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Maggie Midgett McAdams

Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed for the burial of Mrs. Maggie Midgett McAdams, 79, who died at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary E. Midgett, at the Hammock, south of Manteo, about 6 a.m. Thursday [Feb. 15, 1951].  Mrs. McAdams was the daughter of the late Morris and Polly Baum Midgett.  She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Gertie Meekins of Manteo, and by several nieces and nephews.  Her husband died a number of years ago.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, February 16, 1951; pg. 1)

Iva Gray McAden

MOREHEAD CITY - Iva Gray McAden, 82, of Morehead City, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Carteret General Hospital. Survivors include 2 sons: Rufus Y. McAden, III of New Bern and Benjamin T. McAden of Sea Level; a sister, Janet Finnegan of Virginia Beach, Va.; four brothers: Wallace Gray, Tommy Gray, Curtis Gray and Jack Gray, all of Buxton; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday at the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Francis Womack officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. Arrangements by Brooks Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. in Morehead City.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, November 7, 1996)

Francis X. McArdle

KILL DEVIL HILLS - Francis X. McArdle, 85, died of heart failure on February 17, 2009 in his North Carolina home. Mr. McArdle was born on August 22, 1923 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to James and Lillian McArdle. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Francis was employed with American Can Company as a financial analyst for 40 years.  He and his deceased wife Audrey retired in 1983 to their Outer Banks home. Known as “Bud”, he was married to Audrey for over 57 years. He was active in Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Parish.   Surviving are his four sons: Kevin, Danny, Richard, Jamie and his seven grandchildren.   Friends may join the family for a viewing at Twiford Funeral Home on Sunday February 22, 2009, from 5:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m.   A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday February 23, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk by Father Edward Fitzpatrick. Following the mass, burial will be at Roanaoke Island Memorial Gardens in Manteo, NC. Audrey’s cremated remains will be laid to rest with Francis.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] – Sunday, February 22, 2009; pg. 10A)

Arthur Lee McArthur, III

BUXTON - Arthur Lee McArthur, III, 78, died Wednesday, September 19 in his home. Mr. McArthur was born in Cordele, Ga., and was a retired textile chemist with Rohm & Haas Chemical Division and the NC Dept. of Transportation, Ferry Division. Mr. McArthur was a graduate of Duke University and served in the China-Burma Campaign in WW II as a Master Sgt. with the US Army Medical Corp. He was a Presbyterian. He was the son of the late Arthur Lee and Old Barwick McArthur, Jr. and the husband of Beatruice Barnette McArthur. Beside his wife, surviving are two daughters: Ellen Montalbano of Simi Valley, California and Rosmary Woods of Cantil, California; two sons: Donald Barnette McArthur and Kenneth Barwick McArthur of Luling, La.; two brothers: Robert McArthur of Asheville and James K. McArthur of Casselberry, Fla.; 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Frisco Assembly of God by the Rev. Roger Barnett. Twiford's Island Chapel in Hatteras is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001; pg. 14A)

Beatrice Barnett McArthur

BUXTON - Beatrice Barnett McArthur, 79, died Thursday, July 4 after a long illness. Beatrice was a school teacher on Maryland's eastern shore. She married and nurtured her family in NC, living in Durham, Charlotte, Cramerton and Greensboro. After her husband Lee's retiring to Buxton, she opened the Whatz-It Shop and taught needlework handicrafts. Beatrice was very instrumental in the recorded history and genealogy of Cape Hatteras; research was one of her greatest joys and challenges. Beatrice was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. She spent her life sharing her time and talents with others through teaching, giving and showing. Born in Buxton, she was the daughter of Joseph D. and Arvilla Barnett. Beatrice is survived by her four children: Donald B. McArthur of Beulah, N.D., Kenneth B. McArthur of Luling, La., Ellen Montalbano of Simi Valley, California, and Rosemary Woods of Cantil, California. She had 8 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 19 at the Frisco Assembly of God Church by the Rev. Roger Barnett.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, July 18, 2002; pg. 6A)

Mildred Beaman Scarborough McCabe

AVON - Mildred Beaman McCabe, 88, of Avon, died Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Colony Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center. Born in Avon, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Catherine Williams Scarborough and was the widow of Russell Ira McCabe. She was also preceded in death by a son, Earl Beaman.  Mildred is survived by a daughter, Brenda Morgan and husband, Robert of Buxton; a brother, Ray Scarborough and wife, Opal of Buxton; two grandsons, Robert Morgan, III and girlfriend, Nikki of Buxton and John Morgan and wife, Stacey of Charlotte; and two great grandchildren, Hannah and Ian Morgan.  A funeral service will be held at Avon Worship Center on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM with Pastors Bryan Gray and Roger Dill officiating.  Burial will be in the Scarborough Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church on Monday from 12:00 noon until 2:00 PM prior to the service.   Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Patricia Sanderlin McCarter

