David Twiddy

David Twiddy

David Ray Twiddy, 55, beloved husband, father and Dada passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013 in Vidant Medical Center. He was born September 24, 1957 to the late Franklin E. Twiddy and Leone Rose Twiddy in Edenton, NC and was the husband of Rhonda Barclift Twiddy. He was a consultant for Bank of Hampton Roads.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Tracy Twiddy Davenport and husband, Bradley and Ashley Twiddy Scott and husband, Jim all of Elizabeth City, NC; a brother, Billy Twiddy and wife, Sharlie of Myrtle Beach, SC; two grandchildren, William Bradley Davenport, II and David Wyatt Davenport of Elizabeth City, NC; one niece and two nephews.

Mr. Twiddy’s professional life was marked by a strong work ethic and high integrity and built on relationships. His first jobs were as a young boy delivering groceries and working in a hardware store in his hometown of Edenton. He began his insurance career in 1983 and he and his longtime business partner built their agency, Dowd and Twiddy, Inc., into one of the largest independent insurance agencies in northeast North Carolina. After Hampton Roads Bankshares acquired the agency, Mr. Twiddy became President and CEO of Gateway Insurance Services, Inc. In 2005, Mr. Twiddy became President and COO of Hampton Roads Bankshares and in December, 2008 became CEO of Hampton Roads Bankshares. He was highly committed to the greater good of eastern North Carolina. He served the communities of Edenton and Elizabeth City in numerous civic organizations, on many boards including North Carolina’s Rules Review Commission, East Carolina University Foundation and, most recently, as Chairman of the Albemarle Health Board of Commissioners. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Elizabeth City. His love of family gatherings, holiday celebrations and the Outer Banks were his greatest joy.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 20, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Joe Casteel and Rev. Craig Stephans. Private burial will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 p. m. at Twiford Funeral Home, Church Street., Elizabeth City, NC and at other times at the residence. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Town of Kitty Hawk, Beach Nourishment, P.O. Box 549, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Twiddy family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.twifordfh.com.

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  2. Judd White

    Rhonda and family,
    I was very sorry to hear of David’s passing.I was fortunate to have known David. When I go through Raleigh I often think of the many times we attended company meetings together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  3. Holly Cartwright

    Tracy and family,
    I am so very sorry to hear about your family’s loss. Prayers for peace and comfort in the coming days, weeks and months.

  4. Milton and Beth Tadlock

    We were deeply saddened to hear about David’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

  5. Mary Jo (Forehand) & Stuart Windley

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

  6. Janet & Dan Klein

    Rhonda and family,

    Words seem to fail at such a difficult time like this but please know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Shelly Riggs

    Rhonda, Tracy, Ashley & Family,
    Words are hard to come by at this time. David was a good man & meant alot to me. He will be missed. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  8. murray l. nixon fishery inc family

    to the twiddy family:
    You guys are in our thoughts and prayers David will be missed by all who knew him. He was a great friend to our family

  9. Charlotte Underwood

    Rhonda and family, Eldon and I were so sad when we got the word about David. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. I am just happy for the time you had together. I pray for the day that happy memories replace this sad time. Sincerely, Charlotte

  10. Phyllis & Lamar Phillips

    To the Twiddy Family
    May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. We are extending heartfelt sympathy to you and your loved ones.

  11. ODella Pollie

    Rhonda and Family, My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you. David’s passing is such a great shock. I always looked forward to seeing you and David during gatherings around town. I had the occasion to say hello and speak with David just last week at the grocery store. I am so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember the way David was so good at interacting with people,his warm smile and his infectious laugh. I have no doubt that right now he and “Big Daddy” are having a large time and perhaps even up to no good! Please know that we will all be thinking of you and remembering David in the times to come. I’m always here if you need me, ODella

  12. Linda Speight

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you as only He can.

    Linda and Hannah Speight

  13. Tammy & Elmer Overton

    We were so very saddened to hear of the passing of David. He was a high school classmate of ours & although we have not seen David in a few years we both have cherished memories of him. His smile & humor will always be remembered. Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with your family at this most difficult time.

