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CARAWAN, Alvin Percival "Percy"


Photo from: "Mattamuskeet & Ocracke Waterfowl Heritage" by Jack Dudley (1995)

Alvin Percival "Percy" Carawan, 94, of 30 Mt. Pleasant Road, the Gullrock community, Engelhard, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Cross Creek Health Care Center in Swan Quarter.  Born in Pamlico County, April 16, 1910, he was the son of the late Alvin Rufus and Sophia Elizabeth Potter Carawan. He was first married to the former Ella Overton who preceded him in death. He was a retired farmer, fisherman and carpenter and was well known for his decoy-carving talents, which featured him and his work in many publications. He was a member of the former Bethany United Methodist Church at Gullrock which has recently merged into the membership of Soule United Methodist Church.  Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Soule United Methodist Church. The Rev. Valerie Ballance will officiate. Burial will follow at Soule Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Guire Cahoon, Gary Cahoon, C.W. Cahoon, Tillman O'Neal Jr., Donnie Carawan and Mack Carawan.  Surviving are his wife of 14 years, Eunice Gertrude Pugh Carawan; a son, Cleron O. Carawan and his wife, Amber of Wanchese; a stepdaughter, Marie Zimmerman and her husband, Al of St. Leonard, Md.; a sister, Irene C. Brown of Swan Quarter; two brothers, Poe Carawan of Salisbury and Guyon Carawan of Buena Vista, Va.; a grandson, Benji Carawan and his wife, Nancy of Wanchese; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Taylor Carawan; and his special adopted friends, Lora and Sam Furrow of Poinciana, Fla.  He was preceded in death by sisters, Effie Sadler, Naomi Hopkins, Olive Joyce Carawan, Clara Pearl Carawan; brothers, Emmett, Seth, Maxwell, William Alfus, James, Wilfred, Alvin Rufus and John Edward Carawan.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service on Saturday evening between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and other times at the home of Larry and Mary Gill on Academy Street.  (Washington Daily News, Saturday, January 15, 2005 [Kindly submitted by Ellen A. Williams.]

CARAWAN, Arthur Windley "Doc"


Photo probably taken early-mid 1950's

Arthur Windley "Doc" CARAWAN, 72, of Wilkinson Station community, Pantego, died last night [Thursday] in Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Paul Funeral Home Chapel in Belhaven with Randy Masters officiating. Burial will follow in Yeatesville Cemetery. His nephews will serve as pallbearers. Carawan, a native of Hyde County, was the son of Willie and Annie Neal Carawan. He was the widower of the late Alma Ange Carawan who died on October 28, 1983. He was a retired seafood dealer. Carawan was a member of Wilkinson Church of Christ. He was also a member of the Belhaven Masonic Lodge #509, AF&AM. Carawan is survived by a daughter, Mrs. John (Katherine) Brinson of Plymouth; a son, Charles Windley Carawan of Washington; and 5 grandchildren. (Washington Daily News - Friday, July 7, 1989; pg. 5) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

Extra information & photo provided by Arthur W. Carawan, II:
Doc was born to William Fillmore Carawan and Annie Mae Neal in Rose Bay on 21 Jul 1916.  He was the last of nine known children.  He married Alma Virginia Ange of the Wilkinson Station community of Pantego on 28 Feb 1941, but I'm not sure where.  It was not in Hyde, I think it was in Elizabeth City or South Mills.  Incidentally, he had only a sixth grade education, and was nicknamed "Doc" because he was named after the doctor who delivered him, Dr. Windley (where he also received his middle name, and it has been passed down three generations since).

CARAWAN, Benajah

It becomes my painful duty to send you a notice of the death of our dear old father, Benajah CARAWAN, which occured May the 7th 1892. The subject of this notice was born in Hyde County, N.C. on June the 12th 1825. When he was but a boy his mother died and left him to mourn her loss. After that he had an elder sister that was also left a widow with three small children, and they were all girls. Then he, seeing the need of his sister and those little ones, became a member of the family and helped his sister raise her children by the help of the Lord to manhood. After which he went to Beaufort Co., N.C. to live where he married Mrs. N. [Nancy] E. Moreslender on September the 6th 1857. She was a widow with one little boy two years old. Then they had born unto them eight children--five sons and three daughters. The widow and the five sons survive him. In the date of 1861 he moved back to his former county where he lived when he confessed a hope in Christ Jesus the Lord, and united with the church at Beulah, Hyde County, on Saturday before the first Sunday in June 1865 and was baptized on the Sunday following by Elder William Reynalds, after which he became a faithful follower of Christ, a consistent member of the church, ever ready to administer to the poor and needy. He was good and kind to all that knew him. In the year of 1875 he made another move to Pamlico County, N.C. where he lived at the time of his death. He was always very healthy and a hard working man up to the year of 1878 when he was taken down with a severe attack of the rheumatism. He was never perfectly sound again in body. For the last year of his life his mind was very impaired. He seemed more like a child than a man. His hope in Christ remained good till the last. On Saturday before the first Sunday in April 1883 he was received in the church at Goose Creek Island by a letter of dissmission from the church of Beulah. He was chosen deacon on Saturday before the third Sunday in July 1883 and was ordained to that office on the Sunday morning following. He served until his death. For the last few years he was not able to work, but he was always attentive to his meetings, never failing without providential hindrance. In all of his afflictions he never murmured. He never said it was wrong for them to be upon him. He frequently remarked that notwithstanding in his declining age and physical weakness, while the outer man waxed old and decayed, the inner man was renewed day by day, and his zeal for that great cause seemed to be just as bright and great as it ever was, like one of old, for he staggered not at the promise of God. Sometime before he died he would say that the time of his departure was near at hand. He told the writer the day before he died that he wanted to go home. So he breathed his last and took his flight. Though he had the attention of his kind wife and children and a host of neighbors that most dreaded of all enemies had to be met. We have every reason to believe, from the evidence left behind him, that he was prepared to meet Him. On Sunday evening amid the heartfelt sympathies of friends and relatives, his remains were taken to the last resting place where we had prayer and singing by brother J.S. Leary who asked the Lord for his blessings to rest upon us all. While his children have lost a kind and affectionate father, his wife a loving and dutiful member, we have every reason to believe that our loss is his eternal gain. We desire the prayers of all of God's people that we may all be enabled to bear up under all of God's chastening rod. Yours in the faith and much tribulation. [signed] J.M. Carawan  (Zion's Landmark - October 15, 1892) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty Humphries.]

CARAWAN, Benjamin A.

BAYBORO, Jan 30 - Funeral services are to be held in the Rodney Harris Cemetery near Acre's Station in Beaufort County Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock for Benjamin A. Carawan, 83, who died at the home of his son, W.H. Carawan, near Bayboro early Friday.  He was a native of Hyde County who spent most of his life in the Terra Ceia community in Beaufort County, but he lived for a number of years in the Vanceboro community in 1946.  He was a member of the Christian church in Terra Ceia.  Survivors are five sons, Eddie Carawan of Roanoke Rapids, James Carawan of Baltimore, Md., William and Claudie Carawan of Bayboro, and Ottis Carawan of Norfolk, Va.; one daughter, Mrs. D.R. Lanier of Belhaven; and 15 grandchildren.  (New Sun Journal - Saturday, January 30, 1960; pg. 5)  [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty Humphries.]

CARAWAN, Capt. B. [Benjamin] Robbie

SWAN QUARTER - Capt. B. Robbie CARAWAN died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Branch Spencer, at 12:05 Thursday morning. He was 86 years old. Mr. Carawan was the son of the late Marcus and Mary Carawan of Lowlands. He was married to the former Rosetta Rice of Pamlico County, who died 32 years ago. He was a retired farmer and fisherman. Mr. Carawan moved to Hyde County 39 years ago. Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. James Bradsher of Stovall, Mrs. Willis Boddie of Oxford, and Mrs. Branch Spencer of Swan Quarter; one son, Marcus Carawan of Swan Quarter and Wilson; 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Ira Carawan of Hoboken and Daniel Carawan of Fentress, Virginia; three sisters: Mrs. Harry Guynne of South Norfolk, Virginia, Mrs. Julius Wynn of Goldsboro, and Mrs. Delilah Leary of Hoboken. Funeral services were held at Providence Methodist Church in Swan Quarter on Friday afternoon at 2. Interment was in Soule Cemetery.

[Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries, granddaughter of Benjamin Robbie Carawan, who also sent along a note stating that the "brother & sisters" mentioned in the above obituary were Robbie's half-siblings. Benjamin Robbie Carawan's death certificate states he was born May 11, 1867 in Lowlands, NC and died April 1, 1954 in Swan Quarter at the age of 86 years, 10 months and 21 days. His father was Marcus Carawan and his mother was Mary Elizabeth Fulford.]

CARAWAN, Capt. Bennett Morgan

Ben M. CARAWAN, of 64 Seaview Avenue, drowned yesterday afternoon while swimming about 200 yards from shore off the foot of First View Avenue, nearly carrying with him a friend who attempted to rescue him.  It was the second tragedy in three days to occur off this particular spot on the beach. Eight-year old Margaret Miller of Cradock, drowned a few yards from shore there late Thursday. Earlier in the day Miss Lillian McCullough was rescued from the water off the foot of First Street, East Ocean View, after she had fainted about 25 yards from shore.  Carawan's body was recovered within half and hour after it had disappeared beneath the water. Efforts of the Ocean View fire station's pulmotor squad failed to revive him. He was pronounced dead by Dr. R. Reynolds, and after an investigation coroner's investigator, Leon Nowitzky, announced for City Coronor, C.D.J. MacDonald, that it was a case of accidental drowning with no inquest necessary.  Carawan, 37 years old, was a merchant seaman. Reputed to be a good swimmer, he went bathing late yesterday afternoon with a party of friends. According to information compiled by Patrolman R.W. Houston of the Ocean View precinct, Carawan and Wesley Weaver were swimming about 200 yards off shore, a short distance from a line of pound poles, when the former became exhausted. Weaver swan to the aid of his friend. Carawan, semiconscious from his efforts to remain afloat, grabbed the other around the neck and dragged him down. When Weaver came to the surface, Carawan was nowhere to be seen. Weaver was barely able to make his way to the nearest pound pole, and clinging to it, called for help. Patrolman Houston, on the boardwalk, heard Weaver's cry and immediately dispatched Ben Forehand in an outboard-motored skiff to the assistance of Weaver. The officer then turned in the alarm to the fire and police departments.  Carawan was last seen about 5:30. His body was recovered half an hour later by Forehand with police grappling irons. The Ocean View fire station pulmotor squad went to work on Carawan's body the minute it was brought ashore but Carawan was too far gone to be revived and was pronounced dead an hour later.  Carawan was a native of Swan Quarter, N.C. and had been a resident of this section for the past year and a half. He was a member of the Master Mates and Pilots Association. He was unmarried and is survived by two brothers, John and Byron Carawan of Swan Quarter. Detective Nowitzky gave permission for the removal of the body to the Graham & Sykes Funeral Home in South Norfolk and notice of the tragedy was sent to the dead man's brothers. (The Virginian-Pilot - Sunday, July 31, 1932; pg. 1)

Funeral services for Captain Bennett Morgan CARAWAN, who accidentally drowned at Ocean View Saturday afternoon, were conducted yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the funeral home of Graham & Sykes, Jackson and Jefferson Streets, South Norfolk. The Rev. Lee G. Crutchfield, pastor of Chesapeake Avenue Methodist Church, officiated. During the services "Let Your Lower Light Be Burning" and "Jesus Savior Pilot Me" were sung. The pallbearers were Capt. George S. Young, Capt. J.W. Caroon, Capt. George F. Gabril, Capt. B.T. Hurst, George O.C. Midgett and W.N. Knight. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery. (The Virginian-Pilot - Tuesday, August 2, 1932) [Both articles kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

CARAWAN, C. Herman

C. Herman CARAWAN, 70, of Washington Park, died today in Beaufort County Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Paul Funeral Home with Dr. Glenn S. Weaver officiating. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery. A native of Hyde County, Carawan was the son of the late Columbus H. and Ruby Jarvis Carawan. He was a retired sales manager for Lee Chevrolet Co. Carawan was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Washington Lodge #675 AF&AM, the Scottish Rites Bodies, Sudan Temple of the Shrine, the Beaufort County Shrine Club, Washington Memorial Post #6088 of the VFW of which he was a past commander. Carawan was a member of the DAV Chapter #47, Beaufort County Post #15 of the American Legion and Tau Tribe #18, Improved Order of the Red Men. He was married to the former Dorothy Paul of Washington on December 27, 1941. She survives. Other survivors include a brother, Roy J. Carawan of Swan Quarter; and a sister, Mrs. Janie C. Dunning of Plymouth. Pallbearers will be Leo Bishop, Kurt Bishop, Garrett Bishop, Roy Carawan, Jr., Scott Carawan, Robert E. Dunning, Jr., Bill Dunn, Paul Dunn, Mike Willis, I.B. Paul, Paul D. Jarvis and Joe B. Paul. (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, November 1, 1988) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

CARAWAN, Carol Inez Wakely

Mrs. Carol Inez Wakely Carawan, age 71, a resident of 1010 Carrow Road, Chocowinity, NC 27817 died Friday July 30, 2010 at the Beaufort County Medical Center.  A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Monday August 2, 2010 at Christ Church of Rose Bay in Swan Quarter officiated by Jim Rennie. The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 1:00 PM until the service hour.  Mrs. Carawan was born in Cleveland County, Oklahoma on December 19, 1938 to the late Clarence James Wakely and Dora Inez Miser Wakely. She was a 1957 graduate of Hollywood High School in Hollywood, CA. Mrs. Carawan previously worked for the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher and at Hyde Correctional Institute as a records clerk. She was a member of Christ Church of Rose Bay, the USO and was a proud member of the NRA. Mrs. Carawan loved to sing, loved her cats and to work in her yard.  Mrs. Carawan is survived by six children: Kerry Elizabeth Luft of Methuen, Mass; Tracy Jo Houlihan and husband Stephen of Methuen, Mass, James Russell Heck and wife Carolyn of Jackson, Miss; Joshua Lee Carawan and wife Pam of Chocowinity, NC; Jacob Maxwell Carawan and wife Betsy of Pensacola, Fla and Sarah Carawan Stotesberry and husband Jeremy of Chocowinity, NC; a sister; Deanna Mayer of Phoenix, AZ; 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Carawan is preceded in death by a brother; Johnny Wakely and a sister; Linda Lee Wakely.  Paul Funeral Home of Washington is honored to serve the Carawan family.

