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2018 OBITUARIES

Nancy A. Faircloth

FRISCO - Nancy A. Faircloth, age 73 passed peacefully in her home in Frisco, NC on February 19, 2018.  She is survived by a husband, John B. Faircloth.  Nancy was a retired teacher from the Virginia Beach Public School system.

No service is planned at this time.

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









John Roger Cantwell, Jr.

FRISCO -- John Roger Cantwell, Jr., 64, passed away peacefully at home in Frisco, NC on February 9, 2018.

He was the son of the late John R. Cantwell, Sr. and Virginia G. Cantwell of Chesapeake, VA.  He was preceded in death by his father, and brothers Kevin and Stephen.

Roger was retired from the U.S. Navy and served aboard the minesweeper U.S.S. Guardian MCM-5 in the Gulf War. While aboard the warship, Roger became one of the first independent duty corpsman to qualify to stand as OOD (Officer of the Deck). After retirement from the Navy, he graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School, and later retired as a Physician’s Assistant (PA-C).

He is survived by his wife Chris, his mother, his sister Julie and brother Michael, and many nieces and nephews who hold many wonderful memories of their uncle.

A memorial service will be held at the family home (3749 Farnsworth Dr., Chesapeake VA) on Wednesday, February 21 at 4 p.m. Friends are welcome to attend or visit with the family until 6 p.m. A second service, a celebration of Roger's life, will be held on Friday, February 23 at 5 p.m. at the home of Roger & Chris (50498 Timber Trail, Frisco, NC). As part of the celebration, a brief military honors ceremony will commence at 5:50 p.m. Friends, family, and loved ones are all welcome to attend.

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




Alvin I. Porter
November 1, 1949 – January 21, 2018

HATTERAS -- Alvin Irvin Porter, 69, of Hatteras, NC died Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

Alvin was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rose; his parents, William and Eunice Porter; his brother, Jack Porter; and sisters, Janice Blevins and Vanessa Hinkley.

He is survived by a daughter, Cathy Porter; a step-daughter, Angel Billhimer; a step-son, Ronald Billhimer Jr.; sisters, Navata Brinks, Janet Gardner, and Annie Grimm; step-grandchildren, Jacqueline Sullivan (Robert), Julie Clark, and Jasmine Roller; and five step-great-grandchildren.

He was a decorated Vietnam War Veteran and was receiving disability from the V.A. after being diagnosed with heart disease due to Agent Orange.

Alvin was a retired truck driver with Reliable Contracting. In recent years, he could be found at Ballance Oil Company where he would delight in helping and talking with everyone.

He was a member of the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department where he also worked the Cook Shack for the weekly fish fry dinners.

Alvin loved to fish especially from the boat, squealing his tires and blowing his air horn. He also dearly loved living in Hatteras Village.

There will be a Memorial Celebration of Alvin’s life at 4:00 pm on March 24, 2018, at Hatteras United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Toni Wood. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department at P. O. Box 251, Hatteras NC, 27943.

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



Gloria Lavern Cella Platt
September 18, 1925 – February 13, 2018

FRISCO -- Gloria Lavern Cella Platt, 92, of Frisco, NC died Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Spring Arbor of the Outer Banks. Born in Bellevue, PA on September 18, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Pearl Violet Macker Cella and George Frank Cella, Sr.

A registered nurse, Gloria retired from Barberton Citizens Hospital in Ohio. Full of determination and feistiness, she lived life on her terms. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Gloria is survived by a daughter, Carla Marie Meekins of Avon, NC; a son, Terrence Lee Platt of Ravenna, OH; three grandchildren, Sheryl Meekins O’Neal, Theresa Platt Hawkins, and Carl Jacob Platt; and two great-grandchildren, Jordan Christopher Varamo and Joslyn Hawkins.

Along with parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence M. Platt, Jr.; and a brother, George Frank Cella, Jr.

No service is planned at this time. Burial will take place at Quantico National Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of Spring Arbor of the Outer Banks for treating Gloria like family.

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



Louise V. Rossiter
September 20, 1929 – February 11, 2018

BUXTON -- Louise V. Rossiter, 88, of Buxton, NC died on Sunday, February 11, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 20, 1929, to the late Riley J. Massey and Sarah E. Massey. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband William X. Rossiter.

She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie R. Ballantyne of Branford, CT and Anne M. Rossiter (Kirk Brining) of Buxton, NC; her “third” daughter, Donna Strachan-Ledbetter of Lewes, DE; three grandchildren, Amy Louise Baum (Nick), Katherine Margaret Sarkozy (Steve), and Fred James Ballantyne III (Sarah); and four great-grandchildren, Claire Baum, Jack Baum, Kirsten Sarkozy, and Natalie Sarkozy.

