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Aileen R. Beach

SOUTHERN SHORES, NC - Aileen R. Beach, 88, of Duck Woods Drive, Southern Shores, North Carolina, died, April 24, 2005 at her home.  A graveside service will be held at the Southern Shores Cemetery on Friday, May 20, 2005 at 11:00 AM.  Twiford’s Funeral Home, Manteo, is assisting the family with these arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home

Donald James Beach

Donald James Beach, 78, of Summerfield, Fla., died Friday, April 9, 2004, in Apex, N.C. Mr. Beach was born in Chicago, Ill., to Roger and Mary Mowatt Beach. He attended Beloit College. Mr. Beach served his country in the 86th Infantry Division, Company A, 341st Regiment during World War II in Germany and later in the Philippines. He worked for 25 years at Flexible Steel Lacing Company in Chicago while living in Indiana before moving to the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Mr. Beach, along with his partner Wayne Gray, owned and operated Queen Anne’s Revenge Restaurant for 20 years in Wanchese, N.C. Mr. Beach retired to Summerfield, Fla. in 1998.  Mr. Beach was a Communicant at St. George Episcopal Church, The Villages, Fla. where he was a Lay Eucharistic minister and a Cursillista. He was a recent past president of the Stonecrest Veterans Club and a member of the East Coast Club and the Pebbles Club. Mr. Beach was an avid tennis player.  Mr. Beach is survived by his wife, June T. Beach; children, Deborah Taylor of Indianapolis, Ind., James Beach and wife, Georgia, of Manteo, N.C., Nancy Gray and husband, Wayne of Wanchese, N.C., Melissa Creamer and husband, Kurt of Apex, N.C., Laurie Cavey and husband, Pete of Harrisonburg, Va., Tori Tolley and husband, Larry of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Buddy Overman of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; sister-in-law, Shirley Beach of Leesburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Audrey, Nathan, Bryan, Russell, Kimberly, Keil, Rheana, Beach, Katie, Vaughn, Maggie, Ian, Hayley, Caleb, and Savannah; great-grandchildren, Parker and Ella; and four nieces and nephews. His brother, Roger Beach, preceded Mr. Beach in death.  A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. George Episcopal Church, The Villages, Fla. Memorial contributions may be made to the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, Office of Development and Communications, DUMC-3828, Durham, NC 27701 (The Virginian Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - April 13, 2004)

Aldean Beasley Beacham

KITTY HAWK - Aldean Beasley Beacham, 82, died Aug. 27 at her residence. Mrs. Beacham was born in Colington, N.C. and was a former resident of Virginia Beach for more than 40 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Virginia Beach Assembly of God. She was the daughter of the late Ray McClease Beasley and the late Henrietta Gaimel Beasley and was married to John LeLand Beacham, Jr. of the home for 63 years. Besides her husband, Mrs. Beacham is survived by one daughter, Debra B. Snyder of Virginia Beach; three sons, Duane Beacham and John L. Beacham, III of Virginia Beach and Don Beacham of Indiana; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held in Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk, on Sunday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Royce Beacham officiating. The family will receive friends at the residence. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, August 28, 2003; pg. 14A)

Alden Litton Beacham

Alden Litton Beacham, 64, of Kitty Hawk, died Monday morning [May 5, 1975] in Thompson's Nursing Home in Garland after a long illness. A native and lifelong resident of Kitty Hawk, he had been in the home a year. He was the son of the late William T. and Cassie Dunton Beacham. Surviving are two brothers: John L. Beacham and William T. Beacham, both of Kitty Hawk. Graveside services will be held Thursday in the Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk, conducted by the Rev. Willie Teague, pastor of the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, May 6, 1975; pg. 12)

Alvis Gold Beacham

KITTY HAWK - Alvis Gold “Sam” Beacham, 89, of Kitty Hawk, died Saturday May 25, 2013, at home with his family. Sam was born November 17, 1923 in Cape False, VA. He was predeceased by his parents Walter H. and Bertie Lee Perry Beacham.  Sam was a graduate of Kitty Hawk High School, a member of the Primitive Baptist Church, owner of Outer Banks Contractors, an original member of the Kitty Hawk Fire Dept and developer of Kitty Hawk Landing subdivision. He was a veteran having served his country honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard during WW II.  He also served in a number of civic and community organizations.  During the last five years of his life, Sam fulfilled a longstanding goal by building a custom 32 ft. boat in his own personal workshop. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was dedicated to his family and community.  Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Gay Dowdy Beacham.  Also surviving are three sons: Mike Beacham and wife Wanda, Ricky Beacham and Tim Beacham and wife Loui. His seven grandchildren are Brad, Matt, Jason, Richard, Sarah, Samuel and Maggie Gay Beacham. He also has seven great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother Calvin Beacham and wife Ethel Beacham and brother Glenn “Port” Beacham. Sam is also survived by his sister-in- law Jean Beacham (Port).  A celebration of life will be at Austin Cemetery on Monday May 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. by Elder Gene Lupton and Elder Milton Lupton and Rev. Brad Bradshaw.  Friends may join the family for a visitation at Twiford Funeral Home on Sunday evening May 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Annie Eliza Beacham
The Coastland Times - Friday, August 27, 1965; pg. 8

Bertie Perry Beacham
The Coastland Times - Sunday, June 1, 1986; pg. 8

Braunda Rogers Beacham

Braunda "Peanut" Rogers Beacham, 76, died Feb. 27, 2003, at her residence.  Mrs. Beacham, born in Duck, N.C., Sept. 22, 1926, was a homemaker. "MaMa" was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a member of the Outer Banks Worship Center. She was the daughter of the late James Steven and Letisha Beasley Rogers.  She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Carl A. Beacham, Sr. of the residence; eight children, Sylvia Beacham of Kill Devil Hills, Peggy Beacham Phelps and husband, Kermit of Chesapeake, Carl A. Beacham Jr. and wife, Lana of Wanchese, Anna B. Johnson and husband, Ivey of Manteo, Millie B. Byrum and husband, Wayne of Kitty Hawk, Buddy Beacham and wife, Melanie of Kill Devil Hills, Linda B. Cahoon and husband, Wilbur of East Lake, Bet B. Hines and husband, Steve of Kitty Hawk; three sisters, Nettie O’Neal and Brady Bridges, both of Colington and Kathleen Melosky of Kill Devil Hills; two brothers, Sam Pete Rogers of Wanchese and Wilbur Rogers of Gates; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held at the Outer Banks Worship Center Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Carroll Daniels, the Rev. David Daniels and the Rev. Jim Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery, Colington. Following the service. The family will greet friends at the home of Carl Beacham Sr. in Colington. The family will receive friends at Twiford’s Funeral Home, Manteo, today from7 to 8:30 p.m. (The Virginian Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - March 1, 2003)

Clyde Alvis Beacham
The Coastland Times - Thursday, September 20, 1984; pg. 8

Conley Ross Beacham
The Coastland Times - Thursday, November 23, 1989; pg. 3B

Conley Thomas Beacham
The Coastland Times - Sunday, December 17, 1989; pg. 10

Esther Gertrude Tillett Beacham
The Coastland Times - Tuesday, May 19, 1981; pg. 14

Fritzie Joy Beacham
The Coastland Times - Thursday, August 11, 1977; pg. 14

Garland Thomas Beacham, Jr.

Garland Thomas "Tommie" Beacham Jr., 53, of the 3800 block of Moore Shore Road, died July 19, 2005, at Albemarle Hospital. Tommie was born Oct. 21, 1951, to the late Garland and Jean Perry Beacham. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donnie Beacham; his grandparents, Walter and Ruby Perry; a daughter, Fritzie Beacham; and a son, Conley Thomas Beacham. He is survived by one brother, Ronnie Beacham and wife Cherie of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; a son, Ashley Beacham and wife Ashley of Elizabeth City, N.C.; three daughters, Amber Romm of Coinjock, N.C., and Sarah and Jessie Beacham, both of Kitty Hawk; and a grandson, Miles Beacham of Elizabeth City. Tommie was not just a local on the beach, he was a ninth generation native of Kitty Hawk. Tommie loved the Outer Banks and the history behind it because it was his heritage. He was a retired captain who loved the water and the wildlife that surrounded the Outer Banks. His educational boat tours helped people see the beauty of his home land through his eyes. A place where hunting camps and nets being pulled by neighbors and friends was home. A place now that few could give a first place account of, but Tommie could. He was that young man at the hunting camp. Tommie was a member of Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. He loved his Lord, his family, friends and most dearly his children. Tommie was our Dad, that made him most special. We will miss him always and forever, but we know he is in the arms of those loved ones that went before him. He is well and for that we are grateful. We love you Dad, Ashley, Amber, Sarah and Jessie. A graveside service will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk, by the Rev. Brad Bradshaw. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo, and at other times at the residence of Amber Romm, 4302 Caratoke Highway, Coinjock.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - Thursday, July 21, 2005)

Georgia Thoroughgood Beacham
The Coastland Times - Thursday, August 4, 1980; pg. 5

Glenda Marie Beacham

Glenda Marie Beacham of Kitty Hawk, NC-Glenda went to be with her son in heaven on June 15, 2008. She is survived by daughter Chastity Cooke, parents Port & Jean Beacham, brother Randy, sisters Loleen, Torey & husband Chuck Sigler, Paige & husband Michael LoCash, nieces Kristina & Sydney, her assisting caregiver Monica Parker, & many aunts, uncles, cousins & friends. Her presence will rise above, but her spirit will always be here.  Graveside service will be held at Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk NC, Thursday June 19, 2008 at 2 p.m. with Reverend Brad Bradshaw officiating.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Glenn P. Beacham

KITTY HAWK - Glenn P. “Port” Beacham, 80, passed away November 15, 2011 at the Outer Banks Hospital. He was a native of North Carolina, and was the son of the late Walter and Bertie Beacham. After graduating from high school, Port joined the U.S. Navy. After serving 20 years, he retired and started his own business. Port was a member of Charles T. Morton Lodge, Khedive Temple, and was captain of the Mini Model T’s. He served on many committees while in the Shrine.  Port was predeceased by a daughter, Glenda, and grandchildren, Chas and Lee.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean; a brother, Sam and wife, Gay; a son, Randy; daughters, Ioleen, Torey and husband, Chuck, Paige and husband, Michael; grandchildren, Kristina, Emily, Megan, Shannon, and Sydney.  The family would like to give special thanks to Monica for always being there with a helping hand.  A memorial service will be held at Kitty Hawk Methodist Church on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:00 am with Rev. Alan Swartz and Rev. Brad Bradshaw officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am prior to the service. Interment will be held at a later date.  Twiford Funeral Homes’ Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Hope Lynn Beacham

CWO4 Hope Lynn Beacham, USCG (Ret.), 75, of Ocean Sands died Sunday, November 25, 2007, in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after a brief illness. The son of the late John L. and Ruth D. Beacham, he was born at the Paul Gamiels Hill Coast Guard Station, Duck, NC. He was a 1949 graduate of Kitty Hawk High School, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, a retired commercial fisherman and recreational fishing guide, member of Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church and a member of Cape Island Masonic Lodge #30 F&AM in Cape May, NJ. As a volunteer at First Flight commemorations, he helped interpret the Wright brothers’ achievements, which his paternal grandfather had witnessed.  Family includes a son, Bruce G. Leonard, Jr. of Ipswich, England; two daughters, Patricia L. Knollman of Bend, Ore., and Kitty B. Dough of Manteo, NC; three grandchildren, Erin D. MacEntee of Raleigh, NC, Trey Knollman of Portland, Ore., and Stephanie R. Leonard of Ipswich; a great-grandson, Finn Hope MacEntee of Raleigh; five brothers, John L. Beacham, Jr. and Jimmy A. Beacham, both of Kitty Hawk, NC, Royce A. Beacham of Williamston, NC, Stanley R. Beacham of Manteo, NC and Terry D. Beacham of Elizabeth City, NC; a sister, Joyce B. Jackson of Glen Burnie, MD; and loving partner, Beatrice C. Berle of Corolla.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa Isabell Toler Beacham, and a brother, Conley R. Beacham.  The family will receive friends and shipmates at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo on Thursday, November 29, 2007 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 10:00 am at Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk on Friday, November 30.  Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, November 29, 2007; pg. 10A)

Inez Gaimel Beacham

KITTY HAWK - Inez Gaimel Beacham, 103, of Kitty Hawk, died, Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at her residence. Mrs. Beacham was born in Colington and was a homemaker. She was the daughter of the late Decater and Zenora Green Gaimel and the wife of the late William Roy Beacham, Sr. Surviving are three daughters: Vera B. Breashears, and Alma B. Hayman both of Kitty Hawk and Shirley B. Shannon of Suffolk, Va; two sons; William Roy Beacham, Jr. and Jerry Holden Beacham both of Kitty Hawk; 13 grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren. A service of remembrance will be held at Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk, Friday, April 1, 2005, at 11:00 A.M. Twiford’s Colony Chapel Manteo is assisting the family with these arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, March 31, 2005; pg. 10A)

Irma Partridge Beacham

KITTY HAWK, N.C. - Irma Partridge Beacham, 73, a native of Kitty Hawk, died Wednesday [Nov. 23] in her home.  She was a past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Roanoke Island Chapter 79, and Amaranth Coastal Court, Chapter 12.  She was a member of Pocahontas Tonnaluska Council 28.  Survivors include her husband, William Thomas Beacham, Jr.; a son, William Thomas Beacham, III of Mystic, Conn.; a sister, Carrie Dunbar of Kill Devil Hills; and five grandchildren.  A graveside service will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Austin Cemetery by the Rev. Eddie Barber.  Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo, is in charge.  The family will be at the home of Jackie and Sammie Smith in Kitty Hawk.  Memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society.  (The Virginian Pilot, page D4 [Norfolk, VA] - Friday, Nov. 25, 1983)  [Kindly submitted by Arlene Vause]

James W. Beacham
[Submitted by Vandelia Beacham Elliott, granddaughter of James]
The Coastland Times - Friday, May 3, 1957; pg. 1

Jerry Holden Beacham

KITTY HAWK - Jerry Holden Beacham, 69, of Kitty Hawk died Monday, January 10, 2011 at his residence. He was a native of Kitty Hawk and was the son of the late William Roy Beacham, Sr. and Inez Gaimel Beacham.  Jerry is survived by a sister, Alma B. Hayman and a brother, William Roy Beacham, Jr. both of Kitty Hawk.  A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Austin Cemetery with the Rev. Eugene McLawhorn officiating. The family will be at the residence.  Twiford Funeral Homes’ Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

John L. Beacham, Jr.