CARAWAN, Charlie A.

SCRANTON - Charlie A. CARAWAN, 81, died Tuesday, February 20 at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born in Hyde County on April 17, 1919, he was the son of the late John G. and Alice Lupton Carawan. He was a member of the Eunice Chapel Church of Christ and worked as a farmer and fisherman for many years until he became a deputy in the Hyde County Sheriff's Department where he served from 1966 until his retirement in 1981. Thereafter he was an honorary deputy. He was also a former member of the Hyde County Board of Commissioners, the Hyde County Board of Education, a former Sunday School teacher and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Spencer Carawan; a son, D. Warren Carawan and wife Cindy B. of Scranton; a great-granddaughter who was reared by Mr. & Mrs. Carawan, Jessica Leigh Pittman, of the home; two sisters: Olive Parkins and Alice Smith, both of Raleigh; 4 grandchildren and 7 other great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were brothers: Archie Carawan, John G. Carawan and Archie B. Carawan; sisters: Doris Carawan, Blanche C. O'Neal, Honor C. Sanders, and Rachel C. Holt. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Eunice Chapel Church of Christ. Phillip Paul and Leon Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Beulah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, February 22, 2001; pg. 11A)

CARAWAN, Charlie Eugene

SWAN QUARTER - Charlie Eugene CARAWAN, 78, of Route 1, died Tuesday, April 18, at his summer home at Emerald Isle. A native of Hyde County, he was the son of the late Charlie and Fannie Russ Carawan, and the husband of Elsie Gibbs Carawan of the home. Mr. Carawan was owner and operator of Carawan Motel. He was a member of Swan Quarter Baptist Church and Fairfield Masonic Lodge. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Navy. Surviving besides his wife are two daughters: Patty Buck of Swan Quarter, and Elaine Mayo of Scranton; five sons: Gene Carawan, Charles Carawan, Donald Carawan, Phillip Carawan, and Mark Carawan, all of Swan Quarter; 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are set for Friday at 4 p.m. at Swan Quarter Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Crisp officiating. Burial is to follow at Soule Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home in Columbia. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, April 20, 1995; pg. 8A)

CARAWAN, Clidie Mae

FAIRFIELD - Mrs. Clidie Mae CARAWAN, 80, former resident of Fairfield, died June 27 in the DePaul Hospital, Norfolk, Va. Mrs. Carawan was the daughter of the late Johnnie Neal and Hopie Cuttrell Carawan. She was a member of the Central Church of Christ. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy E. Phinney of West Alice, Wis.; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. A son, Thurman W. Carawan, Sr. preceded his mother in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning in the Central Church of Christ in Norfolk Va. with Andy Ritchie officiating. Graveside services were held Tuesday afternoon at Fairfield Cemetery in Fairfield. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service of Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, July 2, 1992)

CARAWAN, David Lafayette

NORFOLK - David L. CARAWAN, 62, husband of Helen Hart Carawan died at a local hospital yesterday morning at 4 o’clock. Besides his wife he is survived by two brothers: George W. Carawan of Swan Quarter, N.C. and W.S. Carawan of Columbia, N. C., and a half-sister Mrs. Laura Williams of Portsmouth. Mr. Carawan was a native of Hyde County, North Carolina, and had been a resident of Norfolk for 16 years. He had been for many years financial secretary of the Woodmen of the World, a member of the Norfolk Lodge No. 38, B.P.O. Elks, and Charity Lodge No. 10, Knights of Pythias. Funeral services will be conducted at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Burial Forest Lawn Cemetery. (The Virginian-Pilot; Friday, December 31, 1943) [Kindly submitted by Claud W. Carawan, Jr. who states that David L. Carawan was listed in the 1917 & 1918 issues of the Norfolk City Directory as a clerk for the Norfolk & Southern Railway living at 111 W. Plume Street.]
Funeral services for Mr. David Lafayette Carawan were conducted at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock by the Rev. C. Newman Faulconer, pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church. Members of Elizabeth Camp #23 W.O.W. and Charity Lodge #10 K. of P. conducted services at the grave. Pallbearers were C.M. Ward, T.C. Goolsby, H.E. Dittrich, F.H. Seawell, J. M. Speight, C.L. Buckwalter, T.G. Smoak, and L.D. Rawls. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery. (The Virginian-Pilot - Sunday, January 2, 1944; pg. 6) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

CARAWAN, Denny Max

STUMPY POINT - Denny Max CARAWAN of Stumpy Point was struck and killed by lightning on Monday, July 31, while setting a fish net from a boat in the Pamlico Sound near Stumpy Point. He was flown to Norfolk by helicopter, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Funeral services for Denny were Wednesday, Aug. 2, in Stumpy Point. Surviving are his wife, Kathy of Stumpy Point; three step-sons [not named]; his mother, Mrs. Verna Carawan of Engelhard; his brothers: David and Danny of Engelhard, and Donnie of South Carolina; his step-brothers: John of Swan Quarter, Earl of Fairfield, Leland of California, and Mackie of Manns Harbor; and a sister, Debbie Boomer of Swan Quarter. Our condolences go out to all the family and friends of Denny Max. (The Coastland Times - circa Aug. 3, 1989) [Submitted by Sandy Carawan of Engelhard, N.C.]

CARAWAN, Dexter Warren

Dexter Warren Carawan, 72, of 4876 Loop Road, Sladesville Community, died Thursday [Oct. 18. 2012] at his home.  Born in Hyde County, he was the son of Mrs. Evelyn Spencer Carawan and the late Charlie A. Carawan. Warren loved his country and was retired as Tech/Sergeant from the U. S. Air Force where he served twenty years including the Viet Nam War period. He was a member of Eunice Chapel Church of Christ and served as a former board member of the Hyde County Senior Citizen Center.   Warren loved working for his Lord and spent much time reading and studying the Bible,and spending time with his family.  Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the family plot in Beulah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Sladesville Community. Linwood Adams and G. C. Richards will officiate. His grandson, Brett Carawan will also speak.  Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Cindy Boyd Carawan; two sons, Jeffrey Warren Carawan and wife, Nicole of Shelbyville, TN and Justin Lee Carawan of the home; two daughters, Vickie C. Williams of Williamston and Lisa Carawan of Washington; 13 grandchildren, Jessica Modlin, Matthew Brett Carawan, Jarett Pittman, Samantha Decker, Bryan Gibbs, Amanda Decker, Brittany Gibbs, Jessica Scott, John Williams, Danielle Carawan, Cameron Scott, Joseph Gibbs, Zachary Carawan; 13 great-grandchildren, Jazmine Carawan, Jackson Pittman, Miranda Carawan, Christopher Modlin, Olivia Pittman, Cassidy Hall, Kaden Miller, Harmony Harrington, Lexi Taylor, Andrew Taylor, Tony Ramirez, Izabel Ramirez, Mallory Roddy.  Special thanks is extended to the staff of Eastern Nephrology of Greenville/Washington, Marion L. Sheppard Cancer Center in Washington, and the Duke Cancer Center in Durham.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter on Saturday, 6 p.m to 8 p.m. and other times at the home.  (Washington Daily News - Saturday, October 20, 2012)

CARAWAN, Edith Jones

Edith Jones CARAWAN, 80, of the Forest Hills community, died Monday at Beaufort County Hospital. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday in First Baptist Church with Dr. Keithen Tucker and Dr. Gaylord Lehman officiating. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery. Born March 13, 1910 in Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Carawan was the daughter of the late Robert William and Winnie Kemp Jones. She was the widow of the late Malcolm Lloyd Carawan who died March 5, 1979. Mrs. Carawan was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was a retired director of Home Bound Meals and was secretary of the Inter-Church Forum. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ann Carawan Bishop of Rocky Mount; three sisters: Mrs. Margaret Jones Griffin of Washington, Mrs. Irene Jones Field of Salisbury and Mrs. Ruby Jones Larson of Portsmouth, Ohio; a brother, R.W. Jones, Jr. of Washington; 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Wednesday at Paul Funeral Home. (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, February 19, 1991) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries who states that she believes that Edith Jones Carawan was married to Malcolm "Mack" Carawan who used to run the Esso Station in Swan Quarter.]

CARAWAN, Ellen Winfield

VIRGINIA BEACH - Ellen Winfield CARAWAN, 66, of the 1500 block of Mill Dam Road, died July 18, 1995. She was a secretary for the Chamber of Commerce, Belhaven, N.C. and was born in Roduco, North Carolina. She was a member of St. Claire Church of Christ, Bath, N.C. and she was also a Watch Care Member of Virginia Heights Baptist Church, Norfolk, Va. She was the widow of Walter Webster Carawan. She is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Glenda Lutz of Virginia Beach, Mrs. Gwen Dixon of Lebanon, Ohio, and Mrs. Mary C. Elks of Chocowinity; three sons: Elwood R. Carawan of Norfolk and Jeffrey K. Carawan and Donald E. Carawan, both of Virginia Beach; one sister, Betty Lou Sadler of Belhaven, N.C.; two brothers: Claxton Doughtie of Portsmouth and William Doughtie of Norfolk; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday by Rev. George Boyd in Virginia Heights Baptist Church, Norfolk. Place of burial will be Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Norfolk. The family will be at Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, this evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (The Virginian-Pilot - July 19, 1995; pg. B4) [Kindly submitted by Claud W. Carawan, Jr.]

CARAWAN, Elma Williams

SCRANTON - Elma Williams CARAWAN, 85, of Route #2, died Friday, June 5, at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born in Hyde County on December 22, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Claudius and Sally Watson Williams. She was married to John Green Carawan who survives. Also surviving are a son, Royce M. Carawan of the home; four daughters: Shirley C. Spencer of Morehead City, Linda C. Shaver of Raleigh, Claudia C. Smithwick of Belhaven, and Annette C. Bishop of Raleigh; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by brothers: Carroll Williams, Hubert Williams, and Lloyd Williams. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the family plot in Sladesville Baptist Church Cemetery. The family was to receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter on Saturday between 7 and 8 p.m. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, June 7, 1998; pg. 12A)

CARAWAN, Elsie Gray

SWAN QUARTER - Elsie Gray CARAWAN, 77, died Thursday, March 30 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital following a short illness. Born in Hyde County, she was the daughter of the late Robert B. and Clydia Jones Gibbs and was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie E. Carawan. Mrs. Carawan was owner/operator of Carawans Motel and a member of the Swan Quarter Baptist Church. Surviving are her daughters and sons-in law: Patty and Coy Buck, and Elaine and Gary Mayo of Scranton; her sons and daughters-in-law: Robert E. and Marian Carawan, Charles A. and Sharon Carawan, Donald D. and Kerry Carawan, Phillip R. and Melony Carawan, and Mark and Lisa Carawan, all of Swan Quarter; 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 2, at 4 p.m. in the Swan Quarter Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Soule Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Crisp and the Rev. Richard Bartholomew officiating. Arrangements by Maitland Funeral Home in Creswell. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, April 2, 2000; pg. 10A)

CARAWAN, Ephraim Wilfred

ENGELHARD - Ephraim Wilfred CARAWAN, 73, died Saturday, July 24, 1999 at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born in Ransomeville, Feb. 20, 1926, he was the son of the late Alvin Rufus and Sophia Elizabeth Potter Carawan. He was married to the former Margaret Evans who died in 1989. He lived in Forest, Va. for many years where he retired as a barber with the Virginia Department of Mental Health. He returned to Hyde County in 1990 following his wife's death. He was a member of Mattsamuskeet Lodge #328, AF & AM and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Surviving are three brothers: A. Percy Carawan of Gull Rock, Poe Carawan of Salisbury and Guyon Carawan of Buena Vista; a sister, Irene C. Brown of Swan Quarter........(my new puppy chewed up this portion of the obit)......Naomi Hopkins, Clara Pearl Carawan and Olive Joyce Carawan. Masonic graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Virginia Memorial Park near Lynchburg, Va. The Forest Lodge AF & AM will conduct the service. Arrangements by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, July 27, 1999)

CARAWAN, George D.

