Harry O’Neal

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Harry Franklin O’Neal, Sr., 74, of 1519 Brumsey Drive, Elizabeth City, NC died Sunday, October 14, 2012 at his residence.  A native of Ocracoke, NC, he was the son of the late Harry Walton O’Neal and Essie Mae Parsons O’Neal and the husband of Carol Ann Wentzell O’Neal of the residence.  He was a retired Boatswains Mate from the U. S. Coast Guard. 

 Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Jeanette May O’Neal Willis and husband Paul of Williston, NC; a son, Harry Franklin O’Neal, Jr., and wife Patricia of Camden, NC; seven brothers, Carlton B. O’Neal and wife Bonnie of Elizabeth City, NC, George O’Neal and wife Cathy of Hoboken, NC, Richard Charles O’Neal and wife Ginger of Hertford, NC, Reginald O’Neal and wife Elva of Ocracoke, NC, Walton O’Neal and wife Sue of Ocracoke, NC, Rex O’Neal and wife Miggy of Ocracoke, NC, and Herbert O’Neal and wife Karen of Hoboken, NC; and five grandchildren.

 Funeral services will be Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Ocracoke United Methodist Church with the Rev. Laura Stern officiating.  Burial will follow in the Community Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Ocracoke Fire Department.  Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the O’Neal family.  You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.twifordfh.com.

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  1. George and Linda Moore

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have so many fond memories of him from the times we have spent in Ocracoke.

  2. Jamie Garrish & family

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. We are truly sorry for your loss.

  3. Bill and Kay Brelig

    To the family of Harry F:
    Truly sorry for your lose. A great fellow Coastie and friend. May the Lord be with your family for their lose.

  4. Jackie & Judy Willis

    Just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and will keep all of you in our prayers.

  5. CLAY & GERALDINE GASKILL

    To the family of Harry F. We are very sorry for the loss of Harry F. Just wanted ya’ll to know our prayers and thoughts are with the O’Neal family during this time.

  6. Gary and Violet Perry

    It is with deep regret to learn of the passing of Harry. I remember him fondly from my Coast Guard service at Cape Hatteras. Our hearts go out to Carol and the family.

  7. Melaney Gunnells Odom

    I was so saddened to hear of Mr. Harry’s passing. As a child growing up my summers were filled with our anual trek to Ocracoke Island. Mr. Harry was always smiling waiting for us on the ferry. I loved visiting him, Mrs. Carol and the entire family. Each summer we would talk about going to Disney World but then always decide on Ocracoke. Disney had nothing on a week in Ocracoke with the O’Neils. They were the best host and always opened their home to us. He was a good and true friend to my dad. The entire Gunnells family loved him dearly. May he rest in peace.
    To Mrs. Carol and the entire family- may your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.
    God Bless you all,
    Melaney Gunnells Odom

  8. carol gunnells and family

    OUR HEART GOES OUT TO ALL OF YOU, HARRY WAS ONE OF A KIND A HEART OF GOLD AND A TRUE FRIEND.SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES OF THE TIMES WE SPENT ON OCRACOKE. WE WILL KEEP ALL OF YOU IN OUR PRAYERS. LOVE AND GOD BLESS

  9. billie barnett

    jUST READ OBIT FOR Harry.I retired 3 yrs ago and lost touch with old friends Sorry to here.of your loss.My prayers are with family. Hi to everyone

  10. Rick and Phyllis Webb

    Carol and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Harry will always have a special place in our hearts. With the trips to the hunting camp and to Ocracoke. Always cherish the memories to help you through these difficult times.
    Love always,
    Rick and Phyllis Webb

  11. Leroy O'Neal

    Lots of memories and enjoyable times with Harry .Carol my special condolences to you .I’m sure Renie would be thinking of you at a time like this

  12. Meredith Cullison Tabone

    Growing up I spent my summers on Ocracoke along with my brothers Jimmy and Gary with my Grandparents Jim and Gladys Williams. Harry F. and Jimmy were best friends and older than me, I would follow them around when I could and they always chased me away. My husband met Harry F back in the 60’s and every time he went to Ocracoke would hang out with him. We will miss him. God bless you all.
    With fond memories
    Meredith Cullison Tabone

  13. Joe Gaskill Jr.

    I was saddened today to hear about the passing of Harry F. My condelences to Carol, Little Harry, Jennette and the entire O’Neal Family. This shipmate proudly served for many years in the Coast Guard and with the NC Ferry Division. I personally benefitted from his friendship. His plain spoken and frank guidance personally helped me shape my own career. He once told me that a sailor should strive to better himself everyday. Fair Winds & Following Seas.

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