William Thomas Marra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William "Billy" Potter Garrish, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

erscal P. Williams, Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sylvia Willis

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

Ann Rose Mason Drain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monica M. Hutson

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

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

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

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

"Pappy" Lee Benfield

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

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

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

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

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

Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Antonietta Ochs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

John "JOHNNY" Andrew Hancock

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ephraim O’Neal

HATTERAS -- Ephraim Norwood O’Neal, 97, a native of Hatteras, died Friday, February 17, 2017 at his daughter’s home in Florida. He was the son of the late Norwood and Alethia Austin O’Neal and the widower of Daisy Stowe O’Neal.

He was a member and deacon of the Hatteras Assembly of God, a commercial fisherman, and a retired magistrate. Ephraim served on the Waterway commission and many other committees and was a veteran having served his country honorably during World War II in the U.S. Army.

Ephraim is survived by his three children: Wayne O’Neal and Judy, of Piedmont, AL; Peggy Braddock and Samuel, of Bonifay, FL; and Alethia Joy Willis and Durwood, of Hatteras, NC. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Wayne O’Neal, Jr. and Kelly, Lori O’Neal, Kenny McArthur and Lisa, Brian McArthur and Olga, Woody Willis and Karla, and Natasha Farrow and Lester. He was also a very proud Granddaddy to seven and a half great-grandchildren: Cameron O’Neal, Cody McArthur, Aleah McArthur, Ezekiel Willis, Adalyn Willis, Lester Farrow V (Quin), Aleck Farrow, and Reagan Farrow (on the way).

A funeral service with military honors will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Hatteras United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and following the funeral at the home, 57993 Highway 12, Hatteras, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hatteras Assembly of God for repairs from Hurricane Matthew, P. O. Box 245, Hatteras, NC 27943.

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

Arthur Gordon Hammond-Tooke
October 6, 1938-February 15, 2017

Arthur Hammond-Tooke 78, passed away on February 15, 2017.  Arthur was born and raised in South Africa and kept his English accent all his life, to the amusement of many friends.  He came to the USA in 1986 and worked as an Economist.  Arthur retired with his wife Mary to Hatteras in 2000.  They built a home for windsurfers on the sound in Frisco.  Arthur and Mary ran the windsurfing school at “Windsurfing Hatteras” from 2001 to 2005.  Arthur loved to explain the physics of windsurfing, to the delight of the engineering types and to the consternation of the ladies who really did not care how the fin worked!

Arthur truly never met a stranger.  He was called the “Mayor of Frisco” by locals and visitors alike.  He walked with his dog, first Katie and then Bella, both black Labrador Retrievers, every day and greeted everyone he encountered.  He was always ready to help or offer the use of his canoe, screwdriver or whatever.

When Mary wanted to learn to kiteboard, he bought a waverunner and patiently followed her while she struggled to learn.  He was also the lifeguard for Frisco soundside and mounted many rescues of kiters and windsurfers.

Arthur could recite yards of poetry, tell outrageous stories and make people cringe with his puns.  He was known for his killer “Gin and Tonics”, that resulted in many an unplanned overnight guest.

Arthur was very active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  He loved the people and the missions when the Coast Guard planes would practice dropping rescue equipment to CGA boats.

He was missed when he could no longer take the minutes at meetings.

Arthur had a wonderful bass voice and sang in the choir at Our Lady of the Seas for many years.

Arthur is survived by his wife Mary, his daughter Anne and his two grandchildren Lillian and Elliott.  He was step-father to Mary’s four children and 13 grandchildren and he will be missed

by them.  He was always doing something interesting which kids love, and he taught several grandchildren to shoot a bow and arrow.

Arthur wished to have his ashes returned to South Africa to be with his brother.  There is no celebration of life planned in Hatteras.  His many relatives in South Africa will have a Memorial Service there.

Edwin Ernest Ochs

FRISCO -- Edwin Ernest Ochs, 59 died February 14, 2017 at his home after battling throat cancer. Edwin was a restaurant manger for many years. He was also an avid fisherman. He loved his fishing team- the Sand Fiddlers.

Edwin was predeceased by his father, Russell G. Ochs. Survivors include his devoted friend, Juanita, his brother, John, and his mother, Gina.

The memorial mass will be held at Our Lady By the Sea Church on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 1 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Edwin's name may be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation or the Hatteras Island Methodist Men.

Gallop Funeral Services was entrusted with arrangements. Please express your condolences at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.

Patricia Ann Patchel

FRISCO -- Patricia Ann Patchel (Patsy), 84, peacefully went to be with Jesus surrounded by family January 27,2017. She was living at  Spring Arbor of the Outer Banks, N.C.

Patricia was born April 18,1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1953, she married Roger F. Patchel Jr. and they lived in Ocean City, New Jersey for 35 years. Patsy and Roger retired to St. Augustine, Florida in 1993. Roger died February 15, 2005.

