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[Bertha Twiford] Taft

Mrs. E.L. Taft of East Lake died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Stephen Meekins, on Skinners Ave. in this city on Tuesday afternoon. She is survived by her husband and two children, the youngest of which is an infant girl. Mrs. Taft came to Elizabeth City Monday seriously ill, hoping to get relief from medical treatment here, but died Tuesday [May 11, 1920]. The remains were carried to East Lake Tuesday night and buried Wednesday.  (The Independent [Elizabeth City, NC] - Friday, May 14, 1920; pg. 3)

Geraldine Meekins Tandy

FRISCO - Geraldine Meekins Tandy, 64, passed away at her residence Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. Born Sept. 26, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Edison Willis Meekins and the late Audrey Mae Field Meekins. Mrs. Tandy will be remembered as an active member of the Hatteras Island Community including 32 years as a preschool teacher at Buxton United Methodist Church, an active membership at Hatteras United Methodist Church, and by working at "Changing Tide/Locomotion" in Buxton. Her presence in the community will be missed by many. Surviving are her daughters, Emily Tandy of Coinjock, N.C., Ami Tandy of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and her son, Garrett Tandy of Frisco, N.C. She is also survived by her brother, Douglas Meekins of Washington, D.C. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Hatteras United Methodist Church with the Rev. Cory Oliver, the Rev. Dwight Burrus, and the Rev. Roger Barnett officiating. The burial of cremated remains will occur immediately following the service.  Twiford Funeral Homes' Island Chapel, Hatteras, N.C., is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - Wednesday, December 1, 2010)

Roy Garrett Tandy, Sr.

FRISCO - Roy Garrett Tandy, Sr., 60, of Frisco, died Wednesday, December 12 in Chesapeake, Va.  He was born in Frisco and was a retired line superintendent with 30 years of service for the Cape Hatteras Electric Co.  Mr. Tandy was a member of Frisco Assembly of God and served in the U.S. Air Force.  He was the son of the late Henry Erle and Julia Robinson Tandy and husband of Geraldine Meekins Tandy.  Besides his wife, surviving are two daughters, Emily Tandy of Coinjock and Amy Tandy of Roanoke Rapids; one son, Roy Garrett Tandy, Jr. of Frisco; one sister, Erlene Tandy Willis and husband Harlon, Jr. of Frisco.  He was predeceased by a brother, Lee Wayne Tandy.  Funeral services were Saturday, December 15 at Frisco Assembly of God with the Rev. Roger Barnett and the Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating.  Burial was in the family cemetery. Hatteras.  Twiford's Island Chapel, Hatteras, is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, December 16, 2001; pg. 14A)

Betty Marie Tapscott

NORFOLK - Betty Marie Tapscott, 79, a native of Norfolk, passed away Dec. 11, 2009. She was born at home to Ora Rebecca Cunningham and Rueben Midgett, now deceased, along with her twin brother Robert Oliver Midgett, on June 12, 1930. Robert now resides in McClenney, Fla., with his wife Verna. She retired from Hertz Rent-A- Car at Norfolk International Airport and was a member of Ocean View Baptist Church and past Sunday school teacher for the five-year-old children. Mrs. Tapscott was past guardian of Bethel No. 3, IOJD, Ocean View, past president of Norfolk Chapter of the American Business Women's Association, and past president of Brookfield Park Garden Club in Norfolk. She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Becky Hardison and her significant other Phil Morgan, and Kathy Gainus; grandchildren, Paul Twine, Kim Twine-Huffman and husband Robert, Christopher and Jacob Gainus, Bryan and wife Jasmine, Brad Burton, and Beth Burton-Kesler; eight great-grandchildren, Caleb and Tristan Burton, Alexis and Morgan Burton-Kesler, Trevor and Addisyn Huffman, Eric and Alyssa Twine; a host of other relatives and friends. Mrs. Tapscott was preceded in death by her loving companion of 32 years, Dusty Rhodes. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. in Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, with Pastor Rick Eshcenburg officiating. Burial will be private in Manteo, N.C.  (Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] – Monday, December 14, 2009)

Erma L. Tarkenton

Erma L. Tarkenton "Tojo", 74, of Manteo, died Jan. 15.  Raised in Roper, he was the son of George Tarkenton and Ardeen Spruill Tarkenton.  He was one of nine children.  Upon coming to Manteo in his early years, he encountered many people along the way. They encouraged him in his pursuits and love of bicycles, "tape," and pool. He made his living by the "sweat of his brow." His waning years were spent at Britthaven Nursing Center in Nags Head.  His passing leaves a hole for the Bryants (Matthew and Aquilla) of Manteo, the care givers at Britthaven, and "a family" that loved him. (Mt 25:45). Plans for a memorial service are pending at this time. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. is assisting the family.  (Outer Banks Sentinel [Nags Head, NC] - January 20, 2008)

Robert Michael Tarkington, Jr.

CRESWELL - Robert Michael Tarkington, Jr., 38, died Saturday, September 11 in Norman, Okla.  Mr. Tarkington was born in Edenton and was a mechanic.  He is the son of Robert M. Tarkington and Margaret Basnight Tarkington of Creswell.  He is survived also by his wife, Kathryn Spruill Tarkington, and one son, William Michael Tarkington of Creswell; maternal grandparents, Charlie O. and Cilla Basnight; two sisters: Shirley Pelletier of Creswell and Joy Tarkington of Norman; and one nephew, Andrew Pelletier of Creswell.  Graveside services were to be held Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Hilltop Cemetery in Colington with the Rev. Keith Pelletier, brother-in-law, officiating.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, was in charge.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, September 19, 1999; pg. 12A)

Daniel Grady Tate

COINJOCK - Daniel Grady Tate, 80, of the 100 block of Emperor's Isle, died Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at Chesapeake General Hospital. He was born in Duck, NC, and was the son of the late Thomas Tate and Hannah Scarborough Tate Spruill and the widower of Susan Griggs Cartwright Tate. He served in the U.S. Navy, was a retired veteran of the United States Coast Guard and finished his career as a civilian at the Coast Guard Aircraft Repair & Supply Center. He was a member of Coinjock Baptist Church and the Currituck Masonic Lodge #463 AF &AM. Mr. Tate loved gospel bluegrass music and enjoyed researching family genealogy and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Mr. Tate is survived by three daughters, Glenna Wyatt and husband Andrew of Coinjock, NC, Brenda Golia and husband David of Hollis, NH, and Christy Maxwell and husband Mark of Elizabeth City, NC; four grandsons, David Golia, II, Daniel Golia, Drew Wyatt, and John Mark Maxwell; two sisters, Norma Perry of Kitty Hawk, NC, and Minnie Griggs of Harbinger, NC; and two brothers, Charlie B. Spruill of Powells Point, NC, and Foster K. Spruill of Harbinger, NC. He was preceded in death by a sister, Etta Bowden. A funeral service will be held Friday, April 22, 2005 at 2:00 pm in Coinjock Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Wellons officiating. Burial will be in New Hollywood Cemetery. Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC, is in charge of funeral arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, April 24, 2005; pg. 10A)

Everett Douglas Tate

NAGS HEAD, NC - Everett Douglas Tate, 83, died February 26, 2008, at Outer Banks Hospital. He was born in the village of Duck, son of the late Ruth Scarborough Tate and Samson D. Tate. He was also predeceased by a son, Frank Elliott Tate.  During World War II, he served in the United States Navy. Following the war, he also served three years in the United States Coast Guard. He retired as Postmaster at the Nags Head Post Office. Throughout his life, a love of commercial fishing never escaped him. He especially enjoyed mullet fishing. He was captain of a shrimp boat in Charleston, South Carolina, where he met Suzanne, his wife of 54 years. Returning to Dare County in 1961, he opened and operated Tate's Landing, a bait and tackle shop, for four years on the Nags Head Causeway.  Besides Suzanne, he is survived by his son, Mark D. Tate, and wife, Pam; grandsons, Scott and Grant, and nephew, Douglas Cornette.  For 46 years, he was a member of Duck United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be held there on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 2 p.m., followed by a graveside service and burial in Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk. The family will receive friends at Twiford’s Funeral Home, Friday evening 7-9 p.m. and also at the home, 403 Villa Dunes Drive in Nags Head.  Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, February 28, 2008; pg. 10A)

Frank Elliott Tate

IN NAGS HEAD - Frank Elliott Tate, 19, of Nags Head died early Saturday morning on highway 158 in Kitty Hawk as the result of an automobile accident.  A native of Nags Head, he was the son of Everett D. and Suzanne Ricker Tate.  He was a 1981 graduate of Manteo High School and attended Duck United Methodist Church.  Tate, a student at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., was en route home.  Funeral services were held Monday in the Duck United Methodist Church by the Rev. Doug Jesse, pastor.  Curial followed in the Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk.  (The Southern Post [Coinjock, NC] - July 28, 1982; pg. 1)

Sidney Ray Tatem

MANNS HARBOR - Sidney Ray Tatem, 75, died Thursday, May 15 in an Elizabeth City hospital.  Mr. Tatem was co-owner and operator of Cleo's Seafood in Manns Harbor, and was a retired Independent Insurance agent.  He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict, and was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.  He was the son of the late Peter and Ruth Stenart Tatem.  He is survived by his wife, Clelia "Cleo" Verelli Tatem of the residence; two daughters: Bernadette T. Tillett of Avon and Mary T. McCoy of Williamsburg, Va.; two sons: Sidney G. Tatem and Stewart A. Tatem, both of Manns Harbor; one sister, Barbara Sawyer of Barco; and nine grandchildren.  A funeral mass will be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Kitty Hawk, on Tuesday, May 20 at 11 a.m. with Father Michael Butler officiating.  Burial will be in the Tatem Family Cemetery, Gibbs Woods at 3 p.m.  The family will receive friends at Twiford Funeral Home on Monday from 7-8:30 p.m.  Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, May 20, 2003; pg. 12A)

Ruth Scarborough Tate

DUCK - Ruth Scarborough Tate, 93, died Wednesday, December 1 at Kitty Hawk medical center. Mrs. Scarborough was born in Duck and was a homemaker. She was the daughter of the late George and Flora Denton Scarborough and was the wife of the late Samson D. Tate. She is survived by one daughter, Iva Tater Jordan of Duck; and one son, Everett Douglas Tate and wife Suzanne of Nags Head; two grandchildren: Douglas Cornette and Mark D. Tate and wife Pam; and two great-grandchildren: Scott and Grant. Graveside services will be held in Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk on Friday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. David Clift officiating. The family will receive friends at Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo on Thursday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. Twiford's Funeral Home, Manteo is handling the arrangements.   (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, December 2, 1999; pg. 15A)

 Billy Lee Taylor

MANNS HARBOR - Billy Lee Taylor,74, died Saturday, August 7.  He was born June 10, 1936, in Virginia. Billy served our country as a Marine and later as a police officer. He also worked for many years in the HVAC industry, but being a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather was his greatest challenge and achievement.  Billy is survived by his Wife of 55 years and one true love, Claire Ann Taylor of the residence.  Also surviving are five children; Theresa, Patricia, Claire, William, and Pamela; 14 grand-children and 5 great-grandchildren.   The family will hold a celebration of Billy’s life Wednesday August 11, 2010 at 5 PM at the Rogers’ residence at 1007 Lisa Court in Kill Devil Hills.   Through this large family his life will be remembered forever and always. All things in life have a reason for happening though it may not be clear at first. Later in life, we may see the light and understand but at the end of the day the love of family and friends helps us through these times.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, August 10, 2010; pg. 10A)

Gary David Taylor

AVON - Gary David Taylor, 46, of Avon, NC went home to be with the Lord on February 9, 2008. Gary was born in Norfolk, VA, and lived in Virginia Beach, VA until he and his family moved to Avon in 2002. He worked with the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad in the 1980’s and as a dock hand on the Hatteras Ferry. Gary also served as a volunteer with the Avon Fire Department. He was an avid fisherman and Redskins fan, but his greatest enjoyments were his wife and daughters, the lights of his life.  He is survived by his wife, Belinda Ann Taylor and two daughters, Samantha Ann and Rosa Mae; a brother, Guy (Sharon); and two sisters, Millie (Parnell) and Donna (Howie), as well as a host of nieces, nephews and three grand-nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Mildred Taylor and grandparents, Guy and Katherine Taylor and Harry and Mildred Wilson.  A memorial service will be held at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Avon, NC on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm with Rev. Susie Fitsch-Slater officiating. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.   Twiford Island Chapel, Hatteras is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, February 12, 2008; pg. 10A)

George Taylor

TAMPA, FLA. - George Taylor passed away April 21, 2011. He was born Sept. 14, 1936 in Tampa, Fla., where he resided. George also resided in Cape Hatteras, N.C., for 10 years and had been visiting the area for more than 50 years as part of the "Midgett" family in Hatteras Village. He was very active in the community including cooking in the Saturday Fish Fry and as a judge for the Hatteras Village Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament and the Hatteras Village Offshore Open Fishing Tournament. He loved fishing on the beach and offshore, but he loved the spirit and the people of the island most of all. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Sylvia (Midgett) Taylor, who was his childhood sweetheart since junior high school. He is also survived by his loving children: son, George (Traci) Taylor; daughters, Charlotte (Joe) Eppich, Linda (Jeff) Abramson and Melody (Anthony) Kocsis. He adored his nine grandchildren, Kristen, Marlee, Jeffrey, Joey, Dallas, Trey, Madison, Cameron and Hayden. He is also survived by his brother, James (Betty) Davis; his brother-in-law, Allen Midgette; his uncle, Percy (Dottie) Midgett; and many nephews, nieces and cousins. God be with you till we meet again. Services will be held May 7, at noon in St. Catherine of Alexandria Church - Episcopal, 502 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace, FL 33617. Reception immediately following in the Fellowship Hall.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - April 24, 2011)

Indiola Scarborough Taylor

MILWAUKEE, WIS. - Indiola Scarborough Taylor, a native of Dare County, passed away in Milwaukee on July 20.  Ms. Taylor was the daughter of the late Alfonzo and Arounia Scarborough of Manteo.  She was preceded in death by a son, William Leo Tillett, Jr. of Manteo.  Ms. Taylor is survived by a daughter, Arvilla T. Bowser of Manteo, and a son, Charles Bennett.  Other survivors include four grandchildren: Jacqueline Tillett Fuller of Manteo, Tyrome Tillett of Cape Charles, Va., Andrian Tillett of Manteo and Christopher Tillett of Kansas City, Mo.; and two great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, August 6, 1995; pg. 2B)

Emerald Lee Byrum Proctor Thessin

Emerald Lee Byrum Proctor Thessin, 70, of Hertford, NC, died Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Brian Center.  Born in Chowan County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Hercules and Katherine Godfrey Byrum and was the wife of the late Robert Paul Thessin.  Mrs. Thessin is survived by a daughter, Darlene Twine and husband  Milford “Buddy/Moose” of Hertford, NC; two sons, Thomas Wesley Proctor and Ralph Proctor and wife Lourie, all of Winterville, NC; two sisters, Kay Councill of Gates County, NC and Fay Allen of Virginia; two brothers, Wayne Byrum and wife Kaye of Gates, NC and L.H. Byrum and wife Pat of Suffolk, VA; three step-sisters, Joan Russell and husband Frank of Sunbury, NC, Rita Lane and husband Roger of Gates, NC and Vernadette Buck and husband Joe of Gates, NC; and four grandchildren, Cpl. William Proctor, USMC of Winterville, NC, Oliver Proctor of Winterville, NC, Casey Twine of Greenville, NC and Katelyn Twine of Greenville, NC.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Gracie Howell Byrum and her step-brother, R.A. Howell.  A graveside funeral service will take place Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk, NC.  The family will receive friends Monday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. at Twiford’s Memorial Chapel and at other times at the residence of Darlene Twine, 257 Red Banks Road, Hertford, NC.  Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Thessin family.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

 Amos Thomas

Amos Thomas, aged 62, of Kitty Hawk, died at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Norfolk at 11:25 o'clock Sunday night after an illness of seven weeks.  He was a native of New Bern and had been living in Norfolk for nine years.  He was a member of Memorial Methodist Church.  Besides his wife, Mrs. Elsie Perry Thomas, he is survived by a daughter, Miss Mary Elsie Thomas of Kitty Hawk.  Funeral services were conducted at the grave in Austin Cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 2 p'clock with the Rev. J.C. Harmon, pastor of Kitty Hawk Methodist Church, officiating.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, February 26, 1943; pg. 1)

Gloria Hayman Thomas

NAGS HEAD - Gloria Hayman Thomas, 68, died Monday, July 13, in Nags Head.  Mrs. Thomas was born in Williamston and was a homemaker.  She worked at the Arlington Hotel and the Seafare Restaurant, businesses in which her parents started and was also employed at Kelly's Restaurant.  She was a member of the St. Andrew's By-The-Sea Church.  Mrs. Thomas was the daughter of the late Dewey and Phoebe Gould Hayman and the wife of Albert Louis "Bill" Thomas, Jr. of Nags Head.  Besides her husband, she is survived by 4 daughters: Linda Toler and Teresa Pickrel of Nags Head, Debbie brown of Wanchese and Beck Miller of Kill Devil Hills; 4 sons: Andrew Thomas of Nags Head, Raymond Thomas of Wanchese, Albert Thomas of Manteo, and David Thomas of Atlanta, Ga.; and 12 grandchildren. She was predeceased by one son, Christopher Parent and by one brother, Michael Hayman.  A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 17, at 10:30 at St. Andrew By-The-Sea with Robert Morisseay officiating.  Burial will take place in the Manteo Cemetery.  Twiford's Funeral Home in Manteo is in charge of these arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, July 16, 1998; pg. 10A)

Laura Stone Thomas

FRISCO - Laura Stone Thomas, 79, died Wednesday, September 22 in a Barco Nursing Home.  Mrs. Thomas was born in Berwick, Maine, was the owner and operator of a restaurant and a member of the Frisco Assembly of God Church.  She is the daughter of the late Warren and Ethel Abbott Stone and the widow of Charles Thomas.  She is survived by two daughters: Jackie Scribner of Norwell, Mass. and Cheryl Lane of Frisco; two sons: Rodney Thomas and D. Jeffrey Thomas, both of Wolfboro Falls, N.H.; one sister, Alice Duffy of Somersworth, N.H.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at the Frisco Assembly of God Church on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Roger Barnett officiating.  Visitation was to be at the church Saturday evening from 7-8:30 p.m.  Twiford Island Chapel is handling the arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, September 26, 1999; pg. 10A)

Raymond Vincent Thomas

WANCHESE - Raymond Vincent Thomas, 47, died Saturday, Mary 25 at the Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head.  Mr. Thomas was born in Elizabeth City and was a commercial fisherman.  He was the son of the late Raymond Vincent Parent and the late Gloria Gould Hayman Thomas.  He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Donna Gibbs Thomas of the residence; a daughter, Lisa Ann Thomas and a son, Raymond Vincent Thomas, Jr., both of Wanchese; 4 sisters: Linda Toler of Nags Head, Deborah Brown of Wanchese, Terese Pickrel of Nags Head and Rebecca Miller of Kill Devil Hills; 3 brothers: Albert Thomas of Manteo, David Thomas of Atlanta, Ga., and Andrew Thomas of Chapel Hill.  A graveside service will be held in Tillett Cemetery in Wanchese on Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Etheridge officiating.  Twiford's Colony Chapel in Manteo is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC]  - Tuesday, May 28, 2002; pg. 15A)

Verdie Mae Thomas

Verdie Mae Thomas went on to join her soul mate January 13, 2008.   She was born September 12, 1930 and grew up in Portsmouth, Va. A devoted homemaker, Verdie and her beloved husband of 30 years raised five children who were here crowning glory.  After moving to Kill Devil Hills in 1980’s, Verdie became a member of Outer Banks Baptist Church .  Left to cherish Verdie’s  memory are two daughters; Katherine J. Richardson of Portsmouth, Va., Vivian M. Monds and son-in-law Michael of Kill Devil Hills, three sons, Eairs D. Thomas, Jr., and wife Elena of Tallahassee, Fl, John B. Thomas, Sr. of Kill Devil Hills, and Staff Sgt. Stephen E. Thomas of Elizabeth City; two brothers Dick Dixon, and Buddy Dixon, one sister Eva Dale; six grand-children Dawn Denton, Christine Kent, Bryan Thomas, Shannon Taylor, Kelly VanValkenburg, Jason Thomas, and seven great-grand children.  A funeral is planned for Friday January 18, 2008 at Outer Banks Baptist Church in Kill Devil Hills, at 11:00 o’clock in the morning with burial following at 2:30 pm at Woodlawn Cemetery in Virginia Beach.  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, January 17, 2008; pg. 12A)

Bessie Lee Tillett Thompson

MANNS HARBOR - Mrs. Bessie Lee Thompson, 91, died March 23 at Britthaven Nursing Home. A native of Manns Harbor and a homemaker, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Mann and Varina Hayman Tillett and the widow of Robert Lee Thompson. She was a member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church. Surviving are one daughter, Isabelle Thompson Vaughn of Baltimore, Md.; two sisters: Beulah Twiford and Bertha Gibbs, both of Manns Harbor; and one grandchild. A church service will be conducted Friday, March 25, 2 p.m. in Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church by the Rev. Douglas Lamb. Burial will follow in the Twiford Family Cemetery. The body will be carried from Twiford's Colony Chapel to the church Friday at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends at the Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, March 24, 1988)

Harry James Thompson, Jr.

NAGS HEAD - LTC (U. S. Army, Retired) Harry James Thompson Jr., 81, of Nags Head, passed away at his home on June 7, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara; four children: Deborah, Kate, Jim, and Amanda; grandchildren: Nathan, Alan, Jena, Christopher, Andrew, Courtney, Lindsay, and Amanda; step-grandchildren: Andrew, Ryan, and Jillian; and great grandchildren: Lily and Alexis.   Harry entered active duty at Fort Benning, Georgia, on August 14, 1952. He served in the Infantry for 27 years in a variety of positions within the Army (including two tours in Vietnam, the first with the "Military Advisory Assistance Group - Vietnam" [MAAG-V], and the second with the 4th Battalion 9th Infantry), retiring Honorably on July 31, 1978, at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His awards include the Combat Infantry Badge, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with four Battle Stars, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star and Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Parachute Badge, and Army General Staff Identity Badge.   Harry was active in the Nags Head community, regularly attending Town Hall meetings. He was appointed a Nags Head Commissioner in February 1994 and served the Town of Nags Head through the end of 1995. After his term as a Nags Head Commissioner, he remained active in local activities. He participated in fund raising for the Dare County hospice, and he was also instrumental in the “Eight is Enough” campaign to limit the size of rental homes to preserve the flavor of Nags Head.   A graveside service with full military honors will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery on August 26 at 0900.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, June 11, 2009; pg. 12A)

Aletha (Mann) Tillett

MANNS HARBOR - Mrs. Aletha Tillett departed this life Wednesday at 2 p.m. She had been a patient sufferer for several months and seemingly she had made every preparation for the great beyond and her death was no surprise to her many friends, She was a good wife, a kind and loving mother and a good neighbor. She leaves a husband and three children.  (The Tar Heel [Elizabeth City, NC] - November 6, 1903; pg. 5)  [NOTE:  Aletha C. Mann married John Henry Tillett on Dec. 25, 1892]

A. [Alton] Clay Tillett

KITTY HAWK - A. Clay Tillett, 79, of Kitty Hawk, died Nov. 22 in an Elizabeth City hospital. A native of Kitty Hawk, he was the son of the late Alphonso and Lenora Harris Tillett and was the widower of Elizabeth "Libby" Grubbs Tillett. He was retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as a 1st class telephone technician. He served with the U.S. Coast Guard in WWII and was the landing operator when the Marines went ashore at Guadalcanal. Mr. Tillet is survived by two sons: Ronnie Tillett of Kitty Hawk and Kenneth Clay Tillett of Colington; one step-daughter, Annie Mae Whitman of Kitty Hawk; two step-sons: Cecil Pentecost of Eustis, Florida and Don Pentecost of Kitty Hawk; 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. A church service will be conducted on Friday, Nov. 27 in the Providence Primitive Baptist Church in Kitty Hawk by the Revs. John Decarmo, Eugene McLawhorn and elder Lester Eason. Burial will follow in the Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk. Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo, is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, November 26, 1992)

 Alton LaSalle Tillett, Jr.