KITTY HAWK - John L. Beacham, Jr., 91, passed from this life and realized the fulfillment of his Christian faith August 14, 2012.  John was a native of Dare County, NC and even though he established his career and raised his family in Virginia Beach, he ultimately retired to Kitty Hawk, the place he always considered to be “home.”  John is a veteran of World War II where he served in the Atlantic Theater of Operations as a Chief Gunners Mate, United States Coast Guard.  After the war, he graduated from the Norfolk Naval Base Apprentice School program and joined the Norfolk Naval Air Rework Facility, ultimately retiring with over 35 years of Federal Service.  For most of his adult life, John was active with the former First Assembly of God Church in Virginia Beach, where he served as a Deacon, Trustee, and Sunday School teacher.  John is survived by his four children: Duane Beacham of Virginia Beach, Don Beacham of Indianapolis, IN, John L. Beacham, III of Virginia Beach, and Debbie Beacham Snyder of Virginia Beach, along with 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.  He also leaves four immediate family siblings: Joyce Jackson and Terry D. Beacham of Elizabeth City, NC, Stanley R. Beacham of Manteo, NC, and Jimmie A. Beacham of Kitty Hawk.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Aldean Beacham, his parents, John L. Beacham, Sr. and Ruth D. Beacham, and three brothers, Royce A. Beacham, Hope L. Beacham, and Conley R. Beacham.  A grave side ceremony will be conducted at the Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM by Rev. Reggie L. Parker of Elizabeth City NC.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

John Leland Beacham, Sr.
The Coastland Times - Tuesday, September 9, 1986; pg. 12

Martha Dave Vaughn Beacham

NORFOLK, VA. - Martha Dave "Davie" Vaughan Beacham, RN, died February 17 at her home in Norfolk, Va. She was the widow of Shelton Ray Beacham (CDR-USN Ret.) and was preceded in death by her parents, Charles David and Martha Elizabeth Vaughan, and 8 brothers and sisters. A native of Bowman, Ga, she graduated from Beaumont High School in Sumter Co., Florida and received her nurse's diploma from St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fl. and an Associate Art Degree from Old Dominion College in Norfolk. She is survived by two daughters: Martha B. Pulley of Richmond, Va. and Deanna E. Beacham and her husband Charles Barret of Mechanicsville, Va.; a granddaughter, Yvonne Barrett-Furbee and her husband James Furbee; and a great-grandson, Nicholas James Barrett Furbee, all of Raleigh; and 5 nieces and nephews. Mrs. Beacham, a former operating room nurse in Jacksonville, worked in a number of physician's offices in the Norfolk area. She was a member of Talbot Park Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. at Austin cemetery in Kitty Hawk. Funeral arrangements are being made by Twiford Funeral Home in Great Bridge, Va.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002; pg. 11A)

Mathias Beacham

Graveside rites for Mathias Beecham, 75, who died at his home at Poplar Branch Monday [June 9, 1952], were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Austin Cemetery at Kitty Hawk. Mr. Beecham was a native of Kitty Hawk but had been living at Poplar Branch for the past 37 years. He was the son of Decator and Letitia Beecham and husband of Mrs. Jennie West Beecham. Surviving besides his wife are three daughters: Mrs. Carl P. White and Mrs. Nettie Jones, both of Poplar Branch, and Mrs. Sudie Jones of Aydlett; one brother, James Beehcam of Berkley, Va.; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, June 13, 1952; pg. 8)

Nancy Johnston Beacham

MANTEO - Nancy Johnston Beacham, 79, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. Mrs. Beacham was born in Manteo and was retired as a registered nurse and was a member of Manteo Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Wiley W. Johnston MD and the late Bess S. Johnston and the wife of 53 years to Stanley R. Beacham. Besides her husband surviving are her daughter, Bonnie Beacham of Manteo; three sons, Stanley R. Beacham Jr. and wife Cheryl of Chesapeake, Alan W. Beacham and Kenneth W. Beacham both of Manteo; two sisters, Laura Johnston Tillett and husband Jack of Wanchese and Jean Johnston Kirkman and husband Bill of Pleasant Grove, N.C.; grandchildren, Ernest Beacham and Christopher Beacham both of Chesapeake, Alex Beacham, U.S. Navy, Great Lakes, Ill., Jeremiah Beacham, Emalee Beacham and Trystan Beacham all of Manteo and Tony Newman of Plymouth. Mrs. Beacham is predeceased by her brother, Wiley W. Johnston Jr.  A service of remembrance will be in Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk, Saturday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Ken Simpson and the Rev. Reggie Parker.  Twiford Funeral Homes' Colony Chapel, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - Tueaday, September 13, 2011)

Nellie Lee Rogers Beacham

KITTY HAWK - Nellie Lee Rogers Beacham, 85, died Jan. 9 in Mobile, Ala. Mrs. Beacham was born in Kitty Hawk and was a homemaker. She was the daughter of the late William D. and Lillie Toler Rogers and the widow of Clyde Alvis Beacham. She is survived by one daughter, Iva Scarborough of Kitty Hawk; one son, Dallas Ray Beacham of Mobile, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and several g-g-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held Jan. 13 at the Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk with the Rev. David Cliff officiating. Twiford's Colony Chapel in Manteo is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - January 11, 1996)

Rosa Isabell Beacham
The Coastland Times - Tuesday, November 5, 1974; pg. 12

Roseann Beacham

KITTY HAWK - Roseann Beacham, 65, of West Kitty Hawk Road, died peacefully at home Friday, September 4.  A native of New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Norma Teresa Caliaro.  Mrs. Beacham moved to Kitty Hawk with her husband Jimmie in 1983 where, together, through their hand-crafted Disney holiday scenes, began the tradition of hosting Santa in front of their magically decorated home each Christmas. Mrs. Beacham served on the Kitty Hawk planning board, was Chief Judge of the Dare County Board of Elections in Kitty Hawk, was an active volunteer with the Meals on Wheels Program, as well as being a Master Gardner and participant in the Senior Olympics.  Mrs. Beacham is survived by her husband, Jimmie A. Beacham, Sr., of the home; two sons, Scott Beacham and wife Robyn of Spring Hill, FL, Mark Livak and wife, Patty of Port St. Lucie, FL; a daughter, Debra Wilkes and husband, Alan of Australia; a step-son, Jimmie A. Beacham, Jr., of West Allis, WI; and four grandchildren, Bailey Beacham, Landon Livak, Maximillion Wilkes, and Isabella Wilkes.  A graveside memorial service will be held at Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk, Monday, September 7th at 2:00 with the Reverend Reginald Parker officiating. The family will meet with friends after the service at the gravesite.  Twiford Funeral Homes, Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, September 10, 2009; pg. 10A)

Royce A. Beacham

Royce A. Beacham, 81, of Raleigh, died March 10 2008 in a Williamston, NC, nursing facility.  He was born near the Coast Guard station in False Cape, VA, to John L. and Ruth Dough Beacham. He was raised in Kitty Hawk, NC, and after graduating from high school served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Following military service, he studied for the ministry and served many churches over several decades. He was also employed by the State of NC Highway Division. He was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol, serving for 50 years as chaplain until his retirement.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Willerdean W. Beacham and his second wife, Sarah Beacham; two brothers, Hope L. Beacham and Conley R. Beacham.  He is survived by one son, Timothy Beacham and wife, Melinda of Stanley, NC; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Also surviving are: one sister, Joyce B. Jackson and husband, Lawrence of Glen Burnie, MD; brothers, John L. Beacham, Jr. of Kitty Hawk, Stanley Beacham and wife, Nancy of Manteo, Terry Beacham and wife, Jean of Elizabeth City, Jimmie Beacham and wife, Roseann of Kitty Hawk.  Services will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2008 at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 7261. Visitation before the service from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, March 13, 2008; pg. 10A)

Ruby Jean Perry Beacham

IN KITTY HAWK - Mrs. Ruby Jean Perry Beacham, 50, of Kitty Hawk, died Thursday [Sept. 23, 1982] at 5 a.m. in the Dare Emergency Center after a short illness.  Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2:00 in Twiford's Colony Chapel in Manteo by Rev. James Stemple, pastor of the Assembly of God Church at Poplar Branch.  Burial was in the Austin Cemetery at Kitty Hawk.  Mrs. Beacham was a native of Washington, D.C. where she lived for 20 years, and for the past 28 years, she lived in Kitty Hawk.  She was the daughter of Walter Perry of Caffeys Inlet in Dare County and the late Mrs. Ruby Drinkwater Perry.  She was the widow of the late Garland Thomas Beacham.  She is survived by three sons: Ronnie Beacham of Kill Devil Hills, Donnie Beacham of Powells Point and Tommy Beachm of Coinjock; and three grandchildren.  (The Southern Post - Wednesday, September 29, 1982; pg. 8)

Ruth Louise Beacham

KITTY HAWK - Ruth Louise Beacham, 76, of Kitty Hawk, NC died Thursday, October 2 in Goldsboro, NC. Ms. Beacham was born in Norfolk, Va. and was the daughter of the late William Roy Beacham, Sr. and Mrs. Inez Gaimel Beacham of Kitty Hawk, NC. Besides her mother, Ms. Beacham is survived by four sisters, Vera B. Breashears of Nags Head, NC, Alma B. Hayman and Melba B. Shannon, both of Kitty Hawk, NC and Shirley B. Shannon of Morgan’s Corner, NC; two brothers, William Roy Beacham, Jr. and Jerry H. Beacham, both of Kitty Hawk, NC. A graveside service was held in Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk, on Saturday, October 4,  at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Richard Stone officiating. Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo, is assisting family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, October 5, 2003; pg. 8A)

Shelton Ray Beacham

NORFOLK - Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Shelton Ray Beacham, 78, died Jan. 11. He was born Sept. 28, 1918 in Norfolk and was raised in Kitty Hawk, the son of the late Shelton B. and Sadie Ray Midgett Beacham. He taught math at Northside Junior High School, Norfolk, for 17 years. He attended Talbot Park Baptist Church. Commander Beacham was a naval aviator during WWII and retired after 22 years of service. A display of his military honors is in the museum of the Dare County Regional Airport on Roanoke Island. He is survived by his wife, Martha Dave Vaughan Beacham; two daughters: Martha B. Pulley and her husband Dick, of Richmond, and Deanna Beacham and her husband Charles Barrett, of Mechanicsville, Va.; a granddaughter Yvonne Barrett of Richmond; two sisters: Joy Edsall of Arlington, Va. and June Overman of Elizabeth City; two brothers: Decatur Beacham of Laurel, Md. and Dean Beacham of Arlington, Va. A graveside service was held Monday in Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk, by the Rev. Tom Wood. Twiford's Funeral Home, Great Bridge, Chesapeake, Va. was in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - January 14, 1997)

Sylvester H. Beacham

Funeral services for Capt. Sylvester H. "Jasper" Beacham, 47, who died suddenly Friday, were conducted in Norfolk Sunday afternoon. Burial was in Rosewood cemetery. Capt. Beacham of 424 Clinton St., Berkley, reportedly died at the wheel of the Texas Company tugboat "Iberia" while she was under way on the North River. Death reportedly came from a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m. after the tug had been brought into Coinjock, the nearest port. A native of Kitty Hawk, Beacham had lived in Norfolk 12 years and was employed with the Texas Co. for a number of years.  He was the son of the late James W. and Mrs. Vandelia Toler Beacham. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elva Swain Beacham of Ft. Bragg, N.C.; two step-sons: Lewis Roughton of San Antonio, Texas, and Donald Roughton of Norfolk; a daughter, Elva Louise Beacham of Norfolk; a brother, Roy Beacham of Kitty Hawk; and two sisters: Miss Lena Beacham and Mrs. Dora Jones, both of Norfolk.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, July 12, 1957)

Sylvia Jane Beacham

COLINGTON - Sylvia Jane Beacham, 63, died Tuesday, July 15 in an Elizabeth City hospital.  Ms. Beacham was born in Dare County, the daughter of Carl A. Beacham, Sr. of Colington and the late Braunda Rogers Beacham. She was preceded in death by two sons, Vince Beacham and Pat L. Perry, Jr.  Besides her father, Ms. Beacham is survived by a daughter, Braunda Perry of Kill Devil Hills; two sons, Corley Tillett and Travis Tillett, both of Kill Devil Hills; five sisters, Peggy Phelps of Chesapeake, Va.; Ann Johnson of Manteo, Millie Byrum of Kitty Hawk, Linda Cahoon of East Lake and Bet Hines of Kitty Hawk; two brothers, Carl Beacham, Jr. of Wanchese and Buddy Beacham of Kitty Hawk; five grandchildren, Dustin Pat Perry, Trevor Ward, Timmy Tillett, Christina Tillett and Ray Tillett.  Funeral services will be held at the Ark International Church, Nags Head, on Friday, July 18 at 11 a.m. with Rev. James L. Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Hill Top Cemetery, Colington. The family will receive friends at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo on Thursday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and at other times at the home of Carl Beacham, Sr. in Colington.  Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] – Thursday, July 17, 2008; pg. 12A))

Vincent Carl Beacham

COLINGTON - Vincent Carl Beacham, 39, died Sunday, June 27, 2004 at the Outer Banks Hospital.  Vince was born in Manteo, NC. He occasionally attended the Outer Banks Worship Center and was the son of Sylvia Beacham of Colington.  Besides his mother, he is survived by one sister, Braunda Perry of Kill Devil Hills; two brothers, Travis Tillett of Colington and Corley Tillett of Colington; his maternal grandfather, Carl Beacham, Sr. of Colington; he was preceded in death by one brother, Pat Perry, Jr.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the Outer Banks Worship Center on Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 2:00 PM. Burial will take place in the Hilltop Cemetery in Colington. The family will receive friends at Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo, Wednesday, June 30, 2004 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The family will be at the home Carl Beacham Sr., 1513 Colington Road at other times.  Twiford’s Funeral Home, Manteo, is assisting the family with these arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Walter Calvin Beacham

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. - Walter Calvin Beacham, 82, died in Jacksonville, Fla. on September 24. He was born and grew up in Kitty Hawk. Calvin was a World War II Navy veteran, retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard with 20 years of proud and dedicated service. The last 31 years of his life were spent in Daytona Beach. Surviving is his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Ethel "De" Beacham. He also leaves a son, Walter Gary; a daughter, Rachel Johnson; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brothers: Alvis "Sam" and Glenn "Port" Beacham, both residing in Kitty Hawk. A memorial service will be officiated by Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, with graveside services at Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk on Saturday, November 6 at 2 p.m.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] – Sunday, October 10, 2004; pg. 14A)

Walter H. Beacham

Walter H. Beacham, retired Coast Guard man, a well-known citizen of Kitty Hawk, died suddenly Thursday [Nov. 6, 1958] afternoon in the Marine Hospital in Norfolk after a day's illness. He was on of the most highly regarded men of his community. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bertie Beacham; three sons: Calvin, Alvin and Glenn P.; a brother, Clyde Beacham; two sisters: Mrs. Joe Perry and Mrs. Ethel Gard. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Beacham and a life-long resident of Kitty Hawk, a member of the Fort Raleigh Post American Legion and the Primitive Baptist Church of Kitty Hawk. He was also a member of the Dare County Board of Elections.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, November 7, 1958; pg. 1)

William Roy Beacham, Jr.

William Roy Beacham, Jr., 83, of Kitty Hawk died Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Berkley, VA and retired as a Chief Engineer with the U.S. Coast Guard having served his country honorably for over 20 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Roy Beacham and Inez Gaimel Beacham, four sisters and a brother.  Mr. Beacham is survived by a sister, Alma B. Hayman of Kitty Hawk and many nieces and nephews.  A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Austin Cemetery by the Rev. Eugene McLawhorn.   Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

William Thomas Beacham [Jr.]

