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2018 OBITUARIES

Robert Louis Willis, Sr.

NEWPORT NEWS  - Robert Louis Willis, Sr. passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2018 at the age of 65.  He was a native of Hatteras, NC and a resident of Newport News for the past 12 years.  Robert was a mechanic and worked for Cool Wave Car Wash the last 10 years of his life and was retired as Chief for the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department with 20 years of service.  Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel C. Willis and Mildred Stowe Willis; brother, Alvin “Danny” Willis; son, David Carl Willis; sister, Judy Faye Willis; and sister-in-law, Johnnie Hill Willis.

Robert is survived by his wife of 47 years, Maranda Darlene Scarborough Willis; daughter, Michelle (Michael) Summerlin; son, Robert Louis Willis, Jr.; sister, Marlene (Allen) Burrus; brother, Normal Carl Willis; 11 grandchildren, Robbie, Alyssa, Ryan, Mikey, Matthew, Marcus, Max, Madelyn, Mason, Koty and Mia; and 4 nieces and nephews, Dori (Johnnie) Slater, Joshua Burrus, Jonathan Burrus, and Jennifer (Zach) Hackley.

A gathering for the family and friends will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, May 17, at 2 p.m.  Burial will be at a later date.
 
 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) or Wounded Warrior Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate).




Gelon S. “Trip” Hobbs III
August 16, 1957 – May 7, 2018

KILL DEVIL HILLS -- Gelon S. “Trip” Hobbs III passed away on May 7, 2018 in Chapel Hill, NC. Born in Suffolk, VA on August 16, 1957, Trip graduated in 1975 from Suffolk High School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and tennis. In 1979, Trip graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a B.A. in English. There, he was elected captain of the rugby team and received The Garnet Poetry Prize. In 1991, Trip earned a Master’s in Education from Old Dominion University.

From 1979-1997, Trip taught Honors English and coached football, golf, basketball, tennis, lacrosse, and cross country at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.  He also served as Upper School Director of Admissions. Trip established The Spectrum, the school’s first literary magazine. In 1997, the senior class dedicated its yearbook to him, and his colleagues voted him teacher of the year.

Trip moved to the Outer Banks in 1997, where he worked at Dare County Schools. He was assistant principal of Manteo High School for four years. As principal of Cape Hatteras Secondary School for five years, he oversaw the transformation of the school into the Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies. In 2003, he was named the Dare County Schools principal of the year, and in 2004, the northeast region winner of principal of the year from Cape Hatteras Secondary School.  In 2005, he won the NSPRA’s Outstanding Communicator Award. From 2006-2014, he served as Director of Personnel and Staff Development for Dare County Schools. In 2014, he was named Director of Human Resources and Secondary Instruction, and in 2016 until the present, he served as the school system’s Chief Operations Officer.

Trip loved surfing and fishing at the beach.  He always had an ongoing project around the house, and he took pride in fixing anything that needed repair.

Trip was predeceased by his mother Sarah Crocker Hobbs and his aunt Martha Crocker Spivey. Left to cherish his memory are his father G.S. Hobbs Jr., his wife Diana Whitford Hobbs, his sisters Katherine Cottingham Hobbs (Mark Grochmal) and Elizabeth “Betsy” Leigh  Hobbs; his nieces Meredith Prince Harris (Brandon), Martha Caitlin Prince Antinori (Brett),  and Sarah Rebecca Hoffman; his uncle Dr. Robert Atwood Spivey, and his great-nephew Finley Keith Harris. Trip was step-father to Beth Kight (Tim), Jason Miller (Alicia), Matthew Miller, and James Miller (Christine), 17 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

The family is grateful to Dr. Paul Armistead and his team of doctors, nurses, and staff at the Bone Marrow Transplant unit at UNC.

Contributions may be made to Feline Hope, 843 Herbert Perry Road, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 or the Dare County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 1000, Manteo, NC 27954.

A memorial service will be held on June 3, 2018, at 1 p.m. at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

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




LTC Mahlon Pierce Williams, Jr., USA, Retired
October 20, 1944 – May 1, 2018

The Villages, FL -- Lieutenant Colonel Mahlon Pierce Williams, Jr., USA, Retired, born October 20, 1944, went to be with the Lord on May 1, 2018. He was the son of the late Blanche Gray Williams and Mahlon Pierce Williams of Avon, NC.

