Bunny” Forbes Gaskins, 90, of 206 Loop Road died on Jan. 1, 2015 at her home. A native of Ocracoke, she was the daughter of the late Irving and Alma Bragg Forbes and also the widow of John Gaskins. Bunny was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, crossword puzzles, bird watching and watching the flowers grow. She would often sit on her front porch as the people went by and watch all the activities taking place around her.

Bunny is survived by a son, Dennis E. Gaskins, and wife, Patty, of Townsend, Del.; two granddaughters, Kelly Waltz and her husband, Eric, and their children, Beckett and Brody, and their dog, Harley, of Florida, and Stacie Gaskins, and Marc and their dog, Buster, of Delaware.

A graveside service will be on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Community Cemetery in Ocracoke. The family will receive friends and relatives at Bunny’s home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ocracoke EMS, 307 Back Road, Ocracoke, NC 27960; Ocracoke United Methodist Church, 71 School Road, Ocracoke, NC 27960, or Ocracoke Island Assembly of God, 459 Lighthouse Road, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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



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