William Thomas (Tom) Beacham, 88, died Friday April 7, 1995, at the Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, NC. Mr. Beacham was born in Kitty Hawk, NC. Mr. Beacham retired from the United States Coast Guard as CWO, a veteran of World War II, and was a self-employed carpenter. He attended the Primitive Baptist Church in Kitty Hawk. He was a member of the American Legion Post #26, the Manteo Masonic Lodge #521, the Roanoke Island Chapter of the Eastern Star #79, and Order of the Amaranth Coastal Court #12. He was the son of the late William Thomas and Cassie Dunton Beacham and the husband of the late Irma Partridge Beacham. Mr. Beacham is survived by one son, William Thomas (Bill) Beacham, III of Philadelphia, Pa., five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Monday, April 10, 1995, at 11:00 a.m. in the Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk by the Reverend Royce Beacham. Masonic Rites will be conducted at the grave. The family will be at the home of Sammy and Jackie Smith, 3864 Mooreshore Road, Kitty Hawk. Twiford's Colony Chapel is in charge of arrangements.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - Sunday, April 9, 1995; pg. B7)

William Thomas Beacham, III

KITTY HAWK - William Thomas "Billy" Beacham, III, 71, died Aug. 24, 2004, in a Durham hospital. Mr. Beacham, born in Amagansett, N.Y., was a retired industrial engineer of Boeing Aircraft Corp. and a Baptist. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy and the son of the late William Thomas and Irma Partridge Beacham. Mr. Beacham is survived by four daughters, Cathy Dandelakis of Marietta, Ga., Patti Coxwell of Meridian, Miss., Barbara Mohler of Fair Hope, Ala., and Laura Saul of Poulsbo, Wash.; a son, Thomas A. Beacham of Kitty Hawk; eight grandchildren; and his companion, Virginia Steinmetz. A graveside service will be held in Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk, Sunday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Steve Siegrist officiating. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, August 29, 2004; pg. 12A)

Claude Evin Beals

IN DUCK - Claude Evin "Sinkie" Beals, age 67, died Friday night [March 5, 1982] in Albemarle Hospital after a four month illness. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 11:00 in the Duck United Methodist Church by Rev. Dough Jesse, pastor. Burial followed in the Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk. He was a native and lifelong resident of Duck, a retired fisherman and member of Pilot Associates for 10 years. He was a veteran of WWII and served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a member of the Duck United Methodist Chruch. He was the son of the late Garfield C. and Mrs. Carrie Elizabeth Curles Beals and husband of Mrs, Lovie Brice Beals of the home. Besides his widow, he is survived by two step-daughters: Mrs. Kathleen Florence of Phoenix, Arizona and Mrs. Patricia Eaton of Uniondale, N.Y.; two step-sons: John Maye of Islip, N.Y. and Michael Maye of Lynbooke, N.Y.; one brother, Paul Beals of Harbinger, N.C.; and 12 step-grandchildren.  (The Southern Post [Coinjock, NC] - Wednesday, March 10, 1982; pg. 13)

Iona Gallop Beals

Iona Gallop Beals, 80, of 2267 Ambrose Road, Creswell, NC and a former resident of Harbinger, NC, died Monday, January 16, 2006, in the Chowan County Hospital. She was born Harbinger, NC to the late Isaac M. and Vergie Moore Gallop and was the widow of the late Paul Herbert Beals. Mrs. Beals was a member of the Jarvisburg Church of Christ, member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Coinjock Chapter #218, and attended the Cabin Swamp Church of Christ Church in Columbia, NC. She is survived by a daughter, Diane Sawyer and husband, Don, of Creswell, NC; a son, Randy Isaac Beals and wife, Pamela, of Hertford, NC; two brothers, Pernell Gallop of Columbia, NC and Edmond Gallop of Harbinger, NC; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday, January 18, 2006, at 1:00pm in the Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk, NC by Adam Henderson. The family will be at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Don Sawyer, 2249 Ambrose Road, Creswell, NC. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Beals family.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Theodore D. Beals

Theodore D. Beals, 63, a popular citizen, died Sunday evening [Nov. 25, 1951] about 5 o'clock in the Kecoughton Veterans Hospital after a lingering illness.  He was a native and life long resident of Dare County of the Duck community, son of the late Martha Perry and Paul Beals, husband of Mrs. Holland Bunch Beals, a members of the Poplar Branch Baptist Church and a retired Coast Guardsman after 25 years of service.  Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons: Charlie Beals of New Jersey, Jack and St. Clair Beals of Duck; on sister, Mrs. Maggie Twiford of Elizabeth City; one brother, Reston C. Beals of Duck; and three grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted at the graveside in Austin Cemetery at Kitty Hawk Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock by the Rev. W.J. Freeman, pastor of Kitty Hawk Methodist Church.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, November 30, 1951; pg. 8)

Theodore Sanders Beals

Theodore Sanders (Jack) Beals, 85, died Wednesday, Nov. 2 in a Currituck nursing home.  A U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, he was a retired commercial fisherman.  His parents were the late Theodore D. and Holland Bunch Beals.  Graveside services were held Friday, Nov. 5, at Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk with the Rev. Brad Bradshaw officiating. Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo handled arrangements (Outer Banks Sentinel [Nags Head, NC] - Thursday, November 11, 1999; pg. 8A)

William Simpson Beals

William Simpson Beals, 82, died at 3:15 Monday afternoon at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Hollis Baker in Elizabeth City.  He was a native of Dare County but lived in Elizabeth City for a number of years.  He was the son of the late William S. Beals and Mrs. Marian Beals.  He was a member of the Soundside Baptist Church.  Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. Hollis Baker and Mrs. Isaac Perry, both of Elizabeth City, and Mrs. Anne Ambrose of Woodville; two sons: W.A. Beals and J.U. Beals, both of Elizabeth City; one foster son, Frank White Jr.; 15 grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Toxey Berry and Lynch Funeral Home by the Rev. W.W. Finalater, pastor of the First Baptist Church.  Burial was in Hollywood Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, May 18, 1951; pg. 8)

Melissa Kathleen Harrison Beam

KITTY HAWK, NC - Melissa Kathleen Harrison Beam, 91, of Kitty Hawk, NC, died Monday, November 28, 2005 at her residence. Mrs. Beam was born in Elizabeth City, NC and was a homemaker. She was the daughter of the late Walter Raleigh and Lessie Wright Harrison and was the widow of the late Everett Guy Beam.  Mrs. Beam is survived by two daughters, Melissa Beam Towler of Kitty Hawk, NC and Martha Beam Loflin of Charlotte, NC; five grandchildren, David Beam Loflin and Stephen Daniel Loflin, both of Charlotte, NC, John Cotton Towler, Jr. of Kitty Hawk, NC, Grayson R. Towler of Denver, CO and Everett Blake Towler of Woodbridge, VA; three great-grandchildren, Killian Loflin of Charlotte, NC, Hayden Towler and Iris Towler, both of Woodbridge, VA. A memorial service will be held at a later date.   (Twiford Funeral Home)

Marvin Davidson Beard, III

NAGS HEAD, NC - Mr. Marvin Davidson Beard III, age 71, of 8442A, Old Oregon Inlet Road, Nags Head, NC, died Tuesday, September 9, 2003, in Albemarle Hospital. Mr. Beard was born in Los Angeles, CA, the son of the late Marvin Davidson Beard, Jr. and Eula Beard, and was the husband of Judith Ralphy Beard of the residence.  Marvin was a journalist for many years, having graduated from the University of Kentucky. He worked in many areas with the Associated Press and newspapers. He was at one time the youngest bureau chief for the AP. He came to the Outer Banks in 1980 to be the first editor and general manager for the Outer Banks Current. He started Outer Banks Resort Rentals, a timeshare rental and resale business in 1984, eventually being known as “The King of Timeshare”. He served with the Marines during the Korean War. An avid baseball fan, he participated in the Baltimore Orioles Fantasy Camp in 1993. He and his wife were supporters for the local Dare Devil team and were a host family for the past several years.  Besides his wife, Mr. Beard is survived by two daughters, Lucy Beard of Sarasota, FL, and Amy Parcels and husband, Mike, of Bradenton, FL; two step-daughters, Jane Parks and husband, Gordon, of Richmond, IN; and Elizabeth Woody and husband, John, of Seattle, WA; one step-son, James Eberhart and wife, Alva, of Kirkwood, MO; eight grandchildren; and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Beard.  A memorial service will be held Friday, September 19, 2003, at 3:00 PM at the Outer Banks Beach Club gazebo on Clark Street, Milepost 9, Kill Devil Hills.  Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is in charge of arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Allen Wakeman Beasley

Allen Wakeman Beasley died on June 27 in Moyock. He was preceded in death by his parents, Weightman and Carrie Beasley, and two sisters, Rose Liverman and Ruby Tillett.  Born in Dare County on May 3, 1927, Beasley left school in his early teens to help stabilize the family business. During World War II he served proudly as a Merchant Marine and in the United States Coast Guard. Afterward, he served in the Merchant Marine. When he returned to Dare County, he became a heavy equipment operator.  Beasley's passion for fishing eventually led him back to Little Colington Island, where he settled down with his wife, Ida Mae, to raise their family and work the local waters as a commercial fisherman.  Surviving are Ida Mae, his wife of 60 years, of the Colington residence; four children, Mae Lunden and husband Bob of Colington, Terry Beasley and wife Stephanie of Colington, Sonia Beasley Baum, and Jeff Beasley and wife Connie of Kill Devil Hills; his brother, Walter Troy Beasley of Kill Devil Hills; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Services were held at Colington United Methodist Church. Pastor Teresa Holloway officiated. Burial was at Hill Top Cemetery. Gallop Funeral Services was entrusted with arrangements.  (Outer Banks Sentinel [Nags Head, NC] - June 2013)

Charles Ryan Beasley

KILL DEVIL HILLS - “The song is ended, but the melody lingers on…”   Charles Ryan Beasley of Kill Devil Hills passed away December 27, 2013. For those who were honored with the gift of knowing this young man, they would find him to be a lover of the nature that surrounds him, and the music that played the score to his life. A fisherman by nature, a hunter by sport. Though an unexpected and deep loss, there is so much to this short life that speaks for itself.   Ryan’s legacy will live on through the hearts and minds of those he left behind. He is survived by his mother, Jennifer Beasley of Columbia NC, father Rob Sasnett, step father, Brandon Brickhouse, sister Audry Brickhouse, grandparents Richard, Josie, and Terry Beasley, Tommy and Suzanne Forbes, great grandparents Henry and Julia Haywood, Nellie Heath, and loving extended family.   Gone but not forgotten, this young man will live on through memories and stories of the joy he brought to all that loved him.  A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.   Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Charlie Robinson Beasley

KILL DEVIL HILLS - Charlie Robinson Beasley, 86, of Kill Devil Hills, died Wednesday night [Nov. 7, 1983] in the Albemarle Hospital following a long illness. A native of Nags Head, he had lived most of his life in Dare County. He was the son of the late William and Mary Ann O'Neal Beasley and the husband of Mrs. Stella Gaimel Beasley of the home. He was a retired commercial fisherman, a member of the Colington United Methodist Church, the American Legion Post #26 in Manteo, a veteran of World War I and the U.S. Navy Reserves. Besides his wife, he is survived by four daughters: Mrs. Mildred Smith of Kitty Hawk, Mrs. Millicent Daniels of Wanchese, Mrs. Marjorie Youmans of Waycross, Ga. and Mrs. Marilyn Whittington of Manteo; two sons: Dwight Ray Beasley of Long Island, N.Y. and Charlie R. Beasley, Jr. of Southern Shores; 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon in the Colington United Methodist Church by the Rev. Albert Gore, pastor. Burial followed in the Hilltop Cemetery in Colington with Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo in charge of arrangements.  (unknown newspaper & date)

Clarence Beasley

ELIZABETH CITY - Clarence Beasley, 63, a retired Currituck County farmer, died Wednesday [Dec. 18, 1963] in Albemarle Hospital here after a long illness. A native of Dare County, he lived in Elizabeth City 2 years. His parents were Grandy and Mrs. Lovie Wicker Beasley. He was the husband of the late Mrs. Mary Jane Outlaw Beasley. Surviving are 2 daughters: Mrs. Katherine May Beasley Perry and Mrs. Mattie Beasley Bright of Elizabeth City; six sons: Clifton Beasley and John L. Beasley of Portsmouth, Clarence G. Beasley, Elvin Beasley and Ernest W. Beasley of Grandy and Julian H. Beasley of Northwest, Va.; two sisters: Mrs. Winton Outlaw of Grandy and Mrs. Lovie Sawyer of Wanchese; 9 grandchildren. A funeral service will be held In Poplar Branch Baptist Church, of which he was a member, by the Rev. James Sansbury and Salvation Army Capt. Robert Butler of Elizabeth City. Burial will be in the family cemetery near Grandy.  (The Daily Advance [Elizabeth City] - December19 & 20, 1963)

Frances O'Neal Beasley

FARMVILLE, VA. - Frances O'Neal Beasley died Friday, January 16.  She was born on March 16, 1933.  A native of Kitty Hawk, she was the daughter of Alvah and Sadie O'Neal.  She was the wife of the late Captain Dalton Jennings Beasley.  She is survived by one son, Michael Beasley; two daughters: Susie Meekins and Becky Lomba; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by two children, infant Stacia Beasley and Danny Beasley; along with her sister, Sadie Flow Bateman.  A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, January 24 at 1 p.m. in the Kitty Hawk Methodist Church.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, January 22, 2009; pg. 10A)

Gary Gene Beasley, Sr.

Gary Gene Beasley, Sr., 63, of Colington, died October 10, 2014 at his residence. Born in Jarvisburg, he was the son of Edith Rogers Beasley of Colington and the late James L. Beasley, Jr. and was a commercial fisherman.  Mr. Beasley is survived by two sons, Gary G. Beasley, Jr. and James Clayton Beasley both of Colington; a daughter, Linda Jean Beasley of Colington; two brothers, Carson Lee Beasley and James Lewis Beasley, III both of Colington; a sister, Sandra Outlaw of Colington; six grandchildren, Tammy, Josh, Tara, Dalton, Ashton, and Colton; two great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Genes Faye Partridge Beasley

Genes Faye Beasley 72, of Colington, died in Chesapeake on Monday Nov. 21.  A native of Rousepock (now Colington), she was the daughter of the late Ira and Bessie Jane Partridge and wife of Ralph D. Beasley of the home. She was predeceased by a sister, Rhenda Leigh.  She enjoyed bowling, trips to Las Vegas, NASCAR racing, and tending her soft crabs. She was the long time proprietor of the Rousepock Roadside Dory.  Also surviving are three sons, Darrell Beasely (Fay) of Colington, Dale Beasley of Colington, Dana Beasley (Pamela) of Harbinger; two sisters, Willene Simpson of Colington, and Iris Silverthorne of Kitty Hawk; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk with the Reverend Bob Pitsch officiating. Friends may gather immediately after the service at the Silverthorne residence until 2 p.m. and at other times at the Beasley residence.  (Outer Banks Sentinel [Nags Head, NC] - November 2011]

Hazel Sarvis Beasley

MANNS HARBOR - Hazel Sarvis Beasley, 51, died Tuesday, November 14 in Elizabeth City.  Mrs. Beasley was born in Columbia, the daughter of Mae Ambrose Payne of Manns Harbor and the late Clifton Sarvis.  She was the wife of Robert Beasley of the home.  Mrs. Beasley was employed with Dare County N.C. Farm Bureau and was a member of Harbor Light Church in Manns Harbor.  Besides her husband she is survived by a daughter, Gayle B. Grubbs of Manns Harbor; a son, Ty Beasley of Manns Harbor; one brother, Chuck Sarvis of Wanchese; seven grandchildren and five nieces and nephews.  A funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Harbor Light Church by the Rev. Keith Powers.  Burial will be in the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery.  Friends may join the family at Twiford's Funeral Home Thursday from 7:30-9 p.m.  Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, November 16, 2000)  Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock.