  14. Lisa Winslow

    Rhonda and family,

    I was deeply saddened to hear of David’s passing. Praying that God gives you comfort and peace.

    Lisa Winslow

  15. Clyde S. Adams Jr.

    Growing up in Edenton we all knew one another. David, Billy and their mom and dad were no exception. A good family, involved in the community they all were well respected and liked. David will be missed a great deal, many are glad we got to know David and enjoyed his friendship. May the lord bless, and support his family as lives must go on, but memories will remain forever. David is at peace with no pain.

    Clyde Adams–Edenton

  16. Rose Donahue

    Dear Rhonda,
    My heart aches for you and your family. Please know that my thoughts are with you.
    With sincerest sympathy,
    Rose Donahue

  17. Wendy Goatley

    Rhonda, I am very saddened to hear of David. I pray you feel some comfort from all the prayers and kind words being shared to you and the family. May the peace of Christ lift you at this time.

  18. Sheila Rose Tyler

    I was shocked and saddened to hear the news about David. He always had a smile on his face. I can not even imagine your pain but,know that others are thinking of you and the family. May our Lord and Savior wrap his arms around you and comfort you.
    God’s peace and blessings,
    Sheila Rose Tyler

  19. Jim Dail

    A friend of David and had the chance to work art the ole Parker Evans Hdw. with David a few years in high school. We have remained friends through the years. May GOD comfort his Family.

  20. Glover an Juanita Shannon

    Dear Rhonda , Our thoughts an prayers are with you.and your family. David was a good guy an lots of fun to be around. Our community has lost a real asset. Stay strong

  21. Diana Dixon Hardison

    Dear Rhonda,
    We were very deeply saddened to learn of the sudden loss of your David. Though we had not had the pleasure of meeting him personally, we had heard many good things about David in the community. Seeing the many fine tributes online certainly confirms our impression of a person who was “the real deal.” We can only imagine the deep sense of loss you and the family must feel, and our hearts go out to you.
    In deepest sympathy,
    Diana and Ed Hardison

  22. Breda Sanders

    Tracy who could believe this could happen to your family after seeing you at the hospital the other day.My prayers are being lifted up for you and your family.i am so sorry for your loss.

  23. Barry Bowling

    To the Twiddy Family-

    I had the great honor to have met David a year ago and worked with him on bank business in the Raleigh area since and found him to be not only a fine businessman with great integrity, but found him to be a real friend in such a short amount of time. He will be sorely missed and my condolences to the family.

  24. Penny Leary-Smith

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family during this time of your loss. May God comfort you with each passing day in helping heal your broken heart.

  25. Terry & Bobby Saunders

    Our hearts go out to your and your family. We were saddened to hear of David’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

  26. Terry & Jane Williams

    Dear Rhonda and girls…tonight my heart breaks at the thought of our loosing David at such an early age but truthfully, each of his 55 years were lived with brilliance and passion. Like you, many family members and friends will miss him for his love and compassion, always evident. Be assured of God’s graciousness and promise of eternal life.

  27. Melissa Amburn Smith

    My heartfelt sympthies to the Twiddy family. Eventhough I’d lost contact with David over the years, I remember him from school, and, working at the hardware store at home (in Edenton). Prayers are sent up for Gods love, and, calming during your time of sorrow.

  28. Martin Parker

    My prayers are with you and your family. My folks though so much of him as do I. My heart goes out to you and yours….

  29. Pam Rizer

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sorrowful time. I worked with David for many years at Gateway and know that he will be missed by many. My heart felt sympathy goes out to his family.

  30. Lisa Wooten Delph

    Rhonda, Tracy and Ashley and families, I am very sorry to hear of David’s passing. You all are in my prayers. May God wrap his arms of comfort around each of you during this difficult time.

  31. Vera

    Ashley, Tracy, and Rhonda,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys during this difficult time. If you need us for anything don’t hesistate to call.

    We love you,

    Ellen and Vera

  32. Jody Kuehn

    David was a great leader who I looked up to and respected. I will truly miss him as well as the community. Please accept my condolences. The years I spent at Gateway were one of my best memories.

