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SILVERTHORNE, Cecil Norman

KITTY HAWK - Cecil Norman SILVERTHORNE, 54, died Thursday, July 6 at his residence. Born in Engelhard, he was the son of the late Cecil and Exadell McKinney Silverthorne. Mr. Silverthorn was the former owner/operator of Natures Exotics and campground manager at Maggie Valley, a member of Mattamuskeet Masonic Lodge #328 AF & AM in Engelhard and was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife, Iris Partridge Silverthorne of the residence and one son, Tony Damon Silverthorne of Kitty Hawk. A graveside service will be held at Austin cemetery in Kitty Hawk on Monday, July 10, at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Bob Pitsch. Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo is in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, July 9, 2000; pg. 12A)

SILVERTHORNE, Ella G. Cuthrell
Jan. 1, 1939 - May 29, 2012

VIRGINIA BEACH - Ella G. Silverthorne, 73, passed away May 29, 2012. She was born in 1939 to the late Frank and Willie Mae Cuthrell in North Carolina. She was a long time member of Blackwater Baptist Church. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 58 years, Archie Silverthorne, her children; Deborah Saunders (Gill), Douglas Silverthorne, and Cheryl Shirley (Curtis), as well as her sister; Gloria Biemesderfer, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and a special four-legged friend; Buddy. She is preceded in death by her parents, a son; Michael Silverthorne, and a brother; Tony Cuthrell. A visitation will be held in the Altmeyer Funeral Home – Chesapeake Chapel 929 S. Battlefield Blvd. Chesapeake VA on Thursday from 6-8 pm. A graveside service will be held on Friday at 2:00 pm in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens.  (The Virginian-Pilot- May 31, 2012)  Kindly submitted by Don Ford

SILVERTHORNE, Hazel Gibbs

CHESAPEAKE, VA. - Hazel Gibbs SILVERTHORNE, 91, formerly of Springfield Avenue, died April 28 in Chesapeake. A native of Engelhard, NC, she was the daughter of the late Early and Ella Sadler Gibbs and the widow of Asby Gray Silverthorne. She was a member of First Christian Disciples Church, Norfolk. She is survived by a daughter, Joanne Rooks and her husband, Frank; a son, A. Wayne Silverthorne and his wife, Lucille, all of Chesapeake; five grandchildren, Debbie Tyree, Bryan Silverthorne, Denise Webb, Paul Miller, and Dan Rooks; 6 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ella Cahoon, Earline Jones, and Marva Cates, all of Chesapeake; and three brothers, Herbert Gibbs of Martinsville, VA; Larry Gibbs and Malcolm Gibbs, both of Engelhard, NC. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Rosewood Memorial Park with Rev. Wayne Carter officiating. The family will receive friends at Graham Funeral Home, South Norfolk Chapel on Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and at 3321 Hornsea Road, Chesapeake at all other times. ( The Coastland Times - Thursday, May 2, 2002) [Kindly submitted by niece, Gayle Riddick.]

SILVERTHORNE, Margarette

ENGELHARD - Margarette SILVERTHORNE, 88, of Engelhard, died Sunday, December 17, at Cross Creek Health Care Center in Swan Quarter. Born in Hyde County on March 2, 1907, she was the daughter of the late John D. and Maggie Cox Silverthorne. A retired school teacher, she taught in the Beaufort and Hyde County School systems. Miss Silverthorne was an ordained minister and a graduate of Atlantic Christian College and Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Ky. She was a member of the Middletown Christian Church. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Middletown Christian Church by the Rev. Albert Stuck. Burial will follow in the St. George Episcopal Church cemetery in Engelhard. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, December 19, 1995)

SILVERTHORNE, Maggie
The Coastland Times - Friday, May 4, 1962; pg. 4

SIMMONS, Alice Truemilla Hardy

Alice Truemilla Hardy SIMMONS, better known as "Sally", was born Feb. 4, 1924 to the late Ardell Credle and William Bailey Hardy of Swan Quarter, N.C. She was united in matrimony with the late Leondous Grant Simmons on June 15, 1948. She was a member of Piney Grove Church of Christ at an early age.  She was a treasurer of the church for many years and mother of the church, as well as singing in the choir. She worked at the Rose Bay Oyster Factory for over 30 years.  She left to cherish her memories: two daughters: Minnie Farrow (Lorenza) of Swan Quarter, N.C. and Ardell S. Wilson (Edward) of Atlantic City, N.J.; three sons: Bailey Simmons (Shirley) of the home, Preston L. Simmons (Gladys) of Atlantic City N.J. and Earl Thomas (Bernice) of Washington, N.C.; one sister, Sylvia Gibbs, who preceded her death; two aunts: Dolly Hardy of Swan Quarter, N.C. and Lucy Harris of Washington, N.C.; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.  (Obituary kindly submitted by granddaughter, Veronica Mann, who states that "Sally" Simmons died June 7, 2002.)

SIMMONS, Ann O'Neal

Anne O’Neal SIMMONS, 85, a former resident of Willow Grove, PA and Elizabeth City, NC died Friday June 3, 2005 at the Guardian Care Nursing Home. Mrs. Simmons was born December 21, 1919 in Hyde County, Fairfield, NC and was the daughter of the late Major and Nancy Gibbs O’Neal. She was a member of the Pearl Street Pentecostal Holiness Church and a former nurse in Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA for 18 years. Survivors include, one sister Laura Sanderlin of Elizabeth City, NC; two brothers, Major O’Neal of Roper, NC and Melvin O’Neal of Hertford, NC; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great grand-child and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester L. Simmons, on September 22, 2004; two daughters Linda S. Ellis and Joyce S. Simpson; and two sisters, Lula Todd and Eva Gurganus.  A funeral service will be held Monday June 6, 2005 at 2:00 P. M. at the Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC with the Rev. W. P. Rembert officiating. Burial will follow in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will join friends following the funeral service in the funeral home lobby and other times at the home of her niece Judy Todd White, 124 Olivet Circle, Elizabeth City. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to, the Pearl Street Pentecostal Holiness Church, P. O. Box 602, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, is serving the Simmons family.  (Twiford's Funeral Home records)

SIMMONS SR., Benjamin Cartwright

Benjamin Cartwright SIMMONS, Sr., 76, of 6124 Piney Woods Road, Fairfield died Thursday, November 1, 2007, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Born in Hyde County December 1, 1930, he was the son of the late Patrick Columbus and Ina Spencer Simmons. He was married to the former Gaynell Potter who survives. Long active in community affairs in the county that he loved so much, he was a founding member of Hyde County Waterfowl Association, was active in little league baseball programs and enjoyed all sports and was active in the Mattamuskeet Athletic Boosters Club, spent most of his working years with the N.C. Forest Resources where he began as an Assistant County Ranger, later became County Ranger and then served as District Ranger for Hyde, Tyrrell, Washington and Dare counties and retired after 33 years of service. He enjoyed singing old gospel songs and passed along his concern that all of the children and grandchildren be given a godly heritage. A hunter and fisherman, he had a great love and passion for geese and was known for even scolding his children when they would disturb the geese even at night. He was a great teacher for his family and friends and always taught that you should never burn a bridge because you’d have to cross it one day. His great love for family and friends extended far and wide and he was known as a man who loved everyone. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Simmons Home on Piney Woods Road. His niece, the Reverend Valerie Ballance, and the Rev. Jerald Craddock will officiate. Burial will follow in Fairfield Cemetery.  Surviving, in addition to his wife, Gaynell, are a son, Benjamin (Jamin) Cartwright Simmons, Jr. and his wife, Pam of Fairfield; three daughters, Melony S. Carawan and her husband, Phillip of Swan Quarter, Mary S. Spencer and her husband, Lamar of Fairfield and Kathy S. Ballance and her husband, Murray of Engelhard; a sister, Jennie S. Clayton of Fairfield; ten grandchildren, Jennifer O’Neal and husband, Brian, Tara Foreman and husband, Dennis, Marcus Ballance and wife, Heather, Becky Allen and husband, Josh, Benjamin Cartwright Simmons, III and wife, Tonya, Julie Hodges and husband, Austin, Misty O’Neal, Erin Ballance, Charlie Carawan and Caroline Ballance; step-grandchildren, Nikki McKeel and husband, Johnny and Kenzie Evans and husband, Shawn; great-grandchildren, Austin Spencer, Benjamin Cartwright Simmons, IV, Dylan Simmons, Ainsleigh O’Neal, Melony Grace Hodges, Spencer Allen, Maggie Rae Ballance and Bailey Gray Hodges; step great-grandchildren, Josh McKeel, Sydney McKeel, Madison McKeel and Parker Evans; a host of beloved nieces and nephews.  Mr. Simmons was preceded in death by a grandson, Neill Carawan; brothers, Patrick Simmons, Billy Simmons, Dennis Simmons, Bobby Simmons; sisters, Grace Ballance and Inez Oeters.  The family suggests memorials be directed to Fairfield United Methodist Church, c/o Joyce B. Jones, 1695 North Lake Road, Fairfield, N.C. or Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department, Fairfield, N.C. 27826.  The family will receive friends at Fairfield United Methodist Church on Friday evening, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and other times at the home.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (Washington Daily News - November 2, 2007)

SIMMONS, Elizabeth

Elizabeth SIMMONS, wife of William Simmons, died in Hyde County on February 27, 1848, aged thirty-seven  years.  (Tarboro Press - April 29, 1848 from the book Deaths & Marriages from Tarboro, NC Newspapers 1824-1865 by Hugh Buckner Johnson; Wilson, NC; copyright 1983)

SIMMONS, Emily Muller

ENGELHARD - Emily Muller SIMMONS, 58, died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 6 in the emergency room of Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born in Johnstown, Pa., November 28, 1941, she was the daughter of Ethel Miller Muller of Gettysburg, Pa. and the late James Muller. She was the wife of Joseph Leslie Simmons, III, a Hyde County native. They returned here to live in 1987 from Virginia. Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are a son, Jack Shank of Brunswick, Maine; four daughters: Jodie Thomas and Kathie Lewis, both of Omaha, Nebraska, Alice Fairbairn of Grapevine, Texas and Marcie Richardson of Bath, Maine; two brothers: James Muller of Gettysburg and Steve Muller of Marion, Ohio; two step-sons: Joseph L. Simmons, IV of Fairfield and Donald Glenn Simmons of Engelhard; a step-daughter, Pamela S. Cahoon of Swan Quarter; 9 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, and 1 step-great-granddaughter. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9 at the family plot in Fairfield Cemetery with Steve Bryan to officiate. The family will receive friends at the home of her mother-in-law, Maxine B. Simmons of Fairfield. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, April 9, 2000; pg. 12A)

SIMMONS, JR., Joseph Leslie

FAIRFIELD - Joseph Leslie SIMMONS, JR., 82, of Route 1, died June 5 at Pungo District Hospital, Belhaven. Born in Beaufort County, he was the son of the late Joseph Leslie and Martha Jarvis Simmons. A long time resident of the Fairfield area of Hyde County, he attended Duke University. He served as Hyde County Recorder's Court judge for 26 years and as a commercial fisheries inspector for 10 years. He was an avid hunter, a Mason and member of Fairfield Lodge, AF & AM, a past patron of Fairfield Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, and a member of the former Fairfield Ruritan Club. He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Fairfield. Surviving are his wife, Maxine Boomer Simmons; a son, J. Leslie Simmons, III of Fairfield; three daughters, Joanne S. Best, Betty S. Mann and Donna S. Nifong, all of Fairfield; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday at the family plot in Fairfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be sent to the All Saints Episcopal Church Roofing Fund. Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, handled arrangements. (The Coastland Times - June 9, 1992)

SIMMONS, Leroy "Roy" Neuby

SPENCER - Mr. SIMMONS, 98, died unexpectedly Saturday, August 16, 2003 at Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, NC.  A Celebration of Life Service will be 2:00 PM Sunday, August 24, at Haven Lutheran Church in Salisbury, with Reverend Gilmer Hoggs officiating. Interment will be in Rowan Memorial Park, Salisbury. The family will receive friends from 1-1:45 PM Sunday in the church lounge of Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W. Harrison Street, prior to the service.  Mr. Simmons was born in Fairfield, Hyde Co., NC, on May 3, 1905, a son of the late Enoch and Eugenia Shamblee Simmons. He was educated in the Rowan County School System, a graduate of Boyden High School and Catawba College. He was a retired music teacher in the school system, serving Mt. Ulla, Hurley, Woodleaf, Rockwell, Granite Quarry and Cleveland schools, sometimes driving in his Model T Ford. Mr. Simmons was a member of Haven Lutheran Church, where he was organist for 61 years, sang in the church choir, was a member of the Lutheran Men and the Church's Leisure Time Group. He was a member of the Salisbury Coral Society, the Spencer Masonic Lodge, a charter member of Salisbury Music Club, helped organize the Singing Seniors, and entertained senior groups in the surrounding communities as well as Rowan County.  He is survived by his niece, Betty Jo Horne, of Charlotte, NC.  Lyerly Funeral Home of Salisbury is assisting the family of Mr. Simmons.  (Charlotte Observer - August 22, 2003)

SIMMONS, Martha Elizabeth

MINERAL, Va. - Martha Elizabeth SIMMONS, 93, widow of James Lee Simmons, Sr., formerly of Fairfield, died October 5 in University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Va. Surviving are a son, James Lee Simmons, Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Elizabeth S. Dolan Mineral, Va.; six grandchildren 10 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 Friday in the Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield. Local arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Home, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, October 8, 1992)

SIMMONS, Mary Jane Dunbar

IN BARCO - Mrs. Mary Jane Dunbar SIMMONS, 80, died in the Albemarle Hospital after a short illness.  She was a native of Hyde County and resided in Barco 2 1/2 years but had been a resident of Currituck County 13 years.  She was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Elizabeth City and the widow of Lee Graham Simmons.  Funeral services were conducted Monday at 1 p.m. in Twiford Memorial Chapel by Rev. Larry Duffer, pastor.  Burial followed in Westlawn Memorial Park with Twiford Memorial Chapel in charge.  She was the daughter of the late James Thomas and Mrs. Maude Elizabeth Armstrong Dunbar.  Survivors are two daughters: Mrs. Ralph (Willa) Lane and Mrs. Wilson (Sybil) Summerlin, both of Coinjock, N.C.  One son, Russell Keaton Simmons of Rocky Mount, N.C.; two sisters: Mrs. Kathleen Dunbar of Nashville, N.C. and Mrs. George Berta of Homestead, Pa.; two brothers: Carl Dunbar of Munhall, Pa. and Bonnie Dunbar of Belhaven, N.C.; and 5 great-grandchildren.  (The Southern Post - January 12, 1983; pg. 9)

SIMMONS, Maxine Boomer

Maxine Boomer Simmons, 87, of 5149 Piney Woods Road, Fairfield died Tuesday morning, November 13, 2007, at her home.  Born in Pitt County, April 28, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Jones Wellington and Bessie Cason Boomer. She was married to Joseph Leslie Simmons, Jr. who preceded her in death on June 5, 1992. She was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Fairfield, a former Hyde County Mother of the Year, past Worthy Matron of Fairfield Chapter # 247 of Order of the Eastern Star, was recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service presented by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. in 1995, a silver member of the Mattamuskeet Foundation, served as registrar for many years in the Fairfield precinct with Hyde County Board of Elections, was presented the Hall of Fame Award by Hyde County Waterfowl Association in 2001, served for many years as Fairfield Librarian with the BHM Library System and was a member of Fairfield Senior Book Club.  Funeral Services will be held at the family plot in Fairfield Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. Pastor James S. Jones and Steve Bryan will officiate.  Surviving are a son, Joseph Leslie Simmons III and wife, Audrey of Fairfield; three daughters, Joanne Simmons Best of the home, Betty Simmons Mann and husband, Richard and Donna Simmons Nifong both of Fairfield; ten grandchildren, Elaine Hammel and husband, Mickey, Pam Cahoon and husband, Guire, Joey Simmons IV and wife, Kathy, Donald Glenn Simmons and wife, Kim, Lee Mann and wife, Shelly, Darlene Parent and husband, Kent, Carroll Nifong, Jr. and wife, Kim, Tom Mann and wife, Sue, Dr. Wiley Nifong and wife, Daphne and David Mann; 25 great-grandchildren, Brandy C. Pugh and husband, Darrell, Crystal Gibbs and husband, Toby, Daniel Cahoon and wife, Jamie, Donald Glenn Simmons II and wife, Lacey, Shawna Martin and husband, Troy, Demock Mann, Averi Simmons, Anna Simmons, Misty Nifong and fiance, Charlie Clark, Kendal Dobra and husband, Dinu, Brittany Blizzard and husband, Mike, Tessa Parent, Taron Parent, Karen Parent, Jay Simmons V, Tyler Mann, Thomas Mann II, Alex Payne, Caroline Nifong, Taylor Mann, Timothy Nifong, Richard Mann IV, Jesse Parent, Wyatt Mann and BoLee Mann; six great-great-grandchildren, Danielle Pugh, Carl Wayne Pugh, Kylie Simmons, Noelle Gibbs, Leah Cahoon and Landon Cahoon.  Mrs. Simmons was also preceded in death by a grandson, James Earl Best in 2005 and a great-grandchild, Lorton Dale Modlin in 1983.  The family will receive friends at the home and arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.  (Washington Daily News - Wednesday, November 14, 2007)

