2016 OBITUARIES

Mary Adams

CHESAPEAKE -- Mary Adams, originally of Avon, passed away the evening of Aug. 2, 2016 in Chesapeake.  Born in Buxton in 1937, she is survived by her six children and her sister.  Mary was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend.  

Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 3 p.m. at Cape Hatteras Baptist Church in Frisco. Pastor Russ Howard will officiate.

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



Harry William Dean III

Harry William Dean III, 46, passed away after a brief illness. Harry was born on Feb. 19, 1970 and entered into rest on Aug. 1, 2016. Harry is the beloved son of Melody Ann Dean (nee Smith) of Telford, Pa., and the late Harry William Dean Jr., of Elmira, N.Y.

Harry was born and raised in Pennsylvania, graduated high school in Elmira, and spent his adult life in Washington and Wanchese, where his family relocated.

Harry, like his father, was a woodworking craftsman whose specialty was boat restoration. He was employed with D & J Woodcraft of Wanchese for the past 20 years.

Harry, also known as Bud or Yoda to family and friends, was a hard core classic rock and roll fan. He was never without bare feet, long hair, rock music, and a smile. They were quintessential hallmarks of the free spirit he was and perfectly punctuated the lifestyle he lived and loved.

Harry is survived by his Mom, maternal grandmother Mildred Vincent Smith, sister Stevie Dean, and uncle Blair Smith and his wife, Andrea Smith of  Telford, Pa. He is also survived by his uncle Larry Redmond and wife, Donna, of Coopersburg, Pa., uncle Carlos Dean and his wife, Ruth, of Maryland, and cousins, Jeremy Homeyard, Josh and Sarah Redmond, Stephanie Dean, Hilary, Monica, Serena, Austin, and Addison Smith.

Harry was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Robert R. Smith and Harry William Dean, grandmother Pearl Dean, and his maternal aunt and uncle Dawn and Gary Homeyard.

Harry, in the short time he was with us, left a larger than life impression on those who knew and loved him. He traveled to the (rock 'n’ roll) beat of a different drum, living and loving life and the people he shared it with. He lived hard, laughed often, and loved much. He was a positive force to be reckoned with and always left laughter, a prank, or a little chaos in his wake. It’s who he was, why he was loved., and the reason we’ll never forget him or the times we shared.

The Twiford Funeral Home of Manteo is handling the arrangements.

Services/interment will be private, once the family has had time to assemble from near and far.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Harry and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

“If you die you’re completely happy…and your soul somewhere lives on.

I’m not afraid of dying.

Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I’ve got.”

--Kurt Cobain




Dominic James "Nick" Aven

KILL DEVIL HILLS -- Dominic James "Nick" Aven died suddenly on July 30, 2016 in Kill Devil Hills of a massive heart attack.  Born July 1,1962 in Connecticut, he had just turned 54. After graduating from Maury High School in 1981, he headed for Outer Banks, residing in Hatteras and later settling in Kill Devil Hills. He was predeceased by his father Donald Aven in 2010.  In Kill Devil Hills, he managed the Bike Barn for more than 31 years, up to the day he died. He was a bike mechanic by trade and a surfer by life. He traveled far and near for the better wave, making many memories and lifelong friends.   

Left to celebrate the memory of Nick Aven is his loving mother, Millie, of Norfolk and Kitty Hawk; three brothers -- David of Norfolk, Rusty of Kitty Hawk, and  John of Greenville, S.C., and Virginia Beach,Va.; one sister, Kathy Sue Antonio, and husband,  Brian, of Huntingtown, Md.; two nephews, Andrew Antonio of Maryland and Kaelan Aven of Florida; a niece, Rachel Antonio of Arlington, Va.; two aunts, Gloria Aguilar of Caldwell, N.J., and Joy Vermilyea  and husband, Dave, of Marshallville, Ga.; one uncle, Carl Aven, and wife, Bonna of Roswell, Ga. Besides family, Nick will be remembered by many close and long-time friends, many of whom share his passion for surfing.

Friends and family may view Thursday, Aug. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gallop Funeral Services in Nags Head.  Friday, Aug. 5, will be the Mass of Resurrection at Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish in Kitty Hawk at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations in Nick's honor are gratefully welcome at Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. 6917  S. Croatan Highway Nags Head, NC  27959.

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



Menville Brooksie Meekins Kuhl

ELIZABETH CITY -- Menville Brooksie Meekins Kuhl, 92, of East Penny Drive died Friday, July 29, 2016 at her residence.  She was born on Aug. 1, 1923 in Avon to the late David Fields Meekins and Menvil Gray Meekins and was the widow of Herbert Ernest Kuhl Jr.  She lived in Richmond, VA., for more than 40 years and taught school at St Andrew’s Parochial School in Richmond for almost 20 years.  After retirement, she moved to Elizabeth City and was a member of the Anglican Church of the Redeemer in Camden, N.C.  She was a faithful member of the Order of St. Luke Healing Ministry.

She is survived by a son, Herbert “Bert” Ernest Kuhl III, and wife, Jeanie, of Elizabeth City; a granddaughter, Katharine Jean Kuhl, of Washington, D.C.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.  She was pre-deceased by a son, Robert William Kuhl; sisters, Lola Meekins and Merian Meekins; and brothers, Chauncey Meekins, Charles Meekins, Horace Meekins, and Milton Meekins.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 1 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer officiated by the Rev. Craig Stephans.  The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7 to 8:30 at Twiford Memorial Chapel and immediately after the service in the church fellowship hall.  Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Ashland, Va.  Memorial donations may be made to Church of the Redeemer, 207 South Highway 343, Camden, NC  27921.  Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, is serving the Kuhl family.  You may express condolences to the family by visiting  www.twifordfh.com.





Janette Gray

AVON -- Janette Gray Gray, 85, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at her residence. Mrs. Gray was a homemaker and a former worship leader at the Avon Worship Center. She was the daughter of the late Jarvis Gray and Euzelia O’Neal Gray, and the widow of the Oscar Dwight Gray Sr. She was also preceded in death by a son, Michael Edward Gray.

Mrs. Gray is survived by a daughter, Diana G. Saunders, and husband, Frank, of Chesapeake, Va.; three sons, Oscar D. Gray Jr. and wife, Sandra, of Wilmington, N.C., Danny Bruce Gray and wife, Linda of South Mills, N.C., and Tilman Ray Gray and wife, Bonnie, of Avon; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Faith Life Worship Center in Avon on Saturday, July 30, at 2 p.m. with Tilman Gray officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday evening from 7 until 8 p.m. Burial will be in the Gray Family Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hatteras Island Meals on Wheels, PO Box 854, Buxton, NC 27920.

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




Eldon Mayo Gaskins
November 24, 1923 – July 23, 2016

BUXTON -- Eldon Mayo Gaskins, 92, crossed the bar into God's hands surrounded by family on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at his home.  A native of Hatteras Island, he was the son of the late Ebbie Gaskins and Rosa Austin Gaskins. A veteran of World War II, Eldon served his country honorably with the 1635th Engineer Construction Battalion of the United States Army. He subsequently made a successful career in the U.S. Coast Guard in aviation and eventually retired as a Chief ADC. Returning to the Outer Banks in 1964, he lived his ultimate dream as a commercial fisherman for the remainder of his active life.

Eldon is survived by his wife, Janet Gray Gaskins; three sons, Mike Gaskins and wife, Marion, Steve Gaskins and wife, Rachel, and David Gaskins and wife, Renae; 11 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Along with his parents, Eldon was preceded in death by three brothers, Ben, Walton, and Keith Gaskins.

A funer
al with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26,  at Lighthouse Assembly of God with Rev. David Waterfield and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. Burial will take place at the Gray family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church on Monday evening from 7 until 9 p.m.

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



Roland Dock Sawyer Jr.
July 10, 1931 – July 19, 2016


MANTEO -- Roland Dock Sawyer, Jr., 85, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at his home. A native of East Lake, he was the son of the late Roland Dock Sawyer Sr. and Irma Pinner Sawyer, who, because of the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, welcomed R.D. into Heaven.

R.D. is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Kay Spies Sawyer; a son, Roland Dock Sawyer III and wife, Robin, of Manteo; a granddaughter, Korie Sawyer; and brother, Byron Sawyer, and wife, Sandra, of Manteo. He is also survived by two step-sons, Thomas P. Daniels and wife, Holly, and Karl B. Daniels and wife, Debby.

A Korean War veteran
, R.D. served his country honorably with the United States Coast Guard. With great respect and honor, he would remember to thank every one of his many co-workers in the family business, R.D. Sawyer Motor Company. R.D. would retain fond memories of the hundreds of customers driving Fords and extend to them a sincerest “thank you.”

R.D. had a multitude of special interestS -- his many good friends, Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, flying, as he was a 1st lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol who participated in numerous search missions for missing aircraft, Dare County Airport Authority as a member and chairman, the Lions Club, new cars and restored antique cars, Ocracoke, Maui, Ford Motor Company, his home and his extended family, especially Korie, and not to ever forget our Julia, who cares for us forever, and all of his wonderful at-home caregivers.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. Burial will take place at Manteo Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives in the social hall immediately following the service and all other times at the home, 127 Algonkian Drive, Manteo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church Youth Ministry, PO Box 787, Manteo, NC 27954 or online at www.mountolivetumc.org.