Louise was the valedictorian of her high school class and received an associate’s degree from Goldey Beacom College. She was the registrar at Quinnipiac College until retiring to care for her grandchildren. She moved to Buxton in 1984 and became a pillar of the community there. She served on the Fessenden Board of Directors, volunteered at Hotline, started the Prayer Shawl Ministry, and served as the treasurer of the Buxton UMC for over 25 years. She was an avid reader, a beachcomber, but most often you would find her knitting and crocheting gifts for the extended island family she so loved.

Mom, Gram, Weezie, Miss Louise - your presence lit up a room, your quick wit and humor kept everyone on their toes, and your kindness and generosity were unmatched. To know you was to love you.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, February 17, 2018, at 11:00 am at Buxton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Toni Wood officiating. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Buxton UMC Building Fund, PO Box 672, Buxton, NC 27920.

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




Jamie Jann Farrow   

AVON – Jamie Jann Farrow of Avon, NC passed peacefully in Greenville, NC February 4, 2018. Jamie was 44.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Jennifer and her mother, Sharon.

Born in Niagra County, New York and raised in Slidell, LA Jamie completed high school and enjoyed a life full of fun, friendship, and family. Jamie met and married her husband Leroy, and worked in the Hatteras restaurant industry.  She became a popular waitress, working at the Open Water Grill and also at many other local eateries.  Jamie’s greatest fulfillment, however, came from nurturing the happiness of her family.

Jamie is survived by her husband Leroy T. Farrow, Jr. of the Avon residence; her son, Leroy T. “Trey” Farrow, III of Avon; her father, Louis P. Jann of Slidell, LA; and her brother Edward P. Jann also of Slidell.  Also left to celebrate Jamie’s memory are her father-in-law, Leroy Farrow, Sr. (Barbara) of Avon, NC; her mother-in-law Mona Farrow of Elizabeth City, NC; her sister-in-law Angela “Sissy” Farrow also of Avon, and her niece and nephew, Jasmine Jann and Patrick Jann both of Slidell, LA as well as many extended family members, her St. John’s Church family, and a host of dear friends.

A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Methodist Church in Avon Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 1 p.m.  Pastor Gina Miller will officiate.   

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




Peggy Louise Martin
February 1, 1927- January 22, 2018

FRISCO -- Peggy Louise (Gowen) Martin, age 90, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018 due to complications of the flu.

Peggy was born February 1, 1927 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to Ira Lennis Gowen and Pearl Mae Jenkins Gowen. She married her true love, Wash Martin, on February 16, 1956.

Peggy loved music and she loved to dance. In her younger years she loved to jitterbug, do the Charleston, swing, and square dance, among others. In later years, she would start moving her feet anytime music played.

Peggy was hard-working and kind. She called the kitchen her “office,” and in her younger years was always whipping up excellent meals for her family. She loved and served her family well and prayed for her children. She defended her kids like a mama bear. 

Her talents were many. She painted with oils and sewed many clothes for her kids. She was proud of her “Scotch blood” and her ability to stretch a dollar. She was industrious, cleaning houses on the weekends and putting her pay away for a “rainy day” or to help out one of her kids. She called it her “hidey-spot money.”

Peggy loved Jesus with all of her heart. And she loved wisdom. She encouraged her children to seek wisdom and to read one Proverb every day. Peggy was a shining example of the Proverbs 31 woman and she reflected the light of Jesus to those around her.

Peggy would look and find God‘s favor to her in things big and small. If a stranger opened the door for her or showed her respect she saw it as the favor of God. And she showed God’s grace to those around her, giving the best hugs to everyone, being loving and welcoming to those she knew and those she didn’t. Peggy knew how to make people feel special. But watch out! Her bear-hugs could break a rib!

In the days to come, her family will be left with a big void. Those left behind include her husband, Wash Martin, daughter Lynda Doggett, daughter Kelly (Joey) Brunson, son Douglas (Kimberly) Martin, son Wiley Martin, and daughter Eileen (David) Botello. Also, grandchildren, including LeAnn Kirkland, Bryan Clarke, Mary Krawchuck, Abe Thomas, Nikki Martin, Whitney Austin, Carley Martin, Evan Botello, Eric Botello, and Douglas Botello. Along with multiple great-grandchildren.