WANCHESE - Alton LaSalle Tillett, Jr., 81, died Sunday, March 15, in Norfolk, Va. Born in Wanchese, he was the son of the late Alton “Peter” LaSalle Tillett, Sr. and the late Mary Daniels Tillett. Mr. Tillett was a retired Chief Engineman with the U.S. Coast Guard and a retired Yard Foreman with the NCDOT. He was a former Merchant Marine during World War II and a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church.  Mr. Tillett is survived by a daughter, Mary Jean Griffith of Farmingdale, NJ; two grandchildren, Aaron Kinsley and wife Anna and Ian Griffith; a sister-in-law, Barbara Tillett of Wanchese; two nephews, Larry and David Tillett both of Wanchese; and three step grandchildren, James, Caine, and Joseph. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Tillett, Sr.  A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Bethany United Methodist Church by the Rev. Bill Cottingham. Burial will follow at Cudworth Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo on Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, March 19, 2009; pg. 12A)

Alton T. Tillett

Alton T. Tillett of Oklahoma and formerly of Wanchese, died December 10.  He was the son of the late Elisha and Sophronia Tillett.  He is survived by two sons: Alton "Beau" Tillett, Jr. and Jim Kraemer; two daughters: Geneva T. Cameron and Raychel S. Young and their spouses, children and grandchildren; and two sisters: Lou Tillett and Joyce Meekins, both of Wanchese.  He was preceded in death by four brothers: Dalton Tillett, formerly of Seattle, Wash.; Wiley Tillett, formerly of Sneads Ferry; Ray "Ossie" Tillett, formerly of Houman, La. and Robert Allen Tillett, formerly of Grandy.  A funeral service was held Monday, December 15 at Sunny Lane Chapel with burial at Sunny Lane Cemetery, St. Del City, Okla.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, December 28, 2008; pg. 8A)

Alton T. Tillett was born 2/6/1936 and died 12/10/08. He is survived by wife Tena Tillett, 2 sons, Alton, Jr. "Beau", Jim Kraemer, 2 daughters Geneva T. Cameron, Raychel S. Young and their spouses, children and grandchildren. God broke the mold when he created him and blessed all those lives he touched. A stronger more humble man you will never meet. Stranger or friend, he was always there for us all. An angel on earth. A man loved by all. Services will be held 1:00 PM, Monday, December 15, 2008 at Sunny Lane Chapel with burial at Sunny Lane Cemetery.  (The Oklahoman [Oklahoma City, OK] - December 14, 2008)

Andrew Roberson Tillett

Andrew Roberson Tillett, 62, of Nags Head, died Sunday [January 13, 1974] at 3 p.m. in Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City. A native of Wanchese, he was the son of the late Titus S. and Mary Payne Tillett. He owned and operated the 66 Trailer Court in Manteo. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Wanchese, Manteo Masonic Lodge #521, Sudan Shrine Temple, Royal Order of Jesters, and a past patron of Eastern Star Chapter #79. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Midgett Tillett; two daughters: Mrs. Jill Cote and Miss Tessie B. Tillett; two sons: Jack C. Tillett and Andrew R. Tillett, Jr., all of Manteo; one brother, William S. Tillett of Engelhard; three sisters: Mrs. Florine Williams of Wanchese, Mrs. Mabel Gray of Virginia Beach, Va., and Mrs. Rita Wool of San Carolos, California; one uncle, Dameron Payne of Wanchese; and 5 grandchildren. Funeral services are to be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Bethany United Methodist Church in Wanchese by the Rev. Roy Burgess. Burial will be in Cudworth Cemetery with Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo in charge.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, January 15, 1974)

Annie Twiford Tillett

Mrs. Annie Twiford Tillett, 68, widow of the late W.C. Tillett of Manns Harobr and daughter of the late G.W. and Martha Twiford of Manns Harbor, died Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at the home of her son, W.O. Tillett at Manns Harbor. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 3:00 at the Manns Harbor M.E. Church, Rev. W.B. Parkin officiating. Interment was in the family plot in the Tillett Cemetery. The pallbearers were Huff Mann, Claude Midgett, G.C. Gard, Floyd Gard, C.R. Fulcher and L.M. Twiford. The church choir sang "Abide With Me" and "The Old Rugged Cross" and at the grave "I Give My Life To Thee" was sung. Surviving relatives are two sons: W.O. Tillett of Manns Harbor and Bob Tillett of Washington, N.C.; three daughters: Mrs. T.O. Sutton, Mrs. V.G. Midgett and Mrs. J.M. Creef of Manns Harbor; two brothers: Sam W. Twiford of Elizabeth City and Lloyd Twiford of California; and two sisters: Mrs. J.T. Gard and Mrs. B.F. Hopkins of Elizabeth City. She had been in failing health for some time and her death was caused by a sudden heart attack.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, April 20, 1945; pg. 1)

Avery Belove Tillett

LAKE LANDING - Avery Belove TILLETT, 65, a life long resident of Manns Harbor, died of a heart attack Monday afternoon [Nov. 16, 1953] at Lake Landing while hunting. He was the son of the late Avery and Mary Walker Tillett and was a member of the Mt. Carmel Methodist Church. He was a commercial fisherman at Manns Harbor. He was one of the most popular and helpful men in our community. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Pinner Tillett; one daughter, Miss Mary Tillett; two sons: Thelbert Tillett and Chester Tillett, all of Manns Harbor; two sisters: Mrs. Clark Mann of Manteo and Mrs. Frances Jones of Baltimore, Md.; two brothers: Will Tillett of Manns Harbor and George Tillett of Elizabeth City; five grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Carmel Methodist Church by Rev. A.G.L. Stephenson. Burial was in the family cemetery. (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, November 20, 1953; pg. 1)

Barbara Boyce Etheridge Tillett

Barbara Boyce Etheridge Tillett, 82, died June 28, 2013, at the Tarboro Nursing home. She was born on February, 16th, 1931, to the late Jesse Emerson Etheridge, and Darrow Malone Tillett, in Wanchese, NC. Barbara was a loving wife and mother, who took great care of the home. She loved attending church, keeping faith and prayer a big part of her life.  She is survived by her husband, David Caswell Tillett, of 49 years; her daughters, Darlone Daniels, and husband George, of Wanchese, NC, Sally Daniels and husband Charlie, of Tulsa Oklahoma; her son, Landrey Gaskins, and wife Mary Helen, of Rocky Mount, NC; her sister, Carol Tillett, of Manteo, NC; her sisters in law, Betty Lou Henley, Sarah Etheridge, and Betty Ballance; her grandchildren, Angie Sawyer and husband Keith, Vicky Hodges and husband George, Dr. Shane Daniels, and wife Sheila, Heather Sulkowski and husband Ryan, and Rachael Rowland, and husband Jason; Great Grandchildren, Dylan Hodges, Drake Hodges, Dayne Hodges, Taylor Sawyer, Doxie Sulkowski, Hunter Rowland, Ali-Joy Rowland. Including her parents, she is predeceased by her sister, Laurette Swindell; brothers, Mac Etherdige, Darcey Etheridge, and Jessie Etheridge Jr.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at 4:00 pm, at the Wanchese Assembly of God, with the Reverend Stephen Wescott, Reverend Roger Barnett, and Reverend David Daniels officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be on Tuesday, July 2nd, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at Twiford Funeral Home, 500 Budleigh St, Manteo, NC. Burial will be in Cudworth Cemetery.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Beatrice Estelle Burrus Tillett

MANTEO - Beatrice Estelle Burrus Tillett traveled to her final destination on Thursday, January 7, 2010. She was born on September 11, 1917 to Mary Davis and Orlando Burrus.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Coy Tillett, Sr and one son, Philip Douglas Tillett. She was also predeceased by her five sisters, Delnoy Burrus, Irlene Wescott, Eloise Burrus, Mary Scarborough, and Margaret Williams, and six brothers, Belton Burrus, Richard “Dick” Burrus, Frederick Burrus, Reybun Burrus, Jule Burrus and Sam Burrus. She is survived by one brother, Jack Burrus.  Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Coy Tillett, Jr. and wife Donna and Saint Clair Tillett and wife Linda both of Manteo; daughter-in-law, Jackie Tillett of Virginia Beach; six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and special friends, Muriel Daniels, Natalie Mandell, Alice McChesney and Dot Burrus.  She retired from the Dare County Register of Deeds and was the first woman driver license examiner in the State of North Carolina. She served as a deputy for the Dare County Sheriffs Department, was a lifetime Democrat, as well as a lifetime member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church of Manteo. She performed in the 1937 production of The Lost Colony and remained a supporter and member of the RIHA until her death, and served as a chairman of Southern Albemarle Association.  She loved to travel and has been all over the world. Her bags stayed packed for her final journey. The family would like to thank Dr. Walter Holton, staff at Spring Arbor, and Barco Sentara Nursing Home.  A celebration of life will be Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in Mount Olivet United Methodist Church by Rev. Jerry Cribb. Burial will be in Manteo Cemetery. Friends may join the family at Twiford’s Funeral Home Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30p.m. and at other times the family will welcome friends at the home of Coy Tillett, Jr., 170 Rogers Road, Manteo, NC.  Twiford Funeral Homes, Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, January 10, 2010; pg. 10A)

Bebe Daniels Tillett

Bebe Daniels Tillett, 75, of Wanchese, died Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Colony Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Nags Head.  Born in Wanchese, she was the daughter of the late Llewellyn Cudworth Daniels and Vera Midgett Daniels and was the widow of Orville Tillett. She retired as secretary of the Wanchese Assembly of God where she was a faithful member and was a wonderful mother that raised three boys.  Mrs. Tillett is survived by three sons, Kenneth Grover Kee and wife, Laura of Wanchese, Stanley James Kee and wife, Licia of Waves, and Daniel Tillett and wife, Jennifer of Wanchese; one sister, Myra Daniels Thompson and husband, Keith of Wanchese; two brothers, Jimmie Tucker Daniels and wife, Merle of Wanchese and Robert Luther Daniels and wife, Valerie of Wanchese; a half brother, Llewellyn “Little Lew” Midgett of Wilmington; five grandchildren, Whitney Lauren Dane, Stanley James Kee, II, Shanna Leigh Kee, Lindsey Marie Kee and Ivey Walker Tillett; and a great grandson, Jack. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Daniels Biggs and two brothers, Llewellyn “Sonny Boy” Daniels and Dixie Walker Daniels.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Wanchese Assembly of God with Pastor Mark Hinson and Pastor Kenny Midgett officiating. Burial will follow in Cudworth Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and at other times at the residence.   Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

 Calcedonia Tillett

Mrs. Calcedonia Tillett, 69, widow of the late Timothy Tillett of Wanchese, died at 9:30 Thursday morning [Mar. 18, 1943] at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George A. Daniels at Wanchese. Mrs. Tillett had been in poor health for about two years. She was a native and life long resident of Wanchese. Survivors include five sons: Loren E. Tillett of Norfolk, S.B. Tillett, Earl Tillett and Royden Tillett of Wanchese and Alfred Tillett of Washington, DC; five daughters: Mrs. George A. Daniels of Wanchese, Mrs. Joe Meekins of Elizabeth City, Mrs. Rena Midgett of Norfolk, Mrs. H.E. Stokely of Washington, DC and Mrs. Grace Daniels of St. Augustine, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. J.E. Culpepper of Nags Head; one half-sister, Mrs. W.C. Simpson of Wanchese; four half-brothers: M.R. Daniels and M.P. Daniels of Wanchese, M.A. Daniels and M.L. Daniels of Manteo; and a large number of grandchildren.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, March 19, 1943; pg. 1)

MRS. TIMOTHY TILLETT BURIED AT WANCHESE - Funeral services for Mrs. Timothy Tillett, 69, who died last Thursday morning at Wanchese, were held at the Wanchese Methodist Church Saturday afternoon at 3:00 with Rev. James W. Sneeden officiating. Interment followed in the Cudworth Cemetery at Wanchese. Active pallbearers were C.S. Meekins, A.J. Williams, John Tillett, O.H. Daniels, Porter Nixon and B.F. Garrison. Honorary pallbearers were J.L. Gaskill, J.S. Simpson, Dr. W.W. Johnston, B. H. Davis and W.C. Gaskill. The profusion of flowers showed the esteem in which she was regarded in the community. Out of town people who attended the funeral were Mrs. Joe Meekins and son Lawrence of Elizabeth City, Mr. & Mrs. H.F. Stokley and son and Alfred Tillett of Washington, DC, Mr. & Mrs. Ira Midgett and children, Royden Tillett of the USCG, Mr. and Mrs. Loren Tillett and children and Mrs. Bill Parker of Norfolk, Mrs. Almetia melson, Ike Merril and John Tillett of Currituck, Mrs. John Culpepper and Mrs. Horation Culpepper of Nags Head, Miss Levina Meekins of Washington, DC, Melvin Daniels, Jr. and Thomas Tillett of Norfolk, Miss Lucy Tillett of Hatteras, Miss Carolyn Mae Daniels of ECTC in Greenville and Miss Ola Tillett of Burlington.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, March 26, 1943; pg. 1)

Cecil Alvin Tillett

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at two o'clock p.m. at Haven Creek Baptist Church for Cecil Alvin Tillett, 41, member of a prominent Roanoke Island colored family, who died Tuesday in New York after a long illness.  He was a retired post office employee and had lived in New York for the past 15 years.  He was the son of Joe H. Tollett and the late Arvilla Golden Tillett of Roanoke Island, and the husband of Mrs. Sabra Wise Tillett, and also left two young daughters, Deborah and Josephine.  He is survived too by the following brothers and sisters: Cleon and Leo Tillett of Manteo, John and Percy of New York, Mrs. Estelle Boone and Mrs. Delma Meekins of Manteo.  The body will be brought to Manteo Sunday and burial will be in the family plot.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, March 27, 1959; pg. 4)

Celia Gray Tillett

Celia Gray Tillett, 81, died July 18, 1990, in a Currituck nursing home.  Mrs. Tillett, a native of Avon, was the widow of Hester O'Dell Tillett.  Survivors include a son, Jerrold Tillett of Moyock; a sister, Mamie G. Meekins of Nags Head; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  The graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in Austin Cemetery by  George Pollock. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, Elizabeth City, is handling arrangements.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - July 19, 1990)

Charlotte Midgett Tillett

MRS. LOTTIE TILLETT DIES AT AGE OF 89 - Mrs. Charlotte Midgett Tillett, one of the oldest persons in Dare County, died at the age of 89 Sunday afternoon at the home of her son, S.C. Tillett, in Manteo following a lingering illness of several years. Mrs. Tillett was the widow of the late Leon Tillett of Wanchese and the daughter of the late Spencer and Frances Midgett of Stumpy Point. She was a lifelong resident of Dare County and had made her home in Manteo for many years. Surviving are one son, S.C. Tillett of Manteo; three daughters: Mrs. Sophia Evans and Mrs. A.J. Willis of Manteo and Mrs. J.T. Etheridge of Norfolk; 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 3:30 at the graveside in the Tillett Cemetery at Wanchese. Rev. James W. Sneeden, pastor of the Wanchese Methodist Church, and Rev. M.W. Maness, pastor of the Manteo Methodist Church, officiated. Active pallbearers were C.S. Meekins, Melvin R. Daniels, W.B. Fearing, W.C. Gaskill, R.E. Tillett and M.K. Fearing.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, February 25, 1944; pg. 1)

Chester Arlen Tillett

Chester “Chessie” Arlen Tillett, of Manns Harbor passed away peacefully at home in the early morning of October 20, 2013. He was 61 years old. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  His father, Claude Chester Tillett has passed before him. He leaves behind his wife of 37 ½ years, Frances Tillett; his mother, Alice Creef Tillett; his daughter, Christina Purtee, and her husband, Britt Purtee; his son, Chessie Tillett, and his partner Becca Reeves; his grandson, Damian Tillett; his father-in-law, Bobby Walston; his mother-in-law Molly Walston; his brother-in-law, Jesse Walston and his partner Hazel; his brother-in-law, Robert Walston and his wife Vanessa; his brother-in-law, Ashley Walston and his wife Donna. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, a niece, nephews, great-nieces, and friends.  Chester served in the United States Navy for six years. He worked at Manteo Furniture Company for 23 years and the Dare County Detention Center for nine years. He volunteered with the Manns Harbor Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years. He loved fishing, outdoor projects, and reading.  A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, in Manns Harbor, at 2:00 PM.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Chevis Ryan Tillett

Chevis Ryan Tillett, 27, passed away, unexpectedly, in Manns Harbor on Friday, April 15, 2011. Born in Chowan County, he was the son of Rollins “Buddy” Davis Tillett, Jr. of Derry, New Hampshire and Shannon Greene Tillett of Manns Harbor.  Most recently, Chevis was working at Zion Bible College in Haverhill, MA and was previously a member of Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department and Manns Harbor Volunteer Fire Department. He attended Manteo High School, was an avid hunter, never met a stranger, and was always willing to lend a helping hand.  In addition to his parents, Chevis is survived by his daughter, Brinley Tillett, her mother, Christina Rotolo, and his brother, Emery Tillett.  The funeral will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Manns Harbor with the Rev. Bettie Francis officiating. Burial will immediately follow the service in the Church Cemetery.  Twiford Funeral Homes’ Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Claud Chester Tillett

MANNS HARBOR - Claud Chester Tillett, 78, of Manns Harbor, died Wednesday Dec. 25, in an Edenton hospital. Mr. Tillett was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. He retired from the N.C. Dept. Of Transportation Ferry Division Shipyard and was a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran of WWII. He was the son of the late Avery Belove and Katherine Twiford Tillett. Survivors are his wife, Alice Creef Tillett; a son, Chester Arlen Tillett of Manns Harbor and two grandchildren. Funeral services were to be held Saturday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. in Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo by the Rev. Jim Tosto, with burial to follow in the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, December 29, 1996)  Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock.

Colinda Alice Gallop Tillett

FUNERAL FOR MRS. TILLETT TO BE FRIDAY - Funeral services for Mrs. Colinda Alice Tillett, 72, will be held today (Friday, August 17) at the Wanchese Methodist Church with Rev. V.A. Lewis, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Tillett Cemetery. Mrs. Tillett, a life long resident of Wanchese, passed away at her home Wednesday night [Aug. 15, 1945] at 11 o'clock following a lingering illness. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Caroline Daniels Gallop of Wanchese and widow of the late Willitt M. Tillett. She was a member of the Wanchese Methodist Church. Surviving are five sons: Dallas, Sigsbee, Peter, Billie and Reginald Tillett, all of Wanchese; five sisters: Mrs. Dora Davis, Mrs. Carrie Green, Mrs. Martha Etheridge, Mrs. Lillie Daniels and Mrs. Eliza Tillett, all of Wanchese; and two brothers: Ezekiel and Leslie Gallop, both of Wanchese; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, August 17, 1945; pg. 1)

Cottie Culpepper Tillett

MRS. J.H. TILLETT DIES AT NAGS HEAD - Mrs. Cottie Culpepper Tillett, 63, third wife of Joe H. Tillett, well known citizen of Nags Head, died Tuesday night suddenly at her home and was buried Wednesday. She is survived by her husband and by one brother, J.W. Culpepper of Nags Head and several step-children.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - July 5, 1935; pg. 1)

Dallas Langston Tillett

Dallas Langston Tillett, age 65, one of the most helpful and highly esteemed citizens of his community, died Saturday evening [August 27, 1960] in the Elizabeth City Hospital after a week's illness. He was a life long resident of Wanchese, husband of Mrs. Rena Baum Tillett and son of the late William Mott and Colinda Alice Gallop Tillett. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Stanley Tillett of the Merchant Marines; three brothers, Reggie, Peter and Sigsbee Tillett. Burial was in the Cudworth Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - September 2, 1960)

David Wayne Tillett
The Coastland Times - Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000; pg. 10A

Dolly Jean Bailey Tillett

MANNS HARBOR - Dolly Jean Bailey Tillett, 62, of Manns Harbor, died Sunday, July 13, in a Raleigh hospital. Mrs. Tillett was born in Goldsboro and was a telephone operator. She was a member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church and the Roanoke Island Chapter #79 of the Order of Eastern Star. She was the daughter of the late William Bosley And Mary Bailey Camerilli and the wife of Rollins Davis Tillett, Sr. of Manns Harbor. Besides her husband, Mrs. Tillett is survived by one daughter, Linda Darlene Tillett Gard of Manns Harbor; one son, Rollins Davis Tillett, Jr. of Manns Harbor; one sister, Jude Paul of Bath; one brother, Donald Eddie Wright of Manns Harbor; 4 grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo on July 16 with the Rev. Gary Bateman and Chaplain Steven C. Bostic officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - July 15, 1997)

Dorothy Hoyt Tillett

IN WANCHESE - Mrs. Dorothy Hoyt Tillett, 60, of Wanchese, died Friday morning at 5:40 in Winslow's Memorial Home following a long illness. Mrs. Tillett was a native of South Norfolk, Va. and had lived in Wanchese for the past 36 years. She was a member of the Outer Banks Worship Center at Nags Head. She was the daughter of the late John and Mrs. Lucy Winfield Hoyt and wife of Ralph Edward Tillett, Jr. of the home. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughrer, Mrs. Conchita Burrus of Hampton, Va.; two sons: Hoyt Edward Tillett and Dave Taylor Tillett, both of Wanchese; two sisters: Alice Bell of Norfolk and Mary Lowry of Virginia Beach; two brothers: Paul Hoyt of Norfolk and Rodman Hoyt of Chesapeake, Va.; and 6 grandchildren.  (The Southern Post [Coinjock, NC] - March 31, 1982; pg. 14)

Dorothy Pinner Tillett

MANNS HARBOR, N.C. - Dorothy Pinner Tillett, 74, a native of East Lake and a Manns Harbor resident for 33 years, died Tuesday [July 1, 1980] in her home. Mrs. Tillett, the widow of Belove Tillett, was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. Survivors include two sisters, Beatrice Armstrong of Virginia Beach and Mildred Harrell of Wilmington; and three brothers, Wilbur Pinner and Bill Pinner of Manns Harbor, and Gaston Pinner of Elizabeth City. A funeral will be held at 4 p.m. today in Mount Carmel United Methodist Church with Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo, in charge. Entered into eternal rest Tuesday, July 1.  (The Ledger Star [Norfolk, VA] - Thursday, July 3, 1980)  Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock.

Earl Vanderine Tillett

IN WANCHESE - Earl Vanderine Tillett, 77, of Wanchese, N.C., died Thursday, February 10, at 6:00 a.m. at his residence after a short illness.  Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2:00 in Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, N.C. by Rev. Johnny Chase, pastor of the Wanchese Assembly of God Church.  Burial followed at the Cudworth Cemetery in Wanchese.  Mr. Tillett was a native and life-long resident of Wanchese, a retired contractor, a member of the Wanchese Assembly of God Church.  He was the son of the late Timothy O. and Mrs. Calsodonia Daniels Tillett.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Kathryn Eleanor Cushman Tillett of the home; three daughters: Mrs. Rose Marie Hewitt of Va. Beach, Va., Mrs. Eleanor T. Meekins of Manteo and Mrs. Hettie T. Cudworth of Wanchese; three sisters: Mrs. Joe Meekins, Mrs. Rena Midgette and Mrs. George A. Daniels; one brother, Alfred Tillett, all of Wanchese; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  (The Southern Post [Coinjock, NC] - Wednesday, February 16, 1983; pg. 9)

 Edgar Allen Tillett

NAGS HEAD CHILD DIES OF SPINAL MENINGITIS - Edgar Allen Tillett, aged 9, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Tillett of Nags Head, died Tuesday evening in the St. Vincents Hospital in Norfolk. The child have been sick for some time and had been carried to the hospital only two days before. According to an unofficial report, the diagnosis of the cause was spinal meningitis. Those surviving were the mother, father, and two sisters, Harriet Ann and Minnie Bell.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, August 23, 1935; pg. 1)

E. [Elman] Thomas Tillett

NORFOLK - E. Thomas Tillett, 87, passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 at Sentara Leigh Hospital. He was born Jan. 1, 1924, in Wanchese, N.C,. and was a graduate of Manteo High School. Thomas moved to Norfolk in 1942 to begin a career with C&P Telephone Company. During the war, he joined the U.S. Army, and while in Joplin, Mo., he met and married, Mary Annis Russell. They were a loving couple for 62 years and resided in Norfolk. Thomas is survived by his sons and their wives, Stephen and Barbara Tillett, of Gambrills, Md., Edward and Laurie Tillett of Orlando, Fla.; and daughter, Sallye Stephens and her partner Robert Lovick of Norfolk. He was so proud of his grandchildren, Melissa and Stephen Tillett, Eric and Adam Stephens, and their families; and his many great-grandchildren. Thomas was an Army veteran, and member of Park Place United Methodist Church. He was a Mason in the Corinthian Lodge, and active with the Communication Workers of America Retired Members Club. Since retiring from Verizon, Tommy became a "master cake baker" and was well known for his delicious confections. He got up every morning, went swimming at the Northside Pool, then began filling orders for cakes, pies and bread. He loved life and never met a stranger. The family will receive friends in Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, Friday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m Saturday, Jan. 22, in Park Place UMC, 35th and Colonial Ave., Norfolk.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - Sunday, January 16, 2011)

Emily Lou Tillett

WANCHESE - On Monday, October 11, 2010 the biggest heart in Wanchese beat for the last time.  Ms. Emily Lou Tillett, a lifelong resident of Wanchese, NC passed away after a year of declining health.  Ms. Lou was a multi-talented lady.  She was well-known for her floral designs and creations.  Her Island Florist Shop was in downtown Manteo until the late 70’s when she moved her business to Wanchese.  An award as “Floral Designer of the Year” gave her the opportunity to teach floral design at the College of the Albemarle.  She loved being a “chicken and egg person” (as she called it).  Her flowers were visible in some local restaurants and, in exchange, she enjoyed fine dining.  Lou also made it a point to see that those in need of flowers received them, even when payment was in question.  Lou was generous to a fault.  If she had a dime in her pocket, she gave away nine cents of it.  If a stranger needed a ride, she never hesitated to offer transportation and used it as an opportunity to witness in the Lord’s name.  She always said, “That may be Jesus I’m helping.”  Eastern Star was an important part of her life as a 50 year member.  During those years she created many beautiful and unique decorations for banquets and stage settings.  Whatever she needed to carry out her décor, she wasn’t bashful about borrowing, but in turn, always gave a credit to the lender for the donation.  Although a lifetime member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Wanchese, Lou enjoyed visiting other churches, especially the Assembly of God congregations.  She always made sure her home church had Easter lilies in the Lenton season and poinsettias during Advent.  Ms. Lou was a dutiful, loving daughter to the late Mrs. Sophronia Meekins Tillett.  In addition to her mother, she was predeceased by four brothers, Dalton Tillett, Wylie Tillett, Oswald Tillett, and Alton Tew Tillett.  Left to cherish her memories are her sister, Mrs. Joyce Meekins of Wanchese, numerous nieces and nephews, special friends and caregivers, her loved cats, BeBe and Butter.  She will live forever in our hearts and memories.  A loving friend and true disciple of the Christ, Ms. Lou will be laid to rest at Bethany United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm, with interment at the Tillett Cemetery next to her mother and officiated by Rev. David Daniels, Rev. Dr. Jerome Smith and Rev. Mark Hinson.  The family will receive friends at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo on Saturday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and at other times at the home of her sister, Joyce Meekins in Wanchese.  Twiford Funeral Homes’ Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.   (Twiford Funeral Home)

Emma Green Tillett

Mrs. Emma Green Tillett, 73, of Manteo, died Sunday in Norfolk General Hospital after a long illness.  Funeral services were held Tuesday in Mt. Olivet Methodist Church In Manteo, of which Mrs. Tillett was a member.  The Rev. Harold F. Leatherman officiated.  Burial was in the Manteo Cemetery.  Mrs. Tillett was a native of Wanchese, a daughter of the late Edward and Josephine Montague Green, but had lived in Manteo for a number of years.  She is survived by one son, McCoy Tillett of Manteo; one brother, Edward Green of Wanchese; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Pallbearers were C.W. Biggs, Sam Midgett, Elmer Midgett, Seldon Midgett, Dorian Quidley and James O. Basnight.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] – November 29, 1963)

Ernie Vale Tillett
The Coastland Times - Thursday, Feb. 7, 1974; pg. 1

Esmeralda Tillett
(The Ledger Dispatch [Norfolk, VA] - Saturday, December 17, 1983.  Kindly submitted by Alma (McIver) Reece

Evalena Tillett

MRS. EVALENA TILLETT DIES AT WANCHESE - Funeral services for Mrs. Evelena Tillett, who died at her home at Wanchese Friday morning [July 6, 1945; tombstone says July 7] following a long illness, were conducted at the home Saturday afternoon at three o'clock by Rev. Vance Lewis, pastor of the Wanchese Methodist Church of which Mrs. Tillett was a member.  Assisting Mr. Lewis were Rev. D.B. Lawrence of Edenton and Rev. Loyd Pierce of the Wanchese Holiness Church.  Pallbearers were M.R. Daniels, C.S. Meekins, Crowder Davis, Dallas Tillett, Ralph Tillett and Dick Tillett.  Out-of-town people attending the funeral included Mr. & Mrs. Irving Williams, Mr. & Mrs. W.L. Daniels of Norfolk, P.D. Midgett, Jr. of Fairfield, and Parker Midgett of Elizabeth City.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, July 13, 1945; pg. 1)  [Evelena Lane married Thomas Crowder Tillett.  Both are buried in the Tillett Cemetery in Wanchese.]

