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Billy Roughton

Posted By obits On July 11, 2015 @ 4:34 pm In Elizabeth City,Manteo,Obituaries,Outer Banks | 81 Comments


Billy Gerald Roughton, 70, of Kitty Hawk died on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital due to cardiac arrest. Born in Elizabeth City, he was the son of the late McCabe Roughton and Pauline Batton Roughton. Billy was a graduate of the College of the Albemarle and then earned his PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy. He was a pharmacist, land developer and entrepreneur.

Billy is survived by his wife, Millie Hill Roughton; three daughters, Pam Lehocki of Virginia Beach, Amy Etheridge of Kitty Hawk and Jennifer Owens of Kitty Hawk; six grandchildren, Catherine, Stephanie, Christian, Dylan, McCabe and Zachary; three great grandchildren, Jack, Wesley and James; a sister, Joanne Liles of Emerald Isle; and two brothers, Terry Roughton of Elizabeth City and John Douglas Roughton of Kitty Hawk. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Raye Lassiter.

The family will receive friends and relatives for a visitation on Monday, July 13, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo. A private family burial will take place at Southern Shores Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the home of John Douglas Roughton, 201 W. Lillian Street, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, online at https://donate.cancer.org/index or Waterbrooke Assisted Living, 143 Rosedale Drive, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.twifordfh.com.

Contact Information: 

Twiford Funeral Home (Outer Banks)

Colony Chapel
500 Budleigh Street, PO Box 595,
Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: (252) 473-2449
Fax: (252) 473-3392
Email: David.Jr@TwifordFH.com

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Condolence from Sheila & Ed Diehm on July 11th, 2015 5:47 pm

We are so sorry for your loss . Billy was one of the first people we met when we moved to the Outer Banks.
We worked for Seaside Vacations and will always remember his smile and laugh that made the work go easier.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.

Condolence from Jim Harrison on July 11th, 2015 5:51 pm

Millie and family, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this sad time. I loved Billy like a brother and spent many happy hours with him. I was so shocked when I read this sad news. May God give each of you peace, comfort and strength. RIP dear friend, until we meet in Heaven I’ll keep you in my heart.
Love, jim Harrison

Condolence from Otis and Sue Culpepper on July 11th, 2015 7:31 pm

Millie and Family,
Otis and I are so sorry for your loss. We have always loved Billy and remember him in many aspects of ours lives, Elizabeth City, Greenville and then here on the Outer Banks. He will be missed by many.
In love and prayers,
Otis and Sue Culpepper

Condolence from Gary Powers Dealer Service Solutions on July 11th, 2015 7:35 pm

Please except my deepest condolences on behalf of me and all of my employees. Billy had such a positive influence on me personally and my company on a professional level. He was a dear friend to me and I will greatly miss him. At the family’s request I have made a contribution to the American Cancer Society. May God be with all of you at this time as our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you.


Gary Powers

Condolence from Dan and Anne York on July 11th, 2015 7:44 pm

Millie, our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. Praying God will hold you close and gently ease your sorrow, and may treasured memories bring you comfort.

Dan and Anne

Condolence from Ralph Hodges III on July 11th, 2015 7:53 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to family and business associates of a true friend. Rest in peace Bear.

Condolence from Russ Poland on July 11th, 2015 10:08 pm

Billy and me started out as business partners and we ended up great friends . Billy and Millie, along with Jennifer and Amy were like our surrogate family while we lived on the OBX. He was the most honest and respected people I have ever met. From Buffett concerts to cruises you could always count on Billy to have a good time! I will miss him a lot. The stock for Dewars Scotch” took a big hit! Billy I know you are looking down on is with a glass in hand right now!

Condolence from Alvin Arnold on July 11th, 2015 10:15 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Billy’s death. He was a good man and will surely be missed.
God Bless Your Family, and may he give you peace in this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Betty Medlock on July 12th, 2015 12:13 am

I am so sorry to hear of Billy’s death…He was a sweet person and always had a friendly smile. I have not seen him in years but in high school he was always so nice and also when I saw him at the beach he always had a kind word. Have not been active in real estate lately so have not seen him for awhile.

