Jerry “Jay” M. Austin, Jr. of Manteo, May 9

By on May 12, 2023

April 13, 1966 – May 9, 2023

Jerry M. Austin Jr., better known as Jay, 57, of Manteo, NC passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at VCU Medical Center, Richmond, VA.

Jay was preceded in death by his grandparents, Maness and Mildred Austin, and George and Ruth Dykstra all of Manteo, NC.

Jay was the son of the late Faye Austin and is survived by his wife Renee; his father Jerry Austin; sister, Deanie Midgett (Timmy); his nieces; Brittney Midgett (Brent Doughtie); Kelsey Oglesby (Jonathan); nephews, Wyatt and Windsor Oglesby; his sisters-in-law Andrea Bonner (George), Delia Riggins (Kevin), Anne High (Gary), Joan Meisel (Rick), Charlotte Schmidt (Steve), and Mary Park (Brian), brother-in-law Montgomery Barber, along with the Barbers nieces and nephews, Logan Bonner, Lea Bonner, Laney Bonner, Cameron McManus, Conner McManus, Tyler High, Jordan High, Ryan Meisel (Ronya), Calvin Schmidt, Alexis Schmidt, Sydney Park, William Park, Kyle Park, Montgomery R. Barber, Jackson Barber, and his step-father Gene Everett. He is also survived by his beloved dog Skol.

Jay was married to the love of his life, Renee, for 34 years having dated since she was 15. Renee stood by his side through thick and thin. One of his first jobs was working for Jimmy Austin at Austin’s Fish Company in Nags Head. In 2003, Jay and Renee opened Austin’s South Island Seafood in Rodanthe. Through the store he made lifelong friends that become more like family.

Jay had the personality to make friends no matter where he went. He never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was a truly great and selfless man whose passing has left an unfillable gap in the hearts of many, but his love will be forever felt by his family and friends.

Jay loved spending time with his dog, Skol. They loved their afternoon rides in Jay’s truck through Manteo (pit stops at the Shrine Club to see the boys for treats) and Manns Harbor. One of Jay’s favorite pastimes was riding his Harley and the special trips to Daytona Beach and Sturgis. Jay was a member of Manteo Masonic Lodge #521 A.F. & A.M. and Sudan Shriners.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 21, 2023, at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo. Immediately following, family and friends will gather at the Dare County Shrine Club to celebrate Jay’s memory with plenty of great stories to share. To live-stream Jay’s service, visit

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Jay Austin to the Dare County Shrine Club (111 Old NC Hwy 345, Manteo, NC 27954) or Outer Banks SPCA (PO Box 2477, Manteo, NC 27954, online at

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.


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