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



Dr. Stephen Francis Cleary

MIDLOTHIAN, VA. --  Dr. Stephen Francis Cleary, 79, of Midlothian passed away suddenly at his home on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius Joseph Cleary and Ellen Irene Arent Cleary; brother, Joseph Cornelius Cleary; and daughter, Kim Cleary Dwyer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Francine Garber Cleary; daughters, Victoria Mainwaring, Amy Eichenberger, Erin Cleary, Siobhan Cleary Cooper (Raleigh); grandchildren, Russell Glorioso, Jake Mainwaring, Kevin Eichenberger, Abby Mainwaring, Luke Mainwaring, Grace Dwyer, Stephen Dwyer, Diane Dwyer, Will Eichenberger, and Adam Dwyer.

Steve received his undergraduate degree in chemical rngineering from New York University, a master's in science in radiation biology from the University of Rochester, and his Ph.D. in biophysics and statistics from New York University. He was Professor Emeritus of physiology and biophysics at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he worked for 38 years as a research scientist and professor impacting the lives of countless students and individuals. He was internationally recognized for his research on non-ionizing radiation with a focus on microwave radiation and cellular phone frequencies on biological systems.

His collaborative approach to research took h
im to numerous countries across the globe. Over his distinguished career, he consulted for many organizations including NASA, The Department of Health, The Atomic Energy Commission, U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, NIH, NIOSH, OSHA, EPA, CDC, The Bureau of Radiological Health, and The National Academy of Science. He was a member of several professional scientific organizations, including the New York Academy of Science, Biophysical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Federation of American Scientists, and was a founder and charter board member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society.

Outside of his professional interests, you could often find Steve on the YMCA handball court, riding his bicycle around town or wandering the aisles of his favorite store, Costco. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at his second home at the beach in Avon, where his love of surf fishing and swimming in the ocean kept him active. His other hobbies included reading, cooking healthy foods and tending to his numerous plants, including cacti and citrus trees. He was also always up for a lively debate on a range of topics. Steve was loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

Services were held on June 18. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Steve's memory to The Midlothian Family YMCA or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be left at: www.blileys.com.




William S. 'Billy' Brown Jr.

MANTEO -- Billy, beloved husband, father, “Pappy” and veteran, grasped the hand of our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. At his side was his wife of 48 years, Marsha Mann Brown, son Capt. William S. “Bill” Brown III (Wanchese); daughter Bonnie Brown Rowe and husband, Woody. (Frisco); four grandchildren, Kristian Brown, Ben Brown and Elizabeth Brown, and Jeffrey Mueller. Also present was his beloved second daughter Bonnie Jo Waits (Wanchese) and granddaughter Stormy Heroux, as well as dear friends and "Pepper,"  his faithful Yorkie.

A brilliant, humble and sweet man born in Raleigh, N.C., to Rev. William S. and Virginia C. Brown on Nov. 1, 1946 he was known for his countless achievements in life, both personally and professionally. His excellent work ethic, dedication to veterans and the residents of Dare County earned him the love and respect of everyone who knew him.

Following graduation from Manteo High School in 1965, Billy proudly served in the U. S. Army as a sergeant during the Vietnam War - Tet Offensive. After his honorable discharge in March 1968 and at the request of Sheriff Frank Cahoon, Billy joined the Dare County Sheriff’s Office. There he carried out his duties as deputy sheriff and implemented the Dare County EMS program teaching EMT classes, delivering four babies en route to hospitals outside Dare County and mentoring many.

During his many years of service to Dare County and its citizens, Billy supervised both the Joseph “Mac” Midgett Water Plant (Rodanthe) and the Skyco Water Plant (Skyco) so successfully that each plant won an award for the “Best Tasting Drinking Water in North Carolina.” Following his retirement from the county of Dare, he enjoyed part time employment as a driver for Dare County Transportation.

At the time of his passing, Billy served as a Dare County Veterans Advisory Council member; adjutant and vice commander of American Legion Post 26 and he was the Outer Banks VFW Post 10950 service officer. Billy was known for his faith in God and loved by his church family of Manteo First Assembly.

In each facet of his life, Billy was determined to be the best he could be inspiring others to do the same. Known to many as “sweetie pie” in the Coastland Times weekly newspaper column, “GIG LINE,” Billy reached out to veterans to encourage them to seek the help and benefits they deserve. Billy Brown will always be remembered, respected and loved.

A special memorial service will take place Tuesday, July 19,  at Manteo First Assembly of God at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Youth House onsite. Billy’s family is receiving friends at their home at 163 Roanoke Trail, Manteo. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Outer Banks VFW Post 10950, P.O. Box 713, Nags Head, NC 27959-0713, earmarked ‘Billy Brown Memorial Scholarship’.

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



Cynthia Lawrence
September 12, 1942 – June 20, 2016

BUXTON -- Cynthia Lawrence, 73, died on Monday, June 20, 2016 at her home. Born in Norfolk, Va., she was the daughter of the late William T. Brown Sr. and Evely Vaughan Brown and the widow of Beverly “Bud” Roy Lawrence. Cynthia retired as a system analyst with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Cynthia is survived by a daughter, Traci L. Scott, of Buxton; two granddaughters, Wendy Lawrence and husband, John Bakken, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Raven Lawrence and husband, Michael Thompson, of Chesapeake, Va.; and five great-grandchildren, Camron, Kaliyah, Amiyah, Nevaeh and Mariah. Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, William T. Brown Jr.

A celebration of Cynthia’s life will be held on Sept. 10, 2016 with more information to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Outer Banks SPCA, PO 2477, Manteo, NC 27954.

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



Velton Keith Gaskins
December 28, 1928 – July 2, 2016

BUXTON -- Velton Keith Gaskins, 87, died on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital after a brief illness. Born Dec. 28, 1928, in Hatteras, he was the son of the late Ebbie Gaskins and Rosa Austin Gaskins. Keith was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Allene Quidley Gaskins, who died in 2006. After serving six years in the United States Air Force, he and Allene moved to Richmond, Va., where he was employed by AT&T Long Lines Division until his retirement in 1984. Keith was a member of Buxton United Methodist Church, as well as the Cape Hatteras Masonic Lodge #698 AF & AM, where he served as a Master Mason for 27 years and held the office of treasurer for over 23 years.

Keith is survived by a brother, Eldon Gaskins of Buxton; two daughters, Brenda Darden and husband, Robert (Bob), who he thought of as a son, of Kitty Hawk and Carol Gilliam of Edmonton, Ky.; three grandsons, Christopher Scott Darden and wife, Karen, of Manakin-Sabot, Va., MSgt. Garry Gilliam II and wife, Darrah, of USAF/Ladson, S.C., and Garland Gilliam and wife, Holly, of Edmonton, Ky.; three granddaughters, Shelly Darden May and husband, Chris, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Christina Gilliam Pedigo of Glasgow, Ky., and Connie Gilliam Ferguson of Marengo, Ohio; six great-granddaughters, Audrey Darden, Caroline Darden, Caitlyn Pedigo, Savannah Ferguson, Madison Ferguson, and Hailey Gilliam; one great-grandson, Trenton Ferguson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Along with his parents and wife, Keith was preceded in death by two brothers, Walton Gaskins and Benjamin Gaskins.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6,  at Buxton United Methodist Church with Rev. Toni Wood officiating. Burial with Masonic Rites will follow at Quidley Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565 or online at www.mhc-oxford.org.

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




Caroline Latini Rosell

HATTERAS - - Caroline Latini Rosell left her life here on earth to sleep with the angels on Monday, June 20, 2016.  She was born March 1, 1931 in the Panama Canal Zone to John Latini and Adalinda Rosado Latini.

She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy Cullman, Ga., in 1947. And spent her life as an Army wife traveling the world while raising her family.  She always welcomed everyone into her home with a warm smile and “Hi, Baby.”

She is survived by one brother, Carl (Dottie) Latini of Columbus, Ga.; one sister-in-law, brother in-law Bob Bowles, Ellen Neary of Omaha, Neb.; her children, Ellen Rosell of Santa Fe, N.M., Mike Rosell of Eastport, Maine, Kurt (Geri) Rosell of Williamsburg, Va., Paul (Maria) Rosell of Hatteras, and Mimi Rosell (Brian Butler) of Warrenton, Va.; grandchildren, Jessica Griffin, Amy Rosell Kielbasa, Chrissy Rosell Duchscher, Megan Rosell Cannon, Lisa Rosell Roberts, Jerry Rosell, Kaisey Rosell, Bryant Ballance, Brianne Rosell, Tori Ballance, Asa Ballance, Braeden Rosell, Tanner Frazier, and Haley Rosell, and nine great-grandchildren.  She has many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

She is joining those who preceded her, former spouse, retired colonel, Tom Rosell; siblings, Jerry Latini and Dora Latini Bowles; brother-in-law, Charles Neary; son, Tom Rosell, and grandchildren, Josh Griffin and Richie Spears.
There will be a celebration of life in Hatteras on July 23 with time and location pending.

