Twiford Funeral Homes is excited to announce the hiring of Miss Kelly Thorsby as our Public Relations & Marketing Director.
Due to Thorsby’s extensive background in networking and marketing as the former Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce President, we felt that the fit was perfect for our needs.
When Thorsby was asked why she decided to work for Twiford Funeral Homes, she said, “I was very touched when David Twiford approached me with this wonderful opportunity to help spread the word on his services. The loss of a loved one is most difficult, and Twiford has a very positive reputation for helping loved ones through the grieving process and is known for their exemplary service. I am very proud that I will represent such an outstanding, reputable organization in our communities that I have the utmost respect for. I have admired all they do for our local military and veterans as well as support the local chambers, various charities, and most of all, assist with grieving families. I am excited at the thought that I may have something to do with easing some of the pain for families since I remember how difficult the funeral planning process was on my mother after losing my father as a young girl. I am also excited to learn of the many ways we at Twiford can give back to this community. Thank you again for this opportunity. David, I will not let you down!”
To schedule a presentation on our services, please contact Kelly at our Elizabeth City location (252-335-4395), Manteo location (252-473-2449), Hatteras location (252-986-2554), or via email at Kelly.Thorsby@TwifordFH.com.
To learn about our services, please visit www.twifordfh.com.
Twiford Funeral Homes, along with Veterans Funeral Care Network, were proud to sponsor “Operation Toy Solider” for the 3rd consecutive holiday season. This nationwide initiative is designed to provide toys to the children of deployed and non-deployed soldiers in our area.
We would like to extend our most sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone throughout Dare, Currituck, Pasquotank and Perquimans County who supported our 2015 Operation Toy Soldier campaign. Because of you, we were able to donate over 9 barrels full of toys to local military children, making this year’s contribution much larger than the last! We would also like to express our thanks to the following businesses who allowed us to place a barrel within their location:
- Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church, Kitty Hawk
- Henry’s Restaurant, Kill Devil Hills
- Kmart, Kill Devil Hills
- Walgreens, Elizabeth City
- Roses, Elizabeth City
- Albemarle Lanes Bowling Center, Elizabeth City
- Berea Baptist Church, Elizabeth City
- American Legion Post 126, Hertford
- Manteo Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society *This amazing group of 8th graders encouraged their entire school to donate toys in support of Operation Toy Soldier!*
We are so thankful for your support!
Twiford Funeral Homes to
Honor Over 500 Veterans
December 12, 2015 – 12 noon – New Hollywood Cemetery
Twiford Funeral Homes and New Hollywood Cemetery are honored to be sponsors of Wreaths Across America. A nonprofit organization, Wreaths Across America began in 1992 to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Twiford Funeral Homes, along with the VFW Post 6060 and numerous volunteers will lay over 500 wreaths across veterans graves at New Hollywood Cemetery on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 12:00 noon.
Wreaths Across America’s mission is “Remember, Honor, Teach.” To remember our fallen heroes through special memorials, State House ceremonies in all 50 states and “The World’s Largest Veterans Parade” beginning in Harrington, Maine and traveling to Arlington National Cemetery. To honor our veterans through public outreach, press coverage and numerous campaigns such as “Thanks a Million.” And to teach our younger generations the value of their freedom and the importance of honoring those that made that possible. In 2013, 540,000 wreaths were placed across veterans graves in all 50 states.
Twiford Funeral Homes, the areas exclusive provider for Veterans Funeral Care, promotes several campaigns throughout the year to honor our nation’s heroes such as; “Operation Toy Solider” a holiday toy drive for local children of deployed and non-deployed soldiers and “Retire Your Flag with Honor” the communities first flag retirement campaign designed to honor a Veteran while properly disposing of a worn American flag.
All are invited to attend our area’s first annual Wreaths Across America ceremony and help share in remembering and honor our veterans this Christmas season. For more information or to volunteer, contact David Twiford, (252) 335-4395, or Lisa Brown, (757) 619-8064.
Twiford Funeral Homes Receives National Recognition as Elite Funeral Home
Twiford Funeral Homes has been honored by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) with the 2015 Pursuit of Excellence Award for the 28th consecutive year. Only 155 firms from around the world received this prestigious recognition, and only 5 other firms have been able to earn this award for 28 plus years. Not only are they among the top 5 elite funeral homes to earn this award, Twiford Funeral Homes is also the only funeral home in all of Eastern North Carolina, Virginia and other surrounding states to receive this high honor. 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 Homes’ 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 Home Supports Outer Banks Charity Classic Tennis Tournament and Dare Hospice with Donation
Pictured: Twiford Funeral Home partner, David H. Twiford, Jr. presents Sheila Davies, Director of the Dare County Health Department, and Laura Willingham, Outer Banks Tennis Association (OBTA) President, with a donation check of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00).
Dare County, NC – On Thursday, September 10, 2015, Twiford Funeral Home partner David H. Twiford, Jr. presented Sheila Davies, Director of the Dare County Health Department, and Laura Willingham, Outer Banks Tennis Association (OBTA) President, with a donation check of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). This generous, Silver Level donation will help support Dare Hospice in providing local individuals and families assistance and critical services.
Twiford Funeral Homes strongly believes in giving back to the communities they have served for over 82 years. Having assisted families that have received care from Dare Hospice, David and the funeral home staff know first-hand just how essential their service is. Providing exceptional care and support regardless of financial status is a major priority of Twiford Funeral Homes, as well Dare Hospice.
The Outer Banks Charity Classic Tennis Tournament (OBCTT), a partnership between Dare Hospice and the Outer Banks Tennis Association, has raised more than $210,000 over the past 12 years. The success of this tournament has made it possible for Dare Hospice to provide holistic end-of-life care addressing the physical, emotional, relational and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
February 4, 2015
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.
Veterans Resource Information Center, Director
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!!!
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.
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 Home and Food Bank of the Albemarle were among the winners of the annual awards handed out by the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday evening.