 Franklin Linwood Tillett

IN KITTY HAWK - Franklin Linwood Tillett, 76, of Kitty Hawk, died at his residence Friday at 3:20 a.m. following a long illness. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church by the Rev. Doug Jesse. Burial followed in the Austin Cemetery with Twiford's Colony Chapel in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Tillett was a native of Colington and had lived all his life in Dare County. He was a member of the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church and the Kitty Hawk Volunteer Fire Department. He had served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was the son of the late William Lewis and Mrs. Helen Frances Stetson Tillett and husband of Mrs. Oma Pearl DeLaune Tillett of the home. Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Tanya Dawn Crow, Bethesda, MD.; two sisters: Mrs. Bessie T. Partridge of Kill Devil Hills and Mrs. Maxine Evans of Kitty Hawk; and four grandchildren.  (The Southern Post - September 8, 1982; pg. 8)

 George Avery Tillett

George Avery Tillett, 81, of Elizabeth City, died Sunday [Feb. 11, 1962] in Albemarle Hospital after a long illness.  A native of Manns Harbor, he was a son of Avery and Mrs. Mary Walker Tillett.  He was a widower of Nancy Twiford Tillett.  He was a retired coast guardsman, having served 31 years, and was a member of City Road Methodist Church and Seth E. Perry Post, American Legion.  He was a veteran of World War I.  He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charles L. Houghton of Elizabeth City; two sisters: Mrs. Frances Jones of Baltimore and Mrs. A.C. Mann of Manteo; a brother, Will Tillett of Manns Harbor.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday in the chapel of the Twiford Funeral Home in Elizabeth City by the Rev. C.G. Nickens, pastor of City Road Methodist Church.  The casket was covered with a pall of red and white carnations.  "Abide With Me" and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" were sung by members of the City Road choir, accompanied at the organ by Miss Beth Bondurant.  Pallbearers were J.J. Walston, Frank Kramer, Sr., Frank Harris, A. Parker Midgett, Norman Hopkins and J. Scott Lister.  Burial was in New Hollywood Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - February 16, 1962)

Helen Stetson Tillett
The Coastland Times - January 20, 1972; pg. 8

Isaac Erby Tillett, Jr.

BACHELOR WILLS ALL TO HIS SWEETHEART
Isaac Eurby Tillett, Jr. Dies Suddenly at Wanchese; Was Preparing for Marriage

By his will Isaac Eurby Tillett, Jr. of Wanchese, leaves all his property to his sweetheart, Miss Elvari Payne of Wanchese. Mr. Tillett died suddenly at the home of D.B. Payne Saturday evening at the age of 58. He had been making his home at Wanchese for the past year. He had bought the old I.N. Davis home and was reconditioning it, and was to have married his old sweetheart, Miss Payne, whom he calls his "beloved friend" in his will. He was worth about $2,000. Mr. Tillett was a native of Nags Head, and had spent many years in New York where he was employed by the U.S. Engineer Department. He was a member of Kitty Hawk Methodist Church. He had never married. Funeral services were conducted at Wanchese by Rev. V.A. Lewis, Methodist pastor, and Rev. G.W. Crutchfield of Kitty Hawk. He was buried in the Davis Cemetery. His surviving relatives are his father and step-mother, Mr. & Mrs. I.E. Tillett, Sr. of Nags Head; six half-sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Harris of Kitty Hawk, Mrs. Cal Perry of Norfolk, Mrs. John Austin of Corolla, Mrs. Aurelia Lewark and Mrs. Esther Beacham of Washington, DC, Mrs. Mary Chapman of Smithfield, Va. Four half-brothers, John, Walter and Boone D. Tillett of New York and Herman Tillett of Norfolk.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, April 20, 1945; pg. 1)

Jack Gilbert Tillett, Sr.

CHESAPEAKE, VA - Jack Gilbert Tillett, Sr., 77, died October 11. Mr.  Tillett was born in Wanchese, NC to the late Rosser and Margie Ann Tillett. He was a ship captain, former owner/operator of Tillett Oil Transport Co, and a member of Great Bridge Masonic Lodge.  Mr. Tillett was predeceased by daughter, Sharon Garner and son David Wayne Tillett.  Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Polly Tillett; daughters, Vonda T. Michael and husband Vernon of Chesapeake, Paula T. Magruder and husband Larry of Portsmouth, and Eva Tillett and husband Bruce Pierce of Chesapeake; son Jack Tillett; eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at Twiford Funeral Home, Chesapeake on Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm. Graveside services will be held on Thursday at 1 pm at Tillett Family Cemetery in Wanchese, NC with Rev. Keith Miller and Rev. Harold Bergey officiating.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, October 13, 2009; pg. 6A)

James C. Tillett

Funeral services were conducted Thursday for James C. Jim" Tillett, 83, a native of Nags Head, who died in the Portsmouth Naval Hospital Tuesday afternoon [Aug. 12, 1958].  He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norfolk.  Mr. Tillett is survived by his wife, Nancy Baum Tillett; a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Tillett Dickens of Wilmington, Del.; four grandchildren: Ernest S. Dickens, Jr. of Newark, Del., Lewis T. Hall, Jr., James C. Hall and Richard D. Hall, all of Norfolk; and six great-grandchildren.  Mr. Tillett had been a resident of Norfolk for 54 years, residing at 3745 Nansemond Circle.  He was a veteran of the Spanish American War and World Wars I and II.  Mr. Tillett is survived by several nephews and other relatives in Dare County.  He resided for a short time in Kitty Hawk a few years ago, and returned to Norfolk following his retirement from government service.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, August 15, 1958; pg. 1)

 Jerrold Odell Tillett

MOYOCK - Jerrold Odell Tillett, 67, of Wedgewood Lakes, died September 13, in Currituck County. Mr. Tillett lost a courageous battle with cancer. He was a native of Kitty Hawk, a retired tug boat captain with C& P Towing, and a Baptist. Mr. Tillett was the son of the late Hester and Celia Gray Tillett and the husband of Ruby Beasley Tillett of Sentara Nursing Home in Barco. Besides his wife, Mr. Tillett is survived by one daughter, Anita Tillett of Moyock; one son, Christopher of Moyock; three step-daughters: Carole and her husband William Strawhand of Knotts Island, Linda Reed Of Moyock and Gwen and her husband Jay Shelly of Virginia Beach, Va.; two step-sons: James Garrett and his wife Dabra of Shawboro, and Ronnie Garrett and his wife Pat of Smithfield, Va.; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Hampton Cemetery in Waterlily today at 2 p.m. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, East Church Street, Elizabeth City, is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, September 15, 1998; pg. 5A)

John Willis Tillett

POPLAR BRANCH MERCHANT WAS NATIVE OF NAGS HEAD - John Willis Tillett, 65, died Wednesday morning at his home at Poplar Branch at 5:10 o'clock after a short illness. He was a beloved citizen and well-known throughout northeastern North Carolina. He was a native of Nags Head but had been living at Poplar Branch for the past 41 years. He was the son of the late Easter Holly and John W. Tillett, husband of Mrs. Kathryn Kent Tillett; a member of the Ebenezer Methodist Church at Aydlett; a member of the Coinjock Masonic Lodge #463 AF&AM and a well-known merchant. Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. S.L. Dennis of Brigantine, N.J.; one son, Paul V. Tillett of Boston, Mass.; one sister, Mrs. R.S. Chapman of Smithfield, Va.; two half-brothers: Will Twiford of Norfolk, Va. and Lewis Twiford of Coinjock; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, April 4, 1952; pg. 1)

Joseph Stancil Tillett

Joseph Stancil Tillett, 75, died Sunday morning at 4:30 o'clock following an illness of 12 days.  He was a native of Kitty Hawk but had been living in Elizabeth City for the past 45 years.  He was the son of the late Samuel Avery and Melissa Green Tillett and was a member of the First Christian Church and Woodmen of the World.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lizzie Koch Tillett; two daughters: Mrs. Doris Tillett Reneker of Pennsylvania and Mrs. Edith Tillett Roberts of Chicago; one son, Richard Tillett of Elizabeth City; one sister, Mrs. J.T. Combs of Columbia; one brother, Charlie W. Tillett of Elizabeth City; and six grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Twiford Funeral Home by the Rev. Howard James, pastor of the First Christian Church.  Burial was in New Hollywood Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, February 1, 1952; pg. 1)

Kathryn E. Cushman Tillett

WANCHESE - Kathryn E. Cushman Tillett, 86, of Wanchese, N.C. died Wednesday, October 26, in a Nags Head nursing home. Mrs. Tillett, a native of Jersey City, N.J., was a homemaker and a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church. She was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Rose Cushman and the widow of the late Earl V. Tillett.  Mrs. Tillett is survived by three daughters, Rose Marie Hewitt of Norfolk, Eleanor T. Meekins of Manteo, N.C., and Hettie T. Cudworth of Wanchese, N.C.; She was preceded in death by a son, Ernie Vale Tillett.  Funeral services will be held at Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, on Saturday, October 29, at 2 p.m. by Rev. Billy Holliday and Rev. David Daniels. Burial will follow in the Cudworth Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - Friday, October 28, 1994)

Kenneth Clay Tillett

KILL DEVIL HILLS -- Kenneth Clay Tillett, 64, of Colington, died Friday, May 22, in an Elizabeth City Hospital. Mr. Tillett, a native of Kitty Hawk, was retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Tech. Sergeant with 22 years of service and was a veteran of the Korean War. After retirement, he worked as a commercial fisherman. He was a Methodist and the son of the late Clay and Edna Tillett and the husband of Ruby Beasley Tillett of the home. Besides his wife, Mr. Tillett is survived by one daughter, Bonnie B. Cooper of Sneads Ferry; 4 sons: Ricky Tillett of California, Travis Tillett, Corley Tillett and Vince Tillett, all of Kill Devil Hills; two sisters; Wanda Heron and Carol Stonecypher, both of Plymouth; and one brother, Ronnie Tillett of Kitty Hawk. A graveside service will be held in the Hilltop Cemetery, Colington on Sunday, May 24, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Bob Pitsch officiating. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, May 24, 1998; pg. 10A)

Larry LeGrande Tillett

Larry LeGrande Tillett, 75, of Wanchese died Sunday, October 7, 2007 at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Born in Wanchese, he was the son of the late Alton L. and Mary Daniels Tillett. He was a retired Chief Engineer with the U.S. Coast Guard with 20 years of service and a former general manager with Hassell & Creef Motor Company. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and the Men's Bible Class. Mr. Tillett is survived by his wife, Barbara Sanders Tillett of the residence; two sons, Larry L. Tillett, Jr. and wife Martha of Wanchese and David C. Tillett of New Orleans; one brother, Alton L. Tillett, Jr. of Wanchese; two step grandsons, James and Jacob Gibbs both of Wanchese; and a step great granddaughter, Jasmine Gibbs and her mother, Kelly Davis both of Wanchese.  A funeral service will be held at Bethany United Methodist Church on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 2:00 PM by the Rev. Bill Cottingham and the Rev. Bill Holliday. Burial will follow in Cudworth Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bethany United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 239 Wanchese, NC 27981. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, October 9, 2007; pg. 10A)

Larry LeGrande Tillett, Jr.

WANCHESE - Larry LeGrande Tillett, Jr., 55, of Wanchese, died Saturday May 15, 2010 in Greenville, NC. A native of Dare County, Larry was retired from the State of North Carolina as a maintenance supervisor with the N.C. Aquarium in Manteo and was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.   He was the son of Barbara Sanders Tillett of Wanchese and the late Larry LeGrande Tillett and was the husband of Martha Gray Tillett.  Besides his wife and mother, surviving are two step-sons, James Gibbs and Jacob Gibbs and a brother, David C. Tillett all of Wanchese and two step-grandchildren, Jasmin Gibbs and Ethan Gibbs.  A celebration of life will be in Bethany United Methodist Church, Tuesday May 18, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. by the Rev. Dr. Jerome Smith. Burial will be in Cudworth Cemetery. Friends may join the family at the home of his wife and the home of his mother both in Wanchese.  Twiford Funeral Homes' Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Lenora Harris Tillett

MRS. LENORA H. TILLETT OF KITTY HAWK IS DEAD - Mrs. Lenora Harris Tillett, 73, died Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock in the U.S. Public health Hospital in Norfolk following an illness of two months. She was a faithful wife and mother, reared an upstanding family, and of her it may be said that her children may rise up and call her blessed. She was a native and lifelong resident of Kitty Hawk, widow of Alphonso D. Tillett and a member of the Primitive Baptist Church at Kitty Hawk. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Harry Hamilton of Sea Level; three sons: N. Avery Tillett of Kill Devil Hills, B. Allen Tillett and A. Clay Tillett of Kitty Hawk; 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, November 14, 1958; pg. 1)

Leslie Roscoe Tillett

Leslie Roscoe Tillett, 48, known to his friends as "Billy", died instantly when his 1950 Ford truck driven by Jack Gilbert Tillett, a cousin, age 19, ran off the road near Kitty Hawk Coast Guard Station, and turned over.  He was a highly popular citizen and had been in the fishing business all his life, and at the time of his death was engage in the oyster business and had returned from a trip selling oysters.  He was the son of the late Wilbur Mott and Colinda Alice Gallop Tillett and the husband of Mrs. Leona Basnight Tillett, and the father of two children: Gilbert Roscoe Tillett and Lois Tillett of Wanchese.  Four brothers also survive him: Peter, Reggie. Dallas and Sigsbee of Wanchese.  Prompt aid was rendered by an ambulance from Twiford's Funeral Home in Manteo, and Gilbert Tillett was taken to the Elizabeth City hospital for treatment.  He was found to have injuries about the head and back.  The truck, after running off the road, turned over and damaged a house belonging to Miss Claudia Sanderlin of Kitty Hawk.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, March 2, 1951; pg. 1)

Funeral services for Leslie Roscoe (Billy) Tillett, who was killed in an automobile accident, were held at Wanchese Methodist Church of which he was a member, Friday at 2:30 with Rev. C.W. Guthrie officiating.  Pallbearers were George Daniels, Arnold Daniels, Wayland Baum, Cage Hayman, Tom Basnight and B.C. Spencer.  Interment was made in the Tillett Cemetery.  [A list of out-of-town people who attended the funeral followed.]  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, March 9, 1951; pg. 1)

Libby [Elizabeth] Tillett

KITTY HAWK - Libby Tillett, 79, of Kitty Hawk, died August 4 at her residence. Mrs. Tillett, was a native of Roanoke, Va. She was a member of the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church and a homemaker. She was the daughter of the late Isac and Annie Hall Grubbs, and the wife of Clay Tillett of the home. Besides her husband, Mrs. Tillett is survived by one daughter, Annie Mae Whitman of Kitty Hawk; four sons: Cecil Pentecost of Eustis, Fla., Don Pentecost of Kitty Hawk, Ronnie Tillett of Kitty Hawk, and Kenneth Clay Tillett of Colington; three sisters: Fannie Folden of Roanoke, Laura Simmons of Weymouth, Mass., and Ercelle Wickham of Tampa, Fla.; two brothers: Tom Grubbs of Tampa, Fla. and Carl Grubbs of Greensboro; 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church on Friday at 11 a.m. by the Revs. Bill Presnell, John DeCarmo and Eugene McLawhorn. Burial will follow in the Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk. The family will receive friends at the residence. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, August 6, 1992)

Linda Spencer Tillett

Linda Spencer Tillett, 69, of Wanchese, died Friday, June 19, in Chesapeake General Hospital. She is survived by her beloved husband, Gilbert (Moon) Tillett. A native of Engelhard, Mrs. Tillett has resided in Wanchese with her husband for more than 49 years and has been a homemaker and secretary for Moon Tillett Fish Co., which they operated until they retired. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and the Roanoke Island Chapter #79 of Order of Eastern Star, and the daughter of the late Bonnie C. and Ola Cahoon Spencer. Mrs. Tillett is survived by two sons: Billy Carl Tillett and Craig Tillett, both of Wanchese; one brother, John W. Spencer of Smithfield; and 4 grandchildren: Ryan, Farrah, Brocke, and Ramey Tillett. She was predeceased by a brother, Carl R. Spencer. Services were held at Bethany United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 21, with the Rev. Bill Holliday officiating. Burial was in the Tillett Cemetery with Eastern Star Rites at the graveside. Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo was in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, June 21, 1998; pg. 10A)

 Loren E. Tillett, Sr.
(Ledger-Dispatch & Star [Norfolk, VA] - Saturday, Oct. 3, 1959) - Kindly submitted by Alma (McIver) Reece

 Lovie Burrus Tillett

MAPLE, N.C. - Mrs. Lovie Burrus Tillett, 86, died Tuesday [July 25, 1967] at 5 a.m. in Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City after a long illness. A native of Manns Harbor, she lived here 10 years. She was a daughter of John Fletcher and Mrs. Josephine Pugh Burrus and the widow of C. Tom Tillett. She was a member of City Road Methodist Church. She was a former seamstress of House of Hurdles in Elizabeth City. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Edward Woodard of Maple; three sons: Leslie Tillett of Elizabeth City, Burrus Tillett of Santa Ana, California, and Norman Tillett of Tacoma Park, Maryland; a brother, J.F. Burrus of Elizabeth City.  (The Daily Advance [Elizabeth City, NC] -  July 1967)

Lovie Marie Daniels Tillett

WANCHESE - Lovey Marie Daniels Tillett, 100, went to be with the Lord Nov. 28, 2007, in a Nags Head nursing home. Mrs. Tillett, born in Wanchese, was a homemaker and also worked in the cafeteria for Dare County Schools. She was the daughter of the late Baron DeKalb and Minnie Lee Daniels and the widow of Charles Ketcham "Cliff" Tillett. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Tessie Rogers; three sisters, Mary Tillett, Debbie Daniels and Wynola Sparocina; three brothers, Kalb Daniels, Amos Daniels and Spencer Daniels. Mrs. Tillett is survived by a son, Rondal Tillett and wife Nell; a son-in-law, Orville Rogers; grandchildren, Jackie Beasley, Santa Daniels, Rhonda Tillett, Ginger Tillett, Laurie DeGabrielle, Robin Tillett, Patricia Rogers and Marcy Mann; great-grandchildren, Hank Beasley, Sascha Watkins, Jason Chrismon, Hunt Daniels, Ketch DeGabrielle, Rachel DeGabrielle, Tess Twyne and Dallas Twyne; great-great-grandchildren, Cole, Fisher and Keagan Beasley, Caleb, Matthew and Lindsey Daniels and Caitlin and Noah Leonard; two nephews, who were raised by Marie, Carroll Daniels and Louie Hornsby Daniels. A celebration of life will be held in Bethany United Methodist Church Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Cudworth Cemetery. The family will receive friends in Twiford’s Funeral Home, Manteo, Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - Thursday, November 29, 2007)

Margie Gard Tillett

MANNS HARBOR - Margie Gard Tillett, 82, died Jan. 15 in Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City.  Mrs. Tillett, a native of Manns Harbor, was the daughter of the late Fred and Cora Hayman Gard and the widow of Thomas N. Tillett.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Harbor Light Church.  Mrs. Tillett is survived by one daughter, Jeannette T. Ambrose of Manns Harbor; two sons: Marshall T. Tillett of Chesapeake, Va. and Orville L. Tillett of Manns Harbor; one sister, Dorsey Beasley of Manns Harbor; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at the Harbor Light Church in Manns Harbor by the Rev. Bobby Beasley.  Burial followed in the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - January 19, 1993)

Marjorie Etheridge Tillett

Death claimed three people in Dare County Tuesday [May 8, 1951], ranging in age from new born to 84.  Mrs. Marjorie Etheridge Tillett, 50, widow of Rossor Tillett, died at her home in Wanchese.  She was the daughter of Mrs. Martha Gallop Etheridge and the late Albert Etheridge.  Two children survive her: Jack Gilbert Tillett of Wanchese and Mrs. Valentin Pacquette of Newport News.  Also the following brothers and sisters: Fitz Etheridge of Port Isabel, Texas, T.R., Jess E. and Henry Burr of Wanchese, Mrs. John Cudworth of Wanchese, Mrs. Hal W. Culpepper of Nags Head, and Mrs. Jackson Midgett of Manteo.  Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at the Wanchese Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. C.W. Guthrie, assisted by Rev. D.B. Lawrence, officiating.  [The other 2 deaths were also mentioned in this article]  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, May 11, 1951; pg. 1)

Mary Daniels Tillett

WANCHESE - Mary Daniels Tillett, 94, died September 3 at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.  She was a native of Wanchese and the wife of the late A.L. "Peter" Tillett.  Mrs. Tillett was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, and a Sunday School teacher for many years.  Survivors include two sons: A.L. "Lasalle" Tillett, Jr. and Larry L. Tillett and his wife Barbara J., both of Wanchese; three grandchildren: Mary Jean Griffith and husband Jim of Farmingdale, NJ, Larry Tillett, Jr. of Wanchese and David C. Tillett of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; and 5 grandchildren.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002; pg. 10A)

Mary Daniels Tillett

CAMDEN - Mary Daniels Tillett, 89, of Sleepy Hollow Rd., and a former resident of Manteo, died Friday, January 2 at Albemarle Hospital.  She was the daughter of the late Ephream and Lear Pendleton Daniels and the widow of Cleon Tillett.  Surviving are two sons: Richard Tillett of Manteo and Percy Daniels of Camden; two sisters: Annie Daniels of Manteo and Sarah McPhall of Las Vegas, Nev.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Free Grace Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, Manteo.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Elder Carie Holmes officiating.  The remains will lie in state at the church Tuesday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.  Walson Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, January 6, 2004)

Mary Leontine Willis Tillett

Mrs. Mary Leontine Tillett, 64, died Thursday, February 22, in the Marine Hospital in Norfolk following an illness of five weeks.  She was a native of Skyco but had been living in Elizabeth City for the last 16 months.  Prior to living there she had resided in Beaufort.  She was the daughter of Jim and Rebecca Hayman Willis and a member of the Ann Methodist Church in Beaufort.  She was twice widowed, her first marriage being to Elmer Daniels of Wanchese and her second to Roland Davis of Beaufort.  Surviving are her husband, George A. Tillett; a daughter, Mrs. Chris Antosen of Elizabeth City; a son, Robert L. Davis of Beaufort; two sisters: Mrs. Desdia Daniels of Wanchese and Mrs. Elva Hatsell of Beaufort; one brother, Corbett Willis of Manteo; and three grandchildren.  Saturday the funeral was conducted at Ann Methodist Church in Beaufort at 3 p.m. by the Rev. Mr. Jenkins.  Burial was in the Beaufort Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, March 2, 1951; pg. 2)

Mary Winn Tillett

Mrs. Mary Winn Tillett, 85, died Sunday afternoon at 3:15 o'clock at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Brucie Vanderslice of Wanchese after a long illness.  She was a native of Currituck County and resided in Wanchese for the past 70 years.  She was the daughter of the late George and Jane Gregory Winn and widow of W.B. Tillett.  She was a member of Wanchese Methodist Church.  She is survived by four daughters [only names 3]: Mrs. Sadie Daniels and Mrs. Brucie Vanderslice of Wanchese, and Mrs. Mattie Owens of Norfolk; three sons: Dewey Tillett of Wanchese, Sam and Chester Tillett of Nags Head; 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the Bethany Methodist Church at Wanchese by the Rev. C.L. Warren, pastor, Rev. C.W. Guthrie and Rev. Carroll Daniels.  Burial followed in the Tillett Cemetery at Wanchese.  "This World is Not My Home" was sung by her niece, Mrs. Leslie Gallop, and a duet, "Blest Be The Tie", was sung by Mrs. Gallop and Mrs. Reggie Tillett, with Mrs. Rena Tillett at the organ.  The pall was of white carnations, Easter lilies and ferns.  Pallbearers were Macon Meekins, Ralph Meekins, Peter Tillett, Dick Tillett, Reggie Tillett and Dallas Tillett.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, June 5, 1959; pg. 10)

Mattie Beasley Tillett

Mrs. Mattie Beasley Tillett, 62, wife of W.F. Tillett of Nags Head and daughter of the late Jerome and Nora Mann Beasley of Manns Harbor, died Monday evening [Jan. 7, 1952] at the home of her sister, Mrs. J.V. Mann of Elizabeth City.  She had been in poor health a long time.  She was a member of the Methodist Church of Manns Harbor where she had spent most of her life until removing to Nags Head to operate a tourist home a few years ago.  Funeral services were conducted at Manns Harbor Wednesday afternoon and burial was in the family plot.  Mrs. Mann [should be Tillett] is survived by two brothers: Calvin and Marvin Beasley of Manns Harbor; and two step-sons: Richard Mann of Nags Head and Jaccie Burrus of Manns Harbor.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, January 11, 1952; pg. 1)

Melba Midgett Tillett

VIRGINIA BEACH - Melba Midgett Tillett, 90, of the 600 block of 23rd St., passed away April 6, 2008. Born in Waves, N.C., she was the daughter of Dorland and Betty Midgett. She was a member of the Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, its Service Guild and Beasley Bible Class, The Eastern Star and a volunteer at the Old Coast Guard Station. She was predeceased by her husband, Coulter L. Tillett. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Constance Rosser and husband Earl of Norfolk, Coulter D. Tillett Sr., Deborah Tillett, Elise Wolf and husband Tom and daughter-in-law, Martha Tillett, all of Virginia Beach; five grandchildren, Colt Tillett, Carl Rosser, Cammy San Luis, Dorland Rosser and Clay Rosser; six great-grandchildren, Koa San Luis, Maluhia San Luis, Olivia Tillett, Edan Rosser, 'Aka San Luis and Hannah Tillett. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Altmeyer Funeral Home, Maestas Chapel, 1801 Baltic Ave. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service. Burial will be in Rosewood Cemetery following the reception.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] – Tuesday, April 8, 2008)

Melvin C. Tillett

Funeral rites were conducted by the Rev. W.J. Freeman at the Austin Cemetery at Kitty Hawk on Wednesday afternoon for Melvin C. Tillett, 43, who died at his Kitty Hawk home on Monday [March 26, 1951], two days after suffering a heart attack.  Mr. Tillett was a veteran of 171/2 years service in the Coast Guard.  He retired from the service in 1945 and had attained the rank of Chief Machinist's Mate.  He is survived by his wife, Zola Beacham Tillett of Kitty Hawk; one son and one daughter, David C. and Betty Lou Tillett of Kitty Hawk; three brothers: Pennel A. Tillett of Kitty Hawk, Vernon H. and Coulter L. Tillett of Virginia Beach, Va.; and one sister, Mrs. Esther G. Beacham of Kitty Hawk.  Melvin was the son of the late Theocanus and Florence Dowdy Tillett.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, March 30, 1951; pg. 1)

Myrtle D. Tillett

WANCHESE - Myrtle D. Tillett, known to everyone as "Mom Myrt," died in her home early Sunday morning, Feb. 3, 2008. She was born May 27, 1911, to the late Arthur and Lillian Williams. She was a native and resident of Wanchese and was a lifelong member and former pianist of Bethany United Methodist Church. Mom Myrt was preceded in death by her husband, Reggie Tillett; daughter, Joy Scarborough; and a son, Willett R. Tillett. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Jeanine D. Tillett; grandsons, Ricky Scarborough (Annette), Reggie Scarborough (Bea), Justin Tillett (Margie), Jerry Tillett (Tanya) and Arty Tillett (Pam); and granddaughters, Myrlene Talbott (Danny), Shelly Keller (Phil) and Lori Toler (Les). She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and her special caregiver, Rose Hawkins. A funeral will be conducted at Bethany United Methodist Church, Wanchese, Tuesday at 2 p.m. The burial will follow in Cudworth Cemetery in Wanchese. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service and at other times at Mom Myrt's residence. Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - Monday, February 4, 2008)