MANTEO - Patricia Ann "Patty" Sanderlin McCarter, 49, passed away at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Born in Manteo, NC, Patty was the daughter of Priscilla "Jean" Bennett Sanderlin and the late Marshall William Sanderlin, Jr. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her brothers, David Sanderlin and Marshall W. Sanderlin, III. She is survived by her loving husband of 29 years, Chris McCarter, of Manteo. Patty graduated from Manteo High School and was a dedicated employee of Dare County for over 27 years, having worked in the Social Services Dept. She loved to cook and take care of her family. She always looked forward to traveling and had a special love for the mountains and fall leaves. She will be deeply missed. In addition to her husband, Chris and her mother, Jean Sanderlin, she is survived by her two daughters, Ann Marie McCarter and Ashley Mae McCarter, both of Manteo, and her two sisters, Barbara Cahoon of Severna Park, MD and Charlotte Sanderlin of Knightdale, NC. The Funeral will be held at Manteo First Assembly of God at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The family will receive friends for a time of Visitation on Tuesday Evening from 7 – 8:30 pm, also at Manteo First Assembly of God. Burial in Cudworth Cemetery will be private. Twiford Funeral Home, Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Frederick B. McCarthy

WHITE RIVER JCT., VT. - Frederick B. "Rick" McCarthy, 46, died April 16 [1992], at his White River home.  He was born in Washington, the son of Frederick B. and Mary Styron McCarthy.  He graduated from Hartford High School and the University of Maryland with a degree in Business Administration.  He worked for the Council of Governments in Washington, D.C. and later worked as a commercial fisherman in Hatteras.  Rick moved to White River Jct. in 1984 and following his father's retirement, operated the Frederick B. McCarthy hearing aid business until 1991.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Friends of the Gates Memorial Library in White River Jct.  He enjoyed deep sea fishing, bridge, golf and gardening.  Surviving are his mother and step-father, Mary and Rodney Akers of White River Jct., and his father and step-mother, Frederick and Virginia McCarthy of Milwaukee, Wisc.; a step-brother, Rodney A. Akers, Jr. of West Sand Lake, N.Y.; a step-sister, Rebecca Marx of Erie, Pa.; an aunt, two uncles and many cousins.  A memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Hatteras on Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m.  Burial will be in the family plot, Rollinson Cemetery, in Hatteras.  Information was furnished by Knight Funeral Home, White River Jct., Vt.  (unknown newspaper)

Louise Willis McCleary

Mrs. Louise McCleary, 76, died Monday night [June 27, 1966] at 7 o'clock at Albemarle Hospital after a long illness. She was a native of Hatteras but had been living in Manteo for the past three months. She was a member of Assembly of God Church and was the daughter of the late Josephus and Olivia Styron Willis. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Olive Mae Midgett of Manteo; three sons, Claudie McCleary of Raleigh, Leonard McCleary of the U.S. Air Force in Okinawa, and Elwood McCleary. Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel of the Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo at two o'clock EST on Friday, July 1. The Rev. Ernest Etheridge, pastor of the Manteo Assembly of God, will officiate. The Rev Herman Winberry, pastor of Mount Olivet Methodist Church will assist. Burial will be in Manteo Cemetery.  (unknown newspaper)

Dennis Cecil McClease, Sr.

MANTEO - Dennis Cecil McClease Sr. was born December 25, 1926 in Manteo, NC to the late Samuel and Edna McClease. Dennis attended local Manteo public schools. Immediately following high school he enlisted in the Army and served in World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946.  Dennis met Ossie V. Miller in Norfolk, VA in 1956 and relocated to Newark, NJ. In Newark Dennis he worked as a truck driver, and as aircraft traffic personnel for UPS and Signature Airlines. Dennis had a love of cars and trucks and worked as a mechanic. He was also a Mason and a long time Teamster.  Dennis was a soldier and a man of determination and courage. He embodied many wonderful qualities. He was a family man and a dedicated father, grandfather and husband.  Dennis Cecil McClease was predeceased by his parents Samuel and Edna McClease, his loving spouse, Ossie V. McClease, his siblings Samuel, Thomas and Mable McClease, and Naomi Bryant, and his son, Sylvester Williams.  Dennis leaves to cherish his memory his children; Annette (Julius) Butler, Eugene (Christine) Gray, Alfred Robinson, Ronnie (Belinda Brooks) Miller, Barbara Ann (Douglas Valentine) McClease, Naomi (Achan) Bey, Dennis McClease Jr., Samuel McClease, Yvette (Darren) Jones, Charlotte McClease; a daughter-in-law, Roxanne Williams; a sister-in-law Lillian Miller and  brother George (Pensacola) McClease and 27 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 3great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Friends may call Tuesday February 1, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm at the Gallop Funeral Services Chapel MP 16 in Nags Head. The funeral will be held Wednesday February 2, 2011 at noon at Free Grace Disciples of Christ Church in Manteo with viewing one hour prior.  Pastor Carrie G. Holmes will officiate. Interment with military honors, will follow immediately at Free Grace Church Cemetery on Burnside Road in Manteo.  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.  (Gallop Funeral Services)

George McClease, Sr.