Mahlon served his country honorably for 28 years in the United States Army, was in civil service for 10 years, and worked in Homeland Security for the NCDOT - Ferry Division. When he finally retired, he and his wife of 52 years, Brenda Crawford Williams from Havelock, NC, moved to The Villages, FL.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Williams; a sister, Jill Smith of Wilmington, NC; two sons, Mahlon P. Williams III and wife Maxine and Shawn E.  Williams and wife Belinda; two grandsons, Christopher Williams and Dylan Williams; as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held on May 19, 2018, at 1 p.m. at New Covenant United Methodist Church Summerhill.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to NCUMC Lake Deaton building fund, 3470 Woodridge Drive, The Villages, FL 32162.

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



Lela Quidley Winslow

FRISCO-- Lela Quidley Winslow, 82, of Frisco passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018. Mrs. Winslow was a long time member of Frisco Assembly of God and a
former member of Hatteras United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her three daughters, Linda Darlene Austin and husband, Travis of Beaufort; Vivian Denise Dean and husband, Tommy of New Bern; Margaret Alice
Shropshire and husband, Lynn of Wilson; son, Norman Lynn of Wilson; son, Norman Clarence Winslow and wife, Leigh Anne of Frisco; eight grandchildren, Charity Michelle Godette and husband, OJ of Beaufort; Jenny Leia Austin of Morehead City; William Allen Marriner and fiancÚ, Amber Vargo of Elizabeth City; Ashley Marie Marriner of Virginia Beach; Brittni Nicole Shropshire of Wilson; Caleb Thomas Shropshire and fiancÚ, Kendra Otey of Bristol, TN; Christopher Aaron Shropshire of Wilson; Tyler Lee Winslow of Frisco; ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Margaret Quidley; husband, Clarence Vivian Winslow; brother, Deryl Thomas Quidley; grandson, Timothy James Shropshire.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Heritage Faith Family Church of Frisco with Pastor Dwight Burrus officiating.




Laura Blanche Howard Jolliff
December 8, 1919 – April 26, 2018

OCRACOKE --Laura Blanche Howard Jolliff, 98, of Ocracoke, NC died Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Spring Arbor of the Outer Banks. A native of Ocracoke Island, she was born December 8, 1919, to the late Elizabeth Ballance Howard and Stacy Howard.

A lifelong member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church, Blanche worked as a clerk for the United States Postal Service.

Blanche is survived by three nephews, Frankie Garrish, Wilson Garrish, and Perry Wahab; and numerous great and great-great-nieces and nephews. Along with parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Guthrie Jolliff; sisters, Lela Grafton Howard, Lois Ann Howard Wahab, and Etta Mae Howard Garrish; a brother, Kenneth Lawrence Howard; a niece, Virginia Wahab Daulton; and a nephew, Roy Wahab.

A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Ocracoke United Methodist Church with Pastor Richard Bryant officiating. Burial will follow at the Howard Family Cemetery.

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




George Milton Easley
June 11, 1950 – April 24, 2018

Hatteras -- George Milton Easley, 67, of Hatteras, NC passed peacefully Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital surrounded by his wife and children.

Born in High Point, NC on June 11, 1950, George was the son of the late Henry and Carrie Easley. His early childhood years were spent in Thomasville, NC before relocating as a young teen to Cocoa Beach, FL. Here he found his passion for surfing and the water which led him to Hatteras Island where he worked at Natural Art and then as a commercial fisherman.

George is survived by his wife, Margie Gray Easley; his children, Carrie Barley (Waylon), Hali Easley, Maggie Easley (Ben), and Robbie Easley; three grandchildren, Laya Barley, Banx Nelson, and Adina Nelson; a brother, Henry Livingston Easley; nephew, Lance Easley and children; father-in-law, Hal Gray; mother-in-law, Winona Burroughs; sister-in-law, Melodi Schwartz and children; along with many friends.

George, along with his parents, was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Robbie Gray.

A celebration of George’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Hatteras United Methodist Church with Rev. Toni Wood officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Surfing for Autism at www.surfingforautism.org, or Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, PO Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943, www.hicf.org.

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



Barney Joe Barber
October 21, 1974 - April 14, 2018

Barney Joe Barber, 43, a native of Plymouth, NC and a resident of Kitty Hawk, NC passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018.  Barney was born on October 21, 1974 in Martin County, NC. 


