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: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/91140.
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: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.