Deacon George D. CARAWAN departed this life August 7th, 1891, at his home on the south side of Mattamuskeet Lake, Hyde County, N.C.   He was raised up in the same neighborhood to manhood and was an honest, hard-laboring man all his life.  He was married three times, and by his first wife had eight children born to him, of whom five survive him--four sons and one daughter--all grown and married.  Brother Carawan joined the South Mattamuskeet church and was baptized the first Sunday in June 1866 and from his Christian walk and godly conversation after joining the church, the brethren called upon him to serve them as Deacon the first Sunday in March 1873, and the dear brother faithfully discharged the duties of the office as long as he lived.  A few years before he died he had an eating cancer just under one of his eyes, and Doctor Gore treated and cured it, though he suffered tortures untold in the treatment, and thought it seemed to be well, yet he told me the place from which it was removed always hurt him, and from then he seemed to get weaker and weaker until the Lord, whom he served and loved, took his faithful and suffering servant home where there will be for him no more suffering, pain and sorrow, but all will be joy and peace in the Lord forever.  The church looks upon the loss of the dear brother as irreparable; but then they are sure that their loss is his gain; so they sorrow not as those who have no hope, and I would say to his children who were raised up by his tender and fatherly care, to remember his godly walk and to follow his footsteps as he followed Christ; and may the Lord enable all of us to follow his good Christian life.  Our dear brother was nearly seventy years old but his exact age I have not been informed.  He was buried in the family graveyard on South Lake, where he will remain undisturbed until the resurrection morn when the body, which was sown in weakness and dishonor, shall be raised in power and glory, which shall be to the praise, honor and glory of the Lord forever.  May the blessed Lord enable us all to meet our dear brother in heaven above, is my prayer for Jesus' sake.  /signed/ L.S. Ross  (Zion's Landmark - Primitive Baptist semi-monthly published in Wilson, N.C. - February 15, 1893) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

CARAWAN, George F.

Having been requested to do so, I will try in my weak way to write the obituary of my uncle, George F. Carawan, who was recently summoned home to live in peace with the Father and the angels.  Uncle George was the son of Benajah and Nancy Carawan. He was born in Hyde County January 15, 1868 and died April 6, 1917, making his life here in this world of sorrow and tribulation 49 years, 2 months and 21 days. He died of Cerebral Hemorrhage. He leaves to mourn his departure four own brothers and one half brother, as follows: Jesse M. Carawan and James F. Carawan of Lowland, N.C.; Israel M. Carawan, Washington, N. C.; Milton B. Carawan, Bath, N.C. and Chas. T. A. Moreslender, Ransomville, N.C., besides a multitude of other relatives and friends and members of the church.  He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church at Goose Creek Island having joined on the fourth Sunday in July 1898. He always lived an orderly life, being always present at his meetings and took much pleasure in mingling with the brethren and sisters and shaking hands with them. While he never had very much to say himself he loved so much to hear others talk of the goodness and unlimited grace of our Savior to His children here on earth. He was afflicted all his life, but bore his afflictions with sublime patience, always walking orderly, quiet and humble, never speaking harsh and cruel things about anyone.  Uncle George never married, so he did not remain in one place long. Sometimes he would live with one of his brothers; sometimes he would live at his home, for by his own hard work and economy he had accumulated enough of this world's goods to own a nice little farm; sometimes would leave home and work in the cotton mills at Roanoke Rapids. And it was there that he died.  He enjoyed so much going to visit his friends and relatives. He always went when he pleased, giving no warning, but seemed to delight in giving a surprise by coming. Only a month or so before his death he went all around to see all his relatives and nearest friends. He spent several days on the trip. Little did we think that it would be the last time we would ever see him alive, but now it seems to us as though the hand of the Lord was guiding and directing him to go out among his people for the last and final visit.  George did not suffer long when the final summons came, but suffered very severely. From the time that he was discovered at three o'clock in the morning lying unconscious on the floor in his room, it was only about eighteen hours until the angel of death had ushered him into the Land of the Peaceful. And during these last hours of his earthly life as in all others he had the kind and affectionate attention of his niece, Mrs. Nancy Kidd who lived near by him. She had his body embalmed and placed in a beautiful casket and sent home to his dear ones. He was buried in the old family graveyard at Goose Creek Island along with his father, mother, two sisters and other relatives. It was a sad day, that Easter evening that we all gathered at the grave to see and bid adieu to the last remains of one so meek and humble. We feel that if any person was ever blessed to enjoy the sweetness of Christian experience, he was one, and while affliction has debarred him from much pleasure as we see it in this life, we feel that his recompense is great, and that he has reaped the reward of the faithful. Written by his nephew, C.G. CARAWAN. Vandemere, N.C.  (Zion's Landmark - Primitive Baptist semi-monthly published in Wilson, N.C. - July 1, 1917) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

CARAWAN, Glenn

AHOSHIE - Glenn CARAWAN, 56, died Saturday. Services were to be at 11 a.m. today in the Garrett Funeral Home in Ahoskie. Burial was to be at 3 p.m. in Soule Cemetery in Swan Quarter. He was a native of Swan Quarter. Mr. Carawan is survived by his wife, Lila Lee Carawan; two daughters: Sherrie Barnes of Wilson and Kathy Carawan of Raleigh; his father, I. Emmett Carawan of Swan Quarter; a sister, Metta Austin of Manteo; two brothers: Bill Carawan of Chesapeake, Va. and Edward "Bunk" Carawan of Swan Quarter; his stepmother, Marie M. Carawan of Swan Quarter; and a grandson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Roanoke Chowan Hospice in Ahoskie. (The Coastland Times - circa April 8, 1989) [Submitted by Sandy Carawan of Engelhard, N.C.]

CARROWON (CARAWAN), Elder Green

Elder Green CARROWAN, son of William Carrowon of Hyde County, began to preach about 1806 and was active in the [South Mattamuskeet Baptist Church] Kehukee Baptist Association. He was born on July 27, 1778 and died on January 31, 1832. He married first a daughter of Foster Jarvis* of Swanquarter and had seven children. He married second a daughter of Henry Carrow of Mattamuskeet Lake and had nine children. (Kindly submitted by Sarah Carrowon [Mrs. Thomas C. Carrowon, Jr. of Warrensville] who found this very short obituary. It was in a book in a library in High Point, NC. The book was in an alphabetized recitation of things that were important to the researcher and was prepared during The Depression from items gleaned from early eastern North Carolina newspapers, etc. The date was written on the margin of the page and was unclear. The source was North Carolina Free Press - December __, 1832 and said see page 4 for Elder Carrowon's biography.) [From Deaths and Marriages from Tarboro, North Carolina Newspapers 1824-1865 by Hugh Buckner Johnson Wilson, NC]  See Elder Green Carrowan's biography.
* The Jarvis Research Group believes that the first wife of Elder Green Carrowon (Carawan) could have been Agness Jarvis, daughter of Foster Jarvis, III and his wife Elizabeth (Mason) Jarvis, not Britannia Jarvis as sometimes reported. It is believed that Britannia Jarvis was a daughter of Joseph and Sophia Jarvis.

CARAWAN, Harvey M.

SCRANTON - Harvey M. CARAWAN, age 61, died Saturday in Pungo District hospital in Belhaven. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:30 today in Soule Cemetery near Swan Quarter by the Rev. Macon Harris, Jr. and Bruce Hardin. Carawan, a native of this community, was formerly employed by Beaufort County Technical Institute in Washington. Surviving are his wife, Sarah Vaughn Carawan; four sons: Johnny Ballance of Virginia Beach, Va., Murl Carawan of Portsmouth, Va., Mack Carawan of Fairfield and Billy Gene Carawan of El Paso, Texas; one daughter, Mrs. Maggie Hodges of Scranton; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; one brother, Arthur Windley Carawan of Pantego; and two sisters, Mrs. Betty Sawyer of Swan Quarter and Mrs. Ruth Peele of Williamston. Pallbearers will be Ralph Carawan, Dewey Sawyer, Thurman Evans, Forrest Jennette, Paul O'Neal, Alva O'Neal and J.P. O'Neal. The body will remain at the Williamson Funeral Home in Swan Quarter and be taken to the cemetery at the funeral hour. (Unknown 1972 newspaper; pg. 1 & 10) [Newspaper article and photo kindly submitted by Arthur W. Carawan.]

CARAWAN, Helen Hart

NORFOLK - Mrs. Helen Hart CARAWAN, widow of David [Lafayette] Carawan, died at a Norfolk hospital Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mrs. Carawan was a native of Rowan County, N.C. and had been a resident of Norfolk most of her life, residing at 843 West 49th St. She was a member of the O.E.S., Ladies Auxiliary of Woodmen Circle, a member of the Unity Presbyterian Church in Woodleaf, N.C., and was until her retirement secretary of the Woodmen of the World. Funeral services will be conducted at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral home Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. (The Virginian-Pilot - Thursday, February 5, 1959) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

CARAWAN, Irven Emmett

SWAN QUARTER - Irven Emmett CARAWAN, 87, died Sunday in Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the family plot at Soule Cemetery. Mike Caton will officiate. Mr. Carawan, a native of Lowland in Pamlico County, was the son of the late Alvin Rufus and Mary Jane Sadler Carawan. He founded Mattamuskeet Sportsman Center in 1958 which he operated for 12 years. He was a retired farmer and commercial fisherman. Mr. Carawan was first married to Katie Cox Carawan who died in 1960, and was later married to Marie Mooney Carawan in 1965. He was preceded in death by two children: Jane C. Barber in 1986 and Myron Glenn Carawan in 1989. Surviving are his wife; two sons: Bill Carawan of Chesapeake, Va. and Edward "Bunk" Carawan of Swan Quarter; a daughter, Mrs. Metta Austin of Manteo; two step-daughters: Mrs. Dorothy Gibbs of Chesapeake, Va. and Mrs. Hannah Pierce of Hertford; four brothers: Percy Carawan of Kitty Hawk, Poe Carawan of Salisbury, Wilfred Carawan of Engelhard and Guyon Carawan of Buena Vista, Va.; a sister, Mrs. Irene C. Brown of Swan Quarter; 15 grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the home. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, June 19, 1990 and also Thursday, June 21, 1990; pg. 8A)

CARAWAN, John Alvin

SWAN QUARTER - John Alvin CARAWAN, 65, of Route 1, died Thursday, December 18, at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born in Beaufort County on November 23, 1932, he was the son of the late Maxwell Manning and Sarah Teresa Barnette Carawan. He was married to the former Lois Sanderson on December 24, 1955. Mr. Carawan was a former Mason in Atlantic Lodge AF & AM and also an Odd Fellow in the former Swan Quarter Lodge. He retired as manager of the former O'Neal Oil Company in Swan Quarter and was a member of Christ Church at Rose Bay. Surviving are his wife; a son, Maxwell Earl Carawan of Swan Quarter; a daughter, Jennifer Lorraine C. Stotesberry of Swan Quarter; his step-mother, Verna Carawan of Engelhard; eight brothers: Maxwell Carawan of Belhaven, Leland Carawan of Bolivar, Missouri, Earl Carawan of Fairfield, Chester Carawan and Lester Carawan of South Mills, Donnie Carawan, Danny Carawan and Davy James Carawan, all of Engelhard; a sister, Deborah C. Boomer of Swan Quarter; 5 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Denny Max Carawan, in 1989. Funeral services were to be set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Christ Church at Rose Bay with Dr. Floyd Clark and Raffael Farrow, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, December 21, 1997; pg. 9A)

CARAWAN, John Green

SCRANTON - John Green "Jay" CARAWAN, 88, died Friday, September 4, at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born in Hyde County on January 20, 1910, he was the son of the late John G. and Alice Lupton Carawan. He worked his lifetime in farming and commerical fishing. He was the widower of Elma Williams Carawan who died June 5. Surviving are his son, Royce M. Carawan of the home; daughters: Shirley C. Spencer of Morehead City, Linda C. Shaver and Annette C. Bishop of Raleigh, and Claudia C. Smithwick of Belhaven; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Brother and sisters preceding Mr. Carawan in death are Archie B. Carawan, Rachel B. Holt, Blanche C. O'Neal and Ina C. Saunders. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the gravesite in Sladesville Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Steve Bryan will officiate. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, September 6, 1998; pg. 10A)

