Santo John Battaglia

Santo John Battaglia, 89, of Manteo, died on June 19. Santo was born to Concettina and Salvatore Battaglia on April 11, 1929 and raised in Carnegie, PA. He graduated from New Brighton High School and proudly served in the United States Air Force.

He was the husband of Arlene Battaglia, his wife of 57 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Debbie Hillard (Jeff) of Falls Church and Laurie Battaglia (David Gary) of Nags Head; two grandchildren; sisters Vincenzina Larko and Bernadette Battaglia; and many nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph Battaglia, brother-in-law Richard Larko and sister-in-law Dolores Cook.

A Celebration of Life was held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Nags Head. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Steven Lee Bricker

Steven Lee Bricker, 64, of Manteo died June 22 at his home. Born February 17, 1954 in Wray, CO, he was the son of Robert Gale Bricker of Missoula, MT and the late Phyllis Ilene Foster Bricker.

Steven served his country honorably in the United States Army achieving the rank of Captain. One of his greatest accomplishments was serving the U.S. government providing defense mapping for the Department of Homeland Security. He enjoyed being a former 4-H shooting coach for Cedar Mountain Youths in Culpeper, VA. He was a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church and often volunteered with Food for Thought.

Steven was a husband, father, brother, uncle and a great friend to many. A world traveler and outdoor enthusiast, avid carver and woodworker, he enjoyed nothing more than sharing those activities with those he loved.

Along with his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gwendolyn Compton Bricker. In addition to his father, Steven is survived by his daughter, Emily Bricker of Manteo; a brother, Michael Bricker (Beth) of Chesaw, WA; mother-in-law Christine Gregory of Martinsville, VA; sister-in-law Cynthia Parks (Ron) of Lewisville, NC; brother-in-law Peter Compton (Karen) of Bassett, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 1 at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church with Rev. Matt Seals and Rev. Jerry Cribb officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives for a reception following the service in the church fellowship hall. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Bertie Dixon, III

Bertie Dixon, III, 74, of Frisco, died June 23. Born in Buxton on March 15, 1944, he was the only son of Bertie Dixon, Jr. and Elise Peele Dixon.

Bert graduated from Frederick Military Academy in 1963. He then enlisted and served four years with the United States Coast Guard. After leaving the Coast Guard, he worked at the Newport News shipyard and for Hughes Aircraft Company before becoming a civil servant working as a satellite and electronic systems specialist for the Navy until he retired in 1998. After retirement, he moved back to Frisco.

He is survived by his two sons, Bertie Dixon IV and wife Jessica of Chesapeake, VA and Andrew Lee Dixon and wife Heather of Lynchburg, VA; and seven grandchildren, Austin Hanson Reno and wife Rebekah, Caroline Rae Dixon, Hunter Austin Dixon, Isaac Ali Dixon, Jackson Douglas Dixon, Elijah Chase Dixon and Alexander Lee Dixon.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 29 at Little Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Toni Wood and Rev. Dwight Burrus officiating. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.

LaCarol Hill, Sr.

LaCarol “Lakey” Hill, Sr., 81, of Moyock, died June 19 at his residence. He was born on Aug. 16, 1936 in Scotland Neck, lived in New Jersey and retired to North Carolina. He was the son of the late Leon Hill and Alma Russell Hill, and the brother of the late Leon Hill, Betty Hunter and the Rev. Wiley T. Hill.

LaCarol retired from his career as an institutional trade instructor for Marlboro State Hospital in New Jersey after 45 years. He was also a volunteer EMT/first responder for Matawan Township, NJ first aid squad in the 1970s. He was a member of the Doo Wop group known as the Ebbtones, which performed at the Apollo Theater in New York City. Pursuing his love of music, Lakey later joined the gospel group Alpha & Omega, which traveled and sang throughout New Jersey.

In his retirement years in Currituck, LaCarol was a member of Good Hope AME Zion Church. After retirement he attended church faithfully every week. In prior years he was a member of Faith Tabernacle UHC of America in Freehold, NJ. For many years, Lakey was also actively involved in assisting his wife with her nursing home ministry.

