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James Clifton Moon

November 10, 1937 ~ August 20, 2019

Services will be held: August 24, 2019

Darryl James Heuser

Dec. 1, 1953 ~ Aug. 21, 2019

Services will be held:

Betty Z. Cowing

August 15, 1922 ~ August 20, 2019

Services will be held: August 23, 2019

Oral Wise

March 1, 1952 ~ August 19, 2019

Services will be held: August 24, 2019

Joseph Rickey “Rick” French

August 28, 1945 ~ August 17, 2019

Services will be held: August 28, 2019

Martin “Matt” Willoughby

Feb. 9, 1950 ~ Aug. 6, 2019

Services will be held: September 6, 2019

Jean Carroll Kaplan

October 23, 1933 ~ August 17, 2019

Services will be held: At a later date

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Brenda Kay Ward

September 3, 1945 ~ August 16, 2019

Services will be held: August 19, 2019

Diane L. Howell

October 5, 1965 ~ May 19, 2019

ANGIER – Diane Louise Howell, 53, passed away Sunday at Rex Hospital. A native of New York, Diane was the daughter of Robert and Mildred Venturi.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 23rd at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Angier. Burial will follow at Sandy Grove Cemetery, Angier. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:30 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

Survivors include Diane’s loving husband of twelve years, Johnny Howell; daughters, Nicole Norris of Angier, Jessica Benton (Jeff) of Willow Spring, Kaitlyn Gee (Timothy Hare) of Lillington; step-daughter, Katlyn Reeder (Joshua) of Selma; step-son, Blake Howell of Salisbury, MD; brother, Bob Venturi of New York; grandchildren, Liam Norris, Owen Norris, Mason Benton, Brooke Gee, Jeremiah Reeder, Alexandra Norris, Makenzie Hare; and her father, Robert Venturi of New York; sister, Angela Bradley (Robert) of New York.

Diane is preceded in death by her mother, Mildred Venturi.


May 23, 2019

1:00-2:30 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
300 E. McIver St. Angier, NC 27501


May 23, 2019

3:00 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home Chapel
300 E. McIver St. Angier, NC 27501

Burial will follow at Sandy Grove Cemetery in Angier.


  1. Debbie Morris

    Rest easy Diane, you are free from pain now. And your family now has an angel watching over them.

  2. Michele Hughes

    The world has definitely lost an earthly angel who’s family was her first priority. She has left behind a strong legacy of family in her husband, daughters and grandbabies. May you rest in peace until we meet again.

  3. Yvonne Scott

    Matthew 5:4 KJV Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
    Johnny my prayers are with you and your family.

  4. The Rivers Family

    Our sincere condolences to the family. The Bible has beautiful and comforting scripture promises for the future at Isaiah 26:19; “Your dead will live. And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life”. We can also find comfort from Jesus words at John 5:28-29 “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out” To learn more about this promise please visit our website: jw.org and view the comforting video; What is the Condition of the Dead?

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