CARAWAN, Joseph Wilbert

Joseph Wilbert Carawan, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died June 1, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Born in Engelhard, May 10, 1920, he was the son of the late Joseph Mitchell and Mattie Gibbs Carawan who were both from Hyde County.  He was married to the former Viola Evelyn Mason who preceded him in death. He spent his entire career of 31 years in the U. S. Coast Guard and retired to Virginia Beach, VA in 1975. He had been living in Scottsdale, AZ for the last 7 years with his only child, Cheryl A. Vermillion and her husband, Joseph Vermillion.  He is also survived by two granddaughters, Angie Vermillion and her husband, Dr. Sean Meehan of Potomac Falls, VA and Alyssa Vermillion of Scottsdale, AZ. He also leaves three great-grandchildren, Sean and Emma Meehan and Amya Vermillion Anderson.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris Carawan Foster.  A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Swan Quarter Christian Church. Pastor Sonny Furrow will officiate. Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery.  The family will receive friends and guests during the one hour prior to the funeral in the fellowship hall of the church.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

CARAWAN, Katie Cox

SWAN QUARTER LEADER DIES - Mrs. Katie C. CARAWAN, age 52, wife of Emmett Carawan, died Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven following an illness of several months. Mrs. Carawan was the daughter of Fenner Cox and the late Florence Meekins Cox of Ransomville. She was a member of the Swan Quarter Christian Church. Surviving besides her husband and father are two daughters: Mrs. Dennis Simmons of Fairfield and Mrs. Bobby Sadler of Manteo; three sons: Bill Carawan of Portsmouth, Va., William Carawan of Gaston, and Edward of the home; two sisters: Mrs. Elmer Harris and Mrs. Ben Foster, both of Ransomville; three brothers: Johnny Cox of Ransomville, and Harvey and Luther Cox, both of Norfolk, Va. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church at Swan Quarter at 3 o'clock Tuesday conducted by the Rev. Garland Bland. Burial was in Soule Cemetery. (The Coastland Times - October 7, 1960)

CARAWAN, Leland B.
The Coastland Times -
Thursday, May 27, 1971; pg. 12A

CARAWAN, Lona Bonner

SWAN QUARTER - Lona Bonner CARAWAN, 95, of 535 Turnpike Road, Swan Quarter, died Thursday, September 28, 2006, at Cross Creek Health Care, where she had been a patient recently.  Born in Lake Landing, October 18, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Claude L. and Lizzie Swindell Bonner. She was the widow of Ruel Carawan who died in 1967.  Mrs. Carawan was a life-long member of Soule United Methodist Church, a former teacher of youth and adult Sunday school classes, active in United Methodist Women and president of the Soule Ladies Aid from January, 1937 until it disbanded a few years ago.  She was a graduate of East Carolina Teachers College. She retired after teaching in the Swan Quarter and Mattamuskeet schools for 40 years, 1930 to 1970. She was active in the Hyde County Unit of Retired Teachers, a member of the Hyde County Historical and Genealogical Society, Hyde County Grassroots Arts Council and Octagon House Restoration, Inc. She was a charter member of the former Swan Quarter Rebekah Lodge in which she took an active part for forty eight years.  Surviving are a nephew, F. Thomas Carmine, Jr. of Newport News, Va.; a great nephew, Bret Carmine of Newport News, Va. and a first cousin, Mary-Louise S. McGee of Swan Quarter.  She was preceded in death by her dear sister, Renagrant B. Carmine.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in Providence United Methodist Church. The Rev. Valerie Ballance and Steve Bryan will officiate and burial will follow in Soule Cemetery.  The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall at Providence Church from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral on Sunday.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.  (Washington Daily News - Saturday, September 30, 2006)

CARAWAN, Lucille Evans

GREENVILLE - Lucille Evans CARAWAN, 75, died Sunday, May 10, in Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville. Born in Halifax County October 6, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Ruby and Bettie Carawan Evans. She was married to Thomas Edison Carawan and would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on May 15. She worked alongside her husband in the family business, founding Carawan Oil Company in 1943. She worked as a secretary until just six weeks prior to her death. Mrs. Carawan was active in the Immanuel Baptist Church, the Pilot Club of Greenville, a member of Alpha Phi Sorority and the Delta Alpha Chapter at East Carolina University and Greenville Chapter #149, Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are her husband; a son, Thomas E. Carawan, Jr. of Winterville; a daughter, Betty Ann C. Scoopmire of Greenville; a brother, Dewey Sawyer of Swan Quarter; 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Immanuel Baptist Church on South Elm Street in Greenville. The Rev. Hugh Burlington will officiate. A burial service will be held at the family plot in Soule Cemetery at Swan Quarter at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, where her body will be interred next to her mother. Steve Bryan, a family friend, will conduct the graveside service. The body will lie in state at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, where friends are invited to visit until the funeral hour. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, May 12, 1998)

CARAWAN, Mabel Sadler
The Coastland Times - Thursday, Dec. 23, 1971; pg. 12A


CARAWAN, Mrs. George W. (Margaret Edward "Maggie")

SWAN QUARTER - Funeral services for Mrs. George W. CARAWAN, 63, of Swan Quarter, were held Saturday at 3 o'clock with the Rev. E.R. Stewart, assisted by Rev. C.W. Guthrie, officiating. Interment was in Soule Cemetery. Mrs. Carawan died Friday morning in a Washington hospital. She had been in failing health for some time. A daughter of the late Daniel and Maggie Harris of Hyde County, she had spent her entire life in Swan Quarter, the home place of her parents. She was an active member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, George Washington Carawan; four sons: Ottis of Swan Quarter, W.R., Woodrow, and Sanderlin all of Norfolk; six daughters: Mrs. Natalie? Duke of Jacksonville, Florida, Mrs. Mary Harris of Swan Quarter, Mrs. Hilda Credle of Berkley, Va., Mrs. Lillie English of Portsmouth, Va., Mrs. George Swindell of Swan Quarter and Mrs. Margaret Haton? of Jacksonville, Florida; her step-mother Lovie?/Lois? Harris; two sisters: Mrs. Martha Tunnell and mrs. Carmon Tunnell; and one brother, Jesse Harris, all of Hyde County; and 19 grandchildren. (The Dare County Times - Friday, October 16, 1942; pg.1)
[In Memory Of states Margaret Edward "Maggie" Harris Carawan was born April 9, 1878 and died October 9, 1942. Her father is listed as Daniel Edward Harris and her mother as Margaret Axilee Caffee.]

CARAWAN, Marie Mooney

Mrs. Marie Mooney CARAWAN, 90, of Woodstock, Ill., Elizabeth City and formerly of Hyde County, died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Albemarle Hospital, Elizabeth City.  A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Carawan family plot in Soule Cemetery, Swan Quarter, with George W. Bondurant of Elizabeth City officiating.  Mrs. Carawan was born in Fairfield on April 12, 1913. She was the daughter of the late Clifton and Beda Hudson Mooney. She was first married to Thomas H. Dawson, who preceded her in death in 1942. Following his death, she married Hubert C. Cahoon, who preceded her in death in 1964. She then married Irven Emmett Carawan, who preceded her in death in 1990.  Survivors include two daughters, Hannah D. Pierce of Hertford and Dorothy D. Gibbs of Suffolk, Va.; two stepsons, Edward "Bunk" Carawan of Swan Quarter and Wilbur "Bill" Carawan of Fairfield; one stepdaughter, Metta Austin of Manteo; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lindsey Mooney and Clifton Mooney Jr.; and one sister, Dorothy Lee Mooney.  The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Bryan Funeral  Service, Swan Quarter.  (Washington Daily News - Friday, June 6, 2003)

CARAWAN, Martha Cahoon

SWAN QUARTER - Mrs. Martha Cahoon CARAWAN, 90, long time resident of Hyde County, died early Monday in Windermere Nursing Center, Virginia Beach. Born in Hyde County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie E. and Susannah Elizabeth Swindell Cahoon. She was the widow of Ottis Carawan, Sr., who died in 1961. She was a member of Swan Quarter Christian Church. She had been a resident of Virginia Beach, Va. for a number of years. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Swan Quarter Christian Church. Mike Caton, minister, will officiate. Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery. Surviving are three sons: Ottis Carawan, Jr., Sherlin Carawan and Merlin Carawan, all of Swan Quarter; a daughter, Mrs. Minerva C. Bong of Virginia Beach, Va.; a brother, Emmett Cahoon of Swan Quarter; 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Swan Quarter Christian Church, Rt. 1, Box 19-C, Swan Quarter or the Alzheimers Disease Research Center, 725 Broad Street, Durham. The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, and at other times will meet at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Sherlin Carawan, Route 1, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - December 24, 1991)

CARAWAN, Mary McKenna

Mary McKenna Carawan, 90, of Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI, formerly of Hoyt Street, Warwick, RI, died Saturday, June 11, 2011 at her home in Portsmouth, RI. She was the wife of the late Robert Evans Carawan of Swan Quarter, NC. Born in Providence, RI on December 22, 1920, she was the daughter of the late William Joseph and Helen (O'Connor) McKenna. Mary worked for twenty years for the former Narragansett Electric Company as a legal secretary and previously for Dr. William E. McKenney in Warwick, RI and at Uncle Harry’s Toy Shoppe in Providence, RI. She was a communicant of St. Barnabas Church, and a former member of the St. Rose of Lima Church in Warwick, where she was active with their Rosary and Altar Guild. Mary was baptized in Blessed Sacrament Parish in Providence. Mary was a talented cook and was devoted to caring for her family. She is survived by her son Robert Carawan, Jr. and his wife Louise Anne (Clumecky) Carawan of Portsmouth, RI, and her grandson Benjamin Marcus Carawan of Portsmouth, RI, a brother Raymond McKenna of East Greenwich, RI, and nephews Raymond McKenna of Connecticut, Thomas McKenna of Phoenixville, PA, and niece Barbara McKenna of North Kingstown, RI. She was preceded in death by her brother William B. McKenna, nephew William B. McKenna and niece Janice Morressette. Her funeral was held on Wednesday, June 15, from the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Burial was at St. Ann's Cemetery in Cranston. Calling hours were held Tuesday, June 14 in the Connors Funeral Home.  Funeral arrangements by Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth, RI.  (The Pamlico News - June 22, 2011)

CARAWAN, Mattie Gibbs

VIRGINIA BEACH - Mrs. Mattie Gibbs CARAWAN, 80?, widow of Joseph Mitchell Carawan, died Monday at 9:25 a.m. in a hospital. A native of Middletown, Hyde County, N.C., she lived in South Norfolk 18 years before moving to the beach in 1969. She was a member of Middletown Christian Church. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Doris Elizabeth Foster of the home; a son, Joseph Wilbert Carawan of Arlington; 3 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. The body was taken from Graham Funeral Home in South Norfolk to Williamson Funeral Home in Swan Quarter, N.C. for a funeral service Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Middletown Christian Church. Burial will be in Fulford Cemetery, Engelhard, N.C. The family will be at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McKinney of Route 1, Middletown, N.C. (Virginian-Pilot - Tuesday, October 8, 1974) [Kindly submitted by Claud W. Carawan, Jr.]