Elder George McClease, Sr. died July 5.  Born on Nov. 25, 1922 to the late Samuel and Edna McClease, he was raised in Manteo by his adopted parents, the late Clarence and Josephine Etheridge. Besides his parents, McClease was preceded in death by his brothers, Samuel, Thomas and Dennis; and his sisters, Mabel, Naomi, Sybil and Emma.  McClease left Dare County to live in Norfolk, where he was employed in a variety of jobs and as a sanitation truck driver for the city of Norfolk. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. Following the war, he returned to Manteo, where was employed with the U.S. Park Service at the Elizabethan Gardens.  He also had many other employers, including Bells Nursery, the N.C. Department of Transportation as a Crew Director, Head Start and the Brothers Aid Society. He also worked for Phil Quidley and Andy Griffith and served Free Grace Church as church custodian for many years.  After the war, he also became an ordained preacher and was pastor at Piney Grove Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Hertford, Bath Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Bath, Piney Grove Church of Christ in Powells Point and Phillippi Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Norfolk, VA. He served on several boards during his more than 50 years as a devoted member of the Washington Norfolk District Assembly, including the Planning Board and the Council Board.  Surviving are his wife, Pensacola, of the home; sons William (Brenda) Blackmon of Ahoskie, Arnold Blackmon (LouEtta) of Manteo, Jake McClease, Jr. (Sharon) of Kill Devil Hills, Noah McClease (Anna) of Kansas and Thomas McClease of Manteo; one daughter, Wilhelmena McClease of Manteo; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  McClease's life will be celebrated at a home going service on Wednesday, July 10 at 2 p.m. at Free Grace Disciples of Christ Church in Manteo. Burial in the family cemetery in Haven Creek Church Cemetery will follow the funeral. Gallop Funeral Services was entrusted with arrangements.  (Outer Banks Sentinel - July 2013)

Jerry Bell McClease

MANTEO - Jerry Bell McClease died November 30, 2007 in Nags Head.  He was born on September 16, 1930 to the late George McClease and Cora Wise McClease of Manteo.  Besides his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by sisters Greathen Cooper, Cora Gallop, and Elizabeth McClease, and brothers James A. McClease, Charlie V. McClease, and Willie McClease.  A Manteo native, Jerry served his country honorably in the United States Army.  After discharge from the military, he worked as a professional truck driver for many years and raised his family.  Though he was retired, Jerry loved driving and was known for his hat collection.  Jerry Bell McClease is survived by his wife Charlotte McClease and his son Jerry L. McClease.  Also surviving are his two sisters Ida M. Golden, and Mary M. Conway both of Manteo, two brothers Lindsay E. McClease  and wife Phyllis of  Greensboro, George A. McClease of Nags Head, two grandchildren, and a host of extended family and dear friends.  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted to serve the McClease family.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, December 2, 2007; pg. 10A)

June Rittenhouse McClure

MANTEO - June Rittenhouse McClure died of a heart attack on October 11, 2008, at Duke Hospital in Durham after successful lung cancer surgery.  She was born in Philadelphia, PA on June 20, 1930 and grew up in West Chester, PA. She attended Pembroke College for one year and then joined the U.S. Navy. Her favorite job in the Navy was teaching sailing. She met her husband, Melvin “Mac” M. McClure at Naval Station Great Lakes and they married in Chicago in 1954. After leaving the Navy, she spent the next several years as a Navy spouse, living in California, Hawaii, Florida, Maryland, and Virginia. She and Mac lived for 30 years in Arlington, VA, where he retired from the Navy and started a new career, while June started a career in computer programming. Subsequently, in 2005, they moved to Manteo.  June attended six colleges in her lifetime and was particularly proud of her attendance at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. She loved learning, was a voracious reader and displayed an inquisitive mind throughout her life. After she developed macular degeneration, she enjoyed the delights of literature through the Talking Books program. She was a visitor to the Outer Banks 30 years ago and was thrilled when her daughter moved to Manteo in 2000. She visited often and moved here with Mac because of her love for Manteo and the Outer Banks.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Mac McClure who died in 2005; her mother, Sarah Neel Ellis in 2002; her father, Alfred Taylor Rittenhouse in 1937; and her sister, Elizabeth Anne “Boo” Bailey in 1991.  She is survived by her daughter, Pamela McClure and granddaughter, Katia Taylor McClure of Manteo and Apex, NC; her brother, P. Neel Rittenhouse and her sisters, Sally Rittenhouse Parry and Antonia Rittenhouse Wilson, all of Pennsylvania. The service will be held at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, on the corner of Essex and Ananias Dare Streets, in Manteo, NC on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm. The burial will follow at Manteo Cemetery and a reception will be held following the service.  Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, October 21, 2008; pg. 10A)

Jacquelin Tillett McCord

Jacquelin Tillet McCord, 67, of 1st Street in Manteo, took flight on the wings of a dove and went home to be with her god on January 2, 2004 at her home after a courageous battle with her health.  She was born January 30, 1936 to the late Percy B. Tillett and Mary D. Whitaker in New York City where she attended George Washington High School and City College of New York.  After career positions related to her field of study in social work and business administration and after raising a family, she and her husband retired to Manteo to be near her father.  During her time in Manteo she was actively involved in various charitable works such as the Outer Banks Cancer Support Group, the Hotline Crisis Intervention Center, and Women's Aglow.  She is survived by a loving husband of 44 years, Leroy McCord; a son, Noble Davis of Washington, DC; a daughter, Cassandra Kennedy of Teaneck, NJ; one brother, Ronald Whitaker of the Bronx, NY; two sisters: Valerie Sheppard and Juanita Shaw; five grandchildren; one aunt; one uncle and a hot of other relatives and friends.  Preceding here in death were her daughters: Tonja and Trescia.  A home going service will be conducted at Haven Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Manteo, on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m.  Burial will follow immediately afterwards at the Tillett family cemetery.  Arrangements by Stallings Funeral Home, Elizabeth City.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, January 6, 2004; pg. 7A)

