Billy Ray McLawhon

Billy Ray McLawhon

February 28, 2022, 75, Goldsboro –

Billy Ray McLawhon, 75, peacefully transitioned to his Heavenly home on Monday, February 28, 2022. Billy was born in Wayne County, the baby boy of ten children, to the late Mark Howard McLawhon and Augusta Dixon McLawhon on October 11, 1946.

As a young man, Billy joined his father working at Maola Milk. He later worked with Fedelon until their relocation. After its closing, he began a successful career as a correctional officer with the prison in Maury.

A member of The First Pentecostal Holiness Church, Billy offered a friendly face and warm welcome to visitors and regular attenders in his duties as a greeter with the First Impressions Ministry. He looked forward to participating in the yearly production of Judgement House, helping to further spread the invitation for all to join in God’s kingdom.

Surf fishing at the Outer Banks was one of Billy’s greatest joys. Time spent near the water, soaking in the beauty of God’s creation, always gave Billy a great sense of peace. A relaxing walk, especially with friends, was an activity of contentment, and he could often be found walking and chatting with friends at Berkeley Mall.

A regular for breakfast at Kathy’s Kitchen, Billy gathered almost daily with friends to enjoy sharing life over a good meal and cup of coffee.

As soon as the Goldsboro News-Argus arrived at his door, he’d open it up and read from cover to cover. Nothing got in the way of his daily read. If a ballgame was on television, Billy was likely tuned in. Always ready to watch any sports, he knew his favorite teams and was ready to cheer them on from his recliner at home. Good bluegrass gospel was a delight to his ear, playing the melodies and singing the words of the gospel of Christ.

Above all, he was gratified by spending time with his family, most especially his beloved grandchildren. In his eyes, they could do no wrong. He was invested in their lives, always caring to know their interests, their delights, and their struggles.

Billy is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kaye Johnson McLawhon; son, Billy Ray McLawhon, Jr.; daughter, Melanie M. Bryson and husband, Chris; and his grandchildren, Hunter Bryson, Braylee Grace McLawhon, and Bladen Trace McLawhon. He is also survived by his special k-9 companion, Missy.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at The First Church, 1100 The First Church Road, Goldsboro. A service to celebrate Billy’s life will follow at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary with Pastor John Howard officiating. The family will also greet friends following the service at the church. Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2022 in Wayne Memorial Park.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given in Billy’s memory to The First Church, 1100 The Church Church Road, Goldsboro, NC 27534.

Services are entrusted to the care of Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at