When he was working at Bear Drugs he would deliver medicine to my mother who lived by herself on Skyline Drive in Southern Shores. She didn’t drive and was by herself during the week. I thought that was really nice since he had to get home to his family but went out of his way to help her.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family…He will surely be missed.

Betty Medlock

Condolence from Velma Gray on July 12th, 2015 6:26 am

Sincere condolences to the Roughton family. Billy was a good friend during our school years and although I haven’t seen him in quite awhile I have fond memories of him. I pray God will give you comfort and strength during the coming days and bless you with good memories that will comfort you in the future..


Velma Evans Gray

Condolence from Billy Silvester on July 12th, 2015 6:35 am

Millie Ann,
Peggy & I are so deeply sorry to learn of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from margie and Jim Crabtree on July 12th, 2015 7:20 am

It is sad new to hear of Billy’s passing. I often worked with him via telephone during my time with Dr. Wright. Billy will be missed.

Condolence from Sheila Golden on July 12th, 2015 7:24 am

So sorry to hear of Billy’s passing. I know him from the real estate business and dealing with me at Dominion ! My prayers are with the family.

Condolence from Jan Wilson on July 12th, 2015 7:31 am

Please accept our love, sympathy and prayers.
Your father was a wonderful man and you look just like him.
Love and condolences,
Jan and your friends in the Christian Breast Cancer Support Group

Condolence from Tori & Rex Peters on July 12th, 2015 7:57 am

To the Roughton family,
A great man and soul has departed, but the memories shall never fade. Your loss is huge, and I can only share your pain. May the soul that has gone, rest in peace. Keep your faith and courage. We are so sorry for your loss.
Comfort hugs ~ Tori & Rex Peters

Condolence from Charles Pickell on July 12th, 2015 7:58 am

Millie, Billy always had a smile for folks, will miss him.

Condolence from Jim and Patricia Britt on July 12th, 2015 8:18 am

Millie and Family,
In this time of sadness, may you see God in the faces of friends, hear Him in their voices, and feel Him in the touch of their hands. May their help caring and sympathy reflect His love and kindness at this time when you need Him most.

Condolence from Ginger Sawyer on July 12th, 2015 8:29 am

Mr. Roughton was a very kind person and great boss. He will be greatly missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family.

Condolence from Millie Bray McPherson on July 12th, 2015 8:48 am

Oh how I loved this man. Growing up I spent many happy hours with ya’ll and have thought of those days often. Will always consider ya’ll family. My heart is breaking as I know ya’lls are. Mama and I are here for anything you might need. Love Always………

Condolence from Sylvia Griggs on July 12th, 2015 10:20 am

So sorry to hear this. My prayers are with all of the family.

Condolence from Charles and Brenda Mahaffey on July 12th, 2015 10:42 am

Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Condolence from don and willie faye myers on July 12th, 2015 11:27 am

heartfelt prayers and sympathy to your family

Condolence from Jan Magee on July 12th, 2015 11:55 am

Millie & Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you, I am so sorry, Billy will be missed terribly.

Condolence from Debra Remaley on July 12th, 2015 12:06 pm

I will never forget how kind Mr Roughton was to me during a very difficult time in my life. I am so sorry for your sudden terrible loss.
Debbie Remaley

Condolence from Whitney Evans on July 12th, 2015 12:59 pm

So sorry to hear this sad news. My love and prayers go out to Mr. Roughton’s family. He will be dearly missed.

Condolence from Kay Symons Patterson on July 12th, 2015 1:04 pm

Bear was a good friend in high school and certainly had a successful life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls at this time.
Kay (Morrisette)

Condolence from Charles Higgins and Jeanie Bush on July 12th, 2015 2:16 pm

Billy was a good friend and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they go through this time of hurt and sorrow. May the Lord be with his wife, girls and grandchildren.

Condolence from Laurie and Pogie Worsley on July 12th, 2015 2:17 pm

Our thoughts and prays are with the Roughton family …. May Billy rest in peace ..

Laurie and Pogie Worsley

Condolence from Gail Lassiter Young on July 12th, 2015 3:09 pm

To Millie and the Roughton family.
It is sad to hear about Billy’s passing. May you have fond memories of many happy events that bring smiles to your faces and help sustain you at this time The memory that I have etched in my mind is his wonderful smile. Seems like it was always there. Those are memories worth keeping.
Yours truly.
Gail Young

Condolence from david and Rita Gregory on July 12th, 2015 3:30 pm

David and I are praying for you and yours . God bless you and keep you in His loving arms.

