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BAILEY, Warren Brooke

“Dearest baby, our greatest gift was having you and your sister”. Warren Brooke Bailey was born on September 28, 2013 along with a twin sister, Peyton Jane Bailey. She passed in the early morning of November 27, 2013.In her short presence here on earth, she made impressions on hearts that will last a lifetime.  In addition to her twin sister who will forever carry her presence, she leaves behind a loving mother and father, Bambi Pugh and Christopher Bailey of Engelhard. She also leaves behind wonderful grandparents, Paul and Betsy Pugh, of Engelhard, and Laura Ramsay of Southern Shores. Additional family includes two half-sisters, Madison and Lillian Bailey, an uncle and aunt, Anthony and Jessica Pugh of Summerville, SC, a loving extended family of many aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as a supportive community.  Services will be held Sunday, December 1st at 2:00 pm at Pleasant Grove Christian Church. Steven Mills will officiate. Burial will follow at the family plot in Soule Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the home of the parents, 219 Great Ditch Rd, Engelhard, NC on Saturday, November 30th beginning at 2:00 pm.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

BAILEY, Willie Mae

NORFOLK - Willie Mae ``Bea'' BAILEY, 68, of the 1000 block of Anderson St., a retired waitress, died Oct. 17, 1994, in Norfolk. Mrs. Bailey was born in Hyde County, N.C. She was the widow of Broady Bailey and was a former member of Antioch Baptist Church. She had retired from Alexander Restaurant after 20 years. She was predeceased by her parents, Irene C. Holloway and Clifton Holloway. Survivors include four daughters: Del-Rio Lewis, Delphine Harper and Lisa Crawford, all of Norfolk and Sharon Holloway of Wilmington, Calif.; six sons: Maurice Holloway, Curtis Bailey, Anthony Bailey, Dexter Bailey, Dwayne Bailey and Frank Bailey, all of Norfolk; two sisters: Mrs. Millicent Venerable of Norfolk and Mrs. Bernice Wheaton of Dayton, Ohio; 22 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in Hale Funeral Home by the Rev. J.L. Kearney. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. T.E. Cooke-Twilight Funeral Home, Suffolk, is handling arrangements. There will be visitation Thursday evening at Hale Funeral Home from 6 to 7 p.m. Family and friends will assemble at 1018 Galt St., Norfolk, at noon for the procession to the chapel. (The The Virginian-Pilot - Thursday, October 20, 1994; pg. 6B)

BAILEY, Willie Mae Gibbs

SCRANTON - Willie Mae Gibbs BAILEY, 76, formerly of Scranton, died Monday, June 17 in Opopka, Florida.  Interment services will be held in Hyde County at a time to be announced by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.  (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, June 18, 2002; pg. 12A)

SWAN QUARTER, - Willie Mae Gibbs Bailey, 76, formerly of Hyde County, died June 17 at her home in Apopka, Fla.  Born in Hyde County on August 15, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Leland and Myrtle Armstrong Gibbs.  She attended the former Sladesville School.  She had resided in Florida for more than 30 years.  Surviving are her husband, Bobby Ray Bailey; two sons: Roger Sawyer and Billy Sawyer, both of Chesapeake, Va.; two daughters: Virginia Templin of Orlando, Fla. and Jeanene Dvorsky of Longwood, Fla.; two brothers: Leland Gibbs, Jr. and Ray M. Gibbs, both of Scranton; a sister, Helen G. Steptoe of Scranton; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death brothers: Arthur Bell Gibbs and Bill Gibbs; sisters: Margaret G. berry, Linda G. Morris and Doris Gibbs.  Funeral services were held Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at the Warner Cemetery near Sladesville with Steve Bryan officiating.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, June 30, 2002; pg. 13A)

BALDASARE, Edna Gibbs

CHAPEL HILL, NC.  Edna Gibbs Baldasare, 88, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010.  Born in Hyde County, North Carolina, she received her RN degree from the Roanoke Rapids Hospital School of Nursing and did post-graduate work in public health at the Medical College of Virginia.  She served her country honorably as an Ensign in the U. S. Navy during World War II at the U. S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA.  During her career, she held a variety of nursing positions in New York, Washington DC, Georgia, and Virginia.  Edna was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Paul Baldasare, Sr. and five siblings.  She is survived by three sons and their spouses, Tom & Elaine Baldasare of Chapel Hill, NC; Paul Baldasare, Jr. & Jane Wettach of Durham, NC; and Jim & Lynn Baldasare of Williamsburg VA; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and her sister Lillian G. Lane of Kitty Hawk, NC.  Edna's life will be celebrated at First Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.  Her ashes will be interred at the Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, VA.  (The News & Observer - Wednesday, July 7, 2010).  Kindly submitted by Ken Mason.  [see a photo of her here]

BALLANCE, Amber Hardison

OCRACOKE - Amber H. BALLANCE, 80, of Ocracoke, died Friday, January 9, in a local hospital. Mrs. Ballance was born in Arapahoe and was a homemaker and member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church. She was the daughter of the late David and Emmie Langston Hardison and the wife of Elisha Ballance of the home. Besides her husband, Mrs. Ballance is survived by a daughter, Lynette B. Waller of Ocracoke; three sons: Reggie Ballance, Eugene Ballance and David Ballance, all of Ocracoke; two sisters: Pearl Rice of Arapahoe, and Stella Saunders of Chesapeake, Va.; and two brothers: David Hardison of Falls Church, Va. and Al Hardison of New Bern. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 13, at 10 a.m. in the Ocracoke United Methodist Church with the Rev. Allen Lovell officiating. Burial will follow in the Ballance family cemetery. Twiford's Island Chapel, Hatteras, is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, January 11, 1998; pg. 10A)

BALLANCE, Clen Labin
The Coastland Times - Thursday, Oct. 24, 1989; pg. 9A

BALLANCE, David Allan

OCRACOKE, NC - David Allan BALLANCE, 53, of Ocracoke, NC, died Thursday, November 13, 2003, in a Portsmouth, Va. hospital. Mr. Ballance, born in Portsmouth, Va., was a commercial fisherman. He was a former high school math teacher for 7 years before returning home to be in the outdoors and fish with his family. Mr. Ballance was a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church and served on the Ocracoke Clinic Board for several years. He loved duck hunting, gardening, especially his rose bushes, and enjoyed designing and building his own wood projects.  Mr. Ballance was the son of Elisha Everett Ballance of Ocracoke and the late Mildred Amber Hardison Ballance.  He is survived by his wife, Sharon Hutcherson Ballance of the residence; a sister, Sylvia “Lynette” Waller; two brothers, Reginald Gray Ballance and Eugene Spencer Ballance, all of Ocracoke, NC.  A Celebration of Mr. Ballance’s life will be held at the Ocracoke United Methodist Church on Monday, November 17, 2003 at 11:00 am with Rev. John White officiating. Burial will follow in the Ballance Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and at other times at the home of Elisha and Reggie Ballance. Friends may also join the family following the funeral service on Monday in the church recreation hall. Memorial donations in memory of David may be made to the Myeloma Institute, UAMS, 4301 W. Markham, 776, Little Rock, AK 72205, Attn: Janet Aronson, or to the Ocracoke Assemby of God Building Fund, or to the Ocracoke United Methodist Church, Ocracoke, NC 27960.  Twiford’s Island Chapel, Hatteras is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The The Virginian-Pilot - Friday, November 14, 2003)

BALLANCE, Doris O'Neal

ELIZABETH CITY - Doris O'Neal BALLANCE, 78, died Wednesday, March 27 in the Albemarle Hospital. She was born in Hatteras, daughter of the late John and Doris Oden O'Neal and was the wife of the late Henry S. Ballance. She was a homemaker and a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church. Mrs. Ballance is survived by one daughter, Brenda Ballance Seymour of Elizabeth City; one sister-in-law, Josephine O'Neal of Hatteras; one brother, Bradley D. O'Neal and wife Mary of Elizabeth City; four grandchildren: Bobby, Doug, Tammy and David; 11 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Ballance was predeceased by two brothers: Beverly M. and Randall O'Neal. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 30 in the Ocracoke United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Joyce Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in the Ballance Family Cemetery. Twiford's Colony Chapel in Manteo is in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, March 28, 2002; pg. 12A)

BALLANCE, Edgar Maurice

Edgar Maurice Ballance, 87, of Ocracoke, died Friday, July 11, 2014 at his residence. Born in Ocracoke, he was the son of the late Elisha and Emma Gaskins Ballance. He was a retired port captain with the NCDOT-Ferry Division, a commercial fisherman, a carpenter, and was a veteran having served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  Mr. Ballance is survived by his wife, Maude Garrish Ballance; a daughter, Judy Ballance Lawson and husband, Michael of Ocracoke; a sister, Lorena Ballance O’Neal of Ocracoke; and two grandchildren, Michael Brandon Lawson and Marcus Andrew Lawson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Elsie Garrish and Clara Joyce Ballance; and five brothers, Henry, Lawrence, Elisha, Jr., William and Reginald Ballance.  A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Ocracoke United Methodist Church by the Rev. Richard Bryant.  Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras is assisting the family with arrangements.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

BALLANCE, Elisha Everette

OCRACOKE - Elisha Everett BALLANCE, 86, died June 7, 2004, at the Outer Banks Hospital, Nags Head, N.C. Mr. Ballance, born in Ocracoke, served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1937 to 1957, traveling the South Pacific, the North Atlantic, Australia and Cuba, and served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He worked with the National Park Service from 1960 to 1976 and was also a fisherman. Mr. Ballance was a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church, serving several years as Sunday school superintendent and was past Master of the Ocracoke Masonic Lodge No. 747. He organized the first fire training class for the Ocracoke Fire Dept. in 1966 and was an active member of the Ocracoke Civic Club. Mr. Ballance loved anything to do with being on the water and prided himself in being completely independent of all electronic devices, including a hearing aide. Mr. Ballance was the son of the late Elisha and Emma Gaskins Ballance and was also preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mildred Amber Hardison Ballance. He was also preceded in death by a son, David Ballance; a sister, Elsie Garrish; two brothers, Henry Ballance and Lawrence Ballance. Mr. Ballance is survived by a daughter, Lynette Waller and husband Ray of Ocracoke; two sons, Reggie Ballance, Gene Ballance and wife Cheryl; and a daughter-in-law, Sharon Hutcherson Ballance, all of Ocracoke; a sister, Lorena O'Neal and husband Charlie of Ocracoke; two brothers, William Ballance of Nederland, Texas and Maurice Ballance and wife Maude Ellen of Ocracoke. A funeral will be held at the Ocracoke United Methodist Church Thursday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Etheridge officiating. Burial will follow in the Ballance Family Cemetery. The body will be placed in the church today. The family will receive friends at the church from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. Twiford's Island Chapel, Hatteras, is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The The Virginian-Pilot - Wednesday, June 9, 2004)

BALLANCE, Ella Gray

Ella Gray Ballance, 98, a resident of Cross Creek Health Care Center in Swan Quarter died Thursday, January 21, 2010.  Born in the Nebraska Community of Hyde County, November 21, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Eliston and Mary Celia Williams Ballance.  She is survived by several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by sisters, Margaret B. Gibbs, Amy Lee B. Patrick, Lucille Ballance; brothers, Harold Ballance, Claude Ballance and Glen Ballance.  Funeral services were set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the family plot in Amity United Methodist Church Cemetery with Jerald Craddock to officiate.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (The Coastland Times - Sunday, January 24, 2010; pg. 10A)

BALLANCE, Geraldine Neal

ENGELHARD - Geraldine Neal BALLANCE, of Route 1, died November 25 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. A Hyde County native, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Mamie Payne Neal. Mrs. Ballance was a member of Engelhard United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, American Legion Auxiliary and the Extension Homemakers Club. Surviving are her husband, Ronald B. Ballance; two sons: Hal Ballance of Fayetteville and Kent Ballance of Concord; two daughters: Brenda B. Carpenter of Washington and Debbie B. Rowe of Raleigh; a sister, June N. Jones of Dunnellon, Florida; and 7 grandchildren. Funeral services were set for 2 p.m. Saturday in Engelhard United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bruce Allen to officiate. Burial is to follow in Fulford Cemetery. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, November 29, 1992; pg. 10A)

BALLANCE, Grace Simmons

FAIRFIELD - Grace Simmons BALLANCE, 76, of Fairfield, died Saturday, March 6, in Beaufort County Hospital. A Hyde County native, she was the daughter of the late Patrick C. and Ina Spencer Simmons. She was the widow of Henry Leigh Ballance who preceded her in death. She graduated from the former Fairfield School and later attended Hardbarger Business College in Raleigh. She was a member of the Fairfield United Methodist Church where she had served for many years and was presently a member of the administrative council and pastor/parish committee. She was also president of the United Methodist Women. She was a past Worthy Matron in Fairfield Chapter #217, Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the North State Chapter, White Shrine of Jerusalem, the Southern Albemarle Association where she had served on the board of directors, and was a member of Hyde County Historical Society. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Pascal and Ashlyn Ballance of Fairfield; a brother, Ben Simmons of Fairfield; a sister, Jennie Clayton of Fairfield; and 4 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday in Fairfield United Methodist Church with the Rev. W. Thomas Clarke and the Rev. Roger D. Paxton officiating. Burial was in Fairfield Cemetery. Arrangements were by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, March 9, 1993)

BALLANCE, Henry Scarborough

OCRACOKE - Henry Scarborough BALLANCE, 71, died Oct. 25 in a Norfolk, Va. hospital. Mr. Ballance was born in Ocracoke. He retired from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Ferry Division after 16 years and was a member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 9 years. Survivors include his wife, Doris O'Neil Ballance; a daughter, Brenda B. Seymour; and two sisters. Elsie B. Garrish and Lorena B. O'Neil, all of Ocracoke; and four brothers, William Ballance of Sulphur, La., and Elisha E. Ballance, Lawrence Ballance and Maurice Ballance, all of Ocracoke. Funeral services were held Monday in Ocracoke United Methodist Church by the Rev. Clyde Denny. Burial was in Ballance family cemetery. Twiford Island Chapel, Hatteras, handled arrangements. Friends may join the family at the home of his daughter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, October 29, 1991)

