Addie Sanders

Addie Sanders

Mrs. Addie Mae Whedbee Sanders, age 89, of 1257 Leigh Farm Road in Elizabeth City, NC went to be with her Lord on Monday, February 11, 2008 at Winslow’s Memorial Home surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Sanders, a native of Pasquotank County, was the daughter of the late Henry H. Whedbee and Jennie Trueblood Whedbee and the widow of William Edward Sanders. She attended Symons Creek Tabernacle and was a homemaker.

Mrs. Sanders is survived by two daughters, Peggy S. Meads and husband Grant of Virginia Beach, VA, and Betty S. Cruise and husband, Charles of Moyock, NC; a son, Edward Arnold Sanders and wife, Patsy of Elizabeth City, NC; eleven grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by a sister, Lizzie B. Comstock and a grandson, Stephen Craig Sanders.

A funeral service will be at Twiford Funeral Home, Northside Chapel, Thursday, February 14, 2008, at 2:00pm by Rev. William Rembert. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately after the service at the funeral home and at other times at her residence, 1257 Leigh Farm Road, Elizabeth City, NC. You may sign the online register at www.twifordfh.com. Twiford Funeral Home, Northside Chapel, 1115 North Road Street, Elizabeth City, NC, is assisting the Sanders family.

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Vivian H. Wolfe

Vivian H. Wolfe

Kitty Hawk, NC

Vivian Hawkins Wolfe, 67, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother went to be with the Lord on February 11, 2008. Born in Conway, NC, Vivian was the daughter of the late Floyd and Lucy Rose Burgess. One of five children, Vivian was a graduate of Chowan College and attended East Carolina University, was an accomplished realtor for over thirty five years. She was passionate about family, living life and loving unconditionally. She was a beautiful woman with a contagious laugh and joyful heart. Vivian was loved by all that knew her and was a mentor to many that surrounded her. She will be missed.

Vivian is survived by her husband, Ross Wolfe of the residence; a daughter, Sondra D. Hawkins and husband David Molina Reyes of Kill Devil Hills, NC; a son, R. Winston Hawkins, Jr. and wife Whitney of Southern Shores, NC; a sister, Dorothy Mae Britt of Canton, NC; two brothers, Joseph Thomas Burgess and Floyd William Burgess both of Sedley, VA; and four grandchildren, Winston Maxwell Hawkins, Levi Quinn Hawkins, Viviana Marie Molina, and Cletus Lohman Hawkins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Lucy Virginia Griffith.

A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 11:00 AM at Duck United Methodist Church by the Rev. Ray Wittman, with a reception to follow. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery on March 3, 2008 at 1:00 PM. The family will receive friends and relatives at Twiford’s Colony Chapel, Manteo on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Relay for Life of Dare County, NC. Thank you to all friends and family for your loving support.

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

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John Claudio Martins

John Claudio Martins

John C. Martins

Suffolk – On January 6, 2008, John Claudio Martins was sailing our 47-foot boat, jib sail up, motor on, autopilot set to transit the Currituck Sound. At approximately 1 PM, he called me to say he was having a beautiful sail on a stellar day. Always full of plans, he said he would meet me at the Great Bridge Lock, ‘bring dinner’. He never made it there.
Claudio was born in Paris, France. At age three months, he returned to his native Portugal where he grew up in Nariz. He is survived by his parents, Telmo and Eremelinda and his sister, Dorinda.
Claudio came to the Tidewater area in 1997. We met while working together in the Maryview operating room. He lived on his sailboat and taught me to sail, something I had always wanted to do. Our life together was about sailing, experiencing the joy of living, the adventure of traveling, the satisfaction of having good friends, loving family and rewarding careers.
I am Carol, his wife, his chief cook and bottle washer. He is also survived by his best friend, Peyton. He is loved and missed by many close friends, family and coworkers. We will join soon to remember this singular man. Claudio was a happy and joyful individual. He loved his life. Those of us left behind will remember him for the special way he touched our hearts.
We thank the Currituck County Sheriff, Susan Johnson and her office, the Coast Guard, the Wildlife folks, as well as the rescue teams and volunteers involved in the search for him these last five weeks. Condolences may be expressed at www.twifordfh.com

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Janette Emma Wesselhoft Schutt

Janette Emma Wesselhoft Schutt

Janette Emma Wesselhoft Schutt, age 94, of 1075 US Hwy 17 South, Elizabeth City, NC, died Sunday, February 10, 2008 at Winslow Memorial Home. Mrs. Schutt, a native of Brooklyn, NY, lived in Merrick, NY for thirty two years. She was the daughter of the late John Wesselhoft and Agnes Wehrt Wesselhoft and the widow of Edwin William Schutt. She was a retired secretary for Doubleday & Company and a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Elizabeth City.

