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TAMES, Chris

Chris TAMES, 66, of 30780 US Hwy 264, Engelhard, died, Tuesday July 16, 2013 at his home.  Born March 27, 1947 he was the son of the late George and Frances Owens Tames, he was married to the former Sheila Reber who survives.  A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday July 20, 2013 at The Outer Banks Fishing Pier in Nags Head.  In addition to his wife, surviving are two step sons; Rascoe Hunt of Kill Devil Hills, Wesley Hunt of Engelhard; a step daughter, Heather Hamm of Powells Point; a brother Michael G. Tames of Manteo; three sisters, Pamela T. Goodman of Georgia, Katherine T. Walton of Wilson, NC and Stephanie Tames-Nelson of Statesboro, Georgia; four step grandchildren, Asher Hunt, Erin Hunt, Conner Ross and Kestral Welch.  The family will receive friends on Saturday following the service.  (Bryan Funeral Service)

TARKINGTON, Marion Lowe

Marion Lowe TARKINGTON, 84, of Hunters Ridge Drive, Lexington, died Saturday at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Davidson Funeral Home Hickory Tree Chapel. The service will be conducted by Rev. Cecil Cave.  Mrs. Tarkington was born November 9, 1923 in Ponzer, NC to Samuel Henry Lowe and Ikie Mac Spencer Lowe. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She served with the North Davidson Extension Community Association. She was a past member of Davidson County Twirlettes, as well as a past president of Forsyth Home Extension Club. She was a Silver Arts winner in literature and pine needle basket making. She was a graduate of Belhaven High School and of Raleigh School of Commerce.  Surviving are her husband of 65 years Bruce Edward Tarkington Sr. of the home; son Dr. Bruce Edward Tarkington Jr. and wife Beth of Cary, N.C.; daughter Jennifer Lowe Tarkington Parnell of Gastonia, N.C.; grandchildren Amy Owens and husband Brent of Pineville, NC, Patrice Dyckes and husband Jason of Charlotte, NC, Benjamin Edward Tarkington of Cary, NC, and a great grandchild, Parker Dyckes of Charlotte.  The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday at Davidson Funeral Home Hickory Tree Chapel and at other times at the home.  Davidson Funeral Home-Hickory Tree Chapel is serving the family.  (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, January 8, 2008)

TAYLOR, Annie Satchel

ELIZABETH CITY - Annie Satchel TAYLOR, 90, of the 600 block of W. Cypress St., died April 20, 1991, in a hospital. Mrs. Taylor was a native of Hyde County. She was a member of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church; Silver Leaf Temple 111, I.B.P.O.E. of W.; and the Royal 25 Club. She was the widow of Willie Taylor. Survivors include a daughter, Mildred Barrow of Elizabeth City; a stepson, Dennis Gibbs of Elizabeth City; 3 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday in St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Ricky L. Banks. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Elizabeth City. Viewing will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Stallings Funeral Home. Friends may join the family at the home of Mildred Barrow, 604 W. Cypress St. (Virginian-Pilot - Tuesday, April 23, 1991; pg. 2D)

TAYLOR, Laura Hooker

Mrs. Laura Hooker TAYLOR, 90, resident of Britthaven of Washington and formerly of 206 Squires Road, Belhaven, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, at Britthaven.  A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ponzer Community Park Building with Elder Andrew Boomer Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Kingfield Cemetery.  Mrs. Taylor was born in Hyde County on May 9, 1916, to the late Timothy Hooker and Sanktoria Morgan Hooker. She attended the Hyde County Schools. Mrs. Taylor was the oldest member of Saint John Church of Christ where she served on the Mother Board. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Taylor Sr. on Jan. 24, 1970.  Survivors include three sons, F. Randolph Taylor and Timothy M. Taylor, both of Belhaven, and Edward M. Taylor of Washington; three daughters, Sophia T. Bailey of Washington, Laura E.T. Smith of Engelwood, N.J., and Agnes T. Henry of Hackensack, N.J.; one brother, Elder Calvin M. Hooker of Baltimore; 40 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by two sons, James E. Taylor Jr. and Henry L. Taylor Sr.; three daughters, Edna Taylor, Alma T. Canady and Frances T. McCabe, and her siblings, Weldon Hooker, Joseph Hooker, Emma H. Jordan and Elsie H. Burrus.  The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ponzer Community Park Building and other times at the home.  Arrangements are by Whitfield & Whitley Funeral Home, Washington.  (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, October 17, 2006)

TAYLOR, Ora Allene

Ms. Ora Allene TAYLOR, 94, formerly of Pantego, died Saturday, July 22, 2006, at Fort Washington Hospital, Fort Washington, Md.  A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Macedonia Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Pantego, with Elder Andrew Boomer Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Ms. Taylor was born in Hyde County on July 20, 1912. She was the daughter of the late Nettie Dunbar Taylor and James Wesley Taylor. She attended the Hyde County schools. She was a member of St. John Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Wilbank community, Belhaven.  Survivors include one daughter, Lillian Taylor of Fort Washington, Md.; two sons, John Taylor of Little Rock, Ark., and Vincent Taylor of Fort Washington, Md.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Viewing will take place Wednesday from noon until the funeral hour at Macedonia Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Pantego.  Arrangements are by Randolph Funeral Home, 219 N. Bonner St., Washington.  (Washington Daily News - Tuesday, August 1, 2006)

TEETER, Belinda Lee Styron

OCRACOKE - Belinda Lee Styron TEETER, 61, died Wednesday, October 23 at her residence.  Mrs. Teeter was the daughter of Blanche O'Neal Styron of Ocracoke and the late David B. Styron.  She was a clerk at the National Park Service Visitors Center and a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church and also attended Ocracoke Assembly of God.  Besides her mother, Mrs. Teeter is survived by her husband, Frank D. "Wayne" Teeter, Jr. of Ocracoke; a brother, David B. Styron, Jr. of Ocracoke; a niece, Samantha Leigh Styron; a nephew, David B. Styron, III; an uncle, Calvin O'Neal, all of Ocracoke.  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 26, at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. John White and the Rev. Joyce Reynolds officiating.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Ocracoke.  Twifords Island Chapel in Hatteras handled arrangements.  (The Coastland Times - Sunday, October 27, 2002; pg. 14A)

TEETER, SR., Frank Dwayne

OCRACOKE - Frank Dwayne TEETER, SR., 71, of Ocracoke, died June 23 in an area hospital. Mr. Teeter was a native of Manhattan, Kansas and was a retired Master Chief Engineer with the U.S. Coast Guard, owner of Teeter Campground in Ocracoke and a member of the Ocracoke Assembly of God. He is the husband of Iona May Williams Teeter of the home and the son of Viola Swain Teeter of Manhattan, and the late Claude Teeter. Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by one daughter: Linda Teeter Garrish of Ocracoke; two sons: Frank D. Teeter, Jr. of Ocracoke and Carl Eugene Teeter of Silver Springs, Md.; four grandchildren: Sandy and Bubbie Boos, Chris and Kyle Teeter. Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 26 at 2 p.m. in the Ocracoke Assembly of God by the Rev. Tim Lynch. Burial will follow in the Community Cemetery in Ocracoke. Twiford's Island Chapel, Hatteras, is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, June 26, 1994)

