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KEECH, Glenda Kay

Glenda Kay Keech, 64, of 7470 Free Union Church Road, The Free Union Community, died on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville after a brief illness.  Born in Beaufort County on June 1, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Elmer Hilton and Fannie Pearl Gaskins Keech. She spent her working years as cafeteria manager with Hyde County Public Schools where she retired in 2011. Following her retirement, she spent time caring for her parents and other elderly in her community. She was a member of Free Union Original Free Will Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Free Union OFWB Church. Rev. Tony Parrish and Rev. Ben Crabtree will officiate. Burial will follow in the family cemetery at the homeplace.  Surviving are a son, Lewis H. Cahoon and wife, Natalie of Greenville; two daughters, Jena C. Tunnell and husband, Greg of Greenville and Lisha C. Carawan and husband, Tracy of Swan Quarter; three sisters, Diana K. Cahoon and husband, Joseph and Kathy K. Midyette and husband, Al all of Pinetown, and Janet K. Hudson and husband, Roger of Pantego; grandchildren, Alex Tunnell, Candace Chilcoat & husband, K. C., Valerie Tunnell, Seth Tunnell, Zack Tunnell, Heather Tunnell, Jenna Tunnell, Landon Cahoon and OliviaJane Cahoon; one great-grandchild, Edward Chilcoat; several special nieces and nephews; four special “granddogs”.  The body will lie in state at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter on Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and later the family will receive friends at the Free Union Church between 6 and 8 p.m. where friends may join them for viewing and visitation.  (Bryan Funeral Home)

KEMP, Eunice Swindell

CHESAPEAKE - Eunice Swindell KEMP, 96, of the 700 block of Kempsville Road, died Jan. 31, 1998, in Chesapeake General Hospital. Born in Hyde County, N.C., she was the widow of Leonard Kemp and a retired secretary for the Norfolk Navy Yard. She was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Chesapeake, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Survivors include a daughter, Carol Kemp Vincent of Chesapeake; two grandchildren, Brett T. Vincent and his wife, Cori, of Greenbush, and Bart L. Vincent of Chesapeake; and three great-grandchildren, Amy and Dawn Vincent of Greenbush, and Brian Vincent of Chesapeake. A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Francis A. Gay Funeral Home, South Norfolk Chapel, by the Rev. E. Kirk Robinson. Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Park, Norfolk. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. today. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. (Virginian-Pilot - Tuesday, February 3, 1998; pg. 8B)

KEMP, Frances Garrish

OCRACOKE - Frances Garrish KEMP, 84, died Feb. 27 in Carteret General Hospital, Morehead City. She is survived by two sisters: Lucy Garrish and Ellen Garrish, both of Ocracoke; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, in the Ocracoke United Methodist Church with the Rev. Clyde Denny officiating. Interment was to follow in the Garrish Family cemetery. Bell-Munden Funeral Home, Morehead City, is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, March 1, 1992)

KERR, Doris Cuthrell

Mrs. Doris Cuthrell Kerr, age 87, a resident of 178 Washington Harbour, Washington, died Friday May 8, 2015 at her home.  Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Monday May 11, 2015 at Oakdale Cemetery and will be conducted by Travis Boyd. Howard Jones, Ron Baker and Earl Ripley will serve as pallbearers.  Mrs. Kerr was born in Hyde County on January 14, 1928 to the late Carl and “Blanche” Swindell Cuthrell. She was a 1945 graduate of Fairfield High School and was a lifetime member of the Fairfield Christian Church. On October 18, 1947 she married John McCraken “Jack” Kerr, Jr. who preceded her in death on November 5, 1982.  Survivors include one daughter, Ann Ross Kerr of Washignton, two grandchildren, Aaron Warner of Washington, Angie Kerr of Washington and two great grandchildren, Evan Kerr-Brooks and Jackson Kerr- Brooks. She was preceded in death by her son, John Carl Kerr and her sister, Masil C. Jones.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 1:45 pm prior to the graveside service at the funeral home and other times at the home.  Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Kerr family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

