Dora Twiford

Dora Twiford

Dora Wells Twiford, 99, of 401 Hastings Lane, Elizabeth City died Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Albemarle Hospital.  She was born on April 7, 1913 to the late John L. Wells and Minnie Lou Bell Wells in Elizabeth City, NC and was the widow of the late Sam A. Twiford.  Mrs. Twiford was a registered nurse having graduated from Gallinger Hospital in Washington, DC and later she became a licensed funeral director and was co-owner for over 50 years of the Twiford Funeral Homes, Cemeteries and Crematorium with her husband, Sam A. Twiford.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church since April 1, 1923, a life member of the United Methodist Women and member of the ladies auxiliary of the American Legion Post #84.

She is survived by two sons, Sam A. Twiford, Jr. and his wife, Claudia of Elizabeth City, NC and David H. Twiford and his wife, Darlene of Elizabeth City, NC; a sister, Frances Wells of Elizabeth City, NC and a sister-in-law, Patricia Wells of Jupiter, FL.  She is also survived by five grandchildren, Sam A. Twiford, III and wife Jodi, Jacob S. Twiford and wife Meredith, David H. Twiford, Jr. and special friend Jessica Tade, J.J. Twiford and wife Karen and Whitney T. Waddington and husband Rob; 12 great grandchildren, Rachel, Julia, Samantha, Cort, Ryder, Salem, Ragen, Spencer, Callie, John, Bert, and Joseph.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Twiford was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret W. Foxwell and Helen W. Lopez and a brother, John L. Wells, Jr.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers for the excellent care and love they showed to our mother.  We will never forget you, Delores, Monica, Melvia, Joyce, and Camie.  Additionally we would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff of Carolina House as well as the doctors and staff of Albemarle Hospital.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Twiford Memorial Chapel, Church Street, by the Rev. F. Joe Griffith and Rev. Joe Casteel.  Entombment will be private in the New Hollywood Cemetery.  The family will receive family and friends Friday evening from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home and also immediately following the chapel service in the lobby of the funeral home.  Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be directed to the First United Methodist Church Endowment Maintenance Fund, 201 S. Road Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.  Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Twiford family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Offer Condolence for the family of Dora Twiford

Print Obituary & Condolences Print Obituary & Condolences

Condolence Messages

  1. Brenda Corbett Harris

    Dear Twiford family, I am so sorry for your loss. “Miss Dora” was a wonderful lady. She will be missed by so many people.Hold on to the memories-my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely,
    Brenda Harris

  2. Ronnie Wyatt

    Such a sweet lady! Every time I saw her she made me take a can of soda with me when I left! She always made me smile. I know it hurts to let go, but oh what fun she is having now!! I know God will give you the grace to make it through this tough time.

  3. Edward & Becky Winslow

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. A mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother is so special in every way. She was a great lady and it was our pleasure to have known her.
    Edward and Becky

  4. Catherine E Gardner

    Oh what a wonderful lady. She and I had such fun times when I worked at Twifords; we would play Jepoardy, make crafts and just ‘talk’. Miss Dora was a very special person and a joy to work with.
    My love and thoughts go out to each of you. Rest in Peace.

  5. Fran and Michael Worthington

    Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved mother. Our prayers are with you.

  6. Neil Whitaker

    Sam and David,
    I remember your mother and father coming through High Point on several occassions and stop by to speak with Ed and Lala Johnson as well as Bill Lee. Such a gracious lady she was. This is what we do, but our hurt is as real as those we serve. I am glad that I had the opportunity to meet both of them and how proud they were of each of you.
    Neil Whitaker

  7. Patsy

    One of the sweetest people I’ve had the chance to know. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  8. Sherry Leonard Noble

    To the Twiford Family I am sorry to hear about the death of Miss Dora. I know she will be missed by all that knew her. May the memories of Miss Dora become the greatest treasure that you hold close to your heart . My prayers will be with you during this time. May the peace of Christ be with you

  9. Rev. Kenneth N. Bunch

    David we were saddened to hear of the passing of your precious mother. We always enjoyed our visits with her while serving as interim pastor at Ramoth Gilead. She was always cheerful and gracious.
    Our prayers ar with you and Darlene and all the members of the family. God blesse each of you. Love, Ken & Nancy

  10. Dwayne Summerlin

    On behalf of our staff here at Tyndall Funeral Home in Mt. Olive, please know that we extend to your family and staff our deepest sympathy in the passing of Mrs. Twiford. May God bless you all.