BALLANCE, James Kirk

James Kirk Ballance, 93, long time Fairfield resident and more recently a resident of Cross Creek Health Care in Swan Quarter, died Monday, April 20, 2009 at Cross Creek.  Born in Fairfield, April 10, 1916, he was the son of the late James Madison and Lydia Jones Ballance.  He was first married to the former Norma Simmons who preceded him in death in 1962.  He later married the former Marian McConnville who also preceded him in death.  Kirk served in the U. S.Army during 1941 to 1945 and worked on the Manhattan Project building the Atomic Bomb.  He then served in the Army Ready Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1953 as Master Sergeant.  He served as Postmaster in Fairfield from 1954 to 1957 and spent a number of years in sales with Armour and Company.  He lived in Beaufort, South Carolina for eleven years and for a time, while there,  he operated a ice cream truck business and then served as postal service contractor in Fairfield between 1969 and 1990.  He was a devoted and faithful member of Fairfield United Methodist Church and served as superintendent of the Sunday School for many years.  He served as usher for many years and always enjoyed welcoming people into the church.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday in Fairfield United Methodist Church.  Rev. Valerie Ballance will officiate.  Burial will follow in Fairfield Cemetery.  Surviving are two brothers, Allen Ballance and Gene Ballance, both of Fairfield; two sisters, Ruth B. Sadler and Joyce B. Jones, both of Fairfield; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clen Labin Ballance and a sister, Cora B. Best.  The brothers and sisters will receive visitors at their respective homes.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service where the body will lie in state prior to the funeral.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Tuesday, April 21, 2009)

BALLANCE, J. [James] Madison
The Coastland Times - Thursday, Jan. 21, 1971; pg. 8


 

BALLANCE, Jean Woodley

ENGELHARD - Jean Woodley BALLANCE, 71, of U.S. Highway 264, Lake Landing, Engelhard, died early Thursday, May 19, 2005, at the home of her daughter in Mechanicsville, Va.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Watson's Chapel United Methodist Church in the Nebraska community. Pastor Ken Davenport and pastor Valerie Ballance will officiate. Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery.  Surviving are a daughter, Sharon B. Loving and her husband, Chuck of Mechanicsville, Va.; a brother, Glenn Walker Woodley of Plymouth; a sister-in-law, Ann Woodley of Nantucket, Mass.; a brother-in-law, Wesley Ballance of Engelhard; a granddaughter, Callie Loving; several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon G. Ballance; a son, Barry Ballance; a brother, Jack Woodley.  The family suggests that memorials be directed to North Carolina Family & Consumer Sciences, Jean W. Ballance Endowment, NCSU Box 7645, Raleigh, NC 27695.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service on Saturday, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  (Washington Daily News - Friday, May 20, 2005)

BALLANCE, Johnnie William

SWAN QUARTER - Johnnie William BALLANCE, 63, formerly of Virginia Beach, died July 7, 1990, in a Belhaven hospital. Mr. Ballance, a native of Hyde County, was a retired branch manager for Keebler Biscuit Co. and had worked in the Tidewater area. He was a Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Hilda Mae Modlin Ballance; a daughter, Barbara B. Gardner of Washington, N.C.; his mother, Sarah V. Jarvis of Fairfield; a sister, Maggie B. Hodges of Engelhard; three brothers: Sidney M. Carawan and Willie M. Carawan, both of Fairfield, and Billy G. Carawan of El Paso, Texas; and 2 grandchildren. The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Soule Cemetery, Swan Quarter. Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, is handling arrangements. (The The Virginian-Pilot - Sunday, July 8, 1990; pg. 2B)

BALLANCE, Kathy Dean

OCRACOKE - Kathy Dean BALLANCE, infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence BALLANCE, born September 26, died at Duke Hospital in Durham on October 21. Funeral services were held at the graveside on the afternoon of October 24, with Theodore Rondthaler officiating in the absence of the pastor. Mr. & Mrs. Ballance wish to express their gratitude for the many expressions of sympathy extended to them. (The Coastland Times - Friday, October 30, 1953)

BALLANCE, Katie Baum

SWAN QUARTER - Katie Baum BALLANCE, 98, of Swan Quarter died Tuesday, August 30, in Pungo District Hospital, Belhaven. Formerly of Fairfield, she had made her home with her daughter in Swan Quarter for several years. A life long resident of Hyde County, she was the daughter of the late Willie Jacob and Farrow Smith Baum. She was the widow of Ronald Ballance who died in 1951. Mrs. Ballance was a life long Baptist, having been a member of the former North Lake Baptist Church. Surviving are a son, R.B. Ballance of Engelhard; two daughters: Hazel B. Carawan of Swan Quarter and Emogene B. Marshall of Engelhard; a sister, Rachel B. McGrath of Kinston; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. A son, Henry Leigh Ballance, preceded her in death in 1987. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the gravesite in Fairfield Cemetery. Rev. Phillip Knott and Steve Bryan will officiate. The family will receive friends at the home of Mrs. Hazel B. Carawan, Main Street, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, September 1, 1994)

BALLANCE, Lathan

COLUMBIA - Lathan BALLANCE, 86, of Route 1 died April 8, 1997. A graveside funeral will be at 1 p.m. today in Brown Memorial Cemetery. Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, is in charge. (The The Virginian-Pilot - April 12, 1997; pg. 4B)

BALLANCE, Lawrence

OCRACOKE - Lawrence BALLANCE, 73, of Ocracoke, died Saturday, December 23, at his residence. Born in Ocracoke, he was the son of the late Elisha and Emma Queen Gaskins Ballance. He was the widower of Vera Williams Ballance. Mr. Ballance was a retired quartermaster with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. He was a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church where he served as lay leader. Mr. Ballance was a member of the Ocracoke Sanitary District Board and was a veteran of WW II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a Shriner, a member of Ocracoke Masonic Lodge #747 and Scottish Rite. Mr. Ballance is survived by one daughter, Kathy B. O'Neal of Ocracoke; two sons: Kenneth Carroll Ballance and Alton Moore Ballance, both of Ocracoke; two sisters: Elsie Garrish and Lorena O'Neal, both of Ocracoke; three brothers: William Ballance of Nederland, Texas, Elisha Ballance and Maurice Ballance, both of Ocracoke; and 2 grandchildren. A church service will be conducted on Thursday, December 28, in the Ocracoke United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. by the Revs. Allen Lovell and Tim Lynch. Burial will follow in the Ballance Family Cemetery. Twiford's Island Chapel in Hatteras is in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, December 28, 1995; pg. 8A)

BALLANCE, Leon Gerald

ENGELHARD - Leon Gerald BALLANCE, 86, of the Lake Landing Historical District, died Wednesday, January 29 at his home.  Born in Hyde County on Jan. 7, 1917, he was the son of the late Octavious Coke and Mattie Cahoon Ballance.  He served in the U.S. Army/Air Force during World War II and was stationed in Panama during a portion of his service and was a farmer prior to his retirement.  Very active in community, civic and church service, he was a member of Watson's Chapel United Methodist Church where he had served in many offices, a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church, held various committee or board appointments in the following organizations: Farmers Home Administration, a member of the Engelhard Rotary Club since 1946, Albemarle Area Development Association, N.C. Delegation to National Rivers and Harbors Congress, Southern Albemarle Association, N.C. Pesticide Advisory Committee, Hyde County Historical & Genealogical Society, Museum of the Albemarle Board, Octagon House Restoration and served as a member of the Hyde County Board of Commissioners for 12 years.  Surviving are his wife, Jean Woodley Ballance; a daughter, Sharon Ballance Loving and husband Chuck of Richmond, Va.; two brothers: Wesley Wise Ballance and Orville Wayne Ballance, both of Engelhard; and a granddaughter, Callie Loving.  He was preceded in death by a son, Barry Laine Ballance in 1964.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Watson's Chapel United Methodist Church in the Nebraska community.  Pastor Ken Davenport, the Rev. Wilbur Ormond and Pastor Valerie Ballance will officiate.  Burial will follow in the family plot at Soule Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter on Thursday.  (The Coastland Times - Thursday, January 30, 2003; pg. 6A)

BALLANCE, Lydia Jones

FAIRFIELD - Lydia Jones BALLANCE, 98, died January 17 at Cross Creek Health Care Center after an extended illness. A native of Tyrrell County, she was the daughter of the late Jessie L. and Mary Elizabeth White Jones. She had been the oldest member of Fairfield Chapter #247 Order of Eastern Star, was a member of the former Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church, and a member of the United Methodist Women in Fairfield. She was the widow of James Madison Ballance who died January 19, 1971. Mrs. Ballance was preceded in death by a son, Glen Ballance, and six of her brothers and sisters. Surviving are three sons: Kirk Ballance, Gene Ballance and Allen Ballance, all of Fairfield; three daughters: Ruth B. Sadler, Cora B. Best and Joyce B. Jones, all of Fairfield; a brother, Roy Jones of Elizabeth City; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Fairfield United Methodist Church with the Rev. W. Thomas Clarke officiating. Burial was in Fairfield Cemetery. Her grandsons served as pallbearers. The family is at the home of Mrs. Ruth B. Sadler in Fairfield. They suggest that those preferring to send memorials, please send them to a favorite charity. Arrangements were by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, January 20, 1994)

BALLANCE, Marion Barnhill

NORFOLK, VA. - Marion Barnhill "Barney BALLANCE, 88, of Richmond, Va. and formerly of Norfolk, died May 6.  A native of Swan Quarter, Mr. Ballance retired from civil service after 21 years of service.  He was a former owner and operator of the Gulf station previously located at Maple and Granby Streets.  He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret W. Ballance; three sisters and two brothers [not named].  He is survived by his daughter, Gwen English and husband Gary; a son, Donald M. Ballance and wife Gail; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  A funeral service will be at noon Saturday, May 8, in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel with Rev. Jim Lamb officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times - Sunday, May 9, 2004; pg. 12A)

BALLANCE, Mary Magdalene Gibbs

ENGELHARD - Mary Magdalene Gibbs BALLANCE, 76, died Wednesday, May 26, in Beaufort County Hospital in Washington. Born in Hyde County, February 10, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Anson and Ruth Watson Gibbs. She was a graduate of the former East Carolina Teacher's College and later retired as business education teacher in the Hyde County schools in 1982 having taught in the former Engelhard School for two years and then at Mattamuskeet School. She was a member of the retired School Personnel Association, the Extension Homemakers, and Watson's Chapel United Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women. Surviving are her husband, Wesley Wise Ballance; a son, Murray T. Ballance of Engelhard; a daughter, Ruth Ann Ballance of Nags Head; three grandchildren: Marcus Ballance, Erin Ballance and Caroline Ballance. Funeral services were held Friday at the family plot at Amity United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Wilbur Ormond and Steve Bryan officiated. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, May 30, 1999; pg. 12A)

BALLANCE, Orville Wayne

Mr. Orville W. Ballance, 82, of the Nebraska community, died Sunday, April 24, 2005.  The family will receive friends at the home of his brother, Wesley Ballance, 422 Lazy Lane, Engelhard.  Arrangements will be announced by Bryan Funeral Service of Swan Quarter.  (Washington Daily News - Monday, April 25, 2005)

ENGELHARD - Orville Wayne BALLANCE, 82, of the Nebraska community in Hyde County, died Sunday, April 24 at the home of his brother in Engelhard.  Born in Hyde County, he was the son of the late Octavius and Martha (Mattie) Cahoon Ballance.  He was a retired farmer, a member of the Engelhard Rotary Club and Watson's Chapel United Methodist Church where he sand in the choir for many years and was a member of the church council.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Watson's Chapel United Methodist Church.  Pastor Jen Davenport and Pastor Valerie Ballance will officiate.  Burial will follow in the family plot at Amity United Methodist Church Cemetery.  Surviving are his brother, Wesley W. Ballance of Engelhard; his sister-in-law, Jean W. Ballance of Engelhard; his nephew, Murry Ballance and his family; his two nieces, Ruth Ann B. Thornton and her family and Sharon B. Loving and her family; other beloved family members, Nancy, Don and Eddie Wiseman.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Leon Ballance.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.  (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, April 26, 2005; pg. 6A)

BALLANCE, Reginald

OCRACOKE - Reginald "Reggie" BALLANCE, 56, died Saturday, September 25, 2004 at Britthaven Nursing Home in Nags Head. Mr. Ballance was born in New Bern, NC and lived most of his life on Ocracoke Island. He was a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church and served many years on the polls for the Hyde County Board of Elections and was retired from the National Park Service Maintenance Department. Mr. Ballance was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army. He was the son of the late Elisha Everett Ballance and the late Mildred Amber Hardison Ballance. He is survived by one sister, Lynette Waller and husband Ray Thomas of Ocracoke; one brother, Gene Ballance and wife, Cheryl of Ocracoke; a sister-in-law, Sharon Ballance of Ocracoke; he was preceded in death by a brother, David Ballance. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Ocracoke United Methodist Church on Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Joyce Reynolds officiating. Burial will take place in the Ballance Family Cemetery in Ocracoke. A Visitation will be held at the church Monday, September 27th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Twiford’s Island Chapel, Hatteras, is assisting the family with these arrangements.  (The The Virginian-Pilot - Sunday, September 26, 2004)

BALLANCE, Robert

HYDE COUNTY - Robert BALLANCE, an estimable citizen, father of Dr. William Pell Ballance and others, has passed away. So also Mrs. Dr. Long after a trying illness borne with patient resignation. Each was over 70. (The Economist Weekly [Elizabeth City, NC] - Tuesday, July 17, 1883)

BALLANCE, Ronald

Ronald BALLANCE, 58, died suddenly Sunday morning, March 11, at the Columbia Hospital.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Edwards, Baptist minister, and burial was in the Fairfield Cemetery on Sunday afternoon.  He was a farmer and a native of Hyde County.  He was a member of the Baptist church.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Katie Baum Ballance; two sons: Henry Leigh and Ronald B. of Fairfield; two daughters: Mrs. George Ben Williams of Swan Quarter and Mrs. Sam S. Marshall of Engelhard; three grandchildren; and a brother, Madison Ballance of Fairfield.  (The Coastland Times - Friday, March 16, 1951; pg. 8)

