Thursday, July 17, 2014

Maurice Ballance

Today at 1 pm the Ocracoke Community will gather at the United Methodist Church to celebrate the life of Maurice Ballance.

Maurice was born on the island 87 years ago, and died last Friday, July 11, at his home. Maurice was a retired port captain with the NC Ferry Division, and had worked as a commercial fisherman and carpenter (he often worked barefooted!). He had a keen mind, and a native's appreciation for his heritage and island history.

Maurice played guitar, and loved music. He entertained islanders frequently, especially with Edgar Howard before Edgar's death.

Edgar & Maurice, courtesy OPS

As a tribute to Maurice, several years ago Ocracoke village named one of our streets for him.

Maurice Ballance's obituary is available here:

Farewell, Maurice. Rest in Peace.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here:


  1. Anonymous12:00 PM

    Goodbye, Maurice. So very sad. Another great old-timer gone.

  2. Anonymous12:38 PM

    Has the google street view cameras captured your island?. I wish the council had named it Maurice Balance Boulevard. Perhaps Lou Ann could film an out and about on (MBR) Maurice Balance road to share with the readers of OIJ the choice real estate that is MBR. May your friend rest in peace. Sorry for your loss.