    What a memory you must have .. she was blessed 99 years with people that loved her and she had a wonderful love for people as well. Prayers for your family from Gene and myself to all of you

  12. JD Slack (Slack FH)

    David & Darlene:
    Please know that you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers. It is sometimes mind-boggling to think of the changes Ms. Dora saw in her 99 years, yet the one thing I’m sure never changed was the love and caring that you and your family gave to her during her time on earth. May her memory be eternal.
    JD & Patti Slack
    Slack Funeral Home
    Ellicott City, MD

  13. David Rhodes

    I am deeply saddened at the passing of this wonderful woman. I hope she gets to visit with her friend, my Mom, who passed in 2004. Godspeed, Dora, and blessings to your fine family.
    ~the OBX Car Guy

  14. Bessie Reid Ward

    To the Twiford family,

    I’m so sorry to read about your Mom’s passing .

    My thought’s are with all of you now.


    Bess Ward

  15. Judd & Janie White

    Janie and I were sorry to learn of Mrs.Twiford’s passing. She was a great lady that helped many grieving people through the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Twiford family.

  16. Bobbi White

    Wayne and I are so sorry to hear about Miss Dora’s passing. She was a very sweet lady and I know she loved each and every one of you so much. She will be greatly missed by many in our community. Please know that we are thinking about you and you are in our prayers. Sending you our love!

  17. Randy Schoedinger

    David and David

    I am sorry to hear about your mom and grandma. My thoughts are with you.

    Randy Schoedinger

  18. Allan and Ann McPherson

    From our family to yours,
    What a privilege it has been to have known such a fine christian woman. For many years she played a large part in the community and the family business. She will be missed by many.
    Know that we are thinking of you all,and holding you close in prayer.
    Love, The McPherson’s

  19. Robin Heppell & Family

    Dear David and family,

    We are sorry to hear about the death of your Mom. You are in out thoughts and prayers. It sounds like she was a remarkable women and the business that she passed on is in very capable hands – I’m sure she was very proud.

    Rob, Cindy, Haleigh & Noah Heppell

  20. Luanne and Greg B radner

    Dear Sammy, David and family

    Our hearts are broken over the passing of Miss Dora. We so wish that we could be at her service, but are on call at our present funeral home this weekend. Sammy and David, we want you to know that we loved her and the Twiford Family will always be very special to us. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love always,

    Greg and Luanne Bradner

  21. Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Jeffery C. Russell

    So sorry to hear this news today. Pasquotank has lost another of the greatest generation. I loved talking with Miss Dora when I visited the Carolina Living home. And when she still worked with you, she kept this young preacher in line and set him straight more than once! I know you all will miss her. God bless and comfort you and your family in this time of loss.

  22. Raleigh @Thelma Baker

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Ms. Dora, such a sweet and wonderful person. She will be missed by many.God be with the family at this time of sorrow.Prayers for each one.Thelma Stevenson Baker

  23. Raleigh @Thelma Baker

    Our prayers are for the family for the loss of Ms. Dora Such a sweet and precious lady……Thelma Stevnson Baker

  24. Gwen G. Stevens

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May God’s Blessings be with you and your Family During this Difficult Time.
    Woody, Gwen, Nancy, and Shelton Stevens

  25. John Capps

    I’m very sorry for your loss . May your sorrow be short and your sweet memories last a lifetime !

  26. L.A. and Dianne Harris

    David, Darlene,& the Twiford family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of this Grand Lady, and she was grand and gracious in every way. L.A. spoke often of how she “mothered” all the employees and he has many fond memories of working with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

  27. Pam White

    So sorry to hear of Mrs. Twiford’s passing. She was such a sweet lady who helped many people with her kind words. My prayers and thoughts are with each of you during this very hard time. Just think, she is dancing on the streets of gold with Mr. Twiford.

  28. Deborah Scott Freeman

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Your mother was a wonderful lady and it was a pleasure to have known her.

  29. Grace Twiford Overton

    This is from Affie Twiford in Flordia. Sorry to hear about Dora. Will miss seeing her when I come up there.

  30. Suzanne Nelson

    My heart breaks to say goodbye to Miss Dora. She was and will always be one of the most beautiful ladies and one of God’s very best. I looked for her every Sunday at 11…..with her big smile and a sparkle that brightened my day.Her true faith and joy came through and touched all of us. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  31. Mary Ann Aydlett

    My deepest condolences to all of the Twiford family. Miss Dora was an example of a true lady. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  32. larry and sue brinn

    sam and claudis all family
    sorry to read about mother our prayer are with all of you
    all our love
    larry and sue and family

  33. Roxanne Jackson

    A great woman has gone on too heaven! Your mama was a special lady and I always enjoyed talking with her when I would ride up with daddy. She has a great family to carry on with the business and knows it is in capable hands! She will be greatly missed.

