From time to time I quote from Carl Goerch's 1957 book, Ocracoke. Below is another excerpt:
"Down on Ocracoke there's a burial association which ... is not operated by any undertaker or funeral home because there are no undertakers or funeral homes. There are no monthly dues. It's a community proposition entirely.
"...The annual dues are ten cents a year.... Practically everybody on the island belongs to the association.... When a member dies it means that all the other member have to pay a quarter..."
To this day there is still no undertaker on the island. However, Twiford's Funeral Home on Hatteras now serves Ocracoke. Also, the Ocracoke Burial Association continues to serve about 350 islanders, although the annual dues and payments at the death of members are now 50 cents.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke Lodge No.
194, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. You can read the Newsletter here:https://www.villagecraftsmen.com/island-inn-lodge-no-194-independent-order-odd-fellows/ .