Shirley O'Neal
Sherry O’Neal

Sherry Simonne O’Neal, 78, of Ocracoke, died on June 3 at her home.

A native of Ocracoke, she was the daughter of the late Herbert O’Neal Sr., and Katie A. O’Neal. Sherry was retired from the National Park Service and a member of Ocracoke United Methodist Church.

Sherry is survived by a nephew, Edward C. O’Neal, Jr. of Washington, Beaufort County; three nieces, Mary Anna Paul of Washington, Beaufort County, Donna Sue Beck of Delco, and Gloria Formy’eubal of Riegelwood;

A sister-in-law, Shirley Clayter O’Neal of Delco; four great-nieces, Carman O’Neal, Tina Snapp, Dawn Bordeaux and Amber Wilkins; four great-nephews, James Paul, John Paul, Scott Beck and Charles Formy’eubal;

Six great-great-nieces; six great-great-nephews; and four special friends, Alice Rosazza of Florida, Alton and Kenny Ballance both of Ocracoke, and Harry Clarke of Swan Quarter.

Along with her parents, Sherry was preceded in death by four brothers, Herbert O’Neal, Jr., Edward O’Neal, Sr., Donald O’Neal and Bradford T. (Doody) O’Neal.

A funeral will be held at 1 pm on Friday (June 10) at Ocracoke United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Bryant and Rev. Ivey Belch officiating.

Private burial will take place at the Ocracoke Community Cemetery.

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

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