TEETER, Iona May Williams

OCRACOKE - Iona May Williams TEETER, 87, of Ocracoke passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at her residence. Mrs. Teeter was born in Ocracoke and attended the Ocracoke Assembly of God and the Ocracoke United Methodist Church. She was the daughter of the late Willie F. and Nancy Gaskins Williams and the widow of Frank D. Teeter, Sr.  Mrs. Teeter is survived by a daughter, Linda Garrish (Ward) of Ocracoke, NC; two sons, Wayne (Ada) of Ocracoke and Carl “Toad” (Mary) of Silver Spring, MD; four grandchildren, Sandy, Bubbie, Chris (Brooke), and Kyle; seven great-grandchildren, Abby, Brittany, Brieanna, Becky, Brendan, Ari and Nick.  Funeral services will be held at the Ocracoke Assembly of God on Friday, April 24, 2009 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Sam Garris and Rev. Joyce Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in the Ocracoke Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  Twiford Island Chapel, Hatteras is assisting the family with arrangements.  The Coastland Times - Thursday, April 23, 2009; pg. 10A)

THIGPEN, Annie L.

Annie L. THIGPEN, 77, passed away Dec. 31, 2007. A native of Swan Quarter, N.C., she was the widow of Sterling E. Thigpen. Annie was a member of Mount Hermon Church of Christ Disciples in Norfolk. She received her education through Hyde County Training School in North Carolina. Along with her husband, Annie was predeceased by a son, Billie W. Thigpen. She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Lanette Thigpen Jimerson; one son, Bobby Thigpen Sr. (Sandra) of Suffolk; one brother, James Thomas Jennett of New York City; a sister-in-law, Rose P. Thigpen; 13 grandchildren of which she raised Daine Kennedy (Michael); 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of cousins and friends. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in Great Bridge Church of God, 1280 Bells Mill Road, Chesapeake, with Pastor Randy Wooden presiding. Interment will follow in Roosevelt Memorial Park. The family will receive relatives and friends for remembrance and visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Beach Funeral Services Inc., 4456 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach. The family will assemble at 2740 Burning Tree Lane one hour prior to the service for the procession.  (The Virginian-Pilot - Thursday, January 3, 2008)

THOMAS, Edward Lee

WASHINGTON - Edward Lee THOMAS, 29, died Monday, August 26 at his home.  Born in Washington County, he was the son of Linda Sharp Thomas Foster and the late Vernon Edward Thomas.  He was a heavy equipment operator with Hendrix Barnhill in utilities construction.  Surviving are his mother and step-father, Linda and Windell Foster of Pamlico Beach community near Belhaven; a son, Bryson Lee Thomas of Washington; a brother, Danny Thomas and wife Deborah of Scranton; a sister, Stacy T. Baker and husband Nick of Washington; his paternal grandfather, John Lockley of Scranton; his aunts: Lucille Berry, Linda Hope, Kay Ambrose and Wanda Sue Kelley; his uncles: David Lockley, Jimmy Sharp and Danny Lockley; his nephews: Daniel Thomas, Nicholas Thomas Baker and Josh Conley.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the family plot in Soule Cemetery in Swan Quarter.  The Rev. Tommy Glover and Steve Bryan will officiate.  Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter is serving the Thomas family.  (The Coastland Times - Thursday, August 29, 2002; pg. 11A)

THOMAS, Jesse

FAIRFIELD - Mr. Jesse THOMAS, near this place, died a few days ago. (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, March 8, 1894; pg. 3; column 4) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]  [In Memory Of states Jesse Thomas was born June 8, 1817 in Wales and died February 20, 1894]

THOMAS, Vernon Edward "Barney"

SCRANTON - Vernon Edward "Barney" THOMAS, 53, died Saturday, November 13 at Beaufort County Hospital in Washington. Born in Cardville, Missouri, July 30, 1946, he was the son of the late Vernon Verdell Thomas and Wanda Lee Wise Thomas Lockley. He was a retired carpenter and worked in general construction prior to his illness. Surviving are his wife, Linda Sharp Thomas; two sons: Edward Lee Thomas and his fiancee Melissa Davidson, both of Washington, and Danny Wayne Thomas and his wife Deborah of Scranton; two daughters: Stacy Lynn Baker and her husband Nicholas of Belhaven, and Michelle T. Brooks of Tucson, Arizona; three brothers: David Lockley of Walnut Cove, Edward Lockley of Creswell, and Danny Lockley of Maryland; five sisters: Wanda Sue Kelly and Brenda G. Pigg, both of Tampa, Florida, Linda Hope of Creswell, Lucille Berry of Scranton, and Kay Ambrose of Creswell; his step-father, Allen John Lockley and his wife Minnie of Scranton; and five grandchildren: Daniel Logan Thomas of Scranton, Joshua Michael Conley of Scranton, Danny Flyther, Kia Flyther and Jarrett Davis, all of Arizona. A funeral service will be held at the family plot at Soule Cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Phil Emmert and Steve Bryan will officiate. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, November 16, 1999; pg. 7A)

THOMPSON, Curtis Eugene

SWAN QUARTER - Curtis Eugene THOMPSON, 62, of Bay Court, died suddenly May 16 at his home. A Hyde County native, he was the son of the late William George and Rosa Williams Thompson. He was a commercial fisherman and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served on the U.S.S. Forrest Royal. Surviving are a son, Gregory Gibbs of Engelhard; a daughter, Melinda Duplantis of Houma, Louisiana; two step-sons: Michael Bradford of Houma, and Roy Bradford, Jr. of Louisville, Kentucky; two step-daughters: Cindy Fick of Montequt, Louisiana and Pam Coffey of Houma; a brother, George Norman Thompson of Swan Quarter; a sister, Hazel T. Sadler of Swan Quarter; and 2 grand- children. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the family plot in Soule Cemetery. Steve Bryan will conduct the service. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, May 18, 1993; pg. 12A)

THOMPSON, David Edgar

OCRACOKE, August 25 - David Edgar THOMPSON, age 56, died in a Norfolk hospital on August 21st after a short illness.  Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at Ocracoke Methodist Church with Rev. W.W. CLARKE officiating.  Burial was in the Ocracoke Community Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Malthy Bragg, Ed Wells, Charles Ahman, Rudolph Waller, Larry Williams and Wahab Howard.  Mr. and Mrs. Thompson came as summer visitors to Ocracoke for many years, and moved there several years ago.  About two years ago they built an attractive home here.  Mr. Thompson was a member of the Ocracoke Civic Club and had served as it's secretary.  He is survived by his wife, the former Elsie Dunn of Aurora; by his mother, Mrs. Frank M. Thompson of Hickory; and by four brothers and four sisters [not named].  Here on Saturday for the funeral services were Mrs. Thompson's brother, H.C. Dunn and Mrs. Dunn, their daughter, Mrs. Mary E. Davis and their son, Donald Dunn, all of New Bern.  Mrs. Thompson's mother, in spite of her eighty years, made the long automobile trip from Hickory to Ocracoke and with his sister, Mrs. Hazel Parlier and son, Tom, of Lenoir.  (The Coastland Times - Friday, August 29, 1958; pg. 2)

