Thomas Midgett

William Thomas Midgett, 67, died Wednesday (Oct. 4) in his Ocracoke home.

Known as Thomas, he was the husband of Pamela Scarborough Midgett.

Born Nov. 1, 1949, in Morehead City, he was a son of the late Betty Louise Williams Midgett and Ralph Midgett.

A U.S. Army veteran, Midgett served his country honorably during the Vietnam War. He then worked for and retired from the NCDOT Ferry Division and also worked for the National Park Service. Midgett was a Mason and loved fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, Midgett is survived by three daughters, Kimberly Midgett O’Neal, (Reginald O’Neal, Jr.), Merrian Elizabeth Midgett (Christopher Howarth), and Erin Michelle O’Neal (Chad O’Neal) all of Ocracoke.

Also a son, Shanon Patrick Eiben of Frisco; four grandchildren, Cody Pinter, Payce Howarth, Carter O’Neal, and William Ross Francis.

Also, a brother, Gerald Edward Midgett of Ocracoke.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Ocracoke United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Bryant officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ocracoke United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 278, Ocracoke, NC 27960.

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


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  1. Ocracoke, will never be the same for my family. Thomas, was one of the best friends I ever had in my life. I loved him deeply. I will never forget his gentle spirit, and the hospitality he showed to my family and I every time we would come to the island. I enjoyed the simple pleasures of long talks on his porch swing, laughing, joking,& the relaxation of a simple evening. My children every day or so would ride their bikes over to say hello. Thomas, and I reminisced about days of old gone by. What a friend I had! He will forever be remembered in my heart. My heart goes out to his children and his wife, Pam. We all have suffered a great loss. I can’t wait to see you again my precious buddy. God bless your dear family through your absence. It will be a struggle indeed.

    Elwood, Sabrina Gallimore
    & children, Ryan, Rachel, Mark,& Matthew

  2. Pam and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thomas was a true friend and fishing partner. He and I fished together most days from October thru May. A time when the beach was quiet and there was plenty of room for walking and casting. A time to share life stories and fishing tales from days gone by. He was a true gentleman and I will miss his company immensely.
    Driving onto the beach, seeing the maroon truck parked with Pam and Thomas enjoying their morning biscuits was always a good way to start any day. Throwing lures while Pam scoured the beach for early morning shells was a common sight on Ocracoke.
    Rest In Peace my friend, thank you for your friendship.


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