Betsy Midgette

Betsy Anna O’Neal Midgette, 70, of Beaufort County, died Sunday, Jan. 14.

Born Dec. 25, 1947, she was a daughter of the late Edward Carlson O’Neal Sr and Edna Styron O’Neal.

Although she was a lifelong resident of Ocracoke Island, due to declining health, Betsy lived with her son, Bradford Earl Midgette, Jr., in Bath,  Beaufort County, for the last two years.

Betsy was known and loved by many, and her laughter will be missed. Betsy worked at the Island Inn most of her working life, and through those many years made some lifelong friends and touched many lives. She was a member of The Ocracoke United Methodist Church.

In addition to her son, she is survived by her granddaughter, Allyson Maye Midgette, and great-granddaughter, Makenzie Spruill; her grandsons, Thomas Midgette and Garrett Midgette. 

Also, a brother, Edward Carlson O’Neal Jr and wife, Stella Spencer O’Neal; and nephews, Edward O’Neal III, Andy O’Neal and Albert O’Neal, and niece, Stephanie O’Neal and their families.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, in Ocracoke United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Betsy 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 online at


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