SIMMONS, Robert

NORFOLK - Robert "Capt. Robert'' SIMMONS of the 400 block of Clifton St. died April 10, 1997, in a local hospital. A hatch boss for ILA Local 1248, he was a native of Swan Quarter, N.C. Survivors include his wife, Nora Lee Simmons; two daughters, Carolyn Keeling of Norfolk and Mary Carter of Baltimore; son, Calvin (Pop) Simmons of Norfolk; special friend, Martha Bryant; brother, James A. Simmons of Swan Quarter; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Two sons preceded him in death, Melvin L. Simmons and Robert C. Simmons. A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday in Graves Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Alvin B. Thomas. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. The family will assemble at the residence the day of the service. (Virginian-Pilot - Sunday, April 13, 1997; pg. 6B)

SIMONS, Naomi Springle

Naomi Springle Simons, age 87, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Currituck House.  Mrs. Simons was born in Hyde County, NC, the daughter of the late Denard D. Springle, Sr. and Eula Sutton Springle and was the widow of Joe Ray Simons, Sr.   She was a beautician, having attended Hicks Beauty Academy in Norfolk, VA; a member of the Word of Life in South Mills, NC and attended Sharon Methodist Church in Poplar Branch, NC.  Mrs. Simons is survived by a son, Joe Ray Simons, Jr. and wife, Gayle of Chesapeake, VA; a sister, Joyce Rabat of Southern Shores, NC; three grandchildren, Brian, Becky and Courtney; and four great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a son, William Earl Simons; two sisters, Emma Munden and Mattie Harrington and three brothers, Denard Springle, Richard D. Springle, and Earl Springle.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Twiford Memorial Chapel officiated by Rev. F. Joe Griffith.  Burial will be at a later date in New Hollywood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.  Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Simons family.  (Twiford Funeral Home)

SIMPKINS, Emma Wahab Spencer

Our beloved Emma Wahab Spencer Simpkins, 89, of Wilson heard God’s call to “Come up Higher,” September 19, 2008 at Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, N.C. Emma, the youngest daughter of the late James H. and Eliza B. Wahab, was preceded in death by her husbands, Rev. T. Macon Spencer and Ed Simpkins, and sisters, Melvina Williams and Muriel Newman. Married to Macon for 42 years, she served God faithfully as she labored with him in numerous pastorates in eastern North Carolina. A well-loved preacher’s wife, she was well known for her deep faith, warm wit, gentle spirit and good biscuits. Her sweet, loving spirit touched the lives of many people and she will be greatly missed.  Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday at Joyner’s Funeral Home 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Raleigh. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Soule Cemetery near Swan Quarter, N.C. The Rev. Jerry Nelson, Rev. Eugene Powers, and Rev. David Butts will officiate.  Left to cherish her memory are her children: two daughters, Judy Gibson of Wilson and Lou Spencer of Black Mountain N.C.; two sons: Jim Spencer and wife Joanne of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Bob Spencer and wife Sharon of Wilmington; four grandchildren: Rusty Spencer and wife Carmen, Mischelle Spencer, Melinda Faulk and husband Dennis and Ginny Munichman and husband Max; four great grandchildren: Garrett and Sophia Spencer, Lindsey Faulk and Marc Munichman; a sister, Isabelle Goolsby of Suffolk, Va.; a son-in-law, Wayne Gibson and a host of nieces and nephews.  The family wishes to express gratitude to wonderful friends for your visits, calls, cards, and prayers, and to the staff of Elizabeth House for warmth and compassion during her last days. The family will receive friends 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday at Joyner’s Funeral Home at other times the family will be at 3303 Blenheim Place.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Sunday, September 21, 2008)

SIMPSON, David Robert

SWAN QUARTER - David Robert SIMPSON, 72, of Route #1, Swan Quarter, Rose Bay Community, died Nov. 24 at his home. A native of Benson, he was the son of the late William Shafter and Mabel Benson Simpson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II, and reached the rank of first Lt.; an active member of Swan Quarter Baptist Church where he was deacon and served in the community ministry of the church in the "Church on Wheels" program each week. The family requests that memorials be sent to Gideon's Bible Society, c/o Thad Tankard, Jr., Rt. 1, Box 123, Bath, N.C. 27808. The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Danny L. Simpson, Highway 45, Swan Quarter. Surviving are his wife, Edith Harris Simpson; three sons, Michael Robert Simpson of Cary, Ill. Danny L. Simpson of Swan Quarter and David Shafter Simpson of Panama City, Fla.; a daughter, Rhonda Faye S. Singquefield of Miami Springs, Fla.; a brother, Earl Simpson of Smithfield; two sisters, Nell Cooper of Smithfield and Nancy Winstead of Columbia, S.C.; ten grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 25 in Fairfield United Methodist Church. The Rev. W. Thomas Clarke, pastor, officiated. Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, handled arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, November 18,1991)

SIMPSON, Earl L.

FAIRFIELD - Earl L. SIMPSON, 72, died February 17 at his residence. Mr. Simpson was born December 25, 1927 in Hyde County. He was a farm worker. He is survived by four sisters: Mary Murray of Swan Quarter, Etta Hughes of Baltimore, Md., Thelma Howard of Scranton and Omie Barrow of Plymouth. Funeral services were Saturday, February 27 at 2 p.m. at Star of Zion Church of Christ at Fairfield with Bishop Allen Brooks officiating. Burial was in the Community Cemetery in Fairfield. Arrangements are by Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, February 27, 2000; pg. 10A)

SIMPSON, Eva Geneva Long

FAIRFIELD - Eva Geneva Long SIMPSON, 96, died December 16 in Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Mrs. Simpson was born May 5, 1904 in Hyde County. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary Emma G. Long. She was a widow. Mrs. Simpson was a member of Star of Zion Church in Fairfield and a housewife. She is survived by a daughter, Mary Moore of Fairfield; a sister, Katie Lamb and a brother, Hoover Long, both of New York; 2 grandchdilren; 9 great-grandchildren; 26 great-great-grandchildren and 43 great-great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at Star of Zion Church of Christ with burial in the community cemetery in Fairfield. Arrangements by Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, december 21, 2000; pg. 10A)

SIMPSON, Howard Lee

ELIZABETH CITY - Howard Lee SIMPSON, 58, of Road Street, died March 8, in a Rocky Mount hospital. Mr. Simpson was the son of the late Tom and Robena Simpson. He was member of Star of Zion Disciple Church. Survivors include two daughters: Patricia Dunbar of Columbia and Rebecca Bulford of Manteo; two sisters: Roberta Spencer and Almeta Spencer, both of Columbia; a brother Milford Simpson of Columbia; and one grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Zion Grove Disciple Church by the Rev. Rodney Williams. Burial will be in Community Cemetery, Fairfield. Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times- Tuesday, March 12, 1991)

SIMPSON, Lillian Thomas

OCRACOKE - Lillian Thomas SIMPSON, age 71, daughter of Captain William C. and Eliza Gaskill Thomas, died at Ocracoke on May 23rd after an illness of several months. Mrs. Simpson lived in Norfolk for 27 years and her husband, Stacy Wyche Simpson, predeceased her several years ago. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Alex M. Eley, and one grandson, William Wyche Eley of Ocracoke. Funeral services were held at the Ocracoke Methodist Church with the Rev. R. D. Shinkle officiating. The hymn, "Abide With me" was read by Rev. Shinkle with organ background, as requested by Mrs. Simpson before her death. Burial was in the Community Cemetery. Among those persons attending the funeral from out-of-town were a nephew, John Marvin Simpson and Mrs. Simpson of Portsmouth, Va.; Mrs. R.J. Bartlett of Norfolk, sister of Mr. Eley; and George Futch of Norfolk. (The Coastland Times - May 26, 1961)

SIMPSON, Capt. Stacey Wyche

NORFOLK, VA. - Capt. Stacey Wyche SIMPSON, 68, associated with dredging companies in Norfolk, died Thursday, January 26th, in Baltimore, Md. Capt. Simpson, son of the late George W. and Mrs. Mary James Fulcher Simpson, was a native of Ocracoke and had been a resident of the Norfolk area for 23 years. He resided at Bapaume Avenue at the time of his death. He was a member of the Ocracoke Methodist Church. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Lillian Thomas Simpson; one daughter, Mrs. Marie S. Elery; three brothers: George W. Simpson, Jr. and Needham Simpson of Ocracoke, and John M. Simpson of sea Island, N.J.; a sister, Mrs. Maggie O'Neal of Ocracoke; and 1 grandchild. (The Coastland Times - Friday, February 3, 1956; pg. 5)

SLADE, Alice Mae

Ms. Alice Mae Slade, 90, of 186 Swindell Forest Road, Swan Quarter died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at home.  A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in Jobe’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Swan Quarter with Elder Levi Murray officiating. Burial will follow in Greenhill Cemetery, Swan Quarter.  Ms. Slade was born in Hyde County on Aug. 29, 1918. She was the daughter of the late George and Bertha Spencer Slade. She attended the Hyde County Public Schools. She retired as a seafood technician with Rose Bay Seafood Co. She was a member of Love and Charity Club and Hyde County Seniors Citizens Club. She was a lifelong member of Jobe’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Swan Quarter, where she served in the senior choir and also the Hyde County Mass Choir.  Survivors include two daughters, Ann Sessoms of the home and Eunice Mann of Washington; one son, Elijah Slade of New Jersey; one adopted son, Edward Farmer of Greenville; one sister, Judie Ebron of Swan Quarter; one brother, Garfield Slade of Washington; two daughters-in-kind, Ellen Williams and Emily Thomas; two sons-in-kind, Lt. Col. William F. Williams and Avery Williams; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by one son, Willie Slade; one daughter, Lydia Odem Ebron; five sisters and four brothers.  The family will receive friends at the home.  Arrangements are by Randolph Funeral Home, 219 N. Bonner St., Washington.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Thursday, September 11, 2008)

SLADE, Edna Marie Benston

BELHAVEN - Edna Marie B. SLADE, 56, of Pungo Village, died May 14 at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. She was born November 9, 1943 in Hyde County. She was the daughter of Ethel Stanley Benston and the late Redmon Benston. Mrs. Slade was a doctor's assistant and a member of Faithful Hannah Baptist Church in Engelhard. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Silas B. Slade of South Carolina; a daughter, Delphine Scott of New Jersey; an adopted daughter, Lakesha N. Slade of Belhaven; five sisters: Lizzie Clayton of Belhaven, Janie Blount of Virginia, Leona Beckwith of New York, Pearline Benston of Mt. Vernon, N.Y, and Dorine Roscoe of Maryland; two brothers: Murrice Benston of Engelhard and Hubert Benston of Baltimore, Md.; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 21, in Faithful Hannah Baptist Church at 3 p.m. with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, May 21, 2000; pg. 12A)

SLADE, Rebecca

BELHAVEN - Rebecca SLADE, 104, died July 15, in a nursing home. Mrs. Slade was born in Hyde County. She was the widow of Wesley Slade and was a member of First Baptist Church of Belhaven. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Gwendolyn Roberts of South Carolina; a son, James Edwards of Portsmouth; 41 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday in Corprew Funeral Home, Portsmouth, by the, Rev. Joe B. Fleming. Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Portsmouth. Friends may join the family at 2214 Peach St., Portsmouth. (The Coastland Times - July 21, 1992)

SMITH, Ava Blanche Cahoon

SWAN QUARTER - Ava Blanche Cahoon, SMITH, 89, a resident of Cross Creek Health Care Center, died Tuesday, July 10 at Beaufort County Hospital. Mrs. Smith was born in Swan Quarter on August 28, 1911, the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Thera Spencer Cahoon and was married to Leonard Smith on November 5, 1932, who prededed her in death on March 27, 1977. She resided with her three daughters for many years while still maintaining her home in Swan Quarter. She was a member of the Swan Quarter Christian Church and was a very active member of the Ladies Aid, always ready to help with the sick in the community. She served as vice president of the Home Demonstration Club and wrote for the Hyde County Herald newspaper. In her later years she did her witnessing by sending cards and notes to the sick and shut-ins. She was a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family who loved her dearly. She is survived by Sherma S. Mason and husband Dwain Hunter Mason, Gloria S. Harris and husband Leland Harris, all of Chesapeake, Va., and Rebecca S. Dunbar and husband Bobby Dunbar of Scranton; 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; 4 nieces and 3 nephews; and her roommate and dear friend, Mary Gaskins. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by three brothers: Hallett W. Cahoon, Willie E. Cahoon and Olian Lee Cahoon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 13 at Swan Quarter Christian Church conducted by Raffael Farrow, Jr. and assisted by Bill Booth and Phil Emmert. Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery. Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter handled arrangements. )The Coastland Times - Thursday, July 12, 2001; pg. 4B)

SMITH, Carroll Demock

FAIRFIELD - Carroll Demock SMITH, 91, of Route #1, died Thursday, May 26, in Pungo District Hospital, Belhaven. Born in Hyde County, he was the son of the late Stephen Tyler and Mordecie Williams Smith. He was married to the late Olive Watson Smith, who died September, 1992. Smith was a retired farmer, a member of modern Woodmen of the World and Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. Surviving are a son, Erwin G. Smith of Fairfield; three daughters, Marceline S. Averette of Williamston, Alla S. Sadler and Shelby S. Sawyer, both of Fairfield; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services are to be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at the family plot in Fairfield Cemetery. William H. Booth and Steve Bryan will conduct the service. The family will receive friends at the home, Rt. 1, Fairfield. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, May 29, 1994)

SMITH, Charlotte Jennette

NEW BERN - Charlotte Jennette Smith, 71, died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Bayview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  A native of Hyde County, she was a member of the Riverside Community.  A graveside service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at New Bern Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Coghill officiating. The family will receive friends at the home of George Smith.  She is survived by her daughter, Alice S. Campbell and sons, John Odell Smith and George Smith, all of New Bern; her brother, Troy Jennette of Lusby, Md.; and four grandchildren.  Arrangements are by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.   (Sun Journal - Wednesday, June 15, 2011)

SMITH, David Ross

ENGELHARD - David Ross SMITH, 67, of Route No. 1, Engelhard, died Dec. 4 in Chowan Hospital, Edenton. Funeral services will be held in the Brooks Cemetery in the Gulrock Community of Hyde County at 2 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. William Renn, United Methodist minister, will officiate. A native of Dawson, Ga., he was a graduate of N.C. State University class of 1955. He was a registered surveyor and operated Tri-County Surveyors. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in World War II. He was former chairman of the Hyde County Democratic Party. Surviving are his wife, Susan Schmitt Smith; a son, Frederick Alexander "Zandy" Smith of Rodanthe; two daughters, Jennifer Smith Armstrong of Birmingham, Ala. and Mary Robin Smith of Chapel Hill; a brother, John C. Smith of Dayton, Oh.; one grandchild. The family suggests that memorials he made to the Salvation Army, 112 East Seventh Street, Washington, N.C. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, December 6, 1990)

SMITH, Dorothy L.