Robert Middleton McCoy

Robert Middleton McCoy, born June 28, 1954, in Richmond, VA, died unexpectedly August 17th, 2013 in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Bob grew up surfing and fishing along the east coast. He began his career at Nick’s restaurant and worked at several other VA. Beach restaurants before moving to the Outer Banks where he established Bob’s Grill, celebrating 20 years this summer.  Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis McCoy. Bob is survived by his wife, Jennifer M. McCoy; his son, Brent McCoy, and wife Kelli; his father, Bill McCoy; sisters, Lynn M. Arnold, and Becky Fairchild. He is also survived by his niece Kim Detterman, and nephew Jimmie Arnold.  A Celebration of Bobs life will be held on the beach, at the Atlantic Street beach access, Mile Post 9, in Kill Devil Hills, on August 22, at 3pm, with a reception following at Bob’s Grill, mp 9.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Theodore McCreedy

KITTY HAWK - On the evening of July 5, 2009, Theodore “Teddy” McCreedy unexpectedly passed away at his home. He was a resident of Kitty Hawk, NC most of his adult life. He was born on March 22, 1956 to Anna May and William “Ward” McCreedy in Detroit, Michigan. He traveled with his parents to Brownsville, Texas and Arlington, Virginia where he graduated from Yorktown High School in 1975. He then moved with his parents to Kitty Hawk NC and resided there until his death. He loved the outdoors. His favorite things were his dogs, friends and family. He loved hunting and fishing. He was employed at Victory Cheverolet at the time of his death. He also worked many years at TW's Bait & Tackle.   Teddy was preceded in death by his father, William “Ward” McCreedy. He is survived by his mother, Anna May McCreedy, formerly of Kitty Hawk, NC; a brother, Philip (Laurie) McCreedy of Springfield, VA; a sister, Ann (Ken) Parkington of Clarksburg, WV; a nephew, Ryan McCreedy of Springfield, VA; a niece, Sarah (Michael) Saladini of Springfield, VA; a great nephew, Mason Saladini of Springfield, VA; a niece, Erin (Michael) Robinson of Snellville, GA; five great nephews, Issac, Ezra, Joel, Nathan and Judah Robinson all of Snellville, GA; and a niece, Sarah Parkington of Quarryville, PA.   A memorial service will be held in the chapel of St. Andrews By-the-Sea Episcopal Church on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 1:00 PM.   Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, July 12, 2009; pg. 8A)

L. Sherman McDaniel

BUXTON, NC - L. Sherman McDaniel, Jr., 53, passed away in his Frisco home, Sunday morning, July 23, 2006.  A native of Hatteras Island, Sherman was well known and respected throughout the community. His passion for building and music and most importantly, his love for his family and friends will be in our hearts and minds forever.  Sherman is survived by his loving wife Deanna Baldwin McDaniel and his beautiful daughter, Rachael Spencer McDaniel. He was the beloved son of Lawrence “Sonny” McDaniel and Sybil Gray McDaniel; the brother of James “Buddy” McDaniel and wife Heather, Edna “Cissy” Nelson and husband Jim, Darlene O’Neal and husband Morris and Cynthia McDaniel. He is also survived by many other family members and numerous friends who will always love and cherish him.  A viewing will be held at Twiford’s Funeral Home in Hatteras Village on Kohler Road from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2006. Funeral services will be held at Buxton United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Please join the family and friends at his home for a celebration of his life following the service. Twiford’s Island Chapel Hatteras is assisting the family.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Emma Jane Davis McDermott

