Billy Ray Rowe

January 19, 1938 - July 11, 2023

01/19/1938 - 07/11/2023

Past Services

Thursday July 13, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel
314 Main Street West
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
252-396-0202 | Directions
Funeral Service
Friday July 14, 2023
11:00 am
Conway Cemetery
North Church Street
Conway, NC 27820

CONWAY, NC – Billy Ray Rowe, a devoted family man and hardworking individual, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2023, at the age of 85. Born on January 19, 1938, in Nash County to Addie Lee Matthews Rowe and Walter Eugene Rowe.

Billy dedicated over 40 years of his career as the Shipping Foreman at Severn Peanut Company, where his commitment and expertise were highly valued. He took great pride in his work and was known for his strong work ethic and attention to detail. In his free time, Billy had a deep appreciation for history, particularly Civil War history and the majestic mountains along the parkway. He never shied away from expressing his opinions and loved engaging in conversations. Above all, he adored his grandchildren and found great joy in watching them play sports. He was an avid follower of Fox News and enjoyed the occasional thrill of playing the lottery. Billy’s own military experience included serving at Pearl Harbor Naval Aviation in Hawaii at Hickam Air Field for four years. These experiences instilled in him a sense of duty and patriotism that stayed with him throughout his life.

Billy is now reunited with his beloved wife, Sonja Darnell Rowe, and their son, Billy Forrest Rowe, who preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Addie Lee Rowe and Walter Eugene Rowe, as well as his brothers Bob James Rowe and Tommy Grey Rowe.

Left to cherish his memory are his sons Darrell Rowe and wife Donna of Conway, and Pat Rowe and wife Mary of Conway. He will be lovingly remembered by his two granddaughters, Amanda Ross and husband Wesley of Pendleton and Kristen Rowe and Daniel Curry of Severn, as well as his three grandsons, Matthew Rowe of Greenville, Nathan Rowe and wife Ruthie of Murfreesboro, and Ryan Rowe of Conway. He also leaves behind great-grandsons Brantley Ross and Caden Curry. Billy is survived by his two brothers, Charles Rowe and wife Ann of Henderson and Jimmy Rowe of Henderson, and his four sisters, Evelyn Strickland of Louisburg, JoAnn Rowe of Warrenton, Mary Greene of Spring Hope, and Emma Greene of Freemont.

The family will receive friends at Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel-Murfreesboro in Murfreesboro, NC, on Thursday, July 13, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, and other times at the home. The celebration of life graveside service will take place on Friday, July 14, 2023, at 11:00 am at the Conway Cemetery in Conway, NC, with Reverend Willie McLawhorn officiating.

Billy Ray Rowe will be fondly remembered for his unwavering dedication to his family, his strong work ethic, and his passion for history. May he rest in eternal peace.

Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Rowe family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting


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Joleatha Chestnutt
9 months ago

I extend my “Deepest Sympathy” to the Rowe Family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Donna Burgess
10 months ago

So sorry for you loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. I had the pleasure of meeting & talking with your dad when I worked at First Citizens Bank in Conway. He was so knowledgeable about history & so proud of this country! He will be deeply missed by many!

Bailey and Kaye Pope
10 months ago

We are so sorry. Thoughts and prayers for you all.?

Roslyn Gay
10 months ago

I am sorry for the Rowe family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ?
Roz Gay

Lisa Futrell
10 months ago

So sorry to hear. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

Clifton & Annette Ricks
10 months ago

We are so sorry for the families loss. Prayers for comfort & peace.

Margaret and Mike Aston
10 months ago

Billy was one of my favorite coworkers. We could always have an interesting conversation about world problems. I will miss you Billy and Margaret and I send condolences to the family. Mike Aston

Booker Daniel
10 months ago

My prayers are lifted for Mr. Rowe’s family and friends. Rest in peace, sir.

Lassiter Family/ Edenton, NC
10 months ago

Our prayers to the family at this time. Pray that God will give you strength,comfort and understanding in the days and moths ahead. Precious memories how they linger in our soul is Gods way of helping us cope with the lost of a love one. Reflect back on your memories and share with your family to keep your family legacy alive.

Brenda Baisey
10 months ago

We are so sorry. Thoughts and prayers are going your way. Brianna and Brenda