Yesterday I wrote about the big freeze of 1917-1918, and Capt. Joseph Burrus. Capt. Burrus, a prominent island resident, died in 1951. This obituary ran in the Coastland Times:
Capt. Joseph Burrus
Ocracoke – Capt. Joseph Merritt Burrus, veteran lighthouse keeper, age
76, died Tuesday [July 17, 1951] at his home here. Funeral service was
held Friday morning with Rev. W. Y. Stewart officiating and with the
local Coast Guard as pall bearers.
Capt. Burrus was a native of Hatteras, son of a sea captain. He enlisted
in the lighthouse service in his early twenties and served forty-five
years in North Carolina or Virginia lighthouses, among them Tangier
Island, Thimble Shoals, Cape Lookout, Croatan, Oliver’s Reef, Bluff
Shoals, and Ocracoke He was well known to everyone during the last
sixteen years of his service at the historic Ocracoke lighthouse,
retiring from duty here in 1947.
He is survived by his wife, Elanor Oden Burrus, one son, Oscar Burrus of
Norfolk, six daughters, Mrs. C. L. Thorpe of Hawthorne, California,
Mrs. Victor Grigas of Worcester, Mass., Mrs. Raymond Beasley of
Portsmouth, Va., Mrs. Monford Garrish, Mrs. Sybil Simpson, Mrs. Herman
Spencer, all of Ocracoke, and fourteen grandchildren.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is about Old Christmas in Rodanthe. You can read it here: https://www.villagecraftsmen.com/old-christmas-rodanthe/.