Nelson Avery Tillett

KITTY HAWK - Nelson Avery Tillett, 59, a retired Coast Gaurd chief who in recent years has served the town of Kill Devil Hills as assistant chief of police and street superintendent, was fatally injured shortly before noon Thursday when a town truck pinned him between it and his automobile.  He was dead on arrival at Dr. C.N. Wright's office in Jarvisburg.  A native of Dare County, he returned here when he retired from the Coast Guard.  He was a son of the late Alphonso D. and Lenora Tillett.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Zora Tillett; two daughters, Sherryl Ann of the home and Mrs. William Gard of Alexandria, Va., a former Elizabeth City teacher; two brothers, B.A. and Clay Tillett of Kitty Hawk and a sister, Mrs. Harry Hamilton of Sea Level.  The body was removed to Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo pending completion of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, March 29, 1963)

KITTY HAWK - A funeral service for Nelson Avery Tillet, who died Thursday morning, were conducted Saturday in Kitty Hawk Methodist Church by the Rev. Horace Lee McLaurin, pastor.  "Amazing Grace" was sung by the church choir.  A solo, "Crossing the Bar", was sung by Mrs. Minnie Twiford.  Mrs. Jessie Baum accompanied at the organ.  The casket was draped with the American flag.  Active pallbearers were Carl Osmond, Jack Finn, Clyde Beacham, Tom Dowdy, George Frank, Walter Perry, Jack Twiford and Jep Harris.  Burial followed in Austin Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, April 2, 1963

Ola Lee Tillett

WANCHESE - Ola Lee Tillett, 80, died Saturday, March 22, in her home. Miss Tillett was a member of both Bethany United Methodist Church and Bethany United Methodist Women, and was a retired telephone operator. She was the daughter of the late Stephen and Sallie Baum Tillett. She is survived by one sister, Lucy Willis of Wanchese; one brother, Thomas Tillett of Norfolk, Va.; six nieces and nephews; one grandneice and five grandnephews. Funeral services will be held at Twiford's Colony Chapel March 25, 1997. Burial will follow in the Cudworth Cemetery. Twiford's Colony Chapel is in charge of these arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, March 25, 1997)

Oma Pearl DeLaune Tillett

KITTY HAWK - Oma Pearl DeLaune Tillett, 94, died Wednesday, January 9 in Fairfax, Virginia. Although Mrs. Tillett has been in declining health she still enjoyed traveling with her daughter and son-in-law and had accompanied them to the Washington, D.C. area for the holidays. Mrs. Tillett was a resident of Kitty Hawk since was was 5 years old. She was born in Galveston, Texas in 1913 and was the daughter of Rosalind Hayman DeLaune Swain of Kitty Hawk and Gardiner Kernan DeLaune of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1918 her mother and family returned to the Outer Banks to reside in Kitty Hawk. Mrs. Tillett attended schools in Kitty Hawk, Clayton and Manteo and graduated from high school in Manteo. She was married to her late husband, Franklin Linwood Tillett of Kitty Hawk for 52 years and lived in Narraganset, Long Island, New York for several years while her husband was in the US Coast Guard. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Kitty Hawk, a Dare County school bus driver in the 1940's, employed in the local hotel business in the 1950's and 60's and was a talented homemaker and, like her mother, an extraordinary gardener. During the 70's and early 80's both she and her husband traveled frequently with their daughter and son-in-law; after her husbands death she joined them on most of their travels. She toured all 50 US states, most of the Canadian Provinces and all of the Mexican border states. Mrs. Tillett is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Trenton Crow of Kitty Hawk and Bethesda, Maryland; 4 sisters: Frances DeLaune Hard of Kitty Hawk; RoseMarie Swain Burney and husband Hal of Taylor, Texas; Doris DeLaune Roberts of Zavalla, Texas; and Ada DeLaune Birdwell and husband Joe of Joinerville, Texas; 3 brothers: Ralph DeLaune and wife Clara of Godley, Texas; David DeLaune of Joinerville, Texas; and Donald DeLaune [and wife Wanda] of Winona, Texas; 4 grandchildren: Lynn Crow Cole and husband Jack; David Crow and wife Patti; Stephen Crow and wife Cindy; and Cynthia Crow Beacham-Price and husband Billy; 8 great grandchildren: Meredith Cole Kanton and husband Tom; Jay Cole; Matthew Crow; Elizabeth Crow; Matt Price; Laura Price; Sarah Beacham; and Jessie Beacham; one great great grandchild, Adelaide Kanton; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends of all ages. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Tillett is predeceased by one sister: Susan DeLaune Chapline and 5 brothers: Edward DeLaune; Gardiner Kernan DeLaune, Jr.; Jerre DeLaune; and Douglas DeLaune [and Robert DeLaune]. The family will receive friends and relatives at Gallop Funeral Services in Nags Head from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 18 and other times at Mrs. Tillett's home, 3857 Moore Shore Road, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, at 3 p.m. at the Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk with Reverend Brad Bradshaw officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Feline Hope Animal Shelter, 843 Herbert Perry Rd., Kitty Hawk, 27949.  Gallop Funeral Services is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, January 15, 2008; pg. 6A) [Photo of Oma taken in January 2000 by Dan & Mary Hayman Kemp]  (The Funeral Card seen below was submitted by Tanya Tillett Crow, Oma's only daughter, and the extra information seen in brackets in the above obituary is information supplied by Tanya which was not printed in the original obituary)

FUNERAL CARD

 Orville Lee Tillett

Orville Lee Tillett, 79, passed away at his residence on Shipyard Road in Manns Harbor on Saturday morning, April 28, 2012.  A Manns Harbor native, he was the son of the late Thomas Nevada Tillett and the late Margie Gard Tillett.  Mr. Tillett served in the U. S. Coast Guard from April of 1951 to April, 1954 and retired after 30 years as an Inspector with the NC Division of Marine Fisheries.  He was also an avid outdoorsman and member of the Big Buck Hunt Club in Columbia, NC.  Mr. Tillett is survived by his wife, Janet Midgett Tillett.  In addition to his wife, Janet, Mr. Tillett is survived by his son, Thomas “Bud” Tillett and his significant other, June K. Knotts of Columbia, NC, his daughter, Janet Lee Craddock and husband Lee of Manns Harbor, one sister, Jeannette Ambrose and husband Coy of Manns Harbor, and his brother, Marshall Tillett and wife Laura of Chesapeake, VA.  Also surviving are his three grandchildren, Jennifer Overman, Toby Tillett (fiancée Brandy Mims), Sarah Henry (husband Bryan) and three great grandchildren, Katy Lee, Shyanne, and Levi.  Also left to cherish his memory are a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends, too numerous to mention them all.  The funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo with visitation Monday Evening, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  Private Burial will follow the funeral service in Mt. Carmel United Methodist Cemetery in Manns Harbor.  A reception will be held at Faith Baptist Church of Manteo for a time of fellowship, immediately following the Funeral Service in Manteo.  Twiford Funeral Home, Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Pennel A. Tillett

KITTY HAWK - Pennel A. Tillett, 84, of Kitty Hawk, died Friday [Nov. 11, 1983] in Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Virginia, following a short illness. A native of Kitty Hawk, he was the son of the late Theocanus and Mrs. Florence Dowdy Tillett. He was the husband of Mrs. Ruth Gallop Tillett of the home. He was retired after 33 years from the U.S. Coast Guard as a Chief Boatswain Mate. He served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean conflict. He was the longest living active member of the American Legion in North Carolina with 63 years membership. He was a member of the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, member for 55 years in the Coinjock Masonic Lodge No. 463 AF & AM, Scottish Rites Bodies, Sudan Temple in New Bern and the Amaran Temple; former member of Dare County Commissioners; former chairman of the Board of Commissioners, and a former tax supervisor. Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lida Bowman of Virginia Beach, Va.; one son, Jesse Tillett of Harkers Island; one step-daughter, Mrs. Joyce Gaus of Virginia Beach, Va.; one step-son, Earl Gallop of Norfolk, Va.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church by the Rev. Eddie Barber, pastor. Burial with Masonic Rites by the Coinjock Lodge No. 463 followed in the Austin Cemetery. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, was in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - unknown date)

Percy B. Tillett

MANTEO - Percy B. Tillett of Burnside Road departed this life on September 13.  He was born in Manteo on November 21, 1906 to the late Joseph H. and Arvilla Golden Tillett. Throughout his life he remained a kind and gently person who was loved and respected by all who knew him.  He attended Roanoke Academy (later called Roanoke School) in Manteo, and Elizabeth City State Normal School (which is now Elizabeth City State University).  Later he spent two years at Lincoln University in Lincoln, Pa. studying pre-med when the Great Depression Era forced him to find work with the New York Transit Authority where he remained for 35 years.  He married the late Mary Whitaker Tillett and from that marriage there are two children: James "Ronald" Whitaker of Bronx, N.Y., and Jaquelin Tillett McCord of Manteo.  On June 20, 1951 he married the late Margot Shaw Tillett.  From that marriage he had two step-daughters: Juanita Shaw and Valerie Shepard.  He leaves to cherish his memory one brother, John W. Tillett and wife Lula; one sister, Delma Tillett Meekins; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and devoted friends.  He was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.  Funeral services will be held at Haven Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Manteo at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.  The family will receive friends at the home on Burnside Road.  Arrangements are being handled by Stallings Funeral Home of Elizabeth City.  Interment will be in the Tillett Cemetery immediately following the services.  Percy Tillett was the oldest black man in the community.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, September 17, 2000; pg. 14A)

Ralph Edward Tillett

WANCHESE - Ralph Edward Tillett, 76, died Sunday, Aug. 31, in Britthaven of the Outer Banks.  Mr. Tillett was born in Wanchese and was a retired carpenter.  He attended Wanchese Assembly of God and was a veteran of WW II serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.  He was the son of the late Ralph Edward, Sr. and Laura Tillett Tillett and the husband of Sadie Hayes Tillett.  Besides his wife, surviving are a daughter, Conchita M. Burrus of Wanchese; two sons: Hoyt E. Tillett of Wanchese and David T. Tillett of Nags Head; two step-daughters: Carolyn Duke of Durham and Faye Nichols of Wanchese; two step-sons: Rev. Johnny Chase of Decaturville, Tenn. and Bruce Chase of Durham;  a sister, Texie T. Meekins of Wanchese; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  A funeral service was held Sept. 2 in the Wanchese Assembly of God by the Rev. David Dalton.  Burial followed in the Tillett Cemetery.  Twiford's Funeral Home in Manteo handled arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, September 4, 1997)

Rena Mae Baum Tillett

WANCHESE - Rena Mae Baum Tillett, age 92, of Wanchese, died Thursday, Oct. 26, in a local nursing center. Mrs. Tillett was born in Wanchese, the daughter of the late Samuel III and Betty Midgett Baum and the wife of the late Dallas L. Tillett. She was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church and a graduate of Louisburg College. She was a homemaker and a music teacher. Survivors include one sister, Pearl Baum Scharff Of Wanchese; a niece, Gertrude Q. Daniels; a great-niece, Phyllis Q. Sanderlin and a great-nephew, Phillip H. Quidley, all of Wanchese; 11 great-great nieces and nephews; 22 g-g-g nieces and nephews and 2 g-g-g-g nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Oct. 29 in the Bethany United Methodist Church by the Rev. Billy Holliday with burial to follow in the Cudworth Cemetery in Wanchese. Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo, is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - October 29, 1995)

Robert F. Tillett

Funeral services for Robert F. Tillett, 64, of Beaufort, who died Thursday afternoon [Aug. 30, 1951] in Morehead City Hospital after a short illness, were held from Ann Street Methodist Church with the Rev. T.R. Jenkins officiating.  Burial with full military honors followed in Ocean View Cemetery.  Tillett, a retired Coast Guardsman and veteran of both world wars, is survived by his wife Mary; three brothers: Ray V. of Cranford, N.J., Elisha G. of Grandy, and Marshall F. of Nags Head; and three sisters: Mrs. J.L. Davis of Fair Bluff, and Mrs. W.D. Brown and Mrs. Roy Brown, both of Zebulon.  Mr. Tillett was a native of Nags Head and the son of the late Tillman Tillett.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - September 7, 1951; pg. 7)

Ronald Herman Tillett

KITTY HAWK - Ronald H. Tillett, 62, beloved husband, father, step-father, and grandfather, died suddenly Tuesday, February 9.  Ronnie, a Kitty Hawk native, was born August 29, 1947 to Alton Clay Tillett and Elizabeth Pentecost Tillett.  He spent his life as a local carver and owned and operated Bill & Till Landscaping Services and was an active member of the Outer Banks Harley Owners Group.  He loved his family, the occasional cigar and was an avid fan of First Flight High School athletics where his step-sons participated in many activities.  He was a loyal friend to man, was generous to a fault, spoke ill of none and he never met a stranger.  He is survived by his wife of thirteen years, Dawn Davis Tillett of Kitty Hawk, his son James Clay Tillett and wife Ashley Tillett of Linn Creek, Mo.; son Samuel Isaac Tillett and daughter, Elizabeth Ellen Tillett, both of Lebanon, Mo.; step-daughter, Meghann Cole Pauls and husband Jamie Lee Pauls of Kill Devil Hills, Meridith Cole Watts and husband Hagen Watts of Linn Creek, Mo.; step-sons: Aubrey Waid Cole and Gerald Waid Cole of Kitty Hawk, and grandchildren Grace Elizabeth Tillett, Judah Tillett, Cole Hagen Watts and Abigail Lee Pauls.  Calling hours will be at the Gallop Funeral Services Chapel in Nags Head, Sunday, February 14, 2010 from 6-8 pm. A graveside funeral service will be held at Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk on Monday, February 15th at 11 am. The Reverend Robert Pitsch will officiate. Following the funeral a celebration of life will take place at at Lucky 12 Tavern in Nags Head.  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, February 11, 2010; pg. 6A)

Rondal Ketcham Tillett

Rondal Ketcham Tillett, 86, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Dearly loved, he will be missed by all but, we know he has “Gone home to Jesus” and we take our comfort there. Ron was born in Wanchese on July 14, 1925 to Charles Ketcham (Cliff) and Lovey Marie Daniels Tillett who preceded him in death, along with his sister, Tessie Rogers.  Ron served on numerous boards and committees for the county and state of NC, including the Conservation and Development Board, ABC Board and RBC Bank. He was a Shriner and served as Chairman of the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park. He also served as a Dare County Commissioner for 12 years. Active for many years in the seafood industry, he was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Wanchese, but also loved the people and the sweet spirit of the Lord at the Wanchese Assembly of God. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nelma (Nell) Rogers Tillett; six daughters, Jackie Beasley, Santa Daniels, Rhonda Tillett, Ginger Tillett, Laurie DeGabrielle and Robin Tillett; six grandchildren, Hank Beasley, Hunt Daniels, Sascha Watkins, Jason Chrismon, Rachel and Ketch DeGabrielle; and nine great-grandchildren who will miss him very much. Funeral services will be held at Bethany United Methodist Church on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 11:00 am with Rev. Dr. Jerome Smith and Danny Daniels officiating. The family will receive friends at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo on Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Burial will be in Cudworth Cemetery.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Ruby Beasley Tillett

KILL DEVIL HILLS - Ruby Beasley Tillett, 75, died Wednesday, March 28 in a Nags Head nursing home. Mrs. Tillett was born in Colington, the daughter of the late Weightman and Carrie Perry Beasley and was in the commercial fishing and crabbing business. She was the widow of the late Kenneth Clay Tillett. Mrs. Tillett is survived by a daughter, Bonnie B. Cooper of Colington; four step-sons: Ricky Tillett of California, Travis Tillett, Corley Tillett and Vince Tillett, all of Colington; two brothers: Allen Beasley and Troy Beasley of Colington; four grandchildren: Douglas Ray Abbott of Creswell, Shannon Gene Abbott of Kitty Hawk, Ernest Leon Cooper, III of Colington, and Charlie Eugene Cooper of Kill Devil Hills; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a grandchild, Ruby Elizabeth Cooper. Graveside services will be at Hilltop Cemetery in Colington on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Robert Pitsch officiating. Twiford's Colony Chapel in Maneto is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, April 1, 2001; pg. 12A)

Ruth Henley Gallop Tillett

On Aug. 26, 1997, Ruth Henley Gallop Tillett left this world to join her loved ones who went before her, a son, Earl; and grandson, Joshua, will be especially glad to welcome her home. Mrs. Tillett, 86, lived a full and simple life surrounded by people who loved her. She belonged to the Eastern Star; Amaranth Coastal Court No. 12; and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an active member of Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church for many years and recently transferred her membership to Thalia United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach. She loved the beach, travel, flowers, her friends and family, enjoying their infinite variety and distinct individuality. Left behind to live without her quick smile and tender hugs are her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Bill; grandchildren, Ruthie, Tirn, Kathy, Bobby, Brad and their spouses; 7 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Those who will no longer share Ruth's triumphs and tragedies, her sister, Mae; her nieces turned daughters, Joan and Kay and special nephew Rex will see that her spirit lives in each one of them and is shared with their families. There are countless family members and friends who will cherish their memories of time spent with Ruth fishing, crabbing, " putting " up fruit and vegetables, sewing, playing dominoes and cards and just sittin' and rockin'. We all share bittersweet tears and smiles as we wish our Mama, sister, Nanny, Aunt Ruth and dear friend Godspeed and farewell. Following cremation, the family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday followed by a memorial service at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Kellum Funeral Home, Bonney Road Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Hampton Roads Chapter, 20 Kroger Executive Center, Norfolk, Va. 23502, Suite 233. At a later date, there will be a private burial by the family at Powells Point Christian Church where Ruth will join her first husband, Bradford Bryan Gallop.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, Va.] -  August 28, 1997)

Sabra Wise Tillett

NEW YORK - Sabra Wise Tillett, 68, died Friday, Oct. 27, in a New York hospital.  A native of Dare County, she was the daughter of Edna Wise and the late John Wise and the wife of the late Cecil Tillett.  She was a retired telephone operator with 30 years with the New York Telephone Co.  Survivors include two daughters: Josephine Parks of Piscataway, N.J. and Deborah Tillett of New York, N.Y.; her mother, Edna Wise of Manteo; one sister, Dellerva Collins, and one brother, Elwood Wise, both of Manteo; one granddaughter, Sharonda Lee of Bronx, N.Y.; one grandson, Cameron Tillett of New York; and one great-grandson, Jonque Lee of Bronx.  Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 1 in New York.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. at Haven Creek Baptist Church, Manteo with the Rev. Calvin Moore officiating.  Walson Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, November 2, 1995; pg. 10A)

 St. Clair Tillett, Jr.

St. Clair Tillett, Jr., 27, of Manteo, died early Sunday morning in a Norfolk hospital after several months of ill health. Funeral services were conducted at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Manteo Methodist Church by Rev. M.W. Maness, pastor. Special music was rendered by the church choir and a duet was sung by Mrs. E.R. Wescott and Mrs. R.I. Leake. Burial was in Manteo Cemetery. Mr. Tillett, affectionately known to all his friends as "Punk" was one of the best-liked young men in Manteo and his death is mourned by a host of friends and relatives. He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Alice Hampton; his father, S.C. Tillett of Manteo; his mother, Mrs. Emma Tillett of Portsmouth, Va.; one brother, McCoy Tillett of Manteo; three aunts: Mrs. R.C. Evans, and Mrs. A.J. Willis of Manteo, and Mrs. J.T. Etheridge of Norfolk; and a number of cousins. Pallbearers were Raymond Wescott, Belton Burrus, Sam Midgett, Earl Green, Dorian Quidley and Marvin Rogers.  [A lengthy list of out-of-town people followed.]  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, December 10, 1943; pg. 1)

Stanley Tillett

Stanley Tillett, 34, of Wanchese died suddenly in the automobile he was driving Friday. George Davis Toler, who was riding with him, was injured and taken to Elizabeth City Hospital but was released after treatment of minor injuries. The car left the road and went into the woods on the left hand side a distance of 70-80 yards. The mishap occurred within a few hundred yards of the scene of the death of Ronald Payne the week before near the Methodist Church. Tillett, who was a merchant seaman, had recently come home to attend the funeral of his uncle, Sigsbee Tillett. Several weeks ago, his father, Dallas Tillett died. He was the son of the late Dallas L. and Mary Daniels Tillett and was born at Wanchese August 28, 1926. He was a member of the Bethany Methodist Church, he is survived by his stepmother, Mrs. Rena Baum Tillett. The funeral was conducted at Bethany Methodist Church Christmas day by the pastor, Rev. J.M Carroll, and Rev. C.W. Guthrie, former pastor. Burial was in Cudworth Cemetery. A solo, "Crossing the Bar" was sung by Miss Mary Jolliff. Mrs. Rennie Williamson accompanied at the organ. The casket was covered with a pall made of yellow mums and fern. Active pallbearers were Melvin Daniels, Jr., Willis Tillett, Larry Tillett, Gilbert Tillett, Rondall Tillett and Dan Parker. (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - December 30, 1960)

Stephen Beasley Tillett
The Coastland Times - Friday, September 25, 1959; pg. 1

Thomas Avery Tillett

Thomas Avery Tillett, 74, prominent citizen and merchant of Manns Harbor, died Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at his home after a week's illness.  He was the husband of the late Cynthia Hayman Tillett and the son of the late Avery and Mary Virginia Walker Tillett.  He is survived by two sons: Troy Tillet of Norfolk and Tom Tillett of Manns Harbor; a daughter, Mrs. Eloise Tillett Gard of Norfolk; three brothers: George Tillett of Elizabeth City, W.M. and A.B. Tillett of Manns Harbor; also several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Mr. Tillett, who was born August 10, 1874, was a lifelong resident of Manns Harobr, and was noted as a man of upright and businesslike character.  He had engaged for many years in the fishing and boatbuilding industries.  Funeral services will be conducted at Manns Harbor Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Methodist Church.  Rev. A.L.G. Stephenson, the pastor, will conduct the service and burial will be in Twiford Cemetery nearby.  Twiford's Funeral Home, directors.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, December 21, 1951; pg. 1)

Funeral services for Thomas Ave Tillett, who died at the family residence at Manns Harbor Thursday afternoon [Dec. 20, 1951], were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Manns Harbor Methodist Church by the Rev. A.L.G. Stevenson, pastor.  During the service members of the church choir sang "Farther Along" and "Nearer My God to Thee" and a duet composed of Miss Lyna Gard and Mrs. Eddie Burgess sang "Lord I Am Coming Home" accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Martha Creef.  The casket was covered with a pall of red carnations and white glads.  Interment was made in the Twiford Cemetery with Roy Midgett, Wallace Taylor, H.T. Gibbs, Jaccie Burrus, Clarence Holmes and Richard Mann serving as pallbearers.   (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, December 28, 1951; pg. 1)

Thomas Nevada Tillett

MANNS HARBOR - Thomas Nevada Tillett, 79, of Manns Harbor, died early Wednesday morning at his residence following a long illness. A native and lifelong resident of Manns Harbor, he was the son of Thomas Avery and Mrs. Cynthia Hayman Tillett. He was the owner and operator of Tom Toke's Grocery Store and a commercial fisherman. He was the husband of Mrs. Margie Gard Tillett of the home. Besides his wife he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Jennette Ambrose of Manns Harbor; two sons: Marshall Tillett of Chesapeake, Va. and Orville Tillett of Manns Harbor; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, by pastor W.K. Beasley, pastor of International Pentecostal Assembly of God Church in Manns Harbor. Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Manns Harbor.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, September 29, 1983)  Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock.

Walter R. Tillett [Sr.]

Funeral services for Walter Tillett, 48, who died Sunday [June 10, 1851] at the Marine Hospital in Norfolk, were held Wednesday afternoon at the Wanchese Methodist Church.  The rites were conducted by the Rev. C.W. Gregory.  Burial was made in the family plot at Nags Head.  Pallbearers were Arnold Daniels, George Daniels, E.C. Greene, Reggie Tillett, Dallas Tillett and Steve Tillett.  The Methodist choir sang "Rock of Ages" and "Nearer My God to Thee" during the service.  Mr. Tillett was a native of Nags Head.  He had lived the last 15 years of his life at Wanchese.  He was the son of Isaac Erb and Maggie Tillett and husband of Hazel Spencer Tillett.  He was a member of the Wanchese Methodist Church and employed by the Standard Oil Co. as a pilot.  Survivors are his mother; his wife; eight daughters: Mrs. Olive M. Cappoallo, Mrs. Evelyn Logan, Mrs. Norma M. Russell, Mrs. Joan Scipione, Margaret, Carol, Priscilla ad Hazel Tillett; three sons: Walter R Jr., Richard Douglas and Duran E. Tillett, all of Wanchese; five sisters: Mrs. Elizabeth Harris of Kitty Hawk, Mrs. Virginia Austin of Corolla, Mrs. Sadie Perry of Norfolk, Mrs. Esther Beacham of Washington, DC, and Mrs. Aurelia Tarantola of Germany; three brothers: Boone D. of Columbus, Ga., John of New York and Herman of Kitty Hawk; There are four grandchildren.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, June 15, 1951; pg. 7)

Willett Reginald Tillett

MANTEO - Willett Reginald Tillett, 61, of Manteo, died Monday, May 21 in an Elizabeth City hospital. A native of Wanchese, he was the husband of Mrs. Heanine Daniels Tillett of the home and the son of Mrs. Myrtle Daniels Tillett of Wanchese and the late Earl Reginald Tillett. Besides his wife and mother, surviving are two daughters, Vashelda T. Brabrand of Kill Devil Hills and Lori N. Tillett of the home; three sons: Justin H. Tillett of Orlando, Jerry R. Tillett of Manteo, and Arthur C. Tillett of the home; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at First Assembly of God Church, Manteo, on May 23. Burial with Masonic rites will be at the Cudworth Cemetery, Wanchese. Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo handled arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, May 24, 1990)

William Franklin Tillett

The funeral of William Franklin Tillett, 67, one of the finest citizens of the coastland, who died suddenly Thursday at his Nags Head home, will be held at Mt. Carmel Methodist Church in Manns Harbor Friday afternoon by a former pastor, Rev. A.L.G. Stephenson of Rocky Mount, and the pastor, Rev. Charles Olson. Mr. Tillett had lived most of his life at his birthplace, Manns Harbor. His wife, the former Mattie Beasley Tillett, died several years ago after they removed to Nags Head to operate their motel business. The couple brought up two orphaned nephews as foster sons, Jaccie Burrus and Richard Mann, and helped them toward a substantial start in life and to be citizens of consequence. Five "grandchildren and one great-grandchild" from these sons blessed Mr. Tillett's last days. Most of his life was spent in the fishing industry, and he was successful. He was a generous church and community man. His instincts were always charitable, helpful, and honest to the highest degree. He came of parents of sterling character, the late Samuel and Varina Hayman Tillett. He was affectionately regarded by everyone, and the childhood nickname of "Bug" stuck with him through his lifetime. Four sisters survive him: Mrs. R.L. Thompson, Mrs. Herman Gibbs, Mrs. Charlie Midgett and Mrs. R.E. Twiford, all of Manns Harbor.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, July 24, 1959; pg. 1)

William Leo Tillett [Sr.]

