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The Funeral Home of choice for ALL Veterans in

 Northeastern North Carolina

Although Americans celebrate Veterans Day each year on  November 11; we, at Twiford Funeral Homes honor veterans and appreciate their sacrifices every day,  not just one day each year.  We pay homage to our veterans throughout the year in various ways; whether  through local veteran programs held at our Sam A. Twiford Veteran’s Memorial Park,  supporting our local Honor Guard from VFW Post 6060 through fund raisers,  or simply honoring the life of a veteran who may choose cremation, by draping an American flag over the casket and cremating it with the veteran through our “Retire Your Flag with Honor” program.

Veterans Day, November 11 or every day? We, at Twiford Funeral Homes say, “Every day is Veterans Day”

Thank you, Veterans!!!

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Twiford Funeral Homes Receives National Recognition for Innovative Programming, for the 25th consecutive year.

Elizabeth City, NC    Twiford Funeral Homes has been honored by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) with the 2012 Pursuit of Excellence Award.  This year Twiford Funeral Homes was one of only seven funeral homes from around the world recognized for having achieved this award for twenty-five years or more. Receiving this prestigious recognition places Twiford Funeral Homes among an elite group of funeral service providers.  Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients raise the bar on funeral service excellence by adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards and providing unsurpassed service to families and communities.

To earn an NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award, a participating funeral home must meet or exceed business standards set forth by the program and demonstrate proficiency in key areas of funeral service, such as compliance with state and federal regulations; providing ongoing education and professional development opportunities for staff; offering outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families; maintaining an active level of involvement within the community; participating and actively serving in the funeral service profession; and promoting funeral home services through a variety of marketing, advertising and public relations programs.  Participants are also required to adhere to a Pledge of Ethical Practices.

“Twiford Funeral Home’s voluntary participation in the Pursuit of Excellence Award program reflects a clear determination to exceed the expectations of those they serve,” said NFDA Chief Executive Officer Christine Pepper, CAE.  “This prestigious recognition assures families of the high-quality, compassionate service they will receive the moment they walk through the funeral home’s front door.”

Twiford Funeral Homes has served Northeastern North Carolina since 1933 with locations in Elizabeth City, Manteo and Hatteras.  The funeral home owns and operates the Albemarle Crematorium and New Hollywood Cemetery in Elizabeth City, and Laurel Memorial Gardens in Poplar Branch.  “It is an honor for our firm to be recognized and honored by the National Funeral Directors with this award,” said David H. Twiford, Sr., president and CEO.

More information about the NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award program can be found on the association’s website, www.nfda.org/pursuitofexcellence.

NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving 18,500 individual members who represent nearly 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 43 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession.  NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C.

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Twiford Funeral Home receives National Award for the 24th consecutive year.

David H. Twiford, CEO of Twiford Funeral Homes announced that Joe Griffith, funeral director with Twiford Funeral Homes, was presented this prestigious award for the twenty-fourth consecutive year at the 2011 NFDA National Convention in Chicago, IL.  The National Funeral Directors Association annually recognizes funeral homes for their outstanding community service, professional integrity and high ethical standards. Only two percent of all funeral homes in the United States receive the Pursuit of Excellence award annually. Twiford Funeral Home is one of only 10 funeral homes in the entire United States and Canada to receive the Pursuit of Excellence Award a minimum of 20 consecutive years.  Achieving the Pursuit of Excellence Award, a funeral home must meet the requirements in nine different categories. Categories range from education, to compassionate service, technical skills, community and professional service, library or media resources, professional development, in-house staff training, and public and community relations

David H. Twiford, owner of Twiford Funeral Homes states, “it is our ambition and goal, that the requirements needed to qualify for this award, reflect nothing less than 100% of our daily performance in the various services we provide to every family which has entrusted us with their loved one”.

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Twiford Funeral Home initiate Flag Retirement Program.

Twiford Funeral Homes begins Flag Retirement Program to honor our national heroes (our veterans) and to give dignity to our American Flag when it is no longer worthy of display

    According to the United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

In an effort to honor our deceased veterans whose final disposition includes cremation, and to assist with the proper and respectful disposal of those flags that are no longer worthy of display, we are attempting to organize a flag retirement program. At Twiford Funeral Homes we operate our own on-site crematory. It is our desire that the casket of every deceased United States Veteran whose family has elected cremation be draped with the United States Flag.

