Jeanie Williams

Jeanie Williams

Manteo, NC

Jeanie E. Williams, 94, died Thursday, July 17, 2008 at her residence. Born in Avon, NC, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Minerva Gray Williams and was the widow of Goodrich Franklin Williams, Sr. She was a homemaker and the oldest member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women.

Mrs. Williams is survived by a daughter, Betty Rollinson of Buxton, NC; a son, Frank Williams and wife Gladys of Elizabeth City, NC; a son-in-law, Bruce Merritt of Manteo, NC; a brother, Herscal Williams and wife Leona of Elizabeth City, NC; eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Merritt; a brother, Alton Williams; and sisters, Helen Scarborough, Evelyn O’Neal, and Mildred Austin.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 21, 2008 at 2:00 PM at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jerry Cribb. Burial will be in the Manteo Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo on Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Stanley L Smith

Stanley L Smith

Stanley L. Smith

Moyock, NC ‘ Stanley Lee Smith, 70 of 207 Wedgewood Drive, Moyock, NC, died Thursday, July 17, 2008 at Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend,
Mr. Smith was born November 3, 1927 in the Muddy Creek area of Princess Anne County to the late Edna Riggs Smith James and Ernest Booker Smith of Princess Anne County. He grew up in Princess Anne County and spent the last 26 years of his life as a resident of Currituck County, NC.
He spent most of his adult life as a heavy equipment operator, spending the last 15 years with Robby Parker Construction of Kitty Hawk, NC. He worked weekdays to support his family and his love of fishing., He never caught a fish too small to eat. He took pride in being ‘PapPaw’ to his ten grandchildren. He was a member of Indian Creek – Welcome Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Rachel ‘Rae’ Dough Smith of the home; one daughter Donna Smith Rose and husband Tommy Rose of Shiloh, NC, two sons, Ernest Lee Smith and wife Nita Reed Smith, Vernon Lee Smith and Michelle Hall Smith all of Moyock, NC; ten grandchildren, Ashlee Rose, Kitty Rose, Windy Rose, Becca Rose, Ernest Smith Jr., Brittany Smith, Brianna Smith, Blake Smith, Alexis Smith and Olivia Smith.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Sunday at Indian Creek Baptist Church, 1221 Indian Creek Road in Chesapeake, VA. Rev. Dave Crawford and Rev. Joe Amory, Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow at the Bruce-Whitehurst family Cemetary off Fitztown Road in Virginia Beach. Twiford Colonial Chapel,Chesapeake will handle all arrangements. Friends are invited to join the family at the family residence at 207 Wedgewood Dr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.

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Robert “Bob” Riley Maxwell

Robert “Bob” Riley Maxwell

Robert ‘Bob’ Riley Maxwell, 70, of 237 Beechwood Shores, Moyock, NC, a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, died Tuesday, July 15, 2008, after a courageous fight with cancer. Born August 1, 1937, in Sacramento, California, to Emma Maxwell, of New Madrid, MO and the late Floyce Leonard Maxwell, he grew up in New Madrid, Missouri, and spent the last thirty-three years as a resident of Currituck County.
In 1956, Bob joined the United States Navy, serving twenty-one years and retiring as a Master Chief at Northwest Naval Security Group in Chesapeake, Virginia. Following his retirement, he worked for Currituck County Schools and as a postal worker in Elizabeth City. He was a devoted member of the Currituck Lions Club, Kids First Organization, Carolina Crisis Pregnancy Center, and a faithful member and servant of the Currituck High School Athletic Boosters. While he loved all these roles, he truly enjoyed being a family man as one of his favorite roles was that of ‘Grandpa Bob’ to his nine grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife of forty-five years, Mary Ellen Maxwell of Moyock; four daughters, Mary Beth Slattum and her husband, Keith, of Virginia Beach, VA, Susan Bane and her husband, Art, and Christy Hodges and her husband, David, all of Greenville, NC, and Kelly Charles and her husband, Mike, of Virginia Beach, VA; nine grandchildren, Lauren Ozmore, Archer Bane, Adam Slattum, John David Hodges, Riley Bane, Ryan Charles, Caroline Charles, Max Bane, and Jack Charles; five siblings, Floyce Maxwell of Springfield, MO, Bill Maxwell, David Maxwell, and Larry Maxwell, all of New Madrid, MO, and Mary Kathryn Edmonds of Independence, MO. Also surviving is Tom Carpenter, his brother-in-law and special needs adult, who Bob loved and cared for and currently resides in their home.
A Funeral Mass will be Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 3:00 PM at Holy Family Catholic Church. The Rite of Committal will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors rendered by the William Clarence Jackson VFW Post 6060. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the funeral home, at the VFW Post following the service, and at other times at the residence. You may sign the online register at www.twifordfh.com. Twiford Funeral Homes Memorial Chapel, 405 Church Street, Elizabeth City, North Carolina is in charge of arrangements. 252-335-4395.