Surviving include his father Bill Barber of Williamston; his mother Andrea “Andy” Bert Bauler Barber of Plymouth; his girlfriend Austin Allen of Kitty Hawk, his half brother Michael Brandon Barber of Mt. Olive, his half sister Heather Lynn Barber, and many extended family members. 

A Celebration of Mr. Barber’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018 at The Shadow of the Cross Church, 1161 Grey Farm Road in Jamesville, NC with Rev. Johnny Barber officiating.  Friends may send online condolences by visiting www.jimmysawyerfdl.com.  Sawyer Funeral Home is serving the Barber family. 





Manson Ellis Meekins

AVON -- Manson Ellis Meekins, age 102, crossed the bar peacefully into heaven on April 20, 2018 after a short stay at Bay Lake Assisted Living, Virginia Beach, VA. He was born in Avon, North Carolina on February 18, 1916 to Leona Sabra (Miss Omie) and George Harrison Meekins. At the time of his birth, World War I was raging in Europe. The first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, opened and the hamburger bun was invented by a co-owner of White Castle. Far removed from those events, on the remote barrier island of Cape Hatteras, there were no roads, no electricity and access to the island was only by ferry. As a result of his childhood on sand and sea, he was revered for his depth of knowledge about waterfowl hunting, net and line fishing and navigation of every square inch of the Pamlico Sound. The salt water that flowed through his veins nourished within him a deep love of nature and conservation. He graduated from high school in Elizabeth City, NC and later from the US Coast Guard Officer Candidate School. During his 37 years in the Coast Guard, he served as small arms instructor for secret service officers and White House staff in Washington D.C., in WW II in the Pacific as a gunnery officer on the USS Samuel Chase and as coach and competitor on the Coast Guard pistol and rifle team. Other stations included Hawaii, New York City, Norfolk, and Detroit in the capacities of Marine Investigation and Legal Officer.

After retiring from the Coast Guard, he commercial fished until the age of 95.

A gentle man of faith, integrity, honor and dry wit, he was an accomplished artist, working decoy craftsman, and mentor to many. As he grew into elder status he became a sought-after speaker on island history. Community activities he enjoyed included active membership at St John United Methodist Church as trustee, usher, bell ringer and member of United Methodist Men. He also taught children in Vacation Bible School how to mend nets. He was a lifetime member of the Cape Hatteras Anglers’ Club and served on the Outer Banks Water Board. He was a member of Cape Hatteras Masonic Lodge #698.

In April of 2013 he was awarded membership into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor bestowed by the governor of North Carolina in recognition of “significant contributions to the state and community through exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments.”

He is survived by his beloved wife of 75 years, Vera Williams Meekins of Virginia Beach; two daughters who loved him deeply, Kathy Case (John) and Kristy DiGeronimo (Joe); a sister, Leona Williams (97) of Elizabeth City; a throng of grandchildren, Brent, Christian, Megahn, Alex, Camille, Kate and Mary; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him dearly until they see him again. Among his many relatives and friends who welcomed him to heaven are his son, Leslie Manson Meekins and three sisters, Ruby Moser, Georgia Russell and Mary Gray.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at St. John United Methodist Church in Avon, NC on Saturday, April 28th at 11am. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St John United Methodist Church, Avon, NC 27915.

Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Meekins family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at 
www.TwifordFH.com.




Frances Byrd Roberts
August 22, 1928-February 26, 2018

HATTERAS AND RICHMOND -- Fran passed away quietly in the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Hatteras, N.C., where she had been lovingly cared for these last 10 years. She is survived by her four children, John Stephen Roberts Sr., Ellen Roberts Abbott, Mary Kathryn Aiken, Sydnee Marie Slaughter; and by nine grandchildren, Steve Jr., Elaine, Molly, Arthur, Hannah, Sam, Charlotte, Oliver and Abbott; and two great-grandchildren, Eloise and Owen.

A memorial service will be held on May 26, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Great Hall of the Wren Building at the College of William and Mary.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any donations or remembrances be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 442, Hatteras, N.C. 27943.









Donna Dail Hooper
August 10, 1952 – April 16, 2018

SALVO -- Donna Dail Hooper, 65, of Salvo, NC died Monday, April 16, 2018, at her home after a long illness. A native of Dare County, she was the daughter of the late Janie C. Hooper and Floyd W. Hooper.