CARAWAN, Maxwell Hollowell


[Photo submitted by Sandy Carawan]

Maxwell Hollowell CARAWAN, 69, of Scranton, died Monday afternoon, March 15, 2004, at Pungo District Hospital after a courageous eight-month battle with cancer.  Mr. Carawan was born in Beaufort County on Dec. 7, 1934. He was the son of the late Maxwell Mannen Carawan and Sarah Teressa Barnett Spencer. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1958. In 2003, he retired from Pungo Machine in Pantego. He had also been employed with Allied Towing and had worked as an auto body repairman. He was a member of Eunice Chapel Church of Christ in Scranton.  Mr. Carawan is survived by his wife, Joyce O'Neal Carawan of the home, whom he married on May 1, 1986. He is also survived by two sons, Joshua L. Carawan of Chocowinity, BM1 Jacob M. Carawan of the U.S. Coast Guard in Southport; a daughter, Sarah C. Stotesberry of Swan Quarter as well as one step-son, James R. Heck of Las Vegas, Nev.; two step-daughters, Tracy Heck and Kerry Luft, both of Methuen, Mass., all by his second wife; three step-sons, Kenneth M. Green and Kevin M. Green, both of Newport News, Va., Stephen R. Green of Wanchese and a step-daughter, Lisa A. Booth of Manteo, all by his present wife; four grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by seven brothers, Leland W. Carawan of Bolivar, Mo., Earl L. Carawan of Fairfield, Chester R. Combs and Lester A. Combs, both of South Mills, Seth D. "Donny" Carawan, Danny M. Carawan and Davy J. Carawan, all of Engelhard; and one sister, Deborah C. Boomer of Garner. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John A. Carawan and Denny Max Carawan; and his step-mother, Verna Gibbs Carawan.  Mr. Carawan was a musician for over 60 years. He is one from a set of brothers who are the third generation of musicians in the Carawan family. In 1949, he performed for the Wesley Parker Tent Show. In 1952, he helped organize the Carawan Brothers Tent Show, which performed in rural towns throughout Eastern North Carolina. Then in 1954, he joined Bob and Mae Noell's Traveling Animal Tent Show, "Noell's Ark Gorilla Show." During these recent years, he had performed for the Pocosin Arts, the Scuppernong Riverfest and with Molasses Creek and other musicians of the Outer Banks music scene at the Ocrafolk Music Festival.  A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Eunice Chapel Church of Christ. Michael Swindell and Lemmie Davenport will officiate.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  The Carawan family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the many family members and friends whose affection, love and kindness helped him through a difficult time.  (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, March 16, 2004)

CARAWAN, Maxwell Mannen

ENGELHARD—Maxwell M. CARAWAN, age 67, a retired maintenance supervisor with the Hyde County School System, died at his home this morning at 4:30 a.m. following a critical illness of two and one-half months.  He had been in declining health for the past two years.  Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Middleton Christian Church by pastor Dr. Frank Wibiral. Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery.  The following will serve as pallbearers:  Larry Boomer, Jay Boomer, Thomas Swindell, Edward Carawan, Orville Ballance and William Edward Basnight. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Cecil Gibbs, Otis Mason, Warren Harris, Jr., Richard Mann, Ben O'Neal and Bernell Gibbs.  The body will be moved from Paul Funeral Home in Belhaven to the church to lie in state from Tuesday from noon until the funeral hour.  Mr. Carawan was born in Lowland in Pamlico County October 4, 1911, the son of the late Rufus A. and Elizabeth Potter Carawan.  He served as maintenance supervisor for the Hyde County School System for 18 years, and he drove a bus for the Engelhard-Washington busline for 17 years.  He was a member of the Middleton Christian Church and the Engelhard Rotary Club.  Mr. Carawan was married to Verna Gibbs on June 21, 1946.  Mrs. Carawan survives her husband.  Also surviving are one daughter, Miss Debbie Carawan of the home; eight sons, John A. Carawan of Swan Quarter, Leland Carawan of Camarilla, Calif., Macky Carawan of N. Hollywood, Fla., Earl L. Carawan of Fairfield, Donny Carawan, Danny Carawan and Denny Carawan all of Engelhard and Davy Carawan of the home; one sister, Mrs. Irene C. Brown of Swan Quarter; five brothers, Emmett Carawan of Swan Quarter, Percy Carawan of Kitty Hawk, Poe Carawan of Salisbury, Wilfred Carawan of Forest, Va., and Guyon Carawan of Buena Vista, Va.; 22 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  (Washington Daily News (Washington, NC) - Monday, June 25, 1979) [Obituary and photo kindly submitted by Sandy Carawan]

CARAWAN, Merlin

SWAN QUARTER - Merlin CARAWAN, 53, died June 23 in Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville. He was a commercial fisherman and the owner of Oyster Creek Crab House, Swan Quarter. A native of Hyde County, he was the son of the late Ottis M. and Martha Cahoon Carawan. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he retired in 1982. He served in the Vietnam War, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Norfolk, Va. He was a member of the Swan Quarter Christian Church. Surviving are his wife, Mildred Troutman Carawan; a daughter, Lisa McQueen of Sanford; two brothers, Ottis Carawan, Jr. and Sherlin Carawan, both of Swan Quarter; a sister, Minerva C. Bong of Virginia Beach, Va. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the family plot in Soule Cemetery with Mike Caton officiating. Military honors will follow the religious service. Those who prefer may send memorials to a favorite charity. The family will receive friends at the home on Oyster Creek Road. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service where the body will lie in state until 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, June 25, 1992)

CARAWAN, Myrdis Blake

FAIRFIELD - Myrdis Blake CARAWAN, 67, died Friday, September 11, at her home. Born in Hyde County on December 16, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Roland and Sally Cuthrell Blake and the wife of Earl L. Carawan who survives. She worked for several years at the former Ballance Steak House in Fairfield. She was a member of the Fairfield Christian Church. Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Samuel Edward Watson and his wife Linda of Swan Quarter; two brothers: Earl Blake of Fairfield and Christopher Blake of Elizabeth City; two sisters: Ann Tilley and Ina Bostillo, both of Elizabeth City; two grandchildren: Stephanie Watson of Raleigh and Sam Watson of Swan Quarter; a great-grandchild, Tyius Watson of Raleigh. Funeral services were to be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 12, at the family plot in Fairfield Cemetery with William W. Booth and Steve Bryan officiating. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, September 13, 1998; pg. 12A)

CARAWAN, Nancy E. (Dukes) Moreslender

It is with a sad heart that I attempt to write out and send the death notice of my dear old mother whose age we do not know. She was between 60 and 70 years old. Her maiden name was Nancy E. Dukes. She was first married to Charles Moreslender in the date of 1854, then she was left a widow in 1855 with one child. She lived a widow until 1857 when she married Benajah Carawan whose obituary appeared in the Landmark of October 15th 1892. There were born unto them 8 children and 6 survive her to mourn her loss, but we feel to have a hope that our loss is her gain. She seemed to bear her affliction with much patience and was reconciled to the Lord's will. She professed a hope in Christ and joined the Primitive Baptist Church at Goose Creek Island, Pamlico County, N.C. and was baptized by Elder M.A. Sawyer in the year of 1882 and remained a good and faithful member until her death on September the 15th 1897 and was buried the 17th after humble praise and prayer to God by our esteemed brother, James Potter. She suffered all that seemed possible for one to suffer in total paralysis. We called in the help of a kind doctor, with friends and neighbors, and her relatives, but we could not stay the cold icy hands of death. The call was made come home, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. I feel that our loss is great to give up such a friend as a kind mother, but I believe she is now resting in the presence of her dear Saviour. May God bless the bereaved ones that are left behind to mourn her loss. We feel thankful to the kind friends for the kindness shown to us in lending a helping hand to wait on the sick one and I pray that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith and in death save us all if it can be according to his will. Written by her son, J.M. Carawan. (Zion's Landmark - January 1, 1898) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty Humphries.]

CARAWAN, Ottis

Ottis “June” Carawan, 91, died April 27, 2012, at his home in Swan Quarter. He was born on August 29, 1920, to the late Ottis Carawan, Sr. and Martha Cahoon. June was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mason; a sister, Minerva Bong; and a brother, Merlin Carawan. Mr. Carawan retired from the U.S. Navy and served as a submariner in World War II.  Survivors include his special companion, Jane Bembenick, a brother, Sherlin Carawan, and his wife Joyce of Swan Quarter; a daughter, Bonnie Swecker, and her husband, Mark, of Roanoke Rapids; a daughter, Linda Warden, and her husband, Paul, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; six grandchildren, Matthew Swecker and wife Natalie, Kent Swecker and wife Mary Jane, Adam Swecker and wife Sara; Emerson Warden; Elizabeth Williams and husband Dan; Jenny Warden and seven great-grandchildren, Elijah, Hannah, Zak, Lilia, Lane and Holt Swecker; and Eliza Williams. Also remembering “June Bug” are Jane's four children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 1:00 p.m at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Swan Quarter. Burial will follow with military honors at Soule Cemetery, Swan Quarter.  The family will receive friends on Monday, April 30, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, N.C.  [Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald - Sunday, April 29, 2012)

CARAWAN, Ralph George

Ralph George CARAWAN, 62, of Scranton, died yesterday in his home. Services will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Scranton Christian Church with Floyd Manning and Linwood Adams officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery at the home. A native of Hyde County, Carawan was the son of the late Willie Dewey and Annie Mae Bridgman Carawan. He was a retired bridge tender for the Army Corps of Engineers having worked for many years at the former Wilkinson Creek Bridge and had worked at the Fairfield Bridge. He was a member of Scranton Christian Church where he had served as deacon and elder for many years and served as teacher of the adult Bible class for more than 37 years. Carawan is survived by his wife Mrs. Frances Waters Carawan; three sons: Dexter R. Carawan, Mark D. Carawan, and Joe E. Carawan of the home; two brothers: Benjamin Carawan of Belhaven and Harvey Edward Carawan of Pantego. (Washington Daily News - Wednesday, July 5, 1989; pg. 5A) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

CARAWAN, Robert Eugene

Mr. Robert Eugene “Gene” CARAWAN, 64, of 24526 U. S. Highway 264, Swan Quarter, died Saturday, September 2, 2006, at his home.  Born in Hyde County on February 22, 1942, he was the son of the late Charlie Eugene and Elsie Gray Gibbs Carawan. He spent his life working as a commercial fisherman and was a partner in Mattamuskeet Seafood from 1984 to 1998, when that business was sold. He returned to crabbing, which he loved so much, and continued working through June of this year. He was a member of Swan Quarter Baptist Church.  Funeral Services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday in Swan Quarter Baptist Church. Rev. C. L. Reynolds and Mr. James A. Johnson will officiate. Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery.  Surviving are his wife, Marian Wheeler Carawan; two daughters, Natalie C. Marshall and husband, Reese of Greenville and Patrice C. Clarke and husband, Chris of Engelhard; four brothers, Charles Carawan and wife, Sherrie, Donald Carawan and wife, Kerry, Phillip Carawan and wife, Melony, Mark Carawan and wife, Lisa, all of Swan Quarter; two sisters, Patty C. Buck and husband, Coy and Elaine C. Mayo and husband, Gary, both of Scranton; six grandchildren, Brianna, Kelsey and Hannah Marshall of Greenville and Waylon, Cole and Matthew Clarke of Engelhard; five special nieces and five nephews; four great nieces and five great nephews.  Mr. Carawan was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie E. and Elsie Gray G. Carawan and a special nephew, Neill Carawan.  The family received friends at Bryan Funeral Service on Sunday, and will receive them other times at the home.  (Washington Daily News - Monday, September 4, 2006)

CARAWAN, Robert Evans, Sr.

Robert Evans CARAWAN, SR., 85, died Saturday, March 3, 2001 at his home at 136 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He was the husband of Mary McKenna Carawan. Robert worked for Gorham Manufacturing Company of Providence, Rhode Island from 1951 until retirement in 1976 where he was a machinist in the production of sterling silverware.  Robert was born in Swan Quarter, North Carolina on November 11, 1915 to the loving arms of his mother, Deb Jarvis Carawan, and father, Robert Marcus Carawan. He owned a horse named Jack that he would ride to school on some days. He received his first hunting rifle at age 12 from his Uncle Johnny Jarvis. Robert rode the disc plow behind the mule working the family farm as a boy. He went to Sunday School at Calvary Presbyterian Church and church service on the Sundays when the preacher came. His father, Marcus, and grandfather, Benjamin Roberson Carawan, were fishermen on the Pamlico Sound and worked the family farm. Benjamin and Marcus moved the family to a farm near Great Bridge, Virginia in 1920 but moved back to Swan Quarter. Robert graduated from Swan Quarter High School in 1933 and worked in the Civilian Conservation Corp at Bell Island, North Carolina. He moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 1936 with his cousin, Branch Allen Spencer, and lived with his aunt, Blanch Carawan McKenney, her husband William, and their children, Dr. William E. McKenney, Mary McKenney Higgins and Robbie F. McKenney, until 1945. He worked for Bartlet Scrap Iron Company, Lanselier Manufacturing and Henry Owens Manufacturing before going to Gorham.  Robert became a Catholic in 1944 and married Mary on June 16, 1945 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Providence. Robert and Mary had a child, Bobby, in 1951 and in 1956 moved to Hoyt Street in Warwick, Rhode Island where they became members of' St. Rose of Lima Parish. They lived in Warwick until October 1998 when they moved to Portsmouth, Rhode Island and became members of Saint Barnabas Church. Robert faithfully returned to his family in Swan Quarter for one or two weeks every summer all of his life. He was a different man: he never once raised his voice or spoke in less than a loving manner to his family. He was not a judgmental man accepting God's world for what it was. He had a loving heart and was never critical. Robert loved Jesus.   Gardening, fishing and woodworking were Robert's interests. He kept a garden at Hoyt Street for 43 years, planting by the moon and harvesting at the point of first ripeness. Robert owned a fishing boat on the Narragansett Bay and also fished on all his trips back to North Carolina. He was a Scout Leader in Troop 2 Warwick from 1964 to 1969.   Besides his wife, he leaves his son, Robert Evans Carawan. Jr., daughter-in-law, Louise Anne Carawan, and grandson, Benjamin Marcus Carawan. He was the brother of Sibyl Carawan Bouchard of Swan Quarter, North Carolina and Ella Carawan Davis of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ella Kathryn Carawan.   Funeral from the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island on Friday, March 9, at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Barnabas Church, Main Road, Portsmouth at 10 a.m. Burial in St. Anne's Cemetery in Cranston, Rhode Island. (The Pamlico News - March 7, 2001) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

CARAWAN, Robert Marcus

SWAN QUARTER - Robert  Marcus CARAWAN, age 92, died Friday in Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Mr. Carawan was born March 29, 1891 in Pamlico County, son of the late Robert Benjamin Carawan and Rosetta Rice Carawan. He was married to the former Wilma Brinn. Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters: Mrs. Sybil C. Bouchard of Swan Quarter and Mrs. Ella Davis of Virginia; one son, Robert Carawan of Rhode Island; four step-daughters: Mrs. Maclyn Gibbs and Mrs. Gwenn Gibbs both of Engelhard, Mrs. Teressa Hyde of Swan Quarter and Mrs. Paula Hampton of California; 5 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church by A.B. Holloman and David Caussey. Burial will be in Soule Cemetery. (Washington Daily News - Saturday, November 26, 1983) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

CARAWAN, Rosa L.