THOMPSON, Edith Credle

SWAN QUARTER - Edith Credle THOMPSON, 77, of Main Street and more recently a patient at Cross Creek Health Care Center, died Saturday night, September 30, 2000 at Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Born in Hyde County, she was the daughter of the late Seth B. and Claudia Jarvis Credle. She was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church where the funeral procession will pause briefly in her memory on Tuesday. She was also a member of the former Swan Quarter Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the family plot in Soule Cemetery. Phil Emmert and Steve Bryan will officiate. Surviving are her husband, George Norman Thompson; two sons: Norman Allen Thompson of Greenville and Dennis R. Thompson of Swan Quarter; two daughters: Tonie T. Marshall and Donna T. Spencer, both of Swan Quarter; two sisters: Helen C. Mason of Washington and Blandina C. Cahoon of Fairfield; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by a son, Mark A. Thompson and a brother, Seth Bridgman Credle, Jr. Visitation was Monday at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2000; pg. 14A)

THOMPSON, Edna Davis

ELIZABETH CITY - Edna Davis THOMPSON, age 66, died Aug. 8, 2003 at Albemarle Hospital.  She was born in Hyde County, daughter of the late Carl Ray Davis and Hazel Payne Davis of Elizabeth City and was the wife of William L. Thompson Jr. She was a homemaker and a member of Blackwell Memorial Baptist Church. Mrs. Thompson was the founder of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) of North Carolina 341.  Besides her husband and mother, Mrs. Thompson is survived by two daughters, Susan Bently and husband Joe and Renee Harry; two sons, Carl Harry and wife Debbie and William L. Thompson, III and wife Amy, all of Elizabeth City; two sisters, Linda Phthisic and Marie Corbett and husband Wayne; one brother, Ronald Davis and wife Nellie Mae; and 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Twiford's Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church St., Elizabeth City, by the Rev. Bob Crisp. Burial will follow at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  (The Virginian-Pilot - Sunday, August 10, 2003)

THOMPSON, George Norman

George Norman THOMPSON, 87, long time resident of Main Street in Swan Quarter died Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at Cross Creek Health Care Center where he had resided in recent years.  Born in Hyde County, January 11, 1922, he was the son of the late William George and Rosa Williams Thompson. Norman was married to the former Edith Credle for more than 50 years before she preceded him in death. He was retired from the U.S. Navy having served in World War II and the Korean War and served at Pearl Harbor before retiring as Chief Petty Officer. He was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church and the Atlantic Lodge # 294 A. F. & A. M. His special time was spent with his children and grandchildren.  Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the family plot in Soule Cemetery. Mike Wheeler, Rev. Julie Gicker-Anderson and Steve Bryan will officiate. The funeral procession will pause briefly at Calvary Presbyterian Church for prayer while enroute to the cemetery for the graveside service.  Surviving are two sons, Norman Allen Thompson of Greenville, Dennis Ray Thompson and wife, Debbie of Swan Quarter; two daughters, Tonie T. Marshall and husband, Sam and Donna T. Spencer and husband, Pat all of Swan Quarter; a sister, Hazel T. Sadler of Swan Quarter; grandchildren, Beth McCall and husband, Chris, Megan Shaw and husband, Byron, Ryan Marshall and wife, Lyla, Mandy Spencer, Barrett Marshall, Brittanie Thompson and Malori Spencer; great-grandsons, Gavin Coughlin and Joseph Coughlin; a special niece, Jaime Spencer.  He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Alison Thompson; a brother, Curtis Thompson; sisters, Pauline Cahoon and Ernestine Cuthrell.  Special thanks is extended to the staff of Cross Creek for their special care.  A special visitation with the grandchildren will be Wednesday between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and the family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service on Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.   (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] – Wednesday, April 22, 2009)

THOMPSON, Mary Elizabeth Midyette

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Midyette THOMPSON, 87, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012.  A graveside service will be conducted Saturday at 10:30 am in Pinewood Memorial Park.  Mrs. Thompson was born June 13, 1924 in Hyde County, NC to Julia and Benjamin Midyette. She attended Louisburg College and graduated from East Carolina Teacher's College. She began teaching in Columbia, NC where she met her husband Horace G. Thompson who was a teacher and Baptist minister. She and Horace were married December 28, 1949 at Amity Methodist Church in Hyde County. Together, Mary Lib and Horace devoted their lives to serving several Baptist churches in eastern North Carolina.  After the death of her husband in 1976, Mrs. Thompson continued to reside in Winterville, NC where she taught business at DH Conley High School. While at Conley, Mrs. Thompson organized the Future Business Leaders of America. She received many awards for her excellence in teaching and leadership. She was also active in the South Roanoke Baptist Association working with WMU.  In 2003, Mrs. Thompson moved to Cypress Glen Retirement Community where she continued to be active in various community activities. She enjoyed the fellowship at Cypress Glen and the many activities available there.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Ben, Gerald and James Midyette.  She is survived by her: daughters, Mary Emily Austell and husband, Tom, of Henderson, NC and Darlene Oakes and husband, Robert, of Nashville, NC; son, Benjamin Thompson and wife, Patrice, of Dunn, NC; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home and Saturday from 9 ' 10 a.m. in the Four Seasons Room at Cypress Glen.  (Wilkerson Funeral Home)

THORPE, Amy Burrus

OCRACOKE - Mrs. Amy THORPE, a native of Ocracoke, who has been residing in North Hollywood, California, died on Feb. 17. Mrs. Thorpe was the daughter of the late Joseph M. and Eleanor Oden Burrus. Besides her husband she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Faye McDermott; and a son, Thomas W. Thorpe; 4 sisters: Mrs. Iva Garrish and Mrs. Sybil Wilder of Ocracoke, Mrs. Hazel Beasley of Grandy, and Mrs. McKeever Grigas of Portsmouth, Va. Mrs. Garrish, Mrs. Wilder and Mrs. Beasley have recently returned from spending several weeks in North Hollywood with their sister prior to her death. (Unknown newspaper) [Note: Amy Burrus Thorpe died February 17, 1977. Her husband was T.L. Thorpe.]