William Leo "Snooks" Tillett of Manteo died Tuesday, Jan. 21  He was 84.  A native of Manteo, Mr. Tillett was a retired commercial fisherman, a trustee of his church, and a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge No. 804.  He was the son of the late Joseph and Arvilla Tillett and the husband of Virginia Simmons Tillett of the home.  Besides his wife, Mr. Tillett is survived by one daughter, Arvilla Tillett Bowser (Lindsey) of Manteo; two sons, Johnny Tillett of Raleigh and Michael Tillett of Manteo; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Tillett of Manteo; two brothers: Percy and John Tillett of Manteo; a sister, Delma Meekins of Durham.  Also five grandchildren: Jackie and Andrian Tillett of Manteo, Tyrome Tillett (Pam) of Cape Charles, Va., Christopher Tillett of Kansas City, Mo., and Trovene Gibbs of Queens, N.Y.; three great-grandchildren: Justin and Nichols Tillett of Cape Charles, Va. and Marquenette Fuller of Manteo; father and mother-in-law, Seward and Earlene Simmons of Manteo.  Also six sisters-in-law: Mary Tillett, Lula Tillett and Vera Basnight, all of Manteo, Pecolo Strayhorn of Kinston, M. Trovene Artis (Joe) of Norfolk, and Geneva Taylor (Frazier) of Prince George, Va.; one brother-in-law, Eddie Simmons (Sally) of Manteo; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of other relatives.  He was preceded in death by a son, William Leon Tillett, Jr.  The funeral was held Friday, Jan. 24, at Haven Creek Baptist Church in Manteo.  Walson Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, was in charge of the arrangements.  (Outer Banks Sentinel [Nags Head, NC] - Thursday, January 30, 1997; pg. 7D)

William Rollins Tillett

William Rollins "Bob" Tillett, 44, died at his home at Manns Harbor at 7:00 Wednesday morning. He was the son of the late William C. and Annie Tillett and the husband of Jennie Gibbs Tillet of Manns Harbor of which community he was a native and almost a lifelong resident, having for short periods lived in Washington, Manteo and Elizabeth City, and had been engaged in mercantile business in Manns Harbor and Manteo. Besides his wife and one son, Rollins Davis Tillett of the U.S. Navy, is survived by one brother, Odell Tillett; and three sisters: Mrs. V.G. Midgett, Mrs. Tom Sutton and Mrs. J.M. Creef, all of Manns Harbor. The body was prepared at Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo but arrangements were incomplete pending contact with his son with the Navy in Florida. He was a member of the Methodist Church and funeral and burial will be at Manns Harbor.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, May 9, 1952; pg. 1)

Willis M. Tillett
The Coastland Times - Thursday, Sept. 10, 1981; pg. 11A

Willis Odell Tillett

MANNS HARBOR - Willis Odell Tillett, 61, a native and lifelong resident of Manns Harbor, died Saturday morning in Raleigh hospital following a long illness.  He was a retired fisherman, son of the late William C. and Eleanor Ann Twiford Tillett, and a member of Mt. Carmel Methodist Church.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Naomi Mann Tillett; two daughters, Mrs. J.R. Eason and Miss Ramona Tillett of Norfolk; two sons, Willis Myron and Richard Odell Tillett, one step-daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Midgett, three sisters, Mrs. Irma Midgett, Mrs. Tom Sutton and Mrs. J.M. Creef, all of Manns Harbor; 3 grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon in Mt. Carmel Methodist Church by the Rev. Charles R. Olson, pastor, and the Rev. Bobbie Beasley, pastor of Manns Harbor Holiness Church.  Burial was in the church cemetery.  (Unknown Newspaper – Monday, July 1, 1963)

MANNS HARBOR - Funeral services for Willis Odell Tillett, who died Saturday morning in a Raleigh hospital, were conducted Monday afternoon in Mt. Carmel Methodist Chrurch by the Rev. Charles R. Olson, pastor.  "Safe in the Arms of Jesus", "Abide With Me" and "Beyond The Sunset" were sung by the church choir.  Roger Gard accompanied at the piano.  The casket pall consisted of red and white carnations and fern.  Active pallbearers Were Thelbert Tillett, Ralph Craddock, Hugh Craddock, Wallace Taylor, Jacie Burrus and Larry Midgett.  Burial followed in the church cemetery at Manns Harbor.  (Unknown Newspaper – Tuesday, July 2,1963)

Zeta Daniels Tillett

WANCHESE - Zeta Daniels Tillett, 85, died Friday, April 26 at her residence.  Born in Wanchese, she was the daughter of the late Alexander Jake Daniels and the late Nettie Cudworth Daniels.  Mrs. Tillett was a homemaker and a member of the Manteo Chapter Order of the Eastern Star #79.  She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.  Surviving are 2 daughters: Margaret T. Daniels of Manteo and Dianne T. Meekins of Columbus, Georgia; one sister: Lucille D. Midgett of Wanchese; 4 grandchildren: Gary Page Meekins, Scott Meekins and Mark Williams, all if Atlanta, Ga. and Stephen Williams of Winston-Salem; 3 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at Bethany United Methodist Church in Wanchese with the Rev. Billy Holliday officiating.  Burial will be in the Cudworth Cemetery.  Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, April 28, 1996)

Zola Beacham Tillett

KITTY HAWK - Zola Beacham Tillett, 82, died Saturday, March 8, at her residence. Mrs. Tillett was born in Otilla and was a homemaker. She is the daughter of the late Decatur and Annie Eliza Perry Beacham and the wife of the late Melvin C. Tillett. Mrs. Tillett is survived by one daughter, Betty Tillett Henley of Kitty Hawk; one son, David C. Tillett of Kitty Hawk; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held March 11 in Austin Cemetery with the Rev. David Daniels officiating. Twiford's Colony Chapel in Manteo is in charge of these arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, March 11, 1997)

Zora Estelle Parker Tillett

KITTY HAWK - Zora Estelle Parker Tillett, 93, died Tuesday, November 28 in a Barco nursing home. Mrs. Tillett was a native of Kitty Hawk and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star, Roanoke Island Chapter #179. She was the daughter of the late Hollis and Ella Midgett Parker and the widow of the late nelson Avery Tillett. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jeannette T. Gard. Mrs. Tillett is survived by a daughter, Sheryl Ann Tillett and husband George Viverette of Rocky Mount; a son-in-law, Bill Gard of Kill Devil Hills; three granddaughters: Susan Gard Nelson, Janet Gard McQueen and April Viverette; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held in the Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk, on Friday, December 1 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Brad Bradshaw officiating.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, November 30, 2000; pg. 10A)

Addie Cowell White Toler

Mrs. Addie Cowell Toler, 64, died Monday [July 2, 1962] in U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Norfolk, Va. after an illness of 3 months. A native of Currituck Co., she lived in Kitty Hawk 17 years. She was a daughter of Leon and Mrs. Maggie Cowell White. She was a member of Kitty Hawk Methodist Church. Surviving are her widower, Albert Toler Of Kitty Hawk; two daughters: Mrs. Hope Beecham of Kitty Hawk and Mrs. B. S. Redford of Portsmouth; two sons: Albert W. Toler of South Lincoln, Mass. and Curtis L. Toler of London Bridge; four sisters: Mrs. Bess Sessoms and Mrs. Dona Beasley of Kitty Hawk, Mrs. Lucy Beasley of Glenrock, Va. and Mrs. Margaret Raynor af Long Island, N.Y.; two brothers: Columbus White of Virginia Beach and Wilson White of Norfolk; 11 grandchildren. A funeral service was conducted Thursday in Kitty Hawk Methodist Church (the rest of this obituary is missing.) "Currituck Co., N.C. Cemetery Records" by the Albemarle Genelogical Society states Addie Cowell Toler is buried on the Marshall P. Cowell estate on Cowell Road.)

Caleb Hobbs Toler

Funeral services for Caleb Hobbs Toler, 81, of Kitty Hawk, were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. B.I. Rhodes of Norfolk, assisted by W.W. Midgett of Kitty Hawk. Interment was in Austin Cemetery. Mr. Toler, a native of Pasquotank County, died at his home in Kitty Hawk Monday afternoon at 2:30 following a short illness. He was a retired Coast Guardsman and served for 37 years. Besides his wife, Mrs. Mary Wynn Toler, he is survived by three daughters: Mrs. W.D. Rogers and Mrs. B.D. Gard of Kitty Hawk and Mrs. S.B. Perry of Washington, DC; five sons: C.W. Toler and W.R. Toler of Kitty Hawk, A.L. Toler of Virginia Beach, H.H. Toler of Norfolk and C.L. Toler of Camp Claiborne, Louisana; 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  (Dare County Times - Friday, November 20, 1942; pg. 1)

Elizabeth Crank Toler
Mar. 4, 1903 - Oct. 15, 1986
(Unknown newspaper & date) - Kindly submitted by Sandy Midgett

George Davis Toler

George Davis Toler, 77, of Wanchese, died Monday October 17, 2011 in Nags Head. George was born in Manteo and worked in commercial fishing. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and was a member and Past President of Wanchese Lions Club.  He was the son of the late John T. and Rosa Gibbs Toler.  A celebration of life will be in Bethany United Methodist Church, Saturday October 22, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. by Dr. Jerome Smith. Burial will be in Cudworth Cemetery. Friends may join the family at Twiford’s Funeral Home, Friday from 7p.m. to 9p.m.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

John Toler & wife, Lula (Beasley) Mann Toler

TWO KILLED BY CAR SATURDAY AT NAGS HEAD - John Toler, age 70, and Lula Mann [see note] of Nags Head are dead, struck by an automobile driven with parking lights at 9:30 Saturday night by Dan Davis, 19 year old son of I.P. Davis of Manteo who was bound north to the Casino with a party of 5 young friends. Mrs. Mann, who was about 50, died instantly and Mr. Toler lived less than an hour. The two people were walking down the highway and had turned to cross the road toward the Mann home when young Davis espied the woman and applied his brakes and attempted to turn past her but Mr. Toler impulsively grabbed her to pull her in his direction with the result that both were struck down. A coroners jury empanelled by Coroner Marvin Rogers Sunday morning held an inquest and arrived at the verdict that Davis, a student at the University of North Carolina, home for the holidays, was blameless, when witnesses testified that the dead people had been drinking. The accident was investigated by State Highway patrolman Lane and County Officer Harry Smith. Witnesses questioned were the companions of Davis, these being Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Meekins, Jr., Gilbert Duvall, Dick Burrus and Edward Mason of Manteo, Coast Guardsman Bliven of Nags Head, Mrs. Roy Kessenger, and others. Mr. Toler, who spent many years of his life at Mashoes, had been living at Nags Head at Mrs. Mann's home for some 15 years. He is survived by five sons: Sam Toler of Florida, Asa Toler of Nags Head, Timothy, Cary and Albert. Mrs. Mann, the widow of the late Latham Mann, is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charlie Johnson of Nags Head and three sons, Billy, Latham and Louis Mann; a brother, Charlie Beasley of Colington; three sisters: Mrs. John Wise and Mrs. J.H. Reber of Nags Head and Mrs. Polly Mann of Baltimore.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, January 1, 1943; pg. 1) [NOTE:  Lula Lee Beasley married Thomas Lathan Mann (1894-1922) in 1913.  She married John Toler c1931.  In this obituary she should have been listed as Lula Mann Toler instead of Lula Mann.]

MR. & MRS. JOHN TOLER BURIED FRIDAY MORNING - Funeral services for John Toler and his wife, Mrs. Lula Mann Toler, who were the victims of a recent automobile accident on the Nags Head highway, were held Friday morning at 11 o'clock at the home at Nags Head. Rev. J.C. Harmon, pastor of Kitty Hawk Methodist Church officiated. Burial was in the Dolly burying ground at Nags Head. A large number of friend attended the funeral and there were many floral offerings. Music was rendered by a choir led by Mrs. Preston Daniels of Wanchese.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, January 8, 1943; pg. 1)

John Thomas Toler

Funeral services for John Thomas Toler, 65, who died last Thursday afternoon [Jan. 25, 1962] in the Veterans Hospital at Kecoughtan, Va., were conducted in the Wanchese Methodist Church by the Rev. Robert Pullman, assisted by the Rev. C.W. Guthrie, retired Methodist minister.  A solo, "How Great Thou Art", was sung by Casper Meekins and "Beyond The Sunset" was sung by the church choir.  Mrs. Rena Tillett accompanied at the organ.  The casket was covered with a pall of red and white carnations and fern.  Active pallbearers were Keith Fearing, Earl Green, Dorian Quidley, Raymond Wescott, Malcolm Daniels and Carlisle Davis.  A native of Manteo, Mr. Toler lived in Wanchese 9 years.  He was a son of the late Tom and Mrs. Patsy Staples Toler.  He was a member of Wanchese Methodist Church and Manteo-Wanchese Tribe #123 Order of Red Men.  He was a veteran of WW I Navy service.  Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Rosa Gibbs Toler and a son, George Toler of Wanchese.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, February 2, 1962)

Leola Estelle Perry Toler

KITTY HAWK - Leola Estelle Perry Toler, 86, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at the home of her daughter, Daphne Toler Casper (Raye) Kitty Hawk, NC. She was the daughter of the late Leon Hardy Perry and Eva Leola O’Neal. She was a member of Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. With her husband, Sidney, she operated the Kitty Hawk Grocery for a number of years. Mrs. Toler’s biggest love was for her children and grandchildren, and working in her garden.  Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Sidney Caleb Toler, a brother Norman Lee Perry, and a grandson Steven Ray Midgett.  Mrs. Toler is survived by two sisters, Doris Perry Pruitt of Kitty Hawk and Reda Perry Midgett (Edison) of Manteo. She has six children Tommy Toler and wife, Margaret Joy, of Wanchese, Sandy Toler Midgett and husband, Ray of Southern Shores, Blaine Toler and wife, Gail of Manteo, Daphne Toler Casper and husband, Raye of Kitty Hawk, April Toler Hardison and husband, Carl of Plymouth, NC and Melanie Toler and Tim Narron of Kitty Hawk. She is survived by eleven grandchildren, Les Toler and Ted Toler of Wanchese, Carrie Toler Booth of Raleigh, Randy Midgett of Elizabeth City, Phebe Toler Cooper of Kill Devil Hills, Kristian Blaine (Buddy) Toler of Kitty Hawk, Shannon Toler Glaser of Florida, Joshua Casper, Jesse Casper and Jeffrey Wescott of Kitty Hawk, Fred Melvin Wescott, III, of Greenville and thirteen great-grandchildren; and Shelia Hassell, Leola’s special care giver.  Family visitation will be at the home of Raye and Daphne Casper, 3952 Poor Ridge Road, Kitty Hawk, NC.  A graveside service will be in Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk, at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2011 by Rev. Kenneth Midgett.  Twiford Funeral Homes’ Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home and The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] July 28, 2011; pg. 8A)

Minnie Lee Cartwright Toler

MANTEO--Minnie Lee Cartwright Toler, died Thursday, March 19, at her residence. Mrs. Toler was born in Currituck and was a homemaker. She was the daughter of the late Burlie Byrd and Henry Martin Cartwright and the wife of the late Curtis Toler. She is survived by one daughter, Phylis Sawyer Richards of Biscoe; two sons: Phillip Sawyer of Manteo and Norman Sawyer of Harbinger; one sister, Ellen Snow of Powells Point; one brother, Shelton Cartwright of Boydton, Va., five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends at the residence at 1100 Burnside Road, Manteo. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dare County Library or the Dare County Animal Shelter. Please address either donation to P.O. Box 1000, Manteo, 27954. Twiford's Colony Chapel,, Manteo, is in charge of these arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, March 22, 1998)

Sidney Caleb Toler

Sidney Caleb Toler, 82, died Thursday, December 29, 2005 in Norfolk Sentara Hospital, following a long illness. Born in Corolla, NC, he was the son of the late William Roosevelt Toler, Sr. and Elizabeth Mae Crank. He was a member of Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church and was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard. Following retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard he was a self-employed businessman. With his wife, Leola, he operated the Kitty Hawk Grocery and later co-founded Casper & Toler Construction Company. Mr. Toler was the first fire chief for the Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores and Colington volunteer fire departments. He served on the first Kitty Hawk Town Council and was the town’s first building inspector. He served on the Dare County Board of Education and was past president of Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk. Surviving, is his wife of 62 years, Leola Perry Toler of Kitty Hawk and six children; Tommy Toler and wife, Margaret Joy, of Wanchese, Sandra Midgett and husband, Ray, of Southern Shores, Blaine Toler and wife, Gail, of Manteo, Daphne Casper and husband, Raye, of Kitty Hawk; April Hardison and husband, Carl, of Plymouth, N.C., and Melanie Toler and Tim Narron of Kitty Hawk. He is survived by eleven grandchildren; Les Toler and Ted Toler of Wanchese, Carrie Lee Booth of Durham, NC, Randy Midgett of Elizabeth City, NC, Phoebe Cooper and Shannon Fussell of Florida, Kristian (Buddy) Toler of Kitty Hawk, Joshua Casper and Jesse Casper of Kitty Hawk, Fred Melvin Wescott III of New Bern, NC, Jeffrey Wescott of Kitty Hawk and eight great-grandchildren. Mr. Toler was pre-deceased by a grandchild, Steven Midgett of Brooklyn, NY. Also, surviving is a brother, William Roosevelt Toler, Jr. and his wife, Shirley, of Havelock, NC, a sister, Anges Toler Wise and husband, Wally, of Kitty Hawk. Family visitation will be at the home of Ray and Sandra Midgett, 154 Duck Woods Drive, Southern Shores. Graveside services will be conducted at Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk, Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. with Kenneth Midgett, officiating. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, January 1, 2006; pg. 10A)

Tom Toler

CAPT. TOM TOLER DEAD - Capt. Tom Toler, Dare County's oldest citizen, died at his home near Manteo last week after an illness of several months, at the age of 92 years. Mr. Toler was an interesting citizen, having spent much of his younger life on sailing ships plying around Cape Horn or the Pacific Coast, he was able to relate many stories of his voyages for the entertainment of his visitors. After being a widower for several years he married the widow of his son, Mrs. Pattie Toler, who survives him. One son, John Toler of the U.S. Navy and two daughters, Mrs. L.N. Midgett and Mrs. Charles Midgett also survive.  (The Independent [Elizabeth City, NC] - Friday, May 12, 1922; pg. 3)

Virginia Gail Sutton Toler

Virginia Gail Toler, 61, of Manteo, NC died Saturday, September 3, 2011 at her residence. Born in Williamsburg, VA, she was the daughter of the late Nathaniel and Grace Sutton. She was a member of the Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church.  She was survived by her husband by her husband of 17 years Sidney Blaine Toler; by her children, Hunter Read Dowdy and wife Katie of Manteo, NC, Amy Ree Dowdy Nichols, Michael Blake Dowdy and wife Tonya of Point Harbor, NC, and Devon Wade Dowdy; step-children, Gary Joseph Dowdy Jr. of Frisco, NC, Melinda Dowdy Kurent, grandchildren, Savannah Grace Nichols and Ashton Taylor Swain. She is also survived by her stepchildren, Phebe Toler Cooper of Nags Head, NC, Kristian Blaine Toler of Kitty Hawk and Shannon Toler Glaser and husband Ed of Vero Beach FL; grandchildren, Peyton Emily Dare Cooper, Flynn Sidney Campbell Cooper, Emerson Natalie Glaser and Easton Blaine Glaser; two brothers, Page Sutton and John Sutton both of Williamsburg, VA. A service of remembrance will be held on Friday, September 9, 2011 11:30AM at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo with the Rev. Jerry Cribb officiating. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday 7:00 to 8:30PM.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - Wednesday, September 7, 2011)

William Roosevelt Toler
Sept. 4 1900 - Apr. 9, 1966
(Unknown newspaper & date) - Kindly submitted by Sandy Midgett

 Albert Leston Tolson, Sr.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. - Albert Leston Tolson, Sr., 78, died October 16. He was born in Buxton, the youngest child of ten, to Willie and Charlotte Tolson. He was a member of International Pentecostal Church of Christ. A WW II veteran, he retired from the City of Virginia Beach with 38 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth M. Tolson; a son, Albert Leston Tolson, Jr. of Currituck; daughter, Linda Diane Banton of Virginia Beach; three grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held Friday, Oct. 19 at Rosewood Memorial Park, Virginia Beach.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001; pg. 6A)

 Alice Rena Austin Tolson

FRISCO - Alice Rena Austin Tolson, 75, died Friday, February 4 at her residence. Mrs. Tolson, born in Hatteras, was a homemaker and a member of the Frisco Assembly of God church. She was the daughter of the late Edward Allen Austin, Sr. and Lovey Styron Austin. Mrs. Tolson is survived by her husband, Elwood Parson Tolson of the residence; six daughters: Eugina Willis of Hatteras, Amelia Barnett and Catherine Phelps, both of Frisco, Anna Baum of Wanchese, Donna Swain and Avis Butler, both of Frisco; three sons: Elwood "Woody" Tolson, Jr. of Frisco, Edward Tolson of Manteo, and Gary Tolson of Frisco; two brothers: Edward Allen Austin, Jr. of Greenville and Medford Austin of Frisco; 18 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Frisco Assembly of God on Monday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Roger Barnett and the Rev. Charles Etheridge officiating. Burial will be in the Tolson Family Cemetery. The family will receive friend at the church on Sunday evening from 6-9 p.m. and at other times at the home of Catherine and Charlie Phelps in Frisco. Twiford's Island Chapel, Hatteras is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, February 6, 2000; pg. 13A)

Annie B. Tolson

FUNERAL HELD THURSDAY - Funeral services for Mrs. Annie B. Tolson of Frisco were held Thursday morning at 11 o'clock with her pastor, the Rev. Andrew Stirling, officiating.  Surviving are her husband, J.P. Tolson; one daughter, Nellie Willis; six sons: Elwood, Edgar, Jessie Jr., Lauris, Leslie and Adrien; two brothers: John and Adrien Austin; and one sister, Mrs. Nan Rose of New Bern.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, February 23, 1945; pg. 3)

Arnold Gwyndlon Tolson

MANTEO - Arnold Gwyndolon Tolson, Sr., 81, died Wednesday, February 26 in a Chesapeake, Va. hospital. Mr. Tolson was born in Frisco and was retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and was also a retired auto dealer, most recently from Lighthouse Truck and Automotive Center. Mr. Tolson was a member of Manteo Masonic Lodge #521 AF&AM, New Bern Scottish Rite, Sudan Temple in New Bern, past president of the Dare County Shrine Club, former chairman of the Crippled Children's Committee for Sudan Temple, former jester and past president of Sudan Temple Wrecking Crew and was founder of the British Cemetery in Ocracoke. He was the son of the late Dallas Leigh, Sr. and Maude Whidbee Tolson and the husband of Inez Gray Tolson. Besides his wife, surviving are four sons: Arnold G. Tolson, Jr. of Priest River, Idaho, Darrell Gray Tolson and Robert L. "Bobby" Tolson, both of Manteo, and Dean Martin Tolson of Wanchese; one sister, Ernal Cyrus of Beaufort; 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Mr. Tolson was predeceased by a son, William A. "Bill" Tolson. A funeral service will be held Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m. in First Assembly of God in Manteo by the Revs. Ron Denham, Stafford Berry and Deborah Tolson. Burial will be in Cudworth Cemetery in Wanchese. Twiford's Colony Chapel in Manteo is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - March 2, 2003; pg. 14A)

Carol Jean Tolson

Carol Jean Tolson, 68, died on November 25, 2009 following a brave battle with cancer. She graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing and worked for over 40 years in various nursing positions. During later years in her life, she served on the Board for the Family Enrichment Partnership of Hatteras Island as well as volunteering for Dare County Community Health Care. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Carol will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, optimistic spirit, and loving heart. Born on January 22, 1941, in Appleton, WI, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Lucille Donnermeyer. She was also predeceased by her son, Remy Andre Perot. She is survived by her husband, Larris Tolson; two daughters, Suzanne Ackley-Perot and husband, Donald of Syracuse, NY, Annette Perot of Durham; two sisters, NorRita Corsmier and husband, Fritz of Appleton, WI, Mary Donnermeyer of Kaukauna; two brothers, Richard Donnermeyer and wife Carol of Waupun, WI, and Michael Donnermeyer of Manitowoc, WI; two grandsons, Bruce and Connor Ackley-Perot of Syracuse, NY; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service, honoring the life of Carol Tolson, will be held at the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill, NC at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2009 and at Little Grove Methodist Church in Frisco, NC on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. A reception will immediately follow each service. Internment will be private. The family expresses heartfelt appreciation for the staff of Duke Hospital, Hillcrest Convalescent Home and Duke Hospice/Hock Family Pavilion for the loving, compassionate care they provided during the final days of Carol’s life.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] – Tuesday, December 1, 2009; pg. 6A)

 Charlie S. Tolson

NORFOLK - Charlie S. Tolson, 72, husband of Mrs. Levise Bragg Tolson and son of John N. and Mrs. Mary Austin Tolson, died in a hospital Sunday [Sept. 8, 1963]. A native of Hatteras, N.C., he lived on Ocracoke Island 35 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War I. Besides his widow, he is survived by a brother, John Q. Tolson of Hampton. The body was taken from Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home to his home on Ocracoke Island where a funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the family cemetery on Ocracoke Island.  (unknown Sept. 1963 newspaper)

Curtis Vaughn Tolson

FRISCO - Curtis Vaughn Tolson, 36, died Monday, October 19 in Frisco. Mr. Tolson, born in Elizabeth City, was a carpenter, an avid musician and loved working with computers. He was the son of the late Edgar Jones Tolson and the late Minerva Jane Stowe Tolson. Mr. Tolson is survived by his wife, Myla Desh Tolson of Frisco; two daughters: Tasha Tolson and Bonnie Tolson, both of Frisco; one son, Jay Tolson of Frisco; one sister, Rugy Fagley Creason of Eagle Springs; five brothers: Joey Fagley of Manns Harbor, Allen Fagley of Hatteras, Larry Tolson of Norfolk, Va., Ronnie Tolson of Nags Head, and Larris Tolson of Frisco. A memorial service will be held at Little Grove United Methodist Church today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jim Huskins officiating. Twiford's Island Chapel in Hatteras is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, October 22, 1998; pg. 10A)