Peggy is now in the arms of Jesus and has joined her son, David “Bucky” Martin, on that beautiful shore. We anxiously await that time when we will join them there.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  - Romans 8:38-39

A visitation will be held 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 25 at the Lighthouse Assembly Family Life Center. The funeral will be 4 p.m. on Friday, January 26 at the Lighthouse Assembly Family Life Center.  Burial will be private.

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





Rose Tillett Davenport
October 27, 1953 – January 17, 2018

WANCHESE -- Rose Tillett Davenport, 64, died peacefully at her home in Wanchese. She fought a hard battle with brain cancer and lost that battle at 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Born in Currituck County on October 17, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Nellie Swain Tillett and Herbert White Tillett.

Rosie is survived by her husband of 43 years, Pastor Ken Davenport; two sons, Kenneth “Lee” Davenport, Jr. (Stephanie) and Herbert Conrade Davenport (Jessica); four, soon-to-be five, grandchildren, Luke, Henry Lee, Colby, Landen, and Joanna Rose; two sisters, Cheryl Daniels (Kenny) and Shelia Young (Chip); and many cousins.

A funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Bethany United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Mann officiating. Burial will follow at Tillett Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bethany United Methodist Church General Fund, PO Box 239, Wanchese, NC 27981.

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



Mark Allan Rankin

FRISCO --  Mark Allan Rankin died January 12, 2018 in Nags Head, NC.  He was 53 years old. Mark was born in Robeson County, NC. He worked as a digital designer in the family surveying business based in Frisco, NC.

Survivors include his parents Doris and Freddy Rankin of Frisco and many other loving family members.

A graveside service will be held at the Rankin Family Cemetery at 50232 South Buccaneer Dr. in Frisco at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2017.

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




Janet Burrus Hughes
February 3, 1935 – January 13, 2018

FRISCO -- Janet Burrus Hughes, 82, of Frisco, NC died Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born in Patchogue, NY, she was the daughter of the late Goldie Dallas Stowe and Adolphus Burrus, Jr.

Janet retired from East Carolina Bank and later worked at the Sea Gull Motel and Breakwater Inn. She was a member of Hatteras United Methodist Church.

Janet is survived by a daughter, Suzy Miller of Frisco; Damen Hughes of Frisco; a granddaughter, Doris Bailey of Avon; great-grandson, Dawson Williams; a nephew, Denny Ransom (Kristian) of Frisco; and a special lifelong friend, Roberta Midgett of Salvo, NC.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Hatteras United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home, 52230 Hughes Lane, Frisco, NC 27936.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to OBX SPCA, PO Box 2477, Manteo, NC 27954 or online at www.obxspca.org.

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



Garreld Ardell Mathews “Pete” Covey
July 17, 1932 – January 11, 2018

RODANTHE - Garreld A.M. “Pete” Covey quietly left this world Thursday, January 11, 2018, after a long courageous battle against a relentless foe.  Pete was a Great Depression era baby born on July 17, 1932, the second of five children to Peter and Pearl Covey.  He was known by many and to many by several different names.  Raised as Bill but known to his friends as Wild Bill.  Perhaps because of his remarkable prowess firearms, or maybe due to him receiving a speeding ticket on his hometown’s main street whilst driving a Sherman tank for the local Unit of the U.S. National Guard.

Pete was Willy to his youngest brother, Gary Covey, married to Linda, of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  However, his shipmates in the U.S. Navy knew him simply as Covey.  His service started and ended on surface ships; the USS MT OLYMPUS and USS ORION, respectively.  But Covey’s true love was the navy’s submarines, or silent service.  His Cold War era duty on subs began on the USS REQUIN, a diesel – electric boat.  It is now a museum exhibit on Pittsburgh’s waterfront.  Next was time in Groton overseeing welding done in production of his next assignment, the USS NATHAN HALE.

Covey’s Navy career took him far and wide.  His sea time took him through the Bering Straits to above the Arctic Circle, to the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, to the North Atlantic and to Central America during turbulent years.  His REQUIN duty experience visits from Prince Ranier and Grace Kelly while in port at Monaco, and also from President JFK.  His next submarine assignment, the USS NATHAN HALE was commissioned the very next day after JFK’s assassination.

After submarines came a role as an instructor at sub school in Groton, Connecticut, and then finishing as a career counselor. However, those on the East coast knew the retired sailor as Pete, who moved to his wife’s hometown Rodanthe, where he has resided ever since. In 1972, he began Covey’s Construction which he owned and operated for 45 years. He was married to Irita Midgett for 45 years and delivered him two sons, Melvin Covey and Robert Covey.  Mel is father to Sarah Covey Blount, married to Thomas Jordan Blount at Tarboro, NC. They have two small children Thomas Blount, Jr. (Jordy) and John Covey Blount.  Mel’s other child is Nathan Joshua P. Covey married to Tatiana, of Buxton, NC. Irita passed in 1996.