Donna is survived by a sister, Dean Bruce of the home; two nieces, Loretta Bruce of Salvo, NC and Shirley Kornegay (Doyle) of Newport, NC; two nephews, Floyd Kornegay and Ethan Kornegay both of Boone, NC; two aunts, Elise Hooper of Salvo, NC and Amelia Barnett of Frisco, NC; and many cousins.

For twelve years, Donna enjoyed working at Roses in Nags Head, NC. She also spent many years working at the Oceanaire Motel.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center.

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




Carl Alonzo Beacham, Sr.
July 13, 1923 – April 15, 2018

COLINGTON -- Carl Alonzo “Pa Pa” Beacham, Sr., 94, of Colington, NC died Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born in Norfolk, VA on July 13, 1923, he was the son of the late Bertha Smith Beacham and Clarence L. Beacham, Sr. and the loving husband of 59 years to the late Braunda “Peanut” Rogers Beacham.

Carl served his country honorably in the United States Navy during World War II. He later retired as a brick mason and commercial fisherman. He was a member of the Ark Church and a loving father and “Pa Pa”.

Carl is survived by his children, Peggy Phelps (Kermit), Ann Johnson (Ivey), Millie Byrum (Wayne), Linda Williams (Eddie), Bet Hines (Steve), Carl A. Beacham, Jr. (Becky), and Buddy Beacham (Melanie); twenty grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Also, surviving is a sister, Margaret Beacham Beir.

Along with his parents and wife, Carl was preceded in death by a daughter, Sylvia Beacham.

The family will receive friends and relatives Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo. A funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Ark Church with Rev. James Lewis officiating. A graveside committal will follow at Hilltop Cemetery in Colington.

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



Beverly Richard Midgett
July 27, 1936 – April 15, 2018

WAVES -- Beverly Richard Midgett, 81, of Waves, NC went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 5:20 pm.  Beverly was born July 27, 1936, in Englewood, CO to the late Charles and Phyllis Richard. She married the love of her life, the late David Lance Midgett on January 20, 1956. A homemaker in Portsmouth, VA, she was active with St. Andrews United Methodist Church, a Room Mother, Den Mother, and taxi driver for the families in her neighborhood on Hopi Court.  Being involved with her children in their many activities, she was a friend to many, young and old. 
 
When her husband retired, they built their cottage and moved to Waves where she became involved in the community.  At Fair Haven United Methodist Church, she was in the choir, helped with bible school, was assistant treasurer and outreach to seasonal visitors.  She was an enthusiastic member of Prime Timers. 

Beverly enjoyed preparing buffet style meals for family and friends and admiring cardinals.  She and Lance enjoyed traveling to visit friends all over the US and Canada, as well as their anniversary trips to Yorktown and her annual brothers and sisters reunion.  She will forever be remembered by her smile that illuminated sunshine.

Beverly was preceded in death by her sisters, Dorathy Daviet and Phyllis Folsom; and brothers, George “Buster” Richard and John Paul “Dewey” Richard.

She is survived by one sister, Shirley Lord of Canyon City, CO; two daughters, Debra Stanley (Glen) of Mocksville, NC, and Susan Keene of Portsmouth, VA; two sons, Tony Midgett (Connie) of Elizabeth City, NC, and Ronald Midgett, Sr. (Rene) of Waves, NC.  Beverly enjoyed 10 grandchildren, Lisa (Aaron) Prillaman, Tomme (Dusti) Connelley, Ronald (Heather) Midgett, Jr., Nikki (Brad) Cowhig, Jessie Bracken, Stephanie Keene, Traci (Frankie) Caldeyro, Glen “Sonny” (Jaimie) Stanley, III, Starr Catrone, and David L Midgett, II.; twenty-one great-grandchildren, Nicole Eddleman,  Ellie, Russell and Phillip Prillaman, Jorja and Jacob Connelley, Hunter Jones, Madison and Ashlyn Midgett, Will Ellsworth, Harley and Ashley Bryson, Julia and Nora Bracken, Tiana Jordan, Drayden, Jayden and Landen Caldeyro, Jarek and Kayson Stanley, and  Angel Green; with a great-great-grandchild on the way. 

Just as Beverly cared for her mother-in-law, she taught her family the same warmth and compassion.  She would often say she was blessed and thankful for all those who cared for her, allowing her to remain in the home; Susan, Stephanie, Connie, Rene, Debra, Nikki, Starr, Jessie, and Dare Hospice.

