Barbara B. Spence of Elizabeth City, January 25

By on January 26, 2022

Barbara Bliven Spence, age 91, of Elizabeth City, NC died peacefully on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Born in Newport, RI on July 21, 1930, to the late William “Gidgie” Bliven and Lydia Bliven. She was the widow of William “Bill” Spence.  Barbara was a member of Newland United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one son, Mike Spence of Elizabeth City, NC; two daughters, Tracy Spence of Chesapeake, VA, and Beth Sanchez of Greenville; one brother, Alvin Bliven of Atlantic Beach, Florida; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Lebruska, Daphne Forster, Jesse Spence, Lauri Krause, Patrick Gregory, John Gregory, Macy Gregory, Wesley Sanchez, Greyson Sanchez and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Robin Smith; one grandchild, Kristopher Spence; and four brothers, Burton Stafford, William Stafford, George Stafford, and Ellwood Stafford.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 on Friday, January 28, 2022, at Koen Cemetery. The family also asks that guests wear masks and practice social distancing.  Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 is serving the Spence family.  Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Newland United Methodist Church, c/o 1686 Morgans Corner Rd, Elizabeth City, NC  27909.




County Dare, North Carolina
Dare County Tourism Board

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review the plans for an Outer Banks Event Center. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building at Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.

Still in the conceptual phase, the Event Center is intended to provide suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller tradeshows, galas and any number of other uses. Learn more about the benefits for visitors and residents and how the Event Center is planned to complement the new Soundside boardwalk that is being designed.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. For additional information, please visit our Event Center FAQ page.


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