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

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




Celestial Sumner Scarborough Jr.
January 14, 1931 – June 21, 2016

AVON -- Celestial “Maxton” Sumner Scarborough Jr., 85, died on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. A native of Dare County, he was the son of the late Celestial Sumner Scarborough and Sudie Peele Gray Scarborough. Maxton served his country honorably with the United States Coast Guard retiring as a boatswain mate. He then went on to retire as a supervisor with the NCDOT- Ferry Division and was a former chairman of the Dare County Republican Party.

Maxton is survived by his wife, Rose Price Scarborough; four daughters, Karen Midgette of Buxton, Marilyn Bernauer of Morehead City, Amy Scarborough of Avon, Candy Quidley of Buxton; and preceded in death by his daughter, Lori Younce. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Along with his parents and daughter, Maxton was preceded in death by three sisters, Lillian Nardoci, Anges Maceda, and Alma Gray; and two brothers, Ralph and Orville Scarborough.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at Faith Life Worship Center with Rev. Bryan Gray officiating. Private burial will take place at the Scarborough family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives Friday evening at the church from 6 until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Faith Life Worship Center, P.O. Box 130, Avon, NC 27915.

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




Louise Paul Midgett
July 19, 1944 – June 19, 2016

OCRACOKE -- Louise Paul Midgett, 71,  died on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Chesapeake General Hospital. Born in Grantsboro, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Wilford C. Paul and Helena Parsons Paul. Louise was a member of the Ocracoke Assembly of God.

Louise is survived by her husband, Gerald E. Midgett of Ocracoke; two daughters, Teresa Sutton of Lincolnton, N.C., and Pat Gaskins and husband, Dennis, of Buxton; a son, Tim Donaldson of Lincolnton; three grandchildren, Galen Brown, Megan Vanlandingham and Kelly Sutton; and four great-grandchildren, Gabriel Brown, Tatiana Martinez, Riely Brown and Daleyza Resendiz. She is also survived by two brothers, Jim Paul of Washington, N.C., and Jerry Paul of Greenville, N.C. Along with her parents, Louise was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Corbin, and a brother, Winfield Hunnings.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 24, at Ocracoke Assembly of God with Rev. Ivey Belch officiating. Burial will follow at the Ocracoke Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church prior to the service from 11:30 until 12:30 p.m.

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




Frank Henry Gajar
June 22, 1940 – June 9, 2016


KILL DEVIL HILLS -- Frank Henry Gajar died of a heart attack in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on June 9, 2016. Born on June 22, 1940 to Czechoslovakian immigrants Henry and Elizabeth Havel Gajar, he grew up in the Bronx, New York City. His childhood included many hours in the New York City library, a religious and social life at Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran church in Manhattan, time at Henry’s Deli (the family’s restaurant), and trips to Coney Island and Jones Beach. He graduated from the prestigious Bronx High School of Science, Cornell University (BA, Economics), and University of North Carolina (MBA, Finance). While at Cornell, he married his childhood sweetheart, Anna Bician, and they had one daughter, Stephanie Anne.
 
He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1967 as a helicopter pilot and artillery officer with tours of duty in Frankfort, West Germany, and Vietnam. He was honorably discharged with the rank of captain and received the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
 
His favorite sports were swimming and racket ball. Early hobbies included photography, flying airplanes (IFR rated), making Tiffany lamps, and auto mechanics.  Later interests included traveling, history, architecture, antiques, jewelry, anything Victorian or Art Nouveau, economics and financial markets. 
 
He worked at Norfolk & Western Railroad in Roanoke, Va., as a financial analyst from 1969 to 1976.  His first family vacation to OBX was in 1969 in one of the first rental houses in Duck.  With the experience of renovating N&W Hotel Roanoke’s fine dining room, he bought the Port O’ Call Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills in 1976 and with the help of his good friend, maitre d' Ferdinand Phipps of Jamaica, he began his new life as a restaurateur, which would last for 40 years. He always fixed and maintained his own restaurant equipment and HVAC, and designed an innovative quick food steaming apparatus.  He was also the structural and interior designer of the restaurant’s Gaslight Saloon, which features an authentic old mahogany bar and hanging opera booth. He had several entrepreneurial ventures over the years, including leather clothing importation, pools, computers, a newspaper, cars, and real estate development.
 
He supported and/or served in several local organizations, including the Dare County Health Board, Dare Education Foundation, and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). He also donated funds for the building of a racquetball court at the Nags Head YMCA.
 
He will be remembered for his support of education, intelligence, hard work, and humor. He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Gajar; brother, John Gajar; and nephews, Eric and Daniel Gajar.  His presence at the Port O’ Call will be missed by many dear friends and patrons.  A public memorial service will be held in the fall at the Port O’ Call Restaurant. In lieu of flowers, please bring your favorite story to share.  Special thanks to the entire staff at Sentara’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

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



Sherry Simonne O’Neal
September 8, 1937 – June 3, 2016

OCRACOKE -- Sherry Simonne O’Neal, 78,  died on Friday, June 3, 2016 at her home. A native of Ocracoke Island, she was the daughter of the late Herbert O’Neal Sr. and Katie A. O’Neal. Sherry was retired from the National Park Service and a member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church.

Sherry is survived by one nephew, Edward C. O’Neal Jr. of Washington, N.C.; three nieces, Mary Anna Paul of Washington, N.C., Donna Sue Beck of Delco, N.C. and Gloria Formy’eubal of Riegelwood, N.C.; one sister-in-law, Shirley Clayter O’Neal of Delco, N.C.; four great-nieces, Carman O’Neal, Tina Snapp, Dawn Bordeaux and Amber Wilkins; four great-nephews, James Paul, John Paul, Scott Beck and Charles Formy’
eubal; six great-great-nieces; six great-great-nephews; and four special friends, Alice Rosazza of Florida, Alton and Kenny Ballance both of Ocracoke, and Harry Clarke of Swan Quarter.

Along with her parents, Sherry was preceded in death by four brothers, Herbert O’Neal Jr., Edward O’Neal Sr., Donald O’Neal, and Brandford T. (Dubbie) O’Neal.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at Ocracoke United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Bryant and Rev. Ivey Belch officiating. Private burial will take place at the Ocracoke Community Cemetery.

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



Jimmie Lee Jones
April 20, 1932 - June 1, 2016

Jimmie Lee Jones died on June 1, 106. Jimmie was a long time resident of Albuquerque, N.M., with her husband, Robert Davis Jones, who preceded her in death in 2006.  Originally from Anson, Texas, she met and married Bob Jones. They were both from early Texas families.  They moved to Gallup, N.M., in the early '50s and finally to Albuquerque in the early 1960s.  Jimmie lived through some tough health challenges in her time.  She was a breast cancer survivor in the '60s and finally had years of kidney dialysis. She liked to brag that she was the longest living dialysis patient at Lovelace Clinic. She was a strong woman and her pioneer stock was very evident.

Jimmie was a resident of Los Colinas Retirement Village until 2014 when she moved to Frisco, N.C., and the home of her daughter, Brenda Buciorelli.  Her friends and family were amazed that she wound up at the beach after spending her life in the arid southwest! She enjoyed seeing the rain and storms that come with beach living and the beautiful azaleas, crape myrtles, and camellias.

Jimmie leaves behind three children and their spouses – Linda and Cleve Pillifant of Palmyra, Va., Joel and Jennifer Jones of El Paso, Texas, and Brenda and Albert Buciorelli of Frisco. She felt blessed to have lived to see her children marry and have families.  She is survived by five grandchildren – Andrew and wife Tiffany Pillifant, Melissa and her husband Courtney Whitehead, Jessica, Bobby and Brett Jones and six great-grandchildren -- Jacob, Lael, Nathan, Ruby, Oscar and Miles.

At Jimmie’s request, inurnment with Bob at Santa Fe National Cemetery will follow at a later date.

Memorial donations can be sent to American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery Program or American Kidney Fund for Bioartificial Kidney Research.

Gallop Funeral Services Inc, Nags Head, was entrusted with arrangements. Condolences are welcome at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.



Barbara Redmon Crockett
September 20, 1929 – May 30, 2016


KNOTTS ISLAND -- Barbara Redmon Crockett, 86, died on Monday, May 30, 2016 at Seaside Health Center at Atlantic Shores Retirement Community in Virginia Beach, Va. Born in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Harold R. Redmon and Lucille Bittner Redmon. Barbara was a nurse who also did volunteer work for over 20 years.

Barbara is survived by two daughters, Carole Price of Avon and Marsha Mozley of Virginia Beach; four grandchildren, Jessica Holmes, Jennifer Harmon, Melissa Cushing and Paul Mozley III; seven great-grandchildren, Kylie Mozley Ward, Finni Harmon, Teddy Harmon, Sophie Holmes, Olive Holmes, Hope Cushing and D.J. Cushing; and a sister, Wanda Burroughs. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Sullivan and Betty Eaton, and two brothers, Donald Redmon and Reed Redmon.

