Joseph Davis Lea, M.D. died Saturday, March 8, 2008 in Chapel Hill at the age of 95. Dr. Lea was born on December 29, 1912 in New Orleans, Louisiana., the son of the late Josiah Davis and Nell Hinson Lea. Dr. Lea was married to Lois Gannaway Lea, his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, who died in 1988.
He is survived by two sons, Frank Gannaway Lea of New Bern and Lt. Colonel Joseph Davis Lea, Jr., USAF Retired of Chapel Hill, his grandchildren Joseph Davis Lea, III, Ph. D of Chapel Hill, Jordan Christian Lea of Chapel Hill, Jonathon D. Lea of Raleigh, Laura Ashely Lea of Blowing Rock, Patrick Lea of Cincinnati, Ohio and James Lea of Camden County and eight great-grandchildren. Dr. Lea graduated from Tulane University and Louisiana State University Medical School with honors. He served as a Major in the U. S. Army Medical Corp in combat in Europe in WWII and was awarded the Bronze Star. Dr. Lea was a Diplomat on the American Board of Internal Medicine, Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Lea practiced medicine in Norfolk, VA from 1947 to 1970 and served as Chief of Staff at DePaul Hospital.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 16, 2008, at 3:00 P. M. at Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, N. C. with Rev. David Blackman officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service in the funeral home lobby. Donations to a charity of choice should be made in lieu of flowers. There will be a private ceremony for the internment of the ashes.
Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Lea family with arrangements. You may sign the on line register at www.twifordfh.com. 252-335-4395Print Obituary & Condolences
Mitchell Duke Ivey, age 60, of 380 Turnpike Road, Belvidere, NC, died Monday, March 10, 2008 at the Albemarle Hospital. Mr. Ivey, a native of Pasquotank County, was the son of Maggie Ella Jane Byrd Ivey of Hertford, NC, and the late Millard David Ivey. He was a parts manager for NAPA and a former Jaycee.
Besides his mother he is survived by a daughter, Michelle Baker and husband Mark Andrew of Elizabeth City, NC; a son, Mike Ivey and wife Vicky of Powhatan, VA; two sisters, Darlene Brooks of Elizabeth City, NC and Donna Bennett of Hertford, NC; a brother Douglas Ivey of Elizabeth City, NC; three grandchildren, Channing Ivey, Connor Ivey and Maggie Ivey.
A graveside funeral service will be Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 11:00 AM at the Mullen Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday evening and at other times at the residence of his mother, 333 Hog Neck Road, Hertford, NC. You may sign the online register at www.twifordfh.com. Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is in charge of arrangements.Print Obituary & Condolences
Kitty Hawk, NC
Ruth Viola Hines Midgett, 86, was born on June 20, 1921 in Kitty Hawk died at her home surrounded by her loving family on March 10, 2008, after a long illness. Ruth was a lifelong resident of Kitty Hawk and a member of the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. Ruth was known to family and friends as ‘Mama Ruth’.
Ruth was a homemaker, loving, caring, and giving mother and wonderful wife. She was the daughter of the late Mary Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Perry Hines and Bannister Jarvis Hines. She was preceded in death by 11 siblings.
Survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Clifford Earl Midgett, Sr.; daughter, Donna Harris and husband, Johnny of Chesapeake, VA; son, Clifford E. ‘Bud’ Midgett, Jr., and wife, Ginny of Kill Devil Hills; son, Sheriff Rodney Midgett and wife, Betty of Colington; daughter, Kimberly Ross and husband, Alex of Duck; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Troy, Sonya and Tammy Harris, Tod and Gale Midgett and Michael Ross; 8 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Kitty Hawk Methodist Church on Wednesday March 12, 2008 at 11:00am with the Rev. Brad Bradshaw officiating. Burial will be in the Austin Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Twiford’s Funeral Home, Manteo.
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Roy Otto Matney, 57, of Hampton, VA, affectionately as Otto by friends and family, departed this life on March 4, 2008, after a long struggle with Postrauuatic Stress (PTSD). He was born in Grundy, VA, a son of the late Andrew and Florence Matney. He was 57 at the time of his death, had served in the United States Air Force, was a retired Civil Service employee and a member of the Foreign Wars Post # 1400. He was preceded in death by two sisters: June Garner and Clara Blakely and one brother, A. C. Matney.
Survivors include two daughters, Patty and Jennifer and one son, Roy as well as two sisters, Evelyn Holliday and Annie Wilson Fagan and three brothers, Jennings, Eddie and Jimmy Matney.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and healthcare providers of the Veterans Hospital in Hampton for the care, aid and support over the years.
A memorial service will be held at the Albert G. Horton, Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery at Hampton Roads, 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk, VA on Friday March 14, 2008 at 1:00 P. M. Howard Fagan will be officiating.
Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Matney family with arrangements. You may sign the on line register at www.twifordfh.com. 252-335-4395Print Obituary & Condolences
Louis Leigh Snidow died unexpectedly on March 8, 2008, at his home in Corolla, NC. He was born September 18, 1932, in Roanoke, VA, to the late Jane S. Snidow and Lyle C. Snidow, Sr. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, VA, served in the U.S. Army and then went to work at American Tobacco Co. for 17 years in the Traffic Dept. Louis went into business for himself in 1968, and owned and operated Mickleknox Dog Boarding Kennel in Rockville,
VA with his wife Carolyn, until his retirement at age 62. They moved to Corolla, NC, in January 2000 to make the beach their new home.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Bennett Snidow, whom he married August 26, 1962, with a daughter, Susan Hailey Hall, whom he loved like his own; a grandson, Evan Leigh Hall, and son-in-law, Daniel E. Hall; a brother, Lyle C. Snidow,Jr and wife, Greta; nieces, Karen Lazenby, and husband, Roland; Leslie McDearmon and husband, John; nephew, Lyle C. Snidow, III, and wife Sondra.
At Louis’ request there will be no service and according to his wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered at a later date in Rockville, VA and Corolla, NC.
Anyone who knew Louis well, knows he had a passion for life and loved people, animals and above all, humor. Anything he got involved in, he gave it his all. We will miss him!
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Richmond Animal League, 11401 International Drive, Richmond, VA 23236; Feline Hope, P.O. Box 893, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 or Corolla Fire and Rescue Squad, 827 Whalehead Drive, Corolla, NC 27927.
Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Nags Head, NC
Paul Brown Royston, 88, of Nags Head died Thursday, March 6, 2008 at his residence. He was born in Baltimore, MD on September 2, 1919. Mr. Royston was a retired Fire Chief and President of the Nags Head Volunteer Fire Department, a longtime member of the Nags Head Planning Board, a charter member of the Duck Woods Golf and Country Club, a retired member of the NC State Volunteer Firemen’s Association, and a former member of the Nags Head Lions Club. He also served his country honorably in World War II as a medical aidman and a medical NCO. He administered first aid to the wounded in combat in Philippines and Okinawa, attached to 718th Amphibious Tractor Bn. as a medical aidman. As a medical NCO he supervised activities of twelve combat aidmen in the same outfit.
Mr. Royston is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Pane Royston of the residence; a sister, Margaret Hughson of Chesapeake, VA; two step daughters, Sally Brown and husband Donald of Kill Devil Hills, NC and Dorinda Britt of New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a wife, Geneva Harris Royston.
A funeral service will be conducted on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 11:00 AM at Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo by the Rev. Rick Lawrenson. The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home on Monday from 10:00 AM until the funeral hour. The committal service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Rosewood Memorial Park in Virginia Beach, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Nags Head Fire Department, P.O. Box 99, Nags Head, NC 27959.
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Nancy J. Walthall
Moyock- Nancy June Walthall, 57, passed away March 7, 2008. Nancy was born in South Weymouth, Massachusetts and moved to Virginia Beach in 1952. She was predeceased by her father, Robert W. Cunniff; her husband, Steven G. Walthall; and her son, Steven G. Walthall II.
Nancy retired from a distinguished and unblemished career with the Virginia Beach School System after 27 years of dedicated service. During her career she made a huge impact on the lives of the students she transported to school, sometimes all the way from kindergarten to graduation. Also, over the course of her career she made many long and lasting friendships across a broad spectrum: be it fellow drivers, mechanics, teachers, students, parents, or faculty in general.
Nancy is survived by her son, William L. Walthall; her mother, Margaret L. ‘Peggy’ Kaba; her granddaughter Elizabeth A. Walthall; her step-father, Albert S. Kaba; sister, Gloria J. Brown; brothers, Robert W. Cunniff II and Bruce W. Cunniff; mother-in-law, Grace Walthall of Lynchburg, VA; her significant other/life partner, Willis Lee Liverman; step-daughters, Tiffany and Tina Liverman; nieces and nephews, Jessica Hansen, Shelby A Cunniff, Tyler L. Cunniff, and Jonathan R. Cunniff; great-niece, Lillian Michelle Hansen; and a very special friend, Tracy Dinwiddie. Nancy, a Norfolk Tides fan, a Tidewatcher, avid camper, and animal lover, is also survived by her two babies, Cujo and Ms. Priss, who are now under the watchful eye of beloved Roxy.
Donating her body to science was just another bus stop on the long road of kindness she drove daily, illustrated by her wealth of friends and her last call to duty as a special needs driver for children who needed individual attention.
A memorial service to honor the life of Nancy will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 1:30 pm at Twiford’s Colonial Chapel, 929 S. Battlefield Blvd. Chesapeake. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Nancy’s name to the American Cancer Society, 2730 Ellsmere Ave., Norfolk, VA 23513. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.