KEY, George Thomas

NORFOLK - George Thomas KEY, 59, died May 20, 1998. He was born on Aug. 28, 1938, in Swan Quarter, N.C. He is survived by his wife, Sue E. Key; a special friend, J.D. Mensch, and also a special friend, Joan Habit. Other survivors include a son, George Key Jr.; two step-sons, Ronnie Gay and John Gay; daughter-in-law, Jane Key; two grandsons, Christopher Key and Ronnie Gay Jr.; two granddaughters, Samantha Key, and Cassidy Greenwell; three sisters, Brenda Forkin, Ann Panaro and Phyllis Monds; three brothers, Julian Key, Taylor Key and Tim Key. A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Rosewood Memorial Park by the Rev. Warren Wilson. Affordable Funeral Services is in charge. (Virginian-Pilot - Friday, May 22, 1998; pg. 8B)

KIGHT, John Fisk

ENGELHARD - John Fisk KIGHT, 75, of Route No. 1, Gulrock Community, died Jan 23 in Pungo District Hospital, Belhaven. He was a native of Norfolk, Va. and served in the U.S. Army for 30 years until his retirement in 1959. He served in World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of The Veterans of Foreign Wars and The American Legion. Surviving are a brother, Samuel E. Kight of Little Falls, Nebraska; and a sister, Ruby May Dudley of Silver Springs, Md. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. Funeral Services were to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Brooks Cemetery at Gulrock. Dr. Frank Wibiral will officiate. (The Coastland Times - January 27, 1991)

KIMELL, Thomas C.

HYDE VISITOR DIES SUDDENLY SATURDAY - Thomas C. KIMELL, aged 65 years, of Clemmons, N.C., died on Saturday night about 9 p.m. upon his arrival at their country home here. Mr. Kimell, who has been in poor health for the past 5 years, collapsed following the trip. Mr. & Mrs. Kimell bought the Gibbs place in Engelhard a few years ago and spend vacations here on occasions. Mrs. Kimell and a relative were also making the trip here. They returned to their home on Sunday. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 26, 1954; pg. 8)

KING, Ann Marie Lucas

Mrs. Ann Marie Lucas KING, 83, of Swan Quarter, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005 at home.  A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday in St. Lydia Baptist Church, Swan Quarter, with Elder Mose Sadler officiating. Burial will follow in Brown Memorial Cemetery, Engelhard.  Mrs. King was born in Hyde County on Aug. 4, 1921. She was the daughter of the late Mary Elizabeth Sadler Lucas and James Willie Lucas. She attended Hyde County schools. She was married to Glenwood King Sr., who preceded her in death. She was a volunteer for the Senior Citizens. She was a member of St. Lydia Baptist Church, Engelhard, where she served as a former secretary and usher.  Survivors include three sons, Wardell King of Manns Harbor, Glenwood King Jr. of Manteo and Calvin M. King of Swan Quarter; three sisters, Mattie Bell Sadler of Engelhard, Willie Mae Brown of Washington and Robina Lucas of Swan Quarter; two brothers, Ben Lucas of Belhaven and Dalis Lucas of Greenville; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service.  The family will receive friends at the home.  Arrangements are by Randolph Funeral Home, 219 N. Bonner St., Washington.  (Washington Daily News - Saturday, February 19, 2005)