A private family gathering will be held to celebrate Barbara’s life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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



Virginia Howard Austin
February 26, 1929 – May 18, 2016

OCRACOKE -- Virginia Howard Austin, 87, died on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at her home. A native of Ocracoke, Virginia was the daughter of the late Napoleon Howard and Sabra Tolson Howard. Virginia was a homemaker and a member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church and the Women’s Society.

Virginia is survived by her husband, Clyde Sherrill Austin; two daughters, Tammy Austin Tolson and Trudy Austin; and a grandson, Casey Tolson, all of Ocracoke. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Claude Gaskill, Jesse Gaskill, and Charles Howard.

A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Ocracoke United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Bryant officiating. Private burial will take place at the Howard-Williams cemetery.

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



Brenda O'Neal Ewell

CHESAPEAKE, VA. -- Brenda O'Neal Ewell, 67, of died on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at her home. Born into a loving family on August 15, 1948 in Rodanthe, she was the daughter of the late Frederick D. O'Neal and Ethel Midgett O'Neal. Life without Brenda will not be the same. She will forever be in the hearts and memories of those who loved her.

Brenda is survived by her husband, Robert Lee Ewell; two sons, Robbie Ewell and wife, Jill, and Tim Ewell and wife, Abby; and her grandchildren, Gabrielle, Alden, Taylor, Griffin, Fletcher and Sullivan. She is also survived by a brother, Ronnie O’Neal and wife, Mary; and a sister, Verona Jennings. Along with her parents, Brenda was predeceased by two brothers, Dalton and Gary O’Neal.

Brenda’s main love in life was her family. A proud grandmama, her grandchildren brought her the most joy and having them around was all she wanted. She was a strong and determined woman who knew what she wanted and didn’t let her health stop her. Brenda loved having get-togethers, celebrations and parties and lived by the motto “the more the merrier.” She never held a grudge and was extremely generous throughout all her endeavors.

A funeral will be held at 2:00 p
m on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Fair Haven United Methodist Church in Rodanthe with Rev. Jim Bliss and Rev. Dr. Susanna Fitch-Slater officiating. Burial will follow at the O’Neal family cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Sunday evening at Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fair Haven United Methodist Church Baptismal Fund, PO Box 378, Rodanthe, NC 27968.
 
Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.twifordfh.com.




Nancy 'Nanny' Dickens Howard

RODANTHE -- Nancy “Nanny” Dickens Howard, 89, died on Friday, May 6, 2016 at her home. She was born on June 24, 1926 at her home in Wilson, N.C. to the late Albert Oscar Dickens and Catherine Tipton Dickens. 

Nancy is survived by her two sisters, Virginia Cannon (James) and Polly Wurthmann, both of Charleston, S.C.  She also was blessed with a half-sister, the late Mary Reynolds, and a half-brother, the late Jack Reynolds, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Howard, in August of 2009.

Nancy graduated from Charles L. Coon High School in 1942 and then from Meredith College in 1946.  She would move to Wilmington to teach for a few years before moving back to Wilson to become a principal just outside of Lucama, where she met her husband, Claude.

Nancy married Claude on June 3, 1961 and they moved to Maryland to teach public school.  The next decade would be spent cultivating a loving marriage and a love to fish.  This would lead the couple to purchase a plot of land and build their home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 1971.

Nearly the next five decades of their lives would be marked by loving hospitality.  The two would play an integral part in the development of a volunteer fire/rescue service for Chicamacomico Banks.  The Howard’s kitchen would be the meeting place for many fire a
nd rescue workers, family, and friends throughout the upcoming years.  Nancy would always try to make sure no one went away hungry.

Claude and Nancy Howard spent much of their lives serving their community in order that their service may direct others to Jesus Christ.  Let their selfless service be a reminder to us all that our lives are not our own: Jesus paid for them on the cross.

A memorial service will be held for Nancy on Saturday May 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Fair Haven United Methodist Church in Rodanthe and will be presided over by the Rev. Jim Bliss. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that contributions be made to Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire Department. P.O. Box 125, Rodanthe, NC 27968

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



Sabra Williams Gray Jennette

BUXTON -- Sabra Williams Gray Jennette, 95, died on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in Nags Head. A native of Buxton, she was the daughter of the late Christopher C. Gray and Izetta Lee Quidley Gray. Sabra was a homemaker and the widow of Harry Lee Jennette.

Sabra is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline Jennette; a special granddaughter, Angie Draper; great-grandson, Clay Draper; and great-granddaughter, Maggie Draper. She is also survived by a nephew, Glenn C. Gray, and a niece, Verna G. Clark. Sabra is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline Jennette; a special granddaughter, Angie Draper; great-grandson, Clay Draper; and great-granddaughter, Maggie Draper. She is also survived by a nephew, Glenn C. Gray; and a niece, Verna G. Clark. Along with her parents and beloved husband, Sabra was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Jennette Caudill; a brother, Glenn C. Gray; and a sister, Norma Gray Rhoden.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 9, at the Gray Family Cemetery in Buxton.

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



Neil Stephen Carignan Sr.

Neil Stephen Carignan Sr., 61, of Manteo and Hatteras went to be with the Lord after an unfortunate accident on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Born in Sanford, Maine, he was the son of the late Charles Lawrence Carignan and Irene Vezina Carignan.

Neil is survived by his wife, Sharon Bowden Carignan; and two children, Amanda Carignan and Neil Stephen Carignan Jr. both of Nags Head. Also surviving are three sisters, Carol Dropla and husband, Heyward, Julie Harris and husband, Kenny, and Susan Reynolds and husband, Doug; two brothers, Jimmy Carignan and wife, Debie, and Dennis Carignan and wife, Becky; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides being a huge advocate of fishing and hunting, Neil was a hard working owner/operator of Carignan Septic Services. A proud husband and father, he will be dearly missed by all of his loved ones.

A Celebration of Neil’s Life will be held at 3:30 pm on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Manteo Baptist Church with Pastor Russ Howard officiating.   

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



Edith Mae Evans Stowe Oden
January 9, 1928 - May 2, 2016

HATTERAS -- Edith Mae Evans began her life in Ocean City, Md. She spent summers with her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in Buxton until the family moved here when Edith was in high school.

Not long after she graduated high school, she met her future husband Nelson Myron “Clam” Stowe. Edith said Clam was so good looking and so much fun she married him after six months of courtship. They settled in Hatteras village where they paid $15 a month rent for their first house -- without running water. Clam Stowe passed away in November of 1976.

Clam and Edith have three children, Beverly Jean Stowe of New York City, Spurgeon Evans Stowe  and his wife, Katherine, of Hatteras, and Wendy Mae Sisler, also of Hatteras. All of her children were at her bedside when she passed on Monday after a fall.

Edith has three siblings. She is survived by her sister, Gloria Grooms, and husband, Joe, and her brother, Merle Evans, and girlfriend, Marion, and is predeceased by her brother, Harold Evans.

Edith’s second husband was Donald Oden. They shared a wonderful friendship and too short a time together. She had close relationships with her stepchildren and their spouses -- Mitzi and Chris Kellum, Donny and Evon Oden, Danny and Jane Oden, and Mark and Ella Oden.

Edith’s grandchildren, Misty Powell, Harley Sisler, Brook Stowe and wife, Casey, Cory Sisler, Nelson Stowe, Jake Stowe, and Patsy Mae Stowe held a special place in her heart. She also recently met her first great-grandchild, Addie Mae Stowe. They will all miss their Grams.

Edith remained close to nieces and nephews including Craig Smith, Terry and Greg Deloach, Debbie Evans Wiseman, Kim and Robert Kelly, Jeff and Ann Evans, Clicky and Susie Austin, Michael and Beth Austin, Ursula and Paul Ramey, Sonny and Vicki Stowe, Pam Karden, Dawn and Danny Fenyak, and Cliff and Leigh Austin.

Edith lived life to the fullest. Family and friends loved her Sunday dinners where she cooked everyone’s favorites. She enjoyed art, dancing, and traveling but loved coming back to her home in Hatteras most of all.

Services will be held at Hatteras United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 6, with a reception to follow at the home of Spurgeon and Katherine Stowe, 57167 Kohler Drive, Hatteras. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hatteras Village Medical Center.

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




Ray Laymon Williams

BUXTON -- Ray Laymon Williams, 81, went to his heavenly home on April 30, 2016 surrounded by family at his home. A native of Buxton, he was the son of the late Delmar Williams and Fannie Tolson Williams. Retired from the Dare County School System, Ray was a member of the Buxton Fire Department and the Lighthouse Assembly of God. He loved his time spent on the beach fishing, but his greatest love was for his family and all of his children, including those of Hatteras Island.

Ray is survived by his wife of 57 years, Clara Williams; two daughters, Pamela Rak of Buxton and Carolyn Kiefer and husband, Kregg, of Buxton; three grandchildren, Michael, Karla and husband, Omar, and Jeffrey and wife, Melissa; seven great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Sara, Riley, Chandler, Allen, Isabella and Audrey; and two very loved nieces, Barbara and Mary O’Neal. Along with his parents, Ray was preceded in death by two sisters, Netta and Virginia, and two special nieces, Patricia and Debra O’Neal.