We are writing you today to ask for your help in initiating this program. Please help us to spread the word that we are collecting aged and worn flags to be properly disposed of while honoring a deceased veteran. Flags can be delivered to our location at 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, seven days a week between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. It is important to note that there is no charge for this service to our veterans.

Should you have any questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We thank you in advance for your help in making this program a reality and for all you do for our veteran community everyday.

June 26, 2011

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Twiford Funeral Home receives National Award for the 23rd consecutive year.

David H. Twiford, President of Twiford Funeral Homes was presented  Pursuit of Excellence Award for the twenty-third consecutive year at the 2010 NFDA National Convention in New Orleans, LA.  The National Funeral Directors Association annually recognizes funeral homes for their outstanding community service, professional integrity and high ethical standards. Only two percent of all funeral homes in the United States receive the Pursuit of Excellence award annually. Twiford Funeral Home is one of only 10 funeral homes in the entire United States and Canada to receive the Pursuit of Excellence Award a minimum of 20 consecutive years.  Achieving the Pursuit of Excellence Award, a funeral home must meet the requirements in nine different categories. Categories range from education, to compassionate service, technical skills, community and professional service, library or media resources, professional development, in-house staff training, and public and community relations

David H. Twiford, owner of Twiford Funeral Homes states, “it is our ambition and goal, that the requirements needed to qualify for this award, reflect nothing less than 100% of our daily performance in the various services we provide to every family which has entrusted us with their loved one”.

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James Steely

Master Chief James O. Steely, 70, of 100 Fort Bragg Dr., Elizabeth City, NC, died Saturday, November 16, 2013 at his residence. Born in Muskogee, OK, he was the son of the late Eulis Steely and Bessie Stockstil Steely. Mr. Steely was lifetime member of VFW Post 6060 and also served on the VFW Post 6060 Honor Guard Team. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve and American Legion. He served 2 tours in Vietnam. Mr. Steely was also a 30 year Retired Navy Veteran. He was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and loved to listen to Merle Haggard. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy “Barbara” Steely of the residence; two daughters; Melissa Pinnex and Tracy Williams and husband David of TN., and two sons; Todd Steely of NH and Chris Steely of TN and five step daughters; Laurie Badoyen and husband Jim, Karen Cawley and husband Larry, Suzanne MacFarlane and Dawn Brown all of VA, and Robyn Jordan and husband Steven of MN. He had numerous grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. (Fair Winds and Following Seas – Papa Jim) A memorial service for Mr. Steely will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Clarence Jackson VFW Post #6060, 1433 North Road Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.   Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City is assisting the Steely family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.twifordfh.com.

Jane Potts

  Jane Elizabeth (Black) Potts, age 88, of 1104 West Williams Circle, Elizabeth City, NC, died peacefully on Friday, July 19, 2013 at her home.  Jane was the daughter of the late Lee S. and Gladys G. Black, and the wife of the late James Edwin Potts. Jane married her husband of 60 years on February 8, 1948 in Miami, FL.  She was a life-long member of the Riverside United Methodist Church. To her lifelong friends, Jane was a caring and loving person. Jane is survived by her three sons, James Lee Potts and his wife Reinhild of Soegel, Germany; Col. David Lionel Potts and his wife Sue Ann of Dornsife, PA; and Jeffrey B. Potts of Elizabeth City, NC; a sister, Patricia A. Black of Franklin, PA; six grandchildren, Michael A. Collini, Jeffrey Travis Elwood Potts, Megan Elizabeth Potts, Mallory Lynn Potts, Ryan Alexander Potts, and Taylor Danielle Potts.  In addition to her parents and husband, Jane was pre-deceased by a brother, Lee S. Black, Jr. A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM in the New Hollywood Cemetery with the Reverend Julia Webb-Bowden officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Riverside United Methodist Church on 1400 Edgewood Drive (PO Box 1693) in Elizabeth City, NC 27906 in honor of Jane. Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC, is in charge of arrangements.  You may sign the online register at www.twifordfh.com.  

