Audrey Mae Charity

Audrey Mae Charity, 74, of Manteo, died on Dec. 22. She was the daughter of the late Raymond Charity, Sr. and Ada Pearl Charity, born Feb. 2, 1944 in Manteo.

She attended Dare County schools and received a certificate in the medical field from College of the Albemarle. Audrey was a devoted member of Haven Creek Missionary Baptist Church, where she was part of the Usher Board, Choir and a leader of the Praise Dance Team. She was also a member of the Manteo Community Choir. Audrey was employed with K-Mart and Peppercorns Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills.

She is survived by two daughters, Earlene and Cheryl Charity, both of Manteo; two sons, Timothy and Antonio Charity, both of Manteo; four brothers, Raymond Charity, deceased (Amecia) of Currituck, Preston Charity (Faye) of Lawton, OK, Wilbur Charity (Carrie) of Currituck and Major Charity (Stacey) of Columbia, NC; four sisters, Terry Riddick (Howard) of Oxon Hill, MD, Beulah Ashby (Robert) of Manteo, Marcia Etheridge (Donald) of Manteo and Brenda Newsome, deceased (John, deceased) of Trenton, NJ; 10 grandchildren, D’adrian, Tarikia, Bridgette, Jamell, Da’Shae, Sharelle, Timothy, Krystal, Nigeria and Jahlik; 15 great-grandchildren; one godson, James Charity; one goddaughter, Jaia Hardy; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

The funeral was held at Haven Creek Missionary Baptist Church officiated by Pastor Marcus Etheridge. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo assisted the family with arrangements.

Dietrich Walter Heyder, Sr.

Dr. Dietrich Walter Heyder, 92, was born in Arnstadt, Germany, and died on Dec. 27. After completing medical school at Goethe University in Frankfurt, he completed his residency in Psychiatry at Duke University. He served as director of the Mental Health Center of Elizabeth City and continued in that position at the Norfolk, Virginia Mental Health Center. 

Along with his medical practice, he was an assistant professor at what was then Old Dominion College. After several years as director of a private psychiatric facility in Norfolk, he returned to North Carolina. He continued in private practice for several decades and was able to combine his passion for the water, growing food, raising animals and practicing psychiatry on his farm.

He is survived by his wife, Jessica Penson-Heyder, and his seven children: Clara Heyder of Norfolk, Ella Peluso (Tony) of Canada, Dr. Albrecht Heyder (Josephine) of Elizabeth City, Dietrich Heyder, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Dr. Markus Heyder (Erin) of Point Harbor, Erika Heyder-Seeley (Adam) of Raleigh and Dr. Gunther Heyder (Leela) of Kitty Hawk; he is also survived by 13 grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather at his home on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. The funeral will be private. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, is assisting the Heyder family. 

Kregg Kent Kiefer

Kregg Kent Kiefer, 62, of Buxton, died at home on Dec. 22. He was raised in Massillon, Ohio but he loved the beach and made Hatteras Island his home for the last 40 years.

Kregg was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy and Donna Kiefer; a brother, Kenny Kiefer; grandparents Mary and Leo Kiefer and Olie and Colin Fowler; and a special niece, Sarah Macdonald.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Kiefer; four children, Krista Garner (Doug), Aaron Kiefer, Karla Lazona (Omar) and Jeffrey Kiefer (Melissa); two sisters, Karen Wonsick (RJ) and Kathy Slinger (Tim); 10 grandchildren, Nathaniel, Sara, Chandler, Allen, Isabella, Audrey, Claire, Braydon, Austin and Tyler; special family, Pam and Michael Rak, Clara Williams; and best friend Wally Doris. 

A celebration of life was held at Lighthouse Assembly of God. Private burial was at Quidley Cemetery. Twiford Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Linda Smith

Linda Smith, 74, of Wanchese, died Dec. 23 at Peak Resources Outer Banks. Born Sept. 17, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Agnes Strickland and Robert J. Smith.

A longtime resident of Manteo, she worked in the hospitality industry as a cook and cleaner. She was also very interested in genealogy. 

Linda is survived by a daughter, Allison Lopez (José); two sons, Michael Smith and Mark Smith (Sandi Fike); grandchildren Tiffany Smith, Ashley Turbbit, Tyler Smith, Jenna Smith, Whitney Kittridge, Zachary Smith, Noemi Lopez, Malki Lopez, Savannah Durand, Kathryn Durand, Brianna Lopez and Joseph Lopez; and great-grandchild Faith Prentice. Also surviving are two sisters, Connie Cannon and Betty Lou Johnson; and two brothers, Glen Smith and Dennis Smith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Smith; two sisters, Alma Williams and Wilma Smith; and two brothers, Clarence Smith and James Smith.

A memorial service will be held in Roanoke Rapids at a later date. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.

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