TILLETT, Avery Belove

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

TILLETT, Delores Robinson

OCRACOKE - Delores Robinson TILLETT, 64, died Tuesday, February 26 in an Elizabeth City hospital. Mrs. Tillett was born in Chelsea, Mass. She was a former beautician and a hostess for Capt. Ben's Restaurant. She was the daughter of the late William Reed and Helen Doxey Robinson. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Sam Walters. Mrs. Tillett is survived by a son, Kenneth M. Tillett of Ocracoke; and four grandchildren: Jeffrey Sam Walters, Jr., Nicole Walters, Andrew Tillett and Kyle Tillett. Funeral services will be held at the Ocracoke United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2 with the Rev. Joyce Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in the Ocracoke Community Cemetery. Twiford's Island Chapel in Hatteras is handling arrangments. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, February 28, 2002; pg. 3B)

TILLETT, Gladys Midyette Marshall

ENGELHARD - Mrs. Gladys Midyette Marshall TILLETT, 75, of Route No. 1, Engelhard (White Plains community) died Oct. 3 at Beaufort County Hospital in Washington. A native of Hyde County, she was the daughter of the late Everette an Eva Ballance Midyette. She was widow of Roy Gibbs Marshall who died in 1950. She was later married to William Tillett, now deceased. She was a member of the Watson's Chapel United Methodist Church in the Nebraska Community. Surviving are two sons, Robert Autrey Marshall and Roy Wayne Marshall, both of Route No. 1, Engelhard; a daughter, Mrs. Christine Marshall Cahoon of Rt. 1, Pinetown; a sister; Mrs. Hilda Midyette Gibbs of Engelhard; eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were set for 2 p.m. Saturday in Watson's Chapel United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Amity United Methodist, Church Cemetery at Lake Landing; The Rev. Gladys Williford to officiate. The family is receiving friends at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wayne Marshall, Route No. 1, White Plains, Engelhard. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - October 6, 1991)

TILLETT, Linda Spencer

WANCHESE - Linda Spencer TILLETT, 69, died Friday, June 19 in Cheaspeake General Hospital. Mrs. Tillett is survived by her beloved husband, Gilbert "Moon" Tillett of the home. A native of Engelhard, she has resided in Wanchese with her husband for the past 49 and a half years. She was a homemaker and secretary for Moon Tillett Fish Company, which they operated together until retirement a few years ago. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and the Roanoke Island Chapter #79 of Order of the Eastern Star. She was the daughter of the late Bonnie C. and Ola Cahoon Spencer. Besides her husband, Mrs. Tillett is survived by two sons: Billy Carl Tillett and Craig Tillett, both of Wanchese; one brother, John W. Spencer of Smithfield, Va.; 4 grand- children: Ryan, Farrah, Brocke and Ramey Tillett. She was predeceased by a brother, Carl R. Spencer. Funeral services will be held at Bethany United Methodist Church today at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Bill Holliday officiating. Burial will be in the Tillett Cemetery with Eastern Star Rites at the graveside. Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo, is in charge of arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, June 21, 1998; pg. 10A and also Outer Banks Sentinel - Thursday, June 25, 1998; pg. 14A)

TILLEY, Ann Blake

Ann Blake TILLEY, 73, of 118 Brickhouse Lane, Lot 43, Elizabeth City, N.C., died Friday, Aug. 16, 2008, at home. She was born in Hyde County, N.C., the daughter of the late Roland and Sallie Cutell Blake and was the widow of William L. Tilley. Mrs. Tilley was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and was retired from the N.C. Department of Transportation. Survivors include two sons,, Allen Smith of Elizabeth City, N.C., and Jeff Smith of Camden, N.C.; a sister, Ina Bostillo of Elizabeth City; a brother Christopher Blake of Elizabeth City; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Sally Driver, a sister Myrdis Carawan and brother Earl Blake. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday Aug. 18, 2008, at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Holmes officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Twiford's Memorial Chapel 405 E. Church St. and other times at the residence of the son, Jeff Smith, 350 Trotman Road, Camden N.C. Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church St., Elizabeth City, is in charge of funeral arrangements.  (Daily Advance - Tuesday, August 19, 2008)

TOLAN, Jessie Vaughn

BELHAVEN - Jessie Vaughn TOLAN, 82, formerly of Hyde County, died Monday, February 7 at Beaufort County Hospital in Washington. Mrs. Tolan was born in Hyde County on October 28, 1917, daughter of the late Mac and Nancy Rasco Vaughn. She attended Hyde County schools. In 1981, she married Elmo Tolan, who preceded her in death in 1989. She worked as a nursing assistant at Pungo District Hospital and at the office of Dr. J.T. Wright. She was a member of the Belhaven Original Free Will Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Joyce Winfield of Oldsmar, Florida and Belhaven; one son, Joseph J. Gaskins, Jr. of Washington; and one sister, Dorothy Lilley of Chesapeake, Va. She was preceded in death by two sisters: Sarah Jarvis and Lula Modlin; and two brothers: Vivian Vaughan and Mac Vaughan. Funeral services were held Feb. 9 in the chapel of Paul Funeral Home in Belhaven with the Rev. H.P. Norman officiating. Burial followed in the Belhaven community cemetery. Arrangements were by Paul Funeral Home in Belhaven. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, February 13, 2000; pg. 14A)

TOLER, Rosa Gibbs

WANCHESE - Rosa Gibbs TOLER, 97, died Thursday, May 23 at the Outer Banks Hospital. Mrs. Toler, born in Engelhard, was a cook and manager of the Dare County School lunchroom for many years. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, a past member of the Roanoke Island Chapter of Order of Eastern Star and Rebecahs. She was the daughter of the later Sylvester B. and Mary Louise Midgett Gibbs and the widow of the late John Toler. Mrs. Toler is survived by a son, George D. Toler of Wanchese and a sister, Molly Gibbs of Edenton. Funeral services will be held at Bethany United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 26 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Tom Supplee and the Rev. David Daniels officiating. Burial will follow in the Cudworth Cemetery. Twiford's Funeral Home in Manteo is in charge. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, May 26, 2002; pg. 16A)

TOLSON, Charlie S.

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

TOLSON, Levice M. Bragg

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

TOLSON, Leonard Mack

OCRACOKE - Leonard Mack TOLSON, 45, of Ocracoke, died Wednesday, April 9, in an area hospital. Mr. Tolson was born in Morehead City and was a member of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church and a commercial fisherman. He was the son of the late David Sylvester and Geraldine O'Neal Tolson. Surviving are a daughter, Carol Ann Moline of Virginia Beach, Va.; a son, Dwayne Dugger; a sister, Hettie T. Johnson of Ocracoke; two brothers: Howard Tolson and David Tolson, both of Ocracoke. A memorial service was set for Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m. in the Ocracoke United Methodist Church by the Rev. Allen Lovell. Twiford Island Chapel, Hatteras, is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, April 10, 1997; pg. 10A)

TOMMY K.

