Island native, George Guthrie Jackson, was memorable. Some years ago, in a too-close encounter with a power tool, George lost his right little and ring fingers, and a portion of the palm of his right hand. He was the island barber and you couldn't help but notice his hand as he brought those scissors up alongside your head.
George also enjoyed a good story. He laughed as heartily at his own stories as the folks he shared them with. He especially enjoyed relating the story of his last evening on Ocracoke before he went into the army in 1942.
George died last week. As a tribute to him and other islanders who fought in World War II I have published his favorite story, "George & Jule," on our Ocracoke Newsletter. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102905.htm.