OCRACOKE - Dorothy L. SMITH, 61, died Tuesday, December 9.  A private memorial service will be held in Greenville.  Mrs. SMITH was a native of Woodstock, Virginia.  She moved to Washington, D.C. after graduating from high school and after her marriage, lived in numerous places with her husband who was in the U.S. Army.  For the past 22 years she had been a resident of Ocracoke where she was a member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church.  Surviving are her husband, Charles Thomas SMITH; two sons: Vernon Thomas SMITH and Glenn Ray SMITH; a daughter, Paula Ann SMITH, all of Ocracoke; and a grandson, Thomas Charles VERDONE of Gloucester, Va.  (The Coastland Times - Sunday, december 14, 2003; pg. 12A)

SMITH, Erwin Gardner

FAIRFIELD - Erwin Gardner SMITH, 66, of Piney Woods Road, died Thursday, August 12 at Pungo District Hospital Emergency Room in Belhaven. Born in Hyde County, July 24, 1933, he was the son of the late Carroll Demock and Olive Watson Smith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served 1953-1955, a lifelong farmer and had worked as a bridge tender with the U.S. Corps of Engineers at the Fairfield Bridge since 1969. He was a member of the Fairfield Christian Church. Surviving are his wife, Marlis Edna Sears Smith; two sons: Gardner Craig Smith and wife Kim of Grimesland and Daryl Gregg Smith and friend Paige Brickhouse of Fairfield; a daughter, Kimberly S. Nifong and husband Carroll of Fairfield; three sisters: Alla S. Sadler and Shelby S. Sawyer, both of Fairfield, and Marcelline S. Averette of Williamston; two granddaughters: Shawna and Misty Nifong of Fairfield; a very special friend, Gordon Floyd of Spartanburg, S.C. Funeral services were set for 5 p.m. Saturday, August 14, at the family plot in Fairfield Cemetery with William Booth, Steve Bryan and the Rev. James H. Lupton to officiate. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, August 15, 1999; pg. 14A)

SMITH, Ethel Gibbs

FAIRFIELD - Ethel Gibbs SMITH, 89, of Route 1, died Feb. 13 in Guardian Care Nursing Home, New Bern. Born in Fairfield Township, she was the daughter of the late Wilson Lucas and Clarise Spencer Gibbs. She was an active farmer in her working years and was a member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. Surviving are a son, Tracy Smith of Elm City; a daughter, Shirley A. Keech of New Bern, with whom she had made her home; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild. Funeral services were held on Wednesday in Pleasant Grove Church Christ with Phil Emmert officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery. Arrangements were by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times-Thursday, February 17, 1994)

SMITH, Laura Lyon

OCRACOKE - Laura Lyon SMITH, 85, died Sunday, August 20 in an Elizabeth City hospital. Mrs. Smith was born in Durham, and was a homemaker. She was a descendant of the Duke family of Durham, was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting, fishing and yachting in Florida. Mrs. Smith met her husband in a duck blind in Mattamuskeet. She was the daughter of the late Edwin Buchanon and Marian Noell Lyon. Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, James Smith, of the residence; a daughter, Laura Lyon Braak of Wilmington; a son, James Smith of Charlotte; 4 grandchildren; and caregivers, Sara and Clay Harris of Ocracoke. The body will be cremated. Service arrangements are pending at this time. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, August 22, 2000; pg. 12A)

SMITH, Mabel Liverman

TYRRELL COUNTY - Mabel Liverman SMITH, 99, of the Cross Landing Community in Tyrrell County died on November 22, 1998 at Cross Creek Nursing Center in Hyde County. She was born in Tyrrell County and was the daughter of the late Adement and Mary Goodman Liverman. She was a member of Holly Grove United Methodist Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd V. Smith. She is survived by one son: Fred Smith; one daughter: Louise Smith Perdue; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at the Cross Landing Cemetery in Tyrrell County. (Tyrrell Tides Newsletter - November 1998--with permission from Jimmy Fleming, Editor)

SMITH, Mark Louis

Mark “Louis” Smith, 81, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, went to be with the Lord Friday, May 8, 2009, at his home in the Ponzer Community. He was the son of Mark N. Smith and Lula S. Smith of Deep Run.  He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy. In Lenoir County he was an “Outstanding Young Farmer” of 1957, a member of several civic organizations, and a member of the Lenoir County School Board. He was also a substance abuse and court counselor at Lenoir County Mental Health and later at Tideland Mental Health Center in Swan Quarter. His crowning achievement to his wife and his family were the last 40 years of sobriety achieved through the miracle of Alcoholics Anonymous. He was a mentor to many who sought sobriety. He enjoyed crabbing at Lake Mattamuskeet, deer hunting, watching sports, and listening to his wife play the piano.  Survivors are his precious wife, Fleda H. Smith; “son” Blue Smith of the home; Mark Louis Smith, Jr. and wife Joanne of Florence, SC; John “Jack” C. Smith and wife Cathy of Greenville; Wesley P. Smith and wife Shelia of Washington;  daughters, Amy S. Howard and husband Billy of Grifton and Lesley S. Melvin and husband Burnice of New Bern; grandchildren, Bobbi S. Nutt and husband David; Wesley Smith, Jr. and wife Lisa; Joel Smith and wife Jenni; Geoffrey Smith and wife Sandra; Matthew Smith  and wife Pamela; Joy Smith Perez and husband Jose; Kristen S. Hill and husband Jamie; Luke Smith, David Smith, Catherine Smith, Zach Melvin, Christopher Smith, Brooks Howard, and Will Howard; and great-grandchildren, Katie and Ann Francis Nutt, J.W. Hill, and Kolbey Smith; sister, Ellen Tyndall of Deep Run; sisters-in-law, Hazel H. Smith and Anne J. Smith of Deep Run, and many nieces and nephews.  A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, May 11, 2009 at First Baptist Church of Smithton, 2951 Seed Tick Neck Road, with Rev. Matthew Smith and Rev. Jack Smith officiating.   Visitation will be held at other times at the home, 259 Smith Road, Belhaven, NC 27801, in the Ponzer Community.  Throughout his illness, Louis exhibited his unwavering faith in and love for Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Sunday, May 10, 2009)

SMITH, Maude

ENGELHARD - The funeral of Miss Maude SMITH, 66, who died suddenly Saturday night at the home of Mrs. Rupert Davidson at Engelhard, was conducted at 2:30 Monday at the Fairfield Christian Church. Burial was in Fairfield Cemetery. Miss Smith was the daughter of the late LeRoy and Priscilla Williams Smith of Hyde County and had lived in Fairfield until three years ago. (The Coastland Times-Friday, January 30, 1953; pg. 4)

SMITH, Olive Watson

FAIRFIELD - Olive Watson SMITH, 84, of Rt. 1, Fairfield, died Sept. 23 at Beaufort County Hospital in Washington. A native of Hyde County, she was the daughter of the Late Zeb and Sallie Williams Watson. She was a member of the Fairfield Christian Church. Surviving are her husband Carroll D. Smith; a son, Erwin G. Smith of Fairfield; three daughters, Mrs. Marecelline S. Averette of Williamston and Mrs. Alla S. Sadler and Mrs. Shelby S. Sawyer of Fairfield; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday in the family plot at Fairfield Cemetery. Dr. Melvin Styons and Steve Bryan officiated. Arrangements were by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, September 29, 1992)

SMITH, Pink Williams

PORTSMOUTH, VA. - Pink Williams SMITH, 98, a former legal secretary, died January 10, in a local hospital. Mrs. Smith was born in Sladesville. She was also a former yeomanette during World War I. She was the widower of James J. Smith and was a member of Monumental United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Portsmouth Woman's Club. Survivors include two sisters: Gelen W. Buckwater of Portsmouth, and Delle W. Staples of Jacksonville, Florida; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Snellings Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, by the Rev. Arthur Wingfield. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, January 12, 1993)

SMITH, Tracy Levon

ELM CITY - Tracy Levon SMITH, 60, formerly of Hyde County and resident of Elm City in Edgecombe County, died Monday, July 1, at Nash County Hospital in Nashville. Born in Hyde County, he formerly lived in the Fairfield area and attended Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, He most recently worked as a heavy equipment operator with Clarke and Langley Construction Company in Rocky Mount until retirement due to health conditions. Surviving are a son, Tracy Leon [Levon?] Smith, Jr. of Elm City; two daughters: Anita S. Hatchel and Starling Ann Smith, both of Elm City; a sister, Shirley S. Keech of New Bern; and 8 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Gibbs Family Cemetery on Fairfield-Engelhard Road. The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, July 4, 1996)

SMITH, W.H.N.

W.H.N. SMITH of Fairfield died at his home near Fairfield on the night of the 1st at 12:00. (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, February 18, 1892; pg. 3; column 3) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

SMITH, William B.

FORMER HYDE RESIDENT DIES AT FLORIDA HOME - Funeral services for William B. SMITH, 97, a native of Hyde County and a former resident of New Bern, who died suddenly at his home in Winter Haven, Florida Thursday night, were held from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Winter Haven Sunday afternoon.  The Rev. Thomas Melrose, rector, conducted the rites.  Interment followed in Oak Lawn Cemetery at Winter Haven.  Mr. Smith, who was 97 years of age last September 10, was born in Hyde County in 1845, the son of William and Malvina Ufford Smith.  He operated a farm near New Bern until he moved to Winter Haven in 1912 and entered the hardware business with his late son, W.J. Smith.  He retired from active business in 1920.  A member of the Episcopal Church, Mr. Smith helped organize the Winter Haven church and served as senior warden until his death.  His wife died in August 1940 after they had been married for more than 68 years.  Surviving are two daughters: Miss Fannie O. Smith and Mrs. T.W. Brogden of Winter Haven; five sons: Malcolm Smith of Winter Haven, Dr. Clarence Smith and Frank Smith of Raleigh, T.B. and Wallace A. Smith of Clinton; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  (The Dare County Times - Friday, January 8, 1943; pg. 3)

SMITHWICK, Claudia Carawan

Mrs. Claudia Carawan Smithwick, age 76, a resident of Pinetown and a former resident of the Ponzer Community of Belhaven died Sunday April 27, 2014 at River Trace Nursing Center of Washington.  A funeral service will be held 1 pm Tuesday April 29, 2014 at Mount Olive Church of Christ officiated by Russell Mann. The family will receive friends following the service at the church until 3 pm.  Mrs. Smithwick was born in Hyde County on April 19, 1938 daughter of the late John Green “Jay” Carawan, Jr. and the late Elma Williams Carawan. She was a graduate of Hyde County Schools and dedicated her time to her family as a homemaker. Mrs. Smithwick was a member of Mount Olive Church of Christ.  Survivors include a daughter: Gay S. Gibbs and her husband Melvin of Pinetown; five grandchildren: Andrea Pierce and her fiancé Richard Crisp, Kim Slade and her husband Gerrit, Rose Smithwick, Hope Dale and Aaron Pierce; four great grandchildren: Zoe Slade, Micah Slade, J.D. Dale and Wyatt Dale and three sisters: Shirley Spencer of Morehead City, Annette Bishop of Raleigh and Linda Shaver of Raleigh. Mrs. Smithwick was predeceased by a brother: Royce Carawan.  Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven is honored to serve the Smithwick family.  (Paul Funeral Home)

SMITHWICK, Gerald Lee

Gerald Lee Smithwick, age 79, of 38980 U. S. Highway 264, East, the Ponzer Community, Belhaven, died Thursday, October 21, 2010, at his home.  A graveside Service will be held at 3:00 p. m. Sunday at Mount Olive Church of Christ Cemetery in Ponzer.  Steve Bryan will officiate and the eulogy will be delivered by his daughter, Denise Smithwick.  .Gerald was born June 3, 1931 in Ponzer, Hyde County, son of the late Harold and Margaret Carver Smithwick.  Gerald was married for 53 years to Norma Everton Smithwick until her death in March, 2004.  Gerald is survived by a daughter, Denise Smithwick of Indianapolis IN; two sons of the Ponzer Community, Macon Smithwick and wife, Sherry and Gilbert Smithwick and wife, Cindy; five grandchildren, Macon Smithwick, Jr. currently serving in the U. S. Army in Afghanistan, Ashton Gibbs, Gerald Smithwick III, Kyle Smithwick and Tess Smithwick; three great grandsons, Bryson Gibbs, Tyler and Robert Smithwick. He was preceded in death by a son , Gerald Lee Smithwick, Jr., who died in April 2003.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers, William T. Smithwick and Doran Smithwick; a sister, Amy Lou Deese.  Gerald served three years in the U. S. Army including a year in Korea with a tank battalion during the war where he attained the rank of Master Sergeant at the age of 20. After he was discharged from the Army, he and his wife, Norma lived in her hometown of Norfolk VA where their four children were born before relocating to Ponzer in 1965.  They ran a country store for a number of years, Gerald was an accomplished welder, and then became a successful commercial fisherman.  After retiring from that, he opened a small bait business, which he ran until recently from a shop outside his home.  He very much enjoyed meeting and visiting with fishermen from all over the country.  Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter is assisting the family with arrangements and the family will receive friends at home.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

SMITHWICK, JR., Gerald Lee "Jerry Lee"

PONZER - Gerald Lee "Jerry Lee" SMITHWICK, JR., 49, died Wednesday, April 16 at Duke University Medical Center.  Born in Norfolk, Va. on August 6, 1953, he was the son of Gerald Lee Smithwick, Sr. and Norma Everton Smithwick.  He was a graduate of the John A. Wilkinson High School in Belhaven, class of 1971 and was employed as a carpenter.  Surviving in addition to his parents are a son, Gerald Lee Smithwick, III of the home; a sister, Denise Smithwick of Indianapolis, Indiana; two brothers: Macon T. Smithwick and Gilbert K. Smithwick, both of Ponzer.  Funeral services were held Friday at the gravesite in Mount Oliver Church of Christ Cemetery in Ponzer with Scott Askew officiating and Denise Smithwick offering the eulogy.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.  (The Coastland Times - Sunday, April 20, 2003; pg. 10A)

SMITHWICK, Grace Harris
The Coastland Times - Thursday, Sept. 10, 1981; pg. 11A


SMITHWICK, James Hinton

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. - James Hinton SMITHWICK, 81, died July 18 in Newport News. He was a native of Hyde County and had lived in the Tidewater area for 41 years. He retired from Newport News Shipyard in 1970 as a supervisor after 27 years service. Mr. Smithwick was a member of the Northside Church of Christ, Newport News. He is survived by one daughter, Jeanne Forbus of Newport News; one son, James C. Smithwick of Seaford, Va.; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Umphlett Funeral Home, Newport News, Va. with the Rev. Taylor Jefferson and Matthew Knight officiating. Burial will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton, Va. (The Coastland Times - July 21, 1992)

SMITHWICK, Jessie Harris

SWAN QUARTER - Jessie Harris SMITHWICK, 86, of Route 1, Swan Quarter, died Tuesday morning, January 24, in Pungo District Hospital, Belhaven. Born in Engelhard December 3, 1908, she was the daughter of the late Henry Gibbs and Mattie Helen Hodges Harris. She was the widow of Bruce Smithwick who died in 1977. Mrs. Smithwick was a member of Swan Quarter Baptist Church and a retired cafeteria staff member at Mattamuskeet and O.A. Peay Schools in Hyde County. Surviving are two sons: Bruce Sherwood Smithwick of Winterville and Danny Royce Smithwick of Chesapeake, Va.; three daughters: Eloise Smithwick Harris of Swan Quarter, Audrey Smithwick Tyson of Kinston and Hilda Smithwick Harris of Swan Quarter; 12 grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. Mrs. Smithwick was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Joyce Smithwick. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the family plot in Mt. Olive Church of Christ Cemetery in the Ponzer community. Rev. C.L. Reynolds will conduct the service. The family will receive friends at the home of Eloise Smithwick Harris, Route #1, Highway 45, Swan Quarter. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, January 26, 1995)

SMITHWICK, Norma Everton

Mrs. Norma Everton SMITHWICK, 71, of the Ponzer community, Belhaven, died Sunday morning, March 7, 2004 at Pungo District Hospital. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the gravesite in Mount Olive Church of Christ Cemetery in the Ponzer community. Steve Bryan will officiate and her daughter, Denise Smithwick, will offer the eulogy. Mrs. Smithwick was born Nov. 27, 1932 in Norfolk, Va. She was the daughter of the late Yakel Everton and Ella Twiford Everton. She was married to Gerald Lee Smithwick Sr., who survives. Survivors include two sons, Macon T. Smithwick and Gilbert K. Smithwick, both of the Ponzer community; a daughter, Denise Smithwick of Indianapolis, Ind.; a brother, Alvin D. Everton of Belhaven; a sister, Dollie E. Gibbs of Portsmouth, Va.; five grandchildren, Macon T. Smithwick Jr., stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, and Gerald L. Smithwick III, Ashton D. Smithwick, Kyle B. Smithwick and Tess Smithwick, all of the Ponzer community. She was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Lee Smithwick Jr.; two brothers, Yakel Everton Jr. and Lawrence Everton; and a sister, Tess E. Turtle. The family will receive friends at the home. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service of Swan Quarter.  (Washington Daily News - Monday, March 8, 2004)

SMITHWICK, Ralph B.