Mrs. Schutt is survived by two daughters, Louise Hancock and husband Thomas of Skaneateles, NY, and Carol Jennings and husband Karl of Hertford, NC; a sister, Doris Wesselhoft of Brooklyn, NY; four grand- children; and four great grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service will be through N. F. Walker Funeral Home, 2039 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY on Friday, February 15, 2008 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Perry Kirschbaum officiating at Pinelawn Memorial Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1259 US Highway US 17 South, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 or Albemarle Hospice, PO Box 189, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is handling local arrangements. You may sign the online register at www.twifordfh.com.

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Guy A. Smithson

Guy A. Smithson

FRISCO,NC
Guy Aubrey Smithson, 69, passed away February 9, 2008 of an unexpected illness.
Guy was born in Virginia Beach, VA. and resided in Frisco, NC. He was a retired jockey and also retired from the NC DOT. His passions were fishing, spending time with family and friends and his english bulldogs; Abbott, Gobbie, Molson and grand-dog Kendal Jackson.
Guy was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Elizabeth Ward Smithson; father Joshua Julian Smithson, Jr.; and brothers Joseph Murden Hogshire and Joshua Julian “Junie” Smithson III.
Guy is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy Dale Rankins Smithson; daughters Cheryl Ann Smithson Parker and Sandra Jean Smithson; grand-daughter Ashely Morgan Parker; brothers Wallace Jay Smithson, Harry Roland Smithson, Karl Lorin Smithson; and sisters Laurel Hope Smithson Holmes and Donna Jean Smithson Cook. Guy is also survived by 7 sister-in-laws, 3 brother-in-laws, 9 nieces, 11 nephews and 25 great nieces and nephews.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 930B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834, or the SPCA, POB 1000, Manteo, NC 27954.
A memorial service will be held at Twiford Funeral Home in Hatteras, NC on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 2:00 pm.
The family would like to thank all of our wonderful family and friends for your love and support during this difficult time.
Twiford Island Chapel, Hatteras is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Gary D. Taylor

Gary D. Taylor

Avon, NC

Gary David Taylor, 46, of Avon, NC went home to be with the Lord on February 9, 2008. Gary was born in Norfolk, VA, and lived in Virginia Beach, VA until he and his family moved to Avon in 2002. He worked with the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad in the 1980′s and as a dock hand on the Hatteras Ferry. Gary also served as a volunteer with the Avon Fire Department. He was an avid fisherman and Redskins fan, but his greatest enjoyments were his wife and daughters, the lights of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Belinda Ann Taylor and two daughters, Samantha Ann and Rosa Mae; a brother, Guy (Sharon); and two sisters, Millie (Parnell) and Donna (Howie), as well as a host of nieces, nephews and three grand-nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Mildred Taylor and grandparents, Guy and Katherine Taylor and Harry and Mildred Wilson.

A memorial service will be held at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Avon, NC on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm with Rev. Susie Fitsch-Slater officiating. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Samantha Ann Taylor and Rosa Mae Taylor Education Fund, c/o Centura Bank, Buxton, NC 27920.

Twiford Island Chapel, Hatteras is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Max Mercer

Max Mercer

Max Mercer, 80, of the New Hope Section of Hertford, NC died Friday, February 08, 2008 at his residence. He was born in Lumberton, NC to the late Casper R. and Flossie Brisson Mercer. Mr. Mercer was retired from the wholesale/retail grocery industry, having worked as supervisor of the Be-Lo Supermarkets, Norfolk, VA and was the general manager of the S & R Supermarkets in Elizabeth City, NC. and was a retired executive director for Skills Incorporated. He was a Baptist and a member and past master of Perquimans Lodge # 106 A.F. & A. M., past president of the Perquimans County Scottish Rite Club and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of New Bern, NC. He enjoyed playing music, an avid fisherman and enjoyed working in his yard. Mr. Mercer was a master joke teller and enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

He is survived by two daughters, Alice Loveland of Farmville, VA and Deborah Leigh Aultman of Gainesville, FL; one son, Roger D. Mercer of Washington, NC; three sisters, Elsie Lee, Sadie Faircloth, and Hilda Rozier all of Lumberton, NC and one brother, C. L. Mercer of Norfolk, VA. He is survived by three grandchildren, Leigh Aultman of Chapel Hill, NC, Emily Mercer of Greenville, NC and Jason Aultman of Gainesville, FL.; a great granddaughter, Lelah Aultman of Chapel Hill, NC, six step grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren and 21 nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Ann Baleen Freeman and three brothers, Theodore Mercer, Gilbert Mercer and Horace Mercer.