A funeral service will take place at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Fair Haven United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Bliss officiating. Private burial will take place at the Midgett Cemetery. The family will receive loved ones at the church Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fair Haven United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 177, Rodanthe, NC  27968.

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





Gaynelle Spencer Tillett

OCRACOKE - Gaynelle Spencer Tillett, 81, died Friday, April 13, 2018, at her home. A native of Ocracoke, Gaynelle was the daughter of the late Herman B. and Flora Burrus Spencer. She retired from the NCDOT – Ferry Division and attended the Ocracoke Assembly of God.

Gaynelle is survived by a son, Ricky D. Tillett and his wife, Cindy; a sister, Louelle S. Midgett; eight grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, six nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Ocracoke Assembly of God with Pastor Ivey Belch officiating. Burial will be private at Ocracoke Community Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ocracoke Assembly of God, P.O. Box 68, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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




Dr. David Glenn Hall
January 25, 1954 – April 1, 2018

Dr. David Glenn Hall, DVM, 64, of Emeline Place in Morehead City, passed away suddenly on Easter Sunday at his home. 

The funeral service will be on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Munden Funeral Home and Crematory at 2112 Arendell St., Morehead City.   Dr. Hall's ashes will be interred with his parents in a private observance at Bayview Cemetery in Morehead City. 

Dr. Hall was the son of Braxton Bragg Hall Sr., a former jet engine mechanic at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, NC, and Edith Cavel Davis Hall, a registered nurse at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, who predeceased him. 

David graduated from West Carteret High School in Morehead City in 1972 and attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington before graduating from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. On June 9, 1981 he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama.  He honed his craft by practicing veterinary medicine with Needham Animal Hospitals in Wilmington and Raleigh before returning home to open Mitchell Village Animal Hospital in 1989, with his friend and partner, Dr. Roxanne Taylor.   

Dr. David was known as a caring, compassionate and kind professional who really loved the animals he treated. He served as president of the North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine and was a passionate supporter of pet rescue programs across North Carolina. His many admirers, both human and non, are unanimous in their praise for Dr. David's gentlemanly demeanor, his quick wit and his uncompromising integrity and professionalism. His family knew him to be unpretentious, benevolent, loyal and always willing to help. 

Dr. Hall was active in the community he loved and was a member of the Morehead City Rotary Club from 1988 until his passing.  He served as president of the evening Rotary in 1996-1997 and was the club treasurer for over fifteen years. He was a founding member of the Emergency Pet Hospital of Craven- Carteret in Havelock, NC and served as treasurer of that practice for many years.   Dr. Hall was a member of the First Baptist Church of Morehead City, and donated much money and time to a plethora of charitable causes, often anonymously. David was an Eagle Scout, loved the beach and was an avid boating enthusiast and a passionate thespian, having attended over 300 shows on Broadway in New York City. 

Dr. Hall is survived by his brother, Braxton Bragg Hall Jr., of Cape Hatteras, NC, and by his loving cousins Doug and Diane Willis, and Danny and Sally Boyd, of Morehead City, and Robert and Martha O'Brien of Sherrill's Ford, NC.  He was especially devoted to Reid O'Brien of Charlotte, NC and to Pete Weber and Roger Shriffler of Raleigh. The late Bobby Howard of Morehead City was David's best friend for many years.  Dottie Grisham, of Emeline Place in Morehead City was David's "second mother" and he loved her for over 50 years. Dr. Hall's staff at Mitchell Village Animal Hospital was among his great joys, and he was incalculably appreciative for the many years of service of Rachelle Tommasone, RVT, and Ann Cowan.  He loved his furry clients and their less furry owners as much as they loved him. 

Visitation with family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Munden Funeral Home and Crematory at 2112 Arendell St., Morehead City. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pet Adoption and Welfare Society of Carteret (PAWS), 5042 Mattie St., Morehead City, NC 28557 or to the Morehead City Rotary Club, 900 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 28557.

 


John R. Henley
February 15, 1965 – March 27, 2018

AVON-- John R. Henley, a resident of Avon, North Carolina died peacefully on March 27, 2018, after battling a long-term illness.  John was born in Boston, MA February 15, 1965.  He was the son of the late Robert and Joan (Fitzgerald) Henley. 