BALLANCE, Ronald Baum

Ronald Baum Ballance, 91, of 13570 North Lake Rd., Engelhard died peacefully at the home of his daughter in Washington on Sunday, July 18, 2010.  Born in Hyde County on August 31, 1918, he was the son of the late Ronald and Katie Baum Ballance. He was married to Geraldine Neal Ballance who preceded him in death.  He was a member of the former Engelhard United Methodist Church, a former member of the Engelhard Rotary Club and was a Master Mason with Atlantic Lodge 294 AF&AM of Swan Quarter. He was the owner and operator of R.B. Ballance Grocery Store. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II.  Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday at the Family Plot in Fulford Cemetery, Steve Bryan will officiate.  Surviving are two daughters, Brenda B. Edwards and husband Donald of Washington, Debbie B. Rowe and husband John of Raleigh; two sons, Hall Ballance and wife Jan of Fayetteville and Kent Ballance of Forest Hill, MD; one sister Hazel B. Carawan of Swan Quarter. Eight grandchildren, Tiffany Griffis and husband Daniel, Christopher Carpenter, Katherine Greeson and husband Gary, John Scott Rowe and wife Jessica, Taylor Ballance, Byron Ballance, Stuart Ballance and David Ballance.  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Henry Leigh Ballance, and a sister, Emogene B. Marshall.  The family will receive friends Tuesday night at the home of Mr. Ronald B. Ballance on 13570 North Lake Rd., Engelhard. Memorials are suggested to the charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Tuesday, July 20, 2010)

BALLANCE, Vera Williams

OCRACOKE - Vera Williams BALLANCE, 75, died Friday, June 17, at her residence. Mrs. Ballance was a native of Ocracoke, was a homemaker and a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and the secretary/treasurer of the Ocracoke Burial Association. Mrs. Ballance was the daughter of the late Jacob and Brittina Helen Williams Williams. Mrs. Ballance is survived by her husband, K. Lawrence Ballance of the home; one daughter. Kathy B. O'Neal of Ocracoke; two sons: Kenneth Carroll Ballance and Alton Moore Ballance, both of Ocracoke; two sisters: Maude Thomas Garrish and Eva Rella Waller, both also of Ocracoke; and 2 grandchildren, Herbert Farris O'Neal, Jr. and Erick Dwaine O'Neal, of Ocracoke. Funeral services will be held at the Ocracoke United Methodist Church on Monday, June 20, at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Lisa Bledso and the Rev. Tim Lynch. Burial will follow in the Ballance family cemetery, Ocracoke. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, June 19, 1994)

BALLANCE, Vernon E.

Vernon E. Ballance, 90 of 796 Goshen Road passed away at his birthplace home on Monday, May 26, 2014 surrounded by his family.   Mr. Ballance was born on November 11, 1923. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Fulford Cemetery with the Reverend Kenneth Prichard officiating.  The family will receive friends at their home.  Jimmy D. Sawyer Funeral Director Licensee is serving the Ballance family during this time.   (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Thursday, May 29, 2014)

BALLANCE, Wesley Wise

Wesley Wise Ballance 89, a long time resident of the Engelhard community, died Monday, June 23, 2008 at Cross Creek Health Care Center. Born in Nebraska , May 23, 1919, he was the son of the late Octavius C. and Martha Cahoon Ballance. He was married to the former Mary Magdalene G. Ballance who preceded him in death.  At the age of 22 he enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country during World War II, participated in the invasion of Normandy and the campaigns through Northern France, Rhineland, Ardenness- Alsace and Central Europe.  Mr. Wesley had a love for the outdoors, he enjoyed crabbing, hunting but most of all he loved to work with his hands, an avid farmer, carpenter and mechanic, he was a servant to his fellow man a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  A funeral will be held at  5:00 p.m. Wednesday at the family plot in Amity Church Cemetery in the Lake Landing Community, Rev. Gerald Craddock and Pastor Valerie Ballance will officiate.  Surviving are one daughter Ruth A. Thornton and husband Samuel of Nags Head; one son Murray T. Balance and wife Kathy of Engelhard; three grandchildren Marcus Ballance and wife Heather, Erin B. Anderson and husband Mike and Caroline Ballance; one great-grandchild Maggie Rae Ballance. A niece Sharon Loving and husband Chuck; a grandniece Callie Loving. He was preceded in death by two brothers Orville W. Ballance and Leon G. Ballance.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Watson Chapel United Methodist Church.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Wednesday, June 25, 2008)

BALLANCE, William A.

OCRACOKE, NC/ NEDERLAND, TX - William Aaron BALLANCE, 91, died Monday, February 4, 2008 at his residence in Nederland, TX. A native of Ocracoke Island, he was the son of the late Elisha and Emma Gaskins Ballance and husband of the late Geraldine Ballance of Nederland, TX. Mr. Ballance was a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church and retired as a professional painter.  Mr. Ballance is survived by four children, all of Texas, Sue Sims and husband, Danny, Alice Trahan and husband, Jerry, Mark Ballance and wife, Kerry, David Ballance and wife, Kay; eight grandchildren, Aaron Vega, April Vega, Corey Trahan, Ashley Cloud, Jerri Imlof, Jason, Jonathan and Jacob Ballance, all of Texas; four step-grandchildren, Diane Wade, Angie Coats, Denise Gossett and Tracy Sims; twelve step great-grandchildren, Jessica, Amy, Brandy, Destiny, Kim, Tommy, Allen, Nicholas, Cody, David, P.J. and Claci Cloud; one great-grandchild, Hunter Imlof; and one step great-grandchild, Claci Cloud; one sister, Lorena O’Neal, one brother, Maurice Ballance, both of Ocracoke. Mr. Ballance was preceded in death by two sisters, Elise Garrish, Clara Joyce Ballance, four brothers, Elisha, Henry, Lawrence and Reginald Gray Ballance, seven nieces and three nephews.  The family wishes to express thanks to Barbara & James Acrond for all their kindness and help during their father’s illness.  Funeral services and committal will be held at the Ocacoke United Methodist Church on Friday, February 8, 2008 at 1:00 pm with Rev. Joyce Reynolds and Rev. Sam Garris officiating. Burial will be in the Ballance Cemetery. The family will receive friends and family at the home of Kathy Hutcherson on Cemetery Road.  Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Daily Advance - Friday, February 8, 2008)

BANNER, Martha O'Neal

Martha O’Neal Banner went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 20, 2008 at home in Greensboro, N.C. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 22 at Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield, N.C. in Hyde County. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 26 at Westside Chapel, 5000 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro.  Martha was born in Hyde County, N.C. on June 2, 1917 to Carlos and Wilhelmina Mann O’Neal. Growing up in the hamlet of Fairfield in the early 1900’s gave her all advantages of country life: learning first hand the value of family, friends and church, as well as hard work, generosity and a steady, energetic approach of life. She carried these lessons throughout her life.  She moved to Greensboro in 1934 to attend Woman’s College and met Jack L. Banner while they were both employed with the Dixie Fire Insurance Co. They were married on February 5, 1941, just after the start of World War II.  In 1955, she became a charter member of Trinity Church in Greensboro where she served on the missions committee for many years. She gave tirelessly to her family, friends and church, her generous nature giving much encouragement and hope to those who crossed her path.  She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Jack; three children: Lynn and wife, Mary Sue; Katherine and husband, Glenn; and Ruffin and wife, Tina; brother, Emory; and four grandchildren: Lindley Webb, Matt Banner, Cates Banner and Keelan Banner. We will always love and miss Martha very much. Our beloved wife, mother, sister, friend and MaMommy.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter, NC.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Friday, March 21, 2008)

BARBER, Annie Bryant

OCRACOKE, NC - Annie Bryant Barber, 93, died July 5, 2008 at Crosscreek Health Care in Swan Quarter, NC. Born in Ocracoke on January 3, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Jane Bryant. She retired from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. After retiring, Mrs. Barber moved to reside at Ocracoke Island with her two sisters. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Artis Bryant, Lewis Bryant, Joffery Bryant, Julius Bryant, and John Thomas Bryant; two sisters, Mildred Bryant and Muzel Bryant; and one nephew, Charles Bryant. She was a member of a church in New Haven.  She is survived by one daughter, Nellie Lewis of Jersey City, NJ; one grandson, Bobby Lewis of Georgia; one great grandson, Chris Godley of Greenville, NC; one sister, Mamie Bryant of New York City, NY; one niece, Mary Bryant of New York City, NY; and a special friend, Kenny Ballance of Ocracoke, NC.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at 5:00 PM at Ocracoke United Methodist Church by Rev. Joyce Reynolds and Rev. Sam Garris. Burial will be in the Ocracoke Community Cemetery. Viewing will be at the church from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Wednesday prior to the service.  Twiford’s Island Chapel, Hatteras is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] – Tuesday, July 8, 2008; pg. 10A)

BARBER, Claudia Neal

NORFOLK - Claudia Neal BARBER, 64, of Route 1 and formerly of Norfolk, died May 6, 1992, in a Belhaven hospital. Mrs. Barber was born in Hyde County. She was a member of Engelhard Christian Church and Order of Eastern Star 181, Virginia Beach. Survivors include her husband, Samuel H. Barber Jr.; a daughter, Pamela B. Harris of Virginia Beach; a son, Samuel H. Barber III of Roanoke; three brothers: J.B. Neal, John G. Neal and Ted Neal, all of Engelhard; and 3 grandchildren. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. today in St. George's Episcopal Church Cemetery. Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, is handling arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Pungo District Hospital Respiratory Therapy Unit, Front Street, Belhaven, N.C. (The The Virginian-Pilot - Friday, May 8, 1992; pg. 2D)

BARBER, Elizabeth Midgette

ENGELHARD - Elizabeth Midgette BARBER, 86, died October 20 in a hospital. Survivors include a daughter, Evelyn Gibbs of Brooklyn, N.Y.; seven sisters: Emma Spencer, Ethel Bryant and Gladys Midgette, all of Engelhard, Arness Everett of Norfolk, Va., Ellen Gibbs, Mary Mann and Mable Mathews, all of Brooklyn; two brothers: the Rev. Carlos Midgette of Burgaw and Jimmy Midgette. The funeral was set for 1 p.m. Saturday in Faithful Hannah Baptist Church. Burial was to be in Middletown Cemetery. Blair Funeral Service, Edenton, is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, October 25, 1992)

BARBER, Love Ann

ENGELHARD - Love Ann BARBER, 80, of Route 1, died Nov. 3, 1993. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at the Community Building in Engelhard. Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, in charge. (The The Virginian-Pilot - November 7, 1993; pg. 2B)

BARBER, Maldez Antonio

ENGELHARD - Maldez Antonio BARBER, of Rt. 1, Engelhard, died in Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Mr. Barber was born June 15, 1974, a son of Bobby Linwood and Carolyn Whitaker Barber. He was a member of Mt. Pilgrim Disciple Church and was a member of the Mattamuskeet High School football team. Surviving with his parents are sister, Malisha Barber; a brother, Mario Alonzo Barber of the home; his maternal grandparents, Mrs. Herma Whitaker and Bobby Sadler of Hyde County; his paternal grandparents, Mrs. Essie Smith of Washington D.C. and Billy Richard of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a great-grandmother, Mrs. Louie Ann Barber of Hyde County; and a great-grandfather Atmore Whitaker of Hyde County. The family is at the home of his great-grandmother, Mrs. Louie Ann Barber of Hyde County. Funeral services were held Friday at Mattamuskeet High School in Hyde County with B.T. Boomer officiating. Burial was in Brown Cemetery in Engelhard. Randolph Funeral Home, 208 W. Fourth St. in Washington handled arrangements. (The Coastland Times - December 30, 1990)

BARBER, Rena

FUNERAL HELD FRIDAY FOR MRS. RENA BARBER - Funeral services for Mrs. Rena BARBER, 79, of Lake Landing were held Friday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at St. George's Episcopal Church with the Rev. B.W. Gaither, assisted by the Rev. A.C.D. Noe, officiating.  Interment was in the church cemetery.  Mrs. Barber died at her home Thursday evening at 7 o'clock after an illness of several days.  She was the wife of the late C. Barber of Lake Landing and took great interest in church life until recent years when it became so she could not attend.  Surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Thos. E. Saunderson fo Lake Landing and Mrs. A.C.D. Noe of Bath; one son, Sam H. Barber of Norfolk, Va. and Lake Landing; one sister, Mrs. Dixie O'Neal of New Holland; and a brother-in-law, H.H. Barbour of Augusta, Ga.  (Dare County Times - Friday, January 15, 1943; pg. 1)

BARBER, JR., Samuel H.