KING, David Aleksandar

ENGELHARD - David Aleksandar KING, 16, died Friday, November 1, at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born in Landstruhl, Germany on January 13, 1980, he had lived in Engelhard during the past several years. He had attended Mattamuskeet School and had recently lived in Chowan County and had attended Faith Fellowship Baptist Church. Surviving are his mother and step-father, Milica Mikuljevic Midyette and Andy Midyette of Engelhard; his father, Marion Hardaway King, III of Staunton, Va.; his paternal grandmother, Kathleen Bowers of Richmond, Va.; his maternal grandfather, Milorad Mikuljevic of Kaiserslautern, Germany; his maternal great-grandfather, Dragomir Pavlov of Yugoslavia; two brothers: Michael H. King of the U.S. Navy in Hampton, Va. and Brandon L. King of Engelhard; and his special friend, Shelly Davis of Edenton. Funeral services were held on Monday at the family ploy in Soule Cemetery. The Rev. Randy Green officiated. Arrangements were by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, November 5, 1996; pg. 8A)

KING, Ella G.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. - Mrs. Ella G. KING of Windsor Wood Road, Virginia Beach, Va., died Friday in her home. A native of Swan Quarter, she was the widow of Charlie King, and was a member of the Deaconess Board, Willing Worker Sunday School Class, and Original Gospel Chorus of First Baptist Church, Bute Street. She was also a member of Mamie E. Gordon Missionary Circle United Order of Tents. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Martha Green of New Bern; a brother, Kelley Green of Swan Quarter; 6 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family will be at Hale Funeral Home Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. (The Coastland Times - May 10, 1977)


CHESAPEAKE, VA. - Joe KING, 83, of the 400 block of Main St., a retired rigger, died Nov. 19, 1994, in Portsmouth General Hospital. Mr. King was born in Swan Quarter, N.C., and was retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He was the widower of Ogie B. King. Survivors include a daughter, Elnora B. Smith of Capital Heights, Md.; five sons, Allen Boykins of Chesapeake, Calvin A. Brown and Linwood L. King Sr., both of Portsmouth, James M. King of Fort Washington, Md., and Harry E. Brown of Staunton, Va.; a sister, Zuleana Holloway of Chesapeake; 16 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in First Baptist Church Money Point, 439 Freeman Ave., Chesapeake, by the Rev. Benjamin Adamson. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Viewing will begin at 6 p.m. today in Corprew Funeral Home. The body will be taken to the church at 10 a.m. Friday. (Virginian-Pilot - Wednesday, November 23, 1994; pg. 4B)

KING, Mildred Powles

NORFOLK - Mildred Powles KING, 88, died Aug. 5, 1992. Mrs. King was born in Swan Quarter, N.C.Survivors include two daughters, Florine P. Clay and Vivian P. Browning, both of Newport News; two sisters, Zola B. Paul of Norfolk and Metta B. Dunghee of Pantego, N.C.; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday in Peninsula Funeral Home by the Rev. R. Furman Kenney. Burial will be in Peninsula Memorial Park. Friends may join the family from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today in the funeral home. (Virginian-Pilot - Friday, August 7, 1992; pg. 2D)

KING, Rufus Alexander

NORFOLK - Rufus Alexander KING, 88, of the 900 block of Sutton St., a retired longshoreman, died Jan. 30, 1991, in a hospital. Mr. King, a native of Hyde County, N.C., was retired from International Longshoreman's Association, Local 1248, after 25 years. He was the widower of Clara King. Survivors include two daughters, Annie K. Cotten and Lucille K. Johnson, both of Norfolk; two sons, Rufus King Jr. and the Rev. Parrish King, both of New York City; 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at noon Monday in Graves Funeral Home by the Rev. G.G. Campbell. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Cemetery. The family will assemble at the residence. (Virginian-Pilot - Saturday, February 2, 1991; pg. 2B)