Prior to his moving to North Carolina, John was a long-time resident of Colchester, Connecticut.  John worked as a systems analyst for various insurance companies in Connecticut for his career.  He loved more his time away from work, especially when on one of his boats or enjoying the many dogs he owned over the years.  John held a passion for the environment, as evidenced by his being a founding member of the Colchester Land Trust.  He was also a gifted photographer.  Throughout the years he produced a collection of photographs that capture the beauty of the outdoors, with images from the woods of New England, the Cape, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  An avid storyteller he was always in search of an audience and possessed a lengthy repertoire of corny jokes.  

Most of all, John loved his children and was so very proud of each of them.  He always looked forward to time spent with his children and would plan their days together fishing, boating, and working with tools.

John leaves his three children: Connor, Brenna, and Quintin, all of Colchester.  John also leaves his former wife, Amy, of Colchester, his siblings:  Karen Lidman of Barrington, RI, Anne Cain of Lafayette, CA, and Joe Henley of Longmeadow, MA.

It was John’s wish to not have any service or memorial, but the family requests you join them in remembering John in the in the fondest of ways.

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



Michael John Rosell
July 18, 1952 – March 14, 2018

Eastport, ME – Mike passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Warrenton, Va. surrounded by family.  A brilliant, humble and sweet man he was born in Fort Benning, Ga. to Ret. Colonel Thomas Gerald Rosell and Caroline Latini Rosell.  He spent his childhood traveling the world as an Army Brat.  This was how his love of travel and history began.  He was an avid reader and could discuss battles from Ancient Rome thru World War II.

Mike was always drawn to the sea.  He was a true waterman pulling crab pots or gill nets in Hatteras, NC to lobster pots in Eastport, ME.  He had salt air in his blood and was happiest near the sea.  His family and friends have many fond memories of spending days on the Frisco Pier with him.  He always had a warm smile and welcoming hello for old and new friends.

Mike has a large family stretching from the East to West Coast that will miss the twinkle in his eye, radiating smile and his big bear hugs greatly.  A gathering will be held in Hatteras, NC to share Mike stories on June 23, 2018.  The time and location to be determined but all are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, PO Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943 or online atwww.hicf.org.




Howard Martin Meyer
November 17, 1924 – March 19, 2018

AVON -- Howard Martin Meyer, 93, of Avon, NC died Monday, March 19, 2018, at Peak Resources – Outer Banks. Born in New Jersey, he was the son of the late Elsie Suiss Meyer and Martin Meyer.

Howard served his country honorably in the United States Army during World War II where he fought in the ETO. Also serving 27 years with the New York State National Guard, he retired as a First Sergeant of the 156th Artillery Battalion. Howard also retired from Central Hudson Gas and Electric Company in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was an avid fisherman and golfer.

Howard is survived by a son, Geoffrey Meyer (Mary); grandson, Trevor G. Meyer; stepdaughter, Marcia O’Neill (Tom); and two step-grandchildren, Emily and Andrew O’Neill.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Maclin Meyer; his second wife, Jean Tennent Meyer; a grandson, Devin G. Meyer; and two sisters, Gloria Vanderhoof and Lorraine Schryver.

A private remembrance service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of Felines Cape Hatteras Island, PO Box 310, Avon, NC 27915, online at www.fofhi.org.

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



Olive Patrick

RODANTHE -- Olive Patrick, 92, of Rodanthe, NC, peacefully passed away in her home surrounded by her family on Monday, March 19, 2018. She was born and raised in Rodanthe by her parents, the late Fred and Beulah O’Neal.  She was one of nine children. Olive was preceded in death by her twin brother, Oscar; two sisters, Helen and Cynthia; and her brothers, Fred, Arval, and Jimmy.

Olive and her husband, Jesse “Pat” Patrick (deceased) lived in Norfolk, VA, where they raised three children. Upon Pat’s retirement, they moved back to Rodanthe.  Olive is survived by two daughters, Judith Blue (Mahlon, deceased) of Rodanthe and Amy Midgett (Jamie) of Avon; a son, Alan B. Patrick of Rodanthe; six grandchildren, Colleen Blue  (Lance), Mahlon Jesse Blue (Ashley), Meagan Blue (Tyler), Olivia Gray (Karl), Tonya Gray (Gabe) and Jadon Midgett; three great-grandchildren, Karina, Michael, and Mahlon C.; two sisters, Zenovah Hooper and Lovie Midgett; two sisters-in-law, Sadie Haislip and Jazania O’Neal; and many nieces and nephews.