Sincerely, David and Rita Gregory

Condolence from Darryl Morse on July 12th, 2015 3:52 pm

Mr. Terry so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother. May God comfort you and the family during this time. In prayer for you and the family.

Condolence from Wendi Willoughby on July 12th, 2015 4:21 pm

I remember Mr. Roughton from the little pharmacy beside the Three Winks in Kitty Hawk. He and his wife were always so very kind and we’re a great help when I needed medical advice when my children were small. Prayers and condolences to all the family and friends. God bless and comfort you all.

Condolence from Debbie Runnells on July 12th, 2015 4:22 pm

It is difficult to find success combined with caring for others, and Billy was a rare treasure to have both. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him and his love of his family was always apparent in all he did. I am so sorry and saddened for you, and your loss. He touched us all with his kindness.

Condolence from Bette and John Kraemer on July 12th, 2015 4:25 pm

We are so sadden by the passing of this dear wonderful man. We are proud to call him our friend. He was truly one of the real “good guys”. Our hearts and prayers go out to Millie and the entire family. We know words have little impact on such deep sadness but please know you are never alone in this grief.

Condolence from Karene Butler on July 12th, 2015 4:50 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Billy’s passing. He was a very sweet man. I will be praying for your entire family. May God comfort all of you at this very sad time.

Condolence from Jack and Teresa Crawford on July 12th, 2015 5:00 pm

Our deepest sympathy. Billy was known by so many and will be truly missed.

Condolence from Don Roberts on July 12th, 2015 5:28 pm

Sure enjoyed my time with Billy. He will be missed by me. Prayers are with Millie and family.

Condolence from Sherrie & Rob Blivens on July 12th, 2015 6:13 pm

So sorry of the loss of Mr. Billy(. Sweet man!)May he rest now.

Condolence from George & Linda Pearce, Manteo, NC on July 12th, 2015 7:58 pm

Our sincere sympathies to his family and many friends. He’ll be missed and remembered fondly.

Condolence from Cindy Harris on July 12th, 2015 10:27 pm

My deepest sympathy to the famy. Billy and Amy gave me a job when I really needed one and were very good to me. I am so sorry for your loss. Gone too soon.

I hope warm memories will fill your hearts and ease your pain.


Cindy Harris

Condolence from Kathy Heinrich on July 13th, 2015 12:00 am

Heartfelt condolences to Billy’s family, friends, and associates. Billy’s kindness and fair play as he, Ruby, and Tim prepared the house I happily live in when I was a new tenant were just the start. I couldn’t ask for a better landlord or experience in renting. He will be missed by many; his humor and good will leave a lasting impression and effect on the communities and among those he helped.

Condolence from Betsy Dawson on July 13th, 2015 2:02 am

Millie, I am devastated by this news and I am so sorry for your loss. We go back along way with you and your immediate family, the children and Joanne and on. My memories go way back. My thoughts are with all of you I will miss that laugh. With much love,BETSY DAWSON

Condolence from Peewee (banks painting) on July 13th, 2015 9:06 am

So sorry to hear about Mr Billy.condolences to Mrs Mille .Billy has helped me through the years and I’m grateful for everything he has done from work to autos to just being a friend over the past 20 years .RIP BILLY

Condolence from Sam Davis III on July 13th, 2015 9:15 am

Millie and family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you for your loss. May God give you serenity by letting you remember all of your wonderful life together. The world is suffering with you the loss of a great man, a gentle giant, a tremendous mind, a Carolina Blue Tarheel, a brilliant businessman, and a dear friend, who will be greatly missed.
love to you all,

Condolence from Faye & Dean Lewis on July 13th, 2015 9:17 am

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Mary White on July 13th, 2015 9:23 am

I had the honor of knowing and the opportunity to work with Mr. Billy Roughton. I will remember him best by the stories he would present to his staff, all of which had a life lesson to be learned. He was a great man and I admired him. Rest well. You will be truly missed.

Condolence from Albemarle Rent-A-Jon on July 13th, 2015 9:28 am

Our Deepest Condolences to Millie and Family. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.
from Ike, Don , Dennis, Clinton, Isaiah, and Pennie.

