Marie Wade Chitty

Published 11:39 am Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Marie Wade Chitty, 87, of Kitty Hawk, passed away peacefully in her home on Sept. 13, 2018.

A native of Conway, Marie was the daughter of the late Vernon Lee Wade and Goldie Futrell Wade.  She graduated as a registered nurse with the first graduating class of the Louise Obici School of Nursing in 1952, after which she made her home in Ahoskie, with her loving late husband of 48 years, James Frank Chitty, Jr.

Forever caring, loving and devoted to her family and friends, Marie was spirited and had a zest for life.  She had an ongoing knack for bringing joy to those around her.  Having retired from a career in nursing after 30 years, she began subsequent careers in retail as a co-owner of Brand Names Connections, and in real estate as a co-owner of Southern Breeze Realty, all of Ahoskie.  She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Ahoskie.  Marie enjoyed her retirement years in Kitty Hawk, where she became a member of Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church.

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Marie was also predeceased by her son, James “Jim” Frank Chitty, III, her daughter-in-law, Kathleen “Kay” Young Chitty, her grandson, James “Jay” Frank Chitty, IV, and her grandson, Taylor Wade Chitty. She was the sister of the late Earvin Lee Wade and the late Andrew Jackson Wade, and sister-in-law of the late Sylvia Wade Brown.

Marie is survived by her caring husband of 12 years, Odell Frances Barnes, of Kitty Hawk, her daughter, Deborah Chitty McKinney, of Kitty Hawk, her granddaughter, Haley Young Chitty of Chiang Mai, Thailand, her grandson, Franklin Stuart McKinney (Maggie Armstrong),  and great-grandson, Brodrick Graham McKinney, of Murphy, her brother, Tex Fennison Wade (Victoria “Viki” White Wade), of Franklin, Virginia, her step-daughter, Nancy Barnes, and step-son, Steve Barnes (Sue Barnes), of Jackson, her step-son, Gary Barnes (Teresa Barnes) of Youngsville, her sister-in-law, Daphne Wade, of Conway, her sister-in-law, Virginia Chitty, of Ahoskie, and beloved nieces and nephews.

The family is grateful to Vickie Jordan and Maggie Sanders for their years of support and caregiving for Marie and are appreciative for the services of Dare County Hospice, Dare County EMS, and the Kitty Hawk Fire Department.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at 2:30 pm, at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Ahoskie, with Pastor Rick Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in Ahoskie Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Ahoskie on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., prior to the service.

Memorials may be made directly to The First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, PO Box 649, Ahoskie, 27910; Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, 803 W. Kitty Hawk Road, Kitty Hawk, 27949; or Outer Banks Relief Foundation, Inc., PO Box 545, Nags Head, NC  27959 on online by visiting; search fund/type: Marie Chitty.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie is handling arrangements for the Chitty family and online condolences may be directed to them by visiting