A funeral will
be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at the Lighthouse Assembly of God. Burial will take place at Quidley Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives on Monday evening from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cape Hatteras School Athletic Department, PO Box 947, Buxton, NC 27920.

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



Roy Kenneth Harris

FRISCO -- Roy Kenneth Harris, 69, died on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at his home. Born in Waleska, Ga., he was the son of the late Frank Harris and Leila McDaris Harris. Roy was a graduate of Erwin High School in Asheville, N.C. A sergeant first class, Roy retired from the United States Army having served his country honorably.  He also retired from civil service at Fort Eustis, Va., in 2013.

Roy is survived by his wife of 40 years, Judith Bradley Harris; a daughter, Monica Nicholson and husband, Kelly, of Beaverdam, Va.; a son, Nathaniel Harris, of Barnardsville, N.C., and three grandchildren, Savannah, Tommy and Hunter. Also surviving are two sisters, Ora Cain and Margie Sharpe; three brothers, Joe, Gary and Ronnie Harris, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Groce Funeral Home, West Asheville. Burial will follow at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends and relatives prior to the service beginning at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Little Grove United Methodist Church, PO Box 310, Hatteras, NC 27943.

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



Valerie F. Delsignore

On Sunday, April 24, 2016, our Heavenly Father did suddenly and unexpectedly call home one of his angels, Valerie Flynn Delsignore, beloved wife of Philip Joseph Delsignore and daughter of Lillian Belter and Melvin John Belter.

Silently passing on to her next life, she was a native of Norfolk and a graduate of Maury High School, who also attended ODU. She was deeply loved by all who knew her. 

Valerie's second home was on the Outer Banks, where she lived for six years.  She worked at Food Lion, for the Ferry Division, and at the Bistro in Avon.  She made an impact on everyone she met and leaves behind many friends on the Outer Banks. 

She leaves behind to cherish her memory: her daughter, Chrissy Flynn; son, Michael Flynn; and step-son, Philip M. Delsignore; and granddaughter, Adriana. She was greatly loved by her mother, sisters, brothers and family, Debbie Belter Affeldt and husband Bobby, Billy and Liz Belter, and Melvin and Jennifer Belter; in-laws, Denise and Bill Keys, Michelle and Ralph Piefer; along with numerous nieces and nephews; as well as her lifelong best friend, Kim Mitchmen and many old friends.

The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, In Virginia Beach on Thursday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. A graveside service will be conducted Friday, April 29, at Rosewood Memorial Park at 11a.m. by Pastor Rick Goeres. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.




Charlie William Phelps Sr.

FRISCO -- Charlie William Phelps Sr. left this world to be with the lord on April 25, 2016.  "Charlie Bill," as he was known in his younger days, was born to Goratha and William T. Phelps on Feb. 23, 1945, who preceded him in death as well as his sister, Doreen P. Warren.

He served in the Army National Guard in the 1960s and was honorably discharged in 1969. He worked for the N.C. Department of Transportation for more than 20 years and retired as a maintenance supervisor in Dare County. 

He is survived by his wife, Catherine T. Phelps, of Frisco; his daughter, Charlene Phelps, of Merry Hill, N.C., and son, Billy Phelps, as well as various nephews, nieces and cousins.

A memorial service in his honor will be held on Friday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at the Cape Hatteras Baptist Church in Frisco with a visitation with the family immediately afterwards in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice is appreciated.

Expressions of sympathy are welcome on the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.




Margaret Lenore Halminski

Margaret Lenore Halminski passed away peacefully on April 12 surrounded by her loving children. She was a resident of Leisure World in Leesburg,  Va., since 1999, when she moved there with Sid, her husband of 59 years. Known as Maggie to her friends, she volunteered for numerous activities during her life.

Born Margaret Lenore Polk on Dec. 30,1923 in Los Angeles, Calif., Maggie married her sweetheart, a career Navy officer, and began raising a family and traveling the world. Tours included Japan, Newfoundland and Guam, as well as, a number of stateside destinations. All seven children were born in various places and raised in the Catholic faith.

Maggie was a friend to everyone she met and had a wonderful sense of humor, even in her final days. She was predeceased by her loving husband and is survived by all her children -- four girls and three boys, as well as 11 gra
ndchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

We thank Capital Caring Hospice and the team of professionals who pitched in to make her last days tranquil and comfortable.



Thomas Francis Smigiel

RODANTHE -- Thomas Francis Smigiel, age 81, of Rodanthe and formerly of Richmond, Va., died on Monday, April 11, 2016 in Nags Head.  He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 6, 1934 to the late Thomas Martin and Mary Bubeck Smigiel.  

Tom was an electrician for many years at  Defense Supply Center Richmond and retired from civil service in September 1994.  After Tom retired, he followed his dream of living on the OBX full-time, where he made many wonderful friends who became his second family.  Tom lived the life he wanted, and he lived it well.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Valenta Smigiel, and his sister Jean S. Steinninger.

Tom is survived by his children, Karen S. Harris (Douglas) of Colonial Heights, Va., Kenneth M. Smigiel (Teresa) of Sutherland Va., and Kerri S. Gideons (Adam) of Fort Riley Kansas, as well as seven grandchildren, Thomas Smigiel, Matthew Harris (Jordan), Lynnsie S. Peet (Brandon), Austin Harris, Erika Hess, Tye Gideons, Ella Gideons, and one great-granddaughter, Dani Peet, his sister, Janet Crosley of Homosassa Springs, Fla., three nieces and one nephew.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 15, 1 p.m., at Gallop Funeral Services, Inc.  6917 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head.
       
Condolences to the family may be expressed via the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services Inc were entrusted with arrangements.





Howard Kyle Smithwick

BUXTON -- Howard Kyle Smithwick, 50, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at his daughter’s home, surrounded by his children. He was the son of the late Barbara Midgett Smithwick. Kyle worked with the NCDOT-Ferry Division from 1988 until 2016. He was a loving father and grandfather and will be truly missed.

Mr. Smithwick is survived by his children, Christan Lanae Stowe and husband, Michael, Megan Diane Lyerly and husband, Josh, and Howard Kyle Smithwick II; and five grandchildren, Ariana Faith Stowe, Maddix Michael Stowe, Chloe Renae Stowe, Kaya Diane Lyerly and Julius David Lyerly. Also surviving are three aunts, Debra Midgett Hooper and husband, Elvin, Licia Midgett Kee and husband, Stan, and Judy Midgett; one uncle, Joe Smithwick and wife, Nancy; and eight cousins, Stanley James Kee II, Shanna Leigh Kee, Kristina Ann Hooper, Charlotte Midgett Lewis, Luke Midgett III, Stanley James Kee III, Charles Weatherby and Brad Weatherby. Kyle also leaves behind a best friend whom he loved as a brother, David Gentry, and wife, Holly.

Along with his m
other, Mr. Smithwick was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Bryan Midgett; and an uncle, Luke Bradshaw Midgett Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Lighthouse Assembly of God with Rev. Steve Danser officiating. A reception will follow the service at the Family Life Center. The family will receive friends and relatives Friday evening from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, PO Box 442, Hatteras, NC 27943 or online at www.hicf.org.

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



Christine 'Chrissie' G. Norrell

AVON -- On March 23, 2016, Christine “Chrissie” G. Norrell, left this world to be with the love of her life, Billy Norrell.  She had been dealing with suffering issues the last few months and is now free of those sufferings, wrapped in God’s embrace.  She was born on December 25, 1933, which made her an extraordinary person, as she shared the same birth date with Jesus.  She touched so many lives during her time here on earth and everyone who came in contact with her will tell you so. 

Chrissie is survived by her daughters, Donna Heuneman and husband, Joe Heuneman, of Kill Devil Hills, Sharon Angelillo, of Thontosassa, Fla., and Sandra Bray and husband, Don Bray, of Clearwater, Fla.  She was known as “Grandmommy” to five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren, one of which is on the way; and one great-great-grandchild on the way.  Her family was her life’s ambition and upon your knowledge of each of them, you can see that it lives on in them, passing that trait on down the line.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 4, at 1 p.m. at the Avon Fishing Pier, followed by the family celebration with food and drink at the Norrell house located at 40191 Avlona Drive in Avon.

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



Patricia M. Conley

We all have a smile.

I am going to choose now to hold onto all the smiles. My mom had one of the most beautiful smiles I have ever seen.

On Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 Patricia M. Conley took her last breath. She was surrounded by the love of her family and left us with a smile that let us know that she is no longer in pain. Our hearts are so heavy with her leaving, and if there is one thing there is never enough of, I would have to say it is time.

Patricia is preceded in death by her husband, Kenn Conley, my father, whom I am sure was there to hold her hand as she moved on. I believe she was greeted on the other side by her parents,  Gloria and Richard Reisinger, whom she hadn’t seen in years. She is survived by her son, Chad Conley, and wife Sharon and grandson Evan of Haddon Township N.J., her brother, Rick Reisinger, and wife Diane of Marysville, Pa., and sister Nancy Wilson of Sarasota, Fla.

