Rodney Dale Ballance, Sr.

Rodney Dale Ballance, Sr., 78, of Manns Harbor, died Dec. 30. A native of Hatteras Island, he was born Sept. 17, 1940, the son of the late Mary Mabel Ballance Creef and Milon O’Neal.

A retired sales manager of Sears in Manteo, Rodney devoted over 15 years to the Manns Harbor Volunteer Fire Department as Deputy Chief. He was a past president of the Manteo Lions Club and attended Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church. Rodney continued serving his community as a funeral assistant with Twiford Funeral Homes from 2004 until 2016.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Rogerson Ballance.

Rodney is survived by his wife, Rita C. Ballance; a daughter, Susan Wood (Curtis) of Greensboro; two sons, Rodney Ballance, Jr. (Heather) of Branson, MO and Terry Ballance (Nicky) of Manteo; five grandchildren, Joel, Stephanie, Jonathan, Sarah and Nick; five great-grandchildren; and a half-sister, Gloria Doody of Manns Harbor.

A memorial service was held on Jan. 2 at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo assisted the family with arrangements.

Joseph B. Coulson, Jr.

Joseph B. Coulson, Jr., 58, of Moyock died Dec. 31. Born Dec. 30, 1960, Joseph was the son of Joseph B. Coulson, Sr. and Francene Darling.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy, where he met and married his wife of 32 years.

He is survived by his wife, Diane F. Coulson, and his son, CTRSN Joseph Coulson, III. Also surviving are his father, Joseph Coulson, Sr. (Linda); his mother, Francene Darling (Greg); his siblings, Valerie Bryant (David), Christopher Coulson (Julie), Rose Boe (Glenn), Jerome Coulson (Theresa), Christine Bingel (Billy), Barry Nicklas and Debbie Holbrook; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and extended family members.

The funeral service was held at Gallop Memorial Chapel in Barco. Father Nicholas Cottrill officiated. Interment was private. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Lynda Grey Gallop

Lynda Grey Gallop, 73, of Wanchese, died Jan. 4 at her home. Born in Troy, NC on June 16, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Margie Miller Gallop and Captain Warren Gallop.

Lynda is survived by three daughters, Jamie Horning (James), Tena Stetson and Kimberly Miller; five grandchildren, Heather Bridges, Ryan Vance, Joel Stetson, Tiah Stetson and Jimmie Horning; and two great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Vance and Ava Tisch. Also surviving are three sisters, her twin Brenda Swain, Judy Lawrence (Jack) and Margie Tillett (Justin); several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Emilis Gallop.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10 at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Thomas Lee Harley

Thomas Lee Harley, 66, of Buxton, died at his home on Dec. 21. He was born on Nov. 4, 1952.

Tom was a Michigan State University graduate of the School of Landscape Architecture.  

He worked as a landscape designer for 36 years throughout Northern Virginia before retiring in 2016.

His love of the sea and surf fishing led him to retire in Buxton. He quickly became involved in the community as a member of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, a judge of the annual fishing tournament and was recently voted to the CHAC Board. He was best known for volunteering to be a Bingo caller; the funds from which benefited local high school students with educational scholarships.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary C. Harley; his daughters, Amy Harley of Atlanta, GA and Crystal (Matthew) Cobb of Severna Park, MD; granddaughters Ashley Evans of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Brooke Evans of Cooper City, FL and Brittney (Scott) Harrison of Tamarac, FL; grandsons Cody Winokur of West Point, NY and Luke and Cade Cobb of Severna Park, MD; and two great-grandchildren, Allie and Scotty Harrison of Tamarac, FL. He is also survived by his sister, Jan (Tom) Theis of Grand Ledge, MI; his Dad, Charles D Gill of Lansing, MI; sisters-in-law Eadie Harley of Holt, MI and Leslie Gill of Bossier City, LA; his mother-in-law, Angie Grindatti of Kalamazoo, MI; brother-in-law William (Kris) Grindatti of Oakland, CA; sister-in-law Lori Kinnamon; brothers-in-law Rick (Paula) Prosser, Greg (Nancy) Prosser, Joe Charlebois; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Patty J. Gill and Donald E. Harley Sr., and his brothers, Donald Harley Jr., Paul T. Gill; sisters-in-law Margo Charlebois and Lisa Waros; and brothers-in-law Dan Kinnamon, Marvin Wilson and Shawn Grindatti.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Oakton, VA. A service will be held in Michigan with visitation on Feb. 15 at St. Michael’s Parish from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Feb. 16 at St. Michael’s. A Celebration of Life will be held on Hatteras Island in the spring. Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Analynn Janovetz

Analynn Janovetz, 88, of Nags Head, died Dec. 30. She was born Anne Lynn Gerovic in Mellen, WI on July 6, 1930, the daughter of Anne and Emil Gerovic.

Analynn moved to the Washington, D.C. area at the age of 21 years with her older sisters, Fran and Kay. She married Howard Mitchell Parsons in 1955 and moved to McLean, VA, where she was a stay-at-home mom.

Once her children were grown, Analynn married William Janovetz and pursued a career in real estate and became a very successful agent in the McLean, VA area.

She is survived by her three daughters, Amber Parsons, Cheryl Parsons-0etjen and Robin Parsons-Rector; six grandchildren, Kristelle Parsons-Toone (Lance), Patrick Parsons, Mark Oetjen (Courtney), Micheal Oetjen (Sarah), Eric Oetjen (Stephanie) and Tyler Rector (Dusttany); nine great-grandchildren, Danielle, Summer, Madison, Justin, Aiden, Kinsley, Drew, Lucas and Natalie; and two great-grandchildren by marriage, Makayla and Aidan.

The family will have a private memorial service at the home of Jeff and Cheryl Oetjen at a later date. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

George Studwell Mead

George Studwell Mead, 85, of Salvo, died in Nags Head on Jan. 4.

George was born on Aug. 2, 1933 in Waccabuc, NY to John J.S. Mead and Anzle Butler Mead. 

He grew up with his two half siblings, Betty and John. He served in the U.S. Navy as a young man, subsequently attending college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. George earned his Master’s degree in engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and built his career at Raytheon Company in Massachusetts. George married Gisele (Robichaud) in 1986, and in 2005 they retired to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. George served on the board of the Mead Memorial Chapel in Waccabuc, NY, and on the North Carolina boards of the Salvo Volunteer Fire Department, Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Association and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

George built bicycles for every member of his family out of salvaged bits and pieces. He fixed automobile engines using spare parts and engineered clever set designs for community theatre productions. George loved to fly the ultralight airplanes he built, as well as train other aviation enthusiasts in how to fly them.

George is survived by his wife, Gisele; son Bill; daughters Sally and Elizabeth; brother John; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and a (step) great-grandchild. 

A memorial service for George has not yet been scheduled. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

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