BELHAVEN - Funeral services for Ralph B. SMITHWICK, of Route 1, Belhaven, were conducted Sunday at 3 p.m. from the Mt. Olive Church of Christ at Ponzer. Burial followed in the Belhaven Community cemetery. He was 63 and died Friday night in Duke Hospital at Durham following a severe illness of several months. He was born in Hyde County, the son of the late Fanny Smith and George Smithwick, and he was a member of the Mt. Olive Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, the former Alice Jarvis; one brother, Rufus Smithwick of Leechville, and one sister, Mrs. Naomi Satterthwaite of Ponzer. (The Coastland Tiimes - Friday, December 24, 1954; pg. 4)

SMITHWICK, William Thomas

William Thomas (Bill) Smithwick, 86, of Riverside Campground Road, The Ponzer Community, died unexpectedly on Friday morning, January 15, 2010 at his home.  Born in Ponzer Community of Hyde County, March 29, 1923, he was the son of the late Harold and Margaret Carver Smithwick.  His father was accidentally killed in the log woods when Bill was 9 years old and his mother later married Macon Howard who became Bill's step-father.  Bill was married to Doris Lilley Smithwick who peceded him in death in May, 2008.  Bill served in the United States Navy for 13 years during the time that included World War II.  He was the founder and long time proprietor of Riverside Campground and Smithwick Properties.  He served for several years on the Board of Directors of N. C. Campground Assn., was a former member of Ponzer Ruritan Club, a member of Southern Albemarle Assn. ,previously served on the Albemarle Resource, Conservation and Development Board and was a member of Mt. Olive Church of Christ where he was a former deacon.  Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Riverside Convention Center at the campground.  Steve Bryan will officiate and burial will follow in the family cemetery at the campground. Chad Arthur, Doug Armstrong, Macon Smithwick, Gilbert Smithwick, Al Sawyer and Randy Clayton will serve as pallbearers.  Surviving are a son, Billy H. Smithwick and wife, Ellan of Glen Allen, VA; daughters, Thomasina S. Baynor and husband, Junior and Regina S. Woolard and husband, Wayne all of Belhaven; a brother, Gerald Smithwick of Belhaven; grandchildren, Billie Jo S. Darden and husband, Tyler, Bobby Jo Smithwick, Carr Baynor and wife, Lee, Shannon B. Braxton and husband, Richie, Brandi W. Mobley and husband, Bo, Brooke W. Dunbar and husband, Chuck and Brett Woolard and wife, Kayla; thirteen great-grandchildren.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Harold D. Smithwick and a half-sister, Amy Lou Deese.  The family will receive friends at the home and the body will lie in state at the convention center during the hour prior to the service.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

SNELL, Odell Dodge

PLYMOUTH - Odell Dodge SNELL, 61, of Route 2, died May 1, 1992, in a Plymouth hospital. Mrs. Snell was born in Tyrrell County. She was a member of Sound Side Missionary Baptist Church and was the widow of O. Britton Snell. (Virginian-Pilot - May 3, 1992; pg. 2B)

SPEIDELL, Kathleen Sara

NORFOLK - Kathleen Sara SPEIDELL, 90, of the 1200 block of Long Ridge Road, died April 15, 1992, in a Norfolk hospital. Mrs. Speidell was born in Hyde County, N.C. She was a retired foster mother for retarded children. (Virginian-Pilot - April 17, 1992; pg. 2D)

SPENCE, Governor

HYDE COUNTY - Lewis Henry White and Governor SPENCE (colored) were drowned in Sandy Point Bay on Monday two weeks ago. (The Economist Weekly (Elizabeth City) - Tuesday, April 26, 1892)

SPENCER, Alvin

MIDDLETOWN - Funeral services for Alvin SPENCER of Middletown were held on Thursday afternoon last at the Middletown Christian Church with Rev. Walter Armstrong officiating. Mr. Spencer was 55 years old and lived at Middletown with his brother, Peleg Spencer and family, the last several years. He passed away Wednesday after a lingering illness. Surviving are his brother, Peleg, and two sisters: Mrs. David Swindell and Mrs. Otis White of this section. (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 13, 1953; pg. 4)

SPENCER, Amanda Victoria

Miss Amanda Victoria Spencer, 18, of 595 Church St., Fairfield, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006 at her home.  The family will receive friends at the home.  Arrangements are by Whitfield & Whitley Funeral Home.  (Washington Daily News - Wednesday, January 3, 2007)

Miss Amanda Victoria Spencer, 18, of 595 Church St., Fairfield, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at home. A funeral will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Mattamuskeet High School gymnasium. Burial will follow in Cox Cemetery.  Miss Spencer was born in Beaufort County on April 2, 1988. She was the daughter of Linwood Earl Green and Sarah Elizabeth Spencer. She was a senior at Mattamuskeet High School where she was an active participant of the cheerleading squad, on the yearbook committee and involved with the Navy program.  Survivors include grandparents, Ruby Pearl Spencer of Engelhard, Shirley Brinkley of Grimesland and Simon and Bertha Cooper of Swan Quarter; and siblings, Kendrick Green and Jaquana Green, both of Greenville, Cam Parker, Tekuila Green, Faith Andrews, Tashana Green, Zorya Green and Jada Clark, all of Washington.  She was preceded in death by grandparents, A.C. Chapman and Hinton Brinkley.  A walk in visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends at the home.  Arrangements are by Whitfield & Whitley Funeral Home, Washington.  (Washington Daily News - Saturday, January 6, 2007)

SPENCER, Barbara Gainey

Barbara Gainey SPENCER of Ocracoke died at her home on Wednesday, July 16, after an extended illness.  She was 67.  A native of Goldsboro, Mrs. Spencer had been a resident of Ocracoke for 11 years.  She was a renowned artist and author, painting and sculpting in New York City, Belgium, India, Egypt and the Canary Islands.  She served as a trustee on the board of directors of the Ocracoke Preservation Society.  She was the wife of Wallace T. Spencer.  Besides her husband, Mrs. Spencer is survived by three sisters: Betty Flowers of Safety Harbor, Fla., Shirley Daulton of Newport News, and Dorothy Casey of Raleigh; one brother, Coy Gainey of Raleigh; and nieces and nephews.  Graveside services were held on Friday, July 18, at the Ocracoke Community Cemetery.  Twiford's Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.  (Outer Banks Sentinel - Thursday, July 24, 1997; pg. 8B)

SPENCER, Belinda Gibbs

Belinda Gibbs Spencer, 57, a resident of 1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Wilson, and formerly of Engelhard, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Wilson Medical Center. A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Engelhard.  Burial will be in the Cox family cemetery.  Visitation was held Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, in the chapel of Blair Funeral Service in Edenton.   (Washington Daily News - Wednesday, August 22, 2012)

SPENCER, Ben

Capt. Ben SPENCER died Sunday, February 23, at Ocracoke after 12 months illness of congestion of the stomach. He was the husband of Mrs. Weinberg's sister, and leaves a widow and eight children. (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, March 5, 1896; pg. 3; column 2) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

SPENCER, Blanche Whitaker

FAIRFIELD - Blanche Whitaker SPENCER, 84, died Sunday, November 9. Survivors include her husband, Roosevelt Spencer of Fairfield; five daughters: Carrie Spencer of Fremont, Doris Burrus of Fairfield, Deloris Harris of Brooklyn, Roselee Pierce of Belhaven, and Mary Johnson of Washington; two sons, John R. Spencer of Fairfield, and Dennis Spencer of Greensboro; two sisters: Willie Spencer of Swan Quarter, and Farris Simpson of Roper; one brother, Albert Whitaker of Fairfield; 24 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Snow Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Jessie Harvey officiating. Arrangements were by Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, November 13, 1997; pg. 10A)

SPENCER, Branch Allen

Mr. Branch Spencer a native of Swan Quarter, NC and a resident of Mobile, AL died on Saturday July 16, 2011 at his residence. Mr. Spencer was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in World War II, he was an accomplished engineer with the U.S. Corp. of Engineers. Mr. Spencer loved cars and loved to eat flounder. He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine Spencer, son Allen Spencer and his 2nd wife Ann Spencer. Mr. Spencer is survived by his brother Edward Spencer of Gettysburg, PA, sister Rosetta Mayo of Washington, NC, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held from the Chapel of Pine Crest Funeral Home on Wednesday July 20, 2011 at 11AM. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 until 11AM. Entombment will be in the Chapel of the Pines Mausoleum in Pine Crest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Providence United Methodist Church, Swan Quarter, NC 27885  (Pine Crest Funeral Home and Cemeteries)

SPENCER, Carl Baxter

PORTSMOUTH - Carl Baxter SPENCER, 77, of Portsmouth and formerly of Raleigh, N.C., a noted naval shipyard administrator, died Thursday, April 14, 1994, in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. A native of Swan Quarter, N.C., Baxter Spencer lived in Portsmouth since 1946, when he moved to Virginia to begin his 32 years of civilian government service with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. In the shipyard he advanced from a statistician to Director of Management Engineering, management analysis officer GS-14. Upon his retirement in 1973, he was awarded the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the highest civilian award available for his outstanding service and accomplishments. He was on the staff of 16 different admirals during his career and also headed a national panel which reorganized the 11 major naval shipyards in America. Baxter Spencer was president of the Naval Civilian Administrator's Association, both at the national and local levels. He was president of the Industrial Management Club at the city and state levels. He was president (1962-63) and vice president of Elizabeth Manor Golf Club; founder and top official of the Eastern Amateur Golf Tournament; director of the National Jaycees Golf Tournament (1960); founder of the Tidewater Retired Men's Golf Association and president of that organization for more than 24 years, including 1993-94. He was also an active member of Cedar Point Golf Club and winner of the 1988 Men's Senior Club Championship (also 1990 and 1984 runner up). Besides his love for golf, Baxter Spencer was a champion chess player, winning the 1948 Class A Chess Championship for the state of Virginia. He was a 1933 graduate of Broughton High School, a 1937 graduate of Wake Forest College and did graduate work at N.C. State Institute (1939) and Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (1954). He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the merchant marine. Carl Baxter Spencer was most beloved by his family and his surviving wife, Julia Mills Farish Spencer (formerly of Raleigh, N.C.) and his two daughters, Lynn Spencer of Chesapeake and Julia Spencer Moutran, Ph.D. of Avon, Conn. Granddaughters include Meredith Spencer Moutran and Melanie Blair Moutran of Avon, Catherine Julia Esau and Laura Elizabeth Wilson of Virginia Beach. He is also survived by three brothers: Richard Payne Spencer of Carmel, Calif., Walter Lee Spencer of Stockton, Calif., and John Graham Spencer of Raleigh; two sisters, Alice Spencer Stone of Murietta, Calif., and Evelyn Spencer Hamrick of Kings Mountain, N.C.; a son-in-law, Alan Moutran of Avon; and a great-granddaughter, Erica Farish Winslow of Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be held today, April 16, at 2 p.m. in Monumental United Methodist Church by the Rev. Arthur Wingfield. Entombment will be in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Loving Funeral Home in charge. (Virginian-Pilot - Saturday, April 16, 1994; pg. 2D)

SPENCER, Cason G. [Gibbs]

Mr. Cason G. SPENCER died on Sunday, October 18th, in Middleton, Hyde County. (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, November 5, 1891; pg. 3; column 3) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

SPENCER, Charlie

NORFOLK - Charlie SPENCER, 73, of Route 2, a retired farmer, died Sept. 27, 1990, in his home. Mr. Spencer, a native of Hyde County, N.C., was a member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Lizzie H. Spencer of Fairfield, N.C.; two daughters, Charline Spencer of Connecticut and Pattie Spencer of Atlantic City, N.J.; nine sons, Lawrence Spencer, Alvin Spencer, Alben Spencer and Victor Spencer, all of North Carolina, and Joe R. Spencer of Connecticut, Adonis Spencer of Maryland, MacAuthor Spencer and Carlos Spencer, both of Virginia, and Roy Rhines of Boston; a sister, Ida Sanford of Virginia; 25 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Salem Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. C.Z. Bowser. Burial will be in the Harris Cemetery, Fairfield. Rowsom Funeral Home is handling arrangements. (Virginian-Pilot - Monday, October 1, 1990; pg. 2D)

SPENCER, Clair Matthews

Clair Matthews Spencer, 86, of 33605 U. S. Highway 264, Engelhard, died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at the home of her son in Swan Quarter after a lengthy illness.  Born in Pamlico County on April 15, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Marshall A. and Beatrix (Trixie) Miller Matthews.  She was married the Jimmie W. Spencer who preceded her in death.  She was a graduate of Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She enjoyed a career in banking that led her to become the first woman comptroller in banking in North Carolina and she retired from The East Carolina Bank as Executive Vice President and Comptroller.  She loved her church where she served on the vestry of St. George’s Episcopal Church at Lake Landing and served as treasurer of the church for about 30 years.  She also served as representative to the Diocesan Convention.  Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at St. George’s Episcopal Church at Lake Landing.  The Rev. James Lupton will officiate.  Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery.  Surviving are two sons, Patrick M. Spencer and wife, Donna of Swan Quarter and Donald W. Spencer and wife, Kathy of Manteo; grandchildren, Megan S. Shaw and husband, Byron, Mandy P. Spencer, Malori C. Spencer, Eden Hope Braunstein and husband, Billy; a great granddaughter, Riya Mae Braunstein.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary M. Conyers.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter, Tuesday evening, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and other times at the home of Pat and Donna Spencer, 735 Main Street, Swan Quarter.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Monday, June 16, 2008)

SPENCER, Clara Gibbs

Clara Gibbs Spencer, 69, a resident of Cross Creek Health Care Center died Tuesday night, October 13, 2009, at Cross Creek.  Born in the Ponzer Community of Hyde County on March 5, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Ellis and Nancy Sanderson Gibbs.  She lived in Engelhard for many years and later moved to Knightdale in Wake County until she returned to Hyde County about a year ago.  She attended Mt. Olive Church of Christ in her early years.  She worked as a waitress in several restaurants thru the years.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.  Steve Bryan will officiate.  Inurnment will be in Amity Methodist Church Cemetery at Lake Landing.  Surviving are a son, Danny W. Spencer, Jr. and his wife, Joan of Raleigh and Swan Quarter; a brother, Russell Gibbs of Goldsboro; sisters, Nancy Jefferson of Washington and Wilma Gibbs of Engelhard; a grandson, Hunter Spencer of Raleigh.  Mrs. Spencer was preceded in death by brothers, Leon Gibbs and J. T. Gibbs; two sisters, Juanita Spargar and Yvonne Karn.  The family will receive friends following the service on Sunday.  (The Coastland Times [Manteo, NC] - Sunday, October 18, 2009; pg. 8A)

SPENCER, Claude A.

ENGELHARD - Claude A. SPENCER, 92, died April 27 at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Mr. Spencer is survived by two sons: Allen Moore of Pinehurst and Roosevelt Fulford of Philadelphia, Pa.; four daughters: Margaret Griddletree of Maryland, Carrie and Lula of Philadelphia, and Arenna Henderson of Jacksonville; three brothers: Redman Spencer of Engelhard, Harry Spencer of Autumnfield Nursing Home of Belhaven, and Thomas Spencer of Pantego; one sister, Arnetta Young of Engelhard; 25 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, April 30, at Mount Pilgrim Church of Christ in Engelhard. The family is at the home of Doris Weston in Engelhard. Arrangements were by Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, May 2, 1995; pg. 4B)

SPENCER, Clifford Edwin

Clifford Edwin SPENCER, 58, of 35370 U. S. Highway 264, Engelhard, died Monday, September 13, 2010 at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven  Born in Beaufort County, July 18, 1952, he was the son of the late Walter Burl and Lessie Lee Gibbs Spencer. He was a member of Engelhard Christian Church and worked as a commercial fisherman and the Washington Daily News.  Funeral Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the family plot in Fulford Cemetery. Scott Sukeforth will officiate. Surviving are ; three sons, Edwin Spencer of Swan Quarter, Ricky Spencer and wife, Amber of Battle Creek, Michigan and Elijah Spencer of Engelhard; two daughters, Keri Spencer of Swan Quarter and Elisha Shelton and husband, Kahler of Engelhard; and wife Pamela Spencer, a  brother, Shirlen Spencer and wife, Betty of Engelhard.; eight grandchildren. The family would be grateful for memorials to help with funeral expenses. The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service on Thursday evening, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

SPENCER, Dan B.