Samuel H. BARBER, JR., 78, formerly of Engelhard, died Friday, June 14 at Virginia Beach, Va.  Born in Norfolk, Va. on February 20, 1924, he was the son of the late Samuel H. Barber and Jean Mitchell Barber Cuthrell.  He was married to the former Claudia Neal who preceded him in death.  Sam worked for 35 years with Armour Meat Company as a sales representative and following his retirement he returned to Hyde County where he operated the former Barber Shanty Pop-In until he retired due to his health and returned to the Virginia Beach area to live.  He was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church.  Survivors include a son, Samuel H. Barber, III and a daughter, Pamela Barber Harris, both of Chesapeake, Va.; two brothers: Bill Barber of Blounts Creek and Jack Barber of Edgemont, S.D.; a sister, Dorothy Barber Gibbs of Engelhard; and 3 grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the graveside in St. George's Episcopal Church Cemetery at Lake Landing.  Steve Bryan will speak followed by Masonic graveside rites by Mattamuskeet Lodge AF & AM.  Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter handled arrangements.  (The Coastland Times - Sunday, June 16, 2002; pg. 15A)

BARBER, Samuel Lyman

HYDE COUNTY - Mr. Samuel BARBER, age 18, youngest son of Rev. S.S. Barber, died on Friday. (The Economist Weekly [Elizabeth City, NC] - Tuesday, March 22, 1892)

SWAN QUARTER - Samuel Lyman BARBER, youngest son of Rev. S.S. Barber, died March 4th in Swan Quarter at his father's house, age 18 years, 1 month and 18 days. (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, March 24, pg. 2; column 3) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

BARNES, Janet Spencer

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. - Janet Spencer BARNES 74, of Pinebrook Dr., died Thursday evening, June 4, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.  Born in Hyde County, December 27, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Rudolph and Francis Payne Spencer. She was married to Thomas Barnes who survives. She attended Stumpy Point School.  Surviving are two sons, Raymond Norris and wife, Darlene of Virginia Beach, Archie McClain of Virginia Beach; two daughters, Elsie N. Brownell and husband, Bill of Virginia Beach and Cynthia M. Beard of Virginia Beach; one brother, Larry Brinn of Stumpy Point; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Mrs. Barnes was preceded in death by brothers, Archie Spencer and Danny Spencer.  Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Amity United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Steve Bryan will officiate.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] – Sunday, June 7, 2009; pg. 10A)

BARRETT, Nena Long

ENGELHARD - Nena Long BARRETT, 74, and former resident of Greenville, died Monday, May 31, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Born in Hyde County, June 16, 1924, she was the daughter of the late James Mendall Milton Long and Ruby Hopkins Long. She lived in Greenville until her retirement about two years ago when she returned to Hyde County to live. Surviving are a daughter, Jane Ellen Barrett Underhill and her husband Roy of Williamsburg, Va.; two brothers: Mendall Long of Cary and Jack M. Long of Savannah, Ga.; three sisters: Dorothy L. Quinn of Bartow, Fla., Kathryn "June" Liverman and Elizabeth "Pud" Potts, both of Engelhard; two granddaughters: Rachel Underhill of Chapel Hill and Eleanor Underhill of Williamsburg, Va., Mrs. Barrett was preceded in death by a brother, George Aubrey Long. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the family plot in St. George's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Lake Landing. The Rev. Al McKenzie will officiate. The family will receive friends at the homes of Dr. & Mrs. H.J. Liverman and Mr. & Mrs. Fred Potts in Engelhard. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, June 3, 1999; pg. 12A)

BARRINGTON, Jennie Mae Cutrell

FAIRFIELD - Jennie Mae Cutrell BARRINGTON, 86, a resident of Cross Creek Health Care Center in Swan Quarter, died Wednesday, May 3, after an extended illness. Born in Swan Quarter, June 26, 1908, she lived most of her life in Hyde and Dare counties and returned to Swan Quarter several months ago to live at Cross creek. She was the daughter of the late Daniel D. and Mary Kathrine C. Cutrell. She was a member of the Fairfield Christian Church where she served as organist for many years and was active in the Loyal Women Organization. Surviving are a son, Gilbert Vernon Barrington, Jr. of Manteo; five daughters: Nelson C. Cox of Engelhard, Carolyn B. Cutrell of Fairfield, Selma B. Watson of Manteo, Hope B. Dough of Wanchese, and Kathy B. Spencer of Manteo; a brother, Joseph W. Cutrell of Norfolk, Virginia; 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. in the Fairfield Christian Church with William Booth, pastor, and the Rev. Tom Murphy of Manteo, officiating. Burial will follow in Fairfield cemetery. The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, May 4, 1995; pg. 8A)

BARROW, Emma Bryant Manning

COINJOCK - Emma Bryant Manning BARROW, 89, of the 1000 block of Martin Ave., died Saturday, July 15, 2000. Mrs. Barrow was born in Hyde County, N.C., and was a homemaker. She was a member of Coinjock Baptist Church. Mrs. Barrow was past president of the Cradock's Women's Club. She later served as a volunteer with Currituck County Social Services Board for 16 years. She was the daughter of the late Harmon E. Manning and the late Mrs. Lula Swindell Manning. Mrs. Barrow was the widow of Leyland Credle Barrow. (The Virginian-Pilot - Monday, July 17, 2000; pg. 8B)

BARROW, Gladys
[The Coastland Times - Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1983; pg. 8A]


BARROW, Nancy Gibbs

CHESAPEAKE, VA - Mrs. Nancy Gibbs BARROW of Lloyd Dr., Chesapeake, Va., died Friday in a hospital. A native of Hyde County, she was the widow of the Rev. Willie T. Barrow. She was a member of Mt. Gilead Pentecostal Holiness Church where she was a church mother, past church treasurer, and a member of the Missionary Circle. Survivors include four daughters: The Rev. Mrs. N.B. Jenkins of Chesapeake, Mrs. Ruth Napper of Belhaven, Mrs. Darkies Jenkins of Brooklyn, and Mrs. Gladys Beauford of New York; a step-daughter, Mrs. Lillie M. Buckingham of Belhaven; four sons: Archie L. Barrow and Theophelus Barrow, both of New York, Andrew Barrow of New Haven, Conn., and Pompie Barrow of Newbern; a step-son, Willie T. Barrow, Jr. of New Haven; a sister, the Rev. Neva G. Price of Washington; 65 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at noon in Mt. Gilead Pentecostal Holiness Church by the Rev. Thad Brinkley. Burial will be in Latham Cemetery, Belhaven. Fitchett Funeral Home was in charge. Graveside rites will be held in Belhaven. (The Coastland Times - May 10, 1977)

BARROW, Omie M.

Mrs. Omie M. BARROW, 88, of 57 Ash Court, Plymouth died Saturday, April 9, 2005 at home.  A funeral will be conducted today at 2 p.m. in Spring Green Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) Church, Plymouth with Evangelist Joe W. Swain officiating. Burial will follow in Biggs Cemetery, 727 Reno Road, Plymouth.  Mrs. Barrow was born in Hyde County on Oct. 19, 1916. She was the daughter of the late Raleigh Simpson and Matilda Gibbs. In 1937, she married Garland W. Barrow, who preceded her in death. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Victory Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, Belhaven.  Survivors include her children, Willie Lee Barrow, Hazel Mason, Pheobie Sanders, Viola Hyman and William Barrow, all of Plymouth; 40 grandchildren; 118 great-grandchildren, 63 great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Thelma Howard of Hyde County, Maudie Fox of Norfolk, Va. and Etta Hughes of Baltimore, Md.  She was preceded in death by two children, Helen Biggs and Jimmie Barrow.  Arrangements are by Puckett-Purkett Funeral Service, Roper.  (Washington Daily News - Thursday, April 14, 2005)

BARROW, Z. [Zachariah] W.

Died in Hyde County the 2nd of December 1847, Z.W. BARROW. Mr. B. was formerly a respectable member of the Bar of this town [Washington, N.C.] and for several years past a farmer in Hyde County. (Washington Democrat - Wednesday, January 12, 1848; pg. 3; column 2) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

BASNIGHT, Kirk Douglas

MANTEO - Kirk Douglas BASNIGHT of California Road, died July 21 at Chowan Hospital in Edenton. He is survived by his wife, Vera Basnight of the home; his parents, Ray and Margaret Basnight of Columbia; a son, Antonio Swain of Florida; a daughter, Nataisha Basnight of Engelhard; four brothers: David Basnight of Maryland, Nelson Basnight, Raymond Basnight and Felton Basnight, all of Columbia; and three sisters: Dianna Halcomb, Jackie Wrighton and Pamela Hill, all of Columbia. Funeral services were held Sunday in Pine Grove Disciples Church, Columbia. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, was in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, July 27, 1993)

BASNIGHT, William Edward

William Edward Basnight, 70, of 21445 U. S. Highway 264, Swan Quarter, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday morning, September 25, 2012.  Born in Pasquotank County on April 6, 1942, he was the son of the late William Earl and Elizabeth Boomer Basnight.  He was married to the former Linda Mooney who survives.  William Ed graduated from West Hyde School in 1960, enjoyed working in his shop making things as a welder and fabricator. He enjoyed commercial fishing and spend 50 years working on the water.  A funeral service will be held at the family plot in Soule Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Rev. Jerald Craddock will officiate.  Surviving in addition to his wife, Linda are a son, Eddie Basnight and wife, Tina of Swan Quarter and a granddaughter, Laura E. Basnight of Swan Quarter.  The family will receive friends at their home.  (Bryan Funeral Home)

BAUM, Alton E.

Alton E. BAUM, 55, farmer and Masonic leader of Engelhard, died in Beaufort County Hospital Saturday morning.  He resided near Engelhard.  He had been principal of schools at Hatteras, Kitty Hawk and other communities.  Born in Fairfield, he had been married to the former Elizabeth Watson Gibbs who preceded him in death.  He was a member of St George Episcopal Church of Lake Landing, member of Fairfield Masonic Lodge #520, past master of the lodge, member of York and Scottish Rites bodies, Sudan Temple of the Shrine, and grand high priest of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, makeup artist for Sudan Temple of the Shrine and a member of Allied Masonic Degrees.  He had served as principal of Old Ford Elementary Schools for several years.  Surviving are one son, Walter Gibbs of Engelhard; one daughter, Nancy Swindell Baum of Engelhard; two brothers: Leland of Wake Forest and Robert Glenn of Swan Quarter; one sister, Mrs. Frank Midyette of Fairfield.  Funeral services were held at the St. George Episcopal Church Sunday at 3 p.m. by the rev. George H. Harris, pastor, assisted by the Rev. A.C.D. Noe.  Burial was in Fairfield Cenetery.  (The Coastland Times - Friday, January 30, 1959; pg. 4)

BAUM, Annabel O'Neal

NORFOLK - Mrs. Annabel O'Neal BAUM, 53, wife of Arthur R. Baum and daughter of Edgar O'Neal and the late Mrs. Etta Harris O'Neal, a native of Hyde County, N.C., and a resident of Norfolk for the past 16 years, died at a Norfolk hospital yesterday at 8 a.m.  She was a member of Ghent Methodist Church and resided at 359 West Princess Anne Rd.  Surviving besides her husband and father are a son, Arthur Donald Baum of Norfolk; two sisters, Mrs. Martha Perry of Lewisburg, N.C. and Mrs. Beatrice Early of Norfolk; a brother, Harry O'Neal of Cincinnati, and two grandchildren, Donna Ann Baum and William Daniel Baum, both of Norfolk.  Funeral services will be conducted at the Ewell and Williamson Funeral Home tomorrow at 2 p.m.  Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  (The Virginian-Pilot - Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1957)

MRS. ANNABEL O'NEAL BAUM - NORFOLK - Funeral services for Mrs. Annabel O'Neal Baum, who died Monday, will be conducted at the Ewell and Williamson Funeral Home today at 2 p.m. by the Rev. John A. McKenry, Jr., D.D., pastor of the Ghent Methodist Church.  Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  (The Virginian-Pilot - Wednesday, October 23, 1957)
[Both newspaper clippings from the private collection of Alma O. Roberts and submitted by Anne Jennings.]

BAUM, Edward T.

REBURIAL MILITARY RITES FOR HYDE YOUTH - Fairfield, Feb. 5 - Funeral services for Edward T. BAUM, seaman first class, USNR, whose body arrived in Fairfield Wednesday, were conducted at the home of his parents on Thursday afternoon with the Rev. J.C. Harman, pastor of the Mattamuskeet charge of the Methodist church, in charge of the service. Reburial was in the Fairfield Cemetery. Military rites at the graveside were conducted by Hyde County Navy veterans. The active pallbearers were Patrick Simmons, Royden Clark, J.G. Berry and Lawson Cahoon. Tommy Arnold was the bugler. The Naval escort who came with the body was C.L. Humphrey, Jr., BTC, USN. Young Baum joined the Navy immediately following his 18th birthday in June 1944. After three months training at Bethesada, Md., he was sent to the Pacific war zone for active duty and was killed in Dutch New Guinea on November 14, 1944. Surviving besides his parents is one sister, Mrs. G.E. Bush. (Unknown newspaper - February 1945?) [Submitted by Merlin S. Berry of Gambrills, Md.]

BAYNOR, Walter Onward
The Coastland Times - Thursday, Sept. 10, 1981; pg. 11A

BECKWITH, Kermit
The Coastland Times - Thursday, March 13, 1986; pg. 7B

BECKWITH, Wilbert
(The Coastland Times - Tuesday, March 24, 1987; pg. 8A)

BELL, Claudia W.

WASHINGTON - Claudia W. BELL, 85, a resident of Britthaven of Washington and formerly of Rt. 1, Pantego, died in Beaufort County Hospital. Mrs. Bell was born in Hyde County to the late Claude and Sallie Gibbs Williams. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Grove Church of Christ. She was the widow of William Andrew Bell. Surviving are three sons: William Bell, Rudolph Bell and George T. Bell, all of Rt. 1, Pantego; one sister, Mary Christine of Alaska; one half-sister, Louise Cahoon of Engelhard; two half-brothers: Thomas Watson and Allen Watson of Maryland; 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held March 5 in the Paul Funeral Home Chapel in Belhaven with Thelbert Leggett and Dennis Davis officiating. Burial in Davis Cemetery, Rt. 1, Pantego. Paul Funeral Home in Belhaven was in charge. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, March 10, 1992)

BELL, Della Swindell

FUNERAL HELD AT CHURCH FOR MRS. E.B. BELL, MOTHER OF SWAN QUARTER LAWYER AND WILLIAMSBURG DOCTOR, DIES AT AGE 84 - Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Calvary Episcopal Church in Swan Quarter for Mrs. Della S. Bell, life-long resident of Hyde County, who died at her home Monday afternoon following a heart attack. The Rev. W.G. Gaither, rector of Calvary Church of which Mrs. Bell was a member, conducted the service. Burial was in Soule Cemetery. At the time of her death Mrs. Bell was 84. A daughter of the late Wade and Mehala Swindell, she was born Dec. 21, 1866 at Swan Quarter. Throughout her life Mrs. Bell was an active member of the church. She also took part in the work of the Swan Quarter Woman's Club. She is survived by her husband, E.B. Bell; two sons: C.L. Bell of Swan Quarter and Dr. B.I. Bell of Williamsburg, Va.; three grandchildren: Baxter Bell, Jr., Carolyn Bell and Virginia Bell, all of Williamsburg.  (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 28, 1951; pg. 7)

BELL, Mrs. Capt. F.M.