LaKey is survived by his wife of 59 years, Susan, of the Moyock residence; four children, Sandra Hill of Plainfield, NJ, Pamela Smith of Aberdeen, NJ, Alicia Archibald (Michael) of Middletown, NJ and LaCarol Hill, Jr. (Felicia) of Ewing, NJ. Also surviving are his sister, Candace Bilal (Harris) of Baltimore, MD; ten grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, and other extended family members.

A viewing was held June 22 at the Gallop Funeral Services Memorial Chapel in Barco. The funeral will be held Thursday, June 28 at 11 a.m. at Providence Baptist Church in Cliffwood, NJ. Friends may view one hour prior. Rev. Rosemary Bradley will officiate. The interment will follow at Marlboro Memorial Cemetery in Morganville. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with local arrangements. Child’s Funeral Home of Red Bank, NJ is in charge of funeral and burial details.

Ethel M. Hurley

Ethel M. Hurley, 98, died on June 16. She was born on Oct. 10, 1919.

She was born as Ethel M. Looker and first widowed as Ethel Hill from her WWII U.S. Marine first husband, Franklin Van Dyke Hill. She then was married for 55 years to Lawrence B. Hurley, who died in 2009. 

She was born in Wertsville, NJ, completed elementary education in Wertsville’s two-room schoolhouse and graduated from Flemington High School in 1938. Ethel worked many and various jobs, as a dress maker near Hopewell, NJ and as a clerk in a canning factory there, during WWII at GM making wings for Navy airplanes, and she used her math skills at Hopewell’s Savings and Loan.

For a few years, Ethel and Larry Hurley were part owners of Pep’s Inn & Village, Hawley, PA. They resided in Wertsville/Ringoes, NJ; Hopewell, NJ; Tafton, PA; and final 30 years in Myrtle Beach, SC, including a three year extended stay in her own suite at her daughter’s home in Kitty Hawk. In New Jersey, she was a member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church and became a charter member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Surfside, SC.

Ethel is survived by her only child, Barbara Isler with husband Albert Isler; a granddaughter; two grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.  

A memorial service is planned for July 2 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Surfside Beach, SC. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Milton Miller Midgette

Milton Miller Midgette, 98, longtime resident of Norfolk, VA, recently living at the Gardens of Virginia Beach, died June 21 at Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital. Milton was a proud native of Manteo, born on April 23, 1920. He was the son of the late Anges Miller Midgett and Willie E. Midgett.

Enlisting in the United States Coast Guard in 1941, he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer after serving his country honorably for 30 years.

Milton was a lifetime and distinguished member of the Chief Warrant and Warrant Officers Association and a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Norfolk, VA. A member of Manteo Lodge 521 AF & AM for 71 years, he also belonged to the Norfolk Valley of the Scottish Rite, Khedive Shrine Temple of Chesapeake, VFW Post #3160, Norfolk DAV Chapter #4 and the National Sojourners. Milton served as a past commander of the Khedive Temple Legion of Honor and past president of the National Sojourners Hampton Roads Chapter #6.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Florence Mabel Jones Midgette. Milton is survived by two daughters, Juanita Hepler (Clint) of Manteo and Susan Leccese (Michael) of Virginia Beach, VA; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held at Altmeyer’s Chesapeake Chapel. A graveside committal with military honors followed at Manteo Cemetery. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo assisted the family with arrangements.

Karen Denise Tillett

Karen Denise “Dolly” Tillett, 63, of Manteo, died June 21 at her home. A native of Dare County, she was born April 7, 1955, to Marian “Patsy” Tillett and Omie Jennings Tillett of Wanchese.

Dolly worked as a computer programmer for Sprint.

Along with her parents, Dolly is survived by a daughter, Lauren Gornell (Chris) of Manteo; a son, Jason Midgett of Wanchese; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gail Lane (Ricky) of Manns Harbor. She was preceded in death by a son, Grant Buckner.

A funeral was held at Wanchese Assembly of God. Burial was at Tillett Cemetery. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo assisted the family with arrangements.


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