ENGELHARD - Dan B. SPENCER, 96, formerly of Engelhard, died Sept. 19, 2005 in a Brooklyn, N.Y. hospital.  Mr. Spencer was born in Hyde County May 23, 1909, son of Nathaniel and Neta Mae Spencer.  He is survived by a sister, Aggie Whitfield of Engelhard, and two daughters of New York.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at Faithful Hannah Baptist Church with Elder Walter officiating.  Burial will follow in Brown's Memorial Cemetery in Engelhard.  Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, is handling arrangements.  (The Coastland Times - Sunday, September 25, 2005; pg. 10A)

SPENCER, Dan D.
(The Coastland Times - Friday, Dec. 15, 1961; pg. 6)

SPENCER, Daphne Duke

Daphne Duke Spencer, 91, passed away on December 18, 2013. She was a native of Bath, NC, and the daughter of the late William Hilton and Dell Neal Duke. She spent most of her life in New Holland in Hyde County and moved to Elizabeth City in 2007. She was a past member of the Soule United Methodist Church in Hyde County and more recently a member of First United Methodist Church in Elizabeth City. She was a member of the Order of the Easter Star. Daphne was loved by everyone who knew her and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.  Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Bonnie O’Neal; their son, Richard S. O’Neal and wife Nicole; and their two children, Carly and Caden. She is also survived by her stepson and daughter-in-law Glenn and Myra Spencer; their children, Dawn Armstrong and husband Darren, Heather Ballance and husband Marcus, and Stuart Spencer and wife Miranda; and their children. Besides her parents, she was pre-deceased by her first husband, Dick O’Neal; her second husband Ray M. Spencer; and by a son, Richard D. O’Neal.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, Elizabeth City. A second memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Soule United Methodist Church. Internment will follow at Soule Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church in Elizabeth City, Soule United Methodist Church in Swan Quarter, or a charity of one’s choice. Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Spencer family.  (Twiford Funeral Home)


(Soule Methodist Church Newsletter kindly sent by Merlin S. Berry)

SPENCER, Donnie Fitchgerald

COLUMBIA - Donnie Fitchgerald Spencer, 45, of Railroad St., died Wednesday, June 16, at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Mr. Spencer was born July 24, 1964 in Beaufort County to Elsie Spencer and the late Wilbert Collins.  He worked in construction.  Besides his mother he is survived by his wife Shirley S. Spencer of the residence; sons: Don Spencer of Tillery, and Deandre Spencer of Colubmia; daughters: Tamika Spruill of Creswell and Tiffany Griswell of LA; brothers: Richard Spencer of Engelhard, Preston Spencer and Hatten Spencer, both of Manteo; sisters: Pearley Collins and Gloria Spencer, both of Engelhard, and Clydetta Shelton of Georgia; and four grandchildren.  A funeral was held at Zion Grove Christian Church on Monday, June 21 at 2 p.m. with Elder Rodney Williams officiating. Burial followed in Brown Memorial, Engelhard.  Rowsom Funeral Home of Columbia assisted the Spencer family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, June 22, 2010; pg. 6A)

SPENCER, Dorcas Liverman

FUNERAL FOR AGED MOTHER OF MRS. L.F. COTTEN HELD IN HYDE COUNTY

Mrs. Dorcas Liverman SPENCER, 80, native of Hyde County, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L.F. Cotten, near Stem, at 5:50 Friday morning following a lengthy illness. Funeral rites were conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at Amity Methodist Church at Middletown, Hyde County, by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Davis, assisted by the Rev. J.A. Auman, pastor of Stem Methodist Church. Burial was at St. George's Episcopal Church Cemetery at Middletown. Mrs. Spencer, who had been in feeble health for some time, came to Granville County six years ago to reside with her daughter. The funeral and burial were near the site of her old home in Hyde County. Surviving Mrs. Spencer are two daughters: Mrs. Cotten and Mrs. Albert S. Johnston of Middletown; one son, Guy Spencer of Middletown; two sisters: Mrs. Mary A. Windley of Belhaven and Mrs. John H. Bryan of Portsmouth, Va.; and a half-brother, R.P. Richardson of Atlanta, Ga.; and 3 grandchildren. (Oxford Public Ledger (Oxford, NC) - February 12, 1946) [Kindly submitted by Kitty Humphries.]

SPENCER, Dorothy Spencer

Dorothy Sawyer SPENCER, 84, formerly of the Sladesville community and more recently a resident of Cross Creek Health Care Center, died Monday, April 18, 2005, at Cross Creek.  Born in Hyde County, January 7, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Hugh G. and Lula Warner Sawyer. She was married to Rupert Gordon Spencer who preceded her in death on February 17, 1995. She was a member of the Eunice Chapel Church of Christ where she was active in the church women's fellowship.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at Eunice Chapel Church of Christ. Phillip Paul and Michael Swindell will officiate and burial will follow at Sladesville Missionary Baptist Church cemetery.  Surviving are a daughter, Ellen Louise S. Williams and her husband, Jim of Swan Quarter; two sons, B. Allen Spencer and his wife, Marie and David A. Spencer both of Scranton; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Myrtle Sawyer of Scranton.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter on Wednesday evening, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will greet friends following the funeral service on Thursday.  (Washington Daily News - Wednesday, April 20, 2005)

SPENCER, Eddie Lamont

Mr. Eddie Lamont Spencer, 39, of 691 Goshen Back Road, Engelhard, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Mattamuskeet High School’s auditorium, with Elder Albert Russell officiating. The family received friends Saturday at 1080 Farrow Fork Road, Engelhard. Arrangements are by Randolph Funeral Home, 219 N. Bonner St., Washington.  (Washington Daily News - Sunday, September 18, 2011)

SPENCER, Edward Branch

SWAN QUARTER - Edward Branch SPENCER, 86, retired Hyde County deputy sheriff, died Sunday. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Providence Methodist Church. Burial will be in Soule Cemetery. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ora Carawan Spencer; sons: Branch Allen Spencer of Mobile, Alabama, and Edward Warren Spencer of Morehead City; daughter, Mrs. Rosetta Mayo of Greenville; brother, John Snall Spencer of Ocala, Florida; sisters: Mrs. Mamie Brinn of Creswell, Mrs. Thelma Humphries and Mrs. Margaret Hayes Baugh, both of Okeechobee, Florida, and Mrs. Mary Page Garrison of Tampa, Florida; 7 grandchildren. Arrangements are by Owens Funeral Home. (No paper was given but Edward's niece, Kitty Humphries who kindly submitted this obituary, states that he was born July 15, 1894 in Hyde Co. and was the s/o Edward Orizon Spencer and Mary James Ballance. He died 26 October 1980 in New Bern, NC and for many years was the jailer in Swan Quarter.)

SPENCER, Edwin Keith

PLYMOUTH - Edwin Keith SPENCER, 71, of Hampton Dr., died Sunday, August 24, at the Washington County Hospital following a long period of declining health. A native of Engelhard, Hyde County, he was the son of the late Samuel Hawks Spencer, II, and Janie Watson Spencer. He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the US Marine Corps, and a member of the American Legion. He had retired in 1982 from the Weyhaeuser Paper Company, where he had worked for 20 years, and was a member of the Riverside Baptist Church. Mr. Spencer was a Mason, and a member of the Mattamuskeet Masonic Lodge #328, AF & AM. Surviving are his wife, Kathleen Craddock Spencer of the home; a son, Joseph Gray Thompson, Jr. of Raleigh; a daughter, Jo Teel of Greenville; one brother, James A. Spencer of Hampton, Va.; one sister, Millie S. Cox of Engelhard; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Mr. Spencer was preceded in death by a brother, Miles C. Spencer of Engelhard, and a sister, Frances S. Gibbs of Swan Quarter. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of the Horner-Walker Funeral Home with the Rev. Howard Simpson officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Gardens with Masonic rites. Horner-Walker Funeral Home in Plymouth is in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, August 26, 1997; pg. 8A)

SPENCER, Eli

COLUMBIA - Eli SPENCER, 75, of Highway 64 bypass, died July 24 in his home. Mr. Spencer was a retired laborer. He was born in Hyde County and was a member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Roberta Spencer; two daughters, Rhodia Hawkins of New York and Patricia Dunbar of Columbia; a son, Michael Simpson of New York; two sisters, Magnolia Bryant of Tarboro and Mahalia Spencer of Norfolk; a brother, George Spencer of Columbia; and 6 grandchildren. Funeral services will be Sunday in Salem Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Berkley P. Heckstall. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may join the family from 7 to 8 p.m. today in Rowsom Funeral Home. (The Coastland Times-July 30, 1991)

SPENCER, Elmer Carl

FAIRFIELD - Elmer Carl SPENCER, 77, died Sunday, March 29, at the home of Carl and Elaine Spencer of Fairfield. He was the son of the late William S. and Sallie A. Spencer and the husband of the late Agatha G. Spencer. Surviving are three sons: Graham L., David R. and Carl W. Spencer, all of Fairfield; one daughter, Wanda S. Thigpen of Fountain; 6 grandchildren. He was a veteran of World War II, a retired heavy equipment operator and farmer, a member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ and a life long resident of Hyde County. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Spencer Family Cemetery at the home. The family will receive friends at the home of Carl and Elaine Spencer on the Engelhard-Fairfield Road. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, March 31, 1992)

SPENCER, Emline

ENGELHARD, N.C. - Emline SPENCER, 75, of Engelhard, died Monday, Nov. 28, 1994, at DePaul Hospital. Survivors include her husband, David Spencer of Engelhard; a daughter, Lola Johnson of Norfolk; a son, Dennis R. Spencer; a granddaughter, Sandra Webbs and her husband, Benjamin Webbs of Norfolk; two grandsons; and a stepdaughter, Mary Tisdale of New York. Funeral services will be held in Engelhard, N.C. Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (The Virginian-Pilot - Thursday, December 1, 1994; pg. 10B)

SPENCER, Emma Estell

ENGELHARD, N.C. - Emma Estel SPENCER, 92, died October 16, 1998. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge. (The Virginian-Pilot - Tuesday, October 20, 1998)

ENGELHARD - Emma Estell SPENCER, 92, died October 16 in Britthaven, Outer Banks, Nags Head. She was born August 8, 1906. Surviving are one daughter, Rosa Spencer of Engelhard; one son, George L. Spencer of New York; one brother, Jimmie Midgette of South Carolina; five sisters: Gladys Midgette of Engelhard, Ethel Bryant of Manteo, Mary Mann of Queens, N.Y., Mabel Mathews and Ellen Gibbs of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 6 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Evangelist Carrie Holmes officiating. Burial was in Brown Memorial Cemetery. Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia was in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, October 22, 1998; pg. 10A)

SPENCER, Erma Dell Lewis

FAIRFIELD - Mrs. Erma Dell Lewis SPENCER, 77, of Fairfield, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at Pungo District Hospital.  A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ with James Scheffler and Phil Emmert officiating. Burial will follow in the family cemetery near the home.  Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.  Mrs. Spencer was born in Hyde County on Oct. 27, 1925, the daughter of the late William Ernest and Lydia Midgette Lewis. She was the widow of Woodrow Spencer. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ.  Survivors include a son, Robert Dale "R.D." Spencer of Fairfield; two brothers, Wilbur Lewis of Fairfield and Leslie Lewis, a resident of Cross Creek Health Care Center; a sister, Alma L. Williams of Fairfield; and three grandchildren.  Mrs. Spencer was preceded in death by two brothers, Erdis Lewis and Preston Lewis.  The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (Washington Daily News - Monday, September 8, 2003)

SPENCER, Etta Carter Styron

OCRACOKE - Etta Carter Styron Spencer, 91, better known to the community of Ocracoke as “Ogga” passed peacefully with her family by her side on April 3, 2009. Ogga was born on January 8, 1918, the daughter of Elijah Styron and Estelle O’Neal Styron. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Sommers Spencer and daughter Margaret Estelle Spencer. She was also preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers. A life long resident of Ocracoke Island, she loved the island she called home and the community that she was committed to for 91 years. When those who know her think of her they will remember that she was a hard-working, dependable and incredible woman who took care of her family. Family was most important to her as there were five generations living on Ocracoke when she passed.   Mrs. Spencer is survived by her two daughters Susan Spencer Austin and husband, Clifton Austin, Sr. of Hatteras Island and Stella Spencer O’Neal and husband, Edward C. O’Neal, Jr. of Ocracoke Island, six grandchildren, Clifton Austin, Jr., Dawn Fenyak, Eddie O’Neal, Andy O’Neal, Stephanie McLeod and Albert O’Neal, nine great-grandchildren and one-great-great grandchild, Carter Sommers O’Neal who will carry on her name. In addition, Ogga was survived by several nieces and nephews and friends who were too numerous to count.   A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm at The Ocracoke United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joyce Reynolds officiating.   Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, April 7, 2009; pg. 10A)

SPENCER, Eunice Rose

SUFFOLK, VA. - Eunice Rose SPENCER, 89, formerly of Engelhard, died February 3 in Portsmouth, Va. She had made her home in Suffolk with her son for some years. Born in Hyde County, she was the widow of Thomas Reginal Spencer. She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Chesapeake and the Order of Eastern Star in Hyde County. Surviving are a son, Reginal E. Spencer and his wife Shirley of Suffolk; and 2 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Snellings Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel. The Rev. Lynn Hardway will officiate. Burial will follow a graveside service at 3 p.m. Friday at Soule Cemetery in Swan Quarter. Local arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, February 5, 1998; pg. 10A)

SPENCER, Evelyn Burrus

ENGELHARD - Evelyn B. SPENCER, 47, of Route 1, died Jan. 15 in her home. Mrs. Spencer, a native of Hyde County, was employed with Farrow's Red & White Supermarket. She was a member of Faith Temple Worship Center. Survivors include her husband, Cecil Spencer Jr.; three daughters: Betsy Spencer, Aretina Spencer and Coretta Spencer, and a son, Darrell W. Spencer, all of Engelhard; her mother, Dortha Burrus of Fairfield; four sisters: Retha Sykes of Norfolk, Va., Dorothy McCabe of Swan Quarter, and Lodia A. Burrus and Gloria J. Burrus, both of Fairfield; and four brothers: Jimmie Burrus, Sr., Leon Burrus, Danny L. Burrus and Kenneth E. Burrus, all of Fairfield. Funeral services were set for 2 p.m. Saturday in Mount Pilgrim Disciples Church by the Rev. James C. Gant with burial to be in Brown Cemetery. Blair Funeral Service, Edenton, is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times-January 20, 1991)

SPENCER, Fannie Y.

ENGELHARD - Fannie Y. SPENCER, 91, died March 25. A funeral was held March 31 at Mt. Pilgrim Disciple Church. Blair Funeral Home in Edenton is in charge. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, April 1, 1999; pg. 14A)

SPENCER, Flora Burrus

OCRACOKE - Mrs. Flora Burrus SPENCER, 73, of Ocracoke, died Thursday morning in the Albemarle Hospital after a long illness. She was a native of Hatteras and had lived in Ocracoke for the past 47 years. Mrs. Spencer was a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church. She was the daughter of the late Joseph M. and Mrs. Eleanor Oden Burrus. She is survived by her husband, Herman B. Spencer of Ocracoke; two daughters: Mrs. Gaynelle Tillett of Ocracoke and Mrs. William D. Midgett of Rodanthe; five sisters: Mrs. Hazel Beasley of Grandy, Mrs. Henry Wilder and Mrs. Iva Garrish of Ocracoke, Mrs. T.L. Thorpe of North Hollywood, California, and Mrs. Victor Grigas of Portsmouth, Va.; and 7 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon in the Ocracoke United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jimmy Creech, pastor. Burial was in the Community Cemetery. (Unknown newspaper) Note: Flora Burrus Spencer died Nov. 25, 1976]

SPENCER, Frank

Mr. Frank SPENCER, 84, of 202 Country Club Circle, Shelby, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, at home.  A memorial service will be conducted today at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Cleveland Funeral Services, Shelby, with the Revs. Joel Cherry and Kitty Rankin officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery.  Mr. Spencer was born in Hyde County, the son of the late David Richard and Malie Saddler Spencer. He served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II, achieving the rank of captain. He was married for 59 years to Elizabeth Stanley Spencer, who survives. He was a graduate of N.C. State University. He worked as a dairy farm manager in Orange County for 20 years, as a dairy agent for Cleveland and Gaston counties and was county extension chairman from 1968-1986. He was a member of Shelby Community Lions Club, where he was past president, treasurer and a Melvin James Fellow. He served on the board of directors for the Cleveland County Fair, was a member of the poultry council, Alpha Zeta fraternity and was a Cleveland County ACA member. He was a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church.  Survivors include one son, Dave Spencer and wife Faith of Wilmington; three daughters, Nita Bullock of Kenessee, Ga., and Mary Spencer and husband Dan Bolerjack and Diane Scronce and husband Wayne, all of Daytona Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Beth Barrington, Nathan Scronce and wife Ashley, all of Atlanta, Ga., Sarah Spencer of Appalachian State University, Boone, and Katie Spencer of Wilmington; and one brother-in-law, F.W. Stanley of Shelby.  He was preceded in death by one sister, Stella Ray and one grandson, Myles Bullock.  The family will receive friends today from 2-3 p.m. at Cleveland Funeral Services, Shelby.  Arrangements are by Cleveland Funeral Services, Shelby.  (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, October 25, 2005)

SPENCER, George G.