Mrs. Capt. F.M. BELL died on the 30th ult. at Sladesville. (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, August 10, 1893; pg. 3; column 2) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]  [In Memory Of states Laura Bell was born January 6, 1858 and died July 28, 1893. She was the wife of Franklin M. Bell]

BELL, Florida

CURRITUCK ITEMS - Mrs. Florida BELL, wife of Mr. John D. Bell, died on the 12th inst. near Makleyville. She was 22. (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, October 25, 1894; pg. 3; column 3) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

BELL, Mary Elizabeth

BELHAVEN - Mary Elizabeth BELL, 88, a resident of E. Main Street in Belhaven, died September 14, in Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Miss Bell was born in Hyde County, the daughter of the late Mollie Wahab and John Walter Bell, Sr. She was a retired salesperson with Swindell's Dress Shop in Belhaven with 60 years of service. She was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church and was active in a number of clubs in the Belhaven community. Miss Bell had one brother, John Walter Bell, Jr. who died in 1987. She is survived by a number of cousins. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday from the St. James Episcopal Church, Belhaven, conducted by the Rev. Gary Fulton. Burial will be in the Epworth United Methodist Church Cemetery, Sladesville. The family will receive friends at Paul Funeral Home, Belhaven, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and at other times at her home on E. Main Street in Belhaven. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in memory of Miss Mary Elizabeth Bell to the St. James Episcopal Church, 407 E. Main Street, Belhaven, N.C. Arrangements by Paul Funeral Home, Belhaven. (The Coastland Times - September 17, 1992)

BELL, Matilda C.

Died in Hyde County on the 8th inst., Mrs. Matilda C. (?) BELL, consort of Thomas G. Bell, Esq. of said county.  (The American Recorder - Friday, February 26, 1819; pg. 3, col. 1) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

BELL, Nancy

Mrs. Nancy BELL of Hyde County died on the 21st or 22nd inst. (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, April 28, 1892; pg. 3; column 4) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]  [In Memory Of states Nancy Elizabeth Bell was born March 28, 1837 and died April 22, 1882 (incorrect death year)]

BELL, Wilbur Rollins

OCRACOKE - Wilbur Rollins BELL, 81, died on March 16, 2004 at his residence. Mr. Bell was born on May 20, 1922 in Harrison County, Kentucky, to parents, Mac Rollins Bell and Clara Rogers Bell. He resided in Cynthiana, Kentucky until moving to Ocracoke in 1987. Mr. Bell was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Division, stationed in the South Pacific from January 1043 to June 1945. He was a devoted father to his sons, serving as Scout Master and mentor, sharing in their interests, and supporting them tirelessly. At the time of his retirement, he was employed by the Kentucky State Division of Forestry. He became a local favorite on Ocracoke, driving an island tour carriage with his beloved horse, Cookie. Mr. Bell also spent many years providing fish-cleaning services to the charter boat business. He was an active member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church assisting in many capacities, and he volunteered his time for Meals on Wheels and the Ocracoke Preservation Society. In his later years he kept busy growing and tending his beautiful roses.   He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Macky Staton Bell; son, Dr. Richard McMurtry Bell and daughter-in-law Paddy Bell of Camden, SC; son Mac Rollins Bell of Frankfort, KY; sister Louise Bell of Lexington, KY; grand-daughters, Heather Poell, Christy Bell, and Brandi Bell, great-grandson, Phoenix Bell-Yates; and devoted friend, “Pussycat.” This loving father, grandfather, and friend will be greatly missed.   A memorial service with full military honors will be held at the Ocracoke United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 20, 2004 at 1:00 pm.   Twiford’s Island Chapel, Hatteras is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Virginian-Pilot - Friday, March 19, 2004)

BELMAREZ, Aleanna Hope

Aleanna Hope Belmarez, 3, of 136 Oyster Creek Road, Swan Quarter, died late Tuesday, March 1, 2011 as a result of an automobile accident.  Born in Houston, Texas, October 19, 2007, she was the daughter of Valentine Michael and Diana Williams Belmarez who survive in Swan Quarter, N. C.; sister of Zoey Julianna Belmarez of Swan Quarter; maternal grandchild of Lee and Madge Williams of Scranton and Vernon T. Sadler and the late Marva Jones Sadler and paternal grandchild of Valentine and Aleida Belmarez of Houston, Texas; maternal great-grandchild of Louise and Doyle Stepp of Hanahan, South Carolina,  Florence Williams Able of Scranton and Gary and Lynn Sadler of Swan Quarter; paternal great-grandchild of Cynthia and Ernest Petter of Houston, Texas.  Funeral services will be held at the gravesite in St. John's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Sladesville Community at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.  Father James Lupton will officiate.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter on Friday evening, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

BENSON, James Franklin

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 1941 - "In an official message from Washington this morning, hope of the possible rescue of James Franklin BENSON, 22, member of the crew of the torpedoed United States destroyer "Reuben James", which was sent to the bottom by a German submarine last Thursday night off the coast of Iceland, has been abandoned. The former Hyde County youth must be considered among those 7 officers and 88 members of the crew as lost. Young Benson was the only son of Mr. & Mrs. Walter H. Benson of Craddock, Va., former residents of Hyde County, a brother of Mrs. Robert Sparrow, who is a member of the nursing staff of the Fowle Memorial Hospital here, and was a graduate of the Hyde County schools. He would have celebrated his 23rd birthday in December. He entered the Navy two years and five months ago, enlisting at New Bern and at the time of the tragedy was serving as machinist's mate aboard the ill-fated vessel. The last communication to his parents and sister was received October 19 but he never mentioned the fact that his ship might have engaged in convoy duty or that it had been in the combat zone. He visited his sister, Mrs. Sparrow, here last February." (Washington Daily News reprint) [Submitted by Merlin S. Berry of Gambrills, Md.]

BENNETT, Lumsden M.

CHESAPEAKE - Lumsden M. BENNETT died May 5, 1996. The widow of Thomas York Bennett, she was born in Hyde County, N.C., Jan. 26, 1913. She lived in Chesapeake until moving to Clovis in 1974, where she died on May 5. Her son, Fletcher Bennett, died in 1989 and she is survived by a daughter, Alice Wilder; a brother, Lewis Manning; a sister, Emma Barrow; and 2 granddaughters: Karen Wilder Bushey and Jennifer Bennett. She was a member of Central Christian Church, 14th St., Clovis, N.M., and donations can be made to the church in lieu of flowers. The family will be at the home of Karen Wilder Bushey at 2200 Dinwiddie Road, Virginia Beach after the services. Gravesides services will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Chesapeake at 1 p.m. Thursday. (The Virginian-Pilot - Tuesday, May 21, 1996; pg. 8B)

BENNETT, Ruby Ada

NORFOLK - Mrs. Ruby Ada Bennett, 63, of 9637 Fifth Bay Street, a native of North Carolina and the widow of Arthur K. Bennett, died Thursday in her home.  She lived in Tidewater 29 years.  Survivors include a son, Ottis L. Smith of Newport News; a half sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Pugh Glisson; a brother, William Pugh of Belhaven, N.C.; four half brothers, Woodrow Pugh, Bruce Pugh, Jackie Pugh, and Willie Pugh; and three grandchildren.  A funeral will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, with Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, in charge.  [unknown newspaper but handwritten date was April 5, 1979]  Kindly submitted by Ruth Pugh Parks

BENSON, Annie M.

NORFOLK - Annie M. BENSON, of the 1600 block of Welk St., died Dec. 19, 1997, in a local hospital. Born in Swan Quarter, N.C., she was the widow of Garland E. Benson and a retired educator of St. James Kindergarten. Mrs. Benson was a member of St. James United Holy Church of America, where she was a missionary, president of the gospel choir and organizer of the Vacation Bible School. Survivors include a son, Anthony Benson of Portsmouth; a step-sister, Sarah Bell Martin of Norfolk; a niece, Willie Mae Peterson of Portsmouth; and a host of other relatives and friends. A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in St. James United Holy Church of America by Bishop Anthony Moses. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the residence. Graves Funeral Home is handling arrangements. (The Virginian-Pilot - Wednesday, December 24, 1997; pg. 4B)

BENSON, Mary

IN MEMORIAM - Mrs. Mary BENSON died June 15, 1940 after having a stroke of paralysis at age 78. She was the widow of the late Zack Benson of Swan Quarter. Services were conducted at Soule Methodist Church by her pastor, E.G. Cowan. Interment was made in Soule Cemetery. Surviving are: Mrs. S.W. Boomer of Swan Quarter, Mrs. Buck Tunnell of Swan Quarter, Chase Benson of Greensboro, Rupert Benson and Jim Benson, both of Wilmington, Dan Benson of Raleigh and one sister (not named). (The Hyde County Messenger - August 1940) [Submitted by Merlin S. Berry of Gambrills, Md.]

BENSON, Mollie

IN MEMORIAM - Mrs. Mollie BENSON died Sunday, July 21, 1940 at 6:20 a.m. at age 82 years, 9 months and one day. She was a life-long resident of the county, living near New Holland and was a member of Soule Methodist Church. Services were conducted at Soule Cemetery by her former pastor, Rev. R.R. Grant. Surviving are three daughters: Miss Hattie Benson, Mrs. Bill Boomer, and Mrs. H.C. Boomer, all of Swan Quarter; several grandchildren. She was the widow of the late T.R. Benson. (The Hyde County Messenger - August 1940) [Submitted by Merlin S. Berry of Gambrills, Md.]

IN MEMORIAM - On July 21, 1940, at her home in Lake Comfort in Hyde County, Mrs. Mollie BENSON, 82, wife of the late T.R. Benson, passed away, leaving those whom she loved to join those whom she loved "long since and lost awhile." Descending from a long and noble family line she had her roots deep in the past. She loved old things, she cherished old friendships and clung tenaciously to what had been in her life, and years of service continued to add a rich retrospect. While she loved the past, she did not live in the past; her face was always forward, her glance was always upward, with an unfaltering faith in the divine goodness of God. One needed but to come into the presence of this good woman to feel the power of will that shone in her eye and was accented in her speech. She was a woman of deep conviction, and whenever any moral issue was at stake one did not have to inquire as to her attitude, but knew instinctively that the side which made for human welfare was where she stood. There was something that radiated from Mrs. Benson's personality which was felt by everyone who came near her. She made people better and happier without knowing it; she radiated sunshine, joy, entertainment and a delightful atmosphere through an entire home. She was a mother whose charm of manner and sunny disposition were the life and joy of her family. Throughout these years with all their toil and anxiety, she met each day with a spirit undaunted and with a face that remained serene as far as her children ever saw. She did not allow the weight of trials to taint the sweetness of her spirit or to dim her faith in God. Hers was truly an understanding heart and her service to her family and many friends will long remain as an inspiring memory. Surviving are several grandchildren; three daughters: Mrs. Henry Boomer and Mrs. Bill Boomer of Swan Quarter, and Miss Hattie Benson of the home, who was her mother's faithful companion. Her oldest daughter, Mrs. Watson, died last spring. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R.R. Grant, a former pastor, and burial was in Soule Cemetery. (North Carolina Christian Advocate - October 10, 1940) [Submitted by Merlin S. Berry of Gambrills, Md.]

BENSON, Ruby Midgette

ENGELHARD - Ruby Midgette BENSON, 67, of Horseshoe Loop Road, died Nov. 16, 2004. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Faithful Hannah Baptist Church.  Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, is in charge.  (The Virginian-Pilot - Saturday, November 20, 2004)

BENSTON, Ethel Stanley

ENGELHARD - Ethel Stanley BENSTON, 89, died June 12 in Belhaven. Mrs. Benston was born Jan. 15, 1911 in Hyde County. She was a housewife, a widow and a member of the Faithful Hannah Baptist Church in Engelhard. She is survived by five daughters: Lizzie Clayton of Belhaven, Janie Blount of Prince George, Va., Leona Beckwith of New York, Pearlene Benston of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and Dorine Rascoe of Maryland; two sons: Murrice Benston of Engelhard and Hubert Benston of Baltimore, Md.; one sister, Edna Smith of Washington, D.C.; 32 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 in Faithful Hannah Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, June 18, 2000; pg. 12A)

BERRY, JR., Rev. Alexander B.

