Billy Fentress, Jr.

In Memorial

William Rosser Fentress, Jr., 57, of 162 Brumley Road, Knotts Island, NC, died Friday, September 27, 2013 at his home.  Born in Norfolk, VA, he was the son of the late William Rosser Fentress, Sr. and Adell Brumley Fentress and was the husband of Jayne Mansfield Fentress.  Mr. Fentress worked for the City of Chesapeake as a pump station mechanic.  He attended Knotts Island United Methodist Church and was a member of Ducks Unlimited.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Fentress is survived by a daughter, Margie Fentress White and husband Brian and their son Brayden of Shawboro, NC; a son, William Rosser Fentress, III and wife Lorin Gail and their daughter Madisyn of Elizabeth City, NC; two sisters, Sue F. Austin and husband Don of Knotts Island, NC and Judy Jarman and husband Ray of Seaford, VA.

A graveside funeral service will take place Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Knotts Island Cemetery with Pastor Robert Green and Pastor Diana Johnson officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service at the Knotts Island United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.  Memorial donations may be made to Knotts Island United Methodist Church.  Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City is assisting the Fentress family.  Condolences may be sent to the family at

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  1. Kathy and Mike Duncan

    Jayne and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May God be with you and your family during this sad time.

  2. Richard & Gayle Brown

    A thousand words could not make up for your loss. Billy stories will continue to circulate around the island for years to come, he was certainly a unique individual! Jayne, you are a patient woman and you made Billy what he became: a great dad, grandfather, and a loving husband. The love you two shared only comes but once in a lifetime. Our heart goes out to your entire family for this great and sudden loss.

  3. Gladys and Carol Jones and Laura Stein

    Dear Jayne and Sue,

    No words can express the sympathy that we are feeling for your family. You are all in our hearts and prayers.

    Love, Gladys, Carol and Laura

  4. Steve and Belinda Spencer

    Jane and Family,
    Thinking of you and your family in this time of sorrow. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Doug Bateman

    Jayne and Family,
    What a shock this is for me to read this. I don’t realy know what to say except that I know he will be truly missed by all his family.Thoughts and Prayers for all…

  6. Martha Burns

    My deepest sympathy to all the family. Billy will be missed for his many good deeds. So sorry for this great loss.

  7. Richard and Robin Watts&family

    Jayne and Family, our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family in this very sad time. May God bless all of you.

  8. Sally Morris

    Jayne and family,
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May your Faith and God’s love comfort you.
    Aubrey and Sally Ann Morris

  9. Mary Jo (Forehand) & Stuart Windley

    Jayne, Billy, Margie and family,
    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. We are deeply saddened to hear of Billy’s passing. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  10. Chris Hooper

    Jayne,Little Billy,Margie Ann and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will never forget my first visit to Knott’s Island with Joan and Al to your house to eat crabs. You all made me welcome and feel apart of your family. May GOD Bless you all. Love Ya, Chris

  11. Eddie and Sherry Morgan

    Jayne, Billie, Margie and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  12. Gloria Roberts

    Shocked to hear of your sudden loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family. You will find comfort in your faith and love of our Lord.

  13. Leslie S. Wright

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time! We are here for you if you need us Margie!

  14. Eddie-Jo,Willaim and Paxtin Powell

    Jane and family we are praying for all of you. We were talking last night about Paxtin calling Billy that Big Billy. Love and Prayers
    William,Eddie-Jo, and Paxtin Powell

  15. Ray, Rita, and Family

    Jayne and Family, Please know that we are deeply saddened to hear about Billy’s passing. You and family are in our thoughts and prayers during these sad times.

  16. Dick and Patty Reedy

    Words can not express the sadness we feel. Billy was a wonderful, loving, and caring friend. Memories will forever be in our hearts. thoughts and prayers are with Jayne and her family. Fondly, Dick and Patty

  17. Patsy Younkin

    Jayne, Billy, Margie and families…Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Hoping great memories held close will help you all.

  18. Diana Wright

    Margie, I was so saddened to hear this news. Please accept my concern and sympathy for you and your family.

  19. Wanda Forbes

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I know he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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