"This is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." These words were spoken every morning by Emma Jane Davis McDermott, who peacefully departed this life December 16, 2010, at age 88. The words are testament to the positive grace with which she faced life. She was a true southern genteel lady who faced adversity with strength and humor, who walked the talk of active Christian values. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and numerous friends.  A resident of Manteo, NC, Emma Jane, "E.J." was born Feb. 9, 1922 in South Norfolk, VA. Her parents were the Honorable Q.C Davis, Jr., and Lola Diggs Davis. She was married for fifty years to the late Rev. William L. "Billy Mac" McDermott. E.J.'s life was a glorious journey from a childhood filled with colorful stories of her judge, mayor, and Virginia delegate father and her boisterous siblings, to marrying her college art professor, being the mother of four children, grandmother, great-grandmother, and having several careers—as well as being a Brownie and Girl Scout leader many times over.  E.J. graduated from South Norfolk High School in Chesapeake, VA in 1938. She attended William & Mary College (Norfolk division), and graduated from Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA, with a B.A. in Education (English, Social Studies) in 1942. A month later she married her art professor. The two's courtship had been kept secret via notes hidden and passed in text books. The Dean of Students held the engagement ring until E.J.'s graduation.  From Fredericksburg, the McDermott's moved to Rock Hill, SC in 1947 for Billy Mac to become head of the art department of Winthrop College. There E.J. began her teaching career. She so impressed her American Gov't student G.I.'s with her political acumen that they urged and convinced her to run for the S.C. House of Representatives. In 1953 she was the first mother to be elected to that office, having run on a platform of nursing home reform. She founded the Jr. Women's Club of Rock Hill, and was its first president. In the late '60's her husband was ordained into the Episcopal priesthood. After two years at his first church, Trinity, in Abbeville, SC, they moved to Glasgow, VA in 1970 where he became rector of St. John's, Glasgow. The family would live there for the next 22 years.  In 1972 she became Supervisor of Circulations at Washington & Lee Univ. Law Library in Lexington, VA, during which time she indulged in her long held desire to study law enrolling part time as a law student. Later she became Director of Alumnae and Public Relations at Southern Sem. Jr. College (now Southern Virginia University) in Buena Vista, VA. In 1981 she and Billy Mac moved to Raleigh, NC when she was hired to be Director of Annual Funds for St. Mary's College. At this time she was also full time care giver for her husband who suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease. In 1983 she and Billy Mac returned to Glasgow, VA where she opened and ran Creative Dimensions, a hand-made crafts store with her friend Jean Taylor in Lexington, VA, until 1984 when she became regional director for the American Lung Assoc. of Virginia. For the next several years she worked between the American Lung Assoc. and St. Mary's College.  The McDermott's fell in love with the Outer Banks in 1962 when the entire family was involved with "The Lost Colony". The dream to someday live there became reality in '92, one month before Billy Mac passed away. From that point on E.J. made a new life for herself in OBX, first hostessing at Clara's Restaurant in Manteo, and later as a coordinator for Tar Heel Home Health. She accepted an appointment on the Governor's Panel on the Aging, and from '93 to '95 was once again an ardent advocate for senior citizens. She then "retired". Having taught herself to sew at the age of 9, she put her expert sewing and tailoring skills to work making her renowned custom-made vests. She enjoyed travelling. Her home known as Angel's Folly became a haven for family and friends under the tender care of E.J.'s expert gardening, cooking, entertaining, and the whimsical gaze of a vast collection of angels, frogs, and art work. Many will remember her for her unique and amazing "warble", a whistle that contained harmonics and surrounded your heart with love. But mostly she will be remembered for making you feel like the most important person in the world through the loving light radiating from her vivacious eyes and embraceable smile.  She is survived by her four children, Lola Davis-Jones and husband Bryan of Collington Harbor, NC; Emma Jane Julie Imeson and husband Tom of Manteo, NC; William L. McDermott, Jr. and wife Patti of Nags Head, NC; Lucinda M. Piro and husband Jonathan of Radford, VA; sister, Rose Morrisette of Ocean View, VA; grandchildren William R. Bonsal, III, of Niskayuna, NY, Veda E. Renfrow of Raleigh, NC, Emma Parnell-Klabo of Richmond, VA, Sidney C. Parnell II, of Kitty Hawk, NC, Thomas C. McDermott of Norfolk, VA, Willa R. Piro and Dante L. Piro of Radford, VA; great grandchild Davis A. Klabo of Richmond, VA; Step children, Nancyanne Welsh and her children, Thomas C. Imeson, III, and his children, Susan L. Harlan and her children; sisters-in-law Mrs. Thelma Creef Davis, and Mrs. Janet Rowe Davis; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition there are many friends who E.J. treasured as family. Her loving presence and ability to light up any room or occasion will be missed, but all who knew her are forever blessed with her shining example of a life well lived.  She is predeceased by husband Rev. William L. McDermott; siblings Virginia Davis Knowleton, Q.C. Davis, III, and Jefferson Davis.  The family will receive friends Tuesday December 28, 2010 from 6 to 9 pm at the Imeson home, 128 Sunnyside Drive, Manteo, NC. A memorial service will be held Wednesday December 29, 2010 at noon at St. Andrew's by the Sea 4212 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC. A reception will follow at the church. Memorial donations may be made to Dare Home Health and Hospice PO Box 1000, Manteo, NC 27954 in memory of Emma Jane McDermott.  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.  (Gallop Funeral Home)

April Truitt McDonald

April Truitt MacDonald, 63, of Colington Harbour, passed away July 2, 2013 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. April was the daughter of the late Frances and James Cousins of Norfolk, Va., affectionately known as Nana and PopPop.  April will be remembered and cherished by her husband Steve MacDonald of Colington Harbour and her twin sons James, of Colington Harbour, and Graham and his wife Meghann Gould, of Rota, Spain. April will also be deeply missed by the Colington Pictionary families of Bennett, Davis, Fischer, Kerner, Knab, Rasmussen, Ross, and Zarate, as well as the entire Albemarle Emmaus Community.  April was born and raised in Norfolk, Va., and graduated from Maury High School and Old Dominion University. She was a Medical Technologist and worked at several hospitals in Norfolk, Va., and Leonardtown, Md., before retiring from Albemarle Hospital Regional Medical Center after eleven years of dedicated service. She was a member of the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church and walked on the Albemarle Emmaus AE80 “Revival” in 2009.  What brought April the most joy was spending time with family and friends; whether here in the local community, down on Ocracoke Island, or anywhere good fellowship and company was to be had. April loved nature, especially bird-watching from her deck or camping with her family. She will be remembered most as a loving wife, dedicated mother, and loyal friend.  A memorial service will be held at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church on Saturday July 13, at 5 pm, with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Marion McDonald