ONE KILLED, FOUR HURT IN WRECK - One person was killed and four were injured in a two-vehicle wreck October 19 on Highway 12 in Frisco. Curtis Vaughn Tolson, 37, of Buxton was killed after his vehicle crossed the center line and struck another vehicle headed in the opposite direction. The two cars met head to head, reports indicate. After impact, Tolson's vehicle went back to the right lane, turned over, then came to rest on its top along the shoulder of the southbound lane. The two riders in Tolson's car sustained severe injuries. Emily Canary, 19, of Frisco and Hamilton Gray, 23, of Hatteras were taken by helicopter to Sentara Norfolk General. Canary suffered from a compound fracture of her right leg, friction burns on her face and forehead and damage to her right ear. She was released from the hospital Oct. 24. Gray sustained a broken collarbone and a bruised spleen. He was released Oct. 22. The second vehicle, driven by Tracy Lee Carmen, 39, also of Buxton, spun off the shoulder on the north side. Carmen was also flown to the hospital for treatment of injuries.  (Outer Banks Sentinel [Nags Head, NC] - October 29, 1998)

Dallas Lee Tolson

CHESAPEAKE, VA. - Dallas Lee Tolson, 80, of 111 Anne Ave., Chesapeake, Va. and Bayview Drive, Manteo, died Tuesday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. in the Chesapeake General Hospital, Chesapeake, Va., following an illness of five months. A native of Frisco, he was retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a machinist. He was the son of the late Martin B. and Mrs. Victoria Rollinson Tolson and the husband of Mrs. Maude Lee Tolson of the home. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Ernal Keaveny of Carlsbad, Calif. and Mrs. Sybil Bogue of Nags Head; one son, Arnold G. Tolson of Manteo; one sister, Mrs. Fannie Rollinson of Portsmouth, Va.; and half-sister, Mrs. Virginia Mannina of Richmond, Va.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, by the Rev. Carroll Daniels, pastor of Manteo First Assembly of God Church. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in the Chesapeake Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake, Va. The family will be at the funeral home in Manteo Friday night from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. The family will be staying at the home on Bayview Drive in Manteo.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, February 18, 1982)

IN MANTEO - Dallas Lee Tolson, 80, died Tuesday [Feb. 16, 1982] in Chesapeake General Hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday in Twiford's Colony Chapel in Manteo by the Rev. Carroll Daniels. Burial followed in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Chesapeake, Va.  Mr. Tolson was a native of Frisco, NC and lived in Chesapeake and Manteo, NC.  He was retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and had worked as machinist at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.  He was the son of the late Martin and Mrs. Victoria Rollinson Tolson and husband of Mrs. Maude L. Tolson of the home.  Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Ernal Keaveny of Carlsbad, Calif. and Mrs. Sybil Dogue of Nags Head, NC; one son, Arnold Tolson of Manteo, NC; one sister, Mrs. Fannie Rollinson of Portsmouth, Va.; one half-sister, Mrs. Virginia Manina of Richmond, Va.; ten grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.  (The Southern Post [Coinjock, NC] - Wednesday, February 24, 1982; pg. 11)

Darrell Gray Tolson

Darrell Gray Tolson, 62, died Thursday, January 7, 2010 in Chapel Hill, NC. A native of Dare County, NC, he was the son of the late Arnold G. Tolson, Sr. and Inez Gray Tolson. He was the owner/president of Barron International Travel Agency in Raleigh, NC and was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.  Mr. Tolson is survived by a daughter, Laura Elizabeth Tolson of Eugene, OR; a son, Darrell Gray Tolson, Jr. and wife Christa of Asheville, NC; three brothers, Arnold Tolson, Jr. of Skinnersville, NC and Robert and Dean Tolson both of Manteo, NC; and four grandchildren, Roan, Cade, and Wylee Tolson and Cody Jennings. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Tolson.  A graveside service will be held on Monday, January 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Cudworth Cemetery by the Rev. David J. Daniels. The family will receive friends and relatives at Twiford Funeral Homes, Colony Chapel, Manteo on Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Edgar Jones Tolson

FRISCO, N.C. - Edgar Jones Tolson, 72, a retired civil service worker, died June 25, 1988 in Gainesville, Florida. Mr. Tolson, a native of Dare County, N.C., was the widower of Minerva Jane Stowe Tolson. He had retired as a dredge engineer. He was a member and lay leader of Little Grove United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Ruby F. Creason of Jacksonville, Fla.; five sons: Lauris Tolson and Curtis Tolson both of Frisco, Larry Tolson and Ronnie Tolson, both of Norfolk, and Allen Fagley of Hatteras, N.C.; three brothers: Adrian Tolson of Norfolk, Elwood Tolson of Frisco and Leslie Tolson of Conroe, Texas; four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Little Grove Methodist Church by the Rev. Tom Sweeley. Burial will be in Tolson Family Cemetery. Twiford's Island Chapel, Hatteras, is handling arrangements.  (unknown newspaper and date)

Elwood Parsons Tolson, Sr.

Elwood Parsons Tolson, Sr., 92, passed away at his home in Frisco, NC on Wednesday, August 31, 2005. Mr. Tolson, born in Frisco on October 9, 1912, was a retired truck driver for NC Dept. of Transportation. He was the son of the late Jessie Benjamin and Anna Belle Austin Tolson and the widower of the late Alice Rena Austin Tolson. Mr. Tolson is survived by six daughters, Eugenia Willis of Hatteras, NC, Amelia Barnett, Avis Butler, Catherine Phelps and Donna Swain, all of Frisco, NC, Anna Baum of Wanchese, NC; three sons, Gary Tolson, Woody Tolson and Edward Tolson, all of Frisco, NC; two brothers, Adrian Tolson of Norfolk, VA and Leslie Tolson of Texas; twenty grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at the home of Edward Tolson, Frisco, on Saturday, September 3, 2005 at 11:00 am with Rev. H. J. Willis officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of Catherine Phelps in Frisco on Friday, September 2, 2005. Twiford's Island Chapel, Hatteras is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, September 4, 2005; pg. 10A)

Inez Gray Tolson

INEZ GRAY TOLSON, 82, of Manteo, NC died Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at her residence. Mrs. Tolson was born in Avon, NC and was a homemaker. She was the daughter of the late William Andrew and Cora Gray, and the widow of the late Arnold G. Tolson, Sr.. She was also preceded in death by a son, William A. Tolson and a brother, James Gray. Mrs. Tolson is survived by four sons, Arnold G. Tolson, Jr. of Idaho, Darrell G. Tolson, Robert L. Tolson and Dean M. Tolson, all of Manteo, NC; two sisters, Emelis G. Meekins of Manteo, NC and Beth G. Quidley of Buxton, NC; fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at Manteo First Assembly of God on Saturday, March 20, 2004 at 11:00 am with Rev. Ron Denham and Rev. Deborah Tolson officiating. Burial will be in the Cudworth Cemetery, Wanchese, NC. The family will receive friends at Twiford’s Funeral Home, Manteo on Friday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, March 18, 2004; pg. 13A)

Jesse Benjamin Tolson
The Coastland Times - Tuesday, June 9, 1981; pg. 13

Levice M. [Bragg] Tolson

OCRACOKE, N.C. - Mrs. Levice M. Tolson, 75, the widow of Charlie Tolson, died Saturday [April 13, 1974] in her home. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. A funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. in her home by the Rev. Robert Riley and the Rev. James Creech. Burial will be in the Family Cemetery with Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo, in charge.  (unknown newspaper & date)

Lonie Bragg Tolson

BUXTON, NC - A funeral service for Mrs. Lonie Bragg Tolson, 74, of Richmond, Va., will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Buxton Assembly of God Church by the Rev. Mary E. Wiles of Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God Church in Richmond. Burial will be in the Tolson Family Cemetery with Twiford Island Chapel in Hatteras in charge. The family is at the home of a sister, Mrs. Pearl Midgett, in Buxton.  (The Virginian-Pilot - unknown date)  NOTE:  Lonie died Jan. 29, 1976.

Maude Lee Tolson

MANTEO - Maude Lee Tolson, 85, formerly of South Norfolk, died July 8, 1988 in a Chesapeake hospital. Mrs. Tolson, a native of Buxton, N.C., was the widow of Dallas Lee Tolson. She was a Methodist. She was a member of Elizabeth Chapter 45, Order of the Eastern Star, Norfolk. Survivors include two daughters, Earnel Keaveney of San Diego, Calif. and Sybil Bogue of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; a son, Arnold Tolson of Manteo; a brother, Fulton Scarborough of Hatteras; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. The graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens by the Rev. William A. Tolson. Friends may join the family from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Twiford's Colonial Chapel, Chesapeake. The family will meet at 1:15 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  (unknown newspaper - July 1988)

Minerva Stowe Tolson

FRISCO - Mrs. Minerva Stowe Tolson, 60, died Monday morning [June 23, 1980] at her residence. She was a native of Hatteras but had resided in Frisco for the past 30 years. She was a housewife. She was a member of the Little Grove United Methodist Church, Frisco. She was the daughter of the late Freeman and Mrs. Lucy Gaskill Stowe and the wife of Edgar Tolson of the home. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter Miss Ruby Fagley of Aberdeen; four sons: Joseph Fagley, Allan Fagley, Larris Tolson, and Curtis Tolson, all of Frisco; two step-sons, Ronnie Tolson of Elizabeth City and Larry Tolson of Norfolk, Va.; three sisters: Mrs. Linda Farrow, Mrs. Cathleen Styron, and Miss Lucy Stowe, all of Hatteras; one brother, Freeman Stowe of Hatteras; five grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. in the Little Grove United Methodist Church by the Rev. Feed Roberts, pastor. Burial will follow in the family cemetery, Frisco. The body will be taken to the church at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Twiford's Island Chapel, Hatteras is in charge of funeral arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, June 24, 1980)

Solon Peele Tolson, Jr.

FRISCO - Solon Peele Tolson, Jr. died Tuesday, November 18 after a brief illness.  He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 21 years of service.  He is survived by wife Anne Bruce Tolson and children: Deborah Austin, Daniel Tolson, Sandra Cranson, Patricia Adams, Mary Picard, and Lawrence Tolson; step-sons: Douglas Wayne Howell and Charles Bruce Howell; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, December 1 at the Fulcher Family Cemetery, Frisco.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, November 20, 2003; pg. 14A)

William Andrew Tolson

Rev. William Andrew Tolson, 46, pastor of Salvo Assembly of God, died Aug. 8, 1990, in a Norfolk hospital.  Mr. Tolson, a native of Norfolk, was formerly employed with Carolina Telephone Co. and was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America.   He was a Coast Guard veteran.  Survivors include his wife, Carol Miller Tolson; two daughters, Stephanie Tolson and Heather Tolson, both of Kill Devil Hills; his parents, Inez G. and Arnold G. Tolson of Manteo; and four brothers.  Burial will be in the Austin Cemetery, Dare, NC.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - August 9, 1990)

Victoria Anne Toms

KILL DEVIL HILLS - Victoria Anne Toms, 57, of Kill Devil Hills, NC, passed away September 8, 2012 at her residence. A native of Miami, FL, she was the daughter of Olive Herman and the late Harry Herman.  Victoria grew up in Hialeah, FL and began her dance training at a young age. She was selected for and received a scholarship to the Miami Junior Ballet Theatre, where she performed for nine years, including lead roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Etudes and Walpurgis Night. Ms. Toms began her professional career in 1973 as a featured dancer with the Florida Family Opera and member of The Lemon Twists. The ensemble toured for five years, performing with many legendary entertainers, including Bob Hope and Tony Bennett. In 1978 she moved to New York City and continued her training. After operating dance studios in Miami, Victoria moved to the Outer Banks and founded Atlantic Dance in 1995.  In addition to her mother, Victoria is survived by her husband Sam Toms, brothers Robert Wilkerson and Richard Herman, and her nieces and nephews. She will also be mourned by the hundreds of students whom she inspired and nurtured over her long career as a dance instructor.  A memorial service will take place Sunday September 30, 2012 at 2 pm at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC.  Arrangements were entrusted to Gallop Funeral Services.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - Sunday, September 16, 2012)

Joseph Toner

Joseph “JT” Toner, of Frisco, N.C., passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the age of 54. He was well liked by all. JT was born to Catherine and Frank E. Toner on July 18, 1959 in Ventnor City, N.J. Upon finishing high school, JT lived for a period of time in California and then Texas prior to moving to Hatteras Island. JT is predeceased by his father Frank E. Toner and his brother Francis “Bootem” Toner.  A gifted athlete with a deep love for the ocean, he excelled in a number of water sports, including surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing as well as fishing. He also was an avid golfer and snowboarder. JT loved to play music, namely guitar, and would often host friends for “jam sessions.”  A contractor by trade, JT owned a business, Joseph Toner Construction. During his 27 years on Hatteras Island, he built numerous custom homes.  He is survived by his mother Catherine, two brothers, Michael Toner (Ellen) of Egg Harbor Township, N.J. and John Toner (Brenda) of Round Rock, Texas, one sister, Lori Toner (Bruce) of Doylestown, Pa., numerous nieces and nephews, and best friend Claudette Lemonde-Gray and her family.  A memorial “paddle out” service for everyone whose lives were touched by JT will be held on Hatteras Island on Saturday, May 24.   Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Angela Dawn Touchet

Angela Dawn Touchet (TSGT USAF), 40, passed away on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at Wayne Memorial Hospital.  Angela was born in Keflavik, Iceland on October 14, 1970.  She was a graduate of East Carolina University and was previously employed with Kindercare in Greenville and earned her Master’s Degree in Information Technology.  Angela was currently working in Intelligence for the United States Air Force.  Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. John’s Methodist Church in Avon, North Carolina with Pastor J. Roger Dill officiating.  The interment will follow with full military honors at Hooper Family Cemetery.  Angela is survived by her parents, Loran P. O’Neal and Wanda Gray O’Neal of Avon, NC; her sisters, Mary Elizabeth O’Neal of Florence, SC; Patricia Mae O’Neal of Buxton, Ethel Ann O’Neal of Watertown, NY and Pamela S. O’Neal of Buena, New Jersey; her brothers, Loran P. O’Neal III and wife Stephanie of Avon and Clifton O’Neal and wife Sherry of Midlothian, VA.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. John’s Methodist Church in Avon, North Carolina.  Twiford Funeral Homes’ Island Chapel, Hatteras, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Suzanne Olive Trefny

KILL DEVIL HILLS - Suzanne Olive Trefny died peacefully on Sunday, May 3, 2009, in Portsmouth, Va. Suzie was a native of Portsmouth, Va., the daughter of the late Alex Oliver and Goldie Lowe Oliver. She was retired as an eligibility worker from the Kinston Dept. of Social Services and had formerly worked in similar positions in Chesapeake and Newport News, Va. and Wake County. She was a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Manteo. She and her husband Jimmy met on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and she loved and lived for the beach ever since. Survivors include her husband, James E. Trefny; daughter, Megan Trefny Bracy and husband, James Scott Bracy, of Portsmouth, Va.; and a sister, Jane Smith and husband, Carlton Smith, of Chesapeake, Va.. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Foster Funeral Home, Portsmouth, Va. by the Rev. Jerry Cribb and the Rev. Dennis Levin. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.  (The Daily Reflector [Greenville NC] – Tuesday,  May 5, 2009)

Francis Gabriel Tromba

Francis Gabriel Tromba, 78, of 40 Honeysuckle Lane, Southern Shores, died Wednesday, June 23, 1999. Mr. Tromba was born Oct. 19, 1920, in New York City. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and received the first Ph.D. in parasitology ever awarded by the University of Maryland. He worked for the Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, MD, for 30 years, and during that time he received worldwide attention for his novel procedures to eradicate parasitic infections in livestock. Predeceased by his wife, Marguerite "Tita" Inez Formoso Tromba and a son, Francis "Frank" Charles Tromba [Born 4 Jul 1944 in New York City - Died Mar 1999 in Bedford, Ohio]. Survived by a son, Dennis Peter Tromba and his wife, Marjorie A. Tromba, of Southern Shores; a daughter, Joyce Marie Tromba and a son-in-law, Walter Plotkin.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - June 27, 1999)

Marguerite Inez Tromba

Marguerite "Tita'' Inez Tromba, 76, of the 40 block of Honeysuckle Lane, died June 10, 1996, after a brief stay at Sentara Hospital in Norfolk.  A New Yorker, she was born in La Caruna, Spain, the daughter of first-generation immigrants, Peter Formoso, from Spain, and Margaret Egan, from Ireland. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Francis Gabriel Tromba, daughter Joyce, sons, Frank, Dennis and Peter and seven grandchildren. Marguerite grew up in the Bronx, N.Y.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - June 12, 1996)

Marie M. Tromba

IN KITTY HAWK - Mrs. Marie M. Tromba, 88, of Adelphi, Md., died October 11 in the Manor Care Nursing Home in Adelphi.  Graveside services were held October 14 at 10 a.m. in the Austin Family Cemetery in Kitty Hawk.  Father John O'Brien of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kill Devil Hills officiated with Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, in charge of arrangements.  She was a native of New York and widow of the late Dr. Salvadore Charles Tromba.  She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Rose Borgia of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two sons: Francis G. Tromba of Adelphi and Joseph Tromba of Ft. Pierce, Fla.  (The Southern Post [Coinjock, NC] - October 20, 1982; pg. 8)

Sabra Basnight Trombley

Mrs. Sabra Basnight Trombley, 56, Central Islip, N.Y., died Sunday morning [June 19, 1977]. She was the daughter of the late Samuel C. and Florence M. Basnight, Sr. of Mashoes. Survivors include her husband, Harold Trombley; three sons: Major James Trombley, USAF, Texas, Martin Trombley of Central Islip and Capt. R. Richard Trombley, US Army, Italy; one sister, Mrs. Herman Scaff of Moyock; three brothers [names four]: Donald Dough of Colington, Boyd Basnight of Wanchese, Floyd Basnight of Hampton, Va. and Mashoes and Samuel C. Basnight, Jr. of Manteo; and five grandchildren. The family will be at the Tom Walsh Funeral, Carlton Ave., Central Islip on Tuesday evening until 10 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Central Islip Methodist Church Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Washington Memorial Park.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - June 1977.  Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock.

Ann Lewis Tugwell

MANTEO - Ann Lewis Tugwell, 92, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at her residence. She was born in Bethel, N.C., and was the widow of Harry King Tugwell. She was a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church and its Methodist Women and was Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star. Mrs. Tugwell is survived by three sons, Bill Tugwell of Virginia Beach, Bob Tugwell and wife Flossie of Manteo, and Lee Tugwell and wife Lynn of Manteo; five grandchildren, Scott, Jennifer, Lang, Daniel, and Troy; and three great-grandchildren, Tony, Luke and Blake. A funeral will be held Thursday, Aug. 5, at 11 a.m. at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Manteo Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Twiford Funeral Homes Colony Chapel.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - Tuesday, August 3, 2010)

James Sutherlin Turner

BUXTON, N.C. - James Sutherlin Turner, 69, died Sunday [Mar. 10, 1968] at 5 p.m. in Portsmouth Naval hospital after an illness of four months. A native of Daville, he was the husband of Mrs. Lillie Miller Turner and a son of James S. and Mrs. Louisana Neal Turner. He was a retired Navy lieutenant with 28 years of service, including World War I and World War II. He was a member of Buxton Methodist Church, Ocean View Masonic Lodge 335, and Hatteras Eastern Star Chapter 303. Besides his widow, surviving are a son, James Turner of Baltimore; three half-brothers, Bruce Turner, Charles Turner, and William Turner of Reidsville; and three grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Buxton Methodist Church by the Rev. Hobart Burnside and the Rev. Carroll Daniel. Burial will be in Miller's Cemetery, Buxton. The body will be taken from Twiford Funeral, Hatteras, to the church at 1 p.m. Wednesday.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - March 1968)

Blanche Kessinger Twiddy

EAST LAKE - Blanche "Bobbie" Kessinger Twiddy, 67, died Wednesday, September 22, at Britthaven Hursing Home.  Mrs. Twiddy was born in Buffalo, Ky. and was retired from cafeteria work with the Dare County Schools.  She was a member of the East Lake Holiness Church and Order of the Eastern Start, Manteo Chapter #79.  Mrs. Twiddy was the daughter of the late Henry Clay Kessinger and the late Elizabeth Nelson Kessinger, and the widow of Earl Willis Twiddy.  She is survived by Patricia N. "Trish" Twiddy of Grandy; five sons: Jimmy, Tommy and David Twiddy of Manns Harbor, Earl Glenn Twiddy of Grandy and Joe Twiddy of Newhall, Calif.; two brothers: Arvin Kessinger of Hodgensville, Ky.; and eight grandchildren.  A Celebration of Life will be held at Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo on Saturday, September 25 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Anthony Ralph officiating and East Star Rites.  Burial will take place in the East Lake Methodist Church Cemetery.  A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, Sept. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The family will be at the home of Tommy and Shannon Twiddy in Manns Harbor.  Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo is in charge of these arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, September 23, 2004; pg. 14A)

Ken Maynard Twiddy

LITTLE BOY DIES AT EAST LAKE HOME - Ken Maynard Twiddy, 10-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse L. Twiddy of East Lake, died suddenly about four o'clock Saturday morning.  The child awakened with a severe pain in his stomach and death followed almost immediately presumably due to a heart attack.  The child apparently had been in good health and his sudden death was a shock to his family and friends.  Due to the isolation of the home, it was impossible to secure the services of a physician in time to render aid.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning at 10 o'clock at the East Lake Methodist Church.  Mrs. Nixon, Holiness preacher, officiated.  Burial was in the church cemetery.  The child is survived by his parents; two brothers: Elbert and Richard Twiddy; and two sisters: Geneva Ann and Hilda Twiddy.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, July 20, 1945; pg. 4)

Margaret Gallop Twiddy

MANNS HARBOR - Margaret Gallop Twiddy, 88, passed away in Nags Head on Monday, February 8, 2010. Born in Norfolk, VA, she was the daughter of the late Hiram Clyde Gallop and the late Mollie Shannon Gallop. Survived by her husband, Melvin T. Twiddy, Sr., of the residence, she will be remembered for her talent as a seamstress, working for many years at the Galleon Esplanade and for her beautiful Afghan creations that she made for the church community in Manns Harbor. She ran the cafeteria at the Manns Harbor School and eventually ran the cafeteria at Manteo High School. She will be dearly missed. Mrs. Twiddy is predeceased by her sister, Lilian G. Payne and her brothers, Shelton C. Gallop, Herrel L. Gallop, and Hiram C. Gallop, as well as her grandson, Ronald Morris Foreman, II. In addition to her husband, Melvin, she is survived by a daughter, Sherry T. Foreman and husband Ron, a son, Melvin T. Twiddy, Jr. and wife Vivian, both of Manns Harbor, seven sisters, Elizabeth G. Cox of Manns Harbor, Myrkie G. Stevens and husband Keith of Norfolk, VA, Lucille G. Sykes and husband Howard of Virginia Beach, VA, Mildred G. West of Wanchese, Ruth G. Creef of Manteo, Lucinda G. Baum of Manns Harbor, and Mollie G. Royals of Chesapeake, VA. She is also survived by two brothers, Julian C. Gallop and wife JoAnn of Harbinger, NC and Abraham Lincoln Gallop and wife Leona of Beaufort, SC. She also leaves three grandchildren, Melvin T. Twiddy, III and wife Lorraine of Charlotte, NC, Tammy Tobin and husband Jim of Manns Harbor, and d’Andrea F. Hinkle and husband Christian of Springfield, VA. A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Manns Harbor, NC. Interment will be in the Midgett Cemetery, also in Manns Harbor. A visitation will be held from 7 – 8:30 pm on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo. Twiford Funeral Homes, Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, February 11, 2010; pg. 6A)

 Abia Etheridge Twiford

WIDOW OF OLIVER TWIFORD OF KITTY HAWK DIES AT 70 - Mrs. Abia Etheridge Twiford, 70, widow of the late Oliver Twiford of Kitty Hawk, died Wednesday morning following a long illness. She is survived by four prominent sons: L.O. Twiford of Powells Point, C.L. and A.C. Twiford of Elizabeth City and W.P. Twiford of the Coast Guard. Her sisters are: Mrs. Harris Midgett, Mrs. Matilda Baum, Mrs. Bertha Perry, Mrs. Hildegard Perry of Kitty Hawk and Mrs. William Partridge of Norfolk; and two-half brothers: Edward and Elsworth Baum of Kitty Hawk. She was the daughter of the late Truxton and Emmeline Etheridge.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, October 8, 1943; pg. 1)

A. (Alf Dozier) Twiford

EAST LAKE - Mr. A. Twiford, who has been confined to his bed for a long time, departed this life November 15th.  He leaves a broken-hearted wife and five children to mourn his loss.  (The Tar Heel [Elizabeth City, NC] - November 27, 1903; pg. 5)

Almira Quidley Twiford

IN MANTEO - Mrs. Almira Quidley Twiford, 80, of Norfolk, Va., died Friday night [July 16, 1982] at Leigh memorial Hospital. She was a native of Manteo. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Twiford's Colony Chapel in Manteo. Burial followed in the Manteo Cemetery. Mrs. Twiford was the daughter of the late Leonard and Susan Hooper Quidley and the widow of the late Henry Hudson Twiford. She was a member of the Squires Neniruak Presbyterian Church in Norfolk. She is survived by two sons: Ralph and Robert Twiford; one sister, Mrs. Mary Midgett of Manteo; 7 grandchild and 6 great-grandchildren.  (The Southern Post [Coinjock, NC] - Wednesday, July 21, 1982; pg. 9)

 Anna Twiford

EAST LAKE - On the 18th of Dec. death removed from us the venerable Aunt Anna Twiford.  She was one of the oldest persons in this section and a fine character of noble womanhood.  She leaves seven children, thirty grandchildren and about fifteen great-grandchildren.  (The Tar Heel [Elizabeth City, NC] - Friday, January 3, 1902; pg. 3) [see her tombstone here which states she died on the 17th]

Annie Twiford

MISS ANNIE TWIFORD DIES IN NORFOLK - Miss Annie Twiford, 23, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene M. Twiford of Norfolk, formerly of Manteo, died Wednesday morning at the family residence on Poplar Avenue after an illness of several days.  She had not been in good health for a number of years but remained in good spirits until the last, and knowing that death was approaching, said she didn't mind dying.  She was a granddaughter of Mrs. Charles P. Meekins of Manteo, and have many relatives on Roanoke Island.  She is survived by two sisters: Mrs. Inez Jenkins of Norfolk, and Mrs. Hazel Lewis of Portsmouth.  The funeral was conducted Friday and interment was in Riverside Memorial Park.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, December 3, 1943; pg. 1)

Benjamin Franklin Twiford

FRANK TWIFORD OF MANNS HARBOR DEAD - Frank Twiford, one of the best known and best liked citizens of Manns Harbor, died Thursday night in St. Vincent's Hospital in Norfolk after a stroke earlier in the week.  He was past three score and ten, but had been actively engaged in the fishing business until his death.  He was universally loved and respected and his friendliness and genial nature will be greatly missed.  He had been married four times, his last wife surviving, being Mrs. Jennie Sutton of Manns Harbor before her marriage.  He has two children by a former marriage, Mrs. Lillie Cox of Manteo and Mrs. Frank Hemilwright of Manns Harbor.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, November 5, 1943; pg. 1)