ENGELHARD - George G. Spencer, 78, died Sept. 25, 2009. A funeral will be held today at 1 p.m. in Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church.  Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, is in charge.  (The Virginian Pilot - Oct. 3, 2009)

SPENCER, George Wallace

COLUMBIA - George Wallace SPENCER, 90, died August 21 at the Veterans Hospital in Hampton, Virginia.  he was born december 8, 1911 in Hyde County, son of the late Samuel W. and Harriet S. Spencer and was a widower.  He was a member of the Salem Missionary Baptist Church, a veteran having served in the U.S. Army and was a crane operator.  Surviving are three sons: Burnell Gibbs of Delaware, Durnell Midgett of Philadelphia, Pa. and Prentist Spencer of Newport News, Va.; two sisters: Magnolia Bryant of Tarboro and Mahalia Spencer of Chesapeake, Va.; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Salem Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Roger Green officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Arrangements by Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia.  (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, August 27, 2002; pg. 10A)

SPENCER, Harry Griffin

ENGELHARD - Harry Griffin SPENCER, 74, died September 3 in Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Mr. Spencer was a fisherman and was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. Surviving are his wife, Lillian G. Spencer of Engelhard; three daughters: Lena Whitaker of Swan Quarter, Dorothy Spencer and Wilma Spencer, both of Engelhard; five sons: Harry G. Spencer, Jr., Ricky Spencer and Tracy Spencer, all of Engelhard, William O. Spencer of Hampton, Va. and Glen Spencer of Elizabeth City; one sister, Arnette Young of Engelhard; and two brothers: Thomas Ballance of Pantego and Redmon Spencer of Engelhard. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Spencer family cemetery. Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, September 10, 1998; pg. 10A)

SPENCER, Helen Cuthrell

Helen Cuthrell Spencer, 92, long time resident of Hyde County and more recently a resident of Hillside Nursing Center, Wake Forest, N. C., died Thursday evening, May 5, 2011, in Wake Forest.  Born in Hyde County, November 1, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Columbus and Ethel Pugh Cuthrell.  She was married to Elwood Lamar Spencer who preceded her in death.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday at the family plot in Soule Cemetery, Swan Quarter.  Steve Bryan will officiate.  Surviving are three sons, H. Leigh Ballance and wife, Patsy of Raleigh, E. Lamar Spencer, Jr. and wife, Mary of Fairfield and Garry Spencer and wife, Ginger of Albemarle; eight grandchildren, Holly and husband, Bradley Neal, Seth Ballance, Jennifer and husband, Brian O’Neal, Becky and husband, Josh Allen, Misty O’Neal, Sarah and husband, Baxter Ogden, Sallie and husband, Marc Haren, and Katelynn Spencer and friend, David Cone and ten great-grandchildren.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, Linwood Cuthrell; four sisters, Nancy Meekins, Mable Butler, Ruby Mann and Lou Litchfield.  The family will receive friends following the service at the cemetery.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

SPENCER, Howard

NORFOLK, VA. - Howard SPENCER, 70 year old Hyde County native, died Tuesday at 8:35 a.m. in a Norfolk, Va. hospital after an illness of two years. He had lived in Norfolk Highlands the last 55 years. He was a retired ship's carpenter formerly employed by the Colonna Shipyard, Compostella. His parents were William Edward and Mrs. Mary Anne Spencer. His wife was the late Mrs. Mary Frances Lowery Spencer. He was a member of the Oaklette Methodist Church. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Hortense Royster of Norfolk Highlands; a foster daughter, Mrs. A.E. Rowlette of Blackston; three sons: Wilbur L. Spencer, Francis F. Spencer and H. Ernest Spencer, all of Norfolk Highlands; one brother, J.T. Spencer of Norfolk; a half-sister, Mrs. Nannie Howard of Swan Quarter; nine half-brothers: Sam Spencer of Sladesville, Charles Spencer, Donnie H. Spencer, Jennings Spencer, Bill Spencer, Plum N. Spencer, and Clifford Spencer, all of Hickory, Va., John E. Spencer of Compostella, and Dr. Lawson Spencer of Portsmouth; and 6 grandchildren. Funeral services were to be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Graham Funeral Home in South Norfolk. Burial was in Riverside Memorial Park. (The Coastland Times - Friday, December 23, 1955; pg. 4)

SPENCER, Jermaine Vonteral

ENGELHARD - Jermaine Vonteral SPENCER, died February 2 at UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital. He was born in Beaufort County, son of Larry D. and Emma S. Midgette of Engelhard. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and was employed with the N.C. Dept. of Correction as a correctional officer. In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, Tara C. Spencer; sisters: Juanita M. Spencer and Karrie O. Midgette of Engelhard; and maternal grandmother, Carrie B. Spencer of Engelhard. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 10 at Mattamuskeet High School. Burial was in Brown Memorial Cemetery in Engelhard. Arrangements were by Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, February 11, 2001; pg. 14A)

SPENCER, SR., Jesse William

Mr. Jesse SPENCER died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005. The family will receive friends at the home of his mother, Mrs. Carrie Spencer in Engelhard.  Arrangements will be announced by Randolph Funeral Home, 219 N. Bonner St., Washington.  (Washington Daily News - Saturday, January 29, 2005)

Mr. Jesse William SPENCER, JR., 51, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005. A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in St. Lydia Baptist Church, Swan Quarter with the Rev. Allen Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Mr. Spencer was born in Hyde County on Feb. 23, 1953. He was the son of Carrie B. Moore Spencer and the late Jesse William Spencer, Sr. He attended the Hyde County schools. He was employed for 25 years with Armstrong Flooring Co. in Pennsylvania. In North Carolina, he was employed with Engelhard Cafe and in Jacksonville with National Spinning Co. He was an Army veteran.  Survivors include one daughter, Bonnie R. Gibbs of Manteo; three sons, Ronnie R. Gibbs of Manteo and Justin Spencer and Omar Spencer, both of Lancaster, Pa.; one sister, Emma Spencer Midgette of Elizabeth City; five brothers, William H. Moore of Germany, Lendell Spencer and Donald E. Spencer, both of Engelhard, Jerry W. Spencer of Charlotte and Terry L. Spencer of Milton, Del.; and one grandchild.  He was preceded in death by one son, Calvin Howard and two brothers, Bobby Ray Spencer and Larry Spencer.  The family will receive friends at the home of his mother, 224 Scrouge Town Road, Engelhard.  Arrangements are by Randolph Funeral Home, 219 N. Bonner St., Washington.  (Washington Daily News - Thursday, February 3, 2005)

SPENCER, Jimmy Watson

ENGELHARD - Jimmie Watson SPENCER, 71, died Monday, May 14 at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born in Middletown, Hyde County on January 18, 1930, he was the son of the late Archie Linwood and Sallie Patrick Spencer. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was an Esso and Exxon distributor in Hyde County for more than 30 years, operating Jimmie's Oil Company. Active in farming, he was the first in N.C. to engage in land forming and grading and was honored by Soil and Water Conservation and N.C. State University. He began the no-till farming process in Hyde County. He was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church at Lake Landing where he served as senior warden for several years. He was a Mason and member of Mattamuskeet Lodge AF & AM and Sudan Temple. Surviving are his wife, Clair Matthews Spencer; two sons: Pat M. Spencer of Swan Quarter and Don W. Spencer of Manteo; three sisters: Evelyn S. Carter of Plymouth, Sennie S. Shaw of Acworth, Ga., and Jay S. Collins of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren: Megan Marie Spencer, Mandy Pat Spencer, Eden Hope Spencer and Malori Clair Spencer. He was preceded in death by brothers, Byron L. Spencer and Bill Thomas Spencer, and a sister, Virginia S. Williams. The family wishes to honor the friendship expressed to Jimmie by Thad Selby, Jr., the Rev. George Abele, Jr. the Rev. John E. Taylor, Phillip Carawan, Charles Carawan, Gene Carawan, Ed Clarke, Chris Clarke, and Stanley Spencer. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. George's Episcopal Church. The Rev. James Lupton will officiate. Masonic graveside rites will follow at Soule Cemetery. Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter has charge. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, Mary 17, 2001; pg. 10A)

SPENCER, John

HYDE COUNTY - John SPENCER died January 27, 1819 in Hyde County. (Raleigh Register - April 2, 1819) [Excerpt taken from "Marriage and Death Notices from the Raleigh Register and North Carolina State Gazette 1799-1825" complied by Carrie L. Broughton; pg. 157]

SPENCER, John Alton

AULANDER - John Alton SPENCER, 68, died November 9 in Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville. He was born October 10, 1931 in Hyde County and was retired. Surviving are his wife, Rose M. Spencer of Aulander; three daughters: Rose M. Grays and Lisa Spencer, both of Fairfield, and Sabra Spencer of Plymouth; four sons: Phillip Spencer of Virginia, Earet Spencer of Norfolk, Va., Billy Spencer and Norwood Spencer, both of Fairfield; three sisters: Margarette Moore and Janie M. Gibbs, both of Hampton, and Ethel Gibbs of Engelhard; two brothers: John L. Spencer of Jacksonville, and Leonard Spencer of Wilmington; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Graveside funeral services were held Sunday in the Brown Memorial Cemetery in Engelhard. Elder Walter O'Neal officiated. Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia was in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, November 16, 1999; pg. 7A)

SPENCER, John Willis

SMITHFIELD - John Willis SPENCER, 76, of the 200 block of South Mason St., died Sunday, March 14, 1999, in Riverside Convalescent Center, Newport News. He was a native of Engelhard, N.C., and retired from the U.S. Navy as a master chief. He also retired as a meat inspector from the USDA in 1985. He had been a Smithfield resident since 1968. Mr. Spencer was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Smithfield Chapter of the VFW and the American Legion, George F. Dashiell Post #49. Mr. Spencer was predeceased by his wife, Opal Spencer; a sister, Linda Tillet; a brother, Carl Spencer; and his companion, Caroline Vaughan. Survivors include two daughters, Sandra S. Fisher and her husband, Timothy S. Fisher, of Newport News, and Phyllis S. Sullivan and her husband, Eddie Sullivan, of Smithfield; and two grandsons, Timothy Sullivan and Terry Sullivan, both of Smithfield. A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, with the Rev. Joseph Savinsky and the Rev. Jim Jones officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Luke's Memorial Park. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 97, Smithfield, Va. (Virginian-Pilot - Tuesday, March 16, 1999)

SPENCER, Jones

Died in Hyde County on Saturday 27th of January 1819 Mr. Jones SPENCER, aged 93 years 10 months and five days, a very respectable character. (American Recorder - Friday, March 26, 1819; pg. 3; column 2) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

SPENCER, Jones Edward

CRESWELL - Jones Edward SPENCER, 81, of Route 2, died Dec. 6, in his home. Mr. Spencer was a native of Hyde County. He was a member of Scuppernong Church of Christ and was a retired farmer. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Furlough Spencer; two daughters, Joan (Ann) Smith of Sligo and Elizabeth Rose of Currituck; a son, Fred S. Spencer of Creswell; three sisters: Jennie Sawyer of Shawboro, Marjorie Marrow of Orlando, Fla., and Mary Spencer, of Kinston; two brothers: Herbert Spencer and Jack Spencer, both of Shawboro; 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 6 step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday in Scuppernong Church of Christ by the Rev. Mark Woolard. Burial was in Azalea Memorial Gardens. Walker Funeral Home, Columbia, was in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, December 10, 1991)

SPENCER, Katherine Mooney

SWAN QUARTER - Katherine Mooney SPENCER, 52, of Swan Quarter, died Friday, October 7 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville.  Born in Tyrrell County on July 9, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Golden and Beaula Mae Williams Mooney.  Kathy grew up in Hyde County and was active in Pleasant Grove Church of Christ between Fairfield and Engelhard, attended Mattamuskeet School, was married to Chester N. Spencer, who survives, on July 9, 1970 and was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church next door to their home.  She was a homemaker and also provided baby sitting services for several families.  Her own grandchildren were her special joy and love.  Funeral services were held Monday at Calvary Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Candace A. Worth officiating.  Burial was in Soule Cemetery.  Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a son, William F. Spencer and wife Jessica of the Sladesville community; two daughters: Michelle S. Williams and husband Orbin of Fairfield and Anita Spencer of Raleigh; two brothers: Leon Mooney of Winsteadville and Donald Ray Mooney of Fairfield; two sisters: Dottie M. Gibbs and Priscilla M. Berry, both of Engelhard; four grandchildren: Kristie, Hayley, Drake and Layla Williams of Fairfield.  Arrangements by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.  (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, October 11, 2005; pg. 10A)

SPENCER, JR., Larry L.

Mr. Larry L. Spencer Jr., 33, of 224 Scrougetown Road, Engelhard, died suddenly Monday, July 26, 2010. A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mattamuskeet High School auditorium. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends at the home of his mother and grandmother. Arrangements are by Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia.  (Washington Daily News - Friday, July 30, 2010)

SPENCER, Lemon Green

Mrs. Lemon Green Spencer, 85, of 209 Juniper Bay Road, Swan Quarter, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven.  A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Old Richmond Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Reginald Saunders officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery in Swan Quarter.  Mrs. Spencer was born in Hyde County on Jan. 21, 1921. She was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Green. She attended the Hyde County schools. She was married to Charlie Spencer Sr., who preceded her in death. She was employed as a custodian at Mattamuskeet High School prior to her retirement.  Survivors include four sons, Willie Spencer and Louis Spencer, both of the home, Charlie Spencer Jr. of Engelhard, and Donnie Spencer of Hartford, Conn.; three daughters, Mary A. Gaylord and Annie B. Smith, both of Winston-Salem, and Pearlene Bennett of Wilmington; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends at the home.  Arrangements are by Whitfield & Whitley Funeral Home.  (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, August 29, 2006)

SPENCER, Lessie Lee Gibbs

ENGELHARD - Lessie Lee Gibbs SPENCER, 80, died April 2 at her home in Engelhard. Born in Engelhard, she was the daughter of the late Israel Watson and Bertha Swindell Gibbs and was the widow of Walter Burl Spencer. Mrs. Spencer was a member of Engelhard Christian Church and worked at the R.S. Spencer Store in Engelhard from 1947 until her retirement. Surviving are two sons: Shirlen Spencer and Clifford Edwin Spencer, both of Engelhard; a sister, Alma Gray Neal of Engelhard; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday in the Engelhard Christian Church. The Rev. Albert Stuck, pastor, officiated. Burial was in Fulford Cemetery. Arrangements were by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, April 5, 1994; pg. 7B)

SPENCER, Lillian Midyette

ENGELHARD - Lillian Midyette SPENCER, 90, longtime resident of Engelhard, died on Monday, June 25, at Cross Creek Health Care Center. Born in Hassell on March 18, 1911, she was the daughter of the late James Robert and Jennie Gibbs Midyette. She married William Pelege Spencer who preceded her in death on September 16, 1964. She then went to live with her sister, Lola M. Gibbs, and worked at the fabric shop in Engelhard until it closed. She was a member of Middletown Christian Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and CWF president and later changed her membership to Engelhard Christian Church where she was living and served there as CWF treasurer for some years. Surviviors include two sisters: Lola M. Gibbs of Engelhard and Peggy Kennedy, half-sister of Kinston; and two half-brothers: Bruce Midyette of Engelhard and Wendell Midyette and wife Nancy of Napa, California. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Spencer was preceded in death by a son, Rodney Travis Spencer and an infant daughter, Virginia; a brother, Belton Midyette; half-sister, Sybil Eubanks; and a half-brother, James Thomas Midyette. Funeral services will be held at the gravesite in the Middletown Christian Church Cemetery at 11 a.m. onThursday, June 28. Scott Sukeforth and Steve Bryan will officiate. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Gibbs, Carl Jeff Harris, Michael Cahoon, and Wade Selby. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, June 28, 2001; pg. 8A)

SPENCER, SR., Linvert

Mr. Linvert SPENCER SR., 76, of 7617 N.C. Highway 92 East, Bath, died Monday, April 28, 2003, at Beaufort County Hospital.  A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Saint Delight Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) Church, Bath, with Elder James Otis Gibbs, eulogist, and Elder Donald Peartree presiding. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Mr. Spencer was born in Hyde County on May 3, 1926. He was the son of the late Alma Spencer Jennette and David Collins. He attended the Hyde County schools. On June 3, 1950, he married Iva Rae Spencer who preceded him in death on April 20, 1997. He was retired from PCS Phosphate Company (formerly Texas Gulf), Aurora. He was a member of Saint Delight Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) Church, Bath, where he served as a trustee.  Survivors include two daughters, Millie Ann Spencer of Atlanta, Ga. and Sharon Spencer of Wilmington; nine sons, Linvert Spencer Jr. of Bath, Darrell Spencer of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Harry Spencer of Atlanta, Ga.; Bernard Spencer of New Bern, Reginald Spencer of Washington, Alvin Spencer and Raymond Spencer, both of Atlanta, Ga.; James T. Riddick of Simpson and Melvin Fulcher of Bath; 20 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one daughter, Wanda Spencer.  Arrangements are by Randolph Funeral Home, 219 N. Bonner St., Washington.  (Washington Daily News - Saturday, May 3, 2003)

SPENCER, Lizzie H.