In accordance with Mr. Mercer’s wishes, his body will be cremated and a memorial service by Rev. Bill Masciangelo with Masonic Rites conducted by Perquimans Lodge #106 AF & AM will the held in Twiford Funeral Home, Northside Chapel, 1115 N. Road Street, Elizabeth City, Monday, February 11, 2008 at 11:00am. The family will receive friends and relatives from 10:00am to 11:00am Monday at the funeral home and at other times at his residence. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be directed to the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St, Oxford, NC 27565. Twiford Funeral Home, 1115 N. Road St., Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Mercer family. To sign the online guest register, please visit www.twifordfh.com.

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Mary Gregory

Mary Gregory

Elizabeth City, NC

Mary Frances Brown Gregory, 87, of 1005 W. Colonial Ave., died Friday, February 8, 2008 at her residence. Mrs. Gregory was born in Pasquotank County and was the daughter of the late Frank and Mattie Long Brown and the wife of the late Roy Gregory. She was a retired bookkeeper for Bayside Oil Company and a member of Blackwell Memorial Baptist Church.

Mrs. Gregory is survived by several nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by a brother William Ashby Brown.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday February 11, 2008 at 4:00 PM in Twiford’s Northside Chapel 1115 North Road St. in Elizabeth City NC by Rev. Jim Clark. Burial will follow in Old Hollywood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home immediately following the service.

Twiford’s Funeral Home Northside Chapel is assisting the Gregory family with arrangement. You may sign the on line register at www.twifordfh.com.

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Mary Beatrice Moore Sawyer

Mary Beatrice Moore Sawyer

Mary Moore Sawyer, 75, of 101 Berkley Estates, Elizabeth City, NC died Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at her residence. Mrs. Sawyer was born in Lynchburg, VA. and was the daughter of the late Robert Peter Moore and Anne Viola Weaver Moore. She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred Raymond Sawyer, Jr.

Survivors include her daughters, Bonnie Hudson Sawyer and her husband Henry of Elizabeth City, NC, Phyllis H. Hardison and her husband Mike of Manteo, NC and Linda H. Clisso of Denton, Texas and her son Allan Avera of Raleigh, NC her grandsons, Keith Sawyer, Dennis Sawyer, Curtis Sawyer, Buddy Basnight, her granddaughters Nicky Giering, Jennifer Adair and Brittany Clisso her great-grandchildren, Nola Sawyer, Tyler Sawyer, Shane Gear, Emma Adair and Mason Adair, her sisters Rachel Southerland of Kissimmee, FL. and Kitty McAnny of Lancaster, PA.

Twiford Funeral Home Northside Chapel is assisting the Sawyer family with arrangements. You may sign the on line register at www.twifordfh.com
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Mary Frances Edwards

Mary Frances Edwards

Mary Frances Edwards, 68, of 220 Lane Drive, died Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at the Albemarle Hospital. Mrs. Edwards was born in Marietta, Oklahoma and was the daughter of Addie Beatrice Brown Weiss and the late William Giles. She was preceded in death by her husband James Hugh Edward, Jr. on October 9, 2005 and her sons James Marc Edwards and Eric Hugh Edwards. She was former employee of Pasadena Credit Union and the Apple Valley Inn.

Survivors include her daughter, Stacie Lynne Hodes of Manadeville, LA., her mother Addie B. Weiss of Elizabeth City, NC, sisters Billie Joan Graves of Elizabeth City, NC, Cheryl Sanders of Seattle, WA. Brother, Doug Giles of Corona, CA, her grandchildren Sarah Frances Velarde and James Vincent Edwards-Velarde, her long time friend Lisa Moss of Apple Valley, CA, her sister-in-laws Billie Jo Bellerue of Henderson, NV. and Candace Le Weitz of Arizona.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 10:00 A. M. at the Holy Family Catholic Church with the Very Rev. James Buchholz officiating. The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the church.

The suggests that in lieu of flowers memorial contribution be directed to: Brain Storming 4 US, 15235 Pirinda Road, Apple Valley, CA. 92307or www.brainstroming4us.com

Twiford Funeral Home Northside Chapel is assisting the Edwards family with arrangements. You may sign the on line register at www.twifordfh.com 252-335-5465

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