TWIFORD FUNERAL HELD LAST SATURDAY - Funeral services for Benjamin Franklin Twiford of Manns Harbor, who died last Friday in a Norfolk hospital, were conducted at 2:30 at the Manns Harbor Methodist Church.  Rev. M.W. Maness, pastor of the Manteo Methodist Church, officiated, and was assisted by Rev. J.L. Evans of Atlanta, Ga.  Interment was in the family plot.  Pallbearers were Bob Morris Midgett, Wilma Midgett, C.R. Fulcher, Tom Sutton, Preston Twiford and Jennings Twiford.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, November 12, 1943; pg. 1)

Bethel Midgett Twiford
Dec. 15, 1896 - Nov. 18, 1982
(The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - November 1982)  [Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock]

IN MASHOES - Mrs. Bethel Midgett Twiford, 86, died in Albemarle Hospital after a long illness.  She was a native and life long resident of Mashoes and a member of the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Manns Harbor.  Funeral services were Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church by Rev. Vance Way, pastor.  Burial was in the church cemetery.  She was the daughter of the late Thomas Loyal and Mrs. Missouri Midgett and the widow of the late Clyde R. Twiford, Sr.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Alma T. Midgett of Mashoes; son, Clyde Twiford, Jr. of Manns Harbor; a sister, Mrs. Ronald Craddock of Manns Harbor; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  (The Southern Post [Coinjock, NC] - Wednesday, November 24, 1982; pg. 13)

Bettie Meekins Twiford

MANNS HARBOR, N.C. - Mrs. Bettie Meekins Twiford, 67, died Sunday [Jan. 28, 1973] in her home. A native of Mesic, she was the wife of Rufus Preston Twiford and a daughter of Jim M. and Mrs. Nancy Liverman Meekins. She was a retired school teacher and a member of the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Velma Joyce Twiford of Chesapeake; a brother, Frank Meekins of Hobucken; five sisters: Mrs. Mary Morris of Aurora, Mrs. Phoebe Whitford of Mesic, Mrs. Mildred Marchburn of Newbern, Mrs. Greg Warren of Islamorada, Fla., and Mrs. Glendine Walker of Virginia Beach; and three grandchildren. The body will be taken from Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo, to Mt Carmel United Methodist Church for a funeral service today at 4 p.m. by the Rev. H.B. Harrell. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - January 1973)  [Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock]

Beulah Dare Tillett Twiford

MANNS HARBOR - Beulah Dare Tillett Twiford, 89, died Monday, June 11 in a Nags Head nursing home. Mrs. Twiford, born in Manns Harbor, was a homemaker and member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church and attended Harbor Light Assembly of God. She was the daughter of the late Samuel Mann Tillett and Varina Davis Hayman Tillett and was the widow of the late Robert Elwood "Jake" Twiford. She is survived by a son, Wayne Twiford of Manns Harbor, and one grandchild, Marenda Twiford. Funeral services will be held at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Manns Harbor at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 with the Rev. Anthony Ralph officiating, assisted by the Rev. Kenny Tillett. Burial will be in the Twiford Family Cemetery. Twiford's Colony Chapel in Manteo is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, June 14, 2001; pg. 10A  [Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock]

Carl Shelbert Twiford

MANNS HARBOR - Carl Shelbert Twiford, 81, died Tuesday, September 9 at a Chesapeake, Va. hospital.  Mr. Twiford was born in Mashoes and was a commercial fisherman and a member of the Manns Harbor Church of God.  He was the son of the late Mance and Monteray Twiford and the widower of Gladys Simmons Twiford.  He is survived by two daughters: Violet Perry of Kitty Hawk and Carol Ann Twiford of Manns Harbor; one son: Buddy Twiford of Manteo; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  A graveside service will be held on Friday, Sept. 12 at the Twiford's Family Cemetery in Manns Harbor with the Revs. Gary Bateman, Bobby Beasley and Mitchell Edwards officiating.  Twiford's Funeral Home in Manteo is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] -Thursday, September 11, 1997)

Carolyn Culpepper Twiford

KITTY HAWK - Carolyn Culpepper Twiford, 79, of Kitty Hawk, NC died Monday, October 06, 2008 in the Outer Banks Hospital, Nags Head. Mrs. Twiford was born in Nags Head and was a retired Postal clerk and also former co-owner of Twiford’s Self Service Store. She was the daughter of the late Milton and Carrie Partridge Culpepper.  Mrs. Twiford is survived by her husband, William Elton Twiford of the residence; two daughters, Deborah Twiford and companion, Kelin Brewer of Raleigh, and Denise Hines and husband, Keith of Luverne, AL; a son, Dennis Twiford and wife, Lucy of Kitty Hawk; two grandchildren, Anna Jeffreys and Sarah Grodzickic and husband, Nick; and two great-grandchildren, Madison and Ayden Grodzickic.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, October 7, 2008; pg. 10A)

Cassie Louise Twiford

Cassie Louise, 5-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shelbert Twiford of Manns Harbor, playing with matches Tuesday afternoon shortly before 3 p.m., was so severely burned when her dress caught fire, that she died late that night [Jan. 10, 1951] in the Columbia Hospital where she was taken for treatment.  Her mother, Mrs. Gladys Twiford, was severely burned about the arms while trying to put out the fire.  Besides her parents, she is survived by two small sisters, Violet, eight, and Carol Anne, two years old.  The funeral was conducted at Manns Harbor Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Thursday.  The Rev. Tracey Varnum conducted the service, assisted by the Rev. Ernest Grinder.  Burial was at Mashoes.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, January 12, 1951; pg. 1)  [NOTE:  Death certificate states Cassie was buried in the Twiford Cemetery in Manns Harbor.]

Charlie Burton Twiford

ELIZABETH CITY - Charlie Burton Twiford, 72, died Tuesday morning.  He was a retired night watchman and a member of the City Road Methodist Church.  He was the husband of Pattie Elizabeth Twiford.  He was a native of Dare County but had been living in Elizabeth City for the past 24 years.  Prior to coming to Elizabeth City he lived in Mackeys for 25 years.  Besides his wife he is survived by 7 daughters: Mrs. Louise Phelps of Plymouth, Mrs. Iva Smith of Sandston, Va., Mrs. Dorothy Nebb of Norfolk, Va., Mrs. Frances Morrola of Virginia Beach, Va., Mrs. Marie Basnight and Mrs. Bertha Sawyer, both of Elizabeth City, and Mrs. Doris White of Camden; two sisters: Mrs. Odessa Meekins and Mrs. Lora Basnight, both of Elizabeth City; 21 grandchildren.  Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at the Twiford Funeral Chapel by  the Rev. C.G. Nickens, pastor of the City Road Methodist Church, assisted by the Rev. James Nealis, pastor of the Church of Christ of Camden.  Burial will follow in the New Hollywood Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - November 20 & 22, 1963

Clement W. Twiford

FAYETTEVILLE - Clement W. "W.C." Twiford, age 90, died Aug. 9 at Cape Fear Valley Hospital.  A native of Dare County, he was the son of the late Dallas C. and Antha Creef Twiford.  He was a retired principal of Goldsboro High School and was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.  He is survived by his wife, Ethel Williams Twiford; a son, Clement W. Twiford of Fayetteville; a sister, Thelma Simmons of Norfolk, Va.; a brother, Archie Twiford of Norfolk, Va.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Aug. 12 from St. Paul United Methodist Church in Goldsboro.  Burial followed in Willow Dale Cemetery with Dr. John Paschal and Rev. Bob Bame officiating.  Seymour Funeral Home, Goldsboro, handled arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, August 20, 1995; pg. 2B)

Clyde Patrick Twiford, Jr.
Jan. 23, 1928 - Apr. 12, 1987
(The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - April 1987)  [Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock]

Clyde Patrick Twiford, Sr.
Aug. 23, 1890 - Oct. 25, 1970
(The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Oct. 1970)  [Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock]

Connie Twiford

Connie Twiford, 44, died suddenly at the residence at 4712 Shafer St., Norfolk, on Friday [July 17, 1959] at 7 a.m. He was a native of East Lake and had lived in Norfolk for 20 years. He was a retired farmer and a disabled veteran of World War II. He was a son of Mrs. Melissa Everton Twiford of Norfolk and the late John W. Twiford. In addition to his mother, surviving are 5 sisters: Mrs. Lina Powell, Mrs. Laylond Wales, Mrs. Zelda Doshier, Mrs. Norma Brown and Mrs. Juanita White; and three brothers: Heckstall Twiford and Marvin Twiford, all of Norfolk, and Willard Twiford of Richmond. He was a member of Primitive Baptist Church at East Lake. The body was taken to the Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo Saturday afternoon for funeral services at the grave in East Lake Baptist Church Cemetery Sunday at 2 p.m. by Rev. W.E. Cholerton, pastor of the Manteo Baptist Church. The casket was covered with an American flag. Pallbearers were Pvt. Robert L. Lamb, Pvt. Ronald W. Deauan, Pvt. Lee R. Johns, Jr., Str. Edwin P. Engle, SU Key D. Crefew and SN Stephen G. Basnight.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, July 24, 1959; pg. 7)

Dallas Celestia Twiford

DALLAS TWIFORD, FORMER CITIZEN OF DARE PASSES - Some 25 years ago Dallas Celestia Twiford was an active man in Dare County affairs, a prominent citizen of East Lake, and had spent his life there. He passed away Saturday in Norfolk, having recently retired from the Navy Yard where he was for many years leading man. He had a wide circle of friends and he will be greatly missed. When he left East Lake he removed to Elizabeth City for a short time. Then he went to Norfolk, but he never lost his love for his old home and came back often. He was genial and friendly to a marked degree and he and his good wife had brought up a family of splendid children. He was 70 years old at the time of his death. Mr. Twiford, the husband of Mrs. Antha Creef Twiford, died at a hospital Saturday, August 2 at 3:15 after having been in failing health for the past year. He was a native of East Lake and had been a resident of Norfolk for 20 years, residing at the time of his death at 2805 Kimball Terrace. He was a son of the late Manly D. and Mrs. Adline Basnight Twiford. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Thelma T. Simmons, Mrs. Jean T. Carroll and Miss Rosa C. Twiford, all of Norfolk; two sons: Clement W. Twiford of Norfolk and Archie R. Twiford of the USNR; two brothers: John W. Twiford of East Lake and Marshall L. Twiford of Norfolk; three sisters: Mrs. Sarah Cohoon and Mrs. Ida Hassell of East Lake and Mrs. Cincinnati Davidson of Norfolk; and 5 grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Twiford were performed at the Cox Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. C.O. Gardner, pastor of Brambleton Avenue Methodist Church, officiated. Burial was in the family plot in Riverside Memorial Park, Norfolk.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, September 8, 1944; pg. 1)

Dennis S. Twiford
May 19, 1892 - Nov. 2, 1918 France
(Unknown newspapers - Kindly submitted by Kay Kellam France who found these items in her grandmother's (Lula Ida Twiford Mann Hassell) Bible)

Dewey Norman Twiford, Jr.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. - Dewey Norman Twiford, Jr. of the 3200 block of Clubhouse Court, was born Jan. 5, 1930.  He died on Aug. 30, 1995 at a local hospital.  He was a Lt. Bird Col. in the U.S. Army.  He was born in Norfolk and was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church.  He was a graduate of Maury High School, Class of 1949, and then attended the College of William and Mary.  He transferred to the Officers Candidate School in Kansas City, and was then transferred to Korea.  He was a veteran of the Korean War, Past Exaulted Ruler of Elks Lodge #48, member of the 408 and member and past commander of the American Legion post #204.  He was preceded in death by his father, Dewey Norman Twiford, Sr.  Survivors include his mother, Nellie Cropsey Twiford of Norfolk and formerly of East Lake; his wife, Bessie Joyner Twiford; a step-son Robert C. Joyner and his wife Toni Joyner of Virginia Beach; two step-daughters: Carla M. Joyner and Sherry L. Joyner of the home; a special nephew, David R. Holt of Virginia Beach; an uncle, Woodrow W. Twiford of Norfolk; two sunts, Mabel Twiford Marshal and Dee Twiford Summerell of Norfolk; and two granddaughters: Nicole and Morgan.  Funeral services were held Sept. 2 at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, by the Rev. Clayton Crigger and the Rev. Roy White.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, September 7, 1995; pg. 4B)

Donald Jay Twiford

Donald Jay Twiford, 64, died with family by his side Thursday, November 19.  Jay was a Dare County native and was born December 24, 1944.  He was preceded in death by his parent the late Jackson Sanderlin Twiford and Josephine Partridge Twiford.  He was a graduate of Frederick Military Academy in Portsmouth, Va. He then attended East Carolina University in Greenville before entering the military.  Jay went on to serve his country proudly in the United States Army in the Vietnam War. After his military service, Jay returned home and became self-employed in commercial fishing.  Jay will be fondly remembered for his humor and compassion.  Surviving are one sister Jackie Twiford Smith and husband Sammy of the Kitty Hawk residence; four nieces Mincie Coder and husband Mike; Michelle Smith; Melissa Smith-Ambrose and husband Roy of all Kitty Hawk; Monique Martin and husband Barry of Southport, NC; six great-nephews; two great nieces; and a host of extended family members and treasured friends.  A graveside service was set for November 21 at Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk with the Reverend Bob Pitsch officiating.  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted to assist the family.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, November 22, 2009; pg. 12A)

Doris Hooper Twiford
Sept. 27, 1920 - Mar. 1, 1973
[Submitted by Pat Twiford Vestal]

Elwood Twiford

THE FINAL CHAPTER IN THE LIFE OF ONE OF OUR HEROES OF THE WORLD WAR - Forgotten and unaided by the beneficent Government which gave him the Cross of War and dozens of other decorations for heroic service in France, Elwood Twiford passed thru here last Friday to his old home in East Lake, Dare County to die. Soon after his discharge from the army, Twiford developed symptoms of tuberculosis. Unprepared to face unemployment and the high cost of treatment at private sanitariums, he appealed to the government for aid. After the usual delay in matters of this nature, he was informed that it could do nothing for him, since he was in apparent good health at the time of his discharge. So without any pension or outside aid, he has dragged out his days amid rapid stages of a hopeless case, until he was forced to go back to East Lake. While in France he was separated from his sector and facing death at the hands of a German detachment, he became desperate and with the aid of an abandoned machine gun, captured single-handed a score or more of the enemy. The story of his exploit filled Associated Press Dispatches and was featured for days on the front pages of the foremost papers in the county; and later when he was called to Washington to be decorated for his bravery, columns were devoted to the recounting of his deeds. Elwood Twiford is the son of William Twiford of East Lake. Both his parents are living. He also has two brothers and four sisters and he is about 27 years old.  (unknown 1920 newspaper - Kindly submitted by Kay Kellam France)

ELWOOD TWIFORD HAS HEARD THE CALL OF TAPS - A hasty victim of that dread scourge tuberculosis, Elwood Twiford of East Lake, a much mentioned hero of the World War, laid down the arms of life last Saturday night [Oct. 25, 1920] at 11:30 o'clock and departed the land for which he surely gave his life. The Independent told the story last week of Twiford's heroism and how when tuberculosis attacked him as a result of wounds and exposure on the battlefields of France, the American government refused to provide any assistance toward recovery. The examining doctor who sent him to Camp Jackson for entrainment prior to his service in France, says that he was about as near perfect a specimen of manhood as N.C. ever turnes out and that he was without sign or suggestion of tubercular bacilli at that time. Information just received from Twiford's father corrects the statement of last week and states that he came home from the army with a case of tuberculosis and did not contract it afterwards.  (The Independent [Elizabeth City, NC] - Friday, October 29, 1920; pg. 1)

Fowler Miller Twiford

East Lake, N.C. January 4 - Funeral services for Fowler Miller Twiford, age 41, son of the late Manliff and Adeline Twiford, who died at his home here Tuesday morning [Dec. 29, 1936] of pneumonia, were held at the Trinity Baptist Church at East Lake Wednesday with burial in the family plot of the cemetery. Pallbearers were Doc and Dennis Twiford, Laubet Cahoon of Norfolk; Connie Twiford, Wilber Cahoon, of East Lake and Frank Cahoon of Manteo, all nephews of Mr. Twiford. Mr. Twiford is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Luther Davidson, of Norfolk; Mrs. D.H. Hassell and Mrs. A. M. Cahoon, of East Lake; three brothers, Dallas C. and Marshall L. Twiford, of Norfolk and John W. Twiford of East Lake.  (The Virginian-Pilot [Norfolk, VA] - December 1936]

G.W. [George Washington] Twiford
Charlotte Observer - July 11, 1914
Submitted by Linda Lau

 Henry W. Twiford

FINALS RITES FOR HENRY W. TWIFORD - Funeral services for Henry W. Twiford of Stumpy Point, who died Friday night [March 1, 1952] in the Marine Hospital in Norfolk, were conducted Sunday at 2 o'clock in the Stumpy Point Methodist Church by Rev. A.L.G. Stephenson, pastor. Pallbearers were Dick Best, Woodrow Best, Riley Payne, Guy Best, Alton Best and Milton Hooper. Burial was in the local cemetery. The Berry Co. directors. Surviving are his wife, Cara Wise Twiford; one daughter, Mrs. Hildred Golden; two sisters: Mrs. Alice Barbour of Edenton and Mrs. Etta Bray of Elizabeth City; two brothers: A.T. Twiford and Eugene Twiford of Norfolk; also several nieces and nephews.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] -  Friday, March 7, 1952; pg. 4)

Jackson Sanderlin Twiford, Jr.

Jackson Sanderlin Twiford, Jr., 62, of Kitty Hawk, died Sunday [Nov. 9] at 10:10 p.m. in the U.S. Public Health Hospital in Norfolk after a short illness.  He was a native and lifelong resident of Kitty Hawk, a member of Kitty Hawk Methodist Church, a member of the Manteo Masonic Lodge-Scotish Rites Bodies, Newbern and Sudan Temple, Roanoke Island Order of Eastern Star, Coastal Court Order of Amaranth, Veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.  He retired in 1954 with 25 years of service.  He was employed by the Dare County ABC board for three years.  He was the son of the late Jackson Sanderlin Twiford and Emma Perry Twiford, Sr.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Josephine Partridge Twiford; one daughter, Mrs. Jacqueline Twiford Smith of Kitty Hawk; one son, Donald Jay Twiford of Kitty Hawk; two brothers, Earl D. Twiford of Norfolk; and Elton C. Twiford of Kill Devil Hills; a sister, Mrs. Mattie T. Reichle of Kitty Hawk and three grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Kitty Hawk Methodist Church by the Rev. H. M. Wilkinson.  Burial was in Austin Cemetery.  Masonic rites were held at the graveside and the following Masons served as pallbearers:  Norman Foster, Jack Finn, Andrew Tillett, Ervin Hines, John W. Evans and Russell Perry.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] – Friday, Nov. 14, 1969)  [Kindly submitted by Arlene Vause]

James L. Twiford

FISHERMEN LOSE LIVES IN LAST WEEK'S STORM - Discovery of Sunken Vessel and Oilskins Points to Drowning of Hyde County Men - The discovery of oilskins identified as belonging to Barney Burrus and James L. Twiford, two Hyde County fishermen who disappeared early last week, is further confirmation of the belief that the men lost their lives in the gale that swept the sounds on Wednesday of last week. The two men had been camping alone near the mouth of Long Shoal river. They left their homes in Engelhard last Monday and have not been seen since Tuesday when they shipped their morning's catch to Elizabeth City by the gas boat "Rebecca". The failure of the two men to stop up at their homes at the end of the week, as is the custom with fisherman, excited the fears of their families and the search that was instituted resulted in findng their sunken fishing vessel. Later in the week the oilskins were found. It is believed that the boat was swamped in the gale and the men were swept overboard. A small skiff used by the two men to go back and forth in from their boat, was found washed ashore. Burrus was a brother-in-law of Twiford and was 28 years old. He has a wife and two small children in Engelhard. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Burrus and he had four brothers and three sisters, one of them being Mrs. C.R. Fulcher of this city. Twiford was 40 years old and the son of Mrs. Martha Twiford of Manns Harbor who is now seriously ill at the home of her son in this city. He was reared at Manns Harbor but married in Hyde County and moved there. He is survived by a wife and two children; two brothers, S.W Twiford and L.B. Twiford, and one sister, Mrs. F.B. Hopkins.  (The Independent [Elizabeth City, NC] - Friday, March 16, 1923; pg. 1)

Jane White Twiford

MANTEO - Jane White Twiford, 53, died Monday, June 28 at Chesapeake, Va. Hospital.  Born in Edenton, she lived in Manteo for over 30 years.  Jane will be remembered for her joyful and persistent spirit even in the most difficult of times.  She loved her works as a magistrate for Betty Mann as well as her work and customers at Star Value and Dunes Restaurant.  Jane loved her church family and Petey, the chirpy gray cockatiel that was her constant companion.  She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Meekins; her father, Sid White, Sr. of Edenton; brothers: Sid White, Jr. and wife Norma of Edenton and Jerry White and wife Freda of Chesterfield, Va.; and a sister, Judy Hollowell of Hertford.  A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 2 at Roanoke Island Presbyterian Church.  A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. at the Beaver Hill Cemetery in Edenton.  Twiford's Funeral Home, Manteo, is assisting the family with these arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, July 1, 2004; pg. 12A)

Janice Marie Twiford

GRANDY - Janice Marie Twiford, 45, of Grandy, died Thursday, Nov. 9 in Elizabeth City. Mrs. Twiford was born in Columbia and was a homemaker. She was a former member of Shiloh United Methodist Church where she was a former Sunday School teacher. Mrs. Twiford was the daughter of Leaverne Twiford of Stumpy Point and the late Lena Mae Taylor Twiford. Besides her father, surviving are three sons: Jimmy Spangler, Leaverne Spangler and Michael Spangler, all of Grandy; three sisters: Dorothy Bernier of Lebanon, Maine, Faye Roush of Rifle, Colorado and Annie McDuffie of Wilmington; and three brothers: Cecil Taylor of Hamilton, Ray Twiford of Chincoteague, Va. and Jack Twiford of Stumpy Point. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in her residence at 373 Grandy Road, Grandy. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, November 12, 2000; pg. 14A)

Jennie Sutton Twiford

PROMINENT MANNS HARBOR WOMAN DIED WEDNESDAY - Mrs. Jennie Sutton Twiford, daughter of the late Thomas Emory Mann and Julia Ann Craddock Mann, died in the 68th year of her age at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.F. Burrus in Elizabeth City Wednesday after a long illness.  She was one of Manns Harbor's best citizens.  She was twice married, her last husband being Frank Twiford of Manns Harbor who died two years ago.  Her first husband was Charles Sutton of Manns Harbor by whom are the following children:  T.O. Sutton and Harvey Sutton of Manns Harbor, Charles Beamon Sutton of Norfolk and Mrs. J.F. Burrus of Elizabeth City.  There are six grandchildren.  She was a lifelong member of Manns Harbor Methodist Church and burial and funeral took place Friday (today).  (Dare County Times  [Manteo, NC] - Friday, May 4, 1945; pg. 1)

John Wesley Twiford

JOHN W. TWIFORD, NOTED CITIZEN OF EAST LAKE, DIES - John Wesley Twiford, 65 years old, died in Norfolk Sunday afternoon at 5:25 and his body was brought back to the old home burying ground at East Lake and laid to rest Monday in the Primitive Baptist Church burying ground. He outlived his brother Dallas by only a few months. Both of them were prominent in the business and political life of Dare County 40 years ago when they had leading positions in the lumber business operated by the Dare Lumber Company. Both were prosperous and prominent citizens. Dallas moved away to Norfolk when things began to decline around East Lake, but John W. stayed on, except for a brief residence in Manteo where he once served as chief of police before the World War. He was the father of many children and was the son of a prominent and well known citizen, the late Manliff D. Twiford and his wife Adeline Basnight Twiford. For several years he had not been in the best of health and several weeks ago he removed to Norfolk to live near his children when it was discovered that he had only a short time to live. In Norfolk he lived at 4907 Meadow Road, Broad Creek Village. He is survived by his wife, Melissa Everton Twiford; five daughters: Mrs. Lena DeVincenzi, Mrs. George Wales, Mrs. Floyd Dozier, Mrs. Roy White and Miss Norma Kent Twiford, of Norfolk; four sons: Hextall, Marion Wesley, Williard Ray Twiford, of Norfolk, and Connie Twiford of the U.S. Army; a brother, M.L. Twiford; three sisters: Mrs. D.H. Hassell, Mrs. L.R. Davidson of Norfolk, and Mrs. A.M. Cahoon of East Lake; and 9 grandchildren. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church at East Lake.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, December 8, 1944; pg. 1)

Josephine Partridge Twiford

Mrs. Josephine Partridge Twiford, 61, of Kitty Hawk, died early Saturday morning [March 3] in Norfolk General Hospital following a short illness.  A native of Currituck, she had lived most of her life in Kitty Hawk.  She was the daughter of the late Joseph E. and Minnie [Mincie] Twiford Partridge and the widow of Jackson Sanderlin Twiford.  Mrs. Twiford was a retired postal clerk from Kitty Hawk Post Office and a co-partner in Island Florist in Manteo.  She was a member of the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church.    Surviving are one daughter: Mrs. Samuel O. (Jackie) Smith of Kitty Hawk.  One son: Donald Jay Twiford of Kitty Hawk.  Two sisters: Mrs. Carrie Dunbar of Kill Devil Hills [and Mrs. Tom (Irma) Beacham of Kitty Hawk] and four grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted Monday in the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church by the Rev. William Simpson, pastor and the Rev. Clay Davis, pastor of the Rock Church of the Outer Banks.  Burial followed in the Austin Cemetery in Kitty Hawk.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] – Tuesday, March 6, 1979)  [Kindly submitted by Arlene Vause]

Kathleen Hooper Twiford

IN MANNS HARBOR - Mrs. Kathleen Hooper Twiford, 62, died Thursday morning [March 4, 1982] at 1:00 a.m. at her Chesapeake residence following a long illness. Funeral services were held Saturday in the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church by the Rev. Vance Way. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family met at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Earl Mann in Manns Harbor. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, N.C. was in charge. Mrs. Twiford was a native of Stumpy Point, N.C. and resided at 1517 Elder Avenue, Chesapeake, Va. and was a member of the Indian River Baptist Church in Chesapeake. She was the daughter of the late Herbert and Mrs. Ada Midgett Hooper and wife of the late Royce Hilton Twiford, Sr. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Kathy Twiford Cain of Chesapeake; two sons: Royce H. Twiford, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va. and Arthur M. Meekins of Burney, California; two sisters: Mrs. Helen B. Simpson of Edenton, N.C. and Mrs. Alma H. Hardy of Manteo, N.C.; three brothers: Hoyle J. Hooper of Alexandria, Va., Lorman H. Hooper of Chesapeake and Charlie A. Hooper of Manassas, Va.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  (The Southern Post (Coinjock, NC) - Wednesday, March 10, 1982; pg. 13)

Lloyd Tracy Twiford

Lycurgus Milton Twiford, Jr.