Mrs. Lizzie H. Spencer, 88, of 7495 N.C. Highway 94, Fairfield, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at 439 Ave. A, Galloway, N.J. A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Star of Zion Church of Christ with pastor Maxine Allen of New Jersey officiating. Burial will follow in Harris family cemetery, Fairfield.  Mrs. Spencer was born in Hyde County on Oct. 19, 1920. She was the daughter of the late Gertrude Sadler and Joseph Harris. She was a housewife.  Survivors include eight sons, Joseph Spencer of Connecticut, Lawrence Spencer of Smithfield, Macarthur Spencer, Alvin Spencer and Allen Spencer, all of Fairfield, Adonis Spencer of Maryland, Carcos Spencer of Norfolk, Va., and Victor Spencer of Vanceboro; two daughters, Charlene Merrick of Connecticut and Pattie Spencer of New Jersey; one sister, Herma M. Hall of New Jersey and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Arrangements are by Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Saturday, February 14, 2009)

SPENCER, Margaret Elizabeth Mason

Miss Margaret M. Spencer, age 95, a resident of 4095 Quarter Road, Swan Quarter, NC went home to her heavenly Father on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Cross Creek Health Care in Swan Quarter.  Miss Margaret was born in Hyde County on November 14, 1918. She was the daughter of the late Jones Spencer and Elizabeth “Betty” Midgette Mason. She grew up in Swan Quarter and graduated from Swan Quarter High School. She was a life long member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Swan Quarter.  On December 24, 1936, Miss. Margaret married Walton Gratz Spencer, who preceded her in death, February 3, 1988. They were married for 51 years. Her greatest joy was being a full time farm wife, beloved mother, grandmother and sister. She lived her life serving others and she enjoyed sharing her faith and love with her family and neighbors.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Calvary Presbyterian Church. Rev. Spottswood Graves and Rev. Lynne Manilla will officiate. Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery, Swan Quarter.  Surviving include one son, J.W. Spencer and wife Kathy of Swan Quarter; a daughter in-law, Dot Spencer of Swan Quarter and a brother, Kenneth R. Mason of Raleigh. She was the devoted ‘Granny” to five grandchildren; Melanie S. Cahoon and husband Ben of Nags Head, Jennifer S. Gibbs of Swan Quarter, Chad Spencer and wife Paula of Swan Quarter and Craig Spencer and wife Jennifer of Pikeville. She had nine great-grandchildren Josh Gibbs, Melissa Cahoon, Jonathan Gibbs, James Cahoon, Jessi Gibbs, Ashley Spencer, Drew Spencer, Bo Spencer and Jones Spencer; two great-great grandchildren, Dustin Gibbs and Trevor Gibbs.  In addition to her parents and husband, Miss Margaret was preceded in death by a son, Roger A. Spencer; two brothers, Jack N. Mason, Sr. and A. Milton Mason and two sisters, Dorothy M. Carawan and Clara M. Boswell.   The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

SPENCER, Marguerite L. Peck

ENGELHARD - Marguerite L. SPENCER, 78, formerly of Engelhard, died at her home in Ormond Beach, Florida on December 8. Born in Warfield, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Goldie Kirk Peck. Mrs. Spencer retired in 1965 as a communications supervisor with Chesapeake-Potomac Telephone Company. She was a member of Flomich Avenue Baptist Church, the Order of Eastern Star and the American Legion, Engelhard. Surviving are her husband, Bill T. Spencer; a daughter, Christina Hensley of Ormond Beach, Fla.; a son, Robert L. Hall of Fort Collins, Colorado; a sister, Betty Marie Stepp of Annawalkt, West Virginia; brothers: Dr. Dan Peck of St. Clairesville, Ohio, Dr. Don Peck of Chesapeake, Va., Harold Peck of Simpsonville, Wendel Peck of Preston, West Va., and Johnny Peck of Princeton, West Va.; 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the family plot in Fulford Cemetery in Engelhard with Sam Eburn, Jr. to officiate. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, December 17, 1995; pg. 14A)

SPENCER, Marie Murray

HYDE - Marie Murray Spencer, 77, died Friday, February 19 at Cross Creek Nursing Home.  Born November 8, 1932 in Hyde County.  She was a housewife and widowed.  Mrs. Spencer was the daughter of the late Anorthey and Rosella H. Murray.  Surviving are her sons: Billy R. Spencer, Earet J. Spencer, both of Fairfield, Norwood R. Spencer of Havelock, and Phillip Spencer of Virginia; daughters: Rose Mary V. Garys, Lisa A. Spencer, both of Fairfield, Sabra M. Baker of Elizabeth City; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 27 at 1 p.m. at Star of Zion Church of Christ with Elder Daniel Gilliam officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairfield Cemetery.  Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, is assisting the family with arrangements.  (The Coastland Times - Thursday, February 25, 2010; pg. 8A)

SPENCER, Mary Inez Cuthrell Farrow

Mary Inez Cuthrell Farrow Spencer, 95, long time resident of Engelhard and more recently a resident at Cross Creek Health Care Center, Swan Quarter, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Cross Creek.  Born in Gull Rock, Hyde County, she was the daughter of the late Tooley and Thania Pugh Cuthrell. She was first married to William Harvey Farrow and following his death, she married Miles Spencer who also preceded her in death. She graduated from the former Lake Landing School, was a member of Watson’s Chapel United Methodist Church and Order of Eastern Star. She was a clerk at the Engelhard Post Office for many years. She timely lived a Christian woman’s life.  Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Watson’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Pastor Jerald Craddock will officiate. Burial will follow in St. George’s Episcopal Church Cemetery at Lake Landing.  Surviving are a son, William B. Farrow of Engelhard; a granddaughter, Blair Farrow Beard and husband, Jeffrey; three great-grandchildren, Aaron, Ethan and Joby Beard.  Preceding her in death were brothers, Henry Cuthrell and Everett Cuthrell; sisters, Maggie C. Farrow, Edith C. Davis and Luella C. Sadler.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter on Friday evening, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  (Washington Daily News - Friday, March 18, 2011)

SPENCER, Mary Jane

NORFOLK - Mary Jane SPENCER, 75, died March 16, 1991, in a hospital. Survivors include a daughter; two sons; two sisters, including Bessie B. Riddick of Norfolk; a brother; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Spencer family cemetery. Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, is handling arrangements.  (Virginian-Pilot - Friday, March 22, 1991; pg. 2D)

SPENCER, Mary Neal

Mrs. Mary Neal SPENCER, 69, of Swan Quarter, died in the Martin General Hospital, Williamston, Tuesday morning.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Soule Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Robert Bundy of Swan Quarter, the Rev. George Harris of Lake Landing, and the Rev. Bill Davenport of Jamesville.  Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery.  Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. W.G. Harris of Swan Quarter, Mrs. Harry Martin of Jamesville and Miss Julia Spencer of Wilmington; [two sons] Joe M. Spencer of Wilmington and Warren G. Spencer of El Paso, Texas; one brother, Luke Neal of Engelhard; one sister, Miss Belle Neal of Swan Quarter and Engelhard; and 8 grandchildren.  Pallbearers were Dennis Simmons of Fairfield, Horace Gibbs, Harold Jarvis, Jr., Murl Marshall, Ben Midyette, Royden Neal and Allen Burrus of Engelhard.  (The Coastland Times - Friday, November 21, 1958; pg. 5)

SPENCER, Melvin

FAIRFIELD - Melvin SPENCER, 54, died May 7 at his home on Canal Street. He was born November 2, 1947 in Tyrrell County and was the son of the late Henry and Mattie S. Spencer. He was a chef. He is survived by his son, Jermaine Spencer of Chicago, Illinois; one sister, Hazel Gibbs of Fairfield; and one brother, David Spencer of Fairfield. Funeral services were at 1:00 on Saturday, May 12, at Star of Zion Church of Christ. Burial was in Fairfield Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, May 13, 2001; pg. 14A)

SPENCER, Mildred B.

SWAN QUARTER - Mildred B. SPENCER, 88, of Church Street, died early Friday, February 9, 2001 at the Brian Center, Wallace, N.C. Born in Hyde County, March 22, 1912, she was the daughter of the late James Ephron and Emma Tunnell Spencer. She was a member of the Providence United Methodist Church where she taught the primary class for 25 years, served for many years as secretary of the United Methodist Women and was a member of the church choir. She was a retired secretary in the extension service office in Hyde County where she began her work under the First Farm Agent assigned in the county. She was a member of the former Rebekah Lodge in Swan Quarter where she served as treasurer. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Providence United Methodist Church. Dr. Spencer Parks and Dr. George Anderson will officiate. Burial will follow in Soule Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be J.P. Woodard, George O'Neal, Ernest Cutler, Morgan Haris, Piete Westerbeak, Henry Harvey and Jim Piland. Surviving are her one sister, Jean S. Parks of Wallace; nephew, Dr. Spencer Parks of Kingston, Tennessee; niece, Millie Parks Anderson and her husband, Dr. George Anderson of Roanoke, Virginia; great-nephew and nieces, Chris and Jessica Parks, Paige, Rachel and Virginia Anderson. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ward Spencer, who died at the age of two. The family will receive friends at her home on Church Street in Swan Quarter. Those preferring to send memorial gifts should direct them to Providence United Methodist Church, c/o Gary Cahoon, Treasure, 1094 Main Street, Swan Quarter, NC 27885. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The News & Observer - Sunday, February 11, 2001) [Kindly submitted by Merlin S. Berry]

SPENCER, Minnie A.

OCRACOKE - Minnie A. SPENCER, 89, died Dec. 4 at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City. She was the wife of the late Washingto S. Spencer. Surviving are three daughters: Audrey S. Buskirk of Morehead City, Peggy S. O'Neal of Ocracoke, and Mary S. Gray of Avon; one son, Robert Spencer of Ocracoke; 21 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday (today) at the Ocracoke United Methodist Church with interment following at the Community Cemetery. Bell-Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City handled the funeral arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, December 7, 1989; pg. 4B)

SPENCER, Nathan

FAIRFIELD, HYDE COUNTY - Nathan SPENCER died February 14th 1893. A native of Hyde County, he was born near Middleton and was 56 years old. He was a bachelor. His brother, Benjamin Spencer, died in 1879. He leaves 4 children (This was a long obituary) (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, March 30, 1893; pg. 2; column 4) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

SPENCER, Ora Carawan

SWAN QUARTER - Mrs. Ora Carawan Spencer, 88, died Sunday. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Providence United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Soule Cemetery. Surviving are sons: Branch Allen Spencer of Mobile, Alabama and Edward Warren Spencer of Morehead City; daughter, Mrs. Rosetta Spencer Mayo of Greenville; sisters: Mrs. Gladys C. Bradsher and Mrs. Kathryn C. Boddie, both of Oxford; 6 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service. (Raleigh News & Observer - January 4, 1988) [Kindly submitted by niece, Kitty Humphries, who states that Mrs. Ora Carawan died January 3, 1988.]

SPENCER, Perry A.

CHESAPEAKE, VA. - Perry A. SPENCER, 82, of Benefit Road, died February 1 in a local health care center. He had worked for Western Branch Diesel and retired from General Electric Co. as a toolmaker. He was born in Engelhard, son of the late Ellis D. and Retha Williams Spencer, and was the husband of the late Sydney A. Spencer. Survivors include s son, Larry Roger Spencer and his wife Kitty of Chesapeake; 6 grandchildren: L. Todd Spencer of Virginia Beach, Va., Laurie Ann Wright of Redondo Beach, California, Perry Scott Spencer, Dena C. Spencer, Christopher R. Fox, and Kenneth E. Fox, all of Norfolk; and a great-granddaughter, Sandi A. Wright of Redondo Beach, California. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Greenlawn Memorial Park on Airline Blvd in Portsmouth, Va. Cox Funeral Home is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, February 3, 1998)

SPENCER, Phyllis Ann

SCRANTON - Funeral services for Phyllis Ann SPENCER, 50, of Scranton, who died Feb. 22, 2005 at her home, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday in Sladesville Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Jonathan Witt will officiate. Serving as pallbearers will be Lee Williams, Gary Midyette, Marty Midyette, Glenn Spencer, Harry Sawyer Jr. and Danny Thomas. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Arrangements by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  Born in Beaufort County January 19, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Sidney W. and Florence Brinn Spencer.  She attended Mattamuskeet School and Beaufort County Community College and was a member of Sladesville Missionary Baptist Church where she was active in the church choir, former Sunday School teacher and a member of the church women's group.  Surviving are one brother, Roy W. Spencer of the Sladesville community.  (The Coastland Times - Thursday, February 24, 2005; pg. 12A)

SPENCER, Picola Gibbs

ENGELHARD - Picola Gibbs SPENCER, 95, died November 3. Funeral services were set for 2 p.m. Saturday in Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, November 10, 1996; pg. 10A)

ENGELHARD - Picola Gibbs SPENCER, 95, died November 3 at Pungo District Hospital, Survivors include two sons: George Spencer and David Spencer, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four daughters: Sylvia Ham and Jacqueline Spencer, both of Brooklyn, Penny Cox and Bethania Gibbs, both of Engelhard; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held November 9 at Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia was in charge. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, November 14, 1996)

SPENCER, Ray Mitchell

Ray Mitchell Spencer, 89, of 1289 Loop Road, The Sladesville Community, died early Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at UHS/Beaufort Medical Center in Washington.  Born in Hyde County, November 25, 1922, he was he son of the late Sammie G. and Eva Williams Spencer. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy having served during World War II and was married to the former Betty Thomas who preceded him in death in 1986. Following her death he was later married to Daphne O’Neal Spencer who survives.  Mr. Ray was a life long Methodist and was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Sladesville. He served many years as a member of the Board of Directors of The East Carolina Bank and was a member of Swan Quarter Lions Club. He was a long time farmer and was active in many farm related organizations and endeavors including Past President of Hyde County Farm Bureau, Past President of North Carolina Soybean Association, past member of N. C. Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors.  Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2011 at Epworth United Methodist Church in Sladesville. Pastor Sue Farlow will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Surviving are a son, Glenn S. Spencer and his wife, Myra of Sladesville; a step-son, Edward O'Neal and wife Bonnie of Elizabeth City; grandchildren, Dawn S. Armstrong and husband, Darren of Ponzer, Heather S. Ballance and husband, Marcus of Washington, Stuart Spencer and wife, Miranda of Holly Springs; step- grandson, Richard O'Neal and wife Nicole and daughter Kylie all of California; great grandchildren, Jonah Armstrong, Braden Armstrong, Trent Armstrong, Audrey Spencer, Carter Ballance and Maggie Rae Ballance.  Beloved nieces and nephews Richard Credle, Jeff Credle, Betty Foreman, A.T. Credle, Paula Morgan, Linda Amerson and their families.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Grace S. Mitchell.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter on Thursday evening between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

SPENCER, Richard Payne

SWAN QUARTER - Richard Payne SPENCER, 82, died without pain in his sleep of natural causes on May 23, 2003 at his residence, surrounded by his family.  Son of the late Walter Lee Spencer and Gertrude Eliza Midyette, he was a native of Hyde County, NC.  He was born February 20, 1921.  Mr. Spencer has made his home in the Carmel Highlands (California) since 1968.  After graduating from Duke University, Durham, NC, in 1942, he served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy during World War II as a pilot and Lieutenant J.G.  He was self-employed in the investment business for 42 years.  Mr. Spencer was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Monterey Ward.  As a young man, he was both a Sea Scout and an Eagle Scout.  Mr. Spencer is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ruth Cannon Spencer of Carmel; his son, Richard Payne Spencer, Jr. of San Marino, CA; his daughter, Beverly Cannon Spencer Brown of Whidbey Island, WA; his brother, John Graham Spencer of Raleigh, NC; his sisters, Alice Dunn Spencer Stone of Murrietta, CA and Evelyn Gertrude Spencer Hamrick of Kings Mountain, NC; 14 grandchildren, Heather Coltrane Spencer Gates, Kiersten Spencer Coberly, Jennifer Ruth Spencer Sanders, Rachel Spencer Crane, Darcy Janean Spencer Ure, Heidi Spencer Sainsbury, Natalie Cannon Spencer, Richard Payne Spencer, III, Johathan Charles Spencer, Aaron Charles Brown, Jared Solomon Brown, Sarah Janean Brown Hurst, Karla Ruth Brown, and Monica Lynn Brown; and 21 great grandchildren: Nathaniel Spencer Gates, Leah Elizabeth Gates, Emma Eliza Ruth Gates, Jacob Crawford Spencer Gates, Tyler Nicholas Coberly, Blake Richard Coberly, Clark Spencer Coberly, Reese Robert Coberly, Emily Anne Sanders, Spencer Matthew Sanders, Benjamin Grant Sanders, Sarah Crane, Allison Crane, Jeremy Crane, Janean Crane, Caitlan Brooke Ure, Braden Paul Ure, Maren Janean Ure, Amelia Sainsbury, Cannon McKay Hurst.  He was preceded in death by his brothers Walter Lee Spencer of Stockton, CA, and Carl Baxter Spencer of Portsmouth, VA, and his sister Alice Dunn Spencer of Swan Quarter, NC.  A viewing will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Monterey Ward, 1 Skyline Forest Drive, on Friday, May 30, at 11:00 AM with the funeral service starting at 1:00 PM under the direction of the Paul Mortuary.  Entombment will follow at San Carlos Cemetery in Monterey at 3:00 PM.  The Paul Mortuary of Pacific Grove, CA is assisting the family.  (The Charlotte Observer - Friday, May 30, 2003)

SPENCER, Robert

OCRACOKE - Robert SPENCER, 73, of Ocracoke, died May 15, in a local medical center. Mr. Spencer was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and retired from the N.C. Dept. of Transportation Ferry Division. He was also a commercial fishermen. Mr. Spencer was a member of the Ocracoke Assembly of God, American Disabled Veterans, Retired Government Employees and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was the son of the late Robert Washington and Minnie A. Spencer and the husband of Joyce M. Spencer of the home. Besides his wife, surviving are two daughters, Joy Crawford of Eatontown, N.J. and Roberta Litka of Elizabeth City; one son, Jeffe F. Spencer of Ocracoke; three sisters: Audrey Buskirk of Morehead City, Peggy S. O'Neal of Ocracoke, and Mary Louise Gray of Avon; and 3 grandchildren: Robert, Megan and Spencer. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 17, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ocracoke Assembly of God by the Revs. Tim Lynch, Ronnie Miidgett and Charles Etheridge. Burial will follow in the community Cemetery. Twiford Island Chapel Hatteras is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times-Tuesday, May 17, 1994)

SPENCER, SR., Robert F.