  34. Grace Twiford Overton

    Sorry to hear of your loss. We know she will be missed. I enjoyed visiting her at Carolina Living. Jan and Grace Overton

  35. Sandra Gregory Brinkley

    Dear Twiford Family,
    My sincere prayers are with you during this difficult time. Your Mom and my Mom were cousins and always enjoyed talking about their ancestors. Now they are all together and I,m sure they will have a grand time. You were blessed with a beautiful mother!

    My prayers are with you all,
    Sandra Brinkley

  36. Chad & Angel Swimme

    To the Twiford family we love you and our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time.

  37. Lynda F. Midgett

    Sam, David and Family
    Each of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your Mom was a very gracious lady who will be missed by many
    Lynda F. Midgett

  38. Fran & Andy Bright

    What a wonderful woman! Ms. Dora had such a wonderful and positive disposition and a real Jewel. Enjoyed stopping by to visit her when I visited at Carolina House. Will miss her smile! Keep the wonderful memories close to help you through the difficult days ahead.
    Remembering you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Fran & Andy

  39. Chris Hooper

    Mrs. Dora was a great lady. She always had a smile and a good word to say when you saw her. Now Heaven has a great couple walking the streets of gold. May GOD BLESS THE TWIFORD FAMILY in this sad time.

  40. Charles and Alice Wellons

    It was always a joy to see Mrs. Twiford at the Funeral home. She was always so gracious and greeted everybody with kind words. She was a special lady. We are remembering your family in our prayers.

  41. Bobby & Darlene Russell

    I’m very sorry to here this sad news but think of it a better place for her to be right no worries no fears.

  42. Linda McMullen McClintock

    What a grand and gracious lady! It was an honor to have known her. She will be sorely missed. I pray for the entire family, who she loved so much, for comfort and grace from God the Father.

  43. Jerel and Brenda Winslow

    I really enjoyed the time spent sharing with your mother at the nursing home. She sang right along with us! Such a sweet lady! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  44. Phillip Jernigan

    My condolences to the Twiford family. Mrs. Dora was my mother’s friend for many years. A fantastic lady, she touched so many lives. May our Heavenly Father bless and comfort you all during this time of sorrow. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  45. Mary Jolliff Moore

    Sam, Claudia, David, Whitney, and all the other Twiford kin, my sympathies and prayers for your comfort. I pray God will hold you in the hollow of His loving hands, now and always.

    Love, Mary

  46. Tommy Adkins

    Sorry to read of your Mom’s passing. You guys were lucky to have her so long.
    My sympathy to you all

  47. Patsy Parker Sawyer

    Miss Dora was an example to me during the most trying times. She encouraged me to strive for my goals and helped with love and kindness. I will always hold her friendship close to my heart.I know her family will miss her warm and caring ways.

  48. Patsy Parker Sawyer

    Miss Dora was always there to encourage me to work toward my goals. Her suport helped me to achieve many of them. I know her family will miss her loving and caring ways as much as my family will. God go with her for ever.

  49. Curtis and Darlene Brooks

    Our hearts are heavy with the passing of Miss Dora. She was a true lady who always had a kind word for everyone. Our love and sympathy to all the Twifords.

  50. Charles and Faye Gray

    Mrs. Twiford was a lady who had a smile and kind word for everyone. She will be remembered for her Christian love to all she met. Remembering you now and in the days to come.

  51. Lori London

    My sincere condolences to all of the family. The Twiford family & home have been a part of so many of our lives. Mrs. Twiford had a special way of helping you cope with the loss of your loved ones. I too have a special memory of meeting & talking with her. I will say prayers for the family.

  52. Diana Dixon Hardison

    Dear Twiford Family,
    I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of this grand and gracious lady, but at the same time I celebrate her long and well-lived life. Miss Dora belongs to the ages now and we honor her memory. In deepest sympathy to all of you.

  53. Vivian Dinges

    My family and I will miss Dora terribly. She was a great lady and always made you feel welcome. Love, Vivian Dinges and daughters Virginia Lee Foxwell Butler and Susan Ann Foxwell Cannon.

  54. Glenn Lyle

    To The Twiford Family,
    It is with great regret and sorrow to learn about the passing of Mrs. Twiford. My condolences go out to each and everyone of you and her memories will always be a positive part of the lives that she touched. My prayers are with you, your family and close friends.