Rosa L. CARAWAN, 83, died March 13. Arrangements by Bryan Funeral Home. (Raleigh News & Observer - March 15, 1998) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

CARAWAN, Roy Jarvis

SWAN QUARTER - Roy Jarvis CARAWAN died on April 26 at the Beaufort County Hospital in Washington following an extended illness. Mr. Carawan served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was associated with the Jefferson Pilot Insurance Company in Hyde County area for many years and most recently in his own automotive business in Swan Quarter. He was a member of Providence United Methodist Church of Swan Quarter and has been a member of the Lions Club and American Legion. He married Anna Kirklin of Donelson, Tenn. on Dec. 27, 1943. To this union two children were born, Roy J. Carawan, Jr. of Greenville, and Peggy Ann Carawan of Zebulon; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Mack Carawan and Herman Carawan, and a sister, Janie Carawan Dunning. Arrangements will be handled by the Bryan Funeral Home in Swan Quarter. Visitation with the family will be at the funeral home tonight at 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted at the Providence Church with the Rev. Chris Humphreys and the Rev. Bill Wilson officiating at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 29. Burial will be in the Soule Cemetery near Swan Quarter. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, the Providence United Methodist Church or to a charity of one's choice. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, April 28, 1998)

CARAWAN, Royce Maxwell "Mackey"

SCRANTON - Royce Maxwell "Mackey" CARAWAN, 64, died November 27 at his home. Born in Hyde County, January 20, 1935, he was the son of the late John Green "Jay" Carawan and Elma Williams Carawan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having fought in three significant battles during the Korean War, worked for many years with a tug boat company and later was a commercial fisherman. His family celebrated his life in a special service on December 4 followed by a committal service. A memorial will be placed beside his parents in the Sladesville Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in the Sladesville community. Surviving are four sisters: Shirley C. Spencer of Morehead City, Linda C. Shaver of Raleigh, Claudia C. Smithwick of the Ponzer community, and Annette C. Bishop of Raleigh. Arrangements were handled by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, December 9, 1999; pg. 3B)

CARAWAN, Sandra Swindell

Sandra Swindell Carawan, 74, of 148 Church St., Fairfield died Sunday March 23, 2014 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.  Born in Hyde County, June 1, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Clifford Murrell and Rosa Lee Cutrell Swindell. She was married to Willie Mack Carawan who survives. She was a member of the Fairfield Christian Church.  She was a lifetime member of the Hyde Chapter #213 Order of Eastern Star.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the Fairfield Christian Church.  Russ Smith and Steven Mills will officiate. Burial will follow in the Fairfield Cemetery.  In addition to her husband surviving are three daughters, Diana C. Williams and husband Joey Ben of Fairfield, Joan C. Maxwell and husband Owen of Edenton, Debbie C. Daughtry and husband Wilson of Engelhard; a son, Willie Mack Carawan, Jr. of Fairfield;  four grandchildren, Connie Jo Gibbs and husband Christian of Fairfield, Michael Allen Gibbs and wife Lesley of Wendell, Jason Williams and wife Susan of Fairfield, Miranda Daughtry of Engelhard; seven great grandchildren, Grant Gibbs, Sara Catherine Gibbs, Scarlette, Holden and Lilah Gray Williams, Hampton Gibbs and Carter Gibbs; two brothers, Bobby Dean Swindell and wife Donna of Richlands, NC and Clifford Murrell Swindell, Jr. and wife Judy of Fairfield; a niece, Stacie Swindell Horne and many other special nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quartrer and all other times at the home place.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

CARAWAN, Sidney Murl

Sidney Murl Carawan, 74, of 519 Church Street, Fairfield, died early Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at his home.  Born in Hyde County, June 15, 1935, he was the son of the late Harvey and Sarah Vaughn Carawan.  He was married to the former Virginia Harris who survives.  Murl served in the U. S. Army and spent time in the Mojave Desert as a medic and surgical nurse, was a retired vice-president and compliance officer with The East Carolina Bank and was a member of the Fairfield Christian Church.  He was active in Boy Scout and Little League activities in years past.  Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Fairfield Christian Church with Ray Everton officiating. Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery in Swan Quarter.  Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Harvey Rhea Carawan of Fairfield; two brothers, Willie Mack Carawan, Sr. of Fairfield and Billy Gene Carawan of ElPaso, Texas; two grandchildren, Lee Scott Carawan and Anna Marie Carawan.  He was preceded in death by a half-brother, Johnny Ballance and a half-sister, Maggie B. Hodges.  The family is receiving friends at the home.  (Bryan Funeral Home)

CARAWAN, Staton

SWAN QUARTER - Staton CARAWAN, age 60, died at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven after an illness of several years.  Mrs. (sic) Carawan  was a member of the Rose Bay Missionary Baptist Church.  Surviving are two brothers, Harvey Carawan of Swan Quarter and Arthur Carawan of Pantego; two sisters, Mrs. Bettie Sawyer of Swan Quarter and Mrs. Ruth Peele of Williamston.  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today from the Missionary Baptist church at Rose Bay conducted by the Rev. Joe Lang.  Burial followed in the Carawan family cemetery at Rose Bay.  (more than likely the Washington Daily News - March 22, 1962)  [All information kindly submitted by Arthur W. Carawan, II]

Other information provided by Arthur W. Carawan, II:
Staton was born to William Fillmore "Billie" Carawan and Annie Mae Neal on 26 Aug 1901.  In Memory Of states the 23rd, but all the family records I can find, including this funeral book, say the 26th.  He died on 21 Mar 1962.  Staten had what is now believed to be cerebral palsy, and never married.

Following are the contents of Staton Carawan's funeral book.  The book was printed by Williamson Funeral Home in Swan Quarter.  There are actually two funeral books (identical in style) for Staton; one was used at the viewing and the other was used at the home.  I'm not sure which is which--one has the birth/death date info, and the other does not.

COVER
   
Gold on brown, and a picture of what looks like Duke Chapel, but it's not.
PAGE 2
   
Alfred Tennyson's poem "Crossing the Bar"
PAGE 3
    IN MEMORY OF: Staton Carawan
    BORN: Swan Quarter NC, August 26, 1901
    ENTERED INTO REST: Pungo Memorial Hospital Belhaven NC, March 21, 1962
    AGE: 60 years, 6 months, 23 days
    INTERMENT: Rose Bay, Hyde County NC
    DATE: March 22, 1962 2PM
PAGE 4
    FATHER:  William Filmore Carawan
    MOTHER: Annie Carawan (there is a large space between the names like it was meant to be     filled in later).  A place for father's family and mother's family is left blank.
    OTHER MEMBERS OF FAMILY
        Grover Cleveland Carawan (Dec)
        Albert Carawan
        Bettie
        Willie
        Annie Mae
        Ruth Deborah
        Harvey Murl
        Arthur Windley
PAGE 5
   
SERVICES
        Rose Bay Missionary Baptist Church
        Mar 22, 1962 2PM
    OFFICIATING
        Linwood McKinney (this contradicts the obit, note)
    MUSIC
        Amazing Grace
        Old Rugged Cross
        In The Sweet By & By
PAGE 6
    BEARERS
        Macki Carawan
        Dewey Sawyer
        Thurman Evans
        Ralph Carawan
        Seth Bridgman
        Rayfield Mayo
    (There is a space for Orders Attending, but it is blank.)
PAGE 7
    RELATIVES ATTENDING
        Mr. and Mrs. Cleatus Carawan
PAGE 8
    BIOGRAPHY (blank)
PAGES 9-10
    FRIENDS WHO CALLED
        Carney Brown
        Lila Mason
        Beatrice M. Harris
        Terry Pendleton
        Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Credle and Charles
        Edward Pegram (nearly illegible)
        Kay O. Deckard
        Mrs. Paul O'Neal
        Leonard Smith
        Samuel Cahoon
        Gilbert B. Tunnell
        Mrs. Bill Miller
        Mrs. Joe Williams
        Jodie Williams
        Mr. & Mrs. Sa [illegible] (probably Sam Williams)
        Percy Harris
        E.A. Williams
        Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Sadler
        Mr. & Mrs. Seth Credle
        Mrs. C.B. Jennette
        Mr. Manning Jennette
        Mrs. Garland Jennette
        Arthel Williams
        Rosa Lee Swindell
        Mrs. Troy Mayo
        John R. Mayo
        Mrs. Dempsey Ange
        Mr. Charlie Waters
        Mrs. Seth Credle Jr.
        Mrs. Ersula Ange
        Miss Lucy Waters
PAGES 11-14 (Blank)
PAGE 15
   
FLORAL TRIBUTES
        Mr. & Mrs. Troy Mayo
        Mildred and Bryan Adams
        Annie Carawan
        Mrs. C.H. Carawan
        Mr. & Mrs. Dempsey Ange
        Mrs. Ersula Ange
        Mr. & Mrs. Bill Jarvis
        Gilbert Tunnell and family
        Swanquarter Lions Club
        Employees of Pungo District Hospital
        Lucy Waters
        Rose Bay Missionary Baptist Chruch
        Mr. & Mrs. Alvah O'Neal & David
        Aleph & George Cason
        Mr. & Mrs. E.E. Hodges
        Johnny, Maggie, Murl, Mac & Billy Gene
        Paul O'Neal & family
        Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Carawan & family
        Thomas Daw
        Mr. & Mrs. Gene Carawan
        Mr. & Mrs. Cleatus Carawan
        Mary Spencer
        Rachel O'Neal
PAGE 16
    PRESS NOTES (blank)

The second book is pretty much blank except for the "relatives attending" and the "friends who called".  It is the exact same in style, and I am fairly sure it is another of Staton's books, although I can't be sure.  Many of the same names appear.
    RELATIVES ATTENDING
        Mr. & Mrs. Alvah O'Neal
        Mr. & Mrs. Mack Carawan
        Yvonne Evans
        Linda Lane (looks like an "H" at the end)
        Loretta Hodges
        Faye Evans
        Betsy Hodges
        Martin Evans
        Mr. & Mrs. C.R. Carawan

    FRIENDS WHO CALLED
        Mr. & Mrs. Sidney A. Credle
        Mr. and Mrs. James W. Hodges and girls
        Mrs. Charlie Sadler
        Mrs. Seth Credle
        Mr. Jodie Williams
        Mrs. C.B. Jennette
        Mr. Manning Jennette
        Mrs. Garland Jennette
        Arthel Williams
        Jodie Williams
        Rosa Lee Swindell
        Mrs. Troy W. Mayo
        John R. Mayo
        Mrs. Dempsey Ange
        Mr. Charlie Waters
        Mrs. Seth B. Credle Jr.
        Miss Lucy Waters
        Mrs. Ersula Ange

CARAWAN, SR., Thurman Warren

FAIRFIELD - Thurman Warren Carawan, Sr., 52, formerly of Hyde County, died Monday in Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, S.C. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fairfield Cemetery with Bill Kisling, pastor of the Norfolk Church of Christ, officiating. A native of Hyde County, Carawan was the son of Mrs. Clidie Carawan of Norfolk, Va. and the late Ottis J. Carawan. He was a retired auto mechanic. He is survived by a son, Thurman Carawan, Jr. of Charleston, S.C.; a daughter, Mrs. Linda Mead of Kingsburg, California; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Phinney of West Allis, Wisconsin; and 5 grandchildren. The family will meet at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (Washington Daily News - Wednesday, November 11, 1987; pg. 5A) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

CARAWAN, Verna Gibbs

ENGELHARD - Verna Gibbs CARAWAN, 75, died Monday, September 11 at Pungo District Hospital. Born in Hyde County on March 19, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Ozrow B. and Picola Carawan Gibbs. She was the widow of Maxwell Manan Carawan who died in 1979. She was a member of the Middletown Christian Church and worked at Farrow's Red and White Grocery for 19 years prior to her retirement. Surviving are three sons: Seth Donny Carawan, Danny Michael Carawan and Davy James Carawan, all of Engelhard; a daughter, Debbie C. Boomer of Raleigh; five step-sons: Maxwell H. Carawan of Scranton, Leland Wayne Carawan of Bolivar, Mo., Earl L. Carawan of Fairfield, Chester Combs and Lester Combs of South Mills; three brothers: Chesley Gibbs and H. Linwood Gibbs, both of Engelhard, and Jimmy Ray Gibbs of Chesapeake, Va.; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Carawan was preceded in death by a son, Denny Max Carawan and a step-son, John A. Carawan. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the family plot in Soule Cemetery in Swan Quarter. Scott Sukeforth and Steve Bryan will officiate. The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter on Tuesday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. and at other times at the home. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, September 12, 2000; pg. 12A)

CARAWAN, Viola Evelyn Mason

ENGELHARD - Viola Evelyn CARAWAN, formerly Evelyn Mason, beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother, died November 13, 1999 at Iliff Nursing Center, Dunn Loring, Va. She was born in Swan Quarter, N.C. on September 3, 1922. She moved to Norfolk in 1941 where she met and married her husband of 56 years, Joseph Wilbert Carawan of Engelhard, N.C. They spent 31 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and retired to Virginia Beach in 1975 where they traveled the country in their RV. They moved to Vienna, Va. in October 1998 to be closer to their family. Her husband and one daughter and son-in-law survive: Cheryl and Joseph Vermillion of Vienna, Va. She has two granddaughters: Mrs. Angie Meehan, now stationed in Japan with her husband, Dr. Sean Meehan, and Alyssa Vermillion who lives in Atlanta, Ga. She also leaves one brother, Dwain Hunter Mason and his wife Sherma Mason, now deceased. She was a member of Kempsville Church of Christ in Virginia Beach. Minister Randall Childress and Raffael Farrow, Jr. will conduct funeral services at the Swan Quarter Christian Church on Wednesday, November 17, 1999 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends and guests at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter on Tuesday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Burial will be in Soule Cemetery. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, November 16, 1999; pg. 7A)

CARAWAN, Walter F.