Henry Dozier Beasley

WANCHESE - Henry Dozier Beasley, 67, of Wanchese, died Friday [Oct. 21, 1983] in Nags Head following a short illness. A native of Nags Head, Mr. Beasley resided in Wanchese most of his life. He was the son of the late Henry and Lorena Wise Beasley and the husband of the late Neva Daniels Beasley. He was a retired plumber. Surviving are two sons: Henry (Rossi) Beasley and Rollins B. Beasley, both of Wanchese, and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday in Twiford's Colony Chapel by the Rev. Tom Clark and the Rev. John R. Chase. Burial followed in the Cudworth Cemetery in Wanchese.  (unknown newspaper & date)

[Henry] Hampton Beasley

MANTEO - A funeral service For Hampton Beasley will be conducted in Hilltop Cemetery, Colington, today by the Rev. Hank Wilkerson of Colington Methodist Church. The body will be taken from the Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo to the cemetery.  (The Daily Advance [Elizabeth City] - August 2, 1965)

James Lewis Beasley
The Coastland Times - Thursday, Sept. 9, 1971


James Lewis Beasley, Jr.

COLINGTON - James Lewis Beasley, Jr., 74, of 1628 Colington Road, Kill Devil Hills, NC, died Wednesday, November 3, 2004. He was born in Colington to the late James Lewis Beasley, Sr. and the late Minnie Gaimel Beasley and was a retired commercial fisherman and former owner/operator of Beasley and Sons Fish Company for fourteen years. Mr. Beasley is survived by his wife, Edith Rogers Beasley of the residence; a daughter, Sandra Outlaw of Colington; three sons, Carson Lee Beasley, Gary Gene Beasley, and James Lewis Beasley, III all of Colington; a sister, Donis Parker of Colington; two brothers, Ralph and Billy Beasley both of Colington; ten grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; and five step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Eddie Lee Beasley. A graveside service will be conducted on Friday, November 5, 2004 at 11:00 AM at Hilltop Cemetery by the Rev. Robert Pitsch. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the home of Carson and Kathy Beasley, 1440 Colington Road.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, November 4, 2004; pg. 14A)

Lillie Dorsey Gard Beasley

Lillie “Munner” Dorsey Gard Beasley, born July 12, 1923, went to be with our Lord and Savior, on Monday March 19, 2007. A lifelong resident of Manns Harbor, NC, Lillie was a member of Harbor Light Holiness Church and a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great great grandmother.  Lillie was the daughter of the late Fred and Cora Hayman Gard and the wife of Rev. W. Robert Beasley.  Surviving are two daughters: June Barnes and husband Curtis of Chesapeake, VA and Priscilla Rayburn and husband Johnny of Manns Harbor; one son: Robert Beasley of Manns Harbor; one sister: Alma Bradshaw of Texas and one brother: Burwell Elston of Newport News, VA. Five grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Lillie will be greatly missed and loved.  A celebration of life will be held at Harbor Light Holiness Church, Thursday March 22, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. by Rev. Anthony Ralph. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery.  Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday. March 22, 2007; pg. 10A)

Marshall Jennings Beasley

MAPLE, NC - Marshall Jennings Beasley, 79, died April 1, 1990, in a Chesapeake hospital. A native of Kitty Hawk, he was a son of the late Samuel Broderick and Virginia Dare Tillett Beasley. He had retired from the Coast Guard after 27 years. He was also retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a building inspector superintendent for the Norfolk Postal Center. He was a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church and Masonic Lodge 463, AF&AM, was a Shriner and was a Coast veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Birdye Dozier Beasley; two daughters: Joan B. King of Davidsonville, Md. and Ina B. Compton of Elk River, Minn.; two step-daughters: Frances Morris of Maple and Dana Reisse of Catonsville, Md.; a sister, Virginia B. Dowdy of Kill Devil Hills; 12 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Rehoboth Baptist Church by the Revs. Bobby Owens and Jerry Jackson. Burial will be in Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, Elizabeth City, is handling arrangements.  (unknown newspaper & date)

Morris Beasley

Morris Beasley, 77, died Wednesday morning at 4:50 o'clock at the family residence in Colington following an illness of three years.  He was a native of Currituck County and a resident of Colington for 40 years.  He was the husband of Elizabeth J. Beasley and the son of the late Weightman and Lettie Beasley.  Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons: Ernest B. Beasley of Lynnhaven, Va., Lloyd and John Beasley of Colington; one step-son, Ivey Johnson of Norfolk; one step-daughter, Mrs. Melford Scarborough of Washwoods; two sisters: Mrs. Polly Morse of Elizabeth City and Mrs. Ann Hines of Kitty Hawk; and eight grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the chapel of Twiford's Funeral Home in Manteo with the Rev. Frank Dinwiddie officiating.  Burial followed in the Nags Head Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, February 29, 1952; pg. 8)

Neva Daniels Beasley

IN WANCHESE - Mrs. Neva Daniels Beasley, 57, died Saturday morning [Aug. 21, 1982] at the family residence in Wanchese. Funeral services were conducted Monday in the Bethany United Methodist Church. Rev. Tom Clark, Rev. Johnnie Chase and Rev. Rondall Midgett officiated. Burial followed in the Cudworth Cemetery in Wanchese with Twiford's Colony Chapel in Manteo in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Beasley was a native and lifelong resident of Wanchese, a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church and the Women's Aglow. She was the daughter of Mrs. Othelia Montague Daniels of Wanchese and the late Roscoe C. Daniels. She is survived by her husband, Henry Dozier Beasley; her mother, Mrs. Othelia Montague Daniels; two sons: Rollins Brent Beasley and Roscoe H. Beasley, all of Wanchese; one sister, Mrs. Judith Parker of Virginia Beach; and 4 grandchildren.  (The Southern Post [Coinjock, NC] - Wednesday, August 25, 1982; pg. 11)

Ralph Beasley

Ralph Beasley 78, died at home in Colington Aug. 5.  A native of Colington, he was the husband of the late Genes Faye Beasley, the son of the late James Beasley and Minnie Gamiel Beasley, and the brother of the late James Beasley, Jr.  Beasley was a life-long commercial fisherman making his living out of the waters surrounding Colington. He is survived by three sons, Darrell Beasley (Fay) of Colington, Dale Beasley of Colington and Dana Beasley (Pamela) of Harbinger; one sister, Donis Parker of Colington; one brother, Billy Beasley, also of Colington; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  A graveside memorial service was held Aug. 12 at Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk. Rev. Heath Jackson officiated.  (Outer Banks Sentinel - August 2012)

Ray McCleese Beasley

Ray McCleese Beasley, 67, died in a Virginia Beach hospital Friday, Sept. 8 after a short illness. He was a native of Colington, Dare Co., N.C. and lived in the Virginia Beach area 30 years, lately in Oceana. He was a retired fisherman and drove the Princess Anne County school bus for the last 4 years. His parents were Felix and Ella Wicker Beasley of Colington. He was the husband of Mrs. Penelope O'Neal Beasley. Besides his widow, surviving are 5 daughters: Mrs. Barney E. Midgett of Colington, Mrs. John L. Beacham of Lynnhaven, Mrs. Matthew Stevens and Mrs. John Waterfield, Jr. of Virginia Beach, and Mrs. Donald Lamcrin of Norfolk, Va.; two sons: Louis Beasley, USMC, of Cherry Point, N.C., and Garland Ray Beasley of Virginia Beach; two brothers: James Beasley and Henry Beasley of Colington; three sisters: Mrs. Chloe Moore and Mrs. Tishie Ann Rogers of Colington and Mrs. Gertame Belanga of Harbinger; 27 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The body was taken from Derry-Twiford Funeral Home to Colington for a funeral service Sunday at the family plot by the Rev. Samuel D. Beiler, pastor of First Assembly of God Church, Oceana.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, September 15, 1961)

Rollins Brent Beasley

WANCHESE - Rollins Brent Beasley, 44, of Wanchese, died Dec. 4 in a Chesapeake, Va. hospital.  He was a native of Manteo and was director of Barrier Island Fitness Center. Mr. Ballance was a retired flight service station chief with the Federal Aviation Administration and a licensed pilot. He attended East Carolina University, was founder of the Outer Banks Shag Club, served on the Dare County Airport Authority, was a member of Manteo Masonic Lodge #521 AF & AM and was former state president of the Georgia Clogging Leaders Association. Mr. Ballance served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was the son of the late Robert O. and Hilda Wise Ballance. Surviving are a daughter, Laura Faye Ballance of Lihue, Hawaii; a son, Gerald Davis Ballance of Manteo; a sister, Jo Anne Ballance Sweet of Nags Head; a brother, Robert O. Ballance [rest of obit missing](The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, Dec. 7, 1989; pg. 4B)

Sam B. Beasley

Sam B. Beasley, prominent Kitty Hawk citizen, Dare County native and retired Coast Guardsman, died Wednesday night [June 7, 1951] at his home in Kitty Hawk Beach after an illness of several weeks.  He had been in poor health for several years.  He was 78 years old.  He was a popular citizen and member of a prominent family of the Atlantic township section of the county.  He was the son of the late Jerome and Sarah Guard Beasley of Manns Harbor, the husband of Mrs. Virginia Dare Tillett Beasley.  He is survived by three sons: L.W. and E.V. Beasley of Norfolk and M.B. Beasley of Cape May, N.J,; two daughters: Mrs. L.J. Henley of Corolla and Mrs. T.N. Dowdy of Norfolk; three half-brothers: Marvin and Calvin of Manns Harbor; two half-sisters: Mrs. W.F. Tillett of Nags Head and Mrs. J.V. Mann of Elizabeth City.  He was a 30 year veteran of the Coast Guard and of the World War.  Funeral services are incomplete pending arrival of relatives.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, June 8, 1951; pg. 5)

Selma Holmes Beasley

WANCHESE - Selma Holmes Beasley, 89, of Wanchese, died August 27 in a nursing home. A native of Guide, she was the daughter of the late George Lee And Susie Olivia Cox Holmes and the widow of Henry Hampton Beasley. Mrs. Beasley was a former public school teacher for Dare County schools and a member of Bethany United Methodist Church. Mrs. Beasley is survived by one daughter, Annie Aydlett of Chesapeake, Va.; one son, John Beasley of Wanchese; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren & 3 g-g-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Bethany United Methodist Church on Aug. 31 by the Rev. Billy Holliday. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery in Colington. Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - August 30, 1994)

Stella Ellen Gaimel Beasley

COLINGTON - Stella Ellen Gaimel Beasley, 80, died Thursday, Jan. 8 at a Chesapeake, Va. hospital. Mrs. Beasley was born in Colington. She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of the Colington United Methodist Church. Mrs. Beasley was the daughter of the late Ravon Decatur and Elanor Meekins Gaimel and was the widow of Charlie Robinson Beasley, Sr. Survivors include 2 sons: Dwight Ray Beasley of Long Island, N.Y. and Charlie "Robbie" Beasley, Jr. of Southern Shores; one daughter: Marilyn Whittington of Manteo; 2 step-daughters: Marjorie Youmans of Waycross, Ga. and Millicent Daniels of Wanchese; one sister, Evelyn Carlisle of Kinston; one brother, Alvin Gaimel of Colington; and 8 grandchildren. A funeral service was to take place on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Colington United Methodist Church with The Rev. Robert Pitsch officiating. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery, Colington. Twiford's Funeral Home in Manteo is in charge of these arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, January 11, 1998)

William Beasley

CHESAPEAKE, VA - William Beasley, 76, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  Born on September 18, 1937 in Kitty Hawk, NC to the late Louise O'Neal Beasley and Elbert V. Beasley.  He retired from a career as an Auto-Body Technician.  He is survived by his wife Rebecca Beasley, his sons William Beasley, Jr. and Keith Beasley; grandchildren Jason Beasley, Josh Beasley, Kendra Queeney, Sieara Bennett, Kaleb Beasley, and April Beasley; and great-grandchildren Noah Beasley, and Tyger Bennett.  A Viewing Service will be held on Tuesday July 22, 2014 from 6:30-8:30PM at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 524 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322. The Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday July 23, 2014 at 12:00PM at the Chesapeake Memorial Gardens, 524 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA]- Sunday, July 20, 2014)

William R. Beasley

BROTHER OF KITTY HAWK MAN DIED ON JUNE 17 - William R. Beasley, 68, died Sunday afternoon in an Elizabeth City hospital after an illness of seven weeks.  A native of Currituck County, he was a resident of Coinjock, a son of the late Solomon and Sena O'Neal Beasley and a member of the AF&AM Masonic Lodge #463 of Coinjock.  Survivors are his wife, Julia R. Beasley; one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Cahoon of Corolla; one son, William R. Jr. of Coinjock; two sisters: Mrs. Mary Whitson and Mrs. Maggie Powers of Waterlily; five brothers: Jim of Kitty Hawk, Elwood of Waterlily, Carl of Poplar Branch, Sol and Seth Beasley of Corolla; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, June 22, 1951; pg. 4)

William Robert Beasley

William Robert Beasley, 90, of Manns Harbor, died Thursday, December 12, 2013, in his home in Manns Harbor. He pastored the Harbor Light Holiness Church for over 40 years, and also was a heavy equipment operator in the states of NC and VA.   He was predeceased by his wife, Lillie Dorsey Beasley. Surviving are two daughters, June Barnes and husband Curtis, of Chesapeake, VA; and Priscilla Rayburn, of Manns Harbor, NC; one son, Robert Beasley, of Manns Harbor, NC; five grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and fifteen great, great grandchildren.  A funeral service will be held at Harbor Light Holiness Church, at 2:00 pm, on Monday, December 16, 2013, officiated by Rev. Edwin Basnight, and Rev. Anthony Ralph. A visitation for family and friends will be on Sunday, December 15, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Twiford Funeral Home, 500 Budleigh St, Manteo. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Methodist Church cemetery.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Wilmer Lee Beavers

Wilmer Lee Beavers, 33, died Tuesday morning [Feb. 5, 1952] early as the result of injuries received in a fire at the old Roanoke Hotel in Manteo.  He was a native of Graham, but had been living in Manteo for the past 15 years.  He was the son of Mrs. Elsie Mae Fillingame Beavers and the late Lee Beavers; husband of Mrs. Hilda Midgett Beavers; a member of the Manteo Masonic Lodge AF&AM and served in the U.S. Navy for three years and three months.  Beavers came to Manteo as one of the many CCC boys who remained in the county after marrying here.  He had served as a policeman for the town of Manteo a short time.  Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by two daughters: Sandra Lucille and Deanna Lee Beavers, both of Manteo; six brothers: James Earl, Robert, Tommy, Freddy, Ledrow and Dennis M. Beavers, all of Vanceboro; five sisters: Mrs. Dave Troxler of New Bern, Mrs. Grace Corbitt of Fountain, Mrs. Juanita Willis of Portsmouth, Mrs. Jerry Rayman of Tennessees, and Miss Kizie Beavers of Vanceboro.  Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock in the chapel of the Twiford Funeral Home at Manteo by the Rev. Henry V. Hepler?.  Burial followed at the Manteo Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, February 8, 1952; pg. 1)