  55. Jo Anne & Virgil Parrish

    So sorry to hear of Miss Dora’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Twiford family.

    Virgil and JoAnne Parrish

  56. kurt & Bobbi Hunsberger

    Dora Twiford will remain in our memories as a most gracious lady and a pillar of First United Methodist.
    A remarkable woman and matriarch.

    Bobbi and Kurt Hunsberger

  57. Larry Williams

    My prayers are with the entire Twiford family, Twiford Funeral Homes has been a blessing for many and all my families needs for many years. Your support in time of need was and is great!!

  58. Willam Horace & Joyce Jordan Jr.

    Our prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the Family.

    William & Joyce Powell Jordan.

  59. Rodney & Betty Midgett

    Please accept our heart-felt sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Rodney & Betty Midgett

  60. Wannetta Strong

    Sorry for your loss…The Twiford family is in my prayers may God give you the comfort you need.

  61. James & Ellen Key

    Mrs. Dora will be greatly missed. She was a very sweet lady. The staff at Carolina Living enjoyed her very much. My prayers are with her family because I know she is with God now.

  62. Pat and Radcliff Reel Jacksonville,Florida

    In the years i worked for Twtford’s I found in Dora Twiford the most caring woman I have ever known. She will be missed by her family, friends and my family. May God give her his blessings in heaven. She earned it.

  63. Clarence Lewis, Sr.

    Ms. Dora will be greatly missed. I will always remember her as a very dear friend. My prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time.

  64. Ruth Ellen (Perry) McCulloch

    We were so sorry to hear about your Mother. She was always so kind and sweet to us and I always looked forward to visiting with her when I came home and went to First Methodist. I knew she would always be there in her special “spot”!!

    All of your family members are in our thoughts and prayers. She will be missed. Godspeed, Mrs. Twiford!

  65. Nectar Ramirez (Batesville Company)

    Dear Twiford Family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Having met you and the wonderful FH you run – it is not hard to imagine what a role model Mrs. Twiford was, and what a pioneer for women!. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  66. Chris Hooper

    On behalf of Currituck Masonic Lodge #463 please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  67. Randy and Janie Hewitt

    David and Darlene, we didn’t know Dora, but we sure do know and love you two. May God comfort you and your family just as you have done for so many.

  68. Kay Acurio

    Mrs. Dora was a very special and elegant lady. She just had a natural “knack” for comforting the grieving families in time of sorrow. She will always be remembered in the Albemarle area for her sincere kindness and compassion. In His Love, Kay Acurio

  69. Glenda Crane

    We are so very sorry for your loss of Ms. Dora. She was a special lady. Pease know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Our love,

    Roger & Glenda

  70. Lorna C. Wann

    Where to start? Miss Dora was a part of our lives for 24 years. She became a dear and special friend to our family. She had a great smile and was always glad to see you. She was a warm and caring person. Life won’t be the same without her sitting near us in church. I don’t know how to express our feelings at your loss of a wonderful woman, except to say our tears are not just of loss, but of the happy memories we shared with her. We keep you in our thoughts and surround you in prayer now & always. God Bless you all. Lorna,Asher,Rachelle,James.




  72. Bobby and Betsy Hodges

    Mr. David,

    On behalf of the staff of Paul Funeral Home of Washington and Belhaven, we would like to offer our condolences in the loss of your mother.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  73. Kay Boyce

    May each of you be blessed in knowing that Miss Dora is now at peace with her heavenly father. She was a wonderful lady and an inspiration to all who knew her. I will miss seeing her smiling face.
    Sincerely, Kay Boyce

  74. Leftridge and Sandra Rust

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of the passing of your mother and grandmother.
    May God Bless,
    Leftridge and Sandra

  75. Norma Romm

    To the family of my long time bridge partner. I wish to express my deepest condolences to you all. Dora was a lovely lady and we appreciate all that the Twiford family did to help out
    Dr. Romm’s pratice with transport. My prayers are with you all.



  76. Vincent & Maureen Beamon

    Our sincere condolences are with you. Take comfort in knowing that she was allowed by God to be with you for so many years. Hold on to her memory and continue to let her LEGACY live each and every day.