CHARLES CITY, VA - Rev. Alexander B. BERRY, JR., 41, pastor of Memorial Methodist Church of Charles City, Virginia and a native of Swan Quarter, died suddenly Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Virginia Beach following a heart attack. Mr. Berry had become an outstanding success as a Methodist pastor, having been declared Virginia's "Rural Minister of the Year" for 1951 by the Progressive Farmer. He was born in 1912 in Swan Quarter, the son of A.B. Berry and the late Annie Pollard Berry. He grew up in Swan Quarter and was a member of Swan Quarter High School's 1929 graduating class. He attended NCSC for one year then married Hazel Lockwood Windley of Pantego. After working a few years in Galax, Va., he became an efficiency engineer for the Virginia Electric and Power Company in Norfolk. In June 1944 he attended a minister's and laymen's school in Lynchburg, Va. as a delegate of the Colonial Avenue Methodist Church in Norfolk. As a result of the conference, he decided to enter the ministry and in October 1944, he was licensed to preach and assigned to the Charles City charge. At that time the charge consisted of 5 churches. Under his leadership, the churches on the charge consolidated in 1948 into the $40,000 Memorial Church, to which a carillon was added later. During his pastorate, Mr. Berry managed to complete a year of study at Randolph-Macon College, another year at the Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary, and courses at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. Mr. Berry was doing special organization work in the Methodist Church at the time of his death. In addition to his work as pastor and his educational activities, he was active in numerous civic organizations. He is survived by his wife; his father and step-mother, Mr. & Mrs. A.B. Berry of Norfolk; four children: Elva Anne, Alexander III, Hazel Windley, and Timothy Brooks Berry, all of the home; and a sister, Mrs. Preston E. Hodges of Norfolk. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Memorial Methodist Church in Charles City. Burial followed in the Washington Memorial Cemetery near Charles City. (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 6, 1954; pg. 8

BERRY, Allie Brickhouse
[unknown 1980 newspaper] Submitted by Sharron Brace

BERRY, Annie Mildred Cuthrell

ENGELHARD - Annie Mildred Cuthrell BERRY, 81, of Route #1, and most recently a patient at Cross Creek Health Care Center, died Monday, September 8, at Cross Creek. Born in Hyde County on October 13, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Annie Blake Cuthrell. She was the widow of Otiva Walter Berry who died in 1980. She was a member of Engelhard Christian Church. Surviving are three daughters: Emma B. Wright of Fairfield, Julia Berry of Virginia Beach, Va., and Jane B. Gibbs of Fairfield; a brother, Ivey Cuthrell of Wilmington; two sisters: Delma Cason of Chesapeake, Va. and Thelma Fowler of Roanoke Rapids; 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Berry was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann B. Gibbs; brothers: Harvey Cuthrell, Duville Cuthrell and Leslie Cuthrell; and sisters: Selma Mason, Lillian Rose and Alene Cason. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the family plot in Fulford Cemetery in Engelhard. Phil Emmert officiated. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, September 11, 1997; pg. 10A)

BERRY, Beamon Burton

ENGELHARD - Beamon Burton BERRY, 76, died Tuesday, February 16 at his home. Born in Hyde County, September 28, 1922, he was the son of the late Matthew R. and Nancy Jane Harris Berry. He was a retired farmer, a member of Engelhard Rotary Club, a former director in Hyde County Farm Bureau and a member of Engelhard Christian Church. Surviving are his wife, Elsie Gibbs Berry; two sons: Ferrell Allen Berry and Gregory Kyle Berry, both of Engelhard; a daughter, Pamela Kay Berry of Glen Allen; two sisters: Miss Mattie Berry of Swan Quarter and Magdalene B. Lee of Manteo; and 5 granddaughters. Mr. Berry was preceded in death by three brothers: Cecil Berry, William Berry, and Bryan Berry. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the family plot in Fulford Cemetery. The Rev. L. Ray Sparrow and Steve Bryan will officiate. Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter is in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, February 18, 1999; pg. 9A)

BERRY, Bettye B.

ENGELHARD - Miss Bettye B. BERRY, 83, of Route #1, Engelhard, died Jan. 14 in Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. A native of Hyde County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Luther and Martha Brinn Berry. She was a charter member of the Engelhard Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School in the children's department for many years and a member of the Engelhard Home Extension Club. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Engelhard Baptist Church. The Rev. James Davenport, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Fulford Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be given to Engelhard Baptist Church Engelhard, N.C. The family will receive friends at the home. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, January 16, 1992)

BERRY, Bryan

ENGELHARD, Feb. 4 - Officers today completed their investigation of the highway accident four miles west of here early yesterday morning in which Bryan BERRY, pharmacist's mate, second class, USN, and his cousin, Ramsey Berry, 42, both of Engelhard, were killed. According to State Highway Patrolman, Carl E. Whitfield, who investigated the accident, the automobile, which was being driven by Bryan Berry, was traveling at a high rate of speed and its driver evidently lost control. The vehicle plunged into a canal after leaving the highway. Ramsey Berry died enroute to a Washington hospital, while Bryan Berry succumbed to injuries three hours after being admitted to the hospital. Both men suffered internal and head injuries and received first aid treatment here shortly after the accident. Grace Watson of Engelhard, passenger in the vehicle, suffered a broken collar bone, and Mrs. Ramsey Berry and Ray Ballance, both of Engelhard, received minor injuries in the accident. Bryan Berry, who spent 44 months in a Japanese prison camp, was a native of Hyde County, son of Mrs. Nancy Harris Berry and the late Matt Berry. He was a member of the Engelhard Christian Church. Surviving in addition to his mother, are three brothers: William Cecil and Beaman Berry, all of Hyde County; and two sisters: Mattie Berry of Hyde County and Magdeline Berry of Manteo. Ramsey C. Berry, an employee of the Pamlico Light and Ice Company of Engelhard, was a son of Mrs. Nora Harris Berry and the late Ott Berry. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clydie Gibbs Berry; his mother, a resident of Dahlgren, Va.; and two sisters: Mrs. Nina Gautier and Orpha Berry, both of Dahlgren. Funeral services for Ramsey Berry, a member of the Engelhard Christian Church will be conducted here Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment will be in Fulford Cemetery with the Masons in charge the graveside rites. Bryan Berry's body has been turned over to authorities at the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. (The News and Observer - February 5, 1946; pg. 8) [Submitted by Merlin S. Berry of Gambrills, Md.]

BERRY, JR., Carlos R.

Carlos R. Berry Jr., 89, passed away April 15, 2007, in a nursing home. Born in Swan Quarter, N.C., he had been a resident of the Portsmouth/Chesapeake area for more than 65 years and was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth. He was a member of West Park Church of Christ and a Mason for more than 63 years. He was employed at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for more than 38 years and retired from Combat Systems. He is survived by his wife, Joyce D. Berry; his daughter, Helen B. Calvert; his son, C. Randolph "Randy" Berry III; four grandchildren; a great- granddaughter; a sister, Leonoa Lupton; and a brother, Richard Berry, both of Havelock, N.C. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Loving Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, by pastors Keith Lewis and Bill Griffin with Masonic Rites. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends in the funeral home today from 7 to 8 p.m.  (The Virginian-Pilot - Tuesday, April 17, 2007)

BERRY, Carlton

ENGELHARD - Carlton BERRY, 51, of Engelhard, died of a heart attack at 2:30 p.m. last Thursday while plowing on a tractor. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon from the Engelhard Christian Church by Rev. A.W. Huffman. Burial was in Fulford Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Marie Swindell Berry; two sons: Richard and Edwin Berry of the home; his mother, Mrs. Martha Berry of Engelhard; three brothers: Fred, Jabin, and Earl Berry, all of Engelhard; four sisters: Miss Betty Berry, Mrs. Sally Sadler, Mrs. Geneva Hodges, all of Engelhard, and Miss Grace Berry of Columbia; and one adopted sister, Mrs. Louise Weatherly of Portsmouth, Va. (The Coastland Times - Friday, March 25, 1955; pg. 2)

BERRY, Carroll Waverly

MANTEO - Carroll Waverly BERRY, 76, died Monday, September 29, 2003 at a Nags Head nursing facility. Mr. Berry was born in Engelhard, NC and worked at Kellogg Supply for many years and retired from Manteo Marine as a mechanic on outboard motors. He was a member of the Roanoke Acres Church of Christ and Manteo Masonic Lodge #521 AF & AM. Mr. Berry was the son of the late Cecil Lee and Mabel Watson Berry.   He is survived by one sister, Linda B. Pentecost of Wanchese; three brothers: Stafford A. Berry and wife Jean, Jimmy Berry and wife Rita, both of Manteo and Russell Berry of Manns Harbor. He was preceded in death by two sisters: Nancy Ann Berry and Gladys Wilson; and one brother, Ellis Ray Berry.  A celebration of life will be held at Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo, on Friday, October 3, 2003 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Ronnie Midgett and Rev. Les Wilkerson officiating. A graveside service will be held following the funeral at Fulford Cemetery in Engelhard at 3:30 PM with Steve Bryan officiating.  Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo, is assisting family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times - Thursday, October 2, 2003; pg. 10A)

BERRY, Charles Edward

SWAN QUARTER - Charles Edward BERRY, 78, died Sunday, November 10 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville.  Born in Hyde County on September 12, 1924, he was the son of the late James Edward and Carrie Stotesbury Berry.  He was a prominent farmer in Hyde County during his working years and hosted many hunters, taking them to the back of his farm for hunting.  He was a member of the Soule United Methodist Church and served as a volunteer coordinator of the housing revitalization effort sponsored by the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church following Hurricane Floyd in 1999. He was also a member of the Greater Hyde County Chamber of Commerce for several years in his efforts to support community and county activities.  Surviving are his sister, Shirley Berry Phillips of Yorktown, Va.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Soule United Methodist Church.  Pastors Ken Davenport and Valerie Ballance will officiate.  Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery.  Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter is in charge.  (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2002; pg. 7A)

BERRY, Dell Cox

SWAN QUARTER - Dell Cox BERRY, 92, a resident of Cross Creek Health Care Center, died Tuesday, June 2, in Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born in Hyde County on December 23, 1905, she was the daughter of the late William David and Ida Virginia Gibbs Cox. She was married to Reuben Walter Berry who died in 1966. Mrs. Berry was a member of Soule United Methodist Church. She worked for many years with the Beaufort- Martin-Hyde Regional Library System as bookmobile librarian in Hyde County. She was active in the Ladies Aid Society. She resided in Norfolk, Va. for about 17 years and returned to Hyde County just two years ago. Surviving are two sons: Reuben W. Berry, Jr. of Pinehurst, and Robert G. "Bobby" Berry of Durham; a daughter, Polly Berry Cutrell of Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Mrs. Willie Murl Bonner of Swan Quarter; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Berry was preceded in death by a son, William C. Berry; and brothers: Malcolm Cox and Stacy Cox. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Soule United Methodist Church with the Rev. Chris Humphreys officiating. Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery. Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. The body will lie in state at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, June 4, 1998; pg. 10A)

BERRY, Elna Cuthrell

ENGELHARD - Elna Cuthrell BERRY, 81, former resident of Engelhard and in recent years a patient at Cross Creek Health Care center in Swan Quarter and Cypress Pointe Rehabilitation and Health Care in Wilmington, die Friday, November 15 in Wilmington.  Born in Hyde County on March 21, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Norfleet and Lovie Swindell Cuthrell.  She was the widow of William Thomas Berry and was a member of Engelhard Christian Church.  Surviving are a son, Thomas C. Berry and wife Linda of Wilmington; a sister, Renee C. Midgett of Manns Harbor; a grandson, Todd Berry and wife Cheryl of Wilmington; three great-grandchildren: Chad Berry, Jackie Berry and Brooke Berry of Wilmington.  In addition to her husband, Mrs. Berry was preceded in death by son, Bryan Berry, and sister Ava Cuthrell.  Funeral services were held Monday at the family plot in Fulford Cemetery.  Steve Bryan officiated.  Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter was in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, November 19, 2002; pg. 9A)

BERRY, Elsie Gibbs

Elsie Gibbs Berry, 88, of 225 Goshen Road, Engelhard, died early Monday, August 27, 2012, at Cross Creek Health Care Center where she has been a patient recently.  Born in Hyde County, June 21, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Willie Rue and Margaret Rue Ballance Gibbs.  She was the widow of Beamon Burton Berry who preceded her in death.  A homemaker, Mrs. Berry loved her family deeply, cared especially for her grandchildren,  and enjoyed crocheting and cooking. She was a member of the former Home Demonstration Club, now Extension Homemakers, Watson’s Chapel United Methodist Church and was active in the Women’s Society of the church.  She found great pleasure in watching her hummingbirds.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a. m. Wednesday at the family plot in Fulford Cemetery, Engelhard.  Pastor Jerald Craddock will officiate.  Surviving are a son, Gregory Kyle Berry of Engelhard; a daughter, Pamela K. Berry of Concord; a daughter-in-law, Donna D. Berry of Engelhard; a brother, Russell Wayne Gibbs of Winterville; two sisters, Marjorie G. Sadler and Celia G. Cahoon both of Swan Quarter; grandchildren, Andrea B. White and husband, Eric of Olanta SC, Kelley B. Dow and husband, Paul of Mars Hill NC, Natalie B. Wayne and husband, Robert of Engelhard, Ragan G. Bliss and husband, Jason of Arizona and Dail Berry of Greenville; great-grandchildren, Hayden White, Gavin White, Ross Dow, Brayden Wayne, Lear Wayne and Anna Rose Bliss.  She was preceded in death by a son Ferrell Allen Berry; a grandson, Timothy D.  Berry; a brother, Curtis A. Gibbs.  The family extends a special thank you to Cross Creek Health Care’s staff for their kind and attentive care.  The family will receive friends at the home on Goshen Road.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

BERRY, Eunice Baum
The Coastland Times - Tuesday, July 1, 1980; pg. 5

BERRY, Ferrell Allen

ENGELHARD - Ferrell Allen BERRY, 60, of Farrow Fork Road, died Monday, May 8 at Beaufort County Hospital.  Born in Beaufort County, October 31, 1945, he was the son of Elsie Gibbs Berry of Engelhard and the late Beamon Berry.  He graduated from the former East Hyde High School, attended Chowan College for one year and then transferred to North Carolina State University, where he completed his degree in agriculture.  He taught at Mattamuskeet School for one year then began his career in farming.  He continued to work in the basketball program at the school and served as the president of the booster's club and also served on the advisory board of the former Davis School.  An avid sportsman, he was currently serving as president of the Hyde County Waterfowl Association.  In other community interests he was a member of the Engelhard Rotary Club and served on the board of directors of Hyde County Farm Bureau.  He was among a group who organized the Engelhard Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a life long member of Watson's Chapel United Methodist Church.  Surviving are his wife, Donna Day Berry; his mother, Elsie Gibbs Berry of Engelhard; three daughters: Andrea P. White and husband Eric of Olanta, S.C., Kelly B. Dow and husband Paul of Mars Hill, and Natalie B. Wayne and husband Robert of Engelhard; a brother, Gregory Kyle Berry of Engelhard; a sister, Pamela Kay Berry of Charlotte; a granddaughter, Hayden White of Olanta, S.C.  Funeral services will be held at the graveside in Fulford Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Thursday.  Steve Bryan will officiate. Pallbearers will be Guire Cahoon, Gary Cahoon, C.W. Cahoon, Leigh Ballance, Martelle Marshall and Edwin Berry.  Ferrell was also preceded in death by a son, Timothy Duane Berry.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (The Coastland Times - Thursday, May 11, 2006; pg. 14A)

BERRY, Garland Grant

FAIRFIELD - Garland Grant BERRY, 65, of Route 1, Fairfield, died April 25 at his home. A Hyde County native, Berry was the son of the late Archie Grant and Eunice Baum Berry. He was a member of Fairfield Christian Church, senior partner of Garland Berry & Sons, and president of Mattamuskeet Fresh Produce, Inc. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the family plot in Fairfield Cemetery. Dr. Melvin Styrons will officiate. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Nixon Berry; two sons: Jeffery Berry of Fairfield and Rodney A. Berry of Engelhard; two daughters: Sharon B. Gibbs of Engelhard and Gwen B. Ballance of Fairfield; a sister, Alice Reid Daughtridge of Rocky Mount; 8 grandchildren. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter where the body will lie in state until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, April 27, 1993; pg. 12A)

BERRY, Henry Clay

SWAN QUARTER - Henry Clay BERRY, 66, long time resident of Swan Quarter, died February 15 at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. A Hyde County native, he was the son of the late John Madison and Mamie Brothers Berry. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army and was a drywall installer. Surviving are two sons: Brian Berry and Ronald Berry, both of Germantown, Md.; a brother, Merlin Berry of Gambrills, Md.; a sister, Lucille Berry Tunnell of Swan Quarter; and one grandchild. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Swan Quarter Christian Church. Mike Caton, minister, will officiate. Private burial will be in Soule Cemetery. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, February 18, 1993)

BERRY, J. B.

