Manteo / Hatteras

The staff of our Manteo and Hatteras locations are dedicated to the various communities that they serve. As with our other locations, the staff in Manteo and Hatteras is unparalleled in their commitment to excellent service to all families regardless of their station in life. The average length of employment for full time staff members would be over 15 years of service. Browse through the photos below and spend time reading about the devoted individuals who will assist your family on possibly the most difficult day of their life.

David H. Twiford, Jr.

David H. Twiford Jr.

David H. Twiford, Jr., a native of Elizabeth City, NC, is the manager of the Twiford Funeral Homes in Manteo and Hatteras, NC. He is married to Jessica Tade Twiford and has one daughter, Ragen Whitney Twiford and a son, Spencer Linwood Twiford. He is a 1992 graduate of Northeastern High School, attended NC State University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from John Tyler Community College in Chester, VA, with an Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service. He is a member of the North Carolina Funeral Director’s Association, Ocean View Baptist Church and the Improved Order of Red Men. His interests include golf and family. David Jr. lives in Dare County, which is very special, since his great grandfather, S.W. Twiford was a native of Dare County, having been born in Stumpy Point. David Jr. is the only Twiford associated with Twiford Funeral Homes that resides in Dare County where his great grandfather once managed the Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo.


Roy A. Riddick

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Roy Allen Riddick, Assistant Funeral Service Manager in Dare County, is a native of Elizabeth City, NC and is a licensed North Carolina Funeral Director and Embalmer. Roy is married to Capria (Cap) and they have a daughter, Bethany. Roy is a graduate of Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science and College of the Albemarle. He is an active member of the International Church of the Assemblies of God Church. Roy joined Twiford Funeral Homes in February 1978 and his interest include music, reading and several sports.


Chandler Olsen

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Chandler R. Olsen, Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, is a native of Hamilton, MT, has been with the firm since early 2011. He is a graduate of Hamilton High School in 2001, Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2009, and graduated with honors from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2010, where he earned his Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree, and was awarded the A.J. Russler Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of Embalming. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Outer Banks Anglers Club, and the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.). During his free time he can be found fishing off a pier or from the surf


Lauris Etheridge

Lauris Etheridge is the Maintenance Supervisor for Dare County. He is a native of Wanchese, NC and is married to Delia. They are the parents to George, Jessie and Sophia. Lauris is a graduate of the Wanchese Christian Academy. He is a member of the Manteo First Assembly of God Church. His interests center around his church and family. Lauris joined the staff in Manteo in 1984.


Ken Fitzgerald

               Ken Fitzgerald

Kenneth A. Fitzgerald, a native of Virginia Beach, Va, has two children, daughter Annie and a son Jordan. He recently retired from Dare County EMS as a North Carolina certified Critical Care Paramedic/Supervisor. A graduate of Bayside high school in Virginia Beach, Va, he attended the College of the Albemarle, also attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta Ga. Kenneth is currently serving his apprenticeship while going to Fayetteville tech for his funeral service license. Kenneth attends the Coastal family Church in Nags Head.


Jessica Twiford

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Jessica Tade Twiford, Office Manager and Public Relations Director, is a native of Elizabeth City, NC. She is married to David Halstead Twiford, Jr. and has two step-children, Ragen Whitney Twiford and Spencer Linwood Twiford. Jessica graduated from Pasquotank County High School in 2004 then Elizabeth City State University in 2008, where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry. She currently lives in Manteo and is a member of Ocean View Baptist Church.


Ray Robinson

Ray Robinson Funeral Assistant

Rodney Ballance

Rodney Ballance, Sr.  Funeral Assistant

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis Funeral Assistant

DuWayne Gibbs

DuWayne Gibbs Funeral Assistant

George Etheridge

George Etheridge Funeral Assistant

David Pennington

David Pennington Funeral Assistant

Jeanette Deal (Retired 06/17/2014)

Jeanette Deal, Office Manager and Preneed Facilitator in Dare County, is a native of Miller County, GA. Jeanette is married to Paul and they have two children: Josh Deal and Kristen Deal Frost and four grandchildren, Claire Frost, Ella Frost,Maddox Deal, and Harper Deal. Jeanette is a graduate of Colonial High School in Orlando, FL and attended Fayetteville Technical College in Fayetteville, NC and the College of the Albemarle. She is a member of the Ark International Church of the Assemblies of God Church and her interests include crafting and cooking. Jeanette joined Twiford Funeral Homes in 1988.