  33. Sherie Cartwright

    Rhonda – I was so shocked and saddened to learn of David’s passing. Many years ago, when I was at the bank, he was always such a nice guy to be around and always made me laugh. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  34. kermit and laney layton

    our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time. David’s famiy, friends, and his community will miss him deeply.

  35. Sarah Harrell Lane

    I just wanted to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  36. Shelton Stryker

    Having known David added to my life. He was always full of energy and enjoyed life so much.He will surely be missed.

  37. Phyllis S. Ange

    David was a great boss, I enjoyed working with him at Gateway Insurance in Plymouth. My prayers are with the family.

  38. Janet Goodwin Respess

    I was shocked to see this I didn’t even know he had been or was sick. David and I went to school together from the beginning and being in the Jaycees I watched his girls grow, to his wife that I never met and to his girls my deepest sympathies go out to you along with prayers. May the goodness of our LORD get you through these days and beyond. Again my deepest sympathies.

  39. Gret Sakers

    I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. May God’s love and grace be with you all and may you find comfort in his love.

  40. Claudia Twiford

    Rhonda and Family,
    Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. David was such an asset to our community and will be long remembered for his service to others.
    Sam and Claudia Twiford

  41. Art Beeler

    So sorry to learn of David’s passing. It has been years since I had seen or talked to him, but we had some fun times back in the day. Condolences to the family.

  42. mike thomas

    dearest Ms. Rhonda and family
    with tears. you are in our prayers, God be with you at your times of need as he embraces David in his Home. We saw , and got to know a great family at the restaurant through our dinners together over the years, our fortune was to have you as guests, and wonderful friends. You and David are truly on a plateau with our favorites at the chefs counter, an extraordinary pleasure on many levels every time, I will miss the twinkle David always had in his eyes, he was ,and always will be one of us- a genuine one of a kind. deepest sympathy
    and greatest memories.
    Mike Thomas ; chef de cuisine Ocean Blvd. Kitty Hawk

  43. Lisa Morgan Symons

    I am so sorry to hear about David . you family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Lisa Symons… Classic Hair Designs

  44. Sandra & Weston McPherson

    Rhonda and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you ever so much!! May God Bless you with the wonderful memories that you hold .

  45. Dick Alesch

    Rhonda & Family:

    I was shocked to hear about your loss. During my short time at the Hospital, I have enjoyed working with David. He always said what he thought and did what he said.
    Condolences to you and your family.

  46. Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates

    Dear Rhonda and family,

    May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends. Our entire staff would like to extend sympathy to you in this difficult time.

  47. Millie

    Rhonda, Ashley, and Tracy,

    It was beyond belief to hear of David’s passing. I can’t image what you are going through. David was a great person full of laughter and love. Please know that I am praying that God will give you peace that surpasses all things.


  48. Willie & Jacqueline Gilchrist


    We are sorry to hear about the loss of your love one. Our prayers are with you in times like these.

  49. Kathy Harris & Bob Norton

    Rhonda and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers and hope that these prayers will give you strength during this time.

  50. perry byrum

    So sorry to hear of David’s death. Known David all my life grew up together in Edenton and have may memories growing up together.

  51. Elizabeth Culpepper

    I am so saddened to hear of David’s passing. He truly was a wonderful and honorable man. He was a true leader who earned the respect of those who knew him. We shared a lot of great laughs together when we worked at Bank of Hampton Roads together. I will miss him, but he will always live on in the hearts of those who were lucky enough to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with the Twiddy family during this extremely difficult time.

    Elizabeth Culpepper

  52. Sylvia Gregory Berry

    He had a smile that lit up a room and a devilish laugh that was infectious. A short life, but one well lived….and living on in those precious grandsons. We are all better to have known him. You are all in my heart and in my prayers.

  53. Lee Chears

    I am so sorry and in shock of the passing of David…my love goes out to you, Rhonda and your family. David was such a great guy in high school, so nice, and always such a gentleman. My mother was in real estate and she always thought so much of him & working with the best, Johnny Dowd, she knew he would have a great work ethic. I send you love from the Pacific coast, to my beloved Outer Banks…where I am from, Kill Devil Hills…my love to you. God Bless David for his kindness….Fondly, Ms. Lee H. Chears, Los Angeles, CA

  54. Holly Cartwright

    How touching and beautiful is the video. Those are the times to look back on and remember. Continued prayers for your family.

