Rodney Dale Ballance Sr. of Manns Harbor, Dec. 30

By on January 2, 2019

Rodney Dale Ballance, Sr., 78, of Manns Harbor, NC died Sunday, December 30, 2018. A native of Hatteras Island, he was the son of the late Mary Mabel Ballance Creef and Milon O’Neal.

A retired sales manager of Sears in Manteo, Rodney devoted over fifteen years to the Manns Harbor Volunteer Fire Department as Deputy Chief. He was a past president of the Manteo Lions Club and attended Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church. Rodney continued serving his community as a funeral assistant with Twiford Funeral Homes from 2004 until 2016.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Rogerson Ballance.

Rodney is survived by his wife, Rita C. Ballance; a daughter, Susan Wood (Curtis) of Greensboro, NC; two sons, Rodney Ballance, Jr. (Heather) of Branson, MO and Terry Ballance (Nicky) of Manteo, NC; five grandchildren, Joel, Stephanie, Jonathan, Sarah, and Nick; five great-grandchildren; and a half-sister, Gloria Jean Creef Doody of Manns Harbor, NC.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church.

Donations may be made in memory of Rodney Ballance, Sr. to Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, PO Box 95, Manns Harbor, NC 27953.

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

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Richard Quidley

I kind and gentle man who cared deeply for his family. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.