Condolence from Karen Johnson on July 13th, 2015 10:04 am

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Billy was a classmate, graduating with me. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Condolence from John Leatherwood on July 13th, 2015 12:19 pm

Millie & Amy and Family – I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Billy. He was one of those guys that once you met him you would always remember him. He was an Outer Banks icon, a very astute businessman, and a really nice guy who would go out of his way to help you. You are in my heartfelt thoughts and prayers. God bless & keep you.

Condolence from Stuart Lee on July 13th, 2015 12:39 pm

Billy was a good man & will be missed. Prayers & support to his family in their loss & our loss.

Condolence from Carol Etheridge White on July 13th, 2015 12:53 pm

Millie, I was so sad to learn of the sudden loss of your dear husband. Sincerest condolences to you and your family.

Condolence from Andy & Fran Bright on July 13th, 2015 12:58 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Billy’s sudden passing. Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. My time knowing Billy goes way back to Pharmacy School in Chapel Hill where he served as a lab supervisor for me and then recently a few years ago we reconnected regarding land on the Outer Banks. He will be another Carolina Fan to light the sky in Carolina Blue. I will miss him as I know the whole family will also.

Fran & Andy Bright

Condolence from Jeff and Kelly Shields on July 13th, 2015 2:19 pm

Such a sad loss, not only for Millie and their family, but for the Outer Banks in general. A truly caring man who was truly great for our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Kandi Robinson on July 13th, 2015 2:43 pm

Millie and family…
I pray God will hold you close at this time. Billy was “one the best” and I know I sure will miss him. I worked with him at Gateway Bank, and often saw you both at Jolly Rogers. My memories are all, with a smile and that little chuckle he had & he always had a smile on his face. He was a great guy, who will truly be missed.
May God Bless and Keep you and your Family.

Condolence from Beaman Hines on July 13th, 2015 2:48 pm

“Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.”

Sincerely, Beaman Hines and The Staff at BLHOBX Fire Protection

Condolence from Brenda Thacker on July 13th, 2015 4:09 pm

Prayers and sympathy to Billy’s family – I know that Jennifer truly loved her dad and heard only good things about him.

Condolence from Keith and Emily Dobie on July 13th, 2015 4:36 pm

Our sincere condolences to Amy, Jennifer, Millie and the rest of Billy’s family. We will always remember how kind and helpful Billy was to us. We are so grateful to him to introducing us to all of you. We are so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Jim & Ann Poulos on July 13th, 2015 5:09 pm

So sorry to hear this ! Praying for all the family, pray the Lord gives you comfort and strength ! He was a good man,my husband had just talked to him the prior week! Sending our love and prayers to all !!!

Condolence from Tony&Susan Pritchett on July 13th, 2015 7:09 pm

Millie and family please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Billy. He was a wonderful man and we always enjoyed doing business with him. He will be missed.

Condolence from Tanya Young on July 13th, 2015 7:49 pm

Millie and Family,
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Billy was such a part of earlier years here on the Outer Banks- a gentler time and an authentic time as we all contributed our skills to the growth of Dare County. His death is indeed a passing of an era- the fast fleeting days of the true Outer Banks entrepreneur. He leave a legacy that each of you can be proud of and I am honored to have known him. I know he is now in a perfect place and at peace.

My Sincere Sympathy,
Tanya K. Young

Condolence from Jackie Crumpler on July 13th, 2015 7:51 pm

Amy so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He will surely be missed by his family, his friends and certainly in the car business world. My husband Bob and I knew him well.

Condolence from Charles Davidson and Patti Johnson on July 13th, 2015 8:29 pm

Our family’s thoughts and prayers to your family at this time. The community has lost a great friend.

Condolence from Lee Pickell on July 13th, 2015 8:44 pm

i am so sorry to hear of Billy’s passing . my condolences to the Roughton family …. I can still see Billy walking down Parsonage St. on his way to school each morning,… while looking out the windows of my mothers grocery store….. Rest In Peace !