WASHINGTON, NC, Oct. 11 - Walter F. CARAWAN, formerly of Hyde County, died at Duke hospital September 30, 1934 after having been sick for quite a while.  He was 57 years of age and a farmer by trade--son of the late Riley and Elsie Carawan of Swan Quarter.  He leaves a widow, who was before her marriage, Miss Minnie D. Williams of Hyde County; ten children; four brothers; one sister; and a host of other relatives and friends, having come from one of the best families in Hyde County.  The four brothers are as follows: John, Hertford and Byrum of Swan Quarter, N.C. and Reuben Carawan of Washington, N.C.; sister, Mrs. John Hopkins of Hobucken.  The body of Mr. Carawan was transferred from the Duke hospital to his home, the Scott Haskett residence, Beach Ridge, from which the funeral was conducted the next morning by Rev. D.G. Saunders, pastor of the Christian church in Belhaven, and buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Belhaven.  (New Bern Tribune - Friday, October 12, 1934; pg. 6)  [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

CARAWAN, Walter Webster

BELHAVEN - Walter Webster CARAWAN, 66, a resident of Hub's Rec Road, Belhaven, died yesterday at his home. Funeral services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Paul Funeral Home in Belhaven with Norman Miller, Church of Christ minister, officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Norfolk, Va., conducted by W.F. Gregory. Carawan, a Hyde County native, was born Nov. 7, 1922 in Swan Quarter, son of the late Walter Franklin and Minnie Williams Carawan. He was married to the former Ellen Doughtie. Carawan retired from the Norfolk Naval Base after 27 years of service. He was employed by the town of Belhaven for 16 years and was currently a carrier for the Washington Daily News. Carawan was a member of St. Clair's Church of Christ and the Belhaven Lions Club. He is survived by his wife; three sons: Elwood R. Carawan of Chesapeake, Va., Jeffery Keith Carawan of Norfolk, Va., and Donald Eugene Carawan of Virginia Beach, Va.; three daughters: Mrs. Glenda C. Lutz of Virginia Beach, Mrs. Gwen C. Dixon of Lebanon, Ohio, and Mrs. Mary C. Elks of Chocowinity; two sisters: Mrs. Rachel Curtis of Fresno, California and Mrs. Nina Lynch of Warren, Michigan; and 9 grandchildren. (Washington Daily News - February 17, 1990) [Kindly submitted by Claud W. Carawan, Jr.]

CARAWAN, Wilbur G.

Wilbur G. “Bill” Carawan,  84, of 7760 Piney Woods Road, Fairfield, died Friday, May 11, 2012, at his home.  Born in Beaufort County, September 26, 1927, he was the son of the late Irvin Emmett and Katie Dell Cox Carawan.  He was married to Betty Mann Carawan who survives. They made their home in the Portsmouth-Chesapeake, Virginia area for 35 years before returning home to Hyde County.  Bill served his country in the U. S. Army/Air Force and was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from N. C. State University and worked with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth and later with Newport News Shipbuilding where he retired in 1986 after 36 years of service.  He was a long time Mason in the former Fairfield Lodge # 520 AF & AM and more recently a member of Atlantic Lodge #294 AF & AM.  He was a member of Fairfield United Methodist Church.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Fairfield United Methodist Church.  Rev. Sue Farlow, pastor and Rev. Valerie Balance Tyson will officiate.  Burial will follow on the family plot in Soule Cemetery.  Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Emmett Carawan and wife, Lauren of Virginia Beach, VA; three daughters, Ellen C Westerholm and husband, David of Stafford, VA, Cindy C. Anderson and husband, Terry of Bratislova, Slovakia and Becky C. Rich and husband, Thomas of Mechanicsville, VA; a brother, Edward “Bunk” Carawan of Swan Quarter; a sister, Metta Carawan Austin and husband, Jerry of Manteo; grandchildren, Greg Westerholm and wife, Farrah, Meridith Secor and husband, Justin, Sarah Westerholm, Shelby Anderson, Mitchell Anderson, Haley Rich, Maddie Rich and Aurora Carawan; great-grandchildren, Mason Westerholm and Kehlan Westerholm.  In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Carawan and a sister, Jane Simmons Barber.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter on Monday evening, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

CARAWAN, William Everett

BELHAVEN - William Everett CARAWAN, 61, died at his home on West Main Street on Monday. A graveside service will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Belhaven Community Cemetery with the Rev. W.M. Cordon officiating. Carawan, born in Hyde County on March 7, 1929, was the son of the late Thomas Acie and Sarah Barber Carawan. He was a retired night watchman with the Blue Channel Company and served in the U.S. Merchant Marines. He was married to the former Sophia Forrest. Carawan is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara C. Hubers of Pantego; a son, David Van Carawan of Poplarville, Mississippi; a brother, Clifton Carawan of Plymouth; a sister, Mrs. Docia C. Midgette of Grandy; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, William Acie Carawan who died July 12, 1987. Arrangements are by Paul Funeral Home in Belhaven. (Washington Daily News - Wednesday, April 25, 1990) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

CARAWAN, William Ruel
The Coastland Times - Friday, January 13, 1967; pg. 6

CARAWAN, Willie Mack

On August 10, 2014 Willie Mack Carawan, Sr. heard the words he had longed to hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.  Enter into the joy of thy Lord.”  Born on August 23, 1936, to the late Harvey Murl and Sarah Jane Vaughn Carawan, Mack grew up hunting and fishing on Rose Bay.  He graduated from Swan Quarter High School in 1955.  Upon serving his country as a medic for the US Army in Korea, he returned to marry the love of his life, the former Sandra Lou Swindell, who preceded him in death on March 23, 2014. Through 56 years of marriage, they were blessed with four children - Diana C. Williams, and husband Joey Ben of Fairfield, Joan C. Maxwell, and husband Owen of Edenton, Debbie C. Daughtry, and husband Wilson of Engelhard; a son, Willie Mack Carawan, Jr. of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Connie Jo Gibbs, and husband Christian of Fairfield, Michael Allen Gibbs, and wife Lesley of Wendell, Jason Williams, and wife Susan of Fairfield, and Miranda Daughtry of Engelhard; and seven great-grandchildren; Grant and Sara Catherine Gibbs, Scarlette, Holden, and Lilah Gray Williams, and Hampton and Carter Gibbs.  Also surviving are his brother, Billy Gene Carawan of Cloud Croft, New Mexico, as well as two brothers-in-law; Bobby Swindell, and wife Donna of Richlands, and Clifford M. Swindell, and wife Judy of Fairfield, and sister-in-law, Virginia H. Carawan, also of Fairfield.   He is also survived by numerous precious nieces and nephews.   After a distinguished 30 year career with the NC Division of Forestry, Mack retired as Hyde County Forest Ranger.  He also served as a Mason, holding many offices and coaching countless apprentices as they joined the order.  Mack was recently honored for his 50 years of service as a Master Mason.  It was his love of his Lord and his family that defined him.  He was a member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, and today he stands in glory with his precious loved ones who have gone on before him, including his parents and siblings; Johnny Ballance Maggie B. Hodges and Murl Carawan.  Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ with Steven Mills and Bill Griffin officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairfield Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter, and all other times at the home.  The family would like to thank caregivers Jean Merrick and Denise Gibbs for the many acts of kindness they showed to their father.​  (Bryan Funeral Home)

CARAWAN, Wilma Gibbs Brinn

ENGELHARD - Wilma Gibbs Brinn CARAWAN, 88, of Engelhard, died Thursday, June 10, at the home. Born in Hyde County, January 20, 1911, she was the daughter of the late George A. and Verna Mae Gibbs. She worked for many years with the Harry Jarvis family and last worked at the Jarvis Restaurant before her retirement. She was a member of the former Rebekah Lodge in Swan Quarter and the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. She was married to Fred B. Brinn who died in 1965. She was later married to Robert Marcus Carawan in 1976 and he died in 1983. She had made her home with her daughter in Engelhard for the past several years. Surviving are two daughters: Maclyn B. Gibbs of Engelhard and Gwen B. Midgette of Kinston; two step-daughters: Sybil Bouchard of Swan Quarter and Ella Davis of Norfolk, Va.; a step-son, Robert Carawan of Connecticut; a brother, William James Gibbs of Columbia; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters: Teressa Hyde Davis in 1994 and Paula B. Hampton in 1986; three brothers: George Thomas Gibbs, Verna Gray Gibbs, and Avery D. Gibbs; three sisters: Meatrice Gibbs, Edna Payne and Eunice Marslander. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the family plot in Fulford Cemetery. Scott Sukeforth, Steve Bryan and Doug Gibbs will officiate. Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, June 13, 1999; pg. 10A)

CAREY, Mildred Gray

Mrs. Mildred Gray Carey, 90, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 at the Cross Creek Health Care Center in Swan Quarter.  A funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Scranton with the Rev. James Stanley officiating. Burial will follow at the Spencer Davis Family Cemetery in Scranton.  Mrs. Carey was born June 5, 1916 in Hyde County. She was the daughter of the late Samuel Preston Gray Sr. and Fannie Spencer Gray. She attended and graduated from the Hyde County Training School. She did further studies at Elizabeth City State Teachers College and at the Training Center in New Rochelle, N.Y. Mrs. Carey was an active participant of programs, activities and projects with the Mattamuskeet Senior Citizens Center Services in Swan Quarter. She was a member of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church.  She was married to Otis Carey who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, John Gray, William Gray and Joseph Gray; and one sister, Lydia Gray.  Survivors include one daughter, Fannie L. Bowie of Brooklyn, N.Y.; one sister, Marion Gray of New Rochelle, N.Y.; two brothers, Samuel Preston Gray and Charles H. Gray both of Scranton; grandchildren and great-grand children.  The family will receive friends at the home of her brother Samuel Preston Gray on Sladesville Credle Road in Scranton. Viewing will be Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. only at St. John Missionary Baptist Church.  (Washington Daily News - Monday, January 1, 2007)

CARMINE, Renagrant Bonner "Bonnie"

Renagrant Bonner "Bonnie" CARMINE died Thursday, May 22.  She was born in Swan Quarter in 1917 and lived in Newport News, Va. for 67 years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Thomas Carmine.  Mrs. Carmine attended Louisburg College and was a graduate of the Elizabeth Buxton Hospital School of Nursing, Hampton, Va.  She is survived by a son, F. Thomas Carmine, Jr. and wife Linda; a grandson, Bret, all of Newport News, Va.; and a sister, Lona B. Carawan of Swan Quarter.  A funeral service will be conducted at 12 noon on Tuesday, May 27 in Peninsula Funeral Home by the Rev. John LeGault, First United Methodist Church, Newport, news.  Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.  (The Coastland Times - Sunday, May 25, 2003; pg. 16A)

CARTER, D.H. baby

FAIRFIELD - Mr. D.H. CARTER'S baby boy died Saturday, May 27th. (The Economist (Elizabeth City) - Friday, June 9, 1899)