Patsy enjoyed playing games with the seniors at St. Augustine Baptist Church.  She also played the bass fiddle while her husband, Roger played rhythm guitar for The Blue Sky Riders - a western style band. Patsy spent many years as care giver for family and friends. Always with a sparkle in her eye, Patsy loved to talk with people about Jesus.

Patricia is survived by two sons; Gary Roger (Susan) Patchel of Frisco, NC and  Steven Howard (Angela) Patchel of Cape May Court House, N.J.; four grandchildren and eleven great-grand children.

Her urn will be buried beside her husband Roger in Camden, N.J. at a future time.

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

Jordan David Bartholomew

BUXTON -- Jordan David Bartholomew, 32, drowned on January 21, 2017 while surfing in Buxton, NC on the Outer Banks.

He was born on Easter Sunday, April 22, 1984 in Warren, Ohio the son of Marlin and Johanne (Mrus) Bartholomew.

Jordan graduated from Howland High School in 2003 and received his Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Youngstown State University in 2009. He also attended Mt. Vernon Nazarene College in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

Jordan was always drawn to the ocean and permanently moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 2009. He was employed with the Dare County School District and worked with autistic and special needs children. But, due to ongoing health issues (Crohn's Disease, Epilepsy, Asperger's, Depression) he was unable to continue working.

He was a prime example of staying true through the struggle and being a self-less giver of love to all he encountered. He never had a problem just straight up telling a stranger that they were beautiful or giving random people compliments that secretly made their day. God gave him a special gift with reaching out to children, especially those with special needs. Most of all, he loved to make and see people laugh.

Jordan loved adventure and was never afraid to try anything new. He became an accomplished surfer. He loved the ocean, photography, music, nature, and playing the guitar and harmonica. His zest to live life to the fullest was an inspiration to all who came in contact with him. His strength and perseverance helped him in telling others about Jesus Christ.

Jordan will be sadly missed by his parents; sister, Jennifer (Douglas) Dadisman; brother, Jared (Ashley) Bartholomew; nephew, Zechariah Dadisman; nieces, Gabrielle and Isabella Dadisman; uncles and aunts, Allan (Janice) Bartholomew, James and Marilyn Marshall, Dennis (Judy) Bartholomew, Jon Mrus, and Tatiana Jarosova-Mrus; God daughter, Ella Bartholomew; Maryann Fontanarosa who was his second mother, and numerous cousins. He will also be deeply missed by his special angel.

Jordan was preceded in death by his brother, Joshua; paternal grandparents, Warren and Julia Bartholomew; maternal grandparents, John and Anne Mrus; uncle, James Mrus and a cousin, Susan Mrus Dolgae.

A celebration of Jordan's life will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at North Mar Church, 3855 East Market Street, Warren, Ohio, at 12 p.m. with Pastor Paul Armitage and Greg Marshall officiating.

Family and friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church and on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Roberts Clark Chapel, 180 Garfield Drive NE, Warren, Ohio, from 5 to 8 p.m.

A paddle out memorial service is tentatively scheduled on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Hatteras National Seashore. See Facebook or contact the family for more details closer to the scheduled date.

In lieu of flowers, material contributions can be made to Dare County Social Services Adult Fund, 107 Exeter Street, P.O. Box 669, Manteo, NC, 27954 or Outer Banks Surfing for Autism, P.O. Box 1184, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949.

Glenda Austin Van Hook
January 3, 1938 – January 22, 2017

Glenda Austin Van Hook, 79, a native of Hatteras, died on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Glenda was a graduate of the North Carolina School for the Deaf, Morganton, N.C. and worked as a seamstress in Norfolk, Va., for many years.

Glenda is survived by a very close niece, Donna O’Neal, whom she referred to as “her baby.” Donna along with her husband, Jimmy of Middlesex, N.C., cared for and looked after her for many years. She is also survived by a host of additional nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents, Moody Chappel Austin and Ruth Roberts Austin; sister, Elsie Carol Webster; brother, Ulysses Crowder Austin; and niece, Glenda Ruth Stafford.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at Heritage of Faith Family Church with the Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. A private family burial will take place at the Austin family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church on Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 4450 Falls Neuse Road Suite 650, Raleigh, NC 27609.

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

William Leonard Whedbee
December 23, 1939 – January 18, 2017

FRISCO -- William Leonard Whedbee, 77, a native of Frisco, died on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. He was the son of the late Zach Harrison Whedbee and Linda Fulcher Whedbee. W.L. retired from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and was a member of Little Grove United Methodist Church.

W.L. is survived by his sister, Delores “Dee” Jennette and husband, Wayland, of Buxton; and a nephew, Wayland Jennette Jr., wife Cena and their children, Audrey and Curren Jennette, whom he loved as his own.  Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Zach Whedbee.

A funeral will be held at 2 pm on Monday, Jan. 23,  at Little Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Toni Wood and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. Burial will take place at the Fulcher family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives Sunday evening at the church from 6:30 until 8 p.m.

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

Randy D. Crump

BUXTON -- Randy Daryl Crump, 68, died peacefully at his home on Jan. 9, 2017. Randy bravely battled lung cancer.  He was born in Pennsylvania.

