Edna Byrd Howell

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Edna Byrd Howell, 83, of Chapel Hill, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Columbia.

Mrs. Howell was born in Davidson County and was a daughter of the late George Kelly and Anna Waller Byrd. She was employed with the United States Post Office in Chapel Hill where she retired as Assistant Postmaster. Following retirement, Mrs. Edna enjoying spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren on the family farm. Mrs. Howell was a longtime member of Holts Corner Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Eugene "Doc" Howell Sr.; infant son, George Elwood Howell; daughter, Patsy Naron; son, Richard Eugene "Ricky" Howell Jr.; five sisters; and two brothers.

Mrs. Howell is survived by a daughter, Diana (Joe) Hill of Chapel Hill; son Billy Howell of Chapel Hill; daughter-in-law, Diane Howell of Chapel Hill; son-in-law, Harvey Naron of Nolensville; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 30, from the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with Rev. Tim McGehee officiating. Burial followed in Swanson Cemetery in Chapel Hill.

Barry Hill, Matt Naron, David King, Jamie Russell, Ray Russell, Brian Ladd, Andy Ladd, and Jerry Byrd served as active pallbearers.

George Post, John Post, Billy Post, Charles Russell, Pete Ladd, and retired postal employees of the Chapel Hill Post Office served as honorary pallbearers.

Lawrence Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapel Hill, in charge of arrangements.