TOMMY K. PASSES ON - TOMMY K., the faithful retriever told about in last week's paper, has passed on to his reward at the age of 12 years. He died shortly after he was photographed by Aycock Brown and his story written for lover of good dogs. He died January 22 and is buried near US 264, in the front yard of his master, John Harrell Swindell of Swan Quarter. Tommy K. had retired from his great career as a companion of hunters in Lake Mattamauskeet, shortly before his death. Five days before he died, his master noticed the old dog was not feeling so well. Only a year ago, he had not lost so many of his teeth, and he eagerly herded hogs and cattle on the Swindell farm. Only a year ago, he could hold a 400 pound sow, or an 800 pound cow -- this 80 pound dog, nearly 12 years old. Mr. Swindell saw the old dog was not up to scratch, and brought him in his bedroom to sleep each night. For 5 days the old dog would go out into the morning sun, and lie where it fell, dreaming of the old days, and when dogs were dogs worthy of the name. As the sun moved around the house in its diurnal journey, the old dog would rise slowly and keep pace with it, endeavoring always to keep in range of its warmth. On the last morning of his life, he went out the door as usual, when the member of the household departed on their daily tasks about the farm. The old dog did not go, but lay down in the warm sunlight that bore down upon the back porch. When all had gone about their work, he quietly arose and made his way to a distant place in the soft grass of the Swindell plantation. Maybe he didn't know that his master's watchful eye was upon him. Mr. Swindell dropped his task and went over to where the old dog had disappeared, and found him in the grass, peaceful and still as if his passing had been without struggle, his body growing cold in death. There is an old colored man, 75 years old, Deacon in the church, the handy-man about the Swindell plantation. When it was decided that Tommy K would be buried in the front yard of the Swindell home, under a big tree near US 264, the Tideland Trail which has so many other interesting things upon it, old Uncle Press Reddick wanted to hold a proper funeral. So while the group looked on, the last remains of Tommy K. enclosed in a box, were lowered in his grave. Uncle Press Reddick conducted a service for the faithful animal that so long had been his friend too, his companion and helper about the farm; while the Swindell family stood by in tearful silence and the wild geese honked over Mattamuskeet, the last chapter of the life of Tommy K. was written. The family returned to the house with its vacant place, such as can exist only in the heart of a child, or in the heart of one who loves his dog with the only affection that rivals the ties of heart and blood. (As an animal lover myself, I couldn't pass this obituary up which was probably written for The Coastland Times - January 1951) [Submitted by Merlin S. Berry of Gambrills, Md.]

The mere mention of Lake Mattamuskeet and the surrounding farm lands brings back nostalgia to the avid waterfowl hunter. The sunrise, the sounds of the geese and ducks, the breaking of ice on the way to the blinds, the delicious bag lunches (which were usually devoured by 9:30), and the calling in of the geese by Earl Sanderson are indelible memories. John Harold Swindell, Jr., a veteran guide of the east end, is shown with three of his Chesapeake retrievers. Tommy K. (center) would bring in the fowl and place the geese on one side of the blind and ducks on the other side.  (Photo and article from Hyde County History)

TOOLEY, Elizabeth

Died at the same time in the same neighborhood [as the obituary of Mary JORDAN], Mrs. Elizabeth TOOLEY, widow of Henry Tooley, dec'd.  (The American Recorder - Friday, September 7, 1821; pg. 3, col. 1) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

TOOLEY, Jeremiah

In Hyde County on the 31st ult., Mr. Jeremiah TOOLEY. (American Recorder - Friday, April 9, 1819; pg. 3; column 1) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

TOOLEY, Mary Bell

SCRANTON - Mary Bell TOOLEY, died August 27 in her home. Mrs. Tooley was born in Hyde County. Survivors include two daughters: Essie Mackey of New York and Maggie Floyd of Florida; six sons: Leo Odis Tooley and Luke Tooley of Boston, William Guy Tooley and Wilbert Tooley of New Jersey, William Armistead of Aurora, and Edward Cooper of Scranton; a sister, Maggie Roger of Boston; a brother, Joseph Bonner of Norfolk; 35 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Mahalia Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will be placed in the church at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Flanagan Funeral Home, Greenville, is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, September 1, 1992)

TOOLEY, Roland O'Neal

Roland O’Neal TOOLEY, age 70, of 762 Lynnsburg Road, Scranton, died Friday, July 1, 2011, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville.  Born in Washington County, Feb. 9, 1941, he was the son of the late Henry O. and Ruth O’Neal Tooley. He was married to the former Elaine Swindell who survives. He was a member of Union Grove Church of Christ and was actively involved in Epworth United Methodist Church for 47 years.  An avid hunter and farmer, Roland’s true love was his family and baseball. He was a board member of North Carolina Farm Bureau since 1972, member of Scranton Volunteer Fire Department and was involved in multiple community and civic endeavors. He was well known for his chocolate fudge.  Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Epworth United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, R. Ray Tooley and wife Emily, Charles D. Tooley and wife Lisa, both of Scranton; two daughters, Kristy T. Lawrence and husband Brad of Scranton, Paula T. Spencer and husband Chad of Swan Quarter; eight grandchildren, Kasey R. Tooley, Ryan G. Tooley, Brandon C. Tooley, Brody D. Tooley, Eric B. Lawrence, Samantha N. Lawrence, Ashley E. Spencer, Bo H. Spencer; a brother, Henry O. Tooley Jr. of Plymouth; and one sister Margaret T. Eborn of Washington.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert G. Tooley, and a sister, Doris T. Dixon.  The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service on Saturday evening, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and other times at the home.  Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.  (Washington Daily News [Washington, NC] - Saturday, July 2, 2011)

TOOLEY, Suevilla Mae Chance

Suevilla Mae Chance TOOLEY, 79, of 815 Church St., Fairfield, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Pungo District Hospital, Belhaven. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Star of Zion Church of Christ, Fairfield, with Elder Daniel Gillam officiating. Arrangements are by Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia.  (Washington Daily News - Wednesday, November 10, 2010)

TOPPING, Dorothy Warren Wabab

WASHINGTON - Dorothy Warren Wabab TOPPING, 83, a resident of Senior Village Apartments and a former resident of Pantego, died July 7 in Pitt Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Topping was born in Hyde County, the daughter of the late Charles Edmondson and. Alberta Warren Silverthorne Wahab. She was the widow of Daniel Dewey Topping, attorney. Mrs. Topping was a legal secretary until her retirement. She served as secretary for the N.C. Ways an Means Committee Chairman in the late 1950s. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Sladesville. She is survived by two daughters, Jane Topping Lindsey of Jamesville and Evelyn Topping Crawford of Greenville; one sister, Annie Boyd Luther of Rocky Mount; two brothers, Charles E. Wahab, Jr. of Goldsboro and Thomas Warren Wahab of Kinston; two grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. Funeral services were held Friday at the Paul Funeral Home, Belhaven, with the Rev. George Abele officiating. Burial was in the Soule Cemetery. (The Coastland Times - July 12, 1992)

TOPPING, Ira & Eveline B. Latham

Swift Creek, Craven Co., November 15th 1883

Dear Brother Gold,

Please publish the death of Brother Ira TOPPING and Sister Eveline Topping, his wife.

