Fulfilling his final wish on earth,’William Jay Fields passed away on May 21, 2008 at ‘his family beach cottage in Duck, North Carolina following a courageous two-year battle with cancer. ‘Beloved daughter and caretaker Kathy, son Greg and grandson Caelan were at his side.
Bill, the eldest of two sons, was born November 8, 1936 to Jason and Mary Bell in Pasadena, California. He attended Claremont Men’s College and served two years with the U.S. Army before graduating from California Western University in 1960. On a blind date in San Diego that year, Bill met Marilyn Lamberton, the woman who would become his loving wife and life companion for over 40 years. Pursuing a highly successful career in finance, Bill moved his young family to Chicago and New York, then finally settled in Richmond, Virginia in 1972. ‘Over the next 30 years, he helped to build a small family brokerage business, known then as Wheat First Securities, into a regional financial power. He retired briefly in 2000 only to immediately begin a second career in real estate development on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The two developments he created there, Duck Landing and Four Seasons at Duck, established new standards of design and aesthetic excellence for the area.
As a native of California, Bill was fascinated with the exotic, rich history of the south and came to love the environs and culture of Richmond. His’contributions to the local arts community and’commitment to public service were recognized many times over the course of his life. ‘Bill served as Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors and later as Board Emeritus member. The Richmond Metro “Y” grew tremendously under his leadership, thereby reflecting Bill’s core belief that strong families provided the bedrock for ‘strong communities. As a member of the Virginia Opera Board of Directors, he fought to to keep that organization on solid financial footing while fostering the development of young musical talent. ‘He’also studied painting and, along with wife Marilyn and daughter Kathy, avidly patronized Virginia artists, both prominent and promising.’Bill’s great affinity for music and the arts ‘- ‘a passion he lovingly passed down to his son and grandson – could be traced all the way back to his boyhood, when he sang for the Pasadena Boy’s Choir and enrolled in private piano lessons.
Similarly, Bill’s desire to explore the world’s cultures through travel likely began when he lived in Mexico City as a young exchange student. ‘In both business and pleasure, Bill’s travels took him everywhere from Paris to Euphesus; from the Dutch Antilles to the Juno, Alaska and even included a visit to the former East Germany predating the fall of the Berlin Wall. One of Bill’s most memorable and meaningful trips was a recent journey up the the Amazon river with his father Jason in celebration of the elder Fields’ 90th birthday.’
Yet the place where Bill felt most at-home-away-from-home was his family beach cottage, “Surf’s Up!” in North Carolina. The Outer Banks’ rugged dunes and surf perhaps reminded Bill of summers spent as a teenager in California, living on the beach with little more than a bus boy’s wages in his pockets and a tin roof over his head. In a significant final act, Bill passed’peacefully just’moments after being transported to “Surf’s Up!”, serenaded by the sound of the sea coming in through his open bedroom windows.’
Bill is survived by his father, Jason of Pasadena; his daughter Kathryn Lamberton Fields and her partner Charles Hazlett of Petersburg; son Gregory and his wife Rozanna Leo-Fields and his grandson Caelan Leo-Fields of Los Angeles; brother Michael, ‘sister-in-law Pamela Gerard and nephew Sam Fields, of San Francisco; and a companion, Jeannie Baliles of Richmond.’He was predeceased by his mother Mary and wife Marilyn.’
Bill’s passing leaves a void in our lives that can never be filled. His family and friends will remember his warm, intelligent companionship, and his love of the very best that life and culture have to offer.
The family extends it’s heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of the Massey Cancer Center at Stony Point, who became an extended family over the past two years. Also, a very special thanks to the devoted and loving staff of the Outer Banks hospital, who made Bill and his family feel so deeply cared for in his last days and who helped us to make Bill’s final wish come true.
As Bill wished, the family will hold private services to release his ashes on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. A memorial service is planned to occur in Richmond at a later date.’
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to your favorite arts organization, the YMCA or the Massey Cancer Research Fund.’
Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.Print Obituary & Condolences
Daniel Leroy Autrey, Jr., 87, of 201 Binnacle Court, Elizabeth City, NC died Friday morning, May 23, 2008, in the Albemarle Hospital. Mr. Autrey was born on April 25, 1921in Autreyville, GA. to the late Daniel Leroy Autrey, Sr. and Elizabeth Parker Autrey. The family moved to Kissimmee, Fl in 1924, where Dan attended and graduated from Osceola High School. Following graduation, he attended the University of Colorado for a year and then moved to Glendale, CA to attend Curtiss-Wright Technical Institute. He joined Pan American Airways and was sent to Africa. Dan was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II. Mr. Autrey was former owner/operator of the Autrey Motor Company. He was a member and Elder of the Presbyterian Church of Kissimmee, FL.
Mr. Autrey is survived by his wife, Glenn Hoggard Autrey of Elizabeth City, NC, three daughters, Carolyn A. Phillips and husband, Mike, of Louisville, KY, Susan A. Roda and husband, Frank, of Naples, FL, Connie A. Woosley and husband, Lloyd of Eustis, FL; one son, Daniel Leroy Autrey III and wife, Michele, of Seminole, FL. Also, surviving is a stepdaughter, Debby Carter and husband, Jeff, of Kissimmee, FL; three step-sons, Riley Hoggard and wife, Enid, of Gulf Breeze, FL, Timothy Hoggard and wife, Martha, of Gainesville, FL and W. Alden Hoggard III and special family friend, Patty Davis, of Elizabeth City, NC, three sisters, Connie Partin of Kissimmee, FL, Sarah Horner of Arkansas, and Jean Powers and husband, Richard, of Tigard, OR. Mr. Autrey has eight grandchildren, Matt Phillips, Elizabeth Kipp, Frank Roda, Andrew Roda, Sara Autrey, Rachel Autrey, Daniel Autrey, IV, and Zachary Woosley, three great grandchildren, David Kipp, Alicia Kipp and Jackson Phillips; six step grandchildren, Brynna Hoggard, Justin Hoggard, Maxwell Hoggard, Molly Hoggard, Adam Doll, and Abbie Doll and many loving nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be conducted Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 at 11:00am in Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, by Rev. F. Joe Griffith. A private burial will be in the Old Hollywood Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives in the lobby of the funeral home immediately following the chapel service and at other times at their residence, 201 Binnacle Court, Elizabeth City, NC. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church St., Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Autrey family. To sign the online guest register, please visit www.twifordfh.com. 252-335-4395Print Obituary & Condolences
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Stella Poderis Olivola, 83, of Southern Shores died Thursday, May 22, 2008 at her residence. Born in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Matthew and Anna Poderis and was the widow of Donald Joseph Olivola. She was a parishioner of Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church and was an avid bridge player earning master points.
Mrs. Olivola is survived by two daughters, Karen O. Price of Denison, TX and Nancy O. Walton of Montgomery, AL; one son, Mark Olivola of Wilmington, NC; one sister, Helen Carter of Brevard, NC; and six grandchildren.
The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated by Father Joseph Klaus at Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk, NC on Thursday, May 29, 2008. The Funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends and relatives at Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo on Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
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Junius ‘Jay’ Wesley Gaddy, Jr., 66, of Elizabeth City, NC, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at Guardian Care Nursing Home. Mr. Gaddy was born in Lumberton, NC to the late Junius Wesley and Ponnee Floyd Gaddy, and was the husband of Anne Abbott Gaddy. Mr. Gaddy was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church.
Other than his wife, Anne, Mr. Gaddy is survived by two sons, J. Wes Gaddy, III of Kill Devil Hills, NC, and J. Riley Gaddy and his wife Kellam of Raleigh, NC; a brother, Paul Gaddy and his wife Nancy of Little River, SC, and six grandchildren, Ethan Gaddy, Payton Gaddy, Abbott Gaddy, Landon Gaddy, Bailey Gaddy, and Mary Hana Gaddy.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Haywood Gillikin and Rev. John Dutton officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and immediately following the service on Saturday. Memorial donations may be made to the Riverside United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1693 Elizabeth City, NC 27909.
Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City is assisting the Gaddy family with arrangements. You may sign the online register at www.twifordfh.com 252-335-4395.Print Obituary & Condolences
Hazel Sawyer Albertson, 91, of South Mills, NC died Thursday, May 22, 2008 at Winslow Memorial Home. Mrs. Albertson was born in Camden County, NC to the late Herbert and Addie Jones Sawyer and was the wife of Jarvis Ray Albertson. Mrs. Albertson was a Baptist and enjoyed life, she was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
Other than her husband of 75 years, Jarvis, Mrs. Albertson is survived by one daughter, Virginia Keaton and husband, Randolph of South Mills, NC; one son, Melvin Albertson and wife Carrie Love of South Mills, NC; four grandchildren, Ray Albertson and wife Terry, Randy Keaton and wife Alethia, Don Lee Keaton and wife Pam and Jeneane Raper and husband Wayne and five great grandchildren, Michele Albertson, Tyler Keaton, Jordan Lynn Keaton, Anna Keaton and Maci Keaton. Mrs. Albertson was predeceased by three sisters, Beulah Whitehurst and Dorothy Anderson and Courtney Culpepper.
A Funeral Service will be held Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Frank Thigpen and Rev.Carl Krites. Burial will be in the family cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Saturday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and immediately following the service on Sunday, and other times at the residence. The family suggests that memorials be directed to: Ebenezer Baptist Church, P.O. Box 219, South Mills, NC 27976 or Harmony Independent Baptist Church, 1733 N. Road Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Twiford Funeral Homes, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Albertson family with arrangements. You may sign the online register at www. Twifordfh.com.Print Obituary & Condolences
CPO James Edwin Potts, 91, of 1104 West Williams Circle, Elizabeth City, NC, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at the Albemarle Hospital. Mr. Potts, a native of Jackson County, GA, was the son of the late Joseph Franklin Potts and Lula Mae Churchwell Potts and the husband of Jane Elizabeth Black Potts of the residence. He was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church, and the William Clarence Jackson VFW Post # 6060.
Mr. Potts served with the Civilian Conservation Corps from July 3, 1934 to April 30, 1937 as a laborer, ambulance driver, and chauffeur. He joined the United States Coast Guard and after serving twenty-one and one-half years he retired May 1, 1959 as a CPO Aviation Machinist’s Mate. Three and one-half of those years were foreign sea duty. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal with four Bronze Stars, American Defense Medal, Air Crew Insignia, American Area Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal, Rifle Expert, Pistol Sharp Shooter, and Plane Captain for three different types of planes and three different types of helicopters. He then became General Foreman with the Civil Service at the USCG Aircraft Repair and Supply Center in Elizabeth City for twenty-one years.
Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, James Lee Potts and wife Reinhild of Soegel, Germany, Col. David Lionel Potts and wife Sue Ann of Dornsife, PA, and Jeffrey B. Potts of Banner Elk, NC; a sister, Eleanor Chloe Jackson of Jefferson, GA; three brothers, Foster Lionel Potts of Cumming, GA, Richard Dwight Potts of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; and Joseph Malcolm Potts of Conley, GA; six grandchildren, Michael Collini, Travis Potts, Megan Elizabeth Potts, Mallory Potts, Ryan Alexander Potts, and Taylor Danielle Potts; four nieces; and fourteen nephews. He was pre-deceased by a sister, Elizabeth Franklin Arnold, and three brothers, Aubrey Wyley Potts, Hal Hope Potts, and Robert Jackson Potts.
A graveside service will be Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM in New Hollywood Cemetery with the Rev. Haywood Gillikin officiating and military honors rendered by the USCG. The family will receive friends Friday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the funeral home and at other times at the residence. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. 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.
