John David Abshire, Jr. of Kitty Hawk, May 7

By on May 15, 2024

January 10, 1961 – May 7, 2024

John David (J.D.) Abshire, Jr. of Kitty Hawk, NC, died Tuesday, May 7, 2024, after a brief illness.

Born January 10, 1961, in Norfolk, Virginia, he was the son of the late John David Abshire, Sr. and Yvonne Hooker Abshire.

J.D. graduated from Kempsville High School in 1979 and joined the United States Air Force, where he honorably served his county for 4 years as a Fire Protection Specialist.

Upon discharge from the USAF, he joined the Virginia Beach Fire Department in 1983 and proudly served its citizens for the next 28 years, retiring in 2011. During his tenure with the department, he earned Hazardous Materials Technician and Fire Inspector certifications. His fellow firefighters loved and respected him for his courage and strong sense of duty.

In 2018, J.D. moved to the Outer Banks, where he quickly embraced “life at the beach.”  Although retired, he enjoyed his part-time job at Holly Ridge Golf Course and could be seen picking up balls on the driving range or swinging a club himself most days.

J.D. was a man of strong faith and unwavering integrity. He lived his life simply and intentionally with a grateful heart.  He was dedicated to his family and friends and a fierce protector of those he loved. He carried himself with dignity and will be lovingly remembered for his quiet strength, quick wit, and selfless acts of love.

J.D.  is survived by his wife, Debbie Wescott; sons Bryan (Bethany) and Joshua; daughter, Sara; stepdaughters Jenna (Owen) and Meredith (Josh); grandchildren, Callen, Tristan, and Ruby; brother Scott (Kathy); niece Anna Kate; and his loyal shadow – dog Hattie Mae. Also left to cherish his memory are a host of friends and his firefighter family.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at Twiford Colony Chapel in Manteo.  To livestream J.D.’s service, visit All friends and family are invited to attend a reception immediately following the service. Details to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vigilant Watch Inc. (P.O. Box 68264, Virginia Beach, VA 23471, or 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).


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