Olive was a lifetime member of Fair Haven United Methodist Church in Rodanthe. She spent her life in service to her Lord by making herself available in any capacity she could to serve Him. She served as Church Treasurer, Sunday School teacher, and she was an active member of the United Methodist Women. She also enjoyed being part of the Outer Banks Rebekah Lodge for over 40 years.

 She loved being with her family, taking trips with her sisters, and dancing at Old Christmas.

Olive was a classy lady, who always strived to see the beauty in life.  A true beauty herself, her joyful attitude was contagious, and her compassion towards others was notorious. She will be sorely missed.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Fair Haven United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Bliss officiating. A graveside committal will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk, VA beginning at 3:00 pm. The family will receive friends and relatives Friday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the church. Preceding and following the viewing, the family will also receive visitors at the home of Lovie Midgett (at the end of Sea Sound Road).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fair Haven United Methodist Church, PO Box 378, Rodanthe, NC 27968 or Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.

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




Suzanne C. Glass

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - Suzanne C. Glass, 70, of Virginia Beach, Va. and formerly of Buxton, NC passed away on March 13, 2018. 

Sue enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved fishing, bowling, quilting, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Sue is survived by her daughters Paula, Jenny, PJ and Carrie.  Her brother and wife Skip and Snookie; her sister Kathy; her brother Donald; and her sister and husband Pat and Howie. Sue also had many nieces, nephews, great nieces-nephews and cousins. Sue was preceeded in death by her husband Lewis B. Glass Jr (Bookie), her mother Mary L. Coleman, stepfather Donald L Coleman Sr. and father Wylie Rhea.

As per Sue's request there is no service planned at this time.











Linda Jennette Midgette
May 15, 1954 – March 15, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- Linda Jennette Midgette, 63, of Virginia Beach, VA died Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Sentara Hospice House. A native of Hatteras, NC, Linda was born May 15, 1954, to the late Linda J. Burrus Midgette and Edward B. Midgette.

Linda is survived by her brother, Wayne Midgette and wife, Betsy of Buxton; a niece, Monica Midgette of Kitty Hawk; a nephew, Scott Midgette and wife, Tarra of Kitty Hawk; one great-niece; and three great-nephews.

Along with her parents, Linda was preceded in death by a daughter, Marcy Oden; and a brother, Michael Boyd Midgette.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo with Rev. Ken Davenport officiating. Burial will take place at Manteo Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dare Challenge, PO Box 123, Wanchese, NC 27981 or online at www.outerbanksdarechallenge.org.

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




James Flora Midgett

MANTEO -- James Flora Midgett, 76, of Manteo, passed away Friday, February 23, 2018 after a brief illness. He was born March 29, 1941 in Rodanthe, NC to Margaret  Frances Cuthrell  (Midgett)  of Washington, NC and Warren Jerome Midgett of Salvo, NC.  James was an active member of Manteo Faith Baptist Church. 

 In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Edward Jerome (E.J.) Midgett, Larry Lee Midgett and sisters, Elaine Midgett Daniels and Linda Midgett Bright. 

James is survived by a son, Steven Midgett of New York state, and brothers Donald Midgett (Dianne) of Rocky Mount and Anthony Welch Midgett (Carol) of Fredericksburg, Va., as well as many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

James spent most of his career as a carpenter and truck driver for several construction companies in North Carolina and Virginia and retired home to Dare County in 2007 to enjoy his real passion of fishing.  He was an enthusiastic participant of the Dare County Center senior programs in Manteo.

James will be remembered as a gentle man with a big heart, always ready with a smile and a joke to brighten your day.   He leaves behind his extended family,  cousins Cedric Grgurich and Joey Grgurich and wife Louise of Manteo and treasured friends Joyce Bell,  Dolly Rush, Sandy  Scarborough,  Officer Doug Moore, and others too numerous to be acknowledged here. 

An informal memorial service will be held Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, Burnside Rd., Manteo. Pastor Steve Rhodes will officiate.  All are invited to join James’ family in the Fellowship Hall for a casual gathering over light refreshments. 

Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. of Nags Head, NC is entrusted with arrangements for cremation. Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.





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.