A death in a small community affects everyone. In August Ocracoke has had more than its share of funerals and memorial services. Yesterday family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of native islander, Ray Thomas Waller. Earlier this month island fisherman, Dave Burley, died, as did Helen Pentz, owner of the Harborside Motel and Gift Shop. Just days ago John Thomas O'Neal, one of the founding members of the Ocracoke Assembly of God, died in a nursing home off island. His funeral will be on Sunday at two o'clock.
Our condolences to all family members and friends.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Black Squall, a brig loaded with circus animals that wrecked on Ocracoke in April of 1861. You can read it here.