Philip Joseph Beck

COLINGTON, NC - Philip Joseph Beck, 41, of 313 Sandpiper Drive, Colington, NC, died Wednesday December 28, 2005 at the Outer Banks Hospital. He was born in Edenton, NC, the son of Joseph and Kay Burns Beck of Columbia, NC, and the husband of Debbie Hatcher Beck of the residence. He was the foreman for Atlantic Heating & Cooling, where he worked for 21 years. Mr. Beck loved his family, as well as being on the water and fishing, and will be missed by all.  Besides his parents and wife, Mr. Beck is survived by two daughters, LeAnn Overton of Moyock, NC, and Christy May Beck of Colington, NC; a son, Terry Lee Overton of Moyock, NC; a sister, Debbie Muffet and husband Mike of Jacksonville, NC; two grandsons, Christian Overton and Matthew Reynolds; and his mother and father-in-law, Wilma and Floyd Hatcher of South Hill, VA. Mr. Beck was preceded in death by a brother, John Beck.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 3:00 pm at the Colington Road Beach Access in Kill Devil Hills, NC with the Rev. David Daniels officiating. Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC, is assisting the Beck family.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Arthur W. Beckwith

KITTY HAWK - Arthur W. Beckwith, “Captain”, 62, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on Saturday, November 29, 2008. Art was born December 12, 1945 in Morristown, NJ, the son of the late Walton F. and Olga K. Beckwith. He was also predeceased by his beloved wife, Virginia L. Davenport Beckwith.  He is survived by his daughter, Dae Marie Knighton of LA; a step-son, David J. Davenport of Manteo, NC; two brothers, Timothy and Robert N. Beckwith; as well as his grandchildren and loving companion, Mary L. Gorsuch.  Me. Beckwith was a graduate of Gill St. Bernard High School in New Jersey, where he was an outstanding basketball player, and then attended Gunstock College in New Hampshire. He was retired from the Kill Devil Hills Utilities Department as a Grade IV Chief Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator.  He was a Master Mason with Prospect Lodge # 24 in NJ. He was the founder and captain of the Kitty Hawk F Team, which has won numerous fishing tournaments. Art enjoyed hunting, golfing, gardening, bird watching and walking the beach collecting seashells and beach glass. He had a deep appreciation for environmental conservation.  A memorial service will be held at the Manteo Masonic Lodge #521, 301 Virginia Dare Blvd. (Hwy 64.264) in Manteo, NC on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 10:00 am, with internment following at Ramp 27 on Hatteras Island.   Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, December 7, 2008; pg. 10A)

Mary Marion Beer

MANTEO - Mary Marion Beer, 80, died Sunday, December 3 in a Nags Head nursing home.  Mrs. Beer, born in Mt. Airy, was a homemaker and former secretary and a member of Manteo Baptist Church.  She was the daughter of the late Christopher C. and Lottie Short Marion and the widow of the late John Albert Beer.  She is survived by a daughter, Barbara B. Waterhouse and husband Everett of Kill Devil Hills; three brothers: Richard Marion and wife Lucille, Roger Marion and wife Dorthea, and Jasper Lee Marion and wife Jean, all of Mt. Airy; three sisters: Irene Simmons and husband Thurman of Mt. Airy, Louise Jasper and husband Paul of Virginia Beach, Va. and Janie Browne and husband David of Bristol, Tenn.; two grandchildren: Christy and Joshua Wescott, both of Raleigh; a step-daughter, Dorothy McLean of Las Vegas, Nev.; and a step-son, John Beer of Alexandria, Va.  Funeral services will be held at Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jim Davenport and the Rev. Bruce Warrington officiating.  Burial will be in the Cudworth Cemetery, Wanchese.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 7-8:30 p.m.  Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo, is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, December 5, 2000; pg. 12A)

Edward Whitson Bell

Edward Whitson Bell of Colington, died Friday, Jan. 10, at a Virginia Beach hospital.  He was 61.  A native of Troy, Mr. Bell was a retired sales consultant, an avid fisherman and sailor, and a member of the American Legion Post No. 288 in Coinjock.  He also was a member of the VFW of Virginia Beach and of the University of North Carolina Alumni Association, Chapel Hill.  He was the son of William W. Bell of Troy and the late Delilah Bell and the husband of Betty Joyce Nichols Bell of the home.  Besides his wife and father, Mr. Bell is survived by two daughters: Dana Summerell of Kill Devil Hills and Michelle Massuh of Costa Rica; two sons: Michael Bell of Nags Head and Scott Bell of Kill Devil Hills; two sisters: Phyllis and Barbara; three brothers: Jackson, William and Larry; and eight grandchildren.  A chapel service was held Sunday, Jan. 12, at Twiford's Colony Chapel with the Rev. Robert Pitsch officiating.  Burial followed in the Roanoke Island Memorial Gardens.  Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, was in charge of the arrangements.  (Outer Banks Sentinel [Nags Head, NC] - Thursday, January 16, 1997; pg. 6C)

Elizabeth Millicent Hayman Bell
The Coastland Times – Tuesday, April 8, 1980; pg. 16

Kathryn Marie Stocklin Bell

MANTEO, NC - Kathryn Marie Stocklin Bell, 94, of Manteo, NC died Tuesday, February 03, 2004 in Nags Head. Mrs. Bell was born in Columbus, Ohio and was a retired church secretary. She was the daughter of the late Otto and Mary Trott Stocklin and the widow of Frank Bell. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Judith Ann Miller.  Mrs. Bell is survived by two sons, Donald Frank Bell of Philadelphia, PA and Robert Paul Bell of Indianapolis, IN; nine grandchildren, two of which are Vickie White of Manteo and Lisa Rhodes of Kill Devil Hills and seventeen great-grandchildren.  Services will be held at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center-Washington Park North at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 6, 2004. Entombment will immediately follow in the Washington Park North Cemetery in Indianapolis, IN.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Mary Frances Hassell Bell

MANNS HARBOR - Mary Frances Hassell Bell, 90, died Saturday, Feb. 10, at a Nags Head nursing facility. Mrs. Bell was born in Tyrrell County, daughter of the late Walter Hassell and the late Myrtle Hassell. She was a homemaker and a member of the Manns Harbor Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husbands: Hooker Creef, Lloyd Twiddy and R. Frank Bell. She is survived by one daughter, Loretta Twiddy Ambrose of Chesapeake, Va.; two sons, Melvin Twiddy and Calvin Twiddy, both of Manns Harbor; 5 step-sons: Frank Bell of Clarkville, Ga., Ernest Bell of Maury, William Bell and Floyd Bell, both of Wilmington and Eugene Bell of Dover; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and 6 g-g-grandchildren. Two sons were predeceased, Johnny Twiddy and Roy Creef. A funeral service will be held Feb. 13 at the Manns Harbor Church of God with the Rev. Bill Puryear. Burial will follow in the family cemetery in Manns Harbor.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, February 13, 1996)  Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock.

Roland Franklin Bell

MANNS HARBOR - Roland Franklin Bell, 82, died Sunday, Oct. 29, in a Nags Head nursing home. Mr. Bell, a native of Green County, was a carpenter and a member of the Manns Harbor Church of God. He was the son of the late John William and Emmaline Hill Bell and the husband of Mary Frances Hassell Bell of the home. Besides his wife, Mr. Bell is survived by 5 sons: Frank Bell of Clarksville, Ga., Ernest Bell of Maury, William Bell and Floyd Bell both of Wilmington, and Eugene Bell of Dover; two step-sons, Melvin Twiddy and Calvin Twiddy both of Manns Harbor; one brother, Edward Earl Bell of Hertford; 18 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Manns Harbor Church of God On Nov. 1 by the Rev. Joe Puryear. Burial will be in the Princess Ann Memorial Park in Virginia Beach, Va. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, October 31, 1995)

Betty Ann Beloat

NAGS HEAD - Betty Ann Beloat of Nags Head died March 31, 2012 in the Outer Banks Hospital.  Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Margaret Reddington, and was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Beloat, and her siblings Edward Reddington, Jr. and Dorothy R. Clark.  A retired teacher, Betty graduated from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, in 1952. She taught in various schools in eastern Kentucky before fulfilling her life time wish to live in Nags Head. Her first summer in her new home, 1979, marked the beginning of her affiliation with the LOST COLONY, as a cast member. She continued to enthusiastically support the famed drama throughout her life.  A strong Democrat, Betty believed in public participation in local government. To this end, she served the town of Nags Head in several capacities, including the planning board, and was recognized for her civic commitment by the Mayor in 2002. She served as an officer for the Dare County Arts Council in its formative years. As a patron of the arts, she coordinated trips from the Outer Banks to southeastern Virginia for performances of the Virginia Symphony and Virginia Opera. She was a member of the Outer Banks Presbyterian Church and the Christian Women's Study Group.   Betty continued her teaching career, spending many years as a substitute in the Dare County system, particularly enjoying her work at the Alternative High School in Manteo. As a hostess, she greeted diners at some of the finer Outer Banks restaurants, including A Restaurant By George, R.V.'s, and Sugar Creek. Betty loved all visitors, especially children, considering herself an Outer Banks ambassador. Her proudest achievement was the publication of two children's books, THE WINGED PONY and THE SECRET AT SUGAR CREEK.  One of her greatest joys was entertaining her two grandchildren, Davis and Caroline Jones. Though born in Georgia, their relationship with their "Gram" made them feel like Outer Banks locals. Her most faithful companion was Eppie, her shelter dog. Betty and her golden retriever walked the dunes for twelve years.  Survivors include her daughters Hollis Beloat (Buddy Johnson) of Nags Head, Natalie Jones (Chris) of Acworth, GA and Meg Beloat of Manteo, two grandchildren, Davis and Caroline Jones and eight nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held at the Gallop Funeral Services Chapel MP 16 Nags Head, Wednesday, April 4, at 3 p.m. Friends may visit in the chapel one hour prior to the service.  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - Monday, April 2, 2012)

Dorothy Casey Belue

SEBREE, KY. - Dorothy Casey Belue, 92, of Sebree, Ky., formerly of North Carolina, died Wednesday, September 1 at her residence. She was born October 16, 1911 to Samuel Newton and Carrie Midgette Casey in Manteo. Mrs. Belue was a retired school teacher and had taught school for 4 years in Texas, Florida and Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Marion Walter Belue. She is survived by two sons: Marion Walter Baelue, III of Dayton, Ohio and Samuel Ervin Belue of Port Allen, La.; two daughters: Jean Gillespie of Sebree, Ky. and Marian Glenn of Kerrville, Texas; 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial will be at a later date in Manteo Cemetery, Manteo. Arrangements were made by Tompkins Funeral Home, Sebree Chapel, Sebree, Ky.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, September 9, 2004; pg. 12A)

Cynthia Mae Hamilton Belvin

COLINGTON, NC - Cynthia Mae Hamilton Belvin, 43, of Colington, NC died Thursday, May 20, 2004 in a Chesapeake, VA hospital. Mrs. Belvin was born in Elizabeth City, NC and was a homemaker and a protestant. She was the daughter of the late James Hamilton and the late Annie Miller Hamilton Rogers.  Mrs. Belvin is survived by her husband, Ricky Belvin, Sr. of the residence; two daughters, Carol Belvin of Colington and Cindy Hamilton of Barco; one son, Ricky Belvin, Jr. of Colington; one brother, Pat Hamilton of Kill Devil Hills; three grandchildren, Ryan Smith, Tavia Whisner and Amy Lundy. She is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Odessa Miller of Colington.  A Memorial Service will be held at Colington United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Bob Pitsch officiating.  Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

John Lee Belvin, Jr.

COLINGTON, NC - John Lee Belvin, Jr., 67, of Colington, NC died Monday, September 5, 2005 in a Chesapeake, Virginia hospital. Mr. Belvin, born in Portsmouth, VA, was retired from the U.S. Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran. He was a member of the American Legion Post #288. Mr. Belvin was the son of the late John Lee Belvin, Sr. and the late Mildred Lucille Bowden Belvin. Mr. Belvin is survived by his wife, Barbara Bowman Belvin of the residence; a daughter, Gayla McMahan of Colington, NC; a step-daughter, Cindy Nixon of Currituck, NC; two sons, Ricky Belvin of Colington, NC and Leonard Belvin of Kitty Hawk, NC; two step-sons, Richard Lane of Wilmington, NC and Bill Lane of Colington, NC; fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Hilltop Cemetery, Colington, NC on Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 2:00 pm with Rev. David Daniels officiating.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, September 8, 2005; pg. 14A)

Ricky Damon Belvin, Sr.