FAIRFIELD - J. B. BERRY, 67, of Route 1, a retired farmer and a long time public servant, died December 23 at Cross Creek Health Care Center, Swan Quarter. Born in Fairfield on November 20, 1926, he was the son of the late Jimmy and Katie B. Berry. A Mason, he was a member of Fairfield Lodge #520 AF & AM and past Master and a member of Sudan Temple. He was a former member of the Fairfield Baptist Church; a former member of the Tideland Mental Health Board and a former chairman of the Albemarle Regional Commission. He served several years on the Hyde County Board of Commissioners, having served as chairman and was re-elected in 1991 to the term he was serving at his death. Funeral services were Sunday at the gravesite in Fairfield Cemetery. William Booth officiated and Masonic graveside rites were given by Fairfield Lodge #520. Surviving are his wife, Pauline Moore Berry; two sons: Jerol B. Berry of Engelhard and Vincent B. Berry of Simpsonville, S.C.; two daughters, Lillian P. Berry of Oklahoma City, Ok., and Beth Berry of Fairfield; two brothers: Ira Wayne Berry of Southport and Henry Berry of Kinston; two sisters: Mae B. Thompson of Esmond, N.D. and Kathleen B. Gay of Rocky Mount; and 5 grandchildren. The family suggests that memorials be made to Fairfield Masonic Lodge, c/o Homer Robbins, P.O. Box 115, Fairfield. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, December 28, 1993)

BERRY, Jimmy
(The Coastland Times - Friday, June 16, 1961; pg. 4)

BERRY, Joshua Ryan

SCRANTON - Joshua Ryan Berry, 13, of 599 Beulah Road, Scranton, died on Monday, April 19, 2004, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville after a nine-month-long and courageous battle with cancer. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Assembly of God Church in Belhaven. Pastor Allen Harmon will officiate. Burial will follow in the family plot at Beulah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in the Sladesville Community.  Born in Beaufort County, June 3, 1990, he was the son of Baron Ray and Tammy Adams Berry. He was an eighth-grade student at Mattamuskeet Middle School in Hyde County. Joshua loved his church, First Assembly of God Church in Belhaven, and he had a special love for Bible school. He always loved Halloween and enjoyed celebrating that day as really special. He had a strong love of cars, model cars and four-wheelers and enjoyed riding his golf cart. Joshua's illness brought out his strength and he became a real "teacher" in his hospital, questioning every procedure and being sure of what the doctors and nurses were doing for him. He had a natural ability to lift the spirits of others and through all of his difficulties, he displayed expressions of love to all who cared for him as he always offered that special smile.  Joshua was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Berry.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fountain (Frances) Adams of Belhaven; a brother, Brandon Ray Berry of the home; a sister, Tiffany Nicole Berry Carawan of the home; and a niece, Deanna Nicole Randalls of the home.  The family extends heartfelt thanks to the entire medical staff of Pitt County Memorial Hospital and especially Dr. Sarah Strandjold, his oncologist, for their special love and care for Joshua. They suggest memorials to American Cancer Society, Hyde County Chapter, P.O. Box 187, Englehard, NC 27824 or to The Ronald McDonald House, Pitt County Unit, Greenville, NC 27835.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service, 119 Main St., Swan Quarter, tonight from 7 to 8:30 and other times at the residence.  (The Daily Reflector [Greenville, NC] - April 21, 2004)

BERRY, Lenwood Lupton

Lenwood Lupton BERRY, 76, of Washington, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at his residence.  A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at Oakdale Cemetery with Roy Moulden officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery.  The family will join friends from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, at Hillside Funeral Service and other times at the home of his stepdaughter, Carolyn Asby Carrow in Washington, N.C.  Mr. Berry was born Aug. 12, 1927, in Hyde County. He was the son of the late Robert Randolph Berry Sr. and Aretha Mason Berry. He was a retired mechanic and a veteran of the U.S. Army. On April 18, 1954, he married the former Adelia Gwendolyn Davenport, who preceded him in death on June 21, 2003. He was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 1198, Aragona Village, Va. He was a devoted and loving husband and step-father.  Survivors include one step-daughter, Carolyn Asby Carrow and husband J.W.; one step-son, F. Clinton Asby and wife Montez, all of Washington, N.C.; three sisters: Zadie Equils of Belhaven, N.C., Carrie Rice of Groton, Conn., and Mary Alice Stone of Miami, Fla.; two brothers: Randolph Berry of Belhaven, N.C., and Clifton Berry of Virginia Beach, Va.; and five step-grandchildren, Stuart Asby, Tracy Asby, Kirk Carrow, Kitty Carrow Rutherford and Karen C. Bracy and four step-great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by three sisters: Ruby Twiford, Louise Satterwaite and Bertha Liverman; and four brothers: Kitt Berry, Shelton Berry, George Berry and James Berry.  Arrangements by Hillside Funeral Service.  (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, September 30, 2003)

BERRY, Lois Sadler Voliva

Lois  Sadler Voliva Berry, 89, of Grantsboro and formerly of Hyde County, died Tuesday evening, April 29, 2014, at her residence.  Born in Fairfield, N. C., on December 31, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Lizzie Gibbs Sadler.  She was married first to Albert Elmo Voliva and following his death she was married to Nathan Berry who also preceded her in death.  She was a former member of Watson’s Chapel United Methodist Church at Nebraska Community and later became a member of Grantsboro Church of God after moving to Pamlico County.  She spent many years in the Extension Homemakers Club in the Nebraska Community.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in Watson’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  Raffael Farrow, Jr. will officiate.  Burial will follow at Soule Cemetery near Swan Quarter.  A memorial service will be held at Grantsboro Church of God on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.  Surviving are a daughter, Barbara V. Boaz of Chattanooga, TN; a step-son, Bobby Berry of Aurora; two step-daughters, Sandra Kay Pickell of Grantsboro and Belinda Lupton of Aurora; six grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; five step-grandchildren; nine step great-grandchildren and ten step great-great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the church during the hour prior to the funeral on Saturday.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

BERRY, Margaret Gibbs

SCRANTON - Margaret Gibbs BERRY, 67, of Rt. #2, died Tuesday, August 29, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Mrs. Berry was born August 4, 1928 in Fairfield, the daughter of the late Leland and Myrtle Armstrong Gibbs. She was married to James Oscar Berry who died in 1986. She was a lifelong resident of Hyde County and a member of Sladesville Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Berry Gunn of Belhaven; five sons: Lester M. Berry, Oscar Dean Berry, Henry Berry, Baron Ray Berry and Gregory Lynn Berry, all of Scranton; two brothers: Ray Gibbs and Leland Gibbs, Jr., both of Scranton; two sisters: Willie Mae Bailey of Apopka, Florida and Helen Steptoe of Scranton; and 15 grandchildren. Mrs. Berry was preceded in death by a son, Garry Berry in 1991; two brothers, Arthur Bell Gibbs and William "Bill" Gibbs; two sisters, Doris Gibbs and Linda Morris.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sladesville Missionary Baptist Church.  Rev. Tommy Glover and Leon Williams will officiate.  Burial will follow in Beulah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Route 2, Scranton.  The family will receive friends at the home.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (The Coastland Times - Thursday, August 31, 1995; pg. 8A)

BERRY, Mary Ann "Polly"

SWAN QUARTER - In the passing of Mrs. J.H.C. [Mary Ann "Polly"] BERRY, who departed this life October 23, 1920, in her seventieth year, the community has lost some of the "salt of the earth." She was a firm believer in Jesus. In the church she was faithful and delighted to have the members and her friends visit her home. She was a faithful wife and self-sacrificing mother. She leaves a devoted brother, husband, seven children and thirteen grandchildren. The Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. L.T. Singleton, at Soule Church, in the presence of a large gathering of friends to express their sympathy to the bereaved ones. Written by her loving "Aid" members of Soule Church. [signed] Mrs. M.G. Fisher, Mrs. U.B. Fisher, Mrs. R.W. Swindell. Swan Quarter, N.C. January 17, 1921. (Unknown newspaper - January 1921) [Submitted by Merlin S. Berry of Gambrills, Md.]

BERRY, Mary Isabelle Spencer

Mary Isabelle Spencer BERRY, 96, formerly of Engelhard, died May 1, 2001. Survived by two daughters, Connie B. Terry of Tappahannock, Va. and Nelva B. Stotesbury of Pantego. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Friday at the Fulford Cemetery. Scott Sukeforth officiating. (Richmond Times - Wednesday, May 2, 2001)

Same paper and issue also had the following: BERRY, Mrs. Mary Isabelle Spencer, 96, of Engelhard, N.C., formerly of Tappahannock, widow of Fred Arrington Berry. [Kindly submitted by Jim & Esther Chauncey.]

ENGELHARD - Mary Isabelle Spencer BERRY, 96, formerly of Engelhard, and more recently a resident of Cross Creek Health Care Center, died Tuesday, May 1 at Cross Creek. Born in Hyde County on November 12, 1904, she was the daughter of the late Sam abnd Sallie Gibbs Spencer. She was a lifelong and active member of Engelhard Christian Church and a homemaker who was devoted to her family and friends. Her favorite thing in life was being a grandmother. She was the widow of Fred Arrington Berry who died in 1979. Surviving are two daughters: Connie B. Terry of Tappahannock, Va. and Nelva B. Stotesbury of Pantego; two sisters: Mildred S. Cox of Elizabeth City and Agnes S. Etheridge of Engelhard; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the family plot in Fulford Cemetery. Scott Sukeforth will officiate. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, May 3, 2001; pg. 10A)

BERRY, Mattie Mae

ENGELHARD - Mattie Mae BERRY, 95, formerly of Engelhard and more recently a resident of Cross Creek Health Care in Swan Quarter, died Sunday, November 21, at Cross Creek. Born in Hyde County, November 6, 1904, she was the daughter of the late Matthew R. and Nancy Jane Harris Berry. She was a member of the Engelhard Christian Church and retired from Mattamuskeet School after more than 30 years in the former Engelhard School and Mattamuskeet School as cafeteria manager. Surviving are a sister, Magdalene B. Lee of Manteo and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers: Cecil Berry, William Berry, Bryan Berry, and Beamon Berry. The family is at the home of Elsie G. Berry in Engelhard. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the family plot in Fulford Cemetery. Stafford Berry and Steve Bryan officiated. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, November 25, 1999; pg. 13A)

BERRY, Melissa Mooney

FAIRFIELD - Mrs. Melissa BERRY, 84, died Wednesday at Beaufort County Hospital in Washington.  She was the wife of the late Clyde Berry and the daughter of the late Israel and Sally Mooney.  She was a member of the Rebecca and was involved in the American Legion Auxiliary.  She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Christian Church.  Graveside funeral services will be conducted at the family cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday.  She is survived by three half-sisters: Ms. Rosetta Midgette of Elizabeth City, Mrs. Ruth Midgette of Chocowinity, and Mrs. Rachel McDaniel of Sunbury; one half-brother, Charlie Mooney of Statesville.  (Washington Daily News - Thursday, December 27, 1979)  [Obituary kindly submitted by Pat Richard]

BERRY, Nancy Ann

ENGELHARD - Nancy Ann BERRY, the seven year old daughter of Cecil and Mabel Watson Berry who died suddenly at her home near Manteo Saturday, was conducted at Engelhard Monday afternoon by J.C. Groce, minister of the Church of Christ, and burial was in the family plot. She was born at Engelhard on December 2, 1945. Her body was taken to Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo. She is survived by her parents; five brothers: Carroll, Ray, Russell and Jimmie, all of Manteo, and Stafford of Norfolk; two sisters, Linda of Manteo and Mrs. Gladys Wilson of Swansboro. The choir sang "God Will Take Care of You," and "Safe In the Arms of Jesus". At the grave the choir sang "Jesus Loves Me." The casket pall was pink asters and fern. Pallbearers were William Berry, Beamon Berry, O.W. Berry and J.T. Gibbs. (The Coastland Times - Friday, September 18, 1953; pg. 4)

BERRY, Nell Grace

SWAN QUARTER - Nell Grace BERRY, 99, a resident of Cross Creek Health Care Center in Swan Quarter, died Sunday, February 4 at Cross Creek. Born in Hyde County on December 10, 1901, she was the daughter of the late James Edward and Evaline Williamson Berry. She worked for many years in Morehead City, later in Washington, D.C. as a secretary in the office of North Carolina's senator and later returned to Swan Quarter where she served as secretary of the draft board during World War II. She was the secretary of the former Beaufort-Hyde Mutual Burial Association and the Berry Company and was the last charter member and a past secretary of Hyde Chapter #213, Order of Eastern Star. She was a member of Soule United Methodist Church. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Miss Berry was preceded in death by four sisters: Rebecca B. Harris, Alice B. Swindell, Ella Berry and Margaret B. Pittman; four brothers: Dan Berry, Edward Berry, Bert Berry and Nat Berry. Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the family plot in Soule Cemetery. The Rev. Harold Harbin and Steve Bryan will officiate. Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter was in charge. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, February 6, 2001; pg. 7A)

