Joseph Mario Alleva

Joseph Mario Alleva, 65, of Kill Devil Hills, died Dec. 20 in Chesapeake, VA. He was a popular local musician.

He cared for both his parents, Mario and Ruth Alleva, also of Kill Devil Hills, for many years until their passing a few years ago. Joe leaves behind his sister, Barbara Mannix (Tim) of Florida, as well as numerous local friends and devoted fans.

At this time, there are no plans for services. Joe’s directives for organ and tissue donation and cremation will be honored. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Christina Marie Tyrner D’Amato

Christina Marie Tyrner D’Amato, 70, of Kitty Hawk, died Dec. 18. Chris was born in New York City on Feb. 29, 1948 to Dr. Joseph Tyrner and Catherine Sorensen. The family soon moved to in Mendham, NJ, where Chris grew up with her parents and older sister, Jocelyn. 

Chris met her husband, Nicholas D’Amato, while both were attending West Morris Regional High School. Following high school, Chris received her Associate’s degree from Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. One month later, Nick and Chris married in June, 1968. The couple moved to southeastern Virginia, where they raised their four children. 

Chris devoted numerous hours to charities, organizations and church activities, became a La Leche League Leader and completed a formal ministries formation training program. She sang in the church choir and used her artistic talents to create church banners. Together with Nick, she taught Pre-Cana marriage counseling.

Chris later went back to school, earning her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Wesleyan in 1990. She then attended the College of William & Mary, earning her Masters degree in 1992 and Education Specialist degree in 1995. She entered the William & Mary Doctorial Program while simultaneously working through a voluntary 2000 hour guided counseling program focusing on rape crisis and trauma. After passing her Virginia State LPC test, she opened her own business, Corner Counseling.

In 2008 the couple moved to the Outer Banks. She became a Master Gardener and attended jewelry classes at College of the Albemarle. Later her pieces could be found at the Dare County Arts Council, the Kill Devil Hills Co-op and at Beach Treasures in Duck.

Chris is survived by Nick, her husband of 50 years; their four children, daughter Melissa with husband Joseph Morgan and three grandchildren, Abbey, Sophia and Joseph; daughter Susan Freeland and grandson Dylan Cole  of Virginia Beach, VA, son Nicholas D’Amato with wife Carol and two grandchildren, Antonio and Allison of Santa Barbara, CA and daughter Christin D’Amato with granddaughter Mercedes of Dumfries, VA.

The celebration of Christina’s life will be held Thursday, Dec. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores. Rev. Robert Davenport will officiate. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Raymond Foster

Raymond “Bernie” Foster, 77, of Hatteras, died Dec. 19 at his home. A native of Hatteras Island, he was born March 20, 1941 to the late Rosa Burrus Foster and Hallas C Foster.

A member of Hatteras United Methodist Church, Bernie was a captain on the trawler Miss Quality, a mate with Bobby Scarborough on the Red Fin and a deckhand with Bobby on the trawler Brother’s Pride. He ran Top Dollar fish house, Quality Seafood and Eph’s fish house.

Bernie is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cecilia Austin Foster; four children, Cecil Foster and Missy Foster, both of Hatteras, Darrell Ann Maxwell (Charles) and Raymond Di Sabatino, both of New Castle, DE; seven grandchildren, Sophia and Max Foster of Midlothian, VA, Adrian, Samantha and Rachael Maxwell of New Castle, DE and Chris and Austin Di Sabatino of New Castle, DE; one great-grandchild, Madison Ann D’Angelo of New Castle, DE; a brother-in-law, Ray Scarborough of Buxton; many nieces, nephews, friends; and sister-in-law Penny Veal of Frisco.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two siblings, Opal Scarborough and Desmond Foster; and one sister-in-law, Janet Foster.

Plans for a memorial service are pending at this time. Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert Allen Gabriel

Robert “Bob” Allen Gabriel, 73, of Kill Devil Hills, died Dec. 13. Born in Norfolk, VA on Feb. 5, 1945, he was the son of the late Hermina Inglese Gabriel and George Gabriel.

A United States Air Force veteran, Robert served his country honorably. He was the President of Lifeguard Beach Service and Ocean Rescue and a member of Son Rise Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Debra Gabriel; and a brother, George Gabriel, Jr. Robert is survived by two children, Nicole Gabriel of Kill Devil Hills and Bobby Gabriel, Jr. and wife Lauren of Wildwood, MO; and two grandchildren, Deacon and Camille Gabriel of Wildwood, MO.

Plans for a memorial service are pending at this time. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Phyllis Price Gray

Phyllis Price Gray, 84, of Buxton, died Dec. 17 at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. A native of Elizabeth City, she was born March 6, 1934 to the late Lucille Bray Price and James Linwood Price.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Carroll Rufman Gray; daughter Mary Gray of Redwood City, CA; son Thomas Gray (wife Ann Marie) of Hillsborough, NC; six grandchildren, Alex, Sarah, Cassie, Carolina, Danielle and David; and two brothers, James Price, Jr. of Chester, VA and Ronald Price of Shiloh, NC.