Brother Topping was born February 28th, 1820 in the county of Hyde, N.C. and moved to Beaufort county and became one of the most diligent farmers of that county, and in said Beaufort county he married Miss Hannah Windley October 28th, 1841 and she born him one child, a daughter, when she died. He then married Miss Eveline B. Latham of the same county, and by her there lives five children and many grandchildren to mourn their loss. Brother Topping married his second wife January 22nd, 1845. Sister Eveline Topping died November 28th, 1882. Brother Ira Topping departed this life March 3rd, 1883.

In September, Saturday before the 3rd Sunday, he felt it his duty and joined the Old Primitive Baptist Church at North Creek in said county, and on Sunday following was baptized by the writer, being pastor of the church. He was soon chosen clerk for the church, which office he filled with love and firmness and to the gratification of the church up to the day of his death. He was one of the great leaders of God's church visibly. Also as a Christian neighbor he filled the office as a justice of the peace for many years to the great satisfaction of his neighborhood and county, and was a very useful and obliging man to all, for none knew him only to love him. His wife, Eveline, became a member of the church with him on Saturday before the 3rd Sunday in September 1871, and was baptized on the 3rd Sunday at North Creek by the writer. They both lived as God's children should, letting their lights shine to the naked and their house was a home for the weary traveler, and always, night or day, a home for the old Baptists. They were blest to live to see two of their children baptized in the same old Baptist church with them and commune with them before it was God's will to call them home to enjoy that rest that remains for the people of God, and they were so blest in all their children as to have no fear of misfortune, as they were all trained up in the admonition of the Lord that they may walk an orderly life before God and man. We all feel the loss of such a brother and sister, but we feel that our loss is their great gain. The race is run.

[signed] Samuel Murice Martin

(Zion's Landmark - Primitive Baptist semi-monthy published in Wilson, N.C.; December 15, 1883) [Kindly submitted by Kathryn B. "Kitty" Humphries.]

TOPPING, Mildred Lucas

SWAN QUARTER - Mildred Lucas TOPPING, 43, died Wednesday, January 26 at home. Funeral services were February 1 at St. Lydia Baptist Church in Swan Quarter with the Elder Sadler officiating. Burial was in St. Lydia Cemetery in Swan Quarter. Mrs. Topping was born in February 1956 in Beaufort County, the daughter of the late Rodan Barrow. She graduated from Mattamuskeet High School and later graduated from Civella Beaufort School of Cosmetology in Raleigh. She was employed as a nurse's assistant at Cross Creek Nursing Home in Swan Quarter. She also worked in the seafood industry. She was a member of St. Lydia Baptist Church where she was an usher. Arrangements are by Randolph Funeral Home in Washington. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, February 3, 2000; pg. 11A)

TOPPING, Robert

Mr. Robert TOPPING, 84, of 1369 Maple Town Road, Swan Quarter, died Friday, May 26, 2006, at Pungo District Hospital, Belhaven.  A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in Saint Mary’s Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Swan Quarter. Burial will follow in Greenhill Cemetery, Swan Quarter. Mr. Topping was born in Hyde County. He retired from the National Parks Service in Manteo, after 23 years of service. He was a member of Saint Mary’s Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ).  Survivors include two brothers, Marvin Topping of Bronx, N.Y., and Clifford Topping of Swan Quarter; two sisters, Cariner Gorham and Florence Cayruth, both of Washington, and two grandchildren.  The body may be viewed from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Saint Mary’s Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Swan Quarter.  Arrangements are by Don Brown Funeral Home, Ayden.  (Washington Daily News - Thursday, June 1, 2006)

TOPPINGS, James

SWAN QUARTER - James TOPPINGS of Route 1, Swan Quarter, died Saturday at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Toppings was a merchant and owner of the Toppings Lakeside Motel and Service Center in Now Holland. He was a member of New Branch Masonic Lodge and St. Mary's Church of Christ. Surviving are four children: Mary Gibbs, Brenda J. Murray, Dorine Holloway and James R. Topping, all of Swan Quarter; seven grand-children; seven brothers and four sisters. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Church of Christ with Elder John Early Bryant officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at their home in New Holland. Funeral arrangements are by Randolph Funeral Home, 219 Bonner st., Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, August 11, 1992)

TUCKER, Elizabeth Burrus

ENGELHARD - Elizabeth Burrus TUCKER, 91, a former resident of Engelhard and more recently a resident of Cross creek Health Care Center in Swan Quarter, died Sunday, March 23 at Cross Creek. Born in Hyde County on January 17, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Ellen Jennette Burrus. She lived in New Jersey for a number of years where she worked as a security guard with Western Electric and later as a superintendent of apartments. After returning to Hyde County she was a secretary with the former Jolly's Television in Engelhard and also worked with John Fletcher, attorney. She was a Methodist during most of her live and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in New Jersey. She was married to the late Robert Epes Tucker who preceded her in death in 1996. Surviving are two daughters: Betty T. Ballance of Engelhard and Lillian T. Girsham of Woodford, Va.; 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Tucker was preceded in death by a daughter, Mae Jean Raczenski in 1995; grandchildren: Roger Lee Ballance, baby boy Girsham, Deborah Leigh Gibbs, Charles Robert Raczenski; brothers: Robert Burrus, William Pell Burrus, George Taylor Burrus and Harry Burrus; and sisters: Mary Burrus, Julianna Cahoon, Rosalie Roper and Geneva Cox. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at the Burrus Family Cemetery beside her former home. Douglas Gibbs and Steve Bryan will officiate.  (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, March 25, 2003; pg. 10A)

TUCKER, JR., Robert Epes

ENGELHARD - Robert Epes TUCKER, JR., 87, of Goshen Road, died Monday, September 2, at his home. Born in Jakin, Georgia, he was the son of the late Robert E. and Carrie Tucker. He was a retired sheet metal worker with Local #13, a Mason, and a Shriner in the Salaam Temple in Livingston, N.J. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Burrus Tucker; two daughters: Betty T. Ballance of Engelhard and Lillian T. Girsham of Woodford, Va.; two sisters: Lillian T. McBride and Mabel T. Liddington, both of Newport News, Va.; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mae Jean Raczenski. Funeral services were scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, September 7, in the Burrus Family Cemetery at the home, with the Rev. L.R. Sparrow to officiate. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, September 8, 1996; pg. 2A)

TUCKER, Gloria M.