Ricky Damon Belvin Sr., 54, passed away at home peacefully with his family on October 15, 2011.  He is preceded in death by his wife Cynthia “Mae” Belvin and his father John Lee Belvin, Jr and mother Carol “Tom Boy” Midgette Belvin.  He is survived by his wife Susan Renee Belvin of the home. Also surviving are his three children, Cindy Hamilton of Barco, Carol Bailey of Colington and Ricky Belvin, Jr also of Colington; one sister, Gayla Beasley of Kitty Hawk and his brother, Leonard Belvin of Colington; seven grandchildren, Ryan Smith, Matthew Smith, Tavia Whisner, Amy Alyssa Bailey, Roger Shannon, Jr., Ryan Shannon and Avah Akers.  Mr. Belvin is also survived by two step-daughters, Destiny Akers of Kill Devil Hills and Amber Shannon of Colington.  A service of remembrance will be at the graveside in Hill Top Cemetery in Colington on Thursday October 20, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. by Rev. Roger Barnett. The family will receive friends at the home on 157 Williams Drive Colington and immediately after the service.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Essie Etheridge Bendall

Mrs. Essie Etheridge Bendall died at 11:30 Thursday morning in a Norfolk hospital following a long illness,  Funeral services had not been arranged at press time.  Mrs. Bendall, who was the widow of Benjamin Birdsong Bendall of Norfolk, was a native of Wanchese.  She was the daughter of the late Lula and Jesse Thomas Etheridge of Wanches, and had lived most of her life in Norfolk.  She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Paul Spady of Norfolk; and two nieces: Mrs. Earl Croft and Mrs. Robah Bloodworth of Norfolk.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, August 22, 1958; pg. 6)

Alvin Leroy Bennett

BUXTON, NC - Alvin Leroy Bennett, 80, died Sunday, November 13, 2005 at his home. Mr. Bennett proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Pacific. He was retired from Reynolds Metal in Chester, Pennsylvania. He was predeceased by his mother, Florence Harris Bennett and his father, Wesley Bennett.  Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Marie Mitchell Bennett; two brothers, Paul and John Harris of Pennsylvania; three daughters, Helen Adams. Alva May Wright and Theresa Borcello, all of Pennyslvania; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and his precious pets, Baby, Rudy and Budleigh.  A private memorial gathering will celebrate his life at a later date.  Twiford’s Island Chapel, Hatteras, is assisting the family with these arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Gregory LeGrand Bennett

KILL DEVIL HILLS - Gregory LeGrand Bennett, 57, of Colington Harbour, died peacefully at home after a brave and inspiring 3 year battle with cancer, surrounded by his family and best friends. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, the third child of the late Lt. Col. John M. Bennett and Mary LeGrand Bennett. As the son of a military officer, he grew up all over the world, including Korea and Japan, and eventually settled near Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA, where he graduated from Kecoughtan High School in 1969. After graduating with a BS in Corrections from East Carolina University in 1973, he was employed as a juvenile probation officer in Newport News, VA. It was in Newport News that he met and married his wife Jill.   In 1978 he changed careers and entered the world of retail management for Ski Center in Norfolk, VA. Jill soon joined him in the ski business, and in 1983 they opened Birthday Suits in Nags Head, NC. In 1984, they exited the ski business and moved permanently to the Outer Banks of NC, where together they developed Birthday Suits into a four store, nationally recognized swimwear/beachwear chain of stores. Birthday Suits was one of the first stores on the Outer Banks to sell the iconic OBX sticker, and in 1999 Greg and Jill also became partners in OBX Stock, Inc, manufacturers and distributors of the OBX logo, now recognized worldwide.  Greg was a board member of the national Board Retailers Assn and extremely generous in giving his time and energy to numerous Outer Banks charitable organizations, including the Outer Banks Marathon, Dare County Arts Council, Surfrider Foundation, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, and Relay For Life. He touched the lives of hundreds of children as a volunteer basketball and softball coach and referee for Dare County Parks and Recreation, and as a co-coach of the 2001-2002 First Flight Middle School girls’ softball team. He attended Colington United Methodist Church. Greg was an avid surfer, skier, boater, golfer, and fisherman, and, even though he was an East Carolina Pirate, he adored UNC Tarheel basketball. He will be remembered for his dry and witty sense of humor, which remained with him through his final days.  Greg considered his most proud accomplishment to be the raising of his beloved children. He leaves behind his loving wife of 31 years, Jill Garvey Bennett, his son and daughter Dylan Gregory Bennett and Alexa Garvey Bennett, his brother and sister-in-law John Mark Bennett and Joan Putney of Richmond, VA, his sister Allison Bennett Foster of Norfolk, VA, his brothers and sisters-in-law Thomas and Patricia Crockett of Vinton, VA and William and Luanne Garvey of Sweetwater, NJ, and his nieces and nephews Kristen and Corey Bennett, Meghann and Caitlyn Foster, Kevin and Kim Crockett, and Lia and Drew Garvey. He will be sadly missed by his best friends Rick and Pam Gray of Kill Devil Hills, NC, Jim and April Vaughn of Kitty Hawk, NC, and Dave and Robin Wingfield of Williamsburg, VA, his loyal staff of Birthday Suits managers and employees and his many friends and colleagues from his 27 years in the surf industry.  A celebration of life will be held at St. Andrews By The Sea Episcopal Church, 4212 S. Virginia Dare Trail, M.P. 13 1/2, Nags Head, NC at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 28. A reception will be held immediately following the service.  Twiford Funeral Homes, Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, September 27, 2009; pg. 8A)

Charles Berndt

Charles “Skip” Berndt, 71, of Manteo died Thursday, January 27, 2011 at The Outer Banks Hospital. Born in Middlesex County, NJ, he was the son of the late Harold and Josephine Berndt. He was the former service manager at Outer Banks Chrysler and currently the parts manager at R.D. Sawyer Motor Company. He was a parishioner of Holy Redeemer By-the-Sea Catholic Church where he served as a greeter, and avid fisherman, and a loving husband and father.  Skip is survived by his wife, Gail Henderson Berndt of the residence; three daughters, Debi Berndt of New Rochelle, NY, Pamela Berndt of Branchburg, NJ, and Kim Berndt of Fort Lee, NJ; a son, Chuck Berndt and wife, Lisa of Jacksonville Beach, FL; and two grandchildren, Ryan and Shayna Berndt.  A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk, NC on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Father Edward Fitzpatrick. A visitation will be held at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo on Monday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Twiford Funeral Homes’ Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Carroll Waverly Berry

MANTEO - Carroll Waverly Berry, 76, died Monday, September 29, 2003 at a Nags Head nursing facility. Mr. Berry was born in Engelhard, NC and worked at Kellogg Supply for many years and retired from Manteo Marine as a mechanic on Out Board motors. He was a member of the Roanoke Acres Church of Christ and Manteo Masonic Lodge #521 AF & AM. Mr. Berry was the son of the late Cecil Lee and Mabel Watson Berry.  He is survived by one sister, Linda B. Pentecost of Wanchese; three brothers, Stafford A. Berry and wife Jean, Jimmy Berry and wife Rita both of Manteo and Russell Berry of Manns Harbor. He was preceded in death by two sisters Nancy Ann Berry and Gladys Wilson and one brother, Ellis Ray Berry.  A Celebration of life will be held at Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo, on Friday, October 3, 2003 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Ronnie Midgett and Rev. Les Wilkerson officiating. A graveside service will be held following the funeral at Fulford Cemetery in Engelhard at 3:30 PM with Steve Bryan officiating. The family will be receiving friends at Twiford’s Colony Chapel on Thursday, October 2nd from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo, is assisting family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Doris Ann Modlin Berry

KILL DEVIL HILLS - Doris Ann Modlin Berry, 70, died Monday, May 31, 2010 in Elizabeth City, NC. Born in Manteo, she was the daughter of the late William Asa Modlin and the late Matilda Ann Midgett Gray and was the widow of Thomas Luther Berry.  Mrs. Berry is survived by two daughters, Brenda Gail Berry McMurran of Manteo and Doris Jean Berry of Kill Devil Hills; three sons, Richard Stanley Daniels of Wilmington, NC, Thomas Jabin Berry of Maury, NC and Ronald Wade Berry of Manteo; two sisters, Rebecca Carter of Vanceboro, NC and Kathryn Beasley of Colington; nine grandchildren and five nieces and nephews.  A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 4, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Manteo Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at Twiford Funeral Homes' Colony Chapel, Manteo on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and at other times at the residence of Ronnie and Christal Berry, 111 Skyco Road, Manteo.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Ina Burrus Berry

CHESAPEAKE, VA - Ina Burrus Berry, 76, died March 2, 1995 in Chesapeake. Mrs. Berry was born in Hatteras and was the widow of Ben Berry. She attended the Church of God In Lake City, Florida. Survivors include 4 daughters: Diana Lois Evans of Live Oaks, Fl., Judith Roberta Green and Susan Ann Berry, both of Chesapeake, and Patricia Elizabeth Suther of Gadsden, Ala.; a son: Leland Maxwell Berry of Gainesville, Fla.; 9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted in Snellings Funeral Home by the Rev. Allen Dooley. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - March 5, 1995)

Jessie Midgett Berry

MANTEO - Jessie Midgett Berry, 73, of Lindbergh Road, died Saturday, July 5 in a Chesapeake, Va. hospital.  She was the daughter of the late Ralph C. and Carthenia Dozier Midgett.  She is survived by her husband, Lindbergh Berry; four daughters: Beulah D. Bryant and Linda D. Berry of Manteo, Vanessa B. Golden of Bonaire, Ga., Victoria B. Spencer, and an adopted granddaughter, both of Raleigh; two sons: Charles L. Berry and Andrew M. Berry, both of Manteo; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 10 in Haven Creek Missionary Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-9 at Walson Funeral Home, Elizabeth City.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, July 8, 2003; pg. 14A)

Joseph Hall Berry

Joseph Hall Berry, 78, prominent Negro resident of Roanoke Island, died Monday, January 16 at his home after an illness of several years.  He had eaten a hearty breakfast that day and was conscious up to 6:30 p.m., recognizing all his children and friends.  He was retired from the Pea Island Coast Guard Station in 1918 after 20 years service.  He had served on the local school committee and was an Archdeacon of Haven's Creek Baptist Church and a life member.  He was looked upon as an outstanding colored leader in the community during his active life, until about ten years ago.  He is survived by his wife, Angenora Pugh Berry; four children living: Maxie M. Berry, Josephus Berry, Mrs. Marshall Collin, and Mrs. M.W. Simmons; 23 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; one half-sister, Mrs. Bessie Wood, all of Manteo.  He was the son of Rev. Zion Hall Berry, noted Baptist preacher, and Jane Baum of Manteo.  The body was taken to the Davis Funeral Home in Elizabeth City and burial will be at 2:30 Sunday in the Colored Baptist Cemetery, before which the body will lie in state at the Baptist Church and the funeral services will be conducted by Rev. George Raymond Griffin of Elizabeth City, the family pastor.  Because of the prominence of the family, a large crowd from adjoining counties is expected to attend the services Sunday, as well as a number of white friends.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, January 19, 1951; pg. 1)

Lillie Wise Hassell Berry

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon in the Twiford Funeral Home for Mrs. Lillie Wise Hassell Berry, 75, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.O. Basnight of Manteo, Sunday evening after a long illness. She was a native of Dare County, a lifelong resident of Manteo, and daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Midgett Wise. Besides Mrs. Basnight, she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Woodrow Fulcher of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; a son, A.C. Hassell of Suffolk, Va.. Her first husband was Abner Hassell, last man to hold office as treasurer of Dare County. She was a member of Mt. Olivet Methodist Church. Rev. L.A. Aitken, the pastor, assisted by Rev. W.E. Cholerton, the Baptist pastor, conducted the funeral services. Hymns were by a quartet: Ralph Swain, Johnnie Long, Mrs. Helen Baum and Mrs. Beatrice Brickhouse. Mrs. Rennie Williamson was organist. The casket was covered with a pall of white carnation and purple chrysanthemums. Pallbearers were Keith Fearing, Jr., Earl Green, Willis Wise, George Hale Quidley, Charlie Johnson and J.G. Wise.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, October 24, 1958; pg. 1)

Lindbergh Berry

MANTEO - Lindbergh Berry, 75, of Manteo, died Tuesday, July 29 at Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham.  Mr. Berry was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Midgett Berry, and his parents, Arounia Scarborough Berry and Maxie M. Berry, Sr.  He is survived by two sons: Charles Lindbergh Berry and wife Wmma, and Andrew Michael Berry and wife Sherry, all of Manteo; four daughters: Beulah Berry Byrant Brown and Linda Dianna Berry, both of Manteo, Vanessa Berry Golden and husband Henry of Bonaire, Ga., and Victoria Berry Spencer and husband Harvey of Raleigh; two sisters: Cora B. Thompson of Summerville, N.J. and Angenora B. White of Rocky Mount; two brothers: Oscar Berry of Manteo and Donald Berry of Summerville; 20 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  The remains will lie in state Saturday, August 2 from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. at Haven Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Manteo, with the Rev. Lionell Griffin officiating.  Burial with military rites will be at Haven Creek Church Cemetery.  Walson Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, July 31, 2003; pg. 10A)

Oscar DePriest Berry, Sr.
December 11, 1935 – October 27, 2009

MANTEO - Oscar DePriest Berry, Sr. went to be with the Lord on October 27, 2009 at Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, NC after a long illness. He was the son of the late Maxie Berry, Sr. and Arounia Berry. He is preceded in death by his six brothers, Zion Hall Berry, Lindbergh Berry, Maxi M. Berry, Jr., Maloyd Berry, Sr., Wallace Berry, and Donald Berry and one sister Arounia Berry.  He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Vivian G. Berry, son, Oscar Berry, Jr., and daughter Lisa Berry Bryant (Alonza), all of Manteo, NC. He leaves three grandchildren, Jason Berry (Evelyn), Natalie Arzu-Rochez (Sebastian) both of Manteo, NC, and Vivian L. Berry (Theodore Hall) of Barco, NC. He leaves nine great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. He also leaves to mourn his two sisters Angenora White of Rocky Mount, NC and Cora Thompson (Benjamin) of Somerville, NJ.  The funeral will be held at Free Grace Disciples of Christ Church in Manteo Monday November 2, 2009 at two O’clock in the afternoon. A visitation will be held in church one hour prior. Free Grace Pastor Carrie G. Holmes will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Free Grace Church Cemetery.  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.  (Gallop Funeral Service)

 Sylister Inez Berry

MANTEO - Sylister Inez Berry, 73, of 115 California Road, died on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at her residence. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Haven Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Manteo, N.C., with Rev. Lonell Griffin officiating and delivering the eulogy. Burial will take place in the Haven Creek Cemetery. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. The family will receive friends at her residence. Mrs. Berry is survived by one son, Ralph Berry and wife, Valerie, of Newport, N.C.; one sister, Novella Burton of Manteo, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and ten great-great grandchildren; one son, Wallace Berry (Tink) (Sandy); and one sister, Jessie Berry preceded her in death. Walson Funeral Home, 723 Parsonage Street, Elizabeth City, is in charge of arrangements.  (Daily Advance - Elizabeth City, NC] - Thursday, May 28, 2009; pg. 10A)

Vivian Gallop Berry

Eldress Vivian Gallop Berry, of Manteo, NC, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, Va.  Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Free Grace Church of Christ Disciples of Christ, Manteo. Her earthly remains will lie in state from 1 p.m. until time of service.  She leaves to cherish her loving memories: two children, Oscar D. Berry Jr. and Lisa Berry Bryant (Alonza) all of Manteo; five grandchildren, Jason Berry (Evelyn) of Manteo, Natalie Rochez (Sebastian) of Manteo, Vivian L. Berry of Barco, Karizma Berry Bryant, JV'yana Berry Bryant of Manteo; one God daughter, Sharon D. Golden of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; ten great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.  Rivers Community Funeral Home, is expressing sympathy through sincere service to the Berry family.  (Daily Advance [Elizabeth City, NC] - Wednesday, July 18, 2012)

Wheeler C. Berry

On September 22, 2013, Wheeler C. Berry went on to be with the Good Lord and his beloved wife, Ethel Mae (Mullen) Berry who predeceased him in 1987.  Mr. Berry was born on July 14th, 1928.  His loving parents, Josephus (CAPT Joe) Berry and Martha Tillett Berry, and his brother Bradford Berry and his step- son Donald Mullen also predeceased him, also his step-grandson Donald Purnell Mullen.  Mr. Berry retired from the U. S. Coast Guard in 1967 as a First Class Petty Officer after over 21 years of service. He served on various ships and shore stations as a cook throughout his career and was stationed at various locations such as Boston, New York, Maine, Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, in addition to finishing his career in Cape May, New Jersey.  When Wheeler retired from the Coast Guard, he came home to Manteo to fish with his father, the legendary Capt. Joe Berry.  His father owned the Phyllis Mae and Wheeler owned the Ethel Mae.  He told stories of how his father taught him how to manage the boat, fish the seas, and interact with the customers.  A successful fisherman in his own right, CAPT Wheeler Berry made his own way during his twenty years in the fishing fleet at Oregon Inlet and went on to became part owner of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center until his retirement due to health reasons in 1985. Wheeler was an elder member of the Roanoke-Hatteras Band of the Algonquian Indians of North Carolina.  Wheeler was an active member of Coastal Family Church in Nags Head since 2007.  He and his family also had a long history as members of Haven Creek Missionary Baptist Church.  Wheeler is survived by his brother, Joseph McKinley Berry, his sister, Phyllis Berry Huyler, his sister-in-law Dorothy Mullen Berry and Catherine Mullen, his daughter-in-law Shelia Purnell and three grandchildren, two great grandchildren several nieces, great nieces and nephews, cousins, and many loving friends and extended family.  He will be greatly missed by his cousin Frank Hester and his wife Lynda along with their daughters and his daily caregivers, Fran Down, Annie Harris and Nila Parker-Aiguier, along with DC Social Services Aide, Shelia.  His caregivers and nurses from Community Hospice will also miss him (Deborah, Linda, Mary, Gail and Lisa).  Honoring Capt. Berry’s wishes, there will be a graveside service at Haven Creek Cemetery at 2:30 PM on Friday, September 27th to coincide with his daily ritual of visiting his beloved wife, Ethel.  There will be a visitation at Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo one hour prior to the funeral.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.   (Twiford Funeral Home)