A graduate of Cumberland Valley High School, she served as an AAA title clerk until her retirement to Avon NC.  Awarded for her community service in Avon, she volunteered at the Graveyard of the Atlantic museum, was certified to help during storms and was deeply involved in the Hatteras Meals on Wheels program. 

We all have a story.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful little girl born into a family, that family was full of so many personalities. Sometimes within those families, the light we all have fades, but with some people the light only becomes stronger. Becoming so bright and full of life it is impossible not to be seen. At this point, I feel we have become who we truly are. No longer seeking or searching but embracing ourselves for who we are. Life should be filled. Every moment, with love, mistakes, joy and sorrow. 

My mom was one of these lights.

We all have adventures and experiences that mean so much to make us who we are. There have been so many beautiful memories made for us all to hold onto with my mom. Let us all look back and think on whatever smiles she helped create. I want to not see this as a loss but as a chance to give back so much of what she shared.

“Ever has it been that love knows not its depth until the point of separation.”  
-- Kahlil Gibran


A Celebration of her life will be held April 9 at 11 a.m. at the Collingswood Community Center Ballroom,  30 W. Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108. Phone: 856-854-4440. Luncheon to follow at the same location. 

A future celebration of life will be held in Avon on the beach this spring.  In place of flowers, the family request donations be made to Hatteras Island Meals, PO Box 854, Buxton, NC 27920. PayPal - use our email address: [email protected].





Robert Earl Penfield

BUXTON -- Robert Earl Penfield, 59, died on April 1, 2016 at his home. Born in Robeson County, North Carolina, he was the son of Mabel Parnell Penfield of St. Pauls, N.C., and the late Marshall Penfield. Robert worked as a deck hand with the NCDOT – Ferry Division and attended Hatteras Island Christian Fellowship.

Along with his mother, Robert is survived by his wife, Donna Farrow Penfield; one sister, Rose Lewis; and three brothers, Tommy, Danny Ray and Joe Penfield.

In keeping with Robert’s wishes, there will be no services at his time.

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







William 'Billy' Bigley

BUXTON – William “Billy” Bigley, 68, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Billy was born  on May 22, 1947 in Richmond, Va.  He was the son of the late Grace Bigley and is survived by his father, William Bigley; his wife, Cynthia Hord Bigley, whom he met at the age of 15 and to whom he was married for 49 years; his son, William Troy Bigley, daughter, Tracy Renee Bigley, and grandson, Austin Troy Bigley, all of Buxton.  He is also survived by Angel, his shih tzu whom he dearly loved.
 
He held a
special place in his heart for his sister-in law, Linda McClary, who he called “honey” and his brother-in-law, Eddie McClary.  He particularly enjoyed visits from his niece, Donna Grant, her husband, Tommy, and their daughters, Kelsey and Haley, and blessed them with many fond memories of their time together.
 
Billy’s life was full of excitement. He served in the Navy and relocated from Virginia to Cape Hatteras in 1987 where he owned his own business, Bigley Electric, as an electrical contractor.  He loved living on the island.
 
He had a love of life, laughter, and people.  He will be remembered for his Christmas light displays and thoroughly enjoyed getting the home ready for his friends and neighbors to enjoy each season.  He loved his Lionel trains and passed that love onto his grandson.
 
Though Billy will be missed by many, memories of his smile, laughter, and unique way of telling jokes will continue to live on in our memories.



Jeanne Mero Privett

CHESAPEAKE -- Jeanne Mero Privett, 94, passed away March 23, 2016 with her daughter by her side. She was the youngest child of the late Russell Harold Mero and Mary Perry Mero.

Jeanne was predeceased by her brothers Harold Mero and Robert Mero; her sisters, Edna Keith, Marjorie Porter, Sybil Bulloch, and Gertrude Gompf; her loving husband of 66 years, Henry Lee Privett Jr.; her son, Russell Lee Privett Sr., and her great-grandson, Noah Lee Robinson.

She is survived by a son, H. Vaughan Privett of Norfolk; and a daughter, Linda Privett Robinson and husband, James Robinson, of Chesapeake. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Melissa McCormick and husband, John, of Norfolk; Russell Lee Privett Jr. and wife, Anne, of Durham, N.C.; Barry Privett of Norfolk; LeeAnn Privett of Hickory, N.C.; Shari Robinson of Chesapeake; Elizabeth Culpepper and husband, Wayne, of Portsmouth; Adam Robinson and wife, Ashley, of Portsmouth, and Kevin Robinson of Durham, N.C.; eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Jeanne was born and raised on the water in Portsmouth, which sparked her passion for fishing, boating and beach activities in later life. She graduated Woodrow Wilson High School and entered Parrish Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. After receiving her R.N., she went on to teach the first class at Maryview Hospital School of Nursing and coached their basketball team. She soon married and left nursing for a short period of time to raise her family. Jeanne then re-entered nursing as the only night R.N. on the maternity floor at Portsmouth General Hospital, where she worked for 25 years.

She and her husband retired to Hatteras Island with their son, Russell, and his family, where she was able to indulge in her passion for beach life. She spent countless hours fishing and people-watching on the beach in Salvo. She became a local icon, and everyone looked for Jeanne’s beach buggy to ask her for fishing advice. She was an active member of the NCBBA and the Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvo Volunteer Fire Department. She was also a volunteer for the National Wildlife Refuge Turtle Patrol. Jeanne and her husband returned to the Portsmouth area in 2006 where they spent their remaining years with family.

The family would like to thank the staff of Senior Corps, with a special thanks to Crystal, Amy, and Beverly, for their care and compassion through very difficult times.

There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 28, at Foster Funeral Home in Portsmouth and a celebration of her life on Tuesday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at Foster Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.

To sign the guest book, go to http://www.bwfosterfuneralhome.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/14992/id/3639692



Lila Mae Waterfield

BUXTON -- Lila Mae Waterfield, 102, died on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Peak Resources – Outer Banks. Born Oct. 26, 1913 in Morehead City, she was the daughter of the late William Henry Daniels and Dora Louise Powers Daniels. A member of the Lighthouse Assembly of God in Buxton, Lila was very active within the church and involved with many church functions. She was the widow of Wilbur Eris Waterfield Sr.

Lila is survived by two daughters, Cora Louise Ballance of Hatteras and Rose Marie Ballance of Buxton; a son, Wilbur Eris Waterfield Jr. of Buxton; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Dora Louise Worley of Chesapeake, Va. Along with her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two sons, Kenneth Nile Waterfield and David Leigh Waterfield; a grandson, Frankie Lee Gaskill; a brother, Wilbur Daniels, and a sister, Wilma Daniels Perry.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 26,  at Lighthouse Assembly of God in Buxton with Rev. Bryan Gray, Rev. David Waterfield, and Rev. Steve Danser officiating. A reception will follow at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Family Life Center. A private burial will take place at the Powells Point Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday evening from 6:30 pm until 8 p.m. at the church and all other times at the home of Rose Marie Ballance, 47170 Rocky Rollinson Road, Buxton.

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




DORIS HISSEY

Doris Hissey, 91, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Chesapeake Hospital. She was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with and R.N. degree and was also and an Army nurse in World War II. She was a devoted wife and mother and leaves behind many family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory are sons Steve and wife, Connie, and Dave and partner, Julie, and daughter Susan Alasandro; granddaughters, Sara and Kristen Alasandro, and grandson, Eric Hissey, and wife, Jessica; two great-grandchildren, Avery and Tyler, and many other extended family members.

Her good humor and laughter will be greatly missed. A service will be held at a later date in Florida.




Rebecca Gwyn Rollinson

BUXTON -- Rebecca Gwyn Rollinson, 49, died on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Born in Portsmouth, Va., she was the daughter of Betty Rollinson and the late Jack Rollinson.

Along with her mother, Becky is survived by two sisters, Robin Altimari and Gina Scarborough and husband, Sumner; and one brother, Chris Rollinson and partner, Mike Loh. She also leaves behind her beloved nieces and nephews, Frank Altimari, Meredith Altimari, Emily Scarborough Russ and husband, Toby, and daughter, Rhett; Laura Scarborough and Christopher Scarborough. She loved her uncles, Hilton Rollinson and Frank Williams and wife, Gladys; and cousins, Phil Rollinson, Sarah Williams, Jeffrey Williams, Mark Gamiel, Elizabeth Daniels, Emily Gamiel, and Paul Gamiel.

Becky was a graduate of East Carolina University and had worked as a photographic model and social worker. She was a volunteer at the Hotline Thrift Store in Buxton. She also supported the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men in their community outreach and gifts to them would be fitting tributes to her memory.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 22, at 11 a.m. at Buxton United Methodist Church.

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



Joanne Austin

FRISCO -- Joanne Austin, 70, of Frisco died on Monday, March 7, 2016 at her home. A native of Hatteras Island, she was the daughter of the late Ivey B. Austin Jr. and Betty Elizabeth Austin. Joanne was employed with the North Carolina DOT Ferry Division.