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Vernelle T. Henderson

Vernelle T. Henderson

Manteo, NC

Vernelle Thomas Henderson joined her family and friends that have passed over into the arms of God on July 15, 2008. Born May 2,1940 in Windsor, NC, she moved to Manteo, NC in 1962. Vernelle was a 14-year survivor of breast cancer, a courageous and inspiring spirit, who lived her life as the most incredible wife, mother, grandmother, and friend that anyone could have.

Vernelle was an active member of St. Andrews By The Sea and St. Andrew’s Altar Guild. She was a participant in the Susan B. Komen Race For the Cure since 1999. She was a dedicated mentor and educator to those seeking support and guidance with rheumatoid arthritis and breast cancer. She loved laughter, especially that of her grandchildren, making others laugh with a good joke or funny story, beachcombing for beach glass and seashells, shopping till you drop, and getting lost in a good book. She treasured the good times spent with family and friends and the happy memories that were shared.

Vernelle is survived by her husband George C. Henderson, daughters: Ginny Henderson Willoughby and Mariah Henderson, grandchildren: Luke and Chandler Willoughby, Eli Taieb, Ian and Quinn Barrera. She is preceded in death by her sister, Janet Forehand and by their parents, Earlene and Chesson Thomas.

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s By the Sea Episcopal Church in Nags Head, NC at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 19, 2008. Please wear bright colors and if you wish to wear something green, that was Vernelle’s favorite color. The family would like you to join them in a celebration of Vernelle’s life to be held at Kelly’s Restaurant in Nags Head, NC immediately following the service.

Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.

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D. Alfred Palmer

D. Alfred Palmer

D. Alfred Palmer, Jr.

Chesapeake- Dale Alfred Palmer, Jr., 94 died July 16, 2008. Graveside services will be held on Monday at 1:00 pm at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the Twifords Funeral Home, 929 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake on Monday from 11:00 am until 12:45 pm. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.

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Sylvia J. Beacham

Sylvia J. Beacham

Colington, NC

Sylvia Jane Beacham, 63, of Colington, died Tuesday, July 15, 2008 in an Elizabeth City hospital. Ms. Beacham was born in Dare County, the daughter of Carl A. Beacham, Sr. of Colington and the late Braunda Rogers Beacham. She was preceded in death by two sons, Vince Beacham and Pat L. Perry, Jr.

Besides her father, Ms. Beacham is survived by a daughter, Braunda Perry of Kill Devil Hills; two sons, Corley Tillett and Travis Tillett, both of Kill Devil Hills; five sisters, Peggy Phelps of Chesapeake, VA; Ann Johnson of Manteo, Millie Byrum of Kitty Hawk, Linda Cahoon of East Lake and Bet Hines of Kitty Hawk; two brothers, Carl Beacham, Jr. of Wanchese and Buddy Beacham of Kitty Hawk; five grandchildren, Dustin Pat Perry, Trevor Ward, Timmy Tillett, Christina Tillett and Ray Tillett.

Funeral services will be held at the Ark International Church, Nags Head, on Friday, July 18, 2008 at 11:00 am with Rev. James L. Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Hill Top Cemetery, Colington. The family will receive friends at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo on Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and at other times at the home of Carl Beacham, Sr. in Colington.

Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Calvert “Cal” Yaffey

Calvert “Cal” Yaffey

Calvert ‘Cal’ Hansen Yaffey, 74, of 409 Pineview Drive, Elizabeth City, N.C. died Monday, July 14, 2008, at Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital. Mr. Yaffey was born in Norfolk, VA, the son of the late Benjamin Edward Yaffey and Gladys Elizabeth Hansen Yaffey and was the husband of Lisa Corbett Yaffey of the home. He was retired from C&P Telephone Company; a 50 year member of the Western Branch Masonic Lodge #189 AF & AM, Past Worthy Patron Order of the Eastern Star, Scottish Rite Bodies, Khedive Shriners Temple; and a former member of the Cosmopolitan Club. He also served in the United States Marine Corp.