CARTER, David

We regret to learn from a friend that David CARTER, ESQ. of Hyde County, died at his residence on the 23rd June.  He had just returned from Richmond to attend upon his two sons wounded in the battle of the 31st May.  While there he was attacked with cholera-morbus, started home as soon as able, but the disease terminated his existence in a few days.  He was an enterprising farmer and a highly respected citizen.  (Weekly Standard [Raleigh]; July 2, 1862; pg. 3)

CARTER, David H.
Dare County Times - Friday, May 19, 1944; pg. 7

CARTER, Col. David Miller

HYDE COUNTY - Col. David Miller CARTER departed this life in Baltimore on the 7th inst. where he had gone from his home in Raleigh to seek medical aid.  He had long been in critical condition of health and his friends for a long time had despaired of his recovery.  Col. Carter was a native of Hyde County but in early life his father, who was an enterprising and energetic business man, removed to the city of Raleigh where the subject of this brief notice passed his boyhood.  Col. Carter was a lawyer of eminence, an astute politician and a successful business man.  He was a candidate for Congress from the first districts of North Carolina in 1872, at which time he was defeated by Mr. Cobb.  Col. Carter was in his 50th year of his age at the time of his death. (The Economist Weekly - Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1879; pg. 2; col. 3)

CARTER, I.(Isaiah) S.(Spencer)

HYDE COUNTY - Mr. I.S. CARTER of Fairfield died at his home last week and the age of about 40. [This article was very dim.] (The Economist Weekly (Elizabeth City) - Tuesday, November 10, 1891)

CARTER, Evelyn Spencer

Evelyn Spencer Carter, 82, of 271 Church Street, Swan Quarter, died Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at Washington County Hospital in Plymouth.  Born in Hyde County, June 18, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Archie L. and Sallie Patrick Spencer. She was married to Lee Thomas Carter who preceded her in death. She graduated from the former East Hyde School and spent her working years with the cafeteria at Mattamuskeet School and retired from the Hyde County Schools.  She was a member of the Swan Quarter Baptist Church.  Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the family plot in Soule Cemetery.  Steve Bryan and Rev. Al Markuson will officiate.  Surviving are a son, Van Carter and wife, Kay of Plymouth; a daughter, Sallie M. Carter of the home; two sisters, Sennie Shaw and Jay Collins both of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Jennie Bowen and husband, Dennis, Norwood Webster and wife, Katie and Christine Muthler and husband, Bryan; great-grandchildren, Jessalyn Bowen and Nate Muthler.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Virginia Williams, Byron Spencer, Bill Thomas Spencer and Jimmie Spencer.  The family will receive friends on Friday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter and other times at the home on Church Street.  (Washington Daily News – Thursday, July 3, 2008)

CARTER, Isaiah

HYDE COUNTY - Mr. Isaiah CARTER died October 29th. (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, November 12, 1891; pg. 2; column 2) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

CARTER, Jennie Simmons
(Unknown newspaper - 1921)

CARTER, Mary Ann

COLUMBIA - Mary Ann CARTER, 89, died November 5 in Chowan Hospital in Edenton. She was born January 18, 1910 in Hyde County and was a homemaker. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday, November 8, at the Salem Missionary Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The Rev. Otto Spruill officiated. Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia was in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, November 9, 1999; pg. 9A)

CARTER, Mary E.

HYDE COUNTY - Mrs. Mary E. CARTER, wife of Col. W.S. Carter, died in Fairfield on September 22, 1893 after an illness of about two weeks. She was born in Hyde County on December 16th 1835 and was married to Col. Carter on January 9th 1855. She leaves her husband and three grown children and 5 grandchildren. (The Economist Weekly (Elizabeth City) - Friday, October 13, 1893) also (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, October 19, 1893; pg. 2; column 4)

CARTER, Priscilla Catherine Armstrong

Priscilla Catherine Armstrong Carter, age 77, resided in Chandler, Arizona, died peacefully at home on  Sunday, November 22, 2009 after battling lung cancer.  Priscilla was born on June 12, 1932 in Fairfield, North Carolina to Charles Ludford and Lucy Belle Baum Armstrong. Within two years of her birth, she went to live with her aunt Elizabeth Leigh Baum Spencer and her husband R. S. (Tony) Spencer of Engelhard and was reared as their child.  Priscilla married  Paul Matthew Carter, Jr. on August 23, 1950.  She is survived by daughters, Priscilla Toni Gonzales and husband, Art of Mesa, AZ, Karen Pletsch of Holden, Massachusetts., Kelli Carter of Holden, Massachusetts, and son, Paul Matthew (Matt) Carter III and wife, Dawn of Chandler, AZ.  her sister, Mary Lee Spencer Tilghman and husband, Bobby of Kinston and brother R. S. Spencer, Jr. of Engelhard.  Also surviving are a sister, Lillian South of Florence, South Carolina and brother Jethroe  Armstrong of Florida; five grandchildren, Mark, Adam, Erin, Timothy, Megan and two great-grandchildren and one on the way.    She was preceded in death by sisters, Iva Dean Delgado, Senorita Mae (Tapp) Hodges and Rose Marie De Borde.  A service will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 30, 2009 at St. Andrew’s Church in Chandler, AZ.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at Engelhard Baptist Church, Engelhard, N. C.  Rev. C. L. Reynolds will officiate. Burial will follow in Fulford Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter on Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, November 29, 2009; pg. 10A)

CARTER, Col. W.(William) S.(Sylvester)

FAIRFIELD - Departed this life very suddenly on Saturday, January 25th 1902, Col. W.S. CARTER, at his residence in Fairfield, Hyde Co., N.C., aged about 70 years. For 30 years we have known him as one of our staunchest and best friends. We met him first in 1872 at the founding of The Economist and became the friend of its editor. Born in Hyde County, his loss to the County and to the State is a great and serious one. He had served in the Legislative councils of the state. In private he was plain, simple and unobtrusive. A devout Christian and humble member of the M.E. Church, he walked with God daily, and if a blameless life is the precusor of a blissful immortality, he now rests in happiness among the blessed. (The Economist (Elizabeth City) - Friday, February 7, 1902)

CARTWRIGHT, Albert

At half past twelve o’clock Friday evening, June 3rd, 1892, Elder Albert CARTWRIGHT at the residence of Mr. John W. Jester, in Swan Quarter, N. C. after a severe illness of five days, and in the seventy sixth year of his age gently fell asleep in the arms of his most merciful Redeemer. He was born July 3rd, 1816 on the north side of Mattamuskeet Lake, Hyde county, N. C., at which place he lived until a few years after the late war when he moved to a settlement called Rose Bay in the same county to be more central among the churches he served. At his death he had the pastoral care of three churches, two in Hyde and one in Tyrrell counties, and when not providentially hindered, was ever faithful in attending them to the edifying of his brethern and the honor of his Lord and Master.  In 1841 he was married to Miss Nancy M. Jordan who it is said was a great beauty of her day, and with whom he lived happily for nearly fifty-three years, or until they were separated by his death. When they had lived together fifty years, their children gave them a golden wedding, to which their neighbors and friends were invited and were present to partake of the fine costly supper which they gave them. The writer of this sketch was present and enjoyed the occasion very much, in singing and praying with them and addressing the people relative to that special occasion.  From the union of the above couple were born several children--the exact number I do not know--only three survive him, one son and two daughters, with several grand children. Our beloved brother was received in fellowhsip of the Primitive Baptist church on Saturday before the first Sunday in May, 1851 and was baptised on the following day by Elder G. W. Carawan. Sometime after he united with the church he felt called by his divine Master to preach the gospel of the son of God, which he did very acceptably to his brethren the remainder of his days.  Returning from meeting at Juniper Bay, Elder Greenwoods appointment Sunday evening in company with his wife and myself, he and wife stopped out of a shower of rain, at the house of Mr. Jesters, and during the night he was taken very sick with a chill and vomiting, and was no better next morning. Dr. Credle was sent for, and came and did all in his power to relieve him, but all human efforts were vain, he gradually kept sinking until Friday a little past the middle of the day, which was the 3rd of June, the Lord whom he so much loved and served called his faithful servant away from earth to Heaven, where for him there will be no more suffering pain and sorrow, but all will be pleasure joy and peace forever. He doubtless called his aged servant away from the evil to come, to receive the crown of righteousness which was laid up in Heaven for him and for all that love the appearing of our Lord Jesus.   On the following day his remains were conveyed to the north side of the Lake near Bethel church to the house of a friend where it remained for the night, and on Sunday morning, first Sunday in June, and the time of the churches quarterly meeting--was taken in the church house, where Elder E. P. Hudson preached a sermon to a congregation numbering I supposed five or six hundred. After services were ended, the pall bearers conveyed the corpse of the dear brother to the grave in the church yard to its last resting place on earth, where it will remain until the morning of the last day when the body thus sown in weakness and dishonor, will be raised in power and glory, where its inheritance will be pure and undefiled enjoying the blissful presence of his Lord forever. May Divine grace prepare us to meet our dear brother there.  Elder Cartwright was deservedly beloved by all the brotherhood that knew him, and even other denominations and the world generally spoke well of him, carrying out the Psalmist declaration “that even the rich among the people shall entreat thy favor,” a man of this class said at the burial that he wanted all to join together and build a monument to his memory. Such is the result my brethren, of leaving a good name for honor virtue and honesty, these are the fruits of Christianity which will perpetuate a name, when the high shaft raised by man to the honor of man will crumble away and be forgotten. The memory of our brother is specially dear to me from the fact that he baptized me, and he also was one of the Presbytery that ordained me and was spiritually to me, as a father to a son. May the memory of his virtues sink deep into our hearts and may we follow his footsteps as he followed Christ. /s/  L. S. Ross  (This material was extracted from pages 300 and 301, Vol. 25, July 1, 1892, No. 16, of Zion’s Landmark, published semi-monthly at Wilson, North Carolina, P. D. Gold, editor, P. G. Lester, Associate Editor., Zion’s Landmark Print, Wilson, N. C., [from the records of the Primitive Baptist Church Library near Elon College, NC,] and graciously donated to Florence Fulford Moore by her cousin, Kathryn Humphries, of Oxford NC).

CARTWRIGHT, Elva Cahoon

ELIZABETH CITY - Elva Cahoon CARTWRIGHT, 90, died Monday, March 24 at her residence on Preyer Street.  She was born in Hyde County, daughter of the late Carroll and Armetta Jarvis Cahoon and was the widow of Elwyn Cartwright.  She was a retired auditor for Sears, Roebuck and Company, a member of the Engelhard Disciples of Christ Church, a lifetime member of O.E.S., Hyde Co. Chapter #213, and the Marcie Albertson Home Demonstration Club.  Mrs. Cartwright is survived by a daughter, Cecilia C. "Ceci" Austin of Elizabeth City; two sisters: Mary C. Kelly of San Diego, California and Lois C. Midgett of Chesapeake, Va.; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by three brothers: Carroll Ephron Cahoon, Crawford L. Cahoon and James Lawson Cahoon.  A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, March 27 at 2 p.m. in Twiford's Memorial Chapel in Elizabeth City.  Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, March 25, 2003; pg. 10A)

CARTWRIGHT, Inez

Inez Cartwright, 82, of 22283 N. C. Highway 94, Fairfield (the Kilkenny Community) died Saturday, March 13, 2010, at her home.  Born in Tyrrell County, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Marion and Carrie Virginia Berry Cartwright.  She retired in April, 1983 after many years as a teletype operator with Bell Telephone in Norfolk, VA and returned back home. She was a member of the Nazareth Church of Christ and was active in Senior Citizen activities in Hyde and Tyrrell Counties.  A graveside service will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Cartwright Family Cemetery.  Steve Bryan will officiate.  Surviving are two sisters, Marion Cartwright, with whom she shared her home, and Evelyn Spruill of Roper; a brother, A. Murray Cartwright and wife, Mamie, several nieces and nephews.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

CARTWRIGHT, Ludie Jones Berry
The Coastland Times - Thursday, Dec. 1, 1994; pg. 8A

CARTWRIGHT, Lydia Berry

FAIRFIELD - Lydia Berry CARTWRIGHT, 90, of the Kilkenny community, Route 2, Fairfield, died August 11, at Pungo District Hospital. Born in Tyrrell County, January 9, 1904, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Addie Midgette Berry. She was the widow of Spruce Cartwright, who died in 1946. Mrs. Cartwright was a long-time member of Nazareth Church of Christ. Surviving are a son, S. Wayne Cartwright of Powellsville; a daughter, Rena C. Dodge of Virginia Beach, Va.; two brothers: Nathan Berry of Alliance and Ellis Berry of Kilkenny; 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Visitation was to be 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Cartwright Family Cemetery, the Kilkenny Community, Hwy. 64. Leon Williams will officiate. Relatives will assemble for the family meal at the Kilkenny Volunteer Fire Department following the funeral. (The Coastland Times--Sunday, August 14, 1994)

CARTWRIGHT, Mattie Simmons
The Coastland Times - Friday, Jan. 17, 1964; pg. 2

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