BERRY, Nora Roper

ENGELHARD - Mrs. Nora Roper BERRY, 93, lifelong resident of Engelhard died Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.  A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the family plot in Fulford Cemetery with the Rev. Valerie Ballance officiating.  Mrs. Berry was born in Hyde County on Nov. 5, 1911. She was the daughter of the late Lawrence Lee and Sarah Jane Cox Roper. She was married to Jabin Gibbs Berry, who preceded her in death in 1964. She was a graduate of the former Engelhard High School, where she was valedictorian of her class. During World War II, she did work with the American Red Cross. She was a member of the Engelhard United Methodist Church, where she was active in the Sunday school and United Methodist Women. Mrs. Berry joined the church at the age of 10. The church's Women's Circle is named for her.  Survivors include two daughters, Dorinda B. Burrus of Raleigh and Dwan B. Gibbs of Clayton; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Luther Berry in 1990.  The family will receive friends Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter and other times at the home.  (Washington Daily News - Thursday, March 10, 2005)

BERRY, Ramsey

ENGELHARD, Feb. 4 - Officers today completed their investigation of the highway accident four miles west of here early yesterday morning in which Bryan Berry, pharmacist's mate, second class, USN, and his cousin, Ramsey BERRY, 42, both of Engelhard, were killed. According to State Highway Patrolman, Carl E. Whitfield, who investigated the accident, the automobile, which was being driven by Bryan Berry, was traveling at a high rate of speed and its driver evidently lost control. The vehicle plunged into a canal after leaving the highway. Ramsey Berry died enroute to a Washington hospital, while Bryan Berry succumbed to injuries three hours after being admitted to the hospital. Both men suffered internal and head injuries and received first aid treatment here shortly after the accident. Grace Watson of Engelhard, passenger in the vehicle, suffered a broken collar bon, and Mrs. Ramsey Berry and Ray Ballance, both of Engelhard, received minor injuries in the accident. Bryan Berry, who spent 44 months in a Japanese prison camp, was a native of Hyde County, son of Mrs. Nancy Harris Berry and the late Matt Berry. He was a member of the Engelhard Christian Church. Surviving in addition to his mother, are three brothers: William Cecile and Beaman Berry, all of Hyde County; and two sisters, Mattie Berry of Hyde County and Magdeline Berry of Manteo. Ramsey C. Berry, an employee of the Pamlico Light and Ice Company of Engelhard, was a son of Mrs. Nora Harris Berry and the late Ott Berry. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clydie Gibbs Berry; his mother, a resident of Dahlgren, Va.; and two sisters: Mrs. Nina Gautier and Orpha Berry, both of Dahlgren. Funeral services for Ramsey Berry, a member of the Engelhard Christian Church will be conducted here Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment will be in Fulford Cemetery with the Masons in charge the graveside rites. Bryan Berry's body has been turned over to authorities at the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. (The News and Observer - February 5, 1946; pg. 8) [Submitted by Merlin S. Berry of Gambrills, Md.]

BERRY, Ray Mitchell

ENGELHARD - Ray Mitchell BERRY, 51, died Monday, February 15 at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born January 1, 1948, he was the son of the late Stephen Lee and Ludie Estelle Jones Berry. He was a farmer and had worked for Williford Farms, Inc. for some 20 years. He was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church at Lake Landing. Surviving are his wife Pamela Cahoon Berry; two daughters: Jill Berry, a student at ECU at Greenville and Becky Berry, a student at UNC at Chapel Hill; a brother, Stephen A. Berry of Franklinton; three sisters: Vivian B. O'Neal of Durham, Melba B. Davenport of Columbia and Josephine B. Clifton of Williamston. He was preceded in death by two sisters: Margaret B. Sadler and Dorothy B. Midyett. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. George's Episcopal Church. The Rev. James Lupton, rector, will officiate and burial will follow in Fulford Cemetery. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, February 18, 1999; pg. 9A)

BERRY, Reuben

COLUMBIA - Reuben BERRY, a native of Fairfield who has been making his home at Bath recently, died in the Columbia Hospital at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Fairfield, conducted by Rev. Joe Brickhouse. Interment is to follow in the Fairfield cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alley Berry; two daughters: Mrs. Mary Williams of Fairfield and Mrs. Edna Lee Ormond of Bath; one son, Reuben Berry, Jr. of Columbia; 9 grandchildren; one brother, Jimmie Berry of Fairfield; and one half-brother, Joe Harris of Engelhard (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 3, 1954; pg. 4)

BERRY, Reuben W.

SWAN QUARTER - Reuben W. BERRY, 78, died Friday morning at his home in Swan Quarter after an illness of several months. Mr. Berry was a veteran of World War I, a member of Soule Methodist Church, charter member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Swan Quarter, and was affiliated with the organization for 60 years. Mr. Berry was the son of the late J.H.C. and Polly Ann Harris Berry. He was a lifelong resident of Hyde County and was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Belle Cox Berry; three sons: William Clay Berry of High Point, Reuben W. Berry, Jr. of Leawood, Kansas, and Robert G. Berry of Durham; one daughter, Mrs. William C. Cuthrell of Norfolk, Va.; one brother, John M. Berry of Swan Quarter; one sister, Mrs. Laura C. Cahoon of Swan Quarter; 7 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday from Soule Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. R.C. Hamilton. Burial was in Soule Cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Sadler, Clifton Harris, Gilbert Cahoon, Linwood Tunnell, R.W. Jones, Carney Brown, Otis Williams, and Emmett Carawan. (The Coastland Times - November 18, 1966)

BERRY, Richard Duree

HAVELOCK - Richard Duree BERRY, 68, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2007.  He was born in Swan Quarter, NC on February 15, 1939, to the late Lillie Mae and Carlos Randolph Berry.  His brothers, Carlos Randolph Berry, Jr. and William Timothy Berry, preceded him in death.  His sister Leona Berry Lupton and several neices and nephews to include Yvonne Lupton Denton, Betsy Lupton Olkowski and Suzanne Lupton Sanderson survive him.  Richard, a giant in stature and in heart, worked for a logging company, worked on a shrimp boat and ended his work career as an Engineer on the tugboat "Patricia" where he traveled up and down the East Coast.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter, NC from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Following the visitation, a funeral service will be held at the family plot at Soule Cemetery in Swan Quarter, NC at 3:00 p.m. Sunday.  (The Sun Journal - Friday, July 6, 2007)

BERRY, Robert Graham
News & Observer [Raleigh, NC] - Feb. 23, 2010
(Submitted by Bobbie Kennedy Berry)

BERRY, JR., Stephen Albert

CRESWELL - Stephen Albert BERRY, JR., 58, of Creswell, died on April 22, 1999 at Washington County Hospital in Plymouth. He was retired from the NC Department of Corrections with 35 years of service. He was a veteran of the US Army, member of the Masons, and a past member of the Jaycees. He is survived by his wife. Iris Corine Edwards Berry; a daughter, Iris Cynthia Dickerson; three sons: Stephen A. Berry, III, Bryon Lionel Berry, and Theron Dion Berry; three sisters: Vivian O'Neal, Melba Davenport and Josephine Clifton; and 11 grandchildren. A funeral service was held at Cherry Church of God and burial was in Soule Cemetery in Swan Quarter, N.C. (Tyrrell Tides [monthly newsletter put out by the Tyrrell Co., NC Genealogical & Historical Society] - May 1999)

BERRY, Thomas Luther

ENGELHARD, N.C. - Thomas Luther BERRY, 53, of Virginia Beach and Engelhard, N.C., a retired tugboat captain, died June 29, 1990, in his Engelhard residence. Mr. Berry, a native of Hyde County, N.C., retired from Tarmac-Lone Star Corp. after 27 years. He was a Navy veteran. He was a member of Engelhard United Methodist Church and Mattamuskeet Lodge, A.F. & A.M. Survivors include his wife, Julia B. Berry; two daughters: Brenda G. McMurran and Doris J. Berry, both of Manteo, N.C.; a step-daughter, Susan Alloggio of Virginia Beach; two sons: Thomas J. Berry of Virginia Beach and Ronald W. Berry of Engelhard; a step-son, Chip Alloggio of Virginia Beach; his mother, Nora R. Roper Berry of Engelhard; two sisters: Dorinda S. Burrus of Fort Washington, Md., and Dwan B. Gibbs of Engelhard; and 4 grandchildren. The funeral with Masonic rites will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Fulford Cemetery, Engelhard. Friends may join the family at the home of Nora Berry, Engelhard. Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, N.C., is handling arrangements. (The Virginian-Pilot - Monday, July 2, 1990; pg. 2D

BERRY, William Aaron

ENGELHARD - William Aaron BERRY, 76, died Thursday afternoon, February 21, 2002 at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born in Creswell, Washington County, June 16, 1925, he was the son of the late Ben and Lizzie Gibbs Berry. He was married to the former Guelda McKinney who survives. He received his education from Engelhard High School, University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin, United States Embassy-Military Assistant Institute, United States Corps of Engineers Schools and the TransWorld Airlines, Inc. Management School. He held professional certifications in Civil Engineering, logistics management, maintenance field, construction engineering and personnel management. As a civilian, he worked with TransWorld Airlines as well as at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During his military career, he spent 23 years serving in World War II, Korea, Iran, Germany, and Guam. He was honorably retired from the U.S. Army as Major. He spent six years with Boy Scouts serving as area committee chairman in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and as area committee chairman in Frankfort, Germany. He served as vice-president of the Parent-Teacher Association in Blackstone, Va. and was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Engelhard, N.C. He was a member of the Engelhard Baptist Church and was a retired Facility Engineer and Deputy Post Commander with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Surviving in addition to his wife are four sons: Michael A. Berry and wife Julie of Auburn, Washington., William Charles Berry and wife Patti of Huntsville, Alabama, Johnny Ross Berry of Kalispell, Montana, and Craig Alan Berry of Engelhard; a daughter, Kathryn "Kathy" Sue B. Parks and husband Claude of Blackstone, Va.; sister: Mrs. Lenora B. Harris of Swan Quarter; and 8 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be held at the family plot at Fulford Cemetery on Sunday at 3 p.m. Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter is handling arrangements.  (unknown newspaper)

BERRY, William C.
1991 Charlottesville, Va. newspaper
(Submitted by Bobbie Kennedy Berry)

BERRY, William Timothy

SWAN QUARTER - Funeral services for William Timothy BERRY, 27, who was killed Friday in an automobile wreck, will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at Providence Methodist Church here by the Rev. Durwood Goodwin. Burial will be in Soule Cemetery. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Lillie Mae Swindell of Swan Quarter; two brothers: Richard Berry of Swan Quarter and Carlos Berry, Jr. of Portsmouth, Va.; one sister, Mrs. Stacy Lupton of Cherry Point. (Unknown newspaper - February 1964) [Submitted by Merlin S. Berry of Gambrills, Md.]

BEST, Cora Gray Ballance

FAIRFIELD - Cora Gray Ballance BEST, 80, died Sunday, October 7 at Cross Creek Health Care Center in Swan Quarter. Born in Fairfield on November 11, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Madison and Lydia Jones Ballance. She was the widow of Guy V. Best. Mrs. Best returned to Hyde County in 1980 after living in Stumpy Point for many years. She was a retired residential builder and homemaker. Surviving are three brothers: J. Kirk Ballance, Gene T. Ballance and Allan Ballance, all of Fairfield; two sisters: Ruth B. Sadler and Joyce B. Jones, both of Fairfield; a step-son, Roger Best of Stumpy Point; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Best was also preceded in death by a brother Clen L. Ballance, who died October 20, 1989. Funeral services were held Monday in the Fairfield United Methodist Church. The Rev. Valerie Ballance and Steve Bryan officiated. Burial was at the family plot at Fairfield Cemetery. Her nephews were pallbearers. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, October 9, 2001; pg. 9A)

BEST, Ruby Gibbs

STUMPY POINT - Ruby Gibbs BEST, 89, died Monday, February 3, at a Nags Head nursing facility. She was born in Hyde County and was a homemaker. Mrs. Best was a member of the Middletown Christian Church in Hyde County. She was the daughter of the late James F. Gibbs and Patsy L. Gibbs and the widow of Alton Wayne Best. She is survived by one son, Talmadge W. Best and his wife Margaret of Stumpy Point; two grandchildren: Susan B. White of Nags Head and Jeffery D. Best of Williamston; three great-grandchildren: John T.D. White of Nags Head, and Kristen and Emily Best of Williamston. She was preceded in death by one grandchild, Mark Wayne Best. A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, February 6, at 11 a.m. at Shiloh United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ken Davenport officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Twiford's Colony Chapel in Manteo is in charge of these arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, February 6, 1997; pg. 10A)

BEST, Lucy Cuthrell

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

BEST, William Albert

STUMPY POINT - William Albert BEST, 73, lifelong resident and well known retired fisherman of Stumpy Point, passed away Tuesday night after a long illness. He was the son of the late Joe Harvey and Adeline Gray Best of Stumpy Point, and the husband of Lucy Cutrell Best, his wife being a native of Hyde County. He is survived by 5 sons, Alton, Guy, Harvey, Woodrow and W.A. Jr.; two daughters: Mrs. Clyde Payne and Mrs. Harold Wise, all of Stumpy Point; and several grandchildren. Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday in the Stumpy Point Methodist Church. Rev. A.L.G. Stephenson officiating. Burial to be in the community cemetery. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 6, 1953; pg. 1)

BETTS, JR., Willie Arthur

FAIRFIELD - Willie Arthur BETTS, JR., 74, died October 21. He was a farmer and a member of the Snow Hill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Gussie Sykes Betts of the home and several children and grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday at Snow Hill Baptist Church. The Rev. Jesse Harvey officiated. Blair Funeral Home, Edenton, was in charge. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, November 6, 1994)

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