 Barbara Hooper Best

POINT HARBOR - Barbara "Bobbie" Hooper Best lost her courageous battle with breast cancer on June 17, 2010. She spent her final hours in the home she cherished, surrounded by her husband and her two sons. Bobbie was born in Norfolk, VA, on August 1, 1943, the eldest daughter of Tracy C. Hooper and Mary Elizabeth “Babe” Midgett Hooper, both deceased. She is survived by her husband, Billy, of the home, son Richard (Anita) of Virginia Beach, VA, son Ward (Shannon) of Richmond, VA, and five beloved grandsons: Burke, David, Camden, Clay and Thomas. She also is survived by her sister, Tracy Johnson (Tim) of Gamer, NC, who took over the role of "big sister" during the late stages of Bobbie’s illness and her faithful pet, Bugs. Always a gifted student, Bobbie attended East Carolina College as an early-admission student for two years prior to marriage and graduated several years later Summa Cum Laude from Indiana University. She spent several years teaching elementary education in Indiana and in Burke, VA. Later, she worked in the vacation rental market on the Outer Banks.of North Carolina. Eagerly anticipating retirement, she was diverted from full enjoyment by her mother’s declining health and the recurrence of her own breast cancer. Bobbie enjoyed attending the sporting and academic events of her grandsons. She found a renewed love of baseball and established new friends in Florida during her fmal years. Valuable friends, too numerous to mention, supported her throughout her cancer treatment. A celebration of her life will be held on 1:00 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at 350 Griggs Acres Drive, Point Harbor, NC. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Edith Marie Tillett Best

Mrs. Edith Marie Tillett Best, 57, widow of Robert W. Best and daughter of William Lewis and Mrs. Helen Frances Stetson Tillett, died in a Portsmouth hospital Sunday [Oct. 31, 1964] at 1:50 a.m. A life-long resident of Kitty Hawk, she was a member of Kitty Hawk Methodist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Glenn P. Beacham of Norfolk and Mrs. Wayne W. Parker of Point Pleasant, W.Va.; a son, Bruce Best Of Sitka, Alaska; two sisters, Mrs. John W. Evans of Kitty Hawk and Mrs. Ira Partridge of Kill Devil Hills; a brother, Linwood Tillett of Kitty Hawk; 9 grandchildren. a funeral service was held in Kitty Hawk Methodist Church Monday. Burial was in Austin Cemetery.  (unknown newspaper - Friday, November 5, 1964)

E. [Elmer] Dean Best

STUMPY POINT - E. [Elmer] Dean Best, 72, died Sunday, September 24 in an Elizabeth City hospital. Mr. Best, a native of Stumpy Point, was a retired fashion designer and was a member of the Shiloh United Methodist Church. He was the son of the late Guy and Thelma Hooper Best. Mr. Best is survived by a son, Marlow Cliff Best of Michigan; a brother, Roger V. Best of Stumpy Point; and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, September 26, 2000; pg. 12A)  Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock.

James Riley Best, Jr.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - James Riley Best, Jr., 94, died Monday afternoon, July 22, in a local hospital following a brief illness. Jim was a long-time resident of the Tidewater area and a native of Kitty Hawk, son of the late James Riley Best and Mary Meekins Best. Lib, his wife of 45 years, died in 1981. He was predeceased by his sister, Lola Partridge, and his brother, Bob Best. He is survived by his daughter, Bettie Jones and her husband Jimmy and their sons, James and his wife Deborah and their children, Douglas and his wife Monica and their children, and Timothy. He is also survived by a son, James Riley Best, III; many nieces and nephews; and his caregiver for the last several years, Mrs. Cleo D. Burkhouse. He was a member of Norview Methodist Church until moving to Virginia Beach in 1957, when he joined Salem Methodist Church. He held various positions in the churches during his memberships. He retired from Graybar Electric Co. in 1957 after 38 years, from Tidewater Supply Co. in 1978, and also sold real estate. He was a member of the Khedive Shrine Temple for over 50 years, and a 61-year member of the Masonic Fraternity, Atlantic Lodge #2. Kellum Funeral Home, Pleasant Hall Chapel, is handling arrangements. Services will be conducted Thursday (July 25) by the pastor of Salem United Methodist Church, the Rev. Charles Moore. Burial will take place in Colonial Grove Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, July 25, 1996)

Lucy Cuthrell Best

IN STUMPY POINT - Mrs. Lucy Cuthrell Best, 95, died in the Albemarle Hospital Thursday [June 24, 1982] following a long illness. Funeral services were to be held Saturday at 2:00 in the Shiloh United Methodist Church by the Rev. Vance Way. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. A. Harvey "Dick" Best. Mrs. Best was a native of Hyde County and had lived in Stumpy Point most of her life. She was a member of the Shiloh United Methodist Church. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Mrs. Nancy Pledger Cuthrell and wife of the late William Albert Best. Surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Mable Payne and Mrs. Irene Wise, both of Stumpy Point; two sons: Harvey E. best of Stumpy Point and W.A. Best, Jr. of Greensboro, N.C.; 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.  (The Southern Post [Coinjock, NC] - June 30, 1982; pg. 11)

Margaret Ann Bruce Best

Mrs. Margaret Ann Bruce Best, age 84, a resident of 823 Cuthrell Street, Belhaven, NC, died Sunday, November 20, 2011 at University Health Systems-Beaufort Hospital.  A funeral service will be held 1:00p.m. Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at Belhaven Missionary Baptist Church officiated by Pastor David Pierce. Burial will be private.  Mrs. Best was born on October 14, 1927 in Long Beach, California. to the late Bonnie Bert Bruce and Marion Holz Bruce. She first married Morris Bowman Ellis, who died in a hunting accident in 1950, to this union was born a daughter: Susan Jane Ellis. In 1954, Mrs. Best married Stumpy Point native Talmedge Wayne Best. After marrying Mr. Best the new couple traveled to Stumpy Point to honeymoon and visit family and they never left. To the union with Mr. Best were born two sons: Mark Wayne Best and Jeff Duane Best. Talmedge preceded Mrs. Best in death in 2004. In addition to being a homemaker, Mrs. Best worked as an administrative assistant. Mrs. Best was a member of the Belhaven Missionary Baptist Church.  Mrs. Best is survived by a daughter; Susie Ellis White and husband Senator Stan White of Nags Head, N.C. a son; Jeff Duane Best and wife Terry House Best of Belhaven, N.C., grandchildren; John Turlington Davis White and wife Sara Bunn White of Nags Head, N.C., Kristen Best Minshew and husband Mark of Raleigh, N.C. and Emily Ann Best of Raleigh, N.C. and great grandchildren; Carter James White of Nags Head, N.C. and Worth Jefferson Minshew and Noah Bradford Minshew both of Raleigh, N.C.  In addition to her parents and her husbands, Mrs. Best is preceded in death by a son Mark Wayne Best who died in 1982.  The family will receive friends Tuesday, November 22, 2011 from 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m. at Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven.  Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven is honored to serve the Best family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

Nellie Best
North Carolinian Advocate (Greensboro, NC) - Sept. 26, 1912
Submitted by Linda Lau

Robert McEnnis Best

Robert McEnnis Best, 56, retired Naval officer, died of a heart attack Tuesday [Feb. 6, 1962] in his home in Kitty Hawk. A lifelong resident of Kitty Hawk, he was employed by Community Oil Co. He was a son of the late James Riley and Mrs. Mary Meekins Best and the husband of Mrs. Edith Tillett Best. He was a veteran of World War II, retiring as a Lieutenant in 1946 from the Navy after 22 years of service. Surviving are the widow, two daughters: Mrs. Mary Best Parker of Richmond, Ohio and Mrs. Jean Best Beacham of Norfolk; a son, Robert Bruce Best of Sitka, Alaska; a brother, James Riley Best of Princess Anne, Va.; 8 grandchildren. A funeral service will be conducted in Kitty Hawk Methodist Church Saturday by the Rev. Horace Lee McLaurin. Burial will be in Austin Cemetery.  (unknown newspaper - Friday, February 9, 1962)

Ruby Gibbs Best

STUMPY POINT - Ruby Gibbs Best, 89, died Monday, Feb. 3, at a Nags Head nursing facility. She was born in Hyde County and was a homemaker. Mrs. Best was a member of the Middleton Christian Church in Hyde County. She was the daughter of the late James F. Gibbs and Patsy L. Gibbs, and the widow of Alton Wayne Best. She is survived by one son, Talmadge W. Best and his wife, Margaret of Stumpy Point; two grandchildren, Susan B. White of Nags Head and Jeffery D. Best of Williamston; three great-grandchildren: John T.D. White of Nags Head, and Kristen and Emily Best of Williamston. She was preceded in death by one grandchild, Mark Wayne Best. A funeral service will be conducted Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at Shiloh United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ken Davenport officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of Talmadge and Margaret Best in Stumpy Point. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, is in charge of these arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, February 6, 1997)  Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock.

Talmadge Wayne Best

Talmadge Wayne Best, 73, of Belhaven, N.C., died Friday, June 11, 2004 at Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C. Mr. Best, born in Stumpy Point, N.C., was retired from Dare County Public Works and was a former commercial fisherman and wholesale seafood dealer. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict and was a member of the Williamston Memorial Baptist Church. He was the son of the late Alton W. and Ruby Gibbs Best and was also preceded in death by a son, Mark Best. Mr. Best is survived by his wife, Margaret "Marge" Bruce Best of the residence; a daughter, Susie Best White and husband Stan of Nags Head, N.C.; a son, Jeffery D. Best and wife Terry of Belhaven, N.C.; three grandchildren, John White and wife Sara, Kristen Minshew and husband Mark and Emily Best. A memorial service will be held at Shiloh United Methodist Church, Stumpy Point, on Sunday, June 13, 2004 at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Tom Clark and the Rev. Tom Jennings officiating.  Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] - Saturday, June 12, 2004)

Wilbur Jennings Best

Chesapeake, Va. - Wilbur Jennings Best died April 25. He was born in Kitty Hawk, October 19, 1908 [Delayed Birth Certificate states he was born Oct. 12, 1908], son of the late Walter and Marion Perry Best. He was a painter and served in the US Coast Guard. Mr. Best is survived by three daughters; Marion Markham, Dorothy McDaniel and Sherrie Baydowicz; 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Loren Gould and the Rev. Ronald Wirth officiating. Arrangements by Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River Chapel.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, April 29, 2001; pg. 12A)

William Albert Best, Sr.

William Albert Best, 73, a life-long resident and retired fisherman of Stumpy Point, died Tuesday night [Feb. 3, 1953] at his home after a long illness. He was the son of the late Joe Harvey and Adeline Gray Best of Stumpy Point and husband of Lucy Cutrell Best, who is a native of Hyde County. He is survived by 5 sons: Alton, Guy, Harvey, Woodrow, and W.A. Jr.; 2 daughters: Mrs. Clyde Payne and Mrs. Harold Wise, all of Stumpy Point. A funeral service was conducted on Thursday at Stumpy Point Methodist Church with Rev. A.L.G. Stephenson officiating. Burial was in the community cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, February 6, 1953)

Helen Elizabeth Bibbey

HATTERAS, NC - Helen Elizabeth Bibbey, 89, died Friday, March 2, 2007 in Nags Head, NC. Born in Charlestown, MA, she was the daughter of the late Roland and Helen Minot Josie and was the widow of George Kenneth Bibbey.  Mrs. Bibbey is survived by a son, Thomas Roland Bibbey and wife Analee of Hatteras, NC and three grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. Twiford's Island Chapel. Hatteras, NC is in charge of arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Emily M. Raczynski Bielenica

KITTY HAWK, NC - In loving memory of Emily M. Raczynski Bielenica, 85, of Kitty Hawk, who died, Monday, July 25, 2005, in Chesapeake, Va. Mrs. Bielenica was born in New York City and was a retired Production Operator with Ethicon in Somerville, NJ. She was a member of Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church, where she was active in volunteer work. She was also a volunteer at the Baum Senior Center and participated in the Senior Olympics.  She was the daughter of the late Felix and Victoria Raczynski and the wife of the late Edward J. Bielenica.  Mrs Bielenica is survived by a daughter, Geraldine Foure of Kitty Hawk; a son, Richard E. Bielenica of Hillsborough, NJ; four grandchildren, Sean Foure, Craig Foure, Dawn Bielenica and Deanna Bielenica; and a great-grandchild, Sierra Leigh. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church, Friday, July 29, 2005, at 9:00 a.m. with Father Bill Walsh officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Hillsborough, NJ. The family will receive friends at Twiford's Funeral Home, Manteo, on Thursday, July 28th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Twiford’s Colony Chapel Manteo is assisting the family.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Dorothy Grace Blick Bierer

NORFOLK - Dorothy Grace Blick Bierer passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Formerly of Washington, D.C., Silver Spring, M.D. and Corolla, N.C., she will be reunited with her late husband, John N. Bierer, in Roanoke Island Memorial Gardens in Manteo, N.C.  Affectionately known to friends and family as “Dotty,” she is survived by a sister, Jacqueline Fuss and her husband The Reverend Harold Fuss of Chatham, VA and several nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be held at Twiford’s Funeral Homes' Colony Chapel, Manteo, N.C. on Tuesday, June 8th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Following the visitation a funeral service will be officiated by The Reverend Christopher Fuss at 11:00 a.m.. Burial will immediately follow.  The family wishes to express their appreciation to Sentara Hospice Care for the comfort and caring they provided Dotty during her last five months and to Dr. Roseanne Newman and staff at EVMS Glennan Geriatrics Center for the many years of excellent care and compassion.  Twiford Funeral Homes' Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the Bierer family.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Elizabeth Joan Armstrong Bierwerth