KIRK, Emma Gray McKinney Williams

Mrs. Emma Gray McKinney Williams Kirk, age 99, a resident of Venice, FL passed on July 21, 2017.  A memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m. Saturday July 29, 2017 at Venice United Church of Christ, 620 Shamrock Blvd., Venice, FL.  Mrs. Emma Gray was born and raised in Hyde County daughter of the late John Ernel McKinney and the late Addie Lee Cox McKinney. She moved to Norfolk, VA and lived there until her retirement at which time she moved to Florida.  Survivors include two grandsons: Troy Dewayne Sears and John Archer Scott Sears and three sisters: Eloise McKinney Smith, Norma McKinney Hodges and Randi McKinney Slade. Mrs. Emma Gray was predeceased by two husbands: Ellis Williams and Boyce Kirk; a daughter: Elizabeth Ann Williams Wright; four sisters: Hilda McKinney Reed, Mavis McKinney Paul Allen, Margarette McKinney Smith and Doris McKinney Fox and two brothers: John Junious McKinney and Curtis Conway McKinney.  Local arrangements are by Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington.  (Paul Funeral Home)

KISSEL, Betty Mae

OCRACOKE - Betty Mae KISSEL, 68, died August 23 in her home in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Mrs. Kissel is survived by her mother, Lota Wells of Snellville, Ga.; five daughters: Susan M. Styron of Wilmington, Karen B. Farren of Buford, Ga., May M. Forbach of Lenexa, Kansas, Elinore M. Trotter of Lawrenceville, Ga, and Betty Sue Garrish of Ocracoke; three sons: John R. Kissel of Ocracoke, Richard J. Kissel of Marietta, Ga., and Ronald H. Kissel of Canton, Ga. Funeral services will be held at the Ocracoke Methodist Church on Friday, August 27, at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Jim Johnson. Burial will follow in the Ocracoke Community Cemetery. Twiford's Island Chapel, Hatteras, is in charge of local arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, August 26, 1993; pg. 8A)


NEBRASKA - Walter Keith KITTRELL, 49, of Nebraska Road in the Nebraska community, died Thursday, October 9.  Born in Portsmouth, Va. on February 28, 1954, he was the son of Ernest B. Kittrell and the late Sarah Metts Kittrell.  Walter moved to Hyde County three years ago with his father and sister where they operated Wysocking Bay Marina.  Surviving in addition to his father are a brother, Ernest B. Kittrell, Jr. of Cordova, S.C. and a sister, Mary Lucille Kittrell of Engelhard.  A memorial service will be announced later.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.  (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, October 14, 2003; pg. 14A)

KLAPP, Ada Ruth Spencer

BELHAVEN - Ada Ruth Spencer KLAPP, 72, of Belhaven, former resident of Autumnfield at Belhaven, died April 13 at Pungo District Hospital. A native of Sladesville, she was the daughter of the late William Selby and Eva Mae Sadler Spencer. She was the widow of Josephus D. Klapp with whom she operated the Bath Novelty Store in Bath for many years. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Sladesville. Surviving are two sons: James F. Klapp of Belhaven, and J.D. Klapp of Fayetteville; 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the family plot in Oakdale Cemetery, Washington. The Rev. George Abele will be officiating. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, April 15, 1993; pg. 5A)


WASHINGTON, N.C. - Charles Thomas KNICKERBOCKER, 66, a native of Washington and former resident of Gull Rock, died Thursday in his home. He was a retired diesel mechanic. Survivors include his wife, Louise Midgette Knickerbocker; two sisters: Ruby Rockwell of Denver and Margaret Pugh of Nebraska, N.C.; and two brothers: Fred Knickerbocker of Creswell and Hugh Knickerbocker of Durham. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Gull Rock Methodist Church. Burial will be in Soule Cemetery in Swan Quarter. Owens Funeral Home in Swan Quarter has charge.  (unk. newspaper but probably The Virginian-Pilot) [Obituary kindly submitted by Ben Bateman]  NOTE:  Charles Thomas Knickerbocker died September 2, 1982.