NORFOLK - Robert F. SPENCER, SR., 80, of the 700 block of W. 38th St. died July 21, 1997, in his residence. A retired longshoreman for Local 1248, he was a Hyde County, N.C., native and a member of New Calvary Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include two sons, Robert F. Spencer Jr. of Norfolk and William B. Spencer of Chesapeake; 7 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren; three daughters-in-law, Gwendolyn Spencer, Catherine Spencer and Jessie Mae Spencer; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends. A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in New Calvary Baptist Church by the Rev. G.G. Campbell. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. Friends may join the family at the residence. The body will be taken to the church at 9:30 a.m. There will be a wake service Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Graves Funeral Home. (Virginian-Pilot - Thursday, July 24, 1997; pg. 8B)

SPENCER, Roberta Simpson

COLUMBIA - Roberta Simpson SPENCER, 85, died July 17 in Plumblee nursing facility in Plymouth. Mrs. Spencer was born in Hyde County on July 4, 1916. She was the daughter of the late Joe Sr. and Robenia B. Simpson. She was a member of Zion Grove Church of Christ in Columbia and a housewife. Surviving are two daughters: Patricia Durbar of Columbia and Rhoda Hawkins of Richmond Hill, N.Y; a son, Michael Simpson of New York; 6 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, July 21 at 3 p.m. in Zion Grove Church of Christ with burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, July 22, 2001; pg. 12A)

SPENCER, Roger Allen

SWAN QUARTER - Roger Allen SPENCER, 68, of 3957 Quarter Road, Swan Quarter, died Monday, January 15, 2007 in Smithfield, NC.  Born in Hyde County on June 13, 1938, he was the son of Margaret Mason Spencer and the late Gratz Spencer. He was a graduate of the former West Hyde School, graduated from N.C. State University in 1960 and worked with N.C. Department of Agriculture in Lumberton before returning home where he taught agriculture in the West Hyde School for one year. He was a past president of the Hyde County Jaycees, selected as one of five outstanding young men in N. C., was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, served on the advisory board of The East Carolina Bank, served as a DeKalb Seed dealer for many years and was founder and president of Tiny Oak Farms, Inc. He was also instrumental in the development of the Swan Quarter Watershed Project and served as a former member of the Hyde County Board of Commissioners. He was a life long member of the Calvary Presbyterian Church.  Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday at Calvary Presbyterian Church. Rev. Ed Roy Cuthrell and Rev. Candace Worth will officiate. Burial will follow at the home.  In addition to his mother, he is survived by his beloved and faithful wife, Dorothy Capps Spencer; two daughters, Melanie S. Cahoon and her husband, Ben of Nags Head, Jennifer S. Gibbs and her husband, Jeffrey Dean of Swan Quarter; a brother, J. W. Spencer of Swan Quarter; grandchildren, Josh, Melissa, Jonathan, James, Jessi and Maria; a great-grandson, Dustin.  The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bryan Funeral Service; other times at the home.  (The News & Observer - Wednesday, January 17, 2007)

SPENCER, Mrs. Rudolph

ENGELHARD - Mrs. Rudolph SPENCER, 27, died at her home in Engelhard last Monday morning at 3 o'clock apparently from a heart attack. Mrs. Spencer has suffered from asthma for the past several years and it is believed that this bought on the attack. Mrs. Spencer, who was the former Frances Payne of Stumpy Point, is survived by her husband and three small children. Also surviving are her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Neal Payne; one sister, Mrs. Nina Brinn and three brothers: Bernice, Randolph and Oscar Payne, all of Stumpy Point. Funeral services were held at the Amity M.E. Church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. C.K. Wright officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. (The Dare County Times - Friday, June 28, 1940; pg. 4)

On June 23, after a brief illness, Mrs. Rudolph SPENCER was found dead in bed. She had suffered with asthma since she was 11 years old. Survivors are her husband; three chidlren: Archie, Dannie and Janet, all of Engelhard; her parents Mr. and Mrs. Neal Payne of Stumpy Point; one sister, Mrs. Nina Brinn of Stumpy Point; three brothers: Oscar, Randolph and Bernice Payne, all of Stumpy Point. Mrs. Spencer was 28 years old and a member of the Stumpy Point Methodist Church. Services were conducted at Amity Methodist Church by C.K. Wright, assisted by Rev. E.R. Stewart. (Hyde County Messenger - July 1940)

[In Memory Of states the following: Annie Frances Payne Spencer was born April 3, 1913 and died June 23, 1940. She was the daughter of William Neal Payne and Emma Austin and the wife of Rodger Rudolph Spencer.]

SPENCER, Rupert Gordon

SCRANTON - Rupert Gordon SPENCER, 77, of Route 1, Scranton, died early Friday, February 17, at Beaufort County Hospital in Washington. Born in Rose Bay, he was the son of the late Daniel David and Rita Elizabeth Carawan Spencer. He was a retired commercial fisherman and farmer. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Sawyer Spencer; two sons, Bryan Allen Spencer and David A. Spencer, both of Rt. 1, Scranton; a daughter, Mrs. Ellen Williams of Swan Quarter; a sister Mrs. Shirley S. Garrish of Rt. 1, Belhaven; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Mr. Spencer was preceded in death by two brothers, Sidney and Henry Spencer. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Eunice Chapel Church of Christ. Leon Williams will conduct the services. Burial will follow at the family plot in Sladesville Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and at other times at the home. The body will be moved to the church at 12:30 p.m. Sunday for the service. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, February 19, 1995)

SPENCER, Ruth Forbes

OCRACOKE - Ruth "Zenia" Forbes SPENCER, 67, of Ocracoke, died Jan. 20 in an Elizabeth City hospital. Mrs. Spencer was a native of Ocracoke, the daughter of the late William and Mrs. Ruth Bragg Forbes and the widow of Murray Spencer. She was a retired clerk for North Carolina Department of Transportation, Ferry Division. She is survived by one daughter: Margaret Farrow of Frisco; one son: William Nathan Spencer of Ocracoke; one sister: Patsy Williams of Ocracoke; one brother: Edward Willis of Morehead City; 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. A church service will be conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ocracoke United Methodist Church by the Rev. James Huskins. Burial will follow in the Community Cemetery. Twiford's Island Chapel, Hatteras, is in charge. The body will be carried to the church on Tuesday, January 21. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, January 21, 1992)

SPENCER, Selma Wise

OCRACOKE - Selma Wise SPENCER, age 89, of Ocracoke Island, died on Tuesday, August 8, in Sentara Norfolk Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Newton and Emmie Langston Wise and the widow of Benjamin Early Spencer. Mrs. Spencer was a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church. She graduated from Atlantic Christian College with a degree in education. She retired from the North Carolina School System. She began her teaching career in the Almance County district and the Pamlico County area. She spent the rest of her teaching career at the Ocracoke School as a teacher for 24 years and principal for two years. Mrs. Spencer is survived by three half-sisters: Amber Ballance of Ocracoke, Stella Saunders of Chesapeake, Va., and Bettie Rice of Arapahoe; two half-brothers: David C. Hardison of Falls Church, Va. and Albert U. Hardison of New Bern. Mrs. Spencer was preceded in death by one brother, Leon "Dunk" Wise, and a half-sister, Minnie Manning. Funeral services will be held in the Ocracoke United Methodist Church on Saturday at 2 p.m., August 12, with the Rev. James Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Ocracoke Community Cemetery. Twiford's Funeral Home, Ghent Chapel, Norfolk, Va. is in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, August 10, 1995)

SPENCER, Shirlen Wayne

Shirlen Wayne Spencer, 78, of 856 Lazy Lane, Engelhard and most recently a resident of Cross Creek Health Care Center died Friday April 20, 2012 at Pungo Vidant Hospital in Belhaven.  Born in Hyde County September 20, 1933 he was the son of the late Walter "Burl" Spencer and Lessie Lee Gibbs. He was married to the former Betty Sadler who survives.  He was a member of Engelhard Christian Church, past member of the Engelhard Volunteer Fire Department and the Mattamuskeet Jaycees  Shirlen had great love for his grandchildren and his dog, Scooby, a UNC basketball fan and he enjoyed being outside working on his garden. Accomplishing the task correctly was one of his qualities.  He served his country during the Korean War with the US Army.  Funeral service will be held on Monday April 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Engelhard Christian Church.  Burial will follow at the family plot at Soule Cemetery.  Scott Sukeforth and Pastor Charlie Reber will officiate.  In addition to his wife surviving are a son, Charles Ray Spencer and wife Merle of Swan Quarter; two daughters, Sharon S. Cahoon and husband Joey of Greenville and Elisa S. Metcalf and husband Darren of Raleigh; seven grandchildren, Second Lieutenant Charles Ray Spencer, II with the United States Army in Alaska, Cody Wayne Spencer of Swan Quarter, Matt Cahoon and Jenny Cahoon both of Greenville, Bailey Metcalf, Brayden Metcalf and Delaney Metcalf all of Raleigh.  He was preceded in death by a brother Clifford Edwin Spencer.  The Family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

SPENCER, Stanley

Mr. Stanley SPENCER, 80, a resident of 1746 Swamp Road, Engelhard, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at his home. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Davis Youth Center, Engelhard. The family will receive friends at the home. Arrangements are by Whitfield & Whitley Funeral Home.  (Washington Daily News - Friday, December 24, 2010

SPENCER, Teressa Barnett

SWAN QUARTER - Teressa Barnett SPENCER, 80, a resident at Cross Creek Health Care Center in Swan Quarter, died Sunday evening at Cross Creek. Born in Beaufort County, June 5, 1914, she was the daughter of the late John and Elvira Francis Barnett. She worked for 23 years with the cafeteria staff in the Camden County Schools prior to her retirement. She attended the South Mills United Methodist Church and was the widow of Wiley F. Spencer. Surviving are six sons: John A. Carawan of Swan Quarter, Maxwell H. Carawan of Belhaven, Leland W. Carawan of Bolivar, Mo., Earl L. Carawan of Fairfield, Chester R. Combs and Lester A. Combs, both of South Mills; two sisters: Annabell Davis of Washington, and Eloise Satterthwaite of Belhaven; 5 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and 8 step-great-grandchildren. Mr. Spencer was preceded in death by three sisters: Mildred Jarvis, Gladys Fairbanks and Beatrice Alexander. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the gravesite in Fairfield Cemetery. Glenn Waters will officiate. Friends who prefer may send memorials to Cross Creek Health Care Activity Fund, Rt. 1, Swan Quarter. The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and other times at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl L. Carawan, Fairfield. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, November 15, 1994)

SPENCER, Velma Simpson

OCRACOKE - Mrs. Velma Simpson SPENCER, age 75, died on Wednesday, April 14th after a brief illness following a stroke of paralysis. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church by the pastor, Robert L. Vickery, Jr., assisted by his father, Rev. Robert Sr. of Granite Falls, who are visiting here at this time. Surviving are two step-sons: Benjamin E. Spencer and William Spencer; a grandson, Jimmy Spencer; and a sister, Mrs. Louise Spencer, all of Ocracoke. (The Coastland Times - Friday, April 23, 1964; pg. 1)

SPENCER, Virginia Page
(The Coastland Times - Friday, November 21, 1969; pg. 8)

SPENCER, Wallace Tilden

OCRACOKE - Wallace Tilden SPENCER, 88, died Monday, January 8 at his residence. Mr. Spencer, born in Ocracoke, was retired from the National Park Service and was a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church. He was the son of the late Samuel Tilden and Hattie Wallace Simpson Spencer. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rebecca Williams Spencer, his second wife, Barbara Gainey Spencer, a son, Jimmy Hill Spencer, and a brother, Benjamin Early Spencer. Mr. Spencer is survived by three grandsons: Mike Spencer and John Spencer, both of Newport News, Va., and Ben Spencer of Mass.; and 4 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a nephew, David Esham of Ocracoke; three nieces: Ann Howard of Elizabeth City, Claudia Evans of Wilmington, and Becky Paul of Davis. A memorial service will be held at the Ocracoke United Methodst Church on Friday, Jan. 12 at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. William Holmes officiating. Twiford's Island Chapel in Hatteras is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, January 11, 2001; pg. 10A)

SPENCER, Walton Gratz
(The Coastland Times - Sunday, Feb. 7, 1988; pg. 18)

SPENCER, Wilbert L.

COLUMBIA, N.C. - Wilbert L. SPENCER died Feb. 23, 1994. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Mt. Pilgrim Disciples Church of Christ. Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, in charge. (Virginian-Pilot - February 27, 1994; pg. 5B)

SPENCER, Will

AURORA NEWS - Drowned near this place last week, Will SPENCER, colored, of Engelhard, from the sloop "Three Brothers". (The Evening Messenger - Tuesday, May 16, 1899; pg. 1; column 3) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

SPENCER, William Buren

ELIZABETH CITY - William Buren SPENCER, 77, of Dry Ridge Road, died June 23 in Albemarle Hospital, Elizabeth City. He was formerly of Hyde County. Born in Tyrrell County, he was the son of the late Willie J. and Kizzie Jane Midgette Spencer. He was married to the former Olive O'Neal who preceded him in death. He was a retired automobile mechanic. Surviving are two sisters, Emily S. Gibbs of RFD #1, Fairfield and Janie S. Rhodes of RFD #1, Columbia. Visitation was to be at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and at other times at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earlie Gibbs of Fairfield. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, Route #1, Fairfield. Phil Emmert, pastor, and Phillip Paul, former pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Fulford Cemetery at Engelhard. Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times-Sunday, June 26, 1994)

SPENCER William John
The Coastland Times - Friday, July 23, 1965; pg. 8

SPENCER, Woodrow

FAIRFIELD - Woodrow SPENCER, 78, retired farmer of Route #1, died Tuesday morning, November 11, at Pungo District Hospital Emergency Room. Born in Hyde County on June 22, 1919, he was the son of the late William Henry and Marilyn Virginia Gibbs Spencer. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was active in the Odd Fellows for many years until the Swan Quarter Lodge was disbanded. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. Phil Emmert will officiate. Burial will follow in the Spencer family cemetery near the home. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Erma Dell Lewis Spencer; a son, Robert Dale Spencer of Fairfield; three sisters: Evie S. Foreman of Elizabeth City, Alice Cooke and Elizabeth Berry, both of Grantsboro; and 3 grandchildren. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, November 13, 1997; pg. 10A)

SPRUILL, Angela Lorraine

ENGELHARD - Angela Lorriane SPRUILL, 35, died April 8 in Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Mrs. Spruill was a nurse assistant. She was born April 14, 1964 in Beaufort County. She is survived by her husband, Gean Spruill of Engelhard; one daughter, Destiny Spruill; two sons: Jovire Spencer and Geanta Spruill; her mother, Mary S. Blount, all of Engelhard; three sisters: Lula Spencer and Beverly Spencer, both of Engelhard, and Ester Spencer of New York; one brother, John Spencer, Jr. of Virginia. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pilgrim Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Fairfield Cemetery. Rowsom Funeral Home in Columbia is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, April 13, 2000; pg. 10A)

SPRUILL-HOWARD, Charlene Elizabeth

Charlene Elizabeth Spruill-Howard died Wednesday August 2, 2007 in Manteo after a courageous battle with illness. She was 49. Charlene was born October 9, 1957 in Hyde County to Millie Young and Claudius Shelton. Charlene will be remembered as a devoted and loving mom and wife. She also built a career as a successful chef and worked at several well known, local restaurants.  Besides her devoted husband Michael Howard, Charlene leaves to cherish her memory adoptive parents, Elizabeth and Samuel Farrow (deceased); four sons, Ryan Spruill, Sharron Farrow, Jamel Howard, and Aaron Farrow; one daughter Shakema Spruill all of Manteo; two grandchildren David Jonique Spruill of Manteo, and Tyron Farrow of Virginia; her sisters, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of dear friends. The family will hold a visitation in the Gallop Funeral Services, inc. Chapel Saturday August 4, from 6:00 O’clock to 8 O’clock in the evening. The funeral service will take place Sunday August 5, 2007 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon at Free Grace Church of Christ Disciples of Christ church on Sir Walter Raleigh Street in Manteo. Burial will follow the service at the Free Grace church Cemetery. Elder Carrie G. Holmes, Pastor will officiate.  (Gallop Funeral Services obituary posted Saturday, August 4, 2007)

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