County Commissioner James Topping: 1952 to 2020

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James Roger Topping, the Hyde County Commissioner representing Swan Quarter, died June 29. He was the husband of Goldie Rickard Topping. Details as to filling his...

Remembering Kathy O’Neal: 1953 to 2020

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An undated photo of Kathy O'Neal. Doris Katherine Hoggard O’Neal, 66, of Ocracoke, died on June 15. She was the wife of David Farrow O’Neal Jr. Born,...

Retired lawyer, former commissioner John Fletcher: 1938 to 2020

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Editor's note: This story corrected Mr. Fletcher's place of death, which was in Greenville and not at his home on Ocracoke. Ocracoke Islander John S....

Obituary: Zoe Ramirez-Ramirez–Updated

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Updated, March 5, 2020 Zoe Ramirez-Ramirez, 4, of Ocracoke, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 29.  Gail Covington, a Hyde County medical examiner, said that per the North...

Merle Smith Davis: 1944 to 2017

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Islander Merle Smith Davis, 73, died Thursday (Dec. 28) at home. She was the wife of Donald D. Davis author and storyteller. Born Feb. 11, 1944,...

Leonard Meeker, 1916 – 2014: an extraordinary life

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Para leer en español, haga clic aquí Pour lire en français, cliquez ici. December 4, 2014 By Peter Vankevich Leonard Carpenter Meeker, after a long period of declining health,...
Earl O'Neal Jr. Ocracoke, NC

Island historian, Earl O’Neal Jr.: 1929-2017

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Island historian and raconteur Earl O’Neal Jr., 87, died May 26 in the McCall Hospice House, Simpsonville, S.C. A memorial service is scheduled for 2...

Russell Newell: 1933-2017, developer and poet/song writer

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Editor's note: You can listen to Katy Mitchell perform Russell's well-known song "Clam Rake" at the bottom of this article.  Ocracoke has lost one of...

Ken Gordon: An unknown poet

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Editor's note: The Observer posted an obituary for Ken Gordon in December (click here), but since then, the family discovered another side to their...

Remembering avid fisherman Otis Hurd

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  Ocracoke Islander Otis Wayne Hurd, 70, died Dec. 18 in Cary. He was the husband of Theresa (Bosse) Hurd of Ocracoke. A celebration of his life...