OCRACOKE - Gloria M. TUCKER, 69, long-time resident of Ocracoke, and more recently a resident of Cross Creek Health Care Center in Swan Quarter, died July 19 at Cross Creek. Born in New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Frederick M. and Stella Marie St. Ours Tibbetts. She worked on Ocracoke at the Pony Island Restaurant until her retirement due to health reasons. Surviving are three sons: Nicholas A, Munning of Boise, Idaho, Gregory Munning of Summerfield, and Michael Munning of Newton, N.J.; three sisters: Judity T. Ihle of Ocracoke, Patricia T. Hourihan of Shrewsbury, N.J. and Nancy Tibbetts of Chandler, Arizona; and 10 grandchildren. A brother, Frederick M. Tibbetts, Jr., preceded her in death. The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, July 23, 1995; pg. 2B)

TUNNELL, Alexander Beckwith

ENGELHARD - Whereas on the 18th day of June 1894, the great Architect saw fit to call from labor and rest our fraternal brother, Alexander B. TUNNELL, a charter member of Mattamuskeet Lodge #328 A.F. & A.M. after a protracted illness of over two years duration. (The Economist-Falcon - Friday, September 7, 1894; pg. 3)

Alexander Beckwith TUNNELL died on Monday, June 18th. For several years he was the sheriff of Hyde County. He was in the 58th year of his age and leaves a widow and 5 children. (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, July 12, 1894; pg. 3; column 4)

TUNNELL, Douglas Linwood

Douglas Linwood Tunnell, 71, of Swan Quarter, died Dec. 17, 2013, at his residence after battling prostate cancer that had spread to his bones. The burial and funeral celebration will be held at Soule Cemetery today, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. Following that, the family will receive visitors at their home, 20688 U.S. Highway 264, Swan Quarter, NC 27885.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Linwood ”Speedy” Benson Tunnell and Mary Lucille Berry Tunnell; and sister, Doris Tunnell.  He is survived by his wife, Ann Tunnell; son Ken and wife Debbie; son Greg and wife Jena (grandchildren Alex, Candace Chilcoat and husband KC, Valerie, Seth, Zack, Heather, Jenna; great-grandchild Edward Chilcoat); daughter Susan Smith and husband Steve (grandchildren Daniel, Brandon, Grace, James, Amanda, Cora, Maggie, Lillie); daughter Karen Mason and husband Matthew (grandchildren Victoria, Hannah, Caroline, Jesse, Jacob); son Stephen; son Jonny; daughter-in-law Heather; son Joah and wife Emma (grandchild Madeleine); daughter Sarah Myers and husband Justin (grandchildren Levi, Ian, Jason).  (Washington DailyNews - Tuesday, December 17, 2013)

TUNNELL, Iberia Roach

SWAN QUARTER - Iberia R. TUNNELL, 86, died Friday, March 14 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville.  Born in Rutherford County on March 5, 1917, she was the daughter of the late James and Mary Green Roach.  She was a graduate of East Carolina Teacher's College, now ECU, and began her work in Nash County with Extension Service.  She moved to Hyde County in 1941 where she pioneered the first Home Demonstration Program in the county and shared responsibility in the 4-H program.  She was married to Gilbert Bernard Tunnell, who preceded her in death, on March 12, 1969.  They operated a family farm, Tunnell Farms, in Hyde County, which she continued with following her husband's death.  Her devotion to hard work is displayed through the achievements of her accomplished 4-H'ers and Extension Club Members.  She was an active member of the Hyde County Historical and Genealogical Society for many years.  A faithful member of the Providence United Methodist Church, she served as secretary to the administrative council for many years and as secretary of the memorial committee.  She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Hyde County Chapter #213.  Surviving are two sons: Dr. Gil Tunnell and partner Robert Sloboda of New York City and Alexander Dixon "Dick" Tunnell and wife Sandra H. of Swan Quarter; a daughter, Mary Helen T. Gaddy and husband DeWitt "Buddy" Gaddy, Jr. of Merry Hill; a sister, Louise R. Cole of Rutherfordton; 4 grandchildren: Joe G. Gaddy, Josh A. Gaddy, Jamie V. Tunnell and David G. Tunnell; and a great-grandson, Justin C. Gaddy.  Mrs. Tunnell was preceded in death by two brothers: Herman Roach and Jimmy Roach; and a sister, Kathleen Roach.  Funeral services were held Monday, March 17 at Providence United Methodist Church with pastor Ken Davenport and Steve Bryan officiating.  Burial followed at Soule Cemetery.  Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter was in charge of arrangements.  (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, March 18, 2003; pg. 11A)

TUNNELL, Lucille Berry

SWAN QUARTER - Lucille Berry TUNNELL, 82, died Monday, May 29, at her home. Born in Hyde County, she was the daughter of the late John M. and Mamie Brothers Berry and was the widow of Linwood B. "Speedy" Tunnell who died in April 1987. She was a member of Soule United Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, Douglas L. Tunnell of Swan Quarter; a brother, Merlin Berry of Gambrills, Md.; 8 grandchildren; and 5 great- grandchildren. A daughter, Doris K. Tunnell, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Soule United Methodist Church with the Rev. Chris Humphreys officiating. Burial followed in Soule Cemetery. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, June 1, 1995; pg. 8A)

TUNNELL, Myra Spencer

SWAN QUARTER - Mrs. Myra Spencer TUNNELL, 79, died early Sunday at her home in Swan Quarter. A native of Hyde County, she was the daughter of the late William Selby and Eva Mae Sadler Spencer and the widow of Durwood Tunnell who died in 1982. She are her husband were known affectionately as Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus in Hyde County. She was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday in Providence United Methodist Church with Rev. Bobby Jordan officiating. (The Coastland Times - Tuesday, May 22, 1990; pg. 9A)

TUTEN, Gene Taylor

Gene Taylor TUTEN, 70, of 7966 Turnpike Road, the Rose Bay Community, Swan Quarter died Wednesday, September 5, 2012, at Vidant-Beaufort Medical Center, Washington.  Born in Washington, N. C., May 5, 1942, he was the son of the late Elmer and Hazel Harris Tuten. He was a graduate of Washington High School, attended Chowan College, Murfreesboro and graduated from Campbell University, Buies Creek receiving a BA certificate in Social Studies. He later graduated from Southeastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest with a Masters of Divinity degree and was ordained to the ministry at First Baptist Church in Washington where he continued to be a member. His first student pastorate was in Pinetown. Later he served churches in Smithfield, Pine Bluff and Madison.  Mr. Tuten retired from the N. C. Department for the Blind with 20 years of service and annually was active in the planning and implementation of the VIP Fishing Tournament at Manteo for the visually impaired people from across the state. He served in Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde Counties. Gene married the Kay O’Neal Deckard on December 31, 1992 and is survived by his wife and a step-son, Glen Deckard of Swan Quarter. Other survivors include a brother, Terry L. Tuten of Washington; two sisters, Gloria T. Wynne of Everetts and Joyce T. Milligan of Washington and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by a brother, William W. Tuten. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday at Scranton Christian Church. Linwood Adams and Phil Emmert will officiate. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Church of Christ Cemetery in Ponzer. The family will receive friends at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter on Friday between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and other times at the home.  (Bryan Funeral Home)

TUTEN, Henry

BALTIMORE, MD. - Henry TUTEN, 70, of Baltimore and formerly of Fairfield died at his home Tuesday evening. The funeral will be at 2 pm Sunday at All Saints Episcopal Church, Fairfield. Burial will follow in Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Alice Jones Tuten; a daughter, Mrs. Louis Libertini of Manchester, Md; a brother, L.E. Tuten of Henderson; two half sisters: Mrs. John Bishop of Bath and Miss Ann Tuten of Decatur, Ga.; a half-brother, Earl Tuten of Decatur, Ga. and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to All Saints Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Owens Funeral Home of Swan Quarter. (Washington (NC) Daily News - February 1, 1985) [Kindly submitted by Claud W. Carawan, Jr.]

