The Outer Banks Voice – Mary Spence Chappell, out of Elizabeth City, September 21


Mary Spence Chappell of Elizabeth City, September 21

From history submitted on September 21, 2021

Mary Louise Spence Chappell, 94 years old, of Elizabeth City, NC, died peacefully in Brookdale, Elizabeth City on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Born on September 9, 1927, to the late John A. Spence and Zelda Temple Spence, she was the wife of Calvin Marshall Chappell, Sr. for sixty-two years. She owned and operated Chappell Realty, a real estate agent for North Carolina over fifty Years and a past recipient of the Realtor of the Year Award. She was dedicated to her church and community as an active member of Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church, previously a choirmaster and organist. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter # 44. She was a woman of deep faith, a quick smile and a loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister.

Mary leaves behind her daughters Claudia C. Twiford from Elizabeth City and Gail C. Hess and husband Timothy from Edenton; her son CM Chappell, Jr. and wife Kimberly of Kitty Hawk; four grandchildren, Sam A. Twiford III and wife Jodi, Jacob S. Twiford and wife Meredith, Lauren R. Perry and husband George and Marshall Chappell, III; Great-grandchildren, Rachel, Julia, Samantha, Cort, Ryder, Salem, Ivey, Mary Charles, Remington, Ruger, and Trinity; a sister, Norma Dean Whitehurst; Brother Bobby Spence and Mrs. Bessie Dean; and a sister-in-law, Sophia Spence. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded by a son-in-law, Sam A. Twiford, Jr., in death; a sister, Doris McPherson; and two brothers, Aubrey Spence and Haywood Spence.

A funeral service will be held at Twiford Memorial Chapel on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., led by Rev. Renee Edwards. After the service, the family receives friends in the funeral home lobby and at all other times in the house of their daughter Claudia Twiford. The funeral will take place in the West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The service will be broadcast live at Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 serves the family of Mrs. Chappell. Commemorative donations can be made to the Food Bank of the Albemarle, PO Box 1704, Elizabeth City, NC 27906. Online condolences to the family below To plant a tree or send flowers to the family, please visit

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