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Howell Funeral Home & Crematory was established in July, 1997, by founder and owner, Stephen R. Howell. Starting out as a "store-front funeral home" on East Walnut Street, we were told we would never succeed -- a new business with no parking and no chapel. However, we viewed things differently. We had the whole city of Goldsboro for parking -- and didn't have to sweep our own parking lot!

During our first year of business we served 30 families. Through our guidance and professionalism, our business tripled by our second year, allowing us to serve 90 families.

In December 1999, we were proud to open the doors of our beautiful new facility at 1500 Wayne Memorial Drive, which included Wayne County's first on-site crematory.

In 2001, recognizing another need in the community, Howell Funeral Home & Crematory expanded its services to include a separate pet crematory. We also added a full line of pet memorial products including urns, markers, and pet caskets. A website was set up for our new company, Animal Care Crematory, to describe our pet services as well as display our pet memorial products. Click on Pet Services for more information.

Because of the trust and confidence our families placed in us, we have once again had to expand our funeral home facilities to meet the growing needs of our community. In the summer of 2003, a new addition was completed, adding over 3000 square feet, which made room for a new chapel with seating capacity of 300, casket and cremation options room and conference room.

Our real growth is not in our building, but in our service to our community. Today, Howell Funeral Home & Crematory continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of the families we serve. We strive to provide compassionate and caring services to each and every family. Click on the links to read more about our facilities and services.

Howell Funeral Home & Crematory is proud to be leading the way in personalized services for all cultures and faiths in Wayne and surrounding counties.

Our funeral directors are well versed in the special traditions of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds to meet the needs of each and every family we serve. Together with the family, we can create a service of remembrance as unique as the individual ... whether it's a favorite musical selection or a video tribute including photos of your loved one. Whatever your wishes are, you can be assured the service will be memorable and meaningful.

At Howell Funeral Home and Crematory, you'll find professionalism, dignity, respect, and affordability. Our mission is to provide the most meaningful funeral services, funeral accessories, and facilities to support bereaved families. As members of the funeral profession, we are strong advocates of the laws and regulations that protect the family and environment. You'll find out why Howell Funeral Home & Crematory is truly "Making a Difference."

Our Facility

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July 1997-1999

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Present Location

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God Bless the USA

Use the pause/play button above to stop and start the music.

Stephen I just wanted to say thank you for the service and dedication that you showed during the passing of my grandmother. She would have been very pleased. As you know she thought the world of you and I know you thought a lot of my grandmother. The service that you provide I honestly believe comes from your heart. You show everyone the same amount of dignity and respect and it shows. Thanks again and may God continue to bless you as you bless others.

Willis Peele

Featured Services

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Directly order flowers, view and sign the condolences book, share memories and more to celebrate lives of those dearly missed.

Grief Support
Grief Support

Helpful resources to guide you through the loss of a loved one.


Take a few moments to express your wishes now and help to ease the burden on your loved ones.

Frequent questions
Frequent Questions

A collection of answers to questions that people often have when arranging for a funeral.

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