Joanne is survived by a son, Barry Peele Jr. and fiancée, Laura Young, of Hatteras; a daughter, Stacey Sparks and fiancé, Benjamin Taylor, of Harkers Island, N.C.; and two granddaughters, Molly and Hannah Sparks. Also surviving is a brother, Tracy S. Austin, and wife, Chyrel, of Hatteras; two nephews, Tracy Austin Jr. and Royce Austin, and a niece, Maggie Austin.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 11, at Hatteras United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Davenport and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Outer Banks Preservation Association, P.O. Box 1355, Buxton, NC 27920, or online at www.obpa.org.

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




Raymond J. Langlois Jr.

BUXTON -- Raymond J. Langlois Jr., 66, died on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at his home. Born in Providence, R.I., he was the son of the late Raymond J. Langlois Sr. and Bernice Hastings Packer. A United States Navy veteran, Raymond served his country honorably in the Vietnam War and was a devout Catholic throughout his life.

Raymond is survived by a daughter, Ashlyn Langlois Bragg, of Buxton; a grandson, Lavin Raymond Bragg; along with two sisters, two brothers, and many, many friends throughout Hatteras Island.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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




Debra May O’Neal

BUXTON -- Debra May O’Neal, 54, passed at her home on Feb. 24, 2016 surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Born May 6, 1961 and raised in Buxton, she was the daughter of the late Roland O’Neal and Virginia Williams O’Neal. Debra loved her home and family. She worked for the Conner family for 30 years at Conner’s Supermarket in Buxton. Having made many friends in their store, she loved the Conner family and her job dearly.

Debra was a devoted mother to her two daughters, Jessica Dawn Reyes of Buxton and Monica Hooper and husband, James, of Avon; and their father, Roberto Reyes of Buxton; two granddaughters, Jasmine Leilani Quidley and Victoria Nicole Reyes, who she loved to the moon; and two sisters, Barbara Gray and husband, Michael, and family of Buxton and Mary Pendleton and husband, Larry, and family of Virginia. She is also survived by a lifelong dear friend, Laura Chandler of Buxton and her beloved dog, Tucker.

Along with her parents, Debra was preceded in death by a daughter, Dori Patricia Reyes; a sister, Patricia Kay O’Neal; and a special aunt, Netta June Williams.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29, at Lighthouse Assembly of God with Rev. David Stowe officiating. A private burial will take place at the Williams Cemetery in Buxton. The family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the church.

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



Caleb 'Pop'  Stowe Sr.

ELIZABETH CITY -- Caleb “Pop” Ballance Stowe Sr., 84, of 105 Travis Drive died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at his residence.  He was born July 31, 1931 in Hatteras to the late Melvin Randolph Stowe and Nellie Odin Stowe and was the widower of Cynthia Temple Stowe.  He was a retired recruiter from the U. S. Amy, having served in Korea and Vietnam, and was a lifetime member of the William Clarence Jackson VFW Post #6060.

He is survived by four daughters, Shirley Chambers (Charles) and Melissa Anderson (Tommy), all of Elizabeth City, Nellie Stowe of Manteo, and Sharlene Cahoon of Virginia Beach, Va.; a son, Caleb B. Stowe, Jr. (Olivia) of Providence Forge, Va.; a step-son, Jeff Lane of Hertford, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, Michelle Whitehead, Emma Martin, Kirk Saunders, Kristin Compher, Lily Stowe, Amber Belangia, Clifton “Buddy” Ballance, Jr., Steve Twine, Jr., Peyton Anderson, and Cynthia Lane; and 18 great- grandchildren.  He was pre-deceased by a daughter, Elizabeth Twine.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. at Twiford Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Bryan Pease officiating.  Burial will follow in West Lawn Cemetery with full military honors rendered by the William Clarence Jackson VFW Post #6060.  The family will receive friends Friday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home and at other times at the residence.  Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Eliza
beth City, is serving the Stowe family.  You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.twifordfh.com.



Susan Lynn Wheeler

BUXTON -- On Feb. 14, 2016, Susan “Sue” Lynn Wheeler, 65, went home to be with her Lord.  Sue grew up in Barberton, OHIO, where she graduated from Barberton High School and received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Akron.  She devoted her life to the things she loved most:  her faith, her family, and her students.

Sue is survived by her husband, Dale; two loving daughters, Amanda (Tony) Windham and Jennifer Wheeler;  sisters, Kathy Gerrick and Merrie (Eddie) Heinrich; brother-in-law Edward (Marsha) Wheeler; nieces, Chandra (Tom) Kahl and Tandi Wheeler, and many other loving relatives and friends.
   
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations of new children’s books (kindergarten through fifth grade).  Sue, as a teacher’s aide, loved reading books to children for them to dream and let their imaginations fly.  We will be donating the books to Cape Hatteras Elementary School.  All books should be mailed to Jenn Wheeler, P.O. Box 907, Buxton, NC 27920.  To donate money to the family fund, you can go to any LGFCU or SECU and ask for Amanda Windham’s special account.

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



Richard Baran

Richard Baran, 46, of Hatteras Island went out on a hunting trip Jan. 23, 2016 , but did not return home.      
 
Richard was raised in Mantoloking, N.J., but relocated to Hatteras Island. His love of the water and outdoors began as a young child.  He was an avid surfer, fisherman, and hunter.  An experienced Captain and Guide,  Rich lived and worked his passion. He owned and operated Rich Baran's Guide Service for many years.

Rich was predeceased by his father, Richard Baran.  He is survived by his mother, Roxianna Baran, of Wall, N.J., and his sister Robin Stowe, her husband, Robert, and their children, Joseph, Bobby, and Melissa all of Point Pleasant, N. J.

Richard's family would like to thank everyone who participated in the search  to find Rich, and we would also like to thank everyone who shared in his "Celebration of Life."
           
   
Donations can be made to the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 639, Buxton,  NC 27920, or Hatteras Island Target Shooters, P.O. Box 753, Buxton, NC 27920.




William Curtis 'Curt' Hudson

TARBORO -- William Curtis “Curt” Hudson, 69, passed away on Monday, Jan. 18.

A funeral service was held at Carlisle Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 21, with the Rev. Bobby Tyson officiating. Burial followed in Edgecombe Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daisy and Bud Hudson, and a brother, Barry Hudson.

Curt i
s survived by a loving family which includes his wife, Helen Mills Hudson; brothers, Jesse N. Hudson, Dennis Hudson and wife, Patsy; sister-in-law, Bobbie Lou Hudson; several loving nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews that will miss him dearly.

Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc. of Tarboro. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.carlislefuneralhome.com



Larry McCoy Ballance Sr.

WANCHESE -- Larry McCoy Ballance Sr. of passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at 85 years old.  He was born on May 19, 1930 in Hatteras village to the late Walter and Juanita Ballance. Larry was a retired waterman, carpenter, and heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Wanchese. Larry loved old western movies, children, and working in his garden. He was a kind, gentle man, and was loved by all who knew him.

Larry is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Dorita Ballance; five children, Becky Beacham (Carl), Betsy Midgette (Wayne), Larry Ballance Jr. (Carletta), Rev. William “Bill” Ballance (Mary Ann), and Cathy Daniels (Mark); sister, Jean Daniels (Elmo); 11 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by both of his parents and his siblings, Anna Utley, Tommy Ballance, and Wayne Ballance.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Bethany United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Ballance, Rev. Mark Daniels, Rev. Elmo Daniels and Rev. Terry Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Tillett Cemetery in Wanchese. The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church Building 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.



Frances Joyce Kapp Huggett

WAVES -- Frances Joyce Kapp Huggett, 86, died on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at her home. A native of Charleston, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Edward R. Kapp and Frances Marguerite Wehrle. Joy was very active in the Hot Line Thrift Shop of Waves for many years.

Joy is survived by daughters, Karen Caldwell of Birmingham, Ala., and Susan Williams of Cary, N.C.; sons, John Doyle of Atlanta, Ga., and Robert Huggett of Waves, and granddaughter, Helen, of Birmingham. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edgar Huggett.

In keeping with Joy’s wishes, there will be no memorial service at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of Felines -- Cape Hatteras Island, PO Box 310, Avon, NC 27915.

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




Elizabeth Parsons

OCRACOKE -- Elizabeth Parsons, 81, died on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Elizabeth was the daughter of the late James and Elizabeth Williams. She was the owner of the Pamlico Gift Shop for more than 30 years and was a successful painter of folk art in her later years. Elizabeth was a lifelong member of the Ocracoke Assembly of God, where she taught Sunday School for many years.

Elizabeth is survived by a daughter, Edna McKelvey; sons, Leonard and Roger Parsons; five grandchildren, Beverly, Matthew, Leslie, Christian and Amanda; four great-grandchildren, Bella, Dessire, Gage and Autumn; a sister, Della Gaskill; and two nephews, Monroe and Parker Gaskill. Along with her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Parsons, and a son, Jim Parsons.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Ocracoke Island Assembly of God with Pastor Ivey Belch officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives following the service in the fellowship hall. Food will be received at the Ocracoke Island Assembly of God fellowship hall beginning at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ocracoke Island Assembly of God, PO Box 68, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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




Donald Clarke Casey

BUXTON -- Donald Clarke Casey, 77, died in his home on Friday evening, Jan. 29, 2016.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Louise (Holbert) Casey and his four children: Jean-Louise (Casey) Dixon and her husband, David, of Buxton; John D. Casey and his wife, Kimberly, of Carlsbad, Calif.; Michael C. Casey and his wife, Ansley, of Manteo, and Ellyn Clare Casey of Kill Devil Hills.