  55. Pedro and Gail Beildeck

    We are saddened and sorry by your loss and we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Pedro & Gail

  56. Shari Thompson Farless

    Dear Rhonda, Tracy and Ashley,
    I am so sad for you and your loss. I went to school with David and remember him fondly for his fun sense of humor and his kindness. As an adult, he worked so hard to make the community he lived in a better place which is a Wonderful legacy to leave behind. May God Bless and comfort you in the days and years to come.

  57. JOyce Harden


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family during this difficult time. Al and Joyce Harden

  58. Rhonda & Jesse Wood

    Rhonda & Family, Thoughts & prayers are with you now & in the days to follow.

    With Our Sympathy,
    Jesse & Rhonda Wood

  59. Russell Parrish

    Rhonda…David was always a good friend to me and I was saddened to hear of his passing. Marci and I offer our sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Russell and Marci Parrish

  60. Al and Joyce Barclift

    Rhonda and family,
    Our sincere sympathy go out to you during this time of loss. May the memories you and David created somehow help to give you strength and peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless you in the coming weeks.

  61. Paul & Charlotte Pureza

    Rhonda and Family,

    We were saddened to hear that David had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Paul & Charlotte Pureza

  62. Kitty Cox Rollins

    To the Twiddy family –
    My sympathy goes out to you over the passing of David. He was a friend of mine as far back as I can remember. He was always so funny and sweet. My mother, who worked at the high school, thought the world of David. Everyone did. I am saddened to know that such a good man is now gone way before his time. I guess The Lord had bigger plans for David in heaven. Please know that there are many whom you’ve never met that will be praying for your family and missing David.

    Many blessings to you all –

    Kitty Cox Rollins

  63. Ken and Amy Howard

    Rhonda, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. David was a dear friend and will be missed.

  64. debbie cutrell

    ashley and rhonda I dont know if I remember me but I worked at city deli………i am so sorry for your loss……n my prayers

  65. Suzanne Nelson

    Rhonda, I just watched the video and it was beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Much love and prayers sweet girl.

  66. Norm and Sue Scurria

    To all the Twiddy family, we send our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies for your loss of David. You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you heal from the pain and suffering we know you face.

  67. Maurice and Jacky Canada

    Rhonda and Family,

    We only met you both a few times. We bought the house you built and lived in on Binnacle Ct. I remember you telling us that we would LOVE the house, because it was built with LOVE. You also told us that you had many wonderful memories and how difficult it was to sell the house. We were deeply saddened to hear about David. May your memories bring you comfort.

  68. Bill Griffin

    Rhonda, Tracey, and the rest of the family, What a wonderful tribute service on Friday afternoon. So sorry I have not had the opportunity to speak to you personally, but I attended the funeral in Greenville on Thursday evening of the father of Trish’s closest MACU colleague. And, there were too many at the funeral to get to speak. The time will come. Have been praying for you and will continue to pray.

  69. Anita B. Whitehurst


    I am so deeply sorry you are having to say so long for now to someone you loved very much. The memories and his love will be with you always. Praying God will give you the strength comfort and peace you need to face each new day. God bless you.

  70. Bobbi Veon White

    Rhonda and family-
    Wayne and I were shocked to hear of David’s passing. We were in South Carolina last week. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.




  72. Kimberly (Boyce) Hunt

    Rhonda, words are always so difficult at a time like this, and failing at providing real comfort. Just know that you have been in my thoughts. Love, Kim

  73. Barbara Turner-Chapell


    I am saddened to hear of the loss of your father. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers, as well
    Your family.

    Barbara Turner-Chappell

  74. Katherine Godfrey

    Dear Rhonda,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband.
    My heart is heavy for the grief you are enduring, just remember we will see them again and we can be thankful we can say we once walked with them.
    You and your family are in my heart and prayers.
    Katherine & Preston Godfrey

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