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John Leslie Forbes, 70, of 872 South Sandy Hook Road, Shiloh, NC died Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at the Albemarle Hospital. Mr. Forbes was born in Camden County, NC the son of the late Will B. Forbes and Helen Burgess Forbes and the widower of Ora Leigh Riggs Forbes. He was a retired self-employed carpenter; a member of Riddle Pentecostal Holiness Church; Hall Lodge #53 A. F. & A. M., O.E.S Indian Ridge Chapter # 319; Old Trap Community Club; and South Camden Ruritan Club.
Mr. Forbes is survived by one daughter, Faye Perry and husband, Brian, of Shiloh, NC; two sons, Calvin Forbes and financee’, Martha Ann Baker of Shiloh, NC, and Stephen Forbes and wife, Freda, of Shiloh, NC; one sister, Helen Midgett of Elizabeth City, NC; one brother, Gideon B. Forbes of Elizabeth City, NC; four grandchildren, Jeremy Wood and wife, Angela; Leslie Wood; Brooke’ Forbes; and Kimberlee Forbes; and one great grandchild, Jordan Wood. He was predeceased by two brothers, B. Tran Forbes and Preston Forbes.
A funeral service will be held Friday, March 7, 2008, at 11:00 AM in Riddle Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Revs. Roland Cooper, David Combs, and Jon Mason officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, March 6, 2008, from 7:00P.M. to 8:30 PM in Twiford’s Memorial Chapel and following the service in the Church Fellowship Hall. The family will be at the home of his daughter, Faye Perry, 948 South Sandy Hook Road, Shiloh, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Riddle Pentecostal Holiness Church Youth Group, 945 Sandy Hook Road, Shiloh, NC 27974 or Shiloh Baptist Church Youth Group, P.O. Box 31, Shiloh, NC 27974 in honor of his grandchildren. Masonic Rites will be conducted at the church. You may sign the online register at www.twifordfh.com. 252-335-4395Print Obituary & Condolences
Isabell Shenefiel Estus, 91, a former resident of Pasquotank Station Road, Elizabeth City, N.C. died Monday. March 3, 2008 at W. R. Winslow Memorial Home. Mrs. Estus was born in Elkhart, Indiana and was the daughter of the late Oscar Shenefiel and Helen Fairbanks Shenefiel. She was a retired registered nurse and attended the Victory Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert William Estus.
Survivors included her sons; Carl Robert Estus and wife Jean of Elizabeth City, N. C. William Paul Estus and wife JoAnne of Ridgeway, PA., Oscar James Estus of Moyock, N. C. and Arthur Aaron Estus of Falconer, N. Y. and fifteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Estus wish was to be cremated and the family have a private prayer service at a later date. You may sign the on line register at www.twifordfh.com 252-335-4395Print Obituary & Condolences
Ambrose ‘Tinse’ Wilson Toler, age 90, was born February 10, 1918 went to be with his Lord, whom he had served faithfully for over 70 years, on Monday, March 3, 2008 at 1:45 pm at Albemarle Hospital. He was the son of the late Kizzie Wilson Jones and Ambrose Bright Toler and widow of the late Madaline Trueblood Boyce Toler.
Mr. Toler was a retired bookkeeper of the M.R. White Lumber Company and the Johnson & Sons Lumber Company. He was a faithful member of the Pearl Street Pentecostal Church and formerly served as organist, board member and treasurer. He had a beautiful baritone voice and sung solos in many churches locally and afar, as well as many weddings and funerals. He enjoyed restoring and repairing organs, pianos, and other musical instruments and tuned pianos for many area residents.
At the age of 69, Mr. Toler married our mother and grandmother and became beloved ‘Pop’ to one daughter, Joyce Ann Jernigan and two sons, William ‘Birdseed’ Boyce and wife Janice, and James Boyce and wife Phyllis. He also became the beloved ‘Grandpa’ to seven grandchildren, Debbie Willis and husband Donnie, Keith Boyce and wife Elanie, Dennis Boyce and wife Becca, Vestel Pendleton and husband Wayne, Sandra Osborne and husband Fred, Janet Chaulk and husband Ken, and Kevin Boyce and wife Joanna; twenty-one great grandchildren, Miles and Maddie Chaulk, Amber Meads and husband Tim, Morgan Willis, Joshua, Caitlyn, Joel, and Benjamin Pendleton, Chelsea, Zackery, Olivia, Owen, Dean, Savannah, Jackson, and Jaelin Boyce, Kali, Elizabeth, Justin, Ella and Oleisha Osborne. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mr. Toler was preceded in death by two sisters, Penny Jewell and Sarah Ellen Harris and two brothers, David and Conrad Toler.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 4:00 pm in Pearl Street Pentecostal Church with Rev. Dennis Boyce officiating and Pastor Roger Edwards assisting. Burial will follow in New Hollywood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Wednesday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 and at other times at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. William Boyce, 121 West Hunters Trail, Elizabeth City, NC. You may sign the online register at www.twifordfh.com. Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church St., Elizabeth City, NC is in charge of arrangements.Print Obituary & Condolences