Lycurgus Milton Twiford, Jr., 80, of 1353 Four Forks Road, Elizabeth City, NC died Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born in Pasquotank County, he was the son of the late Lycurgus Milton Twiford, Sr., and Nancy Hughes Twiford and was the husband of Loyce White Twiford. They were married fifty-six years. He was a farmer and had been a Pasquotank County Tax Lister, a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Odd Fellows, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Nancy Twiford Robertson of Elizabeth City, NC and Janet Twiford Askew and husband John of Gatesville, NC; two sons, Kirk Milton Twiford and wife Margie and Joel White Twiford and wife Zacki all of Elizabeth City, NC; a brother, Louis Twiford of Elizabeth City, NC; eleven grandchildren, Krystal Melonie Twiford, Zachary Kirk Twiford, Ross Askew, Loni Askew, Cole Twiford, Ashlyn Twiford, Madeline Twiford, Aidan Twiford, Brad Robertson, Niki Robertson and Owen Robertson; and one great grandchild, Brylee Rae Robertson.   Funeral services will be Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Twiford’s Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Don Carter officiating and military honors rendered by the William Clarence Jackson VFW Post #6060. Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home, immediately following the service in the lobby of the funeral home, and at other times at the residence.  Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, is serving the Twiford family.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Mabel Estelle Higginbotham Twiford

STUMPY POINT - Mabel Estelle Higginbotham Twiford, 74, died Thursday, July 10, at her residence. Mrs. Twiford was born in Shreveport, LA. and was a seamstress. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalists of the Outer Banks. She was the daughter of the late James Luther and Fannie Odessa Ginn Higginbotham. She is survived by her husband, Horace Elroy Twiford. No services are scheduled at this time. Twiford's Colony Chapel in Manteo is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, July 13, 1997)

Martha Twiford
Greensboro Daily News - August 11, 1936
Submitted by Linda Lau

MRS. MARTHA TWIFORD, A BELOVED WOMAN DIES - Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Twiford, age 72, were conducted Sunday afternoon in the Manns Harbor M.E. Church. Mrs. Twiford was a resident of Manns Harbor but she had made her home for the last few years with her youngest daughter, Mrs. J.T. Gard of Elizabeth City. She was the widow of the late George W. Twiford. Surviving her are three daughters and two sons: Mrs. W.C. Tillett of Manns Harbor, Mrs. Fenner Hopkins of Elizabeth City, Mrs. J.T. Gard of Elizabeth City and Floyd Twiford of Chicago and Sam W. Twiford of Elizabeth City. The funeral was largely attended and the floral offerings were many. The casket was covered with a beautiful spray of Easter lilies and ferns. Pallbearers were: Odell Tillett, Bob Tillett, Curtis Twiford, Sam Twiford, Floyd Gard, Oliver Gard and Fenner Hopkins, Jr. Interment was in the family lot at Manns Harbor. Mrs. Twiford was one of Manns Harbor's most highly respected and beloved women. She was dearly loved by both young and old. She was kind to the sick and always ready to extend a hand to those in need. Her memory will always be cherished by the whole community.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, August 14, 1936; pg. 2)

Martin Twiford
Washington Progress - March 9, 1905
Submitted by Linda Lau

Marvin Wesley Twiford

EAST LAKE - Marvin Wesley "Beck" Twiford, 66, of Norfolk, Va. died Monday, Feb. 22, in a Norfolk, Va. hospital.  A native of East Lake, he was the son the late John Wesley and Melissa Everton Twiford.  Mr. Twiford was retired from the Norfolk-Portsmouth Ferry Division and was a former police officer on the Norfolk Naval Base.  He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy.  Mr. Twiford is survived by four sisters: Zelda T. Doshier of Manteo; Layland Wales of Petal, Mississippi; Juanita White of Kill Devil Hills and Norma Kent Brown of Chesapeake, Va.  A graveside service will be held in the East Lake Baptist Church Cemetery on Feb 26 by the Rev. Clarence Garner.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - February 25, 1993)

Melissa Everton Twiford

Mrs. Melissa Everton Twiford, 74, died Wednesday morning in Chesapeake, Va. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Jaunita White.  A native of East Lake, Mrs. Twiford was the widow of the late John Twiford of East Lake.  She had lived in Norfolk for the last 18 years.  She was a member of Virginia Heights Baptist Church.  Surviving are three sons: Hexstall, Willard and Marvin Twiford of Norfolk; five daughters: Mrs. Juanita White of Chesapeake, Mrs. Lina Powell, Mrs. Layland Wales, Mrs. Zilda Doshier and Mrs. Norma Brown of Norfolk; four brothers: Joe Everton of Norfolk, Roy Everton of East Lake, Cloy and Earl Everton of Elizabeth City; 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon in the chapel of the Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo by the Rev. Linwood Peterson.  Burial will be in the family plot in East Lake.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] – Friday, January 11, 1963)

Melissa Everton Twiford, age 74, died Wednesday morning Jan. 9, in Chesapeake, Virginia.  She was the widow of John Twiford.  Survivors include sons: Hexstall, Marvin, and Willard; daughters: Juanita White, Lina Powell, Layland Wales, Silda Doshier and Norma Brown; brothers: Joe Everton, Roy Everton and Earl Everton.  Burial was in the family plot in East Lake.  (The Economist [Elizabeth City, NC] – Friday, January 11, 1963)

Raynor R. Twiford

Raynor R. Twiford, age 86, died at his home at Manns Harbor on August 24 after an illness of two years. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dea C. Twiford; three sons, Laverne and Buren of Stumpy Point and Delbert of Manns Harbor. Two daughters, Mrs. Will Tillett of Manns Harbor and Mrs. Shelby Brinn of Hickory, Va. Burial was in Stumpy Point Cemetery.   (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - September 2, 1960)

Robert Bryan Twiford

NORFOLK - Robert Bryan Twiford, 66, of the 3500 block of Tennessee Ave, died October 2, 1998, at a local hospital. A native of Manteo, N.C., he was an appliance technician with general Electric and a member of American Legion Post #204. He is survived by his wife, Judy A. Twiford; three daughters: Debbie T. Daly and her husbadn, harold of Florida, Alison "Dale" Kuehn and her husband Michael of Virginia Beach, and Tammy T. Halstead and her husband Bruce of Chesapeake; one son, Bryan "Todd" Twiford of Norfolk; one brother, Ralph Twiddy; one aunt, Mary Q. Midgette, both of North Carolina; two nephews, Joe Scott of North Carolina and Henry Rudy Scott of Chesapeake; and 7 grandchildren: Beth, Theresa, Becky, Darcy, Gregory, Kristy and John Michael. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. at Smith and Williams Norfolk Chapel. Burial will be in Manteo Cemetery in Manteo, N.C. A graveside service will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday in N.C. following the chapel service that morning in Norfolk. This additional service is being provided for his friends and family in N.C. with the help of Twiford's Manteo Chapel.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Tuesday, October 6, 1998; pg. 3A)

Ruby Berry Twiford

Mrs. Ruby Berry Twiford, wife of Murrell Twiford of Stumpy Point, died after a long illness Monday morning in Norfolk. The family has been residing there for several months. She was the daughter of the late Bob Berry of Hyde County and besides her husband, she leaves four children: Mrs. Erlene Jordan, Essie, Elizabeth and Grady Twiford. Funeral services were conducted at Stumpy Point Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the community cemetery. The Berry Company of Swan Quarter directors.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, March 14, 1952; pg. 4)

Samiel Washington Twiford
The Coastland Times – Friday, February 10, 1967; pg. 6

Sylvester Wilson Twiford

EAST LAKE - Sylvester Wilson Twiford, 82, of East Lake, died Friday, April 25, at his residence. Mr. Twiford was a native of East Lake and was retired from the N.C. Dept. Of Transportation Shipyard as a painter. He was a member of the East Lake United Methodist Church and the VIP. He was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Army during WWII and was a recipient of two Purple Hearts. Mr. Twiford is survived by one daughter, Esther Mae Morris of Chesapeake, Va.; two sisters: Amy Jordan of Chesapeake and Bertha Craddock of Manns Harbor; two brothers: Dick Twiford of Manteo and Tony Twiford of Elizabeth City; three grandchildren: Vicky Patrick, Darcey Morris, Lee Patrick and his wife, Rosie; and three great-grandchildren: Jessica, Chrissy and Timothy. Funeral services will be held at Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, on Sunday, April 27. Burial will be in the East Lake United Methodist Church Cemetery. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, is in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, April 27, 1997)  Obituary kindly submitted by Vickie Craddock

Theodore S. Twiford

Theodore S. Twiford died suddenly of a heart attack Tuesday morning at 7:30 at his home in Stumpy Point. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Stumpy Point Methodist Church by Rev. W.B. Parkin, pastor of the church, and Rev. R.H. Lewis, former pastor. Burial was in the Stumpy Point Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leslie Wise, U.G. Wise, Riley Payne, Ronald Gray, Garland Meekins and Lewis Hooper. Mr. Twiford is survived by his widow, Mrs. Britt Hooper Twiford; two daughters: Mrs. T.L. Midgett and Mrs. E.O. Payne of Norfolk; three grandchildren; three brothers: J.T. Twiford and E.T. Twiford of Elizabeth City and R.R. Twiford of Stumpy Point. Mr. and Mrs. Twiford celebrated their golden wedding in May 1942.  (Dare County Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, January 21, 1944; pg. 1)

Towe Twiford

TOWE TWIFORD - Towe Twiford, 17 years old, died of typjod fever and spinal meningitis at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Twiford on Center Street Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  The young man had been employed for some time in the grocery store of E.M. Cox on Cypress St. and all who knew him trusted and respected him.  The funeral was conducted at the Twiford home by Rev. J.W. Bradley at three o'clock Monday afternoon and interment was made in the Hollywood Cemetery.  (The Independent [Elizabeth City, NC] - Friday, September 3, 1920; pg. 3)

William Glenn Twiford
Apr. 3, 1918 - Mar. 18, 1995
[Submitted by Pat Twiford Vestal]

  Willie O. Twiford

WILLIE O. TWIFORD DIES AT K.D. HILLS - Willie Otis Twiford, 57, son of a well-known native coastland family, died September 30th at 5 p.m. after a short illness following several years of declining health. He was a retired fisherman, the son of the late William Otis and Nellie Russell Twiford. He was born at Nags Head, Nov. 16, 1900 and had resided about 28 years at his present homeplace, Kill Devil Hills. He was the husband of Mrs. Pearl Hooper Twiford and is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Caldwell Perry and Mrs. Hezekiah Payne of Kill Devil Hills. Also by three sisters: Mrs. M.G. Hollowell and Mrs. J.H. Midgett of Nags Head and Mrs. Uriah Fulcher of Norfolk. The funeral was conducted at Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo Thursday at 2 p.m. by Rev. Frank Dinwiddie, Nags Head Baptist pastor, and by Rev. D.S. Moyer of Spurgeon Memorial Baptist Church in Norfolk. Burial was in the family plot in Nags Head. Pallbearers were Walter Perry, Walter Gray, Eddie Reber, Avery Tillett, Charles M. Johnson and Horace Barnett.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Friday, October 3, 1958; pg. 1)

Alvania F. (Midgett) Twine

DIED AT MANTEO - Mrs. Elisha Twine died at her home near Manteo Monday [Mar. 2, 1903]. She had been a sufferer for some months and the end was not unexpected. Mr. Twine loses a noble and faithful wife. Two or three children are without a fond mother and the community will miss the good woman.  (The Tar Heel [Elizabeth City, NC] - March 6, 1903; pg. 2)

Trina B. Twine

WANCHESE - Trina B. Twine, 53, of Wanchese, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at her residence.  Born in Wanchese, she was the daughter of the late Ronald W. Cox and Ruth Marie Cudworth.  Trina is survived by three sons, Chandon Wayne Brandon, Noah Lewellyn Twine, and Tanner Altman Twine; and an uncle, Jack Cox.  A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Cudworth Cemetery by Rev. Dr. Jerome Smith.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

 Alton McAdoo Twyne

MANTEO - Alton McAdoo "Mac" Twyne, 85, of Manteo, NC died Tuesday, August 28, 2007 in a Nags Head nursing home. Mr. Twyne was born in Manteo and was a retired fire fighter with the NC Forest Service. He was the son of the late George Brinton and Bernie Rogers Twyne. He is also preceded in death by his son, Alton M. Twyne, Jr., and two brothers, Brennan M. Twyne and Wiley Twyne. Mr. Twyne is survived by his wife, Elma Twiford Twyne of the residence; two daughters, Carole T. Whittington and Anita M. Twyne both of Manteo, NC; two brothers, Howard K. Twyne of Winston-Salem, NC and Donovan F. Twyne of Manteo; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Earl and Rosa Jean Mann of Manns Harbor, NC; eight grandchildren, Joshua Whittington and Amanda Baker both of Manteo, NC, Roni Whittington of Nags Head, NC, Sascha Stroebert, Sebastian Stroebert, Sierra Stroebert, Desirre’ McMurran and Desmond McMurran all of Manteo, NC; two great-grandchildren, Janiaz Baker of Manteo, NC and Christina Moldoven of Nags Head, NC; and eleven nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held in the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 4:00 pm with Rev. John Charles officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mac Twyne Special Fund, c/o State Employees Credit Union to help with medical expenses. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, August 30, 2007; pg. 12A)

Donovan F. Twyne, Sr.

Donovan F. Twyne, Sr., 93, died April 16, 2012 in his Manteo home surrounded by his family.  Born in Manteo, N.C., on January 4, 1919, Donnie was the son of the late George Brinton and Bernie Rogers Twyne and husband of Lois Sears Twyne.  He was a Deputy Sheriff, retired Police Chief of Nags Head, N.C., and a local building contractor.  He was a member of Manteo Baptist Church, Manteo Masonic Lodge 521, York Rite Masons, Sudan Shiners, and Retired Peace Officers Association.  He is survived by his wife Lois Sears Twyne of Manteo; five children, Donnie Wayne Twyne, Eddie Twyne and wife Beth, Don Twyne, Jr. and wife Beverly, Ronnie Twyne and wife Teresa, and Donna “Missy” Twyne McPherson and husband Jason, all of Manteo; and eleven grandchildren, Jeff Twyne, Brint Twyne, Tess Twyne, Dallas Twyne, Paige Twyne, Chipper McPherson, Donovan Twyne, III, Lillie Claire Twyne, Melody Twyne, and Elizabeth and Emily Gamiel.  He is preceded in death by four brothers, Howard, Brinton, Wiley, and Alton “Mac” Twyne.  The family will receive friends at Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo on Wednesday, April 18 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  The funeral service will be at Manteo Baptist Church on Thursday, April 19 at 2:00 pm followed by a Masonic graveside service at Manteo Cemetery. (Twiford Funeral Home)

Lois Sears Twyne

MANTEO - Lois Sears Twyne, of Manteo, passed away peacefully October 6, 2013 at Outer Banks Hospital surrounded by her family. Born in Grandy, NC on March 24, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Matilda Jones Sears and Herman Lee Sears. She was the beloved wife of the late Donovan F. Twyne, Sr. and mother of six.  In her earlier years, she was the first female town commissioner of Nags Head and a PE teacher at Manteo Elementary School. She proudly served as the Eastern NC Babe Ruth District Commissioner. Later, she retired from Dare County’s Older Adult Services. She was a member of Manteo Rebekah Lodge No. 52 and Manteo Baptist Church. Granny could be found attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and was known as a dedicated fan.  Lois is preceded in death by her first son, Freddie Lee Midgett. She is survived by five children Donnie Wayne Twyne, Eddie Twyne and wife Beth, Donovan F. Twyne, Jr and wife Beverly, Ronnie Twyne and wife Teresa, and Donna “Missy” Twyne McPherson and husband Jason all of Manteo; and eleven grandchildren, Jeff Twyne, Brint Twyne, Tess Twyne Meekins, Dallas Twyne, Paige Twyne Chipper McPherson, Donovan F. Twyne, III, Lillie Claire Twyne, Melody Twyne, and Elizabeth Gamiel and Emily Gamiel. She is also survived by one sister Jean R. Godfrey and husband, Larry of Manteo and one brother Ralph Sears, and wife Mildred of Grandy; two half brothers, Adell Quidley of Jarvisburg and Charles Quidley and wife Gwen of Manteo; and many nephews and nieces.  The family will receive friends at Twifords Funeral Home in Manteo on Tuesday, October 8th from 7:00-8:30pm. The funeral service will be at Manteo Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a graveside service at Manteo Cemetery.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Anna Ballance Utley

SOUTHERN SHORES - Anna Ballance Utley, age 83, passed away quietly on  June 2, 2009 at her home in Southern Shores, NC following a long journey through Alzheimer’s.   Born in Hatteras, NC, Anna  was the daughter of the late Walter J. and Juanita Tillett Ballance. She is the wife of 6l years of Elmo Utley; mother of daughter, Deloris Harrell and husband Bobby of Manteo, NC and son, Barry Utley and wife Kaye of Madison, GA; and grandmother to Christopher, Brent and Jordyn Utley of Georgia and Kate and Tess Harrell of Manteo.   Anna is survived by her beloved brothers and sisters of Wanchese, NC , Larry Ballance and wife Dorita, Jean Daniels and husband Popeye, Tom Ballance and wife Bet, and Wayne Ballance; her aunt, Shawnee Brothers; and countless nieces, nephews and  related family.   A passionately devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, Anna supported  husband Moe through a 40 year career with Otis Elevator Company and also joined him in his favorite sport, golf, as far away as St. Andrews in Scotland.  She was always her husband’s, her children’s and her grandchildren’s biggest fan.   A memorial service will be held at Bethany United Methodist Church in Wanchese on  Friday, June  5, 2009 at four o'clock in the afternoon.   Family and friends will gather following the service at Queen Anne's Revenge.   Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, June 4, 2009; pg. 10A)

Blanche Scarborough Utz

DUCK - Blanche S. Utz, 81, died Friday, August 29, 2003 at an Outer Banks Medical Facility. Mrs. Utz was born in Duck and was a homemaker. She was a former resident of Norfolk, VA and was employed with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia. Mrs. Utz was a member of the Duck United Methodist Church. She was the daughter of the late Andrew and Ellen Roger Scarborough and the widow of Turner Utz. Mrs. Utz is survived by two daughters; Judy Taylor and husband Robert of Columbia, SC and Jene Sakowski and husband Ray of Pinehurst, NC; two sisters: Marlene Ward of Duck and Melba Perry of Southern Shores; four grandchildren: Susan Sprawls, Jim Taylor, Joseph and Douglas Sakowski; and two sisters-in-law: Jewell Scarborough and Ada Scarborough. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Jim and Ray Scarborough. A funeral service was to be held September 1 at Duck United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Clift officiating. Burial followed in the Austin Cemetery. Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, September 4, 2003; pg. 12A)

 Christopher Michael Vacha

AVON, NC - Christopher Michael Vacha, 23, of Avon, NC died Monday, September 6, 2004 at his residence. Mr. Vacha, born in Norfolk, VA, was a cook for the Froggie Dog Restaurant and attended the Avon Worship Center.  Mr. Vacha is survived by his father and step-mother, Michael Wayne Vacha and Lisa M. Vacha and step-brother, Patrick Ford of Marion, VA; his mother and step-father, Darlene Smith Hooper and Darren Hooper of Avon, NC; three sisters, Jessica Lynn Vacha, Stephanie Leigh Vacha and Logan Jeanette Hooper, all of Avon, NC; two brothers, Richard Keith Vacha, II and Roger Darren Hooper, Jr., both of Avon, NC; maternal grandparents Donald and Shirley Smith of Moyock, NC; Paternal grandparents, George and Mildred Vacha of Marion, VA; two aunts, Susan B. Smith and Bonnie D. Williams; one uncle, Donald M. Smith, Jr.. He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Wayne Vacha, Jr. and an uncle, Richard M. Smith.  Funeral services will be held at the Avon Worship Center on Friday, September 10, 2004 at 11:00 am with Rev. Timothy Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in the Family Cemetery, Avon. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and at other times at the home of his mother and step-father, Darlene and Darren Hooper, 40401 McMullen Road, Avon.  Twiford’s Island Chapel, Hatteras is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Thursday, September 9, 2004; pg. 12A)

Laura Meekins Venuti

Laura “Doll” Meekins Venuti, 100, of Stumpy Point, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at Sentara Barco Nursing home. She was born to Arthur and Louisa Hooper Meekins, in Stumpy Point. Doll was a very active woman and lived a healthy life. She loved to sew, read, and watch tv, especially the wrestling, and she enjoyed fried chicken. Doll lived for a time in Boston with her son Boyd, and was a member of the Shiloh United Methodist Church.  She is survived by her son, Lester Boyd Cahoon, and wife Deborah, of Suffolk, VA; four grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and fifteen great-great grandchildren. Including her parents, she is predeceased by two husbands, John Cahoon, and Tony Venuti; her daughter, Marie Cahoon; her son, Bentley Bird Cahoon; her six siblings; and a granddaughter.  Funeral services will be held at Shiloh United Methodist Church, on Saturday, March 15, at 2:00 pm. A visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. She will be laid to rest in the church cemetery.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.

Kenneth Blaine Via

KITTY HAWK, NC - Kenneth Blaine Via, 51, of Kitty Hawk, NC died Thursday, December 22, 2005 at his residence. Mr. Via was born in Hershey, PA and was a plumber. He was the son of Marvin Lee Via of Kill Devil Hills and the late, Gloria Ann Corrado Via.   Besides his father, Mr. Via is survived by his step-mother, Rose Savage Via of Kill Devil Hills, NC; a son, Anthony Dean Via of Reston, VA; two sisters, Vicki Via of Falls Church, VA and Linda Lewis of Kitty Hawk, NC; three brothers, Michael Via of Ortonville, MI, Timothy Via of Manassas, VA and Dennis Via of Culpeper, VA.   A Service of Remembrance will be held at Colington United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 7, 2005 at 12:00 noon with Rev. Robert Pitsch officiating.  Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

David A. Vince

KILL DEVIL HILLS - David A. Vince of Kill Devil Hills died in his sleep unexpectedly on Monday morning, Jan. 21, 2008.  He was 43 years old.  David is survived by his parents, Dominick and Arlyne Vince of Clearville, Pennsylvania, formerly of Frisco.  Additional survivors include his daughter, Rachael Vince; sister, Toni Wiker; two nephews, Billy Wiker and Andy Wiker; and companion Barbara Snowden, as well as numerous aunts and uncles.  A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Seas, Buxton on Friday, Jan. 25 at 10 o'clock in the morning.  Father Andre Izac will officiate.  Gallop Funeral Services Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] -Thursday, January 24, 2008; pg. 10A)

Veronica Marie Voegtlin

STUMPY POINT - Veronica Marie Voegtlin (nee End) of Stumpy Point, NC , age 74 died 12/07/09, the Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor of which she survived as a young child. She was born 01/12/1935 in Philadelphia, PA, to Gerard E. End and Veronica M. End (Rafferty) is predeceased by her loving husband, Gerard, son, Michael, her parents, her brother Gerard E. End, Jr. and her loyal dog, Girl.  Veronica is survived by 7 children: David (Cindy) of Burlesson, TX, Dianne Fox (Ronald) of Palermo, NJ and Stumpy Point, Paul (Reyma) of Burlesson, TX, Thomas (Elizabeth) of New Jersey and Florida, Stephen (Patty) of Woodbridge, VA, Christopher (Linda) of Denis Twp, NJ and Lawrence (Stormy) of Collington, 21 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Her motto: "If it’s not in writing, it doesn’t exist!"  The celebration of her life and resurrection is Saturday December 12, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Nags Head, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dare County Animal Shelter and the National Alzheimer Foundation.  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted to assist the family.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] – Thursday, December 10, 2009; pg. 10A)

Bessie Baker Voliva

IN CAMDEN - Mrs. Bessie Baker Voliva, 93, of Route 1, Camden, died Sunday morning [Sept. 26, 1982] at 3:30 in the Springfield, Pa. hospital.  Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 in Twiford's Colony Chapel in Manteo by Rev. Steve Wilson, pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church.  Burial was in the Manteo Cemetery.  Mrs. Voliva was a native of Pasquotank County and lived in Camden most of her life.  She recently lived at 937 Church Road, Springfield, Pa.  She was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church, daughter of the late Noah and Mrs. Mildred Garrett Baker and widow of Rufus M. Voliva.  (The Southern Post - Wednesday, September 29, 1982; pg. 8)

Dennis Lee Vonella

MANTEO, NC - Dennis Lee Vonella, 58, of Manteo, NC passed away on Monday, December 15, 2008 at his residence. Mr. Vonella was born in Baltimore, MD, the son of Samuel Gordon and Geraldine Ann Vonella. He was a retired Chief Inspector for Baltimore County Public Utilities. After retirement he fulfilled his dreams by working at the Nags Head Fishing pier and for the Crystal Dawn Corporation.  Mr. Vonella was a volunteer in a number of clubs and organizations including the American Legion, Elks, and Kentucky Colonels. He was a Cub Scout leader, a Little League Baseball coach, and a past president of the St. Mary’s Church Council.  An American hero who proudly served his country in Vietnam in the U.S. Army, he received four Bronze Stars, the Air Medal with Valor Device, the Army Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart, Valorous Unit Emblem, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and the Aircraft Crewman Badge. He loved woodworking, fishing, boating and NASCAR and his dog “Harley”. His favorite pastime was making toys for children.  He never met a child that he did not like. He loved his family and friends and would help anyone who needed it, whether he knew them or not.  Mr. Vonella is survived by his wife, Debbi Lynn Vonella of the residence; a son, Sergeant First Class Dominic Anthony Vonella and a daughter, Laura Faye Vonella; a brother, Samuel Vonella and wife, Allison, their children, Garret and Tyler; a sister, Christine Fronckoski and husband, Jim, their children, Amanda and Beth, a sister, Sandi Myers and children, Jenny and Katee; mother-in-law, Delores Mae Heltibridle. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Leon David Heltibridle.  A memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s ELCA, Silver Run, MD on Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm with a wake to follow at Roops Mill in Westminster.  There will also be a memorial service on Monday, December 22, 2008 at 1:00 pm at the Nags Head Pier House, Nags Head, NC. Ashes will be spread in the ocean from the Crystal Dawn at Pirates Cove departing at 2:30 pm.  Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

Stella McDonnell Vrablic

WANCHESE - Stella McDonnell Vrablic, 58, of Wanchese, NC, died on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at her residence.  Born in Newport, RI, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Angela Ferrazzoli McDonnell and was a Catholic and Registered Nurse employed with Dare County.  Besides her parents, Stella was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Lee Vrablic.  Stella is survived by her husband, Frank Vrablic of the residence; a daughter, Monica Jane Vrablic of Wake Forest; a sister, Angel Oaklund; two brothers, Steven McDonnell and Edwin McDonnell; and a special person, Sue Batista.  Funeral services will be held at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 10:00 am with Rev. Deacon Don Wobser officiating.  Burial will be in the Manteo Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

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