Robbie and his wife Trisha of Rodanthe.  Robbie has two children, a son Daniel Covey and wife Gina of Salvo.  They have two children Dylan Robert Thomas and Chloe Elizabeth.  His Daughter Erika Covey and Nick Eggert of Ashville, NC.  Sister-in-law Patricia Midgett Conklin and Husband Dale Conklin of Nauvoo, IL.

Pete is also survived by his wife of 18 years, Bonnie Sasser Cahoon Covey and four step-children.  Thomas Cahoon and wife Melinda of Waverly, VA, Scott Cahoon of Rodanthe, David N. Cahoon and Teresa of Wanchese, NC, and Natasha Willis Klomp and Husband Andrew of Raleigh, NC.  Thirteen step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sister Beverly Nobel and husband Joe Nobel of Eugene Oregon, and a brother Gary Covey and wife Linda of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Pete was also preceded in death by his parents Peter and Pearl Covey of Oxford, Nebraska, his older brother Darrel and wife Hazel Covey of Portland, Oregon, an infant sister Naomi and his beloved Uncle Mel, brother to his father, and a step-daughter Alisa Bryan.

Pete was an avid volunteer with a strong work ethic who had a compelling desire to see Dare County prosper.  He was the founding father of Chicamacomico’s Volunteer Fire Department (Badge No. 1 was his.) and served many years on the County’s Planning Board, and the County’s early efforts to jetty Oregon Inlet. Among several other endeavors, he served as president of the Sound and Sea Fisherman’s Cooperative in Dare County.

To say Pete will be missed is a huge understatement. A celebration of life will be held and the RWS Community Building on Sunday, January 21, 2018, beginning at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pete’s name may be made to the Chicamacomico Banks Fire and Rescue, PO Box 125, Rodanthe, NC 27968 or a charity of one’s choice.

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



Betsy Anna O’Neal Midgette
December 25, 1947 – January 14, 2018

OCRACOKE -- Betsy Anna O'Neal Midgette passed away on the morning of Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the age of 70.

Betsy was a lifelong resident of Ocracoke Island, NC, although due to declining health she lived with her son, Brad, in Bath, NC for the last two years. Betsy was known and loved by many, and her laughter will be missed. Betsy worked at the Island Inn most of her working life, and through those many years made some lifelong friends and touched many lives.  She was a member of The Ocracoke United Methodist Church.

Betsy was preceded in death by her mother and father, Edward Carlson O'Neal, Sr and Edna Styron O'Neal. She leaves behind her son, Bradford Earl Midgette, Jr., her granddaughter, Allyson Maye Midgette, and great-granddaughter, Makenzie Spruill, her grandsons, Thomas Midgette and Garrett Midgette. Also, surviving is her brother, Edward Carlson O'Neal, Jr and wife, Stella Spencer O'Neal, along with her nephews, Edward O'Neal, III, Andy O'Neal and Albert O'Neal and niece, Stephanie O'Neal and their families.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Ocracoke United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Betsy to Ocracoke United Methodist Church, PO Box 278, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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





David Eris Waterfield
February 18, 1958 – January 5, 2018


BUXTON -- David Eris Waterfield, 59, of Buxton, NC died Friday, January 5, 2018, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family. A native of Buxton, NC he was the son of Gilda Ellen Quidley Waterfield and Wilbur Eris Waterfield of Buxton, NC.

Along with his parents, David is survived by his wife, Dana Marie Quidley Waterfield; a daughter, Hannah Waterfield of Nashville, TN; a son, Justin Waterfield (Jessea) of Buxton, NC; four grandchildren, Ella Grace and Everly Marie of Nashville, TN and Jacey Lee and Josiah Lannon of Buxton, NC; four siblings, Gail Brunson (Eddie), Dawn Midgett (Carroll), Timmy Waterfield (Susan), and Steve Waterfield (Jennifer) all of Buxton, NC; and eleven nieces and nephews.

David was a servant of the Lord. He dedicated his life to the ministry that was placed in his care. He has received his heavenly reward for his faithfulness to the call of God on his life.

A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Family Life Center (across from Cape Hatteras High School) with Rev. David Daniels and Rev. Raymond Hoggard, Jr. officiating. A private burial will take place. The family will receive friends and relatives Monday evening from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at the Family Life Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Assemblies of God World Missions, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, MO 65802, online at www.giving.ag.org.

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