Lucy Miller

Lucy Hooper Farrow Miller, 99, of Avon, NC, died on Monday, February 11, 2013 in a Nags Head nursing facility.  Mrs. Miller, a native of Avon, was a homemaker and a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.  She was the daughter of the late John D.  and Willie Ann Gray Farrow and the widow of  Dallas B. Miller.  Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Miller is preceded in death by a son, John B. Miller, a great-grandson, Justin K. Yopp, and two sisters, Emma Gray and Dorcas Meekins. Mrs. Miller is survived by a son, Dallas R. Miller and wife, Lois of Avon; a daughter-in-law, Nita P. Miller of Avon; grandchildren, Teresa Midgett and husband, Barry, Johnny Miller and wife, Jettie, and Michelle Smith and husband, Shawn; great-grandchildren, Blake Miller, Alexandra Smith, Gavin Smith, Mackenzie Smith, Zachary Smith, and Amanda Midgett;  and a great-great grandchild, Jasmine Midgett. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Avon, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Roger Dill and Rev. Bryan Gray officiating.  Burial will be in the Hooper Family Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.

PRESS RELEASE: Twiford Funeral Home Expands Obituary Notification Efforts as Newspaper Readership Declines and Residents Become More Mobile

Elizabeth City, North Carolina - As the general trend of newspaper readership decreases nationwide and with society today becoming ever more mobile, the Twiford Funeral Homes has taken it upon themselves to make sure that the public is informed as quickly as possible about upcoming funeral service times. http://www.TwifordFH.com David H. Twiford, owner, says, "Since people are reading the local newspaper less than they did in the past, and that people who grew up in our communities have now moved away, it has made it difficult to inform the public about funeral times. That is why we have taken the responsibility to do so with the creation of our Obituary Notification System." The Twiford Funeral Homes has implemented six new systems to inform as many members of our communities as possible of upcoming funeral service information. The www.TwifordFH.com website has been created to notify Google and the other search engines immediately once an obituary notice has been added to the website. This will allow people who are searching for the deceased's name to find the funeral service information quicker. In as little as fifteen minutes for the time the obituary has been added to the website, people can Google the deceased's name and find the obituary and funeral information. The Obituary Email Notification Service allows members of the public to enter and confirm their email address and then will receive a daily email with any new obituary notices in the evening and if there are not any new obituaries, they will not receive any notifications. The next two new Obituary Notification features are for users of Social Media. As soon as the obituary is added to our website, a tweet is sent to the funeral home's Twitter account (@twifordobits - http://twitter.com/twifordobits) so that followers on Twitter can receive the obituary information. The same is true for Facebook as a link is automatically sent to the funeral home's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TwifordFuneralHome). Another addition to the Obituary Notification System is the "Share Obituary" features. One of which is an email form which is similar to a "Tell A Friend" website form. This is where one reader of the online obituary can easily email it to a friend who may not be aware of the funeral. For those who connect via Social Media, each obituary has 'Share' buttons at the bottom so that the reader can share the information through Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social channels. The latest enhancement to Twiford Funeral Home’s Obituary Notification service is the addition of QR Codes. QR codes are barcodes that can be scanned using most smartphones. Once the code is scanned it directs the phone to a website URL, displays a message or opens up a contact (business) card that can be saved to the phone. Every online obituary displays its own unique QR code to allow visitors to access and save the obituary page to their phone. "It is amazing how many people locally use these features. Most people come to our obituaries from a Google search and secondly through Facebook. We have also found that a lot of people who have moved away from our area use one of the subscription services, such Email, Facebook or Twitter to stay connected to their home town", Twiford stated. To see all of the features of Twiford Funeral Homes' Obituary Notification System, visit http://www.TwifordFH.com/obituaries By recognizing that families we are serving need not only our complete focus, they need the support of family and friends and if we can help in the notification, then we have begun to meet their needs. Since 1933, the Twiford family has continuously owned and operated Twiford Funeral Homes, now being managed by its fourth generation, with locations in Elizabeth City and on the Outer Banks, owns its own crematory and two cemeteries. The Twiford Funeral Homes have been recognized in the funeral profession as leaders for technology and online services.   Contact Information: David H. Twiford Twiford Funeral Homes David.Twiford@twifordfh.com (252) 335-4395 or (252) 473-2449

Sam A. Twiford Veteran Park Dedication

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The Twiford Family along with the Staff of Twiford Funeral Homes Cordially invite you to attend the Dedication of the Sam A. Twiford Veteran Park, Friday, Oct 28, 2011 at 11:00 am with SgtMaj Gene Overstreet as our guest speaker. Please join us for a catered luncheon following the ceremony.


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