We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Howell Funeral Home & Crematory
Michael Ray Hart, 62, of Pikeville received his ultimate healing Monday, August 8, 2022, at Wayne UNC Health Care. He is now singing and playing gospel music with his father, mother and other family members already waiting for him in Glory.
Michael was born in Snow Hill on January 23, 1960 to the late J.B. Hart, Jr. and Bettie Mooring Hart. He was a faithful member of Goldsboro PFWB Church where he served as head deacon. He retired from Goldsboro Milling Company after 25 years of dedicated service. Michael was a member of the gospel groups: The Foundations, The Anchormen, Gaylon Pope and the Majestics, the original Hart Family and Renewed Harts and enjoyed ministering God’s Word in song and music. He will be greatly missed by all.
Michael loved his coffee, his guitars, his motorcycles, working on his vehicles, tinkering in his shop, dressing up for church in just the right suit and tie and he loved his UNC Tarheels. He was so proud to know that his granddaughter, Taylor, would be attending UNC at Chapel Hill in August. He and Chrystal worked well together whether it was at work, home projects, cutting grass, or in the ministry. You never saw Michael without Chrystal.
Michael was a man of few words. He was more of a listener than a talker. So, when he spoke, we all listened intently. He was the E. F. Hutton of the Harts. This attribute along with his compassionate and sweet spirit served him well in being the head deacon of his church. Michael also preferred to be in the background than the foreground, but yet this is where God used him to shine brightly for the glory of God. Michael used his talents of singing, playing the bass, and writing gospel songs for the glory of God. Some of his songs include “Ain’t God Great”, “We Must Tell Them of Jesus”, “A Whole Lotta Jesus”, “I Made a Right Turn on the Right Road”, “Gonna’ Keep Pressing Onward”, “He Came to Die”, and “One Way Flight”. His favorite scripture to quote was “Let not your heart be troubled (John 14:1)” which was how he conducted his life even through his sickness.
He is survived by his loving wife, Chrystal Lynn Hart; one son, Justin Michael Hart (Lisa); one daughter, Stephanie Brooks Schaeffer (Jeremy); six grandchildren, Taylor and Tyler Hart and Maci, Colby, Cooper and Jaxson Schaeffer; two brothers, Ricky Hart (Randy) and Steve Hart (Leda); five sisters, Kay Quinn (Doug), Peggy Chase (Dennis), Sherry Arnette, Terry Hart Wilson and Christy Hart; sister-in-law, Sharon Hart; brother-in-law, Harold Harper and a host of other relatives and many dear friends.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Hart and his sister, Jean Hart Harper.
A service to celebrate Michael will be held on Sunday, August 28, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. at Fort Run PFWB Church, located at 6728 Hwy13 S, Snow Hill (Shine Crossroads) with Reverend Elbert Hollowell and Reverend Larry Turlington officiating. Visitation will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Michael's memory to Goldsboro PFWB Church, 2812 McLain Street, Goldsboro, NC 27534.
Services are entrusted to Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.