SOUTHERN SHORES - Elizabeth Joan Armstrong Bierwerth, 83, daughter of Gladys Mae and Elmer Charles Sanders (deceased) passed away on November 28, 2010 at Sentara-Barco Nursing Home in Currituck County, NC. She is predeceased by her first husband, Edwin Joseph Armstrong of twenty seven years who was the father of son, Mark L. Armstrong (wife Cindy Armstrong) living in Oregon and daughter Lauren L. Seamen (husband Mark Seaman) living in Washington. Stepchildren include Leslie Arnold (ID), Cindi Bierwerth (ID), and Wm. Bierwerth (NY). Grand children include Katelyn and Kyle Armstrong (OR), Jessica Johnson (WA), Kelly Aho (WA), and Jason Seaman (deceased), and Tom and William Arnold (ID). Great grandchildren include Bailey Aho (WA), Allison and Benjamin Johnson (WA), Cameron and Ashlynn Seamen (CA). In addition to other surviving family members, Joan leaves her husband Donald B. Bierwerth (Southern Shores, NC) of 34 years – worn out!  Mrs. Bierworth attended Butler University, was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority and while living in Indianapolis (IN), volunteered at the Indiana School for the Blind, was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader, and worked with the Crossroads Guild Rehabilitation Center for Children. She was Past President of Benefits Guild for Young Retarded Adults and while living in Pittsburg (PA), volunteered as Past President of the Welcome Wagon Satellites. While living in Southern Shores (NC), she volunteered as Secretary of the Southern Shores Civic Association, participated with the Southern Shores Long Range Planning Committee, and was a founding member of the Republican Women’s Organization and Partners in Prosperity. She was also Past President and Lifetime Member of the Nags Head Surf Fishing Association.  A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:30 pm on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk, NC with Rev. Curtis Campbell officiating.  Twiford Funeral Homes’ Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home

Martha Rebecca Gaskins Bigelow

BUXTON, N.C. - Mrs. Martha Rebecca Bigelow, 67, widow of Robert M. Bigelow, died Thursday [Jan. 17, 1963] at 7:20 a.m. in Portsmouth Naval Hospital after an illness of a month.  A native of Washington, she lived in Buxton 20 years.  She was a daughter of George and Mrs. Cornelia Ratclift Gaskins.  She was a member of Glenwood Park Presbyterian Church.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. E.G. Pledger of Virginia Beach and Mrs. Murphy Widner of Roanoke; a son, James T. Malcom of Auburndale, Fla.; six grandchildren.  A funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 10 a.m. in Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras, with burial in Jeanette Cemetery at Buxton.  (unknown newspaper and date)

Scott Bryan Bixby

NAGS HEAD, NC - Scott Bryan Bixby, 45, of Nags Head, NC and formerly of Campbell, NY, died Saturday, May 6, 2006 at the Outer Banks Hospital. Mr. Bixby was a self-employed maintenance worker.  Mr. Bixby is survived by his mother, Peggie King Bixby of Campbell, NY; a sister, Charlotte M. Bixby of Elmira, NY; brothers, Joseph R. Bixby of Elmira, NY and Randy M. Bixby of Florida; his children, Heather Bixby and Scott Bixby, Jr. of Elmira, NY; several nieces and nephews and friends.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Leonard Cole Black

MANTEO, NC - Leonard Cole Black, Sr., 70, of 112 First Colony Court, Manteo, NC died Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at Britthaven of Outer Banks. Born in South Norfolk, VA, he was the son of the late Willoughby and Eleanor Rawls Black. He was on the Inspector General Staff of the CIA where he was the lead investigator of the Iran-Contra Affair. He was a graduate of Duke University and obtained a law degree from American University and was a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church.  Mr. Black is survived by his wife, Edna Long Woodard Black of the residence; three sons, Leonard Cole Black, Jr. and wife Margaret of Ashburn, VA, Leonard Reid Black, III of Manteo, NC, and Brandon Long Black and wife Julie of Manteo, NC; one brother, Edward “Chip” Black of Fort Myers, FL; one aunt, Merle Black Pollok of Norfolk, VA; and five grandchildren, Justin, Hannah, Olivia, Jett, and Evan Black.  A memorial service will be conducted on Monday, January 15, 2007 at 11:00 AM at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jerry Cribb. The family will be at the residence.  Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

James Blackwell

Mr. James Blackwell died Wednesday, December 19, 2007.   Service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Still Waters Baptist Church, Nags Head with Pastor Tony Facenda presiding.  Burial will follow in Roanoke Island Memorial Gardens.  He was born in Petersburg, Virginia.  He was a former employee of Dare County.   He was a member of Still Waters Baptist Church, Nags Head, served in the choir member and an usher.  He served in the Still Waters Prison Ministry ministering to prisoners in Tyrrell County prison and in the Dare County jail system.  In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He is survived by his wife, Elaine, of the home; a daughter Katie Blackwell of the home; a son Bradley Blackwell and wife, Alisha of Disputanta, Virginia; a sister, Marsha Bland and husband, Edsel of Manteo; three brothers, Troy Blackwell, Jr. and wife, Cindy of Tennessee, Richard Blackwell and wife, Joann of Virginia, and Leslie Blackwell of Virginia; three grandchildren, Joshua, Justin, and Alexandria.  (The Daily Advance [Elizabeth City, NC] - Monday, December 24, 2007)

Henry Ford Bland

EDWARD - Henry Ford Bland, age 84, a resident of Edward, died Tuesday, April 16 at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19 at the Edward Christian Church, Edward with Jimmy Pitts, Jr. officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Washington.  The following will serve as pallbearers: Earl Bonner, Billy Bonner, Ken Young, Ken Sadler, Bruce Austin, Jr. and Loyd Godley.  Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Baker, Curtis Tripp, Carl Bonner and Don Bonner.  Mr. Bland was born in Beaufort County May 14, 1917.  He was the son of the late John Bland and Maude Tuten Bland.  Mr. Bland was a 20-year Coast Guard veteran serving in Korea and World War II.  Later, he owned and operated the Dareolina Restaurant in Nags Head until his retirement.  Mr. Bland was a member of the Edward Christian Church.  He was an avid hunter and member of several hunting clubs.  On December 23, 1937, Mr. Bland married the former Grace Burrus, who preceded his in death on September 13, 2001.  Survivors include one daughter, Deanna Bland Pitts and husband Jim of Colorado Springs, Colo,; two sons: Wiley Bland and wife Marilyn of Billings, Montana, and Henry B. "Hank" Bland of Greenville; half-sister, Elizabeth Whipple of Decatur, Ga.; six grandchildren: Wiley Bland, Jr., Peter Bland, Zac Bland, Jeff Bland, Robin Pitts Barbadillo, and Jimmy Pitts, Jr.; and six great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Paul Funeral Home, Washington, and other times at the home at 246 Main Street, Edward.  Arrangements by Paul Funeral Home, Washington.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, April 18, 2002; pg. 6A)

Grace Burrus Bland

AURORA - Mrs. Grace Burrus Bland, 88, a resident of Edward, died Thursday, September 13 at Beaufort County Hospital in Washington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at Edward Christian Church in Edward with the Rev. Stanley Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale cemetery in Washington. The following will serve as pallbearers: Billy Bonner, Earl Bonner, Carl Bonner, Ken Young, Bill Parker, Burton Gray and Don Bonner. Mrs. Bland was born in Cape Hatteras on February 20, 1913. She was the daughter of the late Adolphus Burrus and Lucy Stokes Burrus. She attended Cape Hatteras schools and received her degree from East Carolina Teachers College (now ECU). She taught elementary school at Cape Hatteras and Buxton. In 1930 Mrs. Bland was awarded the title of "Miss Dare County". She was a member of the Edward Christian Church. Mrs. Bland was active in the Eastern Star as long as health permitted. On December 23, 1937, she married Henry Ford Bland who survives. Surviving with her husband are two sons: Wiley Bland and wife Marilyn of Billings, Montana, and Henry B. "Hank" Bland of Greenville; one daughter, Deanna Pitts and husband Jim of Colorado Springs, Colorado; one sister, Marion Austin of Cape Hatteras; six grandchildren: Wiley Bland, Jr., Peter Bland, Zack Bland, Jeff Bland, Robin Pitts Barbadillo, and J.O. Pitts, Jr.; and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Bland was preceded in death by one sister, Lucy Allen Maurice and three brothers: Lonnie Burrus, Adolphus Burrus, and Bill Burrus. Arrangements by Paul Funeral Home in Washington, NC.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001; pg. 12A)

Charles Edward Bliven, Sr.

MANTEO - Charles Edward "Eddie" Bliven, Sr., 62, of Manteo, NC died Friday, September 22, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Bliven was born in Manteo worked for the Dare County School System in maintenance. He was fire chief of the Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department and served with the Fire Department for 42 years. Mr. Bliven was a member of Manteo Baptist Church and also attended First Assembly of God, and was a member of the Dare County Blade Society. He was the son of the late Herbert Creef Bliven and the late Lucetta Mann Bliven. Mr. Bliven is survived by his wife, Penny Lou Keith Bliven of the residence; four sons, Charles Edward Bliven, Jr. of Manteo, James Keith Bliven and wife, Valerie of Wanchese, David Wayne Bliven and wife, Melinda of Manteo, and Daniel Paul Bliven and wife, Christie also of Manteo; ten grandchildren, Jeffrey and Thomas, Tina and husband, Larry, Anthony and Caleb, Lindsey, Maribeth, Jason and Brenna; and great-grandson, Bryson. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Rodney. Also surviving are brothers, Donald Rhodes Bliven and wife, Hazel, Herbert Allen Bliven and wife, Maryann; an aunt, Louise Creef and a number of nephews, nieces and cousins. Funeral services will be held at First Assembly of God, Manteo on Monday, September 25, 2006 at 11:00 am with Rev. Ron Denham and Rev. Roger Barnett officiating. Burial will be in the Manteo Cemetery. The family will receive friend at Twiford Funeral Home on Sunday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, September 24. 2006; pg. 10A)

Donald Rhodes Bliven

Donald Rhodes Bliven, 75,of Dias Creek, N.J., died Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Cape Regional Medical Center, Cape May Court House, N.J.  Born in Manteo, NC to the late Herbert C. and Lucetta Marie Mann Bliven, he moved here over 40 years ago. He graduated from Manteo High School in 1954, joined the Coast Guard and was stationed in Cape May  He was formerly employed at Monaghan Tire in Rio Grande. He loved to work on old cars, especially Fords, and collected antique Falcons. Mr. Bliven is survived by his companion of over 30 years, Hazel Weaver; his daughters, Melanie Nebbeling and Donna Bliven; Hazel's children, Jerry Hand, Donald Hand, Joyce Weaver, and Dorothy Mason; two grandchildren; his brother, Herbert (Hubby) Bliven and wife Mary Ann; his sister-in-law, Penny Bliven; and nine nephews: Charlie, Jimmy, David, Paul, Allen, Tracy, Steven, Jeremy and John Bliven.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Edward "Eddie" Bliven. Funeral services were held on Friday, September 17, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Radzieta Funeral Home, Cape May Court House.  Interment was in Union Cemetery, South Dennis.  (portions from The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010; pg. 12A and also The Press of Atlantic City [Atlantic City, NJ] - September 15, 2010)

Herbert Creef Bliven

Herbert Creef Bliven, 60, of Manteo, died Saturday [Jan. 26, 1963] in Albemarle Hospital after a long illness. A native of Elizabeth City, he lived in Manteo 57 years. He was a butcher and a member of Manteo Odd Fellows Lodge. He was a son of the late Charles F. Bliven and the late Mrs. Ada Chappell Bliven Creef. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lucetta Mann Bliven of Manteo; three sons: Donald R. Bliven of Cape May, N.J., and Charles E. Bliven and Herbert A. Bliven of Manteo; a half-brother, Benjamin A. Creef of Manteo; 1 grandchild. A funeral service was conducted Monday in Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo by the Rev. C.W. Guthrie, retired Methodist minister, and the Rev. Harold F. Leatherman of Mt. Olivet Methodist Church. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Mrs. Beatrice Brickhouse, Mrs. Harold Leatherman, J.H. Long and Lawrence Swain Sang "Beyond The Sunset" and "Abide With Me". The casket was covered with a pall of red and white carnations. Active pallbearers were Tommy Daniel, Archie Burrus, Chesley Midgett, Jr., Marvin Basnight, Keith Fearing and George Creef.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, February 1, 1963)

Wilbert Frank Bloom

NAGS HEAD, NC - Wilbert Frank Bloom, 72, of Nags Head, NC died Tuesday, January 8, 2008. Born in Whitsett, PA, he was the son of the late Arthur and Elizabeth Dulle Bloom.  Mr. Bloom is survived by three daughters, Kimberly Flower of Perryopolis, PA, Denise Andriechack of Spotsylvania, VA, and Luanne Heller of Kitty Hawk, NC; one son, David Bloom of Kill Devil Hills, NC; two brothers, Ellie Bloom of Layton, PA and Charles Bloom of Jacobs Creek, PA; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held in Pennsylvania at a later date.  Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, January 10, 2008; pg. 12A)

Opal Sullins Blount
The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, October 13, 1987; pg. 7

Annette Jennings Johnson Blowe

KILL DEVIL HILLS - Annette "A.J." Jennings Johnson Blowe, 48, a well-loved and respected real estate agent and native of the Outer Banks, died Friday, July 7, 2000 in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.  Annette will long be remember as a loving wife and mother and especially for her generosity.  She unselfishly shared her gifts, talents and unwavering faith with others.  Her friendship will be treasured by all who loved and knew her.  Mrs. Blowe was a real estate owner/broker with Personal Touch Real Estate, Inc., was a member of the Outer Banks Association of Realtors, a certified residential specialist, Gri, accredited buyer agent, member of the N.C. Association of Realtors and a member of Manteo Baptist Church.  Annette is survived by her husband, Ralph; her parents, Ivey and Carolyn Johnson; her children, Shirley, Everette and his wife Laura, Nikki and her husband Dan and first grandchild Jack, Buck and his wife Shawna; brothers, Ivey and Anna, George and his wife Debbie, Richard and his wife Cheryl; and sisters, Carol and her husband Tim, and Frankie and her husband Bill.  A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Manteo Baptist Church by the Revs. Bruce Warrington, Carroll Daniels and David J. Daniels.  Burial will be in Roanoke Island Memorial Gardens.  Friends may join the family at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - July 2000)  Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock.

Mahlon Masling Blue

RODANTHE - Mahlon Masling Blue (1952-2012) of Rodanthe, N.C., passed away on January 30, 2012. Loving husband of Judith Blue; wonderful father of Colleen (Lance) of Chapel Hill, NC, Mahlon Jesse (Amanda) of Norfolk, Va., and Meagan (Tyler) of Rodanthe, N.C.; adoring grandfather of Karina and Michael; and caring brother of A.C., Joe and Danny Blue.  Mahlon spent most of his childhood in Manitoba, Canada, Fayetteville, N.C. and Norfolk, Va.  At 18, he joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War where he made lifelong friends and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service.  In Norfolk, he raised three children and worked at the Naval Base for more than 20 years. The lead singer of the Sunnyland Blues Band and Louisiana Mudbugs, Mahlon was a founding member of the Natchel' Blues Network. He retired and moved to Rodanthe to be close to his beloved mother-n-law, Olive O'Neal Patrick. In Rodanthe, he enjoyed living at the beach, working, reading, and playing guitar with the Frisco Jubilee. Mahlon had a deep passion for all music, and loved his family and friends dearly. He will be sorely missed by all.  A Memorial Service will be held at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center on Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. at 23186 Myrna Peters Road in Rodanthe.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - Sunday, February 5, 2012)

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