Sunday, November 21, 2010


Jette Carr, a familiar sight down on the dock at the Community Store, died last Tuesday, November 11 after a lengthy illness. As the notice on the Ocracoke Post Office bulletin board noted, she was one of a kind...a woman who could sew a beautiful, lacy wedding dress in the morning, rebuild a diesel engine in the afternoon, and cook a gourmet dinner in the evening with the fish she'd caught. She always had a smile and a kind word when I would walk down the dock and pass her working on her commercial fishing boat.

Ocracoke will miss Jette and the way she added spice and character to our little island off the coast of North Carolina. Farewell!


Click on the photo below to view our selection of pewter items from Village Craftsmen's online catalog.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article, with a number of photos, documenting the history of water cisterns on Ocracoke Island. Click on the following link to go directly there:


  1. Anonymous10:41 AM

    Thank you Philip for a nice tribute to the loss of a true Ocracoke character, Capt. Jette Carr. She was definitely one of a kind and an a true inspiration for strong independent women. Miss you Jette,

  2. For some good stuff and photos of Captain Jette, go to her website:

    The Osprey was the name of the boat.

  3. Anonymous5:20 PM

    I'm so sorry to hear this news. Philip, it seems this year has been a tough one for the people of Ocracoke. Thank you for sharing your own tribute.

  4. Anonymous5:23 PM

    She was sweet. She was salty. A perfect combination.

  5. Thanks for sharing information of someone that seemed to touch the people of Ocracoke. So sad when someone passes away for there goes part of the history of the island.

  6. Anonymous9:29 PM

    I met Jette in the 1970's in Atlanta and visited her after she moved to Ocracoke. She was a true friend and an independent, talented woman. Her friends are scattered far and wide - many may not know of her death. Bye Jette, we miss you always.