Condolence from Patti and Craig Langman on July 13th, 2015 9:49 pm

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. He will be missed by all of us owners at the 7C’s. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Debbie & James Teachey on July 14th, 2015 8:09 am

Millie and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Billy. He will be missed by many. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Ralph, Liziane and Magali Calfee on July 14th, 2015 10:07 am

Millie and Family,

We will all miss Billy enormously. Billy was a big help to our family over the years, and will always be appreciated. I enjoyed working with Billy and enjoyed his passion for “just one more deal”. Most of what we did together was work, but he always laced every discussion with great stories, recollections and gems of wisdom.

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Tim Cafferty on July 14th, 2015 3:44 pm

Simply said I am a better person because I knew him. Many years of working together, and I can not remember ever having a cross word with him or a disagreement that wasn’t resolved amiably. A rare quality and a rare man. I will think of him often and fondly.

Condolence from Jeff & Kelly Shields on July 14th, 2015 4:42 pm

We will miss Billy, we appreciated his support and confidence over the years. Always a voice of reason in a world that is often unreasonable.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family

Condolences from the Seaside Management Team

Condolence from Nancy Matthews on July 14th, 2015 5:25 pm

Millie, I am so sorry. Billy had a heart of gold and a smile that would light up the night. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Condolence from June Banks Melvin on July 14th, 2015 7:54 pm

Billy or Bear as we called him in school. Many fond memories of him in our school years. He will be missed by so many people. Lifting the family up in prayer during this sad time of sorrow. Miss Pauline and my Mother, Ruby Banks, were also best friends. Hugs to all.

Condolence from Jimmy on July 14th, 2015 10:39 pm

Well where do I begin . My friend Russ and I met Billy in 1993 by an introduction from Bobby Harrell. We were looking for business partner and found a life long friend. Through ups and downs our friendship never waivered.
Through 20 years he was mentor and a true and loyal friend, I love his family as though were mine. Billy only you know our conversations thanks for your trust and love


Condolence from Doug Brannon on July 15th, 2015 5:38 am

My sincere condolences for the Roughton Family on Billy’s passing. He was a kind, respected man, and friend to so many on the Outer Banks.

Condolence from Lannie & Debra Belangia on July 15th, 2015 1:16 pm

A man of family, community, love, compassion, laughter and so much more. He is truly one of a kind and will live forever in the world of those whose lives he touched. So proud to call him our friend. Cherish all he blessed your lives with and know he walks with you forever.

Condolence from CT And Jennifer Spruill on July 15th, 2015 1:45 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out for Billy and family .

Condolence from Millie brown griffin on July 15th, 2015 8:49 pm

Hey I am so sorry. I am a pharmacist(was married to Bill Brown at Hollowells drug
Store in Greenville).i first knew Billy then and will surely miss his smiling face and
Cheery disposition at our C E meetings. My thoughts and prayers are with your family

Condolence from Henry and Barbara Barker on July 15th, 2015 9:31 pm

We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Billy. Many will miss him greatly. Millie and family and Doug and family we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Condolence from Darlene Lane on July 18th, 2015 10:51 pm

Millie , I was so shocked when I read about Billy…Have thought about you guys very often…Sending mighty prayers for God’s love to give you peace and comfort …It was such a pleasure working with you and Billy when I worked with Rexel…God bless you and your family.

Condolence from Penny Leary-Smith on July 19th, 2015 1:40 pm

My sincere condolences to the family. Wishing you peace. May time ease your sorrow and soothe your soul.

Condolence from Amy Farmr on July 22nd, 2015 9:21 pm

Amy, I just heard the news about your Dad. i am so sorry for your loss. I know how close you were to him. May you find peace of mind and comfort in the coming months. God Bless. Amy & James

Condolence from Claudia James Thompson on August 9th, 2015 10:57 pm

Millie, Billy was a high school classmate of mine.I remember his smile, always happy. Several years ago I told Hal Chsppell about our being in being in high school together. My deepest sympathies to you and his family.

Condolence from DAVID STEFAN on June 25th, 2019 10:54 pm

Although it’s been a few years; we recently heard this tragic news. And we are truly saddened. The Roughtons purchased our beachfront home and attached cottage back in 2004 on MP16.5 (Jam Jr.). Billy was so happy to be getting exactly what his wife wanted. It was a pleasant and memorable transaction. We are sorry for your loss, Mrs Roughton. The Stefans, Dave and Jackie

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