ENGELHARD - Fred Augustus KNICKERBOCKER, 84, formerly of Route 1, Engelhard, died Sunday at Washington County Hospital in Plymouth. He had lived in Washington County for about 30 years and most recently had resided at Plumblee Health Center. A Hyde County native, he was the son of the late Charlie and May Thomas Knickerbocker. He was a retired diesel mechanic and worked in the Norfolk Shipyard. Surviving are a son, Michael Knickerbocker of Plymouth; four daughters: Marie K. Williams of Plymouth, Betty K. Davenport of New Orleans, La., Carolyn K. Clark of Chocowinity, and Roslyn [nothing else written]; two step-daughters: Helen Waterfield of Creswell and Faye Swain of Granville Summit, Pennsylvania; 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the gravesite in the family plot at Soule Cemetery at Swan Quarter. Mark Woolard will officiate. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, December 13, 1994; pg. 8A)

KNICKERBOCKER, Mary Louise Midgette

Mrs. Mary Louise Midgette Knickerbocker, 86, formerly of Engelhard and Washington, and a longtime resident of Portsmouth, Va., died Monday, April 10, 2006, at MaryView Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va.  A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at the family plot in Soule Cemetery, Swan Quarter, with Steve Bryan officiating.  Mrs. Knickerbocker was born in Hyde County on Feb. 9, 1920. She was the daughter of the late John and Alice Benson Midgette. She was married to Charles Knickerbocker, who preceded her in death.  Survivors include one sister, Annie M. Payne of Portsmouth, Va., and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, John S. Midgette and Leslie G. Midgette; and six sisters, Lydia B. O’Neil, Ruby M. Quidley, Irene M. Jarvis, Addie M. McKinney, Sheila M. Gibbs and Allie M. Gammon.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, April 11, 2006)

KNOTT, Rev. Phillip Glen

SWAN QUARTER - The Rev. Phillip Glen KNOTT, 54, of Route 1, died in Nevis, the British West Indies, on May 30 while on a mission trip there. A native of Franklin County, he was the son of the late Alton G. and Mildred Sledge Knott. He was educated in the Mills High School, Louisburg and the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating in 1982. He was in the N.C. National Guard following high school. He served as pastor of Trinity Baptist Mission in Hollister, Swan Quarter Baptist Church, Merry Hill Baptist Church, Zama Baptist Church in Japan during a mission trip 1990-92, and had been recently serving at Rose Bay Baptist Church near Swan Quarter. At the time of his death he was serving on a special mission to the First Baptist Church of Nevis in the British West Indies. He was a member of Rose Bay Baptist Church. During his ministry, he served several times through the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board in various places in the Caribbean Islands, Africa, and Europe. Active in community affairs, he was secretary-treasurer of the Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Department, a member of Swan Quarter Service Group, chaplain for Hydeland Home Health Agency and Hyde County Sheriff's department. Surviving are his wife, Karen Kidd Knott; a son, Charles Glen Knott of the home; a daughter, Christine Knott Avery of Coats; two brothers: John A. Knott and Ralph S. Knott, both of Louisburg; two sisters: Joyce K. Weathers and Linda K. Griffin, both of Louisburg. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Rose Bay Baptist Church. The Rev. Tommy Glover, the Rev. John Hamilton and Sam Eburn, Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, June 1, 1995; pg. 8A)

KOONTS, Mark Edwin

KILL DEVIL HILLS - Mark Edwin KOONTS, 37, of Kill Devil Hills and formerly of Lexington, died Saturday, November 21, in Ocracoke after a sudden illness. Mr. Koonts was born November 18, 1962 in Davidson County to Max Eugene and Betty Gosnell Koonts. He was a 1981 graduate of Lexington Senior High School and attended Western Carolina University. He was employed with G.W. Myers Electric Co. and attended Shiloh United Methodist Church in Lexington. Surviving are his mother; a brother, Max Eugene Koonts, Jr., and grandmother, Helen Koonts, all of Lexington; and special friend, Pam Douglas of Kill Devil Hills. The funeral was held November 23 at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel in Lexington by the Rev. John Brokopp. Burial will be in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, December 2, 1999; pg. 15A)

KRAMER, Laura Swindell [Feb. 1868 - 1930; married Simon L. Kramer in 1885]
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