TWIDDY, June Elizabeth

Mrs. June Elizabeth TWIDDY, 67, of Elizabeth City, died Thursday, July 19, 2007, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville.  A memorial service will be conducted Sunday at 5 p.m. in the chapel of Twiford’s Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, with Billy Fuller and the Rev. Mason F. Smith officiating.  Mrs. Twiddy was born in Hyde County on June 28, 1940. She was the daughter of the late Willie and Ruby Bridgeman Cahoon. On July 6, 1958, she married Derwood Twiddy Sr., who preceded her in death. She was a homemaker. She was an honorary member of the Elizabeth City Rebekah Lodge No. 62.  Survivors include one son, Derwood Lee Twiddy Jr. of Powells Point; two brothers, Reginald Lee Cahoon and James Edward Cahoon of Elizabeth City; and one sister, Rose Cahoon Faucette of Chocowinity.  The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the funeral home and other times at the home of her brother, 1827 Weeksville Road, Elizabeth City, and at her son’s home, 124 Pinewood Acres Drive, Powells Point.  (Washington (NC) Daily News - Saturday July 21, 2007)

TWIDDY, William Isaac "Ike"

FAIRFIELD - William Isaac "Ike" TWIDDY, 68, died Monday, March 11, in Pitt Memorial Hospital. He was born in Tyrrell County to the late Jesse and Patsy Ward Twiddy and was a member of Manns Harbor Church of God. Mr. Twiddy was a retired heavy equipment operator with Coastal Contractors and was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Rosa Brickhouse Twiddy of Fairfield; daughters: Jennie T. Whitehurst and Rosemary T. Phelps, both of Creswell, Clara T. Bartell and Patsy Twiddy, both of Manns Harbor, Melissa T. Cahoon of Kilkenny, and Penny T. Hernandez of Manns Harbor; a sister, Maudie T. Kelvey of Hampton, N.J.; his brothers: Andrew Twiddy and Irdel Twiddy, both of Manns Harbor; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Assembly of Praise in Columbia. Burial will follow in the Twiddy Family Cemetery in Creswell. Walker Funeral Home in Columbia is handling arrangements. (The Coastland Times - Thursday, March 15, 2001; pg. 10A)

TWIFORD, JR., Winbon James

COLUMBIA - Winbon James TWIFORD, JR., 56, of Columbia, retired District Captain with N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, died March 2, 1998 in Albemarle Sound near his home. Memorial services are at 1 p.m., Mon., March 16, 1998 at the Lodge at Lake Mattamuskeet in Hyde County. Arrangements by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. (The News & Observer (Charlotte) - March 14, 1998)

Winbon James TWIFORD, JR., 56, of the Sound Side Community in Tyrrell County died on March 2, 1998 while tending his crab pots. He was born in Hyde County and was the son of Winbon James and Ella Mae Patrick Twiford. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, and retired lieutenant commander of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. He was also a member of Providence Lodge 678 AF and AM in Columbia. He is survived by his wife: Frances Blackwelder Twiford; a son: Maj. Winbon James Twiford III; a daughter: Lynn T. Graham; a sister: Sophia T. Jarvis; and four grandchildren. (Tyrrell Tides Newsletter - March 1998--with permission from Jimmy Fleming, Editor)

BODY OF TYRRELL MAN MISSING IN ALBEMARLE SOUND RECOVERED - It was reported that the body of Jim Twiford was spotted by plane along the shore of Albemarle Sound in the vicinity of Pledger Landing on Monday, March 16th. A small boat was then dispatched to retrieve the body which had been missing for two weeks. At the time of the discovery, a memorial service was being held for Jim in Hyde County where he once lived. W.J. "Jim" Twiford was last seen Monday afternoon (March 2nd) returning to his waterside home on the shore of Albemarle Sound after picking up his crab pots. His wife, Frances, watched her husband turn the 19' crab boat toward home and a few moments later she noticed the empty boat circling offshore in a tight turn. She immediately phoned 911 and a large, continuous search has been ongoing since that time. The search has involved a Wildlife Resources plane, a Coast Guard helicopter, Tyrrell County officials and volunteers, Dare County emergency personnel, a dive unit from the Sidney Fire Department in Beaufort County, and many other personnel. The searchers were dragging nets, utilizing search dogs, and using sophisticated sonar equipment along with the aerial searches. Jim was a retired captain in the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. The Twiford's moved to Tyrrell County in 1990 and built their retirement home in the Sound Side community about six miles northeast of Columbia. I would just like to wish Jim's family my sincerest sympathy and thank all the fine folks who spent many tireless hours dedicated to the search effort. (Unknown newspaper - March 1998)

TWINE, Margaret Adams

Mrs. Margaret Adams TWINE, 68, of 232 Pleasant Grove Road, Engelhard, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, in Dover, Del.  A funeral will be conducted today at 1 p.m. in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with minister Wilbert Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Brown Memorial Cemetery, Engelhard.  Mrs. Twine was born in Hyde County on May 22, 1934. She was the daughter of Addie Adams and the late Laten Collins. She had been employed as a claims adjuster. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Engelhard.  Survivors include two daughters, Doris Twine of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jacqueline Barnes of Dover, Del.; and two grandchildren.  Arrangements are by Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia.  (Washington daily News - Wednesday, April 23, 2003)

TYSON, Capt. J.T. Scott

Capt. J.T.S. (Scott) TYSON, died on Thursday last at his home in Currituck in Hyde County. (The Washington Gazette - Thursday, September 6, 1894; pg. 3; column 2) [Posted here with kind permission from John H. Oden, III]

TYSON, Sylvia

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - On Monday, December 9, the good Lord saw fit to take our loving mother, Mrs. Sylvia TYSON, home, leaving behind three sons: Wester Mann of Engelhard, Thomas and Willis Mann, both of New York; and a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews in Engelhard and New York. She was 80 years of age. The funeral will be held in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Monday, December 15. Arrangements are being handled by Interborough Funeral Home on Evergreen Ave. in Brooklyn, N.Y. (The Coastland Times - Sunday, December 14, 1997; pg. 10A)

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