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

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 

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

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

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