John H. “Sonny” Reber III of Wanchese, November 11

By on November 13, 2023

January 28, 1942 – November 11, 2023

John H. “Sonny” Reber III, 81, of Wanchese, NC closed his eyes for the last time on November 11, 2023, on the same property where he first opened them. He was born on January 28, 1942, to the late Catherine and John H. “Johnny” Reber, Jr. in his grandparents’ home.

Sonny spent most of his youth on the docks in Mill Landing learning about fishing and crabbing with whom he called the best teachers he ever had. He was drafted into the US Army and served his country honorably while stationed in Germany. Sonny returned home to life as a commercial fisherman. He always said he had worked with some of the best captains and crews on the water. His fondest memory was swordfishing with Capt. Phil Ruhle. Sonny was a cook, deckhand, and a captain; he loved fishing.

Sonny never met a stranger and would help anyone in need if he could. The only requirement to be his friend was to have a good sense of humor because he did. Sonny was a jack of all trades from construction, welding, and mechanics; he had learned to do it all. Later in life and thanks to his uncle, he started a new career as an engineer for Allied Marine Towing Co. and within a year he advanced to chief. You could take Sonny out of Wanchese but he stilled fished, catching whatever the gulf had to offer from the stern of the tug. After almost 20 years, it was time to retire and come home.

Sonny leaves his wife Ginger of 46 years; daughters, Dana Lisenby (Jamie) and Candy Basnight (Benji Cogar); son John Michael; stepson Eddie Midgett; grandchildren Hunter Basnight, Olivia Lisenby, and Elliot Lisenby to cherish his memories. As well as his siblings Pearline Getz of PA, Gwen Quidley of Manteo, and Cathy McPhee (Randy) of Grandy; brothers Crawford (Vicki) of East Lake and Louie of Wanchese; his uncle Louie and aunt Jean Payne; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Ann Mason and Jean R. Herrin; and brother Bradford Reber.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Adoration Hospice for the care shown to Sonny during his final days.

In keeping with Sonny’s wishes, there will be no service. If you wish to do something in honor or memory, please make a donation a charity of your choice.

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


Barnhill Contracting Company will receive sealed proposals for Manns Harbor – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-8), Kitty Hawk – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-9), Manteo – Youth Center on January 09, 2024. Times to be given on via addendum #01. See the following SCOPE OF WORK: BP 100 – General Trades, BP 105 – Final Cleaning, BP 205 – Demolition, BP 390 – Turnkey Concrete, BP 400 – Turnkey Masonry, BP 500 – Turnkey Structural Steel & Misc. Steel, BP 505 – Light Gauge Metal Trusses, BP 740 – Roofing, BP750 – Siding, BP 790 – Caulking/Sealants, BP 800 – Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware/Toilet Specialties/Accessories/Division 10, BP 840 – Curtainwall/Storefront/Glass/Glazing, BP 925 – Drywall/Framing, BP 960 – Resilient Flooring/Carpet/Base/Epoxy, BP 980 – Acoustical Ceilings, BP 990 – Painting and Wall Coverings, BP 1230 – Finish Carpentry and Casework, BP 1250 – Window Treatments, BP 2100 – Fire Protection, BP 2200 – Plumbing, BP 2300 – HVAC, BP 2600 – Electrical, BP 3100 – Earthwork/Turnkey Site, BP 3213- Site Concrete, BP 3290 – Landscaping. Scopes of work may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager.

Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Training & GPS Technology Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: January 09, 2024 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Times per packages to be given on via addendum #01.

Barnhill Contracting Company will receive, open, and read publicly all bids received in person in the Training & GPS Technology Room at the main office and listed with the virtual viewing at the link to be posted on Barnhill’s Plan Room.

Bids will not be accepted from bidders that are not pre-qualified. No facsimile or email submissions are permitted. Sealed bids are to be hand delivered to the bid opening location noted above or mailed Sealed Bids can be delivered before 9:00am the day of the bid to the Barnhill Contracting Company Office at 800 Tiffany Blvd., Suite 200 Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Attention “Clint Hardison.”

The pre-bid meeting will be held in Person & Zoom Meeting on December 06, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Barnhill Contracting’s Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

The pre-bid meeting link can be located on Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( and below. A preferred brand alternates meeting will be held via the same link at the end of the Prebid meeting.

Bid Documents can be viewed or downloaded through Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( after 12/04/2023.

All Bidders are strongly encouraged to include opportunities for HUB participation wherever possible in their respective Bid submission.  HUB participation is a part of this contract and must comply with all requirements set forth in the Bid Documents.

The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to add pre-qualified bidders. The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Should you require additional direction, please call Barnhill Contracting Company, (Clint Hardison – 252-802-0740).

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  • Ginger Shannon Taylor

    Ginger and family. My heart hurts for you at this time of loss. He was fun kind gentleman. Prayers and Hugs.

    Monday, Nov 13 @ 4:28 pm
  • Carolee & Mike Tillett

    Ginger, children and grandchildren, Mike and I are sending you love, hugs and prayers at this sad time. If we can do anything for any of you, or if you need me just call. Sonny was one of a kind and will be missed by many. Thinking of you always.❤️

    Wednesday, Nov 15 @ 9:27 pm
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