A talented contractor and estimator, Randy worked in the Hampton Roads area for many years. After meeting his wife, Robin, he settled in Buxton, where he hoped to spend his retirement.

Left to cherish Randy's memory is his wife Robin of Buxton; three daughters, Stacey Penniman (Jason) of Massachusetts, Robin Dion (Geoff) of Florida, and Missy Richards (J.P.) of Connecticut; one son, Chris Crump (Heather) also of Massachusetts, and his 10 grandchildren.

 No services are planned. The family gratefully suggests that those wishing to  honor Randy's memory do so with a donation to Dare County Home Health and Hospice in Manteo.

Expressions of sympathy are welcome at  www.gallopfuneralservices.com.  Gallop Funeral Services, inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Gail Barclay Quidley
August 26, 1935 – January 6, 2017

FRISCO -- Gail Barclay Quidley, 81, passed away on Jan. 6, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Orlando J. and Emma K. Barclay. Gail was a member of Little Grove United Methodist Church. She was retired from the Southeastern Virginia Training Center. Her love of gardening touched many.

Along with her parents, Gail was preceded in death by an infant son, John Russell; her husband, John Russell Quidley; and sister, Alice Bontrager.

Gail is survived by two daughters, Kathy Q. Kiddy and husband Russ of Buxton and Jo Ann Q. Baum and husband Wayne of Frisco; two brothers, David Barclay and wife Christine and James Barclay and wife Barbara of Somerset, Pa.; five grandchildren, Christy Kiddy Oberbeck and husband Doug, Rusty Kiddy, Nick Baum and wife Amy, Stella and Sara Baum; and six great-grandchildren, Alissa, Brooke, and Rylee Gail Oberbeck, Finn Kiddy, and Claire and Jack Baum.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Gail's wishes were that a memorial fund be set up for flood victims at First South Bank of Buxton in her memory.

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

Shirley Jean Farrow
July 1, 1943 – January 6, 2017

BUXTON -- Shirley Jean Farrow, 73, died on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Born in Norfolk, Va., she was the daughter of the late Roland Bass and Dessie Elizabeth Phelps Bass. Shirley was a homemaker, member of Lighthouse Assembly of God, and attended Heritage of Faith Family Church.

Shirley is survived by two children, Donna Jean Penfield and Donnie L. Farrow Jr. and wife Melissa, all of Buxton; two grandsons, Jessie Lewis Farrow and Donnie Lee Farrow; two sisters, Alma Holland and husband Dennis, and Marion Shepard; brother, Jimmy Bass and wife Brenda; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Donnie L. Farrow Sr.; son-in-law, Robert Earl Penfield; sisters, Irma Jane Bass and Margaret Flanders; and two brothers-in-law, Ed Flanders and Don Shepard.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11,  at Heritage of Faith Family Church with Pastor David Stowe officiating. Burial will take place at the Farrow family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives Tuesday evening at the church from 6 until 8 p.m.

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

Berle Willard Wilson

ELIZABETH CITY -- Berle Willard Wilson, formerly of Frisco, 77, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. He is rejoicing with God, fishing with Jesus, and singing in that heavenly choir.

Berle lived and experienced life; he just didn’t exist. He traveled the East Coast for 16 years selling and managing large-scale irrigation systems, water works equipment, sewage and water pump manufacturing equipment, and water treatment products. He spent time in Saudi Arabia teaching citizens how to grow food in sandy conditions with irrigation.

Captain Berle’s passion was fishing the Gulf Stream waters off Hatteras as a charter boat captain for 25 years. He was a long-time member of the Hatteras Harbor Charter Boat Association and was named Captain of the Year in 2001. He provided his customers with years of memorable experiences and plenty of fish tales.

He fished with various mates over the years, but his best mate of all was his first Boykin Spaniel, Bridgette, who climbed the ladder to the bridge of the boat and fished with him daily. Bridgette was the best weather forecaster ever. If she sat in the marina parking lot and refused to board the boat, you knew it was going to be a rough day at sea!

He loved duck hunting, dove hunting, doing anything outdoors and just being around God’s gift of Nature. He also loved music, singing, theater productions, wood carving, and painting. He was a trusting soul, took joy in his surroundings, and loved his family and friends dearly.  He was a proud Eagle Scout, member of Order of the Arrow, and served his country/state through the Virginia Army National Guard.

Joining him in Heaven one day will be his wife, Cathy; son, David of Frisco; grandchildren, Andrea and Simon, and his beloved Boykins, Molly and Gracie. His extended family includes stepsons, Coby Jones of Bracey and Ben Jones of Williamsburg, and stepdaughter Jenny Rebecca Jones of Harrisonburg and their families.

He was a member of Evangelical Methodist Church.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. in the EMC Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the EMC Music Ministry, 820 Okisko Road, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

Following his wishes, his ashes will be scattered over the Gulf Stream at a later date.

A special Thank You to Debbie Anderson, Fran Haskett, InterCounty Volunteer Fire Department, Pasquotank/Camden EMS and Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department. Twiford’s Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, is assisting the family.

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