  77. Nancy K. Matthews

    Mrs Twiford was a beautiful lady, both inside and out. I will always remember her kindness to me when my mom died. She will be missed by all who knew her. My thoughts are with you all. Nancy Matthews

  78. Mack & Faye Sawyer

    To the Twiford family, our thoughts and prayers are with you and will be in the coming days. We feel very blessed to have known your precious mother, grandmother, and sister. We are very thankful for Miss Dora’s and Maybelle’s friendship.
    Many warm thoughts,
    Mack & Faye

  79. Sandy Carr

    What a privilege it was to know Mrs. Twiford! I always enjoyed sitting next to her during Bible study. I teased with her about enjoying her LARGE-faced watch and LARGE print Bible, too! She was a kind, generous lady, who had great compassion for others. We were all honored to be blessed by her presence for so many years.She will be missed. May God continue to be with your family during this time of sorrow.

  80. Corrine Culbreth

    What a delightful Southern lady Miss Dora was and devoted to her husband, family, funeral service and community. She has left such a legacy that you must strive to meet. May all of your pleasant memories of her wonderful works aid you in your grief! With love, prayers and deep sympathy.

  81. Laura and Jean Domingue

    Sam and Claudia,

    Thinking about you both at this time of your loss.

    Laura Domingue

  82. Larry and Linda Lawrence

    Dear David, Darlene & Family,
    Larry and I want to extend our deepest sympathy on the death of your mother.
    She was a so well regarded in town and at FUMC for all the years we lived in Elizabeth City. We thought so much of Miss Dora. We hope her last years were good and are glad you had her with you for so long.
    Larry and Linda Lawrence
    Cary, NC

  83. Asher Wann

    I am so sorry, I know what a wonderful woman she was. I extend my condolences to you and your family at this great time of loss.I remember her making me sit still in church next to her when i was a young kid. My thoughts and prayers go out ot you and your family.

    Very Respectfully,
    Asher C. Wann

  84. Nancy Snead

    Dear Twiford Family:

    We were sad to see Mrs Twiford has passed, what a sweetie she was to all of us. How she put up with us all is beyond me!!! It must have been God’s temendous GRACE. I believe Mrs. Twiford’s name should have been GRACE, since she was one of the most gracious women I have ever known in my life time! Peace to all of you!



  85. Margie McPherson Comerford

    Dearest Twiford family, Blessings be to all of you in the loss of such a wonderfully sweet woman. Every time I hear her name I have to smile. I have such fond memories of her from my childhood. But, my clearest memories of her are from after I graduated from grad school and came “home” to E. City. At FUMC, I sat with her and Claudia on Sunday mornings. She treated me as if I was one of her own grandchildren. She will be missed and she is truly remembered by many, many people that she touched. My condolences to you all, my family. Most sincerely, Margie Ann

  86. Tonie Jones and Family

    David, Darlene and Family we are so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, we always hold you close to our hearts.

  87. Sylvia Meads

    David, Darlene and family — I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Twiford was a wonderful lady and very sweet. She will be missed by everyone…You are all in my prayers.

  88. Val & Vivian Bridgers

    Please accept our sincere sympathy in the loss of Ms. Dora. She was such a sweet and dear person.

  89. Sarah McLawhorn Harris

    So sorry to just read of your loss. She was such a kind and caring lady. I know you all will miss her, but you have precious memories to help with the pain. My thoughts and prayer are with you.

  90. Adam Robinson

    All of us in Selected Independent Funeral Homes share your loss. We have a bond that is wounded when a member leaves us.
    When my parents both died this month in 2007, messages from Selected meant much to me.
    May God grant you strength, sufficient to your needs.
    God’s blessings for you.
    Adam Robinson, Jr.
    President, Selected Independent Funeral Homes

  91. Jared Jackson

    I had the honor of meeting this wonderful lady about a year ago. She was full of life and told a wonderful story of her life. She was so happy with how it had turned out and very proud of her kids. I will carry the joy she had for life with me for all my days.

    Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  92. Hildamary Pell Scott

    To the Twiford Family
    I am so sorry to hear of Miss Dora’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. She and Mr. Sam were always so good to my family. Miss Dora was especially helpful to my family and to me when my grandmother and parents passed away. God Bless you all. Hildamary Pell Scott.

  93. Nita Holder Spruill

    I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Twiford’s passing. She was a GREAT lady. She & Mr. Sam were always very comforting to grieving families. She always remembered everyones names. She will be GREATLY missed. I’m sure she is happy to be with Mr.Sam again. May God keep you in his loving arms during this trying time.

  94. JoAnne Harris Massey

    Sammy and David
    I just heard about your mother’s passing.My thoughts and prayers are with you both. Miss Dora was a very special lady and she helped me so much when my family members passed. She was gentle and kind and yet when we were kids, she could always make us behave ourselves. You both have many great memories.

Leave Your Condolence

Please share your message of condolence with the family, It will be visible to the public but your email address will not be published. Required fields