Grace Peele

Grace Peele

Grace Maybelle Ballance Peele, 86, of Buxton, died Sunday, February 23, 2014, in a Nags Head hospital. She was born May 22, 1927 to Ellsworth Burrus Ballance and Eliva Christian Rollinson Ballance in Frisco, NC. She was the last of a great generation, being preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her six siblings, Thurman Ballance, Myrtis B. Austin, Wheeler Ballance, Gamaiel Ballance, Mary B. Gray and E.B. Ballance.

Grace married Maylon Boyd Peele on September 1, 1946 in South Carolina. They moved to Norfolk, VA, where she worked for the Telephone Company and Boyd worked on a tug boat for many years. Later they moved back to Hatteras Island and opened Captain Peele’s Restaurant. After several years in the restaurant business, she lost her beloved Boyd. She then worked at the Tower Circle Motel as head of housekeeping, then from there to the Frisco Native American Museum, where she worked another fifteen years. During this time she moved to Buxton, where she spent her last years.

Grace was a loving wife, beloved sister, doting aunt and loyal friend to many. She loved fishing and was a founding member of the “Fishin’ Pelicans Surf Fishing Team.” She was an excellent caregiver, pending many hours caring for her extended family.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews and their children.

A memorial service will be held at Twiford’s Island Chapel, Hatteras on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Roger Barnett and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. A celebration of her life will follow at the Hatteras Civic Center. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, POB 442, Hatteras, NC 27943.

Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.

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  1. Louise V. Rossiter on February 25th, 2014 1:37 pm

    Grace was a lovely lady and will be missed by all her knew her.


  2. Ann M. Woods on February 25th, 2014 2:22 pm

    Jackie I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Grace. I hope you find peace in knowing that she has made it home to our heavely kingdom. She will be dearly missed

    My deepest sympathy
    Ann M. Woods


  3. jimmie webb on February 25th, 2014 2:30 pm

    Grace peace has come and we wish for your family good memories


  4. Allison Rucker on February 26th, 2014 11:33 am

    So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers to the family!


  5. Leigh Leonard Smith on February 28th, 2014 5:17 pm

    I worked for Miss Grace one summer and I look back on that summer fondly.


  6. Ana on March 2nd, 2014 3:59 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although, I do not know your family personally, I would like to share some encouraging thoughts from the Bible. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. May these words give you a new hope.


  7. Mona Peele Walters on March 3rd, 2014 12:58 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Grace-I was in Florida and missed the service- I thought alot of Grace- She was part of our family for so long- I worked for her & Boyd at Capt.Peeles Rest- So sorry Jackie for all your losses- Take care-


  8. Linda Leonard Houston on March 6th, 2014 11:33 am

    I worked at Peele’s for a summer. I enjoyed knowing Miss Grace. A very nice lady.


  9. Durwood & Joy Willis on March 12th, 2014 2:32 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Praying you will find contort in our Lord. Always enjoyed being around her.


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