Marion McDonald, 68, of Martins Point, Kitty Hawk, NC, died in her sleep on February 28, 2012.  Born in Germany on September 5, 1943, Marion moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 1964 where she worked in television production at KTLA and at Universal Studios.  After marrying Michigan Congressman, Jack McDonald, they moved to the Washington, DC suburb of Great Falls, VA.  She immediately made her mark among the leaders in Washington. Marion was invited numerous times to the White House, where she was known by three Presidents of the United States.  On her office wall is a picture of her dancing with President Ford at a White Tie event in honor of the Japanese Emperor, Hirohito.  Upon relocating to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Marion became interested in the local real estate market.  She began her career with BD&A Realty & Construction and later worked at Resort Realty in Corolla.  A great listener, she soon found she had a knack for matching her clients with their dream properties. Marion enjoyed the fact that many of her clients had also become personal friends.  Her charm, wit, compassion, sense of humor and style will be missed by all who knew, and thereby adored her.  All who knew Marion will remember her forever.  Marion is survived by her beloved husband, Jack McDonald of Kitty Hawk, NC; her son, Nicholas McDonald of Durham, NC; son, David McDonald of Berkeley Springs, WV; and son, Michael McDonald of Great Falls, VA; and two grandsons, David McDonald II of Sterling, VA and Alex McDonald, currently serving in Afghanistan.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Helene Keesler McGinnis

MANTEO - Helene K. McGinnis, 87, died Saturday, October 24, in Roanoke, VA.  She was born July 4, 1922 in Lounsberry, N.Y. first of Lena and Earl Keesler’s  three daughters.  A graduate of Candor High School, she earned her business degree at Ridley College in Binghamton, N.Y.   She enlisted in the Women’s Army Corp (WAC) shortly after the unit was formed in 1943.  She served at Camp Shanks army base, New York and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, as a small arms inspector, test firing weapons specialist.  She was a member of the WAC’s 1945 championship basketball team.  She received her honorable discharge from the WAC unit on January 27, 1946.   After receiving her Army discharge, she worked in accounting at Cornell University until her marriage to Dennis E. McGinnis in 1951, who preceded her in death on October 26, 2005.   Raising her family, she played an active part in all community activities ten years with the Lost Colony production, PTA member and supporter for Manteo Elementary and Manteo High School , and an officer of Manteo High School’s first football booster’s club.  She was an ardent supporter of Dare County public schools.  Helene also was a dedicated volunteer worker for the Dare County Board of Elections who earnestly worked for an honest, functional voting system.  Helene enjoyed the company of her close friends in Manteo, Dora Midgett, Estelle Wilson, Alice Kellogg, and Alene Midgett for morning coffee.  For almost forty years, these fine ladies met daily for a cup of coffee.  This tradition started at Fearing’s drugstore in downtown Manteo in 1966 and they continued this tradition at McDonalds well past the turn of the century.   For the past seven years, Helene has been in the loving care of her son, Brian, his wife, Ursula, and their sons Brian and Thomas. The loving care and consideration they have given Mom has extended her life and made it meaningful and pleasant.  She is survived by her five sons, Dennis and his wife Kit of Manteo, NC;  Brian and his wife Ursula of Stewardsville, VA;  Kevin and his wife Renee of Sunbury, NC; Sean and his wife Jeanne of Hickory , NC; and Terry and his wife Anna of Manteo, NC;  six grandchildren, Brian, Thomas, Sarah, Katheryn, Matt, and Molly;  and one sister, Betty Kroplin of Spencer, NY.  A memorial-remembrance gathering is planned for a later date.  Twiford Funeral Homes, Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, October 27, 2009; pg. 6A)

Ina Crain McGowan

EAST LAKE - Ina Crain McGowan, 89, of Lake Neighborhood Rd., died Sunday, June 20, at the home of her daughter in Belhaven.  Born in East Lake, July 2, 1920, she was the daughter of the late John Will and Martha Jane Bateman Crain.  She was married to John Thurman McGowan who preceded her in death in 1989.  Surviving are a daughter, Gee Gee M. Mackel and husband Tom of Belhaven; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild with three more expected.  Funeral services will be held at the family plot in East Lakes United Methodist Church Cemetery at 2 p.m. Tuesday.  The family will speak with friends at the cemetery.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter and Columbia.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, June 22, 2010; pg. 6A)

Lucille Basnight McGowan

ELIZABETH CITY - Lucille Basnight McGowan, 88, of Elizabeth City, died Wednesday, March 19, at Albemarle Hospital. She was a Dare County native. Mrs. McGowan was the widow of David Matthew McGowan. Survivors include a son, Lonnie McGowan of the residence; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday in Twiford's Memorial Chapel. Burial followed in New Hollywood Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, March 25, 1997)

