Nell Crostic Fariss

Published 9:15 am Saturday, January 4, 2020

Nell Crostic Fariss, 90, of Frisco, died December 30, 2019, after a brief period of declining health. She was a native of Colonial Heights, Va. and had resided full-time the past several months at the home of her son and daughter-in-law in Frisco on Hatteras Island.

Miss Nell was an accountant by trade and a manager in the H&R Block system for several years in Colonial Heights. She held dear her role as on-call “mom” and confidante to three generations of neighborhood children in Colonial Heights and her adopted second home of Hatteras Island. She had a deep appreciation for the working watermen of Hatteras Island and its heritage and culture.

Survivors include son Alan F. Fariss and daughter-in-law Tamara Pilus of Frisco; grandchildren Jackson Marie Fariss and Brandi Fariss (Shawn) King; four great-grandchildren, all of Buxton; sister Laura C. Pleasants of Prince George, Va. Miss Nell was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Louis “Frank” Franklin Fariss, son David Franklin Fariss, daughter Lola Fariss Casper; and brothers and sisters Samuel Crostic, Monroe Crostic, Catherine C. Lucie, William B. Crostic and Emily C. Rhoads.

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Nell was the daughter of Emmett Blinco Crostic and Emily Birdsong Crostic of Chesterfield, Va.

Nell attended Highland United Methodist Church in Colonial Heights and later Buxton United Methodist Church.

A service is planned for a later date in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in memory of Nell Fariss to the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men’s emergency assistance program and food pantry, payable to CHUMM, PO Box 1591, Buxton NC 27920.

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