Born and raised in Johnson, Neb., the son of D. Clarke Casey and Lois (Carle) Casey, he was a long-time resident of Alexandria, Va., until his retirement to Buxton in 2006.

Mr. Casey attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1961 with a degree in chemical engineering.  In 1964, he earned his law degree from the University of Nebraska as well.  He earned his LLM in patent law from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1966.  He met his wife, Louise, in Lincoln, where they were married.  In 1964, he joined the JAG Corps of the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge in 1969 as a captain.  He served in the Pentagon for his entire military career.

Mr. Casey practiced patent law in Washington, D. C., and Alexandria, Va., for his entire career.  He was active in local politics, serving on the Alexandria City Council for three terms from 1977 to 1986.  He retired from private practice in 2006.  He was a member of the Beverly Hills United Methodist Church in Alexandria.

During his later years, Mr. Casey’s two passions were his gardening and his grandchildren.  Mr. Casey is survived by 11 grandchildren:  Jacob, Noah and Jonah Dixon of Buxton; Connor and Nora Casey of Carlsbad, Calif.; Fletcher, Wallace and Bryson Casey of Manteo, and Hayden Harper and Oliver and Elliott Barker of Kill Devil Hills.

He volunteered at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.  He was also active in the Cape Hatteras Masonic Lodge 698, serving as Master of the chapter at the time of his death.

A memorial will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Avon.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund at P.O. Box 750, Avon, NC 27915.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Gallop Funeral Services in Nags Head and expressions of condolences are welcome at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.



David William Herrick

FRISCO -- Dedicated husband, loving father, and true friend, David William Herrick, passed away peacefully in his home Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at the age of 74. A former naval chief, David spent his retirement on Hatteras Island commercial fishing, which proved to be his passion.

He is survived by his wife, Bernadette Herrick; brother, Robert Herrick and sister-in-law of Saint Petersburg, Fla.; four daughters, Cheryl and Shelley Herrick, who reside in Tampa, Fla., and Elke Schwartz and husband and Lori Scarborough and husband, from Hatteras Island; and one son, John Harting and wife of Crystal River, Fla.  He will also be deeply missed by his five granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

David was an honorable man and will be long remembered by the many people he touched during his life.

There will be a memorial service at Frisco Pier on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to OBPA, PO Box 1355, Buxton, NC 27920 or the charity of your choice.

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



Lorenzo Jackson 'Jack' Allen

RALEIGH -- Lorenzo Jackson “Jack” Allen, 84, passed away at Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head on Jan. 25, 2016 after a very brief illness. Jack had resided at the Spring Arbor assisted living facility in Kill Devil Hills since October of 2012.

Jack was predeceased by parents, Lafayette David Allen and Mamie Meadows Allen; his wife, Melba Jean Joyner Allen; brothers: Carlyle E. Allen, L. D. Allen Jr., Louis M. Allen, and Adrian V. Allen; sister, Katherene Allen Patterson, and niece, Olivia Garrett Allen. He is survived by brother, Billy T. Allen; stepson, Trent Liter; and nephews: Scott Allen, Kent Allen, Brad Allen, Greg Allen, Preston Massey Jr., Allen Massey, and a niece, Mary Allen Brown.

Jack graduated from Millbrook High School in Raleigh in 1950. As a young man, he served on the U.S. Navy carrier ship Wasp. When he returned to his home in Raleigh, he worked in the real estate business. Having grown up on a fam
ily farm, he later worked for the U.S. and N.C. Agriculture Departments, collecting crop data in eastern North Carolina. Jack was known by family, friends, and associates as a kind and generous man with a light heart and good sense of humor that touched many lives. He always brought a smile to those around him and will be missed by all that knew him.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545. The family will visit immediately following the service.

Any memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
       
Condolences to the family may be sent to poolefuneral.com under Obituaries.



Joan Annette Hooper O'Neal

SALVO -- Joan Annette Hooper O’Neal, 76,  died on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Born in Rodanthe, she was the daughter of Zenovah Catherine O’Neal Hooper of Salvo and the late Edward Burgess Hooper. Annette worked as the innkeeper for the Salvo Inn Motel. She was a member of the Fairhaven United Methodist Church and the Rebekah Lodge.

Along with her mother, Annette is survived by three grandsons, Christopher Bruner of Salvo, Charles Bragg of Salvo, and Shane Bruner of Oklahoma.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, at Clarks Bethel United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Bliss officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives prior to the service, beginning at 12 noon. Private burial will take place at the Hooper Family Cemetery.

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



Lorena Ballance O'Neal


OCRACOKE -- Lorena Ballance O’Neal, 91, NC died on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at her home. A native of Ocracoke, she was the daughter of the late Elisha Ballance and Emma Gaskins. Lorena was a homemaker and a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church and the Ocracoke Methodist Women’s Society. She volunteered for the local school and church for many years.  She enjoyed spending time with her three grandsons, whom she loved with all her heart.

Lorena is survived by a daughter, Lisa Caswell and her husband, Bill, and three grandchildren, Aaron, Evin and Liam. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Morris O’Neal, and eight siblings, Elsie Garrish, William Ballance, Elisha Ballance, Henry Ballance, Lawrence Ballance, Maurice Ballance, Reginald Ballance and Clare Ballance.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Ocracoke United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Bryant officiating. Private burial will take place at the Ballance family cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ocracoke United Methodist Church, Box 278, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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



Victor Lemoine Rollinson Sr.

WANCHESE -- Victor Lemoine Rollinson Sr., 76, died on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 at his home. Born May 7, 1939 in Buxton, he was the son of the late Robert Crisp Rollinson and Patricia Williams Rollinson Herbert. Vic served his country honorably for 20 years with the United States Coast Guard and retired as a Chief Boatswain’s Mate. He was a charter member of Manteo Faith Baptist Church.

Vic is survived by his wife of 55 years, Deanna Beavers Rollinson; two sons, Victor L. Rollinson Jr. and wife, Allison, and Jamie D. Rollinson and wife, Polly, all of Wanchese; five grandchildren, Victor Rollinson III, Kasey Rollinson, Austin Rollinson, Savanah Rollinson and Riley Rollinson; and three sisters, Audrey Rollinson of Buxton, Bette Gray and husband, Rudy, of Rodanthe and Celia Marie Meekins and husband, Roger, of Manteo. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Peggy Gilbert and Shirley O’Neal; and two brothers, Bobby Rollinson and John Boyd Rollinson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Manteo Faith Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Dennis officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Manteo Faith Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Manteo, NC 27954 or online at www.manteofbc.org.

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



Dorothy Virginia Robinson

FRISCO -- Dorothy Virginia Robinson (née Pettitt) passed away unexpectedly at her home on Jan. 9, 2016 at the age of 86.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Margie Randall, and husband, Clint; Grandsons Ken Randall and wife, Shannah,  and Tom Randall, and wife, Alicia; and great-granddaughters, Lauren James, and husband, Dustin, Taylor Randall, Erin Randall, and Madison Randall. The newest love of her life was her great great-granddaughter Rilee James. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, son Stanley Jr., and her siblings, Robert, Leonard, Hazel, and Jimmy.

Dorothy was born on Jan. 17, 1929 in Fairfax, Va., to Guy and May Pettitt. She spent most of her lengthy career as a comptroller for various businesses in Virginia and then Hatteras Island. She had many fond memories of her co-workers and employers that she liked to share. She was extremely active in the Winchester, Va., chapter of the Moose Lodge. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, John, and acquired many dear friends during this time. After John’s passing in 1989, she moved to Hatteras Island to be close to her daughter and family. She joined the Cape Hatteras Baptist Church shortly after settling in Frisco, where she quickly made numerous friends that she dearly loved and cherished throughout the years.
 
She was the perfect embodiment of a dignified, beautiful Southern lady. She had a generous spirit and was quick to offer praise and a hug in times of accomplishment or when anyone needed a little comfort. She loved spending time with family and friends and was always proud and boastful of her four great-granddaughters, not only for their achievements but for their character. Her love of life, quick wit, determination, and the sparkle in her eye will never be forgotten but will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and truly loved her.

The family would like to thank Dare County EMS and all the first responders for their efforts and compassion exhibited during a very emotional and heartbreaking moment. We would also like to thank the members of Cape Hatteras Baptist
Church and the entire Hatteras Island community for their condolences and support. The amount of love that has been displayed for Miss Dottie has helped ease the tremendous pain of our loss.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Cape Hatteras Baptist Church in Frisco with a reception to follow at the church. Pastor Russ Howard will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate  Dorothy’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Cape Hatteras Baptist Church at PO Box 156, Frisco, NC 27936.

Please express your condolences to the family via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.



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