A memorial service was held at Buxton United Methodist Church. Twiford Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Don Gene Griffin Jr.

Don Gene Griffin Jr., 46, of Nags Head, died on Dec. 20 in Nags Head.

Don Jr. was born in New Bern to Don Griffin Sr. and Nancy Domroe on April 1, 1972. He married Theresa Bolling on Aug. 21, 2005 at their home in Nags Head. He worked as a marine electrician for many years and helped his father build Griffin Marine, Inc. in Wanchese. Don was an avid fisherman and loved being on the water in any kind of weather. 

Don is preceded in death by his brother, Michael Griffin, and stepfather, Mark Domroe.  

Don is survived by his wife, Theresa Griffin (née Bolling), daughter Maylynn Griffin, mother Nancy Domroe, father Don Griffin Sr., stepmother Sandra Griffin (née Harris), sister Crystal Osada (née Griffin) and her husband Daniel, and honorary sister Jacki Jacques. 

A luncheon celebrating Don’s life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at Old Nags Head Cove Clubhouse, 4512 S. Hesperides Drive in Nags Head. Friends and family are welcome to attend.   

Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

David John Kennis

David John “Dave” Kennis, 60, of Harbinger, died on Dec. 14 at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. He was the son of Marilyn Kennis and the late Ronald Kennis. Dave was born Feb. 2, 1958, “Groundhog Day,” in Lockport, NY.

He attended school in New York, Florida and North Carolina. In 1969, at age 11, Dave pulled the cord sounding the whistle to start Niagara Falls flowing again, completing work by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Dave worked as a carpenter and for Outer Banks Recycling. He was a “jack of many trades,” hardworking and generous.

Dave is survived by his daughter, Carmin Hope (Jeb) Ballard; granddaughter Rainy; great-grandson Zachary; brothers Michael (Elva), Larry, Thomas and Steven; sister Cathy (Ron) Howard; many nieces and nephews; and friend Tammy Midgett and family.

A celebration of David’s life will be held at a later date. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Elizabeth Marie Hays Schaub

Elizabeth Marie Hays Schaub, 91, of Kill Devil Hills died on Dec. 11. She was born in Indianapolis, IN May 12, 1927. She was the daughter of the late Hubert Denby and Anna Catherine Elizabeth Hays. Liz was also predeceased by her husband, Robert William Schaub.

Liz put herself through nursing school at Indiana University, and raised three daughters alone. She worked at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis until she moved to Virginia Beach, VA to be closer to her beloved Dare County. After several years at Virginia Beach General Hospital, she was able to move to her home in Colington Harbour, and worked for Dr. Harvey in Manteo until he retired. She also worked at Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City part time. Liz began working at the Dare County Department of Health in 1974, and became a school nurse. She was named Health Department Employee of the Year, and Dare County Employee of the Year in 1995.

Liz attended Bethany Lutheran Church in Indianapolis, was a charter member of Outer Banks Presbyterian Church and had been a member of Colington United Methodist Church for the past 15 years.

In addition to her many years of public service, Liz was one of the first Crisis Line volunteers for Outer Banks Hotline, and named Director Emeritus of Outer Banks Hotline in 2004. After retiring in 1998, Liz volunteered for the Wings Program at First Flight Elementary School, as well as reading with students who needed extra help. She also volunteered at Wright Brothers National Memorial, Nature Conservancy Nags Head Woods and Interfaith Community Outreach. 

Surviving Liz are daughters Carol Johnson and Andrea Henry, both of Charlotte, and Jan Zanin of Kill Devil Hills; granddaughters Heather Estanol of Kill Devil Hills, Rachel O’Neill of Charlotte, Sarah Smith (Brett) of Manteo and Leigh Carr (Todd) of Toledo, OH; great-grandchildren Alexa Estanol, Kyle Estanol and Josie Estanol of Kill Devil Hills and Jackson Gregory of Manteo; sister Rosina Osborne of Martinsville, IN; nieces and nephews; extended family; and many friends.

A Celebration of Liz’s Life will be held in the near future. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Karen M. Atwater Wells

Karen M. Atwater Wells, 60, of Kill Devil Hills, died Dec. 16.

Karen worked at BB&T Bank for 21 years in Norfolk, VA, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. Karen retired and worked part time at KDH Theaters in Kill Devil Hills.

Karen is survived by husband Walter (Wally) Wells of Kill Devil Hills and sons Nathan and Spencer Wells of Virginia Beach, VA.

A celebration of life will be scheduled for January 2019.


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