Besides his wife, Mr. Yaffey is survived by a son, Bryan Yaffey of Cary, NY; a daughter, Cynthia Brissom of Portsmouth, VA; two sisters, Mina Reynolds of Virginia Beach, VA., and Annette Miller of Juno Beach, FL; two brothers, Martin Yaffey of Cape Coral, FL. and Lee Yaffey of Bethlehem, PA; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Dalrene Hagin.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 17, at 2:00 P.M. in Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City with the Rev. Roger Braun officiating. Masonic Rites will also be accorded at that time. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 16, from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home and immediately following the memorial service. Memorial gifts may be made to Newbegun United Methodist Church, C/O Mrs. Joan Daniels, 1257 Toxey Road, Elizabeth City, N.C. 27909 or the American Heart Association, C/O Brenda Dail, P.O. Box 220, Elizabeth City, N.C. 27909. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church, Elizabeth City is assisting the Yaffey family with arrangements. You may sign the on line register at www.twifordfh.com 252-335-4395.

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Ronald E. Westbrook

Ronald E. Westbrook

Ronald E. Westbrook, 61, of 279 Old US Highway 17, Hertford, N.C. died Monday, July 14, 2008 at Albemarle Hospital. Mr. Westbrook, a native of Geneva, NY but was raised in Elmira NY. He was the son of Ferne L. Quick Westbrook Heller of Sun City Center FL and the late Arnold E. Westbrook and the husband of Linda Barnard Westbrook of the residence. He was the step-son of Vern Heller; a veteran of the US Coast Guard, member of the Salvation Army Church and Men’s Fellowship Club. Mr. Westbrook was a long time civil service employee with the US Coast Guard Base.

Besides his mother and wife he is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Westbrook Matthews and husband Walter; two brother, Edward A. Westbrook and wife Vickie and Lee. A Westbrook and wife Sally; and a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Birch. Two nieces Rachel and Lindsey Westbrook, two nephews Matt Westbrook, Chris Westbrook and wife Melissa.

A funeral service will be held Friday, July 18, at 2:00 P. M. at Twiford’s Memorial Chapel with Captain Jim McGee officiating. Burial will follow in West Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, July 17 at Twiford’s Funeral Home from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., and immediately following the service and other times at the residence. Twiford’s Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City is assisting the Westbrook family with arrangements. You may sign the on line register at www.twifordfh.com 252-335-4395

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Jerry M. Cockrill

Jerry M. Cockrill

Jerry Miles Cockrill, 69, of US-17 South, Elizabeth City, NC, died Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at his residence. Mr. Cockrill was born in Tipton, IN to the late Otis Miles Cockrill and Mary Luella Roe Cockrill. Jerry served his county in the United States Army and later worked in the maintenance department of Sentara Nursing Home.

Mr. Cockrill is survived by his son, Jerry Miles Cockrill, Jr, of Elizabeth City; and his two brothers, Jack A. Cockrill and his wife Sunny of Hernando, FL, and James E. Cockrill and his wife Pat of Brownsburg, IN.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 16 at 2:00 P.M. at New Hollywood Cemetery with the Rev. F. Joe Griffith officiating. The William Clarence Jackson VFW Post 6060 will render military honors. You may sign the online register at www.twifordfh.com. Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC, is assisting the Cockrill with arrangements. 252-335-4395

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Hazel P. Ballance

Hazel P. Ballance

Hazel Powers Ballance, 69, of 751 Firetower Road, Elizabeth City died Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at her residence. Mrs. Ballance was born August 13, 1938 in Camden County, North Carolina, and was the daughter of the late Mack Powers and Clara Mae Simons Powers. She was a member of the Ramoth Gilead Baptist Church for over 30 years, and owner and operator of Hazel’s Tanning Salon.

Survivors include her husband Tilden McCullon Ballance, her daughters Dianne B. Garland and her husband Doug of Ramseur, N.C. Sandra B. Key and her husband Jesse and Darlene B. Bayless and her husband Bill and Teresa P. Weatherly and her husband Michael all of Elizabeth City, Edith Turner and her husband Charles of Big Lake, Texas, her sons Michael G. Ballance and Jeffery Powers both of Elizabeth City, her brother Raymond Powers of Fayetteville, N.C. her grandchildren, Heather Kiaunis, Jennie Cafferello, Phillip Ballance, Marissa Ballance, Angie Isom, Devin Weatherly, Whitney Powers, Christina Wainwright, Billy Bayless, Jr., Robert Knight, Steven Turner and Kimberly Maddux and fourteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her brother Julius Powers.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 12 at 4:00 P.M. at Twiford Funeral Home with the Rev. Garry Mickey and Rev. Jake Mullins. The family will receive friends Friday, July 11 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Twiford Funeral Home.

Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City is assisting the Ballance family with arrangements. You may sign the on line register at www.twifordfh.com 252-335-4395.

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