Tammie Wise McGowan

NAGS HEAD - Tammie Wise McGowan, 48, died Monday, September 2, 2013 at her residence. Born in Belhaven, NC, she was the daughter of Sandra Swain Gibbs of Engelhard and the late Charles Edward Jarvis, Sr.Besides her mother, Tammie is survived by a daughter, Veronica Lee Wise Moore of Augusta, GA; a son, Jack Dempsey Wise, III “Trae” of Manteo;  two sisters, Sandra Jarvis Vestal “Sissy” and Leighann Wise Gibbs both of Englehard; a step daughter, Stormie Jo McGowan of Charleston, SC; a step son, Mason Rae McGowan of Charleston, SC; fiance’, John P. Wise of Nags Head; step father, Jimmy Gibbs of Engelhard; three step sisters, Catherine Selby of Fredericksburg, VA, Deborah Ann Riggins of Engelhard, and Connie Marie Trigger of Farifield, NC; five grandchildren and seventeen nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Edward Jarvis, Jr. “Chuck”.  A memorial service will be held at Engelhard Christian Church on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Jessie Mae Midgett McIver

NORFOLK - Jessie Mae McIver, 91, died Oct. 10, 1996 in a Norfolk hospital.  Born in Wanchese, N.C., she was the widow of Joseph D. McIver, Sr.  Survivors include three daughters: Jessie H. Hines of Portsmouth, Edna Earle Bangley of Luray, Va. and Alma Virginia Reece of Louisville, Ky.; a son, Joseph D. McIver, Jr. of Norfolk; a brother, Herman Midgett of Norfolk; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.  A funeral will be held Monday in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Dr. Chapel, by the Rev. Ernest L. Trueblood.  Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - October 12, 1996)

Thomas Cooper McKimmey, Jr.

Thomas Cooper McKimmey, Jr., 91, died Jan. 22, 2006, at his residence. Mr. McKimmey was born in Camden, N.C., the son of the late Thomas Cooper McKimmey Sr. and the late Annie Cox McKimmey. He was the former owner and operator of Sam & Omie’s Restaurant in Nags Head and was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a recipient of the American Theatre Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.  Mr. McKimmey was a founding member of Faith Baptist Church, where he also served as a deacon. He was a 1933 graduate of Elizabeth City High School and was starting fullback on the State 3A Championship Football team. He was the first town commissioner and first Nags Head police commissioner when the town of Nags Head was first incorporated and was one of the first founding members of the Nags Head Fire Department. He served as chairman of the Dare County Planning Board, was a member of the original VFW Post 6060 of Elizabeth City and was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the Odd Fellows, having been raised in the Odd Fellows Orphanage in Goldsboro, N.C. Mr. McKimmey is survived by his wife, Katherine Walker McKimmey of the residence; a son, Thomas Cooper McKimmey, III of Manteo; two grandchildren, Shawn Douglas McKimmey and Michael Eric McKimmey. He was also preceded in death by a son, Wilse Walker McKimmey. A celebration of life will be held at Faith Baptist Church, Manteo, today at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Ronnie Midgett officiating. Burial will be in Old Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City at 4 p.m. The family will receive friends at the residence. Memorial donations may be made to Faith Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Manteo, NC 27954. Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements. (The Virginian Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - 24 Jan., 2006)

Myrtle Gail Wescott McKinney

WANCHESE - Myrtle Gail Wescott McKinney, 50, died Sunday, June 15 at the home of her parents.  Mrs. McKinney was born in Jarvisburg and was a data processor.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Troup, Texas and was affiliated with Wanchese Assembly of God and Troup, Texas Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.  She was a graduate of Manteo High School and attended Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland, Fla.  She is the daughter of Charles Lee and Myrtle Johnson (Aileen) Wescott of Wanchese, who have been her loving and dedicated caregivers throughout her illness.  Besides her parents, surviving are one son, Justin Ray McKinney of Athens, Texas; one sister, Mary Wescott Kee and husband Lloyd R. of Henderson, Texas; a nephew, Lee Johnson of Wanchese; a niece, Anna Johnson Outenreath, and great-niece, Mariah Dawn Outenreath, both of Henderson, Texas; and two aunts: Lessie W. Forbes and Sandra W. Payne and husband, Kenneth, both of Wanchese.  She was predeceased by her niece, Tana Dawn Johnson.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 18 at 11 a.m. in Twiford's Colony Chapel by the Rev. David Dalton and the Rev. Kenny Midgett.  A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 21 at 11 a.m. in Deadwood Cemetery in Carthage, Texas by the Rev. Donald Rivers.  Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, June 17, 2003; pg. 10A)

Elsie McKissick

Elsie McKissick, 90, died March 20, 2007 at Arden Court in West Palm Beach. She was born in Buxton, NC and lived in Port St. Lucie since 1963, coming from South Carolina.  She was of the Methodist faith.  Survivors include her daughter, Iola M. Stevens of West Palm Beach; son, Ellis H. McKissick, II of Port St. Lucie; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis H. McKissick and her daughter, Lila Joan Young.  A service will be at 10 a.m. March 23 at Aycock Funeral Home in Port St. Lucie.   Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Fort Pierce.  (TC Palm (Treasure Coast Palm) - March 22, 2007)

Eleanora Stowe McLaine

Eleanora Stowe McLaine died in Sentara Lee Memorial Hospital in Virginia on Feb. 20. Born Nov. 11, 1927 in Hatteras, she lived a majority of her life in Hatteras, but spent time in Norfolk, VA with her daughters. She graduated from Cape Hatteras School.  She was preceded in death by her father, Willliam Preston Stowe Sr., her mother, Lillie G. Stowe, and her daughter, Tina Gaskill. She is survived by her children, Etta Midgette and husband Milton, Samuel Gaskill and wife Sheila, Tod Gaskill and wife Angie, Dola Blakemore and husband Peyton; her siblings, Yvonne Austin, William Stowe Jr. and Eula; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Buxton with interment at the Gaskill Family Cemetery in Frisco. Gallop Funeral Services was entrusted with arrangements.  (Outer Banks Sentinel [Nags Head, NC] - Wednesday, February 26, 2014)