George Edward Stiles, Jr. 83, of 503 Cedar Street, Elizabeth City, NC died at his residence Sunday, May 18, 2008. He was born in Ashland, Kentucky to the late George E. Stiles, Sr. and the late Ruth Riggs Stiles. Mr. Stiles was a retired salesman, a member and former deacon of the First Baptist Church of Elizabeth City, a member of Eureka Lodge #317 A.F. & A. M. a shriner and a member of the E. C. Lion’s Club. He was a World War II veteran having served in the U. S. Navy.
Mr. Stiles is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen Hollowell Stiles, two daughters, Lynn S. Bowers and husband, Bryan, of Elizabeth City, NC and Helen Patricia Stiles of Norfolk, VA; two grandchildren, Melissa Ann Bowers and Bryan Keith Bowers, Jr., both of Elizabeth City, NC.
A Service of Remembrance will be held Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at 11:00am in the First Baptist Church by Rev. Mason Smith. The family suggests memorial gifts be made to the First Baptist Church’s Memorial Fund, P. O. Drawer #402, Elizabeth City, NC 27907-0402. The family will receive friends and relatives Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 7:30pm in Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, Church St. and also following the church service in the social hall of First Baptist Church. The family will be at their residence, 503 Cedar Street, Elizabeth City, NC. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Stiles family. To sign the online guest register, please visit www.twifordfh.com.Print Obituary & Condolences
Barbara Ann Malana, 66, of 102 Creek Drive, Moyock, NC, died at Chesapeake General Hospital in Virginia on Saturday, May 17, 2008. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Abner Williams and Pearlie Campbell Bunch, and was the wife of Romeo Hernandez Malana of the residence. Mrs. Malana was a homemaker.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Malana is survived by one daughter Marissa Ringenbach and husband Scott of Snow Hill, NC; one son Stephen Malana and wife Robin of Virginia Beach, VA; and three grandchildren Peyden Ringenbach, Kelsey Malana, and Michael Malana.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 2:00 PM in Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, followed by a visitation at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, c/o Brenda Dail, PO Box 220, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC, is assisting the Malana family with arrangements. You may sign the online register at www.twifordfh.com.Print Obituary & Condolences
Michael Dennis Schillings, 54, of Wanchese, died Friday May 16, 2008 in Chesapeake, VA. Mr. Schillings was born in Venice, Italy as an American Citizen born abroad and was an appliance repairman.
He was a member of the Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Dept as a lieutenant and instructor, he also served as past president, a member of Manteo Masonic Lodge # 521 AF&AM where he was past master and also filled stations in the Grand Lodge of North Carolina and was a Grand Officer in the Order of the Amaranth. In addition, ‘Mike’ served the Boy Scouts of America throughout his life as both Scout and Scouter. Mike earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He served both as committee member and right hand man for Manteo Troop 165. This year he became the recipient of the prestigious Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award and district award of merit and just recently completed his Wood Badge Training.’Mike’ also served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy.
He was the son of Delores Lyttle Schillings of Texas and the late Don Schillings.
Besides his mother surviving are one daughter, Mary LeeAnne Schillings of Wanchese; two sons, James Hudean Schillings and Dennis Warren Schillings both of Wanchese; two brothers, Danny Schillings and Patrick Schillings both of Texas and one grandchild Scout Schillings.
A celebration of life will be Tuesday May 20, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in Bethany United Methodist Church by the Rev. Bill Cottingham. Burial will be in Cudworth Cemetery. Friends may join the family at Twiford Funeral Home Monday from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.Print Obituary & Condolences
Ray Norris ‘Big Daddy’ Pipkin, age 76, died peacefully at home in his sleep Thursday, May 15, 2008. Mr. Pipkin, a native of Pasquotank County, was the son of the late William L. Pipkin, Sr., and Madeline Norris Pipkin. He was retired from Pell Paper Company, a member of the Moose Lodge, and a Baptist.
Mr. Pipkin is survived by two sisters, Marie Coffrin of Aurora, CO, and Ruth Nordan of Raleigh, NC; several nieces and nephews; and several close friends.
A graveside funeral service will be Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 2:00 PM at West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. F. Joe Griffith officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions to assist the family may be made to Darlene Clark, 213 Pritchard Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 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