Obituaries

Feb 17


Claude Michel Dubresson of Colington, Feb. 12

A French immigrant to the United States in 1962 with sponsors, ahead of his wife and 5-year old daughter; this modern pioneer left a trail of inspiration to everyone whose path he crossed.

Feb 14


Frank Thomas “Tom” Wooten III of Manteo, Feb. 11

In 1966, Dr. Wooten joined the Research Triangle Institute as an engineer in the solid state laboratory. In 1983, he became vice-president of RTI, then president in 1989. He owned three patents in semiconductor devices.

Feb 14


Jonathan Lee Walker of Coinjock, Feb. 8

A 2017 graduate of Fork Union Military Academy, he was the leading goal scorer on the FUMA lacrosse team in 2017 and among the top goal scorers in the state of Virginia his senior year. He also holds the school’s single-game goal scoring record.

Feb 12


Arnold G. Tolson Jr., Manteo native, Feb. 6

Arnold was raised in Manteo, NC where he developed into an expert waterman. He fished commercially and captained his own charter boat known as the Sea Whisperer for many years out of Oregon Inlet.

Feb 12


Dennis Paul Mabe of Nags Head, Feb. 4

He owned and operated Mabe’s Landscaping in association with Coleman’s Nursery in Portsmouth, VA and when he retired to Nags Head, NC, he established Mabe’s Landscaping on the Outer Banks.

Feb 12


Fred R. Travis Jr. of Kill Devil Hills, Feb. 7

Rick went on to establish and run his own plumbing company, Colington Plumbing, however his true devotion was to his music, family, and friends. In his off-time Rick and his band Roots In The Sand could be found playing several local venues.

Feb 12


William L. Wright Jr. of Nags Head, Feb. 8

Bill-Buck was born September 13, 1938 to the late William L. Wright and Louise Thomas Wright in Newport News, VA. Bill-Buck was proud of his service with the 82nd Airborne Special Forces, US Army.

Feb 12


Georgie Mae Liles South of Buxton, Feb. 3

Mrs. South was born in Gates County, NC and was the daughter of the late Charles Madison Liles and Emma Lee Voight Liles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Vincent South, her five brothers and two sisters.

Feb 5


David “Dave” C. Trout of Kitty Hawk, Feb. 3

Dave was a 20-year cancer survivor, an avid Philadelphia Eagles Fan and had a one-of-a-kind wise guy sense of humor but always said if he was picking on you it was because he loved you.

Feb 5


Reese Craig Harris of Powells Point, Jan. 31

A funeral with Masonic rites will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo. Burial will follow at Roanoke Island Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service.

Feb 1


Larry Roland Stringham of Moyock, Jan. 31

From the Elizabethtown, NY area originally, Larry retired from the Norfolk Shipyard after 30 years of service. He defended the freedom of his country by serving valiantly in the United States Navy.

Feb 5


Clara “Mickey” Stringer Meekins of Nags Head, Jan. 28

Clara shared her talents in arts and crafts, baking and music with her communities. She was a member of the Outer Banks Baum Center, church chorus, Outer Banks chorus, and “Sweet Carolines,” a lady’s barbershop group.

Jan 30

Karen Ruth Young Phillips of Manteo, Jan. 25

She spent much of her time volunteering for the local schools and serving her community through a variety of ways such as Meals on Wheels. She was appointed guardian ad litem and received recognition from the Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Jan 30


Luther L. Bateman of Colington, Jan. 27

Luther served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War era. After war time, he founded his own refrigeration company which he ran successfully for many years.

Jan 30


William Bruce Aitkenhead of Southern Shores, Jan. 19

He owned and operated his own watchmaking business for 10 years, later retiring after 29 years as the locksmith department head at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.

Jan 26


Harry William Wilson Sr. of Grandy, Jan. 24

Harry was an active member of Jarvisburg Church of Christ where he was member of the Men’s Prayer Group and a teacher at Jarvisburg Academy for Children. He was active in sports his entire life, excelling in boxing, baseball, tennis, but not so much golf.

Jan 28


Roberto “Bob” Reyes of Buxton, Jan. 21

Bob served his country honorably in the United States Navy. For many years, he was a cook at Lighthouse Restaurant for Gilda and Eris Waterfield and then for Tommy and Leah Butler at Tides Restaurant.

Jan 25


Jayne Woolridge Loesch of Kitty Hawk, Dec. 23

Jayne loved to fish and was a proud member of the all female fishing team, Fish Tales. Her 30-plus year career in the restaurant industry gave her the opportunity to meet many wonderful people who became lifelong friends

Jan 24


Kay Ann Barnes of Salvo, Jan. 19

Kay Ann Barnes, 58, of Salvo passed away on Saturday, January 19, at 6:35 PM. Kay was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She was a well-known member of the trivillage community on Hatteras Island.

Jan 24


Carole Ruth O’Connor Burchett of Southern Shores, Jan. 19

The Burchetts lived in Morehead until 2005 when the couple permanently relocated to Southern Shores, NC. While enjoying retirement at the Outer Banks, the couple traveled extensively with trips around the globe.

Jan 24