Violet Padgett McMahon
(The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, September 19, 2000; pg. 9A)

Dorothy Garee McManus

NAGS HEAD, NC - Dorothy Garee McManus, 84, of Nags Head, died, Sunday, November 5, 2006, in Nags Head. Mrs. McManus was born in Johnstown, Ohio and was a former owner/operator of McManus Cottage Court in Nags Head.  She was the daughter of the late Ervin and Clarabel Reynolds Garee and the wife or the late Gerald A. McManus.  Surviving are her daughter: Nancy Wehrle of Columbus, Ohio and her son Jerry McManus of Nags Head; her sister: Doris G. Perry of Columbus, Ohio; three grandsons: Larry McManus, Dean McManus and Patrick McManus and two great-grandsons: Cameron McManus and Connor McManus.  A celebration of life will be held Friday, November 10, 2006, at 12:00 noon, in Twiford Colony Chapel by the Rev. Bettie Francis with burial in Roanoke Island Memorial Gardens. Friends may join the family for a visitation from 11:00 a.m. until time of service.  Twiford Colony Chapel Manteo is assisting the family.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Byron Edison McPhee

IN COLINGTON - Byron Edison McPhee, 61, of Colington, died Saturday [Dec. 26, 1981] at 1 a.m. at his home.  Graveside services were to be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. in North End Cemetery in Colington by the Rev. Carroll Daniels.  Twiford Colony Chapel of Manteo was in charge of arrangements.  The family will be at the home of McPhee's brother, Colon McPhee of Colington.  McPhee was a native and lifelong resident of Colington, a U.S. Merchant Seaman, retired as a U.S. Navy parts controlman at the Naval Base after 17 years, a member of the Colington United Methodist Church, the Norfolk Moose Lodge and VFW.  He was the son of the late Arthur Edward and Mrs. Cora Lee Hill McPhee and the widower of the late Elizabeth McPhee.  Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Ralph Johnson, and one brother, Colan McPhee, both of Colington; and one foster brother, Arnold L. Montague of Oregon.  (The Southern Post [Coinjock, NC] - Wednesday, December 30, 1981)

Colon R. McPhee, Sr.

GRANDY - Colon R. McPhee Sr., 87, died April 23, 2010 at his home. Colon was born in Colington Sept. 14, 1922. Colon was the son of the late Arthur Edward and Cora Lee McPhee of Colington. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 48 years, Marie W. McPhee; sister, Elsie Johnson; brother, Byron E. McPhee; and his grandson, Arthur "Bud" McPhee, all of Colington. He is survived by his caring and loving second wife of 19 years, Adelia McPhee of the home; two daughters, Joyce Arthur of Virginia Beach and Carolyn and husband Roy Grubb of New Bern; and son, Colon McPhee Jr. and wife Catherine of Grandy. Colon leaves behind seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Colon served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945 as a radioman on the USS Ranger and USS Card. Upon leaving active duty, he served in the Naval Reserve and worked for the Navy in aviation electronics at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk until 1969. Colon transferred from NAS to the Stumpy Point Navy Test Range Tracking Facility in 1969 as the civilian supervisor under the direction of the Oceana Air Group in Virginia Beach. He retired in 1973 after serving the Navy in various capacities for more than 32 years. Colon found great pleasure in his early years building boats and creating detailed wood carvings in his spare time. He enjoyed telling stories of his days growing up in Colington to anyone who had time to listen. With a smile, and just a few hours prior to passing away, he shared his last four stories with his son about a goose hunt off of Rhodoms Point in Colington at age 12, working for 25 cents a day helping to build a house in Kitty Hawk, a job with the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Smokey Mountains, and fond memories of friends and school days spent in Colington and Kitty Hawk. He was a past member of the Colington United Methodist Church. Family and friends will gather at the Hilltop Cemetery in Colington on Saturday, May 1, at 11 a.m. for a graveside service. The service will be presented by the Rev. Robert Pitsch of Kill Devil Hills. Family and friends will be received at the home in Grandy following the service.  (The Virginian-Pilot - Tuesday, April 27, 2010)

Ella Mae Smith McPherson

MANTEO, NC - Ella Mae Smith McPherson, 84, died Monday, July 24, 2006 at her residence. Born in Hatteras, NC, she was the daughter of the late James B. and Louisa Austin Smith and was the widow of Charles Thomas McPherson. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Manteo.  Mrs. McPherson is survived by three sons, Charles T. McPherson, Jr. and Willie J. McPherson both of Manteo, NC and Danny Ray McPherson of Kill Devil Hills, NC; a sister, Lila Willis of Chesapeake, VA; two step brothers, Lauris Peele of Wanchese, NC and William Peele of Elizabeth City, NC; two grandchildren and two great grandsons.  A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 2:00 PM at Twiford's Colony Chapel by the Rev. Roger Barnett and the Rev. Steve Crews. Burial will be in Cudworth Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM and at other times at the residence.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

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