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Billy Ray Howell

January 31, 1939 ~ March 12, 2020 (age 81)


Billy Ray Howell, 81, of Goldsboro went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday evening, March 12, 2020 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.


Homegoing service will be held Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.  The family will receive friends following the service and other times at the residence.  A graveside service will be held Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Princeton.


Billy Ray or better known as B.R. Howell, was born in Johnston County on January 31, 1939 to the late Walter and Ella Hicks Howell.  He was a veteran of the United States Army and owner and operator of Billy Ray Howell Registered Land Surveying.  He was a lifetime member of Riverside Free Will Baptist Church in Princeton where he served as Deacon and other positions for many years.  He was proud and instrumental in his son's beginning of Howell Funeral & Cremation Service in 1997 located next to his surveying office at 208-210 E. Walnut Street in Downtown Goldsboro. 


He is survived by his loving wife of over 55 years, Patsy Pilkington Howell; one son, Stephen R. Howell and wife, Heather of Goldsboro; one daughter who was the angel of his eye, Becky Howell Price and husband, Tracy of Princeton; his grandchildren whom he was the best Papa to, Seth and Tanner Price and Gabriella and Isabella Howell; one brother, J.R. Howell; four sisters, Olive Mae Gravitt, Allene Lawhorn Vogen, Joyce Ruth Nemec and husband, Bob and Linda Kay Williamson and husband, Jim and a host of other relatives and friends.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Rudolph and Howard Howell and two sisters, Edna Earl Martin and Patricia “Pat” Crawford.


Services entrusted to the care of his son and the staff of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.

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Recording of Service


Homegoing Service
March 15, 2020

3:00 PM
Howell Funeral Home & Crematory Chapel
1500 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534

Graveside Service
March 16, 2020

11:00 AM
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
3888 Hwy 70 West
Princeton, NC 27569

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