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David Twiford Receives Appointment From ECSU

February 4, 2015
David Twiford
P.O. Drawer 405
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Dear Mr. Twiford,

In January 2015, the Veterans Resource Information Center (VRIC) Advisory Board at Elizabeth City State University elected you to serve as President for 2015-2016 term. The establishment of this board is a significant step forward in laying the foundation for the success of VRIC, and we are pleased that you have accepted the duties and responsibilities of stated position.
The role of the advisory board is to provide strategic guidance and oversight, to assist in developing standard operating procedures and operational guidance, to recommend funding priorities based on the mission, goals, and needs, and to serve as Ambassadors not only for the Center and its programs related to our veteran students, but also for Elizabeth City State University!
Thank you for your support! Your role is essential in ensuring that we continue on our Path to Prominence.

Kindest Regards,
Charlie Bowe
Veterans Resource Information Center, Director

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!!!

Twiford honors veterans with newly erected “Wall of Freedom”


David H. Twiford is committed to honoring the service of veterans. A few months ago he decided to design a “Wall of Freedom” located at Twiford Funeral Homes in Elizabeth City.

“I don’t want veterans to be forgotten,” said Twiford. “I want to help preserve their legacy.”

Twiford said he was given three medals that were found at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station that did not belong to anybody.

“They were dated back to World War II,” said Twiford. And so he committed that he would “proudly display them” on a “Wall of Freedom.”

The number of medals individually framed on the wall has grown to 10 as people have given their medals and medals of their loved ones to Twiford.

“It is about recognizing their commitment and dedication to making us free,” said Twiford.

Hanging directly across from the display is a framed picture of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Twiford said his family’s Twiford Funeral Homes was selected to provide funeral services for MacArthur in 1964. Twiford said he was a teenager when he assisted with the funeral services for the general.

On an adjacent wall are framed photos of his father, Sam A. Twiford, SSGT in the U.S. Army during World War II and a photograph of Twiford himself who is a U.S. Naval Reserve veteran.

Twiford said he “would love to fill the wall” with medals honoring veterans.

Twiford is the president and CEO and Twiford Funeral Homes, LLC, a family owned business since 1933. He said the best aspect of his profession is “knowing that you are helping people at the most difficult time in their lives.”

“It is a rewarding experience when you have helped someone to honor their loved one,” said Twiford.

“I am the Honored Provider of Veterans Funeral Care for the entire Albemarle region.”

In honor of the service of the nation’s veterans, Twiford established the Sam A. Twiford Veteran’s Memorial Park at Twiford Funeral Homes at the Church Street location.

Twiford is a member of Ramoth Gilead Baptist Church, B.P.O. Elks #856, I.O.R.M. Tribe #8, Eureka Masonic Lodge #317, Scottich Rites and York Rites, Sudan Shrine Temple and serves on the board of directors of BB&T.

Twiford said he enjoys traveling with his wife, Darlene, and spending time with their three children and six grandchildren.

Retire Your Flag With Honor

Please join us in our Flage Retirement Program by dropping off your torn or tattered flag at one of our locations or to the one of the other businesses listed below.

Twiford Funeral Homes will honor the deceased veteran who has chosen cremation by draping an American flag on the casket and cremating it with the Veteran.


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,

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.

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.

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 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 – 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 (

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

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
(252) 335-4395 or (252) 473-2449

Sam A. Twiford Veteran Park Dedication

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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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”.

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.